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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.
2019-02-20New 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.
2019-02-19NMMC 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.
2019-02-18Thane 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.
2019-02-18Pulwama 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.
2019-02-171,000 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.
2019-02-17Missoula County Public Schools finalizes salary, hiring timeline for new superintendent - KPVI News 6
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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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2019-02-16Mumbai 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
2019-02-16FOBs, 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.
2019-02-16Thane: 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.
2019-02-16MH-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.
2019-02-16Mumbai: 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.
2019-02-153 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.”
2019-02-13Thane: 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. The court,during the earlier hearing, had adjourned the case till February 11and also provided Teltumbde protection from arrest until itpronounces its decision in the matter.UNI AAA SS SM2125 More NewsCRPF Hawaldar held for molesting woman in Goa13 Feb 2019 | 12:03 AMPanaji, Feb 12 (UNI) A Hawaldar of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was arrested for allegedly molesting a woman at Calangute Beach in North Goa on Tuesday.see more..‘Don’t drink and drive’ signages made compulsory in all bars in Goa12 Feb 2019 | 11:45 PMPanaji, Feb 12 (UNI) Excise Department in Goa on Tuesday instructed all licensed bars, liquor vendors and restaurents serving liqour to put up 'Don't drink and drive' signages.see more..Proud of being part of BJP family: Parrikar12 Feb 2019 | 8:08 PMPanaji, Feb 12 (UNI) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that he was proud to be part of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) family which puts interest of the country over everything else.see more..Talathi among 2 arrested in bribery case in Kolhapur12 Feb 2019 | 7:49 PMKolhapur, Feb 12 (UNI) Two people, including a talathi (revenueofficial) and his private agent, were arrested by the Kolhapur unitof Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) while allegedly accepting a bribe ofRs 5,000 from a complainant at Kaneri village of the district on Tuesday.see more..Real motive behind Amit Shah's visit to Goa was to collect files related to Rafale deal: Congress12 Feb 2019 | 7:46 PMPanaji, Feb 12 (UNI) The Congress in Goa on Tuesday alleged that the real motive behind visit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah to the state recently was not to address party workers but to take away files related to Rafale deal from former defence minister Manohar Parrikar.see more.. 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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.
2019-02-08Staff 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."
2019-02-07Girl, 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
2019-02-06testFollowing observations for the past 24 hrs were recorded at 0830 hrs - 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 WREX The proud and often grouchy Urdnot Wrex is the perfect representative of the Krogan species, and yet he is also a lot more interesting than most of his kind. Unlike most Krogans, Wrex wasn’t content with simply traveling around the galaxy and picking fights as he went on, though he undoubtedly had his fair share of brutal battles. More importantly, though, Wrex is a Krogan with a cause, which is very rare among his kind, and he is willing to go to any lengths in order to fulfill his goal of finding a cure for the Genophage. In his quest to cure his people, Wrex stomped on anyone who got in his way, including some of his own people and even went as far as to put his own life on the line and challenge Commander Shepard in that infamous scene from the original Mass Effect. Needless to say, Wrex is a total badass who managed to earn our respect by always standing up for what he believed in. 5. LEGION Before Legion came along, the Geth were presented as one-dimensional antagonists that often killed on sight for no particularly good reason. But Legion reminded us that the Mass Effect universe is truly composed of shades of gray and that most of the Geth were simply being manipulated by the Reapers, much like the organic species. Legion is unique among his kind as he seems to exhibit some form of emotion when he acquires a piece of Shepard’s armor and uses it to repair his own body. This suggests that he may have actually admired the Commander, as strange as that may seem for a synthetic being. The character becomes even more complex in the third installment as he shows even more signs of becoming an individual being rather than a collection of programs when he begins to ponder the nature of his own existence. In the end, and depending on Shepard’s choices, Legion sacrifices himself for the greater good when he helps put an end to the long-running conflict between the Geth and the Quarians. “Does this unit have a soul?” 4. MORDIN SOLUS The Salarian scientist comes across as a quirky character when you first meet him and seems to serve as Mass Effect 2’s comic relief at first. But while he is indeed responsible for a number of humorous moments, Mordin is, in fact, one of the most complex characters the series has to offer. You see, Mordin is one of the scientists responsible for developing the Krogan Genophage and we quickly learn that this burden weighs heavily on him, particularly in the third game. So much so, in fact, that Mordin is willing to die in order to reverse the process and correct his past mistakes. Whether or not he is able to do that depends entirely on the player and fortunately the game allows you to save him, albeit through a pretty complicated process. Aside from his willingness to sacrifice himself to cure the Genophage, we will also remember Mordin for his hyperactive delivery and for his impressive singing skills during his interpretation of “Scientist Salarian”. 3. THANE KRIOS? Thane is a member of a dying species, suffers from a deadly disease exclusive to the Drell, and ultimately dies at the hand of one of the most hated characters in Mass Effect 3. Despite all of that, Thane manages to remain a total badass all the way through and almost wins the fight against Kai Leng even though he was in the terminal stages of Kepral’s Syndrome. A deeply spiritual individual, Thane asks Shepard to recite a final prayer while on his death bed, a prayer that was meant not for himself, but for the Commander. Thane makes for a very tragic but also a very compelling character in Mass Effect 2, as we see him constantly being haunted by his troubled past and blaming himself for abandoning his son and failing to prevent the murder of his wife. To make matters worse, the Drell have perfect memory, a fact that forces Thane to remember in vivid detail everything he lost and all the lives he had to take during his long career as an assassin. Ultimately, Shepard gets to avenge Thane later on in a scene that remains one of the most memorable in the entire series. 2. TALI’ZORAH Tali is one of only two characters that can serve as full-fledged companions in all three Mass Effect games, with many of the others coming and going as the series progressed. We can see Tali evolve throughout the trilogy, perhaps more so than any other character, as we witness her growth from a wide-eyed (so to speak) teenager out on her Pilgrimage to a strong young woman that desperately wants to save her people and see their homeworld restored. This ultimately forces Shepard to make an incredibly difficult choice in Mass Effect 3 – does he/she side with the Quarians, the Geth, or try to appease both factions? Regardless of the choice, someone will die so there is really no happy ending here, which makes her story arc that much more impactful on the player. Despite the fact that we never really manage to see her face with the exception of that one controversial stock photo, Tali somehow manages to convey more emotions that many other characters. And perhaps it is that very sense of mystery that makes her so alluring. Whether you met her as Tali’Zorah nar Rayya, vas Neema, or vas Normandy, most Mass Effect fans will always remember simply her as cute and lovable Tali. 1. GARRUS VAKARIAN I tried my best not to make this like other lists and place Garrus first, but how could I not? I mean, maybe if the list had a different theme, sure, but when it comes to memorable characters Garrus is definitely number one in my book. Much like Tali and Liara, we see Garrus evolve throughout the trilogy and get increasingly more badass with every installment. From former C-Sec officer fed up with bureaucracy to masked vigilante dubbed Archangel, and ultimately reluctant Reaper expert for his people, Garrus’ adventures throughout the Mass Effect series rival even those of Commander Shepard himself at times. What makes Garrus so awesome is that he is always there to provide some friendly competition to Shepard as he seems just as capable and resourceful as the Commander in almost every situation. Alas, Garrus is eventually overshadowed by the legendary Commander at pretty much every turn, though this also pushes the Turian to constantly get better in order to prove that he is an equal partner and not just a sidekick. Indeed, fighting side by side with Garrus makes you feel like you can take on any challenge and win, even if that means going up against ancient towering robots like the Reapers. Whether you’re looking for a best friend, expert sniper or wise-ass gun calibrator, you can rely on good old Garrus to always have your back. This article was originally published on geeksnack.com on January 24th, 2017 before the site was taken down later that year. The piece was edited and updated to reflect certain events that have occurred in the meantime, such as the release of Andromeda in March, 2017. You Might Also Be Interested In: TAGSLegionmass effect 2mass effect 3mass effect companionsmass effect squad matesmordinthane Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest ReddIt Google+ Jason MothI'm a classic jack-of-all-trades author who loves to write about most topics, though gaming has always been my strong suit. That said, I definitely won't turn down the chance to cover some juicy news involving superhero movies, Stephen King novels or space travel. Or robots. Or space-traveling superhero robots that look like Stephen King. Care to Share Your Thoughts? Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. 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2019-02-06testParrikar arrives in Goa after completing medical check-up in New Delhi - United News of India
Parrikar arrives in Goa after completing medical check-up in New Delhi Posted at: Feb 6 2019 8:20 PM Panaji, Feb 6 (UNI) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar arrived in the state after completing medical check-up in New Delhi on Wednesday. A statement from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said, "Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has arrived in Goa today (06/02/2019) after completing his scheduled medical review/check-up in New Delhi." The Chief Minister had travelled to New Delhi and was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on January 31, 2019.
2019-02-06Thane: Anti-toll stir held along Eastern e-way - Times of India
Thane: Anti-toll stir held along Eastern e-way Feb 6, 2019, 06:14 IST THANE: A day-long dharna was held by a group of Thaneites along the Eastern Express highway to demand toll waiver for vehicles registered with the Thane city RTO. The protest was led by a BJP corporator. "We only want the state to implement its earlier order which sought the exemption of toll to all residents living in the five-km radius of the toll post. Minister in-charge of MSRDC Eknath Shinde, who heads this department and is also the guardian minister of Thane, has done very little to give relief to Thaneites from toll,'' said BJP man Bharat Chavan. "We will wait for a month and if no action is taken by the leaders then within two month's we will have another protest."
2019-02-06Minor thief caught after he fled from hospital during medical test - Hindustan Times
Minor thief caught after he fled from hospital during medical test Updated: Feb 07, 2019 00:46 IST A 15-year-old boy was caught by Railway Police Force (RPF) Bhiwandi on Monday from the railway yard for stealing scrap materials. On Tuesday, the court ordered the police to get the boy’s age confirmed. When the boy was brought to Thane civil hospital, he fled. A police officer from Thane Nagar police station said, “RPF officers brought the boy to Thane civil hospital and he was taken to X-ray department. When the boy entered the X-ray room, there was no inside. He jumped from window and escaped.” On Wednesday, the police managed to nab him from Mira Road. The boy has been sent to a remand home. The police said they saw the boy at the railway yard carrying scrap materials. They chased him and caught him. The officer added, “He does not have a place to live. After he fled, we circulated his photo in other police stations. On Wednesday morning, we got a tip-off and caught the boy from Mira Road.” The boy told the police that he ran from the hospital to Thane railway station and then to Mira Road. A case was filed with the Thane Nagar police station. The boy was again produced in court and sent to a remand home.
2019-02-0661-year-old man arrested for molestation in Thane - Free Press Journal
61-year-old man arrested for molestation in Thane February 6, 2019 8:36 am Thane: A 61-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly molesting and stalking a woman in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Tuesday. The 60-year-old woman, who worked as a domestic help, told the Naupada police that the accused, Prakash Mhatre, had allegedly been stalking her for last four months in the Makhmali Talao locality because of which she had to leave several jobs in the area, a police official said. She further alleged that while she was walking on a road in Naupada area on Monday, the accused came near her again and touched her inappropriately, he said. The victim hit the man with a tiffin box and tried to catch hold of him, but he started running away. However, some passers-by managed to nab Mhatre and took him to the Naupada police station, he said. The woman also reached the police station and lodged a complaint, based on which the accused was arrested and booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 354 (assault or criminal force on a woman with an intent to outrage her modesty) and 354 (d) (stalking), he added.
2019-02-06Maharashtra government sets up panel to review welfare schemes for tribals - Mid-Day
Maharashtra government sets up panel to review welfare schemes for tribals Feb 06, 2019, 13:42 IST Thane: The Maharashtra government has set up a committee to review various schemes being implemented for the welfare of tribals in the state. The 17-member committee, headed by former MLA and Shramjeevi Sanghatna president Vivek Pandit, will undertake study of various works done for providing employment opportunities, minimum wages and proper livelihood to tribals, as per a recent government order. It will suggest measures to ensure that children in tribal regions were not deprived of education, the order said. The committee will hold its meetings every three months and submit its recommendations to the government, it added. Pandit, whose NGO works in adivasi-dominated areas, said the committee will look at all aspects of tribal development while preparing its report.
2019-02-06testCommittee to review work for tribal uplift in Maharashtra - United News of India
Committee to review work for tribal uplift in Maharashtra Posted at: Feb 6 2019 4:04 PM Thane, Feb 6 (UNI) In a bid to reduce malnutrition deaths and also help tribals in Maharashtra lead a healthy life, the State government has recently constituted a committee to review the work being done for the sake and benefit of lakhs of tribal population. An official announcement by the state government recently declared that Vivek Pandit, the former MLA and President of the Shramajivi Sanghatana, an organisation working for the uplift of tribals in the state, will head the committee. The committee will hold its meetings every three months, a notification issued by thestate government stated.Please log in to get detailed story.
2019-02-06Palghar:Agri Sena to hold protest against Bullet Train project - India.com News
Palghar:Agri Sena to hold protest against Bullet Train project Published: February 6, 2019 3:06 PM IST Thane, Feb 6 (PTI) The Agri Sena Wednesday announced that it would block a section of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in neighbouring Palghar district on February 8 in protest against the Bullet Train Project. The Agri Sena wields clout in some pockets in the coastal Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts of Maharashtra. The ‘Agri’ community members are mainly engaged in fishing and rice farming activities. The MumbaiAhmedabad high-speed rail corridor is an under-construction high-speed rail line connecting the country’s commercial capital Mumbai with Ahmedabad in Gujarat. Sections of farmers in Thane and Palghar districts are opposing acquisition of their land by authorities for the project. “This project should be scrapped as it would adversely affect the landless and the project-affected farmers in the tribal belt,” Agri Sena president Rajaram Salvi told reporters in a press conference. Listing out a number of “unfulfilled” demands, Salvi said thousands of people from villages in Palghar and Thane districts will participate in the ‘rasta rokho’ agitation at Shirsad on Friday. He said a motorcycle rally would also be taken out in which 10,000 people are expected to take part. Salvi also opposed the Maharashtra government’s move to convert wet lands into residential zones. He also demanded that the state government declare the entire Palghar district drought-hit.
2019-02-06MCPS struggles to cram superintendent search into tight timeline - The Missoulian
MCPS struggles to cram superintendent search into tight timeline
2019-02-06Vice President bats for ethical, responsible leadership for building inclusive India - Republic World
Vice President bats for ethical, responsible leadership for building inclusive India Published: February 06, 2019 18:19 IST Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that ethical and responsible leadership is the need of the hour, while underlining the need to ensure "hassle-free service to the last man living in the remotest part of the country." Naidu was interacting with students from the Indian Institute of Democratic Leadership promoted by Thane-based Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP) on Wednesday, February 6. He also stressed upon the need for students perusing a career in public life to acquire a decent understanding of the role and responsibility of every institution and their importance in the functioning of a democracy that has more than 130 crore population with a different set of aspirations. He said that an aware citizenry, a vibrant and responsible civil society, a robust institutional framework and responsive bureaucracy were crucial to India's efforts towards making the country free from hunger, atrocities, inequalities, and discrimination based on cast, gender, and religion. Naidu asked the youth to have a democratic mind that is receptive to new ideas and tolerant to other views. "Respecting the mandate of the people was important for democracy to succeed. One must learn to respect it," he said
2019-02-06Mumbai: Company director on run for 7 years held for Rs 12 crore octroi fraud - Times of India
Mumbai: Company director on run for 7 years held for Rs 12 crore octroi fraud Feb 7, 2019, 01:12 IST MUMBAI: After being on the run for seven years, a director of two private firms was arrested recently allegedly for cheating another firm and causing loss of Rs 12 crore to the BMC. The firm of the accused—Hanumant Dhawre, director in Kadambari Enterprises and Kimaya Fowared—was given the task of transporting cellphones, electronic items and accessories. However, they supplied fake octroi receipts to the owner firm. The economic offences wing arrested Dhawre. Sanjay Shah of Redington India Limited filed a cheating against the accused in 2012, stating that his company had imported goods and kept them in a godown in Bhiwandi. The contract to transport the goods to Mumbai was given to Dhawre’s firm. The complainant told police that they received call from the BMC that goods were cleared from the octroi naka, but payment was not made. The complainant’s firm also got a notice from the BMC for non-payment of octroi. The complainant’s firm later learnt that they had been cheated and a filed a complaint. “We found bogus octroi receipts were submitted to the firm by the accused,” said an officer. The police said Dhawre had got Rs 3.5 crore to transport goods. He was recently nabbed from Thane.
2019-02-06Bullet Train Will Pass Through Flamingo Haven & Leopard National Park. Why Nobody Cares? - Indiatimes.com
Bullet Train Allowed To Run Through Thane Flamingo Sanctuary And Leopard Park In Mumbai Updated: Feb 07, 2019, 09:04 AM IST India’s ambitious bullet train project between Ahmedabad-Mumbai has been drawing public ire since its announcement. Questions have been raised over the investment and that if India, the nation with highest number of stunted children, really needs a bullet train. The Rs 98,000 crore-project has earlier hit roadblocks like land acquisition following stiff resistance from local communities and tribal villages in Maharashtra. Landing in another controversy, the pushy project has been given wildlife clearance that encroaches upon a flamingo sanctuary and the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the home to leopards, in Mumbai. The Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary hosted more than 1.2 lakh flamingos last month, up from 45,000 in October last year. However, the birds have been affected by the construction near Sewri. According to a report by The Hindu, “The proposal involves diversion of 3.2756 ha of forestland from the Thane Creek Flamingo Wildlife Sanctuary and 97.5189 ha of land close to the boundary of the forest’s protected area.” The green signal was given at a meeting chaired by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe inaugurated the project in Ahmedabad in September, 2017. The project is expected to be ready by 2022. The report, citing an unnamed person privy to meeting, said the project was accorded wildlife clearance on January 10. The 1,690-hectare bird haven - 896 hectares of mangrove forests and 794 hectares of a water-body — is on the western bank of the creek, between the Airoli and the Vashi bridges that connect Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.The National Board of Wildlife, while according forestland for industrial development, has laid pre-conditions for the bullet train project. These include paying Rs 10 crore for habitat improvement of the sanctuary, barricading the work site to ensure no debris falls outside the project area and providing site and funds for plantation of at least five times the number of mangroves plants anticipated to be lost in the project as a penalty. Of the 508 kilometre of the train corridor that will have 12 stations, 349 kilometre will pass through Gujarat and 154 kilometre through Maharashtra. In Maharashtra, around 7 kilometre will pass through Mumbai, 39 kilometre will pass through Thane and 110 kilometre through Palghar.
2019-02-06Simultaneous quakes rock Kashmir - Down To Earth Magazine
Simultaneous quakes rock Kashmir Wednesday 06 February 2019 The Kashmir Valley was rocked by an earthquake of magnitude 5.6 on the Richter Scale on the evening of February 5. The earthquake struck at 10.17 pm and lasted several seconds. The epicentre of the quake was at a depth of 80 kilometres in northwestern Kashmir, 118 kilometres from Srinagar, tweeted the India Meteorological Department (IMD).Tremors were also felt across Northern India and Pakistan including the capitals of both countries, New Delhi and Islamabad. So far, there have been no reports of any casualties or damages due to the quake, the report said. In Pakistan, mild tremors were also felt in several areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, including the cities of Peshawar, Abbottabad, Haripur, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Gilgit. On February 6, the IMD tweeted about a second quake, this time of magnitude 4.4, that occurred at a depth of 50 km, the epicentre of which also lay in Northwestern Kashmir Kashmiri personalities tweeted on February 5, when the first quake happened: The year 2019 has seen a number of quakes in India. On January 20, four tremors hit Gujarat’s Saurashtra and Kutch regions, while a 3.6 tremor hit Palghar near Thane in Maharashtra in the evening. Palghar has been witnessing an unusual frequency of earthquakes since November, 2018. The National Centre for Seismology has categorised the unusual tremors as an ‘earthquake swarm’ which is a series of low magnitude earthquakes that occur in a localised region and over a period of time ranging from days, weeks to even months.
2019-02-06What makes Royal Twinkle investors optimistic on repayments - Economic Times
What makes Royal Twinkle investors optimistic on repayments Feb 06, 2019, 09.31 PM IST MUMBAI: About 1.8 million investors who lost their savings in the Rs 8,000- crore Ponzi scheme run by the Royal Twinkle Star Club and Citrus Check Inns might recover a part of their investments after the bankruptcy administrator attached more than 100 assets of the defaulter. Those assets, located across greater Mumbai and its adjacent districts, such as Thane, Palghar and Satara, would be put up for sale according to the terms set out by the Supreme Court, two people familiar with the matter said. A bench of the dedicated bankruptcy court would oversee the process. The attachment of different group company assets should fetch Rs 3,500 crore, helping repay at least some money to about 18 lakh small investors, one of the persons cited above told ET. The resolution professional (RP) has also moved an application in the Supreme Court against asset attachments by the Mumbai Economic Offences Wing (EOW), seeking immunity after citing an earlier apex court order. The properties are said to be already attached. Parallel and subsequent attachment by other authorities after the Supreme Court has already attached the properties is bound to create unnecessary confusion and doubts for any prospective buyer, and would lead to a reduction in the value of the property, advocate Vivek Jain, representing the RP, told the Supreme Court. The National Company Law Tribunal's Mumbai chapter admitted the case under insolvency proceedings in May, 2017. We aim to maximise the realisation from the sale of the attached assets, said Devendra Jain, the RP, who was abducted by an investor two year ago. He declined to divulge further details of the interim Supreme Court application, of which ET obtained a copy. A sale-cum-monitoring committee, which includes members from the Securities and Exchange Board of India, depositors and the RP, is looking into the subject. The two defaulting companies and their group units had hotel and restaurant chains, and used to raise money from the public through Ponzi schemes.
2019-02-06MH-WOMAN-MURDER - THE WEEK
MH-WOMAN-MURDER February 06, 2019 23:21 IST Thane, Feb 6 (PTI) Bhiwandi Police in the district has registered a case of murder in connection with the death of a 21-year-old woman. Sapna Rajkumar Gautam was found dead at her house with injuries on her neck Tuesday when her husband was away at work. The police earlier thought it was a suicide or an accidental death. However, the autopsy report suggested that it was a murder, said sub-inspector Sandeepan Sonawane of Shanti Nagar police station. According to the preliminary probe, Sapna and her husband, a powerloom worker, were married three years ago against her family's wishes. She later gave birth to two children. Sapna's family, which hailed from Basti in Uttar Pradesh, had snapped the ties with her, the police officer said.
2019-02-06UPDATE: Judge orders new mental health assessment in P.E.I. infanticide case - The Journal Pioneer
2019-02-06Karnataka man booked for attempt to murder in Maharashtra - The Tribune India
Karnataka man booked for attempt to murder in Maharashtra updated: Feb 6, 2019, 3:31 PM (IST) A 45-year-old man from Karnataka had 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 Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. No arrest had been made so far, he added.
2019-02-06Rural police hold road safety skits on NH48 for awareness - Pune Mirror
Rural police hold road safety skits on NH48 for awareness Updated: Feb 6, 2019, 06:00 IST Two city-based NGOs will head the initiative with performances in Raigad, Lonavala, Thane and Pune In a unique initiative, the Pune rural police along with two social groups have organised skits along the Mumbai-Pune highway to promote road safety and create awareness among commuters. The skits will be presented to the public Wednesday onwards. The efforts come in time for the road safety week, which is already underway across the country with various social groups and government organisations joining hands to endorse safe driving on roads. Starting Wednesday, the Nukkad Natak performances will be conducted across four districts — Raigad, Thane, Lonavala and Pune along the Mumbai-Pune stretch of NH48. The programme will take place at key spots along the highway from 9 am through 4 pm. As for the event in the city, the rural police, as well as the NGOs, realised that usual awareness campaigns are taken lightly by the people and are attended just for the sake of it. This year, however, they wanted to take up the activity in a different manner and hence thought of arranging skits. “The Pune rural police are witness to the dangers of lack of road safety awareness among residents and commuters along NH-48. We are happy to offer support to the SaveLIFE Foundation and Be.artsy to raise awareness through street plays among residents along the Old Mumbai-Pune Highway,” said Sandeep Jhadav, additional superintendent of police, Pune rural. The rural police have noted that Maharashtra alone witnesses over 12,000 road accident deaths every year. In fact, according to the WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, road crashes are the leading cause of death among children and young adults between the age group of 5-29 years. Commenting on the same, Shikha Mittal, founder-director of the NGO, Be.artsy, said, “Lack of road safety awareness among vehicle users as well as pedestrians is one of the key reasons for accidents. While India is gearing up with robust road safety policies, prioritising awareness of road safety measures and laws can help make roads safer.” Aditya Nayan, associate director of projects at SaveLIFE Foundation, said, “We are delighted to partner with Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt Ltd and Be.artsy to undertake a road safety awareness programme on the Old Mumbai-Pune Highway. The programme aims to specifically raise awareness among local youth, influencers, and local leaders and encourage youth to volunteer as first responders in saving lives, adopt safer practices while on the road and encourage their communities to stay safe while on the road.”
2019-02-06Over 2,800 trees to be axed for road - The Asian Age
Over 2,800 trees to be axed for road Published : Feb 6, 2019, 6:57 am IST Mumbai: With around 2,800 trees slated to be removed for the 11km-long road project connecting Airoli to Thane district, the Thane Municipal Corporation has not published any details about public hearing for the same in its public notice. Green activists have highlighted that there are no proper details about the locations of trees, to verify the claims by the TMC that the trees are coming in the way of the work. On Feb 1, a notice for cutting 2,874 trees was published by the civic body in a newspaper, stating that the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra Limited had proposed removal of trees for construction of a road by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. “There are no details about the number of trees at a particular site, their positioning and the reasoning behind cutting such a large number of trees. Moreover, the TMC has not put up the notice on its official website as per the Bombay high court’s directions,” said Rohit Joshi, a Thane-based activist. However, the activists have been trying to create awareness about the proposal among the public, following which, around 400 objections have been sent to the proposal. The public notice also failed to describe the number of trees that were going to be transplanted for the same. Objecting to the notice, former member of the Thane Tree Authority and founder of the Foundation for Educational Rendezvous with Nature (FERN), Seema Hardikar, has also written to the TMC to prevent the haphazard cutting of trees. “It is a huge number of trees and will make a huge impact on the surrounding environment. This requires a serious study and it is the duty of the tree authority and TMC to collect more data for the project and the trees that might get affected,” she wrote. Ms Hardikar also stated that there had been no public notice for tree-cutting affixed on the trees in the areas of the project, which was required under the Trees Act, 1975.
2019-02-06Mumbai: Lack of infra for direct benefit transfer worries academia - Daily News & Analysis
Mumbai: Lack of infra for direct benefit transfer worries academia Updated: Feb 6, 2019, 06:05 AM IST The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) move to facilitate banking skills among children by way of providing Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) facility to students for the purchase of stationary has led to a slew of questions. Activists and experts from the education sector are left wondering ever since the proposal whether the DBT scheme will be successful or not. Some think that parents may not use the money for the prescribed purpose while some are concerned if students will receive quality stationary that includes water bottles, lunch boxes and more. It is also not yet clear how the funds will be transferred considering that many students are yet to create their bank accounts. The Direct Benefit Transfer is a newly-introduced state policy. By way of DBT, funds to purchase the academic stationary will be transferred directly to the students' bank account. A budget provision of Rs 16.87 crore has been made for students of the primary section while Rs 2.82 crore has been provided for secondary section. Education activist, Shyam Sonar said, "I don't know how DBT will work in Mumbai after it has flopped in Thane municipal schools. We learnt that students of the Thane civic school were not getting quality products. One of the local political person had put up his stall and asked the school to force children to buy from his stall. Another important point is whether students with irregular attendance too will get this fund. Most of them migrate to another place in a year. Some parents are so poor that they struggle for food and as a result, are forced to spend the provided money for other needs; they send their children without uniform to school." Another teacher who works in one of the NGOs working with BMC schools said, "Not all schools are a 100 per cent successful in creating bank accounts for their students. The BMC has been following-up with parents on the same since two to three months now. But not all parents are responding to our request. I am also wondering whether the parents who have drinking habits will buy school stationery for their kids every year." Director of Avehi Abacus Project, Simantini Dhuru said, "The inflation and market price vary and hence students may not find the uniform in same price. It has been observed where there is DBT scheme the money doesn't go on time in bank account of the student. There is also a possibility that the parents may prioritise using the money in some other place because they come from such poor background. This is not the concern in just BMC but its a trend in entire country. This indicates shedding responsibility by the state on the parents. We were proud that the BMC even before RTE came in place was giving 27 items to their school children which are their rights. Its a matter of concern that BMC is also falling in trap of privatization." DIRECT BENEFIT By way of DBT, funds to purchase stationary will be transferred directly to the students’ bank account
2019-02-05January sees sharp rise in dengue cases in Pune - Hindustan Times
January sees sharp rise in dengue cases in Pune Updated: Feb 05, 2019 15:29 IST Maharashtra is seeing a resurgence of dengue, which is a vector-borne disease and has left the state health officials in a panic mode. The dengue disease which is usually spotted during the monsoon season has now gripped the state again where 300 positive cases have been recorded in January. The state health officials have observed that the cases of dengue are coming in more from peripheral areas and more prominently from Thane, Kolhapur and Pune. So far from Pune has recorded 22 cases according to Dr Ramchandra Hankare, chief of health, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). Hankare said, “In Pune we have recorded 22 cases and it is important to spot the area where positive cases are being reported so that notices can be sent to those particular societies. A warning letter is issued to the society in case it is found to have stored water within the premises, terrace or in the surrounding. Our team conducts a sentinel survey and locates the breeding spots of aedes aegypti (a mosquito that can spread dengue fever) and once found spraying of pesticide is done.” Also, we have directed our team to issue notices to societies that are allowing the ‘infection’ to flourish, added Hankare. “The infection usually seen in monsoons is nowadays getting picked every other month. This is the trend which we are observing the last couple of years. The changing trend can be blamed on the poor lifestyle of the people who choose to store water in their homes and surroundings which gives way to the breeding of aedes aegypti mosquito which is responsible for the spread of the disease,” said Dr Mahendra Jagtap, head of the entomology department, Maharashtra. Jagtap informed that “So far we have recorded 138 positive cases of dengue since January 1 to January 31st in the state and the highest reporting has come from three areas—Thane (27), Kolhapur (25) and Pune (22).” Dr Jagtap also said that “The trend however of spotting vector-borne infection cases almost every month is very disturbing because last year in the same month of January we recorded 120 positive cases of dengue and this year it is even more.” Lastly, Dr Rajesh Gadia, director of Dengue Project at King Edward Memorial Hospital said, “In winter the weather conditions are not conducive enough for the mosquitoes to breed but however there are a couple of admissions in the last few weeks from peripheral areas of Pune. It is suggested that people should be more vigilant and careful about the vector-borne infection and should use all precautionary measures to avoid diseases like dengue and chikungunya. In case of any positive case, immediate notification to the PMC is a must and spraying of pesticide in that particular area is needed to keep the infection at bay.”
2019-02-05Senior citizen held in molestation case - United News of India
Senior citizen held in molestation case Thane, Feb 5 (UNI) A 61-year-old man from the city has been arrested on the alleged charge of molesting a woman, city police said. The victim (60) does domestic jobs in the household in the Naupada area. For the past four months the alleged accused, Prakash Mhatre, had been harassing her.
2019-02-05Maharashtra: 3 dead, 3 injured after Roof collapses at Ulhasnagar clinic - Medical Dialogues
Maharashtra: 3 dead, 3 injured after Roof collapses at Ulhasnagar clinic February 5, 2019
2019-02-05Thane: 61-year-old held for stalking, molestation - The Indian Express
Thane: 61-year-old held for stalking, molestation Published: February 6, 2019 1:45:45 am A 61-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly molesting and stalking a woman. The police said the accused, a resident of Thane, had been stalking the 58-year-old woman, who used to work as a domestic help, for several months. “The woman used to come to the area to work as a domestic help. The man used to follow her and taunt her, which made her quit her job at several houses,” said a police officer. On Monday, when the victim was walking home, the man allegedly touched her inappropriately. “The victim hit him with a tiffin box but he fled,” the officer said. The man was arrested from his house on Tuesday morning, after the victim lodged an FIR.
2019-02-0561-Year-Old Arrested For Allegedly Stalking, Molesting Woman In Thane - NDTV News
61-Year-Old Arrested For Allegedly Stalking, Molesting Woman In Thane Updated: February 05, 2019 12:22 IST THANE: A 61-year-old man has been arrested in Thane for allegedly molesting and stalking a woman, police said today. The woman, a domestic help, told police that the accused had been stalking her since four months and she had to quit her job because of that. In one instance, the man allegedly walked up to her on the road and touched her inappropriately. She then hit him with a tiffin box and tried to catch him. He ran away but was finally caught by some people on the road and handed over to the police. The woman also reached the police station and filed a complaint against him.
2019-02-05Second slab crash in Ulhasnagar in a week - Times of India
Second slab crash in Ulhasnagar in a week Feb 6, 2019, 05:21 IST ULHASNAGAR: In the second incident in a week, a building slab collapsed during flooring work on the first floor shop of Ashirwad market building on Tuesday. Luckily, the market was closed. The four-storeyed building, with 42 shops, is on the list of 252 dangerous structures. Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation has sealed building, which was constructed in 1987, and was illegal. UMC chief public relations officer Yuvraj Badhane said the building was served notices twice to vacate. He added, "Some repairs were going on in the first floor shop when the slab crashed. Looking at the dangerous condition of the building, it has been sealed." In the Memsahab building collapse, Kalyan MP Shreekant Shinde gave Rs 1 lakh compensation to each family of the three deceased on Monday evening. Central police are yet to register a case in the crash in which six persons were also injured. UMC had decided to make it compulsory to get structural audits of more than 800 buildings done. Civic chief Achyut Hange had said they would make it compulsory to get audits of buildings constructed prior to 1995. He said over the last few years many buildings constructed between 1993-95 have collapsed.
2019-02-05Two cousins sneak into lake on boat at night, stranded for 4 hrs - Times of India
Two cousins sneak into lake on boat at night, stranded for 4 hrs Updated: Feb 6, 2019, 06:10 IST THANE: A joyride in a pedal boat in Kausa lake turned into a nightmare for two cousins, one of them is a minor, on Monday night. The duo sneaked into the lake in a pedal boat which soon developed a snag, leaving them stranded in the water for four hours till firemen finally rescued them. The two boys were not carrying their cellphones so they could not call anyone for help, said officials. According to officials from the Mumbra fire brigade, Salim Shamim (22), who lives in Vashi, was visiting his cousin in Kausa area on Monday. Around 11 pm, after an altercation with their families, the duo left home and reached the lake. They decided to go boating on a whim. “The boys untied a pedal boat anchored to the jetty and had hardly pedalled around 50 ft into the deep waters, when one of the fans propelling the boat malfunctioned,” said an fire officer. The boats were not maintained as the boating facility at the lake had been shut for quite some time, said locals. “When the boat refused to move despite them pedalling hard, the two boys panicked. They screamed for help but no one was around as it was late at night,” said the fire officer. Luckily, around 3am, an unidentified man was passing by the lake and heard their cries for help. The man informed the police, who, in turn, alerted the Mumbra fire brigade and the regional disaster management cell. The rescue teams rushed to the lake and used another boat to tug the pedal boat to the jetty and rescued the two boys. “When our team reached the spot, we saw the two boys huddled in the pedal boat. We managed to bring them out to safety,” said sub-officer H Diwate from the Mumbra fire station. “We later handed them over to the police.” The Thane police confirmed the incident and said the boys were sent home after being given a warning. Times Of India
2019-02-0561-year-old man arrested for molesting woman in Thane - The Tribune India
61-year-old man arrested for molesting woman in Thane updated: Feb 5, 2019, 11:55 AM A 61-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly molesting and stalking a woman in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Tuesday. The 60-year-old woman, who worked as a domestic help, told the Naupada police that the accused, Prakash Mhatre, had allegedly been stalking her for last four months in the Makhmali Talao locality because of which she had to leave several jobs in the area, a police official said. She further alleged that while she was walking on a road in Naupada area on Monday, the accused came near her again and touched her inappropriately, he said. The victim hit the man with a tiffin box and tried to catch hold of him, but he started running away. However, some passers-by managed to nab Mhatre and took him to the Naupada police station, he said. The woman also reached the police station and lodged a complaint, based on which the accused was arrested and booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 354 (assault or criminal force on a woman with an intent to outrage her modesty) and 354 (d) (stalking), he added.
2019-02-05Some progress, but still no place for budding Thane athletes - The Indian Express
Some progress, but still no place for budding Thane athletes Updated: February 5, 2019 10:14:39 am Around 60 parents of budding track and field athletes at the Dadaji Kondadev Stadium in Thane met TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Monday to discuss the blockade the trainees have faced at the venue. As an outcome of the meeting, Jaiswal appointed two officials to accompany coach Nilesh Patkar to figure long- and short-term solutions to the problem. “There are three plots available around Thane which are being considered for a full-fledged athletics stadium,” Patkar says. “It’ll take about three years to complete the stadium.” On an immediate basis though, Patkar will give suggestions on what all will be needed to make the nearby police ground suitable for training. “It will need proper rolling to level the mud track, portable toilets, water stations, bleachers and a storage room for equipment (starting blocks),” he says. At the same time, the Dadaji Kondadev Stadium, that had recently undergone renovation costing over Rs 3 crore, will be reopened for the athletes, but with conditions. For the past 18 months, the athletics trainees have had to train on the cement steps that surround the grass ground that is now being prepared for cricketing endeavours – starting with a Kolkata Knight Riders training camp ahead of the upcoming IPL season.
2019-02-05Search operation underway for 10-month-old boy who was kidnapped from Mumbra station - Times Now
Search operation underway for 10-month-old boy who was kidnapped from Mumbra station Updated Feb 05, 2019 Thane: A search operation is underway for a 10-month-old child who was kidnapped from the Mumbra railway station on Sunday. The child was reportedly taken away when her father asked his niece to take the baby for a stroll. The 9-year-old girl was sitting under a bridge near the Mumbra railway station when a woman approached her. The unidentified woman gave the girl Rs 10 and asked her to get something from a nearby shop, reported Mumbai Mirror. However, by the time the girl returned, both the woman and the child were missing. Distraught, the girl rushed to the child's parents and alerted them. Upon hearing of their infant's disappearance, the family members rushed to the Mumra railway station and began a frantic search for the baby. Unfortunately, all their efforts to trace the child went in-vain which is when they lodged an official complaint with the Thane police. Latest reports suggest that a case has been registered in this regard based on which the police have launched a search operation for the child. An official familiar with the matter told Times of India that several police teams have been roped in for the rescue operation along with officials from the crime branch and the child protection unit. CCTV footage from the area is also being combed through to get any clues regarding the identity of the woman who took the boy or where she might have taken him, he added. Police say that the boy's 22-year-old father Abdul Khan lives near the Mumbra railway station with his wife and two children one of whom is missing.
2019-02-05800 buildings in Ulhasnagar to undergo structural audit - Times of India
800 buildings in Ulhasnagar to undergo structural audit Feb 5, 2019, 05:33 IST ULHASNAGAR: A day after three people died and six others were injured after a portion of Memsahab Building collapsed in Ulhasnagar, the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation decided to make it compulsory to get structural audits of more than 800 buildings done. Commissioner Achyut Hange said they will make it compulsory to get these audits of buildings which were constructed prior to 1995. "If a certain building fails to get its structural audit done, the municipal corporation will have the same concuted for that building. The cost of the audit will be recovered from the members of the building or housing society," he said. Hange furhther said that over the last few years, many buildings, which had been constructed between 1993 and 1995, have collapsed. "In July 2008, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation had served notices to around 800 buildings and had appealed to them to get structural audits done. But, barely 2 per cent of the buildings had done the structural audits. The rest did not bother to heed to the notice." Hange said they will now make it compulsory for the remaining buildings to get the audit done. "Depending on the audit report, action will be taken against buildings in a precarious state." The civic body's public relations officer, Yuvraj Badane, said that there are 252 "dangerous" structures in Ulhasnagar, of which 19 are "very dangerous". He added that Memsahab Building was not among the 'dangerous structures'." The police are yet to register a criminal offencein. Senior inspector Vijay Dolas, said they are still recording statements.
2019-02-05Bullet train gets green light via flamingo haven, national park - The Hindu
Bullet train gets green light via flamingo haven, national park UPDATED: FEBRUARY 06, 2019 00:35 IST A committee, chaired by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, has accorded wildlife clearance to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed train corridor that encroaches upon a flamingo sanctuary and the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the home to leopards, in Mumbai. The proposal involves diversion of 3.2756 ha of forestland from the Thane Creek Flamingo Wildlife Sanctuary and 97.5189 ha of land close to the boundary of the forest’s protected area. The project for one of India’s first ‘bullet trains’ was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Ahmedabad in September, 2017. It is expected to be ready by 2022. A wildlife clearance is a critical part of the forest clearance process. A person privy to the process said forest clearance wasn’t part of the original agenda of the meeting. “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,” said the person, who didn’t want to be identified. The project was accorded wildlife clearance on 10th January, according to records of the meeting. The TCF in Thane, Mumbai, came into being August 2015 and the 1,690-hectare bird haven — 896 hectares of mangrove forests and 794 hectares of a water-body — is on the western bank of the creek, between the Airoli and the Vashi bridges connecting Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Apart from the creek, the proposal also involves diverting 32.75 ha of forestland and 77.30 ha of non-forestland from Sanjay Gandhi National Park and from 0.6902 ha of forestland and 4.7567 ha of non-forest land from Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. While according clearance, the National Board of Wildlife-- the apex body tasked with according permissions to allow forest land to be diverted for industrial development-- has laid pre-conditions for the bullet train project. These include paying Rs 10 crore (2% of 500 crore—the component of the project in Mumbai) for habitat improvement of the sanctuary, barricading the work site to ensure that no debris fall outside the project area 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..’ Largely funded by a soft loan by Japan, the Rs 1 trillion Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project has a track-length of 508 km, and will originate at the Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai and terminate at the Sabarmati, in Gujarat. The length across the State of Maharashtra will be 155.64 km 4.3 km across Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The total length across the state of Gujarat would 348.2 km and would pass through the districts of Ahmedabad, Kheda, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Navsari, and Valsad in Gujarat.
2019-02-05Cover to Cattle - KTIC
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If you need someone to work 18 hours, that’s me. Is that ADD?” Maybe, but he is an admitted competitor, too. “I love to win. I love to compete,” he explains. “I was one of those little turkeys, growing up who never wanted to lose.” Buss Farms is not a place of inaction. The no-till Kansas farm, near Oxford, 45 minutes south of Wichita, demands constant attention in the service of six crops: soybeans, wheat, corn, grain sorghum, alfalfa and cotton. Seven crops, if you include a newer venture with cover crops. DIVERSIFIED MIX Wheat is good behind cotton, and cotton is good behind milo. “So, we stay with the rotation,” Ruyle says. “We’re busy nine months of the year.” Twelve months of the year for Ruyle. He runs 60 Red Angus cow/calf pairs. Registered heifers and bulls generate income, of course, but tending the calm, smaller-framed animals is an enjoyable release of stress. Cotton was cool on Buss Farms before cotton was cool in Kansas. Chuck Buss, Kevin’s father-in-law, was growing it in the 1990s, and it has been the money-leading crop on the farm for four years running. It competes well with soybeans and uses about one-third of the water corn consumes, an important attribute given the blinding heat of a Kansas summer and the dwindling water supplies. The farm grew 600 acres of cotton in 2018 and is headed toward 1,000 acres in 2019. In the days just before Christmas, Ruyle felt comfortable saying that some of the farm’s cotton fields yielded three bales to the acre. “For dryland Kansas, that’s tremendous,” he says. Cotton was the crop that brought Ruyle into Buss Farms. That, and the fact he married the farmer’s daughter, Dawn. “My father-in-law found an avenue for me to get back onto the farm in 2003, and it was stripping cotton,” Ruyle says. “It had a significant impact on our farm. We needed additional income to support [his and Thane’s] families. So, we picked cotton and did custom-stripping for other farmers.” They custom-stripped 300 acres this past year. SEEKING OPPORTUNITIES Buss Farms seems comfortable playing long ball, focusing on the long view — looking not just one step down the road, but two steps and more. It’s an outlook that considers not just the next farming opportunity but how that opportunity might create the next business venture beyond that. It’s really a generational outlook. Ruyle and Thane Buss talk about it. They have four boys, two each, between them and would love to give them all a farming opportunity if they want it. However, that just doesn’t happen without putting all the pieces together to understand what the pieces might be, Ruyle says. He asks, “How does a kid get into farming, start making money? There are no guarantees out here in south-central Kansas. We’ve seen crops burn up. It’s kind of hard to go to the banker and tell him you’re a good farmer when everything has fallen apart.” Cover crops may be the fuel of Buss Farms’ next generational opportunity. Ruyle and Thane Buss have been working with cover crops for only a short time. “We’re still learning,” Ruyle says. “But, there is a yield increase [when a cover crop is planted] before soybeans.” The crop builds organic matter, holds the moisture in the ground and keeps the soil cool. A cover crop before soybeans controls weeds so well that Ruyle and Thane Buss are left wondering why they continue to plant test strips. “We don’t do a lot of test strips, because we leave weeds behind [in the tests],” Ruyle says. That cover crops might benefit corn, too, in south-central Kansas is an open question. Will corn have enough water after the cover crop consumes some of it? Then, Ruyle throws out a longer-term prospect about cover crops. Could cover crops create a grazing opportunity for an expansion into cattle? “When I was a kid, I got to plow fields all day long. Which was boring,” he says, but he was learning, too. “Now, we run expensive tractors. It’s hard to turn a kid loose.” Might cattle become the way Buss Farms provides opportunity for another generation much as cotton provided opportunity for Ruyle? “When the kids get older, I’ll be looking for more revenue streams, whether that’s cows or more land,” Ruyle says. “Maybe there’s an opportunity for cattle or something else we don’t even know about yet. I’m not sure, but I think the future will be exciting for them.” cattleCrop RotationcropsYoung farmersYoung Ranchers © 2019 Nebraska Rural Radio Association. All rights reserved. Republishing, rebroadcasting, rewriting, redistributing prohibited. 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2019-02-05Seven hours, seven deaths - A grim reality check for Central Railways? - Times Now
Seven hours, seven deaths - A grim reality check for Central Railways? Updated Feb 05, 2019 Mumbai: This Sunday might have just been one of the worst days in the history of Central Railways. Seven people were killed in various accidents that took place along the Central Railways route in just seven hours. The accident took place at the Thane-Dombivali-Airoli Railway track on Sunday morning. A local man died while trying to cross the railway track in between Thane and Mulund. He was hit by the train. It was the first accident that took place at around 6 in the morning. At around 8 am, the body of a 50-year-old man was found between Thane and Airoli station. It is an approximation that his death was caused after he too was hit by a local train hit. A few meters away from this accident, at around 9 am, 20-year-old Rahul Chauhan's dead body was found. The police said that the younth was walking on the railway track from Thane station when the local train hit him and he died. 44-year-old Akesh Padiyal also died in a railway accident. Akesh was going from Ghatkopar to Nalasopara via Thane. His body was found on platform number 5 at the Thane Station. According to the police, he might have died after trying to catch a moving train. In Kopar, three from a family - 26-year-old Preeti Rane, her two-year-old son Livesh and her relative Sunita Bangale also died while crossing the railway track.
2019-02-05Speeding, rule violations make for a risky ride on Pune-Mumbai highway - Times of India
Speeding, rule violations make for a risky ride on Pune-Mumbai highway Updated: Feb 6, 2019, 11:28 IST PUNE: Speeding on the old Pune-Mumbai highway has become a cause of concern for the Pune rural police. The speed limit getting revised from 80 to 120 kmph along expressways and national highways has only compounded the problem. And so, the Pune rural police have joined hands with two non-profit organizations to spread awareness about road safety. The non-profits — SaveLIFE Foundation and ‘Be.artsy’ — will reach out to local communities to address these issues through ‘nukkad natak’ (street plays) as a part of the ongoing Road Safety Week. A survey conducted the two organizations found that , despite awareness about road safety measures, like wearing seatbelts and helmets, residents and commuters along the old Mumbai-Pune highway flout the norms. “We had conducted the survey to understand the awareness levels in villages around the highway,” Be-artsy founder Shikha Mittal said. Aditya Nayan from SaveLIFE Foundation, which has undertaken the project of Zero Fatality Corridor along the Pune-Mumbai expressway, said, “Unlike the expressway, there is a lot of habitation along the old highway. Issues like use of helmets, triple-seat-riding are common in the area, apart from other issues. We have identified some gaps which need to be filled and the areas to reach out to people in local communities to spread awareness.” Additional superintendent of police (Pune rural), Sandeep Jadhav said, “The expressway has fencing and barricading, so a speed limit of 120 kmph is fine as local residents cannot get onto the road. However, the old highway doesn’t have any such facilities and speeding vehicles tend to ply at high speeds causing threat to local habitants and even animals.” Jadhav said wrong-side driving and jaywalking are other issues that need to be addressed. Several intervention programmes have been planned along the highway. The first round of the initiative will be held at Lonavala, Kamshet and Wadgaon Maval. The street plays, in Marathi and Hindi, will focus on subjects like safer road behaviour, the good samaritan law, ambulance helpline and others. The Raigad police and Thane rural police are also supporting the initiative. in villages under their jurisdiction.
2019-02-04Volkswagen Motorsport in ‘Race of Legends’ - Autoportal
Volkswagen Motorsport in ‘Race of Legends’ Posted on 04 February 2019, 14:10 Volkswagen Motorsport India made its presence felt at the recently concluded ‘Race of Legends’ held at Thane, near Mumbai on 3rd February 2019. The technical requirements and support for the competition were handled by Volkswagen Motorsport team, which also supplied four modified cars for the race event. The competition saw legends of Indian motorsport driving the modified Volkswagen Polo cars at the Raymond Drift Track in Thane, Maharashtra. Volkswagen Motorsport India team provided their street type Polo with a modified hydraulic hand brake for the race event. Race of Legends was one of the events which took place at Raymond Drift Track on 2nd and 3rd February, apart from the 2018 Indian National Autocross Championship finals. Before this, five regional rounds were held in Coimbatore, Goa, Guwahati, Kolkata and NCR in 2018. Motorsport fans witnessed legends of motorsport racing like Akbar Ebrahim, Bomi Mehta, Darayus Bhathena, Katie Bhathena and Nikhil Taneja driving the Volkswagen Polo cars in the race held over the past weekend. On the occasion, Mr. Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India said, “Volkswagen Motorsport India has been providing support to all forms of motorsport in the country. We are the only car manufacturer that is running a premium one-make touring car series, supporting privateers with our technical expertise and building race-spec cars for the private motorsport enthusiast.” He further added, “It is our desire that motorsport should also be included in the popular sport category. We are happy that individual events like the Gymkhana and Autocross Championships are gaining momentum in the country and it is our pleasure to support these events in whatever way possible. It is only by successful collaboration and supporting each other that we can collectively bring motorsport to the forefront and provide better opportunities to the enthusiasts in our country.” Autocross is a type of motor racing which provides a platform to amateur or budding racers and non-professional or professional racing enthusiasts. It allows them to experience the thrills and adventure of competitive driving in an economical and secure environment. Leading motorsport racers from India are expected to participate in the 2019 Indian National Autocross Championship (INAC), which is promoted by FMSCI.
2019-02-04At 1.2 Lakh, Flamingos in Mumbai Triple since Last Year October - The Weather Channel
At 1.2 Lakh, Flamingos in Mumbai Triple since Last Year October TNN18 hours ago TWC India The eastern seafront of Mumbai hosted more than 1.2 lakh flamingos last month, up from 45,000 in October last year, the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has found. In October, BNHS started a 10-year study of flamingos along the 40km eastern coast—from Vitava (near Kalwa) to Sewri and from Vitava to JNPT. One of the plausible reasons for the large presence of flamingos in the newly established Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary is that organic sewage has resulted in the growth of macro benthic fauna (microorganisms found in the mud) leading to an abundance of blue green algae that they feed on. However, the birds have been affected by construction near Sewri and no longer flock the jetty. Since October, when the study began, there has been a decreasing number of Greater Flamingos as compared to the Lesser Flamingos and this could possibly be due to competition for food. “The Greater Flamingos may have migrated to other sites,” said Rahul Khot, principal investigator and assistant director of BNHS who is leading the 20-member team that is carrying out the study. The team, which undertook the survey by going out in boats, observed pollution in the creek and is carrying out tests for heavy metal presence in the soil and micro-organisms. Khot said the birds are pollution-tolerant as compared to other birds, but the pollution and presence of heavy metals on account of discharge of untreated sewage and effluents is a serious cause for concern. The unchecked growth of mangroves in the Thane creek on account of organic sewage is not good news for the flamingos as it would gobble up the mudflats. Flamingos feed in shallow waters and prefer mudflats. Khot said the bird numbers are in a state of flux. In October, when the study began, their numbers were around 45,000, but right now they are at their peak and in January their numbers touched 1.21 lakh. BNHS has now begun a long-term monitoring of the birds including population watch, migration studies through tagging with Global System for Mobile Communications tag, ringing the bird and use of colour flags. Around 10 birds will be tagged and their movements monitored. “This will help us understand how they move even within the sanctuary and the city. Their migration patterns will become clear by next year, including why there are more Lesser Flamingos and fewer Greater Flamingos,” he said. While the fear that the birds would permanently leave Mumbai on account of the construction of the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link has not translated into reality, Khot said the birds no longer flock towards the Sewri jetty. “The birds have been affected by the construction work. While earlier they would be within 50-60 metres of the Sewri jetty, now they are found in the bay on the opposite side,” he said. The establishment of the flamingo sanctuary has had a positive impact, said Khot as it has led to a tourism economy with local fishermen taking tourists out in boats to see the birds in the creek. “Fishing activities are discouraged and this provides a less disturbed environment which the birds prefer. We will also be studying the habitat,” he added.
2019-02-04HIGHLIGHTS WESTERN REGION AT 1630 HRS - THE WEEK
HIGHLIGHTS WESTERN REGION AT 1630 HRS February 04, 2019 16:36 IST BOM 1 MH-HAZARE-MNS CHIEF Ralegan Siddhi: MNS chief Raj Thackeray and noted water conservationist Rajendra Singh Monday meet social activist Anna Hazare, who has been sitting on an indefinite hunger strike over his demand for appointment of anti-corruption watchdogs at the Centre and in Maharashtra. LGB 1 MP-COURT-DEATH WARRANT Jabalpur: A trial court in Madhya Pradesh issues a 'death warrant' against a school teacher convicted of raping a four-year-old girl. BES 3 MH-FIRE-GODOWNS Thane: A fire destroys at least 25 godowns, where plastic and rubber material were stored, at a village in Thane district of Maharashtra. BES 4 MH-HAZARE-SENA Mumbai: The Shiv Sena asks the BJP-led government to save the life of social activist Anna Hazare whose hunger strike entered its sixth day.
2019-02-04'Human mind can overcome any disease': Parrikar - United News of India
2019-02-0425 godowns stocked with plastic, rubber gutted in Thane; none hurt - Mumbai Mirror
25 godowns stocked with plastic, rubber gutted in Thane; none hurt Updated: Feb 4, 2019, 12:51 IST Thane: A fire destroyed at least 25 godowns, where plastic and rubber material were stored, at a village in Thane district of Maharashtra in the wee hours of Monday, officials said. No casualty was reported in the mishap, Thane civic body's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. The fire broke out around 4 am following an explosion in an oxy-acetylene cylinder in one of the godowns, located in Dahisar-Mori locality of Uttarshiv village, and spread rapidly to other warehouses in the vicinity, Taloja MIDC fire station officer Deepak Dorugade said. Five fire engines from Taloja, Panvel and Navi Mumbai areas managed to bring the flames under control after about four hours, Kadam said. The godowns had stored the plastic and rubber material without proper permits, Dorugade said. Around 2,000 godowns, mostly having tin sheds, are located next to each other in Uttarshiv and other neighbouring villages, restricting access of firemen in case of an emergency, he said. "The godown owners also do not reveal the exact material stored in the warehouses, making it difficult for fire-fighters to put out the blaze," he said. After the cylinder explosion, firemen from Navi Mumbai's CIDCO area reached the spot first and started the operation to douse the flames, averting a major tragedy, he said. Dorugade said the godown owners generally do not co-operate with the firemen and also fail to make payments for these emergency services
2019-02-04Thane: Woman Shiv Sena leader cheated of Rs 9 lakh; four booked - The Indian Express
Thane: Woman Shiv Sena leader cheated of Rs 9 lakh; four booked Published: February 4, 2019 12:50:34 pm A woman Shiv Sena leader has been allegedly duped of over Rs 9 lakh by four persons in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Monday. Advertising Jyoti Thakare, chairperson of the Maharashtra government-run Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal, which helps women entrepreneurs, said in her complaint that she owned a petrol pump and another business and needed about Rs 7 crore loan to run them properly. Two of the accused last year offered to arrange loan through a private financial firm and sought Rs 60,000 from her as their charges, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. However, even after taking the money from her they did not facilitate loan disbursal, the official said. Later, two other men offered to help the Sena leader and allegedly took Rs 8.5 lakh from her but failed to arrange the loan, Narkar said. When they gave evasive replies after several reminders, Thakare lodged a complaint against all the four men at the Naupada police station here Sunday late night. Based on the complaint, the police registered offences against Amit Koli, Prashant Kadam, Balchandra Palva and Omkar Hatle alias Amit Patil, all hailing from Thane district, under Indian Penal Code Sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust), Narkar said. No arrest was made so far, she said, adding that a probe was into the matter.
2019-02-04Building collapses at Ulhasnagar in Thane district, Three people killed - Times Now
Building collapses at Ulhasnagar in Thane district, Three people killed 04 FEBRUARY 2019 Ulhasnagar: At least three people were killed and several others injured after a building collapsed in Indira Gandhi Market in Ulhasnagar of Thane district of Maharashtra.
2019-02-04Thane: Infant kidnapped near Mumbra railway station - Times of India
Thane: Infant kidnapped near Mumbra railway station Feb 5, 2019, 05:22 IST THANE: A 10-month-old boy was abducted near Mumbra railway station on Sunday night. Police said the infant's father, Abdul Khan (22), lives near the station with his wife and two children Arbaz (3) and Salman, who was kidnapped. "At 8.30 pm-9 pm, the boy's nine-year-old cousin took him for a walk. A little later, she returned crying, and said as she was sitting near a medical shop when a woman gave her Rs 10 told her to bring kheema pav, and said she will hold the baby till she returned. But she fled with the baby," said a police officer. Police said they had roped in police teams, crime branch and child protection unit to search for the boy. CCTV footage is being scanned too.
2019-02-04Meet Roadeo - the robot who will educate you about road safety - Moneycontrol.com
Meet Roadeo - the robot who will educate you about road safety Feb 04, 2019 04:44 PM IST Observing the road safety week between February 4-10, Thane Traffic Police has come up with a novel way to make people aware about road safety - a robot. Roadeo, a safety robot designed by 12 school students, will be deployed by the city's police to help pedestrians cross the road. The robot has been developed by students aged between 13 and 14 years old. Five of the 12 students are from Thane who were all trained at a private lab in Thane under the guidance of professional robot makers as per a report by Hindustan Times. As per one of the students who developed the robot students were taught different codes for the robot to perform and also were guided to develop various road safety messages. The developed codes and messages were then fed into the robot. The robot is developed on a computerised system and can be integrated with traffic signals. It can be operated manually or via Bluetooth. The robot has two hands which can be used for interacting with people and to display traffic signs. One of the trainers said as per the report said that Roadeo can function for three to four hours once charged completely. It has been installed with an electric battery. After the road safety week, Roadeo would be deployed at public places like malls, schools, and colleges. Amit Kale, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane quoted in the report said that Roadeo will be used at public junctions and the traffic police aim to educate school children about road safety through the robot. Roadeo will be a part of over 250 schools and 40 colleges in Thane district where the road safety campaign would be carried out. Roadeo may be the first robot used for road safety in Thane, but the robot has been previously used in cities like Pune and Chennai. During the road safety week, Thane Traffic Police would be arranging workshops for school bus drivers, autorickshaw drivers, and truck operators during the week.
2019-02-04Thane: Woman gets 10 years rigorous imprisonment for slashing girl's private parts - Times of India
Thane: Woman gets 10 years rigorous imprisonment for slashing girl's private parts Feb 4, 2019, 09:31 IST THANE: A 40-year-old woman human trafficker was convicted and sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment by the Thane district court for slashing the private parts of a girl who put up a fight for being forced into prostitution. After a 5-year trial, district judge S P Gondhalekar pronounced the sentence to accused Ruby Munshi who hails from Satkhira district in Bangladesh. Two of her aides Afzal Siddiqui (35) and Ramadevi Dodamani (61) were acquitted of all charges for lack of evidence, while another accused Alamgir is said to be on the run. Prosecutor Ujjwala Moholkar told the court that on March 21, 2014, a social worker was informed that a 24-yearold girl was brought from Bangladesh with promises of a job but was instead pushed into flesh trade in a brothel run by Munshi. When the victim refused to enter prostitution, the accused physically assaulted her and chopped off her private parts. She also broke her teeth. The sex traffickers also stubbed cigarettes on her body, causing burn injuries all over, the court was informed. The victim was initially admitted to the IGM hospital in Bhiwandi and later shifted to a hospital in Mumbai for treatment. The accused was convicted under Sections 370(2),370-A(2) ,326 of the IPC and Sections 3(2)(a), 5(1)(b),6(1)((a)&(b) of Immoral Traffic(Prevention) act of 1956.
2019-02-04Thane couple dies after truck rams scooter on Eastern Express highway - Mumbai Mirror
Thane couple dies after truck rams scooter on Eastern Express highway Updated: Feb 4, 2019, 06:00 IST Akshay Gupta and his wife were declared dead in hospital Their nine-year-old daughter, who was travelling with them at the time of the accident, is said to be stable; truck driver flees A Thane couple died in a road accident on the Eastern Express Highway in Vikhroli on Saturday after a truck rammed the scooter they were travelling on along with their nine-year-old daughter. The husband and wife were run over by the truck’s wheels. Their daughter survived the accident and is in a stable condition. The truck driver fled the spot. The Vikhroli police have registered a case and are probing the matter further. According to the police, the incident took place on Saturday, around 2 pm, when the couple, Akshay Gupta, his wife Aarti and daughter Rashi were travelling on the EEH on their way to Thane. Near Vikhroli, a truck allegedly hit Akshay’s scooter. Akshay, who was driving, lost control of the scooter and all three of the family fell on the road. Passersby who witnessed the accident informed the police, and the family was rushed to a nearby hospital. However the couple was declared dead on the spot. Rashi is said to be stable. “Akshay works in a private company. He had gone to BKC with his family for some work. The accident took place while they were returning home to Thane. The truck driver fled the spot after the accident, and we are on the lookout for him,” a police officer from Vikhroli police station said. “A case was registered against the driver of the truck under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act, for rash driving, causing death due to negligence, and hit and run. We have informed the truck owner about the accident and have summoned him,” a police officer said.
2019-02-03testThree dead while crossing railway track at Kopar station - United News of India
Three dead while crossing railway track at Kopar station Posted at: Feb 3 2019 11:42PM Thane, Feb 3 (UNI) Three persons including a two year old boy were run over by a speeding train at Kopar railway station, police said on Sunday. Police inspector, Satish Pawar of Dombivli police station said that the accident took place at 1500 hrs. They were crossing the track when unidentified train mowed them. One person was injured and has been hospitalised. Those who dead were identified as Preeti Rane (26), Sunita Bangale (62) and Nitesh Rane (02). Bodies have been sent to hospital for the postmortem.
2019-02-03Traumatised King Cobra nursed back to good health in Thane by experts, sent by air to Orissa for release | Mumbai NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Traumatised King Cobra nursed back to good health in Thane by experts, sent by air to Orissa for release 3rd February, 2019 Aditya Patil of Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA) shared that his team of volunteers drew a fixed routine for the snake. The 10-day operation from Thane forest department getting its custody on January 21 to it being sent to Odisha by air cargo on January 31 was kept under wraps and was known only by a selected team. In a feat of sorts, a team of young volunteers from Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA), under the guidance of experts, along with Thane territorial forest department, successfully ensured that the traumatised 10.6 feet King Cobra was nursed back to good health and sent to its own habitat for release on Thursday. Being a large snake and almost 5.6kg, saline was given to it sub-cutaneous to help it gain its strength quickly. While one team took care of the snake, Rohit Mohite, another member of WAA got permissions from Air India for sending the snake in the air cargo to Bhubaneswar," Patil informed.
2019-02-03Three killed as clinic collapses in Thane - United News of India
2019-02-03Maharashtra: Three Dead, 2 Injured as Building Collapses in Thane's Ulhasnagar - India.com News
Thane Building Collapse: Three Dead in Ulhasnagar; Rescue Operations Underway Published: February 3, 2019 4:40 PM IST Thane: Three persons died and two others were left injured as a building collapsed at Ulhasnagar in Thane district of Maharashtra on Sunday afternoon. Teams of police and fire department are present at the spot and the search and rescue operations are underway. The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital. The identities of those deceased was not ascertained till the time of filing this report. Last year, the Thane Municipal Corporation ordered the evacuation of almost 57 flats in the Uthalsar housing society after a tilt was detected in a building. At least 300 people were residing in the four-storey building. All were temporarily relocated to vacant flats at a housing complex in the city’s Bhayander Pada area. Briefing about the matter, Assistant Municipal Commissioner Shankar Patole had informed the building was constructed in 1983. In 2016, at least 12 people were killed and 15 others were injured when a 50-year-old building called Krishna Niwas collapsed near the Thane Railway Station. According to reports, the deceased include Saurabh P Bhatt, 54, Ramchandra P Bhatt, 65, Mira R Bhatt, 58, Rachita R Bhatt, 22, Arun D Sawant, 62, Amit A Sawant, 40, Bhakti A Sawant, 32, Anaya A Khot, 7, Priya A Patel, 14, Manda A Nene, 70, Rashmi K Mange, 25 and Mahadeo R Barve, 60.
2019-02-03Thane Municipal Corporation yet to start mangrove mapping | Mumbai NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Thane Municipal Corporation yet to start mangrove mapping 3rd February, 2019 The TMC's mangrove committee is still waiting for satellite maps from the forest department to start mangrove mapping and take other measures in the city. After which we will compare them with the current reality and start mapping," she says. As such the Thane municipal corporation (TMC) formed a special mangrove committee in October to monitor the situation, map them and suggest and implement ways to conserve them. "We had asked for area maps with mangroves from the year 2005 till now from the Mangrove cell of the forest department. Siddhesh Desai from Kalwa Rail Pravasi Sanghatna who highlighted the issue of depleting mangrove, says these are just excuses.
2019-02-03'Earthquake swarm' in Palghar: Why Maharashtra district is being hit since November - Down To Earth Magazine
‘Earthquake swarm’ in Palghar: Why Maharashtra district is being hit since November Last Updated: Sunday 03 February 2019 The Palghar district in northern Maharastra was in a state of Panic on February 1, 2019 as it was rocked by a series of minor earthquakes. Media reported as many 6 tremors on the day, with magnitudes ranging between 3 and 4.1 on the Richter scale. According to a report by the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), many aftershocks of lesser magnitude have also been observed in the area. In the ensuing chaos and stampede, a two-year-old girl fell and died because of serious injuries in one of the villages close to Talasari city in the district. Palghar has been witnessing an unusual frequency of earthquakes since November, 2018. This had led to the establishment of three temporary field stations of the NCS at Dhundalwadi, Dongripada and Talasari to observe and record the seismic activity. NCS has categorised the unusual tremors as an ‘earthquake swarm’ which is a series of low magnitude earthquakes that occur in a localised region and over a period of time ranging from days, weeks to even months. “When seismic energy piles up inside the Earth and is released in small amounts from certain points, such a series of earthquakes can occur,” says Pankaj Kumar, who works on the crossroads of seismology and oceanography at the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa. Sometimes, these rumblings of the Earth are also accompanied by acoustic or sound emissions. A Geological Survey of India (GSI) communication from 2003 says that such activity has been observed at 30 places in the region even though the Deccan Plateau is not an earthquake-prone zone because of its hard rock crust. “Seismic waves travel faster in hard rocks which helps the tremors dissipate faster, but there is also loose soil there which makes the waves stay longer, release more energy and cause more damage,” says Kumar. The GSI communication also studied the occurrence of an earthquake swarm near Bamhori village of Seoni district in Madhya Pradesh between February and May, 2000. The swarm consisted of as many as 350 tremors but lack of data prevented GSI from reaching a conclusion on the cause of the phenomenon. But earthquake swarms are not limited to the Peninsula. On August 27, 2016, a series of 58 earthquakes were recorded in the Rampur area of Himachal Pradesh. This Himalayan swarm was later attributed to low strength of the earth’s crust in the area which could not hold the tectonic energy. The situation cannot be taken lightly as many major earthquakes in the region have been preceded by earthquake swarm activity. They come as foreshocks to the main earthquake which could be much greater in magnitude. Two such instances were the Latur and Koyna earthquakes in 1993 and 1967 respectively. While the Latur quake killed almost 10,000 people, close to 200 people died in the Koyna quake. There is, in fact, an ongoing debate about the fact that the Koyna earthquake was human-made and was caused by the huge Koyna dam completed in 1962. Such an earthquake can occur through the process of Reservoir Induced Seismicity (RIS) when large amount of seismic energy gets concentrated in a small area due the weight of the large structure and the water that it holds. This weakens the earth below and releases the energy in the form of an Earthquake. The Ministry of Earth Sciences is conducting a study in Koyna to ascertain if RIS was indeed responsible for the Koyna disaster and to understand how such events can be predicted.
2019-02-03Latest News: Anna Hazare Says He Will Return Padma Bhushan Award - The Quint
Latest News: Anna Hazare Says He Will  Return Padma Bhushan Award
2019-02-03Mandatory For Promoter To Take Flat Owner's Consent Before Any Addl Construction Takes Place In Housing Society: Bombay HC [Read Judgment] - Live Law
Mandatory For Promoter To Take Flat Owner's Consent Before Any Addl Construction Takes Place In Housing Society: Bombay HC [Read Judgment] 3 FEB 2019 11:02 PM The Bombay High Court has held that it is mandatory for promoters to fully disclose their construction plans in a sanctioned layout plan to flat owners and take their consent in case any additional construction is to be done. Justice SC Gupte was hearing a second appeal against a judgment of a district court in Thane. The second appeal was filed by one Vitthal Patil, after the district court confirmed another judgment passed by a civil court in Thane wherein Patil's suit was dismissed. Case Background According to the appellant, in January 2007, he entered into a flat purchase agreement with Kores India Real Estate Division. The agreement referred to a layout dated January 19, 2005 showing 15 buildings to be constructed by Kores, including the building containing the appellant's flat. The layout also showed various open and amenity spaces. In October 2009, the appellant and others noted some activities suggesting a proposed construction of an additional building, i.e., Building No.16, on the suit property. Once the appellant objected to the said additional construction, the concerned planning authority rejected the proposal for additional construction. Thereafter, a fresh proposal was submitted wherein the space proposed to be a recreational ground (RG) was said to be replaced by the building in question. Hence the appellant filed a suit objecting to the said proposal. Judgment Senior Advocate RS Apte appeared on behalf of the appellant and Senior Advocate PS Dani appeared for defendant Kores India. The court examined the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of Jayantilal Investments vs. Madhuvihar Coop. Housing Society and provisions of the Maharashtra Ownership of Flats Act (MOFA). The court concluded that in accordance with the MOFA, promoters were bound to disclose plans to construct a building on the proposed RG area: "MOFA has two sets of provisions to ensure that the flat purchasers get what they were promised by the promoter when the purchase agreements were made. This was deemed necessary since usually such agreements are entered into before a building is constructed or a project of multiple buildings is completed. Having once entered into an agreement and invested a substantial amount for purchase of the flat, the flat purchaser, who would hardly be expected to be in a bargaining position and who more or less would have signed on the dotted line when he executed the agreement, has practically no effective remedy in general law to ensure that he actually gets what was promised to him at the time of the agreement. MOFA, therefore, steps in and provides for the purchaser's rights and corresponding obligations of the promoter to keep to the bargain." The court further noted: "What is material is that the purchaser agreed to purchase the flat on the basis of the promoter's disclosures. These were: there would be 15 buildings in the proposed layout (may be with the possibility of an additional construction by use of FSI/TDR); and there would be large recreational spaces (RG Nos.1 and 2) located at the places indicated in the layout. On these disclosures, the purchaser thought it worth his while to purchase the flat. If that is so, considering the duty of disclosure which includes duty to conform to such disclosure on the part of the promoter, the question to be considered was whether the purchaser could now be told that the open recreational space of RG No.2 would be constructed upon and there would be 4 RGs at 4 different locations." "A developer cannot disclose one or the other buildings or areas for additional construction and then construct it somewhere else. He must keep to his disclosure," Justice Gupte observed. Thus, the second appeal was allowed and the suit has been remanded to the trial court, i.e., civil court, Thane, for a fresh hearing in accordance with law.
2019-02-03Mumbai’s Delisle bridge dismantled, a part to be rebuilt - Hindustan Times
Mumbai’s Delisle bridge dismantled, a part to be rebuilt The reconstruction work has been made open to bids and is expected to begin in a few months. Updated: Feb 04, 2019 00:47 IST After dismantling the 98-year-old Delisle road overbridge at Lower Parel station on Sunday, the Western Railway (WR) has planned to reconstruct the portion of the bridge running parallel to the railway tracks. The reconstruction work has been made open to bids and is expected to begin in a few months. Earlier during the day, a 11-hour block was taken by the WR to dismantle the bridge. The block, from 10 pm on Saturday to 9 am on Sunday, saw the main pillars and iron cross beams of the bridge dismantled. A total of 851 WR workers, including 345 track maintainers and 506 contractual labourers were employed for the dismantling. The dismantling of the bridge was undertaken properly during the block. Reconstruction will soon begin, said a senior western railway official. Following the Andheri-Gokhale bridge mishap, the WR had shut the Delisle bridge in July 2018. The pedestrian pathway of the bridge was opened by the Railways after immense pressure from local politicians. The bridge was dismantled after it was found unfit for vehicular traffic in an inspection that was carried out by IIT-B experts, railway officials and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). A total of 445 bridges were inspected. Meanwhile, work was carried out on the drainage systems at Lower Parel and Prabhadevi railway stations, along with the painting of booking offices and station premises at Prabhadevi. The railway authorities undertook close to 58 different works on the entire Lower Parel to Churchgate section during the block. Commuters were inconvenienced by the block, which was clubbed with the maintenance block operated by the Central Railway (CR) between Matunga and Mulund stations on the fast line and on the harbour route between Mankhurd and Nerul. I live in Thane and had to travel to Lower Parel for work. The trains on CR were delayed by 20 minutes, whereas there were disruptions for WR trains. The share-taxi drivers outside Dadar railway station took advantage and charged extra, said Rupali Ambure, a Thane resident. Owing to the block, a few outstation trains were cancelled.
2019-02-03Mumbai man held in Rs 5 crore ISIS drug haul - Times of India
Mumbai man held in Rs 5 crore ISIS drug haul Feb 3, 2019, 06:56 IST THANE: An Andheri resident was arrested in a Rs 5 crore drug smuggling racket on Saturday. The drug, Tramadol, is popular among ISIS terrorists. The name of Sanjay Shukla (38) cropped up following the custody of his brother, Nilesh, an accused in the Avinash Bali murder case, police said. Bali was a key witness in the Amboli double murder of 2011. "Based on sustained interrogation of Nilesh earlier this month, we found that his brother Sanjay too was involved in peddling and dispatching drugs to Europe and the US," said a police officer. The accused used to get orders at a small call centre, after which they used to courier it, police said. They were involved in manufacturing the drug, the officer added. They were produced in court and remanded to police custody till February. Police had seized nearly 400 strips of banned tablets, worth Rs 40,000 locally, but over Rs 40 lakh in the international market, from a godown. Many more names have cropped up, added the officer.
2019-02-03Mumbai: Greens see red as 2000 trees may be cut for road - Times of India
Mumbai: Greens see red as 2000 trees may be cut for road Updated: Feb 3, 2019, 09:37 IST THANE: More than 2,800 trees are at a risk of being chopped down by the civic authorities, in what is being labelled by green activists as a "secretive felling operation'', to make way for construction by MMRDA of a 11-km road connecting Katai naka with Airoli. Environmentalist Rohit Joshi and activist Zoru Bhathena spotted a public notice, which offered skeletal information about the deforestation drive, in an English tabloid, seeking suggestions and objections from citizens. The first phase of the partly elevated road project was kickstarted last year. "It is totally gross and unacceptable that Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) should avoid publishing all details on this massive drive," said Bhathena. Joshi said, "This seems like a deliberate attempt to discourage people from registering objections or offering suggestions." The activists plan to bring the discrepancies to the HC's notice. TMC tree officer Anuradha Babar insisted adequate information was given in the notice. MMRDA officials could not be reached for comment.
2019-02-03Thane Municipal Corporation yet to start mangrove mapping - Daily News & Analysis
Thane Municipal Corporation yet to start mangrove mapping Updated: Feb 3, 2019, 06:25 AM IST February 2 is celebrated as world wetlands day, yet Thane's mangroves are still waiting for attention. The TMC's mangrove committee is still waiting for satellite maps from the forest department to start mangrove mapping and take other measures in the city. Concerned environmentalists allege that this is just an excuse to avoid the work. It was on September 17, 2018, that the Bombay High Court ordered protection of forests and a 50-meter buffer zone around them in the state. As such the Thane municipal corporation (TMC) formed a special mangrove committee in October to monitor the situation, map them and suggest and implement ways to conserve them. However, three months have passed yet there has been no movement by the TMC on the mapping front. "We had asked for area maps with mangroves from the year 2005 till now from the Mangrove cell of the forest department. Have received them just now," says Manisha Pradan, from TMC's pollution control department. "We are yet to receive the maps of some other areas. After which we will compare them with the current reality and start mapping," she says. Siddhesh Desai from Kalwa Rail Pravasi Sanghatna who highlighted the issue of depleting mangrove, says these are just excuses.
2019-02-03Thane: 3 killed after building collapses in Ulhasnagar’s Indira Gandhi Market - India Today
Thane: 3 killed after building collapses in Ulhasnagar’s Indira Gandhi Market UPDATED: February 3, 2019 16:57 IST Three people killed, two were injured after a building collapsed in Thane district’s Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra. The building collapsed in Indira Gandhi Market in Ulhasnagar. The cause behind the building collapse has not been ascertained yet. The Indira Gandhi Market building collapse was reported in the afternoon. The injured have been shifted to a local hospital where they are being treated. The exact time of the incident is not known yet. Teams of police and fire department have rushed to the spot and the rescue operation is underway. It should be noted that there are many illegal structures in Ulhasnagar area. More details are awaited.
2019-02-03Traumatised snake was nursed back to health by activists, rescued - Daily News & Analysis
Traumatised King Cobra nursed back to good health in Thane by experts, sent by air to Orissa for release Updated: Feb 3, 2019, 12:15 PM IST In a feat of sorts, a team of young volunteers from Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA), under the guidance of experts, along with Thane territorial forest department, successfully ensured that the traumatised 10.6 feet King Cobra was nursed back to good health and sent to its own habitat for release on Thursday. The 10-day operation from Thane forest department getting its custody on January 21 to it being sent to Odisha by air cargo on January 31 was kept under wraps and was known only by a selected team. Even the team decided to not click any images besides for documentation. "It was brought in a dehydrated condition and was in trauma due to excessive handling and stress from continuous transportation so our first task was to stabilise it. Being a large snake and almost 5.6kg, saline was given to it sub-cutaneous to help it gain its strength quickly. All its activity was documented and monitored round the clock. Within few days it became active and started drinking water on its own," said Dr Kiran Shelar, Veterinarian who informed that a lot of precautions were taken to ensure it was not disturbed or handled and even human contact was kept the minimum. Aditya Patil of Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA) shared that his team of volunteers drew a fixed routine for the snake. "Every morning around 8 to 9 am the snake was taken to bask in the sun. While one team took care of the snake, Rohit Mohite, another member of WAA got permissions from Air India for sending the snake in the air cargo to Bhubaneswar," Patil informed. Within few days of the snake being brought to Thane, Dr Jitendra Ramgaonkar, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) Thane territorial began the necessary formalities with PCCF, Wildlife office in Nagpur as well as PCCF, Wildlife in Odisha for securing permission to release the snake at the earliest. Herpatologist Kedar Bhide who played a crucial role in the entire operation said that it was a first of its kind collaborative effort in the State with several leading experts on snakes across India being consulted and a plan being devised and followed to ensure this King does not languish in a zoo. "This is just the tip of iceberg and its high time forest department tighten its network and keep a tab on snake rescuers indulging in such illegal exchange of snakes in the State," he said.
2019-02-03Maharashtra: In a first, snake rescuers booked for illegally exchanging King Cobra - Daily News & Analysis
Maharashtra: In a first, snake rescuers booked for illegally exchanging King Cobra Updated: Feb 3, 2019, 06:30 AM IST In a first of its kind case in Maharashtra, while a group of snake rescuers have been booked for illegally procuring a 10.6 feet long King Cobra (not found in Maharashtra) from Orissa in exchange for other snakes, another set of snake rescuers and experts took it upon themselves to not only find this 'missing' snake but also nursed it back to good health in Thane for 10 days and ensured its safe transportation for its release back in Orissa. The crime of snakes being illegally exchanged by snake rescuers between two states came to light after the arrest of Chandrabhan Naik from Bargad, Odisha who was caught by Railway Protection Force (RPF) at Ahmednagar station on January 13 after six live snakes and a green iguana were found in his bag. The arrest opened a can of worms as the forest department found several images of snake rescuers handling a King Cobra in Naik's camera and laptop. The officials suspected that a King Cobra was brought in the state. Further interrogation by forest officials led to arrest of Avinash Shah (Sangamner), Sopan Thorat (Sangamner), Akshay Ghodke(Barshi) and Jagdish Rewatkar (Chandrapur), however, two persons- Amar Godambe who is now the main accused along with Altaf Shaikh both from Pune went absconding. "They admitted that six of them had brought a King Cobra in November 2018 from Chandrabhan during their visit to Odisha by exchanging it for Malabar pit viper, Hump-nosed pit viper and Albino common krait that they had carried from Maharashtra,"said Range Forest Officer (RFO) Sunil Thete who informed that this case has shocked everyone by exposing such exchange by snake rescuers themselves. The final breakthrough: Investigations also revealed that the King Cobra was kept at Amar's house for almost two months and during this time several snake rescuers visited his house and free handled the snake and even clicked photos with it. As per RFO Thete, just a day before the arrest of Chandrabhan, Amar had sent the Cobra to Avinash Shah at Sangamner who in turn along with Sopan handed it to Mumbai based snake rescuer Tanmay Kolte on January 15 stating that it was an exotic snake and could be sold to pet shop and even asked for their commission. However, on his return to Mumbai, Kolte found it to be an Indian King Cobra and sensing trouble after vague replies from the duo he alerted Aditya Patil from Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA) about possessing the snake as he found out that Patil was working on this case with the forest department. "I asked Kolte to immediately handover the snake to Ahmednagar forest office and also informed the department. On January 19 Kolte handed the snake to the department," said Patil. Back to where it belonged: Senior snake rescuers and experts in the field like Herpatologist Kedar Bhide, Ganesh Mehendale from Organisation for Wild Life Studies (OWLS) and others who were working closely with the forest department and WAA suggested that the snake should be sent back to Odisha for release in its natural habitat. The WAA team in coordination with Thane territorial forest department got the custody of the snake on January 21 and along with expert Vets, and under the guidance of seniors like Bhide and Mehendale took care of it for 10 days. The snake was finally sent by air cargo to Bhubaneswar along with Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) Ramesh Devkhile on January 31 where the team along with the Odisha forest department will release it back in its habitat. Meanwhile, while the four arrested accused are out on bail, as per forest officials Godambe has already applied for anticipatory bail, which the forest department is planning to oppose in the court at the moment. ABOUT THE KING The King Cobra is known as the world’s longest venomous snake found in forests of India and can grow to a length of 12 to even 18 feet 11 large scales on the crown of its head that is a feature distinguishing it is also a reason for it being called the King
2019-02-032-Year-Old Girl Among Three Dead After Roof Collapses In Thane Clinic - NDTV News
2-Year-Old Girl Among Three Dead After Roof Collapses In Thane Clinic Updated: February 04, 2019 03:21 IST THANE: Three persons, including a two-year-old girl, were killed on Sunday after a roof collapsed at a clinic in Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra's Thane district, a fire brigade official said. Three others were injured in the incident that took place at around 2:30 pm on Sunday, he added. The dead were identified as Nitu Sadija (60), Anita Mourya (25) and two-year-old Priya Mourya. An officer said the Memsaab building in which Sai Aashirwad clinic was housed was a five-storey one and had 15 tenements. "The second floor collapsed onto the first floor which in turn came crashing onto the ground floor where the clinic is situated," he said. UMC Disaster Cell officials said the process of sealing the building, constructed around 1994-95, was underway. COMMENT A probe has been ordered into the incident, they added.
2019-02-0361-Year-Old Man Arrested for Molesting Woman in Thane - News18
61-Year-Old Man Arrested for Molesting Woman in Thane Updated:February 5, 2019, 1:15 PM IST Thane: A 61-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly molesting and stalking a woman in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Tuesday. The 60-year-old woman, who worked as a domestic help, told the Naupada police that the accused, Prakash Mhatre, had allegedly been stalking her for last four months in the Makhmali Talao locality because of which she had to leave several jobs in the area, a police official said. She further alleged that while she was walking on a road in Naupada area on Monday, the accused came near her again and touched her inappropriately, he said. The victim hit the man with a tiffin box and tried to catch hold of him, but he started running away. However, some passers-by managed to nab Mhatre and took him to the Naupada police station, he said. The woman also reached the police station and lodged a complaint, based on which the accused was arrested and booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 354 (assault or criminal force on a woman with an intent to outrage her modesty) and 354 (d) (stalking), he added
2019-02-033 died after building collapses in Thane - ANI News
3 died after building collapses in Thane Updated: Feb 03, 2019 22:18 IST At least three people died while two injured after a building collapsed in Indira Gandhi Market in Thane district's Ulhasnagar town. The unfortunate incident took place on Sunday afternoon. Teams of police and fire department reached at the spot to initiate the rescue operation. The injured were immediately shifted to a nearby hospital.
2019-02-03Thane: Train grazes past car parked close to tracks - Times of India
Thane: Train grazes past car parked close to tracks Feb 4, 2019, 04:23 IST THANE: A mishap between a car and a freight train was averted near the Parsik tunnel after a slow-moving train brushed past an unoccupied car which had been parked "too close" to the tracks on Sunday morning. The car driver, who had halted for a brief moment and stepped out of the car, after which the train came trundling along the line from Kalyan on its way to the Turbhe yard. Railway officials, who reached the spot soon after, said that the locomotive had gone past the car smoothly, but one of its wagons grazed past the vehicle after which the train was halted at once. A team from Thane railway station rushed to the spot and pulled the car aside and also impounded it. The train left for its destination after mandatory safety checks were done by senior railway employees. A case has been registered under the Railway Act against the owner of the car. He is slated to be presented in the railway court on Monday.
2019-02-03Bloody Sunday on CR: Seven track deaths in 7 hours - Times of India
Bloody Sunday on CR: Seven track deaths in 7 hours Feb 4, 2019, 05:00 IST THANE:It was a day of tragedies on the Thane-Dombivli-Airoli suburban rail route as seven commuters died in seven hours in separate incidents on Sunday morning. The first death was reported at 6am when a man was run over by a Down slow line between Thane and Mulund. The man is yet to be identified. Just as helpers located the body and brought it to the platform, the news of another death was radioed around 8am. A 50-year-old injured commuter was reported lying lifeless between Thane and Airoli, presumably hit by a suburban local. Around 9am, barely a few metres from the spot where the second body was found, a 20-year-old resident of Vitawa, Rahul Chauhan, was hit by a train as he was walking along the tracks towards Thane station. Passersby managed to halt an oncoming train and loaded the injured Chauhan into it. He was rushed to Thane Civil Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. His friends said that Chauhan, who worked as a labourer, had arrived in the city on Friday from Nashik and was on his way to his first day at work in Thane. “Chauhan was staying with relatives and was walking with a fellow labourer. His friend managed to evade the train but Chauhan got hit,” said a railway police official. In the fourth incident, Akesh Padyal (44), who was travelling from Ghatkopar to Nalasopara via Thane, was found lying in the gap between the platform and tracks around 11am at the Mumbai-end of platform 5 in Thane. Police officials said the commuter may have tried to alight a running train and is likely to have lost his balance before slipping into the gap. Padyal stayed in Dombivli and is survived by his wife, a child, his parents and two brothers. He was employed with a private firm in Dombivli and his family said they didn’t know why he had gone to Ghatkopar and then returned to Thane. In Kopar, a 26-year-old woman, Priti Rane, her two-year-old son Livesh and a relative, Sunita Bangale, died after getting stuck between an Express train and a local while crossing the tracks at Kopar in the afternoon. Priti and her son lived in Kalyan and they were retuning with Bangale after attending a family function in Kopar. Accidental death reports were filed in all cases by Thane railway police. GRP data shows that 2,981 people died on the 700-km suburban network in Mumbai in 2018. The figure was a slight improvement from 2017’s 3,014.
2019-02-02Road rage: Khatron Ke Khiladi contestant Shamita Shetty harassed - IWMBuzz
Road rage: Khatron Ke Khiladi contestant Shamita Shetty harassed 02 Feb,2019 05:05:02 Bollywood diva Shamita Shetty, who is currently seen in Colors’ on-going reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi 9, had an unfortunate road rage incident recently. While Shamita was safe and unhurt, her driver was subject to assault by three unidentified men. It so happened that when Shamita was travelling to Thane, her car was cornered by a cab, following which the driver and the passengers in the cab abused and assaulted Shamita’s driver Darshan Sawant. And now, cops are on the lookout for the accused, who are hiding. Recalling the horrifying incident to a popular daily, Shamita said, “I was on my way to Thane and we were at the toll plaza when a taxi rammed into my car from behind. My driver got out of the car to see the extent of the damage. It’s just a normal human tendency to get out of a vehicle and assess the damage after an accident. When you are not at fault, you can end up shouting at the person who is at fault. Everyone does that. My driver did that, too, because my car was stationary when this other car rammed into it. I got off to see the extent of the damage on the bumper as well. The driver in the other car apologised and we all left from there.” She further added, “I was on my way to meeting a friend and we were waiting a little ahead of the toll booth. The taxi followed us and the driver and two others came to our car. They saw my driver outside and they beat him up. I got worried because they were literally pushing him on to the door of my car. I rushed out to rescue him. They got aggressive with me, too. Shamita and her driver were alert and noted down their number plate. “When they left, we followed them and clicked a photo of their number plate. I approached the traffic cops, who directed me to a police station. From there, I was sent to another police station where a complaint was lodged. The cops were very helpful. I am thankful for the swift response of the cops,” ended Shamita.
2019-02-02Mumbai: Duo inspired by YouTube easy money videos, lands behind bars - Daily News & Analysis
Mumbai: Duo inspired by YouTube easy money videos, lands behind bars Updated: Feb 2, 2019, 06:35 AM IST Two men who tried to make easy money by watching tips on Youtube videos landed behind the bars. Inspired by these videos the duo bought used cars from e-commerce website, forged their documents and sold them to a third person through the same site. The matter came to light when a doctor from Nagpur took the car for RTO test and learned that the documents of the vehicles are bogus. The two accused from Bhayendar Rohit Dhawan alias Prithvi Amin, 30, from Vasai and Runit Jayprakash Shah, 35, are well-qualified. Dhawan is a distributor for a water purifier while Shah works in the marketing department of an IT firm. "They are educated, doing financially stable, but were lured by the `how to make easy money' videos on YouTube," said senior police inspector Jayraj Ranaware, Thane police, Crime branch Unit -5. The entire scam was hatched by Dhawan while Shah actively participated in it. They bought three mobile phones from OLX, and sim cards from the roadside vendors. Now they decided to bait for car owners who had car loans and wanted to sell their vehicles. Based on CCTV recordings and technical analysis, Thane crime branch arrested the duo on January 31. "They used the sim cards only for their deals, otherwise their phones would be switched off. It was quite difficult to trace their phones," he said. The accused were produced in Thane court on Friday and have been remanded to seven days police custody.
2019-02-02Two held for duping car buyers on OLX - The Asian Age
Two held for duping car buyers on OLX Published : Feb 2, 2019, 6:33 am IST Mumbai: The Thane crime branch arrested two individuals who duped buyers on online marketplace OLX by selling cars while using forged identity documents. Officials said that the accused would buy cars with an outstanding loan and later tamper with the vehicles’ documents and change their registration numbers before selling them. The accused, Rohit Dhawan alias Prithvi Amin (30), a resident of Palghar, and Sunit Shah (35), a resident of Bhayandar, were arrested on Thursday. The officials said that, due to monetary issues, the duo hatched a plan to dupe people by buying and selling cars online after watching online videos on how to make easy money. “The accused had made forged Aadhaar and PAN cards. They would contact car sellers on OLX who had ongoing car loans. They would then buy those cars at low prices and then exchange their number plates with those of similar models without a car loan. They would also create forged RC books and insurance pap-ers and sell these cars at a high price,” said an officer of Thane crime branch. The duo was tech savvy and would use software such as Photoshop to create the forged documents. The police found that the accused duo had bought an Etios recently for Rs 70,000. The car had a loan of Rs 4.50 lakh. The duo sold the same car to another buyer at Rs 1.16 lakh. The duo had sold at least two other cars recently, the police said. The accused have a similar case registered against them by the Oshiwara police station. The investigators have seized a computer, printer and bogus cheques that were from the accused. The Kapurbawdi police has booked the duo in a fresh case of cheating, forgery and forging documents as per the Indian Penal Code.
2019-02-02Roadeo will help you cross Thane roads safely - Hindustan Times
Roadeo will help you cross Thane roads safely Updated: Feb 03, 2019 00:36 IST A robot developed by 12 school students will soon be deployed by the Thane traffic police to help pedestrians cross roads and spread awareness about road safety. Thane traffic police will first introduce the safety robot, named Roadeo, at public places, schools and colleges during the road safety week, which will start from February 4 and go on till February 10. Roadeo has been built by 12 schoolchildren, who are between the age group of 13 and 14, from Pune, Chennai and Thane cities. The team includes five students from Thane. A similar model of the robot has been introduced in Chennai and Pune for traffic awareness. The students were trained at a private lab centre in Thane. Professional robot makers had guided the children in preparing the various codes and developing road safety messages “These codes and messages were then fed into the robot,” said Adwait Patkhedkar, 14, student of Rainbow International School, Thane. Roadeo can be integrated with the traffic signals, can be operated manually or via Bluetooth. The robot has two hands to interact with people and displaying traffic signs. “The robots has been developed on a computerised system through programming and codes,” said one of the professionals that trained the students to make the robot. The robot runs on electrical charge. Once charged, the robot can function for around three to four hours. Deputy commissioner of police (traffic), Thane, Amit Kale, said that Raodeo is India’s first road safety robot. The robot, Kale said, will be first introduced at the road safety week carried by the traffic team from February 4 to 10. Then, it will be deployed at public places like malls and thereafter, in the schools and colleges. “The robot will also be deployed at various junctions, displaying safety messages and signs. We hope school children learn about road safety,” said Kale. Bhavya Bhosale, 13, a student from Euro School, Thane, who was also part of the team that made the robot, hopes to make similar models of Roadeo. “We are happy to be part of the team that has developed the robot. We wish to continue our training to make more such models of Roadeo,” said Kale said the specialty about this robot is that it has been prepared by the school children. “We started training to develop the robot one and half months ago. We used to spend nearly three to four hours to develop this model,” said Pranav Iyer , student of CP Goenka School, Thane. The traffic police’s road safety week will involve around 250 schools and 40 colleges from Thane district. The traffic police will organise workshops for school bus drivers, auto drivers and heavy vehicles operators during the road safety week.
2019-02-02Number of young and first-time voters in Thane has decreased - Hindustan Times
Number of young and first-time voters in Thane has decreased Updated: Feb 03, 2019 00:44 IST The district election commission might have managed to increase the number of voters for the Assembly elections, but the number of young and first-time voters has decreased. Not even one percent of the total voters registered are in the age group of 18-19 years. The largest number of voters is in the age group of 35 to 50 years. As per the 2011 Census, the projected population of youngsters who would be above 18 years by January 2019 was 3.5 lakh . The election commission said they were hoping around 2 lakh new voters to register during the registration drive in September and October but only 43,758 names have been added to the list. An election officer from Thane district said, “The final voter’s list has 43,758 voters in the age group of 18-19 years and 8,99,352 voters in the age group of 20-29 years.” The largest number of names registered is in the middle-aged group. “There are more than 15 lakh voters in the age group of 40 to 49 and more than 14 lakh voters in the age group of 30-39, which is mostly the working population in the city. The statistics shows that the lowest registration is in the new voter category,” he said. The district election commission started registering young voters two years ago. Campus ambassadors were trained to help guide youngsters. Social media was also used to create awareness among youngsters. The number of young voters in 2017 was 59,000, which is much more than this year. Aniruddha Ashtaputre, district information officer, said, “We did not undertake any special drive last year for increasing the number of young voters. The drive which started in 2017 to appoint campus ambassadors continued last year too. We also conducted a door-to-door registration drive last year.” The booth-level officials went door to door for six months. “Most voters who were in 18-19 age groups are in above-20 category,” he added. Colleges said most youngsters are too young to know the importance of voting. Chandrashekhar Marathe, principal of Dyansadhana College in Thane, said, “We conducted two to three awareness programmes on voter’s registration in our college. Initially, there was lack of interest among the students to attend the event or get themselves registered. Most of them are not interested in the political scenario.” The youngsters have several reasons for not featuring on the voter’s list. Shasmita Loke, 18, a resident of Kharegaon, said, “I filled up the voter’s registration form last year. However, my name did not appear on the list. I don’t know if there were mistakes on the form, but did not try to reapply. I will try registering in the next drive.” Satish Phatak, 19, a resident of Kalwa, missed the registration process. “But, I will get myself registered on voter’s list before the elections.”
2019-02-02Flat owners’ consent must for new buildings within housing societies, rules Bombay high court - Hindustan Times
Flat owners’ consent must for new buildings within housing societies, rules Bombay high court Updated: Feb 03, 2019 00:32 IST The Bombay high court (HC) on Saturday ruled that a developer cannot start additional construction on open spaces of housing complexes without the consent of flat owners. Justice SC Gupte said a recreation ground (RG) is an important facility offered to buyers collectively. If the developer is going to construct anything and take away the open space, it is imperative he disclose the proposal in the layout plan shown at the time of executing agreements for sale of flats. “Any recreation area within the complex is for the benefit of all flat purchasers, irrespective of their flat’s location and it does not matter if such an area is compulsory RG or additional RG,” justice SC Gupte said. The court was hearing an appeal filed by Thane resident Vitthal Patil, questioning the judgements of lower courts rejecting his plea against the additional construction sought by his developer, Real Estate Division of Kores (India) Ltd. The Bombay high court (HC) on Saturday ruled that a developer cannot start additional construction on open spaces of housing complexes without the consent of flat owners. Justice SC Gupte said a recreation ground (RG) is an important facility offered to buyers collectively. If the developer is going to construct anything and take away the open space, it is imperative he disclose the proposal in the layout plan shown at the time of executing agreements for sale of flats. “Any recreation area within the complex is for the benefit of all flat purchasers, irrespective of their flat’s location and it does not matter if such an area is compulsory RG or additional RG,” justice SC Gupte said. The court was hearing an appeal filed by Thane resident Vitthal Patil, questioning the judgements of lower courts rejecting his plea against the additional construction sought by his developer, Real Estate Division of Kores (India) Ltd.
2019-02-02Thane: Two held for duping online used car buyers of Rs 9 lakh - Times of India
Thane: Two held for duping online used car buyers of Rs 9 lakh Feb 2, 2019, 05:37 IST THANE: Two online fraudsters were arrested for cheating people of over Rs 9 lakh on a global online marketplace. Rohit Dhavan alias Prithvi Amin, a resident of Vasai, and his accomplice, Rumit Shah, a resident of Bhayander, used to purchase used cars and resell them by fabricating documents. Amin had cleared his UPSC preliminary exams, while Shah is an MCom employed with a reputed company. DCP (crime) Deepak Deoraj said they used to monitor the portal and look for people who wanted to sell cars which had a loan pending. “They purchased the cars by paying Rs 25,000-35,000. They used to assure owners that the balance loan amount would be paid by them directly. They fabricated their Aadhaar and PAN cards, using fake identities, and procured SIM cards using fake documents,” Deoraj said. Crime branch officials are probing the racket.
2019-02-02121,000 Flamingos at home in Mumbai this year - Business Standard
121,000 Flamingos 'at home' in Mumbai this year Last Updated at February 2, 2019 16:55 IST Mumbai attracts around 121,000 flamingos, or the 'pink beauties' as they are fondly known here, according to the first-ever specific survey on these birds conducted by Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), that was released on Saturday. These results emerged from the comprehensive survey comprising both the lesser flamingos whose numbers are on the ascent and the greater flamingos whose figures are declining, said BNHS Assistant Director and Principal Investigator Rahul Khot. The flamingos are a much awaited and delightful sight in Mumbai as they migrate from Gujarat and Iran after monsoons and live here till the end of May every year. These tall, majestic pink birds with thin long legs thrive on the marshy sea-fronts on both sides of the Thane Creek, from Sewri in eastern Mumbai to Thane, a distance of around 20 km (counting both banks of the creek), and are a veritable tourist attraction as well as a treat for bird-lovers. "The 10-year study aims to analyse the feeding ecology and association of birds with Macro Benthic Fauna or the tiny organisms found in mudflats, impacts on anthropogenic activities and how the water pollution is affected the tiny organisms and the flamingos," Khot told IANS. BNHS Director Deepak Apte said it is encouraging to view such a large of flamingos arriving in Mumbai, underlining the importance of the critical habitats in around and the city and the necessity of long-term studies to understand the nature of migratory birds and chart future conservation plans. Explaining the survey's modus operandi, Khot said that on both sides of Thane Creek the researchers divided into one km transects, multiple teams in hand-rowed boats counted the lesser flamingos and greater flamingos for three consecutive days to get the most accurate figures since May 2018, after the monsoon break from October 2018 to January this year. The flamingos' figures increased and is currently peaking with over 100,000 birds living here simultaneously including semi-adults, he said. The increased number of lesser flamingos could be due to inbound migration during the last month, though greater flamingos showed a decreasing trend since the past four months, according to Khot. Apte said the heartwarming news also implies we need to be more responsible and sensitive while planning developmental activities in that region, clean up the highly polluted eastern seafront to provide a toxicity-free habit for flamingos and other migratory birds. "This is indeed a significant development as India prepares to host the global UN Summit on Convention of Migratory Species next year (2020)," Apte noted with pride.
2019-02-02Volkswagen Motorsport To Provide Cars And Technical Support For Race Of Legends - NDTVAuto.com
Volkswagen Motorsport To Provide Cars And Technical Support For Race Of Legends Published: Feb 02, 2019 05:48 PM Volkswagen Motorsport India has announced its participation in the 'Race of Legends' racing event. Slated to be held on February 3, 2019, at the Raymond Drift Track, Thane, Maharashtra, the 'Race of Legends' is a supporting event at the finals of Indian National Autocross Championship 2018. Volkswagen Motorsport Team will be proving four equally prepared cars for the competition in addition to all the technical support required in terms of managing the cars during the event. The Volkswagen Polo cars provided for the event are street version Polos with modified hydraulic hand brake. Speaking on the occasion, Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India said, "Volkswagen Motorsport India has been providing support to all forms of motorsport in the country. We are the only car manufacturer that is running a premium one-make touring car series, supporting privateers with our technical expertise and building race-spec cars for the private motorsport enthusiast." As the name suggests, the Indian racing legends will be participating in this special event will be - Katie Bhathena, Darayus Bhathena, Akbar Ebrahim, Nikhil Taneja and Bomi Mehta driving the Volkswagen Polo cars at the event being held over the coming weekend in Thane. As already mentioned, this is one of the support events, along with the finals of Indian National Autocross Championship 2018. Prior to this, the 5 regional rounds happened in the cities of Guwahati, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Goa and NCR which concluded in 2018. Vissa further added, "It is our desire that motorsport should also be included in the popular sports category. We are happy that individual events like the Gymkhana and Autocross Championships are gaining momentum in the country and it is our pleasure to support these events in whatever way possible. It is only by successful collaboration and supporting each other that we can collectively bring motorsport to the forefront and provide better opportunities to the enthusiasts in our country."
2019-02-02testBangladeshi woman given 10-yr RI for trying to force minor into prostitution - United News of India
Bangladeshi woman given 10-yr RI for trying to force minor into prostitution Posted at: Feb 2 2019 6:54PM Thane, Feb 2 (UNI) A 40-year-old Bangladeshi woman was sentenced to ten years rigorous imprisonment after the prosecution proved the charge of physically torturing a Bangladeshi girl to coerce her into prostitution, stated a court order here on Saturday. In his judgement, the District Judge and Additional Sessions Judge S P Gondhalekar held the accused Ruby Sikandar Munshi guilty under IPC sections 326, 370(2), 370-A(2) along with other relevant sections of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 and imposed a fine of Rs 6,000. The Additional Public Prosecutor(APP) Ujjwala Moholkar informed the Court that the accused in collusion with other three people--Alamgir, Afjal Majid Siddikhi (35), and Ramadevi Yallappa Dodamani (61)--ran a brothel in Bhiwandi town of this district.
2019-02-02Cumbrae Parish Church hosts their first service with over 1500 people watching online - Largs and Millport Weekly News
Cumbrae Parish Church hosts their first service with over 1500 people watching online Menu News   Cumbrae Parish Church hosts their first service with over 1500 people watching online Show caption See all photos images Skip to next image » 0 comment It was standing room only at Cumbrae Parish Church's first service, with over 1500 people watching online More than 130 people filled the new £1million church in Millport for the long awaited inaugural service, led by Reverend Johnathan Fleming The General Trustees of the Church of Scotland praised the community spirit of the island, calling it 'a fine example' to others. Johnathan aid: "It was wonderful to have so many people attend the opening service on Sunday. “We used every spare chair in the building. "It was a great atmosphere in the church with so much joy felt by the people of Cumbrae as well as our visitors who travelled from far and wide to support us. “Among them was Nicky Smith, who after serving as locum in Cumbrae for a number of years, continued to serve on the New Church Focus Group from her home in Dumfries, where she applied for, and successfully obtained, a number of grants for the project. “We briefly gave a sigh of relief before acknowledging that the real work - God’s work - is just beginning.” Whilst it was a day of celebration, Johnathan paid tribute to the late Revered Markus Thane. Markus passed away in 2015 but not before sharing his vision of a new church, rallying the support of the congregation and the wider island community. With multimedia facilities, a multi purpose room and kitchen space it is hoped that it will be used by organisations and groups from across the island. The multipurpose building also has under floor heating, moveable seats and a high tech sound system to hold music concerts, conferences and cafe style events. The General Trustees of the Church of Scotland allocated £120,000 — comprised of an interest free loan and a grant — towards the ambitious project which took more than seven years to complete. A spokesman for the General Trustees said: “We congratulate the congregation on delivering their new church building. “The Trustees were pleased to help, particularly following the tragic death of Mr Thane. “But it was undoubtedly the effort and careful attention put in by the congregation’s project team to realise the desired end goal that made the difference, despite a number of challenges and unforeseen hurdles. The new church was built on a farmer’s field just down the road from the original building. The congregation met to worship in various local community halls while construction work was carried out and weddings and funerals were held in premises owned by Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and the Cathedral of the Isles. 0 comment Sorry, an error occurred. Sign in or register leave a comment or rate a comment Most read Commented Loading... Read more Get involved with the news in your community Send your stories and photos now   By Continue reading   By Continue reading   By Continue reading Largs couple celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss Fears crucial A78 could be closed AGAIN over Easter weekend Age Concern enjoy a tartan triumph in memory of Robert Burns Cumbrae Parish Church hosts their first service with over 1500 people watching online Activists call for answers over 'toxic 'pond claim Concert at Knock Castle in Largs Age Concern's Highland fling Senior councillor cleared of misconduct Young people to reap benefit of CalMac’s new Community Fund Contact Us Photo Sales Newsquest Printing Advertise Archive Site Map Announcements Leap Exchange and Mart Dating Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Manage Consent Terms of Advertising Contributor Terms Diversity Statement Ipsoregulated This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice. If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here ©Copyright 2001-2019. This site is part of Newsquest's audited local newspaper network. A Gannett Company. Newsquest Clyde & Forth Ltd Loudwater Mill, Station Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. HP10 9TY News Largs Millport Fairlie West Kilbride Inverkip Wemyss Bay Skelmorlie Local History Jobs Sport Football Largs Thistle Largs Tennis Club Swimming Junior Football Announcements Death Notices Public Notices In Memoriam Acknowledgements Birthdays Anniversaries Greetings Births All Opinion Comment Blogs Letters To The Editor What's on Going Out Staying In Reviews Events E-Edition Supplements Connect Discounts All Discounts B&Q Booking.com Clarks Debenhams M&S Mothercare Samsung TK MAXX Travelodge Jobs Homes Motors Book an ad Local Listings LOCALiQ
2019-02-01Two held for cheating car buyers and sellers online in Thane - Mid-Day
Two held for cheating car buyers and sellers online in Thane Feb 01, 2019, 17:02 IST The city police have arrested two men for allegedly duping customers wanting to sell or buy cars online, police said on Friday. A senior official of the crime branch said the accused duped several people for lakhs of rupees, but the exact amount is yet to be ascertained. The arrested duo was identified as Rohit Rajendrakumar Dhavan alias Prithvi Amin (30) from Vasai and Rumit Jaiprakash Shah (35) from Bhayander, he said. "A racket was being run by the duo since long. They made use of a leading online portal for cheating the people who wanted to sell or buy cars," DCP (Crime) Deepak Deoraj said. "Dhavan, who is the main accused in the case, is an MCom and had a good job in a reputed company. But he wanted to become rich quickly. He adopted a modus operandi under which he and his accomplice looked for such people who wanted to sell their cars with outstanding loans," he said. "They would purchase such cars at throwaway prices assuring to make the payment of the balance loan amount. Then they would look for similar cars put on sale online and copy their registration and other details. Based on that information, they would create fake documents of the vehicles they had purchased and then sell those cars at a higher price," the official said. According to police, the accused would also create fake documents like smart-cards, Aadhaar and PAN cards to change their own identity and dupe the unsuspecting customers. The Kapurbawdi police have booked the duo under IPC sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc) and others. "So far we have recovered two cars from them and four more are likely to be recovered soon," he said, adding that further investigation into the case is on.
2019-02-01Shamita Shetty verbally abused in Thane road rage incident - BizAsia
Shamita Shetty verbally abused in Thane road rage incident Friday 01 February 2019 Deccan Chronicle reports the incident occurred near Viviana Mall, earlier this week. The biker accompanied by two others, were reportedly riding pillion. After the biker allegedly rammed into Shetty’s car, her driver Darshan Sawant stepped out to inspect the damage but the 3 individuals stopped him to start a fight. In a complaint filed by the actress at Mumbai’s Rabodi police station, Sawant also reported being threatened by the bikers. However, no one was injured in the incident, the Times of India quoted the police as saying. Reports further stated that a case had been registered under various sections of the Indian penal code. Shetty can currently be seen in ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi 9’, hosted by Rohit Shetty, for which she filmed last year in Argentina.
2019-02-01VW India to supply Polos for Race of Legends in Thane - Motorsport.com, Edition: India
VW India to supply Polos for Race of Legends in Thane Volkswagen Motorsport India will supply modified Polo cars for the upcoming Race of Legends event in Thane as part of its effort to “support all forms of motorsport in the country.” The cars will be based on the street version of the Polo but will come with certain alterations, including modified hydraulic hand brakes. A team from VW will also be present at the event to provide technical support to all four cars. Race of Legends will take place on February 2 and 3 at the Raymond Park in Thane as a support event to the Indian National Autocross Championship. The event will be headlined by several veteran Indian racers, including Katie Bhathena, Darayus Bhathena, Akbar Ebrahim, Nikhil Taneja and Bomi Mehta. “Volkswagen Motorsport India has been providing support to all forms of motorsport in the country,” said Sirish Vissa, who head VW’s Indian motorsport programme. “We are the only car manufacturer that is running a premium one-make touring car series, supporting privateers with our technical expertise and building race spec cars for the private motorsport enthusiast.” “It is our desire that motorsport should also be included in the popular sport category. We are happy that individual events like the Gymkhana and Autocross Championships are gaining momentum in the country and it is our pleasure to support these events in whatever way possible. “It is only by successful collaboration and supporting each other that we can collectively bring motorsport to the forefront and provide better opportunities to the enthusiasts in our country.”
2019-02-01Thane: 2 held for cheating car buyers and sellers online - Free Press Journal
Thane: 2 held for cheating car buyers and sellers online February 1, 2019 5:22 pm Thane: The city police have arrested two men for allegedly duping customers wanting to sell or buy cars online, police said on Friday. A senior official of the crime branch said the accused duped several people for lakhs of rupees, but the exact amount is yet to be ascertained. The arrested duo was identified as Rohit Rajendrakumar Dhavan alias Prithvi Amin (30) from Vasai and Rumit Jaiprakash Shah (35) from Bhayander, he said. “A racket was being run by the duo since long. They made use of a leading online portal for cheating the people who wanted to sell or buy cars,” DCP (Crime) Deepak Deoraj said. “Dhavan, who is the main accused in the case, is an MCom and had a good job in a reputed company. But he wanted to become rich quickly. He adopted a modus operandi under which he and his accomplice looked for such people who wanted to sell their cars with outstanding loans,” he said. “They would purchase such cars at throwaway prices assuring to make the payment of the balance loan amount. Then they would look for similar cars put on sale online and copy their registration and other details. Based on that information, they would create fake documents of the vehicles they had purchased and then sell those cars at a higher price,” the official said. According to police, the accused would also create fake documents like smart-cards, Aadhaar and PAN cards to change their own identity and dupe the unsuspecting customers. The Kapurbawdi police have booked the duo under IPC sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc) and others. “So far we have recovered two cars from them and four more are likely to be recovered soon,” he said, adding that further investigation into the case is on.
2019-02-01Thane stadium gears up to host Kolkata Knight Riders practice sessions - Mid-Day
Thane stadium gears up to host Kolkata Knight Riders' practice sessions Feb 01, 2019, 17:20 IST The Thane Municipal Corporation has swung into action to fix the Dadoji Kondev stadium for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to practise here for the upcoming IPL matches. The civic chief also this week allocated a budget for buying new equipment at the stadium. The KKR team recently sought permission from TMC officials for using the stadium for its practice sessions during their visit from February 4 to 7 and later again in March. TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal soon visited the stadium to oversee the progress of work, after which he sanctioned the budget for new equipment. "We are trying to maintain the stadium in accordance with international standards. After verifying the ground quality of this stadium, the KKR team decided to practise here," said Jaiswal. A TMC official added that Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli's manager has also approached the civic body regarding the stadium. Young and aspiring sportsmen from the city have welcomed the TMC's move. Sharan Das, a badminton player, said, "This stadium has many facilities. We are really happy that such accomplished players are coming to Thane for practice. The quality of sports and training equipment here has improved a lot in the last few years."
2019-02-01Duo arrested for car sale racket - The Hindu
Duo arrested for car sale racket UPDATED: FEBRUARY 02, 2019 00:32 IST Two persons have been arrested for buying cars with pending loans at low prices and then selling them for higher prices after changing their number plates. According to the police, Rohit Dhawan (30) and Runit Shah (35) were running the racket using OLX, an online platform for buying and selling second-hand items. The portal connects buyers with sellers so that they can reach a mutually agreeable price and it requires sellers to upload pictures of their goods. The duo were arrested by the Thane Crime Branch Unit V after a complaint was received against them at Kapurbavdi police station earlier this year. “The accused contacted a Thane resident who wanted to sell his Toyota Etios Liva, which he had bought with a car loan of ?4.5 lakh. The accused met him in person and drew up a loan agreement stating that they would be taking over the loan repayment, and paid him ?70,000 in cash. However, all the documents that they furnished for the loan agreement were forged and made in the name of bogus identities,” a Crime Branch officer said. The officer said after buying the car, the duo once again went on OLX and found a car of the same make and model, which did not have any loan against it, and created forged documents like RC Books for that car. They then replaced the number plate of the car with the a plate bearing the other car’s licence plate number, after which they sold it on OLX for ?1.96 lakh. When the bank tried to contact them for the loan repayment, the duo could not be reached as they had bought SIM cards using fake identities and destroyed them as soon as the deal was complete. The bank then contacted the previous owner who approached the police. “We obtained closed circuit television camera footage of the spot where the accused had met the complainant. On Wednesday, we picked up the duo after receiving a tip-off and arrested them after inquiries confirmed their involvement in the offence,” the officer said. The duo allegedly also confessed to having committed a similar crime in Mumbai, where they bought a car for ?25,000 and sold it for ?3.7 lakh. Officers said a complaint was also registered in connection with the offence at Oshiwara police station earlier this year.
2019-02-01Mumbai and its suburbs yet to start mapping wetlands - Hindustan Times
Mumbai and its suburbs yet to start mapping wetlands Only Palghar and Sindhudurg from seven districts in Konkan have completed process to identify and protect natural areas Updated: Feb 02, 2019 00:47 IST Only two of seven districts from the Konkan region in Maharashtra have completed mapping wetlands in compliance with a 2017 Supreme Court (SC) order. The Centre had directed the state government to map wetlands across Maharashtra after the Apex Court order, which had asked all states to create a fresh database of wetlands. Wetlands are areas that are either temporarily, or permanently, covered with water, depending on seasonal variability, and are home to plant and aquatic biodiversity. The state environment department first began the mapping exercise in the Konkan belt as it has maximum wetlands in the state. While Palghar and Sindhudurg have completed the process, it is yet to take-off in the other five districts - Mumbai city, Mumbai suburbs, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Thane. The entire exercise will help identify the number of wetlands and their exact locations, which is currently unclear in many cases. It will also help authorities curb destruction of wetlands. We have written to the district collectors, directing them to expedite the process. We expect it will be completed by April, said Anil Diggikar, principal secretary, state environment department, on the eve of World Wetlands Day (February 2). Meanwhile, the wetland grievance redressal committee, a state body constituted as per the Bombay high court's orders in 2017, recorded 60 complaints of wetland destruction in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) between January and December 2018. This is the first official record of wetland destruction cases by any state-run body, said committee members, adding that 90% complaints were individual cases and the rest were repetitive. Most of these cases were from outside the greater Mumbai area, including Navi Mumbai, Mira Bhayander, Jesal Park, Palghar, Panvel, Vasai, Virar and Uran. Within city limits, instances of wetland destruction were reported from Dahisar, Pahadi Goregaon, Charkop, Borivli and Malad. The chairman of the committee, Konkan commissioner, Jagdish Patil, said some of the cases were transferred to the newly-constituted state mangroves committee and the remaining were disposed of after investigation. Protecting wetlands has to be converted into a people's movement, so that there is active citizen participation, said Patil. Dedicated staff for wetland conservation is the main impediment. The focus this year will be to increase manpower and improve technology, Patil added.Other committee members, however, have different views. Vinod Punshi, a committee member, said there needs to be more vigilance. Committee meetings are held every month and have the participation of all government departments. Focus on wetland protection has increased, but more vigilance is needed. Wetland protection is not being taken seriously, said Stalin D, another committee member and a petitioner in the wetland case. Time frame to discuss issues is less, database is insufficient, and cases are not being resolved properly.
2019-02-01Kumbh to Kalyan: Mastermind of Rs 27 crore diamond heist held after 2 months - Hindustan Times
Kumbh to Kalyan: Mastermind of Rs 27 crore diamond heist held after 2 months The accused, Yatish Fichadia, evaded arrest for two months while travelling to more than 10 cities including a week in Kumbh where he disguised himself as a sadhu. Updated: Feb 01, 2019 09:11 IST The mastermind of a Rs 26.91-crore diamond heist was arrested from Kalyan on Tuesday after having given the police the slip in more than 10 cities for almost two months. Yatish Fichadia, 31, has been charged with sections 420 (cheating) and 409 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC and been remanded to police custody till February 2. Diamonds worth Rs 20 crore and cash worth Rs 38 lakh were recovered from various locations in Thane and Mumbai. Virar resident Fichadia started working as an agent at the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) in Bandra Kurla Complex eight years ago. He took the job with a pre-planned motive. After stealing the diamonds, he wanted to start a shop of his own at BDB, said an officer. Cosp believe Fichadia started executing his plan in September 2018 with six accomplices, including a lawyer and a diamond broker. After he gathered diamonds worth Rs 26.91 crore from 25 traders, he escaped the city in early December. It was on December 11 that the traders realised the heist and approached us, said inspector Pradeep Khanvilkar of BKC police. On December 18, diamond trader Suresh Borda filed a complaint, saying he had given diamonds worth Rs 1.25 crore to Fichadia. Attempts to track him using his cellphone failed as he had left it at home. Before leaving, he kept diamonds worth Rs 22 crore with an accomplice, Raj Mansuri in Mumbai. While on the run, Fichadia would request strangers to let him make a call to his accomplices. He would do so to avoid the cops. His accomplices would sell some diamonds and send him the cash. The police believe Fichadia's wife filed a missing person complaint at Arnala police station in Virar while he was travelling around to mislead the investigation. He went to Ajmer, Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, Vishakhapatnam and other cities, said deputy commissioner of police Anil Kumbhare. Fichadia evaded the police thrice in one week in Prayagraj by disguising himself as a sadhu at the Kumbh Mela. Using local informers and call data records, cops located Fichadia's six accomplices Suresh Madheshiya, Kamil Qureshi, Ketan Parmar, Imran Khan, Vishal Srivastava and Mansuri and arrested them between December and January. Diamonds worth Rs 4 crore were recovered after Parmar's arrest on December 30. During interrogation, the six told the police that Fichadia was not missing, but on the run. Ultimately, the police dried up Fichadia's cash flow by instructing diamond trading associations to not buy any consignment that may be from his stash. Once he ran out of cash, he had to come back to get more money. We posted a team at Kalyan railway station where long distance trains have halts. We arrested him on January 29 as soon as he got down, said an officer.
2019-02-01Cricket forces out budding stars from Thane stadium’s track to its steps - The Indian Express
Cricket forces out budding stars from Thane stadium’s track to its steps Updated: February 1, 2019 8:41:03 am Aditi Parab’s Khelo India gold medal in the U-17 4x400m relay came after she spent 16 months training on the steps of the Dadoji Konddev Stadium in Thane. Running in the stands, she has also watched grass grow on the infield where she has been denied access. The reason: her spikes could take off tufts of grass being protected for a summer of cricket. On Thursday, she was turned back at the gates and the stadium closed to several athletes as part of a security drill for a celebrity cricket match featuring Marathi actors. Also, at least a couple of IPL teams are expected to use the newly furbished and fenced stadium for training thereafter. Over the last year, cricket has squeezed out over 200 young track-and-field athletes to a corner of this Thane stadium and beyond a prohibitive white fence that restricts anyone from even stepping onto the field. Most practice only on the steps of the stadium, some even in the top-tier. The multipurpose stadium, which could fill up for day-night inter-club athletics competitions for the last three decades, is now available for athletes only along the viewing galleries. Aditi’s athletics club-mate Nandini Kaskar, too, trains for her long-jump run-up on the same lower-tier steps. The erstwhile long-jump pit is now buried somewhere under where long-on will stand for a right-handed batsman. Sprinters queue up to take their tilt at a hastily-built, single-laned and pot-holed 200 m track.
2019-02-01Thane: Women, senior citizens ‘locked’ in flats over property tax dues - Times of India
Thane: Women, senior citizens ‘locked’ in flats over property tax dues Feb 1, 2019, 05:50 IST THANE: Several women and senior citizens from Mumbra Devi Colony in Diva were locked inside their flats on Thursday afternoon by property tax officers from the Thane Municipal Corporation for not clearing their property dues in time. Sources said that the civic officials took the extreme step owing to pressure to meet the tax collection deadline. The residents complained that no advance notice was issued to them for clearing the property dues. It was only after local activists intervened and residents threatened to call the police that the civic team relented. “I received a call from a few women from the society about this sudden drive of the property tax officials. When we checked and found that the civic officials hadn’t issued any notices and were locking residents inside their homes, we threatened to call the police after which they changed their stance,” said BJP activist and local resident Adesh Bhagat. Dismissing the allegations, assistant municipal commissioner of Diva Mahadeo Jagtap instead blamed the society residents for ‘cooking up the story’ to avoid paying taxes. “The residents have consistently defaulted on tax payments. Why would we target residents who have paid their taxes?” he said.a
2019-02-01In Thane, pedestrians are stuck between a rock and a hard place - Daily News & Analysis
In Thane, pedestrians are stuck between a rock and a hard place Updated: Feb 1, 2019, 06:00 AM IST At first glance, when one steps out of Thane station in the west, it appears to be business as usual. There is the long, winding queue of passengers waiting for their buses and rickshaws, the station area traffic improvement scheme (SATIS) above for buses' movement and the crowded rickshaw stand. However, attempt to walk on one of the foothpaths towards Talao Pali, and one realises that they are meant for the hawkers and shopkeepers rather than pedestrians. Combine that with the dual horror on walking on roads where vehicles drive past with little to no concern for the stranded pedestrian. Truly stuck between a rock and a hard place. While weekends are easier, the weekdays are a nightmare for office-goers and college students alike when they have to walk from under the SATIS on the station road in Thane. The neatly queued rickshaws take-off with passengers, only to get stuck at the traffic signal before Alok Hotel. “While walking towards our college, we are swimming against the tide when we have to cross the sea of office-goers rushing to catch the train,” says Mangesh Shinde, 17 a student of MH High School and Junior College near Talao Pali. To make matters worse, though there are few hawkers around at 8 am, the footpath near Alok Hotel is already swallowed up by the shops of the area, leaving barely 1.5 feet for people to walk. At rush hour, around 10.30 am, this becomes worse as parked cars are added into the mix with a co-operative bank on the road while hawkers have come to take up the remainder of the footpath. “This leaves hardly any space for us to walk on the footpath. So, we walk in the middle of the road and brave vehicles coming from behind,” he added. When contacted, Ashok Burpulle, head of Thane Municipal Corporation's demolition department, said, “Besides our periodic checks, we have our flying squads who do surprise raids to remove these hawkers. Efforts are on to make the footpaths hawker- and encroachment-free,” he said. ZIP, ZOOM, NO ROOM (TO WALK) Parked vehicles, auto drivers racing past leave locals fuming 2.5 ft Width of the footpath 20 minutes Time it takes to walk a 7-min stretch 9 metre Width of the road RESIDENTS RUE ZOOMING VEHICLES If there is traffic on the road, then it takes me 15-20 minutes to reach my college, otherwise it is just a five to seven minute walk from the station. The footpaths are occupied with hawkers and so we have to walk on the road.— Sadhana Jagtap, 16, Student, MH High School and Junior College While there are hawkers on the footpath, rickshaws and bikes are parked on the road, making it difficult to walk on the footpath. One has to brave the vehicles coming from behind, which is dangerous. During peak hours when hawkers are both on the foothpath as well as the road, it takes more than half-an-hour to reach Talaopali from the station. If we are walking with our family, then add 15-20 minutes more.— Narendra Kasbe, 40 Thane resident There is hardly any place to walk on the footpath so we walk on the road to reach college. I am scared of the vehicles zooming past, yet have no option but to walk amidst them. The entire road is so crowded with share a rickshaw calling out for passengers, honking vehicles, and officegoers rushing to the station.— Janhvi Patil, 17, Student, MH High School and Junior College
2019-02-01In Thane, pedestrians are stuck between a rock and a hard place | Mumbai NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
In Thane, pedestrians are stuck between a rock and a hard place 1st February, 2019 At first glance, when one steps out of Thane station in the west, it appears to be business as usual. Truly stuck between a rock and a hard place. While weekends are easier, the weekdays are a nightmare for office-goers and college students alike when they have to walk from under the SATIS on the station road in Thane. The neatly queued rickshaws take-off with passengers, only to get stuck at the traffic signal before Alok Hotel. Combine that with the dual horror on walking on roads where vehicles drive past with little to no concern for the stranded pedestrian.
2019-02-01Rs 519 cr from last Budget lie unutilised for MUTP-3 - Daily News & Analysis
Rs 519 cr from last Budget lie unutilised for MUTP-3 Updated: Feb 1, 2019, 06:30 AM IST It has been a year since the merger of Railway Budget with General Budget. In this Budget, the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) - planning agency for Mumbai - had received Rs 519 crore for Mumbai Urban Transport Project-3. However even till now, they have not been able to utilise a penny out of it; namely, because the state government is yet to rehabilitate people affected under MUTP-3 and acquire land for the same. Under MUTP-3, there will be new suburban rail corridors: Panvel-Karjat, Airoli-Kalwa elevated rail and quadrupling of Virar-Dahanu. It also includes 565 AC coaches as well and taking measures for trespass control. Railways officials from MRVC said that the major reason behind non-utilisation of funds allocated under the General Budget is the rehabilitation of project affected people and acquiring land for these projects. The state government agencies are entrusted with shifting project affected people (PAPs) and then acquire land; which has not been done. There are nearly 2,400 PAPs comprising of all three rail corridors and need to acquire an estimated 156 hectares for MUTP-3. "Until this is not done, there is no scope of utilising funds. It is not that funds will lapse and shall be available in coming months as well," said an official from MRVC. Although Airoli-Kalwa route is barely 3 km or so, but it is mostly affected due to PAPs who now need to be shifted. The other two rail corridors have ample ground available yet it needs to be acquired. After the completion of the project, passengers will be able to take suburban local trains between Panvel and Karjat railway stations without having to change trains at Thane station. Presently, commuters have to switch from the Central Railway's (CR) mainline to the Thane-Vashi trans-harbour line. Currently, there are two rail lines between Virar and Dahanu used by suburban and long distance trains. Additional lines between these stations will allow railways to segregate suburban and outstation trains, resulting in an increase in the number of local services besides improving punctuality. Since the corridor is on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad trunk route, the rail line is highly saturated owing to outstation and goods trains. The MUTP-3 has an estimated deadline of 2022. WHAT TO EXPECT THIS TIME Government agencies are entrusted with shifting people and acquiring land Jogeshwari, Kalyan outstation terminus: Western Railway has proposed for construction of outstation platforms on Jogeshwari railway station and decongest the over-saturated Bandra Terminus and Mumbai Central Terminus. The one at Kalyan will provide more space for additional trains. 15 compartment trains: Western and Central Railway has proposed for the extension of all local trains to 15 compartment trains. Rs 975 cr worth of proposal has been sent for the extension of all local trains to 15 compartments AC locals: Funds for procuring AC locals will be provided to the local Railways More funds for MUTP 2, 3 and 3 A.
2019-02-01QMumbai: 139 Most Polluted Cities in India, Mumbai Ranks 43 & More - The Quint
Mumbai: 139 Most Polluted Cities in India, Mumbai Ranks 43 & More A new report by Greenpeace India has identified 139 cities where air pollution levels exceed national standards but were not included in the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) that was recently released by the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). What is also shocking and worrisome is the fact that Mumbai ranks 43 in the list. A report titled Airpocalypse III which was released a couple of days back states that even if we are optimistic and assume that air pollution across India can be reduced by 30 percent 153 cities will be left with pollution levels exceeding the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
2019-02-01MPs & MLAs in favour, but Sainiks opposed to poll pact - Times of India
MPs $ MLAs in favour, but Sainiks opposed to poll pact with BJP Feb 1, 2019, 09:28 IST MUMBAI: In a series of meetings with party colleagues that Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has had over the past four days, elected representatives such as MPs and MLAs have favoured an alliance with the BJP for the Lok Sabha polls, while most party office-bearers and other functionaries have suggested the Sena should go solo, sources said. The final decision in the Sena though is of the party chief, so it is Uddhav who will be taking a call. While the elected representatives are worried about division of votes if a poll pact is not reached, most party activists feel the Sena needs to go it alone in order to strengthen itself at the grassroots level. Some office-bearers such as Vidhan Sabha ‘sampark pramukhs’ told Uddhav in their meetings with him at Matoshree that the party must stick to the ‘go solo’ resolution passed by its national executive in January 2018. Deepak Kesarkar, minister for home (rural), said the decision on the alliance would be taken by Uddhav Thackeray. He added that if the people feel the need for an alliance, a decision will be taken accordingly. The Sena president will, meanwhile, hold review meetings in the next few days for the Vidarbha, Marathwada, Khandesh, Western Maharashtra, Konkan, Thane-Palghar and Mumbai regions to take stock of the party’s strengths and discuss potential candidates. Five LS constituencies, which have some 30 assembly seats, will be reviewed at a time from the regions, and the sitting MPs, MLAs and regional party functionaries are to be present to discuss each of the areas. Meanwhile, it is learnt Thackeray may launch his election campaign from BJP’s own stronghold of North Maharashtra around mid-February. A Sena functionary said Uddhav may address a rally in Pachora in Jalgaon district.
2019-02-01Only cricket, please! Athletes denied space at Thane stadium - Times of India
Only cricket, please! Athletes denied space at Thane stadium Feb 2, 2019, 04:53 IST THANE: The municipal body’s plan to convert Dadoji Konddev Stadium into a venue for hosting international level cricket matches is depriving local athletes, including budding runners and putters, space to train. The Thane Municipal Corporation on Friday announced staging of several cricket matches, including IPL practice sessions, at the Thane stadium which was recently renovated at a cost of Rs 3 crore. Further, a contract has been signed with a Mumbai-based curator to maintain the stadium and cricket pitches for two years, making it clear that the venue is out of bounds for other sporting activities. Interestingly, guardian minister Eknath Shinde presides over the district athletics committee, which is committed to create and upgrade infrastructure for budding athletes. “We have been approached by the managers of a few cricketers from the Indian team expressing interest in playing matches and training here. The stadium is likely to be reserved for cricket for the next few years,” said a source. Sports officer Meenal Palande was unavailable for comment. Corporator Vikas Repale, who is believed to have initiated the idea of converting the stadium into an international cricket ground, said: “We’ve laid special Australian grass and instal- led 47 underground sprinklers...70m perimeter of the ground has been marked as boundary.” “Since the last few months, we have been denied access to the lawn and are forced to train on the steps,” said a local athlete, adding that if the stadium is dedicated to cricket they will have to travel to Mumbai or Mumbra to train.
2019-02-01Tramadol racket: 2 masterminds held from Mumbai, more at large - Hindustan Times
Tramadol racket: 2 masterminds held from Mumbai, more at large Cops said the masterminds ran a call centre and used to get orders from overseas for the medicine. They also used to manufacture the drug. Updated: Feb 02, 2019 00:52 IST Four months after the Thane anti-extortion cell (AEC) arrested four people for allegedly selling the banned drug Tramadol, the AEC arrested the alleged masterminds of the racket. Senior inspector from Thane AEC, Pradeep Sharma, said, “We arrested Nilesh Ravindra Shukla, 38, from Mumbai on January 10. We interrogated him and then arrested his brother Sanjay, 39, on January 31. Both brothers were the masterminds of the racket.” Sharma said the brothers ran a call centre and used to get orders from overseas for the medicine. They also used to manufacture the drug. On September 25, 2018, the Thane AEC arrested four people and seized around 20,000 strips of the Tramadol Hydrochloride 100mg tablets. Tramadol has been banned under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Vikas Ghodke, inspector from Thane AEC, said they have the custody of Sanjay and are investigating the case. “We found that the four arrested accused were in touch with the Shukla brothers. We have located an office in Andheri from where the accused used the run the racket. We checked with the office’s watchman and he said that all the accused had met in the office before being arrested,” said Ghodke. Ghodke said the AEC has sent a letter to the bank in which the accused have their account. Ghodke added, “We have got names of a few more accused in the case who are on the run. Further probe is on.” Among the four arrested in September, Mayur Pravin Mehta, 47, was the first one to be arrested. Based on the information provided by Mehta, a trap was laid to arrest the other three accused.

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