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|2017-03-31||Road development, water distribution get major share of TMC's budget pie - Times of India|
Road development, water distribution get major share of TMC's budget pie Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Mar 31, 2017, 10.38 PM IST THANE: Civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal, on Thursday, unveiled his plans to transform the lake city into an attractive megacity as he proposed a 10% hike in property tax to meet the revenue target of Rs 3,390 crore in 2017-18. Jaiswal's makeover plan was reflected in the budget books as the astute finance planning resulted in TMC's income soaring to a new high since he took charge two-and-a-half-years back. From a consolidated income of a little over Rs 1,500 crore in 2014-15, the TMC's income is expected to touch Rs 2,298 crore in 2017-18. Jaiwal's fiscal target's, however, appears to be at a cross-purpose with the ruling Shiv Sena, whose pre-poll promise to citizens to waive off property tax of residential apartments up to 500 sq ft were rejected by the civic administration. Of the budget allocations spread across various departments, the public works got the kingly share of 27% with Rs 945 crore earmarked for construction of new roads and widening of existing ones. Jaiswal said his aim was to improve the road network in the city and highlighted how nearly 58% of the initial 35% roads as marked in the development plan were achieved till this year. "I have set a target of completing nearly 90% of the roads over the next five years," he said. A much as Rs 260 crore has been reserved to develop 81 roads measuring over 85 kms between Gaimukh and Diva over the next five years. A part of this will also be used for coastal road project, foothill road from Patlipada to Srinagar and Kalwa-Kharegaon link road. A plan to introduce traffic management system is also on the cards. An amount of Rs 7 crore has been allocated for this. Jaiswal also spoke about the water issue. He said that Rs 379 crore has been allocated for the water supply department for projects including metering of 1.15 lakh domestic users, along with 24x7 water supply. Following a possible increase in usage of water over the next few years, the administration has allocated Rs 25 crores for the construction of the Shai dam that could be taken up along with neighbouring urban local bodies. TMC has proposed to start a 24x7 on-call road waste management. A team of three excavators and six dumpers will be deployed at a cost of Rs 2 crore.
|2017-03-31||Thane to see 10% hike in property tax - News - Mid-Day - Mid-Day|
Thane to see 10% hike in property tax By Faisal Tandel Posted 31-Mar-2017 Despite an increase in TMC budget this fiscal, Thanekars claim Shiv Sena didn’t keep promise While the BMC budget was slashed by Rs 12,000 crore this year, the Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) budget, unveiled by civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal yesterday, saw a Rs 900 crore hike. Despite this, the TMC has announced a 10 per cent rise in property tax for its citizens. Angry Thaneites are now accusing the ruling Shiv Sena of reneging on pre-poll promises of cutting down taxes on properties. Jaiswal made a series of announcements in terms of development projects in Thane and presented it before the new Mayor Meenakshi Shinde. The TMC yesterday announced a mega budget of Rs 3,390.78 crore for the year 2017-18. Incidentally, Shiv Sena had promised that property tax would not be levied on flats with an area of 500 sqft. "In the current fiscal year, the total property tax collection by TMC is likely to touch Rs 480 crore," said Jaiswal, who listed projects that are been undertaken by the corporation in the next five years. He said lands of various government agencies, such as the railways and CIDCO that have not been used for a while, will be taken over by the corporation and put to civic use. "Of the total revenue income of Rs 2,298.92 crore, the TMC expects to gets Rs 756 crore via GST, Rs 650 crore through development and other taxes, Rs 438 crore from property tax, Rs 139.25 crore from collection by other departments, Rs 125 crore from water cess and Rs 100 crore from Public Works Department. Rs 734 crore, that is 22 per cent of the total budget, will be spent on making roads, bridges and subways,” Jaiswal said. The civic chief also informed of plans to ensure 24/7 water supply in Thane.
|2017-03-31||Court rejects bail plea of music teacher who molested minor - Times of India|
Court rejects bail plea of music teacher who molested minor Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 31, 2017, 02.29 PM IST THANE: Rejecting the bail application of a physically challenged music teacher, the Thane district court here observed that the accused being a teacher may victimise other children and rob them of their innocence and childhood. Mridula Bhatia, the special Judge (POCSO Act), in her order while rejecting the bail of accused Sanjay Patil pointed out that this is not the fit case to grant bail. Son of an Army man, the accused was arrested by the Rabale police under sections 354(a) of the IPC and section 8,12 of the POCSO Act 2012. Patil was accused of molesting the minor girl while she was waiting for her father to pick her up after the casio class. Finding her alone, Patil, allegedly, shut the door of the classroom and showed her a pornographic video and told her to perform oral sex, prosecutor Rekha Hiwarale told the court. In his submission, counsel for Patil Nana Mote stated that the offence is not punishable by life imprisonment/death and since the investigation is over and chargesheet has been filed, the accused is entitled for bail. He also submitted that there was no signature of the applicant on the seizure of the mobile phone panchnama. Mote submitted that the applicant is physically challenged and son of an Army man and as such the application should be allowed. Hiwrale vehemently opposed the bail on the ground that the offence was serious in nature committed against a student of only six years of age. Hiwarale told the court that the victim has in all details and particulars mentioned about the nature of sexual assault committed by the applicant on her. She also submitted that if the applicant is released on bail, there is every possibility of repeat of similar offence with other students. After hearing both the defence and prosecution, Bhatia, in a strongly worded order, pointed out, "The above offence is undoubtedly serious in nature. Pedophiles and child-molesters endanger the safety, security and well being of minor children." Bhatia further added that the accused being a teacher may victimise other children and rob them of their innocence and childhood. There is no reason for the minor victim student to falsely implicate the applicant. "In view of the foregoing discussion, I do not not find it a fit case to grant bail," the judge noted.
|2017-03-30||Thane civic budget presented; hike in property tax - The Financial ... - Financial Express|
Thane civic budget presented; hike in property tax The Thane civic body's buget for 2017-18 today proposed a 10 per cent increase in property tax. By: PTI | Thane | Published: March 31, 2017 12:27 AM The Thane civic body’s buget for 2017-18 today proposed a 10 per cent increase in property tax. Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal presented a Rs 3390.78 crore budget for the next fiscal which showed a surplus of Rs 24 lakh. Mayor Meenakshi Shinde presided over the meeting where the commissioner presented the first budget of the just elected general body of the civic body. Jaiswal proposed a 10 per cent increase in property tax which is likely to mop up around Rs 40 crore. In the current fiscal year, the total property tax collection by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is likely to touch Rs 480 crore, he said. The civic chief listed the various projects which have been undertaken by the corporation and said they are likely to be completed in the next five years. He said lands of various government agencies like the Railways, CIDCO and others which are not in use will be taken over by the corporation and put to civic use. Of the total revenue income of Rs 2298.92 crore, the TMC expects to get Rs 756 crore via GST, Rs 650 crore through development and other taxes, Rs 438 crore from property tax, Rs 139.25 crore from collection by other departments, Rs 125 crore from water cess and Rs 100 crore from Public Works department. Jaiswal said 22 per cent of the total budget, which works out to be Rs 734 crore, will be spent on roads, bridges, and subways, among other infrastructure facilities.
|2017-03-30||Thane docs attacked - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane docs attacked By Gargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Mar 30, 2017, 06.03 AM IST 4 days after docs call off strike, 10 men accompanying injured youth heckle lady intern, beat up her male colleague before going on rampage; docs threaten stir. Barely four days after resident doctors, protesting against lack of security measures at government hospitals, called off their strike and resumed work, a female intern doctor was allegedly heckled and another assaulted at a Thane civil hospital on Wednesday. Some of the men have been detained, police said. The alleged attackers around 10 in number had walked into Vitthal Sayanna Civil Hospital with an injured youth around 3 pm. According to a nurse , all of them appeared inebriated and had bruises on their bodies. It being afternoon, only intern doctors were present at the hospital, which apparently angered the group, which started misbehaving with the female intern, Diba Naaz Ansari. “A man, being referred to as Mujju bhai, started screaming at Naaz. His friends also started behaving badly and passed lewd comments at her,” said Javed Sheikh, who was beaten up when he tried to intervene. The group also went on the rampage on the hospital premises, damaging equipment at the emergency ward and shattering window panes, police said. They fled when security was called in. An official from Thane Nagar police station said that the men had come from Mahagiri in Thane district. “When the intern doctors on duty started enquiring about the nature of their injuries, they became uncomfortable and misbehaved with them,” said the official. Senior inspector Mandar Dharmadhikari said that an FIR had been lodged against one Muzzamil Memon from Mahagiri and his friends. “We have already traced them,” he added. Soon after the assault, all resident and intern doctors gathered near the emergency ward to agitate against lack of security. Medical services, except critical patients’ care, came to a standstill. They threatened to go on a strike if police did not arrest the culprits. The situation was brought under control after Additional Commissioner Makarand Ranade and DCP of the zone Abhishek Trimukhe reached the spot and promised quick action. Ranade said, “We will not only investigate the assault, but also find out what were the security guards doing.”
|2017-03-30||Thane doctors get more security after two-hour protest - Hindustan Times|
Thane doctors get more security after two-hour protest mumbai Updated: Mar 31, 2017 00:20 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times Doctors of Thane Civil Hospital, along with interns and other staff members, protested for two hours on Thursday to demand for better security at the hospital after a group of at least 12 men assaulted three doctors and five interns on Wednesday. Police agreed to their demands and deployed constables at the hospital.Meanwhile, the cops arrested five people in the case.During the protest, the casualty ward was kept open to not affect patients. Also, a meeting with Maharashtra Association of Gazetted Medical Officers (MAGMO) doctors and Thane Civil Hospital doctors was held on the issue. No patient was affected by the protest and we resumed work after two hours. We feel unsafe at times but now that the police has assured us more security, we hope such incidents will not take place again, said B C Kempipatil, surgeon, Thane Civil Hospital.Around 3 pm on Wednesday, a group of more than 12 people allegedly assaulted three doctors in Thane Civil Hospital for delaying treatment of their friend and threatened and abused five interns. Some of the accused were identified as Mujafar Kadar Memom, 36, Arafat Anim Paltr, 23, Osama Salim Shaikh, 20, and Zishan alias Jishu Firoz Sarang, 18. Nilam Gupta, an intern at the hospital, said, We work for 24 hours at a stretch and, in return, we can't be treated in such a way by the patients relatives. We are here to help them. Deputy commisioner of police, zone -1, Abhishek Trimukhe said, We have arrested five men in the case. They have confessed to the crime and we are questioning them to find out where the absconding accused are. He added, We have also deployed 12 police constables at the hospital.
|2017-03-30||Rs 3391cr Thane civic budget presented; hike in property tax : PTI ... - India Today|
Rs 3391cr Thane civic budget presented; hike in property tax PTI March 30, 2017 | UPDATED 20:15 IST Mar 30 (PTI) The Thane civic bodys buget for 2017-18 today proposed a 10 per cent increase in property tax. Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal presented a Rs 3390.78 crore budget for the next fiscal which showed a surplus of Rs 24 lakh. Mayor Meenakshi Shinde presided over the meeting where the commissioner presented the first budget of the just elected general body of the civic body. Jaiswal proposed a 10 per cent increase in property tax which is likely to mop up around Rs 40 crore. In the current fiscal year, the total property tax collection by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is likely to touch Rs 480 crore, he said. The civic chief listed the various projects which have been undertaken by the corporation and said they are likely to be completed in the next five years. He said lands of various government agencies like the Railways, CIDCO and others which are not in use will be taken over by the corporation and put to civic use. Of the total revenue income of Rs 2298.92 crore, the TMC expects to get Rs 756 crore via GST, Rs 650 crore through development and other taxes, Rs 438 crore from property tax, Rs 139.25 crore from collection by other departments, Rs 125 crore from water cess and Rs 100 crore from Public Works department. Jaiswal said 22 per cent of the total budget, which works out to be Rs 734 crore, will be spent on roads, bridges, and subways, among other infrastructure facilities.
|2017-03-30||Four held for attacking doctors at Thane civic hospital - Mumbai Mirror|
Four held for attacking doctors at Thane civic hospital PTI | Updated: Mar 30, 2017, 08.22 PM IST Thane: Four people were arrested in early hours today for allegedly assaulting two doctors at a civil hospital here yesterday, police said. Muzzafar alias Muzzu Kader Memon (36), Arfad Asim Palte (23), Osama Salim Shaikh (20) and Jishan alias Jishu Firoz Sarang (18) were arrested by the Thane Nagar police. The incident occurred last afternoon, when two doctors, including a woman, attached to a government civil hospital in Thane, were allegedly attacked by a patient's relatives. The mob of around 15-20 people had also vandalised a part of the hospital. The four accused were produced before a local court today, which remanded them in police custody till April 3. Dr Javed Sheikh and Dr Diba Naaz Ansari were attacked, following an argument over course of treatment to Muzzu who was brought to the hospital for treatment with an injured hand. Police are looking for seven more people in connection with the attack. The arrested accused have been booked under various sections of the IPC for assault and rioting and under the Maharashtra Medical Services Act. Meanwhile, the doctors at the hospital stopped work for two hours today as a mark of the protest. The attack came close on the heels of a five-day strike by the resident doctors in the government and civic-run hospitals in Maharashtra in protest against a spate on attack on their colleagues at hospitals in various places.
|2017-03-29||Meow Meow peddler held in Thane - Mumbai Mirror|
Meow Meow peddler held in Thane Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Mar 29, 2017, 05.36 AM IST A mephedrone drug peddler, believed to be part of a bigger cartel operating across Thane, was arrested with 1kg of the banned party drug in Daighar early on Tuesday. Mohsin Khan, 32, a resident of Pune, was trapped by officials from the Thane crime branch on a busy junction at Uttarshiv Market on Mumbra-Panvel Highway. Two of his accomplices, however, managed to flee. The drug seized from him costs around Rs 2 lakh and is a highly psychoactive substance. Police said they acted on the basis of a tip-off received on March 25. “According to information available with us, a man by the name of Mohsin Khan was regularly peddling mephedrone at various spots across Daighar and Thane. However, his one go-to location was Uttarshiv Market. We decided to trap him there,” explained senior police inspector Nitin Thakre. According to sources, the crime branch decided to lay a trap early on Tuesday. “We sent a decoy as a customer, and managed to fix a meeting with the drug peddler at one of the busy junctions in the market,” Thakre said. Khan, who was carrying a bag that contained the drug, realised that he was trapped when he saw that his “customer” wasn’t carrying money, police said. He first tried to run away, but was nabbed by policemen waiting for him. “We seized his bag that had a polythene full of a cream coloured powder. We arrested Khan and sent the seized powder for tests, which came out positive for mephedrone,” an officer privy to the investigation said. Mephedrone, popularly known as M-CAT, White Magic and Meow Meow, is a psychotic drug, which is highly addictive and lethal if consumed in huge amount. “There is a supplier at the end of the chain. Khan and his friends have access to a huge stock, but we are yet to lay our hands on it. It is possible that Khan is in direct touch with him. We will try and get the details,” said an official.
|2017-03-29||Thane: BJP MLA complains of fake FB account - Free Press Journal|
Thane: BJP MLA complains of fake FB account By Suresh Golani Mar 29, 2017 04:26 am Mira-Bhayandar: Sleuths of Navghar police station here have initiated investigations into a fake Facebook account created in the name of local BJP legislator Narendra Mehta. The legislator filed a complaint with the police after it came to his notice that a fake account had been created in his name was being used to send friend requests to many users including women. The complaint read that the fake account holder had been using abusive and objectionable language in conversations apparently to tarnish his image and reputation.
|2017-03-29||Doctors assaulted in Thane civil hospital - Times of India - Times of India|
Doctors assaulted in Thane civil hospital Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 29, 2017, 08.16 PM IST The patient and relatives attack the doctor over an argument at the Thane civil hospital.The incident triggers fear among the doctors who threaten to go on strike.The mob while leaving the hospital even broke the window panes, pushed the other staff of the doctors and leave. THANE: A doctor treating a patient was assaulted by the patient and his relatives over an argument that broke out while the treatment was going at the Thane civil hospital. The police said that the 15 persons, believed to be relatives and friends of the patient, went on a vandalizing spree, pushing, heckling and abusing other doctors and even threatening them with dire consequences. The incident triggered fear among the doctors who threatened to go on strike. The mob while leaving the hospital even broke the window panes, pushed the other staff of the doctors and went away. The security guards as well as the four policemen present at the spot couldn't do anything. Till last reports came in, the police identified a couple of accused and have detained two of them.
|2017-03-29||Three doctors, five interns attacked at Thane hospital - Hindustan Times|
Three doctors, five interns attacked at Thane hospital mumbai Updated: Mar 29, 2017 23:25 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times Three doctors were attacked and around five interns were verbally abused at Thane civil hospital by more than 12 youngsters on Wednesday for an alleged delay in treatment. No arrests have been made so far because the group fled just before the police arrived. Doctors at the hospital have threatened to go on strike if the accused are not caught. Around 3 pm on Wednesday, a group of more than 12 people barged into the casualty ward at Thane civil hospital, the police said.One of them allegedly had a deep cut on his hand and they wanted a doctor to treat him immediately. They rushed into the casualty ward and forced the doctors who were working there to treat their friend first. The impatient youth then proceeded to assaulting three doctors working in the casualty ward, while the interns, all women, who were standing nearby were abused and threatened by the accused, said Abhishek Trimukhe, deputy commissioner of police from zone 1. The police said while one of the doctors, Dr Javed Khan, 26, was injured badly, the other two, Dr Salman Khan, 23, Dr Sabih Hassain Fakki, 21, suffered bruises. After assaulting the staff, the group ransacked the hospital and created a ruckus, the police said. We rushed to spot. But by the time we reached, the assailants had fled on their bikes. We are going through the CCTV footage. A case has been lodged, Trimukhe said. Additional commissioner of police (Thane) Makrand Ranade said, We have increased security outside the hospital. There were four police constables at the hospital when the incident occurred. Doctors at the hospital have threatened to go on strike. BC Kempipatil, Thane hospital civil surgeon, said, If no strict action is taken we might go on strike. We want more security guards to protect us.
|2017-03-29||Thane railway station: Garbage near station catches fire | Thane ... - Times of India|
Thane railway station: Garbage near station catches fire Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Mar 29, 2017, 12.49 PM IST THANE: Panic sparked off near the Thane railway station premises following a sudden blaze reported in a discarded garbage heap adjoining the Satis bridge on Wednesday morning. Initial investigataions revealed the fire must have been probably caused by a stray lighted match or cigarette that could have been thrown by some passerby on the heap of discarded scrap and trash materials behind the railway booking office. The garbage heap was engulfed in flames till the rescue officials arrived and doused the fire. Meanwhile, there was a brief panic among passengers and locals which was controlled by the civic and police officials who rushed to the site in time. The area on the west side of the station is densely populated and being close to the railway premises is always crowded. "The police, RDMC & fire officials rushed to the site with a fire engine. No casualty or injury was reported and the situation is under control," informed Santosh Kadam, chief of RDMC, Thane.
|2017-03-29||Prime accused in Bhiwandi corporator murder arrested - Times of India|
Prime accused in Bhiwandi corporator murder arrested Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 29, 2017, 11.16 PM IST THANE: In a sensational revelation, Prashant Mhatre, the key accused in the murder of Congress corporator Manoj Mhatre, has reportedly confessed to the police that he had instructed his henchmen to behead his cousin and bring his head to him after chopping the body into pieces. Prashant was taken into custody on Tuesday from Panchagani in Satara district by anti-extortion cell of the Thane police. The supari killing, ordered by Prashant Mhatre, was a fallout of a long-standing rivalry between the Mhatre cousins. In the 2012 elections to BNMC, Prashant wanted to contest on a Congress ticket from the ward from where Manoj fought and won. Both Prashant and Manoj had over two dozens criminal cases against them. To dodge the police, Prashant was traveling only by tourist bus to Daman, Ahmedabad, Goa and finally to Panchgani, said a police officer. Prashant's technical evidences came when once he called up one of his third contact from Goa. The crime branch has already slapped the stringent MCOCA against the 18 accused in the murder of Manoj.
|2017-03-29||MMRDA to start survey for Thane-Kalyan-Bhiwandi Metro V - Mid-Day|
MMRDA to start survey for Thane-Kalyan-Bhiwandi Metro V By Ranjeet Jadhav Posted 29-Mar-2017 Are you a resident of Thane, Kalyan or Bhiwandi? Does the mere thought of commuting wear you out? Here's some good news for you then. The MMRDA will soon be starting a survey for the 21.4-km long Thane-Kalyan-Bhiwandi Metro V and the 14-km long Swami Samarth Nagar-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Metro VI connecting western and eastern suburbs. Starting with survey: MMRDA joint project director Dilip Kawatkar said, MMRDA wants to undertake the projects at the earliest. To ensure quick implementation, detailed surveys for the two corridors will be undertaken soon. "The agency doing the survey will have to maintain a record of the species of trees along with their height and diametre, said an officer. Connecting links: MMRDA is going to construct a Metro line from Wadala to Kasarvadavli via Ghatkopar and Thane, and there are plans to extend this line up to Gaimukh on the Thane-Ghodbunder Road. As there are plans to extend the line from Thane to Bhiwandi via Kalyan, it is expected to benefit a lot of people as the MMRDA is developing a growth centre in Kalyan, while there are plans to turn Bhiwandi into a logistics hub. At present, there is only one Metro line Versova to Ghatkopar via Andheri that provides east-west connectivity. Hence, the proposed plan will help not only in providing east-west connectivity, but also in solving traffic problems.
|2017-03-29||IPL effect? Thane Cops hit upon T20 game plan to curb crime - Mid-Day|
IPL effect? Thane Cops hit upon T20 game plan to curb serious crimes By Faisal Tandel Posted 29-Mar-2017 Cops will meet their assigned criminal at least once a week for updates on their activities, and will also visit their homes and meet their family members. The Thane Police have a new T20 game plan to curb crime. The force recently had a good innings against chain-snatching incidents after they prepared a Top 20 list of chain-snatchers to keep tabs on. Now, the cops hope that the same idea will also curb serious crime across the city. The top brass has ordered police stations across Thane to prepare a list of the top 20 criminals in their jurisdiction, and each criminal will be allotted to a constable, who will keep track of their activity. 20-20 vision: Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh initiated the programme in January, and issued orders to all 35 police stations in the Thane commissionerate. His game plan has already led to a significant drop in chain-snatchings in Thane since he took charge in March 2015. "In the last two years, we have almost entirely curbed chain-snatchings that used to occur frequently in the city. Now, we have started the Top-20 criminal list in every police station, where each constable will be given assigned one criminal," said Singh, adding that this would help them to keep track of hard-core criminals. "In the last few months since the initiative was taken up, we have received good response at each police station, and the crime rate has fallen across jurisdictions. The target is to curb serious offences like extortion or assault. With a constable constantly following them around, there is considerable pressure on the criminal. They will either be caught before committing an offence or they will give up and change their ways," added Singh. Three strikesHistory-sheeters who have three or more serious offences to their name will automatically be bumped up to the T20 list. These offences include robberies, chain-snatchings, murder, dacoity, rioting, etc. "If the crook continues with crime, he will be externed. If it is a hardened criminal involved in organised crime, he will be booked under the MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act)," the cop added. From the original T20 list of chain-snatchers, 19 of the criminals faced action from the police some were externed, others booked under the MCOCA. "We will assign a constable to monitor the criminal. If he is in jail, then we will track the status of his case or court hearings, and whether he is getting bail? The constable should even visit the residence of the criminal and get familiar with his family and friends to keep tabs on him," said an officer. VS Dolas, senior police inspector at the Central police station in Ulhasnagar, said, "Every week, or every second day, we look for updates on the accused; where he is and what he is doing. To ensure that the constable is meeting the criminal regularly, we ask the cops to click the criminal's picture too. Thanks to this initiative, the entire election month was peaceful, as we were able to curb petty crimes." On the watch list Who: Sadik Khan, Bhiwandi resident Offences: 21 cases, including rioting, theft, chain-snatching Action taken: In jail; booked under MCOCA Who: Nagesh Bajirao Bhosle, Narpoli resident Offences: 6 cases, including theft and robbery Action taken: Externed from Thane for 2 yrs 35 Number of police stations under Thane commissionerate following the T20 initiative 19 Number of chain-snatchers who were penalised with action from the original Top 20 list 3 Number of serious offences after which a criminal will be added to the T20 list
|2017-03-29||Residents from Gladys Alvares Road propose ALMs for Thane - Times of India|
Residents from Gladys Alvares Road propose ALMs for Thane Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Mar 30, 2017, 01.25 AM IST THANE: Residents of Gladys Alvares Road area recently met with the municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal and presented a proposal for the first ever Advanced Locality Management (ALM) in the city. The concept of ALM will work as a bridge between the residents and the municipal corporation in developing the locality. Although Mumbai has a number of ALMs looking into the crucial issues of their specific locality and helps resolve them with the help of the corporation there are no such bodies in Thane yet. The residents of prominent societies along the Gladys Alwares Road took their first step towards an inclusive governance by setting up their association titled RAGA (Residents'Association for Gladys Alwares Marg) to seek remedies for civic issues that come under their ward number four. Their ward includes areas surrounding Happy Valley, Hiranandani Meadows, Ashar Residency and Nalpada. Speaking about their initiative, TN Raghunatha, secretary of Eden Woods CHS and one of the members of RAGA, said, "An ideal or smart city functions well only if citizens work in tandem with the municipal authorities. There are several issues in each area that the top authorities may not be aware of. Similarly, there could be many schemes implemented by the corporation that citizens are oblivious too. ALMs work as a bridge between the two bodies and aim at developing their locality." "We have a number of issues including the hawking menace, accident prone stretches and many more in our area. We have been discussing the working of the ALMs in Mumbai a year ago and realised that we, too, need something like that. We formed a proposal and presented it to the commissioner on Monday and were glad to get a positive response." While the municipal commissioner was thrilled with the proposal he has asked the association to meet him with a detailed proposal in the first week of April. "I have always encouraged citizens' participation in any civic initiative and I am glad to see such initiatives coming up. Setting up of such groups will not only help us understand the unknown issues in different pockets, but also make remedying these issues a smoother and quicker process. Once this ALM is set up, hopefully many other citizens' groups will follow suit. As we are in the midst of the budget panning, I have asked the members of RAGA to meet me with a detailed proposal next week," said civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal.
|2017-03-29||IPL effect? Thane Cops hit upon T20 game plan to curb serious ... - Mid-Day|
IPL effect? Thane Cops hit upon T20 game plan to curb serious crimes By Faisal Tandel Posted 29-Mar-2017 Cops will meet their assigned criminal at least once a week for updates on their activities, and will also visit their homes and meet their family members. The Thane Police have a new T20 game plan to curb crime. The force recently had a good innings against chain-snatching incidents after they prepared a Top 20 list of chain-snatchers to keep tabs on. Now, the cops hope that the same idea will also curb serious crime across the city. The top brass has ordered police stations across Thane to prepare a list of the top 20 criminals in their jurisdiction, and each criminal will be allotted to a constable, who will keep track of their activity. 20-20 vision: Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh initiated the programme in January, and issued orders to all 35 police stations in the Thane commissionerate. His game plan has already led to a significant drop in chain-snatchings in Thane since he took charge in March 2015. "In the last two years, we have almost entirely curbed chain-snatchings that used to occur frequently in the city. Now, we have started the Top-20 criminal list in every police station, where each constable will be given assigned one criminal," said Singh, adding that this would help them to keep track of hard-core criminals. "In the last few months since the initiative was taken up, we have received good response at each police station, and the crime rate has fallen across jurisdictions. The target is to curb serious offences like extortion or assault. With a constable constantly following them around, there is considerable pressure on the criminal. They will either be caught before committing an offence or they will give up and change their ways," added Singh. Three strikesHistory-sheeters who have three or more serious offences to their name will automatically be bumped up to the T20 list. These offences include robberies, chain-snatchings, murder, dacoity, rioting, etc. "If the crook continues with crime, he will be externed. If it is a hardened criminal involved in organised crime, he will be booked under the MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act)," the cop added. From the original T20 list of chain-snatchers, 19 of the criminals faced action from the police some were externed, others booked under the MCOCA. "We will assign a constable to monitor the criminal. If he is in jail, then we will track the status of his case or court hearings, and whether he is getting bail? The constable should even visit the residence of the criminal and get familiar with his family and friends to keep tabs on him," said an officer. VS Dolas, senior police inspector at the Central police station in Ulhasnagar, said, "Every week, or every second day, we look for updates on the accused; where he is and what he is doing. To ensure that the constable is meeting the criminal regularly, we ask the cops to click the criminal's picture too. Thanks to this initiative, the entire election month was peaceful, as we were able to curb petty crimes." On the watch list Who: Sadik Khan, Bhiwandi resident Offences: 21 cases, including rioting, theft, chain-snatching Action taken: In jail; booked under MCOCA Who: Nagesh Bajirao Bhosle, Narpoli resident Offences: 6 cases, including theft and robbery Action taken: Externed from Thane for 2 yrs. 35 Number of police stations under Thane commissionerate following the T20 initiative 19 Number of chain-snatchers who were penalised with action from the original Top 20 list 3 Number of serious offences after which a criminal will be added to the T20 list.
|2017-03-28||Thane: Bank files FIR against 21 in 1.34 crore fraud - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Bank files FIR against 21 in 1.34 crore fraud By Suresh Golani Mar 28, 2017 09:45 am Mira-Bhayandar: The Bhayandar branch of Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) has filed cases against 21 people for their suspected involvement in cheating the financial institution by illegally pulling out Rs 1.34 crore from its pool account by allegedly breaching the United Payment Interface (UPI) application. Launched by National Payments Corporation of India, the UPI is a payment system which allows users to instantly transfer funds up to R 1 lakh from one bank to another. An FIR under IPC sections 420, 465, 467, 468,471, 120 (B ) and relevant sections of the Information Technology Act has been registered at our police station on Friday,ť confirmed Senior Police Inspector of Navghar police station Srikant Padhule. While Pritesh Damania, Jaswant Damania and Raj Damania are amongst those listed as the prime suspects, 18 others have been named in the FIR along with some unidentified people, however no arrests have been made so far. In his complaint to the police, deputy branch manager- Ashok Katare has identified 18 accounts which were used to send transfer requests in batches of up to Rs 1 lakh each to siphon off Rs 1,34, 90,000 over a period of 24 days with accounts held with Bank of Maharashtra through the UPI application. Despite knowing that there are no funds in the accounts, the transfer requests were accepted. While recovery notices had been sent to all the account holders, Jaswant Damania when confronted by officials had transferred only Rs. 2 lakh back to the bank, read the complaint. Early this month, the BoM had filed a similar FIR in Pune against 50 people for causing a loss of Rs 6.14 crore.
|2017-03-28||Rs 2000 crore drug case: Non-bailable warrant against Mamta Kulkarni - NYOOOZ|
Rs 2,000 crore drug case: Non-bailable warrant against Mamta Kulkarni TOI Thane Tue,28 Mar 2017 THANE: Investigators probing the Rs 2,000 crore drug bust case have got a shot in the arm as a special court here issued non-bailable arrest warrants against former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni and alleged international drug lord Vijaygiri aka Vicky Goswami The warrants were issued by the special court of H M Patwardhan on Monday. The investigators claimed to have got "clinching evidence" against them and based on which they want to file a chargesheet, but the duo are declared absconding since their names cropped up in the drug bust, said a senior police officer. Special public prosecutor Shishir Hiray, appearing for the prosecution, in a marathon submission to the special court sought the warrant , and informed the court that they have ample evidence against the duo and their involvement in the drug racket as a prime accused. Hiray pointed out that based on the interrogation of arrested accused, Kulkarni and Goswami are main players in the case and they had set up a well-oiled drug cartel, right from procuring raw material of ephedrine from India and even planned transportation and manufacture of methamphetamine in Kenya. The prosecutor told the court that the arrested accused, Jai Mukhi and Kishor Sinh Rathod, during the probe had mentioned a meeting in a hotel in Kenya, wherein a deal was struck between Goswami, his aides, the Akasha brothers, Mamta, former director of a pharma company, Manoj Jain, Jai Mukhi and Abdullah, were present. "Ample technical evidence, call records are in possession of the investigators and various facts have been revealed during questioning of the arrested accused and statements made by them," Hiray told the court. He pointed out that Mukhi's version was coraborated by another accused, Kishorsinh Rathod, son of a former Congress MLA from Gujarat, who was arrested in January after nine months on the run. "They also had plans to make Mamta a director of Avon Life Sciences Pvt Ltd," Hiray told the court.The police, from time-to-time visited the addresses of Mamta and Goswami and even statements of people who knew them were recorded. Hiray produced a case diary for the court's satisfaction too. Finally, the court on Monday issued the warrants against the duo. Goswami is in US custody. In January, Goswami, Ibrahim and Baktash Akasha as well as Gulam Hussein were extradited from Kenya to the US. Their names had cropped up during the probe by Thane police in the Rs 2,000 crore drug bust. They were arrested in November 2014 in a sting operation by US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officers posing as Colombian drug dealers.
|2017-03-28||Ephedrine haul in Thane: Non-bailable warrant issued against Mamta Kulkarni - Hindustan Times|
Ephedrine haul in Thane: Non-bailable warrant issued against Mamta Kulkarni mumbai Updated: Mar 28, 2017 13:06 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The warrant was issued after the Thane police produced evidence against Kulkarni, which included- WhatsApp chats, pictures of the meetings that were held at Kenya, call records, and also the statements recorded from the arrested accused. A non-bailable warrant has been issued against former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni on Monday at Thane sessions court in connection with the Rs 2,000 crore drug haul.On April 13, 2016, the police arrested two people with Ephedrine worth Rs 12 lakh and later busted a racket that was worth Rs 2,000 crore at a Avon Pharma Life Sciences Private Limited's factory in Solapur. Till now, 14 people have been arrested in the case, while five accused are abroad, including Mamta Kulkarni. The warrant was issued after the Thane police produced evidence against Kulkarni, which included- WhatsApp chats, pictures of the meetings that were held at Kenya, call records, and also the statements recorded from arrested accused Jay Mukhi, Manoj Jain and Kishoresingh Rathod- former MLA's son and the kingpin. Bharat Shelkhe, assistant commissioner of police, Thane crime branch, said, We have a lot of evidence against Mamta Kulkarni. The other accused have not only confessed to the crime but have also revealed Kulkarni's part in the case. We also found that she was to be made the director of the company's branch in Solapur and that she was present in almost all the meetings. Thane police have included her name in the FIR and also charge sheet. Kulkarni's husband Vicky Goswami was arrested in January.
|2017-03-28||Heatwave like conditions grip Mumbai at 38.4Â°C, Thane swelters at 43.1Â°C - Skymet Weather|
Heatwave like conditions grip Mumbai at 38.4°C, Thane swelters at 43.1°C 28 March 2017 12:09 PM Somewhere between switching from fan to air conditioning and switching hot tea to cold coffee, summer seeped in our lives. And this can be confirmed by the residents of Mumbai and Thane as the temperatures over both the neighboring cities have crossed normalcy by a lot. The City Of Dreams, Mumbai is sweltering at 38.4°C and the neighboring city of Thane is boiling at 43.1°C. This temperature of Mumbai is second highest ever as the previous temperature was recorded in 2014. Mumbai's mercury is at present 5°C above normal. It is not just the maximum temperatures that are reaching new highs, even the minimum temperatures are scaling 25.2°C at Colaba Observatory and 21.5°C at Santa Cruz Observatory were recorded for March 27. This extreme spike in mercury over Mumbai and surrounding areas is due to the dry northerly-northeasterly winds. These winds are drier in nature, thus allowing the temperatures to rise over the region. These winds are prevailing over the region as an anti-cyclonic circulation is seen over Rajasthan. Unlike its true nature, Mumbai's weather is not humid at the moment; in fact the weather over Mumbai is extremely dry. But these weather conditions are likely to take a U-turn, but just for a while. Skymet Weather's Chief Meteorologist Mahesh Palawat said, "Temperatures are likely to drop by 2-3 degrees in next 48 hours. Winds which will be coming in from Arabian Sea will increase uneasiness for Mumbaikars." Please Note: Any information picked from here must be attributed to skymetweather.com
|2017-03-27||Thane: Police crack whip on Kashimira stunt bikers - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Police crack whip on Kashimira stunt bikers By Suresh Golani, Mar 27, 2017 09:10 am Thane: Sleuths of the Thane (rural) police have finally cracked the whip on those involved in high-speed racing and using their modified bikes to perform other dangerous stunts on roads. In response to an information that a group of youngsters were performing highly dangerous stunts while racing their modified bikes on the highway's flyover in Kashimira, police personnel swooped down on the illegal activities during the early morning hours on Sunday. While the police team impounded eight bikes, most of the riders managed to escape the police dragnet. The bikers are believed to carry out huge monetary betting on the races and stunts. The bikers are being identified and slapped with fines under Section 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act, before being let off with a warning,ť confirmed Senior Police Inspector Vilas Sanap.
|2017-03-27||Thane society residents see red over chopped trees - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane society residents see red over chopped trees By Gargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Mar 27, 2017, 10.23 AM IST Residents of an upscale housing society in Thane are faced with a peculiar problem they are being targeted by a group, which is chopping down trees in and around their premises. What has the residents of the Panchamrut housing society baffled is that the perpetrators simply leave the felled tree at the spot, leaving the residents wondering as to how it's supposed to benefit anyone. The latest casualty is a decades old and much-loved Ashoka tree inside the society's compound which came down with a deafening crash early on Saturday morning. READ ALSO:BMC panel calls for a green hub in Aarey"The Ashoka tree in our compound was sawed in half and it fell on one of the cars parked inside with a loud noise," said Rajesh Sonsurkar, an insurance professional who resides at Panchamrut. When residents gathered at the spot, they realised that the assailants had even cut through the metal lamp post next to the Ashoka tree. The security guard of the facility claimed to have not seen or heard anything. "The guard soon left and hasn't returned since," said Sonsurkar. READ ALSO:Bamboo scaffolding and sarees "The Ashoka tree had been there in the society since years. It used to provide shade for entire premises. It also served an additional purpose, that of blocking peering eyes from beyond the compound wall. It is shocking how brazenly it has been sawed down," said Nutan Rao, another resident of the society who has been living there for more than five years.`Not the first tree 'According to the residents, trees surrounding the society premises were being targeted since the past few weeks. "Several trees on the road sides were cut a couple of weeks ago.One of the trees was cut just last week," said Sakharam Deshpande, a resident. Though the trees are chopped down in the wee hours of the morning when nobody is around, the cutters were spotted twice. "One of the residents, returning late from work, saw two men cutting the tree right opposite our gate. They claimed to be from the MSEB (Maharashtra State Electricity Board). But when the resident asked for their ID proofs, the men ran away, leaving the tree half chopped," said Deshpande. READ ALSO: Zero dark thirty: Residents have approached the Kasarwadavali police who accepted their complaint. "We have asked the society to report the matter to the TMC's garden department. Once we get their response stating that they haven't authorised these cutting, we will lodge an FIR under relevant sections," said inspector Nasir Kulkarni from Kasarwadvli police station.
|2017-03-27||Thane reels under scorching heat - Outlook India|
Thane reels under scorching heat 27 MARCH 2017 Last Updated at 5:30 PM thane, Mar 27 Thane city today recorded the maximum temperature of 43.1 degrees Celsius. This was perhaps the highest temperature recorded in the city so far this year, said an official of Thane Municipal Corporation. The maximum temperature in the city is rising in the last few days. It was 41.4 degrees Celsius on March 25.
|2017-03-27||Sports facilities in slum areas need of the hour: Thane mayor | Latest ... - Daily News & Analysis|
Sports facilities in slum areas need of the hour: Thane mayor Mon, 27 Mar 2017-12:50pm , PTI There is a need to build sports complexes in slum areas of the city to channelise energy of the youth residing there to constructive work, Thane Mayor Meenakshi Shinde has said. "Providing sports facilities will divert the youth from all kinds of anti-social activities plaguing the society today. We need sports complexes in slum colonies as compared to posh localities," Shinde said last night at a function organised by the Samata Vichar Prasarak Sanstha and Balnatya here. She admitted that space crunch was a major hurdle in the construction of a sports complex but the civic body would do its best to provide such facilities in select locations of the city. The Samata Vichar Sanstha had organised a drama competition only for the women belonging to the deprived class in which around a dozen dramas were presented before the audience at the amphi theatre of the Town Hall here. Leader of the House Naresh Mhaske and eminent dramatist Ratnakar Matkari were the chief guests.
|2017-03-27||Viral video: Thane traffic cops assault, arrest motorist over parking ... - India Today|
Viral video: Thane traffic cops assault, arrest motorist over parking row A video showing Thane traffic policemen assaulting a motorist over parking their cars in no-parking zone has gone viral on social media. Police and motorist tell different versions of the incident while a case has been registered in this regard. Saurabh Vaktania Edited by Prabhash K Dutta, Mumbai, March 27, 2017| UPDATED 17:33 IST Thane traffic cops assaulted two motorists. Incident took place on March 22 over car parking. Motorists have been booked for assaulting cops. In yet another incident of alleged atrocity of cops, Thane police is seen assaulting a motorist in a viral video. The incident took place in a no parking zone where the motorist had seemingly parked his vehicle. The video shows senior officials of Bhiwandi traffic police in Thane grabbing Kailash Parikh and manhandling him.But, the police say that Kailash Parikh and his friend assaulted traffic policemen present there. The police have arrested Kailash Parikh and his friend on the charges of assault and preventing a government official from discharging his duty. HOW IT HAPPENED: The incident took place on March 22 in front of Regent Hotel, at the Jakat Naka in Bhiwandi. The video is now doing rounds on social media. While the road is a no-parking zone, there is no signboard at the spot. The cars and bikes could be seen parked there all the time, said locals. However, on the fateful day, the cops put a jammer on the car belonging to Bhaven Parag Mehta and Kailash Parikh - both are residents of Mira Road. Parikh said, "We questioned the officer why a jammer was put on the car. We were not at fault, but there was a heated argument after we refused to share our documents. (Traffic police official Ganpatrao) Ghatge and his officers were trying to force us into the police van, and they even assaulted us." 'VICTIMS' ON BAIL: Despite repeated attempts to contact Ganpatrao Ghatge, the officer was not available for comment. Senior police officials confirmed that a case was registered against the motorists under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC. Both Parikh and Mehta were later released on bail.
|2017-03-27||Thane: Balcony of first-floor flat collapses in Wagle Estate - Mid-Day|
Thane: Balcony of first-floor flat collapses in Wagle Estate By Pallavi Smart Posted 27-Mar-2017 Rubble of the portion of the balcony that collapsed in Thane's Wagle Estate on Sunday night The balcony of a ground-plus-one structure in Thane's Wagle Estate collapsed on Sunday night. So far, there have been no reports of any injuries or casualties. Thane's disaster management cell sealed the property after evacuating people; officials are investigating further to ascertain the cause of the collapse. The incident occurred around 10.30 pm. The house belonged to one Nasir Rehamadulla Shaikh. The ground-plus-one structure had a residence on top and a chicken shop, owned by Shaikh, on the ground floor. "The shop has not been damaged at all. The police and disaster management cell officials reached the spot immediately after being told of the collapse," said Nisar Shaikh, a resident from the area. Santosh Kadam from Thane's disaster management cell said, "There are no casualties or injuries. There was a chicken shop on the ground floor and a house on the first floor. While a portion of the balcony collapsed, we have also removed the rest of it as it was hanging dangerously. Those living on the first floor were evacuated safely." "As it was late in the night and no one was hurt, we sealed the property and left. Residents of the house have been able to make temporary arrangements for accommodation. We will revisit the structure for further investigation and accordingly decide what action needs to be taken, he added.
|2017-03-27||Mumbai sweats at 38.4C, Thane sizzles at 43.1C | Mumbai News ... - Times of India|
Mumbai sweats at 38.4C, Thane sizzles at 43.1 CRicha Pinto | TNN | Mar 28, 2017, 08.40 AM IST MUMBAI: Summer's sizzling fury was unleashed on the city on Monday as the mercury surged by three degrees in 24 hours to touch 38.4 degrees Celsius at the Santa Cruz observatory, the second highest maximum temperature in March since 2014. Monday's tally is 5.1 degrees above normal. The temperature was even higher in the satellite townships of Thane (43.1 degrees) and Navi Mumbai (39.1 degrees). Pune and Nashik experienced their hottest March days in over a decade. The IMD has forecast a further rise in the maximum temperature in the city. The north-westerly winds coming in from hot Kutch and Rajasthan are the reason, said the weather bureau. The rising temperature, coupled with high humidity levels, left Mumbaikars in deep discomfort and doctors advised drinking more water and taking proper sun protection. The mercury started rising over the weekend after days of temperatures that were close to Mumbai's normal temperature of about 32 degree C in March. The maximum temperatures this month so far had been very calm, said IMD officials. In Colaba, the maximum temperature recorded by the IMD observatory was 33.4 degrees Celsius, 1.4 degrees above normal. Monday's figure at Santa Cruz was the highest for the month so far this year. The relative humidity recorded by IMD Colaba and Santa Cruz was 67% and 65%, respectively. It is also significant that the minimum temperatures are also pretty high 25.2 degrees C at Colaba and 21.5 degrees C at Santa Cruz on Monday. The discomfort levels were much worse for people in Thane, where the mercury climbed above 43 degrees on Monday. It was even more than in Nagpur, Nashik and Jalgaon (see box). It reflected the heatwave sweeping Maharashtra, with Pune recording its hottest March day in 14 years when the mercury touched 39.7 degrees C on Monday. Nashik, at 40.3 degrees C, too recorded its highest March temperature in over 11 years. "The winds are north-westerly coming from Kutch and Rajasthan whic is causing the temperatures to soar. The rising temperature coupled with high humidity levels played a crucial role in causing the discomfort. This is leading us to feel that maximum temperatures are much higher than what is being recorded. Unlike the past few years, March this year has been very calm and quiet as maximum temperatures are known to rise beyond this as well. We are forecasting isolated heat wave conditions in the interior parts of North Madhya Maharashtra like Nagpur and Vidarbha," said K S Hosalikar, deputy director-general (western region) of the India Meteorological Department. Marine Drive resident Mahendra Hemdev said it only appears to be getting warmer every year. "On Monday afternoon I was travelling from Churchgate to Bandra by the local train and it felt extremely hot and uncomfortable," said Hemdev. Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather, said: "While this temperature level is predicted to drop by two-three degrees in around 48 hours, the hot and humid winds coming from over the Arabian Sea will increase the discomfort levels for citizens." (With inputs from Neha Madaan, Freny Fernandes & Umesh K Parida)
|2017-03-27||Thane gears up to celebrate Gudi Padwa with pomp and fervour - Times of India|
Thane gears up to celebrate Gudi Padwa with pomp and fervour Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Mar 28, 2017, 03.05 AM IST THANE: A celebratory mood has gripped the city as it gears up to celebrate the Maharashtrian New Year today, which is popularly known as Gudi Padwa. Maharashtrians celebrate the festival by raising a Gudi - made using a small stick, coloured cloth and a tambi - a small vessel decorated with neem leaves and flowers. The tambi is filled with sugar sweets and distributed to everyone as prasad. "We wake up early and raise the Gudi. We also have a ritual of making a bitter chutney using neem leaves, raw mango and jaggery and eating it on the Gudi Padwa day," said Ashwini Chavan a Thane resident. Many visit temples to start the New Year on a good note. For those who can't be a part of the celebrations wear traditional clothes to work. Many societies and temples have carnival like procession wherein organisations participate with social, cultural and historic messages. Swagat Yatra is a big part of Gudi Padva celebration and is celebrated in vaious parts of the city - the biggest being organised at Kopineshwar Temple. "Since 14 years we are organizing Swagat Yatra at Bramhand complex, as we cannot be a part of the yatra at Kopineshwar temple because it is far from our complex on Ghodbunder Road. Our aim to organise a Swagat Yatra here is to bring people together in celebrations," said Parag Walang, a resident of Brahmand complex. Other than Maharashtrians people from other communities, too, celebrate the festivals. Andhrites and Kannadas celebrate the festival and call it - Ugadi.
|2017-03-27||Sports facilities in slum areas need of the hour: Thane mayor - Outlook India|
Sports facilities in slum areas need of the hour: Thane mayor 27 MARCH 2017 Last Updated at 12:11 PM The Samata Vichar Sanstha had organised a drama competition only for the women belonging to the deprived class in which around a dozen dramas were presented before the audience at the amphi theatre of the Town Hall here thane, Mar 27 There is a need to build sports complexes in slum areas of the city to channelise energy of the youth residing there to constructive work, Thane Mayor Meenakshi Shinde has said. "Providing sports facilities will divert the youth from all kinds of anti-social activities plaguing the society today. We need sports complexes in slum colonies as compared to posh localities," Shinde said last night at a function organised by the Samata Vichar Prasarak Sanstha and Balnatya here. She admitted that space crunch was a major hurdle in the construction of a sports complex but the civic body would do its best to provide such facilities in select locations of the city. The Samata Vichar Sanstha had organised a drama competition only for the women belonging to the deprived class in which around a dozen dramas were presented before the audience at the amphi theatre of the Town Hall here. Leader of the House Naresh Mhaske and eminent dramatist Ratnakar Matkari were the chief guests.
|2017-03-26||Tech it easy: Embark on a detox to counter digital excesses - Times of India|
Tech it easy: Embark on a detox to counter digital excesses Freny Fernandes | TNN | Mar 26, 2017, 10.48 PM IST Thane: To bring people back to nature and keep them away from technology, environment experts have begun setting up digital detoxification sessions for the tech-addicted populace. The groups are roping in citizens from across MMR to join this drive where they will cut ties with gadgets and participate in nature trails, clean-up sessions and interactive games. Bilwada Kale, an environmentalist associated with BNHS, said, "We are addicted to the web world and don't realize the stress, sleep disorders and other issues that accompany it. To break this unhealthy chain, we decide to start this digital detoxification session at our Goregaon-based Conservation Education Centre. Participants will have to submit their phones and other gadgets on entering the premises. Then they participate in activities ranging from nature trails and clean-up drives, to playing indoor environmental games and connecting with people instead of chatting on mobile applications and social media." Sangita Joshi, an active member of Paryavaran Dakshata Manch, said, "Even during nature trails, people click pictures and selfies in the forest to upload on social media. Do they really enjoy the beauty of nature? It's high time they took at least a day's break from the tech world." "Children don't have the opportunity to play anymore because of their hectic school-classes-extracurricular activities schedule. As they grow older, their work piles up, time is never enough, and this hectic life adds to the stress, resulting in health ailments. By taking a break from this chaos once in a while and spending a day with nature, they could find a way out of this unhealthy chain," said Anjana Dewasthale, a city-based horticulturist.
|2017-03-26||HC stays proceedings against retired babu in '13 bldg crash case - NYOOOZ|
HC stays proceedings against retired babu in '13 bldg crash case TOI Thane Sun,26 Mar 2017 Thane: The Bombay high court has admitted a petition filed by a former Thane municipal officer seeking discharge in the Lucky compound case and stayed the proceedings against him in a Thane special court.Former bureaucrat Shrikant Sarmokadam who was the then deputy municipal commissioner and has now retired was one of those who was arrested in the case. He had filed the discharge application in the district sessions court on November 30, 2015, but his plea was rejected on various grounds. Sarmokdam challenged the order in the high court, which stayed the proceedings against him in the trial court till the disposal of the petition in the high court. Justice A M Badar, while admitting Sarmokdam's petition, stayed the proceedings of the case which is presently pending in the Thane sessions court. The case is being heard at the special court of A N Karmarkar.The investigation into the 2013 collapse, in which 74 people were killed, revealed a nexus of bureaucrats with the civic staffers, builders, middlemen, corporators and policemen. The judge said "prima facie" there was no material to connect the accused to the unauthorized construction as he was not in charge of the zone where the unauthorised construction.
|2017-03-25||Upset Thane mental hospital inmate gets violent, stabs attendant in neck - Mid-Day|
Upset Thane mental hospital inmate gets violent, stabs attendant in neck By Faisal Tandel | Posted 25-Mar-2017 He got his hands on a pair of scissors kept in the ward in-charge’s office and allegedly got agitated when asked to put it down and leave the room A 44-year-old attendant of Thane Mental Hospital was allegedly stabbed in the neck with a pair of scissors by a patient on Wednesday evening. The assault necessitated two stitches. The police said Dattaram Bhurke, the hospital attendant, had finished serving tea to all patients around 4.30 pm in ward 19 when he entered the office of the ward in-charge. A patient followed the male nurse into the office and picked up a pair of scissors from the in-charge’s table. Bhurke told him to put it down and return to his room, but the patient allegedly got agitated and stabbed the attendant on the left side of the neck with it. “I pulled out the pair of scissors from my neck and was taken to Thane Civil Hospital,” said Bhurke. An official from Thane Mental Hospital said, “The patient, who was recently admitted after displaying signs of mental instability, got angry when he was told to leave the room. In that agitated state, he attacked the attendant.” A case was registered at Wagle Estate police station under section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the IPC. “No arrested has been made as yet,” said Ravindra Malekar, senior inspector, Wagle Estate police station.
|2017-03-25||Thane: Stealing 198 kg silver over 7 yrs, salesman lands behind iron bars - NYOOOZ|
Thane: Stealing 198 kg silver over 7 yrs, salesman lands behind iron bars Story Thane Sat,25 Mar 2017 Ratansingh Bhavarsingh Devra wasn`t born with a silver spoon, but he was sure hoping to sell some at his own jewellery shop, before the police derailed his plans. Devra was on Thursday arrested for stealing 198 kg of silver worth Rs 90 lakh from his employer`s shop over seven years. According to the police, the accused is a resident of Thane and used to work as a salesman in a bullion traders shop in Zaveri Bazar, owned by one Anil Dagliya. Earlier this week, the Thane Crime Branch`s Unit 5 in Wagle Estate received information about Devra being involved in a house theft in the area. Seven years a steal"On the basis of the information, we caught him on Wednesday and during interrogation, he revealed how he had been stealing the silver for the last seven years," said Madan Ballal, senior police inspector, Wagle Estate Crime branch. The police have seized the 198 kg silver ornaments that were kept in a cavity at his house in different bags. "During interrogation, he claimed that the owner was a wholesaler who commonly sold around 100 kg of silver. He said he`d seen a few others taking away some items. He too started stealing small pieces. He was trusted by the shop owner and had also made duplicate keys. He`d make his way into the shop on holidays or late nights after work and take small items," said Parag Manare, deputy commissioner of police. Wipe the CCTV: The shop was full of CCTVs, but being an insider, Devra had a few tricks up his sleeve. "Usually after the theft, he used to delete the CCTV footage. Since his boss was a wholesaler, he never suspected the robbery. Devra was all set to open a silver shop in Thane. But all his plans met with failure after Narendra Modi won the 2014 general elections and proposed to bring out the Goods and Services Tax. He was afraid of paying such a huge tax," added Ballal, stating that the owner was shocked when he came to know about the theft. The stolen ornaments include idols, coins, anklets, bracelets, waist belts, chains, cups, plates, spoons and different fancy items. "He used to keep the ornaments at his residence. In the last few years, he had changed his house more than three times. We found all the ornaments at his home. His wife is pregnant and was at their village," said Shivraj Bendre, PSI. A case has been registered against Devra at the LT Marg police station.
|2017-03-25||78-year-old held for cheating mathadi worker of Rs 12L - Times of India|
78-year-old held for cheating mathadi worker of Rs 12L Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 25, 2017, 10.29 PM IST THANE: A 78-year-old man was arrested from Kolhapur by the Naupada police for allegedly duping a man of Rs 12.50 lakh. Ashok Ghagre, the alleged accused, who claimed to be a doctor of acupressure, was on the run for the past three years. Ghagre had a clinic in Talaopali. "It was in 2014 when Ghagre befriended a man, who was eager to purchase a commercial outlet with his life savings. The elderly accused offered to help him and took the money by promising to give him a shop at a prime location in the city," said senior inspector Anil Pophale from Naupada police station. The victim, a mathadi worker, fell for Ghagre's promises and readily handed over the cash after which the accused fled the city, added the cop. A criminal complaint under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC was registered at the Naupada police station against Ghagre, but he went absconding and also changed his mobile number and residence frequently. A preliminary probe revealed that Ghagre spent most of the money in dance bars. Pophale said that the police were investigating the likelihood of Ghagre's involvement in similar cheating offences committed in 2014. The accused befriended a man eager to purchase a commercial outlet with his life savings. The elderly accused offered to help him. He took the money and fled the city
|2017-03-25||Two detained with Rs 33.50 lakh demonetized notes - Times of India - Times of India|
Two detained with Rs 33.50 lakh demonetized notes Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 25, 2017, 10.28 PM IST THANE: Two have been detained by the Kasarwadavli police for carrying demonetized currency amounting Rs 33.50 lakh near HyperCity mall on Thursday. The police had received a tip off that two men would be coming near the mall to exchange old currency notes for new ones. For this, the duo were going to get a commission of 60%. The cops laid a trap and detained them. While carrying out a search, the cops found the demonetized cash on them. The duo have been identified as Matim Shaikh and Samid Shaikh, both residents of Mumbra. The cops informed the income tax official who seized the cash. Further investigations are on in the case, said D D Tele, senior police inspector from Kasarwadavli police station. The cops are interrogating the accused further.
|2017-03-24||Drunk driving kills DJ, friend in Thane - Mumbai Mirror|
Drunk driving kills DJ, friend in Thane By Gargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Mar 24, 2017, 06.12 AM IST Three other passengers critically hurt after Scorpio rams into electricity pole. Two men were killed instantly and four were injured, three of them critically, after a Scorpio car rammed into an electricity pole and turned turtle twice on Thane's Ghodbunder road around 4 am on Thursday. The six friends, residents of Wagle Estate, worked in event management and were returning from a party; all of them were heavily drunk, Kasarvadavali police said. The police had taken the six to Vedant Hospital nearby, where two Chetan Chavan and Nikhil Palan, both 34 were declared brought dead. Palan was a wellknown DJ. The three who are critically injured are the driver of the vehicle, Rahul Pawar, 25, and Santosh Sanghvi and Ravi Bangre, both 26. A sixth passenger, Ankit Solanki, 26, was thrown across the road from the impact of the accident and suffered minor injuries. The postmortems on Chavan and Palan's bodies were still underway till late Thursday evening at Thane Civic Hospital. Meanwhile, the other four are being treated at Vedant Hospital, also on Ghodbunder Road. Ankit was the only one able to answer questions, said assistant inspector Rupali Patil of Kasarvadavali police station. He said they were returning from a party where they drank heavily. Pawar lost control of the car near Rutu Enclave Society and rammed into an electricity pole, after which the Scorpio turned turtle twice.ť The three men are still critical. However, they are out of immediate danger. The cause of death (of Chavan and Palan) is yet to be determined, a doctor attending to the accident victims said on condition of anonymity.
|2017-03-24||In 5 years, drug-resistant TB cases rise fourfold - Times of India|
In 5 years, drug-resistant TB cases rise fourfold Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Mar 24, 2017, 10.44 PM IST THANE: The alarming rise in cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis and the spread of the disease in congested areas like Bhiwandi, Palghar and parts of Ambernath, in spite of holding awareness and immunization programmes, shows that the war against the communicable illness is far from over. On the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, the scale and gravity of the infection is reflected in the statistics compiled by the district health department (see box), which reveals that the spread of the multi-drug resistant (MDR) form of TB remains a serious cause of concern in Thane district. "Over the last five years, the number of MDR cases has jumped almost by four times. From 61 cases of MDR positive diagnosed in 2012, it has shot up to 199 by the end of 2016. In 2015 and 2016, 27 patients were diagnosed with extreme drug resistance (XDR). The MDR and XDR cases are most challenging as such patient have to go under treatment for anywhere between 27-31 months," said Dayanand Suryawanshi, district tuberculosis officer. While the government is doing their bit to eradicate the disease, experts feel that their efforts are inadequate and unless there is support from voluntary groups or citizen organisations for early detection of cases and preventive measures put in place, TB will emerge as the most dreaded disease. "It is seen that out of 13 places across the district, the outskirts of the powerloom town of Bhiwandi reported the highest number of TB patients. The primary reason for the TB spread here is high air pollution, coupled with poor working conditions in the handloom factories and the deplorable basic civic infrastructure. Moreover, there is a huge influx of migrant population who are latent carriers of the virus and the conditions in Bhiwandi have a negative impact on their immunity system. Ditto is the condition in the industrial belts of Boisar, in Palghar, and the slums of Ambernath which have shown a rise in TB cases," he said. In the last five years, more than 1.65 lakh patients were put through tests and a diagnosis revealed that less than 10% were tested positive across Thane district. But it was seen that in this half a decade almost 67% of the ones who were diagnosed were cured. "As a preventive step we give BCG vaccine at birth and spread awareness in schools, college, officers, etc. We even ask corporate companies to put up Information Education and communication (IEC) materials in their premises. When it comes to the treatment of the patients since the last one month we have asked them to come everyday to take their medicines. Also, unlike the old times when they had to take four or more tablets, now they just have to take one of two tablets, depending on their weight," added Suryawanshi.
|2017-03-24||Pay tax or get garbage back, says Thane municipal officials - Times of India|
Pay tax or get garbage back, says Thane municipal officials Shopkeepers in Maharashtra’s Thane were greeted with heaps of garbage outside their homes after they failed to pay the garbage disposal tax to the Thane Municipal Corporation on time. Most of the shopkeepers alleged that they have paid their taxes. The municipal officials in Thane have ordered their wards to pay their taxes failing, which they have to bear for the same.
|2017-03-24||Part of sessions court may shift to Warkari Bhuvan - Times of India|
Part of sessions court may shift to Warkari Bhuvan Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Mar 24, 2017, 10.28 PM IST Thane: A part of the district sessions court may be shifted to the vacant Warkari Bhuvan at Ram Maruti Road after a part of the existing court premises at Court Naka was declared dangerous and unsafe by a Bombay High Court-appointed committee. District Judge SM Gavhane, collector Mahendra Kalyankar and additional municipal commissioner Sunil Chavan conducted a site visit of the 4,500 sq ft ground-plus-two storied Warkari Bhuvan on Friday along with members of bar council. Chavan told TOI that members of the infrastructure committee of the HC met the TMC last week and requested them to identify a make-shift court premises till the time the repairs are undertaken and the structure is declared safe for use. "They (the court authorities) will require the building for a period of at least six months till the structure is repaired and is safe for use," Chavan informed TOI. After a structural audit of the 50-yeear-old building by the PWD department, the building was tagged C-1 structure, which means that repairs are required after vacating the building urgently. Subsequently, the court authorities swung in action and requested the TMC for a make shift arrangement. Chavan told TOI that statutory powers to grant the permission for using the Warkari Bhuvan lies with the general body and a proposal would be put up for clearance, which would most likely be cleared.
|2017-03-24||Shiv Sainiks block traffic on national highway near Thane - Times of India|
Shiv Sainiks block traffic on national highway near Thane Sandhya Nair | TNN | Mar 24, 2017, 02.12 PM IST The sainiks blocked traffic on the highway and sat in protest on the road near Darya Sagar hotel. MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena led by senior leader Anant Tare on Friday blocked the Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway at Ghodbunder Road in Thane to protest against the delay in opening of the Versova creek bridge. The bridge--that connects the city to Gujarat and Delhi by road--was partly shut in September to fix a crack. The rehabilitation of the bridge began on February 6. Motorists, however, have been having a harrowing time. The bridge work is expected to take five to six months. The sainiks blocked traffic on the highway and sat in protest on the road near Darya Sagar hotel. The protesters met officials of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and demanded a date when the repairs would be complete. Tare said that despite the bridge being an important connectivity between Mumbai and Delhi, it has been ignored. "There seems to be no urgency to complete the work. Motorists have been suffering since six months and they will continue to bear with the problems for another few months," said Tare. A speed restriction of 20 kmph for light vehicles was imposed on the affected north and south bridges from September 10. Currently, north bound light vehicles run on the cracked 43-year-old 48.5 meter bridge under speed restrictions. North bound heavy vehicles (below 15 tonne) are diverted on south bridge after a gap of 15 minutes. The crack was noticed during inspection following the August Mahad bridge collapse that killed 28 people. It has been finally decided to undertake external pre-stressing (introduction of a compressive force to the concrete to counteract the stresses that will result from an applied load) that will help avoid traffic disruption while the crack is being fixed. Earlier the Denmark based consultancy company Ramboll appointed by the NHAI to examine the bridge had recommended truss (diagonal, triangular bars) to support the bridge. The Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) refused permission as it was likely to affect marine traffic. NHAI officials said that the work would take 15 to 18 weeks.
|2017-03-24||6 cops chase serial absconder, corner him in Thane housing society - Mid-Day|
6 cops chase serial absconder, corner him in Thane housing society By Asif Rizvi Posted 24-Mar-2017 Tushar Koli's free run has at last ended. The dreaded history-sheeter, who was among the top wanted criminals in Thane, had always managed to give the police the slip, but was finally caught earlier this week. Koli, booked in six serious offences like attempt to murder, abduction, rioting and thefts, was cornered in a residential society in Kapurbawdi, Thane, on Tuesday by a team of six policemen and two watchmen. He was being tracked for a while, but each time he was successful in giving the police the slip," said a Wagle Estate police officer. On Tuesday, Koli was traced by the Wagle Estate police to Kapurbawdi through cellphone triangulation. A team of six police personnel reached the area and found Koli on the road, around a kilometre from a residential society. On spotting the police vehicle, Koli began to run, and then began a hot-footed chase. He entered the residential society, following which the police chased him on foot. Two police personnel were on his heels, while the others closed off all exits of the building. The chase, which was caught on the society's CCTV cameras, ended 10 minutes later when two watchmen and three policemen cornered him and pinned him down. Koli was remanded in police custody following his arrest and was set to be introduced in court today.
|2017-03-24||'TMC dumped garbage on city roads to recover taxes' - Times of India|
TMC dumped garbage on city roads to recover taxes Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Mar 24, 2017, 10.43 PM IST THANE: The shop owners and the civic administration in Thane are in a fierce confrontation mode over the payment of additional cess for cleaning up the garbage in front of their shops, forcing traders to shut business on Thursday. Thousands of residents and office-goers from Naupada and other parts of the city were shocked on Thursday morning as they saw few employees from the conservancy department go on a rampage littering trash including leftovers from fish markets across the city footpaths apparently to punish the trader community who defaulted on paying taxes. However, the administration seemed to remain unmindful of the massive health hazards of its actions even as it's conservancy staff spent the entire morning in emptying its trash vans on Gokhale road, Ram Maruti road, etc sparking off an instant reaction among the thousand plus trader community who downed their shop shutters and marched to the Naupada police station and later to the civic headquarters demanding explanation. The issue sparked off on Wednesday evening when the conservancy staff went on slapping notices on traders in Kalwa and parts of Thane asking them to cough up service charges for solid waste management that has been levied on commercial units since January 2016. However, the issue assumed nasty proportions by Thursday morning after traders found heaps of garbage on the footpath lying in front of their shops as the civic officials tired of appealing for taxes had decided to teach the defaulters a lesson. Initially unwilling to beleive it was the TMC officials, some checked the cctv footage only to be shocked as they saw the officials returning with truckful of trash and scattering them on the footpath as harried pedestrians had to make their way amid the trash piles that included domestic garbage and meat leftovers. A few videos showing the staff in action were circulated on the social media by the traders to seek support from all quarters. Several residents and office goers were inconvenienced by the move. The TMC had cleared a proposal allowing for levy of solid waste management tax on commercial units in the city. The rates, inform officials vary depending on the type of the unit. The nearly 50,000 commercial units have a tax default of nearly Rs 19.80 cr which has to be met in the next eight days. "Traders received a notice to play a blanket Rs 9,000 under the new tax scheme. But why should we pay the taxes thrice when solid waste management cess is already a component of the property tax and we are also paying Swacch Bharat cess. This is a weird way to recover taxes," said Bhavesh Maru of the Thane Vyapari Udyog Mahasangh. "We simply refused to collect the trash while some unidentified people came and dumped trash in our Shahu market ward office," claimed Dr B Haldekar of the sanitation department. A meeting was held in the evening with civic chief and the traders.
|2017-03-24||Day after suspended ACP fled court: Thane cops record guard's ... - The Indian Express|
Day after suspended ACP fled court: Thane cops record guard's statement, hunt on for accused police officer Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Published:March 25, 2017 2:25 am Cops fear it will be difficult to track down Shivaji Naravane as he would be aware of the techniques used to reach absconders A DAY after a suspended assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Shivaji Naravane, arrested in October 2013 on charges of murdering his stepson, fled from the premises of the sessions court in south Mumbai, the Colaba police have recorded the statement of one of the two escort guards from the Thane police. Till Friday night, the police were unable to track down Naravane, who fled after his bail plea was rejected by the sessions court Thursday evening. An officer linked to the probe said there were two escort guards from the Thane police headquarters who were assigned to bring the ACP back to Thane prison, where he has been lodged since his arrest in October 2013. The guard said that after his bail plea was rejected, Naravane told the duo that he had to go to the post office on the ground floor of the court complex that was next to one of the exit gates. The guards claim they accompanied him there and since the area was crowded, Naravane managed to fled from there,â€ť an officer said. Reserve police inspector N Shinde, in-charge for the escort guards, said they were waiting for a report from the Colaba police after which they would decide if any action had to be taken against the two escort guards. On October 24, 2013, Rohan Zodage (26) had been found with his throat slit at his Tilak Nagar residence. A few days later, Naravane, who was posted as an ACP in the protection and security wing of the Mumbai Police, and his second wife Nanda (48) were arrested for the murder of his stepson. Rohan was Nanda's son from her previous marriage. According to the investigating officers, Naravane had claimed that he murdered Rohan after the latter misbehaved with Nanda and used foul language. Nanda's former husband had then said there were regular fights between the mother and the son over Rohan's demand for Rs 10 lakh to start a business. The police also suspected there was a property dispute behind the murder. Naravane, who was earlier posted as a senior police inspector at Tilak Nagar police station, had married Nanda in 2009 at a temple in Ratnagiri while he was posted there. He stayed with his first wife and three children in Dreams Complex, Bhandup, but would keep visiting Nanda. The Colaba police have booked Naravane for resisting or obstructing lawful apprehension and have begun a search.
|2017-03-24||Thane man arrested for running over pup in housing society; says it wasn't wilful - Times of India|
Thane man arrested for running over pup in housing society; says it wasn't wilful Mohua Das | TNN | Mar 24, 2017, 06.42 AM IST MUMBAI: An airline employee, whose car ran over a puppy at a Thane housing society last week, was arrested and released on bail by a Thane court. Police had lodged a case after CCTV footage of the incident went viral. Sunil Lokhande, DCP Zo ne-5, said, "Atul Ghangurde was arrested the day after the offence was registered at Vartak Nagar police station. He was produced in the magistrate court, which released him on bail." Ganghurde has denied it was a deliberate act. "I won't deny I was in the car but it was entirely accidental," he said, clai ming "personal vendetta" had prompted some society members to frame him. Praveen Yabaji, a resident of the complex, had alleged Ghangurde was aware of the dog ahead of him. Ghangurde told TOI, "There was no possibility of seeing the dog from a distance. The spot has a left turn and then an immediate right turn, which makes it impossible to see from a distance.Yabaji is using footage to settle enmity." He disputed claims by "dog lovers" in the society of taking care of dogs, saying another puppy was trampled by a car. "Was it then not their duty to shift puppies to a safer spot?"
|2017-03-23||Mental hospital inmate gets violent, stabs nurse in Thane - The Asian Age|
Mental hospital inmate gets violent, stabs nurse in Thane THE ASIAN AGE. Published: Mar 24, 2017, 4:02 am IST Updated: Mar 24, 2017, 6:36 am IST Medical officer at the hospital, Dr. Anjali Deshpande, said, â€śYes, the patient got violent and attacked our staff. Datta Bhurkhunde, who was stabbed by an inmate. Mumbai: An inmate of the state run Thane Mental Hospital assaulted a male nurse, Datta Bhurkhunde (47) with a dressing scissor on Wednesday evening. Mr. Bhurkhande was serving tea to the patient, who got violent and stabbed him with the scissor. The nurse, who suffered cuts in his neck, was rushed to the state run Thane Civil Hospital. Doctors attending to Mr Bhurkhunde said he would be discharged in two days. While recalling the incident, Mr Bhurkunde told The Asian Age, I was on duty serving tea to all patients. This patient suddenly came to me and I thought he wanted tea so I turned back and within seconds he stabbed on my neck. Before I could do anything the patient got infuriated and hurt me. I was bleeding copiously. I am serving in this hospital since last 24 years, he added. Medical officer at the hospital, Dr. Anjali Deshpande, said, Yes, the patient got violent and attacked our staff. We have him under control now and have kept him in a separate ward. He undergoing treatment.ť Asked how frequently such incidents take place, she said, Once in six months, since we lack staff. The need of these patients is quite different than normal. They all require special treatment with love and care. The 35-year-old patient, who got violent, is an alcoholic and was undergoing treatment in the same hospital since many years. He was admitted six months ago and was sent home just one week back, but as his conditioned remained the same, his got him admitted again. According to hospital sources, the patient is suffering from psychosis and gets violent. They alleged that since he hadn't consumed alcohol since a long time, he turned violent. Thane civil hospital superintendent, Dr. B. C. Kempipatil said, The patient is well and out of danger and recovering. He will be discharged in a day or two.
|2017-03-23||Thane Corporation seals 72 Reliance cellular towers - The Hindu|
Thane Corporation seals 72 Reliance cellular towers Special Correspondent March 24, 2017 01:45 IST Updated: March 24, 2017 07:24 IST Company failed to pay ?18.72 crore in property tax dues Mumbai: The Thane Municipal Corporation on Thursday sealed 72 out of the 80 cellular service towers installed by Reliance Communications. On Wednesday, TMC Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal issued instructions to seal all 80 towers in the city after the company failed to pay 18.72 crore in accumulated property tax dues since 2011-2012. “We initiated the sealing process on Thursday morning, and by evening, had sealed 72 of the 80 towers. The action will continue till all the towers are sealed,” TMC Public Relations Officer Sandeep Malvi said. On Thursday afternoon, a team of representatives from Reliance Communications visited the Thane Corporation headquarters and met senior civic officials. Sources said the TMC’s top brass made it clear that the sealing would not stop, and it would be undone only after Reliance paid all of its pending dues. HC, SC dismiss pleas The TMC’s action came after a series of repeated reminders to Reliance Communications as well as a court battle. The company had earlier moved the Bombay High Court seeking that it should not have to pay property tax, but its petition was dismissed by the HC, and by the Supreme Court subsequently. Following the SC order, which came in February this year, the TMC had issued one more reminder to Reliance Communications, asking it to pay its pending dues by March 21. When the company failed to respond, instructions were issued to seal the towers. The move is expected to affect cellular services of Reliance customers in Thane. The Thane Corporation is also exploring the legal grounds of filing a contempt petition against Reliance Communications chairman Anil Ambani for not paying the pending dues, despite the HC and the SC directing the company to do so.
|2017-03-23||Two killed, four injured after car overturns near Thane - Hindustan Times|
Two killed, four injured after car overturns near Thane mumbai Updated: Mar 24, 2017 00:28 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times Two passengers were killed and four were critically injured after their overturned and crashed into a divider near Anand Nagar in Ghodbunder road in Thane early on Thursday. The deceased have been identified as Nikhil Suresh Palan, 24, who was a DJ and Chetan Rajendra Chavan, 22, who used to manage events, said a police official. The injured include Rahul Sitaram Pawar, 24, Santosh Mohan Sanghvi, 24, Ravi Ramdas Bangre, 24, and Ankit Bharat Solanki, 24. All of them work in event management companies. Nikhil and Chetan were declared dead during treatment in a hospital while the rest four were being operated on for their injuries at Vedant hospital in Thane, said the police. All the six people were from Wagle estate area in Thane and were drunk at the time of the incident. They were heading from Thane towards Ghodbunder road around 2.30 am when they crashed into the divider, said the police. Rahul was at the wheels and was trying to overtake a truck when he lost control of the car. It flipped thrice before crashing onto the divider. A few of us were thrown out of the car due to the impact, said one of the survivors. Inspector Nasir Kulkarni from Kasarwadavli police station said, During the treatment two men died while the others are still critical. We have booked Rahul for rash and drunk driving. Preliminary blood tests confirmed that all of them were drunk, said senior inspector D Tele from Kasarwadavli police station. He added, The car belongs to Rahul and we have seized the car. On examining it, we realised that they were driving extremely fast. No arrests have been made so far as the police are awaiting reports of more medical tests. One of the survivors, 24-year-old Ravi Ramdas Bangre said, We met in late on Wednesday. Rahul got his car and we went to Upvan lake in Vartak nagar and sat there till 2 am. Then we decided to go to an eatery on Ghodbunder Road. We were on the road for hardly 15 minutes when the accident occurred. He added, Rahul was trying to overtake a car when he lost control and the car flipped multiple times. Rahul and I were thrown out of the car. Later Ankit managed to get out of the car and sought help from passersby. Ravi also said, Rahul was speeding because the road was vacant but we never thought that it would lead to an accident.
|2017-03-23||5 convicts' term set off against time in jail - NYOOOZ|
5 convicts' term set off against time in jail TOI Thane Thu,23 Mar 2017 THANE: The session's court, on Tuesday, convicted five persons for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. But the judge set-off their sentence against the jail term they had already served and fined them varying amounts for each of the offences. In other words, they won't be serving any further jail sentence. Whatever time they have spent in jail will be considered as punishment. A S Bhaisare, the session's judge handed the sentence through video conferencing to the five accused who are lodged in the Thane jail presently and convicted them under section 304 -II and other sections of IPC.The five convicted are Rajkumar Yadav, son of the sitting corporator Kevala devi, Ramnayan Yadav; Daya Yadav, Sushil Tiwari, Chandrika Yadav and Sonu Singh. There were a total of 13 accused in the crime filed by the Shree Nagar police station, of which the main accused Ramnayan Yadav died during pendency of the trial. The seven others have been acquitted for want of sufficient evidence. The prosecutor told the court that it was on October 9, 2008 at 8 pm at the Indira Nagar locality during the Navratrosav Durgadevi Visarjan procession this incident took place when the members of the other procession of Bal Mitra Mandal Durgadevi procession flung colour (gulal) on the persons witnessing the procession. When the victim and others questioned as to why they had thrown gulal on the accused, armed with sword, choppers, cricket stumps, iron rods, attacked the victim and the others.
|2017-03-23||Examination of witnesses begins in Lucky Compound crash case - NYOOOZ|
Examination of witnesses begins in Lucky Compound crash case TOI Thane Thu,23 Mar 2017 THANE: The prosecution in the Lucky Compound crash case started examining the witnesses almost four years after the incident that claimed 74 lives and left 64 injured.The hearing is being held in the court of district judge A N Karmarkar. He also stated that vacant buildings in the same area were demolished. He added that a few of the residents were staying free of cost in the building because they were told that if the building remained vacant then TMC officers would take an action. Hence the accused had pushed innocent people to reside in Adarsh B building.The court has now given the next date of hearing as April 4, which is also the date of the incident that took place four years ago.
|2017-03-23||Maharashtra: Thane civic body stops lifting garbage | The Indian ... - The Indian Express|
Maharashtra: Thane civic body stops lifting garbage By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:March 24, 2017 2:13 am The Thane civic body has stopped collecting garbage in an attempt to recover tax dues. Deepak Joshi Traders in parts of Thane, Mumbra and Kalva on Thursday claimed garbage collection vehicles of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) dumped waste on the doorsteps of their shops. Civic officials denied this, saying they stopped collecting garbage from Thursday in a bid to recover the solid waste management (SWM) tax dues. The civic body dumped a large amount of household food and garbage consisting of veg and non-veg food outside shops all over the city and abused and threatened us,ť wrote the Thane Vyaparudyog Mahasangh, a traders body, in a letter to municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. The letter said it had become a very serious issue. We want the civic chief to take stern action against the officers involved in it or we would be forced to take steps. The administration shall be responsible for the consequences,ť it added. Some of the traders have also lodged a complaint with the Naupada police station. Officials from the civic body said the action was being taken as the shopkeepers had not paid the SWM tax dues. Last year, the general body of the TMC had given approval to levy the SWM tax on the commercial establishments for collecting the garbage. We are just following it. Despite several notices and reminders, they have not paid up the dues,ť said Sunil Chavan, additional municipal commissioner. Chavan dismissed the allegation that garbage was thrown on the doorsteps of commercial establishments. We have stopped the picking up of garbage from today. Since we are in the second half of March, we hope they pay up the SWM tax dues soon. If they have issues with tax rates, then it can be sorted out. But, their approach of not paying the taxes is not right. We are just using the Gandhian way pay up taxes or we will not collect garbage, explained Chavan. Another senior official justified the action. It will take years to resolve the issue in court. We have to provide services and hence require funds,ť he said.
|2017-03-23||Mentally-ill man attacks attendant in Thane | mumbai news ... - Hindustan Times|
Mentally-ill man attacks attendant in Thane mumbai Updated: Mar 24, 2017 00:41 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The incident took place at the Thane Mental Hospital on Wednesday. A mentally-ill man brutally attacked an attendant of Thane Mental Hospital with a pair of scissors while he was being admitted to the psychiatric facility on Wednesday.The attendant, Dattaram Burkunde, 44, suffered deep injuries on his throat and neck. Sources from Wagle Estate police station told HT that the man, identified as Dalvi, was irked when Burkhunde asked him to stand in a queue for admission. Dalvi lost his temper and attacked Burkhunde with a pair or scissors lying nearby. Burkhunde grabbed his hand and stopped him in the nick of time. Otherwise he could have suffered from serious injuries . Burkhunde started bleeding and was rushed to Thane civil hospital. He is currently out of danger, but is being kept under observation for the next couple of days, said R Malekar, senior police inspector from Wagle Estate police station. There have been similar cases in the past where mentally challenged patients got aggressive and attacked their caretakers, he said. Hospitals need to be more vigilant while handling such patients, especially near sharp instruments. The Wagle Estate police said they have registered a case against the accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
|2017-03-23||5 convicts' term set off against time in jail | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
5 convicts' term set off against time in jail Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 23, 2017, 10.56 PM IST THANE: The session's court, on Tuesday, convicted five persons for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. But the judge set-off their sentence against the jail term they had already served and fined them varying amounts for each of the offences. In other words, they won't be serving any further jail sentence. Whatever time they have spent in jail will be considered as punishment. A S Bhaisare, the session's judge handed the sentence through video conferencing to the five accused who are lodged in the Thane jail presently and convicted them under section 304 -II and other sections of IPC. The five convicted are Rajkumar Yadav, son of the sitting corporator Kevala devi, Ramnayan Yadav; Daya Yadav, Sushil Tiwari, Chandrika Yadav and Sonu Singh. There were a total of 13 accused in the crime filed by the Shree Nagar police station, of which the main accused Ramnayan Yadav died during pendency of the trial. The seven others have been acquitted for want of sufficient evidence. The prosecutor told the court that it was on October 9, 2008 at 8pm at the Indira Nagar locality during the Navratrosav Durgadevi Visarjan procession this incident took place when the members of the other procession of Bal Mitra Mandal Durgadevi procession flung colour (gulal) on the persons witnessing the procession. When the victim and others questioned as to why they had thrown gulal on the accused, armed with sword, choppers, cricket stumps, iron rods, attacked the victim and the others. In the attack, victim, Vijay aka Mukaddar Singh, was also injured and later succumbed to injuries. The defence counsel argued that Ramnayan Yadav, the prime accused in the case, was now dead and the case against him was abetted. The other accused were young at the time of the incident and they were not at all aggressive and hence the court should take lenient view and award the sentence.
|2017-03-23||Examination of witnesses begins in Lucky Compound crash case - Times of India|
Examination of witnesses begins in Lucky Compound crash case Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 23, 2017, 10.52 PM IST THANE: The prosecution in the Lucky Compound crash case started examining the witnesses almost four years after the incident that claimed 74 lives and left 64 injured. The hearing is being held in the court of district judge A N Karmarkar. Prosecution witness Shaifuddin Ansari broke down during the hearing. Special public prosecutor Shishir Hiray initiated the proceeding. He said that Ansari deposed in the court and he had a shop in the building, which was constructed hurriedly before it was destroyed in the crash. Ansari identified the five accused, including Jameel Qureshi, Salim Shaikh and contractor Laxman Rathod. The witness further stated that he was badly injured and lost everything in the crash. He added that a few of the residents were staying free of cost in the building because they were told that if the building remained vacant then TMC officers would take an action. He also stated that vacant buildings in the same area were demolished. Hence the accused had pushed innocent people to reside in Adarsh B building. The court has now given the next date of hearing as April 4, which is also the date of the incident that took place four years ago.
|2017-03-22||Two nabbed with stimulating drugs | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
Two nabbed with stimulating drugs Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Mar 22, 2017, 07.00 PM IST THANE: The crime branch unit -1 has seized 497 bottles of stimulating drug from two persons who were trapped while they were going to sell it near Viviana mall on Monday. The police said that the accused have been identified as Ansari Ataullhas and Abdul Khan and they were caught with 497 bottles of cough syrup following a tip off by the secret informer. Accordingly a trap was laid and the duo were nabbed with 196 bottles of Cyrex cough syrup, 207 of Rexee cough syrup and 94 bottles of Recodex X. The duo were carrying the prescribed bottles without any license. Also, these medicines are used as stimulating drug with hazardous effects," said a crime branch official. The police claimed that they were yet to find out the source and destination of the consignment where the drug was planning to be sold.
|2017-03-22||Youth jailed for jailed for stalking schoolgirl - Times of India|
Youth jailed for jailed for stalking schoolgirl Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 22, 2017, 06.44 PM IST THANE: A 24-years-old youth from Uttan was found guilty of stalking a teenage school girl has been convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment by the district court here. MM Walimohammed, the special POCSO Judge also held that the accused Swiden Greshan Golaso, had committed offences falling under sections 354(A)(D) of the IPC and also sections 11 (iv) and 12 of the POCSO Act the judge stated. The prosecutor Mrs RN Hivrale told the court that the accused and the victim resided in one and the same locality. The victim who was studying in the ninth standard in a convent in the village. During her weekly holidays from the school she went to the residence of her uncle to watch TV the prosecution stated in it submission. The uncle had employed the accused in his boat. It also added that the accused also visited the same place and developed friendship with the victim and used to haress her frequently when he met her. He also made advances to her when ever she met her. The prosecution also alleged that the accused at times followed her on her way to school and stalked at her the complaint by the victim stated. He even said that 'tula Bhagitla shivay mala chain nahi padat". The judge in his order stated that the prosecution has proved that it was on August 26,2016 near the convent the accused committed the act of physical contact with the victim and made sexual coloured remarks. And or attempted to contact victim repeatedly despite her clear indication of disinterest the judge said in his order while answered in the affirmative. Convicting the accused the judge noted, "the evidence of complainant is believable that accused was following her when she was coming from school/watching her directly. The accused in his submission told the court that his father was dead and his mother was old. The PP In her submission told the court that maximum of punishment be given to the accused who stalked at the girl repeated.
|2017-03-22||Maharashtra: Two arrested with snakes in Thane | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Maharashtra: Two arrested with snakes in Thane Mumbai | Published:March 23, 2017 12:58 am The Thane police arrested two persons Wednesday for allegedly trying to illegally sell two Earth Boa snakes worth Rs 55 lakh. The snakes are a protected species under the Wildlife Protection Act and are in high demand for medicinal properties they are said to possess. The arrested duo, Sandeep Pandit (21) and Ananta Godvinde (47), were arrested from Panchpakhadi area in Thane with help from a local NGO. Assistant Commissioner of Police Bharat Shelke said they were investigating where did the duo get the snakes from and if they had past records.
|2017-03-21||Thane man gets one year in jail for stalking schoolgirl - Times of India|
Thane man gets one year in jail for stalking schoolgirl Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Mar 21, 2017, 09.39 AM THANE: A 24-year-old man from Uttan has been convicted for stalking a schoolgirl and sentenced to a year's imprisonment by the Thane district court. The prosecution said that as per the complaint of the girl, the man, Swiden Greshan Golaso, would follow her while she would be on her way to school and stalk her. The prosecutor, RN Hivrale, told the court that Golaso and the girl, a minor, lived in the same locality. The girl is a Class IX student at a local school. When the school would be closed for weekly offs, she would go to her uncle's residence to watch TV .Golaso came to know her as her uncle had employed him in his boat. It is because of this connection that Golaso visited the same places as the girl, and gradually developed a friendship with her. But this didn't prevent him from harassing her and making sexual advances whenever they would find themselves at a common place. The prosecution said Golaso often told her, "Tula bhagitla shivay mala chain nahi padat (literally, `I don't feel at ease without seeing you')." The judge in the order stated that the prosecution had proved that on August 26, 2016, near the girl's school, Golaso "committed the act of physical contact with the victim and made sexually coloured remarks". Later he attempted to contact the girl repeatedly despite clear indications that she was not interested, the judge said. Convicting Golaso, the judge noted, "The evidence of the complainant, that the accused was following her when she was coming from school and watching her directly, is believable." Golaso in his submission told the court that his father was deceased and his mother was old. The prosecutor in her submission told the court that the maximum punishment be given to Golaso as he had stalked the girl repeatedly.
|2017-03-21||Thane corporators raise concern over bad state of crematoriums - The Indian Express|
Thane corporators raise concern over bad state of crematoriums By: PTI | Thane | Published:March 21, 2017 11:45 am The newly-elected corporators of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) have raised concerns over the bad condition of crematoriums in the city. During the general body meeting of TMC yesterday, the corporators suggested to upgrade these resting places of the departed into electric crematoriums, in a bid to make them environment-friendly. NCP corporator Aparna Salvi pointed out an incident when a body could not be cremated for several hours due to non-availability of staff to operate the CNG system at a crematorium in Kalwa township recently. Thane Mayor Meenakshi Shinde, who chaired the general body meeting, directed the civic administration to enquire into the allegations of non-availability of staff at the Kalwa crematorium. The idea of a multi-faith crematorium/burial ground was also discussed during the meeting. Shiv Sena corporator Parisha Sarnaik demanded that crematoriums should be also be constructed for Pokhran Road No 1 and 2 in the city. At the meeting, the Mayor declared appointment of senior Shiv Sena corporator Naresh Mhaske as the Leader of the House and NCP corporator Milind Patil as the Leader of the Opposition. In the elections held last month, the Shiv Sena retained its hold over the TMC by winning 67 seats in the 131-member House. The NCP stood second with 34 seats while the BJP bagged 23 seats. The Congress won only 3 seats, the MIM won 2 and independent candidates won in two places.
|2017-03-21||40 builders called for inquiry in Ulcra scam - Times of India|
40 builders called for inquiry in Ulcra scam Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Mar 21, 2017, 10.33 PM IST Thane: As many as 40 builders have been issued with notices for inquiry by the Thane police probing the multi-crore urban land ceiling regulation act scam. A senior police officer said that 40 builders will go through thorough inquiry in the alleged scam. "We have summoned them with relevant documents of their projects which will be scrutinized. Following this necessary legal course of action will be decided," said Bharat Shelke, assistant commissioner of police leading the scam investigation. Also, the investigators revealed that they have questioned a number of government officers related to the scam and the exercise is likely to go on for weeks. The cops, however, declined to comment about the probability of any government officer turning an approver in the case. Shelke said, "It is too early to comment on this, as the chargesheet is yet to be filed in the court and the said development of the approver will come only after the trial begins." The Thane police had arrested four builders in the scam out of which one is out on bail. It is said that over three dozen builders are under scanner for allegedly rigging official documents from the concerned departments from the local civic bodies and also accused of using fake exemption certificate. We have summoned them with relevant documents of their projects which will be scrutinized. Following this necessary legal course of action will be decided. The chargesheet is yet to be filed in the court
|2017-03-21||Thane vada pav seller who was set on fire succumbs to burn injuries - Hindustan Times|
Thane vada pav seller who was set on fire succumbs to burn injuries mumbai Updated: Mar 21, 2017 13:42 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times A day after being set on fire by an alleged competitor for operating a vada pav shop near Ulhasnagar station in Thane, the 50-year-old man succumbed to his burn injuries on Tuesday morning. Officials from the Vitthalwadi police station confirmed the development. The police have formed a team to trace the suspect, Suresh, who is from Ulhasnagar. He has been booked under murder charge. The victim, Chandarlal Ramratyani, was a resident of Ulhasnagar. On Monday, he suffered 85 per cent burns which damaged his internal organs. He was shifted to National Burn centre at Airoli in New Mumbai. On Monday when Ramratyani opened his shop in the morning, Suresh came with a bucket of kerosene and started abusing Ramratyani. All of a sudden, Suresh doused him with the fuel and set him on fire, said inspector A Choudhary from Vitthalwadi police station. The police found that Suresh used to run a vada pav stall at the exact spot where Ramratyani was running his, but he had to shut it. A few months after Suresh shut his stall, Ramratyani opened his at the same spot. The former could not tolerate it. He had purportedly asked Ramratyani to shut the stall as he wanted to reopen his business. But, Ramratyani refused which angered Suresh. When Ramratyani was set ablaze, his customers fled while his co-workers doused the fire and rushed him to a hospital. Ramratyani was taken to a hospital and later shifted to National Burns Centre at Airoli, said Choudhary. The police had said Ramratyani's condition was critical.
|2017-03-21||80 towers of a mobile company to be sealed - Times of India|
80 towers of a mobile company to be sealed dManoj Badgeri | TNN | Mar 21, 2017, 10.35 PM IST THANE: Residents from Thane could likely face some mobile range problems as the Municipal Corporation here has issued orders to seal nearly 80 towers of a mobile company installed in the city after it reportedly defaulted on paying property taxes to the tune of Rs 22 crores to the administration here. According to civic officials, the company is liable to pay property tax to the administration since the last five years. The company has been paying the taxes since the last decade but midway stopped paying the amount claiming it isn't applicable for mobile towers. The mobile service provider had reportedly challenged the same in the Court but was reportedly asked to pay the amount. "The property tax default is since the last few years. The company had approached the Bombay High Court in the matter but was asked to pay the amount first. Despite the orders, the company has not yet paid up the amount following which we have issued a seizure warrant against them under the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949 (Act)," informed Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner and public relations officer at TMC. A response from the mobile company was sought through the email at the time of going to the press.
|2017-03-21||Clean-up drive for tribal area in Yeoor forest range - Times of India|
Clean-up drive for tribal area in Yeoor forest rangeClean-up drive for tribal area in Yeoor forest range Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Mar 21, 2017, 10.42 PM IST Thane: Over 10 bags of plastic, junk food wrappers, litter, and other waste were cleared from survey number 14 area of the Yeoor forest range by a group of forest officers on the occasion of World Forest Day on Tuesday. Armed with garbage bags and glass-picking aids, forest guards and labourers spent cose to two hours rummaging through the bushes and leaves and scraped off the waste lodged in the drying watering holes in the forest pocket adjacent to the Yeoor village. Sujay Koli, round forest officer at the Yeoor Forest Range, said, "We narrowed down the cleanliness drive to survey number 14 area as it is the closest to the village and most likely to have a lot of dumped waste. While the tribal community that resides in this area uses the age-old methods to dispose off waste, they just dump non-biodegradable waste in the forest." He added that the collected waste was handed over to the civic garbage vans for disposal. -- Freny Fernandes
|2017-03-21||9 supplementary chargesheets filed in fake call centre scam - Times of India|
9 supplementary chargesheets filed in fake call centre scam Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 22, 2017, 01.38 AM IST THANE: In the latest development in the fake call centre scam the cops have filed nine supplementary chargesheets in the court in addition to the previous chargesheets filed in December. As many as 197 accused of the 630 persons booked were arrested in the fake call centre case who were impersonating as IRS officers and conned gullible American citizens to the tune of millions of US citizens. It was on midnight of October 4 that crime branch based on a tip busted the fake call centre racket in Mira Road in Mumbai. Just after the raid, a total of 83 persons including the directors, managers well as some of the top employees of the company were arrested and 630 booked in the case following a massive raid by the Thane crime branch and had busted one-of-its-kind international scam. A senior officer informed that during the later stage, the investigators carried out an exercise of recording the statements of the 630 employees to ascertain their role in the scam. "During the exercise, several accused on day to day basis were called every day to record their statements and it was corroborated with the other employees and cross checked with those arrested, said a senior officer. "On the basis of technical data as well as the attendance sheets and salary slips the batches were arrested and even produced in the court and the chargesheet it attached and submitted in the court. Almost everyone have secured bail in the case of the 197 arrested," said a senior police officer. "The probe is still underway in the case and the one who are accused shall be taken to task," said Param Bir Singh, the Thane police commissioner. On the other hand, the crime branch had last month approached a Thane court to issue a letter rogatory (LR) to a US court for assistance to get testimonies of Americans duped of millions of dollars by the racketeers and awaiting the response for the same. It may be recalled that these cheats from the call centre played on the fears of the law-abiding Americans and robbed them of millions of dollars merely threatening them over the phone sitting in their cubicles in Mira Road and which linked to the several other call centres based in Ahmedabad as well as in different parts of countries. The 23-year-old Mastermind of the scam identified as Sagar Thakar alias Shaggy is still absconding and so far there has been no traces of him as well some the prime accused in the case.
|2017-03-21||TMC to seal and seize 80 mobile towers - Times of India|
TMC to seal and seize 80 mobile towers Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 22, 2017, 01.38 AM THANDE: The Thane Municipal Corporation has issued orders to seal and seize nearly 80 towers of a mobile company installed in the city after it reportedly defaulted on paying property taxes to the tune of Rs 22 crore to the TMC. According to civic officials, the company is liable to pay property tax to the administration since the last five years. The property tax for a mobile tower is calculated on the basis of rent paid to the land owner or owner of any construction where the structure is standing, said an officer. The company has been paying the taxes since the last decade but midway stopped paying the amount claiming it isn't applicable for mobile towers. The company had reportedly challenged the same in the Court but was reportedly asked to pay the amount. "Despite the orders, the company has not yet paid up the amount following which we have issued a seizure warrant against them," informed Sandeep Malvi, DMC.
|2017-03-20||For a bright future: Thane society gets solar-powered streetlights - Hindustan Times|
For a bright future: Thane society gets solar-powered streetlights mumbai Updated: Mar 20, 2017 09:44 IST Akash Sakaria Hindustan Times Residents of Thane's Pawar Nagar claim that the sun never sets in the area. When the sun goes down, street lights powered by solar energy are switched on in Harasiddh Apartments, an eight-building housing complex. Located near a hillock close to the boundary of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the colony did not have street lights for years. Tired of waiting for the municipal corporation to install them, the residents reached out to the local corporator in February, who helped them install four solar panels and five street lights. The residents were funded by the Thane Christian Welfare Association (TCWA), a non-government organisation (NGO) of which the corporator is a member. Jerry David, president of TWCA, said, Since years, there were no provisions (for lights) for the residents and the area was dangerous. They urged us to help, so we processed the work on fast track basis. The solar panels generate approximately 300 watts of electricity to power the five street lights. The residents estimate that they save around Rs 17 every hour, and will save approximately Rs 80,000 a year. The total cost took about Rs 80,000. The move will now help the society save 1.5 units each day, said Vikal Chaurasia, who runs a company called Urja Setu. Such initiatives would help make appropriate use of the natural resources available to us and will also save a lot of electricity, Chaurasia added. Before the solar lights installation, residents say they were scared to use the unlighted lanes after sunset. Though the area is tranquil, the lanes were dangerous at night. There have been cases of thefts as well, said Sameer Deshmukh, secretary of the society.The solar-powered system offers uninterrupted electricity for around 12 hours, which is enough to cover the period between sunset and sunrise. There are working women and men who come late in the night. So it was definitely not safe for them, said Rajendra Raut, resident of the building. It is much better now with the by-lane lit up. The best part is that it also saves on our maintenance bills, since it reduces electricity consumption. Before the installation, there were differences among the residents about the funding for the project for the project, since the road is used by residents of other buildings too. The dispute was resolved when they decided to go to the corporator for funding. The housing society is now thinking of adding solar powered street lights in the building compounds too.
|2017-03-20||Thane Woman Pushes Her Two Children Off 15th Floor, Jumps To Death - NDTV|
Thane Woman Pushes Her Two Children Off 15th Floor, Jumps To Death Mumbai | Written by Ankita Sinha | Updated: March 20, 2017 20:46 IST A 26-year-old woman in Thane pushed her two kids off the 15th floor, then jumped to death. Thane: Five-year-old Taufiq Sheikh is being treated for multiple fractures at a hospital in Mumbai. That he is alive is a miracle.On Sunday, Taufiq was thrown off the 15th floor of an under-construction building in Thane's Mumbra by his mother Shireen Sheikh, who also pushed his little sister before jumping. 26-year-old Shirin Sheikh and her four-year-old daughter Amrin died on the spot. Taufiq fell on the iron roof of a shed before hitting the ground. Shirin Sheikh had locked her businessman husband, who was sleeping, in their house before leaving with the children. A fight in the family is believed by the police to be a trigger. Police have registered a case of accidental death; they have not found a suicide note either from the spot where Ms Sheikh jumped or from her house in an apartment complex in Mumbra. Ms Sheikh allegedly took her children to the 24-storey building on Sunday morning, claiming to the security guard that she wanted to see a sample flat and went up to the 15th floor. The construction site is not far from the housing complex she lived. The police in Mumbra have questioned the husband and also the woman's mother. Senior police officer KD Katkar was quoted by Mid-Day as saying, "We questioned Shirin's husband and her mother but they are not holding anyone responsible.
|2017-03-20||Woman constable manhandled, assaulted in Thane; one arrested - Mid-Day|
Woman constable manhandled, assaulted in Thane; one arrested By PTI Posted 20-Mar-2017 Thane: A woman constable was allegedly manhandled and assaulted by an auto-rickshaw driver in Dombivli after which he was arrested, police said. Caught on camera: Shiv Sena worker held for assaulting, molesting woman cop in Thane The victim Sunita Nandmaher, 30 was put on traffic duty on Sunday near the Dombivli railway station when the incident occurred. The policewoman had asked rickshaw driver Ravi Gupta, 29 to follow row discipline while parking the vehicle and clear off the road. When the driver did not pay heed to her instructions, she approached him once again. However, instead of listening to her, Gupta started abusing her verbally following which the cop got into the rickshaw and asked him to drive her to the nearest police station. But Gupta drove Sunita to a secluded spot and assaulted her, fracturing her finger and arms. The driver then fled the spot. Later Sunita rushed to Ram Nagar police station and lodged a complaint against the driver, who was soon traced and arrested under sections 332, 367 and 504 of the IPC, police said.
|2017-03-20||Dosti Realty Presents 'DOSTI Thane Going Pink' Powered - Outlook India|
Dosti Realty Presents 'DOSTI Thane Going Pink' Powered 20 MARCH 2017 Last Updated at 5:51 PM MUMBAI, March 20, 2017/PRNewswire/ An Initiative of Miraclemunj in Association With Runtastic Dil se and Boarding Kites Entertainment Successfully Concluded Thane Going Pink First Edition on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Dosti Site in Balkum, Thane DOSTI Thane Going Pink, an initiative to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle for women and issues like breast cancer, successfully concluded its first edition in Thane on Sunday, March 19 2017 at the Dosti site in Balkum, Thane. 4,000 women across age groups and from different segments of the society participated enthusiastically in the 3 km, 5 km, 10 km and 21 km categories. Flagging off the run was super-model, actor, Ultraman and Pinkathon Founder, Milind Soman along with prominent women personalities like Ms. Sonali Kulkarni - an Indian actress who has appeared in many Marathi and Hindi films, Mr. Dhumbre - TMC Joint Commissioner, Mr. Deepak Goradia - Vice Chariman and MD, Mr. Nitin Nagpal - CMO and Mr. Anuj Goradia from Dosti Realty.
|2017-03-20||Thane: Contractor held for raping labourer - The Asian Age|
Thane: Contractor held for raping labourer PTI Published: Mar 20, 2017, 3:47 pm IST Updated: Mar 20, 2017, 3:49 pm IST Thane: A contractor was arrested for allegedly raping a labourer who worked with him, police said. Santosh Bangale (31) from Umelman of Vasai who works as a labour contractor, was arrested on Saturday, said police. He has been charged under Section 376 (rape), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC, said police. The police said that as the victim worked with the contractor both knew each other. On March 5, 2017 at about 10 am the accused took the victim in his two-wheeler to Vajreshwari under the pretext of giving her a job. There he took her to a room and raped her, said police. The accused threatened the victim of killing her husband if she resisted attempts to rape her, said police.
|2017-03-20||TMC chalks 5-year plan for better last rites facilities | Thane News ... - Times of India|
TMC chalks 5-year plan for better last rites facilities TNN | Updated: Mar 21, 2017, 01.40 AM IST THANE: Thane civic body is working on an Integrated Crematorium Development Plan (ICDP) that will ensure upgradation and regular maintenance of all crematoriums and burial grounds in the city. Civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal announced the same as part of the five-year vision plan for the city at the first general body meeting of the freshly-elected TMC House where corporators complained about the ill-maintenance of crematoriums in the city. There are 59 crematoriums and burial spaces across the city, including public and private facilities. Jaiswal said the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is mulling allocating funds for the upkeep of these facilities and assured to look into upgrading a few in the city. The proposal for a multi-faith crematorium was unanimously approved but after incorporating a few suggestions by corporators, said a civic official. Jaiswal said the city was one of the few in the state wherein adequate provision was made for such facilities in the past in the previous development plan. Speaking about a few objections to developing such facilities in the city he said there are certain guidelines that are followed when reserving a crematorium in the burial ground in the city. "Everyone wants these facilities but no one wants it in their neighborhood which is fast becoming a huge challenge for town planners. All our planned facilities are designed keeping in mind the 30m-buffer space from residential zones. We are working in developing more facilities at Mumbra, Wadavli and Padle to name a few," said Jaiswal. Meanwhile, the issue of relocation of the leader of opposition's cabin was sorted amicably. The TMC has agreed to allocate a space on the first floor of the civic headquarters. Corporator Milind Patil whose name was announced as the leader of opposition in the meet said he would rather operate from the lobby of the headquarters than accept the comparatively small ill-equipped office allocated by the administration. Patil was seconded by BJP leader in the House, Milind Patankar, along with Sena leader Naresh Mhaske who was anointed as the leader of the House also supported the move. Mayor Meenakshi Shinde asked the TMC to find an alternative space for the cabin of the leader of opposition. Jaiswal later told the House that the relocation was justified as they wanted the entire level to have offices of administrative heads and presented a spacious option on the first floor that could be converted into the cabin. The issue of maintaining crematoriums was raised during approval of the multi-faith crematorium at Bhayenderpada. The demand for space for the deceased members of the Sunni Muslim, Suravi and the Jain communities was also discussed
|2017-03-20||Special prayers, sumptuous meal mark Navroz celebration in Thane - Times of India|
Special prayers, sumptuous meal mark Navroz celebration in Thane Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Mar 21, 2017, 01.35 AM IST THANE: The Parsi community celebrated Jamshedi Navroz or new year on Monday with prayers, feasting and loads of merriment. Members of the community visited fire temples and offered prayers to mark the start of the start of the 1386 year according to the Shahenshahi calendar. The day not only marks the spring equinox, but also commemorates the just rule of King Jamshed of Iran. The day is observed by the Irani community as well as the Fasli sect of the Parsi community. Kersi Bilimoria, a Thane resident, said, "We wear new clothes and begin our day by visiting the fire temple. We offer sandalwood in the holy fire that is kept burning throughout. The rest of the day is spent eating good food like patrani machhi and dhanssak." "The table in each home will have a pread of seven items that begin the leters 'sh' as they have a special significance. There has to be a balance between sweet, spicy, bitter and sour. So, the iteams used are sharab (wine), shakar (sugar), shir (milk), shirin berenjor (sweet meat), shahad (honey), shirin (sweet), and shira (syrup). The seven eatables spread on the ocassion are sirka (vinegar), sumac (spice), sumanu (pudding made from wheat germ), sib (apple), sabzi (green vegetables), senjed (sorb tree berry) and seer (garlic). A picture of prophet Zoroaster is kept on the table, along with flowers and incense," he added. While this New Year celebration has always taken place on March 21, it has been celebrated from March 20 itself for the past two years. "Since the last 75 year, I have been celebrating Navroz on March 2. However, due to some changes in calculations, the date has changed. The New Year calendar turned at 3.58pm on Monday. The temple will be hosting a massive function on the second day of the two-day festivities on Tuesday," said Pervez Bhesania, trustee of the Thane Zoroastrian Charity Fund. The table in each home will have a pread of seven items that begin the leters 'sh' as they have a special significance. The seven eatables spread on the ocassion are sirka (vinegar), sumac (spice), sumanu (pudding made from wheat germ), sib (apple), sabzi (green vegetables), senjed (sorb tree berry) and seer (garlic)
|2017-03-20||After 30 hours, electrocuted monkey gets aid | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India|
After 30 hours, electrocuted monkey gets aid Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Mar 21, 2017, 01.26 AM IST THANE: An eight-year-old monkey was electrocuted on Saturday morning near Thane railway station. However, the monkey was found almost 30 hours after the incident on Sunday evening. An NGO, Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA), had reached the spot after they had received a call from a commuter about the monkey. "I had received a call on Saturday morning about the incident but when our team had reached the spot they did not find the animal. So, we suspected that the monkey must have gone away. However, we searched the entire area and also nearby places. We also informed the station manager about the incident and asked him to contact us if he or his staff spotted the monkey,'' said Aditya Patil, president of WWA. However, the NGO received a call again from a few residents near B-cabin road who claimed that an injured monkey was roaming in the area. A team reached the spot immediately. "The monkey kept running from once place to another and eventually got stuck in a washroom. After almost three hours we were able to rescue him. We first held him with the help of a grasper and then he was put in a gunny bag so that he doesn't get aggressive. We then put him inside a cage and slowly removed the bag," added Patil. The monkey was immediately taken to Thane SPCA's Animal Hospital and Emergency Centre for treatment. "He suffered burns all over his body. There are chances that he might be having internal wounds. He is currently under observation," said Dr. Maghesh Gaikwad, a vet from SPCA.
|2017-03-20||Over 1,100 nests made out of recycled waste for sparrows | Thane ... - Times of India|
Over 1,100 nests made out of recycled waste for sparrows Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Mar 21, 2017, 01.30 AM IST THANE: World Sparrow Day, which was celebrated on March 20 across the globe was celebrated in a unique way in Thane's Sankalp English School. Over 800 students from the school came together to build more than 1,100 sparrow homes and feeders (nests) using recycle waste like old notebooks, cardboards etc. The students from class V to IX, with the help of their craft teachers collected old notebooks, cardboard sheets and plastic bottles cut them up and glued them together in the shapes of small houses and beautifully painted them to attract small birds. They then placed bundles of twigs to make it comfortable for the sparrows and went around distributing these nests to the citizens in their vicinity as well as the civic education officers including the new mayor Meenakshi Shinde. Speaking about the idea, the school headmistress Jyoti Parab, said, "We have been teaching our children about the environment and conservation in their EVS subject for years, but I realised that this knowledge was often limited to the text book chapters and was forgotten by the end of the exams." "I wanted the students to have some practical knoweldege. I have around 25 feeders in my home on GB road which attracts many birds and I wanted to share this feeling with my students. That's how we started this excersise of making artificial nests for sparrows and other birds," she added. A team of five teachers supervised the students in the act. "The students collected a lot old cardboard sheets, twigs and branches from gardens, plastic bottles and a lot of other waste items, which was used in making the sparrow houses. We then showed them the blueprint of a bird's nest and how it should be made in a way that they can access them. Once the main structure was made, they painted it with acrylic colours to attract the birds," said Pranali Giri, one of the craft teachers. "We then took a rally around school chanting slogans on conserving sparrows. At the end of the day, the 800 odd students took the nest or feeder to their homes. The remaining 300 plus pieces were distributed to the people who met through the rally. We also gave one nest each to the new mayor Meenakshi Shinde, the primary and secondary education officers,"said Raj Parab, the school's trustee.
|2017-03-20||Duo held with 497 bottles of cough syrup | Thane News - Times of ... - Times of India|
Duo held with 497 bottles of cough syrup Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Mar 21, 2017, 01.30 AM THANE: The crime branch has seized 497 bottles of stimulating drug nearly worth Rs 50,000 from two men who were going to sell it near Viviana mall on Monday. "The accused Ansari Ataullhas and Abdul Khan, possessed 497 bottles of cough syrups, 196 bottles of Cyrex cough syrup, 207 of Rexee cough syrup and 94 bottles of Recodex X. They were carrying the bottles without license. Also, these medicines are used as stimulating drug to make someone unconscious," said a crime branch official. The police claimed that they were yet to find out where the drug was planning to be sold.
|2017-03-19||Thane: Woman throws her children off 15th floor, then jumps to death - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Woman throws her children off 15th floor, then jumps to death DNA WEB TEAM | Sun, 19 Mar 2017-10:24 pm , DNA webdesk In a horrific incident, a woman from Mumbra, Thane, threw both her kids off the 15th floor of a building and then jumped to her death, reports India Today. The woman, identified as Shirin Khan, threw her five-year-old daughter Armin and her seven-year-old son Tausif off the building before jumping to death herself. Fortunately, her son survived the fall but is in a serious condition. He has been admitted for treatment in a south Mumbai hospital. Khan and her daughter died on the spot. According to the police, Shirin and her husband Hanif always had fights, but on Sunday, after the quarrel she left home with her two kids. She then went to a building on the pretext of buying an apartment and went to the 15th floor to commit the act. The police has filed an ADR case.
|2017-03-19||Bird lovers worried over lonely birds plucking feathers out of depression - Times of India|
Bird lovers worried over lonely birds plucking feathers out of depression Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Mar 19, 2017, 10.23 PM IST THANE: Bird lovers in Thane are worried over feathered beauties getting rid of their own feathers, a behaviour caused by depression according to experts. Stress, boredom and loneliness result in this problem among the birds. Experts claimed that feather plucking is one of the common behaviours seen in birds, especially those that are kept captive. "Birds are highly intelligent and get bored easily. Out of boredom they start plucking their feathers. Almost three out of 10 pet birds suffer from this behaviour. At times, the plucking worsens to an extent that they get wounds that result in infections," said Dr Rina Dev, avian and exotic specialist. Shahzeen Mehta, who has a pet bird, was quite shocked to see her one-and-a-half-year-old African Grey parrot named Bruce shred his feathers after she returned from a five-day holiday. "It was shocking to see Bruce in that condition. Also, we had kept him at my in-law's place so that he was not left alone. He still felt low and was missing us too much. Out of depression he started plucking his own feathers. Bruce was then initially put on anti-depressants by a doctor and his condition improved gradually. We do not let him out of our sight even for a second now," said Mehta. Dr Dev added that there are three stages to this bird behaviour -- the most common behaviour is that these birds first start cleaning their feathers repeatedly. "They then start plucking the feathers and gradually indulge in self mutilation. It is seen that in many such cases the birds have died due to excessive bleeding," she said. The birds take at least around a month to get their plucked feathers back. To improve the condition of the birds, they are given medicines but nothing is above immense love and attention by their owners, claimed veterinarians. The doctors sometimes put an e-collar around the neck of the bird to stop it from plucking its feathers. "One should see to it that the birds are constantly engaged in some activity. They should be given various toys to play with like wooden toys or food-based activities like breaking the walnut or even a foraging toys can be given so that the bird's mind is constantly engaged," added Dr Dev.
|2017-03-19||'Will ensure that there is no misuse of taxpayers money' | Thane ... - Times of India|
'Will ensure that there is no misuse of taxpayers money' Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 20, 2017, 01.25 AM IST While the newly-elected corporators will meet for their first general body meeting on Monday, TOI gets a glimpse on how leader of Opposition and NCP man Milind Patil plans to tackle the administration and expose the wrong doings in the TMC. Your party has accused the TMC corridors of being tainted with financial misappropriations in several projects in the past. How do you plan to expose the scams during your tenure? I will ensure that there is no misappropriation of taxpayers money form now on and plan to keep an eye on the operations of the ruling party and the administration. I am also going to demand for the white paper on sewerage and dumping and water distribution system as crores have been spent on these in the last few years, but nothing has changed. What is your main focus? Along with water supply, sewage and roads, I will look into issues pertaining to the transport system and facilities at CSM hospital. There are talks of turning the hospital into a Multispecialty one, but it sadly lacks basic facilities. You seemed to be upset with the administration dictating terms to the House in the past. Yes, I am surprised at the way the administration is trying to dominate itself with the functioning of the TMC by trying to force feed its concepts for the city without consulting the elected representatives. It looks like the administration is more interested in politics than fulfilling its responsibilities. I have seen how the Opposition members and a few others were silenced during the Parmar incident in 2015. The administration and political fraternity has to work together for the development of the city. You have threatened to operate from the TMC lobby as the administration has relocated the cabin of the leader of Opposition to the ground floor. Yes. It is completely unjustified that the administration relocated the cabin without even consulting us. They relocated the cabin from the second floor to a nondescript location on the ground floor which is inadequate to handle the volume of visitors. I am determined to not allow this domination of the administration to continue and have written to the mayor that I will operate from the corridors if the old office of the leader of Opposition is not given back to us.
|2017-03-19||Insurance agent acquitted in 2015 Palghar murder | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ|
Insurance agent acquitted in 2015 Palghar murder TOI Thane Mon,20 Mar 2017 THANE: A Thane sessions court has acquitted a man from Gujarat, reportedly an LIC agent, accused of murdering a resident of Wada in Palghar district, after the prosecution failed to prove the charges.Dharmesh Mishra, 40, was acquitted by district Judge M M Walimohemmad. The prosecution told the court that the victim, Rauf Ansari, 43, had given Rs 1.70 lakh to the accused for an LIC policy. Allegedly, the accused did not make the payment to LIC nor returned the money to the victim. When the victim pestered him to return the money and threatened that he would file a police complaint, the accused allegedly attacked the victim with a steel pipe in the victim's house in the intervening night of October 21 and 22, 2015, and killed him. Before fleeing the house he took away Rs 40,000 in cash besides the mobile with SIM card of the victim. He disposed of the SIM card en route to his house, the prosecution was told.
|2017-03-18||PAL-Peugeot bosses face jail for ignoring Thane court's order - Mumbai Mirror|
PAL-Peugeot bosses face jail for ignoring Thane court's order By Sharmeen Hakim, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Mar 18, 2017, 06.12 AM IST Order comes after years of efforts by Dr M S Kamath, secretary, Consumer Guidance Society of India, and his wife Archana Kamath, who had booked two cars in 1995. Heads of the now defunct car manufacturer PAL--Peugeot Ltd have been sentenced to six months of imprisonment for ignoring a consumer forum order passed 18 years ago to refund the booking amounts of two of its car purchasers. And the delay in following the order may cost PAL—Peugeot directors Maitreya Doshi and Arvind Doshi over Rs 250 crore. An estimated 40,000 customers, who had put down Rs 25,000 each in booking amounts in 1995 for the company’s then newly launched sedan, may now use the consumer forum order as a precedent and seek compensation. The order passed by the Thane District Consumer Forum on Thursday comes after years of relentless efforts by Dr M S Kamath, secretary, Consumer Guidance Society of India, and his wife Archana Kamath, who had booked two Peugeot 309s but did not get the delivery. Premier Ltd. that manufactured the oldschool Premier Padmini, teamed up with French company Peugeot to manufacture PAL--Peugeot 309 in India. Thousands of people booked the car in 1995 paying a deposit of Rs 25,000 each. But due to labour problems and poor dealer network, only a limited number of cars hit the road, leaving rest of the customers high and dry. On June 27, 1998 the Kamaths approached the consumer forum which passed an order in their favour on November 24 the same year, directing the company to refund the amount along with 9% interest within two months, failing which 18 per cent interest would be applicable. The company did not appeal against the order and the original order, hence, became final. Peugeot pulled out of the venture in 2001 and by 2005 the company went into liquidation. Though PAL--Peugeot refunded the Kamaths’ deposit in 2011in an out-of-court settlement, the couple continued the fight because they felt the company had not followed the consumer court’s directions to refund the booking amounts within two months of its 1998 order. The Kamaths argued that under section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act, a person can be sentenced or fined for not following a consumer forum’s order. Speaking to Mumbai Mirror on Friday, Dr Kamath said the latest order passed by the Thane Consumer District Forum can now be cited as a precedent by the other customers like him to get their money back with interest. “There are a lot of people who still haven’t been paid. It is easy to bow out after being paid your part. However, everyone deserves justice. We too were paid only after we filed this application,” said Dr Kamath. “We estimate that nearly 40,000 people are owed refunds with interest, and the total figure will be about Rs 250 crore.” The directors’ argument that their association with the company ended in 2001and that the case was against the company and not against them was rejected by the court. “Despite they being directors of the company and as such being responsible for following the order, they kept prolonging the matter,” consumer forum president Sneha Mhatre and members Madhuri Vishwarupe and N D Kadam observed in the order. But before this path-breaking order was issued, the court had to settle one point of law – are consumer forums within their rights to send offenders to jail for not following their orders? Once this point was settled, the forum had no hesitation in passing the order. Sunil Surana, the Doshis’ lawyer, said that an appeal against the order had already been filed in the State Commission. “The Commission has suspended the imprisonment and stayed the warrant issued by the district forum against the Doshis.” However, he refused to divulge any more details.
|2017-03-18||After Sangli abortion racket, special squads to check district hospitals - NYOOOZ|
After Sangli abortion racket, special squads to check district hospitals TOI Thane Sat,18 Mar 2017 THANE: In the wake of the Sangli abortion racket case, the Thane district collector has formed a special squad to inspect all clinics and hospitals across the district to check if such malpractices are taking place here as well. A number of female foetuses were found dumped near a stream at a village in Sangli a couple of days ago.The district collector recently held a high level meeting with top district health officers and issued the directions to check the hospitals and clinics for strict implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994.The squad will consist of district health officers, revenue official and a police officer, stated the official release.The meeting was chaired by collector Dr. Mahendra Kalyankar, district health officer Dr. B S Sonawane and district civil surgeon Dr. B C Kempi Patil.At the meeting, the officials stated that thosewho inform the authorities about any violations taking place in the area will be awarded a cash prize.The sex ratio of the district was also discussed during the meeting.In the Sangli case, the police had stumbled upon the racket while investigating the death of 26-year-old Swati Jamdade, allegedly after an illegal abortion went awry on March 3. During investigations, the cops discovered the abandoned foetuses in blue plastic bags in the sewer a few yards away from a private clinic at Mhaisal village, 260 km from here, on Sunday..
|2017-03-18||Fire in godown of tyre manufacturing unit in Thane - Mid-Day|
Fire in godown of tyre manufacturing unit in Thane By PTI Posted 18-Mar-2017 Thane: A fire broke out at a tyre factory godown in Vadpe village of Bhiwandi here in the early hours of Saturday, police said. No one was injured in the incident, they said. According to Thane Rural Police, the blaze broke out at 5 AM in the godown of the manufacturing unit and soon villagers and workers alerted local fire brigade centres. Two fire engines each from Thane and Bhiwandi fire brigade and one from Kalyan were rushed to the spot to contain the blaze, the official said. The fire was put off at around 3 PM, while cooling operation was still on, said the official. The reason behind the blaze was yet to be ascertained, police added.
|2017-03-18||Man gets life imprisonment for killing minor son in Thane - Mid-Day|
Man gets life imprisonment for killing minor son in Thane By PTI Posted 18-Mar-2017 A 30-year-old brick-kiln worker from Bhiwandi in Thane was on Saturday convicted and sentenced to life term by a local court for killing his six-year-old son in 2014. After sentencing convict Bhagwan Atmaram Jadhav, Thane District Judge P P Jadhav also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on him and another six-month jail term, which he ordered would run concurrently. According to the prosecution, Jadhav, a resident of Chimbipada locality in the powerloom town, used to often quarrel with his wife over petty matters. On the fateful day, April 09, 2014, Jadhav, a father of three, had a fight with his wife in the early hours. Later he went to the local market with the victim. Soon after the duo left, Jadhav's wife along with their two other children fled the house, the court was told. In the evening, when the accused returned along with the son, he found no one at home. Later in the night, the neighbours found the minor boy dead in the house with grievous injuries. The victim had been attacked with a sickle and strangulated later, the prosecution submitted. Jadhav, who was trying to flee after the murder, was however, chased and nabbed by the locals and handed over to the police. The prosecution argued that Jadhav killed his innocent son without any provocation and sought maximum punishment for him. The medical records also proved him guilty. Accepting the prosecution submissions, the court awarded life imprisonment to Jadhav.
|2017-03-18||Thane: 11-year-old hangs himself; parents clueless - Mid-Day|
Thane: 11-year-old hangs himself; parents clueless By Faisal Tandel Posted 18-Mar-2017 An 11-year-old boy from Dombivli committed suicide on Wednesday evening by hanging himself with a nylon dupatta at his residence. The Tilak Nagar police have registered an accidental death case and are investigating why he took the extreme step. Was good at studies: According to the police, the minor was a resident of Gopal Nagar, where he stayed with his father who is a pandit, mother a housewife, and a one-year-old sister. The boy was a standard VII student of Tilak Nagar Vidyalaya and was good in his studies. The incident took place on Wednesday between 6 pm and 6.30 pm, when his mother and sister went to the market. He told his mother that his refill was over and asked her to bring him a new one. God knows what happened and he took such an extreme step, said Vinayak, his uncle. Police said he had locked the door and committed suicide in the balcony of his residence. He even shut the windows of the balcony. He was studying when his mother left. When they returned, with the help of a neighbour the door was opened. They saw all his books in a mess on the floor. He was shifted to AIMS hospital in Dombivli where he was declared dead. The Manpada police registered a case and it was transferred to Tilak Nagar police station as he resides in its jurisdiction, said an officer from Tilak Nagar police station. Police speak: Shivaji Dhumal, Senior Police Inspector, Tilak Nagar police station said, We have registered an accidental death case and are investigating the matter. On Friday we took the statement of his father. The parents too don't know what could be the reason. His father said that 6 months before, while doing surya namaskar, the boy had suffered a head injury and was undergoing treatment. But he was good in studies and was so sincere that even if he wanted to watch TV he would take permission from his mother. Teachers shocked: Teachers at his school are in shock as all of them knew him. He used to participate in every programme and was excited about everything. Each staff member knew him. He used to get seizures, so we had kept a soft toy with him. God knows what was the reason for him to take this extreme step, said a teacher.
|2017-03-18||27 Mumbai car owners booked in octroi evasion racket in Thane - Mumbai Mirror|
27 Mumbai car owners booked in octroi evasion racket in Thane By Nazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Mar 19, 2017, 05.35 AM IST The Thane police have lodged FIRs against 27 residents of Mumbai for registering their high-end cars in Bhiwandi's rural areas to avoid paying octroi. The cars include top-end Mercs, BMWs, Audis and Jaguars and their registration with Kongaon village panchayat in Bhiwandi saved their owners anything between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 4 lakh depending on the car's cost. The addresses under which these cars have been registered are all fake and cops suspect they have stumbled upon a large racket involving a nexus between car owners, agents, and the RTO. The Central Crime Detection Unit of the Thane Crime Branch stumbled upon the octroi scam after self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa's Jaguar was seized in 2015 following a complaint by an NGO about tax evasion. Investigations revealed that the owner of the car was not Radhe Maa but one of her followers and that the car was registered in Kongaon village under a fake address. When investigators dug deeper, they found that Kongaon village panchayat had several top-end cars registered with it, though their owners were all residents of Mumbai. Investigations revealed that while in some cases the owners addresses mentioned at the time of registering the vehicles did not exist, in other they belonged to washermen, milkmen and newspaper vendors. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane Crime Branch, Parag Manere said arrest warrants against the accused will soon be issued. We believe more such cases will come to the fore as investigation progresses,ť he said.
|2017-03-18||Cops yet to trace man who ran over puppy in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Cops yet to trace man who ran over puppy in Thane mumbai Updated: Mar 19, 2017 00:20 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times Two days after a man ran over a three-month-old female puppy in Thane, the police are yet to trace him. We have got CCTV camera footage of the spot and will soon send a notice to the accused, said Sunil Lokhande, deputy commissioner of police, zone 5.The man, identified as Atul Gangurde, 57, ran over the puppy with his four-wheeler on Thursday around 7.15 am at Unnathi Garden in Devdaya Nagar. The pup died of internal injuries. The police said Gangurde is a resident of the same society. A case was lodged against him. We will trace the accused's mobile phone and will arrest him once the allegations are proved, he added. Praveen Yabaji, 29, the marketing engineer who lodged a complaint against the accused, claims the housing society penalises him for feeding stray dogs in the area. The housing society adds Rs 500 to my bill each month. The amount has reached Rs 50,000 now, he said. The society however, refuted this allegation. Yabaji took to social media to complain about the incident. His post was viewed by more than 43,000 people and he said he received more than 250 calls. People from all over the world are verbally abusing the culprit. Someone who is aware that his car has rammed into a human being or an animal cannot just shrug his shoulders and walk away, he said. Yabaji said he has received several messages on Facebook demanding that strict punishment be meted out to the driver.
|2017-03-18||TMC to make legal status of buildings public under revised rehab ... - Times of India|
TMC to make legal status of buildings public under revised rehab plan Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 19, 2017, 01.06 PM THANE: Soon, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will make public the legal status of any structure in the city by posting them online or through media. Experts lauded the decision, especially for a city like Thane where nearly 83 per cent structures, according to a RTI reply from the property tax department, are marked illegal in the civic records. Also, it is often difficult for a layman to determine the legal status of a structure once it has been occupied for several months unlike in under-construction projects, details of the work are put up outside for public information. The TMC will put up details of the approved building plans, along with date of sanction, etc. online for reference of buyers thus eliminating chances of fraud at a later stage. A directive from the state urban local body has recently identified the importance of equipping the buyer with vital information about the legality of any project or building where he intends to invest. All urban local bodies in the state, including Thane, have been given this order. "We are starting work on digging out information about all structures from the city and will be putting up their details online or display them at our ward offices. The new directive will help buyers understand the legal status of any structure and make a thoughtful decision," said a senior bureaucrat from the civic body. The decision was taken after the state government decided against rehabilitating residents staying in illegal structures in various cities based on the findings of a committee probing the Lucky Compound building collapse case. "We will henceforth not rehabilitate those staying in dilapidated illegal structures. This will also prove to be a deterrent for residents to cross check details of any project before moving in," said Sunil Chavan, additional municipal commissioner. The civic body is meanwhile finalising a list of illegal and dilapidated structures, said civic officials.
|2017-03-18||Juice vendors make brisk business as Thaneites thirst for summer ... - Times of India|
Juice vendors make brisk business as Thaneites thirst for summer coolers Indira rodericks | TNN | Updated: Mar 19, 2017, 01.05 PM THANE: With temperatures soaring every single day, cold drink and fresh fruit juice sellers have been making brisk business as the demand for such drinks has increased. At almost every street corner across the city, one will find a stall set up selling fresh cut fruits, juices, sugarcane juice and other cold drinks. During summer, these stall owners rake in the moolah as almost everyone travelling in the heat will stop by to quench their thirst. Although fresh fruit juice scores more over aerated colas, most people often opt for light meals such as a plate of fresh fruit or a glass of chaas or lassi. Most lemon juice vendors sell anything between 150 to 200 glasses a day. And on weekends these numbers go up to 300 to 350. "Customers always want something to quench their thirst," said Ganesh Pawar, a seller. Sugarcane juice vendors are in most demand as this is the best summer cooler and it is easily available almost everywhere. "Sugarcane is bought from the wholesale market, sometimes thrice a week if there is a demand,'' said Nitin Tawde, a sugarcane seller. Meanwhile, college students and working professionals at times give their meals a skip and stick to a plate of fruits which is high on flavour as well as nutrition. ''Fruit plates are complete value for money. Most students find it affordable and also filling,'' said Manish Gaikwad, a student. While some sellers only serve watermelons, others serve a mix of oranges, sweet lines, kiwis, bananas and chickoos. However, there are some who prefer water to colas and other juices. Many companies have started packing water in small carry-size bottles as it is easy for a person to carry. ''Water is the only thing that can quench a person's thirst. Colas and juices do not satisfy you,'' said Kashmira Sinha, a working professional. Many vendors also sell packaged water bottles at signals and stations.
|2017-03-18||Crime branch cops manage to foil dacoity in city, 3 arrested | Thane ... - Times of India|
Crime branch cops manage to foil dacoity in city, 3 arrested Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Mar 19, 2017, 01.05 PM THANE: The officials from the crime branch unit managed to foil a dacoity on a jeweller and arrested three robbers of a gang on Saturday night. Based on a tip that six people armed with weapons would target a jeweller in Kasarwadavli area, the cops laid a trap to nab the robbers. The six members of the gang were travelling on three bikes and were armed with pistols and swords. They were travelling near the Gaimukh area on Ghodbunder Road. However, the police were intercepted by the sleuths of Crime branch unit-1 late in the evening on Sunday, said a senior officer. Three managed to give a slip to the police party, but three were caught red-handed. On searching the trio throughouly, the police recovered two pistols, six live cartridges and a sword, informed Sandeep Bagul, the assistant inspector. The accused have been identified as Rajan Singh (25), Harishankar Singh (24), Atul Yadav (25) and all three are residents of Nallasopara. "Rajan Singh is involved in cases like cheating and an attempt to murder. A manhunt has been launched to nab the other accused in the case. Further investigations are likely to unearth other crimes that they may be involved in," said a police officer. A case has been registered at the Daighar police station under section 399 (Making preparation to commit dacoity), 401 (Punishment for belonging to gang of thieves) of Indian Penal Code and section 4 and 25 of the Arms Act and Section 37(1) and Section 135 of the Bombay Police Act. The accused were produced in the magistrate court and remanded to police custody till Monday for further interrogation.
|2017-03-17||Thane: Hospitals to be inspected to check foeticide - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane: Hospitals to be inspected to check foeticide PTI | Updated: Mar 17, 2017, 12.54 PM IST Thane: Thane Collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar has ordered inspection of all clinics and hospitals in the district to find out if they adhere to the guidelines of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act. The directive comes after the police busted a foeticide racket in Maharashtra's Sangli district. The Sangli police had earlier this month arrested a homoeopathic doctor from Mhaisal village in Sangli in connection with the death of a pregnant woman during an abortion at his hospital. The arrest was made a day after 19 aborted foetuses wrapped in polythene bags were found near a stream in the village. The Sangli police suspect that all the 19 were female foetuses. All the hospitals and clinics in Thane have been directed to strictly implement the PCPNDT Act guidelines, said a release issued yesterday by the district administration. Kalyankar held a meeting with the concerned officials in this connection on Wednesday when it was decided that all the hospitals and clinics in Thane would be inspected. According to the release, the sex ratio in Maharashtra is 899 girls per 1,000 boys. The ratio in Thane district was 914 girls per 1,000 boys in 2013-14, 914:1,000 in 2014-15, 907:1,000 in 2015-16, and 897:1,000 till last month for 2016-17, the release said. The PCPNDT Act aims to stop female foeticide and arrest the declining sex ratio in India. Prenatal sex determination is banned under the Act. The district authorities have also announced an award for those who inform about the PCPNDT Act violations. There are 968 registered sonography centres in the district of which 571 are operational at present, the release said.
|2017-03-17||Thane: Pup Run Over By An Unrepentant Resident, Act Caught On CCTV - The Quint|
Thane: Pup Run Over By An Unrepentant Resident, Act Caught On CCTV Kirti Phadtare Pandey Yesterday, 6:39 pm A heart-wrenching CCTV footage of a housing complex in Thane (near Mumbai) has emerged, which shows a little puppy being crushed under a car’s wheels and left to die as the person in driver’s seat fails to stop and attend to the injured animal. The unfortunate incident took place on Thursday morning at around 7:30 am. No one noticed a certain resident run over the little pup who was sitting with its mother in the parking lot of the Unnati Gardens Housing Complex in thane. The dog was missing for the entire day and its carer Praveen could locate it only in the evening. Sadly it was dead and the residents thought it had died of poisoning. But when they checked the CCTV footage of the complex’s parking area (where the pups played about routinely), they were in for a shock. A certain resident had accidentally run over the dog. What shocked the residents was the fact that he did not stop to check on the pup’s well-being and left it there to die. Some residents wrote angry posts on social media networks, An FIR was lodged by the residents on the same evening that they discovered the dead pup. The burial of the pup was carried out by the residents.
|2017-03-17||Employees seek psychiatric help to cope with stress from bosses - Times of India|
Employees seek psychiatric help to cope with stress from bosses Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Mar 17, 2017, 10.39 PM IST THANE: In recent times, counselors and psychiatrists have seen a number of office goers come to them for help and advice. Due to increase in stress levels, increase in workload and unsympathetic bosses, many office goers have been suffering from depression. Constant pressure from bosses to meet targets and deadlines and getting negative remarks on their performance has led to increase in stress levels. This has aggrevated to such a point that it affects a persons work as well as personal life. Experts claim that the impact of stress is so high at times that employees reach the office building but hesitate from entering the gate. "The common reason for a person's stress at work is not only due to too much workload, but also the pressure built up as their bosses or immediate superiors expect them to achieve a set target or to complete work within a particular time-frame. A person needs to understand that his stress level has increased and that leads to anxiety or depression when they think about what their bosses would be thinking about their work, even after they reach home. If one starts losing confidence and starts doubting themselves then it ends up affecting their health. Also, it is seen that many times people stop going to work and call in sick just to avoid the stress," said Dr. Shailesh Umate, psychiatrist at the Institute for Psychological Health. Counselors and psychiatrists at the Institute for Psychological Health have been receiving a number of calls from office goers seeking help on how they should deal with their seniors. "Earlier we used to get calls from people who were having issues like relationship with their parents, partners, lovers, etc. But those calls have reduced and we are now receiving more calls from people who are facing trouble with their superiors or bosses and are asking us for suggestions and tips on how they can deal with the same," said Madhavi Kulkarni, counselor at the Institute for Psychological Health. Experts claimed that though this phenomena is not uncommon wherein people complain about their bosses, it is now seen that many are coming ahead and asking for suggestions of how the situation could be tackled. "People now just want to end their misery and want to know how they could vent out their frustration. Office goers are advised to do breathing exercises, yoga, running, etc. Also, many times we ask them to communicate with their bosses," added Umate. Not only experts but many firms have confirmed that the increase in stress levels among employees has been affecting productivity. "It gets difficult for a person who is irritated to do their work with concentration. Due to this, the quality of work gets affected. So to deal with this issue many firms have indoor games, seminars and interaction with counselors. Some firms even hold yoga, zumba and other exercise sessions for their employees," said an HR manager from an IT firm.
|2017-03-17||Mumbai's first AC local train tested between Thane-Titwala - Daily News & Analysis|
Mumbai's first AC local train tested between Thane-Titwala BINOO NAIR | Fri, 17 Mar 2017-12:20pm , Mumbai , DNA webdesk The much-awaited trial of Mumbai's first air-conditioned suburban local train began in the early hours of Friday. According to Central Railway officials, the rake was tested between Thane and Titwala stations. Railway officials said the report on early Friday morning's trial is awaited from the Research Standards and Design Organisation (RDSO)- the railway's topmost technical authority. "The AC rake will be be put on trial tonight. The route decided by Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) is firstly Kurla to Kalyan and secondly Kasara and Karjat. However as per railway testing rules, the RDSO can choose any section and particular location depending on requirement. So tonight (early hours of Saturday) the trial could be anywhere between Thane and Karjat-Kasara as decided by the RDSO", explained a top CR official. The trials could take as much as 6 months on CR and Western Railway before the rake can be introduced for passenger service, said railway officials.
|2017-03-17||Thane cops trap pimp in sex racket by paying Rs 12K for four women - Mid-Day|
Thane cops trap pimp in sex racket by paying Rs 12K for four women By Faisal Tandel Posted 17-Mar-2017 Ajay Govind Rathod The anti-human trafficking cell of the Thane crime branch recently busted a prostitution racket, arrested a pimp and rescued four women. The cell had received a tip-off that Ajay Govind Rathod alias Ambarish (31), a waiter at a bar, was operating a prostitution racket in Thane. Accordingly, we laid a trap and approached Rathod as a fake customer. After the deal was finalised, Rathod and four women arrived at the meeting spot in Thane on the night of March 8, said Ravindra Daunkar, senior police inspector, anti-human trafficking cell. Once money exchanged hands. Rathod was paid Rs 3,000 for each woman the pimp was arrested. We recovered Rs 64,600 in cash, five cellphones, a scooter and a few documents, said Kalyani Patil, sub-inspector, anti-human trafficking cell. A case was registered at Chitalsar Manpada police station under section 370(2)(3) (trafficking of one or more persons) of the IPC and different sections of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956. During interrogation, the five revealed they had worked together at a bar at Thane and were rendered unemployed after a demolition drive against illegal bars by the Thane Municipal Corporation. Allegedly pushed to the brink, they decided to run a prostitution racket. From the Rs 3,000 that Rathod made for each deal, he gave a cut of Rs 1,000 to the women, said a police officer.
|2017-03-17||Man drives away after running over stray puppy in Thane | mumbai ... - Hindustan Times|
Man drives away after running over stray puppy in Thane mumbai Updated: Mar 18, 2017 00:11 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The CCTV camera footage shows the car run over the three-month-old pup but the driver does not stop to check on the dog. A resident of a posh housing society at Vartak Nagar in Thane ran over a stray pup on Thursday. The CCTV camera footage shows the car run over the three-month-old pup but the driver does not stop to check on it. The pup bled for hours and then died.The incident took place at Unnathi Gardens and another resident lodged a complaint against the car driver with the Vartak Nagar police station. Deputy commissioner of police (zone 5) Sunil Lokhande said, The man who was driving the car has been identified as Atul Gangurde, a resident of the same society. We have lodged a case but have not arrested anyone. We have got the CCTV footage of the spot. The driver of the car was booked under section 429 of the Motor Vehicles Act 184 and relevant sections of Mumbai Police Act. The complainant, Praveen Yabaji, 29, marketing engineer with an MNC, feeds the stay dogs every day and has been slapped a fine by the housing society. On Thursday, when he went to feed the stay dogs, he found the pup lying dead. Initially, I thought he had been poisoned. I checked the CCTV footage and got the number plate of the car which ran over the pup. After I got the car number, we searched the owner of the car on RTO app. We found that the car owner lives in our housing society, said Yabaji. Yabaji and some residents buried the dog. Every month, the housing society tells me to pay Rs 500 for feeding strays. The amount has reached Rs 47,000 with interest now, Yabaji said.
|2017-03-17||Sleep a casualty as city lights shine on Thane; net fix, late nights grow - Times of India|
Sleep a casualty as city lights shine on Thane; net fix, late nights grow Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Mar 18, 2017, 03.45 AM IST THANE: The late night addiction to mobiles or watching of their favorourite football game on television till the pre-dawn hour has affected the bedtime habits of most Thaneites. The lake city can easily be tagged as one of the cities with most sleep-deprived population and the average sleep duration of a teen to a middle-aged person falling has become a matter of concern, say experts. On the occasion of World Sleep Day on March 17, doctors said the constant streaming on the net rather than dreaming in bed is the major cause of sleep disturbances and insomnia in most cases. "We could easily be described as a city with most sleep-deprived population. Incorrect use of technology has robbed us of our sleep time as people continue to be hooked to their smartphones, or laptops or television till late hours. It is going to pose a big problem in the near future as chronic sleep deprivation will not only take a toll on the health and well-being but the work performance will also be hit," said Dr Shailesh Umate, psychiatrist at Institute for Psychological Health. "The constant gazing at the bright light emitted from the hand-held device or a computer screen or the TV, when it is the time to jump into bed, is harming the biological clock and cause of sleep disorders. The eyes are exposed to bright light as the sleep hormone i.e Melatonin won't be activated until the surrounding is dark. Because of the lights around, the secretion happens late and sleep time is advanced and never completed. However, when the same person goes to a village with zero net connectivity and lights around switch off by 10 pm, he is snoring in the next ten minutes as he is no longer exposure to lights," he added. Another city sleep specialist said the fast-paced life in metros, late night dinning or for that matter exercises in the dark hours are also contributing to sleep disorders. "When we are small till the age of two years there is no one to bother us and thus our sleep pattern does not change. But as we grow, due to schools, office etc we keep adjusting our sleep pattern, thus there is irregularity in sleeping. Also, it is commonly seen that now a days children stay awake till late, just like their parents and sleep late. Not only the habits of parents staying awake are the reason for the children to not go to bed early, but at times even their school timings affect them," he added. Like, children who have schools in the afternoon, tend to play in the evenings, due to which they are energetic during the night, which results them in to sleeping late, also as their school is in the noon, they wake up late," explained Dr Umate.
|2017-03-17||Two held for assaulting traffic cop - Times of India|
Two held for assaulting traffic cop Two persons, including a woman, were arrested for allegedly assaulting a traffic constable, following an argument over traffic rules on Thursday. TNN | Updated: Mar 18, 2017, 03.45 AM IST THANE: Two persons, including a woman, were arrested for allegedly assaulting a traffic constable, following an argument over traffic rules on Thursday. The accused, identified as Imtiaz Honnaali (25) and Grishma Nair(25), were heading to Teen Haath Naka on their bike when the official noticed that Honnaali was riding without a helmet. "Constable Santosh Chavan who was stationed at Wagle Estate had asked them to stop their vehicle. But the man did not halt and was trying to escape. However, the constable stopped him and questioned him over breaking rules. The duo were also under the influence of alcohol. They then started arguing with Chavan and also abused him," said a police official. tnn
|2017-03-17||As heat scorches Yeoor, summer flora begins to bloom - Times of India|
As heat scorches Yeoor, summer flora begins to bloom Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Mar 18, 2017, 03.33 AM IST THANE: A walk down Yeoor forest during summer season brings its share of respite for residents as a number of flowers blossom during this time of the year. While most of the greenery around the 65sq km deciduous forest seems to be turning brown and withering away, the dry season seems to have also given life to a whole new world of green zone. From the yellowish-green Ukshi flowers to the petite white Karvanda flower buds, the forest has been blooming with a variety of flower species. The Ukshi flowers bloom between February and March. As these flowers store nectar, they are favourite among bees. So, the forest has been literally buzzing with a lot of activity. "While the forest area is at its peak in terms of bio-diversity during monsoon, this season also plays a host to a number of lovely and vibrant flowering plant species. The fact that these plants bloom despite the lack of water, high temperatures and so on is one of the many mysteries of nature," said a forest official. Due to the flowering of these summer flowers, the number of birds and insects also increase. Botanists studying the flora and fauna in these eco-sensitive belt point out that these vibrant plants are essential for the functioning of an entire ecological cycle as they attract insects, bees, etc, who help the pollination process and lay the foundation for the birth of many more plants during the monsoon season, which follows soon after this. Yatin Gholap, a Mumbai-based naturalist and botanist, said, "Ideally, the changes in seasons are estimated and understood only after the observation of nature. The blooming of shrubs and plantsâ€”including Ukshi, Karvanda, Charole, ghost tree and so on are the clear indicators of the onset of summer." "These vibrant flowers attract pollinators which, while moving from one flower to another, carry pollen seeds with them. This helps in the reproduction of flowering plants which are the main sources of food for people and wildlife alike. These plants then multiply in monsoon," he said. Ideally, the changes in seasons are estimated and understood only after the observation of nature. The blooming of shrubs and plantsâ€”including Ukshi, Karvanda, Charole, ghost tree and so on are the clear indicators of the onset of summer
|2017-03-16||Man beheaded in Thane; one held- The New Indian Express - The New Indian Express|
Man beheaded in Thane; one held By PTI Published: 16th March 2017 01:29 PM Last Updated: 16th March 2017 01:29 PM THANE: A man was beheaded in the district following which one person was arrested, police said today. Some locals spotted the severed head wrapped in a plastic bag near a salon in Khatrap locality of Badlapur township in Thane yesterday morning. They informed the police who then searched for the body and found it lying near an eatery in the same locality, the police said. The deceased, identified as Sunil Achari, aged around 27, was staying at the house of Rajeshkumar Nepali (30), a cook working with the eatery near which the body was found, a police official said. Since the recovery of the body, Nepali was not seen at his home. Subsequently, the police launched a search for Nepali and he was nabbed yesterday from a train at Bhusawal railway station. The deceased's mobile phone and his wrist watch were found in a bag recovered from the accused. The Badlapur police have registered an offence under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) against the accused. The process was on to bring him to Badlapur for further probe in the matter, police said. The motive behind the killing was yet to be ascertained, they added.
|2017-03-16||Technology, revised rules make RTO learnerĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s license test tough to crack - NYOOOZ|
Technology, revised rules make RTO learner's license test tough to crack TOI Thane Thu,16 Mar 2017 THANE: Three of the 10 applicants for a learning license failed the mandatory online tests conducted by the Regional Transport Office in Thane thereby ensuring a new generation of responsible drivers and safer roads.The revised rules and the technology-driven time-bound examination process has strictly eliminated applicants who would casually walk in the RTO offices unprepared and unwilling to read up on the basic road safety regulations, signages or traffic signals. "The new online exam format which was introduced since October 2016 is aimed to ensure safe driving and inculcate a sense of shared responsibility among drivers towards pedestrians and fellow bikers or car drivers. From October-December 2016, of the 6,406 applicants for drivers license, close to 30 per cent or to be precise 1,847 candidates were denied the privilege of a learner's license as they failed to clear the online tests," said Hemangini Patil, deputy regional transport officer.The revised online exam pattern has given a tough time to undeserving applicants who failed to get a correct response to nine of the 15 questions put up on their computer terminals in a time-bound manner. "In this pattern, each applicant is given a different set of multiple choice questions so there is no possibility of copying. Moreover, the applicant's response has to be completed in 30 seconds so any delay also makes him or her ineligible for a learning license," she said.The new procedure was devised after the RTO realised the flaws in the earlier pattern where the questions were put up on one big screen and all applicants would click their response based on the answers shared by all in the room. "The earlier process was easy to crack and the chances of failure was minimal as the applicants would simply copy from the person standing next to them. The rate of failure then was just about 10 per cent and securing a learning license was very easy," added Patil. She said that on an average around 70-100 candidates appear for the online exam and those who fail have to re-appear for the tests the next day.
|2017-03-16||Man beheaded in Thane; one held - Mumbai Mirror|
Man beheaded in Thane; one held PTI | Updated: Mar 16, 2017, 01.36 PM IST Thane: A man was beheaded in the Thane district following which one person was arrested, police said today. Some locals spotted the severed head wrapped in a plastic bag near a salon in Khatrap locality of Badlapur township in Thane yesterday morning. They informed the police who then searched for the body and found it lying near an eatery in the same locality, the police said. The deceased, identified as Sunil Achari, aged around 27, was staying at the house of Rajeshkumar Nepali (30), a cook working with the eatery near which the body was found, a police official said. Since the recovery of the body, Nepali was not seen at his home. Subsequently, the police launched a search for Nepali and he was nabbed yesterday from a train at Bhusawal railway station. The deceased's mobile phone and his wrist watch were found in a bag recovered from the accused. The Badlapur police have registered an offence under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) against the accused. The process was on to bring him to Badlapur for further probe in the matter, police said. The motive behind the killing was yet to be ascertained, they added.
|2017-03-16||Sorry, Thane 'shippers: Thor and Jane Foster have broken up - A.V. Club|
Sorry, Thane ’shippers: Thor and Jane Foster have broken up 3/15/17 8:56pm In news that doesn’t come as a huge surprise—given that Natalie Portman has said she’s pretty much done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that Thor’s apparently spent all his downtime since his last movie appearance hanging out with his roommate, Darryl—Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has confirmed that the God Of Thunder and Dr. Jane Foster have broken up. Marvel has yet to comment on which party will get the ‘shippers in the split.The love story between Jane and Thor has never been a big draw for fans, most of whom would rather see Chris Hemsworth “interact” with co-star and god-brother Tom Hiddleston instead. The last straw in their relationship appears to have been Thor: The Dark World, in which not even an infusion of sentient, universe-destroying cherry Jell-O could make Jane a sufficiently interesting cinematic love-interest. (A pity, since her status as a female Thor was a highlight of recent Marvel comics.) Meanwhile, casting notices for Thor: Ragnarok suggests that Thor might be headed for a rebound as calamitous as Mjolnir bouncing off a vibranium shield—we’ll take our No-Prize for that burst of simile nerdery in the mail, please—with news coming that the Odinson will be teaming up with wayward Asgardian Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) on his upcoming quest through space. It’s not a guarantee they’ll be romantically involved, but we’ll presumably know more when Ragnarok arrives in theaters on November 3.
|2017-03-16||Thane crime: Decapitated head found in plastic bag in Badlapur - Mid-Day|
Thane crime: Decapitated head found in plastic bag in Badlapur By Faisal Tandel Posted 1 hour Unidentified man was found murdered in Badlapur; his relative was arrested after he attempted to get away and is now prime suspect On gruesome Wednesday, first came the head and then followed the body. After a local notified the Badlapur east police at 8 am that a he had seen a human head in a plastic bag outside the Vivek Gents Palour in Katraj. Following an investigation with the aid of CCTV footage from the area, the deceased was identified as Rajesh Kumar Nepali's relative, as he had been introduced to the locals, and arrested him. The Badlapur east police probed the case along with the Ulhasnagar crime branch. "The deceased was unknown, and we found the remaining body near Jai Malhar Hotel, around 200 meters away from the initial spot. Accordingly, we started the investigation," said Dilip Rajbhoj, Senior police inspector, Badlapur east police station. In the CCTV footage of the hotel, the police found spotted Nepali running away. "Nepali was working with a Chinese eatery adjoining the hotel. The deceased had apparently been living at his place and had been introduced around as Nepali's relative. While the motive behind the murder is still unknown, we managed to prevent Nepali from fleeing when he was about to escape to Nepal via Uttar Pradesh," added Rajbhoj. The officer went on to explain how Nepali was apprehended. "I assumed that he would attempt to run away to his hometown, so I contacted a colleague at Bhusawal railway police and told him to remain alert about the train coming in at 2.55 pm. Since the train halts at Bhusawal for half-an-hour, the railway officials locked the doors and managed to nab him. We are now waiting for his custody to identity the victim and the motive for the murder," said Rajbhoj.
|2017-03-16||Mumbai Metro's Thane-Wadala line likely to be extended to CST/GPO - Daily News & Analysis|
Mumbai Metro's Thane-Wadala line likely to be extended to CST/GPO ATEEQ SHAIKH | Thu, 16 Mar 2017-07:15am , Mumbai , DNA There are plans on the cards, though still in early stages, to extend the planned Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavli metro-4 line right up to Mumbai General Post Office in south Mumbai. Although the plan is being given a serious thought, there are some issues relating to the alignment of the metro corridor as it will have to snake through Mumbai Port Trust’s (MbPT’s) land on the eastern coast of the metropolis. “Pre-feasibility study is being carried out to for extending the Metro-4 line right up to south Mumbai,” said Praveen Darade, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The extended line between Wadala-GPO will be numbered as Metro-8. Connectivity with Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is also on the cards for public transport integration needs. The likely length of the extension will be 8 km, thereby making the entire route a 40-km long alignment right from Ghodbunder Road in Thane to South Mumbai. Metro-4’s length is 32 km and bidding process is currently underway for the corridor. According to an MMRDA official, issues with MbPT on utilising its land for metro system remains unresolved. However, it is believed that MbPT will eventually agree to permit construction on its property, due to Port Land Development plans that are in the pipeline. The MbPT wants to open up part of its port land for recreation, commercial and residential purposes. This will also require public transport or metro connectivity. Metro-8 will pass along the Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Marg to P D’Mello Road. As of now the construction cost is estimated at Rs 300 crore per km, apart from car depot cost. The estimated price of Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavli metro-4 is Rs 14,549 crore with 32 stations.
|2017-03-16||Thane: Man beheaded, head found wrapped in plastic bag - Deccan Chronicle|
Thane: Man beheaded, head found wrapped in plastic bag PTI Published Mar 16, 2017, 1:45 pm IST Updated Mar 16, 2017, 1:45 pm IST The deceased, identified as Sunil Achari, aged around 27, was staying at the house of Rajeshkumar Nepali, who was caught. The deceased, identified as Sunil Achari, aged around 27, was staying at the house of Rajeshkumar Nepali (30), a cook working with the eatery near which the body was found. Thane: A man was beheaded in Thane district following which one person was arrested, police said today. Some locals spotted the severed head wrapped in a plastic bag near a salon in Khatrap locality of Badlapur township in Thane yesterday morning. They informed the police who then searched for the body and found it lying near an eatery in the same locality, the police said. The deceased, identified as Sunil Achari, aged around 27, was staying at the house of Rajeshkumar Nepali (30), a cook working with the eatery near which the body was found, a police official said. Since the recovery of the body, Nepali was not seen at his home. Subsequently, the police launched a search for Nepali and he was nabbed yesterday from a train at Bhusawal railway station. The deceased's mobile phone and his wrist watch were found in a bag recovered from the accused. The Badlapur police have registered an offence under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) against the accused. The process was on to bring him to Badlapur for further probe in the matter, police said. The motive behind the killing was yet to be ascertained, they added.
|2017-03-16||Thane, Navi Mumbai realty markets record highest activity in MMR in 2016: Report - ETRealty.com|
Thane, Navi Mumbai realty markets record highest activity in MMR in 2016: Report These markets have ranked highest on basis of absorption, launches, inventory overhang, and livability Score Kailash Babar | ET Bureau | March 16, 2017, 16:07 IST MUMBAI: Property markets in Thane and Navi Mumbai have recorded highest activity, in terms of supply and absorption, in the year 2016 in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Micro markets of Thane, beyond Thane and Navi Mumbai have recorded a share of 55% in total supply and 52% of total absorption in MMR during 2016, said a PropTiger Datalabs report. These markets have ranked highest on basis of absorption, launches, inventory overhang, and livability Score. The micro-markets of Beyond Thane and Navi Mumbai scored first and second on the basis of total absorption. Markets like Thane (west), Chembur, Dombivali, Mira Road (east) and Powai have emerged as the top performing localities, the report added. “The high cost in the central and western suburbs led to strong preference for peripheral regions where a sizeable supply of residential units in less than Rs 5,000 per sq ft was available. The pockets of Mira Road and beyond, Thane & beyond and beyond Panvel together accounted for 43% of total absorption in 2016,” said Anurag Jhanwar, business head (Consulting and Data Insights), PropTiger.com. The report indicates that Chembur and Powai have emerged as two of the most promising localities in MMR with low inventory overhang levels of 21 months and 24 months respectively. Both Chembur and Powai share good connectivity with the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), one of the major commercial centers in Mumbai. The report further indicates that South Mumbai continues to be ranked highest on the livability score; and also showcased the highest % price change. Badlapur East and Ambernath East are the preferred choice for the middle-income group of home buyers. The availability of large land parcels at relatively cheaper prices has resulted in large scale developments in the vicinity.
|2017-03-15||Toxic fumes at Diva garbage dump trigger uneasiness among locals - Times of India|
Toxic fumes at Diva garbage dump trigger uneasiness among locals Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 16, 2017, 03.58 AM IST THANE: The toxic fumes released due to the burning of illegally dumped garbage at Diva and its neighbouring areas has triggered a scare for thousands of families residing in the area as they have been complaining of uneasiness, burning sensation in the eyes and nauseating smell. This problem has been going on since the last few days. Many residents have also complained of breathlessness. Residents have alleged that some miscreants have been reportedly burning garbage at isolated areas along the city fringes, leading to smoke enveloping the entire township, especially at night. This has triggered a lot of panic among locals, especially after a few incidents of illegal burning of trash had left several residents ill in 2015 as well. "We have been noticing the dense smoke in the air at night which could possibly be due to some burning of trash. The air gets cloudy by late evening and at times it is even difficult to drive down this stretch. Political parties that had promised to end the garbage menace, if voted to power, are now silent," said Adesh Bhagat, a resident of Diva. A resident of Khardi which is close to the dumping yard said that a few residents have complained of irritation in the eyes and itchy skin. The situation is more or less the same all through the year as the TMC dumps trash at the isolated spots in Khardi daily, residents claimed. A civic official from the disaster management cell who attended the call said that some miscreants discreetly dumped the garbage in the town and must have set it ablaze. "There is nothing to worry about. The situation should ease once the administration starts implementing the scientific disposal of garbage at Daighar yard," said a civic officer. Meanwhile, this is the third incident in Diva since the last 15 months. A chemical leak was reported at one of the dumping grounds in December 2015. This had forced residents to flee their homes and take shelter in adjoining areas as they had feared it was a gas leak. It was later found that some miscreants had illegally emptied chemicals in a huge pit dug near the TMC dumping ground in Davle village that caused a reaction and led to a fire with thick smoke.
|2017-03-15||Despite drop in pollution level, locals continue to inhale toxic air - NYOOOZ|
Despite drop in pollution level, locals continue to inhale toxic air TOI Thane Thu,16 Mar 2017 THANE: According to the data collected by the Thane Municipal Corporation's Air Quality Monitoring Stations acros the city there has been a slight dip in the pollution levels. Though the levels have dropped to a meager 82 from 88 g/m3, the air quality has began rising in the last few months.But despite this slight clarity in the air, the children, expecting mothers and the elderly citizens in the lake city could be at a risk of suffering from respiratory illness due to sharp deterioration in the air quality caused by a mix of dust kicked up by construction work, vehicular emissions and industrial smoke.A combination of factors including the construction of new roads and flyovers being undertaken by the TMC and the MMRDA, besides the steady onslaught of toxic fumes that is emitted from the increased vehicles and work on the construction sites at almost every junction could lead to acute respiratory diseases and chronic pulmonary ailments in the citizens."The heavy showers during the monsoon resulted in a decrease in pollution levels in the air and the water bodies. The other initiatives such as tree plantation campaign, cleanliness drive, drainage cleaning and other green activities organised by the municipal corporation must have also contributed in reducing the finite air particles and lowering of the toxic air quality. However, vehicles remain the main pollutant in the city, but hopefully the pollution levels will be within the permissible limits all through the year," said Manisha Pradhan, pollution control officer at the Thane Municipal Corporation.The permissible limit of the RSPM is 100 grams per metric cube (g/m3) which has increased in the last two months."Though there is an increase in the average RSMP, the air quality this year, which is far better than it was in the first few months of 2016." (see box) .While civic officials assert that one of the main reasons for the slight drop in pollution levels were the good rains last year, the other green initiatives must have also helped in clearing the air.Environmentalists believe that though nature will continue its course in making the environment livable, the civic body and the locals should also compe up with projects to keep the environment cleaner."Every monsoon the rains clear the air and this pollution rises once again. We need to find innovative solutions to reduce the air toxicity instead of waiting for the monsoon. The BMC has tied up with NEERI and set up air purifiers at various congested traffic junctions.
|2017-03-14||Thane: Lying idle 'world class' sports complex already in mess! - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Lying idle 'world class' sports complex already in mess! By Suresh Golani Mar 14, 2017 08:28 am Mira-Bhayander: Still waiting to be thrown open for sports lovers, budding players and local citizens, the sports complex in Bhayandar which stands completed for the past more than three years is a testimony to the manner in which public funds are going down the drain. Meanwhile, the indefinite sit-in agitation launched by social crusader Pradeep Jangam to protest Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) apathy, has entered its eighth day on Monday. Jangam has demanded immediate commencement of sporting activities at the complex. Housing a swimming pool, badminton, basketball, squash and indoor game courts, the structure is already in a dilapidated state, this even before its formal inauguration, thus exposing the shoddy work carried out by civic contractors. Cracks and seepages are already visible on the ceiling and walls of the structure. It's the duty of the MBMC to provide infrastructural facility needed for raising cadres of well-trained sportsperson. Unfortunately, the administration and the ruling governance is least bothered,ť alleged Jangam. The much-hyped multicrore sports complex building has been built on a plot earmarked for a playground in Bhayandar (E). Despite multiple attempts, MBMC has failed to attract a single private player to take part in its bidding process for operating and managing the sports complex. We have revised the terms of the contract to make it much attractive for operators to consider an opportunity in the project. We are hopeful of successful participation in the current bid. claimed deputy civic chief Deepak Pujari. After extended rounds of delays, the sports complex was inaugurated in 2014, by NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, albeit symbolically and devoid of needed sports infrastructure. Since then the sports complex is lying abandoned and in an extremely pathetic condition.
|2017-03-14||TMC proposes 25000 sq mts multi-faith burial ground in city - Times of India|
TMC proposes 25000 sq mts multi-faith burial ground in city Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 15, 2017, 02.53 AM IST THANE: The population in lake city has increased in the last few years, however, certain facilities like a an appropriate burial ground has always been a matter of concern to burry the departed soul. To meet this demand, the municipal administration has proposed to develop a mammoth multi-faith crematorium on the outskirts of the Thane. The TMC has identified the land parcel of over 25,000 sq meters in sector 6 in Bhayenderpada area along the Ghodbunder Road which it proposed to be developed into a crematorium ground that will cater to the Hindus, Dawoodi Bohras, Christians, Jews, Lingayats and other communities. The entire plot of land was originally reserved as a green zone would be de-rserved for a muti-faith crematorium and the urban development department has given its go-ahead to the civic administration's proposal in November 2016. The need for a resting place for the departed from various communities was being presented before elected representatives since the last few years. The migration of residents from various faiths into the lake city increased over the years in the city that was once the domain of largely Marathi speaking Hindu residents. The 2011 Census figures state that of the roughly 18 lakh residents of Thane, 73.91% or around 13 lakh residents belong to the Hindu faith while approximately 18 % or 3.3 lakhs follow Islam while 2 % or around 34,000 follow Christianity among others. Accordingly, the need for having a proper burial ground and cemetery facilities for the faiths that had a notable followers in the city was felt since long. Few community members had to take their deceased members to Mumbai or neighbouring cities as there was inadequate burial grounds in the city limits. Members of the Christian community said they had to forego traditional coffins and wrap few bodies in white clothes and bury the dead thanks to the lack of adequate burial space in Thane. "The population of the Christian community is huge in Thane but there was no space for a proper burial ground. The existing space we had was proving inadequate. We had to travel all the way to Sewri for burying the deceased or often bury bodies without the coffin. We have been demanding a proper space for long now," says Jerry David, presidents of Thane Christian Welfare Association. As per the plans, around 8000 sqm space has been allocated for Hindu crematorium and burial grounds (see box) for further details. "The large tract of land was originally a green belt and we have received an approval for using the same for a crematorium. The city population has seen a huge jump in volume of people from other faith and there is a demand for burial place for their deceased. We have proposed to develop the same at sector 6 in Bhayenderpada and the same has been put up for approval of the first general body that will meet next week," said a senior civic official.
|2017-03-14||Thane: 7 private firm staff arrested for stealing Rs 29.7 lakh from ATM - Mid-Day|
Thane: 7 private firm staff arrested for stealing Rs 29.7 lakh from ATM By Agencies Posted 14-Mar-2017 The police arrested seven persons on Monday for allegedly stealing Rs 29.70 lakh from an ATM of a nationalised bank in Bhiwandi, Thane district. Among the accused were employees of a private company that had the contract of refilling cash in the bank's ATMs. The theft took place on the intervening night of March 11 and 12 at an ATM at Anjur Phata, said SD Jadhav, senior inspector of Narpoli police station. During their probe, the police suspected the involvement of someone who knew the password of the ATM's cash box. After questioning employees of the private company who had refilled the ATM, they arrested Vikas Yede, Suresh Kokitkar, Vinod Varade, Nilesh Gotipamul, Mohan Zanze, Rajesh Phulpagare and Irfan Khayum Khan, said Jadhav said. The investigation revealed that the accused had deposited Rs 36 lakh in the ATM on March 11. Late in the night, they returned and stole the money.
|2017-03-14||Five booked for rioting in Thane village - The Hans India|
Five booked for rioting in Thane village Mar 14,2017 , 05:09 PM IST PTI | Thane: Five persons from Antalri village in Kalyan have been booked for rioting after they entered into a scuffle with a group of locals and allegedly assaulted them over 'Holika Dahan' on March 12, police said today. The Manpada police under Dombivili division has registered an offence under sections 326,144,148,149,323, and 504 of the IPC against the accused. According to police, the trouble began after villagers assembled at a spot for 'Holika Dahan' the lighting of a pyre to symbolise the cremation of evil on the eve of Holi on March 12, and began discussions on who would ultimately begin the ritual. Earlier, this privilege was given to village Police Patil Laxman Patil but he died a year ago, the police complaint said. This time, two brothers from the village Jayendra Hari Patil and Mahendra Hari Patil expressed their desire to take forward the ritual but assembled locals pointed out that the grandson of the late Police Patil was present at the gathering and hence he should be given preference. Enraged, some friends of the brother-duo allegedly attacked opposing locals leaving complainant Vishwas Dinkar Mhatre and his sister badly injured in the incident. Police then booked five persons, Sukhdeo Tukaram Patil, Dyandeo Tukaram Patil, Manohar Tukaram Patil, Ramdas Ratan Patil and Subash Vasant Patil in connection with the incident but no arrests have been made so far.
|2017-03-14||Thane Municipal Transport launches mobile app for commuters' convenience - Times of India|
Thane Municipal Transport launches mobile app for commuters Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 15, 2017, 02.50 AM IST THANE: Commuters can now get real-time location of Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) buses plying on various routes within the city and Mumbai routes on their cellphones. Thane mayor, Meenakshi Shinde, on Tuesday, launched a live tracking system for all TMT buses called whereismytmtbus that will not only update the user about the bus number to his/her destination but also update its expected arrival time, nearest bus stop and fare for the specific route. The initiative is part of the digitizing process of the undertaking that has been for long earned an ill-repute for its poor services in the city. According to the plans, a passenger who has downloaded the free-to-use application on his/her cellphone can get information of the nearest bus stop from his/her location. After putting in the destination, the user will also be able to know the exact time when a bus to the desired destination will arrive along with the route it will take. Along with the travel fare to the destination, a commuter is also likely to get information about seat availability in the bus, said Sudhir raut, TMT manager. The entire mapping of all the 250 buses, including the AC and non-AC that ply daily on the around 74 routes of the TMT have been latched onto the facility now will be monitored from the Neelkanth bus station. The entire system has been developed by a Mumbai-based tech consultant who will help the undertaking operate the system from its command and control station. Not just stopping at bus mapping, commuters can also book tickets on their routes and renew their bus passes using this app. The undertaking has around 430 buses presently of which nearly 250 buses ply on several routes within and outside Thane city. However, regular commuters have been complaining of delayed buses with services on few routes running at an interval of nearly 30 minutes.
|2017-03-14||Temperature up but Thane pets, strays stay cool - Times of India|
Temperature up but Thane pets, strays stay cool Updated: Mar 15, 2017, 02.55 AM IST THANE: With the mercury rising, citizens are doing all that they can to not just keep their pets comfortable but also help strays in their area to get respite from the scorching heat. From feeding them cold juices, fruits and ice creams to taking them out for early morning and post sunset walks, citizens are doing their best to help their furry friends beat the heat. In an attempt to keep them cool internally, many animal lovers in the city are not only taking the necessary precautions for their own pets, but are also keeping a number of water bowls for strays in their vicinity. Sameet Ghone, one such animal lover and resident of Vrindavan Society, said, "I have a Golden Retriever and I realised how badly the heat affected her only when I observed that she left her favourite mattress and claimed a permanent spot under the fan. In order to make her feel a little more at ease we have started giving her a lot of cooling foods such as bananas, pineapples and watermelon. She also loves fresh fruit juices, and ice-cream. We ensure that she drinks sufficient water every day." Rajshree Shah, a Panchpakhadi resident said that she carries a few bottles of water while she takes her pet out for walks. "As the afternoon heat makes the ground very hot to walk on barefoot, I take my four-year-old Labrador for walks around sunrise and after sunset only. On both the occasions, I carry a few bottles of water and fill up the small containers I have kept for strays in and around my area," she said. Animal activists from the city said that any pet should not be tied out of the house or made to work out or given heavy meals between 10am and 5pm. "Locking up a pet at home in this heat could cause heat strokes, dehydration and suffocation. Owners of dogs with a lot of fur like German Shepherd, Alsatians, etc should ensure that they are kept under a roof and preferably have air-conditioned rooms. Additionally, they should be given light food or else they will end up throwing up," said one such city-based animal activist. Locking up a pet at home in this heat could cause heat strokes, dehydration and suffocation. Owners of dogs with a lot of fur like German Shepherd, Alsatians, etc should ensure that they are kept under a roof and preferably have air-conditioned rooms. Additionally, they should be given light food or else they will end up throwing up. Any pet should not be tied out of the house or made to work out or given heavy meals between 10am and 5pm
|2017-03-14||2 get life term for murdering employer in 2014 - NYOOOZ|
2 get life term for murdering employer in 2014 TOI Thane Wed,15 Mar 2017 THANE: Two men have been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for killing their employer in Bhiwandi in 2014.Additional sessions judge P P Jadhav also fined the convicts, Venugopal Rasmal (28) and Ambadas Porandala (30), Rs 10,000 each.Prosecutor Vineet Kulkarni informed the Thane district sessions court that the duo had killed Rajeshyam Kusma, who used to obtain contracts of filling yarn on beams used in powerlooms, because he had defaulted on payment of a personal loan of Rs 15,000.The duo strangled Kusma with a nylon rope, stuffed the body in the gunny bag and disposed it off. The body was found on September 29, 2014.During investigation, police found incriminating articles in the two employees ' rooms and later also learnt about the Rs 15,000 loan. "The pieces of cotton and plastic rope found in the gunny bag and in the duo's rooms are of the same hue, design and physical parameter.
|2017-03-13||8 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants held from Kopri, Navi Mumbai - Times of India|
8 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants held from Kopri, Navi Mumbai Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 14, 2017, 04.08 AM IST THANE: The anti-human trafficking cell (AHTC) of the Thane police have arrested eight Bangladeshi nationals from Kopri and Navi Mumbai for illegally staying in the city. The police had received a tip-off from a history sheeter about the illegal immigrants living in the area. The history sheeter, Rasel Shaikh, was recenly arrested from Kopri. He spilled the beans about his aides who were living illegally in the city. The cops then formed teams and raided places in Kopri and Navi Mumbai. "When we asked them to show their identity proof, they failed to provide any documents like pan card, Aadhar card, etc. They also did not have their passports on them. So, we arrested them and are checking if there are more people involved in this," said Ravindra Daundkar, senior inspector of AHTC. Some of the accused possed debit and credit cards and even mobile phones with activated SIM cards. All the accused are from different villages falling under Nadail district of Bangladesh. The police said that it is mandatory for locals to inform the cops about the presence of any foreigners in their area. But if it found that locals are helping them then even they will be booked, Daundkar said. All the arrested accused have been booked under Sections 14(a), (c) of the Foreigners Act, 1946, and Section 3(a), 6 of the Passport(Entry into India) Rule, 1950. A case has been registered against the accused at the Kopri police station. Sources from the police department said that areas neighbouring Thane have been under the radar as there has been a growing influx of illegal immigrants, especially from Bangladesh. Sources from the police department said that areas neighbouring Thane have been under the radar as there has been a growing influx of illegal immigrants, especially from Bangladesh.
|2017-03-13||Youth add a sweet touch to Holi - Times of India|
Youth add a sweet touch to Holi Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Mar 14, 2017, 04.16 AM IST THANE: It was a sweet surprise for the elderly as a bunch of youngsters decided to celebrate the festival of colours with them by offering puran polis. Senior citizens living away from their loved ones in old age homes celebrated Holi with the members of an NGO Plants and Animals Welfare Society (PAWS). The youngsters had decided to celebrate the festival on a different note. So, instead of throwing colours and spraying water on friends and relatives, they went to old age homes and distributed Holi sweetmeats. Besides old age homes, they also distributed puran polis to beggars, fruit vendors and at orphanages. "We asked locals to give us puran polis so that we could distribute them among those who really are in need of it and cannot celebrate the festival with their loved ones. Usually people offer these delicacies to the Holika, which is just burnt and turns into ash. So we requested the residents to offer just one puran poli to the Holika and give the rest to us. We collected 260 puran polis and distributed it to orphans, senior citizens and beggars in Mumbra, Kalwa, Dombivli and other areas of the city," said Nilesh Bhanage, founder of PAWS. Senior citizens were happy to get homemade Holi delicacies. But what made them more happy and content was that they could celebrate the festival with someone. "I got to know about the initiative through my friend. So I collected a few polis from my neighbours and friends and went to celebrate the festival with the NGO members. We visited an old age home in Dombivli. The grandmothers and grandfathers couldn't stop smiling when they saw us. They mentioned how after years they were celebrating the festival with someone. They described about the times they celebrated it with their families. They had tears in their eyes when they went back in time describing about how they used to celebrate the festival. We fed the polis to them with our hands as we kept listening to their childhood stories," said Sadhana Sabharwal, a volunteer.
|2017-03-13||'Senior TMC officials must be present for general body meets' - Times of India|
'Senior TMC officials must be present for general body meets' Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 14, 2017, 04.13 AM IST THANE: The newly-elected mayor, Meenakshi Shinde, has decided to streamline operations of the general body meetings during her tenure. She has instructed all senior civic officials to remain present for all monthly meetings. Ahead of the first general body meeting of the new board, which is likely to be held on March 20, the mayor has sent out letters to all heads of departments to ensure that they or their representatives are present for all the meetings henceforth. Shinde said that the absence of officials, especially during important discussions, in the previous board led to disruptions of several meets and delayed decision making, in addition to wastage of taxpayers' money. Holding a meeting involves spending the money of the taxpayer for various jobs, including printing and despatching of agendas to all corporators, food, electricity and even bhatta for attending the meets. The previous board recorded an expenditure of Rs 45 lakh collectively for arranging such meetings, several of which were disrupted or adjourned due to various reasons—including absence of civic officials. A few meetings, including the discussion on Kalwa CSM hospital in 2015, water issues and town planning issues, were delayed as officials from the respective departments were found missing from the House as they were 'busy' with some official work. The mayor said that officials often claimed to have last minute appointments or meetings. But attending general body meetings is also important as several decisions related to the city and its residents are taken up here and bypassing them will no be advisable. ''Several meetings have been disrupted or adjourned in the past due to absence of civic officials. I have sent letters to the department heads asking them to ensure their presence during the monthly meets. I will check if the letter has made any any impact on the officials and will also check if there is any provision to take any action against those who are absent often,'' said Shinde. The mayor is expecting good attendance from corporators also. ''I am in talks with senior party leaders to ensure that their corporators remain present for the meetings also,'' said Shinde. Several meetings have been disrupted or adjourned in the past due to absence of civic officials. I have sent letters to the department heads asking them to ensure their presence during the monthly meets. I will check if the letter has made any any impact on the officials and will also check if there is any provision to take any action against those who are absent often
|2017-03-11||Central Railway plans special traffic block at Karjat station - Times of India|
Central Railway plans special traffic block at Karjat station Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Mar 11, 2017, 10.03 AM IST THANE: Central Railway will operate a special traffic block at Karjat station on Up and Down lines from 10.40 AM to 14.40 PM on Saturday. Train services from Thane and Mumbai towards Karjat will be affected for four hours today due to the special traffic block. Cst-Karjat and Thane-Karjat locals expected to arrive and depart at Karjat during this time will be operated till and from Bhivpuri road, while mail express trains will be diverted via Karjat-Panvel-Diva route. Karjat locals leaving CST at 08.29 hrs, 09.38 hrs, 10.36 hrs and 11.05 hrs will be run up to Bhivpuri Road. Karjat local leaving Thane at 10.48 hrs and 12.11 hrs will be run up to Bhivpuri Road while the Karjat local leaving CST at 09.08 hrs will be run up to Ambarnath. CST local leaving Karjat at 11.19 hrs, 12.01 hrs and 13.00 hrs will run from Bhivpuri Road. Thane locals leaving Karjat at 10.35 hrs, 12.21 hrs & 13.27 hrs will run from Bhivpuri Road while the CST local leaving Karjat at 13.57 hrs will run from Ambarnath. 17032 Hyderabad-Mumbai Express, Train No. 11042 Chennai -Mumbai Express and Train No. 11014 Coimbatore - Mumbai Express will be diverted via Karjat-Panvel-Diva route and will be given a special halt at Diva only for today "Passengers are requested to bear with the Railway Administration for the inconvenience caused due to this block," informed a railway officer.
|2017-03-11||Nearly 15 of 35 lakes in Thane city found with excessive toxins ... - Times of India|
Nearly 15 of 35 lakes in Thane city found with excessive toxins, marine life at stake: TMC study Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 12, 2017, 12.52 AM IST THANE: A study conducted by the pollution control department of the TMC reveals that the excessive discharge of sewage water and pollutants are threatening to destroy the marine ecosystem in majority of the lakes in the city. Nearly 15 of the 35 water bodies in Thane were found to have contained excessive limits of contaminants. The pollution control department surveyed quality of water in all the lakes in the city since the last one year and collated the readings to identify the most contaminated lakes in Thane with Siddehswar lake recording the highest volume of pollutants. The water bodies at Masunada, Siddheshwar, Kausa, Diva, Shil, Kolshet to name a few had the highest volume of nitrate and phosphate content that activists confirmed could easily harm marine life inside it (see box). Experts said such high level of metals in the water could produce water weeds easily that could impact growth of other vegetation inside the particular natural body. One of the main reasons for the degradation of water in the natural bodies is the rampant dumping of waste, sewage water in them including the feedings of bread crumbs in the lakes. Also, the frequent concretization of the lake walls and bed should also be stopped and percolation of ground water and natural springs should be allowed to keep the oxygen levels intact in these bodies. "The dumping of food particles like bread crumbs, floral waste is one of the main reasons for the increase in phosphate and nitrate levels that directly promotes chlorophyll," informed environmentalist Dr Prasad Karnik, director of Paryavaran Dakshata mandal. The volume of total dissolved solids was also higher in several of the lakes that is caused by dumping of debris and pollutants in the water bodies. The Kharegaon, Diva, and Mumbreshwar lakes saw the highest impurities in the contents. The pH value of water at Siddheshwar Lake was 12. The value has to be between 6.5-8.5mg/ litre else it can turn the water quality as acidic or alkaline both which are not recommended, inform officials. Meanwhile, the quantum of pollutants in some of the lakes was also high wherein the pH at Siddheshwar while the chemical oxygen demand at the Kolshet, Makhmali and Shivaji nagar lakes was also notches higher than the prescribed limits. The high COD means presence of pollutants in the water that reflects in the unusual rise in demand for oxygen or less oxygen available for the existing bionetwork. The biological oxygen demand was also high in some lakes including the Kharegaon, Gokulnagar, Dativli and Mumbreshwar. Activists have claimed the administration has been completely neglecting the upkeep of the water bodies in the city by allowing rampant dumping and discharge of pollutants into it. When contacted, civic officials said they have started few remedial measures in some of the lakes to ensure they remain healthy and the biodiversity is kept intact using artificial methods of introducing oxygen in them.
|2017-03-11||Four held with banned gutkha worth Rs 80 lakh - Times of India|
Four held with banned gutkha worth Rs 80 lakh Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 11, 2017, 09.37 AM IST THANE: In a major crackdown, the anti-narcotics cell of the city police arrested four persons and seized gutkha worth Rs 80 lakh on Friday , the police said. The police had received a tip-off that two trucks carrying the banned products were heading towards Saki Naka. The cops intercepted the trucks at Kharegaon toll post and arrested four persons who were ferrying the goods, assistant inspector Amol Walzade said. A case has been registered with the Kalwa police. "We have arrested the drivers Mohammad Hakim (24), Burekhan (35) and cleaners Nasrul Khan(26) and Kalim Khan(19)," Walzade said.
|2017-03-11||Six from Mulund, 1 from Thane and 1 from Vasai killed in bus-truck mishap - Times of India|
Six from Mulund, 1 from Thane and 1 from Vasai killed in bus-truck mishap Asseem Shaikh & Mateen Hafeez | TNN | Mar 12, 2017, 01.25 AM IST PUNE/MUMBAI: Eleven people, including six from Mulund, one from Thane and one from Vasai, were killed when their minibus collided with a truck at Urali-Kanchan near Pune early on Saturday. Those from Mulund have been identified as the husband-wife duo Vijay Kale (58) and Jyoti Kale (52); the Chavan family—Jaywant (48), his wife Yogita (44) and Revati (13), and Yogesh Lokhande (28). The Thane resident has been identified Kavita Gite (28) and the one from Vasai was Shailaja Pandit (68). Two of the deceased— Pradeep Avchat (49) and wife Sulabha Avchat—were from Junnar near Pune and the driver of the bus, Ketan Pawar (29), who too was killed, was a Solapur resident. The group had hired the 17-seater bus on Friday night to go to Akkalkot in Solapur district. Inspector Bandopant Kondubheri of Loni Kalbhor police station said, "The driver of the bus lost control over the vehicle and hit a wild boar. The bus then collided with a truck that was in the opposite lane and headed towards Pune from Solapur. The incident occurred behind Uruli Kanchan police chowkey near Chintamani Hospital, about 32 km from Pune." A neighbour of the Kales, Naagmani Hanchate, said that the couple had no children. They had a business at Vashi's APMC market and a shop in Mulund. The Chavan family, meanwhile, is survived by their son, Herambh (18), who is in Kolhapur pursuing engineering studies. A local grocer who had suggested to the Chavans to go to Akkalkot said, "Since I have been there, I told them I will not go this time. They all were happy and chatted with me last night. It was terrible when I heard about the accident. Jaywant was a vegetable vendor and his daughter Rewati was in class VIII." Rajendra, Jaywant's elder brother, who stays in the same building, said, "We came to know about the accident at 10am when a mediaperson came asking about my brother. Our oldest brother has gone to to get the bodies. Herambh has also reached to the hospital." The truck driver, Amol Gaikwad, and cleaner, Sachin Sutar, both from Solapur, are injured. The police had a tough time extricating the bodies. The incident threw traffic out of gear for more than an hour on the Pune-Solapur Highway.
|2017-03-11||NGOs use social media to create awareness about Holi fest - Times of India|
NGOs use social media to create awareness about Holi fest Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Mar 12, 2017, 12.49 AM IST THANE: Almost everyone is active on social media these days. Social networking sites like Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter are the most talked about topics amongst the youth. Taking advantage of this, various non-government organizations in the city are circulating messages to spread awareness message against harming animals with Holi colours and balloons. The NGOs have made sure to spread the message through pictures, videos, messages etc on such platforms. "It is observed that most people guilty of throwing colours and water belong to the age group of 16-25 years. These youth are always active on social media, so it becomes easy to reach out to them and inform them about the ill effects colours can have on the skin and health of the animals. We not only circulate messages, but also have posters which are sent to the youth," said Nilesh Bhanage, founder of Plants and Animals Welfare Society (PAWS). The experts claimed that social media has become a strong platform to spread any kind of message or awareness. It is said that messages spread through such platforms gets warm response. Also, as social media is open to everyone, no one wants to look bad amongst their friends and relatives. The awareness is not only done for animal lovers but also for pet owners instructing them as to how to keep their little ones safe. "People not only play with colours and balloons during these two days, but many even start celebrating a week before. Pet owners should try to keep their pets indoors at least during the two days of the celebration. As a precaution, they should apply coconut oil. Also, some of the symptoms of toxication are frothing, eyes turning red, skin allergy, bleeding from skin etc. In such scenarios, one should make sure that they visit a vet," said Karishma Gupte, veterinarian.
|2017-03-10||Man filmed shooting birds in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Man filmed shooting birds in Thane mumbai Updated: Mar 11, 2017 00:37 IST Badri Chatterjee Hindustan Times Residents of Thane filmed an unidentified man shooting birds from a boat at Ambe Ghosale lake on Friday afternoon. The man killed two Indian Cormorants, a species protected under schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The police have registered a case against an unknown man. Residents telephoned wildlife conservationists around 2.30 pm after noticing the poacher. They started taking videos of the man who realised that he was being filmed and ran into the watchman's cabin. He left his gun behind, and the carcasses of the birds and fled the spot. Wildlife activists found an air gun, pellets and the carcasses of two Indian Cormorants. The birds were taken to Thane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA) where an autopsy was conducted. Even though there were guards at the spot, the accused managed to take a gun into the lake. After he shot the birds and realised he was being filmed, he managed to escape but left behind the gun, pellets and dead birds in cabin of the watchman, who was sleeping inside, said Yaman Tatrem, wildlife activist from NGO Animals and Plants Welfare Trust, Kurla, who attended the distress call along with activist Amey Malegaonkar. The activists informed the local police and forest department about the incident. Officials from the Rabodi police station said that they had filed an offence case but will be filing a first-information-report (FIR) after inspecting the post-mortem report. When we reached the lake, the accused had fled but after interrogating the watchman, we got his basic details. An investigation is being carried out and we will trace the accused soon, said a duty officer from the station. This is third incident in three months where birds have been shot. Two flamingos were rescued by four teenage bird watchers at Mahul creek in Chembur on January 22. Both birds died due to the severe bullet wounds. Two other flamingoes were found injured with pellet wounds on January 13 and 14 at Thane and Vikhroli, respectively. While one succumbed to its injuries on January 24, the other bird lost its life the next day. Forest department officials said that they will increase patrolling along wetlands and lakes to stop the recurring cases. We were informed about the incident on Friday evening. Along with our range forest officers, we will be carrying out an independent enquiry into the matter. We will also be sharing a list of guidelines with residents to inform the forest department in such cases, said Kishore Thakre, deputy conservator of forest, Thane. Wildlife activists were irked with the growing number of bird kills in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. We appreciate the citizens who actively participate in reporting such crimes. While the forest department is understaffed and cannot act early in such situations, there needs to be a proper protocol to nab offenders in such matters, said Pawan Sharma, president, Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW). We will be writing to the forest department to find out the culprit and also ensure such things do not happen in future.
|2017-03-10||Thane software engineer murder: Police to record statements of live-in couple's families - Hindustan Times|
Thane software engineer murder: Police to record statements of live-in couple's families MUMBAI Updated: Mar 10, 2017 13:38 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times After a 30-year-old software engineer was allegedly strangled to death by her live-in partner at Badlapur in Thane on?Wednesday, the police plans to record their families’ statements. The incident occurred after they had a fight over the issue of their marriage, police said on Thursday. The cops have also seized their clothes and sent them to the forensic lab. The engineer has been identified as Punam Punyakar Gajbhiye and belongs to Nashik. She was living in Badlapur since the past three years and worked with an IT firm at Kanjurmarg in Mumbai, police said. Punam’s partner Vijay Sanjay Jharkad,22, was a mobile repairer and was residing with her from the past six months at Badlapur. Vijay strangled Punam with her scarf late on Wednesday after she told him that she will not be able to continue the relationship with him as her family members were against it. After the incident, Jharkad locked the door and fled from the spot to his friend’s place. The 22-year-old met his friend in a nearby area and told him about the murder. His friend soon alerted the police and Vijay arrested. Vijay is in police custody till March 11. After the post mortem, Punam’s body was handed over to her family and they have taken it to Nashik for final rights. Vijay’s parents have told the police that their son was in a relationship with Punam and that he used to often tell them about her at home. His parents added that the couple was planning on getting married this year. M Polekar, investigation police officer said, “We are in the process of recording statements of both the couple parents. The building in which they recently shifted to has been newly constructed and that apart from their room all other flats were locked (not sold). We are waiting for the forensic report. The watchman said he did not know much about the couple as they entered at irregular times and he just saw them enter the building.”
|2017-03-10||Planning for waterways from Thane may start soon - Times of India|
Planning for waterways from Thane may start soon Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 11, 2017, 12.35 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) authorities have invited consultants to submit their feasibility report on the ambitious waterways project. The project when implemented will connect Thane with Vasai, Kalyan and Bhiwandi towns, saving a lot of commuting time. "We have called for proposals from consultants who will help us design the DPR. The consultant will be finalized within 15 days who will submit the technical-feasibility analysis following which we will get into fund allocations and execution mode," additional city engineer Anil Patil told TOI. "We have called for proposals from consultants who will help us design the DPR. The consultant will be finalized within 15 days who will submit the technical-feasibility analysis following which we will get into fund allocations and execution mode," additional city engineer Anil Patil told TOI. The waterways transport system is said to be the pet project of municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal who had presented a draft plan to the state and the Centre last year and had secured their in-principle approval. Initially, it was planned to build a water transport network connecting South Mumbai to Thane, but the civic administration revisited its plans and is eager to develop jetties at Gaimukh, Kolshet, Kopri to name a few along the city shores and connect them to nearby cities like Vasai and Kalyan. The TMC and participating agencies like neighbouring corporations or the Mumbai Maritime Board will develop jetties at certain spots along the creek skirting the city to start the routes using catmarans, speed boats, etc. A cursory estimate by civic officials puts the density of commuters between these cities to be in lakhs well enough to necessitate and patronise the alternate mode of transport. Presently, these commuters have to use the rail and road networks. The waterway could prove to be a comparitively cheaper option, feel officials. A civic officer illustrates saying if a resident from Gaimukh wants to travel to Kalyan, it takes nearly over an hour presently to complete the roughly 40 kms or an equally time consuming and inconvenient bone crunching travel by train. In comparison, the water link will cut down the distance by over half and also clear up the road stretch as well, says the officer. If there is a launch service, it will also help carry his vehicle on board the way it is operated in few countries abroad and Goa closer home. "The city has a vast shoreline and exploring the same for transportation seems to be a viable option. We are looking at implementing this transport mode at the earliest and are in the process of preparing a detailed project report for now. This new mode of transport will considerably reduce strain on the existing modes of transport and also reduce air and noise pollution," said Jaiswal. The TMC expects the detailed project report to be ready by June end following which the execution will be taken up. A senior officer said they will approach the state and other agencies like the Mumbai Maritime Board, environment ministry and the surface and water transport ministry for funding the project.
|2017-03-10||Two Indian cormorant birds found shot dead near Castle Mill - Times of India|
Two Indian cormorant birds found shot dead near Castle Mill Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Mar 11, 2017, 01.08 AM IST THANE: Two Indian Cormorant birds were found shot dead at Ambe Ghosale Lake in Castle Mill area on Friday. A resident of Castle Mill spotted a man in a boat in the middle of the lake shooting the birds. The resident immediately contacted the NGO Animal and Plants Welfare Trust. "We received a call at 2.45pm and reached the spot within 15 minutes. We spotted a man outside the watchman's cabin. On seeing us he fled from the scene. Even though we could not trace him, we found the dead birds near the lake. The air gun was hidden in the cabin of the watchman, who was fast asleep at the time of the incident," said Yaman Tatre, a member of the NGO. The NGO then called the forest department and Rabodi police, who then registered a case against the accused under the Wildlife protection Act. According to environmentalists these birds are commonly found in fresh water bodies. They feed on fresh water fish and are often hunted for their meat by locals. "There is a lot of demand for exotic or unique white meat. So the incidents of poaching are on the rise," said Pawan Sharma, founder of Wildlife NGO RAWW. This is the second such incident this year. Two flamingos were shot dead in February.
|2017-03-10||On the trail of iPhone robbers, Thane cops bust interstate gang - Mumbai Mirror|
On the trail of iPhone robbers, Thane cops bust interstate gang By Gargi VermaGargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror | Mar 10, 2017, 04.05 AM Four of the arrested accused with the police The gang was responsible for thefts at Apple, Dell godowns in Bhiwandi. On the trail of persons responsible for ransacking an Apple and a Dell godown in Bhiwandi two months ago, Thane police busted a nine-member gang of robbers involved in interstate thefts. The accused were picked up from various villages near the Maharashtra-Karnataka border in Gulbarga. Police recovered 86 mobile phones and 54 laptops, amid valuables worth Rs 90 lakhs, from the gang which apparently carried out robberies in Mumbai, Nasik, Hyderabad and other cities. According to the police, the men identified as Gangaram Chauhan (30), Puru Rathod (24), Santosh Rathod (19), Roshan Rathod (20), Anand Jadhaw (20), Sharan Sahurkar (31), Genu Chauhan (39), Sanjay Bula (34) and Kiran Chauhan (27) had broken into the Apple godown and stole around 95 IPhone 7s and 50 IPads. After a Dell showroom in the same area was struck on January 25, investigators were struck by similarities in the gang's operation. While investigating, we realised that the modus operandi of attacking the guard, tying him up and then conducting the robbery was same in both the instances. There were also other similarities like the number of men and the time of attack,ť explained Manoj Patil, DCP, Bhiwandi. Cops also realised that both these locations had recently received a new batch of goods which were delivered by the same logistics company. Upon investigation, it was revealed that one of the pick-up truck drivers from that agency had not reported for work since January 25. Retrieving his mobile phone number, the cops then managed to trace the person's location to a village in Karnataka, sources said. However, in February, when the Kongaon Police, along with the local police, raided the place, they were attacked and the accused fled the area. We realised that we will have to catch them individually, so using the help of local police we managed to lay a trap on one of them, Gangaram Chauhan and arrested him from his village in Karnataka,ť explained Kongaon senior inspector Mangesh Sawant. During questioning, Chauhan soon disclosed the modus operandi and the details of the other men involved. He told us how one of them would work as a driver in logistics companies to identify the next target. He also gave us the address and location of all the other accused, said Sawant. Based on the information, the Bhiwandi and Gulbarga police managed to nab all nine of them from two different villages near Gulbarga along with some of the stolen items, which they hadn't manage to sell off, sources said. They had hidden the items in the lofts and kitchens. They were lying low as they knew one of their gang members had been arrested,ť said Sawant. The men have been booked under sections 454 (house breaking), 457(house breaking by night), 380(Theft in dwelling house) of Indian Penal Code and have been sent to police custody for 10 days.
|2017-03-10||Man kills live-in partner in Thane - The Asian Age|
Man kills live-in partner in Thane PTI Published: Mar 10, 2017, 10:36 am IST Updated: Mar 10, 2017, 10:36 am IST The family of the victim was not in favour of the accused marrying her as there was a disparity between their educational qualifications. Thane: A 25-year-old mobile phone repair shop owner has been arrested for allegedly killing his live-in partner, an IT engineer, police said on Thursday. The accused, Vijay Jharkad and the victim, a 30-year-old IT engineer a divorcee, were in a live-in relationship and staying in Badlapur, Inspector J A Agarkar said. On the night of March 7, the accused came home and was to take his dinner when the victim's sister called up. Later, there was a quarrel between the couple. The family of the victim was not in favour of the accused marrying her as there was a disparity between their educational qualifications (Jharkad was 12th passed), he said. On the same night, Jharkad strangled his live-in partner to death, locked the house from outside and went to his friend and informed him about the crime, Agarkar said. Police later arrested Jharkad based on the information given by his friend and booked him under IPC section 302 (murder).
|2017-03-09||Commuters do a tit for tat to Thane Municipal Transport's years of disregard - Times of India|
Commuters do a tit for tat to Thane Municipal Transport Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 9, 2017, 07.33 AM IST THANE: Faulty planning of routes, erratic frequency coupled with ill-maintenance of buses is apparently drawing passengers away from using the Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) services to other modes of transport even though the undertaking has strengthened its fleet. A comparative study of the passenger volume by the TMT management over the last four years shows around 72,500 passengers or a volume equal to the carrying capacity of nearly 18,000 fleet cabs or 36,000 bikes have stopped using the services since 2013. The average daily passenger count of TMT has shrunk to barely 1.68 lakhs in 2016 compared to around 2.40 lakhs recorded in 2013. Experts say the undertaking is fast losing its valued commuters while the management seems to be casual about the situation. It is worth noting the undertaking had added nearly 40 buses to its fleet in the 2015-16 fiscal, but that also didn't help cut down the commuter loss. Experts attribute this mainly to buses plying on wrong routes saying the undertaking is operating long haul routes outside the city completely neglecting those within the city. Each bus that travels out of the city to Mumbai takes nearly 2.5-3 hours to return and considering that nearly 50 buses ply on this section daily, the impact is often felt in the city where commuters are left to the mercy of autos, private buses or own vehicles. The population of Thane, especially along GB road, has seen an increase of nearly 2-3 lakhs over the last two years as new sectors opened up gates for real estate development. However, these far flung areas remain to be poorly connected. Of the existing fleet of 353, the undertaking manages to barely operate 200-225 buses daily which is also one of the big reasons for a slump in passenger counts. "The wait for TMT buses is often for over 30 minutes. There are several buses plying the Thane-Borivli route but there aren't enough buses servicing internal areas like Patlipada village, Waghbil, Majiwada, etc and passengers have to often alight or board at the junctions. Also, the buses operated by the TMT are in extremely bad conditions with seats torn or wobbly, jammed windows, making it a risky affair," complains Smriti Khushlani, a resident of GB road. Interestingly, while the administration is looking the other way, other modes of travel like fleet cabs and personal mode of travel including public transport buses from neighbouring corporations like Navi Mumbai, Mira Bhayender, Vasai, and Mumbai seem be doing a flourishing business here at the expense of the city transport service. "The BEST alone earns around Rs 15 lakhs and has nearly 18 routes operating within and cutting through the city," informs a transport officer. The TMT management has apparently consistently failed to deliver over the last few years as despite several out of the turn revenue boost administered by the TMC. The Rs 253 crore public transport budget for fiscal year 2016-17 banks heavily on TMC grants and also heralds the trend of outsourcing premises for earning revenue. When contacted, Sudhir Raut, transport manager at the TMT agreed to the drop in passenger volume and promised to take a fresh analysis of demand from the developing areas. "We will survey the routes and get a latest idea of the demand on certain routes. The drop in passengers could also be due to influx of private buses plying illegally along the GB road."
|2017-03-09||Thane: College seeks increased cop presence to protect girls from leering men - Mid-Day|
Thane: College seeks increased cop presence to protect girls from leering men By Faisal Tandel Posted 29 minutes ago The AE Kalsekar college in Mumbra. Fed up of local miscreants who drive rashly and leer at female students, the Daar trustees of AE Kalsekar College in Mumbra have approached the Thane police commissioner to increase police presence outside college, in order to have a safe environment for the girls. The Daar-ul-Rehmat Trust's members were tired of sending letters and complaining to the Mumbra police, who allegedly did not take any action. Fed up with the same, they approached the Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh on March 2, to give him a letter, asking for increased police presence. No anti-social elements: "We have around 1,800 students in the college, which includes mostly girls. We see to it that the campus is clean and without any anti-social elements. But we want the outside premises be clean as well and devoid of anti-social elements, as the girl students should reach safely," said Zuber Raul, managing director of the trust who made the appeal to increase the police presence or deploy two police personnel. The letter states that people who mostly roam outside the college premises are spoiling the atmosphere and safety of the students. "Most of the outsiders create the main problem when they roam around with loud music in their car and drive rashly on motorcycles to impress girls. We informed the senior inspector of Mumbra police several times, but he is not ready to help. Since it is a social issue, this time we approached the commissioner. Many students inform us about the miscreants and we are held responsible for anything that happens in the college. But what if something happens outside. The police should take quick steps to end the problem," added Raul. Cops take action: Speaking about the letter, Singh told mid-day, "I have received the letter and already informed the DCP to take quick steps regarding the complaint." DCP Abhishek Trimukhe said, "We have increased the police presence near the college premises. Soon after the civic elections on February 21, we have deployed two personnel to monitor the area so that no anti-social incidents take place."
|2017-03-09||Woman software engineer strangled by live-in partner in Thane's Badlapur - Hindustan Times|
Woman software engineer strangled by live-in partner in Thane's Badlapur mumbai Updated: Mar 09, 2017 14:09 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times, Badlapur (Maharashtra) Mobile phone mechanic Vijay Sanjay Jharkad (left), who allegedly killed his live-in partner Punam Punyakar Gajbhiye, in Badlapur city in Maharashtra's Thane district. Software engineer Punam Punyakar Gajbhiye strangled by live-in partner in Thane's Badlapur city.Vijay Sanjay Jharkad allegedly murdered her after she tried to end the relationship due to her family's disapproval. The couple used to fight often.Punam's body was sent for post-mortem and then handed over to her family for last rites. A 30-year-old software engineer was strangled to death by her live-in partner after they had a fight over the issue of their marriage in Badlapur of Maharashtra's Thane district on Wednesday, police said on Thursday. The engineer has been identified as Punam Punyakar Gajbhiye and belongs to Nashik. She was living in Badlapur since the past three years and worked with an IT firm at Kanjurmarg in Mumbai, police said. Vijay Sanjay Jharkad strangled Punam with her scarf late on Wednesday after she told him that she will not be able to continue the relationship with him as her family members were against it.After the incident, Jharkad locked the door and fled from the spot to his friend's place. The 22-year-old met his friend in a nearby area and told him about the murder. Vijay's friend alerted us and soon we rushed to the spot and in a few hours, we caught Vijay. He will be produced in court today (Thursday), an officer at the Badlapur west police station said. Punam met Jharkad, a mobile repairer in Badlapur, a few years ago and got into a live-in relationship with him. Both were staying in the same room which had been bought by Punam six months ago. They were staying together from the past two and a half years and it was after Punam's family came to know about them they used to have arguments and fight every second day, deputy commissioner of police (Zone 4) Sunil Bhardwaj said. Punam, who earned well, took care of Jharkad and his daily expenses and had also invested in his mobile shop. Bhardwaj added that Punam had divorced her husband three years ago and was living with Jharkad and initially her parents, who live in Mumbai, did not know about their relationship. But when they came to know about Jharkad, they objected to it and asked Punam to come to Mumbai. We have arrested the accused and he has confessed to the crime. Apart from that, he also confessed to having daily quarrels over their marriage, investigation officer, M Polekar, said. Punam's body was sent to the Central Hospital for post-mortem and her family was alerted about the incident. Her body has been handed over to her family for final rights. Jharkad was arrested under section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
|2017-03-09||Over 11K students make it to round 1 of RTE admission - Times of India|
Over 11K students make it to round 1 of RTE admission Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Mar 10, 2017, 01.48 AM IST THANE: Azad Nagar resident N Kature, who was worried about his son's school admission could finally breath a sigh of relief after his five year old's admission application was selected in all the four schools he had applied for in the first lottery round of the Right to Education (RTE) process on Monday. Out of a 29,142 RTE applications in Thane district this year, 11,115 were selected in the first round of the lottery system on Monday. On March 9, as many as 89 students secured admission under the RTE Act in Thane district. "I couldn't afford the increasing fees that the good schools these days have. But at the same time I wanted my son to receive good education. So, I applied in the under the 25% RTE quota which is reserved for the economically weaker section. I included good schools like DAV, Saraswati, Orchid and St. Mary's in my list of preferences and was over the moon when my son's name showed up on all the school's lists," Kature said. Once the selection lists were released on Tuesday, the parents of the applicants were sent an SMS informing them about the news. There was a bee line in front of all the schools to complete the admission process. As the number of selected applications, which add up to 11, 115, has increased by almost 4,000 as compared to last year's 7,337 , district education officials peg the rise in these numbers to the extra efforts they have taken this year. "We have taken additional steps this year to ensure that parents are in the loop of the entire process and have submitted their documents properly. We have also set up a number of help desks to guide them and have organised workshops in each block in the district. We have even put advertisements in the newspapers. Besides, parents were also informed through a text message," said an official at the Thane ZP. The selected students will have to visit their school and complete the admission procedure by March 15.
|2017-03-09||NCP corporator Milind Patil becomes Leader of Oppn - Times of India|
NCP corporator Milind Patil becomes Leader of Oppn Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 10, 2017, 01.46 AM IST THANE: NCP corporator from Kalwa Milind Patil was appointed as the leader of opposition in the 131-member general body of the TMC. Patil, who has been a three-time corporator from panel 23 A in Kalwa, was chosen as the leader of Opposition as the party wanted a fresh face to lead the Opposition. Patil is known to be a loyal activist and is close to party MLA Jitendra Awhad for consistently delivering on several civic issues. The 44-year-old corporator with a technical background hails from the Agari community and holds a sway over his party colleagues and also among those from rival camps. Patil had bagged nearly 15,000 votes which was way ahead of his rival from the Shiv Sena who was lagging behind with 9,000 votes in the recently-concluded 2017 civic polls. The suave corporator is also known for his aggressive style in the House when debating issues and was also vocal about the recurring incidents of corporators being targeted, following builder Suraj Parmar suicide case. Patil has set his eyes on the issue of water mismanagement and dilapidated buildings plaguing the areas that come under the corporation. "Along with forming a strong opposition that will keep a tab on the ruling party and the administration, I also plan to pursue the fast implementation of cluster development in Thane and solve water management issues," he said.
|2017-03-09||Thane Municipal Corporation to train residents to ... - Times of India - Times of India|
Thane Municipal Corporation to train residents to tackle emergencies Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 10, 2017, 01.42 AM IST THANE: With an intention to be self equipped in the time of an emergency, the administration has plans to train local residents who could help alleviate the situation before help arrives at any of the distress calls in the city. Volunteers from the high-rises as also working class boroughs would be identified and imparted training in emergency response and urgent rescue work in the event of any unforeseen disaster in the area, a civic bureaucrat said. The efforts, he claimed, were to build an extensive network of citizen volunteers who would partner with the administration and would be a great assistance to mitigate the risks in the initial period. The officials from the disaster management cell of the TMC will conduct workshops in the premises of the housing complexes to equip the volunteers with basic training on their response, communication with the authorities and small measures to deal with medical emergencies. The women folk will be informed on the dos and donts in a situation of a possible gas leaks, short circuits, slab collapses. Residents, especially, women, end up waiting to call the rescue teams or their relatives which often takes up time. The idea is to empower them with the skills to tackle such emergencies even before help arrives. However, with major roads blocked in the city due to several civic works going on, the response time to such disasters often is late. Such delays to attend rescue calls not only escalates the magnitude of the disaster at the spot but also causes considerable panic among local residents. An informative session was conducted by the disaster management cell and the fire brigade for residents of Runwal Plaza in Vartak Nagar last weekend wherein residents were given tips in handling disasters like gas leaks, short circuits, slab collapses etc. Officials attending such rescue calls say there needs to be basic sensitization about handling such incidents like what to use when there is a blaze. "The dousing mechanism for an electricity-related fire is different from one that is ignited due to a gas leak or a stray lighted matchstick and that is what needs to be ingrained in the residents. Also, certain restrictions like not using lifts during fire or switching off mains of gas lines needs to be imparted to residents which will be conveyed through interactive sessions," said an official. "We want residents to volunteer in times of distress and ensure the panic is reduced at the site. We are appealing residents to reach us to arrange such informative sessions in their respective enclaves," says Santosh Kadam, chief of the regional disaster management cell at Thane. Over 2,000 calls of disasters have been recorded till last month including short circuits, slab collapse, LPG gas leakages from various parts of the city. A cursory glance through rescue calls reveals that nearly 40 calls of short-circuit, 13 gas leakage, part of structure collapse, etc in residential colonies.
|2017-03-08||Ensure faster implementation of 146 devpt projects in city: Thane civic chief - Times of India|
Ensure faster implementation of 146 devpt projects in city: Thane civic chief TNN | Updated: Mar 8, 2017, 10.10 PM IST Thane: Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal expressed concern over the slower pace of nearly 146 developmental projects being undertaken in the city. He held a four-hour-long review, on Wednesday, of the projects including Retibunder Chowpatty, foot overbridges at Ghodbunder Road, grade separator at Teen Haath Naka and waterways project. Elections were cited as the major reason for the pace slowing down, as several department heads were assigned poll duty, said sources. "Jaiswal had initiated several developmental projects after he had taken charge," said a civic official. He added that the commissioner asked the respective department heads to ensure that the pace is picked up. Jaiswal also said that officers who made the effort to add value to their assigned works will be rewarded on a monthly basis.
|2017-03-08||ACB nabs 2 MPCB officers for graft - Times of India|
ACB nabs 2 MPCB officers for graft Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Mar 8, 2017, 10.09 PM IST Thane: The anti corruption unit arrested two senior officers from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board for demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 1.60 lakh against issuing a consent letter to a businessman. "The regional officer Ashok Deshmane, a resident of Palm Beach Road and his colleague Achut Nandwate, a resident of Khargar were taken to the sessions court and granted police custody till March 2. The 52-year-old complainant who had gone to the MPCB Thane office to get a consent letter, which he needed for his pharmaceutical firm had approached the duo for the same. While Nandwate asked to pay the complainant Rs 10,000 as bribe, Deshmane had demanded for Rs 1.50 lakh. The businessman did not pay the money and instead left the office and then approached the anti-corruption bureau and narrated the incident," said Ankush Bangar, Dy SP from anti-corruption bureau. The police claimed that they verified about the allegations against the two officers on March 1 and then laid a trap on Tuesday, March 7. It was seen that the duo accepted Rs 1.60 lakh from the officers who had gone under cover and the same was captured in a video. "We even searched their homes but did not find anything suspicious. The two have been granted police custody till March 10," added Bangar. The accused have been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.
|2017-03-08||Disaster management cell issues advisory to beat the heat this summer - Times of India|
Disaster management cell issues advisory to beat the heat this summer Freny Fernandes | TNN | Mar 9, 2017, 07.39 AM IST THANE: Get ready to beat the heat, as according to the IMD predictions, this summer will be one of the hottest and longest summers in the state so far. The authorities are trying their best to inform the lake city residents to stay hydrated and prefrably remain indoors during this hot season. The state disaster management cell has sent out a 22-point advisory in order to curb any incidents of heat strokes. The advisory mentions to stay well hydrated and wear light clothes. It also mentions not to keep children in closed parked vehicles. In a letter sent to the Thane Municipal Corporation, the state disaster management authority has pointed out that the IMD predictions indicate that this summer will be one of the hottest and longest summers in the state and the department should ensure that precautions are taken to avoid any heat-wave related fatalities. Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather.com, said, "Unlike past few years, the temperatures began rising a little early this year. In addition to this, there may be lesser thundershowers in the northern states which may increase the mercury levels above the normal levels in the southern states." "In coastal areas like Mumbai and Thane, the humidity will also increase with the heat waves, which will then increase the chances of fatalities this summer. This is why it is essential that citizens take every precaution from staying hydrated to keeping away from the heat in the coming months," Palawat added. While the maximum temperature in the city has already exceeded 40 degrees Celsius, the mercury levels on the other days are almost as high on the other days as well. The civic authorities are latching on to every form of media to get this message across to the lake-city denizens. "We are reaching out to the locals through social media and other such platforms in addition to sending out notices to societies urging them to take the necessary precautions this summer," said Santosh Kadam, disaster management officer at the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC).
|2017-03-08||Court of inquiry initiated against 3 clerks | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
Court of inquiry initiated against 3 clerks Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Mar 8, 2017, 10.13 PM IST Thane: The Indian army is believed to have initiated the process of court of inquiry against the three army clerks who are the prime accused of leaking the army exam papers along with the chain of coaching owners in the state. Whereas, five out of 21 accused have been remanded to police custody for two days. A senior officer informed TOI that apart from the present investigation carried out by the Thane crime branch, a senior army personnel shall carry out the court of inquiry against the three hawaldar clerks, Ravi Kumar, Dharamvir Singh, Nigam Kumar Pandey attached to Army Recruitment Office (ARO) Nagpur. Parag Manere, the deputy commissioner of the police confirmed the development and informed that, "In the court of inquiry a tribunal is appointed wherein a senior higher ranking officer from the army particularly to investigate a matter like the present case and decide whether a court martial is warranted or not," Manere informed. On the other hand, a team camping at Nagpur have got major evidences against the armymen and following the seizure the investigators are expecting more breakthroughs which could unravel other secret aspects of the scam. "Our team has got the seized the official documents SSC, HSC certificates and other educational documents of the 350 candidates which were confiscated by the accused. They will be sorted and given back to the owners soon and specifically the army authorities are cooperating well in the probe," Manere informed TOI. Also, the accused had planned to play safe and hence never took the sim cards of mobile phones on their names. "While connecting the dots we found that a couple of other people from different parts of country are cropping up. The verification is underway and soon we shall get leads," informed another senior police officer. Meanwhile, the 21 accused arrested in the paper leak were produced in the special court of AN Karmarkar. The prosecution told the court that they have found that the prime accused, Santosh Shinde has earned a lot of property, but has no answer when questioned on the source of income. The defense counsels including advocate Satish Mistry prayed to court that no police custody is required of their client as the recovery has been done. Karmarkar after listening both the defence and prosecution extended the police custody of five primes accused for two days and remanded other 16 to judicial custody.
|2017-03-07||Thane: Man duped of Rs 9.50 lakh - The Indian Express|
Thane: Man duped of Rs 9.50 lakh By: PTI | Thane | Published:March 7, 2017 1:30 pm A man from Mira Road locality was allegedly duped to the tune of Rs 9.50 lakh by five persons after they promised to give him demonetised currency of higher value in exchange of new notes, police said today. According to Thane District Rural police, an offence under sections 420 rw 34 of the IPC was registered yesterday with the Mira Road police station against the accused identified as Shahid, Ismail Khatri, Manish Dube, Imran Sayyed and Bhaijan. Quoting complainant Shabbir Abbas Bharmal, police said that both the parties met at a transport company office on March 4, where the victim handed over the scrapped currency of Rs 9.50 lakh (collected from his friends) to the accused persons on a promise that they would give him in return Rs 11.10 lakhs in old demonetised notes. After taking the new currency, the accused fled the spot, the complaint said. Further investigation is underway.
|2017-03-07||Rs 2-crore contraband seized from truck in Thane - India.com|
Rs 2-crore contraband seized from truck in Thane By PTI Feeds Published: March 7, 2017 11:57 PM IST Mumbai, Mar 7 (PTI) The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today seized 50 kg of hashish worth Rs 2 crore from a truck in adjoining Thane district and arrested three persons, an official said. NCB sleuths intercepted a truck bearing Jammu and Kashmir registration number near the Mumbra toll naka. After a detailed inspection, they recovered around 50 kg of the contraband worth Rs 2 crore concealed under a false cavity of the truck, he said. Three persons travelling in the truck were arrested. They were identified as Kurshid Ahmed (the truck driver), Peter Fernandez and Mohammed Asif. In a separate incident, NCB sleuths found 281 bottles of Corex cough syrup and 10 gm of mephedrone, collectively valued at Rs 5.4 lakh, after raiding a house in Dongri, the official said. One Saqlin Qureshi was arrested in connection with the seizure, he added. This is published unedited from the PTI feed. Published Date: March 7, 2017 11:57 PM IST
|2017-03-07||Thane court directs collector to auction Kalpavriksha property - Moneycontrol.com|
Thane court directs collector to auction Kalpavriksha property Mar 07, 2017 04:03 PM IST | Source: Housing.com/news A court in Thane has directed the district collector to auction the property of the now-defunct Kalpavriksha Marketing Company and clear the dues of the investors. Additional District and Sessions Judge, PP Jadhav gave this directive, while going through the application-cum-report of the government on the Special Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) case against the company. Pravin Tembekar, who represented the investors duped by the company way back in 2004, said, “The company had an investor base in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and Gujarat. There were a total of 13 lakh investors and 3 lakh agents. At the time of closure, the company owed Rs 219 crores to all of them.” The company owns a total of 11 properties in Thane which are currently valued at Rs 20 crores. It also has properties in various other places in the state, including Pune, Kolhapur, Nashik, which have been attached by the authorities there. There are a total of 29 criminal cases filed in various locations in Maharashtra against the company’s management.
|2017-03-07||Clerk got army paper copy from cyclostyle unit: Cops - Times of India|
Clerk got army paper copy from cyclostyle unit: Cops Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 7, 2017, 06.49 AM IST THANE: The key accused in the army recruitment exam paper leak case, Ravikumar, a clerk in Nagpur, had sourced the copies from the electronic cyclostyling machine where it was sent to make copies, said the police. A cyclostyle machine is a copying mechanism, quite like a photocopier. The police also said that a search of the bank locker of the other accused, Santosh Shinde, had unearthed Rs 21 lakh and gold worth Rs 10 lakh. A senior police officer told TOI that the exam paper leaked from different parts of Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra. The officer said that a CD of the exam papers is sent to officers in different parts under tight security. Later, each centre makes copies from cyclostyle machines. The officer said that Ravikumar was well versed with the official work at the time of exam. An officer said that he used to pull out a copy discarded as waste due to bad print quality or one which was stuck in the machine. Ravikumar has told the police that he had taken care to shut down CCTVs in the office to avoid getting caught, said an officer. "At times, he used to take away an exam paper, photograph it and later circulate it through WhatsApp," the officer said, adding that they are verifying his claims. In a related development, a team investigating the money trail of the other accused, Santosh Shinde, the proprietor of an army coaching institute, has found Rs 21 lakh in his locker of a private bank in Phaltan. Besides, gold worth Rs 10 lakh has also been unearthed from the locker, said the officer. Earlier, the police had found Rs 10 lakh transactions made in Shinde's bank account. "This shows that Shinde earned a lot of money through this dark trade. They could have taken different and higher amounts from different students. The money trail is under the scanner and could also be linked to the other accused in this case," said the officer. DCP (crime), Parag Manere, said that two police teams have already left for Pune and Nagpur to get more evidence in the case.
|2017-03-07||Thane: Alternate station project faces yet another delay - Times of India|
Thane: Alternate station project faces yet another delay Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 8, 2017, 02.21 AM IST Thane Municipal Corporation office. THANE: The railways and the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) are yet to come to a consensus over the final design of the alternate railway station at Thane mental hospital. The project which has already been delayed for nearly five years continues to stare into a bleak future. A meeting was held recently between the engineering departments of both the agencies, but it failed to reach a conclusion, following which both parties decided to fine tune their respective drawings. The mandate for the agencies is to ensure that the new station and surrounding areas are capable of handling the additional traffic for the next 30 years. The railway and TMC officials have been exchanging drawings almost every month but still have failed to come to a conclusion. This is just adding to the commuters woes, especially those travelling from GB Road as the current station is quite far. The station is also inadequate to cater to the rising population, especially during peak hours. "It is like a disaster in the waiting at Thane station. The bridges and platforms at the station are always crowded. When a long distance and suburban train come at the same time, it becomes impossible to move around. It is high time the authorities start the new facility," said Vinod Sharma, a regular commuter. Railways officials said that they were exploring the possibilities to minimize their operational delays and approach roads to the new platforms. The TMC is working on developing a smooth access and exit road to cater to increase in traffic. "The civic body is planning to construct roads, parking lots, bus stands and walkways for commuters. The railways is also working on the location of the new station so that it has easy access points and does not hamper with the operation of other trains,'' said an official associated with the project. The new railway station at Kopri will be developed on an 18-acre plot, which belongs to the state government. The land is yet to be handed over to the TMC. As per plans, a platform will be developed between the existing slow tracks between Thane and Mulund, similar to the one at Nahur. While the alignment of the Up direction tracks will remain unchanged, the Down line will be pushed towards the west side. An additional line will be taken up within the mental hospital premises towards an island platform that will serve as a terminal facility. The Kopri railway station project was proposed by the TMC in 2011 as a solution to decrease the crowd at Thane station. The alternate station has become a necessity considering the immense strain on Thane station with over 7 lakh passengers, including those from the trans-Harbour and mail express, using the existing infrastructure. Over 1,400 suburban services operate from the station daily, in addition to over 100 express trains, making it one of the most dense terminals in Mumbai.
|2017-03-07||Thane schools go extra mile to calm SSC students' nerves - Times of India|
Thane schools go extra mile to calm SSC students Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Mar 8, 2017, 02.11 AM THANE: As the SSC students gave their first paper on March 6, city schools welcomed the students in different ways to ease their tension. While the administration and teachers at the 310 centres in the city made sure that the students were relaxed, they also saw to it that the students and teachers followed the laws set by the Maharashtra board and ensure no incidents of cheating or paper leaks takes place. "This is the first board exam for these students and they are going through a lot of anxiety and stress. Asking them to calm down doesn't really work, so we decided to shower them with flower petals. While some students were genuinely pleased with the welcome, others were laughing and made fun of it saying how silly the gesture was. Either way, we got them to lighten up," said a teacher at M H High School, which is one of the exam centres. "Besides providing all the basic facilities to the students, we have also ensured that our counsellors are available for any student in distress throughout the course of the exams," said Fr. Michael Pinto, principal of St. John the Baptist High School. In the wake of the recent HSC paper leaks, most SSC exam centres have taken the direction of the state board seriously and have become more vigilant from the very first day of the class X exams. "We kept the papers under lock and key till the students entered their classrooms, which was half-an-hour before the exam began. The seal was opened in the presence of the conductor, principal, a few teachers and a student. These papers were then given to the students ten minutes before they could start writing," said, R J Rajput, principal of M H High School and Junior College. "We also ensured that the students did not have any chits or electronic devices on them. We also ensured that everyone kept their bags outside the exam hall," said Santana D'Souza, a teacher at Holy Cross High School.
|2017-03-07||26-year-old man arrested for assaulting on-duty constables at Yeoor, 3 absconding - Times of India|
26-year-old man arrested for assaulting on-duty constables at Yeoor, 3 absconding Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Mar 8, 2017, 03.17 AM THANE: A 26-year-old man has been arrested on Tuesday for assaulting two on-duty constables at Yeoor on Monday. Three other accused are still on the run. The accused Pratik Gurav (26) and his three friends Paresh Daga, Ramji Dayat and Pratik Prakashâ€”were at a wedding ceremony in Patonpada village of Yeoor. As the music was too loud, constable Sahebrao Dabhade asked them to turn down the volume since the area falls under the forest zone. "Playing loud music is not allowed in the forest area. So, constable Dabhade was only doing his duty by asking them to turn down the volume. However, instead of abiding by the rules, the accused pulled the constable by his shirt and assaulted him. They also broke a bottle on another constable Chavan who was accompanying Dabhade," said S S Ambre, investigating officer at Vartak Nagar police station. Gurav has been arrested and a search in on for the others.
|2017-03-06||New link surfaces in army exam paper leak - Times of India|
New link surfaces in army exam paper leak Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 6, 2017, 08.42 AM IST THANE: The probe into the army recruitment paper leak scam has thrown up one more name. During interrogation, Ravi Kumar, a clerk with the Nagpur army recruitment office, is believed to have told investigators that he was introduced to the main accused, Santosh Shinde, by a havaldar clerk, now posted in Pathankot in Punjab, during a recruitment drive in Bhandara in 2016. Shinde runs a coaching class in Phaltan in Satara. A senior police officer neither confirmed nor denied the role of the havaldar clerk from Pathankot, but said there could be more army personnel linked with the scam. "In the initial stage of the probe, the accused had said that Dhaklu Patil, a jawan attached to Assam Rifles in Nagaland, was in touch with Shinde. Now, a havaldar clerk from Pathankot has been named. We are yet to verify this claim," he told TOI. Kumar, Dharamvir Singh and Nigam Kumar Pandey-clerks in the Nagpur army recruitment office-and Shinde are the masterminds of the exam paper leak during the recruitment of Class III personnel in the army, according to the Thane city police. The racket was a money-spinner for the cartel and their agents, 21 of whom were arrested last week by the Thane police, including lance naik with Pune Depot Batallion Mahendra Sonawane and BSF constable Ranjit Jadhav with 58 Batallion Tura, Shillong. Meanwhile, two police teams have rushed to Nagpur and Pune and more arrests are likely. "Presently, searches are under way. We have got some substantial leads that could be crucial to the probe," said a police officer.
|2017-03-06||Shiv Sena's Meenakshi Shinde elected Thane mayor - Hindustan Times|
Shiv Sena's Meenakshi Shinde elected Thane mayor mumbai Updated: Mar 06, 2017 15:30 IST Megha Pol Hindustan Times Meenakshi Shinde won the mayoral election for Thane unopposed on Monday. The Thane mayoral polls became a mere formality when all the opposition parties took back their nominations, electing Shiv Sena's Meenakshi Shinde as the new mayor and Ramakant Mhadvi, the deputy mayor. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, along with his son Aaditya and wife Rashmi, was present for the elections. The Thackerays also conducted a road show in the city following this victory.Shinde was elected the 18th mayor while Mhaadvi became the 23rd deputy mayor of the city. The Sena went all the way to establish its hold on the city by painting the town saffron. Sena flags, festoons and huge installations were placed along the lanes of the city. Shinde was supposed to contest the elections against Ashrin Raut of NCP and Ashadevi Singh of BJP. Both the parties had also fielded their deputy mayor candidates, though they took back the nominations just before the elections and let Sena win unopposed after the party won a majority in the city with 67 seats. Maahendra Kalyankar, presiding officer, said, The two candidates contesting mayor elections opposite Shinde took the nomination back. Similarly, three candidates from NCP, BJP and Congress contesting deputy mayor elections took back the nominations. Both Sena candidates won the election unopposed. Thackeray appreciated the opposition's move to accept the people's mandate and give power to the Sena. He said, There might be any wave in the country, but Thaneites have stood by the Sena for the last 25 years. Thane is like our family, I promise not to break the trust of the people and fulfil the promises listed in the manifesto in the coming five years. It is important that the administration and the elected body work in tandem, and thus we will also lend our support to civic commissioner Sanjeev Jasiwal who has done some good work in the city, Thackeray said. READ MORE Maharashtra polls: Like Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, no clear winners in nine civic bodies, say experts. BMC polls: BJP bags the lion's share in votes
|2017-03-06||Army exam paper leak: Thane cops freeze bank accounts of 24 accused - Hindustan Times|
Army exam paper leak: Thane cops freeze bank accounts of 24 accused mumbai Updated: Mar 07, 2017 00:05 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times Thane Crime Branch officials show an examination paper of the Army Recruitment Board that was allegedly leaked, in Mumbai on Sunday. The Thane police, which recently arrested 24 people for their alleged involvement in the army recruitment exam scam, have freezed their bank accounts. Also, they have written to the Assam-based army regiment seeking custody of Dhaklu Patil, the prime accused in the case.Besides, police teams have been formed to raid the same locations in Goa, Nagpur and Nashik, which were searched a few weeks ago. The police have also extended its search to Harayana, Karnataka and Gujarat. Bank accounts of all those arrested have been freezed. Investigation revealed that transactions worth lakhs were carried out by some of the accused. Ravi Kumar, one of the accused, purchased a four-wheeler worth Rs 4 lakh and gave Rs 2 lakh to one his relatives. He had also kept Rs 4 lakh in his account. Another accused, Santosh Shinde, purchased plots worth Rs 2 lakh near his home town. All the bank accounts of the accused are being scrutinised. simultaneously, said a senior inspector from Thane crime branch. Besides questioning bank employees, cops are conducting searches at the homes of the accused. We'll speak to their family members and relatives, and record their statements, if required, to find out for how long they have been operating this scam, the officer said.
|2017-03-06||Remembering fallen junior firefighter Thane "Bobby" Lucas - WJAC Johnstown|
Remembering fallen junior firefighter Thane "Bobby" Lucas by Kacie LazorMonday, March 6th 2017 AA MAHAFFEY -- Flags continued to be at half-staff in Mahaffey Sunday as the community and the volunteer fire department put 15-year-old junior firefighter, Thane Lucas, to rest. A long procession began Sunday at the Waldron Funeral Home, going past the volunteer fire department and through an archway of firefighter ladders. Dozens of emergency vehicles and cars were full of those paying their final respects. "The kid would do anything for us. It didn't matter what I asked her when I asked if they did it," said Bryan Sheeder. "It’s a sad loss to the community, family, friends, and plus the fire department." Lucas’ brother, Tanner, is also a member of the volunteer fire company in Mahaffey. "Him and his brother joined at the same time. They went through training at the same time," Deputy Chief Josh Bush said. "They were the life of the party. He did everything that he possibly could to make his mark." Balloons were released at his final resting place as they remembered their fallen brother, son, and firefighter. State Police say Lucas was outside his home last week in Bell Township burning garbage in a metal barrel when something inside it exploded, and caused an item to strike him in the neck. He was flown to UPMC Altoona, where he died from his injuries. Police said his death was accidental. Bush says Lucas' uniform will be retired and given to his family. The fire department is also looking to set up a memorial fund in his honor.
|2017-03-06||Thane to Capacit'e in December 2016. The total value of - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane to Capacit'e in December 2016. The total value of Mon, 6 Mar 2017-05:54pm , PTI orders received from The Wadhwa Group is over Rs. 500 crores. Another design and construction order secured by Capacit'e in December 2016 is the Colonnade commercial building project in Gurgaon valued at Rs. 100 crores from the Emaar Group. More recently in January 2017, the Kalpataru Group awarded the construction of multiple high rise buildings in Kalpataru Immensa project in Thane to Capacit'e which is valued at over Rs. 500 Crores. Thus far, this has been the single largest order booked by Capacit'e. Among others, a repeat order from the Rustomjee Group for a residential building project in Borivali was received and a repeat order from the Ozone Group for a commercial building project in Bengaluru was received, both in November 2016. About Capacit'e Infraprojects Limited : Capacit'e Infraprojects Limited undertakes construction of residential, commercial and institutional buildings primarily in the Mumbai metropolitan region, the National Capital Region and Bengaluru. Capacit'e is accredited with ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system, ISO 14001:2004 certification for its environmental management system and OHSAS 18001:2007 certification in respect of its occupational health and safety management systems. Capacit'e provides end-to-end construction services for residential buildings, multi-level car parks, corporate office buildings, buildings for commercial purposes and buildings for educational and healthcare purposes. Its capabilities include constructing concrete building structures as well as composite steel structures. Capacit'e is promoted by Mr. Rahul R. Katyal, Mr. Subir Malhotra and Mr. Rohit R. Katyal, all of whom have significant management experience in the construction industry. To learn more, visit http://capacite.in For further details, please contact: Shahab Shaikh +91-9320897525 firstname.lastname@example.org Rahul Tekwani +91-9009830767 email@example.com Concept PR Source: Capacit'e Infraprojects Limited PRNewswire GSV 03061745 NNNN (This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
|2017-03-06||Thane court directs collector to auction Kalpavriksha property - Moneycontrol.com|
Thane court directs collector to auction Kalpavriksha property A court in Thane has directed the district collector to auction the property of the now-defunct Kalpavriksha Marketing Company and clear the dues of the investors. Additional District and Sessions Judge, PP Jadhav gave this directive, while going through the application-cum-report of the government on the Special Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) case against the company. Pravin Tembekar, who represented the investors duped by the company way back in 2004, said, The company had an investor base in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and Gujarat. There were a total of 13 lakh investors and 3 lakh agents. At the time of closure, the company owed Rs 219 crores to all of them. The company owns a total of 11 properties in Thane which are currently valued at Rs 20 crores. It also has properties in various other places in the state, including Pune, Kolhapur, Nashik, which have been attached by the authorities there. There are a total of 29 criminal cases filed in various locations in Maharashtra against the company's management.
|2017-03-06||Thane gets its 21st mayor, Meenakshi Shinde bags post - Times of India|
Thane gets its 21st mayor, Meenakshi Shinde bags post Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 7, 2017, 12.55 PM IST THANE: The Shiv Sena retained the post of mayor and deputy mayor unopposed in the Thane municipal corporation (TMC) on Monday after nominees from rival camps withdrew from the race ahead of the elections. Sena candidate Meenakshi Shinde, third time corporator from Ghodbunder Road, was elected as the 21st mayor of Thane, while party colleague and two time corporator from Diva, Ramakant Madvi, was appointed as deputy mayor. Sena president Uddhav Thackeray was present for the occasion. The elections were conducted on Monday morning at the first floor assembly hall at the TMC headquarters in an open voting manner. Outgoing mayor Sanjay More and his deputy Rajendra Sapte handed over the reins to Shinde and Madhvi at a glittering ceremony held in the presence of senior Sena leader and guardian minister Eknath Shinde. A huge victory rally was taken out by the Sena across the lake city till late evening. Uddhav, accompanied by his wife Rashmi and son Aditya, congratulated the new mayor and deputy mayor after the coronation ceremony. "I am thankful to the residents of Thane who have supported the Sena and ensured our single-handed victory. The city shares a unique bond with the Sena since decades. We also thank the Opposition for realizing the mandate of the citizens and gracefully backing out before the elections," Uddhav said. The Sena that had managed to secure a majority of 67 corporators in the 131-member strong house reportedly got indirect support from six elected representatives who remained absent from the polling process. Three corporators from the BJP, Kewladevi Yadav, Vilas Kamble and Varsha Kamble in addition to the two from AIMIM, Azmi Shahalam Shahid and Shaikh Hazra and Independent candidate Vishwanath Bhagat remained absent from the process. The BJP that saw a neat jump in its seat tally from just eight to 23 this time had nominated Ashadevi Singh and Mukesh Mokashi for the posts of mayor and deputy respectively, while the Congress had nominated Vikrant Chavan for the post of deputy mayor. The NCP had fielded Ashreen Raut and Arati Gaikwad for the mayor and deputy posts, respectively. However, the nominees later withdrew their names.
|2017-03-05||Mumbai: Rs 1.36 crore in demonetised notes seized in Thane, 5 detained - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai: Rs 1.36 crore in demonetised notes seized in Thane, 5 detained mumbai Updated: Mar 05, 2017 15:37 IST PTI, Thane Police have seized Rs 1.36 crore in scrapped currency notes in Thane and detained five persons, an official said today. A team of police officials kept a vigil at the Upavan Lake area and nabbed five persons who were carrying Rs 1.36 crore in demonetised notes, said DCP (Zone-V) Sunil Lokhande. The five were detained and the currency was seized, he added.With this, the police in the last one week have seized Rs 3.52 crore in defunct bills and detained a dozen persons. Among those apprehended were a doctor and a delivery boy who were caught with Rs 1.29 crore in scrapped currency by the Thane crime branch (Unit-1).
|2017-03-05||Youth held with four fire arms - Times of India|
Youth held with four fire arms Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 5, 2017, 11.27 PM IST THANE: A 20-year-old boy from Khargon district of Madhya Pradesh has been arrested by the anti extortion cell of Thane crime branch for illegal possession of four fire arms and 30 cartridges from the Kongaon area of Bhiwandi. The accused --Mukesh Chauhan-- is native of Dagadkhedi village of Khargon district in MP and is linked to the infamous Shikalkar gang. NT Kadam, the senior inspector got a tip off that Chauhan is looking for customers to sell the four .32 bore pistols which are factory made hence they laid a trap near Laila bar of Rajnoli naka and trapped him. Upon frisking, the police found four .32 bore pistols along with four empty magazines and 30 live cartridges. Kadam told TOI, that he has sourced the fire arms from someone with mere Rs 5000 and was trying to earn a profit by selling it at Rs 30000. "We are investigating the source of the illegal fire arms and the further probe is underway," Kadam informed. A case has been registered under various sections of fire arms act.
|2017-03-05||Army paper leak: Key accused got Rs10 lakh in his account - Times of India|
Army paper leak: Key accused got Rs10 lakh in his account Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 5, 2017, 05.59 AM IST T HANE: Investigators in the army exam leak case have unearthed transactions of more than Rs 10 lakh from the prime accused Santosh Shinde's bank account which was deposited over the past couple of months, the prosecution told the court while seeking police custody of the 21 accused arrested by the Thane crime branch. The accused were produced in the special court of AN Karmarkar on Saturday wherein the district government pleader pointed out to the court that the offence was very serious in nature and various aspects of the case were to be investigated. So far, a total of 24 persons have been arrested in the army exam paper leak case, of which 21 were produced in the special court where the prosecution sought extension of the police custody, claiming that the probe is in a crucial stage at this juncture. The courtroom was packed to capacity with several advocates, most of them juniors, and spectators wanting to have a glimpse of the armymen allegedly involved in the racket.These armymen were of lower rank of clerks. The prosecution told the court that investigators have found that despite not having eligible qualification to appear for the exam, Shinde and the other accused had forged documents, including domicile certificates. Currently , a house searches are going in Satara, Pune Phaltan, Nashik and Goa and the sleuths have found a bulk of admission forms, receipt books, attendance musters, cheque books admission forms among other papers. "These is a lot of crucial evidence in the case and investigators want to join the dots," said senior official Sangita Phad. While a check of money trail and accounts of Shinde found deposit amounts of more than Rs 10 lakh, that of accused Akshay Sable has shown traces of money trail and transfer of money to Shinde. "Sable does not have any income source was found with transactions worth lakhs which requires investigation," Shailesh Nagarkar, the investigation officer in the case told the court. The court extended the custody of the accused till March 8.
|2017-03-05||Holi rush throws train travel plans off track - Times of India|
Holi rush throws train travel plans off track Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Mar 5, 2017, 09.48 PM IST Thane: With the three-day long Holi weekend round the corner, last-minute travellers, especially those planning to go to Goa or Konkan, have been left with inadequate train services. Nearly 53 trains travel to Konkan daily, but just seven pairs of superfast trains dedicatedly service the Mumbai-Goa sector. Few of the popular trains are booked to capacity and waiting lists in both AC and sleeper coaches have touched a jaw-dropping 400 for the weekend. "Travellers to Goa and Konkan often prefer late-night trains. But there are few options while other trains passing the stretch have limited seats for Madgaon," says a railway officer from Thane. As trains are booked in advance, last-minute travellers look at airways and buses, and operators make a killing. A return air ticket on the Goa stretch has shot up to nearly Rs 12,000 per person. "If our train ticket isn't confirmed, our plans are ruined. Our agent has suggested trying flight tickets, but then we would end up spending Rs 25,000 for three people," said Varsha Patel, a resident who has booked a resort in Goa over the next week. Operators running bus services to Goa say fares have now risen to Rs 1,800-2,600 from the earlier Rs 1,200-1,500. Railway authorities said they were running few special trains during the weekend. "We are running Holi special trains on Konkan Railway route in co-ordination with Central Railway. Passengers may avail of these services and details can be sought from the nearest railway station," said a senior officer from Konkan Railway.
|2017-03-05||Rs 2 crore in demonetised notes seized in Thane, six detained ... - Times of India|
Rs 2 crore in demonetised notes seized in Thane, six detained Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Mar 6, 2017, 12.03 AM IST THANE: In two incidents, police detained six people and seized Rs 2.33 crore in demonetised currency on Saturday. In the first incident, acting on a tip-off, police laid a trap and detained a private bank employee from Retibunder area in Kalwa and recovered more than Rs 97 lakh in demonetised notes from him. DCP Parag Manere said that during an interrogation, the bank employee told police that he had got the old currency from a Kandivli resident and he was promised 50% commission for exchanging the currency with new notes. In the second incident, a team from Vartak Nagar police station nabbed five persons carrying Rs 1.36 crore in old notes at Upavan Lake, said DCP Zone-V Sunil Lokhande. The accused and the cash has been handed over to the income tax department for further probe. Last week, police seized Rs 2.25 crore and detained six persons in three incidents in Thane.
|2017-03-04||Deceased senior cop's family SUV 'involved in Thane hit-and-run' - Mumbai Mirror|
Deceased senior cop's family SUV 'involved in Thane hit-and-run' By Gargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror Mar 4, 2017, 02.36 AM IST Two bikers injured after being knocked down on Ghodbunder Road. A car belonging to the family of a top cop, who died of a gunshot wound in suspected suicide four years ago, was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run in Thane late on Thursday night. Two bikers were injured in the accident, which occurred on Ghodbunder Road at 11.30 pm. According to the victims’ police statements and witnesses, a Toyota Fortuner with the registration number ‘MH11BV 1234’ and ared beacon on top was being driven at a high speed on the stretch. It was not clear on Friday who was driving the SUV owned by the family of deputy police commissioner Sanjay Banerjee, who was with the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). The brother of one of the injured victims has alleged that Banerjee’s teenage son, Arjun, was at the wheel. But investigators from the Kasarvadavli police station refused to comment on the claim, saying they were still trying to confirm if the Fortuner was involved in the incident. A search on the national vehicle e-registry reportedly revealed that the car is in the name of Banerjee’s wife, Sushmita. Mirror could not independently verify this information and cops said they would wait for details from the RTO before commenting. A first information report on the hit-and-run has been filed on the basis of Deeptish Wankhede’s statement. Deeptish was riding a bike and was the first one to be struck by the Fortuner, which witnesses said had black tinted windows. The car then hit Sameer Jangam, who was on a scooter. His brother, Satish, was riding pillion, but he escaped unhurt. Satish told Mirror he had provided the description of the driver in his statement to the police. According to Deeptish’s statement, the accident took place when the Fortuner tried to overtake from the wrong side. After knocking down Deeptish, the motorist tried to drive off, hitting Sameer and Satish’s scooter. “The driver didn’t stop after ramming the car into the motorcyclist and tried to speed away,” a witness said. Another said loud music was being played in the car. “We have written to the RTO and are waiting for the details of the car owner. It’s the normal process,” said senior inspector DD Tele of the Kasarvadavli police station. DCP Sanjay Banerjee, 47, was having lunch with his wife and two children at a Thane restaurant on March 23, 2013, when he died. Initial reports said he shot himself dead, but his wife claimed that it was accidental firing.
|2017-03-04||Aadhaar enrolment drives in offing for Pune, Thane districts | Pune ... - Times of India|
Aadhaar enrolment drives in offing for Pune, Thane districts Nisha Nambiar | TNN | Mar 4, 2017, 09.40 AM IST PUNE: The state government will lay special emphasis on Pune and Thane districts, which have the lowest Aadhaar enrolments in Maharashtra, to push up the numbers. The district authorities have already been directed to chalk out plans to generate maximum Aadhaar enrolments by the end of this month. "The Aadhaar enrolment in both Pune and Thane districts is a matter of concern for the state government. The state average for Aadhaar enrolment is 94%. However, some districts are still way too behind. We have told the district authorities to plan more drives to push up the enrolment numbers in these two districts,'' senior officials from the state's Aadhaar department told TOI. While Thane has 88.8% Aadhaar enrolment, Pune stands at 90%. The officials said almost all the other districts in the state have recorded a higher percentage of Aadhaar enrolment as compared to these two districts. State officials said with the Union government emphasizing on Aadhaar-linked transactions for banks and for digital transactions, the enrolment has to be 100%. Only then the seeding of Aadhaar with banking accounts can be done. "The banking sector is already seeding the accounts with the Aadhaar numbers and slowly with more enrolments, the process would be simplified," they said. The coverage of Aadhaar for those in the 5-18 years group is 85% and for 0-5 years is 35%. The government had recently decided to give Aadhaar number to every newborn and link the child's number with that of the parents. As per the resolution, Aadhaar enrolment was to be undertaken simultaneously with the birth registration at the hospital where the child is born. For this, the department had tied up with the health department. "We know that there is still a large number of adult population that has to be enrolled. These drives will ensure more enrolment and once they get the Aadhaar numbers, the banks have been told to seed it with their accounts so that they can use it for digital transactions," the officials said. Meanwhile, citizens have raised doubts at the overall Aadhaar enrolment figures released by the state. "There are several of us who have applied but have not received the Aadhaar card. There are families where some members have got the cards while the others are still waiting for it even after enrolment," Munira Tambolli, a resident of Pune, said.
|2017-03-04||Thane: Air India's call centre receives threat call - News - Mid-Day - Mid-Day|
Thane: Air India's call centre receives threat call By PTI Posted 04-Mar-2017 Thane: The Thane city police have registered an offence against an unknown caller who allegedly threatened to blow up the Air India call centre here, police said on Saturday. A call was received on the tollfree number at about 1.22 PM yesterday from 8433610343 and the caller threatened to blow up the centre, said the police. The Shrinagar police have registered an offence against the caller based on a complaint last evening. The matter is being investigated further.
|2017-03-04||City gears up for an eco-friendly Holi - Times of India|
City gears up for an eco-friendly HoliCity gears up for an eco-friendly Holi Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Mar 4, 2017, 09.46 PM IST Thane: Holi is one of the biggest festivals in the country and is celebrate with great fanfare across the country. However, many people gave Holi a skip last year due to water shortage, but are all gung-ho to splash water this year and are already making plans. From buying small water pumps for a sum of Rs 10 to Rs 100 to buying the gigantic cartoon shaped water guns that cost up to around Rs 800 children and youth are flocking to city markets to buy a variety of water weaponry this year. Rohan Gadge, a 13-year-old customer at a store at Jambli Naka, said, "Last time our school told us not to play Holi with water because of water shortage. We didn't play at home, but later realised that all our friends played. Since we missed out on all the fun we asked our parents for a little more money and bought bigger water guns this year. We bought some colour too." "Over the past one week we have sold hundreds of such water guns for Holi. While many prefer the mid-sized water guns in the shape of popular cartoon characters and the latest hand-pump models, quite a few have purchased the larger ones as well. The water blasters are selling like hot cakes like every year," said Abu Menon, a store owner at Thane Mohommad Ali Road area. While the demand for these water guns has been on a steady rise one week before the festival of colours so has the popularity of eco-friendly colours. "We went for a workshop last year where we learnt how to make eco-friendly colours for Holi. However, as the materials are not easily available and we don't even have much time to make it in large quantities we decided to buy natural colours this year," said Ashwini Joshi, a Pachpakhadi resident. "Nearly 90 percent of the people buying Holi colours and gulal this year have specifically asked if we keep eco-friendly and herbal colours. Dry colours that just dust off and don't need washing are also in demand," said Vinit Ravaria, shop owner.
|2017-03-04||Workshop to educate and sensitize kids towards pets - Times of India|
Workshop to educate and sensitize kids towards pets Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Mar 4, 2017, 09.47 PM IST Thane: In a special kind of workshop, a voluntary group from Thane initiated a campaign to educate and sensitize children towards pet care and be their friends rather than hurting them. The Pet Owners and Animal Lovers (PAL) had organised the workshop to educate children, as they feel that kids are the future and the young minds need to be sensitive towards the animals. The NGO so far has held over 30 such sessions for children in schools as well as orphanages. "Our aim is to make children understand about the animals' behaviour. These children are our future and it is our responsibility to be sensitive about the pets and care for them," said Aditi Nair from PAL. She said students in the age group of 6-14 participated in the workshops and were shown videos about the dogs' habits and their behaviour. They were demonstrated on how to handle a dog with the help of their 13-month old Labrador 'Shimmer'. "The workshop highlighted points like when to touch an animal and when not to disturb the animal. What makes them angry and when do they get comfortable. The kids were also given tips on how should they take care of cats, rabbits, birds and other animals," said Nair. "The kids were explained that a dog will just never just bites anyone without a reason. There are three to four stages before a dog bites a person. They initially try to escape from the discomfort that they feels around a person. When that fails, they try to growl and if nothing works then they finally bite," said Bhaskar Chauhan, canine behaviourist and trainer.
|2017-03-04||Youth pledge to do their bit to conserve fauna at SGNP - Times of India|
Youth pledge to do their bit to conserve fauna at SGNP Freny Fernandes | TNN | Mar 4, 2017, 10.15 PM IST Thane: At the World Wildlife Day event, that focused on anti-poaching and organised by the Thane, Mumbai and Palghar forest departments, many youth pledged to do their bit to conserve the fauna. The event held at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) titled 'say no to illegal trade of wildlife' in collaboration with the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, informed dozens of school and college students about the rich biodiversity in this region. The students were shown hides of snakes, monitor lizards, tigers and leopards as well as ivory tusks of poached elephants and other such artefacts seized by the department. With the event making an impact, the youth took a pledge to denounce the use of artefacts made from the hides, teeth and scales of different wildlife species. They also promised not to participate in the illegal trade of exotic pets that belong to the wild. Sharvi Shah, a 21-year-old college student, said, "We keep hearing about poaching incidents, but never actually realised the intensity. At the event, we saw bags made out of the skin of a reptile and a massive tiger skin. It is so shameful that these beautiful animals are killed just for cheap fashion. Now that I know about the gravity of these activities I will keep a lookout for any such case in my circles and inform the officials." The officials and crowd even conducted a symbolic burning of smaller poaching trophies, including a few snake skins, corals and scales to reflect the insignificance of the reasons that end up in the killing of these animals. "The illegal trade of wildlife and the trophies that they provide when killed is only active because of the demand for it in the market. In the recent times we have seen many youth involved in the trade of either these poached trophies or even live exotic animals which are protected by the Wildlife Act. Through this event, we tried to target this young section and informed them of the importance of the balance and co-existence of the fauna here," said, M Maranko, regional deputy director at the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau. We keep hearing about poaching incidents, but never realised the intensity. At the event, we saw bags made out of the skin of a reptile and a massive tiger skin. It is so shameful that these beautiful animals are killed just for cheap fashion. I will keep a lookout for any such case in my circles and inform the officials.
|2017-03-03||Thane crime branch: Three army clerks from Nagpur in custody of ... - Times of India|
Three army clerks from Nagpur in custody of Thane crime branch Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Mar 3, 2017, 08.21 PM IST THANE: A team of Thane crime branch have got the custody of the three army clerks attached to the army recruitment office, Nagpur. The police said that the three clerks--Ravi Kumar, Dharamvir Singh, Nigam kumar Pandey are presently in transit and shall reach Thane early morning on Friday. It was last week, that the Thane police had busted the well-oiled cartel and arrested as many as 21 accused including serving army personnel's of lower ranking and retired army jawans as well 350 candidates were detained.
|2017-03-03||Undertrial - Times of India|
Undertrial attacked jail officer Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Mar 4, 2017, 10.45 AM IST THANE: An under-trial rape and MCOCA accused lodged in Thane central jail attacked a jail officer and constable with a sharp-edged metal and banged his head on the wall. The injured duo sustained minor injuries. Accused Arman Nafiz Khan was arrested on charges of rape of a minor girl and a case was registered against him at Oshiwara police station, said a police officer. It was around 10am when prison official Sambhaji Pishe was taking his rounds inside the prison when Khan used a sharp-edged bowl and attacked him on his face and neck. When constable Subhash Rabde tried to intervene, he was also attacked," said a cop from Thane Nagar police station. tnn
|2017-03-03||New service between Thane-Dombivli draws passenger's ire ... - Times of India|
New service between Thane-Dombivli draws passenger's ire Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Mar 3, 2017, 01.06 PM IST THANE: Frequent travellers within the city are upset with the Thane Municipal Transport service connecting the city with Dombivli west. Activists claim, the route of the 32km-long new service skirts the city and is unlikely to make a major difference to city residents here. "The new service has nearly 24 stops of which barely eight including Kalwa naka, Vitawa, Shilphata, Kalyan phata, Padle to name a few fall under the TMC limits, while the rest come under the Navi Mumbai and Kalyan municipal corporation areas. How will it benefit Thane taxpayers," questioned activists. The new service numbered 77 has been started from March 1 with a frequency of 25 minutes and connecting Chendani Koliwada to Dombivli west. Seven buses from the newly acquired fleet of the tmt with capacity of 55 each have been deployed on this routes. The service will take nearly 1hour 25minutes to cover the distance between the two cities. "Already, there is a regular complaint from commuters about inadequate frequency of TMT buses. Why is the undertaking interested in running these buses outside Thane when there is a huge demand within the city," questioned Seema Sharma a daily commuter. Further, commuters questioned on patronization of the new services as it is practical to travel by train in 30 minutes than spend a fortune daily on the long trips. Activists have suggested curtailing the route or diverting it via Kalwa to make it more feasible or deploying the buses within the citythat faces massive shortage of frequencies. Sudhir Raut, tmt manager said they are looking into the issue and claimed they will take corrective action in case the demand is less on the segment.
|2017-03-03||Thane: Police custody for 3 army personnel in paper leak case - Zee News|
Thane: Police custody for 3 army personnel in paper leak case PTI | Last Updated: Friday, March 3, 2017 - 22:42 Thane (Maharashtra): A court here today remanded in police custody till March 10 three persons arrested in connection with the army recruitment examination paper leak. Ravinder Kumar, Dharamvir Singh and Nikam Kumar Pandey worked as clerks in the Army Recruitment Office at Nagpur. The police here had earlier arrested 21 people in the case on February 26. The accused, which include owners of coaching classes, offered question papers of army recruitment examinations in advance for Rs 2-3 lakh. Santosh Shinde, owner of Raje Chhatrapati Academy at Phaltan in Satara district who is among those arrested, was believed to be the mastermind, police had said. After the Thane police busted the racket on February 26, the army cancelled the examination at a number of centres including Kamptee, Nagpur, Ahmednagar, Ahmedabad, Goa and Kirkee which come under the Pune zone. The army has also instituted a high-level Court of Inquiry to probe the matter. Ravinder Kumar, Dharamvir Singh and Nikam Kumar Pandey were detained by army authorities yesterday. They were brought here from Nagpur today and produced before the district judge who remanded them in police custody till March 10. First Published: Friday, March 3, 2017 - 22:42
|2017-03-03||Crackdown in Thane - India Today|
Crackdown in Thane The Mumbai suburb of Thane is getting a reputation for being a hub of elaborate international rackets linked to narcotics smuggling, call centre hoaxes and identity theft. Kiran Tare March 2, 2017 | UPDATED 18:24 IST In Thane, when people talked about crime earlier, it was mostly the chain snatchers they were referring to. But that was before the police crackdown in 2016, which revealed that the Mumbai suburb had turned into a hub for international crime cartels linked to narcotics smuggling, call centre hoaxes and even identity theft. In June last year, Thane police named former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni's husband Vicky Goswami, an alleged drug trafficker, as the main suspect in an international racket. With others including Manoj Jain, owner of a local pharma unit, Avon Lifesciences Ltd, he was allegedly involved in manufacturing and exporting ephedrine-a starter chemical used to make crystal methamphetamine. Thane DCP (Crime) Parag Manere says it was the fortuitous arrest of a Nigerian in Sheel village that led to the drug syndicate's unravelling. Thane hit the headlines again last October with the exposure of a fake call centre. Functioning from Mira Road area, dozens of operators posing as tax officials, allegedly swindled scores of American and Australian citizens of crores of rupees. The call centre workers would call the victims posing as employees of the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), harassing victims for 'unpaid' taxes, saying they would be arrested. Later, they used to 'settle' the matter, after accepting amounts ranging from $500 to $3,000 in pre-loaded cards. The police estimate they fleeced victims to the tune of Rs 500 crore. Then in January, police detained seven people from Bhiwandi with some 12,000 SIM cards. Manere says the gang had randomly downloaded 50,000 photographs from Facebook profiles and were using these to forge documents and procure SIM cards. They used to sell the forged documents at Rs 100 each to anyone who wanted to get a SIM card. The police are investigating whether the cards were being used by anti-social elements. The latest incident came in late January, when the police unearthed an 'oil company' in Ambernath which used to sell products in Gulf countries using the brand name Gulf Oil, impersonating the oil giant. "We suspect it has some connection in Australia," Manere says. Thane police commissioner since March 2015, Param Bir Singh, doesn't agree that the recent busts point to a spike in crime. He attributes successes like the Mira Road bust to a more efficient response and intelligence, saying "earlier, tip-offs were strangely ignored".
|2017-03-03||Three army clerks arrested in exam paper leak case - Times of India|
Three army clerks arrested in exam paper leak case Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 3, 2017, 08.03 PM IST THANE: The sessions court here remanded the three army personnel from Nagpur arrested by the Thane police in connection with the alleged Army Exam Question paper leak to police custody for seven days after they were arrested by Thane crime branch on Friday. The trio who were in the custody of Nagpur Army officials and earlier handed over to the Thane police were Ravinder kumar, dharamvir singh, Nigam kumar pandey.
|2017-03-03||Mega block on Sunday to cause inconvenience to commuters - Times of India|
Mega block on Sunday to cause inconvenience to commuters Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 3, 2017, 06.51 PM IST THANE: Commuters from Thane travelling to and from Mumbai this Sunday could face some inconvenience as the Central Railway will operate a mega block between Matunga and Mulund on the down fast line from 10.15 am to 3.15 pm. During the block period, all down fast/semi fast services leaving Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus from 9.38 am to 2.54 pm will be diverted on the down slow line between Matunga and Mulund. these trains will halt at all stations between Sion and Mulund and will arrive their respective destination 20 minutes behind schedule. Down fast trains beyond Thane will be re-diverted on the down fast line from Mulund. All Up fast and semi fast services leaving Thane from 10.46 am to 3.18 pm will halt at Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule. All slow services arriving and leaving Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus between 11am and 5pm will arrive their destinations 10 minutes behind schedule. All long distance trains leaving Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Dadar during the block period will be diverted on the down slow line between Matunga and Mulund. "Due to these blocks, suburban trains are likely to be more crowded than usual. Passengers are requested not to take any risks while travelling. They are also requested to avoid travelling on foot board, roof top of locals and not to board extremely over crowded trains. Passengers are requested to bear with the railway administration for the inconvenience caused," said a railway official.
|2017-03-03||TMT starts new service from Thane to Dombivli west - Times of India|
TMT starts new service from Thane to Dombivli west Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Mar 3, 2017, 10.30 PM IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) has added a new service that will connect the city with Dombivli west. The new service (number 77) has been kickstarted from March 1 and will ply along the route every 25 minutes. The bus will go from Chendani Koliwada to Dombivli west. Seven buses from the newly-acquired fleet of the TMT has a capacity of 55 passengers. The first service will start from Thane at 6:35am, while the last will leave at 9pm. From Dombivli, the first will leave at 8am and the last at 10:40pm. The minimum fare has been priced at Rs 7, while the highest fare will be Rs 33. The first service will start from Thane at 6:35am, while the last will leave at 9pm. From Dombivli, the first will leave at 8am and the last at 10:40pm. The minimum fare has been priced at Rs 7, while the highest fare will be Rs 33. Meanwhile, activists claim that the route skirts the city and is unlikely to make a major difference to residents. The new service has nearly 24 stops, of which barely eight fall under the TMC limits, while the rest come under Navi Mumbai and Kalyan municipal corporations. Some commuters feel that it would be better to travel by train than bus as it would just take 30 minutes, while by bus it would take over an hour. Activists have suggested curtailing the route or diverting it via Kalwa to make it more feasible or deploying the buses within the city, which is always facing a shortage. Meanwhile, TMT manager Sudhir Raut said that they are looking into the issue and claimed that they will take corrective action in case the demand is less on this route. ''The initial response is good. We will analyze the same for the next few weeks. The existinge route seems viable and residents will benefit from it,'' said Raut.
|2017-03-02||Thane real estate among top 20 in the world where rich want to invest: Survey - Hindustan Times|
Thane real estate among top 20 in the world where rich want to invest: Survey mumbai Updated: Mar 02, 2017 09:29 IST Naresh Kamath Hindustan Times Thane had several factories and industrial units which subsequently closed down to make way for real estate projects. Thane has become popular among the rich looking to buy a property, said a study. In a wealth report compiled by Knight Frank India Limited, a real estate consultancy firm, Thane is one of the 20 cities across the world, where the rich are currently looking forward to invest their wealth. According to Samantak Das, chief economist and national director (research), Knight Frank India, the satellite city has now emerged as a favourable destination for the rich people. Thane, with its superior infrastructure and overall connectivity, is becoming attractive for the rich people, said Das. Compared to Mumbai, people can get bigger houses with all the modern amenities in place. As far as investors are concerned, they get far better returns compared to the Mumbai realty market, he added. The proposed Metro to Thane has also pushed up demand for the place. Other cities that figured on the list include Shanghai, Istanbul, Berlin, Los Angeles, etc. Thane had several factories and industrial units which subsequently closed down to make way for real estate projects.Many information technology (IT) companies have also shifted their offices to Thane that is turning the city into a service and tech hub. In recent times, various well-known builders like Godrej Properties, Hiranandani Constructions Private Limited, Runwal Builders, Rustomjee, Vihang Group, Piramal Realty and Puranik Builders have all started projects in this city. Areas like Ghodbunder Road, Majiwada and Kasarvadavali which boast of good schools, premium malls and good healthcare facilities are in demand. According to Pratap Sarnaik, chairman and director, Vihang Group, which has three projects at Ghodbunder Road, the price factor is one of the advantageous point for the buyers. The prices are lower compared to Mumbai and we offer all modern amenities here, said Sarnaik. With the Mumbai realty sector facing exorbitant pricing and low sales coupled with fall in new launches, Thane is clearly emerging as an alternative.
|2017-03-02||Scrapped currency notes worth Rs 2.25 crore seized in Thane - Times of India|
Scrapped currency notes worth Rs 2.25 crore seized in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Mar 2, 2017, 10.47 PM IST THANE: The crime branch in three separate incidents has collectively seized demonetised currency notes to the tune of Rs. 2.25 crores in Thane. The police have detained a total of 6 persons in connection with possession of the notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 from three different locations of the city and they were to get the notes changed from the RBI, it was stated. The incident has once again exposed the racket prevalent after demonetisation, exchanging the old currency notes with a commission as high as 40-50 percent. In the first incident Rs. 46 lakh was seized from a trio who were also handing over the money to an agent who was supposed to meet them on Sunday at Jambli naka. Among those detained are Dayashankar Yadav(28), Pankaj Goel (40) and Sunik Muthuraj(29) and they were carrying old Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 in a bag .Yadav had drove down the two near Chintamani jewelers, Jambli Naka, said a police officer. In the second incident, the crime branch sleuths based on a tip-off that a person is going to come near Golden Dyes naka on Monday evening set a trap there and caught hold of a man who was carrying the money in his bag. The 36-year-old man, Chetan Randwa who was on his motorcycle had come to the spot with a bag filled with money to the tune of Rs 50 lakh. Randhwa claimed that he had just acted as a delivery boy to his friend and was handing over the money to an agent whom he was supposed to meet before he was caught. The agent was supposed to exchange the old money and give Randwa the new or valid notes with a percentage as high as 40-50 percent, said Nitin Thakre, the senior inspector, from crime branch unit-1. In the third incident two persons were trapped from the Tembhi naka area with a cash of Rs 1.29 crore. Based on a tip-off, Kishor Dambre, 35, a resident of Powai and Estate agent, Vinod Shinde, 42 were detained. The six persons have been detained and the cash has been handed over to the income tax department which is verifying the credentials and source of the money, Singh said.
|2017-03-02||Undertrial attacks cops in Thane jail - Times of India|
Undertrial attacks cops in Thane jail TNN | Updated: Mar 3, 2017, 09.50 AM IST THANE: An undertrial rape accused, Arman Nafiz Khan, lodged at Thane central jail attacked a prison official and a constable with a sharp-edged bowl on Thursday. Khan was arrested last year on the charges of raping a minor girl and was later slapped with MCOCA, said a police officer. The incident took place around 10 am, when prison official Sambhaji Pishe was taking a round of barrack number 2 at the jail. "Khan attacked Pishe with bowl. When constable Subhash Rabde tried to intervene, Khan attacked him too," said a police officer. After the attack, Khan started banging his head on a wall and threatened to frame the officials for violation of human rights, said the police. Pishe and Rabde sustained minor injuries and were treated at Thane civil hospital A case has been registered under section 332 of Indian Penal Code.
|2017-03-02||Thane: 2 constables arrested for graft - The Indian Express|
Thane: 2 constables arrested for graft By: PTI | Thane | Published: March 2, 2017 12:15 pm Two constables attached to District Rural Police were arrested for allegedly demanding and accepting bribe, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials said in Thane on Thursday. Criminal offences have been registered against the duo, posted at Khinavali police station under Sahapur division, inspector Vaishali Raskar, Thane ACB, said in a press note issued here. Constables Ramesh Nalavade (31) and Vikas Mafitrao (29) had demanded Rs 13,000 as bribe from the complainant for not lodging a case against his brother in a criminal case. The aggrieved then approached the ACB and filed a complaint against the two cops following which a ACB team laid a trap at a hotel yesterday and nabbed Nalavade red handed as soon as he received the bribe amount of Rs 8,000. Police later arrested Mafitrao from Khinavali police station. The accused have been booked under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act-1988.
|2017-03-02||15 academies involved in Army exam paper leak, say Thane cops - Hindustan Times|
15 academies involved in Army exam paper leak, say Thane cops mumbai Updated: Mar 03, 2017 01:03 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The police are now taking down the details of all the academies that are spread across Maharashtra. The police have found 15 more academies to be involved in leaking the questions for the Army Recruitment Board exam, which was to be held on Sunday. According to the police, the 15 institutions were in continuous contact with a Nagpur-based academy the epicentre of the racket. The police are now taking down the details of all the academies that are spread across Maharashtra. Last Sunday, the crime branch arrested 18 people and detained 350 students from, Pune, Goa and Nagpur for leaking the questions for the exam. The Thane crime branch took action based on a tip-off by a local man, who runs tutorial classes. The exam was to be held at 9am on Sunday, but has been postponed to next month. Students were given the questions and were made to practice writing answers at various venues in Pune, Goa and Nagpur. The police said the students were caught in simultaneous raids while in the middle of practice in halls in Pune, Nagpur and the terrace of a bar near Vagator beach at Goa. The police said the accused were paid Rs 4-5 lakh for each leaked paper. Meanwhile, a team from the Thane crime branch has gone to Nagpur to pick up three accused army clerks Nigamkumar Pandey, Dharam Singh and Ravindra Kumar, who will be produced in court on Friday. These three people have played a vital role in the scam and have been handed over to us by the Army in Nagpur said a police officer from Thane crime branch. A senior police inspector said, The fraudsters used to run classes in remote areas of Maharashtra and also along its border so that residents from high-end societies will not be able to approach them. The Nagpur-based academy used to lure students from other local classes with minimal fees. There were agents who used to approach the students and lured them with the prospect of good jobs after the exams. The police have been noting down all those who appeared for the exam in the past four years and will send a list to the Army headquarters.
|2017-03-02||TMC aims to be inclusive: Locals' say to determine budget spends - Times of India|
TMC aims to be inclusive: Locals' say to determine budget spends Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Mar 2, 2017, 10.30 PM IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has sought to include citizens in the planning and budget process and invited them to submit in writing their infrastructure needs in their areas, which would then be processed, analysed and included in the budget plan for 2017-18, said officials. The TMC has posted the questionnaire at http://opinion.tmconline.in and has asked the residents to respond in 10 days. However, few feel that the move to float a questionnaire inviting suggestions from citizens on developmental projects is a 'hurried initiative' and a 'complete eyewash'. "Obviously, not much thought has been given to this. How would the citizens come to know about this initiative? Is there any awareness campaign asking the citizens to come forward and drop their suggestions? How are they going to analyse the entire database of suggestions and which one of them will be incorporated in their budget plan? It is all a vague concept and merely an eyewash,'' said a senior TMC bureaucrat. He added that there is a possibility that the mandarins in the civic headquarters would blatantly misuse this initiative to forward their own agenda and get it approved in the budget plan. "Take for the instance the 13,000 sq meter plot near Viviana Mall, which was once reserved for a world-class planetarium and subsequently changed to an aquarium by a voice vote in the general body of the TMC. All of a sudden, the civic body has reversed the decision of the general body and instead floated plans to build a multi-storied parking lot. This decision was taken without the approval of the general body and there is a possibility that the same will be projected as a citizens' decision and budget provisions will be appropriated,'' added the officer. He added that almost all programmes of the government, including the 2005 Urban Reform Policy, the Integrated Mobility Plan and Amrut have insisted on citizens' participation and an inclusive development. "However, the plans remain on paper with the administration imposing its decision without a consultative process," he said.
|2017-03-02||Thane Mayoral poll: Shiv Sena fields Meenakshi Shinde - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Mayoral poll: Shiv Sena fields Meenakshi Shinde Thu, 2 Mar 2017-11:10pm , PTI Shiv Sena, which has bagged 67 seats in the recently held Thane Municipal Corporation poll, today fielded Meenakshi Shinde for the post of Mayor. The party also nominated Ramakant Madvi for Deputy Mayor's post. The duo filed their nominations for the March 6 poll in presence of Maharashtra Minister Ekanth Shinde. BJP, which has won 23 seats in the 131-member House, has fielded Ashadevi Singh for the Mayor's post and Mukesh Mokashi for the position of Deputy Mayor. NCP, which won 34 seats, has fielded Asrin Raut for the post of Mayor and Arti Gaikwad for the position of Deputy Mayor.
|2017-03-02||Two fire incidents in a day in Thane slums - Times of India|
Two fire incidents in a day in Thane slums Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Mar 2, 2017, 10.47 PM IST THANE: Two incidents of fire were reported in slums from various parts of the city on Thursday late evening. A fire broke out in the Shanti nagar slum settlements near Kalwa railway station around 7:30pm causing damage to six hutments late on Thursday. Fire officials and police on site along with a fire engine. Another minor blaze was also reported in the Rupadevi slums at indira nagar around 8:30pm. The cause of the blaze is yet to be ascertained and will be known only after investigations, informed an official. "No casualty or injury has been reported and the situation is under control in both incidents," informed an officer from the regional disaster management cell, Thane.
|2017-03-02||Seized wildlife artefacts to be burnt in Thane - Times of India|
Seized wildlife artefacts to be burnt in Thane Freny Fernandes | TNN | Mar 2, 2017, 11.44 PM IST Thane: In an attempt to stop the illegal trade of wildlife, the forest department along with the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) will organize an anti-poaching programme on the occasion of World Wildlife Day on Friday. Wildlife artefacts seized by the forest department will be burnt at the event. " There has been a rise in the illegal trade of wildlife. It has become a fashion statement to own a star turtle or a parakeet or other wildlife species that are protected by the Wildlife Protection Act," said M Maranko, regional deputy director, WCCB. "The objective of the event is to spread awareness about the laws pertaining to wildlife in India," said Sunil Limaye, chief conservator, Thane Forest Department.
|2017-03-01||Dubai woman threatens to release Thane man's nude video, demands money - Deccan Chronicle|
Dubai woman threatens to release Thane man's nude video, demands money PTI Published Mar 1, 2017, 9:23 am IST Updated Mar 1, 2017, 9:23 am IST Thane: A Dubai-based woman was booked by the police for allegedly demanding 4000 UAE dirhams from a city-based analyst after threatening him to release his nude video on a social networking site. Police have registered a case against the woman under section 385 (putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion) of IPC and under sections 66(A) and 67(A) of the Information Technology Act. As per the complaint lodged by the man (27), working as the analyst with an advertising firm, he had befriended the woman through online mobile applications when he had gone to a trip to Dubai earlier this month. He told the police though he never met the woman in person, they started seeing each other on applications like Skype after returning. During one such interaction, the woman recorded the man's video in buff and later threatened him to make it viral if he fails to pay the amount. The man approached Chitalsar police station last evening. No arrest is made in the case so far.
|2017-03-01||Thane court directs collector to auction property of Kalpataru - Moneycontrol.com|
Thane court directs collector to auction property of Kalpataru Source: Housing.com/news A court in Thane, on February 28, 2017, directed the district collector to auction the property of the now-defunct Kalpataru Marketing Company and clear the dues of the investors. Additional District and Sessions Judge, R A court in Thane, on February 28, 2017, directed the district collector to auction the property of the now-defunct Kalpataru Marketing Company and clear the dues of the investors. Additional District and Sessions Judge, PP Jadhav gave this directive, while going through the application-cum-report of the government on the Special Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) case against the company. See also: Thane: A residential destination in sync with modern home buyers Pravin Tembekar, who represented the investors duped by the company way back in 2004, said, “The company had an investor base in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and Gujarat. There were a total of 13 lakh investors and 3 lakh agents. At the time of closure, the company owed Rs 219 crores to all of them.” The company owns a total of 11 properties in Thane which are currently valued at Rs 20 crores. It also has properties in various other places in the state, including Pune, Kolhapur, Nashik, which have been attached by the authorities there. There are a total of 29 criminal cases filed in various locations in Maharashtra against the company’s management.
|2017-03-01||Rising mercury spurts ailments in Thane - Times of India|
Rising mercury spurts ailments in Thane Freny Fernandes | TNN | Mar 1, 2017, 06.35 PM IST THANE: Residents have been sweating it out as the temperature in the city has been rising since the past few weeks. The rise in mercury levels has affected the health of many residents as doctors' clinics are being flooded with patients complaining of various ailments. The rise in temperature, especially in the afternoon, is unbearable. Many have been complaining of dehydration, weakness, sunstroke and respiratory ailments. The maximum temperature reported in the city has risen from 34 degrees Celsius last week to as high as 39.6 degrees Celsius on Friday . Dr. Deepa Banjan, a general physician from Kalwa, said, "In the last one week, I have been receiving several patients complaining of dehydration, weakness, heat strokes, respiratory ailments and other heat-related illnesses." Another city-based doctor Ridhi Trivedi, said, ``Due to the scorching heat, the water content in the body decreases faster through sweat. Most people don't increase their fluid intake despite this, which leads to dehydration. This, in turn, leads to heat strokes, weakness, low immunity and so on. The pollution in the air, coupled with low immunity , has also increased the number of respiratory ailments. In the past week, my clinic has been full with such patients." Officials from the Met de partment have said that the temperatures will remain high for a couple of days. So, doctors have advised citizens to drink a lot of water and refrain from travelling between 12 and 3, when the heat is very high. "To build immunity , one needs by increase the intake of veggies and fruits. Also, amla, lemon, tulsi and other vitaminrich foods are good during summer. Drinking a lot of room-temperature water will also decrease the chances of dehydration. Citizens must also try to refrain from going to crowded places in the heat.While stepping out they should wear light coloured cotton clothes and always cover the head with an umbrella, hat or a scarf," Dr. Banjan said.
|2017-03-01||Thane civic chief to present vision document with budget - Business Standard|
Thane civic chief to present vision document with budget Press Trust of India | Thane (Maha) March 1, 2017 Last Updated at 19:57 IST Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal today said budget for 2017-18 will take into consideration requirements of the citizens. "Along with the budget proposals, I will present a vision document for the next five years for the city," Jaiswal told reporters here. Civic officials are preparing the said document, he said, adding suggestions of the citizens would also find a place in it.
|2017-03-01||Political hoardings reappear post poll - Times of India|
Political hoardings reappear post poll Freny Fernandes | TNN | Mar 1, 2017, 05.10 PM IST THANE: Dozens of hoardings with faces of political candidates and banners with Thank You messages for city voters seem to have cropped up in various parts of the city after a short break during the election code of conduct. While hundreds of Thaneites have been spending the last couple of weeks beautifying the walls around with colours and art, these political parties have negated the entire drive by putting up these eyesores in the public domain. Be it billboards of party leaders and winning corporators thanking citizens for their votes, flags outside the party offices or even banners promoting their future plans for citizens, these politicos have left no stone unturned when it comes to making up for their break from these activities during the election code of conduct. Residents said that these political advertisements and hoardings have ruined their wall painting and Swachh Bharat campaigns. Smruti Sawant, a Naupada resident, said, "Over the past few months we have been participating in cleanliness drives and undertook wall beautification initiatives to help make the city look vibrant.What is the point of such citizen initiatives if the first thing I see after opening my window are the ugly hoardings of political parties.They could have used the money wasted in the hoardings to help residents." Meanwhile, citizen activists asserted that as the Bombay high court has released several instructions to curb the menace of illegal banners and hoardings in the past, these actions of the politicos are directly disrespectful to the government authorities and will only stop if the election code of conduct is applicable throughout the year. "The political parties don't seem to be afraid of any government organisation except the Election Commission, which could affect their candidates' coming to power.This is why all the illegal rallies, hoardings, etc disappeared before the elections. Now that they have secured their seats, they are back to their old tricks, as they don't seem to fear any authorities," said Dr Mahesh Bedekar, citizen activist from Thane. Bedekar asked that if citizens' representatives don't obey the laws, how can people be expected to follow in their footsteps. "The only way to ensure the permanent removal of these hoardings is if the election code of conduct is made applicable not only before the elections, but also throughout the term of the elected corporators," said Bedekar.
|2017-03-01||Thane creek should be made a Ramsar site, BNHS says - Times of India|
Thane creek should be made a Ramsar site, BNHS says Freny Fernandes | TNN | Mar 1, 2017, 06.40 PM IST THANE: The bio-diversity rich Thane Creek has been sought to be designated as one of the wetland sites of international significance as per the Ramsar Convention on the occasion of the World Wetlands Day on Thursday. The Creek was recently declared as a Flamingos Sanctuary by the Government of Maharashtra and hosts more than 30,000 to 40,000 Greater and Lesser flamingos for nearly six months every year. Besides flamingos, the creek is the winter refuge for many species of migratory birds including large number of Pied Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits, Common Redshanks, stints and sand plovers, different species of fishes, crabs and other small organisms living in the wetlands here. Such wetlands offer a variety of ecosystem services like they harbour a variety of plants, support a number of animal and bird species, attract migratory birds, help avoid floods by soaking up excess rain water, and purify water. The state forest department had identified and proposed five prominent wetlands including Aurangabad's Jaikwadi Bird Sanctuary, Pune's Ujni Reservoir, Mumbai's Sewri Creek or Mahul-Sewri Mudflats, Nashik's Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary, and Buldhana's Lonar Lake Sanctuary to be declared as Ramsar sites back in 2013. The rampant deforestation of mangroves, pollution, poaching of the rare birds and urgent need for conservation of the biodiversity rich Thane creek and Jalgaon's Hatnur Damn pushed the Bombay Natural History Society to add them to this proposed list, on Thursday. "Wetlands have been ignored as useless wastelands, and have always lost the battle with development and construction. These wetlands, marshlands, grasslands and salt pans along the Thane creek have been suffering from rampant construction activities, pollution and degradation of the green zone. The entire cycle of ecosystem they host from small micro-organisms, fish and plant life to birds which feed on them have faced repercussions as well. Maharashtra doesn't comprise even one Ramsar sites till today, and it is high time that sites like the Thane creek are put on that list," said Clara Correia, Thane based zoologist and bird watcher. "Maharashtra has a number of wetlands among which a few have been declared as Important Bird Areas (IBAs) by BNHS owing to the huge number of birds congregating here. Among the five sites that were already proposed by the forest department, four are IBAs. We studied the Thane Creek area and the Hatnur Dam and realised that they too deserve to be on this Ramsar list, and submitted it to the convention," said Deepak Apte, director of BNHS. "The Ramsar convention is an international treaty which focuses on conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, recognizing their ecological functions along with economic, cultural and scientific values. The proposed sites easily qualify for being declared as Ramsar sites as they fulfil the nine specific criteria listed by the Ramsar convention," Apte added. If the proposal is accepted, the Thane Creek will feature among the first few Ramsar sites of Maharashtra and join the 26 other prestigious wetland sites or Ramsar Sites across the nation. "India is a signatory to the Ramsar Convention. The declaration of these seven sites as Ramsar sites would help garner global recognition to these wetlands. It would also promote the conservation of the wetlands as a habitat, in turn conserving the varied biodiversity they harbour as well as ensure water security of the region," added Apte.
|2017-03-01||Thane in Maharashtra identified as among 20 global neighbourhood hotspots - Forbes India|
Thane in Maharashtra identified as among 20 global neighbourhood hotspots BY SALIL PANCHAL Forbes India Staff PUBLISHED: Mar 1, 2017 The good news is likely to last, at least for the rich. So says a latest wealth report from property consultancy Knight Frank, based on a survey of the world’s richest people across the globe. According to the report, India is likely to see a 150 percent jump in the number of super-rich over the next ten years. India witnessed a 12 percent increase of ultra-high-networth individuals (UHNWIs) between 2015 and 2016. According to the study, the wealth of the rich has been on the rise due to a combination of factors: A surge in stocks and commodity prices across the globe (where a majority of their investments are), strengthening of the dollar against several currencies and a rise in value of their investments in their businesses. The survey is based on responses from about 900 of the world’s leading private bankers and wealth advisors. The definition of an UHNWI for the report has been pegged at $30 million or more in net assets, according to Knight Frank. In India, Mumbai has around 1,340 ultra-rich, followed by Delhi with 680. According to the report, Mumbai ranks 21st in the city wealth index ahead of cities such as Toronto, Washington DC, Moscow, Bangkok and Seattle. Office property is seen as a top sector for investment and the logistics sector is also seen to be an interesting investment opportunity for wealthy Indians. At least 40 percent of the wealthy said they are likely to invest in residential property in India in the next two years, while 25 percent said it would be overseas. The study shows that UHNWIs in India prefer countries such as Singapore, United Kingdom, UAE, USA and Hong Kong for owning a property. India’s real estate sector, particularly residential, has seen a sluggish pace of growth over the past 2-3 years. But the survey shows that “income returns” do not emerge as a priority concern for UHNWIs in India. However, they do feel that potential fall in the value of an asset and political uncertainties will be major threats to wealth creation in the next five years. The report also mentions Thane (Majiwada-Kasarvadavali) as one of the 20 ‘hotspot neighbourhoods’ in the world which are expected to outperform the property markets, based on parameters like strong infrastructure and job opportunities, which could result in improved property prices, and, in turn, investment value. The other regions include Mayfair (London), Dubai, Randwick (Sydney), West Aspen, Lower east side (Manhattan), Hancock Park, Los Angeles and Kamogawa region (Kyoto). “Over the last ten years, we have seen annually 500 new UHNWIs being added in India and we expect this number to double to 1,000 every year in the coming decade,” said Samantak Das, chief economist and national director at Knight Frank India.
|2017-03-01||An army personnel may have leaked recruitment papers: Cop - Times of India|
An army personnel may have leaked recruitment papers: Cop Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Mar 1, 2017, 10.41 PM IST Thane: The Thane police is now on the lookout for the person who has sent leaked question papers of the army recruitment board a day before the exams, which were scheduled on Sunday. The agents who were present at the three centers - Pune, Nagpur and Goa, which were raided during the wee hours of Sunday had received the question papers on their mobile phones through a messaging application. "The accused, Santosh Shinde, who was the head of the center in Nagpur, was the first to have received the question papers on his phone and the same was forwarded to Dhanaji Jadhav and Ranjit Jadhav, who were leading the Pune and Goa centers respectively," said a senior police officer. The police are now trying to track the one who sent the papers to Shinde. "We have the details of the one who sent the leaked papers to the center head and are looking out for him. It is suspected that he is an army personnel," said Parag Manere, deputy commissioner of police, crime branch.
|2017-03-01||Rs 2.25 cr in old banknotes seized, 6 held in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Rs 2.25 cr in old banknotes seized, 6 held in Thane India Updated: Mar 02, 2017 01:34 IST PTI, Thane (Maharashtra) Police in Thane in Maharashtra on Wednesday said they have seized Rs 2.25 crore in demonetised notes and detained six persons in the last one week. On February 25, we seized Rs 46 lakh in demonetised currency and detained three persons. On February 27, officials of the Thane crime branch detained one person and seized currency worth Rs 50 lakh, joint commissioner of police Asuthosh Dhumre told reporters. Yesterday (Tuesday), we detained two persons and seized demonetised currency notes worth Rs 1.29 crore, he added.Read more HDFC, ICICI, Axis to charge you at least Rs 150 after four free transactions a month. Tax officers say GST will curtail their career growth, write to PMO.
|2017-03-01||Man held for exchanging old currency worth Rs 50L - Times of India|
Man held for exchanging old currency worth Rs 50L Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Mar 1, 2017, 10.22 PM IST Thane: Sleuths from the crime branch unit - 1 nabbed a 36-year-old man with old currency notes worth Rs 50 lakh. One Chetan Randhwa had come to Thane, Golden Dyes junction to get the old notes exchanged on Tuesday. Police said they had prior information about a deal being struck near the Golden Dyes junction where a man would come to exchange old notes. "As decided, Chetan Randhwa came on a bike with a bag filled with old currency. On spotting the man, the cops swooped down on him and detained him. A search revealed that he was carrying Rs 50 lakh invalid currency," said assistant police inspector Sandip Bagul from crime branch unit-1. A similar incident had happened last week, where the cops had detained three people with old notes valued Rs 46 lakh. "Dayashankar Yadav, Pankaj Goel and Sunik Bhanushali were carrying old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in a bag," added Bagul.
|2017-03-01||Political hoardings reappear post polls - Times of India|
Political hoardings reappear post polls Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Mar 2, 2017, 12.12 PM IST Thane: Dozens of hoardings with faces of political candidates and banners with Thank You messages for city voters seem to have cropped up in various parts of the city after a short break during the election code of conduct. While hundreds of Thaneites have been spending the last couple of weeks beautifying the walls around with colours and art, these political parties have negated the entire drive by putting up these eyesores in the public domain. Be it billboards of party leaders and winning corporators thanking citizens for their votes, flags outside the party offices or even banners promoting their future plans for citizens, these politicos have left no stone unturned when it comes to making up for their break from these activities during the election code of conduct. Residents said that these political advertisements and hoardings have ruined their wall painting and Swachh Bharat campaigns. Smruti Sawant, a Naupada resident, said, "Over the past few months we have been participating in cleanliness drives and undertook wall beautification initiatives to help make the city look vibrant. What is the point of such citizen initiatives if the first thing I see after opening my window are the ugly hoardings of political parties. They could have used the money wasted in the hoardings to help residents." Meanwhile, citizen activists asserted that as the Bombay high court has released several instructions to curb the menace of illegal banners and hoardings in the past, these actions of the politicos are directly disrespectful to the government authorities and will only stop if the election code of conduct is applicable throughout the year. "The political parties don't seem to be afraid of any government organisation except the Election Commission, which could affect their candidates' coming to power. This is why all the illegal rallies, hoardings, etc disappeared before the elections. Now that they have secured their seats, they are back to their old tricks, as they don't seem to fear any authorities," said Dr Mahesh Bedekar, citizen activist from Thane. Bedekar asked that if citizens' representatives don't obey the laws, how can people be expected to follow in their footsteps. "The only way to ensure the permanent removal of these hoardings is if the election code of conduct is made applicable not only before the elections, but also throughout the term of the elected corporators," said Bedekar.