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2019-02-28Doctor gets Rs 12 lakh compensation in road accident - Times of India
Doctor gets Rs 12 lakh compensation in road accident Mar 1, 2019, 02:59 IST THANE: Nearly nine years after a doctor suffered grievous injuries in a road accident involving a trailer in Navi Mumbai, the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) ordered a compensation of Rs 12.3 lakh. Dr Gulrez Mansuri told the tribunal that he was attached to a hospital as regional medical officer in Mumbai. He told the tribunal that on November 12, 2009, around 2.30 am, he was returning home after visiting Lonavla, when near Uran phata, a trailer rammed into his bike on Panvel-Sion road. The doctor received severe injuries and was advised complete bed rest for six months and spent over Rs 4 lakh on medicines, hospitalisation after which he lodged a claim. The trailer's insurer opposed the claim, saying he was riding the bike rashly. But tribunal rejected the insurer's claim and awarded the doctor compensation of Rs 12.3 lakh as he took treatment at different hospitals.

2019-02-28Doctor gets Rs 12.29 L compensation for injuries in accident - Outlook India
Doctor gets Rs 12.29 L compensation for injuries in accident 28 FEBRUARY 2019 Last Updated at 10:20 AM Thane, Feb 28 The Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) in Maharashtra has awarded a compensation of Rs 12.29 lakh to a 37-year-old doctor who received grievous injuries in a road accident in 2009. MACT member and principal district judge Virendra G Bisht last week ordered the offending vehicle's owner and the New India Assurance Company Limited to jointly and severally make the payment to Dr Gulrez Rahimoddin Mansuri. The claimant, who worked as regional medical officer at a well-known hospital, told the tribunal that he was returning from Lonavla (hill station in neighbouring Pune district) to Mumbai on his motorcycle on November 12, 2009 when a trailer hit his bike on Panvel-Sion road. He received severe injuries in the accident and was advised complete bed rest for six months. He told the tribunal that he spent over Rs 4 lakh on medicines, hospitalisation and other expenses, and lodged a claim of Rs 50 lakh against both the opponents. The trailer's insurer opposed the claim, saying he was riding the motorcycle in a rash and negligent manner due to which he lost control over the wheels and his vehicle dashed against the trailer which was moving at moderate speed. The insurance firm further said no permanent disability was established on record by the claimant. After hearing both the sides, judge Bisht said Mansuri claimed permanent partial disability to the extent of 62 per cent. "But there is no scientific evidence to satisfy the conscience of the tribunal in the absence of evidence of a medical officer for it," he said. But, it is clear from the claimant's evidence that he took treatment at different hospitals for his grievous injuries, the judge said while awarding him Rs 12.29 lakh compensation towards medical expenses, loss of income, pain and sufferings and other costs incurred by him.
2019-02-28MH-MOLESTATION - THE WEEK
MH-MOLESTATION February 28, 2019 10:55 IST Man booked for molesting woman in Maharashtra Thane, Feb 28 (PTI) A 22-year-old man has been booked for allegedly molesting a 42-year-old married woman residing in his neighbourhood in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Thursday. The incident took place on Sunday when the woman, who knew the accused, was sitting with her friends near a temple in Vitthalwadi area. As the accused passed by them, the woman apparently asked him to give her his water bottle as she was thirsty, an official at Vitthalwadi police station said. However, the accused allegedly pushed the woman and touched her inappropriately. He also threatened her with dire consequences if she complained to police, he said. When the woman's friends tried to nab the accused, he ran away, the official said. The woman alleged that the accused had earlier also molested her in September last year, he said. Based on her complaint, the accused was booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 354 (molestation), 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation), he said, adding that a search was on to nab him.
2019-02-28Thane collector reviews poll preparedness - Times of India
Thane collector reviews poll preparedness THANE: The Thane district administration in Maharashtra has asked officials concerned to ensure foolproof arrangements for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Collector Rajesh Narvekar conducted a review of poll preparedness in the district on Wednesday and asked the officials to make sure the polling staff was imparted sufficient training of their election-related works. He asked them to ensure all necessary facilities at the polling booths, including ramps for the disabled, and cent per cent completion of the voter identification cards. This time, there will be 6,488 polling stations in the district as against 5,681 during the last Lok Sabha polls, an per an official statement. The district has 60,93,087 voters, including 33,21,790 males, 27,70,957 females and 340 transgenders, it said. The collector reiterated the need for increasing the poll percentage this time. The district had recorded 38.52 per cent polling in 2009 and 51.56 per cent in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Besides, there was 47.93 per cent polling in the 2009 state assembly polls and 50.65 per cent in 2014, as per the official data.
2019-02-28Man booked for molesting woman in Thane - Times of India
Man booked for molesting woman in Thane Feb 28, 2019, 16:17 IST THANE: A 22-year-old man has been booked for allegedly molesting a 42-year-old married woman residing in his neighbourhood in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Thursday. The incident took place on Sunday when the woman, who knew the accused, was sitting with her friends near a temple in Vitthalwadi area. As the accused passed by them, the woman apparently asked him to give her his water bottle as she was thirsty, an official at Vitthalwadi police station said. However, the accused allegedly pushed the woman and touched her inappropriately. He also threatened her with dire consequences if she complained to police, he said. When the woman's friends tried to nab the accused, he ran away, the official said. The woman alleged that the accused had earlier also molested her in September last year, he said. Based on her complaint, the accused was booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 354 (molestation), 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation), he said, adding that a search was on to nab him.
2019-02-28Thane: Tribunal awards Rs 24 lakh to kin of man killed in accident - Times of India
Thane: Tribunal awards Rs 24 lakh to kin of man killed in accident Feb 28, 2019, 15:51 IST THANE: The Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has awarded a compensation of Rs 24.09 lakh to the wife and other family members of a man who was killed in a road accident in 2014. Tribunal member and district judge KD Vadane observed that even though the driver of the tanker, which hit the man, did not possess a valid licence at the time of the accident, the insurance firm was liable to pay the compensation and recover it from the offending vehicle's owner. According to the claimants' counsel, the deceased, Uday Potdar (then 48), worked with a private firm in Mumbai and drew a salary of around Rs 22,000 per month. On October 20, 2014, while he was travelling from Panvel (Navi Mumbai) to Mumbai on his motorcycle, a speeding tanker hit Potdar's two-wheeler from the rear side. Potdar sustained multiple injuries and died on the spot, he said. A case was lodged with the Kalamboli police station against the tanker driver, identified as Khurshid Ahmad. Later, Potdar's wife Pranita (then 43), daughter Udita (then 12) and mother-in-law Suniti (then aged 75) filed a claim with the Thane MACT. The tanker owner, Jagdeep Singh from Vadodara, did not contest the claim. However, the insurer, Reliance General Insurance Company Ltd, contested the claim saying there was breach of terms and conditions of the policy as the tanker driver was not holding a valid and effective driving licence. Hence, it was not liable to pay any compensation to the applicants. Judge Vadane observed that the insurance company filed on record the driving licence information of the driver. The details provided by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) revealed that Ahmad was holding a driving licence for light motor vehicle (LMV) and not for LMV (transport). "Undisputedly, the offending vehicle is a transport vehicle. However, the driver was not holding a valid and effective driving licence on the date of accident, therefore there is breach of terms and conditions of policy," the judge observed in an order issued last week. Referring to decisions of various courts, the judge said though there is breach of terms and conditions of the policy, the insurance firm is liable to pay the compensation and recover the same from the tanker owner, as the offending vehicle was insured with the company on the date of the accident. Judge Vadane, therefore, directed the insurance company and the tanker owner to jointly and severally pay the applicants Rs 24.09 lakh along with eight per cent interest from the date of the claim.
2019-02-28testThane ACB nabs civic body official for asking sexual favours from tax delinquent woman - United News of India
Thane ACB nabs civic body official for asking sexual favours from tax delinquent woman Posted at: Feb 28 2019 6:27 PM Thane, Feb 28 (UNI) The Anti Corruption Bureau on Thursday arrested a 48-year-old clerk,employed in the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation,on the alleged charge of demanding sexual favours from the lady complainant. According to the ACB Superintendent of Police (Thane Range) Dr Mahesh Patil,the accused identified as Rameshchandra Rajput is a clerk in the civic corporation's tax department.He has issued a property attachment notice to the complainant for defaulting on tax payments and later the accused asked for sexual favours, in lieu,of easing the administrative proceedings against her in the tax default case, said Dr Patil.
2019-02-28BEST driver robbed at knifepoint by auto-rickshaw driver - Times of India
BEST driver robbed at knifepoint by auto-rickshaw driver Feb 28, 2019, 12:30 IST THANE A 46-year-old BEST driver was robbed of Rs 5,400 by an auto-rickshaw driver and two of his accomplices. The police said, the 46-year-old Devanand Jadhav, a Diva resident, took an auto-rickshaw from Majiwada naka at around 11pm on Wednesday. Two passengers were already there in the auto-rickshaw beofre Jadhav boarded it. A little ahead of Saket bridge, the auto driver stopped the vehicle and asked for money. The victim resisted but in vain as one of them pulled out a knife. Due to darkness, Jadhav could note down the vehicle's registration number. A case has been registered at Kapurbawdi police station and further probe is under way.
2019-02-28H1N1 death in Thane: TMC intensifies awareness drive - Times of India
H1N1 death in Thane: TMC intensifies awareness drive Mar 1, 2019, 03:07 IST THANE: The civic-health department has intensified its campaign to combat H1N1 virus by taking various initiatives like informing people regarding the dos and don'ts to prevent themselves from getting infected with the virus. The civic body has so far recorded around 49 H1N1 positive patients, including two deaths and it was seen that most of these patients were the ones who had traveled out of the city or are high risk patients. Citizens are asked to look out for symptoms of virus - body ache, congestion, breathlessness, loose motion, chest pain, drowsiness, etc. and immediately consult the doctor. Also, it is expected that if they are infected, then they should do a swab test and start medication. "Some of the precautions that people can take are avoid going to crowded places, wear a mask, wash their hands, get adequate sleep and maintain a healthy diet," said Dr Ram Kendre, medical health officer, TMC "We are doing the swab tests of suspected patients and if the reports are positive, then we are urging them to stay in isolation," he added.
2019-02-28Thane collector reviews poll preparedness - Business Standard
Thane collector reviews poll preparedness Last Updated at February 28, 2019 11:25 IST The Thane district administration in Maharashtra has asked officials concerned to ensure fool proof arrangements for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Collector Rajesh Narvekar conducted a review of poll preparedness in the district on Wednesday and asked the officials to make sure the polling staff was imparted sufficient training of their election-related works. He asked them to ensure all necessary facilities at the polling booths, including ramps for the disabled, and cent per cent completion of the voter identification cards. This time, there will be 6,488 polling stations in the district as against 5,681 during the last Lok Sabha polls, an per an official statement. The district has 60,93,087 voters, including 33,21,790 males, 27,70,957 females and 340 transgenders, it said. The collector reiterated the need for increasing the poll percentage this time. The district had recorded 38.52 per cent polling in 2009 and 51.56 per cent in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Besides, there was 47.93 per cent polling in the 2009 state Assembly polls and 50.65 per cent in 2014, as per the official data.
2019-02-28Doctor gets Rs 12 lakh compensation in road accident | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Doctor gets Rs 12 lakh compensation in road accident 1st March, 2019 THANE: Nearly nine years after a doctor suffered grievous injuries in a road accident involving a trailer in Navi Mumbai, the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) ordered a compensation of Rs 12.3 lakh. Dr Gulrez Mansuri told the tribunal that he was attached to a hospital as regional medical officer in Mumbai. The trailer's insurer opposed the claim, saying he was riding the bike rashly. He told the tribunal that on November 12, 2009, around 2.30 am, he was returning home after visiting Lonavla, when near Uran phata, a trailer rammed into his bike on Panvel-Sion road.The doctor received severe injuries and was advised complete bed rest for six months and spent over Rs 4 lakh on medicines, hospitalisation after which he lodged a claim.
2019-02-28TMC chief orders revamp of entire tendering process - Times of India
TMC chief orders revamp of entire tendering process Mar 1, 2019, 03:03 IST THANE: Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Wednesday announced a revamp of the tendering process for executing civic projects to ensure more transparency and do away with any possible cartelisation among contractors. The sudden revamp at this stage has led to several questions including wether there was lack of faith in the present mechanism and also if it is an indirect confirmation by the commissioner towards alleged lapses in the system as all tendering processes are known to undergo a stringent scrutiny by departments at several stages. The decision was taken after a marathon meeting between officials from various department, municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Wednesday redefined the parameters while okaying applications and ensuring penalty for defaulting contractors. Among the slew of changes recommended are weeding out contractors who could be responsible or part of a cartel. The Commissioner said action should be taken on contractors who are found to submit inadequate documents while responding to tenders for any project. Jaiswal has also warned of action for those contractors who deliberately offer excessively high or low rates by either putting them in a blacklist or forfeit their deposit money in certain cases. The commissioners also asked the officials to revise the existing norms against contractors who have undertaken works under Rs 5 crore but were asked to ensure ready mix concrete plants on their sites. As per the revision only those contractors whose work is valued over Rs 5 crore and tenure is beyond 18 months will have to ensure these facilities. The development comes at a time when the existing practice which was in force till now was considered foolproof and has now raised questioned like how any lapses went unnoticed till now especially when there was a dedicated team scrutinising all projects coming up for execution. Activists have taken this opportunity and have sought a complete audit of all major projects executed till now to ensure that there was no financial loss or lapses in the recent past. "How come the lapse was realised at this stage when a majority of projects were on the anvil of being flagged off ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. If there is a possibility of cartelisation then all projects that were executed till now must face an audit," said a corporator requesting anonymity. Civic officials however dismissed the claims and said the policy was altered fearing a cartelisation among contractors ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
2019-02-28Thane: KDMC clerk seeks sexual favours from woman, held - Times of India
Thane: KDMC clerk seeks sexual favours from woman, held Feb 28, 2019, 19:40 IST THANE: An employee of Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) was arrested on Thursday for allegedly demanding sexual favours from a woman in lieu of reducing her property tax, the Anti-Corruption Bureua (ACB) said. The accused, Rameshchandra Rajput (48), who works as a clerk in the tax department of the KDMC, was caught by the ACB sleuths at Subhash Maidan in Kalyan, the anti-graft agency said in a statement. Rajput had issued a property attachment notice against the woman for non-payment of property tax. However, he later offered to reduce her property tax and also give more time to her for tax payment by demanding sexual favours from her in return. Thereafter, the woman lodged a complaint against him with the Thane unit of the ACB on Tuesday, said Mahesh Patil, superintendent of police, Thane range of ACB. The ACB laid a trap. As per the plan, the woman asked Rajput to come to Subhash Maidan to meet her on Thursday. When he came there, the ACB sleuths caught him, he said. Further investigation is being carried out.
2019-02-28TMC chief orders revamp of entire tendering process | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
TMC chief orders revamp of entire tendering process 1st March, 2019 "How come the lapse was realised at this stage when a majority of projects were on the anvil of being flagged off ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. If there is a possibility of cartelisation then all projects that were executed till now must face an audit," said a corporator requesting anonymity. Civic officials however dismissed the claims and said the policy was altered fearing a cartelisation among contractors ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The Commissioner said action should be taken on contractors who are found to submit inadequate documents while responding to tenders for any project. Jaiswal has also warned of action for those contractors who deliberately offer excessively high or low rates by either putting them in a blacklist or forfeit their deposit money in certain cases. The commissioners also asked the officials to revise the existing norms against contractors who have undertaken works under Rs 5 crore but were asked to ensure ready mix concrete plants on their sites. As per the revision only those contractors whose work is valued over Rs 5 crore and tenure is beyond 18 months will have to ensure these facilities. The development comes at a time when the existing practice which was in force till now was considered foolproof and has now raised questioned like how any lapses went unnoticed till now especially when there was a dedicated team scrutinising all projects coming up for execution. Activists have taken this opportunity and have sought a complete audit of all major projects executed till now to ensure that there was no financial loss or lapses in the recent past. THANE: Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Wednesday announced a revamp of the tendering process for executing civic projects to ensure more transparency and do away with any possible cartelisation among contractors. The sudden revamp at this stage has led to several questions including wether there was lack of faith in the present mechanism and also if it is an indirect confirmation by the commissioner towards alleged lapses in the system as all tendering processes are known to undergo a stringent scrutiny by departments at several stages. The decision was taken after a marathon meeting between officials from various department, municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Wednesday redefined the parameters while okaying applications and ensuring penalty for defaulting contractors. Among the slew of changes recommended are weeding out contractors who could be responsible or part of a cartel.
2019-02-28Mumbra girl missing since 2016 finally tracked through Tik Tok app - Mid-Day
Mumbra girl missing since 2016, finally tracked through Tik Tok app Updated: Feb 28, 2019, 21:21 IST Thane: A girl who had gone missing in 2016 from Mumbra was found in Goregaon through a post on social media site Tik Tok. Police took her into custody and learned that the girl went on her own accord. According to Mirror Now, a woman on November 6, 2016, registered a complaint at the Mumbra police station that her daughter had been abducted. Acting on the complaint, police began searching for her through various means but were unsuccessful. The case was later transferred to the immoral trafficking prevention cell on May 11, 2018. Assistant Sub-Inspector Raju Mahale was appointed to investigate the case. During the investigation, Police learned that the kidnapped girl has been using Tik Tok and shared it on social media. Police began tracking the girl on social media and asked her to make a video call. After confirming the identity, the police asked the girl to meet her sister under a false pretext of her mother being ill. She was then taken into custody and cops began interrogating her. During the interrogation, the girl revealed that she left home on her own accord and not under pressure or threat from anyone. As a result, the kidnapping charge was dissolved. She also revealed that after running away from Mumbra, she was living in Goregaon for ten days and later started a catering business in Surat for 3-4 months. Later, she shifted to Vasai for few months. Since then, she has been living in Nalasopara. On further investigation, it was revealed that the girl had made a fake account under the name of Abhay Shetty and befriended her sister and her husband after watching a video of them on Tik Tok ten days ago. The sister and her husband had uploaded a video of Bhojpuri song on a Tik-Tok mobile app. The girl began to chat with her sister and her husband and ask information about the family. The article has been sourced from a third-party source and Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability, and data of the text. All information provided in this article is for informational purposes only.
2019-02-28Plans to decongest Ghodbunder Road only on paper - Hindustan Times
Plans to decongest Ghodbunder Road only on paper Updated: Mar 01, 2019 00:43 IST A month after officials met to discuss measures to decongest the crowded Ghodbunder Road, the situation has worsened. The peak-hour congestion on the highway owing to the ongoing Wadala-Kasarvadavli Metro 4 project has increased in the past few weeks. On January 3, Thane Municipal Corporation held a meeting with the traffic police and MMRDA officials to come up with measures to ease congestion on Ghodbunder Road. Traffic police and TMC were supposed to remove illegally parked vehicles on the service road. But, the assurances to remove abandoned vehicles, illegally parked vehicles, not to dig up service roads and barricade only a portion where the Metro work is on are forgotten. A status check shows that the service roads have been dug up on both sides near Waghbil junction. The barricades put up for Metro work have blocked one side of the service road near Patlipada and Brahmand junctions, while the other side is dug up till Patlipada. A civic engineer from sewage department said, “We have undertaken the water remodeling and integrated sewage development project for Ghodbunder area. It was decided to dig only one side of the service road. However, since the water department had already dug up the right side of the service road towards Ghodbunder, the commissioner gave permission to dig the left side with the condition that both works will be completed in a month. Commuters might face problems till then, but both roads will be in a motorable condition.” The stretch of the service road near Manpada junction is motorable, but people have parked vehicles both sides of the road. Some abandoned vehicles too have been parked. A TMC official said, “We are continuously taking action against vehicles parked illegally, but the minute we turn our back, the vehicles are back. We have been taking action against double parking but some stretches, especially near car showrooms and commercial complexes, still see vehicles parked on both sides.” The traffic police claimed that several measures were taken which has considerably eased traffic else the situation would have being chaotic. A traffic official said, “We have removed most barricades near Manpada junction which was a major bottleneck. The traffic at the junction has been eased to some extent. However, there is lot of traffic on Ghodbunder and the four-lane road has been reduced to three lanes. We cannot decongest the road completely till the Metro work is completed.” He said the department has also removed most of the abandoned vehicles although they are short of equipment and manpower. “We need dumpers and cranes to pick the vehicles from the roads and transport them to Daighar, where the corporation has allotted a vacant plot to dump the vehicles. Earlier, the vehicles were dumped at the nearby Saket ground. Daighar is far and transporting vehicles is time-consuming. We will need support from TMC to provide us dumpers and cranes,” he said. The department has also imposed traffic diversions. Residents are not convinced with the efforts. Vishal Jadhav, 30, a resident of Manpada, said, “It is a task to drive on Ghodbunder road. There is traffic congestion even in the afternoon. It takes twice the usual time to reach home owning to Metro work and dug-up service roads. Heavy vehicles are seen plying even during the day, adding to the congestion.”
2019-02-28Doctor gets Rs 12.29 L compensation for injuries in accident - Business Standard
Doctor gets Rs 12.29 L compensation for injuries in accident Last Updated at February 28, 2019 10:25 IST The Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) in Maharashtra has awarded a compensation of Rs 12.29 lakh to a 37-year-old doctor who received grievous injuries in a road accident in 2009. MACT member and principal district judge Virendra G Bisht last week ordered the offending vehicle's owner and the New India Assurance Company Limited to jointly and severally make the payment to Dr Gulrez Rahimoddin Mansuri. The claimant, who worked as regional medical officer at a well-known hospital, told the tribunal that he was returning from Lonavla (hill station in neighbouring Pune district) to Mumbai on his motorcycle on November 12, 2009 when a trailer hit his bike on Panvel-Sion road. He received severe injuries in the accident and was advised complete bed rest for six months. He told the tribunal that he spent over Rs 4 lakh on medicines, hospitalisation and other expenses, and lodged a claim of Rs 50 lakh against both the opponents. The trailer's insurer opposed the claim, saying he was riding the motorcycle in a rash and negligent manner due to which he lost control over the wheels and his vehicle dashed against the trailer which was moving at moderate speed. The insurance firm further said no permanent disability was established on record by the claimant. After hearing both the sides, judge Bisht said Mansuri claimed permanent partial disability to the extent of 62 per cent. "But there is no scientific evidence to satisfy the conscience of the tribunal in the absence of evidence of a medical officer for it," he said. But, it is clear from the claimant's evidence that he took treatment at different hospitals for his grievous injuries, the judge said while awarding him Rs 12.29 lakh compensation towards medical expenses, loss of income, pain and sufferings and other costs incurred by him.
2019-02-28Promise of Setting up Hospital in Dubai: Gynaecologist Duped of Rs 2 crore - Medical Dialogues
Promise of Setting up Hospital in Dubai: Gynaecologist Duped of Rs 2 crore February 28, 2019 Read more at Medical Dialogues: Promise of Setting up Hospital in Dubai: Gynaecologist Duped of Rs 2 crore https://medicaldialogues.in/promise-of-setting-up-hospital-in-dubai-gynaecologist-duped-of-rs-2-crore/
2019-02-28Sanjay Barve is Mumbai's new Police Commissioner - Mumbai Mirror
Sanjay Barve is Mumbai's new Police Commissioner Updated: Feb 28, 2019, 16:25 IST Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Thursday appointed Director General of Anti-Corruption Bureau, Sanjay Barve, as the new Police Commissioner of Mumbai and Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, as state's new Director General of Police (DGP). Jaiswal will take over from DGP Datta Padsalgikar whose term ends today. Padsalgikar was to retire on August 31, 2018, but was given an extension of three months which was to expire on November 30. On December 1, 2018, he was granted another three-month extension. Handed over charge of @CPMumbaiPolice to my colleague Sh. Sanjay Barve after a fruitful and satisfying tenure. Will… https://t.co/g57oZe3qW1— CP Mumbai Police (@CPMumbaiPolice) 1551348321000 "We have increased the security in the city looking at the current situation on the international borders and coordination is carried out on regular basis will all central agencies," Barve said after taking over charge at his Crawford Market office. Barve, who is the 42nd Police Commissioner of the city further said,"Entire nation is on high alert. Mumbaikars should also be alert and report suspicious objects. We are their for Mumbaikars always." "I am not new to Mumbai Police neither Mumbai Police is new to me. Our prime aim will be to maintain law and order situation. With more concentration on Cyber and Economic Offences. Mumbai police has always been up to to the citizens expectations and also be in future more effectively," he said. Along with Sanjay Barve, Parambir Singh who is the additional DGP, law and order, Pune Police Commissioner K Venkatesham, and Thane Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar were the top contenders for the Mumbai Police Commissioner’s post.
2019-02-28NRI couple held for cheating doctor to the tune of Rs 2.15cr - Mumbai Mirror
NRI couple held for cheating doctor to the tune of Rs 2.15cr Updated: Feb 28, 2019, 06:00 IST Thane police have arrested an NRI couple for allegedly cheating a well-known gynecologist to the tune of 2.15 crore. The couple promised the doctor they would help him open an IVF centre in Jumeirah, a posh neighbourhood in Dubai. The police said they arrested Rangu and Vidya Ramgopal from Lok Puram in Thane’s Vasant Vihar area, following a complaint from Dr Atul Dongre, 41. Dr Dongre runs the Santati Test Tube Baby and Fertility Centre on Pokharan Road Number 1in Thane. He also has a clinic in Dhaka, Bangladesh. “They approached Dr Dongre for counselling as they did not have a baby,” said P C Giridhar, senior inspector at Vartak Nagar police station. “They later befriended Dongre and on the pretext of helping him open a clinic in Dubai, Rangu on various occasions took money from him. Rangu also promised to manage all the legal aspects of opening the clinic.” The police said Dr Dongre was even shown a site in Dubai for the clinic. “They told Dr Dongre that as Rangu was a civil contractor and a builder he had contacts in Dubai government who could help get all the necessary clearances,” said the official. “We have arrested the couple from Thane and are now questioning them about the money he paid them. We have learned that Rangu has not paid any money to anybody in Dubai,” said the official. The two will be produced in a Thane court on Thursday. Dr Dongre is MD gynecologist and has a master’s in clinical embryology from the University of Leeds, UK. His wife Dr Swati Atul Dongre is also a gynecologist and infertility specialist.
2019-02-28BEST driver robbed at knifepoint by auto-rickshaw driver | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
BEST driver robbed at knifepoint by auto-rickshaw driver 28th February, 2019 THANE A 46-year-old BEST driver was robbed of Rs 5,400 by an auto-rickshaw driver and two of his accomplices.The police said, the 46-year-old Devanand Jadhav , a Diva resident, took an auto-rickshaw from Majiwada naka at around 11 pm on Wednesday. Two passengers were already there in the auto-rickshaw beofre Jadhav boarded it. A little ahead of Saket bridge, the auto driver stopped the vehicle and asked for money. The victim resisted but in vain as one of them pulled out a knife. Due to darkness, Jadhav could note down the vehicle's registration number. A case has been registered at Kapurbawdi police station and further probe is under way.
2019-02-28Schools ensure seating, security, medical as SSC exams begin today | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Schools ensure seating, security, medical as SSC exams begin today 1st March, 2019 "We have about 1,090 students appearing for their SSC exams from our school and some of them are bound to be distressed. The schools have even doubled up on their security levels during the examination to avoid any cases of paper leaks. "We have 250 students appearing for their SSC exams in our school and we ensured that their seating numbers were allocated and marked before they started arriving to check it on Thursday," said Rupa Dey, principal of Shreerang Vidyalay. The papers will be unsealed in the presence of a police official, a teacher, an exam conductor and a student only after all the SSC students are seated in the exam hall. We have also kept a special room for handicapped students on the ground floor to avoid any inconvenience," added Dey.
2019-02-2817 lakh to take SSC exams today, some special kids get no writer - Times of India
17 lakh to take SSC exams today, some special kids get no writer Mar 1, 2019, 04:35 IST MUMBAI: As the class X state board (SSC) exam begins on Friday, parents, students and school officials thronged the state board's Mumbai division office in Vashi to complete formalities to avail concessions like a writer or extra time in case of disability or emergency. Over 17 lakh students in the state will appear for the SSC exam this year. Of the total students, 3.9 lakh are from Mumbai division which includes Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad. In Mumbai, 1.92 lakh students will begin with their board exam on Friday as they appear for their first language paper. English medium students will have their first paper on Saturday. On Thursday, parents and school officials made last-minute trips to the board for concessions. "We received a letter on Wednesday informing us that two of our students who are slow learners would not get writers. But, the government resolution states that they would be eligible for a writer and the students had practised throughout the past years with writers," said a teacher from a special school. The school submitted a special request to the board to allow the students to use writers. Board officials however said they have followed the rules and allowed writers wherever possible. Similarly, the other most common request the board has received has been for a centre close to home. "Students have been requesting us for a centre close to their homes because they have either been injured recently or are unwell and hence cannot travel. On evaluating the genuineness of the case, we are allowing students the concessions," said Sharad Khandagale, secretary of the board's Mumbai division. The board has also allowed over 150 students of three schools in Palghar and Titwala to take the exam though the schools did not have board affiliation.
2019-02-2888 bird species at Thane wetland under threat - NETIVE.in
88 bird species at Thane wetland under threat 28/02/2019 A thriving wetland of Kasarvadavali near Thane district is being destroyed by reclamation and dumping of debris, revealed a report by the Thane District Wetland Base Survey Committee. It highlighted the observation by the talathi office that 81,000 metric tonnes of debris had been dumped at the site. The report claimed that there were 88 species of birds at the site, including six endangered bird species, and five species of butterflies. In a rare incident, comb ducks had been sighted at the wetland- the first such sighting within the Thane city limits. Earlier in February, activist Rohit Joshi had written to the wetland committee appointed by the Bombay high court alleging that as many as 8,000 truckloads of debris had been dumped at the site over the span of one month. In the light of rampant illegal dumping at the wetland near Ram Maruti Road, Kasarvadavali, the survey committee highlighted that the wetland spread over 20.9 hectares was facing a serious threat. The report showed that the wetland was rich in biodiversity including endangered bird species such as the black-headed Ibis, painted stork, greater spotted eagle, Indian spotted eagle, curlew sandpiper and Alexandrine parakeet. “The comb duck, one of the resident ducks in our area has been reported from here recently. It is the first sighting within the Thane city limits,” read the report prepared by Seema Hardikar and Avinash Bhagar, members of the survey committee. The wetland is also a source of agriculture and fishing activities, with paddy and vegetables being grown in the surrounding areas during the monsoon and winter-summer seasons, respectively. As per Asian age, The report also maintained that construction waste along with plastic and sewage water was being released at the site and the Thane Municipal Corporation was constructing a road through the site. Meanwhile, the TMC claimed that villagers had been carrying out dumping. “The committee report has confirmed what we have been saying, that the wetland is indeed rich in biodiversity and needs to be preserved. The tehsildar’s office has already served a show-cause notice to the TMC’s contractor,” said Mr Joshi.
2019-02-27Mumbai Metro network to expand to 276 km: Sudhir Mungantiwar - Mumbai Mirror
Mumbai Metro network to expand to 276 km: Sudhir Mungantiwar Updated: Feb 27, 2019, 19:53 IST Mumbai: Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said on Wednesday that the Metro network in Mumbai will be extended to 276 km from the current 11.4 km. Presenting a vote-on-account in the Legislative Assembly, he said the government was also committed to complete the Metro projects in other cities expeditiously. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), executing agency for Mumbai Metro, has been given a nod for 276 km of network, he said. The Metro will be extended to satellite towns surrounding Mumbai such as Thane, Mira-Bhayander,Vasai Virar,Kalyan-Dombivali and Bhiwandi, the finance minister said. Metro projects are also underway in Nagpur, Pune and Navi Mumbai, and a 141.06 km Metro network will be constructed in these cities, Mungantiwar said. Preliminary survey for a light rail transport system is being undertaken for Nashik city, he said. An outlay of Rs 65 crore has been proposed for development of airports and upgradation of aviation services. The land acquisition for the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway has been completed and the construction work has begun, the minister said. Rs 7,000 crore were spent on land acquisition, he informed. Rs 26 crore have been earmarked for the construction of a jetty at Radio Club in South Mumbai and at Elephanta Island off the city shore for passengers and tourists, he said. Mungantiwar presented a vote-on-account for the first four months of 2019-20 (April to July) on Wednesday.
2019-02-27City gas bidding result: Who gains what? - Moneycontrol.com
City gas bidding result: Who gains what? Updated : Feb 27, 2019 04:02 PM IST After announcement of the results of the 10th round of the City Gas Distribution (CGD) bidding for 50 geographical areas (GA), the stocks of downstream gas companies -- Indraprastha Gas (IGL), Gujarat Gas, Mahanagar Gas (MGL) -- witnessed positive momentum. A total of 12 companies have grabbed 50 GAs (124 districts) from a total of 225 bids received Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) and a consortium of AG&P LNG Marketing Pte and Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Company of Manila emerged as clear winners with nine geographies each being allocated. GAIL (India), Gujarat Gas and IGL also followed suit with four, six and three GAs, respectively. Adani Gas won two areas individually and one in collaboration with IOCL. This latest allocation plans to add 2,02,92,760 domestic PNG (piped natural gas) connections and 3,578 CNG (compressed natural gas) stations for transport sector by March 31, 2029. Almost 70 percent of India’s population (from the current 50 percent) and 53 percent of its geographical area would be covered under the CGD system after this allocation. Outlook Allocation of complementing geographies stands as a positive for the downstream gas companies and would facilitate higher utilisation of the existing infrastructure, thereby bringing added operating efficiencies in the long term. Gujarat Gas is the largest CGD player in India, supplying 6.8 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCMD) gas to Gujarat, Palghar and Thane rural areas. Increasing adoption of PNG industrial gas as the primary fuel augurs well for the company’s growth. The company has won Sirsa, Fatehabad, Mansa, Ujjain, Dewas, Indore, Jhabua, Banswara, Ratlam, Durgarpur, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Sri Muktsar Sahib, Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Jalore and Sirohi in the current round. This allocation shows an aggressively expanding presence of Gujarat Gas in north and west India and would enable volume expansion, which has been a concern for a while. IGL currently has a strong presence in NCR and adjoining areas, which have the largest vehicle population in India and the company supplies around 5.3 MMSCMD gas currently. IGL has won bids for Kaithal, Ajmer, Pali, Rajsamand, Kanpur, Fatehpur and Hamirpur. This allocation would enable IGL to further strengthen and expand its presence in north India and bring added operational benefits.
2019-02-27Maharashtra Health Dept Recruitment 2019, Apply Online for 1400 + Clerk, Staff Nurse and Other Posts - Jagran Josh
Maharashtra Health Dept Recruitment 2019, Apply Online for 1400 + Clerk, Staff Nurse and Other Posts FEB 27, 2019 15:33 IST Maharashtra Health Department Recruitment 2019: Public Health Department, Maharashtra has invited online applications for various posts including Staff Nurse, Junior Clerk, Senior CLERK, Driver, Pharmacist and others through direct recruitment. Candidates, who are interested for Maharashtra Health Department Recruitment 2019, can apply for the posts official website www.mahapariksha.gov.in. Mahapariksha online recruitment process is already started on 26 February and the last date for submitting online applications is 18 March 2019. Maharashtra health department has notified more than 1400+ posts in Akola, Aurangabad, Yavatmal Thane and various division. Candidates must fulfill the eligibility criteria required by the post. More details on Health Department Maharashtra Recruitment 2019 are given below. Important Date Last Date of Application - 18 March 2019 Maharashtra Health Department Vacancy Details Akola Health Department – 574 Staff Nurse: 382 Junior Clerk: 25 Senior Clerk: 17 House Keeper: 07 Laboratory Scientific Officer: 29 Laboratory Assistant: 08 X-Ray Scientific Officer: 19 Blood Bank Scientific Officer: 11 Pharmacist: 30 Dietician: 02 ECG Technician: 07 Dental Mechanic: 05 Dialysis Technician: 02 Telephone Operator: 05 Driver: 13 Tailor: 01 Carpenter: 01 Warden: 04 Record Keeper: 02 Dental Hygienist: 02 Electrician: 02 Aurangabad Health Department - 312 House Keeper: 03 Laboratory Scientific Officer: 16 Laboratory Assistant: 03 X-Ray Scientific Officer: 30 Blood Bank Scientific Officer: 05 Pharmacist: 21 Dietician: 02 ECG Technician: 02 Dental Mechanic: 01 Dialysis Technician: 02 Staff Nurse: 185 Telephone Operator: 05 Driver: 02 Tailor: 03 Carpenter: 02 Plumber: 02 Record Keeper: 05 Store Keeper: 05 Dental Hygienist: 03 Electrician: 04 Senior Clerk: 11 Thane Health Department - 350+ House Keeper: 01 Laboratory Scientific Officer: 12 Laboratory Assistant: 13 X-Ray Scientific Officer: 10 Blood Bank Scientific Officer: 02 Pharmacist: 23 Dietician: 02 Warden: 02 Senior Clerk: 15 Electrician: 01 Staff Nurse: 242 Telephone Operator: 05 Driver: 10 Tailor: 03 Carpenter: 02 Plumber: 03 Record Keeper: 01 Junior Clerk: 01 ANM: 18 Yavatmal Health Department - 96 Posts Multipurpose Health Worker – 96 Wardha Health Department - 38 Posts Worker: 38 Satara Health Department - 30 Posts Worker: 30 Sindhudurg Health Department - 27 Posts Worker: 27 Solapur Health Department - 25 Posts Worker: 25 Pay Scale: Staff Nurse: Rs. 9,300 – 34,800/- + GP Rs. 4,200/- Junior Clerk: Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + G.P Rs. 1,900/- Senior Clerk: Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + G.P Rs. 2,400/- House Keeper: Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + G.P Rs. 1,900/- Laboratory Scientific Officer: Rs. 9,300 – 34,800/- + GP Rs. 4,200/-Laboratory Assistant: Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + G.P Rs. 2,000/- X-Ray Scientific Officer: Rs. 9,300 – 34,800/- + GP Rs. 4,200/- Blood Bank Scientific Officer: Rs. 9,300 – 34,800/- + GP Rs. 4,200/- Pharmacist: Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + G.P Rs. 2,800/- Dietician: Rs. 9,300 – 34,800/- + GP Rs. 4,300/- ECG Technician: Rs. 9,300 – 34,800/- + GP Rs. 4,200/- Dental Mechanic: Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + G.P Rs. 2,000/- Dialysis Technician: Rs. 9,300 – 34,800/- + GP Rs. 4,200/- Telephone Operator: Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + G.P Rs. 2,000/- Driver: Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + G.P Rs. 1,900/- Tailor: Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + G.P Rs. 1,900/- Carpenter: Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + G.P Rs. 1,900/- Warden: Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + G.P Rs. 2,800/- Record Keeper: Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + G.P Rs. 1,900/- Dental Hygienist: Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + G.P Rs. 2,400/- Electrician: Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/- + G.P Rs. 1,900/- Eligibility Criteria for Clerk, Staff Nurse and Other Posts Educational Qualification and Experience: Staff Nurse - General Nursing & Midwifery Diploma Passed or B.Sc Nursing Degree Passed Junior Clerk - Graduate Degree and Marathi Typing 30 WPM or English Typing 40 WPM or Computer Typing Certificate Senior Clerk-Degree in Arts, Science, Commerce or Law Telephone Operator - 10th Passed. Knowledge of Hindi, Marathi & English with Fluency in Speaking Driver - 4th Passed. Knowledge of Marathi & Hindi Language. Heavy Motor Vehicle (HMV) Driving License and 3 Years Work Experience as a Driver Taylor - 10th Passed. Should have Passed Tailoring & Cutting Course from an Govt. Recognized Institute Carpenter - ITI in Carpenter Trade Record Keeper - Graduate Degree. Diploma or Certificate in Library Science. Good Knowledge of Marathi Language Dental Hygienist - 10th Passed and Passed Dental Hygienist Examination Conducted by the Govt. and Recognized by Dental Council of India Age Limit: 18 to 38 Years For more information, check detailed notification given below Selection Procedure for Clerk, Staff Nurse and Other Posts Selection will be done on the basis of written test/interview How to Apply for Maharashtra Health Department Jobs 2019 The Eligible candidates can apply online on or before 18 March 2019. Application Fee General Candidates - Rs. 500/- SC/ST Candidates- Rs. 300/-
2019-02-27TMC, KDMC to monitor water online to curb leakage - Daily News & Analysis
TMC, KDMC to monitor water online to curb leakage Updated: Feb 27, 2019, 06:10 AM IST The water distribution system in Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli is set to get an overhaul in the next two years. Both the municipalities are in the process of acquiring modern online water monitoring system which will help them combat water leakage. Both TMC and KDMC lose 35 per cent and 21 per cent respectively, of their water supply, to leakage or thefts on a daily basis. The city of Thane has a population of over 24 lakh. It gets 480 MLD (million litre per day) water regularly from the MIDC (Maharashtra industrial development corporation) and other sources. However, it loses 35 per cent of this supply to water leakages, thefts, and so on. To bring this under control, the civic body had earlier proposed water metering, which is yet to take off. Along with this, the civic body also wants to undertake daily water audits under the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) wing. "This will help us keep an eye on our daily water supply, distribution, water pressure, and leakages in different areas," a senior official from the TMC's water department said. "All this information will be available online through SCADA and will help us plug loopholes. It will help us maintain and upgrade our water distribution system," he added. The TMC has reserved a budget of Rs 20 crore for SCADA which is likely to be operational by March 2020. It also wants to do an energy audit of the water pumping machinery to curb energy wastage. An amount of Rs 1 crore has been earmarked for this purpose. Even the KDMC wants to have an online water audit monitoring system. "Right now we are meeting vendors who can help us curb water leakage in our jurisdiction. This will take some time," a KDMC official said. The civic authority supplies 400 MLD of water daily to over 13 lakh people and loses 21 per cent of its quota everyday.
2019-02-274 lakh SSC students from Mumbai division set to appear for board (exams) - Hindustan Times
4 lakh SSC students from Mumbai division set to appear for board (exams) Updated: Feb 27, 2019 23:45 IST Around 4 lakh students from Mumbai division, which includes Thane, Raigad and Palghar, will take the secondary school certificate (SSC) exams at 999 centres from Friday, with 25 flying squads checking malpractices. The number of fresh candidates this year is 3,83,320 (including, compared to last year’s 3,39,899. The number of repeater candidates has gone down to 16,307 this year, from 42,855 in 2018. In addition to the existing guidelines, the divisional board recently warned all centres to ensure the Class 10 students don’t carry mobile phones inside the exam hall. “After a Class 12 student was found carrying a phone at a centre in Vakola, we have asked the centres to take precautions,” said Sharad Khandagale, secretary, Mumbai divisional board. This is the first exam after the state board revised the syllabus and scrapped oral exams for languages and social sciences. “With the new syllabus, students were a little anxious. The education department then decided to scrap the oral exams, adding to their stress as they will now have to attempt a 100-mark paper,” said Sheela Pandit, a teacher from a suburban school. “As the syllabus has changed, most of them will either write the supplementary exams in July or apply for class improvement,” Krishnakumar Patil, chairperson, Mumbai divisional board. Under the revised pattern, students will have activity-based question papers. The board has warned students to reach centres in time, as latecomers would be barred from writing exams. “Any student who comes in after 11.20 am for the first session and 3.20 pm in the second session will be sent away,” said Khandagale.
2019-02-27Army Personnel Guarding Vital Installations In Mumbai: Report - NDTV News
Army Personnel Guarding Vital Installations In Mumbai: Report Updated: February 27, 2019 21:30 IST MUMBAI: Army personnel have been deployed at sensitive locations in the city along with the local police in view of the increased tension on the Line of Control, an official said on Wednesday. Along with central paramilitary forces, Army jawans are guarding key railway stations, airport, the area outside the Western Naval Command headquarters and various defence establishments in Mumbai and neighbouring towns, he said. Videos circulated on social media showed large vehicles being moved in the city. Some onlookers claimed they were anti-aircraft gun carriages but there was no official word on the vehicles' contents. Police said they facilitated swift movement of defence vehicles from Thane to Mumbai Tuesday night. "We received a request for assistance from the defence forces and we provided it," said a police official involved in traffic management. In the most horrific terrorist attacks in the country's history, 166 people were killed and over 300 injured as 10 heavily-armed terrorists from Pakistan created mayhem in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. The Western Naval Command is also on high alert, the official said. The Command is gearing up for action in the deep sea if needed, adding the Coast Guard and Marine Police are keeping vigil along the state's coastline. Mumbai Police too have been put on high alert after the Indian Air Force conducted air strikes at Jaish-e-Mohammed camps inside Pakistan early Tuesday morning. "Police are on alert and prepared to face any situation. Nakabandi (vehicle checking) is going on in various parts of the city," he said. The security at vital installations has been increased, he added. Maharashtra DGP Datta Padsalgikar and Mumbai police commissioner Subodh Jaiswal attended a meeting convened by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday with opposition leaders and senior police officials in view of possible security threat to the coastal city.
2019-02-27Thane boy appears for two Class X papers from hospital - The Hindu
Thane boy appears for two Class X papers from hospital UPDATED: FEBRUARY 28, 2019 09:57 IST Severe abdominal pain and vomiting did not stop 15-year-old Akshat Pandey from appearing for his Class X exams. The Thane boy, who had to be taken to hospital a day before his Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) examination, appeared for two papers from his hospital bed with an intravenous drip on. ICSE officials took Akshat’s health into consideration, and allowed him to write his English Language paper on February 22 and English Literature on February 25 at the hospital in the presence of an invigilator. Akshat’s father, Satyaprakash Pandey, said the Hiranandani Foundation School student developed severe abdominal pain on February 21. He had been vomiting everything he ingested, and doctors advised a sonography and a CT scan. “The reports came only by 9 p.m. We took him home hoping that he would get better, but his condition remained bad and we rushed him to Fortis Hospital at 5.30 a.m. on February 22,” Mr. Pandey said. The reports revealed sub-acute appendicitis. “We approached the school authorities with all the medical reports. The principal was extremely cooperative and helped us arrange an invigilator to come to the hospital,” Mr. Pandey said. While Akshat was put on intravenous fluids and antibiotics immediately, he was also advised surgery, which will be carried out after his exams are over on March 25. “He is on oral medication for now,” paediatrician Dr.Rajan Doshi said. Akshat was discharged from hospital on Monday.
2019-02-27Thane woman dies of swine flu, 2nd case in 2 months - Times of India
Thane woman dies of swine flu, 2nd case in 2 months Feb 28, 2019, 02:58 IST THANE: A 48-year-old woman from Thane who had swine flu died hours after she was taken to a private clinic for treatment last week. The deceased woman, Tanmayi Haate, had tested positive for the virus and had been termed a ‘high risk’ patient, said civic officials. The death toll of patients with the H1N1 virus is now two in the last two months. The first one was a 52-year-old Palghar resident. “The patient died the day she was admitted. A high-risk patient, she had hepatitis C, chronic liver disease and hypertension,” said Dr Ram Kendre, medical health officer of Thane Municipal Corporation. Dr Kendre said that the other patient who died of swine flu two months ago was a 52-year-old woman from Palghar, Kanchan Gaur, who was also treated in Thane. “Gaur too was a high-risk patient. She had diabetes and hypertension,” he said. The civic-health department has so far recorded 49 swine flu positive patients. “Of these H1N1-positive patients, the virus has affected two pregnant women. We have seen that most of the positive patients are from the west side, near the highway. We suspect this is because people in this belt are working class who often go on tours or meetings out of the city. Also, there are malls, corporate offices, and social gatherings that happen here, so people could have got in contact with the virus,” added Dr Kendre. The authorities said once they have a positive patient, they check those who were in contact with the patient, and see if they have symptoms of the virus.
2019-02-27Year on, only 73,000 takers for Digi Thane app instead of targeted 6 lakh - Times of India
Year on, only 73,000 takers for Digi Thane app instead of targeted 6 lakh Feb 28, 2019, 03:06 IST THANE: Almost a year after the ambitious Digi Thane project - web and mobile application facility - was launched in Thane, it has clearly failed to garner the desired momentum as barely three per cent of the total volume of users seem to be actively using it. A mid-February report prepared by the team of Digi Thane (accessed by TOI) revealed that the facility has managed to attract only 73,000 users since its inauguration in January 2018, which is around 12 per cent of the total city population. Of these, only 2,500 or around three per cent users have been actively using this online facility raising questions over its popularity and viability. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had become the first civic body in the country and second in the world after Tel Aviv Jaffa, Israel, to have an online interactive connect between the local self-government and citizens. The TMC is believed to have spent nearly Rs 16 crore of the taxpayers' money for this facility, which has failed to attract the desired number of users, alleged activists and corporators. Activists said that the service has simply become a tool for spamming users with marketing messages. Records revealed that a massive 1.80 lakh messages were sent to users till mid-February. Barely 550 traders are using the facility instead of the targeted 5000, showed statistics. The interactive digital citizen platform was launched in Thane for connecting residents with civic services like payment of taxes, alerts about civic projects in addition to getting discounts at affiliated shops, restaurants and certain housing projects across town. It was to target six lakh residents by now. Activists and corporators have meanwhile questioned the rationale behind starting such facilities and cautioned the civic body against such wasteful expenditure of taxpayers' money. "It seems like a massive burden on residents of Thane, who are otherwise deprived of basic civic facilities. Why is the TMC spending so much money when issues like adequate water supply, good roads and sanitation still remain unattended to," questioned Manish Sharma, a resident. BJP corporator Milind Patankar ,who has been using the facility claims he has not been getting any value addition through the services and said it seems to be just a marketing tool to promote private enterprises.
2019-02-27Thane: 19-year-old crushed under train while crossing tracks - The Indian Express
Thane: 19-year-old crushed under train while crossing tracks Published: February 28, 2019 1:49:16 am A 19-year-old nursing student on Tuesday was crushed by a train when she was crossing the tracks ahead of Ulhasnagar station. Advertising Railway police identified the woman as Aarti Motagi. “She was a resident of camp number 4 in Ulhasnagar. She was studying in the first year of nursing at the Bharatiya Vidyapeeth College in Navi Mumbai,” said an officer from Kalyan railway police. Police said Aarti was on her way home when she decided to take a shortcut and started crossing the tracks. “She was crushed under a fast local train going towards Karjat. We identified her from her ID card that she was carrying,” the officer said. Motagi had recently started going to college and was a good student, said her neighbours from camp number four. “Her father Basavraj Motagi runs a business and she has two siblings,” added a neighbour. “We have been trying to raise awareness among people to not cross the tracks, but even educated people do so instead of using the overhead bridge. We have registered an accidental death report and handed over the body to the family,” said a senior railway police officer.
2019-02-27Commuters fume as CR shuts Kalyan-end FOB for repairs - Times of India
Commuters fume as CR shuts Kalyan-end FOB for repairs Feb 28, 2019, 03:10 IST THANE: The partial shutdown of the Kalyan-end old foot overbridge (FOB) at Thane station since Monday has sparked fears among commuters as they feel that inadequate exit point can lead to a stampede-like situation. The authorities shut down the FOB to carry out repair work. However, no prior intimation or announcements were made by the railways. With the partial shutdown, commuters do not have access to platform number 2, 3 and 4. To make things worse, the administration has also failed to make alternate arrangement for commuters, adding up to their woes. Activists claim that the situation will get worse once the entire bridge is shut. Several passengers, including senior citizens, claimed that they took the bridge from the east side of the station as there was no intimation of the west side that the birdge has been partially shut. The railways also failed to put up barricades at landings, due to which passengers climbed up the stair only to find that the bridge has been shut. "The work is crucial but was taken up without giving adequate notice to passengers. I had bought this to the notice of the railways, but in vain. The authorities have failed to alert commuters about the work and should have provided alternate arrangements," said Nand Kumar Deshmukh, an activist. "There are so many political banners being put up across the bridge, but there not one message alerting the passengers about the shutting of the bridge. We climbed all the way up from platform number 10 only to find that the exit on platform number 2 was blocked," complained an elderly couple from Kopri. Earlier, TOI had reported that the railways had scheduled a 70-day jumbo block to carry out the same repair work on February 3. However, the administration failed to begin work in time and suddenly started work from this week. As per the plans, the bridge is likely to be shut for 70 days. And a fortnight later, the entire bridge will be shut for commuters. Activists fear that shutting the bridge will mean more pressure on the other FOBs and this can lead to a stampede-like situation, especially when trains arrive at the same time. "Thane is a very busy station and witnesses nearly 4 to 5 lakh passengers daily. The railways should plan for some alternative exits," said a commuter. Meanwhile, senior railway officials admitted that work has begun after MP Rajan Vichare flagged it off on Sunday. They, however, said announcements were made and banners alerting passengers about the partial shutting of the FOB was put up at the station. "We are taking all precautions and have made adequate announcements alerting the public," said a senior railway official. Thane is a very busy station and witnesses nearly 4 to 5 lakh passengers daily. Platform number 2, 5 and 6 are one of the most congested. The railways should plan for some alternative exits Thane is a very busy station and witnesses nearly 4 to 5 lakh passengers daily. Platform number 2, 5 and 6 are one of the most congested. The railways should plan for some alternative exits.
2019-02-27Thane: Doctor duped of Rs 2 cr with promise of clinic in Dubai, FIR against couple - The Indian Express
Thane: Doctor duped of Rs 2 cr with promise of clinic in Dubai, FIR against couple Published: February 28, 2019 1:54:38 am An FIR has been registered against a couple for allegedly cheating a Thane-based doctor of Rs 2 crore in lieu of setting up a clinic in Dubai. The couple took the money but allegedly did not set up the clinic and then vanished, police said. According to Vartak Nagar police, Dr Atul Dongare lodged a complaint with them against Rangu Ramgopal and his wife Vidya Ramgopal. “The Ramgopal couple approached Dr Dongare, who runs an IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) centre in Devdayal Nagar, Thane, with a proposal to set up a centre in Dubai. The doctor paid the couple Rs 1 crore through online transaction and a little over Rs 1 crore in cash in the past few months,” said a senior officer. But when the doctor went to Dubai recently to check on the progress, he realised that the couple had not even started the work, the police said. “When he returned, he tried to contact the couple, who did not take his calls. Upon further inquiry, he found out that the couple had vanished,” said the officer. “We have registered a case against the couple for cheating the doctor. We are trying to find out their location. They are not at their residential address. But they might still be in the area. Investigation is on,” said the officer.
2019-02-27BEST driver robbed of Rs 54,000 - Times of India
BEST driver robbed of Rs 54,000 BEST driver robbed of Rs 54,000 Feb 28, 2019, 03:04 IST THANE: A 46-year-old BEST driver was robbed of Rs 54,000 on Monday night by an auto driver and his two aides at knife point. The police said that the victim, Devanand Jadhav, had finished his duty and was heading home. He hailed the auto from Majiwada naka. After a certain distance, the other two accused entered the auto. The trio then asked him to hand over all his money. A case has been registered with the Kapurbawdi police.
2019-02-27Jackal found in well sent back to wild - Times of India
Jackal found in well sent back to wild Feb 28, 2019, 03:00 IST THANE: Three days after a golden jackal was rescued from a dry well in Airoli, forest officials released it back into a mangrove forest near Airoli on Tuesday night. The jackal was treated over a couple of days for minor injuries and dehydration. The 7.5 kg male jackal was shifted to Dr Chariar's clinic for tests where it was given saline to regain its energy. "We also did a check-up and found that it had some minor soft tissue injuries besides dehydration and starvation," said Dr. V. Chariar. "Within two days, it regained its energy level..." Speaking of its condition before release, Dr Chariar said it was hunting and feeding well. "We even let it hunt a chicken in an enclosed space." Forest officials and wildlife rescuers took the golden jackal back into the wild on Tuesday evening.
2019-02-27Couple booked for cheating doctor of Rs 2 crore in Thane - Mid-Day
Couple booked for cheating doctor of Rs 2 crore in Thane Updated: Feb 27, 2019, 20:13 IST A couple has been booked for allegedly duping a city-based doctor of over Rs 2 crore on the promise of helping him set up a hospital in Dubai, police said on Wednesday. The accused came to the victim, who runs an in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) centre in Thane city of Maharashtra, for some medical treatment in 2015-16. Due to their interactions, the couple promised to help the doctor in setting up an IVF centre in Dubai and allegedly took Rs 2.15 crore from him, a Thane police spokesperson said. An estimated expenditure plan of Rs 3 crore was drawn for the project and the accused held several meetings with the victim till 2018 and also visited Dubai. The victim alleged that he made payments to the accused for interiors and other works to set up the hospital. However, when he went to Dubai last year, he came to know that the accused had not paid the money to the local agent to start the work, the police official said. Based on his complaint filed on Tuesday, the Vartak Nagar police here registered offences against the couple under IPC sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust). No arrest has been made so far, the police said, adding that a probe was underway in the matter.
2019-02-27Rs 50,000 taken with cloned card in 30 minutes - Times of India
Rs 50,000 taken with cloned card in 30 minutes Updated: Feb 28, 2019, 02:57 IST BHIWANDI: A Bhiwandi resident lost Rs 50,000 which was withdrawn from his bank account using a “cloned” debit card. The money was withdrawn in five transactions with Rs 10,000 being withdrawn each time. The withdrawal was timed strategically—between 11.45 pm on February 21 and 12.15 am on February 22 from the account of Shahnwaj Ansari (32), a manager with a private company. The timing of the withdrawal was to ensure that the fraudster did not cross the permissible intra-day limit. The money was withdrawn from another bank’s ATM in Ajmer in Rajasthan. Ansari received messages from his bank, but before he figured out what was going on, the money was withdrawn. The police said that the bank noticed the “suspicious” transactions and alerted Ansari and then blocked his ATM card. A police officer said they have requested the bank for footage.
2019-02-27Couple booked for cheating doctor of Rs 2 crore in Thane - News Nation
Couple booked for cheating doctor of Rs 2 crore in Thane Updated : 27 February 2019, 10:33 AM A couple has been booked for allegedly duping a city-based doctor of over Rs 2 crore on the promise of helping him set up a hospital in Dubai, police said on Wednesday. The accused came to the victim, who runs an in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) centre in Thane city of Maharashtra, for some medical treatment in 2015-16. Due their interactions, the couple promised to help the doctor in setting up an IVF centre in Dubai and allegedly took Rs 2.15 crore from him, a Thane police spokesperson said. An estimated expenditure plan of Rs 3 crore was drawn for the project and the accused held several meetings with the victim till 2018 and also visited Dubai. The victim alleged that he made payments to the accused for interiors and other works to set up the hospital. However, when he went to Dubai last year, he came to know that the accused had not paid the money to the local agent to start the work, the police official said. Based on his complaint filed on Tuesday, the Vartak Nagar police here registered offences against the couple under IPC sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust). No arrest has been made so far, the police said, adding that a probe was underway in the matter.
2019-02-27Thousands still in limbo as Navy refused to give NOCs - Times of India
Thousands still in limbo as Navy refused to give NOCs Feb 28, 2019, 05:29 IST The Bombay high court’s orders on the construction of buildings near defence land are the first step to bringing relief to thousands of people in various parts of Mumbai and Thane, who were affected by defence forces’ NOC refusals. Sea Kunal Corporation, which is constructing Waterfront Tower in Colaba, moved court last year to challenge a stop-work notice issued just months after it was given a full commencement certificate (CC) in 2017. The 127-metre high-rise is coming up about 320 metres from the Colaba Military Station. Construction up to 112 metres stands completed and 36 buyers have acquired flats for an aggregate of Rs 96 crore, the corporation said. No stipulation was imposed for obtaining a defence NOC when a CC was initially issued in 2009, its counsel, Milind Sathe, had argued in court. The 2017 CC was after a height reduction. For the Centre, the defence ministry and the chief of naval staff, additional solicitor general (ASG) Anil Singh argued against “interfering with the discretion exercised by the defence authority”, given that “security of state is of utmost importance”. The HC said it “agreed completely” with the ASG in principle. But, given the facts of the case, the HC said it accepted Sathe’s argument that the Waterfront Tower case fell within the relaxation permitted by the defence ministry in its 2015 circular (see graphic). In the other petition, Tirandaz Subha Niketan Co-operative Housing Society and Heritage Lifestyles & Developers, Kanjurmarg, challenged the stop-work notice against construction beyond seven storeys as “illegal and arbitrary”. Counsel Sathe and Saket Mone argued that there were taller buildings closer to the naval housing society, which were either granted NOC or where it wasn’t insisted upon. The society of former IIT professors and BARC employees also produced a Google Maps image, which the court perused, to demonstrate that the area belonging to the Navy in Kanjurmarg was surrounded by numerous buildings within the restricted 500-metre zone. The Western Naval Command had in 2018 refused to grant NOC on the grounds that from the 7th floor of the proposed building the naval station was visible. The HC found the observation “unreasonable” since it said what was visible was “only a housing colony” and not sensitive areas. The HC held that the defence guidelines “itself disclose that security restrictions are in respect of defence establishment/ installations” and were imposed “for effective surveillance”. It observed that the intention could not have been to cover civil housing societies belonging to these establishments. A third order (interim) permitted resumption of construction at another Kanjurmarg site. It stayed a stop-work notice issued this month—that followed a naval order last month to keep in abeyance an NOC granted for the project involving the Runwal Group. The HC granted two weeks to the Western Naval Command to file its reply to the petition, filed by Wheelabrator Alloy Casting and Subodh Runwal.
2019-02-27testLawyers seek exemption from paying toll throughout India - United News of India
Lawyers seek exemption from paying toll throughout India Posted at: Feb 27 2019 6:46PM Thane, Feb 27 (UNI) The advocates from all over the country have sought total exemption from paying toll throughout the country. A memorandum to this effect and other demands was submitted by the
2019-02-27testMedico gets Rs 12.29 lakh compensation in accident case - United News of India
Medico gets Rs 12.29 lakh compensation in accident case Posted at: Feb 27 2019 6:28PM Thane, Feb 27 (UNI) A medical practitioner, who could not carry on his professional life for six months due to an accident, was awarded Rs 12.29 lakh by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT), against the medical expenses incurred on his treatment. In its recent order, the MACT directed the opposing parties-Harvinder Singh and the New India Assurance Company-to jointly make the payment of compensation amount, levied with eight per cent interest, to victim Gulrez Mansuri. The 37-year-old doctor stated in the Tribunal that on November 12, 2009, a trailer owned by Harvinder Singh dashed his two-wheeler on Panvel-Sion road.
2019-02-27MCPS announces leadership changes at 4 schools - KPAX-TV
MCPS announces leadership changes at 4 schools 2:22 pm February 27, 2019 MISSOULA – Missoula County Public schools announced the following leadership changes for Franklin Elementary, C.S. Porter Middle, Sentinel and Seeley-Swan High Schools. Lynsi Morris, current MCPS Instructional Coach, will fill the principal position at Franklin Elementary starting with the 2019-20 school year. Prior to her service in Missoula, Ms. Morris, taught 6th and 7th grade Math, English and Science at Utterback School(2013) and served as the Principal PreK-3 at Meadowlark Elementary, K-12 Curriculum Coordinator, Title 1 and Gifted and Talented Coordinator (2014-2015) for Conrad Public Schools. Ms. Morris taught 4th grade (2011-2013) at Centennial Elementary and Kindergarten and 1st grade (2006-2011) at Greenhurst Elementary in Nampa, ID while also serving at the Early Year Reading Intervention Coordinator and Title 1/ELL Coordinator. Ty Solberg, current C.S. Porter Assistant Principal, will fill the principal position at C.S. Porter starting with the 2019-20 school year. Mr. Solberg has served as the C.S. Porter Assistant Principal for the past five years. He has also served MCPS as a teacher at C.S. Porter from 2004-2014 and as the golf and basketball coach at Big Sky High School. Ryan Rettig, current Principal of Washington Elementary in Kennewick, WA, will fill the principal position at Sentinel starting with the 2019-20 school year. Rettig previously served as the Vice Principal of Kennewick High School (2012-2016) in Kennewick, WA and Richland High School (2007-20012) in Richland, WA. He also served as the Athletic and Activities Director at Umatilla High School (2006-2007) in Umatilla, OR. Mr. Rettig taught Social Studies at Richland High School (2002-2006) and Language Arts at Barry Goldwater High School (2000-2002) in Phoenix, AZ. Kellen Palmer, current Instructional Coach at Douglas High School in Douglas, WY will fill the principal position at Seeley-Swan starting with the 2019-20 school year. Mr. Palmer previously served as a Math teacher and basketball coach at Douglas High School. Prior to his time in WY, Palmer served as the Assistant Coach of the University of Montana- Western Men’s Basketball team (2009-2010) in Dillon, MT Superintendent Mark Thane is proud to see each of these leaders assume these new leadership positions. “I am excited to see these new leaders continue to help our district as well as their school communities in reaching our full potential,” commented Thane.
2019-02-275% rise in SSC students, exams begin tomorrow - Times of India
5% rise in SSC students, exams begin tomorrow Updated: Feb 28, 2019, 00:45 IST MUMBAI : For the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination scheduled to begin on Friday, the Mumbai division which consists of Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad has seen a 5% jump in the registration of candidates. This year, 3.99 lakh students will appear for the exam as against 3.8 lakh students last year. The spike is a result of an increase in the number of fresh candidates who have registered for the exam this time. While only 3.39 lakh fresh candidates appeared last year, over 3.83 lakh students registered this year. On the other hand, the number of students repeating the exam has seen a dip. Last year, 43,855 candidates registered for the exam while this time only 16,307 students have opted for the exam. Board officials said while the increase in fresh candidates is a common occurrence, the dip in number of repeater candidates is due to a change in syllabus. “It is a trend we see every time the syllabus changes. A lot of the students might have appeared in the July re-exam and not waited for this round of test. This is because coaching classes provide tutoring for the new syllabus and it becomes difficult for the repeater candidates to prepare for the old syllabus,” said Krishnakumar Patil, chairperson of the board’s Mumbai division. This year, the SSC syllabus was revamped and the board also did away with internal examinations. Paper patterns have changed too and this is worrying teachers and students. The examination starts on Friday with the first language paper, except English.
2019-02-27Mumbai’s metro network to be extended to 276km - Times of India
Mumbai’s metro network to be extended to 276 km Updated: Feb 28, 2019, 00:17 IST Finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said on Wednesday that the metro network in Mumbai will be extended to 276 km from 11.4 km at present. He said the government was also committed to completing metro projects in other cities expeditiously. MMRDA, the executing agency for Mumbai Metro, has been given a nod for 276 km of network, he said. The metro will be extended to satellite towns surrounding Mumbai such as Thane, Mira Road, Bhayander, Vasai, Virar, Kalyan, Dombivali and Bhiwandi, said the finance minister.
2019-02-27CSR : UNDP India, LTI and FUEL together empowering 2000 women artisans in Maharashtra - IndiaCSR
CSR : UNDP India, LTI and FUEL together empowering 2000 women artisans in Maharashtra By India CSR Network - MUMBAI: The United Nations Development Programme in India (UNDP India), Larsen and Toubro Infotech (LTI)’s CSR initiative, and Friend’s Union for Energizing Lives (FUEL), a not-profit organization collectively providing skill training to 2000 women artisans under Women Artisan Skill Enhancement project in Mumbai and Thane of Maharashtra. The initiative is providing viable livelihoods opportunities to women and aims to skill, empower and create income opportunities – through employment or entrepreneurship – for women artisans, most of whom come from marginalized communities. As part of the partnership, UNDP is the knowledge partner for this unique end-to-end creative value chain project and FUEL is the implementing partner. The partnership is effective from December 2018. “The Disha Project of UNDP and India Development Foundation supported by Ikea Foundation is also providing technical and knowledge support to this partnership.”, UNDP India said. The Disha project focuses on enabling women in India to learn marketable skills and connect them with income opportunities. Clement Chauvet, Chief – Skill Development, UNDP India has said, “Investing in women’s economic empowerment and skills development is one of the most urgent and effective means to drive progress on gender equality, poverty eradication, and inclusive economic growth.” “Training and creating entrepreneurship opportunities for these women in the creative clusters, shall make them Job Creators rather than Job Seekers, which is the best way to enhance livelihood of the underprivileged communities. We are committed to create a scalable and sustainable success story out of this project”. says Ketan Deshpande, CEO of FUEL. “Through effective market linkages, our goal is to enable thousands of women in rural parts to contribute to the economy and become self-sufficient. Solving for Society is one of our core beliefs and we are proud to partner with UNDP and FUEL in this initiative that is not only empowering women and creating entrepreneurs but is also helping to revive traditional art forms like Warli.”, said Sanjay Jalona, CEO & Managing Director, LTI. Women artisans in Mumbai and Thane will be organized in clusters and trained in business skills, product design and packaging, so that they are able to achieve economic empowerment. As part of the pilot initiative, 250 women artisans have been brought on board and trained in handicrafts, such as Warli (traditional art from Maharashtra) painting, terracotta sculptures, and more. FUEL is a non-profit organization which has its origin in Pune, was initiated in 2006 and emerged from the idea of providing students with access to information and opportunities. Over the last decade, with experiences from wide sectors like education, skilling, employment and entrepreneurship, FUEL has earned its name in the ‘Champions of Change’ Team spearheaded by Niti Aayog.
2019-02-27One dead, another injured in two separate railway accidents in Navi Mumbai - Hindustan Times
One dead, another injured in two separate railway accidents in Navi Mumbai A 19-year-old was run over by a train at Ulhasnagar railway station; a 30-year-old woman suffered serious head injuries after slipping off train near Mumbra station Updated: Feb 27, 2019 23:25 IST In two separate incidents on Wednesday, a 19-year-old was run over by a train at Ulhasnagar railway station and a 30-year-old woman suffered serious head injuries when she slipped off a local train near Mumbra station. Instead of using the foot overbridge (FOB), Arti Motgi, 19, a nursing student, crossed the tracks illegally at Ulhasnagar railway station on Wednesday and was run over by a local heading to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT).“Motgi, a resident of Ulhasnagar. was run over by a CST local train when she was crossing the railway track at around 7:55 am,” said P Mohite, inspector, Kalyan GRP. Nearby locals informed the Government Railway Police (GRP), who took Motgi to Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar. Motgi was declared dead on arrival. In a separate accident on a CSMT local, Sazia Parvez Ahmed Siddiqui, 30, fell off the train at around 9:55 am on Wednesday and is now admitted to Thane Civil Hospital. “Siddiqui, in her statement to GRP police, said she fell off the local near Mumbra station as her hand slipped,” a Thane GRP official.
2019-02-27Bombay HC approves construction of 3 ferry jetties in Mumbai, Thane - NETIVE.in
Bombay HC approves construction of 3 ferry jetties in Mumbai, Thane 28/02/2019 The Bombay High Court Monday approved the Maharashtra Maritime Board’s (MMB) request to construct three ferry jetties in the western suburbs of Mumbai and the neighbouring Thane district. A division bench of Justices B R Gavai and N J Jamadar was hearing a petition filed by the board seeking permission to carry out work on three of its projects pertaining to proposed ferry jetty services between Borivali and Gorai in Mumbai, a passenger jetty at Ghodbunder in Thane and roll-on and roll-off jetty services at Manori in the metropolis. The bench, while granting permission, observed that the projects were in public interest as they proposed to decongest the city’s traffic in the western suburbs and also connect the eastern and western suburbs. The MMB is entrusted with the task of planned development of minor ports, port infrastructure and maritime facilities. The petition said the projects were being developed for a sustainable water transportation system for Mumbai city and its suburbs. The board approached the high court seeking permission as the proposed jetties would be located on mangrove buffer zones and as per previous court orders, any authority proposing to destroy mangroves as part of a public project has to seek HC’s nod first. MMB’s lawyer Saket Mone told the court that it had already got Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) for the three projects. Mone said none of the projects would cause any destruction to mangroves, but since the proposed jetties were in the mangroves buffer zone, permission was sought from the court. “The proposed projects are founded on the principles of public utility, sustainable development and eco-friendly transportation systems, aimed at benefiting the citizens and not premised on private or commercial gain,” the petition said. They are public utility projects and should be allowed to be implemented, more so since the statutory authorities concerned have granted requisite permissions in accordance with law and there is no contemplation of any destruction of mangroves, it added.
2019-02-27Man held for filming minors, women - Mumbai Mirror
Man held for filming minors, women Updated: Feb 27, 2019, 06:00 IST The accused, an IIT-Bombay graduate, shot his neighbours while they were bathing. A 34-year-old man was arrested by the Thane police on Saturday for filming minors and women while they were bathing. The accused, an IIT-Bombay graduate who works as an engineer with an Andheri firm, was caught red-handed by his neighbour as he was trying to film her from outside her bathroom. The police have also found several clips of other people from the accused’s building – including minor boys and girls – in a similar setting. The accused has been charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act along with charges of outraging the modesty of a woman and other relevant sections of the IT Act. According to the Kapurbawdi police, several residents of the building in Dhokali dragged the accused to the police station in the early hours of Saturday. They told the police that they had caught him as he was recording a woman from the window of her bathroom at around 10.30 pm on Friday. “The residents told us that after the woman noticed the glare of the phone’s flash in the bathroom, she immediately alerted her husband. They ran out to find the accused in the alleyway. They checked his phone, found the video, thrashed him and brought him to the police station,” said senior inspector Anil Deshmukh of Kapurbawdi police station. Upon checking his phone, the police found videos of the complainant as well as several other residents of the society. According to the police, all the videos were shot from the windows of the bathrooms that are located abutting the stairwell of the building. “We have confiscated the accused’s phone. Our investigating team found more videos in it, some of very young children as well. We found a video of a 13-year-old girl and another boy who was even younger,” said Deshmukh. He added that the investigating team has added POCSO to the list of charges on the basis of these clips. Though he has been in police custody for four days now, the accused refuses to give any statement to the police.
2019-02-2788 bird species at Thane wetland under threat - The Asian Age
88 bird species at Thane wetland under threat Published : Feb 27, 2019, 3:53 am IST Mumbai: A thriving wetland of Kasarvadavali near Thane district is being destroyed by reclamation and dumping of debris, revealed a report by the Thane District Wetland Base Survey Committee. It highlighted the observation by the talathi office that 81,000 metric tonnes of debris had been dumped at the site. The report claimed that there were 88 species of birds at the site, including six endangered bird species, and five species of butterflies. In a rare incident, comb ducks had been sighted at the wetland- the first such sighting within the Thane city limits. Earlier in February, activist Rohit Joshi had written to the wetland committee appointed by the Bombay high court alleging that as many as 8,000 truckloads of debris had been dumped at the site over the span of one month. In the light of rampant illegal dumping at the wetland near Ram Maruti Road, Kasarvadavali, the survey committee highlighted that the wetland spread over 20.9 hectares was facing a serious threat. The report showed that the wetland was rich in biodiversity including endangered bird species such as the black-headed Ibis, painted stork, greater spotted eagle, Indian spotted eagle, curlew sandpiper and Alexandrine parakeet. “The comb duck, one of the resident ducks in our area has been reported from here recently. It is the first sighting within the Thane city limits,” read the report prepared by Seema Hardikar and Avinash Bhagar, members of the survey committee. The wetland is also a source of agriculture and fishing activities, with paddy and vegetables being grown in the surrounding areas during the monsoon and winter-summer seasons, respectively. The report also maintained that construction waste along with plastic and sewage water was being released at the site and the Thane Municipal Corporation was constructing a road through the site. Meanwhile, the TMC claimed that villagers had been carrying out dumping. “The committee report has confirmed what we have been saying, that the wetland is indeed rich in biodiversity and needs to be preserved. The tehsildar’s office has already served a show-cause notice to the TMC’s contractor,” said Mr Joshi.
2019-02-27Couple booked for cheating doctor of Rs 2 cr in Thane - Business Standard
Couple booked for cheating doctor of Rs 2 cr in Thane February 27, 2019 10:05 IST A couple has been booked for allegedly duping a city-based doctor of over Rs 2 crore on the promise of helping him set up a hospital in Dubai, police said on Wednesday. The accused came to the victim, who runs an in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) centre in Thane city of Maharashtra, for some medical treatment in 2015-16. Due their interactions, the couple promised to help the doctor in setting up an IVF centre in Dubai and allegedly took Rs 2.15 crore from him, a Thane police spokesperson said. An estimated expenditure plan of Rs 3 crore was drawn for the project and the accused held several meetings with the victim till 2018 and also visited Dubai. The victim alleged that he made payments to the accused for interiors and other works to set up the hospital. However, when he went to Dubai last year, he came to know that the accused had not paid the money to the local agent to start the work, the police official said. Based on his complaint filed on Tuesday, the Vartak Nagar police here registered offences against the couple under IPC sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust). No arrest has been made so far, the police said, adding that a probe was underway in the matter.
2019-02-27Couple booked for cheating doctor of Rs 2 cr in Thane - The Tribune India
Couple booked for cheating doctor of Rs 2 cr in Thane Updated: Feb 27, 2019, 10:20 AM A couple has been booked for allegedly duping a city-based doctor of over Rs 2 crore on the promise of helping him set up a hospital in Dubai, police said on Wednesday. The accused came to the victim, who runs an in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) centre in Thane city of Maharashtra, for some medical treatment in 2015-16. Due their interactions, the couple promised to help the doctor in setting up an IVF centre in Dubai and allegedly took Rs 2.15 crore from him, a Thane police spokesperson said. An estimated expenditure plan of Rs 3 crore was drawn for the project and the accused held several meetings with the victim till 2018 and also visited Dubai. The victim alleged that he made payments to the accused for interiors and other works to set up the hospital. However, when he went to Dubai last year, he came to know that the accused had not paid the money to the local agent to start the work, the police official said. Based on his complaint filed on Tuesday, the Vartak Nagar police here registered offences against the couple under IPC sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust). No arrest has been made so far, the police said, adding that a probe was underway in the matter.
2019-02-27Three Ferry Jetties in Mumbai And Thane Have Been Approved by The Bombay HC - India.com News
Three Ferry Jetties in Mumbai And Thane Have Been Approved by The Bombay HC Updated: February 27, 2019 12:49 PM IST Mumbaikars, rejoice, for there is yet another development that will make travelling easier for you in the suburbs. Recently, Bombay HC approved the project that said that three jetties for ferry services will be built between Gorai and Borivali West, Ghodbunder in Thane and a roll-on and roll-off jetty service at Manori – stating the demand is well in public interest. It was a rather strong push from Maharashtra Maritime Board; the board earnestly believes that the construction of jetties will help de-congest traffic in the western suburbs to a great extent. The development has being sanctioned keeping in mind that it will be a sustainable water transportation system; with zero harm to the environment or the ecosystem. The petition has received a green signal from environmental authorities such as Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority and Coastal Zone Regulation because the mangroves in the area isn’t being disturbed at all and the jetties are being made only in the buffer zone. The work will begin soon, and one can hope to see a huge difference in travel time, as the Gorai/Borivali project claims to cover 30km of land commute to 0.3km by water, thereby saving almost two hours each way. Similarly, the Ghodbunder to Vasai project claims to reduce 42km of highly congested land travel to 10km by the ferry ride. For those travelling to Manori by car know that they have to take a detour to cross the creek; and with the help of a jetty that problem too will be overcome. It is expected that the proposed projects will not only decongest the city’s traffic in the western suburbs but will also contribute majorly in connecting the eastern suburbs with the city. What’s commendable is that the project isn’t negatively affecting the environment, therefore, it’s a win-win situation for everybody involved.
2019-02-27Woman falls off a crowded train at Mumbra, critically injured - Mumbai Mirror
Woman falls off a crowded train at Mumbra, critically injured Updated: Feb 27, 2019, 21:21 IST Mumbai: A 30-year-old woman, training to become a beautician at a Thane-based institute, fell off from a running train, Wednesday morning. The incident has once again highlighted the need for more services on the suburban network beyond Thane, which has witnessed a surge in similar accidents. The woman, identified as Shazia Parvez Ahmad Siddiqiis is a Mumbra resident. Government railway police of Thane said she boarded the train form Mumbra and lost her grip due to pressure from inside the coach later she fell down between Mumbra and Kalwa. Station authorities of Kalwa informed us about the incident at 9:55 am, after that our constable rushed her to Kalwa civil hospital and also informed her family members. Victim’s cousin, Siraj Ahmad said that she left home at 9:30 am. According to fellow commuters train was jam packed and that is why she was unable to enter the coach and fell off. Commuters from Mumbra complained that they often travel in dangerous conditions as there is very little room to board trains, as passengers who travel from Kalyan, Karjat and Kasara often occupy space near doors to get off at Thane Mulund etc. “When we try to enter, there is great pressure from inside the coach from those who want to alight at Thane or other next stations” said Mohammad Jamal (43) who works with a Dader-based firm.
2019-02-27Metro projects are underway in Pune: Sudhir Mungantiwar - Pune Mirror
Metro projects are underway in Pune: Sudhir Mungantiwar Updated: Feb 27, 2019, 20:02 IST Mumbai: Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said on Wednesday that the Metro network in Mumbai will be extended to 276 km from the current 11.4 km. Presenting a vote-on-account in the Legislative Assembly, he said the government was also committed to complete the Metro projects in other cities expeditiously. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), executing agency for Mumbai Metro, has been given a nod for 276 km of network, he said. The Metro will be extended to satellite towns surrounding Mumbai such as Thane, Mira-Bhayander,Vasai Virar,Kalyan-Dombivali and Bhiwandi, the finance minister said. Metro projects are also underway in Nagpur, Pune and Navi Mumbai, and a 141.06 km Metro network will be constructed in these cities, Mungantiwar said. Preliminary survey for a light rail transport system is being undertaken for Nashik city, he said. An outlay of Rs 65 crore has been proposed for development of airports and upgradation of aviation services. The land acquisition for the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway has been completed and the construction work has begun, the minister said. Rs 7,000 crore were spent on land acquisition, he informed. Rs 26 crore have been earmarked for the construction of a jetty at Radio Club in South Mumbai and at Elephanta Island off the city shore for passengers and tourists, he said. Mungantiwar presented a vote-on-account for the first four months of 2019-20 (April to July) on Wednesday.
2019-02-26Police arrest ATM kiosk robbers who targeted back-up batteries, not cash - Times of India
Police arrest ATM kiosk robbers who targeted back-up batteries, not cash Updated: Feb 26, 2019, 09:20 IST MUMBAI: You have heard of gangs breaking open the cash safe and looting money from ATM kiosks. But the city police have now found a different type of ATM robbers: they steal the back-up batteries. An arrested gang has owned up to stealing over a 100 batteries from ATM kiosks in Mumbai, Panvel and Thane. A private bank employee lodged a complaint with the Agripada police recently , saying their ATM kiosk was installed along with another bank's in a rented room in a commercial gala near Arthur Road jail. Three unidentified men had stolen 12 back-up batteries from the room. They had cut the CCTV cameras' wire and stolen the cameras as well. Besides, the routers that connected the ATM kiosks to the bank's servers were also stolen. In the FIR, the value of the 12 stolen batteries was described as Rs 1.24 lakh. After investigation, the police arrested Salahuddin Khan, 50, a garage owner, and Jameel Shaikh, 42, and Krishna Patil, 40, both of whom have worked in ATM kiosks as contract labourers for changing back-up batteries and sweeper, respectively. "We recovered 53 batteries from the accused and two routers," said an officer. "By cutting the CCTV cameras' wire, the accused thought they could not be identified. However, their faces had been captured before the line was cut, and it helped in identifying the accused and tracing them," he added. During interrogation, the accused admitted they would approach an ATM kiosk in a tempo, posing as employees of the bank, before leaving with the working batteries. "We are going to write to the Panvel and Thane police to look out for such cases registered with them so that we can find out the roles of these accused. We are now trying to find out where they would sell these stolen batteries," added the officer.
2019-02-26Thane Arsenault retires from officiating in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League - The Guardian
2019-02-26Thane: FB reunites minor with family after 18 months - Free Press Journal
Thane: FB reunites minor with family after 18 months February 26, 2019 8:16 am Thane: Almost three years after a 13-year-old girl from Thane left home on being scolded by her mother, she was reunited with her family on Sunday, thanks to the TikTok application or the Facebook (FB) Messenger app. TikTok is a media app for creating and sharing short videos. Police said she left home on October 5, 2017, following which her mother Farida Siraj Shaikh had filed a case of a missing person at the Mumbra police station. Since then, despite various attempts, the police were unable to trace her. Sukhada Narkar, public relations officer, Thane Police said, “She had an Android phone and obtained the number of her brother-in-law from the TikTok app on which he had uploaded a video. She created a Facebook account in another name and sent a friend request to him. She later began chatting with her brother-in-law on Messenger and in the process, obtained detailed information about his family. The brother-in-law, meanwhile, was constantly suspicious of the girl.” Suspecting the girl could be the runaway sister-in-law, the man informed Mumbra Police of her details and their chat. Police asked him to continue chatting with her. They asked him to send a message informing her, that his mother-in-law was asked to be on complete bed rest as she was ill. On getting this news, the girl immediately made a video call to his Messenger app and during the call, she identified herself. On February 24, this year, she came back to the Charai area in Thane, where her elder sister was studying nursing. Police held her for questioning and later, reunited her with the family. During questioning, the girl broke down. She admitted she had run away from her home on being scolded by her mother over a petty issue. She stayed for 10 days in Goregaon, then three months she stayed in Surat, Nalasopara and few other cities. For the last few days she was living in different parts of Mumbai city. She is said to have worked as a labourer with caterers,” said an officer.
2019-02-26IIT-Bombay student arrested in Thane for allegedly filming women bathing - India TV News
IIT-Bombay student arrested in Thane for allegedly filming women bathing Published on: February 26, 2019 8:01 IST A 34-year-old man pursuing higher education from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay was on Saturday arrested for allegedly filming people bathing, the police said. Thane-resident Avinash Kumar Yadav has been charged under section 354 (any man who watches, or captures the image of a woman engaging in a private act in circumstances where she would usually have the expectation of not being observed) of the Indian Penal Code. "A woman filed a complain that she found a mobile phone on the bathroom window while she was bathing on Friday night. She alerted her husband who confiscated the phone. The couple saw the accused fleeing from the place," a Kapurbawdi police station official said. "The accused was nabbed by other residents. The mobile phone had clips of men and women, mostly residents of the same building, bathing," he added.
2019-02-2688 bird species at Thane wetland under threat - The Asian Age
88 bird species at Thane wetland under threat Published : Feb 27, 2019, 3:53 am IST Mumbai: A thriving wetland of Kasarvadavali near Thane district is being destroyed by reclamation and dumping of debris, revealed a report by the Thane District Wetland Base Survey Committee. It highlighted the observation by the talathi office that 81,000 metric tonnes of debris had been dumped at the site. The report claimed that there were 88 species of birds at the site, including six endangered bird species, and five species of butterflies. In a rare incident, comb ducks had been sighted at the wetland- the first such sighting within the Thane city limits. Earlier in February, activist Rohit Joshi had written to the wetland committee appointed by the Bombay high court alleging that as many as 8,000 truckloads of debris had been dumped at the site over the span of one month. In the light of rampant illegal dumping at the wetland near Ram Maruti Road, Kasarvadavali, the survey committee highlighted that the wetland spread over 20.9 hectares was facing a serious threat. The report showed that the wetland was rich in biodiversity including endangered bird species such as the black-headed Ibis, painted stork, greater spotted eagle, Indian spotted eagle, curlew sandpiper and Alexandrine parakeet. “The comb duck, one of the resident ducks in our area has been reported from here recently. It is the first sighting within the Thane city limits,” read the report prepared by Seema Hardikar and Avinash Bhagar, members of the survey committee. The wetland is also a source of agriculture and fishing activities, with paddy and vegetables being grown in the surrounding areas during the monsoon and winter-summer seasons, respectively. The report also maintained that construction waste along with plastic and sewage water was being released at the site and the Thane Municipal Corporation was constructing a road through the site. Meanwhile, the TMC claimed that villagers had been carrying out dumping. “The committee report has confirmed what we have been saying, that the wetland is indeed rich in biodiversity and needs to be preserved. The tehsildar’s office has already served a show-cause notice to the TMC’s contractor,” said Mr Joshi.
2019-02-26Bombay HC approves the proposal for building three ferry jetties in Mumbai and Thane - Mumbai Live
Bombay HC approves the proposal for building three ferry jetties in Mumbai and Thane BY MUMBAI LIVE TEAM On February 25, the Bombay High Court approved the Maharashtra Maritime Board's (MMB) request to build three ferry jetties in the western suburbs of Mumbai along with the Thane district. The decision came out after a division of Justices B R Gavai and N J Jamadar was hearing a petition filed by MMB seeking permission to carry out work on three of its projects in regard to proposed ferry jetty services in Mumbai and Thane. The ferry jetty services are set to begin between Borivali and Gorai in Mumbai, a passenger jetty at Ghodbunder in Thane and roll-on and roll-off jetty services at Manori. It is expected that the proposed projects will assist in decongesting the city's traffic in the western suburbs and will also contribute to connecting the eastern suburbs with the city. The petition further stated that the project would be a boost for developing a sustainable water transportation system in Mumbai.
2019-02-26Thane Crime: 47-year-old autorickshaw driver arrested for molesting two minor boys - Free Press Journal
Thane Crime: 47-year-old autorickshaw driver arrested for molesting two minor boys February 26, 2019 11:41 am On Monday, a 47-year-old autorickshaw driver was arrested by the Thane police for allegedly molesting two minor boys on the pretext of giving them a free ride and some snacks. According to Indian Express, the 47-year-old is a resident of Ambernath. On the day of the incident, the accused took two children to a vacant building in Anand Nagar in MIDC area on Sunday on the pretext of giving them snacks and a joy ride free. After taking those two children to the vacant building the accused then molested those two boys, who are just aged seven and nine. The accused also threatened the boys of dire consequences if they told anyone about the incident. But, the terrified boys told their parents about the incident, who later reported the matter to the police. After lodging the complaint, the cops arrested the accused and are currently investigating if he had targeted any other children.
2019-02-26Four students caught cheating during class 12 exams - Mumbai Mirror
Four students caught cheating during class 12 exams Updated: Feb 26, 2019, 09:52 IST Two in Thane, one in Mumbai and one in Palghar during physics and political science exams. On the fourth day of HSC exams, state board officials caught four students cheating at different centres in Palghar, Thane and Mumbai. The students were found carrying chits for the Physics and Political Science exams. “Two students were caught copying in Thane, and one each in Palghar and Mumbai. Officials of the flying squad who detected these cases will soon submit a report. We are yet to get details from custodians of the centres,” Sharad Khandagale, secretary, Mumbai division, told Mirror. While two cases were detected in the first session for the Physics paper held from 11 am to 2 pm, the other two were detected in the second half when the Political Science paper was scheduled from 3 pm to 6 pm. This is the second incident of cheating since the exams started on February 21. On the first day itself, a student taking the exam at the Patuck college centre in Santacruz was booked under the Maharashtra Prevention of Malpractices at University, Board and other Specified Examination Act after he sent pictures of the question paper from his mobile phone to a PUBG game partner. The board has created 25 flying squads comprising teachers and board officials to conduct surprise checks on centres during exams. Mobile phones and other electronic devices are not allowed inside examination halls. Though the students caught cheating are allowed to appear for subsequent exams, the board decides whether to take any action against them after an official inquiry.
2019-02-26Thane Arsenault retires from officiating in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League - The Journal Pioneer
2019-02-26Western Naval Command, Gujarat on alert after air strike in Pakistan - Economic Times
Western Naval Command, Gujarat on alert after air strike in Pakistan Feb 26, 2019, 09.44 PM IST The Western Naval Command here is on "high alert and fully prepared" to tackle any eventuality after India's air strikes on terror camps in Pakistan, an official said here Tuesday. Police in Gujarat, which borders Pakistan, also issued a "high alert" across the state following the air strikes. The Mumbai Police are also on a high alert following the air strikes, the official said. "The Western Naval Command remains alert 24X7. Now, it is fully prepared to deal with any untoward situation in the wake of the air strikes in Pakistan," he said. Celebrations were held in Mumbai and adjoining Thane after the air strikes. In Mumbai, Muslims gathered in suburban Bandra to celebrate the air strikes. In Thane, people distributed sugar to passersby to express their happiness over the attacks. Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has been one of the most preferred targets for terrorist organisations and has witnessed several terror attacks, including explosions in Mumbai suburban trains in July 2006, and the unprecedented attacks of 26 November 2008, when two prime hotels, a landmark train station, and a Jewish Chabad house were attacked. Gujarat police Tuesday issued a "high alert" across the state after India's air strikes. Director General of Police Shivanand Jha cancelled a conference on crime-related issues and asked all officers who reached here to attend it to return to their headquarters in view of the alert sounded in the state. "In view of the action on terrorists across the border by IAF, all establishments have been put on high alert," a message from DGP's office to the district headquarters said.
2019-02-26Diagnosed with appendicitis, boy takes ICSE exam from hospital - Times of India
Diagnosed with appendicitis, boy takes ICSE exam from hospital in Mumbai Updated: Feb 27, 2019, 09:15 IST MUMBAI: Just a day before the ICSE exams were to begin on February 22, Thane class X student Akshat Pande complained of abdominal pain and vomiting and had to be rushed to a hospital. And while most would think the child missed his exams, it wasn’t the case. Diagnosed with appendicitis, the boy took two of his examinations from his room at Fortis Hospital in Mulund before being discharged on Monday evening. His father, Satyaprakash Pande, said, “When we rushed to the hospital, tests revealed that it was sub-acute appendicitis. But Akshat insisted he wanted to appear for the exam the next day so we did not admit him. His condition worsened the next day and we had to go back to the hospital and admit him.” Sure that Akshat wouldn’t be able to take the exam at 11am that day, the parents informed Hiranandani Foundation School, where he studies. “But he was adamant that he wanted to appear for the exam. His school called us back and said they could seek special permission from the board. After a few email exchanges, the board allowed him to appear for the paper from the hospital room,” said his father. The boy was supposed to be discharged that evening but it did not happen and he appeared for the February 25 exam from the hospital too. He was discharged on Monday evening and appeared for his Hindi paper from the exam centre on Tuesday.
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2019-02-26Sheena Bora murder case: Driver wants 1-month parole - Times of India
Sheena Bora murder case: Driver wants 1-month parole Feb 27, 2019, 04:38 IST MUMBAI: The accused turned approver in the Sheena Bora murder case, has moved a plea seeking a month’s release citing his mother’s mental imbalance due to his incarceration. A former driver of co accused, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, Shyamvar Rai has deposed as a prosecution witness after turning approver in the case. The court had rejected his bail plea submitted after his deposition concluded. Rai sent the hand-written plea seeking “parole”, from Thane jail. He said that he has been in jail for three and a half years. The plea written in Hindi states that Rai’s mother needed urgent medical help and lived alone in their village. He said that besides him there was no one to look after her. Rai also mentioned that his 11-year-old daughter has been living in fear since his arrest and has been unable to concentrate on her studies. Stating that her exams were close, Rai said that needed to guide her as it was a question of her future. Meanwhile, a witness, a former security supervisor working at the Worli building where Mukerjeas owned flats told the court on Tuesday that while Indrani Mukerjea had gone in and out of the building with Rai on April 24, 2012 (the day of the alleged murder), Peter had arrived the following day. He also recalled that Rahul Mukerjea (Peter’s son and Sheena’s fiance) had also visited the building. During his cross examination, the witness said that he used to sit in the estate office situated near the garage and the in gate and out gate was not visible from the office. The witness also said that there was no special reason to remember about Peter’s arrival.
2019-02-26Mumbai: Celebrations amid high alert - The Indian Express
Mumbai: Celebrations amid high alert Published: February 27, 2019 1:56:47 am Even as celebrations broke out in parts of Mumbai on Tuesday following strikes by the Indian Air Force on terror camps in Pakistan early this morning, police deployment was increased in parts of the city after Maharashtra was put on ‘high alert’. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the state legislature that security has been tightened across the city. “Mumbai is always on high alert and citizens need not panic,” Fadnavis said. Sanjay Kumar, Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner told The Indian Express, “We are on high alert and have focused on coastal security. Checkpoints around coastal areas have been increased.” A senior Maharashtra police official said that instructions had also been issued to police chiefs across the state.
2019-02-26'Tik-Tok' video helps find girl 'missing' for three years - Mumbai Mirror
'Tik-Tok' video helps find girl 'missing' for three years Updated: Feb 26, 2019, 16:00 IST TikTok, a social media app for creating videos .Thane: While there's a growing demand for a ban on music video platform Tik-Tok, it has helped a Mumbra-based family find their 'missing' daughter after over three years. In 2016, the 'missing' girl had left home due to which her parents assumed that she was abducted. They registered a complaint with the police. However, when the could not trace her for two years, in 2018, the case was handed over to the trafficking department for investigations. Meanwhile, over a week ago, the girl's sister and her husband had uploaded a Bhojpuri song video on a social media platform. After watching the video, the girl created a fake Facebook account with the name Abhay Shetty and got in touch with them. Soon, the girl started inquiring about other family members. Being suspicious about the inquiries being made, her brother-in-law informed the police who eventually asked her to make a video call. After the relatives identified the girl in a video call, she was told her mother is unwell and asked her to come and meet her sister where the police took her in custody. However, after conducting an inquiry, she revealed that she was not abducted but had left home of her own free will, said the police. After leaving home, the girl stayed in Goregoan for over a week and started taking up some catering work. She then moved to Surat for a few months and returned to Vasai.
2019-02-26Mumbai police arrest ATM kiosk robbers who targeted back-up batteries, not cash | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Mumbai police arrest ATM kiosk robbers who targeted back-up batteries, not cash 26th February, 2019 MUMBAI: You have heard of gangs breaking open the cash safe and looting money from ATM kiosks. We are now trying to find out where they would sell these stolen batteries," added the officer. Three unidentified men had stolen 12 back-up batteries from the room. They had cut the CCTV cameras' wire and stolen the cameras as well. Besides, the routers that connected the ATM kiosks to the bank's servers were also stolen.
2019-02-26Thane Arsenault retires from officiating in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League - The Guardian
Thane Arsenault retires from officiating in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Updated: Feb 26 at 6:10 a.m. CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Thane Arsenault could have accepted the news and hung up his skates. But he pushed himself to get back on the ice to be able to leave on his own terms after missing the 2017-18 season due to serious back and neck surgery. Arsenault refereed his final Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) game Saturday night at the Eastlink Centre. “It’s emotional, I won’t lie,” he said after stepping off the ice for the final time in the Q. “I had some NHL referees call me this morning and I got pretty emotional on the phone with them. I haven’t seen or heard from some of those guys in 13 years. “It’s a real shared brotherhood.” That was evident as some off-duty officials waited to see Arsenault after the game. “He’s a big part of our team, you can say,” said Summerside’s Tanner Doiron. “He’s great to have around and always good for a joke and a smile.” Doiron had spent hours in an airport and on an airplane coming back from the Canada Games in Red Deer, Alta., Saturday, but there he was five hours later at the Eastlink Centre to support a friend and colleague. “There’s lots of guys that wish they could be here but they’re working other games,” Doiron explained. Arsenault refereed 21 years in the QMJHL, starting in 1997. He's been on the ice with Sydney Crosby, Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier and the other stars during their tenure in the league. Arsenault missed last season after waking up one August day with paralysis in one of his legs. It was the first time since he was 12 that he wasn’t on the ice during a season. He missed it and wanted to get back on the ice. “It was a challenge,” he said. “Thanks to Kevin Elliott, Colin Moore and Harrison McIver, they got me back on the ice this year. It’s been a long road, it’s been a long process.” He said he had some great conversations with Richard Trottier, the league’s director of officiating, after as he worked towards getting back on the ice and then during this season. “The kids are getting faster, and I am getting a little older and stiffer, and we both decided that . . . I’ve had a great run at it, and this would be my last year,” Arsenault said. The Charlottetown native, who grew up a stone’s throw from the Eastlink Centre, is 11th all-time in regular season games officiated in the league with 542. As is customary with rookie players making their debut, Arsenault’s fellow officials let him do the first lap by himself before Saturday’s game. Piror to O Canada, the Islanders presented him with a photo and the players and fans stood and cheered for him. Isles head coach Jim Hulton said Arsenault’s professionalism and consistency were the things that stood out to him. “He’s a very even-keeled guy, which is a great demeanour to have as an official,” Hulton said. “He was a guy that was always calm and collected on the ice and as a result it calms you down.” While it is Arsenault’s final year in the league it is Doiron’s first. He said having the support of the veteran official has helped him grow. “It’s been nice to have him there,” he said. “He’s taught me lots and I can’t say enough about the guy.” Arsenault’s start in the game came innocently enough. He was 12 years old and hanging around the rink after playing a game when there was no one to ref a novice contest. Charles Ready asked him to go on the ice and before you knew it, Arsenault was hooked. Being a hockey official is not easy. Arsenault is a teacher at Colonel Gray High School during the day and has spent a lot of late night travelling the roads and missing family functions to officiate games. “I have an exceptional wife (Danielle), who has been tremendous through all of this, and three boys (Jack, Brant and Brecken), who I love to death, and you miss a lot of things but along the way you meet some wonderful friends and connections,” Arsenault said. “I’ve worked with so many tremendous people and that’s the thing I will really miss.” He’s done world junior games, Canada-Russia series contests, Allen, Royal Bank, Fred Page and Don Johnson Cup finals as well as the U Sports national title game. An avid baseball fan, Arsenault also umps on the diamond and has also been an official in football and basketball. “It’s all about communicating with people,” he said. Arsenault, who turned 50 on Monday, plans to continue refereeing this season outside of the QMJHL and hopes to do one more season with Hockey P.E.I. “I have been blessed, I really have. I feel very fortunate,” he said. “(Saturday) was a fitting ending to a wonderful experience.”
2019-02-25Cold cancels MCPS focus groups, closes schools, increases avalanche danger - The Missoulian
Cold cancels MCPS focus groups, closes schools, increases avalanche danger Feb 25, 2019 Updated Feb 25, 2019
2019-02-25Thane man grows veggies with hospital waste, patients benefit - Daily News & Analysis
Thane man grows veggies with hospital waste, patients benefit Updated: Feb 25, 2019, 06:05 AM IST Thane's Reny Varghese is a trailblazer. His relentless effort to produce vegetables with waste has taken him places, including winning the National Swachhata Mission award. The lofty mission started on his roof where his fertile ideas began blooming. Now, his new farmland — the backyard of the hospital where he works — feeds nearly 150 patients. Varghese has now mastered the art of converting the wet waste — disposed of by the Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children — to compost. The green project was unleashed on August 29, 2017, as an answer to a flood that brought down the boundary walls of his residential compound, Vijay Garden Society, and eroded soil formed piles on the campus. "We collected the mud in empty paint drums and planted seeds of vegetables like bhindi, lalmath, etc.," he said. The drums yield enough crops to feed at least six families daily. "Everyday, the hospital generates around 50 to 55kilo wet waste. The dry waste is sent to the municipality as well as to an NGO that recycles the product," he said. "We put this wet waste in the compost. Finally, it becomes manure," he added. The manure used for in-house gardening and agriculture farm. "We plant seasonal crops and the vegetables grown in this farm are enough for a one-time meal for 150 patients," he said. The 7,000-sq-ft farm yields okra, spinach, pumpkin, garlic, turmeric and tomatoes, fig, guava, custard apple, pineapple, lemon, etc. On February 19, the hospital bagged the prestigious National Swachhata Mission Award under the health/hygiene/sanitation category. "This was quite a surprise as one of the visitors who accidentally saw our hospital farm suggested our name for the award," he said.
2019-02-25Fraud telecaller dips into retired government staffer’s account, steals Rs 1 lakh - Times of India
Fraud telecaller dips into retired government staffer's account, steals Rs 1 lakh Feb 25, 2019, 05:38 IST THANE: A retired government employee from Thane lost Rs 1 lakh from her bank account to a fraud caller recently. The complainant, Rema Ramakrishnan, had searched the Internet on February 12 for the helpline number of a private bank she has an account with, to find out about how to change her home address. It later turned out that the phone number did not belong to the bank. The tele-calling executive, who spoke fluent English, told the woman that changes could be done using a mobile phone application. “I did not realise that the phone number (7043105049) which I got through an Internet search engine does not belong to the bank. As if hypnotised, I shared my card details which the caller said were required to make the changes. He made me to share a message I received,” she said. The fraudster then added his own contact details as beneficiary into her bank account and money was debited to her account, she said. “By the time I got through to the bank’s genuine customer care number and blocked my account, the money was withdrawn,” Rema told TOI. Senior inspector of Kapurbawadi police station, Anil Deshmukh, said they have sought the cyber cell’s help to trace the money trail. A criminal case will be lodged on Monday.
2019-02-25Rs 44 lakh payout for kin of engineering student run over by tanker - Times of India
Rs 44 lakh payout for kin of engineering student run over by tanker Feb 25, 2019, 06:26 IST THANE: The Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has ordered compensation of Rs 44.4 lakh to the kin of an engineering student who was mowed down by a tanker in 2012. The parents of the deceased, Abhishek Thakur, then aged 20, moved the tribunal and sought compensation. Advocate Baldev Rajput representing the family told the tribunal that Thakur, who lived in Navi Mumbai, was aspiring to go abroad for further studies and earned Rs 35,400 a month. On February 11, 2012, Thakur was riding his two-wheeler to his college near Sanpada, when a tanker crashed into him. As a result of the impact, he fell on the road and later succumbed to severe injuries, stated the counsel. A case was registered against the tanker driver at a local police station. Thakur’s family informed the tribunal that the death was on account of the rash and negligent driving of the tanker driver and hence the owner of the vehicle and insurance company were liable to pay compensation. But the vehicle owner and the insurance company vehemently contested the claim and cited various reasons to substantiate their claims. Their contention was rejected by the member of the tribunal, who stated that there are documentary evidence on record to substantiate the theory of accident thereby rejecting the company’s contention that the tanker was not insured when the fatal accident took place. In his order, MACT member and principle district judge Virendra G Bisht directed the two opponents—the tanker owner and The Oriental Insurance Co Ltd—to jointly pay the compensation to the claimants along with interest at the rate of 8% per annum from the date of filing the claim.
2019-02-25Thane: IIT Bombay pervert arrested for filming people bathing - Times Now
Thane: IIT Bombay pervert arrested for filming people bathing Updated Feb 25, 2019 | 11:05 IST | Mumbai: A 34-year-old student of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay was arrested for allegedly filming people bathing. The incident happened on Saturday. According to a report in the Hindustan Times (HT), the accused was identified as Avinash Kumar Yadav who was charged under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code. The Kapurbawdi police station official told HT that a woman filed a complaint that she found a mobile phone on the bathroom window while she was bathing on Friday night. She immediately alerted her husband about the incident, who confiscated his the phone. The couple also saw the accused fleeing from the space, the police official added. Meanwhile, the accused was nabbed by other residents of the area. The HT report claimed that the mobile phone had clips of men and women, mostly residents of the same building while they were taking bath, said the police official. A similar case was reported from Puducherry, a man was thrashed by locals after he was seen looking inside a bathroom where a girl was bathing. The accused climbed on the bike’s seat and peeped inside the bathroom. As the window was near the road, it was easy for him to see inside the bathroom. He was later thrashed by the locals and handed over to police.
2019-02-2520-year-old reunites with family in Thane after finding kin on music app - Hindustan Times
20-year-old reunites with family in Thane after finding kin on music app Updated: Feb 26, 2019 07:20 IST A popular music app helped a 20-year-old woman reunite with her family on Sunday. The woman had run away from her sister’s home in Diva, Thane, in 2016. Last week, she saw her sister and brother-in-law on a music app, through which, she got their contact details. The woman, whose name the police have withheld, then made a fake profile on social media and would chat with her brother-in-law. During their chat, she would often enquire about her sister and parents, owing to which, her brother-in-law suspected her to be his wife’s sister. He then approached the police, who reunited the woman with her sister and mother. In November 2016, the woman, who was then 17 years old, had come from her home in Yavatmal to stay with her sister in Diva. A few days later, the woman’s mother asked her to come back to Yavatmal. She told her sister she was going back to Yavatmal, but came to Mumbai instead. When she did not reach Yavatmal, her sister and brother-in-law approached police. As the woman was a minor at the time, police filed a case of kidnapping against an unknown person. R Daundkar, senior police inspector, Thane anti-human trafficking cell, said, “The 17-year-old came across a woman in Mumbai, who helped her get a catering job in Surat, Gujarat. Two years later, she married a man in Surat.” The couple then came to Mumbai. Daundkar added, “The woman was going through a music app, when saw her brother-in-law and sister on it. She received their contact details on the music app, following which she made a fake profile on social media and contacted her brother-in-law. During their conversation, she would often ask her brother-in-law about his wife and her family. This made her brother-in-law suspicious of her identity.” The woman’s sister and brother-in-law then approached the police. “We asked her brother-in-law to continue chatting with her and then traced her location through the IP address and reunited her with her family,” said Daundkar.
2019-02-25IIT-B scholar in Thane arrested for filming people taking bath - Hindustan Times
IIT-B scholar in?Thane arrested for filming people taking bath Updated: Feb 25, 2019 23:56 IST A 34-year-old PhD student from Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) was arrested by the Kapurbawdi police on Saturday for filming men and women bathing in his society. According to the police, more than 12 video clips were found from the accused, Avinash Kumar Yadav, who lives in a housing society in Kapurbawdi, Thane. He was caught while filming a woman in the society on Friday, but he fled. He was then arrested on Saturday under section 354 of the Indian Penal?Code (IPC), said A Deskhmukh, senior inspector, Kapurbawdi police station. However, he got bail on Monday. “Yadav has filmed several people from the society. We have asked a woman officer to check his phone,” said another officer. On Friday, when a woman, residing in the same society, had gone to take a bath, she saw a phone kept on the bathroom window. She alerted her husband and took the phone away. She then found Yadav standing near the window and tried to catch him, but he fled. Deshmukh said the couple approached them after Yadav fled. “A woman police officer checked the phone and found that it belongs to Yadav. We then arrested him and he was produced in court. We are investigating the case further. We will try to find if there are other residents of the society who have been filmed and are willing to come forward,” said Deshmukh. The police will add more sections once the phone is thoroughly probed and file a charge sheet within 30 days. They said Yadav got married in June 2018. “We are scared that he may have circulated the clips on social media. Every morning, he would be seen roaming the floors. We doubted him, but never thought he was filming people,” said a resident of the society.
2019-02-25Railway Protection Force vows for safe travel of Kashmiris - Daily News & Analysis
Railway Protection Force vows for safe travel of Kashmiris Updated: Feb 25, 2019, 05:40 AM IST As the Indian Railways step up its safety measures following a low-intensity bomb blast in Kanpur-Bhiwani Kalindi Express last Wednesday, senior officials said the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has been directed to intensify their presence at every station of the country. The security officials have also been asked to ensure that Kashmiris, who travel in long-distance trains, are safe. Apparently, the blast took place just after top security officials met the Railway Board in New Delhi. The staff have been asked to move around in groups, randomly inspect stations and its peripheries. Combing operations shall be carried out where people will be frisked, luggage scanned and CCTV monitoring shall increase,. said a senior RPF officer. The RPF has formed groups where the sleuths will carry out checks in plain clothes. The RPF commandos will also inspect the stations, especially the important ones where people movement is in large numbers. They will also be posted to keep vigil with metal detectors, move around with sniffer dogs and constantly monitor CCTV. Moreover, they will keep watch on history sheeters and pick-pockets at railway stations. This is being done to keep an eye on any unwarranted activity,. he said. There will be tight security on trains going to the north, especially Delhi and Kashmir, said an RPF officer. On February 20, a low-intensity blast took place in the toilet of Kanpur-Bhiwani Kalindi Express. The blast took place near Barrajpur station at around 7.10 pm. Another low intensity blast took place in Kashimira in Thane after an unidentified person allegedly threw a plastic ball filled with explosives. Thane Indian Railways NEW DELHI CCTV Railway Protection Force RPF Railway Board Kashmiris Kanpur-Bhiwani Kalindi Express
2019-02-25Socs to protest snags in online services for deemed conveyance - Pune Mirror
Socs to protest snags in online services for deemed conveyance Updated: Feb 25, 2019, 06:00 IST Started merely a year ago, the online services for deemed conveyance — that provide ownership rights to residents of the land on which their houses are built — has stopped functioning due to a server snag. The problem has persisted for four months. Irritated with the repeated server crash, Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MSWA), a group of housing societies, has decided to protest from March 4. The MSWA, on Saturday, wrote a letter to the district deputy registrar (DDR) of co-operative societies in Pune, informing about this protest. The housing societies have been demanding online and offline options since certain members have no expertise with the internet. The association claims that the online service is not user-friendly owing to regular technical glitches. Now that they have disappeared for a week, they are unable to register their deemed conveyance. MSWA president Yuvraj Pawar said, “According to the high courts direction in a Thane-based housing society related case, it was instructed to provide offline facility as well, which is being denied.” When asked an officer attached with DDR of cooperative societies in Pune, he said, “We have received the communication from the association and forwarded it to the state. A reply is awaited.”
2019-02-25Election Commission norms for Lok Sabha polls: Govt shifts 2 dozen IPS officers - Times of India
Election Commission norms for Lok Sabha polls: Govt shifts 2 dozen IPS officers Feb 25, 2019, 05:34 IST MUMBAI: Following the Election Commission norms for Lok Sabha elections, CM Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday shifted over two dozen IPS officers. The EC had said officers who are posted in their hometowns or have completed their tenures should be shifted before February 28. In the reshuffle, the CM appointed Kolhapur range IG Vishwas Nagare Patil as Nashik police chief in place of Ravindra Singhal, who has been shifted as Aurangabad range IG. The other transfers include Suhas Warke (Kolhapur range IG), P P Mutyal (special IG, Nanded ), F K Patil (special IG, CID, Pune), Sunil Ramanand (IG, Maharashtra State Security Corporation), Datta Karale (Addl CP, Thane), Pratap Dighavkar (DIG-Prevention of atrocities against women), Sanjay Darade (Sales tax dept, Mumbai), Punjab Ugale (SP, Jalgaon ), Sunil Kadasane (Nashik ACB Superintendent), Harish Baijal (SRPF, Dhule), Ishu Sindhu (SP, Ahmednagar) and Ranjankumar Sharma (Nagpur-crime). An IPS officer said routine transfers will take place after the polls. DGP appointment may be delayed The appointment of DGP in place of Datta Padsalgikar, who is retiring on February 28, may be delayed as the panel formed to review the six names put forward for the post is yet to meet. If it is delayed, additional charge will be given to the seniormost IPS officer in the DG office. Meanwhile, some IPS officers said that an additional DG-level officer should be appointed as Mumbai CP, and not a DG-level officer as has been done in the recent past.
2019-02-25IIT student from Thane held for filming people bathing - The Tribune India
IIT student from Thane held for filming people bathing Posted at: Feb 25, 2019, 9:32 AM A 34-year-old man pursuing higher education from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay was on Saturday arrested for allegedly filming people bathing. Thane resident Avinash Kumar Yadav has been charged under Section 354 (any man who watches, or captures the image of a woman engaging in a private act in circumstances where she would usually have the expectation of not being observed) of the Indian Penal Code. “A woman filed a complaint that she found a mobile phone on the bathroom window while she was bathing on Friday night. She alerted her husband who confiscated the phone. The couple saw the accused fleeing from the place,” a Kapurbawdi police station official said. “The accused was nabbed by other residents. The mobile phone had clips of men and women, mostly residents of the same building, bathing,” he added.
2019-02-25HC nod to construction of 3 ferry jetties in Mumbai, Thane - Business Standard
HC nod to construction of 3 ferry jetties in Mumbai, Thane Updated at February 25, 2019 17:05 IST The Bombay High Court Monday approved the Maharashtra Maritime Board's (MMB) request to construct three ferry jetties in the western suburbs of Mumbai and the neighbouring Thane district. A division bench of Justices B R Gavai and N J Jamadar was hearing a petition filed by the board seeking permission to carry out work on three of its projects pertaining to proposed ferry jetty services between Borivali and Gorai in Mumbai, a passenger jetty at Ghodbunder in Thane and roll-on and roll-off jetty services at Manori in the metropolis. The bench, while granting permission, observed that the projects were in public interest as they proposed to decongest the city's traffic in the western suburbs and also connect the eastern and western suburbs. The MMB is entrusted with the task of planned development of minor ports, port infrastructure and maritime facilities. The petition said the projects were being developed for a sustainable water transportation system for Mumbai city and its suburbs. The board approached the high court seeking permission as the proposed jetties would be located on mangrove buffer zones and as per previous court orders, any authority proposing to destroy mangroves as part of a public project has to seek HC's nod first. MMB's lawyer Saket Mone told the court that it had already got Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) for the three projects. Mone said none of the projects would cause any destruction to mangroves, but since the proposed jetties were in the mangroves buffer zone, permission was sought from the court. "The proposed projects are founded on the principles of public utility, sustainable development and eco-friendly transportation systems, aimed at benefiting the citizens and not premised on private or commercial gain," the petition said. They are public utility projects and should be allowed to be implemented, more so since the statutory authorities concerned have granted requisite permissions in accordance with law and there is no contemplation of any destruction of mangroves, it added.
2019-02-25Maharashtra: 2 found guilty of power theft in Thane, sent to 2 years in jail; fined over Rs 40 lakh - Free Press Journal
Maharashtra: 2 found guilty of power theft in Thane, sent to 2 years in jail; fined over Rs 40 lakh February 25, 2019 3:22 pm Thane: Two people running an engineering unit in Maharashtra’s Thane district were found guilty of electricity theft and sentenced to two years in jail by a local court. District Judge P P Jadhav imposed a fine of Rs 35.85 lakh on unit owner Khalil Ahmed Navabali Subhedar and Rs 5.97 lakh on unit operator Anis Ahmed Shafiq Ahmad Khan. Additional Public Prosecutor Vivek Kadu said the power theft at the unit came to light following a raid by a team of the Maharashtra State Electricity Board on December 28, 2010. He said a foreign electronic circuit was installed in the meter to suppress the readings between March 2009 and November 2010 and this had led to power theft of 2.18 lakh units valued at Rs 20.91 lakh. A case was registered under Sections 135 and 138 of the Electricity Act, the additional public prosecutor.
2019-02-25IIT-Bombay student from Thane arrested for filming people bathing: Cops - Hindustan Times
IIT-Bombay student from Thane arrested for filming people bathing:?Cops Updated: Feb 25, 2019 11:12 IST Thane-resident Avinash Kumar Yadav has been charged under section 354 (any man who watches, or captures the image of a woman engaging in a private act in circumstances where she would usually have the expectation of not being observed) of the Indian Penal Code.
2019-02-2511-Year-Old Colorado Boy Sees Color After Friend Buys Him Corrective Glasses - Inside Edition
11-Year-Old Colorado Boy Sees Color After Friend Buys Him Corrective Glasses 9:42 AM PST, February 25, 2019 Video of the first time an 11-year-old Colorado boy saw color is touching hearts. Not only was Tyler Muhr, who is colorblind, stunned by seeing the world differently, but it was all made possible by a friend. Thane heard about special glasses that could correct Tyler's vision and set out to surprise him. Thane saved up $250 and gave his mom the money to buy the glasses from Amazon.
2019-02-25Mumbai: Kashimira's land ceiling case handed over to EOW - Free Press Journal
Mumbai: Kashimira’s land ceiling case handed over to EOW February 25, 2019 7:51 am Bhayandar: A week after the Kashimira police lodged an FIR against the five landowners for illegally transferring rights of notified land in Mire village and breaching the Urban Land (Ceiling & Regulation) Act-ULCRA, the case has now been handed over to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Thane (rural) police for further probe. The multi-crore scam if probed properly could open a Pandora’s box for the realty sector, which has witnessed hundreds of acres of ceiling land being illegally sold and transferred in the twin-city. On a complaint by Nitin Jadhav, the assistant town planner (Thane Urban Agglomeration), police had filed an FIR against five persons for allegedly inking a deed of conveyance with a private developer to transfer land measuring more than 5,000 square metres, notified in 2007, thus violating Section 20 (rule 9) of the ULCRA Act. “Yes, considering the gravity of the case, the EOW has been directed to conduct a thorough investigation,” confirmed Superintendent of Police Dr Shivaji Rathod. While all related documents have been formally handed over to the EOW, it is learnt that the investigators are probing multiple complaints of similar nature. In, 2016, the Thane crime branch had arrested two builders for forging documents to avoid surrender of excess land-holding to the government or giving ready-to-stay flats under the ULCRA. However, several projects are under the scanner for violation of the land revenue code as hundreds of properties notified under the ULC have been illegally sold and transferred. This is despite bearing land under the ceiling stamps on property documents, ultimately exposing a huge difference between the records of the revenue department and those of the builders.
2019-02-25South Bengaluru Gets a New Residential Landmark - Outlook India
South Bengaluru Gets a New Residential Landmark 25 FEBRUARY 2019 Bengaluru, Karnataka, India – Business Wire India House of Hiranandani, a leading real estate conglomerate is pleased to announce the launch of “Evita” inside its integrated community at Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru. The thoughtfully planned architectural marvel is certain to meet the aspirational needs of people and is set to become one of the most desirable and sought-after addresses in the city. The lavishly designed residences come with premium specifications and offer breathtaking views of the city and the internal courtyard. The tower is registered with Karnataka RERA. The 18 storied masterpiece will provide a holistic living experience to discerning home buyers. Customers can choose from 2 BHK, 2.5 BHK and 3BHK apartments with RERA carpet area ranging between 871 sq. ft. - 1265 sq. ft and prices starting at Rs. 75 lakhs. Speaking on the launch, Prashant Mirkar, VP - Marketing & Sales, House of Hiranandani, said, "The launch is in line with our strategy of creating landmark destinations that offer residents a taste of opulent living. Our new tower is strategically located to offer residents South Bengaluru’s most coveted views along with state-of-the-art amenities to ensure their overall well being." The award-winning integrated community at Bannerghatta is built nearby a serene lakeside sanctuary and subsumes within its fold splendor and functionality through its ethereal landscaped gardens interspersed with lively, sparkling water bodies. A perfect combination of serene ambiance and premium amenities has made it a preferred choice for home buyers in South Bengaluru. The easy access to corporate parks, important commercial destinations, educational institutions, healthcare and recreation centers has also contributed significantly to its success. Mr Mirkar added that the ongoing infrastructure developments in South Bengaluru will have a positive impact on property prices in the future. Hence, one must make use of this opportunity and invest here to enjoy long term capital appreciation. The residents of Evita have access to a host of indoor and outdoor amenities like fully equipped clubhouse, swimming pool, gymnasium, kids’ play area, tennis & basketball courts, jogging track to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Initiatives, like rainwater harvesting, solar panels and zero discharge have been incorporated into the design to make the community eco-friendly and sustainable. The beautiful landscaping and stunning views of the Hulimavu Lake are bound to appeal to the modern generation. About House of Hiranandani Since inception into the urbane terrains of India, House of Hiranandani has altered the way living spaces are designed, thereby transforming the ethos and aesthetics of real estate in India. Pillared by a unique approach to designing and planning, the company invest heavily in research and development ensuring that each of its developments surpasses industry benchmarks and redefines value engineering and design. The buildings and supporting infrastructure are designed to ensure low maintenance, yet add value to the lives of our residents. The selection of materials is robust to ensure longevity and is passed only after stringent quality checks. Today, House of Hiranandani has carved a niche for itself and is synonymous with innovation, transparency, quality construction, superior design and customer satisfaction. House of Hiranandani has a national presence with projects in Mumbai (Hiranandani Gardens - Powai, Hiranandani Meadows - Thane, Hiranandani Estate - Thane, Hiranandani Business Park - Powai & Thane), Bengaluru (Hebbal, Devanahalli& Bannerghatta), Chennai (OMR &Thaiyur) and Hyderabad (Shankarpally). PWR PWR
2019-02-25Bhiwandi Congress corporator demands Rs 4 lakh from builder as extortion, arrested - Times Now
Bhiwandi Congress corporator demands Rs 4 lakh from builder as extortion, arrested Updated Feb 25, 2019 | 15:31 IST Thane: Bhiwandi-Nizampura Municipal Corporation leader was arrested on Friday night for allegedly extorting money from a builder here. Three-time Congres corporator Matloob Khan allegedly extorted Rs two lakh from a builder and demanded that he wants more or else will demolish the under-construction building, according to ABP Manhja. The developer of Noor Apartments, Saleem Ansari, gave the money to Khan in three instalments - Rs one lakh first, then Rs 90,000 and then Rs 70,000. However, the corporator kept asking for more money or threatened of consequences. Police reportedly said that Khan, who belongs to Piranipada, used municipal commissioner Manohar Hire and additional municipal commissioner Ashok Rankhambh's name to demand money from the developer. Later, when a case was registered both the officers denied any role in this. They also asked the Police to take an action against the accused. Ansari decided to lodge a complaint against corporator Khan and approached the Shantinagar police to file a complaint against him. Ansari also provided the police with phone records as a proof to the entire extortion case. A complaint was filed against Khan under IPC section 384, section 385 and an arrest was made. Matloob Khan is three times Congress leader of the Bhiwandi Municipal Corporation. He has been elected from Piranipada for the last 20 years.
2019-02-25Bombay HC restrains the release of former Raymond chairman's biography till March 13 - Mumbai Live
Bombay HC restrains the release of former Raymond chairman's biography till March 13 Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Bombay High Court has restrained former Raymond Group chairperson Vijaypat Singhania from publishing his autobiography till March 13 this year. The single bench presided over by Justice SK Shinde, in an interim order directed Singhania to not publish his autobiography, tentatively titled as The Incomplete Man, till March 13, the next date for the hearing. The bench was hearing to an application filed by Singhania seeking the transfer of a suit filed against him in the Thane District Court by Raymond Ltd. The suit states that the company has sought an injunction against the former Raymond owner's autobiography on the basis that some parts of the book might be defamatory to the company. Singhania and his son have been engaged in a legal battle for almost a year over a duplex apartment in the 36-storey building in South Mumbai. Earlier, Singhania Sr. had claimed that his son had refused to honour an arbitration order which gave the apartment to the former.
2019-02-25Bombay HC approves construction of 3 ferry jetties in Mumbai, Thane - Free Press Journal
Bombay HC approves construction of 3 ferry jetties in Mumbai, Thane February 25, 2019 5:33 pm Mumbai: The Bombay High Court Monday approved the Maharashtra Maritime Board’s (MMB) request to construct three ferry jetties in the western suburbs of Mumbai and the neighbouring Thane district. A division bench of Justices B R Gavai and N J Jamadar was hearing a petition filed by the board seeking permission to carry out work on three of its projects pertaining to proposed ferry jetty services between Borivali and Gorai in Mumbai, a passenger jetty at Ghodbunder in Thane and roll-on and roll-off jetty services at Manori in the metropolis. The bench, while granting permission, observed that the projects were in public interest as they proposed to decongest the city’s traffic in the western suburbs and also connect the eastern and western suburbs. The MMB is entrusted with the task of planned development of minor ports, port infrastructure and maritime facilities. The petition said the projects were being developed for a sustainable water transportation system for Mumbai city and its suburbs. The board approached the high court seeking permission as the proposed jetties would be located on mangrove buffer zones and as per previous court orders, any authority proposing to destroy mangroves as part of a public project has to seek HC’s nod first. MMB’s lawyer Saket Mone told the court that it had already got Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) for the three projects. Mone said none of the projects would cause any destruction to mangroves, but since the proposed jetties were in the mangroves buffer zone, permission was sought from the court. “The proposed projects are founded on the principles of public utility, sustainable development and eco-friendly transportation systems, aimed at benefiting the citizens and not premised on private or commercial gain,” the petition said. They are public utility projects and should be allowed to be implemented, more so since the statutory authorities concerned have granted requisite permissions in accordance with law and there is no contemplation of any destruction of mangroves, it added.
2019-02-24IIT Bombay Student Arrested from Thane for Filming Women Bathing - News18
IIT Bombay Student Arrested from Thane for Filming Women Bathing Updated:February 24, 2019, 10:24 PM IST Thane: A 34-year-old man pursuing higher education from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay was arrested on Saturday for allegedly filming people bathing, police said. Thane resident Avinash Kumar Yadav has been charged under section 354 (any man who watches, or captures the image of a woman engaging in a private act in circumstances where she would usually have the expectation of not being observed) of the Indian Penal Code. "A woman filed a complaint that she found a mobile phone on the bathroom window while she was bathing on Friday night. She alerted her husband who confiscated the phone. The couple saw the accused fleeing from the place," a Kapurbawdi police station official said. "The accused was nabbed by other residents. The mobile phone had clips of men and women, mostly residents of the same building, bathing," he added.
2019-02-24MCPS Superintendent Thane leaving big shoes to fill - The Missoulian
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2019-02-24IIT student from Thane held for filming people bathing - The Tribune India
IIT student from Thane held for filming people bathing Posted at: Feb 24, 2019, 9:45 PM A 34-year-old man pursuing higher education from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay was on Saturday arrested for allegedly filming people bathing, police said. Thane-resident Avinash Kumar Yadav has been charged under Section 354 (any man who watches, or captures the image of a woman engaging in a private act in circumstances where she would usually have the expectation of not being observed) of the Indian Penal Code. “A woman filed a complaint that she found a mobile phone on the bathroom window while she was bathing on Friday night. She alerted her husband who confiscated the phone. The couple saw the accused fleeing from the place,” a Kapurbawdi police station official said. “The accused was nabbed by other residents. The mobile phone had clips of men and women, mostly residents of the same building, bathing,” he added.
2019-02-24Mumbai University awards diploma to tribals - Times of India
Mumbai University awards diploma to tribals Updated: Feb 24, 2019, 13:57 IST THANE: Twenty seven tribals from the forest zone of Gadchiroli, Chandrapur and Yavatmal were on Saturday awarded a diploma certificate from the Mumbai University for successful completion a newly-drafted training programme to help their village community to better their cultivation practices, forest natural resource management and avail their legal provisions using a technology-driven approach. A brain-child of Manisha Verma, principal secretary Tribal Development Department, the diploma course introduced the forest dwellers on the history and importance of the forest rights act to the practical implementation of technology and geo tagging of forest resources. The pilot diploma programme in community forest management was designed by environmentalist Madhav Gadgil and MUs Dr. Neeraj Utarkar and Dr. Vijay Edlabadkar. The pilot diploma programme in Mendhalekha village in Gadchiroli district introduced the 27 men and women to do practical work along with implementation of forest management plans for their respective villages Akash Tekai from Yavatmal, said, "I had no idea about forest rights were and was not sure about how this course would help me help my village and community. However, with the knowledge I gained, I was not only able to claim 84 acres of land that my family was entitles to, but also helped 23 others do the same in my village with the help of our telsildar.” Verma, said, “The community forest rights have been recognised in over more than 29 lakh acres of forests across 7,700 villages Maharashtra. This programme aims at laying a solid foundation of knowledge creation about the importance of these rights.It aims to weave the traditional knowledge of the tribal community with demystified scientific expertise and build the technical competency of the gram sabhas in terms of managing the community and conserving the forest and its resources.” Dr. Edlabadkar said, “Thousands of villages across the state have been given forest rights, but because of the gap between the community and the government the awareness about these rights and responsibilities is still yet to reach the tribals. This gap can only be bridged through education and these tribals need to be made aware of their provisions and laws.” “They also need a way to sharpen their minimal skill sets so they can use this training with tools like GPS, RTI, etc to change their tribal hamlets and villages for the better in the years to come. We have already started seeing the impact of this course as each of the 27 students has made some difference through their practical assignments in each of their tribal hamlets,” he added.
2019-02-24testParents of engineering student killed in accident get Rs 44 lakh compensation - United News of India
Parents of engineering student killed in accident get Rs 44 lakh compensation Posted at: Feb 24 2019 4:02 PM Thane, Feb 24 (UNI) The Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has awarded Rs 44.44 lakhs to the parents of an engineering student who was killed in a road accident in February, 2012. On February 11, 2012, Abhishekh Inder Chand Thakur was on way to his college on a motorcycle when he was run over by a tanker. MACT member Virendra G Bisht, in a recent order, rejected the insurance company's claim that the tanker involved in the accident was not insured and ordered it to pay the compensation amount to the complainants.
2019-02-24Oregon baseball sweeps St. Mary's in rainy doubleheader - Oregon Daily Emerald
Oregon baseball sweeps St. Mary's in rainy doubleheader Feb 23, 2019 Updated Feb 23, 2019 One day after defeating St. Mary’s 3-2 on a walk-off sacrifice-fly by Tanner Smith, Oregon baseball retook a rain soaked PK Park looking to take both ends of the doubleheader against the Gaels. The team did just that, beating St. Mary’s 6-2 in the first game then 5-4 in the following game. Game 1 A dominant pitching performance by starting pitcher Ryne Nelson paired with a three-RBI day from freshman designated hitter Aaron Zavala gave Oregon a strong 6-2 game-one victory. Nelson, making just his second career start on the mound, smoothly navigated through the St. Mary’s lineup. One week after surrendering seven runs and four walks in 4.1 innings against top-10 Texas Tech, the former closer and shortstop commanded the zone, rarely allowing solid contact. He went six innings, allowing an unearned run and four hits while striking out nine. “He was really special,” head coach George Horton said. “When he’s in the strike zone he’s got some special stuff.” After Nelson departed, sophomore relievers Robert Ahlstrom and Peyton Fuller teamed up to finish the game. Ahlstrom shut down the Gaels for two innings, before surrendering a run on back-to-back doubles in the ninth. From there, Fuller took the mound and limited the damage to secure the win. Zavala continued the hot start to his freshman season, going 3-4 with three singles, two RBIs and a run scored to bring his average up to .542. Offensively, Oregon succeeded by pairing Zavala’s day with a successful small-ball approach. “He’s got a bright future,” Horton said. “We were real high on him when he came here, and he’s locked down that DH position in a big way.” In the second, Zavala’s leadoff single started a freshmen rally. Last night’s walk-off hero, freshman Tanner Smith originally started his at-bat showing bunt, but after three straight pitches outside of the zone, he was able to work a walk. Junior catcher Cameron Campbell, who has been struggling at the plate thus far, had a perfect sacrifice bunt to put both runners in scoring position for another freshman, Kyle Froemke. Froemke, in his first at bat of the season, lined a single to right to score the first two runs of the ball game. The Ducks extended their lead one inning later with an RBI single by Zavala. In the fifth, Zavala recorded another RBI single, knocking in Gabe Matthews to bring the score to 4-1. Oregon tacked on two more runs to bring the score to 6-1. In the sixth, Johnny DeLuca knocked in Campbell with a sacrifice-fly and Campbell added on with a home run in the eighth. The home run marks his second on the season and the first at PK Park in 2019. He is also the lone Duck to homer in 2019. Game 2 The Ducks took the lead thanks to a burst of offense in the middle of the game. Zavala had another solid performance, going 3-4 again with one RBI. Starting pitcher Cullen Kafka won the game pitching six innings with seven strikeouts, giving up four walk. “Six hits in one game, can’t really ask for more,” Zavala said. “I was just feeling good at the plate, super comfortable, just doing my thing.” For the first half of the game, Carlos Lomeli’s timely strikeouts kept the Ducks at bay. In the bottom of the fourth, Oregon finally scored on a two out single from designated hitter Aaron Zavala, who knocked in Spencer Steer. The following inning, the Ducks opened with two base hits, one from Sam Novitske and another from Johnny DeLuca. Lomeli was replaced by Andrew Hansen, and Oregon’s offense started rolling. Gabe Matthews launched a ball far into right field, and Green, the right fielder, appeared to come down with the ball, but dropped it over the fence when he collided with it, making it a three-run homer for Matthews. Goldfarb was hit by a pitch, then Zavala and Adams both singled to load the bases. With Michael Hobbs pitching, Smith hit a grounder that looked to be a double play, but outran the throw to first, and Goldfarb came across to home plate on the fielder's choice to take a 5-3 lead. St. Mary’s took the initial lead, when JC Santini hit an RBI single in the first. The Gaels added to their lead by loading the bases on a single, a hit batter and a walk before Conor Thane doubled to make it a 3-0 game. The Gaels put a lot of pressure on Oregon’s pitchers for the next few innings, never making the lead feel comfortable. In consecutive innings, they advanced runners into scoring position early due to wild pitches. In the sixth Kafka threw three wild pitches, and walked Santini to load the bases, but struck out Thane to prevent any damage. The same situation occurred in the next inning, when Keaton Chase gave up two hits before striking out the next two batters. He walk Diaz to load the bases, struckout Chauvin struck out swinging to end the inning. Despite the Gaels finally adding another run in the eighth on a fielder's choice, Horton was pleased with how the pitchers handled the tense situations. “That’s about mentality,” Horton said. “Instead of caving in they got better.”
2019-02-24Thane: IIT-Bombay student held for filming people bathing - Times of India
Thane: IIT-Bombay student held for filming people bathing Feb 24, 2019, 21:55 IST THANE: A 34-year-old man pursuing higher education from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay was on Saturday arrested for allegedly filming people bathing, police said. Thane-resident Avinash Kumar Yadav has been charged under section 354 (any man who watches or captures the image of a woman engaging in a private act in circumstances where she would usually have the expectation of not being observed) of the Indian Penal Code. "A woman filed a complain that she found a mobile phone on the bathroom window while she was bathing on Friday night. She alerted her husband who confiscated the phone. The couple saw the accused fleeing from the place," a Kapurbawdi police station official said. "The accused was nabbed by other residents. The mobile phone had clips of men and women, mostly residents of the same building, bathing," he added.
2019-02-24Thane Municipal Corporation to use garbage to generate electricity - Daily News & Analysis
Thane Municipal Corporation to use garbage to generate electricity Updated: Feb 24, 2019, 06:15 AM IST While Mumbai, Thane and surrounding areas struggle to deal with waste management issues, the TMC is busy augmenting its capacity to process waste. The civic body is readying itself not only process C&D waste (construction and demolition) and generate electricity from garbage collected in Thane, but also its neighbouring areas. From next week onwards, the Thane Municipal Corporation's (TMC) C&D waste plant at Daighar will be operational. This plant has a capacity to process 300 metric tonnes of C&D waste daily. "The waste material from construction sites like debris, metal, etc., will be brought here for processing. It will be converted into bricks, paver blocks, sand, etc., which can again be used for construction purposes," said Ashok Burpulle, deputy municipal commissioner, TMC-Waste management department. The plant is ready and is undergoing quality test. "It will be operational in the next three to four days," he said. TMC has kept a budget of Rs 8 crore for this plant. Similarly, a waste to energy solid waste management plant is under construction at Daighar where solid waste will be used to generate electricity. The construction of this plant will be in two phases, with each phase having the capacity to process 600 tonnes of waste daily into electricity which will be given away to MSEB (Maharashtra state electricity board). The construction of first phase is on, and the plants will be operational in the next 18 months. Since Thane generates 600 tonnes of garbage daily, the plant is capable of handling waste from other municipal corporations as well. TMC have earmarked an amount of Rs 10 crores for this plant.
2019-02-24Canton & Rapid City Stevens Take State Wrestling Titles - KDLT News
SectionsNews Weather Sports Community HighlightsKDLT News Today KDLT Kitchen KDLT Cares Livestream Contests Submit Photo / Video About UsAbout Schedule Job Board KDLT About Schedule Job Board News Weather Sports Community KDLT News Today KDLT Kitchen KDLT Cares Livestream Contests Submit Photo / Video Sioux Falls Canton & Rapid City Stevens Take State Wrestling Titles Highlights From 2019 State Wrestling Championships February 23, 2019 Zach Borg, Share This:FacebookGoogle+LinkedinPinterestTwitter RAPID CITY, S.D.  —  The Canton C-Hawks and Rapid City Stevens Raiders took home State Wrestling team championships, Tri-Valley’s Caden Lamer made history by becoming the 5th wrestler in South Dakota to win his fifth state title, and Chamberlain’s Nash Hutmacher needed just nine seconds to win a third straight state title. Click on the video viewer for those highlights and more!  Full results are listed below! H.S. WRESTLING TEAM STANDINGS CLASS A 1.  RC Stevens (162.5) 2.  Pierre (133.5) 3.  RC Central (132) 4.  Aberdeen (131) 5.  Roosevelt (96) CLASS B 1.  Canton (200) 2.  Winner (140.5) 3.  Redfield (104) 4.  Wagner (86) 5.  Custer/Edgemont (84) INDIVIDUAL RESULTS B-106 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Riley Weber of Parkston 2nd Place – Riley Whitley of Redfield Area 3rd Place – Owen Hansen of Burke/Gregory 4th Place – Logan Graf of Custer/Edgemont 5th Place – Andy Meyer of Canton 6th Place – Jackson Remmers of McCook Central/Montrose 7th Place – Cael Larson of Webster Area 8th Place – Thane Simons of Philip Area 1st Place Match Riley Weber (Parkston) 32-2, Jr. over Riley Whitley (Redfield Area) 35-4, Jr. (Dec 7-3) 3rd Place Match Owen Hansen (Burke/Gregory) 40-5, 8th. over Logan Graf (Custer/Edgemont) 50-8, Fr. (Dec 2-0) 5th Place Match Andy Meyer (Canton) 50-7, Fr. over Jackson Remmers (McCook Central/Montrose) 50-13, 7th. (Dec 4-3) 7th Place Match Cael Larson (Webster Area) 39-11, Fr. over Thane Simons (Philip Area) 30-17, 7th. (Dec 9-2) B-113 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Lane Miller of Howard 2nd Place – Gage Martinmaas of Faulkton Area 3rd Place – Jacob Brunner of Custer/Edgemont 4th Place – Keegan Haider of Wess. Springs/Woon./Wolsey-Wess. 5th Place – Dragr Monson of Groton Area 6th Place – Carter Lenz of Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes 7th Place – Landon Sudbeck of Parkston 8th Place – Luke Richardson of Canton 1st Place Match Lane Miller (Howard) 43-7, So. over Gage Martinmaas (Faulkton Area) 39-5, Jr. (Fall 6:24) 3rd Place Match Jacob Brunner (Custer/Edgemont) 35-10, 8th. over Keegan Haider (Wess. Springs/Woon./Wolsey-Wess.) 36-8, 8th. (Dec 3-2) 5th Place Match Dragr Monson (Groton Area) 41-14, So. over Carter Lenz (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 29-21, 8th. (Dec 6-3) 7th Place Match Landon Sudbeck (Parkston) 25-15, So. over Luke Richardson (Canton) 40-13, Fr. (Fall 2:32) B-120 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Kaden Keiser of Winner Area 2nd Place – Bradyn Robbins of Redfield Area 3rd Place – Lance Soukup of Wagner 4th Place – Isiah Grimm of Sisseton 5th Place – Braxton Trowbridge of Canton 6th Place – Grayson Hanson of Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes 7th Place – Kieffer Klinkhammer of Howard 8th Place – Shilo Mowry of Lyman 1st Place Match Kaden Keiser (Winner Area) 46-1, Fr. over Bradyn Robbins (Redfield Area) 25-3, So. (Dec 8-1) 3rd Place Match Lance Soukup (Wagner) 40-10, Jr. over Isiah Grimm (Sisseton) 27-10, Jr. (Dec 7-0) 5th Place Match Braxton Trowbridge (Canton) 31-14, Sr. over Grayson Hanson (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 42-14, Fr. (Dec 6-3) 7th Place Match Kieffer Klinkhammer (Howard) 47-14, So. over Shilo Mowry (Lyman) 32-15, Fr. (Fall 4:44) B-126 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Braden Sehr of Canton 2nd Place – Jadyn Coller of Philip Area 3rd Place – Bradyn Lhotak of Wagner 4th Place – Jared Harris of Bennett County 5th Place – Dane Christopherson of Sisseton 6th Place – Riley Genzlinger of Howard 7th Place – Blade Forman of Miller/Highmore-Harrold 8th Place – Hayden Pierret of Garretson 1st Place Match Braden Sehr (Canton) 57-1, So. over Jadyn Coller (Philip Area) 35-2, So. (Dec 6-4) 3rd Place Match Bradyn Lhotak (Wagner) 34-16, So. over Jared Harris (Bennett County) 46-7, Jr. (TB-1 5-1) 5th Place Match Dane Christopherson (Sisseton) 48-6, Sr. over Riley Genzlinger (Howard) 41-13, So. (Fall 1:55) 7th Place Match Blade Forman (Miller/Highmore-Harrold) 21-11, Sr. over Hayden Pierret (Garretson) 30-17, Sr. (Dec 6-0) B-132 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Kellyn March of Canton 2nd Place – Carson Pinske of Lead-Deadwood 3rd Place – Wyatt Talbott of Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes 4th Place – Keanan Pikarski of Sisseton 5th Place – Blair Blasius of Philip Area 6th Place – Alec Dobson of Kingsbury County 7th Place – Skyler Swatek of Elk Point-Jefferson 8th Place – Jack Kruger of Winner Area 1st Place Match Kellyn March (Canton) 53-0, Jr. over Carson Pinske (Lead-Deadwood) 37-8, Sr. (Fall 0:17) 3rd Place Match Wyatt Talbott (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 43-8, Jr. over Keanan Pikarski (Sisseton) 35-8, Sr. (Fall 1:52) 5th Place Match Blair Blasius (Philip Area) 23-7, 8th. over Alec Dobson (Kingsbury County) 30-9, So. (Fall 3:34) 7th Place Match Skyler Swatek (Elk Point-Jefferson) 13-8, So. over Jack Kruger (Winner Area) 32-19, 8th. (Dec 5-3) B-138 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Wyatt Turnquist of Winner Area 2nd Place – Tate Haider of Wess. Springs/Woon./Wolsey-Wess. 3rd Place – Carsten McNeil of Redfield Area 4th Place – JD Carter of Stanley County 5th Place – Seth Peterson of Canton 6th Place – McCoy Peterson of Philip Area 7th Place – Brennan Hanes of Custer/Edgemont 8th Place – Braimen Steen of Sisseton 1st Place Match Wyatt Turnquist (Winner Area) 46-2, Sr. over Tate Haider (Wess. Springs/Woon./Wolsey-Wess.) 37-7, Sr. (Dec 5-3) 3rd Place Match Carsten McNeil (Redfield Area) 35-6, Sr. over JD Carter (Stanley County) 41-16, Sr. (MD 9-1) 5th Place Match Seth Peterson (Canton) 43-15, So. over McCoy Peterson (Philip Area) 26-4, Fr. (For.) 7th Place Match Brennan Hanes (Custer/Edgemont) 20-13, Jr. over Braimen Steen (Sisseton) 35-7, Sr. (Dec 2-1) B-145 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Caden Lamer of Tri-Valley 2nd Place – Jackson Eklund of Burke/Gregory 3rd Place – Jaden Dominisse of Canton 4th Place – Mason Fey of Redfield Area 5th Place – Hunter Peterson of Philip Area 6th Place – Kody Hagen of Hot Springs 7th Place – Irail Griffin of Custer/Edgemont 8th Place – Brody Weavill of Elk Point-Jefferson 1st Place Match Caden Lamer (Tri-Valley) 39-1, Sr. over Jackson Eklund (Burke/Gregory) 21-1, Jr. (MD 15-2) 3rd Place Match Jaden Dominisse (Canton) 45-10, So. over Mason Fey (Redfield Area) 38-6, Fr. (Dec 8-1) 5th Place Match Hunter Peterson (Philip Area) 26-2, Sr. over Kody Hagen (Hot Springs) 44-11, Sr. (Dec 5-2) 7th Place Match Irail Griffin (Custer/Edgemont) 36-18, Jr. over Brody Weavill (Elk Point-Jefferson) 39-14, Jr. (Dec 6-3) B-152 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Trevor Peters of Winner Area 2nd Place – Alex Aesoph of Faulkton Area 3rd Place – Chance Grill of Custer/Edgemont 4th Place – Ty Namanny of Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes 5th Place – Frank Even of Burke/Gregory 6th Place – Gage Burke of Clark/Willow Lake 7th Place – Daniel Cremer of Marion/Freeman 8th Place – Jacobi Krouse of McCook Central/Montrose 1st Place Match Trevor Peters (Winner Area) 44-5, Jr. over Alex Aesoph (Faulkton Area) 44-3, Sr. (Dec 6-1) 3rd Place Match Chance Grill (Custer/Edgemont) 49-3, Sr. over Ty Namanny (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 33-10, Sr. (Dec 5-2) 5th Place Match Frank Even (Burke/Gregory) 37-7, Jr. over Gage Burke (Clark/Willow Lake) 37-9, Fr. (Dec 10-5) 7th Place Match Daniel Cremer (Marion/Freeman) 45-18, Jr. over Jacobi Krouse (McCook Central/Montrose) 40-16, So. (Dec 5-2) B-160 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Sam Kruger of Winner Area 2nd Place – Lucas Bietz of Parkston 3rd Place – Levi Mines of Custer/Edgemont 4th Place – Blake Gessner of McCook Central/Montrose 5th Place – Tucson Freeman of Mobridge-Pollock 6th Place – Weston Ireland of Bennett County 7th Place – Kaden Laubach of Canton 8th Place – Chayce Rausch of Potter County 1st Place Match Sam Kruger (Winner Area) 42-3, So. over Lucas Bietz (Parkston) 38-3, Sr. (SV-1 3-1) 3rd Place Match Levi Mines (Custer/Edgemont) 38-4, Sr. over Blake Gessner (McCook Central/Montrose) 50-6, Jr. (Inj. 4:30) 5th Place Match Tucson Freeman (Mobridge-Pollock) 35-20, Sr. over Weston Ireland (Bennett County) 41-12, Jr. (Fall 4:41) 7th Place Match Kaden Laubach (Canton) 25-6, So. over Chayce Rausch (Potter County) 23-14, Sr. (Dec 1-0) B-170 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Josh Crownover of Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon 2nd Place – Shaeden Scheidt of Canton 3rd Place – Tanner Even of Parker 4th Place – Landon Werdel of Clark/Willow Lake 5th Place – Joey Wheeler of Potter County 6th Place – Jake Cheeseman of McCook Central/Montrose 7th Place – Gage Carter of Faulkton Area 8th Place – Micaiah Grace of Custer/Edgemont 1st Place Match Josh Crownover (Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon) 41-5, Jr. over Shaeden Scheidt (Canton) 52-1, Jr. (Dec 6-5) 3rd Place Match Tanner Even (Parker) 44-9, Jr. over Landon Werdel (Clark/Willow Lake) 34-7, Sr. (Dec 3-2) 5th Place Match Joey Wheeler (Potter County) 22-6, Jr. over Jake Cheeseman (McCook Central/Montrose) 43-13, Jr. (SV-1 8-6) 7th Place Match Gage Carter (Faulkton Area) 32-7, Jr. over Micaiah Grace (Custer/Edgemont) 45-10, Jr. (Dec 4-1) B-182 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Caleb Orris of Clark/Willow Lake 2nd Place – Scott Peterson of Canton 3rd Place – Jeremiah Beck of Burke/Gregory 4th Place – Thomas Baker of Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney 5th Place – Cody Donnelly of Philip Area 6th Place – Isaac Feldhaus of Howard 7th Place – Jordan Gall of Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon 8th Place – Cade Entwisle of McCook Central/Montrose 1st Place Match Caleb Orris (Clark/Willow Lake) 47-0, Sr. over Scott Peterson (Canton) 49-2, Sr. (Dec 7-3) 3rd Place Match Jeremiah Beck (Burke/Gregory) 34-3, Sr. over Thomas Baker (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 37-13, Jr. (Dec 7-4) 5th Place Match Cody Donnelly (Philip Area) 34-6, So. over Isaac Feldhaus (Howard) 41-16, Jr. (Dec 7-0) 7th Place Match Jordan Gall (Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon) 32-19, So. over Cade Entwisle (McCook Central/Montrose) 29-20, Jr. (Dec 3-1) B-195 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Barrett Wren of Redfield Area 2nd Place – EJ Leetch of Howard 3rd Place – Garrett Heil of Hot Springs 4th Place – Cullen Rutten of Canton 5th Place – Slayton Neugebauer of Parkston 6th Place – Regan Bollweg of Miller/Highmore-Harrold 7th Place – Tanner Peterson of McCook Central/Montrose 8th Place – Carter Heinz of Ipswich/Leola/Bowdle 1st Place Match Barrett Wren (Redfield Area) 34-3, Sr. over EJ Leetch (Howard) 42-6, Sr. (TB-1 2-1) 3rd Place Match Garrett Heil (Hot Springs) 45-5, Sr. over Cullen Rutten (Canton) 48-7, Jr. (Dec 9-6) 5th Place Match Slayton Neugebauer (Parkston) 35-13, Sr. over Regan Bollweg (Miller/Highmore-Harrold) 39-13, So. (MD 12-3) 7th Place Match Tanner Peterson (McCook Central/Montrose) 35-20, Sr. over Carter Heinz (Ipswich/Leola/Bowdle) 22-14, Jr. (Dec 5-2) B-220 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – KJ St. Pierre of Wagner 2nd Place – Jesse Hastings of Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney 3rd Place – Tyler Resick of Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes 4th Place – Tee Allen of Bennett County 5th Place – Marshall Baldwin of Canton 6th Place – Elijah Blare of Winner Area 7th Place – Preston Worth of Potter County 8th Place – Tristen Bent of Webster Area 1st Place Match KJ St. Pierre (Wagner) 35-5, Jr. over Jesse Hastings (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 32-3, Jr. (Dec 6-1) 3rd Place Match Tyler Resick (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 39-6, Sr. over Tee Allen (Bennett County) 38-9, Sr. (Dec 8-3) 5th Place Match Marshall Baldwin (Canton) 46-6, Fr. over Elijah Blare (Winner Area) 36-18, Sr. (Dec 2-1) 7th Place Match Preston Worth (Potter County) 34-12, Sr. over Tristen Bent (Webster Area) 27-15, Sr. (Fall 2:15) B-285 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Chase Sigdestad of Webster Area 2nd Place – Dawson Lensing of Wagner 3rd Place – Wyatt Locke of Groton Area 4th Place – Achilles Willuweit of Winner Area 5th Place – Rob Lester of Lead-Deadwood 6th Place – Drake Peed of Elk Point-Jefferson 7th Place – Micah Deboer of Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon 8th Place – Zach Richardson of Canton 1st Place Match Chase Sigdestad (Webster Area) 38-5, Sr. over Dawson Lensing (Wagner) 36-9, Sr. (Dec 3-2) 3rd Place Match Wyatt Locke (Groton Area) 32-5, Sr. over Achilles Willuweit (Winner Area) 38-10, Fr. (Fall 3:29) 5th Place Match Rob Lester (Lead-Deadwood) 39-4, Jr. over Drake Peed (Elk Point-Jefferson) 42-7, So. (Fall 1:43) 7th Place Match Micah Deboer (Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon) 29-14, Jr. over Zach Richardson (Canton) 31-15, So. (Fall 4:27) A-106 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Brenden Salfrank of Aberdeen Central 2nd Place – Quincy Hulverson of Tea Area 3rd Place – Kaden Olson of Sturgis Brown 4th Place – Jack Schoenhard of RC Stevens 5th Place – Brock Sparks of Mitchell 6th Place – Logan O`Connor of Harrisburg 7th Place – Tucker Bahm of Yankton 8th Place – Andrew Weiland of Dell Rapids 1st Place Match Brenden Salfrank (Aberdeen Central) 42-0, Jr. over Quincy Hulverson (Tea Area) 40-2, Fr. (Dec 6-1) 3rd Place Match Kaden Olson (Sturgis Brown) 39-7, Fr. over Jack Schoenhard (RC Stevens) 41-17, Fr. (Dec 6-0) 5th Place Match Brock Sparks (Mitchell) 26-23, Fr. over Logan O`Connor (Harrisburg) 31-24, 7th. (Dec 7-2) 7th Place Match Tucker Bahm (Yankton) 30-7, So. over Andrew Weiland (Dell Rapids) 33-11, So. (MD 13-2) A-113 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Landen Fischer of RC Stevens 2nd Place – Cael Larson of RC Central 3rd Place – Max Donovan of Chamberlain 4th Place – Jacob Vogel of Dell Rapids 5th Place – Alex Mentzer of SF Lincoln 6th Place – Connor Eimers of Tea Area 7th Place – Truman Stoller of Madison 8th Place – Clayton Donovan of Spearfish 1st Place Match Landen Fischer (RC Stevens) 36-10, Sr. over Cael Larson (RC Central) 52-2, So. (Dec 5-2) 3rd Place Match Max Donovan (Chamberlain) 34-4, Sr. over Jacob Vogel (Dell Rapids) 40-7, So. (Dec 5-4) 5th Place Match Alex Mentzer (SF Lincoln) 48-11, 8th. over Connor Eimers (Tea Area) 33-12, Fr. (Dec 9-2) 7th Place Match Truman Stoller (Madison) 32-13, So. over Clayton Donovan (Spearfish) 40-18, Fr. (For.) A-120 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Riley Hollingshead of SF Roosevelt 2nd Place – Ty Althoff of Watertown 3rd Place – Jacob Wood of Sturgis Brown 4th Place – Logen Fischer of RC Stevens 5th Place – Sam Olson of Madison 6th Place – Eli Fischer of Milbank 7th Place – Hayden Shaffer of Pierre T.F. Riggs 8th Place – William George of Douglas/RC Christian 1st Place Match Riley Hollingshead (SF Roosevelt) 22-2, So. over Ty Althoff (Watertown) 39-5, Jr. (Dec 8-4) 3rd Place Match Jacob Wood (Sturgis Brown) 40-4, Sr. over Logen Fischer (RC Stevens) 44-17, Sr. (Dec 6-1) 5th Place Match Sam Olson (Madison) 36-9, So. over Eli Fischer (Milbank) 10-4, Jr. (Dec 3-2) 7th Place Match Hayden Shaffer (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 24-17, Fr. over William George (Douglas/RC Christian) 38-13, Sr. (Fall 2:58) A-126 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Jacob Moore of Aberdeen Central 2nd Place – Collin Powell of Chamberlain 3rd Place – Riley Williams of Lennox 4th Place – Jace Bench-Bresher of Pierre T.F. Riggs 5th Place – Cody Stockman of RC Stevens 6th Place – Nolan Archer of Brookings 7th Place – Beau Beavers of SF O`Gorman 8th Place – Logan Desersa of Sturgis Brown 1st Place Match Jacob Moore (Aberdeen Central) 24-5, Sr. over Collin Powell (Chamberlain) 32-6, Sr. (Fall 0:48) 3rd Place Match Riley Williams (Lennox) 44-6, Jr. over Jace Bench-Bresher (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 27-14, Jr. (Dec 7-3) 5th Place Match Cody Stockman (RC Stevens) 36-12, Sr. over Nolan Archer (Brookings) 33-11, So. (Dec 4-1) 7th Place Match Beau Beavers (SF O`Gorman) 37-11, So. over Logan Desersa (Sturgis Brown) 23-20, So. (MD 12-1) A-132 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Max Sailor of Spearfish 2nd Place – Logan Serck of Beresford/Alcester-Hudson 3rd Place – Declan Malone of RC Stevens 4th Place – Jaxson Waugh of Watertown 5th Place – Gabe Skustad of Chamberlain 6th Place – Tyson Johnson of Pierre T.F. Riggs 7th Place – Ethan Thibeault of RC Central 8th Place – Aaron Ideker of SF O`Gorman 1st Place Match Max Sailor (Spearfish) 40-10, So. over Logan Serck (Beresford/Alcester-Hudson) 40-9, So. (Fall 3:11) 3rd Place Match Declan Malone (RC Stevens) 40-16, Jr. over Jaxson Waugh (Watertown) 31-16, Jr. (Dec 7-2) 5th Place Match Gabe Skustad (Chamberlain) 31-9, So. over Tyson Johnson (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 31-14, So. (Dec 3-2) 7th Place Match Ethan Thibeault (RC Central) 30-16, So. over Aaron Ideker (SF O`Gorman) 38-15, Jr. (Dec 5-0) A-138 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Lucus Anglin of Vermillion 2nd Place – Isaac Klinkhammer of Brandon Valley 3rd Place – Kadyn Kraye of RC Central 4th Place – Chipper Shillingstad of Huron 5th Place – Jack Van Camp of Pierre T.F. Riggs 6th Place – Landry Knight of West Central 7th Place – Peyton Johnston of Watertown 8th Place – Darien Malone of RC Stevens 1st Place Match Lucus Anglin (Vermillion) 42-3, Jr. over Isaac Klinkhammer (Brandon Valley) 32-3, So. (SV-1 4-2) 3rd Place Match Kadyn Kraye (RC Central) 44-12, Jr. over Chipper Shillingstad (Huron) 33-9, Sr. (Dec 5-2) 5th Place Match Jack Van Camp (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 33-10, Jr. over Landry Knight (West Central) 31-15, Jr. (TF-1.5 4:55 (22-7)) 7th Place Match Peyton Johnston (Watertown) 21-13, Jr. over Darien Malone (RC Stevens) 32-18, Jr. (Dec 3-1) A-145 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Eli Kadoun of SF Roosevelt 2nd Place – Colby Mennis of Madison 3rd Place – Cade Hinkle of Pierre T.F. Riggs 4th Place – Tyson Stoebner of Lennox 5th Place – TJ Morrison of RC Central 6th Place – Dylan Hage of Harrisburg 7th Place – Reese Jacobs of Sturgis Brown 8th Place – Grant Wirkus of Watertown 1st Place Match Eli Kadoun (SF Roosevelt) 41-5, Jr. over Colby Mennis (Madison) 29-3, Jr. (SV-1 6-4) 3rd Place Match Cade Hinkle (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 34-11, Jr. over Tyson Stoebner (Lennox) 38-13, Sr. (Dec 3-2) 5th Place Match TJ Morrison (RC Central) 45-13, So. over Dylan Hage (Harrisburg) 30-22, Jr. (TF-1.5 3:18 (20-5)) 7th Place Match Reese Jacobs (Sturgis Brown) 34-15, 8th. over Grant Wirkus (Watertown) 20-17, Sr. (Fall 2:33) A-152 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Cooper Voorhees of RC Stevens 2nd Place – Nolan Johnson of Madison 3rd Place – Colton Jackson of Douglas/RC Christian 4th Place – Jack Smith of Brandon Valley 5th Place – Tyson Lien of Huron 6th Place – Tanner Swab of SF Roosevelt 7th Place – Caden Ideker of West Central 8th Place – Lee Snyder of Pierre T.F. Riggs 1st Place Match Cooper Voorhees (RC Stevens) 48-2, Jr. over Nolan Johnson (Madison) 35-6, Sr. (MD 10-2) 3rd Place Match Colton Jackson (Douglas/RC Christian) 40-10, Sr. over Jack Smith (Brandon Valley) 34-13, Jr. (Dec 6-1) 5th Place Match Tyson Lien (Huron) 25-12, So. over Tanner Swab (SF Roosevelt) 31-23, Sr. (Dec 5-0) 7th Place Match Caden Ideker (West Central) 35-11, Sr. over Lee Snyder (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 26-21, Sr. (Fall 4:08) A-160 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Damion Schunke of Brandon Valley 2nd Place – Will Jarrott of Aberdeen Central 3rd Place – TahJae Jenkins Harris of Huron 4th Place – Logan Bowes of Brookings 5th Place – Nate Allen of RC Stevens 6th Place – Wren Jacobs of Sturgis Brown 7th Place – Alec Bien of Milbank 8th Place – Mason Schoenhard of Harrisburg 1st Place Match Damion Schunke (Brandon Valley) 43-2, Fr. over Will Jarrott (Aberdeen Central) 37-8, Sr. (Dec 5-1) 3rd Place Match TahJae Jenkins Harris (Huron) 19-5, Jr. over Logan Bowes (Brookings) 38-8, Sr. (Dec 5-0) 5th Place Match Nate Allen (RC Stevens) 35-15, Sr. over Wren Jacobs (Sturgis Brown) 21-8, So. (Dec 4-1) 7th Place Match Alec Bien (Milbank) 17-12, Sr. over Mason Schoenhard (Harrisburg) 29-20, Sr. (Dec 1-0) A-170 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Wyatt Jungclaus of RC Central 2nd Place – Ryan Meyer of Harrisburg 3rd Place – Collin Becker of Dakota Valley 4th Place – Maguire Raske of Pierre T.F. Riggs 5th Place – Caleb Brink of RC Stevens 6th Place – Sam Stroup of Watertown 7th Place – Luke Rasmussen of Brookings 8th Place – Dillon Stoebner of Aberdeen Central 1st Place Match Wyatt Jungclaus (RC Central) 48-7, Jr. over Ryan Meyer (Harrisburg) 37-6, Sr. (Dec 5-4) 3rd Place Match Collin Becker (Dakota Valley) 27-8, Jr. over Maguire Raske (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 34-11, So. (Dec 5-1) 5th Place Match Caleb Brink (RC Stevens) 37-17, Jr. over Sam Stroup (Watertown) 36-15, Jr. (TB-1 2-1) 7th Place Match Luke Rasmussen (Brookings) 21-11, Fr. over Dillon Stoebner (Aberdeen Central) 9-13, Jr. (Dec 6-3) A-182 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Jacob Schoon of Brookings 2nd Place – Jayden Hartford of Watertown 3rd Place – Brock Baker of Aberdeen Central 4th Place – Garrett Leesman of Pierre T.F. Riggs 5th Place – Gabriel Rieger of Huron 6th Place – Anthony Knodell of RC Central 7th Place – PJ Parmelee of Tea Area 8th Place – Max Schoenfelder of Mitchell 1st Place Match Jacob Schoon (Brookings) 41-0, Sr. over Jayden Hartford (Watertown) 37-8, Jr. (Fall 1:22) 3rd Place Match Brock Baker (Aberdeen Central) 29-11, Sr. over Garrett Leesman (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 25-13, Sr. (Fall 4:51) 5th Place Match Gabriel Rieger (Huron) 29-15, Sr. over Anthony Knodell (RC Central) 28-15, Sr. (Fall 0:53) 7th Place Match PJ Parmelee (Tea Area) 29-14, Jr. over Max Schoenfelder (Mitchell) 23-22, Sr. (Dec 5-3) A-195 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Owen Warren of Yankton 2nd Place – Joey Otta of SF Roosevelt 3rd Place – Gage Gehring of Pierre T.F. Riggs 4th Place – Gavin Gulbranson of Harrisburg 5th Place – JT Panning of Tea Area 6th Place – Keenan McKnight of RC Central 7th Place – Ben Sobczak of RC Stevens 8th Place – Brodie Holtquist of Milbank 1st Place Match Owen Warren (Yankton) 37-4, Fr. over Joey Otta (SF Roosevelt) 37-2, Sr. (Dec 3-2) 3rd Place Match Gage Gehring (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 34-11, Sr. over Gavin Gulbranson (Harrisburg) 38-8, So. (Fall 3:50) 5th Place Match JT Panning (Tea Area) 28-22, Jr. over Keenan McKnight (RC Central) 37-18, Sr. (Fall 3:38) 7th Place Match Ben Sobczak (RC Stevens) 23-25, Sr. over Brodie Holtquist (Milbank) 13-15, Jr. (Fall 4:44) A-220 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Gus Miller of Brookings 2nd Place – Carter Max of Mitchell 3rd Place – Nolan Smith of RC Central 4th Place – Evan Hehr of Spearfish 5th Place – Hunter McMath of RC Stevens 6th Place – James Lees of Pierre T.F. Riggs 7th Place – William Marshall of Todd County 8th Place – Clayton Smith of Sturgis Brown 1st Place Match Gus Miller (Brookings) 43-3, Jr. over Carter Max (Mitchell) 39-4, Sr. (SV-1 3-1) 3rd Place Match Nolan Smith (RC Central) 40-8, Sr. over Evan Hehr (Spearfish) 36-11, Jr. (Dec 5-1) 5th Place Match Hunter McMath (RC Stevens) 35-16, Sr. over James Lees (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 29-17, Sr. (Dec 4-2) 7th Place Match William Marshall (Todd County) 32-13, Sr. over Clayton Smith (Sturgis Brown) 25-23, Jr. (Dec 8-4) A-285 Guaranteed Places 1st Place – Nash Hutmacher of Chamberlain 2nd Place – Beau Foote of Mitchell 3rd Place – Kaden Johnson of Aberdeen Central 4th Place – Sam Krohnke of Brandon Valley 5th Place – Caleb Dagel of SF Roosevelt 6th Place – Tucker Christie of Brookings 7th Place – Trevor Ellis of Yankton 8th Place – Connor Braun of Douglas/RC Christian 1st Place Match Nash Hutmacher (Chamberlain) 33-0, Jr. over Beau Foote (Mitchell) 35-10, Fr. (Fall 0:09) 3rd Place Match Kaden Johnson (Aberdeen Central) 34-7, Sr. over Sam Krohnke (Brandon Valley) 34-8, Sr. (OT 1-1) 5th Place Match Caleb Dagel (SF Roosevelt) 31-8, Jr. over Tucker Christie (Brookings) 25-19, Sr. (Dec 5-0) 7th Place Match Trevor Ellis (Yankton) 30-13, Jr. over Connor Braun (Douglas/RC Christian) 31-16, Sr. (Dec 1-0)   Categories: High School Sports, Sports, Sports Top Story
2019-02-24Watch: Rescuers save jackal from 25-feet-deep well - Mumbai Mirror
Watch: Rescuers save jackal from 25-feet-deep well Updated: Feb 24, 2019, 20:57 IST A golden jackal that got stuck in a well was rescued from Airoli on Sunday. In a joint operation, members and officials from NGOs, Forest Department and Fire Brigade safely pulled out a golden jackal that had got trapped in a 25-feet-deep well. Wildlife Warden for Thane Pawan Sharma said that the jackal is now being treated at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (SPCA) centre in Thane. An X ray has shown that it is possible that the jackal has suffered a fracture. The jackal is now under observation. Golden Jackal rescued in Airoli 00:10 A volunteer climbs into the well to help the jackal Jackal gets some TLC The team behind the rescue.
2019-02-24MNS leader gives Rs 51k each to kin of 2 Pulwama martyrs from Maharashtra - Times of India
MNS leader gives Rs 51 k each to kin of 2 Pulwama martyrs from Maharashtra Feb 24, 2019, 13:03 IST KALYAN: An MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) leader Prahlad Mahatre from Kalyan on Friday donated Rs 51,000 each to the families of the two CRPF jawans from Maharashtra who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu & Kashmir. Nitin Rathod was from Lonar taluka and Sanjay Rajput from Malkapur taluka, both in Buldhana district. Mahatre on Friday visited Buldhana district where he met to families of CRPF jawans and handed cheques of Rs 51,000 each to families.
2019-02-24Happy 80th Birthday!: Grandma Ellis | Birthdays - Standard-Examiner
Happy 80th Birthday!: Grandma Ellis Contributed Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Happy 80th Birthday!: Grandma Ellis 13 hrs ago 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Happy 80th Birthday!: Grandma Ellis Contributed Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Our sweet, loving mother and grandma turned the big 80 on February 13th, 2019! Jody was born in Jackson, Wyoming in 1939, and later moved to Ogden, Utah where she met the love of her life, Thane. They were married when she was just 17 on June 26th, 1956, and raised two children, Thane and JoDeane.She worked at the IRS for many years before retiring. Through her wonderful 80 years, she has loved taking care of her grandkids and spent many a day at their sporting and rodeo events. She sure loves her grandkids, great-grandkids and great-grand puppies.We would like to invite all family and friends to Celebrate Grandma's 80 years by having a Brunch Open House on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, from 11-1 p.m. at the Plain City Lions Club, 4350 West 2575 North, Plain City, Utah 84404. A light brunch and dessert will be served. No gifts please.Happy Birthday G-MA, We love you!!! Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save SE Deals See what people are talking about at The Community Table! Submit Your News We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on! Go to form Most Popular Articles Images Videos Commented ArticlesIdaho killings of former Ogden residents, once again, the focus of national TV showMan shot dead in Layton confrontation identified as Idaho police officerFremont High goes on lockout after man allegedly calls in fake threat to divert officersTravis Bruce MesserlyRoy man pleads guilty to killing infant in 2017; avoids death penalty with pleaBruce Messerly'No one will ever replace him:' Friends remember Kamron Johnson, victim in Ogden shootingThomas Kent HoganLayton homeowner shoots, kills man in confrontation, police sayUDOT temporarily lowering Washington Blvd. speeds, considering permanent change Images Videos CommentedSorry, there are no recent results for popular commented articles. +16 High School PHOTOS: Bonneville girls basketball defeats Ogden Feb 15, 2019 0 Bonneville High School girls basketball defeated Ogden High School in a game played Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Ogden High School. Latest News Old drug with racy history is a new suicide prevention weapon White House manages expectations for second Kim summit PHOTOS: Birds of all kinds take to the sky in Farmington Bay Weber-Morgan Health officials urge people to stay up-to-date on vaccinations, especially when traveling Morgan wins 3A boys basketball state championship, defeating Richfield 63-54 Bonneville girls basketball withstands Sky View push, advances to 4A quarterfinals Layton Christian boys withstand Parowan's stall to win 2A basketball title State board suspends planned land sale in northeastern Utah Sections Home News Entertainment Lifestyle Announcements Police & Fire Opinion Sports From the Community Nation & World Multimedia Archive Online Features Services Submission Forms Classifieds Place an Ad Business Directory Calendar Search Weather Contact Us About Us Manage Subscription Contact Information Standard.net 332 Standard Way Ogden, UT 84404 Phone: 801-625-4200 Email: customerservice@standard.net Follow Us Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Google+ © Copyright 2019 Standard-Examiner, 332 Standard Way Ogden, UT | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy Powered by BLOX Content Management System from TownNews.com.
2019-02-24Bombay HC Restrains Vijaypat Singhania From Publishing Autobiography Till March 13 [Read Order] - Live Law
Bombay HC Restrains Vijaypat Singhania From Publishing Autobiography Till March 13 [Read Order] 24 Feb 2019 11:28 AM The Bombay High Court has restrained Vijaypat Singhania, Raymond Limited's former chairman and managing director, from publishing his autobiography "The Incomplete Man" till March 13. The autobiography is the subject of two suits for an injunction—one initiated by Raymond Limited in Thane and the other by Raymond Group chairman and Vijaypat's estranged son Gautam Singhania in a Mumbai court. On Wednesday, Justice Sandeep K Shinde ordered, "Till 13th March, 2019 the applicant herein shall not publish his book which is the subject of the pending suit before the Civil Judge Senior Division, Thane." On March 13, the high court will hear arguments on Vijaypat's plea for transfer of suit from the Thane court to Mumbai civil court. The matter before the Thane court is listed for February 28. In the suit pending in the Thane court, Raymond Limited, represented by Senior Advocate Girish Godbole, briefed by KN Legal led by Kartik Nayar along with Rishab Kumar and Sarthak Malhotra, has sought a pre-publication injunction on the autobiography on the ground that it contains defamatory contents, confidential information and other trade secrets. The company has also alleged that the autobiography titled as 'The Incomplete Man' is an obvious reference to the company's tagline 'The Complete Man' and hence, disparages the company's registered trademarks. The father and the son have been embroiled in a legal battle over a duplex apartment in the 36-storey JK House in the posh Malabar Hills.
2019-02-24828 structures to go to make way for bullet train - Mumbai Mirror
828 structures to go to make way for bullet train Updated: Feb 24, 2019, 06:00 IST Residents allege they are being given a measly compensation and are being forced to relocate to areas far away from their present addresses. Forests and mangroves aren’t the only tracts of land that will be swallowed by the Centre’s marquee Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. A total of 828 residential and commercial structures in the Vasai-Virar region in Palghar district are set to be acquired as well. Residents allege that not only are they being offered “paltry” compensation but are also being compelled to relocate far away in Kalyan. Of the 508.17-km corridor, 155.64 km falls in Maharashtra and comprises four stations—Bandra-Kurla Complex, Thane, Virar and Boisar. Nearly a fifth of its length passes through Palghar alone. Mirror had on November 24, 2018, reported that the project will take up 18.92 hectares of mangrove land and 117 hectares of forest land in Thane and Palghar districts. Palghar Collector Prashant Narnaware confirmed that many residential and commercial buildings will have to make way for the bullet train. “Land acquisition is an uphill task. We have finished surveys for Vasai and Dahanu,” he said. On Saturday, a team from Mirror visited Gokhivare village in Vasai East, where 286 structures— the highest in the Vasai-Virar region— including eight multi-storey buildings, are expected to face the sledgehammer, and found that locals have mounted a stiff opposition to the acquisition. Pravin Bhoir, former MNS corporator, said some residents have also moved courts. Mohan Bhoir, another resident, said the government is offering a compensation of Rs 13.80 lakh per gunta of agricultural land and Rs 27.53 lakh per gunta of non-agricultural land in Gokhivare. “A 1BHK flat costs Rs 30 lakh in Vasai. How many people can afford to rebuild their homes with the measly payments?” Fifty-two residents of the six-building New Pragati residential complex in Gokhivare village, Vasai East, are set to lose their homes. In all of the village, 286 structures will be razed In Rajali village, the compensation is Rs 6.49 lakh per gunta of agricultural land and Rs 12.30 lakh per gunta of non-agricultural land. In Tivre village, it is Rs 7.05 lakh per gunta of agricultural land and Rs 17.77 lakh per gunta of non-agricultural land. Mohan alleged that the district administration is also persuading affected residents to move to Kalyan. “How do the authorities just expect people to uproot their lives and start afresh elsewhere?” Sushila Patuli, a senior citizen who claimed to have moved to the village in 1996, concurred. “There are 52 residents in our six-building New Pragati residential complex. We don’t know where to go. How can we get new flats with the compensation they are offering us?” Prakash Gaude, an estate agent who is set to lose 12 flats in twin three-storey residential buildings as well as another two in an underconstruction building, alleged that the authorities have been shrewdly working on breaking up protesting resident groups. “The next government should junk the bullet train project.” The developer of the under-construction building said a part of the structure is slated to be razed. “We will talk to our engineer and plan the next course of action.” Anup Shukla, deputy chief manager of the bullet train project, claimed that there are only six buildings in Gokhivare, five in Mora village, one in Tivra and two in Bilalpada that will be demolished— but data provided by the government dispute this claim (see table). “We are in touch with villagers. But no one has approached courts. Some of these buildings are also illegal and residents are aware of it,” he said. A Bharadwaj, in charge of the acquisition process, refused to comment. Dhananjay Kumar, spokesperson of the project, did not respond to calls. Thane Collector Rajesh Narvekar said 34 structures in Shil-Diaghar region of Thane will also be affected by the project but none of them is a residential building.
2019-02-24Madhya Pradesh: Cop runs 1.5km with accident victim, saves his life - Times of India
Madhya Pradesh: Cop runs 1.5km with accident victim, saves his life Updated: Feb 24, 2019, 12:16 IST BHOPAL: A constable in Hoshangabad carried a critically injured man on his shoulder and ran 1.5km down railway tracks on Saturday morning to get him to a hospital and save his life. The victim, Thane resident Ajeet Suraj, had fallen from a train and there was no way an ambulance could have reached the spot. So, constable Punam Billore took matters in his own hands. A viral video shows him carrying the bleeding Ajeet on his shoulders in a 'fireman's lift', and running as a train roars down parallel tracks. DGP V K Singh lauded the constable's tenacity and presence of mind. "Thanks for bringing this to notice. SP Hoshangabad @Hoshangabadp, look into the same and reward/recognise this brave policeman adequately," he tweeted. Hoshangabad SP M L Chhari also praised Billore and said: "Such work is an example for others." Billore, 29, was part of a Dial 100 response team when they got a call at 9am that a man was lying injured next to railway tracks near Paghdal village. When the police tried to reach the spot, they realised there was no way their jeep would get in, let alone an ambulance. The jeet stopped 1.5km short. And Billore started sprinting, along with another Dial 100 driver. Ambulance couldn’t have made it to the spot: Billore They found Ajeet conscious, but bleeding and in terrible pain. He had fallen from Bhagalpur Express. “He was in a very bad condition with severe head and upper body injuries,” Billore said. He quickly realised that it will be slow going if both of them carry Ajeet. Billore hefted him on his shoulder and broke into a run. They put him in the Dial 100 vehicle. They took him to a hospital in Seoni Malwa (15km away), where doctors advised a transfer to Hoshangabad, another hour’s drive away, as his condition was deteriorating. “We immediately took him to a private hospital in Hoshangabad,” said Billore. Asked why he had to risk the patient by carrying him on his shoulders instead of summoning an ambulance, Billore said: “An ambulance couldn’t have driven the spot and there was no time to waste.” By evening, doctors said Ajeet’s condition had stabilized. “The victim was brought in at the right time. Had it been any later, anything could have happened because of his head injuries,” said Dr Rohit Pachori. His card says Ajeet is from Thane. Police are trying to contact his family, said Pachori. Hoshangabad additional SP Rakesh Khakha felicitated Billore at the SP office. In August 2017, head constable Abhishek Patel had sprinted 1km with a 10kg bomb to save 400 children who were in a school when the unexploded artillery shell was discovered in Chitora village of Sagar.
2019-02-24From green to grey How Mumbai lost seven Oval Maidans in just five years - Mid-Day
From green to grey: How Mumbai lost seven Oval Maidans in just five years Updated: Feb 25, 2019, 09:21 IST FOREST CLEARANCES IN INDIA (2015-19) On January 22 this year, when the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) cleared the utilisation of 35 hectares (ha) of land for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed train corridor, aka the bullet train project, it was a nod that environmentalists have condemned as myopic. The infrastructure project - deadline for completion of which is 2023, will reduce travel time between the two cities to 2 hours and 57 minutes from eight hours - comes at a huge environmental cost. Between 2015 and 2019, data that mid-day has collected from forest clearances given, reveals that the MoEF&CC diverted 2,174.3766 ha of forest lands across Maharashtra. This would be equivalent to the size of 240 Oval Maidans. According to the Forest Clearance Data, a total of 126 proposals out of 532 were given in-principle approval from Maharashtra between July 2014 and February 2019. Across the country that figure is 3,211 out of 8,142. In Mumbai, 18 projects have been cleared, with projects covering 105.3152 ha getting an in-principle nod. The highest area of forest land, 30.399 ha, has been diverted for Surya Water Region project, which passes through the Dahanu forest area, Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Vasai-Thane and Borivli. Wildlife conservationist Bittu Sahagal from the Sanctuary Nature Foundation said, "Decision-makers regard these wild areas as 'wastelands', when in truth they are hardcore infrastructure, delivering far greater economic benefits than tawdry man-made infrastructures that the moneymen love to build for private profit." Stalin D, who runs the NGO Vanashakti and has been a pioneer in fighting to save the city's mangroves, added, "Diversion of forest has been made very simple during the tenure of NDA government compared to what it was during the tenure of the UPA. Forest clearance proposals have become lenient and the authorities have turned a blind eye towards protecting and conserving the forest area in the country. The MoEF&CC has been transformed into a forest clearance ministry rather than a forest conservation ministry. The damage caused by these mindless clearances to our water security will be borne by us in the near future." Stalin points out, for instance, that the coastal road was supposed to be on stilts. "Mangrove areas were not to be destroyed. But now mangroves will also be lost due to reclamation. The success of compensatory forestation is low and saplings die in forest fires and due to grazing by local cattle," he said. Prerna Singh Bindra, wildlife conservationist, naturalist and author of The Vanishing: India's Wildlife Crisis asked, "Was there a cost-benefit analysis of the loss of such ecosystems, and the services they provide? Forests and other natural habitats sequester carbon, influence monsoon, replenish groundwater. We are compromising our food and water security, losing our natural heritage, endangering wildlife. Millions in India depend on natural resources or livelihood. Who will bear the brunt of such deforestation?" Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar argues that comparision with previous governments is incorrect. "We are more environment conscious. In Maharashtra, we have planted over 20 crore trees. In Nagpur there is a command centre, which keeps a tab on the locations where the trees have been planted and we take the best possible effort to see to it that majority of the trees that are planted survive. During our tenure, the Bamboo Forest Cove in Maharashtra has seen an increase by 4,462 square km and forest cover too has increase by 300 square km." FOREST CLEARANCES IN MAHarashtra CROSSing 100 HECTARES 284.2797 ha FOR: 765 KV D/C Raipur Rajnandgaon Warora Transmission Line, Raipur Rajnandgaon Warora Transmission Limited CLEARED ON: March 26, 2018 Forests in Wardha, Chadrapur , Brahmapuri, Wadasa (Gadchiroli) and Warsa (Nagpur) will be affected The Ministry of Power launched a scheme for the development of the Transmission System. This will help in evacuation of power from various generating stations; transmitting it from pooling stations to various grid stations and load centres. A 765Kv D/C transmission system from Rajnandgaon to Warora has been proposed for an "Additional System Strengthening Scheme for Chhattisgarh IPP's". The project passes 7.3 km away from Tadoba Tiger Reserve and 0.370 km away from the notified boundary of the buffer zone. The proposal also states that there is presence of wildlife in the said area, including sloth bear, nilgai and sambar. 73.526 ha FOR: Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway (NMSCE) The 700 km NMSCE Greenfield Project will zip through 10 districts, 26 sub-districts and 392 villages, slashing travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur from the present 18 hours to barely eight hours. Clearance has been given for the diversion of 50.556 ha of forest land in Zudpi Jungle for constructing Package I of NMSCE between Jamtha in Nagpur District and Pulgaon in Wardha. This section runs close to the Bor tiger reserve. While clearing it on May 5, 2018, several conditions were laid including that the road passing through the forest patch should be provided with appropriate underpasses to ensure safe movement of wildlife across the expressway. It was also stated that a provision be made for guided fencing at the crossing points to lead wildlife across the expressway. The fourth package of the project has been divided into smaller segments, and individual proposals are now being submitted for clearance. The FC has already given its nod for the diversion of 22.92 ha of forestland for the construction of Package IV of this project, between Kopargaon in Ahmednagar District and Igatpuri in Nashik. 432.6791 ha FOR: 800 kv HVDC Raigarh-Pugalur Transmission Line (Powergrid Corporation of India Limited, Bramhapuri) CLEARED ON: September 5, 2018 The lines pass through Gadhchiroli district of Maharashtra and the area of forest diverted will be from Brahmaputra forest division, which is also said to have one of the highest density of tigers in the country outside a protected area. While the proposal states that the patch of forest that will be diverted is not part of a national park or wildlife sanctuary, the important wildlife present in and around the area includes tigers, panthers, hyena, wild dogs, wild pigs, wolves, bison, wild boar and the flying squirrel. The transmission line passes through the tiger corridor at Temli, Jamtola, Patanwada and Chamorshi Chak villages. The site inspection report also states that a total of 36,576 trees be cut for the project. 30.399 ha 24.19 ha from Dahanu; 3 ha from Thane and 3.18 ha from SGNP Borivli FOR: 402 MLD capacity Surya Regional Water Supply Scheme, MMRDA CLEARED ON: October 22, 2018 The 402 MLD capacity Surya Regional Water Supply Scheme project will supply water to Mira Bhayander and Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation and 27 villages outside the VVCMC area. MMRDA conceived it as a regional water supply scheme with the Surya River as the source for 403 MLD bulk water supply to partially meet the water requirements of a population of 1 lakh. The wildlife that could be affected includes leopards, barking deer, the small Indian civet, the rusty spotted cat, the striped hyenna, Hanuman langoor, the bonnet macaque black headed gulls, stilts and harriers. 100.7945 ha 3.2756 ha in Creek Flamingo Wildlife Sanctuary (Thane); 97.5189 ha deemed Eco Sensitive Zone FOR: Mumbai Ahmedabad High-Speed Corridor (Part I) CLEARED ON: January 22, 2019 The National Wildlife Board put forward certain conditions before the implementing agency, including paying R10 crore for habitat improvement of the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary along with compensatory plantation that is five times that amount. Environmentalists have taken potshots at the project as they believe that it will have a negative impact on the biodiversity of the area, which is also a preferred destination by flamingos that visit in large number during winters. The ecologically rich forest is also home to the golden jackal. 5.7365 ha 5.558 ha in Dahanu; 0.175 ha in Thane district FOR: Drinking Water Pipe Line Project, Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation CLEARED ON: December 16, 2015 The laying of the 15" mm diameter underground water pipeline project in Palghar and Vasai districts will affect reserved, protected and private forests. The project passes within 10 km of the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. However, the proposal states that the project is not a hindrance to wildlife, neither is any wildlife corridor likely to be disturbed. WHAT MUMBAI IS set TO LOSE 115.4969 ha Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SNGP): 32.75 ha (forestland) and 77.30 ha (non-forest land); Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary (TWS) 0.6902 ha (forestland) and 4.7567 ha (non-forest land) FOR: Mumbai Ahmedabad High-speed Corridor (Part II) CLEARED ON: January 22, 2019 While giving clearance for the project, which passes through TWS and SGNP (which has arguably one of the highest density of leopards in the world), certain conditions were laid, including constructing underpasses for safe crossing of wild animals. "The sites where the viaduct tracks meet the ground for tunnels in the hilly sections should be fenced appropriately and cleaned regularly in consultation with the State Forest Department to avoid accidents of wild animals," states the NBWL clearance. 18.1824 ha FOR: Link road between Thane Belapur Road and NH 4, including a tunnel through Parsik Hill in Taluka and District Thane, MMRDA CLEARED ON: March 26, 2018 According to MMRDA officials, this corridor will provide direct transport connectivity. Forestland from Chinchavl (3.1739 ha), Rabale (4.886 ha) and Kausa village (10.1225 ha) will be cleared. There will be a 1.7 km long tunnel that will pass through Parsik Hill. The project report claims that there will be no impact on the wildlife and flora and fauna in the area. Kedar Gore, conservationist and director of The Corbett Foundation, a non-profit in the wildlife conservation space across the country, says that SGNP and Tungareshwar WLS are essential for Mumbai's ecological balance. Decisions to divert such large tracts of land from forests can be devastating. "Some areas are sacrosanct and need to be retained, irrespective of any developmental pressures."
2019-02-24Abstracters Board of Examiners appoints Jensen and Hoppe - Lincoln Journal Star
Abstracters Board of Examiners of the State of Nebraska by Governor Pete Ricketts in January. He will serve a five-year term as the public member of the board. He replaces John Laflin of Pinnacle Bank in Lincoln who recently completed his board term after serving as chairman. Jensen is managing broker for the Nebraska Realty Lincoln office and is an active member of the Nebraska Realtors Association. The Abstracters Board of Examiners also recently named Julie Hoppe as their executive director. Hoppe formerly owned Vintage Title & Escrow Company in Kearney and was president and CEO from 1998 to 2014. Hoppe and her husband, Fred, live in Lincoln. Subscribe to Breaking News Sign up! * I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy. Get articles like this delivered to you on Facebook Messenger To sign up, simply go to Facebook Messenger to choose the type of news you want and how often you want to get it. Love 0 Funny 0 Wow 0 Sad 0 Angry 0 Facebook Twitter
2019-02-23Safai workers to launch ‘GR Wapasi’ against state apathy - Mumbai Mirror
Safai workers to launch You are in an offline mode Updated: Feb 23, 2019, 06:00 IST Individual arrears of these workers vary from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)Hundreds of contractual staff to converge at Azad Maidan on Tuesday to protest the non-implementation of a 2015 GR on the revision of their minimum daily wage. Hundreds of safai workers from across the state are preparing to launch an agitation against the government’s inability in implementing a 2016 government resolution regarding the revision of their daily wages. Workers from the solid waste management and the stormwater drain department will converge at Azad Maidan on Tuesday and stage an innovative protest by “returning” the government resolution (notification) to the state to highlight its inefficiency. Milind Ranade, general secretary of the Maharashtra Municipal Labour Union, under whose aegis this protest is being planned, told Mirror: “The statutory minimum wage of Rs 604 per day that was declared by the government in February 2015 is yet to be paid. In Mumbai, the workers at least get between Rs 200 and Rs 250 per day. However, in cities like Pune, Thane, Nanded and Nashik, they don’t even get that much.” The union has given the state three days to mend their ways and clear their dues failing which they will go ahead with the protest on Tuesday. Ganesh Shinde, a contractual conservancy worker from Dharavi lamented, “The caste system in India may have undergone changes, but it still holds its ground in some areas and safai work is one such where only Dalits are employed. This makes us the easiest to exploit.” Another worker, Jyoti Tiwari from Bhandup said, “We are the real force behind PM Modi’s Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan as we keep the country clean. But no one thinks about us.” The individual arrears of these workers vary from Rs 1lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh. Vijay Dalvi, another union leader said, “The Thane Municipal Corporation has made a Rs 100 crore provision under the happiness index. But it will release our payment and arrears in five phases. The total amount is not more than Rs 17 crore which can help almost 1,400 safai workers. But this is the political will of our officers and leaders.” On August 19, 2016, after a lot of back and forth, the state had directed all local bodies to strictly implement the GR and release the arrears of the workers. The bodies had also been instructed to submit a report within a month. In the last three years, the union has attended a series of meetings with the labour secretary and the labour commissioner. In Thane, cases have been filed in the labour court. But these measures are yet to see fruition. Apart from pending dues, the safai workers are also facing issues in their Provident Fund and medical care. Dadarao Patekar, a worker from the MWest ward told Mirror, “The contractor deducted Rs 2.25 lakh from my salary which he did not deposit in my PF. We are keeping the country clean, but nobody is ready to address our problems.”
2019-02-23Heart surgeon trains his lens on wildlife wonders - Times of India
Heart surgeon trains his lens on wildlife wonders Feb 23, 2019, 05:41 IST MUMBAI:While not using his surgical scissors and retractors to fix diseased hearts, cardiac surgeon Ramakanta Panda has been using his camera’s lenses to create awareness about the need for wildlife conservation. Thirty of his wildlife pictures are on display at the ongoing DCP Fourth Grand Annual Photography Exhibition 2019 at the Kala Bhavan in Thane (W) for a noble cause. “Proceeds from their sale will be used to buy animal ambulances,” the doctor said. He has pledged to raise Rs 7 lakh for an NGO that works for animal rights. Every weekend when he isn’t operating, he drives out of the city to shoot pictures and has created a portfolio of 10,000 pictures so far. Dr Panda took up photography accidentally. “Photography was initially limited to clicking pictures during family holidays. But over the years, it blossomed into a stress-busting hobby,” said the doctor. He once waited for five hours to click the elusive spider hunter birds while the flamingos off Uran are among his favourite subjects. His interest in wildlife photography stemmed from the feeling that many animals could be on the way to being endangered. “At one point in time, India had the richest wildlife, but unfortunately in the last few decades, the wildlife population has decimated due to various reasons,” said Dr Panda. Capturing their activity with his camera lens is a way of creating a legacy for future generations. He said his daughter egged him on to do something for animals. “She said there are enough doctors for humans, someone should pay attention to animals as well,” he added.
2019-02-2312 debris trucks caught on way to Vasai mangroves - Times of India
12 debris trucks caught on way to Vasai mangroves Feb 23, 2019, 07:38 IST MUMBAI: A dozen trucks were caught dumping construction debris on mangroves in Vasai along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway by officials of the state revenue department on Thursday evening. The officials, accompanied by the police, acted on a tip-off from an informer who told them about 12 dumpers heading towards an open plot surrounded by mangroves in Sasupada near the highway. An official told TOI that massive debris has already been dumped on mangroves to reclaim land. “Several mangroves have been buried under the debris. The debris dumping takes place at night hours and the movement of trucks goes unnoticed. The trucks most probably came from construction sites in Thane and Borivli,” he added. Locals said that such trucks are a nuisance as the drivers, who are in a rush to complete a particular number of trips, indulge in rash driving. Several illegal restaurants and lodges have come up on the highway in Vasai on mangroves.
2019-02-23Maharashtra govt plans to make Mumbai, Thane kerosene-free in 2 months - Times of India
Maharashtra govt plans to make Mumbai, Thane kerosene-free in 2 months Feb 23, 2019, 18:05 IST MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government plans to make Mumbai and Thane kerosene-free in the next two months, Kailash Pagare, rationing controller for the two cities, said on Saturday. Pagare said demand for kerosene had gone down considerably in the two cities and stood at 1,896 kilolitres (kl) against 5,839 kilolitres in June last year. The drop in kerosene usage had saved the government Rs 12.14 crore as it cost Rs 19.5 per litre, Pagare informed. He said the demand for kerosene, which stood at 50,000 kl in 1993 and 40,000 kl in 1996, was now on the decline because of increase in LPG connections to lower income group (LIG) families.
2019-02-23Big cat rescued from Thane hotel released in national park - Times of India
Big cat rescued from Thane hotel released in national park Feb 24, 2019, 04:16 IST THANE: An adult leopard rescued from the basement of a hotel in the busy Samata Nagar area on Wednesday, was released back into the Sanjay Gandhi National Park late on Friday night with a "passive identification" chip implanted into its tail. The chip will help forest officials learn if it ever exits the forest again. "Keeping a wild leopard in captivity for too long is risky as it gets imprinted on humans and is then unable to survive in the wild. Medical tests of the leopard revealed that it was behaviourally and physically fit," said Dr Jitendra Ramgaonkar, deputy conservator of forests. On the leopard's territory, Ramgaonkar said, "The national park is not very big and many leopards share territories here and know the way to their own. We have released the leopard in the forest area closest to the area it was rescued from."
2019-02-23Truck topples, spills acid and hits traffic on Ghodbunder Road | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Truck topples, spills acid and hits traffic on Ghodbunder Road 24th February, 2019 THANE: A chemical container toppled over, spilling thousands of litres of concentrated hydrochloric acid , resulting in panic and four-hour traffic jam on Ghodbunder Road late on Friday. "Traffic on the lane from Borivli to Thane was stalled for nearly four hours as officials neutralized the acid. Traffic police and municipal rescue officials immediately barricaded the stretch. "The acid is used for cleaning sanitaryware. It could have caused burn injuries to anyone coming in contact with it," he said. Activists once again raised the issue of potential dangers to residential enclaves along Ghodbunder considering frequent accidents involving chemical-laden tankers.
2019-02-23Maha plans to make Mumbai, Thane kerosene-free in 2 months - Business Standard
Maha plans to make Mumbai, Thane kerosene-free in 2 months Updated at February 23, 2019 16:55 IST The Maharashtra government plans to make Mumbai and Thane kerosene-free in the next two months, Kailash Pagare, Rationing Controller for the two cities, said Saturday. He said demand for kerosene had gone down considerably in the two cities and stood at 1,896 kilolitres (kl) against 5,839 kilolitres in June last year. The drop in kerosene usage had saved the government Rs 12.14 crore as it cost Rs 19.5 per litre, Pagare informed.
2019-02-23Truck topples, spills acid and hits traffic on Ghodbunder Road - Times of India
Truck topples, spills acid and hits traffic on Ghodbunder Road Feb 24, 2019, 01:21 IST THANE: A chemical container toppled over, spilling thousands of litres of concentrated hydrochloric acid, resulting in panic and four-hour traffic jam on Ghodbunder Road late on Friday. No one was injured but rescue officials said humans coming in contact with the chemical could suffer severe burn injuries. The driver, Anil Kumar Gupta, was heading from Tarapur towards Nhava Sheva port and was trying to negotiate a sharp curve near Gaimukh. He suffered head injuries and was taken to a local hospital by passers-by. The tank ruptured and its contents flowed onto the road, leading to the entire stretch being enveloped in dense fumes, alarming residents and motorists. Traffic police and municipal rescue officials immediately barricaded the stretch. "Traffic on the lane from Borivli to Thane was stalled for nearly four hours as officials neutralized the acid. Initially, we had no idea of the tanker's contents, so as a precautionary measure we diverted vehicles," said a police official. Santosh Kadam of Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC), Thane, said teams used water and sand to dilute it. "The acid is used for cleaning sanitaryware. It could have caused burn injuries to anyone coming in contact with it," he said. Activists once again raised the issue of potential dangers to residential enclaves along Ghodbunder considering frequent accidents involving chemical-laden tankers. A few months back, a gas tanker met with an accident, after which the authorities cordoned off the area. A similar smash-up involving a chemical powder had led to dense fumes on G B Road and Eastern Express Highway last year.
2019-02-23Malad woman duped of Rs 15,000 by 'lawyer' - Times of India
Malad woman duped of Rs 15,000 by 'lawyer' Feb 24, 2019, 05:01 IST MUMBAI: A Malad woman seeking bail for her husband was duped by a 'lawyer'. Kurar police have registered a case and are looking for the man. Chandubhai Sarvaiyya (50), a tailor from Malad (E), was arrested by Dahisar police following a complaint by his neighbour, Meera Gupta, on January 28. Chandubhai's son, Akash, said his father was slapped with charges of attempt to commit murder and was lodged in Thane prison. On February 12, Sarvaiyya's wife, Prafulla, went to Dindoshi sessions court around 3.30 pm, where she was approached by a man. When she told him about her husband, he claimed he was a government pleader with central jails. "My mother trusted him," said Akash, "as he said he could make a bail application at the Thane court. Initially, he demanded Rs 25,000 but agreed to Rs 15,000." After paying the money, Prafulla got her Thane sister to speak to the 'lawyer'. He told her sister to be outside the jail on February 13, when Sarvaiyya would be freed. The sister waited but Sarvaiyya did not emerge. On checking with jail officials, the family learnt no bail order had reached.
2019-02-23No messing around her - The Asian Age
No messing around her Published : Feb 24, 2019, 12:31 am IST Khushi who is the youngest third degree black belt holder wants to qualify for Tokyo Olympics where Karate makes debut. Khushi Ankur Punj started karate to conquer an ailment at the age of three, now ten years on through her strong grit and sheer determination, the 13-year old Thane resident has attained the rare distinction of becoming the youngest third degree karate black belt holder in the world. She achieved the record at a camp held at Kolad, Maharashtra recently. A student of Holy Cross Convent, Thane, Khushi was felicitated on Saturday by noted actor Anuj Sharma who has essayed key roles in Crime Patrol, Savdhan India and movie Padmawat. “At the age of three she used to get asthmatic attacks so she needed exercises to build stamina. We put her in Karate classes and she started doing well. She became youngest first-degree black belt holder in India and later received mayor award in 2013. This gave her self-confidence and she got second-degree black belt, getting mayor award again in 2016. Last year she won 21 medals at state and national level,” informed Khushi’s father Ankur Punj. “She appeared in an exam in December, 2018 at Kolad under the supervision of couple of observers from Japan. Earlier this month we got the letter from them that she has cleared the exams and hence becomes the youngest third degree black belt holder in the World,” Ankur added. Now Khushi’s aim is to do well in upcoming state and national competitions to book a berth for Tokyo Olympics. Incidentally, Karate will make its debut appearance at the Summer Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo. “Khushi’s resounding success at a young age is the result of hard work, passion and perseverance. She has been a diligent child right from the start and has been regular in her practice sessions. She is now completely focusing on to prepare for Tokyo Olympics. For that she has to do well first in state, national and international competitions so that she can fulfill the criteria and come in reckoning for Tokyo Olympics. We are hopeful she can do that,” her father said. Khushi is not only good at Karate but she has competed at state level competitions of sword fight in fencing and stick fighting with success. “She is good in many extra curricular activities and at the same time ensures she does good in academics as well. She is also Kathak dancer (fourth year Jaipur Gharana),” he added. She trains in Thane under five-degree black belt holder coach. “Khushi is a bright example of girls beating the odds and emerging triumphant in a society with a conventionally male-dominated mindset. She is proof of the fact that discipline, hard-work and a professional approach to one’s chosen field of endeavour is key to scaling greater heights of success,” stated Sensei Sandeep Surve who has been training Khushi along with Sensei Deepali Surve. “We wish that she will bring greater pride for the country by participating in international karate competitions and playing a key role in putting India on the global martial arts map,” he added.
2019-02-232 arrested for sale of fake foreign liquor in Mumbai - Times of India
2 arrested for sale of fake foreign liquor in Mumbai Feb 24, 2019, 03:49 IST MUMBAI: Two persons have been arrested for allegedly adulterating foreign brand liquor with low-quality alcohol, re-sealing them and selling it to various hotels and beer bars. The accused, Shibin Dinesh (25) and Nidish KK (22), were so skilful at duplicating and adulterating the liquor that it was nearly impossible for the common man to detect it, said an official of Wadala police station. "The accused are very experienced and know what to mix so that they get the right colour in the foreign brands. We have learnt that they used to supply this adulterated liquor to big hotels for cocktail parties in Mumbai, Thane and other cities," said Rashmi Karandikar, deputy commissioner of police (port zone). Acting on a tip-off the police raided a house on R A Kidwai Marg in Wadala and seized 10 bottles of foreign liquor - Chivas Whisky, Black Label, Red Label, Black and White Scotch, Double Black and Absolute Vodka and a Swift car from their possession. The two accused have been remanded to police custody. The police said they could be involved in a bigger racket.
2019-02-23Annual photography exhibition to display wildlife images clicked by heart surgeon Dr Ramakanta Panda - Mid-Day
Annual photography exhibition to display wildlife images clicked by heart surgeon Dr Ramakanta Panda Updated: Feb 23, 2019, 14:47 IST More than 30 beautiful wildlife photographs clicked by renowned heart surgeon Dr Ramakanta Panda will be on display at the upcoming DCP Fourth Grand Annual Photography Exhibition 2019 taking place between February 22-24 in Thane. The exhibition will be displaying 350 plus breath-taking images from over 150 photographers from across India at the three galleries of Thane Kalabhavan situated off the Eastern Express Highway at Kapurbavdi junction, Ghodbandar Road. Dr Panda who is passionate about photography, travels across the globe to capture stunning images of wildlife. “At one point in time India had the richest wildlife, but unfortunately in the last few decades, the wildlife population has decimated due to various reasons. However, thanks to the consistent efforts of many dedicated and passionate wild life conservationists, slowly there has been an improvement. As citizens of this country, we need to leave this legacy for our future generations,“ said Dr Panda. “Proceeds from the sale of these photographs will go towards an ambulance for wildlife,“ added Dr Panda. This exhibition will also have workshops and interactive sessions of eminent speakers from the field of wildlife photography, creative nature photography, conservation and so on. Some of the speakers include Isaac Kehimkar, Chairperson at iNaturewatch Foundation, Pradip Patade, co-founder, Marine Life of Mumbai. Venue -Thane Kalabhavan, Old Mumbai – Agra Road, Near Kapurbawadi Junction, Thane – 400604 Fees: There are no charges Time: 10 am- 8 pm
2019-02-23The Hindu’s principals’ conclave today - The Hindu
The Hindu’s principals’ conclave today UPDATED: FEBRUARY 23, 2019 08:36 IST The focus of the conclave would be to discuss and explore ways of guiding and nurturing the generation next or Millennials. The conclave will begin at 10 a.m. with a welcome to the principals representing more than 200 schools from across the city. A panel discussion will be followed with an address by the key-note speakers for the day, comprising Divya Lal, MD-Ebix Smartclass; Kinjal Gajera, educationist and founder Gajera Trust; Dr.Tushar Guha, founder and chairman, Nrityanjali Group and OFP; and Revathi Srinivasan, director and principal, Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania Schools, Thane. The event is being jointly organised with Open Forum for Principals (OFP) and is powered by Ebix Smartclass. The conclave will also have a segment which will encourage delegates to contribute ideas and innovations which will then be compiled into a manual for future reference. Creativity partner for the event is Fevi Create, while writing partner and sports partner are Cello and Zoomer Sports.
2019-02-23Bison hold off Comets in big 8A matchup - Rapid City Journal
Bison hold off Comets in big 8A matchup Richard Anderson Journal staff Richard Anderson Sports Editor Feb 23, 2019 Updated Feb 23, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Richard Anderson Sports Editor Sports reporter for the Rapid City Journal. Follow Richard Anderson Follow Richard Anderson Close Get email notifications on Richard Anderson daily! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. Whenever Richard Anderson posts new content, you'll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Save Manage followed notifications Close Followed notifications Please log in to use this feature Log In Don't have an account? Sign Up Today Most Popular Rapid City cardiologist saves the day for child in distress on airplane Canadian man arrested after bomb threat to Deadwood casino Yale recruits Rosebud Sioux tribal member to play football Investigation into missing 9-year-old continues This teenager says he made $35,000 plowing snow in just four days promotion Research decades of articles the easy way! Visit our online archives for thousands of historical articles, obituaries and announcements. promotion Activate your digital subscription Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram Sites & Partners Chadron Record Hot Springs Star Online Features Services Subscribe Contact Us Place An Ad Activate Full Access Email Updates Career Opportunities Become a Carrier Dealer Services Work here Copyright 2019 Lee Consolidated Holdings, Incorporated dba Rapid City Journal Media Group, 507 Main Street Rapid City, SD Lee Consolidated Holdings, Incorporated is a direct subsidiary of Lee Enterprises, Incorporated  | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy Powered by BLOX Content Management System from TownNews.com.
2019-02-22HC restrains Raymond’s Vijaypat Singhania from publishing his autobiography till Mar 13 - The Tribune India
HC restrains Raymond’s Vijaypat Singhania from publishing his autobiography till Mar 13 Updated: Feb 22, 2019, 8:07 PM (IST) The Bombay High Court has restrained former chairperson of the Raymond Group, Vijaypat Singhania, from publishing his autobiography till March 13 this year. In an interim order passed on February 20, a single bench presided over by Justice SK Shinde directed that Singhania must not publish his autobiography, tentatively titled ‘The Incomplete Man’, till the next date of hearing scheduled for March 13 this year. The bench was hearing an application filed by Singhania seeking the transfer of a suit filed against him in the Thane District Court by Raymond Limited. In the said suit, the company has sought an injunction against Singhania’s autobiography on the grounds that some parts of the book might be defamatory to the company. Singhania, however, filed an application in the HC seeking that the hearing of the above suit be transferred from Thane to the city civil court in Mumbai. He has also sought that the suit in the Thane court be transferred and be tagged along with a similar petition filed in the city civil court by his son Gautam seeking an injunction against the publication of the autobiography. Vijaypat Singhania and his son have been engaged in a legal battle over a duplex apartment in the 36-storey redeveloped JK House in south Mumbai. In a petition filed in the high court in 2016, Vijaypat Singhania had claimed that his son was refusing to honour an arbitration order which awarded the duplex apartment to the former.
2019-02-22testFive arrested for murder of ex security guard in Panvel - United News of India
Five arrested for murder of ex security guard in Panvel Posted at: Feb 22 2019 8:19PM Thane, Feb 22 (UNI) With the arrest of five people, the Navi Mumbai police on Friday claimed to have solved the complex case of brutal murder of a man, whose body was decapitated and then burnt.
2019-02-22#VIDEO: Kesari actor Akshay Kumar teaching girls self-defense - IndianSpice
#VIDEO: Kesari actor Akshay Kumar teaching girls self-defense Akshay Kumar who is going to be seen next in Kesari has been a strong proponent of women’s safety and empowerment and has also been very vocal about it. The martial arts king was recently spotted at a self-defence camp at Thane training young girls basic self-defence techniques. As crimes against women are in the rise, women from all age groups are urged to learn self-defence so that they are capable of helping themselves and fighting back when an incident occurs. More than 2,000 young girls from nearby schools in Thane turned out for the camp.
2019-02-22The Unending Battle of 'Swachchata Doots' - NewsClick
The Unending Battle of ‘Swachchata Doots’ 22 Feb 2019 For a number of times in last five years, you must have heard Prime Minister Narendra Modi praising sanitation workers. He spoke extensively about them at the time of launching the ‘Swachcha Bharat Mission’ on October 2, 2014 at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat, New Delhi. Since then, every time he got an opportunity to speak for these people of the society, who belong to the lowest rung in the caste hierarchy, he spoke with sympathy and will to empower them. But his words don’t match the action on ground. Dinesh Shivadas Fatarpekar, a 45-year-old sanitation worker, has been doing this work for over 20 years. He works as a contract sanitation worker in Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), adjoining Mumbai. He has a family of three, a daughter, wife and himself. He gets Rs 15,500 a month. But, before February 24, 2015, he used to be paid just Rs 6,000 a month. On February 24, 2015, the Maharashtra government came up with a Government Resolution (GR) which recommended Rs 15,500 as monthly scale to sanitation workers at Grade A municipalities. Grade B is Rs 14,500 and Grade 3 is Rs 13,500. So, Fatarpekar is eligible for the arrears from February 2015. “My pending amount with TMC is around Rs 1,20,000. We were given number of deadlines. The last three deadlines were December first week, December last week and January second week. None of the above assurance have been met. We are not getting our own money protected and directed by Supreme Court itself,” he said. Fatarpekar is not alone. In TMC, there are 1,800 such cleaning workers. Out of those 700 are women. Everyone’s Rs 1,20,000/- is pending with TMC. “The total amount for these sanitation workers goes up to Rs 14.50 Cr. TMC’s general body meeting even passed Rs 30 Cr in total for the workers. But administration is adamant and not giving money to these workers,” said Mahendra Hivrale, deputy chief of Maharashtra Municipal Workers’ Union. This is the story of Thane city. There are around 30 municipalities in Maharashtra. And the story is almost same everywhere. Pending Arrears Pradeep Nagapurkar leads the same union in Nanded municipality. This city in Marathawada has 400 sanitation workers. He informed Newsclick on phone that sanitation workers in Nanded are paid the lowest. “Our workers are getting just Rs 6,900. They should get Rs 15,500, as per the Supreme Court order. So, our per worker arrear is around Rs 3,60,00. That itself is huge and none of the workers has received a single penny,” Nagapurkar said. Nanded has thus become a municipality with the highest pending arrears of contract sanitation workers. There are only three municipalities where the process of arrears has been started. Nasik Municipality of North Maharashtra completed the entire process and gave it in single installment to all workers. Navi Mumbai municipality has given half of the amount to its workers. BMC has started the process in few wards, but in very minor way. Dadarao Patekar (40) works in BMC’s M-West ward. There are around 300 contract sanitation workers in his ward, in which around 50 are women. “Nobody has received arrears till the date. But we are hearing that in other ward, workers have started getting their dues,” said Patekar. Vasant Kumar (29) works in H-East ward. He has received Rs 80,000 out of Rs 1,20,000. “We are told that the rest amount will be given by February end. We are waiting for it,” he said. ‘Kachara Vahtuk Shramik Sangh’ (Garbage Piking Labour Union) is leading union in Mumbai and Thane. Its general secretary Milind Ranade throws light on the administration’s apathy towards sanitation workers. “We met the Chief Minister, Governor, Guardian Minister for clearing the dues for Thane. But even after this, workers are being forced to protest for their money,” Ranade said. As contract sanitation workers are unorganised unskilled labour, their cry is falling on deaf ears. Negligence of their rights by the system apart, they are also denied basic amenities. “We are entitled for regular medical tests, masks, hand gloves but nobody cares for our health. We clean the cities but never get our due respect,” said Mahendra Hivrale. Krishnakant Pimpalkar (44), TMC’s contract sanitation worker said, “We are not given our salaries on time. Today is February 18. But we have still not got our February salary. Jab Hume Salary Nahi Time Par Milati To Arrears ki Kya Baat Hogi?,” Krishnakant reacts. (If they don’t pay salaries on time, how cn we expect them to clear our arrears?) When Newsclick asked the Maharashtra's labour minister Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar about the workers' plight, he assured of action against erring municipalities. "It is true that there are complaints by workers unions. We will wait till the upcoming Assembly session. If these municipalities still fail to clear dues of the workers, we will proceed with the Labour Act," he said.
2019-02-22Anganewadi Bharadi Devi Jatra on February 25, List of Special Trains From Pune, Mumbai And Other Places For - LatestLY
Anganewadi Bharadi Devi Jatra on February 25, List of Special Trains From Pune, Mumbai And Other Places For Devotees Feb 22, 2019 07:08 PM IST Pune, February 22: Anganewadi village in Maharashtra's Sidhudurg district is famous for a temple of Bharadi Devi. Every year, a fair, also known as Jatra, is organised at Bharadi Devi temple in Anganewadi village. This year, the Anganewadi Bharadi Devi Jatra will be held on February 25. Thousands of devotees visit the village to attend the annual fair. Indian Railways have announced special trains for devotees. Anganewadi is a small hamlet of Masure village. The Bharadi Devi (Earth Goddess) is famous for her wish-fulfilling (Navas) power. Her devotees express their wishes (Navas) before her and once the wish is fulfilled they come again for a Darshan (visit) to express their gratitude. Here's the list of special trains for the Anganewadi Bharadi Devi Jatra: 1) Train No. 01157 Mumbai CSMT – Karmali One Way Special Train No. 01157 Mumbai CSMT – Karmali One Way Special will leave from Mumbai CSMT at 12:40 am on February 23 (Saturday) and February 24 (Sunday). The train will reach Karmali at 01:30 pm on the same day. The train will halt at Dadar, Thane, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Sawantwadi Road and Thivim station. Composition : Total 17 Coaches = 3Tier AC – 01 Coach, Sleeper – 04 Coaches, General – 10 Coaches, SLR – 02. 2) Train No. 02006 Karmali - Mumbai CSMT One Way Superfast Special Train No. 02006 Karmali - Mumbai CSMT One Way Superfast Special will leave from Karmali at 02:05 pm on February 23 (Saturday) and February 24 (Sunday). The train will reach Mumbai CSMT at 11:55 pm on the same day. The train will halt at Thivim, Sawantwadi Road, Kudal, Sindhudurg, Kankavali, Ratnagiri, Chiplun, Khed, Roha, Panvel, Thane and Dadar station. Composition : Total 17 Coaches = 3Tier AC – 01 Coach, Sleeper – 04 Coaches, General – 10 Coaches, SLR – 02. 3) Train No. 01431 / 01432 Pune Jn. - Sawantwadi Road – Pune Jn. Special Train No. 01431 Pune Jn. - Sawantwadi Road Special will leave from Pune Jn. at 10:55 pm on February 25 (Monday). The train will reach Sawantwadi Road at 12.30 pm on the next day. Train No. 01432 Sawantwadi Road - Pune Jn. Special will leave from Sawantwadi Road at 02.10 pm on February 27 (Wednesday). The train will reach Pune Jn. at 02.45 am on the next day. The train will halt at Lonavala, Karjat, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Sindhudurg and Kudal station. Composition : Total 20 Coaches = 2Tier AC – 01 Coach, 3Tier AC – 05 Coaches, Sleeper – 08 Coaches, General – 04 Coaches, SLR – 02. 4) Train No. 01160 / 01159 Sawantwadi Road - Panvel- Sawantwadi Road Special Train No. 01160 Sawantwadi Road – Panvel Special will leave from Sawantwadi Road at 02.10 pm on February 26 (Tuesday). The train will reach Panvel at 11.00 pm on the same day. Train No. 01159 Panvel - Sawantwadi Road Special will leave from Panvel at 11.40 pm on February 26 (Tuesday). The train will reach Sawantwadi Road at 09.45 am on the next day. The train will halt at Kudal, Sindhudurg, Kankavali, Ratnagiri, Chiplun, Khed and Roha station. Composition : Total 20 Coaches = 2Tier AC – 01 Coach, 3Tier AC – 05 Coaches, Sleeper – 08 Coaches, General – 04 Coaches, SLR – 02. 5) Train No. 01161 / 01162 Lokmanya Tilak(T) - Sawantwadi Road - Lokmanya Tilak (T) Special Train No. 01161 Lokmanya Tilak(T) - Sawantwadi Road Special will leave from Lokmanya Tilak (T) at 01.10 am on February 25 (Monday). The train will reach Sawantwadi Road at 12.00 noon on the same day. Train No. 01162 Sawantwadi Road - Lokmanya Tilak (T) Special will leave from Sawantwadi Road at 02.10 pm on February 25 (Monday). The train will reach Lokmanya Tilak (T) at 12.20 am on the next day. The train will halt at Thane, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Sindhudurg and Kudal station. Composition : Total 17 Coaches = 2Tier AC – 01 Coach, 3Tier AC – 02 Coaches, Sleeper – 08 Coaches, General – 04 Coaches, SLR – 02.
2019-02-22Flamingo safari is a flaming success this season - The Hindu
Flamingo safari is a flaming success this season UPDATED: FEBRUARY 23, 2019 01:31 IST The ongoing flamingo season is proving profitable for the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre in Airoli. Since December, the centre has made a business of ?20 lakh, a major chunk of which has come through the flamingo boat rides. While not more than two boat rides are organised daily, the overwhelming response has already led to a baseline study to see the feasibility of increasing the number of boats without disturbing the birds. “The flamingo safari is a hit. We are always booked for several days at a time,” said N. Vasudevan, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Maharashtra Mangrove Cell. According to Mr. Vasudevan, the baseline study, conducted by them, has shown that they can operate up to six rides a day and gradually increase them to 10. The rides depend on high tides as there has to be enough water for the boats to sail through. He said, “Based on the study, we have proposed a management plan to the government. Our study has looked at controlling pollution levels and retaining the integrity of the mudflats. More importantly, the flamingos are also very sensitive so we don’t want to disturb them too much.” The pink beauties, as the flamingos are fondly called, will be in the city till the monsoon arrives. The Bombay Natural History Society recently revealed that 1,21,000 flamingos were in the city. The increasing numbers of these birds have put a focus on the need to offer a pollution-free habitat while they remain here. “Most of the visitors we get are nature lovers. They are extremely sensitive. We don’t go very close to the birds,” said Mayur Bothe, Range Forest Officer, Thane creek flamingo sanctuary. While the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre opened in April 2017, the boat rides started in February last year. “There was very little awareness about the boat rides last year. We put out displays in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the Gateway of India and other tourist spots, which helped in spreading the word,” said Mr. Bothe. This season, the rides have been full on weekdays and weekends. The centre operates a 24-seater and a seven-seater boat. While the per-person cost is ?330 and ?440 on the 24-seater boat for weekdays and weekend, the seven-seater can be entirely hired for ?5,500 and ?6,600 on weekdays and weekend respectively. Bird count starts today The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has invited bird lovers from across the country for a two-day-long flamingo counting exercise that will commence on Saturday. Bird watchers, nature enthusiasts, who have registered with the BNHS, will go to more than 50 locations across the country to count the migratory birds and report the data to the BNHS. In Maharashtra, the exercise will be carried out in Sewri mudflats, Vashi creek, Airoli creek, Thane creek, Uran, Bhigwan, Ujani Dam among many other locations. “We don’t have the count of flamingos from the country. What we have so far is data from the census carried out in Mumbai. Therefore, this will be an enriching exercise,” said Rahul Khot, assistant director, BNHS.
2019-02-22Avalanche advisory issued Friday for Juneau - KTOO
Avalanche advisory issued Friday for Juneau February 22, 2019 An urban avalanche advisory is underway after separate storms dumped about two feet of snow at higher elevations this week. Tom Mattice, emergency programs manager for the City and Borough of Juneau, said there’s potential for large avalanches on Mount Juneau Friday due to the new snow and high winds expected later in the afternoon. “We had snow Sunday into Tuesday, and on Wednesday we had both human-triggered avalanches and natural avalanches,” Mattice said. “Skier-triggered, snowmobile-triggered and natural avalanches even out on Mount McGinnis. So things have been happening around the region.” The state Department of Transportation performed avalanche control on Thane Road on Wednesday, so that area is less concerning. But Mattice said the avalanche chutes above the Behrends neighborhood and the Flume Trail are especially risky and should be avoided. “If you’re skiing or snowmobiling or playing in the backcountry the next few days, odds are good that you will see events occur. So people should definitely be safe out there,” he said. The National Weather Service’s high wind warning is in effect from 3 p.m. Friday until noon Saturday with gusts of up to 65 miles per hour expected.
2019-02-22Maharashtra: Names of Jaish terrorists found on chits in 9-year-old's school bag - India Today
Maharashtra: Names of Jaish terrorists found on chits in 9-year-old's school bag UPDATED: February 22, 2019 21:53 IST Names of terrorists belonging to terror outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad have been found on chits in a 9-year-old student's school bag. The incident took place at the New Horizon school in Kasarvadavli area of Thane, Maharashtra. According to Kasarvadavli police, the parents of the student, who studies in Class four, said that three such chits were found for the past two days after which they approached the school. The school management took the complaint seriously and, after primary investigations from their side, reported the incident to the Kasarvadavli police. Names of some of the Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists and commanders were mentioned on the chits on the first day while on the second day two more chits were found which contained names including Tiger Memon, Dawood Ibrahim, Musa and few others. Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed the responsibility for the Pulwama terrorist attack, where over 40 CRPF jawans were killed. Since then, the terror outfit has been all over the news and social media. A parent who didn't want his identity revealed said, "Few months ago, ISIS was found scribbled on a tin shed near the school. Now, these chits have been found. Whoever is behind this act is being very mischievous. Young children are being exposed to names of such top terrorists and terrorist organisations." Following the complaint, Kasarvadavli police sent a team to the school and officials spoke to the staff and a few students. It was found that there were some common sessions when senior class students sit with junior students in the same hall. The police suspect that it could be some senior students playing a trick on the Class four student. A senior police officer from Kasarvadavli police station said, "In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, news about Jaish-e-Muhammad is all over the television. We suspect some student must have written it on the chits." "We will try and find out who is responsible for this act. If it is a student, then he or she will be warned and their parents will be informed about it," the officer said.
2019-02-2211-Year-Old Boy Buys His Colorblind Classmate Corrective Glasses - Inside Edition
11-Year-Old Boy Buys His Colorblind Classmate Corrective Glasses 12:42 PM PST, February 22, 2019 A kind fifth-grader in Colorado went above and beyond for his colorblind classmate. Tyler Muhr, 11, had no idea what to expect when he was gifted a pair of corrective glasses by his friend Thane, who’d saved up for the glasses on his own. “I work at the school so the fifth-grade teacher, Tyler’s teacher, emailed me in the morning and asked me if I could come upstairs because there is a surprise for Tyler,” Tyler’s mom, Julie Muhr, told InsideEdition.com. Tyler didn’t want to put the glasses on until his mom was there, so she went upstairs and recorded the moment to be able to show her husband later. In a video recorded of the special moment, Tyler can be seen looking around the room as he remains totally silent. “I was a bit cynical and I didn’t think the glasses would work so it was awesome,” Julie said. “Tyler’s often not speechless so to see him speechless, you could tell he was overwhelmed and just absorbing everything in the room.” The mom said she was shocked by Thane’s kindness to her son. “His friend just decided to do a nice deed and I talked to his friend’s mom and she said he just came to her one day and said ‘I want to do this for Tyler’ and she said, ‘OK, you do the research, you save up the money, and I’ll order them.’” And he did. Thane did chores around the house until he saved up enough to buy the $250 glasses on Amazon.com. “She said she had nothing to do with it other than clicking purchase,” Julie said of Thane’s mom. “I just think that Thane’s an amazing kid for having done this and when he was asked why, he said it’s what God called him to do. I think for an 11-year-old it’s pretty amazing.”
2019-02-22Not home grown! Leopard in Thane mall not among 40 known big cats in Maharashtra - Times Now
Not home grown! Leopard in Thane mall not among 40 known big cats in Maharashtra Updated Feb 22, 2019 | 15:32 IST | Mumbai: After an adult leopard was rescued from the basement of a Thane hotel on Wednesday, forest officials mentioned that this was not among the 40 cats that were caught in cameras. These camera traps were set up last year in the forest areas. According to a report in Times of India (TOI), deputy conservator of forest Jitendra Ramgaokar said two teams sifted through the database of the 40 leopards, but this leopard's patterns did not match with any of the 40 caught in cameras. He further added that the leopard is from Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) but they are still to find out its particular territory. Reportedly, the task of matching the patterns of the rescued leopard with that of 40 caught leopards was proved futile. Meanwhile, Nikit Surve, a member of the Wildlife Conservation Society of India told TOI that the officials of SGNP set up camera traps in summer to ascertain the leopard population within the range. As many as 40 leopards with varying rosette patterns were tracked, Surve added. Meanwhile, Surve further told TOI that they compared their rosette patterns with the ones of the leopard rescued on Wednesday and they did not find any match. However, the new information has been added to their database. However, the researchers and activists said that the leopard may have been a shy cub or could have managed to hide from cameras.
2019-02-22Thane: 3 get life term for gang-raping teen - Times of India
Thane: 3 get life term for gang-raping teen Feb 22, 2019, 16:54 IST THANE: Three persons have been sentenced to life in prison by a court in Thane for gang-raping a newly-wed teen. District judge SA Sinha, in a recent order, convicted Naveen Ashok Bagade (43), Santosh Yashwant Shelke (22) and Rajkumar Tikeshwar Sahani (29) under section 376 D (rape by one or more persons constituting a group) and 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code. The three, all residents of Mithpada in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in the district, were also fined Rs 15,000 while four others were acquitted in the case. Additional public prosecutor Vandana Jadhav said the incident happened on August 17, 2014 at the teen's marital home in Bhiwandi. At around 1am that day, some men barged into their home and after assaulting and gagging her husband, took turns to rape the 19-year-old, the APP said. The accused were heavily inebriated and inflicted severe bite injuries on the victim during the gang-rape, Jadhav said. Judge Sinha, in her order, stated that considering the manner in which the accused raped and caused injuries to the victim, they did not deserve any leniency.
2019-02-22Turning safe-haven for flamingos - The Asian Age
Turning safe-haven for flamingos Published : Feb 23, 2019, 12:00 am IST From the onset of winters, the long-legged pink beauties among the various species migrating from the European countries take shelter in the city’s wilderness turning it into a birders paradise. However, this year’s prolonged winter, besides making our days pleasant, brought in these flamingos in large number to the wetlands of India. Though a yearly phenomenon of flamingos migrating along the Thane to Sewri creeks, this year observed a rise in the number of these feathered guests enjoying a stay. According to a report released earlier this month by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), results from their census conducted in January 2019 reveal that 1,21,000 flamingos have inhabited in Mumbai. The study further shows that while the lesser flamingos are on rising, the greater flamingos are declining. “It is very encouraging to see a large number of flamingos arriving around Mumbai. This underlines the importance of the critical habitats in and around the Mumbai region. It also highlights the necessity of such long-term comprehensive studies to understand migratory birds and chart future conservation plans,” Rahul Khot, Principal Investigator of the project and Assistant Director, BNHS, stated in the report. Owing to their census, the BNHS, in a first, has announced a pan-India flamingo count of both greater and lesser flamingo in two phases. The first phase is scheduled to take place from 23rd to 24th February and the second in April, wherein participants are encouraged to visit any of the short-listed sites. The BNHS has invited government institutions, Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN) members, birdwatchers, NGOs, ornithologists, researchers, academicians and nature lovers across India to participate in the mega count. Vasudevan N, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, who has personally written to the various forest departments to support BNHS in the count says, “Earlier 30,000 flamingos would visit but it has touched lakh this time. At Thane creek, 70-80 per cent were lesser flamingos and 20-30 per cent greater flamingos. As migratory birds, they are in both coastal and non-coastal areas of our county and their presence is a clear indicator of the health of our wetlands.” While we thank the weather of god, birder Adesh Shivkar shares the factor for an increase in flamingos in the city. “The siltation is increasing all through the shores. Over the years along the creeks, especially through the Sewri and Vasai creeks, the silt or clay has been deposited resulting in a nice shallow water habitat for them, which in turn has increased the quality of food for them as they eat the pigments found in the algae,” he states. Among the sites from Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh that have been listed by the BNHS, participants are also encouraged to visit a site of their choice where flamingos are seen. Both the species of wading birds have also been identified under priority list of birds which needs immediate conservation interventions Excited at the increased number of flamingos in the city as compared to last year, birder Surendra Miya from Delhi religiously goes to the Okhla bird sanctuary every morning to capture these pink birds. “I am highly impressed and happy with the count. At Okhla sanctuary, there are about 200-300 flamingos while last year there were just a few. At Sultanpur National Park, there were 40-50. In the Basai in Gurugram and Najafgarh wetlands, there have been more than 100 flamingos,” lists Miya while adding that between the two species he mainly spotted greater flamingos. Since the Mumbai’s Thane and Sewri creeks are known for heavy flamingo traffic, a wildlife photographer from Mumbai Yogesh Chavan reveals that these birds were spotted somewhere in Malad as well where they have been never seen. “There is a good big stretch along the Palm beach road in Navi Mumbai, the Vashi creek, behind the TS Chanakya Marine Centre and also behind the NRI complex,” Yogesh lists the sites where flamingos are spotted. Not really a guest of southern India, a birder from Kerala Pauli Kalamassery spotted flamingos in Thrissur, Ernakulam and Alleppey. “I think the number has slightly gone up. About four months ago, I saw five of them in Thrissur,” he shares. Professor of wildlife of Kerala University, Dr P O Nameer, who is in active collaboration with the BNHS for the pan-India count, states there hasn’t been a drastic increase but just one or two individuals. “Prior to 1990s, we didn’t have flamingos at all and it is not a regular bird here. We spotted flamingos in Thrissur wetlands and other in Kuttanad, Alappuzha, that too only greater flamingos,” says Dr Nameer. -Since the Rann of Kutch is an ideal place for flamingos to breed and are seen flocking in huge numbers, Vasudevan points that it is only after the pan-India flamingo count that one can decide if Mumbai is ahead of Kutch.
2019-02-22Elephant hides 4-year-old girl to protect her from herd crossing the road in Jalpaiguri - Times Now
Elephant hides 4-year-old girl to protect her from herd crossing the road in Jalpaiguri Updated Feb 22, 2019 | 17:23 IST | Jalpaiguri: An astonishing yet heart-warming instance has come to light from Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal where a wild elephant was seen protecting a four-year-old girl from a herd of jumbos. The incident took place along National Highway 31 which divides the Garumara forest into two parts. According to forest department officials stationed in the area, a businessman along with his wife and daughter was returning to Lataguri on his two-wheeler when he saw a herd of elephants crossing the road. He halted his scooter and waited for them to cross, however, some jumbos who were part of the herd seemed to be left behind. The businessman started his two-wheeler and resumed his journey when the elephants left behind suddenly appeared before him. He applied the brakes and almost ran into one of the jumbos but instead fell down along with his wife and daughter. It was at that time, one of the elephants from the herd came forward and hid the girl in the space between its legs while standing still. The elephant protected the girl while other members of the herd crossed the road. A forest ranger told news agency PTI that elephants often stand in the middle of the road while crossing it. This spectacle was witnessed by the girl's parents and a truck driver who was relentlessly trying to distract the herd in order to protect the family by honking his horn. Soon after, the family was taken to a nursing home in Jalpaiguri where they were treated for wounds incurred during the fall.
2019-02-2211-Year-Old Boy Buys His Colorblind Classmate Corrective Glasses - NBC4i.com
11-Year-Old Boy Buys His Colorblind Classmate Corrective Glasses Updated: Feb 22, 2019 03:42 PM EST A kind fifth-grader in Colorado went above and beyond for his colorblind classmate. Tyler Muhr, 11, had no idea what to expect when he was gifted a pair of corrective glasses by his friend Thane, who'd saved up for the glasses on his own. "I work at the school so the fifth-grade teacher, Tyler's teacher, emailed me in the morning and asked me if I could come upstairs because there is a surprise for Tyler," Tyler's mom, Julie Muhr, told InsideEdition.com. Tyler didn't want to put the glasses on until his mom was there, so she went upstairs and recorded the moment to be able to show her husband later. In a video recorded of the special moment, Tyler can be seen looking around the room as he remains totally silent. "I was a bit cynical and I didn't think the glasses would work so it was awesome," Julie said. "Tyler's often not speechless so to see him speechless, you could tell he was overwhelmed and just absorbing everything in the room." The mom said she was shocked by Thane's kindness to her son. "His friend just decided to do a nice deed and I talked to his friend's mom and she said he just came to her one day and said 'I want to do this for Tyler' and she said, 'OK, you do the research, you save up the money, and I'll order them.'" And he did. Thane did chores around the house until he saved up enough to buy the $250 glasses on Amazon.com. "She said she had nothing to do with it other than clicking purchase," Julie said of Thane's mom. "I just think that Thane's an amazing kid for having done this and when he was asked why, he said it's what God called him to do. I think for an 11-year-old it's pretty amazing."
2019-02-22Five, including three minors arrested for stealing bikes, auto - Mumbai Mirror
Five, including three minors arrested for stealing bikes, auto Updated: Feb 22, 2019, 14:56 IST Mumbai: Five people including three minors were arrested by police in two separate incidents of bikes being stolen in Thane and Kalyan. The Thane city police have arrested a 16-year-old boy for stealing nine bikes and an auto only because he wanted to have 'fun'. The accused, has studied up to class 10, would steal the bikes after school hours. On Wednesday, police inspector Sachin Gavade stopped the accused during a blockade to inquire about documents, however, when he failed to give an satisfactory answer, the police took the bike into custody and took him to the police station. During the investigation, the accused admitted that he had stolen the bike and had also stolen bikes in the past. "He has committed similar crimes earlier. He would sell the bike for a few thousand rupees and would have fun with that money," said a police officer. It was also revealed that he had stolen 3 bikes from Kalwa and five bikes and an auto from Mulund. In another incident, a gang of four in Kalyan was arrested for stealing bikes so that they could used them for racing. The arrests were made during late night patrolling on Manpada road after they failed to give the police convincing answers. They were then taken into custody where they admitted that they were on the lookout for bikes so they could race using the stolen two-wheelers. One accused has been arrested, while three minors have been sent to a juvenile home. The police have also recovered bikes stolen both in Thane and Kalyan.
2019-02-21Maharashtra on high alert after blast near Mumbai; IED found on bus in Raigad - Business Today
Maharashtra on high alert after blast near Mumbai; IED found on bus in Raigad Last Updated: February 21, 2019 | 16:09 IST The Maharashtra state police are on high alert after a low intensity blast took place on a busy road near Mumbai on Wednesday and an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found on a state transport bus in Raigad district later in the night. According to the state police, the blast took place on a busy road at Mira road in Thane district. The device used to carry out the low intensity explosion was not a sophisticated one but did contain metal balls, while the IED found on a bus in Raigad was planted with the serious intention to cause damage. The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has already started parallel investigations in the incidents. Two Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) teams were dispatched to both the locations on Wednesday and Thursday morning. The BDDS team sent to Mira road collected samples like metal balls, jute fuse and some unidentified powder from the spot while, the other team sent to Raigad defused the IED found in the bus. The samples found at both the sites have been sent to Mumbai forensic science laboratory at Kalina for further analysis. Speaking to India Today, IG, Konkan Range, Naval Bajaj said: "The explosive device found in Raigad district is sophisticated as it contains a power source, detonator and was definitely planted with a serious intention. As of now we haven't found any similarities between the device that exploded at Mira road and the one found in Raigad district". A bus conductor with the state transport department found the IED in a state transport bus at Apta village under Rasayani police station in Raigad district at around 10:30 pm. Suspecting it to be a bomb,he alerted the police which then sought help from BDDS and defused the IED after which the samples were sent to the forensic science laboratory. Superintendent of Police, Raigad district, Anil Paraskar said: "The bus conductor was vigilant and when he found the suspicious looking bomb like device on the bus he alerted police. Immediately BDDS teams were called to defuse the device which contained a detonator, fuse, granule like substance. All the buses and transport vehicles are being checked and it is being appealed to people to alert police if they find any suspicious looking substances left unattended". The Maharashtra police in the aftermath of Pulwama attacks, in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed, have increased their scans and sweeps to check suspicious substances or bags at public places, onboard public transport and high security installations by its security personnel. Maharashtra ATS chief Atulchandra Kulkarni also said the teams of ATS had reached the spot in Raigad district and were verifying the details of the incident. Meanwhile, another low intensity blast too place in a toilet of Kanpur-Bhiwani, Kalindi express on Wednesday evening.
2019-02-21Girl falls unconscious in express train at Thane, dies on way to civil hospital - The Clayton Caller
Girl falls unconscious in express train at Thane, dies on way to civil hospital February 21, 2019 0 36 THANE: An 11-year-old resident of Nallasopara, who was traveling home from Varanasi, fell unconscious in the train at Thane at around 12.30 pm on Sunday and died on her way to the civil hospital. RPF officials said that that the minor was travelling with her family and started complaining of breathlessness when the train halted at Thane station. She then reportedly fell unconscious in the train and was immediately put on a stretcher and taken to civil hospital where she was pronounced dead. The girl‘s father said that she was unwell and they had gone to Varanasi to get medicines for her. “My daughter has had liver swelling issue, which causes respiratory distress since she was born. Every time she got an attack we would rush her to the nearest hospital and she would be fine. But she was under medication. We had gone to our hometown to visit our family doctor and get her medicines over the weekend. She collapsed in the train and did not make it this time,” said , the father.
2019-02-21Akshay Kumar, Aditya Thackeray Teach Self Defence to 2000 Girls at Training Camp in Thane, Video Goes Viral - India.com News
Akshay Kumar, Aditya Thackeray Teach Self Defence to 2000 Girls at Training Camp in Thane, Video Goes Viral Published: February 21, 2019 12:08 PM IST Who wouldn’t bear sun, fog and storm if Khiladi Akshay Kumar comes out on the ground to teach a few knacks of self-defence and the young girls in Thane area of Mumbai resonated the same as they came out in large numbers on Wednesday morning. Known for being quite a fitness buff, Akshay attended a training camp in Thane where he was joined by 2000 girls from nearby schools and along with Aditya Thackeray, the Kesari actor was seen at his robust best as he taught a young girl a few basic techniques with which she can protect herself. Sharing a video of the same, Akshay captioned it, “Happy to see a turnout of 2000 plus girls from nearby schools at our self defense training camp in Thane today. The workshop was to teach them some basic self defense techniques. Hoping it was helpful and to see more of them at our training centre. @adityathackeray” (sic). On the professional front, Akshay’s upcoming movie Kesari, also starring actress Parineeti Chopra, will hit cinema screens this Holi, on March 21. The movie is bankrolled by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions while Anurag Singh is helming it.
2019-02-21CCTV Shows Leopard In Mall Near Mumbai, Captured Later In Hotel - NDTV News
CCTV Shows Leopard In Mall Near Mumbai, Captured Later In Hotel Updated: February 21, 2019 12:28 IST Surveillance video showed the leopard pacing through the empty mall.For a moment, there was authentic leopard print on display at an mall.The big cat skulked through the Korum Mall basement before opening hours early morning Wednesday in Thane, outside Mumbai, the Hindustan Times and other media reported. Surveillance video showed the leopard pacing through the empty mall before shuffling through the parking lot about 5:30 a.m., the paper said. Its movement toward a residential area triggered a capture mission, and forest officials trapped and tranquilized the animal in the basement of a nearby hotel. Officials speculated that the leopard absconded from Sanjay Gandhi National Park, a serene nature preserve dotted with lakes and basalt cave complexes in the heart of Mumbai's gargantuan sprawl. The mall is less than 2 miles from the eastern edge of the park, which notes a high density of leopards. The eradication of natural habitats and urban expansion put humans and wild animals on a collision course, sometimes with deadly consequences for both, in India and across the world. Days ago, a leopard sowed chaos in Punjab. The cat injured four people in an hours-long ordeal before it was subdued in a home. Last year, authorities launched a military-style operation to capture a tigress believed to have killed at least 13 people. It was cornered and killed in November, prompting joy from villagers but outcries from conservationists who said the mother was defending her cubs from increasing human encroachment. Wild animal encounters in population centers are common in the United States. A man killed a mountain lion with his bare hands after it attacked him while he was trail running this month in Colorado, where officials said human population growth has meant more interactions with wild animals.One mountain lion took refuge under a porch in Los Angeles, where development and traffic have hemmed in the cats to such a degree that a $60 million wildlife crossing bridge has been proposed. The Woolsey fire in November shrank mountain lion roaming grounds even further. Then there was the moose that wandered into an Anchorage hospital, and the black bear affectionately named Pedals that wandered New Jersey neighborhoods on his hind legs after injuring his front paws. Pedals was a local sensation and viral star until a hunter killed him in 2016. The mall-roaming leopard experienced a happier fate, though it is unclear what happens next for the big cat, or whether officials confirmed it was from Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The park's website boasts the chance to view any number of animals, including four-horned antelopes, hyenas and various deer. "But," the park noted, "nothing can really match the awe, fear and goose-pimply feeling when one is confronted by a large leopard."
2019-02-21Leopard’s day out: big cat visits Thane mall, rescued from basement of hotel - The Hindu
Leopard’s day out: big cat visits Thane mall, rescued from basement of hotel UPDATED: FEBRUARY 21, 2019 01:00 IST The popular Korum Mall in Thane had an unusual visitor on Wednesday morning — a full-grown leopard. Fortunately, the leopard came visiting before the mall opened for business, and later moved to a hotel in the vicinity, from where it was rescued a few hours later. According to Forest Department officials, the male leopard, around six years of age, was spotted at the mall in the early hours of Wednesday. Even as panicked eyewitnesses called the police control room and the fire brigade, the leopard moved out of the mall’s compound and entered the basement of Satkaar Residency hotel. “All agencies concerned, including the Forest Department, police, fire brigade and local non-government organisations, were mobilised and a full-fledged rescue operation commenced around 8 a.m.,” a forest officer said. Meanwhile, the hotel was evacuated and the police cordoned off the premises to prevent any onlookers from interfering with the operation. “Two teams were formed and stationed at spots near the basement from where they had a clear line of sight to use darts the minute the leopard was spotted. After an hour-long search, we finally pinpointed its location and used mild firecrackers to direct it towards the teams. As soon as one of our teams spotted it, they managed to successfully tranquilise the leopard,” Pawan Sharma, wildlife warden, Thane, said. Strayed from forest Fifty forest officers, more than 40 police personnel, 20 civilian volunteers along with staff of the Thane Municipal Corporation participated in the operation. The leopard is believed to have strayed from the forest area near the Air Force Station on Kolshet road in Thane, where there have been frequent leopard sightings in the past. “The leopard has been shifted to the rescue centre in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali, where it has been subjected to health check ups and blood tests. A decision on its release will be taken once it has been found to be fit,” a forest officer said.
2019-02-2150,000 Farmers Begin Long March Despite Government’s Efforts to Stop Them - The Wire
50,000 Farmers Begin Long March Despite Government’s Efforts to Stop Them 21/FEB/2019 Delhi: Around 50,000 farmers began their 180-km protest march from Nashik to Mumbai early on Tuesday. The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), the organisers of the march, had planned to begin walking on February 20. However, the plan had to be delayed as protesting farmers, landless labourers and tribals who were supposed to join from Thane and Palghar were held up by the police. The long march beginning from Nashik. Credit: Twitter/AIKS “Around 15,000 people from Thane and Palghar were detained by the police. They did not allow them to move. It was only when the media highlighted the issue, that the government was forced to relent,” said Ashok Dhawale, AIKS president. According to the AIKS, the protestors from Thane and Palghar reached Nasik at around 10 pm. “It was too late to move when they came at night. So, we decided that we will begin the march in the morning. At around 10 am, 50,000 people began their march to Mumbai,” Dhawale said. The delay was used by the Maharashtra government to attempt to broker peace. Water resources minister and guardian minister of Nasik, Girish Mahajan, met with the AIKS representatives. However, talks remained inconclusive. “He has given some assurances that the government might consider some of our demands. Not all. We have asked him to put it in writing. We will take a call if and when a written assurance is given by the government,” said Dhawale. Also read: In Photos | They Marched Then, They’re Marching Now The protestors have now begun marching from Nasik with provisions such as rice, flour, oil and salt packed in the vehicles that are moving with them. They expect to reach Mumbai on February 27 and stage a protest at the state legislative assembly. The protestors are demanding urgent measures for immediate drought relief, provision of land titles under Forest Rights Act, and the minimum support price at cost plus 50%. The AIKS has also condemned the decision of the Supreme Court to evict tribals and forest dwellers whose claims have been rejected by states under the Forest Rights Act. “It is a draconian judgment by the Supreme Court and we condemn it. The fact that the government did not even send its lawyers to defend the rights of adivasis shows that they want to ensure that all these lands are pocketed by corporates,” said Dhawale.
2019-02-21Mumbai Metropolitan Region spreads to Palghar, Vasai, Khalapur and Pen - Hindustan Times
Mumbai Metropolitan Region spreads to Palghar, Vasai, Khalapur and Pen Updated: Feb 21, 2019 15:44 IST The Maharashtra cabinet on Wednesday cleared the proposal to extend the boundaries of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to include Palghar taluka, Khalapur, Vasai, and Pen. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which had mooted the proposal to extend its jurisdiction, plans to build growth centres in Boisar, as the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will pass through the region. The extension of boundaries will boost development in the area, a senior urban development department official said. “MMRDA had come up with the proposal as it planned various projects such as a multi-modal corridor, growth centre, among others, in the region. Now, Palghar taluka, the remaining region of Vasai taluka, Pen and Khalapur will come under MMRDA’s jurisdiction,” said Nitin Kareer, principal secretary, urban development department. So far, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) was spread over 4,355 sqm, including areas in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivli, Mira-Bhayander, Vasai-Virar, Matheran, Karjat, Uran and Alibaug, with Virar as its northernmost limit. The bullet train has halts at Thane, Virar and Boisar. “Thane and Virar are developed, and there is no chunk of land available for commercial development. Boisar has potential, as it could reduce the travel time to Bandra-Kurla Complex, where the bullet train terminus is planned,” an officer said. Officials said with Virar-Alibaug Multimodal Corridor coming up, the connectivity between the regions will improve.
2019-02-21MNS leader Nitin Nandgaonkar to be externed? Mumbai police threaten to banish him from city, Thane for 2 years - Times Now
MNS leader Nitin Nandgaonkar to be externed? Mumbai police threaten to banish him from city, Thane for 2 years Updated Feb 21, 2019 | 13:15 IST Mumbai: The city police have issued a notice to extern firebrand leader of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Nitin Nandgaonkar from the city for two years. Nandgaonkar had shot to limelight after he 'exposed' an alleged passport scam, drug trade and arbitrarily acted against errant auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers in the city. He has been accused of taking the law into his own hands, dishing out his own brand of vigilante justice. The police has also accused Nandgaonkar of terrorising the common man of the city with his violent methods of teaching a lesson to errant auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers. Nandgaonkar has posted the fact that he has been served a notice by the police by making an appeal to his supporters on social media. The cases registered against Nandgaonkar have been detailed in the notice issued by Mumbai police, under the signature of the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP). The incidents of assaulting autorickshaw and taxi drivers are rampant in Chembur, Nehru Nagar, Kurla areas of the city since 2013. Various cases have been registered at different police stations in this regard. The notice points out that despite having the cases of threatening and causing injury registered against him, Nandgaonkar has not been deterred from repeatedly committing the same offence of violence and intimidation. Moreover, the victims are being threatened and intimidated if they try to approach the police. The notice says that it has been recommended that the accused Nitin Nandgaonkar be externed from Mumbai, Thane and Palghar districts for two years and he is instructed to attend the office of the ACP to present his side. One case that has recently gained a lot of attention was that of MNS leaders thrashing an autorickshaw driver who had manhandled a youngster over ‘extra fare’ at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC). The Mumbai police took cognisance of the incident and sent a show cause notice under Section 56 (1) (A) (B) of the Bombay Police Act to the Chembur-resident Nitin Nandgaonkar, who also happens to be the nephew of MNS chief Raj Thackeray's right-hand-man Bala Nandgaonkar. Nandgaonkar posted a video on social media on Wednesday with elaborate details of the notice. He has opined that struggle was inevitable during the reply to the notice and asked who was afraid of him? "Police claim that common man is terrorised because of me. Maharashtra is my home. People should come forward and tell me where I went wrong. I will continue to fight against injustice," Nandgaonkar said. MNS has opposed the decision of Mumbai police to banish Nitin Nandgaonkar and have alleged political vendetta. The party has also questioned the timing of the notice, just ahead of the national and state elections. MNS has launched a movement with hashtag #isuportnitinnandgaonkar on social media. The movement has evoked a huge response and thousands of netizens have expressed solidarity with Nandgaonkar.
2019-02-21Explosion near shopping mall in Dahisar - The Asian Age
Explosion near shopping mall in Dahisar Feb 21, 2019, 6:47 am IST The police said that the incident occurred near Dahisar toll plaza where a two-wheeler rider sustained burns. Mumbai: The Kashimira police is probing a mysterious explosion that rocked a building near a mall Tuesday. The police found traces of chemicals and recovered a fuse from the spot that was used to make a small explosive device, the police said. The police said that the incident occurred near Dahisar toll plaza where a two-wheeler rider sustained burns. The incident was reported by the biker following which, the investigators sprung into action and found that the explosion had occurred on the road where the material was dumped. There is no clarity on who dumped the material there and what was the purpose behind procuring it. The police is questioning the eyewitnesses at the spot and gathering further details to establish the identities of the accused persons. “The material is also used in the making of firecrackers but the ingredients and the device found at the spot are suspicious and the same is being probed,” said Yuvraj Kalkutge, spokesperson of Thane rural police. Another officer of the Thane rural police said, “Our BDDS team and ATC team are also on the spot. Teams of the Mumbai and Thane Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) are also probing the incident. Samples of the remains from the site have been sent for forensic analysis.”
2019-02-21Thane leopard an intruder? Not among 40 on census cams in 2017 - Times of India
Thane leopard an intruder? Not among 40 on census cams in 2017 Feb 22, 2019, 04:22 IST THANE: The adult leopard rescued from the basement of a Thane hotel on Wednesday is not among the 40 cats caught on camera traps set up in the forest last year, forest officials said. The task to match the rescued leopard's rosette pattern with data of the 40 leopards proved futile. The rosette pattern is a distinctive identification feature for a a leopard like what fingerprints are to humans. "Two teams sifted through the database of the 40 leopards, but this leopard's patterns did not match with any of the 40," said deputy conservator of forest Dr Jitendra Ramgaokar. "We are certain that the leopard is from SGNP, but we are still to find out its particular territory." Speaking of the process to identify leopards in this region, Nikit Surve a member of Wildlife Conservation Society of India, who has been working with SGNP, said, "Officials of Sanjay Gandhi National Park set up camera traps in summer to ascertain the leopard population within the range. A census drive in 2017, 40 leopards with varying rosette patterns were tracked." Surve said that since Wednesday, they separated data of male and female leopards on the basis of the absence or presence of the scrotal sac. "Then, we took data of male leopards and compared their rosette patterns with the ones of the leopard rescued on Wednesday. As we didn't find any match, we added this new information to the database," Surve added. Researchers and activists said that the leopard could also have managed to hide from cameras as it grew up. "Over the past few years, this leopard may have been a shy cub or behind his mother around the camera traps and so it missed being caught on camera. It could also be one that travels distances and returns before daylight," Surve said.
2019-02-21Like Mumbai, Thane's civic budget sticks to the basics - Daily News & Analysis
Like Mumbai, Thane's civic budget sticks to the basics Updated: Feb 21, 2019, 06:30 AM IST "We are concentrating on completing various projects that were initiated in the last two years and that is why have called our budget Sankalp-purti budget," he said. Sankalp means 'intention' or 'determination', and purti stands for 'completion'. The budget speaks more about the achievements of the TMC under the leadership of Jaiswal in the last four years. An output report was brought out to highlight various projects undertaken by the TMC. Jaiswal has completed his three-year tenure and has got an extension till 2020 to head the TMC. It has more provisions for social, educational, environmental, women and child development schemes this year, Jaiswal said. Apart from the five lakh trees planted in last three years, TMC aims to plant another 2 lakh in 2019-2020. It wants to promote bag-free schooling and create 400 more digital classrooms. Last year, TMC schools got 600 digital classrooms. The civic body will give Rs 50,000 to those couples who adopt a girl child. It will also give Rs 20,000 to families with two daughters. Widows and divorcees, and women above 60 will get an annual allowance of Rs 18,000. The children of road workers will get Rs 18,000 study allowance every year. Those preparing for competitive exams will get Rs 20,000 a year. ELEMENTARY MATH Rs 3,861.88 crore TMC budget 2019-2020 REVENUE ESTIMATES Rs 3105.47 cr Revenue from all departments Rs 144.62 cr Central/state government funding expected Rs 500 cr Loans for funding various transport projects ROUTINE SPEND Rs 139.35 cr Amount sanctioned for bridges Rs 30 cr PRTS (personalised rapid transport system) Rs 12 cr Lake revival and beautification Rs 196 cr Water distribution and remodelling Rs 50 cr Drainage Rs 10 cr LED street lights Rs 36 cr Health Rs 10 cr Solid waste management Rs 8 cr Construction and development waste Rs 9.5 cr Garden and parks Rs 19.65 cr Education (Most of the above projects are on the verge of completion, and the amounts are to be incurred for 2019-2020)
2019-02-21Aaditya Thackeray and Akshay Kumar bond at an event for girls in Thane - Mid-Day
Aaditya Thackeray and Akshay Kumar bond at an event for girls in Thane Feb 21, 2019, 08:57 IST Aaditya Thackeray, President of Yuva Sena and Bollywood star Akshay Kumar bonded big time at an event in the suburbs of Thane in Mumbai. Akshay had organised a free self-defense training camp in Thane which saw a turnout of more than 2000 plus girls from the nearby schools. Aaditya Thackeray too graced the occasion. We have pictures (All Pictures Courtesy/ Aaditya Thackeray's Instagram)
2019-02-21Education Officer In Thane Charged For Sexually Harassing Officer: Cops - NDTV
Education Officer In Thane Charged For Sexually Harassing Officer: Cops Updated: February 22, 2019 00:16 IST THANE: An education officer of Maharashtra's Thane Zilla Parishad (ZP) has been charged with sexually harassing an officer, police said on Thursday. Ashish Zunjarrao is posted at Sahapur, while the harassment survivor works with the panchayat samiti of the same town as an extension officer, the police added. The police said the 44-year-old officer, in her complaint, alleged Mr Zunjarrao had been repeatedly making sexual advances towards her. She also accused him of other forms of harassment as they worked together. She has accused the education officer of passing lewd comments and making an unsuccessful attempt to touch her inappropriately. The woman claimed in the past she had submitted complaints against the accused to her seniors but no action was taken. A probe is on in the matter, police said.
2019-02-21This furniture brand creates designs fit for a connoisseur - Architectural Digest India
This furniture brand creates designs fit for a connoisseur PUBLISHED: FEB 21, 2019 | 13:28:07 IST Sankara, bespoke furniture designers played host to over 15 leading architects and interior designers from all over India, at the Sankara Experience Center in Jodhpur. These individuals were given the opportunity to see first-hand why every piece designed by Sankara is unique and a connoisseur’s delight. Over the years, Sankara has used innate creativity to design pieces that stand out. With an elegance that’s bespoke, and a finish that spells class. At Sankara a strong belief is that furniture can be playful. It can be bold. It can be cultured. It can be minimalistic. It can be anything you want it to be. This is what the brand strives towards creating furniture with character.
2019-02-21Maharashtra: Detonator, crude bomb material found in MSRTC bus in Raigad - Times Now
Maharashtra: Detonator, crude bomb material found in MSRTC bus in Raigad Updated Feb 21, 2019 | 22:54 IST | Raigad: Maharashtra Police declared a state of high alert after detonator and materials required to make a crude bomb was found on Maharashtra State Regional Transport bus in Raigad triggered widespread panic. The IED was found by the conductor under a seat when the bus arrived at Apta village in Raigad district at around 10.30 pm on Wednesday. The conductor evacuated the bus and alerted the state authorities. Atulchandra Kulkarni, head of the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad, said that the IED could have caused large-scale destruction if it had exploded. According to the police, the device was armed with suspected explosives, a detonator and fuses. The police with the help of the bomb disposal squad safely removed the material and deactivated the device after five hours. The cops also recovered materials required for making a crude bomb and around 3 kg of urea was also found from the bag. Apart from the high alert, the cops have also urged the people to ignore rumours. Raigad Police later registered a case under the Indian Explosives Act and launched an investigation to determine the owner of the bag. Earlier on Wednesday, a low-intensity blast took place on a busy road in Thane district. As per the police, the device used to carry out the explosion was not sophisticated but contained shrapnel and metal balls. Talking to ANI, SP Thane (rural) said that as per preliminary investigation, the device was very small and was incapable to injure someone. The samples were sent for forensic analysis and investigation has been launched to ascertain the motive of the unidentified accused.
2019-02-2116-year-old arrested for string of vehicle thefts - The Hindu
16-year-old arrested for string of vehicle thefts UPDATED: FEBRUARY 22, 2019 01:50 IST The Kalwa police have arrested a 16-year-old accused for allegedly committing a string of vehicle thefts in Mumbai and Thane. The accused is believed to be responsible for at least nine cases so far, the police said. The Kalwa police said the accused was nabbed after the police in the Thane–Kalwa area stepped up nakabandi to curb vehicle thefts in their jurisdiction. An officer said, “On Tuesday morning, we stopped a motorcyclist for a routine check and grew suspicious when he gave evasive replies to simple questions regarding his bike’s documents. He was taken to the police station and questioned at length. He then admitted to borrowing the bike from his friend, a 16-year-old resident of Shivaji Nagar.” The teenager was picked up for inquiries and he admitted to stealing the vehicles to make money. The officer said, “The accused was booked and based on his interrogation we recovered eight stolen bikes and one stolen autorickshaw from various parts of Kalwa. Of the recovered vehicles, three bikes were stolen from our jurisdiction. The remaining bikes and the autorickshaw were stolen from the jurisdiction of the Mulund police station.” The accused was produced before the Juvenile Justice Court and sent to the Juvenile Remand Home in Dongri. The Kalwa police are seeking information from police stations in Thane and Mumbai about vehicles stolen from their jurisdiction in order to find out if the accused could be behind those cases.
2019-02-21Thane: 3 held guilty of gang rape to be jailed till death - Times of India
Thane: 3 held guilty of gang rape to be jailed till death Feb 22, 2019, 04:16 IST THANE: Three residents of Bhiwandi were recently sentenced to life imprisonment by the district sessions court following their conviction in a case of gang rape of a 19-year-old newlywed in 2014. The court made clear that the three would remain in prison for the remainder of their natural life. District judge SA Sinha held Naveen Bagade (43), Santosh Shelke (22) and Rajkumar Sahani (29) guilty while acquitting four people for want of sufficient evidence. Prosecutor Vandana Jadhav said the victim, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, was visiting her father-in-law in Bhiwandi to see the Ganesh festival in 2014. At midnight on August 16, some persons broke into their home. The inebriated group threatened the victim's husband and pushed him outdoors while three of them raped her in succession. The assaulters also bit the victim, inflicting marks on her body. The victim kept silent out of fear of social embarrassment but the police counselled the family and lodged a case. As many as 23 witnesses testified in court.
2019-02-21Lucky escape! Woman crossing tracks lies down as local train goes over her - Times of India
Lucky escape! Woman crossing tracks lies down as local train goes over her Feb 21, 2019, 06:14 IST KALYAN: A 60-year-old woman who was crossing the tracks at Thakurli railway station came under the train, but survived miraculously. A Dombivli resident, Kamal Mohan Shinde, had to move from platform 1A to platform 1 around 1.30 pm on Monday she suddenly found a train trundling towards her and was way too close. Frozen at the sudden danger confronting her, she was unable to move. But Shinde had the quick presence of mind to lie flat on the track. Two compartments of the train moved over before the train ground to a sudden halt. Commuters who were on the platforms flanking the track started screaming. Alerted by the pandemonium two officials of the Railway Protection Force—Jitendra Kumar and Rohit Kumar —rushed to the spot and extricated the woman who was still lying motionaless beneath the train. She got away with a few minor scratches.
2019-02-21Low-intensity explosion near mall in Kashimira puts cops on alert - Mumbai Mirror
Low-intensity explosion near mall in Kashimira puts cops on alert Updated: Feb 21, 2019, 06:00 IST The spot near Thakur Mall where the explosion occured. Police suspect crude explosive materials were being transported when they were dropped. A low-intensity blast on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway near Thakur Mall in Kashimira triggered panic on Wednesday morning. According to a police statement by Amar Dinkar Ghule, a resident of Ghodbunder Road in Thane, he was riding near Thakur Mall around 10 am when an object landed before him and exploded. He sustained minor injuries to the leg and his shirt was partially burned. The local police, along with a bomb disposal and detection squad of the Anti-Terrorism Squad, rushed to the spot and sealed the portion of the road where the explosion took place. The police recovered remnants of a white-coloured plastic substance, a fuse fashioned out of jute and a few black-coloured balls. A team from the Kalina forensic science laboratory collected samples. Forensic experts said the substances appear to be crude materials generally used in explosives. “Only a test can help us ascertain this. The plastic pieces appear to have been part of a box that contained all these crude materials and was packed with jute,” said an official. The police have not been able to identify a suspect as the spot does not have enough functional CCTV cameras. “We have registered a case and are checking the available CCTV footage,” said Shivaji Rathod, superintendent of Thane Rural police. Another officer said going by the substances recovered, it is suspected that someone who was transporting the materials dropped them at the spot. Local shopkeepers said they did not spot anyone carrying any suspicious material. “There was no smoke or fire; just the loud noise. We went to check if anyone had been injured,” said one of them.
2019-02-21Thane man gets life imprisonment for killing ex-girlfriend - Times of India
Thane man gets life imprisonment for killing ex-girlfriend Feb 21, 2019, 10:48 IST THANE: The sessions court here has sentenced a 23-year-old man from Dombivili to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of brutally killing his girlfriend. The accused, Amar Patil, a resident of Nilje in Dombivili was convicted by district judge Neeta Makhare, who fined him with a sum of Rs 25,000 and held him guilty of the offences punishable under section 302 of the IPC. Prosecutor Vinit Kulkarni told the court that Amar Patil and the victim, Swapnali Gadhi, then aged 18, used to study in the same school and were in a relationship. The accused, prior to the incident had argued with the victim as he had developed relations with another girl and the victim was repeatedly objecting to it. On May 31, 2015 at about 8.15 pm, the accused called the victim below her house and stabbed her with a sharp weapon as many as 27 times and killed her. Later, he went to the police station and informed the police of the crime. The defence counsel contended the prosecution version and maintained that the murder was not pre-planned, but was committed in a fit of rage. The judge, after hearing both sides, noted: “All the circumstances conclusively prove that all links in the chain are so complete that they do not leave any reasonable ground for the conclusion consistent with the hypothesis of the innocence of the accused.” The judge in her order stated, “From the entire circumstantial and direct evidence on record, the prosecution has proved beyond doubt that accused Amar committed murder of Swapnali Ghadi by causing 27 injuries by means of Koyta.” The judge further added, “The accused was possessing sharp-edged Koyta. This very fact shows the pre-planning and premeditation to commit murder. Accused approached the victim and called her down and brutally stabbed the victim and murdered her." After committing the crime, the accused surrendered himself at the police station and handed over blood stained cloths, pair of slippers, mobile and motorcycle. “Considering all these facts, it cannot be said that the accused stabbed victim Swapnali merely in a fit of range and did not intend to kill her,” the judge ruled.
2019-02-21Leopard at Thane mall triggers panic - The Tribune India
Leopard at Thane mall triggers panic Updated: Feb 21, 2019, 7:02 AM (IST) A leopard was spotted at a shopping mall and a hotel in Thane city of Maharashtra on Wednesday morning and later caught by forest officials after over six hours. The big cat was initially thought to be a panther but was later found to be a leopard. The feline was caught from the basement of the hotel located on Pokhran Road around 11.50 am, a senior forest official said. The carnivore was first seen at Korum Mall located in Samata Nagar around 5.30 am by some persons who alerted police and forest officials, he said. The police and forest officials rushed to the mall but after searching the premises for around two to three hours, they concluded that the animal must have escaped from there by jumping off its compound wall, the official said. The leopard was later spotted at a housing complex and then in the basement of the hotel near the mall, he said. The forest officials finally managed to tranquilise the feline in the hotel basement before taking it away, he said, adding that the animal would be released in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park after an examination. Meanwhile, an elusive leopard, which had sparked panic in Palaspalli area of Bhubaneswar for the past two days, was captured by forest personnel near Biju Patnaik International Airport here early Wednesday.
2019-02-21Decomposed body found in Thane s Waraladevi lake - Mid-Day
Decomposed body found in Thane's Waraladevi lake Updated: Feb 21, 2019, 18:50 IST A highly decomposed body of a man, estimated to be in his mid to late 30s, was found in a lake in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said on Thursday. The body was found floating in the Waraladevi lake in adjoining Bhiwandi town on Wednesday noon, police said. Police in Bhiwandi have registered a case under section 302 and 210 of the Indian Penal Code and initiated a probe into the crime, an official said. At around 4.30 pm on Wednesday, police were alerted about a body floating in the lake. A police team rushed to the spot and fished out the body and later sent it for postmortem. The hands and legs of the victim were found tied with a rope when it was fished out, indicating that someone had killed him, police said. There were no other injuries on the victim's body, the police official said.
2019-02-20Minor blast in Mira Road triggers panic - The Hindu
Minor blast in Mira Road triggers panic UPDATED: FEBRUARY 21, 2019 01:02 IST A minor explosion near a hotel in Mira Road sparked panic among local residents on Wednesday morning. While the Thane Rural Police said the blast was too small to cause any damage to life or property, investigations have been initiated to trace and apprehend the miscreants. According to the Kashimira police, the blast occurred outside the Ajit Palace hotel in Kashimira, after an unknown person allegedly threw a plastic ball full of explosive material around 10 a.m. on Wednesday. The incident was reported to the police by a motorcyclist who was passing by, after which teams were rushed to the spot. “We found that the blast was minor and the effect was not more than that of a firecracker. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad and Anti-Terrorism Squad were also called in, and movement of people was restricted while the area was searched extensively before being declared safe,” an officer with the Kashimira police station said. The police are now investigating to find the identity of the miscreants and their intentions. “We have recovered three metal balls, a jute fuse and a plastic bottle, which have been sent for forensic examination. Due to the low intensity of the blast, no casualty or damage has been reported,” police inspector Vaibhav Shingare, Kashimira police station, said. The police have for the moment registered an offence against unknown persons under the Explosives Act and are conducting inquiries to see if anyone actually saw the device being thrown. CCTV camera footage of the area is also being examined, and the police are talking to the management of the hotel to find out if they had any recent arguments with customers or business associates who might have wanted to exact revenge, sources said.
2019-02-20testAditya Thackeray launches Aapla Davakhana for poor in Thane - United News of India
Aditya Thackeray launches Aapla Davakhana for poor in Thane Posted at: Feb 20 2019 11:44 PM Thane. Feb 20 (UNI) Shiv Sena youth leader and Yuva Sena president Aditya Thackeray on Wednesday launched the first 'Vandaniya Balasaheb Thackeray Aapla Davakhana' in the state in a function here. The first such dispensary, launched at Varlipada slum and Mahatma Phule slum colonies at Sri Nagar and Kalwa, has been started by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). This dispensary will make available facilities of free checkup and treatment to the needy. It will treat small ailments like cold, cough, fever, small injuries and body pain, among others. The project is the brainchild of Maharashtra Health Minister and Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde, upon guidance from the Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. In his speech, Aditya underlined the dire need for many more such hospitals and lauded the initiative by Mr Shinde. Mr Shinde declared in his speech that this programme would be extended to the entire state. He further said that in times of specialisation the concept of a family doctor is becoming extinct, and the fee and treatment of the specialist doctors is unaffordable for the common man, he added. On this occasion, a self-defence camp was organised especially forgirls at Raymond Ground, which was also attended by Aaditya, in the presence of film actor Akshay Kumar. The defence camp is the creation of Aaditya, which is being organised in and around Mumbai and Thane.
2019-02-20Maharashtra matters: Lok Sabha polls bring new alliance challenges - India Today
Maharashtra matters: Lok Sabha polls bring new alliance challenges UPDATED: February 20, 2019 05:55 IST Politics heats up in the election season, the issue of Hindutva is likely to play an important role in making or breaking alliances. The Congress Party-led 'grand alliance' is stuck because of a stand by Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) which is adamant that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) be 'controlled' if the party is voted to power. BBM leader Prakash Ambedkar has launched a front called Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), and made it clear that their front will join the grand alliance only if the Congress gives in writing that it will bring the RSS under the ambit of several provisions of the Constitution. The grand alliance hopes to get 13 per cent Dalit votes if the VBA joins them. At the same time, the NCP has begun talks with Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS). It believes that MNS can transfer an average of 70,000 votes to the grand alliance in at least 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in and around Mumbai. The NDA is facing its own issues convincing the Shiv Sena. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray wanted half of the total 48 Lok Sabha seats and a promise to be made CM for half the term if the alliance is re-elected to the Assembly in September. Eventually, the BJP and Shiv Sena settled for a 25-23 seat-sharing agreement. However, if the BJP succumbs to Thackeray's pressure to spare the Palghar seat for the Sena, it might face eviction from Thane. Then the BJP will be contesting on only one (Bhiwandi) out of four Lok Sabha constituencies in Thane. Palghar, Kalyan and Thane are the others. At present, BJP has its men in Palghar and Bhiwandi, mostly rural, whereas Shiv Sena has men in Thane and Kalyan, the urban pockets. Meanwhile, when his prominent colleagues in the Nationalist Congress Party requested Sharad Pawar to contest the Lok Sabha election from Madha constituency, the party chief only smiled. He has already made up his mind to contest the election. The NCP has almost decided its candidates following its pre-poll pact with the Congress. Bigwigs like Chhagan Bhujbal, Sunil Tatkare and Praful Patel are also likely to be fielded. The Congress will also field heavyweights Sushilkumar Shinde, Milind Deora and Eknath Gaikwad.
2019-02-20The weddings that never were - Mumbai Mirror
The weddings that never were Updated: Feb 20, 2019, 06:00 IST Tribal communities allege Sunday’s mass marriage ceremony was mostly a sham perpetrated by an MP who wanted to win their votes with Rs 10,000 and mangalsutras and hard-pressed couples who just wanted the dole. Last Sunday, 1,011 tribal couples tied the knot at a mass wedding ceremony organised by BJP MP Kapil Patil and Hindu Seva Sangh, an organisation said to be involved in social work, at Shahapur taluka in Thane district, an event that saw the attendance of even Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. But beyond the photo-ops lie the real pictures—a suspected gimmick to woo tribal voters and wilful participation in a con. Mirror visited three tribal hamlets— Umbarmali, Dhakana and Washala—in the district’s Asangaon-Shahapur belt where 15 of the couples live and found that not only were eight of them already married to each other but also willingly participated in the sham allegedly after being promised a gold mangalsutra and Rs 10,000 each. They said they have been raising children together as well. What is more worrying is that one of the grooms had allegedly not attained the legal age of marriage. The couples claimed that organisers visited them a few days before the ceremony and promised to give them the cash and mangalsutra— which they later rued was only partially fulfilled—at the end of the event. The temptation of easy money was too good to let go. Money in the tribal belts of Thane-Bhiwandi, which has population of 70,000, is hard to come by. The area has four major dams which cater to Mumbai’s drinking water needs but the tribal communities themselves get little of the supplies. With no ownership over land that could be farmed, many turn into dailywagers. The villages are so cut off from public roads that state transport buses make only two trips to them every day, leaving people at the mercy of those with private jeeps. Padu Diva, a resident of Umbarmali who sent his two married sons for the wedding ceremony, said, “They asked us to sign a form and told us to attend the ceremony. The couples were given new clothes for the wedding and food after the event. But they did not pay us the money.” Banu Wagh, another resident, who remarried her husband, Sunil Wagh, said the two had first got married in 2001 and have raised three children. Admitting bluntly that they only “went there to get the money that was promised”, Banu said, “We were given some kitchen utensils like two steel pots, two glasses, two plates and a plastic bucket.” She, however, alleged that the mangalsutra she got was fake. The Waghs spent Rs 400 on travelling to and from the venue in a bus they arranged with with 15 other couples. That was half the daily wage Sunil, who is the sole breadwinner of the family, earns through odd jobs. In the same village, this correspondent found six other couples who admitted to getting remarried at Sunday’s ceremony—Sagar, 25, and Shobha Diva, 20 (married in 2001); Laxman, 26, and Ranjana Diva, 20 (married in 2001); Ganesh, 21, and Monika Mukane, 20 (married in 2017); Ramchandra, 23, and Tai Wagh, 20 (married in 2017); Vijay, 24, and Archana Gabhale, 22 (married in 2018); and Kailash, 35, and Shobha Mhaiskar, 25, (who have three children). At Dhakana village, Gopal Pawar, 37, and Bhaga Pawar, 31, who have three children, said they, too, spent a day’s wage on getting to and from the venue. “We would not have participated in the ceremony if we knew we would be cheated,” said Gopal, who had to take a loan of Rs 50,000 to get his daughter married last year. Many other married couples in Washala village concurred. MP Kapil Patil claimed that only two couples were previously married and that he had never promised gold mangalsutras. “We only gave silver-coated mangalsutras to five couples. The Rs 10,000 would be released only after the marriages are registered.” Prakash Khodka, a social worker in the area, said in these tribal communities, the practice of registering marriages is mostly unheard of. Sandip Vaidya, spokesperson of Hindu Seva Sangh, claimed to be in the dark about the con. “We only participated in the spirit of social work.” Mirror reached out to Fadnavis but there was no response. SON NOT OF LEGAL AGE Lahu Bagale from Kalamgai village has lodged a complaint with the Shahapur police that his son was married off at the programme despite not having attained the legal age of marriage. “I tried to stop the organisers, but I was not allowed inside the ceremony. My son was born in 2000. I have his birth certificate as proof,” he said. Mahesh Shetye, Shahapur police inspector, said while the complaint has been received, no FIR has been filed as yet.
2019-02-20Maharashtra: Low-intensity explosion in Thane - Business Standard
Maharashtra: Low-intensity explosion in Thane Updated at February 20, 2019 18:30 IST A low-intensity explosion occurred on Wednesday after an unidentified person allegedly threw a plastic ball filled with explosives in Kashimira road area. The incident happened around 10 am. The police secured the area and have found traces of plastic bottle, metal balls and locally made jute fuse. SP Thane (rural) informed, "Our Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad is present at the spot. Anti-Terror Squad is also present there. Samples will be sent for forensic analysis. As per preliminary investigation, it was a very small device incapable to injure someone. Investigation about accused and his motive is underway." More details of the incident are awaited.
2019-02-20Leopard comes window-shopping in Thane mall, video goes viral - India Today
Leopard comes window-shopping in Thane mall, video goes viral UPDATED: February 20, 2019 12:51 IST A leopard managed to enter Korum Mall's parking lot in Thane early this morning(February 20). A video showing the leopard moving around in the parking lot has gone viral. In the CCTV footage, the leopard is seen moving towards the exit gate of parking area at around 5.30 am.
2019-02-20Low-intensity blast in Thane, all marked safe - India Today
Low-intensity blast in Thane, all marked safe February 20, 2019 UPDATED: February 20, 2019 16:41 IST A low-intensity blast took place in Thane this morning. Police said the blast took place after an unidentified person threw a plastic ball filled with explosives. The incident happend in Kashimira road area around 10 am. News agency ANI said police have found traces of plastic bottle, metal balls, and locally made jute fuse. "Our Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad is present on the spot. The Anti-Terror Squad is also there. Samples will be sent for forensic test," SP Thane (rural) was quoted as saying by ANI. He said a case has been registered. "As per preliminary investigation, it was a very small device incapable to injure anyone. Investigations are on," he said. Police said no one was injured in the blast. However, the explosion led to a chaos in the area. Sources in Thane rural police hinted that the explosion could have led to injuries also as metal balls were also found the spot which are generally used in IEDs to cause injury.
2019-02-20Leapord enters Thane residential, trapped - United News of India
Leapord enters Thane residential, trapped Thane, Feb 20 (UNI) A leopard, who trespassed a forest in this district and entered a residential area, was finally trapped by the forest officials from the basement of a hotel at Pokhran road here on Wednesday. The leapord was first spotted in the parking lot of the popular mall here at wee hours. Soon after seeing the wild cat, the locals, in panic, informed the police. The forest officials, the police and the municipal corporation jointly conducted an operation and after five hours trapped the leopard after tranquilizing the animal.
2019-02-20Leopard treks down from forest to mall, takes 6-hour stroll through urban sprawl | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Leopard treks down from forest to mall, takes 6-hour stroll through urban sprawl 21st February, 2019 Starting its day out at a food manufacturing facility, it visited a mall, took a stroll of a residential complex and eventually landed in a hotel, before its luck ran out. This added to the rescue team's problems. Soon, a rescue team of 50, including wildlife experts, SGNP officials, and police and fire brigade personnel, arrived and started a combing operation. We have embedded a microchip to track his movements hereafter," Dr Pethe said.The episode has left forest officials and locals baffled. As Dr Pethe, who was at that door, spotted the leopard, he shot a tranquilizer dart," said wildlife rescuer Pawan Sharma.
2019-02-20testThane police hunts for man who caused 'crude object explosion' on street - United News of India
Thane police hunts for man who caused 'crude object explosion' on street Posted at: Feb 20 2019 9:09PM Thane, Feb 20 (UNI) The Rural Police have launched a hunt for an unidentified man who allegedly threw a "crude explosive" object on the road in front of a mall in Kashimira locality of the district on Wednesday. This morning at around 1000 hours, one person reported about a blast and flash on road near Thakur Mall at Kashimira locality in the district. Upon getting the message, a police team rushed to the spot, secured the area and found traces of the object.
2019-02-20Maharashtra: Low-intensity explosion in Thane - ANI News
Maharashtra: Low-intensity explosion in Thane Updated: Feb 20, 2019 18:15 IST Thane (Maharashtra) [India], Feb 20 (ANI): A low-intensity explosion occurred on Wednesday after an unidentified person allegedly threw a plastic ball filled with explosives in Kashimira road area. The incident happened around 10 am. The police secured the area and have found traces of plastic bottle, metal balls and locally made jute fuse. SP Thane (rural) informed, "Our Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad is present at the spot. Anti-Terror Squad is also present there. Samples will be sent for forensic analysis. As per preliminary investigation, it was a very small device incapable to injure someone. Investigation about accused and his motive is underway. "More details of the incident are awaited.
2019-02-20Leopard wanders through shopping mall, hotel - UPI News
Leopard wanders through shopping mall, hotel FEB. 20, 2019 / 11:01 AM Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Wildlife authorities in India captured a leopard that wandered into a populated area and climbed a wall into a shopping mall. Officials with the Forest Department said the leopard is believed to have scaled a perimeter wall into the Korum Mall in Thane and was seen leaving the shopping center about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Forest Department and local authorities responded to the area and tracked the leopard as it made its way toward the nearby Vasant Vihar residential area. The leopard was found in the basement of the nearby Hotel Satkar Residency at Cadbury Junction in Thane. "The leopard which was spotted moving towards the Vasant Vihar residential area in Thane was trapped by forest department in the basement of Satkar hotel. The leopard entered from the hotel's rear entrance and was spotted by a member of the hotel's security team," a Vartak Nagar police official told the Hindustan Times. The leopard was tranquilized and removed from the area about 11:30 a.m., police said.
2019-02-20Protests in Madurai demanding naming of airport after Mutharamalinga Thevar, thousands take part in all-women Attukal Pongala festival, and other news in pictures - The Hindu
Protests in Madurai demanding naming of airport after Mutharamalinga Thevar Parties demand naming of Madurai airport after freedom fighter Mutharamalinga Thevar Shops in some parts of Madurai remained closed on Wednesday following a bandh call given by Thevar Peravai to press their charter of demands including naming the Madurai airport after freedom-fighter Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar. Normal life was not affected, police said. More than 2,000 police personnel had been deployed in sensitive areas, including the airport, to monitor the situation, they said. Forty people were arrested when they tried to block the Vaigai express when it was about to leave the Madurai station at 6.30 am, police said. A large number of people gathered in front of the Thevar statue at Goripalayam and staged a demonstration. One of the iconic leaders of Tamil Nadu, U. Muthuramalinga Thevar (1908-1963) hailed from the Ramanathapuram district. Drawn into the national movement, he became a devout follower of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Thevar was also one of the founding members of the Forward Bloc.
2019-02-20The moment a Colorado boy with color blindness sees color for the first time thanks to his friends - KXXV News Channel 25
The moment a Colorado boy with color blindness sees color for th - KXXV Central Texas News NowMember Center:Create Account|Log InManage Account|Log Out SITE SEARCHWEB SEARCH BY HomeForever FamiliesSubmit a tip/contactRed Zone Football ScoresNewsLocal HeadlinesCentral Texas LivingSubmit a tip/contactThe LoopHolidaysNationalSlideshowsAnimalsWeatherExtraco Eagle Eye NetworkFirst Alert 25 Storm TrackerFirst Alert ReadyTrafficSportsThe Central Texas Red ZoneBaylor BearsTexas LonghornsTexas AggiesNational SportsVideoHometownShopEducationEatPeoplePhotos#25CaresWin Stuff!Deals NowTVCalendarAbout UsMeet the TeamContact UsKXXV Partnership EventsSubmit a tip/contactKXXV FCC Public FileKRHD FCC Public FileEEO ReportsAdvertise with KXXVKXXV Job PostingsClosed Captioning Certification The moment a Colorado boy with color blindness sees color for the first time thanks to his friends 2019-02-20T18:15:50Z2019-02-20T18:15:50Z (Source: KMGH) LONE TREE, Colo. — A 5th-grade student in Lone Tree was given a life-changing gift when his classmate and good friend surprised him with corrective glasses to help his color blindness.“I was really amazed and shocked,” 11-year-old Tyler Muhr said.A cell phone video shared on Facebook shows Tyler trying on the special glasses inside his classroom on Valentine’s day. The boy is quiet for a few seconds, but when he is finally asked if they work, he says “yes!"“It’s impossible to wrap your mind around what’s going on. I’m seeing things I’ve never thought of, never imagined,” Tyler said. “I just realized how much it meant to see this for the first time.”The fifth grader says he went from seeing things in shades of black and white to being able to distinguish different colors.“It’s a lot better than without these glasses,” he said.The moment a Colorado boy with color blindness sees color for the first time thanks to his friends.“It makes me excited,” Tyler’s good friend and classmate Thane said.Thane was the one who surprised Tyler with the $100 glasses. He bought them himself using his allowance money.“I wanted to get him glasses since we’re friends,” Thane said. “Just to bring him joy and make him happy.”“I don’t know of anyone else that would do that,” Tyler said. Copyright 2019 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. 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2019-02-20Akshay Kumar teaches self-defense techniques to young girl in new video. Watch here - Hindustan Times
Akshay Kumar teaches self-defense techniques to young girl in new video. Watch here Updated: Feb 20, 2019 21:10 IST Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar along with Aditya Thackeray participated in a training session to teach young girls basic self-defense techniques in Thane on Wednesday. The actor took to his Instagram account and shared a video from the event where he can be seen teaching a young girl a few basic techniques with which she can protect herself. Dressed in black, he looked excited to be able to impart knowledge to the girl as he taught her basics of self-defense amidst loud cheering. The actor captioned the video, “Happy to see a turnout of 2000 plus girls from nearby schools at our self defense training camp in Thane today. The workshop was to teach them some basic self defense techniques. Hoping it was helpful and to see more of them at our training centre.” This is not the first time the actor can be seen standing up for a cause. Recently, the actor, who has been instrumental in bringing discussions on menstrual hygiene to the fore with his film PadMan joined hands with an organisation for a nationwide running event for menstrual hygiene awareness.
2019-02-20News of The Day February 20, 2019: From Pulwama aftermath to SC on Anil Ambani; biggest headlines of the day - Times Now
News of The Day February 20, 2019: From Pulwama aftermath to SC on Anil Ambani; biggest headlines of the day Updated Feb 20, 2019 | 20:00 IST | New Delhi: It was a whirlwind Wednesday of news as Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a joint statement with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud, a leopard was rescued from a popular mall in Thane, Maharashtra, and Supreme Court held Anil Ambani guilty of contempt, ordered him to pay Rs 450 crore to Ericsson in 4 weeks. Here are the day’s biggest news headlines: PM Narendra Modi cites Pulwama terror attack; Saudi Crown Prince assures full-cooperation PM Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman condemned in the strongest terms the recent terrorist attack on Indian forces in Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir and underlined the importance of comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and their organisations by the United Nations. “We'll work with everyone to ensure a brighter future for our upcoming generations," Crown Prince Salman said during the briefing. Read More Leopard trapped in Thane's Korum Mall; forest department officials tranquilise it The leopard was inside the basement of Hotel Sarkar, which is located behind the mall. Rushing into action quickly to avert any tragedy, the police, forest officials and fire brigade reached the spot and carried out the rescue operations. The leopard was tranquilised by the forest department officials. BCCI celebrating Pakistan cricket? Autographed bats, pictures still proudly displayed in Mumbai head office The iconic Cricket Club of India, state associations like HPCA and PCA might have taken off pictures of Pakistani cricketers from the walls of their galleries in the wake of the devastating terrorist attack in Pulwama, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters in Mumbai is yet to follow suit. Several cricket associations have taken down pictures of Pakistan cricketers from the stadium premises to protest against the Pulwama attack. Meanwhile, the debate over boycotting Pakistan at the World Cup continues and the final decision is likey to be taken by the government. Read More Pulwama attack: Salman Khan’s Bharat never had songs sung by Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, says report In the wake of Pulwama terror attack, Salman Khan reportedly decided to drop a song sung by Pakistani singer Atif Aslam from his upcoming production Notebook. However, several reports stated that fans are also asking the actor to remove songs crooned by Pakistani artists from his upcoming film Bharat. With singers like Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan being frequently featured in the soundtracks of Salman’s films, fans assumed that Bharat would be no exception. But looks like there was no truth to all those reports. Read Here Supreme Court holds Anil Ambani guilty of contempt, orders to pay Rs 450 crore to Ericsson in 4 weeks The Supreme Court on Wednesday found Reliance Communications chairman guilty of contempt of court for wilfully failing to pay Rs 450 to Ericsson. The apex court ruled that Anil Ambani will be sent to jail for three months if it defaults on payment. However, the RCom said it will comply with the apex court orders. Read More 4 reasons to add eggs to your daily diet- rich in protein, boost your metabolism Essentially, a healthy breakfast should be balanced, providing an adequate amount of protein, fibre, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats to help you stay satisfied longer and keep your body fueled. Here’s how eating eggs for breakfast can help jumpstart your metabolism, build lean muscle, and lose weight! Read Here
2019-02-20testPeeved at stalling of work, Thane BJP lady Corporator hurls bangles at Municipal Comm - United News of India
Peeved at stalling of work, Thane BJP lady Corporator hurls bangles at Municipal Comm Posted at: Feb 20 2019 10:49 PM Thane, Feb 20 (UNI) The Kalyan-Dombivili Municipal Corporation(KDMC) Commissioner Govind Bodke on Wednesday stated that he will file a police complaint against the BJP Corporator Pramila Chowdhari for reportedly hurling bangles at him. According to reports,the lady corporator was irked over the KDMC's Town Development Department (TDD), which allegedly displayed slackness in undertaking administrative work.
2019-02-20Leopard spotted at Thane Mall, captured from the basement of nearby hotel - APN Live
Leopard spotted at Thane Mall, captured from the basement of nearby hotel February 20, 2019 The forest department officials today (Wednesday, Feb 20) managed to capture a leopard that was seen leaving the Korum Mall in Thane at around 5:30 a.m. The leopard is believed to have entered the mall by scaling the premises wall. CCTV footage showed that the leopard left the mall premises around 5:30 am today. A search operation was initiated after the leopard was seen moving towards the Vasant Vihar residential area. After searching the adjacent areas, the forest department officials managed to trace the leopard to the basement of the nearby Hotel Satkar Residency at Cadbury Junction in Thane. “The leopard which was spotted moving towards the Vasant Vihar residential area in Thane was trapped by forest department in the basement of Satkar hotel. The leopard entered from the hotel’s rear entrance and was spotted by a member of the hotel’s security team,” said a police official from Vartak Nagar police station. The security officials informed the police who arrived and cordoned off the area. Following the same, forest officials then laid a trap around the basement. Gurudev Singh, 45, who works at the hotel as a driver, said he had spotted the leopard entering the hotel’s rear side. “I spotted the leopard entering from the backside of the hotel, which opens on the road towards Korum mall. The leopard came running from the backside of the hotel, and ran into basement,” Singh said. “The forest team that carried out the nearly 5-hour-long operation managed to catch it around 11:30 am after tranquilising it,” informed a police official.
2019-02-20Mumbai News Today: From Aero India paying tribute to Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi to BMC issuing show cause notice to Kailash Parbat here are the top stories of February 20 - Mumbai Mirror
Mumbai News Today: From Aero India paying tribute to Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi to BMC issuing show cause notice to Kailash Parbat here are the top stories of February 20 2019, 3:49 PM IST
2019-02-20Leopard seen entering Korrum Mall in Thane, rescued - Times of India
Leopard seen entering Korrum Mall in Thane, rescued Feb 20, 2019, 13:56 IST THANE: An adult leopard was spotted straying in the parking lot of the Korrum Mall here by the mall security personnel early Wednesday morning. They immediately alerted the fire brigade, the forest department, SGNP and the police. Officials said that the wild cat moved out of the mall and into the residential area nearby. Leopard caught on camera entering a mall in Thane
2019-02-20Shocking Leopard spotted at Korum Mall in Thane - Mid-Day
Shocking! Leopard spotted at Korum Mall in Thane Updated: Feb 20, 2019, 15:57 IST A leopard was spotted at the basement of Korum mall in Thane early on Wednesday morning. The leopard's movement was caught on the CCTV camera.
2019-02-20Doctor held for duping bank of Rs 1cr home loan - Times of India
Doctor held for duping bank of Rs 1 cr home loan Feb 21, 2019, 04:33 IST MUMBAI: Four people, including a doctor, have been arrested in separate cheating cases to the tune of Rs 8.2 crore. Warrants had been issued against the four a long time ago. In the first case, a 60-year-old doctor from Thane, who works on an oil rig, was arrested last week. A police team had reached the doctor's Thane home where his wife informed them that he had gone back to work on the rigs. However, while leaving the doctor's building in Thane, the police team learnt from a neighbour that the doctor was very much in India. So, the cops returned to his home around 6 am the next day. "But the doctor was not to be found at home," said a police official. Dr Avinash Kerkar had availed a housing loan of Rs 96 lakh from Central Bank of India for which he allegedly submitted fake documents. He had then diverted the funds for some other purpose. The bank had filed a case against the doctor and others in 2008. "We questioned the doctor's son about his father's whereabouts. The ;young man revealed that his father was at a relative's in Chunabhatti," said an officer. "Our team rushed there and found Kerkar in that flat." He was arrested by a team led by inspector Datta Pable and assistant inspector Mahesh Tambe. The police said that while they moved from Thane to Chunabhatti, the doctor's wife's contacted him and sent a message to alert him of the police team's visit. However, he had not checked the phone and was not aware that we were on our way to Chunabhatti," said the officer. Besides the doctor, three others accused of cheating were arrested. Warrants were issued against the other three ago as they had jumped bail.
2019-02-20Thane Municipal Corporation chief presents Rs 3,861-crore Budget - The Indian Express
Thane Municipal Corporation chief presents Rs 3,861-crore Budget Published: February 21, 2019 2:52:20 am Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Wednesday presented a Rs 3,861-crore Budget for the civic body for financial year 2019-2020, an increase of Rs 174 crore from the previous Budget. Jaiswal termed it as ‘sankalp purti arthasankalp’ (budget to fulfil resolutions). No new big infrastructure projects were announced. Advertising “While expenditure has increased, our earnings have also increased. So, for the first time, our capital expenses percentage has gone down,” he said. Jaiswal proposed several new projects focusing on culture and tourism, environment, smart governance, economic development and basic facilities. “We are taking forward last year’s work to make Thane an economically, socially and an environmentally happy city. Several initiatives have been started focusing on women and child welfare and social development, which we have been accused of undervaluing,” Jaiswal said. “We are also focusing on reducing air pollution and increasing our green cover.” He said the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had doubled its earnings in the last five years. “Starting with just a thousand crore budget, we are now working with Rs 3,000-crore budget. Last financial year, we didn’t have to take loan and even this year, the proposed loan of Rs 520 crore is for major projects, like Metro that will pass through Thane,” he added. Jaiswal claimed that in the past five years, the credit rating of TMC by independent body CRISIL had gone up from B+ to AA. “Due to our earnings and annual investments, our ratings have improved and in future, it will even become AA+, which is the highest rating,” Jaiswal said. Claiming that almost all the projects he had embarked upon in the last financial year were either already completed or were in progress, Jaiswal said: “We have delivered on most of the promises and this year, we will ensure that everything else, like the multi-specialty hospital in Mumbra, will be finished within this year.” The TMC plans to invest Rs 2 crore on vertical gardens and green canopies across the city. It will also invest Rs 1 crore to install mist sprays in four busy junctions: Teen Hath Naka, Kapurbwadi junction, Bramhand and Kasarwadvli. “The mist sprays will be used to suppress air pollutants,” civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said. Like Delhi the government’s health centres, the TMC plans to open 50 ‘mohalla’ clinics across the city, where over 110 prescription drugs and 200 diagnostic tests will be offered free of cost. The TMC also proposes to open thalassemia centres, two neo-natal ICUs and more milk banks. A total of Rs 12 crore has been proposed for these health initiatives.
2019-02-20Blast in Thane: Explosion at Kashimira Road After Unidentified Man Throws Plastic Ball Filled With - LatestLY
Blast in Thane: Explosion at Kashimira Road After Unidentified Man Throws Plastic Ball Filled With Explosives Feb 20, 2019 03:29 PM IST Thane, February 20: A low-intensity explosion occurred in Thane on Wednesday after an unidentified person allegedly threw a plastic ball filled with explosives. According to a tweet by ANI, the incident took place in Kashimira road area in Mira Road of Thane district around 10 am on Wednesday. Reports inform that Police found traces of plastic bottle, metal balls, and locally made jute fuse. No casualties or damage to property has been reported so far. Reports inform that according to a preliminary investigation, it was a very small device incapable to injure someone. An investigation into the incident is currently underway. In the wake of the incident, SP Thane (rural) said as soon as the incident was reported, the Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad were rushed to the spot. "Our Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad present on the spot. Anti-Terror Squad also there. Samples will be sent to forensic". he added. Earlier this month, a massive fire in a Thane village destroyed at least 25 godowns, where plastic and rubber material were stored. According to a PTI report, the blaze took place around following an explosion in an oxy-acetylene cylinder in one of the godowns, located in Dahisar-Mori locality of Uttarshiv village. Taloja MIDC fire station officer Deepak Dorugade informed that the fire then spread rapidly to other warehouses in the vicinity.
2019-02-20New Diva Thane rail lines to miss March deadline too - Mid-Day
New Diva-Thane rail lines to miss March deadline, too Updated: Feb 20, 2019, 13:51 IST Eleven years since work began on the fifth and sixth railway lines between Diva and Thane, the project still awaits completion. Certain to miss its March 2019 deadline, the project across nine kilometres, has been facing several hurdles since its inception. mid-day took a walk along the stretch this week to get the ground report. Rapid work at stations Near Diva, on the line towards CSMT, space still needs to be created near the existing level-crossing for the new lines, and rails will have to be aligned to the old tracks. Slightly ahead, work of levelling land next to the mangroves is being done in patches while work on Mumbra station is being done at a rapid pace. After Mumbra, the new line bypasses the existing line to cross over the creek and the highway with a rail-overbridge. The line from this point to the new Kalwa station is complete with work on the station under process. Between Kalwa and Thane, the major bridges have been completed, but work of building walls and levelling is still under process at certain places. 'Too many hurdles' Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) officials said that there have been delays because of too many external hurdles and complications. "The alignment meant rehabilitating people, with the involvement of numerous state government bodies," a senior official said. An MRVC spokesperson said that the project should be completed in 2019 itself. The 2008 project The project, which was sanctioned in 2008 as part of MUTP 2B, is crucial for the Central Railway as it will segregate the outstation and local train rail corridors and thus decongest the line. It has already missed deadlines in December 2015 and December 2017.
2019-02-20Leopard rescued from basement of Thane hotel - The Hindu
Leopard rescued from basement of Thane hotel UPDATED: FEBRUARY 20, 2019 21:30 IST The popular Korum Mall in Thane had an unusual visitor on Wednesday morning — a full-grown leopard. Fortunately, the leopard came visiting before the mall opened for business, and later moved to a hotel in the vicinity, from where it was rescued subsequently. According to Forest officials, the male leopard, around six years of age, was spotted at the mall in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Even as panicked eyewitnesses called the police control room and the fire brigade, the leopard moved out of the mall compound and entered the basement of the Satkaar Residency hotel. “All agencies concerned, including the Forest Department, police, fire brigade and local non-government organisations, were mobilised and a full-fledged rescue operation commenced around 8 a.m.,” a forest officer said. Meanwhile, the hotel was evacuated and the police cordoned off the premises to prevent onlookers from interfering with the operation. “Two teams were formed and stationed at spots near the basement from where they had a clear line of sight to use darts the minute the leopard was seen. After an hour-long search, we finally pinpointed its location and used mild firecrackers to direct it towards the teams. As soon as one of our teams spotted it, they managed to successfully tranquilise the leopard,” Pawan Sharma, wildlife warden, Thane, said. Fifty forest officers, more than 40 police personnel, 20 civilian volunteers along with staff of the Thane Municipal Corporation participated in the operation. The leopard is believed to have strayed from the forest area near the Air Force Station on Kolshet road in Thane, where there have been frequent leopard sightings in the past. “The leopard has been shifted to the rescue centre in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali, where it has been subjected to health check ups and blood tests. A decision on its release will be taken once it has been found to be fit,” a Forest officer said.
2019-02-19NMMC ropes in pvt co to plant trees, light up Thane-Belapur road median - Times of India
NMMC ropes in pvt co to plant trees, light up Thane-Belapur road median Feb 19, 2019, 23:37 IST Navi Mumbai: The civic body has roped in a corporate house to develop and maintain 6.5 km stretch of median along the Thane-Belapur Road between Rabale MIDC police station and Koparkhairane station. Besides, planting shrubs, grass and trees on the divider, the corporate house will also install decorative LED and solar lanterns on the road. The project aims to promote environmental consciousness and conservation while improving the stretch of road. The agency will oversee the maintenance for the next three years through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds, while NMMC will supply water. “We have entered into an agreement with L&T Technology Services which has agreed to adopt the patch of 6.5km to develop and maintain the median road project as part of its CSR activity. This is a major stretch being maintained by a corporate so far in the city,” NMMC commissioner Ramaswami N told TOI. The project was kicked off after the opening of the new flyover along Talvali-Ghansoli stretch and subway at Mahape in September last year. A large portion of the road divider along the patch was damaged due to construction of the flyover and underpass and the agency’s scope of work was to restore it. As per the civic officials, the restoration work is almost done. “Except for water supply, the improvement of median and its maintenance is being executed by the agency,” said Sanjay Desai, NMMC executive engineer and in-charge of T-B road. The lush green landscaping has contributed in enhancing the overall aesthetics of the busy arterial road. The civic body will now save a huge amount in the NMMC coffer. “We are saving a huge amount with the corporate coming to action mode while adopting the median. Our engineers have been instructed to invite other firms to take over such stretches for maintenance,” added Ramaswami.
2019-02-19Thane boy loses Rs 8 lakh in cyber fraud - The Indian Express
Thane boy loses Rs 8 lakh in cyber Published: February 19, 2019 5:34:36 am A 16-year-old boy from Thane has lost Rs 8 lakh in a case of cyber fraud. According to the police, the boy allegedly sold jewellery bought for his elder sister’s wedding without his parents’ knowledge and gave the money to the accused. In December last year, the boy came across the profile of one ‘Basu Khatri’ on Instagram, who promised to double investments in two months. The boy contacted the accused on the number mentioned alongside the profile. Initially, he sent him Rs 16,000, the police said. The accused then asked him to invest Rs 1 lakh, so he transferred Rs 84,000 more to his account, the police added. The accused kept asking him to invest more. In all, the boy transferred Rs 8 lakh to the accused in 16 transactions, the police said.
2019-02-19Thane: Cab driver arrested for biting, assaulting passenger after being told to slow down - Free Press Journal
Thane: Cab driver arrested for biting, assaulting passenger after being told to slow down February 19, 2019 12:17 pm On Monday, a 24-year-old cab driver was arrested by the Bhiwandi police for allegedly biting and assaulting a passenger. According to Indian Express, the accused has been identified as Ajay Upadhyaya (24) a resident of Ambernath and works for a car service provider. The incident took place on Sunday morning when Ajay Upadhyaya picked up Jitendra Hegade and his wife Savita from Bhiwandi. Upadhyaya was scheduled to drop them off at Kalyan. Jitendra told the cops that, as the driver was speeding, he told him to slow down. But even after that, Upadhyaya continued to speed and eventually, the car got stuck in a ditch near Ranjnoli village. Later, again Hegade asked Upadhyaya to drive more carefully, but he forced Hegade and his wife out of the vehicle and beat him up. After this, the couple alerted the cops on Dial 100. A police officer told the leading daily, “When we reached the spot, we realised that the driver had allegedly tried to drop them off in the middle of the road. The driver had also beaten up Jitendra Hegade and had bitten him on his hand.” The police arrested Upadhyaya on charges of assault, rash driving, and intimidation.
2019-02-19Thane: Prying eye to keep vigil at Malang Hill palki function - Free Press Journal
Thane: Prying eye to keep vigil at Malang Hill palki function February 19, 2019 7:51 am Thane: Thane police is set to make the annual palki function during the (Urush) Haji Malang hill a huge success, sans any untoward incident. The cops have planned to use drone cameras, and deployed over 1,000 policemen on Haji Malang Hill for the yearly palki function, to be held on Tuesday. Hindu as well as Muslim pilgrims come together for the palki functions in large numbers. Police said every year the workers of the Shiv Sena and other Hindu organisations throng the tomb of Shree Macchindranath, the incarnation of Navanath, on Malang–gad in large numbers. There is a dispute between the two communities over the management of the tomb-temple of Sree Machhindranath. However, it is worshipped by the Hindus for the past so many years. Likewise, Muslims also worship it, claiming to be a tomb of Haji Malang baba. During the palki to avoid any untoward incident between the two communities, heavy police bandobast is being done for the past several years, as clashes have been reported during the programme in recent years. Nasir Khan, a trustee of the Haji Malang Baba Dargah trust, said, “Police bandobast is necessary to handle the lakhs of devotees to celebrated the programme. Both the Hindu as well as the Muslim community celebrate it together, but sometimes miscreants play a spoilsport.” Sunil Patil, the ACP, Ambernath division, said, “We have deployed a large number of Thane police and State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) personnel. Drone camera is used for surveillance in a crowded place. It will help us avert any untoward incident.”
2019-02-19Maharashtra: Six more arrested in fake certificate scam - The Indian Express
Maharashtra: Six more arrested in fake certificate Published: February 20, 2019 1:04:51 am Six people were arrested on Tuesday for obtaining fake pharmacy degrees from a Thane-based pharmacy college, police said. In January, the police had arrested half-a-dozen other people, including director of the Thane-based college, in the case. According to the police, one of the accused, arrested on Tuesday, used to run a Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendra in Mulund. “The other accused had procured fake school passing certificates and obtained fake certificates of diploma in pharmacy,” said Nitin Thakre, Senior Inspector, Crime Branch Unit-I. “The accused have been identified as Narendra Gehlot (32) from Navi Mumbai, Harishankar Joshi (38) from Mumbra, Deepak Vishwakarma (30) from Mulund, Premchand Chaudhari (40) from Bhiwandi, Pravin Gadda (50) from Thane and Mahendra Bhanushali (30) from Dombivali. Vishwakarma was running the PM Janaushadhi Kendra in Mulund,” Thakre said. All accused have been remanded to police custody till February 26, police said. “The total number of accused in this scam now stands at 12. We will make more arrests as and when we get information,” a senior police officer said. “Pharmacists are supposed to undertake a course before they can sell medicines. It is imperative that they have passed school, which most of the accused have not. The director of Deep Paramedical Society, from where the diplomas were obtained, used to source fake school passing certificates from UP and Rajasthan,” said an officer.
2019-02-1910 Comics MCU Fans Should Read Before Avengers: Endgame | CBR - CBR
10 Comics MCU Fans Should Read Before Avengers: Endgame by Joshua Olivieri – on Feb 19, 2019 in Lists Share Tweet Comment Email Copy Link Copied Avengers: Endgame is just around the corner, and you might find the anticipation almost unbearable as we head towards April. However, there are ways you can whet your appetite and keep the excitement going all the way up to the film's huge release. RELATED: Avengers: Endgame - Gwyneth Paltrow Announces Her MCU Exit While Endgame will be a cap on the established MCU stories thus far, it is a story based deeply in the comic books. To keep your excitement going, there are plenty of comics you can read to give you background information about the characters and their conflicts with Thanos. Here are 10 comics to read to be excited for Endgame. Continue scrolling to keep reading Click the button below to start this article in quick view Start Now Share Tweet Comment Email Copy Link Copied 10 INFINITY GAUNTLET READ IT NOW: $10.99 The premise of Avengers: Infinity War was largely based on the Infinity Gauntlet comic. In it, Thanos wants to impress Death by destroying half of all life on the universe. He assembles the Infinity Gauntlet and snaps his fingers, just like in the film and the remaining Avengers have to work together to bring him down. Considering that the remaining heroes not decimated by the snap will be acting their vengeance in Avengers: Endgame, this comic is a must-read before you see the film. It's interesting to see how Earth's Mightiest Heroes defeated the Mad Titan then, and the comparisons with the movie will be fun to see. 9 INFINITY WAR READ IT NOW: $19.99 The struggles involving the Infinity Gauntlet weren't over after the defeat of Thanos. Adam Warlock, an entity who fought with the team last time, had now returned and had a new dark persona that the Avengers had to take down. This story was known as "Infinity War" and served as a continuation to the "Infinity Gauntlet" epic. Thanos wasn't the biggest threat; he actually had to help bring down this powerful foe. There are some theories going around that Avengers: Endgame could have some bigger threat, so it's possible we could see some more dangerous foe necessitate the Mad Titan teaming up with the Avengers. advertising 8 INFINITY READ IT NOW: $34.99 Years after events involving the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos made his terrible return to Earth on the knowledge that his son, Thane, lived among the Inhumans. Thanos came to Earth with his dangerous Black Order and his army of Outriders to get the job done, fighting some of the strongest heroes on Earth along the way. Many of the characters seen in Avengers: Infinity War were heavily featured in this comic, so it would be a good background lesson to give it a read. While there is no reason to suggest that Thane will be making an appearance in Avengers: Endgame, it's a cool comparison to see how he treated a child in the comics versus the films. 7 AVENGERS FOREVER READ IT NOW: $19.99 Avengers: Endgame seems that it will be heavily dealing with time travel (possibly through entities like the Quantum Realm). A great way to prepare for that insane problem-solving in the movie will be to read how a similar thing was handled in the comics. Avengers Forever deals with seven Avengers plucked from different time periods. RELATED: Avengers: Endgame - All the Evidence for Your Time-Travel Theories They must work together to protect a defenseless boy who had somehow been targeted by a vicious threat. In that comic, the Avengers also gained help from Kang the Conqueror, one of their greatest foes. The idea of a villain teaming up with the heroes could be one seen in the upcoming film. advertising 6 AVENGERS: DISASSEMBLED READ IT NOW: $6.99 "Avengers: Disassembled" was the story that shook apart Earth's Mightiest Heroes. After decades of seeing them team up to fight threats larger than any one hero could handle, it seemed like they were going to be a constant as long as the Marvel Universe lived. However, "Avengers: Disassembled" came and notably shook things up by posing what would happen if the team were to split up. This was already done in the MCU with Captain America: Civil War, and in some ways in Avengers: Infinity War. Avengers: Endgame will be the first time we see those heroes working together again to take down a common universal threat. 5 SECRET WARS (1984) READ IT NOW: $19.99 "Secret Wars" was a big deal when it first came out. The story saw many of Earth's heroes swept away to compete in a powerful battle as dictated by the Beyonder. However, there were plenty of villains taken along the way, leading to a glorious battle royale that would go down in Marvel history. RELATED: Avengers 4 Trailer Pays Homage to Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet Comic While the MCU is a long way from ever attempting to adapt "Secret Wars", there are some thoughts about Avengers: Endgame that would at least have some ties. First of all, there are a few villains returning for a final MCU appearance in the film, similar to the many villains in "Secret Wars". If this is the case, there's no doubt we'll witness a crazy battle. advertising 4 ANNIHILATION READ VOL. 1 NOW: $24.99 | READ VOL. 2 NOW: $19.99 "Annihilation" was a cosmic event that rocked the Marvel Universe. There was a monster from the Negative Zone, Annihilus, who got out and started spreading destruction across the universe. To save everyone and everything, dozens of powerful heroes and villains had to work together to stop him. Characters like Drax and Silver Surfer were fighting side by side to get the job done. There has been speculation about Annihilus appearing in Avengers: Endgame as some sort of "bigger threat," so this comic is a great way to get to know who Annihilus is. Furthermore, this is the story that reintroduced the world to Star-Lord and the Guardians of the Galaxy. 3 CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL 1: HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTER, MORE READ IT NOW: $10.99 Captain Marvel is the newest character joining the MCU. Not only is she getting her own movie before Avengers: Endgame, but she is also set to appear in the big fight with Thanos. If you need to brush up on Captain Marvel knowledge, then we'd recommend Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, More. Not only was the title used to help market the movie, but it's an excellent introduction to Carol Danvers as a character and a superhero. Who is she? What motivates her? It's a basic start to how Captain Marvel was later integrated into the MCU, and will also give readers a good sense of who this new Avenger is going to be. advertising 2 THANOS VOL 2: THE GOD QUARRY READ IT NOW: $10.99 Who is Thanos? What drives the Mad Titan to his actions? These are the questions posed in Avengers: Infinity War, and they are questions posed in Thanos Vol 2: The God Quarry. Avengers: Endgame will likely give us more of the Mad Titan on the big screen, but if you want to read more about how he works, then "The God Quarry" story is a great place to start. RELATED: Avengers 4 Theory Explains Why Doctor Strange Gave Thanos the Time Stone This comic takes all of Thanos' power and friends away from him, and he's forced to survive through whatever means possible. We learn who the Mad Titan is and why he chooses to fight so strongly. 1 CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN READ IT NOW: $10.99 Captain America has gone through a major arc in the MCU since his debut in Captain America: The First Avenger. He sacrificed himself for his country, led a team of superheroes, worked for modern America, left it behind, and is now fighting for the Avengers as a different hero. Avengers: Endgame is seeking to bring his arc full circle by turning him into Captain America once more. With that all but confirmed for the movie, we'd recommend Captain America: Reborn as a way of seeing how the comics handled a different version of Steve Rogers. Identity is a crucial theme in comics, especially when it comes to Cap. NEXT: The MCU's Most Vicious Fights, Ranked We hope you like the items we recommend! Comic Book Resources has affiliate partnerships, so we receive a share of the revenue from your purchase. 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2019-02-19The moment a Colorado boy with color blindness sees color for the first time thanks to his friends - The Denver Channel
The moment a Colorado boy with color blindness sees color for the first time thanks to his friends Posted: 5:17 PM, Feb 18, 2019 Updated: 2019-02-19 18:23:52Z By: Jason Gruenauer A fifth grade student in Lone Tree was given a life-changing gift when his classmate and good friend surprised him with corrective glasses to help his color blindness. LONE TREE, Colo. — A 5th-grade student in Lone Tree was given a life-changing gift when his classmate and good friend surprised him with corrective glasses to help his color blindness. “I was really amazed and shocked,” 11-year-old Tyler Muhr said. A cell phone video shared on Facebook shows Tyler trying on the special glasses inside his classroom on Valentine’s day. The boy is quiet for a few seconds, but when he is finally asked if they work, he says “yes!" WATCH: The moment a Colorado boy with color blindness sees color for the first time “It’s impossible to wrap your mind around what’s going on. I’m seeing things I’ve never thought of, never imagined,” Tyler said. “I just realized how much it meant to see this for the first time.”The fifth grader says he went from seeing things in shades of black and white to being able to distinguish different colors. “It’s a lot better than without these glasses,” he said. The moment a Colorado boy with color blindness sees color for the first time thanks to his friends “It makes me excited,” Tyler’s good friend and classmate Thane said. Thane was the one who surprised Tyler with the $100 glasses. He bought them himself using his allowance money. “I wanted to get him glasses since we’re friends,” Thane said. “Just to bring him joy and make him happy.”“I don’t know of anyone else that would do that,” Tyler said. Copyright 2019 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Today's Forecast First Alert Action Day: Cold and snow for Colorado Local News Weather Traffic Sports 360 Stories Our Colorado Contact7 Support Site Map Privacy Policy Terms of Use EEO FCC Public Files Public File Contact Social DenverChannel thedenverchannel DenverChannel user/7NEWSDenver Scripps TV Station Group© 2019 The E.W. Scripps Co
2019-02-19New voters can register till a week before filing of nominations - The Hindu
New voters can register till a week before filing of nominations UPDATED: FEBRUARY 20, 2019 08:05 IST Voter registrations will continue till a week before candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections, scheduled for April 2019, fill their nomination forms. “The Maharashtra State Election Commission has launched a State-wide Voter Verification and Information Programme campaign,” said Additional Chief Electoral Officer (Maharashtra), Dilip Shinde. A total of 8,73,30,484 voters were registered under the special drive launched in the State on September 1, 2018, which went on till January 31. A toll-free phone helpline, 1950, with an SMS option, has been set up for verification of voter status. “Voter registration is an ongoing process and comes to a stop one week prior to the commencement of the process of candidates filing nomination forms. During this period, since the registration process is at a standstill, there are no more additions made to the voter rolls. However, for the rest of the period, voter registrations are a continuous process,” Mr. Shinde said. Those wishing to submit their personal details through a physical visit to the Election Office need to carry a passport-size colour photograph, address proof and age proof. “It should normally take 10 days after voter details are provided that the voter’s name is included in the electoral rolls. The online process has been simplified to such an extent that bona fide voters can not only verify their names online and the constituency they are listed from, but also their respective voting booth on the online maps available on the State election websites.” Mr. Shinde, who has been posted to the State election office only eight days ago, said he would have to get back with information about apparent glitches on the State Election Commission portals and challenges faced by voters to access their details on ceo.maharasthra.gov.in. He also confirmed that an Electronic Transmission of Postal Ballot Service service was available to over one lakh voters to cast their votes through an online application that serves as the equivalent of pushing a button electronically, irrespective of where they are posted in India or abroad as employees of various offices of Indian ambassadors. A State election department official said the highest number of additions to the voter rolls, of almost three lakh new voters from Thane (2,97,920) had been registered, while Mumbai (both Mumbai city and suburbs) registered a combined increase of 2,84,912 new voters. Nashik registered 2,08,724 new voters, followed by Pune, that enrolled 2,00,888 new voters.
2019-02-19Testing times: HSC exams begin tomorrow - Hindustan Times
Testing times: HSC exams begin tomorrow Updated: Feb 20, 2019 00:27 IST More than 3,35,000 students from Mumbai division will appear for the Higher Secondary School (HSC) exams, which will start from Thursday. The exam will be conducted across 512 centres in Mumbai division, which includes Thane, Raigad and Palghar. Around 15 lakh students in the state will appear for the exams. The exam will begin at 11am on February 21 while those in the second session will begin at 3pm. The state board has reiterated that latecomers will be barred from writing their exams like the previous years. “Considering safety provisions, no latecomers will be entertained at any of the centres in the state. A delay of maximum 10 minutes will be considered and students will be allowed to write their exam provided they give a genuine reason,” said Sharad Khandagale, secretary, Mumbai divisional board. “Under unforeseen circumstances, students who enter the exam hall before 11.20 am can be allowed to write their exams if the centre in-charge verifies the details and takes the board’s sanction,” said Khandagale. Considering a few cases of malpractices found in the last two years, the Mumbai divisional board had conducted checks of some ‘problem centres’ this year. “We had sent flying squads in centres where cases of malpractices have been found. Some cases from the previous year are sub judice but we have ensured that all the provisions are in place at the centres,” added Khandagale. Thirty flying squads will be deployed to conduct surprise checks at centres in Mumbai division during the exams. Like last year, centres have been asked to make sure the question papers are opened only in the exam hall. The move comes after a series of leaks marred the HSC exams in the past two years where students were found circulating images of the question paper on social media minutes after the exams began. “We have a strict no-phone policy for teachers and staff at the centre. They have been asked to ensure that phones of students are taken in their custody before exams begin to prevent any malpractice,” he added. The board had also asked all centres to ensure that thorough background verification is done of all staffers to curb malpractice. This year, 1,877 students with special needs have registered for the exam. In a first, the board will put ‘divyang’ stickers on the answer sheets of such students to help speed their evaluation. In order to help students cope with exam stress and last-minute queries, the Mumbai divisional board has released a list of helplines where counsellors would attend to students’ queries from 9am to 7pm every day.
2019-02-192019 Forbes 30 under 30 list: Mumbai's Sagar Yarnalkar named in the list - Times Now
2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list: Mumbai's Sagar Yarnalkar named in the list Updated Feb 19, 2019 | 19:43 IST | Mumbai: Sagar Yarnalkar, the young man from Mumbai, whose idea of subscription-based milk and grocery delivery startup that tapped into the city's milkmen network to deliver goods has made it to the Forbes list of 30 under 30. Sagar, who launched DailyNinja along with Anurag Gupta, previously worked at Aspire Technologies. Sagar, a native of Thane, has a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. The idea of his start-up was suggested while he was staying with friends in Bengaluru for his job. Due to lazy friends, he always had to ask the milkman to bring grocery items such as bread, idli batter etc. This made Sagar think of starting a business with a chain of suppliers like these. He thus got together with Anurag to give a shape to his business idea. Most of the households in the country are provided milk in the morning by your local milkman. The milk vendor-based system is effortless in the sense that your local vendors know your house and will leave the order outside your doorstep without fail,” said Yarnalkar. This will not only generate extra employment opportunities but will also provide extra income to the existing milkmen. The idea for Yarnalkar's start-up emerged from this and became a successful one too. This app which was initially launched in Bengaluru, now operates in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune and has a total of 58,000 users. A few months ago Yarnalkar received a phone call from Forbes saying that they really liked the idea. The app was launched three-and-a-half-years ago. According to Yarnalkar, deploying local milkmen has its advantages. One is that they already have a set customer base, the other is that DailyNinja saves a lot on delivery costs. Even as the startup competes with the likes of BigBasket and Grofers, Yarnalkar told Forbes India that he and his team is ready for the challenge.
2019-02-1911 arrested for illegal fishing in Odisha sanctuary - The New Indian Express
11 arrested for illegal fishing in Odisha sanctuary Updated: 19th February 2019 05:37 PM KENDRAPARA: Eleven fishermen have been taken into custody by forest personnel and their trawls seized for venturing into the prohibited Gahirmatha marine sanctuary - one of the largest rookery of Olive Ridley turtles in Odisha's Kendrapara district - an official said. Nearly one quintal of sea fish was seized from the impounded vessels during the mid-sea interception near Hukitola coast on Monday, said B P Acharya, the divisional forest officer, Rajnagar mangrove (wildlife) division. "Sea fishing has been restricted round the year within the marine sanctuary. However, patrolling is stepped up between November and May every year in view of the annual mass nesting season of the endangered turtles," he explained. The arrested fishermen, residents of a hamlet near Paradip port town, were forwarded to jail custody for 14 days on Tuesday under relevant provisions of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and Orissa Marine Fishing Regulation Act, 1982, Acharya said.
2019-02-19Bhayandar: Police go hammer and tongs to silence noisy bikers - Free Press Journal
Bhayandar: Police go hammer and tongs to silence noisy bikers February 19, 2019 8:05 am Bhayandar: Stung by the deafening noise, Thane (rural) police sleuths launched a crackdown to stop bikers from using shrill horns and illegally-modified silencers, as they make a noise beyond the permissible limits. Not limiting their action to monetary penalties, the Bhayandar division cops, led by Atul Kulkarni, the assistant SP, have started to remove the illegal modifications or alterations at the spot. Armed with hammers and tongs, the personnel have already removed silencers and shrill horns of over two dozen bikes under the jurisdiction of the Navghar police in Bhayandar (East). “While stern action is being taken against noisy bikers, shopkeepers and mechanics, who facilitate the illegal accessories and make modifications are also under the scanner,” said Kulkarni. Apart from noisy horns, boosters are fitted on to a motorcycles’ silencer to create bike racing-like sound, it is learnt. While a modified silencer does not have a filter to stop excessive noise, their prices differ according to the metal of the outer cast. “We are also keeping a close watch on bikers notorious for performing deadly stunts and late night high-speed races on the city streets,” said Ram Bhalsingh, the senior inspector. Any modification of a factory model sans RTO permission is illegal under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
2019-02-19Thane cops assure impartial probe into bar assault - Times of India
Thane cops assure impartial probe into bar assault Feb 20, 2019, 04:08 IST KALYAN: Thane police on Tuesday assured a Dombivli hotelier of an impartial probe against senior inspector Vijaysingh Pawar, who was caught on CCTV cameras smashing liquor bottles and assaulting staff. Madhavi Shahastrabudhe and her husband, Chandrakant, who run Chandu Palace Bar in Dombivli, had alleged that Pawar was harassing them as they did not bribe him Rs 50 lakh. Pawar claimed that during rounds he saw the bar was open around 3 am, beyond the permissible 1.30 am, so he took action. The Shahastrabudhes claimed that they had doubts about getting justice from local police so they had written to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and met additional commissioner of police Prataprao Dighavkar, who assured them "justice". Madhavi told TOI that at the Thane police commissioner's office they met Dighavkar, who said a departmental probe had been initiated. She added, "Our staff were cleaning the hotel and locking the main door when Pawar entered from the rear gate deliberately to harass us." Shahastrabudhe said in her complaint that Pawar was targeting her as she could not pay him Rs 50 lakh to drop a false food poisoning case against her husband. "We paid him Rs 5 lakh, but he is harassing us as we could not pay the remaining amount." Dighavkar said, "I have assured the family of an impartial investigation by an ACP level official."
2019-02-196 more held for getting degrees with fake certificates - Times of India
6 more held for getting degrees with fake certificates Feb 20, 2019, 05:04 IST THANE: Six more persons were arrested by crime branch for procuring fake certificates to secure DPharm degrees and get medical shops licences. The police said Narendra Gehlot (32) set up a shop in Digha, Harishankar Joshi (38) in Mumbra, Dipak Vishawkarma (30) in Mulund, Dipak Chaudhary (40) in Bhiwandi, Pravin Gadda (50) in Thane, and Mahendra Bhanushali (30) in Dombivli. With this, the arrests in the case have gone up to 12. The police found that the accused had got bogus HSC certificates, based on which they got admissions at a college run by Dr Purushottam Tahilramani of Deep's Paramedical and Pharmacy College, Kolshet. "This seems to be the tip of an iceberg, as many such pharmacists have got degrees after submitting bogus SSC and HSC certificates. Tahilramani reportedly aided them by getting admission for them at universities and subsequently handing them DPharm degrees," said Sandeep Bagul, investigation officer. After getting the degrees, three of the accusd worked as pharmacists, while the other three set up medical shops, he added.
2019-02-19100 tribal couples remarried at a mass wedding in Thane - Mumbai Mirror
100 tribal couples remarried at a mass wedding in Thane Updated: Feb 19, 2019, 20:35 IST Thane: In a bizarre case, nearly 100 couples remarried at a mass wedding ceremony in Shahapur taluka of Thane, Maharashtra. All the couples belonged to the Hindu community and were united in the holy bond of matrimony at a single event. But what’s actually got people talking is the fact that these couples remarried due to the sheer lure of financial aid being doled out by the organisers. Many were even spotted with their children during the rituals. The event was organised by Member of Parliament, Kapil Patil in alliance with the Hindu Seva Sangh (Maharashtra) where 1101 tribal couples were married. The organisers vehemently denied the idea of couples remarrying. They even claimed that the children could be part of the extended family, who were merely participating in the marriage proceedings. Around 100 couples remarried at the ceremony The occasion was also graced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who appreciated the effort put in and stated that it was fruitful in helping the poorer sections of society to save money. Last year, the Hindu Seva Sangh held a similar event where they united 501 couples in matrimony.
2019-02-18Builders reduce apartment sizes to lure 1st-time buyers - Times of India
Builders reduce apartment sizes to lure 1st-time buyers Feb 18, 2019, 21:23 IST BENGALURU: Builders have been reducing the size of apartments over the past few years to make them more affordable to first-time buyers. This has become all the more important because property prices are high in major cities, and customers have been staying away from property purchases for some years now. Average size of apartments in Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune have come down by 7%, 13%, 25% and 26% respectively between 2014 and 2018, as per data from independent property consultancy Knight Frank. In central Bengaluru, sizes of apartments have reduced by nearly a third in the same time period, as more 1-BHKs and studios gain popularity. “Our 2-BHK apartments in 2011 were about 1,200 sqft but later ones were shrunk to 1,000-1,100 sqft,” Viswa Prathap Desu, senior vice president of sales & marketing at Brigade Enterprises, said. “One reason is the average age of consumers has reduced. A decade back, it was in the range of 35-40 years while now it is about 30. They want to buy, but affordability is a constraint and smaller apartments can result in all inclusive savings of Rs 12-15 lakh,” he said. Realtors are going back to their drawing boards to rationalise space in terms of design and to make apartments as per the needs of customers, and not just throw anything, expecting customers to lap them up. That is one of the reasons why projects ranging between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 80 lakh have had better sales in the past few years than those priced in the next price category. There is today a variant of a 3-BHK flat with two washrooms rather than three, which shaves off close to 200 sqft. In Bengaluru, sizes that ranged between 1,640-1,750 sqft have now been resized to 1,450 sqft. The size of the master bedroom may come down to 12 feet by 10 feet, compared to 14 feet by 12 feet earlier. In many cases builders are doing away with the dry balcony (which houses washing machines and other utilities) or cutting down on the size of common spaces, including staircases. “Developers designed according to their whims and fancies, but now they are keeping a check on pricing. Grade A developers are doing surveys before getting into the design aspect to help design projects more efficiently,” Shantanu Mazumdar, senior branch director in Bengaluru of Knight Frank, said. Sobha’s managing director JC Sharma said that since 2016, the government has been promoting homes of smaller sizes, changing the carpet area size, and providing benefits to both parties. Most of the company’s new project launches in the last three years have flats of smaller sizes. Its average size of apartments in 2018 was 1,600 sqft, down from 2,000 four years ago. Sobha’s new two-bedroom apartments are about the size of Brigade’s, down from 1,350-1,400 sqft, while its 3-BHKs have become the size of its old two-bedroom ones. “First time home buyers will prefer such apartments, considering a 400 sqft reduction results in savings of about Rs 20 lakh,” Sharma said. Similar such shrinkage has occurred in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), which includes areas such as Thane and Navi Mumbai. The same, however, has not happened in the main Mumbai city as the buyers here are typically not first-time ones. According to builders, projects with 1-2-BHKs are sold within one to two months of launch. “Demand has been so good primarily due to first time home buyers. Places like Thane and Navi Mumbai have shown great demand for projects with 1-BHK,” said Om Ahuja, chief operating officer of K Raheja Corp. For India’s financial capital, where Rs 1 crore can fetch only a tiny 500 sqft one-bedroom apartment in Andheri, this is a big shift. “About 5-7 years ago, nobody planned a studio in projects, everybody wanted a 2- or a 3-BHK. Now studios and 1-BHKs are coming back,” Ahuja said. Earlier in Thane, a 2-BHK of 900 sqft was available for about Rs 1.3 crore. With sizes reducing to 700 sqft, that same apartment now costs Rs 1 crore.
2019-02-18Citizens use Diva FOB as CR stalls opening | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Citizens use Diva FOB as CR stalls opening 19th February, 2019 The FOB was completed earlier this month but the railway administration had been waiting to get dignitaries to inaugurate it. THANE: Tired of waiting for the railway administration to throw open a foot over-bridge (FOB) at Diva, commuters have taken matters in their own hands and begun using the bridge. "What is the point in unnecessarily risking commuters' lives when there is an FOB available," said activist Aadesh Bhagat from Diva. Railway officials said commuters are being allowed to use the 6m-wide FOB at the Kalyan-end and a formal event will take place later. The bridge, on the north side, connects all platforms and either sides of Diva. Commuters said a considerable volume of passengers stay towards the north and in absence of the FOB, they had been crossing tracks or taking a circuitous route.
2019-02-18Bank of India organizes MSME support and Outreach Program - APN News
Bank of India organizes MSME support and Outreach Program Published on February 18, 2019 Mumbai: In line with GOI initiative to bolster MSME sector and to reach out to MSME customers, a MSME outreach and support program was organized by BOI Navi Mumbai Zone at Thane. GOI has launched its initiative in 104 aspirational districts, Thane District being one of them. On this occasion, sanction letters to more than 98 beneficiaries were handed over, amounting to Rs. 5 crore under various schemes like Mudra Loan, PSB loans in 59 minutes, MSME Restructuring program. In order to spread awareness about PSB loans in 59 minutes an audio visual session  was also held, in which step by step process and live sanction of one case was demonstrated. The occasion was graced by Bank of India GM MSME Shri Swarup Dasgupta, GM NBG West 1 Shri Ashok Pathak, Zonal Manager Navi Mumbai Shri Vishwajeet Singh, AGM MSME Bank of Maharashtra Shri Jatin Desai (Lead Bank Thane District).
2019-02-18Citizens use Diva FOB as CR stalls opening - Times of India
Citizens use Diva FOB as CR stalls opening Citizens use Diva FOB as CR stalls opening Feb 19, 2019, 04:51 IST THANE: Tired of waiting for the railway administration to throw open a foot over-bridge (FOB) at Diva, commuters have taken matters in their own hands and begun using the bridge. The FOB was completed earlier this month but the railway administration had been waiting to get dignitaries to inaugurate it. Railway officials said commuters are being allowed to use the 6m-wide FOB at the Kalyan-end and a formal event will take place later. The bridge, on the north side, connects all platforms and either sides of Diva. Commuters said a considerable volume of passengers stay towards the north and in absence of the FOB, they had been crossing tracks or taking a circuitous route. Activists said repeated pleas to open the bridge went unheard and hence they inaugurated the FOB themselves on Sunday. A commuter said the trigger came on Saturday evening when a man was injured while trying to cross the tracks right under the bridge. "What is the point in unnecessarily risking commuters' lives when there is an FOB available," said activist Aadesh Bhagat from Diva.
2019-02-18Watch: School students in Thane pay tributes to CRPF martyrs - Mumbai Mirror
Watch: School students in Thane pay tributes to CRPF martyrs Feb 2019, 5:25PM IST Students in Thane took part in a rally organised to pay tribute to our martyrs. More than 40 CRPF personnel were martyred in Kasmir's Pulwama on February 14, 2019 when an explosive-laden SUV rammed into the convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. The students paid homage to the martyrs.
2019-02-18Chopped Body Parts Of Child Found Near Rail Track In Thane - NDTV News
Chopped Body Parts Of Child Found Near Rail Track In Thane Updated: February 18, 2019 12:58 IST THANE: Chopped body parts suspected to be of a child have been found near a railway track in Thane district of Maharashtra, a police official said on Monday. Kalyan police received information on Sunday evening about some body parts lying in the bushes near the railway track in Titwala area, he said. The police reached the spot and seized the highly decomposed head and legs, believed to be of a child around 10 to 12 years of age whose gender was yet to be ascertained, the official at Kalyan police station said. The other body parts were still missing, he said, adding that a gunny bag was also found near the spot. The official said they suspect that the culprit killed the child, chopped the body into pieces, packed them in the bag and threw it from a running train. Efforts were on to identify the body, he said. A case was registered for murder and causing disappearance of evidence of offence and a search for the killer was on, he said.
2019-02-18Thane: Decomposed, dismembered body of child found near Titwala - The Indian Express
Thane: Decomposed, dismembered body of child found near Titwala Updated: February 19, 2019 2:17:46 am Four days after police found a mutilated body of a four-year-old girl in Shilphata, Kalyan Railway Police found dismembered body of another child near railway tracks near Titwala on Sunday. The body parts were highly decomposed, police said. Advertising According to Kalyan police, the body parts were found scattered between bushes near the railway track. “When we reached the spot, we found pieces of limbs. They seem to belong to a child not older than 10-12 years of age,” said an officer. “We found a gunny bag stuck in the bushes nearby. It is possible that the accused killed the victim, dismembered the body and stuffed it inside the gunny bag. The bag could have been thrown from a moving train,” the officer said. The police are checking all the CCTV camera footages available at Titwala and other stations. “The body parts have been sent for forensic examination. We have lodged an FIR against unknown people for murder,” said a senior officer. While police have not been able to identify the gender of the child, the possibility that the victim was sexually abused before the murder has not been ruled out. “We are looking for the rest of the body, which could have been thrown along with these parts,” said a senior officer. On February 14, a four-year-old girl’s mutilated body was found by Raigad police in Shilphata. “The girl had been sexually abused, tortured and then killed. Her body was chopped up into three pieces and thrown in a secluded place,” said an officer from Raigad police.
2019-02-18Thane MC orders inquiry into alleged irregularities in theme park construction - Devdiscourse
Thane MC orders inquiry into alleged irregularities in theme park construction Updated: 18-02-2019 12:59 IST The Thane Municipal Corporation has ordered an inquiry into alleged irregularities in the construction of a theme park in the city. In an official statement, the civic body said the 'Old Thane-New Thane Theme Park' was to be constructed at a cost of Rs 16.35 crore. The contractor was paid Rs 11.67 crore for the work but a recent audit by a committee headed by the civic body's additional municipal commissioner had shown that this work was worth only Rs 10.96 crore. This meant the contractor had been paid excess of Rs 71 lakh, the statement said. The TMC statement said the excess amount would be recovered and penalties will be imposed on the contractor if necessary. It said Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal had also ordered freezing of the contractor's bank guarantee and security deposit. Erring civic officials will also be probed, it said. The theme park, situated in the city's Patlipada Junction, was inaugurated in March last year and had replicas of old monuments and new structures that define the city.
2019-02-18A conman called ‘Dr. Swati’ - The Hindu
A conman called ‘Dr. Swati’ UPDATED: FEBRUARY 19, 2019 00:57 IST From 2015 to 2018, a woman had become the bane of existence for a wide range of businesses, from jewellers and banks to grocers and snack centres. The name ‘Dr. Swati’ invoked dread; her victims were conned into handing over lakhs of rupees to ‘Dr. Swati's assistant’ through an ingenious modus operandi, setting police stations in at least three commissionerates on the fraudster’s trail. And herein lies the twist: The ‘woman’ was not a woman at all. There is nothing about Manish Ambekar (40) that makes him a head-turner. With an average height and build, the Panvel resident does have one discerning quality: his effeminiate voice, which could pass off as a woman’s on the phone with a little modulation. Mr. Ambekar, who says he is a real estate agent, honed this to such perfection that he is believed to have made off with at least ?1 crore to ?1.5 crore in the three years he is believed to have been active. And this is based on just the 20 complaints against him that have come to light. The con Explaining Mr. Ambekar’s modus operandi, Deputy Commissioner of Police Dr. D.S. Swami, Zone I, Thane Police, said, “Mr. Ambekar had a list of public telephones in the vicinity of hospitals in Mumbai and Thane. He would call up his victim posing as ‘Dr. Swati’ from the nearest hospital and use various lies to con different targets. For example, in the first case registered against him with the Naupada police in 2015, he called up a jewellery store in Thane and told them his daughter was getting married and that he needed to buy some jewellery, asking the jeweller to send his assistants to the hospital with some samples.” There was one common aspect in all the cases registered against him: he would ask the assistants to come with change for large amounts like ?1 lakh. Change has always been an issue in businesses across the city, and a lot of transactions include ascertaining whether at least one of the parties has change for the amount agreed upon. In 2015, when the jewellers’ employees reached the hospital, Mr. Ambekar allegedly approached them at the gate and told them ‘Dr. Swati’ was waiting for them on the fourth floor. He then asked them to hand him the change they had brought, so he could count it while they showed the jewellery samples to Dr. Swati. The employees, taken in by his spiel, handed ?2 lakh in small currency notes to him and went up to the fourth floor of the hospital, only to find that there was no Dr. Swati working there. When they came back downstairs to find the “assistant”, there was no sign of him either. How the idea spawned Mr. Ambekar, who was arrested in December 2018, has allegedly said in his confession that he got the idea during a visit to Crawford Market several years ago. Traders in the market, who seal hundreds of deals every day, need to ensure that the unavailability of change is not a hindrance, and always check with their clients if they have change, or will need some, Dr. Swami said. “Mr. Ambekar realised that asking the other party to send change is an accepted part of sales and purchases and would not raise suspicion. Further, he would never touch the goods that the target establishment’s assistants had brought with them, telling them that Dr. Swati would receive the goods or examine the samples, further decreasing suspicion,” police sub-inspector Mahesh Kawle, Naupada police station, said. Apart from asking for samples from jewellers, other ruses included calling banks to say he wanted to start a fixed deposit account, calling grocers saying he wanted a large order of groceries at the hospital for a function and calling snack centres to place orders for 500 samosas and soft drink bottles at a time. In every instance, he would ask for change, collect it at the hospital gate and let the bewildered victims roam the entire hospital building looking for ‘Dr. Swati’. Scanning CCTV footage The team that arrested Mr. Ambekar scoured footage from nearly 70 to 80 closed circuit television cameras around all the hospitals from where ‘Dr. Swati’ claimed to be calling. When it became clear that there was no woman visible around the time of the calls, the team realised there was no Dr. Swati to begin with. The police then scanned the footage again to look for the most probable suspect and also examined cellular location movements of hundreds of numbers that passed through the area, before finally matching a cell phone number to a face in the footage. This led to Mr. Ambekar’s arrest on December 14 last year. “Mr. Ambekar, while being married, was also involved with a bar girl for whose expenses he would always be in need of large sums of money. This, coupled with his observations at Crawford Market, spawned the idea of the con. We are trying to find out how many more such offences he is wanted for,” Dr. Swami said. Till date, Mr. Ambekar has been found to have been responsible for 12 offences in the Thane City commissionerate, six in the Mumbai commissionerate and two in the Palghar commissionerate. He is currently in judicial custody, while his victims continue to nurse their wounds.
2019-02-18Mumbai, Hyderabad Cable TV Users Face Blackout; Cable Firms Seek Police Help In Controlling Situation! - Trak.in
Mumbai, Hyderabad Cable TV Users Face Blackout; Cable Firms Seek Police Help In Controlling Situation! Feb 18, 2019 In an interesting development, thousands of Cable TV users in Mumbai are knocking at the doors of their local cable operators, because they are facing a blackout of all channels. This has happened due to the implementation of new Cable TV Rules, with effect from February 1st. The situation was so tense this weekend, that the local cable operators had to seek police help to diffuse the situation. Meanwhile, in Hyderabad too, Cable TV users are facing a harrowing time, as they are not able to access any Pay Channels. Where is Best Fit Plan mandate, as ruled by TRAI for all Cable TV operators? Mumbai: Police Assistance Needed For Controlling The Situation Since last week, thousands of Cable TV users in and around Thane are facing blackout, as the local cable TV operators are not able to provide them transmission. These angry users went to their local cable operators, and things turned nasty. The local cable operators are helpless, and the customers angry. Such was the anger, and the local cable operators had to contact police help to diffuse the situation. One such Cable TV susbcriber, Sandip Yadav said, “Despite paying the subscription fees in advance, TV channels have gone off air. The cable operator who said he needed my signatures on some forms for resumption of services has now gone incommunicado,” The local cable operators in Thane has sent a letter to all six police stations under Mira Road and Bhayandar divisions of the Thane (rural) police, and have informed them that the blackout is happening due to Hathaway Digital, which is the multiservice operator (MSO) there. MSO Still Waiting For Deadline? In their defense, Hathaway Digital has said that ‘only’ pay channels are stopped, FTA are still running. Rajeev Mehra from Hathaway said, “It is true that March 31 is the deadline, but the step is aimed at giving momentum to the selection process. Once the subscriber chooses the channels, the services are immediately restored. However, free-to-air channels have not been restricted,” ameer Vichare, consultant – Subscriber Management System (SMS) and Central Access System (CAS), has said that the blackout happened as there was a confusion. TRAI has already ordered all cable operators that in case a consumer has not chosen any new pack, then a ‘Best Fit Plan’ can be created by the operator, and the user should be proactively moved into the plan. TRAI has repeatedly said that there should be no blackout of any channel during this transition. Cable TV Users In Hyderabad Too Face Blackout The same situation is in Hyderabad as well. Pay channels have been stopped for cable TV users in several areas of the city, and the cable operators are still fumbling with the Best Fit Plan. Extension of deadline to March 31st has complicated the issue it seems. Now, the consumers who are not able to watch their favorite pay channels are awaiting the next move by their local cable TV operators. We will keep you updated, as we receive more updates. Are you too facing blackouts? Do let us know by commenting right here! "Mumbai, Hyderabad Cable TV Users Face Blackout; Cable Firms Seek Police Help In Controlling Situation!", 5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
2019-02-18Told not to speed, Thane cabbie bites, assaults passenger; arrested - The Indian Express
Told not to speed, Thane cabbie bites, assaults passenger; arrested Published: February 19, 2019 2:41:00 am A cab driver was arrested for biting and assaulting a passenger in Bhiwandi, police said on Monday. The passenger had allegedly told the driver not to speed when the accused stopped the car and tried to force him out of the car, police said. Ajay Upadhyaya, 24, a resident of Ambernath, who works with a car service provider, had reportedly picked up Jitendra Hegade and his wife Savita from Bhiwandi on Sunday morning. He was scheduled to drop them off at Kalyan. According to Jitendra, as the driver was speeding, they had asked him to slow down. “But he continued to speed and eventually the car got stuck in a ditch near Ranjnoli village. When we asked the driver to drive more carefully, he forced us out of the vehicle and even beat me up,” Jitendra told the police. The couple alerted the police on Dial 100 while they were travelling on Bhiwandi-Kalyan road. Upadhyaya was arrested by the Kongaon police on Sunday on charges of assault, rash driving and intimidation.
2019-02-18Pulwama terror attack: Candlelight marches try to dispel Pulwama gloom - Times of India
Pulwama terror attack: Candlelight marches try to dispel Pulwama gloom Feb 18, 2019, 07:30 IST MUMBAI: On Sunday, people came out on the streets in various parts of the city to pay homage to the soldiers martyred in the terror attack in Pulwama and to register their protest. Several housing societies held candlelight marches and public meets to remember the dead. Cricketers Virendra Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina and Mohammad Kaif participated in a march at Film City gate on Sunday. Raina said, “There is a rage within us, and we must definitely take revenge.” Kaif said this is the moment of sadness in which Indians must stand together and also fight together. The cricketers also promised to help the families of the martyred soldiers. War veterans participated at a public meet at Shivaji Park ground. Flight Lieutenant Prakash Hegde, who fought the 1971 war, and Captain Prafulla Tawde, who participated in the 1965 war, were among those who delivered speeches at the event. Mahim resident Kamlesh Gosrani, one of the organizers of the event, said, “The purpose of this ceremony is to pay tribute to the soldiers and also renew and strengthen our spirit of nationalism and patriotism.” In Navi Mumbai, over 500 residents of NRI Complex in Seawoods, Nerul, held a candlelight march demanding retaliatory action against the terrorists’ groups operating from across the border. “We are here to show our soldiers that they are not alone in the war against terrorism. The sacrifices of the martyrs should not go in vain,” said Sanjeev Kumar, coordinator of the protest march. Members of the Dawoodi Bohra community in Panvel took out a large procession, holding placards and banners to pay obeisance to the slain soldiers. Many housing societies from Thane also held prayer meets and condemned the terror attack. “We have come together to offer support to the slain soldiers’ families and send out a message that they are not alone. The nation is with them,” said Ravindra Chavan, a resident of Lodha Paradise in Thane.
2019-02-18Chopped body parts of child found near rail track in Thane - The Tribune India
Chopped body parts of child found near rail track in Thane Posted at: Feb 18, 2019, 11:18 AM Chopped body parts suspected to be of a child have been found near a railway track in Thane district of Maharashtra, a police official said on Monday. A message was received by the Kalyan Police on Sunday evening about some body parts lying in bushes adjoining the railway track in Titwala area, he said. The police rushed to the spot and seized the highly decomposed head and legs, believed to be of a child around 10 to 12 years of age whose gender was yet to be ascertained, the official at Kalyan police station said. The other body parts were still missing, he said, adding that a gunny bag was also found near the spot. The official said they suspect that the culprit killed the child, chopped the body into pieces, packed them in the bag and threw it from a running train. Efforts were on to identify the deceased, he said. A case was registered under Indian Penal Code Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and a search for the killer was on, he said.
2019-02-18Thane theme park: Probe into excess money paid to contractor - Business Standard
Thane theme park: Probe into excess money paid to contractor Last Updated at February 18, 2019 12:40 IST The Thane Municipal Corporation has ordered an inquiry into alleged irregularities in the construction of a theme park in the city. In an official statement, the civic body said the 'Old Thane-New Thane Theme Park' was to be constructed at a cost of Rs 16.35 crore. The contractor was paid Rs 11.67 crore for the work but a recent audit by a committee headed by the civic body's additional municipal commissioner had shown that this work was worth only Rs 10.96 crore. This meant the contractor had been paid excess of Rs 71 lakh, the statement said. The TMC statement said the excess amount would be recovered and penalties will be imposed on the contractor if necessary. It said Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal had also ordered freezing of the contractor's bank guarantee and security deposit. Erring civic officials will also be probed, it said. The theme park, situated in the city's Patlipada Junction, was inaugurated in March last year and had replicas of old monuments and new structures that define the city.
2019-02-18In a possible first, liver for transplant ferried on Mumbai suburban train - Daijiworld.com
In a possible first, liver for transplant ferried on Mumbai suburban Mon, Feb 18 2019 09:48:57 AM The liver of a 53-year-old man, declared brain-dead, was transported in a suburban train from Thane to Dadar on Friday afternoon to transplant it in a patient at a city hospital, railway officials said. This was possibly the first instance when a human organ was ferried on the suburban rail network, considered Mumbai's lifeline, for transplant. After the donor was declared brain-dead on Friday, his liver, as per his wish, was donated and carried in an ice box from Thane's Jupiter Hospital to Parel's Global Hospital, where the recipient was admitted, an official said. He said the decision to transport the liver in a local train was taken after considering it was the fastest mode and faced no traffic snarl issues. The 31-km distance between Thane and Dadar stations was covered in just 38 minutes during non-peak hours, he said, adding it took another 20 minutes for the organ to reach the designated hospital in Parel through a green corridor. The entire exercise was completed smoothly due to coordination between traffic police personnel and railway officials deployed at Thane and Dadar stations.The 53-year-old Ulhasnagar-based donor was declared brain-dead Friday after meeting with an accident on Wednesday. According to his wish, which his family members were aware of, his liver was donated to a needy recipient admitted in Global Hospital. The 31-km distance between Thane and Dadar stations was covered in just 38 minutes during non-peak hours, he said, adding it took another 20 minutes for the organ to reach the designated hospital in Parel through a green corridor. The entire exercise was completed smoothly due to coordination between traffic police personnel and railway officials deployed at Thane and Dadar stations. The 53-year-old Ulhasnagar-based donor was declared brain-dead Friday after meeting with an accident on Wednesday. According to his wish, which his family members were aware of, his liver was donated to a needy recipient admitted in Global Hospital.
2019-02-17Thane: Over a thousand tribal couples get married in one happy wedding! - Times Now
Thane: Over a thousand tribal couples get married in one happy wedding! Updated Feb 17, 2019 | 19:11 IST | Thane: In a mass wedding ceremony, around 1101 tribal couples tied the knot. The mass wedding ceremony was held in the Shahapur taluka of Thane which is situated in Maharashtra. The event united 1101 tribals in the name of matrimony and love. The tribal couples who participated in the event belonged to the Hindu community. The mass wedding ceremony did not just play host to 1101 couples, it was also graced by various administrative officers and other eminent personalities. Among these personalities were Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde, the guardian minister of Thane and Member of Parliament, Kapil Patil. According to the Times of India's report, the event was organised by MP Kapil Patil Foundation in alliance with the Hindu Seva Sangh (Maharashtra). Last year, the Hindu Seva Sangh held a similar event where they united 501 couples in matrimony. While talking to the TOI, a groom who was a part of the event appreciated the initiative and said that similar events should be encouraged further. Fadnavis was also all praises for the effort put in and stated that it is fruitful in helping the lower sections of the society save money. The couples and the other people who were a part of the event paid their tributes to the martyrs who lost their lives in the recent Pulwama attack. While paying homage to the martyrs, Fadnavis stated that Maharashtra salutes the bravehearts who laid down their lives in the attack and that he had confidence in the fact that India will take revenge for the attack.
2019-02-17Man Drains Phone Battery Playing PUBG, Attacks Fiancee's Brother In Anger - The Hans India
Man Drains Phone Battery Playing PUBG, Attacks Fiancee's Brother In Anger Feb 17,2019 , 11:16 AM IST THANE: A man was allegedly attacked with a knife by his sister's fiance after the latter drained out his mobile phone battery playing an online game and could not get a charger, Thane police said Saturday. The incident happened on February 7 but a case of attempt to murder was registered by Kolshewadi police in Maharashtra's Thane district on Thursday, an official said. "Rajnish Rajbar drained out his phone battery playing Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). When he could not get a charger, he picked up a quarrel in the house and attacked his would-be wife's brother Om Bavdhankar with a knife," the official said. He said the accused has not been arrested as yet and probe into the incident was underway.
2019-02-171,000 tribal couples tie knot at one go in Thane - Times of India
1,000 tribal couples tie knot at one go in Thane Feb 18, 2019, 02:37 IST SHAHAPUR: On Sunday, 1,101 Hindu tribal couples tied the knot at a mass wedding ceremony held in Shahapura taluka of Thane district. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Thane's guardian minister Eknath Shinde and member of Parliament Kapil Patil, who were present besides other administrative officials, blessed the couples. The ceremonies were organised by Patil Foundation and Hindu Seva Sangh (Maharashtra) which had organised a mass wedding of 501 couples last year. The NGO, along with wedding expenses, gifted a purse of 10,000 to each couple. Patil said his NGO will organise weddings of 3,500 couples in November which, he said, will be a world record. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis while addressing the event said the concept of mass wedding is a good idea and such events help people save a lot of money. Fadnavis also paid tributes the soldiers who martyred in the terroist deadly attack at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. The NGO alongwith wedding expenses also given Rs 10,000 each couples. Couples also received various gifts items from their families and different other private persons who attended the event.
2019-02-17Thane: Cop smashes bottles in bar 'open till 3am'; owner says he wanted Rs 50 lakh bribe - Times of India
Thane: Cop smashes bottles in bar 'open till 3am'; owner says he wanted Rs 50 lakh bribe Updated: Feb 18, 2019, 06:47 IST KALYAN: A senior inspector of Dombivli police station was caught on the CCTV cameras of a bar smashing liquor bottles and abusing the staff in the wee hours of Thursday. While the bar owner, Madhavi Shahastrabudhe, claimed the cop was harassing her because she didn't pay him a Rs 50-lakh bribe, senior inspector Vijaysingh Pawar rubbished the claim. He said during night rounds, he saw that the bar was open around 3am, and the staffers refused to shut down, he "took action". A video clip of the incident has gone viral. The police have ordered an inquiry after Shahastrabudhe filed a written complaint demanding action against Pawar. Zonal DCP Sanjay Shinde told TOI: "The Dombivli ACP is inquiring into the allegations." In her complaint, Shahastrabudhe said Pawar was targeting her because she could not pay him Rs 50 lakh to drop a false food poisoning case registered against her husband. "We have paid him Rs 5 lakh. But as we could not pay the rest, he is harrassing us." The video clip shows Pawar, accompanied by a constable, entering Chandu Palace Bar after 2.40am. Shahastrabudhe claimed Pawar entered the closed bar through the back door when the staffers were cleaning the premises. But Pawar claimed the bar was operating beyond permitted hours and didn't have its papers in order-its entertainment licence was yet to be renewed. "All allegations are false. There are several cases against this bar. I was maintaining law and order because the bar was open even at 3am." Pawar admitted that it was his mistake to smash bottles. Shahastrabudhe claimed they had paid licence renewal fees, but the police were yet to issue it. According to a government notification, permit rooms, beer bars and establishments that serve liquor can function until 1.30 am in municipal corporation areas and up to 12.30 am in municipal council areas and the rest of the state. In Dombivli, bars can operate till 1.30 am. If a bar is found open beyond permitted hours, the owner can be booked and fined Rs 1,200. For repeat offence, police can cancel entertainment licence.
2019-02-17'Robber' gets life for killing his aide - Times of India
'Robber' gets life for killing his aide Feb 18, 2019, 02:11 IST THANE: A 36-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his accomplice during a robbery bid in 2013. A fine of Rs 30,000 has also been imposed on the accused, Sanjay Patil. According to the prosecution, Patil and Pradeep Bhartiya were in a car planning to rob a cash van ahead of them. Patil asked Bhartiya, who was driving, to speed up. But Bhartiya slowed down the vehicle due to traffic, following which Patil fired at him.
2019-02-17testAdv Prashant Kadam elected president of Thane District Court Bar - United News of India
Posted at: Feb 17 2019 3:08PM Adv Prashant Kadam elected president of Thane District Court BarThane, Feb 17 (UNI) Prominent advocate from the city Prashant (Appa)Kadam has been elected as the president of the Thane District CourtBar Association.
2019-02-17Mumbai: Brace for megablocks on suburban lines today - Times of India
Mumbai: Brace for megablocks on suburban lines today Feb 17, 2019, 12:05 IST MUMBAI: There is a mega block on Central Railway on Thane-Kalyan Down slow line from 11.10 is to 3.30 pm. The Up fast services leaving Kalyan from 10.37am to 3.06pm will halt at Diva, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their respective halts and will arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule. Brace for a mega block on Harbour line between Kurla and Vashi from 11.10 am to 3.40 pm Special local trains will run on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai – Kurla and Vashi – Panvel sections during the block period. Harbour line passengers are permitted to travel Trans Harbour line and Mainline from 10 am to 4.30 pm. On Western Railway suburban line, a jumbo block of five hours is being undertaken from 10.35 am to 3.35 pm on Up and Down fast lines between Borivali and Andheri stations for maintenance of track, signals and overhead equipment.
2019-02-17Man drains phone battery playing PUBG, then attacks fiancee’s brother: Cops - Hindustan Times
Man drains phone battery playing PUBG, then attacks fiancee’s brother: Cops Updated: Feb 17, 2019 15:54 IST A man was allegedly attacked with a knife by his sister’s fiance after the latter drained out his mobile phone battery playing an online game and could not get a charger, Thane police said Saturday. The incident happened on February 7 but a case of attempt to murder was registered by Kolshewadi police in Maharashtra’s Thane district on Thursday, an official said. “Rajnish Rajbar drained out his phone battery playing Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). When he could not get a charger, he picked up a quarrel in the house and attacked his would-be wife’s brother Om Bavdhankar with a knife,” the official said. He said the accused has not been arrested as yet and probe into the incident was underway.
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2019-02-177 civic corporations near Mumbai to get uniform development rules - Times of India
7 civic corporations near Mumbai to get uniform development rules Feb 18, 2019, 00:38 IST MUMBAI: In a boost to the realty sector, seven municipal corporations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), excluding Mumbai, will soon get uniform development rules. The base floor space index (FSI) for these corporations will be increased to 1.1 from the current 1, while the maximum will be 3 (at present 2) depending upon the road width. The decision to have uniform rules has been taken given the corporations' proximity to Mumbai and similar characteristics of land use. The seven corporations are Thane, Navi Mumbai, Mira-Bhayandar, Vasai-Virar, Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi-Nizampur. The 15% FSI for recreation ground, which is now off bounds, will be available under the new rules. While transfer of development rights (TDR) will continue to be allowed, there will be no fungible FSI, which is allowed only in Mumbai. For slums and affordable housing, the maximum FSI will be 3. As per the 2011 census, the MMR population is approximately 21 million. Illegal construction is rampant, while civic infrastructure for solid waste management is either negligible or non-existent. Thane and Kalyan-Dombivli have even been selected for the Smart Cities Mission although implementation of projects under the mission is very slow. In the draft proposal issued in 2017, the government had proposed an FSI of 4 in the transit oriented zones (TOD). The Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) had strongly objected to the high FSI, pointing out that most roads that pass through these corporation areas are state and national highways and alleged the high FSI was implemented merely to regularise the high-rises that have come up on these stretches. UDRI had objected to large chunks of property being given for integrated township projects, depriving citizens of self-governance. "It has been decided to allow cluster redevelopment with an FSI of 4 only in Thane. In case of the other municipal corporations, this decision has been kept in abeyance," said sources. The government for now has also decided to keep in abeyance the decision to allow an FSI of 4 in the TOD zone as also the integrated township projects, said sources. The draft had proposed quarrying in dense residential areas as well as mobile towers without studying its impact on the health of residents, said UDRI. While quarrying will be allowed, the mobile towers have been done away with, said sources. Vilas Nagalkar, architect and member of Practising Engineers, Architects and Town Planning Association, said the neighbouring municipal corporations had similar issues and a uniform set of regulations would prove beneficial. "We have always been of the opinion that higher FSI should be given provided open spaces are not compromised," he said.
2019-02-17Jews in Mumbai find new ways to keep religious traditions alive - Hindustan Times
Jews in Mumbai find new ways to keep religious traditions alive Updated: Feb 18, 2019 08:33 IST Two weeks ago, Mumbai’s Jewish community inaugurated the restored Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue in Kala Ghoda. The synagogue is among the two in the city built by Baghdadi Jews, a group that migrated to India between the 17th and 19th century to escape religious persecution in the Middle East. As their businesses prospered, some of them, like the Sassoon family, built synagogues, religious schools for their community’s use, and gifted public hospitals and libraries. Today, there are less than 80 Baghdadi Jews in India, with larger groups in Mumbai and Kolkata, the rest having migrated to the West, mostly to Israel. As their numbers decline, the Baghdadis and Bene Israeli, the other major Jewish group living in the city, struggle to maintain their religious properties. Recently, the community wrote to Nagpur’s municipal commissioner after their graveyard in the Jerry Patka locality was occupied by bamboo traders. There are no more Jews left in Nagpur to care for the cemetery. Encroachers have also tried to occupy Jewish cemeteries in Alibaug and Revdanda in Raigad district. In 2016, Maharashtra recognised Jews as a religious minority, but since the Indian census does not identify them as a distinct group, there is no data on their population. They have been enumerated as Christians by census workers who are ignorant of the existence of such a group in India. The Bene Israeli, with origins in the villages of Raigad, where they settled after fleeing the Middle East, are estimated to number around 3,500, forming more than 90% of India’s Jews. Around 1,500 live in Thane, but in Raigad, where there were once 30 synagogues, now there are only 300 Jews. Ezra Moses, a member of the Thane community, said that only eight of the Raigad synagogues – in Pen, Revdanda, Alibaug, Nandgaon, among others – continue to hold religious services. The other shrines have been converted into public libraries and schools. “When there were no Jews to maintain these synagogues we handed them over to the local community for public use. Our only condition was that the new users retain the sanctity of the place,” said Moses. In south Mumbai, the dwindling number of synagogues means the community finds it difficult to summon the minyan — a quorum of 10 male members required to conduct prayers. They depend on Jewish visitors from abroad to meet the quorum. “In Raigad, members have formed a ‘minyan group’ that takes turns to visit different synagogues on religious holidays to provide the quorum for prayers. “They visit one synagogue every Sabbath [Saturday] to ensure that religious services are not discontinued for lack of a minyan,” said Moses. Despite the decline in numbers – a few families leave India every year – there are now signs of community renewal. In 2010, Baghdadis repaired the 160-year-old Magen David Synagogue in Byculla. Ten years ago, the Thane community renovated and expanded their main shrine, the Shaar Hashamaim, or Gate of Heaven synagogue. For a community that is dwindling, there has been a shortage of burial space. Recently, Thane’s municipal corporation agreed to give them 2,000 square metres of land for a new cemetery after the community lost a 500-year-old burial ground to a road project. “Getting the status of a religious minority is helping us to manage our religious properties,” said Moses. Is India’s Jewish heritage destined to become a tourist attraction? Solomon Sopher, president of the Baghdadi Jewish community in Mumbai, said, “As far as the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue is concerned, all religious services are conducted. We have visitors from Israel, Canada and other places who help us make a minyan during the weekly services. “We may be dwindling from India, but as far as we are concerned, we want to preserve the heritage that we have left behind. Visitors from abroad have said the synagogue (the Keneseth Eliyahoo) is one of the most beautiful they have seen.”
2019-02-17Maharashtra CM meets farmers, but leaders say will go ahead with march - Times of India
Maharashtra CM meets farmers, but leaders say will go ahead with march Feb 18, 2019, 02:17 IST MUMBAI: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has directed that all pending applications under the Forest Rights Act should be disposed of by March 15. Under pressure from farmers' organisations who have threatened a protest march in Mumbai on February 27, the CM chaired a meeting on Sunday to address various issues. However, farmer leaders who attended the meeting said despite assurances by the government, they planned to go ahead with the protest. One of the major demands of the tribals and landless farmers, who have decided to march from Nashik to Mumbai, is implementation of the Forest Rights Act, enabling transfer of land they have been tilling for generations to their names. They say the process is slow and cumbersome. The state government clarified that in the last three months more than 43,000 forest rights applications have been cleared, including 10,000 from Palghar and 11,372 from Thane district. Farmers led by the All India Kisan Sabha will start the march from Nashik on February 20 and will reach Mumbai on February 27. A similar march had culminated in Mumbai in March 2018. Some of their other demands are a complete loan waiver for all farmers in the state, implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report, drought mitigation measures, drought relief compensation. More than 208 organisations, supported by All India Kisan Sabha, had marched to Delhi in November to draw attention toward the agrarian crisis in the country. Meanwhile, the state government said more than 90,000 farmers in 14 suicide-prone districts of the state have been provided counselling under its project 'Prerna'. Prerna comprises social workers, psychiatrists and ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist Scheme) workers among others.
2019-02-17Nagpur top cop must clean up department - Times of India
Nagpur top cop must clean up department Feb 18, 2019, 05:18 IST Nagpur police commissioner Bhushan Kumar Upadhyaya recently undertook what might, perhaps, be the most unpleasant task in his three and half decade career in the Indian Police Service when he suspended his subordinates over their alleged links with gangsters. However, his task is far from over. A few months after he took over the reins of the Nagpur police, Upadhyaya found several cops had a nexus with underworld elements. When a probe revealed more than half a dozen police sub-inspectors and some constables were in regular touch with a gangster involved in drug peddling, Upadhyaya immediately placed them under suspension and ordered a departmental inquiry. Amid speculation in the Nagpur media that more police officials have links with the gangster, Upadhyaya will have to strike at the root of this nexus. The home department, led by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, has expressed concern about the deteriorating law and order situation in Nagpur. Last year too, it was found that more than a dozen police officials were hand in glove with a gangster lodged in Nagpur Central Jail. For a long time now, Fadnavis has faced flak for the spurt in serious crimes in the Vidarbha region, particularly in Nagpur city. Upadhyaya is a tough officer and he will leave no stone unturned to ensure peace in the CM's home town. However, he will also have to ensure the departmental probe against the corrupt officials is taken to its logical end, else in most cases, it is found such officials are reinstated owing to the failure of the department to complete the probe within the stipulated period. Autorickshaw driver calls out corrupt cop An autorickshaw driver in Thane used technology to trap a traffic constable accepting a bribe of Rs 50 from him. A week ago, the traffic constable had stopped him and checked his driving licence and the vehicle fitness certificate. Though all the documents and licence were found to be in order, the constable asked him to pay a fine of Rs 200 for not wearing the full uniform as prescribed by the transport department. When the driver pleaded he had only Rs 50, the constable said it was sufficient for him at the end of his duty hours. The constable took the money without realising the trouble in store since the alert driver had shot the entire conversation on his cellphone. The auto driver then approached the Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau to lodge a complaint against the traffic constable. The police officer on duty saw the video of the incident and registered an offence against the constable under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The Thane ACB is now on the lookout for the constable, who may end up losing his job over a mere Rs 50.
2019-02-17Pulwama attack: Grief-stricken India continues to mourn, demand action for third day - Daily News & Analysis
Pulwama attack: Grief-stricken India continues to mourn, demand action for third day Feb 18, 2019, 12:17 AM IST Hundreds of people from all walks of life gathered at India Gate and Jantar Mantar on Sunday to hold candle light marches to express solidarity with the families of the CRPF jawans killed in the Pulwama terror attack. Not just New Delhi, grief stricken people conducted marches in Thane, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and other places. On Thursday, at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were martyred when a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist rammed an explosive-laden truck into a convoy. The Pakistan- backed terror outfit claimed responsibility for the attack. In Delhi, students, corporate employees and members of social organisations gathered at the two venues demanding that Pakistan be given a befitting reply in the wake of the Pulwama attack. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) also organised a prayer meet in Central Delhi's Connaught Place where people gathered to pay homage to the Pulwama martyrs.
2019-02-17The Benefits of Tax-Advantaged Savings Vehicles - The Newark Advocate
The Benefits of Tax-Advantaged Savings Vehicle Published 10:44 a.m. ET Feb. 17, 2019 Taxes can take a big bite out of your total investment returns, so it's helpful to look for tax-advantaged strategies when building a portfolio. Tax deferral is the process of delaying (but not necessarily eliminating) until a future year the payment of income taxes on income you earn in the current year. One of the best ways to accumulate funds for retirement or any other investment objective is to use tax-advantaged savings vehicles when appropriate. Here are some examples. Traditional IRAs — Anyone under age 70½ who earns income or is married to someone with earned income can contribute to an IRA. Depending upon your income and whether you're covered by an employer-sponsored retirement plan, you may or may not be able to deduct your contributions to a traditional IRA, but your contributions always grow tax deferred. However, you'll owe income taxes when you make a withdrawal. You can contribute up to $6,000 for 2019 (up from $5,500 in 2018); individuals 50 or older can contribute an additional $1,000. Roth IRAs — Roth IRAs are open only to individuals with incomes below certain limits. Your contributions are made with after-tax dollars but will grow tax deferred, and qualified distributions will be tax free when you withdraw them. The amount you can contribute is the same as for traditional IRAs. Total combined contributions to Roth and traditional IRAs can't exceed $6,000 (or $5,500 for 2018) for individuals under age 50. SIMPLE IRAs and SIMPLE 401(k)s — These plans are generally associated with small businesses. As with traditional IRAs, your contributions grow tax deferred, but you'll owe income taxes when you make a withdrawal. You can contribute up to $13,000 (up from $12,500 in 2018); individuals age 50 and older can contribute an additional $3,000. Employer-sponsored plans (401(k)s, 403(b)s, 457 plans) — Contributions to these types of plans grow tax deferred, but you'll owe income taxes when you make a withdrawal. You can contribute up to $19,000 (up from $18,500 in 2019); individuals age 50 and older can contribute an additional $6,000. If any of these tax vehicles seem like they might work for you, talk with your personal advisor to see how you could benefit.
2019-02-1710,000 protestors disrupt rail services - The Asian Age
10,000 protestors disrupt rail services Published : Feb 17, 2019, 7:37 am IST Mumbai: A group of protesters on Saturday blocked the railway tracks at Nalasopara station to protest against the terror attack in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF personnel. The protestors got onto the tracks at around 8.20am and started raising slogans against Pakistan, the officials said, adding that train services on the route were affected due to the protest. This resulted in cancellation of 54 suburban trains and delay in 150 services on Saturday, causing hardships to the commuters. According to the government railway police (GRP), around 600 people were on the tracks while 8,000 to 10,000 people were on the platforms. They demanded action against Pakistan for sponsoring and sheltering terrorists and terror groups. The train’s services were shut for around four hours. In several parts of Mumbai and Thane, shops were shut to protest Pulwama terror attack and schools held prayer meets as a mark of respect to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans who were killed on Thursday. Even a few Vasai civic buses were forced to halt at Virar. A GRP official said that all of them were not protestors. As the train services were stopped for a while, daily travellers had also gathered on the platforms and on tracks. Besides this, stone pelting at trains was also reported at Nalasopara, which resulted into injuring around five to seven police personnel. A Railway Protection Force (RPF) official said that the protestors gathered at Nalasopara railway station at 8.20am. In order to control the crowd and disperse them, the RPF staff of Virar, city police and GRP lathi-charged a group of protesters. According to the Western Railway (WR) officer, the services were operationalised around 1.00pm. Rizwan Shaikh, a junior practicing advocate, who was travelling between Nalasopara to Churchgate said, “As I was heading towards Nalasopara railway station, I saw the agitators on the railway tracks between Nal-asopara and Virar station. The protestors including office goers had blocked the tracks around at 8.00am. A group of protestors were raising slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and also against Pakistan. Due to this block, I couldn’t reach office on time.” Purushottam Karad, DCP (WR) said that we have filed a case of unlawful assembly under section 141 and 145 of Indian Panel Code (IPC). A total bandh was also observed in Mumbra city in Thane district. Shops in Tardeo, Grant Road, Haji Ali and Kalbadevi area of South Mumbai were closed down for the day. “We strongly condemn the horrendous terrorist attack in Pulwama. It is an act of cowardice. We have decided to keep our business shut for the day as a mark of respect for the 40 brave soldiers,” said Rajiv Singal, trustee of the Bharat Merchant Chambers. The Bombay Yarn Merchants’ Association and Exchange Limited also issued a press statement, in which it said that shops of their members were shut across the city. Candle protest was organised near Bharat Talkies junction at Kurla west. On Friday, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) had organised a candlelight protest march at the civic-run Sion Hospital.
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2019-02-17Maharashtra: 1100 tribal couples exchange vows at Thane mass wedding - Times of India
Maharashtra: 1100 tribal couples exchange vows at Thane mass wedding Updated: Feb 17, 2019, 19:07 IST SHAHAPUR: Nearly 1101 tribal couples, belonging to Hindu community, exchanged sacred vows and tied the nupital knot in a mass wedding ceremony held in Shahapura taluka of the Thane district in Maharashtra. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde and MP Kapil Patil, along with other administrative officials, were present at the occasion and blessed the couples. The ceremonies were organised by MP Kapil Patil Foundation and Hindu Seva Sangh (Maharashtra) who last year also held a mass wedding of 501 couples. "It is a good effort and more such efforts should be made; it was great to have such support from the people," said a groom at the wedding. During the event, Fadnavis said that mass wedding is a very good concept and by such events will help poor people save their money. Fadnavis also paid tributes to the martyred soldiers. Meanwhile, the gathering, including the couple, paid homage to the martyrs who were killed in Thursday terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. "Maharashtra salutes the jawans who laid down their lives in service of the motherland and we are confident that our country will take revenge of attack," said Fadnavis.
2019-02-16Mumbai erupts in anger over Pulwama attack - The Indian Express
Mumbai erupts in anger over Pulwama attack Updated: February 16, 2019 2:00:01 am Massive anti-Pakistan protests erupted in different parts of the city on Saturday in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack which left at least 40 CRPF personnel dead and several injured. A string of protests were organised by Shiv Sena workers seeking action against Pakistan. At a protest organised outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, the party workers, led by Sena MP Anil Desai shouted slogans urging the government to “teach Pakistan a lesson”. Sena legislator Ajay Chaudhari led a similar demonstration in Parel, while party legislator Sunil Shinde led another in Worli. Sena workers also reached Jinnah House on Malabar Hill and hoisted a banner seeking that the building be renamed ‘Bhartiya Sena Bhavan’. “It is an enemy property and its identity should be completely eradicated. It should be named as Bhartiya Sena Bhavan as a tribute to the martyred CRPF men,” Pandurang Sakpal, Sena’s Colaba divisional head, said. In Thane, several protest marches were organised throughout the day. While the Sena led a protest march near Chintamani Chowk, the NCP burnt effigies in Mumbra. “We want the government to wake up and do something. It is not enough to just comment,” said Akash Sarnaik, who joined the protest march at Chintamani Chowk. A candlelight vigil was also organised by local residents near Thane railway station. “We don’t belong to any political party, but want justice for the lives lost yesterday (Thursday). While maintaining peace is important, this action deserves a reaction,” Jose Briganza, a Thane resident, said. Pulwama terror attack: What is Jaish-e-Mohammed, the terror group that attacked the CRPF convoy Meanwhile, several cloth markets will remain closed on Saturday as a mark of protest. Rajeshbhai Kotecha, the secretary of Swadeshi cloth market in Kalbadevi, told The Indian Express: “The Swadeshi Market, Mulji Jetha Market and Mangaldas Market, along with some others, will remain closed. We have taken a collective decision to keep the cloth markets closed on Saturday to condemn the attacks.” Meanwhile, on south Mumbai’s Mohammad Ali Road, a protest march was organised by the local leaders. “The attack in Kashmir has directly affected us. We want stern action to be taken against Pakistan. It shouldn’t be just words,” Zeeshan Syed, a local leader who took part in the protest, said.
2019-02-16Three men fall off peak-hour train, 2 dead - Mumbai Mirror
Three men fall off peak-hour train, 2 dead Updated: Feb 16, 2019, 06:00 IST Three unrelated men fell from a crowded semi-fast CSMT bound train on Friday morning. While two died, the third is battling for his life at Civil Hospital in Thane. The three victims – Imran Khan, 24, Naved Shaikh, 22, and Pradeep Shirpat Prajapati, 23 – boarded the train from Mumbra at 9.23 am. Within seven minutes of leaving the station, the three men fell off the crammed local. They were all rushed to the hospital, but Khan and Shaikh were declared dead on arrival. Prajapati, according to doctors, is critical and undergoing treatment. According to bystanders, the three men had boarded the train after leaving three other jam-packed trains. They finally boarded the 9.23 CSMT local but could not get inside the compartment. They were last seen hanging by the footboard of this local, which crosses two tunnels and is slow until Thane. Soon after the train passed the first tunnel, Khan, according to co-passengers, hit a pole and tried to hold Shaikh for support but both of them fell. According to officials from Railway Protection Force (RPF), Shaikh’s and Khan’s bodies were found lying about 50 metres away from each other at the beginning of Nutan tunnel. Prajapati was, however, found lying towards the end of the tunnel. An official from RPF said, “We received a memo at around 10.15 am about the accident. The locations suggest they fell off different local trains.” Sameer Mistry, a friend of Khan, received a call from his brother who was travelling in the same train. Mistry told Mirror, “I was very close to Imran and my brother saw him falling off. He called me to get in touch with his family. I rushed to the police and was told that he had died.”
2019-02-16Death toll from swine flu in Maharashtra rises by four in a week - Daily News & Analysis
Death toll from swine flu in Maharashtra rises by four in a week Updated: Feb 16, 2019, 05:55 AM IST Within a week's time, the death toll because of swine flu jumped from 13 to 17 in Maharashtra. The state also saw an increase in the number of patients admitted to hospitals after being detected with the disease. As per the information, of those admitted, 10 patients are on ventilators, at medical facilities in Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Thane and Solapur. The state government said that it would increase awareness about the flu through public drives, and enhance it outreach to diagnose, treat and vaccinate people to avoid the spread of the flu. Officials said that change in the weather had also led to an increase in the number of patients. Since January, the total number of patients admitted to hospitals stands at 145. After 3.50 lakh patients were examined, around 4,000 patients were given tammy flu tablets as early medication. Eknath Shinde, state's health minister, said, "To prevent the occurrence of swine flu, the government has embarked upon a five-point strategy — survey, diagnosis, treatment, vaccination, and public awareness. In order to create mass awareness, various media, group meetings, workshops, awareness campaigns at school level, yatras, festivals, health education at weekly markets are being held. Directives to health officials of the department, municipal corporations, and zilla parishad authorities have been issued. Sufficient stock of tammy flu tablets is available." The government aims to target fairs and festivals to reach out to the masses. "Citizens will be informed regarding the spread of this disease, its symptoms, the preventive measures one can take, and steps to arrest its spread among the common people. In rural areas, meetings of village health cleanliness committees and nutrition committees, and in urban areas, meetings of women health committee will be organised to generate awareness and convey the preventive message in the society" the health minister added. BETTER SAFE... Mass awareness campaigns will be organised in villages and cities to check the flu’s spread Sufficient stock of tammy flu tablets is available In rural areas, meetings of health cleanliness and nutrition committees will be organised
2019-02-16Thane: Ticket collector dies as he falls off moving train - The Indian Express
Thane: Ticket collector dies as he falls off moving Published: February 16, 2019 1:58:09 am A 50-year-old ticket collector (TC) with the Central Railway died after he fell from a running train between Kasara and Kalyan on Friday afternoon. He was taken to Shahapur civic hospital where he died, the railway police said. According to Kalyan railway police, the deceased has been identified as Arun Gaikwad. “He had boarded a local train from Kasara and was travelling towards Mumbai. He was checking tickets near the door when he lost balance and fell on the tracks,” an officer from Kalyan GRP said. The incident took place near Umbarli station, the police said. “The passengers alerted us and we immediately sent a team to rescue him. He was grievously injured,” the officer said. “Gaikwad was rushed to Shahapur civic hospital. The doctors started treating him but he passed away around 12.45 pm,” the officer added. Gaikwad, a resident of Vikhroli, had taken an early morning train to Kasara and he was returning while on duty, when the incident took place, the police said. “We have registered an accidental death case. The body has been sent for post-mortem,” Inspector Ajit Bartakke from Kalyan GRP said.
2019-02-16FOBs, Metro 4 to be integrated in Thane - Times of India
FOBs, Metro 4 to be integrated in Thane Feb 17, 2019, 04:15 IST THANE: Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) plans to integrate four foot over-bridges (FOBs) in Thane with the Metro 4 line infrastructure, instead of razing them. The decision was taken at a meeting between MMRDA commissioner R A Rajeev and Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Friday, putting to rest fears of these bridges having to be demolished to accommodate the Metro lines. TOI had reported about the line possibly running over infrastructure projects, including pedestrian crossing bridges at Raheja Garden, Louis Wadi, Viviana Mall and R Mall to accommodate the Wadala-Kasarvadavali route. The civic administration was wary that the projects, some executed recently, would have to be pulled down as the Metro route map cutting through the city did not reflect their positions, escalating fears of them being axed. Activists and residents had raised concerns over the wastage of public money and suggested they be integrated with the Metro infra. Civic officials said Rajeev had assured TMC that they would work towards realigning the bridges. "The bridges could be realigned to provide alternate access to the nearest Metro stations wherever possible. At places where linking the bridge to the station is not feasible, the height of the lines could be elevated to ensure the bridges remain intact," a civic official present for the meeting said. TMC is now likely to increase the pace of work on few more pedestrians over-bridges planned over Ghodbunder road. Meanwhile, the meeting saw several other infrastructure projects for Thane, including the coastal road bypassing Ghodbunder Road, Kalwa-Kharegaon Link Road and infrastructure development at Mhatardi to accommodate the rise in traffic following construction of the Bullet train station, discussed. MMRDA is also mulling grade separators at Kalyan Phata and Shil Phata to ease congestion.
2019-02-16Five booked under ULCRA Act in Thane - The Asian Age
Five booked under ULCRA Act in Thane Published : Feb 17, 2019, 2:21 am IST Mumbai: The Kashimira police on Friday booked five people for allegedly transferring the rights of notified land in Mire village which fell under the ceiling limit of the Thane Urban Agglome-ration. The accused were booked under sections 199, 200, 406, 418, 420 of the IPC and under relevant sections of the Urban Land (Celling and Regulation) Act (ULCRA). However, no arrests have been made. The action came in response to a complaint filed by the assistant town planner against-Ashish Jhaveri, Shalini Jhaveri, Anita Bhatia, Yamini Kapadia and Nandita Desai for allegedly inking a deed of conveyance with a private developer to transfer land admeasuring more than 5,000 square meters which was notified in 2007 thus violating section 20 (rule 9) of the ULCRA Act. Passed in 1976, the ULCRA aims at preventing profiteering through massive land hoarding and to create affordable housing for the weaker section. While any individual could hold land not more than 500 sq mt, the Act mandated developers to hand over 5 per cent of the flats/surrender surplus land for public housing.
2019-02-16Pet peeve: High fee and no online facility to register dogs in Thane - Hindustan Times
Pet peeve: High fee and no online facility to register dogs in Thane Updated: Feb 17, 2019 00:38 IST Merely 50 per cent of the people who have pet dogs in Thane have registered themselves with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). In 2007, the TMC made it mandatory to register all pets. More than 3,000 dogs kept as pets across the city are not licensed, as per the veterinary department of the corporation. Most dog owners are either unaware of the process or are not ready to register the dog by paying the fees, the department said. Dog owners have blamed the high fee structure and the lack of online registration for the dwindling figures. The corporation charges Rs400 for getting a licence for pet dogs, which needs to be renewed every year in April. An official from the department said, “There are around 7,000 pet dogs across the city, out of which, we have registered 3,900 pets. More than 3,000 pets are still unregistered. It is mandatory not only to get the pets registered with us, but also to renew the registration every year. Most pet owners register just once and do not renew the licence. In the last few years, the trend of housing cats of different international breeds has increased. However, none of the cat owners have registered them.” More than 3,000 dog owners had registered their pets before 2016 when the fee was Rs100 and a fine of Rs20 a month if registration was not renewed after April. The corporation increased the registration fee to Rs400 and the fine to Rs100, which proved as a deterrent for many. The official added, “We also collect a deposit of Rs2,000. The deposit of people who do not renew the licence is seized. The registration process is simple. People only have to get their address and signature proof along with the dog’s vaccination chart. The corporation gives them a badge which should be fitted on the dog’s collar. In case there is any complaint of the dog or the documents are not in place, we check the dog. Most owners pay thousands for a pet but are not ready to pay Rs400 for a licence.” People who are residing in the city with their pet for more than three months will have to get the licence. The veterinary department expressed that people are not aware of the law, or in most cases, most pet owners are also from slums, lower middle class families or residing in chawls and are unwilling to shell out the registration fee every year. In most cases, people who have ten dogs will get only two to three dogs registered. “Whenever we get complaints of any dogs from the neighbours, we go and check the dog and serve a notice in case the dogs are not registered with us. At present there is no fine, however, we can seize the dogs that create a nuisance to their neighbours,” said the official. The TMC also sends notices to the housing societies asking dog owners to get themselves registered. The licensing will keep a check on zoonotic disease such as rabies, distemper or leptospirosis. “We can ensure every year that the dogs are vaccinated. More than five to six dogs are abandoned every day, we do not have space to keep these dogs and have to depend on NGOs to take care of them till they are adopted. Licensing will help prevent such abandonment as we can get details of the owner and return the dog,” the officer said. The activists claim that the high registration fees and deposit money and the lack of online registration are reasons for owners failing to register their pets. Aditi Nair, founder of Pet Owners and Animal Lovers (PAL), said, “The registration fees and the deposit of TMC is high. People who adopt old dogs, which are around 10 years old, have to pay the deposit along with fees for all the 10 years of the dog’s life. This becomes a hefty amount. Many cannot afford this. The charge imposed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is comparatively less.” Nair added that the registration process for the BMC is also online, thus making it simple for the owners to register. Dog owners want a simplified process of registration. Rahul Bhagat, 35, a resident of Vedant complex, who has a four-month-old Siberian Husky, said, “Earlier, registration was done through veterinary doctors. The process was simple and we did not have to go to the corporation. I had registered my earlier dog through my vet. I have not yet registered the new dog. Online registration could have been easy for us.” The TMC official said that registration through vet was discontinued by the government to prevent malpractices in the process.
2019-02-16Thane Municipal Corporation clerk serving notices to illegal establishments stabbed by 2 men - Hindustan Times
Thane Municipal Corporation clerk serving notices to illegal establishments stabbed by 2 men Updated: Feb 17, 2019 00:51 IST A clerk working at the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) was attacked by two unknown bike-borne persons by a knife while he was serving notices to illegal constructions in Mumbra on Saturday. The accused stabbed Amit Gadkari, 32, on the shoulder and fled the spot on their bikes. Gadkari was rushed to Chatrapati Shivaji Hospital and his condition is stable. Gadkari works as a clerk in the anti-encroachment department of Mumbra ward office. The corporation believes that the attack was meant as a warning to stop action against illegal constructions. “I was serving notices to illegal shops and establishments near Mumbra fire brigade around 8.30pm. I stopped near the fire brigade office to answer a phone call when two people on bike stopped in front of me and removed a knife. I tried to duck their attack but they stabbed me on my left shoulder. Both of them had tied a pieces cloth over their faces. One of them threatened me before leaving by saying “Yeh toh trailer hai” (this is merely a trailer).” The corporation had undertaken a massive demolition drive in Mumbra since the last few months for road widening works. Mahesh Aher, assistant municipal commissioner of Mumbra, said, “Gadkari was attacked for doing his job of razing illegal constructions. The Mumbra police had recently intimated us that an attack on our demolition staff was being planned.” The Mumbra police informed that they are still in the process of registering a case.
2019-02-16Transplant liver rushed from Thane-Parel, this time via Mumbai local - NewsBytes
Transplant liver rushed from Thane-Parel, this time via Mumbai local 16 Feb 2019 In a first, a human organ was transported from one hospital to another via Mumbai local trains. On Friday, a liver meant for transplant, kept in an ice box, was ferried from Jupiter Hospital in Thane to Global Hospital in Parel, where the patient receiving the liver was admitted. The transportation was done in 38 minutes during non-peak hours. Here's how it happened. 53-year-old donor's last wish was to donate his organs On Wednesday, a Ulhasnagar resident, 53, met with an accident in Dombivali, and was declared brain dead in Jupiter Hospital's emergency ward itself. When his wife was contacted, she readily agreed for his organ donation, as "it was her husband's last wish to donate his organs," Aniruddha Kulkarni, Jupiter Hospital's transplant coordinator, told media. The brain dead man was an aarogya mitra (health volunteer). Global Hospital had already informed Central Railways authorities in advance The Global Hospital authorities had already informed the Central Railways authorities in advance about the liver transportation. As the liver was to be retrieved around 11am and the possible transportation leg would've been around 12:30pm, which is the peak-hour for vehicular traffic on the Eastern Express Highway, the Global Hospital thought local trains would be the fastest and most reliable option, hospital authorities said. Traffic personnel had created green corridor for ambulance in Thane Around 3pm, a four-member team left Jupiter Hospital in an ambulance. "We created a separate lane (green corridor) for the ambulance to travel to the Thane railway station. Traffic constables were posted at every junction of the route," a Thane traffic police inspector said. Thereafter, the train reached Dadar in 27 minutes flat. A green corridor was created in Dadar as well. Team left Thane in middle first class-compartment with RPF constable Explaining how it took so less time, the inspector said vehicular movement was withheld on the route and the journey to Thane station "took seven minutes via Teen Haath Naka, Kopri Bridge, and Kopri Circle." The RPF was waiting at the station for the hospital team, and all of them together boarded the middle first-class compartment in the 3:08pm Karjat-CSMT fast local. Dadar railway staff was expecting team at last first-class compartment Meanwhile, at the Dadar station, a Global Hospital staffer had reached early to coordinate with the railway staff. The railway staff at Dadar were expecting the Jupiter Hospital team in the last first-class compartment, but they were in the middle first-class compartment. Fortunately, an alert Maharashtra Security Force jawan posted outside the middle first-class apartment spotted the Jupiter Hospital team, who alerted his superiors. Team escorted out of Dadar platform by station master Meanwhile, the area between the platform and station exit was kept crowd-free by the railway staff. "Platform 6 is parallel to the street. So the team did not have to take a staircase after alighting from the train," an officer said. The team was escorted out of the platform by the station master and RPF in less than two minutes. Team reached Global Hospital from Dadar station in four minutes Outside Dadar station, an ambulance was waiting for the Jupiter Hospital team. Like in Thane, traffic police personnel had cleared the route from Dadar station to Global Hospital and the ambulance reached in 4 minutes. Happy for contributing to the cause, DM Sharma, General Manager, Central Railways, said, "Even in future, we will certainly be party to such a noble cause to save lives."
2019-02-16Thane: Man Kidnaps Toddler to Win His Aunt's Love, Arrested - LatestLY
Thane: Man Kidnaps Toddler to Win His Aunt's Love, Arrested Feb 16, 2019 03:50 PM IST Thane, February 16: In a bizarre case, a 20-year-old man was arrested near Thane railway station for allegedly kidnapping a three-year-old toddler. The accused identified as Suraj Singh Dara Singh was trapped by police on Friday. The accused was in love with the toddler's aunt. According to the Times of India report, Singh abducted a toddler from Sahydar Nagar in Ulhasnagar on Thursday evening. Soon after his abduction, a missing complaint was filed at a local police station. On investigation, police found that Singh is in love with the toddler's aunt and visited her on Thursday morning at Vitthalwadi. Later, the accused called the toddler's aunt and asked her to meet him alone or else he would kill the child. The police laid a trap to arrest the accused by sending the child's aunt to Thane railway station to meet him. When Singh came to meet her, police arrested him, reported TOI. The toddler was safely rescued and was handed over to its parents. TOI further claimed that the accused was in love with the aunt. In a bid to impress her, Singh shifted to Vitthalwadi from Surat, where the aunt was living earlier.
2019-02-16Thane hospital uses Mumbai`s local train to transport organ for transplant - Zee News
Thane hospital uses Mumbai's local train to transport organ for transplant Feb 16, 2019, 17:34 PM IST Mumbai: The local train is regarded as Mumbai's lifeline and it proved to be worthy of this description when it helped transport a liver from Thane to Parel. While it is common to create a green corridor on Indian roads for the quick transport of organs, this was - perhaps - the first time that an organ was transported with the help of a local train. On Friday, a liver was dispatched from Thane's Jupiter Hospital to Parel's Global Hospital and a major part of the journey was covered using a local train. Officials wanted to avoid using the option of transporting the liver through a vehicle for the entire way because of the prevailing traffic situation. The road distance between the two hospitals is 30.8 kilometres. The organ was brought to the Thane station at 1450hrs with a team of doctors. The journey began at 1503hrs on a Dadar-bound train. The entire team got off with the organ at Dadar at 1533hrs and from here, a green corridor was created to the hospital in Parel. According to Doctor Anurag Mittal who was part of the medical team, the entire journey took 45 minutes. "Mumbai's highway usually has a high volume of traffic at the hour when the liver was to be sent. It is because of this that we opted to use the local train for most parts of the journey. The lesser time that a liver spends on ice, the better the chances are for it to function well after being transplanted," he said.
2019-02-16Police on alert as Mumbai goes into mourning & some areas shut down - Times of India
Police on alert as Mumbai goes into mourning & some areas shut down Feb 17, 2019, 03:32 IST MUMBAI: As the coffins of the martyred jawans were wrapped in Tricolour and their pyres lit on Saturday, anger simmered on the streets of Mumbai and nearby areas of Thane, Kalyan and Vasai-Virar. Ban-dhs were observed, some at the behest of political parties, and only a few met with protests given the magnitude of the tragedy. Heavy police bandobast and nakabandi was visible. No untoward incident was reported but HSC students who had to take their practical exam on Saturday were delayed due to low availability of autos and rumours of a morcha. Maharashtra State Board officials said that in case a student failed to reach college in time, the college may allow him to appear before February 18. Shops were shut in Muslim-dominated areas like Dongri, Bhendi Bazaar, Null Bazar, Nagpada and Madanpura in south and central Mumbai. Amjad Khan, a mobile shop owner in Madanpura, said, "The nation stands as one with the families of the soldiers. We have shut down our business to protest the attack." Grocery shops and vegetable vendors near Bhatia hospital in Tardeo were asked to shut down by Shiv Sainiks. In Manish Nagar, Four Bungalows, demonstrators set fire to a Pakistani flag and shouted "Pakistan Murdabad". Another group led a candle march from Lokhandwala Circle to the Back Road. In Malad, Ashok Kamble, state chief of Bhim Army threatened statewide protests if the government did not take "action against Pakistan in two days". Students too devised heartfelt elaborate tributes to honour the martyrs. Around 1,000 students of SIES College observed two minutes' silence. In Thane, St Xavier's, Shreerang Vidyalaya and Saraswati Vidyalaya schools held memorials. The commonly chaotic lanes of another Muslim-dominated neighbourhood, Mumbra in Thane, observed a total bandh. Autos were off the road and shops stayed closed. Mumbra station precinct was deserted. Thane municipal transport temporarily suspended its bus services in Mumbra. Same was the scene in Vasai-Virar. Stray instances of tyre burning were reported from Naigaon and Nalasopara. Silent marches were led through multiple localities. But no political party was seen taking mileage. Palghar district police acted swiftly and issued an advisory asking people not to force a bandh or resort to protest by unlawful means. Residents of Kalamboli and Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai staged protests. Similar rallies unfolded on the Sion-Panvel highway. All shops except medical stores were closed in Belapur. Kalamboli traffic inspector Ankush Khedkar said, "It was a peaceful protest." Thane witnessed a complete shutdown. Citizens were inconvenienced as buses and autos went off the road.
2019-02-16Mumbai Local Train From Thane to Parel Transports Liver For Transplant - India.com News
Mumbai Local Train From Thane to Parel Transports Liver For Transplant Updated: February 16, 2019 9:30 AM IST New Delhi: The liver of a 53-year-old man, declared brain dead, was transported via local train from Thane to Parel in Mumbai for transplant at a city hospital. The 25 km-stretch was covered in 41 minutes by creating a green corridor. According to media reports, the organ belonged to Bharat Khare, who was declared brain dead on Friday. He had fallen from the scooter when he was on his way to the hospital to visit a patient. He was immediately rushed to AIIMS for preliminary treatment but was later shifted to Jupiter hospital in Thane. The accident took place on February 13 and he was declared dead on Friday. Khare’s family members decided to donate his organs. His liver was donated to a patient in a Global hospital in Parel for which green corridor was created. The surgery of the patient was supposed to take place at 6 pm on Friday. To save time, hospital authorities decided to take the local train to transplant the liver. The hospital contacted railway authorities and took all necessary permission. The railways clear the path for the team travelling with the liver. The team had left the Thane hospital at 2.57pm and boarded Karjat-CST train at 3.08 pm. Hindustan Times reported that the men carrying the box enter the first-class compartment by shouting “liver inside”. The station master at Dadar was informed that a team carrying liver is travelling in Karjat-CST train. An ambulance was kept at standby. As soon as the train reached, the team carrying organ left for the hospital. Last year, the heart of a 42-year-old man in Mumbai has transported aerially and through green corridors to a hospital in Delhi, covering a distance of about 1,100 km. The heart was to be transplanted into a 53-year-old woman. The recipient was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood effectively.
2019-02-16MH-BUILDING-ARREST - THE WEEK
MH-BUILDING-ARREST February 16, 2019 22:25 IST Man held for obstructing civic officials demolishing building Thane, Feb 16 (PTI) A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to stop civic officials from pulling down a dilapidated structure in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said Saturday. A Thane Municipal Corporation team led deputy municipal commissioner Ashok Burpulle, assistant civic commissioner Maruti Gaikwad and others were at Harinivas Circle here to pull down Aji Kripa building Friday evening when the incident happened, an official from Naupada police station said. Dileep Sonone, who is reportedly a district-level member of a political party, asked the officials to stop work and resorted to abuses and also tried to hit them when they refused to heed him, police said. "The building had been declared dangerous after a structural audit in 2001 and residents were evacuated in August, 2015. Sonone used to be a resident of this building earlier," the official said. Based on a complaint by a civic official, Sonone was arrested under section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, he added. A local court remanded him in judicial custody and further probe was underway, the police official said.
2019-02-16Mumbai Mega Block on Sunday, February 17; train services on Central, Harbour and Western lines to be affected - Free Press Journal
Mumbai Mega Block on Sunday, February 17; train services on Central, Harbour and Western lines to be affected February 16, 2019 7:34 pm Central Railway and Western Railway will conduct Mumbai Mega Block on most of the Sundays for the maintenance works of rail racks and other related works under both the Railway zones. CENTRAL LINE Dn Slow/semi fast services leaving Mulund from 10.47 am to 3.24 pm will be diverted on Dn fast line Mulund and Kalyan stations halting at Thane, Diva and Dombivali stations and and will arrive destination 10 minutes behind schedule. Up fast services leaving Kalyan from 10.37 am to 3.06 pm will halt at Diva, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their respective halts and and will arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule. Dn fast/semi fast services leaving CSMT Mumbai from 10.05 am to 2.54 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup Mulund and Diva stations in addition to their respective halts and will arrive destination 20 minutes behind schedule. All Dn and Up slow locals leaving / arriving CSMT Mumbai from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm will arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule. HARBOUR LINE Dn Harbour line services to Vashi/Belapur/Panvel leaving CSMT Mumbai from 10.34 am to 3.08 pm and Up Harbour line services towards CSMT Mumbai leaving Panvel/Belapur/Vashi from 10.21 am to 3.00 pm and will remain cancelled. However, special local trains will run on CSMT MumbaiMumbai – Kurla and Vashi – Panvel sections during the block period. Harbour line passengers are permitted to travel Trans Harbour line and Main line from 10.00 am to 4.30 pmDue to these blocks, suburban trains are likely to be more crowded than usual. Passengers are requested not to take any risks while travelling. They are also requested to avoid travelling on foot board, roof top of locals and not to board extremely over crowded trains. These maintenance mega blocks are essential for infrastructure upkeep and safety. WESTERN LINE A Jumbo block of Five hours will be taken from 10.35 hrs to 15.35 hrs on Sunday, 17th February, 2019 on UP and DOWN Fast lines between Borivali and Andheri stations for the maintenance of track, signaling and overhead equipments. During the block period, all trains running on Fast lines will run on Slow lines between Borivali and Andheri.
2019-02-16Thane: Man kidnaps three-year-old, blackmails aunt to 'love' him - Times Now
Thane: Man kidnaps three-year-old, blackmails aunt to 'love' him Updated Feb 16, 2019 | 14:15 IST | Mumbai: The police officials arrested a 20-year-old man for allegedly kidnapping a three-year-old toddler on Friday near the Thane railway station. The accused was in love with the toddler's aunt. According to a report in the Times of India (TOI), the accused was identified as Suraj Dara Singh from Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. The toddler was abducted from Sahydar Nagar in Ulhasnagar on Thursday around 5 pm. A missing complaint was lodged at a local police station. Meanwhile, Deepak Deoraj, the deputy commissioner of police told TOI that the police learned, the accused was in love with the child's aunt and had visited her in the morning. Later, he called the child's aunt to meet and asked her to come alone or he would kill the child. The accused had kept the child at a friend's house in Vikhroli. However, the police laid a trap to catch the accused and moved from Kurla to Vikhroli and then to Thane. Meanwhile, the police sent the aunt to Thane station at 4 pm on Friday and when the accused came there to meet her, the police arrested him. The TOI further claimed that the toddler was then handed over to his family. The accused was in love with the aunt but she ignored him. In order to harass her further, he kidnapped her sister's baby from Vitthalwadi. However, the police have arrested the accused.
2019-02-16Serial molester held in Mulund - The Hindu
Serial molester held in Mulund UPDATED: FEBRUARY 16, 2019 01:12 IST The Navghar police on Thursday arrested a Thane resident who was wanted for allegedly molesting women late at night in Mulund and Thane and fleeing on his bike. Three cases of molestation have been registered against him since last year. The Navghar police said that they started hunting for the accused after a 35-year-old woman registered a complaint on February 7. “The complainant said that she was taking a walk after dinner near Sambhaji garden in Mulund (East) when an unknown man came on a bike and touched her inappropriately,” Akhilesh Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone VII), said. The police examined CCTV footage of the area and spotted the accused wearing a helmet and riding a Royal Enfield. The police started inquiries among informants to find out if anyone owned a Royal Enfield in the area. Senior police inspector Pushkaraj Suryavanshi said, “We identified the suspect as Viren Shah (38), a resident of Charai in Thane. He is a manager at a retail outlet in R City Mall in Ghatkopar and we picked up from his workplace on Thursday. During interrogation, he confessed to the offence.” Inquiries showed that Mr. Shah had similar offences registered against him at Kopri police station in Thane in February and May last year. Mr. Singh said the accused was well-educated and belonged to a well-to-do family. The officer said the accused frequently targeted women who walked alone at night. He would touch them inappropriately and speed away on his bike. He would always wear a helmet to avoid being identified, the officer said.
2019-02-16Mumbai: City weighed down by grief under burden of Pulwama biers - Times of India
Mumbai: City weighed down by grief under burden of Pulwama biers Updated: Feb 16, 2019, 21:24 IST MUMBAI: As the biers of Pulwama's martyred jawans were wrapped in the tricolour and their pyres lit Saturday, anger simmered in the streets of Mumbai and surrounding areas like Thane and Kalyan. Bandhs were observed in these regions, some at the behest of political parties. But few were met with protestations given the magnitude of the tragedy. Heavy police bandobast and nakabandi was visible throughout Mumbai. No untoward incident was reported. Shops were shut in Muslim-dominated areas like Dongri, Bhendi Bazaar, Null Bazar, Nagpada and Madanpura in South and Central Mumbai. Amjad Khan, a mobile shop owner in Madanpura, said, "The entire nation stands as one with the families of our martyred soldiers. We have shut down our business to protest the terrorist attack." The commonly chaotic lanes of another Muslim-dominated neighbourhood, Mumbra in Thane, wore a deserted look as the township observed a total bandh. Autorickshaws were off the road and shops remained closed. Thane municipal transport temporarily suspended all its bus services in Mumbra. Grocery shops and vegetable vendors near Bhatia hospital in Tardeo were asked to roll down shutters by Shiv Sainiks. All shops except medical stores were closed in Belapur, Navi Mumbai. In Manish Nagar, Four Bungalows, demonstrators set fire to a Pakistani flag and shouted "Pakistan Murdabad". Another group led a candle march from Lokhandwala Circle to the Back Road. In Malad, Ashok Kamble, state chief of the Dalit outfit Bhim Army threatened statewide protests if the Modi government did not take "stern action against Pakistan within the next two days". The student community devised heartfelt elaborate tributes to honour the martyrs. Around 1,000 scholars of SIES College observed two minutes' silence. In Thane, St Xavier's, Shreerang Vidyalaya and Saraswati Vidyalaya schools held memorials. However, HSC students who had to take their practical exam at various junior colleges were delayed due to low availability of rickshaws and rumours of a morcha. Maharashtra State Board officials said that in case a student failed to reach college in time, the college may allow him to appear before February 18. Bandhs and marches unfolded on the outskirts of Mumbai. Shops were closed and public transport including autos came to a halt in Vasai-Virar. Stray instances of tyre burning were reported from Naigaon and Nalasopara. Silent marches were led through multiple localities. No political party was seen taking mileage from the protests. Palghar district police acted swiftly and issued an advisory asking people not to force a bandh or resort to protest by unlawful means. Helpline numbers were circulated on social media for citizens to report trouble. Residents of Kalamboli and Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai staged protests. Similar rallies unfolded on the Sion-Panvel highway. Traders showed solidarity by closing shops. Kalamboli traffic inspector Ankush Khedkar said, “It was a peaceful protest without disrupting traffic on the highway. The marches were led mostly in the internal roads and in public squares.” Thane witnessed a complete shutdown of shops particularly in the station area which otherwise buzzes with activity. Thousands of citizens were inconvenienced as buses and autos went off the road.
2019-02-16Mumbaikars enable swift transportation of organ in 41 minutes from Thane to Parel - Mid-Day
Mumbaikars enable swift transportation of organ in 41 minutes from Thane to Parel Updated: Feb 16, 2019, 11:17 IST Mumbai's lifeline literally proved to be one today as a human liver was escorted using the local train and road ambulances from Thane to Parel. The 25-km stretch was covered in 41 minutes by enabling a green corridor for the quick transfer of the organ. "The Global Hospital in Parel received a cadaveric alert from Jupiter Hospital in Thane. The organ had to be retrieved and transferred as soon as possible. The Global Hospital team thought of using the local train network as the fastest and most reliable way of transporting the organ to save a life. All requisite permissions were quickly sought from Central Railway, the police and RPF to ensure a safe route for the organ to be transported," a statement from the hospital team said. "The Thane and Mumbai police, Central Railways officers, the railway police and the RPF provided brilliant support in helping the retrieval team transport the organ from Jupiter Hospital at 2:57 pm to reach Global Hospital Parel at 3:38 pm," it added. A CR spokesperson said that the RPF staff created a dedicated path at the crowded Dadar station for the organ's safe and swift passage, while the city traffic police regulated vehicular traffic outside Dadar station. The fast CSMT-bound local train arrived at Dadar around 3:30 pm following which the RPF and railway staff helped the hospital team smoothly exit Dadar station premises.
2019-02-16Civic body shrugs off Thane youth's protest over Metro tree purge - Daily News & Analysis
Civic body shrugs off Thane youth's protest over Metro tree purge Updated: Feb 16, 2019, 09:38 AM IST Over 700 youth including college students from Thane have alleged that they were ignored by the TMC when they objected against the cutting, trimming and chopping of over 478 trees to construct the Metro Line 4. They alleged that the TMC's tree authority first refused to take their objections citing that it was too much work for them, wasting their time, and then took only 250 of the 700 objection letters. On Wednesday, Sushank Tomar, 22, a resident of Upvan in Thane, and four of his friends went to the office of the tree authority at the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). "Through newspaper advertisements placed by TMC, we learned that the authority is going to transplant 478 trees, cut 13 and trim 72 trees for the proposed Metro Line 4 from Mulund Checknaka to Majiwada in Thane," said Tomar. The advertisement, however, does not speak about the kind of trees to be felled or transplanted, nor their location, he said. "Since these points are not clear, we want a public hearing with the TA. So we went to the office to submit objection letters," said Tomar. "We also learned that 60 percent of the trees that were transplanted for Metro Line 3 died. We do not want that to happen in Thane as Checknaka-Majiwada, which is on the Eastern Express Highway, has many trees, and if they are chopped, it will add to the ever-rising pollution," he said. He said they had a hard time submitting the objection letters, which are from college and school students, housing societies, and also residents from Kalyan and Dombivali. "Anuraddha Babar, assistant municipal commissioner, refused to take so many applications. She said it was not possible to acknowledge so many objections and took 150 and asked us to come the next day," he said. On Thursday, the authority took 100 more applications. "We were asked to get a photocopy of the notice we were objecting to, which is not required; one only has to give the ad's reference number. Then we were asked not to be present on the premises, even while we were in the middle of doing the paperwork," he said. Our calls and messages to Anuraddha Babar and Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer, TMC, went unanswered. IT BEGAN WITH AN AD A newspaper ad said the Thane Municipal Corporation is going to transplant 478 trees, cut 13 and trim 72 trees for the proposed Metro Line 4 from Mulund Checknaka to Majiwada in Thane, the youth said.
2019-02-16Anti-terror protests in Maharashtra disrupt Delhi-Mumbai rail route - Outlook India
Anti-terror protests in Maharashtra disrupt Delhi-Mumbai rail route 16 FEBRUARY 2019 Last Updated at 3:10 PM Palghar (Maharashtra), Feb 16 Protesters in Maharashtra agitating against the Pulwama terror attack that left 49 CRPF troopers dead held up trains on the crucial Mumbai-Delhi Western Railway (WR) route for four hours during the peak morning time, police said. The Maharashtra Police had to resort to mild caning to disperse the crowd that staged the rail blockade till 1 p.m., an official said. Since dawn, hundreds of people carrying placards and banners, shouting anti-Pakistan and anti-terror slogans, trooped on the roads in major towns like Virar, Nala Sopara, Vasai and adjoining Mira Road in Thane district. Shopkeepers and business establishments also joined them by a spontaneous shutdown but the problem erupted after some demonstrators squatted on the railway tracks at Nala Sopara and blocked all suburban and long-distance trains during the morning peak hours. As the agitated crowd grew, the police, Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) rushed to the site and attempted to pacify the squatters, requesting them to allow the passage of trains. However, they remained adamant and all train services remained blocked for nearly four hours till 1 p.m., sending all schedules haywire and many people could not board trains to reach their place of work in Mumbai, Thane and other places. Finally, the police were compelled to resort to mild caning to disperse the mobs before the situation got out of control and cleared the WR tracks to help resume the train operations. After several hours, the situation in Nala Sopara and surroundings returned to normal, though traffic on internal roads in various towns and the Mumbai-Agra Western Express Highway was also severely hit due to the agitation. As a precautionary measure, the GRP-RPF have strengthened security at major stations on the suburban network - the city's lifeline that is used by over eight million commuters daily in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad. In the worst ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in 1989, a suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his vehicle packed with explosives into a CRPF bus on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Pulwama district, killing at least 40 troopers on the spot. The toll rose 49 on Friday as several injured succumbed. The attack has left the security establishment stunned as it created the biggest casualty of security personnel in a single day in peace time.
2019-02-16A patch of pink in the city - Livemint
A patch of pink in the city 9 min read . Updated: 16 Feb 2019, 04:07 PM IST If you’re a flamingo in love, don’t get too attached. This is not a bird accustomed to sticking with the same partner over multiple breeding seasons. In The Thing With Feathers, Noah Strycker puts the flamingo “divorce rate" at 99%, a far cry from the deeply faithful albatross, which, when it loves, loves for life. They may be fickle with their mates, but flamingos have shown an unexpected fealty to Mumbai. Large flocks have been recorded in the city since the early 1990s, but they’ve been around for at least a century before this. In the first Journal Of The Bombay Natural History Society, dated 1886, an unidentified Englishman writes about shooting two flamingos in “one of the creeks of Bombay harbour". He continues in a more poetic vein: “A flock of flamingos in-flight, with the sunlight on their red and white plumage, is a lovely sight. They usually fly in a rather irregular wavering line, the centre birds much higher than the flankers; and I have heard a flock likened to ‘a drunken rainbow’". In 1893, the Journal reported: “The Flamingo is very common in Sind; it is not uncommon near Bombay, and occurs as far south as Ratnagiri." There are six varieties of flamingos; two of them are found in India. These are the Greater Flamingo (taller, pink bill with black tip) and Lesser Flamingo (shorter, dark crimson bill). They fly in to Mumbai from Kutch in Gujarat, their primary breeding ground, and from Sambhar Salt Lake in Rajasthan. Some may even be expatriates, from Pakistan or Iran, though we don’t know for sure yet. The Bombay Natural History Society, or BNHS, has recently started ringing (attaching a tag to the bird to enable individual identification), and GPS tagging of flamingos is expected to start soon as well. The birds start arriving in September. Most of them settle in the extended Thane Creek, a triangle bounded by Airoli on the top, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) on the Navi Mumbai side, and Sewri on the Mumbai city coastline. You can spot the birds at Bhandup; at Lokhandwala; at Uran, Airoli and Seawoods in Navi Mumbai; and at Sewri, though the ongoing construction of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Line (MTHL) means the Sewri Jetty is inaccessible. They live on mudflats and estuaries and creeks, wherever they can find the blue-green algae that’s a staple of their diet. They feed, feed some more, perform mating rituals like their signature group dance—one of the funniest sights in nature, with dozens of bobbing heads and pink bodies sashaying on spindly legs, like a curtain call at a fashion show. Then, from May, they start heading back to Kutch and beyond to breed. Flames on the water The closest you’ll get to the birds in Mumbai is on a boat. There’s only one official flamingo boat tour, conducted by the Coastal & Marine Biodiversity Centre (CMBC) at Thane Creek. It started a year ago, around the time the creek was designated a “flamingo sanctuary". We arrived, bright but not early (trips are dependent on the tides; ours started at 11.30), at the CMBC premises in Airoli. The boat was a 24-seater with a mixture of amateur birders and neophytes. One of the passengers, a retiree, said he ran his own nature club, and that some of them were going to Bhigwan, near Pune, to see more flamingos later in the month. As the boat chugged to life, we could see flamingos fly past, skimming the water, just beyond the mouth of the clearing that opens into the creek. Within minutes, there was a burst of oohing and aahing. A large flock of flamingos dotted the creek’s border on our left—too far away to appreciate without binoculars, but still a thrilling sight. From then until the end of the trip an hour later, there wasn’t a moment when we couldn’t see flamingos. The birds stood in large groups, occasionally walking a few steps and dipping their necks to feed. From time to time, some of them put on a show, taking a few running steps on the surface of the water and launching into the air, soon joined in formation by a dozen others. Our captain and guide, Shahid Bamne, kept up a steady patter. “They came early this year, and in greater numbers. Most of them are migratory. They come here to eat and go back to Gujarat." The mention of the state may have reminded him of something, because he added, “Let’s see which party comes to power, Rahul’s or someone else’s." Even on the open water, it’s an election year. Flamingo count A fortnight ago, a six-digit number sent a ripple of excitement through Mumbai’s birding circles. The BNHS began a census in May last year—the first to cover the entire flamingo habitat in Mumbai, says project in-charge Rahul Khot. The numbers from October to December were similar to earlier estimates of the flamingo population in the city: 45,999, 50,008, 53,598. In early February, they received the numbers for January: 121,935. Mumbai, through some design and a lot of luck, was home to over a hundred thousand flamingos. I meet Khot at Hornbill House, the BNHS headquarters in Kala Ghoda, which was constructed in 1965 and retains a slightly wonky old-world charm (one of the files on Khot’s desk simply reads “frogs"). “Exciting, exciting," he says when I ask him about the census. “So far no one has given this number of flamingos in Mumbai. The maximum was 60,000-70,000—and those were estimates." But he also stresses that they’re just a few months into a 10-year study. “Once we have the complete data, it’ll be possible to do statistical modelling and see which factors are affecting the bird population—quality of habitat, pollution, heavy metals, drought..." Both Khot and Sunjoy Monga, conservationist and author of Birds Of Mumbai, believe the drought in Gujarat last year may have something to do with the increase in Mumbai’s flamingo population. “Birds move," Monga says over the phone. “If they find a place conducive, they come there in large numbers. But this might be temporary." Why do flamingos keep coming to places like Bhandup, with its waste treatment plant, and Sewri, with its industries and construction? It sounds crazy, but what we think of as “pollution" actually has a role in attracting flamingos. Waste matter and sewage in Thane Creek helps in the formation of the blue-green algae that’s the mainstay of the bird’s diet. Monga speculates that’s why they started flocking here in the early 1990s. “It might have to do with the refineries and industries causing gradual warming of Sewri Bay—not temperature, but general warmth of ecological settings resulting in profusion of algae and other organic growth. We have created a condition which might be called perfect levels of pollution." Flamingos are a hardy species but there’s always the danger that pollution levels could cross a threshold beyond which it will start harming the birds. Khot says their 10-year study will throw light on this: By comparing region-wise population statistics with data from the BNHS marine life department, they can understand where the birds are concentrating and what their habitat and diet in these places are like. “Of course, developmental projects will have some impact," he says. “Untreated sewage discharge and heavy metal contamination is a concern. But flamingos live in other places with heavy industries, in Mathura, in Gujarat. So they have some tolerance." There are other worries. A few cases of flamingo poaching have been reported in the city, and of the birds flying into high-tension wires and being electrocuted. More worrying is the construction in and around the flamingo sanctuary. Sewri Jetty—once the prime spot for flamingo viewing in Mumbai—has been closed since last year because of the work on the MTHL, which will connect Sewri to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port. There has been a visible decrease in flamingos near the jetty this season. Khot says they’ve moved to the other side of the creek but adds that this could be temporary, given the examples of the nearby Vashi and Airoli bridges. “You can see flamingos right along those bridges, under them," he says. “So we might see that as the (MTHL) construction progresses, they may come back." It was also reported last week that a committee chaired by Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan had given wildlife clearance for a bullet train corridor to encroach upon the Thane flamingo sanctuary (3.27 hectares of forests from the sanctuary and 97.51 hectares of land close to it). Conservation’s poster bird Despite starting off my second flamingo-sighting expedition on a hair-raising note by pointing to thick brush some 30m away and saying “This is where they released the snakes", Prathamesh Desai proved to be an excellent guide. He would often stop mid-conversation and ask me to look in the direction of a trill or a chirp. In the 2 hours we spent roaming Bhandup, we saw a Temminck’s Stint, Little Ringed Plover, Northern Shoveler, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Rosy Starling and Purple Sunbird. We also saw, from the shore of the creek, a large flock of Greater Flamingos, and a solitary Lesser Flamingo. While the boat had gotten closer in Airoli, being able to look at the birds through binoculars, with my feet planted on the ground, allowed for more leisurely contemplation. The flamingos also had both legs planted on the riverbed—their preferred stance while feeding (the famous standing-on-one-leg pose is when they’re at rest). Seen through binoculars, the birds revealed themselves as both beautiful and bizarre-looking, with the soft pastel shades of the body and elegant curve of the neck ending in a decidedly inelegant curved beak and a malevolent orange eye. It reminded me of a description of the bird by Kay Ryan, in her poem Flamingo Watching: She seems unnatural by nature—too vivid and peculiar a structure to be pretty, and flexible to the point of oddity. On the way out, Desai—who works with tourism firm Mumbai Travellers and runs a club called Birds of Thane & Raigad—mentioned an allied issue: mangroves. The tree, which lines much of Thane Creek, is a natural barrier to erosion. But various projects—the coastal road, the MTHL—have resulted in mangroves being cleared. “To bring the idea of conservation to the common man, you need something attractive," he said. “If you bring more and more people to see flamingos, you are also making people aware that if you destroy their habitat, the birds will go off." Monga can recall a time in the late 1970s when a solitary flock of flamingos was a notable sighting in Mumbai. “I stay in Lokhandwala," he says. “For 15 years, I haven’t seen a single flamingo in the creek behind my house. Now it has 200 of them some days. Malad Creek has 2,000-3,000. Obviously, they’ve spread." We may not know exactly why flamingos are flocking here in large numbers, or whether this is an aberration. But, for now, there’s a minor pink revolution happening in the creeks of Mumbai.
2019-02-15TMC plays blame game allege local villagers to blame for destroying wetlands - Mid-Day
TMC plays blame game, allege local villagers to blame for destroying wetlands Updated: Feb 15, 2019, 11:59 IST Development comes at a cost, and a heavy one at that. The latest victims are wetlands close to the creek in Thane's Kasarvadavli area where around 8,000 truckloads of debris have been illegally dumped, alleged Thane-based environmentalist Rohit Joshi. The act will have a grave impact on the biodiversity and hamper the birding area around five to six acres of land, activists claimed. Joshi on Wednesday filed a complaint with the High Court-appointed Wetland Committee informing them of the rampant destruction of wetlands near Ghodbunder Road in Thane West. Joshi last month received a complaint from his sources stating that indiscriminate dumping was being done on wetlands at Kasarvadavli, after which he forwarded the complaint to Adhik Patil, Tehsildar, Thane Taluka, Ovale Talathi. Tehsildar officials soon visited the spot and submitted five reports to the Thane Municipal Corporation on January 10 itself. "Work for the construction of DP Road has been undertaken by a contractor appointed by the TMC. The dumping has made it impossible to demarcate the boundaries of the plots. Due to the size of the area, measurements have been undertaken part by part. The amount of material dumped has been ascertained to be 81,000 metric tonnes of brass. I now understand that show-cause notices have been issued by the Tehsildar to the contractor and 20-25 land owners while the TMC has not initiated any action against violators," said Joshi who has been fighting to save wetlands and green patches in Thane. He was asked by the authorities to prove that the area was a wetland saying it's neither notified nor showing in the wetland atlas. Authorities ask for proof "Unaware of the status during my visit, I had clicked photographs of water birds residing here which itself is proof of the bird habitat and rich biodiversity but it seems these aren't important indicators for authorities. Unfortunately, Google Earth also shows the last saved image of November 2018 with rampant dumping. I waited an entire month for the violators to be booked but sadly only notices have been issued. Property experts have estimated that land created here is worth R250 crore," alleged Joshi, also the convener of the Yeoor Environmental Society. "Since the reclamation activity is being executed in an organised way, I request you to kindly probe the matter and book violators under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA) at the earliest, as this dumping continues unabashedly," Joshi's letter to the Wetland Committee read. 'Illegal dumping by locals' "Illegal reclamation of wetlands and destruction of mangroves by dumping construction material debris in Thane have been on the rise and the Revenue Department authorities along with Thane Municipal Corporation have been turning a blind eye to it," said Stalin D of NGO Vanashakti. TMC official Manish Joshi said that the TMC-appointed contractor Bitcom Infrastructure is carrying out the road work after taking all the necessary permissions. "However, illegal dumping is taking place on another portion of land but the TMC has nothing to do with it and as per our information, it is being done by local villagers," he said, adding that he was aware of the complaint made to the HC-appointed Wetland Committee, and "once a meeting with the committee takes place, we will take action against those villagers responsible for dumping debris," he assured.
2019-02-15People stage protests against Pulwama terror attack - United News of India
People stage protests against Pulwama terror attack Thane, Feb 15 (UNI) Tempers ran high among the citizens of Thane district over the Pulwama terror attack in which at least 37 CRPF personnel were martyred on Thursday. It was a day of protest and mourning also. In Bhiwandi, the citizens burnt the flag of Pakistan in protest of the deadliest terror attack. In Mumbra, the NCP burnt the portrait of Pakistant Prime Minister Imran Khan and military chief Qamar Bajwa. In Thane city, the Shiv Sena protested under the leadership of guardian minister Eknath Shinde. Hindu Jan jagruti carried out protest in Thane, Dombivili, Kalyan and other arreas. In the evening, the citizens assembled at Masunda lake and lit the candles to mourn.
2019-02-15Thane, Pune to get makeover with artworks and sanitation, hygiene workshops - Devdiscourse
Thane, Pune to get makeover with artworks and sanitation, hygiene workshops Created: 15-02-2019 16:54 IST The Maharashtra government has signed a memorandum of understanding with a city-based NGO to beautify neighbouring Thane and Pune with artworks and by conducting sanitation and hygiene workshops. An agreement was signed earlier this week in Pune by government authorities with NGO Rouble Nagi Foundation (RNAF) in the presence of Maharashtra cabinet minister Girish Bapat. An RNAF statement informed it would soon sign similar MOUs with the state government to carry out such works in Nagpur, Vasai and Virar. "As part of the MoU, the RNAF will provide art teachers in our municipal schools, decorate the city by installing murals and artworks and also help beautify the city," Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal told PTI. "This partnership will help us work towards development goals in education, urban beautification, sanitation, hygiene and women empowerment," RNAF founder Rouble Nagi said.
2019-02-15MCPS finds money to remodel former Missoula College - KPAX-TV
MCPS finds money to remodel former Missoula College
2019-02-15testTTE, 2 youths die after falling from Mumbai suburban trains - United News of India
TTE, 2 youths die after falling from Mumbai suburban trains Posted at: Feb 15 2019 7:46PM Thane, Feb 15 (UNI) In two separate incidents,a Travelling Ticket Examiner(TTE) and two youths died on Friday after felling from the suburban trains plying on the Central Railway, informed the Railway Police. The deceased have been identified as TTE Arun Gaikwad, and youths Javed Shaikh (20) and Imran Shaikh (24). In the first incident, the TTE on duty abound a Kalyan-Kasara suburban train lost balance and fell off.
2019-02-15P.E.I. chief judge urges mental health patient to curb violent behaviour - The Guardian
2019-02-15Private law colleges hike fees by 5-20% for coming year - Times of India
Private law colleges hike fees by 5-20 for coming year Updated: Feb 16, 2019, 05:14 IST MUMBAI: Some of the city’s private law colleges have hiked their fees by around 5-20% for the coming academic session. Among private colleges, Pravin Gandhi Law College’s annual fees would be the highest so far at Rs 60,000 for the five-year programme followed by Panvel’s St Wilfred at Rs 45,000. Several colleges charge anywhere between Rs 15,000 and Rs 30,000. Fees of several other colleges are yet to be reviewed. Pravin Gandhi Law College is one of the most sought-after in the city. Last year, the college charged Rs 50,000 a year. A Fee Regulating Authority (FRA) official said the college has approved faculty and gives good salaries to its teachers. “The college’s infrastructure is the among the best. The model of private colleges is different from that of aided ones and they have several expenses—with teachers’ salaries being the major component. The hike is allowed purely on the basis of college expenditure,” said the official. The FRA is yet to get the fee proposals from several other colleges. “The process is still not complete. At some of the colleges, fees are decided only for five-year programmes. The process is on,” said an official. St Wilfred’s College of Law in Panvel will charge Rs 45,000 for both three- and five-year programmes—the second highest under Mumbai University’s jurisdiction. Thane’s Nari Gursahani Law College fees have risen almost 50% to Rs 25,000 from Rs 17,000 last year for the three-year programme. Bandra’s Rizvi Law College fees have been fixed at Rs 23,000—a marginal hike from last year. A city law college student said many are not aware that the FRA decides the fee structure, even for private law colleges. Some of the colleges charge higher fees with no infrastructure and many do not even have regular faculties, he alleged.
2019-02-15Thane Crime Man gets seven years in jail for raping neighbour - Mid-Day
Thane Crime: Man gets seven years in jail for raping neighbour Updated: Feb 15, 2019, 20:55 IST A 36-year-old man was sentenced to seven years imprisonment by a local court in Maharashtra for raping a married woman in his neighbourhood. District Judge Kavita D Shirbhate convicted Bablu Lakhan Shaha under section 376 (rape), 385 (extortion) and 506(2) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and also imposed a fine of Rs 9,000 on him. Additional Public Prosecutor Sanjay More said Shaha had called the woman, who resides in the same building with her husband and two children, to his home on the pretext of some work on December 13, 2013, and raped her in the kitchen. He also threatened her. Shaha then started demanding sexual favours from the woman. He asked her to give him for Rs 2 lakh and threatened to kill her husband, More said. In another incident, 27-year-old woman was allegedly raped by a youth on the false promise of marriage, police said. Based on a complaint lodged by the woman on Saturday, case was registered against the youth, Nitin Kumar, under relevant sections of the IPC. Efforts were underway to nab him, police added.
2019-02-15Thane: Ticket collector among 3 killed after falling off local trains - Times of India
Thane: Ticket collector among 3 killed after falling off local trains Feb 15, 2019, 20:34 IST THANE: Three persons, including a ticket collector, Friday died after falling off crowded suburban trains in two separate mishaps here, the Railway Police said. In the first incident, Arun Gaikwad, a TC with the Central Railway, fell off a local train at Umbarmali, a station on the Kalyan-Kasara section of the suburban network, and suffered serious injuries, they said. The injured TC was rushed to the Sahapur rural hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead, the police said. Gaikwad was on duty and checking tickets on the train when the mishap took place, they said. In the second mishap which took place at about 10.30 am, two commuters died after falling from a speeding suburban train near Mumbra railway station, the police said. The duo, Maved Shaikh (20) and Mohammad Imran Shaikh (24), residents of Mumbra town in Thane district, died instantly, they said.
2019-02-15Man gets seven years in jail for raping neighbour in Thane - The Tribune India
Man gets seven years in jail for raping neighbour in Thane Updated: Feb 15, 2019, 3:45 PM A 36-year-old man was sentenced to seven years imprisonment by a local court in Maharashtra for raping a married woman in his neighbourhood. District Judge Kavita D Shirbhate convicted Bablu Lakhan Shaha under section 376 (rape), 385 (extortion) and 506(2) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and also imposed a fine of Rs 9,000 on him. Additional Public Prosecutor Sanjay More said Shaha had called the woman, who resides in the same building with her husband and two children, to his home on the pretext of some work on December 13, 2013, and raped her in the kitchen. He also threatened her. Shaha then started demanding sexual favours from the woman. He asked her to give him Rs 2 lakh and threatened to kill her husband said.
2019-02-15Cluster scheme pulls down Thane’s ranking in first smart cities survey - Hindustan Times
Cluster scheme pulls down Thane’s ranking in first smart cities survey Updated: Feb 16, 2019 00:34 IST Even though Thane is aiming to be a smart city, a lot needs to be done to make it a reality. The recent smart city report card of the central government has ranked Thane Municipal Corporation 57 in the ranking of 100 smart cities. The ranking was done over how fast the projects were implemented. The corporation has blamed the poor ranking on the Rs3,700-crore cluster development project, which is part of smart city mission. Officials have claimed that all projects undertaken under the smart city funds have taken off, but those undertaken on public-private partnership basis are stuck.
2019-02-15Navi Mumbai, Thane also launch e-challan for traffic violations - Mumbai Mirror
Navi Mumbai, Thane also launch e-challan for traffic violations Updated: Feb 15, 2019, 06:00 IST Following Mumbai’s lead, on Thursday, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, too, started the e-challan facility for traffic violations. Traffic violators caught anywhere in these six cities will have to pay the fines they owe the state Police wherever they are caught, as the system will be integrated. Mumbai is already not accepting cash, and in Pune too, traffic violators will have to pay fines via cards. “Initially, only Mumbai and Pune will not accept cash, but soon, others will follow. This has been done as digitisation is still low in other cities,” said Vijay Patil, superintendent of police, State Highway Headquarters, which is implementing the project. People can check the status of pending challans on Mahatrafficechallan.gov.in and applications like Mumbaitraffic or Mahatraffic, available on iOS as well as Android. They can also check challans via phone, on 8448448960, the police said. “In the second phase, other cities will also follow. Currently, due to low digitisation in some cities, police are opting for cash payments as well to collect fines,” Patil said.
2019-02-15NGO signs agreement with Maha govt to beautify Thane, Pune - Business Standard
NGO signs agreement with Maha govt to beautify Thane, Pune Last Updated at February 15, 2019 17:00 IST The Maharashtra government has signed a memorandum of understanding with a city-based NGO to beautify neighbouring Thane and Pune with art works and by conducting sanitation and hygiene workshops. An agreement was signed earlier this week in Pune by government authorities with NGO Rouble Nagi Foundation (RNAF) in the presence of Maharashtra cabinet minister Girish Bapat. An RNAF statement informed it would soon sign similar MOUs with the state government to carry out such works in Nagpur, Vasai and Virar. "As part of the MoU, the RNAF will provide art teachers in our municipal schools, decorate the city by installing murals and art works and also help beautify the city," Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal told PTI. "This partnership will help us work towards development goals in education, urban beautification, sanitation, hygiene and women empowerment," RNAF founder Rouble Nagi said.
2019-02-15Thane Crime: 4-year-old girl's body found in pieces, cops suspect sexual assault - Free Press Journal
Thane Crime: 4-year-old girl’s body found in pieces, cops suspect sexual assault February 15, 2019 12:49 pm In a shocking incident, on Thursday, a dismembered body of a 4-year-old girl was found in Thane’s Shilphata area. According to Indian Express, the 4-year-old was reported missing from her home in Raigad since Tuesday. The police have sent the body for post-mortem. While the report is still awaited, the police suspect that the girl may have been sexually assaulted before she was killed. The cops have said that the girl lived with her parents, who are migrant labourers, in a makeshift house. The incident took place on Tuesday when the girl was playing outside her house, after which she went missing. A police officer told the leading daily, “We found her body in three pieces. Parts of the body also bore cigarette burn marks. It is possible that she was raped before she was killed.” The police have filed a case of abduction and murder against unknown persons. The cops are currently investigating the matter and checking CCTV footage of the area where the body was found.
2019-02-153 fall off trains and die between Kalwa and Diva | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
3 fall off trains and die between Kalwa and Diva 16th February, 2019 THANE: Three commuters fell off suburban trains in two separate incidents between Kalwa and Diva on Friday. A case was yet to be registered with Thane railway police. "One of them reportedly hit a railway pole even before reaching the next station, Kalwa. Naved and Imran were killed on the spot, Prajapati was found in an injured state a few metres away," said an officer. Officials said he was rushed to a nearby hospital in a critical condition and later succumbed to injuries.
2019-02-15A Counter Terrorist Mock-Drill In Mumbai Mistaken As Real Incident; Video Spreads On WhatsApp, Twitter - Storypick
A Counter Terrorist Mock-Drill In Mumbai Mistaken As Real Incident; Video Spreads On WhatsApp, Twitter 15TH FEBRUARY 2019 After a suicide bomber claimed the lives of several CRPF soldiers at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, Mumbai decided to check its security conditions. Accordingly, Police conducted a counter-terror mock drill at DMart outlet in Virar, Mumbai, hours after the terror attack. However, some citizens misinterpreted the drill which went on for three long hours as a real terror attack. The videos spread on social media like wildfire with misleading messages of a terror attack in the city. Some shared the video saying that the police had caught a terrorist in the mall while planting a bomb. Few others wrote that police held some terrorists in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area of Pune. Keeping the ongoing hullabaloo in the country because of the recent attack in consideration, we hope that common people do not share unauthenticated news that causes panic in the nation.
2019-02-15Thane club gives women pedal pushers a leg-up - Mumbai Mirror
Thane club gives women pedal pushers a leg-up Updated: Feb 15, 2019, 06:00 IST Two residents offer free lessons to reduce the gap between the numbers of male and female riders and to promote a culture of cycling in families. A yoga trainer and a sales manager in Thane have started an informal club to offer free cycling lessons to women, who they believe often miss out on the fun and environmental friendly way of getting around. In the past few weeks, at least 20 women have mastered the art of pedalling, and there’s a wait list of many more who want to sign up for the training. The only thing Charvi Lodaya and Chirag Shah, the duo behind the initiative called ‘Mein Chalaungi’, demand from their students in return is that they promote a culture of cycling by teaching at three other people. “Compared to men, the number of female cyclists is quite low in the city and the country. Our campaign seeks to reduce the gab and encourage more people to take up the activity,” Shah, a sales manager with a private firm, said. He is also a part of another initiative called ‘Wheels and Barrels’. Under Mein Chalaungi, which was launched in October last year, female would-be cyclists are offered lessons thrice a week. Those aged above 15 can apply. Shah said many women in their thirties had joined the programme, pedalling away in their saris. The training takes place at two locations, in Kopari and near Decathlon. Lodaya and Shah plan to meet members of bicycle clubs across the country and seek their support for the initiative. “These days, many kids don’t feel that excited about riding a bicycle. One reason is that their parents, especially mothers, rarely cycle. If more mothers start enjoying this environment friendly activity, it will help create a culture of cycling in the family,” Lodaya said. Every year, ‘Wheels and Barrels’ organises an event called ‘WOW – Women on Wheels’ to decrease the gap between the numbers of male and female pedal pushers. “We felt the event was not drawing enough women so we conducted a survey to identify the reasons. We found that apart from safety concerns and peer pressure, women were not participating because they simply didn’t know how to ride a bicycle,” he said. “We hope to change that with our training programme.” Sulbha Pimparkar was Shah and Lodaya’s first student. She got on a bike for the first time after 27 years. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” she said. Lodaya listed some problems which dissuade people from taking up the activity later in life: no one in the family or friends’ circles rides or owns a bicycle, renting one is expensive, and the roads in their localities are in a terrible condition or see heavy traffic. “The municipal corporations of Mumbai and Thane should promote cycling by building dedicated lanes in at least some areas,” she said. In the past few weeks, 20 women have mastered the art of pedalling, and there’s a wait list of more who want to sign up for the training.
2019-02-15Thane cops rescue kidnapped boy in 24 hours; one held - Hindustan Times
Thane cops rescue kidnapped boy in 24 hours; one held Updated: Feb 16, 2019 00:29 IST A three-year-old boy was rescued within 24 hours after he was kidnapped on Thursday. The accused, Surajsingh Darasingh, 20, has been arrested. The police said the youth had been forcing the boy’s aunt to marry him. Darasingh is from Uttar Pradesh and was living in Surat in Gujarat. He used to work as a labourer. The boy lives with his parents at Vitthalwadi area in Ulhasnagar. The police learnt that the boy’s 19-year-old aunt was in a relationship with Darasingh. She got married a year ago and her husband lives in Surat. A police officer from Thane crime branch unit 4 said, “On Thursday, Darasingh kidnapped the boy around 5pm from outside his house. The boy was playing outside his house when Darasingh took him away. He first took the boy to Kurla railway station and then to Vikhroli railway station.” Even as they were travelling, Darasingh kept calling the woman, asking her to marry him. But, she refused. He got angry and told her that he had kidnapped her sister’s child and would kill him if she refuses to marry him. “We got to know through our network Darasingh had called the boy’s aunt several times. We traced the phone number and got his location,” added officer. The police laid a trap and arrested Darasingh from Kurla on Friday morning and rescued the boy.
2019-02-15Stalker arrested for kidnapping woman’s nephew - The Hindu
Stalker arrested for kidnapping woman’s nephew UPDATED: FEBRUARY 16, 2019 01:17 IST The Thane Police Crime Branch has arrested a 20-year-old man from Gujarat who travelled to Ulhasnagar and kidnapped the three-year-old nephew of a woman, who had spurned his advances. The police nabbed the accused and rescued the boy within 20 hours of the abduction. The Thane Crime Branch said Bhavesh Singh (3), who was playing outside his house near Vitthalwadi railway station, went missing on Thursday afternoon and his parents filed a kidnapping complaint against unknown persons at the Vitthalwadi police station. The Thane Crime Branch’s Unit V was asked to conduct parallel investigations into the case. An officer said, “We made inquiries with family members and asked if anyone had a motive to kidnap Bhavesh. They told us that a 20-year-old man had been harassing Bhavesh’s aunt, who was visiting the family from Gujarat. The man lived in her locality and stalked her. Acting on the information, we called the woman for inquiries on Friday morning.” The officer said the woman broke down after entering the Unit V office. She told the police that the accused, identified as Surajsingh Darasingh, called her on Friday morning and told her to meet him alone at Vikhroli station if she wanted to see her nephew alive. The officer said, “We formed several teams of male and female personnel in plainclothes and asked them to shadow the woman. When the accused called again, he asked the woman where she had reached. She told him that she was in an autorickshaw and on her way to meet him. He then asked her to hand the cell phone over to the auto driver. She gave the phone to one of our personnel and he assured the accused that the woman wasn’t lying.” The accused then grew suspicious and asked the woman to meet him at Kurla station. When she was on her way to Kurla, he called again and told her to meet him at Thane station. The Unit V team was monitoring all the calls and additional personnel reached Thane station and took positions before the woman arrived. The officer said, “The accused was taken into custody when he showed up and the boy was rescued. He was arrested and handed over to the Vitthalwadi police. During interrogation, the accused said he lured Bhavesh by offering him sweets and kept him at a friend’s place. We are trying to find out if the friend had any knowledge of the kidnapping.”
2019-02-15Maharashtra Traffic Police Rolls Out First Phase of E-Challan System - News18
Maharashtra Traffic Police Rolls Out First Phase of E-Challan System Updated:February 15, 2019, 10:50 AM IST The traffic police in Maharashtra have started digitalising the `challan' (fine) system. A challan refers to the receipt for fine recovered for traffic rule violation. The first phase of the `One State One e-challan' initiative is being rolled out in commissionerates of Mumbai, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad, the traffic police said in a press note. Other parts of the state would be covered in the next phase, it said. Under the scheme, a person who has been `challanned' can pay the fine on `mahatrafficechallan.gov.in', the note said. The traffic police is also going to launch new mobile apps. While its app MUMTRAFFICAPP for Mumbai is available on Android and IOS platforms, MAHATRAFFICAPP for the rest of the state would be rolled out soon.
2019-02-15CM Devendra Fadnavis takes three steps to seal deal with Shiv Sena at Matoshree - Mumbai Mirror
CM Devendra Fadnavis takes three steps to seal deal with Shiv Sena at Matoshree Updated: Feb 15, 2019, 10:34 IST Devendra Fadnavis exits Matoshree after meeting with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday evening Shiv Sena’s preconditions for alliance talks • Guarantee construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya • Property tax waiver for under 500 sq ft houses in Mumbai and Thane • 100% farm loan waiver for state; no conditions applying. Ram temple in Ayodhya, 100% farm loan waiver, and a complete property tax waiver on houses measuring less than 500 sq ft in Mumbai and Thane. These are the three big demands of the Shiv Sena if the BJP wants an alliance for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The demands emerged from the 30-minute meeting between Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s residence in Bandra East last evening. Call it an outreach, or the BJP extending an olive branch to its sulking ally, but there were enough indications yesterday that the alliance talks were going through the right channels and going very well. Leaders from both parties said the talks were “positive”, and a formal announcement could happen anytime soon. “While the seat-sharing remains a primary issue, Sena also wants assurance on key issues,” a source said. Fadnavis was joined by senior minister Chandrakant Patil in the meeting that was arranged amid reports that Sena had given the BJP a 48-hour ultimatum to decide on the alliance. A senior Sena functionary told Mirror that Uddhav asked the BJP to “clarify its stand on Ram mandir in Ayodhya”. Uddhav himself had recently visited Ayodhya, and Sena has been taking pot-shots at Narendra Modi over the issue. “Talks between the CM and Uddhav were positive but the Sena chief made it clear that the BJP must be transparent on the Ram temple and loan waiver issues. We have also conveyed that the people of Mumbai must be given a stake in the development of the Eastern seafront,” a senior Sena functionary said. The functionary said Uddhav had also demanded crop insurance scheme for all farmers and an increased minimum support price. “The ball is in the BJP’s court now,” he said. Regarding the contentious issue of seat-sharing, the Sena sources said both parties could agree to a 50-50 arrangement for the Assembly elections. “Sena wants the BJP to not behave like ‘big brother’. Show us respect and share power with dignity,” the party source said. If an alliance does happen, it will be a massive climb down for the Sena, which had said that it will not settle for an alliance with the BJP and will fight all elections on its own. The BJP sources said seat-sharing will require detailed discussions and plenty of fine-tuning. “But the fact that Fadnavis and Uddhav had a lengthy discussion is an indication that talks are on and the alliance can materialise,” the BJP source said. Fadnavis confirmed the talks revolved around issues faced by farmers and the economically weak. “We obviously discussed the alliance and talks were positive. They have listed their concerns and we will go ahead on a positive note,” Fadnavis said after the meeting.
2019-02-15Youth arrested within 24 hrs of abduction of toddler - United News of India
Youth arrested within 24 hrs of abduction of toddler Thane, Feb 15 (UNI) In less than 24 hours since an alleged abduction of a three-year-old boy from Ulhasnagar town of the district on Thursday evening, a 20-year-old youth originally from Allahabad of Uttar Pradesh was arrested by the police on Friday. The boy Bhavesh Santosh Singh, resident of Sahyadri Nagar in Ulhasnagar Camp no 4, was kidnapped by then an unidentified person late afternoon at around 1700 hours from near his house. Following his disappearance, an offence under section 363 of Indian Penal Code was registerred at the Vitthalwadi police station by his parents, police said today.
2019-02-15MNS comes forward to help UP man who has no money to pay hospital bill - Mumbai Mirror
MNS comes forward to help UP man who has no money to pay hospital bill Updated: Feb 15, 2019, 20:46 IST Thane: For a party that's often associated with its viral videos associated with vigilante justice, this one is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers on Friday once rushed to help a man from Uttar Pradesh who had no money to pay hospital bill of over three lakh. A new born baby was admitted to Thane's Vedant Multi-speciality Children hospital after developing health issues. In December, a baby was born to the Uttar Pradesh-based Maurya family who is residing in Mumbai. Since both the mother and the child were doing fine, they were discharged from Wadia hospital. However, after a few days, the parents noticed that the child's heartbeats were inconsistent. The anxious parents consulted with various doctors and the baby was admitted to Vedant hospital. In a Facebook post, MNS leader said that the family from UP who resides in Mumbai had no money to pay the bill of around Rs 3 lakh and when no one came forward to help, MNS did. "The family did not have enough money to pay the bill. They even requested the hospital to reduce the amount. They reportedly approached the Guardian Minister and a top Bollywood star but didn't get a positive response," claimed Jadhav in the post. Jadhav said the MNS was approached by the family and they intervened. MNS rushed to the hospital and handed over the child to the mother. In two short videos posted on the social media platform, the father of the child can be seen crying and thanking Jadhav. While in another video, Jadhav tells the baby's mother - Mil gayana bachha... However, when Mirror Online contacted the hospital, the Public Relations officer claimed that the parents, who stay in Santacruz, were not visiting the child and they did not respond to calls when contacted. He also claimed that the parents had also created a ruckus in the hospital. "The baby was admitted to the hospital in December due to weakness and loose motions. After that it suffered a heart-related issue. The doctors even had to perform CPR. For the last two months, she was being treated. The parents were repeatedly contacted to come to the hospital and make the payment. But they responded saying they don't have money even to visit the hospital again and again. The parents had visited last on February 4 and after that they came along with some NGO members on Wednesday, " said PRO Anand Vishvakarma. "At least they should have paid the bill of medicines and reports. The medicine bill till date is around Rs 26,000 apart from other charges of Rs2.86 lakh," the PRO said. He also claimed that the parents were never stopped from meeting their baby. However, the PRO said that Jadhav told them that they will look into the payment issue. Earlier this week, Jadhav had thrashed a builder and beer shop owner from Virar who had cheated a cancer patient of Rs. 17 lakh, asking him to return the money in two days.
2019-02-15Kashmiri terrorists being funded from Mumbra and Aurangabad, reveals probe into arrest of 9 ISIS supporters - Times Now
Kashmiri terrorists being funded from Mumbra and Aurangabad, reveals probe into arrest of 9 ISIS supporters Updated Feb 15, 2019 Mumbai: The alleged nine IS supporters arrested by Maharashtra ATS from Aurangabad and Mumbra are learnt to have been in contact with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir via a social media group named 'Ummat-E-Mohamadia'. The investigations have revealed that the suspects also provided financial help to the militants in Kashmir. The police custody of the suspects has been increased till February 18. The suspects have been identified as Jaman Nawab Khuteupad, Salman Sirajuddin Khan, Fahad Mohammed Ishtiyaq Ansari, Mazahar Abdul Rasheed Sheikh, Mohammed Taqui alias Abu Khalid, Mohammed Mushahid Ul Islam, Mohammed Sarfaraz alias Abu Hamza Abdul Haq Usmani and Tallat alias Abubakar Haneef Potrik. The investigations have revealed that Mohseen was in contact with the militants in Kashmir. The suspects were arrested from Mumbra and Thane on January 21 after a series of raids. They had planned to poison food and water reservoirs at various temples to pull off a heinous genocide. One more suspect was arrested during the investigations. The police had recovered poison, computer hard disk, mobile phone, SIM card, laptop and IS literature from him. The police custody of the suspects was increased by ten days following the arrest and seizures. Bank accounts frozen The ATS sleuths have claimed that inspection of the bank transactions by the suspects have revealed that, they had sent money to militants in Kashmir. Following the revelation, the bank accounts of all the suspects were frozen. When the suspects were produced before Special Judge KR Chaudhari on Thursday, the investigation officer demanded that the custody is increased for further inspection of bank transactions of all the suspects. Subsequently, the custody was increased till February 18. International links During the arguments, additional public prosecutor Satish Mundvandkar informed the court that there was significant progress in the investigation. However, the details could not be revealed in the national interest. The technical inspection of the mobile phones of the suspects proved that they were in contact with the militants in Kashmir via social media page. Since the international links have emerged, the investigation will take more time, he told the court. Meeting the parents The investigation team informed the court that parents and relatives of the suspects forcibly meet them when produced in the court. They pressurised the suspects to not reveal anything during the investigation. Police had recovered a written message to this effect, which was submitted in the Court. On this, the court issued directions that parents can meet the suspects only in presence of police officers.
2019-02-15Thane serial molester arrested - Times of India
Thane serial molester arrested Feb 16, 2019, 04:02 IST MUMBAI: Navghar police have arrested a 38-year-old serial molester who would target women while riding his bike. Three cases have been registered against him in Mumbai and Thane, but police suspect he had targeted more women. Police said Viren Shah (38), a resident of Thane, is a manager in a mall and is married. He would target women while going to and returning from work. Two similar cases had been registered against him by Kopri police. On February 7, a 35-year old woman complained about being groped . "We traced him using technical evidence," said DCP Akhilesh Singh (zone 7).
2019-02-15Ulhas toddler kidnapped to win aunt's love - Times of India
Ulhas toddler kidnapped to win aunt's love Ulhas toddler kidnapped to win aunt's love Feb 16, 2019, 03:56 IST THANE: A three-year-old toddler, allegedly kidnapped by a 20-year-old man, was rescued within 24 hours by city crime branch. Suraj Singh Dara Singh, from Allahabad, was trapped by sleuths near Thane railway station on Friday . Police said the toddler, from Sahyadri Nagar in Ulhasnagar camp 4, was kidnapped on Thursday at 5pm. A case was registered and the case was handed over to crime branch. Police learned that that the accused was in love with the child's aunt and had visited her in the morning at Vitthalwadi, said Deepak Deoraj, deputy commissioner of police (crime). After kidnapping the child, he kept him at the house of a friend in Vikhroli. Later, he called the aunt to meet him, and told her to come alone, or he would kill the child. Police laid a trap but he moved from Kurla to Vikhroli and then Thane. Police sent the aunt to Thane station at 4pm on Friday, and when the accused came close to her, the sleuths pinned him down, said Mahesh Tarde, senior inspector of Ulhasnagar crime branch. The child was handed over to its parents by police. Police said the aunt earlier lived in Surat, while the accused resided in the neighbourhood. "There was a dispute with the aunt and her husband, leading to divorce proceedings," said the officer. The accused, living opposite, was in love with her but she ignored him. The accused used to harass her, so she came down to her sister's house in Vitthalwadi. The accused had followed her here and abducted the child.
2019-02-15Thane: 26-yr-old held for trying to kill brother-in-law - The Indian Express
Thane: 26-yr-old held for trying to kill brother-in-law Published: February 16, 2019 2:17:03 am A 26-year-old man was arrested on Friday for allegedly trying to kill his brother-in-law in Kalyan because his cellphone did not have enough charge to play a game. The accused has been identified as Rajnish Rajbhar. “His brother-in-law Om Bavdankar had come to Rajbhar’s house in Kolsewadi, along with his wife. On Thursday night, Rajbhar was playing the PUBG game and later put his cellphone on charge. However, when he woke up, his phone was not charged,” a police officer said. An enraged Rajbhar, armed with a knife, allegedly attacked all the electronic goods in the house because he could not play the game. “When Bavdankar tried to stop him, Rajbhar attacked him and stabbed him in the arms and the torso,” the officer said. As the neighbours arrived at the spot, the police were alerted and Bavdankar was taken to the hospital. “We have taken Rajbhar in custody. He used a kitchen knife on Bavdankar and the wounds are not very deep. We have booked him for attempt to murder,” the officer said. A petition seeking a ban on online game PUBG is pending before the Bombay High Court.
2019-02-153 fall off trains and die between Kalwa and Diva - Times of India
3 fall off trains and die between Kalwa and Diva Feb 16, 2019, 04:37 IST THANE: Three commuters fell off suburban trains in two separate incidents between Kalwa and Diva on Friday. Two others were injured and one of them is critical. The police said that first incident took place when Naved Sheikh, Imran Shaikh and Pradip Prajapati boarded the 9.30 am CST-bound from Mumbra. "One of them reportedly hit a railway pole even before reaching the next station, Kalwa. In an attempt to save himself from falling off the train, he probably held on to his fellow passengers and the three fell off the coach. Naved and Imran were killed on the spot, Prajapati was found in an injured state a few metres away," said an officer. All three are residents of Mumbra. A relative of Naved told TOI he was on his way to work at Currey Road and had left home around 9.10am as usual. "The spot where he fell off was near his home along Parsik Hills. He was spotted in an injured condition by some passersby who informed his mother," said his cousin. By the time Naved and Imran could be rushed to the hospital, they had succumbed to their injuries. Naved was the only breadwinner and is survived by his ailing mother. His father passed away recently while his elder brother died in the 2005 July floods. In another incident, around 2pm, an unidentified passenger who was travelling in a slow Dombivli-bound local was hit by a pole near Diva after he reportedly leaned outside to spit. Officials said he was rushed to a nearby hospital in a critical condition and later succumbed to injuries. A case was yet to be registered with Thane railway police.
2019-02-14Cash-strapped TMT proposes 20% fare hike - Hindustan Times
Cash-strapped TMT proposes 20% fare hike Updated: Feb 15, 2019 00:31 IST You may have to pay more to travel by Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) buses. If it happens, it will be the transport body’s fare hike after 15 years. The transport body has proposed 20% hike in bus fares in its budget for 2019-20. The concession in fares to senior citizens and students will also be extended to HIV positive individuals who have to regularly go to ART centres for treatment. “We recently gave 50 per cent concession to citizens who are above 60 years. Students too have concession. This year, TMT will not charge fare from HIV patients in the city,” said Sandeep Malvi, TMT manager. “The department has decided to increase fares by 20 per cent from next financial year. TMT has not hiked fare for 15 years,” said Malvi. Apart from this, TMT’s budget is a repeat of last year. Hi-tech bus stops and WiFi in the TMT buses are old projects. “This year, TMT will introduce bus stops with small cafeterias, ATMs, newspaper stands and toilets. Buses will have WiFi facility,” said Malvi. Fifty women special Tejaswini buses will be added to TMT fleet by March. The government has allotted Rs6 crore for the buses. “Around eight more electric buses will be operational by March. However, we are still discussing installing CCTVs and panic button in buses,” he said. The TMT also announced adding 150 buses, which will be operated on contract basis. Around 120 buses, which are lying in depots for maintenance, will be added to the fleet. “So, we will have 270 more buses on roads this year,” said Malvi. Citizen activists and commuters have asked TMT to first improve its services before hiking fares. “Though TMT claims they operate around 300 to 325 buses daily, only 200 to 220 buses ply on roads. Out of these, around 15 to 20 buses break down. Only after improving these facilities should the TMT go ahead with projects like hi-tech bus stops and introducing electric buses,” said Chandrahas Tawde, an activist from Thane. Though the senior citizens are happy with the concession, they said it was difficult for them to wait for long at bus stops as the frequency of TMT buses is poor. “TMT should ply more buses so that our waiting period reduces and there will be more passengers opting for the public transport. Most bus stops lack basic facilities such as sitting arrangements, electricity and toilets,” said Shrirang Desphande, 68, a resident of Ghantali in Thane. Women commuters are sceptical about TMT launching Tejaswini buses any time soon. The transport body had announced the launch of buse last year. “It has been two years since the project was announced. We are kept waiting. I doubt if the buses will ply anytime soon,” said Pooja Chavan, 24, a resident of Naupada, Thane.
2019-02-14Lex divers qualify for state; area swimmers compete next - Richland Source
2019-02-14Missoula County School District proposes adding seat belts to school buses - KPVI News 6
You are the owner of this article. Edit Article Add New Article Sign Up Log In Dashboard Logout My Account Dashboard Profile Saved items Logout Home News Local News National News Sports Weather StormTracker Forecast Brain Stormers Weather Pix Community Calendar What's On? About Us Employment News Team Sales Team Contests Proud To Be Local Double Dollar Deals About Us Contact Us Sign Up Log In Dashboard Logout My Account Dashboard Profile Saved items Logout Facebook Twitter 44° Cloudy/Wind Pocatello, ID (83201) Today Windy with rain showers. High 43F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Higher wind gusts possible.. Tonight Rain early. Decreasing clouds overnight. Low 29F. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch. Higher wind gusts possible. Updated: February 14, 2019 @ 1:08 pm Full Forecast Toggle navigation Home News Local News National News Sports Weather StormTracker Forecast Brain Stormers Weather Pix Community Calendar What's On? About Us Employment News Team Sales Team Contests Proud To Be Local Double Dollar Deals Close 1 of 2 Dee Dee Moffat, a Missoula school bus driver for 11 years, lowers the hood of her bus Wednesday after taking a look under it before her afternoon route. Missoula County Public School District is proposing retrofitting 48 of the 72 buses with seat belts by the fall. KURT WILSON, Missoulian Facebook Twitter SMS Email Dee Dee Moffat, a Missoula school bus driver for 11 years, lowers the hood of her bus Wednesday after taking a look under it before her afternoon route. Missoula County Public School District is proposing retrofitting 48 of the 72 buses with seat belts by the fall. KURT WILSON, Missoulian Children at Missoula's Franklin Elementary School climb aboard a bus after school Wednesday. "We've come to clearly understand that this (school bus seat belts) is a student life safety matter," says superintendent Mark Thane. KURT WILSON, Missoulian TownNews.com Content Exchange Facebook Twitter
2019-02-141 state, 1 e-challan: Now, no escaping traffic fines in Mumbai, Thane or Navi Mumbai - Local Press Co
1 state, 1 e-challan: Now, no escaping traffic fines in Mumbai, Thane or Navi Mumbai February 14, 2019 Errant motorists beware! The traffic police have now rolled out the first phase of the ‘One State, One e-challan’ initiative in Mumbai, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, and Pimpri Chinchwad commissionerates. Under the first phase, errant motorists can receive an e-challan if they’ve violated a traffic rule in any of the aforementioned cities across the state. The system will be rolled out in more areas in the next phase. To make the process more seamless for motorists, the department has discontinued the existing MTP mobile application and launched two other apps. “For motorists in Mumbai, MumTrafficApp is available on Android and iOS platforms. For rest of the state, MahaTrafficApp will soon be available,” read a press note issued by the department. Motorists will have to register their vehicles on the respective apps once, following which it show them a list of all e-challans issued against their vehicle and allow them to pay them. In addition to paying challans, citizens can also use the MumTrafficApp to report traffic violations by sharing live images and location. Meanwhile, those who don’t have the app can still view and pay challans on the website mahatrafficechallan.gov.in. “The ‘One State, One e-challan’ project has made most of the vehicle drivers conscious that if they violate any traffic law, they cannot easily get away just by not spotting any constable on the road,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Amitesh Kumar. While the e-challan system has proven effective in curbing the number of traffic violations in the city, traffic police are struggling with the recovery of fines. By the end of 2018, close to 20 lakh e-challans totaling Rs 101 crore in fines were still unpaid.
2019-02-14testBridegroom robbed of gold chain, cash at wedding in Mumbai - United News of India
Bridegroom robbed of gold chain, cash at wedding in Mumba Posted at: Feb 14 2019 10:20PM Thane, Feb 14 (UNI) A bridegroom from the city has been robbed of his golden ornaments and cash from a marriage hall, here on Thursday. Following the theft the Vartak Nagar police have registered an offence under sections 380 of the IPC against the unknown accused. According to the complaint by the grooms father, they had come for the marriage function at the hall in a temple premises at Vartak Nagar. On the day of marriage, they had carried with them a bag containing the golden chain, and cash worth Rs 70,300.
2019-02-14testMah Guv terms diabetes as next 'global challenge' - United News of India
Posted at: Feb 14 2019 7:21PM Mah Guv terms diabetes as next 'global challenge' Thane, Feb 14 (UNI) Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday inaugurated the Interdisciplinary Medical Summit 'MEDINSPIRE 2019' organised at Navi Mumbai. Governor Rao was awarded the honorary doctorate by the D Y Patil University in the presence of Maharashtra Health Minister Eknath Shinde, former Governor of Bihar and Tripura, MP Dr Shrikant Shinde, Dr D Y Patil, and other dignitaries.Speaking during the event, the Governor expressed serious concern that lifestyle diseases, particularly diabetes and hypertension, are affecting the country by posing serious challenge to public health.
2019-02-14testAmidst criticism, RSS has grown manifold during last 90 years: Aniruddha Deshpande - United News of India
Amidst criticism, RSS has grown manifold during last 90 years: Aniruddha Deshpande Posted at: Feb 14 2019 8:38PM Thane, Feb 14 (UNI) Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) National Communication Head Aniruddha Deshpande here on Wednesday asserted that the Sangh is growing manifold instead of criticism, which the RSS does not even acknowledge. Speaking as the Chief Guest at a book release function, Mr Deshpande showered words of praises at the RSS saying that "the Sangh has been in existence despite being banned twice in the years 1949 and 1972.
2019-02-14Meet Lord and Lady Macbeth, the ultimate power couple - LancasterOnline
Meet Lord and Lady Macbeth, the ultimate power couple JANE HOLAHAN | Entertainment Reporter Jane Holahan Feb 14, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print “Macbeth,” which opens Friday at the Ware Center, features one of Shakespeare’s most famous power couples: Lord and Lady Macbeth.Macbeth is a military hero. His wife comes from a powerful family. They have ambitions.“There is a real love story here,” says Tim Riggs, who is playing Macbeth in this People’s Shakespeare Project production. “His heart starts beating faster when he sees her.” “Lady Macbeth comes from a powerful family, but she realizes that power is taken only through men,” says Jeanette Bicking, who is playing Lady Macbeth. “She realizes she’ll never wield the sword.”“They are climbing the social ranks through the military, they are gaining status,” Riggs says.Indeed, Macbeth is a general in the king’s army.As the play begins, he and another general, Banquo, come upon three witches standing around a cauldron, adding the famous eye of newt and toe of frog to the brew.Director Laura Howell has set the play in a timeless sort of post-apocalyptic world, with costumes suggesting many different eras, from Elizabethan England to modern times to ancient Scotland.And those witches bring a supernatural fate to the story.The witches prophesy that Macbeth will be given the aristocratic title of Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. Banquo’s descendants will be kings.Soon after, Macbeth is named Thane of Cawdor.Could he become King of Scotland? (Meagan Howell Brogan) We meet Lady Macbeth when she is reading about the prophecy in a letter from her husband. She’s psyched and ready to act to make her husband king, especially when she’s told the king is coming to stay with the Macbeths overnight.“Now, I have a goal,” Bicking says.That goal is to murder the king that very night.But Lady Macbeth is worried her husband is “too full of the milk of human kindness” to act, that he isn’t man enough to do it.She pushes, manipulates and belittles him.It doesn’t take too much to turn Macbeth.“I play him like a fiddle. We are partners in crime,” Bicking says. “From each scene to the next, things happen so quickly. There is so much adrenaline, it’s very euphoric. Then things begin to fall apart.” Sign up for our newsletter Success! An email has been sent with a link to confirm list signup. Error! There was an error processing your request. Food — Our weekly food newsletter featuring seasonal recipes, local restaurant information, and kitchen tips & ticks. Sign up Manage your lists Lady Macbeth lays out the plan and Macbeth kills the king.“The doing of it begins to unravel him, almost immediately,” Riggs says. “Paths begin to emerge and for Macbeth, it’s like a freight train. One murder demands another. He doesn’t know how to stop.”“There is a shift of power into Macbeth’s hands and she is left with nothing,” Bicking says. “Their marriage is gone.”Lady Macbeth becomes overwhelmed with guilt and in the famous sleepwalking scene can’t wash the blood from her hands.“It’s pulling back a curtain to show what this has done to her,” Bicking says.Unable to stand the guilt, Lady Macbeth kills herself.“I’m surprised at how little I feel when I find out,” Riggs says. “It’s yet another death and I am thinking this is all nothing, it’s a cosmic joke.”Macbeth speaks some of Shakespeare’s most famous lines as he contemplates his wife’s death and his eminent destruction:“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Facebook Twitter
2019-02-14Mumbai: Paneer made in unhygienic condition in Vasai seized - Times of India
Mumbai: Paneer made in unhygienic condition in Vasai seized Updated: Feb 14, 2019, 16:44 IST MUMBAI: Paneer weighing around 2,000 kg - manufactured in unhygienic conditions - was seized from two milk dairies in Vasai in the Konkan division of Maharashtra state. Samples of the cottage cheese have been sent for testing by the Thane Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ascertain whether it is spurious. The raid comes two weeks after a dairy in Vasai was raided for processing paneer using sulphuric acid. The raids were carried out by a special team of the Palghar district police along with FDA officials late Wednesday. Around 1,500kg paneer was seized from Sainath Dairy on Kaman Road, Vasai (east). Ajay Dairy in the same vicinity was also raided and 500kg paneer was seized. Police said that paneer was manufactured in unhygienic condition. The materials used for the paneer were, however, did not come across as spurious. FDA officials said that as the paneer was manufactured in unhygienic condition, it will be destroyed. Officers said that in case of Ajay Dairy, the workers were not aware about the materials that were going to produce the cottage cheese. Both the dairies have been shut down till report of the paneer quality arrives.
2019-02-14LS elections: Congress-NCP may finalise seat-sharing, form alliance with smaller parties by Feb 20 - Hindustan Times
LS elections: Congress-NCP may finalise seat-sharing, form alliance with smaller parties by Feb 20 Updated: Feb 14, 2019 23:38 IST The Congress and National Congress Party (NCP) are likely to finalise their seat-sharing and forge an alliance with smaller parties, including Raju Shetti’s Swabhimani Paksha, Prakash Ambedkar’s Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh and other factions of Republican Party of India (RPI), before February 20, the day the two parties plan to launch their campaign with a joint rally at Nanded. Although the chances of Ambedkar joining the grand alliance are slim, the Congress-NCP is expected to offer additional seats to Shetti. The induction of Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) may be a bone of contention between the two parties, as the Congress has strongly objected to joining hands with the MNS and AIMIM, terming them communal. The NCP is mulling an informal arrangement with MNS, in the face of Congress’ opposition. Eight of the 48 seats could be given to the smaller parties. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, along with party’s general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal, met NCP chief Sharad Pawar at his residence in New Delhi on Wednesday. Party MPs Supriya Sule and Praful Patel were also present. State leaders from both the parties held a joint meeting on Wednesday evening and are likely to meet again in the next two days to arrive at final consensus. Patel and Kharge met on Thursday evening. “We held at least six meetings with Ambedkar and have offered him four seats, despite which he is not keen on joining the alliance. We have lost hopes, but we want to send out a clear message that we tried until the last minute to keep communal forces at bay,” said a Congress leader. The Congress and NCP are keen on taking other RPI groups led by Rajendra Gavai and Jogendra Kawade and other parties on board. The alliance may concede Palghar seat to Bahujan Vikas Aghadi headed by Hitendra Thakur and Dindori for Communist Party of India (M). If Thakur refuses to join, the Palghar seat will be offered to the CPI (M). Besides, Hatkanangale, Shetti’s party is likely to get Buldhana seat. He has been pressing for Wardha constituency too. NCP president Sharad Pawar reportedly spoke with Shetti over the phone on Wednesday. NCP leader Ajit Pawar said, “In our parliamentary committee meeting, we decided to hold discussions with the MNS to take it along. We will talk to Congress.” The NCP is expected to concede Kalyan seat to the MNS, which has also been vying Mumbai North-East, Nashik and Thane seats. Patel said the decision on disputed seats between two parties will be taken by Kharge and him. “Our list of candidates has been finalised, but we will not announce it unless we are done with the discussion with smaller parties. We are sure about winning at least 35 seats in the state,” he said. “We are keen on finalising the seat-sharing before our joint meeting in Nanded,” said Congress leader Manikrao Thakre. The joint rally at Nanded will be followed by a rally at Beed and will be joined by chief ministers of newly formed Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. “It is not clear if Rahul Gandhi is attending the Nanded rally, but he is likely to address a public rally in Maharashtra before the announcement of code of conduct,” another Congress leader said. Meanwhile, senior NCP leaders Ganesh Naik and Chhagan Bhujbal have refused to enter the fray despite party’s attempts to convince them to improve the party strength in Lok Sabha. Instead, Bhujbal has batted for his nephew and former party MP Sameer Bhujbal from Nashik, while Naik is vying for Thane constituency for his son and former MP Sanjeev Naik. The state unit of Congress finalised names for a few constituencies, including Sushilkumar Shinde (Solapur), Mukul Wasnik (Ramtek), Manikrao Thakre (Yavatmal), Charulata Tokas(Wardha), Rohidas Patil(Dhule), Amita Chavan(Nanded).
2019-02-14Modi Group company Indofil joins hands with Italian Reagens for green stabilizer manufacturing - Zee Business
Modi Group company Indofil joins hands with Italian Reagens for green stabilizer manufacturing Updated: Thu, Feb 14, 2019 The Indofil Industries Ltd, a Modi Enterprises Group company, which is known for its USP (Unique Sale Proposition) in crop protection and specialty chemicals, has announced its Joint Venture (JV) with Italy-based leading polymer additives manufacturing company Reagens today. The new venture - Indo-Reagens Polymer Additives Pvt Ltd - will start manufacturing and offering Green Stabilizer range from their unit at Ankaleshwar. The venture will also begin offering state-of-the-art specialty additives from Reagens units in Europe from April 1, 2019. The JV will also be constructing a new state-of-the-art technology plant in Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation’s Special Economic Zone in Dahej in 2019 to offer all green polymer additives to the Indian Polymer processing industry. Speaking on the development, KK Modi, Chairman & Managing Director – Indofil Industries Ltd and Chairman – Modi Enterprises said, “We are very excited about this partnership with Reagens. Both companies have complementary strengths which can be leveraged to bring sustainable solutions and products used in PVC and CPVC polymers. We hope to combine our expertise and talent and take the JV to its best potential." Dr Ettore Nanni, Chairman of Reagens, said, “Indofil and Reagens will bring together unique assets, deep technical expertise, as well as ability to identify, scale and customize solutions. We will work together to bring cost-effective and sustainable solutions in the heat stabilizers market.” It was also announced that the JV will offer technical support and services from its regional application laboratory centres based at Thane and Delhi, supplemented by support from existing Reagens’ facilities. PVC and CPVC are the major thermoplastic polymers in India by quantity. Key applications include pipes and fittings (hot and cold), wire and cable, cellular and window profiles, medical compounds, and calendaring sheet applications. Even as industrialisation, emphasis on infrastructure, rapid urbanization and boost in the agriculture sector has contributed to the spurt in demand for PVC, the production has not been up to the mark. Picture caption: The JV will offer technical support and services from its regional application laboratory centers based at Thane and Delhi.
2019-02-14India's WPI-based inflation stands at 2.76 pct for Jan 2019 - Devdiscourse
India's WPI-based inflation stands at 2.76 pct for Jan 2019 Updated: 14-02-2019 14:29 IST India's annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices eased to 2.76 per cent in January from 3.02 per cent reported for the corresponding month of 2018, official data showed on Thursday. On a sequential basis, the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) data for January, furnished by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, showed that wholesale prices rose on a slower rate than the rise of 3.80 per cent reported for December 2018. "The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI, stood at 2.76 per cent (provisional) for January 2019 (over January 2018) as compared to 3.80 per cent (provisional) for the previous month and 3.02 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year," the Ministry said in its review of "Index Numbers of Wholesale Price in India" for January. "Build up inflation rate in the financial year so far was 2.49 per cent compared to a build up rate of 2.47 per cent in the corresponding period of the previous year."
2019-02-14Case adjourned for man charged with Feb. 5 murder of Cody MacLean in Charlottetown - The Guardian
2019-02-14Thane traffic cops get hi-tech e-challan devices - Hindustan Times
Thane traffic cops get hi-tech e-challan devices Updated: Feb 15, 2019 00:34 IST The next time you break a traffic rule and think it has gone unnoticed, think again. You will get a challan on your mobile phone. After Mumbai, Nagpur and Navi Mumbai, the e-challan system was launched in Thane on Thursday. The traffic police can now slap fines on the spot to errant motorists. “We have 300 machines. We will immediately issue a challan to violators and payments can be made by cash or card. In case of a traffic violation, we will send the challan to the registered phone number. The database will have the names of violators and repeat offenders,” said Vivek Phansalkar, commissioner of police, Thane. There are 18 traffic divisions in Thane. The new system keeps track of all violations. “Our aim is not to collect fines but to enable discipline and transparency in the system. As part of smart city initiative, there are proposals to install more CCTV cameras across the city. If anyone evades paying fine and is caught by the traffic police later, they will pay penalty for all the violations,” said Amit Kale, deputy commissioner of police, Thane (traffic). How e-challan system works Police now have handheld devices which they will use to issue fines on the spot to motorists who break traffic rules. With the device, the police can print receipts and accept payments through debit or credit cards or cash. Footage from CCTV cameras will be monitored and challan sent to defaulters on their mobile phones.
2019-02-14Thane: Persistent suitors be careful this Valentine's Day - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Persistent suitors be careful this Valentine's Day Updated: Feb 14, 2019, 06:35 AM IST Those persistently pursuing the objects of their affection better be wary this Valentine's Day. Thane cops will be vigilant about enthusiastic unwanted overtures. February 14 may be a day for lovers, but it is also a day dreaded by many women who find themselves in awkward and harmful situations as recipients of unwanted attention and proposals. To keep casual harassment in check and ensure the safety of women, Thane police intends to post squads outside schools and colleges. "Our officers in plain clothes will keep an eye on those misbehaving with women to prevent cases of harassment or molestation that are common on V-Day," said Deepak Devraj, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Thane. Cops will also patrol surrounding and isolated areas to keep a check on stalkers and potential trouble-makers. "V-Day should be celebrated peacefully, and with consent," he said. "But sometimes things take a violent turn. Our patrolling vans will try to create awareness among the youth and general people about mutual consent." The police will also be on the lookout for possible troublemakers who sour this day. This has elicited a sigh of relief from students. "While V-Day is a celebration of love, in India it has become a day for moral policing. Some of the political parties use it as a day to punish youth," says Anil Joshi (name changed), "It's good that police is there to keep troublesome elements away." In case anyone is harassed, they can approach the nearest police station and the perpetrators will be taken to task. "Students need not fear us; they can lodge a complaint and we will take immediate action," Devraj assured.
2019-02-14H1N1 claims first victim of season in Mumbai region - Times of India
H1N1 claims first victim of season in Mumbai region Updated: Feb 14, 2019, 07:00 IST THANE: Influenza H1N1 has claimed a 52-year-old woman while she was undergoing treatment—the first death in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region since January 2019. Close to 400 H1N1 cases and 13 deaths have reported across the state since the beginning of the year. The deceased, identified as Kanchan Gaur, was a resident of Palghar and brought to a private hospital last week in a serious condition. “Gaur was referred to a private hospital here last week in the early hours of Wednesday and she died while undergoing treatment the same night. She was a high risk patient as she suffered from both diabetes and hypertension. Since January, around 36 people have tested positive for H1N1, six of whom are from other cities. So far, there has been one death and the patient is not a Thane resident,” said Dr Ram Kendre, medical health officer, TMC. The health department here has so far screened around 467 patients, 36 of whom have tested positive. Officials said the number is higher than last year when around 26 patients had tested positive and five had died. This year, similar numbers have been reported in just over a month into the new year. “Most of the 30 patients from the city live in highrises along Ghodbunder Road. When we investigated the instances, we found that a majority had travelled to Nasik and Dehradun and some had even gone abroad. We suspect that they might have got infected while travelling,” added Dr Kendre.
2019-02-14Thane police start e-challan system - The Hindu
Thane police start e-challan system UPDATED: FEBRUARY 15, 2019 01:26 IST The Thane Traffic Police on Thursday put the e-challan system into effect, doing away with paper receipts and enabling transparency in the penalisation of errant motorists. The system was kicked off by Thane Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar with the inauguration of the e-challan machines, which allow payment of fines through credit or debit cards and are synced with the data of vehicle owners available with the Regional Transport Office. “We have 300 machines which have been provided to Traffic Police personnel across the commissionerate. Apart from enabling cashless payment of fines, the system will also help the personnel to check whether any motorist caught violating traffic rules has previous offences against him,” Mr Phansalkar said. Traffic police officers said handheld devices are also linked to the Regional Transport Office database, and all offences against motorists will be added to the details in the RTO database on a regular basis. “There have been instances where motorists have tried to obtain new licences after their old ones were seized for violations. The new system will automatically raise a flag as soon as their application for a new licence in added to the system, putting a check to such practices as well,” an officer with the Thane Traffic Police said. The officer said that as all the details, including the amount of fines collected from errant motorists, will be updated in the server in real time, it will also eliminate the scope for corruption, as police personnel will be bound to either collect the exact fines applicable for the particular offences or explain why the same was not done. The Mumbai Traffic Police has already been implementing the e-challan system, along with a host of other high-tech measures, in order to curb traffic rule violations and decrease casualties and fatalities due to rash driving. In 2017, the traffic police’s efforts were aided by speed cameras installed at strategic locations in the city, which can capture number plates of vehicles overshooting the prescribed speed limits. Due to the speed cameras and e-challan system, cases of overspeeding registered by the Mumbai Traffic Police soared to 7.8 lakh in 2018 from around 25,000 in 2017, officers said.
2019-02-14Over 12,000 run in the Thane Half Marathon - Times of India
Over 12,000 run in the Thane Half Marathon Updated: Feb 14, 2019, 14:36 IST With ever increasing participation every year, the seventh edition of the Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon (HTHM) saw an overwhelming response from marathoners and fitness enthusiasts from Thane, Mumbai and from and outside of Maharashtra. Over 12,000 participants pounded the roads of Thane beating the chilling breeze of morning to participate in Thane's annual flagship event. Drawing such a magnanimous response, the Half Marathon has become one of the prominent marathons of the country. Espousing the concept of 'running for expression', the Half Marathoner title for the 21.097 km run 2019 was clinched by Dinesh Kumar in stellar 1 hour and 09 minutes. Aarati Patil marked the title in the women category. Chandrakant Manwadkar became the winner for the 10 km run, while Poonam Sonudev bagged the 10 in female run title. The Green Run of 10 kms saw Dharmendra Yadav and Poonam Sonudev bagging the winners titles in the men and women categories; respectively. The Pillsbury Family Run of 4 kms had Pandurang Chougule and Anjali Bhalinge as winners. Dr Niranjan Hiranandani who completed a 10-kms run successfully; thanked the participants for their overwhelming participation and making the marathon a success. "The purpose of the event is to promote Community Living, Holistic Living and Healthy Living,” said Dr Hiranandani. The Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon (HTHM) as an annual event, allows participants to explore their multi-dimensional personalities, helping create better individuals that in turn create better communities, he added. The winners received the awards at the hands of Mrs Amruta Fadnavis, a social activist and other dignitaries such as Sanjeev Jaiswal, Commissioner, Thane Municipal Corporation, Sanjay Kelkar, MLA and others. Actor and a celebrity marathon-runner Rahul Bose and Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, Founder and Managing Director of Hiranandani Group flagged-off the marathon at 5:45 am from the Hiranandani Estate, Thane (West). This year, the thought process took the event beyond, from just being a sport-related event through linking the fitness - conscious aspect with healthy individuals, in turn, creating better communities.
2019-02-14Shapoorji Pallonji to soon make its mark in Thane - Business Wire India
Shapoorji Pallonji to soon make its mark in Thane February 14, 2019 10:00 AM IST Mumbai, Maharashtra, India The Shapoorji Pallonji Group basks in a legacy of over 150 years of constructing architectural and engineering marvels in India and across the globe. Some of their landmarks include The Trident in Mumbai, Park Towers in Dubai as well as the Palace of The Sultan Of Oman. The Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate (SPRE) brand has been charting new highs in the Indian real estate sector based on the foundational pillars of trust, innovative designs, flawless execution and quality of construction. The SPRE brand has made inroads into most Indian cities - Bangalore, Pune, Virar, Gurgaon, Howrah and Kolkata - with a variety of developments from luxury apartments, opulent residences to aspirational homes for mid-income homebuyers as well as one of the largest mass housing projects in India. Along these lines, they have recently announced ambitious plans to develop around 80 million sq. ft. of myriad residential projects in the next couple of years. This is the highest volume of launches any developer in India has attempted thus far. The entire 80 million sq. ft. of land that will be developed will be dedicated to housing catering to various income brackets. This will ensure Shapoorji Pallonji’s unmatched, wide and diverse customer base. Lifestyle-friendliness, excellent connectivity, quality social infrastructure are some of the determining factors that single out a location. In the last few years, Thane has been one of the fastest growing cities and real estate markets in the country. It has all the factors that the SPRE brand finds attractive about a potential location. Hence, as part of their new 80 million sq. ft. development plans, they are venturing into Thane. In the last decade, Thane has emerged into its own as a city. The Thane railway station is a major terminal with most outstation trains stopping here and the two of the suburban railway lines - Central and Harbour - running services to and from Thane. The Eastern Express Highway (EEH) and the Ghodbunder Road have acted as game changers in connecting Thane to the eastern and western suburbs of Mumbai. This connectivity provides excellent accessibility to numerous business districts such as Nariman Point in South Mumbai, Lower Parel, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and CBD Belapur in Navi Mumbai. In the last five years particularly, Thane has transformed into a commercial hub as well with many offices and commercial spaces. Thane now has numerous coworking offices. A number of startups find it easier and more convenient to have offices in Thane due to its excellent connectivity and relative affordability, thus drawing talent and more business to Thane. Metro connectivity is set to further boost Thane’s connectivity, livability and lifestyle quotient as well as capital values. The announcement of the recent two metro lines - Gaimukh to Mira Road along the Ghodbunder Road and the Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavli along EEH - will offer unparalleled connectivity to Thane. Work on the latter metro line has already begun with the first service expected to begin in 2020. In addition to the metro, Thane will also benefit from being a stop on the much-anticipated Bullet Train service. Thus, Thane will become a major junction or gateway in every sense of the word. It is, thus, a most opportune time to choose to live or invest in Thane. Shapoorji Pallonji understands such market sentiments and dynamics and hence has chosen to locate its latest premium residential project on Thane’s popular Pokhran Road No. 2 which is located adjacent to the Eastern Express Highway. It is one of the most favourable neighbourhoods of Thane. Smt. Sulochanadevi School and DAV Public School, Korum and Viviana Malls, Jupiter, Bethany and Lifeline Hospitals are all within a 1 km radius of this coveted residential area. The newest SPRE project on Pokhran Road No. 2 will offer an exceptional living standard in Thane and elevate the city’s status as a premium residential destination. It will embody the pillars of trust, quality construction and innovativeness that have made this brand recognisable across the globe. If all the incredible attributes of Thane persuade you to reside in this city, choose to do so at the most singular residential destination - a Shapoorji Pallonji residence! After all, who wouldn’t want to live in a home developed by the brand that has built the Reserve Bank of India building or Breach Candy Hospital or even the World Trade Centre!
2019-02-14Thane: Persistent suitors be careful this Valentine's Day | Mumbai NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Thane: Persistent suitors be careful this Valentine's Day 14th February, 2019 To keep casual harassment in check and ensure the safety of women, Thane police intends to post squads outside schools and colleges. Thane cops will be vigilant about enthusiastic unwanted overtures. Those persistently pursuing the objects of their affection better be wary this Valentine's Day. February 14 may be a day for lovers, but it is also a day dreaded by many women who find themselves in awkward and harmful situations as recipients of unwanted attention and proposals. "While V-Day is a celebration of love, in India it has become a day for moral policing.
2019-02-14UP siblings, who got lost, reunited with parents - Free Press Journal
UP siblings, who got lost, reunited with parents February 14, 2019 7:44 am Thane: Two minor sisters from Uttar Pradesh, one of them mentally challenged, were reunited with their parents after they inadvertently came to Maharashtra by boarding a wrong train, police said. The two girls, one aged 17 who, according to police, is mentally unstable and the other around 4 years old, are residents of Ghazipur district in UP. They had last month gone to their aunt's house in the neighbouring Chandauli district, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deepak Deoraj told reporters here on Monday. However, while returning home, the girls, instead of boarding a train to Ghazipur, wrongly got into another train headed to Mumbai, he said. The girls, who spoke in Bhojpuri language, were found sitting on a platform of the Thane railway station on January 15, but they were unable to tell the police their address or home town, he said. The police took custody of the girls and presented them before a local court which ordered that the elder sibling be admitted to Thane Mental Hospital for treatment and the younger one be lodged at an orphanage in Dombivali town, Deoraj said. The court also asked the Thane police to search for their parents. Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajendra Tambe personally helped the girls by arranging clothes and other essential items for them, the official said. The anti-human trafficking cell of Thane police took assistance of a woman well-versed in Bhojpuri language to interact with the elder sibling at the hospital. After some interactions, the police came to know that the two girls were residents of Dildarnagar area in Ghazipur, the official said. The police then posted information about the girls on several WhatsApp groups and one such message was seen by the siblings parents, who immediately contacted the Dildarnagar police station in Ghazipur, he said. The parents later got in touch with the Thane police who helped them in identifying the siblings, Deoraj said. Subsequently, the parents came to Thane where the police handed over the girls to them on Monday, he added.
2019-02-141 in 2 Thane tribal students uses smartphone to study - Times of India
1 in 2 Thane tribal students uses smartphone to study Feb 14, 2019, 23:50 IST Thane: Most weekdays, Raj (12) accesses the internet to crack mathematics sums or read more about historical events that are part of his school curriculum. While this internet behaviour may be common among urban children, what sets this scene apart is that Raj lives in a tribal hamlet in Yeoor that skirts Thane. Civic school teachers point out that these hamlets lack even basic facilities such as good roads, piped water and some, till recently, even electricity and yet they have latched on to technology. Today, tribal students are as internet savvy as their counterparts in non-tribal areas. A Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) survey of 600 children in tribal settlements reveals that every second child here has access to smartphones and internet data, and a sizable number uses popular networking sites to socialize. The survey showed that nearly 53% of the students had access to smartphones and as many as 78% used the internet frequently. Almost half these smartphone users had accounts on social networking sites while 24% of them used the internet to look up information. A minuscule 2% had also tried their hand at online commercial transactions. What has enthused educationists is a parallel TMC study that shows similar percolation of technology among civic students from non-tribal areas as well: 53% of them used smartphones, 52% social networking sites, 26% used online search engines to access information and 1.9% have tried online transactions. For this survey, too, TMC had roped in around 600 students. An estimated 40% of around 80 crore mobile phone users in the country, which amounts to two-thirds of the population, currently own smartphones. ‘It is heartening to note that the penetration of technology and information is crossing all barriers and reaching out to this strata of the society that was once considered disadvantaged,” said P G Jogdand, a retired professor of sociology, Mumbai University. A trip down the few tribal-dominated areas around the city and you can spot children using the internet. So, while Class VIII student Madhura Nage is busy uploading her pictures on Instagram, her contemporary, Sandesh Bhalerao, spends time on YouTube listening to new rhymes and reading up on historical events. “We surveyed around 600 randomly selected students from schools located in tribal settlements. Our intention behind the survey was to measure the willingness and access of the tribal community to engage with information technology and we are definitely amazed by the results,” said additional municipal commissioner Sameer Unhale. The internet is helping these students understand the syllabus faster, said Dipti Sakhalkar, a teacher at one of the Yeoor schools where she has taught two generations of students. “I have observed that the current lot is learning faster than their parents, mostly due to the exposure to the internet,” said her colleague Prakash Gaikwad. The survey included students from Thane civic schools located in areas dominated by Katkari, Warli and Malhar Koli communities, among others, settled in and around Sanjay Gandhi National Park. “Till recently, there were families that stayed in areas without electricity and yet they owned mobile phones. They would charge their mobile phones at their relatives’ places daily in nearby villages that had access to electricity,” said Sulabha Ahire, another teacher.
2019-02-14Shapoorji Pallonji to soon make its mark in Thane - Big News Network
Shapoorji Pallonji to soon make its mark in Thane Mumbai (Maharashtra)[ India] Feb 14 (ANI): The Shapoorji Pallonji Group have recently announced ambitious plans to develop around 80 million sq. ft. of myriad residential projects in the next couple of years. This is the highest volume of launches any developer in India has attempted thus far. The entire 80 million sq. ft. of land that will be developed will be dedicated to housing catering to various income brackets. This will ensure Shapoorji Pallonji's unmatched, wide and diverse customer base. Lifestyle-friendliness, excellent connectivity, quality social infrastructure are some of the determining factors that single out a location. In the last few years, Thane has been one of the fastest growing cities and real estate markets in the country. It has all the factors that the SPRE brand finds attractive about a potential location. Hence, as part of their new 80 million sq. ft. development plans, they are venturing into Thane. In the last decade, Thane has emerged into its own as a city. The Thane railway station is a major terminal with most outstation trains stopping here and the two of the suburban railway lines - Central and Harbour - running services to and from Thane. The Eastern Express Highway (EEH) and the Ghodbunder Road have acted as game changers in connecting Thane to the eastern and western suburbs of Mumbai. This connectivity provides excellent accessibility to numerous business districts such as Nariman Point in South Mumbai, Lower Parel, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and CBD Belapur in Navi Mumbai. In the last five years particularly, Thane has transformed into a commercial hub as well with many offices and commercial spaces. Thane now has numerous co working offices. A number of start ups find it easier and more convenient to have offices in Thane due to its excellent connectivity and relative affordability, thus drawing talent and more business to Thane. Metro connectivity is set to further boost Thane's connectivity, livability and lifestyle quotient as well as capital values. The announcement of the recent two metro lines - Gaimukh to Mira Road along the Ghodbunder Road and the Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavli along EEH - will offer unparalleled connectivity to Thane. Work on the latter metro line has already begun with the first service expected to begin in 2020. In addition to the metro, Thane will also benefit from being a stop on the much-anticipated Bullet Train service. Thus, Thane will become a major junction or gateway in every sense of the word. It is, thus, a most opportune time to choose to live or invest in Thane. Shapoorji Pallonji understands such market sentiments and dynamics and hence has chosen to locate its latest premium residential project on Thane's popular Pokhran Road No. 2 which is located adjacent to the Eastern Express Highway. It is one of the most favourable neighbourhoods of Thane. Smt. Sulochanadevi School and DAV Public School, Korum and Viviana Malls, Jupiter, Bethany and Lifeline Hospitals are all within a 1 km radius of this coveted residential area.The newest SPRE project on Pokhran Road No. 2 will offer an exceptional living standard in Thane and elevate the city's status as a premium residential destination. It will embody the pillars of trust, quality construction and innovativeness that have made this brand recognisable across the globe. If all the incredible attributes of Thane persuade you to reside in this city, choose to do so at the most singular residential destination - a Shapoorji Pallonji residence! After all, who wouldn't want to live in a home developed by the brand that has built the Reserve Bank of India building or Breach Candy Hospital or even the World Trade Centre!
2019-02-13Gautam Singhania on affordable housing foray, schools and expanding Raymond into small towns - Economic Times
Gautam Singhania on affordable housing foray, schools and expanding Raymond into small towns Updated: Feb 13, 2019, 03.39 PM IST Singhanias want to monetise the Thane land they own. The first project will be a 20-acre affordable housing project together with a school where 10,000 children can study. As retail company they are present in over 505 towns and they are penetrating markets, which are not only tier-2, tier-3, tier-4 but even tier-10 cities. Gautam Singhania, CMD, Raymond, in a chat with ET Now. Edited excerpts: What are your plans for venturing into real estate? The market is fully aware that we have got a lot of land in Thane where the original factor was. As we have stated, we need to monetise this land and that is why the factory was originally moved. It has taken us a little while to get all the permissions for the land to get cleaned up. As you are aware, historically in India all land has got some issues. Having done that, we have always stated as policy that we want to monetise the land and that will only enhance shareholder value. The first project on 20 acres, will be an integrated development to monetise the land and obviously see what best real estate project we can do there. We have done the Bhumi Pujan which has been announced. As a company, we rather do and then talk, rather than talk and then do. Next, to meet our CSR requirements obligations, we really want to set up a very large school and I am very enthusiastic about it. There was a WhatsApp campaign going around on this. The principle sent out a WhatsApp for a briefing on what is going on. 15,000 parents came in. That is the brand equity of the Singhania School. It is touching the real estate project. It will be a very large school with eventual capacity to have 10,000 children in that school. So between that school and our existing school, almost 16,000-17,000 children will be studying in Thane. It would become the largest education destination probably in the world. We are not doing a hospital. The old hospital is actually getting converted into a school. We have lost the expertise in the hospital which we had 25 years ago but we do have expertise in education. We are doing well in education with the school being amongst the best schools in the country. I want to leverage on that. Number two, a school project is more synergistic with a residential project because people buying 1BHK, 2BHK apartments, want quality education. The school becomes a big added advantage to a mixed use development that is right next to it. You talked about the Raymond brand. Whatever Raymond does, it is just on the fabric side. We are the only company that sells from Rs 200 meter to about Rs 10 lakh a meter. It is 5000 times in price point. Raymond stand for, Raymond stands for trust. The Rs 200 a meter guy gets trust, the Rs 10 lakh a meter guy gets trust. Where are you going to position your real estate offering? We have volume to move. We want to do affordable housing which is for the masses. We have got a good product and if you do it correctly, I have to move volume. Number two, I have got two or three advantages; We have designed a product for the masses. I am not making four and five and six BHK flats. Also, we have got the best location. Number three we are giving a very good club house, a five-acre garden in the middle, very good facilities which go with the Raymond brand. And number four, we have got a school, sharing a common boundary wall. Effectively. you will have swivel gate between the housing complex and the school. For a parent, a child is going to school without having left the compound. Talk to me about the strategy there because there are indications that one parcel of 20 acres will be sold off and the proceeds will be utilised to come up with the funds required for development there. How much are you going to develop initially?
2019-02-13MTDC to organise a grape festival in Malshej Ghat from February 16 - Mumbai Mirror
MTDC to organise a grape festival in Malshej Ghat from February 16 Updated: Feb 13, 2019, 21:20 IST One of the most versatile fruits, the grape can be enjoyed in a wide array of forms. From salads to desserts to fermenting it for producing wine; the uses are aplenty. And tourists will now be able to enjoy a special tour of this fruit at a ‘from farm to the table’ session, at a grape festival, to be held at Malshej Ghat between February 16 and February 19. A special initiative taken by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) and Junnar Tehsil farmers, the event will address all queries regarding grape farming and wine production. The lofty mountain pass, located on the Western Ghats range in the Thane-Pune Road will play host to the event, where tourists will be able to participate on any day of this festival. In order to participate, they will have to reach MTDC Resort at Malshej Ghat at 10 am. After this, they will be given a tour of the Golegaon orchard. It’s here that they will also be given information regarding plucking of grapes, packaging and the selling methods. They will also be able to experience a wine-tasting tour as well as purchase from a select range of wines at eco-tourism drive. The admission fee for each person is Rs 50 and vehicles will be arranged by MTDC to ferry around the tourists.
2019-02-13Local results: Basketball, bowling | Sports | rapidcityjournal.com - Rapid City Journal
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Updated: February 13, 2019 @ 10:54 pm Full Forecast News Obituaries Sports E-edition Buy & Sell Share this  › Facebook Twitter SMS Email Try 1 month for 99¢ Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save High School BasketballTuesday's ScoresBOYS Aberdeen Christian 56, Langford 40Brandon Valley 76, Harrisburg 50Bridgewater-Emery 71, Irene-Wakonda 58Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 75, St. Francis Indian 39Colome 63, Burke 35Corsica/Stickney 58, Tripp-Delmont/Armour 50Freeman 64, Ethan 53Hanson 85, Avon 56Kimball/White Lake 62, Wessington Springs 37Lennox 71, Beresford 42Lusk, Wyo. 67, Edgemont 55New England, N.D. 67, Harding County 57Northwestern 68, Redfield/Doland 62Red Cloud 58, Douglas 45Sioux City, West, Iowa 93, Dakota Valley 67Sioux Falls O'Gorman 56, Mitchell 54Sioux Valley 72, Castlewood 52St. Thomas More 78, Hot Springs 65Stanley County 61, Mobridge-Pollock 42Sturgis Brown 58, Belle Fourche 22Sully Buttes 70, Sunshine Bible Academy 56Vermillion 79, Wagner 43Viborg-Hurley 55, Menno 35Wall 71, Oelrichs 66POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONSBrookings vs. Huron, ppd.Sisseton vs. Dell Rapids, ccd.GIRLSBelle Fourche 62, Sturgis Brown 54Beresford 55, Lennox 42Canistota 57, Scotland 28Chester 49, Arlington 27Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 70, Bennett County 34Corsica/Stickney 61, Tripp-Delmont/Armour 34Crazy Horse 56, Tiospaye Topa 43Ethan 50, Freeman 31Freeman Academy/Marion 37, Marty Indian 35Garretson 64, Parker 45Hitchcock-Tulare 58, Iroquois 25Irene-Wakonda 46, Bridgewater-Emery 41Kimball/White Lake 49, Wessington Springs 14Langford 46, Aberdeen Christian 12Leola/Frederick 41, James Valley Christian 39Lower Brule 68, Crow Creek 50Menno 53, Viborg-Hurley 34Mitchell 67, Pierre 45Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 54, Bon Homme 30Redfield/Doland 45, Northwestern 43Sully Buttes 61, Sunshine Bible Academy 32Todd County 70, Little Wound 69Vermillion 73, Wagner 31Wall 49, Oelrichs 22Winner 70, Platte-Geddes 45POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONSHuron vs. Brookings, ppd.Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta, Minn. vs. Milbank, ccd.BowlingHere are the bowling scores for Jan. 27-Feb. 3.Robbinsdale Lanes Sunday Sweeper Winner – 2/3/2019: Mark NortonRobbinsdale Lanes: Bowlers of the WeekMen's Game: Kyle Beaird 300; Men's Series: Andrew O'Connell 784; Woman's Game: Amy Meyer 241; Women's Series: Laurie Sumners 653; Senior Men's High Game: Tim McElroy 240; Senior Men's Series: Chuck Kiefer 609; Senior Woman's Game: Margie Carpenter 203; Senior Women's Series: Margie Carpenter 545.Meadowood Lanes: Bowlers of the Week (Most Pins Over)Men's Game: Keith Harder 220 (+84); Men's Series: Ray Richey 752 (+179); Woman's Game: Sherri Bucholz 265 (+73); Women's Series: Chelsea Boddicker 552 (+129).Meadowood LanesMen – Games 240+Matt Galbraith, 300; Josh Blake, 289; Carter Banning, 279; Derek Patton, 279; Tyler Engel, 279; Terry McNamara, 278; Gene Carsten, 278; Paul Anderson, 269; Miike Munsch, 268; Russ Rysavy, 268; Nate Hand, 267; Thane Lees, 266; Ray Richey, 266; Austin DuVall, 263; Jeff Patterson, 259; Ted Staikoff, 259; Mark Parker, 259; Steve DuVall, 258; Todd Bakken, 258; Tim Ayers, 258; Mike Schmitz, 257; Dan Dejong, 256; Steve Shawda, 255; Bob Stammers, 255; Brady Mills, 249; Tim Werlinger, 246; Jeff Carda, 246; John Biggins, 245; Dan Voss, 245; John Graves, 245; Mark Wirtz, 245; Dave Lowe, 245; Del Loefer, 245; Allen Clayton, 244; Butch Bowman, 244.Meadowood Lanes Men’s Series – 640+Derek Patton, 764; Tyler Engel, 752; Ray Richey, 752; Terry McNamara, 746; Nate Hand, 744; Ted Staikoff, 738; Miike Munsch, 736; Bob Stammers, 705; Dave Lowe, 701; Paul Anderson, 697; Dan Voss, 692; Mike Schmitz, 690; Steve Shawda, 689; Tim Ayers, 688; Steve DuVall, 687; Chris Tindall, 686; Jeff Patterson, 685; Thane Lees, 677; Matt Galbraith, 675; Royle Ackerman, 671; Josh Blake, 670; Carter Banning, 665; Danny Sharkey, 665; Todd Bakken, 654; Austin DuVall, 649; Justin Ebsen, 647; Phil Norris, 645; Tim Werlinger, 643; Matthew Hedgespeth, 642; Allen Clayton, 641; Tony Tolliver, 640; Jake Larson, 640.Meadowood LanesWomen’s Game – 200+Sherri Bucholz, 265; Patty Fanter, 246; Carol Goodrich, 238; Brandyn Crawford, 237; Deidre Ross, 235; Deb Slusser, 235; Sammi Moen, 224; Rachael Galbraith, 220; Nikki Hesse, 220; Heidi Ayers, 218; Tawney King, 218; Liz King, 215; Julie Heintz, 213; Jen Delsoldato, 212; Kathy Anderson, 211; Donna Young, 203; Sue Merriman, 203; Julianna Jill, 202; Chelsea Boddicker, 201; Mary Stadel, 200.Meadowood LanesWomen’s Series – 510+Brandyn Crawford, 638; Patty Fanter, 615; Sherri Bucholz, 614; Rachael Galbraith, 610; Deidre Ross, 610; Nikki Hesse, 604; Deb Slusser, 593; Sammi Moen, 591; Carol Goodrich, 575; Heidi Ayers, 572; Jen Delsoldato, 568; Tawney King, 563; Julianna Jill, 553; Chelsea Boddicker, 552; Liz King, 546; Kathy Anderson, 546; LeeAnn Weeldreyer, 538; Randi Beaird, 538; Melissa Besmer, 535; Tami Banning, 528; Stephanie Ayers, 528; Sally Oller, 525; Karin Lord, 523; Margie Carpenter, 522; Verla Crago, 521; Mary Stadel, 517; Mary Genzlinger, 517; Betty Millard, 516; Alice Hegert, 515; Jan Czywzynski, 512; Terri Kaiser, 512; Corie Richey, 511; Becky Beer, 510.Robbinsdale LanesMen – Games 240+Kyle Beaird , 300; John Galiczewski, 299; Andrew O'Connell, 290; Dan Bartos, 289; Randy Kapfenstein, 288; Adam Wortman, 280; Harold Holt, 279; Tim Ayers, 279; Jeff Patterson, 270; Ryan O'Malley, 268; Gary Scaggs, 268; Jamie Holsworth, 267; Gene Carsten, 267; Vince Spease, 266; Mark Aftanski, 266; Cody Henrichsen, 266; Scott Piegenda, 266; John Jacobs, 265; Bruce Rall, 259; Todd Huntington, 258; Scott Sterling, 258; Tim Roth, 258; Randy McKee, 257; Jim Meyer, 257; Matt Hauer, 257; Thane Lees, 256; Gary Scaggs, 256; Tim Hutton, 255; Eric Braun, 255; Chris Sterling, 253; Chris Tindall, 248; Aaron Sumners, 247; Ted Staikoff, 247; Don Coats, 247; Rich Wetch, 246; Ryan Quasney, 244; Evan Armstrong, 243; Kevin Mitzel, 243; Tony Pataky, 242; Mark Budd, 242.Robbinsdale LanesMen’s Series – 640+Andrew O'Connell, 784; Gary Scaggs, 771; Todd Huntington, 748; John Jacobs, 744; Kyle Beaird , 743; Cody Henrichsen, 739; Tim Roth, 738; Gary Scaggs, 735; Ted Staikoff, 709; Matt Hauer, 706; Thane Lees, 703; Randy McKee, 702; Ty Falcon, 701; Adam Wortman, 697; Harold Holt, 695; Mark Aftanski, 694; Vince Spease, 690; Danny Sharkey, 689; Mark Budd, 688; Jeff Patterson, 687; Rich Wetch, 684; Scott Sterling, 682; Tony Pataky, 682; Don Coats, 676; Josh Blake, 672; Aaron Sumners, 671; Randy Kapfenstein, 671; Andre Armstrong, 665; Kevin Lowe, 658; Ryan O'Malley, 657; Dan Bartos, 657; Mike Barrett, 656; Tim Ayers, 656; Paul McDonnell, 652; Chris Tindall, 650; Jason Piebenga, 649; Dale Mettler, 648; Brett Foreman, 647; John Galiczewski, 645; Eric Braun, 645; Gene Carsten, 645; Chris Sterling, 644; Dave Lowe, 644; Evan Armstrong, 642; Kevin Mitzel, 642; Dustin Denton, 641.RobbinsdaleWomen’s Game – 200+Amy Meyer, 241; Laurie Sumners, 232; Carol Goodrich, 227; Heidi Ayers, 225; Tammy Stadel, 222; Marti Kjerstad, 216; Lisa Guitierrez, 212; Glinda Johnson, 207; Tami Quinn, 205; LeeAnn Harlan, 204; D'Anna Fischer, 203; Karen Foreman, 203; Tina Kunka, 202; Terri Ranta, 202; Tammy Lees, 201; Carole Marshall, 201; Kathy Horsley, 201.Robbinsdale LanesWomen’s Series – 510+Laurie Sumners, 653; Carol Goodrich, 588; Tammy Lees, 576; Carole Marshall, 573; D'Anna Fischer, 569; Tina Kunka, 564; Amy Meyer, 558; Lisa Guitierrez, 556; LeeAnn Harlan, 551; Terri Hamm, 548; Terri Ranta, 546; Tammy Stadel, 541; Liza Bohls, 531; Heidi Ayers, 526; Joleen Dettman, 522; Tami Quinn, 520; Marge VanVleet, 511; Marti Kjerstad, 510; Kathy Horsley, 510.RobbinsdaleSenior Men’s Game – 200+Tim McElroy, 240; Chuck Kiefer, 236; Jerry Carpenter, 233; Jasper Green, 231; Larry Renz, 224; Jake Roth, 221; Jim Gehner, 221; Denny Barleen, 216; Dan Wissinger, 207; Gary Davidson, 206; Bob Litz, 204; Warren Young, 203; Frank Rogers, 203; Del Genzlinger, 203; Bob Malone, 203; Ken Karp, 200; Dave Clark, 193; Calvin Hill, 190.Robbinsdale Senior Men’s Series – 500+Chuck Kiefer, 609; Tim McElroy, 599; Jake Roth, 592; Denny Barleen, 591; Gary Davidson, 591; Larry Renz, 583; Del Genzlinger, 580; Jasper Green, 574; Bob Litz, 570; Dave Clark, 567; Frank Rogers, 560; Jim Gehner, 552; Jerry Carpenter, 552; Warren Young, 542; Rod Atterbery, 530; Dan Wissinger, 529; Bob Malone, 516; Ken Karp, 514; Calvin Hill, 508; Del Ashlock, 504; Rick Farley, 502.RobbinsdaleSenior Women’s Game – 140+Margie Carpenter, 203; Joyce Kiefer, 196; Donna Young, 191; Kay Willaims, 188; Sally Dickerson, 185; Jan Stevens, 179; Carole Marshall, 173; Laurie Gehner, 171; Nita Clark, 171; Shirley Myers, 169; Dianne Block, 168; Karin Lord, 164; Sharon Karp, 163; Louise Flack, 149; Diana Clark, 149; Marilyn Davidson, 142.RobbinsdaleSenior Women’s Series – 420+Margie Carpenter, 545; Joyce Kiefer, 528; Donna Young, 520; Sally Dickerson, 511; Karin Lord, 488; Carole Marshall, 474; Jan Stevens, 467; Nita Clark, 466; Laurie Gehner, 465; Dianne Block, 451; Sharon Karp, 431; Kay Willaims, 425.Robbinsdale LanesYouth Boys - GameTrey Ayers, 200; Jackson Hauer, 196; Jace Wetzler, 188; Nolan Hix, 177; Jaden Wells, 169; Ozzy Holsworth, 160; Brandon Giles, 140; Ian James, 122.Robbinsdale LanesYouth Boys - SeriesTrey Ayers, 539; Jace Wetzler, 489; Jaden Wells, 486; Jackson Hauer, 470; Ozzy Holsworth, 450; Nolan Hix, 393; Brandon Giles, 353; Ian James, 341.Robbinsdale LanesYouth Girls - GameErin Ayers, 213; Katie Paris, 209; Holly Jacobs, 185; Kaci Kirchenman, 150; Megan Solano, 130; Alexis Labine, 95.Robbinsdale LanesYouth Girls - SeriesKatie Paris, 557; Erin Ayers, 519; Holly Jacobs, 410; Kaci Kirchenman, 360; Megan Solano, 336; Alexis Labine, 265.League Scores Robbinsdale LanesDisk Drive Lanes League – 1/29/2019Team Standings: 1st Place – Together Again, 18-6; 2nd Place – Oh No, 16-8; High Team Game: Oh No, 597; High Team Series: Oh No, 1657, High Game (Women) Glinda Johnson, 207; High Series (Women) Glinda Johnson,491.Black Hills Men – 1/30/2019Team Standings: 1st Place – Robbinsdale Lanes, 19-9; High Team Game: 1st Choice Realty, 960; High Team Series: 1st Choice Realty, 2669; High Game: (Men) Kyle Beaird, 300; High Series (Men) Kyle Beaird, 743. Noteworthy Accomplishments: Thane Lees 256/703; Ty Falcon 701; Adam Wortman 280/697; Harold Holt 279/695; Jeff Patterson 270/687; Rich Wetch 684; Josh Blake 672; Tony Block 268; Ryan O’Malley 253.4 O’Clock Shift – 2/1/2019Team Standings: 1st Place – Wild West, 19-5. High Team Game: Wild West, 751; High Team Series: Wild West, 2138. High Game: (Men) Matt Hauer & Jim Meyer, 257; (Women) Amy Meyer, 241. High Series: (Men) Matt Hauer, 706; (Women) Carol Goodrich, 588. Noteworthy Accomplishments: Andre Armstrong, 665; Jamie Hollsworth, 267; Jim Meyer, 257; Matt Hauer 247257/706. Split Conversions: Carol McKee (4-5-7). Clean Game – Mercedes WestLeague Scores Meadowood LanesClassy Trio – 2/1/2019Team Standings – 1st Place – LIFINO, 129-39; 2nd Place –Patton Flooring, 119-49. High Team Game: Patton Flooring, 760; High Team Series, Patton Flooring, 2855. High Game: (Men) Derek Patton, 279; (Women) Sherri Bucholz, 265. High Series 3 Game: (Men) Nate Hand, 735; (Women) Sherri Bucholz, 614; High Series 4 Game: (Men) Nate Hand, 992 (Women) Sherri Bucholz, 803.Saturday Night Survivors – 2/2/2019Team High Game: Siouxper Strikers 775; High Team Series: Siouxper Strikers, 2170High Game: (Men) Bob Stammers, 225; (Women): Tawney King, 218; High Series: (Men) Bob Stammers, 705 (Women) Liz King, 563. Noteworthy Accomplishments: Kieth Harder, 220 (First 200 Game), Games of 220, 165, 180 for a 565 (136 Average).Monday Night Mixed – 1/28/2019Team Standings: 1st Place – All Patts, 16-4; 2nd Place- Screwballs, 15-5; Team High Game: Team Target. 921; High Team Series: Team Target, 2463. High Game: (Men) Carter Banning, 279; (Women): Brandyn Crawford, 237; High Series: (Men) Jeff Patterson, 678; (Women) Brandyn Crawford, 638.Try Hard – 1/29/2019Team Standings: 1st Place –Hard Rockers, 17-3. Team High Game: LIFINO, 593; High Team Series: LIFINO, 1738. High Game: (Women): Deidre Ross & Deb Slusser, 235; High Series: (Women) Deidre Ross, 610. Split Conversions: Barb Jones (4-10).Meadwood Strikers – 1/30/2019Team Standings: 1st place – Ten Pins, 17-7; 2nd Place – Spares, 16-8; Team High Game: Gutter Gals, 602; High Team Series: Bowling Bags, 1762; High Game: (Women): Donna Young, 203; High Series: (Women) Betty Millard, 516; Split Conversions: Betty Millard (3-10); Barb Storm (4-7-10).Meadowood Sr. Mixed – 1/31/2019Team Standings: 1st Place –Team Mates, 18-10; Team High Game: Pin Busters, 872; High Team Series: Latecomers, 2447. High Game: (Men) Del Genzlinger, 220, 224; (Women) Margie Carpenter, 215; High Series: (Men) Del Genzlinger, 575; (Women) Sally Oller, 533. Split Conversions: Donna Young (3-10 & 2-7); Rose Jeffery (4-5); Ben Schmaber (6-7); Jasper Green (2-7 & 5-10); Margie Carpenter (5-10).Rocaway – 1/28/2019Team Standings: 1st Place –– Triple D, 15-5; 2nd Place – Tipsy Ten Pins, 12-8. High Game (Women): Patty Fanter, 246; High Series (Women) Rachael Galbraith, 610. Weekly Highs: Patty Fanter 246/564; Sammi Moen 224/591; Rachael Galbraith 220/610.Nitebirds – 02/03/2019Team Standings: 1st Place – Blue Jays 21-7; 2nd Place –Eagles 19.5-8.5; Team High Game: Blue Jays 966; High Team Series: Blue Jays, 2753. High Game: (Men) Brady Mills, 249; (Women): Kathy Anderson, 211; High Series: (Men) Brady Mills 637; (Women) Kathy Anderson, 546. Subscribe to Breaking News Sign up! * I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy. Love 0 Funny 0 Wow 0 Sad 0 Angry 0 You must be logged in to react. Click any reaction to login. Facebook Twitter
2019-02-13Pune: Five in cop net in bungalow robbery case off Apte Road - Times of India
Pune: Five in cop net in bungalow robbery case off Apte Road Updated: Feb 13, 2019, 09:17 IST PUNE: The crime branch on Tuesday cracked the robbery case at a bungalow off Apte Road with the arrest of five persons, including the son of the robbed cotton trader’s driver, nearly a month after he and one of his relatives were held hostage for over three hours. Deepak Shivaji Medage (36), the arrested son of the trader’s driver, was the kingpin of the gang. His father, Shivaji Medage, has been working for the cotton trader, Hanskumar Khimji (79), for the past 30 years. The others arrested are Deepak’s friend Kiran Tawade (36), and Paras Solanki (28), Sachin D’Souza (28) and Ganesh Gore (24) — all from Mumbai. Two others are on the run. A crime branch team led by assistant commissioner of police Samir Shaikh made the arrests after scrutinising footage of several CCTV cameras and checking criminals on the records in the jurisdiction of Pune, Pune rural, Thane and Mumbai police, said deputy commissioner of police Jyoti Priya Singh. The suspects had robbed valuables worth Rs 5.7 lakh on January 16. The police on Tuesday recovered Rs 40,000, as many as 50 diamonds, a fake pistol and a car used in the crime from the suspects. The cotton trader, Khimji, has a ground-plus-one bungalow in the bylane off Apte Road. He is in the process of selling it off. On January 15, Khimji, his sister-in-law Hema Chheda, his caretaker and domestic help had come to Pune with his driver, Shivaji, to discuss the bungalow deal. The next morning around 9.30, four armed intruders barged inside the bungalow and held Khimji and Hema hostage. They asked Khimji to hand over valuables and Rs 1 crore. When he told them that he did not have much cash and valuables in Pune, one of the criminals left for the trader’s Mumbai office to collect Rs 1 crore with Khimji’s driver, Shivaji. At one point, the other three went outside the room where Khimji and Hema were held hostage. Hema raised an alarm, compelling the trio to flee. The person who had gone to Mumbai with Shivaji, de-boarded from the car at Kurla and escaped. Case detection The police had clear CCTV footage of the suspects but had no clues about them. The crime branch team, including inspector Rajendra Kadam and sub-inspector Dinesh Patil, established the escape route of the suspects with the help of CCTV cameras’ footage and came to the conclusion that they fled towards Mumbai hiring a cab near the Pune railway station, said deputy commissioner of police (crime) Shirish Sardeshpande. The police questioned Khimji’s driver, caretaker and domestic help, but did not get any breakthrough. “While checking the list of criminals on the police records in Thane and Mumbai, constables Yogesh Jagtap and Sudhir Mane got the information about the involvement of Mumbai-based criminals in the crime,” Sardeshpande said. He said the police came to know about the link of Shivaji’s son, Deepak, with some of the criminals. “We took him into custody. During sustained questioning, he spilled the beans and admitted to his involvement in the crime. He revealed the names of the six other suspects,” Sardeshpande said.
2019-02-13MNS leader thrashes hotel owner for not returning Rs 16 lakh to cancer patient, live-streams attack - Times Now
MNS leader thrashes hotel owner for not returning Rs 16 lakh to cancer patient, live-streams attack Updated Feb 13, 2019 | 12:46 IST | Thane: MNS leader Avinash Jadhav and his goons physically assaulted a hotel owner in Virar and also did a Facebook Live to boast about it. In the video which is going viral on social media, the MNS leader can be seen brutally thrashing the owner. Jadhav thrashed Raju Shetty, the hotel owner, for not returning Rs 16 lakh to a local man who is battling cancer. Jadhav says that the local is paying Rs 5000 every day for his medical bills but Shetty, who owns multiple businesses across the state, is not returning him the amount. “I want to know when he is going to return the money. When the man dies? This is what we do to people who treat locals like this,” Jadhav stated. Last year in June, Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers thrashed a theatre manager in Pune in protest against high prices of popcorn, beverages and other food items in cinema halls. In a video which went viral on social media, MNS workers were seen slapping, punching and abusing the manager. “We asked the manager to read news reports, he said, don't know how to read Marathi. Then we dealt with him MNS-style,” Kishor Shinde, one of the MNS workers who had attacked the manager, had then boasted. The Bombay High Court bench in an observation had said that the price of food items and beverages sold in multiplexes are very high and added that their prices are sometimes even higher than the movie tickets.
2019-02-13How dinner with friend, pilgrimage to India turned fatal - Times of India
How dinner with friend, pilgrimage to India turned fatal Feb 14, 2019, 01:44 IST NEW DELHI: Rahul Shakhapuri had gone to meet his friend, Santosh Mahadeo (35), who was staying at room 304 in Hotel Arpit Palace. He was to leave in some time, but the fire broke out before that in the Karol Bagh hotel, trapping Shakhapuri, Mahadeo and another resident, Dr Shankar Narain Seshadari, in the room. Their bodies were found later by the fire department. Shakhapuri, an assistant drug controller with the Union health ministry, was from Thane and used to share a government accommodation with a friend here. A day after the worst fire incident in the capital in a decade, his family members reached the capital to collect his body. Shakhapuri is survived by his wife and kids who live in Thane. Mahadeo, who was also from Thane, had come to the city with Seshadari to attend a conference, said Pramod Kumar, another friend who also works here. He said Mahadeo had texted him on Saturday before leaving for Delhi and they were to meet on Tuesday. Kumar was accompanying Mahadeo’s elder brother who had come to identify the body. Mahadeo’s mother-in-law is a judge while his wife is a legal officer with the Maharashtra police. The bodies of three Myanmar nationals, the only foreigners to die in the fire, will be flown back to Yangon by the high commission. They had come to India for a pilgrimage to Hardwar and Bodh Gaya and were to check out in two hours. They tried to leave the room but thick smoke in the corridor engulfed it, leaving them without any option, said a source. Many survivors still can’t believe that they are alive. Mayur Kulshestra, who came from Assam on business, had checked into room 402 for a day as he was scheduled to fly back to Guwahati on Tuesday. “Around midnight, there was a strong smell of smoke and I started sweating. The power also went off,” he said. As soon as he stepped out, Kulshestra could see the corridor in flames. “I heard people crying out from other rooms. Using my mobile torch, I went to the bathroom, soaked a towel, wrapped it around my face and ran towards the stairs through the fire,” he said. By then, fire engines had also started spraying water through windows. After stepping out of the building, he could hear other guests crying out of the windows for help. “If hotel staff had woken them up, there wouldn’t be such a disaster,” he said. Later in the day, Kulshestra collected his belongings and took a flight back home. “I had to wear the wet clothes through the night due to which I have fallen sick. However, I thank my stars for being alive.”
2019-02-13Two held for forgery in Thane - United News of India
Two held for forgery in Thane Thane, Feb 13 (UNI) Two men were on Wednesday arrested by the police for allegedly making the forged letterhead and signature of Maharashtra Minister Ravindra Chavan and giving fake recommendations to the needy for obtaining the Aadhar card in Dombivli town of the district. A student from Dombivli was in need of Aadhar card and upon enquiry with his friends came to know that the accused were issuing recommendation letters of the said minister, police said. So, with the help of a corporator of BJP, the student approached the duo who agreed to arrange for the Aadhar card and the letter for a cost of Rs 1,000. Accordingly, the accused issued the forged letter to the student, in which both the letterhead and the signature of the minister were fake. Then, the student lodged a complaint with the Vishnu Nagar police station in Dombivli. Based on the complaint, the police arrested the accused -- Ashok Kate in his 30’s and Anil Sindkar, around 55 years old. The duo have been booked under sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 472 read with 34 of Indian Penal Code, sources added.
2019-02-13Thane: Police try to trace owners of over 50 seized vehicles - The Indian Express
Thane: Police try to trace owners of over 50 seized vehicles Published: February 14, 2019 3:59:16 am Thane Police is trying to trace owners of more than 50 vehicles that they have seized after a week-long crackdown against car thefts. While some of the vehicles were reported stolen in Thane and nearby areas, for many other vehicles, the original registration is yet to be identified, the police said. Advertising The Thane Police has seized four-wheelers and 21 two-wheelers in the last week. “We have pick-up vehicles to expensive bikes, and people have started coming in to ask about vehicles that they have lost,” said a police officer from zone 1. “A team of officers has been asked to contact the neighbouring police stations and find out if the vehicles we have seized have been reported stolen. There are vehicles that have number plates and we are tracking the owners directly,” said the officer. “Vehicles are registered with their chassis numbers and engine numbers at the RTO and the registration number identifies the owner. However, everything has been changed in case of some of the vehicles. That is why, we are not sure who the owners are and where these vehicles have been stolen from,” said a senior officer. According to the DCP, Zone 1, D S Swami, the police have more information about the four-wheelers, than the two-wheelers. “We have contacted the RTO to get information about the vehicles. We will release all information to the public soon so that people can find out about the vehicles,” he said.
2019-02-13Cop duped of INR 13.81 lakh by woman in Thane - Eastern Mirror
Cop duped of INR 13.81 lakh by woman in Thane February 14, 2019 Thane, Feb. 13 (PTI): A woman allegedly duped a 32-year old female junior police official of INR 13.81 lakh in Thane district of Maharashtra by promising her a flat at cheaper rate in a posh housing complex, police said on Wednesday. The complainant, posted as a police naik at the Thane Police Commissionerate, said to have met the accused, identified as Deepali, a resident of Mumbai, in October last year when the latter claimed that she was into real estate and export-import businesses, a police spokesperson said. The accused promised that she would arrange an apartment costing INR 1 crore at half the price for the complainant and also a good job abroad for her husband. For this, she allegedly took a token amount and some advances totalling INR 13.81 lakh from the complainant, the police said. However, the accused kept giving excuses and did not deliver on her promise. Meanwhile, she was arrested in another cheating case, the spokesperson said. The complainant then realised that she had been cheated and approached the Thane Nagar police on Tuesday. Based on her complaint, the accused was booked under Indian Penal Code Section 420 (cheating), the police said, adding that a probe was underway.
2019-02-13MCPS will negotiate to add seat belts to Missoula school buses - KPAX-TV
MCPS will negotiate to add seat belts to Missoula school buses Dennis Bragg 8:33 am February 13, 2019 MISSOULA – Missoula County Public Schools leaders plan to ask the district’s contractor to begin adding seat belts to school buses starting as soon as this year. “We’ve come to clearly understand that this is a student life safety matter. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to do everything we can to ensure [the] safety of the students on the buses as we transport them to and from school.” That was the message Superintendent Mark Thane had for the school board this week, as he informed them the district will ask for the installation of full seat belt and harness systems on the buses, as it begins negotiations on a new multi-year contract with Beach Transportation. Although Montana doesn’t require bus belts — only four states do — Thane says the time has come for them to be installed. MCPS is looking to have seatbelts added to school buses. (MTN News photo) Helena has already taken that step and while Thane says while today’s buses are safer, the “compartmentalization” doesn’t protect kids when there’s a side impact, or when buses roll over. Thane says the changes wouldn’t happen overnight. MCPS will ask Beach to have belts on all new buses, starting this summer, and to begin retrofitting all 2010 and later buses — a total of 42 buses in all. “We believe, based on manufacturer’s recommendations that those buses can be retrofitted with three-point harnesses,” Thane said. “That’s a seat belt, lap belt, as well as a shoulder harness. It does carry an expense, about $10,000 a bus to do that retrofitting.” Thane says MCPS will ask Beach to assign older buses that can be modified to slower, shorter in-town routes. He also told the board that there could be some added benefits, such as better behavior. “When students wear seat belts and remain in their seats and face forward the number of conduct reports on the buses is reduced significantly,” Thane said. “We also note that one of the reasons that bus accidents do happen on occasion is distracted drivers. And that distraction is often a result of student activity on the bus. So anything we can do to help alleviate that concern is also important,” he added. The district opens contract talks with Beach Transportation later this month. MCPS plans to pay for the seat belts by asking voters to re-authorize the existing transportation levy. 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2019-02-13Cop duped of Rs 13.81 lakh by woman in Thane - Zee News
Cop duped of Rs 13.81 lakh by woman in Thane Feb 13, 2019, 16:51 PM IST Thane: A woman allegedly duped a 32-year old junior police official of Rs 13.81 lakh in Thane district of Maharashtra by promising her a flat at a cheaper rate in a posh housing complex, police said on Wednesday. The complainant, posted as police naik at the Thane Police Commissionerate, said she met the accused, identified as Deepali, a resident of Mumbai, in October last year when the latter claimed that she was into real estate and export-import businesses, a police spokesperson said. The accused promised that she would arrange an apartment costing Rs 1 crore at half the price for the complainant and also a good job abroad for her husband. For this, she allegedly took a token amount and some advances totalling Rs 13.81 lakh from the complainant, the police said. However, the accused kept giving excuses and did not deliver on her promise. Meanwhile, she was arrested in another cheating case, the spokesperson said. The complainant then realised that she had been cheated and approached the Thane Nagar police on Tuesday. Based on her complaint, the accused was booked under Indian Penal Code Section 420 (cheating), the police said, adding that a probe was underway.
2019-02-13Thane: Man murders extramarital lover for refusing sex - Times Now
Thane: Man murders extramarital lover for refusing sex Updated Feb 13, 2019 | 14:31 IST | Thane: Shanti Nagar police of Bhiwandi city arrested a youth on charges of murdering a woman. It is alleged that the accused person had murdered the woman after she refused to have sex with him. The woman, who was killed by the accused, was married and was mother to two children. One son is one-and-a-half year old and another is just 25-days-old. Soon after the incident, police nabbed 25-year-old accused Vikas Chaurasiya. The victim was living with her husband and two children in Bhiwandi's Bhadvad area. The family is native from Uttar Pradesh and after getting married, they came to Mumbai in want of a livelihood. They were living in Bhiwandi from last two years and the victim's husband met the accused, Vikas Chaurasiya, on his job site. They became friends and Vikas frequently visited the victim's house. During this period, a physical relation developed between the victim and accused. On February 4, the accused reached her home and argued with the victim and demanded sex. However, the victim refused to give in to his demands and an enraged Vikas killed her with a knife and ran away from the crime scene. A neighbouring woman visited the victim’s home after hearing the sound of her crying child. She saw that the victim was unconscious and informed her husband and who rushed her to the hospital for treatment. She was declared dead on arrival by the doctors at the hospital. The post-mortem report revealed that she was killed by a sharp object. After the investigation, police detained the accused Vikas and he confessed to his crime during the questioning.
2019-02-13Fort fought over for centuries by 3 powers to rise from ruins - Times of India
Fort fought over for centuries by 3 powers to rise from ruins Updated: Feb 14, 2019, 06:39 IST Ghodbunder Fort, lying in ruins despite its promise of a weekend getaway for the busy residents of nearby Thane and Mumbai, is poised for a change in its fortunes. Having changed hands several times in centuries past as a marker of territorial expansion, it has now undergone yet another transfer, albeit for peaceful purposes: its own upkeep and the development of tourism. Currently under the Archaeological Society of India (ASI), the fort has been adopted by the MiraBhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) under the state government’s ‘adopt-a-fort’ scheme. The civic administration will undertake beautification and landscaping on the 7.68 hectare premises of the fort, which is the only historical monument in the MiraBhayander region. The state department of cultural affairs on Tuesday granted ‘heritage structure’ status to eight monuments in the state, including the fort, paving the way for their adoption. The department has also prepared a list of 14 ‘model forts’, on which Shirgaon Fort in Palghar, finds mention. The state had in 2007 come up with the Maharashtra Vaibhav State Protected Monuments Adoption Scheme to help protect and preserve historical monuments. MBMC is expected to incur a cost of around Rs 1.81 crore for the beautification of the fort precinct. Former standing committee chairperson and corporator Dhruvkishore Patil told TOI that with the government granting it heritage status, the monument will be revived. He said an agreement will be signed between MBMC and ASI before work begins. In July 2014, a joint survey of the fort was carried out by MBMC and the Thane district collectorate. A budgetary provision of Rs 25 lakh was made to preserve the fort. Nothing moved beyond that. Over the last few years, historians have been conducting tours of Ghodbunder Fort to create awareness and push for its restoration.
2019-02-13Woman arrested for cheating police constable, Censor board member - Mumbai Mirror
Woman arrested for cheating police constable, Censor board member Updated: Feb 13, 2019, 22:41 IST A Mahim resident who was arrested by the Thane Crime Branch for duping a censor board advisory panel member has had more cases filed against her. Sources told Mirror that the second complainant is a female police constable. The accused, named as Deepti, allegedly duped her of Rs 15 lakh after promising to sell her a flat. "Cases have already been registered against Deepti in Bhandup police station and NM Joshi Marg police station. Police have seized CCTV footage showing her taking money from one of the complainants," he said. Last Thursday, Kiran M Shah, 40, a member of the censor board and resident of Thane, registered an FIR with the Thane Crime Branch. Shah wanted to buy a luxury car and through one of his friends, he got in touch with Deepti. Upon meeting him, Deepti allegedly promised to sell Shah a Skoda saloon for only Rs 8 lakh. Shah handed her Rs 2 lakh without verifying her credentials. "I made three payments to her – first Rs 2 lakh, second Rs 50,000, third Rs 35,000. She gave me a bill for Rs 30 lakh, from a Skoda showroom in Surat, Gujarat,” he said. “When I asked her about it, she said there had been a mistake. Later she gave me a bill for Rs 3 lakh from ‘Kiran Automobiles’ in Thane.” "The transactions were made in my office and friend’s office. Everything was video-graphed and photographed and I also gave her all the necessary documents. She told me the vehicle would be delivered in 15 days.” "After a few days I told her I wanted a customised number plate and she demanded Rs 1.5 lakh for it. That’s when I got a little worried.” Shah said he then called Surat and asked the showroom about the delivery. “I was told there was no vehicle booked in my name.” “I then called Deepti and told her to collect Rs 1.5 lakh. At the same time I contacted the Crime Branch. They arrested her as soon as she accepted the cash from me.” Bandhup resident Ratnadeep Deokar told Mirror that,"I along with few others were cheated by her in 2017 for Rs 75 lakh and the case is registered in Bandhup police. I have been running from the last one year to track her. Finally she got arrested, and we are also approaching investigation officer regarding the fraud, which she had done with us," he said. Senior inspector Nitin Thakre told Mirror the case is ongoing. We have asked for two more days of police remand for our investigation.
2019-02-13Hotel fire: 16th victim was a drug inspector - The Hindu
Hotel fire: 16th victim was a drug inspector UPDATED: FEBRUARY 14, 2019 01:52 IST A day after 17 people were killed in a fire that broke out in a hotel in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh, the 16th person has been identified as a drug inspector working with the Central government. Fifteen persons were identified till Tuesday. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said the body was identified as Rahul Kumar, from Maharashtra, whose wife and child live in Thane. Before Delhi, he was posted in Thane, said a senior police officer. Sources said that Rahul had come to meet his friends Santosh Wale, an official at Clinical Research of India and resident of Maharashtra, and Shankar Narayan, resident of Tamil Nadu. The three friends were found dead in one of the rooms of the hotel on Tuesday. An officer said that Santosh and Shankar had come to Delhi on Monday evening and Rahul had come to meet them. As it got late in the night, the friends asked him to stay over. Shankar and Santosh were here for a seminar, the officer said. On Wednesday, post-mortem of 14 persons was conducted and bodies were handed over to the families, said the police.
2019-02-13Crusader makes Mumbaiites come clean - Hindustan Times
Crusader makes Mumbaiites come clean Updated: Feb 14, 2019 08:28 IST From those spitting on the road to those tossing trash out of their cars— all those who’ve been littering at the Teen Hath Naka junction in Thane in the past five months have been made to literally clean up their mess by 32-year-old clean-up marshal Narayan Nikam. A cleanliness crusader since 2010, Nikam, who is one of the 200 clean-up marshals appointed by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), is now no less than a celebrity after a commuter shot a video of him compelling an auto driver to clean up his spit. The video, which was uploaded online, got over five lakh views in the past week. Nikam, is unlike any other marshal — he not only fines offenders, but is also unafraid to make them pick up their wrappers and bottles or clean up their spit. The clean-up marshal, who works from 8.30am to 5.30pm every day, says his fight started after he joined the Mumbai civic body. “I realised that though we call our country our mother, we don’t take care of it. We want sanitation workers to clean our mess. I thought this needs to change. I started stopping people from littering or spitting whenever possible,” said the Chembur resident. According to Nikam, it is not an easy task stopping people from littering or getting them to clean up. He claims he catches more than 30 people every day for spitting on the road. “I face lot of opposition from commuters, especially political party workers and local goons. Most people are ready to pay a fine, but don’t want to clean after spitting or littering. Few even try to clean it with their feet to avoid embarrassment. However, I ask them to wipe the mess off with their handkerchiefs or wipes.” But now, Nikam claims he has found a way out of the mess. He has teamed up with the cops stationed at the signal to deal with unruly offenders. “I don’t give them the fine receipt and ask them to collect it from the police chowkie at the junction. The cop there then asks them to clean the mess before asking for the receipt. It is true that few people escape, but most people are forced to clean up and even accept their mistakes,” he said. According to him, seldom do the offenders repeat their mistake. In fact, some of them even wave at him now, he said, adding some even run away to escape him. Viral Gala, the commuter who had shot Nikam’s video and uploaded it online, said, he had seen him before at the junction a couple of times before. The Mulund resident said he was surprised that the auto driver, instead of arguing, had smiled and shook hands with Nikam after being told off. “Going a step ahead, Nikam makes the offenders pick up their litter or wash their stains. People who see him are motivated to keep their surroundings clean,” Gala said. “Most marshals collect fine from litterbugs and they do face opposition from people. Most offenders even take big names to escape penalty. However, it is good to see that Nikam is doing his job against all odds. He will serve as an inspiration for other marshals and also the litterbugs,” said a TMC official, on condition of anonymity.
2019-02-13National Nuggets - The Shillong Times
Developed By: iNFOTYKE News Alerts PDF election manifesto on Thursday ...February 13, 2019 JAC of NEHU unions rally against CAB ...February 13, 2019 CoHSO asks govt to implement ILP, NRC in Meghalaya ...February 13, 2019 Voice of NE people prevails :Conrad Sangma ...February 13, 2019 Post CAB NESO warns Union govt against devising anti-NE ...February 13, 2019 prev next Thursday, February 14, 2019 PRIVACY POLICY CAREERS LikesFollowers Home MEGHALAYA NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL EDITORIAL REGIONAL TODAY’S PAPERDaily SPORTS SUNDAY PULLOUT ENTERTAINMENT BUZZ SUNDAY FEATURE HomeNATIONALNational Nuggets NATIONAL National Nuggets By Agencies Last updated Feb 13, 2019 Power failure stalls Metro Railway services in Kolkata Kolkata: Metro Railway services were disrupted Wednesday due to a breakdown in power supply to a Kavi Subhash-bound rake, shortly after its departure from Dum Dum station. The train, which halted on the tracks at 1 pm, was immediately evacuated and passengers had to walk back to the platform at Dum Dum station, Metro spokesperson Indrani Banerjee said. The Railway Protection Force (RPF), Kolkata Police and state disaster management personnel, apart from Metro Railway officials, escorted the passengers to the platform, she said. Truncated services were being run between Belgachia station in the north and Kavi Subhash in the southern part of the city owing to the snag. Banerjee said work was on to rectify the problem and restore normal operation. (PTI) Cop duped of Rs 13.81 lakh by woman in Thane Thane: Awoman allegedly duped a 32-year old junior police official of Rs 13.81 lakh in Thane district of Maharashtra by promising her a flat at cheaper rate in a posh housing complex, police said on Wednesday. The complainant, posted as police naik at the Thane Police Commissionerate, said she met the accused, identified as Deepali, a resident of Mumbai, in October last year when the latter claimed that she was into real estate and export-import businesses, a police spokesperson said. The accused promised that she would arrange an apartment costing Rs 1 crore at half the price for the complainant and also a good job abroad for her husband. For this, she allegedly took a token amount and some advances totalling Rs 13.81 lakh from the complainant, the police said. However, the accused kept giving excuses and did not deliver on her promise. Meanwhile, she was arrested in another cheating case, the spokesperson said. (PTI) Uttarakhand to getnational law university Dehradun: The Centre has decided to set up a national law university in Uttarakhand, an official statement said here on Wednesday. “Here is good news for all those youths who want to make a career in law. The Chief Minister (Trivendra Singh Rawat) has informed that the national law university will be opened in Uttarakhand,” the statement said.This is a big step toward making Uttarakhand a quality education hub, it added. Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving his nod to open the law university in the state, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that the Modi has special love for Uttarakhand. India has 21 national law universities, admissions to which are held through a Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). (IANS) 14 Srinagar: Seventeen students were injured on Wednesday in a mysterious explosion inside a tuition centre in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, triggering clashes between civilians and security personnel. Six of the students with critical splinter injuries were shifted to Srinagar for specialized treatment from Narbal village near Kakapora town. The tuition-cum-coaching centre was being run in a private school. All educational institutions are closed in the Kashmir Valley these days due to winter recess. “Eleven of the students are being treated at the Pulwama District Hospital,” a police officer said. “The exact facts as to what caused the explosion are being ascertained.” An earlier report said the explosion took place when one of the students was fiddling with a grenade he was carrying. Meanwhile, clashes broke out between security forces and civilian protesters as news about the explosion spread in Narbal village. (IANS) Prev Post BJP President Amit Shah, accompanied by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Dy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya and Acharya Mahamandaleshwar of Juna Akhara Sri Avdheshanand Giri Maharaj, performs ‘aarti’ after taking a holy dip at Sangam during his visit to Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj (Allahabad) on Wednesday. (PTI) Next Post PM’s defence on pricing of jets ‘demolished’: Rahul You might also like More from author NATIONAL NDA’s Rafale deal 2.86 pc cheaper than UPA’s: CAG NATIONAL Oust Modi, Opp leaders say at Delhi rally NATIONAL Goa acknowledges significant drop in tourist arrivals Prev Next Comments Get News Alert Subscribe HOME ABOUT US PRIVACY POLICY CONTACT US TODAY’S PAPER The Shillong Times © 2019 - All Rights Reserved. Developed By: iNFOTYKE error: Content is protected !!
2019-02-13Two held for issuing forged letter for obtaining Aadhaar - Business Standard
Two held for issuing forged letter for obtaining Aadhaar Updated at February 13, 2019 22:30 IST The police in Thane district Wednesday arrested two persons for allegedly forging the letterhead and signature of Maharashtra minister Ravindra Chavan and issuing fake recommendations for obtaining Aadhaar cards. Ashok Kate, who is in his 30s, and Anil Sindkar, around 55 years old, were booked for cheating, forgery and other relevant offences. Senior Police Inspector R N Munagekar said a student from Dombivili, who wanted an Aadhaar card, approached the duo, who agreed to get him the minister's recommendation for Rs 1,000. After he paid up, the duo allegedly gave him a forged letter in the minister's name, following which the student approached the police, the officer said. Further probe was on.
2019-02-13MCPS will negotiate to add seat belts to Missoula school buses - KRTV Great Falls News
MCPS will negotiate to add seat belts to Missoula school buses CNN News 12:12 pm February 13, 2019 Click here for updates on this story     MISSOULA (KPAX TV) — Missoula County Public Schools leaders plan to ask the district’s contractor to begin adding seat belts to school buses starting as soon as this year. “We’ve come to clearly understand that this is a student life safety matter. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to do everything we can to ensure [the] safety of the students on the buses as we transport them to and from school.” That was the message Superintendent Mark Thane had for the school board this week, as he informed them the district will ask for the installation of full seat belt and harness systems on the buses, as it begins negotiations on a new multi-year contract with Beach Transportation. Although Montana doesn’t require bus belts — only four states do — Thane says the time has come for them to be installed. School Bus MCPS is looking to have seatbelts added to school buses. (MTN News photo) Helena has already taken that step and while Thane says while today’s buses are safer, the “compartmentalization” doesn’t protect kids when there’s a side impact, or when buses roll over. Thane says the changes wouldn’t happen overnight. MCPS will ask Beach to have belts on all new buses, starting this summer, and to begin retrofitting all 2010 and later buses — a total of 42 buses in all. “We believe, based on manufacturer’s recommendations that those buses can be retrofitted with three-point harnesses,” Thane said. “That’s a seat belt, lap belt, as well as a shoulder harness. It does carry an expense, about $10,000 a bus to do that retrofitting.” Thane says MCPS will ask Beach to assign older buses that can be modified to slower, shorter in-town routes. He also told the board that there could be some added benefits, such as better behavior. “When students wear seat belts and remain in their seats and face forward the number of conduct reports on the buses is reduced significantly,” Thane said. “We also note that one of the reasons that bus accidents do happen on occasion is distracted drivers. And that distraction is often a result of student activity on the bus. So anything we can do to help alleviate that concern is also important,” he added. The district opens contract talks with Beach Transportation later this month. MCPS plans to pay for the seat belts by asking voters to re-authorize the existing transportation levy. Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform. 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2019-02-13Heera Gold MD gets bail after cops fail to file chargesheet in time - Times of India
Heera Gold MD gets bail after cops fail to file chargesheet in time Feb 13, 2019, 22:23 IST Aurangabad: Nowhera Shaikh, managing director of Heera Islamic Business Group (HIBG), popularly known as Heera Gold, was granted bail by a local court here on Wednesday after the economic offences wing of the Aurangabad city police failed to file chargesheet within the stipulated time of 60 days. Shaikh has police cases in Pune, Thane, Byculla (Mumbai), Malegaon in Nashik, Hyderabad, Kochi, Chittod and Tirupati. So far in these cases, she has got an anticipatory bail in Kerala, regular bail in Pune and Aurangabad. Additional sessions judge VV Patil ruled, ‘The investigation team failed to file the chargesheet within 60 days from the date of her arrest, as such the accused is entitled for the bail in default.’ “Under section 167(2) of Criminal Procedure Code, the chargesheet has to be filed within 60 days, otherwise the accused has indefeasible right to be released on bail. Due to a similar delay in filing of chargesheet in an offence registered against her at Pune, the court there too granted her bail on Tuesday, said her lawyer Abhaysinh Bhosale. Nowhera is currently in jail at Tirupati. Taking serious cognizance of the delay in the filing of the chargesheet, the court at Aurangabad has sought an explanation from the EOW in eight days. The court has warned of initiating ‘necessary action’ against the police if they fail to submit an explanation. ‘The investigation officer is directed to submit his explanation as to why legal action should not be taken against him for not filing the chargesheet within stipulated period’ reads the bail order copy.The City Chowk police station, on October 21, 2018, registered an offence under sections of 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code as well as sections of the Information and Technology Act and Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors (in Financial Establishments) Act, 1999 against Nowhera, based on a complaint from a retired woman teacher. The Byculla police handed her over to Aurangabad city EOW on December 14 and she remained in police custody till December 19, before being remanded in judicial custody. Bhosale said that they moved a bail application and it was readily allowed with certain conditions, including furnishing of personal bond of Rs 50,000.The regular bail she bagged in Hyderabad, was subsequently cancelled by the Hyderabad high court. The matter is pending in the apex court. Hearing of the case registered in Malegaon has been listed for hearing on February 16.
2019-02-13Meeting between Raj Thackeray, Ajit Pawar raises speculation over alliance - India Today
Meeting between Raj Thackeray, Ajit Pawar raises speculation over alliance UPDATED: February 13, 2019 22:58 IST A day after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar expressed his 'personal' opinion on having a tie-up with Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), he met Thackeray on Wednesday (February 13). The former deputy chief minister and the nephew of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, on Tuesday (February 12), had expressed his wish that the MNS should be part of 'Maha Gathbandhan' to avoid split in opposition votes. Within a day after the statement Pawar called upon Raj Thackeray in Dadar at a neutral venue. The meeting has once again fuelled speculation over a possible tie-up between the NCP and MNS. Sources said the meeting lasted for about 90 minutes to chart out the future course of action as far as the Lok Sabha elections are concerned. The sources mentioned even if the two parties do not tie-up formally, they could have a tacit understanding on a few seats. The NCP and MNS may have a deal for two Lok Sabha seats with the MNS contesting Kalyan Lok Sabha seat in Thane and Dindori (SC) Constituency in Nashik district. The speculations of the two parties coming together started first after Raj Thackeray conducted a public interview of NCP chief Sharad Pawar in Pune. While the MNS has a good support base in urban areas like Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, Pune, Kalyan, the NCP is strong in rural areas especially western Maharashtra and parts of Marathwada. Any direct or indirect alliance between the two will be helpful for both of them.
2019-02-13testInter-state gang selling 'fake' vehicle insurance policies busted, 2 - United News of India
Inter-state gang selling ‘fake’ vehicle insurance policies busted, 2 Posted at: Feb 13 2019 9:35 PM Mumbai, Feb 13 (UNI) The city police on Wednesday claimed to have busted an inter-state gang selling ‘fake’ vehicle insurance policies and arrested two gang members from Maharashtra and Karnataka .
2019-02-13Cop duped of Rs 13 lakh by woman in Thane - Free Press Journal
Cop duped of Rs 13 lakh by woman in Thane February 13, 2019 2:11 pm Thane: A32-year old lady police naik here in Maharashtra was allegedly duped of Rs 13.81 lakh by a woman who promised to get her a flat in an elite housing complex and an overseas job for her husband, police said on Wednesday. The complainant said she met the accused, identified as Deepali, a resident of Mumbai, in October last year when the latter claimed that she was into real estate and export-import businesses, a police spokesperson said. The accused claimed she could arrange an apartment costing Rs 1 crore at half the price for the complainant and a good job abroad for her husband. For this, she allegedly took a token amount and some advances totalling Rs 13.81 lakh from the complainant, the police said. However, the accused did not deliver as promised and was arrested in another cheating case sometime back, the spokesperson said.The complainant then realised that she had been cheated and approached the police on Tuesday.Based on her complaint, the accused was booked under Indian Penal Code Section 420 (cheating), the police said, adding that a probe was underway.
2019-02-12UP siblings who got lost reunited with parents - India.com News
UP siblings who got lost reunited with parents Published: February 12, 2019 11:27 AM IST Thane, Feb 12 (PTI) Two minor sisters from Uttar Pradesh, one of them mentally challenged, were reunited with their parents after they inadvertently came to Maharashtra by boarding a wrong train, police said. The two girls, one aged 17 who, according to police, is mentally unstable and the other around 4 years old, are residents of Ghazipur district in UP. They had last month gone to their aunt’s house in the neighbouring Chandauli district, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deepak Deoraj told reporters here on Monday. However, while returning home, the girls, instead of boarding a train to Ghazipur, wrongly got into another train headed to Mumbai, he said. The girls, who spoke in Bhojpuri language, were found sitting on a platform of the Thane railway station on January 15, but they were unable to tell the police their address or home town, he said. The police took custody of the girls and presented them before a local court which ordered that the elder sibling be admitted to the Thane Mental Hospital for treatment and theyounger one be lodged at an orphanage in Dombivali town, Deoraj said. The court also asked the Thane police to search for their parents. Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajendra Tambe personally helped the girls by arranging clothes and other essential items for them, the official said. The anti-human trafficking cell of Thane police took assistance of a woman well-versed in Bhojpuri language to interact with the elder sibling at the hospital. After some interactions, the police came to know that the two girls were residents of Dildarnagar area in Ghazipur, the official said. The police then posted information about the girls on several WhatsApp groups and one such message was seen by the siblings’ parents, who immediately contacted the Dildarnagar police station in Ghazipur, he said. The parents later got in touch with the Thane police who helped them in identifying the siblings, Deoraj said. Subsequently, the parents came to Thane where the police handed over the girls to them on Monday, he added.
2019-02-123 arrested for bike thefts in Thane, 21 two-wheelers seized - Times of India
3 arrested for bike thefts in Thane, 21 two-wheelers seized Feb 12, 2019, 17:39 IST THANE: Three persons were arrested for allegedly stealing motorcycles and other two-wheelers in Thane city, police said on Tuesday. As many as 21 stolen bikes valued around Rs 8.25 lakh were seized from the accused, deputy commissioner of police (Zone-I) D S Swami told reporters. During a probe following several complaints of such thefts, the police nabbed one of the accused, Raja Mobiz Shaikh (20), when he was trying to steal a bike worth about Rs 70,000 by using duplicate keys at the CIDCO stand near Thane railway station on February 1, he said. Based on information provided by Shaikh during questioning, the police later caught his accomplice Nana Bablu Pathan (25), a mechanic who used to help him replace the number plate and tamper the chassis number, the official said. Besides, the police arrested another person, Prashant Jawale (23), on February 7 while he was trying to steal a bike in Kalwa area, he said. With this, the police claimed to have solved 21 cases of bike thefts in the city. The accused had sold the two-wheelers to people in some villages for Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 each, the official said.
2019-02-12Over 12,000 ran in Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon for healthy living - - Accommodation TAccimes
Over 12,000 ran in Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon for healthy living February 12, 2019 With ever increasing participation every year, the seventh edition of the Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon (HTHM) saw an overwhelming response from marathoners and fitness enthusiasts from Thane, Mumbai and from and outside of Maharashtra. Over 12,000 participants pounded the roads of Thane beating the chilling breeze of the morning to participate in Thane’s annual flagship event. Drawing such a magnanimous response, the Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon has become one of the prominent marathons of the country. Espousing the concept of ‘Running for Expression’, the Half Marathoner title for the 21.097 km run 2019 was clinched by Dinesh Kumar in stellar 1 hour and 09 minutes. Aarati Patil marked the title in the women category. Chandrakant Manwadkar became the winner for the 10 km run, while Poonam Sonudev bagged the 10 in the female-run title. The ‘Green Run’ of 10 kms saw Dharmendra Yadav and Poonam Sonudev bagging the winners’ titles in the men and women categories; respectively. The ‘Pillsbury Family Run’ of 4 kms had Pandurang Chougule and Anjali Bhalinge as winners. Dr Niranjan Hiranandani who completed a 10-kms run successfully; thanked the participants for their overwhelming participation and making the marathon a success. “The purpose of the event is to promote Community Living, Holistic Living and Healthy Living,” said Dr Niranjan Hiranandani. The Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon (HTHM) as an annual event, allows participants to explore their multi-dimensional personalities, helping create better individuals that in turn create better communities, he added. The winners received the awards at the hands of Amruta Fadnavis, a social activist and other dignitaries such as Sanjeev Jaiswal, Commissioner, Thane Municipal Corporation, Sanjay Kelkar, MLA and others. Fadnavis lauded the spirit shown by participants and congratulated the winners. Actor and a celebrity marathon-runner Rahul Bose and Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, Founder and Managing Director of Hiranandani Group flagged-off the marathon at 5:45 am from the Hiranandani Estate, Thane (West). This year, the thought process took the event beyond, from just being a sport-related event through linking the fitness – conscious aspect with healthy individuals, in turn, creating better communities. Truly inclusive of all age groups, many senior citizens and children below 15 years of age also-ran. A part of the registration fee collected from participants was donated to Mumbai Ashwamedh’ and ‘The Foundation’, charitable institutions that carry out social causes.
2019-02-12UP siblings who got lost reunited with parents - Business Standard
UP siblings who got lost reunited with parents February 12, 2019 11:26 IST Two minor sisters from Uttar Pradesh, one of them mentally challenged, were reunited with their parents after they inadvertently came to Maharashtra by boarding a wrong train, police said. The two girls, one aged 17 who, according to police, is mentally unstable and the other around 4 years old, are residents of Ghazipur district in UP. They had last month gone to their aunt's house in the neighbouring Chandauli district, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deepak Deoraj told reporters here on Monday. However, while returning home, the girls, instead of boarding a train to Ghazipur, wrongly got into another train headed to Mumbai, he said. The girls, who spoke in Bhojpuri language, were found sitting on a platform of the Thane railway station on January 15, but they were unable to tell the police their address or home town, he said. The police took custody of the girls and presented them before a local court which ordered that the elder sibling be admitted to the Thane Mental Hospital for treatment and theyounger one be lodged at an orphanage in Dombivali town, Deoraj said. The court also asked the Thane police to search for their parents. Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajendra Tambe personally helped the girls by arranging clothes and other essential items for them, the official said. The anti-human trafficking cell of Thane police took assistance of a woman well-versed in Bhojpuri language to interact with the elder sibling at the hospital. After some interactions, the police came to know that the two girls were residents of Dildarnagar area in Ghazipur, the official said. The police then posted information about the girls on several WhatsApp groups and one such message was seen by the siblings' parents, who immediately contacted the Dildarnagar police station in Ghazipur, he said. The parents later got in touch with the Thane police who helped them in identifying the siblings, Deoraj said. Subsequently, the parents came to Thane where the police handed over the girls to them on Monday, he added.
2019-02-122 Minor Sisters from UP Who Boarded Wrong Train Reunited with Parents After a Month - News18
2 Minor Sisters from UP Who Boarded Wrong Train Reunited with Parents After a Month February 12, 2019, 7:09 PM IST Thane: Two minor sisters from Uttar Pradesh, one of them mentally challenged, were reunited with their parents after they inadvertently came to Maharashtra by boarding a wrong train, police said. The two girls, one aged 17 who, according to police, is mentally unstable and the other around 4 years old, are residents of Ghazipur district in UP. They had last month gone to their aunt's house in the neighbouring Chandauli district, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deepak Deoraj told reporters here on Monday. However, while returning home, the girls, instead of boarding a train to Ghazipur, wrongly got into another train headed to Mumbai, he said. The girls, who spoke in Bhojpuri language, were found sitting on a platform of the Thane railway station on January 15, but they were unable to tell the police their address or home town, he said. The police took custody of the girls and presented them before a local court which ordered that the elder sibling be admitted to the Thane Mental Hospital for treatment and the younger one be lodged at an orphanage in Dombivali town, Deoraj said. The court also asked the Thane police to search for their parents. Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajendra Tambe personally helped the girls by arranging clothes and other essential items for them, the official said. The anti-human trafficking cell of Thane police took assistance of a woman well-versed in Bhojpuri language to interact with the elder sibling at the hospital. After some interactions, the police came to know that the two girls were residents of Dildarnagar area in Ghazipur, the official said. The police then posted information about the girls on several WhatsApp groups and one such message was seen by the siblings' parents, who immediately contacted the Dildarnagar police station in Ghazipur, he said. The parents later got in touch with the Thane police who helped them in identifying the siblings, Deoraj said. Subsequently, the parents came to Thane where the police handed over the girls to them on Monday, he added.
2019-02-12After 350 years, Shivaji's Raigad Fort to be made global tourist hotspot - Times of India
After 350 years, Shivaji's Raigad Fort to be made global tourist hotspot Feb 12, 2019, 20:18 IST RAIGAD (MAHARASHTRA): Once considered impregnable, the hilltop Raigad Fort from where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj laid the foundations of 'Hindavi Swaraj', is poised for a major revamp to make it a global tourist hotspot, a top official said here on Tuesday. The 350-year-old majestic fort, which stands on a hill of 820 metres, rises upto 1,356 metres above sea level, and is presently looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Nestled in the picturesque Sahyradri Range of the Western Ghats, the fort was once accessible only by climbing 1,737 steep steps for several hours, but since the past few years a cable car -- the Raigad Ropeway -- has made the ascent to the fort an easy 10-minute effort. Overseeing the mega revamp project is Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati of the Kolhapur royal family and the 13th direct descendent of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who is now the Raigad Development Authority Chairman and a President-nominated Rajya Sabha Member. "The RDA has sanctioned Rs 606.08 crore of which Rs 114 crore will be for the Raigad Fort redevelopment. Besides, another Rs 237 crore will be spent on major roadworks between Mahad on the Mumbai-Goa Highway to Raigad Fort which will be developed as a heritage highway," Chhatrapati said. Recently, Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati was appointed the Brand Ambassador of Forts by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, and took the media on a special visit to the fort on Monday. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was coronated as the King in this fort on June 6, 1674 from where he founded the Maratha Empire, with Raigad as its capital. Conservation Architect for Raigad Fort Varun S. Bhamre said that another Rs 100 crore is expected from the Centre, based on the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission, for the revamp of 10 forts in the country. "There are at least 84 big and small natural bodies which were converted into tanks during Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's rule to provide drinking water for the residents here. We shall clean them up in a scientific manner to ensure that any artefacts there are retained without damage," Bhamre told IANS. Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati said the highlights would be a heritage walk encompassing a 14 km and four-hour-long tour of the fort and more than 350 historic sites within it which need to be explored archaeologically. "Our aim is that tourists should live here at least two or three nights to properly explore and appreciate its beauty and imposing character. Locals shall be trained as guides and NGOs would be encouraged to bring groups of heritage and fort lovers here," he said. There are plans to launch 'facade lighting' and a 'sound-and-light show' to attract tourists at night. Some 21 villages in the fort's vicinity, including Pachad and Raigadwadi at the base of the hill, will be developed in a big way. The locals will be deployed in tourism-related activities under various schemes to ensure their participation for the self-sustainable and 'Model Fort' plans. An amount of Rs 50 crore has been set aside for the revamp of the Raigad Ropeway. Nature trails shall be developed as the fort and its surroundings are rich in biodiversity, said Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati. Raigad Fort is spread across 1,300 acres on the hilltop, making it one of the largest fort complexes in India, besides having a unique topography on an almost vertical, stony, hill slope affording a magnificent view of the surrounding hills and valleys.
2019-02-12MH-SIBLINGS-REUNION - THE WEEK
MH-SIBLINGS-REUNION February 12, 2019 11:25 IST UP siblings who got lost reunited with parents Thane, Feb 12 (PTI) Two minor sisters from Uttar Pradesh, one of them mentally challenged, were reunited with their parents after they inadvertently came to Maharashtra by boarding a wrong train, police said. The two girls, one aged 17 who, according to police, is mentally unstable and the other around 4 years old, are residents of Ghazipur district in UP. They had last month gone to their aunt's house in the neighbouring Chandauli district, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deepak Deoraj told reporters here on Monday. However, while returning home, the girls, instead of boarding a train to Ghazipur, wrongly got into another train headed to Mumbai, he said. The girls, who spoke in Bhojpuri language, were found sitting on a platform of the Thane railway station on January 15, but they were unable to tell the police their address or home town, he said. The police took custody of the girls and presented them before a local court which ordered that the elder sibling be admitted to the Thane Mental Hospital for treatment and theyounger one be lodged at an orphanage in Dombivali town, Deoraj said. The court also asked the Thane police to search for their parents. Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajendra Tambe personally helped the girls by arranging clothes and other essential items for them, the official said. The anti-human trafficking cell of Thane police took assistance of a woman well-versed in Bhojpuri language to interact with the elder sibling at the hospital. After some interactions, the police came to know that the two girls were residents of Dildarnagar area in Ghazipur, the official said. The police then posted information about the girls on several WhatsApp groups and one such message was seen by the siblings' parents, who immediately contacted the Dildarnagar police station in Ghazipur, he said. The parents later got in touch with the Thane police who helped them in identifying the siblings, Deoraj said. Subsequently, the parents came to Thane where the police handed over the girls to them on Monday, he added.
2019-02-12City to get new Police Commissioner: Is political partiality prevailing in selection? - Afternoon Voice
City to get new Police Commissioner: Is political partiality prevailing in selection? February 12, 2019 he process of appointing the next Mumbai Police Commissioner is underway after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) denied the Maharashtra government’s proposal for a two-year extension to the current Director General of Police D Padsalgikar who is going to retire this month. However, incumbent Commissioner of Police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, the 1985 batch IPS officer, will become the most senior officer in the state after Padsalgikar retires. Bhaskar Jadhav, a Kandivali resident said, “Be it any circumstances, the Mumbai Police play an important role. People from different parts of the country stay in Mumbai and the new Commissioner must be connected with the Mumbaikars. He should be a team player with an ability to get along with others in the department.” Sources stated that the top contenders for the Mumbai Police Commissioner’s post are Parambir Singh, the Additional Director General of Police (law and order), Sanjay Barve, the Director General of Police (Anti Corruption Bureau), Pune Police Commissioner Dr. K Venkatesham, and Thane Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar. With reports going around the selection process, the prevailing political partiality plays a significant role as believed by many. A three months extension was given to Padsalgikar last year which is going to end this month. Until now, only two DGPs – SS Virk and Ajit Parasnis – were given an extension on their services for three months. Padasalgikar is the only DIG who got an extension for six months. While talking with AV, human rights activist Feroze Mithiborwala said, “Every ruling government prioritises their preferred appointees. However, we want the most promising, senior, and deserving person to hold the post of the Mumbai Police Commissioner. The Mumbai police have done a remarkable job in controlling crimes.” Sanjay Barve is known as the soft-spoken yet very strict police officer with a good record. However, before his present posting, he has held the post of Additional Director General of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, at a time when the department was drafting important cases like that of former minister Chhagan Bhujpal. Barve has also worked as the Mumbai’s joint CP traffic, ADG Railways, Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police, and Solapur Police Commissioner. He has a good record of working in Mumbai as the Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Economic Offences Wing. However, as per the other reports, Parambir Singh is being considered as another contender for the post. His record as the Thane Police Commissioner has been notable. With the approaching elections, it is believed by many that he could be favoured the most for his good crime busting and force management skills. Singh has worked in the high profile west region of the city (Bandra to Andheri) and as the Deputy Commissioner of Police of the crime branch and various other zones. He had raided Dagdi Chawl when Arun Gowli was at the helm of his power. He also has served as the Superintendent of Police in Chandrapur, Bhandara, and Thane. He was also the Deputy Inspector General of Police in the Anti-Terrorism Squad. Dolphy Dsouza, Convener of Police Reforms Watch expressed, “Mumbai needs a Police Commissioner who is a person of integrity and accessibility, who is willing to work with the citizens along with his team towards ensuring better law and order, and has a focus on redressing genuine grievances of the people. These needs must be kept in mind while selecting the Police Commissioner.”
2019-02-12PM's ambitious bullet train is set to shoot straight through the flamingos' hearts - DailyO
PM's ambitious bullet train is set to shoot straight through the flamingos' hearts 12-02-2019 The Prime Minister, in his four years and 10 months tenure, has added many feathers to his cap. The latest are the feathers of the flamingoes that are soon to depart, owing to the project for one of India’s first ‘bullet trains’ that the Prime Minister inaugurated with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Ahmedabad in September 2017. The project involves diverting over three hectares of forestland from the Thane Creek Flamingo Wildlife Sanctuary (TCF) and nearly 100 hectares of land close to the boundary of the forest’s protected area, according to the Minutes of the 52cnd Meeting of the Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife document. In the meeting — chaired by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan — wildlife clearance has been accorded to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed train corridor that reportedly encroaches on the Thane Creek Flamingo Wildlife Sanctuary and the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Mumbai. Recently, the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) found that the eastern seafront of Mumbai hosted more than 1.2 lakh flamingos in January 2019 — that's up from a mere 45,000 birds that were recorded in October last year. The large presence of flamingos was attributed to the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary, which is now set to lose the race to the high-speed bullet train. Perhaps the wildlife enthusiasts rejoiced too soon. The project proposal reportedly involves diverting 3.2756 hectares of TCF, 97.5189 hectares of land from the outside of the boundary of the protected area, 32.75 hectares of forestland and 77.30 hectares of non-forestland from the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and from 0.6902 hectares of forestland and 4.7567 hectares of non-forest land from the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. According to records, the project was accorded wildlife clearance on January 10, 2019. Forest clearance is mandatory for any developmental project — an integral and critical part of forest clearance is wildlife clearance. According to a report in The Hindu, forest clearance process for this particular project was not even a part of the original agenda of the meeting in which it was slated to be discussed. “In some cases, a file can come in through the intervention of the Chair [in this case, Mr Vardhan]. This was one of those projects,” the report quoted a person privy to the process. The bullet train is one of the many ambitious projects that Prime Minister Modi has inaugurated in his tenure. The Rs 1 trillion project, to launch a bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, is funded by a soft loan by Japan. The bullet train will originate at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai and terminate at the Sabarmati in Gujarat — a track-length of 508 kilometres. With “development” as his focus, ahead of the elections in 2014, Modi had promised in the BJP manifesto that if voted to power, his government would “frame the environmental laws in a manner that provides no scope for confusion”, so that there can be speedy clearances for proposals, along with a time-bound and transparent decision-making on environment clearances. One cannot fault the Prime Minister for going back on his words — at least, in this respect. In the last five years, the BJP government at the centre has launched an online system for application of green clearances for developmental projects, established standard guidelines for conducting environmental impact studies of projects and set standard conditions for environment clearances to expedite the environment clearance processes. The average processing time for green clearances is now down to 180 days, as opposed to 580 days earlier. The government, as ambitious as the man at its helm, is now aiming at bringing the processing time down to less than 100 days. The expedited clearances have come at a cost — the cost is being borne by the environment and wildlife. The accelerating breakneck speed of “development” brings us to the oft-asked key question: Development for whom — and at what cost?
2019-02-12Auto driver returns bag with Rs 1L gold - Times of India
Auto driver returns bag with Rs 1 lakh gold Updated: Feb 13, 2019, 09:29 IST NAVI MUMBAI: Rabale police felicitated a 26-year-old autorickshaw driver, Sonu Panigrahi, after he returned a passenger's bag containing gold ornaments worth Rs 1 lakh. API Haresh Kalsekar said, "Around 3 am on Tuesday, Manoj Patil arrived from his native place by bus and alighted on the Vashi highway. He hailed Panigrahi's auto to go to his house in Ghansoli. Panigrahi told us when he reached the destination, he looked into the auto's rear view mirror and saw something had fallen on the road, but he ignored it. Later, when he took a U-turn, he spotted a bag lying on the road and he immediately realized it was his passenger's bag. Panigrahi searched for the passenger, but in vain. Hence, he deposited the bag at Rabale police station." Kalsekar further said after two hours, Patil arrived at the police station to lodge a complaint about the hand bag that contained gold jewellery worth Rs 1.15 lakh, but there was good news in store for him. The passenger's bag was returned to him in the presence of the auto driver.
2019-02-12Congress appoints murder accused as Kalyan block chief, faces flak - Times of India
Congress appoints murder accused as Kalyan block chief, faces flak Updated: Feb 13, 2019, 10:51 IST KALYAN: A controversy has erupted in Kalyan as the Congress has appointed a murder accused, Jaydeep Sanap, as the party president of one of the blocks in the locality. Sanap has been released on bail in the 2016 murder case of Republican Party of India leader Vishal Pagare. Opposition parties in the city objected to the Congress naming Sanap as the party's B block president. They said that the Congress had inducted a criminal who is an accused in the killing of a Dalit leader. Some leaders within the party too are not happy with the party's decision as they feel this move will cost them their Dalit voter base in the upcoming elections. When asked about Sanap's appointment, Congress's Kalyan district president Sachin Pote defended the decision, "He is an old Congress worker and allegations against him are yet to be proved in the court. Till the charges are not proved, we cannot say he is a murderer. The BJP has more criminals in its fold than the Congress." On February 15, 2016, Pagare was brutally attacked and killed by a mob of around 25 people over an argument on mawa price. Mawa is a milk-based item usually used to make sweets. Following the incident, the police arrested three people for plotting the murder-Lakhan Ram Avtar Singh Khushwaha, Ravindra Ram Avtar Singh Khuswaha and Sanap.
2019-02-12Thane shelter home opens its heart to help four-year-old girl - Daily News & Analysis
Thane shelter home opens its heart to help four-year-old girl Updated: Feb 12, 2019, 06:45 AM IST here there is a will, there's a way — as cliched as it may sound but a Thane shelter home has made this proverb come true. Since the past two weeks they are babysitting a four-year-old girl from Thane who does not have parents and lives with her grandparents. Her grandmother is unwell while her grandfather earns daily wages. As the old couple does not want to give their grandchild for adoption and also the law prohibits admission of less than six-year-old child in an orphanage, the Thane shelter offered to babysit her and also help with her education. From last two weeks, little Hisha Ravindra Walmiki looks forward to spending her day at Divya Prabha shelter home for children at Vartaknagar in Thane. She loves to read and write alphabets when she comes home in the evening. "Mujhe udhar jana achha lagta hai. Mujhe padhai karna bhi achha lagta hai (I love going there and also love to study)," says Hisha in her sweet voice. A resident of Bhimnagar, Thane Hisha lost her father Ravindra when she was two years old while her mother abandoned her. Since then she had been living with her paternal grandparents - Bhagwandas Walmiki,59 and Rajwati, 57. "My wife had two major operations in the past and is unwell while I have to go out to earn our daily bread," says her grandpa Bhagwandas. As the little girl is now of school-going age, the grandparents want to provide her education but with their different issues did not know what to do. It is then that they met Kasber Augustine, chairman of Bombay Catholic Sabha from Our Lady of Mercy Church, Thane. "The grandparents wanted a system where they could meet the girl but did not want to give her up for adoption. So we approached Divya Prabha shelter," says Augustine, Sister Anny Fernandes from Divya Prabha reiterated that the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 prohibits admitting a child below six years of age to an orphanage "The act which is meant to protect and care for children says that a child should stay with the family till six years of age. If the child is six years of age and there is a problem like the parents have died then he/she can be sent to an institution like a shelter home. The child can also be put up for adoption," she says. "But here her grandparents did not want her to be adopted so we agreed to babysit her daily," she says. Divya Prabha is a 19-year-old shelter home where children are cared for and provided education until they reach 18 years of age. Since the past two weeks, her grandpa drops her at the shelter at 10 am and picks her up at 5 pm. "We provide her basic elementary schooling and hoping to admit her in a school in April. After school she can come here and study with us while continuing to have a family," she says. This arrangement has made the Walmikis happy. "This way she gets to learn and also stay with us. She is such a happy child. How can we give her away for adoption?" says Bhagwandas.
2019-02-12Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project: Decide on razing 19-ha mangroves within a month, HC tells MC... - Hindustan Times
Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project: Decide on razing 19-ha mangroves within a month, HC tells MCZMA Updated: Feb 12, 2019 23:48 IST The Bombay high court (HC) on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) to decide within a month on the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited’s (NHSRCL) proposal to clear 19-hectare (ha) mangrove cover in Thane and Palghar for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train. In its proposal to MCZMA, NHSRCL stated that 1,50,752 mangrove trees spread over 18.92ha would be affected by the corridor. On December 22, 2018, the coastal authority asked them to first obtain the high court’s nod to consider a proposal seeking removal of mangroves. The rail corporation then approached the HC, stating that of the 508-km high-speed corridor, 155.642km passes through Maharashtra, affecting 131.30ha of forests, including mangroves spread over 32.43ha. The petition said of the 32.43km passing through CRZ areas in Maharashtra, 8.39km would be underground and at some places, the train will pass through an elevated viaduct. This plea, however, stated that only 53,467 mangrove trees spread over an area of 13.36ha would be affected by the corridor. NHRSCL’s counsel, advocate Pralhad Paranjape, said MCZMA rejected the proposal on the grounds that the HC has prohibited cutting of mangroves. The lawyer said NHSRCL has proposed to plant five times the actual number of mangroves affected by the high-speed rail corridor, against the statutory requirement of thrice the number. Paranjape submitted the authority failed to take into consideration that the corridor is a public interest project. A division bench of justice Bhushan Gavai and justice NJ Jamadar then asked why the bench should entertain a petition that has been moved before obtaining other requisite permissions. Paranjape responded saying NHSRCL has submitted an application to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), which is pending consideration. He, however, promised they don’t intend to undertake any work before obtaining all requisite permissions. Finding that MoEF was a necessary party to the proceedings, the court then directed NHRSCL to add them as party respondent to the petition and issued a notice to the ministry. The petition will come up for hearing after five weeks.
2019-02-12After 350 years, Shivaji's Raigad Fort to be made global tourist hotspot | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
After 350 years, Shivaji's Raigad Fort to be made global tourist hotspot 12th February, 2019 "The RDA has sanctioned Rs 606.08 crore of which Rs 114 crore will be for the Raigad Fort redevelopment. "There are at least 84 big and small natural bodies which were converted into tanks during Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's rule to provide drinking water for the residents here. "Our aim is that tourists should live here at least two or three nights to properly explore and appreciate its beauty and imposing character. The locals will be deployed in tourism-related activities under various schemes to ensure their participation for the self-sustainable and 'Model Fort' plans. An amount of Rs 50 crore has been set aside for the revamp of the Raigad Ropeway. Nature trails shall be developed as the fort and its surroundings are rich in biodiversity, said Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati. Raigad Fort is spread across 1,300 acres on the hilltop, making it one of the largest fort complexes in India, besides having a unique topography on an almost vertical, stony, hill slope affording a magnificent view of the surrounding hills and valleys.
2019-02-12[Andy Mukherjee] India's shadow bank tumult casts widening gloom - The Korea Herald
India's shadow bank tumult casts widening gloom Updated : Feb 12, 2019 - 17:20 It’s time India’s policymakers acknowledged the real problem facing the country’s shadow banks. What they are experiencing is no longer a vanilla liquidity shortage; the entire industry has crashed against a wall of mistrust. On the other side of that wall are a clutch of wealthy property developers and their middle-class customers, as well as teeming multitudes of poor. Everyone is at risk. A crisis of confidence has made financiers’ own borrowing costs jump. The excess yield over government securities that the bond market is demanding from double A-rated firms is three standard deviations higher than the five-year average. The collapse of the highly rated infrastructure operator-financier IL&FS Group exposed the fault lines under Indian shadow banks’ impressive credit edifice. Nonbank lenders contributed 30 percent of all advances in the economy over the past three years, with a fifth of their funding coming from commercial paper and short-maturity nonconvertible debentures, the bulk of which were lapped up by yield-hungry mutual funds. The panic attack from sudden IL&FS defaults in September made the funding markets wary. If the concerns were only about liquidity, they should have subsided by now. Yet shadow financiers’ borrowing costs are refusing to budge. This is despite authorities sequestering IL&FS’s $12.8 billion debt under a bankruptcy process; pumping $33 billion of durable liquidity into the banking system; marshaling state-run lenders to buy finance firms’ assets; and replacing a hawkish central bank governor with a former bureaucrat willing to cut interest rates and ease risk weights for bank advances to specialist lenders. But why stop at just the lenders? Their borrowers, too, deserve attention. As I recently noted, shadow banks like Dewan Housing Finance Corp., whose share price has fallen 84 percent since early September, now pose a spillover risk by being forced to curb their exposure to the construction industry. Property analytics firm Liases Foras reckons that India’s top 90 builders need $6 billion a year to service their debt yet they are earning only a little over $3 billion before interest, taxes and depreciation annually. Refinancing from shadow banks is crucial to their survival. Real-estate bankruptcies would boomerang back on nonbank lenders’ balance sheets. The collateral damage may include India’s poor. Microfinance lenders are only now turning the page on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s November 2016 ban on most currency notes. Back then, women borrowing small sums of money for sewing, food delivery or flower supplies were crippled when their cash-only businesses collapsed for lack of notes. The going rate for weaving golden threads into a sari crashed to 4,000 rupees ($56), from 7,000 rupees. Defaults became rampant. Companies like M Power Micro Finance Pvt. wrote off bad debt and gave new advances to help women entrepreneurs get back on their feet. When I visited one of the firm’s collection centers in Thane on the outskirts of Mumbai recently, only about 146 of the 4,000 accounts were delinquent. About half of these had remained unpaid for less than 90 days. Demonetization notwithstanding, access to credit at the bottom of the pyramid has been one of India’s successes over the past several years, largely following the model of Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank in lending to groups of women. Whereas lenders were hamstrung earlier by the absence of credit histories, loan reporting to registries like Equifax Inc.’s India unit or its rival TransUnion CIBIL is mandatory now. The availability of data has allowed for faster and cheaper client acquisition as well as better risk management. Institutions usually shy away from first-time borrowers who already have two existing lenders. Someone who has repaid one loan finds it easier to tap three credit providers. Collection efficiency at Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd., which is merging with a bank, is back to 99.7 percent on loans provided after the currency ban scare had subsided. Given the nervousness in the funding markets, it won’t be easy for the microlenders to raise fresh equity. In a place like Thane, borrowers have a choice of half a dozen credit providers. Spreads are regulated. The 25 percent plus interest rates on microloans can’t keep rising with the lenders’ cost of capital if the base rate of conventional banks doesn’t also move up. Originating loans and selling them on as securities to better-capitalized institutions like State Bank of India is an option. But smaller financiers can’t get rating firms to certify that loan losses on portfolios will remain low. While the creditworthiness of the poor is high, it’s vulnerable to natural calamities, political intervention like farm-debt waivers, and policy disasters like demonetization. The net result may be a tightening of lending standards and curbs on fresh credit. Value addition from selling vegetables or making papadums may not matter much to gross domestic product, but the consumption boost from tiny enterprises -- for instance, for two-wheeler demand -- would become painfully evident if it were to go away. That’s one more reason to mind the shadow banks’ funding gap. Andy Mukherjee Andy Mukherjee is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering industrial companies and financial services. -- Ed.
2019-02-12Congress appoints murder accused as Kalyan block chief, faces flak | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Congress appoints murder accused as Kalyan block chief, faces flak 13th February, 2019 KALYAN: A controversy has erupted in Kalyan as the Congress has appointed a murder accused, Jaydeep Sanap, as the party president of one of the blocks in the locality. Following the incident, the police arrested three people for plotting the murder-Lakhan Ram Avtar Singh Khushwaha, Ravindra Ram Avtar Singh Khuswaha and Sanap. They said that the Congress had inducted a criminal who is an accused in the killing of a Dalit leader. Sanap has been released on bail in the 2016 murder case of Republican Party of India leader Vishal Pagare. Opposition parties in the city objected to the Congress naming Sanap as the party's B block president. "On February 15, 2016, Pagare was brutally attacked and killed by a mob of around 25 people over an argument on mawa price.
2019-02-11'It's survival of fittest' for Kalyan locals on trains - Daily News & Analysis
'It's survival of fittest' for Kalyan locals on trains Updated: Feb 11, 2019, 06:00 AM IST Nestled around 38 km from the financial district, Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency has flourished mostly as home to bedroom communities. They travel down south for their professional needs and come home only to sleep. Thus, the local rail network is the lifeline for many commuters in the constituency. However, the mere mention of its name makes people shudder. Getting on and off local trains is no less than waging a war! "It becomes a mad scramble to get on and off the train, especially during peak hours when everybody is travelling to work. It's a case of survival of the fittest. We expect our elected representatives to solve our problems related to the local suburban train services and make our lives easier," said Kailash Rajwadkar, a media professional from Kalyan east. While the issue of rail connectivity overpowers everything else, residents also feel the need for transition of the constituency from a bedroom community to a commercial area with more job opportunities. "Our constituency has very fewer job opportunities in the corporate world, which is why people move down south looking for jobs. Our MP should work to increase the area's employment opportunities," said Ashish Awasthi, a resident of Ulhasnagar. Traffic congestion is another problem the constituents of Shiv Sena MP Dr Shrikant Shinde are troubled with. "Roads have become increasingly congested. A patri pool, which was of vital importance for east-west connectivity, was demolished for reconstruction last year. Work on the bridge is yet to start and has added immensly to commuters' woes," said Kapil Tiwari, a resident of Kalyan east. When contacted former MP of the constituency Anand Paranjpe, he pointed out a list of problems that he thinks Dr Shrikant Shinde has failed to work upon. "Considering the ever-increasing passenger rush, increasing the number of trains is the need for the hour. The fifth and sixth line between Mumbra and Kalyan is yet to begin, the Kalyan terminus hasn't come up yet. There are only 16 services of the 15-car coach between Kalyan and CSMT, which isn't sufficient. Forget rail, even the roads are congested. Work on promised bridges to improve connectivity is yet to begin," he said. According to Paranjpe, the sitting MP got elected only because of the Modi wave, and it won't be a cakewalk for him this time. On his candidature, he said that the decision will be taken by the party's parliamentary committee. Repeated attempts to contact Shrikant Shinde got us no response. Gopal Landge, senior Sena leader from the area said, "Anand Paranjpe spends most of his time in his residence at Thane, but never in the constituency. On the other hand, our MP has carried out a lot of work, he is surely going to win the forthcoming elections." Kalyan Lok Sabha Constituency that was carved out of the erstwhile Thane Lok Sabha constituency in 2008 has been represented by Shiv Sena in the Lok Sabha since its formation. While its first MP was Anand Paranjpe who won on a Sena ticket, he was defeated in the 2014 general elections by Dr Shrikant Shinde. Paranjpe had shifted to the Nationalist Congress Party, which fielded him in 2014. ON THE SLOW TRACK TO NOWHERE Other problems faced by residents include traffic congestion, dearth of jobs CONSTITUENCY PROFILE AND DEMOGRAPHICS Kalyan Lok Sabha Constituency comprises of six assembly seats — Mumbra-Kalwa, Dombivali, Kalyan East, Kalyan Rural, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath. Of these, two are represented by the NCP, two by Sena, one by BJP and other one by an independent candidate who supports BJP. This constituency was created on 19 February 2008. While Mumbra is heavily dominated by Muslims, Dombivali, Kalyan (rural) and Ambernath is majorly populated by Marathi speaking population. Dr Shirkant Shinde, Shiv Sena MP POLITICAL EQUATIONS In 2014 Shirkant Shinde, son of Health Minister Eknath Shinde, was elected to the Lok Sabha, defeating nearest rival and sitting MP Anand Pranjape of the NCP by a huge margin of 2.5 lakh votes. Paranjape could garner 1.90 lakh votes while Shinde got 4.40 lakh votes. In 2019 The Shiv Sena may have a tough fight on its hands if it contests the elections sans an alliance with the BJP. If the Congress and the NCP form a united front, going solo might prove costly for both BJP and Sena. Rs 25 cr Entitlement to constituency Rs 17.50 cr Fund released by GOI Rs 16.39 cr Expenditure Utilisation percentage over amount released 93.62% Unspent balance 3.78% THUS SPOKE JANATA Job creation is theneed of the hour in Kalyan and Dombivali area. Around 70 per cent people travel to Mumbai because there are no big corporate houses here.— Ashish Awasthi, Ulhasnagar Traffic jam is a major problem in Kalyan, there are very few bridges near the station. Our MP promised for faster construction of new bridges, but work is going on at snail’s speed.— Kapil Khatri, Kalyan Even if I leave early for work, I end up missing trains, because of congestion outside station. Narrow roads, ever increasing traffic makes the situation go worse with every passing day.— Emad Khan, Mumbra A lot of work has been done in my area, especially around the railway station. At Dombivali station, the escalators have been made functional. I hope he continues to work for public. — Vinod Jethwa, Dombivali
2019-02-11Theft racket used licence plate numbers of exported vehicles - The Hindu
Theft racket used licence plate numbers of exported vehicles UPDATED: FEBRUARY 12, 2019 01:04 IST The masterminds of the inter-State vehicle theft racket, which the Thane police busted recently, noted down the licence plate numbers of vehicles being shipped from the city and used them to sell stolen vehicles, investigating officers said on Monday. The Rabodi police had arrested nine accused and blown the lid off the racket after over a month of investigation. The accused allegedly stole vehicles from places in Maharashtra, stored them at a farmhouse in Pune, changed their licence plates and engine and chassis numbers, secured forged registration certificates from Nagaland, and sold the vehicles in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Meghalaya and Assam. Covert operation Investigating officers said the alleged masterminds, Sandeep Lagoo and Vinit Madhiwal, posted a man outside the Yellow Gate of the Mumbai Port Trust’s Indira Dock in Ballard Estate to watch out for vehicles being brought in to be exported. Dr. D.S. Swami, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone I, Thane police, said, “The man would covertly take pictures of the vehicles and capture their make, model and licence plate numbers. The accused then placed the licence plate numbers on stolen vehicles of the corresponding make and model, and secured registration certificates for the vehicles supposedly from the Nagaland government.” Mr. Swami said the racket went undetected as the Indian government maintains no record of the licence plate numbers of vehicles being exported. Inquiries have established that the masterminds had at least eight accomplices who identified vehicles that could be stolen. The accused would then direct them to steal the vehicles and pay them around ?40,000 for the job. The masterminds would later sell the vehicles for anything between ?2.5 lakh and ?3 lakh. Mr. Swami said, “Inquiries indicate that the racket has been in operation since at least 2011. We are trying to ascertain the exact number of vehicles stolen and sold so far. The number is 176 till date and is expected to rise as the probe progresses.” Mr. Swami said the police stations in whose jurisdiction the vehicles were stolen are being contacted and the investigating officers of the cases are being asked to recover the vehicles. The police are also trying to secure the court’s permission to hand over the recovered vehicles to their rightful owners as soon as possible.
2019-02-11Best Young Farmers/Ranchers Cover to Cattle - DTN The Progressive Farmer
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2019-02-11testGuilty in 2003 Mumbai twin bomb blasts case dies in Nagpur hospital - United News of India
Guilty in 2003 Mumbai twin bomb blasts case dies in Nagpur hospital Posted at: Feb 11 2019 3:13PM Nagpur, Feb 11 (UNI) The death row convict in 2003 Mumbai twin bomb blasts case, Mohammad Hanif Syed, died while undergoing treatment at the Government Medical College and Hospital here, informed sources. He died on Saturday. In 2009, a Prevention of Terrorist Activity Court held the deceased, his wife and third conspirator Ashrat Ansari guilty of implanting explosives in two taxis, which later exploded at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar, claiming 52 lives and injuring 244 people.
2019-02-11testGhumot to be declared Goa's heritage musical instrument - United News of India
MGhumot to be declared Goa's heritage musical instrument Posted at: Feb 11 2019 8:42PM Panaji, Feb 11 (UNI) Goa Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude on Monday said that the government will declare Ghumat as state's heritage instrument soon. Speaking to reporters in the city, he said,''We are going to declare Ghumot as Goa's heritage musical instrument in a few days." The earthen indigenous musical instrument was once banned in the state due to traditional use of skin of monitor lizard in its making.
2019-02-11Anand Teltumbde's bail plea postponed till Feb 22 - United News of India
About UNI |  Contact us |  JOBS |  Wednesday, Feb 13 2019 | Time 11:40 Hrs(IST) HomeNewsIndiaWorldSports CricketTennis/Badminton/T THockeyFootballTennisEventsAsian GamesOlympics GamesOther Games IPLCommonwealth GamesNational GameSouth Asian GamesBusiness & Economy MarketEconomyScience & TechnologyFeaturesEntertainmentStates EastWestNorthSouthAutoworldStartup WorldPhotoHindiUrduAbout UNIContact usJOBSPRESS RELEASES CAG report on Rafale tabled in Rajya SabhaMajor currencies downCongress stalwarts join TMC protest against CBI 'misuse' by CentreInternet, news banned; curfew imposed for second-day due to protests against Citizenship BillRupee up by 23 paise against USDSensex rebounds by 126 ptsDespite strike call, train service resumes in south KashmirXi to meet with US trade representative, Treasury Secretary in Beijing on FridayTwo militants killed in Budgam encounterDespite wet weather, landslides Kashmir highway through for one-wayGuidelines regarding re-use of medical devicesUS to extend use of Russian spacecraft for ISS mission until April 2020Kumbh: Fire breaks out in Bihar Governor's tentUS oil prices to fall, production to increase in 2019, 2020: EIAAmid confusion over Citizenship Bill, Manipur MP warns about 'dangerous' ramifications IndiaWorldSports CricketTennis/Badminton/T THockeyFootballTennisEventsAsian GamesOlympics GamesOther Games IPLCommonwealth GamesNational GameSouth Asian GamesBusiness & Economy Science & Technology FeaturesEntertainment States EastWestNorthSouthAutoworld Startup World States » WestPosted at: Feb 11 2019 9:27PMAnand Teltumbde’s bail plea postponed till Feb 22Mumbai, Feb 11 (UNI) The Bombay High Court on Monday adjourned thearing of anticipatory bail plea of academic Anand Teltumbde, whois being investigated in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence of last year, until February 20.When additional public prosecutor sought time to file a detailedaffidavit opposing the alleged accused’s anticipatory bailapplication, a single bench of the high court said that Teltumbdeshould not be arrested till February 20.Teltumbde’s counsel, Mihir Desai, mentioned the bail plea before thehigh court, seeking an urgent hearing.Teltumbde, a professor at Goa Institute of Management, is an accusedin the Elgar Parishad-Bhima-Koregaon case. He was among theactivists who were called "urban naxals".He was arrested on February 2, 2019 from Mumbai airport, in completedisregard to the Supreme Court (SC) order granting him four weeks’protection from arrest to seek regular/pre-arrest bail from a lowercourt. Several hours later, he was released by a special court inPune and has protection as per SC order till February 11. The high court had asked the Maharashtra government to file a replyto the anticipatory bail application of the activist. 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2019-02-11Teen drowns in Bhiwandi swimming pool - Times of India
Teen drowns in Bhiwandi swimming pool Updated: Feb 11, 2019, 13:10 IST BHIWANDI: A 19-year-old youth, Farman Parvez Khan, drowned in a civic body-run swimming pool in Bhiwandi on Sunday afternoon. The victim, who had recently taken the Army recruitment exams, was a resident of Balajinagar area in Bhiwandi. Khan, along with his three friends, had gone for a swim to Tawre stadium run by Bhiwandi-Nizampura Municipal Corporation. Police said there were around 20 people in the pool when Khan's friends realized he was missing. They initially thought he was playing a prank, but when he failed to surface, they along with three lifeguards pulled him out and rushed him to hospital where he was declared dead.
2019-02-11Thane: 30-year-old man held for ‘murdering’ friend’s wife - The Indian Express
Thane: 30-year-old man held for ‘murdering’ friend’s wife Published: February 11, 2019 7:38:12 am A 30-year-old man was arrested for allegedly murdering his friend’s wife. The woman’s body was found by her husband, who thought she had died due to a medical procedure she had undergone, police said. According to Bhiwandi police, the 27-year-old woman, a mother of three, was killed by the accused, identified as Vijay Chaurasia. “Chaurasia was friends with the woman’s husband. He had allegedly tried to rape the woman after which she threatened to tell her husband,” said a police officer. “The woman had got a birth control device inserted two days before she was murdered on February 5. Her husband found her in a pool of blood and thought she had bled due to the surgery. After a postmortem, we found that there were knife wounds in her back, throat and shoulder,” said the officer. Police spoke to some neighbours, who said Chaurasia had come to the house in the afternoon following which he was arrested. “It seems that he wanted the woman to leave her husband who belonged to a different community,” said the officer.
2019-02-11Twin accidents in Mumbra kill three - Times of India
Twin accidents in Mumbra kill three Feb 12, 2019, 03:24 IST THANE: Three persons, including a teenager, died in two accidents in Mumbra and Shil Phata on Monday. In the first incident, a 17-year-old biker from Dombivli rammed into a truck that had slowed down at Shil Phata. The boy was flung off the bike, came under the rear wheels of the truck and died on the spot. "The boy was riding without a licence. The boy fell between a rear tyre and was crushed. He was taken to hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival," said an official from Daighar police station. Police have registered a case against the minor. In the second incident, a truck carrying 35 tonnes of iron coils lost control and got stuck in a drain along a hill on the Mumbra bypass road. Police said the impact of the mishap caused the coils to crash into the driver's cabin, crushing the driver and cleaner to death on the spot. "We are still to get details of the case, including the names of the deceased," said a police officer.
2019-02-11Several trees destroyed in fire on Haji Malang Hill - Times of India
Several trees destroyed in fire on Haji Malang Hill Feb 11, 2019, 12:58 IST KALYAN: A major fire destroyed several trees in the Haji Malang hill belt in Ambernath taluka of Thane district. Villagers claimed the fire started late Saturday and continued till Sunday afternoon, but no fire official reached the spot. Villagers claimed they doused the fire. MP Shreekant Shinde demanded action against fire officials. Local villager, Shubham Salunkhe, claimed tribals cut some trees to prevent the fire from spreading. This helped control the situation by evening. Meanwhile, several attempts to contact fire officials proved futile. Shinde who has, in the past planted one lakh trees near the same hill, many of which were later burnt down by miscreants, blamed forest officials for their callousness.
2019-02-114 students injured as school bus crashes into tree in Palghar - Times of India
4 students injured as school bus crashes into tree in Palghar Feb 11, 2019, 16:52 IST MUMBAI: A school bus carying pre-primary students crashed into a tree injuring four of them and the driver of the vehicle at Palghar on Monday. Four students seated in the front rows of the bus and the driver sustained injuries in the mishap. The injured are being treated at the Palghar Rural Hospital. The bus belonging to JP International School was on its way to drop around 20 students when the driver lost control of the vehicle on Mahim-Palghar Road and it crashed into a tree. Eye witnesses said that the driver of the school bus was speeding on a narrow and busy road. The driver is believed to have told the police that one of the tyres of the bus turned flat and the bus went out of control.
2019-02-11Lost girls from U.P. reunited with parents after a month - The Hindu
Lost girls from U.P. reunited with parents after a month UPDATED: FEBRUARY 12, 2019 01:24 IST The Thane Police on Monday reunited a 17-year-old mentally challenged girl and her four-year-old sister with their parents in Uttar Pradesh after nearly a month of efforts to locate the family. According to the police, residents saw the two girls roaming around Thane railway station on January 15 and informed the police. The Kopri police took the girls into custody and tried to find out more about them. However, as the elder girl is mentally challenged, she could not communicate properly and only kept saying the words “Dildarnagar” and “Bihar” over and over again. The girls were produced in Thane court, where the Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajendra Tambe ordered that the elder girl be taken to the Thane Mental Hospital and that the younger girl be lodged at the Janani Ashish Sanstha, a private trust in Dombivli. He also instructed the Thane Police to locate their family at the earliest. A special team was formed under senior police inspector Ravindra Daundkar, Anti Human Trafficking Cell, to look into the matter. “We visited the elder girl several times, but she only kept saying the two words. We searched online and found there is no Dildarnagar in Bihar, but there is a town by that name in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh,” Mr. Daundkar said. The police contacted the Dildarnagar police station, where they learned that there was no missing person’s report for anyone corresponding to the girls’ descriptions. “We requested the Dildarnagar police to try and locate the girls’ families. We also circulated pictures and information of the girls on nearly 250 WhatsApp groups,” Mr. Daundkar said. Meanwhile, in Dildarnagar, station house officer Vimal Mishra and a team carried out a door-to-door search to check if two girls had gone missing from any household. They finally found Kamlesh Rai, who has five daughters. Mr. Rai told Mr. Mishra that his eldest and youngest daughters, Shanicharidevi (17) and Sneha (4), had been missing since January. Mr. Mishra showed him the pictures provided by Mr. Daundkar, and he identified both girls as his daughters. The Thane Police asked for identity proof documents of both the girls, and Mr. Rai sent Aadhaar and PAN cards to Mr. Daundkar on WhatsApp. Shanicharidevi was also asked to speak to Mr. Rai on a video call in the presence of Mr. Daundkar’s team, after which the police confirmed that they were indeed father and daughter. Accordingly, a report was submitted in court and on Monday, the girls’ parents reached Thane to take them home. “Shanicharidevi and Sneha had gone to their aunt’s place in Tulsi Ashram, which is five railway stations away from Dildarnagar. On their way back, they got into an outstation train instead of a local one, because of which they reached Thane,” Mr. Daundkar said. He said CJM Tambe provided clothes and other essentials for the girls when they were under the Thane Police’s care, while women officers watched them round the clock.
2019-02-11Over 12,000 Ran in 'Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon' for Healthy Living - Business Wire India
Over 12,000 Ran in 'Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon' for Healthy Living February 11, 2019 1:55PM IST With ever increasing participation every year, the seventh edition of the Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon (HTHM) saw an overwhelming response from marathoners and fitness enthusiasts from Thane, Mumbai and from and outside of Maharashtra. Over 12,000 participants pounded the roads of Thane beating the chilling breeze of morning to participate in Thane's annual flagship event. Drawing such a magnanimous response, the Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon has become one of the prominent marathons of the country. Espousing the concept of 'Running for Expression', the Half Marathoner title for the 21.097 km run 2019 was clinched by Dinesh Kumar in stellar 1 hour and 09 minutes. Aarti Patil marked the title in the women category. Chandrakant Manwadkar became the winner for the 10 km run, while Poonam Sonudev bagged the 10 in female run title. The 'Green Run' of 10 kms saw Dharmendra Yadav and Poonam Sonudev bagging the winners' titles in the men and women categories; respectively. The 'Pillsbury Family Run' of 4 kms had Pandurang Chougule and Anjali Bhalinge as winners. Dr Niranjan Hiranandani who completed a 10 kms run successfully; thanked the participants for their overwhelming participation and making the marathon a success. "The purpose of the event is to promote Community Living, Holistic Living and Healthy Living,” said Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani-Founder & MD - Hiranandani Group. The Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon (HTHM) as an annual flagship event, allows participants to explore their multi-dimensional personalities, helping create better individuals that in turn create better communities, he added. The winners received the awards at the august hands of Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis, a social activist and other dignitaries such as Mr. Sanjeev Jaiswal, Commissioner, Thane Municipal Corporation, Mr. Sanjay Kelkar, MLA and others. Mrs Amruta Fadanvis lauded the spirit shown by participants and congratulated the winners. Actor and a celebrity marathon-runner Rahul Bose and Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani flagged-off the marathon at 5:45 am from the Hiranandani Estate, Thane (West). This year, the thought process took the event beyond, from just being a sport-related event through linking the fitness - conscious aspect with healthy individuals, in turn, creating better communities. Truly inclusive of all age groups, many senior citizens and children below 15 years of age also ran. A part of the registration fee collected from participants was donated to Mumbai Ashwamedh' and 'The Foundation', charitable institutions that carry out social causes.
2019-02-11India's Shadow Bank Tumult Casts a Widening Gloom - Bloomberg
India's Shadow Bank Tumult Casts a Widening Gloom February 11, 2019, 8:44 AM GMT+5:30 It’s time India’s policy makers acknowledged the real problem facing the country’s shadow banks. What they are experiencing is no longer a vanilla liquidity shortage; the entire industry has crashed against a wall of mistrust. On the other side of that wall are a clutch of wealthy property developers and their middle-class customers, as well as teeming multitudes of poor. Everyone is at risk. A crisis of confidence has made financiers’ own borrowing costs jump. The excess yield over government securities that the bond market is demanding from double A-rated firms is three standard deviations higher than the five-year average. A Funding Crunch Turning Into a Crisis Indian shadow banks' credit spreads over government bonds are almost three standard deviations higher than their five-year average The collapse of the highly rated infrastructure operator-financier IL&FS Group exposed the fault lines under Indian shadow banks’ impressive credit edifice. Nonbank lenders contributed 30 percent of all advances in the economy over the past three years, with a fifth of their funding coming from commercial paper and short-maturity nonconvertible debentures, the bulk of which were lapped up by yield-hungry mutual funds. The panic attack from sudden IL&FS defaults in September made the funding markets wary. If the concerns were only about liquidity, they should have subsided by now. Yet shadow financiers’ borrowing costs are refusing to budge. This is despite authorities sequestering IL&FS’s $12.8 billion debt under a bankruptcy process; pumping $33 billion of durable liquidity into the banking system; marshaling state-run lenders to buy finance firms’ assets; and replacing a hawkish central bank governor with a former bureaucrat willing to cut interest rates and ease risk weights for bank advances to specialist lenders. A Seized-Up Credit Engine India's central bank has added $33 billion in banking system liquidity by buying securities, but a big financier's bankruptcy continues to damp confidence But why stop at just the lenders? Their borrowers, too, deserve attention. As I recently noted, shadow banks like Dewan Housing Finance Corp., whose share price has fallen 84 percent since early September, now pose a spillover risk by being forced to curb their exposure to the construction industry. Property analytics firm Liases Foras reckons that India’s top 90 builders need $6 billion a year to service their debt yet they are earning only a little over $3 billion before interest, taxes and depreciation annually. Refinancing from shadow banks is crucial to their survival. Real-estate bankruptcies would boomerang back on nonbank lenders’ balance sheets. The collateral damage may include India’s poor. Microfinance lenders are only now turning the page on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s November 2016 ban on most currency notes. Back then, women borrowing small sums of money for sewing, food delivery or flower supplies were crippled when their cash-only businesses collapsed for lack of notes. The going rate for weaving golden threads into a sari crashed to 4,000 rupees ($56), from 7,000 rupees. Defaults became rampant. Companies like M Power Micro Finance Pvt. wrote off bad debt and gave new advances to help women entrepreneurs get back on their feet. When I visited one of the firm’s collection centers in Thane on the outskirts of Mumbai recently, only about 146 of the 4,000 accounts were delinquent. About half of these had remained unpaid for less than 90 days. Demonetization notwithstanding, access to credit at the bottom of the pyramid has been one of India’s successes over the past several years, largely following the model of Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank in lending to groups of women. Whereas lenders were hamstrung earlier by the absence of credit histories, loan reporting to registries like Equifax Inc.’s India unit or its rival TransUnion CIBIL is mandatory now. The availability of data has allowed for faster and cheaper client acquisition as well as better risk management. institutions usually shy away from first-time borrowers who already have two existing lenders. Someone who has repaid one loan finds it easier to tap three credit providers. Collection efficiency at Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd., which is merging with a bank, is back to 99.7 percent on loans provided after the currency ban scare had subsided. Given the nervousness in the funding markets, it won’t be easy for the microlenders to raise fresh equity. In a place like Thane, borrowers have a choice of half a dozen credit providers. Spreads are regulated. The 25-percent plus interest rates on microloans can’t keep rising with the lenders’ cost of capital if the base rate of conventional banks doesn’t also move up. Originating loans and selling them on as securities to better-capitalized institutions like State Bank of India is an option. But smaller financiers can’t get rating firms to certify that loan losses on portfolios will remain low. While the creditworthiness of the poor is high, it’s vulnerable to natural calamities, political intervention like farm-debt waivers, and policy disasters like demonetization. Hitting a Pothole Financing constraints spell trouble for auto purchases by low-income households The net result may be a tightening of lending standards and curbs on fresh credit. Value addition from selling vegetables or making papadums may not matter much to GDP, but the consumption boost from tiny enterprises – for instance, for two-wheeler demand – would become painfully evident if it were to go away. That’s one more reason to mind the shadow banks’ funding gap.
2019-02-11Kachra tax stinks - Mumbai Mirror
Kachra tax stinks Updated: Feb 11, 2019, 06:00 IST There’s plenty of anger in the jurisdiction of Mira- Bhayandar, Vasai-Virar, and Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporations, where residents received a communication a few days ago that they’ll be charged yearly tax for dry garbage collection. Residents have been told that the garbage tax for the fiscal 2018-19 must be paid before March 31, failing which a penalty will be levied. In Mira-Bhayandar, the tax is calculated at Re 1 per sq ft for residential properties, and Rs 3 per sq ft for commercial establishments, and is over and above property tax and the 0.5% Swachh Bharat cess on 14% Service Tax that citizens are already paying. Residents in Mira-Bhayandar, Vasai-Virar, and Ulhasnagar are especially angry because the BMC, the Thane Municipal Corporation, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, and the Kalyan- Dombivali Municipal Corporation have refused to burden those living within their jurisdictions of such tax. In fact, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner said that property tax in the township was already high, and citizens need not pay anything extra. However, the Panvel Municipal Corporation has proposed such a tax and the issue is pending before its general body for final clearance. Over the past two days, scores of societies in Mira-Bhayandar held emergency meetings and spoke to local politicians in a bid to oppose this tax. In one such protest, a group of women from Chandan Avenue in Mira Road stood behind garbage bins, even as Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Commissioner Balaji Khatgaonkar asked citizens to “change their mindset” instead of opposing the tax. Bhayandar resident Sumeet Jaiswal, whose family owns a furniture shop on the ground floor and resides on the third floor of the same building, said he’ll end up paying more than Rs 3,000 a year for garbage collection alone. “Our house measures 1,100 sq ft and the shop measures 753 sq ft. Which means we must pay Rs 3,359 for garbage collection, apart from around Rs 8,000 towards property tax, and Swachh Bharat cess. This is unfair and unreasonable,” Jaiswal said. Fifteen lakh people reside within the jurisdiction of the Mira- Bhayandar Municipal Corporation, generating 500 metric tonnes of solid garbage daily. The civic body is already accused of dumping garbage in the green zone of Uttan and a case against it is being heard by the National Green Tribunal, residents alleged. Former MLC from Mira Road, Congress’s Muzaffar Hussain, said that his party, along with the Shiv Sena, had opposed garbage tax last year when the BJP had proposed it. “It is solely a BJP doing,” Hussain claimed. Khatgaonkar insisted that the new tax was levied as per the government directive. “We need cleaner cities and we need funds to make the cities cleaner. Our mindset needs to change,” he said in defence of the tax. Khatgaonkar’s counterpart in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, Achyut Hange, cited a government resolution issued on December 18 that empowers all corporations in the state to collect tax for collecting garbage. “I am merely following the government directives,” he told Mirror. Omie Kalani, who has 17 corporators in Ulhasnagar, claimed “helplessness”. “We had protested last year but this time around, municipal commissioner Hange imposed the tax and said there were directives from the government. We couldn’t protest the government instructions. I’ll nevertheless write to the chief minister listing our grievances,” he said. The Vasai-Virar municipal commissioner, Satish Lokhande, said such a fund was needed to continue with the cleanliness drive. He said charges in his jurisdiction were “very nominal”. “We are only charging Rs 50 per house and Rs 150 per commercial establishment,” Lokhande said. While BMC chief Ajoy Mehta said there was no plan to introduce such a tax in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner N Ramaswami specifically said sewerage treatment and garbage collection charges come under the property tax bracket.
2019-02-11Not your servant to take your call, SHO tells ‘assault victim’ - Times of India
Not your servant to take your call, SHO tells 'assault victim' Feb 11, 2019, 06:10 IST Ludhiana: “Tenu time nai pata, main naukar han tera. Tu thane de number te call kr, SHO nu kyo kr reha (Don’t you know the time? I am not your servant. You dial the number of the police station, why are you calling up an SHO?).” These were alleged words of an SHO at Dugri police station when an RSS worker called him up around 11.15 pm on Saturday after he was allegedly attacked by some persons at Passi Chowk, Pakhowal Road. RSS worker Charanjit Singh, alias Jasraj Grewal, 36, of Phase-I, Dugri, recorded the conversation with the SHO. Charanjit was returning home after attending a marriage function on Pakhowal Road. He stopped near a vend at Passi Chowk to smoke when he entered into an argument with four men. Charanjit said, “When I stopped at that vend, I saw my friend. He introduced me to his four friends as an RSS worker. Following this, those men started saying bad things about RSS and used derogatory language. When I argued with them, one of them pushed me and I fell down. When I stood up, two men held me and one of them attacked me with an iron road that he had in his car. He hit me on my shoulder thrice and escaped. Then I asked my friend about them, however he also escaped from the spot.” “Thereafter I reached Dugri police station, whose main door was closed. I kept knocking on the door, but to no avail. Then I returned home and called SHO Gurbachan Singh, who said that this is not the time to call him. He that he is not my servant to attend to my calls in the dead of the night. The SHO asked me to go to the police station again but he didn’t pay heed when I said nobody was opening the gate of police station. When again I reached police station again, the munshi and santri misbehaved with me after which I returned,” he added. Charanjit Singh said on Monday, he along with other workers of RSS will meet police commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill to take up the matter. Admitting that he used those words mentioned in the recording, inspector Gurbachan Singh, SHO, Dugri, said, “I had already told him to meet munshi, but he was not listening to me.” He said, “The main door of police station remains shut in night, however a cop is deployed there. The munshi was present in the police station who told me that Charanjit Singh was drunk. Moreover, he went back without lodging a complaint.” Deputy commissioner of police Ashwani Kapur said, “I have got the recording. ACP Ramandeep Singh Bhullar has been asked to investigate the matter.”
2019-02-11SC lawyer duped of Rs 10 lakh by conmen - Pune Mirror
SC lawyer duped of Rs 10 lakh by conmen Updated: Feb 11, 2019, 06:00 IST The Pimpri-Chinchwad crime branch on Saturday arrested a gang of three for duping a Supreme Court lawyer to the tune of Rs 10 lakh, by giving him fake gold coins as security against the borrowed cash. The accused have been identified as Bhimabhai Solanki (43), Sonu alias Chotu Joshi (20), both residents of Gujrat and one Raja Bhoir (32), a resident of Thane. The Supreme Court advocate, Abdul Majeed Dar (56), had lodged a complaint at the Talegaon Dabhade police station two days back. The officers of unit-2 of the Pimpri-Chinchwad crime branch were investigating the case and successfully cracked down the case within 71 hours. According to the police, the accused met the complainant in a food mall at Pune-Mumbai Highway. They had told the complainant that they have gold jewellery shops in Nagpur, but due to some reason they are suffering a loss in the business and are in dire need of cash. The accused showed some original gold coins to the lawyer and asked him to keep the same. The accused then asked Dar to give Rs 10 lakh, with the gold coins as leverage, and a promise to return the amount with interest. The complainant agreed to the deal and gave them Rs 10 lakh in cash. When Dar realised that he was given fake coins, he lodged a complaint with the Talegaon Dabhade police station. During a routine patrolling, police constable Mohamed Nadaf of the crime branch received a tip-off that three people were sitting in a car parked in the parking of a hotel near Pawana Hospital at Somatne Phata. The constable received information that these three have been cheating people by giving fake gold jewellery. Senior police inspector, Sudhakar Kate, along with inspector Satish Kamble and sub-inspector Harshal Kadam laid a trap near the spot and arrested the trio. When interrogated, the cops came to know that the gang had duped a lawyer to the tune of Rs 10 lakh on the pretext of giving gold coins and huge returns on the money. According to the complaint lodged by Abdul Dar, he was on the way to Pune to meet his children. He had stopped at the food mall for tea when the three accused approached him. They told that they need legal help as they are labour contractors and have gold shops in Nagpur. The accused had then asked the complainant whether he was ready to give Rs 10 lakh in exchange of 1 kg of gold coins. The couple had already shown a real gold coin to the complainant. The complainant then got ready to give them the cash. They decided to meet at the same food mall on February 5 for carrying out the deal. In the evening of February 5, another couple came with a gold coin bag. Awoman handed over the bag to the complainant and took the cash from him. They then decided to meet at Dar’s son’s flat in the city to make the documents. When they left the food mall, the couple told the complainant to wait at Kivle Phata. The complainant stood there for an hour but the couple did not come and their mobile phones were switched off when he tried to call them. Police sub-inspector Harshal Kadam, attached to crime branch unit-2, told Pune Mirror, “We suspect there is a big racket. We have recovered a Duster car, fake gold jewellery of Rs 7.5 lakh, and cash of Rs 6 lakh 28 thousand from the accused. They had approached the lawyer at the food mall and showed an original gold coin and gained his confidence. The prime accused hail from Gujrat and we suspect that they must have committed such kind offences in the state. We haven’t found any previous record in Pune, but we are probing whether there are any other people involved in the gang and whether they have cheated anyone else by using the same modus.”
2019-02-10Thane's growth story lacks desired milestones - Daily News & Analysis
Thane's growth story lacks desired milestones Updated: Feb 10, 2019, 10:16 AM IST The Thane Lok Sabha constituency — comprising of three major civic bodies namely Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mira Bhayander — has been in the limelight for various commercial developmental projects including office towers, shopping complexes, and entertainment facilities et cetera. But issues directly affecting the public discourse like unemployment, inadequate transport infrastructure, traffic congestion, water scarcity, rising slums, and increasing population may continue to pose challenges. One of the reasons behind the same is the shut down of labour-intensive manufacturing and engineering industries of their inability to keep pace with a rise in population. Even as the services sector including retail, housing and hospitality have developed in Thane — a region with a population of 22 lakh — job creation for both, skilled and unskilled manpower will be an issue that will have to be effectively addressed to by elected representatives and the party in power. In terms of housing, despite witnessing a slew of housing projects, affordable home is a distant dream for Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mira Bhayander residents; the much-debated cluster development projects, too, are moving at a snail's pace. Even as Shiv Sena MP from the constituency, Rajan Vichare has made tall claims of having given a boost to development projects, the party faces a huge challenge if it decides to go solo in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. Shiv Sena and Vichare plan to reach out to voters on the development plank and are aiming to reap the benefits of a strong organisational network. However, the BJP is disappointed with Vichare's performance and wants to do away with his inaction by selling an alternate growth plan to the voters in case an alliance does not work out. Similarly, the NCP, which had won the seat in the 2009 election, proposes to expose the Shiv Sena's non-performance. But it will have to strive in order to stage a comeback due to a weak organisation. While on one hand, Vichare, in his self-defence, claims he carried out over 250 projects in multiple sectors including transport, public health, water, education by mobilising adequate funds through his corpus and concerned departments. On the other hand, other parties and Thanekars have a different version to share; little has been done, they say, to decongest traffic, control pollution, burgeoning water scarcity, ageing infrastructure and growth of slums. BJP legislator Sanjay Kelkar says Vichare's inaction and ineffective performance in the past five years cannot be overlooked. "Thane needs a separate dam to meet its rising demand for water. But no progress has been made on this front. It was due to the BJP-led government in the state and the Centre that Thane city and other segments are witnessing the implementation of transport infrastructure projects including metro, rail overbridge and logistic parks,'' Kelkar said. Kelkar's view is critical in the light of the Bombay high court's recent scathing remark saying that water shortage will soon make Thane the next Marathwada, a water deficit region. Water scarcity is a fast-approaching problem for Navi Mumbai too despite its own irrigation dam; the primary reason is a spur in realty development. The residents of Mira Bhayander, despite efforts to streamline water supply, rely on tankers. Former MP, Anand Paranjape, also NCP's Thane unit chief blames the Sena for not taking concrete steps to build a dam despite ruling the civic body for over 25 years. "Besides, the construction of flyovers in the city has missed several deadlines while the construction of new Thane railway station, which was proposed by former MP Prakash Paranjape, has yet to see light of the day. The decongestion at the Thane railway station should have been done on a priority basis but it still remains on the paper,'' he said. Urban development expert, Sulakshana Mahajan says a piecemeal approach will not work to meet growth challenges. "Thane and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) need a single transport authority for speedy implementation to streamline the public transport considering rapid urbanisation,'' Mahajan said. She hinted that job creation will be a major challenge especially in the wake of the rising population and constraints in the growth of manufacturing units. On the other hand, Paranjape says that the growth of micro, small and medium scale enterprises will have to be encouraged through adequate funding as they are the reservoir of employment. The Thane civic body had submitted a re-modelling and distribution network to be laid for parts of Ghodbunder and Mumbra areas under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme. Kalwa was one of the pockets where there was a demand of re-modelling. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will, through its funds, re-model Kalwa, which currently witnesses the worst traffic jam. The civic body also plans to install smart metres to monitor water supply in order to curb rampant and undisciplined use of water. At the end of the day, the onus for the same lies on the elected representative. SERVICES SECTOR GROWS, BUT CIVIC ISSUES REMAIN Labour-intensive manufacturing & engineering units have come to a standstill, thereby ascending unemployment problem CONSTITUENCY PROFILE AND DEMOGRAPHICS Ranjan Vichare is a member of the Standing Committee on industry and a member of the Consultative Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Urban Power Alleviation. The Thane Lok Sabha constituency comprises of six assembly segments including Thane (BJP), Kopri-Pachpakhadi (Shiv Sena), Ovala-Majiwada (Shiv Sena), Airoli (NCP), Belapur (BJP), and Mira Bhayander (BJP). The constituency has three civic bodies under itself including the Thane , Navi Mumbai, and Mira Bhayander. Rajan Baburao Vichare, Shiv Sena MP POLITICAL EQUATIONS In 2014 Shiv Sena nominee, Rajan Vichare, also former city mayor, secured a comfortable victory riding the Modi wave. Sena had a seat sharing pact with the BJP. Strong cadre base supporting the saffron alliance and a divided opposition came in handy for Vichare’s victory. In 2019 The Shiv Sena will make every attempt to retain the seat. However, it depends on how the Shiv Sena and BJP’s pre-poll alliance shapes up. United they stand, divided they may fall. Rs 25 cr Entitlement to constituency Rs 17.50 cr Fund released by GOI Rs 14.23 cr Expenditure Utilisation percentage over amount released 81.31% Unspent balance 18.69% THUS SPOKE JANATA Even as Thane is developing as a smart city, it lacks basic infrastructure. Creation of more public parking spaces and Wi-Fi connectivity should be implemented without further delays— Dharmu Vanjani, Thane-based businessman Vichare should have equally carried out projects in Navi Mumbai as in Thane. This is necessitated in view of Navi Mumbai’s strategic location and its emergence as leading IT hub— Shubham Patil, Navi Mumbai resident Employment for skilled and unskilled youth and security for unorganised sector will have to be addressed on a priority basis. Residents should not be victim of inaction of elected representatives— Vijay Joshi, Senior citizen
2019-02-10First Butterfly Park on dumping ground inaugurated in Thane - Afternoon Voice
First Butterfly Park on dumping ground inaugurated in Thane February 10, 2019 A Butterfly park has been inaugurated on a trash ground in ward no. 19 of Thane Municipal Corporation by the Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde and Mayor Minakshi Shinde. Previously the ground was used to dump garbage which has now been converted to an heaven for butterflies. Various floral plants have been planted in the park to attract butterflies. Footpath for joggers, lawn, and hanging bridge has also been constructed in the park for the citizens. Thane MP Rajan Vichare, MLA Ravindra Phatak, Dep. Mayor Ramakant Madhvi, Shiv Sena group leader Dilip Bartakke, several corporators and other dignitaries were present during the Inauguration ceremony. The construction of park has been possible with the initiative of the leader of the house Naresh Mhaske (TMC Ward No. 19) in assistance with Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal and the Municipal Park Department.
2019-02-10For 27 villages in Thane, autonomy is the key mantra - Daily News & Analysis
For 27 villages in Thane, autonomy is the key mantra Updated: Feb 10, 2019, 06:40 AM IST ith upcoming general elections, the issue of 27 villages in Dombivli-Kalyan have again gained momentum in Thane district. This time the residents not only want their own municipal corporation, but even 10 growth centres as promised by the BJP led Fadnavis government. For the past few years the residents of 27 villages in Dombivli-Kalyan have been rallying to get an autonomous status. In 2004 they were removed from the KDMC (Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation) jurisdiction and had their own gram panchayats. However, in 2006 MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Development Authority) was appointed as their planning authority."But MMRDA wasted nine to 10 years to plan our progress and there was practically next to no development in our area," alleges Gulab Vaze, vice president, sangharsh samiti, 27 villages. "We were promised a separate municipal council by state government and we want our demand to be met," said Vaze. Other than that, the villagers also want 10 growth centres that was promised by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Rs 1000 crore fund was also sanctioned for the same. These centres are to come up in Nilje, Katai, Kole, Ghesar, Hedutane, some parts of Mangaon, Dharivali, Usargar, some parts of Bhopar and will provide job opportunities to the locals so that they do not have to come to Mumbai and other surrounding areas. "For last three years we are waiting for these growth centres in our areas. Hope the government give us a good deal," he added. The third and the most important demand is to regularise the construction. "While MMRDA wasted the past 10 years doing nothing for us, there was a lot of construction in our area sanctioned by the gram panchayats. But for the past one to one and a half years the registration of these constructed houses, buildings, tenements have stopped. We want these constructions to be regularised," he added. The Samiti have threatened to take action if the demands are not met in time."We will soon decide a future course of action and pursue our issues aggressively. We will also decide whom to vote for accordingly," said Vaze. These villages have a cumulative population of over 3 lakh. THE DEMANDS Besides a separate municipal council, villagers want 10 growth centres was promised by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Rs 1000 crore fund that sanctioned for the same. The Sangharsh Samiti have threatened to take action if the demands are not met.
2019-02-10Thane: Road accidents take lives of three; drivers on the run - Times Now
Thane: Road accidents take lives of three; drivers on the run Updated Feb 10, 2019 | 15:43 IST | Thane: A series of incidents in Thane ended up taking away the lives of three people in Thane. The three incidents happened separately in the same area on Friday. The incidents happened on Friday in the Thane commissionerate area. Two women and a man lost their lives in the incidents and strangely enough, all the three cases were hit-and-run. Shrikant Khamkar who was a 29-year-old, died in the first incident. Khamkar was riding a two-wheeler when his vehicle was hit by a Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) bus at Shrinagar in Thane. While Khamkar was being taken to the hospital, he succumbed to his injuries. According to the Hindustan Times' report, the driver of the BEST bus has been booked. Shobha Patil passed away in the in the second incident. She was a 50-year-old who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler when an auto-rickshaw hit the vehicle from the rear. After being hit, Patil fell from the bike and her head came under the tyre of the auto rickshaw. Patil died on the spot and the tempo driver allegedly fled. According to HT's report, a case against the accused has been filed at the Narpoli police station. Nitasha Patil was a 27-year-old who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler when a private bus hit her vehicle from the rear in Bhiwandi. Patil passed away on the spot and the accused driver managed to escape. A case, however, has been filed against the accused driver by the Naupada police station.
2019-02-10Gang of robbers busted in Badlapur, four held - The Indian Express
Gang of robbers busted in Badlapur, four held Published: February 11, 2019 4:37:04 am Police claimed to have busted a gang of robbers that allegedly committed more than 15 robberies across Thane and Mumbai. Police said the accused were using an empty house as a safe place for their loot for over two years. According to Badlapur police, the accused were identified as Mobil Salim Shaikh (28), Dipak Jadhaw (28), Chetan Waghere (25) and Hitesh Solanki (27). “Shaikh has cases registered against him in Karjat, Thane and Badlapur. He would break into houses and jewellery shops,” said a senior officer. The gang would steal jewellery and bring it to a “safe house” in Badlapur, added police. “They even spread a rumour that the house was haunted so as to keep people away from it,” said an officer privy to the investigation. “We are investigating when they broke into the house, but it is possible that they were using it as a hideout over the past two years,” added the officer. Police said Shaikh, the leader of the gang, smuggled jewellery to his wife in West Bengal, where she sold them and sent back the money. “We have seized some items from them, but most stolen goods have already been sold. We are investigating the matter,” added the senior officer.
2019-02-10Homeschooling parents pool resources, set up centres to enrich kids’ learning - Times of India
Homeschooling parents pool resources, set up centres to enrich kids' learning Feb 11, 2019, 02:46 IST MUMBAI: As homeschooling picks up pace among Mumbaikars with the state recently starting the Maharashtra State Open School, parents are getting together to set up centres to share resources and give their children a space to interact with peers. One such centre, the Free Bird Learning Centre, was set up in Thane’s Yeoor Hills last year by three homeschooling families. “We began homeschooling our daughter and realised we could share resources and be a support for other families doing the same. When you are going against the tide, you need the support,” said Thane resident Binal Joshi. The centre is open Monday to Friday between 11am and 4pm and the parents bring their children there as per their convenience. “In homeschooling, children interact mostly with their parents. So when they learn at a centre, it gives them a chance to interact with others and know about other point of views,” Joshi added. Currently, only the three families work out of the rented space, but are hopeful that more will join in. Similarly, seven families who have children aged between five and eight are in the process of setting up a centre in Sion from June. The children are currently enrolled in the same school. Poorva Sule, one of the founding parents at Learners Collective Foundation, said, “We will begin homeschooling our children from the next academic year, but we first wanted to build a space for them. Since there is a problem of open space in the city, we plan to take our children for unstructured play for 30-40 minutes every day,” she said. “We will also organise field trips to enable learning on the go and sessions by professionals to expose our children to careers they would want to consider.” Another set of homeschoolers, however, are opposed to the idea of centres that bring structure to a concept intended to make learning fun. “Homeschooling allows a child to learn what he is interested in, at his own pace and also bond with his parents. In case of a centre, it would mean having to go at a particular time and do things that others are doing. With centres, there is also a possibility of the concept being commercialized,” said Amrutha Amdekar, a Shivaji Park resident who is homeschooling her eight-year-old son Agastya. Parents homeschooling their children and those aspiring to homeschool children met at a school on Sunday at an event organised by Sourvv Dutta, a parent and filmmaker who is working towards documenting homeschooling stories. “The idea was to get parents to discuss homeschooling formats so they can pick and work around what suits them best,” he said.
2019-02-10Brain-dead 2-year-old saves six lives in Mumbai - Times of India
Brain-dead 2-year-old saves six lives in Mumbai Feb 11, 2019, 03:00 IST MUMBAI: A Pune couple, who came to the city to save their two-year-old son from a progressive brain tumour, ended up donating his organs on Sunday after he suffered brain death. Ivaan Prabhu is now the city's youngest cadaver organ donor in a decade. He saved six lives, including that of a four-year-old boy, who could finally undergo a liver transplant at Jupiter Hospital in Thane. The family consented to donate his heart, kidneys, liver and corneas. His kidneys were given to two patients at Lilavati and Global Hospitals. A green corridor was created from Bombay Hospital, Marine Lines, to the airport to airlift the heart to Fortis Hospital, Chennai. His corneas were sent to Eye Bank Coordination & Research Centre in Parel. Doctors at Bombay Hospital, where the donation took place, said that the child's parents expressed the desire to donate his organ soon after they were informed of his brain death. "Around 3 pm on Friday, they were told that Ivaan was no more. Once his father, an IT engineer, came to terms with it, his next decision was to donate his organs," said Rupal Karnik, a family friend of the Prabhus. She said the couple, who used to live in Mulund earlier, didn't wish to be identified. The family had learnt about the tumour only a month ago. After consulting several physicians in Pune, they decided to see experts in Mumbai. He was admitted on February 4 and a surgery was done a day later. "He regained consciousness, but perhaps destiny had other plans," said Karnik. Ivaan's remains were taken to Pune for the last rites. The donation also facilitated the city's 11th organ donation programme. It also gave momentum to the programme at Bombay Hospital that had not seen a donation in few years. The hospital roped in their former transplant coordinator Amol Kadam and Jupiter's coordinator Aniruddha Kulkarni to facilitate the paperwork. Physician Dr Gautam Bhansali said such bold decision by families would go a long way in motivating others to donate. Meanwhile, Karnik, said that the processes around organ donation need a relook. "Ivaan's father had informed the hospital about his decision to donate organs on Friday, however, it took nearly 24 hours for things to move," she said.
2019-02-10Mumbai’s growing Hindi heartland - The Indian Express
Mumbai’s growing Hindi heartland Updated: February 11, 2019 12:39:47 pm Mumbai is arguably one of the most linguistically diverse cities in India, with a remarkable trove of languages taking root here over the past century. But over the last few years, demographic changes caused by migration, both in and out, have been slowly turning Mumbai’s identity into that of a predominantly Hindi-speaking city. While there is no recent quantitative data available about the origins of each Mumbaikar, a 2011 census report on the mother tongue of residents in the city has shown that respondents who identify Hindi to be their mother tongue has grown by over 40 per cent from 25.88 lakh to 35.98 lakh in Mumbai. At the same time, the number of respondents who said that Marathi is their mother tongue fell by 2.64 per cent from 45.23 lakh in 2001 to 44.04 lakh. Interestingly, this change is also evident in the peripheral areas of Mumbai with both Thane and Raigad district showing an 80 per cent increase in the number of Hindi-speaking residents.
2019-02-09Sculptor’s works in pieces after TMC demolishes studio - Mumbai Mirror
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2019-02-09Parambir Singh, Barve among top contenders - Mumbai Mirror
Parambir Singh, Barve among top contenders Updated: Feb 9, 2019, 06:00 IST Mumbai Police Commissioner Subodh Jaiswal set to be the new DGP after Padsalgikar retires this month The state government’s proposal to the Centre for a two-year extension to Director General of Police Dattatray Padsalgikar has been rejected, prompting a search for a new police commissioner for Mumbai as the incumbent, Subodh Jaiswal, will take over from Padsalgikar whose term ends this month. Mirror has learnt that among the top contenders for the Mumbai police commissioner’s post are Parambir Singh, additional director general of police, law & order, Sanjay Barve, director general of police, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Pune Police Commissioner K Venkatesham, and Thane Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar. Sources in the state bureaucracy said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has preferred officers not posted in Maharashtra for the Mumbai police commissioner’s post. “Padsalgikar was posted in the Intelligence Bureau when he was brought in as the police commissioner. Similarly, Jaiswal was posted in the R&AW,” the source said. Padsalgikar was scheduled to retire on August 31 last year, but the chief minister asked the Centre to give him a two-year extension but was granted only three months. After three months, Fadnavis again sought an extension, and Padsalgikar was granted another three months in office. This extension resulted in a public interest litigation being filed in the Bombay High Court alleging favouritism by the chief minister, which was rejected, but at the same time the court demanded to know from the Centre whether it was inclined to give Padsalgikar another extension. “Maharashtra government was informed on Wednesday that Padsalgikar’s term cannot be extended. The government has sent names of all DG-ranked officers to the Union Public Service Commission for the DGP’s post but Jaiswal, who retires in 2022, is the seniormost amongst them and is most likely to succeed Padsalgikar,” the source said. As for the Mumbai police commissioner’s post, sources said that Parambir and Barve were in the reckoning even the last time around, when Jaiswal was chosen ahead of them. Singh, a 1988-batch IPS officer, headed the Thane police before his current posting, while Barve was managing director, Maharashtra State Security Corporation, and in charge of the state intelligence department before he was moved to the Anti-Corruption Bureau.
2019-02-09Ex-bank staffer held for Rs 25.5 lakh fraud - Mumbai Mirror
Ex-bank staffer held for Rs 25.5 lakh fraud Updated: Feb 9, 2019, 06:15 IST The Colaba police have arrested a former single-window operator of Bank of Baroda’s South Mumbai branch for allegedly cheating the bank for Rs 25.5 lakh, by transferring the money from customer's fixed deposits (FD). The accused has been identified as Thane resident Niket Kumar. According to the police, the fraud came to light when a customer recently approached the bank to liquidate his FD, but was shocked to learn that the FD had been closed, and the money transferred to an account in another bank. The customer complained to the bank, which started an internal investigation. When the bank account where the money was transferred was scrutinised, it was found that around Rs 25.5 lakh had been transferred to it by breaking 18 FDs and one recurring deposit (RD) of the bank. “It was found that the FDs in question were closed and the money transferred using Kumar’s password from the period 2015 to 2017, hence an inquiry was conducted against him, When he was found involved in the suspicious activity, he was sacked from the bank,” a police officer said. The chief manager of the bank lodged a complaint with the Colaba police and an FIR under relevant sections of IPC was registered against Kumar for cheating and criminal breach of trust. “We then started the investigation and the accused was arrested. The accused has confessed to having transferred Rs 34 lakh in all from the bank into the account of an accomplice – who is said to be the branch manager of a company. We are on the lookout for the second accused in the case and efforts are on to trace him,” the police officer said.
2019-02-09From lakes to your taps, here’s how - Daily News & Analysis
From lakes to your taps, here’s how Updated: Feb 9, 2019, 06:00 AM IST The water’s journey is actually quite impressive. From a lake or a reservoir (the source), to the nearest treatment plant and sometimes also the furthest, to finally reaching a commercial complex or a residential building, the journey is long, tedious and costly. Mumbai’s population has more than doubled since 1991, with the city itself becoming home to 12,478,447 people. The city’s water table has shrunk so drastically that the National Green Tribunal had admitted a Rs 222 crore damage plea over the plundering of two wells in South Mumbai for 11 years. A report prepared by the water supply and sanitation department in October 2018, pointed out that nearly 11,500 of Maharashtra’s 40,000 villages face water scarcity However, citizens and authorities are yet to wake up to the importance of water conservation. Tweak Of Old With A Nip Of New Vihar is the oldest lake of Mumbai. Within the city area, the work on the Vihar waterworks started in January 1856 and completed in 1860. Development of this lake cost Rs 65 lakh then. Its total capacity of water stock is 27,698 million litres (ML). 90 million litre of water is supplied on a daily basis Tulsi is a very small lake in comparison to others and is situated in the heart of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali. The cost of the development work of the lake, which started in 1872 and completed in 1879, was Rs 40 lakh then. Its capacity is 8,046 ML and the daily water supply is 18 ML Tansa The work of this lake started in 1892 and was completed in 1945. The lake is 106 km away from the city. The water storage capacity is 1,45,080 ML and the city gets 500 MLD water from this lake Modak Sagar The lake construction completed in 1954. It is on the Vaitarna River in Palghar District, 163 km away from the city. Having a capacity of 1,28,925 ML water, it provides 455 ML to the daily water supply Upper Vaitarna This lake was ready in 1972 and is 163 km away on the upper part of Vaitarna River with a capacity of 2,27,047 ML of water. The city gets 635 ML water daily Bhatsa The state constructed this dam, in segments, from 1980 to 2007. It is 102 km away from the city in Shahapur district of Thane with a storage capacity of 7,17,037 ML water. Mumbai gets 2,020 MLD of water from the dam, which provides water to other cities as well Middle Vaitarna The youngest dam started functioning in 2014. Rs 800 crore were spent on its construction and Rs 3,000 crore were used to tunnel the dam up to Bhandup which is 102 km away from the lake. Among the 550 roller-compacted concrete (RCC) dams built across the world, the Middle Vaitarna dam is the 9th quickest to be built. It has a capacity of 1,93,530 ML water and provides 455 MLD water to the city
2019-02-09Thane civic body to ration water, curb housing societies from using excess supply - Hindustan Times
Thane civic body to ration water, curb housing societies from using excess supply Updated: Feb 10, 2019 00:23 IST In an attempt to curb housing societies from using excess water supplied by the civic body this summer, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to ration its distribution to each of them. If the societies claim they are using non-potable or borewell water for excess usage, the corporation wants a certificate backing the same. The decision, taken by the TMC’s water department to mitigate a possible water crisis in April and May, is likely to invite the ire of several housing societies which do not have borewells and are dependent only on the civic body’s water supply. An officer from the water department said there was parity in residential areas because not all households have been uniformly receiving 130-140 litres of water per day, which is the TMC’s standard ratio. “People in most societies use excess corporation water to wash their vehicles or water their gardens. We will conduct thorough checks by reading their meters. Those who are found using excess water supply will be served a notice,” the officer said. The officer said societies submitting self-attested certificates claiming excess water being used for washing vehicles or for gardening comes from borewells would be subject to surprise checks. Citing the example of a housing society in Hajuri, the officer said his department found 75% of its apartments had their own loft tanks to store excess water received, affecting supply to the remaining flats. “The water requirement of this society was 67,000 litres per day; they are supplied 1.3 lakh litres a day. We have sent them a show cause notice asking why we should not cut five out of ten water connections to the society,” he said. Most housing societies have not taken well to this decision from the TMC. Raj Rajapurkar, president of the Ghodbunder Housing Welfare Association, said, “Most societies do not even receive sufficient drinking water due to unequal distribution of water. Almost all societies use borewell water for washing vehicles and gardening; all of us are literate people who know these things.” “If the corporation has any doubt they should conduct a survey themselves instead of asking us to waste time drafting documents and certificates,” Rajapurkar said. On the TMC’s plan to ration water supply in summer, Rajapurkar said the members of his association would stage a protest if supply was reduced to any of the housing societies. Other measures in pipeline The corporation also said it would cut supply to commercial establishments found using its water for activities such as washing vehicle besides finding new resources to fill in the gap. “We are repairing valves and leakages in our distribution system. We will also clean the wells in the city to avoid contamination of well water, which can be used for non-potable purposes,” the officer said. Although the TMC planned to set up reverse-osmosis (RO) filters in wells and bore wells across the city, the project never saw the light of day. The water department now plans to revive this initiative and fit RO filters inside bore wells that yield 1,000 litres of water per hour or more. No response for amnesty scheme In 2011, the TMC had initiated an amnesty scheme for people with illegal water connections, saying they could make it legal by paying fines. The fine for a residential connection is R3,000 and for a commercial one, R10,000. But over the past eight years, only 16,433 people chose to opt for this. Expertspeak Thane-based environmentalist Vidyadhar Walavalkar, said, “People are so used to utilising excess water, they do not realise they are wasting it. There is sufficient water available throughout the year and they do not realise the importance of conserving it unless there is a crisis.” Walavalkar said recycling water was a good practice but people hardly invested in recycling plants. “There should be a code of conduct for people in cities on the usage of water,” he said. He also dismissed bore wells as a temporary solution and one which is not environment-friendly.
2019-02-09Hit-and-run: Three killed in separate mishaps in Thane - Hindustan Times
Hit-and-run: Three killed in separate mishaps in Thane Updated: Feb 10, 2019 00:24 IST In three separate incidents, two women and a man died in a hit-and-run in Thane commiasionerate on Friday. In the first incident, Shrikant Khamkar, 29, died after the two-wheeler he was riding, was hit by a BEST bus at Shrinagar in Thane. Police said he succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital. The BEST bus driver was booked. In the second incident, Shobha Patil, 50, who was sitting pillion on a two-wheeler, died after a tempo hit the bike from behind in Thane. Patil fell off the bike and her head came below the auto’s tyre resulting in her death on the spot. The tempo driver fled and a case was lodged against him at Narpoli police station. In the third case, Nitasha Patil, 27, died after a private bus hit the victim’s two-wheeler, which she was sitting pillion on, from behind in Bhiwandi. The driver fled the spot and Patil died on the spot. A case was lodged against the driver at Naupada police station. A police officer from Thane commissionerate, said, “Investigations are on.”
2019-02-09Three years after tree census began, Thane still clueless about green cover - Hindustan Times
Three years after tree census began, Thane still clueless about green cover Updated: Feb 10, 2019 00:26 IST While the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has been swiftly clearing proposals to cut or transplant trees in the way of various infrastructure projects in the city, it is yet to complete its tree survey that it started one-and-a-half years ago. Although the civic body has claimed to have planted more than 6 lakh trees in the past three years, there is no way to validate it unless the census is released publicly. The last tree census, which is carried out every five years for a period of six months, was completed in 2011, and showed Thane had almost 4.5 lakh trees belonging to more than 300 species. It took a public interest litigation in the Bombay high court (HC) to get the TMC to start its next survey in October 2017. Environmentalist Rohit Joshi said the civic body cited a lack of funds in their budget to carry out the tree survey. “This census was supposed to be done in 2016. They have the budget to spend on developing vertical gardens but not on a tree census, which is very unfortunate,” he said. The TMC’s budget for the 2011 tree census was ?75 lakh, which increased to ?85 lakh for the one in 2017. Vikrant Tawade, a member of the TMC’s tree committee said the current census was stuck over the issue of planting 1 lakh aromatic trees in Mumbra. “The standing committee has demanded an enquiry into this plantation,” he said. Anuradha Babar, an official with the TMC’s tree department said most trees in the city have been geo-tagged, with the details uploaded on their website. “We can’t say for sure when the census will be completed,” she said. The corporation, though, has handed out notices over the past week to cut more than 3,000 trees — details of which are yet to be uploaded online. Only a census would provide a complete picture of how many trees have survived, have been newly planted or razed in the past five years besides giving information on the diversity of species within the city. Tawade said the tree committee, in its recent meeting, suggested changing the agency hired by the civic body to carry out the tree survey. “But we also thought we should ask them [the agency] to speed up the work because they were the ones who carried out most of the work,” he said. According to Tawade, the previous census took three years to complete and even then, a PIL had been filed in the high court regarding the delay. “The court had asked to use Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) and ensure people can check all the trees in a city at the click of a button. All the city’s trees need to be mapped,” he said.
2019-02-09Woman on bike dies in mishap, bus speeds away - Times of India
Woman on bike dies in mishap, bus speeds away Feb 10, 2019, 02:56 IST THANE: A 27-year-old woman died and her friend was injured in a hit-and-run accident on Friday near the start of the of Teen Hath Naka flyover on the Eastern Express Highway in Thane. The police said that Omkar Mane (31), a resident of Mulund, was riding his scooter from Cadbury junction towards Mumbai in the second lane, with his friend Nitesha Nagvekar (27) riding pillion, around 7.15 pm when a blue private bus rammed into their two-wheeler from the left. While Nagvekar, who was riding pillion, reportedly fell under the front wheel of the bus, Mane who fell next to the scooter survived with minor bruises to his right hand, right leg and back. As people around rushed to their rescue and were busy looking for an auto rush the injured duo to the civil hospital, the unidentified bus driver immediately drove away. “The two on the scooter were on their way towards Mumbai as Mane was going to drop his friend to the station. The deceased woman stayed in Kalyan. The bus driver may have been trying to take a right to use the flyover, but ended up hitting the wo-wheeler,” said a police official. While Mane suffered minor injuries, doctors treating Nagvekar informed him that his friend’s condition was critical. She succumbed to her injuries about 15 minutes after being taken to hospital. A case of death by negligence and driving dangerously has been registered against the unidentified driver.
2019-02-09Anganwadi workers to launch agitation - The Hindu
Anganwadi workers to launch agitation UPDATED: FEBRUARY 09, 2019 23:31 IST The Anganwadi workers will launch a State-wide jail bharo andolan from Monday to protest the Maharashtra government’s failure to meet their demands. Workers from Mumbai, Palghar, Thane and Raigad will gather at Azad Maidan to raise their demands on Tuesday, when a meeting is likely to take place in Mantralaya. Anganwadi workers have been demanding a raise in their minimum wages, pension, unemployment, and post-retirement benefits. During their protest in Mumbai on December 11, 2018, the workers had said they would hold jail bharo andolans between February 11 and 13 if their demands were not met. Since the protest, the workers’ delegation has held meetings with government officials at Mantralaya. According to members of the Maharashtra Anganwadi Karmachari Kruti Samiti, an umbrella body of seven organisations, a three-day protest will take place in several parts of the State from Monday. A jail bharo protest will be held in front of the Pune collector’s office near Sassoon Hospital. Similar protests will take place at the district level. Shubha Shamim, a member of Kruti Samiti, said, “Agitations have been planned in Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Nagpur, Wardha, Amravati, Buldhana, Aurangabad, Jalna, Nanded and Beed. We are protesting before those who represent us in the government. In some talukas, protests will be held in front of panchayat samiti, tehesildar office or zilla parishad.” Kruti Samiti officials said the Centre in September 2018 had passed a resolution that the remuneration of the anganwadi workers would be increased by ?1,500 for teachers and administrators (or sevikas) and ?750 for helpers. However, it has not yet been implemented. Ms. Shamim said, “The minister should keep her promise this time at least and meet us on Tuesday, as she has given us time. Many previous meetings were cancelled or postponed by the minister. They must hear out our problems.This is a genuine concern,” M.A. Patil, another member of the Samiti, said, “In the next few days, the budget session of the State government starts and the code of conduct will come into effect for the Lok Sabha polls. The State has only a few days to act.” Maharashtra has 97,000 major and 10,000 mini anganwadis. Each anganwadi has two workers — a teacher or administrator, and a helper. Workers receive a monthly remuneration of ?7,000 to ?7,500 at present and helpers receive ?3,000.
2019-02-09Woman on bike dies in mishap, bus speeds away | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Woman on bike dies in mishap, bus speeds away 10th February, 2019 THANE: A 27-year-old woman died and her friend was injured in a hit-and-run accident on Friday near the start of the of Teen Hath Naka flyover on the Eastern Express Highway in Thane. The police said that Omkar Mane (31), a resident of Mulund, was riding his scooter from Cadbury junction towards Mumbai in the second lane, with his friend Nitesha Nagvekar (27) riding pillion, around 7.15 pm when a blue private bus rammed into their two-wheeler from the left. While Nagvekar, who was riding pillion, reportedly fell under the front wheel of the bus, Mane who fell next to the scooter survived with minor bruises to his right hand, right leg and back. As people around rushed to their rescue and were busy looking for an auto rush the injured duo to the civil hospital, the unidentified bus driver immediately drove away. “The two on the scooter were on their way towards Mumbai as Mane was going to drop his friend to the station.
2019-02-09Confusion prevails in MNS with LS polls months away - Hindustan Times
Confusion prevails in MNS with LS polls months away Updated: Feb 10, 2019 00:34 IST With the Lok Sabha elections just months away, the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) seems to be in a state of confusion over seats, constituencies and alliances. According to Thackeray’s close aides, while he recently held talks with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and demanded four to five seats, the party is also deliberating the constituencies it can win if supported indirectly by the Congress-NCP combine. According to party leaders, there also seems to be an understanding that the Shiv Sena will ultimately tie up with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The MNS is thus, also looking at what role it can play to damage the BJP-Sena’s plans, especially in the Mumbai-Thane-Pune belt. According to an MNS leader, the party chief has been in serious talks with Pawar. “We have asked for seats where we have strong influence. More than the Lok Sabha polls, our main focus is on assembly elections. We need to protect our vote bank,” said the leader, requesting anonymity. The MNS has reportedly asked for Mumbai North-East, Thane, Kalyan and Nashik seats from the NCP —constituencies where the party still has some base. Additionally, the MNS has also offered to field candidates from a couple of constituencies as part of its strategy to damage the Sena by cutting into Marathi votes. In 2009, the MNS had walked away with a sizeable share of votes from Mumbai, Thane and Nashik that had led to the defeat of BJP-Sena candidates there. It had turned out to be an advantage for the Congress-NCP who had won all six seats in Mumbai and some in Thane, Nashik and Pune districts. Meanwhile, an NCP leader said roping in Thackeray will be beneficial for the Congress-NCP alliance. “Thackeray is still a charismatic leader who has a large youth following. We also need to keep him relevant as he can be used against both the Sena and BJP effectively,” said the NCP leader. Moreover, despite the Sena being critical of the BJP and vouching to go solo, MNS members feel the parties will ultimately tie up. According to political analysts, it was not possible for mainstream parties to have direct alliance with the MNS considering its anti-North Indian stance. “There will be a tacit understanding where the NCP will field weak candidates against the MNS. The MNS seeks to wean away Sena voters by claiming it was an opportunistic alliance and Sena has cheated its voters,” said political commentator Prakash Bal. The Congress has also already indicated that it will have no truck with the MNS. “There is no question of any alliance with the MNS as it believes in divisive politics while we advocate an inclusive one,” said Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam. MNS leaders claimed they are waiting for orders from Thackeray. “There are talks happening at the highest level and the final decision will be taken by our chief,” said MNS spokesperson Sandeep Deshpande. Despite the talks, at the ground level, MNS workers seem to be clueless about what stand they would be taking during the coming LS polls. “The workers are completely demoralised and there are no clear orders from the top leaders. Except Thackeray, we have no one to look up to. We still don’t know whether we are going to contest the polls or not,” said a local leader, requesting anonymity. Post the 2014 elections, MNS has been on a downhill ride with its tally of assembly members reducing from 13 after 2009 elections to just one in five years. Moreover, in the 2017 Mumbai civic polls, the MNS’s kitty dropped to seven seats from 28 in 2012. This has now come down to just one corporator as six of them were poached by the Sena. In recent months, Thackeray has become a bitter critic of the BJP and especially of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his annual Gudi Padwa rally, he had given a clarion call for “Modi-mukt Bharat” (Modi-free India), and appealed to like-minded parties to forge a united opposition against the BJP for the 2019 elections. At the same time, he has been in touch with Pawar who is looking for ways to cut the votes of the saffron combine in Maharashtra.
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2019-02-08CM’s Devendra Fadnavis's town tops Smart Cities survey - Times of India
CM’s Devendra Fadnavis's town tops Smart Cities survey Feb 9, 2019, 03:39 IST MUMBAI: Seven of the ten Maharashtra cities selected for the Narendra Modi government’s Smart Cities Mission have got their infrastructure projects off the ground. In the latest report card on the mission, while Nagpur ranks first for speed of implementation, Thane is a distant 59, with the others in between. Pune has made considerable progress and is now ranked eighth nationally. The rankings, in terms of work initiated, were released by the Union ministry for urban affairs on Thursday. Being chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s hometown, Nagpur enjoys an edge over the other cities. There was no dearth of funds for the city’s two proposals: Rs 524 crore was given for installing a CCTV network and Rs 3,303 crore for Smart City area development for an area of 1,743 acres in east Nagpur. Kalyan-Dombivli has drawn up plans for 28 civic projects but so far, work has started only on a Rs 65-crore park. Under the mission, the city has received Rs 360 of the sanctioned Rs 1,445 crore. The other projects include a creek waterfront, Kalyan railway station modernisation, installation of modern traffic signals and CCTV coverage. Thane has several projects, including the Thane east station area traffic improvement system, a new railway station between Thane and Mulund, and water supply and sewage upgrade. Activists complained that projects are being executed without proper planning. “Projects like the alternative railway station are being executed even though land required for the project is yet to be handed over to the corporation. The waterfront project is another such example,” complained an activist. Pune has so far executed nine projects. Of the Rs 490 crore received, city authorities have spent Rs 140 crore. Work orders for 17 projects have been issued while tenders for another 38 projects are being processed, said officials. Pimpri-Chinchwad was included in the mission three years after the programme was started, “but we are on par with cities that were included in the second round”, said Neelkanth Poman, joint CEO of that city’s Smart Cities project.
2019-02-08Vehicle theft gang: Nagaland RTO officers’ role under lens - The Hindu
Vehicle theft gang: Nagaland RTO officers’ role under lens UPDATED: FEBRUARY 09, 2019 00:34 IST The involvement of transport officials from Nagaland is being probed in connection with the inter-State vehicle theft racket busted by the Thane police. Over the course of a month of investigations, nine accused were arrested and 80 vehicles, which they had stolen and sold off using forged documents, were recovered. The gang is believed to have been active for at least two years. According to the Thane police, the fact that the forged papers, which certified the stolen vehicles as registered in Nagaland, were repeatedly provided before the vehicles were resold, has raised suspicion. “There seems to have been no verification of the RC books for the vehicles before being cleared by Regional Transport Offices in Nagaland despite over 100 vehicles being passed off as Nagaland registered. The possibility of insiders’ involvement can not be ruled out at this stage,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) D.S. Swami said. Inquiries have found out that at least one of the arrested accused, Vinit Madhiwal, was working as an RTO agent in Nagaland and was instrumental in obtaining the bogus papers. The police are examining his call detail records to identify his possible accomplices. Investigating officers said the highly-organised racket was the brainchild of Sandeep Lagoo, a graduate in chemistry, who was also arrested in 2016 in a carjacking case. Mr. Lagoo, along with a few other members of the gang, first ran the operations in 2017, and it subsequently expanded, sources said. “We suspect that the gang had a large number of agents in Karnataka and Rajasthan, who would collect information about people in need of four-wheelers urgently, after which they would approach them and offer deals at affordable prices. Since the accused themselves did not incur any cost in stealing the vehicles, they ended up making a hefty margin,” an officer, who is part of the investigation, said. Meanwhile, the police on Friday identified 41 more four-wheelers which were allegedly stolen by the accused. “The process of recovering the vehicles is under way. The number of vehicles and arrests is expected to increase,” Mr. Swami said.
2019-02-08Special train to run from Mumbai for Infant Jesus feast - Times of India
Special train to run from Mumbai for Infant Jesus feast Feb 8, 2019, 11:35 IST NASHIK: The Infant Jesus Shrine on Nashik Road will host the annual celebration of the Infant Jesus feast this weekend. Being the golden jubilee year of the celebration, thousands of devotees from across the country are expected to visit the church on Saturday. To help the devotees on account of the annual pilgrimage to the shrine, the Central Railway will run a superfast special train on February 9 from Dadar to Nasik Road and back. The train (No. 02095) will leave Dadar from platform No 5 at 7.45 am on Saturday and will reach Nasik Road the same day at 10.55 am. In the return direction, the train (No. 02096) Nasik Road-Dadar superfast special will leave Nasik Road station from platform no 4 at 7.45 pm and will at arrive Dadar at 10.55 pm. This train will halt at Thane, Kalyan, Kasara and Igatpuri stations in both directions. The composition of this train is 6 sleeper class, 12 general second class and 2 luggage cum guard’s brake van. The booking for both the special trains have already opened at all PRS locations and IRCTC’s website ( www.irctc.co.in). The general second class will run as unreserved coach and the tickets for the same can be booked through the UTS. This train runs annually on this occasion to help thousands of devotees. Many devotees reach Nashik by their personal vehicles. The church administration has arranged ample parking space for these vehicles. For convenience of the pilgrims, masses are held in English and Marathi on the grounds every hour from 6 am to 7pm. Priests are also available for confessions throughout the day. “The Shrine of Infant Jesus welcomes people from all religions to participate in the religious services and prayer. Non-Christians are invited to receive prasad after the mass,” Fr Trevor Miranda S J, chaplain of the church, said. He also stated that the church is providing educational and medical facilities to numerous children in schools and boarding facilities in tribal dominated rural areas.
2019-02-08Thane, Mankhurd, Borivali railway stations account to maximum number of deaths on tracks - Mumbai Live
Thane, Mankhurd, Borivali railway stations account to maximum number of deaths on tracks Railway employee Sameer Zaveri filed the RTI application which revealed that the major reason for deaths on railway tracks are crowded trains Mumbai Live Team: In response to an RTI, it was revealed that the highest number of deaths on railway tracks happened at Thane, Mankhurd, and Borivali railway stations. The RTI application was filed by Sameer Zaveri who informed that the female passengers have died more as compared to the previous year. According to the RTI, almost 1,933 people died in the year 2018 while the number in the year 2017 was 1,928. However, the number of deaths on Western Railway has decreased from being 1,086 in 2017 to 1,048 deaths in 2018. A railway employee, Zaveri, said that the major reason for these deaths is crowded Mumbai local trains. Zaveri further added that there is need to start more 15-coaches trains. Earlier in 2017, the total number of deaths on the suburban railway tracks was 3,014. However, the number has fallen to 2,981 in the year 2018.
2019-02-08Thane: 6 held for abducting three businessmen - The Clayton Caller
Thane: 6 held for abducting three businessmen February 8, 2019 0 36 THANE: Six persons, including a policeman, were arrested in Maharashtra‘s for allegedly abducting three and demanding a ransom of Rs 1 crore, police said Monday. Police said that businessmen , hailing from Udaipur in Rajasthan, are directors in a firm that gives loans against property. “One of the accused . He, along with his accomplices, got accused Omprakash Jaiswal to pose as a builder and seek a Rs 10 crore loan from Vardani,” an official said. Vardani and Saini arrived in Thane Friday to check the documents of the property that Jaiswal claimed he would mortgage for the loan, said police. “Vardani and Saini were then abducted by the accused and a ransom of Rs 1 crore was sought. The amount was brought down to Rs 25 lakh following which a friend of Vardani arrived from Udaipur by road with the money,” the official said. The friend too was asked to leave the car in which he had travelled from Udaipur and was bundled into the abductors‘ vehicle, police said. “The driver of the car, in which the friend carrying the ransom money had travelled from Udaipur, managed to note down the registration number of the abductors‘ vehicle and relayed it to an acquittance in Mumbai‘s Borivali area,” he said. This Borivali-resident passed on the number to the police, and the Anti-Extortion Cell of Thane police Saturday managed to zero in on the abductors‘ car at APMC market at Kalyan, an official said. “The car was stopped, the abductors were arrested and Rs 25 lakh was recovered. Vardani, Saini and the friend were rescued,” he said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deepak Deoraj told reporters Monday that six persons had been charged for kidnapping and other offences under the Indian Penal Code, the Bombay Police Act and Arms Act. The DCP identified the six as Lenin Cultivate (40), Rohit Shelar (20), Omprakash Jaiswal (23), Abhishek Jha (40), Sagar Salve (37) and Mumbai policeman Tukaram Mudgan (43).
2019-02-08Now, a new cuppa with tribal infusions - Pune Mirror
Now, a new cuppa with tribal infusionsNow, a new cuppa with tribal infusionsBy Himanshu NitnawareHimanshu Nitnaware, Pune Mirror | Updated: Feb 8, 2019, 06:00 ISTPrint this articleReduce font sizeIncrease font sizeShare.BAIF development project underway across Thane district to market indigenous brews drawn from endemic herbs and plants that could work as the caffeine fix Working with the tribal inhabitants of Thane district, BAIF Development Research Foundation (formerly registered as the Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation), in bringing to the market indigenous beverages, that are being bracketed as herbal coffee and tea. The products are the outcome of a joint effort by BAIF and State Bank of India to introduce the country’s youth to rural life and workings, through a fellowship. “The uniqueness of the initiatives lies in the fact that unlike self-help groups which are usually roped in for employment generation and livelihood creation, here the indigenous families themselves have been groomed to create the product in atraditional way,” said Grusha Victor, who works as SBI youth fellow. Several tribal families (above) are engaged in making the products (right) Cassia Tora or Chakramada (in Ayurvedic parlance) is found in abundance in the tribal belt of Thane. “Giving out an aroma akin to coffee with a complimentary tinge of the staple in its flavour, Chakramada qualifies as herbal coffee,” explained Victor, who is working closely with families working on this project. In fact, four tribal families from the hamlets Madachapada of Talvali and Chirichapada of Wadoli in Jawhar, were roped into the project a few months ago. Though an endemic plant that has been used for ages for making the unique brew, the Chakramada lost out to the more commonplace cuppa. Thematic programme executive at BAIF Institute for sustainable livelihoods and development (BISLD), Sanjay Patil told Mirror, “The initiative aims to create a cottage industry like a model for unique beverages which would serve as a secondary source of income other than agriculture. The sustainability is ensured as the economy lies in the family model and every member is involved in some part of the process. Since they can have only one harvest per year, it is important for them to look for alternative sources of income.” Patil added that the approach lay in complete reliance on indigenous knowledge, resources and locally available materials. “The entire processing of the seeds is done using traditional methods,” he said. The product has already been tested at Ahmedabad and food exhibitions in Pune. “We are yet to christen the product as it is still new in the market and we are just seeking feedback from consumers,” Victor added. Another infusion being derived from the local families is a herbal tea drawn from lemongrass and moringa. “Both the ingredients are naturally available in the tribal forests and have rich nutritional value,” Patil pointed out. Besides reviving some traditional drinks, the initiative will also inspire tribals to value and conserve the indigenous plans, while offering something of high nutritional value. Jagannath Kare,from one of the families involved in the herbal coffee and tea making said, “We were aware of the herb used for herbal coffee but only realised its true value in the urban market when a presentation was made in silvasa initiatlly.” Health experts are vociferous in vouching for the benefits of the products. “Cassia Tora has high content of anti-oxidants and the potential to cure cancer. It also has the ability to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides,” informed Kamal Palia, chief nutritionist at Ruby Hall Clinic. Adept at toxin removal, the herb comes handy in dealing with scorpion bites and other skin allergies. “It is also used to treat respiratory disorders such as asthma,” she added. However, offering a word of caution she pointed out that over boiling the herb will drain of its nutritional value and anti-oxidants.
2019-02-08Kalwa medical college to start postgraduate course in forensic medicine from June - Hindustan Times
Kalwa medical college to start postgraduate course in forensic medicine from June Updated: Feb 09, 2019 00:24 IST Rajiv Gandhi Medical College in Kalwa has finally got permission to start postgraduate course in forensic medicine. A letter from Medical Council of India (MCI) has permitted the college to open one faculty from next year. As per the new MCI rule, any medical institute that is functioning without provisions for postgraduate courses have to shut. “We have submitted request for eight faculties for PG; however, we have received permission for only one. We have got a letter of approval to begin forensic medicine faculty. The institute benefits students across Thane district and PG courses will it easy for those wanting to pursue further studies,” said Rajeev Korde, medical superintendent of the medical college. As per the rule, the faculty will have only three students and admissions will begin from June. The college authorities are hopeful that the remaining seven faculties will also get permission soon as this will allow them to have around 70 students in PG course. Because of the increasing number of private medical colleges, the quality of medical education in the country has dipped. So, MCI announced that medical institutes that have only undergraduate course should shut. Although the Kalwa medical college has been trying to include PG courses, it had not materialised. “We have been trying to start PG?for many years but had not got permission due to various reasons. Two years ago, we applied again and received approval now when the new rule came into force,” said Korde. PG will also benefit students studying MBBS at Kalwa medical college. “We are excited that we will get to an opportunity to study further closer home as this os the only medical college in Thane district,” said Avinash Karkhanis, resident of Kalyan and second year MBBS student at Kalwa medical college. About Kalwa medical college Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, also known as Kalwa medical college received recognition from the Medical Council of India in 1998. Every year for the MBBS course, it admits 51 students from the Maharashtra state competitive exams and 9 from Central. The medical college is situated within the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kalwa. The MBBS course includes 21 departments that has both pre-clinical and para clinical department. It also provides Urban and Rural Health training Centres along with Clinical teaching.
2019-02-08Inter-State vehicle theft gang busted; 9 in Thane cops’ net - The Hindu
Inter-State vehicle theft gang busted; 9 in Thane cops’ net UPDATED: FEBRUARY 08, 2019 00:57 IST The Thane police have busted an alleged inter-State racket where vehicles were stolen from various locations in Maharashtra, stored in Pune, provided with documents from Nagaland, and sold in Karanataka and Rajasthan. Nine people have been arrested. The mastermind, Sandeep Lagoo, posing as a bank recovery agent, had even rented a shed in a Pune farmhouse as a clearing house for the stolen vehicles. On December 10, 2018, Uddhav Sathe, a resident of Vrindavan Society in Thane, registered a complaint with the Rabodi police about the theft of his Mahindra Bolero Pickup. “Unknown to the thieves, the vehicle had a GPS tracker, which we used to trace its movements. We also checked closed circuit television camera footage. We traced the vehicle to a farmhouse in Pune, where we picked up Mr. Lagoo,” senior police inspector Ramrao Somvanshi, Rabodi police station, said. The police then made inquiries with the owner of the farmhouse, a farmer, who said that Mr. Lagoo had approached him around two years ago posing as a bank recovery agent. “Mr. Lagoo told the farmer that he worked in the field of repossessing vehicles of loan defaulters and needed a space to store the vehicles. The duo entered into a legal agreement where Mr. Lagoo would pay monthly rent to the farmer in exchange for using the shed. Using the details in the agreement and based on Mr. Lagoo’s interrogation, we arrested eight more accused,” Mr. Somvanshi said. Over the next one month, the police identified farmers in Karnataka and Rajasthan, who had bought stolen vehicles, most of them pickup trucks and SUVs used for transporting large quantities of produce, without knowing that they were stolen. Joint Commissioner of Police Madhukar Pandey, Thane police, said, “Inquiries have revealed that the accused have stolen 105 vehicles till date: 32 vehicles from Thane city, 12 from Palghar, 4 from Pune city, 3 from Pimpri-Chinchwad, 6 from Pune rural, 8 from Raigad, 1 each from Nashik city and Ahmednagar, 14 from Navi Mumbai, 6 from Thane rural, 14 from Mumbai city, and 4 from the Gujarat police commissionerate. Of them, 80 have been recovered so far.” Investigating officers said the accused would identify vehicles and strike in the middle of the night. “The vehicles would be driven to a garage in Pune where their engine and chassis numbers would be changed. A separate module provided paperwork like RC books registered in Nagaland, and the vehicles would then be driven to Karnataka or Rajasthan, where another module would buy them and then sell them to interested parties,” an officer, who is part of the investigation, said. Besides Mr. Lagoo, the other accused have been identified as Javed Khan, Altaf Qureshi and Mohammed Yusuf Khan and Vinit Madhiwal from Mumbai, Altab Gokak and Sadik Mulla from Karnataka, and Mangilal Jakhad and Ramprasad Inaniya from Rajasthan. Officers said Mr. Lagoo was the mastermind of the racket and had a wide network of agents who would bring orders to him, and that those agents will be nabbed.
2019-02-08Staff clueless about payment centres - Times of India
Staff clueless about payment centres Staff clueless about payment centres TNN | Feb 8, 2019, 14:17 IST PANAJI: Although queues were smaller, consumers continued to line up at electricity department counters to pay their bills on Thursday, after the department asked cooperative societies and banks to stop accepting bill payments from February 1. The Thane Janata Sahakari Bank (TJSB) — the operating unit for the electricity department under the newly introduced Bharat Bill Payment System — set up a counter in addition to the department’s own at Vidyut Bhavan at Panaji, considering the chaos on Monday.
2019-02-08Flamingos & Leopards To Lose Their Home Due To The Bullet Train Project - The Logical Indian
Flamingos & Leopards To Lose Their Home Due To The Bullet Train Project February 8th, 2019 / 3:13 PM India’s much-hyped bullet train project, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in September 2017 in Ahmedabad has faced a lot of obstacles. The current plan is to finish the project by 2022 or 2023. Yet, since the inception of the project, there has been severe allegations of discrepancies in the way the project is being formulated. Last year in September, it was realised that over 1000 farmers would lose their lands without getting a proper compensation package. Now, with the clearance of land for the project, it is found that not only the farmers but flamingos and leopards would lose their homes too. Imposing on Sanjay Gandhi National Park Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan has cleared the wildlife accordance for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad project. The project will now pass from Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary (TCFS) and the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The SGNP is home to about 40-45 leopards. The proposed diversion is of 3.2756 ha of forestland from the Thane Creek Flamingo Wildlife Sanctuary. It also includes a diversion of 97.5189 ha of land close to the boundary of the forest’s protected area, reported The Hindu. According to the records of the meeting, the project got clearance on January 10. Forest clearance is an important part of wildlife clearance. The National Wildlife Board, the apex body that gives clearance to projects for diverting forest land, had already laid down accordance for the Bullet Train project. “We are not at all against the ambitious infrastructure projects being launched by the government and private sector, should they come at the cost of the environment,” The Nature Connect’s director and activist B N Kumar asked, reported Deccan Herald. The National Wildlife Board had asked for a compensation of 10 cr (2% of 500 cr project). They have also asked them to make sure that no debris falls on inside the forest and ‘…providing site and funds for penal plantation of at least 5 times the number of mangroves plants anticipated to be lost in this project..’ Farmers to lose livelihood Earlier, it was found that not only would the livelihoods of thousands of farmers be affected because of the project, but so many villages, families, houses, hospitals and schools will have to change its way of functioning. The farmers said that their land was being taken away from them without their consent. On October 2, farmers across Gujarat protested against the land acquisition. They held a demonstration against the Mudra-SEZ, Adani-SEZ, Gir forest illegal mining, acquisition of land from Bhavnagar to Somnath, Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor, express highway, national highway expansion, expansion between Ahmedabad-Mumbai and the Bullet train project.
2019-02-08Scanty monsoon leaves Thane staring at more water cuts this summer - Hindustan Times
Scanty monsoon leaves Thane staring at more water cuts this summer Updated: Feb 09, 2019 00:06 IST The city may be staring at a serious water crisis this summer. With Thane district receiving insufficient rainfall last monsoon, the civic body said water supply cuts may increase from the existing 36-hours-per-week during April and May. Kalwa, Mumbra, Diva, Wagale Estate and few areas around Ghodbunder Road, already facing water shortage, will be the worst-affected in this crisis. The Thane Municipal Corporation, besides having its own water sources, gets its supply from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and Shahad-Temghar Water Supply Authority (STEM). While the BMC routes water from the Bhatsa and Tansa dams, MIDC and STEM both share supplies from the Barvi Dam. At present STEM has imposed a shutdown every Wednesday while the MIDC does so every Friday. A civic official from TMC’s water department, requesting anonymity, said STEM’s 22% shutdown implied water would not be available for thirty hours each week. “But supply actually stops two hours before stipulated time and resumes two to four hours after shutdown period to maintain pressure. This means water supply is cut for at least 36 hours each week,” he said. The official also said MIDC’s 16% shutdown period implied water supply would be cut for 21 hours each week. “But this again extends to 25 or 26 hours. Kalwa, Mumbra, Diva, Kharegaon, Wagale Estate and some parts of Ghodbunder Road are badly affected by this. The BMC has not yet imposed any shut down, so there are no water cuts in areas of Kopri and Tekadi Bunglow.” The official confirmed that shutdown periods would only increase in the coming months. Several residents said a water supply cut on Tuesday is resumed only by Thursday. The pressure is so low that it takes at least a whole day to resume normal flow. In most areas, if there is a shutdown on Friday, it is resumed only on Sunday. Several areas receive water only three times a week. Sandeep Patil, 25, resident of Wagale Estate said, “It is difficult to get our daily chores done. I reside with three other flatmates and none of us are home when the water supply is resumed to store it. We try saving more water during the weekends, though we fear the situation will be worse in summer.” Another resident Shashikant Dandekar, 60, Kharegaon said, “We receive adequate water supply merely twice a week, while there is no water supply for two days. The pressure is so low on the other days, it is difficult to store it.” An official from the irrigation department, however, said he could not comment on the planned increase in shutdown time. “Water levels in the three dams — Bhatsa, Barvi and Andra — are 10% lower than they were the same time last year. Last year, they were 70-72% full and this year, they are 61% of their total capacity,” he said. The official also said the irrigation department has planned to use available resources till July 15 and shutdowns would increase or decrease depending on other factors such as evaporation of water and demand.
2019-02-08Thane: Gang of vehicle thieves busted, nine held - The Indian Express
Thane: Gang of vehicle thieves busted, nine held Updated: February 8, 2019 8:07:03 am With the arrest of nine persons on Wednesday, the Thane police on Thursday claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves, who allegedly stole more than 170 vehicles from Maharashtra and Gujarat over several months. The police have seized 80 vehicles and are looking for over 25 others that were sold in other states, sources said. Advertising The police said the gang’s activities came to light when a pick-up vehicle was stolen from Rabodi. “The vehicle’s owner, Uddhav Sathe, got an FIR lodged. We found the vehicle in Pune, where several other vehicles were parked too,” said a senior officer. DCP (Zone I) D S Swami said, “We sent out five teams and they arrested nine persons involved in the theft.” The accused have been identified as Sandeep Lagu, Sadiq Mulla, Altab Gokak, Vineet Madhiwal, Mangilal Jakhad, Ramprasad Inaniya, Javed Khan, Altab Qureshi and Mohammad Yousuf Naim Khan. “Only two of them are from Mumbai, the rest are from Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. They used to break into parked vehicles and steal them. The vehicles were stored in a godown in Pune, where either the vehicles’ engines were changed or fake RC books prepared in Nagaland. These vehicles were then given on rent or sold as second hand vehicles in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and other states,” Swami said. The 80 seized vehicles included pick-up trucks, SUVs and sedans, all stolen from Maharashtra and Gujarat, police said. “Upon interrogation, we realised that this gang had stolen vehicles from Thane, Navi Mumbai, Palghar, Mumbai, Nashik, Pune and Ahmednagar, among others. Most cars have been stolen from Thane,” a senior officer said. The accused were on Thursday remanded to Thane police’s custody. “We are interrogating them to find out where the other stolen vehicles are. Some of them have been given out on rent,” the officer said.
2019-02-07Mother, aunt booked for allegedly burning minor with candle in Thane - Devdiscourse
Mother, aunt booked for allegedly burning minor with candle in Thane Updated: 07-02-2019 11:19 IST Created: 07-02-2019 11:07 IST A five-year-old girl's mother and aunt have been booked for allegedly burning the minor with candle for her mischievous behaviour in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Thursday. The family lived in Roadpali village of Navi Mumbai town. The girl's mother, Anita Yadav, and her paternal aunt Rinki Yadav were apparently annoyed with the minor for playing in the house and creating mischief, Kalamboli police station's senior inspector Satish Gaikwad said. They allegedly burnt the child with candle, causing injuries all over her body, he said. The girl's father, a vegetable vendor, on Wednesday lodged a complaint, based on which the two women were booked under relevant provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, the official said. No arrest was made so far, he said, adding that a probe was underway.
2019-02-07'Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon' on 10 February, 2019 - Business Wire India
‘Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon’ on 10 February, 2019 February 7, 2019 11:42AM IST The seventh edition of the flagship event, Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon (HTHM) will be flagged off on February 10, 2019 from Hiranandani Estate, Thane. This year, the thought process takes the event beyond, from being just a sport-related event through linking the fitness conscious aspect with healthy individuals, in turn creating better communities. The event will be flagged-off at 5:45 am by Mr. Rahul Bose, Actor and Celebrity Marathon Runner, along with Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani. The awards distribution ceremony will be held at ‘The Walk’, Hiranandani Estate, Thane from 8.30 am onwards, and apart from Mr Rahul Bose, the organizers have invited eminent personalities to do the honors. The event aims at encouraging citizens to follow healthy living lifestyle. “The purpose of the event is to promote Community Living, Holistic Living and Healthy Living,” said Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, Founder and MD, Hiranandani Group. No longer is the individual uni-dimensional. Running is the expression of forbearance and a reflection of one’s conquering spirit. The Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon (HTHM) as an annual event, allows participants to explore their multi-dimensional personalities, helping create better individuals that in turn create better communities, he added. Espousing the concept of ‘Running for Expression’, the seventh edition of the Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon, which has been recognized by Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, will have three categories. First, the Half Marathon, which will have runners going for 21.097km. The second is the ‘Green Run’, which is 10 kms. Then, the ‘Pillsbury Family Run’, which is 4 kms. A part of the registration fee collected from participants is donated to charitable institutions that carry out social causes. This year, ‘Mumbai Aswamedh’ and ‘The Foundation’ are the Charity Partners for the event.
2019-02-07Thane police bust car-lifters' syndicate - Times of India
Thane police bust car-lifters' syndicate Feb 8, 2019, 03:28 IST THANE: A stolen pick-up vans’s Global Positioning System (GPS) led the city police to bust a pan-India syndicate of car-lifters and detected as many as 105 cases of car-theft and seized nearly 80 four-wheelers worth Rs 3.40 crore. Perhaps, this is the first such case in the state wherein such a big racket has been busted in the recent past. The gang ran a very systematic racket and operated in various states Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajastan and the Nagaland from the north-east region and running the racket for nearly seven years, the police said. The police said that the mastermind of the racket--Sandeep Lagu from Mumbai roped in other accused Sadique Mulla, Altaf Gokak, both from Belgaum, Karnataka, Vinit Madhiwal, resident of Mumbai, Mangilal Jhakad, Nagore, Rajastan, Ramprasad Inania, of Nagore, Rajastan, Javed aka Bablu Mukhtar Khan, Altaf Qureshi, and Mohmmad Yusuf Nayeem Khan, from Pratapgadh, Uttar Pradesh, said Madhukar Pandey, the joint commissioner of police. Pandey added during their probe they could get details of a total of 176 four-wheeler thefts and their technical details and so far they have unearthed a total of 105 theft cases and recovered a total of 80 vehicles from the arrested accused. DS Swamy, the deputy commissioner of police (zone-1) said that the police first received a complaint in December 2018 of the theft of a Mahindra Bolero Pick up from the city’s Rabodi area. During the investigations, the police traced the jeep with the help of GPS to a godwon in Pune and seized it. “The man who purchased the vehicle was questioned who led the police to track the chain of the accused. They used to get the demand of the four-wheeler accordingly the accused used to click the pics, once they get the clearance from the buyer, they would then rob the cars,” Swamy said. After stealing the vehicle they took it to a godown in Pune, later they obtained a fake Registration Certificate (RC) book for the same from Nagaland and later changed the engine and chasis and sold it in Belgaum of Karnataka and Rajastan, Swamy added. The accused Lagu came in touch with the other accused in a theft case registered in 2014 and roped in others. The police had formed a total of five teams to trace the gang members and finally zeroed on them. The accused had special liking and demand for Bolero pickup vans as they a total of 69 Mahindra Pickup vans, 08 Mahindra Bolero SLX, one each Verna, Honda City, and Breeza was seized. These vehicles have been seized from Rajastan, Karnataka, Pune and Mumbai, said Mahesh Jadhav, the investigation officer. They were being kept in the godown at Pune and later dispatched after modifications to the different destinations for sale. Out of 105 cases theft detected, 32 are from Thane city, 14 each from Navi Mumbai and Mumbai city, 12 from Palghar, 8 from Raigad, 6 each from Thane and Pune Rural, 4 each from Pune city, and Gujrat, 3 from PimpriChinchwad and one each from Nashik City and Ahmednagar the officer said.
2019-02-07Metro-4 works to impact 500 trees in Thane - The Asian Age
Metro-4 works to impact 500 trees in Thane Published : Feb 8, 2019, 2:04 am IST Mumbai: Mulund and Thane city may lose a large chunk of green cover as more than 500 trees are slated to be removed for the metro construction work. According to the latest public notice issued by the Thane municipal corporation (TMC), around 491 trees will be removed from between Checknaka and Majiwada for Metro 4 works. The public notice also stated that while 478 trees will be transplanted, 13 trees would be chopped and 72 trees will be trimmed. However, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), the implementing body for the metro, stated that it has been trying to transplant more trees rather than completely cutting them. “Some trees interfering in the alignment, among which we are trying to transplant as many as we can. This has also caused some delay in work. We are also looking for bigger sites for replanting the trees under compensatory plantation,” said an MMRDA official. In a Right to Information (RTI) query, it was revealed that 4,388 trees are slated to be removed for the complete 32.32 km Metro-4 project, also known as Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasar-vadali. Among this, 871 trees will be cut and 2265 trees will be transplanted. “This is against the detailed project report (DPR), which stated that only 450 trees will be affected by the project in Thane. The TMC is also disclosing complete information about how many trees among the 4388 trees will be affected in Thane,” said Rohit Joshi, Thane-based activist. According to the MMRDA official, the work of Metro-4 has already been delayed, despite the construction commencing in 2018, due to the absence of tree-cutting approval by the Brihanmumbai Muni-cipal Corporation (BMC) for the trees in Mumbai. The Bombay high court had earlier restrained the Tree Authority of the BMC to give further tree-cutting permissions till the authority is legally constituted. The contract for the Metro-4 project had been awarded jointly to Reliance-Astaldi joint venture (JV), CHEC-Tata Projects JV and Simplex.
2019-02-07Govt relief for quake-hit houses in Palghar - Times of India
Govt relief for quake-hit houses in Palghar Feb 7, 2019, 05:39 IST MUMBAI: The Palghar collector on Wednesday announced compensation for houses that have got damaged in Dahanu and Talasari talukas ever since tremors hit the district in November last year. Collector Dr Prashant Narnaware said around 1,400 mud and brick houses will be compensated by the state. Houses constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awaaz Yojana in Dahanu and Talasari will henceforth be earthquake resistant, added Narnaware. The family of Vaibhavi Bhuyal (2), who died after tripping when tremor struck her village Haladpada in Talasari on Friday, will be compensated under the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, the collector said. Narnaware told mediapersons a structural audit is being taken up to check for probable cracks in dams, roads, bridges and other structures in Dahanu and Talasari. All zilla parishad schools will also be inspected. Authorities have sought Rs 1.82 crore from the state to repair the 52-year-old earthfill (built by compacting successive layers of earth) Daapcheri (Kurje) dam. Narnavare said though no cracks have developed on the dam, they plan to carry out civil work before monsoon.
2019-02-07Mother, aunt booked for burning five-year-old girl with candle | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Mother, aunt booked for burning five-year-old girl with candle 7th February, 2019 THANE: A five-year-old girl's mother and aunt have been booked for allegedly burning the minor with candle for her mischievous behaviour in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Thursday. The family lived in Roadpali village of Navi Mumbai town. The girl's mother, Anita Yadav, and her paternal aunt Rinki Yadav were apparently annoyed with the minor for playing in the house and creating mischief, Kalamboli police station's senior inspector Satish Gaikwad said. They allegedly burnt the child with candle, causing injuries all over her body, he said.The girl's father, a vegetable vendor, on Wednesday lodged a complaint, based on which the two women were booked under relevant provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, the official said. No arrest was made so far, he said, adding that a probe was underway.
2019-02-07Mumbai: 37 RTO officers suspended for ‘lapses’ now reinstated - Times of India
Mumbai: 37 RTO officers suspended for ‘lapses’ now reinstated Feb 8, 2019, 03:37 IST MUMBAI: The state government on Thursday reinstated 37 regional transport office (RTO) officers who were suspended last September for procedural lapses in allotment of fitness certificates to private vehicles. They include 13 from Mumbai metropolitan region (six in Thane and seven in Panvel). An official said charge-sheets, after a departmental inquiry, had been served to them, and action will be taken as per government directives. “As part of the departmental action, they can only be suspended for a maximum 90 days, but in this case, they were suspended for over 120 days. The next action will depend on the view the government takes on the charge-sheet that was filed after a probe was conducted,” said an official from the transport minister’s office. He also said that there was a Supreme Court order that stipulated that a government employee can be suspended pending a probe for not more than 90 days. A senior transport official said the reinstated officers will not be given their previous postings, but have been shuffled across various locations in the state. Following directions by Bombay high court, hearing a PIL filed by Shrikant Karve, a Right to Information (RTI) activist from Pune, the department had last year conducted checks at Yavatmal, Pune, Kolhapur, Thane, Panvel and Aurangabad RTOs and found that rules were being flouted. Twenty-eight motor vehicle inspectors and nine assistant inspectors of motor vehicles were suspended. The court had last year slammed the state for “gross breach” of its orders for conducting fitness tests on vehicles. Officers were reportedly pulled up for “disregard for the Central and state motor vehicle rules” meant for the safety of citizens, sources said. Karve had alleged before court that several commercial vehicles were being cleared by RTO without mandatory tests, and fitness certificates were being issued without following proper procedures. A thorough fitness test of commercial vehicles ensures safety of passengers and prevents mishaps. “One reason for fatal mishaps has been the pathetic condition of commercial vehicles and technical failures, leading to accidents,” said an official. As per court directives, state transport commissioner Shekhar Channe had expedited the process of setting up 250 metre mandatory brake test tracks at all RTOs. “Of the 50, we have set up tracks at 42 RTOs,” he had announced during the launch of Road Safety Week on Monday.
2019-02-07District cooling system aimed at future energy needs: Experts - Times of India
District cooling system aimed at future energy needs: Experts Updated: Feb 8, 2019, 09:51 IST RAJKOT: The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) jointly organized a workshop with International Solar Alliance on ‘Cooling Smart cities: The arrival of district energy in India” on Thursday. UN Environment India head Atul Bagai, additional director of International Solar Alliance, Rajeev Gyani and chief secretary JN Singh also participate in the event. Indian’s first district cooling system has been installed at GIFT city in Gandhinagar and now Rajkot, Bhopal, Coimbatore, Pune and Thane are in the process to install this system under smart city initiative. The district cooling system will be installed at Raiya greenfield smart city planned under the Centre’s Smart City Mission across 930 acres. J N Singh said, “The state government targets to produce 5,000 MW solar energy and for that district cooling system will be helpful.” India head of UN Environment Atul Bagai said, “In India the demand of AC and electricity is increasing. We need to reduce the carbon emission. The district cooling system is effective solution.”
2019-02-07Is Terror Plot Suspects planned to poison prasad at Mumbra temple - Mid-Day
Is Terror Plot: Suspects 'planned' to poison prasad at Mumbra temple Feb 07, 2019, 08:10 IST An Investigation by the Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has revealed that the 10 IS suspects arrested last month were planning to poison the mahaprasad (holy offering) at the 400-year-old Mumbra-based Shree Mumbreshwar Mandir Trust, among other terrorist activities planned across Mumbai. According to police sources, an ATS team visited the temple with one of the arrested accused, Talha Potrik, on January 28 where Potrik narrated how and what had been planned. According to temple trustee Hiralal Gupta, the ATS team took the suspect to the kitchen and also sought details of the catering staff present during the Shrimadh Bhagwat Katha organised in December 2018. Around 40,000 devotees consumed the prasad on this day, he added. Sources revealed that since Potrik's mission failed on the day of the Katha, he had decided to execute it on March 4 - Mahashivratri - when thousands of people would visit the temple. "We have written to the Thane police commissioner and asked for a bandobast during mega-events," said Gupta. Civic hospitals targeted Investigations also revealed that a BMC-run hospital in South Mumbai was on the radar of the accused. Sources in the police said that the Whatsapp chats on a group called Ummat-E-Mohammadia have been recovered along with conversations of Jainam Kuttepadi, working with Mumbai Central-based BMC hospital as a pharmacist, with one of the alleged IS handlers. Kuttepadi had also allegedly told the ATS that he had planned to test a chemical poison in a BMC hospital by pouring it into medicines. Who would do what On December 24, the suspects had allegedly organised a meeting at Aurangabad to plan the lone-wolf attacks (carried out by a single person without assistance) simultaneously. Sarfaraz Ahmad, a driver, had allegedly planned a France-like attack (ramming a heavy vehicle into a dense crowd). Taki Khan's alleged plan was to make an IED bomb with a juvenile suspect's help and act as a suicide bomber in an area with a large foreign nationals' crowd. Mohsin Khan had, according to the police, studied the water pipelines and dams in Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan and even a 75 lakh-litre unmanned water tank in Aurangabad. The police said that he planned to mix poison into these reservoirs and have also recovered some related pictures from his laptop. A knife has been recovered from accused Salman Khan. Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's sharpshooter Rashid Malabari's son and another IS suspect Mazhar Sheikh had the alleged responsibility of everyone's safe escape from India, into Nepal.
2019-02-07Hawker dies while fleeing TMC team - Mumbai Mirror
Hawker dies while fleeing TMC team Updated: Feb 7, 2019, 06:00 IST A 45-year-old hawker died after he allegedly suffered a heart attack while fleeing with his merchandise after the Thane Municipal Corporation reached the spot to evict illegal vendors from a street in Kasarvadavali area. The incident happened at around 11.15 am on Wednesday. The police said Farid Ahmed Khan, 45, aresident of Vijay Park Road, Kasarvadavali, Thane West, had a chappal stall at Kasarvadavali junction near Yashraj Park. According to the police, the TMC officials were on their way to carry out a survey under their anti-encroachment drive when Khan noticed them. “Seeing the TMC vehicle, the hawkers started running away. Khan also picked up his belongings, loaded them on a hand cart and ran away from the spot. About 100 metres from the spot, he felt uneasy. A 14-year-old boy who heard Khan’s shouts for help informed his wife, rushed him to a nearby hospital,” Datta Dhole, Senior Inspector of Kasarvadavali police station, told Mirror. “My uncle got scared as the TMC officials have been carrying out several drives against illegal hawkers. He had been sitting at the place for the past 20 years. He has two sons and four daughters,” said Amjad Khan a relative of Farid. “The post-mortem was carried out in Thane Civic Hospital in which, prima facie, heart attack was found to be the cause of death,” said Dhole.
2019-02-07Man Drains Phone Battery Playing PUBG, Attacks Fiancee's Brother In Anger - NDTV News
Man Drains Phone Battery Playing PUBG, Attacks Fiancee's Brother In Anger Updated: February 17, 2019 09:41 IST THANE: A man was allegedly attacked with a knife by his sister's fiance after the latter drained out his mobile phone battery playing an online game and could not get a charger, Thane police said Saturday. The incident happened on February 7 but a case of attempt to murder was registered by Kolshewadi police in Maharashtra's Thane district on Thursday, an official said. "Rajnish Rajbar drained out his phone battery playing Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). When he could not get a charger, he picked up a quarrel in the house and attacked his would-be wife's brother Om Bavdhankar with a knife," the official said. He said the accused has not been arrested as yet and probe into the incident was underway.
2019-02-078 of inter-state gang of car lifters held, 80 vehicles seized - The Tribune India
8 of inter-state gang of car lifters held, 80 vehicles seized Posted at: Feb 7, 2019, 4:56 PM Nine members of an inter-state gang of car lifters, who allegedly stole more than 100 vehicles from several states, have been arrested by Thane police, a senior official said on Thursday. As many as 80 cars valued at around Rs 3.4 crore were seized from Pune, Mumbai (in Maharashtra), and some places in Rajastan and Karnataka, Thane's Joint Commissioner of Police Madhukar Pandey told reporters here. The gang operated in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan and the north-east region, he said. During the probe, the police got information about the gang's involvement in theft of around 170 vehicles, he said. The police first received a complaint in December 2018 of theft of a car from Thane city. During the investigation into it, they traced the vehicle to Pune and seized it. All the nine accused were subsequently nabbed in the last few days for their alleged involvement in various cases of car thefts, Pandey said. The modus operandi of the gang was to first steal the vehicle, take it to a godown in Pune, and then obtain a fake RC (registration certificate) book for it from Nagaland. They would later change details of the car's engine and chassis before selling the vehicles in Belgaum (Karnataka) and Rajasthan, the police official said. Following their arrest, the accused were produced in a local court which remanded them in police custody till February 14, he added.
2019-02-07Govt relief for quake-hit houses in Palghar | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Govt relief for quake-hit houses in Palghar 7th February, 2019 MUMBAI: The Palghar collector on Wednesday announced compensation for houses that have got damaged in Dahanu and Talasari talukas ever since tremors hit the district in November last year. Collector Dr Prashant Narnaware said around 1,400 mud and brick houses will be compensated by the state. Narnavare said though no cracks have developed on the dam, they plan to carry out civil work before monsoon. All zilla parishad schools will also be inspected. Authorities have sought Rs 1.82 crore from the state to repair the 52-year-old earthfill (built by compacting successive layers of earth) Daapcheri (Kurje) dam. Sandhya Nair Houses constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awaaz Yojana in Dahanu and Talasari will henceforth be earthquake resistant, added Narnaware. The family of Vaibhavi Bhuyal (2), who died after tripping when tremor struck her village Haladpada in Talasari on Friday, will be compensated under the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, the collector said. Narnaware told media persons a structural audit is being taken up to check for probable cracks in dams, roads, bridges and other structures in Dahanu and Talasari.
2019-02-07Last stop: Most track deaths in 2018 at Borivali, Mankhurd, Thane - Daily News & Analysis
Last stop: Most track deaths in 2018 at Borivali, Mankhurd, Thane Updated: Feb 7, 2019, 06:15 AM IST As per the statistics obtained through an RTI application, the stations at Thane, Mankhurd and Borivali feature at the top of the list of suburban railway stations on the central, harbour and western lines, respectively, where the most track deaths occurred last year. As per the response to a Right To Information (RTI) plea filed by railway activist Samir Zaveri, more number of women died on rail tracks in 2018 as compared to the year before. The Central Railway, which carries 42 lakh people every day, saw a marginal rise in the number of deaths from 2017. Last year, the fatalities stood at 1,933 while in 2017, there were 1,928 people who lost their lives. On WR, the number of people who died dropped from 1,086 in 2017 to 1,048 in 2018. Overall on the suburban section, there was a drop in the number of track deaths in 2018 — down to 2,981 from 3,014 in 2017. Death from people slipping in the gap between the train and platform has dropped, after the railways increased the height of platform from 720 mm to 900 mm. Sources said that one of the biggest reasons behind the deaths take place at these stations is overcrowding, especially during peak hours. Apart from that, people trespassing on the tracks also remains a major reason for deaths on tracks. The three key stations are the ones where lakhs of passengers board and alight across the city. "The biggest reason for these deaths is overcrowded coaches of local trains. There is a need for introducing more 15-car coaches," said Zaveri. According to last year's statistics, 711 people died after falling from moving trains, while 19 people died after hitting poles while they were poised dangerously on the train's footboard. In 2017, the figures stood at 654 and 12, respectively. The railway authorities say that they are constructing a series of foot overbridges with escalators and lifts at a number of key stations so that passengers do not cross tracks to avoid climbing the staircase to change platforms. They are also building boundary walls but the local slum dwellers keep breaking it down, officials said.
2019-02-07Censor Board member duped of Rs 3 lakh by woman who promised high-end car at cheap rate - Mumbai Mirror
Censor Board member duped of Rs 3 lakh by woman who promised high-end car at cheap rate Updated: Feb 8, 2019, 00:45 IST A Censor board advisory panel member's dream to drive in a high-end vehicle ended with a lady who duped him of Rs 2.85 lakh on the pretext of selling a vehicle. The lady identified as Deepti Mulik, a resident of Mahim, has been arrested by the Thane Crime branch. Kiran M Shah, a resident of Thane, registered an FIR with Thane crime branch on Thursday. Shah was looking for a good high-end vehicle, and got in touch with Deepti, through one of his friend. On his first meeting with Deepti, she convinced the Censor board member to buy a Skoda at the cost of Rs 8 lakh only. Without verifying her credentials, Shah made the first instalment of Rs 2 lakh to her. "In the beginning I got convinced about the deal as I was getting a good deal, and I paid her in three instalments, first Rs 2 lakh 50 thousand, and then Rs 35, 000. For the payments, she gave me the bill for Rs 30 lakh of Surat Sokhada branch. When I inquired about it, she told me it was by mistake and then gave me a new bill from Kiren Automobiles for Rs 3 lakh," Kiran Shah told Mirror. "All the transactions were done from my office, and it was photographed and videographed also. I gave her all the papers required and finalised the deal with her," Shah said. Shah said he was told that the vehicle would be delivered to him in 15 days time. "After few days I requested her for my choice number and registration, for which she then demanded Rs 1,50, 000 and here I got a little worried about the deal," he added. Shah said that he started inquiring about her." First I called the Surat Showroom, and asked them about the delivery of my vehicle, and I was told that no vehicle was booked in my name. After realising that I was tricked, I got in touch with the Thane crime branch, and informed them about this lady. With the help of the cops I called her and asked her to take the remaining balance. When she met me to collect the remaining balance cops arrested her," he said. Sources in Thane police told Mirror that Deepti had earlier duped many people, and few cases were registered against her in Bandup police station. "We have arrested her and the investigation is going on," said a police official. A Censor board advisory panel member's dream to drive in a high-end vehicle ended with a lady who duped him of Rs 2.85 lakh on the pretext of selling a vehicle.
2019-02-07Cities plan for water security as demand rises - Community Impact Newspaper
2019-02-07Mumbai: For local trains, level crossings remain leading cause of delays - Times of India
Mumbai: For local trains, level crossings remain leading cause of delays Updated: Feb 7, 2019, 05:49 IST MUMBAI: Every year almost 10,000 trains are delayed on the suburban network because level crossings still exist in the 21st century. Level crossing gates remain open for several minutes at a time, multiple times a day, for road traffic to move across railway lines. A total of 45,818 trains were delayed from April to January in 2018-19 compared to the 53,207 in the corresponding period in 2017-18. While the reasons varied, the top cause for loss of punctuality was level crossings, responsible for delaying 9,637 trains till end of January in 2018-19 compared to 10,579 trains in the same period in 2017-18. The Central Railway (CR) has level crossings at Diva, Kopar, Mumbra, Chunabhatti and even Kurla. Failure to shut the gates on time, especially during peak hour, leads to loss of punctuality. The gates remain open for at least two minutes and many a time, four minutes. All gates open 80 times a day. Officials said that taken together the gates remained open at least four hours daily. The railways can offer 100 more services in the crowded Thane-Kalyan belt if the state helps eliminate level crossings and speeds up the laying of the fifth and sixth lines from Thane to Diva. CR officials said that at Kalwa and Ambivli work on the road over-bridge (ROB) was completed on the railways portion but the local civic bodies had not completed the work on the approaches. CR chief PRO Sunil Udasi said 51 ROB works had been identified for execution at level crossing sites across the state by the Maharashtra Railway Infrastructure Development, a joint venture of the state and the railways. Problems related to signal and telecommunications were the second leading cause of delays.
2019-02-07Last stop: Most track deaths in 2018 at Borivali, Mankhurd, Thane | Mumbai NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Last stop: Most track deaths in 2018 at Borivali, Mankhurd, Thane 7th February, 2019 Overall on the suburban section, there was a drop in the number of track deaths in 2018 — down to 2,981 from 3,014 in 2017. As per the statistics obtained through an RTI application, the stations at Thane, Mankhurd and Borivali feature at the top of the list of suburban railway stations on the central, harbour and western lines, respectively, where the most track deaths occurred last year. The Central Railway, which carries 42 lakh people every day, saw a marginal rise in the number of deaths from 2017. Apart from that, people trespassing on the tracks also remains a major reason for deaths on tracks. On WR, the number of people who died dropped from 1,086 in 2017 to 1,048 in 2018.
2019-02-07Mother, aunt booked for burning five-year-old girl with candle - Times of India
Mother, aunt booked for burning five-year-old girl with candle Updated: Feb 7, 2019, 23:18 IST THANE: A five-year-old girl's mother and aunt have been booked for allegedly burning the minor with candle for her mischievous behaviour in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Thursday. The family lived in Roadpali village of Navi Mumbai town. The girl's mother, Anita Yadav, and her paternal aunt Rinki Yadav were apparently annoyed with the minor for playing in the house and creating mischief, Kalamboli police station's senior inspector Satish Gaikwad said. They allegedly burnt the child with candle, causing injuries all over her body, he said. The girl's father, a vegetable vendor, on Wednesday lodged a complaint, based on which the two women were booked under relevant provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, the official said. No arrest was made so far, he said, adding that a probe was underway.
2019-02-07BMC taps private docs to meet MR vaccine target - Times of India
BMC taps private docs to meet MR vaccine target Updated: Feb 8, 2019, 05:37 IST MUMBAI: Considering that only 67% of the intended children have taken the measles rubella vaccine in a drive that started on November 27, the BMC is trying to reach out to the rest through private pediatricians. From Tuesday, the BMC, as well as civic bodies such as the Thane corporation, began offering the MR vaccine at clinics of some pediatricians. “Our officials go to the doctor’s clinic at a pre-decided date and give the vaccine,” BMC’s assistant health officer Dr C Chiplunkar said. BMC officials have also started going to housing colonies to offer the vaccine. The BMC had estimated 29 lakh children in the ‘9 months to 15 years’ age-group needed the MR vaccine in Mumbai, but only 19.5 lakh children were vaccinated till Wednesday. The ongoing MR drive was undertaken as apart of the Centre’s campaign to free India of the two viral diseases by 2020. About 2.7 crore children across Maharashtra have been given the vaccine since November, accounting for almost 90% of the targeted population. “As parents trust their children’s pediatricians, we have asked Indian Academy of Pediatrics to coordinate with its members in areas with poor turnout,” a BMC official said. As refusals were high in the Andheri area, BMC officials started offering the free vaccine at two hospitals there on Tuesdays and Saturdays. “On Tuesday, we had 15 children opting for the vaccine at my nursing home in Andheri West,” said pediatrician Dr Indu Khosla. There is a need to ensure at least 90% of the intended children in the city get the vaccine for it to be effective in eliminating the viral diseases. “If we can’t vaccinate 90% of children, all efforts so far would be a waste,” Dr Khosla said. BMC officials said they are identifying more pediatricians. In Thane, pediatrician Makarand Joshi sent an SMS to all his patients’ parents, stating the government’s MR vaccine would be given at his Chiranjeevi hospital between 10am and 2pm on February 8 and 9. WHO’s surveillance official Dr Meeta Vashi said the tie-up with pediatricians was the second part of the drive. “The first phase was with schools.” Mumbai is not the worst as far as refusals go; Bhiwandi and Aurangabad have had a worse response."
2019-02-07Thane: 45-year-old hawker dies of heart attack while trying to escape TMC officials on anti-encroachment drive - Free Press Journal
Thane: 45-year-old hawker dies of heart attack while trying to escape TMC officials on anti-encroachment drive February 7, 2019 11:31 am In a shocking incident, on Wednesday a 45-year-old hawker died after he allegedly suffered a heart attack while fleeing. The hawker was fleeing after the Thane Municipal Corporation were evicting illegal vendors from the street in Kasarvadavali area. According to Mumbai Mirror, the 45-year-old hawker has been identified as Farid Ahmed Khan, who is a resident of Vijay Park Road, Kasarvadavali, Thane. Khan had a chappal stall at Kasarvadavali junction near Yashraj Park. The incident took place on Wednesday around 11.15 am, when TMC officials were carrying out a survey under their anti-encroachment drive. After seeing TMC officials, the hawkers in the area started running away. Even Khan picked up his belongings and ran away from the spot. But, after running for a little while Khan felt uneasy. A 14-year-old boy, who heard Khan shouting for help, informed his (Khan’s) wife and after which he was rushed to the hospital. Amjad Khan, a relative of Farid, told the leading daily, “My uncle got scared as the TMC officials have been carrying out several drives against illegal hawkers. He had been sitting at the place for the past 20 years. He has two sons and four daughters.” The post mortem report has revealed that Khan died due to heart attack.
2019-02-07Girl, 5, Allegedly Burned With Candle By Mother, Aunt In Thane - NDTV News
Girl, 5, Allegedly Burned With Candle By Mother, Aunt In Thane Updated: February 07, 2019 15:17 IST THANE: A woman and her sister-in-law in Thane district of Maharashtra have been charged with burning her daughter with candle for misbehaving, police said on Thursday. The family lived in Roadpali village of Navi Mumbai town. The girl's mother, Anita Yadav, and her paternal aunt Rinki Yadav were apparently angry with her for playing inside the house and misbehaving, senior police officer Satish Gaikwad said. They allegedly burned the child with candle, causing injuries all over her body, he said. The girl's father, a vegetable vendor, on Wednesday lodged a complaint, based on which the two women were charged under relevant provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, the official said. No arrest was made so far, he said, adding that a probe was underway
2019-02-06Thane Crime Youth escapes from RPF custody in hospital - Mid-Day
Thane Crime: Youth escapes from RPF custody in hospital Feb 06, 2019, 19:25 IST | PTI A youth booked in a theft case by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) escaped from Thane civil hospital while undergoing an age confirmation test, police said Wednesday. A Thane police official said the youth escaped by jumping off the window of a X-ray room of the hospital while the escort personnel waited outside on Tuesday afternoon. The youth, who was booked under section 3 of the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1966, was taken to the hospital by the RPF for an ossification test on directions of the juvenile court in Bhiwandi. A case has been registered by Thane Nagar police under section 224 (Resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension) of the IPC on a complaint of the RPF team, the official said.
2019-02-06Kalyan: 20-year-old falls off crowded train, dies - Times of India
Kalyan: 20-year-old falls off crowded train, dies Feb 7, 2019, 05:26 IST KALYAN: Overcrowding of local trains claimed yet another life on Wednesday after a 20-year-old fell off a local between Dombivli and Kopar stations during peak hour and died. The victim, identified as Nitendra Yadav, was a resident of Gograswadi area in Dombivli (East). The accident took place when Yadav took the 9.30 am local to go to his office in Mumbai. A Dombivli GRP official said since the train was packed, Yadav was hanging on to the door when he lost his foothold and fell before Kopar station. Fellow commuters raised an alarm after which those seated inside pulled the chain and informed the motorman, who contacted the Dombivli GRP. Local GRP officials rushed Yadav to Shastri Nagar Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Satish Pawar, senior police inspector of Dombivli GRP said, "Preliminary probe shows the youth fell due to overcrowding. We are investigating further." The pressure on local trains became evident in November 2015 after a video of a 21-year-old IT professional Bhavesh Nakate begging for space before falling to his death from a fast-moving local went viral, causing outrage in the city.
2019-02-06Youth booked in theft case escapes from RPF custody in Thane hospital - Devdiscourse
Youth booked in theft case escapes from RPF custody in Thane hospital Updated: 06-02-2019 15:58 IST A youth booked in a theft case by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) escaped from Thane civil hospital while undergoing an age confirmation test, police said Wednesday. A Thane police official said the youth escaped by jumping off the window of a X-ray room of the hospital while the escort personnel waited outside on Tuesday afternoon. The youth, who was booked under section 3 of the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1966, was taken to the hospital by the RPF for an ossification test on directions of the juvenile court in Bhiwandi. A case has been registered by Thane Nagar police under section 224 (Resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension) of the IPC on a complaint of the RPF team, the official said.
2019-02-06Karnataka man booked for allegedly attempting to kill relative in Thane - Devdiscourse
Karnataka man booked for allegedly attempting to kill relative in Thane Updated: 06-02-2019 12:59 IST A 45-year-old man from Karnataka has been booked by city police for allegedly attempting to kill a relative in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Wednesday. The victim, Dundappa Katti Mani (60), lived along with his family at a construction site on Ghodbunder Road here. His niece was married to the accused, Ashok Harijan, a resident of Bijapur district in Karnataka, a police official said. However, since Harijan used to harass his wife, Mani brought his niece and her three children to Thane around six months back, he said. The accused also came to Mani's place a few days back and demanded that his wife return with him to Karnataka. However, the victim refused to allow his niece to go with the accused following which the two men had a quarrel over it on Tuesday night, he said. Harijan, in a fit of anger, allegedly attacked Mani with a knife, injuring him seriously, the official said. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital and a case was registered against the accused under Indian Penal Code Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation). No arrest has been made so far, he added.
2019-02-06Thane: 61-year-old man arrested for stalking, molesting woman - Times Now
Thane: 61-year-old man arrested for stalking, molesting woman Updated Feb 06, 2019 | 16:49 IST | Thane: A 61-year-old man was arrested for allegedly harassing and stalking a woman in Thane city. The incident happened on Monday in Naupada area. Thane court has sent the accused to judicial custody and the victim works as a domestic help. As per the police complaint, a 60-year-old woman, who worked as domestic help was being followed by the accused, Prakash Mhatre, and he was harassing her from the past four months in the Makhmali Lake area. The victim had quit her job due to the constant harassment meted out by the stalker. On February 4, at around 11 AM, the victim was travelling in Court Naka area and it was then that the accused molested her and ran away. The woman alleged that when she was walking on the road in Naupada area on Monday, the accused came to her and touched her inappropriately. Due to this, the angry victim hit the accused with a tiffin box and tried to catch him but he ran away from the spot. A passing auto-rickshaw driver asked the victim about what had happened and the lady told him about the incident. Later, auto driver and victim followed the accused and caught Mhatre. The woman then reached a police station and filed a complaint. Based on the complaint, the accused was arrested and a case was registered under section 354 and 354 (d) of the Indian Penal Code.
2019-02-06Minor accused flees hospital in Thane - United News of India
Minor accused flees hospital in Thane Thane, Feb 6 (UNI) A 15-year-old boy who was held by the RPF at Bhayandar and brought to the Thane Civil hospital for a ossification test escaped from the police custody on Tuesday, the police said. Police said the boy was nabbed by the Railway police on Sunday last for an offence against him under section 3 of the The Railway Property Act, 1966 (unlawful possession of railway property).
2019-02-06Youth escapes from RPF custody in Thane hospital - Business Standard
Youth escapes from RPF custody in Thane hospital Last Updated at February 6, 2019 14:15 IST A youth booked in a theft case by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) escaped from Thane civil hospital while undergoing an age confirmation test, police said Wednesday. A Thane police official said the youth escaped by jumping off the window of a X-ray room of the hospital while the escort personnel waited outside on Tuesday afternoon. The youth, who was booked under section 3 of the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1966, was taken to the hospital by the RPF for an ossification test on directions of the juvenile court in Bhiwandi. A case has been registered by Thane Nagar police under section 224 (Resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension) of the IPC on a complaint of the RPF team, the official said.
2019-02-06Thane: Scared of police, thief locks himself in room - Zee News
Thane: Scared of police, thief locks himself in room Feb 06, 2019, 09:02 AM IST
2019-02-06Vajpayee's memorial to be inaugurated in Thane - United News of India
Vajpayee's memorial to be inaugurated in Thane Thane, Feb 6 (UNI) The memorial of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be inaugurated at a function at Wada in this district on Friday by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Talking to media, the president of the Memorial Committee Om Prakash Sharma said that a life size statue of the late Bharat Ratna has been constructed on the premises of Swami Vivekananda High School in the tribal wada taluka. The 'Atal Prerna Prashikshan Kendra' will also be launched at the hands of the Chief Minister.
2019-02-06Man from Karnataka booked for attempt to murder in Thane - Mid-Day
Man from Karnataka booked for attempt to murder in Thane Feb 06, 2019, 13:43 IST | PTI Thane: A 45-year-old man from Karnataka has been booked by city police for allegedly attempting to kill a relative in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Wednesday. The victim, Dundappa Katti Mani (60), lived along with his family at a construction site on Ghodbunder Road in Thane. His niece was married to the accused, Ashok Harijan, a resident of Bijapur district in Karnataka, a police official said. However, since Harijan used to harass his wife, Mani brought his niece and her three children to Thane around six months back, he said. The accused also came to Mani's place a few days back and demanded that his wife return with him to Karnataka. However, the victim refused to allow his niece to go with the accused following which the two men had a quarrel over it on Tuesday night, he said. Harijan, in a fit of anger, allegedly attacked Mani with a knife, injuring him seriously, the official said. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital and a case was registered against the accused under Indian Penal Code Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation). No arrest has been made so far, he added.
2019-02-06Arrested ISIS suspects planned to poison ‘maha prasad’ at a Mumbra temple: Maharashtra ATS sources - Times Now
Arrested ISIS suspects planned to poison ‘maha prasad’ at a Mumbra temple: Maharashtra ATS sources Updated Feb 07, 2019 Mumbai: Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), who recently arrested 10 ISIS suspects, have reportedly discovered that the terrorists were planning to poison the ‘Mahaprasad’ at the 400-year-old ‘Shree Mumbreshwar Mandir Trust’ in Thane’s Mumbra. Sources said that the ATS team visited the spot on January 28, along with one ISIS suspect, identified as Tala Potrik, in order to gather information about their supposed plan. The suspect reportedly first led the ATS team to the kitchen where he revealed that they had gathered information about the catering staff, who were present on the day when a Shrimadh Bhagwat Katha was organised last year. Following the Katha, the trust had also organised a ‘Bhandara’ which was attended by thousands of devotees who consumed the ‘Shiv Prasad’ distributed at the venue. As per reports, Potrik confessed that he had attempted to poison the Prasad on that day but was unable to do so. Following his unsuccessful attempt, the suspect had decided to execute his plan again on March 4 this year, on the day of Shiv Ratri, when thousands of people are expected to attend the function at the temple and possibly consume the ‘Mahaprasad’ Meanwhile, the temple trust has written to the Thane Commissioner of Police and has asked him to provide police security during mega events at the temple, as the a large number of devotees are expected to visit the temple on the occasion of Shivratri. In a related development, during the course of the investigation, the police also discovered that the terrorists had decided to target a BMC-run hospital in Nagpada in South Mumbai as well. Sources said that the cops have procured WhatsApp chats of a group called Ummat-e-Mohammadia and several chats of one Jainam Kuttepadi. Reportedly, Kuttepadi worked as a pharmacist at a Mumbai-central based BMC hospital, and was allegedly in touch with one of the ISIS handler. Kuttepadi is said to have revealed to the ATS that he had planned to poison the medicines at the hospital by pouring a dangerous chemical on the medicines, which could have affected several patients and caused mass casualties. Investigations also revealed that on December 24, all suspects had held a meeting in Aurangabad where they had decided how to execute lone wolf attacks at the same time.
2019-02-06testShiv Sena supports police action against Anand Teltumbde, draws - United News of India
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2019-02-06Kalyan: 20-year-old falls off crowded train, dies | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Kalyan: 20-year-old falls off crowded train, dies 7th February, 2019 Satish Pawar, senior police inspector of Dombivli GRP said, "Preliminary probe shows the youth fell due to overcrowding. "The pressure on local trains became evident in November 2015 after a video of a 21-year-old IT professional Bhavesh Nakate begging for space before falling to his death from a fast-moving local went viral, causing outrage in the city. KALYAN: Overcrowding of local trains claimed yet another life on Wednesday after a 20-year-old fell off a local between Dombivli and Kopar stations during peak hour and died. The victim, identified as Nitendra Yadav, was a resident of Gograswadi area in Dombivli (East). We are investigating further. The accident took place when Yadav took the 9.30 am local to go to his office in Mumbai. A Dombivli GRP official said since the train was packed, Yadav was hanging on to the door when he lost his foothold and fell before Kopar station. Fellow commuters raised an alarm after which those seated inside pulled the chain and informed the motorman, who contacted the Dombivli GRP. Local GRP officials rushed Yadav to Shastri Nagar Hospital where he was declared brought dead.
2019-02-06testGujarat ACB nabs yet another BJP councilor for taking bribe - United News of India
Gujarat ACB nabs yet another BJP councilor for taking bribe Posted at: Feb 6 2019 9:20 PM Surat, Feb 6 (UNI) The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Gujarat Police on Wednesday nabbed a councilor of ruling BJP in Surat Municipal Corporation taking bribe of Rs 50,000 from a doctor. Assistant Director of ACB Gambhirsinh Padheriya said that councilor and vice chairman of drainage committee of SMC, Jayantilala Dahyabhai Bhanderi was nabbed accepting the bribe on road near Vir Meghmaya circle in his area Singanpur in the city. The ACB team had laid a trap on the basis of a secret complaint from the doctor.
2019-02-06Navi Mumbai parachute incident: Cops confirm couple were not Indian; probe underway - Times Now
Navi Mumbai parachute incident: Cops confirm couple were not Indian; probe underway Updated Feb 06, 2019 | 11:42 IST | Navi Mumbai: On Saturday night, two unidentified persons landed on a parachute in Navi Mumbai's Ghansoli leading to a panic-like situation in the area. While a probe was on by the anti-terror cell of local police, ATS and other agencies, an investigation revealed that it was a foreign couple who had performed the stunt. According to eyewitnesses, two persons landed on a parachute on the palm beach road near the Ghansoli area in Navi Mumbai on Saturday night at around 8.30 pm. They also further reported that the woman went up to the 24th floor of an under-construction building and jumped with a parachute from there while her male friend was waiting below. The police revealed that a CCTV footage was recovered during the investigation and the couple is aged between 25-30 years and had done quite an extensive recce before performing the stunt. DCP Sudhakar Pathare said that the images of the CCTV were not clear and that no one was found flying with the parachute but further investigation is still on, according to Maharashtra Times. In a similar incident that took place in Uran area of Navi Mumbai in September 2016, residents claimed that they have spotted several armed men in Pathan suits. A high-alert was issued along Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Raigad coasts where several sensitive assets are located. However, it was later called-off since the information turned out to be a hoax.
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2019-02-06Top 10 Most Memorable Mass Effect Companion Characters - Fiction Talk
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GamingLists Top 10 Most Memorable Mass Effect Companion Characters My name is Commander Shepard and this is my favorite list on the Citadel. By Jason Moth - February 6, 2019 42 0 Facebook Twitter Pinterest ReddIt Google+ We’re just a few short weeks away from the release of Anthem and although we’re pretty excited about Bioware’s latest project, we can’t help but think back at the studio’s best work so far – Mass Effect. And since we still have a bit to go until Anthem comes out, we figured we’d pass the time by waxing nostalgic about some of the things that made the original trilogy so great. Namely, its varied cast of companion characters. While Commander Shepard was an awesome character in his/her own right, I think we can all agree that Mass Effect would have been a lot less interesting if it didn’t feature so many memorable squad mates. Although Andromeda wasn’t as bad as some people made it seem, it definitely lacked in the memorable characters department, so we’re not going to include any squad mates from that game on this list. 10. ZAEED MASSANI? Mass Effect 2 was based almost entirely around the idea of recruiting the best of the best in the galaxy and it definitely lived up to that concept by providing an extensive cast of interesting companions. Because of that, it’s often easy to dismiss the relatively generic bounty hunter Zaeed in favor of other, more exotic potential squad mates. Give him a chance, however, and you’ll soon find out why Zaeed is considered one of the most feared mercenaries in the galaxy. The man is a battle-hardened badass who is willing to follow Shepard to hell and back just so he can add a few more war stories to his already extensive repertoire about fighting around the galaxy with his “shitty old rifle”. 9. EDI A fully self-aware artificial intelligence created by Cerberus, EDI was already an interesting character even before she was able to join you as a companion in Mass Effect 3. Things only got better once she was able to acquire a body and make everyone paranoid about the AI possibly going rogue in the future. Luckily for everyone aboard the Normandy, EDI remained helpful and friendly towards the crew throughout Mass Effect 3 while also proving her worth in combat should Shepard decide to bring her along. The most memorable thing about EDI, however, is definitely her relationship with Joker, which proved once again that love knows no boundaries in the Mass Effect universe. 8. JACK Jack, also known as Subject Zero, is arguably the most interesting human companion in the Mass Effect series and by far the most powerful. While Miranda was genetically engineered to be the perfect weapon and Zaeed earned his numerous scars after dozens of battles, Jack is the result of ruthless experiments meant to enhance her already impressive inborn biotic powers. Jack’s backstory is one of the most heart-wrenching in the entire series, which is why she appears extremely hostile and psychotic when you first meet her. Help Jack get the catharsis she so desperately needs, though, and you may be surprised to discover in Mass Effect 3 that behind her bad attitude and love for profanity lies a compassionate soul looking to protect and teach other biotics how to control their powers. 7. LIARA T’SONI I won’t lie, Liara seemed extremely boring and awkward when you first meet her in the original Mass Effect, so I wasn’t too sad that she was missing for the majority of the second installment. When she did return in Lair of the Shadowbroker, however, it was a bit surprising to learn that she had become a much more compelling and interesting character since we last saw her. Liara continued to evolve as a character throughout Mass Effect 3 and became indispensable as a companion because of her expertise into Prothean technology and her ability to acquire valuable information thanks to the connections she made when she took on the role of Shadow Broker. Liara is a great example of how Bioware successfully managed to take a relatively bland character from the first game and transform her into a memorable companion by the end of the trilogy. 6. URDNOT