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|2015-04-30||MCPS trustees vote to offer Thane interim superint|
MCPS trustees vote to offer Thane interim superintendent position Apr 29, 2015 Nine out of 10 Missoula County Public Schools trustees present voted in favor of offering an interim superintendent contract worth $145,000 to Mark Thane. Several audience members spoke highly of Thane before the interview began at Sentinel High School on Wednesday evening. "He is Missoula. He is MCPS," said Sheri Postma, president of MMCEO, the union which represents the district's classified workers. "I hope that that's a reflection of the value that I place on relationships," Thane said about the supportive comments afterward. Thane currently serves as the human resources director for the district and is the only candidate who applied for the one-year, interim superintendent position that was posted internally earlier this month. The job became open when Superintendent Alex Apostle announced he was leaving MCPS for a job in Washington. Thane said his acceptance of the post will depend on the contract, but added he looks forward to the opportunities the position will present. "I'm a glass half full kind of guy," he told trustees. The Missoula native is a product of MCPS and received undergraduate and graduate degrees of the University of Montana. His education career has spanned more than 30 years and he has held positions throughout the district as a teacher and administrator, as well as worked as principal at Target Range School District. If he takes the district's helm, his first priority will be establishing a working relationship with trustees, Thane said, adding the believes constructive dissent is beneficial to the decision making process but the board also must be efficient to take care of business. Another top priority is building community support and understanding of the proposed $88 million elementary district and $70 million high school district bond measures. "It's well past time," he said about the need for updated buildings. Thane has experience with several building projects, including a bond measure at Target Range School District and an expansion project at C.S. Porter Middle School. He added he would reach out to feeder school districts, such as Hellgate Elementary and Target Range to engage them in the bond measure issues, as well as in the larger district. Currently, students from outlying districts participate in freshman orientation, but there are not many other avenues for them to learn more about or be engaged in MCPS. "And I would like to see that change," Thane said. During the interview, Thane also said that district tenets, such as the district's overarching goals, should be routinely reviewed to make sure they are being met and are relevant. Specialized programs, such as career academies, are important to engage students, Thane said. "We need to engage students differently than we have in the past," he said. However, programs must be evaluated to make sure that they are meeting district goals and contributing to student achievement. Program implementation also must be evaluated, Thane said. After fixed costs and employee pay and benefits are covered, the district does not have many discretionary funds and so outside funding sources are important to help fund innovative programs, such as career academies, Thane said. Although the funding that the Shape P20 grant has provided for starting several programs including the Spanish dual-language immersion program at Paxson Elementary School is not guaranteed long-term, it has provided for materials and professional development, he said. "None of that training goes away," he added. His guiding principle throughout his tenure as superintendent would be personal integrity and Thane said he wants to be able to hold his head high knowing he did his job to the best of his ability. "The students who we serve are the children of my friends, neighbors," he said. *** Board chairman Joseph Knapp Jr. cast the lone nay vote, saying the offer did not go far enough to support Thane and the difficult decisions he will have to make as superintendent. Rather, Knapp suggested the board consider offering Thane the interim contract with the explicit understanding that if Thane's performance over the coming school year is up to par that he would receive a longer-term contract. "I just wanted to make a point," Knapp said about his vote, adding he has confidence in Thane's ability to competently fill the post. Looking outside of MCPS for a long-term superintendent when trustees already have a qualified, compassionate and passionate person for the job is a waste of resources, said Carleen Hathaway, secretary of MMCEO. "The man is amazing," she said, adding he looks at problems as opportunities and does what's best for students. "It has to be about the community and the students and the staff," she said. If Thane accepts the position, a formal contract will go before trustees for approval during their regular May meeting.
|2015-04-29||Auto rickshaws go on strike in Thane city - Mid-Da|
Auto rickshaws go on strike in Thane city By A Correspondent | Posted 29-Apr-2015 Thane: Hundreds of autorickshaws in Thane city went off street on Wednesday morning. The strike was called by the autorickshaws union to press for their demands which include abolishing rule that states that an autorickshaw driver must be a Maharashtra resident for 15 years to be eligible for a permit, making permits available online and taking action against private mini buses which ply on city roads. Due to the strike, office goers had a harrowing time in reaching their workplaces. Poor civic transport service in the city forced many to rely on share autos to reach the railway station. City buses were overcrowded and people were desperately seen looking for autos. "The city bus service in Thane is not up to the mark, as services are not frequent. Due to which I rely on share autos to reach station. I will be late to work today because of the strike," said Santosh Wagh, a local. However, very few autos were seen plying on the roads. The rickshaw stand at city's railway station area, which is usually packed, had a deserted look with heavy police bandobast. Many commuters who had come from long distance journeys had to wait for a long time to get autos.
|2015-04-29||Autos go off the road in Thane - Times of India|
Autos go off the road in Thane Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Apr 29, 2015, 12.08 PM IST THANE: Auto rickshaws stayed off the road in Thane on Wednesday morning causing inconvenience to thousands of residents and office-goers who were compelled to trek down to the railway station or force into the TMT buses which were brimming to capacity. The auto rickshaw strike is believed to be a pressure tactic on the transport authorities to give in to the demands of a union led by local RPI leader Jitendra Indise who is on an indefinite hunger strike since Tuesday. The union had also demanded speedy issuance of new auto rickshaw permits. Indise has also asked the RTO authorities to clamp down on the private bus operators who illegally ferry commuters from the railway station to their destination at Ghodbunder Road. The decision to go off the road appears to be a well-planned move to invite the attention of the authorities to their demands. For the common man, however, the day began with frustrating long walk or standing on the foot board of the TMT bus to reach the Thane railway station.
|2015-04-29||Thane: 20 Bangladeshis get 2 years jail for illega|
Thane: 20 Bangladeshis get 2 years jail for illegal stay Wed, 29 Apr 2015-10:10pm , Thane , PTI A local court has awarded two years of imprisonment to 20 Bangladeshi nationals for staying illegally in India. The Anti Human Trafficking cell of Thane district rural police had apprehended the twenty people from Mira Bhayander near Thane in January 2013. When asked for, none of them could furnish any valid documents that could prove that they are Indian citizens, police had said. According to police, all of them belonged to Bangladesh and had been residing in Mira-Bhayander area since at least a year before they were held. On Monday, Thane Assistant Sessions Judge S G Girdhari held them guilty of illegal stay and awarded two years simple imprisonment to each. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on each, failing which they have to serve another six months jail term. The judge held them guilty of offences punishable under sections of the Foreigners Act, 1946 and Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950. Those convicted are Nazma Akram Shaikh (37), Zarina Akram Shaikh (40), Shahanur Farukh Shaikh, (40), Firoza Foka Aladar (40), Makhuja Musa Biswas (40), Nazma Arshadali Sardar (45), Ruchi Rehmat Khaleda (27), Kabir Abdulaher Ali (19), Jamirhusain Isaq Haldar (33), Badchu Mohd. Idris Mulla (45), Nilo Sarhar Kazi (48), Jakir Sattar Kazi (45), Afroza Shukur Shaikh (22), Aliya Mohd Kamal Mulla (25), Hasina Akram Mulla (35), Ayesha Alamgir Fakir (25), Vajifa Abed Mulla (22), Noorjaha Shariful Islam (25), Rubina Shivtan Kazi (48) and Parvin Alam Khan (25).
|2015-04-29||Citizens denied facilities at Thane club, move cou|
Citizens denied facilities at Thane club, move court Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Apr 29, 2015, 01.02 PM IST THANE: Citizens upset at the denial of recreation facilities in a Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) owned club have filed a PIL in the high court against the civic administration and the private contractor appointed by the TMC to run the civic amenity near the Raheja complex here. The club which has been built on tax payers money on a reserved TMC plot has now been leased to a hospitality firm which is said to be associated with a former Mumbai encounter specialist who is aspiring to be a politician. The club has range of facilities including a Olympic size indoor swimming pool, squash and badminton courts, gymnasium and huge space for a cafeteria. The recreation centre was built to provide CCI like facilities to the common Thankears' at hugely concessional rates. However, the TMC headed by the Shiv Sena and the BJP "gifted" the facility to a private firm to run the show for couple of years and allowing them the freedom to levy the "hefty" charges for the services. Residents who were for years paying Rs 6,500 for the pool and other recreation facilities were suddenly asked to shell out Rs 80,000 for the annual club membership. Irked with nearly ten fold hike in the services, a group of swimmers collectively led one A Sawant moved the high court against the arbitrary hike. Besides challenging exorbitant hike in the membership fee the petitioner has raised question over the administrative procedure followed by the civic body for allowing a private firm to go ahead with the "excessive" rise in membership fee for the club services. The petition is scheduled to come up for hearing next month.
|2015-04-29||Boycotted in Thane, Amul seeks police cover; Mahar|
Boycotted in Thane, Amul seeks police cover; Maharashtra government likely to send errant vendors behind bars for overcharging TNN | Apr 29, 2015, 11.41 PM IST MUMBAI: Even as Amul, India's largest dairy, on Wednesday sought police escort to overcome the boycott of its milk in Thane, there were indications that the state government may invoke the Essential Commodities Act with non-bailable provisions against errant vendors to check overcharging. Controller of legal metrology (weights and measures) Sanjay Pandey said legal experts pointed out that milk is classified as an essential commodity under the Act. "Certain offences in the Act, in fact, are non-bailable, so we may invoke disciplinary action under those sub sections," he added. On Wednesday, minister for food and civil supplies Girish Bapat met Amul, Gokul, Mahanand and Aarey representatives, along with other dairy officials and suppliers. "It was a brief meeting where he said we should ensure customers are not forced to pay more than MRP," Sameer Nagle, regional head, Amul, said. Bapat told dairies that they will have to invest in infrastructure and the issue of margin is an internal one and citizens can't be held to ransom for this. Bapat told distributors that regardless of margin, demanding more than the MRP is illegal. Since 1995, milk vendors have been forcing consumers to pay Rs 2-Rs 3 extra per litre citing refrigeration costs, which works out to Rs 5,760 crore and counting. They are now boycotting five brands which pay them poor commission. Retailers complained dairies invest crores of rupees towards infrastructure, sponsorships and advertisements, but refuse to increase margins. Much of the anger is directed at Amul, so much so that the battle is spiralling into a Maharashtra-Gujarat issue. In the last four years, shopkeepers have imposed an informal ban on this brand of milk. "This brand is the one that has increased the price of milk 19 times since 2006. Other dairies follow its lead. Our margins have not increased though," said shopkeeper Anil Agle. "How is a farmers' cooperative like Amul spending crores of rupees sponsoring a TV show ? It can pay Rs 2.5 lakh for a 30-second TV commercial, but can't bring margins to even those levels offered by far smaller dairies?" asked Prakash Nayakal, treasurer, Akhil Maharashtra Doodh Vikreta Sangh. Amul's marketing head in Anand, Manoranjan Pani, is not perturbed by the boycott. "Our business is intact. We are happy that the authorities in Mumbai are taking action against overcharging. We have similar retailer margins across India and any revision will mean passing the burden to consumers as it involves increasing MRP. Advertising is a sales component of any business and ours is no different," he said. Dairies remain non-committal about increasing retailer margins. Amul said the question is "premature" and Gokul's Vashi plant manager Dhairyasheel Ghorpade said, "We have assured retailers we'll look into the matter once our board meets after 15 days. "
|2015-04-29||Thane to get a coastal promenade - I am in dna of |
Thane to get a coastal promenade Wednesday, 29 April 2015 - 4:16pm IST | Team Iamin.in Thaneites may soon enjoy a walk along the banks of the Thane creek at Mumbra Rethibunder. A plan to develop this coastline is now underway. The coastline development is likely to boost tourism while also ensuring that the open spaces along the creek remain free from encroachments. The encroachments that currently exist here are however posing a big challenge in the coastline development plan. Efforts to destroy the illegal structures here in the past have mostly failed. Resident of Thane too are looking forward to a promenade across the Thane creek similar to the one at Bandra and Khar. A similar plan to develop the Upvan lake area is also being considered. Meanwhile, locals near the coastline of Parsik-Mumbra on Monday, April 27 staged a protest against the notices issued by the collector office to demolish their structures.
|2015-04-29||Boycotted in Thane, Amul seeks police cover; state|
Boycotted in Thane, Amul seeks police cover; state likely to send errant vendors behind bars Bella Jaisinghani & Chittaranjan Tembhekar | TNN | Apr 30, 2015, 02.28 AM IST MUMBAI: Even as Amul, India's largest dairy, on Wednesday sought police escort to overcome the boycott of its milk in Thane, there were indications that the state government may invoke the Essential Commodities Act with non-bailable provisions against errant vendors to check overcharging. Controller of legal metrology (weights and measures) Sanjay Pandey said legal experts pointed out that milk is classified as an essential commodity under the Act. "Certain offences in the Act, in fact, are non-bailable, so we may invoke disciplinary action under those sub sections," he added. On Wednesday, minister for food and civil supplies Girish Bapat met Amul, Gokul, Mahanand and Aarey representatives, along with other dairy officials and suppliers. "It was a brief meeting where he said we should ensure customers are not forced to pay more than MRP," Sameer Nagle, regional head, Amul, said. Bapat told dairies that they will have to invest in infrastructure and the issue of margin is an internal one and citizens can't be held to ransom for this. Bapat told distributors that regardless of margin, demanding more than the MRP is illegal. Since 1995, milk vendors have been forcing consumers to pay Rs 2-Rs 3 extra per litre citing refrigeration costs, which works out to Rs 5,760 crore and counting. They are now boycotting five brands which pay them poor commission. Retailers complained dairies invest crores of rupees towards infrastructure, sponsorships and advertisements, but refuse to increase margins. Much of the anger is directed at Amul, so much so that the battle is spiralling into a Maharashtra-Gujarat issue. In the last four years, shopkeepers have imposed an informal ban on this brand of milk. "This brand is the one that has increased the price of milk 19 times since 2006. Other dairies follow its lead. Our margins have not increased though," said shopkeeper Anil Agle. "How is a farmers' cooperative like Amul spending crores of rupees sponsoring a TV show ? It can pay Rs 2.5 lakh for a 30-second TV commercial, but can't bring margins to even those levels offered by far smaller dairies?" asked Prakash Nayakal, treasurer, Akhil Maharashtra Doodh Vikreta Sangh. Amul's marketing head in Anand, Manoranjan Pani, is not perturbed by the boycott. "Our business is intact. We are happy that the authorities in Mumbai are taking action against overcharging. We have similar retailer margins across India and any revision will mean passing the burden to consumers as it involves increasing MRP. Advertising is a sales component of any business and ours is no different," he said. Dairies remain non-committal about increasing retailer margins. Amul said the question is "premature" and Gokul's Vashi plant manager Dhairyasheel Ghorpade said, "We have assured retailers we'll look into the matter once our board meets after 15 days. "
|2015-04-28||Thane residents turn to tetra packs as milk boycot|
Thane residents turn to tetra packs as milk boycott on Tue, 28 Apr 2015-06:45am , DNA As Thane City Milk Business Welfare Association continues its boycott of five major milk brands in the city, the residents have been forced to buy tetra packs for their daily consumption. The association has boycotted five major milk brands, namely Gokul, Mother Dairy, Warna, Mahananda and Amul demanding an increase in commission. The boycott started on April 22 and despite several meetings the issue has not yet been resolved. Besides Thane, the boycott has affected Kalwa, Mumbra, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai as well. Nitesh K Patil, a Thane resident, said: "Since yesterday, I am not getting any milk brand other than Amul. It's very annoying since I have developed taste and affinity for a particular brand." "I am facing a problem because of the boycott and have started buying tetra packs. But I cannot go on compromising with the purity and brand," says Sandesh Kalsiwal, a Ghodbunder Road resident. PD Chodnekar, joint secretary of the association, said: "Though we met with the representatives of all the brands concerned, nothing has been settled. Hence we will continue our boycott and spread it to Mumbai as well."
|2015-04-27||Victim Seeks Clarification From Card Issuing Bank |
Victim Seeks Clarification From Card Issuing Bank On Fraud V Narayan | TNN | Apr 27, 2015, 10.08 AM IST THANE: The branch manager of a nationalized bank, whose credit card was fraudulently used online last November, could finally breathe easy when the money was reversed back to her bank account early this month. Smita Shinde's credit card was swiped for an online payment made on a website based in Paris, though she was present her Thane home at that time. Immediately on receiving a transaction alert for 65 euros (Rs 5,678), she called up the private bank which had issued the credit card and got the same blocked. "I was shocked when I got an alert on my mobile phone about a transaction late in the night. I immediately contacted the bank's customer care centre, got the credit card blocked and enquired about the transaction. I was told by a ban's representative that a transaction on my credit card was done on 'Webocam', a site which is based in Paris," Shinde told TOI. However, Shinde claimed that while the bank's representative had assured her that the money would be reversed to her account soon, it took months for the same. "Since I was too preoccupied with my work, I was unable to lodge a police complaint. However, I had submitted a complaint about the disputed transaction on the Paris- based website to the bank," she said. The transaction on Shinde's credit card was done on November 12 at 11.26pm. "The shocker is that I was physically present in India, but the transaction was done at a foreign location. I am the only user of the credit card and I have never used it for any international transaction," she said. The money, according to the bank, was reversed in the first week of April. "After the bank's visa division completed the probe, the money was reversed. The customer also delayed submitting the dispute form which delayed the process," the official said. "I don't know if they have also reversed the interest charged on the disputed amount. For the last six months, the bank's recovery department has been pestering me for payment of the disputed amount and it was as good as harassment as I kept getting calls from them while I was at work. I have sought a clarification from the bank on how the credit card fraud occurred," she said.
|2015-04-26||Thane man kills wife before committing suicide - M|
Thane man kills wife before committing suicide By PTI | Posted 26-Apr-2015 Thane: A 27-year-old man allegedly killed his wife and later ended his own life by jumping before a speeding train early today, police said. The man identified as Atul Ramesh Tribhuvan and his wife Guddi (24), lived with their two children, a six-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter, in a slum in Azad Nagar in the city, police said. They had been married since 2008. Atul, who worked as helper in a chemical factory, had shifted to Thane for his job around four months back, from their native place Shrirampur in Ahmednagar district, police said, adding, the motive behind the crime was not yet known. "Around 6.30 am today, Tribhuvan took a sharp knife and slit Guddi's throat, when their two children were asleep. He then covered her face with a bed-sheet and left the knife beside her body. Atul then locked the door from outside and went to Thane railway station," Sushil Kadam, senior police inspector of Kapurbawdi police station said. On reaching the railway station around 7.30 am, Atul went to the platform number six and jumped before a speeding train. The Railway police alerted Atul's colleagues, who in turn informed his relatives. "The relatives who rushed home found the house locked from outside. After the door was broken open, they found Guddi was lying dead in a pool of blood, while the children were still asleep," Kadam said.
|2015-04-26||Thane bank manager falls victim to card fraud - Ti|
Thane bank manager falls victim to card fraud V Narayan | TNN | Apr 27, 2015, 02.11 AM IST THANE: A nationalized bank branch manager's credit card was fraudulently swiped to make online payment in Paris when she was physically present at her Thane home in November last year. Immediately on receiving the transaction alert for 65 euro (Rs 5,678) done to shop card victim Smita Shinde called the ICICI bank customer care and blocked the card. The bank has reversed back Shinde's card account with the money which was fraudulently transferred for making online payment. The fraudulently transferred money, according to the bank, was reversed in the first week of April. "I was shocked when I got an alert on mobile about a transaction at late night. Then I immediately contacted the bank's Customer care centre then and got the card blocked and enquired about transaction. I was told by the bank's representative that transaction from my card has been done from Webocam shoppind site which is based in Paris," Shinde told TOI. Shinde claimed that the bank was very courteous and assured to reverse back the money but it delayed to do it. "Being busy with the bank's work I was unable to lodge a police complaint but submitted the dispute transaction complained with the bank then," she said. The transaction of EUR 65 on Shinde's credit card was done on November 12 at 11.26pm. "The shocker is I was physically present in India and at my Thane home and the transaction is done fraudulently at a foreign location. I am a single user of the card and has never used my card for any international transaction," she said. After complaining the fraud with the bank Shinde submitted the dispute letter to reverse back the fraudulent transaction that was processed from her card. The bank official confirmed TOI that they have reversed the money to Shinde's card. "After the bank's visa division completed the probe the money was reversed. The customer also delayed in submitting the dispute form which delayed the process," the official said. The card victim said the bank have reversed it. ``I don't know if they have reversed the interest charged on disputed amount also. Secondly, ICICI recovery dept pestering for payment of this amount, during this 6 months time, it was as good as harassment to get calls during office time. Thirdly, now they expect me to activate credit card. I asked them clarification of how this fraud happened?" she said. The crime --The bank manager was at her home when she receives bank alert about the fraudulent transaction done through her card to make online payment for 65Euro --The victim complaint the same with the bank immediately at night and blocked the card --she has never used the card for any international transaction --the transaction dispute form was filled in February and the bank carried out probe before reversing the transaction in April Advisory Preventing credit/debit card fraud By taking certain precautions, a user can prevent their credit or debit card from being misused both online and offline. --Do not provide photocopies of both the sides of the credit card to anyone. The card verification value (CVV) which is required for online transactions is printed on the reverse of the card. Anyone can use the card for online purchases if the information is available with them. --Do not click on links in email seeking details of your account, they could be phishing emails from fraudsters. Most reputed companies will ask you to visit their website directly. -- While using a credit card for making payments online, check if the website is secure The CVV will also be required. -- Do not give any information to persons seeking credit card information over phone -- Notify your bank / credit card issuer if you do not receive the monthly credit card statement on time. If a credit card is misplaced or lost, get it cancelled immediately. (Courtesy: Mumbai Police) What you should do if you lose money from your account --Victims should immediately 1.) Block the card calling customer care 2.) Raise the card dispute and provide with relevant details to the Issuing Bank. 3.) File a complaint to cyber police station/cyber cell/near by police station 4.) They should apply for new card and keep the details secured. 5.) Many users have credit card but do not use it online. They need to register for 2 Factor Authentication and do not provide their personal identifying and sensitive information to anyone on phone.
|2015-04-25||Thane only applicant for interim MCPS superintende|
Thane only applicant for interim MCPS superintendent ALICE MILLER email@example.com Apr 24, 2015 Only one applicant submitted his name for consideration to be Missoula County Public Schools' interim superintendent for the coming year. Mark Thane, who currently serves as the districts director of human resources and labor relations, will be interviewed by trustees during a special board meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Sentinel High Schools cafeteria. Trustees decided earlier this month to hire an interim superintendent out of the current employee pool, rather than searching outside of the district. Several said they preferred an internal hire because the person would already be well versed in district initiatives and projects, including the $88 million elementary district and $70 million high school district bond measures set for the November election. The position became open when current Superintendent Alex Apostle announced in March that he is leaving at the end of the school year for a superintendent post in Washington. While several MCPS employees are superintendent caliber, trustees knew that the number of applicants likely would be small, and school board chairman Joseph Knapp Jr. said hes not surprised that only one person applied. Wednesdays special board meeting will serve as a job interview, which will include several questions given to Thane beforehand as well as a dialogue between trustees and Thane, Knapp said. And well see who wants to make a motion and what the motion will be, he said. Pause Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:00 Stream TypeLIVE Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00 Fullscreen 00:00 Mute Thane has experience as a classroom teacher at MCPS, as well as administrative experience as a former principal at Target Range School District, C.S. Porter Middle School and Chief Charlo Elementary School. Before becoming human resources director, Thane served as an executive regional director for MCPS. Implementation of the districts Achievement for All plan and building of community support for the Smart Schools 2020 facilities plan and the bond measures that will make the plans reality are top priorities for Thane. My understanding of the historical, political, economic and social context of the community and MCPS as well as the critical relationships I maintain within the district and the Missoula community will facilitate this work, the Missoula native and University of Montana grad wrote in his application letter. The interim position will be for one year and pay between $135,000 and $145,000. Thane holds Elementary Class 1, Level 1; K-12 Principal Class 3, Level 3; and a Superintendent Class 3, Level 3, endorsements from the state Office of Public Instruction and currently makes the same salary as the executive regional directors, which is $112,000.
|2015-04-25||Thane man who suffered fracture in road mishap get|
Thane man who suffered fracture in road mishap gets Rs1 compensation Sat, 25 Apr 2015-06:30am , DNA The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Mumbai, has awarded a payout of over Rs1 lakh to a Thane resident who suffered a fracture after a private vehicle rammed into the taxi that had boarded. The court has asked the owner of the private vehicle and its insurer, New India Assurance Company, to pay the money to Ajit Thakkur with six per cent interest from the date of the accident. Thakkur, then 26, had hailed a taxi for Bandra on May 31, 2008 when a speeding vehicle, owned by Mangaldas Kapadia Investment Private Ltd, hit the cab near the signal at the intersection of CD Marg and Linking Road. The mishap left Thakkur with back injuries and a fracture, following which he approached the Tribunal. The petitioner produced a medical certificate which stated that he was assessed with 49 per cent of disability. Attributing the accident to the taxi driver, the insurance firm said the cab had been parked in the middle of the road. However, the Tribunal shot it down after referring to the first information report, which stated that the impact had damaged the bonnet as well the rear portion of the cab, suggesting that it was not lying in the middle of the road. The Tribunal ruled: "Considering the contents of the FIR, these documentary evidence corroborated with the 'oral evidence of the complainant. Considering the evidence on record, Thakkur has proved that there was negligence on the part of vehicle owner at the time of the accident." Since the private vehicle was insured at the time of the mishap, the court also held the insurance firm liable for damages. It asked both parties owner of the vehicle and New India to pay Rs1,01,726 along with 6% interest to Thakkar.
|2015-04-24||Thane cops fail to trace main accused's son - Time|
Thane cops fail to trace main accuseds son Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Apr 24, 2015, 02.42 PM IST THANE: The Thane police officials have not made any breakthrough in the former IRS official's attempt to kidnap case as the search for the alleged mastermind has not yielded any results yet. The police had sent their sleuths to Jabalpur, Mumbai and Alibaug to look out for the accused, who is a 1974 batch retired IRS officer, but returned empty handed. The cop's efforts of trying to trace the accused Kamlesh Argal's son also didn't yield any result. ''A team of five policemen were sent to Jabalpur to bring the retired officer to Thane for questioning. However, they had to return empty handed as he had fled from his home. Another team raided Argal's son's Santa Cruz residence and his factory at Pen, but in vain. Our informer also led us to Argal's family bungalow in Alibaug. But neither his son, father nor any close relative could be traced,'' a top crime branch officer told TOI. Meanwhile, top police officials chose to keep mum on the kidnap drama claiming that it was a high profile and very sensitive case as it involves IRS officers. When TOI had contacted the victim Ashok Kakcer, he was shocked and surprise to hear the news. ''We belong to the same 1974 IRS batch and started out career in the government together. However, I have never indulged in any financial transactions with Argal. I fail to understand as to why he wanted to kidnap me and indulge in such dirty acts. Let the police complete its investigations and the motive behind Argal's act will come to the fore,'' Kakcer said. It is believed that Argal had given a contract to four Jabalpur-based criminals to kidnap Kakcer, his batchmate and former commissioner of the Income Tax department. The motive behind the attempt to kidnap is said to be over a financial transaction and investments involving crores of rupees. The four were history sheeters and their plan was foiled as they were nabbed by the Thane crime branch officials from Bhiwandi. ''If Argal does not present himself before us then we will have no option but to appeal to the court to declare him as an absconder,'' a police official said. The four arrested accused have been remanded to judicial custody till May 3.
|2015-04-24||9 artists to show work at Thane - Times of India|
9 artists to show work at Thane TNN | Apr 24, 2015, 12.49 PM IST VADODARA: Nine artists from the city will display their works at the Sanskruti Arts Festival, a mega art event to be held at Upvan Lake in Thane, Maharashtra. Over 150 artists from across the country will participate in the three-day festival that begins on Friday. The visual artists include Amarnath Sharma, Arunanshu Chaudhary, Bhavsingh Bambhaniya, Praful Singh, Sandeep Pisalkar, Kunal Chaudhary,Siddharth Kanwar, Govind Biswas and Aishrjya Kanwar. They are among the 95 visual artists who are participating in the festival from across the country. The artist will be showcasing their works in the form of installations, sculptures and paintings surrounding a lake in Thane. The festival will present a display of classical and contemporary music, classical dance, visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts and literary fest. The festival will also witness workshops on music and painting among others.
|2015-04-24||Thane RTO MB Jadhav suspended - Times of India|
Thane RTO MB Jadhav suspended Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 24, 2015, 05.39 PM IST MUMBAI: Thane regional transport official M B Jadhav was suspended by the state transport commissioner on Friday, April 24. While the exact reason is yet to be ascertained, his colleagues said that the transport chief Mahesh Zagade was unhappy with his performance. There were several allegations of mismanagement by the transport department and leniency being shown towards overloaded vehicles at the Achhad check post that Jadhav apparently failed to curb leading to the action, a colleague hinted. He was served the notice under the Maharashtra state civil service rule of 1979. Jadhav has been reportedly asked to report at the Mumbai office with immediate effect. After the news broke at the transport office in Thane, several officials stalled for some time as a mark of protest. However, work resumed as the public was getting inconvenienced. "We are surprised by this action as it was taken abruptly even without seeking his version. We halted work at the office as a mark of protest and will formulate our next plan of action soon," said an official. This seems to be the first case of stern action being taken by the transport chief after he took over the department last year.
|2015-04-24||Thane RTO head suspended, staffers go on flash pro|
Thane RTO head suspended, staffers go on flash protest Somit Sen & Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 25, 2015, 03.00 AM IST THANE: Thane regional transport officer Madhukar B Jadhav was suspended by the state transport department on Friday for failing to take corrective action against those flouting rules within his jurisdiction. The official has been served a suspension notice, a first stern action in recent times, asking him to immediately report to the Mumbai transport department headquarters. Immediately after the news of suspension reached Jadhav's colleagues and other staffers in Thane, they instantly stopped work in their respective departments temporarily in protest. Sources said work at all the three city RTOs may be hit on Monday as there is a likelihood of officials and other staff launching a stir to protest the suspension. On Friday, the notice sent by the state transport department, under Maharashtra State Civil Services (Discipline and Appeal) rule of 1979, listed several shortcomings under the tenure of RTO Jadhav. The notice held him responsible for failing to keep a check on his officials and curb blatant passage of heavy vehicles at the Acchad checkpost without being weighed and penalized, among others. A deputy RTO said, "A section of officers are not happy with the action on Jadhav. There is a possibility of union members protesting at some of the offices on Monday." A senior functionary from the employees union told TOI that they have a meeting on Saturday where they will discuss the plan of action for Monday. The Thane staffers went on flash protest on Friday afternoon. However, following protests from visitors, work had to be resumed. "We are surprised by this action as it was taken abruptly even without seeking his version. We halted work at the office as a mark of protest ," said a senior official at the Thane transport department. "The transport department is considered one of the most corrupt sections of the government. This action should serve as a deterrent to other officials," said RTI activist Rajeev Dutta.
|2015-04-24||Ravi Pujari sisters brought to Thane from Delhi, c|
Ravi Pujari sisters brought to Thane from Delhi, cops claim they're minefield of info Fri, 24 Apr 2015-07:15am , DNA The Thane police on Thursday claimed to have made some important breakthroughs with regard to the operations of Ravi Pujari and his gang. The cops have come across useful nuggets of information following the questioning of the underworld don's two sisters who have been brought from Delhi. The police said the names of Nayna Baburam Pujari, 40, and Jaylakhsmi Ghanshyam Salian, 48, had cropped up during the investigation into a few complaints about extortion calls made by Ravi Pujari or people claiming to be his gang members. The Thane Anti-Extortion Cell then traced the two women to Delhi and found that they have been residing in the national capital for past many years. Both the sisters are in regular touch with Ravi Pujari, said the police. The two were questioned for several hours on Thursday and the grilling is likely to continue on Friday as well. "We are getting new facts from the sisters which will be of great help to us. We'll not let them walk away easily. We will keep a tab on them," said an officer from Thane police commissionerate. Over the past year, the officer said, Pujari has been increasingly targeting people from Thane-Dombvli-Kalyan belt. "Pujari originally hails from Dombivli and is using his old contacts to extort money from sand dealers, builders and various businessmen." In fact, reports about Pujari gang issuing threats have inspired a few to extort money using his name. Recently, a tempo driver from Diva was arrested for demanding money from a senior citizen from Thane. The officer said, "The tempo driver is in no way linked with Pujari. He just used his name." Deputy commissioner of police (crime branch) Parag Manere said, "We have got more details about Pujari's friends and associates. He has been extorting money from people in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Bangalore and many other places. We are trying to trace the local goons who are helping him." Manere said after Mumbai police cracked down the gang's operations, they moved to Thane. "We made a big breakthrough when our ACP (crime) Nagesh Lohar and senior inspector N Kadam tracked down Pujari's sisters to Delhi." Thane police chief Parambir Singh said, "The sister's names had cropped up during investigation. We sent a team to Delhi and brought them here. We are trying to get more details about their mother and other family members and friends to ascertain if they too are involved in some way or the other with the gang's operations."
|2015-04-24||Thane milk distributors' boycott: so far, consumer|
Thane milk distributors' boycott: so far, consumers still getting milk of their choice Shares 3 PADMJA SINHA | Fri, 24 Apr 2015-06:05am , DNA While Thane City Milk Business Welfare Association continues with its boycott of five milk brands- namely Amul, Warna, Mother Dairy, Mahananda and Gokul- Thanekars are still receiving milk of the brand of their choice. The Association called the boycott because vendors wanted the major brands to increase vendors' commission from 1% to 7-8%, just like the minor milk brands have done. The boycott began on Wednesday in Thane, and on Thursday, vendors from Diva, Mumbra, and Panvel joined the boycott. As of now, though, major brands are being supplied through available stocks. Shashi Kumar Nair, a resident of Manpada in Thane said, "We are getting our regular brand, and till now the vendor has not said anything about the boycott." An Association official said, "On Wednesday, milk sales fell by nearly 6%, as Thane milk suppliers refused to sell these brands. By the end of Wednesday, the figures fell to 35,000 litres for Gokul and 20,000 litres for Mahanand." P..D Chodnekar, Joint Secretary of the Association, said, "More than 80% vendors from Thane have boycotted the major brands, but there were a few from Ghodbunder Road who were unaware of the ban. We made sure that customers don't face any problem because of the boycott." Ramesh Gudekar, president, Milk Distributors Association Panvel, said, "The boycott will continue as long as our demands are not met." He added that to meet the demand created by the boycott of these major brands, his association is supplying other brands of milk, ensuring that consumers are not affected.
|2015-04-23||Thane milk body bans popular brands in commission |
Thane milk body bans popular brands in commission row Thu, 23 Apr 2015-07:00am , DNA Don't be surprised if your milkman drops Godavri, Gowardhan or Narmada milk packets instead of your favourite brands Gokul, Mother, Warna, Mahananda and Amul. You may not find these five brands in stores in Thane because the Thane City Milk Business Welfare Association has boycotted them for want of more margin. The association has been unhappy with the kind of commission these brands are giving it and, hence, decided on Wednesday to boycott them in the local market. Confirming the boycott, joint secretary of the association PD Chodnekar said, "We are not against consumers and our boycott won't affect milk supply in the city as we will provide other brands." "The suppliers and agencies of these five brands can increase our commission without burdening customers with an MRP hike. The suppliers have reduced the procurement rate of milk by Rs4 from the farmers, and yet they have not increased the commission," Chodnekar added. Furthermore, the association gets a handsome commission of 75% from Godavari and Gowardhan, whereas Gokul, Mother, Warna, Mahananda and Amul give them a meagre 1-1.2%. Chodnekar also hinted at spreading the movement from Thane to Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. He said he had a meeting with the authorities and very soon these brands would be boycotted in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai as well.
|2015-04-23||Thane: Central Railway services hit on Thursday - |
Thane: Central Railway services hit on Thursday Manthan K Mehta | TNN | Apr 23, 2015, 11.45 AM IST MUMBAI: Central Railway's main line services took a hit during the morning peak hours due to power failure at Thane on Thursday. Train services to CST from Thane were held up for 20 minutes during the morning peak hour, which resulted in bunching, delays and cancellations. CR's chief public relations officer Narendra Patil said, "Power tripping at Thane, UP slow locals diverted via UP fast line between Thane to Mulund." The diversion of trains started at 10.34 am. Shrikant Deshmukh, a commuter said, "There was overcrowding in trains and platforms due to delay." Some commuters, who were stranded in the trains, jumped on the tracks to walkto the nearest station. The delay also had an impact on Down line services from CST to Thane.
|2015-04-22||Low-pressure water supply in Thane for two days - |
Low-pressure water supply in Thane for two days Wednesday, 22 April 2015 - 4:23pm IST Starting today, for the next two days, Thanekars will get water supply at a very low pressure. As per the official release from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), an ongoing technical work at the pumping station near the Ulhas river will mean that the water pressure will remain low. Residents will be affected from 10 am on Wednesday to 10 am on Thursday. Also, water supply in certain areas will be blocked and residents have been advised to store ample water before hand.
|2015-04-22||Book lovers in Thane to be treated to a 10-day lon|
Book lovers in Thane to be treated to a 10-day long book festival Wednesday, 22 April 2015 - 3:33pm IST | Team Iamin.in In a delight to book lovers and literature fans, a 10-day long book festival will kichstart tomorrow in Thane. The festival will be held at the Saraswati Sports Complex in Naupada and will be open from 10 am to 6 pm for visitors. About 25 new titles of 14 writers are also set to be unveiled at the festival, which will feature over 20, 000 books and literary collections. The festival will conclude on May 2. Renowned write Bharat Sasane will be present at the festivals inauguration that will be held at 6 pm on Thursday. Books for all ages and cutting across different genres will be up for grabs at discounted prices at the festival.
|2015-04-22||Sindhi food, folk songs to crown community festiva|
Sindhi food, folk songs to crown community festival in Thane Piyush Mishra | TNN | Apr 22, 2015, 10.51 PM IST THANE: The legendary Sindhi saint Bhagat Kanwar Ram was known and loved for blessing little children by singing lullabies to them. One day the only child of a poor widow passed away. Elders advised her to take her son to the Sai (saint) for a song of spiritual blessing in the hope of reviving him. However, they urged her to not reveal he was dead. The widow did so and approached the saint with the body of the child covered in muslin cloth. The unwitting Sai sang to the corpse. Once the lullaby ended, however, the woman declined to take back the body of her son saying she wanted him back alive. The nonplussed saint was overwhelmed with concern because he felt people would blame him for the child's death. Tears streaming down his face, he began praying to his guru Swami Satramdas. Even as he repeated the lullaby, the child stirred back to life. The village erupted in joyous celebration. Such spiritual songs and lullabies which have come to be called 'chhej' and 'bhagat' will be performed at a grand Sindhi cultural festival coming up in Thane shortly. The Puj Sadhu Vaswani Sindhi Panchayat will host the three-day event named 'Sunhri Sind' (Beautiful Sind) at Lal Maidan from May 8-10. A large 35 ft x 65 ft model showcasing all 24 old districts of Sind will be built alongside a replica of the famous Uderolal temple dedicated to Jhulelal Sai. Every evening from 5.00-10.00pm visitors can enjoy traditional Sindhi food, music, dance, handicrafts and games. Organiser Raju Khetwani, president of the Sindhi Panchayat, said, "The community migrated to western India 65 years ago but post-Partition generations know nothing about our native land. We have engaged architects, sculptors and artisans to recreate the magic of the ancient civilisation.'' Sindhi food is a particular favourite among all communities. Khetwani says the festival offers foodies a chance to savour seven dishes each day by rotation. "The menu includes the classic sai bhaji, tanhiri or sweet saffron rice, Sindhi kadhi, dodo, bhee and an array of seyal dishes. Stalls selling embroidered cloth will be erected alongside a booth where visitors can take pictures dressed in traditional Sindhi costumes. A book named 'Luminary Sindhis of Thane' will be launched as well."
|2015-04-21||Gujarat Gas extends gain post PNGRB nod for gas ne|
Gujarat Gas extends gain post PNGRB nod for gas network in Thane Mumbai April 21, 2015 Last Updated at 11:06 IST Shares of Gujarat Gas Company were trading higher by 2% at Rs 846, extending its over 20% rally in the past one week on the National Stock Exchange (NSE), after the company received approval from Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) to expand its distribution network in Thane and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The stock hit a record high of Rs 862 in intra-day trade today and surged 29% in past five trading sessions from Rs 667 on April 13, 2015. The CNX Nifty dipped 5% during the same period. Meanwhile, Amit Rustagi and Sabri Hazarika, analysts at Antique Stock Broking recommend buy rating on the stock with a fair value of Rs 915 per share. Post merger of Gujarat Gas with GSPC Gas, the combined entity would become India's largest city gas player present across Gujarat, one of the most industrialised states in India, despite having a relatively much lower compressed natural gas (CNG) penetration compared to Delhi/Mumbai, said analyst in a research report dated April 8, 2015. With spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices plummeting to around USD7/mmbtu, industrial and captive power sector demand is expected to strengthen, resulting in improved volumes and margins, added report. Till 1101 hours, a combined 820,519 shares changed hands on the counter on the NSE and BSE.
|2015-04-21||Thane has only 13 CNG stations to cater to over 65|
Thane has only 13 CNG stations to cater to over 65,000 vehicles Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 22, 2015, 01.56 AM IST THANE: Motorists who own CNG-run vehicles are an inconvenienced lot as there are only 13 gas stations in the city. Due to this, many are forced to go outside the city to fill gas. According to figures released by the transport office, the city has over 65,000 vehicles that run on CNG. But the gas stations are only 13. The numbers haven't increased since 2013 even though the number of CNG-run vehicles increased by almost 20,000 in 2014. Few gas stations force motorists to wait in long queues which is time consuming. "There is often a huge rush at the city outlets. I often fill gas on my way back from work in Mumbai," says Sameer Agarwal, a city resident. The current demand for CNG in the city is nearly 1 lakh kg daily, but the gas stations are few, complain motorists. Even pump owners say that they have a tough time handling the serpentine queues. ''There has been an increase in the number of vehicles that are running on CNG. At times there are long queues at the gas station which increases the waiting time for refueling. Motorists then tend to get impatient and irritable which also leads to arguments,'' said Indranil Mundhra, a pump owner from the city. Meanwhile, Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) that supplied gas to the city claims that the major hurdle they are facing is lack of plots. "Ghodbunder Road is a developing place but no specific plots have been allotted to develop more stations to meet the rising demand," said an MGL official. MGL officials said they were looking at expansion plans in Thane in the near future.
|2015-04-20||Smoke on train: 4 hurt after jumping off in Thane |
Smoke on train: 4 hurt after jumping off in Thane TNN | Apr 20, 2015, 06.27 AM IST THANE: Four commuters were injured, two of them seriously, after they jumped onto the tracks from a slow-moving train near Kalwa station as smoke from a burning overhead pantograph filled the compartment of the Kalyan-bound local around 8.30am on Sunday. This threw traffic on Central Railway out of gear for nearly an hour. The pantograph, which burst into flames, sparked fear among commuters, spurring them to leap out of the moving train. Among those seriously injured are Diva residents Supriya Dumbre (54) and Ramdas Chavan (48). Dumbre, who suffered fractures to her knee, jumped off on hearing passengers scream. Chavan too suffered a fracture as he hit the hard surface and gravel on the tracks. While Dumbre was moved to a hospital in Bhandup, Chavan is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kalwa. A CR medical official handed over a compensation cheque of Rs 5,000 to Dumbre and Chavan. Another commuter Hina Pansaniya, who also sustained injuries on the ankle, was discharged. The motorman, said officials, is said to have realized that something was amiss and brought the train to a halt before more commuters could jump overboard. Officials said the commuters were lucky to have escaped from being over by an oncoming train. An inquiry is on to ascertain the cause of the fire, said railway officials.
|2015-04-20||Thane woman becomes Mumbai's 17th cadaver donor th|
Thane woman becomes Mumbais 17th cadaver donor this year MUMBAI Updated: Apr 20, 2015 15:52 IST The relatives of a 57-year-old woman from Thane who was battling end-stage kidney failure donated her liver, making this the 17th cadaver donation reported in Mumbai this year. The donor was herself registered for a cadaveric kidney transplant at Jupiter Hospital in Thane a few weeks ago. However, she developed a stroke, which led to irreversible brain damage. As the family was aware about cadaver donation, they agreed to donate her liver readily, said Anirudh Kulkarni, transplant coordinator at the hospital. On Friday, her liver was retrieved and transplanted into a 53-year-old woman from Malad, who had end-stage liver failure. Unfortunately, the recipient succumbed a day after the transplant surgery. Across the world, 85 to 90% cadaver liver transplants are successful. This was an unexpected outcome, said a senior doctor from the hospital. Last year, Mumbai recorded 41 cadaver transplants, a majority of which were facilitated at private hospitals. Experts said the lack of cadaver identification by public hospitals is responsible for fewer donations, while the waiting list is only swelling. According to the zonal transplant coordination committee, 11 hospitals in the city, including three major public hospitals - B Y L Nair Hospital in Mumbai Central, Sir JJ Hospital in Byculla and Sion Hospital - have not facilitated cadaver donations in 2014. On the other hand, public hospitals at any given time would have at least four to five cadavers in their intensive care units.
|2015-04-20||Only 30% of DP implemented for Thane since 1999, a|
Only 30% of DP implemented for Thane since 1999, admits TMC Manoj Badgeri TNN Apr 21, 2015, 02.24 AM IST THANE: The civic administration on Monday unabashedly acknowledged its failure to implement 70% of the development plan (DP), a good 16 years after the vision document for a planned and holistic development the Thane city was put in force. The Development Plan is a road map for integrated development of the city and outlines the way-ahead for the progress of the city taking into consideration the future population growth, land availability, social infrastructure and the environment. The local-self-government body in the city is tasked with the implementation of the DP. Interestingly, the 1999 DP for Thane city has not been implemented in letter and spirit, according to the administration's own admission on Monday resulting in unplanned growth and inadequate physical and social infrastructure here. The issue of the functioning of the town planning department and poor achievement rate of the development plan in Thane was discussed in the general body meeting on Monday. Officials of the TMC town planning department informed the members of the general body that in the last 16 years it could achieve just about 30 per cent completion of the DP, a claim which was vehemently thrashed by the corporators of all parties here. In fact, the elected representatives accused the civic administration of spinning a web of lies as just about 8 per cent of the DP has been implemented and that the officialdom has miserably failed to protect its own plots reserved for amenities and other public use. "Barely eight percent of the development rule has been implemented in Thane. The officials have neglected the encroachment springing up on several reserved plots in the city. Had they acted in time, they could have managed to salvage several plots in the city," charged the leader of the opposition Hanumant Jagdale. NCP corporator Najib Mula added that the administration seems to be conveniently turning a blind eye to the violations by select builders who have usurped the reserved plot. Most of the amenity plots have been illegally sold-off to private parties by these builders who have created a third-party interest on the plot making its acquisition a major legal issue. Shiv Sena corporator and leader of the house, Naresh Mhaske also pointed an accusing finger at the administration for failing to provide the basic amenities. "Plots reserved for parking have dereserved and turned into a shopping arena. We have to face the public ire as the city has inadequate parking spots for the rising vehicle population," Mhaske said. Assistant director, town planning Pradeep Gohil, however, contested the claim of the corporators about only eight per cent of the 1999 DP has been implemented. He infomed the general body that around 30% of the DP has been achieved. However, when the corporators asked him to substantiate his assertions, the officials expressed his inability to do so immediately and requested more time to present the facts. Mayor Sanjay More reserved his ruling for the final round of discussions on the crucial issue which is scheduled to happen at the general body meeting scheduled next week.
|2015-04-20||Thane's announcement systems in rakes remain unuse|
Thane's announcement systems in rakes remain unused? Apr 21, 2015, 02.22 AM IST THANE: A day after the pantograph of a Kalyan-bound suburban local caught in flames and panic-gripped commuters jumped on the tracks to escape the smoke that engulfed the compartment, questions are being raised as to why the public announcement system in rakes were not functional and what is the standard operation procedure for the guards during such emergency situations. Activists said the guards at the other end of the suburban local is directed to use the public announcement system in his cabin and caution the commuters against any panic reaction. In this case, four of the commuters who jumped off the CST-Kalyan slow-moving train to survive the fire, hurt themselves badly as they crash-landed on the stone surface from a height of about six feet near Kalwa station. "If the guards had immediately used the public announcement system and assured them that there was nothing to panic because of the fire, these commuters would not have leaped out of the compartment. However, there was no such announcement when the guards have a proper SOP on how to face such situations," a Thane-based activists told TOI. Supriya Dumbre, a nurse who injured herself seriously after jumping off the train on Sunday morning said that there was no announcement made in the train prompting her to take the plunge to safety. "There was lot of smoke around and bystanders were shouting, screaming and raising an alarm. There was no announcement in the compartment and we didn't know what to do. Without much thought I jumped off on the adjoining tracks. There were few others who joined me," she said. Witnesses said the situation could have been fatal if there was a train passing on the other track as the nearly 20-25 passengers who jumped off could have instantly got crushed. The railways had installed public address systems in most its old rakes in 1995 with the intention to alert commuters during emergencies. The system was set-up to alert commuters during disruptions or emergencies and to dissuade them from panicking. However, officials admitted the system was rarely used to communicate vital information to the passengers. "The communication system was to ensure passengers don't panic during emergencies but it is hardly used by the staff. A train guard is usually responsible to alert the control room and the passengers of any such incidents,"said a motorman refusing to be named. Senior railway officials however denied any lapse on part of the staff and said that the motorman had instead stopped the train after noticing something amiss. "Had he not halted the train on time, the injuries would have been more severe," said a senior railway official. Activists also have questioned why the technical task force promised by the railway minister has not been set up. The railway minister Suresh Prabhu, at a function in Thane, had promised to set up a dedicated committee for the Mumbai suburban system that would ensure technical faults are minimized on the suburban network. He had also announced to dedicate funds from the railway board to ensure maintenance wasn't compromised due to lack of funds. "Maintenance of rakes has to be done on a regular basis after a certain hours of running it. We have not heard of any such committee being set up ever since it was announced by the railway minister in Thane," said K Nair, a railway activist from Thane. Meanwhile, senior officials at the CST headquarters said an investigation was on in the Sunday incident and the report will be available soon."A team was at Thane station to investigate the Sunday incident," informed an official.
|2015-04-20||It's a bagful of offers on Akshaya Tritiya in Than|
It's a bagful of offers on Akshaya Tritiya in Thane Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 21, 2015, 02.24 AM IST THANE: With Thaneites flocking to purchase valuables on Akshaya Tritiya, which is one of the four most auspicious days for Hindus, the day has proved to be a blessing for builders, car dealers, jewellers and other businesses here. Being a day that not only commemorates the birthday of the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is associated with Lord Rishabhadeva, the first of the 24 Tirthankaras, but also the day when the moon and sun are the brightest, Akshaya Tritiya is believed to be a completely auspicious day, thus attracting many believers to shell out big bucks. Kameshwari Kulkarni, a Vartak Nagar resident, said, "This is one of the few days when we don't need a muharat or check for the right time. Anything done on this day is believed to lead to prosperity so people buy gold, cars, homes etc. We believe that the value of what is bought on this day multiplies through the year, bringing prosperity and wealth in our homes." Residents, who stand in queues outside jewellery stores to buy either raw gold or jewellery, on this day, are met with attractive discount and offers. Rajendra Jain, owner of Midas Jewellery store in Hiranandani Meadows, said, "Many come to buy gold and silver on this day. Being a Jain myself, I am obliged to give donations on this day, and therefore have kept numerous discounts on the items in my store." While supermarkets and hypermarkets here have also stacked up their discounts and offers, especially on electronics including television sets and refrigerators, car dealers and builders have also provided Thaneites with tempting offers. "We are not only offering citizens with discounted prizes, but also assuring them gifts including a television set, a refrigerator or an air conditioner. We are also thinking of having a lucky draw, wherein a random buyer will be given an additional discount if he purchases one of our flats on Akshaya Tritiya," said a city based builder. A car dealer in the city added, "We have a discount of Rs.6, 000 average on all new cars purchased from our showroom and a Rs.15, 000 discount on car exchanges." While Thane's streets will see a hustle of activity as citizens flock to such stores on Tuesday, the traffic in the online market began on Monday itself. With various online shopping sites offering attractive offers on valuables including televisions, phones, laptops as well as jewellery, citizens have been clicking away and placing orders for the same, and paying extra for one-day-delivery so as to get the items on the auspicious day.
|2015-04-20||TMC, politicians turn a deaf ear to locals' Clean |
TMC, politicians turn a deaf ear to locals' Clean Thane initiative Apr 21, 2015, 02.23 AM IST THANE: "The Clean Thane's Trash" initiative taken up by the residents of the Brahmand Society, in the Azad Nagar Circle area, hit a dead end after local authorities and politicians turned their back on the locals demand for a roadside dustbins to stop litter on the streets. The residents who started this campaign on Republic day this year, are pursuing their plans for a clean city and litter-free streets. On every Sunday they have been visiting shopkeepers in the area and spreading the message of cleanliness by reminding them to through their waste in a private dustbin, and ask their customers to do so too. TOI had carried out an extensive campaign against the litter louts and carried out physical survey of the entire city giving a status report on the inadequate garbage bins and sheer irresponsible behaviour of a section of the citizens who carelessly dump their waste on the streets. The residents of the Brahmand society collectively decided to enforce anti-litter campaign in their extensive complex and requested civic officials, local politicians and some business houses to provide them with at least four dustbins to help keep the area spotless. "We have been begging every official and politician for four garbage bins. Unfortunately, none has heeded to our request so we have decided to pool in our resources and purchase the bins ourselves and place it on the select spots," a resident said. They have also planned a massive gathering once the bins are ordered, to drive home the message of a clean Thane.
|2015-04-20||Thane paan seller held for stocking drugs worth Rs|
Thane paan seller held for stocking drugs worth Rs 2.80 lakh Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Apr 21, 2015, 02.20 AM IST THANE: The Narcotics Cell of Thane police has arrested a street side cigarette-pan vendor and recovered 2.8kg charas worth Rs 2.80 lakh from his possession. Working on a tip-off that a the road side cigarette vendor near Thane railway station is indulged in selling charas, sleuths from the Thane anti narcotics cell apprehended Ashok Jaiswar with a bag containing charas. "Prior to holi the accused had visited his native place (Uttar Pradesh). Prima facie the investigation is of the opinion that the pan vendor got the charas from his native place with intention to make quick money by selling the product in Thane," Mandar Dharmadhikari, senior police inspector from Thane anti-narcotics cell said. "Jaiswar was in possession of charas for nearly month as he was not finding suitable buyer for it," Dharmadhikari added. The 39-year-old accused has been booked under the NDPS ACT and was produced before the court. The accused has been remanded to five days police custody. Asked whether Jaiswar is involved in the business for long, one of the police official investigating the case said, "During the investigations it will be clear whether Jaiswar has done similar trades earlier or was this his first attempt to sell charas in the market."
|2015-04-18||On-duty Thane police constables caught on camera k|
On-duty Thane police constables caught on camera kissing bar girls By Vinay Dalvi | Posted 18-Apr-2015 In what could be termed as further deterioration of the credibility of the Thane police, notorious for their indiscipline and unlawful conduct, two constables from the Manpada police station were suspended yesterday for dancing and kissing bar girls while on duty. The incident came to light after a few high-raking police officials, including Joint Commissioner of Police V V Laxminarayana, received video clips from an unknown number, wherein constables Sanjay Babbar and Rashid Mulani could be seen dancing and kissing bar girls at the Indraprastha bar. The video was circulated a day after a special squad led by DCP Sanjay Jadhav raided the bar on Manpada Road, and arrested the bar girls and a few of its patrons. Both the constables are part of the crime detection team. In the video clips, the duo can be seen putting their arms around the bar girls, kissing and dancing with them to the tunes of Bollywood item numbers. Cop speak The on-duty constables were dancing with the bar girls. Indraprastha is a controversial bar and has been raided several times in the past. Despite this, it still hires bar girls to perform for their patrons. The constables took money and made a pact with the owner that no action would be taken if they were allowed to drink and eat for free and have fun with the bar girls, said a police officer requesting anonymity. Media intervention While the video clips were received on Monday, following which the Jt CP ordered an inquiry into the matter, both the constables were suspended yesterday after the Thane police commissionerate started receiving calls from media persons about the action initiated against Babbar and Mulani. Until then, the duo had been shifted from the Manpada police station and was deployed at the police headquarters.
|2015-04-18||Heritage spots to get a boost with Thane Darshan p|
Heritage spots to get a boost with Thane Darshan plan Apr 18, 2015, 11.16 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation is working on plans to boost heritage tourism in the city. The plan is to start guided tours to structures with historic importance in the city and acquaint tourists with them. Recently, a delegation of residents and passenger associations met MLA Sanjay Kelkar and suggested starting a tourism project for Thane on the lines of Mumbai. A proposal has now been sent to the Thane civic chief last month by MLA Kelkar. As per the plan, an air-conditioned TMT bus could be deployed to take approximately 50 tourists on a guided city tour either daily or on weekends. Places like Ghodbunder fort, Town Hall, Upvan Lake, Kopineshwar temple, etc are some of the spots being considered. TMT officials said one bus could easily be made available, especially on weekends. The authorities will start working on fares and feasibility of the project soon, said the official. "Thane has many scenic spots and some have great historic importance. This venture will not only attract people outside Thane but also help add revenue to the civic kitty and generate job opportunities for locals," said MLA Kelkar.
|2015-04-17||Thane Road Campground opens for the season - Junea|
Thane Road Campground opens for the season Posted April 17, 2015 12:00 am JUNEAU EMPIRE JUNEAU Thane Road Campground opened this week, according to a release from the City and Borough of Juneau Parks and Recreation Department. The campground is located 1.5 miles south of downtown Juneau on the east side of Thane Road. Thane campground is a primitive style campground with trash service and portable restrooms; there is no electricity and campers must supply their own water. Campsites are available on a first-come first-served basis. The campground allows tent camping only; framed structures and RVs are not permitted. There is no vehicle parking. Campsite rates are $5 per day, with a $50 refundable deposit, or $100 per month. If the site camper successfully completes checkout at the end of their stay, the refund will include up to 50 percent of the rental fees they paid. For more information call the Juneau Parks and Recreation Office at 586-5226.
|2015-04-17||Cops to tighten security at 84 places in Thane - T|
Cops to tighten security at 84 places in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 17, 2015, 09.57 AM IST THANE: The Thane police have identified 84 high risk and vulnerable terror spots under the police commissionerate, which could be on the radar of any terrorist group or naxalites. The police have said that the vulnerable spots have been spotted after careful assessment and intelligence inputs. These vulnerable spots have been classified into three categories according to the threat perceptions. Category-A has 12 such spots that are the most prone to such attacks while category-B with 12 spots and category-C with maximum 60 spots are less susceptible. The data by Thane police reveals that zone-5, which consists of areas under Kopri, Wagle Estate, Kasarwadavali, Kapurbawdi, Vartak Nagar police stations has maximum number of vulnerable spots. A police source said that most of such spots include government institutions run by either state or central government and those related to supplying basic necessities to the citizens. Senior officers have also been instructed to supervise security arrangements at such places. A senior police official said, "All the local police have been instructed to spend more time patrolling their areas and even the armed police personnel will be stationed at all these 84 points." "The senior police officers, including the deputy commissioner of police, assistant commissioner of police and senior police officers of respective police stations, have been told to visit these vulnerable spots daily, especially during evening hours and accordingly submit a report daily to the special branch the next day," said a top police officer. The Thane police have taken up a drive to educate and train citizens to deal with any sudden violent situations till such time that the police squad reaches the spot. The training is been imparted by the sleuths of Quick Response Team to the employees of commercial establishments like malls, multiplexes, hospitals, employees of shops in the markets and other crowded places.
|2015-04-16||Man Killed Allegedly by Wife's Friends in Thane; 3|
Man Killed Allegedly by Wife's Friends in Thane; 3 Arrested Updated: April 16, 2015 18:11 IST THANE: A 24-year-old man was allegedly murdered by two men in Thane after he objected to his wife's friendship with them, police said today. Police have registered offences of murder and destruction of evidence against the two men, identified as Prem Harchandani (24) and Gurvinder alias Sunny Kundan Singh (28), and the deceased's wife Kanishka alias Tinkle (19), Vitthalwadi police station Inspector V C Dolas told PTI. The victim, Jagdish Thadani, had an altercation with Kanishka when she was speaking to one of the two accused men over phone on April 7, he said. Later, the two accused came to their residence in Ulhasnagar area of Thane district and attacked Jagdish with iron rods and sticks, injuring him seriously, he said. Mr Thadani was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai where he succumbed to his injuries on April 10, the officer said. Initially, police had registered a case of accidental death as Ms Kanishka stated that Mr Jagdish was injured in an accident and later died at a hospital. However, during investigation it was found that he was allegedly murdered by the two accused, Mr Dolas said. A case under section 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and 177 (furnishing false information) of Indian Penal Code has been registered against the three, police said, adding that no arrest has been made in this connection so far, he said.
|2015-04-16||Airoli tops Thane with over 13K new voters - Times|
Airoli tops Thane with over 13K new voters B B Nayak | TNN | Apr 17, 2015, 12.01 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Airoli assembly constituency topped Thane district with more than 13,000 first-time voters while Belapur stood fourth with almost 12,000. These voters may become game changers at closely fought contests during civic polls, say observers. Airoli had a total of 13,313 first-time voters who registered after the October assembly poll during a special drive. The number is more than the total figure of four constituencies comprising Thane city. Belapur assembly constituency stands at fourth place with 11,786 new voters out of the 18 constituencies in Thane district. The reason behind the rush of youngsters to enroll is being attributed to the upcoming civic polls. However, Belapur topped the chart with 3,167 young voters in the age group of 18-19 , being marginally ahead of Airoli constituency. Airoli has mustered 3,060 young voters who enrolled during the latest campaign. In all, the number of new voters accounted for 25,099 in both constituencies, out of which young voters came to 6, 227. Political observers said that in case of a close In the 2010 civic polls, Vaibhav Gaikwad of NCP won his seat in Vashi by a slender margin of nine votes. In such cases, the young group can play spoilsport to overturn victory into a loss, said a political analyst. While some candidates feel that the young or first-time voters will not make a big difference, there are few who believe this will affect the voting patterns and the contest may even become tough at few places. "This chunk will not affect the electoral process in many wards where the voting percentage is high, with the presence of a large number of voters," said Jitendra Mhatre, who contested 2005 election from Vashi as an independent candidate.
|2015-04-16||On this day: Indian Railways turns 162, commuters |
Indian Railways turns 162 on April 16, commuters celebrate in Thane MUMBAI Updated: Apr 17, 2015 18:31 IST On this day one of the world's largest railway networks is turning 162-years-old. The first train of the Indian Railways was introduced from Mumbai to Thane on April 16, 1853. When you step into the Thane station today, know that you are standing on a piece of Indias rich history. One of Indias busiest stations turns 162 years old on Thursday. On April 16, 1853, the first passenger train of the Great Indian Peninsula chugged out of Bori Bunder station, now known as CST, for Tannah (Thane) at 3.35pm. This train took 57 minutes to reach Thane and covered 21 miles (33.9 km), said Omprakash Sharma, president of Thane District Railway Passengers association. Locomotives named Sultan, Sindh and Sahib pulled the train, which was carrying 400 passengers. The local train that started with just three rounds has today expanded to more than 110 rounds of the station. The few hundred passengers in the 1800s have now grown to six lakh commuters a day, and the station that began with a single platform had 11 today, with two escalators for platforms 3 and 4, and 5 and 6. The stations revenue is more than Rs 40 lakh day, while the monthly turnover is around Rs 5 crore. The celebrations at the station, however, will be tined down. Permission for any kind of celebration on the station premises denied, said Sharma. The Thane station is one of Indias busiest, according to a Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) survey 1,100 local trains and 55 outstation trains handled by the station, which has 11 platforms and 24 ticket windows Rs 40 lakh is the daily revenue collected at Thane station.
|2015-04-16||Thane villagers stay up all night for a pot of wat|
Thane villagers stay up all night for a pot of water Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Apr 17, 2015, 04.48 AM IST NASHIK: After dinner every night, the residents of Savarne and Kayre villages gather to fill water for their houses. But with the wells in the area having dried up, their water source is a mid-sized pit they have dug which collects the the trickle from a small underground water stream. At the end of their long wait, all that a family gets from the pit is a pot of water. The nightlong vigil at the villages' only source of water has become a routine with the onset of summer. The 1,200 residents of the two villages in Peth taluka, about 45km from Nashik, light a bonfire and scoop out the water plate by plate. Located in the hilly area of Peth taluka, the villages grapple with water scarcity every year. The rain water simply flows down in the absence of a concrete storage capacity. As the water levels in the wells began dipping in March, villagers had to scrounge for an alternative source of water. Initially, farms ponds were dug but these dried up in a short time. The villagers then noticed the trail of water from the stream slowly dripping in the well, but the water would dry up during the day. They decided to dig the pit and divert the trickle into it. They get clear water as the stream flows through a rocky patch. Savarne resident Vishwa Bosare said, "Villagers have to carry water in containers from wells located 5km away. There has been no water storage since February. The unseasonal rain this year flowed down the hilly area. Since February, we have been sitting by the pit beside the well the whole night." The situation is no different in Kayre village, three km from Savarne. Water tankers come once in 3-4 days now but will be regular from May, when 5,000 litres will be released into the wells. The two villages are expected to get a water supply scheme through the state government's Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran. The laying of the water pipeline has been completed but the supply is yet to commence. Kayre resident Dnyaneshwar Chowdhary said they face a water shortage every year after January. They depend on water from small streams and 3-4 wells of the gram panchayat till January. Savarne gram sevak R M Magar said the water supply scheme was approved three or four months back. "The 500-metre pipeline has been laid. We will take a connection from the electricity board to supply water to the villages," he added.
|2015-04-15||Thane cops form 7 teams to probe Mira Road murder |
Thane cops form 7 teams to probe Mira Road murder IMRAN FAZAL | Wed, 15 Apr 2015-05:55am , DNA The Thane Rural police have formed seven teams to investigate the murder of the Andheri resident who was shot dead outside a Mira Road bar on Monday night. Police suspect that it may have been a contract killing by elements of the underworld. We are investigating the case from all angles. We even suspect that there is an underworld link in this incident. We have taken the statements of the family members and friends who were present during the incident, said a Mira Road police official. Property dealer Vijay Pradhan alias Bunty was shot on the forehead by unknown assailants outside Pushpak bar in Mira Road. His friend Sachin Vijaykar sustained gunshot wounds and has been shifted to KEM hospital from Thunga hospital. We have certain leads in the case. We are coordinating with the Mumbai police about the murder. Further, we have formed seven teams to investigate the case, said Rajesh Pradhan, Superintendent of Police, Thane Rural.
|2015-04-15||Gujarat Gas rallies on PNGRB approval to start ope|
Gujarat Gas rallies on PNGRB approval to start operations in Thane, Dadra & Nagar Haveli Mumbai April 15, 2015 Last Updated at 09:43 IST Shares of Gujarat Gas Company has rallied 14% to Rs 761 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in early morning trade after the company said it has received approval to commence operations in Thane and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. GSPC Gas Company and Gujarat Gas Company (GGCL) received authorisation from the market regulator, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) to set up the gas network in Union Territory (UT) Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Thane in Maharashtra. Pursuant to the letter dated April 01, 2015 from PNGRB, received by GGCL on April 10, 2015 granting GGCL an authorisation to lay, build, operate, or expand city or local natural gas distribution network (CGD network) for the geographical area of Thane (excluding areas already authorized), GGCL has accepted the authorisation in Schedule D of the PNGRB vide a confirmation letter to PNGRB, on April 13, 2015, Gujarat Gas said in a statement. GGCL has been granted 300 months of infrastructure exclusivity i.e. valid up to April 01, 2040 and 60 months of marketing exclusivity valid up to April 01, 2020 for the CGD network, it added. The stock opened at Rs 705 and touched a high of Rs 764 on the NSE. The trading volumes almost doubled with a combined 1.29 million shares changed hands on the counter on the NSE and BSE till 0942 hours.
|2015-04-15||Privatize Thane civic maternity ward: Minister - T|
Privatize Thane civic maternity ward: Minister Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 15, 2015, 07.26 AM IST THANE: District guardian minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday suggested that the maternity ward at the Thane civil hospital should be privatized to improve medical services and reduce the number of complications. Public health minister Dr Deepak Sawant, who was in Thane on Tuesday, endorsed Shinde's proposal. The suggestion has raised eyebrows. Activists say the minister's statement amounts to the state abdicating its basic responsibility of citizens' welfare. "Instead of improving conditions and facilities at the civil hospital, the ministers want to hand over the set-up to private players. It is like admitting that the government machinery and the medical staff are incompetent," a concerned citizen said. The hospital has been in the news for the wrong reasons. Recently, a woman died due to excessive bleeding after delivery as there was a delay in attending to her. In another instance, a woman lost her newborn as she was directed from one hospital to the other by staff at the Thane municipality-run Kopri maternity home. As per health department data, 68 women died during delivery in the district in 2013; the numbers have been more or less the same in the last few years. The health minister has urged private hospitals to come forward and help improve services at government-run facilities, especially the civil hospital. "The neonatal ICU at the civil hospital could be adopted by private hospitals. The government will ensure they will clear approvals," said Dr Sawant. Guardian minister Shinde remained unavailable for comment, but his party colleague, MP Rajan Vichare said he too endorsed the proposal as it would largely benefit the weaker sections of society.
|2015-04-15||Gujarat Gas get PNGRB approval for gas network in |
Gujarat Gas get PNGRB approval for gas network in Thane; stock surges 15% Updated: Apr 15, 2015, 10.36 AM IST MUMBAI: Shares of Gujarat Gas CompanyBSE -2.11 % (GGCL) surged over 15 per cent in early trade as it got an authorisation from Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) to lay, build, operate, or expand city or local natural gas distribution network (CGD) for the geographical area of Thane, Maharashtra. "GGCL has been granted 300 months of infrastructure exclusivity i.e. valid up to April 01, 2040 and 60 months of marketing exclusivity valid up to April 01, 2020 for the CGD network," the company said in a filing to stock exchanges. "Further, the Authorised area for laying, building, operating or expanding the proposed CGD Network shall cover a geographical area of 8,683 sq. km." According to an analyst tracking the sector, the company will supply gas to nearly 10 lakh households with an approximate investment of Rs 1,207 crore. The gas will be used for small and medium industrial units as well.
|2015-04-14||Man stoned to death in Thane - Business Standard|
Man stoned to death in Thane Press Trust of India | Thane April 14, 2015 Last Updated at 17:48 IST A 25-year-old man was allegedly stoned to death by two persons who later dumped his body in a septic tank, police said today. The accused identified as Sonu alias Shiv Raj Singh (24) and Arvind Shinde (23) were arrested for murdering one Babu, Mumbra police station sub inspector D D Thokal told PTI. They attacked the victim, who was jobless, with a stone yesterday in Sai Vihar housing complex in Diva and later dumped his body in the septic tank of the building, he said. The body was recovered last evening and a case under section 302 (murder) of Indian Penal Code was registered, he said adding investigations were underway.
|2015-04-14||Swine Flu cases on the rise in Thane - I am in dna|
Swine Flu cases on the rise in Thane Trending News Thanekars welcome CM's toll relief to light vehicles Rupali Shinde , 4 days ago Thane wins National Earth Hour Capital 2015 title Team Iamin.in , 5 days ago Free health check up camp for auto rickshaw drivers in Navi Mumbai Team Iamin.in , 6 days ago NMMC polls: Women candidates with political connections get ticket in the Ghansoli ward Rupali Shinde , 5 days ago NMMC Polls: Newcomers try to break family fiefdom in Rabale Rupali Shinde , 6 days ago Boxing academy inaugurated in Thane Team Iamin.in , 6 days ago Watchman arrested for raping two minors in Thane Team Iamin.in , 6 days ago Thane police arrest 26 in a raid at dance bar Team Iamin.in , 6 days ago TMC puts on hold proposal for hike in water charges Team Iamin.in , 4 days ago Craze for a selfie leads to the death of three youths from Navi Mumbai Team Iamin.in , 5 hours ago Home >> Money Swine Flu cases on the rise in Thane Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 6:11pm IST | Team Iamin.in | Edited by: Disha Shetty Tweet Comments Swine flu cases reached a staggering 379, according to the latest data released by the Thane Municipal Corporation. File photo/dna There seems to be no end to the swine flu menace in Thane district, as the number of patients continues to rise.The number of swine flu-infected patients in the region in the month of March which was 213 has now reached a staggering 379, as per the figures released by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). Health department officials stated that 17 people have died from the infectious disease.In a month's time, the toll of patients has increased by 166, puzzling TMC officials. According to the corporation, over 55, 157 citizens were diagnosed across various medical institutions in the district since January. Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 6:11pm IST | Team Iamin.in | Edited by: Disha Shetty
|2015-04-14||Dead foetus found in Thane - I am in dna of India|
Dead foetus found in Thane Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 9:24pm IST | Team Iamin.in Residents of Anand Nagar area in Thane were shocked after a rag-picker discovered a dead foetus in a garbage dump on Monday. According to the police, the foetus was found wrapped in a plastic bag, covered with a cotton cloth. We received a report of the discovery at around 1 pm, a police officer said. Cops secured the dead female foetus which was presumed to be two-day-old and sent it for an autopsy to the Thane Civil Hospital. We have registered a case and have asked all local maternity clinics and hospitals to submit their respective lists of recent maternity patients, the officer added.
|2015-04-13||MSEDCL ordered to pay 5K to Thane housing society |
MSEDCL ordered to pay 5K to Thane housing society for inflated bills Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 13, 2015, 03.43 PM IST THANE: The district consumer redressal forum recently held MSEDCL guilty for "deficiency in services" and slapped them with a fine of Rs 5,000, following a complaint of inaccurate billing by a Ghodbunder-based housing society. Ochna Park CHS at Ghodbunder Road had dragged MSEDCL to the consumer forum in 2012 complaining that the company had repeatedly sent inflated bills based on faulty meter readings. The residents claimed that the company recovered an excess Rs 2.51 lakh from them towards power consumption "The MSEDCL sent an inflated bill in February 2012 which showed that the society's power consumption was 20,308 units. The average monthly consumption since 2006 was around 2,500 units," the society said. MSEDCL said that the consumption was the total accumulated units for the previous 17 months. They also argued that the agency in charge did not conduct a physical reading of the meter. The forum however, held MSEDCL responsible for sending inaccurate bills. "There is a clear case of deficiency in service by MSEDCL. They should pay the society Rs 5,000 towards their legal expenses and refund any excess money collected," the order stated.
|2015-04-13||Man Rapes Minor in Mother's Presence in School Toi|
Man Rapes Minor in Mother's Presence in School Toilet in Thane By PTI | Published: 13th April 2015 02:57 PM | Last Updated: 13th April 2015 03:05 PM | THANE: A 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an unidentified man who accompanied her mother to her school here, police said today. The victim filed a complaint last night against her mother and the unknown man in connection with the offence, they said. As per the complaint, the girl's mother along with the man visited the private school at Uttan in Bhayander here two months back on the pretext of meeting her daughter studying there, Assistant Police Inspector Priyatama Muthe said. The duo then took the victim to a toilet in the school and the man raped the girl there in the presence of her mother, he said quoting the victim's complaint. Later, the man threatened the girl with dire consequences and left the place along with her mother, the ASP said. Based on the girl's complaint, police registered offences against her mother and the unidentified person under sections 376 (rape), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, she said. The name of the victim's mother was withheld by the police for security reasons. According to police, the girl's mother does not have a permanent residence and she keeps moving from one place to another while the victim lives with some relatives in Bhayander. A search has been launched to nab the accused duo, Muthe added.
|2015-04-13||Move away from gadgets, read instead, says Thane s|
Move away from gadgets, read instead, says Thane school at two-day workshop Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 13, 2015, 03.45 PM IST THANE: While the world today believes that kids are turning away from books, young Thaneites, on Thursday and Friday, threw tantrums when their parents refused to take home the dozens of books they had selected at a workshop held in a city school. Even the animated story reading sessions were a hit, said the organizers. A few kids also took to the trend of tattooing butterfly and flower shaped stamps on their hands or making their own bookmarks. Students, parents and teachers from over 12 schools participated in the two-day workshop organized by the pre-primary section of Saraswati Vidyalay, Naupada. The workshop, aimed to inculcate the habit of reading in children, received an overwhelming response as children not only participated in the events, but also took home a number of books on animals, birds, flowers, puzzles, fairy tales and stories with morals. "My mother got me five story books and two colouring books. I made one bookmark for me and one for my brother. We will use it all in the holidays," said 5-year-old Anya Godbolekmark. In one of the classrooms, parents were taught how to read out stories using animation. Another classroom had puppets that could be used for learning. Videos of stories with morals in Marathi, English and Hindi were also played. "The event was aimed to ensure kids take to reading. In this er, students are glued to electronic gadgets such as mobile, computers, iPod. They think books are only meant to be read for exams. We want to break this trend and promote reading ," said Rati Bhosekar, the principal of the school's pre-primary section, said.
|2015-04-13||GGCL, GSPC Gas to set up network in Thane, Dadra a|
GGCL, GSPC Gas to set up network in Thane, Dadra and Nagar Haveli GANDHINAGAR, APR 13: State run gas distribution players, GSPC Gas Company Ltd and Gujarat Gas Company Ltd (GGCL) will set up city gas distribution network in Union Territory (UT) Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Thane in Maharashtra, a state communique informed here on Monday. The two companies under GSPC Group received authorisation from the market regulator, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) to set up the gas network. Gujarat energy minister Saurabh Patel informed that the two companies will invest a total of around Rs. 1,400 crore to set up the gas network which will provide gas for domestic users, auto and small industries in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Thane. The gas pipeline will supply gas to about 10.76 lakh households. After the competitive bidding process by PNGRB, the GSPC Gas won the bid to set up gas network in Union Territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli, while Gujarat Gas won the bid for gas network in Thane in Maharashtra. As per the authorisation provided by the regulator, GSPC Gas will cover the areas of Sili, Silvassa, Naroli, Samrvarni, Masat, Saily, Khanvel and Sindoni in Dadra and Nagar Haveli. This will require an investment of Rs. 222 crore, which will cover 76,500 households under the gas pipeline network. While GGCL in Thane will cover the areas of Talsari, Dahanu, Palghar, Vikramgarh, Javhar, Mokhda, Vada, Vasai, Bhivandi, Shahpur, Kalyan, Marbad and Amba Math where about 10 lakh households will be covered with an approximate investment of Rs. 1,207 crore. Also, the gas will be used for small and medium industrial units as well as for auto CNG.
|2015-04-13||Dear Thane cops, didn't you hear Section 66A is de|
Dear Thane cops, didnt you hear Section 66A is dead? on April 13, 2015 And the hits just keep on rolling: Cops at a Thane police station have filed an FIR under the now defunct Section 66A of the IT Act, 2008 against a Facebook user for allegedly posting offensive comments about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reports The Times of India. The report mentions that Rabodi police station in Thane district lodged an FIR on April 5 against the owner of the Facebook page Revelation Tanzeel (its actually a personal account and not a Facebook page). Apparently, the offensive posts have been removed after the FIR was lodged. Its not clear if the police wrote to Facebook and got the posts removed or if the Facebook user removed it himself. Its surprising (or is it?) that the Thane police werent aware that Section 66A had been struck down by the Supreme Court over two weeks back. Even if we give them the benefit of the doubt, we need to ask did they follow the correct guidelines as had been stipulated by the Indian government? If they had, then a senior police official would most likely have informed them that Section 66A has been scrapped. Back in 2013, SC had directed all state governments to implement the Indian government guidelines on Section 66A, which required the approval of a senior police official before arresting any person for posting defamatory content on social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Thane police have the option of removing Section 66A while filing the chargesheet. Itll resolve the issue for now, however state governments need to immediately issue notices to all police stations within the state informing them about the SC order. We also need to remember that secret blocking of sites and online content is still possible under Section 69A of the IT Act. The Supreme Court has stated that there are sufficient checks and balances built into Section 69A of the IT Act, but a more detailed evaluation is required. More on it here.
|2015-04-13||Georgina joins legal battle to force Thane smelter|
Georgina joins legal battle to force Thane smelter cleanup The Town of Georgina is following legal suit of a local resident to have a cleanup order of the former Thane smelter site in Keswick reinstated. The town has filed a judicial review of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Changes decision to revoke a long-standing cleanup order of the abandoned 20-acre Warden Avenue property. The ministry made the decision to revoke the order, issued in 2000, in July 2014, without notifying or consulting with the town, residents or the former liaison committee. We dont support the decision to revoke the order," Georgina Mayor Margaret Quirk said. "Our community has been living with this issue since the 1980s, voicing concerns about the operation and the potential environmental impacts. We were always told by the ministry that they had a control order on the property, they were monitoring it and in the event there was a problem, they would clean it up. Earlier last week, environmental law firm Ecojustice filed a separate judicial review application on behalf of Georgina resident and former Thane public liaison committee member Debbie Gordon. Gordon felt "compelled" to take the matter to court to ensure the ministry "lives up to its responsibilities" and that the Maskinonge river and wetland complex is protected. At issue is if the ministry had proper basis and followed appropriate protocol regarding revoking the 2000 order. In addition, the town and Gordon do not agree with the ministry's interpretation of potential harmful contaminants and their potential on and off-site environmental effects during the past two decades, resulting from the aluminum dross and slag left on the property since the owner pulled up stakes in 1997. But the issue has been bounced around since 1988, ever since neighbouring residents to the operating smelter complained of having to wipe their vehicle windshields in the mornings to remove "residue" that, in their opinion, was from the site's smokestacks through prevailing winds. The former smelter site has been described in past monitoring reports as a virtual dead zone, with high levels of copper, lead, silver, zinc, chromium, cadmium and sodium. Only 450 metres from the Maskinonge River, sediment from the property has caused 100 per cent mortality in aquatic organisms, according to past tests. Reports conducted during the past three years have also demonstrated elevated levels of dioxins and furans in the soil, but well within values developed to protect human health, according to the ministry. The provinces unwillingness to act is the primary reason the town spent $300,000 in 2003 to remove a dilapidated building, secure the property with fencing and prevent public access, on top of being owed about $800,000 in back taxes. In 2009, the ministry initiated the Thane public liaison committee, holding more than 30 meetings regarding the issue, only to disband the group in 2013, despite strong opposition from the town and citizens. "We have acted in good faith, keeping transparency at the forefront," Quirk said, adding the ministrys decision to remove the order was done with no consultation or advisement. "As a council, we are initiating legal action to have the cleanup order reinstated. Protecting Lake Simcoe and its watershed is our primary goal." The order in question stated the company is causing or permitting the discharge of a contaminant into the natural environment, including water, resulting from the historical operations of Thane on this property, including the presence of waste salt/slag on the property so that land, water, property, animal life or human health or safety is injured, damaged or endangered or is likely to be injured, damaged or endangered.
|2015-04-13||Economic offences dip in Thane, Navi Mumbai in 201|
Economic offences dip in Thane, Navi Mumbai in 2013 Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 14, 2015, 02.33 AM IST THANE: The conviction of Satyam Computer founder Ramalinga Raju, who was found guilty in an accounting fraud case and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment, has put the spotlight on the trend of economic offences in the IT hubs of Thane, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune. Statistics with the state CID revealed that while economic offences were on the rise in Mumbai and Pune, there has been a dip in such cases in Thane and Navi Mumbai. In 2012, Mumbai topped the charts with 2,439 cases of economic offences, followed by Thane with 1,684, Pune with 860 and Navi Mumbai with 550 cases. The numbers for Mumbai and Pune rose in 2013 to 2,879 and 1,052 cases, respectively. In the same period, however, the cases in Thane (1,214) and Navi Mumbai (487) dipped. The police said in most of the economic offences, the nature of crime included duping banks and financial institutions, unemployed people cheated by fake recruitment agencies, dubious non-banking financial companies cheating people and extracting money using forged documents. "Many people have fallen prey to lucrative schemes by several dubious private companies that promise to provide financial security and jobs. These are the kind of cases that have mostly come to the fore in Thane," said a senior police officer. The officer pointed out that the numerous chit-funds scams reported from across the state should be an eye-opener for people who virtually throw their money hoping to get rich overnight and unexpectedly land in trouble, which bankrupts them completely. Though the number of cases against fake notes is lower than other economic offences, the officer informed that there was a racket run by an international group linked to Pakistan and Bangladesh. The members of this group are scattered in areas such as Mumbra, Bhiwandi, Kalyan etc. The officer added that the ever changing modus operandi of the accused pose a new challenge for police officers who were trained in a conservative mode of case detection. Though none of the police officers agrees that they are ill-equipped in terms of technology, sources said the staff face major challenges while investigating economic offences. Police sources also said lack of manpower hampers investigations at times as most police officers are burdened with multi-tasking. Another police officer said, "Scarce resources and lack in advanced of technology is hampering investigations." Also, there is a huge disparity in the population and number of cops at police stations. This fact has been ignored for decades, despite having a dedicated branch to deal with economic offences.
|2015-04-13||Thane athletes win gold at state meet, picked for |
Thane athletes win gold at state meet, picked for nationals B B Nayak | TNN | Apr 14, 2015, 02.36 AM IST THANE: City athletes Narayan Satheesh (17) and Roshni Iyer (16) have qualified for National Youth Athletics Championship to be held in Goa from April 16-18. The event will also serve as the selection trials for the impending international events such as Asian Youth and World Youth Competitions scheduled at the end of this year. Satheesh and Iyer's nominations to the national event were based on their performances at the recently held state-level athletics meet and selection trials held in Pune, where both claimed gold medals in their respective categories. "It's great to be part of the state team for nationals and if I continue to perform with the same spirit at the nationals, I believe my international dream will not be far off," said Roshni. Narayan, a national medalist, clocked 2.01 minutes to win a gold in 800m sprint that helped him get selected in the state team for nationals. Similarly, Roshni made it to the top podium finishing 400m in 78 seconds.
|2015-04-11||Woman beaten to death in Thane - The Hindu|
Woman beaten to death in Thane THANE APRIL 11, 2015 14:53 IST UPDATED: APRIL 11, 2015 14:53 IST A 28-year-old woman from Sahapur here was allegedly beaten to death by her brother in law, rural police said on Saturday. The incident took place in the early hours on Friday when the victim -Shobha Wagh-was at home and suddenly her brother-in-law Kisan Wagh barged in around 5 am and attacked her. Shobha was abused and kicked in her abdomen by Kishan which resulted in serious internal injuries. Later, she was rushed to a nearby PHC, where she was declared brought dead by doctors, police said. PSI KG Ghosalkar of the Sahapur police station said that victim and the accused lived in Birwadi of Sahapur and the accused has been charged under section 302 of the IPC. However, no arrest has been made so far and investigations are underway.
|2015-04-11||Thane: Cops get CCTV footage to trace man who mole|
Thane: Cops get CCTV footage to trace man who molested journalist MUMBAI Updated: Apr 10, 2015 19:38 IST A day after a woman journalist was allegedly molested and robbed of her mobile phone on a Karjat-bound train, the Thane government railway police (GRP) have obtained the CCTV footage of the Thane and Kalwa railway stations. The Thane Government Railway Police (GRP) said the incident took place around 1.30am on Wednesday, when the complainant was returning home from work. She had boarded the train from Parel to go to Dombivli. In her statement, the woman said the train had stopped at Kalwa railway station when a man in his 30s entered the compartment and snatched her mobile phone, worth more than Rs 41,000. The woman went home and approached the railway police station in the morning, after which a case was registered under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 379 (punishment for theft) of the IPC. The CCTV footage shows a man wearing a cap boarding the train at Thane and entering the womens compartment. He had earlier boarded a Thane-bound train, said an officer from the Thane GRP, on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media. As part of the investigation, the police have shown the CCTV footage to more than 15 people present at the Thane and Kalwa railway station at the time of the incident. We have showed the CCTV footage to the canteen staff, coolies and railway staff. No one has identified him yet. But the woman has identified the man seen in the footage. The investigation is on and we will soon arrest the accused, said GB Thorat, inspector, Thane government railway police.
|2015-04-11||Elderly Man Beaten to Death by Friend's Son in Tha|
Elderly Man Beaten to Death by Friend's Son in Thane By PTI | Published: 11th April 2015 02:45 PM | Last Updated: 11th April 2015 02:45 PM | THANE: A 62-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death by his friend's son here, police said today. Tatya Nikam was thrashed by the accused Dattu Waghmare (23) in the wee hours of Friday when he had gone to the latter's residence in Tikujini Wadi area for dinner, Kapurbawdi police station sub-inspector S B Nikam said. After dinner, an altercation broke out between Nikam and Waghmare as he refused to go home, he said, adding, following which, Waghmare hit him with a wooden plank, which resulted into his death, the SI said. A case under section 302 (murder) of IPC has been registered and no arrests have bee made so far, police said, adding a probe is underway.
|2015-04-11||Elderly man beaten to death in Thane - Mid-Day|
Elderly man beaten to death in Thane By PTI | Posted 11-Apr-2015 A 62-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death by his friend's son in Thane police said on Saturday. Tatya Nikam was thrashed by the accused Dattu Waghmare (23) in the wee hours of Friday when he had gone to the latter's residence in Tikujini Wadi area for dinner, Kapurbawdi police station sub-inspector S B Nikam told PTI. After dinner, an altercation broke out between Nikam and Waghmare as he refused to go home, he said, adding, following which, Waghmare hit him with a wooden plank, which resulted into his death, the SI said. A case under section 302 (murder) of IPC has been registered and no arrests have bee made so far, police said, adding a probe is underway.
|2015-04-10||Thane cops invoke dead Section 66A to file FIR - D|
Thane cops invoke dead Section 66A to file FIR Fri, 10 Apr 2015-09:24am , DNA webdesk Thane cops have invoked the dead Section 66A against a person running an alleged abusive Facebook Page against PM Narendra Modi, reports and English daily. The Rabodi police station in Thane district on April 5 filed an FIR under Section 66A against the owner of the page 'Revelation Tanzeel' after a 42 year old local and aviation professional Mayekar informed them about it, the report said. The report claims that the the page had abusive content directed at PM Modi but was deleted after the filing of the FIR. The page's description says that the owner works for Mumbai International Airport. The alleged abusive posts were shared with many friends of the owner, one of whom also happened to be Mayekar's friend too, the report added. While the owner of the page has not been arrested, the report says the police have declined to comment on filing an FIR using Section 66A. The report also says they remained elusive after realising their mistake. It also mentions that while the police cannot change the FIR copy they can drop the section 66 A while filing the chargesheet.
|2015-04-10||Harassed and assaulted by son, Thane cancer patien|
Harassed and assaulted by son, Thane cancer patient hangs himself Fri, 10 Apr 2015-06:10am , Thane , DNA Unable to bear the constant harassment from his son, a cancer patient aged 52 years hanged himself at his home in Majiwada on Wednesday night. According to the deceased's daughter, 25-year-old Sheetal Jadhav*, her brother, Amit Shinde, 28, did not take proper care of their father and used to often beat him up. Shinde works as a driver on contract basis. An officer informed that Chandrakant Narayan Shinde had been partially bedridden since January when he was diagnosed with cancer. After Amit stopped looking after him, Jadhav used to help her father do his daily chores. "On the day of the incident, the deceased's daughter was at her husband's place, while Amit slept in a neighbour's flat. Shinde, who was alone at home, somehow managed to tie a cloth to the ceiling fan and committed suicide," added the officer. A neighbour saw Shinde's body hanging the next day and informed the family. After the post-mortem at Thane civil hospital, Shinde's body was handed over to the family for final rites on Thursday. Jadhav said, "I had warned Amit to behave, but in my absence, he used to kick and punch our father. I wanted to file a case against him, but our neighbours said they would speak to him and solve the matter. When Amit learnt about this, he began fighting with our father again. He was father's favourite child and he is responsible for his death." She added, "When I started taking care of my father, Amit used to hit me too; he also abused me on several occasions. There were times when he did not allow me to give food to our father, and later things got even worse. My father wanted to get admitted to a hospital for treatment, but before we could take him there, he ended his life. I will lodge a complaint against Amit." An official from Kapurbawdi police station said, "We have registered a case of accidental death. Once the family is through with the final rites, we will call Shinde's daughter and register the case as per her statement."
|2015-04-10||Which? tries out the Thane H2O HD steam mop - Whic|
Which? tries out the Thane H2O HD steam mop 10 Apr 2015 Thanes original X5 steam mop is one of the most popular steam mops around, so weve taken the new premium version the Thane H2O HD for a spin to see whether its worth its £130 price tag. The Thane H2O HD is at the higher end of the typical steam mop price range, but in return you get an impressive-sounding range of attachments for cleaning carpets, windows and other household surfaces, as well as hard floors. We asked one of our researchers to try it out at home on an eclectic mix of spring cleaning tasks read our full Thane H2O HD steam cleaner first look review to find out how it fared. UPDATE: This mop has now been fully tested at the Which? test lab. Head to our review of the Thane H2O HD steam mop to find out if it cleaned up. Thane H2O HD steam mop As with the H2O X5, this steam mop is a two-in-one mop that also comes with a detachable handheld unit for cleaning hard-to-reach places, surfaces and fabric. It has a triangular floor head for cleaning in corners, and three steam settings. Unlike the H2O X5, the H2O HD water tank has a built-in filter and is removable, which should make refilling it from the tap a bit easier. This premium version also has a quick release button for taking out the handheld unit, a foldable handle for easy storage, and a larger mop head than the H2O X5. In action, the H2O X5 felt light to manoeuvre and its not-insignificant weight seemed well balanced. Our Thane H2O HD review reveals full details of whether or not it manages to pair this manoeuvrability with decent cleaning power. Steam mop reviews Well be putting the H2O X5 through our full lab tests later in 2015, to see if it has got what it takes to join the ranks of our recommended steam mop Best Buys. Our scientific tests pit steam mops against a range of tricky stains on a host of different surfaces including tiles, upholstery, glass and ovens, to see how they tackle built-up grime and if they give a smudge-free finish. Some steam cleaners lose power over time, so we assess the durability of each cleaner by using it 30 times and measuring the steam output throughout. Weve tested the most popular models from Shark, Black and Decker, Bissell and Vax, so we can tell you the best to invest in. More on this See all our Thane steam mop reviews Expert advice on whether the Thane H20 X5 steam mop is worth buying Browse all our steam mop reviews
|2015-04-09||Police raid Thane cyber cafe offering 'sex cubicle|
Police raid Thane cyber cafe offering 'sex cubicles' to teenage students By Kunal V Shinde PUBLISHED: 01:48 BST, 9 April 2015 | UPDATED: 01:48 BST, 9 April 2015 A cyber café near Mumbai was offering more than access to internet service. Strategically located near one of the largest colleges of Mumbai University, the café had small dingy cabins that offered complete privacy to young students who came in pairs. When the police raided the cyber café near the Smt Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani College in Thane on Tuesday evening, they were shocked to find young couples aged 15-20 years in compromising positions. In a video, which was recorded during the raid, it can be seen that students were given privacy in cubicles which are merely 4X3 sq ft in size. All the accused have been booked under section 294 (obscene act) of the Indian Penal Code. Inspector Sampat Nirmal, who led the Anti-Terrorism Cell (ATC) team said: During raid we found couples involved in obscene acts. We have arrested 24 people including cyber café owner Lallan Shah, manager Niranjan and 11 couples. Nirmal said the cyber café owner was running a sex racket as he had 20 cabins but only three computers. According to the police who were part of the raiding team, some locals from Ulhasnagar had recently approached the local police station with complaints that some cyber cafés near the college were providing services similar to the lodges to young students. Sources said that since the local police did not take any action, they had approached joint commissioner of police (Thane) VV Laxminarayan, who directed the ATC to raid the cafés. When asked why the local police did not take action even after repeated complaints from people residing in the area, deputy commissioner of police (Ulhasnagar) Vasant Jadhav did not give any convincing answer. Sources said both the cyber cafés raided by the ATC were illegal as they did not have valid licences. They were run illegally for over six-seven years. The owner had also built a mezzanine floor inside the cyber café that had a bed for customers. Besides this, they also use to sell condoms and emergency contraceptive pills to the customers. The college authorities said that it could not be ascertained whether the students seen the video belonged to their college. We cannot recognise them to be of our college. They could be from other colleges in the area or even from outside, said a senior teacher of the college on the condition of anonymity as he/she was not authorised to talk to the media. However, the teacher expressed concern over the fact that such places are not only accessible to adult students but also minor students of junior college and schools.
|2015-04-09||Thane named India's Earth Hour Capital - The Hindu|
Thane named Indias Earth Hour Capital Seoul declared the Global Earth Hour Capital, 2015 An 11-member international jury has declared Thane the National Earth Hour Capital with the city emerging the winner from India in the Earth Hour City Challenge this year. On Thursday, the city represented India in the Global Earth Hour Capital Competition of 16 countries in Seoul. The host city was declared the winner and acknowledged as the Global Earth Hour Capital 2015. The year-long competition among cities is aimed at promoting renewable energy and preparing for climate change. In its third year in India, the contest had 13 participants. Thane, Rajkot and Pune were the finalists from India. Pune received a special mention from the jury for its city mobility plan and its solar and waste-to-energy initiatives. While all finalists were invited to the programme in Seoul, only the Mayor of Rajkot could attend the ceremony and was felicitated for the citys performance in the field of renewable energy. Last year, Coimbatore was selected as the National Earth Hour Capital. The notable actions by the Thane city administration include the mandatory use of solar water-heating systems for municipal buildings and solutions such as wind-solar hybrid systems and use of solar energy for lighting and air-conditioning. Besides, the city plans solar rooftop net metering-based power generation and regular energy audits. Among the actions are an energy service company (ESCO) project for energy-efficient street lighting, commissioning of a bio-methanation plant to treat municipal solid waste and generate electricity and three cyclic switching units for optimal use of streetlights. A five-year target has been set for developing a solar city project in the city. This is a reward for the work that this city has done in the field of renewable energy promotion and energy efficiency. We hope that the city will further enhance the work after this recognition, said T.S. Panwar, director, climate change and energy, World Wide Fund, which works closely with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability in mobilising cities to join the challenge.
|2015-04-09||Thane CP red-faced as externee website link redire|
Thane CP red-faced as externee website link redirects to his pic Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Apr 9, 2015, 10.35 AM IST THANE: Don't be surprised if you are directed to commissioner Param Bir Singh's picture and his message to citizens while looking for list of externed criminals on Thane police's official website, thanepolice.org. When the glitch was brought to the notice of Singh, he said, "The data pertaining to externees has not been uploaded yet. The link is redirected to the homepage." Singh, an IPS officer of the 1988-batch, took over as Thane police commissioner last month. A senior DCP, however, claimed there was nothing wrong. But within 10 minutes of TOI's inquiries, the link had been removed. Former IPS turned lawyer Y P Singh asked why the link had been removed if nothing was wrong. "Prima facie, it reflects that the website is not supervised properly." He said the Thane police should fix responsibility and upload the list of externees at earliest. An IT official attached to Mantralaya said, "Rules say if a link redirects user to a homepage, it should be mentioned on the page. If not, then a message should prompt indicating that the site is 'under construction or yet to be updated'." When asked why the Thane police website does not have any such notices, Singh said, "We will make the changes." Thane CP red-faced as externee website link redirects to his pic Sanjeev.Shivadekar Thane: Don't be surprised if you are directed to commissioner Param Bir Singh's picture and his message to citizens while looking for list of externed criminals on Thane police's official website, thanepolice.org. When the glitch was brought to the notice of Singh, he said, "The data pertaining to externees has not been uploaded yet. The link is redirected to the homepage." Singh, an IPS officer of the 1988-batch, took over as Thane police commissioner last month. A senior DCP, however, claimed there was nothing wrong. But within 10 minutes of TOI's inquiries, the link had been removed. Former IPS turned lawyer Y P Singh asked why the link had been removed if nothing was wrong. "Prima facie, it reflects that the website is not supervised properly." He said the Thane police should fix responsibility and upload the list of externees at earliest. An IT official attached to Mantralaya said, "Rules say if a link redirects user to a homepage, it should be mentioned on the page. If not, then a message should prompt indicating that the site is 'under construction or yet to be updated'." When asked why the Thane police website does not have any such notices, Singh said, "We will make the changes."
|2015-04-09||Environmental law firm backs bid to clean up Thane|
Environmental law firm backs bid to clean up Thane smelter site Apr 09, 2015 A non-profit environmental law firm is backing a local residents bid to take the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to court over the abandoned Thane smelter site in Keswick. When the smelter went out of business in 1997, with the ministry at the regulatory switch, it left a contaminated field behind in its wake. Years of public outcry, consultations through a public liaison committee, provincial cleanup orders and a meeting with the Environment Minister in 2013 have failed to initiate a substantive cleanup of the former aluminum smelter site on Warden Avenue, which comes with an estimated price tag of $5 million to rehabilitate the property. The ministrys decision, however, to revoke the cleanup order against the site last July on the grounds that the ministry is not aware of any offsite adverse effects is what prompted Keswick resident Debbie Gordon to seek a judicial review. The Save the Maskinonge representative and long-serving member of the former Thane public liaison committee is asking the court to recognize that evidence shows otherwise and to declare the cleanup order in force. I asked for legal help from Ecojustice because I believe it is important that the public be kept informed about how the ministry makes these decisions, Gordon said. It isnt fair when the ministry says it is going to follow a transparent process for cleanup and then decides behind closed doors that the environmental rights of Georgina residents are not a priority. Ecojustice lawyer Laura Bowman said the non-profit environmental law firm, which uses litigation to defend and protect the environment, is concerned for a variety of reasons regarding the ministrys decision to revoke the order against the site. Citing a long list of disregarded studies that the firm says contradicts the ministrys interpretation of evidence of onsite and offsite adverse effects and exclusions of references to surface water and groundwater, as well as the basis for its legal test for revocation, Bowman said Ecojustice is confused to say the least about the basis for the decision to revoke the order. It just doesnt make any sense, she said, adding Ecojustice feels very strongly the public should have been consulted instead of being notified in January of a decision made more than six months earlier. There is a bigger policy issue here, Bowman said, adding the province does not have a plan to deal with abandoned, contaminated sites that are not commercially viable for private-sector re-development. Ecojustice would like to see the province follow the United States example of the industry-funded Superfund program, where funds are set aside when sites are developed and approved in the event there are issues with which to deal. That is exactly what the town asked for in the 80s and, had that happened, we wouldnt be sitting where we are now with that site, she said, adding the Thane site is a great example of how the ministrys current approach doesnt work. The ministry has 30 days to serve a notice of appearance in response to the judicial review request to indicate if it is defending the court action.
|2015-04-09||Cricket-crazy teen from Thane turns to extortion t|
Cricket-crazy teen from Thane turns to extortion to buy game kit MUMBAI Updated: Apr 08, 2015 21:57 IST His love for cricket and the necessity of paying his coachs fee landed a 19-year-old man from Kalwa behind bars. Harendra Ramchandra Yadav and his accomplice were arrested by the anti-extortion cell on Tuesday for making fake ransom calls to families of people who had gone missing. The reason: Yadav wanted to buy a cricket kit and pay his coach. They were handed over to the Vartak Nagar police station. With dreams of making it big, and a fan of Rohit Sharma, Yadav would practise at Azad Maidan. "The accused would play in inter-college matches and claims to have scored 300 runs in four matches," said Nasir Kulkarni, inspector, anti-extortion Cell. Yadav, who would travel by train, met co-accused Narendra Jaiswal. Jaiswal was putting up posters of missing people on trains and at the stations. The duo then decided to use the information to make ransom calls to the families, said a police officer, requesting anonymity The duos scheme came to the fore after the father of a missing boy received a ransom call from Yadav on April 1. He had demanded Rs1 lakh from him. The man, however, approached the police. We told him to go with the cash to Thane and Kalwa stations. We thought we could catch the accused, but Yadav did not turn up. Our investigations led us to other families who had received similar calls, said NT Kadam, senior police inspector, anti-extortion Cell, Thane. Both accused were tracked through their mobile phones and arrested from Waghoba Nagar in Kalwa. The accused said they would snatch the money from the victims at the railway station and then flee. We are investigating how many cases they are involved in, said Kulkarni, adding that they found Yadavs cricket kit.
|2015-04-08||21-year-old woman allegedly gang-raped in Thane, t|
21-year-old woman allegedly gang-raped in Thane, two men arrested Apr, 08 2015 12:24:24 IST Thane: Two men were arrested for allegedly gang-raping a 21-year-old woman from Kasara village in Thane, police said on Wednesday. The incident occurred on Tuesday when the victim was going to her aunt's house in Wadi from Devul in Thane. She was walking alongside a railway track when she was waylaid by two men, who took her to a secluded place and allegedly gangraped her, Kasara police station inspector Ajay Vasave said. The girl somehow managed to rescue and reached home in the evening where she narrated the incident to her parents, following which a complaint was lodged with the police, the officer said. Police have nabbed Ramesh Sable, 22, while the other accused, identified as Sachin Wasave, is at large and a manhunt was launched to arrest him. The two have been booked under IPC section 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and further investigation into the matter was on, he added. In another incident, a youth allegedly raped a minor girl in Usgaon village near here on Sunday while she had gone out of her house to answer nature's call, sub-inspector of Ganeshpuri police station, AB Ravan said. The youth took her into the jungles and repeatedly raped her, he said, adding, the family of the victim filed a case on Tuesday. The accused has been identified was Ramesh Wanzari from Vasai area, who is at large and efforts are on to nab him, the officer added.
|2015-04-08||Man shot at for pacifying scuffle in Thane - Zee N|
Man shot at for pacifying scuffle in Thane Last Updated: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 15:43 Thane: Four persons were booked for allegedly shooting at a man in Mumbra here as he had tried to pacify a scuffle last week, police said on Wednesday. Arman Khan was sitting on a bench near his house in a township in Mumbra last night when four men attacked him and one of them shot him from point blank range, Mumbra police station inspector S M Mundhe said. "Khan was soon rushed to a nearby hospital. The four persons assaulted him in retaliation as he had intervened in a scuffle between an auto rickshaw driver and the four men on Monday," the officer said. The four, identified as Ijaz Chinese, Tarbez Merchant, Nadeem Merchant and Altaf Merchant, were allegedly manhandling an auto-rickshaw driver near Mumbra railway station when Khan tried to save the driver, Mundhe said. Annoyed over it, the accused arrived at the victim's residence last night, he said, adding Khan and Tarbez picked up a verbal feud, following which Tarbez shot Khan, causing serious wounds. All the four accused are at large and a manhunt has been launched to nab them, he said. Police have booked them under IPC section 307 (attempt to murder) and relevant sections of Arms Act and Bombay Police Act. Senior officials of Thane Police commissionerate also reached the spot after the incident.
|2015-04-08||Two arrested for kidnapping, extortion in Thane - |
Two arrested for kidnapping, extortion in Thane Last Updated: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 20:02 Thane: With the arrest of two youths from Kalwa town in the district, police today claimed to have solved a number of kidnapping and extortion cases. The accused duo-- Harinder Yadav (19) and Narender Jaiswal (20)-- was arrested last evening from Waghoba Nagar locality in Kalwa, ACP Nagesh Lohar said. During their interrogation, the accused said Jaiswal used to paste posters of missing persons at the railway stations. "From there, Jaiswal got the idea of calling the parents of these missing children and extorting money from them," Lohar said. According to police, last week, a 15-year-old boy had gone missing from Vasant Vihar. The accused called the mother of the boy and demanded a ransom of Rs 50,000 telling her that her son was in their custody, he said. In a similar case, they tried to extort money from the parents of a 13-year-old boy. "At least six cases have come to light so far," the officer said. The duo has been booked under section 363 (punishment for kidnapping) and 387 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the matter is being probed.
|2015-04-08||Thane: Woman scribe molested, robbed of mobile pho|
Thane: Woman scribe molested, robbed of mobile phone in local train By PTI | Posted 08-Apr-2015 A woman journalist was allegedly molested and robbed of her mobile phone by an unidentified man in the ladies' compartment of a local train at Kalwa railway station in the wee hours on Wednesday police said. The incident occurred at around 1.30 AM when the woman, working as a reporter with a Hindi daily, was heading to her Dombivali home in neighbouring Thane district after winding up her work in Mumbai, railway police said. She was travelling in the Karjat-bound suburban train when the robber, aged around 30, suddenly got into the ladies' compartment at Kalwa railway station. As soon as the train started moving, he tried to overpower her in a bid to snatch her phone, police said. When she resisted his move, the miscreant tried to pull her out of the train following which the woman surrendered her hone, worth around Rs 41,000, to prevent any untoward incident. After threatening the victim with dire consequences, the attacker jumped from the slow moving train on to the platform and fled, police said quoting the victim's complaint. The shocked victim subsequently went home and approached the Thane railway police this morning. An FIR has been registered on charges of molestation, criminal intimidation and robbery and a manhunt has been launched to nab the culprit, Thane Government Railway Police Inspector Anant Rane said. "We have registered an FIR and will examine the CCTV footage to identify the accused. We are also preparing the suspect's sketch based on the description given by the complainant," Rane said. A delegation of journalists was also present at the police station to express their solidarity.
|2015-04-08||Thane crime: Youth stoned to death in Dombivali - |
Thane crime: Youth stoned to death in Dombivali By PTI | Posted 08-Apr-2015 A 25-year-old man from Dombivali was allegedly stoned to death by four unidentified persons, police said on Wednesday. The incident took place in the wee hours on Tuesday when the victim Shreyas Chari along with his neighbour Digambar Patil arrived in an auto rickshaw near his residential building in Pandurang Wadi locality and were assaulted by the four men, inspector (Crime) S B Sawant, Tilak Nagar police station told PTI. As soon as Chari and Patil got down from the rickshaw, the four masked persons came near them, Sawant said, adding smelling suspicion, Chari enquired why they were loitering and were suddenly attacked by the miscreants with stones. According to the complaint filed by Patil yesterday, he and Chari sustained serious injuries. Later, Chari succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment and his body has been sent for post mortem, he said. A case under IPC sections 302 (murder) has been registered and efforts are on to nab the four accused who are at large, he added.
|2015-04-08||Thane: Cyber cafe raided in Ulhasnagar; 24 held fo|
Thane: Cyber cafe raided in Ulhasnagar; 24 held for obscenity By PTI | Posted 08-Apr-2015 A cyber cafe in Ulhasnagar was raided and as many as 24 persons were arrested for allegedly indulging in obscene acts, police said on Wednesday. A raid was conducted on Tuesday evening and 24 persons including 11 couples were found to be indulging in obscene acts. The couples, cafe owner Lallan Shah and manager Niranjan were nabbed, they said. According to police, they had received complaints that illegal activities were running at a cyber cafe near Ulhasnagar railway station. A case under section 294 has been registered in this connection and investigations are underway, they added.
|2015-04-08||Two arrested for kidnapping, extortion in Thane - |
Two arrested for kidnapping, extortion in Thane 8 April, 2015 2:40 PM Tweet 6 0 Thane: With the arrest of two youths from Kalwa town in the district, police today claimed to have solved a number of kidnapping and extortion cases. The accused duo-- Harinder Yadav (19) and Narender Jaiswal (20)-- was arrested last evening from Waghoba Nagar locality in Kalwa, ACP Nagesh Lohar said.During their interrogation, the accused said Jaiswal used to paste posters of missing persons at the railway stations."From there, Jaiswal got the idea of calling the parents of these missing children and extorting money from them," Lohar said.According to police, last week, a 15-year-old boy had gone missing from Vasant Vihar. The accused called the mother of the boy and demanded a ransom of Rs 50,000 telling her that her son was in their custody, he said.In a similar case, they tried to extort money from the parents of a 13-year-old boy.The duo has been booked under section 363 (punishment for kidnapping) and 387 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the matter is being probed. Also read: Two held for chain snatching Source: zeenews.india.com
|2015-04-08||'Will withdraw eviction notice to two buildings in|
Will withdraw eviction notice to two buildings in Thane By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:April 9, 2015 3:27 am The Thane Municipal Corporation on Wednesday informed the Bombay High Court that it was withdrawing eviction orders served to 84 tenants of two buildings in Vartak Nagar, Thane, as they had not acted in accordance with the law. Justice A S Oka and A P Bhangale were hearing a petition filed by the 84 tenants which states that they were living in the said premises since 30 years. The corporation has served them notice on March 25 and had asked them to vacate their premises within 15 days as they were planning to demolish the buildings and redevelop it under public-private partnership. The senior counsel appearing for Municipal Corporation of the city of Thane seeks permission to withdraw the notices issued and adopt appropriate proceedings in accordance to law. We direct that in the event an order of eviction is passed against the petitioners, they shall not be evicted one month from the date of the eviction notice, said the HC.
|2015-04-08||Severely injured man made to wait for 2 hrs at Tha|
Severely injured man made to wait for 2 hrs at Thane hospitalBy Rajendra B AklekarRajendra B Aklekar, Mumbai Mirror | Apr 9, 2015, 12.00 AM ISTTweetShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsTweetShare MoreEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeURL copied to clipboardGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesA 50-year-old BMC employee, who fell down a train on Tuesday, was made to wait for over two hours without any treatment in Thane civil hospital, till his family arrived and took charge of the situation. He was finally shifted to a private hospital, where his condition is stated to be critical. Jitendra Sudam Shirke was returning from his office when he fell down from the train at Kalwa station around 12.30 pm. "By 2.15-2.30pm, he was in the Thane civil hospital. He was given first aid and then made to lie on a stretcher for nearly 2 hours, till his family arrived," said Prashant Narvekar, an eyewitness. "Shirke's family was told that he required a CT scan done but the machine at the hospital was not working. His wife Usha then moved him to Criticare Hospital, where he is now recuperating," he added. Shirke's son Akash told Mumbai Mirror that his father had severe injuries on his head and was critical. Officials from Thane civil hospital said the trauma car unit of the hospital was inaugurated in 2007, but the CT Scan unit has been shut for more than a year now.
|2015-04-07||Sunny Leone promotes 'Ek Paheli Leela' at a Thane |
Sunny Leone promotes 'Ek Paheli Leela' at a Thane mall By The Centerstage Team |Posted 35 minutes ago Pic/Yogen Shah Sunny Leone was seen at a mall in Thane where she was promoting her upcoming film 'Ek Paheli Leela' with Jay Bhanushali. The actress sported an outfit that was straight off the runway of a recently concluded fashion week. Pic/Yogen Shah Sachin Tendulkar was spotted with his wife Anjali outside a theatre in the suburbs. They were attending a film screening along with celebrities like Aamir Khan and Raj Thackeray. Shivangi Verma and Rajeev Khandelwal Shivangi Verma and Rajeev Khandelwal take a small break on the sets of their upcoming TV show in the suburbs. Tanuja and Kajol were snapped at the inauguration of a pediatric hospital in Pune. Pic/Yogen Shah
|2015-04-07||Barack vs. Bibi, Round __ - Huffington Post|
Barack vs. Bibi, Round 04/07/2015 09:34 am ET | Updated Jun 04, 2015 Forgive me for wondering whether the daily dealings between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are taking a page from the Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed playbook without the Marquees of Queensberry Rules. Actually, now that the Israeli election is over, this bilateral bickering more resembles a tawdry soap opera Dallas with a Wild, Wild West Bank plot twist. Heres the Hollywood pitch: The saga of an American President and an Israeli Prime Minister, world leaders and longtime allies from democratic nations who simply cant get along despite having far more important things to worry about in a world, and region, that is in complete disarray. Gentlemen, please do not forget yourselves: you are statesmen from free nations on a planet featuring genocides, sectarian warfare, theocratic madness, the rise of the far right and the resurgence of anti-Semitism, and authoritarian regimes nearly everywhere else. What in the world do you have to fight about? Iran and ISIS must be thoroughly entertained by this escalating blood feud measured only in bruised feelings and cold shoulders. The Bibi vs. Barack grudge match, always playing on a news outlet near you. Yes, even with all prior comparisons to Winston Churchill, Netanyahus last minute, Hail Mary campaign stunts were not his finest hour. Obama could have come across as more presidential and agreed to meet the Israeli prime minister who came personally to warn America about Iranian duplicity. And, yes, it would have been better had Netanyahu cleared his Congressional screen test with the White House before turning Capital Hill into a campaign stop. So now the president wont allow the prime minister to walk back what he said on election day; the prime minister bristles at the thought that he had once been referred to as chicken shit; the president blames the prime minister for settlement construction; the prime minister is flabbergasted how naïve an American president can be about the intentions of those who openly threaten the annihilation of another country. And now charges of spying between allies. What next, spousal infidelity? We have beheadings and stonings all throughout the Middle East and Persian Gulf. ISIS and Iran are fighting for control of a caliphate that is beginning to look more and more like a reality each day. Iran is playing poker with centrifuges and masked uranium that might result in flushing the entire region down the toilet. There are ongoing genocides in Sudan, Congo and Nigeria. Vladimir Putin is reclaiming former Soviet satellites as if the Cold War is back in vogue. And global terrorism is more ascendant than the Ebola virus. Meanwhile, two world leaders who attended Harvard and MIT are behaving like Hatfield and McCoy. Respectfully: the real action is not at the Israeli ballot box or with breached diplomatic protocols. The drama exists elsewhere, and the stakes are very high and deadly serious. There is no time for all this interpersonal disdain. President Obama, you will not be beloved in the Middle East and Persian Gulf no matter how many New Years kisses you blow toward Tehran or conciliatory speeches you deliver in Cairo. Even your middle name has not earned you any love on the Arab street. And Prime Minister Netanyahu, settlement construction energizes your base but drives everyone else nutsmost especially, liberal democracies. Seriously, gentlemen: the world is not with you. Globally speaking, you are largely friendless. At the drop of a hat, tens of thousands of Arabs and Persians are prepared to march onto the street and chant: Death to America! Death to Israel! (And Death to the Pope! Death to British novelists! Death to Danish cartoonists! and on and on.) You are separated by thousands of miles but your values and democratic ideals are inseparable. In such a cauldron of unmitigated chaos, thats all that should matter. You can stew about hurt feelings and bungled diplomacy all you want; meanwhile, the world is burningand Im not even speaking about global warming here. The United States and Israel, Big Satan, and Little Satan, Barack and Bibi for the love of God, get your acts together and your priorities straight. You have real problems and true enemies out there. And its not each other. Fortunately, fighting among friends all that teeth gnashing and boiling tensions naturally simmers down. Like soap operas and professional wrestling matches, the good and bad often trade places, and warring enemies become allies. By the time Rocky III hit theaters, even Apollo and Rocky were fast friends.
|2015-04-07||Thief travelling routinely from Solapur to rob com|
Thief travelling routinely from Solapur to rob commuters held in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 7, 2015, 02.11 PM IST THANE: The railway police nabbed a thief who would travel from his hometown Solapur to Thane once a week to rob unsuspecting outstation commuters at the station. Police have recovered 21 tolas of gold ornaments from M Pawar and are investigating his involvement in such incidents in the past. Pawar was captured with the help of the CCTV footage while he was trying to rob a commuter. Pawar would travel to Mumbai by the overnight Mumbai Express and used to alight at Thane early morning to identify his target, especially outstation passengers with lots of luggage. He would wait for an opportunity and then strike when the passengers were trying to board a crowded train. He would then return to his hometown. However, Pawar's luck ran out when he was captured on a camera installed at the platform recently while he flicked valuables from a female commuter trying to board the Jansatabdi Express. "After we got complaints from few passengers, we checked the CCTV footage and saw Pawar flicking valuables from the commuter. Immediately we laid a trap at the station and nabbed him. We are now investigating his involvement in similar crimes in the past," said a police official from Thane. The Thane zone has witnessed high crime figures as per the 2014 crime figures released by the railway police. Railway police chief Ravinder Singal said that he is aware of the situation and will allocate more staff on this stretch so that the crime figures come under control.
|2015-04-07||Five hurt as youth tries to escape cops, rams car |
Five hurt as youth tries to escape cops, rams car in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 7, 2015, 02.20 PM IST THANE: A 21-year-old Chembur youth who was trying to flee traffic cops who had demanded to see his licence, rammed his Skoda car into 12-15 autorickshaws parked at the rickshaw stand near Thane railway station on late on Monday evening. Some 5 people were injured in the incident. The youth was nabbed by two traffic constables after a brief chase. Vinay Lamba had come to a Thane shopping mall in the afternoon along with a girl. After shopping, they came to Jambhli naka and drove into a one-way street from the wrong direction. Police said that around 7.30 pm, a traffic constable intercepted accused the car at Jambhli naka and demanded that Lamba show his license. In response, Lamba quickly threw the gear into reverse and hurtled toward Moose Chowk. Traffic constables NP Dhutre and VP Jhurale gave chase, and a panicked Lamba drove into the auto-rickshaw stand. In the melee he rammed several autorickshaws, damaging them. Police said five autorickshaw drivers suffered minor injuries. Constables Dhutre and Jhurale tried to stop Lamba but he reversed the car again and got out of the rickshaw lane and sped off toward Almeida chowk. Meanwhile, enraged auto drivers started pelting stones and bricks at the car. Lamba was finally stopped by the two chasing constables nearly 2 kilometres away near Almedia chowk. He was then escorted into the jeep of assistant commissioner of police who had also arrived at the scene to save him from the mob fury, and brought to the Thane Nagar police station, said Dilip Boraste, senior police inspector. The girl was also detained to ascertain if she had any role in the incident. The injured auto drivers were sent to Thane civil hospital and were discharged after administering first aid. Vikram Borge, an injured auto driver said, " I was waiting at the rickshaw stand when I saw in the rearview mirror that a car was coming into the auto row. I thought something is not right and tried to move my auto to give way but on seeing his speed jumped out of my auto; his car hit my right hand and the auto; glass shards pierced my hands." A police officer said Lamba doesn't seem to be under the influence of alcohol and could have just panicked on seeing the cops. He was sent for blood tests. Boraste said he was still being questioned and that the police were yet to register a case.
|2015-04-07||Watchman arrested in Thane for raping two minor gi|
Watchman arrested in Thane for raping two minor girls Last Updated: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 14:38 Thane: A 42-year-old watchman of a locality here was arrested for allegedly raping two minor girls at his residence, police said Tuesday. The accused, Datta Indulkar, called the two girls on different occasions in the last three days to his house in Kolshet area here on the pretext of allowing them to watch television, they added. He then locked the house from inside and raped the girls, aged 7 and 11 who lived in his neighbourhood, at knife-point, Kapurbawdi police station's sub-inspector R K Gaikwad said. He also threatened the girls with dire consequences if they informed about the offence to anybody, he said. However, the victims told their respective families about the offence following which they lodged a complaint last night. Subsequently, police arrested the accused late last night and booked him under IPC sections 376 (rape), 354 (molestation), 363 (kidnapping), 341 (wrongful restraint), 504 and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and also sections 4 and 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, he said.
|2015-04-07||On Thane's vehicle-free street, get set to walk, r|
On Thane's vehicle-free street, get set to walk, run, jog, cycle B B Nayak | TNN | Apr 7, 2015, 02.10 PM IST THANE: As the countdown has begun for the debut of Happy Streets here, residents can't wait to stream into the 1.2km vehicle-free stretch of road from Vasant Vihar Circle to Khewra Circle on Gladys Alvares Road (one side) this Sunday. Thaneites have been waiting for long to get their own Happy Streets, which has been a huge hit among citizens in neighbouring Navi Mumbai and Mumbai. Starting April 12, every Sunday they will get to reclaim the streets for three hours from 6am to 9am and enjoy new adventures and take part in various fitness drills. Thane Municipal Corporation and Thane traffic department took the lead in bringing Happy Streets to the lake city. The event is supported by TOI. "I have been waiting for this since the time I got to know about the popularity of the event in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Kudos to the organizers for making the stretch available for us to take part in and enjoy activities of our choice," said Anup Singh, a Vasant Vihar resident. Thane corporator Najib Mulla said, "We once went to Mumbai's Equal Streets to get a feel of the ambience. We asked ourselves why the same atmosphere can't be created in our city, which has a population of over 20 lakh. I thank the organizers for offering us so much." Social activist Rambhau Fadtare of Khewra Circle said, "We will support this event and make this a landmark one. Residents from across the city will be bustling during the Sunday carnival," said Fadtare. As the exams are over, kids will have several activities of their choice on the road sans fear of being knocked down. "We can't wait to hit the streets, mingle with our friends and take part in various activities. Sundays will not be boring anymore," said Amit Yadav, a class V student from Hiranandani. Yoga, cycling, skating, zumba, fitness sessions and kid games will be some of the major activities on offer.
|2015-04-07||Thane crippled as 18K autos apply brakes in protes|
Thane crippled as 18K autos apply brakes in protest Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 7, 2015, 02.16 PM IST THANE: Lakhs of commuters faced a lot of inconvenience on Monday after over 18,000 auto rickshaws went off the streets since morning. Several auto unions took to the streets to protest action being initiated against them by RTO and transport authorities. The one-day protest was seen as a pressure tactic to dilute action against the vast majority who operate without valid permits or licence. Over 3,000 protestors assembled at Nitin Company and made their way first to the office of deputy transport officer at Murphy on the highway and then regional transport officer. The protestors presented a memorandum to the traffic police. Their demands included relaxation of rules related to cancelling licence for repeat offenses, scrapping old autos, increasing fares matching inflation, ensuring green tax isn't made compulsory and renewing permits of those who have been driving for over 15 years. Many office goers faced a harrowing time. "I had to wait for a long time at the rickshaw queue before I realized about the strike. Though by then I was already late for my weekly office meeting, I had no option but to walk to office," said Natasha Fernandes, a commuter. "We had an appointment at my doctor's clinic but didn't get any auto for over 30 minutes," said Vrinda and Makarand Joshi, an elderly couple. Few incidents of violence were reported from parts of the city where union members allegedly targeted private buses and autos that were plying. Drivers who were not part of the protest stopped work fearing damage to their vehicles. Ravi Rao, president of Thane Automen's Rickshaw Union, said, "There are many honest autos drivers, but for a handful of misbehaving drivers, the authorities penalize others too. We aren't supporting those who break law. We seek some relaxation in stern action on genuine drivers. Cancelling licence is a harsh punishment," said Rao. MB Jadhav, regional transport official in Thane, said, "Members from several auto unions presented their list of demands. We will have a meeting with them next week and then forward the list to our higher ups in Mumbai."
|2015-04-07||Thane cops clear the air in Kopri, act against pub|
Thane cops clear the air in Kopri, act against public smokers Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 7, 2015, 02.17 PM IST THANE: The Kopri police have started taking action against those involved in public smoking on the east side of Thane city. The move has triggered fear among smokers. Even cigarette sellers are cautioning smokers against the possible action if they are seen smoking in public. Although smoking in public places was prohibited from October 2, 2008 under the Prohibition of Smoking in Public Places Rules, 2008, and the Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products (prohibition of advertisement and regulation of trade of commerce, production, supply and distribution) Act (COTPA), 2003, there are many who are seen smoking in public places. It is learnt that since the act came into being, not a single case had been booked by the city police. "The move comes after an assistant commissioner of police ordered a crackdown against smokers as well as pan stall owners flouting the laws and also those indulging in public smoking," said Sunita Kalbande, senior police inspector of Kopri police station. The police have issued handbills to every pan stall owner selling tobacco products, which are pasted outside their stalls. A pan stall owner said, "The cops have increased surveillance in the area and we personally warn smokers to refrain from smoking in public places. The word has spread but some of them still do not pay heed to the requests. Such people are being taken to task." Ramesh A, a Kopri resident said, "It is a welcome move even though it has come too late. However, the action should be stringent enough to deter people from smoking in public. There are many seen smoking outside Thane station." Anagha Suresh, another resident said, "Why take action against smokers only in Kopri. People indulge in public smoking in other parts of the city too. The authorities are turning a blind eye to this menace, which forces non-smokers to turn into passive smokers, which is even worse."
|2015-04-07||Thane locals to stage demonstration outside TMC of|
Thane locals to stage demonstration outside TMC office on April 14 Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 7, 2015, 02.18 PM IST THANE: Distraught Diva residents have decided to hold a demonstration outside the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) office next week. The demonstration will be staged under the leadership of Diva MNS corporator Shailesh Patil. "We will be conducting an andolan outside the TMC office on April 14. The residents of Diva undergo a lot of hardships in their daily lives. Every time we approach the TMC, they promise to bring the necessary changes, but it gets stuck in between formalities like filing the proposal, tenders, etc," said Patil. TOI has been reporting about the plight of Diva residents who have not been getting even a single drop of water despite paying water bills amounting to Rs 3 lakh over the year. Following the report of the death of Buddeshwar Pawar who was knocked down by a train while he was on his way to Mumbra to fill water, Ravindra Khadtale, head of the civic water supply department, along with his team, undertook a survey of the pipelines in the area to understand why there was no water. It was then discovered that there was no pressure of water in the pipelines. However, the officials did not interact with the residents. "We have been waiting for TMC officials to visit us and hear our problems for years now. All we see are politicians of different parties claiming to fix our problems," said a Nagwadi resident. Although the TMC officials have proposed a two part plan to solve the issue of water shortage here, the MNS corporator is skeptical of when it will materialize.
|2015-04-07||Thane watchman held for raping two minor girls - M|
THANE WATCHMAN HELD FOR RAPING TWO MINOR GIRLS Updated: Apr 8, 2015, 12.00 AM IST The Thane police have arrested a 42-year-old watchman for allegedly raping two minor girls at his residence. Datta Indulkar called the two girls, aged 7 and 11, on different occasions in the last four days to his house in Kolshet on the pretext of allowing them to watch television. RK Gaikwad, sub-inspector, Kapurbawdi police station, said: Indulkar then locked the house from inside and raped the girls, who lived in his neighbourhood, at knife-point. He also threatened the girls with dire consequences if they informed about the offence to anybody, Gaikwad added. Senior police inspector Sushil Kadam said, One of the victims was raped a month ago while the other was raped four days ago. The victims narrated their ordeal to their respective families following which they lodged a complaint on Monday. The police have booked Indulkar under IPC sections 376 (rape), 354 (molestation), 363 (kidnapping), 341 (wrongful restraint), 504 and 506 (criminal intimidation) and also sections 4 and 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. MMB
|2015-04-07||Thane dance bar raided, 26 arrested for obscenity |
Thane dance bar raided, 26 arrested for obscenityMumbai Mirror | Apr 8, 2015, 12.02 AM ISTTweetShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsTweetShare MoreEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeURL copied to clipboardGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesA dance bar in Rabodi was raided on Tuesday and as many as 26 people, including the bar owner, were arrested for allegedly indulging in obscene acts, police said. Sub inspector M M Ghopal of Rabodi police station said the raid was conducted in the early hours of Tuesday by the Special Branch of Thane police. Those arrested include 12 women, two male singers and owner of the bar Lucky Shouri (34), he said. A case under section 294 of the IPC (punishment for obscene acts or words in public) and relevant sections of the Bombay Police Act has been registered, Ghopal said. PTI
|2015-04-06||Now, enjoy an air-conditioned horse ride at Thane'|
Now, enjoy an air-conditioned horse ride at Thane's Talaopali By Ankita Saripadiya | Posted 06-Apr-2015 Masunda Talao, or Talaopali as its popularly known in Thane, virtually has a mela in the evenings with toy sellers, chaat vendors and various other activities. One of the most sought-after attractions here is the horse-drawn carriage ride. Now, these Victorian-inspired carriages have gotten a 21st century twist with the addition of a 0.75 tonne air conditioner. Opened last Thursday, enthusiasts continue to throng the spot to get a ride on this star attraction. Nadeem Ghulam Nabi Shaikh, the owner of the horse carriage, told mid-day, I had seen a carriage like this in Surat being used in wedding processions. I thought we could have it in Thane as well. So, I got it made within a month. Shaikh charges Rs 200 for a ride on Sunday and Rs 150 on all other days. The service is available from 6 pm to 11 pm.
|2015-04-06||Police in Thane crack down on public smoking - Tim|
Police in Thane crack down on public smoking Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 7, 2015, 12.36 AM IST THANE: The police in Kopri have started taking action against those smoking in public on the east side of the city. Now cigarette sellers are cautioning smokers against possible action if they are seen smoking in public. Although smoking in public places was prohibited from October 2, 2008, there are many who are seen smoking in public. It is learnt that since the law against smoking in public places came into being, not a single person has been booked by the city police. "The move comes after an assistant commissioner of police ordered a crackdown against smokers as well as paan stall owners flouting the laws and also those smoking in public," police inspector Sunita Kalbande of the Kopri police station. The police have even issued handbills to every paan stall owner that warn against smoking in public.
|2015-04-05||Minor boy sodomised, set on fire in Thane - Times |
Minor boy sodomised, set on fire in Thane PTI | Apr 5, 2015, 06.51 PM IST THANE: A 7-year-old boy was allegedly sodomised and set on fire by two unidentified youths at Padmanagar in Bhiwandi town in the district, police said on Sunday. The incident took place yesterday when the victim had gone to eat at 'a langhar', inspector R S Sasthe told PTI. The accused took the boy to an isolated place and sodomised him, and when he resisted, they set him on fire, the officer said. The boy, who suffered 30 per cent burn injuries, somehow managed to escape, Sasthe said. A case has been registered under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 377 (sodomy) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. The boy is being treated at the Thane Civil hospital. Efforts are on to identify and nab the accused, the inspector said.
|2015-04-05||'Builders trying to grab land meant for ST depot i|
'Builders trying to grab land meant for ST depot in Thane' Press Trust of India | Thane April 5, 2015 Last Updated at 21:19 IST The deputy chairman of the Maharashtra legislative council and NCP leader Vasant Davkhare today demanded a probe by the anti-corruption bureau into alleged attempt by builders to grab a plot of land reserved for ST depot. Davkhare, in a letter to the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, said a 5,000 sq mt plot near Aradhana Cinema in the city was reserved for the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation's depot by the Thane Municipal Corporation in 2002. But the builders' lobby was trying to get the reservation cancelled, and some unauthorised constructions had come up on the plot, he alleged.
|2015-04-05||NC lodged against Thane doctors over stillborn - N|
|2015-04-05||7-year-old boy sodomised, set on fire in Thane dis|
7-year-old boy sodomised, set on fire in Thane district of Maharashtra By: Press Trust of India | Thane | Published:April 5, 2015 8:01 pm A 7-year-old boy was allegedly sodomised and set on fire by two unidentified youths at Padmanagar in Bhiwandi town in the district, police said on Sunday. The incident took place on Saturday when the victim had gone to eat at a langhar (free food service), Inspector R S Sasthe told PTI. The accused took the boy to an isolated place and sodomised him, and when he resisted, they set him on fire, the officer said. The boy, who suffered 30 per cent burn injuries, somehow managed to escape, Sasthe said. A case has been registered under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 377 (sodomy) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. The boy is being treated at the Thane Civil hospital. Efforts are on to identify and nab the accused, the inspector said. For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App now
|2015-04-04||4 Bangladeshi women arrested by Thane police - Dai|
4 Bangladeshi women arrested by Thane police ARVIND WALMIKI | Sat, 4 Apr 2015-05:54am , Mumbai , DNA On Thursday around 7.30pm, the Thane anti-human trafficking cell have arrested four Bangladeshi women and the police are suspecting that the quartet has been involved in robbery too. According to the police, on Thursday morning they received a tip-off that Momta Akhtar Abdul Mandal 22, Salma Mansoor Shaikh, 30, Tisha Milan Khalifa, 25 and Jasmin Ansarbishesh staying at Thane's Manorama Nagar are from Bangladesh. The police reached the spot at 4.30pm and arrested the four. It was revealed during the investigation that the four had been residing in Thane for a year and they have been sent to the Thane central jail after they were produced in court. In their primary investigation, the police have found that the four do not have any Indian documents and a passport, but have Bangladesh's ID card. The women said they came to India through the border and were searching for a job. As their area of residence falls under Kapurbawdi, the Kapurbawdi police station have registered a case under relevant sections of being not citizen of India. Shakil Shaikh, senior police inspector from Thane's anti-human trafficking cell said, "We got a tip-off and we laid a trap. We are yet to find if they have been involved in any cases of theft. We found that the four crossed the border easily problem and their main aim was to hunt job and earn money here. Further investigation is on and the four will remain behind bars."
|2015-04-04||Gangster Ravi Pujari steering clear of Mumbai, tar|
Gangster Ravi Pujari steering clear of Mumbai, targeting Thane & Navi Mumbai, say cops DIVYESH NAIR | Sat, 4 Apr 2015-06:50am , DNA The Mumbai police are hot on fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari's heels, and this has forced the don to shift his focus to the neighbouring cities of Thane and Navi Mumbai. The Mumbai crime branch, in the last few years, has successfully thwarted all of Pujari's attempts by arresting his men before they could execute any of his orders. According to crime branch officers, in the last few months, Pujari has not made any extortion calls in Mumbai. However, he and his men have been active in Thane and Navi Mumbai in that period and demanded extortion money from politicians, cable operators and builders, they added. "Our officers have done a good job in nullifying the threat of Pujari and have arrested his men before they could carry out his orders," said additional commissioner of police (crime) KMM Prasanna. "There is reason to suspect that he is trying to target people from Thane and Navi Mumbai as he is not been able to create fear here in Mumbai." On March 30, a builder from Dombivli, Ram Bhagat, complained to the police that he received a call from an international number, wherein the caller identified himself as Ravi Pujari and demanded Rs2 crore. The caller also threatened to kill Bhagat if he did not pay up. In a similar such threatening call allegedly made by the gangster on March 9 to a small-time builder, Kunal Patil, from Dombivli, the caller demanded Rs50 lakh. Last December, a cable operator from Ambernath, Aniket Mhatre, had complained to the police that he had received a call from someone who identified himself as Ravi Pujari and demanded Rs2 crore from him.
|2015-04-04||Thane residents still haunted by poster menace of |
Thane residents still haunted by poster menace of political parties PADMJA SINHA | Sat, 4 Apr 2015-06:58am , Mumbai , DNA The posters and banners have always defaced city, but many residents have said it annoys most when birthday wishes of political bigwigs are bombarded deliberately. Thanekars allege that complaints against the posters falls on deaf ears. Akshay More, a Manpada resident, said, "The entire city gets to know of the birthdays of any corporator as no place is spared. The whole city is painted and defaced and when we try to complaint about the banners to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), nobody responds." The residents even alleged that the toll free number to complaint about banners and posters menace works rarely and if they calling on the landline is waste of time. The group Planet Friends had taken up the task to clean the city and had removed all the posters from the walls and flyovers. However, in a few days, posters and banners wishing guardian minister Eknath Shinde were put up. The members from Planet Friends had met the minister, who had assured them that this would not repeat and he would take strict action. However, nothing has been done so far. "Starting from March 25 till April 1, everyday an old poster has been replaced by birthday wishes for a new corporator and this has not stopped," added More. The residents said every prime location in the city is filled with banners and posters and they civic body does not bother to pull them down. KD Nipurte, deputy commissioner (zone 1) and in-charge for illegal posters and banners said, "There are paid spots in the city for putting up posters and banners and we pull down the illegal ones." However, when he was asked about the ones at SATIS area and near Kapurbawdi flyover, he said they are illegal and action will be taken soon. He added that toll free number would be fixed soon.
|2015-04-04||Christians in Thane spend Good Friday in prayer - |
Christians in Thane spend Good Friday in prayer Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 4, 2015, 11.35 AM IST THANE: Christian families across the city observed Good Friday with prayers and fasting. Devotees started their day by participating in Stations of the Cross or Way of the Cross ceremony in churches, followed by a day at home in prayer with their families and ended it with the Mass. "We follow the priest holding a small cross around the church and halt at 14 stops along the way representing the 14 stations of the cross that trace the last steps of Jesus before his death, from the moment he was condemned to death till he was laid in the tomb," said Daniel Gomes (43), a resident of Pokhran Road II said. Rovina Pereira, a resident of Kharkar Ali, said Christians in all corners of the world observe Good Friday. "We abstain from meat, alcohol and other indulgences. Some even refrain from watching television or movies, and spend the entire day in prayer," she added. While for most it is the day of mourning and they observe it by wearing shades of black, blue and green, some believe that it is the day good conquers evil and thus, known as Good Friday. The day also sets the stage for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter.
|2015-04-04||Two from Thane killed in accident on Shamlaji high|
Two from Thane killed in accident on Shamlaji highway TNN | Apr 4, 2015, 11.16 AM IST VADODARA: Two persons were killed and three others injured in a road accident on Shamlaji highway near Sonela village of Lunawada taluka in Mahisagar district. The driver of the car lost control and the vehicle swerved off the road leading to the accident in the early hours of Friday. The group from Mumbai was on its way to Nathdwara for a religious pilgrimage. Two other cars were also a part of the entourage. The group had driven overnight from Mumbai and was on Shamlaji highway when the SUV left the road and fell from a height killing Gautamji Pamaiya, 43, and Narendrakumar Soni, 45, around 2.45 am. Both the deceased were residents of Bhayandar (West) in Thane. Three others in the car survived with minor injuries and were treated at a hospital in Lunawada. Police said driver of the vehicle Atul Kumar Mehta may have dozed while driving. Gyanchand Jain filed an offence regarding the accident at Lunawada police station.
|2015-04-04||15 dog bite cases in Thane civil hospital in a day|
15 dog bite cases in Thane civil hospital in a day Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 4, 2015, 11.29 AM IST THANE: As many as 15 incidents of attacks by strays was reported in the Thane civil hospital on Thursday, raising concerns about the safety of children, especially in the backdrop of the death of a five-year-old girl who was attacked by four strays in Panvel recently. Doctors at the Thane civil hospital said most victims of dog bites were adults and four children were discharged after treatment. Dr Raghunath Rathod, additional surgeon at civil hospital said there has been a steady rise in number of dog attacks. "On Thursday, we had the highest number of 15 dog bite cases. The frequency of such incidents has increased and everyday we have patients being treated for dog bites," said Dr Rathod. A majority section complained that the growing population of strays is due to the failure of the civic authorities to conduct sterilization or birth control programmes for the strays. Animal lovers, on the other hand, attributed the rise in the stray population largely to the waste food and other eatables dumped on the streets. "In several pockets in the city, residents dump waste comprising of meat leftovers in the open that attract strays. Often, these dogs then attack local residents also. The civic body must ensure dumping trash is discouraged and lifted regularly," said a doctor. Activist Satyajit Shah filed a Right To Information application regarding this issue and said that as many as 10 persons attacked and bitten by dogs daily in TMC limits are treated at civic health centres or hospital. That is just the tip of the iceberg, as equal number of dog bite case are reported every day in private clinics, he added. Dr R T Kendre, medical officer of health, TMC, said they are already working on the sterilization of stray dogs in the city. "We have sterilized nearly 44,000 strays in the last few years and are relentlessly working on the programme," he said.
|2015-04-04||NC lodged against Thane doctors over stillborn - T|
NC lodged against Thane doctors over stillborn TNN | Apr 5, 2015, 04.30 AM IST THANE: A woman who deliver a stillborn baby allegedly due to "clinical negligence and delay in getting medical attention" at a Thane civic body-run maternity home in Kopri has filed a police complaint against the doctors concerned. Rukhsana Chaudhari (32), a mother of two, was ninth months pregnant and visited the maternity home on Thursday as she was feeling uneasy and suffered abdominal pain. A medical officer at the out-patient department inspected her and reportedly told her there was fine. "A few hours after reaching home, Rukshana started experiencing unbearable pain. Her husband, Rafique, took her back to the same maternity home in the early hours of Friday. But the resident doctor was unavailable and when she was experiencing labour pain she was made to sleep on a stretcher for five hours," said Irfan Shaikh, a relative. Medical health officer Dr R T Kendre said a probe will be ordered.
|2015-04-03||Posing as Ravi Pujari, tempo driver tries to extor|
Posing as Ravi Pujari, tempo driver tries to extort money from Thane resident, held ARVIND WALMIKI | Fri, 3 Apr 2015-06:05am , DNA The Thane police have arrested a tempo driver for trying to extort money from a senior citizen by claiming himself to be gangster Ravi Pujari. Accused Darasingh Harishankar Patel had demanded Rs20 lakh from the elderly citizen through two text messages. Patel apparently had got the idea of using the underworld operative's name from crime stories in newspapers, said the cops. Narayan Gajanan Lawande, a social worker and resident of Panchpakhadi area of Thane had approached the cops after he received two SMSes between March 23 and March 31. In his complaint to the police, Lawande said in the first message, the sender had claimed himself to be Ravi Pujari and threatened to kill him if he didn't cough up Rs20 lakh. In the second message, 'Pujari' said he needed the money to secure bail for three of his aides Abhishek Salve, Aniket Jadhav and Bharat Dev. The Thane cops tracked down Patel, a diva resident, with the help of the mobile number. He has been booked under section 385 (extortion), 504 (breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, and section 66 of the IT Act. If proven guilty, the 28-year-old may face jail for a maximum of seven years. An officer from Naupada police station said, "We will present the accused in a court. We are probing as to how he got the number of the complainant. It seems he hit upon the idea after reading newspaper reports about the don." Dombivli man gets call of 'Pujari' In another case, a man from Dombivli got a call from an unknown number on March 30 where the caller threatened to kill him if he didn't pay up Rs20 crore. Tukaram Nagar resident Ram Keshav Bhagat, who is into construction business, told the Dombivli police that he received the call about 9.45 am and the person on the other end said he would call up again. The cops have registered a case and initiated a probe.
|2015-04-03||Why this so-called gourmet cafe in Thane fails to |
Why this so-called gourmet cafe in Thane fails to impress By Dhara Vora | Posted 03-Apr-2015 The memories of dropping by the cinema hall would be incomplete without popcorn or A-1 samosas. So when we heard that Cinepolis multiplex in Thane has a gourmet café that not only serves food inside the theatre but is also open to outsiders, we were really excited. En route to the café, our mind was already imagining eating burgers made of multigrain buns and pasta served with bacon and sea salt, as that is what one would associate with gourmet to an extent. The café is a part of the multiplexs property and you very much feel like you are out for grub during the interval. But a look at the menu dampened our expectations. On offer were simple vegetarian and chicken burgers, sandwiches, boring pasta options and a few beverages. We ordered a Paneer Tikka Pizza (Rs 170, all prices exclusive of taxes) a Chocolate Shake (Rs 120) and a vegetarian Cream Cheese Pasta (Rs 170). Our order was ready after half-an-hour (we were told 15 minutes at the beginning of our wait). Worse, the order wasnt entirely worth the wait. The Shake was a disaster; the consistency was thin, and it contained very little chocolate. The pasta was your average white sauce pasta, though not bad to taste. We are not too fond of paneer on our pizza, but the spicy tomato sauce made The Paneer Tikka Pizza worth it. The toppings were generous too. For some carnivorous craving, we opted for a Chicken Burger (Rs 120) and Grilled Chicken Sandwich (Rs 170). This again took another 30 minutes. The burger and the sandwich were good to taste the sandwich, in particular was quite filling. But the ingredients and the flavours were regular (two slices of tomato in the burger). Paying '140 (after the added taxes) for the burger was too steep. Coffee Tree serves regular whole-in-the-wall eatery fare, which is pricey but not unpalatable. However, they need to shake off their gourmet tag.
|2015-04-03||Two held for raping minor girl in Thane - Mid-Day|
Two held for raping minor girl in Thane By | Posted 03-Apr-2015 Two persons have been arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl in Dombivali area, police said on Friday. The accused, who were identified only by first names, Ajmad (20) and Furshid (22), were arrested from Dombivali in Kalyan division on Thursday night for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl, Manpada police station sub-inspector Nilesh Patil said. He said the duo, who worked at a construction site near the victim's house, on Wednesday night waylaid the girl when she had ventured out of home to answer nature's call and raped her in a secluded place, taking turns. The girl narrated the incident after returning home following which her parents lodged a complaint with the police, Patil added. The duo have been charged under IPC sections of rape, kidnapping, wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation and under relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), he said.
|2015-04-03||Police arrest two for raping minor in Thane - The |
Police arrest two for raping minor in Thane The accused who were arrested were working as labourers at a site under-construction in Dombivali. By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:April 3, 2015 10:35 am The Manpada Police on Thursday night arrested two men accused of raping a 14-year-old girl. The accused have been identified as Azmad Sheikh (20) and Kurshid Sheikh (22) who were working as labourers at a site under-construction in Dombivali. According to sources, the accused took the girl living in the opposite building and raped her at the construction site on Wednesday night. The case was registered on Thursday and the two accused will be presented before the sessions court on Friday.
|2015-04-03||Muslim girl from Thane tops Bhagwad Gita competiti|
|2015-04-03||State drags feet on report 2 years after Thane cra|
State drags feet on report 2 years after Thane crash Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Apr 4, 2015, 04.27 AM IST Chief secretary Swadhin Kshatriya, who was the then additional chief secretary (revenue), had authored the report that delved into why Adarsh Building at Lucky Compound crashed on April 4, 2013. The tragedy, which led to the death of 74 people, triggered a nationwide outrage and exposed the nexus of the powers-that-be in the civic administration, corporators, policemen and the developers. The police had charged 27 people for the collapse and made 25 arrests in the case. The Thane civic body is run by the saffron combine and hence the BJP-Shiv Sena government risks accusations of trying to cover-up the high-level probe into the collapse. Kshatriya told TOI that he had submitted the findings about a year ago to the urban development department. "I cannot recollect the report's findings. It is for the department concerned to act on it," he said. Urban development department (UDD) officials refused to share the report saying it is still "under consideration". "We are awaiting the Thane civic body's opinion on the report," said a UDD official. Citizen groups have demanded that the BJP-Sena government make the report public. "Chief minister Devendra Fadanvis should reveal the findings," said Sulakshana Mahajan, a town planning expert. "The inordinate delay in publishing the inquiry report and acting on the corrective measures suggested by Kshatriya reveals the futility of the exercise," said an official.
|2015-04-03||Two held for raping minor girl in Thane - IBNLive|
Two held for raping minor girl in Thane Updated: April 3, 2015, 11:51 AM IST Thane: Two persons have been arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl in Dombivali area, police said on Friday. The accused, who were identified only by first names, Ajmad (20) and Furshid (22), were arrested from Dombivali in Kalyan division on Thursday night for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl, Manpada police station sub-inspector Nilesh Patil said. He said the duo, who worked at a construction site near the victim's house, on Wednesday night waylaid the girl when she had ventured out of home to answer nature's call and raped her in a secluded place, taking turns. The girl narrated the incident after returning home following which her parents lodged a complaint with the police, Patil added. The duo have been charged under IPC sections of rape, kidnapping, wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation and under relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), he said.
|2015-04-03||Two held for raping minor girl in Thane - Business|
Two held for raping minor girl in Thane Press Trust of India | Thane April 3, 2015 Last Updated at 11:42 IST Two persons have been arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl in Dombivali area here, police said today. The accused, who were identified only by first names, Ajmad (20) and Furshid (22), were arrested from Dombivali in Kalyan division last night for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl, Manpada police station sub-inspector Nilesh Patil said. He said the duo, who worked at a construction site near the victim's house, on Wednesday night waylaid the girl when she had ventured out of home to answer nature's call and raped her in a secluded place, taking turns. The girl narrated the incident after returning home following which her parents lodged a complaint with the police, Patil added. The duo have been charged under IPC sections of rape, kidnapping, wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation and under relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), he said.
|2015-04-02||Thane builder gets threat call from gangster Ravi |
Thane builder gets threat call from gangster Ravi Pujari MUMBAI Updated: Apr 02, 2015 21:10 IST A builder from Dombivali, near Thane received an extortion call purportedly from fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari, demanding Rs 2 crore, police said on Thursday. According to the complaint filed by builder Ram Keshav Bhagat on Wednesday night, he received the call on March 30 around 9.50pm from an international number where the caller identified himself as Ravi Pujari. Before the caller hung up, he allegedly threatened to kill Bhagat if he fails to pay up, a media release from Thane police said. Police have registered offences under sections 384 (Punishment for extortion) and 385 (Putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion) of the IPC and no arrests have been made so far. In a related incident, a 60-year-old man from Naupada in Thane allegedly received an SMS wherein the messenger identified himself as an aide of Ravi Pujari and demanded Rs 20 lakh from him to allegedly bail out the gangster's accomplices Aniket Jadhav, Abhishek Salve and Bharat Dev from jail. According to the complainant -Narayan Gajanan Lavande-he received these messages from a local number between March 23 and March 31 on different occasions. Police have registered offences under sections 385, 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) of IPC and also 66 (F) of the IT Act, police said. A team of officials from the Anti-Extortion Cell are also carrying out investigations into the threat calls.
|2015-04-02||Maha govt sanctions open inquiry against 6 Thane M|
Maha govt sanctions open inquiry against 6 Thane Municipal Corporation officials Last Updated: Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 18:25 Thane: The Maharashtra government here accorded sanction for an open inquiry against six Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) officials in connection with the Lucky Compound building collapse in Mumbra here that claimed 74 lives. The inquiry will be carried out by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Thane division and the names were published on state ACB website recently, Maharashtra ACB website stated. The illegal seven-storeyed building in Shil Phata area of Mumbra crashed on April 4, 2013 killing 74 persons and injuring over 100. The officials are among 25 persons who were arrested in connection with the incident. The officials against whom the open enquiry has been sanctioned are -- deputy municipal commissioners (DMC) Srikant R Sarmokdam and Deepak Chavan, assistant municipal commissioner (AMC) Babasaheb S Andale, executive engineer Suabsh Rawal, deputy engineer Ramesh Inamdar and ward officer (Mumbra) Shyam Thorbhole. Though police have arrested 25 persons including local NCP corporator, builders and middlemen, trial in the case is yet to start as a number of petitions challenging the bail granted to the accused is still pending with the Supreme Court. The Shil Phata locality, which used to be a deserted area, was tapped by several prominent builders couple of years back who had built multi-storeyed housing projects without adhering to the norms.
|2015-04-02||The NIT at MSG: March Saneness - Huffington Post (|
The NIT at MSG: March Saneness 04/02/2015 02:42 pm ET | Updated Jun 02, 2015 All the hoopla will be lavished this weekend on the Final Four of the NCAA Mens Division 1 Basketball Tournament, which tips-off in Indianapolis and will be on the minds of betting pools and bracket-card holders all across the country. Of course, there is another college basketball tournament that is even older in age and stature than the NCAA, which was once, in fact, the Big Dance that the best college teams wished to get invited to and claim its title. And, best of all, it took place in New York City, and still does, the Mecca of The City Game inside the home court shrine of Madison Square Garden. The National Invitation Tournament, the NIT (its final round takes place Thursday night), fell from basketball grace back in the mid-1950s. Today it stands as college basketballs second-tier coronation, the consolation prize for those teams who were Not Invited [to the] Tournament. The semifinal between Temple University and the University of Miami on Tuesday did not lack for excitement, although the Garden was far from sold out. The Hurricanes advanced to the final, but only after alternating lead changes and the kind of theatrics that didnt seem that much different from the final four teams that had cast their lot with the NCAA. Of course, the NIT doesnt offer fans the office-pool social experience and Vegas-like thrill of Bracketology, which consumes the nation during the final month of winter each season and culminates in March Madness. Suddenly colleges are forgiven their academic standing and are instead rewarded with side bets and trash talk about which teams are likely to advance beyond the full-bracket of 64 teams. The Sweet 16 features schools that suit-up players not that much older than 16 and some, even though not fully grown, are far more ferocious than sweet. Few are likely to graduate. Student-athlete is a stretch, even among those already so tall. In more recent years, the President of the United States receives a televised opportunity to fill out his own bracket and opine on the politics of the NCAAs invitational rankings. President Obama is a student of the game, and he knows his teams. Even Republicans look forward to hearing him hold court on the logic of why some teams advance and others return to campus to take midterms. Some of his State of the Union addresses received lower ratings than do these homespun hoops fireside chats. Now thats true madness. The NIT may have lost much of its mojo years since the day when City College won both the NIT and the NCAA (the only team to have done so during an era when it was possible to compete in both tournaments). Of course, this also coincided with CCNYs point-shaving scandal, which ended an era of New York City college basketball dominance and opened a door for Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina to become the perennial college basketball powerhouses that they are now. Sitting in Madison Square Garden and watching the NIT Final Four seems serene by comparison to the sheer insanity of the aptly named March Madness. By early April and the arrival of the Final Four of both tournaments, New York assumes its role as a sleepy, pastoral basketball afterthought. But the NIT itself is a blast, and with the college bands playing backup, serves as a paean to the rich history of the round-ball in this borough. The NIT mercifully gives New York basketball fans a respite from the misery that has become the Knicks over this past decade and counting. As the Hurricanes went on to defeat the Owls, and the partisan crowd of Miami alumni who long since lost their tans left the Garden, there was a common feeling that this very place was the center of the basketball universe. Whatever will be happening this weekend in Indianapolis is just pomp and circumstance, with some fast breaks and monster dunks thrown in for added spectacle and, of course, madness. How in the world did New York City lose the Big Dance to any other American town even in the Hoosier state, which, admittedly, knows something about the City Game, too? Thursday nights NIT Final should offer more than a mere second-class hoops spectacle. Stanford and Miami too colorful and regionally diverse schools, oddly out of the national spotlight and playing in the shadow of the madness elsewhere, will get down to the business of carrying on the tradition of NIT greatness.
|2015-04-01||Thane: School girl abducted and molested by a teen|
Thane: School girl abducted and molested by a teen By PTI |Posted 01-Apr-2015 A 15-year-old boy from Badlapur was detained by police on Wednesday on alleged charges of abducting a school girl and molesting her. PSI Pallavi Nalawade of Badlapur (E) police station said that the incident occurred on March 30 when the victim, an eighth grade student was returning from school here when two teenagers accosted her. The girl was abducted in an autorickshaw following which she was taken to a room in Shirgaon where she was held captive and molested, her complaint said. While one of the accused has been taken into custody, the other is still absconding. The police have charged the duo under sections 363,366 (A), 341, 354(A) of the IPC and also sections 8 of the POCSO Act of 2012.
|2015-04-01||Thane Club 'gifted' to private contractor, fees hi|
Thane Club gifted to private contractor, fees hiked: Members Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 2, 2015, 12.00 AM IST MUMBRA: Members of a recreational centre set up by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC ) in 2006 have alleged that it has been rendered out of bounds for the public. A private contractor has been "gifted" the entire facility for commercial use, they added. Sources said, Ganeshanand Developers has been allowed to run a banquet hall and manage the pool and other indoor games facilities at the Thane Club. The contractor has modified the structure to function as a private club and is allegedly charging a revised sum of Rs 60,000 towards annual membership fees, instead of the previous Rs 7,500. When the club members protested, the contractor made a revised offer of Rs 23,000, which was still unaffordable by residents who come to the pool. They are protesting the move by using the facility without renewing their memberships. Locals said the hike was uncalled for as the club was not built by a private contractor. They alleged that the management even refused to extend their membership. Repeated attempts to draw the civic body's attention also failed, they said. "How can the management arbitrarily increase the fees? The management has also laid down some bizarre terms and want to start pool parties," said a parent, Leena Desai. Several young state and national champions train at this facility and their parents are worried they would be left with no place to practice. Deepak Jain of Ganeshanand Developers said the hike was justified as per the contract. "We are ready to sort out the issue. But we cannot slash the fees," he said.
|2015-04-01||Thane's auto driver accused in molestation case ge|
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Thane Child Protection Unit rescues three child labourers Trending News Get a taste of Kerala at Urban Haat in CBD Belapur Rupali Shinde , 6 days ago CR contemplating on replicating Kings Circle station cleanliness drive Kunal Chonkar , 6 days ago Bounce Turf Club opens doors in Thane for those who can afford the hefty price Rupali Shinde , 5 days ago Mumbaikars to shell out more for bus rides and railway platform tickets Team Iamin.in , 1 day ago Thane Hiranandani residents battle pigeon menace, knock Corporationâs door Rupali Shinde , 4 days ago Damaged statues and missing railings is the story of most chowks in Thane Simran Manyar , 5 days ago Mercury soars to touch 45 degrees Celsius in Thane Rupali Shinde , 6 days ago Normal water supply to Mumbai and Thane restored after Tansa pipeline repaired Team Iamin.in , 2 days ago Thane to get five new dialysis centre by August Simran Manyar , 5 days ago In a bid to curb chain snatching, CCTV cameras installed in Thane Simran Manyar , 6 days ago Home >> Money Thane Child Protection Unit rescues three child labourers Wednesday, 01 April 2015 - 6:20pm IST | Simran Manyar | Edited by: Vinaya Patil Tweet Comments The rescued children have now been sent to a children's home in Bhiwandi. Illustration: Uday Mohite/dna The Child Protection Unit (CPU) of Thane recently rescued three child labourers working at two different shops in Kalwa.Vikram Anil Kumar, 13, who hails from Karnataka, used to work at the farsan shop while Rohit Shahu, 16, from Rajasthan and Manish Verma from Uttar Pradesh were working at the sweets shop.Kamalluddin Sheikh, police sub inspector, Child Protection Unit, said, âAs soon as we came to know about these children, we raided the places with the help of Kalwa police and both the shop owners have been arrested. We have contacted the respective parents of these children and they will be handed over to them soon. Meanwhile, they have been housed at the children's home in Bhiwandi. Also, the Child Welfare Committee and Child Protection Unit are to open an insurance of Rs 20,000 each for these three children.â Wednesday, 01 April 2015 - 6:20pm IST | Simran Manyar | Edited by: Vinaya Patil