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2016-04-30Four Held For Attempting To Kill Man Over Water Distribution - NDTV
Four Held For Attempting To Kill Man Over Water Distribution In Thane All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: May 01, 2016 05:14 IST Thane: Four persons were arrested on Saturday for allegedly trying to murder a man in Ulhasnagar township in Thane over distribution of water, police said. Ram Gaikwad, who is associated with a charitable organisation, was attacked by Bunty, Nitin, Vicky and another unidentified person when he was distributing water from a tempo last night at about 11 am, Sub Inspector S B Khamkhar of Central Police Station said. The accused, jumped the queue, and asked Mr Gaikwad to give them water first. After he refused, they attacked him with a weapon and left him seriously injured,Sub Inspector Khamkar said. Mr Gaikwad was admitted to a hospital. A case under relevant sections of IPC was registered in this regard, police said, adding, investigations were underway.
Four Held For Attempting To Kill Man Over Water Distribution - NDTV

2016-04-30Rs 2000cr drug bust: Thane cops find Goan link, suspect sea route for trade - Times of India
Rs 2,000cr drug bust: Thane cops find Goan link, suspect sea route for trade Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | May 1, 2016, 12.57 AM IST Thane: The Thane crime branch, investigating the ephedrine drug haul case, have now stumbled on Goan links and suspect that the raw ephedrine sourced from the company in Solapur was to be shipped to Kenya from Goa. Following the seizure of over 20 tonne ephedrine, vauled at over Rs 2,000 crore, from the unit of Avon life sciences in Chincholi MIDC near Solapur, investigators are connecting dots to ascertain the trade route which was used to export the raw material into meth amphetamine or its products. A police officer said according to various leads gathered from the investigations so far, Goa has been on the radar and this could be the possible trade route used by the accused to dispatch the consignment out of India to the African countries. "Previously, a consignment had been exported to drug baron Vicky Goswami from the company; director of the shipping company is still absconding while one employee has been arrested. All this points to possible trade via sea route," said a police officer. "Our team has already reached Goa and are probing minute details of the drug trail from Solapur to African countries and also piecing together evidence. They are expected to get a breakthrough soon," said a senior police officer monitoring the investigation. Investigators have even not ruled out that the drug was supplied at various parties on Goa beaches as demand for drugs among foreign tourists is abundant. The police said presently some of its teams are on a hunt to track three fugitives, Jay Mukhi, Kishorsinh Rathod and Susheel Subraminiam. Meanwhile, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has requested Thane police to interrogate those arrested in the case to get links of the drug cartel. In another development, the probe further revealed that international drug baron, Vicky Goswami, was suspected to be financing the company and Rs 65 lakh has been given to the company so far, said a police officer, adding that they are verifying the revelation and trying to confirm whether it was routed through hawala or other channel.
2016-04-29Thane collector transfer seen as vendetta for action again mafia - Times of India
Thane collector transfer seen as vendetta for action again mafia Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 29, 2016, 01.09 PM IST THANE: District collector Ashwini Joshi's abrupt shunting out from Thane to a relatively low-profile posting as collector, Mumbai city is largely seen as a vendetta move by the ruling political establishment for her tough stance against the powerful mafia involved in illegal sand dredging and constructions of godowns on creek land.Joshi's transfer in a short span of 18 months in Thane is also seen as a clear violation of the 2005 law - Maharashtra Government Servants Regulation of Transfers and Prevention of Delay in Discharge of Official Duties Act, which stipulates that the tenure of the officer should be for three years. Section four of this law clearly states that no government servant shall ordinarily be transferred unless he has completed his tenure of posting of three years. Joshi has not completed her full tenure. So where is the reason to transfer her abruptly, unless she is proving to be an obstacle for certain illegal activities which have political blessings, a senior district administration official said.He added that the law also states that an officer can be transferred in special cases before completion of tenure only after the competent authority records reasons in writing. In case of transfer of IAS officer, the competent authority is the CM so it would be interesting to know what reasons Devendra Fadnavis has listed for transferring Joshi from Thane, he added.The 2006 batch IAS officer had antagonised the mafia involved in illegal sand dredging and had also embarked on a drive to pull down the godowns constructed in Bhiwandi which were encroaching on creek land. It is believed her stern and persistent actions drew the ire of several politicians some from BJP who reportedly kept pursuing with Mantralaya for her transfer. Joshi had cracked the whip on the sand mafia operating along the creek front in the district, staging 88 raids at frequent intervals and seizing over 9500 brass of sand and equipment's collectively worth several crores in 15 months. She also demolished a mammoth 16 lakh sq feet area of godowns illegally built over government land or near creeksides. The collector also forced shut several mining activities in the district and dashed off notices to few units that were operating but not paying the royalty to the state amounting to a loss of several crores. A section of developers from the district were also upset as she reportedly took time to clear several project files and went through every minute details before clearing them, said an insider. While the administration claimed the transfers were part of routine, members of the Indian Civil and Administrative Association said the government could relocate any officer if they found any officer to be non-performing in their respective posting or could be posted elsewhere to give justice to their respective skills.
2016-04-29Expedite Charavnem dam project, demand Thane villagers - The Navhind Times
Expedite Charavnem dam project, demand Thane villagers Posted by: nt April 30, 2016 in Goa News VALPOI: Villagers from Thane panchayat area are demanding that the Charavnem dam project, which was blocked citing that it is located inside the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary, be expedited. Locals said that Charavnem dam is the only alternative to counter water scarcity prevailing in the village. To discuss the issue, a special meeting was held on Friday at Thane where ZP member Fati Gaonkar was present. The locals said that the entire area is facing acute water shortage. The water level in the area has gone down. The rivulet, springs and wells have gone dry. We are worried about the situation. Building a dam is the only option,¯ said Fati Gaonkar. The dam work, initiated in the year 2000, was stopped after the forest department refused to grant clearance for the project and since then it is completely halted. Forest department thought of a few trees, but if this project comes up it will in fact benefit the vegetation. Also not only human settlements, but domestic and wild animals will also be at an advantage,¯ said Babusaheb Desai. Though blessed with cascades and natural streams, residents have to rely largely on water tankers for potable water. Reacting to this, Narayan Gaonkar said that irrigation department is solely responsible as the plates of bandaras were not installed properly leading to flow of water through the plates. Around 7,000 residents rely entirely on a few seasonal springs, some wells and largely on water tankers for drinking water. They have now decided to submit a representation to government regarding the dam. We will be forming a panchayat-level committee to give push to our Mission Charavnem dam project and urge government to fulfil the demand, said the people present at the meeting. It is a mockery of our rich surroundings as our panchayat is facing drinking water problem. People have stopped agricultural activities. Bandaras are no more useful as their maintenance has been neglected,¯ said Babusaheb Desai, pointing towards a patch of fallow land. The government should expedite the project at the earliest, as water is required to irrigate our agricultural lands,¯ said Uttam Gaonkar, adding people should come together and highlight their woes. A delegation of people will meet again to discuss further course of action.
Expedite Charavnem dam project, demand Thane villagers - The Navhind Times
2016-04-29Thane drug racket: 100 kg ephedrine sent to Goswami in last 3 months - Mid-Day
Thane drug racket: 100 kg ephedrine sent to Vicky Goswami in last 3 months By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours He met the Indian smugglers 20 times in Kenya since 2014; the consignment of 1,300 kg of drugs seized by Gujarat police recently was also meant for him. Notorious drug lord and husband of former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni, Vicky Goswami, ran an international drug racket out of Kenya and around 100 kg of ephedrine was smuggled to him out of Gujarat in the last three months, the Thane police have found. The investigation into the recent drug haul worth Rs 2,000 crore by the Thane police has revealed that around 100 kg was smuggled to Kenya in the last three months. We suspect that a large consignment was shipped to Goswami, but as of now, the arrested accused (ringleader Punit Sringi, director of pharma company Avon Life Science Limited in Solapur, Manoj Jain and supplier Harideep Singh Indarsingh) have revealed only this. They said the consignment of 1,300 kg of drugs, which was seized in Ahmedabad recently after the arrest of supplier Narendra Kacha, was meant to be smuggled to Kenya, said a senior officer from the Thane police commissionerate. Thane CP Parambir Singh told mid-day that Goswami played a crucial role in the smuggling racket operating out of Mumbai and Gujarat. Our team, along with different national and international investigating agencies, is on his hunt. We are also gathering information on his local and international links. Meetings in Kenya: The other ringleaders of the drug racket, Jay Mukhi and Kishore Rathod, son of former MLA Bhavsingh Rathod both of whom are absconding, Jain and two others allegedly met Goswami over 20 times since 2014 at Hotel Bliss in Kenya. The latest meeting was in January this year. We can't reveal the name f the other two who attended the meetings since it will affect our investigation. We suspect that Goswami has been residing in Kenya since the time he was released on bail in another drug case, said a senior Thane police officer. In his police statement, Kacha had said Kishore Singh Rathod had given him the 1,300 kg of drugs. US officials seek help: The US Drug Enforcement Administration, which is also hunting down Goswami, has written to Parag Manare, deputy commissioner of police, Thane crime branch, seeking help in the international drug racket case. The US agency is in search of Vicky Goswami, and have sought our help with the case. It has asked for mobile numbers, addresses and passport details of Manoj Jain, Punit Sringi and Harideep Indersingh. Its letter stated that Goswami arrested in a 100-kg heroin haul but was released on bail by the Kenya police in November 2014 on the grounds that he had transformed into a better human being. His two associates were Ibrahim Akasha and Baktash Akasha, said the officer. Singh said the DEA plans to approach the Kenyan court, asking it to cancel the bail since Goswami is still an active drug smuggler. Vijay alias Vicky Goswami is the son of retired DSP from Gujarat and grew up with 15 siblings, 10 brothers and five sisters in Ahmedabad. He took to the world of crime with an illicit liquor business in Gujarat. He soon took to drug trafficking on the local level, with a friend, who was a chemistry wizard whipping up batches of Mandrax, a sedative and hypnotic medication. l After building a network with anti-social elements in Vapi, Valsad and Mehsana in Gujarat, he moved onto smuggling drugs to party circuits, including those in Mumbai. As his infamy grew, Goswami shifted base to Dubai. While working with an international drug racket, he met Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Rajan, Chota Shakeel and Abu Salem. They, however, had a falling out later. After an attempt on his life a few years ago, Goswami began operating out Zambia. Goswami was known to hobnob with Bollywood celebrities and met actress Mamta Kulkarni during this period. He was arrested by the Dubai police in 1997 and sentenced to life imprisonment. After a 16-year term, he was released in 2012 on grounds of leniency and married Kulkarni. It was after this that he moved to Kenya.
Thane drug racket: 100 kg ephedrine sent to Goswami in last 3 months - Mid-Day
2016-04-29Thane: Professor held for placing dummy writers - Mid-Day
Thane: Professor held for placing dummy writers By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours The Kolshewadi police have registered a case against 14 persons, including a college professor, after dummy candidates were found attempting the National Institute of Open Schooling's examination at Saket College in Kalyan East on Wednesday. A senior officer from the Kolshewadi police station said around five BJP activists conducted a surprise check around 2.30 pm at the classroom in which the examination was being held, and found that six candidates had fake hall tickets and many other students had cheat sheets with them. The BJP workers alerted the police about the malpractices. We found the ID cards of six candidates to be fake, said M Kathore, assistant police inspector from Kolshewadi police station. Based on a complaint from college principal Mamta Singh, the police registered a case against 14 persons six students and as many dummy candidates, invigilator Anil Dubey, who allowed the malpractices to go unchecked, and Vijay Pal, a professor from St Thomas College who arranged for the dummy candidates. The six dummy candidates were arrested and produced in court on Thursday. They have been remanded in police custody till April 30. The police found that Pal ran a racket that provided dummy candidates. He used to charge each student Rs 40,000 to arrange a dummy candidate. He also used to provide unscrupulous invigilators for such examinations. Each dummy candidate earned R200-500 per examination. The dummy candidates who have been arrested claimed that they were in it only for their pocket money, said a senior police officer. The police filed the case under Sections 419 (cheating by impersonation) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code and various sections of the Maharashtra Prevention of Malpractices at University, Board and Other Specified Examinations Act, 1982.
2016-04-29EXCLUSIVE: Mamata Kulkarni opens up about her alleged involvement in Thane drug racket - ABP Live
EXCLUSIVE: Mamata Kulkarni opens up about her alleged involvement in Thane drug racket By: Sheela Raval, Investigative Editor, ABP News | Last Updated: Friday, 29 April 2016 4:01 PM New Delhi: Former actress Mamta Kulkarni, in an exclusive interview with Sheela Raval, denied being the face of an international drug cartel allegedly operated by her Kenya-based husband Vicky Goswami. Thane Police, earlier this month, seized 20 tonnes of ephedrine from a Solapur factory. The case concerns Mamta's prime role in her husband's alleged drug syndicate. Police have so far arrested eight persons, including a Nigerian national, and the total worth of the seized drugs is around Rs 2,500 crore in the international market. During investigation the police found the alleged kingpin of the racket to be Goswami. Here are the excerpts from the interview:  Sheela: Which part of Maharashtra you hail from? Mamta: I am born and brought up in Mumbai. I am from Mumbai. Sheela: Thane police has named Vicky and you in a dug scam busted in Maharashtra yesterday..your comments? Mamta: I read it too over the net. Believe you me, I first checked Google search about Ephedrine and acetic anhydride first as I had never heard the name or known about it. I gathered from the net that it is to do with cough syrup. That is medicine and not drug. So Thane police should check first what are they talking about. Sheela: Ephedrine IS IN POWERDER AND TABLET FORM¦ Mamta: Same thing..it is for the medicine. i want to know that where do we come there in the picture.. Sheela: Do you know the company called Avon Lifesciences Limited office in Solapur MIDC or Manoj Jain, Punit Shringi and Pradeep Singh Gill? Mamta: I don't know anything about the company or the people that you just mentioned. Sheela: Vicky has a well-known history of serious drug offences. In 1997, he was arrested for drug trafficking in Dubai and served 15 years in a prison there. In Mombasa he is currently facing fresh drug charges and is wanted by DEA, US and the Thane police for drug offences. Mamta: You called me last time when he was detained by the Kenya police and said that US DEA was after him. But you see, he is already out and free. Sheela: I understand Vicky is out on bail in the drug case and is facing extradition bid by the DEA to USA. Mamta: Unlike what was said in media that Vicky had gone in for a long he is already out of jail. Sheela: The Maharashtra police claimed that as Vicky cannot leave Kenya because of an Interpol notice against him, you carried out his business deals and there are some financial transactions related to the Solapur Company in your name . Mamta: It is all rubbish and imaginary stories. There is not an iota of truth in what Thane police has claimed. Sheela: If you visit India you would be detained in connection of the drug case. Mamta: I will surely visit Thane police and ask them that what nonsense they have been spreading about me and Vicky. I would question them about the so called insiders they have been quoting in the media stories to spread lies about me and Vicky. I have nothing to do with drugs. In fact, I am so much against those selling drugs and responsible for ruining lives.
EXCLUSIVE: Mamata Kulkarni opens up about her alleged involvement in Thane drug racket - ABP Live
2016-04-29Thane civic official held for offering Rs 25 lakh bribe - Mid-Day
Thane civic official held for offering Rs 25 lakh bribe By PTI |Posted 29-Apr-2016 Thane: A deputy director in Town Planning department of Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) has been arrested for allegedly offering Rs 25 lakh as bribe to a corporator, Anti-Corruption Bureau said on Friday. Y S Reddy (48), the deputy director in the Town Planning department of VVMC, was caught late on Thursday night while he was handing over Rs 25 lakh to the corporator, Police Inspector Anil Honrao of Thane's Anti-Corruption Bureau said. He said there were several complaints of alleged irregularities against the official made by a Shiv Sena corporator to police, the civic body and courts. The accused wanted the corporator to withdraw the complaints against him for which he allegedly offered a bribe of Rs one crore to him. The aggrieved corporator then lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of ACB. Subsequently, the ACB laid a trap and caught the accused at a restaurant on Ghodbunder road in Thane city late last night when he was allegedly offering the first installment of Rs 25 lakh to the corporator. Reddy had earlier worked with the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) before joining the VVMC. Offences under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act have been registered against the accused, Honrao said.
2016-04-29Chem firm director held in Thane drug case quits - Times of India
Chem firm director held in Thane drug case quits Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 29, 2016, 10.51 PM IST Thane: Manoj Jain, the controversial chemical company's director allegedly involved in the Rs 2,000-crore drug bust case, has resigned following his arrest by the Thane crime branch. The Hyderabad-registered chemical company, listed in the Bombay and Calcutta stock exchanges, was in the news after the cartel busted by the police led them to the company's Solapur unit, where over 20 tonnes of ephedrine powder were recovered. Investigators found out Jain's role in the case and arrested him along with others. The company officially informed the BSE and stakeholders that Jain had been remanded to police custody in connection with the case. The note read: ''As a matter of abundant caution, pending investigations, we are accepting his resignation from the board of directors with immediate effect. Once investigations are complete, we will review his reappointment, based on facts that would emerge at an appropriate date." The dossier, signed by chairman Ajit Kamath, added that the company continued to cooperate with investigations by various agencies. Meanwhile, the police stumbled on another link of the transporters with the arrest of Hardip Gill, who is the credit and forwarding manager with a shipping company. The police suspect that the director of the shipping company, Sushil Subramaniyan, is well-versed with the supply chain of the consignment to various sources. "The role of the fugitive will be ascertained only after his arrest," said a senior police officer. Three cars belonging to the accused have been seized and the police are taking down statements of people linked to the company, including directors and employees. It is learnt that three officers of US drug enforcement administration (DEA) headed by Derek Odney met state director-general of police Pravin Dixit on Thursday and lauded the efforts of the Thane police headed by commissioner Param Bir Singh. The trio has promised to share and acquire information on the drug cartel's operations. The police have sent samples of the seized ephedrine to laboratories for testing and are awaiting the reports. Singh said that the seized ephedrine will be disposed of once they get the court's order.
Chem firm director held in Thane drug case quits - Times of India
2016-04-29Thane collector transfer seen as vendetta for action again mafia - Times of India
Thane collector transfer seen as vendetta for action again mafia Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 29, 2016, 01.09 PM IST THANE: District collector Ashwini Joshi's abrupt shunting out from Thane to a relatively low-profile posting as collector, Mumbai city is largely seen as a vendetta move by the ruling political establishment for her tough stance against the powerful mafia involved in illegal sand dredging and constructions of godowns on creek land.Joshi's transfer in a short span of 18 months in Thane is also seen as a clear violation of the 2005 law - Maharashtra Government Servants Regulation of Transfers and Prevention of Delay in Discharge of Official Duties Act, which stipulates that the tenure of the officer should be for three years. Section four of this law clearly states that no government servant shall ordinarily be transferred unless he has completed his tenure of posting of three years. Joshi has not completed her full tenure. So where is the reason to transfer her abruptly, unless she is proving to be an obstacle for certain illegal activities which have political blessings, a senior district administration official said.He added that the law also states that an officer can be transferred in special cases before completion of tenure only after the competent authority records reasons in writing. In case of transfer of IAS officer, the competent authority is the CM so it would be interesting to know what reasons Devendra Fadnavis has listed for transferring Joshi from Thane, he added.The 2006 batch IAS officer had antagonised the mafia involved in illegal sand dredging and had also embarked on a drive to pull down the godowns constructed in Bhiwandi which were encroaching on creek land. It is believed her stern and persistent actions drew the ire of several politicians some from BJP who reportedly kept pursuing with Mantralaya for her transfer. Joshi had cracked the whip on the sand mafia operating along the creek front in the district, staging 88 raids at frequent intervals and seizing over 9500 brass of sand and equipment's collectively worth several crores in 15 months. She also demolished a mammoth 16 lakh sq feet area of godowns illegally built over government land or near creeksides. The collector also forced shut several mining activities in the district and dashed off notices to few units that were operating but not paying the royalty to the state amounting to a loss of several crores. A section of developers from the district were also upset as she reportedly took time to clear several project files and went through every minute details before clearing them, said an insider. While the administration claimed the transfers were part of routine, members of the Indian Civil and Administrative Association said the government could relocate any officer if they found any officer to be non-performing in their respective posting or could be posted elsewhere to give justice to their respective skills.
2016-04-29CP Parambir Singh speaks exclusively to NewsX on Thane drug haul - Newsx
CP Parambir Singh speaks exclusively to NewsX on Thane drug haul By NewsX Bureau | Friday, April 29, 2016 - 15:35 Thane CP Parambir Singh TT on drug haul: In an exclusive interview to NewsX, Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh revealed the entire operation of drug haul in Mumbai. After the arrest of a Nigerian national, our team swiftly moved on with the information on Swami, the trail that lead us to an Avon factory in Solapur," asserted Mr. Singh. An alleged drug peddler, Dhaneshwar Swamy was apprehended on April 14 in Solapur and 5.50 kg Ephedrine powder was seized from him, he added. Mr. Singh mentioned that large amount of illegal drugs were found in the compound and more arrests were done later on, including a company's director who was found to be responsible for smuggling drugs outside the country. Initially we felt it's just an inter-state racket. However, we deciphered it was an international racket¯, stated Mr. Singh. Apart from some bigwigs, fugitive Kishore Rathod is also in the Wanted list of Gujarat police and ATS, claimed Mr. Singh. Mamta Kulkarni's name was also under DEA's scanner after her husband Vicky Goswami's drug racket was busted. Mamata's role is being investigated," added Mr. Singh.
CP Parambir Singh speaks exclusively to NewsX on Thane drug haul - Newsx
2016-04-28Thane CP sent Rs2 lakh to keep quiet, says PIL Activist - Daily News & Analysis
Thane CP sent Rs2 lakh to keep quiet, says PIL Activist A video recorded by a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) activist has gone viral with allegations on Thane commissioner of police, Parambir Singh, and his senior subordinates from the crime branch for allegedly detaining four persons in a false case of possession of firearms and a plot to kidnap a former Indian Revenue Services employee and a corporate bigwig. Last year, on April 8, senior inspector from Vakola police station Sunil Joshi received a phone call from deputy commissioner of police, (Thane crime branch) Parag Manere, who said he wants them to detain four persons from a lodge and hand them to the team of his police personnel without making a station diary entry. The Thane crime branch, after pressurising the inspector, asked him to hand them over to their kin and they later arrested the four persons on the same day. On April 12, the Thane crime branch showed that the accused were possessing arms and were plotting kidnapping of a former IRS employee and a well-known person from corporate world. "DCP Manere and his accomplices did not know that the deceased senior inspector Joshi had entered the details in the station diary regarding the pressure to hand them the four persons without maintaining the diary," said Ketan Tirodkar, PIL activist. "So, I filed a PIL in this regard and I was approached by DCP Manere as well as ACP Nagesh Lohar, who gave me Rs2 lakh to not to attend the hearing which I have deposited in the Bombay HC. They further said Thane commissioner Parambir Singh will pay me Rs25 lakh after the disposal of the PIL," said Tirodkar. He added that he has been working for the interest of the society and has been bringing to light the incidents of government apathy. When questioned, commissioner Singh said, "We will give the answer to the court." Joshi was shot dead by his junior inside the police station last May.
Thane CP sent Rs2 lakh to keep quiet, says PIL Activist - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-28Rs 2200 crore drug bust in Thane linked to international drug mafia - indiatvnews.com
Rs 2200 crore drug bust in Thane linked to international drug mafia India TV News Desk [Updated: 28 Apr 2016, 9:04:27] Thane: The arrest of a Nigerian citizen earlier this month, who sold Meow Meow drug (mephedrone), has helped the Thane Police to bust a powerful drug racket in the city. According to police, the drug bust is the biggest in recent times with value of around Rs 2200 crore. Police said that the drug racket is believed to be operated by Baktash Akasha Abdallah, his brother Ibrahim and their Indian partner Vijay aka Vicky Goswami from Kenya's Mombasa. Police has also arrested 3 persons, including a director and an operations manager of Solapur factory of Avon Lifesciences Limited, in connection with the recovery of a major haul of ephedrine. According to police, the arrests have led to unravelling of international drug mafia links of the accused. With the fresh arrests, the number of accused in police custody has risen to 8. While Punit Shringi, in-charge of operations, was arrested from suburban Virar last night, Manoj Jain (46), one of the directors of the company, and Harjit Singh Gill (42), a transporter, were caught today from suburban Mahim and Navi Mumbai, respectively. Police also seized around 10 kg of ephedrine, a controlled drug, from Shringi's car. Shringi had been brought in by the factory management in September 2015 and was subsequently made in-charge of its operations in Solapur. "The seizure of narcotics and subsequent arrests have led police to unravel major international drug mafia links," Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh said on Wednesday. According to police, Jain had gone abroad several times to meet suspected international drug smuggler Vicky Goswami along with Jaymukhi and Kishore Rathod who are wanted in the case. "Jain had met Goswami in Kenya and they were about to start a project of manufacturing narcotics in the Solapur factory to sell it in international market," Singh said. Thane police had unearthed the haul of around 18.5 tonne of ephedrine, worth approximately Rs 2200 crore, by raiding the premises of Avon Lifesciences Limited earlier this month. The lid on the drug syndicate was blown after police arrested a Nigerian drug peddler from Kalyan and recovered around 500 grams of ephedrine from him on April 10. "The Drug Enforcement Authorities (DEA) from various states have approached Thane police to get information about the drug racket after it was busted," Singh said. He said a DEA official, Derreck Odney, had handed a letter to Thane police informing that those arrested in the case were working in coordination with Goswami. "The wanted accused namely Jaymukhi, Rathod and Narendra Kacha had gone to Kenya to study the manufacturing of amphetamine and metamphetamine from ephedrine and pseudoephedrine," Thane police said. According to the release, Gill's vehicles were allegedly used to transport narcotics. One of the vehicles was used to transport 1.3 tonne of ephrdrine to Ahmedabad from Solapur, which was in turn handed over to Kacha, it said. Police had seized around 7.6 kg ephedrine powder from cabin of an accused arrested earlier and another 9,500 kg from an adjacent godown in the factory, besides 571.5 kgs of the drug and another 8,541 kg of pseudo ephedrine (powder) from the premises of the factory.
Rs 2200 crore drug bust in Thane linked to international drug mafia - indiatvnews.com
2016-04-28Respite for residents, water resource department to supply water to Thane district - Daily News & Analysis
Respite for residents, water resource department to supply water to Thane district Thane residents can now have some respite as their water woes are getting addressed one after the other. After the railways allowed TMC draw water from Dighe dam, the water resource department has agreed to supply 35 MLD(million liters per day) water to Thane district. The water crisis which brought the entire Thane region on its knees in the past three months, finally seems to be resolving. In a meeting held on April 26, the water resource department has agreed to allow TMC (Thane municipal corporation) to draw 35 MLD of water. "The decision was taken in a meeting held between the TMC and the water resource department at the URTC (urban research center) at Thane on Wednesday," says Sandip Malvi, public relations officer, TMC. The TMC has agreed to draw 35 MLD from Bhatsa dam at its own expenditure out of which 10 MLD will be for Thane, 9 MLD for Bhiwandi, 8 MLD for Ulhasnagar, 3MLD for rural Bhiwandi and 5MLD for Mira-Bhayander. This news has been applauded by Thanekars who are reeling under a 60 hour or three days a week water cut. "We were expecting things to worsen in April and May but it looks like things are going to get better," says Ramesh Patil, resident of Kalwa. This is good news for all Thane residents as in mid-April, TMC was hoping to impose more water cuts. "With water levels being very low in Baravi dam, we wanted to impose more water cuts so that the current water would last till July 15. However, this supply from Bhatsa of 35 MLD will now make us reverse our decision," says a TMC official from its water department. Thane city receives 470 MLD water from MIDC, STEM, BMC and TMC everyday. On April 25, the central railways had allowed TMC to withdraw water from Dighe dam for the next two months.
Respite for residents, water resource department to supply water to Thane district - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-28Thane cop held for rape and abduction - Mid-Day
Thane cop held for rape and abduction By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours A 30-year-old sub inspector associated with the Mumbra police station was arrested yesterday for repeatedly raping a 20-year-old girl in Kalwa (Thane). The survivor knew the accused, as she was a friend of his wife. Even their families were close to each other. She was rescued from a rented flat in Kalwa yesterday. The officer has been booked for rape, cheating and kidnapping. Since both, the accused and the survivor, are residents of a complex based in Mohammed wadi in Hadapsar in Pune, the case has been transferred to Wanawadi police station now. Wife and son of the accused, identified as Santosh Sonawane, live in the complex while he works in Mumbra. On April 13, which was the survivor's birthday, the accused came down to Pune from Mumbra. When his wife went to work, he called the girl to his home and raped her. The girl did not file any FIR, after Sonawane promised to take care of her further studies. The survivor's father said, I am a farmer. It was impossible for us to afford her education. My daughter just finished her diploma in pharmacy and wanted to study BSc. When Sonawane assured her, she got a glimmer of hope. He also repeatedly threatened her flashing his gun. Later on April 17, the accused came to Pune taking leave of four days from work. On April 18, the girl claims that she was sleeping in her bedroom when he raped her again, said a police officer from Kalwa police station. This time, he asked the girl to write a letter to her family. The accused threatened her to write the letter saying that she is heading to Mumbai for further studies. If she did not comply, he threatened to commit suicide and name her in the suicide note. The girl left her residence at 2 am on April 23, after leaving the letter. An auto-rickshaw driver, arranged by Sonawane, took her to the Pune railway station. He gave a call to the accused after settling her down in the train, said J Babar, senior police inspector, Kalwa police station to mid-day. The train reached Kalyan station at 7 am. Sonawane took the girl to a lodge in Kasarwadavli area on Ghodbunder road. He assured the girl that he would marry her. She was made to wear a mangalsutra, to make her look like his wife. She was again raped there, added Babar. On that same day, Sonawane rented a flat at Kharegaon in Kalwa. He took away her mobile phone. He went to work locking her inside and after returning, raped her, added Babar. The survivor's parents went to the Wanawadi police station to lodge a missing complaint on April 23. Her phone was switched off but the last location showed her to be in Kharegaon in Kalwa. We checked her call records, which gave us a clue. The maximum number of missed or received calls came from Sonawane. We tracked his phone too and the location was the same as hers, said a senior police officer of Wanawadi police station. A police team was sent to the flat. We rescued the girl from there, yesterday. We also found the accused there, added Babar.
Thane cop held for rape and abduction - Mid-Day
2016-04-28Blueprint ready to develop more green spaces in Thane - Free Press Journal
Blueprint ready to develop more green spaces in Thane By Karishma Ravindran Apr 28, 2016 12:04 am Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has prepared a blueprint to create more green spaces in Thane city by developing recreational theme parks for public use. The theme parks would specifically include Fountain Park, Observatory Park, Traffic Park and Angel Paradise Park which are currently under the planning stage. Recreational parks would be developed in areas like Kavesar, Kalwa Parsik, and Kopri areas of Thane. However, these parks are expected to be developed by private real estate developers. The concept of the fountain park has been shared with some of them and we expect to hear from soon,¯ said a senior official. Pramod Nimbalkar, Town Development and Planning Officer, TMC said, At present all parks are at a conceptual stage. We have handed over the concept of the theme parks to the developers and they are working on it.¯ Sanjeev Jaiswal, TMC Commissioner said Our intention is to provide more green cover in Thane district. Including more private players in the development of parks would ensure a state of art theme park in Thane. At present, the project for creating green spaces by recreating theme parks in the city is at a planning stage and conceptual design is being created by the Town Planning Department of TMC. More than maintaining available open spaces, the idea is to create green spaces in Thane district, the official said. Observatory Park would come up at Kalwa Parsik Nagar. The idea is to create a feel for the people to create a star gazing effect. Since the park would come in front of a creek, the people would be able to star gaze at night, said the official. TMC has decided to develop a Fountain Park at Kavesar in Thane which would stretch around eight and half acres. The park would provide a replica of famous fountain parks of the world with additional audio video clips. Departments like Town Planning department, Public Works Department (PWD), Garden Department and Electrical department have together for the project to maintain green spaces.
2016-04-28Drug racket run by Mamta Kulkarni's husband: Thane cops - Mid-Day
Trail In Thane Drug Racket Leads Cops To Mamta Kulkarni's Husband Apr 28, 2016, 07:31 IST The Former Actress' Husband, Vicky Goswami, Is A Notorious Drug Lord, Wanted By 6 Countries, And Has Been On The Run Since A Year. US Agency Has Sought Thane Police's Help In Tracking Him Down The drug racket uncovered recently by the Thane police just got murkier. The trail has led the police to former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni’s husband, Vicky Goswami, a notorious drug lord wanted by the US for running an international narcotics racket.
Drug racket run by Mamta Kulkarni
2016-04-28Thane drug bust: 2 Avon Lifesciences officials among three held - Mid-Day
Thane drug bust: 2 Avon Lifesciences officials among three held By PTI |Posted 28-Apr-2016 Thane police has arrested three persons, including a director and an operations manager of Solapur factory of Avon Lifesciences Limited, in connection with the recovery of a major haul of ephedrine, pegged at Rs 2000 crore, earlier this month. According to police, the arrests have led to unravelling of international drug mafia links of the accused. With the fresh arrests, the number of accused in police custody has risen to 8. While Punit Shringi, in-charge of operations, was arrested from suburban Virar last night, Manoj Jain (46), one of the directors of the company, and Harjit Singh Gill (42), a transporter, were caught today from suburban Mahim and Navi Mumbai, respectively. Police also seized around 10 kg of ephedrine, a controlled drug, from Shringi's car. Shringi had been brought in by the factory management in September 2015 and was subsequently made in-charge of its operations in Solapur. "The seizure of narcotics and subsequent arrests have led police to unravel major international drug mafia links," Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh told reporters today. According to police, Jain had gone abroad several times to meet suspected international drug smuggler Vicky Goswami along with Jaymukhi and Kishore Rathod who are wanted in the case. "Jain had met Goswami in Kenya and they were about to start a project of manufacturing narcotics in the Solapur factory to sell it in international market," Singh said. Thane police had unearthed the haul of around 18.5 tonne of ephedrine, worth approximately Rs 2000 crore, by raiding the premises of Avon Lifesciences Limited earlier this month. The lid on the drug syndicate was blown after police arrested a Nigerian drug peddler from Kalyan and recovered around 500 grams of ephedrine from him on April 10. "The Drug Enforcement Authorities (DEA) from various states have approached Thane police to get information about the drug racket after it was busted," Singh said. He said a DEA official, Derreck Odney, had handed a letter to Thane police informing that those arrested in the case were working in coordination with Goswami. "The wanted accused namely Jaymukhi, Rathod and Narendra Kacha had gone to Kenya to study the manufacturing of amphetamine and metamphetamine from ephedrine and pseudoephedrine," Thane police stated in a release today. According to the release, Gill's vehicles were allegedly used to transport narcotics. One of the vehicles was used to transport 1.3 tonne of ephrdrine to Ahmedabad from Solapur, which was in turn handed over to Kacha, it said. Police had seized around 7.6 kg ephedrine powder from cabin of an accused arrested earlier and another 9,500 kg from an adjacent godown in the factory, besides 571.5 kgs of the drug and another 8,541 kg of pseudo ephedrine (powder) from the premises of the factory.
Thane drug bust: 2 Avon Lifesciences officials among three held - Mid-Day
2016-04-28Cop held for rape and abduction of 20-year-old girl - Mid-Day
Thane: Cop held for rape and abduction of 20-year-old girl By Faisal Tandel |Posted 28-Apr-2016 A 30-year-old sub inspector associated with the Mumbra police station was arrested yesterday for repeatedly raping a 20-year-old girl in Kalwa (Thane). The survivor knew the accused, as she was a friend of his wife. Even their families were close to each other. PSI Santosh Sonawane She was rescued from a rented flat in Kalwa yesterday. The officer has been booked for rape, cheating and kidnapping. Since both, the accused and the survivor, are residents of a complex based in Mohammed wadi in Hadapsar in Pune, the case has been transferred to Wanawadi police station now. Wife and son of the accused, identified as Santosh Sonawane, live in the complex while he works in Mumbra. On April 13, which was the survivor's birthday, the accused came down to Pune from Mumbra. When his wife went to work, he called the girl to his home and raped her. The girl did not file any FIR, after Sonawane promised to take care of her further studies. The survivor's father said, I am a farmer. It was impossible for us to afford her education. My daughter just finished her diploma in pharmacy and wanted to study BSc. When Sonawane assured her, she got a glimmer of hope. He also repeatedly threatened her flashing his gun. Later on April 17, the accused came to Pune taking leave of four days from work. On April 18, the girl claims that she was sleeping in her bedroom when he raped her again, said a police officer from Kalwa police station. This time, he asked the girl to write a letter to her family. The accused threatened her to write the letter saying that she is heading to Mumbai for further studies. If she did not comply, he threatened to commit suicide and name her in the suicide note. The girl left her residence at 2 am on April 23, after leaving the letter. An auto-rickshaw driver, arranged by Sonawane, took her to the Pune railway station. He gave a call to the accused after settling her down in the train, said J Babar, senior police inspector, Kalwa police station to mid-day. The train reached Kalyan station at 7 am. Sonawane took the girl to a lodge in Kasarwadavli area on Ghodbunder road. He assured the girl that he would marry her. She was made to wear a mangalsutra, to make her look like his wife. She was again raped there, added Babar. On that same day, Sonawane rented a flat at Kharegaon in Kalwa. He took away her mobile phone. He went to work locking her inside and after returning, raped her, added Babar. Missing Complaint: The survivor's parents went to the Wanawadi police station to lodge a missing complaint on April 23. Her phone was switched off but the last location showed her to be in Kharegaon in Kalwa. We checked her call records, which gave us a clue. The maximum number of missed or received calls came from Sonawane. We tracked his phone too and the location was the same as hers, said a senior police officer of Wanawadi police station. A police team was sent to the flat. We rescued the girl from there, yesterday. We also found the accused there, added Babar.
Cop held for rape and abduction of 20-year-old girl - Mid-Day
2016-04-28Thane cop held for rape and abduction - Mid-Day
Thane: Cop held for rape and abduction of 20-year-old girl By Faisal Tandel |Posted 28-Apr-2016 A 30-year-old sub inspector associated with the Mumbra police station was arrested yesterday for repeatedly raping a 20-year-old girl in Kalwa (Thane). The survivor knew the accused, as she was a friend of his wife. Even their families were close to each other. PSI Santosh Sonawane She was rescued from a rented flat in Kalwa yesterday. The officer has been booked for rape, cheating and kidnapping. Since both, the accused and the survivor, are residents of a complex based in Mohammed wadi in Hadapsar in Pune, the case has been transferred to Wanawadi police station now. Wife and son of the accused, identified as Santosh Sonawane, live in the complex while he works in Mumbra. On April 13, which was the survivor's birthday, the accused came down to Pune from Mumbra. When his wife went to work, he called the girl to his home and raped her. The girl did not file any FIR, after Sonawane promised to take care of her further studies. The survivor's father said, I am a farmer. It was impossible for us to afford her education. My daughter just finished her diploma in pharmacy and wanted to study BSc. When Sonawane assured her, she got a glimmer of hope. He also repeatedly threatened her flashing his gun. Later on April 17, the accused came to Pune taking leave of four days from work. On April 18, the girl claims that she was sleeping in her bedroom when he raped her again, said a police officer from Kalwa police station. This time, he asked the girl to write a letter to her family. The accused threatened her to write the letter saying that she is heading to Mumbai for further studies. If she did not comply, he threatened to commit suicide and name her in the suicide note. The girl left her residence at 2 am on April 23, after leaving the letter. An auto-rickshaw driver, arranged by Sonawane, took her to the Pune railway station. He gave a call to the accused after settling her down in the train, said J Babar, senior police inspector, Kalwa police station to mid-day. The train reached Kalyan station at 7 am. Sonawane took the girl to a lodge in Kasarwadavli area on Ghodbunder road. He assured the girl that he would marry her. She was made to wear a mangalsutra, to make her look like his wife. She was again raped there, added Babar. On that same day, Sonawane rented a flat at Kharegaon in Kalwa. He took away her mobile phone. He went to work locking her inside and after returning, raped her, added Babar. Missing Complaint: The survivor's parents went to the Wanawadi police station to lodge a missing complaint on April 23. Her phone was switched off but the last location showed her to be in Kharegaon in Kalwa. We checked her call records, which gave us a clue. The maximum number of missed or received calls came from Sonawane. We tracked his phone too and the location was the same as hers, said a senior police officer of Wanawadi police station. A police team was sent to the flat. We rescued the girl from there, yesterday. We also found the accused there, added Babar.
Thane cop held for rape and abduction - Mid-Day
2016-04-28Surat donors heart reaches Thane hospital via green corridor - India Today
Surat donors heart reaches Thane hospital via green corridor PTI April 28, 2016| UPDATED 13:06 IST Thane (Maha), Apr 26 (PTI) Traffic department in Mumbai today created a green corridor for transporting a harvested heart of a Surat-based teenager for an emergency heart transplant surgery of a 43-year-old man at a hospital in Mulund in the district. The heart, that set out its journey from Surat reached the operation theatre in Fortis Hospital in a matter of 1.15 hours covering a distance of 269 kms. From Mumbai airport the heart reached the hospital in less than half-an-hour. Surgeons at the Fortis Hospital in Mulund successfully conducted the heart transplant surgery on the patient from Alwar, Rajasthan, who suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy. The transplant became possible when a 17-year-old boy was declared brain dead at Sunshine Global Hospital in Surat, following a head injury during a road accident. The youths family consented to donate their his organs to save lives of four deserving recipients by donating his heart, kidneys and liver. "Airport and Traffic authorities of both cities came together to swiftly lay the green corridor between Surat and Mumbai for the transportation of the heart. The road map and the flight map was immediately put in place and the donor heart left Sunshine Global Hospital, Surat at 10.33 AM reaching Surat Airport at 10.38 AM," an official statement said. The heart landed at Mumbai Airport at 11.20 AM in a chartered flight, heading out in the stand-by ambulance at 11.31 AM. The green corridor from Domestic Airport (Gate No. 8) to Military Road-Santacruz-Chembur Link Road-Chedda Nagar to Eastern Express Highway-Airoli Junction and finally to Fortis Hospital, helped the heart reach the hospital at 11.47 AM and into the OT at 11.48 AM, the statement said. "With the successful surgery, the life of the patient was saved from a rapidly deteriorating condition," an official release from Fortis Hospital stated. Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of the Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, who conducted the transplant surgery, said "The donors family deserves to be applauded and appreciated for having saved four lives through this noble gesture. The recipient of the heart is now stable and has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit. "Next 48-72 hours will be critical and we will monitor the patients condition round the clock," it said.
Surat donors heart reaches Thane hospital via green corridor - India Today
2016-04-27Youngsters paint murals, beautify Thane station wall with their artwork - Daily News & Analysis
Youngsters paint murals, beautify Thane station wall with their artwork Thane is a beautiful city overflowing with rich biodiversity, natural resources, history and culture. Such a city needs to an impressive gateway. Keeping this in mind, youth from Social Unity Care Foundation painted the Thane railway station with beautiful pictures and motifs. The dirty paan-splattered walls of Thane station are being replaced with beautiful pictures and scenes by the young members of this foundation. There are paintings on subjects of social interest like importance of farmers, significance of water for humanity, etc. A mural celebrating the passing of 163 years since the first train-a stream engine, ran from Boribunder to Thane, has also been painted. Social issues like environment conservation, changing the face of Thane, importance of social work, etc are the themes represented in the artwork painted by these enthusiastic students. Their work was appreciated by Thane's guardian minister Eknath Shinde, who visited the station on Monday. " Through their creativity and hard work, these youngsters have started the work of beautifying Thane station. But keeping our city beautiful and clean is everyone's responsibility," said Shinde. After viewing the artwork, Shinde also paid a surprise visit to the waiting room at the station. "There was foul odour emanating from the room and he called the station master as well as the contractor responsible for the cleanliness of the room. He asked the contractor to take immediate steps to keep the room clean in the next four days or he will speak to the railways and cancel his contract."says a source from Shinde's office
Youngsters paint murals, beautify Thane station wall with their artwork - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-27269 Kms in 75 Minutes: Surat Donor's Heart Reaches Thane Hospital - The New Indian Express
269 Kms in 75 Minutes: Surat Donor's Heart Reaches Thane Hospital By PTI Published: 27th April 2016 06:28 AM Last Updated: 27th April 2016 06:28 AM THANE (Maharashtra): Traffic department in Mumbai today created a green corridor for transporting a harvested heart of a Surat-based teenager for an emergency heart transplant surgery of a 43-year-old man at a hospital in Mulund in the district. The heart, that set out its journey from Surat reached the operation theatre in Fortis Hospital in a matter of 1.15 hours covering a distance of 269 kms. From Mumbai airport the heart reached the hospital in less than half-an-hour. Surgeons at the Fortis Hospital in Mulund successfully conducted the heart transplant surgery on the patient from Alwar, Rajasthan, who suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy. The transplant became possible when a 17-year-old boy was declared brain dead at Sunshine Global Hospital in Surat, following a head injury during a road accident. The youth's family consented to donate their his organs to save lives of four deserving recipients by donating his heart, kidneys and liver. Airport and Traffic authorities of both cities came together to swiftly lay the green corridor between Surat and Mumbai for the transportation of the heart. The road map and the flight map was immediately put in place and the donor heart left Sunshine Global Hospital, Surat at 10.33 AM reaching Surat Airport at 10.38 AM, an official statement said. The heart landed at Mumbai Airport at 11.20 AM in a chartered flight, heading out in the stand-by ambulance at 11.31 AM. The green corridor from Domestic Airport (Gate No. 8) to Military Road-Santacruz-Chembur Link Road-Chedda Nagar to Eastern Express Highway-Airoli Junction and finally to Fortis Hospital, helped the heart reach the hospital at 11.47 AM and into the OT at 11.48 AM, the statement said. With the successful surgery, the life of the patient was saved from a rapidly deteriorating condition, an official release from Fortis Hospital stated. Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of the Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, who conducted the transplant surgery, said The donor's family deserves to be applauded and appreciated for having saved four lives through this noble gesture. The recipient of the heart is now stable and has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit. Next 48-72 hours will be critical and we will monitor the patient's condition round the clock, it said.
2016-04-27Another life saved due to green corridor, Surat donor's heart reaches Thane in 1.15 hours - Daily News & Analysis
Another life saved due to green corridor, Surat donor's heart reaches Thane in 1.15 hours Traffic department in Mumbai on Tuesday created a green corridor for transporting a harvested heart of a Surat-based teenager for an emergency heart transplant surgery of a 43-year-old man at a hospital in Mulund in the district. The heart, that set out its journey from Surat reached the operation theatre in Fortis Hospital in a matter of 1.15 hours covering a distance of 269 kms. From Mumbai airport the heart reached the hospital in less than half-an-hour. Surgeons at the Fortis Hospital in Mulund successfully conducted the heart transplant surgery on the patient from Alwar, Rajasthan, who suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy. The transplant became possible when a 17-year-old boy was declared brain dead at Sunshine Global Hospital in Surat, following a head injury during a road accident. The youth's family consented to donate their his organs to save lives of four deserving recipients by donating his heart, kidneys and liver.
Another life saved due to green corridor, Surat donor
2016-04-27JUST IN: Mamta Kulkarni's husband Vicky Goswami named in Thane drug haul racket - SpotboyE
Mamta Kulkarni's husband Vicky Goswami named in Thane drug haul racket 27 Apr 2016 Mamta Kulkarni's husband Vicky Goswami is in trouble. The Thane Police has named him as one of the masterminds in the large consignment of drugs which was seized recently. In arguably one of the largest drug hauls in the country, the Thane crime branch had seized 18,627 kg of ephedrine, a medicine abused to make party drug Crystal Meth, worth over Rs 2,000 crore. Five people had been arrested, including two from the shut unit of a pharmaceutical company Avon in Solapur, which is also linked to the recent seizure of 1,300 kg of raw ephedrine stock in Ahmedabad. Punit, one of the other masterminds, had met Vicky in 2013. Vicky was routing drugs from the US through Gujarat into various cities of India. Vicky, who is alleged to be the druglord of Zambia, has spread his drug racket far and wide. He is said to be the No 1 supplier of drugs to South African dealers. Mamta was last seen in Dev Anand's Censor. She is believed to have lived a large part of her life in Nairobi before shifting to Dubai.
JUST IN: Mamta Kulkarni
2016-04-27Thane court compensates widow for husband killed on duty - Mid-Day
Thane court compensates widow for husband killed on duty By PTI |Posted 27-Apr-2016 Thane: A labour court in Thane has awarded Rs 5,32,800 as compensation to a 52-year-old widow in connection with the murder of her husband while he was driving a tanker of his employer in 2012. Labour court Commissioner B Y Phad directed the two respondents Jagdeep Singh Bakhrawar Singh of Jaideep Transport from Bhiwandi and Reliance General Insurance company to jointly and severally pay the compensation to Surinder Kaur, with 12 per cent interest per annum from the date of murder on May 7, 2012. He also ordered Jaideep Transport to pay a penalty of Rs 2.63 lakh to the woman. Advocate S C Bodulla, appearing for Surinder Kaur, informed the court that her husband Jagjit Singh was employed with Jaideep Transport and earning Rs 8,000 as monthly salary. On May 1, he started driving the tanker from Mumbai to Punjab to deliver some chemical. On May 7, Jagjit was allegedly killed by some unidentified person, who hit him with a blunt object on his head and his body was left in the tanker's cabin at Bhiwani in Haryana, Bodulla said. The deceased's wife said both the respondents were liable to pay her a compensation of Rs 5,32,800. However, the two respondents contested the claim saying it was a case of murder and not an accident. Referring to rulings of various courts, Bodulla said the murder of an employee during the course of employment amounts to accidental death arising out of employment. The Commissioner, in his order, said as per the facts of the present case, the deceased was found dead in the cabin of the tanker and it transpired that the death was caused by injuries caused by a blunt object. Accordingly, police registered a case under section 302 (murder) of IPC. "It is clear that it is a case of murder of deceased by some unknown person. Therefore, it cannot be said that the assailant was having dominant intention to kill the deceased. Thus I am of opinion that it cannot be ruled out that the murder of deceased was an accidental murder while the deceased was acting in the course of employment of opponent transporter and his death arose out of employment," he said. "Hence both the opponents are liable to pay the amount of compensation," the Commissioner said in a recent order. The court also observed it was evident that inspite of notice given to the opponents, they failed to deposit the compensation amount. The opponent no.1 (transport company) is not justified in causing delay in depositing the compensation amount on the ground that the vehicle was insured with the opponent no.2 (Reliance General Insurance company). Therefore, the court ruled that Jaideep Transport was liable to pay a penalty of Rs 2.63 lakh to the widow.
2016-04-27Thane: Court allows KDMC to pass building proposals - Mid-Day
Thane: Court allows KDMC to pass building proposals By Varun Singh |Posted 27-Apr-2016 What the Bombay High Court asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on February 29, on not passing files of new constructions, the same query was directed towards Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) in April last year. And finally, the stay was lifted on Monday. It took more than a year for KDMC to come up with a feasible solution or plan to convince the court. Because of this, a small corporation like KDMC suffered a loss of nearly Rs 70 crore and it took them almost a year to get a new dumping ground after several failed attempts. Almost a year later, the Municipal Corporation of Kalyan and Dombivli is hopeful now that it will get revenue back, after the court took a lenient approach and allowed them to pass building proposals. KDMC generates 550 metric tones of garbage every day, which was being dumped in Adharawadi dumping ground, for almost 45 years and the capacity of dumping ground to hold some 15 lakh cubic meters had been passed a few years ago, thus forcing the High Court to ask the Municipal Corporation to stop passing building proposals. Finally in Barave, the Municipal Corporation found a 2.23 hectare land, where it has decided to dump the city's garbage, and in March they opened the tenders. The expected garbage to reach this dumping ground is between 155-200 metric tones. According to officials, KDMC earned only Rs 32 crore in the whole year, thus missing their target of Rs 100 crore in a big way. From March 1, the BMC has been directed by court to not give Commencement Certificates and Intent of Disapproval IOD/CC to any new construction, except for the redevelopment, SRA, MHADA, hospitals and school buildings till the time the state government and BMC doesn't come up with a proper Solid Waste Management programme. Seeing the example of KDMC, builders in the city can rest for a year, as that's how long the KDMC took to overcome this issue. Bandish Ajmera, leading developer in Kalyan as well as in Mumbai welcomed the HC order, he said, "KDMC has suffered a lot. However, with this stay being lifted, we are expecting construction activity to speed up. This being an open land and large chunk of land being available here, affordable houses are possible here only." Another builder said, "The prices in this area have remained stagnant and, in some cases, have gone high, as there were no new flats available. With this, home buyers will have options available and the prices will surely get affected." There are some 13-biogas plants that the KDMC is planning to start in Kalyan and Dombivli and they claim the location will be so that the electricity generated either will be used for street lights and, if remaining, they can be easily diverted to the offices of the municipal corporation. Adharwadi Dumping ground was never the dumping ground that this municipal corporation started with the motive of catering to Kalyan and Dombivli. According to officials from KDMC, the dumping ground was already in existence, when the municipal corporation was formed in 1983. Adharwadi dumping ground is expected to have started from 1971 and as it was already there, the Municipal Corporation started using it.
2016-04-26Thane Pokharan road widening: 1000 trees get a new life - Daily News & Analysis
Thane Pokharan road widening: 1,000 trees get a new life On World Earth Day last week, more than 1,000 trees were saved from being hacked. There was a proposal to cut these trees for the road widening of Pokharan road numbers 1 and 2 and other roads in Thane, but after opposition from residents, Thane Municipal Corporation decided to spare them from the axe. The aggressive TMC has been sparing no one when it comes to road widening in various parts of Thane. More than 1,000 structures have been demolished by the civic body and over 800 vacated to undertake the road widening work since a month. Continuing with its ambitious drive the civic body has taken up the road widening work at Pokharan road numbers 1 and 2 this month. Over 1,400 trees were to be cut for the work as well as for construction by builders across the city. The proposal was raised in the tree authority meeting last week. The proposal was initially passed the same day. i.e. on World Earth Day, but a few residents got to know about it and raised objections. "It was a shame that on Earth Day, on April 22, they decided to cut trees," said Chandrahas Tawde, an activist. He alleges that he immediately contacted Sunil Chavan, additional commissioner of TMC, and raised the issue, "We condemn the action of tree authority and demanded resignation of its chairman," he said. Subsequently, the proposal was called off and only 400 trees, which are to be cut by builders and developers, was passed. In addition, civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal said no trees will be cut for widening of Pokharan road No2, which is set to become 40 feet from the current 25 feet. "The road will be widened without cutting any trees and a service road will be built adjacent to the current footpath," said Jaiswal.
Thane Pokharan road widening: 1000 trees get a new life - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-26Thane: District admin mulls over ways to tap rainwater in Mumbra - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: District admin mulls over ways to tap rain water in Mumbra During monsoon, the Mumbra bypass region turns into a water resource spot with many natural springs and streams coming up. Hence, the Thane district administration is now thinking of ways to tap this natural resource of water. The water cuts in the city have made people and politicians to look for alternative sources and they are trying to discover shunned bore wells, forgotten dams and neglected wells that can be cleaned and reused to meet the water needs. In such a scenario, members of the Nationalist Congress Party met Thane collector Ashwini Joshi and suggested building a lake or a reservoir to collect rainwater in the area. "When monsoon starts, many waterfalls and streams flow from Mumbra bypass, which is a hilly area," said an NCP worker. "This rainwater flows into the creek and gets wasted," he added. Mumbra, Kausa and Diva has a population of over 12 lakh and following the water scarcity in the city, they are currebtly receiving water for only two days a week. There is a three-day cut and as it is a hilly area, the water pressure is low, thus adding to the difficulty. "So, we suggested that a forest reservoir or a lake can be built to harness the rainwater from these waterfalls," he added. As per the party's idea, build on a land of 125 hectare, this storage will be able to take care of the water needs of at least Mumbra, Kausa and Diva residents. "A 92-feet-wide and 10-feet-deep lake can be built, which will be enough to satiate thirst of nearby residents," he said When contacted, Thane collector Ashwini Joshi confirmed the move. "I have asked the forest department to conduct a study about the feasibility of the proposal and it is in its initial stage," said Joshi. "Whether to build a dam, lake or reservoir is still undecided, but after the department submits the report in a week, we will be able to take a decision," she said.
Thane: District admin mulls over ways to tap rainwater in Mumbra - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-26Drought hits Thane's Creek family hard - Warwick Daily News
Drought hits Thane’s Creek family hard 26th Apr 2016 1:00 PM THE drought is biting hard in parts of our region, and nowhere is it more evident than in the dry beds of Thane’s Creek, west of Warwick. Kim and Andrew Costello, and their son, Alastair, are fourth and fifth-generation sheep producers respectively, on their family property Gradenfloe at Thane’s Creek, and never before have they seen the creek in as bad shape as today. Andrew Costello said the creek last ran about two years ago, and has been dry except for a few holes for some time. “Last year we were very close to our annual average rainfall, but it only came in small falls nothing to make the water run,” he said. “Old timers used to talk about the holes in Thane’s Creek that never dried up, and this has proven them wrong.” Currently running 1200 head of mixed sex sheep and 100 cattle on their 3000 hectare property, the Costello family rely on the creek for all their stock water. “Now that the creek is dry, we will have to contemplate putting a bore down,”Mr Costello said. “We do have a small hole down from the house with a bit of water in it, but it is very poor quality and is full of carp,” he said. “It is the driest I have seen the creek in my memory.” Mr Costello said feed-wise they have been worse, but water-wise he can’t remember a time when things were as severe. “It has been dry for a long time. We get one bit of rain but then we slip back into drought,” he said. “We need a prolonged wet period to replenish the underground aquifers.” When The Bush Telegraph visited the Costello’s property last week, they pointed out a particularly significant part of Thane’s Creek, which is bone dry. Mr Costello said it was hard to imagine now the level the creek was when two young boys lost their lives there more than one hundred years ago. “There was a family tragedy back in 1897 when two young Costello boys, aged 14 and 5 drowned in this same hole in the creek which, has been dry for more than two years now,” he said. An excerpt from the Warwick Argus on November 16, 1897, states: On Saturday last, two little boys, sons of Mr A. Costello, were drowned in Thane’s Creek. From what can be gathered it is surmised that the eldest boy, Hugh, aged 14 years, took a younger brother, William, aged 5 years, on his back and tried to swim across the creek with him. The eldest lad was an expert swimmer, and it is supposed that the younger one got frightened and slipping, caught his brother round the shoulders and prevented him using his hands.” Mr Costello said he always remembered the story his father, Tim, had told him about the drownings at the creek, and warned him and his siblings to stay away from that particular hole. “The boys that drowned were my grandfather, Major Costello’s first cousins,” he said. “It was always a deep, dark, mysterious place, but it’s a different story today.” Another excerpt from the same 1897 article read: Unfortunately, a heavy thunderstorm came on; rain fell heavily for three or four hours, the creek became flooded, the water rising seven or eight feet and making it impossible to do anything the bodies have not been recovered, and it is feared they have been carried down the creek by the flood waters. Mr Costello’s uncle, Mac, also recalls the story of the drownings, and agrees he has never seen the water supply so critical. Mac and his wife, Lyn, run cattle on their 809ha property, Seagoe, which has both Thane’s Creek and Lagoon Creek running through it. “I can go back 80- years and I’ve never seen it as dry. If it wasn’t for the dams I put in on my place in 1972, I’d be out of water now,” Mac said. “There is two and a half miles of Thane’s Creek that you wouldn’t be able to get enough water out of to fill a beer glass. “It is the worst that I can recall and it’s going to take a power of rain to make the creeks run again too.”
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2016-04-26Rs 2000-cr drug bust: Thane cops arrest prime accused - Times of India
Rs 2000-cr drug bust: Thane cops arrest prime accused Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 27, 2016, 12.57 AM IST THANE: In a major breakthrough in the ephedrine seizure case of Rs 2000 crore, the Thane police has arrested Punit Shringi, who is believed to be the brain behind the racket.A police officer confirmed the development but refused to divulge any details on the findings. The officer said that the accused Punit Shringi started working as a consultant with the company since June, 2015 but under the guise of being a consultant he is suspected to be involved in the well-oiled drug cartel right from manufacturing to supplying it to the peddlers. Apart from Shringi, two other key accused, kishorsinh Rathod and Jay mukhi are absconding in the case.Speaking to TOI, a senior official said, "We are in process of interrogation of the accused arrested and questioning is underway which will go on throughout the night and anything substantial can be revealed only after that. But primarily, Shringi is surely going to blow the lid of the biggest drug racket ever heard of.
Rs 2000-cr drug bust: Thane cops arrest prime accused - Times of India
2016-04-25Thane: Drunk man's gun goes off as he stumbles up the stairs; booked - Mid-Day
Thane: Drunk man's gun goes off as he stumbles up the stairs; booked By Faisal Tandel |Posted 1 hour Here's another reason why guns and glory don’t always go hand in hand. A 38-year-old Shiv Sena member from Dombivli was injured on Friday after his licensed revolver misfired. The Tilak Nagar police have registered a case of negligence case against him and suspect that he was under the influence of alcohol. Also read: Two students killed as cop's rifle misfires The incident occurred when Amol Patil returned home after a party. Cops say he was possibly intoxicated. Amol Pandarinath Patil (38), is a businessman and a resident of Pandari Bhavan bungalow, Sarkar Residence in Dombivli (East). The licensed revolver he had in his possession has an issuing date of 2010 and will expire in 2017. He was issued the revolver for his personal safety according to the Thane Commissionerate. Sources from Tilak Nagar claimed that Patil had a party with his friends on Thursday night and was under the influence of alcohol. "Patil returned home at around 2 am on Friday. He had kept the revolver near his stomach. It was loaded and it seems he was not aware about it. Incidentally, while he was climbing the stairs, a round was fired from the gun, which injured his stomach. His family then took him to a private hospital," said a police officer. Yet to arrest him Shivaji Dhumal, senior inspector, Tilak Nagar police station, said, "We have registered a case of negligence against him and found that he was using a licensed revolver, which misfired. He has suffered injuries in his stomach. He is presently admitted in a private hospital and undergoing treatment. We are yet to arrest him. We are investigating whether he was drunk."
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2016-04-25Thane: Man held for allegedly stoning son-in-law to death - Mid-Day
Thane: Man held for allegedly stoning son-in-law to death By PTI |Posted 25-Apr-2016 A 25-year-old man was stoned to death allegedly by his father-in-law and another person, following which the duo was arrested, police said on Monday. The incident took place on April 21 at Mulla Wadi, in Padgha village, in Bhiwandi in the district, an official attached with Thane district rural police said. The deceased Anil Bhoir seeing his father-in-law Arun Bhandari and one Bandya Jadhav quarrelling, tried to intervene, he said. However, the duo stoned him to death, police said, adding they were apprehended yesterday. Following a complaint by Anil's wife Reshma, a case under section 302 (murder) and other relevant sections of IPC was registered and investigations are underway, police said.
Thane: Man held for allegedly stoning son-in-law to death - Mid-Day
2016-04-24Thane drug bust: Cops seize more ephedrine - Times of India
Thane drug bust: Cops seize more ephedrine Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 24, 2016, 12.58 PM IST Thane/Kolhapur: An additional two tonnes of ephedrine and another 2.6 tonnes of Acetic Anhydride, suspected to be used by the drug cartel to manufacture heroin and brown sugar, were recovered during a search and inspection in the factory premises of the controversial Avon Life Science Ltd in Solapur, officials of the Thane crime branch said.These findings are over and above the early seizure of 18.6 tonne ephedrine powder seized during an earlier raid by the law-enforcing authority. A team of senior police officials, along with Food and officials, along with Food and Drugs Administration authorities, are inspecting the chemical stock stored in the company's unit in Solapur and verifying the ledger books to determine the quantum of unaccounted chemicals. "The total stock of ephedrine seized now stands to 20.6 tonnes, besides 2,656 kg of Acetic Anhydride and we are in the process of conducting a valuation of the chemicals," a police officer told TOI. Acetic Anhydride is a controlled substance which can be misused in manufacturing different types of contraband-heroin, brown sugar -meth amphetamine also to make ephedrine more potent, explained the officer. "Verification of all related documents pertaining to the seizure of Acetic Anhydride is underway. As of now the documents produced by the company shows that they have procured the licenses from the relevant authorities . However the stock will remain seized till the investigation is through," said the officer. He said the administration wing of the FDA is gleaning the heaps of documents regarding the stock details and the details of the firm formed in 2001. "We are probing the seizure from all the angles as prima-facia there has been numerous violations being done by the company which is under investigation," the officer informed TOI. On the other hand, investigators have recorded the statements of all the directors of the company and a police officer privy to the investigations informed that the minute details of the company have been sought from the directors and its functioning. So far, it is learnt that the directors have denied any involvement and claimed that they have relevant licence for the procuring and storage of the drug. A police officer informed that three accused. Ahmedabad based Kishorsinh Rathod, Jay Mukhi and Punit Shringi is still absconding and the Thane crime branch as well as Gujarat police is trying to track them.
Thane drug bust: Cops seize more ephedrine - Times of India
2016-04-24Railways offers water to Navi Mumbai, Thane from its Dighe dam - Times of India
Railways offers water to Navi Mumbai, Thane from its Dighe dam PTI | Apr 24, 2016, 05.05 PM IST New Delhi, Apr 24 () After providing a water train "Jaldoot" to Latur, Railways has come to the rescue of people facing acute water crisis in Navi Mumbai and Thane as the public transporter has offered water to Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) and Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has asked the concerned railway authorities to help NMMC and TMC to solve their water shortage problem, a senior Railway Ministry official said. Accordingly, it has been decided that water will be supplied from railways Dighe dam on Thane Belapur road for the NMMC and TMC. "We have permitted NMMC to lift water from our railway dam at Dighe for the next three months," Central Railway General Manager SK Sood said in a statement. Railway officials along with municipal officials will visit the dam site tomorrow to work out modalities for supplying water to the parched areas from the dam. Railways has many check dams for supplying water for its colonies, stations and other rail users. Water tankers will be used for supplying water from Dighe dam to NMMC and TMC, both of which had to resort to sharp water supply cuts, the official said. Railways is continuing to transport water in the 50-wagon freight train named 'Jaldoot' to the parched Latur and over 120 lakh litres of water has been supplied so far.
Railways offers water to Navi Mumbai, Thane from its Dighe dam - Times of India
2016-04-24Here's why Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Jaiswal gets his own private security - Mid-Day
Here's why Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Jaiswal gets his own private security By Faisal Tandel |Posted 24-Apr-2016 Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal is made of sterner stuff. After all, it's not every day that one earns the sobriquet of the no-nonsense Demolition Man out to change the cityscape. But, even the most tenacious amongst us need protection. The TMC, though, has taken it up a notch. Thane Municipal Corporation Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal flanked by private security guards during an inspection of the road-widening project. It has hired five private security guards for Rs 2.92 lakh a month to protect Jaiswal and additional municipal commissioners Sunil Chavan and Ashok Kumar Rankam while overseeing civic initiatives like the ambitious road widening project, which entails several demolitions and protests. Jaiswal will now have a posse acute; of three private guards and five police personnel for security. Earlier, he had only a police constable as his security detail. Chavan and Rankam get one security guard each. Along with the bouncers, the commissioner has a gun squad of five personnel from the Thane police, said a senior TMC official. The new arrangement came into effect in the first week of April after the commissioner himself raised concerns over the poor security provided to top civic officials. In February, an RTI activist attacked Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner and TMC's public relations officer. On January 18, 2015, a Hindu Sena activist blackened Jaiswal's nameplate at the TMC headquarters even as more than 50 police personnel and TMC security guards milled around. Last December, a man accosted Jaiswal on a service road in Ghodbunder and rained abuses on him. In light of such incidents, we decided to provide him with private security guards, said another TMC official. Confirming his security detail, Jaiswal said the plan was spurred by the attacks on civic officials. At a recent general body meeting of the TMC, Sena corporator Ashok Vaity had recommended security guards for other officers as well. Big-ticket project The TMC's biggest initiative is its road widening project, which was undertaken over six months ago. The commissioner himself is overseeing most of the work. We will complete the project before the monsoon. Over 200 people displaced by the project have been rehabilitated, said TMC chief Sanjeev Jaiswal, who assumed office in January last year. Jaiswal said the new road widening project takes off from his predecessor T Chandra shekar's successful initiative. Chandrasekhar is credited with transforming the congested Ghodbunder Road into a four-lane thoroughfare in 1998. The road was concretised four years ago.
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2016-04-24Railways Offers Water to Navi Mumbai, Thane From its Dighe Dam - The New Indian Express
Railways Offers Water to Navi Mumbai, Thane From its Dighe Dam By PTI Published: 24th April 2016 05:49 PM Last Updated: 24th April 2016 06:23 PM First name Surname Receiver's email Email 2 NEW DELHI: After providing a water train "Jaldoot" to Latur, Railways has come to the rescue of people facing acute water crisis in Navi Mumbai and Thane as the public transporter has offered water to Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) and Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC).Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has asked the concerned railway authorities to help NMMC and TMC to solve their water shortage problem, a senior Railway Ministry official said. Accordingly, it has been decided that water will be supplied from railways Dighe dam on Thane Belapur road for the NMMC and TMC."We have permitted NMMC to lift water from our railway dam at Dighe for the next three months," Central Railway General Manager SK Sood said in a statement. Railway officials along with municipal officials will visit the dam site tomorrow to work out modalities forĀ  supplying water to the parched areas from the dam.Railways has many check dams for supplying water for its colonies, stations and other rail users. Water tankers will be used for supplying water from Dighe dam to NMMC and TMC, both of which had to resort to sharp water supply cuts, the official said.Railways is continuing to transport water in the 50-wagon freight train named 'Jaldoot' to the parched Latur and over 120 lakh litres of water has been supplied so far. Movies Jennifer Aniston Transformed Husband's Wardrobe Travel Comic Relief on the Tintin Trail Food 3 Yummy Meal Bowls Capture Seasonal Flavors Books Strange Game in a Known Turf Must Read Curse of Drought and Farce of Relief in Karnataka After Farmer Dies, Wife Immolates 2 Daughters, Self Meet Dakshayani - World's Oldest Elephant in Captivity CJI Breaks Down, Seeks Jump in Judges Head Count 900-year-old Chennakeshava Temple on Alert After Terror Threat EC, I-T Continue Raids, Seize Rs 4.7 Cr from Posh Chennai Flat comments powered by Disqus Disclaimer: We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the NIE editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines. Trending WB Polls: Fourth Phase Voting Begins, About 1.08 Crore Expected to Cast Votes Stats on Drought Exposes a Massive Humanitarian Disaster After Watching Preview of His Film, Young Malayalam Film Producer Ends Life Top News WB Polls: 4th Phase Voting Begins, About 1.08 Crore Expected to Cast Votes Sartaj Aziz to Brief National Assembly on 'Indian Spy' Stats on Drought Exposes a Massive Humanitarian Disaster Recent Activity Top News Nation World States Cities Business Columns Sport Cricket Entertainment Dinamani Kannada Prabha Sakhi Cinema Express Malayalam Vaarika Archives About Us Careers Contact Us Privacy Policy Terms of Use Advertise With Us PR Corner Copyright © 2016, The New Indian Express. All rights reserved.
Railways Offers Water to Navi Mumbai, Thane From its Dighe Dam - The New Indian Express
2016-04-24Thane may soon get rly museum - Times of India
Thane may soon get rly museum Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 24, 2016, 11.28 PM IST Thane: The Lake City could soon see a railway museum on the station premises that will have a replica of the first train that ran between Mumbai and Thane along with trivia about one of the largest public transport institutions in the world. Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday gave an in-principle approval to the plans proposed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Sanjay Kelkar from Thane, following which details like the location and budgetary allocations will be worked on. "Thane holds equal importance to Mumbai CST in the history of the Indian Railways. The station calls for attention whenever the mention of the first train in the country is discussed. Despite having a strong tourism potential, there is no museum depicting the glory of this historic monument over the last few years," Kelkar told TOI. Important aspects of the railway's history and how it contributed to the development of this city will also be highlighted on the premises, Kelkar said. The BJP leader said the ancient relic discovered at the railway station recently will be rehabilitated soon. TOI had highlighted in Sunday's issue how a stone plaque bearing the year 1899 at the station has been dumped in a corner.
2016-04-24Borivli-Thane ropeway planned over SGNP - Hindustan Times
Borivli-Thane ropeway planned over SGNP Saurabh Katkurwar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai |  Updated: Apr 25, 2016 00:37 IST An aerial tour over Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) with amazing scenic view of the forest may soon be a reality. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is now contemplating building ropeway from Borivli to Thane in a bid to make the park a bigger attraction for the tourists. However, environmentalists sai d this many not be a practical idea after all. According to the MMRDA's initial plan, an eight-km-long ropeway is now being planned across the forest between Borivli and Thane. However, the reason why this move has raised the hackles of environmentalists is because the present green rules do not allow construction activities in or over the national parks. MMRDA additional commissioner Sanjay Sethi said. We want to start a ropeway service through the SGNP as major tourist attraction in the city. We have appointed a consultancy firm to check if the ropeway plan is feasible. The consultant will check how forest clearance for the plan can be obtained. The MMRDA will have to approach ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) for clearance. Environmentalists said that the decision to build ropeway over the SGNP may not be practical. D Stalin of NGO- Vanshakti said There is no need to appoint any consultant to check if approval for such project can be given as prescribed rules do not allow any construction activities over national parks. Interestingly, the state government already has planned tunnel road from Borivli to Thane through SGNP. Although the tunnel road may not have any negative impact on biodiversity, it can damage aquifer [layer of water-bearing permeable rock], thus drying up lakes in the vicinity. SGNP is spread over an area 103 sq km, which is roughly 18-20% of Mumbai. It is one of the major forests on the earth being surrounded by metropolis.
Borivli-Thane ropeway planned over SGNP - Hindustan Times
2016-04-23Indian Railways Opens Its Reservoirs to Scarcity-hit Thane, Navi Mumbai - NDTV
Indian Railways Opens Its Reservoirs to Scarcity-hit Thane, Navi Mumbai Written by Tejas Mehta Updated: April 23, 2016 17:56 IST Union minister Suresh Prabhu has offered to help Thane and Navi Mumbai with water from railway dams Mumbai hlights Water from railway dams will be released to help Thane, Navi Mumbai, Water from these dams is usually used by Railways for their daily needs. Seven of the 11 major dams in drought-hit Marathwada have run dry After ensuring water trains for Latur city in drought hit Marathwada, the Indian Railways has come to the rescue of the scarcity-hit towns of Thane and Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra. It has decided to release water from its own reservoirs to tackle the acute water crisis that is being felt in Thane and Navi Mumbai. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted late on Friday night the decision to supply water. Rail dam in Thane dist is helping Navi Mumbai by supplying water, we will do the same for Thane by supplying water to the Municipal Corpn Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) April 22, 2016. The Railways have their own dams, water from which caters to their needs at stations and yards and it is this water which will be supplied for these cities. Thane residents face water cuts for up to 60 hours each week. Thane city is facing acute shortage with 60 per cent water cuts already implemented and the administration is contemplating an additional 10 per cent cut. Diva, Mumbra and Bhiwandi are some of the worst hit with water being supplied through tankers. To tackle the acute drought in Latur, the railways launched the "Jaldoot" or water trains which are now regularly supplying 50 lakh litres of drinking water. Two special trains with 50 wagons were dispatched to Latur. The water was filled from rivers in Miraj in Sangli district, 350 km away. Ironically, Thane city is known for its lakes but the poor monsoon of 2015 has crippled its water supply. Latest figures of the state's water resources department reveals Maharashtra only has 18 per cent water in its dams while in Marathwada levels have dropped to just three per cent. The worry is this stock is expected to last early June, when the monsoon is scheduled to reach Maharashtra.
Indian Railways Opens Its Reservoirs to Scarcity-hit Thane, Navi Mumbai - NDTV
2016-04-23Century old relic found at Thane stn in state of neglect - Times of India
Century old relic found at Thane stn in state of neglect Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 23, 2016, 10.28 PM IST A century old relic that was recently discovered at the Thane railway station has been lying in a state of neglect. This shows the apathy of the railway authorities towards preserving a piece of history of the Indian Railways. The stone plaque with 1899 inscribed on it was found during an excavation work at the station a few months ago. Local historians said that the relic, around 18 inches high and 12 inches wide, has a polished black stone surface similar to the materials used by the British in that era. Experts claim that the plaque could be part of a part of the old structure that was built by the British. Rajendra B Aklekar, author and railway expert, mentioned in one of his blogs that the existing platform two at the station had an old stone building that was recently partially renovated when the new bridges were being built. The stone could have been from the foundations of one of these old walls, which were part of the original structure. "The first train arrived at Thane station in 1853. But over the years, a number of changes were carried out by the British administration. The relic could have been part of one of the structures constructed abutting the current platform no 2. There was a ground storey stone building which was later modified as commuters increased at the station," said Sadashiv Tetwilkar, a veteran historian. However, the railway authorities seemed to have a casual approach towards the discovery. When TOI found the relic, it was lying in a state of neglect. "It is surprising that the railway authorities haven't taken cognizance of this piece of history. I will take up the issue with the railway minister and will ensure that the relic is kept at a museum," said Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare. When contacted, Central Railway authorities promised to look into the matter.
2016-04-23Thane: Teenager gangraped in Diva - The Indian Express
Thane: Teenager gangraped in Diva By: PTI Thane Published:Apr 23, 2016, 16:12 The girl was held captive upto 11.30 pm in the night on that day. They also threatened her of dire consequences if she revealed the matter to anyone, police said. A 15-year-old girl from Diva here was allegedly gangraped by two brothers, police said on Saturday. Police PRO Gajanan Kabdule told PTI that the victim a resident of Agasan had set out of her house to purchase some material for making rakhis on April 20 evening when the incident occured. While she was walking along the lake near Mhatre Nagar, a close relative of one her friends came there and pulled her and dumped her in an autorickshaw and took her to a hut in the isolated Dativali railway station. Accused Avinash Chandrakant Patil and brother Bhavesh Patil locked her in the hut from inside and raped her along with his brother, the police officer said. The girl was held captive upto 11.30 pm in the night on that day. They also threatened her of dire consequences if she revealed the matter to anyone, police said. Police have registered offences under sections 363, 366, 376 (G), 342 and 506 of the IPC and also sections 3, 4, 5(G) and 6 of the POCSO Act of 2012, police said. The hunt is on for two brothers after the victim registered a complaint late last night, police added.
Thane: Teenager gangraped in Diva - The Indian Express
2016-04-23Thane, Navi Mumbai to get water from railways dam - Hindustan Times
Thane, Navi Mumbai to get water from railways dam HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai | Updated: Apr 23, 2016 23:16 IST Thane and Navi Mumbai, which has been battling severe water scarcity, have finally got some relief with the railways giving permission to the civic bodies to use water from its dam in Parsik Hills near Thane. During his visit to Mumbai on Thursday, railway minister Suresh Prabhu told the railway administration to help the civic bodies of Thane and Navi Mumbai by letting them use the water from the dam. SK Sood, general manager, Central Railway, said, We have allowed Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) to take water from the railway dam at Dighe for next three months. Prabhu tweeted on Friday that along with Navi Mumbai, Thane too will be given water from the dam. Rail dam in Thane dist is helping Navi Mumbai by supplying water,we will do the same for Thane by supplying water to the Municipal Corpn, he tweeted. CR GM and TMC chief Sanjeev Jaiswal will visit the dam on Monday to examine the modalities for supplying water, said Narendra Patil, chief PRO, CR. Railway officials, meanwhile, said they are not sure how much water the dam has at present. When it was being used by the railways, it had the capacity to supply 15 million litres water daily. Water collected from this dam is directly supply to Thane station via pipeline. After electrification of railway, it didn't need much water. Now this water can be used to deal with shortage. said Sadashiv Tetvilkar, who has written a book on history of Thane.
Thane, Navi Mumbai to get water from railways dam - Hindustan Times
2016-04-22Thane: Lawyer accuses cop of attacking him, mother inside police station - Mid-Day
Thane: Lawyer Accuses Cop Of Attacking Him And Mother Inside Police Station Apr 22, 2016, 10:40 IST Amir Kale claims Senior Inspector Ravindra Tayade slapped him and pushed his mother, before detaining him for over three hours at Mumbra police station In yet another alleged case of a cop abusing his power, a 26-year-old advocate has accused Senior Inspector Ravindra Tayade of assaulting him and his mother inside the Mumbra police station on Wednesday night.Speaking to mid-day, Amir Kale, a practicing lawyer at Bombay High Court, said he and his mother have been frequenting the police station for the past one month to register a case of cheating against their neighbours for renting out their flat to a third party without their knowledge. Amir and his mother Seema (59), Ghatkopar residents, have been visiting the police station regularly since March 22 to file a complaint in this matter.
Thane: Lawyer accuses cop of attacking him, mother inside police station - Mid-Day
2016-04-22Thane corporators question functioning of city Municipal Transport management - Times of India
Thane corporators question functioning of city Municipal Transport management Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 22, 2016, 12.23 PM IST Thane: The functioning of Thane Municipal Transport management has come under fire from all party corporators who questioned the indiscriminate spending patterns in the transport wing.The present transport manager Sudhir Raut has been accused of high-handed behavior while dealing with staff and even elected representatives, alleged corporators in the Thane Municipal Corporation house on Wednesday. The elected representatives accused Raut of taking up decisions related to financial transactions bypassing the protocol. "The manager recently forced his staff to purchase sim cards of a mobile company. He also gave wrong information about the quantum of concessions being given to senior citizens in TMT buses," alleged corporators during the question-answer session of the meeting."The TMT cannot spend a single penny without consulting the special committee constituted. There have been instances wherein the management has been taking decisions on its own," alleged opposition leader Sanjay Bhoir who demanded an enquiry of all the decisions taken during Raut's tenure.
2016-04-22Thane drug hauls: Cops check for Mumbai link - Hindustan Times
Thane drug hauls Cops check for Mumbai link Rahul Mahajani, Hindustan Times, Mumbai Updated: Apr 23, 2016 00:23 IST As the Thane police continue their crackdown on ephedrine stocks, a team from the anti-narcotics cell (ANC) of the Mumbai police is checking for possible Mumbai links in the Thane police’s seizure of ephedrine worth over Rs2,000 crore last Saturday and another haul on Thursday. A source in the Mumbai police said it is possible that the drug racket has roots in Mumbai and that the police are checking with their informers. However, they have found no concrete links so far, said the source. On April 16, the Thane police seized ephedrine worth over Rs2,000 crore from Solapur. They made another huge seizure of the drug on Thursday and are in the process of calculating the exact amount seized. The Thane police's investigation has so far led them to Gujarat, Navi Mumbai and remote areas in the state. The police discovered the racket with the arrest of Nigerian national Okhay Sipren Chinnas from Vartak Nagar. They recovered half a kilo of ephedrine, worth Rs12.5 lakh, from him. Officials in the Mumbai ANC said they were cross-checking the details of various suspects arrested by the Thane police, including their phone records, to ascertain if the racket has links in Mumbai. The police are also inspecting a few pharma companies to check for pilferage, especially because one of the suspects arrested works with a pharmaceutical company in Navi Mumbai. Incidentally, there have been very few ephedrine seizures in Mumbai. No cases related to the drug have been registered since the start of 2015. In 2014, the ANC and the Mumbai police recorded only four ephedrine seizures. They arrested six people and recovered 35.394 kg of the drug, worth Rs 33 lakh, from them.
Thane drug hauls: Cops check for Mumbai link - Hindustan Times
2016-04-22Tech snag on Thane-Airoli rail link - Times of India
Tech snag on Thane-Airoli rail link disrupts train services Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 22, 2016, 10.50 AM IST Thane: Services on the Thane-Vashi-Panvel Trans-harbour section were suspended Friday morning after the overhead wire snapped between Thane and Airoli stations.Commuters had to face inconvenience due to the snag leading them to question the maintenance undertaken by the railways.The snag occurred on the down line near km 38/8 around 6:50 am as a Thane local was crossing the section. Officials rushed to the spot around 7am. Following the incident, the power supply to the entire stretch was disconnected resulting in suspension of the traffic on the section. With just two-lines servicing the section, the impact of the incident resulted in cancellation of several train services and the officegoers were forced to rely on costly autos and buses. This is the third similar incident between Thane and Airoli leaving services paralysed this month.
2016-04-22Lawyer accuses cop of attacking him, mother inside police station - Mid-Day
Lawyer accuses cop of attacking him and mother inside police station By Faisal Tandel |Posted 22-Apr-2016 In yet another alleged case of a cop abusing his power, a 26-year-old advocate has accused Senior Inspector Ravindra Tayade of assaulting him and his mother inside the Mumbra police station on Wednesday night. Also Read: Couple thrashed by cops: What's ailing Andheri police station? Bombay HC lawyer Amir Kale and Senior Inspector Ravindra Tayade Speaking to mid-day, Amir Kale, a practicing lawyer at Bombay High Court, said he and his mother have been frequenting the police station for the past one month to register a case of cheating against their neighbours for renting out their flat to a third party without their knowledge. Amir and his mother Seema (59), Ghatkopar residents, have been visiting the police station regularly since March 22 to file a complaint in this matter. We own a flat in Karishma Apartments at Amrut Nagar, Mumbra. Last year, one of our neighbours requested us to rent her the apartment. Accordingly, an agreement was made and police verification was conducted. Upon the expiry of lease, the neighbour requested us to give her an extension of another six moths. We paid heed to her request and legally extended her lease. However, a month before the lease was about to expire, we discovered that she had rented out the flat to a third party by charging a heavy deposit. When we asked this person to vacate our house, he refused to saying that he had paid the full amount to our neighbour, said Amir, who assists noted criminal lawyer Amin Solkar, claiming that such cases are on the rise in Mumbra due to an unholy nexus between the local cops and the goons. Amir said on April 15, he and Seema once again visited the police station and requested the station in-charge to file their complaint, but to no avail. They once again visited the police station on April 17 and 19, but the end result was no different. They kept delaying the matter and would call us every alternate day at 9 pm. How can a woman be summoned to a police station after sunset and that too an old lady from Ghatkopar? We again visited the police station on April 20 and requested the officer to register our case. When I sought an explanation for the delay in doing so, Senior Inspector Ravindra Tayade slapped me several times. He pushed my mother so hard that she fainted. Despite telling him that I was a practising lawyer, I was made to sit in the detection room for more than three hours. I was allowed to leave only after one of them checked my ID card, said Amir. Suspend Tayade Kale has now forwarded a written complaint to DCP Sachin Patil and ACP Vikram Patil demanding Tayade's suspension. Kale also said he would now file an RTI query demanding the CCTV footage of his assault and threatened to file a writ petition in the High Court if appropriate action wasn't initiated in this matter. Tainted past. He [Kale] was wrongly confined inside the police station. If a lawyer is treated with such hostility, one can only imagine the kind of treatment meted out to commoners visiting the police station to lodge a complaint. Higher-ups need to take stringent action against Tayade, who has a tainted past. In the past, he was suspended from Bazarpeth police station for his foolishness. He visited the residence of an abducted 12-year-old boy in uniform. This alerted the kidnapper, who was an insider. Later, the minor was hacked to pieces by his kidnappers. How can such an officer help the society? said Advocate Raghavendra Mehrotra, who is assisting Kale in this matter.
Lawyer accuses cop of attacking him, mother inside police station - Mid-Day
2016-04-22Tech snag on Thane-Airoli rail link disrupts train services - Times of India
Tech snag on Thane-Airoli rail link disrupts train services Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 22, 2016, 10.50 AM IST Thane: Services on the Thane-Vashi-Panvel Trans-harbour section were suspended Friday morning after the overhead wire snapped between Thane and Airoli stations. Commuters had to face inconvenience due to the snag leading them to question the maintenance undertaken by the railways.The snag occurred on the down line near km 38/8 around 6:50 am as a Thane local was crossing the section. Officials rushed to the spot around 7am. Following the incident, the power supply to the entire stretch was disconnected resulting in suspension of the traffic on the section. With just two-lines servicing the section, the impact of the incident resulted in cancellation of several train services and the officegoers were forced to rely on costly autos and buses. This is the third similar incident between Thane and Airoli leaving services paralysed this month.
2016-04-21Drought-affected people get temporary jobs in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
Drought-affected people get temporary jobs in Thane Thane is not only providing refuge to drought-affected families from across the state, but also an opportunity for them to earn their livelihood. On Wednesday Thane's guardian minister Eknath Shinde along with various government officials came together to offer work to around 500 people residing at Wagle Estate. Drought forced these people from Nanded and Latur to seek refuge in Mumbai and Thane. Over 150 people, who were seen spending days on the roads of Ghatkopar in Mumbai, were later given refuge at a camp established on April 13 at MIDC ground by Shinde. After providing food and shelter, the Thane administration has now taken up the responsibility to ensure that these people also get temporary employment. As such Shinde spoke to PWD (public works department), TMC (Thane municipal corporation) and other government bodies to ensure that these farmers get some temporary jobs. "These farmers and labourers are hardworking people and do not want to sit and be fed by others. Hence, they appealed to Shinde if they can get some temporary jobs," said an official from Shinde's office, adding, "They would also have some money at hand when they return to their home towns." Following their plea, Shinde spoke to various offices and it was decided that these people will be given jobs at PWD office at Bara Bangla, Sessions Court, Waiting Rooms, Thane mental hospital, among others. Their work assignments began from Wednesday. They were divided in groups and were given work like tree plantation, house-keeping of government offices, cleaning of public areas and other odd jobs. Men will be paid Rs400 while women will be given Rs300 as daily wages. "These people will be given work on contract basis and within the city limits so that they do not have to spend time and money in commuting," said the officer.
Drought-affected people get temporary jobs in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-21Thane School gets into the Guinness Book of World Records - Times of India
Thane School gets into the Guinness Book of World Records Apr 21, 2016, 10.30 PM IST Thane: After becoming the first zero waste school in the city, St. Xavier's High school has received another feather in its hat by bagging a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. As part of the Swachh Bharat campaign, the school had started collecting plastic bottles that would be recycled by a company. The students and teachers had spent 10 days scanning their homes, societies and roads for unwanted bottles. The students managed to collect 220kg of plastic in just 10 days. While the company bagged a spot in the record book for recycling 23538.90kg plastic in just 8 hours on October 4, the school was added in the prestigious book for their record of collecting 220kg of plastic within 10 days, on April 13 this year. While 106 schools across Mumbai participated in this event, St Xavier's was the only one from Thane. "Our school has always been environment conscious. Our aim was to participate in a Swachh Bharat Mission and through it motivate our students. Bagging a place in the record book was like icing on the cake. This has motivated the students even more," said Janhavi Rai, principal of the school. "We began the campaign by showing children a video of how recyclable waste could be used to make a number of things like bags, cups, etc. They were fascinated by this and started adopting ways of reducing waste," said Smita Pathari, a teacher. "While the campaign is over, many are still bringing in plastic from their areas and putting in through the scientific disposal system we have," Pathari added.
2016-04-21Absentee Thane civic employees sacked - Times of India
Absentee Thane civic employees sacked Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 21, 2016, 10.31 PM IST Thane: The services of 21 civic employees who remained absent from service for over five years without any intimation were terminated on Thursday by Thane commissioner who invoked relevant sections of the Maharashtra Civil Services (Disciplines and Appeal) Rules, 1979 for the dismissal.The long absenteeism was discovered when the personnel department of the TMC was updating the list of vacancies in all sections of the administration in January. The tally showed that 36 employees hadn't reported to duty for anywhere between 5-27 years and that too without informing their respective department heads. While they remained absent, the system still reflected them as on the pay rolls of the TMC. However, they weren't been paid any salary as they have been marked absent ever since, informed a civic official. A notice that was released in the media wherein these 'errant' employees were to be given a chance to report back to duty or else face dismissal from service. However, 21 employees failed to respond to the notice by the administration following which commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal ordered the termination of their services on Thursday evening. Many who remained absent from work include nurses, conservancy staff, clerks, peons, ward boys and even teachers.
Absentee Thane civic employees sacked - Times of India
2016-04-21Nagpur girls lose to Thane in State Junior Basketball tournament - Times of India
Nagpur girls lose to Thane in State Junior Basketball tournament Suhas Nayse | TNN | Apr 21, 2016, 12.09 PM IST NAGPUR: After launching their campaign on a winning note, Nagpur girls suffered a hard-fought defeat at the hands of Thane in their second league match of the Maharashtra State Inter-District U-19 Basketball Championship at Nashik on Wednesday.According to reports reaching here, Nagpur fought well but ran out of steam in the fourth and final quarter. One of the title favourites Thane defeated Nagpur 60-50. Sakshi Kotian (21) and Neha Shahu (20) were the architects of Thane win.For Nagpur, Shreya Dandekar (15), Rasika Pande (14) and Siddha Deshmukh (7) did well but could not prevent defeat for their side. On Tuesday, Nagpur girls steamrolled Solapur 51-24.Nagpur district boys got a walk-over from Parbhani. Nagpur, who beat Jalgaon 50-21 on Tuesday, will now take on Bhandara in their third league match on Thursday.RESULTSGirls: Thane (Sakshi Kotian 21, Neha Shahu 20) bt Nagpur (Shreya Dandekar 15, Rasika Pande 14, Siddha Deshmukh 7, Rucha Aurangabadkar 5, Sneha Tembhare 4) 60-50 (12-9, 14-14, 11-12, 23-15).
2016-04-20Avon Life Sciences' directors summoned by police in Rs 2000-crore Thane drug seizure case - Daily News & Analysis
Avon Life Sciences directors summoned by police in Rs 2,000-crore Thane drug seizure case. The police has summoned directors of the pharmaceutical company, from whose godown ephedrine drug worth Rs 2,000 crore was seized last week, and claimed to have identified the man linked to the firm who was allegedly operating a drug trafficking racket. Talking to reporters here, Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said the directors of Avon Life Sciences company, have been called for questioning with respect to the seizure of 18.5 tonnes of ephedrine from their factory at Chincholi in Solapur, around 400km from here, late last week. However, Singh did not disclose the dates of their appearance for questioning.
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2016-04-20Thane Corporation to rope in robots to clean its water storage, water supply to continue - Daily News & Analysis
Thane Corporation to rope in robots to clean its water storage, water supply to continue Thane residents who are already facing water cuts will not be inconvenienced when the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) cleans its reservoirs. The civic body has decided to rope in a robotic machine to clean its reservoirs which will not obstruct or close the water supply. The corporation has now decided to buy a robot to clean its huge water storage tanks. "We will buy a robot at the cost of Rs2.50 crore to clean the tanks," said a TMC official from water department. The benefit of this robot is that the water supply will not be disturbed, while cleaning the tank. "Normally, whenever we clean the storage tanks, we stop the water supply to that region to avoid water contamination, but with this robotic machine, we do not need to," he said. TMC's ambitious plan to do water metering, water audit, water kiosks, based on public-private partnership (PPP) model, however, has not yielded any results. While the civic body appointed a consultant to study various water and energy-saving methods, there are no private players interested to take up these projects. "There are no takers to our water audit, kiosks, water metering and other projects," said Sanjeev Jaiswal, the civic chief. "While we had floated the tender, nobody came forward to file the tenders," he added. This sounds like bad news for the time as the civic body could have been able to save 30% of water wastage by carrying out a water audit and the water kiosks would have gone a long way to satiate the parched public of hilly areas and tribal parts of Mumbra, Kalwa and Diva. However, the civic body is mulling to take up these projects under EPC (engineering procurement and construction) model. "We are thinking of going for EPC for the above project where TMC will do 30% funding, while the rest will be incurred by the contractor," he added.
Thane Corporation to rope in robots to clean its water storage, water supply to continue - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-20Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train to travel under the sea near Thane creek - Economic Times
Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train to travel under the sea near Thane creek By PTI | 20 Apr, 2016, 04.24PM IST Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train to travel under the sea near Thane creek While most part of the corridor is proposed to be on the elevated track, there will be a stretch after Thane creek towards Virar which will go under the sea. Passengers will get the thrill of riding under the sea while travelling between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in the first bullet train of the country. The 508 km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor will have a 21 km long tunnel under the sea, said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the public transporter's ambitious bullet train project. While most part of the corridor is proposed to be on the elevated track, there will be a stretch after Thane creek towards Virar which will go under the sea as per the detailed project report by JICA. Estimated to cost about Rs 97,636 crore, 81 per cent of the funding for the project will come by way of a loan from Japan. The project cost includes possible cost escalation, interest during construction and import duties. It is a soft loan for 50 years at 0.1 per cent annual interest with 15 years' moratorium, said the official. Rolling stock and other equipment like signalling and power system will be imported from Japan as per the loan agreement. The official said the loan agreement with Japan is slated to be signed by the end of the year and construction work is likely to begin by the end of 2018. According top priority to the first of its kind project, railways has formed National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), a special purpose vehicle (SPV), with a paid-up capital of Rs 500 crore. A search committee comprising senior government officials including Cabinet Secretary, Chairman Railway Board and Secretary DOPT among others is on the job currently to select the Managing Director and five directors for the NHSRCL. Railways has already allotted Rs 200 crore for the SPV. Maharashtra and Gujarat will have equity of 25 per cent each, while the Railways will have 50 per cent in the SPV. The bullet train is expected to cover 508 km between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in about two hours, running at a maximum speed of 350 kmph and operating speed of 320 kmph. At present, Duronto Express takes about seven hours to cover the distance between the two financial centres. For timely completion of the project, a joint committee has been formed under the vice-chairman of NITI Aayog with the secretaries of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Departments of Economic Affairs and Foreign Ministry as its members along with the Railway Board Chairman.
2016-04-20Thane police arrest 16-year-old 'gang leader' for murder, rape - Firstpost
Thane police arrest 16-year-old 'gang leader' for murder, rape FP Staff Apr 20, 2016 19:30 IST The Thane police on Tuesday arrested a 16-year-old and his three accomplices near Kalyan for murdering and then raping a of a 22-year-old engineering graduate at her residence on 14 April. According to Mid Day, the accused, identified as Nitin Wagh (19), Nitesh alias Nitya Bhagwan Bhoir (20) and Ravindra alias Ravi Wagh (20), and their 16-year-old leader, are tribals from Bandarpada in Kalyan. The victim, who had recently appeared for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) exam, was sleeping in the hall when the accused broke in through the kitchen window. When she tried to raise an alarm, the 16-year-old allegedly struck her on the head with a sword, a move that proved fatal for the victim, reported Mumbai Mirror. It is alleged that they even raped her corpse before decamping with the victim's laptop, cellphone and jewellery. The gang had begun their criminal lives with minor thefts, before moving on to more serious crimes. The Asian Age reported that a few months ago, the youngsters had formed a gang to snatch cellphones. "Apparently, the 16-year-old boy became a gang leader by taking initiative while breaking into houses or attacking victims. According to sources, he did not think twice, which gave confidence to the other gang members," DNA quoted a Thane crime branch officer as saying. Even though the gang leader is a minor, the police want him to be tried as an adult. According to The Times of India, Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said that they will request the court to try him as an adult because of the gravity of the crime and the reign of terror the gang had unleashed in the Shahad-Kalyan belt. This is the first time since the amendment of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act in 2015 that the police are set to seek the trial of a minor as an an adult. Section 18 (3) of the amended law empowers the board to try a child as an adult if he/she has committed a serious offence.
Thane police arrest 16-year-old
2016-04-20Ephedrine Haul: Thane cops record statements of 2 directors of Solapur firm - The Indian Express
Ephedrine Haul: Thane cops record statements of 2 directors of Solapur firm By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Apr 21, 2016, 1:35 The police are questioning the directors in connection with some of the hirings done by the management at its Solapur unit. THE THANE police Wednesday recorded the statements of two directors of Avon Lifesciences Limited, the Solapur unit of which was raided last week. The police had found 18.5 tonnes of Ephedrine stored there, some of which was diverted to be used as a party drug. The police are questioning the directors in connection with some of the hirings done by the management at its Solapur unit. Rs 2,000-cr drug haul from solapur: Man wanted in ephedrine racket made 30 visits abroad in a year, says police  After recording the statements of nearly 50 employees at the Solapur unit, the Thane police had found that Puneet Shringi, one of the three persons the police believe headed the international drug racket, had been brought in by the management to the Solapur unit around eight to 10 months ago. We suspect that Shringi's role was to facilitate the drug racket. We want to find out who was behind the hiring,¯ said a senior officer. In their statement, however, the directors told the police that they functioned as per the guidelines laid out by the state and were not involved in anything illegal. Banned drug Ephedrine worth Rs 2,000 cr seized from chemical firm, manager among 4 arrested The director who had been issued summons approached us in the morning and his statement was recorded well into the evening,¯ said an officer. Meanwhile, a local court extended till April 25 the custody of four of the five accused arrested by the Thane police. The police are on the lookout for Shringi, Jay Mukhi and Kishore Rathod, who they believe were the masterminds behind the racket. We are checking with the immigration authorities if they have left the country,¯ said an officer.
Ephedrine Haul: Thane cops record statements of 2 directors of Solapur firm - The Indian Express
2016-04-20Thane owner required to submit remediation plan for Keswick site - YorkRegion.com
Thane owner required to submit remediation plan for Keswick site Apr 20, 2016 The latest order issued from the Environment Ministry regarding the abandoned Thane smelter site in Georgina has prompted a call from various sources for public comment before the May 6 deadline. The draft order, posted by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, requires property owner Howard Sniatowski to produce a remediation/mitigation plan for the site on Warden Avenue in Keswick. James Calnan of consulting firm QDM Associates, and a former councillor for Brantford, said this is a prime opportunity for Georgina residents to brainstorm about what should be done with the 20-acre site of the former smelter operation that left an environmental mess in its wake after shutting its doors in 1997. Calnan, in association with a local green energy company TPLC Holdings Inc of Georgina, will host a public workshop April 30 at the Keswick Presbyterian Church on Woodbine Avenue from 1 to 4 p.m. to find out what residents think should be done with the site. “Redeveloping the old Thane smelter site is not about politics and it’s not just about the environment. It’s about the future of this community and how we can show the world that even in small places great things can happen,” Calnan said. “We’re looking to engage people around the realities of brownfield redevelopment,” he added. “In my community, we have had many sites like Thane and in worse condition. Getting them clean and ready for reuse takes community vision and an understanding of the hard realities of land development, and we’re bringing that experience with us to Keswick.” Calnan said the focus of the workshop is on moving forward. “We’re well past the blame stage. It’s time for a solution.” Local resident and environmental activist Debbie Gordon has a different take on the ministry’s proposed order, saying it is unreasonable and inappropriate.She also hopes people will provide comment to the ministry and is offering a sample letter to residents who share her opinion that the dross and salt slag should be ordered removed from the site as “a permanent solution that would protect future generations from having to deal with the owner and his non-compliance.” Gordon filed her own legal proceedings separate from the town’s against the ministry last year after a cleanup order on the site was removed without notification to the town or public. She said it is unreasonable to prepare an order that requires the owner to come up with his own plan and to contemplate measures that would require ongoing site management by the same owner, “who has a terrible track record of non-compliance.” “There is no reasonable prospect of the site owners complying with these measures so that the wetland is protected,” Gordon said. The proposed order only requires Sniatowski and Thane to prepare a mitigation plan. The ministry has numerous reports and consultants’ opinions that indicate that the slag wastes should be removed to protect the wetland. “Leaving the slag on the site, even with a possible mitigation plan of some kind, presents indefinite risks to the wetland and to the Maskinonge River, as well as to groundwater,” Gordon said. In Gordon’s opinion, the order also doesn’t require any public transparency about what mitigation measures would be required or how the wetland would be protected. The remediation plan, itself, would be proposed and approved behind closed doors since the order requires nothing further. “This is a slap in the face to the participants in the public liaison committee.” Gordon, and her Ecojustice lawyer, Laura Bowman, say the ministry caused the problems on the site by allowing the owners to accumulate wastes on it for decades and contend it is the ministry’s responsibility to ensure the slag and other wastes are removed immediately. “Instead, the ministry is contemplating allowing an illegal waste site to persist without requiring either an application for remediation under the brownfields regulations or a proper landfill approval,” Gordon said. “The ministry is doing an end-run around the required legal process to create a waste site and cutting out the community from its plans for the smelter site.”
Thane owner required to submit remediation plan for Keswick site - YorkRegion.com
2016-04-20India's First Bullet Train Will Dive Under The Sea At Thane! A First! - Indiatimes.com
India's First Bullet Train Will Dive Under The Sea At Thane! A First! Indiatimes April 20, 2016 Passengers will get the thrill of riding under the sea while travelling between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in the first bullet train of the country. The 508 km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor will have a 21 km long tunnel under the sea, said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the public transporter's ambitious bullet train project. While most part of the corridor is proposed to be on the elevated track, there will be a stretch after Thane creek towards Virar which will go under the sea as per the detailed project report by JICA. Estimated to cost about Rs 97,636 crore, 81 per cent of the funding for the project will come by way of a loan from Japan. The project cost includes possible cost escalation, interest during construction and import duties. It is a soft loan for 50 years at 0.1 per cent annual interest with 15 years' moratorium, said the official. Rolling stock and other equipment like signalling and power system will be imported from Japan as per the loan agreement. The official said the loan agreement with Japan is slated to be signed by the end of the year and construction work is likely to begin by the end of 2018. According top priority to the first of its kind project, railways has formed National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), a special purpose vehicle (SPV), with a paid-up capital of Rs 500 crore. A search committee comprising senior government officials including Cabinet Secretary, Chairman Railway Board and Secretary DOPT among others is on the job currently to select the Managing Director and five directors for the NHSRCL. Railways has already allotted Rs 200 crore for the SPV. Maharashtra and Gujarat will have equity of 25 per cent each, while the Railways will have 50 per cent in the SPV. The bullet train is expected to cover 508 km between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in about two hours, running at a maximum speed of 350 kmph and operating speed of 320 kmph. At present, Duronto Express takes about seven hours to cover the distance between the two financial centres. For timely completion of the project, a joint committee has been formed under the vice-chairman of NITI Aayog with the secretaries of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Departments of Economic Affairs and Foreign Ministry as its members along with the Railway Board Chairman.
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2016-04-19Thane family goes to native, valuables worth Rs13 lakh stolen - Daily News & Analysis
Thane family goes to native, valuables worth Rs13 lakh stolen A long weekend outing for a Thane family turned into a nightmare as their house was broken in and cash and valuables worth Rs13,37,700 were stolen. The miscreant managed to enter the flat through kitchen window. Anil Deshmukh, 59, a resident of Shrirang housing society in Thane, along with his kids and wife, left for their village in Talegaon in Pune last weekend and the miscreants, after conducting a recce, attacked their apartment. Gold ornaments kept in the bedroom were stolen, along with cash. After returning from their native, Deshmukhs were shocked to find the bedroom and locker being broken and soon learnt that the house was burgled and the thieves entered from the window and not the main door. "The family wanted to spend the weekend and left for Pune, but had kept the valuables at home in a cupboard. We suspect that the thief must have conducted a recce or could be an insiders role as the thief was very well-informed about the valuables and cash," said a police official from Rabodi police station. "We are trying to place the clues of the theft, but have not come across the CCTV footage of the locality. Our team is trying to crack the case and we have registered a case under sections 454 (house breaking), 457 (house breaking at night) and 380 (theft in dwelling house) of the Indian Penal Code against unidentified miscreant," said KG Chavan. Senior Inspector, Rabodi police station.
2016-04-19Thane drug seizure: Addicted to lavish life, man turned to drug smuggling - Mid-Day
Thane drug seizure: Addicted to lavish life, man turned to drug smuggling By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours The 28-year-old man who led the Thane police to a bumper stash of drugs worth Rs 2,000 crore told the police he started smuggling drugs to fund his dreams of a lavish life. Sagar Pawale said he was inspired by his former neighbours who would make over Rs 10,000 a day just by delivering the consignments In the last few months, he had his house redecorated, started travelling a lot and would spend liberally on himself and his family proof that he had suddenly found an easy source of income, said cops. Thane CP Param Bir Singh with the seized drugs; he said the cops were investigating whether the drugs net had spread internationally as well. But Sagar Suresh Pawale was arrested on April 12 along with his accomplice, Mayur Sukhandare (25) and they were found smuggling 2 kg of the narcotic, ephedrine. It was the two of them who then pointed the cops in the direction of the middle man Dhaneshwar Swami and, ultimately, to the source of the drugs the Evon Life Sciences factory in Solapur, where they police seized nearly 20,000 kg of the drug. Sagar, a resident of Rasayani in Raigad district, told the police that his first brush with drugs was about five years ago, when he used to live in Sainath Nagar in Kopri. Sagar used to spend most of his time with his neighbours Firoz Shaikh and Jaishree. The duo would smuggle hashish, marijauna and mephedrone to make fast money. Sagar said he was inspired by them, as they used to earn more than Rs 10,000 daily, just by delivering the consignments. Shaikh and Jaishree were arrested by the Thane police in 2013, but Sagar said it took the police a long time to trace them, said Senior Police Inspector Uttam Shelke, from the Anti-Narcotic Cell in the Thane Crime Branch. So, when the middle man Swami approached him with the lure of easy money, Sagar agreed to take the risk and began smuggling. The accused stated that Swami told them they could buy drugs for Rs 1 lakh from him and then sell it in the market for Rs 1.5 lakh and directly earn Rs 50,000 in a day, added Shelke. Sagar and his accomplice both worked as operators at a pharmaceutical company, and his father was proud of him for doing so well. Sagar's father, Suresh was happy that his son was working in a well-known firm and earning well. He used to tell his friends that even though he had retired, he was living a lavish life thanks to his son. Sagar had installed an AC and had the whole house repainted and furnished. He would buy new clothes for himself and his family members and go on trips frequently. He would always send them his monthly salary, said an official from the anti-narcotic cell. The cop added that Sagar's father had a hard time digesting that all this money had come from drugs. Cops cast wider net After the cops found that 18,627 kg of ephedrine was unaccounted for at the solapur factory of Avon Life Sciences Limited, they arrested the senior production manager, Rajendra Dimri. They will now also raid the company's six remaining branches across the country and suspect the drug racket could have international links as well. Two teams are already at Solapur, investigating the national and international links of the smuggling racket, and are also in search of the kingpin who is absconding, said Thane Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh. A senior Crime Branch officer said, We will soon raid all seven branches that are active across India. The main accused, Jain Mukhis, is absconding and the Gujarat police are also in search of him. Several investigation agencies such as the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad, Intelligence Bureau, Central Bureau of Narcotics are all probing links to Friday's drug bust. They suspect this case is connected to the recent seizure of 1,300 kg of ephedrine that was allegedly smuggled by the son of a former Congress MLA. The Thane police also found that the smugglers used Goa and Delhi as meeting points to deal in international markets in south-eastern Europe. Goa and Delhi are the points that foreigners usually visit but they are also common destinations for domestic travellers, so the process of smuggling becomes easier, a Thane Crime Branch officer added.
Thane drug seizure: Addicted to lavish life, man turned to drug smuggling - Mid-Day
2016-04-19Man arrested in Thane for firing at neighbour in UP - Mid-Day
Man arrested in Thane for firing at neighbour in UP By Faisal Tandel |Posted 19-Apr-2016 A 48-year-old man was arrested by the Thane police with a country-made revolver on Sunday. The Wagle Estate unit of Thane crime branch, on further interrogation, found that he had committed an offence in Azamgarh, where he fired a round from the revolver and injured a person over some dispute. To avoid arrest, he came to Mumbai. According to the police, the arrested accused has been identified as Sauraf Irshad Khan (48), a resident of Santosh Nagar in Mumbra. He originally hails from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. Senior Police Inspector, Anil Pophale of Wagle Estate unit 9 of Thane Crime Branch, received an information about a man i.e. Khan coming at Thane, with a illegal country-made revolver. "We received information regarding that. He is a sharp-shooter and was wanted in Uttar Pradesh. We, accordingly, laid a trap on Sunday near Anand Cinema in Thane west, Kopri. At around 1:30 pm, we caught hold of him, and found a revolver from his custody that contained two live bullets. The total cost was Rs 50,400, added Pophale. A case was been registered at Kopri police station against Khan under different sections of the Arms Act. "When we interrogated the accused, he further revealed that some two months ago he fired a round on Anis Sagir Khan (35) that hit his back. He was admitted and was later discharged. A case had been registered against the accused at Jaunpur police station for attempt to murder, and the police were in search of him," said Shivaji Bendre, Police Sub-Inspector, Wagle Estate crime branch. "Khan further revealed during interrogation that Sagir was the neighbour, and they had disputes in the past over farm land and property matter. He was frustrated by the regular fights so he planned to kill Sagir, who luckily survived. The accused was produced in Thane court and was ordered magisterial custody," informed Madan Ballal, Police Inspector, Wagle Estate unit, Thane crime branch.
2016-04-19Life On The Local: Youngsters' group gives new look to Thane railway station - The Indian Express
Life On The Local: Youngstersā€™ group gives new look to Thane railway station Written by Mohamed Thaver Mumbai Published:Apr 20, 2016, 2:56 Students of Socal Unity Care Foundation paint a wall, to celebrate 163 years of the first passenger train in Mumbai that ran on April 16, 1853. THANKS TO efforts of college students in Thane, the permanently rushed sea of humanity on Thane railway station has some visual relief even as they wait for the next overcrowded train to pull in to the platform. Several murals and artwork have come up at various platforms of the railway station, the main one being of a Thane-bound steam engine train leaving Bombay to commemorate 163 years of the first train to run in the country on April 16, 1853 at the west entrance. The college students belonging to the Social Unity Care Foundation had approached the railway authorities volunteering to paint murals across several platforms. In the first week of April, they had initially started painting a mural of Maratha king Shivaji. However, once we came to know that within a few days, it will be 163 years since the first train which ran from Bombay to Thane, we though it would be apt and timely to draw a mural related to it,¯ said 21-year-old Dyanesh Kanade, who heads the SUC foundation. In addition to this mural, they have drawn doodles on platform number two which highlight different well-known aspects of Thane. We have shown the entire Thane city in doodles. This includes the various aspects, like popular eating joints, the highways, educational institutes and festivals celebrated in Thane, explained Kanade, who is currently in his final year in the Arts stream from Kelkar College. Apart from these murals at the entrance, they have also decorated the three bridges on Thane with different themes so that people can differentiate one from the other. The first bridge which has been named the social bridge has funky artwork related to social issues. The second bridge, which they have titled the youngistan bridge is themed on creative aspects, like tattoo arts and mobile phone wallpapers, Kanade said. The last bridge titled the thankfully bridge is the one where they have put up messages thanking institutions, like Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), Thane police and fire brigade, for their role in helping people. While doing the artwork as we would go from one platform to another, we found it difficult to explain we were near which bridge. Hence, we thought we would put up artwork related to different themes on each of the bridge and name them accordingly so that it can serve as a landmark. The names will also be put up in a day or two,¯ the 21-year-old added. To explain why they thought of the plan to artistically revamp the station¯, Kanade gave an analogy. It is believed that one tends to judge another person by the clothes and the footwear of the person. Similarly, we feel that tourists coming to a railway station would judge a city by the railway station. While we have a beautiful and vibrant city, the railway station was in a bad condition. Hence, we came up with the idea of beautifying the railway platform, he added. When the group of nearly 45 members first approached the railway authorities, they were skeptical. Their initial cynicism is understandable as we were a group of youngsters. They were afraid we should not worsen the look of the platform. However, after they saw our work, they have been very encouraging and we have their full cooperation and support now, Kanade said.
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2016-04-19Thane police launch manhunt for mastermind - Daily Pioneer
Thane police launch manhunt for mastermind Wednesday, 20 April 2016 | TN RAGHUNATHA | Mumbai The Thane police on Tuesday issued notices to directors of Avon Life Science and also launched a manhunt for three absconding suspects, including the mastermind, in connection with the seizure of 18.62 tonnes of Ephedrine, a medicine used to manufacture a party drug crystal meth worth `2,000 crore made from the company's Solapur factory last week. With the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Gujarat police having arrested one of the four suspects in connection with a major drug haul, the investigators began to look for the mastermind Punit whom the medicine manufacturing company had roped in to run the drug manufacturing and trafficking racket and two other absconding suspects in the case identified Kishore Rathod and Jai Mukhi. We have issued notices to the directors of the company to appear before the investigators for questioning in connection with the seizure of drugs last week, Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said. A day after a team of Thane police rushed to Ahmedabad to take into custody one of the key suspects Narendra Kacha who has been arrested by the Gujarat ATS, Singh said that Punit had specifically been hired by Avon Life Science to run the drug manufacture and trafficking racket. Talking to media persons at Thane, Singh said that Punit was the brain behind the entire manufacturing and trafficking racket. We have definite information that Punit had specifically been appointed by the company management to run the racket. Punit was being assisted by Rathod and Mukhi. The modus operandi was that they would transport Ephedrine manufactured at Avon Life Science's Solapur to Ahmedabad, where they would process the same and turn it into party and smuggle it out of the country, the Thane CP said. According to Singh, the trio had links with the drug cartels operating aboard, especially Nigeria and other African countries. Records show that three key suspects, including Punit, have made at least 30 trips during the past one year, he said. The Thane police chief said that the investigators were looking for Punit and two other suspects all over the country.
2016-04-18Mumbra to Malda: TMC's promise to victims of Thane building collapse remains unfulfilled - Daily News & Analysis
Mumbra to Malda: TMC's promise to victims of Thane building collapse remains unfulfilled When an under construction building collapsed in the Mumbra area of Thane district in Maharashtra back in April 2013, it’s tremors were felt more than 2000 kilometres away in West Bengal’ Malda district as well. Among the 74 people who lost their lives in the collapse, 11 workers at the site belonged to Malda’s Dulalganj, Lakshmipur and Jalalpur villages. All the 11 families of the deceased received compensation of Rs 2 lakh from the Maharashtra government, but the promises made by their own TMC government have remained unfulfilled three years down the line. Krishnendu Chowdhary, a minister in Mamata Banerjee’s government, had met all the families and promised a job, compensation and concession in ration, say victims’ kin. But the assurances have had little to do with enforcement. “We were told the state government is firmly behind us,” complains MST Tulikhatun, a widow from Dulalganj in her mid 20s who lost her husband in the accident. Clad in a white burkha, standing alongside her frail father-in-law, Tulikhatun says the administration has been apathetic. “My in-laws are too old to work,” she says. “Since I have not been given any job as promised, I am learning tailoring skills right now.” She has two kids, Aziz, 8, and Parveen, 4. After the accident, her father has taken the responsibility of his grandkids' education. When Malda went to polls on Sunday, this was one of the major election rhetoric in the Mothabari constituency in which the three villages fall. Congress candidate made a point to mention it repeatedly in her campaign against the TMC candidate, and it appears to be working. Sabina Yasmin, the Congress candidate, and an incumbent MLA in the district, says the party campaigned for the rights of those who lost their loved ones but the TMC government has been incompetent. “The ruling government has not even succeeded in creating jobs,” she says. “We hope for a change so the new front can revive industries, generate employment and stall the migration of locals to other cities.” Nujikul Sheikh, 25, who lost his kid brother Haiul in the Mumbra building collapse, agree with Yasmin. “The government has failed to create employment here, compelling villagers to migrate to big cities. Many of the villagers have moved out,” he says. One of them is 22-year old Zakir Sheikh, who has returned to his village temporarily for the polls, and was inside the building in Mumbra when it collapsed. “I was on the third floor and first two floors gave way,” he recollects. “I was badly injured.” TMC candidates and leaders have repeatedly said they stand by the villagers of Dulalganj but they perceive these lines as false hopes and are in no mood to rely on them. Thane, which is part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, has often been in the news for illegal constructions and this particular case was no different. It was reported the building did not have necessary clearances because standard practices were not adhered to for safe, lawful construction. Four floors had been built while four more remained. Living in the building were the site construction workers and their families, of whom 74 lost their lives, including 18 children and 23 women. 11 hailed from Malda. Three days after the accident, 11 wooden boxes were flown to Kolkata, and, later on, driven to their respective homes in three trucks. The relatives received the bodies in the presence of hundreds of other villagers. Dulalganj, a remote village located along a serene canal, with a muddy lane running through the village of 300 families living in houses made of bricks, witnessed the last rites of its young sons. “Families received the bodies promptly,” says Zakir. “It is the only thing the ruling TMC government has done for us.”
Mumbra to Malda: TMC
2016-04-18Thane: TMC asked to account for failed hawkers market - Mid-Day
Thane: TMC asked to account for failed hawkers market Apr 18, 2016, 07:15 IST A Civic Official Has Been Fined Rs 25,000 For Failing To Respond To RTI Queries About The Market And Has Been Ordered To Release Information Within A Month Despite spending Rs 2.8 crore, the Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) promise of a ‘hawker-free Mumbra’ turned out to be such a massive failure that officials have remained tight-lipped about it, in spite of repeated RTI queries. But the pressure is mounting on officials now, particularly on the assistant municipal commissioner heading the ward, who has now been fined Rs 25,000 by the Konkan divisional commissioner for not answering the RTI applications.The civic body had promised to take hawkers off the roads in Mumbra and instead place them in a new civic market with 300 stalls. But the project never took off, and when mid-day visited the market, only one stall – selling tobacco products – was open and doing business. The market has instead become a haven for drug addicts and other anti-social elements, complain local residents and cops. However, the corporation will soon have to answer for this failure, thanks to one persistent activist, Hanif Dawood Kamdar (50), who is also the president of the Hawkers Welfare Association of Mumbra-Kausa. “Since 2014, I had approached the corporation six times through Right to Information Act, 2005, to ask about the market place. But I received no reply,” he said. Kamdar claimed that he then approached the town planning department to ask about the permits. “It has been built below high-tension, 22,000-volt wires, but an official told me that there was no permission to build there. It seems the corporation is playing with the lives of people. They might have planned the market there to increase the price of the nearby residential complexes, but it resulted in failure,” he added. But Kamdar then appealed the Konkan divisional commissioner to take some action and find out what was happening with the market. The officer took note of the appeal and last week imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the assistant municipal commissioner of Mumbra ward, Dayanand Gore for failing to answer the RTI applications. He also issued an order to release the information on the market within a month.
Thane: TMC asked to account for failed hawkers market - Mid-Day
2016-04-18Thane: Frustrated with train delay, man threatens to blow up station - Mid-Day
Thane: Frustrated with train delay, man threatens to blow up station By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours The Government Railway Police (GRP), Railway Protection Force (RPF), dog squad and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) were sent into a tizzy for two hours after the deputy station superintendent at Ambernath railway station received a bomb threat call yesterday. The caller threatened to bomb the station because his train Khopoli-CST was late. The call was made to the landline phone in the station manager's office at 9.15am. The call was first attended by a point man at the office. When the caller began hurling abuses, he handed over the phone to Jitendranath Jha, deputy station superintendent at Ambernath railway station. Jha too was first abused by the caller, who then threatened to plant a bomb at the station as the CST-Khopoli train that is scheduled at 8.51am had not arrived even after it 9.15am. He was frustrated by the daily delay of this train that caused him to reach office late and get taunted by his seniors, said an RPF official. As soon as the caller hung up, Jha alerted the RPF, Karjat and GRP, Kalyan. Both teams of RPF and GRP inspected the station along with a police sub-inspector and the bomb squad as well as a dog. The police officers checked every suspicious object and passengers for more than two hours. When they were sure that the call was a hoax, they left. The station premises is still under alert and is being closely watched by the RPF, added the official. Jha, later registered a case against the caller at Kalyan GRP under Section 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication) of the Indian Penal Code. Since that landline phone had a caller ID, Jha took down the caller's contact number and gave it to the police. The Kalyan GRP are trying to trace the number. Anant Rane, senior police inspector, Kalyan GRP, said, We have registered a case against an unknown person. A team has been formed to trace the unknown caller.
Thane: Frustrated with train delay, man threatens to blow up station - Mid-Day
2016-04-18Thane drug haul: Rs 2000 crore worth of Ephedrine seized, police suspect East Europe link - Firstpost
Thane drug haul: Rs 2,000 crore worth of Ephedrine seized, police suspect East Europe link FP Staff Apr 18, 2016 18:35 IST In one of the most massive drug hauls in recent history, a huge haul of around 18,600 kg of Ephedrine powder, worth around Rs 2,000 crore, was seized in Thane near Mumbai on 16 April. Ephedrine, a banned drug in India, is widely used abroad to treat asthma and bronchitis, according to a report by The Indian Express. However, when it is consumed beyond controlled doses, it leads to euphoria, hallucinations and delusions. Thane police also have information that the drugs may have been sent to Poland and other East European countries, a Mumbai Mirror report said. As much as 3,000 kilograms of the drug were moved out of a manufacturing unit in Solapur in western Maharashtra in the past six to eight months, as per a report by The Times of India. "A Nigerian national was apprehended on 10 April 10 for possessing half kg MD powder. He had come to sell the powder in Navi Mumbai," Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh told reporters.Maharashtra police. However, during investigations it was revealed he had Ephedrine powder, which is a controlled drug, and not MD powder, he added.On 12 April, two persons, Sagar Powale and Mayur Sukhdare were arrested here for allegedly possessing around 2 kg of Ephedrine, police said. Singh said their interrogation revealed the source of the drug was a factory in Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area in Solapur (West Maharashtra). An alleged drug peddler Dhaneshwar Swamy was apprehended on April 14 in Solapur and 5.50 kg Ephedrine powder was seized from him, he said. Swamy led police to the factory where the drug was allegedly being manufactured. Police raided the unit and arrested its senior production manager Rajendra Dimri, Singh added. Ephedrine powder is used for sniffing. Sometimes it is exported to Poland and other European countries. It is also used to manufacture MD powder and Meth Methamphetamine, the Commissioner said.The factory, which was functioning illegally, has been sealed and the seized drug being brought to Thane, he said, adding, the drug was being manufactured for the past one and half years.
Thane drug haul: Rs 2000 crore worth of Ephedrine seized, police suspect East Europe link - Firstpost
2016-04-18Suraj Parmar suicide case: Thane civic body to discuss fate of four accused - Times of India
Suraj Parmar suicide case: Thane civic body to discuss fate of four accused Nishikant Karli| TNN | Apr 18, 2016, 11.45 AM IST The upcoming general body meeting of the Thane Municipal Corporation will discuss the disqualification of four corporators, who are accused in the suicide case of Thane builder Suraj Parmar. The supplementary agenda for the general body meeting scheduled on April 20 was recently released by the TMC, which includes this as one of the items to be debated and decided. In fact, in its first agenda, which contained more than 80 items, the issue was not listed but it has been issued in a supplementary notice published. The four corporators who face charges of driving the builder to end his life under utter duress include Najib Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale of the NCP, Vikrant Chavan of the Congress and Sudhakar Chavan, an independent member. It was on October 07, 2015 Parmar, a renowned builder from the city and chief of the Cosmos Group, shot himself dead in one of his construction sites and in the suicide note he named the foursome as being responsible besides others for his suicide. The four lost their anticipatory bail application even in the high court, surrendered and were lodged in the jail for around two months from December end and later when the charge-sheets against them were filed, they were released on bail by the Thane district court. Meanwhile, the urban development department of the state government on March 10 wrote to the Thane civic chief to act and disqualify the foursome else the state government would act and disqualify them. Following the direction from the state government, the civic body has listed the issue of disqualification in the coming monthly meeting. Earlier also, the civic corporation discussed the issue of disqualification of more than half-a-ozen corporators from all the political parties over following allegations of patronizing encroachments and illegal constructions. While some were even disqualified, some of the cases are still under litigation. The political observers in the city are surprised over the swift move of the state government which is adamant and wants to see the foursome out on the eve of the coming general elections slated for 2017 when it has many more important issues to be tackled. One of them pointed out that the NCP corporator involved in the Shil Daighar building crash, which claimed as many as 74 lives, Hira Patil is still enjoying his term as the corporator. The other case is of the Shiv Sena corporator Raja Gavari, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the court in a sensational murder case a couple of months back."While the state government is silent on these cases, it is settling scores," said a observer.
2016-04-18In MMR, Thane second best in vehicle fitness - Times of India
In MMR, Thane second best in vehicle fitness Manoj Badgeri TNN | Apr 18, 2016, 10.09 PM IST Thane: Most vehicle owners in the lake city seem to be complying with safety norms as against those in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. A state government study reveals the rate at which vehicles fail the annual fitness checks annually. This data shows that Thane has had a good record compared to Mumbai city and its suburbs. As per the study's findings, a copy of which is with this newspaper, of the 1,15,145 vehicles only 282 were found to be not complying with the safety norms last fiscal. This works out to around 0.24% of vehicles failing the tests. Vehicles more than two years old are supposed to undergo these checks annually. The ratio of vehicles failing these checks is the highest in Vasai followed by the western suburbs of Mumbai and other parts of the city. While six of every 100 vehicles fail the test in Vasai, the failure rate in the western suburbs of Mumbai is around three. "High number of vehicles failing the test means owners are failing to maintain their vehicles and endangering lives of other commuters," said an expert from Central Institute of Road Transport, Pune. A team of transport inspectors are given a target of between 30-40 vehicles daily. Each of the inspector has to drive the vehicle and check the safety parameters before issuing the certificate. However, activists feel callousness and corruption could be the reason for most vehicles clearing the fitness checks in Thane. "The authorities need to be stringent when it comes to certifying public vehicles. There are so many vehicles which seem unfit for plying the city roads. Checks should be stringent and higher authorities must keep a tab on officials certifying these vehicles to ensure that there is no corruption," said activist Dayanand Nene. Thane transport officials, however, denied any leniency in granting the certificates. "There is no compromise on the safety front," said Vilas Pandkar from Thane RTO.
2016-04-18Thane drug haul: Rs 2000 crore worth of Ephedrine seized, police suspect East Europe link - Firstpost
Thane drug haul: Rs 2,000 crore worth of Ephedrine seized, police suspect East Europe link FP Staff Apr 18, 2016 18:35 IST In one of the most massive drug hauls in recent history, a huge haul of around 18,600 kg of Ephedrine powder, worth around Rs 2,000 crore, was seized in Thane near Mumbai on 16 April.Ephedrine, a banned drug in India, is widely used abroad to treat asthma and bronchitis, according to a report by The Indian Express. However, when it is consumed beyond controlled doses, it leads to euphoria, hallucinations and delusions. Thane police also have information that the drugs may have been sent to Poland and other East European countries, a Mumbai Mirror report said.As much as 3,000 kilograms of the drug were moved out of a manufacturing unit in Solapur in western Maharashtra in the past six to eight months, as per a report by The Times of India. "A Nigerian national was apprehended on 10 April 10 for possessing half kg MD powder. He had come to sell the powder in Navi Mumbai," Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh told reporters.Maharashtra police. However, during investigations it was revealed he had Ephedrine powder, which is a controlled drug, and not MD powder, he added.On 12 April, two persons, Sagar Powale and Mayur Sukhdare were arrested here for allegedly possessing around 2 kg of Ephedrine, police said. Singh said their interrogation revealed the source of the drug was a factory in Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area in Solapur (West Maharashtra). An alleged drug peddler Dhaneshwar Swamy was apprehended on April 14 in Solapur and 5.50 kg Ephedrine powder was seized from him, he said. Swamy led police to the factory where the drug was allegedly being manufactured. Police raided the unit and arrested its senior production manager, Rajendra Dimri, Singh added. Ephedrine powder is used for sniffing. Sometimes it is exported to Poland and other European countries. It is also used to manufacture MD powder and Meth Methamphetamine, the Commissioner said. The factory, which was functioning illegally, has been sealed and the seized drug being brought to Thane, he said, adding, the drug was being manufactured for the past one and half years.
Thane drug haul: Rs 2000 crore worth of Ephedrine seized, police suspect East Europe link - Firstpost
2016-04-17Drought Turns Nanded's Farmers Into Labourers In Thane, Mumbai - NDTV
Drought Turns Nanded's Farmers Into Labourers In Thane, Mumbai All India | Written by Ketki Angre | Updated: April 17, 2016 20:30 IST Thane: Subhash Kohar, 40, has found work at a construction site. Clearing up rubble all day will fetch him Rs 400. He says he's lucky that he's got work for the second straight day. Leaving his five acre farm as well as his young children behind in Nanded district of drought-hit Marathwada, Mr Kohar is among those farmers who have migrated to cities like Mumbai and Thane in search of work. Some of them are here with their families. A local politician has provided them shelter to stay in at Thane.Before the 400 migrants moved to Thane, they were staying in a filthy open ground in Ghatkopar in the central suburbs of Mumbai. "We were asked to pay Rs.400 for the space we were sleeping in. There was no water to drink. When we went to ask people for water, they said pay 250 rupees for a jar. And at night, people threatened to beat us," he said. Uttam Jadhav, 36, had leased 2 acres of land to farm in Mukhed in Nanded but it did not yield a crop. He has now moved to the village to pay for his children's education in the village. "I want my children to study. I don't want them to get into farming. It has no future. If I can earn some money even through the daily jobs, at least I can send that money back home for their tuition classes," he says. For more than two years, in their village in Nanded, a single water tanker arrived once every few days to provide water for 150 families. With two failed monsoons and no yield in the fields, they are in the city now to make ends meet. "Farming is totally unsustainable. If we work we will be able to earn even if it's through manual labour. So what option do we have but to do this," he said.
Drought Turns Nanded
2016-04-17Demand for rail museum at Thane - Times of India
Demand for rail museum at Thane Apr 17, 2016, 03.44 PM IST THANE: As the Railways ushered in 163 years of its existence in the country on Saturday, experts lament that Thane station that was an integral part of the historic moment on April 16, 1853, today stands robbed of its rich glorious past thanks to the reckless development works undertaken over the years to accommodate the growing commuter base. Start from an arched entrance to a ground storeyed station office premises often seen in archives, almost every piece of history has been pulled down over the last several years as the station started witnessing gradual infrastructure improvement. "The authorities reportedly failed to realize the importance of saving a slice of history for the future generations as vital relics were either destroyed or buried under the guise of development," lament historians from Thane on the eve of the day when the first service ran till Thane 163 years back. On April 16, 1853 at 3:35 pm, the first passenger train of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway left Boree Bunder station (now Mumbai) for Tannah, (Thane) covering the 33km distance in around 57 minutes. 14 carriages carrying over 400 passengers' thus paving way for a vital link between Mumbai and the entire country. The station assumed importance as it was the only major town after Mumbai and was the one point connect for Mumbai and the entire state. An arched entrance was built towards the Kalwa end of the present platform number where tongas and later on vehicles used to be parked. A small cabin dispensed tickets for travel by the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. A ground-storeyed railway station complex located near the present MSRTC office was also demolished around in the last decade to accommodate development, informs a railway official. A stone-cabin near Kopri which was probably used as a watch tower for approaching trains also lies in ruins today. Historians rue that the railways are focusing only on the CST structure that has been declared a heritage site but sadly nothing of that sort exists in Thane. There is lot of trivia surrounding the railways like how a popular temple in Kopri had to be relocated to Naupada as it came in the way of the railway lines and how few residents initially feared using the mean machines which has to be passed on to the next generations. While a few argue the British didn't construct any notable structure at the station unlike at CST to be preserved, historians say the authorities could have atleast preserved few structures including the age old rails that were unearthed few years back at Kopri. Contractors had recently come across a foundation stone near the station while undertaking some repair work but the same is reportedly dumped in some corner of the railway station. "Thane has always been growing city forcing the railways to constantly keep on developing and upgrading the infrastructure to meet the rising number of commuters. Unfortunately, while the upgradation kept on happening, no one realized the importance of preserving glory of the station as is being done for the railway headquarters at Mumbai CST," said veteran historian Sadashiv Tetwilkar from Thane. Railway officials say while the original structure may not be existing, the Kalwa creek bridge adjoining the station and the Parsik tunnel hold equal importance. "Tracks for operating the first train were laid beyond Thane till Kalwa as the only image of the first train service shows the rake passing over the Kalwa Bridge," says Tetwilkar. Even the ramp bridge connecting platform 2 and 3-4 also was built several years back justifying the stone used for its construction is similar to the ones seen at Sion, Byculla and CST buildings. Shashi Nair, a former member of the railway committee says there are so many little known facts about the railways which could be put up on display at the station. "There are so many visitors curious to see the station considering its historic view but there is nothing preserved by the administration, who seems to be only concerned with the revenue that the station churns out," he alleges. "There should be a small gallery at least that could display the history of the station over the years. Railway officials say there are no plans as such to develop any museum or gallery at the railway station.
2016-04-17Thane to have a cancer screening centre for women - Times of India
Thane to have a cancer screening centre for women Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 17, 2016, 03.34 PM IST THANE: TMC will set-up a cancer screening centre for women in the city as part of its ambitious health-care upgrade plans this fiscal. Following this, women will no longer have to travel down to Mumbai for cancer detection.A screening centre to help detect breast and uterus cancer will be set up in the city which will be of great help in early detection of cancer among females. The centre is proposed to be set up at the CR Wadia hospital at Tembhi Naka. The cost of setting up this centre is around Rs 50 lakh. A proposal for the same has been sent to the general body. "Rising inflation has made medical treatment very expensive wherein the urban poor often cannot afford to visit private hospitals for treatment. This centre will largely help in providing good and subsidized medical assistance for women in detecting cancer at the early stages," informed civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal.
2016-04-17Digest this: FDA packs wrong samples from Box8's kitchen - Mid-Day
Thane: FDA Packs Wrong Samples From Box8'S Kitchen Apr 17, 2016, 12:33 IST After Friday Night's Raid At Caterer Box8'S Thane Kitchen, FDA Officials Take Back Dal Makhni And Rice While Students Say They Were Served Fried Rice And Manchurian At Thursday's Conference Here's a lesson on how not to go about an investigation. Officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday raided the Thane kitchen of Box8, the caterer for the Indian International Model United Nations (IIMUN) conference on Thursday whose lunch allegedly caused food poisoning among 300 to 400 participants, and collected samples of food. But here's the clincher: the samples were not from the batch of food served to the students.The officials picked up rice and dal makhni, when parents claimed that the lunch the kids were served comprised fried rice and manchurian ball gravy. The Mumbai police, however, managed to get it right — on Thursday, they collected samples of the food that was actually served at the four conference venues. Suresh Deshmukh, joint commissioner of the Thane FDA unit, confirmed that the samples collected by his officials didn't belong to the batch of food served to the students. "An inspection of Box8's Thane kitchen was decided by the FDA after the food poisoning case came to light. It was an imperative step to ascertain if the meal prepared by them had caused the food poisoning." Box8 has only one kitchen — in Thane — from where it supplies food to 28 centres in Mumbai, 10 in Pune and one in Thane. DCP and spokesperson for Mumbai Police, Dhananjay Kulkarni said, "We have collected the exact food items that were served to the students by the organizers and the caterer. We have even collected the stomach wash of the students who took ill after consuming the food."Can't tell the difference Meanwhile, parents of affected students and organisers have locked horns over the food served at the venues. While students said that they had fried rice and manchurian ball gravy, IIMUN organisers claimed that they had asked Box8 to serve only an Indian fare of steamed rice and dal makhni.Noted numerologist Sanjay B Jumaani, whose daughter was among the students, confirmed what the police said. "I rushed to the venue when she called up to complain of uneasiness. When I asked what she had eaten, she said she had had fried rice and manchurian gravy served to her by the organisers." The organisers, though, felt that the food had turned so sour that the students wouldn't have been able to tell the difference between dal and manchurian. "We had served dal makhni and rice to every student at all four centres," said Hardik Jain, vice-president of IIMUN. Irregularities abound So, how did Box8's kitchen score on the cleanliness and hygiene front? A food safety inspector, who was present during the raid, said, "The kitchen was not particularly clean. While the workers wore gloves and caps, the atmosphere did not appear hygienic. There were cobwebs on the walls. A drainage pipeline sits right next to the kitchen. Perishable items were not stored appropriately." The FDA has allowed the kitchen to run despite the irregularities. Deshmukh said a decision on the kitchen's fate can be taken only after the test reports of the samples are out. When mid-day questioned the veracity of the tests since the samples taken were not from the batch of food served to the students, he said, "We had to collect [samples] from whatever was available. The items are the same — rice and dal makhni. We have also procured the raw rajma that was used in the dal. The food sent to IIMUN venues was made in limited quantities and none of it was left at the centralised kitchen." Deshmukh added that Box8 told the FDA that the kitchen has four refrigerated vehicles, which are used to transport food to its different centres, from where it is delivered to customers. When it was pointed out that the food to the conference venues was sent in tempos, he replied that this will have to be verified. The police, meanwhile, have registered an FIR at Khar police station. The Kalina Forensic Laboratory, however, claimed that it has not received any sample as yet. A senior scientist at the laboratory, said, "Once we get the samples, our toxicology department will conduct tests to rule out the presence of any poison. Even the stomach wash will be tested for poison. We cannot test the consumption quality of the food." The state-run public health department laboratory can test the presence of bacterial growth in the food samples and state if the food was fit for consumption or not, said the scientist.
Digest this: FDA packs wrong samples from Box8
2016-04-17Parents of Thane seaman detained in Greece run from pillar to post to free son - Daily News & Analysis
Parents of Thane seaman detained in Greece run from pillar to post to free son It has been seven months of despair and frustration for the parents of 22-year-old Kalpesh Shinde, a seaman detained in Greece for alleged arms smuggling. The youth from Thane, along with other crew members, were detained by the Greece coast guard on August 29, 2015, after their ship Haddad 1 was intercepted for allegedly smuggling 5,000 rifles and 500,000 cartridges into Libya, which have a strong Islamic State presence. Shinde's mother, Pallavi Rajendra Shinde (44), who lives with her husband Rajendra Shinde (49), in a small one-room-kitchen flat in Thane, has been waiting for the last seven months for her only son. "He always wanted to be in merchant navy and we enrolled him in an academy paying around Rs 2.5 lakh," said Pallavi, with tears in her eyes. "But look where his dream job has landed him. We can only hope and follow up with authorities to get our son back," she said. Shinde flew from Mumbai on June 6, 2015, to Turkey, and, from there, to Cyprus to join Haddad 1, a cargo ship, as a seaman. However, things changed for the Shinde family when, on August 29, Haddad 1, which was sailing from Turkey to Libya's western port Misrata via Greece, was intercepted off Crete Islands. According to reports, Haddad 1, which was to carry household items, was loaded with a huge cache of arms and ammunition. This included 5,000 rifles, 500,000 cartridges and 4,900 cartons of cigarettes. The Greece Coast Guard detained the crew members of Haddad 1, which included two Indians. Greek authorities could not ascertain where the illicit cargo was loaded. However, it is believed that it was put on board at Iskenderun, in southern Turkey, 50 km away from Syria. "After 15 days, Kalpesh called us and told us that he has been arrested in Greece. He told us that the police found a lot of weapons aboard the ship," said a worried Rajendra. "I asked my son whether he was aware of the arms, and he said he had no clue about the cargo. He also told us that he is very scared". The Shinde family started running from pillar to post to free their son who is behind bars in a foreign land. "We approached Corporate Maritime Services Private Ltd, which sent our son on Haddad 1. The owners were very cooperative and have been backing us", said Pallavi. "We had also tweeted to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and have written to the ministry," she said. Dhananjay Singh, one of the directors of Corporate Maritime Services, said: "It's very unfortunate and we are doing everything to get the boy back. We have been following up with the Seafarers Association as the boy is clearly a victim. As a seaman, he would not be aware of what was in the container," he said. Singh said that the company had sent a crew of seven – a captain, second engineer, cook, one able seaman, oiler and third engineer (who is currently detained in Greece with Shinde) and Shinde (seaman). An able seaman is one who has sailed at least once or twice earlier. According to Singh, Haddad 1 was intercepted earlier too in Libya. Since he sensed something amiss, he asked his crew to get off the ship. "The captain has been with us for the last five years. When Haddad 1 was first intercepted, our local agent managed to get the crew and the ship out of Libya, but the cargo was seized," said Singh. "When my captain reached Egypt, he called me and told me that some suspicious cargo was on board the ship, which was seized in Libya. I told them to leave the ship and come back," he said. According to Singh, out of the seven crew members, five disembarked in Egypt. Shinde and Jignesh remained on board. "We informed the placement agency which had sent Shinde to us to get him back. The agency said it had asked Shinde to leave the ship, but he chose to to work for Haddad 1," said Singh. "After my crew got off Haddad 1 in Egypt, some cargo was loaded there. From there, she sailed to Turkey and loaded another set of Cargo to travel to Libya via Greece. In Greece, the ship was intercepted". Singh said that he had learnt that both Shinde and Jignesh wanted to disembark at Turkey, but were convinced by the owner to do one last trip. It was then that they were arrested.
Parents of Thane seaman detained in Greece run from pillar to post to free son - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-17Rs 2000-crore drug bust in Thane: 'Kingpin' on run, police pursue international leads - The Indian Express
Rs 2,000-crore drug bust in Thane: Kingpin on run, police pursue international leads By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Apr 18, 2016, 1:04 Ephedrine, the sale of which is banned in India, is popularly used overseas to treat asthma and bronchitis. The Thane police are on the lookout for the kingpin of the gang that was busted on Saturday following the seizure of banned drug Ephedrine worth Rs 2,000 crore from the Solapur facility of a chemical manufacturing firm. While the police have so far arrested five persons, including the firm's senior production manager, they believe that the kingpin is a person brought in to the company nearly a year ago, who would oversee the drugs being distributed for unauthorised use in the city. On April 10. the police had arrested a Nigerian national, Sipren Chinassa, who was allegedly smuggling 500 grams of Ephedrine in Kalyan. His interrogation had led to the arrest of three others, including a Solapur resident. Based on their interrogation, Avon Life sciences Limited office in Solapur MIDC was raided, and 18.5 tonnes of Ephedrine allegedly recovered. The police then eventually arrested the senior production manager of the unit. A senior officer, requesting anonymity, said they are pursuing several leads in the case, including that of a Polish drug cartel being in contact with the arrested accused. However, to say anything for certain, we would need to arrest the main accused, who is currently absconding. He was the one who was in touch with the various people involved in selling the drugs. In fact, recently, he had taken nearly 100 kg from the unit to sell it. His arrest will give us the complete picture, the senior officer said. Avon Life sciences Ltd is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and manufactures a range of pesticides, pharmaceuticals and dyes, according to its website. Incorporated in 1993 as Avon Organics Ltd, it changed to its present name in 2011. A team from the Thane police will head to Solapur on Monday to check the paper work and find out who the actual owners of the pharmaceutical company were. We should get more clarity on who owns the company once we check the paper work. If there has been a change in ownership, it should reflect in the paperwork, an officer said. Another officer said that while the company may have permission to produce Ephedrine, it was being diverted to be used as drugs. Of the 18 tonnes we found, nearly 10 tonnes were hidden in a shed in the compound of the unit. If they were doing legal work, why would they need to hide the chemical ?,¯ an officer added. The seizure in Solapur came a day after the Gujarat Police on Friday raided a factory on the outskirts of Ahmedabad and seized 1,364 kg of Ephedrine worth Rs 270 crore. An officer said the Ephedrine found in Gujarat had also been sent from Solapur. There are two other states in north India where the drug was being smuggled from here. Also, we strongly suspect the involvement of a Polish drug cartel,¯ the officer said.
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2016-04-17Thane to get an all-exclusive butterfly park - Daily News & Analysis
Thane to get an all-exclusive butterfly park Thane is blessed with rich biodiversity which makes living here amid nature a beautiful experience. To add a dash of delicate beauty to the city, the Thane Municipal Corporation has decided to come up with an exclusive butterfly park. The beautiful city of Thane, which is developing a biodiversity park, will soon add another feather to its hat. An all-exclusive butterfly park will be set-up at Mullabaug area. "This park, which will be built at a cost of Rs50 lakh, will have 100 varieties of butterflies in it," said an official. The park will not only have these delicate colourful beings, but also a dedicated information centre. There will be signages put up across the park, which will give information about the type of butterfly, colour, among others. There will also be slideshows to educate the visitors about these butterflies. "After butterfly lays egg, many people and gardeners think its a pest and spray pesticide on it. Thus, killing the eggs before they are hatched. We will also educate people on this aspect and help them cultivate these beautiful beings in their surroundings," she said.
Thane to get an all-exclusive butterfly park - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-17BMC follows Thane civic body, to geo-tag its projects - Daily News & Analysis
BMC follows Thane civic body, to geo-tag its projects The freshly implemented geo-tagging of civic projects by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has yielded success. According to sources, the Brihnamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is also eager to employ the same technology to keep a tab on their projects in Mumbai. The TMC introduced geo-tagging of civic projects this year to make the contractors accountable and reduce misuse of funds. Under this system which uses Google Earth technology to geo-tag the projects, the contractor undertaking the project puts up pictures of the site, duration of revamp/repair of the projects. Talking about the success of geo-tagging, civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal says, "From February 28 to March 31, 11,000 photos of 2,800 projects have been uploaded on Google maps." He added, "Out of these 1,876 projects have been billed and 900 are at proposal stage. And in the month of April, 204 photographs have been uploaded." Geo-tagging has been a bone of contention between the TMC and Thane politicians. Meant to eliminate the civic official-contractor-politician nexus, it was opposed by politicians tooth and nail. The practice is supposed to bring in more transparency and accountability of the contractors who undertake civic work in the city. As the contractor geo-tags the project, he also puts up the duration for revamp/reconstruction of it and within that period if anomaly happens then he is supposed to correct it. This is meant to stop the re-tendering of project to another contractor for repairs. According to sources, as some politicians work hand in glove with contractors, they were opposing this technology. Moreover, according to sources in TMC, the civic body is interested in employing this technology in Mumbai also. "They have been inquiring about TMC's vendor for geo-tagging and want to replicate this in Mumbai," said an official from TMC.
2016-04-16Caterer's Thane central kitchen raided by FDA - Mumbai Mirror
Thane central kitchen raided by FDA By Ankita Bhatkhande, Chaitanya Marpakwar Mumbai Mirror | Apr 16, 2016, 09.14 AM IST A day after more than 20 school students attending the Indian International Model United Nations event at four locations suffered from food poisoning, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday raided the Thane-based central kitchen of BOX-8, the caterers for the event. Apart from samples of dal makhani and rice, the two items that were served at the four locations, the FDA also collected samples of raw material being used in the kitchen. The FDA team comprised of three food safety inspectors, S K Rathod, Arvind Kandelkar, and Harsha Iwale - and was led by Joint Commissioner (Konkan) Suresh Deshmukh. Over 3,000 parents, teachers and students have decided to take legal action against BOX-8 and have submitted a signed letter to the event's organisers. Rishabh Shah, founder, Indian International Model United Nations (IIMUN), said he will use the petition to take BOX-8 to court. BOX-8 late on Friday issued a cryptic statement blaming the summer heat. "The quality of the food was proper at the time of delivery. It is probably the heat that played a major role in the food going stale. From our side, we had taken utmost precaution while preparing, packing and transporting the food packets. We have issued a preliminary statement explaining our stand. We will write a letter to all the parents and schools tomorrow. Compensation has not been discussed yet." On Thursday afternoon, several students participating in the IIMUN at Thadomal Shahani College in Bandra, Lala Lajpatrai College in Tardeo, Whistling Woods in Goregaon and K C College in Churchgate - had taken ill after lunch. More than twenty had to be rushed to hospitals as they started vomiting. At least a hundred others, experiencing milder symptoms were sent home. The organisers of IIMUN in the evening registered complaints against BOX-8 at the Khar and Tardeo police stations. "We deployed a 4 member team of FDA officials to collect samples including cooked items and raw materials from the central kitchen. We are conducting an inspection of the entire premise," said Deshmukh. "All the samples will be sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory for a final report. Based on the report we can either prosecute them or even suspend their license if we find serious lapses on their part," he added. Sr Inspector at Khar, Ramchandra Jadhav, whose jurisdiction Shahani College is in, said an FIR was registered late on Thursday night under sections 273 (Sale of noxious food or drink) and 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC."
2016-04-16Maharashtra: Drugs worth Rs 2000 crore seized in Thane; five arrested - Daily News & Analysis
Maharashtra: Drugs worth Rs 2000 crore seized in Thane; five arrested A huge haul of around 18,600 kg of Ephedrine powder, worth around Rs 2,000 crore, was seized and five persons, including a factory manager, were arrested, police said on Saturday. "A Nigerian national was apprehended on April 10 for possessing half kg MD powder. He had come to sell the powder in Navi Mumbai," Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh told reporters. However, during investigations it was revealed he had Ephedrine powder, which is a controlled drug, and not MD powder, he added. On April 12, two persons - Sagar Powale and Mayur Sukhdare - were arrested here for allegedly possessing around 2 kg of Ephedrine, police said. Singh said their interrogation revealed the source of the drug was a factory in Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area in Solapur (West Maharashtra). An alleged drug peddler - Dhaneshwar Swamy was apprehended on April 14 in Solapur and 5.50 kg Ephedrine powder was seized from him, he said. Swamy led police to the factory where the drug was allegedly being manufactured. Police raided the unit and arrested its senior production manager - Rajendra Dimri, Singh added. "We seized around 7.600 kg Ephedrine powder from his cabin (and) another 9,500 kg from an adjacent godown in the factory. About 571.500 kgs of the drug and another 8,541 kg of pseudo Ephedrine (powder) was seized from the same premise," the Commissioner said. According to Singh, value of the seized Ephedrine powder is around Rs 2,000 crore. Ephedrine powder is used for sniffing. Sometimes it is exported to Poland and other European countries. It is also used to manufacture MD powder and Meth Methamphetamine, the Commissioner said. The factory, which was functioning illegally, has been sealed and the seized drug being brought to Thane, he said, adding, the drug was being manufactured for the past one and half years. According to the Commissioner, the Thane police is working with Narcotics Control Bureau in the case.
Maharashtra: Drugs worth Rs 2000 crore seized in Thane; five arrested - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-16Thane: Villager arrested for driving sister-in-law to end life - Mid-Day
Thane: Villager arrested for driving sister-in-law to end life By PTI |Posted 16-Apr-2016 Thane: A 29-year-old villager from Partole in Shahapur taluka here has been arrested for allegedly abetting his sister-in law to commit suicide, district rural police said on Saturday. PSI VB Bhangre of Khinavali police station under Shahpur division told PTI that the incident took place on April 14 when the victim Kunda consumed poison and died on her way to the hospital. Kunda was married to Anil Pradhan (28) but was living with her parents after some marital troubles cropped up between the couple. Her brother-in-law Balram Wagh (29) used to frequently chide Kunda for this and allegedly asked her parents to send her back to in-laws. However, Kunda was reluctant to return and as the harassment increased with each passing day, she decided to end her life, police said. Wagh was arrested last evening after being charged under sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 323 (hurt) and 504 (insult) of the IPC and further probe was on.
2016-04-16Thane civic authorities want new constructions to have composting plant - Mid-Day
Thane civic authorities want new constructions to have composting plant By Varun Singh |Posted 16-Apr-2016 In an attempt to not face a situation like BMC, where High court asked it not to pass files of new construction, the Thane Municipal Corporation has submitted a proposal that, every up coming construction, with an area of 1,000 square meters and above will have to have a composting unit, to treat wet and organic waste. This waste will have to be treated within the project, or else the Municipal Corporation won't give them Occupation Certificate. Also they will put a clause that the builder will have to make an agreement with the society, or residents that once the building is handed over to them they will have to maintain the plant. Since March, the BMC has been ordered by the Bombay High Court that they cannot approve files for new construction of residential and commercial projects, except for redevelopment, till the time they cannot come up with a solution for the Sewage treatment. Following this, the BMC came up with various measures. Even KDMC, which is still facing the embargo of no new construction since 2015, has now, come up with a solution that the new projects above 2,000 square meters will have to come up with wet waste composting within their societies. However, TMC has gone a step further and it has made it mandatory for the project half the size, and wants it to be implemented for 1,000 square meters plot. It is possible to follow this even in 1,000 square meters plot area. We are allowing them to construct the plant where they can treat organic and wet waste on Recreation ground and even on terrace. Also with the FSI and other TDR benefits that we give the builders, these plants can be constructed in 1,000 square meters plot, said P Nimbalkar, executive engineer, TMC. He further added, "We have made the proposal, which will be discussed in the General Body of TMC on April 20, after that suggestions and objections will be called in and then the government will pass it. We have added the clause that if builder doesn't make the arrangement they won't get OC, this will act a s deterrent for builder to not flout the rule." Already the existing dumping ground of Diva where nearly 700 metric tons of garbage that is generated within TMC limits is dumped is overflowing. TMC claims it cannot afford to face the rap of the court and hence such decisions in DCR are being taken and will be implemented soon as government is also keen on waste management in all the Urban Local Bodies.
2016-04-15Thane: 22-year-old woman murdered at home; Rs 1.60 lakh worth jewellery stolen - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: 22-year-old woman murdered at home; Rs 1.60 lakh worth jewellery stolen A 22-year-old girl was allegedly murdered by some unidentified persons at her residence in Kalyan in Thane (Maharashtra), police said on Friday. The alleged murder took place in the early hours on Thursday, police said adding that accused decamped with a mobile and gold ornaments of the victim worth around Rs 1,60,000. The victim was identified as Priya Daravade, they said. "In the wee hours on April 14, some unidentified people entered the house by breaking the grill of the door and stabbed the girl who was sleeping in the bedroom. The girl died on the spot and the assailants decamped with the valuables kept at home," an official release said. Kadakpada police have registered offences under sections 302, 457 and 380 of the IPC against the unidentified accused and a hunt is on for him, police said.
Thane: 22-year-old woman murdered at home; Rs 1.60 lakh worth jewellery stolen - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-15Kalpataru launches 'Project Immensa' in Thane - Indiainfoline
Kalpataru launches 'Project Immensa' in Thane India Infoline News Service | Mumbai | April 15, 2016 18:01 IST Kalpataru Limited, India's leading premium and luxury real estate developer, today announced the launch of Project Immensa, a premium residential development comprising over 1250 apartments, situated within Kalpataru's master planned township development on Kolshet Road in Thane. Project Immensa will comprise eight towers offering 1BHK, 2BHK, 3BHK and 3BHK Duplex home options. Project Immensa incorporates several innovative, first in class design features which finely balance exclusivity and privacy, with functionality and efficient use of space. The floor layout is such that there are minimum shared walls between any two apartments. Not only does this enhance privacy, but also provides good cross ventilation, increased sunlight, and enhanced sense of space. the placement of walls, doors and windows in the apartment are done in a manner that enables efficient furniture layout without space wastage, enabling maximum functionality. The towers are separated such that every apartment gets maximum view of the stunning surrounds. Further, thoughtfully designed internal pathways high on visual delight, and lavishly done double heighted entrance lobbies to the towers enhance the arrival experience. Project Immensa will offer residents class-leading leisure, sports and community living facilities. Lush open air sky gardens at terrace level, which double up as fitness zones, and, open air sky communities large double heighted community congregation areas at intermediate levels are first in its class. Project Immensa features a 6000 square feet super fitness zone comprising gymnasium, yoga room cum dance studio, spinning room and kick boxing arena. That apart, two indoor badminton courts, a lap swimming pool for professional swimmers in addition to a pleasure pool, kids pool, and open air jacuzzi, a multi-sport astroturfed area, podium level community recreation areas, choice of party venues including party zone on rooftop, party lawns and clubhouse with multiple party halls and indoor games room, and a large landscaped garden, together spread across over 35,000 square feet offer residents ample fitness and recreation options to choose from. Special attention has been given to sustainable living, and the project will feature waste water recycling and rain water harvesting facilities. Celebrated architect, Hans Brouwer of HB Design, Singapore, credited with projects such as Commerzbank headquarters, Frankfurt, and Century Tower, Tokyo is the design architect, while, Aedas Pte. Ltd., Singapore, which has been the architect to iconic projects such as the new World Trade Centre, Jakarta, the 82 storey Ocean Heights Residential Towers in Dubai is the masterplan architect. Situated close to Ghodbunder Road and Thane Railway station, Project Immensa's convenient location will offer residents easy connectivity options to Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and rest of Thane. The project's close proximity to several prominent educational institutions, shopping, recreation and healthcare facilities will provide residents multiple options for their various lifecycle needs. The township itself will eventually feature a school, multiple retail zones, healthcare facilities, parks, clubs and restaurants for residents convenience. On the occasion of the launch, Mr. Parag Munot, Managing Director, Kalpataru Limited, said We are excited to launch Project Immensa, which will be a benchmark project in Thane. It reaffirms our commitment to Thane and our firm belief in the city's huge growth potential, particularly of the Kolshet area, which will witness significant value unlocking in the near future. We have over the past three decades developed several landmark residential and commercial projects in Thane. Our projects such as Tarangan, and Siddachal are landmarks that host vibrant communities, and Kalpataru promoted Korum Mall is a thriving shopping hub and community centre of choice for citizens from Thane and beyond.
2016-04-15Thane: 22-year-old killed, valuables worth Rs 1.6 lakh stolen - Mid-Day
Thane: 22-year-old killed, valuables worth Rs 1.6 lakh stolen By Faisal Tandel |Posted 15-Apr-2016 A 22-year-old girl was found murdered in her flat in Kalyan on Thursday morning and a high-end phone and jewellery worth Rs 1.6 lakh were missing. The police have registered a case of murder and robbery against an unidentified person. A robbery had recently been averted in the Sai Dham Society According to the police, Priya Darvade, a resident of Sai Dham Society in Khadakpada area of Kalyan, was a qualified mechanical engineer and had appeared for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission examination. She lived with her brother Vivek and sister-in-law Snehal. The murder came to light when Vivek heard someone shout chor, chor (thief, thief) from the flat below theirs. Vivek, in his statement to the police, said he and his wife were sleeping in the bedroom, while Priya was in the hall. Hearing someone scream, he shouted back, saying he was coming to help. But then he found that his bedroom door was locked from the outside. He phoned his neighbours, who then broke into his apartment and opened the door. Vivek then found his sister lying dead in the hall, a senior police official said. He added, Her throat was slit and her clothes torn. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead. Her body has been sent for a post-mortem examination. The police found jewellery and a high-end phone missing. Residents of the building said they saw a man wearing shorts run out of the building. Gabrao Gore, senior police inspector, told mid-day, During preliminary investigations, we found that the girl's mouth was tied with a cloth and a phone and jewellery worth R1.6 lakh was missing. We suspect it to be a case of robbery. Recently, a robbery had been averted in this building when alert residents had chased robbers away by pelting stones at them. Also, a week ago, the building's watchman, Deepak Bhoir, was found dead nearby.
Thane: 22-year-old killed, valuables worth Rs 1.6 lakh stolen - Mid-Day
2016-04-15Free Wi-Fi at Thane Commissionerate to conquer rising crime - Free Press Journal
Free Wi-Fi at Thane Commissionerate to conquer rising crime By Diwakar Sharma Apr 16, 2016 02:56 am Mumbai : The work to install Wi-Fi instruments at all the 34 police stations, traffic unit, crime branch unit as well as special branch unit of Thane Commissionerate stretching to Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi is underway and is expected to be completed by another one and a half months. The initiative has been taken to strengthen the workforce of police machinery in Thane division. The decision was taken after Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd, a broadband and gaming service provider approached senior police officers in Thane and offered its free Wi-Fi Internet service at all police stations,¯ said Ashutosh Dumbre, Joint Commissioner of Police of Thane Commissionerate. The Chairman and Managing Director of Joister Infomedia Pvt.Ltd. Nikunj Kampani told FPJ that the whole work will be completed in next one and half months. DCP Parag Manere said, All the 34 police stations, Traffic Unit, Crime Branch and Special Branch have been Wi-fied by Joister as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).¯ Our headquarters are now connected with free Wi-Fi facility with high speed,¯ said DCP Manere. Explaining the need to get connected through internet, Dumbre said, Its extremely important to get connected with tools of technology at all the time and hence free W-Fi facility to our workforce would work as an added advantage. This facility was launched last month in two phases. Director General of Police, Pravin Dixit himself inaugurated the Free Wi-Fi service at the Thane Commissionarate office and said by using the advanced technology, we can conquer increasing crime. Police Commissioner of Thane Parambir Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dhumbre and DCP Parag Manere were among the others present at the occasion last month. There are 9,000 police personnel in Thane district besides over 6000 police-mitras. Hence 15,000 people directly concerned with policing job can avail this facility free of cost, which would subsequently ease our work. Thanking Thane police, Chairman and Managing Director of the Joister Infomedia Pvt Ltd. Nikunj Kampani said, Its all about empowering digital platform. No contracts, no hidden fees, and no fine print. We keep everything as simple and transparent as possible. The users will have to login using their mobile numbers and then they need to feed the OTP (one time password) number to register before using the free wi-fi services at all the police stations of Thane Commissionerate, Kampani told FPJ. Joister has already launched its service at 525 locations catering free Internet to over 2.50 lakh registered users across Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Navi Mumbai cities.
2016-04-1520K stuck with rlys for over 3 yrs: Thane doc - Times of India
20K stuck with rlys for over 3 yrs: Thane doc Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 15, 2016, 10.10 PM IST It's been over three years that city resident Dr Usha Kiran had cancelled her rail tickets through IRCTC website but is still waiting for her refund of Rs 20,000 from the Indian Railways. While one of the transactions was refunded to her bank account, the other two amounting to Rs 16,380 and Rs 3,866 have not reached her. However, soon after the cancellations in December 2012 the IRCTC website showed the status of the transactions as refunded. "I have been writing to railway officials for three years and I always receive the same response that the money has been deposited to my account. In the last email, IRCTC asked me for my bank statements but then they stopped corresponding. Over Rs 20,000 of my hard-earned money is untraceable for the past three years.This is not a small amount," said the 49-year-old doctor. When TOI contacted IRCTC, the officials claimed the incident was too old to find details now. "This is a three-year-old case. It is very difficult to find the details now. It will take a while to find where the money is stuck," an IRCTC official said. The doctor said the system was meant to be transparent. "The online system is supposed to be convenient. You can find old details at the click of a button in the system. The work ethic in this government office has killed my faith in government institutions as a whole," Dr Kiran added.
2016-04-14To make health care affordable, Thane NGO ties-up with 47 hospitals - Daily News & Analysis
To make health care affordable, Thane NGO ties-up with 47 hospitals The rising inflation has made everything expensive, including health care. The urban poor cannot afford to go to a private hospital and is at the mercy of government hospitals where quality care is missing. To make health care affordable to such people, a Thane NGO has tied up with 47 hospitals in the city, which will offer them 30% discount on hospital bills. V Care Welfare Association, a local NGO, was registered in 2010 and since the past two months, they have launched the V Care health card that promises to give benefits to needy patients. All that the patients have to do is become a member by paying Rs100 and avail the 30% discount on total bill. Of the 47 hospitals that the NGO has tied up with includes Godbole hospital, Aarogyam hospital, Aayush hospital, Shree hospital, Hardev hospital, Titan hospital, among others. Tushar D Rasal, president of V Care, who has worked with insurance companies in the past, got this idea to make health-care services affordable to the poor. "I realised that not everyone in this country can afford to buy health insurance. There are people who earn monthly salary that ranges between Rs6000 and Rs10,000. The health insurance premium will constitute their entire month's salary," said Rasal. Moving ahead with his plan, Rasal got in touch with various hospitals in Thane who agreed to be a part of it. "I have been practicing in Wagle Estate since the past 38 years and came across many patients who are financially incapable," said Dr Jyotsana Thakur, director and owner of Shree hospital, which claims to be the first hospital in Wagle Estate, Thane west. "We can afford to give 30% discount and pass on the benefits to poor patients. While 30% discount will be on our hospital bill, for pathology tests done outside, we will see how much we discount we can offer," she added. Similarly, Dr Pramod Jadhav, director of Hardev Nursing Home and Intensive Care Unit in Mulund and Diva agreed to be a part of this scheme. "There are patients who do not have money even to do ECG or get an operation done. So, on human grounds, we agreed to offer them discount," said Jadhav. The popularity of this scheme can be seen as in the past two months 35000 Thanekars have opted for V health card. "By year-end, we want to grow our membership to one lakh. I hope to spread this scheme to entire Maharashtra," said Rasal.
To make health care affordable, Thane NGO ties-up with 47 hospitals - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-14Thane: Two arrested for car robberies - Mid-Day
Thane: Two arrested for car robberies By Faisal Tandel |Posted 14-Apr-2016 The Titwala police based in Thane rural police have arrested two accused and recovered four cars and one mangalsutra, worth a total of Rs 21 lakh, from them on Monday. The arrested accused used to get contacts of tourist offices from Just Dial, used to book cars and later run away with them by either hoodwinking or threatening the drivers. The arrested accused have been identified as Rajendra Desale alias Raj (28) and Arjun Bhoir (28). Both are residents of Titwala and are, at present, jobless. During interrogation, the accused revealed that they were involved in car thefts and that they had robbed four vehicles. Avinash Patil, Assistant Police Inspector, Titwala police station, said, They used to get tourist operator numbers from Just Dial. Calling them, they used to book a long route fare. In one case, they took the driver to a hotel on the National Highway and one of them him told that he left his bag in the car that has cash in it. Taking the keys, he fled away with the car. When the driver went to see the car, the other two also ran away. In three other cases, they took the cars to remote areas, and threatened the drivers with knife or at gunpoint. Four cases are registered against them at Walvi, Ganeshpuri, Virar and Vartak Nagar police station. "We have seized four cars that include two Innova, Chevolert Enjoy and Honda Accent and the gold mangalsutra. The Accent car was still with them, while the three other cars were sold. They prepared fake papers and sold the cars changing the number plates. We have informed the respective police stations, which will take things ahead. They were produced in court on April 12 and are in our custody till April 16, added Venkat Andhale, Senior police inspector, Titwala police station. Patil further added, "We are in search of one Jitu Madrasi and a woman, who are the mastermind in the case, and are absconding. The arrested accused told us that they just use to get a share of Rs 10,000 behind a case and that the mastermind is Jitu. The accused were earlier arrested in a chain snatching case. Doubting that the accused are involved in snatching a gold chain of a 50-year-old woman, a case was registered with us. We detained the accused duo on April 8. On further interrogation, they spilled the beans about car thefts, informed Patil.
2016-04-14Thane biodiversity park to ensure that wastewater does not go down the drain - Times of India
Thane biodiversity park to ensure that wastewater does not go down the drain TNN | Apr 15, 2016, 01.21 AM IST THANE: The biodiversity park coming up in Thane is making sure every drop of water is put to good use. Instead of taping into new sources, officials plan to use recycle sewage water to make the park self-sustainable. "The park along the Thane creek will house varieties of plant species, which will require to be watered regularly. We have not planted any saplings because of lack of water. After looking at different models we found the phytorid technology created by the National Environmental Engineering Institute (Neeri) self-sustainable. Under the process wastewater is recycled and it is make available for gardening or flushing," said Surendra Kale, the plantation officer at the social forestry department. Mumbai University uses the same technology at its Kalina campus. The social forestry department consulted the institute and is putting in place a green strategy where the municipal sewage effluent will be recycled and reused to water plants in the park, which is spread over 5 hectares. The entire project will be functional by May-end. "We had to modify the technology for this project as it is on a larger scale than the one at the university," said Pranay Pawar, a manager at Aleknanda Technology Pvt Ltd that is the licensing agency of Neeri. "The drainage water first flows into the collection tank. The garbage and solid waste is separated from the water using porous filters such as gravel and stones. It then put through the phytorid bed, which is filled with toxin-absorbing plants. The plants' roots absorb the toxins in the water and make it reusable. The stock is accumulated in a third tank, which will be used to water the plants in the park," he added. One lakh litres of water will be recycled on a daily basis.
2016-04-14Parched state: Thane welcomes harried farmers with open arms - Times of India
Parched state: Thane welcomes harried farmers with open arms Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 14, 2016, 08.27 PM IST THANE: Holding three acre of fertile agricultural land and enough cattle to feed their family of five, Suman Rathod (30) was one of the many well settled families in the Mukhed district of Nanded a few years ago. However, after three years of continuous drought which has left their land barren and cattle unyielding, making them pack their bags and move to Mumbai looking for survival."For two years we somehow managed living in the village even when our crops failed. But, now we have no fodder to feed our cattle too, resulting in no milk. With empty stomachs, no income and mounting expenses we decided to move to Mumbai for survival," she said"We know the only way out of this new poverty is education, and ensured that our three children continued theirs by putting them in a boarding school a little away from the village. Our plan was to earn money and send it to them for their food and tuition expenses," added Rathod, whose second son in studying in class X this year.However, when she and around 350 other families started living in the streets, stations and open grounds in Ghatkopar, they were harassed by locals who refused giving them access to water from public taps and extorted the little money they had. "When we left our village we thought we would be free of this daily fight for water. However, when we took shelter in the Ramjinagar ground here we became victims to harassment from the locals who either didn't allow us to have the water the area received, or extorted us of the little money we had," said Baban Jadhav (27) who fled his village with his wife and two children aged three and one. Bringing relief to over 600 farmers like these, who fled from the drought-hit Nanded district to Mumbai and only to be harassed by anti-social elements here, Shiv Sena leader and Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde has organised a first-of-its-kind temporary shelter, free food and other basic necessities to the migrant families for the next two months. On personally witnessing their plight on his visit here on Sunday, the guardian minister immediately instructed the Shiv Sena volunteers to set up a rehabilitation centre in the Wagle Estate area to house about 1,000 within 48 hours."I visited the place they were staying in and witnessed the gravity of their suffering and decided to give them some provisions and get them out of this situation. I immediately asked by party workers to set up a shelter for these migrants and provide them with the basic necessities of food, water, sanitation and healthcare," said guardian minister Eknath Shinde."Within two days, we cleaned the massive MIDC ground and covered it with a carpet surrounded by cloth drapes. They can take shelter here. We have also set up three 5000lt tanks to provide them with water. These tanks will be filled with drinking water by tankers. We have dug up two bore wells in the area to ensure proper water supply. We have also built 20 bathrooms, 10 for men and 10 for women. There are two public toilets just outside the temporary shelter," said Dr. Jitendra Wagh, Shiv Sena corporator here.The youth wing of the party also arranged for security and food for the drought hit migrants. "We bought 900 chapatis and rice, dal and vegetables for 1000 people for dinner on Tuesday. We will be providing them with basic foodgrains, etc and a cooking area for the days to come. The members of the youth wing will guard the periphery to ensure that they don't face the kind of harassment they faced in Ghatkopar," said Jitendra Zadokar, the head of the Shiv Sena youth wing, Thane. Dr JB Bhor, the president of the Wagle Estate doctors' association, has provided these migrants with free health check-ups, while Khetaram Choudhary has provided them with free medication. The guardian minister has also helped these families find jobs in the city. "These people have struggled and come here to earn enough money to sustain their families till their farms revive in the monsoon. These are many civic and PWD projects that need labourers, and these people will be given jobs here," said Shinde.
2016-04-14Sena sets up transit camp for migrants - The Hindu
Sena sets up transit camp for migrants Special Correspondent Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde on Wednesday set up a transit camp at the MIDC grounds in Thane, which can provide food, water, and beds to over 500 migrants from drought-hit Nanded. The Hindu had published a report on its Wednesday's edition on the migration of farmers from Mukhed tehsil in Nanded district owing to water shortage. Mr Shinde, who is the Public Works Minister, and Thane's guardian minister, met the migrants and took the initiative to move them to Thane. The camp, named after Sena founder Bal Thackeray, has been set up at the MIDC grounds in Wagle Estate area. Water tanks have been erected and a borewell for their daily needs has been identified in the area. After reading news reports, I met some of the families at Ghatkopar, and I was extremely moved by their living conditions. I discussed the issue with Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, and with the help of the Ghatkopar and Thane units of the Sena, we set up the camp. These people can now stay at the camp till the monsoon sets in, Mr Shinde said. Several parts of Marathawada and over 15,000 villages across the state are facing the worst drought this summer. Families from Mukhed told The Hindu that they have been migrating to Mumbai during the harsh summer for the last three years in search of water and employment.
2016-04-13Thane: In-laws kill tea seller just six days after wedding - Mid-Day
Thane: In-laws kill tea seller just six days after wedding By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours In yet another crime fuelled by socio-economic divide, the kin of a 21-year-old woman murdered her 26-year-old husband right before her very eyes on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Pankaj Gauhar, resident of Gandhi Nagar, Ulhasnagar-5. Suraj Gauhar and his father Raju sustained head injuries after they were attacked by Pankaj's in-laws. Police officials from Hill Line police station said despite opposition from both the families, citing caste and social status, Pankaj and Pooja Saudhe tied the knot six days ago. To ensure that none of their families interfered, they opted for a court marriage. Pooja,s family was never comfortable with Pankaj running a tea stall in the area and cited this as the primary reason for them being against their union. Upon learning that the two did a court marriage, both the families cooled down and accepted the union. However, Pooja's family kept taunting Pankaj about his profession and told him to at least find a job of a Class IV worker in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, a police officer said. In his statement, Pankaj,s brother Suraj also the complainant told the entire family was watching television when eight members of Pooja,s family barged into their residence around 12.15 am. They were armed with iron rods, a chopper and a knife. Without provocation, they attacked Pankaj. When Pooja and I tried to save him, on of them hit me hard on the head with an iron rod. After assaulting Pankaj, they threatened us of dire consequences if we informed the police. They said all of us would end up with the same fate that of Pankaj, he said. After the attackers left, the Gauhars rushed Pankaj to central hospital for treatment, where the doctors declared him dead on arrival. Based on the complaint filed by Suraj, police registered an FIR against Pooja,s brother Arun Saudhe and her maternal uncles Shyam Saudhe, Dhannu Saudhe and Lokesh Saudhe and four others under section 302, 307, 452, 147, 148, 148, 149, 323, 506 (2), 506, 427 of the IPC and relevant sections of the Arms Act. Senior Inspector Mohan Waghmare from Hill Line police station confirmed they have arrested Dhannu and Shyam Saudhe. Two arrests have been made so far. They all reside in the same area and know each other well. The couple got married six days ago against the wishes of their respective families. Prima facie investigation revealed that the girl's parents loathed Pankaj for operating a tea stall, which according to them was cheap. After marriage they suggested him to find any job, even that of a Class IV worker, in the municipality. Manhunt has been launched to nab the remaining accused, Waghmare added.
Thane: In-laws kill tea seller just six days after wedding - Mid-Day
2016-04-13Thane inferno: Three building owners booked - Chandigarh Tribune
Thane inferno: Three building owners booked Posted at: Apr 13, 2016, 3:24 PM; last updated: Apr 13, 2016, 3:30 PM (IST) Thane, April 13 Three persons have been booked in connection with the devastating fire in a residential building in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi here that gutted two of its floors and left several residents stranded for hours. An FIR was registered late last night at Shanti Nagar police station in Bhiwandi against three owners of the building, identified as Sayeed Ulla Ansari (48), Vahid Ulla Ansari (65) and Vasid Ulla Ansari (44), all brothers, based on a complaint filed by police sub-inspector Sanjay Rathod, Thane Police PRO Gajanan Kabdule said. No arrests have been made so far. The three persons have been booked under IPC sections 283 (danger or obstruction in public way), 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 337 (causing hurt by an act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by an act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 427 (mischief). At around 7 am yesterday, a powerloom unit on the ground floor of the building at Nagaon caught fire and it spread to the first floor, where yarn and other raw materials were stored. The blaze forced nearly 170 trapped residents in the building to move to the terrace before firemen began rescue operations and evacuated all of them safely. The owners had got the powerloom factory (ground and first floor) constructed in 1997-98, and later built the second, third and fourth floors allegedly without taking any permission and used it for residential purposes, Kabdule said. He also said that these floors were constructed without any proper plan by an engineer, and no safety measures were adopted by the owners. The FIR stated that the owners failed to install fire safety equipment on the ground and first floor. Also, no precautionary measures were taken for the safety of occupants on the upper floors, which have 66 houses. The FIR also mentioned that there was only one narrow staircase in the entire building that was constructed in non-compliance with safety standards. Kabdule said the blaze occurred because of the failure on part of the owners to follow the safety procedures. During the fire yesterday, the building occupants complained of problems like suffocation because of the heavy smoke. There was no escape route for residents to run out of the building, he said. The electrical wiring in the powerloom unit was also not properly done, he said. — PTI
Thane inferno: Three building owners booked - Chandigarh Tribune
2016-04-13Teenaged girl abducted from Thane, rescued in Punjab - Business Standard
Teenaged girl abducted from Thane, rescued in Punjab Press Trust of India Thane April 13, 2016 Last Updated at 13:02 IST A 16-year-old girl from the district was allegedly kidnapped and raped by a youth who took her to Ludhiana from where she was rescued, police said today. The girl, a resident of Kalyan-Malang Gadh road in Dombivili area of Thane, went missing on March 18. Initially, her parents filed a missing complaint. When she was not found, the complaint was converted under relevant sections for abduction, said senior police inspector G S Randive of Manpada police station. During probe in the matter, police tracked the girl and the youth to Ludhiana in Punjab while trying to gather their mobile phone locations, he said. A police team from Dombivili then rushed to Ludhiana and rescued the girl on April 7. The youth, identified as Manish Munnilal Mourya (22), was subsequently arrested, Randive said. As per the complaint, the accused, employed as a supervisor with a company in Dombivili, wooed the girl staying in her neighbourhood on the pretext of marrying her. He took the girl to UP, Bihar and various other places prior to landing in Ludhiana where he did some odd jobs for livelihood. During this period, the girl was allegedly raped by the accused on a number of occasions, police said. The police team along with the girl and the youth reached Dombivili on April 8, Randive said. On April 9, the accused was produced in court which remanded him in police custody for seven days. The accused has been charged under sections 363 (kidnapping) and 376 (rape) of IPC and also sections 4 and 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, police added.
2016-04-13Manoj shinde appointed as Thane Congress president - Business Standard
Manoj shinde appointed as Thane Congress president Press Trust of India Thane April 13, 2016 Last Updated at 14:22 IST Senior Congress leader Manoj Shinde was appointed as president of Thane Congress committee. The appointment assumes significance in the light of the crucial civic body election in Thane and Mumbai next year, an official press note said. The office was lying vacant for the last several years after former president Balkrishna Purnekar was sacked following alleged irregularities. Later, a panel was formed, including senior congress leaders from the city, and Shinde's appointment was announced last night.
2016-04-13Thane lad selected for int'l table tennis tournament - Times of India
Thane lad selected for int'l table tennis tournament B B Nayak | Apr 13, 2016, 10.56 PM IST Thane: City boy Siddhesh Pande (18) will make his international debut at the upcoming table tennis tournaments. The 18-year-old has been selected for three back-to-back events that will be held in Belgium, Portugal and Spain from April 20 to May 8. Pande is the only player from the district who has been chosen to be part of the Indian squad. He is also one among the three players who was selected from Maharashtra by the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI). The other two who have chosen from the state are Manushree Patil from Mumbai and Swastika Ghosh from Raigad. "I am quite excited to open the international debut abroad since I have played two international events early this season in the domestic circuit. Representing India on a foreign court will be a different experience. I am yet to experience this kind of a challenge. I could not have bargained for more," said an elated Pande.
2016-04-13Cop loses control of car, knocks down man in Thane - Business Standard
Cop loses control of car, knocks down man in Thane Press Trust of India Thane April 13, 2016 Last Updated at 20:22 IST A police constable, suspected to be under influence of alcohol, allegedly rammed his car into few parked autorickshaws before hitting a man standing outside a shop in Samata Nagar area in wee hours today. The incident occurred when 45-year-old Purushottam Atram, attached to Rabodi police station, lost control of his car which hit a few autorickshaws in the area before hitting one Shailendra Jaiswal who was standing outside shop of his brother. Shailendra was rushed to hospital and was later discharged. Atram was arrested under appropriate sections of IPC and Motor Vehicles Act.
2016-04-13Thane Maynard And Dr. John Kricher, Author Of "A Neotropical Companion" - WVXU
Thane Maynard And Dr. John Kricher, Author Of "A Neotropical Companion" APR 13, 2016 Dr. John Kricher is longtime professor of biology at Wheaton College who teaches courses in ecology, ornithology, and vertebrate evolution. He's the author of over 100 professional papers and a dozen books on nature and ecology, including the highly regarded field guide A Neotropical Companion. Dr. Kricher recently spoke with the Cincinnati Zoo's Thane Maynard.
2016-04-13Party drug worth Rs 3 crore seized in Thane - Times of India
Party drug worth Rs 3 crore seized in Thane TNN | Apr 14, 2016, 01.26 AM IST Thane: The crime branch has seized 7kg ephedrine, a party drug, worth nearly Rs 3 crore, from Thane's Vasant Vihar area and claimed to have busted a state-wide drug syndicate with the arrest of two men, including an employee of a pharmaceutical company. The seizure has taken the Thane police by surprise as this is one of the biggest drug haul in recent times and that too with the relatively uncommon precursor drug, which is a prescription medicine used in cancer treatment. "Ephedrine is a party drug and also acts as a primary raw ingredient for preparing amphetamine type stimulants (ATS) that are commonly used drugs such as Ecstasy, Speed and Base, Ice and Methamphetamine. These are synthetic drugs created by processing chemical ingredients at high intensity," said a police officer. "Ephedrine is a white powder used to prepare medicines, especially to fight cancer, but its abuse as a stimulant and appetite suppressant can give the same effect as cocaine. It is fast replacing traditional, designer narcotics such as heroin and cocaine and is a vital ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine." On Monday, a Nigerian national, Okoyo Chinnas (30), was arrested with 500gm of mephedrone, commonly known as MD or meow meow, and during interrogation, he reportedly revealed that 7kg ephedrine, worth Rs 2.8 crore, was stocked in the Vasant Vihar area, said a police officer. Based on this information, on Tuesday, around 5pm, undercover crime branch sleuths trapped Panvel resident Sagar Powale (28) and Khalapur resident Mayur Sukhdare and seized the party drug. The police suspect that the ephedrine was taken out of the pharmaceutical company by Powale and Sukhdre is a peddler. The officer added that the two back-to-back seizures pointed to the increase in production and rising abuse and transition of drug addicts from meow meow to ephedrine. Meow meow, too, is gaining demand in Mumbai. A police officer said that ephedrine which can be purchased only by licenced pharmaceutical firms is either stolen or diverted to the drug syndicate who use it to prepare amphetamine type stimulants in sick units located in far-off locations, mostly in south Maharashtra. A police team has been dispatched to a city in the south of Maharashtra to find the links of the drug racket there. The demand for ephedrine is gaining popularity as meow meow is under surveillance since its inclusion of it under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act last year. "Ephedrine, so far, has been under wraps largely because there's not much awareness in the legal system about the seriousness of it as a narcotic," said a police officer.
2016-04-13Parched state: Thane welcomes harried farmers with open arms - Times of India
Parched state: Thane welcomes harried farmers with open arms TNN | Apr 14, 2016, 01.12 AM IST THANE: Holding three acres of fertile farm land and enough cattle to feed their family of five, Suman Rathod (30) was one of the many well settled families in the Mukhed district of Nanded some years ago. However, after three years of continuous drought, which has left their land barren, forced them to pack their bags and move to Mumbai looking for livelihood. "We know the only way out of this poverty is education. We ensured that our three children continued their studies. We enrolled them in a boarding school. Our plan was to earn money and send it to them for their food and tuition expenses," said Rathod, whose second son appeared for SSC this year. However, when she and around 350 other families started living on the streets, station platforms and open grounds in Ghatkopar, they were harassed by miscreants who refused to give them access to water from public taps and extorted money from them. "When we left our village we thought we would be free of this daily struggle for water. However when we found shelter in the city, we became victims of harassment," said Baban Jadhav (27) who fled his village with his wife and two children aged three and one. Bringing relief to farmers like these, who fled from the drought-hit Nanded district to Mumbai, Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde has organized a temporary shelter where free food and other basic necessities will be given to the migrants for the next two months. Nearly a thousand people are housed in the shelter, which was set up in 48 hours. "These are many civic and public works department projects that need labourers. We will try to give the migrants jobs," said Shinde. Dr J B Bhor, president of the Wagle Estate doctors' association, has arranged for free health check-ups for the harried migrants.
2016-04-13Thane athletes win laurels at European karate championship - Times of India
Thane athletes win laurels at European karate championship B B Nayak | TNN | Apr 13, 2016, 10.56 PM IST THANE: Athletes from the city made a mark at the recently-held European IKA Gosoku-Ryu Karate Championship at Warsaw, Poland. The athletes won nine medals, six bronze, two silver and a gold. The players included Abhay Bamboli, Akshay Jog, Radha Prasad, Prajakta Gargote, Ankit Sawarkar, Omkar Warang, Sukrut Joshi, Ranjini Gupta and Yash Kolambekar. "Our players had a good run at the international meet. They won many medals and this has surely motivated them to perform better," said their coach B H Choudhary. Besides India, other countries that participated in the competition were USA, Serbia, Italy, Ukaraine, Belarus and Poland. The Indian team clinched the coveted trophy for best all-round performance.
2016-04-12Thane: Massive fire breaks out at garment factory in Bhiwandi, 80 people feared to be trapped - India.com
Thane: Massive fire breaks out at garment factory in Bhiwandi, 80 people feared to be trapped A massive fire broke out on Tuesday morning at a garment factory in Bhiwandi city of Thane district in Maharashtra. By India.com News Desk on April 12, 2016 at 9:14 AM Thane, April 12: A massive fire broke out on Tuesday morning at a garment factory in Bhiwandi city of ThaneĀ district in Maharashtra. According to initial reports, 80 people are feared to be trapped in the building. Ten fire tenders are at the spot and rescue operation has begun. The fire broke out at the ground floor of the four-storey complex. No casualty has been reported so far. According to reports, fire-fighters are taking efforts to rescue around 80 people who are believed to be stuck at the terrace of the complex. Since the fire engulfed at the ground floor of the building and there's no second exit, people inside the building have stuck. The fire is travelling upward from the ground floor posing more threat to stranded people inside the building. As of now, the reason behind the fire could not be traced. The authorities have sought help from Mumbai fire department too to rescue operation. The rescue operation is under-way. More details are awaited.
Thane: Massive fire breaks out at garment factory in Bhiwandi, 80 people feared to be trapped - India.com
2016-04-12Watch: Fire erupts in a building in Bhiwandi; people feared trapped inside - Firstpost
Fire erupts in a building in Bhiwandi; people feared trapped inside FP Staff Apr 12, 2016 10:10 IST Fire broke out in a powerloom unit in Bhiwandi in Thane on Tuesday. Even as four people have been rescued, others are still feared trapped inside the building. An officer from the fire brigade present at the spot said that the four-storey building had a powerloom on the ground floor and private residences in the rest of the floors. CNN-IBN also reported that the fire was spreading to other floors in the building. Four fire engines from Bhiwandi have been sent to the area. Fire brigade from Thane and Kalyan have also been called to the spot for rescue efforts.
Watch: Fire erupts in a building in Bhiwandi; people feared trapped inside - Firstpost
2016-04-12Makers Labs stops manufacturing operations at Thane unit; decides to sell facility - Daily News & Analysis
Makers Labs stops manufacturing operations at Thane unit; decides to sell facility Makers Laboratories on Tuesday said it has stopped manufacturing at its bulk drugs and intermediates facility at Thane in Maharashtra. "The company has stopped manufacturing operations at the said (Thane) plant due to space constraints for effluent treatment operations, storage of materials and solvents and safe manufacturing operations...," Makers Laboratories said in a filing to BSE. The board of the company has also decided to sell and transfer the leasehold right of the company in respect of the plot of the manufacturing unit and factory buildings on it at an aggregate amount of Rs 1.30 crore, it added. The drug firm has also decided to sell the plant and machinery, etc., for an expected consideration of Rs 49 lakh, Makers Laboratories said. On Tuesday, the shares of Makers Laboratories closed up 1.86% or Rs 1.15 at Rs 62.95 per scrip on the BSE.
Makers Labs stops manufacturing operations at Thane unit; decides to sell facility - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-12170 rescued from Thane inferno - Chandigarh Tribune
170 rescued from Thane inferno Posted at: Apr 13, 2016, 1:27 AM; last updated: Apr 13, 2016, 11:32 AM (IST) Thane, April 12 Firefighters safely evacuated 170 persons trapped on the terrace of a factory-cum-residential complex in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi town where a massive fire broke out on Tuesday morning. The blaze was noticed at 7 am after a powerloom unit on the ground floor of the four-storey building at Nagoan caught fire and spread to the first floor, where yarn and other raw materials were stored, Vaishali Lambhate, tehsildar of Bhiwandi, 35 km from Mumbai, said. Attributing the cause of the fire to a “short circuit”, Lambhate said a criminal case would soon be filed. Both the floors housing a sizing unit as well as a goods godown were gutted. However, firemen prevented the raging flames from reaching the upper floors and there were no casualties, said Namdeo Gaikwad, chief of the Disaster Control Cell of the Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation. Gaikwad said revenue officials were preparing the “panchnama” to assess the losses while civic officials were examining other factors, including safety measures taken by the unit owner. Eyewitnesses said chaos reigned at the mishap site this morning as locals ran out of the homes on seeing smoke emanating from the ground and first floor of the building. Gaikwad said soon after the fire broke out, six fire tenders from Thane, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi were pressed into service and rescue operations were launched swiftly around 7.30 am. The trapped families were directed to move to the building terrace from where they were rescued later with the help of snorkel ladders brought by Thane and Kalyan fire brigade personnel, he said. The raging fire was doused around noon, an official said. — Agencies
170 rescued from Thane inferno - Chandigarh Tribune
2016-04-11Cadaver donation: Thane family gifts life to 3 persons - Free Press Journal
Cadaver donation: Thane family gifts life to 3 persons Cadaver donation: Thane family gifts life to 3 persons By Staff Reporter Apr 11, 2016 12:08 am The city reports 16 cadaver donations so far this year Mumbai : A Thane family gave the gift of life to three people on Saturday by donating liver and kidneys of their 16-year-old daughter. With this, the city has reported 16 cadaver donations so far this year as compared to 41 donations throughout 2015. Thane-based teenager had met with a road accident on Thursday wherein she was badly hit by a car while she was on her scooty. Following this, she was immediately rushed to Jupiter Hospital in Thane for treatment. The hospital sources informed that her health deteriorated as she suffered severe injuries on her head which led to her death. After she was declared brain-dead by the intensivists, the hospital's transplant coordinators approached the family. Anirudha Kulkarni, transplant coordinator of Jupiter Hospital, said, The family was well-aware about organ donation as one of the members of the family works in a security agency at Indore. The family member was a part of the security team for carrying out green corridor for heart transplantation and therefore they knew the importance of this cause. Our job was very easy as they were willing to donate and hence we just had to complete the formalities.¯ Both the kidneys were donated to Jupiter hospital patients who were suffering from end-stage kidney disease. One of the recipients has been identified as 24-year-old man hailing from Thane who was on the waiting list for past four years. Meanwhile, the other recipient was a 42-year-old man hailing from Mumbra who was on the waiting list for past three years. Besides, liver was transplanted to an end-stage liver patient from Global Hospital in Parel. City-based transplant coordinators stated that today awareness about organ donation has increased owing to huge coverage in media and awareness created by hospitals. They further emphasised that the mindset of people regarding organ donation needs to be broad-minded which will help them to understand that giving people a second chance at life is such a huge deed.
Cadaver donation: Thane family gifts life to 3 persons - Free Press Journal
2016-04-11Thane mayor annoyed over non-recruitment of teachers - Business Standard
Thane mayor annoyed over non-recruitment of teachers Press Trust of India Thane April 11, 2016 Last Updated at 22:13 IST Thane mayor Sanjay More today alleged that the school department was indifferent to vacancies of teachers in English medium classes in the municipal schools. More directed the officials to submit a report on this within eight days. In a press release, More said he had followed up the issue of recruitment of teachers with the officials, but the latter were apathetic. After the general Body of the corporation passed a resolution to recruit teaching staff for English classes nine months ago, there was no further move, he said.
2016-04-10Rival Syedna buried at Thane home but succession battle will continue - Times of India
Rival Syedna buried at Thane home but succession battle will continue | TNN | Apr 10, 2016, 10.47 PM IST Mumbai: More than a week after his death in the US, Khuzaima Qutbuddin, claimant to the 53rd Dai-al-Mutlaq or spiritual head of the Dawoodi Bohras, was buried at his Darus Sakina residence in Thane on Sunday. Nearly 500 followers, including women and children, attended the burial and mourning session. Qutbuddin's eldest son and successor, Taher Fakhruddin, led the namaz-e-janaza (funeral prayer), accepted condolences and addressed the matmi majlis (mourning session) after the burial. While extolling his father's virtues, Fakhruddin said Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin was the successor as the nass (succession) on him was done by the late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. He also announced a 40-day mourning for the departed leader. Fakhruddin's office said Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin's body was taken by helicopter for ziyarat (visit) of Roza-e-Tahera, the mausoleum which houses graves of Qutbuddin's father, Syedna Taher Saifuddin, and half-brother, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. The helicopter made seven round of the mausoleum. Printouts of a Qaseeda (panegyric poem) in Arabic for Qutbuddin by Fakhruddin were distributed among the mourners. "The family is mourning. A detailed press briefing will be held soon," said Taher Khorakiwala, a follower of the breakaway faction of the Dawoodi Bohras. If there were doubts about whether Fakhruddin would continue the fight for the Syedna's post, they were cleared when he declared that fatah mobeen (sweet victory) would be his. "It was a clear attempt to send a message to the supporters of incumbent spiritual head Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin that the battle for the highest post in the community is not over. Fakhruddin will challenge Saifuddin's position as the community's spiritual head in courts," said a follower of Fakhruddin who attended Qutbuddin's janaza and burial. Qutbuddin had walked out of the family's bungalow in Malabar Hill on January 17, 2014, after Syedna Burhanuddin's death and claimed the late Burhanuddin had secretly appointed him successor in 1965. But Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin's group said the late Syedna had done nass (succession) on Mufaddal Saifuddin in 2011. The issue reached the Bombay HC, which said last week that Qutbuddin's claims to be declared spiritual head had "abated" after his death but Fakhruddin could file a suit.
Rival Syedna buried at Thane home but succession battle will continue - Times of India
2016-04-10Slum Redevelopment Authority office inaugurated in Thane - Times of India
Slum Redevelopment Authority office inaugurated in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 10, 2016, 08.27 PM IST THANE: The Slum Redevelopment Authority (SRA) office was inaugurated on Friday in the city paving way for making the city slum-free in the coming years. There are around 52% city population staying in slums and the focus on the SRA will be to design beneficial projects and ensure the landscape is cleared of these settlements. The SRA will initially take up projects that were stalled under the previous Slum Rehabilitation Development Scheme. New schemes under SRA will be taken up only after earlier ones are completed, informed an official. The city was to finish 65 schemes under the SRD scheme but only 30 projects were completed while work on around 15 is still going on. Only seven structures under the scheme have occupation certificates while the remaining buildings are yet to be granted the same. The SRA authority will help resolve technical and legal issues owing to which the OC of the schemes are stuck. A door-to-door biometric survey of slum dwellers will be done to get data on slums in the city and exact number of homes required to be developed for rehabilitation, informed CEO Aseem Gupta.
2016-04-10Rajasthan's temple created in Thane for Chaitra Navratri - Daily News & Analysis
Rajasthan's temple created in Thane for Chaitra Navratri Updated: Apr 10, 2016, 08:05 AM IST April 8 saw twin celebrations in Thane as residents not only ushered in the New Year with Gudhi Padwa, but also the first day of Chaitra Navratri was observed. To celebrate these nine days of Navratri, Anand Charitable Trust has erected a replica of Rajasthan's Shreeyantra Ashtalaxmi temple at Jambhlinaka, Thane. With the beginning of Chaitra Navratri from April 8, Thanekars are in for a nine day festive celebration at Jambhlinaka. Like every year, Anand Charitable Trust has brought in something different for Thanekars at their puja pandal in Thane. "We have created a replice of Sriyantra Ashtalaxmi mandir of Rajasthan," says an official from the trust. Created by famous bollywood art director Sanjay Dhabade, the replica has a 40x40 feet main temple where the idol of goddess Ashta laxmi has been kept. And a sri yantra which is known to bring in prosperity has also been made behind the statue of the goddess. The grand entrance of the Ashta laxmi temple has been created and statues of various beings from hindu mythology like yakshas, devdoot, fairies, etc., have been made. Moreover, 108 types of ganpati idols mentioned from Shivpurana have also been recreated with the help of Dilip Vaiti. The nine days of navratri till April 15 have various activities lined up for everyone to participate. This include kirtans (devotional songs) by varkari sect, daily aartis, daily hawans (holy fire) at 9 homkund (fire pit) in the pandal, felicitation and musical programs,among other things. Since navratri is incomplete without dandiya there will be two days of dandiya and ras garba. On Sunday there will be Bhondla and marathi dandiya while on April 11, there will be gujarati dandiya raas and members of gujarati community will also be felicitated. As the state is being hit by drought this year there will also be a special Varunyag (havan to lord of air) held among other havans with the prayer to bring in more rains this year. So get set to enjoy these fun and devotion filled nine days of chaitra navratri.
2016-04-10Over 900 kg beef caught in Thane - Times of India
Over 900 kg beef caught in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 10, 2016, 11.15 AM IST THANE: More than 900 kilograms of the banned beef, which was being driven into Navi Mumbai through a transport truck, was seized at the Kharegaon toll post early on Saturday. Police said the driver - Mohammed Ismail Zahir 36 was arrested for trying to sneak in the banned red meat and feel in the trap of a squad led by sub-inspector Mahendra Bhamre.It is learnt that the truck driver made a futile attempt to sneak inside but was stopped and inquired about the contents in the truck. A search revealed that huge quantities of red meat was stored in the plastic bags. The Kalwa police summoned the officials of the animal husbandry cell of the Thane Municipal Corporation, who subsequently confirmed that the seized meat as a beef from the cows. "The total quantity of beef is nearly 900 kgs and the further investigations is underway," said a senior police officer. The officer added that inquiries are underway and preliminary investigations revealed that the source was from Ahmednagar to Vashi in Navi Mumbai. An offence has been registered with the Kalwa police station.
Over 900 kg beef caught in Thane - Times of India
2016-04-0958 of 69 fish, crab species vanish from Thane Creek in 14 years - Times of India
58 of 69 fish, crab species vanish from Thane Creek in 14 years Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 9, 2016, 05.52 PM IST THANE: The 26km long Thane Creek, which covers a ground area of 1,690 hectares, has suffered an environmental catastrophe over the past 14 years as 58 of the 69 marine species in its waters have become extinct during this period. Fishermen here whose nets were once filled with fish and crab species like Asian sea bass, hilsa (herring), black tiger prawn, small crab and lobster now have to enter the high seas for the same. Meanwhile, the remaining 11 species of fish in the Thane Creek soon disappear soon as high levels of toxins are contaminating the waters and starving aquatic life of oxygen here, revealed a research by the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON)."In 2002, we had identified and located as many as 69 marine species in the Thane Creek. A fresh survey carried out by our research team in 2016 has shockingly revealed that just 11 of the species could be located in these waters. This means that the reproduction cycle of 58 fish and crab species was damaged to such an extent that they have become extinct," said Goldin Quadros, senior scientist in the wetlands ecology division at SACON. Quadros blamed the colossal damage on high levels of arsenic in the waters due to dumping of untreated waste along with industrial effluents and plastic, which reduce oxygen levels and raise the temperature, all of which directly contribute to the elimination of fish species. Quadros further said that of the 11 species that have survived, only four are edible."We have been trying to generate awareness about the importance of conserving wetlands through our clean creek movement since 11 years now. While studying the creek over the years, we found that the clay soil bed that houses a variety of fish, plant and bird species is now replaced by silt accumulated over the years from garbage dumping. This has destroyed the bio-diversity here. Moreover, untreated waste water released into the creek over time has reduced the oxygen level in the creek, which has hit the survival of marine life," said R P Athalye, vice-principal of Bandodkar College and a member of the SACOM research team.This crisis has hit the livelihood of the fishing community. "Nine years ago, we used to catch around 10kg of fish, including Asian sea bass (jitada), small prawns (kardi), black prawns (karpal), Hilsa herring (pala) and lobster (shewand). However, now, we have to sail into the high seas to barely find a kg of some of these. Karpal is no longer seen. Sometimes, we even find dead fish in our nets. Pollution in the creek, right from Balkum to Kharegaon, has hit our business. I have three fishing boats, two of which are gathering dust as the little we earn from the limited fish stock is insufficient to pay labour cost," said Rajesh Kharker (47), a fisherman from the Vitawa area.
58 of 69 fish, crab species vanish from Thane Creek in 14 years - Times of India
2016-04-09Thane roads turn into death beds, three die in hit and run - Daily News & Analysis
Thane roads turn into death beds, three die in hit and run The roads of Thane are turning deadlier day-by-day. Three people died in hit and run on the city roads. The efficiency of Thane police's department is being questioned as several innocent lives are being lost due to lack of control on the city roads. The major question is, whether Thane roads would become more deadlier than the roads of the national capital. In a the first incident, a Majiwada resident Naresh Jethalal, 51, was on his bike (MH 04 CQ 3770) returning towards his residence when he was hit by a speeding vehicle near Teen Hath Naka. He succumbed to severe internal injuries. The on duty constable Sharif Tadvi from Naupada police station registered the complaint on behalf of the government against an unknown vehicle driver. In the second incident, on Sunday, a pedestrian around 55-year-old, who is yet to be identified, was mowed down by a speeding vehicle as no one came to his rescue. He was lying helplessly near Anjur phata when police officials were informed. The Narpoli police is investigating the matter in this regard. In the third and shocking incident, a pedestrian handicap woman died a year ago in the hit and run and a case of accident was reported on Friday. Sashikala Shantaram, 55 and a resident of Ramnagar, while walking towards her residence near CP Talao, was completely crushed under the wheels while all her body parts were cut off due to the speeding vehicle which is yet to be identified. A case has been registered at Srinagar police station. According to senior police officials, in all the three cases, section 304(A) , 279, 337 and 338 have been registered under Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Motor vehicles act at three police stations. With cases of hit and run increasing in the city, Dr Rashmi Karandikar, DCP, Thane Traffic police department said, "We have asked the police officials to check the CCTV footages and will track down the culprit and will inform the local police station regarding the cases of hit and run." "The three incidents have taken place on different days and we are investigating further. We have made helmets compulsory in the region and if required, will ask the concerned department to develop rumble speed breakers at certain spots which are prone to accidents," added Karandikar.
2016-04-09Thane industries will get tertiary treated water: Devendra Fadnavis - Daily News & Analysis
Thane industries will get tertiary treated water: Devendra Fadnavis With the water situation worsening in Thane, in addition to other parts of the state, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Friday that tertiary treated water will be supplied to industries to tackle the crisis. Moreover, work on laying pipelines for Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority's (MMRDA) Surya Water Supply Scheme is likely to start in a month's time. Tertiary treatment of water is the final cleaning process that improves the waste water quality before it is either reused or disposed in the sea. The treatment removes any kind of inorganic compounds and substances, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, apart from bacteria, viruses and parasites. Responding to a question about reduced water supply in Thane region, Fadnavis said, "The state has a long-term plan to tackle the problem. There is a conflict over water usage, which is being prioritised. First for drinking purpose, followed by industrial and agricultural use." There is a 40% water cut in Thane, resulting in no supply for four days a week. Therefore, for industries, potable water will be replaced with tertiary treated water, like in Nagpur, where tertiary-treated water is being supplied to a thermal power plant nearby. The CM said the state was also working towards having desalination plants, so sea water can be used, increasing water availability to civic bodies along the coast. "In a month's time, we will kick-off the Surya Regional Water Supply Scheme (to meet the increasing water demands of Thane-Vasai region)," said Fadnavis. The project has been on the paper for a minimum of seven years now and an estimated Rs1,325.78 crore will be required to lay a pipeline along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway. As per the plan, the Surya Regional Water Supply Scheme will supply 403 million litres a day (MLD) of water to the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation and Vasai Virar City Municipal Corporation. Once the work for the 88km water pipe begins after a few months, it will take 34 months for its implementation and for the supply to begin. The water will be supplied from the Surya river in the Jawahar area of Thane district, by developing treatment and chlorination plants, master balancing reservoir, and so on.
2016-04-09Dhol-tasha, floats bring swagat yatras alive in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
Dhol-tasha, floats bring swagat yatras alive in Thane This year's Gudi Padwa swagat yatra to welcome new year had social themes dominating the procession. Right from save water to save culture, Thanekars came on the streets to highlight these causes. The Padwa celebration started a day before on April 7, with jal aarti performed at Talao Pali or Masunda lake. Residents dressed in traditional Maharashtrian attire performed puja or jal aarti on the banks of the lake. The entire lake came alive in the evening with residents lighting diyas. On Friday morning, the grand swagat yatra organised by Shri Kopineshwar Nyas Trust began with palkhi of Lord Kopineshwar serenaded by devotees. The yatra had the young and old coming together to welcome in the new year. "This is a great feeling to wake up early, dress up and come here to attend the swagat yatra," says Yamini Shinde, who along with her group of friends, was here to see the yatra. "We look forward to it every year, as it is a good time to catch up with old friends," she adds. The yatra had various social organisations representing the causes they are working for. Placards and floats to create awareness about autism, save girl child, organ donation and maintain cleanliness made their presence felt. However, the theme which dominated the yatra was save water. "We are facing water crisis and this is a great occasion to make people aware about its importance," says Anita Patil, who was also a part of the yatra. A group of women dressed in sarees also held placards stressing on the importance of following our culture and tradition. They urged to follow Indian sanskruti and celebrated birthdays according to Hindu tithi and not by cutting cakes. The highlight of the programme was the women's bike rally were women dressed in traditional navari saree and feta (turban) rode bikes. It was just awe-inspiring as they represented a mix of the new with the old. The dhol-tasha pathak (band) brought in the festive flavor to this yatra. Families came together to click selfies with friends and well-wishers. While Thanekars in the heart of the city rejoiced, those from far-off Brahmand had their own celebrations. Children dressed in fancy dress were mounted on bullock carts depicting rural India. The procession had kids performing to lejhim, doing tarpa dance and a Puneri dhol pathak (band).
2016-04-0958 of 69 fish, crab species vanish from Thane Creek in 14 years - Economic Times
58 of 69 fish, crab species vanish from Thane Creek in 14 years By Freny Fernandes, TNN | 9 Apr, 2016, 05.52PM IST THANE: The 26km long Thane Creek, which covers a ground area of 1,690 hectares, has suffered an environmental catastrophe over the past 14 years as 58 of the 69 marine species in its waters have become extinct during this period.Fishermen here whose nets were once filled with fish and crab species like Asian sea bass, hilsa (herring), black tiger prawn, small crab and lobster now have to enter the high seas for the same.Meanwhile, the remaining 11 species of fish in the Thane Creek soon disappear soon as high levels of toxins are contaminating the waters and starving aquatic life of oxygen here, revealed a research by the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON). "In 2002, we had identified and located as many as 69 marine species in the Thane Creek. A fresh survey carried out by our research team in 2016 has shockingly revealed that just 11 of the species could be located in these waters. This means that the reproduction cycle of 58 fish and crab species was damaged to such an extent that they have become extinct," said Goldin Quadros, senior scientist in the wetlands ecology division at SACON.Quadros blamed the colossal damage on high levels of arsenic in the waters due to dumping of untreated waste along with industrial effluents and plastic, which reduce oxygen levels and raise the temperature, all of which directly contribute to the elimination of fish species.Quadros further said that of the 11 species that have survived, only four are edible."We have been trying to generate awareness about the importance of conserving wetlands through our clean creek movement since 11 years now. While studying the creek over the years, we found that the clay soil bed that houses a variety of fish, plant and bird species is now replaced by silt accumulated over the years from garbage dumping. This has destroyed the bio-diversity here. Moreover, untreated waste water released into the creek over time has reduced the oxygen level in the creek, which has hit the survival of marine life," said R P Athalye, vice-principal of Bandodkar College and a member of the SACOM research team.This crisis has hit the livelihood of the fishing community. "Nine years ago, we used to catch around 10kg of fish, including Asian sea bass (jitada), small prawns (kardi), black prawns (karpal), Hilsa herring (pala) and lobster (shewand). However, now, we have to sail into the high seas to barely find a kg of some of these. Karpal is no longer seen. Sometimes, we even find dead fish in our nets. Pollution in the creek, right from Balkum to Kharegaon, has hit our business. I have three fishing boats, two of which are gathering dust as the little we earn from the limited fish stock is insufficient to pay labour cost," said Rajesh Kharker (47), a fisherman from the Vitawa area.
2016-04-09Maha Minister inaugurates Slum Rehab Authority office in Thane - Business Standard
Maha Minister inaugurates Slum Rehab Authority office in Thane Thane (Maha) Last Updated at April 9, 2016 11:32 IST Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde has inaugurated a Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) office in the city. Shinde, Minister for PWD and also district guardian minister, inaugurated the office in Khevara circle area last evening, on the occasion of 'Gudi Padwa' (Marathi New Year). He said SRA and cluster development projects which are directed towards planned development will go a long way in changing the face of the lake city. "This (opening of SRA office) will help achieve government's aim of of providing affordable houses to the masses," Shinde added. According to the Minister, SRA is of prime importance in making Thane city "slum free". Thane mayor Sanjay More, Kalyan MP Srikant Shinde, MLAs Pratap Sarnaik, Sanjay Kelkar, MLC Niranjan Davkhare, other local leaders and senior civic officials were present on the occasion.
Maha Minister inaugurates Slum Rehab Authority office in Thane - Business Standard
2016-04-08Radio host Thane Kirby brings daughters back home after wife fled - Manawatu Standard
Radio host Thane Kirby brings daughters back home after wife fled Last updated 16:49, April 8 2016 Kiwi radio DJ Thane Kirby has brought his two young daughters back to New Zealand after his former partner left the country last month taking their children. Kirby was devastated when his estranged wife, former Auckland model Sophie Nash, left the country in March taking their children aged 4 and 5 with her. Nash flew to Australia after she failed to appear in Auckland District Court on charges of driving while disqualified, breaching a community-work order and theft. Kirby shared his thanks for the support friends and fans had shown on social media with a picture of his two daughters, saying they were "happy to be home".
Radio host Thane Kirby brings daughters back home after wife fled - Manawatu Standard
2016-04-08Thane man gets 3 years jail for molesting minor daughter - Mid-Day
Thane man gets 3 years jail for molesting minor daughter By PTI |Posted 08-Apr-2016 Thane: A local court has sentenced a 60-year- old man to three years simple imprisonment for outraging modesty of his minor daughter. Additional Sessions Judge V V Bambarde recently sentenced the man after he was found guilty under IPC section 354-B. Public prosecutor Sanjay Londhe, in his submission, told the court that the accused returned to India in 2006 from Saudi Arabia. He started to molest his daughter, who was then studying in class XII. He repeated the offence on several occasions when the victim was alone at home and continued it for nearly four years. Victim's mother frequently visited doctor owing to her ill health while her two brothers went out for work, he said. The police charged the accused under IPC section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354-B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 376 (2)(f) (whoever commits rape on a woman when she is under twelve years of age). The accused was arrested in August, 2014, based on complaint filed by his daughter, who later mustered courage to report the offence. The prosecutor further told the court that the accused touched her daughter inappropriately and threatened her of dire consequences if she disclosed about it to her mother or anyone else. "After sometime, the accused forced the victim to have intercourse with him and threatened that if does not fulfil his demand, he will stop her education. It was then she confided into her mother," he said. The judge observed that the accused used criminal force and outraged modesty of his daughter. "He compelled to strip off his own daughter. It is heinous offence. So, I answer point no.1 in the affirmative and hold the accused guilty of offence under section 354-B of IPC," the court said.
2016-04-08Drought in Maharashtra: Devendra Fadnavis assures long-term solution for Thane & Latur - India.com
Drought in Maharashtra: Devendra Fadnavis assures long-term solution for Thane, Latur By Mohammed Uzair Shaikh on April 8, 2016 at 2:47 PM Mumbai, April 8: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis addressed the grave issue of drought in the state. He assured that the priority of state government is towards the issue of acute water shortage, and steps have been initiated to provide relief to the people. Fadnavis indicated of a long term solution to the menace which has been recurring since the past few years. We have long term plan for drought in Thane, conflict between water for industry and other uses. We are working on tertiary recycling, he said. Thane has been receiving water for only 20 minutes once in 60 hours. The situation is about to turn even more adverse with nearly three months of summer remaining. Fadnavis also addressed the critical condition in Latur, where the district administration is forced to impose section 144 to prevent clashes over water. We have announced measures and are acting on them in Latur to tackle drought. One of those measures is to bring water through Railways to Latur, he added. In the past week, state cabinet ministers Eknath Khadse and Pankaja Munde visited the drought prone regions of Latur, Beed, Marathwada and Osmanabad. Along with senior officials of Maharashtra government, they undertook an extensive assessment to ascertain the condition of the drought and the solutions which could be enacted. Meanwhile, the state government is about to release an additional Rs 3000 crores for generating jobs through MNREGA. The employment guarantee scheme is the only source of income for farmers reeling under drought.
Drought in Maharashtra: Devendra Fadnavis assures long-term solution for Thane & Latur - India.com
2016-04-08Thane Kirby gets daughters back - New Zealand Herald
Thane Kirby gets daughters back - New Zealand Herald
2016-04-07Thane mass murder: Weapon is the same cleaver used or lent for qurbanis, say police - The Indian Express
Thane mass murder: Weapon is the same cleaver used or lent for qurbanis, say police Police said that the cleaver — with a silver handle and sharp 12-inch blade — that was found on Warekar was customised and manufactured in Thane’s Ragaudi market. Mumbai | Updated: April 8, 2016 6:43 am The Thane police team that has been recording the statements of the residents of Kasarvadavli for the past couple of weeks in connection with the Thane mass murders has learnt that the cleaver that Hasnain Warekar used to kill 14 members of his family last month was the same one that the locals were using to slaughter goats on several occasions over the past three years. Police said that the cleaver — with a silver handle and sharp 12-inch blade — that was found on Warekar was customised and manufactured in Thane’s Ragaudi market.“During the course of investigation, many locals shared that they have personally used the same cleaver many times,” said a senior investigator. “The village is home to large pockets of Konkani Muslims and members of the Agri community. Though Hasnain was no butcher, his friends and neighbours, have recorded with the police that they occasionally used to approach him to assist them during ‘qurbani’,” said a senior police officer. Another officer said that though Hasnain lent his cleaver, he was always particular about taking it back from the user. “According to the statements recorded, Hasnain had decided not to offer sacrifices when his wife was pregnant but he didn’t hesitate in sharing the cleaver. Not only would he take the cleaver back but also go to get the edges sharpened after every time it was used,” an investigator said. Subia, the sole survivor of the massacre on February 28, said in her statement that Hasnain had a box of knives that was usually kept in the ground floor bedroom from where she was rescued. However, in the days leading to the murder, the box was no longer spotted in the room, she added. Subia has also informed the police that Hasnain used to “playfully and seriously” hold the cleaver against the sisters’ throats and threaten to take their lives. The police have also found out that Hasnain purchased falooda from Bhiwandi before picking up Subia from her home for the family daawat he was hosting. Forensic reports have revealed that it was in the falooda that Hasnain mixed his sister’s schizophrenia medications. The Thane police, however, till now have not been able to find out where did Hasnain purchased the nylon rope that he hung himself with from. Last week, the Thane police concluded that Hasnain made losses of Rs 40 lakh in the stock and had ‘zero balance’ in his bank account last December. The police will be mentioning financial crisis as one of the reasons that led Hasnain to wipe out his entire family in the abated summary report they will be filing in the case. The other reason, the police will be mentioning, is the fact that his sisters had come to know that he was sexually abusing his mentally challenged sister who was staying with Hasnain.
Thane mass murder: Weapon is the same cleaver used or lent for qurbanis, say police - The Indian Express
2016-04-07Dawoodi Bohras' leader Khuzaima Qutbuddin's last rites in Thane on Sunday - The Indian Express
Dawoodi Bohras’ leader Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s last rites in Thane on Sunday Followers of Qutbuddin have now been asked to attend final prayers for him before his burial procession in Thane on Sunday. Mumbai | Updated: April 8, 2016 1:53 am A week after the death of Khuzaima Qutbuddin, once claimant to the position of the spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohras, his body is set to be brought to Mumbai by the weekend for final rites at Darus Sakina in Thane Sunday. Qutbuddin (76), who succumbed to throat cancer, had been in the United States for nearly a month prior to his death. He is survived by four sons and five daughters. Son Taher Fakhruddin has been declared by the family as his successor.Qutbuddin was embroiled in a legal battle with the current Dai al-Mutlaq and his brother’s son Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, who succeeded Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin in 2014 following his death. With Qutbuddin’s death, his son is now going to take the legal battle forward. The family’s spokesperson confirmed on Thursday Fakhruddin’s legal representative would make an application to become the plaintiff after 90 days since Qutbuddin’s death. In 2014, Qutbuddin had challenged succession of Syedna Mufaddal claiming that he was declared the next Dai al-Mutlaq by his brother, Mohammad Burhanuddin, before his death. He had also shifted from the family’s palatial house at Malabar Hills to his Thane residence following his brother’s death. Followers of Qutbuddin have now been asked to attend final prayers for him before his burial procession in Thane on Sunday.
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2016-04-07Amid water cut, Thane fills in from borewells, handpumps - The Indian Express
Amid water cut, Thane fills in from borewells, handpumps By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Apr 8, 2016, 2:02 AS THE rising heat at the onset of summer adds to the water woes of Thane residents, the Thane Municipal Corporation is trying to generate water from alternative sources. In an effort to cope with the diminished water supply, the TMC had started 60 hour water cuts in areas like Mumbra, Kalwa, Diva and 40 hour water cuts in other parts of Thane city since January. While the usual supply of water is around 480 million litres per day sourced from the Bhatsa and Barvi Dams, the city is currently running on a supply of around 320 million litres per day. We are running short of 166 mld in comparison to the normal supply. We thus had to introduce the water cut in the city,¯ said additional municipal commissioner Sunil Chavan. Mumbai: Water stock 1 lakh million litres down this year Water cut partially lifted after Tansa overflows,city gets 130 mld more Water crisis in Shivaji Nagar slum; women protest in Juhu Water for city to dip by 320 mldNavi Mumbai has enough but rest of metro region thirsts Additional water for city in a week. He added that while Thane city is receiving 188 mld from the Bhatsa dam, the remaining part of the city including areas like Kalwa, Mumbra, Vitawa, Diva among others are receiving 132 mld from Barvi dam. The Bhatsa dam comes under the TMC's jurisdiction and we are thus, able to stagger the 40 hour water cut over the course of eight days. However, Barvi dam comes under MIDC's jurisdiction and we cannot do a similar staggered cut in areas facing 60 hour water cuts,¯ said Chavan. In order to provide relief to the residents of the areas receiving water from Barvi dam, the TMC has recently dug borewells and handpumps as well as cleaned the water from old wells. We had a total of 1,370 existing borewells. However, due to the water crisis, we have dug 134 new borewells of which 26 turned out to be dry. Out of the remaining, we have installed power pumps in 40 of them and handpumps in 68 of them which are now functional, said Chavan adding that the TMC is in the process of digging 150 additional borewells. About 216 of the total 555 old dug wells have been rejuvenated and their water has been desilted and flushed to make it usable for secondary purposes like washing and gardening. This is particularly bad because we received less rainwater last monsoon. We cannot create water but we are trying to come up with as many alternate sources of water as are available. We are also encouraging people to use recycled water for all purposes other than drinking,¯ said Chavan. As additional measures the TMC, on Thursday, presented a proposal to the Thane Collector to provide tankers in areas facing acute water shortage. The water shortage has not spared areas like Navi Mumbai either. As per the records of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, a stable 30 per cent water cut is expected to remain until the monsoons arrive. The areas that are worst hit are the slum areas which receive water from sources controlled by the MIDC. Instead of the usual 420 mld, the city is currently receiving a water supply of 290 mld, said NMMC executive engineer Arvind Sawant.
Amid water cut, Thane fills in from borewells, handpumps - The Indian Express
2016-04-07Swagat Yatra in Thane to spread save water msg - Times of India
Swagat Yatra in Thane to spread save water msg Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 7, 2016, 10.31 PM IST The Maharashtrian New Year was ushered in with a theme of water conservation, women empowerment, etc this year. This was the 15th year where Swagat Yatra has been organised by the Shree Kopineshwar Sanskrutic Nyas. Youth dressed in their traditional clothes came out on the city streets on Friday morning to join in the Swagat Yatra rally. Volunteers from 40 social organisations participated with their floats based on themes of water conservation, famine, women empowerment etc. Seven dhol pathaks were stationed at seven junctions to add to the festive spirit. "We have been celebrating Gudi Padwa on this massive scale for past 14 years. What started off as a way to expose the youth today to our tradition and culture to keep them grounded to tradition, has now turned into a way to spread social messages like water conservation to thousands," said Madhav Gokhale, trustee of the Kopineshwar temple trust. The festivities began on the eve of the New Year with Ganga pujan and lamp lighting at Masunda Lake. "Thaneites lit lamps and placed them on the periphery of Masunda lake. We requested all Thaneites to light up their homes with kandils, diyas, rangolis and lights, just like they do in Diwali, to participate in the festivities. We also performed Ganga Pujan this year," Gokhale said. The processions, which started from Talao Pali halted at Kopineshwar and then went around the city passing Teen Petrol Pump, Gokhale Road, Ram Maruti Road, etc via main roads and back to the temple had floats depicting the sorry condition across the drought-ridden Maharashtra.
2016-04-06Thane NGO waters 300 plants off GB road - Daily News & Analysis
Thane NGO waters 300 plants off GB road Hariyali, a social service organisation in Thane, had organised a group activity for watering of about 300 plants behind Brahmanda Phase VI off Ghodbunder Road, last Saturday. About 50 volunteers from Morgan Stanley, an MNC, had participated in the event from 8am to 10am. Anoop Gerhwal, team leader from the company, managed the work efficiently and in a disciplined manner. Madhukar Date, president of Hariyali, Shrinivas Sathe, Pradeep Lothe and Sunil Pujari, managing committee members of Hariyali, supervised the work. A group of 10 volunteers started cleaning the area, while others were engaged in watering the plants. About 15 buckets provided by Hariyali were used for the purpose, drawing water from a tap attached to a 5,000-litre tank installed at the location by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The trees were planted by TMC in association with Hariyali in February on 3 acres of land. Saplings of about four feet of various tall growing species of trees like Kanchan, Karanj, Mango, Jambhul, Chinch, Neem, Hirda, Behada and Kavath were procured by the TMC from a nursery.
2016-04-06Thane Water Crisis: Day after launch, no one answers helpline - Mid-Day
Thane Water Crisis: Day After Launch, No One Answers Helpline Apr 06, 2016, 07:41 IST Several calls to toll free number introduced to help people file water complaints went unanswered a day after its launch A toll free helpline, which was launched by Thane district authorities on Monday in the wake of the water crisis to help people report illegal water supply or overcharging tankers, proved useless as nobody answered that phone throughout the next day.mid-day called the number — 1077 — several times during the day but got no answers. This, rather than solving people’s water woes, adds to them by making them continuously try the number to get help. “The water crisis has reached a very bad stage this year. In Navi Mumbai, when authorities roam around in autos announcing water cuts during the day, we are at work and hence are not informed about it unless we find out through the newspaper or the watchman. In such a situation, the toll free number could prove useful but if is not working then we are left helpless,” said Asiya Shaikh, a resident of Nerul. Collector says Ashwini Joshi, Thane District Collector, told mid-day, “It is a disaster management toll free number that we are using for the water complaints. I will check with my authorities and see that it is active for the public.” “Recently, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had ordered all state collectors to launch toll free numbers so that those who want to file complaints over water could easily approach the authorities,” said Aniruddha Ashtaputre, public relations officer, Thane district collector’s office. Ashtaputre added that the number was launched for those who were getting delayed responses on their complaints.
2016-04-06High-level meeting to solve Thane's water woes - Hindustan Times
High-level meeting to solve Thane's water woes HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai | Updated: Apr 06, 2016 23:58 IST Facing flak from legislators in Thane over its inaction in solving the water crisis, the state government has now decided to convene a high-level meeting to find ways to solve the problem. Water resources minister Girish Mahajan agreed to such a meeting after MLAs from Thane and Mumbai slammed the state government's passivity on the issue. Mumbra-Kalwa MLA Jitendra Awhad raised a question over the alternatives being considered by the state government to strengthen the water supply to Thane district, after both Kalu and Shai dams have been struck down by the Bombay high court for gross environmental and procedural lapses. Responding to Awhad's question, Mahajan said the government was helpless, as the court had ordered the work on the two dams be stopped. We must try and resolve the issues they pointed out and talk to the villagers of the 17 villages opposing the dam, he said. However, Mahajan was criticised for his remarks, with members slamming the government's helplessness. How can the government make remarks with such helplessness? Work on the two dams has been shut since 2012. The state government must plan for the growing population of Thane. Simply expressing helplessness won't help [solve the problem], said Pratap Sarnaik, Shiv Sena MLA from Thane. When city MLA Ashish Shelar asked whether chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Mahajan would help find solutions, Mahajan said that such a meeting will be held within a month.
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2016-04-06Thane Launches Toll Free Number To Tackle Water Crisis - NDTV
Thane Launches Toll Free Number To Tackle Water Crisis Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: April 06, 2016 13:56 IST Maharashtra is reeling under severe water shortage this summer owing to deficient monsoon last year. In view of severe water shortage in Mumbai's adjoining Thane, the district administration here has set up a round-the-clock control room and launched a toll free number to receive complaints against misuse or commercialisation of water. The toll free number 1077 has been launched in order to keep a check on commercialisation of the water being supplied, an official release by district administration said. There have been complaints regarding misuse of the tanker water, it stated.To plan an effective use of the available water to meet the situation till June when monsoon is expected to commence in the state, the administration, under District Collector Dr Ashwini Joshi, will closely monitor the supply and use, besides the availability and distribution of water, it further said. A local corporator said they are contemplating usage of natural springs water in the district for drinking and other purposes. A meeting of Maharashtra BJP unit was recently held in Nashik where a host of issues, including the drought situation in the state, were discussed. Maharashtra is reeling under severe water shortage this summer owing to deficient monsoon last year. Notably, amid an unprecedented scarcity of water, the administrations in parched Latur and Parbhani districts have clamped section 144 of CrPC to bar assembly of more than five people around the wells and water filling points to prevent possible violence.
Thane Launches Toll Free Number To Tackle Water Crisis - NDTV
2016-04-06Thane: Kalwa, Mumbra to face water cut for 60 hours starting tomorrow! - India.com
Thane: Kalwa, Mumbra to face water cut for 60 hours starting tomorrow! By India.com News Desk on April 6, 2016 at 6:20 PM Thane, April 6: It seems that the water crisis that has gripped Navi Mumbai will for the first time manifest itself in a big way from Thursday. According to media reports, Kalwa and Mumbra areas in Thane will go without water for some 60 hours, probably starting from tomorrow. This comes even as residents of the city had been complaining of more and more frequent and long water cuts. Recently in areas like Vashi, Kamothe, Seawoods and Belapur, the supply had dropped to just once a day, for about two to four hours. Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has been wringing its hands in desperation, even as they try to solve the water shortage problem, with summers looming large on Navi Mumbaikars heads. Meanwhile, Thane has launched a helpline number to cope with the unavoidable water crisis. The district administration announced the start of a toll free and round-the-clock number to serve people and receive their complaints about misuse of water or its commercialisation.
Thane: Kalwa, Mumbra to face water cut for 60 hours starting tomorrow! - India.com
2016-04-06Thane district likely to face 60% water cut - Times of India
Thane district likely to face 60% water cut Apr 6, 2016, 08.10 AM IST Navi Mumbai: The Ulhasnagar, Mira-Bhayander, Kalyan-Dombivli, Thane civic bodies, Navi Mumbai's Trans Thane Creek (TTC) belt and the Taloja industrial estate may face a 60% water cut, the Maharashtra irrigation department has hinted. These areas get drinking water from Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation's (MIDC) Barvi dam and are already reeling under a 40% water cut. The Taloja industrial estate and TTC area houses 3,000 and 980 factories respectively. "The irrigation department monitors the daily water level situation and has hinted at further limiting the days to lift water during a week. A 60 % cut is being considered," a source said. The water is lifted from Ulhas river, which sources supplies from Barvi and Andhra dams. Andhra dam has reduced the release of water and will ration supplies till July 15, a source said. The TTC belt and the Taloja industrial area has been hit hard with the ongoing cut. Complaints of water not reaching some factories for as many as seven to ten days have surfaced. Thane Belapur Industries Association (TBIA) advisor Jayadevan K said there are also complaints of lack of adequate water for toilet use and the larger units with more manpower have been affected. "There was no supply from Wednesday evening to Saturday morning. We fear that the situation is only getting worse," said Satish Shetty, honorary president of the Taloja industries association. Potable water is used for human consumption and industrial production. Several units make do with drinking water for their staff from tankers, said an industry source. The development comes at a time when the Maharashtra government is trying to attract foreign investment.
2016-04-05Thane to not have water four days a week - Daily News & Analysis
Thane to not have water four days a week With the current water crisis in the district, the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has decided to go in for 40% water cut in certain parts of Thane. This means, there will be no water for four days a week.Beginning from the morning of April 6 to the morning of April 9, there will be no water in certain parts of Thane. "To make the current water stocks last till monsoon, MIDC has decided to have 40% watercuts," said Sandip Malvi, public relations officer, TMC. Areas like Mumbra, Diva, Vitawa, Shil, Kausa, Daighar, Desai, Indiranagar, parts of Kalwa, Rupadevipada, Wagle Fire Brigade and Balkum road no1 will have to face 60 hour water cuts. "This is horrible. Due to water cuts, there will be no water for one more day as even after the water supply has resumed, there is no water owing to lesser pressure," says Pravin Gharat, a resident of Kalwa. He adds, "Instead of plugging the pipeline leakages, these people are plugging our water supply."
2016-04-05Wives of policemen from Mumbai, Thane call off stir after govt assures redressal - Mid-Day
Wives of policemen from Mumbai, Thane call off stir after govt assures redressal By PTI |Posted 2 hours Mumbai: Wives of police personnel from Mumbai and Thane today called off their 20-day demonstration seeking better working conditions, including fixed duty hours, for their husbands after the state government assured them of resolving their issues.Yashashree Patil, wife of a Mumbai Police personnel,  also ended her 20-day-long hunger strike after the MoS for Home, Ram Shinde offered her juice. The stir, held at Azad Maidan in South Mumbai, was withdrawn after Shinde assured the women that government will look into their problems once the Assembly session gets over. "We have gone through your demands very seriously and sympathetically and believe me our government is very much committed to solve your woes. Let the ongoing session get over, we will sit immediately to chalk our the plan to meet your demands," Shinde said while addressing the agitators here.The minister said he will apprise Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of their demands. "I will share your demands and feelings with Chief Minister and we will work out a plan after (holding) a detailed discussion with stake-holders, including DGP, (a) Chief Secretary-ranked officer and you all," he said.Shinde said the government is committed to the cause of the police personnel who provide safety and security to people.Wives of policemen have been demanding social, economical, physical and psychological welfare for their husbands and the family.Among their demands is fixed eight-hour shift for policemen who sometimes have to clock more than twelve hours on duty during festivals and bandobast.They also wanted better housing facilities, permanent job to sons of police personnel, implementation of Seventh Pay Commission and availability of conducive and stress-free working atmosphere for the policemen. The issue of job stress and suicide by the police personnel cropped up many times in past.Senior cabinet minister and Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam, local MP Arvind Sawant (Shiv Sena) and BJP leader Shaina NC also visited the site. Terming the Fadnavis-led government as "most sensitive" towards the welfare of the police force, Shaina said, "Please be confident that you all are in the safe hands and our government would do every bit to make you feel safe and secure.Patil said, "we decided to end our protest after our delegation called on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in afternoon who gave assurance to us."We are very much hopeful that he will keep his word," she said, adding that they will decide their future course of action depending upon whether their demands are met.
2016-04-05Thane: Police informer cries foul, claims he was framed in smuggling case - Mid-Day
Thane: Police informer cries foul, claims he was framed in smuggling case By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours Alleges that police took a bribe of Rs 20 lakh from kingpin of the racket and revealed his identity as well; cops say just a misunderstanding Manoj Thakur is now wary of the men in khaki. The 28-year-old resident of Ulhasnagar has claimed that he helped the police on Sunday nab three gold smugglers moving a consignment from Bangkok to Thane. But instead of rewarding him, they allegedly took a bribe of Rs 20 lakh from the kingpin and tried to frame him in the case. Manoj Thakur, the police informer and Rahesh Ahuja Thakur, a police informer who owns a construction firm, told mid-day that he had received a tip-off that a seasoned smuggler, Rahesh Ahuja (30) of Ulhasnagar was to arrive in Mumbai from Bangkok with gold biscuits on Sunday. He immediately passed on the information to Aslam Khatib, assistant inspector of the Mahatma Phule police station. The gold biscuits recovered Determined to end Ahuja’s free run, Thakur went to the Chhatrapati International Airport early on Sunday. Ahuja arrived on an Air India flight, AI349, via Delhi at 6.30am with two other mules — Nitin Sutar (43) and Heena Popatani (30) — both residents of Ulhasnagar. Sutar and Popatani had boarded the flight during the connecting stop at Delhi. During the flight, Ahuja allegedly passed on the six gold biscuits he had hidden in his rectum to the two couriers. Using the same technique, Popatani hid four gold bars in her rectum in the aircraft toilet, while Sutar took another two. After the plane landed, Sutar and Popatani walked right out of the airport without any trouble — since domestic passengers are not screened by Customs officials — and Ahuja joined them outside after clearing the immigration process. On the trailThe three then hailed an autorickshaw and headed for Saki Naka. There, Sutar and Popatani went into a public restroom and took the gold bars out of their rectum. Thereafter, the three headed for Kalyan. Thakur was close on their heels on his bike and kept Khatib in the loop throughout the chase. The three gold smugglers were caught by two Mahatma Phule police constables near the Baicha Putla Chowk in Kalyan at 8.30 am. But at the station, the police allegedly failed to register a case. Fearing that the smugglers would find out his identity, Thakur left around 5.30 pm and a friend kept tabs on the goings-on. Thakur then found out that Khatib, on orders from senior police inspector Anil Pawar, demanded a bribe of Rs 25 from the kingpin of the smuggling racket and revealed Thakur’s identity. Thakur alleged that soon after, a man drove up to the station in a Mercedes car and handed over Rs 20 in cash. In an alleged volte face, the police then framed Thakur in the case. The police informer rallied forces — he sought the help of some activists and approached DCP, Kalyan, Sanjay Jadhav. He claimed that it was only after Jadhav intervened did the police file a case against the three smugglers. Pawar refuted the allegations. “How can we frame our informer? There has been some misunderstanding.” He said six gold biscuits weighing 1,195 gm and worth Rs 33,81,850 were recovered from the three smugglers. They were released on bail after being produced in court. Thakur, however, was not in a forgiving mood. “Informers are no longer assured of protection,” he rued. Reliable informerSix months ago, Thakur had helped Mumbai and Bangalore police recover 6 kg of gold and bust a smuggling racket. Three months ago, he helped the Kurla GRP bust a Rs 1-crore currency note racket.
Thane: Police informer cries foul, claims he was framed in smuggling case - Mid-Day
2016-04-05Sand worth 5cr seized in Thane during crackdown in last 3 months - ETRealty.com
Sand worth 5cr seized in Thane during crackdown in last 3 months District collector Ashwini Joshi has conducted over 100 raids and registered 88 cases against illegal extraction of sand in the last 90 days April 05, 2016, 08:26 IST THANE: The district administration's consistent campaign against the mafia involved in sand excavations from the creek bed has in the last three months led to seizure of sand valued at over Rs 5 crore, officials said. Over 120 cranes, 174 barges and trucks were also confiscated. District collector Ashwini Joshi has conducted over 100 raids and registered 88 cases against illegal extraction of sand in the last 90 days, putting a marginal break to their operations. Over 40 of these cases were registered in Thane, followed by 27 in Kalyan and 18 in Bhiwandi. Only one was registered in Shahpur, a district administration officer said. This has been one of the biggest offensive against the sand mafia in recent times and the restless kingpins, contractors and suppliers have taken out several protests on the city streets in the last few months. Over 9,900 brass of illegally excavated sand was also seized with the value of each brass of sand being around Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000. The seized sand is worth over Rs 5 crore in the market. Despite a ban, dredging continues to take place throughout the day. TOI recently visited the creek shore of Kolshet and found that dredging continued using suction pumps in the dark under the cover of thick mangroves. The pumps are kept immersed in the creek. "To prove as a deterrent, the seized equipment, even if worth crores of rupees, is crushed so that it does not even fetch scrap value," said a senior official on the condition of anonymity. Another official said staff crunch in the administration has affected regular action against the sand mafia. It may be noted that with the population increasing by the day, Thane being the country's most populated district in the country, and the real estate expanding its wing to far-off places there is a great demand for sand in the construction industry. Unrestricted sand mining has damaged the creek and river beds, leading to serious ecological damage of the water source. This has compelled the district administration to take action against those behind the destruction of the water body's environmental balance. A delegation of sand miners had met district officials seeking permission to resume manual sand excavation. Industry representatives sought action against illegal dredging activities.
2016-04-05Taps run dry in all of Thane district for more than three days a week - Times of India
Taps run dry in all of Thane district for more than three days a week Apr 5, 2016, 09.45 AM IST Thane is famed as the city of lakes but the entire district now faces one of its worst drought-like situations in the last four decades, with taps in lakhs of households running dry for over two to three days a week. A poor monsoon, coupled with the apparent failure of civic bodies to plug leakages and thefts in distribution lines, has led to the water crisis in all seven talukas of the district comprise high-density townships like Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath. Since major dams like Barvi, Bhatsa and Andra, which supply water to the district, received less water in the last monsoon, the irrigation department has curtailed supply. This means suburbs like Mumbra and Diva, which are at the tail end of the supply network, receive water for barely three days a week. The skewed water supply has forced several lifestyle changes. Sangeeta Patil, a resident of Diva, has to manage her daily schedule to coincide with the water supply in the area, which is just thrice a week and that too at erratic hours. The mother of two toddlers, who works as an accounts assistant in Mumbai, has been requesting her colleagues to chip in for her absence, but fears she may have to lose her job due to the water crisis. "I have a big family and have to manage the schedules of my kids and inlaws and ensure there is ample water to last us on days when there is no supply. I have requested my seniors for concessions on certain days, but it may not last long," she said.The water rationing and struggle to save every drop has also translated into brisk business for packaged water distribution agencies here. The demand for storage containers like tanks, drums, barrels, buckets, etc that has seen a steep upward curve, especially in areas like Balkum, Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva, which face 60-hour water cuts weekly. "In the last three weeks, the demand for 20-litre drinking water cans has soared. We have seen a 20-25% rise in business since the water cuts began. From a daily sale of 80 to 100 such cans earlier, our sale has increased to 120 to 150 such cans a day," said a retailer. Even certain vegetables have seen the impact of the water crisis as prices of cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber and others shot up by over 50% in recent times. The water crisis has also affected government and private hospitals. While some dialysis patients are forced to wait for their procedures and many surgeries postponed, irregular supply during the week has forced managements to order tankers for patients. "We try to save as much water to sail through the cuts. When that isn't sufficient, we rely on civic tankers for supply," said Dr Rajiv Korde, medical superintendent at a Thane hospital. Education institutes are also hit hard. "Many schools and colleges have urged students to get enough drinking water daily," said an official. The drought-like situation is also affecting fauna in the Yeoor range where watering holes are fast evaporating. Experts believe if the dry spell aggravates, denizens of water starved rural areas might be forced to migrate to first or even second-tier cities, increasing the water distribution pressure here. "In the planning of water distribution, urban pockets are often favoured in comparison to rural areas. This condition leads to distress migration from rural areas to the cities. This additional requirement of water could add to the water crisis in city areas," said Abdul Shaban, deputy director of TISS, Tuljapur.
Taps run dry in all of Thane district for more than three days a week - Times of India
2016-04-05Deonar dumpyard is polluting Thane creek, says MoEF report - Hindustan Times
Deonar dumpyard is polluting Thane creek, says MoEF report Two members of a Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) committee had visited the city on March 22 to investigate the Deonar fire. A report by the committee has raised concerns over the impact of leachate generated from the garbage on the quality of creek water. Updated: Apr 06, 2016 00:12 IST While the frequent fires at Deonar dumping ground have increased air pollution, the dumping ground has also polluted the Thane creek and the ground water of the area, said a report by Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF). A summary report by a two-member committee of MoEF said the leachate, a liquid that drains out of landfill sites operational for years, generated from the garbage may have worsened the quality of water in the creek. Leachate is toxic in nature and generates a foul smell as well as bacterial contamination. The committee, which includes E Thirunavukkarasu, scientist from MoEF and Prasoon Gargava, another scientist from Central Pollution Control Board, has observed that the garbage heap near Thane creek side of Deonar dumping ground has reached a height of 20-30 metres. Read: Who is to blame for the mess at Deonar? The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), however, has not created a proper system to prevent infiltration of leachate into the creek and ground water. The report, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times, said proper drainage should be provided to divert run-off water. It also said there are no studies on the exact impact of the leachate on the quality of creek water. The committee has suggested that the civic body undertake bioremediation, a waste management technique which uses organisms to neutralise pollutants. A senior official from the solid waste management (SWM) department said, “The scientific disposal of leachate will be also part of our action plan.” After the Gorai dumping ground was closed in 20, it was discovered that leachate was seeping into the Gorai creek. “A seven-metre deep concrete wall had been built along the edges of the dumping yard and leachate was channelised into a processing tank to neutralise its toxicity,” said another official. A similar plan might be prepared for Deonar dumping ground. The Rafi Nagar end of Deonar dumping ground is facing leachate menace, said Dr Rahil Siddiqui, who is working for Rajiv Gandhi Arogya Yojana in the area. “Here, leachate formation is very common as the wall around the dumping ground is broken. During monsoons it increases and makes life of the residents miserable.” Meanwhile, the civic body has put perforated pipes into heaps of garbage for venting out methane gas as a temporary arrangement. Deputy municipal commissioner Minesh Pimple said, “Methane-trapping wells or chambers will be created only after IIT-Bombay submits the design report. For now we have put around five perforated pipes at different locations.”
Deonar dumpyard is polluting Thane creek, says MoEF report - Hindustan Times
2016-04-05Thane shuttler to captain state squad in 3 major championships - Times of India
Thane shuttler to captain state squad in 3 major championships Apr 6, 2016, 01.30 AM IST THANE: Ace shuttler Akshay Dewalkar (26) will captain the Maharashtra squad for the senior inter-state, inter-zonal and senior national badminton championships scheduled in Chandigarh from April 6 and April 10. "It's proud moment for me to guide the team from the front. I am elated to have been given this opportunity," said Akshay, a resident of Thane. The shuttler recently won the Bangladesh Open International Challenge, a silver at Tata India International Challenge and a gold medal at Premier Badminton League representing Delhi Acers. He has also bagged a silver medal at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold and team gold and silver medals in individuals at South Asian Games.
2016-04-04Tech snag on Thane-Airoli rail link - Times of India
Tech snag on Thane-Airoli rail link Apr 4, 2016, 01.30 PM IST THANE: Services on the Thane-Vashi-Panvel Trans-harbour section were once again suspended Monday morning after the overhead wire snapped between Ghansoli and Rabale station. Peak morning hour office going commuters, had to face immense inconvenience due to the snag leading them to question the maintenance undertaken by the railways. The snag occurred on the Up line near km 41/43 around 8:40 am after a Thane local was crossing the section. Following the incident, the power supply to the entire stretch was disconnected resulting in suspension of traffic on the section. With just two-lines servicing the section, the impact of the incident resulted in cancellation of several services as no train could travel in either direction. Meanwhile, officials rushed to the spot to address the problem around 9:10am. With no alternate mode of transport, officegoers will be forced to rely on costly autos or buses to reach their respective destinations. A similar incident on Sunday between Thane and Airoli left services paralysed for over two hours.
Tech snag on Thane-Airoli rail link - Times of India
2016-04-04Mahindra NuvoSport launched in India at Rs 7.35 lakh (ex-Thane) - Firstpost
Mahindra NuvoSport launched in India at Rs 7.35 lakh (ex-Thane) Apr 04, 2016 12:39:55 IST Mahindra have launched its new NuvoSport compact SUV in India at Rs 7.35 lakh, ex-Thane. The Mahindra NuvoSport is available in six trims with an AMT option on the N6 and N8 variants. The other variants are N4, N4+ (with ABS and dual airbags), N6 and N8. Mahindra have used the same chassis which underpins the new Scorpio and TUV300 for the NuvoSport. Mahindra says this gives it more rigidity and allows for improved dynamics. The company has also improved the styling, with the NuvoSport being a considerably better looking vehicle... Published Date: Apr 04, 2016 12:39 PM | Updated Date: Apr 04, 2016 12:39 PM
Mahindra NuvoSport launched in India at Rs 7.35 lakh (ex-Thane) - Firstpost
2016-04-04Thane: Quarrel over buying car leads woman to suicide - Mid-Day
Thane: Quarrel over buying car leads woman to suicide By Faisal Tandel |Posted 04-Apr-2016 The 31-year-old woman was having constant tiffs with her husband because she wanted to buy a car, but it was getting delayed due to some financial trouble; cops feel she may have taken the extreme decision in anger A tiff over buying a car allegedly led to the suicide of a 31-year-old housewife from Kalyan on Saturday. In his statement to the Kolshewadi police, her husband stated they had an argument that day since she wanted to buy a car and he was delaying it due to financial problems. Irked at the delay, she took the extreme step. Nalkannu returned home to find his wife hanging in the kitchen . Representative pic/ThinkStock According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Jayrani Nalkannu (31), a resident of Triveni apartment in Kolshewadi in Kalyan (east). Jayrani lived in the flat with her husband and a daughter. Both of them are marketing professionals and work in a Mumbai-based private firm. The incident took place on Saturday between 10 am and 6 pm. “The husband Nalkannu returned home at around 6 pm, and found his wife hanging in the kitchen. She hanged herself to a hook in the kitchen wall, with the help of a saree. Nalkannu informed the police and Jayrani was then shifted to Rukmani Bai hospital, where the doctors declared her dead,” said a police officer from Kolshewadi police station. Upon being interrogated by the police, Nalkannu said they left for work together on Saturday, but he does not know when his wife returned home. Kalyanji Ghete, Senior Police Inspector, Kolshewadi police station said, “When we interrogated the husband of the deceased, he stated they had an argument as the deceased was asking him to buy a car from the past many days. But it was getting delayed due to financial problems.” “The deceased got angry about the delay and might have taken the extreme step in anger. During the primary investigation, we found out about the car issue. We will further investigate to know the exact reason behind the suicide.” Late night on Saturday, the Kolshewadi police registered an accidental death case in the matter. “We have handed over the deceased’s body to her parents, who reside in Mulund. They are undertaking the last rites. Once, they complete the rituals, we will further interrogate them to know the exact reason behind the suicide,” added another police officer. mid-day tried contacting Nalkannu for comment, but his phone was switched off.
Thane: Quarrel over buying car leads woman to suicide - Mid-Day
2016-04-04Mahindra NuvoSport launched at Rs 7.35 lakh ex-Thane - ETAuto.com
Mahindra NuvoSport launched at Rs 7.35 lakh ex-Thane Updated: April 04, 2016, 13:32 IST NEW DELHI: Mahindra on Monday launched its new compact SUV, NuvoSport at a starting price of Rs 7.35 lakh. Mahindra NuvoSport will have six variants N4, N4+, N6, N6 AMT, N8 and N8 AMT. The top trim N8 AMT has been priced at Rs 9.76 lakh. As the variants suggest, NuvoSport will come with the AMT options in the mid and the top variants. The SUV will compete with the likes of Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Renault Duster etc. The new compact SUV is expected to replace Mahindra Quanto. NuvoSport will be powered by 1.5 litre mHawk100 diesel engine which will churn out a max power of 100 bhp and a max torque of 240 NM. Mahindra has claimed an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 17.45 kmpl. As seen in the the other recently launched Mahindra, NuvoSport will also have Eco Mode drive option. It will be available in six colours namely Molten Red, Rust Orange, Regal Blue, Mist Silver, Diamond White and Fiery Black.
Mahindra NuvoSport launched at Rs 7.35 lakh ex-Thane - ETAuto.com
2016-04-04Thane Police fear massive unrest due to water scarcity - Times of India
Thane Police fear massive unrest due to water scarcity Apr 4, 2016, 08.23 AM IST Thane: For the last few days, police teams have been visiting housing societies all over Thane, not for an update on house break-ins and street crimes, but to ensure there are no fights over water. Such is the water crisis in Thane that each Thaneite is getting only 145 litres of water a day, which is around 45 percent less than what a citizen in other parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region gets that Parambir Singh, the Thane police commissioner, has warned his officers that the scarcity could lead to a law and order problem, including riots. Singh has instructed the deputy commissioners of police that teams from the control room, and police stations across Thane, personally monitor the situation and ensure there are no flare-ups. The DCPs should also remain present when the water is released to ensure there is equal distribution. The anger in Thane was apparent when Mumbai Mirror spoke to a few residents regarding the water situation. A Mumbra resident who didn't want to be identified said, "Those residing in Mumbra and Diva don't get a drop of water for three days every week. We confronted the civic officials, who said that water theft is the main reason behind the mess." Apart from Diva, Mumbra and Kalwa, housing societies on the upmarket Ghodbunder Road are also severely hit by the water scarcity. Rajeev Amit, a resident of Siddhanchal Society in Vasant Vihar, around a km from Ghodbunder Road, said, "We have a two-day-a-week water cuts, which are getting worse every week. Soon, we have to bathe using mineral water." Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva have been facing water cuts for up to 70 hours every week. Thane is home to 20 lakh people, but gets only 290 million litres of water per day against the daily requirement of 480 million litres. The situation has become so grim that the lakes have only three months of supply left in stock. It is a commonplace for residents to borrow water from the neighbours. Kasber Augustin from the Thane Citizens' Voice said the civic officials were "not even listening to the citizens." "They have stopped meeting people fearing a backlash," he said. In a last seven days, there were at least 10 protests in Thane district. DCP Sudhir Dhabade from Bhiwandi said, "The protests could escalate into a problem and the cops are alert about such a possibility. We have started coordinating with the civic officials to make sure that every home gets water at least for some time during the day.The cops are also trying to arrange for the water tankers." Jitendra Awhad, the NCP MLA from Kalwa-Mumbra, had organised a few protests regarding the problem."The police commissioner should be talking to the Thane Municipal Corporation commissioner. How it is possible that one region is getting no water, while other areas are getting a lot more? Because of such disparity, there could be a law and order problem." The Thane Municipal Corporation's public relations officer, Sandeep Malvi, said borewells were being constructed to tide over the crisis. "There is more water consumption in summer, which has added to the problem.The TMC has 1,307 borewells, and there is a plan to construct another 150, for which Rs 80 lakh have been sanctioned."
Thane Police fear massive unrest due to water scarcity - Times of India
2016-04-03Thane-Airoli rail link develops tech snag - Times of India
Thane-Airoli rail link develops tech snag Apr 3, 2016, 03.11 PM IST THANE: Services on the Thane-Vashi-Panvel Trans-harbour section were suspended for over two hours after the overhead wire snapped near Thane station on Sunday morning. Commuters, travelling the stretch, had to face immense inconvenience due to the snag as other modes of travel proved to be costly and time consuming. The snag occurred on the Up line near km 34/14 near the Parsik cabin between Thane and Airoli around 10:45 am after a Thane local had crossed the section. Following the incident, the power supply to the entire stretch was disconnected resulting in suspension of traffic on the section. With just two-lines servicing the section, the impact of the incident resulted in cancellation of several services as no train could travel in either direction. Meanwhile, officials rushed to the spot to address the problem which was put right around 1:09pm, a neat two hours after the incident. Trains resumed services from Thane station at 1:25 pm but were running late as the safety officials had imposed a restriction on speed of traffic on the section. Preliminary investigations reveal the wire snapped near a crossover point and officials hint some foreign object must have come in contact with the junction leading it to break. Meanwhile, with no alternate mode of transport, commuters had to rely on autos or buses to reach their respective destinations. Commuters who were expecting a relief on the stretch as there was no mega block today were in for a disappointment after the snag was reported. "We were waiting at Thane station to travel to Panvel for attending a family function when we got to know of the incident through our relatives. We tried hiring autos but many of them refused to ply the long distance and those who did quoted exorbitant fares," said Anil Shirodkar, a Panchpakhadi resident.
Thane-Airoli rail link develops tech snag - Times of India
2016-04-03Don't dump near Thane creek at Deonar, says panel - Hindustan Times
Don’t dump near Thane creek at Deonar, says panel Probe committee asks BMC to divide waste heaps in to grids or cells on priority so that access can be improved during fire incidents Updated: Apr 04, 2016 00:24 IST Dumps at Deonar landfill have reached about 20-30 metres in height from the side of Thane creek and thus dumping on these areas should be stopped, the two-member central probe committee has suggested in its report on fire incidents at the dumping ground. The committee has also asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to stop dumping of organic waste and instead it be diverted for composting. The committee has also recommended the waste heaps be divided in to grids or cells on priority so that access and approach can be improved to tackle such fire incidents. Meanwhile, BMC is again gearing up to monitor the site with drones. This will be followed with 10-15 watch towers to counter the possibilities of unauthorised entries. This is part of the measures in the proposed plan of the BMC presented before the two-member committee. The two-member committee comprising E. Thirunavukkarasu, scientist from the ministry of environment and forests and climate change and Prasoon Gargava, another scientist at Central Pollution Control Board had visited Deonar dumping ground on March 22 in the backdrop repeated incidents of fire and emission of toxic gases at the site.In its report that was submitted to the MoEF recently, the committee has suggested majorly five measures for the BMC. It has also asked the civic body (BMC) to comply with all the directives given by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) issued in order to avoid such incidents in the future and subsequent spread of heavy thick smoke in adjoining areas. A copy of the report is with HT. The two-member central committee has suggested for the arrangement for venting/flaring/utilisation of the methane gas from the huge heaps proper scientific study as it have low explosive limit with respect to temperature and have potential to trigger fire with rise in temperature. Significantly, BMC wants to restrict entry of rag pickers to the site. But the committee has suggested the civic body to integrate rag pickers in collection and segregation of waste. This will enable it to recover recyclable waste and also reduce the quantity of waste at the dump site, it states. Confirming the same, Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar said they have already ordered the BMC to submit short-term, medium-term and long-term plan for measures to be taken for Deonar dumping ground within 10 days. “Once received, we will review and take the decision accordingly. We are regularly monitoring the situation,” he pointed out. MoEF is also expecting a report on closing of Mulund dumping ground and a report from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Deonar dumping ground, he added. TCS has been asked to advise MoEF on how to deal with the 12 million tonnes of waste pile-up at the dumping site.
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2016-04-02Thane: Day before exam, English question paper sold for Rs 800 - Mid-Day
Thane: Day before exam, English question paper sold for Rs 800 By Faisal Tandel |Posted 1 hour Acting on a tip-off from her sources, social worker purchased the FYJC final exam paper from the premises of the college where her daughter studies A day before her 15-year-old daughter was supposed to appear for her English paper, a 33-year-old social worker from Mumbra busted a gang that supplied leaked question papers of the final exam to the FYJC students of St Mary’s School and Junior College, Kausa, for Rs 1,000 each. Shahin Liyakat Khan displays the English question paper she purchased on Thursday night The incident first came to light after Shahin Liyakat Khan’s daughter informed her mother about what she had witnessed before entering the exam hall. “It was her fifth paper (Economics) on Tuesday. After reaching home, my daughter narrated how two boys from her college handed over sheets of paper to two girls just 10 minutes before the exam. The girls got animated after scanning the sheets and hurried to the washroom. I told my daughter that it could be a fake question paper and she should stay away from such people. I also told her to study hard and pass honestly,” Khan said. Being a social worker, Khan approached her sources in the area to find out more about the suspected paper leak. Her tactic paid off and one of her sources told her about English paper being sold on the college premises on Thursday night. “I was tipped off about the sale at 10:30 pm. Upon reaching the college grounds, I spotted two burqa-clad women, who asked for R1,000 when I checked with them about the question paper. The deal was finalised for Rs 800. The paper had the college logo and answers to all the questions,” Khan added. The next day, she met the college authorities and asked them to stop the exam, but her request fell on deaf ears following which she decided to seek police help. “Initially, even the police weren’t ready to believe me. But my persistence paid off and they asked two constables to accompany me back to the college. With their help, I asked for the question paper. All of us were taken aback when the question paper I had purchased matched with the one that was about to be circulated,” said Khan. She added that later the college principal and a few locals visited the police station in this matter. “However, an FIR is yet to be registered in this matter. What is the point of our children studying hard when question papers can be procured this easily? College authorities and police must nab and initiate stringent action against the culprits or else I’ll approach the education department,” Khan said. Cop speakRefuting the allegation of non-cooperation, Senior Inspector Ravindra Tayade from Mumbra police station said. “No one has approached us yet. If any one comes to register a case, we will take appropriate action.” However, DCP (Thane city) Sachin Patil confirmed that Khan had approached the police and a probe was ordered to verify her claims.
2016-04-02Thane: Two Alleged Bookies Held, Brother of Cong Leader Among Accused - Outlook India
Thane: Two Alleged Bookies Held, Brother of Cong Leader Among Accused 02 APRIL 2016 Last Updated at 8:43 PM Two persons, including the brother of a senior Congress leader from Thane, were today arrested for allegedly betting during the recent T-20 World Cup match between India and West Indies. Acting on a tip-off, officials of the Crime Branch raided an apartment in Kalyan's Gouri Pada locality and caught the duo betting during the match between India and West Indies being played on Thursday at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, police spokesperson Gajanan Kabdule said.The accused were identified as Dileep Verma (40) and Radheshaym Parasnath Goswami alias Shammu Tiwari (59). According to police, Shammu is the brother of Mohan Tiwari, a senior Congress leader who is also an office-bearer of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) and member co-ordination committee of Thane city Congress. Police seized nine mobiles, one LCD TV, set top box and some other things used in betting. Offences under sections of Bombay Prevention of Gambling Act, Indian Telegraph Act and IPC sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) have been registered against the duo. According to police, Shammu had been booked in the past for gambling by Naupada and Kopri police stations in Thane city.
2016-04-02Thane ACB books 5 including 3 KDMC officials for corruption - Mid-Day
Thane ACB books 5 including 3 KDMC officials for corruption By Faisal Tandel |Posted 02-Apr-2016 The Anti-Corruption Bureau of Thane has registered a corruption case against five people including three officials of Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation, an architect and contractor. The accused on the BSUP (Basic Service for Urban Poor) scheme has taken away a sum of 3.21 crore and utilized it for their own purposes. The case has been registered at Bazarpeth police station and on Friday different teams of Anti-Corruption Bureau Thane conducted house raids at seven places including five residences of the accused and two offices of the arhitect and contractor. The five accused, who have been booked by the ACB include Govind Rathod (former Commissioner KDMC), P. Karbhari Ugale (City Engineer), Ravi Jauras (Executive engineer), Subhash Patil (Architect, project management Consultant) and Jitendra Jain (Contractor and Director of M/S New infrastructors Private limited). On September 18, 2014, the Thane ACB received a complaint regarding the fraud and cheating in the BSUP scheme that was approved in 2008. The complainant also filed an application in the High court regarding the same. "In September 2014, after we received the complaint we started our investigation and opened an inquiry was initiative and order in the matter. Accordingly we started gather information regarding the fraud and after we found proper documents that proved the officials were guilty, we registered a case on Friday morning and are further investigating the matter," said Datta Karale, Superintendent of Police, Thane ACB. A case has been registered at Bazarpeth police station under sections 109, 120(B), 409 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code and different sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Karale further added that the team of ACB officials have conducted house searches at seven different places in Thane and Kalyan. "We have conducted a house search at seven places that include five residences of the accused and two offices of the Architect and Contractor. The search operation is going on and we are further trying to get the documents and other property of the accused. Yet no one is arrested in the case," added Karale who claims that the search operation will go on till late night. In 2008, with any permission from the standing committee the contractor was given Rs 2, 02,00,000 for Ambedkar nagar project and 1,27,00,000 for Datta nagar project. "Around 3.29 crore was given to the contractor as mobilization advance to give temporary accommodation to the tenants. But not a single work in the project was started. The contractor and other officials use the cash for personal use," added the officer. The officer further added architect gave Rs 14,78,000 cash to bogus tenants stating as rent. "They claim that they gave the above cash as rent to 23 tenants of Ambedkar nagar and 130 tenants of Datta Nagar. But not a single tenant had received the cash. The cash was given as per Rs 10,000 to reach. We are further verifying the fact," added the officer.
Thane ACB books 5 including 3 KDMC officials for corruption - Mid-Day
2016-04-02Thane municipal commissioner stops 32 officers' pay hike - Times of India
Thane municipal commissioner stops 32 officers' pay hike Apr 2, 2016, 09.34 PM IST THANE: The municipal commissioner stopped the two-year increment of 32 officials from the transport wing after they were found to be not performing as per the desired standards. Following independent analysis of the performances, the commissioner found that 27 traffic inspectors along with five assistant workshop inspectors were found to be not performing as per their requirements. The inspectors, in-charge of manning the traffic and monitoring ticketless travel on the sections, were held responsible for low collections. Also, the workshop staff was solely held accountable for the reduced number of buses leaving the depots daily thus decreasing the revenue for the undertaking. The commissioner gave a deadline of a month to other staff to buckle up and improve the services of the transport body else face similar fate. Also, a breath analyzer test on all drivers leaving depots daily will be done following a recent TMT bus accident driven by a heavily sloshed driver. The bold action is likely to send across a strong message to other civic officials in the administration about non-tolerance towards poor performance, echoed activists.
2016-04-02Thane municipal commissioner 32 officers' pay hike - Times of India
Thane municipal commissioner stops 32 officers' pay hike Apr 2, 2016, 09.34 PM IST THANE: The municipal commissioner stopped the two-year increment of 32 officials from the transport wing after they were found to be not performing as per the desired standards. Following independent analysis of the performances, the commissioner found that 27 traffic inspectors along with five assistant workshop inspectors were found to be not performing as per their requirements. The inspectors, in-charge of manning the traffic and monitoring ticketless travel on the sections, were held responsible for low collections. Also, the workshop staff was solely held accountable for the reduced number of buses leaving the depots daily thus decreasing the revenue for the undertaking. The commissioner gave a deadline of a month to other staff to buckle up and improve the services of the transport body else face similar fate. Also, a breath analyzer test on all drivers leaving depots daily will be done following a recent TMT bus accident driven by a heavily sloshed driver. The bold action is likely to send across a strong message to other civic officials in the administration about non-tolerance towards poor performance, echoed activists.
2016-04-01Thane Wooley - Defiance Crescent News (subscription)
2016-04-01Makers Lab gets shareholders nod to sell Thane plant - ETHealthWorld.com
Makers Lab gets shareholders nod to sell Thane plant The resolution was passed with 99.97 per cent of the votes. April 01, 2016, 16:43 IST New Delhi, Apr 1: Drug firm Makers Laboratories has received shareholders' nod to sell the company's Thane manufacturing plant. Shareholders of the firm have passed the special resolution to "sell/ transfer/ dispose off the company's manufacturing unit" situated at MIDC, Dombvili in district Thane, Makers Laboratories said in a BSE filing today. The resolution was passed with 99.97 per cent of the votes polled through postal ballot, it added. Shares of Makers Laboratories closed 4.88 per cent up at Rs 63.40 per scrip on BSE.
Makers Lab gets shareholders nod to sell Thane plant - ETHealthWorld.com
2016-04-01Makers Lab gets shareholders nod to sell Thane plant - Economic Times
Makers Lab gets shareholders nod to sell Thane plant Updated: Apr 01, 2016, 03.52 PM IST NEW DELHI: Drug firm Makers LaboratoriesBSE -0.62 % has received shareholders' nod to sell the company's Thane manufacturing plant. Shareholders of the firm have passed the special resolution to "sell/ transfer/ dispose off the company's manufacturing unit" situated at MIDC, Dombvili in district Thane, Makers Laboratories said in a BSE filing today. The resolution was passed with 99.97 per cent of the votes polled through postal ballot, it added. Shares of Makers Laboratories closed 4.88 per cent up at Rs 63.40 per scrip on BSE.

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