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|2017-04-30||Nigerian among four convicted by Thane court for duping businessman of Rs 20.77 lakhs - Firstpost|
Nigerian among four convicted by Thane court for duping businessman of Rs 20.77 lakhs FP Published Date: Apr 30, 2017 03:49 pm | Updated Date: Apr 30, 2017 03:56 pm Thane: Four persons including a Nigerian national who were found guilty of cheating a businessman to the tune of Rs 20.77 lakh were sentenced to jail by a court in Thane district. FCJM PD Chavan in her recent order directed that the Nigerian be deported immediately after he serves the jail term. The court also stated in its order that trial be continued against the six alleged absconding accused who were also involved in the racket once they are traced and arrested. The magistrate in her order sentenced two of the accused, Fazal Ahmed Shrif Sayyed, 28 a resident of Kamothe of Navi Mumbai and the Nigerian National Ujama Iliyaz Monede, 24 of Koparkhairne, to one year's imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 each.Two other accused Toufik Husainmiya Khade, 47 from Panvel, and Yogeshkumar Patil, 24 from Nerul were sentenced to six months imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 each. They were tried for offences falling under Section 420 rw 34 of the IPC.Prosecutor Jaishree Korde told the court that the accused had cheated the complainant Anil Mathur, a businessman to the tune of Rs 20.77 lakhs by promising him good returns by sale of Potjiya seeds which were used in the US for medicinal purpose and were costly there. The prosecutor told the court that one of the absconding accused Koshiya Kole developed a friendship with the victim over Facebook and informed him about the demand for the seeds which were costing $2,500 to $3,000 for 400 grammes in India while it was being purchased for $5,500 to $6,000. She promised that the difference in the rates could be distributed among them once the goods are sold. She posed as if she was representing the Health and Wealth company in the US. Initially, she guided him on how to communicate with the company and start the business with a sample quantity. She also told him as to from where he could get the seeds in India.One of the representatives meanwhile met him at a hotel here and checked the samples and gave order for further consignment. Also, some sample quantity of the seeds were procured from the victim and later on he was asked to get the bigger consignment by making payment to locals, on the numbers given by her. Based on further orders, the victim placed orders with the different agencies and made the payments as directed by Koshiya. However, after making payments he did not receive the consignments. Meanwhile, one of the representatives landed in Mumbai and called him up and informed him that he was stuck in customs and sought rescue by asking money for assistance. The victim who already had some doubts, refused to oblige. Later, when he followed up for the consignment and delivery, and called up traders and agents there was no response, after which he realised that he had been cheated. Based on courier receipts and use of investigation techniques, police arrested the four accused who were convicted recently. Hunt is on for other accused by Nayanagar police from Thane district rural.
|2017-04-30||Two BEST drivers held for raping homemaker by Thane police - The New Indian Express|
Two BEST drivers held for raping homemaker by Thane police By PTI Published: 30th April 2017 11:56 AM Last Updated: 30th April 2017 11:56 AM THANE: Thane police today arrested two persons working as drivers with the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) for allegedly raping a homemaker, police said. The duo called the woman to their home under the pretext of returning her money towards loan and raped her in turns. While the first one raped her the second one videographed the act on his cell phone and then the other one followed the same, police inspector MG Waghmare of Hill Line police station said. The duo threatened to kill her and making the video viral on social media if she reported the act to anyone, said the official. The incident took place on Thursday at the house of one of the accused in Dwarlipada of Ambernath, police added. Police have given the names of the two accused as Sunil More (35) and Arvind Kumbhar (40).
|2017-04-30||Study: Thane, Malad, Manori creeks choke as untreated sewage helps mangroves flourish - Times of India|
Study: Thane, Malad, Manori creeks choke as untreated sewage helps mangroves flourish Clara Lewis | TNN | May 1, 2017, 12.54 AM IST MUMBAI: Discharge of untreated sewage and other urban waste into the sea has resulted in unchecked growth of mangroves which is choking creeks, found a two-year research on Thane, Malad and Manori creeks by National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). "We have observed that mudflats and mangroves have increased significantly in these areas over the last two decades," said Rakesh Kumar, director NEERI. Thane creek is the worst affected showing new mangrove growth along a 45-km stretch, said project leader Ritesh Vijay. Manori creek saw new mangrove growth along a 12-km stretch and Malad creek along an 8-km stretch. "The growth is maximum in the water channels affecting tidal movement...if something is not done about the discharge of untreated sewage...the creeks will become swamps," said Vijay. D Stalin, director of NGO Vanashakti, pointed out that untreated sewage alone is not at fault. "There is a rapid reduction in the land space available for dispersal of tide water on the landward side of the creeks. We have either constructed on or blocked the flow of water in existing open areas. Left with no place to go, the tide waters stagnate and deposit more silt in the channel. This siltation makes conditions ideal for mangrove growth. So, the main creeks and creeklets are witnessing more mangrove growth," he explained. For the study, NEERI evaluated the changes considering satellite images of the years 1972, 1994 and 2016 using remote sensing analysis. It was observed that while there was destruction of mangroves due to construction and developmental activities, new growth of mangroves was observed in the creeks' inner periphery. The report stated that favourable ambient conditions led to the formation of mudflats and ultimately increased the growth of mangroves. Vijay said the satellite images indicated that 9% of the creek areas were covered by mangroves in 1972, which decreased to 7.5% in 1994 on account of construction activity. In 2016, 10% of the total creek area were covered by mangroves. "It has also been observed that the extent of mangroves increased more where the width of the creek is large (towards the sea) and less where width of the creek is small (towards the upper stretch). There is a reduction in the width of creek due to formation of mudflats and subsequent growth of mangrove. More reduction has been observed in Thane creek compared to Malad and Manori creeks," said the report. "The Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai civic bodies will have to work together to stop the discharge of untreated sewage and other effluents into the sea. The unchecked growth of mangroves is blocking the navigational channels, which affects the livelihood of the fisherfolk," Vijay said, adding that the sewage treatment plants at Bhandup, Ghatkopar, Versova, Malad are not up to the mark. BMC's Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project Phase-II to upgrade the system, including treatment before discharge into the sea, is yet to take off.
|2017-04-30||Thane-Borivali ropeway: Project report to be ready by May-end | The ... - The Indian Express|
Thane-Borivali ropeway: Project report to be ready by May-end Written by Benita Chacko | Mumbai | Published:May 1, 2017 2:04 am Mumbai is a step closer towards having its own ropeway transport, with the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the ropeway over the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) connecting Thane and Borivali almost complete. “The project survey is complete and Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd, the consultants for the project, should submit the DPR by the end of May. It will be a cost-effective public transport facility and will also promote tourism, as passengers will get a bird’s eye view of the national park,” said Pravin Darade, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). Proposed to be a 9-km ropeway, the Rs 1,000-crore project will provide east-west connectivity between the two suburbs and drastically reduce travel time. As a mode of public transport, it is touted to be at par with the metro and can transport 4,000-5,000 people per hour in one direction. The exact location of the ropeway is yet to be finalised and the consultants are considering several options. “Since it is an environmentally sensitive area, we are looking at options that will cause the least amount of damage to the environment,” said an official working on the DPR. With most ropeways in the country serving tourism purposes, this ropeway might be one of the few that will help passengers commute to work. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has also begun the survey for an 11-km underground tunnel that will run under the SGNP connecting Borivali and Thane. The construction of the tunnel will help motorists avoid the current 23-km drive through Ghodbunder Road, in the process decongesting the road. Speaking about the need for both the projects connecting the same places, Kiran Kurundkar, Joint Managing Director, MSRDC, said, “With Mumbai’s population, whatever we plan can fall short. The two modes of transport will complement each other. The tunnel will ensure faster connectivity for vehicular traffic whereas the ropeway will be for public transport.” Transport expert Ketan Goradia agreed that the city needs east-west connectivity. However, he said that the government should focus on cheaper projects first. “The tunnel is a good idea as it will improve east-west connectivity. With the western suburbs saturated, more residences are moving to the east. However, the focus right now should be on the Goregaon-Kanjurmarg road through Aarey rather than Borivali-Thane. Also, the ropeway has a very low capacity and has little to offer besides its tourism value,” he said. Environmentalists, too, have raised concerns, saying any development project passing through a national park is bound affect the environment. However, both the MMRDA and the MSRDC claim the projects are environment-friendly. “The tunnel will be 100-metre underground and will not disturb the flora and fauna in any way. The animals will not hear any vehicular sound. The tunnel begins and ends outside the national park and we have found places where there are no trees. Only some shrubs will have to be cut,” said Kurundkar. Environmentalist Clara Correia said instead of both the projects, the government should choose the one less damaging. “Between the two, the ropeway would be a more environment-friendly project. However, it also depends on how they implement it, as the construction activity itself will disturb the ecosystem. There is life underground as well, and the tunnel will ruin it. Also, it will cause damage to the water table in the area. In India, plans are often not followed. Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) reports are prepared, but more often than not they give favourable views. The suggested mitigation measures are also rarely followed,” she said.
|2017-04-29||Two BEST drivers held for raping homemaker by Thane police - Business Standard|
Two BEST drivers held for raping homemaker by Thane police Press Trust of India | Thane April 29, 2017 Last Updated at 16:42 IST Thane police today arrested two persons working as drivers with the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) for allegedly raping a homemaker, police said. "The duo called the woman to their home under the pretext of returning her money towards loan and raped her in turns. While the first one raped her the second one videographed the act on his cell phone and then the other one followed the same," police inspector MG Waghmare of Hill Line police station said. The duo threatened to kill her and making the video viral on social media if she reported the act to anyone, said the official. The incident took place on Thursday at the house of one of the accused in Dwarlipada of Ambernath, police added. Police have given the names of the two accused as Sunil More (35) and Arvind Kumbhar (40). They have been booked under section 376 (rape) of the IPC, said police. Thane police today arrested two persons working as drivers with the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) for allegedly raping a homemaker, police said. "The duo called the woman to their home under the pretext of returning her money towards loan and raped her in turns. While the first one raped her the second one videographed the act on his cell phone and then the other one followed the same," police inspector MG Waghmare of Hill Line police station said. The duo threatened to kill her and making the video viral on social media if she reported the act to anyone, said the official. The incident took place on Thursday at the house of one of the accused in Dwarlipada of Ambernath, police added. Police have given the names of the two accused as Sunil More (35) and Arvind Kumbhar (40). They have been booked under section 376 (rape) of the IPC, said police.(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
|2017-04-29||Soon, consumers can pay water tax in just a click - Times of India|
Soon, consumers can pay water tax in just a click Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 30, 2017, 01.19 AM IST Thane: After property tax, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is planning to bring the entire billing system of the water tax department online. The initiative has been taken to minimise instances of errors and ensure improved tax collections. As per plans, each of the 1.25 lakh domestic consumers and around 10,000 commercial connection users will sooner be able to view and pay their water bills online and make payments accordingly. A unique identification that will be based on the consumer number will be given along with a unique password that can be accessed from anywhere and help residents pay up from anywhere instead of standing in queues. The facility will be made operational starting next fortnight as the administration will upgrade its systems and train its staff for the same. Presently, the property tax is available online that has been getting a lot of response from residents prompting the administration to latch the water supply department onto the online network. The department has been mulling to revamp operations of the water tax collections after a dismal recovery over the last few years. The department failed to meet its Rs 150 cr target last fiscal year following which the administration was working on ways to improve the collections and the decision to bring the payment option online was finalized. The idea is to ensure minimal legwork for any consumer prompting him to pay on time. "We are planning to bring the water tax collections under the online network that will help us plug any lapses in the system. The facility will help convenience consumers pay their respective taxes in time," said Omprakash Divate, deputy municipal commissioner in charge of property tax. Meanwhile, the administration has also revamped despatch of property tax bills from this financial year by issuing bills in the month of April itself. However, despite this efforts, the bills are yet to reach the consumers as the department wants to rely on its own staff rather than rely on the postal department for issuing the bills as is the practice. Activists have expressed concern over the seriousness of the administration that had urged residents to pay their taxes in time by May end and avail of special incentives like 10% rebates. The previous arrears along with present dues if paid by May end would make residents eligible for ten percent rebate in taxes, informed officials. However, the delay on part of the administration has somehow foxed activists and consumers. "How does the administration expect residents to pay unless they get the bills on time. The initiative is surely commendable but the department should also explore the feasibility of the initiative," said an activist. We are planning to bring the water tax collections under the online network that will help us plug any lapses in the system. The facility will help convenience consumers pay their respective taxes in time
|2017-04-29||Jawans dive into dam waters, save 2 kids from drowning - Times of India|
Jawans dive into dam waters, save 2 kids from drowning Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Apr 30, 2017, 05.11 AM IST THANE: Two commandos attached to the Quick Response Team (QRT) of the Thane unit saved two children from drowning in a dam in Airoli. The incident took place on Saturday afternoon when the two jawans-Umesh Munde and Shankar Shinde-and their colleagues were training on a hillock near the dam. The jawans had been given a rigorous task of climbing up the hills and then going down. Speaking to TOI, Shinde said that after the pre-lunch session, which started at 8 am, they came down around 8 am and went to the dam for a swim as it was very hot. "When we were swimming, we saw that some children, aged eight to 10 years, from a nearby village too were in the dam taking a dip," he added. When the commandos were about to leave, they heard children screaming for help. Shinde said, "We saw that while some children were on the shore, three of them were deep inside the waters. Before we could rush for help, two of three children lost balance and started drowning. One was already deep inside and only a little away from the danger zone." "We had already packed up, changed into our uniforms and were ready to leave when we heard the call for help. We immediately dived into the waters again, rescued the two children and brought them to the shore," said Munde. "When we reached the spot where the children were drowning, we asked them to calm down and then got them back," the duo said. The commandos said that rescuing people had been taught to them during training but this was their first real operation. Shinde said, "We have been taught how to recover things and people from waters, resuscitate victims, provide first-aid, how to enter safe and unsafe waters and how to carry people. We implemented the most basic techniques in this operation."
|2017-04-28||Son finds alcoholic father, a Thane civic body driver, dead inside car - Mid-Day|
Son finds alcoholic father, a Thane civic body driver, dead inside car By Pallavi Smart Mumbai Posted 28-Apr-2017 Son finds alcoholic father's body near Kolshet, cops suspect he died of natural causes Ramesh Vartha A 50-year-old Kapurbawdi resident, who works as a driver for the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), was found dead last night in the car he was driving. Kapurbawdi Police have registered an accidental death report (ADR) and sent his body for post-mortem to Thane Civil Hospital. With no marks of injury on his body, cops suspect Ramesh Vartha suffered a natural death at the wheel. According to police sources, Vartha was supposed to be heading to the Mantralaya on Thursday. Since Vartha did not reach on time, officials from the Mantralaya called the TMC to inquire about it. The TMC officials called up Vartha's residence to find he had not reached home either, an officer from Kapurbawdi police station said. Worried on receiving the call from the TMC, Vartha's family members immediately hit the streets to search for him. Vartha's son, Kishor, said, He left home around 8.30 am on Thursday, so we were shocked he did not reach office by the time we got the call around afternoon. A constable with Kapurbawdi police station said, Around 10 pm Vartha's son found his father dead inside the car he was driving. The family handed over the body to Kapurbawdi police for further investigations. Vartha was an alcoholic, so his family members chose to look for him themselves as they suspected he may be found at one of his regular joints, the constable said. When contacted, Sandip Malvi, PRO at the TMC, said, We are waiting for the police investigation to conclude to know the cause of death and to determine if he was on duty at the time of the incident.
|2017-04-28||.thane BES5 MH-EXTORTION Extortion bid: Suresh Pujari gang ... - India.com|
Thane BES5 MH-EXTORTION Extortion bid: Suresh Pujari gang man opens fire in wine shop Thane, Apr 28 (PTI) An unidentified person purportedly associated with fugitive gangster Suresh Pujari opened fire at a wine shop in Ulhasnagar township here after handing over an envelope to the staff By PTI Feeds Published: April 28, 2017 3:55 PM IST Thane, Apr 28 (PTI) An unidentified person purportedly associated with fugitive gangster Suresh Pujari opened fire at a wine shop in Ulhasnagar township here after handing over an envelope to the staff in an extortion bid, police said today. According to Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar, the firing took place yesterday at the wine shop of one Vijay Ranglani in Kansai section area. However nobody was hurt in the incident. The assailant opened fire in the shop after handing over an envelope to one of the shop staff, asking him to give it to the owner. The bullet hit a wine rack and the accused fled on a motorbike parked outside the shop along with an unidentified rider, police said in a release quoting Vijay's complaint. The envelope with a chit inside contained the name of Suresh Pujari and a contact number, police said. Police said the firing was done with an intention to scare the shop owner and extort money. An offence under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 387 rw 34 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion) of the IPC along with Sections 3, 25 of the Arms Act have been registered against the unidentified duo and the gangster. No arrest has been made so far in connection with the incident, police added.
|2017-04-28||BMC approaches Thane collector to revoke shutdown order for 10 quarries - The Indian Express|
BMC approaches Thane collector to revoke shutdown order for 10 quarries Written by Arita Sarkar | Mumbai | Published:April 29, 2017 3:59 am Tackling the crisis of shortage of aggregate material for ongoing road works in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has written to the Thane collector Mahendra Kalyankar requesting him to re-open 10 of the quarries shut down earlier this month. Meanwhile, the Thane collector has given directions that the material from three quarries under the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) be given to the BMC on priority basis. In a letter to the Thane collector on April 25, officials from the roads department requested that the order to shut down the 70-odd quarries be revoked for a select few, supplying material to the contractors employed by the BMC. “We have included a list of around 10 quarries in the Navi Mumbai region which have been supplying material to our contractors. We have asked the Thane collector to allow these particular quarries just till the end of May so that we are able to complete our pre-monsoon works,” the official said. As a temporary relief, the civic officials said, the Thane collector’s office had given directions to the agencies running the three quarries under the jurisdiction of the MIDC to supply material to BMC contractors on priority to complete pre-monsoon road works. “Apart from the few quarries where the contractors are still able to get the material, we have asked the contractors from quarries beyond the jurisdiction of Thane in areas like Padgha, Ulwa and Panvel as well,” said the official from the roads department. The roads officials stated that considering the extent of work which needs to be completed as part of the pre-monsoon work, the contractors will need around 50,000 cubic metres of aggregate material. Since the contractors will now have to procure the aggregate material from quarries which are farther away from the city, there is rising concern within the officials of the roads department that the contractors are likely to demand extra funds for transportation of the material. “We pay the contractor to do the work and the manner of procuring the material is their responsibility. However, they may ask for more money since there is a competition for getting the material among other government agencies and private players as well,” said a civic official. After taking stock of the status of work, the roads department officials found that around 5-6 contractors are lagging behind and may not be able to complete the work by end of May. “We will take legal action against them if they fail to complete the work. We are also planning to confiscate their performance guarantee and will issue notices to them,” said the official. With monsoon just two months away, the BMC is exploring all possibilities to find alternate sources while competing with other agencies like the Public Works Department as well as the housing industry. The shortage of the aggregate material used in both asphalt and cement-concrete roads rose after the Thane collector had earlier issued orders to shut down the quarries by March 31. The reason was cited as the companies’ failure to comply with norms of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board as well as the environment ministry. Around 70 quarries in the Navi Mumbai region were shut down which brought the ongoing work at several locations in the city to a standstill.
|2017-04-28||Wanted: Thane Road stabbing suspect - KTOO|
Wanted: Thane Road stabbing suspect April 28, 2017 A 37-year-old Juneau man is wanted in connection with a stabbing last weekend along Thane Road.A $20,000 bail arrest warrant charges Joshua Levi Brown with first-degree assault in the stabbing of a 24-year-old Juneau man late April 22, according to a Juneau Police Department news release. Police have not released the name of the victim. Brown has several aliases: Charlie Hussle or Hustle, Charlie Brown and Alex Douglas Dornbeirer. He’s a white male, 5-foot-9-inches tall, about 175 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Police consider him extremely dangerous and not to be confronted by the public. Police say someone stabbed the victim the night of April 22 near parked cars along Thane Road. Party-goers had a fire on the beach below. The victim was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital and later medevaced to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A nursing supervisor said he was discharged Friday afternoon. Contact the Juneau Police Department at 586-0600 or Juneau Crime Line online at www.juneaucrimeline.com with information about Brown’s location or the case.
|2017-04-28||Demonetisation failed to make any negative impact on Thane's realty, rental market - Times of India|
Demonetisation failed to make any negative impact on Thane's realty, rental market Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 29, 2017, 01.37 AM IST THANE: The overall slowdown in the market coupled with the demonetisation decision last year apparently failed to make any negative impact on the property market in the Thane district last year with registrations showing a Northward movement in the volume of registration of transactions. The Thane division statistics available with the state revenue department reveals nearly 2,000 more registrations of property transactions last year compared to the previous financial year. The volume of unclassified registrations including those done in municipal councils and rural belts that are noted with the revenue department and listed separately have also seen a rise. A jump in the leave and license transactions by around 5,000 documents was also recorded during this tenure. The statistics have busted the myth of the long term impact of demonetization on the property sector. While the volume of registrations had sunk initially in the period immediately after November, the transactions have resumed its normal course and been on a healthy upward drive since then, inform officials from the registrar office. Officials at the sub-registrar offices across Thane claimed the footfalls were less following De-mon drive and said the impact could be gauged only by end of this fiscal. "The industry has seen a turnaround in the sales and the demonetization hasn't made any impact on the business here. Thane district has a lot of potential and has been drawing a lot of attention from investors end and buyers alike thus fuelling the market here," said Ajay Ashar, president of MCHI Thane. Meanwhile, the town planning department of the TMC also was largely benefited by the frenzy of developers to latch on various schemes launched by the state government. "The department earned Rs 117 crore through the sale of additional premium FSI scheme as against the desired target of Rs 100 crore and has shown a steady growth," claimed a senior civic official. With a large migrant population who have shifted base to Mumbai for work also seem to have opted for Thane as a residential destination that experts say is reflected in the spike of lease agreements. Meanwhile, transactions of gift deeds, company mergers, registration of mortgages and several other documents also saw a proportionate increase in the previous fiscal. The volume of gift deeds also rose by around 30% in the same period along with registrations of immovable properties that saw a rise from 36 in the last fiscal to a staggering 431 in the previous fiscal. However, the overall volume of documents registered saw a drop of nearly 5% in 2016-17 as compared to the last year as fewer job and deal contracts, affidavits, transfer deeds, among others were registered here. A large segment of the middle class migrating from other parts of the country find Thane economical to stay on lease rather than purchase accommodation here as they plan to relocate or upgrade to Mumbai after few years. This justifies the rise in lease agreements that holds well or both residential and commercial properties
|2017-04-28||'Today's youth wants to groove to changing trends of dance forms' - Times of India|
'Today's youth wants to groove to changing trends of dance forms' TNN | Apr 29, 2017, 01.36 AM IST THANE: An African proverb says, 'When the music changes, so does the dance.' Though the proverb hints at how it is important to adapt to change in life, on the occasion of World Dance Day today, the proverb aptly suits the evolution of dance in recent times. Dance enthusiasts from the city talk about how the variety of dance styles in today's times will have one swinging from one option to another. Simrin Vijaykar, co-founder of a dance community in Thane, said, "In earlier times, people stuck around for at least six months to thoroughly learn a dance style. But today, given the fast paced life and hectic schedule, people want quick results. If they think they aren't performing well, they quit and join a class that teaches them another dance form. That is when the concept of a three-day boot camp or workshop comes into the picture. Such methods of training is not only beneficial to instructors but students as well, who do not have much time in hand but are eager to learn." Vijaykar added that people want to try something new and experiment the influence of western culture and the desire to look glamorous on their social media profile. Varsha Agnihotri of a city-based music and dance training institute, said, "A lot of youngsters come to class with an intent of imitate certain dance moves they see in films and shows. Earlier, disco was a popular form of dance, but today it's all about hip-hop and jive. Increase in the exposure to reality shows has attracted a huge crowd of students to new dance forms." Also, ball room dancing is something that is catching the interest of people in the city. "I go to parties all the time in clubs. Since I was the only boy in my group who had two left feet, I started learning dance by going through tutorials on YouTube. Later, I became very interested in it and now I am thinking of pursuing it further," said 22-year-old Ketan Shah from Thane. The concept of a three-day boot camp or workshop is picking up. People want quick results and jump from one dance form to another to master it. Such training methods, said dance enthusiasts, are beneficial for instructors as well
|2017-04-28||Assault on strays up, 431 reported in Thane last year - Times of India|
Assault on strays up, 431 reported in Thane last year Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Apr 29, 2017, 01.38 AM IST THANE: As many as 431 instances of cruelty meted out to stray dogs have been reported from Thane and extended suburbs last year by local non government organizations (NGOs) in the city. Animal lovers are now worried about the safety of these homeless animals and are hoping for some change in the amendments for strict laws against the ones hurting the animals. On the backdrop of animal cruelty cases, which occurred in Navi Mumbai where two dogs bled to death after one was hit by a road and one's tail was cut by an unidentified person, the animal lovers expressed annoyance at the rising cruelty against animals. The data compiled by two NGOs, Plants and Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) and Pet Owners and Animal Lovers (PAL), shows that strays suffer fractures either when they are assaulted or if a vehicle runs over them. "Out of the total rescue cases which come to us, almost 90 per cent are accident cases wherein a stray gets hurt after a vehicle rams into them and 10 per cent cases are such wherein the dog is beaten up by someone. It is seen that dogs are assaulted either because they don't want to be seen in the vicinity by locals or they have anger towards an animal lover who feeds the strays and want to vent it on the animal," said Nilesh Bhanage, founder of PAWS. It is seen that since 2014 to March 2017 as many as 835 dogs from Thane, Diva, Dombivli and Thakurli suffered grievous injuries and were either paralysed or lost their lives. Only a few could survive and heal from the wounds they suffered. "Unfortunately we cannot take actions against everyone who has assaulted a dog as no one comes ahead to be a witness for the crime. Many just report to the NGOs so that the dog receives proper treatment. Also, even if these animals survive they are physically challenged and it then becomes difficult for them to survive as they find it difficult to move around. At times even their spine is damaged and they are unable to move," said Bhaskar Chauhan, canine behaviourist and trainer and volunteer at PAL. Animal lovers blame lenient laws that play an important role in letting off the assaulter with merely a fine. "Even if the case is registered, most of the times the accused is unknown and the investigation does not hold water. Even if a person is convicted they have to pay a fine of Rs 100. New laws should be passed and strict action should be taken against the culprits," added Bhanage.
|2017-04-28||Maharashtra Day celebration at Happy Streets this Sunday - Times of India|
Maharashtra Day celebration at Happy Streets this Sunday B B Nayak | TNN | Apr 29, 2017, 01.35 AM IST THANE: Happy Streets participants have a reason to rejoice this Sunday as they are gearing up to mark the historic Maharashtra Day on Sunday, on the eve of the state's Foundation Day. A host of innovative events have been planned to celebrate the special day. Vijay Suraksha Art Zone will have a special workshop to teach the kids and their parents the exotic art of famous Warli Painting to commemorate the rich heritage of Maharashtrian culture. The artists will be on their toes to attend each and every participant at the workshop. Besides the workshop, fun and games will also be on offer to usher in the momentous occasion. Apart from this, the game of archery is back to get the participants engaged in hitting the bull's eye. A large pledge board has been arranged to provide the revelers expressing their view on road safety messages. Elders have formed a major chunk to encourage freshers to sing so that stage fear could be done away with. "We make new friends and try hand on all events," said 16-year-old Satish Mane. The event will have adventure activities, yoga, zumba, dance, music, art, paint, fun and games among hordes of programmes. Salsa dance will be yet another attraction. Marathon runners will be offered tips at the fitness arena put up by Joints-n-Motion. Football, skating, hula hoop and cycling have become instant hit and no one is going to miss the privilege being on the traffic free road. "What could be the better place than the non-motorable stretch to skate," said a budding skater Ritesh Gupta. The TMC, Thane Traffic dept have bought Happy Streets to the lake city, which is supported by TOI and powered by Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty.
|2017-04-28||Not just purchasing, but donating, too, marks Akshaya Tritiya in city - Times of India|
Not just purchasing, but donating, too, marks Akshaya Tritiya in city Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 29, 2017, 01.36 AM IST THANE: Purchasing gold, booking a new home, starting new ventures, buying and donating clothes and sweets to street-side children marked the celebration of the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya in the city on Friday. Believed to be one of the three-and-a-half auspicious days in the year, which includes Padwa and Dussehra, this day attracts many believers to shell out big bucks. Asha Ravindranath, one such Hiranandani resident, said, "This is one of the few days when an auspicious task does not need a muharat as the day itself is auspicious. On this day, we conduct a simple puja at home and then buy a small quantity of gold, silver or some valuable as we believe that the value of what is bought on this day multiplies through the year, bringing prosperity and wealth." Another resident, Varun Varma from Kalwa, said, "We have been looking for a new house for close to a year and finally zeroed in on one a few weeks ago. However, we decided to wait and complete the booking of the flat on this day to bring in good fortune in this new phase of our life." In addition to purchasing valuables, some Thaneites went a step ahead and donated a lot of their wealth as well. "We believe the more we give to the society the more we get. So like every year, we bought a few toys, clothes and sweets and distributed it to street children near the Jain temple," said S V Jain, another resident. With thousands of these denizens flocking to city markets, jewellery stores, car showrooms and realtors, this day proved to be a blessing for businessmen. "Our store was buzzing with customers through the day, partly because of the auspicious day and partly because of the discounts we were offering. We had a 50 per cent discount on diamond jewellery and a 15 per cent discount on gold," said Nitin Kadam, founder and chairman of a popular jewellery store near Talaopali. "As Akshaya Tritiya is the ideal day to start new ventures, we also started a new gold deposit scheme at our store," he added.
|2017-04-28||Police ID, seek stabbing suspect from Thane beach party - Juneau Empire (subscription)|
Police ID, seek stabbing suspect from Thane beach party Posted April 28, 2017 03:32 pm - Updated April 28, 2017 05:01 pm A 37-year-old Juneau man is being sought as the suspect in a stabbing that critically injured Monte Nix, 24, at a beach party out Thane Road April 22.The Juneau Police Department has issued a $20,000 arrest warrant for Joshua Levi Brown, for first-degree assault, said spokeswoman Erann Kalwara. Brown is known to use several names including Charlie Hussle or Hustle, and Charlie Brown. Kalwara said Brown also has been using the identity of Alex Douglas Dornbeirer, a former Juneau resident, as an alias. The real Dornbirer, whose name is spelled slightly differently, has posted an alert on Facebook to clarify that he is not the same man.
|2017-04-27||Thane one of most dense cities of MMR - Times of India|
Thane one of most dense cities of MMR Apr 28, 2017, 01.25 AM IST THANE: With as many as 14,361 people living in a square kilometer area here, Thane seems to be one of the densest towns on the periphery of Mumbai compared to Navi Mumbai, Vasai and Bhayender. As many as 18.41 lakh residents stay in the 128 sqkms spread of the city while TMC statistics reveal that around 36 sqkms in the city limits comes under the green belt and is non-developable zone leaving barely around 92 sqkms of habitable area taking the tally to around 20,000 residents per square kilometer. This, experts say, is higher compared to Navi Mumbai that has just 10,315 people staying in 108.63 sqkms or Bhayender that has just 10,194 people staying in 79 sqkms. The MMRDA's regional plan has proposed two growth centers near the TMC boundaries at Kharbao, Bhiwandi and at Nilje near Diva. The growth centres have been proposed as investment magnets and expected to attract skilled/unskilled workforce along with industrial activities leading to an increase in population over the years. Further, swathes of the existing green belts along the Ghodbunder has been proposed as 'Urbanizable Zone'- where the land use would be dedicated to various construction activities eating into the green cover. The comparative study, that is part of a population density study done by the MMRDA while preparing the draft regional plan for Mumbai Metropolitan area, holds importance especially after the MMRDA has plans to develop growth centres in the city along with converting green swathes along the Ghdobunder into urbanizable belts that could add further strain to the city's infrastructure. "These influxes would exert great pressure on infrastructure in Thane and lead to increase in housing arrangements across the city. The thrust should be on having less people crammed in the city spaces," says Mayuresh Bhadsavale, an urban research analyst who recently approached the TMC with suggestions to alter the plans for the city. Activist Nitin Deshpande says the vertical development for any city could be detrimental for the overall health of the residents here. When contacted, MMRDA officials dismissed any talks of killing the green cover of the city. "We have proposed two growth centres around Thane. However, the regional plan for areas not governed by any urban local body and it is the sole discretion of the TMC to amend its development plans to accommodate certain changes proposed by us or ignore it," said a senior official from the metropolitan planning department.
|2017-04-27||Sadhvi Pragya speaks after coming out of jail, claims Hemant ... - India.com|
Sadhvi Pragya speaks after coming out of jail, claims Hemant Karkare, Thane police commissioner tortured her By Ravi Kaushal | Published: April 27, 2017 5:11 PM IST New Delhi, April 27: After getting bail in the Malegaon blast case, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur on Thursday said that she has been implicated in the Malegaon blast case by the anti-terrorist squad of Mumbai Police on the directions of the Congress party. Recounting the days of jail, Sadhvi Pragya said that she was physically tortured by former anti-terrorist squad of Mumbai Police chief Hemant Karkare and other police officers including Thane Police Commissioner. The jail days reminded me as if I am living pre-independence era. Even the colonial government could not have unleashed atrocities on a woman.Rebuking the judgement of the lower court, she said that she is seeking legal opinion against the those who had tried to implicate her in the case. She said that she cannot be held guilty just because she is facing a trial. Sadhvi Pragya was given a bail by a special court earlier this month on special conditions. She was directed to submit two deposits of Rupees Five Lakhs and her passport. She was also told to appear before the court at every hearing. Malegaon blasts in 2006 claimed the lives of 37 persons and 125 injuries near a Muslim cemetery. Published Date: April 27, 2017 5:11 PM IST
|2017-04-26||Interactive Wall Climbing Course Launched In Thane - News18|
Interactive Wall Climbing Course Launched In Thane IANS Updated:April 26, 2017, 7:57 AM IST An interactive wall climbing course with ropes has been launched in this suburb of India's financial capital Mumabi to engage children in interesting physical activities instead of their going into gaming arcades and amusement parks. The facility launched by America's Let's Play Indoor Adventure Zone, acts as an alternative gym offering physical activities and exercise in a controlled environment with guaranteed unadulterated and stimulating fun for all ages. "The concept for Let's Play was designed as a result of many children-led visits to other play centers, some of which offered unmemorable experiences from limited play facilities for children and indifferent catering for parents," Let's Play Managing Director Asim Valiani said in a statement on Tuesday. "This prompted us to invest in providing relaxed and clean play centers that offer stimulating and thrilling activities for children, teenagers and adults," Valiani said. "Parents are always concerned about allowing their children to play unsupervised and our world-class facility offers a safe and protective child-friendly environment for kids to play under the watchful eye of our trained and well-equipped staff," he added. The one-of-a-kind, indoor, multi-level obstacle ropes course offers fun and adventure to all age groups to test their courage and help overcome fear while truly facilitating team building. The combination of low and high ropes courses enables climbers to grow at both the team and individual levels by exploring leadership and communication concepts, problem-solving, and coaching. The low ropes course focuses on collaboration, the challenges call upon every member of the team to participate. The high ropes course emphasises on risk-taking, trust and coaching. Players can participate in various team-building and interactive challenges such as "Climb the Fade", "Speed Competition Wall", "Spider's Web", "Fireman's Wall" and "The Labyrinth" to test their agility, strength and courage.
|2017-04-26||Thane: Former TMC corporator Dwarkanath Pawar dead | The ... - The Indian Express|
Thane: Former TMC corporator Dwarkanath Pawar dead Pawar was 80 and breathed his last at a hospital here this morning, his family said. He is survived by wife and son. By: PTI | Thane | Published:April 26, 2017 12:21 pm Noted trade union leader and former corporator of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), Dwarkanath Pawar died here today after protracted illness. Pawar was 80 and breathed his last at a hospital here this morning, his family said. He is survived by wife and son. Pawar was an influential trade union leader and was associated with late Dina Bama Patil for quite some time. He was earlier with the Shiv Sena and later joined the Congress and remained a corporator in the TMC for a couple of terms as a member of the standing committee. He was associated with Agri Sena and Kamghar Ekata union. His funeral will be held at 3 pm, his family added.
|2017-04-26||Prepaid auto service in MMR shuts shop due to poor response - Times of India|
Prepaid auto service in MMR shuts shop due to poor response Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 27, 2017, 12.16 AM IST THANE: The first prepaid auto service of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) started by the state transport department in Thane is winding up operations from May 1 due to poor response. The facility, launched in Mumbai following the 2014 Esther Anuhya case at LTT, has already been partially shut down since the last fortnight forcing passengers to fall prey to rogue auto drivers who openly fleece them by charging exorbitant rates, specially in the evening hours. The prepaid facility was mostly used by passengers arriving by long distance trains at odd hours and found the services economical and reliable. While the union operating the services said there was a depleting volume of passengers for the services, commuters and activists blamed that the facility was not available beyond 8 pm when they are the most needed and are unavailable beyond Ghodbunder to Bhayander, Borivli, Kalyan and Bhiwandi routes where the volume of fleecing by drivers was comparatively more. A survey done by the transport authority in 2015, showed that barely 17 commuters used the facility daily. However, nearly two years later, the response hasn't increased with union members claiming the number of daily takers drops to barely 10 passengers at times making it difficult for the union to keep the facility running. The facility was operational for a few hours till recently and was found locked when the TOI team visited. Meanwhile with the services unavailable, several rogue drivers have started to blatantly park their autos in front of the railway station. These drives have often get into fights with passengers and bully them into using their services as the police authorities in the area have turned a blind eye. "We have partially shut the services since the last few days and are mulling to completely close operations from next week as even auto drivers complain of not getting adequate fares. We want the service to continue but we are unable to reach the break-even point," complained an office-bearer of the Viju Natekar auto union that is operating the service. Commuters, on the other hand, claim the services aren't available after evening when the requirement is the highest as majority long distance trains arrive at Thane after 8 pm till early morning. "The use of these services were mostly for residents of Ghodbunder Road, Bhayander, Borivli, Kalyan and Bhiwandi arriving by long distance trains," complained an activist from Thane. When contacted, H B Patil, regional transport officer said the department will look into the issue and take appropriate decision for the benefit of commuters after studying the same. We have partially shut the services since the last few days and are mulling to completely close operations from next week as even auto drivers complain of not getting adequate fares. We want the service to continue but we are unable to reach the break-even point. The number of daily takers has dropped to 10 from 15 in 2015
|2017-04-26||Kalwa corporator, 5 others held for assaulting man - Times of India|
Kalwa corporator, 5 others held for assaulting man Avani Ghangurde TNN | Apr 27, 2017, 12.21 AM IST THANE: TMC corporator from Kalwa, Mahesh Salvi and five others were arrested by the Kalwa police for allegedly assaulting a labour contractor on Tuesday morning. The incident took place near Kalwa's Paunpada area in the wee hours of Tuesday, when Chandrakant Kalambe (52), a contractor and a Kalwa resident saw Salvi trying to cut a pipeline. Kalambe suspected something amiss and attempted to interrupt Salvi which irked him. The Kalwa police informed that the corporator along with five otherslater allegedly assaulted Kalambe and also threatened to kill him and his family if he revealed this incident to anyone. The victim, however, mustered courage and approached the Kalwa police following which the corporator and his aides were held.Avani Ghangurde
|2017-04-26||Residents successful in pushing over 15 food trucks off road - Times of India|
Residents successful in pushing over 15 food trucks off road TNN | Apr 27, 2017, 12.14 AM IST THANE: Residents from several societies along the Gladys Alwares Road have come together to put an end to the illegal mobile food vending outlets operating in their vicinity. The group of residents not only complained to the TMC about the menace caused by food trucks operating in the stretch from Lok Puram to Kashinath Ghanekar since the past one-and-a-half years, but also ensured that the authorities forced the vendors to shut the outlets which were running illegally on the roadside. There were some 15 food trucks selling various doing bussiness on the busy stretch. Residents complained that the illegal outlets were not only causing nuisance to citizens, but also adding to the traffic chaos. "These food trucks would operate between 6 and 11:30 at night. During peak hours, traffic congestion along this road would increase as customers would often park their vehicles in double/triple lanes and enjoying their meals. We initially requested the vendors to at least not park in front of our entrance gates, but it was of no use. Also the area had become extremely dangerous for children to walk as footpaths were being occupied by hawkers and the roads were majorly blocked by these trucks. Then, we decided to take matters into our own hands and ourselves approached the TMC," says a resident requesting anonymity. When contacted, Ashok Burpulle, head of encroachment department, he confirmed of complaints and said the issue was sorted out. "We received complaints about food trucks selling eatables illegally. We sent our team and stopped the illegal business," he said.
|2017-04-26||Thane: Six arrested for posing as Sales Tax officers, extorting money from shop owners - Mid-Day|
Thane: Six arrested for posing as Sales Tax officers, extorting money from shop owners By PTI Mumbai Posted 26-Apr-2017 Thane: Ulhasnagar police in Thane district have arrested six persons who allegedly posed as Sales Tax officers and extorted lakhs of rupees from shop owners. The arrested men were identified as Harish Chhajad (48), Ramkrishna Gunjal (42), Brijmohanlal Sarate (47), Sharadkant Nerkar (64), Prakash Gaikwad (50) and Sunil Kolekar (36). Chhajad was the mastermind of this racket, police said. The accused visited a wholesaler's shop dealing in chikki, chocolates and biscuits near Vitthalwadi railway station in Ulhasnagar on April 24. The car in which they came sported the logo of Maharashtra Government. Introducing themselves as Sales Tax officers, they `inspected' ledgers, documents, receipts, etc., and told the owner that he had breached some regulations and they would have to seal the shop.The owner requested them to talk with his chartered accountant. The accused told the CA that the owner would have to pay them Rs five lakh if he wanted to avoid action. In the meantime, owner of a nearby shop came there, and realised that these were the same men who had extorted Rs two lakh from him by fraudulently posing as Sales Tax officers. The shop owner engaged them in conversation while alerting the Ulhasnagar Central Police station. Police rushedto the spot and arrested them. Duplicate I-cards, fake Sales Tax forms and the car with Government logo was seized. During the interrogation the accused confessed to similar offences in Ulhasnagar and also in Nashik, police said. A local court has remanded the accused in police custody till May 2. Further probe is on.
|2017-04-26||Exhibition held to educate citizens about mosquitoes - Times of India|
Exhibition held to educate citizens about mosquitoes Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Apr 27, 2017, 12.20 AM IST THANE: On the occasion of World Malaria Day, April 25, the district malaria office organised an exhibition displaying different types of mosquitoes to create awareness and educate citizens about different species of mosquitoes which causes malaria, elephant foot and dengue. The exhibition was held at Thane Civil Hospital on Tuesday. "Over 250 nursing home staff, malaria office officials, doctors and a few others attended the exhibition. The organisers had displayed samples of various species of mosquitoes for display so that visitors could understand the difference between the types," said Deepali Nasare, District Malaria Officer. The organisers also displayed and showed how mosquito breeding was done in different water samples. People used magnifying glass to see the breeding process and identify the different species of the insect. People could actually see and identify the dengue mosquito 'aedes' which has white stripes on its legs. "All the mosquitoes which bite are female, they suck on the blood as they need it to hatch their eggs. Anopheles mosquito, which causes malarias, breeds on clean but flowing water and bites during night. Aedes, which breeds on clean and still water bites during morning and Culex mosquitoes which causes Filariasis also known as Elephant's foot breeds on dirty water and bites during midnight. Also, these insects have three stages - eggs, larva and pupa; it is seen that Guppy fish eat the larva, which acts as a biological control," said MP Chandratre, laboratory Scientific officer at DMO.
|2017-04-25||Project by 3 Thane students wins gold at Copenhagen contest ... - Times of India|
Project by 3 Thane students wins gold at Copenhagen contest TNN | Apr 25, 2017, 11.45 PM IST THANE: Three students from a college in Thane earned a gold medal at the Danish Young Scientist Fair and Contest held at Copenhagen for their project on ways to turn vermi wash into bio fertilizer. The students -- Yash Deshpande, Kajal Naukariya and Subhash Khatri, final year BSc students from B N Bandodkar Science College, were the only team from India from among six other countries. "Our research project was titled 'the hidden treasure of vermi wash', which was aimed at creating a new bio fertilizer using organisms from vermi wash, the liquid generated from the passage of water through vermi compost. The jury was pleased with our idea. They loved the way we presented it. Also, the experience was enriching as we got to learn a lot looking at the work of other participants. Moreover, the fact that our ideas and concepts were being discussed by the top most officials at Denmark made us feel proud and happy," said Naukariya. The presentation was held on April 24 and 25, 2017 wherein more than 400 students from across the world gathered to witness the competition. The trio presented before a jury of six foreign delegates. Dr Jayashree Pawar, head of biotechnology department at the college, said, "I have seen these three working hard since two-and-a-half years. Every year, one college from one country is chosen. This time it was our turn to have not only been chosen but also to accomplish a gold in this prestigious competition. It is indeed a proud moment for all us."
|2017-04-25||Thane cops seize 16 two-wheelers and 10 phones from 22-year-old and minor - Hindustan Times|
Thane cops seize 16 two-wheelers and 10 phones from 22-year-old and minor mumbai Updated: Apr 26, 2017 00:32 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The Khadakpada police in Kalyan have recovered 16 two-wheelers and nine mobile phones from a 22-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy who were arrested last week. The minor was on Tuesday produced in court and sent to child home while Mammu alias Wasim Sanjay Irani, a resident of Ambivli in Kalyan, was sent to judicial custody. We recovered seven two-wheelers worth Rs 3.70 lakh from Irani and nine two-wheelers worth Rs 5.15 lakh from the minor. We also found 10 mobile phones worth Rs 1 lakh from them. They executed their robbery plans mostly in Thane, said Sanjay Shinde, deputy commissioner of police from Zone 3. Shinde suspects that more people are involved in theses robberies. Irani was wanted under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), 1999. He was arrested from Kalyan on April 21 after the police got a tip off about his whereabouts. During investigation, he revealed the name of the minor who was arrested too. The two were involved in mobile thefts and other robberies. The minor plunged into the criminal world when he was 13. Earlier, he was also arrested in an attempt to murder case and for pelting stones on personnel from Khadakpada police station, said a police officer. Still we believe there are a few stolen items, location of which, the two have not revealed to us, said B. Roham, inspector from Kalyan zone.
|2017-04-25||Thane lake swatch kab banega - Times of India|
Thane lake swatch kab banega Apr 25, 2017, 06.08 AM IST thane thalav paani lake is do dirty. no one is bothered..hawker blissfull throw it away
|2017-04-25||'Rope in politicians, celebs to make Thane noise-pollution free' - Times of India|
'Rope in politicians, celebs to make Thane noise-pollution free' Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 25, 2017, 11.50 PM IST THANE: Despite carrying out a number of awareness drives about noise pollution, continuous honking and blaring music, the city continues to be a noisy place. On the occasion of International Noise Awareness Day, which is being observed on Wednesday, citizen activists' stress on the need for 100% implementation of norms against noise pollution. They want the authorities as well as politicians and celebrities to come together and work towards putting an end to this menace. Autodrivers continue to honk relentlessly throughout the day. The noise levels increase drastically during festivals with pandals playing blaring music trying to compete with others. Even though the high court (HC) has instructed the government to curb the noise levels in the state, especially during festivals, the levels continue to be way above the permissible levels, claim citizen activists. Activist Dr. Mahesh Bedekar, whose PIL brought the otherwise ignored issue of noise pollution to the HC's attention, said, "Speaking about noise pollution a couple of years ago was close to impossible as it wasn't even considered to be an issue, despite it having serious health implications. After carrying out awareness drives for years and receiving support from the HC, many citizens are now taking up this cause. Even the police have become vigilant." "However, there is still a long way to go to stop noise pollution. To achieve this, there needs to be 100% monitoring of those who break the law, followed by 100% implementation of action taken on these people by the authorities. The government pollution control bodies needs to come up with ways to curb the main source of pollution that is caused by noisy vehicles like autos, cars and even high-end bikes," said Dr. Bedekar. Activists believe that the implementation of the law, coupled with the influence of prominent societal figures like politicians and celebrities, will help curb this issue and make Thane a better and much more liveable city. "Politicians and celebrities have thousands of fan followers. If these communities embraced and propagated the idea of a noise-free celebration, it will surely influence a major part of society, which looks up to them as role models. Many politicians continue to support the use of loudspeakers during festivals to make their voters happy. They need to adopt new strategies," said Nilesh Ambekar, another citizen activist.
|2017-04-25||Water pilferage highest in Naupada, Mumbra lowest - Times of India|
Water pilferage highest in Naupada, Mumbra lowest Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 25, 2017, 11.46 PM IST THANE: The middle class bastions of Naupada and Uthalsar areas in Thane witness the highest volume of distribution losses of water apparently due to rampant thefts and leakage compared to neighbouring Mumbra and Diva. Records stated in a study undertaken by the water department to understand the present water distribution and management in Thane reveal that while 360 litres per person daily water is drawn by the Naupada ward, barely 249 litres reaches the end user. The study, exclusively accessed by TOI, shows that not only does the ward get excess water as compared to the standard 150 litres per capita daily prescribed by the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO) mandate but an apparent faulty distribution network is leading to loss of around 111 litres daily per person. Meanwhile, Uthalsar ward ranks second with around 101 litres per person lost daily. Interestingly, Mumbra ward that is at the fag end of the distribution network sees the least volume of losses with barely 51 litres per person lost daily as each of its residents get nearly 121 litres as against 176 litres supplied. The average distribution losses for the city remains at 75 litres per person as just 168 litres is received as against the supply of 243.47 litres. The TMC claims that nearly 32-37 per cent of its water supply daily is lost due to thefts and unplugged leakages causing a huge deficit to the administration that pays nearly Rs 30 lakh daily for sourcing 480 million litres daily from various agencies. The readings are part of a study underaken by the administration to understand the quantum of losses in each of the administrative wards following outcry by the residents and activists in recent times. The readings, said officials, was taken based on the meter readings available at each of the storage facilities in the wards. Each of the wards have five to 10 main distribution points that record the supply before it is passed on to consumers. However, lack of metering system for individual consumers is proving to be a huge setback for the civic body to come to an accurate conclusion about the losses. Civic officials justified that there have been corrections and action on pilferages and thefts in the network and the litre per capita per day losses are likely to be less in the upcoming water audit. The introduction of water meters for all connections that is in the pipeline will help them shortlist areas with maximum losses and help plug wastage or non revenue water.
|2017-04-25||minor raped: Minor gang-raped for two days, boyfriend among 4 ... - Times of India|
Minor gang-raped for two days, boyfriend among 4 held in Thane Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Apr 25, 2017, 06.23 PM IST AMBERNATH: A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by six men, including her boyfriend, in a flat at Ambernath in the Thane district of Maharashtra. Police arrested four people, including her boyfriend Govind Koli, 21, while the hunt is on for two other accused - Rahul, 23, and Yogesh, 24. Those arrested have been identified as Nitin Sanap, 21, Kushal Balkawade, 25, and Dilip Mahadik alias Mukesh, 26. The SSC student of a private school in Ambernath was allegedly held captive in the flat for two days by her boyfriend Govind at his friend Mukesh's residence where the accused joined them and raped the victim by serving her juice laced with sedatives. The police said as the exams of class 9 were over, the girl was attending tuitions of SSC at her school. On Friday, her grandfather dropped her at the school after which Rahul approached telling her that Govind was suffering from high fever and took the victim to meet him at Mukesh's residence where the other accused gang-raped her. Police inspector from Ambernath police station Narendra Patil said, "After the victim approached us, we immediately filed a complaint and arrested four accused while the hunt is on to nab two other accused who are on the run." The medical examination of the victim has confirmed rape, said the police, adding that a case under sections 363 (abduction), 376 D (gangrape), 365 (abducting with an intent of secretly and wrongfully confining a person), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was lodged against all the accused.
|2017-04-25||Spurned man stabs woman to death as neighbours watch horror ... - Times of India|
Spurned man stabs woman to death as neighbours watch horror Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 25, 2017, 01.29 PM IST THANE: A 21-year-old man from Diva allegedly stabbed a 32-yearold homemaker to death at her home on Monday. The man, Atul Kamlesh Singh, was infatuated with the woman, Mrunal Ghadigaonkar, said the police. The murder was witnessed by neighbours who rushed to Mrunal's help on hearing her screams. "The victim was alone when Singh, who had allegedly been demanding sexual favours from the woman, barged into the house with a knife around 1 pm. After an argument, he attacked her with the knife, causing several wounds," said a police officer. Mrunal, who was in the kitchen, ran out into the hall where Singh attacked her. "The neighbours rushed into the house to find Mrunal bleeding and Singh stabbing her repeatedly. They locked the door from outside to prevent him from escaping," said the officer. Police inspector Sadashiv Nikam said that Mrunal'shusband, Mangesh, works for a mall. They married 10 years ago. "Singh was infatuated with Mrunal who had snubbed him," said the officer from Mumbra police station. This had angered Singh who murdered her, said Nikam. Mrunal died before she could be taken to hospital.
|2017-04-25||Thane: Fancy Mumbra stadium used as scrapyard, athletes turned away - Mid-Day|
Thane: Fancy Mumbra stadium used as scrapyard, athletes turned away Thane | Posted 25-Apr-2017 When civic officials threw open Mumbra's 16-acre Kausa Sports Complex in January, they said it would give the area's young athletes a sporting chance. Barely three months after, mid-day found that the stadium is often closed to visiting sportspersons and is, instead, used as a scrapyard by the Thane Municipal Corporation. During a recent visit, this reporter found the stadium grounds littered with discarded hoarding material, broken iron grilles and other items of scrap that had been seized during encroachment drives by the civic body. On the other hand, budding sportspersons are not allowed inside except for a few hours early in the morning. Jainab Shaikh (19) is a state-level athlete who says she has been turned away from the stadium time and again. "I went to the ground for practice, but was told that no one is allowed entry after 9 am. They allow morning joggers inside for a few hours and then shut the gates. What's the point of having a ground in Mumbra if we end up having to go to Thane for practice? If we have access right here, we can practice and dream of playing at the national and international level to bag medals for our country," she said. "In the first week of January, after the stadium was inaugurated by NCP chief Sharad Pawar, a football tournament was held for schoolgirls from Mumbra. But, ever since, the grounds have not opened for practice," she added. It was with much fanfare that the stadium was inaugurated. Spread over 16 acres, it has an eight-lane, 400m synthetic athletic track; an athletic gallery; an indoor badminton hall with four courts; an Olympic-size swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, volleyball court, yoga hall, carom and chess hall. There is also a sports library for students. 'Still incomplete' Much of this, though, has gone to seed. Abdul Qadeer (48), who plays for the Mumbai Football Club, said, "The authorities claimed that the stadium is for national and international level sport, but if you look at its present condition, it's not fit for state level players even. A few months ago, they had a good grass field for football, but that is now dusty and poorly maintained." This is particularly disappointing considering how long Mumbra has waited for such a facility. "I have been hearing promises for a stadium for a decade. In 2008, when I received an award from the Corporation, they promised the stadium would be ready in 2012," Qadeer pointed out. He added, "The running track is ready and every Sunday, I see a few athletes practising on the track, but even they have to acquire special permission. The swimming pool is ready, but not used. Mumbra's civic ground, too, is in pathetic condition. School and college students should be allowed to play on the stadium grounds. This can help them earn scholarships and even bag medals." Saba Shaikh Pravin (26), football coach to around 70 girls from Mumbra, said they are often forced to travel all the way to Mumbai for practice. "We have won most of the matches we played at the state and national level. But, practice is still a problem, especially because parents don't like their daughters travelling too far. If we could practise at the Kausa stadium every day, it would boost our performance all the way to the international level," she said.
|2017-04-25||Interactive wall climbing course launched in Thane - Business Standard|
Interactive wall climbing course launched in Thane IANS | Thane (Maharashtra) April 25, 2017 Last Updated at 18:00 IST An interactive wall climbing course with ropes has been launched in this suburb of India's financial capital Mumabi to engage children in interesting physical activities instead of their going into gaming arcades and amusement parks. The facility launched by America's Let's Play Indoor Adventure Zone, acts as an alternative gym offering physical activities and exercise in a controlled environment with guaranteed unadulterated and stimulating fun for all ages. "The concept for Let's Play was designed as a result of many children-led visits to other play centers, some of which offered unmemorable experiences from limited play facilities for children and indifferent catering for parents," Let's Play Managing Director Asim Valiani said in a statement on Tuesday. "This prompted us to invest in providing relaxed and clean play centers that offer stimulating and thrilling activities for children, teenagers and adults," Valiani said. "Parents are always concerned about allowing their children to play unsupervised and our world-class facility offers a safe and protective child-friendly environment for kids to play under the watchful eye of our trained and well-equipped staff," he added. The one-of-a-kind, indoor, multi-level obstacle ropes course offers fun and adventure to all age groups to test their courage and help overcome fear while truly facilitating team building. The combination of low and high ropes courses enables climbers to grow at both the team and individual levels by exploring leadership and communication concepts, problem-solving, and coaching. The low ropes course focuses on collaboration -- the challenges call upon every member of the team to participate. The high ropes course emphasises on risk-taking, trust and coaching. Players can participate in various team-building and interactive challenges such as "Climb the Faēade", "Speed Competition Wall", "Spider's Web", "Fireman's Wall" and "The Labyrinth" to test their agility, strength and courage.
|2017-04-24||Thane: Two Jain Sadhvis killed in road accident - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane: Two Jain Sadhvis killed in road accident Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Apr 24, 2017, 09.54 AM IST By Vinay Dalvi Two Jain sadhvis on their way to Thane were killed and four others were injured after being hit by a truck on the Nashik-Mumbai highway near Bhiwandi in Thane district, early this morning. Narpoli police said the mishap took place near Mankoli at around 5.30 pm. The victims were part of a group returning from a pilgrimage in Jharkhand. Around 5.30 pm on Sunday, the Jain Sadhvis were travelling from Lodha Dham, near Bhiwandi and walking towards Thane when a speeding truck lost control and rammed into them. "In the accident, Sadhvi Ranjana Hirachand Jain (Chopra), 52, and Ratni, 40, her helper who was pushing the wheelchair succumbed to their inju ries on the spot," said police-Sub-Inspector Sanjay Galve, Narpoli police station. The Narpoli police have arrested the driver of the truck Dayashankar Yadav, a resident of Andheri, who works for a transport company, and have booked him under section 304 A (Causing death by negligence), 279 (Rash driving or riding on a public way), 337 (Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and Motor Vehicle Act 184 (driving dangerously) of the IPC. Four others, who were part of the same procession, were also injured in the mishap, two of whom sustained serious injuries. Sadhvi Shakuntala Chopra and her helper Sunita, have been admitted at Jupiter Hospital, Thane. Sadhvi Kalpasita Chopra and Nisha Mehta have also suffered minor injuries in the accident, said the police.
|2017-04-24||Police Respond to Multiple Reports Of Shots Fired In Dorchester - CBS Boston / WBZ|
3 Wounded In 2 Shootings In Dorchester April 23, 2017 11:59 PM DORCHESTER (CBS) — Three people were shot in two separate incidents in Dorchester Sunday night. It started around 8:30 p.m. when two people were shot on Thane Street. One person was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The other’s injuries are not life-threatening.
|2017-04-24||Victim In Dorchester Shooting Dies - CBS Boston / WBZ|
Victim In Dorchester Shooting Dies April 24, 2017 12:17 PM DORCHESTER (CBS) — One of the three people injured in two different Dorchester shootings Sunday night has died, Boston Police said. Two men were shot around 8:40 p.m. Sunday on Thane Street. Both were taken to an area hospital, but one of the men, in his late 20s, was pronounced dead. The other victim of that shooting, a man in his 30s, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police blocked off the road with crime tape, and could be seen inspecting a car that appeared to have a window shot out. In a separate shooting a few blocks away on Harvard Street around 10:12 p.m., a woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police said she is expected to be okay. Katie Maguire, a mother of five, told WBZ-TV’s Anna Meiler she witnessed the terrible aftermath of the Thane Street shooting. “All of a sudden, we just heard multiple shots just ring out one after another,” Maguire said. She said the shooting turned a quiet night at home watching cartoons with her kids into a nightmare. “There were people on the ground, there were ambulances and fire trucks here almost instantly,” Maguire said. “I had to pull my kids away from the window, I didn’t want them to see that kind of thing.” The violence unfolded right next to an elementary school. As buses pulled up Monday morning and kids filled the schoolyard, parents and guardians worried. “It’s very scary,” said neighbor Darlene Burton. “Thank God it didn’t happen while the kids were coming to school.” The man killed in the Thane Street shooting has not yet been identified. No arrests have been made. Boston Police were investigating whether the two shootings were related. They are asking anyone with information to contact them.
|2017-04-23||How Thane cops got rid of illegal liqour business in just 6 months - Mid-Day|
How Thane Cops Got Rid Of Illegal Liqour Business In Just 6 Months Apr 23, 2017, 08:25 IST Last October, Cops Formed A Special Team And Roped In Locals To Clamp Down On The Business Of Illegal Liquor Thriving In The Area. Six Months Down, They Have Managed To Shut Down 90 Per Cent Of BhattisLast year, following orders by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the Thane Rural police launched a six-month crackdown on the thriving business of illegal country-made liquor that had been thriving in the region for decades. The trigger for the crackdown was the rape and murder of a 15-year-old by three men in Koparadi village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, more than 288 km from Mumbai. The accused had allegedly been under the influence of alcohol, on July 13, 2016, when they assaulted the Class IX student.Step one in the police plan was to target Sarlamba, the hub, in order to cut supply of spurious liquor to various parts of Maharashtra including adjoining areas of Ganesh Puri, Bhiwandi, Wada, Padgha, Kasara, Titwala, Murbad, Kalyan, Thane and even Mumbai.Among the first things that the Shahapur police did was rope in 300 villagers and create Liquor Ban Committees whose members would play class monitor. Technology also played a key role as cops used drones to access forested areas. "Since October," says Mahesh Patil, Superintendent of Police, Thane Rural police, "We have registered 172 cases and arrested 161 people. We have seized liquor worth R3,17,412 in total. All of this from Sarlamba village alone."
|2017-04-23||Thane highways see fewer accidents but more deaths - Times of India|
Thane highways see fewer accidents but more deaths Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Apr 24, 2017, 02.21 AM IST THANE: Road accidents could easily be labelled as the biggest killer on the highways passing through the Thane police commissionerate area, with 782 people being killed in the last three years from 2014 to 2016. Statistics reveal that while the number of road accidents has fallen by more than 25%, from 1,662 in 2014 to 1,220 in 2016, on the national and state highways criss-crossing Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan-Dombivli, Ambernath and Badlapur, the death toll has witnessed a steady rise in these three years. "As against 254 people who died in 2014, the number of fatalities have increased to 262 in 2016. The number of injured has fallen from 1,162 to 1,104 in the same period," a police official said. Records reveal that pedestrians accounted for the majority of victims. "Most pedestrians are killed on Ghodbunder road. If a person has to cross the 8 lanes, they will have to walk around 64 m. So, accidents occur when pedestrians or the drivers misjudge the distance between them. Earlier, the road opposite Viviana mall used to record one pedestrian death every month, but after the foot overbridge was constructed, the number has gone down," said Shrikant Sonde, inspector (traffic). Bikers riding without helmets, motorists cutting lanes and violation of traffic rules lead to a number of accidents, said Sandeep Palave, DCP (traffic). "Vehicles ramming into each other mostly occur in areas which sees a high volume of traffic. The highest number of accidents occurs on National Highway 3 (Nashik-Mumbai highway) as the road has only two lanes. There should be at least three lanes so that one lane could be used by small and slow-moving vehicles One should avoid taking bikes on long routes," Sonde said.
|2017-04-23||Thane construction firm booked for cheating flat buyers - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane construction firm booked for cheating flat buyers Sun, 23 Apr 2017-12:40pm , PTI Thane police have filed a cheating case against the management of a renowned construction firm for alleged delay in handing over the flat possession to the buyers. The buyers, yesterday, squatted in front of the Vartak Nagar police station demanding action against the construction firm management, police said. The police have booked the members of the management under section 420 (cheating) of the IPC and also under the Maharashtra Housing (Regulation and Development) Act of 2012. According to the complaint filed by the home buyers, they had booked flats way back in 2009 and the builder had promised to give them possession in the year 2011. The complainants had made a payment of 92 per cent of the flat cost so far and only 8 per cent was remaining to be paid, it said. But till date the builder has not completed the project nor given possession of the flat to the complainants, the police said. The builder has been since long only giving dates after dates for possession with no results. He has also made changes in the plans and amenities to be provided, the complaint said. There are around 900 flat buyers in this mega project which as six towers. Meanwhile, the representative of the developers, told the media that the company has applied for Occupancy Certificate and once the same is available the possession would be given. He said that the project was linked to rental housing and certain approvals were awaited from agencies, he pointed out. As these agencies delayed the approvals the project got delayed, he said. (This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
|2017-04-23||City teen's pair of pet guinea pigs treated for conjuctivitis - Times of India|
City teen's pair of pet guinea pigs treated for conjuctivitis Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Apr 24, 2017, 02.18 AM IST THANE: It had been barely a week that Siddhansh had adopted a pair of guinea pigs and was shocked to see blood coming out of its eyes. He rushed the tiny animals to a veterinarian and found that the two were suffering from red eye conjunctivitis. Veterinarians said this was a common infection among guinea pigs if kept in unhygienic conditions. "Mello and Near had been kept in unhygienic places by the seller, due to which they got the bacterial infection. They were given antibiotics and it took a week for them to recover," the teenager said. These animals can even lose their sight, if not given timely treatment, experts said. "Red eye conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the eyes' outermost layer. Four out of 10 guinea pigs suffer from this infection. They pee and poop many times and it's necessary to keep them clean. Owners are asked not to self-medicate these animals as they are allergic to many antibiotics," said Dr Rina Dev, an exotic animals specialist. "The house or cage of these animals should be cleaned twice a day and the guinea pig should be given a bath once a week. Their bedding of wooden shavings must be such that it can absorb urine, Dr Dev added. Some symptoms to watch out for are—keeping eyes constantly closed, swollen eyes, watery fluid or blood discharge and redness on the edeges, the specialist said.
|2017-04-23||Vacation adds to Happy Streets' fun quotient - Times of India|
Vacation adds to Happy Streets’ fun quotient B B Nayak | TNN | Apr 24, 2017, 02.19 AM IST THANE: It was celebration time at Happy Streets as with the beginning of the summer vacations, kids and parents turne out in large numbers at the Sunday extravaganza. The 1.7 km vehicle-free stretch of Gladys Alvares road from Vasant Vihar to Happy Valley circle saw a host of sports, art, hobby and entertainment activities. With no burden of studies, children made the most of the event taking part in various programmes of their choice. While some opted for activities like skating, cycling, walking and running, others were seen playing football and badminton. Several youngsters also took part in music workshops. "This is the perfect time to enjoy with friends at Happy Streets. With no open grounds in the vicinity, this non-motorable stretch offered us an ideal abode to play football. Thanks to Happy Streets for giving us such a fantastic place for outdoor games," said 15-year-old Shridhar Gode. Children were taught the art of making mini-pocket notebooks. Both kids and parents tried their hands on different chips to improve their EIQ level at Emotions Lab. Thane Municipal Corporation and Thane traffic department have together taken the lead in bringing Happy Streets to the lake city for the 5th season. The event has been supported by TOI and powered by Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty.
|2017-04-23||Civic works killing green cover: Locals - Times of India|
Civic works killing green cover: Locals Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 24, 2017, 02.22 AM IST THANE: A huge branch of a tree collapsed few feet away from the site of a flyover construction at Bhaskar colony on Saturday. This is the second such incident in the city in the last three days. Repeated thumping by heavy machinery and passing of heavy vehicles carrying equipment led to the collapse, residents alleged. Civic officials said the snapping of the branch was due to natural reasons and dismissed any possibility of mischief by the contractor. "Ever since the work has started, the green cover in the area has been waning," said Surendra Dighe, an activist. Meanwhile, a tree collapse was reported on Gladys Alwares road on Thursday. Residents here too alleged that a contractor undertaking repairs on the stretch had damaged the tree at night that led to its collapse. A huge pit dug by the electricity department workers led to the tree fall, locals said.
|2017-04-23||Man critically injured in stabbing out Thane Road - Juneau Empire (subscription)|
Man critically injured in stabbing out Thane Road Posted April 23, 2017 01:06 pm A 24-year-old Juneau man was critically injured after being stabbed Saturday night while at a beach party on Thane Road. JPD received a call at about 11:15 p.m., reporting the stabbing, which happened close to the avalanche chute and above a beach, which police described as popular for parties and bonfires, said Juneau Police Department Lt. Kris Sell. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital and then medically evacuated to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The stabbing remains under investigation, JPD said in a press release. No one was immediately arrested or taken into police custody, police said. The incident took place near parked vehicles and the roadway, in an area above the beach where the party-goers had a bonfire. Capital City Fire/Rescue provided high-intensity lighting from a CCFR vehicle to aid the police investigators gathering evidence at the scene during the night.
|2017-04-22||'Incentives must for those saving green cover in Thane' - Times of India|
'Incentives must for those saving green cover in Thane' Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 22, 2017, 06.27 AM IST THANE: Taking strict action against those responsible for deforestation,giving incentives to those saving green cover, setting up a technology to minimize the pollution levels and educating children about the environmental is the only way through which the environment can be conserved. These words were echoed by every green activist in the city. On the occasion of World Earth Day, which is being observed on Saturday, environmentalists have said that the need of the hour for the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is to come up with a permanent solution to the problem and implement it at the earliest. This will curb such issues from increasing in the future. Even though a number of environment awareness drives have been carried out across the city, environmentalists point out that the main environmental issues—including high air and water pollution levels, rampant tree felling and mangrove hacking, water shortage and waste management problems continue to remain a problem. "While many citizens are becoming aware of the amount of damage done to the environment, not much has been done to stop it at the macro or even micro level. Over the year, hundreds of hectares of mangroves have been destroyed for various development projects. The government has turned a blind eye to this," said Nandkumar Pawar, founder of enviro-NGO Sree Ekvir Aai Pratishthan. "The depleting green cover affects the entire natural chain, which is why water and air pollution is on the rise. The species of fish are also depleting in Thane creek; even the mercury levels have been rising drastically. The government bodies that are handling these regions need to take responsibility of the degrading environment," Pawar said. Some environmentalists feel that the only way to solve the problem is to punish the culprits. "The only way to solve the problem is to incentivise, imprison and invent. The civic body needs to not only incentivise those citizens who are implementing zero waste initiatives, rain water harvesting drives, tree plantation and maintenance activities, but also need to punish those who hack trees and mangroves and dump waste in water bodies. In addition to this, the corporation needs to adopt a technology that can bring down the existing pollution levels," said Prasad Karnik, a city-based environmentalist. Children must be taught from the beginning about the importance of preserving nature. "Exposing children to practical nature studies, educating them about its importance and making them environment conscious will also create a new green generation that will lead us to a cleaner and greener future," said V Walawalkar, vice president of city-based NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch.
|2017-04-22||Four youth arrested for robbing cab drivers of mobiles, electronic goods - Times of India|
Four youth arrested for robbing cab drivers of mobiles, electronic goods TNN | Apr 22, 2017, 06.26 AM IST Thane: The Kapurbawdi police arrested four youth for reportedly robbing cab drivers of their mobiles and electronic equipment on Wednesday. The cops recovered stolen booty worth Rs 44,000 from them. According to the police, Chinmay Ugwekar (23), Vishal Saroj (21), Arjun Tiwari (20) and Rajkumar Dole (19) used to target radio cab drivers. "On Wednesday at 11.30pm, one of the drivers Anul Khan (23) took a brief halt at Balkum to use the washroom. When he returned to his car, the accused forcefully entered his car and robbed him of his phone and car speakers. They threatened to stab him if he shouted for help," police said. The accused had received a tip-off about the accused who laid a trap and arrested the accused. During further investigation, the cops learnt that similar cases were registered against them on April 14 and 17, respectively near Nashik-Thane highway, said senior inspector B T Baravkar of Kapurbawdi police station.
|2017-04-22||BJP chief slams critics of "national hero" Savarkar - Times of India|
BJP chief slams critics of "national hero" Savarkar PTI | Apr 22, 2017, 12.45 PM IST THANE: BJP President Amit Shah on Friday hailed Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar as a "national hero" and said his critics often ignore his contributions to the society and also literary works. "I condemn all those who criticise Savarkar and question his 'Rashtra Bhakti' (patriotism)," he said. Shah was speaking after inaugurating the 29th Akhil Bharatiya Savarkar Sahitya Sameelan here. The literary convention on Savarkar will go on for three days. Paying rich tribute to the freedom fighter, a revered figure in Maharashtra, the BJP leader said those who question his integrity should first read his literary works and contributions to the the nation and the society. If his critics do so, they will realise how great a man Savarkar was, Shah said, adding he was a thinker, writer and freedom fighter - all rolled in one. The literary meet, held only in Maharashtra, should be organised in other parts of the country too as Savarkar was a "national hero" and not confined to just one state, Shah said. There is a dire need to preserve and protect the literary works and thoughts of the patriot and propagate them among the young generation, he said. Shah said successive Congress governments at the Centre had sidelined Savarkar and his works, but the BJP administration has given the honour he deserves. Savarkar was a man with a vision and after the Hiroshima bombing, he had said the country should acquire nuclear power after it attained freedom, the BJP chief said. Had we followed his teachings and paid heed to warnings, we would have not faced problems related to China, North-East and Bangladesh, Shah said. Savarkar was a reformer who carried out various works for the betterment of the society, the BJP leader said. The Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where the freedom fighter was incarcerated, is now a place of pilgrimage and more important than any holy site, he said.
|2017-04-22||Heavy books gather dust as most readers switch to e-books - Times of India|
Heavy books gather dust as most readers switch to e-books Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Apr 22, 2017, 09.46 PM IST Thane: Even though paperback and hard-bound books have always had a special place in the hearts of avid readers, e-book readers have picked up steam among the youth. On the occasion of World Book Day, which is being observed on Sunday, TOI speaks to young readers, academicians and even authors about why e-books have become more popular among the youth, even though they feel that reading actual books is still preferable. The digital world of reading—be it kindle, tab or even mobile—youngsters have started taking up this platform due to their hectic and busy schedule. Earlier, many youngsters used to refrain from reading as the books were too big and heavy to carry around. But now, reading a book is on everyones' fingertips. They can browse through short stories, poems and even novels. "My father is an avid reader but his entire bookshelf is filled with heavy books. So, I was really not interested in reading them. However, I would often read short stories on my phone. As my father and I didn't have the same taste in books, he gifted me a e-book reader on my birthday, last year. Since then, I have read over 50 e-books on different genre, including adventure, fiction and theology," said Sarika Kelkar (20), a Naupada resident. While the youth have switched over to e-book readers, the old timers still feel that holding a book in their hand and reading has a completely different feeling. Ranjini Krishnaswami, principal of a city-based International High School, is an avid reader but prefers to read a novel from a book rather than an electronic device. "I love reading. But I need to have a book in front of me. It is a different feeling. However, this being said, my hectic schedules and amount of time I spend on travelling doesn't give me the liberty to carry heavy books. So, at times I am forced to carry an e-book reader. I feel that technology is a huge part of the future, and if we are moving to an era of virtual and hi-tech classrooms, we should welcome the trending e-reading as well." Meanwhile, 24-year-old author Mohit Uppal feels that even though electronic media has developed, book lovers will still purchase their favourite book and add it to their collection.
|2017-04-22||Four arrested from Jharkhand for murder in Thane - India.com|
Four arrested from Jharkhand for murder in Thane Thane, Apr 22 (PTI) With the arrest of four persons from Jharkhand, Thane district police today claimed to have solved the murder of a fruit seller in Kashimira area on April 6. By PTI Feeds | Published: April 22, 2017 7:43 PM IST Thane, Apr 22 (PTI) With the arrest of four persons from Jharkhand, Thane district police today claimed to have solved the murder of a fruit seller in Kashimira area on April 6. Shamu Goud (40), a fruit seller hailing from Uttar Pradesh, was shot dead by unidentified persons at around 2 am on April 6 in Kashimira area of the district. Additional Superintendent of Police Prashant Kadam said that investigation revealed that it was a `contract killing’, and the shooters had come from Jharkhand. Sunilkumar Bijuli Razak alias Raju (35), the main accused, had had a dispute with Goud over some money matter, and paid Rs five lakh to the co-accused Sudipkumar Ravidas (23), Asishkumar Tilak Bhuiya (19) Bablu Ravidas (19) (all arrested) and others to kill Goud, he said. Razak and three others were arrested from Jharkhand two days ago. Police were looking five more accused, the ASP said.
|2017-04-22||Thaneites challenge draft regional plan for MMR, claim green cover will be lost - Times of India|
Thaneites challenge draft regional plan for MMR, claim green cover will be lost Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Apr 22, 2017, 09.45 PM IST Thane: As many as 600 residents from Thane have challenged the draft regional plan for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region that has been proposed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). Some experts have suggested various amendments for the plan. A group of town planning experts from the lake city approached the MMRDA, seeking clarifications and suggesting amendments in the regional plan that is likely to be introduced shortly in the Metropolitan region, including Thane. The team objected to the rampant urbanisation of the city, especially along the Ghodbunder Road area. They claimed that this can damage a major part of the green cover of the city. The activists are also upset that the draft plan doesn't have a mention about the Heritage sites in the city. There is no mention about the Thane's Central jail, St. John the Baptist church, Ghodbunder Fort and many others, said activists. "We have compiled the suggestions put in by around 600 residents from Thane and presented it to the MMRDA officials. Another list of suggestions compiled by experts, including architects and town planners will be sent to the authorities by next week," said Mayuresh Bhadsavale, a town planning researcher. The experts said that not enough participation was seen from senior TMC officials that probably has led to the draft plan overlooking several vital aspects of the city like transportation, heritage sites and few other important places. "We were told that the senior TMC officials from didn't even attend the initial meetings that were held by the department," Bhadsavale told TOI after his visit to the MMRDA office on Friday. Meanwhile, the TMC officials have claimed that there was no cause of concern as the draft plan did not overlap with the city's development plan that it was working on. "The regional plan caters to the areas beyond the civic limits and we have given our observations to the team whenever asked," said a senior official. We have compiled the suggestions put in by around 600 residents from Thane and presented it to the MMRDA officials. Another list of suggestions compiled by experts, including architects and town planners will be sent to the authorities by next week
|2017-04-22||Segeant closes chapter at Bryan Police Department after 29 years of service - Bryan-College Station Eagle|
Sergeant closes chapter at Bryan Police Department after 29 years of service Apr 22, 2017 After almost 30 years, Sgt. Dennis Thane -- who earned several awards during his time in the Bryan Police Department, including the Medal of Honor -- is calling it a day at the department to take a job as an investigator with the Brazos County District Attorney's Office. Now in his 50s with grown children, Thane said his family urged him to slow down his high-octane career, though he's still working in a field that allows him to track crimes in a way he has always loved. "I've gotta pull the reins back, ease off, and relax," the sergeant said with a laugh. Thane joined the Bryan PD in October 1987 after a six-year stint in the Army, where he served as a military police officer. After four years as a patrol officer, Thane found his calling -- fighting the problems drugs were bringing to the community. "What drove me is knowing what crimes can do to a victim," Thane said. "I'd think about how a break-in to a house affects someone, or how drug addiction affects a person's body and their family life." Thane said in his first few years as a young officer, he noticed drug-use often accompanies other crimes, such as prostitution, burglaries and shootings. In the early 1990s, crack cocaine had seeped into Brazos County, and Thane felt a sense of duty to combat the drugs that were destroying neighborhoods. "If that had so much of an impact on the community, then that's what I wanted to work against," he said. Thane joined the Street Crime Apprehension Team [SCAT] as a narcotics investigator in 1991, where he would remain for nine years. During that time, he would handle police K-9 officers, perform undercover drug stings, assist the FBI in investigations, help demolish a crack house and work as a SWAT team member with the highest graduate honors. He was awarded with several titles, including Officer of the Year in 1995, and was the recipient of the Enrique Camarena Award from the Elks Drug Awareness Program. Thane treasured the days he could work with his narcotics K-9 named Officer Baby, and craved the thrill and rush of high-speed action, though it had its downfalls. "We were aware of some of the scary thoughts," he said. "There were death threats. I was careful when going home to make sure I wasn't being followed. I wouldn't wear my wedding ring at work so people wouldn't go after my family." In 1991, Thane and partnering officer Billy Jarrott ran in and out of a flame-engulfed house three times trying to rescue a toddler trapped in the blaze. Neither they nor the firefighters who arrived minutes later could save the girl. Thane and Jarrott were awarded the Medal of Honor for their heroic efforts. Four years later, Thane was driving home when he noticed a truck had driven off the side of a bridge. He gave the driver life-saving medical assistance as he waited for an ambulance to arrive, which earned him a Life-Saving Citation from the Bryan PD. The district attorney's office awarded Thane with three police commendations over the years, and he was honored as Field Training Officer of the Year in 2000 and Supervisor of the Year in 2007. The sergeant finished out his career managing the Bryan PD's School Resource Unit. Thane was honored Thursday with a retirement celebration at the Bryan Police Department. Thane noted he will greatly miss companionships and mentorships of fellow officers Lt. David Patterson, Lt. Sharean Gideon and Asst. Chief Curtis Darby, just to name a few. He said he has worked with eight different police chiefs, and though he may not have always seen eye-to-eye with them, he is proud to have watched both the department and the city thrive and evolve. "BPD has always maintained the most professional department I've ever come across," he said.
|2017-04-22||TMC plans to go 'Green', starts with its HQ at Panchpakhadi - Times of India|
TMC plans to go 'Green', starts with its HQ at Panchpakhadi Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Apr 22, 2017, 09.44 PM IST Thane: Apart from taking efforts in maintaing Thane's green cover the civic administration is planning to convert its headquarters into a green building over the next few years. The idea is to reduce disposal of all forms of waste generated from its headquarters and optimize the naturally available energies. The administration wants to turn the Panchpakhadi structure into a model green building as per the norms set by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) that could be emulated by other corporations and even commercial buildings in the near future. As per the IGBC norms, a green building is one that uses less water from external sources and emphasises on recycling it all the while optimising energy sources like solar energy to power its needs without depending on power supplying agencies. Simply put, the structures conserve natural resources and generate less waste thereby promoting a healthy living for the inmates and for the environment compared to other conventional building. TMC is presently in the process of hiring a consultant to help start the process to slowly convert its headquarters into a green building before it plans to propagate its adoption by other residential socities in the city. A green cell comprising of experts from the water supply and management, town planning, electrical and solid waste departments has been formed who will also interact with experts for achieving the target of a green TMC headquarters. The experiment once successful, will then be imparted to other civic structures and later for residential units in the town," said a senior official from the TMC. In addition, an environmental conservation and awareness centre too will be built to spread awareness about different energy efficient projects among residents. Experts meanwhile lauded the initiative but cautioned saying the administration must first implement existing works undertaken before latching on to something new.
|2017-04-22||Jharkhand dacoits travelled by air, stayed in big hotels - Times of India|
Jharkhand dacoits travelled by air, stayed in big hotels Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Apr 23, 2017, 05.09 AM IST THANE: A dacoit gang from Jharkhand's Sahibganj area and their associates from across the border in Nepal functioned like corporate executives jet-setting across cities, residing in plush hotels and partying hard just to camouflage their criminal activities, police said. The Thane police recently busted the gang following the arrest of 15 persons who were planning a heist at the Muthoot finance firm in Thane besides targeting two other jewellery stores in Mira Road and Boisar. "The gang had a system in place and the perks entitlement would be based on seniority. The veterans, meaning those who were seasoned players in planning and executing a dacoity, would travel in flights and stay in high-end hotels. The cash for this activity would come from the stolen booty, a fraction of which was spent on the air ticket and hotel stay," a police officer told TOI. The gang had struck at the Mannapuram gold firm in Ulhasnagar a few months back and after the robbery four of them flew to their hometown in Jharkhand the same day. "It was a common practice in the gang where the senior members enjoyed luxuries after they carried out a successful heist," he added. The other gang members would travel in different modes and avoid travelling together.The strategic players in the gang never revealed the addresses to other members of the group. In fact, the target too would be kept a secret and the team would know about it only after reaching the decided spot, he said. The police claimed that had the gang struck at the three establishments and said that tracking them and recovering the booty was a tough task given that the gang members used to cross international borders and go to Nepal after a heist.
|2017-04-21||Mumbra youth IS recruiter, says ATS - Times of India|
Mumbra youth IS recruiter, says ATS Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 21, 2017, 07.02 AM IST THANE: Alleged IS recruiter Nazim Ahmed (26), arrested in a pre-dawn raid in Mumbra on Thursday, was engaged in reaching out to the "young and restless" in the minority-dominated township, said officials who were part of the action. Ahmed shared his rented 1BHK apartment in a nondescript seven-storey building, Akram Apartment, in Mumbra's Rashid Compound with two aides. While the ATS called him an IS (Islamic State) recruiter, neighbours said he is a recluse, who avoided people and restricted himself to his apartment for the better part of the day. "He kept to himself and walked silently , head down, in the building's corridors and verandahs. There was never a friendly smile or a `dua salam' from him to anyone. He never looked anyone in the eye and gave an impression of a very shy person," said Anis K, a youngster living in the next building. A resident of Ahmed's Akram Apartment said, "I often saw him pass by. He would carry a stock of candies, which he would sell to children. God knows what he did behind closed doors. I never thought he could be linked to the IS. I hope he didn't indoctrinate youngsters here." It is learnt that Ahmed's activities were being tracked for several months before the police decided to flush him out of his hideout. Nothing was left to chance and adequate care was taken to ensure that no suspicions were aroused about police movements. Locals said power supply to buildings in Rashid Compound was snapped for over two hours around 3 am on Thursday before armed teams moved in to grab their target. News about the swift operation reverberated in the area in the morning as news channels and OB vans descended upon the locality . Almost no one knew of Ahmed, but later recalled that he shared his room with one Gulfam Ansari, who sold eggs. Ansari's family had apparently moved out. There was another person who shared the room, but whose identity cannot yet be ascertained, said some sources. "We don't know what connection the trio had or if there activities were related, or if they were just good friends. It's all still a mystery," said a neighbour. "ATS is investigating the case and nothing can be said as of now," said Thane's police commissioner Param Bir Singh.
|2017-04-21||Will travel between Thane and Borivli in 10 minutes remain pipe dream? - Mid-Day|
Will travel between Thane and Borivli in 10 minutes remain pipe dream? Mumbai | Posted 21-Apr-2017 The light at the end of the proposed underground tunnel that will connect Borivli to Ghodbunder Road continues to be bleak. While the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has finally begun survey work for the 11-km-long tunnel, sources say the way ahead is full of hurdles as procurement of clearances from several authorities is still pending. The construction of a tunnel through Sanjay Gandhi National Park is expected to shorten the time taken to travel between Thane and Borivli to just around 10 minutes. The MSRDC had in 2015 announced the ambitious project of constructing the 11-km long twin tunnel under the SGNP at a cost of around Rs 2,000 crore. MSRDC managing director R Mopalwar told mid-day, "The Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) authorities have given us permission to conduct the survey on foot inside the park. We have begun the survey work." The chief conservator of forest at SGNP, Anwar Ahmed, confirmed this development. Mumbai to Doha However, the Environment ministry as well as the Defence Ministry and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) are yet to give a go ahead. An official from SGNP said, "The tunnel will drastically reduce the travelling time between Borivli and Ghodbunder Road and will be a huge help for daily commuters on that route. But, it will be a daunting task procuring all the permissions as the tunnel would be constructed below a national park. The ASI needs to give its nod as the Kanheri caves are located nearby. The Defence Ministry needs to allow the project as there are defence installations around the proposed area. Getting permission will not be easy." The tunnel, which seeks to improve connectivity between the Western and Easter Express Highways, is MSRDC minister Eknath Shinde's pet project. The 6-lane twin-tube tunnel will start at Tikuji-ni-wadi (Thane), pass under the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and end at Ekta Nagar, Borivli, on the Western Express Highway. The project will reduce travel time from the current peak hour duration of 90-120 minutes to a mere 10 minutes.
|2017-04-21||Thane: Court to frame charges against Rahul Gandhi in defamation case in July - Hindustan Times|
Thane: Court to frame charges against Rahul Gandhi in defamation case in July INDIA Updated: Apr 21, 2017 21:46 IST Press Trust of India Bhiwandi (Thane) A magisterial court in Thane’s Bhiwandi on Friday decided to frame charges against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case on July 28 filed against him by an RSS worker. The framing of charges by a court in a case paves the way for start of the trial of those accused in that case. Gandhi did not appear in the court on Friday and his lawyer filed an application for exemption for him from the appearance. The Congress leader was busy with political assignments, the lawyer said. Granting exemption from appearance for Friday’s hearing, the court posted the case for framing of charges on July 28. Local RSS worker Rajesh Kunte has filed the defamation case against Congress vice president over the latter’s speech in Bhiwandi on March 6, 2014 in the run-up to Lok Sabha polls. During the rally, Rahul had allegedly said that “The RSS people killed (Mahatma) Gandhi.” The court had granted bail to Rahul Gandhi in the case last November. Gandhi had said earlier that he won’t apologise for his statement, as demanded by the complainant.
|2017-04-21||15-member gang involved in gold theft busted in Thane, Mira Road - Times of India|
15-member gang involved in gold theft busted in Thane, Mira Road Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 21, 2017, 06.59 AM IST THANE: In an overnight operation beginning on Wednesday , 15 members of a notorious gang involved in spectacular thefts from gold finance companies in the past were waylaid, chased and arrested by the Thane crime branch. The police said the arrests have prevented three planned thefts in Thane district. "A week ago, the police were tipped off that the gang was planning to strike in Uttarakhand, but when nothing happened there, we learnt that the target was the Naupada branch of Muthoot gold finance company and two jewellers at Mira Road and Boisar," said Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh. An officer said that after their arrival on the scene, most of the gang members went under the guise of mango sellers and took a shop on rent near the targeted branch to do a recce. They already had planted a security guard at the target as a decoy. After the police learnt of their movements, they kept tabs on their cellphones and started intercepting calls. On Wednesday evening, the police learnt of one Dashrath Bahadursingh (18) whom the gang had deployed at Arihant Jeweller, Mira Road. His movements started being followed. "He was in touch with all the others on phone. The plan was to first target Muthoot and then Arihant," said an officer. The trail of calls led to the gang members one by one. The police split up in two teams.The first arrest was of Abdul Shaikh (29) from Chenna Village, Ghodbunder Road, followed by Umar Shaikh (25). "We arrested the others after they made phone calls to these two," said a cop. Rajkumar Sharma (44) and Tapal Mandal (40) were caught at Teen Hath Naka. They were with knives sand screw drivers. "They led us to Dinesh Gupta (29), Bhaddu Mandal (40) and Babu Mujawar (32), who were at Vasant Vihar. Mujawar was given a chase for about 50 metres. He entered a housing society and disappeared. Our sub-inspector, Shivraj Bendre, spotted him under a car, from where he was pulled out," said an officer. The next to be nabbed was Raju Yadav (40). At last, the focus shifted to Bahadursingh, who in the meantime had made over 40 calls to Shaikh. "We told Shaikh to somehow keep him waiting by giving him reasons like heavy traffic. He was picked up at Mira Road." The gang is the same one connected to the December 2016 Muthoot heist in Hyderabad, in which 77 kg of gold was stolen. Singh said the stringent MCOCA law will probably be slapped on the gang.
|2017-04-21||Amit Shah inaugurates Savakar Literature Festival in Thane - India Today|
Amit Shah inaugurates Savakar Literature Festival in Thane This year is 29th year of the festival where followers and lovers of Savakar come together and discuss the various aspects of his writings. Mayuresh Ganapatye | Edited by Sanjay Nirala Thane, April 21, 2017 | UPDATED 22:56 IST The three-day All India Savarkar Literature Festival was inaugurated today by BJP national president Amit Shah in Thane city. This year is 29th year of the festival where followers and lovers of Savakar come together and discuss the various aspects of his writings. Savarkar followers feel that his writings are still relevant. In the inaugural speech, Amit Shah, who is also a staunch follower of Savakar, said, "Writings of Vinayak Savarkar had inspired youth in the past and in today's era. Savarkar's literature is enlightening youth and showing them a path." Shah described Savarkar as multidimensional person. He also took a dig at critics of Savakar. He criticised Congress for its leaders stand on Savarkar. He gave a suggestion to Congress leaders to read his writings as they have failed to understand a true patriot like Savarkar. "Indian people call Savakar as 'Veer' Savakar for this no resolution wasn't passed by any assembly or any govt. It came from people's heart." Shah said. Remembering Savarkar as multidimensional person, Shah told the gathering about his contribution in the field of linguistics. He also said that Hindi-Marathi synonyms for English words like director, parliament etc were Savarkar's contribution. Shah urged the gathered crowed to spread his literature to as many as people they can, so that his thoughts can reached to those people who don't know Savarkar. While Shiv Sena MLA and cabinet minister in Fadnavis govt Eknath Shinde requested Amit Shah to tell PM Modi to honour late Vinayak Savarkar with Bharat Ratan.
|2017-04-20||Youth hacked to death in Thane, two arrested - News - Mid-Day - Mid-Day|
Youth hacked to death in Thane, two arrested By PTI Thane Posted 20-Apr-2017 Thane: A 21-year-old was hacked to death by two men in powerloom town of Bhiwandi in Thane, Thane Police said on Thursday. According to police, victim Prem Mhatre of Anjurgaon was in love with his cousin sister. Accused Mandar Tare, 29 and Nilesh Mhatre, 25, who happen to be close to the girl were against this relationship and objected to it. However, when Prem decided to continue with the alleged love affair, the duo planned to eliminate him, they said. Mhatre was killed on April 18 with knives and sharp weapons after the accused called him to Sidhnath Complex under some pretext in Thane. Police have registered an offence under sections 302 of the IPC and also Sections 4 and 25 of the Arms Act besides section 37(1), 135 of the BP Act. Narpoli police under Bhiwandi division are carrying out further investigations.
|2017-04-20||Robbery attempt foiled at Thane; 15 gang members arrested - The Tribune|
Robbery attempt foiled at Thane; 15 gang members arrested Posted at: Apr 20, 2017, 11:22 AM; last updated: Apr 20, 2017, 11:22 AM (IST) Police on Thursday foiled a robbery attempt at a finance company in Naupada here with the arrest of 15 gang members, mostly from Jharkhand. According to Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar, the armed accused had allegedly made plans to break into the office of the company, in the wee hours. However, they were arrested by the Thane Police, which had kept a strict vigil in the locality following a tip-off, she said. Those arrested had been booked under Sections 399, 400, 401, 402 and 120-B of the IPC, the officer said. Offences were registered against them at Naupada police station. The accused, all in the age group of 25-35, hailed from Navi Mumbai and Sahebganj in Jharkhand, she added.
|2017-04-20||Goodbye slums! Parsik tunnel in Thane to get clean makeover soon - Mid-Day|
Goodbye slums! Parsik tunnel in Thane to get clean makeover soon By Shashank Rao Thane Posted 20-Apr-2017 Railways confirm state forest department's plans to raze 100-odd slums that have cropped up above dilapidated tunnel; move will save centuries-old structure from further damage The slums above Parsik tunnel in Thane have affected the foundation of the structure. After turning a blind eye to the dilapidated condition of the Parsik tunnel in Thane for years, the state government and Indian Railways have finally decided to take cognisance of the issue. The ever-increasing slum population around the tunnel has only worsened the foundation of the centuries-old structure. The tunnel was built in 1873. According to sources in the Railways, forest department officials will be surveying the area around the tunnel and getting rid of the slums that have mushroomed in the vicinity. The decision was taken at a meeting yesterday, the source added. Confirming the development, DK Sharma, general manager, Central and Western Railways, said, "The land above Parsik tunnel belongs to the forest department. They will start the demolition work soon." Over the past few months, local trains have been running slowly while entering the tunnel as water from the nearby slums has seeped into the tunnel, making the structure weak. Sources in the Central Railway said that at present there is a speed restriction of 15-20 kmph inside the tunnel, which also affects the punctuality of the trains. Every time a train enters this tunnel, it loses 3 minutes on punctuality, the official said. The bigger problem, however, is the illegal slums that have come up in the vicinity. The trees around the area have been axed and replaced by these slum pockets. Currently, there are more than 100 slums above the tunnel. Deforestation has aggravated the problem as soil erosion above the tunnel has created more leakages. During monsoon, rain water seeps through the cracked ceiling of this tunnel weakening its foundation. The railways had built a wall to prevent slum dwellers from encroaching the tracks. But, in June last year, part of the 34-metre retaining wall near the tunnel had collapsed.
|2017-04-20||Terrorist module busted in pan-India operation - gulfnews.com|
Terrorist module busted in pan-India operation, one nabbed in Thane Published: 17:39 April 20, 2017 Mumbai: A terrorist module was busted with the arrest of one and detention of two men from Mumbra in the neighbouring Thane district in a multi-state anti-terrorism operation, an official said here on Thursday. The operation was carried out in the early hours by a team of Maharashtra Anti-Terorism Squad along with the Uttar Pradesh ATS, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police, and the Crime Investigation Cell of Andhra Pradesh Police. The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested Nazim Shamshad Ahmad, 26, of Bijnor, while the Maharashtra ATS detained two others in Mumbra and was interrogating them. These three accused men were living in a single-room apartment in a building in Devripada area of the Muslim-dominated Mumbra town since the past few months. Investigators have seized cash, mobile phones and other things from them, the official said. “The arrested person, along with other co-accused from different parts of the country, proposed to cause harm to national integrity and social harmony,” an ATS official said in Mumbai. “An offence in Lucknow vice CR No.8/2017 under various sections is registered and is being investigated by the Uttar Pradesh ATS,” the official added. According to him, the Uttar Pradesh ATS also arrested Nazim Shaikh and Akram Ansari from other parts of India. “The Uttar Pradesh ATS conducted joint anti-terror raids in Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in coordination with police of the five states,” Uttar Pradesh ATS chief Asim Arun told IANS earlier on Thursday. Arun said in Lucknow that the UP ATS had arrested the other two from Jalandhar and Bijnor for conspiring to carry out terror activities. “The police are interrogating four more people in other parts apart from these two, who were detained in Mumbra. Legal action will be taken on the basis of evidence,” Arun told IANS. The police had received information that some hyperactive members of a terror group were trying to recruit new members. The operation also involved police forces of Punjab and Bihar, he said.
|2017-04-20||Thane police bust interstate robbers' gang, 15 arrested - The Indian Express|
Thane police bust interstate robbers’ gang, 15 arrested By: Express News Service | Thane | Published:April 21, 2017 2:43 am "Of the 15 arrested accused, Mohammad Jamil Shaikh and Abdul Shaikh were the leaders of the gang and have multiple offences registered against them across the country," said Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. WITH THE arrest of 15 people, the Thane police on Thursday claimed to have busted an interstate gang of robbers, aka the “Rajmahal gang”, notorious for breaking open bank safes and looting jewellery shops. The Thane police said the accused had planned to rob jewellery shops at Mira Road and Boisar in Maharashtra and another in Uttarakhand before they were picked up by the police. The police have also found their involvement in robberies at jewellery shops in Ulhasnagar, Telangana and Gujarat. Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said, “Based on information we had, we arrested a total of 15 people. Of these, 10 are from the Rajmahal area of Jharkhand, two each from Nepal and Maharashtra and one from Uttar Pradesh. Of the 15 arrested accused, Mohammad Jamil Shaikh and Abdul Shaikh were the leaders of the gang and have multiple offences registered against them across the country.” As per police, the Rajmahal gang is notorious for being one of the few gangs that can break open the toughest of bank locks and enter strong rooms. “They have people who specialise in various aspects of the crime. Three of them will be experts at using gas cutters through which they open safes. The Nepali members of the gang would gather intelligence about banks and jewellery shops while working at these places as security guards. The others were given the job of disposing off the stolen booty,” Singh added. Apart from breaking open bank lockers, another modus operandi used by them is to pretend to be fruit sellers. The accused would purchase fruits from the APMC markets, take a shop next to a jewellery shop on rent and sell fruits from there. After keeping an eye on the security mechanism, they would bore a hole through the common wall the two shops share, and loot the jewellery shops. “Although they are not very educated, they are aware about security systems and take away the CCTV footage that is captured during the crime to ensure no evidence is left behind,” the Police Commissioner said. An officer said during the questioning of the arrested accused, they confessed that other teams from Rajmahal were camping in various parts of the state in order to carry out robberies. The officer said they were sharing the intelligence with police teams of these states.
|2017-04-20||KEM hospital staffer falls from train, Central Railway motorman saves him - Times of India|
KEM hospital staffer falls from train, Central Railway motorman saves him Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 21, 2017, 09.09 AM IST THANE: A 54-year-old BMC employee was rescued by a Central Railway motorman after he fell from a running train between Mumbra and Kalwa on Thursday. The motorman of the Titwala-CST local, Komal Singh, stopped the train after noticing the injured man lying on the tracks, and alerted his colleague, guard Gaurav Anand, to escort the victim to a coach. The employees then alerted the nearest railway station, which arranged for medical aid in Thane as the train pulled in. The incident occurred on the Up slow line around 1.20 pm when B B Karle, employed with KEM hospital as an X-ray technician, was returning to his home in Parel after attending his niece's marriage in Dombivli. He was probably travelling on the footboard when he may have felt dizzy, lost grip of the handlebar and slipped onto the tracks. He suffered severe head injuries. After the train passed, Karle tried to regain his composure and ventured close to the tracks, where he reportedly collapsed inches away from the path of a passing train. Few slum-dwellers immediately alerted the next train that Singh was manning. Singh saw the man breathing heavily with blood oozing out of his head, and the afternoon heat adding to his misery. "I saw some men standing on the tracks waving a red cloth, indicating to me to stop. I instinctively decided to rush him medical aid and alerted the train guard. I didn't know the man but the thought of what would happen to his family crossed my mind and instantly I decided to help him," said Singh. The duo alerted seniors, who arranged for a stretcher and an ambulance in Thane, after which they went ahead with their journey. Traffic was detained for a few minutes but railway officials said they were happy they saved a life. Even co-passengers were unmindful of the delay. "Had the man been left on the tracks, he would have surely died of pain and extreme heat," said an official at Thane station. The victim was taken to a private hospital in Parel by his younger brother, Ganesh, where his condition is reported to be critical. "We had two marriages in the family to attend. I went to one in Matunga, while my brother insisted on attending the one in Dombivli. He probably slipped and fell from the train," said Ganesh. The Mumbai suburban railway network witnesses several instances of people falling from or being knocked down by trains. The railways have been trying to alert commuters not to undertake dangerous travel and avoid commuting on the footboard.
|2017-04-19||Water woes flood Thane as theft, old consumer data drowns supply plan - Times of India|
Water woes flood Thane as theft, old consumer data drowns supply plan Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 20, 2017, 04.52 AM IST THANE: Some parts of lake city are happy with its 24x7 uninterrupted water supply, whereas, there are stretches which face severe water shortage and even have to stay without water supply for days together. Lack of an accurate database of residents in its jurisdiction and a poor distribution network of the supply department is causing immense hardships for consumers. Officials from the department, too, admit that the water supply presently is inaccurate and is based on approximate increase in population of certain parts of the city which is one of the reasons for the shortage situation. In addition, lack of any monitoring of the commodity causes immense water losses which is approximately 31% of the total supply or roughly around 75 litres behind every person, as per the civic administration records. The city population as per the 2011 Census rose to around 18.26 lakhs from 12.63 lakhs in 2001 following which the administration upgraded its supply in 2013. However, three years later, the water supply department is still awaiting a revised population tally of each of its administrative wards forcing it to follow the 2013 pattern of water distribution despite that some of the areas might have seen a rise in population. The city gets nearly 480 million litres water daily from various supply agencies. The 2013 distribution network witnessed few areas getting more water than required while others received less than expected. While Kopri area required daily 17 million litres water, the supply then was nearly 20 million litres, the situation was more or less the same in Uthalsar and Rayladevi while Mumbra received less water as against its requirements. The situation hasn't changed much, reveal records as areas like Mumbra, Kalwa, parts of Rayladevi and Wagle estate face water crisis. The main reason being the TMC unable to tailor the supply as per the population increase in the city. "The water scarcity is mostly felt in parts of Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva suburbs wherein the residents often go without water for days. While city areas get excess water supply, why are the suburbs neglected," questioned Adesh Bhagat, an activist from Diva. When contacted, officials from the water supply department admitted the gap in supply but said they were working on a fresh supply chart based on the latest population count in each of the ward committees. "We have already embarked on a revision of the population figures on micro level and will tailor our supply as per the requirements thereon following which we will be able to supply adequate water to all our residents," said an official from water supply department.
|2017-04-19||Pregnant electrocuted monkey, foetus die - Times of India|
Pregnant electrocuted monkey, foetus die Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Apr 20, 2017, 04.54 AM IST THANE: A pregnant monkey, who was found in an electrocuted state in the balcony of a Wagle Estate flat on Tuesday afternoon, succumbed to injuries on Wednesday. The monkey was rescued by a city-based Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA) and was said to be critical. "When the mammal was brought to the clinic on Tuesday evening she had suffered more than 60 per cent burns. As her abdomen was bloated we checked to see whether she was pregnant, which turned out to be true, but we could not follow the heartbeat of the foetus. It is suspected that the baby monkey died due to the electric shock that the mother suffered. We managed to give the monkey painkillers, antibiotics and fluids and later shifted her to another veterinarian for further treatment," said Dr Kiran Shelar, a veterinarian. "We got a call from the resident of the house where the monkey was found electrocuted. The ground-floor flat family said that the monkey was at their house since Monday night. They had seen the monkey in their balcony and assumed that she would go on her own in some time. However, the mammal was seen there till afternoon the next day and that is when they contacted us. We were asked to take her away as she seemed weak and had burn marks on her body. She had also suffered internal injuries. The veterinarian kept her on a five-day antibiotic course so that she could get some strength. It was planned that when she would get better the foetus would be removed, but unfortunately both the mother and baby could not survive," said Aditya Patil, president, WWA.
|2017-04-19||Heat forces monkeys to swing their way into Thane in search of food - Times of India|
Heat forces monkeys to swing their way into Thane in search of food Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Apr 19, 2017, 10.41 PM IST THANE: Going by the frequent sightings of monkeys clinging on window grilles or snatching away food from kitchen platform have become a commong sighting since the last few weeks. Forest officials claim that lack of food and water in Yeoor forest in one of the reasons that are forcing the langurs towards the city. The monkeys are mostly spotted at Upvan and Shivai Nagar areas. "Everyday we receive distress calls from residents either claiming that they have seen a monkey in their society or that the animal is trapped in some wire or is injured. But we assure residents that the mammal will not harm anyone. Mostly the monkeys come in search of food. Once they get that, they run back into the wild," said I S Kambli, range forest officer. A city-based NGO Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA) whose phone has been buzzing with calls about the monkey sightings claimed that people panic unnecessarily. "Almost every alternate day we receive calls from residents living in Upvan, Shivai Nagar, Ghodbunder (near Yeoor) and Kalwa. Sometimes, residents just ask us to capture the monkey and release it in some other area, but that cannot be done," said Aditya Patil, president of (WWA). The NGO claimed that since March they have rescued around eight monkeys. While some were found injured, others had suffered electric shocks. "Even on Tuesday afternoon we rescued a female adult monkey who was electrocuted. The call was made by a local near Wagle Estate who claimed that the animal was in the balcony of a ground floor house there. After the animal was rescued she was rushed to a vet who stated that the monkey was pregnant. The baby monkey was dead due to the intensity of the shock. The mother also suffered internal injuries. She is currently under observation," added Patil. He said that residents at times offer food to monkeys. Due to this, the animal does not go back into the forest and continues to stay in the same neighbourhood where food is easily available. However, people panic at times and are scared when the animal enters their kitchen in search of food. In order to spread awareness of coexistence with these animals, the forest department and the NGO has been holding seminars with societies where monkey sighting are more common. "Residents are informed about the dos and don'ts. Residents must not throw garbage in and around the area as it attracts animals. They must respect the presence of animals and leave them alone in case they are spotted. Children must be careful if they spot an animal and this must be reported to the forest department. One must also not make direct eye contact with the animal, avoid teasing the animal and do not offer food or feed them. Also, never hit or chase them," Patil added.
|2017-04-19||Thane: 5 kids among 6 hurt as car spins out of control - Times of India|
Thane: 5 kids among 6 hurt as car spins out of control TNN | Updated: Apr 19, 2017, 07.07 AM IST THANE: Five school students were among six persons who were injured after being knocked down by a car in Kalwa early on Tuesday. The mishap took place when the car driver, Vishal Dangle (22), allegedly dozed off at the wheel, causing the vehicle to veer off the street, said a traffic police officer. Around 6.30 am, the five students of St Xavier's School at Airoli were waiting at a bus stop near T-junction at Vitawa when the car spun out of control and knocked them down. The sixth injured, Dinesh Kadam (47), is a parent of one of the students. The five injured children are studying in classes 8 and 9. The injured were taken to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital at Kalwa and are undergoing treatment. A few people who gathered at the spot after the accident caught the driver and handed him over to officials at Kalwa police station. Dangle has been sent to judicial custody.
|2017-04-19||Soon, travel between Borivli and Thane in 10 minutes using ... - Hindustan Times|
Soon, travel between Borivli and Thane in 10 minutes using underground SGNP tunnel mumbai Updated: Apr 19, 2017 21:51 IST Swapnil Rawal Hindustan Times Soon, Mumbai residents will be able to travel between Borivli and Thane in 10 minutes owing to an 11-km underground tunnel passing through the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). The state wildlife board recently gave the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) permission to carry out an on-ground survey at the national park. This development assumes significance as the Rs 2,000 crore project requires several environment clearances. Environmentalists have opposed the project, saying would affect the ecological balance of the area. We got permission for a topographic survey, which our consultants have started. After we receive a few other permissions, we will start our geo-technical survey to study the strata. Following this, we will prepare a detailed project report , said a senior MSRDC official. Proposed in August 2015, the six-lane tunnel will connect Tikuji-ni-Wadi in Thane and Ekta Nagar on the Western Express Highway in Borivli. Currently, the 23-km distance between Thane and Borivli via Ghodbunder Road takes almost an hour or even more, if there is a traffic jam. Around 70,000 cars travel across Ghodbunder Road daily. Thane and Borivli are separated by a chain of hills, most of which are part of SGNP. Significantly, SGNP's reserved forest is under threat owing to encroachments. In March last year, the high court ordered the demolition of these encroachments.
|2017-04-18||Audio clip of IG prison asking 'favour' from ex-Thane Jailor goes viral - Daily News & Analysis|
Audio clip of IG prison asking 'favour' from ex-Thane Jailor goes viral DNA CORRESPONDENT | Tue, 18 Apr 2017-07:30am , DNA In the 90-second clip Sinha was heard mentioning about an accused identified as Jeetendra Jain who was given judicial custody and that his care needs to be taken once he is lodged in jail. An audio clip of the conversation between suspended Thane Jail Superintendent Hiralal Jadhav and Inspector General of Prison Rajvardhan Sinha wherein Sinha was reportedly heard asking Jadhav to give special treatment to an accused lodged in Thane jail has gone viral. In the 90-second clip Sinha was heard mentioning about an accused identified as Jeetendra Jain who was given judicial custody and that his care needs to be taken once he is lodged in jail. Sinha made this call to Hiralal Jadhav before joining the prisons department as Inspector General. Jadhav was placed under suspension after a female Thane jail staffer alleged him of sexually harassment. Further, Sinha informs Jadhav that the Jain, who as per Sinha was unwell, is a "good man". The conversation ends when Sinha informs Jadhav that he will be taking the charge as IG prisons soon. "I have complained to the Home Ministry against the Inspector General and have also submitted all the evidences against him", Jadhav told dna. Sinha said, "I have not committed any wrong act by asking a Jailor to take care of an ill person and refer him to a doctor." Sinha denied all the allegations made against him and said, "Jadhav has a tainted past and he is now alleging wrong things against senior rank officers for suspending him."
|2017-04-18||Thane call centre scam mastermind reveals his mentor's name - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre scam mastermind reveals his mentor's name mumbai Updated: Apr 18, 2017 23:59 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, the mastermind of the Thane call centre scam, confessed on Tuesday that 33-year-old Jagdish Kanani, who was arrested on October 16, 2016, for his alleged involvement in the scam, is his mentor. Kanani, who owns two call centres in Mumbai, had invested in the bogus call centres operated by Thakkar. Investigations also revealed that Thakkar and Kanani shared details of the bank accounts through which money was laundered via WhatsApp and other social networking platforms. Initially, Kanani tried to get rid of the data he had saved on his pen drives and hard disks by dumping a few in the Ghodbunder creek and destroying others by drilling holes in them. He [Kanani] was a garment seller in Chennai and worked with his father in 2007-08. He learnt the ropes of managing a call centre from his experience as a call centre employee. It was here that he first devised the plan of duping foreigners to make easy money by opening bogus call centres. He also established contacts in the US, using which he procured personal details of the US nationals. This was later distributed among the employees working at his and Thakkar's call centres, said an officer from the Thane commissionerate. After coming to Mumbai in 2008, Kanani took up residence at Borivli and set up a bogus call centre in the western suburbs, which was operated after 8 pm. He completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from a Pune-based institute and later went to Gujarat in 2013. Here, with the help of his friend, he upgraded his skill of operating a bogus call centre. After returning to Mumbai, Kananai opened another call centre and also invested in the those operated by Thakkar.
|2017-04-18||Speeding car hits speed breaker, injures 7 in Thane near Mumbai ... - Hindustan Times|
Speeding car hits speed breaker, injures 7 in Thane near Mumbai mumbai Updated: Apr 18, 2017 16:36 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle Seven people, including three teenagers, were injured in an accident at Kalwa in Thane near Mumbai on Tuesday morning, after a car hit them while crossing the road. The children were heading to school with their parents.The three children were identified as Rashi Kadam, 14, Soumya Velingkar, 14, and Sailee Kadam, 14, and their parents as Rajesh Velingkar, 47, Shashi Kadam, 43, and K Kadam, 49. The family resides in Vitawa, Kalwa. Apart from the family, a coconut vendor, identified as S Choudhary, 62, was also hit by the vehicle. The injured people were rushed to near by civil hospital, and were later shifted to a private hospital. The accused, identified as Vishal Subhash Dangle, 22, is a driver by profession and a resident of Titwala. On Tuesday morning around 6.30 am, three children and their parents were waiting for a rickshaw when a speeding car hit them. Dangle first bumped in to a speed breaker. As he speeding, he lost control of the car and drove over a footpath, hitting the coconut vendor first and then the family. The impact of the accident was so strong that all six of them were flung in the air, said a police officer from Kalwa police station.The locals rushed to the spot and the driver was handed over to the police, while injured were taken to a hospital. The driver was arrested under sections 279 and 337 of the Indian Penal Code and Motor Vehicle Act, and will be produced in a court today.
|2017-04-18||Thane Municipal Corporation plans to alert residents about emergency on mobiles - Times of India|
Thane Municipal Corporation plans to alert residents about emergency on mobiles Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Apr 19, 2017, 02.03 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has chalked out plans to alert residents about any emergency situation or disaster reported in the city by sending them regular mobile alerts in order to avoid panic arising out of rumours in such situations. The city witnesses nearly 3,000 calls of rescue and disasters every year and the spate usually rises during the rainy season when there are incidents of water-logging and tree falls reported in the city. Presently, there is no mechanism to alert residents instantly about any potential natural or manmade calamity to ensure timely evacuation or preventive measures and residents often fall prey to rumours adding to chaos. According to the plan, residents will have to subscribe to the facility through a free mobile application that will send timely alerts about water-logging, road jams, tree falls or quakes, tide timings, rainfall, etc to its users regularly. The idea, said officials, is to stop residents from reacting to rumours that spread, especially during emergencies and subsequently apprise them of the situation and also update them if its anything that needs to be worried about. Often old messages are circulated by mischief mongers without any authentication leading to large scale panic among residents, said experts. An officer narrated about an incident wherein messages and old images of water logging in and around the Thane railway station were being circulated last year during the rains asking residents to avoid using the area. "Even though it was a week after the incident, several online group members were unknowingly fuelling the rumours by sending the messages without any authentication. Many who don't have sources of communication rely on such messages and cause panic for others as well and we want to stop such situations," said an official. Civic officials said if residents are alerted in advance about the same and through government agencies, it will help them in planning their routes and also local residents will get an idea of the accumulation of water during heavy rains in their areas. In addition, information on temperature and precautions to be taken, along with possibilities of rains, schedule of tides will be sent to users. The TMC has set aside Rs 1.25 crore for the project that is likely to be made operational before the monsoon. "Disseminating the information at the earliest to residents is of prime importance and reaching out to them before the rumours mills start grinding will make a lot of difference. We are working out a mechanism to reach out to maximum people at the same time and are mulling resorting to various modes, including social networking sites, mobile application and bulk messaging," said a senior civic official. "We are working towards initiating the system ahead of the monsoon when the calls of disasters and rescue are the highest," said a disaster management cell officer.
|2017-04-17||To weed out quacks, TMC plans certification fees on medicos - Times of India|
To weed out quacks, Thane Municipal Corporation plans certification fees on medicos Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 18, 2017, 01.35 AM IST THANE: Medical expenses for Thaneites may become even more expensive, as the Thane Municipal Corporation is planning to impose a heafty certification fees on medical practitioners and pathologists in the lake city. It is proposed that the general practitioners, dentists, pathology labs, X-ray and body scan centres in lake city would have to shell out a certification fee to register their units with the TMC. It is proposed to classify the medical professionals in seven categories as per their expertise. A certification fee of anywhere between Rs 1,000-15,000 will have to be paid to the TMC once in every three years, inform civic officials. There are nearly 3,500 medical practitioners and doctors registered with the Maharashtra Medical Council of whom many are also members of the Indian Medical Association and around 250 odd pathology labs working in the city, but the civic administration is still unaware of their actual numbers. Activists and members of medical associations point that atleast another 1,500 of quacks would be functioning illegally without valid licenses thus endangering the lives of those approaching them. The health department realized the potential danger to the lives of residents last year after it faced flak from several quarters including patients complaining of being overcharged by few pathology labs. However, when patients approached the civic health department for corrective action, the administration had to express helplessness as it had no idea of the units operating within its jurisdiction. "We do not have a record of independent doctors practicing in the city including path labs. We have proposed a registration for these professionals wherein we will not only get information on their location, contact details, but also their respective qualifications to connect with them during emergencies. A fee will be levied for the process," informed a health officer from the TMC. Officials inform the data will also be uploaded on the civic website with names, degrees and address of medical professionals operating in the city that will also give an idea to residents to identify registered and qualified doctors as per their area of specialization. While the administration claims the move will help them identify quacks operating in the city and weed them out, professionals see this as an extra taxation burden as doctors already are registered with their parent medical organization. "We are registered with the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) and ideally no other authentication is required for us to practise in the state. This plan looks like an added taxation on us. We will be forced to pass on the burden to our clients," said a medical professional.
|2017-04-17||Neighbour, aide molest 2 minor girls - Times of India|
Neighbour, aide molest 2 minor girls TNN | Apr 17, 2017, 10.37 PM IST THANE: Two minor girls were allegedly molested by their 36-year-old neighbour and his 28-year-old friend in Wagle Estate late on Friday. According to the police, the girls—aged five and nine—were playing near their house when their neighbour Hitendra Shyam Chavan and his aide Shripradeep Gaikwad lured them with an ice-cream. They took them in an auto and drove towards Emco Company at Wagle Estate where they allegedly touched the girls inappropriately. The accused then threatened the girls with dire consequences if they narrated the incident to anyone. However, after the girls returned home they narrated their ordeal to their parents. The next day the parents went to the police station and lodged a complaint. A case has been registered with the Shrinagar police.
|2017-04-17||Denotifying highways wrong, says Shiv Sena's Diwakar Raote - Times of India|
Denotifying highways wrong, says Shiv Sena's Diwakar Raote TNN | Apr 17, 2017, 11.59 PM IST MUMBAI: Days after the public works department led by Chandrakant Patil (BJP) denotified some highways, transport minister Diwakar Raote (Shiv Sena) has taken strong objection to the proposal, saying, it was against the Supreme Court verdict. "I will not be surprised if the state's move to denotify the highways to facilitate reopening of liquor shops is challenged before the Supreme Court. It was a wrong decision," Raote stated in a letter to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Raote pointed out that the Supreme Court order to close liquor shops, permit rooms and bars within 500 m of the state and national highways was for reducing the number accidents. "We have denotified a section of highways passing through the city. The corporations, which are unable to pay employees' salaries, will not be able to maintain the state highways. The government must reconsider its decision, otherwise it will be assumed that we took the decision to encourage liquor consumption," he said.
|2017-04-17||Gang who looted, assaulted Ola and Uber drivers, held in Thane - Mid-Day|
Gang who looted, assaulted Ola and Uber drivers, held in Thane By Faisal Tandel | Thane | Posted 17-Apr-2017 Kapurbawdi police lay trap and arrest gang of four robbers, who had been assaulting the drivers in the dead of the night and making away in their vehicles with other valuables There have been quite a few cases of passengers of app-based aggregator cabs being targeted, but currently, it's the drivers who are at the receiving end. In the last 15 days, the Kapurbawdi police in Thane West received four complaints where four drivers of Ola and Uber were assaulted and robbed by a gang of four. The incidents happened on Ghodbunder Road towards Balkum or Kapurbawdi. As part of the investigation, late on Saturday, the Kapurbawdi police laid a trap and managed to arrest the gang. Late-night scare According to the police, the first victim was Vimlesh Kumar Gupta (22), a resident of Nalasopara and a driver with Ola. On April 1 around 1 am, he had a drop at Lodha building. After finishing it, he stopped at an eatery on a service road near Majiwada in Thane. "Gupta said four people entered his vehicle and asked him to take them to Mumbra. When he refused, they assaulted him with a stone. Later, they gagged him and tied his hands, and made him sit in the back, where they continued to assault him. They then drove the car towards Igatpuri, where he was thrown out, and they fled in the vehicle with Rs 5,000 cash, two mobile phones and a watch, all totalling worth Rs 6.15 lakh. Gupta lodged a complaint on April 4," said a senior officer. A case was registered for attempt to murder against four people under sections 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 307 (attempt to murder), 397 (robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. The freaky highway In the second incident, on April 6, Hemant Maruti Bhosle (43), a resident of Mumbra and a driver with Uber, dropped a passenger off at Ghodbunder Road, and around 11.30 pm stopped the car on the Nashik-Thane highway near the Majiwada bridge to take a leak. "When he returned, he saw four people standing near the car. He was assaulted and robbed of a mobile phone, a watch, and Rs 3,700 cash," said an officer. The next day, Uber driver Om Prakash Verma was robbed of valuables worth Rs 31,500. On April 12, Ola driver and Wadala resident Ennul Hasangul Khan (23) was robbed on the same highway in a similar fashion. All three lodged complaints with the Kapurbawdi police on April 15. Policespeak Senior inspector BT Baravrkar said, "After speaking to the four victims, we noticed the pattern. So on April 15, we sent one of our men as a dummy Ola driver. As soon as the four approached him, we caught hold of them and arrested them. We suspect the four to be involved in more crimes. Further investigation is on."
|2017-04-17||Cops drive into restricted area: Thane police team claims didn't know about eco-sensitive zone - The Indian Express|
Cops drive into restricted area: Thane police team claims didn't know about eco-sensitive zone The Matheran police booked the Thane police team for driving in a no-vehicle zone By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:April 18, 2017 2:22 am A Thane police team against whom the Matheran police registered a non-cognisable complaint on Sunday for driving into a restricted area has claimed that “no one told them” that a part of the town was a no-vehicle eco-sensitive zone. A similar complaint has been registered against the driver of the hired car in which the police team was travelling. Dinesh Sonawane, the lead investigator of the police team which was in Matheran for a gangrape probe, has accused the Matheran police of a “prejudiced mindset” after the complaint was registered against him and three other officers. Sonawane has claimed that the policemen were not behind the steering wheel. On Sunday afternoon, Sonawane, an assistant inspector at Thane’s Khadakpada police station, and three other officers reached Matheran to probe a gangrape case, along with an accused. According to Mahadeo Acharekar, who is in charge of the Matheran police station, the four Thane officers have been booked under Section 43 of the Matheran Act, 1959, which prohibits any vehicular movement in the green zone, along with Sections of the Bombay Police Act and the Motor Vehicles Act. “A non-cognizable complaint has been filed but none of the officers and the driver of the hired car have been arrested. In this restricted area, not even a bicycle or tricycle is allowed as per the Matheran Act, 1959,” Acharekar said, Stating that his team was investigating a serious crime of gangrape, Sonewane said they would have not entered the area had someone warned them. “It was my first visit to Matheran. We were not going for a spot panchnama but to recover relevant evidence to link the gangrape incident to the accused.” According to Sonawane, his car was encircled by locals claiming the hired vehicle violated the law in Matheran. “I asked the driver to go to the police station while we were completing our investigation. I asked the local police to take appropriate actions on the driver as he drove us into the restricted area … the driver, too, hadn’t visited Matheran before.” “They (Matheran police) are targeting the (Thane) police by booking them. This shows the prejudiced mindset against police officers … we were not behind the steering wheel,” Sonawane said. In February 2003, the Union environment and forest ministry had declared the hill station an eco-sensitive area to protect its rich biodiversity. Those visiting the place have to park their cars at the parking lot at Dasturi Point and trek uphill for around 3km or take hand-pulled rickshaws or ride on horsebacks to reach the town centre. In January 2012, a similar incident had taken place and a driver with a private firm had been booked under the sections of the Environment Protection Act (EPA). After around five years, in January 2017, the magistrate’s court decided to drop the EPA charges. The court reportedly asked the police to book violators under the Matheran Act.
|2017-04-17||Thane man cheats institute - Times of India|
Thane man cheats institute TNN | Updated: Apr 18, 2017, 06.26 AM IST PUNE:The Khadki police on Sunday booked a man from Thane for allegedly cheating a city's distance learning institute to the tune of Rs2 lakh on the pretext of helping its students secure admission to an open university in Karnataka. Preetam Gujar (36), who runs the Indian Institute of Management Studies (IIMS) at Wakdewadi in Shivajinagar, lodged an FIR alleging that the suspect approached him claiming that he also ran an educational institute in Thane affiliated to an open university in Karnataka. He promised to provide admissions to 30 students of Gujar's institute and charged Rs2 lakh for the same, the FIR stated. Gujar and the suspect even signed a formal agreement on February 24 to facilitate such admissions. But the suspect took away the money without delivering on his promise, police said. Many students from the city had applied for various courses offered by the open university in Karnataka through the IIMS as a part of the tie-up. Thus, the suspect cheated the city-based institute, a source in police said. "We are verifying the documents the suspect provided to Gujar," an officer said.
|2017-04-17||Town planners, experts from Thane oppose MMRDA's regional plan 2016-36 - Times of India|
Town planners, experts from Thane oppose MMRDA's regional plan 2016-36 TNN | Apr 18, 2017, 01.43 AM IST THANE: Several experts and town planners from the city have united to voice their opposition to the regional plan 2016-36 being prepared by the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Activists from Thane alleged the draft plan was prepared without consultation of urban local bodies without coordination with special planning authorities and experts from the city. While the plan seems to recklessly destroy the green patch of Ghodbunder, the potential of the city for developing inland water system has also been overlooked, including no concrete plan for saving the lakes and water bodies here, lamented the experts. "The Ghodbunder Road has been proposed as 'Urbanizable Zone'- where the land use would be dedicated to various construction activities opening up land for commercial use of the area. Needless to say, the green cover and water bodies will be lost in the process. We object to the zone being declared as 'solely urbanizable' and demand for conservation of rivulets, lakes, ponds, greenery by means of buffer zones," said Mayuresh Bhadsavle, an urban policy researcher. Experts also rued the fact that there was no mention of heritage sites in the plan despite it having a great heritage and maritime history. "The draft plan has been prepared without consultation of urban local bodies and experts. The Development Plan prepared by the TMC could possibly be superseded by this regional plan that has also asked for changing certain provisions in Thane's development plan. This policy of sidelining elected representatives and urban local body is highly objectionable," echo experts who will approach the MMRDA with their objections on 21st April.
|2017-04-16||IAS officer caught taking Rs 12 lakh bribe in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
IAS officer caught taking Rs 12 lakh bribe in Thane DNA CORRESPONDENT | Sun, 16 Apr 2017-06:45am , DNA IAS officer Milind Gawade, an Additional Commissioner in the tribal affairs department, was arrested in the trap along with Kiran Mali, a Deputy Commissioner in the same department, while accepting Rs 12 lakh for promoting 12 junior officials in the department. An IAS officer of the 2008 batch posted in the state tribal affairs department was arrested in a trap laid by the Palghar division of the Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for allegedly accepting Rs 12 lakh as bribe for promoting junior officers from Ashram schools in Palghar. According to ACB officers, the IAS officer Milind Gawade, an Additional Commissioner in the tribal affairs department, was arrested in the trap along with Kiran Mali, a Deputy Commissioner in the same department, while accepting Rs 12 lakh for promoting 12 junior officials in the department. The duo allegedly repeatedly issued threats to the junior officers of stalling their promotions if they failed to pay the bribe. After the trap, an additional Rs 12 lakh was allegedly found on Mali's office desk. The two officials were allegedly arrested red-handed by the ACB while accepting the cash in the tribal affairs department's sub office in Thane. ACB teams had kept a watch on the two officials and had recorded calls through the complainant. The complainant asked the officials to arrive at the sub office in Thane in Wagle Estate, following which the trap was laid. The bribe money was paid by 12 junior officers who were seeeking promotions. According to the ACB, the two accused allegedly demanded Rs 1 lakh per person for the promotions. “The two officials were demanding a bribe from the complainant and were repeatedly threatening to demote him if he failed to pay the money, and so a trap was laid after confirmation,” said a senior ACB officer. “They were caught red handed while accepting the bribe money, and after a search at the office of the deputy commissioner Kiran Mali we have found Rs 12 lakhs,” the officer added. “We will be checking their property and bank details to ascertain the source of money. The complainant has submitted evidence and we have recorded the proceedings of the raid,” said the officer. Sangramsinh Nishandar, Superintendent of Police, Anti Corruption Bureau, Thane, said, “We have reistered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act at Wagle Estate Police station.”
|2017-04-16||164th anniversary of 1st train between Mumbai-Thane celebrated - Outlook India|
164th anniversary of 1st train between Mumbai-Thane celebrated Thane (Maha), Apr 16 The 164th anniversary of the first train, which ran between Mumbai and Thane, was today celebrated by a group of citizens at the railway station here. A programme was organised by a Passengers Association-Railway Pravasi sanghatana. A five kilo cake was cut and distributed to passengers to mark the occasion. Sanghatana's President Nandkumar Deshmukh said travel safety was important. The first train in India ran between Boribandar to Thane on April 16, 1853.
|2017-04-16||'164-yr-old Thane railway station not adept for growing crowd' - Times of India|
'164-yr-old Thane railway station not adept for growing crowd' Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 17, 2017, 12.58 AM IST THANE: The inadequate infrastructure at Thane railway station remains the bane of the commuters using one of the high revenue earning stations on the Central Railways (CR), as the regulars came together on Sunday to celebrate the 164 anniversary of Thane station. Activists lamented the neglect by the CR administration to take corrective steps that could match the pace of development and the growing population in Thane, one of the most dense stations on this stretch. As the station grew from its modest terminus in 1853 when the first train chugged into the two platforms with barely a few hundreds of commuters seated, the volume of passengers has increased manifold with approximately 2.50 lakh commuters using the multiple services offered by the station. Thane station now spans across 10 platforms with over 1,600 trains servicing Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and distant suburbs in addition to long distance trains that halt here. "It is a very dangerous situation during evening time when lots of express train passengers with their heavy luggage wait at the platforms leaving barely any space for suburban commuters who end up tripping on the obstacles. Moreover, any panic alert could end up in a stampede like situation," warned Nandkumar Deshmukh, a veteran railway activist from Thane. Activists said the CR has simply forgotten the historic value of this station as several relics or traces of historic value were destroyed while paving way for development. A relic found during excavation was dumped in a corner by the workers and after TOI highlighted the issue last year, the matter was taken up to railway minister Suresh Prabhu who assured BJP MLA Sanjay Kelkar from Thane of relocating the stone at a special rail musuem to be developed at the station. "Several memoirs of the past got damaged and were removed by the CR as the station saw a metamorphosis over a few decades. The government has failed to retain the station and its historic aura just as they have done at Mumbai CST," said veteran historian Sadashiv Tetwilkar, who has preserved several pictures of the station in the last few years.
|2017-04-16||Con call centre had Thane link | Ahmedabad News - Times of India - Times of India|
Con call centre had Thane link TNN | Updated: Apr 17, 2017, 10.06 AM IST AHMEDABAD: The city crime branch has unearthed the link of a Thane man with the con call centre busted in Vastral on Saturday. According to crime branch officials, they are currently hunting for one Hiren Mistry, suspected to be the liaison between con call centre owners and the Thane-based man who used to provide data of US citizens. Crime branch officials said they are also hunting for one Sagar, suspected to be based in Mumbai. Crime branch officials said they are in touch with their counterparts in Thane and trying to trace the man. "We have a vague address of the man's location and will shortly send a team to Thane to trace him. We suspect he is directly connected to suspects in US," said a crime branch official. Inspector S L Chaudhary had led the crime branch team that busted the con call centre at Vastral Ring Road Circle. The centre had been running for about three months. A total of 15 accused had been arrested including owners of the con call centre, Shailendrasinh Solanki and Vishnu Desai. The main accused Vishnu Desai, Shailendrasinh and three others Hiren Patel, Haresh Patel and Subham Rana, who worked as closers (employees who clinched the deal trapping the victim), were handed over to the crime branch on four-day remand by the court. Crime branch sources said Vishnu Desai and Shailendrasinh could provide them vital information on other suspects who were involved in the running of the con call centre. "We also have to learn about the financial dealings of the con call centre. The closers could be of importance to us in tracking the financial trails," said a senior crime branch official. The accused used to call US citizens posing as officials of Internal Revenue Services (IRS) and extort money by threatening them of legal consequences. The name of Sagar Thakkar, alias Shaggy, from Ahmedabad, had emerged as the kingpin after Thane police had cracked down on con call centres on Mira Road. "Thakkar is from Ahmedabad and used to stay at rented premises in Bopal, whenever he came to the city. He allegedly had links with a few con call centres in Vastrapur," said a senior police official.
|2017-04-16||happy streets: Thane takes to adventure sports, yoga and more at ... - Times of India|
Thane takes to adventure sports, yoga and more at Happy Streets B B Nayak | TNN | Updated: Apr 17, 2017, 12.52 AM IST THANE: The second edition of Happy Streets season V was a party of sorts, quite literally. Apart from the new and unique activities that are part of the event every Sunday, the crowd also celebrated regular zumba instructor Anand's 42nd birthday and took him by surprise. The 1.7km non-vehicular stretch of Gladys Alvares Road was abuzz with over 6,000 enthusiastic participants. For kids, Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty had arranged a creative workshop where kids were encouraged to draw Doraemon, the cartoon character with paper and colours. Ushering in the new season, the traffic-free stretch had adventure activities, basic yoga, hand-on-experience at emotions lab, zumba, dance, music, art, paint, fun and games among hordes of programmes. Patanjali Yoga instructors led by Vrushali Joshi were on their toes to guide the kids and adult in various postures to lead a healthy life. Kids had a field day with activities like climbing the ladders, walking on rope and balancing beam apart from pitching tent at the makeshift camp initiated by Pugmarks. Students of Snehashish Dance Academy put up a live dance performance apart from conducting a workshop. Experts at Joints-n-Motion trained youngsters in marathon running and fitness routines. Kids and parents got a first-hand experience to improve their intelligent quotient level at Equip Kids who put up 'Emotions Lab'. The TMC and Thane traffic department have taken the lead to bring Happy Streets to the city, which is supported by TOI and powered by Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty.
|2017-04-16||69 high-end vehicles seized in car scam case - Times of India - Times of India|
69 high-end vehicles seized in car scam case TNN | Updated: Apr 17, 2017, 01.03 AM IST THANE: As many as 69 high-end vehicles, fraudulently taken over from their owners by a con gang, were hauled up by the crime branch following the arrest of three persons recently. Police said the trio, Anurag Ravindranath Tiwari (40), Rajendra Rammurat Yadav (35) and Rohit Vishnu Gharat (29) would target gullible taxi car owners promising them high monthly returns on letting out their cars, only to misuse them. The crime was exposed following a complaint by a victim, Shrikant Rai, who handed over his new car and Rs 15,000 to the men after they promised to give him a highly profitable long lease contract for his car with the management of the Grand Hyatt in Santacruz. "Rai, a driver by profession, fell into the trap of the trio. They promised that his car would be leased with the hotel and assured a fabulous monthly lease rent. They manufactured a fake car lease agreement wherein the hotel management and Rai were shown as signatories to the deal. The three men has been remanded to police custody till April 17.
|2017-04-15||Thane resident dies after being stung by bees | Mumbai News ... - Times of India|
Thane resident dies after being stung by bees TNN | Apr 16, 2017, 08.27 AM IST THANE: A 54-year-old man died after being stung by bees in Thane on Saturday. The incident took place at 8.30 am when Umesh Saraf, a resident of Raunak Park, was walking towards a bus stop. A senior official of the Thane Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) Santosh Kadam said, "Before my team could reach the spot, nearby residents and passers-by had rushed Saraf to Bethany Hospital. Eye-witnesses said that Saraf's face was swollen and red." Doctors said that Saraf was brought in unconscious. Despite repeated attempts to revive him, he stopped responding to the treatment.
|2017-04-15||Convention centre to come up in Thane soon: Maha Minister - Outlook India|
Convention centre to come up in Thane soon: Maha Minister 15 APRIL 2017 Last Updated at 10:59 AM "The convention centre would be set up in order to encourage trade and industry We would like to see international exhibitions, meetings and seminars being organised in the city," said Shinde, who is also the Guardian Minister for Thane district Thane (Maha), Apr 15 Maharashtra Public Works Department Minister Eknath Shinde has said the state government would soon set up a "state-of-the-art" convention centre in the city. The centre would be set up in association with Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO), Shinde said at a function last night after inaugurating the Thane chapter of JITO. "The convention centre would be set up in order to encourage trade and industry. We would like to see international exhibitions, meetings and seminars being organised in the city," said Shinde, who is also the Guardian Minister for Thane district.
|2017-04-15||Thane: Over 300 Kalwa locals protest work on Sewage Treatment Plant - Times of India|
Thane: Over 300 Kalwa locals protest work on Sewage Treatment Plant Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Apr 16, 2017, 01.41 AM IST THNAE: Around 300 residents of Kalwa's Parsik Nagar gathered on the streets on Saturday morning to protest the civic body's work on a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). The work undertaken by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had received a stay order from the state government on the grounds that the TMC had not taken proper approvals before starting work. The work started in the year 2015 after which the state government directed the TMC to stop work in August 2016, owing to complaints from residents that the plot was reserved for parking. The civic body, however, resumed work on the STP in March this year after a seven months' hiatus. The residents resorted to parking their vehicles to block the trucks and JCBs from entering the area for construction of the STP in order to protest the work on the project in their area. The civic body had earlier planned the city's second STP (first exists in Kopri) at the creek area but later changed their plan and shifted the STP's location to the middle of this locality in Kharegaon. However, in a peaceful protest that took place last year, over 1,000 residents had gathered at the construction site and managed to stop the work with the help of the state government's stay order on the project. Vikas Randive, a resident of Amrut Angan society, said, "The original location for the STP was near the creek, but the TMC changed its plans and shifted the project to our vicinity on a plot that was reserved for parking only because a builder had objected to the project at the creek area. The civic body has not taken permission from the government or the pollution control board. Our area is densely populated with 15 to 16 buildings and setting up the STP here could be hazardous as the sewage could seep into the water tank." A civic engineer said, "There are many housing societies that have their own individual STPs. They don't have issues of stench and sewage seeping in their water tanks. Our city has one STP at Kopri for the past 50 years and we need another one to deal with the increasing quantum of sewage. We have explained to the citizens that they will not face any issues, but they keep protesting. We resumed work last month and it should be completed in six months."
|2017-04-15||TMC's fire department proposes massive hike in licence fees for entertainment facilities - Times of India|
TMC's fire department proposes massive hike in licence fees for entertainment facilities Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 16, 2017, 01.34 AM IST THANE: Soon, patronising entertainment facilities like theatres, hotels, exhibitions, etc in the city could prove dearer as the Thane municipal fire fighting department has proposed to increase the tax load on these service providers by a steep margin this fiscal. A hike in charges for issuing NOCs, recommending fire safety measures among others has been increased anyhwere between the range of 30-900%. The certifications are mandatory for operating business in the city including for cafes, circus, restaurants, etc making it unavoidable for users. Owners, however, have claimed they would pass on this hike to customers who would have to pay more. The hike in charges are majorly for commercial uses and not for any emergency services like fire fighting and the administration that is looking at increase in revenue from this department says the rise is justified. Commercial activities like film or documentary shootings, workshops or mock drill training for students, marriages, etc are some of the areas where the fire brigade is deployed on request. The administration has been earning anywhere between Rs 54 -62 crore from the department over the last three years while a slight increase proposed in 2015 added more revenue to the civic coffers. The administration expects a massive Rs 90 cr earning this fiscal that officials say will be achieved only by hiking the existing charges. Owners of establishments say the hike is unjust and would add to the strain of operating a business in the city. Already, the inflow of customers is less and if we pay such huge amounts, it eats into our profits forcing us to increase rates that would further cause losses as customers would cut down on patronising us, fears a city hotelier refusing to be identified. Activists have also complained that the department seems to be simply interested in loading residents with new forms of taxations while it has failed to conduct any fire safety tests regularly. "The fire department doesn't conduct any safety audits regularly risking the lives of several visitors who frequent hotels with mezannine floors or operating from basements. An increase in taxes on commercial units means a strain on the copmmon mans pockets. Why is it interested in adding to the taxation then when it cannot perform its basic duties adequately," lamented Mayuresh Bhadsavale, an activist from Thane. "The idea is to discourage private parties to use our services frequently that often gets diverted from its core service of attending to emergencies. If the fire brigade services are required, we will provide them bit with a premium cost," informed Shashikant Kale, chief fire officer at TMC. Meanwhile, the administration has also proposed to hike fees for services provided to establishments outside the civic jurisdiction.
|2017-04-15||Party loyalists may get backdoor entry in TMC's General Body - Times of India|
Party loyalists may get backdoor entry in TMC's General Body Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Apr 16, 2017, 01.37 AM IST THANE: Political parties have once again laid a smooth backdoor entry for loyalists to be part of the General Body on Saturday as seven of the eight nominations filed for the five co-opted posts are former corporators. The recommendations for these posts are ideally for experts from various fields who can help the GB give a perspective on certain issues. While Shiv Sena recommended Dashrath Palande from Wagle, former deputy mayor Rajendra Sapte from Kalwa and Jayesh Vaity, BJP nominated its city president Sandep Lele. The Congress has nominated Manoj Shinde while NCP has chosen Manohar Salvi and Milind Salvi.— Manoj Badgeri
|2017-04-15||On Thane-Belapur road, passengers robbed in taxis - The Hindu|
On Thane-Belapur road, passengers robbed in taxis Raina Assainar APRIL 16, 2017 00:14 IST UPDATED: APRIL 16, 2017 00:14 IST Navi Mumbai: Two incidents of robbery from passengers in kaali-peelis have been reported on Thane-Belapur road in the last four days. Both incidents occurred in the wee hours and the modus operandi pointed to the involvement of one gang. Dr. Nilesh Kolhe (29), medical officer of Ahmednagar Rural Hospital, and his cousin brother Prasad Kolhe (35), a Siemens employee and resident of Airoli, got down from a ST bus in Sanpada at around 3.30 a.m. on Tuesday. They hired a ‘share taxi’ on Thane-Belapur road to go towards Airoli. The taxi was occupied with four people, including the driver, and the Kolhe brothers adjusted among them. After reaching Koparkhairane, the driver demanded money. “Thinking it to be the taxi fare, one of the brothers removed his wallet. Suddenly, another passenger snatched his purse following which there was a scuffle inside the taxi,” said senior inspector Ramchandra Deshmukh of Turbhe MIDC police station. The accused stabbed Mr. Prasad Kolhe with a knife and abandoned them at Koparkhairane after robbing them of cash and mobile phone worth Rs 14,000. Mr. Prasad Kolhe is recuperating in Fortis Hospital, Mulund. Similarly, at around 2 a.m. on Friday, Omkar Salvi (32), a resident of Airoli, was robbed. Mr. Salvi, a driver with a private firm, parked the office’s four-wheeler at Belapur and walked towards Thane-Belapur road in search of a transport to Airoli. He hired a taxi that had three passengers and a driver. After reaching Nerul, one of the passengers made the taxi stop to attend nature’s call and then told Mr. Salvi to move inside as he wanted to get down at Turbhe. Before reaching Koparkhairane, one of the passengers used a heavy object to hit Salvi on his head and robbed him of cash and mobile phone worth Rs 11,000. Mr. Salvi was dropped off on Palm Beach Road near Galleria Mall. The cases registered with the Turbhe MIDC police are also being investigated by the Crime Branch Unit I.
|2017-04-14||Shaggy stuns court, seeks police custody - Times of India|
Shaggy stuns court, seeks police custody Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Apr 14, 2017, 06.42 AM IST THANE: The fake call centre mastermind, Sagar Thakar aka Shaggy (24), left the law-enforcement officials baffled after he told a magistrate that he wants to be remanded in a police lock-up. On Thursday, Shaggy was produced before magistrate AB Katte after his police custody ended on Thursday. Investigation officer Mukund Hatote told the court that they had taken Shaggy to Ahmedabad. "Some of his accounts, which may be linked to the crime, need to be checked. Hence, we require his custody for seven more days," Hatote told the court. Katte asked Shaggy if he had any complaints against the police, after which the accused said he wanted to be in police custody and cooperate with the investigators and reveal the details of the modus operandi of fake call centres. The lawyers present in the court were stunned to hear his reply. "Shaggy reportedly fears going to prison and live among hardened criminals," said a police source. After hearing both sides, the magistrate extended Shaggy's police custody till April 17. Police said that they have not got anything substantial from their visit to Ahmedabad with Shaggy. "All the accused showed us is his residential apartments and the office blocks he purchased," said a police officer. The mastermind of the Mira Road and Ahmedabad fake call centres that conned hundreds of US citizens of millions of dollars was arrested by the Thane police following his deportation from Dubai late on Friday. He was on the run soon after the Thane crime branch raided nine call centres at Mira Road on October 4, 2016. On the other hand, investigators claimed that they have zeroed on 10 complainants from US whose voice samples as well as trail of the call made from Mira road fake call centres and the one who extracted money is traced.
|2017-04-14||DOT artillery defends Thane Road from avalanche threats - KTOO - KTOO|
DOT artillery defends Thane Road from avalanche threats By Jacob Resneck, KTOOApril 14, 2017 Melissa Griffiths of Douglas walks her dog, Beau, on Sandy Beach, where she has a great view of the Thane avalanche chute across Gastineau Channel. “I know that the state blasts a howitzer, and I was wondering, who does that and are there specialized skills that you need?” Griffiths asked. Alaska’s Department of Transportation operates the howitzer to protect Thane, a community of about 60 houses 5 miles south of downtown Juneau. “The only way to Thane is on Thane Road and we have to drive through some avalanche chutes to get here — and so that’s just a given,” said Larri Irene Spengler, who is active on the board of the Thane Neighborhood Association. That’s right: one way in and if an avalanche strikes, no way out. Her husband, Steve Behnke, recalled a February 2009 avalanche that left him stranded in Juneau while his family was home in Thane. “It makes you real aware of that mountain, ya’ know?” Behnke said. “It just makes it real because so much of the time we just drive back and forth and don’t pay full attention.” DOT’s solution is gunning down the avalanches before they build up large enough to threaten the road. On a recent afternoon, a crew is waiting for Juneau’s air traffic control tower to clear the airspace “Are we gonna shoot?” “They’re clearing the air … so I guess they’re gonna start now.” “The last time we got one on our first shot and everyone got all excited and it brought a lot of snow down — after that nothing happened,” said Scott Gray, DOT’s operations superintendent for the Southeast District. They fire the first shots. Within minutes, the snowpack begins to give way. “There’s a nice little dump of snow there,” Gray said. “That was a nice one.” More shots are fired. Every two minutes the howitzer roars as an artillery shell is lobbed 3 miles across Gastineau Channel. More snow cascades down. It’s effect is mesmerizing — almost hypnotic. “It’s kind of interesting to watch,” Gray said. “The powder leaves the air — it’s like a waterfall just coming down — it’s pretty.” The howitzer has triggered a slide to prevent a a larger, uncontrolled avalanche that could swallow up Thane Road. A few days later DOT offers a closer look at the howitzer. Casey Walker is DOT’s maintenance foreman in Juneau. He explains that the howitzer belongs to the U.S. Department of Defense. “It’s pretty much like a big rifle,” he said. “This is your breach block. The bullet goes in and you close the breach behind it and then your triggering mechanism is just your typical rope pull.” Military regulations only allow a handful of authorized people near the gun when it’s assembled and loaded. “It’s a military weapon and we use it for avalanche mitigation strictly, and so they want to make sure that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, number one,” Walker said. “And number two, it is operated and maintained the way that the military expects it to be.” A master gunner is always part of the DOT firing crew. It takes 10 years to reach that certification. The rest of the crew are checking each other’s work to make sure the howitzer is sighted accurately to one of 24 pre-selected target points. “We have a guy on each side of the gun. We plug in the coordinates. We have a guy that loads, he loads the gun and then he double checks everything,” Walker said. “And then the guy on the left-side of the gun triple checks everything and then we do our all-clear and make sure everything’s good to go and fire a round.”
|2017-04-14||Traffic to swell, as BEST plans to curtail AC Buses - Times of India|
Traffic to swell, as BEST plans to curtail AC Buses Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 15, 2017, 03.42 AM IST THANE: The sudden decision by the BEST undertaking to discontinue plying of AC buses is likely to cause massive inconvenience to thousands of passengers from Thane who would now be forced to switch over to private cars or hire fleet cabs. The traffic police fear more congestion on the Thane-Mumbai stretches that is already facing massive crowding due to the Amar Mahal flyover and Versova bridge repairs. Officials informed that of its 266 fleet of AC buses, BEST plied around 50 on several routes like BKC, South Mumbai and even Borivali from the lake city. The undertaking earns approximately Rs 20 lakhs from the Thane routes with a passenger count of roughly 20,000 who prefer the public transport instead of driving down to their workplace in private vehicles. Experts say the number of vehicles on road will escalate by several thousands even if a fraction of these commuters drive out in their own cars or hire cabs to travel to and from their respective workplaces. There are nearly 40,000 cars that daily cross over between Thane and Mumbai through LBS road and Anand Nagar while another 25,000 cross the Dahisar naka daily. A conservative estimate by experts puts the volume of an additional 5,000 vehicles that would be on the roads in Thane crossing over to Mumbai daily in addition to the existing flow of nearly 1.65 vehicles as per the 2015 tally provided in the Sumit Mullick report. This, the traffic officials' fear, is likely to cause immense strain on the traffic management especially after curtailments due to the Amar Mahal flyover repairs and the existing Versova bridge traffic restrictions on the Ahemdabad highway. "The carrying capacity of each of these BEST buses that ferry nearly 100 passengers on any day is likely to spread over several cars adding to the chaos on roads here. The Kopri bridge is already causing traffic slow down and now the Chembur flyover issue is likely to slow down traffic further in addition to this extra flow of vehicles out on the road," said a traffic official. S Yadav, a driver operating a radio cab facility said he was already getting calls from residents who enquired his cab availability in dropping them off to and from work starting Monday. A few others, including a resident from Hiranandani Estate, have made an impromptu group of frequent travelers and are planning to hire private AC buses to commute. Meanwhile, the TMT is unlikely to ease the problems for such commuters as it has inadequate fleet to cater to the new destinations left vacant after BEST stops its services. The undertaking plies four services each to BKC and Andheri and another 88 on the Borivali sector that earns it a handsome Rs 30 lakhs daily. Officials have claimed they will be unable to ply to other routes in the recent future. The TMT had started an AC bus service to South Mumbai but curtailed it immediately after poor response last year. Activists, meanwhile, have slammed the move claiming it to be directly benefit private cabs suggesting a rationalization plan among various agencies could have easily solved the crisis. "Transport undertakings operating in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region need to formulate a unified schedule. Say for example, on the Thane-Borivali sector, one often finds three buses of various undertakings running back to back of which just the first bus gets all the traffic while the rest two operate almost empty. If the undertakings formulate an amiable schedule among themselves then not only can they service newer routes better but also earn a decent revenue from all of them," suggests a commuter activist.
|2017-04-14||Thane: 3 cops injured as crowd pelts stones during survey | Latest ... - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: 3 cops injured as crowd pelts stones during survey Fri, 14 Apr 2017-03:39pm , PTI Three policemen were injured after an angry crowd pelted stones at them while the survey work for the Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi corridor was in progress at Falegaon in Kalyan, police said today. The incident took place on Wednesday. The policemen, belonging to the Thane district rural police, were deployed at the site to avoid any untoward incident during the survey. "The survey work for the Samruddi Mahamarg (Corridor) between Nagpur-Mumbai was in progress at Falegaon. At about 1 PM an irate mob pelted stones and attacked the police party," police sub-inspector BR Patil of the Kalyan taluka police station said. No arrests have been made so far in connection with the incident, the police officer said.
|2017-04-14||Green-loving housing society now adopts bio composting - Times of India|
Green-loving housing society now adopts bio composting Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 15, 2017, 03.38 AM IST THNAE: After successfully earning the title of an eco-friendly group, a Thane housing society has adopted bio-composting after starting and implementing a number of other environment-friendly activities. From segregating their waste to be turned into manure to using that manure for their open society space, the residents of Eden Woods housing society are leaving no stone unturned to turn their complex into a biodiversity-rich society. The residents, in the past, have implemented water segregation and recycling, maintaining 598 massive trees as kitchen garden in their areas to name a few. T N Raghunatha, secretary of the Federation of Eden Woods Cooperative Housing Societies Ltd, said, "We began segregating waste generated from 800 odd flats in 18 buildings of our complex into dry and wet waste back in January 2016 with the help of green NGOs. However, in the months that passed by, we realised that a lot of our wet waste mixed with all kinds of waste in the garbage vehicles could actually be used for manure and reduce the pollution levels at the dumping grounds if dealt with in a proper and systematic way." The members of the society immediately teamed up with a Mumbai based environmental group and after brain storming decided to set up a bio-compost plant in the complex by February 2017. An audit of all the wet waste generated in all 18 buildings was conducted in January and it was found that the complex generated close to 500 kg of wet waste daily. Additionally, the green waste collected from the garden patches amounted to 30 to 50 kg every day. "The amount of waste our society generated surprised us and we concretised our plan of going the zero waste route. We purchased eight syntax tubs that can be used for bio-composting and placed a layer of bacteria in each container, followed by the wet waste, the garden waste and lime powder to confine the odour to the tub. We also covered it with a mesh to keep it away from strays and hired a helper to handle this initiative daily," said Usha Iyer, a resident of the society. She added that after a month-and-half of composting, the first batch of manure was ready on April 14. A shredder was bought to turn the manure into fine powder and the first batch of manure will be used in the gardens of the complex. "The objective behind our decision to set up a bio-compost plant in our complex is to make the most of green waste generated from the main garden, a mini garden and at least a dozen green patches that we have developed over the years. We also want to use the wet waste emanating from the households effectively. We will also be testing the quality of the manure and sell off the excess stock to nurseries henceforth," added Raghunatha. City mayor Meenakshi Shinde, who inaugurated the first batch of manure produced by the society on Friday, said, "The Swachh Bharat campaign for many is limited to sweeping the streets, painting walls and clicking pictures. While doing that is completely fine, it is high time citizens took up such initiatives and made their societies self sufficient and smart. Separating waste and dumping it in another location is not the solution to the growing issue of solid waste disposal. If more societies like Eden Woods join the movement, it will reduce the pressure on the Thane Municipal Corporation.
|2017-04-14||Thane call centre scam: Shaggy in custody, but cops yet to trace his ... - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre scam: Shaggy in custody, but cops yet to trace his millions, family members Updated: Apr 14, 2017 10:48 IST Though Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, 24, has been in police custody for a week, the cops have neither been able to trace his ill-gotten millions, nor other important players in the scam, including members of the Thakkar family who have been absconding. The alleged mastermind of the multi-crore bogus call centre scam, Shaggy was arrested upon his arrival from Dubai last Friday.?A court in Thane granted the police custody of him till Thursday. The Thane crime branch approached the court on Thursday, seeking that Shaggy’s custody be extended. It pleaded that it was necessary to interrogate Shaggy to not only trace the location of his assets, but also find out information about the other accused. The court extended Shaggy’s custody till April 17. A senior Thane police official admitted that Shaggy had taken steps to ensure that his crimes could not be traced back to him before he decided to return to India, following the red corner notice (RCN) that Interpol issued against him. In Dubai, Shaggy used a masked US number to stay in touch with his family and acquaintances in Ahmedabad over WhatsApp. These calls did not show up in his cell phone call records, making it impossible for police to establish the identity of the receivers. Worse still, police found just four numbers in the contact lists of the two iPhones recovered from?Shaggy. Though Shaggy said his parents were in Rajasthan when he last spoke to them, police have still not been able to trace them. While Shaggy was in Dubai, his father Mukesh allegedly sold his 5,000 square feet bungalow in Ahmedabad for Rs2.5 crore. Shaggy sold his BMW SUV, which cost him Rs50 lakh, through an agent. The police took Shaggy to Ahmedabad on Wednesday to identify five of his bank accounts, which they hoped would help them follow the money trail. To their disappointment, four of these accounts collectively contained Rs25,000. Rs. 2.5 crore had been wired to an overseas account from the fifth one. Police said Shaggy told them he used the money to foot his expenses in Dubai. Earlier this year, Shaggy had been detained for more than two months in Dubai after the United States issued an RCN against him. He hired a battery of lawyers, who managed to persuade the authorities to let him off on grounds of insufficient evidence. Police have also failed to find the alleged ‘processors’ of the iTune cards, which Shaggy took from the victims of the scam run from call centres at Mira Road. Shaggy allegedly told the victims that agents in China would help these processors encash those cards for a cut. In the absence of any concrete evidence that could bolster the case against the mastermind, police are now contemplating asking the Thane court to issue a letter rogatory to a US-based court, so they can obtain digital evidence against Shaggy. “His calls, made over WhatsApp, can only be retrieved from a server that is in the US. Recovering his deleted e-mails (from the server) would help trace his money,” sources added.
|2017-04-14||Thane Campground reopens as Juneau's downtown sleeping ban takes effect - KTOO|
Thane Campground reopens as Juneau’s downtown sleeping ban takes effect April 14, 2017 Juneau’s controversial ordinance prohibiting sleeping on private property downtown goes into effect April 15. The anti-camping initiative coincides with the reopening of the seasonal Thane Campground.Spring has sprung at the Thane Campground and rangers from the City and Borough of Juneau are unloading donated camping gear. “People have been extremely generous and they’ve donated lots of camping gear,” CBJ Park Ranger Dale Gosnell said. This campground had traditionally been used by seasonal workers looking for low-cost housing. With a new anti-camping ordinance coming into effect downtown, a number of homeless people are expected. Juneau Assembly passed an ordinance that prohibits people from sleeping on private property in the downtown core. The vote was in response to complaints about homeless people sheltering in business alcoves and creating a nuisance. Juneau police officers have been reminding downtown homeless people about the social services that are available. When the ordinance takes effect, Lt. David Campbell said, education will turn to enforcement. “If an officer discovers someone in violation of the camping ordinance or if somebody calls in, we will respond like any other violation,” Campbell said. “We’ll give someone an opportunity to leave but if we need to cite them, then we will basically treat it like any other violation.” The anti-camping ordinance passed in February was designed to correspond with the reopening of the city-run Thane Campground. Mariya Lovishchuk, director the downtown shelter The Glory Hole, argues that the campground isn’t an option for many of the people she sees every day. “People who are really self-sufficient do great at the Thane Campground. It’s really impressive, the campground that they set up,” Lovishchuk said. She notes that many homeless people aren’t physically able to safely walk 2 miles down an unlit road — and there’s no bus service. “It’s wonderful, it really provides people a way to independently live in the great outdoors, but it’s certainly not for old people and it’s certainly not for vulnerable people.” Those struggling with addiction and mental illness probably won’t make it far from the few streets affected by the ordinance, said Mandy Cole, co-chair of the Juneau Coalition on Housing and Homelessness. “There’s a lot of talk of just moving to places where they’re not going to get confronted by the police,” Cole said. “They all heard, we all heard during the ordinance hearings that CBJ isn’t going to be enforcing it necessarily on their properties so it may be CBJ doorways — I’m not sure.” The reason people might move onto city property is the camping ordinance was narrowly crafted to only apply to private property. “We cannot move people off of public property,” said Mila Cosgrove, deputy city manager. The city, she said, is doing its best to confront a complex problem. “On the whole we’re a compassionate community, we want to care for our friends and neighbors — all of them,” she said. “I think everybody’s looking for the way to do that the most effectively.”The ordinance is written in a way that the city isn’t able to push homeless people out of the downtown core completely. But what about city parks? ‘They can sleep in parks that are open … some parks close and we prohibit any activity in those parks,” Cosgrove said. “There are plenty of other areas in the downtown core that are city property and if they choose to move from a private property to another area, say by the parking garage as an example, then that would be considered public property.” Then there are property owners who opt out of the ordinance altogether. The Glory Hole downtown shelter doesn’t allow people with alcohol on their breath to sleep overnight. But the shelter has decided it will allow people with nowhere else to go to sleep on the sidewalk outside. “The Glory Hole is not going to participate in the camping ordinance out of respect of our patrons,” Lovishchuk said. “We will not condone the Juneau Police Department asking people to move and we have notified the police department of that.” No one is sure what will happen until the city tries to enforce the ordinance. There’s hope that able-bodied people will take advantage of the Thane Campground. “We’re ready to go — we’ve cleaned up the campground,” Gosnell said as CBJ rangers put the finishing touches on the campground. The city is also helping finance a 32-bed complex called Housing First that will house homeless people and allow drinking on site. But its opening has been pushed from mid-May to late July.
|2017-04-14||Thane Post ties up with e-commerce players for deliveries - Times of India|
Thane Post ties up with e-commerce players for deliveries TNN | Apr 15, 2017, 12.08 AM IST Thane: Don't be surprised if you see a postman knocking your door to deliver something you ordered online. In order to keep pace with the e-commerce and logistic business, the Thane unit of the postal department have sealed an arrangement with a string of e-marketing firms to hand-deliver their merchandise within a time-bound manner. The postal department has assigned two postmen and two vehicles for this. Senior post master, Y N Mohammed said, "It's just five days since we have begun this facility and the business is very good. We have been getting around a 100 packages every day from just these e-commerce industries. People are trusting us with their precious parcels and our aim is to deliver them to their doorstep as quickly as possible." This facility will not only be accessible to the residents of the lake city, but also to those living in the neighbouring suburbs of Kalwa and Mumbra. The postal department will be delivering goods through speed post and would charge a nominal amount for products weighing up to 35 kgs. Moreover, it has also assured an increase in the postmen and delivery vehicles if the business goes well. With a vast network and deep reach in the remotest of villages, the postal department has proved its ability to reach even the remote places in the country. The entry of such a reputed player in the market is likely to change the dynamics in the online space where plenty of private logistics delivery companies exist. "I don't think this is going to affect our business. If we continue to provide quick and speedy services without damaging the parcels we don't have to worry," says Shashi Maurya, from a tech-based logistics company in Mumbai.
|2017-04-14||Electricity theft proves costly for Thane businessman - Mumbai Mirror|
Electricity theft proves costly for Thane businessman By Gargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Apr 15, 2017, 04.10 AM IST Hitesh Sawla was running three-phase connection directly from main line; fined Rs 5 lakh and handed two-year jail term. A businessman has been ordered to pay a penalty of Rs 5 lakh by the Thane Sessions court after he was charged with power theft and non-payment of bills. The fine is said to be the highest ever levied in the state as penalty in a power theft case. He has also been sentenced to two years' rigorous imprisonment. In 2013, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSCDCL) lodged a case against Hitesh Sawla, owner of Balaji Furniture showroom in Thane, under section 135 (theft of energy) of the Electricity Act 2003. According to MSCDCL records, Sawla was running behind on his electricity bills since 2011. “Whenever our officers tried to disconnect the electricity connection in his showroom, he would always make excuses," Patil said. However, in 2013, the then Assistant Executive Engineer, Pravin Daroli, unearthed the entire scam taking place in Sawla’s showroom. “We found out that he was running a three-phase connection illegally. With the help of some advance technology, he had been stealing electricity across the three phases directly from the main line,” said P S Patil, spokesperson, MSCDCL. Multiple notices were sent to Sawla to pay his arrears, which then amounted to nearly Rs 1.5 lakh. The MSCDCL moved the Thane Sessions Court when Sawla refused to pay his bills. “Our biggest problem was to prove the case as the theft was done using sophisticated machinery. The electricity meter in his shop showed no sign of excessive usage since he was stealing directly from the main line,” a senior official at the Thane MSEDCL office said. However, evidence and proof from their investigation helped them clinch the case after a three-year-long legal battle. On 23 March, the Thane Sessions Court passed an order, directing Sawla to pay the fine to the MSEDCL and imprisonment of 2 years. Sawla was not present in court for the hearing. “We have notified the police station and they will trace Sawla and present him before the court by April 20,” said the officials. While the shop in question has been closed for some days now, neither Sawla nor his lawyer was available for comment. MSEDCL, however, believes that the order has come at a right juncture. “We have many cases of non-payment of bills and power theft. This order might help us in deterring them,” Patil said.
|2017-04-14||Thane police arrest three men who stole 41 cars in 90 days - Hindustan Times|
Thane police arrest three men who stole 41 cars in 90 days mumbai Updated: Apr 14, 2017 09:52 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times Over three months, the men lured four-wheeler owners by asking them to give their cars on rent for tourists at Mumbai's Grand Hyatt hotel. Three men stole 41 cars worth Rs 4.28 crore from people in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai in just three months. Anurag Ravindranath Tiwari,40, Rohit Vishnu Gharat,29, and Rajendra Ramsurat Yadav,35, were fed up with not getting a job, said police officers investigating the case. This led them to plan the crime. Over three months, they lured four-wheeler owners by asking them to give their cars on rent for tourists at Mumbai's Grand Hyatt hotel. The police said the men called themselves five-star agents and would convince the car owners to also deposit Rs 15,000 each, using the brand value of the hotel. Once the cars were in their possession, they would drive them to Dombivli and Mumbra and park them there, as they waited for buyers from other states. The probe so far shows the men wanted to make a quick buck and then flee to their hometowns. The crime came to light after a driver from Thane lodged a compliant. The Thane police used the contacts and network of its anti chain-snatching squad to trace the accused. We caught them from Thane and recovered 41 car keys, including one of a BMW. They used fake rubber stamps with the hotel logo to make documentation look authentic, senior police inspector from Thane anti chain-snatching squad Ravindra Doiphode told HT. The Rs 15,000 they took from every victim (around Rs 6.15 lakh) is yet to be recovered, said Abhishek Trimukhe, DCP, Thane crime branch.
|2017-04-13||Catholics to observe Good Friday with prayer, penance - Times of India|
Catholics to observe Good Friday with prayer, penance Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 14, 2017, 12.07 AM IST THANE: Prayers, penance and fasting will mark the solemn day of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday. Christians will take part in the stations of the cross that will be held in churches across the city. The stations of the cross are a 14-step devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on earth. This is followed by hours of silent praying and worship and mass in the evening. ''There are 14 stations that highlight the crucial events that took place before the death of Jesus, including the time he was condemned to death, the times he fell with the cross, the moment he met his mother and so on. To remember these moments, we take a procession through our church and have 14 stops along the way representing these 14 stations. This traces the last steps of Jesus before his death—from the moment he was condemned to death till he was laid in the tomb," said Linford D'Souza (41), a resident of Kharker Ali. Many keep an entire day fast on Good Friday and break the fast only on Saturday. ''Some do not even drink a sip of water. Good Friday is termed good as it is the day Jesus Christ died for our sins,'' said a resident of Ghodbunder Road. "Whether people have been keeping fast through out the lenten season or not, they observe it on Good Friday. We do not have any meat or fancy meals on this day. We mostly prepare kichdi or kanji and spend the entire day in prayer and worship. Some even refrain from watching television or movies and even listening to music. Confessions are also heard on this day," said Alita Joseph (24), a resident of Hiranandani Meadows. After Good Friday, Catholics will celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Sunday.
|2017-04-13||Heat up: Citizens make changes in routine to escape rising mercury ... - Times of India|
Heat up: Citizens make changes in routine to escape rising mercury Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 13, 2017, 06.36 AM IST THANE: The rising mercury level, that shot up to above 40 degrees Celsius early this week has forced Thaneites to make changes in their routine. While some prefer taking cabs or autos to cover even short distances instead of walking, other opt to skip work on days they feel extremely run down because of the heat. While the maximum temperatures touched 40 degrees Celsius over the past few days, the minimum temperature rose from 21 degrees Celsius to 27.1 causing an increase in humidity and discomfort. Joseph Almeida, a 28-year-old Louiswadi resident, who travels to Andheri daily for work, said, "I usually take a rickshaw to Thane station followed by a train and the metro to get to work. However, lately this routine has begun draining all my energy because of the heat and humidity during my travelling time. I have now started taking a cab to go to work and come back." Many adventure and hobby groups in the city, too, have adjusted their meet timings and prefer to meet after sunset in order to escape the scorching heat. Dighambar Chaudhari, founder of a city-based cycling group, said, "The heat is terrible and cycling under the scorching sun gets very tiring. This is why we have started our rides before sunrise and end by around 7am. We also conduct a number of night rides to get a break from the heat and enjoy the comparatively cool breeze." Vandana Sakhardande, a 59-year-old resident of Pokhran Road 2 and member of a senior citizens' group, said, "We used to meet near Upvan Lake in the evenings for a session of book reading or poetry recitation or even just to talk. Even though the area is close to the forest, it feels like we are sitting next to an oven. This is why we have switched our location of our meets to one of our homes."
|2017-04-13||Yellow line rule at toll plazas is a poll gimmick, say commuters in ... - Hindustan Times|
Yellow line rule at toll plazas is a poll gimmick, say commuters in Thane mumbai Updated: Apr 13, 2017 18:25 IST Megha Pol Hindustan Times Vehicles wait in a long queue at the Mulund toll plaza. Commuters who wait for hours at the Anand Nagar toll plaza in Mulund, near the northern suburbs of Mumbai, accused the authorities of not acknowledging the yellow line rule, which waives toll if there is a traffic congestion beyond the yellow line at toll collection points. Residents called it a poll gimmick and took to Twitter to express their angst through videos and comments. A yellow line is drawn by the authorities at a short distance from the toll posts. Last year, during the Assembly session, PWD minister Eknath Shinde had said that vehicles that wait in a queue beyond the line during traffic jams would be exempted from paying toll. The Anand Nagar toll plaza, which serves as an entry point to Mumbai is choc-o-block during peak hours. Vehicles need to wait in queues that stretch over a kilometre to pay the toll in the morning and evening. Commuters called the ordeal a nightmare that they need to face everyday. Rohan Nair, a resident of Hiranandani, said, Last year, we had undertaken a campaign to stop toll collection, after Shinde promised that it will not be collected from vehicles that go beyond the yellow line. Soon after the announcement, toll plazas were shut down for a month because of demonetisation. In January, during elections, motorists were exempted from paying toll when the traffic was heavy. However, immediately after elections, the toll authority claimed that they did not receive any directive or circular from the government. Nair, along with a few others, tweeted about their ordeal at the plaza. He has also uploaded videos of toll authorities claiming that the minister had not given them any such directives. The Electronic Toll Control system or the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) system, which gives way to pass holders, is no longer functioning. We have been crossing the naka for years but there has been no improvement. It takes around 45 minutes to travel from Kopri bridge to the toll plaza, Nair added. Some commuters said that the long wait did not only eat into their time, but also fuel and money, thus increasing the pollution level. Sandesh Sonawane, a resident of Masunda Lake, said, The road is full of potholes. If you are collecting toll, at least make sure that the roads are better maintained. I waste more than an hour commuting on this stretch every day. The time could be put to better use. An authority from the toll plaza said, We have heard about the yellow line rule, however, there is still no clarity about it. The minister had only announced it and we did not receive any circular. Eknath Shinde said that he regularly visits the posts to ensure that the yellow line rule is being followed. Shinde, If the authorities are not following the rule, I will conduct a meeting with them and enforce it at the earliest. Toll plazas in ThaneThe Anand Nagar toll plaza is situated towards the east side of the city along the Eastern Express Highway. With increase the number of vehicles, the toll plaza sees lakhs commute from this toll post. Shiv Sena-BJP had presented a toll-free Thane as their main agenda during the Assembly elections, however, all the entry points to Thane are still blocked by toll plazas. All these tolls are operated by Mumbai Entry Point (MEP). Thane residents are mostly hit by the Mumbai and Kharegaon toll. The toll to Anand Nagar toll plaza started in 2003 and was supposed to end in 2017. The protestOver two lakh residents had campaigned against the toll plazas before the civic polls. They had protested by blinking their headlights at the Anand Nagar post. They were promised that the toll nakas would be closed or the yellow line rule will be applicable but this did not happen. On Twitter @deepak77: @mieknathshinde plead advice If the yellow line concept at tollplaza is removed.@sajinkrjnair: Benefit and Betterment of the citizens and tax payers. So much money is available. Why cant we have smooth and clean roads?@rohannair: Thanekars are suffering ddaily just commuting 2 work. Toll Plaza creats 1 Km traffic jam @mieknathshinde The problems:Long queue of vehicles at the postNon-functioning RFIDs inconvenience commuters with passesFuel and time is wasted. Increase in pollution because of the constant honking and emission of vehicular pollutants Bad quality of road near toll naka.
|2017-04-13||62-year-old auto driver held for kidnapping minor | Thane News ... - Times of India|
62-year-old auto driver held for kidnapping minor Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Apr 13, 2017, 06.35 AM IST THANE: A 62-year-old auto driver, who allegedly attempted to kidnap a minor girl near Manorama Nagar was arrested on Tuesday. The kidnapped nine-year-old girl was acquainted with the alleged accused, Devsharan Yadav, who lived near her house in the area. "On Tuesday, around 11:30am the girl left her house to buy something to eat from a nearby store. Yadav met her while she was heading home from the store and told her that he would drop her home. However, the girl did not oblige, so he forcefully pulled her into the vehicle. He dropped the girl off near Golden Dyes junction while she kept screaming for help. The girl then took the help of a local shopkeeper to contact the police. She was then brought home," said B T Baravrkar, senior inspector from Kapurbawadi police station.
|2017-04-13||Thane: Three arrested for running fraudulent car rental racket - The Indian Express|
Thane: Three arrested for running fraudulent car rental racket The accused had forged a contract and was posing as a representative of the hotel. The Grand Hyatt Hotel did not have any idea about the incident, the police said. By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:April 14, 2017 4:13 am The Thane Crime Branch arrested three persons for allegedly running a fraudulent car rental racket in Thane and recovered 41 cars worth over Rs 4 crore on Thursday. The three accused, Anurag Tiwari (40), Rohit Gharat (29) and Rajendra Yadav (35) had promised a monthly rent to car owners in exchange for using their cars. However, after not receiving the promised money and the car, one of the owners complained to police on April 12. “Gharat posed as the transport manager of Grand Hyatt hotel in Kalina and had given out forged contracts to the car owners. The owners believed they were renting out their cars for hotel services. And as luxury hotels use high-end luxury cars to pick up guests from the airport and drop them at the airport, the car owners did not suspect any foul play,” said a Thane police spokesperson. The accused had forged a contract and was posing as a representative of the hotel. The Grand Hyatt Hotel did not have any idea about the incident, the police said. Gharat, in the contract, promised the car owners Rs 1.5 lakh monthly rent for their cars, the police say. Over 50 people were duped in a similar way and over 50 cars were taken by the accused, including high-end luxury cars like BMW. This fraud had been going on for three months. All victims of the fraud live in the Thane area, while Tiwari is a resident of MHADA colony in Mumbra and Gharat and Yadav live in Diva. Police have so far recovered 41 vehicles, which were all parked at a lot in Mumbra and one in Manpada. The total value of recovered cars is over Rs 4 crore and police are investigating further to recover the rest of the missing cars. All three accused have been arrested. A case under various sections Indian Penal Code has been registered against the accused.
|2017-04-13||5th, 6th railway corridor in Thane-Diva may be functional by 2019 - Times of India|
5th, 6th railway corridor in Thane-Diva may be functional by 2019 Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 14, 2017, 12.05 AM IST THANE: The much-delayed fifth and sixth railway corridor between Thane and Diva would be made operational by 2019 providing a much required relief for commuters travelling from these two suburbs. The announcement was made by Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) officials during a joint inspection of progress of the work by MP Shrikant Shinde, Central Railways and officials from the civic corporation on Thursday. MRVC said the work on the stretch was in full swing and could be operational in the next two years. The project is already behind schedule by several years and was expected to be completed by 2017 latest as was announced by a senior railway officer in 2015. "Work on a small tunnel on the route is complete while work on a ramp along the existing line is also in progress," said an officer. tnn
|2017-04-13||Now, TMC plans to lease out reserved plots at market rate - Times of India|
Now, TMC plans to lease out reserved plots at market rate Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 14, 2017, 12.08 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is mulling a financial formula for reservation plots leased out to various educational institutes in the city by proposing to connect the annual lease amount with prevalent market rates and making it more viable for the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The idea is to bring in more revenue for the TMC every year in the present fiscal and at the same time ensure indiscriminate allotment of plots. The general body in 2008 had approved a plan to lease reservation plots to educational institutes to develop schools on them, which was revised over the next seven years. The idea was to bring in professionals who could develop institutions which would also help benefit the needy. However, with an aim to attract institutes, the general body had decided to reduce the lease amount to less than half of the market rates prevalent at that time. Eleven institutions have been given land parcels in the city for developing educational institutes of which seven are local bodies' while four are from other areas. The annual lease value for local educational institutes was fixed as low as 20 per cent while for others, the reduction in lease was granted up to 50 per cent. Though the plan was sent to the state government, it didn't approve the same as the move seemed unviable. Accordingly, the civic body decided to formulate a policy and to make the same viable financially for itself, has suggested linking the lease to the market value of the plot and charge as per the prevalent prime lending rates. "We are now proposing to bring the lease amount at par with the market rates. The institutes were already informed that an approval from the state was awaited and the rentals could fluctuate anytime. The lease would increase as per the market value every year," said a civic official. A proposal has now been put up before the general body meeting scheduled next week for approval of leasing such plots in the future.
|2017-04-13||Alternate station between Thane, Mulund inches towards reality - Times of India|
Alternate station between Thane, Mulund inches towards reality Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Apr 13, 2017, 06.38 AM IST THANE: The proposed additional railway station plan between Thane and Mulund seems to have crossed a major hurdle with the municipal administration and the Central Railways finally reaching a consensus over the project. The talks between the agencies had reached a deadlock over the location and design of the new station. Engineers from both the railways and the corporation who met recently for a review of the project have finalized location of the proposed station and its designs. The new station will be developed on a 340m-long stretch within the regional mental hospital premises at Thane as it meets the minimum distance criteria between two railway stations on the suburban division. The distance between any two suburban stations has to be more than a kilometer as per the railways rule book and the distance between Thane and Mulund is 2.34kms. The municipal administration was also keen on developing the infrastructure here that should be enough to handle the rising load of traffic here in the future, said an official associated with the project. However, there wasn't any consensus till recently between the engineers over the location and allocation of amenities in the area which was finally sorted at the meeting between the agencies held recently. As per a survey undertaken by a consultant deputed by the railways last year, a railway station with two platforms, a station building along with parking lots has been suggested at the spot (see box). The existing reservations of an 18m wide road along with parking lot and a school and its playground are being partially affected following which TMC has proposed a change in its reservation before the GB meeting next week. "The TMC has proposed amendments to the development plan of Thane to accommodate work on the additional railway station between Thane and Mulund. The project was in the waiting for nearly 15 years now. The Central Railways and the TMC have reached a consensus over the design of the new station recently following which modifications have been proposed in the existing development plan as per section the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act 1966," informed an official. Over 1,400 suburban trains services the station daily in addition to over 100 express trains making it one of the most dense terminals in Mumbai, necessitating an alternative, informed officials.
|2017-04-12||Thane call centre scam: Mastermind Shaggy to be taken to Gujarat as cops look at money trail - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre scam: Mastermind Shaggy to be taken to Gujarat as cops look at money trail mumbai Updated: Apr 12, 2017 21:21 IST Debasish Panigrahi Hindustan Times Shaggy had surrendered himself to the police and was arrested from the Mumbai airport on Friday. A team from the Thane police will take Sagar Shaggy Thakkar, the mastermind of the Rs 1,900-crore Thane call centre scam, to his native place in Ahmedabad on Wednesday to identify and asses his investments, allegedly made from the ill-gotten money. He had surrendered himself to the police and was arrested from the Mumbai airport on Friday. The scam, which operated since 2013 through at least half a dozen call centres in Thane, targeted at least 15,000 US-based tax payers, who were allegedly conned by Indian tele-callers. The scam came to light last year when police raided call centres at Mira Road in Thane district on the night of October 4-5. Subsequently, police teams raided and shut down five call centres in Ahmedabad which were a part of the racket. More than 70 people, mostly directors and key persons linked to these call centres, were arrested and 700 employees were detained. Thane commissioner Param Bir Singh told HT on Tuesday that the police had obtained leads about Thakkar's investments in properties and some other businesses. We will check those addresses and also the bank accounts as revealed by him, Singh said, adding that the police would seek court's intervention to attach those assets. The police will check Thakkar's three bank accounts during their visit to Gujarat. They will also check hawala channels who helped him en-cash US iTune cards, through his contacts in China for a cut. He, sources said, earned merely 15-20% of the scam money, while the rest went to his partners and employees. He is believed to have made Rs 15-20 crore over the last two-three years, sources added. Of demonetisation demons and distress sale: The Thane police have something to cheer about the Narendra Modi government's November 8 demonetisation move. A senior Thane crime branch officer told HT that the notes ban had hit Thakkar in two ways. Firstly, the curb on black money had resulted in plummeting property prices, while on the other hand, the transactions in white (via cheques or money transfer) had left the trail of the deals. After getting to know about raids at his call centres in Mira Road, Thakkar left for Dubai the next day. Before leaving, he allegedly asked his parents to sell of his sprawling bungalow at Gokuldham society in the plush New Renip area of Ahmedabad. He also dispatched his two expensive cars an Audi R8 and a BMW SUV to his friends in Haryana and Ahmedabad, respectively. It was only in December last year that his parents and one of his friends could find buyers for the bungalow and the SUV. With a slump in realty prices and cash cruch owing to the notes ban, the assets fetched almost 50% less than what he had expected. Moreover, all trascations of the sale were done in white, which will help the police in establishing the money trail and pinpoint if Thakkar recieved any finacial support during his self-imposed exile. Due to demonetisation, the 5,000 sq ft bungalow, which could have easily bagged anything between Rs 5 crore and Rs 6 crore, had to be sold off for Rs 2.5 crore. The Audi R8 was seized while the BMW was sold by his friend at an abysmally low price, the officer, who is privy to Thakkar's interrogation, said. The police have learnt that both the transactions were made via cheques. Even if attempts were made to wire transfer the money, the trail can be established from the accounts, the officer said, adding that three of Thakkar's bank accounts in Ahmedabad had been identified.
|2017-04-12||'Never to be dug' 40cr-rd left battered over years - Times of India|
'Never to be dug' 40cr-rd left battered over years Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 12, 2017, 10.21 PM IST Thane: The Gladys Alwares road, dubbed as Thane's first planned road, is giving motorists a rough ride, thanks to several trenches dug up on the stretch by agencies for laying or repairing utilities and later leaving them covered without levelling it. If local residents are to be believed, the otherwise smooth stretch has been repeatedly dug up by utilities in the last few months leaving an uneven patch causing inconvenience to motorists. Several stretches along the road have been dug by the MSEDCL with the latest one being opposite Eden Woods and the stretch ahead that was dug up and haphazardly covered last week itself. "The stretch was supposed to be an ideal for other roads in Thane. The administration had then promised the road would never be dug up but it is being excavated frequently. Since last one week, the road has been dug up twice," complained Shashi Kumar Nair, a citizen activist from the stretch. The roughly one meter wide mud stretch along the roads were left for agencies to lay their respective utility line and any repairs to them can always be carried out without tampering the main six lanes. While few of the utilities were shifted, the MSEDCL was unable to shift its cables during its construction due to lack of funds. However, recently the agency secured some funds and sought permission to upgrade its infrastructure at the stretch to which the TMC agreed. Activists have now called up for better accountability for the road stretch from the administration calling the frequent digging work as a waste of the taxpayer's money. "There should be an end to this frequent excavations by forming a comprehensive policy for allowing digging in the area. The TMC must be questioned why they are allowing the road to be dug up so frequently," suggests T Raghunatha, a member of RAGA, a resident association operating in the area. When contacted, city engineer Ratan Awsarmol confirmed that MSEDCL was issued permission to dig up the road. "We have issued permission to the agency to dig the road as they were looking at an urgent infrastructure upgrade. The stretches dug up will be levelled soon," he informed.
|2017-04-12||Thane man devises shortcut to get people reading | Latest News ... - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane man devises shortcut to get people reading ANAGHA SAWANT | Wed, 12 Apr 2017-07:15am , DNA Amrut Deshmukh summarised his first book — Wings of Fire and circulated the summary to few of his friends to read With a mission to inculcate reading habit in people, a Thane-based resident started reading books and summarising them for book lovers for them to get a gist of those books in just 20 minutes. What started as a small conversation in the movie theatre, is now established as a platform to summarise the best-selling books once in a week. Amrut Deshmukh summarised his first book — Wings of Fire and circulated the summary to few of his friends to read. While the idea of circulating a text summary on WhatsApp groups became a hit in few days, he also started recording and circulating audio messages. With English as the main language, Deshmukh started publishing summaries in Hindi language too from March 22, 2017. He has been getting demands of summarising the regional language books as well. "The usage of smart phones has been started in rural areas too. Many book lovers who can't read English have started demanding summaries in regional languages. Many readers and followers from Delhi, Orissa, Rajasthan are helping me to translate the books in Hindi. It has become an open source platform." Deshmukh said. He gets more than 1,000 requests everyday from the book lovers to add them in the group. Speaking about what made him start audio clips, Deshmukh, who is known as a booklet guy, said, "After a few days, I conducted a survey through which I came to know that many don't have time to read the summary text. This gave born to an audio concept." "Once a blind girl called me and said that because of my audio messages, she can read various books," he added. According to Deshmukh, he started watching YouTube videos, Ted Talks to learn voice modulation and how to keep audiences engaged. He slowly started using music in the background to keep the audios interesting. Later, in April 2016 he developed an app — Make India Read, with a mission to reach out to as many book-lovers as possible. This week, he will summarise an autobiography of Sachin Tendulkar —Playing It My Way because of the IPL season. Book lovers who like to contribute and get in touch with Deshmukh can reach out to email@example.com
|2017-04-12||Thane cops bring Sagar Thakar to city - Times of India|
Thane cops bring Sagar Thakar to Ahmedabad TNN | Apr 13, 2017, 05.42 AM IST AHMEDABAD: Thane police personnel investigating the money trail in the con call centre case arrived in the city with accused Sagar Thakar alias Shaggy on Wednesday. The police took Shaggy to properties that allegedly belong to him, including two office spaces of 3,500 sq feet and 4,000 sq feet. The Thane team arrived in a private car with Sagar's face covered. Clad in a grey T-shirt and dark blue jeans, Sagar was constantly escorted by two persons as the team took him from one spot to another. The team left the city at around 8 pm on Wednesday as Sagar is to be produced in court on Thursday. Nitin Thackeray, inspector of Thane police and investigator of the case, led the team that had brought Sagar to the city. However, Thackeray did not respond to queries of journalists. Sources said the team was interested in corroborating Sagar's statement and also take stock on the ground of the properties that allegedly belong to him. It was Thane police's fourth visit to the city in connection with the investigation. Ahmedabad police were not involved in the process, said an official close to the development. The official also commented that despite the network Sagar had developed in Ahmedabad, he does not figure in any of the cases registered by the city police, a reason why Sagar has not be questioned by Gujarat police. Cyber cell officials are expected to get the interrogation report (IR) from Thane police. Sagar Thakar alias Shaggy spent his formative years in Ahmedabad and entered into the call center business where he mastered the art of getting money from the US after laundering it. The money was earned by city-based call centers. He later shifted base to Mumbai and Thane where he set up multiple call centers.
|2017-04-12||Thane: 2 arrested for robberies - The Indian Express|
Thane: 2 arrested for robberies The team then chased down the duo and asked them for the bike’s papers. By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:April 13, 2017 3:01 am The Thane city police Tuesday arrested two history-sheeters that helped them solve six cases of robbery. During interrogation, the police recovered several mobile phones and gold chains worth Rs 4.5 lakh that the duo had stolen. According to the police, Tuesday afternoon, a team from Chitalsar police station near K G Auditorium in Thane saw two men on a bike that did not have a number plate. When the police team tried to stop the two, they fled. The team then chased down the duo and asked them for the bike’s papers. The men, identified as Arafat Ansari and Nabiullah Khan, could not show any document and were taken to the local police station and interrogated. On questioning, they confessed that they had been robbing mobile phones and gold chains in the area. The police then registered a case against them. It has been found that the accused were involved in six cases of robbery registered in Thane, Mumbai and Bhiwandi. “We have recovered 10 mobile phones and several gold chains from the accused. The total value of the recovered items is Rs 4.5 lakh. The duo were produced in the local court and have been remanded in police custody,” a senior officer said.
|2017-04-12||Suspended Thane jailor's belongings thrown out of the house he locked & left - Mumbai Mirror|
Suspended Thane jailor's belongings thrown out of the house he locked & left By Nazia Sayed & Gargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror Updated: Apr 13, 2017, 03.32 AM IST Hiralal Jadhav was suspended last September after a sexual harassment complaint. He left the jail the same day but got 40 people to occupy the house. Six months after suspended Thane Central Prison jailor Hiralal Jadhav got his official residence locked and went incommunicado, the house was broken into by a team led by Thane tehsildar on Wednesday and all his personal belongings removed from the house. Among the stuff taken out of the house were Jadhav and his wife’s clothes, bags full of books and some bank documents. He has been given 15 days to collect his belongings. Jadhav was suspended on September 3 last year after a 31-year-old lady constable attached to the jail alleged he sexually harassed her. With her complaint, the constable had submitted recorded conversations with the officer, in which he could be heard putting pressure on her to meet him outside the jail premises. Jadhav left the jail the same day he was suspended but got forty people to move into his bungalow, thus preventing his successor Nitin Vayachal from taking possession of the property. When a complaint against Jadhav was registered at the Thane Nagar police station for bringing strangers into the jail premises and allowing them to squat on prison property, the occupants of the house left but not before locking the house and taking the keys with them. November onwards, several reminders were sent by Tehsildar Kishen Badane to Jadhav to vacate the house, but not only did he ignore the notices, he also stopped taking calls from the jail authorities. The final notice sent to him clearly said that the house would be broken into if he did not vacate it by April 11. The Tehsildar’s team waited till 7 pm on Wednesday for Jadhav to comply with the notice. But when he did not show up, the house was broken into in the presence of witnesses, Thane Nagar police personnel and the jail staff. Tehsildar Badane confirmed that the jailor’s house inside the prison premises was broken into. “In the presence of witnesses, we took possession of the house and removed all of Jadhav’s personal belongings.” Incumbent jailor Nitin Vayachal said the unusual step of breaking into the house was taken because Jadhav refused to heed several notices. “We have given him 15 days to collect his belongings,” he said.
|2017-04-11||Shaggy used Dubai earnings to start fake call centres in Thane, say cops - Hindustan Times|
Thane scam:?‘Mastermind Shaggy used Dubai earnings to start fake call centres’ MUMBAI Updated: Apr 11, 2017 12:04 IST Debasish Panigrahi Hindustan Times Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy had gone to Dubai at least thrice to set up an IT venture before the Thane police busted his scam in October last year. Call centre mastermind Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy had gone to Dubai at least thrice to set up an IT venture before the Thane police busted his scam in October last year. A senior Thane police official said on Monday that Shaggy went to Dubai in June last year for the first time to start an IT firm there. This was followed by two more visits in August and September. “He finally managed to start a small firm, Phoenix IT Infracture, by partnering with a UAE citizen, Abdulla,” said the officer. He rented a small house in a down-market area of Dubai, ostensibly to provide IT solutions to companies in India. The police, however, believe that the firm was set up to launder earnings made from the IRS scam in the US to India. The police have found that a small apartment was booked in the vicinity of the office to be used as guest house for employees. “It was in this apartment that Shaggy lived after he fled from India following the raids at his Mira Road call centre on October 4 last year,” the officer said. According to the police, Shaggy learned the tricks of converting personal data into an enterprise over the internet soon after he graduated from the MG Science Institute in Ahmedabad. “He dabbled in generating data about prospective clients for law firms in the United States,” the Thane police officer said. He added that Shaggy befriended a US national, identified as Jerry Morris, over the internet for remittance of his earnings in that country. “Morris would encash the payments made by Shaggy’s clients in the US through Green Dot Money Pack Codes and send the money through Western Union money transfer after keeping his commission,” said the officer. He used his earnings to begin the more profitable but vicious business of fake call centres to make threatening calls to taxpayers in the United States by masquerading as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials and coercing them into paying up. The police have now launched a hunt to trace the person who helped Shaggy encash the iTunes cards and bitcoins procured through the IRS scam in India. “Shaggy has erased information about his contacts and money trails by deleting his e-mails and call records. While we are trying to retrieve the data, we have identified his aides. They will be nabbed soon,” the official added.
|2017-04-11||After sand mafia in Kalyan, it's illegal structures - Times of India|
After sand mafia in Kalyan, it's illegal structures TNN | Updated: Apr 11, 2017, 07.01 AM IST KALYAN: After a crackdown on the sand mafia at Retibandar by the Thane collectorate, the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KD-MC) and Maharashtra Maritime Board have served demolition notices to over 150 illegal structures. Of those, 121 come under the maritime board and 36 tabelas under KDMC. Most of these structures belong to the mafia, involved in sand mining over 1.5 km. KDMC disconnected water supply of these structures, while MSEDCL disconnected electricity. Bazarpeth police detained 10 persons when a protest was held outside KDMC headquarters on Monday. Sources said Thane collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar told the maritime board and KDMC to jointly demolish the structures so that entire area can be developed like a beach. KDMC, maritime board and revenue department officials dismantled seized equipment worth Rs 72 crore. A portion of the area has been levelled using the seized sand. During the dismantling of equipment, KDMC B ward officer Arun Wankhede suffered a back injury when he fell. He is being treatment at Shridevi Hospital in Kalyan. The action against the sand mafia by the collector has raised questions about local maritime board officials' responsibility to keep a watch on sand mining. A senior official from the Thane collector's office said, "Keeping a watch on illegal work like sand mining and illegal boats ferrying in the creek is the responsibility of maritime board officials. The way the mafia was operating at the entrance of Kalyan city shows they are hand-in-glove with them."
|2017-04-11||Student attacked with sword after scuffle; assailants on run in Thane ... - The Hindu|
Student attacked with sword after scuffle; assailants on run in Thane THANE APRIL 11, 2017 13:15 IST UPDATED: APRIL 11, 2017 13:15 IST A 22-year-old college student was seriously injured after he was allegedly attacked here with a sword, by a group of miscreants including the driver of an auto rickshaw in which he was travelling, police said on Tuesday. According to the complaint filed by victim Rahul Pandey on Monday, the incident took place in Sathe Nagar locality of Wagle Estate here on late Sunday night, when he set out to attend a friend’s birthday party and boarded an auto to reach the destination, they said. Enroute when Mr. Pandey stopped the rickshaw to attend nature’s call, the driver, Pawan Tiwari along with three of his occupant friends demanded money from him to buy cigarettes. When Mr. Pandey refused, an altercation ensued and an annoyed Mr. Tiwari along with the trio allegedly fisted him. The assailants then dragged him into the auto and forcibly took him to an isolated spot nearby. When he tried to escape by jumping from the auto, the accused attacked him with a sword, police said in a release quoting the complaint. The college student then managed to flee the spot by boarding another rickshaw and got himself admitted to the civil hospital here in the wee hours of Monday. Wagle Estate police have booked the accused under sections 363 (kidnap), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and other relevant sections of the IPC besides sections 4 and 25 of the Arms act along with Bombay Police Act sections 37(1) and 135. However, no arrests have been made so far in the case as all the four accused are on the run.
|2017-04-11||Thane Zilla Parishad education department extends admission date under RTE till April 12 - Times of India|
Thane Zilla Parishad education department extends admission date under RTE till April 12 Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 11, 2017, 10.26 PM IST THANE: Following a string of technical glitches in the online RTE system, the education department of Thane Zilla Parishad has extended the final date of claiming admission from April 8 to April 12. The glitches resulted in a number of selected applicants in the district not receiving their confirmation messages through SMS. In the second lottery round of the right to education scheme, which took place on March 28, as many as 1,290 students were selected in different schools across the district. The second lottery round of the right to education scheme allows children from the lower economic groups to secure free admission in good schools in their respective localities. However, not all parents of the applicants ended up getting the SMS about their child's selection. This resulted in many of them not knowing that their child had actually been selected. As a result, they failed to visit the respective school and secure the admission. On realizing this technical glitch, the Zilla Parishad education department resent all the selection messages to the parents of the applicants. In addition, they also extended the deadline for confirming these admissions by four days. Talking about the issue, Thane Zilla Parishad education officer, Meena Yadav, said, "The moment we realized about this technical glitch, we quickly sent the message to all the parents of the selected students once again on April 7. However, as this was done on a Friday and the last day of confirming the admissions was the next day, which was a holiday for many schools, we decided to extend the last day, giving them enough time to secure their admission." As of April 9, only 324 selected students had claimed their admission and over 960 students are yet to do so. Of the total 8,409 RTE applications in Thane district this year, 5,042 were selected in the first round of the lottery system in the last week of March. However of these, only 3,444 students claimed their seats. While a miniscule 127 were rejected for faulty documents, a baffling 1,471 selected students didn't approach the schools to complete the process, thus losing their opportunity to seek education this year.
|2017-04-11||In 3 years, app-based cabs' demand rise 158% in Thane - Times of India|
In 3 years, app-based cabs' demand rise 158% in Thane Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Apr 11, 2017, 10.24 PM IST THANE: The transport department of Kalyan and Thane has seen a rise in the registration of tourist cabs by over 200% collectively in the past three years. Experts attribute this rise to the increasing demand for these yellow-plate vehicles in these cities. The regional transport office of Thane has seen that mobile application-based taxis have risen by around by 158% in 2016-17, compared to 2013-14. The rise was even high in Kalyan, as the RTO recorded an increase of 901% in the last three years. Experts say the rise has been due to increasing demand for these cabs in the city. "Many residential complexes and building are coming up in these areas and the population of these cities is also increasing. Due to this rise, there is also an increase in the demand for application-based cabs, as they are not only comfortable for many commuters but also pocket-friendly for many. People not only have option of choosing the type of ride as per their comfort, but can also be sure that the car will be available to them whenever they want. Also, when it comes to the drivers or businessmen, even though the incentives are decreasing due to the high demand, there is a surety that they would get customers easily and earn enough," said Rishi Aggarwal, a transport expert. It is also said that many had got into the business due to incentives that these companies were offering, but now it's making a hole in their pockets, as they are facing losses. "Now, one gets incentives on trips that are made during peak hours or non-peak hours. But this is not a fixed offer and everyday it differs. Also, a fare target is fixed for these trips and one gets money against a trip only if they earn less than the target. If they exceed, then one doesn't get any incentive. At times, one even earns double the fare against a ride if they get a commuter from an area that the company demarcates. Also, drivers have to pay penalty, too, if they are rated less than nine by commuters. A businessman can only earn enough if he/she himself drives the car and not keeps a driver as drivers charge around Rs 100 per trip," said Suhas Kinare, a businessman who owns a tourist car. While the businessman are getting unhappy by the day due to the different incentive schemes that these tourist cab companies offer, commuters are happy with the services they are getting. "It is not only comfortable to travel in these cabs, but they are also pocket-friendly. There are few people who pool a car in their complexes. At such times one can opt for a share cab. Also, I've seen that quite a few times the charges for rickshaw are more compared to an app-based taxi. So, instead of waiting for an autorickshaw, that might reject going to the destination one wants, it's beneficial to go by a share cab," said Pracheta Mada, a Waghbil resident.
|2017-04-11||School sets up sensory garden for special children - Times of India|
School sets up sensory garden for special children PTI | Apr 11, 2017, 04.47 PM IST THANE: A unique sensory garden has been developed here in a school for special children to help stimulate their four major senses. Thane Mayor Meenakshi Shinde inaugurated the sensory garden at the Jidd Special school yesterday. The garden mainly focuses on developing the four senses - visual, auditory, olfactory (sense of smell) and sense of touch - in a child, the school's head mistress, Archana Shete, said. "The garden has been designed with a difference taking into account the needs of the special children," she said. "It will help in stimulating the senses of a child. For example, there are sand pits, pathways made up of gravels, wooden flooring, flowing water set up and grass that simulate the senses," Shete said. It took around six months to develop the special garden, Shinde said adding that the authorities are mulling to set up more such facilities in the city for special children. She said the children in the school will be imparted training so as to bring them into the mainstream and the effort should be to make them self-reliant.
|2017-04-11||Shaggy: 'US accomplice kept 20%, sent remaining money to Shaggy ... - Times of India|
Shaggy: 'US accomplice kept 20%, sent remaining money to Shaggy' Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 11, 2017, 06.59 AM IST THANE: Investigators probing the intricate financial web established by Sagar Thakar (24), alias Shaggy, the alleged mastermind of the fake call centre scam, have zeroed in on a US citizen who routed the scam money to his accounts using a prominent money transfer agency. Thakar is understood to have named Oakland resident James Norris as the one who redeemed the 16-digit I-tune codes bought by US citizens after they were threatened by people calling from the fake call centres in Mira Road, posing as taxmen from the US. "The US citizens were asked to buy 16-digit I-Tune gift cards of a particular value and the numericals were to be shared with the caller. The call centre employee would pass the 16-digit number to Shaggy through WhatsApp, who would in turn send it to Norris whose task was to redeem the card," a police officer told TOI. Norris got to keep 20% of the money and sent the remainder to Shaggy using a money transfer service. Shaggy claimed he had to pay his other associates and he got only 35-40%. Later, there were technical issues so they rou ted the transfer through mer chants in China. "We are yet to understand the process and the exact amount the scam in volved is unavailable as Shaggy `erased' all the data from his phone," said the officer. Incidentally, the name of Norris figured prominently in the indictment order of Octo ber 28, 2016, in which a US grand jury in Texas held 61 persons guilty , linked to the fa ke call centres in Ahmedabad and Mira Road. Of these, 31ac cused are from India. "Norris is also absconding in the US," said the officer. Investigators found besides a bungalow, Shaggy bought two commercial spaces in Ahmedabad for the fake call centres. "The cost of these offices is collectively over Rs 2 crore. He claimed he sold his bungalow for Rs 2.50 crore to pay lawyers and others," he said.
|2017-04-11||59-yr-old man killed after speeding truck runs over him - Times of India|
59-yr-old man killed after speeding truck runs over him Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Apr 12, 2017, 12.35 AM IST THANE: A 59-year-old man was killed after a speeding truck rammed into him while he was crossing the road at Rutu Enclave in Ghodbunder Road on Tuesday morning at 8.30am. This is the third hit-and-run case reported in recent times. A few days ago, a woman was run over by a speeding car that was driven by a teenager at Hiranandani Estate. In both the cases, the accused did not stop back to help the victims. The 59-year-old man, who has been identified as Hari Pawar, was a resident of Rutu Enclave. He was a retired school teacher and was on his way to Thane station. "Hari Pawar was crossing the road when a speeding truck heading towards Thane station rammed into him. The man at the wheel did not stop to help Pawar; instead fled from the scene. Passers-by then rushed to the victim's aide and took him to a nearby hospital. However, he succumbed to his injuries. We are going to check if any of the bystanders noticed the vehicle's registration number. On the basis of this we can track down the accused," said an officer from Kasarwadavli police station. Similarly, another hit and run incident occurred on Saturday evening in which a boy suffered serious injuries after a car rammed into him. "Sandesh Gavde (38) was riding his motorcycle and heading towards Mumbai with a friend when a speeding car rammed into him near Nitin Company. The accused did not stop to help the duo who had fallen off their bike. Gavde suffered injuries on his chin and hands," said an officer from Naupada police station. In both cases, the accused have been booked under various sections for rash driving and under sections of the motor vehicle act. The victim, Hari Pawar, was crossing the road when a speeding truck heading towards Thane station rammed into him. The man at the wheel did not stop to help Pawar, instead fled from the scene.
|2017-04-11||Snake rescue ops might be documented for study purpose - Times of India|
Snake rescue ops might be documented for study purpose Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 12, 2017, 12.37 AM IST THANE: With an aim to encourage study and research on the various species of snakes in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), the Thane forest department and herpetologists have urged snake rescuers to follow a standard documentation of rescue operations. In an interactive session with snake rescuers across the MMR held in Thane on Monday, herpetologist Kedar Bhide urged the snake friends to maintain a record of rescued snakes, including their gender, specie, location, habitat and so on in order to set the groundwork for research operations. "Looking for different species of snakes for any research is not possible as they are in the wild and their exact habitats are still unclear. However, in snake rescue operations all the crucial data about local snake species are easily available. If recorded in a standard format, it could provide a wealth of information for researchers," said Bhide. Wildlife rescuers from a few prominent environmental organisations have started collaborating with forest officials and experts to come up with a standard format for documentation. Aditya Patil, treasurer of one such group based in the city, said, "Following the meeting, we have all been working on a format that encapsulates every necessary detail needed for research found during snake rescue operations.
|2017-04-11||IPH to conduct workshops on parenting this entire month - Times of India|
IPH to conduct workshops on parenting this entire month Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 12, 2017, 12.40 AM IST THANE: This World Health Day we saw that the number of people suffering with depression has increased by 18% all across the globe. In order to have a healthy parent-child relationship, the Institute for Psychological Health (IPH) has been organising sereval workshops. Speaking about new age parenting, Arun Naik, a psychologist from IPH said, "Parenting today is not as simple as it was before 90s. Easy access to internet has changed how children behaved then and now. Increased focus on getting good marks makes even the most lenient parents hound their kids to study 24X7 and stay away from gadgets, which is not much appreciated by the kids. Less communication between parents and kids is also a reason for kids becoming aggressive." "The counselling workshops in the last 22 years have seen a sea change. Parenting in the modern world needs to be emotion-centric. This makes the child feel confident, comfortable and safe. While parents need to be supportive, they should also be firm and maintain discipline," Naik added.— Freny Fernandes
|2017-04-10||8 lakh kg of sand illegally mined along Thane creek, claim local fishermen - Hindustan Times|
8 lakh kg of sand illegally mined along Thane creek, claim local fishermen Updated: Apr 10, 2017 09:10 IST Badri Chatterjee Hindustan Times Almost 8 lakh kg of sand has been illegally mined along a creek in Thane district, claim members of a local fishing community. The community pointed to alleged sand mining along a 12-km stretch from Ghodbunder Road to Kahler Creek Bridge. According to the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB), the level of sand even after dredging or mining should not fall below 3m. A Navi Mumbai-based non-profit organisation, Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan (SEAP), however, filed a complaint with the state government on Sunday claiming the level has dropped by 8m. Sand mining is a major environmental concern that threatens the existence of more than 70% of the world’s beaches, according to the United Nations. It contributes to major land erosion, compromises water security and affects climate, experts said. “Illegal sand mining has destroyed the natural habitat across that stretch. I belong to the fishing community and am aware about the measures being taken to provide sand for construction purposes within the black market and it runs into crores of rupees,” said Nandkumar Pawar, head, SEAP. “The violation has been going on for years in broad daylight, but owing to the lack of manpower in both the revenue department and the MMB, the cases are going undetected.” Officials from the Konkan divisional commissioner’s (KDC) office confirmed the number of sand mining violations have increased significantly in the past five years. Between April 2016 and March 31, 2017, the KDC received Rs404 crore in the form of fines in criminal cases and royalty submitted for illegal sand mining, stone quarrying, river mining and beach sand mining. “The number clearly establishes that sand mining is a large-scale illegal industry in Maharashtra and the annual trend shows cases are only increasing,” said Bhausaheb Dangade, Konkan deputy commissioner (revenue). “We are aware of the violations along Thane district and we will deploy a team of regional officers to survey the area,” he said. In 2014, the National Green Tribunal (NGT), western bench, had banned sand mining in coastal regions of many states, including Maharashtra, identifying it was harming the environment. In 2016, the ban was lifted in Maharashtra’s coastal districts of Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Thane, after the state government promised the NGT it will ensure mining does not affect the environment. However, various court orders, including the Bombay high court, Supreme Court and coastal regulation zone (CRZ) notifications make it clear sand mining using machines, under any circumstances, is completely prohibited across the country.
|2017-04-10||Thane call centre scam kingpin 'Shaggy' gave Audi, BMW to friends before fleeing - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre scam kingpin ‘Shaggy’ gave Audi, BMW to friends before fleeing MUMBAI Updated: Apr 11, 2017 07:49 IST Debasish Panigrahi Hindustan Times, Thane Police suspect that Thakkar was worried about being deported to America, where the US district court, South district of Texas, Houston, has issued a warrant against him. Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, the alleged mastermind of a Rs 1,900 crore call centre scam, desperately tried to offload high-end assets such as luxury cars and a posh bungalow hours after police raids on his businesses last year, sources have said. Investigators probing the case told HT that Thakkar returned to Ahmedabad from Dubai on October 4, the same day police raided his call centres in Thane. Within hours, the 24-year-old had dispatched his Audi R8 to a friend’s farmhouse in Gurgaon and handed over the keys of the BMW to a close friend in Ahmedabad, before fleeing to Dubai the same night, source said. Days later, his father Mukesh Thakkar allegedly sold the 5,000 square feet bungalow in Ahmedabad for Rs 2.5 crore before going underground with his wife and daughter Reema, who are also accused of being involved in the scam. “He loved to flaunt his status by zooming around in sleek cars and living in a fashionable mansion. He bought two expensive vehicles — an Audi R8 and a BMW SUV. He paid a second-hand car dealer in Delhi an advance of Rs 10 lakh for the Rs 25-lakh Audi, which was earlier owned by Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli.?The BMW cost him Rs 50 lakh,” sources said. Thakkar was arrested by police last Friday after he arrived at the Mumbai airport following his deportation from Dubai. Police said Thakkar decision to surrender was prompted by worries of being deported to the US where an arrest warrant is pending against him. He has been charged with “wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and making false statement in approaching for passport.” Earlier this year, he was detained by the Dubai authorities on a notice issued by the US government but was released owing to lack of evidence. “The fear of being caught by the American authorities always haunted him. As soon as he heard of the Interpol RCN, which the Indian government requested, he surrendered. He thought the Indian authorities would save him from being deported to the US,” sources said. “We believe he had sought legal advice before surrendering,” they added. The scam, which operated since 2013 through at least half a dozen call centres in Thane, targeted at least 15,000 US-based tax payers, who were allegedly conned by Indian tele-callers. The US Justice Department has charged 61 people and entities linked to the scam where call centre agents impersonated IRS, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for non-existent debts. While the police have confiscated the Audi, a crime branch team has been sent to Ahmedabad to search for the BMW and confirm whether Thakkar gave them the correct address of the bungalow. Sources said the ‘wanted’ members of the Thakkar family are hiding in Gujarat. “We will soon nab them, along with Thakkar’s friend who hid the SUV,” sources added. An officer, who is part of the team interrogating Thakkar, said the accused floated a firm called Phoenix IT Infrastructure in Dubai. Though Thakkar said the firm provided logistics to IT firms, the police believe it was a front to launder the money generated through the scam from US to India. During his stay in Dubai, Thakkar visited Bangkok thrice. The police are trying to establish the veracity of his claims that those were business trips to discuss his upcoming project of setting up solar panels in Gujarat. “He also travelled to the Maldives. We are verifying the reason for this trip,” sources said. So far, The Thane police have 40 complaints from US citizens who were duped by bogus callers. “Of these, the modus operandi used in eight to 10 cases matches that of the Thane call centre scam, in which callers would pose as officials from the Internal Revenue Service and coerce the unsuspecting victims to pay for defaulting on loans,” said sources.
|2017-04-10||After exams, students plan a cool trip to beat the heat - Times of India|
After exams, students plan a cool trip to beat the heat Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 10, 2017, 11.25 AM IST THANE: Warm clothes, sports gear, cameras and selfie sticks seem to have replaced books and question paper sets in school bags of many class X and XII students from the lake city. They are planning trips to hill stations and northern parts of the country to get away from the sweltering heat. Whether it's with their friends, family or even nature groups, these youngsters are flocking to cool holiday destinations, including Matheran, Mahabaleshwar, Manali and Simla. "Every holiday, my parents and I travel to different destinations. But this year, they have allowed me to go on a vacation with my friends. We decided to go to a place where the weather is coll as we are fed up of the heat here. So we zeroed in on Matheran. We will be going for a week starting Friday," said Anjali Shastri (17), a Vartak Nagar resident who completed her HSC exam last month. Agreeing with Shastri, Sidhhachal resident Arvind Kopikar (14) who just completed his SSC exam, said, "My family and I are planning a tour to the north. We will be travelling to many places like Simla, Manali, Dharamshala and so on. These places are not so cold this time of the year. The heat has increased drastically in the last couple of weeks in the city. So, we decided to escape to a cool place this holiday." While many students like Shastri and Kopikar are planning their vacation with their close friends and family, educational institutions and NGOs have also planned similar trips for students. "Like every year, academician and trustee of Jidnyasa trust Surendra Dighe have organised a trip to Manali for their SSC students. This will give them an opportunity to let them travel on their own and make new friends. It will also prepare them for a new start as they will be joining college soon," said a member of Jidnyasa.
|2017-04-10||Bored of road? You can soon sail from Thane to Navi Mumbai in 45 mins - Mid-Day|
Bored of road? You can soon sail from Thane to Navi Mumbai in 45 minutes By Ranjeet Jadhav Posted 10-Apr-2017 There's good news for people tired of traffic jams and crowded trains between Navi Mumbai and Thane. The Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) plans to start passenger ferry services between the two cities. Once operational, passengers will be able to cover the 25-odd km distance in less than 45 minutes, which by road takes close to one-and-a-half hours. A senior MMB official said, "Being close to Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane cities are developing rapidly, and as a result, there has been tremendous pressure on the existing road and rail network. There are numerous traffic issues, resulting in considerable loss in time and fuel. The naturally available waterways around Navi Mumbai and Thane provide an alternative to run such services, which will help ease some pressure off road and rail transport." The main reason behind developing more passenger water transport routes in the state, said MMB officials, is because it is an eco-friendly mode of travel. At present, there are various waterways in non-major ports of Maharashtra handling about 2 crore passengers annually. In order to take the plan ahead, the MMB has invited Expression of Interest (EoI) from interested parties who intend to develop and maintain the proposed route between Belapur (police jetty) and Thane (Salt Bunder jetty) and finance, procure, operate and maintain ferry services on it. "EoI is only for developing and maintaining the above-mentioned route and providing ferry services. The period of contract shall be 10 years (which may be extended by 5 years on mutual consent) for which the developer shall be given the exclusive right to operate and maintain the route and ply services on it," said the official. The location in Belapur from where ferries will leave will be around 2 km away from the railway/bus station, while in Thane, it will be 700 metres away from the nearest railway/bus station.
|2017-04-10||Mother-daughter duo booked for extortion in Thane - Mid-Day|
Mother-daughter duo booked for extortion in Thane By PTI Posted 10-Apr-2017 Thane: A mother-daughter duo has been booked by Thane police for extortion after they demanded Rs 50 lakh from a woman director of a private school and junior college in Ulhasnagar township here. The accused identified as Sughanda Ramesh Patil (55) and Archana Patil (28) hail from Mharal village in Kalyan taluka here and demanded the sum as a ransom to free the director's son, who has been allegedly 'abducted' by them, police said today. According to the FIR filed with Khadakpada police station under Kalyan division last evening by the director, Archana (daughter) was working in her school as a computer teacher since 2006 and was promoted to the position of the headmistress in 2012 and worked there till 2015. During this period, she allegedly came close to the director's 18-year-old son and they both began going out together, against the wishes of the boy's parents, the complaint said. Subsequently after several warnings, Archana was removed from the school in April 2015. Later she, accompanied by her brother and two others came to the house of the victim in April 2016 and threatened to harm her and her husband following which she was arrested and later released on bail, it said. While being out on bail, Archana allegedly 'abducted' the boy and demanded a ransom of Rs 2 crore alongwith her mother Sugandha, from the school director. Recently in February again, the two accused demanded a ransom to Rs 50 lakh to release the boy, failing which she (Archana) has threatened to forcibly marry him and grab his property worth Rs 20 crore, the complaint added. An offence under sections 384, 506 rw 34 of the IPC has been registered against the mother-daughter duo but no arrest has been made so far, as investigations into the complaint is underway, police added.
|2017-04-10||14 villagers acquitted in 2002 dacoity case in Thane - Mid-Day|
14 villagers acquitted in 2002 dacoity case in Thane By PTI Posted 10-Apr-2017Now Thane: Fourteen villagers from Bhiwandi taluka were acquitted by a local court in a 2002 dacoity case for want of sufficient evidence against them. Letting off all the 14 accused hailing from separate villages, District Judge AS Bhaisare said the prosecution had miserably failed to prove the case against them. There were a total of 17 accused in the case but during the pendency of the trial, three of them died, the court was informed. According to the prosecution, on April 29, 2002 at about 4 AM the accused reached the company at Kudus of Wada taluka and held the security guards captive in the bathroom after beating them up following which they committed the dacoity and decamped with Rs 8,000 cash. In his order on April 5, the judge said there was no identification parade. Also, the accused were not identified by the prosecution witnesses. According to prosecution witnesses, only four persons had been to the spot. However, about 17 persons are made accused in the case. There is no evidence of fingerprint expert who could have thrown the light on the matter, it said. The judge noted that "having considered facts and circumstances of the matter, evidence on record and discussed reasons, in my view, prosecution miserably failed to prove the alleged offence against the accused persons".
|2017-04-10||Additional Thane collector passes away after suffering massive ... - Times of India|
Additional Thane collector passes away after suffering massive heart attack TNN | Apr 10, 2017, 10.35 PM IST Thane: Additional collector from Thane Praveen Shinde (48) died after suffering a massive heart attack at his Nerul residence in the wee hours of Sunday. Shinde was reportedly supervising the recent sand dredging activities along the Kalyan creek, which is one of the biggest drives undertaken by the revenue department in recent times. It is believed that a lot of pressure and stress affected his health. Shinde had gone to the washroom when he suffered the heart attack and collapsed. His family immediately rushed him to a hospital. However, he was declared dead on arrival, said district information officer Aniruddha Ashtaputre. Shinde was suppose to travel with his friends for a religious trip last week but couldn't make it due to work schedules.
|2017-04-09||Thane Additional Collector Shinde dies of heart attack | Latest News ... - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Additional Collector Shinde dies of heart attack Sun, 9 Apr 2017-12:06pm , PTI Thane Additional Collector Pravin Shinde died of a massive heart attack at his residence early today. Shinde suffered a massive heart attack in the early hours of today and passed away, District Information Officer Aniruddha Ashtaputre told the media persons. He was 48. The officer is survived by wife, a son and a daughter Ashtaputre said. Shinde, who started his career as Deputy Collector at Nashik, was recently transferred to Thane where he was posted as Additional Collector. He also worked as OSD (Officer on Special Duty) to former Education Minister Rajendra Darda. Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde and Collector Mahendra Kalyankar, among others, condoled Shinde's death.
|2017-04-09||Thane: 19-year-old boy stripped, thrashed by five persons over affair with minor girl; four arrested - Firstpost|
Thane: 19-year-old boy stripped, thrashed by five persons over affair with minor girl; four arrested Apr, 09 2017 15:15:56 IST Thane: A 19-year-old boy was allegedly stripped and thrashed by five persons over an affair with a minor girl in the district, police said on Sunday. Four of the accused, including the 14-year-old girl's brother, were arrested on Saturday evening, they said. The boy used to work with a cable TV operator in Mira Road area of Thane district. As per the complaint filed by him on Friday, two youths came to his office on 2 April and allegedly beat him up. They then forcefully took him into a car in which the other accused were already waiting, an officer at Navghar police station said. The five accused, all in the 20s, took the boy to a nearby forest where they allegedly stripped him, questioned him over his relation with the girl, who is a student at a school, and again thrashed him, he said. The boy also alleged that the attackers recorded the incident on their mobile phones, the officer said. The accused have been booked under IPC sections 363 (kidnapping), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 342 (wrongful confinement), 504, 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), he said. A search has been launched to nab the fifth accused also, police added.
|2017-04-09||TMC wants 37 amenities, looks at 'lucrative' TDR compensation - Times of India|
TMC wants 37 amenities, looks at ‘lucrative’ TDR compensation Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 9, 2017, 10.38 PM IST THANE: Thirty-seven civic facilities including parks, roads, hospitals, fire offices, markets and even police stations could be developed in the city without the civic body spending from its kitty as it is planning to optimize the 2016 modification to the development control rules (DCR). The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will allow developers to build amenities shown in the development plan (DP) and located within their plots and then compensate them by granting construction transferable development rights (TDR). The state government, in January 2016, modified the DCR for all corporations across the state except Mumbai wherein the civic bodies could develop certain amenities and reservations marked in the DP through private developers and reimburse them through a revised formula for TDR. The collective worth of the projects to be undertaken by this facility is around Rs 500 crore over one year. The civic body is already in the final stages of talks with several developers who have shown interest in developing the amenities in lieu of TDR that can be utilized in the same project as compensation. The TMC has hit upon this formula after the state revised the DCR in January 2016 allowing a better compensation package for developers at the same time retaining the best interests of the TMC, said a senior town planning official. "Developers or owners of a plot that has a reservation marked in it are awarded the construction TDR based on a formula that was revised last year keeping in mind the construction cost, present annual schedule rates, land cost and around 25 per cent profit margin that works out in the benefit of all the stakeholders. While the developer gets his share of profit through the exercise, the TMC benefits as it gets the structure without spending a single rupee on it," said architect Sandeep Prabhu. The civic body plans to acquire a few structures under the accommodative reservation development plan wherein the owner of a land that is marked under reservation can develop the concerned amenity on his own and get the benefits of additional TDR on an adjoining plot of his ownership. "The corporation is expecting to construct amenities worth Rs 421.46 crore through these initiatives while another Rs 76.12 crore could be acquired through accommodative reservation development plan," said TMC chief Sanjeev Jaiswal.
|2017-04-09||Thaneites mark the start of holy week with Palm Sunday today - Times of India|
Thaneites mark the start of holy week with Palm Sunday today Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 9, 2017, 10.35 PM IST THANE: Christians across the city will observe the holy week; the Lenten week of events leading to Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection on Easter, with the first day being on Palm Sunday, April 9. Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday prior to Easter. On this day, palm leaves are blessed and distributed among everyone. Some catholics fast and offer prayers during this week. The passion of Christ is also enacted on Palm Sunday, making followers revisit the agony that Jesus had gone through. Palms are distributed in remembrance of the day Jesus Christ was welcomed into the holy city of Jerusalem by thousands of people who held palm leaves to provide him shade from the sun. "Palm leaves are blessed at the beginning of the mass, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week, which comprises of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday," said a priest from St. John the Baptist Church, Talaopali. While many devotees spend the entire season of Lent in prayers and fasting; the others begin it during this week. Amanda Dias, a resident of Naupada, said, "The entire period of Lent is spent in fasting and repentance and this week is the main and last part of the season. We will be fasting this entire week and participate in the stations of the cross that will be held in our church." While most communities follow the regular observations on the day, some are planning to go a step ahead and organising a number of activities for the youth and children.
|2017-04-09||Thane call centre racket: 'Fear of US agencies behind Thakkar surrender' - The Indian Express|
Thane call centre racket: ‘Fear of US agencies behind Thakkar surrender’ A case has been registered against Thakkar in the district court of the southern district of Texas, Houston division. Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Published:April 10, 2017 2:02 am THE FEAR of having the US agencies hot on his trail prompted him to surrender to Indian authorities, Sagar Thakkar, the alleged mastermind of the call centre racket, has told the Thane police. Thakkar, who was arrested on Friday, has further claimed that while on the run in Dubai, he wanted to start a business in solar panels, for which he had also made a trip to Thailand. “The US had already issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him following which he was detained at Dubai airport. The US, however, could not provide evidence of his involvement, after which Thakkar was let off by a board set up by Dubai authorities,” a senior police officer said. “But he knew that US would get further evidence and make more attempts to get him,” the officer added. A case has been registered against Thakkar in the district court of the southern district of Texas, Houston division. “He doesn’t know anyone in the US and has never been there. Hence, he was afraid,” the officer said. “When Thakkar read about the Thane police issuing a RCN against him, he decided being in India, where he knew people, would be better than getting stuck in the US. So, he decided to surrender before us,” he added Police have further learnt that Thakkar, who has been to Dubai twice, set up a company called Phoenix IT Infrastructure there. Police are now checking if this is a shell company to launder his ill gotten wealth. “During his stay, he made one trip to Thailand. He claims it was some business training seminar he wanted to attend there.” “He was planning to start a business in solar panels, he claims. He could not make any more trips after the US RCN was issued. In the past, he has made two more trips to Thailand, and one to Maldives,” the officer added. The police added that Thakkar studied at Radhkrishna school at Borivli West till Class 6. Due to financial problems, the family moved from Borivli to Nallasopara, where Thakkar studied at St Mary’s School till Class 9. The family then moved to Ahmedabad. Thakkar later completed his BSc in chemistry from MG Science College, Ahmedabad. “He kept doing odd jobs like computer repair, promotions from his school days and it was this experience that helped him set up the call centres,” an official said. “His family also owned a bungalow spread across a 5000 sqm. Immediately after the scam came to light, his parents sold the property and fled,” the officer added. Thakkar was arrested from Mumbai airport on Friday night when he came to India from Dubai. The Thane police had conducted raids at fraudulent call centres operating from the Mira Road Bhayandar belt in October last year. So far police have arrested over 70 persons and chargesheeted 497 people in the case.
|2017-04-09||Praveen Shinde: Thane additional collector dies of heart attack ... - Times of India|
Praveen Shinde: Thane additional collector dies of heart attack Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 9, 2017, 05.17 PM IST THANE: Additional Collector of Thane, Praveen Shinde, (48), died of a massive heart attack at his Navi Mumbai residence early on Sunday. He suffered the stroke in the wee hours of Sunday, informed his colleague and district information officer, Aniruddha Ashtaputre. Shinde started his career as deputy collector at Nashik. He also worked as an officer on special duty to former education minister Rajendra Darda. The official joined as ADC in Thane last year from his previous positing in Raigad. The final rites will be performed on Shinde, Sunday afternoon. Shinde is survived by his wife and two children and a sibling.
|2017-04-09||Road concretised three months back, TMC invites tenders now ... - Times of India|
Road concretised three months back, TMC invites tenders now Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 9, 2017, 10.35 PM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation's Public Works Department (PWD) seems to be mired in a controversy after it reportedly invited tenders for concretizing a road stretch in Vartak Nagar area, whose work was already completed three months ago. The administrative process was halted after vigilant residents raised the issue before the civic commisioner early this week. The PWD had called for bids to upgrade an around 200m long road stretch in Vartak Nagar between Mahakali Nagar and Sainath Nagar bridge with the UTWT technology. The stretch that is a part of throughfare for residents of ward number 7 (earlier 17) was already concretized at an expense of Rs 16 lakhs in December. The tenders were to be submitted online till Friday evening for the project, but would now be annulled. The MNS has now raised the issue calling it a major scam involving a cartel of corrupt contractors, civic bureaucrats and the political leaders and demanded a complete audit of all road upgradation works undertaken by the TMC. Sandeep Pachange, city president of the MNS who pointed the lapse claimed the administration was initially reluctant to heed to his alerts when he pointed it out to them. "The same stretch of road was constructed few months back and the administration is blatantly calling tenders for the same work so soon. I repeatedly alerted the ward office and concerned engineers who didn't bother to respond. It was only after I alerted the commissioner and the Mayor that some action was taken," he says. A civic official refusing to be quoted admitted the lapse and said they will be cancelling the bid process for this project. "We did'nt realise the work was completed ahead of the elections. There seems to be some confusion over the project execution, but we will not open the tenders received for this project now and the same would be reported as cancelled in our records," said an official. The TMC spends a massive volume of taxpayer's money on the public works department and repair and upgradation of roads also consumes a major share. Nearly Rs 636 crore were spent as capital expenditure of which nearly Rs 200 crore was for upgradation and construction of roads. Around 37 crore was spent on developing UTWT roads in the previous fiscal while the previous three years have seen over Rs 133 cr spent for this purpose. Activists have time and again questioned this massive spend by the administration year after years alleging that the spends haven't been visible till date in the city. "Crores of taxpayers have been spent on roads, but the quality is still not up to the mark. There seems to be rampant corruption in the road development works. It is just the tip of the iceberg of the corruption in the TMC corridors," said Pachange. The same stretch of road was constructed few months back and the administration is blatantly calling tenders for the same work so soon. Concerned engineers didn't bother and it was only after I alerted the commissioner and the Mayor that some action was taken
|2017-04-09||TMC to cut water supply if dues not cleared | Thane News - Times of ... - Times of India|
TMC to cut water supply if dues not cleared Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 9, 2017, 10.36 PM IST THANE: The municipal administration has warned of snapping water connections of tax defaulters and has given them a grace period till this month end to clear their water tax dues pending since the last fiscal. There are nearly 1.28 lakh water consumers in the city and most have defaulted on their payments. The water tax department has shown a deficit of Rs 102 crore less than its target of Rs 110 crore in revenue collections by the 2016-17 fiscal year end after taxpayers refused to clear their dues. The administration has now given them a grace period to pay up else face action. "All tax collection offices will remain open on Saturdays in April in addition to working days to convenience tax payments. We will disconnect supply to the defaulters by the month end," said a civic officer.
|2017-04-09||Rs 48000 worth valuables robbed from Kopri flat - Times of India|
Rs 48,000 worth valuables robbed from Kopri flat TNN | Apr 9, 2017, 10.37 PM IST THANE: Unidentified men entered one Ninad Shamkant Dhavse's house in Kopri on Thursday and fled with expensive jewelry and camera collectively valued worth Rs 48,000. Police said the 32-year-old Dhavse's home was forced open between 9 am and 5.15 pm on Thursday when there was no one in the house. The gold ornaments kept in the safe were taken away and the intruder also flicked a camera before leaving the house loacted in Kopri area. The crime was detected in the evening when the house owner returned home and was shocked to see the door broken and the ornaments and the camera missing from the house. The Kopri police said the house was carefully targeted as the robber was familiar with the Dhavse's routine.
|2017-04-08||Call centre scam mastermind who gave girlfriend Rs 2.5-cr Audi held in Mumbai - Hindustan Times|
Call centre scam mastermind who gave girlfriend Rs 2.5-cr Audi held in Mumbai MUMBAI Updated: Apr 10, 2017 06:53 IST PTI Thane Sagar Thakkar alias ‘Shaggy’, the alleged mastermind of the Internal Revenue Service call centre scam in which thousands of Americans were defrauded to the tune of USD 300 million, has been arrested by Thane Police. According to Thane Police officials, Sagar, who was on the run since the unearthing of the scam last year, was placed under arrest late Friday night after he arrived at the Mumbai airport following his deportation from Dubai. A team of officers from Thane Police Commissionerate picked up Sagar from the airport, the officials said. The scam, which operated since 2013 through at least half a dozen call centres in Thane, targeted at least 15,000 US-based tax payers, who were allegedly conned by Indian tele-callers. The US Justice Department has charged 61 people and entities linked to the scam where call centre agents impersonated IRS, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for non-existent debts. US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson had earlier said that these call centres stole more than USD 300 million from their victims. The scam came to light last year when police raided call centres at Mira Road in Thane district on the night of October 4-5. Subsequently, police teams raided and shut down five call centres in Ahmedabad which were a part of the racket. Over 70 people, mostly directors and key persons linked to these call centres, were arrested and 700 employees were detained. During the interrogation of arrested directors, police got the name of Sagar. However, by that time, he had left the country on October 5 before police could catch him. According to police, they had issued a LOC (Look Out Circular) against Sagar on October 7, two days after his escape. The kingpin was suspected to have fled to Dubai. Investigators say Sagar (24) led a lavish lifestyle and was accompanied by around a dozen bouncers. He was a regular at posh late night parties in Mumbai and was also fond of high-end cars. He began working at the age of 16 with his ‘mentor’ Jagdish Kanani, who had worked in the call centres abroad. Kanani (33), who was arrested from suburban Borivali last October had trained him, they said. Police added the 23-year-old gifted a Rs 2.5 crore Audi R8 to his girlfriend on her birthday. Thakkar bought the luxury car from an Indian test cricketer who sold it to him for Rs 70 lakh. The car was seized by the police.
|2017-04-08||VHP conducts first rally on Ram temple at Thane - Hindustan Times|
VHP conducts first rally on Ram temple at Thane mumbai Updated: Apr 09, 2017 00:08 IST Megha Pol Hindustan Times VHP international secretary general, Champat Rai, at the rally at the Bhagvati Ground in Thane on Saturday. The fight for Ram janmabhoomi is not for a temple, but for the respect of the nation, said Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international secretary general Champat Rai during the group's first rally on the history of Ram janmabhoomi in Ayodhya, on Saturday at Thane. Rai said the country has changed the names of cities, roads and bridges that reminded us of British rule. Similarly, the Ram temple should be made to erase the memory of Mughal emperor Babar's forceful capture of the temple and consequent conversion of it into a mosque, he added.Rai added, The issue of Ram temple is 490 years old, over which 75 battles were fought. There are over 5,000 temples in Ayodha, most of which are that of Lord Rama. A small temple called Ram janmabhoomi was destroyed by Babar in 1528. The Hindus then fought for 15 days and lost. Following this, Barbar constructed a structure similar to a mosque, though it was never an actual mosque. He said that the fight for the temple is to win the lost respect of the country back. The Somnath temple, which was demolished by Mahmud of Ghazni ,was remade by Sardar Patel. We want a similar fate for Ram janmabhoomi. In December 1947, a few Hindu youths went to the site at night and demolished some part of the mosque and said there is a temple by placing an idol. Till date, the same place is worshipped by people. The place is closed by the government over the communal disharmony over it. However, we want a proper temple rather than compromise on this, Rai added.
|2017-04-08||Over 200 illegal builldings razed to widen roads - Times of India|
Over 200 illegal buildings razed to widen roads Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 8, 2017, 10.07 PM IST THANE: As many as 221 residential and commercial structures coming in the way of the road widening activity were bulldozed by the civic staff and machinery on Friday after civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal took up the second phase of the work. After a gap of over three months, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) started work on razing illegal encroachments coming in the way of road-widening projects simultaneously in five different parts of the city, including Noori Baba Durgah Road, Samata Nagar Road no 33, road behind R Mall in Manpada and Mumbra among others. Work at Kharegaon and Balkum will start with post April 15. While nearly 103 structures were demolished in Samata Nagar, 35 were bulldozed along the Ghodbunder Road while eight commercial and two residential structures were demolished at Noori Baba Dargah road. Though the team faced minor opposition at a few places, the overall operations went by smoothly in all the areas. Around 52 structures along with hookah parlours were razed in Mumbra. Jaiswal, who was present during the drive at five locations said he was focussed on improving the road connectivity in the city. "I am focused on widening the roads and connecting the missing links in the city as per the development plan," he said. By evening, the teams had brought down majority structures and residents were rehabilitated in rental housing schemes. Jaiswal has also decided to start construction of tar roads on the cleared space to avoid the encroachments from taking place again. The commissioner has already allocated Rs 100 crores for strengthening and widening of roads this fiscal under the road development vision plan announced by him during his budget presentation. In the drives undertaken last year, around 76 hectare land was freed of encroachments and over 1,300 structures were demolished. Around 13 roads were taken up for widening but the work slowed down due to the elections and budget presentation.
|2017-04-08||Charred body recovered from Thane | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Charred body recovered from Thane An offence under sections 302 and 201 of the IPC has been registered against unknown persons and further investigation is underway, police added. By: PTI | Thane | Published:April 8, 2017 12:29 pm A body charred beyond recognition was found concealed beneath stones near a roadside drain here, district police said today. According to PI RK Jadhav of Vashind Police station, the body was recovered from Waghdaya nullah of Shai village yesterday. Preliminary reports suggest that the body is of a youngster aged between 20-25. However, it is yet to be ascertained whether it is a male or female, he said. Police suspect that the victim was done to death by unknown assailants, who then burnt the body using tyres and wood. An offence under sections 302 and 201 of the IPC has been registered against unknown persons and further investigation is underway, police added.
|2017-04-08||Thane: Elderly woman shot at inside bus; one arrested - The Asian Age|
Thane: Elderly woman shot at inside bus; one arrested PTI Published: Apr 8, 2017, 3:32 pm IST Updated: Apr 8, 2017, 3:29 pm IST The assailant, who is allegedly the victim's son-in-law, was overpowered by the co-passengers after which he was arrested. Thane: A 75-year-old woman was injured after she was shot at allegedly by one of her family members in a Borivali-bound MSRTC bus in Thane, police said on Saturday. The incident took place late Friday night when accused Sumedh Karandikar, also a local leader of Kamghar Sena opened fire on the elderly woman inside the bus after an altercation broke out between them over some issue. According to police, Karandikar shot at the woman identified as Paravati Thakur from point blank range, injuring her severely. She was rushed to a private hospital where she is being treated. The assailant, who is allegedly her son-in-law, was overpowered by the co-passengers after which he was arrested and booked under section 307 of the IPC and also sections 3, 25 and 27 of the Arms Act. Also, the accused has been sent to the Thane civil hospital for a medical test as police suspects that he was under the influence of liquor. The accused is said to be associated with New Hindustan Kamghar Sena, which is affiliated to the Shiv Sena. Kasarwadavali police are carrying out further probe into the crime.
|2017-04-08||Thane call centre scam: Mastermind placed under arrest - The Indian Express|
Thane call centre scam: Mastermind placed under arrest Tells police such call centres exist in other countries, including Pak and Russia By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:April 9, 2017 12:40 am The Thane police on Saturday arrested Sagar Thakkar, alias Shaggy, the alleged mastermind of the bogus call centre racket operating from centres in Mira Road-Bhayander area and other parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Investigators said preliminary interrogation yielded more information regarding the call centres in the Mira Road-Bhayander belt and a parallel network of bogus call centres operating across the country. Thakkar has reportedly told the police that bogus call centres making fraudulent calls to foreign countries number in hundreds in the country and they operate from Hyderabad, Kolkata and Shillong, besides other cities and towns of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Jharkhand. Thakkar has claimed that such call centres also exist in other countries, including Pakistan, Russia, Philippines, China and some African countries from where fraudulent phone calls are made to countries with large English-speaking populations. Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh said: Thakkar was arrested after the Mumbai international airport immigration officials alerted us about his presence there. A look out circular had been issued against Thakkar since October 7, two days after we raided nine bogus call centres. Thakkar had been in Dubai for the past four months and in between, he had visited Thailand. ¯ Singh added that the US officials had earlier issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him based on which he was detained at the Dubai airport recently. However, since they did not have enough evidence, Thakkar was allowed to go. Thakkar has told us that when he learnt that India was in the process of issuing an RCN against him, he decided to return. An RCN would mean that he would be restricted to Dubai and caught if he tried leaving the country,¯ the commissioner said. Deputy Police Commissioner Abhishek Trimukhe said that Thakkar had a residency permit in Dubai. Thakkar owned a company in Dubai. As per the laws in Dubai, if one owns a company there, he is given a residency permit. Hence he decided to flee to Dubai,¯ Trimukhe said. During Thakkar's interrogation, the police found that the 24-year-old resided in Nalasopara and had done a BSc in chemistry. Some of his classmates, who later became his friends, including Tapesh Gupta, a wanted accused and one of the alleged masterminds, had been roped in by Thakkar to run the network of fraudulent call centres. He told us that as a 15-year-old, he started out selling and purchasing four-wheelers online. He was aware of fraudulent call centres operating in Gujarat. He had learnt the tricks of the trade and then started such call centres at a large scale in the Mira-Bhayander area,¯ an officer said. Thakkar has an amazing knowledge of our laws, US laws and various systems that are available online. He used his knowledge to create these call centres,¯ Singh said. The call centres used technologies like burner phones while calling up US citizens. Burner phones mask the location of the caller several times over making it impossible to track the place from where calls are being made. Hence, the US officials could not tracks the calls in spite of being plagued by them,¯ Trimukhe said. The accused would use a software with which they could mine telephone numbers of US citizens from the Internet who would then receive these fraudulent calls. Technologically, the system was foolproof,¯ an officer said. He has also told us that apart from the IRS scam, there is an immigration scam, a pharma scam, a banking scam and a tech scam, which are being run by different networks. All of these are executed by making fraudulent phones calls and convincing people to make payments,¯ Trimukhe said. Between 2012 and 2015, at least 500 employees from nine offices in the Mira Bhayander area and Ahmedabad reportedly made calls to hundreds of US citizens posing as IRS officials and demanding that they settle their outstanding tax disputes or face arrest. The accused are suspected to have duped US nationals of an estimated $ 300 million. So far, 70 people have been arrested and 397 chargesheeted in the case.
|2017-04-08||Thane collector rescued after boat hits rock, stucks in creek - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane collector rescued after boat hits rock, stucks in creek Sat, 8 Apr 2017-10:07pm , PTI Thane district collector Mahendra Kalyankar, who was inspecting sites of illegal sand dredging in a speed boat, was rescued after the vessel hit a rock and got stuck in the middle of Kalyan creek this afternoon. The collector was accompanied by 15 others in the boat, confirmed an official. Kalyankar has undertaken a drive to clear the Kalyan creek of illegal dredging and has seized equipment worth over Rs 100 crores and illegally excavated sand worth around Rs 90 lakhs in last two-days. In continuation of the drive, the collector went for the inspection of the site at around 3 PM. He was accompanied by around 15 persons in the speed boat which included the local Prant (revenue department official) and the tehsildar, said the official. Around 3.30 PM the boat hit a rock due to the high tide and got stuck. Soon an emergency message was sent following which the personnel from Kalyan Dombivali fire brigade reached the spot and rescued the occupants of the speed boat to safety. Sub-officer of Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) Namdeo Chowdhary who confirmed the incident said that they rescued all the occupants of the boat.
|2017-04-07||Sand seized in 2016-17 enough to build four Mantralayas: Officials ... - Times of India|
Sand seized in 2016-17 enough to build four Mantralayas: Officials Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 7, 2017, 06.02 AM IST THANE: A huge amount of sand (around 45,000 tonnes), which engineers say is enough to construct a single-lane concrete road between Thane and CST, was scooped out of the creek bed in Thane by the mafia in the last one year alone. A glance at the action taken by the revenue department in 2016-17 on the Thane creekfront yielded around 1,645 brass sand while that in Kalyan yielded 4,201brass. Raids along the Bhiwandi shore netted around 4,250 brass sand. This volume, say engineers from the public works department, is roughly equal to the quantity needed to build a 36km long concrete road or roughly four Mantralayalike structures. They say approximately 260 brass of sand is required to build a single kilometre of cement concrete road. Officials say illegal mining here is a yearlong process as business thrives on demand for construction activity, including buildings and roads. While experts say creekside sand isn't recommended for construction, small-time developers and contractors often use it to cut costs, which indirectly fuels the mafia here. Sand cost is about 7-8% of total construction cost of any structure, said experts. Officers said the Kalyan shores had become a hub of this illegal activity with small-time mafias in the vicinity dumping their stock here. The administration recently demolished 35 such holding points for sand, where they were stacked after being scooped out of the creek. The mechanised dredging of sand from water bodies though banned, yields the mafia a decent sum with no taxes paid to the government. The value of the cache of sand recovered last year alone could have fet ched the government around Rs 4 crore. "We have held three auctions for sand dredging here but no one turned up as they find it easy to buy the illegally procured sand that goes cheap at Rs 5,000 per brass, compared to the Rs 7,000 government rate," said an official. The huge yield of illegally excavated sand has again exposed how lax law enforcement has enabled large-scale destruction of natural resources, affecting marine biodiversity and endangering human life. Ecologists have cautioned not only of damage to the local eco-system but even to infrastructure like road and rail bridges over creeks, that could get destabilized due to intense activity around the pillars. The Central Railways and Kalyan-Dombivli MP Shrikant Shinde have alerted the Thane district administration of possible damage to railway lines at certain stretches between Mumbra and Dombivli due to rampant dredging there. "The plundering of creek beds by the mafia is already affecting marine life. Also, depth of the creeks increases due to frequent dredging, which endangers settlements around the embankments. The police and revenue department seem to be neglecting the mafia. How else can the mafia get away so easily?" said Stalin Dayanand of the NGO Vanashakti.
|2017-04-07||Call centre racket tech brain held as missing links being connected - Times of India|
Call centre racket tech brain held as missing links being connected Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 7, 2017, 05.51 AM IST THANE: In a major breakthrough in the multi-crore fake call centre scam, police arrested a 43-year-old who aided and pieced together the technical setup at the Mira Road call centres busted by the crime branch in October 2016. Rashesh Choksi, a close aide of main accused, Sagar Thakar (24) aka Shaggy, provided the centres with direct inward dialling (DID) and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) used by employees to call US citizens and extort money, posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials. Thane crime branch, based on a tip-off, had busted the fake call centre racket based in Mira Road on the midnight of October 4. TOI first reported the raids on October 5 last year. Police claimed Choksi's arrest will help nail the other ac cused in court, as they have sufficient evidence. "Choksi has shared all details of the call records and how the accused running the centres were in regular touch with each other, including Shaggy," said a senior offi cer. The officer, however, refused to comment on other aspects of the evidence. He said Choksi provided the DID service to the call centres. DID is a service of a phone company that provides a block of telephone numbers for calling into a company's private branch exchange (PBX) system. "Using DID, a company can offer customers individual phone numbers for each person or workstation within the company, without requiring a physical line into the PBX for each possible connection," said the officer. By using VoIP, calls were made to the United States without revealing the caller's actual identity as they would get numbers of callers from Washington, Maryland or California on the caller ID, the officer added. Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh said several missing links in the case were now getting connected. " All efforts are being made to arrest the main accused, as our investigating team recent initiated the process to issue a red corner notice against Shaggy," Singh told TOI.
|2017-04-07||Thane Municipal Corporation: Now treated sewage water to keep ... - Times of India|
Now treated sewage water to keep Thane greenery lush Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 7, 2017, 01.03 PM IST THANE: If all goes as per the plans then the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will save nearly 48 million litres of potable water daily that was otherwise being used for such non-potable purposes like gardening and fire fighting. The recycled water will be used from TMC's two water treatment plants in Kopri and Mumbra. Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal made this announcement on Thursday wherein he has asked for the sewage water that undergoes primary treatment at the Kopri and Mumbra facility to be used for these purpose. The Kopri plant generates 40 mld treated water while another eight mld is churned out from the Mumbra facility. Gardens, plants planted in road dividers and even fire brigade that otherwise requires a huge volume of water can now use this product which was till now drained out in the creek despite spending a fortune on them.The administration spent nearly Rs 5 per 1,000 litres daily on treating sewage water at these plants. It may be recalled that TOI had recommended the use of this treated water during a series of water mana gement last year. We pointed out how nearly 48mld treated water was drained into the creek without any treatment especially when the city is already facing a water scarcity. The city receives 480 mld water which is distributed among the ten administrative wards in the city and for services like gardening and fire brigade. In between, the administration had started use of borewell water for the same to which activists pointed out that the wastage of this treated water that was being discharged in the creek. "The water from these plants will be used for the fire fighting purpose and even watering gardens and planst between road dividers," said Jaiswal.
|2017-04-07||Cops: Mamta Kulkarni, Vicky Goswami not at 'home' - Times of India|
Cops: Mamta Kulkarni, Vicky Goswami not at 'home' Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 8, 2017, 09.24 AM IST THANE: After a special court in Thane issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni and her partner, Vijaygiri aka Vicky Goswami, in the Rs 2,000 drug bust case, the anti-narcotics cell, in a reply filed in the court on Friday, said that they "could not find" the duo at their last-known addresses in Mumbai and Ahmadabad respectively. TOI was the first to report in its March 28 edition that a non-bailable warrant had been issued against the duo. Investigators said that as part of the legal procedure, they have to check the accused's last known address despite knowing that they are abroad and file a reply in the court. An officer said, "CBI has told us Goswami has been extradited from Kenya and is in the US custody." The police said they have got 'clinching evidences', based on which they want to file a chargesheet.
|2017-04-07||Woman on ST bus hurt after drunk fires at her | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India|
Woman on ST bus hurt after drunk fires at her Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 8, 2017, 09.23 AM IST THANE: A woman travelling on a state transport bus plying on the Thane-Borivli route was shot from close range allegedly by a drunk co-passenger after a minor argument around 10 pm on Friday. A bullet fired from a country-made revolver brushed past the woman's shoulder, causing minor injuries. The woman, still to be identified, is admitted to a private hospital. The armed man, identified only as Sumit, pointed the country-made revolver and pulled the trigger. Other commuters on the bus overpowered the man by pinning him down and handed over to the police. Officials of Kasarvadavli police station were in the process of registering an offence till the time of going to press. The police said Sumit was also involved in a physical assault case registered at Thane Nagar police station. He had been on the run since then.
|2017-04-06||Thane call centre scam: Police will push for deportation of 'mastermind' - The Indian Express|
Thane call centre scam: Police will push for deportation of 'mastermind' Sagar Thakkar had fled the country on October 5 night last year when raids were conducted on such bogus call centres Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Published:April 7, 2017 4:33 am The Thane police, who are trying to get the custody of Sagar Thakkar, the alleged mastermind of the call centre scam who has been traced to Dubai, will try to have him deported to India. Normally, if a person has a case in one country and is detained in another, the accused is extradited to the country where the offence has been registered. Extradition, however, can be a long-drawn process. The Thane police had conducted raids at nine call centres in the Mira-Bhayandar belt, where callers would pose as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials, make calls to US citizens and threaten them to make payments. Thakkar, who was later found to be the mastermind of the scam, had fled the country on October 5 night last year when raids were conducted on such bogus call centres. Six months later, the Thane police were informed that Thakkar had been detained at Dubai airport. Since the process of issuing a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him was not completed, he was allowed to go but his passport was seized by the Dubai authorities, which meant he could not leave the country. A senior officer said: “Based on the favourable response from authorities in Dubai, we will be pushing for Thakkar to be deported as extradition is a long-drawn process. We are hoping that he can be deported back to India in a matter of months.” He added, “We are aware that the US, too, would be interested in seeking his custody since he is named as a wanted accused in their case as well.We have hastened the process of issuing the RCN so that we could formally seek his custody.” Thakkar’s custodial interrogation will help the police get the details of the crime. The 24-year-old, reported to have a daily turnover of thousands of dollars, had purchased an Audi R-8 from Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli for Rs 3 crore. Thakkar’s name as the mastermind of the scam came to light after the police interrogated the nearly 70 accused they had arrested in relation to the case. Between 2012 and 2015, at least 500 employees from nine offices in the Mira-Bhayander area and Ahmedabad reportedly made calls to hundreds of US citizens posing as IRS officials and demanded that they settle their outstanding tax disputes or face arrests. The accused are suspected to have duped US nationals of an estimated 300 million dollars. One arrested The Thane police Tuesday arrested one Rases Choksi, an Ahmedabad-based man, in connection with the IRS scam. Choksi allegedly provided the bogus call centres with a Direct Inward Dialing (DID) number using which, fraudulent phone calls would be made to the US.
|2017-04-06||Thane civic body to cough up 50000 for 'mindless' tree trimming - Times of India|
Thane civic body to cough up 50,000 for 'mindless' tree trimming TNN | Updated: Apr 7, 2017, 01.01 PM IST THANE: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently rapped the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for overlooking the indiscriminate chopping of the branches of age-old trees and fined them Rs 50,000, which is to be utilised for spreading awareness about environmental issues in the municipal schools. The NGT western zone bench presided by Justice U D Salvi and expert member Dr Ajay Deshpande, upheld the argument of the petitioner and citizen activist Pradip Indulkar who had raised his voice against the TMC's "mindless" cutting away of the branches of 25 full-grown trees lined up in the Shreenagar area of lake city. "In July 2015, a TMC-appointed contractor sliced away branches of the trees in the Shreenagar area without any permission from the tree officer. Under the guise of trimming, the contractor mercilessly chopped away all branches and all that was left was the tree log without a leaf on it. Such chopping is aimed to bring early death to the trees and it would also rob the neighbourhood of its natural beauty," Indulkar said. Indulkar took up the issue with the municipal commissioner and the tree officer, both of whom, he claimed turned a deaf ear asserting that the civic body has the right to prune the trees in the larger interest. After a six-month-long wait Indulkar moved the NGT. He said the trimming was in contravention of the provisions of the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975. The TMC and tree officer filed a common reply and stated that permission for trimming was granted for some tress and other three trees were uprooted by unknown person and a complaint was registered against the offender with the police. The bench said, "The fact that there was no informed decision taken by the tree authority for trimming or pruning the trees, it raises a presumption that there has been environmental damage caused due to it. There is no material before us to rebut this presumption." Hence, the TMC is liable to pay Rs 5,000 to Indulkar and the other Rs 50,000 to be used to for the environmental education and awareness in the municipal schools.
|2017-04-06||Tata Housing to build India's biggest gymnastic centre in Thane - Times of India|
Tata Housing to build India's biggest gymnastic centre in Thane PTI | Apr 6, 2017, 07.20 PM IST MUMBAI: Tata Housing, one of the largest real estate developers in India and subsidiary of Tata Sons, on Thursday announced plans to build the country's biggest international standard gymnastics centre in neighbouring Thane in partnership with the the Thane Municipal Corporation. "The 1.2 lakh-square foot centre will be developed in a public-private partnership model with the Thane Municipal Corporation at one of the most premium location, Pokhran Road No. 2 in Thane," the company said in a media release. The multi-storey facility is to include an arena to accommodate all six disciplines of gymnastics, two team rooms with separate areas for players and coaches, a physiotherapy room, a music room, VIP rooms, a jury room, an administration area, a gymnasium, and a yoga room. It would also be designed to host 300 viewers, complete with parking space, the release added. Brotin Banerjee, MD and CEO, Tata Housing, said, "We are honoured to associate with the Thane Municipal Corporation to develop India's largest gymnastics centre. The centre will be designed to international specifications and will provide access to world class training facilities and equipment." "We are committed to supporting the state and the nation in its efforts to nurture world class gymnasts and we believe this facility, built exclusively for gymnasts, is a step in that direction," he added. Pooja Surve, an international gymnast-turned-coach and a recipient of the state's Shiv Chhatrapati Award, said these types of facilities would encourage youngsters to take up the Olympic sport. "This facility, including flooring and equipment, will be designed as per international standards and serve all six disciplines of gymnastics. Moreover, it will exclusively focus on the sport of gymnastics, allowing young and seasoned players to train in an uninterrupted and safe environment," Pooja said. "I believe facilities of this kind will encourage younger players to pursue the sport and be trained up to Olympic standards," she added.
|2017-04-06||Biker killed in freak mishap, friend hurt - Times of India|
Biker killed in freak mishap, friend hurt Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 7, 2017, 03.23 AM IST THANE: A youth was killed and his friend was injured in a freak accident on the Majiwada bridge here on Thursday afternoon. Kartik Jain (22), a resident of Kisan Nagar, was riding from Thane towards G B Road with Varun Yadav (22), when he lost control of the bike and hit a water tanker in the next lane, police said. Jain fell under the wheels of the tanker and died on the spot, while Yadav survived as his shirt got caught at the side of the tanker. "Jain and Yadav were sandwiched between the tanker and a car. When the car moved a little towards them, he moved closer to the tanker. Yadav's shirt got caught in the tanker and he was dragged along for a short distance, which saved his life. The tanker driver, Sukhvindar Singh, tried to halt the vehicle," said a senior traffic police official. Yadav is undergoing treatment at the district civil hospital. A case of death by negligence, rash driving, endangering the life and safety of others and driving dangerously has been registered against Singh, who was arrested.
|2017-04-06||BEST may tie up with Thane, Navi Mumbai bus services | Mumbai ... - Times of India|
BEST may tie up with Thane, Navi Mumbai bus services Somit Sen | TNN | Apr 7, 2017, 04.59 AM IST MUMBAI: In an attempt to end "unhealthy" competition between bus corporations in the neighbourhood and promote route and time sharing, BEST has made a unique proposal to the state--bring BEST as well as TMT and NMMT, the bus undertakings in Navi Mumbai, Thane and Mira Road-Bhayander, on a common service platform. Besides ensuring that there is no clash in services, the objectives include optimum utilization of buses, better frequency and availability of more buses during peak hours. "There should be an integration of services where the infrastructure can be shared between bus corporations and the bus routes and timings can be rationalized to ensure there is no clash," said BEST general manager Jagdish Patil after Thursday's committee meeting. He further said the proposal has been sent to the state and the BMC. Sources said the state has already swung into action, with the transport department holding a meeting to work out the modalities. "After all, the resources--the buses--come from public money. Why compete?" said Patil, who is keen on improving the quality of bus services. For instance, he said, if a bus from Thane is leaving at a particular time in the morning, a BEST bus should adjust its timings in such a way that it operates only after the Thane bus has left. "This will ensure better frequency and reduce the waiting time for passengers," he said. At the same time, a BEST bus should be allowed to use the terminus or depot at Thane or Navi Mumbai and vice versa. Nearly 500 buses operate on 50 routes to Navi Mumbai and Thane.
|2017-04-06||Thane call centre scam 'mastermind' traced to Dubai - The Indian Express|
Thane call centre scam 'mastermind' traced to Dubai The process of issuing a Red Corner Notice (RCN) for Thakkar is nearly complete, following which India will initiate extradition proceedings. Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Published:April 6, 2017 5:31 am SIX MONTHS after Thane Police uncovered a bogus call-centre racket through which operators posing as Internal Revenue Service officers duped US nationals of an estimated $300 million, the alleged mastermind — Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, 24 — has been located in Dubai. The process of issuing a Red Corner Notice (RCN) for Thakkar is nearly complete, following which India will initiate extradition proceedings, officials told The Indian Express. Between 2012 and 2015, at least 500 employees from nine offices in the Mira Bhayandar area of Thane and in Ahmedabad reportedly made calls to thousands of US citizens posing as IRS officials, demanding that they settle their outstanding tax disputes or face arrest. On the night of October 5, 2016, teams from the Thane police raided the bogus call centres, and arrested 70 people. Thakkar along with his sister Reema fled the same night to Dubai. Thane Police commissioner Param Bir Singh said they had been informed about Thakkar being stopped by authorities in Dubai but refused to comment further. A senior officer said, “Last month, we were informed by officials in Dubai that Sagar Thakkar was detained at Dubai airport as he was trying to fly out of UAE. As the entire process of getting an RCN against Sagar was not complete, they could not detain him. But he will not be allowed to fly out of the country. Once the procedure is complete, we will seek his custody.” Thane Police began the process of getting the RCN issued last month. As part of the process, all evidence linked to Thakkar was sent to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the nodal agency for Interpol, which has further forwarded the dossier. “There are a few formalities that have to be completed after which we will ask for Thakkar to be extradited to India. Based on the interaction we have had so far, we are optimistic about getting Thakkar’s custody soon,” said the officer. Sources said Ahmedabad Police and the FBI were also keen to get Sagar’s custody. “Thakkar’s interrogation will give us information on how the racket operated since he was one the main people who set it up. There are many unanswered questions about the scam, from how Thakkar got the contacts of US citizens targeted by callers to the identities of others involved,” said the officer.
|2017-04-06||Boat ride from Thane to Navi Mumbai? Will be possible in 3 years, says Maharashtra chief minister - Hindustan Times|
Boat ride from Thane to Navi Mumbai? Will be possible in 3 years, says Maharashtra chief minister mumbai Updated: Apr 06, 2017 08:49 IST Surendra P Gangan Hindustan Times To reduce traffic congestion in Mira-Bhayandar and Thane, the state government has announced that it will establish a water transport system on Thane creek with jetties at eight places.If all goes according to plan, the waterway will be operational in three years. The transport system will connect cardinal areas through jetties at Kalyan, Vasai, Mira-Bhayander, Ghodbandar Road, Bhiwandi, Kolshet, Diva and Thane. The Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) conducted a survey and came up with a positive feasibility report, after which the state government decided that it would start work on the project in the next two months. Estimated to cost Rs 100 crore, the project will be jointly implemented by the MMB, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation. According to MMB officers, the two municipal corporations will fund the project according to the area that falls under their jurisdiction. The TMC will pitch in Rs 32 crore, while the two agencies are expected put it almost the same amount. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that he will appoint a dedicated officer to implement the project and ensure that it meets its deadline. The state government will not leave any stone unturned and see to it that the project is completed in the stipulated period. The detailed report will soon be prepared by agencies involved. Not only will it help us reduce congestion in Mira-Bhayandar and Thane, but also on adjacent roads in Mumbai. The pollution levels and cost of travel will drop significantly, he said. Fadnavis said that the Central government had various waterway projects lined up, including Ro-Ro services at Gorai, Vasai and Bhayander under its Sagarmala project. The Inland Waterway Authority of India has notified 14 waterways with the total length of 145 km in Maharshtra, of which seven are on creeks and seven on rivers. The creek waterway will be called National Waterway-53. The CM said that the government's endevour was to complete all water transport projects in the next three years. Water transport on the eastern coast of Mumbai will soon be a reality as construction of jetties, bream water work for Mandwa terminal, Ro-Ro services between Mandwa, Nerul and Ferry Wharf has begun. We can operate the services on the eastern coast of the city for almost 10 to 11 months a year. Services on the wastern coast between Nariman Point and Borivli do not seem feasible because of the volatile sea that restricts the services to six months, he said. Fadnavis was replying to a calling attention by Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik and BJP legislator Sanjay Kelkar. The beautification at Gaimukh has already begun and expected to complete in a few months. The waterway will connect Mira-Bhayandar, Vasai Virar, Kalyan Dombivli, Bhiwandi, Thane and Navi Mumbai, once extended later. We have been pushing for this for the past seven years, Sarnaik said. Fadnavis assured the house that he will consider the track Ro-Ro service between Kasheli and Ghodbandar in Thane for the diversion of the heavy traffic such as trucks that head towards Thane and Gujarat.
|2017-04-06||Thane call centre scam 'mastermind' located in Dubai: Report - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre scam mastermind suspected to be in Europe: Police Updated: Apr 06, 2017 12:53 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times, Thane The alleged mastermind behind the bogus call centre racket in Thane that cheated Americans out of millions of dollars is suspected to be hiding in Europe after being traced in Dubai a couple of months ago, police said on Thursday. Officials said the process of getting a Red Corner notice against Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy was underway and is likely to take a couple of months. RCN is issued by the Interpol to seek location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action. It is a request from one country to another to arrest and deport the wanted individual. Thane Police raided at least 9 such bogus call centres founded by Thakkar in October last year and arrested 70 employees and booked 630, who were let off after taking down their names and addresses. The Thane crime branch filed a 5,000-page chargesheet in the case in December 2016 that named 700 people as accused. The police also filed supplementary chargesheet in February showing the properties that were seized. As per the charge sheet, employees of these call centres targetted US citizens by masquerading as officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and department of treasury and extorted millions of dollars by making fake calls and threatening people with tax fraud or tax evasion. The probe that followed found that the centres were used as a front to cheat loan defaulters in the US. Thakkar roped in several of his childhood friends to form a network of trustworthy floor managers, who then ran the multi-million dollar con across cities, officials said. “The business ran like the pyramid marketing schemes in which everyone contributes to the overall success. That is probably why they kept business secrets so well that no one found out about the scheme for so long,” officials added. Thakkar, who has been named in the chargesheet, left the country two weeks before the October 4 raid and changed his location after that. He was in touch with a few of the accused after police raided the call centres in Mira Road in Thane. Police sources said Thakkar rarely visited the call centres and whenever he came to Mumbai or Thane he would meet the top managers outside the premises. Police have learnt that Sagar’s elder sister Reema, 27, helped him manage the call centres’ finances. Reema maintained the salary register of the call centres and would visit them regularly. “She and Sagar would distribute the employees’ salaries,” sources said. Reema went underground as soon as the scam was unearthed, officials said. Police said Thakkar led a flamboyant lifestyle, frequented 5-star hotels and drove expensive cars. They added the 23-year-old gifted a Rs 2.5 crore Audi R8 to his girlfriend on her birthday. Thakkar bought the luxury car from an Indian test cricketer who sold it to him for Rs 70 lakh. The car was seized by the police. The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for extortion, cheating, destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy, apart from sections of the Indian Telegraph Act and IT Act.
|2017-04-05||Mumbai wetland destruction: 5-acre wetland patch destroyed through debris dumping, Thane collector to ensure action - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai wetland destruction: 5-acre wetland patch destroyed through debris dumping, Thane collector to ensure action mumbai Updated: Apr 05, 2017 10:18 IST Badri Chatterjee Hindustan Times The illegal reclamation of wetland and the mangroves areas is taking place at Anjur Diwa, close to the Kharegaon creek.(ht) A five-acre wetland patch along the Thane-Nashik highway, next to Kharegaon creek, has been destroyed through the dumping of debris by unidentified people on Wednesday. Local residents filed complaints with the Thane collector, Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation and the state mangrove cell identifying the violation that destroyed mangrove trees as well. The Thane collector confirmed that there was a violation and told HT that he instructed his officers to file a first-information-report (FIR) against unidentified people and asked the civic body to remove the debris within this week. Even after several Bombay High Court (HC) orders prohibited construction within wetlands, rampant destruction of mangrove trees continues. Wetlands stabilise the coastline, control erosion and provide a habitat conducive for plant and animal species; they prevent floods and filter groundwater. The reclamation of wetland and the mangroves areas is taking place at Anjur Diwa, close to the Kharegaon creek. The entire area from Kharegaon Creek Bridge to Dapoda, on either side of the highway, has been reclaimed and through debris dumping, which is currently underway, said Nandkumar Pawar, head, NGO Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan. It is a gross violation of coastal regulation zone norms and it is destroying the ecologically sensitive area. The location is now susceptible to flooding during the monsoon season. A 2014 Bombay HC order banned all reclamation and construction on wetlands in Maharashtra based on public-interest-litigation filed by NGO Vanashakti on the protection of wetlands. Additionally, under the Environment Protection Act, 1986, destruction of wetlands is a violation and the act leads to imprisonment up of five years along with a minimum penalty of Rs 25,000 depending on the violation. Citing the violation, the Thane collector directed his sub-divisional magistrate and sub-divisional officer to visit the site, file an official report and direct the local police to file an FIR. The number of wetland destruction cases is increasing in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. We will ensure that these violators are taken to task. The municipal corporation has been instructed to remove the debris and restore the wetlands, said Mahendra Kalyankar, Thane collector. There is a need for the mangrove cell and the police to increase patrolling in such areas to highlight these violations. Officials from the state mangrove cell that the area belonged to the revenue department and has not been notified as reserved forests yet. This wetland patch is home to a lot of migratory birds. We have been telling the state to hand these areas over to us for over three years now to increase their protection status. But this has not happened, said N Vasudevan, chief conservator of forest, state mangrove cell. We will assist the revenue department in restoring the site. HC orders that boosted mangrove conservation January 2016: Bombay high court bench of Justices V M Kanade and Revati Mohite Dere stated that the wetlands have to be strictly protected hellip; rampant destruction is continuing to take place in all such areas as mentioned in the contempt petition. March 2014: A division bench of Justices VM Kanade and Justice Anil Menon imposed an interim ban on reclamation and construction in wetland areas across Maharashtra.December 2013: The state government, following directives issued by the high court, asked to all civic bodies to enforce a ban on reclamation or construction on wetlands. WHAT ARE WETLANDS: Wetlands are areas of land that are either temporarily or permanently covered by water depending on the season variability. Natural wetlands comprise creeks, estuaries, marshes, riverbanks, seashores, backwaters, coral reefs. Manmade lakes, saltpans, reservoirs, abandoned quarries and dams are also considered as wetlands. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Wetlands stabilize the coastline, control erosion and provide habitat for plant and animal species, prevent floods and purify groundwater. The also regulate climate change by storing carbon. Besides, they also contribute to the country's economy by providing fishery resources, timber, wildlife resources, medicines and agricultural products.
|2017-04-05||Fire razes five godowns in Thane - The Indian Express|
Fire razes five godowns in Thane According to Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) officials, the blaze erupted around 4 AM in one of the godowns located in Kothari compound at Manpada and then engulfed others. By: PTI | Thane | Published:April 5, 2017 2:29 pm Santosh Kadam, Chief of Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) of the TMC said that three fire engines and seven water tankers were pressed into service which fought the flames for more than five hours before it was brought under control. Five godowns were on Wednesday destroyed in a major fire which broke out in Manpada area in Thane, civic officials said. Also, 16 vehicles, mostly four-wheelers were razed in the fire. Besides, two dogs perished in the mishap. However, there were no human casualties, they said. According to Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) officials, the blaze erupted around 4 AM in one of the godowns located in Kothari compound at Manpada and then engulfed others. Santosh Kadam, Chief of Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) of the TMC said that three fire engines and seven water tankers were pressed into service which fought the flames for more than five hours before it was brought under control. Cooling operations are underway and the cause of fire is yet to be ascertained, the official added. Apart from storage, these godowns were being used by various local manufacturers for multi-purpose functions.
|2017-04-05||Thane college among top 100 management institutes in country ... - Times of India|
Thane college among top 100 management institutes in country TNN | Apr 5, 2017, 01.14 PM IST THANE: By securing a place in the top 100 management institutions in the country, city-based Dr V N Bedekar Institution of Management Studies has placed not only itself, but also the city on the national map for probably the very first time. The Human Resource Development Ministry's National Institutional Ranking Framework's 2017 India rankings revealed that the Thane institution was in the top 100 national institutes in a number of criteria, including the quality of education, management development programs, quality research papers, placement and so on. Dr Vijay Bedekar, president and trustee of the institution, said, "This is a moment of pride not only for us, but also for the city as this is the first time an institution from Thane has been placed in the government ranking system. Our main focus lies in the development of the students in terms of the quality of education and how it helps them in getting a good job and having a successful career. For this, the faculty also is encouraged to keep learning and expanding their knowledge base so as to pass it on to students. Now that our efforts have been recognised nationally, I'm sure out faculty and students will be encouraged and motivated to keep learning and expanding their knowledge."
|2017-04-05||Mumbra, Diva record low property tax collection - Times of India|
Mumbra, Diva record low property tax collection Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 5, 2017, 11.46 PM IST THANE: Persistent follow ups, including threats of attachment and sealing properties, failed to encourage Mumbra and Diva residents to pay their property tax last fiscal as the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) ended up recovering just 44 per cent of its target income from these suburbs. However, rest of the city helped the department offset the deficit by earning Rs 380.51 crore or nearly 97 per cent of the Rs 390 crore set target. Residents of Vartak Nagar, Majiwada and Naupada helped the department surpass their expected targets and end with revenue collections notches above the previous year's performance of 87% collection. Among the collections of the 10 administrative wards, Vartak Nagar performed the best shoring up nearly Rs 53 crore or 127.67 per cent of its Rs 41 crore target. The high-income enclaves of Majiwada and Manpada ward also paid most of their taxes and arrears ahead of the deadline managing to add Rs 84.80 crore to TMC's kitty. Naupada, Lokmanya-Savarkar Nagar and Kopri wards also recovered good revenue for the TMC with income surpassing the cent per cent mark. The rest of the city, including Uthaslar and Wagle Estate, ensured near cent per cent earnings while Kalwa and Rayladevi lagged with nearly 90 per cent collections last fiscal. "The revenue targets till the last week of March was less than expected as most of our officials were busy with election duty and budget preparations. We, however, intensified our drives and managed to shore in good revenue for the department," said a senior official. Meanwhile, activists claimed the low tax collection in Mumbra and Diva is possibly due to the lack of any constructive work done by the TMC in these areas. The suburbs that have noted a sudden and haphazard growth over the last few years still face scarcity of basic amenities making the residents less inclined to pay their property taxes. In stark contrast, Thane can boast of adequate amenities like theatres, gardens and malls to name a few, they said. "The civic body has been turning a blind eye to our repeated pleas of improvement in Mumbra and Diva. The towns have got nothing in terms of infrastructure improvement in the last few years. How can the residents be expected to cooperate with the TMC and pay their taxes if they get nothing in return? said an activist. TMC officials said the civic body has made no discrimination between the suburbs and Thane city. They reminded that a few infrastructure makeover plans were already approved by the general body for Diva. Notably, there was a five per cent hike in the water and sewerage surcharge of the property tax last year, which resulted in a notable rise in the tax amount while assessment of a few new properties was also done bringing them under the tax ambit.
|2017-04-05||Salesman held for stealing silver says similar theft had inspired him - Times of India|
Salesman held for stealing silver says similar theft had inspired him Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 5, 2017, 11.49 PM IST THANE: A salesman of a jewellery store in Zaveri Bazaar, arrested for stealing silverware worth Rs 90 lakh from the shop, confessed to have been inspired by a similar theft that took place and got busted seven years ago. The accused, Ratansingh Devra, had managed to make a duplicate key of the safe of the shop and gradually steal silver ornaments over the last six years, said the police. Devra had not only stolen silver idols, coins, rings, bracelets, cups, plates and other items and kept them in his house but also tampered with CCTVs in the shop to avoid being caught, said Madan Ballal, senior inspector, crime branch, unit-V. Ballal added that Devra confessed that a similar theft carried out by a robber a few years ago inspired him to commit the crime in his employer's shop. "He was planning to sell the stolen booty to start his own shop," added the officer. Devra had stocked the stolen silver jewellery in gunny bags and kept moving from one rental accommodation to another so as to evade suspicion. However, based on a tip off, he was arrested by the Thane crime branch. During probe, the accused is also believed to have told the police that he was planning to set up a shop as he was under the impression that the goods and service tax would be abolished.
|2017-04-05||TMC rakes in 13% more cash last fiscal than 2015-16 - Times of India|
TMC rakes in 13% more cash last fiscal than 2015-16 TNN | Apr 5, 2017, 01.15 PM IST THANE: The coffers of the Thane Municipal Corporation saw a neat rise of nearly 13% last fiscal as compared to the previous years. An increase in property tax, revision of water tax and good response to the additional preminum FSI launched by the state governemtnsince 2015 helped civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal add the desired quantum of revenue to the TMC's kitty. The income recorded by the corporation for the financial year 2016-17 stands at Rs 2,041 crore, which is higer than the revenue target of Rs 2,004.9 crore. The administration had managed to shore in around Rs 1,788 crore in 2015-16. The amount may increase further as the administration is yet to add up taxes collected from some departments. The top money spinners for the TMC are the property tax and town planning department that have contributed Rs 376 crore and Rs 642 crore, respectively. The town planning department that relies on income from development charges and other permissions to be taken for initiating a realty project has been largely benefited by the additional FSI scheme launched in September 2015. The department earned Rs 117 crore through the sale of additional premium FSI scheme as against the desired target of Rs 100 crore. Meanwhile, around 1.25 lakh property tax owners contributed Rs 376 crore to the civic kitty last fiscal. Officials said that the collections from this department is good as the recovery is close to the target of Rs 390 crore. The local body tax department collected Rs 159 crore this fiscal. Though, LBT was abolished for a majority from August 2015 leaving only those with an annual turnover of Rs 50 crore and above under its ambit, the state has been compensating the civic bodies with grants that helped the TMC gain Rs 483 crore. In contrast, the public works department and water supply team reportedly failed to add more revenue to the civic coffers. As against its Rs 127 crore earnings in 2015-16, the public works department managed to garner Rs 102 crore, which is 20% less revenue in 2016-17. However the department has surpassed its target set for the fiscal by nearly Rs 36 crore this year. However, few activists remain unimpressed by the statistics and said while the recovery of taxes was at an all time high, the quality of living in the city hasn't improved a bit in comparison.
|2017-04-05||Daighar cops arrest 'wanted' commission agent at APMC - Times of India|
Daighar cops arrest 'wanted' commission agent at APMC TNN | Updated: Apr 5, 2017, 01.19 PM ISTRepresentative image THANE: The Shil-Daighar police have arrested a commission agent at the APMC market, who was wanted by the APMC police from September last year for allegedly cheating a trader of around Rs 2.5 crore. Nikhil Agrawal, the arrested accused, hails from Indore and has cases of cheating and criminal breach of trust registered against him at Taloja, Ambernath and Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Advocate Ramesh Tripathi, representing compliant trader Salim Gazi, a Nerul resident, in the criminal case registered at APMC police station alleged, "The modus operandi of Agrawal is to carry out trading between two traders without introducing them to each other. After confirming the deal with the supplier, he would use his own transport vehicle to move the agricultural produce from the supplier and thereafter sell the commodity to a third party and accept a payment from the third party without the knowledge of the supplier. He would tell the supplier trader that the initial consignee had only given a part payment and would make a part payment to the supplier through an online transaction." He added that the cheating came to light in May 2016 after the complainant inquired with the buyer as an outstanding payment of Rs 38 lakh of the complainant, who had sold lentils, was delayed by Agarwal's firm and was told by the buyer that they have not received any consignment. "We have now sought Agarwal's transit remand in an application to the Thane court," said senior inspector of APMC police, Rajendra Galande.
|2017-04-05||Sena man gets interim relief in threatening, extortion case | Thane ... - Times of India|
Sena man gets interim relief in threatening, extortion case Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Apr 5, 2017, 01.22 PM IST THANE: The district sessions court has granted interim relief to Shiv Sena corporator Sanjay Bhoir who has been accused of threatening and making extortion demands to a ready-mix contractor. The corporator, however, refutes these allegations and claimed that he is innocent and has been framed. "A team of police officials came to my house on Thursday night and were extremely violent and unnecessarily aggressive. They kicked and banged on my door. I repeatedly requested them to state the reason for such unruly behaviour, but they refused to comment. However, the next day they police filed a false case of extortion against me,'' the Sena corporator said. He added, "I have all the CCTV footage of the incidents and there were several people who have witnessed this. I will answer everything in court now." The Sena corporator was booked by the Kapurbawdi police for extortion, following a complaint by a civil works contractor dealing with ready-mix material who said that Bhoir had summoned him to his office on April 24 and had demanded that he pay protection money of Rs 250 per sq m for his project. Bhoir was absconding after the police had registered a case against him on March 31. Senior inspector of Kapurbawdi police station B T Barawkar said, "Bhoir has secured interim relief till April 11 and the probe is underway."
|2017-04-05||Thane, Vasai to be linked through waterways: Government - Times of India|
Thane, Vasai to be linked through waterways: Government Sujit Mahamulkar | TNN | Apr 6, 2017, 02.36 AM IST MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government plans to develop water transport between Thane, Kalyan, Vasai, Mira-Bhayander at the cost of Rs 280 crore with an aim to ease congestion in the Mumbai metropolitan region. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday announced a plan to promote waterways in the House. "If all goes according to plan, then water transport will be a reality in the next two or three years. It has the potential to reduce road traffic and pollution," Fadnavis said, while replying to a motion moved by Pratap Sarnaik (Sena). The decision to develop Thane creek as a waterway was taken in a joint meeting held in August 2016 between the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Maharashtra Maritime Board and the Thane Municipal Corporation. The 145km Thane creek has been designated as national waterway (NW) 53. There are 14 national waterways in Maharashtra (seven each along creeks and inland rivers). Fadnavis said the government was also planning roll-on roll-off (RORO) service (transportation of vehicles by boats) from Bhayandar to Vasai and had received a Rs 5 crore grant from the Centre under the Sagarmala project. "We are awaiting environmental clearance," he said. A feasibility study for RORO service to ferry trucks from Kasheli to Ghodbunder in Thane, on the way to Gujarat. Water transport along the east coast of Mumbai region will ease congestion on roads leading to Gujarat, Fadnavis said.
|2017-04-05||In Thane, drone locates illegal liquor hubs - The Indian Express|
In Thane, drone locates illegal liquor hubs Police began crackdown on such units after Kopardi rape and murder, drones monitor difficult areas such as hills Written by Vishwas Waghmode | Mumbai | Published:April 6, 2017 3:57 am To crack down on illegal country liquor manufacturing, the Thane Rural Police have hired a drone camera to locate illegal businesses in the area. Police said the move was aimed at making the district free of illegal liquor manufacturing and sale. Following the Kopardi rape and murder last year, the state government had given directions to close down illegal liquor businesses in villages, police officers said. “We started our drive against illegal liquor businesses from October last year. We have formed committees at village, tehsil and district levels to keep track of such shops and take regular action,” said Mahesh Patil, Superintendent of Police, Thane (rural). Patil said several meetings were held to make locals aware of the drive and get them involved. “We now call up people to check for such businesses coming up,” he said. Besides, the police are using a ‘drone camera’ to crack down on illegal units operating on the creek-side and hilly areas. “The drone camera we hired is being used in areas difficult to monitor. Now, we have bought two drone cameras, which we will receive in eight days,” said Patil. Another police officer said around 200 calls were to locals made from the police headquarters of Thane too, to know about the locations of illegal units. “Since October, around 800 raids have been conducted and material worth around Rs 1 crore seized. In all, 900 people have been arrested and preventive action taken against 600,” Patil said, adding the crackdown had helped close illegal liquor businesses in almost 90 per cent of villages. Patil further said that attempts were being made to rehabilitate people affected by the move. So far, around 40 people have been able to get jobs in various companies in the area, he said. “The rise in sale of liquor at licensed shops indicate that illegal businesses are not in operation. Still, we are waiting for the villages to pass a resolution for liquor ban,” said the police officer. Police authorities also said that a recent survey by local BJP MLA, Kisan Kathore, from Murbad, helped them know that around 12,000 people had died by consuming illegal country liquor. “The situation is more or less same in other areas. So, focused attempts are being made to close down such businesses,” said another officer.
|2017-04-05||Minor driver runs over Thane housewife, flees - Times of India|
Minor driver runs over Thane housewife, flees Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Apr 6, 2017, 07.59 AM IST THANE: In the second such case in the suburbs in a week, a housewife was run over by a speeding car reportedly driven by a minor, along Ghodbunder road in Thane on Tuesday afternoon. Last Friday, a teenage driver had knocked down a 60-year-old woman in Kharghar, killing her instantly. Jaya Dudhiya (55), a resident of Broadway co-operative housing society in Hiranandani Estate, was left bleeding on the road as the driver sped away, the police said. "The woman was heading towards a temple when the car drove towards her and rammed into her near Andhra Bank. Passers-by who witnessed the incident rushed her to a nearby private hospital. They noted down the registration number of the car and provided it to us. They also told us that the driver was a minor," an officer from Kasarvadavli police station said. Police claimed to have identified the accused, who they said could be residing in the same housing society as the woman. It is learned that he studies in a Thane college and was driving his friend's car when he lost control.
|2017-04-05||Thane to get India's biggest gymnasium - Times of India|
Thane to get India's biggest gymnasium TNN | Updated: Apr 6, 2017, 05.21 AM IST MUMBAI: The largest gymnastics centre in India will come up in Thane in the next one year. The facility is being built by Tata Housing and will be handed over to Thane Municipal Corporation after it is ready. Tata Housing spokesperson Rajeeb Dash on Wednesday said the realty arm of Tata Group had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Thane municipal corporation last week. The 1.2 lakh-square foot centre will come up on Pokhran Road II as a public-private partnership project and its cost is pegged at Rs 25 crore. Thane civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal was not available for comment. The Tata Housing official said the facility will cater to all gymnastic disciplines. The ground-plus-two-storey building will have an arena to accommodate six disciplines of gymnastics, two team rooms with separate areas for players and coaches, a physiotherapy room, a music room, VIP rooms, a jury room, an administration area, a gymnasium and a yoga room. It will also have a viewers' gallery for up to 300 people. The facility would provide a major boost to the sport in the city that has emerged as a formidable breeding ground for world-class rhythmic gymnasts. "In the last five years, Thane has brought home a majority of national medals for Maharashtra," says Mahendra Chemburkar of the Maharashtra Amateur Gymnastics Association, pointing out that Pooja Surve, an international gymnast and coach and a Shiv Chhatrapati awardee, has helped Thane produce more than 70 state players, 25 national champions and six international players recently. As someone who achieved a world ranking of 16 in the Commonwealth Games of 2010, Surve's international accolades pull aspiring gymnasts from as far as Assam, Hyderabad and West Bengal to her rhythmic gymnastics academy in Thane. Surve pointed out that the new facility, including flooring and equipment, will be designed as per international standards and serve all six disciplines of gymnastics. "Moreover, it will exclusively focus on the sport of gymnastics, allowing young and seasoned players to train in an uninterrupted and safe environment. I believe facilities of this kind will encourage younger players to pursue the sport and be trained up to Olympic standards." For building this international facility, Tata Housing has been compensated by way of transfer of development rights (TDR). The Thane corporation sanctioned the realty firm 4,000 square metres of TDR, which it can use as additional construction rights for its upcoming residential project Serein, on Pokhran Road II. The residential project is spread over 10 acres. The gymnastic centre will come up on 1.5 acres of this land. There is a spurt in interest for gymnastics—a low-priority sports in the country so far—after Deepa Karmakar created history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Rio Olympics. She missed the bronze medal by a whisker, but emerged as a national hero after her performance.
|2017-04-05||Thane college among top 100 management institutes in country - Times of India|
Thane college among top 100 management institutes in country Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 5, 2017, 10.33 PM IST THANE: By securing a place in the top 100 management institutions in the country, city-based Dr V N Bedekar Institution of Management Studies has placed not only itself, but also the city on the national map for probably the very first time. The Human Resource Development Ministry's National Institutional Ranking Framework's 2017 India rankings revealed that the Thane institution was in the top 100 national institutes in a number of criteria, including the quality of education, management development programs, quality research papers, placement and so on. Dr Vijay Bedekar, president and trustee of the institution, said, "This is a moment of pride not only for us, but also for the city as this is the first time an institution from Thane has been placed in the government ranking system. Our main focus lies in the development of the students in terms of the quality of education and how it helps them in getting a good job and having a successful career. For this, the faculty also is encouraged to keep learning and expanding their knowledge base so as to pass it on to students. Now that our efforts have been recognised nationally, I'm sure out faculty and students will be encouraged and motivated to keep learning and expanding their knowledge."
|2017-04-04||Reservoirs hit, but stock enough to last till July - Times of India|
Reservoirs hit, but stock enough to last till July Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Apr 4, 2017, 06.57 AM IST The drop is by around 400 ml as compared to the levels in previous years. Thane: The intense heat wave has reportedly evaporated a notable volume of water probably equal to five days of supply for Thane city from the reservoirs in Thane district. Statistics from the district collectorate revealed that in March, the dams supplying water to Thane, including Bhatsa, Barve and Andra, collectively saw an increase in utilization as compared to last year. As high as 1,800 million litres of water was consumed in excess of what was witnessed last year during the same period. The drop in volume in the dams is mostly because of high temperature, which touched nearly 43 degrees. The collective volume of water in the dams that was lost last month is almost equal to five days of water requirement of Thane city that utilizes around 480 million litres daily. Water levels in Bhatsa dam that is spread over 2,725 sq kms had 562 million cubic metres (mcm) in the first week of March, which dropped to 505 mcm by March-end. This means there has been a drop of nearly 1,400 ml as compared to 2016 when the levels shrunk from 465 mcm to 422 mcm. There has been no drop in volume at Barve dam but Andra dam that also shares water with the Ulhas basin saw a drop in levels from 147 mcm to 129 mcm last month. The drop is by around 400 ml as compared to the levels in previous years. Officials from the irrigation department didn't rule out the possibility of fast evaporation saying usually the evaporation losses account for nearly 10 per cent of the total stock in the reservoir every month. In addition, there is not much curtailment of water this season as compared to last leading to be another reason for fast depletion of water from the dams. However, they clarified the reservoirs had enough water to last supply for the next few months. "We have been following an age-old method wherein the losses due to evaporation are usually considered to be 10 per cent of the actual volume in the dam," said an official from the irrigation department. Experts suggested introduction of more green foliage around the dams to reduce evaporation which can trap the hot air that can otherwise aid faster evaporation of water.
|2017-04-03||Mumbai: How a dead man came back to life, repeatedly | Thane ... - Times of India|
Mumbai: How a dead man came back to life, repeatedly Updated: Apr 3, 2017, 11.32 AM IST A dead person has reportedly come alive in the records of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) not once, but four times, to "facilitate" fraudulent constructions by a local real estate developer, who not only allegedly indulged in unfair means to get the requisite approvals, but also took up projects at wrong sites. Bizarrely enough, officials of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) "failed" to detect the purported irregularities in the papers submitted by the realtor. An internal probe is already on to unearth their complicity, if any, in the alleged building scam. The realtor has denied all the allegations. The allegations against Nand Kumar Salvi have been levelled by Vijay Gajanan Tare and Balaram Bhagat, owners of the plots at Thane's Parsik Nagar in Kharegaon, which are at the centre of the land-grab row. Vijay and Balaram, whose dead father Madhav Bhagat has been apparently shown alive by Salvi, claimed to have detected the fraud in 2009. They filed complaints with the TMC, and are also fighting several court cases. According to Vijay, it all started in 2002 when a developer called Anant Tare approached TMC for developing a plot at Parsik Nagar that belonged to Madhav. The builder took out a power of attorney purportedly signed by Madhav, who died in 1996. "That was the first time that Bhagat's father was shown alive. But as Anant did not submit other documents, the plan was scrapped. However, he sold that plot to Salvi in 2004 by invoking the false power of attorney. Salvi then used the same trick when he submitted building plans to the TMC. This time, the deceased was shown to have signed the power of attorney a month after he died. The gaffe went unchecked by corporation officials," Vijay claimed. But instead of taking up constructions in the said land, Salvi allegedly started work in an adjacent plot, 100 metres away, belonging to Vijay. A seven-storey building by the name of Shrijee was raised. "I complained to the TMC and found out that a plan was passed for a different plot. I approached the builder but he said that he could not do anything as construction had begun. Through my sources, I got documents of the plan and informed Balaram. To my surprise, even he was unaware of the developments," Vijay claimed. Salvi apparently didn't stop there. He is said to have once again used the fake power of attorney and other documents to get another plan approved for a nearby plot that is also owned by the Bhagats. A 17-storey plush tower, Keshav Heights, with two wings was built on this land. In this case, the land revenue office had initially rejected his proposal, saying the said plot did not exist on the site shown in the building plan. But the builder allegedly got the same approved on the basis of fake agreements. "We also got an order from the sub-divisional office in 2013, asking the TMC commissioner to cancel the plan and demolish both the buildings. As the current TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has started a drive to demolish illegal structures, we have submitted fresh complaints to him," said Pramod Patil, a lawyer representing Balaram in the court cases. In an RTI reply obtained by Vijay from the TMC, the civic body has said that there is no evidence of valid papers presented by Salvi and despite that, the building plans were cleared by TMC officers Narendra Rane, who was the town planning officer and is retired now, Anil Berud (rtd), Sadashiv Mane, who still works in the town planning department, and V.N. Basagare, the present surveyor. A private architect, Ashok Vesavkar, had allegedly prepared the bogus plans. TMC has initiated an inquiry against these officers, which is pending since the past three years. Asked for his comments, Additional Municipal Commissioner Sunil Chavan said, "The complainants met me earlier. The matter of land demarcation can be sorted out by the land revenue department. We will write to the department for a fresh survey. Action will be taken after that." Salvi said he was innocent and that blackmailing tactics were being applied against him. "We have all the permissions and the power of attorney was taken before Madhav Bhagat had died. In fact, we procured the power of attorney from all 27 members of the family and they have sold the land to me. There is nothing illegal in the projects. The complainants have been turned away by all government offices and also the courts. They have been harassing me since long." Asked why he took up constructions on Vijay's plot if he had requisite approvals only for Bhagat's land, Salvi said it was not true. "I got the plan for that plot cleared by the TMC as well. This is negative propaganda against me," he said.
|2017-04-03||Thane and IshDARR give THEY.'s 'Deep End' some Milwaukee flavor - 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (blog)|
Thane and IshDARR give THEY.’s ‘Deep End’ some Milwaukee flavor by Tarik Moody Published: 2017-04-03T14:30:11+00:00 Modified: 2017-04-03T14:30:11+00:00 88Nine Radio Milwaukee The rising R&B duo THEY. recently released their debut album, “Nu Religion: HYENA.” Ā The duo has been on tour in support of their album with support from Milwaukee’s own IshDARR. THEY. not only tapped IshDARR for a tour but enlisted the Milwaukee producer Thane to remix their song “Deep End,” which just dropped today via Thane’s Soundcloud profile. IshDARR is also featured on the remix. Thane was contacted late last September by an A&R from Mind of a Genius to see if there was interest in working on a remix for a package the label was releasing for their artist They. The label had discovered Thane due to his Topia album which had been released earlier that month,” said Jake Kestly (Thane’s manager). You can catch IshDARR at Turner Hall Ballroom on April 12 and Thane as part of Wonder Uncovered on April 14 at Turner Hall Ballroom.
|2017-04-02||Auto fire alert system in Thane soon - Times of India|
Auto fire alert system in Thane soon Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 2, 2017, 09.46 PM IST Thane: The municipal corporation is planning to introduce an automatic fire alert system that will instantly activate the machinery at the nearest fire station reducing the response time for attending any blaze emergency. The plan, a part of the modernization of the fire safety department, will involve a gadget that looks like a cellular phone will be installed at select places and will be connected to a central server located in the nearest fire station and the headquarters at Panchpakhadi. The gadget will sense the rise in temperature (67 degrees) in the particular area where it has been installed and immediately raise an alarm that will intimate the fire brigade reducing the response time to attend to such calls. The gadget with a fire resistant body is programmed in such a way that it will instantly detect a fire and alert the control room without any manual intervention. The facility, inform officials, will help cut down the rescue time especially in commercial units during holidays or at night when they are closed. The system would work well even for homes that are locked but has witnessed a blaze due to short circuit. Officials admitted it often takes several minutes for the nearest fire station to be alerted about any blaze in any structure. The initial moments are the crucial elements required to help stop the fire from spreading and if the team is alerted promptly, further damage can easily be curtailed, informed a senior official. The gadget costing approximately Rs 10,000 can be either installed at residential premises or even in commercial units. The Thane civic body claims the system is possibly the first in the Mumbai Metropolitan region. "We will be the first urban local body to implement such a system. The units will be installed at strategic locations and will be connected to the control room at the fire brigade headquarters. We would soon launch the system," informed S Kale, chief fire officer at the TMC. "Many commercial units already have functional alarms and fire extinguishers. The fire department could concentrate on ensuring its existing firefighting mechanism works efficiently," complained an activist.
|2017-04-02||'Drug addict' patient stabs other patient witb scissors in ribs - Times of India|
'Drug addict' patient stabs other patient witb scissors in ribs Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Apr 2, 2017, 05.06 PM IST THANE: An alleged drug-addict who was undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Khopat area of Thane, suddenly turned violent and attacked hospital staff and another patient with scissor late on Saturday evening, the police said. It is learnt that Abid Mirza Baig 38, who was being treated at the hospital was attacked with the scissor and suffered serious injuries in his ribs and chest. He was moved to the Jupiter hospital. Baig was admitted to the hospital and was treated for injuries. DCP Abhishek Trimukhe informed that Kismat Ali 30, attacked three staffers who tried to control him and put him down on the bed. They had taken the bandages and scissor with them to tie him down. But he slipped from their hands and grabbed the scissor and attacked them. The same scissor he used to attack Beg who was lying on the bed. The hospital staffers suffered minor injuries. The victim suffered injuries on his 2 and 3 ribs and was rushed to Jupiter hospital for further treatment. A senior official informed that a case has been registered against the accused under section 307 and 324 of the IPC at Naupada police station.
|2017-04-02||Schools to call up RTE students individually to ensure admission - Times of India|
Schools to call up RTE students individually to ensure admission Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Apr 2, 2017, 10.23 PM IST Thane: Near 1,290 students seeking admissions under the Right To Education (RTE) law were allotted the schools in the neighbourhood in the second selection round conducted by the district education office on Tuesday. And to ensure that all the students take up their allotted seats the state officials have put the onus on the school authorities to individually call up the applicants and ensure that the admission process is completed. "The schools have been instructed to be pro-active and reach out to the applicants as the results of the first round of allotment were not were encouraging. In fact, more than 30% of the 5,042 students abstained from taking admission to the schools allotted to them under the RTE. It defeats the entire purpose of the law and so we have asked the schools to take the necessary efforts to get the students admitted," a district education official told TOI. Of the total 8,409 RTE applications in Thane district this year, as many as 5,042 were selected in the first round of the lottery system last week. However of these, only 3,444 students managed to claim their seats. While a miniscule 127 were rejected for faulty documents, a baffling 1,471 selected students didn't approach the schools to complete the process, thus losing their opportunity to seek education this year. "We don't want this to repeat in the second round," the official said. The 1,290 students selected in the second round on Tuesday were sent SMSs informing them about the allotment of the school, leading to a long queue of parents outside schools to complete the admission process. The selected students will have complete the admission procedure by April 8 after which the dates of the next lottery round will be announced. The school will have to upload their admission status by April 10.
|2017-04-02||'Leopard has become a part of our neighbourhood' - Times of India|
Leopard has become a part of our neighbourhood' Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 2, 2017, 10.24 PM IST Thane: A week after the incident wherein a leopard fell into the broken rook of their hutment in Ghodbundar Village, it's life as usual for the Wede family as well as their neighbours, who continue to live in perfect harmony with their feline neighbours from the SGNP. As the locals of this area who are all accustomed to seeing the big cat as it leaves its territory and visits Retibundar area at night for a sip of water from the creek or an easy catch as the area has plenty of dogs, cats and rats. The locals were not very startled when the big cat fell into the roof of the hutment of the Wede family late last Sunday. However, instead of panicking on seeing the big cat, Zanka Wede who was cooking dinner immediately took her two children outside and left the door open allowing the leopard to flee into the forest. "My sons Vishal and Amrut and daughter Ashal were studying in the next room when I heard a sound. I went a saw that the leopard was stuck in the hole of our roof. I just took the kids outside the house and in another room outside and left the door open so that the leopard could go back to its home. We don't need any sticks or weapons to scare it as it is not a threat to us. It fell into our home by accident," said Zanka Wede. Bursting the myth that leopards attack humans, these denizens residing in the vicinity of the park seem to have become habituated to the routes of the leopard as he comes out of the green zone for food and water, his favourite hangout spot and so on. "We stay on the edge of the forest and the leopard is a part of our neighbourhood," added her husband Piraji. While the mere sighting of a leopard in a city area would spark fear and panic among residents and commuters, many living in the settlements on the boundary of the SGNP here as well as researchers working in the field point out that the people can live in coexistence with the wild by taking a few precautions. Researchers associated with the SGNP are even trying to change the common used phrase of man animal conflict to man animal interaction, as this interaction is bound to happen because of the close proximity of the green and urban forests. "Following the incident last Sunday, I went to visit the family and explain to them about what precautions to take to avoid any conflict with the big cats. However, they didn't seem afraid at all. Nevertheless, we explained to them about how clearing the filth in the area would reduce the number of strays and rodents and thus leopard sightings. We," said Nikit Surve, member of the Wildlife conservation Society of India.
|2017-04-02||Heat wave takes toll on birds, kites worst hit - Times of India|
Heat wave takes toll on birds, kites worst hit Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Apr 3, 2017, 06.32 AM IST THANE: The scorching sun is not only taking a toll on humans, but also the animals in the city. The increasing temperature which has been above 35 degree Celcius since the past few weeks and have rose till 43 degree Celsius and seems to have affected the animals the most. "In the last one week itself, I have got seven calls where Kites suffered heat strokes. The birds which breathe from their mouth were the most affected. The sun's harsh rays usually affect birds like kites, parrots, owls as their nets are almost on the top most branch of the tree. Sometimes even pigeons suffer, but not much, as their nests are not very high," said Dr Rina Dev avian and exotic specialist. The vets even claimed that as this is the nesting season of kites, they travel a lot for food. "Birds go in search of food after sunrise. But as this is the nesting season for the kites and their eggs have hatched recently, their babies are barely few weeks old. Each baby bird requires around 100 grams of meat and if the bird has hatched more than three eggs then they have to travel for longer span to give food to all the baby kites. Also, kites usually nest in coconut trees, which does not provide shade, which also results them into coming under the direct sunlight and getting dehydrated," added Dev. Few animal lovers stated that even the calls of birds getting dehydrated has increased. The animal rescuers are using various social media platforms to inform residents and people to keep a bowl of water for birds and strays as that's the only way to keep them hydrated in this heat. "It is advisable to feed a dehyadrated bird some elctrolyte water and wrap the bird in a wet cloth and keep them in a ventilated cardboard box till they reach a vet," said Nilesh Bhanage, founder of a city-based NGO Plants and Animals Welfare Society (PAWS).
|2017-04-01||Thane's Cosmos Enterprises asked to hand over OC to occupants - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane's Cosmos Enterprises asked to hand over OC to occupants PRANALI LOTLIKAR CHINDARKAR | Sat, 1 Apr 2017-07:35 am , DNA If they fail to do so within a period of 10 months, the firm will have to pay Rs 100 per day till the time the documents are handed over The State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has directed Cosmos Enterprises, a prominent real estate group in Thane, to hand over the occupation certificate and other necessary legal documents to occupants of Cosmos Park in Thane. If they fail to do so within a period of 10 months, the firm will have to pay Rs 100 per day till the time the documents are handed over. Thane-based builder Suraj Parmar, who headed the Cosmos Group, had committed suicide by shooting himself dead on October 7, 2015. In its order, the commission has directed the 'legal heirs' to abide by its orders. The residents of Cosmos Park, through their authorised representative Arun Ambardekar, had approached the commission seeking essential documents from the builders. According to the complaint, Cosmos Park Co-op Housing Societies "had indulged in deficiency in service and unfair trade practice so as to obtain Occupation Certificate in respect of Housing Society." "The legal heirs of the firm is responsible and under statutory obligation under the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act, 1963 (MOFA) to perform their statutory obligation as developers so as to convey the title, interest and right in the premises to the Federation of societies so that the Federation can maintain common areas and amenities including the office premises,"the complaint copy further says. After construction and development of the building, occupancy permission is still awaited, the complaint states. The estate group in its reply prayed that it needs eight weeks time to facilitate the parties to obtain occupancy permission from Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The TMC had recently entered into correspondence regarding occupancy permission under an amnesty scheme, in accordance with which, the developer needs to pay certain amounts towards penalty for obtaining occupancy permission. The order stated, "We are inclined to order the developer to incur necessary expenses under the Amnesty scheme with the TMC to obtain occupancy permission at their own cost."
|2017-04-01||Hacker held for 'falsely' linking Eknath Khadse, Dawood Ibrahim - Times of India|
Hacker held for 'falsely' linking Eknath Khadse, Dawood Ibrahim" It is a clear case of the police's inability to nab the real culprit. TNN | Updated: Apr 1, 2017, 08.46 AM IST Manish Bhangale after his arrest on Friday. MUMBAI: The BKC-based cyber police on Friday arrested Thane resident Manish Bhangale (28) for allegedly creating a fake email id and forging phone call records to show communication between senior BJP leader and former state revenue minister Eknath Khadse and fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim's Karachi residence. The police said self-styled `ethical hacker' Bhangale also created a fake phone bill. Bhangale's lawyer claims the cyber police have made him a scapegoat after asking him to be at the police station on Thursday to help them in the Khadse case. "It is a clear case of the police's inability to nab the real culprit. Bhangale is innocent and tried to help the government by submitting the pertinent details to the high court in April 2016, seeking a probe into five Indian cellphone numbers to which he found calls were made from Dawood's residence (refer to graphic for details). He obtained call details of the gangster's residential landline number," Bhangale's lawyer Geetanjali Lokhande told TOI. "The police have now told him to cooperate as they want to close the matter soon. They have assured him that he will be a free man if he accepts it was all his fault," she said. Joint commissioner of police (crime) Sanjay Saxena said, "Bhangale's exact motive for the forgery is yet to be known." On his lawyer's allegations that he has been framed, Saxena said the mat ter is in court and a probe is on. A case was registered against Bhangale after someone close to Khadse approached the cyber police. Bhangale has been remanded in police custody till April 6. It is learnt that the person who complained against Bhangale has a case against him before the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Bhangale's lawyer said, "He is the one who wanted to help the police. Last year, the police took his help to track down gangster Ravi Pujari's aides." The lawyer said the police didn't get Khadse's call details for January-March 2015 as sought by Bhangale, and instead looked at September 2015 to April 2016, which Bhangale didn't mention.
|2017-04-01||Mega block on Sunday to inconvenience commuters - Times of India|
Mega block on Sunday to inconvenience commuters Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 1, 2017, 01.47 PM IST THANE: Commuters from Thane travelling to and from Mumbai this Sunday could face some inconvenience as the Central Railway will operate a mega block between Kalyan and Thane on the Up fast line from 11.30 am to 4 pm. During the block period, Up fast services leaving Kalyan from 11.00 am to 4.02 pm will be diverted on UP slow line between Kalyan and Thane stations halting at all stations and further re-diverted on Up fast line between Thane and Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus halting at Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, Kurla, Dadar and Byculla stations. Trains will arrive at destination 20 minutes behind schedule. Down fast services leaving Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus from 10.08 am to 2.42 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule. Due to the block, Train No. 50104 Ratnagiri-Dadar passenger will terminate at Diva and Train No. 50103 will run Ex Diva station instead of Dadar. "Due to these blocks, suburban trains are likely to be more crowded than usual. Passengers are requested not to take any risks while travelling. They are also requested to avoid travelling on foot board, roof top of locals and not to board extremely over crowded trains. Passengers are requested to bear with the railway administration for the inconvenience caused," said Narendra Patil, chief public relations official at the Central Railways.
|2017-04-01||Thaneites get respite from heat as temperature drops by 8 degrees - Times of India|
Thaneites get respite from heat as temperature drops by 8 degrees Freny Fernandes | TNN | Apr 2, 2017, 01.25 AM IST The maximum temperature dropped to 34.3 degrees Celsius on Saturday and the minimum temperature was around 26 degrees Celsius. Thane: After sweating it out for almost a week, residents from the lake city finally got some respite on Saturday as the maximum temperatures, which had touched 43.1 degrees Celsius last week, dropped by a few notches almost eight degrees. Since the last few days, the temperatures has been hovering between 38 degrees Celsius and 40 degrees Celsius during the day. Even the night time temperature wasn't pleasant, giving many residents sleepless nights. Humidity levels had also risen in the city. However, on Saturday there was slight cloud cover which protected residents from the harsh sun rays. The maximum temperature dropped to 34.3 degrees Celsius on Saturday and the minimum temperature was around 26 degrees Celsius. Rishika Shetty (26), a resident from Upvan, said, "The weather had become unbearable last week. Stepping out in the afternoon was just impossible because of the heat. Despite living in an area which has plenty of forest cover, we had to switch on the air condition even in the day. Now, finally the weather has become a bit better." However, officials from the weather department said that the low temperature will be short lived and the mercury levels will rise again in another two to three days. Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather, said, "Since the last few days, the mercury levels soared because of the hot north-westerly winds as well as the humid winds from the Arabian sea blowing towards the western and coastal areas. Since Saturday there has been some clouding in parts of Gujarat and in the coastal and western area, which blocks the sun's rays. However, this temperature will remain low for around two days before it rises again." While they predict that the rest of the month will be warmer than usual, they assert that the pre-monsoon activity will begin earlier than usual (in May). "April will be warmer than usual. But, the pre-monsoon activities may begin a bit early this year," Palawat added.
|2017-04-01||Activists demand clarity on money spent on infra projects | Thane ... - Times of India|
Activists demand clarity on money spent on infra projects Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 1, 2017, 10.34 PM IST Thane: Years after spending fortunes from the civic treasury over various infrastructure projects, the common man in Thane is apparently still struggling to get basic amenities thus raising questions whether the taxpayers is getting value for his contributions or not. A cursory glance through major and important spending patterns of the TMC over the last few years shows how despite large funding, upwards of Rs 2,500 crore, it seems to have done precious little to bring about a transformation in the city infrastructure. The public works department includes construction of several civic structures including road and repair works, developing footpaths, upkeep of drains and even providing adequate facilities at the rental housing schemes in the city among many other functions. However, activists lament the inadequate and narrow roads, skewed water supply, poor drainage and waste collection facilities, lack of ample recreation sources, crumbling drains, water logging reflect how the spending over the last few years seem to have failed to bring about a radical change in city. Roads remain one of the most critical aspects for the corporation as residents from several parts of the city complain of bad condition of the avenues. The department also spends a notable sum on annual repairs of drains and nullahs but a trip down several stretches of the city including Mumbra, and parts of GB road, one finds the drain lids missing while the volume of nullah wall collapse is also frequent especially during the rains. Activist Nitin Deshpande laments, "Majority of the roads in the city are not worth travelling or even walking down. The TMC must do an audit of the road widening works that it has undertaken," he says. Another major spending is on the water supply and drainage system that is undertaken through these department. The water supply department has spent nearly Rs 190 crore in the last six years, but is still unable to evenly distribute. The budget books show expenditure on laying lines, repairs, etc but it hasn't justified alleviating the water crisis. "It is surprising that despite spending so much on the infrastructure, nothing can justify how the expenditure is visible in the city. There is absolutely no clarity where the funds are used," questions Milind Gaikwad, member of NGO JAAG. Alert residents meanwhile lament the corporation is simply on a tax collection spree with little thought given to public facilities. "We have designed the budget to bring about a radical change in the city infrastructure. We have factored in opinion from residents. Adequate allocations have been made for roads, water supply bolstering and other facilities whose benefits will percolate to the last citizen too," said civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal.