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2016-05-31Three held for murder in Thane - The Indian Express
Three held for murder in Thane By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Jun 1, 2016, 3:04 The Kapurbawadi police in Thane have arrested two Nallasopara-based youngsters and detained their 17-year-old relative for allegedly causing death to a 25-year-old man who was eve-teasing their relatives. The accused persons, including a minor boy, were returning to their home from Lonavla late Sunday evening when the incident took place. They stopped their vehicle at Kapurbawdi junction in Thane as they were hungry. While seven of them got off the vehicle, the other three, including two girls, were seated in the car. It was at this point that Nandkishore Yadav (25) reached the spot allegedly under the influence of alcohol. According to the accused, he was misbehavingť with the the car occupants. Akshay Raut, Sandeep Kakade and the 17-year-old got into a fight with Yadav. They pushed him and he fell. Following this, they fled the spot,ť an officer said. Yadav succumbed to the head injuries. Following this, the Kapurbawadi police caught the accused.

2016-05-3184-yr-old man, his caretaker killed in Thane - Times of India
84-yr-old man, his caretaker killed in Thane Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jun 1, 2016, 01.16 AM IST THANE: An 84-year-old man and his caretaker were murdered at the octogenarian's flat in an upscale area here late on Tuesday. The senior citizen, Sitaram Shroff, was reportedly bed-ridden and the caretaker, Santosh Lavangare, had been living with him at his apartment in Regency Heights, Oxford Tower, Brahmand. According to the police, Shroff died of suffocation as the murderers smothered him with a pillow while Lavangare was stabbed with a knife on his face and neck. The police are investigating the case and trying to ascertain the motive behind the murders.
2016-05-31In Thane, 8 of 10 found driving drunk in March, April are bikers - Times of India
In Thane, 8 of 10 found driving drunk in March, April are bikers Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 1, 2016, 02.41 AM IST THANE: The recent study conducted by the Thane police on the pattern of drunk driving in the city has revealed that 78 per cent of those found driving drunk were two wheeler motorists while 16 per cent were car drivers. The remaining six per cent found driving under the influence of alcohol were auto drivers. The study analysed the profile of 3,282 drunk driving cases in March and April in Thane city. Traffic officials said that youngsters feel they can easily avoid police attention by wearing helmets as cops would mostly chase four wheelers, following a few high-profile drunk driving cases reported in the past. Rashmi Karandikar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic), said that the low number of four-wheeler drivers could be attributed to heightened awareness among the section. Bar owners have also been instructed to ensure drivers for heavily drunk patrons, which seems to have paid off well. "Our drives targeted all sorts of vehicles in March and April. We were surprised and happy to note the drop in the number of drunk car drivers in the city. The drive has sent a good message among those, especially youngsters, who opt for bikes after drinking," said Karandikar. While experts said the permissible alcohol limits for safely steering a vehicle shouldn't be over 300 ml, the study revealed that over 50 per cent of those found guilty of drunk driving had alcohol levels in the blood showing nearly three to 10 times more than the prescribed limits. The study also showed that nearly half of the 3282 motorists caught driving under the influence of alcohol belonged to the 26 to 35 age group. Meanwhile, activists have called for a more detailed study and a proper solution to the growing menace of drunk driving. "The drive is commendable but the traffic police must also look into details like the socio-economic and education background of the offenders and must modify their awareness campaigns likewise. The loopholes in securing a license or getting away after committing such an offence must be dealt with," suggested Rishi Aggarwal, member of the Mumbai Transport Forum. Thane city has seen over 5,000 drunk driving cases registered since January 2016 netting nearly Rs 1.04 crore as penalty during this time. "Drunk driving is not only fatal for motorists but also for others on the road. Motorists must exercise caution and ensure they don't drink and drive and opt for a sober driver if they plan to drink heavily," said Karandikar, adding that the drives would be intensified in the coming weeks. Statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau reveal that two-wheelers account for nearly 25 per cent of the total road crash deaths in the county while drunken driving is one of the leading causes of fatalities.
2016-05-30Video: Thane Maynard addresses death of gorilla - Cincinnati.com
Video: Thane Maynard addresses death of gorilla Published 6:54 p.m. ET May 30, 2016 | Updated 9:12 p.m. ET May 30, 2016 Cincinnati Zookeeper Thane Maynard addressed media Monday after the Saturday killing of Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla. A 4-year-old boy fell into the enclosure, and after approaching and seizing the boy, zoo officials made the call to shoot the gorilla.
Video: Thane Maynard addresses death of gorilla - Cincinnati.com
2016-05-30Full briefing: Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard speaks about gorilla's death - WLWT Cincinnati
Full briefing: Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard speaks about gorilla's death The Cincinnati Zoo stands by staff's decision to shoot a gorilla who was handling a 3-year-old boy Saturday, zoo director Thane Maynard said Monday. Updated: 4:37 PM EDT May 30, 2016 After being hit by a car, a one-year-old English mastiff named Thor ran away from home. For 12 days, his owners searched high and low for their pup, not giving up even after they were told he probably wouldn't survive the cold. Now Thor has been found, and his family is extremely grateful to have him back home safe and sound.To see the full story of how Thor was reunited with his family, watch the video above.
Full briefing: Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard speaks about gorilla
2016-05-30Norwalk native Thane Grauel takes over as The Hour's managing editor - Thehour.com
Norwalk native takes helm of The Hour Published 3:43 pm, Sunday, May 29, 2016 As a kid, Thane Grauel delivered newspapers for The Hour. He twice won a bright orange "Hot Off The Presses" T-shirt for selling new subscriptions. Today, he returns to The Hour — as managing editor. "Grauel is uniquely qualified for the job of directing ambitious, topnotch news coverage in Norwalk and the surrounding towns of Wilton, Westport and Weston," said Barbara T. Roessner, executive editor of Hearst Connecticut Media Group. "He was born in Norwalk, and still lives just a few blocks from his original home. He is also a highly experienced, high-achieving journalist. That's a powerful combination." A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Grauel has been a reporter and editor in Connecticut and New York for the past 28 years, including a recent stint as editor of the weekly Darien News and New Canaan News, both owned by Hearst Connecticut Media Group, which last month acquired The Hour and the Wilton Villager. He has been an editor at the Connecticut Post, the Westport Minuteman and The Journal News in Westchester, and a reporter for the Westport News, the Fairfield County Advocate, the New Haven Advocate and the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. Grauel's family has deep roots in the area. His great-great-grandfather was the first postmaster of Noroton Heights in Darien, and his great-grandfather built one of the first houses in Westport's Saugatuck Shores. His father was an artist and movie projectionist at theaters in Westport and Norwalk. His mother is a local artist and chef. Grauel's wife, Elizabeth Ganga, is a communications specialist at Columbia University. Their son, Nathaniel, is a student at Nathan Hale Middle School, and their daughter, Lillian, is a student at Meliora Academy in Meriden. Grauel is scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 19, one of the oldest troops in Norwalk.
Norwalk native Thane Grauel takes over as The Hour
2016-05-30Thane: Girl who lost life in road accident scores 8.6 CGPA in CBSE class X - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Girl who lost life in road accident scores 8.6 CGPA in CBSE class X When the CBSE Class X board exam results were declared, the Pandey family didn't have the heart to even check the results. Kejal Pandey, a CBSE class X student of Arunodaya Public School, Thane scored 8.6 cumulative grade point average (CGPA). But, her family couldn't celebrate her success as the sixteen-year-old lost her life in April in a road accident while riding pillion with her mother. According to a Times of India report, a car knocked her off the vehicle and left her with irreversible brain damage, leaving the doctors to declare her brain dead. However,
Thane: Girl who lost life in road accident scores 8.6 CGPA in CBSE class X - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-30Thane: Snag at rail line delays trains - Times of India
Thane: Snag at rail line delays trains Manoj Badgeri | TNN | May 30, 2016, 12.26 PM IST Thane: A Dombivli-bound slow local train developed a snag at Kalwa station around 10.30am shutting traffic between Diva and Thane on the down line for nearly 30 minutes. Railway officials said preliminary observations revealed there was some malfunction probably in the auxiliary warning system of the train that brought it to a grinding halt at the station. Immediately, railway technicians attenddd to the problem which was rectified around 11am and the train left for its destination. Meanwhile, two trains got held up on the route while others were diverted on the fast track between Mulund and Diva to minimise bunching. The exact cause of the snag will be investigated, said railway officials.
2016-05-30Woman set ablaze over dispute in Thane; 3 held - Mid-Day
Woman set ablaze over dispute in Thane; 3 held By PTI |Posted 30-May-2016 Thane: A 50-year-old woman from the powerloom town of Bhiwandi was allegedly set on fire by four members of a family over a dispute, police said on Monday. Satabai Keru Londhe was set ablaze yesterday following a quarrel over Londhe's 17-year-old son allegedly drinking liquor and creating nuisance in the locality, Bhiwandi police station's sub-inspector R V Patil said. Londhe and the accused are all rag pickers residing in the same Padma Nagar locality of Bhiwandi. The two families had a fight on Saturday over the issue following which the four accused, Sumabai Chaggan Khalse (55), her two sons Haresh Chaggan Khalse (28) and Bhanudas Chaggan Khalse (30), and daughter Vandana Chaggan Khalse (25) doused Londhe in kerosene and set her ablaze, Patil said. The two families had a fight on the same issue about 15 days back. The victim's husband and other family members present tried to save her, but she sustained around 60 per cent burns in the incident, he said. She was initially admitted to the IGM Hospital at Bhiwandi but later shifted to Thane Civil Hospital where her condition is stated to be critical, Patil said. Haresh, Sumabai and Vandana were arrested last night following a complaint by the victim's family while the fourth accused is still at large, he said. The accused have been charged under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), he said. Further probe in the case was on.
Woman set ablaze over dispute in Thane; 3 held - Mid-Day
2016-05-30Gorilla killed: Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard defends decision to shoot Harambe - Washington Times
Cincinnati Zoo director defends decision to kill gorilla Monday, May 30, 2016 CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Zoo’s director stands by the decision to kill a gorilla after a boy entered its enclosure. Thane Maynard told reporters on Monday that the 4-year-old boy’s life was in danger. He says Harambe, a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla, was agitated and disoriented and acting erratically. Maynard says the 420-pound gorilla was extremely strong and could crush a coconut in its hand. “They made a tough quick decision that saved one boys life. We stand by our decision that it was the right thing to do at the time. People can Monday-morning quarterback about the situation, but I am proud of the fast response and decisiveness of the team. It was a tough decision and we did not take it lightly to shoot our animal and it was a little boys life. There is no messing around with a 450-pound gorilla.” A witness reports hearing the boy tell his mother he wanted to get in the water Saturday afternoon. She said no, but the boy entered a moat in the gorilla exhibit anyway.Maynard says the zoo is reviewing security measures to ensure both visitors and animals are safe.
Gorilla killed: Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard defends decision to shoot Harambe - Washington Times
2016-05-30Ephedrine drug bust: Thane police make 10th arrest - The Indian Express
Ephedrine drug bust: Thane police make 10th arrest By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:May 31, 2016, 1:08 THE THANE police on Monday arrested Jay Mukhi, one of the wanted accused in the Ephedrine drug bust case, in Thane, after nearly a month-long chase. His arrest is important for the probe into the alleged racket, involving diversion of ephedrine from a Solapur-based pharmaceutical company to make narcotics, as Mukhi allegedly attended several meetings with alleged members of cartels in Dubai and Africa.
2016-05-29Dombivli fire: 'Drunk' Thane officials survey damages, abuse locals - Mid-Day
Dombivli fire: 'Drunk' Thane officials survey damages, abuse locals By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours The residents of Dombivli have barely begun to piece their lives back together after Thursday's multiple blasts in a chemical factory in the suburb's MIDC Phase II. The last thing they need is a mockery of their suffering and rehabilitation process. On Thursday evening, a circle officer and four talatis from the Thane collector's office, who were sent to survey the extent of damage caused by the explosions to houses in the area, crossed the line. Kamlakar Patil, circle officer from the Thane collector's office. They allegedly arrived drunk at a residential complex in Ganesh Nagar in Dombivli, refused to step out of their car to perform the audit and abused worried locals who sought answers on the relief process. When the locals realised that the officials circle officer Kamlakar Patil and the four talatis were drunk, they called out their unprofessional behaviour and handed them over to the Manpada police. Santosh Keni, a resident, said the officials had made a pit stop at a bar before arriving at the locality. "They were drunk and perfunctorily surveyed the houses while sitting in their car. When people began questioning them, the officials ignored and even abused them. After we found out that they were drunk, we caught them and handed them over to the police." "They are hurting our sentiments at a time of tragedy," rued Keni. Suhasini Rane, the district BJP vice-president, too, questioned the officials conduct. Here, people have no food or water, and the officials are enjoying themselves. An inquiry should be conducted to ensure that such incidents do not recur." Shantaram Awsare, senior inspector of Manpada police station, said Patil had been sent for a medical examination. "Its a good thing that some people handed the officials over to us. Otherwise, they would have been lynched by the angry mob." Thane District Collector Mahesh Kalyankar said he was not aware of the misdemeanour, but would look into the issue. He said his priority, so far, had been to complete the rescue operations, which ended on Saturday.
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2016-05-29Zoo director Thane Maynard on shooting Harambe to save boy - Daily Mail
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2016-05-29Thane: Man posts obscene messages on fake profile of minor, later molests her; 3 booked - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Man posts obscene messages on fake profile of minor, later molests her; 3 booked A 27-year-old man allegedly molested a minor girl and blackmailed her by creating a fake Facebook account in her name to post obscene messages and pictures, police said on Sunday. Three persons, including the youth and two of his woman friends, have been booked in this connection, they said. The man, who is a close relative of the 16-year-old victim's father, allegedly created the fake account on Facebook last year. He then purportedly sent obscene pictures and messages from the fake account to a female friend of his, who is also an acquaintance of the victim, said Senior Police Inspector Gajanan Kabdule of Naupada police station, based on a complaint filed by the victim's mother. In August last year, the man sent screenshots of certain messages sent from the fake account to the victim on her mobile messenger WhatsApp and allegedly blackmailed her. He also called her to a place in Thane's Naupada locality where he allegedly molested and beat her up, police said. The man later got the obscene messages deleted from his female friend's account. He then asked the victim to send him all screenshot messages he sent earlier, on his WhatsApp to resolve the matter. However, after the victim sent him the messages, the man, on May 26 this year, posted the same on another woman friend's Facebook page, as per the complaint. After this, he allegedly threatened the victim and her mother saying he would post the obscene messages and pictures on their relatives' Facebook accounts and defame them, the complaint mentioned. Police registered offences in the wee hours today against three persons - the man and his two woman friends - under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 292, 500 (defamation), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and also relevant sections of the IT Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, police said. No arrest has been made so far in this connection, they added.
Thane: Man posts obscene messages on fake profile of minor, later molests her; 3 booked - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-29Killed in accident, Thane girl shines bright - Hindustan Times
Killed in accident, Thane girl shines bright Priyanka Vora Updated: May 29, 2016 11:17 IST MUMBAI: A Thane teenager whose family donated her organs after a road accident left her brain dead, secured 81.7% in the examinations. Kejal Pandey passed away in a road accident at Ghodbunder Road, Thane, in April. She sustained severe head injuries, resulting in irreversible brain damage. We don't know how to react. On one hand, we are so happy that she secured such good marks but she is not there to celebrate, said her cousin, Pawan Kumar adding that Pandey's parents are inconsolable. They are very emotional. First, we thought we wouldn't check the results. Kejal was a student of Arunodaya Public School, Thane. She was an all-rounder, said the school principal, N. Madhuri Chandrashekhar. She was very cheerful and always participated in school events, she said. We wanted her to become a doctor but she wanted to study chartered accountancy, said Kumar. Kejal's organs were retrieved at Jupiter Hospital in Thane. Despite efforts to revive her, her condition deteriorated and she was declared brain dead. When a person becomes brain dead, their organs can be transplanted into a patient with a failed organ. Her liver was transplanted in a 14-year-old boy admitted at Global Hospital, Parel. The family consented to donate her heart but it was damaged in the accident.
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2016-05-29Cincinnati zoo kills gorilla to save child who slipped into enclosure - CNN
Cincinnati zoo kills gorilla to save child who slipped into enclosure Updated 2034 GMT (0434 HKT) May 29, 2016 (CNN)The Cincinnati Zoo shot and killed a western lowland gorilla on Saturday after a 4-year-old boy slipped into the animal's enclosure, a zoo official said at a news conference. Harambe, a 17-year-old, 400-pound gorilla, carried the boy around its habitat for about 10 minutes in what the zoo's dangerous animal response team considered a life-threatening situation, Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard said at a press briefing. After the gorilla was shot with a rifle, the child was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, CNN affiliate WKRC reported. Maynard said it appeared the boy went under the rail, through wires and over the moat wall. Lions shot after man jumps into enclosure Two female gorillas were called out of the habitat, Thane said, but the male gorilla went to the moat, picked up the child and began dragging him around the enclosure."The child was not under attack but all sorts of things could happen," Thane said. "He certainly was at risk." Thane said zoo officials decided against shooting Harambe with a tranquilizer because the drug takes effect too slowly. "You don't hit him and he falls over," Thane said. "It takes a few minutes." Japan's oldest elephant dies after sparking protests over captivity Thane said the zoo security team's quick response saved the boy's life but all the zoo employees are devastated at losing a rare species. The western lowland gorilla is a critically endangered species, according to the World Wildlife Fund's webpage. In the wild, they can be found in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Equatorial Guinea. Harambe, whose birthday was Friday, was born at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, Thane said. The zoo hoped he would eventually father other gorillas.
Cincinnati zoo kills gorilla to save child who slipped into enclosure - CNN
2016-05-29EOW arrests 3 from Thane in Q-Net case - The Indian Express
EOW arrests 3 from Thane in Q-Net case By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:May 30, 2016, 4:14 The Economics Offence Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Police on Sunday arrested three persons in connection with the illegal multi-level marketing ponzy scheme Q-Net. The three are Haresh Bhadra (37), Suvija Pai (36) and Monish Bhandarkar(31). The three were arrested from a hotel at Thane, where they were found conducting a seminar propagating the scheme. Based on specific information, a team raided the hotel in Thane where the three accused were found conducting a seminar to promote Q-Net,ť a senior official from the agency told The Indian Express. Share This Article Related Article QNet case: Bombay HC rejects bail of Micheal Ferreira, 4 othersDoctor accused of raping patient gets anticipatory bailSupplier arrested,to be produced in court todayRape-accused cop moves HC for advance bailI-T officer bail plea in graft case rejectedCourt stays Thane builderÂ’s bail in fraud case The Q-Net scam had come to light after a computer consultant, Gurupreet Singh Anand, filed an FIR stating his wife was duped of Rs 30,000 by people who introduced themselves as independent representatives of Q-Net. Earlier this month, the Bombay High Court rejected the anticipatory bail application of five accused in the case. They included former billiard champion and stakeholder Michael Ferreira, two directors of Vihaan Srinivas Rao Vanka and Magaral Veervalli Balaji, Suresh Thimiri, director of Transview Enterprises India Pvt Ltd and Malcolm Desai, a stake holder. The report by the Special Frauds Investigations Office (SFIO) had stated, It seems the company has been paying the top of the pyramid promoters (TOPPs) by way of showing as the payments of commissions and getting the money from them apart from also making false entries in the payment of commissions. To avoid detection, the company has tried to mislead the investigations by playing with the data. Thus, the companies are not only conducting an illegal business contumaciously but are also keeping and submitting falsified documents to the regulatory agencies,ť it added.
2016-05-28Thane factory blast toll rises to 12 - Chandigarh Tribune
Thane factory blast toll rises to 12 Posted at: May 28, 2016, 11:51 AM; last updated: May 28, 2016, 11:51 AM (IST) Mumbai, May 28 The death toll in the boiler blast in a factory at Dombivli in adjoining Thane district climbed to 12 with recovery of another body from the debris on Saturday, an NDRF official said. “The toll till yesterday was 11. We have reports that civilians found a body at the site this morning,” a senior National Disaster Response Force official told PTI. “Six bodies were recovered day before yesterday and four found yesterday. Also, an injured died in hospital, taking the toll to 11 till yesterday,” the official said. The rescue work is as good as over, he said. The deceased included two sons, and daughter-in-law of owner of Probace Enterprises, Dr Vishwas V Vakatkar. Charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder have been slapped on owners of the factory. “We have sought help from the factory inspector and other departments to determine the exact cause of the blast and fire,” a police officials said. The police have lodged a case against the factory owners under IPC sections 304-A (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), which attracts up to 10 years jail term and a fine, 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). On Thursday, Dombivli was shaken by a deafening blast which occurred in a boiler in the Probace chemical factory at Shivaji Udyog Nagar of MIDC phase-II area in Dombivli (East). The impact of the blast followed by a massive fire resulted in heavy damage to two neighbouring factories in the MIDC complex. The explosion impact saw damage to more than 600 houses, offices, shops in the two kms vicinity. In some homes, locked doors flew off hinges, all glass items, fittings, TV sets, crockery, vehicle glasses and even spectacles worn by people were blown to sharp shreds. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who visited the site on Thursday, has ordered a probe into the tragedy. Industry Minister Subhash Desai ordered a week-long shutdown of all chemical factories in and around the city to facilitate a thorough safety and security audit. Police and district officials have started a survey of all the homes, shops, commercial complexes, vehicles and other public and private assets which were hit by the blast. — PTI
Thane factory blast toll rises to 12 - Chandigarh Tribune
2016-05-28Thane drug racket: Builder who sold flats to Mamta Kulkarni summoned - Mid-Day
Thane drug racket: Builder who sold flats to Mamta Kulkarni summoned By A Correspondent |Posted 28-May-2016 The Thane police, which busted the Rs 2,000-crore drug racket last month, has summoned a top city builder, Shabbir Patel, for questioning in the case. Patel is alleged to have had business transactions with Vicky Goswami, husband of former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni and fugitive drug lord who allegedly runs an international narcotics racket. His name popped up during investigation into Kulkarni and Goswami's ties in India. Police said he has sold three flats in Versova through his realty firm, Oscar Builders Pvt Ltd, to Kulkarni. Besides Kulkarni's sister, he is also allegedly one of the nominees to the flats. The Thane police had got on Goswami's trail after a tip-off about his operations from the US' Drug Enforcement Administration. Shabbir Patel managing director of Oscar Builders Uttam Shelke, senior police inspector from the anti-narcotics cell in Thane crime branch, said, "A summons was sent to Shabbir Patel on Thursday, asking him to appear before the investigating team and record his statement." An officer said Patel responded, saying he only had "property connections" with Kulkarni. He sought more time to appear before the police, citing ill health. Patel (64) is the managing director of Oscar Builders and has several ongoing projects in Dubai and Mumbai. Meanwhile, the police have decided to raid all six branches in the country of pharmaceutical company Evon Life Sciences, from whose factory in Solapur the haul of 20,000 kg of ephedrine was seized last month.
Thane drug racket: Builder who sold flats to Mamta Kulkarni summoned - Mid-Day
2016-05-28Thane residents fear repeat of 'dangerous' tag for safe buildings - Daily News & Analysis
Thane residents fear repeat of dangerous tag for safe buildings While the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has agreed to revoke the 'dangerous' tag issued by mistake to over 300 buildings in Srinagar, Thane (W), some residents concerned are not sure if this 'mistake' will not be repeated again next year. They allege that this was done at the behest of a corporator and builder for them to vacate their 63-acre plot since their buildings were termed as dangerous. The issuance of the 'dangerous building' tag by the TMC to over 300 bungalows and buildings in Srinagar has opened up a Pandora's box. Though the civic body has revoked this tag and the residents can stay on in their houses, they are worried that this move will be repeated. "We think that a veteran Congress corporator, whose father is a developer, has got something to do with our buildings being wrongly classified as dangerous," said advocate V S Lakshmanan, who stays in Suraj Bungalow in Srinagar. "This corporator has been attempting redevelopments in our area in conjunction with various builder groups for the past few years," he said. According to the residents, if their buildings are classified as dangerous, it would become easy for the builder to vacate them. "No redevelopment can be carried out without the buildings being demolished," the advocate added. "And this would bring down our property rates drastically," he said. The 'dangerous' tag would open up this 63-acre township — with a market rate of Rs14,000 to Rs15,000 per square feet — for quick redevelopment. The residents will then lose bargaining power. "No wonder our structure, which is not even 30 years old, was classified as dangerous," Lakshmanan said. The residents also thanked dna for taking up this issue, which helped them reach a quick resolution. "Thanks to dna, the matter was sorted out within a day after the story was published," Lakshmanan said. TMC officials, however, were not available for comments.
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2016-05-28Thane CBSE schools get cent percent results - Times of India
Thane CBSE schools get cent percent results Freny Fernandes | May 28, 2016, 10.12 PM IST Thane: The nearly 800 students of class X Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) were an ecstatic lot as most of them cleared their exams with flying colours. The results were declared on Saturday and all the four CBSE schools in the city recorded cent percent pass percentage. This year, the students were also given their percentage along with the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) score. Earlier, the board used to only announce the CGPA results. Students who secured an A+ grade in all their subjects throughout the year secured a CGPA of 10. Mahendra Santra from Kendriya Vidyala School scored 96% and got a CGPA of 10. "I used to study throughout the year and had set my goal to 95%. I used to study for an hour and a half daily, and had gone for extra classes in maths. A 10 CGPA could mean anything between 90% to 100%. Since the board declared the scores too I was overjoyed to see my that my marks was much more than what I had expected,'' said Santra. After a year of hard work and complete dedication, many have already started planning their future course of action. "I like to set my goals. Till now, my goal was to come first in school, which I have achieved. My next goal is to get admission into IIT Mumbai," said Mansi Mishra (15), who topped Lok Puram Public high school with a 98.4% and a 10 CGPA. Agreeing with Mishra's mantra for success, Thaneite Arushi Singh (16), who also scored a 10 CGPA, said, "I did not attend any coaching or private classes. My father used to help me with maths. Whatever I have scored is due to my hard work. I want to pursue medicine and become a radiologist."
2016-05-27'Courier boy' molests 33-year-old in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
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2016-05-27Bus driver arrested for drunk driving in Thane - Business Standard
Bus driver arrested for drunk driving in Thane Thane Last Updated at May 27, 2016 10:22 IST A driver of a state transport bus was arrested for allegedly driving in a drunken state, police said today. The driver, Sandeep Jagtap (30), of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus which was coming towards Thane from Arnala in Vasai of neighbouring Palghar district, jumped the signal last evening at Bramhand crossing on Ghodbunder Road here despite the police signalling him to stop. Upon suspicion, police Sub-Inspector Sachin Shinde chased the bus to a certain distance and apprehended the driver, Thane's Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Dr Rashmi Karandikar said. During examination, the driver was found to be heavily drunk, she said. Thereafter, 35 passengers from the bus were off-loaded and sent in another bus to their destination, Karandikar said. Later, the driver was arrested and offences were registered against him by Kapurbawdi police under relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act, police said.
2016-05-27Thane students complete unique tour of UK - Hindustan Times
Thane students complete unique tour of UK Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, Updated: May 27, 2016 20:54 IST A 22-member group of students, teachers and parents from AK Joshi English Medium School in Thane has completed a unique educational tour of Britain. Led by educationists Vijay Bedekar and Sudhakar Agarkar, the ten-day tour included visits to colleges, libraries and museums in Oxford, Cambridge and London. Most of the students who participated in the tour, which is now in its 12th year, were from Class 10. Thrilled with the opportunity to learn about major historical and scientific events, students Atharva Kadhe and Bharati Maitreyi told HT that enriched with the knowledge and other lessons from life in Britain, they would leave for home on Sunday. One of the lessons we learnt was in public etiquette and cleanliness. We will try and replicate it at home, Maitreyi said, at one of the daily evening sessions, when the students recount in detail the activities through the day. Atharva said the tour brought home some of the lessons of history and India's long relationship with Britain. It also highlighted India's ancient strengths through artifacts in museums, as well as Britain's contribution to India over the centuries. The students have maintained a diary with detailed records of information, insights and lessons learnt during the day. Bedekar said the idea of the tour originated during visits to the school by British teachers. The visits stopped after 2003, reportedly owing to cuts in funding. He then suggested an educational tour to Britain from India, which was enthusiastically received. We started the educational tours in 2004, with support from teachers who visited us. It has been a rewarding experience for our students and teachers. The knowledge gained and lessons learned stay for life, said Bedekar, chairman of the Vidya Prasarak Mandal, Thane, which runs the school.
Thane students complete unique tour of UK - Hindustan Times
2016-05-27Thane blast: Toll reaches 10, factory owners booked for culpable homicide - indiatvnews.com
Thane blast: Toll reaches 10, factory owners booked for culpable homicide Thane: The toll in the boiler blast in a chemicals factory here rose to 10 on Friday including three relations of the owners even as charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder were slapped [ Published on: May 27, 2016 23:34 IST ] Thane: The toll in the boiler blast in a chemicals factory here rose to 10 on Friday including three relations of the owners even as charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder were slapped on them, a police official said. While Vishwas Wakatkar, a family member of the owners of the Probace Enterprises, was injured and is recovering in a hospital, bodies of three other relatives - Nandu Wakatkar, Sumit Wakatkar and Sneha Wakatkar - were recovered from the debris. More than 150 other injured are undergoing treatment in various hospitals for which the state government will foot the bills. A probe has been ordered to ascertain whether the company had followed or violated norms of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in whose area the factory is located. Meanwhile, the Thane police slapped charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the owners of Probace Enterprises, Dombivali, a police official said. "We have sought help from the factory inspector and other departments to determine the exact cause of the blast and fire," said an official of Manpada Police, which is probing the case under the direction Joint Police Commissioner Ashutosh Dumbre. Police have registered a case against the owners of the factory in Dombivali city here under Indian Penal Code's section 304A (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) which attracts upto 10 years jail term and a fine. On Thursday, Dombivali, around 35 km north of Mumbai, was shaken to its foundation when a deafening blast occurred in a boiler in the Probace chemical factory. The impact of the blast followed by a massive fire resulted in massive damage to two neighbouring factories in the MIDC complex here. While ten people died in the blast and its after-effects, more than 150 people suffered different types of injuries. One man died due to heart attack soon after the blast, the sound of which was heard 4-5 km away. The explosion impact saw damage to more than 600 homes, offices, shops, etc. in a two-km vicinity. In some homes, locked doors flew off hinges, all glass items, fittings, TV sets, crockery, vehicle glasses and even spectacles worn by people were blown to sharp shreds. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who visited the city has ordered a probe into the tragedy. Industry Minister Subhash Desai ordered a weeklong shutdown of all chemical factories in and around the city to facilitate a thorough safety and security audit. Meanwhile since last night, police and district officials started a survey of all the homes, shops, commercial complexes, vehicles amd other public and private assets which were hit by the blast.
Thane blast: Toll reaches 10, factory owners booked for culpable homicide - indiatvnews.com
2016-05-27Thane: KDMC to conduct structural audit of affected buildings - Mid-Day
Thane: KDMC to conduct structural audit of affected buildings By Varun Singh |Posted 27-May-2016 The Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) wants to ensure Dombivli residents affected by the chemical factory blasts are not subjected to any more danger in their homes. The blasts occurred at a factory owned by Probace Enterprises, which triggered explosions at another factory. Pics/Satej Shinde Commissioner E Ravindran has advised them to stay away until the buildings are declared safe. His staff will also conduct a structural audit of the buildings. Ravindran said, We are doing everything possible. Our staff is at the site and examining buildings. We will advise residents to return to the buildings only when they are safe. A structural audit would be done and our staff will examine the buildings. Our prerogative is to carry out the rescue operations at the earliest and clear the debris. Pushpam Villa, which is just 50 metres away from the site, bore the brunt of the blasts. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has also promised compensation to the residents. After visiting the injured at AIMS Hospital, the CM said, We will carry out a thorough investigation in the matter. Our main agenda is to treat the injured and our condolences are with the family of the deceased. We will give all support needed to the people. When asked what about compensation to residents of affected buildings, he said, The state government will do it. Firemen work tirelessly to douse the flames. The officials were at the spot till 3 pm. Rajendra Devlekar, mayor, said, The panchnama of the buildings will be carried out by the tehsildar and the state government should compensate them. I have asked the commissioner to look in to this. Shrikant Shinde, local Shiv Sena MP said, We will make arrangements for the residents in schools and other places where they can stay for the time being. Remove the factories: Politicians are now saying that factories should be moved out of the area Ravindra Chavan, BJP MLA from Dombivli says, The chemical factories aren't following the rules, and unskilled cheap labour is hired to handle these places. Most of the owners have leased the factories to others and repeated complaints have been made, but to no avail. He added, There is no buffer zone between the residential area and factories, this has to be looked into. These factories should be shifted to empty places as soon as possible.
Thane: KDMC to conduct structural audit of affected buildings - Mid-Day
2016-05-27Thane girl wins dist badminton tournament - Times of India
Thane girl wins dist badminton tournament B B Nayak | TNN | May 28, 2016, 01.21 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Sakshi Suryawanshi from TMC's Thane Academy won the 2nd Late Indira Tai Phanse Memorial Thane District Open Badminton Tournament for girls' under-15 singles category. The tournament was organized by G K Phanse Sports and Cultural Foundation under the auspices of The Thane City and District Badminton Association at Dadoji Konddev stadium recently to promote girls to take up this game. In the finals, Sakshi outperformed Mansi Karekar also from Thane Academy 21-19, 21-19. In the second game, Mansi had a lead with 15-10 but Sakshi fought back with some of her deceptive strokes on the net leveled the scores and won the game 21-19 to clinch the title. In quarter finals, Sakshi defeated Vedanti Kor of Kalyan and in the semi finals she got better of Kavya Raghvendran. The runner-up Mansi Karekar defeated Urdvina Khadseand in the semi finals Mansi defeated Niyati Bist.
2016-05-27Fewer visitors to Thane Emergency Medical Room in May, summer care good enough - Times of India
Fewer visitors to Thane Emergency Medical Room in May, summer care good enough Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | May 28, 2016, 02.20 AM IST THANE: A cursory glance at the number of commuters visiting the Emergency Medical Room at Thane reveals a drop during summer hinting towards passengers' preparedness to tackle the heat. The figures are nearly half of that recorded between January and March, when the temperature was cooler. While only 10 commuters complained of heat-related ailments this month, 42 visited the medical room from January to March with the problem. Officials in the medical room believe that the drop in the numbers could be because commuters are taking adequate precautions while travelling long distance during summer. "Most commuters complain of dizziness, weakness and suffocation. We have noticed a decline in the number of such patients since the last one month. Also, when such patients come to us, we see to it that they get adequate rest. We provide them with water and energy drinks," said Dr Asmita Kamble of the medical room. Commuters claimed that they have been taking good care of themselves while stepping out in the heat. "I travel to Andheri every day and carry a water bottle and an energy drink. Also, as I cannot carry an umbrella, I see to it that I cover my face with a scarf to protect myself from the sun," said Chaitali Kadam (25), a regular commuter. Another commuter, Smita Sawant, said that due to the ongoing vacation season, trains are less crowded. "I have a blood pressure problem and it keeps fluctuating. I visit the Emergency Medical Room often to keep it under check. This facility is helpful in times of emergency."
2016-05-27Thane factory blast toll 11; 3 from owner's family among dead - Times of India
Thane factory blast toll 11; 3 from owner's family among dead PTI | May 28, 2016, 12.00 AM IST Thane: The death toll in the massive explosion at an industrial unit in Dombivli township of Thane district today rose to 11, with three members of the owner's family being among the dead, officials said this evening. As many as 47 injured people (of the total 201) were undergoing treatment at various hospitals. Rest were discharged. Police PRO inspector Sukhada Narkar released a list of the nine deceased persons, while two others are yet to be identified. The deceased include Sumeet Vakatkar (30), his wife Snehal Sumeet Vakatkar (28) and his brother Nandan Vakatkar (33). Sumeet and Nandan are the sons of the owner and the CEO of Probace Enterprises, Dr Vishwas V Vakatkar. Police also registered a case against the company management for not taking proper safety measures, said Narkar. The blast occurred at about 11.30 am yesterday when cylinders exploded triggering a blaze in the chemical manufacturing unit of Probace Enterprises at Shivaji Udyog Nagar of MIDC phase-II area in Dombivli (East). "The offence (registered at Manpada station) stated the company management did not take proper care and safety measures in the factory's distillation plant that resulted in the incident and death and injury to the humans," Narkar said. Though nobody has been named in the case, the management has been booked under sections 304(2)(culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 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) of the IPC, the officer said. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is assisting in the removal of the debris.
Thane factory blast toll 11; 3 from owner
2016-05-265-star treatment: Devendra Fadnavis orders probe against Thane jail superintendent - Mid-Day
5-star treatment: Devendra Fadnavis orders probe against Thane jail superintendent By Dharmendra Jore and Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours Taking cognisance of yesterday's mid-day report on alleged massive corruption by Thane Central Jail Superintendent Hiralal Jadhav, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a probe into the allegations. Thane Jail Superintendent Hiralal Jadhav mid-day had quoted contents of an 11-page letter sent to the CM by whistleblowers on April 30, alleging that Jadhav allows rich inmates to lead cushy lives after greasing his palms, lets them make calls through his personal phone and treats them to a regular stash of hashish, marijuana and alcohol, with the connivance of jailers Madane Kadam, Ingale and Suryanvanshi, and constable Suryakant Patil. He also allegedly forces the jail staff to kowtow to his bribe demands for sought-after duties. Confirming his directive, Fadnavis said, I have asked higher authorities to probe all allegations reported by mid-day. Higher officials in the home and prisons departments will conduct the inquiry and submit a report to me. Sources said the government, as a rule, does not take cognisance of anonymous letters or complaints, but in this case, it has made an exception. Sources in the home department said all officials named in the complaint will face a probe. Denying the allegations, Jadhav told mid-day that he is ready for an inquiry. Aide transferred Meanwhile, Ashwini Mandape, who was allegedly brought in by Jadhav as the officer in charge of the women personnel, was on Wednesday transferred to the Byculla jail. Swati Sathe, who is handling the additional charge of IG (Prisons), said, We have initiated an inquiry into the matter. Woman officer Ashwini Mandape has been relieved from the Thane Central Jail and sent to her original post (as women personnel in-charge) at the Byculla jail. Mandape had joined the Thane Central Jail on March 30, but, according to the letter, didn't report for duty till April 3. Also, on the date of joining, she was allegedly driven to the jail by Jadhav himself in his car and constables were directed to pick up her bags. After Mandape was disqualified from service by the DIG's office on April 11, Jadhav sent a favourable report to the office, commending her service in prison, following which she was reinstated. Can of worms: The letter has opened a Pandora's box. It said a molestation case was registered against Jadhav at the Rajwada police station in Kolhapur after a woman complained that he had been stalking her for days. He was allegedly thrashed by the womans relatives and handed over to the Rajwada police. An inquiry has been initiated against Jadhav after he reported that his service revolver has gone missing. The letter alleges that Jadhav demanded sexual favours from the wife of a prisoner. The woman laid a trap, called him to her residence, beat him up, along with her relatives, and snatched his revolver. Jadhav has, however, claimed that the revolver has gone missing. During his stint at the Nashik Central Jail, he allegedly summoned a woman to a hotel room. The woman arrived with her husband, and the two thrashed him and recorded his assurance that he would not indulge in such misdemeanours again. The letter also alleges that he had an extramarital affair with an advocate during his service at the Amravati jail. He also allegedly sought sexual favours from Leenata Patil, a woman constable of Amravati jail, and when she rebuffed him, he launched an inquiry against her as punishment. Patil had complained about this with the DIG's office in Nagpur. Sushma Chavan, who has now replaced Ashwini Mandape at the Thane jail, has also filed a harassment complaint against Jadhav.
5-star treatment: Devendra Fadnavis orders probe against Thane jail superintendent - Mid-Day
2016-05-265 dead, 100 injured in blast at Thane chemical factory - Hindustan Times
5 dead, 100 injured in blast at Thane chemical factory Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Dombivli | Updated: May 26, 2016 19:35 IST Five people died and 100 were injured in a blast at a chemical factory at MIDC area in Dombivli near Thane on Thursday. While chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered speeding up of relief operations, guardian minister of Thane Eknath Shinde said strict action would be taken against those guilty. According to witnesses, a boiler in the factory exploded around 11.30am leading to a major fire. More than five fire engines were rushed to the spot. The companies in the vicinity felt the vibrations, while local residents said their window panes got shattered. The injured have been taken to various hospitals near the factory. Fearing more blasts, many residents came out on the streets. The police have asked people in the area to wear masks as a precautionary measure, as many in the area complained of nausea. The state government has announced to probe into the accident. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, Saddened to know about the unfortunate tragic incident that took place at Dombivli. Spoke to police officials local authorities and asked them to speed up the relief operations. We are constantly in touch with the local administration and we would leave no stone unturned in our efforts relief operation. We will thoroughly inquire into the incident and action will be taken against those responsible for the incidents, said guardian minister Eknath Shinde after visiting the scene of the incident. He also announced the cost of treatment of the injured would be borne by the state government. Aditya Patwardhan, a resident, said, We thought it was a bomb explosion. I was shocked to see the window panes broken and the cracks in the wall. A police inspector from Manpada police station said, We have sealed the area around the company.
5 dead, 100 injured in blast at Thane chemical factory - Hindustan Times
2016-05-26Dombivli: 3 killed, over 25 injured in chemical factory blast - The Indian Express
Dombivli: 3 killed, over 25 injured in chemical factory blast By: PTI Thane Updated: May 26, 2016, 16:15 Dombivli: Three workers were killed in the explosion and about 25 others injured, a senior IPS officer told PTI. (Source: ANI) At least three workers were killed and nearly 25 others injured in explosion at an industrial unit in Dombivili township of Thane district on Thursday, police said. The mishap occurred when cylinders exploded leading to a fire in the chemical manufacturing unit of Herbert Brown Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories at Shivaji Udyog Nagar of MIDC phase-II area in Dombivili (East), District Disaster Control Officer Dinesh Kurhade said. Three workers were killed in the explosion and about 25 others injured, a senior IPS officer told PTI. An eyewitness said that the intensity of the blast was so much that window panes in several adjoining buildings were shattered and people were seen running helter-skelter. More than a dozen fire tenders were at the site to douse the flames, Kurhade said. Chaos prevailed in vicinity of the industrial unit where the blast occurred. The injured workers were rushed to various hospitals. Thane District Collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar and Municipal Commissioner E Ravindran are monitoring the rescue operation.
Dombivli: 3 killed, over 25 injured in chemical factory blast - The Indian Express
2016-05-26Tour operator booked for duping customer in Thane - Mid-Day
Tour operator booked for duping customer in Thane By PTI |Posted 26-May-2016 Thane: A tour operator has been booked for allegedly duping a customer of thousands of rupees by promising to book a tour and then fleeing after locking the company office in the district, police said on Thursday. The accused, identified as Ibrahim Sashan, who operated a tour and travel company in the Vrindavan Society for about five years, was charged for the offence after a customer lodged a complaint with the police, Assistant Police Inspector (API) Niteen Mahadik of the Rabodi police station said. The complainant alleged that he had booked a holiday package for Goa for his family and paid a sum of Rs 1,13,386 for the same on May 5. However, in want of confirmation of the hotel and flight booking even after 20 days, the victim approached the police, the official said. The tour operator had cheated many other customers in a similar manner, he said. A case has been registered under relevant sections of IPC, he said, adding further investigation is on.
2016-05-26Alternate rd between Thane, suburbs is need of the hour - Times of India
Alternate rd between Thane, suburbs is need of the hour Manoj Badgeri | TNN | May 27, 2016, 01.41 AM IST THANE: Commuters travelling on the central line had a tough time on Wednesday night, after a rail snag, underlining the urgent need for having a parallel robust road network between the distant suburbs and Thane. As the railway lines between Thane and Kalyan remained suspended for nearly three hours, commuters had no alternative but to wait for the services to resume. With no direct road connect, the only way was a circuitous route via Kalyan or Mumbra which would have taken another three hours as there is a diversion in progress due to the Saket bridge work in Thane. Auto drivers made a killing by asking for a jaw dropping Rs 400 per seat to travel between Thane and Kalyan. Activists said had there been an alternative to the railways, it wouldn't have been such an enduring task for the commuters to reach home on Wednesday as few commuters complained of having reached Dombivli in one hour from Thane. "Our train got stuck at Mumbra and it took me not less than one and a half hours to reach Dombivli from Thane. There were no announcements and that compounded to the problems," said Vishwanath Biwalkar, a commuter. With no alternative other than trains to reach suburbs, rogue auto drivers were charging exorbitant amounts to travel there. Many office-goers who waited for trains were forced to travel in extremely crowded trains that ran three hours behind schedule. Few complained of suffocation after getting held up in Parsik tunnel for over 20 minutes with no fans or lights. "Our train was stuck in the tunnel for nearly 20 minutes with no lights or fans. It was really suffocating. Most passengers decided to jump off and walk down to the nearest exit and take the roadway to reach home," said a commuter who was travelling in the Badlapur fast that left Thane around 8:06 pm. The authorities had planned an alternate road between Thane and Dombivli few years back, but the project is now in the cold storage. Nothing progressive has happened on that front yet. The road was scheduled to take off from Mumbra bypass road and connect the KDMC parole road at Dombivli. If the same was developed, the strain on the railways wouldn't have been so much, said officials. Railway officials said they have been working to their best to operate maximum services between Thane and suburbs. "The state government must also work towards reducing the strain on passengers beyond Thane. The railway network is already strained and it is high time, the state works out a road project to connect the suburbs beyond. It will only help in reducing the load on the railways as well as the public," said Narendra Patil, CPRO of Central railway.
2016-05-26Three killed, 129 injured in explosion at industrial unit in Thane - Mathrubhumi English
Three killed, 129 injured in explosion at industrial unit in Thane The mishap occurred at about 11.30 AM when cylinders exploded leading to a fire in the chemical manufacturing unit of Herbert Brown Pharmaceutical and Research Laboratories at Shivaji Udyog Nagar of MIDC phase-II area in Dombivili (East), a unit of the Acharya Chemicals. May 26, 2016, 06:08 PM IST PTI Thane: At least three workers were killed and 129 others injured in a huge explosion at an industrial unit today in Dombivili township of the district near here, police said. The mishap occurred at about 11.30 AM when cylinders exploded leading to a fire in the chemical manufacturing unit of Herbert Brown Pharmaceutical and Research Laboratories at Shivaji Udyog Nagar of MIDC phase-II area in Dombivili (East), a unit of the Acharya Chemicals. As of now, the number of dead is three and that of injured is 129, Thane District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar told PTI. The injured were rushed to various hospitals in Thane, Dombivli and Kalyan, he said, adding, NDRF personnel were also involved in the rescue operation, along with fire brigade and police. The intensity of the blast was so high that window panes in adjoining buildings were shattered and shocked people were seen running helter-skelter, an eyewitness said. An injured receives treatments at a hospital Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief at the mishap while Industries Minister Subhash Desai and Guardian Minister for the district Eknath Shinde visited the site along with Kalyankar. Minister of state for Home Ram Shinde said an inquiry will be conducted into the incident. Terming the incident as unfortunate, Fadnavis said he has asked the police and local authorities to speed up the operations. Thane Joint Police Commissioner Ashutosh Dumbre said rescue operations were on as some more persons could be trapped in the debris. He said the toll could go up but it would be known only after clearing the debris. He said the impact of the explosion was felt in an area of around five kilometres in which vehicles were damaged. Over a dozen firefighters from Thane, Kalyan, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Badlapur and Navi Mumbai were rushed to the spot to extinguish the flames. Police said the rescue team was facing a tough task in clearing the debris as chemical barrels and drums were lying buried under it. The District Collector is likely to hold a meeting with the Directorate of Industrial Safety, police, MIDC, and Kalyan Dombivili Municipal Corporation officials to find out if safety norms were followed by the chemical unit. Thane District Regional Disaster Management Cell In-charge Santosh Kadam said the rescue operations were affected because of the fire and it was not immediately known how many persons were trapped inside. At least 15 ambulances were rushed to the site, he added. The NRDF team from Pune was rushed to Dombivili to assist in the rescue operations. Saddened to know about the unfortunate tragic incident that took place at Dombivali, Fadnavis tweeted. Spoke to police officials local authorities and asked them to speed up the relief operations, he said. We are constantly in touch with the local administrationn and we would leave no stone unturned in our efforts relief operation, he said in another tweet. BJP MLA from Dombivili Ravindra Chavan expressed serious concern over the explosions in the MIDC and sought a permanent solution for it.
Three killed, 129 injured in explosion at industrial unit in Thane - Mathrubhumi English
2016-05-26Imported exotic fruit demand rises in Thane - FreshPlaza
Imported exotic fruit demand rises in Thane Summer is at its peak in Thane and lake city residents are buying more and more exotic fruits, such as wood apples, passion fruit, mangosteens, rambutans, longans, kiwis and dragon fruits. While seasonal fruits like mangoes and litchis are still in demand, city vendors say they have seen a steep rise in customers who have been buying exotic fruits for desserts and juices. "We initially used to sell only seasonal fruits like litchis but realized that there are buyers for such fruits. We recently started selling kiwis and dragon fruit too. Even though a dragon fruit costs Rs 40 and eight kiwis are sold for Rs 100 they are in demand," said Gajanand Gupta, a vendor at Talao Pali. As these fruits are not commonly grown locally, they are usually imported from other countries. California grapes cost Rs 250 to Rs 300 for a kilogram. A fruit store owner on Ram Maruti Road, Alka Gawade, said she stocks kiwis and apples from New Zealand, wood apples, passion fruits and different types of litchis. (1 Indian Rupee=0.015USD) Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com Publication date: 5/26/2016
2016-05-26Dombivali blast: Rescue operations on; Fadnavis, BJP MLA express concern - Free Press Journal
Dombivali blast: Rescue operations on; Fadnavis, BJP MLA express concern By PTI May 26, 2016 03:52 pm Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis termed it as an unfortunate incident and said he has asked the Mumbai police and Thane authorities to speed up the rescue operations. Thane: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has termed the Dombivali chemical plant blast as as an unfortunate incident and has asked the police and local authorities to speed up the rescue operations. Saddened to know about the unfortunate tragic incident that took place at Dombivali, Fadnavis tweeted. Spoke to police officials: local authorities and asked them to speed up the relief operations, he said. Herbert Brown Acharya chemical company's bolied busted and over 30 workers injured. We are constantly in touch with the local administration and we would leave no stone unturned in our efforts relief operation, he mentioned in another tweet. According to Dinesh Kurhade, District Disaster Control Officer Dinesh Kurhade, the mishap occurred when cylinders exploded leading to a fire in the chemical manufacturing unit of Herbert Brown Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories at Shivaji Udyog Nagar of MIDC phase-II area in Dombivili (East). At least three workers were killed and nearly 25 others injured in explosion at an industrial unit in Dombivili township of Thane district today, a senior IPS officer told PTI. Pieces of shattered window glasses after a chemical boiler busted in Dombivili MIDC Phase 2, killing 3. An eyewitness said that the intensity of the blast was so much that window panes in several adjoining buildings were shattered and people were seen running helter-skelter. More than a dozen fire tenders were at the site to douse the flames, Kurhade said. Chaos prevailed in vicinity of the industrial unit where the blast occurred even as the injured workers were rushed to various hospitals. Thane District Collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar and Municipal Commissioner E Ravindran were monitoring the rescue operation. Pieces of shattered window glasses after a chemical boiler busted in Dombivili MIDC Phase 2, killing 3. Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde said all efforts were being made to expedite the rescue operation and ensure proper medical care to the injured persons. He said the cause of the explosion would be probed. BJP MLA from Dombivili Ravindra Chavan expressed serious concern over the explosions in the MIDC and sought a permanent solution to it. Thane District Regional Disaster Management Cell in-charge Santosh Kadam said the rescue operations were affected because of the fire in the company premises. Hence, it was not immediately known how many persons were trapped inside, he said.
Dombivali blast: Rescue operations on; Fadnavis, BJP MLA express concern - Free Press Journal
2016-05-25Woman assaulted, gangraped at knife point in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
Woman assaulted, gangraped at knife point in Thane A 24-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted and gang-raped at knife point by two youths in Kalwa area of Thane on Tuesday. The woman was sleeping in her house with her kids when the both the accused — identified as Vikas Awhad (20) and Vilas Telore (20) — knocked on her door. When she opened the door, she was forcefully taken inside and raped. The woman and her two kids were alone at home, while her husband has been living away for the past four years. Taking advantage of the situation, the accused duo — both residents of Manisha Nagar in Kalwa area of Thane — made the move and threatened to kill the victim's children if she makes noise. "The duo kept an eye on the woman and when they found her alone they entered her house. They first assaulted her and later raped her at knife point while her kids were sleeping next to her. Both the accused fled the spot after the incident," said a Kalwa police officer. "The accused threatened the woman to slit her throat and kill her kids if she told anyone about the incident. We have registered a case under section 376 (D) (gang rape), 452 (house trespass), 323(voluntarily causing hurt) and 506(2) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code," said JV Babar, senior Inspector, Kalwa police station. "We arrested the duo and produced them before Thane Court. They have been remanded to police custody for three days," added Babar.
Woman assaulted, gangraped at knife point in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-25Mayor assures repeal of 'dangerous' tag on Thane buildings to residents - Daily News & Analysis
Mayor assures repeal of 'dangerous' tag on Thane buildings to residents Thane mayor Sanjay More has come to the rescue of residents of Srinagar area whose buildings were declared dangerous by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). More has assured them that it was a mistake that would be repealed soon by the civic body. On May 23, residents of Srinagar in Thane West had approached More with their grievances. They had alleged that their buildings and bungalows that are not even 30 years old to call for a structural audit have been put in the dangerous category by the TMC. "There are nearly 300 buildings and bungalows here which received notices from the TMC last Thursday. We were told that our buildings are in the 'dangerous' and 'extremely dangerous' categories and we need to vacate them in the next seven days," said advocate VS Lakshmanan. "My bungalow is just 24 years old and even I got the notice. In fact, even a one-year-old structure called Mavis Tower has got a notice." The angry residents had met More on Monday who had assured them that their grievances would be addressed at the earliest. "I spoke to the TMC officials concerned who agreed that they had issued the notices to these buildings by mistake. The same will be taken back by the TMC soon," said More. With building collapses occurring during the monsoon every year and precious lives being lost, the TMC has decided to be extra cautious this year. In fact, TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has announced that assistant commissioners of every ward will be held responsible in case of a collapse in their respective areas. Hence, to avoid such incidents, civic officials are in a hurry to vacate dangerous, extremely dangerous and dilapidated buildings in their areas.
Mayor assures repeal of
2016-05-25Get 5-star facilities inside Thane jail, at just Rs 5 lakh! - Mid-Day
Get 5-Star Facilities Inside Thane Jail, At Just Rs 5 Lakh! May 25, 2016, 08:30 IST Letter Sent To CM Alleges That Superintendent Hiralal Jadhav Takes Bribes From Inmates And Staff, Fudges Daily Dossiers, Allows Prisoners To Talk On His Phone And Smuggles Contraband In The prison system is a joke. The dust of controversy over lapses by Arthur Road Jail Superintendent Bharat Bhonsale, under whose nose former Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal and Ponzi scheme operator Shekhar Chandrashekhar illegally moved out of prison, is yet to settle, and another alleged bad egg has been called out.A detailed letter, sent to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis by anonymous policemen on April 30, has blown the lid off alleged massive corruption by Thane Central Jail Superintendent Hiralal Jadhav. Rich inmates are allegedly encouraged to lead lavish lifestyles, provided there is ample money flowing in and out.The letter said within 10 days of taking charge this February, the Thane prison superintendent began allowing inmates to make calls through his mobile phone, and smuggled in hashish, marijuana and alcohol with the connivance of jailers Madane Kadam, Ingale, Suryanvanshi and constable Suryakant Patil. He also allegedly tampered with prison records.
Get 5-star facilities inside Thane jail, at just Rs 5 lakh! - Mid-Day
2016-05-25Man accused of possessing gutkha acquitted in Thane - Mid-Day
Man accused of possessing gutkha acquitted in Thane By PTI |Posted 25-May-2016 Thane: A Thane local court has acquitted a man arrested for allegedly possessing gutkha and other contraband due to lack of evidence against him. District Judge N N Shrimangale acquitted the arrested accused, Surendra Rampalat Chaurasiya (37), a resident of Bhayander area in Thane tnwhile observing that the prosecution failed to prove the charges against him. The prosecution informed the court that the police and FDA officials had seized banned material like gutkha, pan masala and scented betelnuts of different brands valued at Rs 1,70,860, from Chaurasiya's residence during a raid on December 8, 2013. The accused was arrested and tried for offences punishable under sections 328, 272, 273 and 188 of IPC as well as under relevant sections of Food Safety and Standard Rules. During the trial, it came to the notice of the court that the police and FDA officials destroyed the seized goods without any authority. Later, the judge observed that the evidence of prosecution witness is not sufficient to prove that the goods were seized from possession of the accused. It is also clear from the evidence of investigating officer that the spot of incident is surrounded by residential premises of others. But, no neighbour was examined before the court by the prosecution to prove that the accused was in exclusive possession of the premises and the contraband was seized from there, he noted. It is clear from the evidence of food officer that the material was destroyed without keeping its samples and the prosecution failed to prove that the seized material was injurious to public health, he observed. Thus, considering all the evidence on record, the prosecution has miserably failed to prove that the accused was found in possession of contraband and that it was injurious to public health, the judge said in his recent order. "No charge is proved against the accused," he said while acquitting Chaurasiya in the case.
Man accused of possessing gutkha acquitted in Thane - Mid-Day
2016-05-25Pass per cent in Thane division 87, rise by small margin from last year - Times of India
Pass per cent in Thane division 87, rise by small margin from last yearFreny FernandesGirls outperformed boys in the class XII state board exams this year with 90.89 pass percentage while that of boys was recorded to be 83.34%. | TNN | May 25, 2016, 10.52 PM IST Thane: Girls outperformed boys in the class XII state board exams this year with 90.89 pass percentage while that of boys was recorded to be 83.34%. The Thane division, which includes Thane and Palghar districts, recorded an all-time-high pass percentage of nearly 87%, a slight improvement from last year's 86.60%. The district colleges have seen the pass percentage rise by a small margin of 0.27% from last year's 86.60% to 86.87% this year, said a state board official. The overall performance of the 1.1 lakh plus students from Thane and Palghar districts is the highest in the past three years. A majority Pass per cent in Thane division 87, rise by small margin from last year Freny Fernandes | TNN | May 25, 2016, 10.52 PM IST Thane: Girls outperformed boys in the class XII state board exams this year with 90.89 pass percentage while that of boys was recorded to be 83.34%. The Thane division, which includes Thane and Palghar districts, recorded an all-time-high pass percentage of nearly 87%, a slight improvement from last year's 86.60%. The district colleges have seen the pass percentage rise by a small margin of 0.27% from last year's 86.60% to 86.87% this year, said a state board official. The overall performance of the 1.1 lakh plus students from Thane and Palghar districts is the highest in the past three years. A majority of 50.58% of these students scored between 50 and 60%, securing second class grade. Students who scored 75% and above totalling a little over 9,500, which is roughly around 9.4% of the total students that passed the Higher Secondary Education (HSC) exam. The students, before learing of their results, spent an anxious hour as the state board website server was down on Wednesday afternoon. While Vasai was the highest in the Thane division with a pass percentage of 90.83, Shahapur came second and recorded the highest pass percentage of 89.65 in the district. This was closely followed by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation with a pass percentage of 89.44 and Murbad with 89.09% success rate. The lowest success rate of 74.86% was recorded in the Mokhada region.
2016-05-25Work on Thane and Diva lines stalled again - The Asian Age
Work on Thane and Diva lines stalled again May 26, 2016 | Age Correspondent | mumbai Though the fifth and sixth lines between Thane and Diva have been under construction for over four years now, officials are still busy sorting out issues even as work has come to a standstill for the past few weeks. Presently, topography of the section on which work is underway has made it difficult to lay tracks and a deviation may have to be taken. All we can say is that we are trying to finish the work within the given deadline of December of 2017. There is no two ways about the fact that when the line is completed, it will be a big relief, said a railway official on condition of anonymity. The lines are being built to separate suburban from outstation traffic and let both operations continue without interfering with each other. However, the project has been plagued with hurdles in the form of clearances required from the Maharashtra Forest Department for carrying out work on marshy land, axing nearly 1,700 trees, and so on.
2016-05-24181 food licences in Thane cancelled for FDA rule violation - Economic Times
181 food licences in Thane cancelled for FDA rule violation By PTI | 24 May, 2016, 01.08PM IST THANE: Licences of as many as 181 food establishments in THANE were cancelled for violation of FDA guidelines, a senior official here said. Of the total food samples inspected last year, 105 were found to be sub-standard and 30 unfit for human consumption. A total of 40 criminal cases were registered in courts in this connection and Rs 1.65 lakh fine was collected from the violators, FDA Konkan division's Joint Commissioner Suresh Annapure said yesterday at a meeting chaired by Thane District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar. He added that licences of 181 food establishments were cancelled for violating Food and Drug Administration guidelines. The collector directed the FDA officials to keep a tab on sale of eatables at various locations during the upcoming monsoon season. He also asked the officials to go in for a periodic checks of roadside stalls, hotels and dhabas to ensure they maintain hygiene. He emphasised on holding awareness campaign on hygiene and prevention of ailments due to consumption of harmful food. At the meeting, Annapure said the FDA officials will carry out inspections and if anyone is found violating regulations, appropriate action will be taken against them.
181 food licences in Thane cancelled for FDA rule violation - Economic Times
2016-05-24Woman gangraped in Thane, two youths arrested - Deccan Chronicle
Woman gangraped in Thane, two youths arrested PTI Published May 24, 2016, 2:50 pm IST Updated May 24, 2016, 2:50 pm IST Thane: A 24-year-old women was allegedly gangraped by two youths in Kalwa area of the district, police said on Tuesday. The victim, who separated from her husband about four years back, was sleeping at home in Jaibhim Nagar of Kalwa along with her two children on Sunday night. The two youths, Vikas alias Ambadas Awhad (21) and Vishal Gopichand Telore (20), barged into her house in the wee hours yesterday at around 1.15 AM, Kalwa police station sub-inspector S M Dhadve said. They allegedly pulled her out of the house at knife-point and then took turns to rape her, he said. Prior to the offence, the accused threatened the woman that they would slit her throat and kill her two children if she resisted their move, he said, quoting the complaint filed by the victim. Based on the complaint, the two accused, one of them a newspaper vendor were arrested yesterday, police said. The duo has been booked under sections 376(d), 452, 506(2) and 323 of the IPC, he said. The accused were produced in a local court which remanded them in police custody till May 28, Dhadve added.
Woman gangraped in Thane, two youths arrested - Deccan Chronicle
2016-05-24CII sets up a new zonal office in Thane - Times of India
CII sets up a new zonal office in Thane TNN | May 24, 2016, 08.05 PM IST MUMBAI: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has launched a new zone in Thane. This zone is an important addition to the CII- Maharashtra State Office, after successful launch of six others in Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik and Pune in the previous years.The CII Thane zonal office comprises suburban areas of Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Ambernath and Ulhasnagar, in which most of the organised modern industries are located. The region also includes industrially developing areas of Vasai, Murbad, Bhiwandi, Palghar and Dahanu. The Chairman of this zone is Mr Satish Godbole, Vice-President of Siemens Ltd; and the Vice-Chairman is Mr Prakash Subramanian, President and CEO of Hercules Hoists Ltd. Presently, there are 84 members in the zone, mostly comprising small and medium enterprises. The Thane zone is one of the attractive destinations for industries, as it is the third most industrialized district in the state. The region has 11 MIDC zones in Airoli, Ambernath, Badlapur, Dombivali, Kalyan-Bhiwandi, Marol, Mira, Murbad, Tarapur and Thane. It also has three SEZs in Airoli, Kurla and Thane areas. Micro enterprises constitute the largest set of industries in this belt, followed by small enterprises. There is huge potential in the region for resource-based industries like Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Auto Components, Cement, Consumer Goods, Logistics, Agriculture, Forestry and Minerals; demand-based industries like computers hardware, steel furniture and information technology and ancillary.
2016-05-24Ephedrine Haul: US agency working with Thane cops, NCB to probe role of 'druglord' - The Indian Express
Ephedrine Haul: US agency working with Thane cops, NCB to probe role of 'druglord' Written by Mohamed Thaver Mumbai Published:May 25, 2016, 1:20 Nearly 20 tonnes of Ephedrine was found in a Solapur unit of Avon Life sciences Ltd, which the police believe was diverted for making illegal drugs. CONFIRMING that it is probing the Thane polic's haul of nearly 20 tonnes of Ephedrine in April, along with local police agencies, the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States has said the federal agency is investigating the role of alleged international druglord Vicky Goswami in the drug bust. Nearly 20 tonnes of Ephedrine was found in a Solapur unit of Avon Life sciences Ltd, which the police believe was diverted for making illegal drugs. Derek Odney, DEA Country Attach, told The Indian Express over an email that Goswami, an alleged druglord whose name cropped up during the ongoing investigations, was wanted in the US on charges of importing heroin to that country. The Thane police have claimed that the nine persons arrested in the case in the country are linked to Goswami, who would use the Ephedrine supplied by them to cook party drug Meth in Kenya and supply it to the US.
Ephedrine Haul: US agency working with Thane cops, NCB to probe role of
2016-05-24181 food licences cancelled for FDA rule violation in Thane - Times of India
181 food licences cancelled for FDA rule violation in Thane PTI | May 24, 2016, 01.09 PM IST THANE: Licences of as many as 181 food establishments in Thane were cancelled for violation of FDA guidelines, a senior official here said. Of the total food samples inspected last year, 105 were found to be sub-standard and 30 unfit for human consumption. A total of 40 criminal cases were registered in courts in this connection and Rs 1.65 lakh fine was collected from the violators, FDA Konkan division's Joint Commissioner Suresh Annapure said yesterday at a meeting chaired by Thane District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar. He added that licences of 181 food establishments were cancelled for violating Food and Drug Administration guidelines. The collector directed the FDA officials to keep a tab on sale of eatables at various locations during the upcoming monsoon season. He also asked the officials to go in for a periodic checks of roadside stalls, hotels and dhabas to ensure they maintain hygiene. He emphasised on holding awareness campaign on hygiene and prevention of ailments due to consumption of harmful food. At the meeting, Annapure said the FDA officials will carry out inspections and if anyone is found violating regulations, appropriate action will be taken against them.
181 food licences cancelled for FDA rule violation in Thane - Times of India
2016-05-23Thane set to lose 26 more hectares of green to roads - Mumbai Mirror
Thane set to lose 26 more hectares of green to roads By Yogesh Naik, Mumbai Mirror | May 23, 2016, 09.03 AM IST In February this year, 58 acres of the city's green lung-the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), were dereserved to make room for the Delhi-Mumbai Freight Corridor project. That project will denude Thane of over 16 hectares of green cover at its northern end. And now, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is completing a proposal that will strip SGNP bare of over 26 southern hectares, to make room for a road. Pramod Nimbalkar, town development and planning officer TMC, said the road is meant to decongest traffic crowding Thane city. "At present, vehicles pass through the city and then go to Thane-Borivali road. This road will start from Shrinagar on the southern side and end on Gaimukh where it will join the Thane-Borivali road." The road will be 130 feet wide and 9 km long, said Sandeep Malvi, Thane deputy commissioner. SGNP is not only the city's green lung but also home to 35 panthers, and rare species of flora and fauna. Environmentalists are deeply unhappy about the proposal, anticipating the disruption that will follow. "This is the worst thing TMC can do. It will affect the fragile ecosystem. The movement of panthers, peacocks, barking deer, monkeys, nilgais, civet and wild cats will be affected,'' said Aneesh Andheria, president of the Wildlife Conservation Trust, an NGO. Deputy engineer Shailendra Bendale confirmed that the TMC will require nearly 52 hectares of land in all and that over 50 per cent of the road will pass through SGNP, but termed the environmental concerns premature. "We are yet to complete the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report. How can one say now that it will affect wildlife?'' asked Bendale. The detailed project report and environmental impact assessment report will be submitted to the State Forest Department by June. The Thane Municipal Corporation's green track record hasn't exactly been stellar, as it has frequently chosen to privilege development over the environment, to meet the demands of its urban population. When T Chandrashekhar was the commissioner in the late '90s, the TMC had constructed roads through SGNP and mangroves at the greenbelt at Saket Complex were buried to build better infrastructural connectivity. As joint commissioner of MMRDA in 2003, Chandrashekhar had also mooted a proposal to construct a road from Goregaon to Mulund through SGNP, which was effectively blocked by environmentalists, who'd raised several flags on the damage the road would cause. The Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (wildlife) Shree Bhagwan said he'd been informed of the development and visited the site, but without a detailed formal notice, he wasn't in a position to comment further. Forest Secretary Vikas Kharge and National Park Director Vikas Gupta were not available for comment. Environmentalists already view this as an invitation for a natural disaster. "While Mumbai is focused on infrastructures of commerce, they are forgetting the necessity of protecting the infrastructures of survival. Inevitable extreme climatic events will hit us with increasing frequency and intensity. The Mithi floods have taught us nothing," said Bittu Sahgal, editor of Sanctuary Asia and a member of the National Board for Wildlife. Green activist Harish Pandey drew attention to the government's mixed messages, which pay lip service to preservation without translating to action. "On Sunday, PM Modi said on Mann ki Baat that the environment should be a serious priority. Yet it is inclined to development in Aarey, SGNP and and mangroves in Western suburbs.''
2016-05-23Thane ATS, Muslim leaders join hands to fight ISIS - Mid-Day
Thane ATS, Muslim leaders join hands to fight ISIS By Faisal Tandel |Posted 1 hour They organised an awareness programme to tell youngsters about ISIS ideology. The Thane unit of the Anti-Terrorism Squad is fighting the good fight against ISIS. In the wake of a recent 22-minute ISIS video, which featured two city youths, Fahad Shaikh and Aman Tandel, the unit conducted a program at Mira Road to create awareness among youngsters about the extremist ideology of the militant group. More than 500 people, including Muslim scholars, advocates and local leaders, were present at the program. It was conducted on Friday. More than 500 people including Muslim scholars, advocates and local leaders, were present at the program where the ATS officials and community leaders spoke against the extremist group. A senior officer from Thane ATS said, The extremist group is mostly using the social networking sites to attract youths. Instead of arresting innocents who have been radicalised, we have started awareness programs in the minority areas to take a step to work with the locals. It will help decrease the gap between the police and public and also create awareness among the youngsters. The officer added, Also, if any suspicious movement is detected, we can stop the youths from being radicalised. We have also asked the Muslim scholars to make announcements and speeches against ISIS during the Friday prayers. Dr Azimuddin Sayed, President of Movement Human Welfare of Maharashtra said, The video and ideology created by the extremist group is destroying the image of Islam. We are fighting and creating awareness programs to change it. Islam is a religion of peace and never allows anyone to kill. ISIS does not represent Islam. Families say: The family is not concerned about the video; they don't even want to see it. They have already forgotten about their kids. But, we will always support the [investigating] agencies to create awareness among the masses that ISIS is fake and does not represent Islam. Ifitikar Khan, Fahad Shaikh's relative: Just when we are trying to forget it, the video is going viral again. Its been more than 2 years since we have spoken with the kids. We don't even want to know what they are doing or want them to return, as even if they come then is a burden for us, because people will now see us as the relatives of a terrorist. Aman's mother is traumatised and is still trying to recover. Close relative of Aman Tandel
Thane ATS, Muslim leaders join hands to fight ISIS - Mid-Day
2016-05-23MNS complaints for illegal film shooting in Thane hosp - Mumbai Mirror
MNS complaints for illegal film shooting in Thane hosp By Alka Dhupkar, Mumbai Mirror | May 20, 2016, 03.11 PM IST Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has filed a written complaint to the Vartak Nagar Police station alleging that a film shooting was held in Lokmanya Tilak Hospital, Thane without completing legal procedures. They said that the authorities are trying to cover up the issue because the production house is owned by local Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik's Vihang group of companies. PSI Santosh Kulkarni said that he has received the application and it will be investigated soon. Vihang Production is producing its first film 'Dahi Kala' which is directed by well-known Marathi singer-composer-director Avdhoot Gupte. According to Rajendra Kamble, MNS shakha pramukh (of ward number 16), "On Sunday, 15th May shooting was started at the hospital with 150 members crew. The lunch was cooked at the ground floor with cylinder gas, which could have led to an accident since the safety and legal procedures were not followed." "This hospital is constructed in 2007 which has capacity of 60 beds and art of state of the art facilities and best infrastructure but since nine years Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is not using this hospital full-fledged when patients from locality need it desperately. Only OPD is run by the TMC. We demand that instead of making it a shooting spot, TMC should immediately start hospital, moreover we have written to the Municipal Commissioner to conduct an inquiry in the trespassing by the production team in the hospital," Kamble added, When contacted TMC chief medical officer Dr Ramrao Kendre accepted that on Sunday a written permission was not given. Dr Kendre told Mumbai Mirror, "Medical officer Dr Rani Shinde has verbally given the permission for the shooting at the hospital to the production team. We have charged Rs 25,124 to them. This is the first time we have given this hospital for shooting. We thought if we are getting revenue why not allow the cinema shooting here?" But when asked why the hospital is unused for so many years when the building is ready? He answered, "There are various reasons mainly we were short of the manpower since the posts were not sanctioned by state government. Recently few posts are sanctioned and we are in process of hiring the staff, so in coming time we would be able to start the hospital for patients. Currently we are seeing around 200 patients every day in OPD, But on Sunday the OPD was closed so we decided to allow cinema shooting here," he defended. Purvesh Sarnaik, Director of Vihang Production told Mumbai Mirror, "We had applied on Friday but since there was a weekend Dr Kendre ensured the verbal permission. We have paid the bill. We have not breached any rule. So called complainants wanted to blackmail the team and were demanding money to continue the shooting, when we told them that we had all permissions they created a scene." Purvesh claimed that, "During shooting we did not use any of the property of the hospital and only outer lobby and the gate was used for the shooting." However, Kamble refuted the allegations made by Purvesh and said since we have exposed how local MLA is using his power and misusing public property; they want to save their skin with false allegations against MNS. "Would any other producer or common man will get such verbal permission on weekend?" he asked.
2016-05-23Two Groups Clash Over Site of Borewell in Thane - Outlook India
Two Groups Clash Over Site of Borewell in Thane Two groups clashed at Majiwada village in Bhiwandi tehsil of Thane district over the site for a new borewell yesterday, police said. Village panchayat had decided to drill a borewell near the house of Alka Bhoir, but a group of villagers opposed it. While one group was in favour of drilling the borewell near Bhoir's house, another wanted it to be drilled in the centre of the village, so as to be accessible to all the villagers. The latter group also said that the present location of borewell was on the road and would hinder movement. The matter came to a head when the drilling work started near Bhoir's house yesterday morning. Complaint and a counter-complaint of assault have been filed by two groups. Nobody has been arrested yet.
2016-05-23Lankan bird makes Thane its home - Times of India
Lankan bird makes Thane its home TNN | May 23, 2016, 11.59 PM IST THANE:The Yeoor jungles have seen a Sri Lankan bird ”frogmouth” make it its home over the last one year. Almost four years after it was seen in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) near Borivli, the rare nocturnal bird was spotted by a wildlife enthusiast, Aditya Salekar, in the Yeoor forests during a 24-hour animal census on Saturday and Sunday. Experts say the presence of this species is limited to the Western Ghats and the recent sightings in the north Western Ghats, which includes Mumbai and Thane, may indicate the growing green cover here. "The Sri Lankan Frogmouth is present across tropical and dense forest regions in the South Western Ghats and Sri Lanka. This species lives in green habitats and thrives on small insects. As the SGNP, which includes the Yeoor range, has all the requirements, in addition to adequate water, they seem to have spread their habitat up north too," said a Yeoor forest official. The census was conducted in the forest range over the last weekend to help the forest department get a clear picture of the animal population in the Yeoor range. Avinash Bhagat, a member of Thane's Paryavaran Dakshata Manch, who has co-authored a book on the birds on Thane creek, believes that the SGNP may have many birds of this species. "The bird can camouflage amid tree barks and other surroundings it resides in and is hard to spot. It is active after dark, when the park is closed for visitors," Bhagat said. The 24-hour census, meanwhile, registered a decline in the number of animals from last year's 300 to 250. However, forest officials said the method of calculating animal population through manual headcount was inaccurate as there could be double counting or observational errors. Sanjay Waghmode, Yeoor forest range officer, said that the animal mcensus was carried out to involve wildlife enthusiasts and spot new species. "We managed to achieve both this year," he said.
2016-05-23Two girls in a tiff jump into Thane creek - Times of India
Two girls in a tiff jump into Thane creek TNN | May 23, 2016, 11.41 PM IST Thane: Two girls reportedly involved in a tiff jumped into the Thane creek in the early hours of Monday at Kasheli Bridge. A civic rescue team has been unable to trace the duo till late evening. The disaster management cell of the Thane Municipal Corporation received a call from the police about two girls who reportedly jumped off the bridge. The girls were heatedly discussing something among themselves when they suddenly plunged into the waters below. "We received a distress call around 8am about two girls who jumped into the Thane creek at Kasheli Bridge. Our team of divers and experts searched the creek but haven't found the duo yet," said Santosh Kadam of the regional disaster management cell. A missing complaint has been lodged with the Thane police, informed an official in the evening.
2016-05-22WhatsApp spells trouble for errant auto drivers in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
WhatsApp spells trouble for errant auto drivers in Thane It has been hardly a month since the Thane traffic police started taking complaints against errant rickshaw drivers, and the department claims to have received and solved 137 complaints related to rickshaw and traffic during this period. Using the popularity and ease of WhatsApp after it became a hit among social media users, the Thane traffic police had started an initiative of receiving passenger complaints on WhatsApp. This was mainly because a lot of people who were at the receiving end of errant rickshaw drivers deferred taking action against the latter citing cumbersome legal processes. "Most of these people would grumble if the driver was rude or charged the wrong auto fare, and that would be it," said a senior official from Thane traffic police department. "They would just walk away from the situation citing time constraints involved in lodging a complaint against the errant rickshaw driver," he added. Hence, to provide a quick grievance redressal forum to such passengers, the Thane traffic police launched the initiative to receive complaints on WhatsApp in the last week of April. Under it, one just has to click the rickshaw's licence plate number with the driver's photo (if possible) and send it to the traffic police's WhatsApp number, and the department would ensure action and also reply to your message about the action taken. This convenient system seems to have proved to be a hit. DCP Rashmi Karandikar of the Thane traffic police said, "From the day it was initiated till today, we have received 137 complaints and all of them have been addressed." She added: "Besides complaints against rickshaw drivers, we have also received intimation regarding traffic problems, parking issues, etc on our WhatsApp number." So before you park your car or bike illegally somewhere, do remember that someone might click the picture and send it on this WhatsApp to have your vehicle towed away. Moreover, to discipline the rickshaw drivers who are habitual defaulters, the department has also forwarded information about two particular drivers to the Regional Transport Office to get their licences revoked. "Now, it is up to the RTO to take necessary action," Karandikar said.
WhatsApp spells trouble for errant auto drivers in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-22After city, police raid dance bars in Thane under new law - The Hindu
After city, police raid dance bars in Thane under new law Special Correspondent A day after the Mumbai police began a crackdown on illegal dance bars, the Thane Rural Police followed suit raiding four bars where girls were found to be performing. The bar owners were booked under the Maharashtra Prohibition of Obscene Dance in Bars and Hotels and Protection of Dignity of Women Act, 2016. According to the police, the raids were conducted late on Friday based on specific information about girls dancing and patrons showering money on them, both of which are criminal acts under the new law, enacted in April to govern dance bars in the state after the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court instructed the state to begin granting licenses to dance bars. The raids were conducted at bars named. Dhadkan, Big Boss, C-Magic and Viceroy bars in Mira Road-Bhayander. We first sent in our men to confirm whether bar girls were indeed dancing inside. They recorded the performances on video, based on which we conducted the raids, SP (Thane Rural) Mahesh Patil said. He added that 16 girls were rescued from the bars and 60 accused including managers and staff were arrested and charged under the new law. On Thursday night, the Social Service Branch of the Mumbai police had raided four bars in different areas of the city and had invoked the new act against them. The raids commenced hours after the police formally received a written copy of the new law. The move is indicative of the increasing pressure on dance bars, even as the matter is being heard by the Supreme Court. More such raids are expected in the days to come and bar owners who have applied for new licenses will have to wait till June, when the courts reopen. The new law has stringent guidelines and operating dance bars without licenses is punishable by five years’ jail or a fine of Rs 25 lakh, or both. The state government has warned the police that Senior PIs and DCPs will face action if such bars are found to be operating in their areas.
2016-05-212 criminals on 'secret mission' escape from Thane mental hospital - Daily News & Analysis
2 criminals on 'secret mission' escape from Thane mental hospital To accomplish a "secret mission", two mentally ill patients from the criminal ward of Thane mental hospital, managed to escape after breaking the latch of the first-floor door. Earlier, both the patients were accused in a murder case and were lodged in different prisons in Thane. Sukhram Bhill (35), a resident of Jalgaon and Kashinath Pujara (38), a resident of Karjat in Raigad, lodged in Thane and Adharwadi prisons respectively, were sent to Thane mental hospital by the jail superintendents. The duo hatched a plan to escape from ward number 8 on ground floor reserved for criminals who were mentally-ill patients. The duo managed to reach the first floor and break open the iron latch of the door. They climbed up a floor and used a tree branch to jump over the safety wall of the compound and escape. A day later, Bhill returned to the hospital while a police team has been dispatched to Karjat to trace Pujara. "When the prison authorities questioned Bhill, he revealed that the duo were on a secret mission (sic) but he came back, while his friend has gone to his native place in Karjat," said a Wagle Estate police officer. "The duo were keeping track of the staff in the hospital and managed to escape once they got the chance. The authorities realised this only after the duo's escape," added the officer. "We have booked them under section 224 (Resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code. A police team has been sent to trace the second patient in Karjat and he will be nabbed soon," said Krushna Babar, investigating officer, Wagle Estate police station.
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2016-05-21Continuous water supply a pipe dream in Thane - Mid-Day
Continuous water supply a pipe dream in Thane By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours Shahapur, the largest taluka in Thane district, is parched. But a poor monsoon is alone not to blame for it. Sixty-one percent of water supply and distribution schemes for several talukas of the district, approved by the Thane zilla parishad (ZP) in the last 10 years, are still in limbo. A majority of them has allegedly been scuttled by crooked contractors and government officials. Crunch time: A number of villages in Thane district are dependent on groundwater or tankers. A ZP official said 493 schemes like installing taps and water pipelines, worth Rs 317 crore, have been approved over the last 10 years for Ambernath, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Murbad and Shahapur talukas. Of these, only 192 have been completed. Shahapur and Murbad account for the highest number of pending schemes. In Shahapur, 130 water supply schemes were approved, of which only 37 have been completed. In Murbad, of the 175 approved schemes, 133 are still pending. The completion of these schemes will resolve most of the water woes of these two talukas, the officer added. Blowing lid off scam: A recent inquiry into the flow of funds meant for the water supply schemes in 1,500 villages of Thane district opened a Pandora's box Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Babanrao Lonikar revealed a scam of Rs 317 crore in distribution. The ZP official said the schemes contractors and government officials are under scrutiny. Cases have been registered against 25 water supply committees across the district, and an executive and deputy engineer from water department has been suspended. Of the pending 301 schemes, 77 are expected to be completed at the earliest. Criminal proceedings have been initiated over 28 schemes. The inquiry committee has proposed the registration of cases on 25 schemes. Two of the total schemes are stuck in court. The Thane ZP has filed criminal cases against the gram sevak, the sarpanch, and the water supply and sanitation committees after finding irregularities in 23 schemes in Murbad, four in Shahapur and one from Bhiwandi.
Continuous water supply a pipe dream in Thane - Mid-Day
2016-05-21CBSE XII results in Thane better than last yr, girls outshine boys - Times of India
CBSE XII results in Thane better than last yr, girls outshine boys Freny Fernandes | May 21, 2016, 10.01 PM IST The class XII CBSE results that were declared on Saturday revealed that the success rate recorded this year is better than the previous year with a passing percentage of 96.77% across the city. Students across the city feel that the better results are a combined effort of teachers and parents hard work. A total of 90 out of 93 students appeared for the XII exams this year from Kendriya Vidyalaya, the city's only CBSE-affiliated junior college. Girl's outperformed boys in the examinations with cent percent pass percentage while boys recorded a pass percentage of 93.6%. The high scorers from the lake city said they believe that scores are nothing, but a reflection of the troubles taken by their teachers and parents. Thane topper, Shivang Kaul, scored 94.2% and stood first in the city, said, "I was studying for my JEE and have been going for classes and hardly had any time for my CBSE XII exams. I just depended on the school teachings." Thane's Prachi Shree who scored 93.8% said, "I didn't go for any tuitions because my teachers made our studies so interesting that we could never forget them. I studied during late nigh hours and my mom stayed up with me daily when I revised the lessons. I didn't expect to top in the city, but now that I have, it really feels great. This is my first step towards my dream of becoming an archeologist," said Prachi Shree, Khopat resident who topped the Humanities (Arts) stream in the city with 93.8%. Arjun Singh, principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, said, "We maintained a conducive learning environment in our school throughout the year and kept motivating our students to do the best they can. We also held a number of sessions on time management, last minute preparations, sample paper solving and so on. But, as academicians that is where our roles end. What the students have achieved is solely because of their own determination and hard work."
CBSE XII results in Thane better than last yr, girls outshine boys - Times of India
2016-05-21Railway police conduct anti-tobacco drive at Thane station - Times of India
Railway police conduct anti-tobacco drive at Thane station Manoj Badgeri | TNN | May 21, 2016, 04.46 PM IST THANE: The railway police at Thane conducted an anti-tobacco awareness drive at the railway station premises recently with the intention to create awareness among commuters and help drop its addiction among them. As part of health awareness that is integral to fitness and good health, which is also essential for policemen, the drive was organized by the respective police stations in Mumbai suburban division. The drive was also conducted at Kalyan, Dombivali, Karjat, Panvel, Vashi and Wadala stations. In this drive, lectures are organized by experts or by the respective police staff. Awareness posters procured from cancer society Bhoiwada were also displayed while at Wadala, a street play was also organized. At most places. The commuters were educated through meetings or street plays and announcements. The drive saw a decent turn out and the police hope to have helped ingrain the ill-effects of tobacco among its users.
2016-05-20Thane family gets Rs 11.43 lakh compensation for man's death in accident - Mid-Day
Thane family gets Rs 11.43 lakh compensation for man's death in accident By PTI |Posted 20-May-2016 Thane: The family of a 32-year-old man has been awarded Rs 11.43 lakh compensation by Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal for his death in a road mishap in 2011. MACT member and District Judge K D Vadane awarded the compensation of Rs 11.43 lakh to the victim's family, including his widow, parents and two minor daughters, all residents of Bhiwandi in Thane district. Ashok Shivaji Pawar (32,) of Adivasi Pada in Bhiwandi, worked at Srikrishna Dairy Farm in Wada as a supervisor and drew a salary of Rs 6,000 per month. According to the claimants, on November 1, 2011, Ashok was proceeding towards his residence on a motorcycle when a speeding jeep coming from behind hit his two-wheeler near Valshind village of Ganpati Pada in Bhiwandi. The victim fell from the bike. He sustained multiple injuries in the mishap and died on the spot. The claimants are Ashok's parents Shivaji Laxman Pawar (55- age at the time of the accident), Putlabai Pawar (50), wife Sheshu Ashok Pawar (20), and daughters Asawani Pawar (2) and Heera Pawar (5 months). It was alleged that the accident occurred due to sole negligence on part of the jeep driver, against whom an offence was also registered at Bhiwandi taluka police station. The applicants filed the claim against jeep owner Satish K Bhanushali and Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company. The counsel for the claimants submitted that the deceased had bright prospects, therefore his prospective income may also be taken into consideration while granting them compensation. The jeep driver did not appear before the tribunal and hence, the matter was decided ex-parte against him. The insurance company, however, contested the claim. It said the offending vehicle was used for commercial purpose, i.e. for carrying passengers on hire and reward basis, therefore there is breach of terms and conditions of policy. After hearing both the parties, the judge observed that as per clause 'avoidance of certain terms and conditions of recovery' of the policy, the applicants are entitled to recover the compensation from the insurance company. "In my view, though there is breach of terms and conditions of the policy, the insurance company is liable to first pay the compensation amount and recover the same from owner of offending jeep," the judge said in his recent order. The compensation of Rs 11.43 lakh includes Rs 9.18 lakhs towards future loss of dependency, Rs 1 lakh each towards loss of estate and loss of love and Rs 25,000 towards funeral and last rights.
2016-05-2063 flood-prone spots identified in Thane - Times of India
63 flood-prone spots identified in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | May 21, 2016, 01.31 AM IST THANE: Frequent instances of landslide and floods at nearly 500 identified spots in the Konkan division, including Thane and Raigad districts, have put the state authorities on an alert especially after the MeT department warned of over 28pc more than average rains this year. A report by the Konkan divisional commissioner that recently took a review of flood and landslide-prone areas in the region identified over 350 villages and spots in the Thane and neighbouring Palghar and Raigad districts that are flood-prone or witness frequent instances of landslides. While Thane has 63 flood-prone spots, Palghar has 13 areas where there could be water logging. Raigad district that has several mountainous patches in its jurisdiction where there are 84 landslide-prone spots while 220 villages could be inundated during heavy rains, stated a district report. The average rainfall in Konkan region that includes Thane, Raigad, Palghar, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg witnesses nearly 2500-3386mm rains every year. The average of the last six monsoons shows that 2785mm rains lashed the area while the previous year despite a shortfall, it rained nearly 1924mm here. The authorities are actively working towards ensuring minimal disasters to be reported during the monsoon. The MeT department has predicted around 28 per cent more rainfall than average this year which could possibly lead to more disasters and the authorities are taking steps to address them at the start, said a district official. Konkan divisional commissioner Tanaji Satre has also warned officials of switching off their mobile phones during times of emergencies. The inclusion of HaM radios along with NCC cadets will also be roped in, said officials. The TMC has stated that while June 5, 6 and 7 will witness tides of over 4.5m in height, July 4, 5 and 6 and August 20, 21, along with September 18 will witness high tides.
2016-05-19New Thane collector continues action against illegal sand dredgers - Daily News & Analysis
New Thane collector continues action against illegal sand dredgers Thane district's new collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar is continuing the mission to take action against all illegal activities in the area. He recently cracked down on illegal sand dredgers in the city and seized sand and equipment worth Rs1 crore. He also ensured demolition of all illegal structures on Taloja-Shil road. "On May 18, based on the instructions by Dr Kalyankar, action was taken against those doing illegal sand dredging in Mumbra Retibunder, Ganeshghat and Ghodbunder Road. In this raid, suction pumps and sand worth Rs1 crore were seized," said an official from the collectorate office. Moreover, over 90 chawls and 11 godowns that had come up illegally at Pimpri village near Taloja-Sheel road were also demolished on Wednesday. The project-affected people of Koyna dam were rehabilitated in this village. However, people from Mumbra and other adjoining areas encroached an area called Thakurpada and set up their shops and godowns. The villagers then complained about this to the collector, who immediately instructed tehsildar Revan Lembe to remove the encroachers. The 90 chawls were on a four-acre plot while the illegal shops and galas were on a six-acre one. All the chawls and shops were demolished and the land returned to the villagers. "Hope the encroachers never return and the collector's office continues to keep removing such structures," said Bhanu Patil from Thakurpada.
New Thane collector continues action against illegal sand dredgers - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-19Thane: TMC knocks down 275 houses to widen road - Mid-Day
Thane: TMC knocks down 275 houses to widen road By Faisal Tandel and Datta Kumbhar |Posted 3 hours Following a 12-hour-long demolition drive 7.30 am to 7.30 pm Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) authorities yesterday demolished 275 structures on the stretch between Shashtri Nagar to Hatti Pul in Thane (west). The demolition drive is part of a project in which the existing road will be widened from 15 metres to anywhere between 30 and 40 metres. A JCB tears down a structure for the road widening project. Commenting on their initiative, Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer, TMC, said, There are about 382 structures (residential and commercial) on this stretch that are supposed to be demolished. Now, a little over 100 remain, said. He added that after the drive was called off for the day, 222 families were handed over keys to their new residences in Vartak Nagar under the SRA scheme. Keys were handed over to the project affected people (PAPs) following biometric documentation. Those left out today [Wednesday], will be included in tomorrow's list after the final round of demolition concludes, Malvi said. More problems ahead: Speaking to mid-day, 44-year-old Jagdish Yadav, one of the PAPs said, Though our home was demolished in the morning, we got keys to our new house at 8.30 pm. They didn't even give us ample time to shift our belongings. Yadav said though the authorities had issued a notice to the residents four days ago, it lacked mention of a proper date for demolition. This he said caught everyone unawares. The Yadavs have been residing at Shashtri Nagar since 1970. He claimed that initially, the authorities were trying to rehabilitate them in the same houses as tenants, but the locals opposed the idea and demanded ownership. We had to fight to become the owners. Why should we shift into houses on rent when we owned our previous houses? Yadav said. However, Yadav complained that the housing units allotted to most of the PAPs lack basic amenities such as electricity and water. For 31-year-old Amit Singh, shifting to Vartak Nagar means travelling extra miles to take his father to the hospital. His father Mankichand suffered a cardiac arrest in 2013 and has remained bed-ridden since then. My father spends his days just lying in bed. He suffered a heart attack in 2013 and has been ill ever since. We have been residing in a ground floor flat at Kalpayog CHS since 1970. This makes it easy for us to take my father to the hospital. But we don't know on which floor our new house will be and whether the building has a lift or not. Rehabilitation is going to hit us hard.
Thane: TMC knocks down 275 houses to widen road - Mid-Day
2016-05-19Thane: Man held for beating younger brother to death over alcoholism - Deccan Chronicle
Thane: Man held for beating younger brother to death over alcoholism PTI Published May 19, 2016, 3:21 pm IST Updated May 19, 2016, 3:24 pm IST Thane: A 40-year-old man was beaten to death allegedly by his elder brother for being an alcoholic and not quiting the habit in Thane's Kalwa town, police said on Thursday. The accused, identified as Dilip Thorat (42), tried to convince his brother Vilas to give up consuming liquor, Sub-Inspector Aniket Pote of Kalwa Police Station said. But Vilas continued to drink heavily and even demanded money from his brother for the same. On the night of May 17, he was allegedly beaten up by his brother in their house and not allowed to escape, Pote said, adding Vilas died of to his injuries. Dilip was arrested last night and a case under sections 302 (punishment for murder), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC registered against him, police said.
Thane: Man held for beating younger brother to death over alcoholism - Deccan Chronicle
2016-05-19Thane administration launches crackdown on illegal sand dredging - The Indian Express
Thane administration launches crackdown on illegal sand dredging By: PTI Thane Updated: May 19, 2016, 13:40 The officials seized vehicles, boats, suction pumps and also sand collected from the creek during raids held Wednesday. In a major crackdown on illegal dredging of sand along the Thane creek, the district administration seized vehicles, boats and other material worth over Rs two crores, officials said on Thursday. The officials seized vehicles, boats, suction pumps and also sand collected from the creek during raids held Wednesday. Pune district: In 4 months, 2,248 cases registered against illegal sand mining offenders 30 trucks illegally carrying sand seized, fined Rs 11.7 lakh Tracking system soon to curb illegal sand mining Crackdown against sand mafia: Raids at 70 placesHC lifts stay on sand mining but sets a limit of 2 metres Illegal mining: GMDC to take police help in crackdown The action was carried out by the respective SDOs in Mumbra Retibunder, Ganesh Ghat and Mira Bhayander-Ghodbunder region, under the supervision of District Collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar, an official release said. During the raids conducted since the beginning of this month, 86 vehicles illegally transporting sand were seized and fine of around Rs 30.12 lakhs was recovered, it said. Offences have been registered against those indulging in illegal dredging of sand, the release added.
Thane administration launches crackdown on illegal sand dredging - The Indian Express
2016-05-19Two undertrials escape from Thane mental hospital - Business Standard
Two undertrials escape from Thane mental hospital Two undertrial prisoners who were undergoing treatment at the Thane mental hospital escaped from the facility, police said today. The accused were identified as Sukhram Jyotiram Bhilla (35), hailing from Jalgaon district, and Kashinath Pujara (38) from Raigarh distict, police said. The accused were arrested in two disparate murder cases, and were lodged in Thane mental hospital for treatment as per court directives, Police Inspector (PI) A D Kshirsagar of Wagle Estate police station said. The duo, who was lodged in a criminal ward, broke the grills of the windows and gates and absconded from the confinement yesterday, he said. A case has been registered under relevant sections of IPC, he said, adding efforts are under way to nab the accused.
Two undertrials escape from Thane mental hospital - Business Standard
2016-05-1924 IGCSE students of Thane school yet to get ICT results - Times of India
24 IGCSE students of Thane school yet to get ICT results Freny Fernandes | TNN | May 19, 2016, 11.24 PM IST Thane: Around 24 students from the Thane's Arya Cambridge School have not yet got their provisional results of the Class X IGCSE exams that were declared on Thursday. They couldn't access their final results as the status was reflected as 'pending'. They later realized the scores of Information and Communication Technology course (ICT) subject were left unmarked, which failed to update the results status. Kumud Piplani, the school principal, told TOI the issue will be resolved within 10 days. "Under the IGCSE board, students are given two results. One is a provisional result, and the final result is given 10 days thereafter. If there is any discrepancy, it is resolved within the 10 days. Our parents didn't know about this system and were a little anxious. We have now clarified their doubts," she said. When contacted, a spokesperson for Cambridge International Examination (CIE) denied any knowledge of the issue and said the school could contact them for any redressal. "This school has not contacted us as yet," said a CIE spokesperson.
2016-05-19Thane Stenner: Resist 'short-termism' for better investing performance - The Globe and Mail (subscription)
Resist 'short-termism' for better investing performance PUBLISHED MAY 19, 2016 UPDATED JUNE 5, 2017 Why do some investors consistently outperform their benchmarks, while others fail to do so? Contrary to popular belief, it has little to do with knowledge, skill or even luck. Rather, it's behaviour. Investors are often their own worst enemy. They may invest in the right assets, but they fail to capture the full performance of those assets because they make irrational errors, fall prey to biases and make misinformed assumptions. Better known as "chasing performance." This is less true of high-net-worth investors. No, the wealthy aren't "perfect" when it comes to managing their money. However, HNW investors are consistently better at keeping dangerous investment behaviours and biases in check, and that is a key factor behind their better portfolio performance. One of the most dangerous of all behaviours might be called "short-termism." That's a fitting way to describe a number of destructive actions: making decisions based on recent gains and losses, turning over positions based on current news, making "fast money" trades and speculations, and so on. Short-termism is the financial epidemic of our age. Consider the bar chart below, which shows how long it takes to trade every single share of some of the biggest ETFs. SPDR S&P 500 ETF is the largest, most liquid exchange-trade fund on the planet, offering broad exposure to the U.S. equity market – a classic "buy and hold" investment. But that doesn't seem to be what investors are using it for: Its entire share count is traded in only seven days. The table below shows the price of such trading. It compares the "buy and hold" performance of SPY to the dollar-weighted investor return. (Dollar-weighted return tracks the size and timing of cash flows into the ETF, which shows what the actual investor experience is.) I should point out that some of this performance gap can be explained by investors shorting the ETF, and by institutional investors using SPY as a "parking place" before allocating funds somewhere else. Still, such activity doesn't explain the size of the difference. Few HNW investors are "buy and hold forever" investors. But most are able to resist the call of this short-termism, which allows them to capture most of the performance of their assets. Here's how:They assume a three- to five-year hold period HNW individuals generally assume a mid- to long-term hold (that is, three to five years at least) when they buy any investment. This is a product of the attention they give to long-term strategy and goal-setting: They've taken the time to understand why they're buying, which gives them more confidence in what they buy. This is particularly true of managed money: actively managed mutual funds and ETFs, hedge funds, private equity, etc. In general, HNW individuals judge the performance of these investments not over one or two quarters, but rather years, allowing them to properly assess the manager they've hired. They control their speculations True, some HNW investors are active speculators (although this group is smaller than many think). HNW investors speculate in a controlled, measured way that is more about taking calculated risks than capitalizing on short-term trading momentum. When they do speculate, it's usually in areas where they have a significant knowledge advantage. Even then, they limit these to a small portion of their portfolios. They separate speculations from core holdings, and routinely harvest profits to reduce risk. They exercise selling discipline Most of the HNW investors I've met have extraordinarily good selling discipline. They base their selling on rational reasons: Business reasons: A deterioration in the underlying business changes the underlying investment thesis. Valuation reasons: The investment reaches its full value, and it's time to take profits. Risk management reasons: The individual's tolerance for risk changes, so an investment must be sold. Personal reasons: The investor needs to use the money to accomplish a life goal. Notice how none of these has anything to do with short-term events or market volatility. By establishing reasons beyond these factors, HNW investors are able to balance their desire for performance with a healthy dose of patience – call it the perfect cure for short-termism. Thane Stenner is founder of StennerZohny Investment Partners+ within Richardson GMP Ltd., as well as director, Wealth Management. Thane is also chairman emeritus of TIGER 21 Canada. He is the bestselling author of True Wealth: an expert guide for high-net-worth individuals (and their advisors). (mailto:thane.stenner@richardsongmp.com). The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and readers should not assume they reflect the opinions or recommendations of Richardson GMP Ltd. or its affiliates.
Thane Stenner: Resist
2016-05-19Thane: TMC peon caught taking bribe for water connection - Mid-Day
Thane: TMC peon caught taking bribe for water connection By Faisal Tandel |Posted 19-May-2016 A peon posted in a ward office of Thane Municipal Corporation was arrested yesterday, for accepting a bribe in exchange for allotting a new water connection. The victim, Vijay Gopinath Waghate, alleged that the accused Rajesh Yashwant Jadhav (43) initially demanded R10,000 from him, but later settled for Rs 5,000. Since he works as a daily wage labourer and his 40-year-old wife suffers from severe case of diabetes, fetching water is a problem. They have to travel around 2 km to get water as they reside in Yeoor, which is a tribal-dominated forest area. Hence, Wagate approached the officials of Ward number 4 of TMC (west) a month ago to ask the procedure to get a new connection. I wrote a letter to the Thane Municipal Corporation for a new water connection. Even after a month, there was no response. So I approached them again and was asked to meet Jadhav to get the water connection. I had all the necessary documents, but was asked to approach Jadhav, anyway. Jadhav asked me to pay Rs 10,000 initially but later the amount came down to Rs 5,000, said Waghate. ACB trap: The complainant then approached the Anti-Corruption Bureau office on May 17, who set up a trap and caught Jadhav while accepting the money. We have recorded the act as an evidence to show to the court, said Datta Karale, Superintendent of Police, ACB, Thane. A case has been registered against Jadhav, who will be produced in the court today.
Thane: TMC peon caught taking bribe for water connection - Mid-Day
2016-05-19TMC forges ties with Korea to convert Thane into smart city - Times of India
TMC forges ties with Korea to convert Thane into smart city Manoj Badgeri | TNN | May 20, 2016, 01.05 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is forging ties with the Korean government to adopt its technology in converting Thane into a smart city. The TMC is likely to adopt ideas from the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) to improve its civic infrastructure, including water supply, solid waste management and new modes of renewable energy. A delegation from Seoul recently visited civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal to finalize a venture between the two cities and take efforts in making Thane city into a world class one. Jaiswal is likely to travel to the international hub next week to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the SMG. "Seoul has taken many initiatives in the field of civic infrastructure. We can benefit from their expertise. We are signing a formal MoU with SMG," said a civic official.
2016-05-18Two men molest woman in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
Two men molest woman in Thane Two people pretending to be plumbers looking to check pipelines allegedly assaulted and molested a 35-year-old housewife in her Thane residence on Tuesday. The duo escaped after the woman screamed for help. The Shrinagar police, which is investigating the case, is yet to identify the accused. According to the police, the woman, who is a resident of a fourth-floor apartment in Shubhlakshmi building in the Shrinagar area of Wagle Estate in Thane, opened the door to the two unidentified assailants in the afternoon. They claimed to be plumbers, but finding her alone at home, assaulted the woman before molesting her. When she screamed for help, they escaped. In her complaint, the woman has revealed that the two men were in the age group of 30 to 40 years. She has also given a description of their features to the police. "We have noted down the woman's complaint and suspect that the two accused knew about her routine," said a police officer.
2016-05-18Shiv Sena-BJP may elect MLCs unanimously - Daily News & Analysis
Shiv Sena-BJP may elect MLCs unanimously BJP state unit president Raosaheb Danve on Tuesday said that his party and Shiv Sena would like to elect MLCs unanimously without any election. It is likely that BJP would give one seat to Vinayak Mete and have four MLCs while Shiv Sena would retain ministers Diwakar Raote and Subhash Desai. Congress-NCP would be able to retain three seats. Eleven members of the legislative council are retiring in June-July and since the monsoon session is scheduled to begin on July 18, there is a need for electing new members before it. Out of the 11 seats that would be vacated by retiring members, one seat is going to be elected from the elected representatives from Local Bodies in Thane district, including the erstwhile Palghar. Sena on Tuesday has announced that Ravindra Phatak would be its candidate while NCP's veteran Vasant Davkhare is in the fray for this seat. The remaining ten MLCs would be elected from the legislatures and going by the strength of the BJP and Sena MLAs in the House, both parties are in a position to win seven seats while Congress-NCP can win three seats. Since Presiding Officer of the Upper House Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar and leader of Opposition in state legislative council Dhananjay Munde are retiring, it would be interesting to see as to whether Congress or NCP has its final say and wins two seats out of possible three. Other than Munde and Davkhare, there are MLCs Vasant Davkhare and Prakash Binsale from NCP, Mujaffar Husain, Deepti Chavdhari and Vijay Savant of Congress, Sena ministers Diwakar Raote and Subhash Desai and BJP leader Shobha Fadnavis are also retiring from the Upper House. Danve on Tuesday made it clear that BJP and Shiv Sena have decided to make the Upper House elections go unopposed. Both Congress state unit president Ashok Chavan and NCP state unit president Sunil Tatkare have told media persons last week that both would fight the elections together, and Chavan had pointed out that there is no consensus since both the partiers want two seats from MLA's constituency.
Shiv Sena-BJP may elect MLCs unanimously - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-18Teen hangs self with mom's sari after fight over sleeping late - Mid-Day
Teen hangs self with mom's sari after fight over sleeping late By Rupsa Chakraborty |Posted 3 hours A 17-year-old boy committed suicide yesterday morning, after a spat with his mother over sleeping late. The deceased, identified as Narendra Yadav, had a fight with his mother who scolded him for sleeping till 11.30 am. After the fight, he got agitated and committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling using his mother's saree, said investigating officer Pradip Pandit, Rabodi police station. Narendra, visited his family residing in Kesharmill, Thane, five days back. After failing in Std XI, he was sent to his native village in Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), where he took admission directly in Std XII 12 and secured 74 per cent. I am still shocked. He was a gentle boy and reacting like this is unexpected from him. I am still not able to understand why he took such an extreme step, said his 22-year-old cousin Anant Yadav, who lives nearby. His friends too can't believe that Narendra would commit suicide after fighting with his mother. Talking to mid-day, Yogendra Yadav, a 19-year-old childhood friend of Narendra, said, We don't know why he did this. All was fine in his life. He loved his mother and also posted a picture with her on Facebook on this Mother's day. He is also survived by his father, a fruit-seller and two brothers, Surendra (12) and Hemendra (25).
Teen hangs self with mom
2016-05-18Thane villagers warn BMC to stop water supply to Mumbai from their soil - Hindustan Times
Thane villagers warn BMC to stop water supply to Mumbai from their soil PTI, Mumbai Updated: May 18, 2016 10:57 IST Women carry water pots on their heads to during protest in Mumbai on Tuesday. Dozens of protestors who were protesting against the water crisis in the suburban Thane and Shahapur districts from villages had arrived in the city walking for over three days. Irked by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation drawing water from reservoirs in their area, villagers from scarcity-hit Shahapur in neighbouring Thane district have threatened to stop the water supply to Mumbai if government fails to ensure adequate water for them. Around 300 people, led by local BJP leader Santosh Shinde, who had embarked on the Jaldindi Padyatra on March 14 to register their protest against BMC, on Tuesday reached Mumbai after covering the distance of around 75 km and met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Submitting their 10-point demands to CM, the group, including women, requested him that they be adopted by the BMC so that entire Shahapur taluka will become tanker-free. Through this padyatra, we demand adequate water provision for us too, otherwise, we will have no choice but to stop the supply of water which is being diverted to Mumbaikars from our soil, Shinde said while addressing the gathering at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai. He said they have submitted their demands to Fadnavis and are hopeful that their problems will get resolved soon. The outskirts of Shahapur tehsil have four reservoirs of Bhatsa, Tansa, Modak Sagar and the Middle Vaitarna which supply 2,960 million litres of water to Mumbai every day through pipelines. Shinde also added that they are not opposing the water supply to Mumbaikars. We are only highlighting our problems by asking that when there is water around us, why we are dying thirsty. We have nothing to drink. We have to walk kilometres to fetch a bucket of water, he said. Shravan Telam, a resident of Kasara who reached Mumbai after walking 95 kms in blazing sun, said the water which is supplied to Mumbaikars for a day will suffice them for the whole year. We want to convey this message to the state government, he added. BJP MP Kapil Patil (Bhiwandi) also accompanied the protesters and urged the Chief Minister to do the needful to solve their woes. I along with representatives of the affected residents suggested the CM to convene a meeting involving all the stake-holders such as the officials of the BMC, irrigation and water supply departments, to which the CM readily agreed, Patil told PTI. Underlining the gravity of the situation in the region, Patil said, All the industrial units have been shut (in view of water scarcity) which has led to severe unemployment among youths, which needs to be addressed immediately.
Thane villagers warn BMC to stop water supply to Mumbai from their soil - Hindustan Times
2016-05-18101 illegal structures razed in village adopted by MP in Thane - Mid-Day
101 illegal structures razed in village adopted by MP in Thane By PTI |Posted 18-May-2016 Thane: As many as 101 'unauthorised' constructions were on Wednesday razed in a village, adopted by local MP Rajan Vichare under the Centre's Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). The action was taken in Pimpari village on Taloja-Shil road, by Thane district administration on the directions of District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar, an official release said. Among these 101 structures were four constructed by entrepreneurs from various places including Mumbra near here, it said, adding 90 chwals were also pulled down in presence of policemen. The village is predominantly occupied by refugees of Koyna Dam project of Satara district in Maharashtra, the release added.
2016-05-18ACB arrests Thane MC's water department peon while accepting bribe - The Indian Express
ACB arrests Thane MC's water department peon while accepting bribe By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:May 19, 2016, 2:36 THE ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) Wednesday trapped a peon employed with the water department of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) while allegedly accepting Rs 5,000 to sanction a new water connection. The 48-year-old complainant approached the ACB officials who laid a trap and arrested accused Rajesh Jadhav. An officer said the complainant had given an application to the TMC for a water connection a few months back on behalf of his friend who had recently purchased a house. Last week, he went to the TMC water department office at Uthalsar in Thane to check on the status of the application. Jadhav, 43, who is a peon in the department told him that till the time he did not pay a bribe of Rs 10,000, the new water connection would not be sanctioned. The complainant approached the ACB officials, on whose instructions he told Jadhav that he was willing to pay Rs 5,000. Accordingly, on Wednesday, around 1 pm, as Jadhav was receiving the bribe amount, ACB officials caught him red-handed and placed him under formal arrest.
ACB arrests Thane MC
2016-05-17Thane man loses hand in lift accident at maternity home - Hindustan Times
Thane man loses hand in lift accident at maternity home Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Mumbai Updated: May 18, 2016 00:44 IST A Thane resident lost his right hand after it got stuck in the grills of a lift at a maternity home in Kopri on Monday night. Sandesh Gupta, 29, a resident of Lokmanya Nagar in Thane (W), admitted his wife Rashmi, 22, to the civic-run Lakhichand Fatichand maternity home for delivery at 8.30pm on Monday. After she was admitted, Gupta was alone on the first floor of the three-storey building, where the lift was. According to officials from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), he slid his right hand in between the lift's grills, which were both shut, and accidentally pressed the ground-floor button. As the lift began to descend, a bracelet around Gupta's wrist got stuck. He could not pull his hand out in time and his wrist was crushed between the lift's ceiling and the outer grill. Employees of the maternity home rushed to his aid and eventually managed to free his arm, but could not save his hand, which was all but severed by then. An employee of the maternity home, who did not wish to named, said, After a lot of effort we saved him by removing his arm from the grill. We immediately admitted him to a private hospital. A TMC official, who also did not wish to be named, said, According to our inquiry, the victim put his hand inside the lift from outside and pressed the down button. He failed to remove it in time and was injured. It was his negligence that led to the incident. His condition is now stable. The TMC has promised to pay for Gupta's treatment. Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer, said, It was an accident. However, we have asked a lift inspector to check the lift and give us report on whether it was being maintained well. Based on this report we will decide the further course of action. We will also pay all his medical expenses. Gupta works at a shop owned by his uncle, which sells sweets, snacks and household goods. His mother in law Vimala Gupta said, There was no-one else near the lift. I was with my daughter and ran out on hearing my son-in-law's cries. However, I am not sure what exactly happened. He is fine now. Meanwhile, Rashmi gave birth to a boy at 7.40am on Tuesday.
Thane man loses hand in lift accident at maternity home - Hindustan Times
2016-05-17Phatak files nomination for Thane council polls - India Today
Phatak files nomination for Thane council polls PTI May 17, 2016| UPDATED 22:20 IST Shiv Sena corporator Ravindra Phatak today filed his nomination for the biennial elections to Maharashta Legislative Council from Thane Local Authorities constituency, scheduled to be held on June 3. Phatak, who has filed his nomination as the candidate of the Shiv Sena-BJP? RPI combined, will be contesting the polls against sitting MLC and deputy chairman of state Legislative Council, Vasant Davkhare. Sena, BJP and RPI leaders today held a meeting at the party election headquarters Surya. District guardian minister Eknath Shinde told reporters that they are confident that Sena-BJP-RPI alliance candidate will surely win the polls this time. "We will not leave any stone unturned to capture this seat," he said. Today was the last date for filing of the nominations. There are a total of around 1,060 voters. The model code of conduct is already in force in Thane and Palghar districts. Davkhare, who has been winning the election for the last three terms and is seeking re-election this time too, filed his nomination last week in the presence of NCP state president Sunil Tatkare. MP Rajan Vichare, Kapil Patil, Chintaman Wanga, and Srikant Shinde, mayors and MLAs of both districts, presidents of the civic bodies were also present at the meeting.
2016-05-17Can't consider deceased's prospective income in mishap claim, says Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal - Times of India
Can't consider deceased's prospective income in mishap claim, says Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal Nishikant Karlikar| May 18, 2016, 01.18 AM IST THANE: After awarding a compensation of Rs 36.16 lakh to a widow and her one-year-old daughter,the Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, in a recent order, observed that the prospective income of the deceased cannot be considered while granting the claim in absence of any proof and also held that the deceased was 25% responsible for the mishap. The applicants, in their submission, informed the tribunal that on September 12, 2013, around 10pm, Kurla resident Mohanlal Gujar (32) was riding a bike on Uran-Belapur Road when a speeding truck rammed into him, killing him. The claimant's widow Manju (30), her daughter Chetana (1) and her in-laws said that Mohanlal, who was into retail business of ornaments and electrical goods, earned Rs 50,000 a month and was the family's sole bread winner. They alleged that the accident that killed Mohanlal was solely due to to the truck driver's negligence and claimed Rs 50 lakh compensation from the truck owner, Viraj Profiles in MIDC Boisar, and ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company. The case was decided ex parte against the truck owner, while the insurance company contested the claim on various grounds. Advocate KV Poojari, appearing for the insurance firm, submitted that Mohanlal was speeding and suddenly applied the brakes as a result the truck rammed into him. As Mohanlal died due to his own negligence, Poojari requested the tribunal to dismiss the application. The advocate for the Gujars, R C Yadav, submitted that the claimants' contention is corroborated by the police papers in terms of negligence on the part of the truck driver. But K C Vadane, the district judge and member of MACT, observed that the biker was careless while crossing the square and the legal papers corroborated the same. "Taking into consideration the facts, the accident occurred due to 75% negligence on the part of the truck driver and 25% negligence on the part of the deceased," the district judge noted in his order. The counsel for the applicants also argued that the income tax returns that were filed established the income of the deceased and his prospective income may be taken into consideration while granting compensation. Turning down the request, the district judge said, "In view of the ratio laid down by the Supreme Court and high courts in supra cases, there is nothing on record to show that deceased had bright future prospects, therefore his prospective income cannot be taken into consideration for granting compensation to the applicants." The district judge ordered the opponents to pay Rs 36.16 lakh with interest at 8% per annum.
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2016-05-17Airport boost for Thane-Navi Mumbai-Raigad belt - Hindustan Times
Airport boost for Thane-Navi Mumbai-Raigad belt Saurabh Katkurwar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai |  Updated: May 18, 2016 00:42 IST With the Mumbai airport reaching its saturation point, all eyes are set on the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA). The second airport in the city has the potential to boost development in the surrounding areas, giving an impetus to creation of new smart cities, commercial and industrial zones in the Navi Mumbai-Thane-Raigad region. The state government has come up with the Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA) project to ensure planned development of the area close to the proposed airport. Under the project, Cidco aims to build 30 smart cities on the 562 sqkm land around the upcoming airport. While the Union shipping ministry will develop a port-based special economic zone (SEZ) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), the state government is mulling converting the trans-Thane creek industrial corridor along the Thane-Belapur road into a special zone for financial services and service sector. New commercial growth centres have been proposed at Panvel, Kalyan, Alibaug-Pen, Bhiwandi and Vasai-Virar. These growth centres will be connected to the airport through the state's ambitious Virar- Alibaug multimodal corridor. Connectivity between the airport, JNPT, SEZs and the growth centres will help woo global investors, say officials. According to Cidco's joint managing director V Radha, strong transport system holds the key to speedy development. If we connect all important areas to the airport, the development will be faster. The airport will make commercial activities in the area feasible, Radha said. The state government also plans to connect the Mumbai and the Navi Mumbai airport through the metro corridor, which will further be linked to the upcoming international finance service centre (IFSC) at the Bandra-Kurla Complex. Cidco officials estimate the number of passengers at the airport to be around two to three million in the initial years of operation. “Many existing users of the Mumbai airport will shift to the NMIA. However, in the first phase, the number of dedicated passengers will be around two to three million fliers from areas such as Navi Mumbai, Pune and Nashik, Radha said. Samantak Das, chief economist of Knight Frank Real Estate, said, Any development in the airport case leads to traction in real estate and development activities. The airport will lead to a huge growth in real estate and commercial activities in the surrounding areas, especially when transport projects such as MTHL are made operational.
Airport boost for Thane-Navi Mumbai-Raigad belt - Hindustan Times
2016-05-17Thane: Drought-hit baby drowns in bucket on birthday eve - Mid-Day
Thane: Drought-hit baby drowns in bucket on birthday eve By Rupsa Chakraborty |Posted 3 hours The Waghmares have just one photograph to remember their angel by. Yet, it will be the look of her cold body that'll haunt them for the rest of their lives. The family of four had arrived in Thane a month ago to escape the harsh, unrelenting drought in their village, Ahmedpur, in Latur district. Tuesday was to be a milestone their youngest daughter, Pari, would have turned 1 and the family was looking forward to returning home to celebrate the day. Pari would have turned one today That joy was cut short yesterday, by the same succour they came looking for in Mumbai. Pari drowned in a bucket of water saved for drier days. A distraught Dayanand Waghmare with the body of his daughter, Pari Erratic supply: The day had begun on a joyous note. After several days, the family had received sufficient water. Shantabai Waghmare (27), Pari's mother, stored it in as many buckets and pots she could lay her hands on. Mother, Shantabai, with her other daughter at their shanty where Pari drowned, in Bhimnagar in Thane. We do not get a regular supply of water. So, I saved the water we received in buckets and pots. I went to bathe around 11.30 am. Both my daughters were asleep at that time. When I came out, I saw Pari upside down in a bucket of water. I immediately took her out and kept pumping her stomach. She was in shock and was struggling to breathe, said Shantabai. The toddler was rushed to a nearby TMC facility and then sent to the Thane Civil Hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival. Allegation: While a distraught Shantabai claimed that the doctors could have saved her child, doctors from the Thane Civil Hospital said there was nothing they could do, as Pari was already dead when she was brought in. Dr SS Kamble, chief medical officer of the hospital, said, The child drowned; water filled her lungs. When she was brought here, her heart had already stopped. We did our best to revive her. Dr Chapalgaonkar, who conducted the post-mortem examination, too, confirmed this in their report. The family had moved in with Shantabai's mother in a Bhimnagar slum in Thane. We came from Latur due to a water crisis. We were to return home after Pari completed a year, said Dayanand, Pari's father, who works as a housekeeper. Santosh Kulkarni, inspector of Vartak Nagar police station, said an accidental death report has been filed.
Thane: Drought-hit baby drowns in bucket on birthday eve - Mid-Day
2016-05-17Monsoon: Konkan Div Commissioner wants NDRF stationed in Thane - Oneindia
Monsoon: Konkan Div Commissioner wants NDRF stationed in Thane Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 8:20 [IST] Thane: Konkan Divisional Commissioner Tanaji Satre today said he would request the Maharashtra government to station one unit of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) here. Satre, who reviewed preparedness ahead of the monsoon in a meeting here, took a note of an observation that last time it took three to four hours for NDRF to reach the mishap (building collapse) site.The issue of several dangerous buildings in Thane, Kalyan and Dombivili region was also discussed, an official release said. The meeting was informed that boulders crash on the Konkan railway route on several occasions and this time Railways have identified 64 "dangerous places" where the boulders are likely to crash, it added. 373 villages were also identified in Konkan region which are likely to be flood affected of which 220 were from Raigad district, the release said.
Monsoon: Konkan Div Commissioner wants NDRF stationed in Thane - Oneindia
2016-05-17Thane: Stenographer who was caught taking a bribe is now an Asst Municipal Commissioner - Mid-Day
Thane: Stenographer who was caught taking a bribe is now an Asst Municipal Commissioner By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours Thanks to the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, a stenographer who was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 by the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Thane, is now an Assistant Municipal Commissioner in ward number 4. Ganesh Shimpi says he is not the only employee caught by the ACB who is working on a temporary post for the municipal corporation Ganesh Shimpi (36) had been caught red-handed while accepting a bribe to allow illegal construction. Later, an inquiry by the municipal corporation authorities found him guilty, but he was still given the post. Shimpi is AMC (encroachment) and around 500 illegal constructions have been built in the one-year period since he took over, alleged one of his colleagues. CM's order: On February 1 this year, Prakash Loond, a resident of Ulhasnagar 5, wrote a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, complaining about Shimpi, and asked that he be removed from his post as he was caught in a corruption case. Fadnavis gave him the marching orders two months ago. Nagesh Kamble, president of the NCP, Ambernath, has also written a letter to the municipal corporation, complaining about Shimpi. A departmental inquiry was carried out by the retired deputy secretary of UMC, KS Bodade, and officials found Shimpi guilty. They had asked for strict action against him. Municipal Commissioner Manohar Hire also gave an order of stopping his increment on December 31, 2015. Official speak: However, an official of the municipal corporation when contacted said the post was given by mistake. The post of Assistant Municipal Commissioner was given by mistake. The higher authorities, including the Municipal Commissioner, have the right to take action against Shimpi and accordingly, he will be sent back to the original post of stenographer, said Yuvraj Bhadane, Assistant Municipal Commissioner and public relations officer of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. ACB speak: Datta Karale, Superintendent of Police, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Thane said, I will see the status of the case and check with my officers and then comment on the same. The other side: Speaking to mid-day, Shimpi said, I was given temporary charge as the assistant municipal commissioner and not a permanent charge. Not only me, but more than 13 people who were caught by ACB are currently working on temporary posts. How ACB caught Shimpi in 2013 July 5The Anti-Corruption Bureau of Thane received a complaint from Manoj Thakur, a contractor from Ulhasnagar. In his complaint he had claimed that to continue illegal construction without demolition, a duo from the UMC demanded money from him. Of them, one was Ganesh Arvind Shimpi who demand Rs 50,000 and had accepted Rs 25,000 one month before in his house in Guru Kripa building, Ambernath. The other was Rizwan Shemle (46), a muqadam who used to take reports of illegal constructions. He had demanded Rs 1 lakh, of which he accepted Rs 50,000 one month before. Lack of staff: Six posts of Assistant Commissioner in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation are vacant. Around five officials at the level of clerks are working as acting Assistant Commissioners. Fifteen persons handling different responsibilities due to a shortage of staff have been caught by the Anti-Corruption Bureau taking bribes.
Thane: Stenographer who was caught taking a bribe is now an Asst Municipal Commissioner - Mid-Day
2016-05-17Thane: Drought-Hit Baby Drowns In Bucket On Birthday Eve - NDTV
Thane: Drought-Hit Baby Drowns In Bucket On Birthday Eve Mumbai|Rupsa Chakraborty, mid-day| Updated: May 17, 2016 11:13 IST The Waghmares have just one photograph to remember their angel by. Yet, it'll be the look of her cold body that'll haunt them for the rest of their lives. The family of four had arrived in Thane a month ago to escape the harsh, unrelenting drought in their village, Ahmedpur, in Latur district. Tuesday was to be a milestone - their youngest daughter, Pari, would have turned 1, and the family was looking forward to returning home to celebrate the day. That joy was cut short yesterday, by the same succour they came looking for in Mumbai. Pari drowned in a bucket of water saved for drier days. A distraught Dayanand Waghmare with the body of his daughter, Pari Erratic supply: The day had begun on a joyous note. After several days, the family had received sufficient water. Shantabai Waghmare (27), Pari's mother, stored it in as many buckets and pots she could lay her hands on. "We do not get a regular supply of water. So, I saved the water we received in buckets and pots. I went to bathe around 11.30 am. Both my daughters were asleep at that time. When I came out, I saw Pari upside down in a bucket of water. I immediately took her out and kept pumping her stomach. She was in shock and was struggling to breathe," said Shantabai. The toddler was rushed to a nearby TMC facility and then sent to the Thane Civil Hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival. Mother, Shantabai, with her other daughter at their shanty where Pari drowned, in Bhimnagar in Thane. Pic/Datta Kumbhar.Allegation While a distraught Shantabai claimed that the doctors could have saved her child, doctors from the Thane Civil Hospital said there was nothing they could do, as Pari was already dead when she was brought in. Dr SS Kamble, chief medical officer of the hospital, said, "The child drowned; water filled her lungs. When she was brought here, her heart had already stopped. We did our best to revive her." Dr Chapalgaonkar, who conducted the post-mortem examination, too, confirmed this in their report. The family had moved in with Shantabai's mother in a Bhimnagar slum in Thane. "We came from Latur due to a water crisis. We were to return home after Pari completed a year," said Dayanand, Pari's father, who works as a housekeeper. Santosh Kulkarni, inspector of Vartak Nagar police station, said an accidental death report has been filed.
Thane: Drought-Hit Baby Drowns In Bucket On Birthday Eve - NDTV
2016-05-17Phatak files nomination for Thane council polls - Business Standard
Phatak files nomination for Thane council polls Shiv Sena corporator Ravindra Phatak today filed his nomination for the biennial elections to Maharashta Legislative Council from Thane Local Authorities constituency, scheduled to be held on June 3. Phatak, who has filed his nomination as the candidate of the Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI combined, will be contesting the polls against sitting MLC and deputy chairman of state Legislative Council, Vasant Davkhare. Sena, BJP and RPI leaders today held a meeting at the party election headquarters 'Surya'. District guardian minister Eknath Shinde told reporters that they are confident that Sena-BJP-RPI alliance candidate will surely win the polls this time. "We will not leave any stone unturned to capture this seat," he said. Today was the last date for filing of the nominations. There are a total of around 1,060 voters. The model code of conduct is already in force in Thane and Palghar districts. Davkhare, who has been winning the election for the last three terms and is seeking re-election this time too, filed his nomination last week in the presence of NCP state president Sunil Tatkare. MP Rajan Vichare, Kapil Patil, Chintaman Wanga, and Srikant Shinde, mayors and MLAs of both districts, presidents of the civic bodies were also present at the meeting. Press Trust of India Business Standard
2016-05-16Hurdler C.J. Allen, high jumper Thane Pierson deliver WSU's only two titles in Pac-12 track championships - The Seattle Times
Hurdler C.J. Allen, high jumper Thane Pierson delivers only two titles in Pac-12 track championships Originally published May 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm Updated May 15, 2016 at 9:08 pm Washington State had to wait till the final day of the Pac-12 track and field championships to get its first title, but junior C.J. Allen delivered gold for the Cougars Sunday afternoon with a first place finish in the mens 400m hurdles. Allen clocked 50.36, just shy of the 50.16 personal best he set earlier this year. He's now won two Pac-12 400m hurdles titles in three years. Allen said this second one was particularly gratifying because he missed last year's Pac-12 championships due to a stress fracture in his foot, and was unable to defend the title he won during his freshman year in 2014. It means a great deal,ť Allen said. I pride myself on working hard all the time. Its relieving to come out and compete again, and the Pac-12 is one of the toughest conferences out there.
Hurdler C.J. Allen, high jumper Thane Pierson deliver WSU
2016-05-16Monsoon: Konkan Div Commissioner wants NDRF stationed in Thane - India Today
Monsoon: Konkan Div Commissioner wants NDRF stationed in Thane PTI May 17, 2016 | UPDATED 00:05 IST Konkan Divisional Commissioner Tanaji Satre today said he would request the Maharashtra government to station one unit of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) here. Satre, who reviewed preparedness ahead of the monsoon in a meeting here, took a note of an observation that last time it took three to four hours for NDRF to reach the mishap (building collapse) site. The issue of several dangerous buildings in Thane, Kalyan and Dombivili region was also discussed, an official release said. The meeting was informed that boulders crash on the Konkan railway route on several occasions and this time Railways have identified 64 "dangerous places" where the boulders are likely to crash, it added. 373 villages were also identified in Konkan region which are likely to be flood affected of which 220 were from Raigad district, the release said. This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.
2016-05-15IOC's LPG tanker overturns in Thane; nearby villages evacuated - Mid-Day
IOC's LPG Tanker Overturns In Thane; Nearby Villages Evacuated May 15, 2016, 11:44 IST A LPG tanker of Indane, which is the LPG division of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), on Sunday overturned on the Mumbai-Agra highway in Kasara in Thane, following which villagers in and around the area were evacuated, officials said Thane: A LPG tanker of Indane, which is the LPG division of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), on Sunday overturned on the Mumbai-Agra highway in Kasara in Thane, following which villagers in and around the area were evacuated, officials said. "The mishap occurred this morning near Chintamanwadi village. As a result, there was gas leakage in the surrounding areas," Thane District Disaster Control Officer Dinesh Kurhade said. "The district officials rushed to the spot and evacuated villagers residing in and around one km from the accident spot. There were no casualties," he said. Kurhade also said tehasildar Avinash Koshti, police and officials of Indane reached the spot and plugged the leakage. According to the officer, vehicular traffic on either side was halted as a precautionary measure and it resumed after around 3 pm. IOC could not be reached for comments.
2016-05-15Watch: Man dies after falling from train in Thane, tragedy or conspiracy, not clear - ABP Live
Watch: Man dies after falling from train in Thane, tragedy or conspiracy, not clear By: ABP News Bureau | Last Updated: Sunday, 15 May 2016 1:41 PM Mumbai: A bone-chilling video has surfaced from Mumbai's nearby Thane area showing a man falling from a local train while it passed from a platform. The CCTV video shows, the moment he falls from the train, a man standing on the railway station runs toward him in order to save him. But all in vain. He was crushed between the platform and the local train. Further details are awaited.
Watch: Man dies after falling from train in Thane, tragedy or conspiracy, not clear - ABP Live
2016-05-15Thane girls qualify for nat'l athletic event - Times of India
Thane girls qualify for nat'l athletic event B B Naya | TNN | May 16, 2016, 12.09 AM IST THANE: City athletes Apoorva Ghagare and Nidhi Singh have been selected for the Youth National Athletic Championship to be held at Calicut from May 26-28, after they cleared the qualifying selection trials held in Pune recently for the under 18 boys' and girls'categories. Nidhi Singh secured top position in the under 18 girls' group in 400m sprint and 400m hurdles clocking 60 seconds and 72.5 seconds respectively in her final attempt. Apoorva Ghagare secured the 2nd position in the long jump and triple jump event in the under 18 girls' group, covering a distance of 5.19m and 10.89m respectively.
2016-05-14IOC's LPG tanker overturns in Thane; nearby villages evacuated - Business Standard
IOC's LPG tanker overturns in Thane; nearby villages evacuated A LPG tanker of Indane, which is the LPG division of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), today overturned on the Mumbai-Agra highway in Kasara here, following which villagers in and around the area were evacuated, officials said. "The mishap occurred this morning near Chintamanwadi village. As a result, there was gas leakage in the surrounding areas," Thane District Disaster Control Officer Dinesh Kurhade said. "The district officials rushed to the spot and evacuated villagers residing in and around one km from the accident spot. There were no casualties," he said. Kurhade also said tehasildar Avinash Koshti, police and officials of Indane reached the spot and plugged the leakage. According to the officer, vehicular traffic on either side was halted as a precautionary measure and it resumed after around 3 PM. IOC could not be reached for comments.
2016-05-14Thane man flies in from Colombo with Rs 10 lakh gold - Times of India
Thane man flies in from Colombo with Rs 10 lakh gold TNN | May 15, 2016, 12.55 AM IST Customs officials at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru on Saturday arrested a Thane resident for smuggling 330 grams of gold biscuits hidden in his rectum. This comes four days after a woman was caught smuggling gold worth Rs 35 lakh. The value of the recovered gold is Rs 10 lakh, officials said. Vijay Ashok Kumar Wadwani (40) from Thane was stopped by customs officials after he alighted from Sri Lankan Airlines-UL 173 flight that came from Colombo. "We had credible information about the suspect and his modus operandi," sources in the customs said. "We don't think this is the first time he is doing this. We are checking his antecedents."
Thane man flies in from Colombo with Rs 10 lakh gold - Times of India
2016-05-14IOCs LPG tanker overturns in Thane; nearby villages evacuated - India Today
IOCs LPG tanker overturns in Thane; nearby villages evacuated PTI May 14, 2016| UPDATED 21:55 IST Thane: A LPG tanker of Indane, which is the LPG division of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), today overturned on the Mumbai-Agra highway in Kasara here, following which villagers in and around the area were evacuated, officials said. "The mishap occurred this morning near Chintamanwadi village. As a result, there was gas leakage in the surrounding areas," Thane District Disaster Control Officer Dinesh Kurhade said. "The district officials rushed to the spot and evacuated villagers residing in and around one km from the accident spot. There were no casualties," he said. Kurhade also said tehasildar Avinash Koshti, police and officials of Indane reached the spot and plugged the leakage. According to the officer, vehicular traffic on either side was halted as a precautionary measure and it resumed after around 3 PM. IOC could not be reached for comments.
2016-05-13Thane societies to get free recycled water from STPs - Daily News & Analysis
Thane societies to get free recycled water from STPs While the state faces water scarcity, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has come forward with a proposal for Thanekars wherein residents and housing complexes can avail the sewerage treatment plant (STP) water for free. TMC uses STP water treated by them for watering its own gardens. Efforts are made by the corporation to maintain the ample greenery in Thane. Even during water cuts, TMC has ensures that all plants in the city are watered sufficiently. Now, to help housing societies and complexes to keep their gardens green, they are ready to provide free STP-treated water. "We have 60 million litres per day(mld) treated in our STPs out of which 30mld is used for watering gardens," says a senior TMC official. "This leaves 30mld which housing societies can and avail for free on the condition that they come and collect it. They can use this water for watering their gardens, washing vehicles, etc.," he adds. The TMC has two fully functional STPs at Kopri and Mumbra. Four more are on their way at Kolshet, Kharegaon, and two other places. Once they are operational within a couple of years, TMC will process 258mld sewage water which can be recycled and used for non-potable purposes. TMC will also sell this recycled water to big bodies like Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, which can sell this water in the open market. "Tenders have been issued to interested parties who will take care of the operation and maintenance of the STPs. They will not need to pay any charges except the operation and maintenance cost," the official added.
2016-05-13Posh Thane society has a problem of pee - Daily News & Analysis
Posh Thane society has a problem of pee The residents of a posh housing society in Thane are facing a challenge from a mysterious miscreant after they found urine inside the elevators. The Kanakia Lifespace's Niharika complex at Glady Alwares Road in Thane has 291 flats with over 1,200 residents. The complex is tightly guarded by security men 24X7. The close circuit television cameras keep a close watch on visitors. But residents are facing a strange problem after they noticed urine inside all the elevators of different wings a month ago. Complaints and pictures of this were posted on several social media groups. "We are unable to find the miscreant involved in it. Most of them suspect that children in the society are responsible, while a few believe that a drunk member or a security guard is indulging in such mischievous acts," said a resident not willing to be named. Another resident said, "Despite continuous CCTV surveillance and heavy security in our society, the incidents have shocked many residents. And it makes us feel unsafe." Ashwin Shetty, secretary of Niharika complex revealed: "Residents can file a formal complaint and we will look into the matter. Security guards will be instructed to keep an eye to catch any such miscreant. We cannot blame a society member without proof. A lot of stray cats have also been making our complex their home."
Posh Thane society has a problem of pee - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-13Knew both Muslim and Hindus arrested for Malegaon blasts innocent: Thane blast convict - The Indian Express
Knew both Muslim and Hindus arrested for Malegaon blasts innocent: Thane blast convict Written by Chandan Haygunde Pune Updated: May 13, 2016, 22:46 Vikram Bhave, a Sanatan Sanstha seeker, who himself is a convict in the Gadkari Rangayatan auditorum blast case in Thane in 2008. One man happy with the latest developments in the two Malegaon bomb blasts cases is Vikram Bhave, a Sanatan Sanstha supporter convicted in the Gadkari Rangayatan auditorum blast case in Thane in 2008. That is because Bhave had written a book, Malegaon Sphotamagil Adrushya Hath (Invisible hands behind Malegaon blast), three months after being released on bail, in which he claimed the Muslims held for 2006 Malegaon blast and Hindus arrested for 2008 Malegaon blast are innocent. Bhave's book, released on September 1, 2013, was published by Himani Savarkar, president of Abhinav Bharat, a Hindutva group!alleged to be behind 2008 Malegaon blast. I had written in my book that the Muslims jailed for the 2006 Malegaon blast are innocent. I am happy they are discharged from terror charges. Now, investigator say they have no evidence against Sadhvi Pragya and others. I would say that even the remaining ten Hindu accused including Lt. Col Prasad Purohit are also innocent and have been falsely implicated, Bhave told The Indian Express. “Both the Hindus and Muslims falsely arrested in bomb blast cases have lost valuable years of their lives in jail. Those who arrested them should be punished, he said. Bhave said that he was lodged in Anda cell of Arthur Road jail in Mumbai and later at Taloja jail along with the Hindu suspects (including Abhinav Bharat members) arrested in Malegaon blast 2008 and the Muslims in Malegaon blast 2006. Bhave said he used to regularly interact with these suspects and felt that both the Hindus as well as the Muslims arrested in the bomb blasts were innocent. So, after being released from jail on May 28, 2013, I started studying the chargesheets, writ petitions and other documents in the two bomb blasts with the help of lawyers. I was convinced there was something wrong with the on going investigation sand so I thought of writing a book about it.ť The 112 pages book carries chapters on Sadhvi Pragya, Lt Col Prasad Purohit, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and others arrested for Malegaon blast 2008. The book also has two chapters on the vows of Muslims arrested in Malegaon blast 2006. The book ends hinting that invisible political handsť were behind the bomb blast probe. Asked about these invisible hands, Bhave said, Arrests in both bomb blasts in Malegaon were made during the Congress NCP regime, who claim to be secular political parties.ť
Knew both Muslim and Hindus arrested for Malegaon blasts innocent: Thane blast convict - The Indian Express
2016-05-13Increments of 36 Gram Sevaks stopped in Thane - Mid-Day
Increments of 36 Gram Sevaks stopped in Thane By PTI |Posted 13-May-2016 Thane: The Thane Zilla Parishad has stopped the increments of as many as 36 Gram Sevaks for alleged dereliction of duty, a senior ZP official said on Friday. Thane Zilla Parishad CEO Uday Choudhary found that the gram sevaks had not properly implemented the Employment Guarantee Scheme and Swachh Bharat programmes effectively, and hence action was taken against them, he said. He said since the last two months, the number of workers under the MNREGS was on a decline and the gram sevaks submitted reports that there was no demand for construction of toilets from the villagers. During a tour of Sahapur and Murbad talukas, the CEO received complaints that the workers were not getting jobs under MNREGS and had to migrate to other places. Later, during enquiry, the gram sevaks were allegedly found responsible for ineffective implementation of the government programmes, the official said. Of the 36 gram sevaks whose increments have been stopped, 18 are from Murbad, 10 from Bhiwandi and 8 from Sahapur, he said. Following this action, the attendance of workers in the EGS works has gone up to 900 this month as against 450 last month in Murbad, and 1,100 as against 600 in Sahapur, he added.
2016-05-13Pune donor's heart reaches Thane hospital via green corridor - Business Standard
Pune donor's heart reaches Thane hospital via green corridor A green corridor was created in the wee hours today to transport a harvested heart of a man, who was declared brain dead in Pune, for an emergency heart transplant surgery of a teenage boy at a hospital in Mulund in the district. The heart, that set out its journey from Pune's Ruby Hall clinic at 1.38 AM reached the operation theatre in Fortis Hospital at 3.13 AM covering a distance of around 188 kms. The heart was brought to the hospital via Mumbai-Pune expressway and traffic departments in Pune, Navi Mumbai, Mumbai and Highway police coordinated to ensure that it reaches the recipient as quickly as possible. "The transplant became possible after a 28-year-old man was declared brain dead at Ruby Hall Clinic in Pune, following a head injury during a road accident. His family consented to donate his heart, kidneys and liver, to save lives of four deserving recipients," an official release from Fortis Hospital said. The heart transplant surgery was conducted on a 14-year-old male recipient from Borivali, who was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy. "The Traffic and Police teams across Pune, Raigad, Mumbai and Thane districts, came together to plan and execute the Green Corridor between Pune and Mumbai. Over 150 personnel across the route ensured that the ambulance carrying the preserved heart reached Mumbai in record-break time, covering 188 kms in 1hr 35mins," it added. The harvested heart was then received by Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team in Fortis Hospital, who had the recipient prepared for the surgery. Speaking about the latest heart transplant surgery, Dr Mulay added, "The donor's family deserves highest appreciation for having saved so many lives through their noble gesture. Our young patient is now stable and has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit. Next 48-72 hours will be critical and we will be closely monitoring him. Press Trust of India Business Standard
Pune donor
2016-05-13Pune Donor's Heart Reaches Thane Hospital Via Green Corridor - NDTV
Pune Donor's Heart Reaches Thane Hospital Via Green Corridor All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: May 14, 2016 05:19 Thane: A green corridor was created in the wee hours on Friday to transport a harvested heart of a man, who was declared brain dead in Pune, for an emergency heart transplant surgery of a teenage boy at a hospital in Mulund in the district. The heart, that set out its journey from Pune's Ruby Hall clinic at 1.38 AM reached the operation theatre in Fortis Hospital at 3.13 AM covering a distance of around 188 kms. The heart was brought to the hospital via Mumbai-Pune expressway and traffic departments in Pune, Navi Mumbai, Mumbai and Highway police coordinated to ensure that it reaches the recipient as quickly as possible. "The transplant became possible after a 28-year-old man was declared brain dead at Ruby Hall Clinic in Pune, following a head injury during a road accident. His family consented to donate his heart, kidneys and liver, to save lives of four deserving recipients," an official release from Fortis Hospital said. The heart transplant surgery was conducted on a 14-year-old male recipient from Borivali, who was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy. "The Traffic and Police teams across Pune, Raigad, Mumbai and Thane districts, came together to plan and execute the Green Corridor between Pune and Mumbai. Over 150 personnel across the route ensured that the ambulance carrying the preserved heart reached Mumbai in record-break time, covering 188 kms in 1hr 35mins," it added. The harvested heart was then received by Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team in Fortis Hospital, who had the recipient prepared for the surgery. Speaking about the latest heart transplant surgery, Dr Mulay added, "The donor's family deserves highest appreciation for having saved so many lives through their noble gesture. Our young patient is now stable and has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit. Next 48-72 hours will be critical and we will be closely monitoring him."
Pune Donor
2016-05-1260-year-old woman found dead in Thane, son's role not ruled out - Daily News & Analysis
60-year-old woman found dead in Thane, son's role not ruled out A 60-year-old woman was found dead inside her home in Thane on Tuesday. According to the Rabodi police, the woman was strangulated and her face was slashed with a sharp object. Her 30-year-old son, who lived with her, first saw the body. The deceased, Suman Khilare, lived in an apartment on the 10th floor of Rustomjee Kaveri building in Rabodi area of Thane. On Tuesday, her son Prakash, an employee with a human resources firm, found the main door of the flat latched from outside. He opened it to find the body of his mother. The police suspect that a nylon rope or some similar material was used for the crime. They, however, ruled out robbery as the motive. Also, they have not given a clean chit to Prakash. "We were informed about the incident last night. We suspect she was strangulated. We are waiting for the post-mortem reports," said a Rabodi police official. "We have confiscated Prakash's cellphone. We are yet to establish the motive. To nab the perpetrator, a thorough investigation of the call records, and property and family disputes, will be carried out," he added. "We have registered the case under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against unknown person/s and are investigating further," said senior inspector K Chavan.
60-year-old woman found dead in Thane, son
2016-05-12Thane admn braces up for emergency amid heavy rainfall prediction - Times of India
Thane admn braces up for emergency amid heavy rain fall prediction Manoj Badgeri | TNN | May 12, 2016, 04.25 PM IST THANE: The weather department has predicted nearly 25 percent more rainfall for Thane district following which the administration here has already stepped up disaster management plans to ensure any emergency is tackled efficiently. District collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar held a co-ordination meeting with corporations in Thane on Wednesday to get an idea of the disaster mitigation plans before the monsoons. He asked all civic bodies to complete survey of all dilapidated structures in their respective zones by May 25 to avoid any emergency situation during the incoming monsoon season. "A coordination team will be deputed at the district headquarters that will also seek help from cadets in times of emergencies. Adequate staff will be deployed to identify possible flooding situations in the district especially flood prone villages during July and August when the rains will be in full force," said Kalyankar. Corporations have been asked to clean up all drains passing through their jurisdictions and also survey all dilapidated buildings before May 25. The state has already set guidelines for identifying and taking action on such structures. The district witnessed two building collapses last monsoons, one at Thane and other at Thakurli that claimed several lives. Meanwhile, the TMC has started work on cleaning nullahs last week and has completed survey of dilapidated buildings in around three ward committees. Around 44 structures are believed to have been identified as extremely dangerous for stay.
Thane admn braces up for emergency amid heavy rainfall prediction - Times of India
2016-05-12Applications for learner's licence zoom in Thane - Times of India
Applications for learner's licence zoom in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | May 13, 2016, 01.38 AM IST THANE: The city has recorded the highest number of applicants seeking learners licence in the last two years among other cities in the entire district, including Raigad. Activists claim that the high spending power of citizens, along with poor public transport has forced residents, especially youngsters, to opt for buying their own vehicles. According to statistics for the last two fiscals compiled by the state home department, nearly 71,699 residents applied for a driver's licence in the lake city in 2015-16, which is nearly 3,000 more than the previous fiscal. Around 45,000 applied for licences in Navi Mumbai, while around 50,000 applied in Panvel. Vasai registered around 33,000 applications in the same year. Activists claim that the poorly maintained and erratic frequency of public transport in the lake city is forcing residents, mainly those residing along Ghodbunder Road and beyond, to switch to buying vehicles. Many prefer to travel in comfort rather than depend on public transport, said a transport activist. The Thane transport department also recorded a rise in the number of bike registrations over the last few years. The city recorded the highest sale of bike in the last fiscal at 77,000. Kalyan comes second with over 61,000 vehicles being registered. The Thane civic transport body's statistics revealed a drop of over 60,000 daily passengers between 2013 and 2015. As per civic records, 2.40 lakh passengers used to travel by TMT buses daily in 2012-13. This figure dropped to 2.01 lakh in the following year, followed by another drop in 2014-15 to 1.71 lakh. This was at the time when the city was expanding drastically. "A learner's licence is the pre-requisite to driving any vehicle and is valid for six months. Motorists usually apply for a licence once they complete 18 years of age and before they purchase a vehicle. In recent times, we have witnessed a rise in the number of registrations. With loans becoming easily avaiable and high salaries, almost every family owns a car these days," said a transport official. ''The city requires a well connected and efficient public transport system. Most of the time, the buses do not arrive on time or they break down mid way. This leads to overcrowding. Autos also turn down passengers. All these factors have made residents opt for private vehicles,'' said town planner and activist Sulakshana Mahajan.
2016-05-12185 illegal structures, including Jitendra Awhad's office, razed in Thane Municipal Corporation demolition drive - The Indian Express
185 illegal structures, including Jitendra Awhad's office, razed in Thane Municipal Corporation demolition drive By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:May 13, 2016, 1:37 A joint team of TMC officials and the city police targeted shops, restaurants and offices built around the Kalwa Naka before the bridge, on Thursday. The Thane Municipal Corporation's demolition drive against illegal settlements brought down 185 structures, including MLA Jitendra Awhad's 2,000-square-foot party office in Kalwa, on Thursday evening. A joint team of TMC officials and the city police on Thursday targeted shops, restaurants and offices built around the Kalwa Naka before the bridge. A TMC spokesperson said that 185 establishments were demolished, including two party offices in Kalwa and four bungalows built on the periphery of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
185 illegal structures, including Jitendra Awhad
2016-05-12Thane Farace Injured In ATV Accident - Metal Underground
2016-05-11RPI activist murdered in Thane - Times of India
RPI activist murdered in Thane PTI | May 11, 2016, 11.37 AM IST Thane: A 22-year-old activist of the Republican Party of India (RPI) was killed allegedly by a group of eight persons over a dispute in the district's Ulhasnagar township, police said today. The killing sparked protest by RPI activists who allegedly damaged vehicles on the streets in Ulhasnagar, they said. No arrest has been made so far in this connection. The victim, Deepak Sansare, was called by the accused to camp no. 2 of the township at around 10.30 PM last night to settle a dispute. When Sansare arrived at the spot, the accused attacked him with chopper, sword and iron rods, killing him on the spot, police said. The eight assailants have been identified, and a manhunt has been launched to nab them, they said. The Ulhasnagar police have registered offences against the accused under sections 302 (murder), 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy), 143 (unlawful assembly), 144, 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 of the IPC, section 4 (25) of the Arms Act, and also section 37(1) of the Bombay Police Act, police said. The accused and the victim had a dispute since last year, and a week back also, they had a quarrel over the same. Meanwhile, on getting news of the murder, several RPI activists came out on the streets late last night and allegedly damaged over two dozen vehicles, police said. Senior officials from Thane Police Commissionerate rushed to the township and brought the situation under control.
2016-05-11Elderly woman strangled at home in Thane - Mid-Day
Elderly woman strangled at home in Thane By PTI |Posted 11-May-2016 Thane: A 60-year-old woman was allegedly strangulated to death by some unknown persons in Rabodi area of Thane city, police said on Wednesday. The woman, Suman Kidare, was killed yesterday when she was alone at her home in Rustomjee housing complex of the city, they said.When her son returned from work, he found his mother dead at home. The woman was strangled with a saree and had injuries on her face, police said, adding they were probing the crime. No arrest has been made so far in connection with the killing. Police have ruled out the possibility of theft as the reason behind the murder.
Elderly woman strangled at home in Thane - Mid-Day
2016-05-11Thane: Man calls Air India, claiming impostor will use his name to target airport - Mid-Day
Thane: Man calls Air India, claiming impostor will use his name to target airport By A Correspondent |Posted 11-May-2016 Air India, which has been the target of several hoax calls in the past, received an unusual call at its Thane call centre yesterday a male caller claimed that an impostor who had been using his name for 15 years, was now going to target a certain airport (he did not specify which). I am Manish Kumar calling from Bihar. I am a BSES Rajdhani Kota officer, the caller told the AI operator on Monday morning. He added that the impostor would be dressed in a police or army uniform, carrying arms and ammunition, and posed a threat to the airport. The state-owned airline company then forwarded the warning to the Shree Nagar police station. The caller claimed that the man has been using his name since the last 15 years, and it could be dangerous for him as well as the country. He requested to catch hold of this man and then immediately disconnected the call, said an officer from Shree Nagar police station. The call was traced to a toll-free number. It was not an Internet call, so we have begun the process to trace the number. Mumbai airport senior officials also were alerted about it, added another officer. Security has since been beefed up at Mumbai airport. Similar callA similar case was reported in November last year, when a 20-year-old youth from Madhya Pradesh was arrested in connection with a threat call made to Air Indias Thane call centre. The accused, who had threatened to hijack an AI flight, claimed that he had done it just for fun.
Thane: Man calls Air India, claiming impostor will use his name to target airport - Mid-Day
2016-05-11Thane railway station extension may shape up soon - Daily News & Analysis
Thane railway station extension may shape up soon It looks like the proposed Thane railway station extension near Thane Mental Hospital will shape up soon. In a meeting held between the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and railway officials it was decided that a proposal for the station will be put up in front of the railway board by next week. On May 9, the TMC and the Central Railway official met to discuss the proposed extension. "In this meeting, the railways has approved TMC's boundary demarcation proposal for building the railway station extension," said Sandip Malvi, public relation officer, TMC. "Soon, the proposal will be put up in front of the railway board," he added. The project report of the station extension will be prepared by M/s. Balaji Rail Road Systems Limited and will be presented to railway minister Suresh Prabhu after a week. "After discussing the pros and cons regarding the cost of the project, it was also decided that the railway station will be built through public private participation," he said. More than a decade back, a proposal to build a Thane station extension at Kopri was mooted to decongest Thane and Mulund stations. The idea was to reduce the inconvenience caused to Ghodbunder Road and Wagle Estate commuters who were to go to Thane station. This extension would come up on the land which belongs to Thane Mental Hospital. It would be just a kilometer away from the existing station and all local trains would operate from this extension, while the outbound trains will operate from the current Thane station.
Thane railway station extension may shape up soon - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-1113-year-old Thane boy's sci-fi novel hits stands - Daily News & Analysis
13-year-old Thane boy's sci-fi novel hits stands Soham Ghodke always knew he would write a book, but he didn't ever think that it would come about this soon. Yes, Soham, a 13-year-old boy from Saket in Thane, has penned his first but not the last novel — Wars of Octavelon — which was published by an American publisher last month. The book is now available in the US, the UK and India. Soham is now a celebrity among his family members and relatives. His science fiction was published by Partridge Publishers on April 22. This class IX student of DAV School, Thane, says that he had been harbouring this ambition of writing a book for the past five years. "Being an avid reader, I knew that I wanted to write one day," says Soham. Brought up on a diet of Harry Potter series, Game of Thrones and other such books, he says that it was quite natural for him to write a fiction. "A year back, I got the idea for Wars of Octavelon where two scientists enter a quantum imaginary world and create a lot of chaos," he narrates. And thus, he started working on it laboriously every evening. Soham gave up watching television programmes and wrote religiously from 10pm to 11pm. "I managed my studies and sacrificed watching TV to write my book," he added. Though his book was ready last year, it took him time to get it published. "After I read the book, I thought it should be on stands and so we started approaching publishers," says Soham's uncle Sanjay Ghodke, who stays in Pune. "We came across this US publisher and corresponded with them for the book," says Anil Ghodke, father of Soham. As the book was handwritten, and thus, they had to get it typed as the publisher asked for a soft copy. The process of correspondence, correction, editing took three months and it is now that the book is finally out. "The book's cover has also been kept modern and chosen by Soham. He wants not only kids but even adults and senior citizens to read his book and be inspired," says Anil. While the Ghodke family is celebrating this success, Soham is now on to planning his next book in this three-part series. "It is a trilogy, and may be, if my books clicks, then I will take up writing as my profession. Otherwise, I will study to become an IAS officer," he informed.
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2016-05-10Minor breaks friend's head with iron rod over 'Sairat' ticket - Mid-Day
Minor breaks friend's head with iron rod over 'Sairat' ticket By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours The 16-year-old got angry when his friend got tickets for others in the group but left him out of the movie plan, since he was younger than them. The Hill Line police in Ulhasnagar have arrested the minor and sent him to the Bhiwandi remand home. The victim is Krishna aka Monty Shinde (22), a resident of Sahyadri Nagar, Ulhasnagar. The accused resides in a nearby area and recently appeared for his SSC exams. The movie, Sairat has been very popular since its release, and Shinde and his friends, Sagar Asavle, Ravi Andhangle and Amol Lokhande, decided to watch it last week. The group had decided to go for the 3 pm show on Saturday. That day, the minor told Shinde that he wished to go for the movie as well. Since Shinde and his friends are older, they did not take the minor seriously and they did not bring a ticket for him. Heated argument: While the four friends were on their way to the cinema hall, the accused approached them. Shinde said, He stood in the middle of the road and started asking me why I didn't bring him a ticket. He was very aggressive. We had a minor argument and there was some pushing, after which my friends intervened and we decided to leave for the cinema hall. While we were going, he picked up an iron rod from a machine shop, hit me on my head and went away. I started bleeding profusely. My friends then picked me up and rushed me to a nearby hospital, he added. Cops say: Shinde later approached the Hill Line police station and filed a complaint against the minor. PSI Pawan Thakur said, Based on the complaint, we have arrested the minor and filed a case under Section 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the IPC. We have sent him to the Bhiwandi remand home.” Shinde said, He holds a grudge against me, but I am shocked that he attacked me in this manner for a mere ticket. I could have lost my life. I received four stitches on my head.
Minor breaks friend
2016-05-10Thane: Debt-ridden man and family attempt suicide - Mid-Day
Thane: Debt-ridden man and family attempt suicide By Shikha Vatsala |Posted 10-May-2016 Four members of a family from Ambernath (west) have been admitted at Sion Hospital after allegedly consuming sleeping pills in an attempt to commit suicide. Police said they have found a suicide note that blames harassment from money lenders as the reason for the drastic step. Arjun Gur's sister and uncle Ampayya Gur at the hospital Arjun Gur (34), his wife Jennifer (30), daughter Simran (14) and Akelna D'Souza (65) his mother-in-law, consumed the pills. They were brought to the hospital in an unconscious state and Jennifer and Simran are said to be out of danger. The Gur family was first admitted to the Central Hospital at Ulhasnagar at 11.30 pm on Sunday. They were later shifted to the BMC-run Sion Hospital around 4 am. Arjun owns a small canteen on Badlapur Road in Ambernath. Ampayya Gur, Arjun's uncle said, After consuming sleeping pills, Arjun informed his friend Sanjay Shankar Ilche about it. He informed his nephew (he worked with Arjun and stays near his house) who immediately rushed to the house and took them to the hospital. The door was locked from inside and he had to break it. He found the family in an unconscious state. They called an ambulance and took them to the Central Hospital at Ulhasnagar. As the condition of Arjun and Akelna was serious, they had to be shifted to Sion Hospital along with the others, Ampayya said. The relatives also told mid-day that the family was not in touch with any of them, and they had allegedly borrowed money from some unknown person and were not able to return it. Police Inspector Sunil Ghuge from Ambernath Police station said, We registered a case against Arjun Gur under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of IPC. We also came to know from a suicide note we got from their house, that he had borrowed money and the money lenders were harassing him. So, in severe depression he tried to commit suicide along with his family members.
Thane: Debt-ridden man and family attempt suicide - Mid-Day
2016-05-10Thane cops nab dacoits, seize plethora of weapons - Daily News & Analysis
Thane cops nab dacoits, seize plethora of weapons Last weekend, the Thane rural crime branch arrested two dacoits who were active in Thane district as well involved in interstate larcenies. Since last November, the crime branch was on the lookout for a gang that forcibly entered the homes of people and looted them at gunpoint. "We received many complaints from Titwala, Murbad, Badlapur and Vangani, where the criminals entered houses, fired rounds and looted the residents," says an official of the Thane rural crime branch. The local police force and the crime branch started inquiring into the matter after receiving several complaints. They learnt that the dacoities were conducted by a man named Anna and his associate. "We laid a trap and arrested Anna (35) and his associate Shankar alias Ramesh Kanchan Das from Titwala. Anna's real name is Devashish Tarapad Bunk. He also goes by the names Ashish Sandip Gungun and Ashish Divakar Ganguly," added the official. During the investigation, Anna agreed to committing the crimes he was accused of. Police also found weapons from his home. These include two pistols, two country revolvers, fifty-one live rounds, two magazines, an artificial gun and a pistol, three khanjars, three axels, one axe, hand gloves, mask, a unicorn motorcycle etc., all valued to be over Rs2.03 lakh. Shankar, the associate, has cases against him not only in Thane district, but also Raigad, Gujarat, and Palghar. Apart from break-ins, he is also accused of opening fire on bikers to loot them. The duo have a total of 13 cases against them out of which 10 include a similar modus operandi of armed robbery. "They are in custody. We are investigating further to see if more people are involved and if they are part of a bigger racket," said the police.
Thane cops nab dacoits, seize plethora of weapons - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-10Libraries opened in Thane jail - Daily News & Analysis
Libraries opened in Thane jail In order to morally reform the prisoners languishing in Thane's central jail, the authorities there started two libraries on the jail's premises on Friday. The inauguration of the libraries was done by Dr Vijay Satbir Singh, state principal secretary (appeal and security). "We have opened two libraries, one for men and a separate one for women prisoners," said Hiralal Jadhav, senior jail superintendent, Thane central jail. Thus, the 1,600 prisoners there have access to over 500 books, while the 150-200 women prisoners can read over 300 books. The jail authorities opened the libraries in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Thane and NGO Madat Samajik Sanstha, which together donated over 800 books. Most of these books are on the subjects of moral values or are biographies and autobiographies of freedom fighters. "These books will help the prisoners gain knowledge as well as utilise their free time in a better way," Jadhav said. "Everyone knows that books have the great power of transforming thoughts," he added.
Libraries opened in Thane jail - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-10Bombay HC directs Palghar police to investigate suicide of Thane dealer in Feb - Times of India
Bombay HC directs Palghar police to investigate suicide of Thane dealer in Feb Sandhya NairOver two-and-a-half months after a debt-ridden Thane based motorbike tyre tube dealer hanged himself and named four men, including a former councillor, the Bombay High Court has directed a senior police officer from Palghar to investigate the case. | TNN | May 10, 2016, 07.40 PM IST MUMBAI: Over two-and-a-half months after a debt-ridden Thane based motorbike tyre tube dealer hanged himself and named four men, including a former councillor, the Bombay High Court has directed a senior police officer from Palghar to investigate the case. Kamlakar Patil alias Suresh (56) was found hanging in his friend's flat in Shriram Building, Ramkrishna Nagar, Palghar (west) on February 19. He stayed in the vacant flat when he was on work in Palghar. A resident of Kapurbawadi in Thane, Patil had tyre showrooms in Thane, Bhandup and Bhiwandi. In his suicide note, Patil had named former councillor Surendra Tiwari, his brother Bhola, one Abhijit Talwalkar and a retired physical training teacher Pandurang Yadav, whom he allegedly owned several lakhs. The Palghar police had registered a case of accidental death. A FIR was registered and the four men were booked for abetment after directions from the Palghar magistrate. However, within a month the police filed a 'A' summary report (a temporary closure of probe as the case has remained undetected) in the Palghar court.Patil's son Rahul had meanwhile moved the Bombay high court seeking transfer of the case to the local crime branch or CID. A division bench comprising of Justices Naresh Patil and A M Badar on May 3 directed the Palghar Superintendent of Police (SP) to appoint a senior officer to investigate the case. The court has directed the police to record supplementary statements of the victim's family and relatives if required. The report has to be submitted to the court within four weeks. The petitioner's advocates Yogita Deshmukh and Dharmendra Bhatt told the court that the men named in the suicide note were never questioned by the police. The suicide note was also not send for forensic examination. Deshmukh told the court that the Call Data Record (CDR) showed that the four men named in the note had made several calls to Patil. The court has directed the SP to seek an explanation from the investigating officer as to why an FIR was registered.
2016-05-10Packing & moving company from Thane directed to pay compensation for damage of white goods - Times of India
Packing & moving company from Thane directed to pay compensation for damage of white goods Nishikant Karlikar| TNN | May 11, 2016, 02.04 AM IST THANE: The Thane District Consumer Redressal forum has held a packing and moving company from Thane at fault for rejecting a compensation claim of a client whose goods were damaged while transportation. The forum directed the company to honour the claim and pay the client compensation of Rs 1.07 lakh with interest at 6% p.a from July 01, 2009 by June 30, 2016. Andheri resident Sahana Bhattacharya had assigned Thane-based A-1 Advance Packers and Movers the job of shifting her white goods to Kolkata in 2009. The goods were not delivered as promised on the scheduled date. Subsequent inquiries with the firm revealed that the driver of the truck was attending a wedding in Chattisgarh. The firm then contacted Bhattacharya and demanded more money citing that the driver was stuck on the way and required to be paid extra. She declined to pay more and insisted that the goods reach the destination on the pre-decided date. While the goods reached Kolkata 20 days after the scheduled date, most of the goods were damaged. Bhattacharya immediately lodged a complaint and demanded compensation for the damage, which was ignored by the company. A claim letter was also marked to the United India Insurance Company which had insured the goods. Officials from the insurance company conducted a survey but rejected the claim stating that the goods were not damaged in an accident but due to negligence and hence the insurer is not liable for payment. The packing and moving company argued that the stated goods were transported at the owner's risk and the complainant was late in claiming compensation. The consumer redressal forum, however, dismissed the arguments of the company and relied on Supreme Court rulings. It held the company responsible for the damage.
2016-05-09'Ensure police cover for all bus stops in Thane' - Mid-Day
'Ensure police cover for all bus stops in Thane' By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours Citing the issue of safety of women passengers using the Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) buses, transport authorities last week wrote to the Thane police department to ensure safety of women passengers at local bus stops. With several secluded bus stops in Thane becoming junkie hotspots, women passengers often find themselves at the risk of getting mugged or being sexually harassed. File pic for representation In a letter to the Thane police commissioner on May 4, TMT manager Sudhir Raut requested the presence of police personnel at bus stops in Thane, which have become hubs for junkies and anti-social elements. Giving an example, Raut mentioned that one of the bus stops in Dongripada area has been encroached upon by junkies and alcoholics. Raut said TMT committee member Anil Bhor brought the issue to the fore. Women's safety is our priority. We have written to the police commissioner to increase police presence and take strict action against anyone found lurking near the bus stop in a suspicious manner, said a transport officer. Internal measures Besides writing to the top cop, the transport authorities issued a circular asking ticket checkers, conductors, drivers and traffic controllers to inform the police the moment they spot someone loitering near a bus stop, or ask even ask a person to step off the bus if he harasses someone inside. We have also asked them to ensure that private buses and auto rickshaws don't ferry passengers from bus stops, as it is a common practice during peak hours and late night. They can take the help of traffic controllers to do the needful, a TMT officer said. Cop speakParag Manare, DCP (Crime Branch), confirmed to mid-day about the department receiving a letter from the TMT authorities. We have taken serious note of the issue and intimated all the police stations to increase patrolling across all bus stops in their areas. Officers have been asked to take strict action against those found lurking suspiciously near the bus stops. Women's safety is our priority and we support the transport authorities. In most cases, women don't register a complaint. I would like to request women passengers to come forward and lodge complaints so that we are able to initiate action against culprits. The complainant's identity will be kept confidential.
2016-05-09Woman beaten, stripped in Thane; 20 held - Mid-Day
Woman beaten, stripped in Thane; 20 held By PTI |Posted 09-May-2016 Thane: A 35-year-old woman was allegedly beaten and stripped by a mob in a village in Thane following which over 20 people were apprehended, police said on Monday. The incident took place yesterday when the victim was travelling in a car along with some villagers, in Pacchapur village in Bhiwandi tehsil, a Thane police spokesperson said. As per the complaint filed last night, the mob stopped the car after which they pulled the victim out, attacked her with weapons and stripped her, he said, adding the other villagers present in the car were beaten too. A case was registered under relevant sections of IPC against over 40 persons, including some women, at the Padgha police station, he said. Twenty of them were apprehended since last night till this afternoon, the officer added. Investigations are underway, police said.
Woman beaten, stripped in Thane; 20 held - Mid-Day
2016-05-09Ensure cop cover for all bus stops in Thane: TMT to police department - Mid-Day
Ensure cop cover for all bus stops in Thane: TMT to police department By Faisal Tandel |Posted 09-May-2016 Citing the issue of safety of women passengers using the Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) buses, transport authorities last week wrote to the Thane police department to ensure safety of women passengers at local bus stops. With several secluded bus stops in Thane becoming junkie hotspots, women passengers often find themselves at the risk of getting mugged or being sexually harassed. File pic for representation In a letter to the Thane police commissioner on May 4, TMT manager Sudhir Raut requested the presence of police personnel at bus stops in Thane, which have become hubs for junkies and anti-social elements. Giving an example, Raut mentioned that one of the bus stops in Dongripada area has been encroached upon by junkies and alcoholics. Raut said TMT committee member Anil Bhor brought the issue to the fore. Women's safety is our priority. We have written to the police commissioner to increase police presence and take strict action against anyone found lurking near the bus stop in a suspicious manner, said a transport officer. Internal measures: Besides writing to the top cop, the transport authorities issued a circular asking ticket checkers, conductors, drivers and traffic controllers to inform the police the moment they spot someone loitering near a bus stop, or ask even ask a person to step off the bus if he harasses someone inside. We have also asked them to ensure that private buses and auto rickshaws don't ferry passengers from bus stops, as it is a common practice during peak hours and late night. They can take the help of traffic controllers to do the needful, a TMT officer said. Cop speak: Parag Manare, DCP (Crime Branch), confirmed to mid-day about the department receiving a letter from the TMT authorities. We have taken serious note of the issue and intimated all the police stations to increase patrolling across all bus stops in their areas. Officers have been asked to take strict action against those found lurking suspiciously near the bus stops. Women's safety is our priority and we support the transport authorities. In most cases, women don't register a complaint. I would like to request women passengers to come forward and lodge complaints so that we are able to initiate action against culprits. The complainant's identity will be kept confidential.
Ensure cop cover for all bus stops in Thane: TMT to police department - Mid-Day
2016-05-09Thane Police bust interstate gang of robbers, two held - Times of India
Thane Police bust interstate gang of robbers, two held PTI | May 9, 2016, 06.32 PM IST Thane Rural Police today claimed to have busted an interstate gang of robbers with the arrest of two of its members and seized a huge cache of arms from their possession. The duo, identified as Deva Anna alias Devasish Tarapad Bank alias Asish Sandeep Gungun alias Asish Divakar Ganguli, and his accomplice Shankar alias Ramesh Kanchan Das, both 39-year-old, hailing from West Bengal, were yesterday arrested, police said. Acting on a tip-off, police nabbed the duo from Titwala town, Thane SP (Rural) Rajesh Pradhan told reporters. They were members of the interstate gang, which was operating in Maharashtra and Gujarat, he said. The SP claimed that the two admitted to have committing 13 robberies, he said. Two pistols of USA and Italy make, two country-made firearms, 52 live cartridges, two magazines, one fake revolver, a pair of handcuffs, three khanjir (a small sword), three sickles, one axe, handgloves, face mask, a motor cycle, etc were recovered from their possession, he said, adding the total value of the arms cache was about Rs two lakh. A third member of the gang is on the run, the SP said, adding efforts are on to nab him. He said Anna was in 2008 arrested in a house-breaking and theft case, and after serving three years in jail, where he met Shankar, he took to other ways of robbing people in connivance with the latter. The modus operandi of the accused differed in each act, he said. The offences perpetrated by the accused included six in rural Thane, besides those in Raigad, Neral, Karjat, Palghar, Dungri, Valsad and Navsari, he said, adding, they had opened fire at the victims in 10 of the cases. The police is trying to ascertain if the gang members were involved in more crimes, he said. Anna owned three PAN cards on different names, and as many as seven bank accounts, including those in West Bengal and Bihar, the officer said. Anna, who had worked with a goldsmith before and hence had knowledge of handling gold ornaments, had mortgaged gold with a private lender, he added.
2016-05-08Thane: Manpada cops get 'punishment posting' in tussle over dance bars - Mid-Day
Thane: Manpada cops get 'punishment posting' in tussle over dance bars By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours When GS Randive, senior police inspector, was transferred from the Manpada station in Dombivli (East) to the control room on Thursday, there was possibly much heartburn. There was nothing routine about the transfer; it was, instead, a punishment posting in a game of one-upmanship. In the last two years, three senior police inspectors have been transferred from the station for failing to crack down on illegal dance bars in their jurisdiction. Sources say the transfers were prompted after higher-ups were left red faced by crime branch sleuths, who had swooped down on the establishments. A deputation at the Manpada station is considered a plum posting in Thane since there are around 45 dance bars under its jurisdiction beginning near the Tata Power station and scattered all along Shil Road giving the police ample opportunities to rack up quite a record through crackdowns and raids. Randive's transfer, too, came on the heels of raids by the anti-human trafficking cell of the Thane crime branch on Wednesday at Seven Star Bar and Restaurant, and Rhythm Bar and Restaurant in Dombivli (East). Two other police officers Machindra Chavan and Indrajeet Karle have gone the Randive way in the last two years. GS Randive, senior police inspector, was transferred from Manpada station after a crime branch raid on two bars in his jurisdiction Case on obscenityCases have been registered by the Manpada police against the two dance bars under sections of the IPC, and different sections of the Bombay Police Act. Based on a tip-off that Makrand Ranade, additional commissioner of police, Thane, received, a team raided the bars on Wednesday night. People there were indulging in obscenity. Also, more than four women were performing at a time, which is a violation of the HC order, said Sakil Shaikh, senior inspector, anti-human trafficking cell, Thane crime branch. The action prompted Thane Commissioner of Police Parambir Singh to order an inquiry into the lapse on the part of Manpada police and transfer Randive. Singh told mid-day that Randive has been temporarily attached to the police control room. The state had banned dance bars in 2005. But in October last year, the Supreme Court had overruled the state. On March 2 this year, the SC modified seven conditions laid by the state police for granting licences. The raids Seven staff members, including manager Rushi Prasad Vijay Prasad (22), 22 customers and 15 women were arrested at Seven Star Bar and Restaurant in Govali near Kalyan-Shil Road in Dombivli (E). The owner, Naresh Yadav, is absconding. A total of 44 persons have been booked and R24,400 in cash was recovered from the spot. At Rhythm Bar and Restaurant on Jawadi Naka, Kalyan-Shil Road, Dombivli (E), manager Ramesh Goda (33), eight staff members and 13 women were held. Cops recovered R13,100 from the dance bar.
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2016-05-08Thane: Two accused in businessman's murder case acquitted - Mid-Day
Thane: Two accused in businessman's murder case acquitted By PTI |Posted 08-May-2016 Two persons accused in a case of murder of a businessman from the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in Thane district have been acquitted by a local court after the prosecution failed to prove the charges against them. In her order on May 6, Thane district court's Special Judge U M Nandeshwar said the prosecution failed to prove the charges of murder and those under MCOCA against the two accused, Raju Rambali Goud alias Chabiraj (32) and Babbu alias Mainuddin Mustafa Ansari (30) (both from the same gang), and hence acquitted them. Another accused and the gang leader - Ravan alias Bablu Rambali Goud (30) - died in jail during pendency of the trial due to illness, and the case against him was abated. Additional Public Prosecutor Sangita Phad told the court that on September 22, 2010, Raju and Babbu allegedly attacked businessman Dwarkadas Bhanushali, from Bhiwandi, with sharp weapons and killed him. They also robbed his laptop and a mobile phone collectively worth Rs 46,000. Subsequently, the duo and their gang leader Ravan, who was also allegedly party to the crime, were arrested. They were booked under sections 302, 397, 75 read with 34 of the IPC and also under relevant sections of the MCOCA. Phad told the court that Ravan headed the gang operating in the district, and there were several cases against the gang members, who were also booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). She also informed that since last ten years, the gang members, for their personal gains and benefit of the gang, indulged in crimes including theft, house-breaking, murder and also offences under the Arms Act. Many of the cases against them were still pending in the court of law, she further informed the court. However, advocate Poonit Mahimkar, appearing for the accused, argued that the charges against his clients had not been proved by prosecution and there was no theft at all. He pointed out that a gold ring on a finger of the deceased was intact, and if they had any intention of robbery they would have also taken away the ring. Moreover, the laptop that was said to have been recovered was not proved to be the one robbed, he argued. The judge, after hearing both the sides, concluded that the prosecution miserably failed to prove the case against the accused beyond reasonable doubt. Hence, the judge acquitted them of all the charges.
Thane: Two accused in businessman
2016-05-07Thane central jail sets up library for women inmates - The Hindu
Thane central jail sets up library for women inmates Ajeet Mahale The Thane Central Jail on Friday became one of the handful jails in the State to start a library for their women inmates. The jail, housed in an 18th century Portuguese fort, only had a library for male inmates.Rekha Charate, who is currently the librarian of Kirti College, Dadar, and has played a pivotal role in setting up the library, said: This is among the few women's libraries in prisons in Maharashtra. In prisons, there is a complete segregation between men and women inmates. Earlier, women used to get about 15- 20 books from the men's library, which would be given to the warden. They had no access to the library and they could not choose the books they wanted, said Ms Charate, who is also doing her PhD thesis on prison libraries. The library also did not have a selection of books keeping in mind women's tastes and preferences, she added.The library has nearly 500 books, in Marathi, Hindi and English. The Rotary Club of Shivaji Nagar was instrumental in collecting the books for this initiative. Dr Nandini Deshmukh, president, Rotary Club of Shivaji Nagar, said, We had made it clear that we wanted donations in the form of books and not money. We got a great response when we approached people and they were more than happy to donate. The Rotary Club also approached Navneet Publications, which also donated a set of books for the initiative including Speak Well English, a book for to learn English. Hiralal Jadhav, jail superitendent at Thane Central Jail, said, This is a great initiative. The women now have access to a wide range of books. This will help them in their rehabilitation process. It will also help them spend get through the day. While there is no reading room for the women, they can issue the books and take it to their respective cells. The current selection at the library includes self-help, fiction and non-fiction books. The Rotary Club is in the process of collecting more for this initiative. We shouldn't separate them from society because they committed a crime at some point. Books are the best form of rehabilitation. For Ms Charate, the work is not yet complete and is still in the process of setting up the library at the jail. There is more to a library than just stocking books. I will be training some of the women inmates to run the library, and teach them how to sort and archive books, she said. The library was inaugurated by Dr Vijay Satbir Singh, Principal Secretary (Prison), Home Department.
2016-05-07Two toddlers booked for putting up illegal hoarding in Thane - Mid-Day
Two toddlers booked for putting up illegal hoarding in Thane By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours Two toddlers were booked for putting up an illegal hoarding after Assistant Municipal Commissioner Nandlal Samtani from Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation filed a complaint. It was later discovered that it was put up by a member of RPI (A), who listed the names of his son and niece both two years old on the banner. The illegal hoarding installed by Gautam More to celebrate his birthday displays the names of his son and niece. Pic/Navneet Barhate Speaking to mid-day, Inspector Ghanshyam Palange from Ulhasnagar police station said, "Samtani approached us and asked us to register a complaint after citing the High Court order on illegal banners. We registered a case based on his narration of the names mentioned on the hoarding. We had no idea that the accused were two toddlers. Statement will be recorded of the adults whose pictures have been put on the illegal banner, following which a detailed report will be sent to the court." Despite repeated attempts, Samtani remained unavailable for comment Yuvraj Bhadane, deputy municipal commissioner and PRO for UMC, said, "Action initiated by Samtani was in accordance with the HC order. But he failed to verify the facts. We'll ensure that no action is initiated against the toddlers. In fact, action will be taken against Samtani if found guilty of wrongful conduct." Family saysIt was actually RPI (A) member Gautam More a resident of Ulhasnagar-1, who had installed the hoarding. He said, "It was my birthday on May 1, so I installed a poster in the area. I wrote my son and niece's names under the 'courtesy' section. However, we were stunned upon discovering that a case was registered against the two toddlers. It's a shameful act on the part of the authorities." He added that after finding out the age of the two children, the cops said they would cancel their names from the complaint. "If authorities wake up from their slumber, they'll find at least five illegal banners every 50 metres. They need to take action against these culprits rather than harassing innocent people who celebrate occasions without going overboard," More said. Sagar Baviskar, father of the toddler, said the entire family was surprised to learn about the police case. "Gautam More is my brother-in-law. Being family, he put my daughter's name on the poster," he added.
Two toddlers booked for putting up illegal hoarding in Thane - Mid-Day
2016-05-07Thane crime branch fails to arrest two kingpins in drug bust case - Times of India
Thane crime branch fails to arrest two kingpins in drug bust case TNN | May 7, 2016, 10.14 PM IST Thane: Almost 25 days after the country's biggest drug bust of over Rs 2,000 crore at Avon unit of Solapur, investigators are still unable to trace the two alleged kingpins, Kishor singh Rathod, son of former Congress Gujarat MLA and Jay Mukhi. They played the key role in manufacturing and supplying drugs to Kenya's Akasha brothers and their Indian partner Vicky Goswami. Besides the Thane crime branch, several other government agencies like the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad, Food and drug Administration and Narcotics control bureau were roped in to investigate case. The Thane crime branch have formed an additional seven squads wherein the five units of the crime branch—Thane city, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Wagle estate—have been roped in.
2016-05-07Old woman hacked to death over land dispute in Thane - Mid-Day
Old woman hacked to death over land dispute in Thane By PTI |Posted 07-May-2016 Thane: A 70-year-old woman from Bhiwandi taluka was hacked to death while five others were injured when they were attacked allegedly by an armed rival group in Tulsai village over a land dispute, district rural police said on Saturday. Deputy Superintendent of Police Sahapur Division Vishal Thakur told PTI that the incident took place yesterday following a long pending dispute between the accused and the victims whild led to frequent quarrels among them. Yesterday, around noon, members of the rival gang armed with weapons, sticks, iron rods, sickels attacked the victims leaving the old woman, identified as Anjani Namdeo Patil dead. Police booked a total of eight persons including three women after the incident. However, only two persons, a father and son identified as Mangal Parshuram Barde and Rahul Barde have been arrested in connection with the attack. A manhunt has been launched for the other accused, the police officer said. He also said that Padgha police have registered an offence under sections 302,307,324,143,147,148,149,504,506 of the IPC and further probe was on by local police.
Old woman hacked to death over land dispute in Thane - Mid-Day
2016-05-06Thane ZP introduces 'Maji Shala, Pragat Shala' concept - Mid-Day
Thane ZP Introduces 'Maji Shala, Pragat Shala' Concept May 06, 2016, 13:35 IST Thane Zilla Parishad will introduce concept 'Maji Shala, Pragat shala' (My School, Advanced School) from the current academic session, facilitating schools to buy study materials Thane: Thane Zilla Parishad will introduce concept 'Maji Shala, Pragat shala' (My School, Advanced School) from the current academic session, facilitating schools to buy study materials. ZP chief executive officer Uday Choudhary said under the new scheme ZP-run schools will be allocated funds for purchasing materials like uniform, books and other study materials, unlike the earlier practice where ZP made the purchases and then distributed to schools. He said as per the previous procedure, instances of disparity in distribution were observed, hence, to weed it out, the new concept has been introduced. He said a fund of around Rs 4 crore will be distributed to about 1,374 schools under the ZP. "After deliberation, we decided to bring in the new concept. The teaching staff of schools can now decided to spend accordingly based on the number of wards," he said.
2016-05-06MLC election from Thane local bodies seat on June 3 - Business Standard
MLC election from Thane local bodies seat on June 3 Press Trust of India Thane May 6, 2016 Last Updated at 19:49 IST The election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the Thane Local Authorities constituency will be held on June 3. The term of the MLC and the deputy chairman of the Council Vasant Davkhare is ending on June 8, necessitating the election. Resident Deputy Collector Vandana Suryavanshi said here that the model code of conduct has come into force in the two districts of Thane and Palghar from May 4 when the Election Commission made the announcement of the election. Notification for the election will be issued on May 10, and the last date for filing nominations will be May 17. Last date of withdrawal will be May 20. Election will be held on June 3 between 8 am and 4 pm. Counting of votes will be undertaken on June 6. Deputy district election officer Farogh Mukadam said the constituency has a total of 1,060 voters. The elected and nominated members of the municipal corporations, municipal councils and zilla parishads of Thane and Palghar districts are eligible to vote. Dahvkare, a veteran NCP leader, is expected to contest the poll again.
2016-05-06Hard work & numerous sacrifices later, Thane students taste glory - Times of India
Thane students taste glory Freny Fernandes | May 6, 2016, 11.03 PM IST Thane: Sweets, crackers and cheer filled school campuses and homes in Thane on Friday as all the six ICSE schools in the city saw cent percent results. With a score of 98.8%, two of these city students carved a niche for themselves in the national merit list, adding a feather to their caps. After sacrificing food, television, entertainment and studying extra hours, around 900 ICSE students here as well as their parents finally breathed a sigh of relief and stepped out to have a gala time with family and friends. After a year of rigorous studies and an hour of hunching over the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) website, these youngsters are now busy receiving congratulatory calls from friends, relatives, acquaintances and even teachers. "The phone has not stopped ringing since 3pm. I have been receiving congratulatory calls from friends and relatives, and even people who work with my parents. It is an amazing feeling," said Yash Sawant, topper from Lodha World School, who secured 95 percent. While the results have put a smile on the faces of city students, their principals, teachers and family members are ecstatic. "Our students, like every year, have done us proud once again. While one of our students has secured the second rank in the board with 98.8%, many others in our school have secured a 98.6%. In addition to this we have a cent percent result," said K Chabukswar, vice-principal of Sulochanadevi Singhania High School. Students, however, give full credit of their achievements to their families and school authorities. "Our school has given us a holistic learning experience. We were taught to look beyond textbooks and understand every concept in its entirety. We were provided with a plethora of research and reference materials and even question papers of the past years to solve. Our teachers gave us their personal numbers before exams, in case we had to resolve any last-minute queries," said Priyanka Bagade, who topped her school, Singhania, with a 98.8% score.
2016-05-06Thane cops seize four firearms, arrest three - Daily News & Analysis
Thane cops seize four firearms, arrest three In a bid to curb illegal sell of firearms, the Thane crime branch has on Thursday arrested three persons and seized a revolver, three country-made pistols and live cartridges from them. One of the seized firearms is believed to be manufactured in the Indian Ordinance Factory. The crime branch received a tip-off that one Chetan Naik (28), a Kalyan resident, would arrive at Classic Hotel in Dombivli carrying a revolver. A team of police officials laid a trap and arrested Naik with a .32 bore revolver, believed manufactured in Indian Ordinance Factory. A case was regarding this has been registered at Manpada police station. The police also seized a 7.65mm pistol and two rounds. On the other hand, later, a country-made pistol was found on Durgesh Mhatre, Naik's friend. Mhatre has also been arrested. The value of the seized weapons are estimated at Rs1,15,300. Both have been booked under relevant sections of the Arms Act. In another incident, one Sonu Parihar (24) was found in possession of 2 country-made pistols and seven rounds of live bullets in Ulhasnagar. He was taken into custody. "The revolver seized from Naik had the mark of manufacture from Indian Ordinance Factory. We are investigating if the mark is real and how he procured the firearm," said a senior crime branch officer. "We suspect that they were into smuggling of weapons. Further investigation will reveal their roles," he added.
Thane cops seize four firearms, arrest three - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-06Thane drug bust case: Was D-Company one of the clients? - Mid-Day
Thane drug bust case: Was D-Company one of the clients? By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours Was the recent haul of ephedrine worth Rs 2,000 crore just a small fry in the notorious D-Company's drug smuggling syndicate? The Thane police, which busted the racket last month with the seizure of 20,000 kg of drugs from Thane and Solapur, suspect that the ringleaders of the racket had supplied drugs to fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his key aide, Chhota Shakeel. The Thane police suspect that ringleaders Jay Mukhi and Kishore Rathod had supplied drugs to Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel Manoj Jain, director of pharma company Avon Life Science Limited in Solapur, whose factory manufactured the seized ephedrine, and Punit Sringi, the director in-charge of the factory who were arrested recently have reportedly told the police that ringleaders Jay Mukhi and Kishore Rathod son of former MLA Bhavsingh Rathod had three months ago visited Dubai to supply drugs to an associate of Ibrahim, India's most wanted criminal. When we checked Jain and Sringi's call records, we found that they had received many calls from Mukhi and Rathod from Dubai. Jain and Sringi have confirmed this. They, however, claim that they don't know whether drugs were being supplied to Dawood Ibrahim's cartel, said a police officer. Jain and Sringi had earlier revealed their ties with drug lord and husband of Mamta Kulkarni Vicky Goswami, who allegedly runs his cartel out of Kenya. Goswami, too, has links with Dubai. He was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1997 there. He was released in 2012 on the grounds that he had transformed into a better human being. Hot on the heels: The Thane and Gujarat police, who had recently seized in Ahmedabad a consignment of 1,300 kg of drugs meant to be smuggled to Kenya, are trying to track down Mukhi and Rathod. Their arrest will get us to the international smugglers and the different cartels they were part of, said the officer. Mukhi and Rathod went to Dubai and had call Jain and Sringi many times after a meeting with one of the cartels there. We have some clues on the Dubai link and suspect that the local smugglers had supplied drugs to Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel.
Thane drug bust case: Was D-Company one of the clients? - Mid-Day
2016-05-06Maharashtra: Husband, in-laws booked for torturing woman in Thane - India.com
Maharashtra: Husband, in-laws booked for torturing woman in Thane By Press Trust of India on May 6, 2016 at 5:32 AM Thane: A man and four members of his family, including his mother, have been booked for allegedly torturing his wife, police said today. In her complaint, the 27-year-old woman alleged that her husband and in-laws used to frequently lock her up in a room, starve her and inflict cigarette burns on her, they said. The victim alleged that her in-laws tortured and harassed her since marriage which went on for five years and even tonsured her, police said. In March last year, her in-laws drove her out of the house and took away both the children from her, they said, adding she presently lives with her parents at Kalyan in the district.
Maharashtra: Husband, in-laws booked for torturing woman in Thane - India.com
2016-05-05Thane: Helps rob, kill senior citizen in Kalyan - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Helps rob, kill senior citizen in Kalyan A 76-years-old man was killed with a rooftop cutting machine at Thane after he resisted two robbers from looting valuables from his residence. The two accused managed to decamp with valuables worth Rs4,37,500. Shil Dayghar police is yet to make any arrests in the case. Keshav Patil, a resident of Jyoti Nagar in Kalyan, was at home alone when the accused, identified as Shamrao Jadhav and Shriram Rathod, allegedly robbed gold, silver and cash. When Patil tried to stop them, the assaulted him with the electric cutting machine. Both the accused were household helps. The 26-year-old son of the accused registered a complaint at Shil Dayghar police station. "We are tracking the suspects and investigating the case," said a police officer from Shil Dayghar police station. "The family has accused their former helpers. An electric cutting machine was used in the crime. We have formed teams to arrest the accused," said Sukhada Narkar, PRO, Thane police department. "We have registered a case under section 460 (house trespass to commit crime), 302 (murder) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code against the accused mentioned by the complainant," added Narkar.
Thane: Helps rob, kill senior citizen in Kalyan - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-05Thane municipal officer held for graft owns assets worth Rs 2.93 cr - Zee News
Thane municipal officer held for graft owns assets worth Rs 2.93 cr Last Updated: Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 15:51 Y S Reddy (48), Deputy Director in the Town Planning Department of VVMC, was arrested on April 28. He was in police custody since then and was granted bail last evening by a court here. Thane District Judge VV Bambarde let off Reddy on a bail bond of Rs 15,000 after his custody ended. Sanjay Mohite, Dy SP of Thane ACB unit, said after Reddy's arrest, ACB sleuths conducted searches at his residences in Vasai and Hyderabad and unearthed assets worth Rs 2,93,94,775 (owned by him and his family members) disproportionate to his known sources of income. Reddy owns one flat each in Vasai and suburban Borivali worth Rs 53.63 lakh. The sleuths also detected assets worth Rs 1.46 crore in Hyderabad which included documents pertaining to ownership of 11 flats (in two separate buildings under his wife's name), 23 acres of land, gold jewellery, cars and Rs 92.04 lakh in cash, the court was told. His bank account lockers in Vasai also yielded cash and ornaments with a total worth of about Rs 93 lakhs, the ACB said, adding, there were several complaints of alleged irregularities against the official made by the corporator to police, the civic body and courts which prompted them to take action. Advocate Gajanan B Chavan, counsel for Reddy told PTI that the court has ordered the accused official to be present every alternate day at the office of the ACB, which is now looking to initiate probe under the DA case. Reddy wanted the corporator to withdraw the complaints against him for which he allegedly offered a bribe of Rs one crore to him. The aggrieved corporator then lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of ACB. Subsequently, the ACB laid a trap and caught the accused at a restaurant on Ghodbunder road in Thane on the night of April 28 when he was allegedly offering the first instalment of Rs 25 lakh to the corporator. Reddy had earlier worked with the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) before joining the VVMC.   Offences under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act were registered against the accused. 
2016-05-05Maharashtra: Thane to get bottled drinking water at 35 paise/litre - Daily News & Analysis
Maharashtra: Thane to get bottled drinking water at 35 paise/litre Thane slum dwellers will soon have access to bottled drinking water for just 35 paise per litre. In a tie-up with Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), Water Life India Pvt. Lt. — an NGO — is in the process of setting up five RO water purification plants in the city. A 60-hour water cut in Thane has thrown people as well as the civic administration off gear. Apart from the water supplied by TMC, residents are also dependent on tankers and bore wells, if any. The situation is tough in slums and hilly areas like Mumbra and Kalwa where even drinking water does not reach residents. "Our plants will purify water from wells and bore wells and this water, which is as good as Himalaya bottled water, will be sold through kiosks," said Indraneil Das, executive director and one of the promoters of Water Life. The five places where these plants will come up are Vijaynagari, Manisha Nagar, Azadnagari, Atkoneshwar Nagar and Lokmanya Nagar. The water will be sold at 35 paise per litre. Each plant will cost over Rs25 to Rs30 lakh. Water Life has 7,000 such plants across India. "India spends Rs80,000 crore annually to fight water-borne diseases. We started these plants thinking of getting rid of these diseases," said Das. The ground breaking ceremony for the first plant in Thane was done on May 3 at King Kongnagar, Vijaynagari. "The first plant will come up in my ward by May-end and people will get pure drinking water at affordable rates," said corporator Manohar Dumbre from ward number 2. "We spend Rs15 to Rs20 on buying gutkha, cigarettes and even bottled water. Why not buy this water and help your family lead a healthy life," he added.
Maharashtra: Thane to get bottled drinking water at 35 paise/litre - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-05Thane: Helps rob, kill senior citizen in Kalyan - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Helps rob, kill senior citizen in Kalyan A 76-years-old man was killed with a rooftop cutting machine at Thane after he resisted two robbers from looting valuables from his residence. The two accused managed to decamp with valuables worth Rs4,37,500. Shil Dayghar police is yet to make any arrests in the case. Keshav Patil, a resident of Jyoti Nagar in Kalyan, was at home alone when the accused, identified as Shamrao Jadhav and Shriram Rathod, allegedly robbed gold, silver and cash. When Patil tried to stop them, the assaulted him with the electric cutting machine. Both the accused were household helps. The 26-year-old son of the accused registered a complaint at Shil Dayghar police station. "We are tracking the suspects and investigating the case," said a police officer from Shil Dayghar police station. "The family has accused their former helpers. An electric cutting machine was used in the crime. We have formed teams to arrest the accused," said Sukhada Narkar, PRO, Thane police department. "We have registered a case under section 460 (house trespass to commit crime), 302 (murder) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code against the accused mentioned by the complainant," added Narkar.
Thane: Helps rob, kill senior citizen in Kalyan - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-05Adulterated jaggery worth lakhs seized in Thane - Business Standard
Adulterated jaggery worth lakhs seized in Thane Press Trust of India Thane May 5, 2016 Last Updated at 16:13 IST In raids at four godowns in Kongaon in Bhiwandi taluka of the district, police seized adulterated jaggery and other material worth lakhs of rupees. "Acting on a tip-off, Crime Branch officials last evening raided four godowns in Kongaon and seized adulterated jaggery and yellow powder resembling sugar worth around Rs 46.84 lakh," Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Makarand Ranade told reporters today. As many as 137 tonnes of black-coloured jaggery and 45 tonnes of a yellow powder were recovered in the raid, he said, and added that the material was unfit for human consumption. "The godown was owned by one Deepak Khemani, a resident of Kalyan. He was carrying out distillation work there, for which he had the license to operate a plant," he said. The samples of the seized goods have been sent to the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) for testing, the ACP said. Further action would be taken after receiving the reports, he added.
2016-05-05Thane Municipal officer held for graft owns assets worth Rs 2.93 crore - Mid-Day
Thane Municipal officer held for graft owns assets worth Rs 2.93 crore. By PTI |Posted 05-May-2016 A Deputy Director in Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC), who was arrested for allegedly offering bribe to a Sena corporator in exchange for not probing complaints of graft against him, has amassed assets worth over Rs 2.93 crore, ACB officials said. Y S Reddy (48), Deputy Director in the Town Planning Department of VVMC, was arrested on April 28. He was in police custody since then and was granted bail last evening by a court here. Thane District Judge VV Bambarde let off Reddy on a bail bond of Rs 15,000 after his custody ended. Sanjay Mohite, DySP of Thane ACB unit, said after Reddy's arrest, ACB sleuths conducted searches at his residences in Vasai and Hyderabad and unearthed assets worth Rs 2,93,94,775 (owned by him and his family members) disproportionate to his known sources of income. Reddy owns one flat each in Vasai and suburban Borivali worth Rs 53.63 lakh. The sleuths also detected assets worth Rs 1.46 crore in Hyderabad which included documents pertaining to ownership of 11 flats (in two separate buildings under his wife's name), 23 acres of land, gold jewellery, cars and Rs 92.04 lakh in cash, the court was told. His bank account lockers in Vasai also yielded cash and ornaments with a total worth of about Rs 93 lakhs, the ACB said, adding, there were several complaints of alleged irregularities against the official made by the corporator to police, the civic body and courts which prompted them to take action. Advocate Gajanan B Chavan, counsel for Reddy told PTI that the court has ordered the accused official to be present every alternate day at the office of the ACB, which is now looking to initiate probe under the DA case. Reddy wanted the corporator to withdraw the complaints against him for which he allegedly offered a bribe of Rs one crore to him. The aggrieved corporator then lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of ACB. Subsequently, the ACB laid a trap and caught the accused at a restaurant on Ghodbunder road in Thane on the night of April 28 when he was allegedly offering the first instalment of Rs 25 lakh to the corporator. Reddy had earlier worked with the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) before joining the VVMC. Offences under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act were registered against the accused.
2016-05-05Rs 2000 crore drug racket: Ringleader turns approver, Thane Police to nail down Kingpin Vicky Goswami soon - India.com
Rs 2,000 crore drug racket: Ringleader turns approver, Thane Police to nail down Kingpin Vicky Goswami soon. By Deepak Gupta on May 5, 2016 at 3:11 PM Last month, the Thane police busted the drug racket worth Rs 2000 crores. The Solapur based factory of Avon Life Science Limited used to manufacture drugs. Punit Sringi and director in-charge of the company has agreed to turn approver in the case. Confessing their guilt and providing evidences against the aides could be a big help to the investigators in catching hold of the drug Lord Vicky Goswami, who operates out of Kenya. Vicky Goswami is husband of the former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni, and has links with an international drug cartel. The Thane Police revealed that ring leaders Jay Mukhi and Kishore Rathod, the son of former MLA Bhav Singh Rathod along with two others and Manoj Jain, the director of the Solapur based factory, Vicky has met Goswami over twenty times since 2014 at Hotel Bliss in Kenya. Police also revealed that around 100 kilogram of drugs was smuggled to Goswami in Kenya. The police officer said Jain and Sringi, in their statements, have revealed that Goswami was the kingpin of their racket. Sringi was introduced to the drug smuggling business by Jain. He has in-depth knowledge of the racket and his statement as an approver will prove the international smuggling racket in court. As quoted saying on NDTV. With Sringi becoming an approver not only the police have offered to reduce his charges, also Sringi can help police track the shipment of drugs from Gujarat to Kenya for years through an international drug cartel. Since there is no conclusive evidence yet in the possession of the police, all what could help police nail down the members of this drug racket, are the statements of the arrested. Sringi was the ringleader of the drug racket and ran an international trade of watches from China. He was unemployed, after he faced a huge loss leading to bankruptcy two years ago. And during this worst time, his friend Manoj Jain introduced him to the world of drug smuggling. Hoping to pay back his debts, Sringi took charge of the Solapur Factory, which was solely used to stock drugs and now it has been shut for over a year. Sringi has also roped in several locals as drug peddlers for sustaining this drug racket. A Thane police officer said. Sringi scared factory workers away by claiming that the premises were haunted as quoted saying on NDTV Sringi cooperating with police in the investigation is surely an achievement for the Thane police and a major setback for the drug cartels involved. This might make it possible for the investigators to nail down the drug rackets kingpin Vicky Goswami.
Rs 2000 crore drug racket: Ringleader turns approver, Thane Police to nail down Kingpin Vicky Goswami soon - India.com
2016-05-04Thane women's football team first thrash photographer, then call cops - Mid-Day
Thane women's football team first thrash photographer, then call cops By Ashwin Ferro |Posted 1 hour Twenty-four hours after thrashing an opposition team 4-0 in a league match of the Maharashtra State Inter-District Senior Women’s Football Championship, Thane District Football Association's team thrashed a photographer! 5pm: Members of the Thane District Football Association women's team protest their disqualification from the Maharashtra State Inter-District Senior Women's Championship by walking on to the Karnatak Sporting Association ground to halt the 5pm kick-off between Nagpur and Dhule District Football Association At the Karnatak Sporting Association ground at Cross Maidan yesterday, the Thane girls, beat up senior photographer Pushpak Shirwadkar representing www.footballcounter.com for clicking their pictures when they protested their disqualification from the tournament for fielding five ineligible players. 7pm: Thane coach Thomas Castillino (in white) with captain Nagma Shaikh (left) at the Azad Maidan Police Stadium yesterday Police called inThe irate girls then called up the police, complaining that photographer had molested them. Both parties were taken to the Azad Maidan Police Station and after a couple of hours, the girls walked out, refusing to lodge a complaint, claiming they did not want their careers to be affected. The photographer maintained he was innocent. 8pm: Thane player Dipika Masudkar, who claimed that photographer Pushpak Shirwadkar had touched her inappropriately, speaks to reporters after refusing to file an official police complaint Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA), the tournament's organisers, blamed the Thane girls for the ruckus. We received a protest letter from the Nagpur District Football Association that Thane had fielded five players who were registered with MDFA and had also represented Mumbai clubs. Rule No 5 of the tournament's regulations clearly states that, If any player is found to be registered with clubs from other districts, the entire team may be scratched from the tournament. So we disqualified the team and informed Thane District FA secretary Abdul Siddique accordingly. Photographer Pushpak Shirwadkar However, the girls refused to accept our decision and marched on to the ground, preventing the 5pm kick-off between Nagpur and Dhule. Then an argument between the girls and our official photographer ensued and they called the police. This is a shameful act. The Thane girls have brought disgrace on themselves, their association and most importantly, the game, MDFA secretary U Banerjee told mid-day at the police station yesterday. The girls claimed that the photographer abused them. When we began our protest, the photographer starting taking our pictures. We told him not to, but he abused us. Our team members then confronted him and he pushed one of our players, Dipika Masudkar and touched her on the chest in the bargain. Thats when I called in the police, Thane team's striker Namrata Thakur said with coach Thomas Castillino and captain Nagma Shaikh by her side. Ineligible players Incidentally, Dipika and Namrata are among the five girls (the other three being Pooja Morey, Surabhi Manjrekar and Sneha Manchkar) who are ineligible to represent the Thane team. Shirwadkar claimed he had done nothing wrong. I was just doing my job and told the girls that they cannot stop me as I am the official photographer for the tournament. But they began pushing and shoving me and tried snatching my camera. Someone from the group then started rapping me hard on the head, while the others continued abusing me. I lost my lens cap in the scuffle. Shamelessly, they have told the police that I touched them inappropriately. Am I mad to touch a girl inappropriately in full view of the public in broad daylight, he asked. Azad Maidan Police Station sub-inspector Swapnil Chavan confirmed there was no case registered in the matter. Both parties have given us their statements, but have refused to file any official complaint. So, the issue is resolved, he said.
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2016-05-04Thane politicos join hands to help farmer wives stay - Daily News & Analysis
Thane politicos join hands to help farmer wives stay After offering temporary rehabilitation to drought-affected farmers, politicians in Thane came together to help two farmer wives, who had set up a food stall at Gaodevi ground and were asked to leave by the organisers of Amba Mahotsav. In mid-April Kamal Pardeshi (55) from Dound, Pune had come to participate in an exhibition at the same venue. She helped these two women, Swati Chavan and Nalini Gaikwad from Shiroor and Pune, respectively to set up a food stall at the exhibition. "As these women are from drought-affected areas we wanted to help them earn some money. And even they did not want donations or charity as they are from good families caught in bad times," said Pardeshi. The stalls which offered authentic Maharashtrian food like zunka-bhakar, bharli vangi, thaalipeeth, among others, was set up on April 16 and received a good response from visitors. However, the Aamba (mango) Mahotsav which started at Gaodevi grounds from May 1 became a problem for them. "On April 2, some people came to us and asked to empty our stall and leave," said Pardeshi, without naming anyone. "They also disconnected our electricity," she added. These women — who cooked during the day and sleep in the same stall at night — were suddenly going to lose their temporary livelihood. This forced Pardeshi to seek help and on Wednesday the issue was resolved. The stall was visited by Thane mayor Sanjay More, NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) MLA (member of legislative party) Jitendra Awhad and MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) city president Avinash Jadhav. "We do not know who asked them to leave, but we have asked them to be careful while cooking as the mangoes are kept in hay stacks and wooden boxes. They can carry on with their work while being cautious," said Mahesh Vinerkar from Thane MP (member of parliament) Sanjay Kelkar's office. Kelkar is the president of Sanskar NGO which is one of the organisers of Aamba Mahotsav. Kamal Pardeshi said that the matter has been resolved amicably. "The electricity has been restored and we will be here till May 22," she said.
Thane politicos join hands to help farmer wives stay - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-04Rs 2000-crore drug haul: To nail Vicky Goswami, Thane police to make ringleader approver - Mid-Day
Rs 2,000-crore drug haul: To nail Vicky Goswami, Thane police to make ringleader approver By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours Punit Sringi, ringleader of the drug racket worth Rs 2,000 crore busted by the Thane police last month and director in-charge of the Solapur-based factory of Avon Life Science Limited which manufactured the drugs, has agreed to turn approver in the case, a senior officer from the Thane police commissionerate has said. Punit Sringi An approver is an accomplice to a felony who confesses his guilt and gives evidence against his aides. The move could help the police nail the role of Vicky Goswami, notorious drug lord operating out of Kenya and husband of former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni, in the racket and prove the local ephedrine haul's links with an international drug cartel. Last week, the Thane police had revealed that around 100 kg of drugs was smuggled to Goswami in Kenya in the last three months and that ringleaders Jay Mukhi and Kishore Rathod, son of former MLA Bhavsingh Rathod, director of pharma company Avon Life Science Limited in Solapur Manoj Jain and two others allegedly met Goswami over 20 times since 2014 at Hotel Bliss in Kenya. Offer to reduce charges Sources said in the absence of conclusive evidence, all that are available are statements of those arrested in the case to nail the kingpins of the racket, making Sringi an approver could help the police prove that drugs had been shipped from Gujarat to Kenya for years by an international drug cartel. Police have offered to reduce the charges against Sringi for turning approver, they added. The police officer said Jain and Sringi, in their statements, have revealed that Goswami was the kingpin of their racket. Sringi was introduced to the drug smuggling business by Jain. He has in-depth knowledge of the racket and his statement as an approver will prove the international smuggling racket in court. Sringi was arrested on April 26. Meanwhile, the Gujarat and Thane police, along with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, which is on Goswami's trail, are still on the hunt for Mukhi and Rathod. Punit Sringi pulled into racket to pay off debts Punit Sringi, ringleader of the drug racket, ran an international trade of watches from China. Around two years ago, a huge loss led to bankruptcy and Sringi found himself unemployed. It was during this slump that his friend, Manoj Jain, introduced him to the world of drug smuggling. Hoping to pay off his loans, he took charge of the Solapur factory of Jain. The factory had been shut for over a year and was used solely to stock drugs. Sringi scared factory workers away by claiming that the premises were haunted, said a Thane police officer. Sringi supplied the consignments to Harideep Singh Indar singh, who claims that he only smuggled 180 kg of ephedrine to Gujarat. Sringi also roped in several locals as drug peddlers.
Rs 2000-crore drug haul: To nail Vicky Goswami, Thane police to make ringleader approver - Mid-Day
2016-05-04Rs. 2000-Crore Drug Haul: To Nail Vicky Goswami, Thane Police To Make Ringleader Approver - NDTV
Rs 2,000-Crore Drug Haul: To Nail Vicky Goswami, Thane Police To Make Ringleader Approver Mumbai | Faisal Tandel, Mid-Day | Updated: May 04, 2016 11:14 IST Punit Sringi ringleader of the drug racket, ran an international trade of watches from China. Mumbai: Punit Sringi, ringleader of the drug racket worth Rs 2,000 crore busted by the Thane police last month and director in-charge of the Solapur-based factory of Avon Life Science Limited, which manufactured the drugs, has agreed to turn approver in the case, a senior officer from the Thane police commissionerate has said. An approver is an accomplice to a felony who confesses his guilt and gives evidence against his aides. The move could help the police nail the role of Vicky Goswami, notorious drug lord operating out of Kenya and husband of former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni, in the racket and prove the local ephedrine haul's links with an international drug cartel. Last week, the Thane police had revealed that around 100 kg of drugs was smuggled to Goswami in Kenya in the last three months and that ringleaders Jay Mukhi and Kishore Rathod, son of former MLA Bhavsingh Rathod, director of pharma company Avon Life Science Limited in Solapur Manoj Jain and two others allegedly met Goswami over 20 times since 2014 at Hotel Bliss in Kenya. Offer to reduce charges Sources said in the absence of conclusive evidence, all that are available are statements of those arrested in the case to nail the kingpins of the racket, making Sringi an approver could help the police prove that drugs had been shipped from Gujarat to Kenya for years by an international drug cartel. Police have offered to reduce the charges against Sringi for turning approver, they added. The police officer said Jain and Sringi, in their statements, have revealed that Goswami was the kingpin of their racket. "Sringi was introduced to the drug smuggling business by Jain. He has in-depth knowledge of the racket and his statement as an approver will prove the international smuggling racket in court." Sringi was arrested on April 26. Meanwhile, the Gujarat and Thane police, along with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, which is on Goswami's trail, are still on the hunt for Mukhi and Rathod.
Rs. 2000-Crore Drug Haul: To Nail Vicky Goswami, Thane Police To Make Ringleader Approver - NDTV
2016-05-04Now, 3 Thane Temples Ban Entry Of Women In Gowns - NDTV
Now, 3 Thane Temples Ban Entry Of Women In Gowns Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: May 04, 2016 17:02 IST At least three temples in Kopar region of the Thane district have banned the entry of women in gowns, citing hygiene and other factors. Authorities of Gamdevi, Mahadeo and Hanuman temples have put up notice boards outside temple premises, banning the entry of the women who are wearing gowns.Shiv Sena corporator Ramesh Mhatre, who manages the three temples, told mediapersons that women, who undertake cooking and other activities wearing gowns, cannot be allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the "pious place", because of hygiene factor. The move has found supporters in the local villagers.
Now, 3 Thane Temples Ban Entry Of Women In Gowns - NDTV
2016-05-04Thane to be first in Maha to give online tax payment facility - Mumbai Mirror
Thane to be first in Maha to give online tax payment facility PTI | May 4, 2016, 07.27 PM IST In a first in Maharashtra state, Thane Zila Parishad is planning to soon introduce the online tax payment facility for 20 gram panchayats of the district. "Online tax payment system would be tried in as many as 20 gram panchayats in the district this year," Chief Executive Officer of Thane Zila Parishad Uday Choudhari told PTI today. "Thane would be the first Zila Parishad in the state to provide the facility for online payment of property tax, house tax, water tax, etc," he said. The work on the project is in the initial stages and is likely to be operational by the next month, he said. He said this would enable the villagers to avail payment facility from their homes. The ease of process would also help increase the promptness of payment, he asserted. "The platform may be developed indigeniously. Or we may go for the existing software, he said, adding the decision on that would be taken in due course," he said. "There are a total of around 430 gram panchayats and as of now, we would start the service in the panchayats which are in the vicinity of urban areas, so that connectivity and other issues don't pose hurdles, he said. This would also depend on the acceptance by the village members, he added. Choudhari hoped that the service would be popular among the villagers, saying it would be beneficial to both, the Zila Parishad and the villagers.
Thane to be first in Maha to give online tax payment facility - Mumbai Mirror
2016-05-04Thane to be first in Maha to give online tax payment facility - Times of India
Thane to be first in Maha to give online tax payment facility PTI | May 4, 2016, 06.42 PM IST Thane Zila Parishad is planning to soon introduce the online tax payment facility for 20 gram panchayats of the district. "Online tax payment system would be tried in as many as 20 gram panchayats in the district this year," Chief Executive Officer of Thane Zila Parishad Uday Choudhari told today. "Thane would be the first Zila Parishad in the state to provide the facility for online payment of property tax, house tax, water tax, etc," he said. The work on the project is in the initial stages and is likely to be operational by the next month, he said. He said this would enable the villagers to avail payment facility from their homes. The ease of process would also help increase the promptness of payment, he asserted. "The platform may be developed indigeniously. Or we may go for the existing software, he said, adding the decision on that would be taken in due course," he said. "There are a total of around 430 gram panchayats and as of now, we would start the service in the panchayats which are in the vicinity of urban areas, so that connectivity and other issues don't pose hurdles, he said. This would also depend on the acceptance by the village members, he added. Choudhari hoped that the service would be popular among the villagers, saying it would be beneficial to both, the Zila Parishad and the villagers.
2016-05-03Thane: TMC has managed to clean only 30 out of 212 public wells - Mid-Day
Thane: TMC has managed to clean only 30 out of 212 public wells By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours The corporation was expected to clean all 212 public wells by May, but has managed to clean just a handful The water crisis in Thane shows no signs of improvement, as of now. Though the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had planned to clean all the 212 public wells by May, it has managed to do only 30. The civic body is, however, confident that they can clean the remainder by the end of this week. A dirty well in Azad Nagar off GB Road The work began 10 days ago and we have cleaned 30 wells so far. The work is going on at a war footing. The residents will be able to use all 212 wells by the first week of May, said a civic body official, requesting anonymity. Thane has been hit by massive water crisis right since March, with some parts of the city even facing 60-hour water cuts. As per the Census data of 2011, population of Thane is 1,841,488 accounting for a huge demand of potable water. The water cut is horrible. Earlier, most of the housing societies received 24-hours water but after the crisis, it comes for limited time. The absence of water tanks adds to the woes, said Akshay Shetty, marketing professional who has shifted to Thane few months back. This had prompted the municipal corporation to call for a meeting on March 15 and decide on an alternative. The residents are however not that confident of the progress. The authorities are just showing off with this new project. We don't think it will be done by this year. The authorities, along with cleaning of the wells should also concentrate on water harvesting, suggested Muzzaffar Mujawar, a sales executive and residence of Mumbra. The cleaning of the wells was scheduled for April 1 but work got started just 10 days ago, due to the delay in tendering process. The tenders were floated ward-wise so that all the nine wards of Thane get benefited equally. We have cleaned two or three wells in every ward for equal treatment. After cleaning, we will start fitting pumps to these wells, added the officer. A budget of Rs 1.7 crore was allocated for this whole cleaning process. Well revival project proposed TMC had proposed an emergency water scarcity plan in July last year when the monsoon got delayed. The mission was to reduce the dependency on tankers and tap the reservoir of well water. Soon the monsoon arrived and this proposal took a backseat. Had the project seen the green light last year, water woes would have been so much less this year. In numbers Total number of public wells: 555. Total number of wells not in use: 212, Total number of borewells: 360 Total number of borewells not in use: 131 Amount of well water used: 8.7 million litres Amount of well water not in use: 1.8 million litres Amount of borewell water in use: 42 million litres Amount of borewell water not in use: 23 million litres Did you know? Thane usually gets 480 million litres per day (MLD). The supply comes from TMC, BMC, MIDC and STEM. However, after the 35 per cent water cut, Thane gets 314 million litres per day a whopping 166 million litres per day less.
Thane: TMC has managed to clean only 30 out of 212 public wells - Mid-Day
2016-05-03Thane score over Dhule in Inter-District Senior Women's Football Championship -2016 - Free Press Journal
Thane score over Dhule in Inter-District Senior Women's Football Championship -2016 By FPJ Bureau May 03, 2016 12:50 am Mumbai : Namrata Thakur's final hat-trick was highlight of Thane's authoritative 4-0 win against Dhule in a Group-D league match, of the LIC-Maharashtra State Inter-District Senior Women's Football Championship 2016, organized by MDFA and played at Karnatak Sporting Association grounds, Cross Maidan, on Monday. The dashing striker Namrata scored the opening goal as the Thane side enjoyed a slender 1-0 half time lead. After the change of ends, Thane totally dominated the proceedings with Namrata scoring the second and fourth goals, while teammate Akshaya Venkatgiri chipping in with the third to complete the winning tally. In a Goup-B second round leg encounter, fancied Pune underlined their supremacy over Satara, by storming to another emphatic 11-0 victory. Pune had earlier recorded a 10-0 win. Strikers Hiba Faquih, Murial Adam and Shristi Girish combined effectively scoring three goals each while Priyanka Murde and Alisha Rani Khetwala added one each to finish off the match.
2016-05-03Sena Set to Lose in Thane Civic Polls: Rane - Outlook India
Sena Set to Lose in Thane Civic Polls: Rane Congress leader Narayan Rane today said Shiv Sena will suffer defeat in the forthcoming elections to Thane Municipal Corporation. "Sena used to win elections here because I was with the party. Now you see how badly they will fare in polls," Rane said addressing a gathering of party workers here. The former chief minister is the election incharge of the district. "Thane is not a bastion of Shiv Sena. I know the real picture, there is nothing like bastion. We will work towards capturing power and improve our numbers," he told reporters on the sidelines of the meeting. To a query, he said Congress will soon get a young face as its president in Rahul Gandhi. Interestingly, senior party leader Jairam Ramesh had yesterday said that Congress expects Rahul to be the party president in 2016. On the occasion, Rane asked the partymen to not indulge in groupism and fight the elections, slated next year, unitedly. Thane civic body is currently ruled by Shiv Sena. Asked if he would contest Legislative Council elections, likely to be held in June for 11 seats, as proposed by state unit Congress president Ashok Chavan, Rane said, "I am not afraid of contests". On possibility of alliance with NCP for the Legislative Council elections, Rane said a report on the mood among party workers will be submitted to higher authorities.
Sena Set to Lose in Thane Civic Polls: Rane - Outlook India
2016-05-03Man accused of killing Thane scrap dealer held in UP - Times of India
Man accused of killing Thane scrap dealer held in UP. PTI | May 3, 2016, 05.15 PM IST Thane: A 52-year-old gangster has been held from Siddharthnagar district of UP in connection with a 2009 murder case here, police said today. Nizamuddin alias Alimuddin Nasibdar Fakir, a member of Raju Ismail's gang in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested from Siddarthnagar by a team of Thane crime branch on April 29, Thane Police PRO inspector Sukhada Narkar said in a release issued here. Fakir was one of the three accused in the murder case of 40-year-old scarp dealer Pramod Sharma, from Khopat, Thane, who was found dead in Shil Daighar area here in February,2009. A case under sections 302 (murder), 201 (disappearance of evidence of offence) rw 34 (common intention) of IPC and under relevant sections of Arms Act was lodged in connection with the crime, the release said. Police had arrested one Asiruddin Khan on February 23, 2009, while two others, Fakir and Rafiullah alias Rafique Jaituallah, both residents of Uttar Pradesh, were absconding. Thane police team had information that the duo intermittently visited their villages and had been keeping vigil along with local police. On a tip off, police nabbed Fakir from Siddharthnagar railway station last week and brought him here. He was produced before the local magistrate on May 1 which remanded him in police custody till May 7, the PRO said. During interrogation, police got to know that the motive behind the murder was some monetary issues and the accused had dumped his body near a nullah. Police said hunt was on to nab the third accused. The Raju Ismail gang operates in Uttar Pradesh and Nepal, the release said.
2016-05-03Thane: Teen found dead near railway tracks, family claims murder - Mid-Day
Thane: Teen found dead near railway tracks, family claims murder By Faisal Tandel |Posted 03-May-2016 They claim locals alleged he was assaulted before he was thrown near the tracks; They also say the Kalyan GRP and local police are delaying registering a case citing jurisdiction. The body of an 18-year-old boy was found near the railway tracks at Kalyan railway station on Sunday, and the Kalyan Government Railway Police have registered an accidental death case. However the deceased's parents and his brother-in-law who visited the spot, claim they found from locals that he had been assaulted by some youngsters who then killed him. Akram Shaikh's body was found near the tracks at Kalyan The family members approached the Mahatma Phule police as well as the Kalyan GRP, but claim that officials at both the police stations are yet to decide on the jurisdiction and are delaying registering a murder case. The deceased identified as Akram Shaikh, stayed at Kalyan west and worked as a salesman in a clothes shop in Kalyan. He was found dead near the tracks around 300 metres from Waldhuni bridge between 12pm and 12:30pm on Sunday. On Sunday after his dead body was found, the Mahatma Phule police and Kalyan GRP took almost four hours to decide the jurisdiction. After pressure from social workers, after four hours they registered an accidental death case, said Sajid Shaikh, the brother-in-law of the deceased. Akram's body was shifted to Rukmini Bai Hospital in Kalyan for a postmortem. Locals claim attack Shaikh, a resident of Thane said that half an hour before the incident he and his wife had met Akram. We were heading back to Thane, when we met him near the station. We asked him to go home and he said that he was leaving, said Shaikh. Shaikh said the body was found near tracks leading to the yard. Once in two hours or a day a train comes on the tracks. And if it comes, it is slow. Akram was very active and would have noticed the train. We don't think its an accident, added Shaikh who visited the spot on Monday morning. He claims on reaching the spot, he was shocked when he spoke to locals. The locals told me that they had seen Akram being assaulted by a group of youngsters, who then threw him near the tracks, added Shaikh. On Monday from 11am the family of the deceased had been approaching the police to register a case. Its almost more than 8 hours, yet the police are delaying the matter. The Mahatma Phule officers claim the spot where the body was found is in the jurisdiction if Railway police, and the GRP claims it is the jurisdiction of Mahatma Phule police station. Where should we go is now the question, said Shaikh. Police speak: When contacted, Anil Pawar, Senior Police Inspector, Mahatma Phule police station said, The Kalyan GRP has registered an accidental death case, and they are further investigating it. It is not in our jurisdiction.
Thane: Teen found dead near railway tracks, family claims murder - Mid-Day
2016-05-03Shiv Sena Set To Lose In Thane Civic Polls, Says Narayan Rane - NDTV
Shiv Sena Set To Lose In Thane Civic Polls, Says Narayan Rane Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: May 04, 2016 00:19 IST Congress leader Narayan Rane said asked the partymen to not indulge in groupism and fight the Thane Municipal Corporation elections, slated next year, unitedly. Thane: Congress leader Narayan Rane today said Shiv Sena will suffer defeat in the forthcoming elections to Thane Municipal Corporation. "Sena used to win elections here because I was with the party. Now you see how badly they will fare in polls," Mr Rane said addressing a gathering of party workers in Thane. The former chief minister is the election incharge of the district. "Thane is not a bastion of Shiv Sena. I know the real picture, there is nothing like bastion. We will work towards capturing power and improve our numbers," he told reporters on the sidelines of the meeting. To a query, he said Congress will soon get a young face as its president in Rahul Gandhi. Interestingly, senior party leader Jairam Ramesh had yesterday said that Congress expects Mr Gandhi to be the party president in 2016. On the occasion, Mr Rane asked the partymen to not indulge in groupism and fight the elections, slated next year, unitedly. Thane civic body is currently ruled by Shiv Sena. Asked if he would contest Legislative Council elections, likely to be held in June for 11 seats, as proposed by state unit Congress president Ashok Chavan, Mr Rane said, "I am not afraid of contests". On possibility of alliance with NCP for the Legislative Council elections, Mr Rane said a report on the mood among party workers will be submitted to higher authorities.
Shiv Sena Set To Lose In Thane Civic Polls, Says Narayan Rane - NDTV
2016-05-02Minor Tribal Girl Raped At Marriage Function In Thane - NDTV
Minor Tribal Girl Raped At Marriage Function In Thane Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: May 02, 2016 12:56 Thane: A 14-year-old tribal girl from Thane was allegedly raped by a young man at a marriage function which she had gone to attend, police said today. "On April 18, the girl, hailing from Bombe Pada area of Mohili village in Thane, had gone to attend the wedding in nearby Sontakke village. After the function, she was sleeping in a room at the marriage venue. The accused, identified as Mayur Mukne (19) who works at a brick kiln, forcefully took the girl out of the room to an isolated location where he allegedly raped her," Sub-Inspector Sheetal Bamne said.Two other acquaintances of the accused, Harish Bombe and Uday Bombe, both brothers, who had also gone to attend the marriage, later allegedly threatened the girl with dire consequences if she revealed the incident to anyone, she said. Out of fear, the girl did not inform the police immediately after the incident, but lodged a complaint this morning. The girl and the three accused men are residents of the same Bombe Pada area in Mohili village. Offences have been registered against the three accused under sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and also sections 4 and 21A of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, police said. Police has launched a search to arrest the three accused.
Minor Tribal Girl Raped At Marriage Function In Thane - NDTV
2016-05-02Maha CM asks Thane collector to act on illegal construction - Business Standard
Maha CM asks Thane collector to act on illegal construction Press Trust of India Thane (Maha) May 2, 2016 Last Updated at 17:57 IST Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today directed the newly appointed Thane District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar to take "suitable action" on a complaint against an educational institute here which had indulged in an illegal construction. The Chief Minister gave this direction to the Collector in a meeting held through video-conference as part of the 'Lokshahi Din' (Democracy Day), a release issued by Thane district administration said. The meeting was also attended by Thane Additional Collector K V Fand, Deputy Collector Vikas Gajare and Resident Deputy Collector Vandana Suryavanshi and others, it said.
2016-05-02Thane police's child protection unit reunites 71 kids - Times of India
Thane police's child protection unit reunites 71 kids Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | May 3, 2016, 01.00 AM IST Thane: The Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the Thane police commissionerate has brought a smile on the faces of 71 families by tracing and reuniting them with their children who had either gone missing from home or were abducted. Operation Muskan Maharashtra, the third such campaign in the last six months, was conducted between April 1-30, following the success of two programmes conducted in the last nine months. Operation Muskan was started with the aim of reuniting missing, kidnapped and orphan children with their families. Police personnel from the CPU besides special forces from 34 police stations in the Thane police commissionerate were tasked to track down these missing children, with the help of local NGOs. As many as 32 boys and 10 girls who were believed to be kidnapped were located and reunited with their families. Four orphans who had escaped the abuses and beatings in the hands of their kin were also traced and returned with their families, while seven adults who had wandered away from home were sent back to their families as well as a part of the campaign. While the police began their search from the remand homes and correction centres to search for children who had gone missing, they came across 24 boys and one girl who were in remand homes. On the basis of the faint memories they had of their respective homes or families, their houses were traced and they were sent back to their homes. While the CPU reunited 71 children in a month's drive, the number of children traced in the third phase is comparatively lesser than the count in the previous drives which conducted in January 2016 and July 2015. "The reason for this decrease is because many kids were reunited in the previous two operations. Also, the kidnapping complaints have gone down in the past few months. Even the number of children who runaway from has decreased," said Rajiv More, sub-inspector of CPU. The team not only tried to reunite children who were missing, runaway or orphans, but they even made attempts to hunt down the families of kids who were staying in remand homes. "Whenever we went to remand homes to look out missing kids, the other children would look up to us with hopes of returning home. We gave our best and tried to reunite as many kids as possible," added More.
2016-05-01All-women team for Thane police's Twitter account - The Hindu
All-women team for Thane police's Twitter account. Gautam S Mengle After Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, the Thane police will on Sunday be launching their own Twitter handle. Officials said the Twitter and already active Facebook accounts will be handled by an all-woman team. Officers said the Twitter handle will be launched by Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday.Asix-member team of policewomen has been trained and will be taking charge of Thane police's social media activities from Sunday. The team will comprise five constables and one API, and will be assisted by a group of independent social media consultants. This is aimed at sending a message that women are efficient and command more respect than men, said Thane CP Param Bir Singh.
2016-05-01Thane: 62-year-old falls in bus, suffers four spine fractures - Mid-Day
Thane: 62-year-old falls in bus, suffers four spine fractures By Vinay Dalvi |Posted 4 hours A 62-year-old man suffered four fractures on his spine while riding a Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Transport Authority bus on Tuesday. The driver missed seeing a speed breaker, and as a result, the senior citizen fell off from his seat and injured himself. The family has alleged that the driver was drunk. Dattatray Chavan, was on his way back from meeting friends in Kalyan Dattatray Chavan, a resident of Mangeshi Samruddhi Apartments in Khadkpada area of Kalyan West, was returning home after meeting his friends in Kalyan East. Around 11.30 pm, Chavan took a bus from Kalyan station. "Soon, the driver started speeding and the passengers shouted at him and told him to slow down," said Chavan, a retired Central Railway employee, who has now been advised bed rest for four months. The driver continued to rush and missed a speed breaker. "I fell from my seat. After getting off, we took a picture of the bus driver but forgot to note down the number of the bus as it sped off," said Chavan. When he reached home, it became difficult for him to walk or get up on his own. His son, Harshal, rushed him to Aayush Hospital. An MRI scan confirmed that Chavan had suffered multiple fractures on the lumbar and thoracic areas of spinal cord. The doctors had to use screws and rods to stabilise the spine after the fractures. "We spent R4 lakh on the surgery," said Chavan. The family claims it has registered an FIR at Mahatma Phule Police Station in Kalyan, along with the photographs of the driver, but say the police are yet to take action. The police have registered a case under Indian Penal Code Sections 279 (rash driving) 337 (Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others). Senior Police inspector at Mahatma Phule Police station, Anil Pawar, said, "I am not aware of the case. I will need to check the details."
Thane: 62-year-old falls in bus, suffers four spine fractures - Mid-Day
2016-05-01Mumbai, Thane Police Stations To Have Free Wi-Fi Facility - NDTV
Mumbai, Thane Police Stations To Have Free Wi-Fi Facility All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: May 01, 2016 15:39 IST Mumbai: Maharashtra Police has taken up an initiative to equip major police stations of Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai with free Wi-Fi facility, to be installed by private firm Joister. The process has begun this year in March in Thane where the district Commissionerate and 33 police stations have been installed with the facility, a top executive of Joister said. "Joister has been offering its free Wi-Fi service as its CSR initiative to our workforce. We readily agreed to accept their proposal as it will enable our workforce to be more proactive and competitive," Additional Director General of Police (admin), V V Laxminarayan, told PTI."We want all our police stations be equipped with free Wi-Fi facility and this would definitely help our officers. Very soon all police stations of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai would be installed with the service," he said. The official further said they plan to expand the facility across the state as and when the company approaches the department with further proposals. "This is a welcoming step that our proposal to offer free Wi-Fi at police stations has been accepted," CMD, Joister, Nikunj Kampani said. "In next few weeks, we will install the facility at all police training camps in the state," he said. Apart from police stations, Joister has so far installed the service at Mumbai, Thane RTO headquarters, police training centre at Marol (Mumbai), 21 government offices, 15 colleges, eight slums, four hospitals and three bus terminals in the state.
Mumbai, Thane Police Stations To Have Free Wi-Fi Facility - NDTV

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