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2017-05-31Thane: Police, NSG to dispose of old rockets, mortars today - Times of India
Thane: Police, NSG to dispose of old rockets, mortars today Updated: May 31, 2017, 06.10 AM IST THANE: The city crime branch, along with the National Security Guard (NSG), will dispose of 59 weapons, including missiles, rockets and mortars that were found buried in Daighar in 2015 on Wednesday. Sources said that on October 24, 2015, based on a tip-off, sleuths of crime branch unit I dug up the ground besides a scrap dealer's shop and found the unexploded ordnance, which are sort of 'duds that did not detonate. "Initially, we thought that the shells were scrap material that scrap dealers usually bring in to sell in the market so that they can earn some amount of extra money. They had been stored using proper precautions," said a police officer. Police said that after finsing the weapons, they had approached the state home ministry, which contacted the Union home ministry, and a team of sleuths was sent in. "They verified it thoroughly and it found that out of the 59 weapons, three are duds. The others can damage an area of up to 400 meters if triggered off but the chances are bleak due to their age," said a police officer. Police said they seem to be over 60 years old and they seem to be Indian-made but the year of manufacture is not legible. 'They will be disposed of in Thakurpada early on Wednesday. "All precautions have been taken. The fire brigade, Thane Municipal Corporation officials and medical teams will be on standby. Sand and other protective ingredients to dispose of the weapons have also been procured," said a police officer.
Thane: Police, NSG to dispose of old rockets, mortars today - Times of India

2017-05-31Thane: Man booked for assaulting cops - Mumbai Mirror
Thane: Man booked for assaulting cops Updated: May 31, 2017, 12.29 PM IST Thane: A man was booked by the Thane police for allegedly assaulting cops during his interrogation at a police station. Rajan Velu, a 32-year-old was brought to the Ambernath police station on Monday evening for allegedly assaulting his wife, Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar told PTI today. Rajan Velu was brought to the police station along with his wife. The action was taken by the cops after they were alerted that a man was mercilessly beating his wife, the PRO said. Read Also: Mayor asks CP to explain as victim says cops laughed at her bathing clip: During interrogation, Rajan Velu, who was in an inebriated condition, assaulted a constable. This left the constable severely injured, the PRO informed. Narker further added that the accused also bit another policeman in his leg. A case was registered under IPC sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), Narkar said. A probe in the case is underway.
Thane: Man booked for assaulting cops - Mumbai Mirror
2017-05-31Thane court sentences Delhi man to 10 yrs jail in NDPS case - Zee News
Thane court sentences Delhi man to 10 yrs jail in NDPS casE A Thane court sentenced a man to 10-years rigorous imprisonment under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act for possessing hashish. Last Updated: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 15:15 Thane: A Thane court sentenced a man to 10-years rigorous imprisonment under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act for possessing hashish. District judge Hemant Patwardhan last week sentenced Amit Brijmohan (33), a resident of Nand Nagri in New Delhi, to 10-years in jail and also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh in the 2011 case. According to the prosecution, three persons, including Amit, were arrested from Kashimira bus stand in Bhayander here for possessing 18 kg hashish on February 5, 2011. They had brought the contraband here for selling it. The two other accused in the case -- Mohammed Hameed and Mohammed Iqbal Abdul -- are absconding. The judge observed that the evidence brought before court is consistent, reliable and is sufficient to prove the guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt. "I therefore, do not hesitate to record my findings against point in affirmative," he said. The judge also accepted the plea submitted by Amit, requesting that he be transferred to a Delhi jail since his family lives there and can meet him. The court said, "Jailer is directed to consider transfer of the accused to Central Jail at Delhi, if rules in respect thereof permit."
2017-05-31Process to destroy live shells found in Thane in 2015 begins - The Indian Express
Process to destroy live shells found in Thane in 2015 begins Eleven of the 59 shells destroyed in controlled explosion Mumbai | Published:June 1, 2017 2:22 am THE PROCESS of destroying 59 live shells that were found in Thane nearly two years ago began on Wednesday morning with the National Security Guards (NSG), with assistance of the Thane police and forensic experts, destroying 11 shells. According to police officers, the shells were destroyed in a controlled explosion after a team from the NSG inspected them. In October 2015, a local resident had spotted the shells and informed the Thane police about them. The shells are suspected to be at least 50 years old, although how they came to be dumped in Thane remains unknown. A senior officer from Thane Police said: “The process of destroying the live shells took place in the early hours of Wednesday. The exercise took place at an open ground near Daighar area. The villages near the open spot had already been informed that the exercise was to be carried out.” The officer added that the NSG team had first dug pits, nearly 4 feet deep, where the shells were kept. The shells were later covered in layers of mud and destroyed in batches in a controlled explosion. An officer said that nearly a 1 km area around the spot had been cordoned off and local villagers were asked to move to a safe distance on a temporary basis. “In the next few days, the NSG will be blasting the rest of the live shells in batches and we are hoping that by the weekend, the entire batch will be destroyed,” the officer added.
Process to destroy live shells found in Thane in 2015 begins - The Indian Express
2017-05-31Thane Municipal Corporation plans to cover drains with nets to solve trash problem - Times of India
Thane Municipal Corporation plans to cover drains with nets to solve trash problem Jun 1, 2017, 12.59 AM IST THANE: The civic administration plans to cover drains with giant nets across the city in order to avoid solid waste being dumped in them. This ends up chocking the drains, thus stopping rain water from flowing freely. Citizens continue to throw plastic and other hazardous substances and non-degradable waste in nullahs. The civic officials have also crossed their pre-monsoon clean-up deadline of May 31 as several drains were found clogged. Almost 75% of the drains are still yet to be cleaned. Several drains at Amrut Nagar, Mumbra railway station, Kalwa and those running across Gladys Alwares Road were found to be choked with plastic waste. The slum pockets along the drains, especially in Mumbra is the worst of the lot as residents keep throwing plastic bags and other garbage into the nullahs through out the year. Now civic officials are planning to put a mesh over the drains as a barrier so that plastic and garbage is not thrown into them. This will save the time and efforts of the civic officials who have to toil day and night to clear the mess before the rains. "We have been cleaning the drains regularly but residents have been continuously dumping waste. So, we are planning to cover the drains and nullahs with install iron mesh," said a senior official. Meanwhile, the TMC is also planning to rope in religious leaders from Mumbra to help inculcate hygiene awareness among residents. "We are planning to approach religious leaders and ensure that they inform members of their community to keep the environment clean. We hope that they do so, especially in areas like Mumbra and Kalwa," said a senior TMC official.
Thane Municipal Corporation plans to cover drains with nets to solve trash problem - Times of India
2017-05-31MSRTC driver caught for jumping signal in Thane found drunk - The Hindu
MSRTC driver caught for jumping signal in Thane found drunk JUNE 01, 2017 01:00 IST UPDATED: JUNE 01, 2017 01:00 IST Mumbai: A 40-year-old Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus driver caught for jumping a traffic signal near Thane on Tuesday night was found to be drunk and has been booked for drunken driving and endangering human lives. The incident was reported at around 9 p.m. when the bus carrying 16 passengers from Nallasopara to Dapoli in Ratnagiri district jumped the Brahmand signal. Police constable Juber Tamboli and police nayak Damodar Jadhav stopped the bus in the middle of the road and asked the driver to step out. “When we saw the bus had jumped the signal, we asked the driver to stop. While we were talking to him, we understood that he was drunk. Fortunately we caught him before any untoward incident could occur. The bus had another 200-km journey to complete,” said Mr. Jadhav. The driver identified as Bhikanrao Patil was taken to Kasarwadawali traffic police chowky where he had to undergo a breathalyser test. “We found the alcohol level way beyond the permissible limit, and we sent him to Kapurbawadi police station,” said S.V Kardile, traffic police inspector, Kasarwadawali. Mr. Patil, who recorded 136.1 mg for every 100 ml of blood (with 30 mg/100 ml being the limit), has not been arrested, but booked under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act. The driver deposited ?5,000 with the Kapurwadi police and will be produced in court where the final amount of his fine will be decided. Police officials said this was the third case of drunken driving involving a MSRTC bus driver. Two cases were booked by the Kapurwadi police in March. In one of the cases on March 22, the ST driver was caught after a traffic constable chased the speeding bus for kilometres.
2017-05-31Three trees injected with toxins get new lease of life - Times of India
Three trees injected with toxins get new lease of life Updated: Jun 1, 2017, 12.59 AM IST THANE: Three age-old trees were saved from being dried to death, thanks to the alert residents of Gladys Alwares road. Some unidentified, but crafty individuals, had reportedly injected the tree stems with some lethal chemicals aimed to wipe off the area. While the motive of these tree killers was apparently to ensure greater visibility for hoardings at the spot, the criminal objective could not be achieved after the residents here rushed to their rescue and promptly administered an antidote to the poisoning. "We were wondering as to how these three mature trees were drying up all off a sudden. Curosity and suspicion led us to do a physical inspection of the elongated trunks and our fears were proved right when we saw holes being drilled at the stem and some poisonous chemicals poured in to turn it dry and dead. We strongly suspect that the motive could be to ensure high visibility for hoardings. Our team instantly alerted the TMC and ensured remedial action was taken. We are pursuing this matter with the TMC and the police to ensure that a strong message is sent to the criminals that such acts will not be tolerated and we will not let harm come to our green canopy," said Gopal Pai, a local resident who also leads the Green Residents Association of Glady Alvares (RAGA) team. They not only ensured the TMC immediately administer anti-dote on the 'poisoned' Kadamba trees but are taking steps to identify the miscreants. The attempt to kill the trees was noticed last week when few residents who were surveying the area for erecting more trees at Khevra circle saw some puncture marks on trunks of three trees near. There was a pungent smell emanating from the holes made near the tree roots and the leaves above were also turning brown after which the residents realized something was amiss. After inquiring with regulars, the residents were told some unidentified miscreants had injected some chemicals in the tree trunks at night. Experts said it wasn't uncommon for miscreants to inject such harmful chemicals in and around developmental projects to ensure trees die a gradual death and no one's held responsible. There have been several instances in the past wherein full grown trees have suddenly shown signs of decay and died. "Miscreants often tend to inject harmful chemicals in the tree trunks leading them to a slow death. I have alerted the TMC officials about it but to no use," complained Rajeev Datta, a civic activist. Kedar Patil, tree officer said they "Prima facie, it looks like the miscreants wanted better visibility to the hoardings. We are investigating the issue and will register an offense against the perpetrators," said a senior civic official. We were wondering how these three mature trees were drying up all off a sudden. A physical inspection of the elongated trunks revealed that there were holes being drilled at the stem and some poisonous chemicals was poured in to turn it dry and dead. We strongly suspect that the motive could be to ensure high visibility for hoardings in the area
2017-05-31'Godman', found on Facebook, rapes Mumbai woman to cure her ... - Hindustan Times
‘Godman’, found on Facebook, rapes Mumbai woman to cure her father of cancer Mumbai city news: The woman was also cheated of Rs 3.10 lakh. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 01, 2017 14:20 IST The Thane police have booked a self-proclaimed godman for allegedly raping a 39-year-old professional for the past two years on the pretext of curing her father of cancer. The woman was also cheated of Rs3.10 lakh, said the police. The woman, who works in a private firm as an executive officer, met the 50-year-old man, Sailal Hiralal Jedia, on Facebook in 2015. Jedia, a resident of Guwahati, claimed to cure her father. Jedia is yet to be arrested. “Convinced, the woman was decided to meet him in Thane. He demanded money to treat her father. Over a period of two years, he raped her and threatened to circulate her videos on social media if she raised an alarm,” said an officer. Jedia has been booked under Sections 376, 506 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code and under the Black Magic Act. The police said it was in the second meeting when the woman was raped by Jedia and he shot a video of the act. “We have found his location and dispatched a team to arrest him.It seems that he has cheated many people. Apart from this, Jedia had taken the victim to various places and raped her.”
2017-05-30Thane call centre scam: Cops seize laptops of Shaggy's aide - Hindustan Times
Thane call centre scam: Cops seize laptops of Shaggy's aide Mumbai city news: The police found that the operations were run from Delhi and staged in China. MUMBAI Updated: May 31, 2017 00:23 IST The police have seized two laptops belonging to Ashish Choudhary, Sagar Thakkar’s aide, and found details of transactions between him with Shaggy in it. It was found that the operations were run from Delhi and staged in China. An officer said, “Choudhary gave leads to Shaggy and decode digital messages. We also found that he had call centres in Delhi”. An officer from the Thane commiossionerate said, “We also found more than 20 I-Cloud accounts, which are all fake and was used to redeem money and transfer it to accounts in China. ” In October 2016, the Thane crime branch raided nine call centres and arrested 70 people in connection with the scam. The police also arrested the primary accused, Sagar Thakkar, and his partner Jagdish Kanani, who is in jail.
Thane call centre scam: Cops seize laptops of Shaggy
2017-05-30Man booked for marrying 6 women - Times of India
Man booked for marrying 6 women Updated: May 31, 2017, 03.06 AM IST THANE: A 38-year-old cheat has been booked for allegedly marrying at least six women whom he met through matrimonial website, telling them that he had divorced his first wife. The police said that the accused has been identified as Sanjay Verma, 38 and a resident of Goregaon. The officer added that a victim aged-37 was duped by Verma of Rs 10 lakh in her complaint told the police that she is a divorcee and she had created her profile on matrimonial site. "Referring to the advertisement the alleged accused in July 2016, contacted her and proposed to her stating that he has divorced his first wife and he had a son. He also lured the victim stating that he had huge property in ranging in crores," said Ganpat Pingle, the senior police inspector of Chitalsar police station. Unsuspecting victim trusted the man and initially held the engagement and later married him. Surprisingly, he had come alone for both the ceremonies. In the last few months, Verma started extracting money from her, the officer added. "He gave several excuses for getting money from her and even stole her gold ornamentsfrom her house to get money," Pingle added. When the victim started investigating, she found that he had cheated four more women and is already married to a woman and that has not divorced her. "Once she secretly checked his mobile phone and found that he is indulging in the same activities with various women on the matrimonial site," said the officer. He would initially strike a friendship on the website and would slowly increase his interaction with the victims. Later, he would show that he is in need of money and extract it from the victims.
2017-05-303 women injured in tree fall incident - Times of India
3 women injured in tree fall incident Three women injured after a tree fell on their house May 31, 2017, 03.08 AM IST THANE: Three women suffered major injuries after a tree fell on their house at 1pm at Indira Nagar on Tuesday afternoon. This is the fourth such incident recorded in the city within 24 hours. The injured women have been identified as Mamta Yadav, who suffered injuries to her right hand, Phulmati Singh, who suffered injures to her right leg and Nanda Shah, who suffered injuries to her head. The injured were rushed to Siddhivinayak Hospital at Vartak Nagar for treatment. Officials from the regional disaster managment cell (RDMC) reached the spot and cleared the debris. The tree had dried up and so got uprooted, said an RDMC official. While tree officer Kedar Patil was unavailable for comment, additional municipal commissioner Sunil Chavan said all efforst are being taken to conserve the green cover.
3 women injured in tree fall incident - Times of India
2017-05-3019 yrs later, housewife appears for HSC exam, scores 62% - Times of India
19 yrs later, housewife appears for HSC exam, scores 62% Updated: May 31, 2017, 03.17 AM IST Thane: Till recently, Geeta Ahire was only caught up doing household chores and catering to her family. However, the 37-year-old mother of two decided to do something that every woman could be inspired with. She took the HSC exam and scored 62%, making a mark in society. Geeta had dropped out of college 19 years ago only to get married and cater to others needs. At the age of 18, she gave her undivided attention to her family. However, deep down she always felt incomplete as she had left her studies midway. Last year, she decided to get enrolled as a private student for the HSC exam. Saddled with family responsibilities, Geeta devoted her time for her studies. He day would usually begin at 6am preparing breakfast and lunch boxes for her 12-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son, followed by household chores. ''Whatever time I would get after that, I would use it to study. It made me feel so much better to get back to studying. I believe every person should do what makes one happy and there is no age on pursuing one's dreams. My dream was to do well academically and get a good education. This is my first step in that direction. While I always wanted to pursue law, I have found a new liking for political science and economics," said Geeta, who has trained her eyes on a graduation degree. As she didn't go for any tuitions, she would clear her doubts by reading the textbook over and over again. Her husband Eknath played a major role in her pursuing her dream.
2017-05-30Thane city records 1.7% drop in HSC results, lowest pass percentage in 3 years - Times of India
Thane city records 1.7% drop in HSC results, lowest pass percentage in 3 years May 31, 2017, 03.10 AM IST THANE: This year, the lake city recorded the lowest pass percentage in the HSC results in the last three years. As many as 17,113 out of 20,121 class XII students who had appeared for the exams from 80 colleges across the Thane municipal corporation cleared their exams. The girls' topped the success rate with an impressive 89.99 pass per cent. Whereas the boys' had a success rate of 80.69 pass per cent. "The city has registered an 85.05 pass percentage, which is 1.7% lower than last years success rate that stood at 86.74%," said an official from the state board. While the overall success rate of HSC colleges across the city has slipped this year, the number of those securing cent percent results has gone up from five colleges last year to seven this year, which includes New Saraswatai English School, Shubham Raje Junior College, MCVC Motilal Harigovindadas Junior College, etc. Dr. Parmeshwar Gatkal, founder and principal of Shubham Raje Junior College, which secured cent percent results for the seventh consecutive year, said, "All our students work very hard throughout the year. So, they deserve to score good marks. We identify the weak students in the first term itself and provide them with proper guidance throughout the year. We also held extra classes and question paper sessions. These students, too, have come out with flying colours, and have made our college proud." Interestingly, out of the seven colleges that scored cent per cent results, three colleges— Queen Mary High School and Junior College, Symbiosis Junior College of Science and Mumbra Public School— are in Mumbra. "In Mumbra, students who are either unable to cope with studies or are financially unstable, often end their schooling midway. The fact that all these students not only continued their education, but also cleared the exam is a huge step up," said an education activist in Mumbra.
Thane city records 1.7% drop in HSC results, lowest pass percentage in 3 years - Times of India
2017-05-3050 live shells found in Thane two years ago to be defused by NSG ... - Mumbai Mirror
50 LIVE SHELLS FOUND IN THANE TWO YEARS AGO TO BE DEFUSED BY NSG TODAY Updated: May 31, 2017, 09.42 AM IST Commandos will supervise the operation near Daighar village; team of two dozen experts involved in defusing unexploded shells. Nearly two years after the Thane Crime Branch fortuitously discovered around 50 unexploded shells, certified as live and dangerous, a team of experts, including the commandos from the National Security Guard (NSG), will finally dispose of these shells near Daighar village, Shilphata today. The team that will oversee the disposal consists of around two dozen experts, right from NSG commandos who will supervise the operation, to senior officers from the Thane Crime Branch, their counterparts from the Thane police, forensic experts, and doctors. The shells, called unexploded ordnance in military parlance, will be defused or detonated in a controlled explosion, after an NSG team from Delhi, which inspected them on Monday, called for an immediate disposal. The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) had certified these shells as 'active', which means they still carried explosives. The shells were discovered in October 2015 after the Thane Crime Branch was alerted about 'suspicious' material in possession of a few scrap dealers. On being questioned, it was revealed that more such objects were buried at a spot in Daighar, and that the scrap dealers had no idea these were explosive shells.
50 live shells found in Thane two years ago to be defused by NSG ... - Mumbai Mirror
2017-05-29Mumbaikars settled in Thane 'want to return' - Times of India
Mumbaikars settled in Thane 'want to return' May 29, 2017, 09.41 PM IST Thane: A comparatively better infrastructure and standard of life in the metropolis is now luring Mumbai natives back to their homeland after they migrated to Thane and other parts of the metropolitan region decades ago. A dipstick survey done by a real estate group from Mumbai revealed that over 60 per cent of the surveyed residents who are originally Mumbai residents, but resettled in the lake city and suburbs, wanted to return to Mumbai and make it their place of residence. Many of these had to relocate due to financial constraints. However, improved income sources and the attraction of ongoing metro and other infra projects in Mumbai are proving to be a huge draw for many of these migrants who mentioned their desire to relocate to Mumbai. The survey was done among a small target audience of around 5,000 home buyers staying in the MMR over the last year and half. Of these, 2,000 aspiring home buyers from Thane and beyond were contacted to know about their preferences for an area and almost all of them chose Mumbai over Thane. All of the respondents have shown rising income levels in past five years to make them buy residences in any of these areas. Devang Varma, promoter and director of Omkar Realtors & Developers, Mumbai that conducted the survey and prepared the study said, about 60 per cent people were originally from Mumbai from areas like Girgaon, Lalbaug, Parel, etc decades ago in compelling conditions. But now with better financial conditions, they wish to go back to Mumbai or closer. "Majority respondents expressed their wish to invest in viable budget homes projects in Mumbai. The reasons they cited were good connectivity, upcoming Metro rail and waterways projects, employment opportunities in commercial hubs, etc," added Varma. Real estate experts said the choice for Mumbai has always been paramount for home owners who often settle in adjoining suburbs. The initial phase of price escalations drive away a considerable volume of home buyers towards Thane and suburbs of Kalyan, Ambernath and Karjat but many still nurse the ambition to have a Mumbai domicile, said a realty agent. "I have always desired to purchase an apartment in Mumbai just for the sake of being addressed to as a Mumbaikar. I have been staying in the suburbs for the past two decades and saving to buy a house in the megapolis," says G Shetti from Dombivli. "The standard of living depends on several things, including proximity to work, access to utilities and recreation features in addition to better transport avenues like railways, airways, roads, etc. Mumbai definitely scores on this front," said town planning expert Mayuresh Bhadsavale from Thane.
2017-05-293 injured in separate road accidents in city - Times of India
3 injured in separate road accidents in city Three injured in separate road accidents in Thane Updated: May 30, 2017, 12.58 AM IST THANE: Three individuals were injured in separate road accidents that occurred in the city last week. In the first incident, a 21-year-old was coming from Pune to Thane with her father when their four-wheeler met with an accident. A speeding milk van rammed into their car on Saturday near Kalwa Hospital. "The victim Sunil Kadam was on his way home at Kolshet when a speeding milkvan rammed into his car near Kalwa hospital. The driver of the speeding van tried to flee, but was nabbed by the victim. Kadam followed the van and managed to nab the accused and bring him to the Kalwa police station. Kadam suffered some bruises but his car was damaged in the accident. The accused, identified as Pappu Dongre, was held for rash driving and causing damage to the vehicle," informed an officer from Kalwa police station. In another incident, a motorcycle-born couple suffered grievous injuries after a bike hit them from behind near the Cadbury junction, last week. "The victim, Vishwas Thorat had gone to pick up his wife. The two were heading home at Manpada when a speeding bike crashed into them from behind. Due to the impact, the duo fell from their bike. The two were rushed to a hospital by few passersby wwhereas the accused fled from the spot. The couple suffered injuries on their hands and legs," informed an officer from Rabodi police station.
2017-05-29Differently abled battles all odds, secures 88% in ICSE - Times of India
Differently abled battles all odds, secures 88% in ICSE Updated: May 30, 2017, 12.55 AM IST THANE: Beating all odds is 15-year-old Varun Muttoo, a differently-abled student from Thane's Hiranandani Foundation School (HFS), who has secured 88% in the ICSE board. Muttoo has been suffering from Dystonia, a movement disorder, since birth. According to his mother Anjali, "Varun was detected with neonatal jaundice just a week after his birth. Later he was diagnosed with Dystonia. He has problems in writing and walking as this disorder has weakened his muscles" It was a long journey for the Muttoo family. The child was not always brought up in a school which was so supportive and accepting. "I had enrolled my son with Hiranandani Foundation School (HFS) from Class IV. Initially, students used to make fun of his disability. The environment was not so friendly" added Anjali. The main support system for the family was the principal of HFS Neelu Lamba. "At times when I thought I felt weak and could not do it anymore, the principal provided me the necessary emotional support and courage to carry on," she said. Knowing that ICSE portion is vast and difficult, Anjali Muttoo remained adamant to continue her son's schooling in this institution. Varun who loves mathematics and English is looking forward to pursue a career in commerce. "All the credit goes to my mother," said a smiling Varun.
2017-05-29Former Thane corporator's son commits suicide over debt - Mumbai Mirror
FORMER THANE CORPORATOR'S SON COMMITS SUICIDE OVER DEBT Updated: May 29, 2017, 12.39 PM IST Builder Samad Qureshi reportedly owed over Rs 50 lakh to creditors, didn't leave suicide note An ex-TMC corporator's son, Samad Qureshi committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan on Sunday morning at his Mumbra residence. According to sources close to the family, Samad was unable to repay his creditors for several months. According to sources, Samad was a builder by profession. Leveraging his mother Shakeela's reputation, he had borrowed several lakhs of rupees from various people. Although he had tried to return some of the money, he could no longer manage to return the rest as his business had slumped after the Lucky compound collapse of 2013, in which most builders and businessmen of Mumbra were under police scanner, those close to him said. "He was being chased by both, police and the creditors every day who demanded that he return the borrowed money. In addition, his brother-in-law apparently borrowed money on the pretence that it is for Samad's business and fled. The whole figure, including what Samad had borrowed, went up to around Rs 50 to 60 lakh," said a source close to Samad. According to his friends, he had sold off some of his properties in order to pay off his debts but even that didn't work. "He was under too much pressure and he would feel humiliated when creditors came to his house or some influential people rebuked him. This drove him to the point of suicide," one of his associates said. No suicide note was found from his room where neighbours and family members spotted him and alerted the police. An ADR has been registered by the Mumbra police, and further inquiries are being made in the case. A senior official privy to the case said, "Prima facie it looks like a suicide but we are looking at all angles. Investigation is going on."
Former Thane corporator
2017-05-29Two Thane students bag 6th, 7th spot in ISC state merit list; score 98.5% - Times of India
Two Thane students bag 6th, 7th spot in ISC state merit list; score 98.5% May 30, 2017, 01.05 AM IST THANE: Two students made the city proud as their names featured in the top 10 state merit list in the ISC exams. The two students, Zeheb Ahmad Makani and Maitri Tiwari—both from Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania school—bagged the 6th and 7th rank, respectively in the state. They secured 98.5% each. The three junior colleges in the city—Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania, Billabong International and Hiranandani Foundation School— which follow the ISC curriculum retained their scintilating performance by getting cent percent results this year too. Speaking about his score, the science student Zeheb said, "I did not attend coaching classes and depended only on my teachers. My class teacher recognised my potential at the beginning of the year itself and kept pushing me to do better. I believe that this motivation, along with my parents support helped me secure such good grades." Zeheb wants to purse a career in actuarial science. His fellow ranker and classmate Maitri believes that the good grades are a result of one's own hard work. "I was studying for my JEE exams and for my ISC exams throughout the year. While I spent a lot of my day in school and then engineering coaching classes, I made sure I revised my notes daily. My parents had ensured that I took enough breaks and went out with my friends so that I was not completely streesed out," she says. Tiwari wants to join IIT. Hiranandani Foundation School (HFS) science topper Vaishnavi Dixit, who secured 97.8% and is considering pursuing law, said, "Our teachers gave us personal attention. I think that is the best part of my learning experience. The teachers would be available all the time and we would often bombard them with the silliest of our doubts." Meanwhile, Aria Kotian, the topper from the Humanities stream from HFS, Thane, who secured 89.6% in the ISC board, said, "Ever since I was in class X, my parents used to tell me to follow my dreams. Right from the beginning my parents have been supportive. While studying, I believe a little relaxation time is necessary."
Two Thane students bag 6th, 7th spot in ISC state merit list; score 98.5% - Times of India
2017-05-29road repair work: Thane: May 31 deadline just a day away, but road ... - Times of India
Thane: May 31 deadline just a day away, but road work still incomplete Updated: May 30, 2017, 12.51 AM IST THANE: With just one day to go for the civic authorities to meet the May 31 deadline to finish all road repair work, most of the roads across the city have been dug up and have still not been filled. Around 87 roads, out of 385, have some kind of work going on. Be it by the public works department, water supply or sewerage department, the roads have been dug up and continue to lying in a mess. The deadline to complete all the civic projects in the city was May 31, but it seems like the civic body may give the deadline a skip. Projects like road laying, widening and repair, replacing or laying of water and sewer lines in various parts of the city, including M G road, Uthalsar, LBS Road, Kalwa Naka have been taken up. However, most of these projects are still in various stages of completion and are unlikely to be completed before the rains begin, said activists. Already the roads across the city are congested as vehicles are parked in a haphazard manner on the street. The ongoing works have already been causing a lot of chaos for motorists. The traffic police have been following up with the civic administration to speed up the work. Also, residents and motorists have been complaining about noise and air pollution due to the road work. Some are blaming the TMC's lack of planning for the traffic jams across the city. "The administration seems to lack coordination among various departments and citizens have to bear the brunt. They should have timed the projects properly. Areas like Castle Mill, where flyover work is on, and Kalwa naka, where a new bridge is being constructed, are always jammed as there is no alternate route to take," said Nilesh Ambekar, an activist. Residents from Gladys Alwares Road and Pokhran Road 1 and 2 have been complaining about incomplete road works in these areas. "There have been so many stretches dug up for some reason or the other by MSEDCL on Alwares road while Pokhran Road isn't anywhere near completion. The corporation should have taken up work in a phase-wise manner. Now, motorists have to undergo hardships," said Kasber Augustine, an activist. Meanwhile, even traffic officials are having a tough time managing motorists in areas like Gokhale Road and Pokhran Road. "The flow of traffic has slowed down over the last few months but we are doing our best to ensure motorists are not affected," said a traffic officer. Meanwhile, the civic administration has asked contractors and officials to speed up civic work before the rains so that motorists are not inconvenienced. Additional commissioner Sunil Chavan, who has been supervising the projects since Sunday, said, "We have supervised several parts of the city and have asked contractors complete work before the rains so that citizens don't face any problems," said Chavan.
road repair work: Thane: May 31 deadline just a day away, but road ... - Times of India
2017-05-29Ephedrine drug bust case: Setback for Thane police, alleged mastermind indicted by US authorities - The Indian Express
Ephedrine drug bust case: Setback for Thane police, alleged mastermind indicted by US authorities Chances of extradition or police being allowed interrogation remote Mumbai | Published: May 30, 2017 2:33 am The Thane police’s efforts to interrogate alleged international drug lord Vicky Goswami in connection with the ephedrine drug bust case received a jolt after they got a letter from the US authorities stating that Goswami has been indicted by them in a New York court for a drug-related offence. The charges that Goswami has been booked under, the Thane police have been informed, carries a minimum jail term of 20 years and a maximum punishment of 100 years. Since the trial is due to begin, the Thane police are skeptical of their chances to get Goswami extradited to India or interrogate him. A senior officer said: “Four days ago, we received a letter from US officials through the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), saying Goswami had been indicted by them for conspiring to import heroin to the US. The chargesheet has been filed in a New York court where a trial is due to begin. The US officials believe that they have a strong case. At least for a 20 year-term, chances of him being extradited to India, or we being allowed to interrogate him, are remote.” The officer, however, said that the development will not impact the probe that they have carried so far. “Of course we would have liked to interrogate him further…,” the officer said. The Thane police have informed a local court about the letter. “The letter should help us file a chargesheet against Goswami on the grounds that he is in US custody,” the officer said. Currently, the only wanted accused in the case is former starlet Mamta Kulkarni who is suspected to be in Kenya. The Thane police are in the process of getting a red corner notice issued against her. Another officer said: “We will still try to get permission from the US authorities to interrogate Goswami in the US.” In January this year, Goswami and three of his accomplices, Ibrahim and Baktash Akasha and Gulam Hussein, a Pakistani national, had been extradited to the US from Kenya. They were accused of conspiring to import pure heroin to the US at a knock-down price. While Goswami was deported to the US from Kenya, India, too, had named him, along with his partner, former starlet Mamta Kulkarni, as a wanted accused in connection with the ephedrine drug bust case. In April, 2016, the Thane police had busted a racket and claimed that ephedrine was being diverted illegally from a Solapur-based pharmaceutical company to manufacture narcotics. The police have so far arrested 14 persons and named five as wanted accused, including Kulkarni and Goswami. According to the police, Goswami was the mastermind of the racket and Kulkarni was assisting him.
Ephedrine drug bust case: Setback for Thane police, alleged mastermind indicted by US authorities - The Indian Express
2017-05-29It's all smiles, selfies and celebrations post cent percent ICSE, ICE results in Thane - Times of India
It's all smiles, selfies and celebrations post cent percent ICSE, ICE results in Thane Updated: May 30, 2017, 01.08 AM IST THANE: Sweets, selfies and celebrations filled school campuses and homes in Thane on Monday as every ICSE school in the city saw cent percent results. After sacrificing food, television, entertainment and studying extra hours, the 800 plus ICSE students here as well as their parents finally breathed a sigh of relief as the saw the phrase 'pass certificate awarded' flashing on their screens. After a year of rigorous studies and an hour of hunching over the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) website, these youngsters were flooded with calls from friends, relatives, acquaintances and even teachers. While the results have put a smile on the faces of city students, their principals, teachers and family members are ecstatic. Thane's Mahika Jaguste from Hiranandani Foundation School not only topped her school with a whopping 98.7%, but also the city, said, "I am currently on vacations at Leh Ladakh, but this news has literally pushed me on top of the world. I was always focused when it came to studies, and I guess that got me through." Students, however, give the 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 the text book and understand every concept completely. We were provided with a research material and our teachers were always available if we had any doubts. I didn't need tuitions thanks to my school," said Siddharth Patwardhan who topped Singhania School with 98.4%. For the 15-year-old Keval Dedhia who topped Billabong International School with 98.2%, the phone has not stopped ringing since the results. "I have been receiving congratulatory calls from friends and relatives since 3:00pm. I have always been passionate about the new information in my textbooks and studied it all way before the portion was taught in school. While my mom sat by my side as I studied without tuitions since day one, my teachers were there to solve any doubt I had," Dedhia said. "Our students, like every year, have done us proud once again. While we tried to provide them with everything ranging from extra classes to extra-curricular opportunities, it is the hard work of our students that have resulted in this amazing overall score," said Ranjini Krishnaswami, principal of Billabong School. Devanghi Debraj, Billabong student who stood scored 96% said, "I would start studying at 4:30am and my mom would be there for me even that early. "
2017-05-28Thane's CBSE class XII pass percentage drops, boys do better than girls - Times of India
Thane's CBSE class XII pass percentage drops, boys do better than girls Updated: May 29, 2017, 01.08 AM IST THANE: With a pass percentage of 97.6, Thane city boys have outperformed girls in the CBSE class XII board examination, the results of which were declared on Sunday. While female students had secured cent per cent results last year, their success rate dropped to 93.6 per cent this year, thus pulling the overall success rate of the city from 96.77 per cent last year to 95.5 this year. As 85 of the 89 students who appeared for the exams this year from Kendriya Vidyalaya, the city's only CBSE-affiliated junior college, passed with flying colours, the four other students will be reappearing for the supplementary exam. "We have been taking extra classes, a one-to-one study methodology and regular discussions with parents and students to help them concentrate better, plan their study schedule and do well, which most of them have done. Our success rate seems low because of the drop in enrolment from 93 last year to 89 this year. We will help the four students who didn't manage to clear this exam to prepare themselves for the supplementary exam in July-August," said Arjun Singh, principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya. With a score of 94.8 per cent 17-year-old Anshuman Kumar and his classmate Shravar Gopalkrishna from science stream of the Kendriya Vidyalaya not only topped their stream, but also surpassed the score of the toppers of the other streams in Thane. Meanwhile, the school's commerce student, Vartika, topped her stream with 90.2 per cent, while her best friend Rushali Mishra came in second with a score of 85 per cent. Kumar, who has been topping his class since class X and aims to get into IIT, said, "Getting a good score requires consistent studying from day one, which has been by mantra. While I ensured that I was always prepared for any school or classes test, there were times when I felt mentally exhausted. This is when my family played a crucial role by supporting me." Vartika, who aims to be an IAS officer, said, "I had a regular timetable wherein I studied theory in the day and practical subjects in the evening, which improved my productivity. While my father helped me in subjects like economics and business, my school teachers helped me in English, economics and Hindi which made studying for these subjects a lot more fun."
2017-05-28'Relocate bus stops from main junctions to reduce traffic snarls' - Times of India
'Relocate bus stops from main junctions to reduce traffic snarls' Updated: May 29, 2017, 01.14 AM IST THANE: Traffic congestion in the city has become the order of the day. Activists and traffic officials feel that bus stops located at and near vital junctions lead to traffic snarls, especially during peak hours, as TMT buses and other private buses stop in the middle of the road to board passengers. Main junctions like Teen Haath Naka, Nitin Company and Jambli Naka are also congested as buses arbitrarily stop at major signals. A senior official who mans the traffic signal at Teen Haath Naka said, "A bus stop is located immediately after the signal. So, once buses stop here they tend to occupy a lot of road space leading to traffic jams, especially during peak hours. Also, luxury buses that ferry commuters out of Thane are always lined up near Eternity mall. This adds to traffic chaos that starts right from 8:30 pm till midnight. A special place must be allocated for these buses as they halt for hours together." The situation is the same at Jambhli Naka. A traffic official manning Jambli Naka, D S Choudhari, said, "For railway commuters who get off the SATIS bridge, the Talaopali bus stop is their first point of contact. All the buses halt here. At times, there are 8 to 10 buses that arrive at the same time. So, I have to deploy at least two officials to control the situation." Recently, in a bid to reduce traffic snarls at Vartak Nagar, the traffic department relocated the bus stand in the vicinity as it was previously placed close to a signal and a few meters away from a turning. Similar was the case with the bus stop at Majiwada, which was previously at the beginning of a road. "If bus stops can be shifted from the interiors parts of the city, then why not at busy junctions," said a traffic official. Activists and police officials have been suggesting that the bus stops must be relocated a few meters away from the main junctions. This can help ease the traffic congestion, especially during peak hours. "The traffic congestion at Teen Haath Naka and Jambhli naka is a perennial problem. The bus stops must be moved ahead of the junction so that it does not add to the chaos," said an activist. Meanwhile, traffic officials claimed that they have sent a request regarding this two months ago to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). TMT manager Sudhir Raut said, "The civic body is planning to revamp Teen Hath Naka as it is one of the busiest junctions in the city. The TMC is developing a long term plan to transform the area as it is a major crossover point into Thane. Once we get the nod to relocate the TMT bus stops, we will go ahead with the work." TMC is planning to revamp Teen Hath Naka, one of the busiest junctions in the city. It is a major crossover point into Thane. Once we get the nod to relocate the TMT bus stops here, we will go ahead with the work.
2017-05-28Parking policy for Thane may take six months to inch ahead - Times of India
Parking policy for Thane may take six months to inch ahead May 29, 2017, 01.16 AM IST THANE: The much-awaited parking policy for Thane is likely to take another six months to start operations as the contractor appointed is yet to start work on its implementation. A Bangalore-based company has been finalised to execute the project after it expressed interest in the work. Two tenders floated by the administration initially failed to elicit any favourable response following which certain modifications were made to the project and a third bid was floated recently. Officials said the revised plan entails installing hi-tech parking meters, sensors for every slot that will beam live status to the mobile app that is being developed for the convenience of users. A software has to be developed to make the project error-free. Meanwhile, the civic body has identified roads where these parking slots will be developed. "A thrid tender was called for the project following which only one firm has applied its interest in developing tge project. The Bangalore-based company is yet to start work on developing infrastructure required for the project that is likely to stretch way beyond December," confirmed a senior officer from the administration. The roadside parking policy that was approved by the general body in September 2015 will charge motorists for parking on around 9,500 slots along 150 roads in Thane. Various rates for day and night parking at these slots have been formulated as per the density of the road. The civic body had called for tenders for the project but failed to get any positive response following which it introduced a viability gap funding of around Rs 16 crores in the roughly Rs 46 crore project.
2017-05-28Thane: Participants bid a 'smiling' farewell to last Happy Streets of the season - Times of India
Thane: Participants bid a 'smiling' farewell to last Happy Streets of the season May 29, 2017, 01.09 AM IST THNAE: Many regular participants were disheartened to learn that Happy Streets will be taking a break for almost four months owing to monsoon only to come back with a rejuvenated spirit in October. Several thousands of revelers thronged the 1.7km stretch to bid adieu to season-V. In the concluding edition of season-V, visitors had a blast at almost all prominent stalls with a huge number of them rejoicing various activities. "We enjoyed a lot today being the last edition of the summer season of Happy Streets. We will look forward to welcoming the fresh season with a lot more new activities. We will miss the Sunday morning hungama," said 12-year-old Swati Naik. At the Vijay Suraksha Art Zone, a lot of fun was on offer for both kids and adults. Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty got a special workshop to bring smiles on the faces of participants, though in a tricky way. The smile-making workshop was a super hit among the kids who enjoyed to their fullest. "Who doesn't want to get their hands dirty in return for a lot of giggles and fun. We had a blast," said 15-year-old Chinmay Dore. Riso stage, too, remained a crowd-puller and had incorporated puzzle and games for both adults and children. The winners in various games were given prizes that was the high point of the show. A good number of yoga enthusiasts had a reason to cheer at the Patanjali Yoga arena with special yoga session on offer for kids. Many youngsters flocked to the dance workshop conducted by the Snehashish Dance Academy. Drum Cirlce arena seemed crowded where many freshers were given an opportunity to try their hand at various musical instruments. The adventure activity at the makeshift camp with pitched tents was well taken by a good number of kids who had a blast while flaunting their daredevil acts. Kids took part in swings, ladders, ropes to do balancing acts. Zumba, dance, music, art, paint, fun and games among hordes of programmes were other major attractions of the event that captivated the crowd on the last day of the season. Games involving balloons were yet another hit. Football, skating, hula hoop and cycling remained major hits among the participants. The Thane Municipal Corporation and Thane traffic department have taken the lead to bring Happy Streets to the lake city, which is supported by TOI and powered by Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty.
2017-05-285000 chemists from Thane to join nationwide strike on May 30 - Times of India
5000 chemists from Thane to join nationwide strike on May 302 May 28, 2017, 10.23 PM IST KALYAN: Over 5000 chemists in the Thane on May 30 have decided to join the one-day the nationwide strike called by AIOCD opposing online sale of drugs, Chemists Association of Thane District said while holding a press conference in Kalyan. The call for the strike is given by the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD), demanding action from the Centre against 'illegal' online sale of medicines. "All chemists shop in Thane District will be closed on May 30," said Dilip Deshmukh, president of Chemists Association of Thane District. During press conference, the AIOCD president J S Shinde (Appa) was also present who had said that they strongly oppose the government's move to regularise sale of medicines through Internet that is e-pharmacy in larger public interest. Shinde had claimed it was illegal to sell medicines on the Internet under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940. The national chemists and druggists body has around eight lakh member chemists across the country. Meanwhile, around 86000 chemists are from Maharashtra who have decided to keep their shops closed.
5000 chemists from Thane to join nationwide strike on May 30 - Times of India
2017-05-27Thane Hospital Ransacked, Doctors Assaulted; Three Arrested - NDTV
Thane Hospital Ransacked, Doctors Assaulted; Three Arrested Senior Inspector G D Pingle of Chitalsar-Manpada police station today said 11 people were involved in the incident. Updated: May 27, 2017 22:30 IST Police have arrested three persons for allegedly assaulting doctors and ransacking a hospital in Thane. Thane: Police have arrested three persons for allegedly assaulting doctors and ransacking a private hospital in Thane. Senior Inspector G D Pingle of Chitalsar-Manpada police station today said 11 people were involved in the incident, which took place on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, and a hunt was on for the other attackers. The police gave the names of the arrested trio as Baba Waghmare, Sagar Gargade and Sairam Gargade. According to a police complaint lodged by the hospital, a group of local residents brought a patient to the medical facility and asked the doctors on duty to examine him. The doctors examined the patient and declared him brought dead. The locals asked the physicians to once again check the patient, Vasu Dattapa Belgire. The doctors confirmed that Mr Belgire had passed away, according to the complaint. Hearing this, the group members, numbering about a dozen, got angry and allegedly attacked two doctors and ransacked the hospital, it said. The violence, during which the vandals also damaged glass panes of the hospital's ICCU, went on till the wee hours of Friday, police said. When policemen arrived at the spot, the violent group pelted stones at them, they said. The accused have been booked under relevant sections of the IPC and the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act, they said. The Act seeks to protect doctors and their hospitals from attacks by patients' relatives, neighbours or friends.
2017-05-27'Smiles', special yoga for kids at Happy Streets this Sunday - Times of India
'Smiles', special yoga for kids at Happy Streets this Sunday May 27, 2017, 10.39 PM IST Thane: The concluding edition of Happy Streets will be held this Sunday before it takes a monsoon break in June and will focus more on kids owing to their summer vacations. Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty have arranged for a special workshop. "This Sunday we will be having a smile-making workshop for both kids and adults who are not afraid of getting their hands a bit dirty for a lot of giggles and fun. We will also have interesting games and photo opportunities for visitors," said an organiser. The new entrant into Happy Streets, Riso, is going to hold a plethora of activities like fun, games and puzzles for revellers. "Riso believes in live life to the fullest and giving it 100%. With this philosophy we are associated with Happy Streets as it's about spending time with your family and friends," said Vinay Chawla, CEO, Kamani Foods Pvt Ltd. Yoga enthusiasts have a reason to cheer as the Patanjali Yoga arena has scheduled a special yoga session for kids to improve their physical and mental strength through meticulously carved out asanas, as a summer vacation bonanza. "Children will certainly enjoy the special sessions," said Vrushali Joshi, event mentor. Music aficionados will have musical instruments to polish their skills at the Drum Circle stage. As has been the case every weekend, adventure activities at the makeshift camp with pitched tents will be taken up by many kids under the expert guidance. There are swings, ladders and ropes to do balancing act here. Those interested in marathon will be offered tips by Joints-n-Motion. The Thane Municipal Corporation and traffic department have taken the lead to bring Happy Streets to the city, which is supported by TOI and powered by Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty.
2017-05-27Thane railway station-Vitawa skywalk to soon become a reality - Times of India
Thane railway station-Vitawa skywalk to soon become a reality Updated: May 28, 2017, 12.32 AM IST THANE: The work on a skywalk connecting Vitawa and Thane railway station running parallel to the tracks will soon become a reality with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development authority (MMRDA) awarding work orders for the same recently. The development comes as a relief for thousands of Vitawa and Digha residents, who used to walk down the tracks to reach the railway station as the other alternative was a circuitous route via Kalwa naka. "MMRDA has awarded work orders for the skywalk between Vitawa and Thane railway station. The district guardian minister will perform a bhoomipujan ceremony on Sunday morning," said MP Shrikant Shinde. The 550-metre-long skywalk is being constructed at a cost of Rs 21 crore and will connect Thane station with Vitawa in Kalwa. The proposed skywalk will run parallel to the railway tracks and over the Ulhas river. An MMRDA official said, the skywalk was planned years ago and was the need of the hour as many people from Kalwa and Digha use the route daily. The development body earlier had developed cold feet over executing the project and concentrated only on major projects. About eight years ago, MMRDA had planned to build 56 skywalks across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), but it could complete just 39 due to poor response from pedestrians and advertisers. The planning authority had expected to earn significant revenue by selling advertisement rights on skywalks. "A notable number of mishaps, mostly run overs, happen on the Thane-Vitawa belt due to people walking along the high density corridor that sees a train passing every four minutes," said a railway police official. Meanwhile, the project has fuelled yet another tussle between the Sena and NCP that seem to be claiming credit for the work. Close on the heels of Sena announcing the bhoomipujan work, NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad alleged the Sena has hijacked the project and said the bhoomipoojan was already done in 2014 by the then state minister Uday Samant. The Sena said that the NCP tried to misguide residents by hurriedly holding a bhoomipujan even though all the permissions from the forest department, Thane civic body and others were yet to be secured. A notable number of mishaps, mostly run overs, happen on the Thane-Vitawa belt due to people walking along the high density corridor that sees a train passing every four minutes.
Thane railway station-Vitawa skywalk to soon become a reality - Times of India
2017-05-27Missing Ahmedabad teen found in Thane - The Hindu
Missing Ahmedabad teen found in Thane MUMBAI, MAY 27, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: MAY 27, 2017 04:01 IST 14-year-old gave his kidnappers the slip A 14-year-old boy who was allegedly kidnapped from near his house in Ahmedabad and brought to Mumbai managed to escape and make his way to Thane. The Thane police found the boy and reunited him with his parents on Friday. The Gujarat police are conducting further investigations into the matter. The Naupada police station found the boy, Dilip Mahato, crying near the Thane railway station on Thursday while patrolling the area and took him to the police station. An officer said, “The boy told us that he was playing in an open ground near his residence in Ahmedabad when a group of men grabbed him, forced him into a car and made him unconscious by applying some chemical to his face. When he regained consciousness several hours later, he was in a train with the men and eight to ten boys of his age group. The kidnappers threatened the boys with dire consequences if they tried to raise an alarm.” Dilip said the group got off the train at the Mumbai Central railway station and he and another boy managed to run away. The two boys went in separate directions and Dilip, after making short journeys on various trains, found himself at the Thane railway station. The police then obtained contact details of his parents and called them, who confirmed that their son was missing since Thursday. The Nikol police, in whose jurisdiction Dilip stays, were also contacted. They confirmed that a kidnapping case in his name was registered and sent a team to Thane. Deputy Commissioner of Police D.S. Swami, Zone I, Thane Police, “The Nikol police took the boy with them on Friday. The details of the sequence of events were discussed with them and they told us that they had seen similar cases in Gujarat recently.”
2017-05-27Thane police hand over kingpin of â‚ą2000-cr drug haul to Gujarat - Hindustan Times
Thane police hand over kingpin of â‚ą2,000-cr drug haul to Gujarat mumbai Updated: May 28, 2017 01:20 IST The Thane police on Saturday handed over the custody of Kishoresingh Bhavsingh Rathod, 42, the prime accused in the Rs 2,000-crore drug haul case, to the Gujarat police. This occurred after a court in Gujarat sent a notice to the Thane police asking for his custody. Rathod, son of a Gujarat MLA, was arrested in January and was in the custody of the Thane police. Officials from the Gujarat police said that the city police were supposed to give them Rathod's custody after they were done questioning and filing a chargesheet against him. We had told the Thane police that they need to handover Rathod to us once they finished interrogating him and filed the chargesheet. It had been two months since the police completed investigating him but they did not give us his custody. So we had to approach a court, said an officer from the Gujarat police who did not wish to be named. He added, After they received the court's notice, they contacted us on Friday and said that they would hand Rathod over to us on Saturday. The alleged kingpin is currently lodged in Gujarat's Sabarmati jail. A police officer from Thane commissionerate said, We handed Rathod over to the Gujarat police but the investigation is still underway. We have gathered a lot of information against him. Also, since he is the prime accused, he is linked to several others accused in the case. While he has confessed to his role in the crime we are on the look out for others who are on the run. The officer added, During investigation, we also found out that he was tipped off about the raid at The Solapur factory and so he went absconding. Rathod also told us how bhabhi actor Mamta Kulkarni and her husband Vicky Goswami were involved in the drug trade. He claimed that he was present at several meetings held by the couple outside India.The Thane police also approached a court and issued a transfer order against Rathod so that they can claim his custody if needed during investigation. On April 13, 2016, the police arrested two people with ephedrine worth Rs 12 lakh and later seized drugs worth Rs 2,000 crore at a Avon Pharma Life Sciences Private Limited factory in Solapur. So far, 14 people have been arrested and five accused including Kulkarni are on the run.
Thane police hand over kingpin of â‚ą2000-cr drug haul to Gujarat - Hindustan Times
2017-05-27Thane: Truck loaded with iron roads rams into divider at Teen Haath Naka - Times of India
Thane: Truck loaded with iron roads rams into divider at Teen Haath Naka Updated: May 28, 2017, 12.36 AM IST THANE: A trolley loaded with iron rods rammed onto a divider near Teen Hath Naka flyover in the wee hours of Saturday morning. A major accident was averted as the accident took place at around 4 am, when there was hardly any traffic movement on this otherwise busy stretch. According to AS Mangale, traffic police inspector at Teen Hath Naka, "The driver was cruising at a very high speed, breaching all traffic rules, on the Nashik-Mumbai Highway and was heading towards Mumbai. Perhaps he lost control of the vehicle and that caused the trolley to veer off the roadway. The unidentified driver fled from the spot before the arrival of the officials. Fortunately no one was injured in the accident." It took the city traffic department close to two hours to resolve the traffic in the area and for the situation to return to normal. "We are going to file a complaint against the driver with Naupada police station for rash and negligent driving," added Mangale.
Thane: Truck loaded with iron roads rams into divider at Teen Haath Naka - Times of India
2017-05-27Patient's relatives assault two doctors, injure four cops with stones in Thane - Hindustan Times
Patient's relatives assault two doctors, injure four cops with stones in Thane Mumbai city news: The patient was suffering from TB and liver problems. He was feeling uneasy on Thursday evening and was rushed to Titan Hospital where he was declared brought dead. His relatives initially refused to accept this and demanded that a doctor check him again and keep him in the ICU. MUMBAI Updated: May 28, 2017 01:13 IST Relatives of a patient allegedly manhandled two doctors and a beat marshal, and injured four police constables with stones at Titan Hospital, Thane, in the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. According to the police, 11 relatives of 48-year-old Vasu Dattappa Balgire had to be lathi-charged after they became belligerent and broke glass panes of the ICU doors. Three of them – Baba Pandurang Waghmare, 33; Sagar Asaram Gargade, 23; and Sairam Asaram Gargade, 24; were arrested while eight others are on the run. They have been charged with rioting and damaging property under the Indian Penal Code and the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act, 2010. The family is from Moses compound in Thane’s Kapurbawdi area. Balgire, who suffered from TB and liver problems because of his dependence on alcohol, had been undergoing treatment at Shivaji Hospital in Kalwa and was discharged on Thursday morning. By the evening, however, he began to feel uneasy and experienced chest pain. But by the time relatives brought him to Titan Hospital, he had died. His relatives initially refused to accept this and demanded that a doctor check him again and keep him in the ICU. Dr Abrar Khan, director of Titan Hospital, said, “The doctor on duty checked the patient and declared him brought-dead, upon which his relatives started crying and forced the doctor to check him again and keep him in the ICU. Balgire had TB and suffered fits, for which he had undergone treatment at Shivaji Hospital for a week. On Thursday he started feeling uneasy and complained of chest pain. He was brought to Titan Hospital but died before he could be admitted.” When his relatives demanded a death certificate, said Dr Mushraf Khan, 24, told them they would have to take Balgire’s body to Shivaji Hospital for the post-mortem and death certificate as doctors there were familiar with his medical history and line of treatment. “When we told them this, they became enraged and stated abusing us. We called the police but before they arrived, the group manhandled Dr Mushraf Khan and Dr Anil Patil. They then broke two glasses panels on the ICU doors with their hands. Many of them appeared to be drunk,” said Dr Khan. “They shouted ‘How could he have died? He was breathing at home!’ and began to blame the doctors for his death,” he added. When the police arrived, they ordered the all relatives to exit the hospital as they were disturbing other patients. “As they were being taken out of the hospital they continued to abuse the doctors and assaulted a beat marshal. Later they threw stones at the police, injuring four constables. Soon more police were arrived and lathi-charged them to bring the situation under control. We arrested three relatives. They will be in police custody until June 2,” said the senior inspector at Chithalsar Manpada police station.
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2017-05-26Boy abducted from Guj found in Thane, reunited with relatives - Outlook India
Boy abducted from Guj found in Thane, reunited with relatives Thane, May 26 A 14-year-old boy allegedly abducted from Ahmedabad on May 24 was reunited with his relatives today after he gave his abductors the slip at a suburban railway station on Wednesday night while being taken to some unknown destination in a train, police said 26 MAY 2017 Last Updated at 9:40 PM thane, May 26 A 14-year-old boy allegedly abducted from Ahmedabad on May 24 was reunited with his relatives today after he gave his abductors the slip at a suburban railway station on Wednesday night while being taken to some unknown destination in a train, police said. Mahato Garibankumar Dileep was spotted crying at Thane railway station last morning by a police team which was on a routine patrol. Senior inspector of Naupada police station C J jadhav told reporters today that the boy informed them that he was picked up from outside his house in Nikol area on Wednesday morning. "He told us that some unidentified people placed handkerchief on his face and dumped him in a four-wheeler before he fell unconscious," Jadhav said. According to police, when the boy woke up, he found himself in a train with around ten boys along with his captors. The boy said he and other boys could not raise alarm as the abductors were wielding knife, the police officer said. "As the train reached Bombay Central station on Wednesday night, the teenager and another boy managed to give their captors the slip," the police inspector said. Jadhav said a missing person complaint under section 363 of the IPC was found to be registered at Nikol police station in Ahmedabad during investigation. "The Thane police got in touch with their counterparts in Ahmedabad, who subsequently informed relatives of the boy about his whereabouts," he said. The boy was handed over to his relatives, who were accompanied by officials of Gujarat police, today, he added.
2017-05-26Thane teen killed in Nashik - Business Standard
Thane teen killed in Nashik May 26, 2017 Last Updated at 19:14 IST A 16-year-old boy from Thane district of Maharashtra was killed after a group of unidentified persons allegedly assaulted him in Upnagar here, police said today. The incident took place last evening when the vicitm, Tushar Sabale, a resident of Kasara in Thane, was at his relative's place in Gasavi Nagar in Upnagar locality when a group of unidentified people assaulted him near the house, Upnagar police station in-charge Bajirao Mahajan said. According to Mahajan, there were around four-five persons who arrived in a four-wheeler and took the victim out of the house before attacking him in the parking lot of the residential building. The miscreants fired a round at him with a country made pistol and attacked him with a sharp object. Upon receiving information, Upnagar police rushed to the spot and took the victim to a nearby hospital from where he was referred to a private hospital in Nashik Road locality, the official said. Tushar was declared brought dead at the private hospital, he said. Police have launched an extensive search and have set up two police teams to nab the assailants. One team was dispatched to Kasara, while another towards Shirdi, he said. Police is ascertaining the reason behind the attack and have lodged a case under IPC section 302 (murder) rw 34 (common intention) in this connection.
2017-05-26Man kills father over domestic row in Thane - The New Indian Express
Man kills father over domestic row in Thane Published: 26th May 2017 11:41 AM Last Updated: 26th May 2017 11:41 AM THANE: A 27-year-old man allegedly killed his father over a domestic dispute, police said today. Vilas Wagh, a resident of Masnachi Wadi in the district's Jawhar taluka, used to have frequent quarrels with his father Gajanan Wagh (50) over some domestic issues. On Wednesday late night, the duo again had a fight following which Vilas allegedly hit his father with a huge stone. The victim died on the spot, inspector, Jawhar police station, Ghanashyam Adhav said. The accused was arrested yesterday and booked for murder and criminal intimidation, under relevant IPC sections, he said.
2017-05-26Thane gets 100 ft tall flag post - Afternoon Voice
Thane gets 100 ft tall flag post By Afternoon Voice - May 26, 2017 A 100-foot flag post, said to be the city’s tallest, has been installed at the Majiwada circle in the city. District Guardian Minister Ekanth Shinde inaugurated the post by hoisting a 30 ft long and 20 ft wide flag at the Majiwada circle. Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and D K Flag Foundation jointly took up the project to install the flag post. District Collector Dr. Mahendra Kalyankar, Mayor Meenakshi Shinde, Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh and TMC Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal were among those present on the occasion. A 360 ft high (110 meters) flag post, claimed to be the country’s tallest, was inaugurated in March this year at Attari on the Indo-Pak border. Besides, a 300 ft flag post, said to be the country’s second-tallest, was inaugurated at Kolhapur in western Maharashtra earlier this month.
Thane gets 100 ft tall flag post - Afternoon Voice
2017-05-26Missing Ahmedabadteen found in Thane - The Hindu
Missing Ahmedabadteen found in Thane May 27, 2017 00:36 IST Updated: May 27, 2017 00:36 IST 14-year-old gave his kidnappers the slip A 14-year-old boy who was allegedly kidnapped from near his house in Ahmedabad and brought to Mumbai managed to escape and make his way to Thane. The Thane police found the boy and reunited him with his parents on Friday. The Gujarat police are conducting further investigations into the matter. The Naupada police station found the boy, Dilip Mahato, crying near the Thane railway station on Thursday while patrolling the area and took him to the police station. An officer said, The boy told us that he was playing in an open ground near his residence in Ahmedabad when a group of men grabbed him, forced him into a car and made him unconscious by applying some chemical to his face. When he regained consciousness several hours later, he was in a train with the men and eight to ten boys of his age group. The kidnappers threatened the boys with dire consequences if they tried to raise an alarm. ťDilip said the group got off the train at the Mumbai Central railway station and he and another boy managed to run away. The two boys went in separate directions and Dilip, after making short journeys on various trains, found himself at the Thane railway station. The police then obtained contact details of his parents and called them, who confirmed that their son was missing since Thursday. The Nikol police, in whose jurisdiction Dilip stays, were also contacted. They confirmed that a kidnapping case in his name was registered and sent a team to Thane. Deputy Commissioner of Police D.S. Swami, Zone I, Thane Police, The Nikol police took the boy with them on Friday. The details of the sequence of events were discussed with them and they told us that they had seen similar cases in Gujarat recently.
Missing Ahmedabadteen found in Thane - The Hindu
2017-05-26Thief caught with 2 phones at Thane station - Mid-Day
Thief caught with 2 phones at Thane station Thane Posted 26-May-2017 Rayees Anis Shaikh, the thief Three alert cops at Thane railway station chased and nabbed a 20-year-old who had stolen two phones from passengers boarding the train on platform 4. The phones were in his possession and were immediately returned to the owners. Also Read: Caught! Man booked for stealing MS Dhoni's phones On Wednesday evening, when three officers, BB Patil, Arun Sharma and CP Prajapati were on duty at Thane station around 7 pm, they heard someone raise a theft alarm. The officers quickly ran to the spot and chased and caught Rayees Anis Shaikh, who was trying to flee through the crowd. On frisking him, the cops found two mobile phones, totally worth Rs 26,000. Shaikh, a Vikhroli resident, said he had stolen one phone from a passenger's pocket while boarding the train and snatched the other from a passenger's hand. The phones were returned to the owners who had come to the RPF office at Thane to complain about the theft. The Thane Railway police have filed a case against Shaikh.
Thief caught with 2 phones at Thane station - Mid-Day
2017-05-26'Kidnapped' Gujarat boy found at Thane station - Times of India
'Kidnapped' Gujarat boy found at Thane station May 27, 2017, 04.05 AM IST THANE: A 14-year-old boy, who claims to have been abducted from near his home in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, was reunited with his family after police spotted him loitering at Thane station on Thursday. Police sub-inspector Kiran Santosh Bagdane, who noticed the minor, made preliminary inquiries and took him to Naupada police station. He then contacted his father in Nakoli, Ahmedabad. S S Raghuvanshi, assistant commissioner of police, I division, Ahmedabad, said the local authorities were unaware about the kidnap. "The father registered a missing complaint after the boy did not return home after playing. The father had said he had reprimanded the boy for fighting with his sister following which the minor left the house in anger," said Raghuvanshi. However, Bagdane said, "The boy claimed he was kidnapped by some men who arrived in a car near his house. The men placed a handkerchief over his mouth that made him unconscious." The minor told police he regained consciousness onboard a Mumbai-bound train where he claimed to have seen 10-12 other such children. "The boy said he escaped from the train when it halted at a station." Bagdane added, "The boy asked a stranger if he could use his mobile phone to contact his father. But the stranger refused. He somehow made his way to Thane with this man who made him wait for long to purchase a ticket."
2017-05-25Work on Thane-Belapur elevated corridor to begin after monsoon - Free Press Journal
Work on Thane-Belapur elevated corridor to begin after monsoon May 25, 2017 08:29 am Mumbai: Four years after the project idea was finalised, the construction work of the elevated corridor of the Thane-Belapur road will now commence only after the monsoons. An underground tunnel along with the corridor has also been proposed on the same route for which the tenders were closed on May 17. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority officials stated that the project will decongest the heavy traffic on 12.3 km Thane-Belapur road. After the completion of the project, motorist can avoid to take a detour via Mhape to go from Thane to Shil Phata. According to the plan, the MMRDA will erect an elevated corridor (918 metres) and have a tunnel (1.7 km) to reduce the overall distance needed to travel between Thane-Shil Phata.
Work on Thane-Belapur elevated corridor to begin after monsoon - Free Press Journal
2017-05-25Thane civic chief firm on road widening campaign - Daily News & Analysis
Thane civic chief firm on road widening campaign Thu, 25 May 2017-08:00 am, Aims to finalise master plan on the proposed hawkers policy by Aug 15 Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, who was in the eye of the storm after he slapped an autorickshaw driver during a demolition drive, is not regretting his action. I am not justifying the brawl, but what about my officers who have been brutally beaten several number times? he said, referring to Deputy Municipal Commissioner Sandeep Malwi's beating at the hands of hawkers and auto drivers. Jaiswal, who has been the Thane civic chief for more than two years, insisted he had only reacted and that too after much patience. I am not against hawkers but they should not be where people don't want them, Jaiswal said. He said he understood the nexus between the civic administration, politicians and hawkers but was prepared to break it. As far as autorickshaw drivers are concerned, Jaiswal said it was not his domain but he acted following serious complaints that they never park their vehicles in the parking area and behave arrogantly with commuters. We have now asked the RTO and traffic police to ensure that autorickshaw drivers behave, he noted. He termed the ongoing road widening under the Development Plan as a bloodless revolution. The urban built up land which has been brought under road widening comes to 76 hectares almost 250 acre. Most modest valuation comes to Rs 3,000 crore plus and we have not paid a single rupee. All this land has come to the TMC free of cost just by giving TDR, enhanced FSI or rehabilitation and by opening up few amenities plots, he said. On the proposed new hawkers policy, Jaiswal said the civic administration aims to put in place master plan in this regard by August 15 by taking hawkers into confidence. He informed that about five to six acres of land will be exclusively carved out for about 14,000 hawkers in the city. The proposed policy will be in line with the policy laid out by the government and also in line with the apex court order. There are 14,000 hawkers who will be provided a 10 sq ft area, which is more than enough for them. We are looking at providing about two lakh sq ft for hawkers but it won't be a contiguous piece of land, he said. According to him, the civic body may take out 5 lakh sq ft land in small pockets, at junctions, grounds, open spaces and will be declared as dedicated places for hawkers. ANALYSIS: Thaneites can expect wider and hawker-free roads with less traffic congestion. About 14,000 hawkers will be relocated over 5 to 6 acres of land, while people can enjoy khau galli (eating zone) in the specified areas. Hawkers will be divided in seven categories including those who sell vegetables, fruits, flowers, garlands and bouquets, eating food, clothes, decorative and wooden items and meat.
Thane civic chief firm on road widening campaign - Daily News & Analysis
2017-05-25In pics: Thane commuters hit by autorickshaw strike, unions likely to call it off - Hindustan Times
In pics: Thane commuters hit by autorickshaw strike, unions likely to call it off The strike was called by the NCP-led unions, while the Sena and BJP pulled out their support. mumbai Updated: May 25, 2017 13:15 IST Autorickshaw stands remain deserted on account of the strike. Commuters on their way to work, schools and colleges in Thane had to suffer the long queues for auto rickshaws in the sweltering heat on Thursday morning due to an autorickshaw strike in the city. However, since the strike was not supported by all auto unions in the city, several autos were still plying on the roads. Since the strike was a failure due to lack of support from some of the unions, most of the autos might start plying on the roads by early afternoon , believed the auto unions. Commuters wait in long queues to get an autorickshaw. Areas like Khopat bus stand, Gaondevi, Thane station, Nitin Company and Wagale Estate saw long queues for autos. 25-year-old Bhakti Rajwade had to appear for her final year MCom examination at Thane College, but struggled to get an auto from Thane station. We are pursuing MCom in a college in Vikroli but our examination centre is Thane college. We have been waiting in the auto queue for over half an hour, but there are no autos. We didn't know about the strike, and are worried about reaching the exam centre on time. Families visiting the city from other states have been left stranded with their children and luggage. Due to the low number of autorickshaws on the roads, commuters had to wait for a long time to get onw. Parbati Nayak, 42, a resident of Tikujiniwadi in Thane, has been stranded at the station with her husband, three children and luggage. We came to Thane from Odhisa in the morning, and were not aware of the strike. We have been waiting for over half an hour, but there are no autos. My children are getting impatient due to the heat, and the civic authority has not provided any extra buses. The strike was called by the NCP-led unions, while the Sena and BJP pulled out their support.Raju Gajmal, the vice president of Ekta Rickshaw Taxi Malak Chalak Sena, said, If the auto unions have a problem with the commissioner, they should file a case against him. We do not believe in targeting the commuters. Over 5000 autos from our union are plying on the roads and helping the commuters.
In pics: Thane commuters hit by autorickshaw strike, unions likely to call it off - Hindustan Times
2017-05-25'Thane civic chief will not be spared' - Times of India
'Thane civic chief will not be spared' Updated: May 26, 2017, 12.39 AM IST THANE: Following reports of Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal's misbehaviour, state police chief Satish Mathur on Thursday said action can be initiated against civic staff. "If Jaiswal's staff is found to have used extra force, we will take action based on evidence," the DGP said at an event. After an assault on a civic employee, Jaiswal upped drives against encroachments. Some clips showed Jaiswal beating up an auto driver, manhandling a motorists and getting into scuffles.
2017-05-25Auto rickshaws stay off roads in Thane - The Indian Express
Auto rickshaws stay off roads in Thane Drivers of around seven rickshaw union joined the strike call of the joint action committee of the unions, unions convenor Ravi Rao said. Published:May 25, 2017 8:03 pm Commuters faced a tough time in Thane on Thursday as auto rickshaws stayed off roads in support of a bandh call given by various city auto rickshaw unions against the recent actions taken by the civic administration. Drivers of around seven rickshaw union joined the strike call of the joint action committee of the unions, unions convenor Ravi Rao said. He said the strike was against Thane Municipal Commission's (TMC) recent crackdown on illegal parking and encroachment in the city. The corporation has not made any proper parking zones across Thane city as a result of which drivers are forced to park their vehicles at places convenient to them. Hence, we are on strike today against the civic body's highhanded behaviour against rickshaw drivers, Rao said. More than 60 per cent autos did ply and a morcha was also taken out by drivers and hawkers at the district collectorate. Earlier this month, a deputy municipal commissioner was allegedy beaten up by roadside hawkers during a demolition drive in Naupada area. After the assault on the senior official, TMC launched a massive drive against illegal encroachment across the city. Meanwhile, an official spokesman of the Thane Municipal Corporation said in an official release that the civic administration never intended to make the city free of hawkers. What it wanted was to regulate them so that the citizens do not not face any problems due to them,” he said. As regards the auto rickshaw he said that the administration always wanted them to follow road discipline which would help both the passengers as well as the automen.
2017-05-25Thane businessman gets extortion calls from gangster - The Tribune
Thane businessman gets extortion calls from gangster Posted at: May 25, 2017, 2:36 PM; last updated: May 25, 2017, 2:36 PM (IST) Thane, May 25 A businessman from Ulhasnagar here received extortion calls demanding a ransom of Rs 50 lakh, with the caller claiming to be fugitive gangster Suresh Pujari, the police said on Thursday. The businessman, who owns a garment shop in the township, received three to four calls allegedly from Pujari, on his mobile between May 22 and May 24 from number “+301”, a Vitthalwadi police station official said. In his complaint lodged with Vitthalwadi police last night, the victim stated that after each time he switched off his phone on getting the calls, he received a message from the same number, asking him to shell out Rs 50 lakh or else boys will be sent to his (businessman’s) office to open fire at him. A case has been registered under IPC section 384 (extortion) and 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication) in this connection and further investigations are on.
2017-05-25Gold jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh stolen from Thane temple - Daily News & Analysis
Gold jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh stolen from Thane temple Thu, 25 May 2017-01:55pm Gold jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh was allegedly stolen from a temple in Ulhasnagar township here, police said today. The incident took place on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday when some unidentified persons broke into Jhulelal temple, run by Chalia Trust and decamped with the gold ornaments, Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar told.
2017-05-25Thaneites fume as autos go off road - Times of India
Thaneites fume as autos go off road May 26, 2017, 06.53 AM IST THANE: Thousands of residents from the lake city suffered a lot of inconvenience on Thursday morning after auto drivers went on a sudden strike to protest against the high-handedness of the municipal administration last fortnight. Auto drivers were asked to stay off road on Thursday as a mark of protest. Union leader Ravi Rao had circulated the message informing the drivers about the protest. However, this resulted in long queues at several auto stands like Satis, Teen Haath naka, Jambhli naka and Majiwada. Office-goers were affected the most as they had to either opt for other means of public transport or use fleet cab services. Many auto drivers who were plying on the road turned down commuters wanting to travel to old station area and Modella check naka as they feared that miscreants would damage their vehicles. But a few autos operated along GB Road and the suburbs. "There were less autos plying the streets in my area in the morning. I had to wait for nearly 20 minutes to get an auto. I was unaware of the strike, else I would have made alternate arrangements," said Smruti Pandey, a GB Road resident. A family that had come down from Nagpur had a harrowing time getting an auto from the station to reach their home at Ghodbunder Road. "Few auto drivers were quoting an exorbitant rate of Rs 600 to go to Ghodbunder Road. We eventually had to call up a fleet cab that arrived an hour late," said an exasperated family from the city. The protestors were upset with the manner in which the civic administration had dealt with auto drivers and hawkers last fortnight and were asking for a case to be registered against civic officials. "We are angry with the manner in which the civic chief tried to intimidate auto men and hawkers. Everyone has a right to earn his livelihood and though discipline must be maintained violence is no excuse," said union leader Ravi Rao. However, by afternoon, the situation was normal and the autos were seen back on the road.
2017-05-25Martin Audio O-Line Installed In Thane Catholic Church - Live Design
Martin Audio O-Line Installed In Thane Catholic Church St. John the Baptist church in the Indian city of Thane north of Mumbai recently completed an audio system upgrade with a Martin Audio O-Line system. May 25, 2017 John the Baptist, a Portuguese style Christian church situated in the Indian city of Thane, north of Mumbai, can trace its origins back 500 years. Having been declared a heritage site by UNESCO, it recently underwent a massive restoration project spanning 18 months, including a complete sound system upgrade. The original system had consisted of multiple speakers that were spaced along the wall of the church, and neither provided suitable intelligibility nor venue coverage. With the extension to the church (enabling it to expand the congregation size to around 5,000 for Sunday mass), the parish priest had initially requested a demo from another vendor to provide coverage for the growing number of people. “We were not very impressed with the sound,” admits Cleo Pereira, from Martin Audio partner Zoodio, who has been specifying the British brand for the past decade. “Instead, we suggested the Martin Audio O-Line as a brand, since we use it in most of our installs.”Zoodio’s Dylan Hilton, who also happens to be one of the parishioners, coordinated the project. He set up a demo of this discreet, premium micro line array through integrated Entertainment Solutions (IES), the Martin Audio distributors. “We suggested that this would do the trick, at the same time reducing the number of speakers required and enhancing the overall worship experience.” O-Line was duly adopted, with Zoodio supplying the components and their team of engineers, technicians and riggers worked on the fit out, to meet Dylan Hilton’s specification, with four sets of O-Line (eight elements per side).The O-Line system was supported with Martin Audio’s CDD8 Differential Dispersion loudspeakers for the delays as well as in the corridors. “The reason,” said Pereira, “was that we had a lot of constraints from the Heritage committee; they wanted an extremely compact system that would not block any of the murals and paintings present in the church and a system that sounded good.” He also emphasised that this was the first time both the O-Line and CDDs had been used in India. The biggest challenge had been rigging the O-Line as the walls of the church were not concrete but limestone—and so the utmost care and safety measures needed to be taken during the mounting phase. “The O-Line did a perfect job in reducing the reverberations within the church as the limestone walls had no acoustical properties.” Feeding the system is a combination of six vocal mics for the choir, an acoustic guitar and keyboards, a podium mic for the clergy and three mics on the altar. In conclusion, Cleo Pereira said, “Having dealt with all the sound challenges, and taken proper care to avoid any further issues, Zoodio has brought back the voice of the church once more.” The Parish Priest, the Rev. Fr. Allwyn D’Silva is also delighted with the system, which he says provides him with excellent sound quality. For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.
Martin Audio O-Line Installed In Thane Catholic Church - Live Design
2017-05-25TMC to evacuate, demolish 69 dangerous buildings by May 31 ... - Times of India
TMC to evacuate, demolish 69 dangerous buildings by May 31 May 25, 2017, 10.47 PM IST THANE: The Thane municipal administration will soon start the evacuation and demolition of over 69 dilapidated buildings spread across the lake city which have been declared dangerous for occupation. The administration is in the final stages of collating the number of residents who would be affected due to the drive and is likely to start the evacuation process this week following directives from municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. The city has 69 buildings in the C1 category which requires immediate evacuation and demolition, least it could collapse anytime leading to a disaster for neighbouring structures as well. The old city part which comes under the Naupada ward has the highest number of such buildings that were built several decades ago followed by Mumbra that has around 10 such cessed structures. At a meeting held by Jaiswal on Tuesday, the anti-encroachment squad from the corporation was asked to start and finish the evacuation and demolition of these structures by the month end so that the structures don't pose a risk for its inmates and the administration during the rains."We have started the process of collating information about residents staying in such cessed structures and will soon start the evacuation," said a senior civic official. In all, there are around 150 buildings across the ten wards in the city that have become shaky over the years and could collapse in the rains. A recent study by the TMC revealed Thane has over 3,500 dilapidated structures that need urgent repairs as they have started showing signs of massive wear and tear. As many as 28 cases of plaster collapse and related complaints along with 11 structures developing cracks have been reported to the regional disaster management cell of the TMC in addition to around 34 calls of wall collapses from various spots in the city. Leader of opposition and NCP corporator Milind Patil said the cluster development needs to be implemented fast in the city as a solution to tackle the massive issue of cessed structures. "Structures over 30 years require a structural audit that validates its stability. However, despite spending lakhs following the directives in the report, societies will be required to repeat the process every five years which is time and money consuming. The cluster redevelopment needs to be implemented fast," he said.
2017-05-25Naupada bldg first to face hammer in demolition drive - Times of India
Naupada bldg first to face hammer in demolition drive May 25, 2017, 10.42 PM IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has started its demolishing activity by razing a dilapidated structure at Naupada on Thursday. The ground plus three-storey Asavari building located near Bhagwati ground in the old city area was evacuated following which the structure was partially demolished post TMC head Sanjeev Jaiswal's orders to evacuate such buildings by month-end. A TMC survey revealed that as many as 69 dilapidated structures in Thane need to be pulled down on priority basis. The old city part, which comes under the Naupada ward has the highest number of such buildings that were built several decades ago followed by Mumbra that has around 10 such structures.
2017-05-25Auto rickshaws stay off roads in Thane - Outlook India
Auto rickshaws stay off roads in Thane As regards the auto rickshaw he said that the administration always wanted them to follow road discipline which would help both the passengers as well as the automen 25 MAY 2017 Last Updated at 6:27 PM thane, May 25 Commuters faced a tough time in Thane today as auto rickshaws stayed off roads in support of a bandh call given by various city auto rickshaw unions against the recent actions taken by the civic administration. Drivers of around seven rickshaw union joined the strike call of the joint action committee of the unions, unions' convenor Ravi Rao said. He said the strike was against Thane Municipal Commission's (TMC) recent crackdown on illegal parking and encroachment in the city. "The corporation has not made any proper parking zones across Thane city as a result of which drivers are forced to park their vehicles at places convenient to them. Hence, we are on strike today against the civic body's highhanded behaviour against rickshaw drivers," Rao said. More than 60 per cent autos did ply and a morcha was also taken out by drivers and hawkers at the district collectorate. Earlier this month, a deputy municipal commissioner was allegedy beaten up by roadside hawkers during a demolition drive in Naupada area. After the assault on the senior official, TMC launched a massive drive against illegal encroachment across the city. Meanwhile, an official spokesman of the Thane Municipal Corporation said in an official release here that the civic administration never intended to make the city free of hawkers. "What it wanted was to regulate them so that the citizens do not not face any problems due to them," he said. As regards the auto rickshaw he said that the administration always wanted them to follow road discipline which would help both the passengers as well as the automen.
2017-05-24Two women from Thane succumb to H1N1 infection - The Indian Express
Two women from Thane succumb to H1N1 infection According to treating doctors, she first consulted a private doctor in Thane and later went to a private hospital in Bhandup. Published:May 25, 2017 12:41 am With temperatures conducive for H1N1 to multiply, two more deaths have been recorded due to the virus in the past four days. The victims are both women from Thane and were battling diabetes and hypertension for a long time. Diabetic and hypertensive patients form a high-risk category for H1N1, along with pregnant women. The state government has started vaccination programmes, giving priority to those more at risk. On Monday, a 36-year-old diabetic patient passed away after visiting several doctors. According to treating doctors, she first consulted a private doctor in Thane and later went to a private hospital in Bhandup. Her family later shifted her to Fortis hospital in Mulund on May 18. Doctors at Fortis referred her to Rajawadi hospital on May 19, from where she was transferred to Kasturba hospital the same day. The Thane resident went to five different doctors before succumbing to acute respiratory distress syndrome with H1N1 pneumonia and diabetes mellitus on Monday. She was able to undergo medication of tamilfu for only two days. Doctors added that she had diabetes for eight years, which complicated her condition further. A day before her death, another 56-year-old diabetic woman, who had suffered from hypertension too for the past 15 years, passed away at Kasturba hospital. The Mumbra resident first developed symptoms on May 9. Her family admitted her at Prime Criticare Hospital in Thane for three days to treat fever, sore throat and breathlessness. By May 19, she was shifted to Kasturba Hospital but her medical parameters had worsened in 10 days. She died due to multiple factors. She had acute respiratory distress and bilateral pneumonia due to H1N1. Her health deteriorated further due to hypertension and diabetes,ť a civic official said. The BMC informed the Director of Health Services about the two deaths. In Mumbai, 49 cases of H1N1 have been treated so far, including five who passed away. Of those who died, three were Mumbai residents while one was from Allahabad and two from Thane. According to the government, Maharashtra has recorded at least 1,058 H1N1 cases and 212 deaths most in Pune. Civil surgeon of Thane, Dr Kempi Patil, said, “The cases of H1N1 are only in urban areas of the district. We have not recorded any death in rural regions.
Two women from Thane succumb to H1N1 infection - The Indian Express
2017-05-24Cash, gold amouting to Rs 2 lakh robbed in separate cases - Times of India
Cash, gold amouting to Rs 2 lakh robbed in separate cases May 25, 2017, 02.12 AM IST THANE: Two houses were robbed of cash and gold collectively amounting to Rs 2.6 lakh at a chawl in Wagle Estate on Tuesday night. According to the police, the break-in took place between 3am and 5am. One of the house owners Asadullah Chowdhary had gone to sleep without locking the main door. The thieves took advantage of this and sneaked into the house. They broke open the locker and made away with gold and silver ornaments valued at Rs 2 lakh, besides Rs 4,000 in cash. The second incident also took place at around the same time. The victim, Mohammed Shaikh, was robbed of Rs 49,000. Shaikh, too, had left the door unlocked. The stolen goods consisted of cash amounting to Rs 18,000 and jewellery worth Rs 31,800. The duo learnt about the robbery on Tuesday morning. They immediately rushed to Wagle Estate police station and lodged a complaint.
Cash, gold amouting to Rs 2 lakh robbed in separate cases - Times of India
2017-05-24Thane police search for another IRS scam accused - The Asian Age
Thane police search for another IRS scam accused Published: May 25, 2017, 2:52 am IST Updated: May 25, 2017, 2:52 am IST Reema is also wanted in the case for her alleged role but cannot be traced. According to police officials, Choudhary in Delhi met the scam's alleged mastermind, Sagar Thakkar, who was arrested in April after he arrived in Mumbai from Dubai. Mumbai: The Thane crime branch which is probing the call centres scam, has begun search for a man named Jugal Senani suspected of having played a role in transactions linked to extortion of money from US nationals in the name of US tax and immigration authorities. Details on Senani's alleged role were given to the police by an accused in the case, Ashish Choudhary, a hawala dealer arrested in Delhi and brought to Thane by the police Tuesday night. According to police officials, Choudhary in Delhi met the scam's alleged mastermind, Sagar Thakkar, who was arrested in April after he arrived in Mumbai from Dubai. It was a casual meeting at the time but later changed into a business partnership when Thakkar allegedly asked Choudhary to help him fleece US-based victims by redeeming iTunes cards bought by them. Nearly 70 per cent transactions related to redeeming of iTunes cards purchased by victims were allegedly handled by Choudhary on behalf of Thakkar. Choudhary was also in touch with Reema Thakkar for all financial transactions but he said he did not know where Reema was during the police interrogation. Reema is also wanted in the case for her alleged role but cannot be traced. Choudhary took the help of a Chinese national, Ben, who is suspected of being a hawala trader.
Thane police search for another IRS scam accused - The Asian Age
2017-05-23Synagogue secretary booked for demanding bribe in Thane - The New Indian Express
Synagogue secretary booked for demanding bribe in Thane Published: 23rd May 2017 10:14 AM Last Updated: 23rd May 2017 10:14 AM THANE: The Secretary of a local synagogue has been booked for demanding bribe for issuing a burial certificate to an applicant here, police said today. According to the police, the secretary of the synagogue Ezra Moses was booked under section 385 of the IPC last night following a complaint by one Harzal J Simon. In his complaint, Simon alleged that after the death of his mother and grandmother, they were buried at the cemetery in front of the Raymond company here. He then applied for the burial certificate with the local synagogue. The Secretary in September 2016 made a bribe demand of Rs 5000 for each of the certificates. Following the demand he lodged the complaint against the secretary and a probe was carried out after which the offence was finally registered against the secretary with Naupada police station.
2017-05-23Thane auto unions announce strike on Thursday, hawkers to join protest - Hindustan Times
Thane auto unions announce strike on Thursday, hawkers to join protest MUMBAI Updated: May 24, 2017 00:24 IST Brace for a tough Thursday as autorickshaw unions have called for a one-day strike to protest against the Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC)?action against illegal hawkers and parking. Anant Sawant, coordinator for the unions, said the hawkers’ union will also join auto drivers in the protest. After deputy municipal commissioner Sandeep Malvi was attacked on May 10, civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal intensified the drive against hawkers. The following day, Jaiswal allegedly thrashed drivers who had parked their vehicles on roads during peak hours. Sawant said, “The drive is unauthorised. The Constitution says everyone has a right to earn their livelihood. We have decided to stop plying autos from Wednesday midnight. Autos will be off roads on Thursday. We will also march to the district collector’s office, seeking justice.”
Thane auto unions announce strike on Thursday, hawkers to join protest - Hindustan Times
2017-05-23Key Aide Of Thane Call Centre Scam Mastermind Sagar Thakkar Arrested In Delhi - NDTV
Key Aide Of Thane Call Centre Scam Mastermind Sagar Thakkar Arrested In Delhi On April 8, Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy was arrested from Mumbai airport on his arrival from Dubai. Updated: May 23, 2017 13:58 IST THANE: A key aide of Sagar Thakkar, the alleged kingpin of the IRS scam -- which duped thousands of Americans of over USD 300 million by reaching them via call centres posing as US officials to extort money -- has been arrested from Delhi, Thane Police said today. Ashish Choudhary, who worked closely with Thakkar and was on the run since the scam was unearthed in October last year, has been arrested from Delhi on Sunday, said a senior police inspector from Thane Crime Branch. Choudhary will be soon brought to Thane for further investigations in the case, he said on the condition of anonymity without elaborating further. The accused was instrumental in handling and redeeming the 16-digit codes of I-tune gift cards purchased by the victims following the threat calls made from the call centres run from Mira Road locality, the official said. The call centre employee after securing the 16-digit code would pass it on to Sagar, who would in turn give it to Choudhary for redeeming these cards, he said. The procedure of redeeming and converting the I-tune codes into cash is, however, not clear as of now, the official said, adding once Choudhary is interrogated, the modus operandi would become clear. On April 8, Thakkar alias Shaggy was arrested from Mumbai airport on his arrival from Dubai. According to police, Thakkar decided to return to India after the police initiated the process to issue Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him. He was absconding since the unearthing of the scam last year. The racket which he ran since 2013 through at least half a dozen call centres in Thane, targeted at least 15,000 US-based tax payers with Indian tele-callers calling them up, posing as US Internal Revenue Service or immigration officials and demanding payments for non-existent debts. The US Justice Department has charged 61 such people or entities linked to the scam. The US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson had earlier said these call centres stole more than USD 300 million from their victims. The scam came to light last year when police raided call centres at Mira Road in Thane district on the night of October 4-5. Subsequently, police teams raided and shut down five call centres in Ahmedabad which were a part of the racket. Over 70 people, mostly directors and key persons linked to these call centres, were arrested and 700 employees were detained. During interrogation of the arrested directors, the police got Thakkar's name as the mastermind of the racket. He began working at the age of 16 with his 'mentor' Jagdish Kanani, who had worked in call centres abroad. Kanani, 33, was arrested from suburban Borivali last year.
Key Aide Of Thane Call Centre Scam Mastermind Sagar Thakkar Arrested In Delhi - NDTV
2017-05-23Call centre scam: kingpin's aide held - Times of India
Call centre scam: kingpin's aide held Updated: May 23, 2017, 05.34 AM IST THANE: In a major breakthrough, investigators arrested one of the prime accused in the fake call centre case that duped US citizens to the tune of millions of dollars by impersonating as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officers. The police said that the accused, Ashish Choudhary, was arrested from Delhi. He was on the run since the last seven months. TOI was the first to report the call centre busted by Thane crime branch and also the arrest of mastermind is 24-year-old Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy. Choudhary is a close aide of Shaggy and was an important member in his call centre scam. The police said that Choudhary played the key role of redeeming16 digit I-tune codes purchased after threat calls made from the scam call centres run from Mira Road. "Once a caller from the scam centre succeeded in se curing submission of the US citizen, threated with an IRS raid, they were asked to purchase the 16-digit I-Tune gift cards of a particular value and the numericals were to be shared with the caller.The call centre employee would then pass on the 16-digit number to Shaggy who would in turn send the same to Choudhary whose task was to redeem the card,'' said DCP (crime) Abhishek Trimukhe. It is yet to be establis hed how he redeemed and converted the I-tune codes into cash. "We are in the process of decoding the en tire process and it is suspected that it was mainly routed through links in China. In a few days, the whole picture will be clear," said another police officer. On October 4, the Thane crime branch conducted raids at nine call centres in Mira-Bhayandar where callers posed as IRS officials, made calls to US citizens and threatened them to make payments and duped them to the tune of millions of dollars.
Call centre scam: kingpin
2017-05-22Malvani hooch tragedy: Thane police arrests main accused in MP - Mid-Day
Malvani hooch tragedy: Thane police arrests main accused in MP Thane | Posted 22-May-2017 Thane: The officials of Thane Crime Branch have arrested the main accused in the 2015 Malvani hooch tragedy case, wherein over 100 persons lost their lives, from Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Dharmendra Jivbali Singh Tomar alias Sanjay Singh, who was on the run for the last two-years, was yesterday nabbed from his hometown Rajendra Nagar in Madhya Pradesh, Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh told reporters on Monday. Thane Crime Branch team had destroyed illicit liquor centres at Shil Daighar in Mumbra and was on the lookout for the main supplier in that case, an official said. During their investigation it was revealed that Singh had allegedly supplied poisonous chemical to be mixed with liquor, he said. A team of officials then went to Madhya Pradesh and raided Singh's house in Rajendra Nagar and detained him, he said. During interrogation, Singh confessed that he had also supplied chemical to be mixed with liquor in Malvani hooch tragedy, he added. The arrested accused would be now handed over to Mumbai Police, said the commissioner. The Malvani hooch tragedy in Mumbai which occurred in June 2015 had claimed over 100 lives and more than 120 were admitted to hospital after consuming spurious liquor.
Malvani hooch tragedy: Thane police arrests main accused in MP - Mid-Day
2017-05-22Demonitised notes worth Rs 1 crore seized in Thane - Free Press Journal
Demonitised notes worth Rs 1 crore seized in Thane May 22, 2017 09:01 am NASHIK: The Thane Crime Branch have arrested a top vegetable trader and seized demonetised currency worth Rs 99,98,500 from him in Thane on Sunday. Police said that they received information about demonetised currency being hidden at the house of Sanjay Namdeo Shelar (48). Staff of the Tophkhana police station raided his house in Ahmednagar and recovered currency notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 denominations, which were kept in a bag. The investigating officer, Senior Police Inspector NJ Wakhare said that this was the largest amount of demonetized currency seized since the currency was demonetized. Sanjay Shelar owns a gala in the Ahmednagar Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) yard.
Demonitised notes worth Rs 1 crore seized in Thane - Free Press Journal
2017-05-22Thane: Two minor boys' heads tonsured, paraded naked with garland of shoes around necks for allegedly stealing food - Financial Express
Thane: Two minor boys’ heads tonsured, paraded naked with garland of shoes around necks for allegedly stealing food Published: May 22, 2017 12:42 PM Two minor boys were stripped and paraded with garlands of slippers for allegedly stealing a food item from a sweet shop, the police said today. The shop owner and his two sons were arrested after the shocking incident that took place in Prem Nagar area of Ulhasnagar township on Saturday, they said. According to the police, the act was filmed by one of the accused and uploaded on social media. The children, aged 8 and 9 and hailing from different families, went to the neighbourhood shop where they picked up a packet of ‘chakli’ (a snack) without the owner’s permission and ate it. This angered the shop owner, Mehmood Pathan (69), the police said. Mehmood, with help from his sons, caught hold of the kids and tonsured them. Not stopping at that, they allegedly stripped the minors, made them wear garlands of slippers and paraded them on the street as punishment, they added. According to the police, the boys belonged to a backward community. Their parents, who reside in the same locality, later lodged a complaint with the Hill Line police. Based on the complaint, Mehmood and his sons Irfan (26) and Salim (22) were arrested last night, the police said. They were booked on charges of assault, defamation and voluntarily causing hurt, and under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, they added.
Thane: Two minor boys
2017-05-22Will stop work on Thane Godse memorial: State - Mumbai Mirror
WILL STOP WORK ON THANE GODSE MEMORIAL: STATE Updated: May 22, 2017, 08.30 AM IST The state government on Sunday assured the Legislative Council that it would take steps to stop the construction of a memorial of Nathuram Godse, Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin, being built by the Hindu Mahasabha in Saparde village near Kalyan, Thane. The government’s assurance came after Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt raised the issue through a point of propriety directing the state to stop the construction of the memorial. “The fascist forces, which killed Mahatma Gandhi are now blatantly raising their heads once again to throttle Bapu’s teachings, while the government is turning ablind eye to it,” Dutt said. Pramod Pandit Joshi, national spokesperson of Hindu Mahasabha had said, “I have bought 1500 square foot plot near Kalyan where I will build a memorial for Godse and also a Gaushala.” The Leader of the House, revenue minister, Chandrakant Patil had said that the government had not granted permission for any such memorial but state Legislative Council Chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar had argued that even if someone was constructing Godse’s memorial, it should be stopped. Patil then assured him that the government would initiate steps to stop it. “We will conduct an inquiry into the matter and appropriate action will be taken,” he said.
Will stop work on Thane Godse memorial: State - Mumbai Mirror
2017-05-22Brains behind petrol pump cheat chips busted in Thane - Times of India
Brains behind petrol pump cheat chips busted in Thane May 23, 2017, 04.56 AM IST The person who the police say pro grammed the chips that rig pet rol pumps, and the person who supplied those chips across the country, mainly to UP, have been arrested from Thane and Pune in a joint operation by the Thane police and the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF). Vivek Shetye (47) and Avinash Naik (37) are suspected to have been involved in the racket for a decade. They helped unscrupulous petrol pump owners cheat customers by dispensing lower quantities of fuel than ordered. "It is a major breakthrough," said Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh. He has not ruled out the possibility of petrol pumps in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) being rigged. Shetye is a highly qualified engineer. An electronics and physics MSc, he owns a workshop, Micro CKT, in Dombivli. Naik, a smart technician, works with a Punebased company and is the pro prietor of a security systems and home automation firm. The duo has no criminal record. The police believe they are the most crucial parts of a multi-link chain that is used to operate the racket, suspected to be nationwide in scope. A source said each chip initially cost Rs 3,000, and after Shetye's reprogramming, would be sold for Rs 10,000 to agents connected with petrol pump operators. Last month, over two dozen persons were arrested after the UP STF raided a number of petrol pumps in that state (on April 27) and found them tampered. A case was registered at the capital, Lucknow. "Upon deep interrogation, the STF found that the main suppliers of the gadgets were Shetye and Naik. So, they approached the Thane police, who aided them to nab the duo," Singh said. Naik was arrested from his Pune home and Shetye from his Dombivli residence on Sunday evening. Upon searching their homes, the police found a huge number of the relevant electronic devices: finished and semi-finished chips, parts of petrol pump machinery, and remote controls. The seized material includes 110 microchips, 177 remote controls and one oscilloscope (see graphic for full list). "The STF is investigat ing all the uses of the seized devices," Singh said. The Thane police team was led by senior inspector Nitin Thakare. There are clear indications that the duo was involved in the chips' manufacture, and later installation at petrol pumps, said an officer. On whether consumers in MMR should be wary, Singh said, "There is a high likelihood that petrol pumps here are rigged. We are investigating." An UP STF official said, "Shetye and Naik's chip would help a petrol pump draw an illegal profit of at least Rs 14 lakh a month. The chip would reduce a fuel dispensing unit's output by 510%, or perhaps more, depending on how much pump operators were intent on cheating customers. Typically, if someone were to order a litre of petrol, he or she would end up with 940 ml or less." TIMES VIEW: Electronic fuel dispensing machines are regarded as more accurate than those that are analogue.The fact that unscrupulous dealers using electronic bugs could manipulate the pulse rate of dispensers, and thereby the flow of fuel, exposes serious flaws in automation at petrol pumps.This is yet another wake-up call for oil companies, which need to invest in better technologies to safeguard their supply chain, reputation and consumers against fraud.
Brains behind petrol pump cheat chips busted in Thane - Times of India
2017-05-22'Eco conservation is only possible when public is aware of it' - Times of India
‘Eco conservation is only possible when public is aware of it’ May 23, 2017, 12.36 AM IST THANE: From creating eco-tourism destinations and engaging locals in its activities to banning the use of plastic in green spaces and reserved forest areas, forest officials and environmentalists believe that the key to a well-conserved biodiversity is to embrace the concept of sustainable tourism. On the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity, on Monday, green warriors from the city pointed out that this concept of sustainable tourism will not only contribute to the economic growth of locals and the district but also help in the conservation of the vibrant biodiversity in the district. "Conservation of environment becomes a possibility only when people are aware of it, which happens only when they are exposed to it through tourism. However, tourism in biodiversity-rich places often ends up as a disaster with people being negligent and harming the flowers and trees or littering areas, which eventually affects the health of the flora and fauna," said V Walawalkar, vice president of city-based NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch. Rohit Joshi, member of the Yeoor Environmental Society, said, "In addition to creating awareness among citizens about not harming the environment, there needs to be a ban on the use of plastic in green pockets like Yeoor, as heaps of plastic and waste thrown by locals, hotels and tourists end up choking the fauna." Sunil Limaye, chief conservator of forests, Thane, said that the district is home to a variety of biodiversity-rich hotspots from the hilly terrains of Malshej Ghat and Naneghar to the forest cover in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. "Sustainable tourism not only involves turning these areas into tourist sites, but also engaging locals in these activities, thus increasing their revenue and participation in environmental conservation." Awareness of environment happens only when people are exposed to it through tourism. However, tourism in biodiversity-rich places often ends up as a disaster with people being negligent and harming the flowers and trees or littering areas, which eventually affects the health of the flora and fauna
2017-05-22Vets give tips on how to handle turtles - Times of India
Vets give tips on how to handle turtles May 23, 2017, 12.35 AM IST THANE: World Turtle Day is celebrated around the globe on May 23, in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles or wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities. On the occasion of World Turtle day, TOI speaks to a few pet owners from the city who decided to bring home the peaceful soul. "I always wanted a pet. But bringing home a cat or dog was not possible as both my parents are working and would not be able to devote much time to the pet. So we got 'Terti' as one does not need to be around her all the time and they are a peaceful souls who do not bother the owner," said Mandira Sawant, resident of Waghbil. "We adopted a red eared slider turtle. It was with my mother's friend. They couldn't keep it as his legs were crooked and they claimed that the reptile used to bite. As I always wanted one, we brought it home and since then Monty is with us. He has never bitten anyone yet. He roams in the house the whole day and in the morning we keep him in the balcony for basking," said Swara Nathwani (13), resident of Upvan. "Most of the owners are not even aware of how a turtle should be kept; the water in which they are kept is also not clean nor at a proper temperature due to which they suffer from skin infections. Also, they are not fed properly due to which they have calcium and vitamin deficiencies. Some even die of pneumonia. It is seen that the reptile is always kept in water which should not be done and they need to have an area in a tank where they can come and sit out of water. A turtle can die due to constant swimming, they need rest, " said Dr Karishma Gupte, veterinarian.
Vets give tips on how to handle turtles - Times of India
2017-05-22Two held in Thane with old notes worth Rs. 1 crore - The Hindu
Two held in Thane with old notes worth Rs. 1 crore MUMBAI, MAY 21, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: MAY 21, 2017 04:01 IST Second major seizure of demonetised notes in a week In the second major seizure of demonetised currency in Thane this week, the Thane Police Crime Branch on Friday seized old currency worth Rs. 1 crore and arrested two accused. According to Crime Branch officers, the Anti-Chain Snatching unit received a tip-off that some people would be coming to a spot near Talao Pali lake in the vicinity of Thane railway station to exchange old currency for new. The police subsequently laid a trap in front of Sai Krupa hotel near the lake and intercepted two suspects. “Both men were carrying knapsacks, which were found to contain several bundles of old currency. Both were detained for questioning. In all, there were 6,544 currency notes of Rs. 1,000 denomination and 7,090 notes of Rs. 500 denomination, collectively worth Rs. 1 crore,” an officer with Thane Police Crime Branch said. The duo, identified as Manoj Chheda, 36, and Prathamesh Gawde, 22, were placed under arrest when they could not provide a satisfactory explanation for possessing the demonetised currency, and the Income Tax department was subsequently informed. On Tuesday, the Mumbra police had intercepted three suspects, including a woman, near Parsik tunnel, who were allegedly in possession of Rs. 1.03 crore in demonetised currency. The trio were placed under arrest and IT officials are conducting inquiries. Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, conservancy workers fished out seven demonetised notes from a drain on B Cabin Road leading to Thane railway station on Saturday morning. The conservancy workers informed Naupada police.
Two held in Thane with old notes worth Rs. 1 crore - The Hindu
2017-05-21BJP, NCP unite against civic body & Sena over approving proposals - Times of India
BJP, NCP unite against civic body & Sena over approving proposals May 21, 2017, 09.58 PM IST Thane: The BJP found an unlikely ally in the NCP as they unitedly locked horns with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and ruling Shiv Sena raising questsions over the manner in which the general body was conducted on Saturday. Alleging foul play in the proceedings wherein last minute proposals were pushed in the already loaded agenda of the general body meeting, the BJP and NCP are now planning to seek intervention of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in reining in the apparent high-handedness of the administration and the ruling Shiv Sena that blatantly passed over 350 proposals without any debates. The first half of the meeting saw an intense debate between the commissioner and NCP leader Milind Patil over the recently conducted drives against hawkers following which civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal and his team of officials staged a walkout from the house leaving the netas baffled. The proceedings resumed after intervention of a few netas but left corporators, including Mayor Meenakshi Shinde fuming over the turn of events. As the meeting proceeded, around 392 plus 81 last minute proposals were apparently sanctioned without allowing any type of lawful demand for discussion on any subject drawing ire of the opposition and members of the BJP who have now decided to approach Fadnavis to stay these approvals. "This has become a habitual modus operandi of the Sena and TMC to hastily approve projects without discussions," said BJP corporator Milind Patankar, who is likely to meet Fadnavis with his 22 party representatives over the issue. Leader of opposition Milind Patil also expressed surprise at the manner in which the ruling party was not heeding to any request from the NCP members who sought a debate on few projects in the agenda.
2017-05-21Rd ready before deadline, but TMC had no role to play - Times of India
Rd ready before deadline, but TMC had no role to play May 21, 2017, 09.57 PM IST Thane: A 200-metre-long stretch in Vartak Nagar linking Mahakali and Sainath Nagar bridge has been executed by an anonymous benefactor saving Rs 16 lakh of the taxpayer's money and that too, without the knowledge of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The revelation was made by the TMC after a Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activist sought clarification about how civic works are being undertaken blatantly by private parties without intimating the TMC. The activist has now appealed to civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal to fete such donors. The road stretch in the Vartak Nagar administrative ward was originally to be concretised and funded for by the TMC in January but it was deferred due to civic elections in February. Following the polls, the TMC issued a notice to call for tenders to take up the work but was alerted by MNS leader Sandeep Pachange about the work already been done after which a red-faced administration revoked the tender call. Ratan Awsarmol, city engineer, admitted that the civic body was unaware of the situation and that they have rolled back the tenders. Pachange said, "It is unbelievable that someone can take up civic work anonymously. Also, in this case if the work costing Rs 16 lakh is done using private funds, is the administration now planning to outsource all its civic works in similar fashion thus saving immense public money that is spent in this exercise every year?" It may be noted that the civic body had made a huge noise over adoption of technology in clearing projects. The concept of geo-tagging all projects was introduced last fiscal with an aim to end chances of duplication of projects. "We will digitally monitor the areas where civic projects are proposed and will come to know of any duplication," a senior civic official had said at the time of the above mentioned announcement.
2017-05-21Two Thane kids stripped, paraded for 'stealing' food item - The New Indian Express
Two Thane kids stripped, paraded for 'stealing' food item Published: 21st May 2017 09:02 PM Last Updated: 21st May 2017 09:02 PM THANE: Two minor boys were stripped and paraded with garlands of slippers for allegedly stealing a food item from a sweet shop, the police said today. The shop owner and his two sons were arrested after the shocking incident that took place in Prem Nagar area of Ulhasnagar township on Saturday, they said. According to the police, the act was filmed by one of the accused and uploaded on social media. The children, aged 8 and 9 and hailing from different families, went to the neighbourhood shop where they picked up a packet of 'chakli' (a snack) without the owner's permission and ate it. This angered the shop owner, Mehmood Pathan (69), the police said. Mehmood, with help from his sons, caught hold of the kids and tonsured them. Not stopping at that, they allegedly stripped the minors, made them wear garlands of slippers and paraded them on the street as punishment, they added. According to the police, the boys belonged to a backward community. Their parents, who reside in the same locality, later lodged a complaint with the Hill Line police. Based on the complaint, Mehmood and his sons Irfan (26) and Salim (22) were arrested last night, the police said. They were booked on charges of assault, defamation and voluntarily causing hurt, and under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, they added.
Two Thane kids stripped, paraded for
2017-05-21Cops reach Thane to seize footage - Times of India
Cops reach Thane to seize footage Updated: May 21, 2017, 10.13 PM IST Aurangabad: The Aurangabad rural police teams are headed to Thane to seize the video footage of the entire recruitment process, in which, suspects allegedly impersonated the candidates and appeared for the physical and written tests. Last week, the Aurangabad police arrested five men while unearthing a police recruitment scam being operated from the remote Kadrabad village here. Police said one of the five arrested was a candidate, the other four are suspected of involvement in similar police and government recruitment rackets across the state. Police claimed that the suspects impersonating the candidates not only appeared for the physical tests and cleared them but also appeared for the written tests and leaked out the question paper using WhatsApp. Their accomplices would send the answers of the questions over a sophisticated one-way communication device. Aurangabad rural superintendent of police Arti Singh said, "Our teams have reached Thane city to collect the video footage of the recruitment drive carried out earlier this month." She expressed her surprise over the manner the suspects managed to breach the foolproof arrangements made for the recruitment drive. "Primary inspection of the videos have shown that the suspects easily slipped in for the physical tests as well as the written tests," she said. The arrested accused have been identified as Jhanak Chainsingh Charande, Wahab Nawab Shaikh and Raju Bhimrao Nagre, all residents of village Kadrabad, Datta Kaduba Nalawde of Bhalgaon in the district. The police also arrested one of the candidates identified as Tejrao Bajirao Sable, while Bharat Rajendra Rupekar, another candidate, both residents of Kadrabad village in the district. The probe revealed that two suspects would impersonate as the candidate for the physical examinations and they would crack the physical fitness test with a score of over 90 out of the 100 marks physical examination. While the two other suspects would use sophisticated communication devices, obtained from Delhi-based Gaffar Market, to crack the written exams. The probe has found that the accused would send the snapshot of the question paper to their accomplices using a high-end Iphone, which they would sneak in the examination hall. Then, they would scan the internet to find the answers and dictate the replies to the suspects appearing for the written examination. Two suspects, who are good in cracking physical tests, would charge Rs 2 lakh for impersonating the candidate and scoring 90 and above marks in the physical tests carried out during police recruitment. The other two members of the racket, who are good with the written exams, would charge Rs 4.5 lakh for impersonating the candidate and clearing the written exams.
2017-05-21RTE admissions: 70% selected in Round 4 fail to meet deadline - Times of India
RTE admissions: 70% selected in Round 4 fail to meet deadline May 21, 2017, 11.22 PM IST Thane: Nearly 70% of students selected for admissions in the fourth round of RTE scheme have missed the May 15 deadline for completing the process, thus losing a seat in the school of their choice. The final data obtained from the Zilla Parishad education office has revealed that even though 123 students were selected in the fourth lottery round, which took place on May 6, as many as 85 students skipped the final stage. In the previous three rounds, over 4,000 students from low-income families got admission for free in the schools of their choice under the RTE scheme. More than 2,000 students had failed to approach the schools to receive the same benefits, thus baffling district education officers. District education officials and school authorities here say parents of these children could have either been out of town or could have been waiting for a seat in a better school. "Along with parents getting informations via SMS, we have also taken other steps like asking schools to put up notices to get the maximum number of students to enroll under the scheme," said an education department official. Ashok Tilak, chief trustee of Thane's Bhagwati Vidyalay, where four selected students failed to show up for the final stage, said, "There are many parents who apply for admission in schools under the RTE as a back-up. Those who did not turn up must have got admission in other schools." However, activists say something is amiss as no parent, especially those from the economically backward sections, would risk their child's education to go on a vacation. "There are many schools that inform the parents that they will have to pay a high amount for picnics, books and other school activities, thus making them think twice about taking admission in such places. Why would any parent from a low-income group miss out on their child getting good education? There is something amiss in the whole situation," city-based RTE activist Sheetal Chavan. In the fifth round of the RTE lottery held on Saturday, 69 students from across schools in the district were selected—20 from Thane city, 25 from Navi Mumbai, 12 in Kalyan-Dombivli and 11 from Bhiwandi.
2017-05-21Thane: Two booked for stripping two minors, parading them naked - Outlook India
Thane: Two booked for stripping two minors, parading them naked 21 MAY 2017 Last Updated at 6:15 PM Thane (Maharashtra) [India], May 21 : In yet another barbaric incident, the hair of two minor boys were shaved, even as they were stripped and paraded naked with garlands made of slippers for allegedly stealing a snack from a shop on Sunday Thane (Maharashtra) [India], May 21 : In yet another barbaric incident, the hair of two minor boys were shaved, even as they were stripped and paraded naked with garlands made of slippers for allegedly stealing a snack from a shop on Sunday. The incident took place near Ulhasnagar area of Thane, where a 7-year and a 8-year old boy were beaten and allegedly tortured just because they picked up 'chakli' from a shop and ate it without the permission of the owner. The shop owner named, Mehmood Pathan and his son, even shot a video of this inhuman incident and posted on social media, which drew the ire of people. Following this, the parents lodged a complaint with the Hill Line Police Station after which the accused were arrested under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act. "They shaved their heads and paraded them naked on the street as the punishment. They should be given justice. The accused must be arrested and should be sent to jail," said the mother of the victim. Meanwhile, Senior Inspector Mohan Waghmare said, "The owner said the children used to steal food items from the shop very often. So, when they repeated the incident today, the owner of the shop and his son, shaved the hair of the minor boys, and paraded them naked in the locality. We have arrested the two accused under the POCSO Act and other sections of the IPC"
Thane: Two booked for stripping two minors, parading them naked - Outlook India
2017-05-21Adventure, yoga, spin art remain hit at Happy Streets - Times of India
Adventure, yoga, spin art remain hit at Happy Streets Updated: May 21, 2017, 11.24 PM IST Thane: For 8-year-old Shivan Naithani, spending exciting hours at the vehicle-free stretch of Happy Streets turned out to be a perfect vacation gift. His sheer interest in adventure activities kept Shivan busy for over two hours. "I explored all opportunities while balancing on a rope, climbing the slack ladder and spending time in the makeshift tent." A large number of visitors were privileged to engage in a special workshop called 'Spin Art'. Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty had arranged the workshop which was attended by both kids and adults. "This was a completely new art form. We could not have asked for more. Being part of this Sunday morning extravaganza means a lot to me," said 12-year-old student Atish Roshan. The young participants got exposed to the art of spinning a machine while dribbling colours on top to create exotic designs. The participants were also upbeat about getting to carry home their artwork as a souvenir they could cherish. Many participants were seen taking part in activities like football, skating, hula hoop and cycling on the non-vehicular stretch. Supported by TOI, Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty, the Thane Municipal Corporation and the city traffic department have taken the lead to bring Happy Streets to the lake city.
2017-05-21Wagle Estate to Mumbra bus from today - Times of India
Wagle Estate to Mumbra bus from today May 21, 2017, 11.23 PM IST Thane: The TMT will flag off a new service on route number 78 between Wagle Estate and Bharat Gears in Mumbra from today on public demand. While the first trip will start from Wagle Estate at 5:45am and from Bharat Gears at 7am, the last bus will leave Wagle Estate at 11:15pm and Bharat Gears at 8:35 pm. There will be 48 such trips daily. The bus will halt at Sathe Nahar, Wagle Circle, Teen Haath Naka, Hariniwas, Vandana, ST workshop, Dr Ambedkar Road, civil hospital, Kalwa Naka, Kharegaon, Parsik, Reti Bunder, Mumbra station, Kausa and Kalsekar college. The service brings respite to thousands of intra-city commuters. Locals were upset after the TMT started bus services for Nalasopara, ignoring the needs of the city.
2017-05-21'TMC chief leaving debate an insult to democracy' - Times of India
'TMC chief leaving debate an insult to democracy' Updated: May 21, 2017, 11.25 PM IST Thane: The NCP and BJP have taken umbrage to civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal exiting the general body meeting on Saturday in a huff when the discussions were on. They have decided to write to the urban development department led by the chief minister to apprising him of this 'insult to democracy'. "The commissioner threatened the GB just because his argument was not accepted. He also walked out taking all officers with him. This is a blatant attack and insult to democracy," said BJP corporator Milind Patankar. An intense debate between the commissioner and leader of opposition Milind Patil on hawker drives was on when Jaiswal was interrupted by a few corporators and he walked out of the assembly hall. While Patil was questioning the manner in which the civic body had showed dealt with hawkers and auto drivers, Jaiswal justified his stance saying it was an act of retaliation after his colleague was assaulted during an anti-encroachment drive. "The administration cannot take the law into its hands and some restraint has to be exercised. We don't support illegal activities but are trying to make the administration understand that we are dealing with humans and even they have a right to earn a living," said Patil. Jaiswal had to cut short his defence because of ruckus in the House. A visibly irked Jaiswal decided to abandon the meeting midway and said, "If I stay, the administration stays, and if I walk out, the administration will also walk out." Mayor Meenakshi Shinde also requested Jaiswal to let the proceedings continue. A little later after few officials and a senior Sena leader reportedly convinced Jaiswal, he returned to the House and apologized but not before antagonizing the corporators and the Mayor.
2017-05-20High drama over Raj Kundra's Rs 100 crore 'threat' in court - Times of India
High drama over Raj Kundra's Rs 100 crore 'threat' in court Updated: May 20, 2017, 10.41 AM IST THANE: There was high drama in the district court on Friday when businessman Raj Kundra, an accused in a cheating case, said he would recover Rs 100 crore from the complainant. Ravi Bhalotia, a vendor for a Kundra-promoted company and the complainant in the case, took exception to the remarks and with the help of his counsel, Vishal Bhanushali, filed an affidavit in court saying the utterances of the accused were nothing short of a threat. Kundra and his actress wife, Shilpa Shetty, who accompanied him to court, are accused of cheating and breach of trust along with three persons associated with Best Deal TV (BDTV), a shopping platform. Additional sessions judge Sangeeta Khalipe ordered that the five accused should give an undertaking in court that they would refrain from such acts. Counsel for the defence Aniket Nikam also intervened and defused the situation. Nikam tendered an unconditional apology and told the court that there could be some "misunderstanding" as his client, Kundra, had sent a Rs 100 crore defamation notice to Bhalotia and he must have been referring to it. Later in the day, Bhanushali said his client filed a non-cognizable (NC) complaint with the Thane Nagar police station saying Kundra had threatened him in open court. The district court was packed to capacity, its corridors filled with visitors and even advocates eager to catch a glimpse of the actress and hear the proceedings. The police had a difficult time controlling the swelling crowds and had to call in reinforcements. The arguments by both the prosecution and the defence went on for well over three hours. The court is likely to pass its order on Saturday.
High drama over Raj Kundra
2017-05-20Two held in Thane with old currency worth â‚ą1 crore - The Hindu
Two held in Thane with old currency worth 1 crore MAY 21, 2017 00:06 IST UPDATED: MAY 21, 2017 00:06 IST Second major seizure of demonetised notes in Thane within a week Mumbai: In the second major seizure of demonetised currency in Thane this week, the Thane Police Crime Branch on Friday seized old currency worth 1 crore and arrested two accused. According to Crime Branch officers, the Anti-Chain Snatching unit received a tip-off that some people would be coming to a spot near Talao Pali lake in the vicinity of Thane railway station to exchange old currency for new. The police subsequently laid a trap in front of Sai Krupa hotel near the lake and intercepted two suspects. “Both men were carrying knapsacks, which were found to contain several bundles of old currency. Both were detained for questioning. In all, there were 6,544 currency notes of 1,000 denomination and 7,090 notes of 500 denomination, collectively worth 1 crore,” an officer with Thane Police Crime Branch said. The duo, identified as Manoj Chheda, 36, and Prathamesh Gawde, 22, were placed under arrest when they could not provide a satisfactory explanation for possessing the demonetised currency, and the Income Tax department was subsequently informed. On Tuesday, the Mumbra police had intercepted three suspects, including a woman, near Parsik tunnel, who were allegedly in possession of 1.03 crore in demonetised currency. The trio were placed under arrest and IT officials are conducting inquiries. Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, conservancy workers fished out seven demonetised notes from a drain on B Cabin Road leading to Thane railway station on Saturday morning. The conservancy workers informed Naupada police.
Two held in Thane with old currency worth â‚ą1 crore - The Hindu
2017-05-20Rs 1 crore demonetised currency seized; 2 held in Thane - Outlook India
Rs 1 crore demonetised currency seized; 2 held in Thane 20 MAY 2017 Last Updated at 10:28 PM The seized currency was later handed over to the Income Tax department for further probe as the suspects could not explain the source of the money thane, May 20 Thane crime branch officials have seized Rs 1 crore in demonetised currency and detained two persons in this connection. Acting on a tip-off, a police team kept vigil near a hotel in Talaopali area last night and found the duo moving suspiciously, said senior police inspector (Crime) Ravindra Doipode. The illegal currency was stacked in a sack and a handbag, he said. Police have identified the duo as Manoj Cheda (36), a resident of Parel, and Prathamesh Bhaskar (22) from Dadar. They have recovered 6,455 notes of Rs 1,000 and 7,090 notes of Rs 500 from the duo. The seized currency was later handed over to the Income Tax department for further probe as the suspects could not explain the source of the money.
2017-05-20Two held in Thane with old currency worth â‚ą1 crore - The Hindu
Two held in Thane with old currency worth 1 crore MAY 21, 2017 00:06 IST UPDATED: MAY 21, 2017 00:06 IST Second major seizure of demonetised notes in Thane within a week Mumbai: In the second major seizure of demonetised currency in Thane this week, the Thane Police Crime Branch on Friday seized old currency worth 1 crore and arrested two accused. According to Crime Branch officers, the Anti-Chain Snatching unit received a tip-off that some people would be coming to a spot near Talao Pali lake in the vicinity of Thane railway station to exchange old currency for new. The police subsequently laid a trap in front of Sai Krupa hotel near the lake and intercepted two suspects. “Both men were carrying knapsacks, which were found to contain several bundles of old currency. Both were detained for questioning. In all, there were 6,544 currency notes of 1,000 denomination and 7,090 notes of 500 denomination, collectively worth 1 crore,” an officer with Thane Police Crime Branch said. The duo, identified as Manoj Chheda, 36, and Prathamesh Gawde, 22, were placed under arrest when they could not provide a satisfactory explanation for possessing the demonetised currency, and the Income Tax department was subsequently informed. On Tuesday, the Mumbra police had intercepted three suspects, including a woman, near Parsik tunnel, who were allegedly in possession of 1.03 crore in demonetised currency. The trio were placed under arrest and IT officials are conducting inquiries. Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, conservancy workers fished out seven demonetised notes from a drain on B Cabin Road leading to Thane railway station on Saturday morning. The conservancy workers informed Naupada police.
Two held in Thane with old currency worth â‚ą1 crore - The Hindu
2017-05-20Heartbroken Thane lad reunited with lost pet, thanks to alert domestic help - Times of India
Heartbroken Thane lad reunited with lost pet, thanks to alert domestic help Updated: May 21, 2017, 03.00 AM IST THANE: Jonathan D'souza (11) did not eat for almost three days and kept crying after his five-month-old pet dog went missing for three days had tears of joy when he saw Furry roaming in the living room of his Thane home as soon as he got home on Thursday night. The pup was found in Yeoor on Thursday by an alert tribal who found her crouching beneath a small cave. Furry had gone for a late-night walk with her owners near Upvan Lake on Tuesday when she went missing. "Furry and I were running together when the slamming of a car door scared her," said Jonathan. "She stopped suddenly, due to which I tripped and fell. The leash slipped out of my hand and she started running. A few strays started barking at her and she ran towards Yeoor," said Jonathan. The worried family contacted a local NGO, Pet Owners and Animal Lovers (PAL), for help as they had adopted the dog from them. "We put up posters in English and Marathi," said Aditi Nair, founder of PAL. "We searched early mornings and late evenings as it is at these times that dogs come out of their hiding places." Jonathan's maternal grandfather, Sydney Putman, too scouted for Furry. "My dad asked a few tribals about Furry and requested them to contact us," said Jonathan's mother, Sandra. After almost two days, Jonathan was told that Furry might not be alive as leopards could have eaten her. "We didn't want to build up his hopes," said Sandra. "On Thursday evening, we got a call from a tribal, Lata Lokhande, who said she had spotted Furry and asked us to come over," "When Lokhande, a maid, spotted Furry who had a leash on her, she quickly put it on a branch so that Furry couldn't run away. Lokhande who does not have a cellphone borrowed one from a local and called our number which was put up on a poster," said Nair. "Furry was sitting under a cave there and came running on seeing us."
Heartbroken Thane lad reunited with lost pet, thanks to alert domestic help - Times of India
2017-05-19Thane: Five held for 'impersonation' in police recruitment - Outlook India
Thane: Five held for 'impersonation' in police recruitment 19 MAY 2017 Last Updated at 9:40 AM Thane (Maharashtra) [India], May 19 : Many cases of paper leak and cheating during exams are on the rise; but one such unusual case has emerged from Maharashtra, where five people were arrested for impersonation in an examination for police recruitment held in Thane Thane (Maharashtra) [India], May 19 : Many cases of paper leak and cheating during exams are on the rise; but one such unusual case has emerged from Maharashtra, where five people were arrested for impersonation in an examination for police recruitment held in Thane. They have been sent to police custody till May 22 and an FIR has been registered in this matter. Further investigations are underway.
2017-05-19Task force to ensure hawkers don't return - Times of India
Task force to ensure hawkers don’t return Updated: May 19, 2017, 09.54 PM IST Thane: A dedicated task force will be deployed at areas that are cleared of illegal hawkers to make sure that they do not return again to the spots to conduct their business. A joint meeting between civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal and police commissioner Param Bir Singh on Friday, decided on the idea for both the agencies to work together and keep miscreants at bay. Civic officials said that the agencies will form separate cells to counter both illegal auto drivers and hawkers from congesting vital road stretches. A civic official said, "The police and civic authorities will jointly monitor the affected areas in the city. A senior police official will remain present along with civic officials while we will also explore additional space for their relocation." The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), since last week, has been undertaking drives to evict hawkers from select locations in the city, including station area, Subhash Road and Gladys Alwares Road, but the encroachers have been returning to the spot once the civic convoy leaves. Meanwhile, the issue of haphazardly parked autos and vehicles was also discussed in the joint meeting with the TMC reportedly assuring to add teeth to the drives undertaken by the traffic police to clear road stretches of illegally parked vehicles. Three cranes owned by the TMC will be deployed in the team looking out for illegally parked cars at the station and prime areas of the city. Further, all scrap vehicles presently lying along roadsides will be dispatched to Daighar. In addition to this, the agencies have also talked of installing high definition cameras in vantage points and use of drones to effectively monitor hawker and congestion-prone areas in the city. "We will get to the root of the problem and will not spare those who covertly support the illegal encroachments or any such activity in the city. Appropriate action will be taken against those supporting the hawker menace to flourish in Thane," said Jaiswal. Activists have lauded the effort saying it is a welcome move but added that it should not fizzle out like earlier attempts. "Most of the roads widened in the city saw encroachments and several promises made by the TMC in the past failed to clear the areas. We only hope the agencies can combat the menace effectively," said an activist. Meanwhile, auto unions have demanded that a police case be filed against Jaiswal for reportedly assaulting hawkers and auto drivers last week. "We condemn the attack by the municipal commissioner on innocent hawkers and auto drivers. We have warned of a protest on May 25 and called for a Thane bandh. Around 13 unions will be supporting us," said an office bearer of a union in Thane during a press meet. The police and civic authorities will jointly monitor the affected areas in the city. A senior police official will remain present along with civic officials while we will also explore additional space for their relocation
2017-05-19'Spin Art' to enthrall Happy Streets visitors this Sunday - Times of India
'Spin Art' to enthrall Happy Streets visitors this Sunday Updated: May 19, 2017, 09.55 PM IST Thane: Visitors to Happy Streets this Sunday will encounter a special workshop tagged 'Spin Art'. They will experience the spin art where a machine will be used to spin the papers at high speed and colours will be dribbled and poured on top to create an exotic design. The participants will be privileged to take home their artwork to preserve as a souvenir. "This Sunday we will take a spin with art at the usually crowded Vijay Suraksha Art Zone where specialized equipment and material will be provided by us," said an organizer. Decathlon has too charted out an overall fitness programme for all age groups. They will include basketball- shoot the basket, football, frisbee, wave-boards, skateboards, scooters, horse riding, table tennis, badminton, fitness drills and cycling among others. Yoga enthusiasts have a reason to cheer at the Patanjali Yoga arena. "This is a huge platform to nurture your talent on different musical instruments. Thanks to Happy Streets for providing us a launch pad to foster this skill," said 12-year-old Mitesh Rane. Drum Cirlce will too entertain the crowd where many join hands to experience varied beats. As has been the case every week, adventure activities at the makeshift camp with pitched tents will be taken up by many kids under the expert guidance. There are swings, ladders, ropes to do balancing act here. Zumba, dance, music, art, paint, fun and games among hordes of programmes have been roped in for across age groups. TMC, Thane Traffic department have brought Happy Streets to the lake city, which is supported by TOI and powered by Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty.
2017-05-19Thane Crime: Telephone exchange racket busted, 4 with 420 SIM ... - Mid-Day
Thane Crime: Telephone exchange racket busted, 4 with 420 SIM cards held Thane Posted 19-May-2017 The calls, which were mostly made from Middle-Eastern countries using an app, used to be diverted to Indians Police are on the lookout for the main accused and the others involved in the racket, which has been running for the past two years The Thane Crime Branch has busted an illegal telephone exchange racket, which was being operated for the past two years. Following the arrest of four people, four machines were recovered from Bhiwandi. International calls: According to police, the calls, which were made using an app, originated mainly from Middle-Eastern countries like UAE and Saudi Arabia. Thereafter, the accused would divert them to Indians with the help of the telephone exchange machines. However, those receiving the calls would not be able to trace the numbers even if they called back, as the SIM cards used were fake ones. The cops said that this has led to a loss of Rs 30 crore for the government exchequer. It was only after a senior officer got to know that the machines were used to call Indians, they formed a team along with the Department of Telecommunication (DOT) and raided the spots. A case has been registered at Bhoiwada police station under section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of IPC and different sections of the Indian Telegraph Act 1885 and Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act 1933. Who's the kingpin?" The interrogation of the arrested accused has revealed that a former employee of a private mobile company is the kingpin and that everything was set up at Bhoiwada. We have found the location of the main accused. He will be arrested soon. We have also raided the houses of the arrested accused and the place from where they used to operate," said a police officer. Speaking to mid-day, Thane police commissioner, Param Bir Singh, said, "We have seized a total of 420 SIM cards. Apart from this, we have also found nine routers, two laptops, Rs 15,000 cash and five mobile phones worth Rs 17 lakh. After being produced in court, all the four accused were remanded in police custody." Probing extortion angle: He further said, "We will take the Cyber Cell's help to trace the other accused. They may also be involved in threatening and extorting money from people." When contacted, senior police inspector of Bhiwandi Crime Branch said, "The app that was used to make the calls is known as VOS 3000 switch. The accused will be in police custody till May 23. We are on the lookout for the others involved in the case." Rs 30 cr: Loss faced by government exchequer due to the racket
Thane Crime: Telephone exchange racket busted, 4 with 420 SIM ... - Mid-Day
2017-05-19Juneau's homeless population prefers Marine Park over Thane campground - Alaska Public Radio Network
Juneau’s homeless population prefers Marine Park over Thane campground May 19, 2017 Juneau’s controversial anti-camping ordinance has been in effect for more than a month. The result has been more people are sleeping in downtown’s Marine Park. Now the city is looking to empty the park of overnight campers.It’s just after 8 a.m. on Juneau’s downtown waterfront. The Emerald Princess cruise ship empties of tourists as people sprawled out on the soft grass begin to stir inside their sleeping bags. Lorraine Paul is one of those early risers. The 42-year-old and others often sleep in Marine Park though police sometimes try to move them on. “Some of us sleep in the booth over here and have to be out by 5:30 a.m. to be respectful,” Paul said. “We get up to try and come over here and lay down and then here comes JPD and they’re like: ‘You need to get up and pick your stuff up.’” The reason Paul chooses to sleep out in the open, in a public park, is security. There are aggressive drug addicts around who can be threatening. “I hate to say this but because some of these people do meth, you know. I feel like they ruin it for us,” Paul said. “It’s really hard to find somewhere to sleep. I mean, I’m an alcoholic. Some of us try to stick together — how do I say it — pack off to ourselves.” Juneau has one of the largest homeless populations in Alaska. A statewide survey in January found the capital city had 215 homeless people — 59 of them unsheltered. Earlier this year the Assembly passed a controversial ordinance banning sleeping on private property in the downtown core. Juneau Police Lt. David Campbell said officers have been able to coax people away from storefronts without serious conflict. “Since the initiation of the ordinance, no citations have been issued,” Campbell said. “Which means that people are basically moving on if requested to and it hasn’t gotten to the level were the officers feel like they have to write a citation.” Federal judges have ruled cities can’t pass laws that criminalize homelessness. That’s why the city’s recent ordinance is limited to private property. Many people moved to public property, like Marine Park, where Campbell said police were instructed to be more lenient about restricted hours. “With the new camping ordinance and the directions to the officers we were told not to enforce that in Marine Park,” Campbell said. But soon the city will try to make Marine Park off-limits after midnight. “We think that making sure that the park remains open as a park and not as a camping areas is best for everyone,” Deputy City Manager Mila Cosgrove said. Cosgrove said the decision was made Tuesday at a meeting of city department heads. The logic is to close the downtown parks to drive people toward alternatives, such as the seasonal campground near Thane. “The thought was people would naturally migrate up to Thane as the weather got a little bit warmer, which it certainly has, and that hasn’t been happening,” Cosgrove said. “We want people to know that that’s a designated option for them.” Complaints in recent weeks about rowdy behavior in Marine Park is what led the city to take action. “At times people don’t feel safe transiting through that area and that’s just not acceptable — everyone has the right to feel safe in their community,” Cosgrove said. The Tuesday afternoon directive to clear Marine Park after hours hadn’t filtered down to the police lieutenant on Wednesday morning. But Campbell said it could be done. “When we encounter someone it gives us the ability to legally justify contact with them to identify them and see who they are and then ask them to go out of the park,” Campbell said. “Because it’s after hours and if they refuse then to issue them a citation.” Back in Marine Park, this is not welcome news to Lorraine Paul. “Now that I hear that we can’t be sleeping out here — it sucks,” Paul said. “Wish they’d have somewhere for us to camp.” What about Thane campground? Paul said it’s two miles from downtown on an unlit road. Not safe for a single woman. “You hear a lot of stories. For example, if I walked out there myself — I’m told there’s guys out that way that camp that would hurt you and rape you,” Paul said. “It’s kind of hard because I’ve been on the streets off-and-on all my life.” It’s unclear whether the city would be able penalize anyone caught in the park after hours, because there’s a typo in the city’s code that likely would need amending before a court could impose the $25 fine.
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2017-05-19Hawkers, parking problems near thane station: Civic chief, top cop discuss issue, plan strict measures - The Indian Express
Hawkers, parking problems near thane station: Civic chief, top cop discuss issue, plan strict measures The meeting comes close on the heels of an alleged assault on Malvi by hawkers during an anti-encroachment drive last week. Mumbai | Published:May 20, 2017 4:06 am CONTINUING the drive against illegal hawkers, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is now keen to find a permanent solution to the problem of haphazard parking and encroachments around Thane railway station area. Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal met Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Friday to discuss the issue. We have decided to jointly fight the menace of illegal hawkers and autorickshaw parking in no-parking areas. During the meeting, we discussed how we can move them from no-hawking zones to sanctioned areas and provide for more auto-stands in the city. We will conduct a survey to find more areas to demarcate as hawking zones, said Sandeep Malvi, Deputy Municipal Commissioner. The meeting comes close on the heels of an alleged assault on Malvi by hawkers during an anti-encroachment drive last week. The incident was followed by an outcry over a rickshaw driver being assaulted for illegal parking, allegedly by the municipal commissioner's staff. It was decided in the presence of senior police officers that strict action would be taken against illegal hawkers and indisciplined autorickshaw drivers. The police will take strict action against those who park in no-parking zones and the TMC will provide three cranes to the police to tow away illegally parked vehicles. Installing high resolution CCTV cameras around the station and use of drone cameras during eviction drives were also discussed. CCTV cameras provide visuals of only a fixed area. By using modern technology like drone cameras, we will be able to survey larger area and keep an eye on encroachment activities, Malvi said. Joint CP Madhukar Pandey, Additional Police Commissioner Satya Narayan, Deputy Commissioner of Police Sunil Lokhande and Assistant Commissioner Maruti Gaikwad also attended the meeting.
Hawkers, parking problems near thane station: Civic chief, top cop discuss issue, plan strict measures - The Indian Express
2017-05-18Juneau's homeless population prefers Marine Park over Thane campground - KTOO
Juneau’s homeless population prefers Marine Park over Thane campground May 17, 2017 Juneau’s controversial anti-camping ordinance has been in effect for more than a month. The result has been more people are sleeping in downtown’s Marine Park. Now the city is looking to empty the park of overnight campers.It’s just after 8 a.m. on Juneau’s downtown waterfront. The Emerald Princess cruise ship empties of tourists as people sprawled out on the soft grass begin to stir inside their sleeping bags. Lorraine Paul is one of those early risers. The 42-year-old and others often sleep in Marine Park though police sometimes try to move them on. “Some of us sleep in the booth over here and have to be out by 5:30 a.m. to be respectful,” she said. “We get up to try and come over here and lay down and then here comes JPD and they’re like: ‘You need to get up and pick your stuff up.'” The reason she chooses to sleep out in the open, in a public park, is security. There are aggressive drug addicts around who can be threatening. “I hate to say this but because some of these people do meth, you know. I feel like they ruin it for us,” she said. “It’s really hard to find somewhere to sleep. I mean, I’m an alcoholic. Some of us try to stick together — how do I say it — pack off to ourselves.” Juneau has one of the largest homeless populations in Alaska. A statewide survey in January found the capital city had 215 homeless people — 59 of them unsheltered. Earlier this year the Assembly passed a controversial ordinance banning sleeping on private property in the downtown core. Juneau Police Lt. David Campbell says officers have been able to coax people away from storefronts without serious conflict. “Since the initiation of the ordinance, no citations have been issued,” Campbell said. “Which means that people are basically moving on if requested to and it hasn’t gotten to the level were the officers feel like they have to write a citation.”Federal judges have ruled cities can’t pass laws that criminalize homelessness. That’s why the city’s recent ordinance is limited to private property. Many people moved to public property, like Marine Park, where Campbell says police were instructed to be more lenient about restricted hours. “With the new camping ordinance and the directions to the officers we were told not to enforce that in Marine Park,” he said. But soon the city will try to make Marine Park off-limits after midnight. “We think that making sure that the park remains open as a park and not as a camping areas is best for everyone,” Deputy City Manager Mila Cosgrove said. She says the decision was made Tuesday at a meeting of city department heads. The logic is to close the downtown parks to drive people toward alternatives, such as the seasonal campground near Thane. “The thought was people would naturally migrate up to Thane as the weather got a little bit warmer, which it certainly has, and that hasn’t been happening. We want people to know that that’s a designated option for them.”Complaints in recent weeks about rowdy behavior in Marine Park is what led the city to take action. “At times people don’t feel safe transiting through that area and that’s just not acceptable — everyone has the right to feel safe in their community,” she said. The Tuesday afternoon directive to clear Marine Park after hours hadn’t filtered down to the police lieutenant on Wednesday morning. But Campbell says it could be done. “When we encounter someone it gives us the ability to legally justify contact with them to identify them and see who they are and then ask them to go out of the park,” Campbell said. “Because it’s after hours and if they refuse then to issue them a citation.” Back in Marine Park, this is not welcome news to Lorraine Paul. “Now that I hear that we can’t be sleeping out here — it sucks,” Paul said. “Wish they’d have somewhere for us to camp.” What about Thane campground? She says it’s 2-miles from downtown on an unlit road. Not safe for a single woman. “You hear a lot of stories. For example, if I walked out there myself — I’m told there’s guys out that way that camp that would hurt you and rape you,” she said. “It’s kind of hard because I’ve been on the streets off-and-on all my life.” It’s unclear whether the city would be able penalize anyone caught in the park after hours, because there’s a typo in the city’s code that likely would need amending before a court could impose the $25 fine.
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2017-05-18Thane bus commuters to get e-ticket service facility finally - Free Press Journal
Thane bus commuters to get e-ticket service facility finally May 18, 2017 07:15 am Thane: Good news for Thane bus commuters. The Thane Municipal Transport will be introducing the e-ticket service. The project was sanctioned in the Thane Municipal transport committee meeting on Wednesday. Due to some technical errors and uninterested tenderer, the project remained on paper since last four years. Now the new fleet of 230 buses will be introduced under the JNNURM and hence e-ticket service will be reintroduced. The decision was finalised in transportation committee meeting held on Wednesday. The project will be on BOT basis and estimated budget for the project for an year is Rs 2.50 lakh. Thane municipal transport had decided to start the new way of digital ticketing, the e-tickets, in 2011. The tenders were floated thrice for the same but there was no response and then the TMT committee decided to start the project on experiment basis. The project faced the technical errors and hence remained shut with the new affirmations the project will take a new leap and be given to the contractor for the next seven years. How e-ticket will work As many as 1200 e-ticket machines will be available. How many tickets were issued, the location of bus and the exact information about the cash will be available on just one click and hence, there will be no chance remain for corruption, said Sachin Shinde, member, TMT committee.
Thane bus commuters to get e-ticket service facility finally - Free Press Journal
2017-05-18Rs 1 crore in junked notes seized in Thane; 3 arrested - Economic Times
Rs 1 crore in junked notes seized in Thane; 3 arrested UPDATED: MAY 18, 2017, 12.37 PM IST THANE: Police have seized nearly Rs 1 crore in demonetised currency notes from three persons, who were later arrested. Acting on a tip-off, police intercepted a car at Parsik circle in Mumbra township of Thane district at around midnight on Tuesday. They found Rs 1 crore in old notes in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations in the possession of three persons, including a woman employee of a private bank, an official release issued by Thane police said today. Police are trying to find out from where did the accused get the junked notes, Narkar said.
Rs 1 crore in junked notes seized in Thane; 3 arrested - Economic Times
2017-05-18Demonetised currency seized in Thane, three held - The Hindu
Demonetised currency seized in Thane, three held THANE, MAY 18, 2017 12:30 IST UPDATED: MAY 18, 2017 12:30 IST Those arrested includes a woman employee of a private bank. Police have seized nearly ? 1 crore in demonetised currency notes from three persons, who were later arrested. Acting on a tip-off, police intercepted a car at Parsik circle in Mumbra township of Thane district at around midnight on Tuesday. They found ?1 crore in old notes in Rs 500 and R?1,000 denominations in the possession of three persons, including a woman employee of a private bank, an official release issued by Thane police said on Thursday. The three persons was planning to get the notes exchanged for new bills. They were later arrested and a case was registered against them under relevant sections, Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. Police are trying to find out from where did the accused get the junked notes, Mr. Narkar said.
2017-05-18ATVM ticket sales hit as most units defunct - Times of India
ATVM ticket sales hit as most units defunct May 18, 2017, 10.53 PM IST Thane: If you are planning to commute via train from Thane and decided to take a ticket using the Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM), ensure that you leave at least 20 minutes before time, as you will easily spend over 15 minutes in buying a ticket using the AVTM. The railways have installed over 22 ATVMs across the station, but sadly many remain dysfunctional most of the time. At any given point of time, not more than 15 ATVMs are working at the station. The situation has not changed much in the past two months. Whenever the concerned authorities are questioned, they have no answers. Even when the devices are repaired they don't last too long. On platform one and two, collectively 13 ATVMs were set up, out of which only half are operating now. Until last week, there were a total of 25 kiosks installed at the station premises, but five days ago, the Railway officials discarded three machines on the west side of the station. "The kiosks have been facing plenty of technical glitches recently. There have been cases where some booths have repeatedly been hanging. One machine was shut as it was beyond repair, the part wasn't available. Another reason for the breakdown of ATVMs is the ticket cutting problem. Tickets are not getting printed properly due to some problem in its mechanism. When a commuter presses the button to buy a ticket, the system is unable to generate it. To avoid further inconveniences and damage, we have permanently shut these faulty machines. We have also notified and forwarded the complaints to the monitoring cell at the Railway headquarters in CST," says Chief Booking Supervisor, R K Sharma. With a view to reduce the staff crunch and enable faster ticket booking facilities, the Central Railway Administration had introduced the concept of ATVMs in Thane around 8 years back. Due to non-functioning ATVMs the queue in front of these kiosks is almost equivalent to that of the normal ticket booths. We all want state of the art machinery. But when it becomes defunct, we play the blame game. Chinmay Thakur, a commuter says, "Some people don't know how to use this smart card facility. I have personally seen impatient commuters press buttons forcefully, thus harming the system. We can't only hold the authorities responsible for our plight." "There are so many ATVMs on Thane station but most of them remain non functional. The railways have spent so much money on installing the machines, only if they could spend some more on maintaining them it would prove to be beneficial for the commuters. Now, despite machines, they are of no use to us," said an angry commuter, Pradeep Gupta.
2017-05-18Man almost drives into Masunda lake, arrested - Times of India
Man almost drives into Masunda lake, arrested May 18, 2017, 10.23 PM IST Thane: The Naupada police arrested a 26-year-old man for rash and negligent driving after his car lost control and crashed onto a pavement and then a wall at Talaopali. The accused has been identifed as Babu Narasimha, who hails from Andhra Pradesh and is a driver by profession. Assistant police inspector Hanumant Holkar, said, "The driver was driving from Ghantali. He was speeding right from the time he sat on the driver's seat and unable to control the car, he rammed onto a pavement and then crashed into a wall. His four-wheeler was saved just inches away from from toppling over into the Masunda Lake." The driver sustained minor injuries and fortunately, there were no pedestrians on the footpath. Upon seeing the accident, bystanders gathered on the spot and came to the driver's rescue. The citizens were able to get hold of Narasimha and immediately informed police officials. The cops have booked Narasimha under Section 279 of the Indian Penal Code and various sections under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984.
2017-05-18Racket of tar adulteration 'busted' with arrest of five - Times of India
Racket of tar adulteration 'busted' with arrest of five May 18, 2017, 10.23 PM IST Thane: With the arrest of five persons last week, the city police claim to have busted a tar adulteration racket. The men were held for allegedly selling adulterated tar by mixing marble dust in it, said the police. Cops said that the five accused have been identified as Sharif aka Gotya Shamiullah Qureshi, Baliram Molai Saroj, Abdul Bashid Abdul Gani Khan, Fulbadan Jagannath Yadav and Umesh Ramdhani Saroj, all residents of Bhiwandi and Mumbai, but natives of Azamgarh. "We had information that the driver of the tar supply tanker is hand-in-glove with the accused. They are believed to take out 10 to 20 per cent of the total tar and mix it with marble dust, which is available at the market for Rs 3 or Rs 4 per kg. Their customers are yet to be known," said Makarand Ranade, additional commissioner of police (crime). The police also seized a total of stock valued at Rs 70.21 lakh, which include tar, tanker, powder, mixer and generator, added the police. An offence under various sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered with the Kongaon police station as the men were held within the limits of the Temghar pipeline on the Mumbai-Nashik highway.
2017-05-18Two men get 20 years in jail for raping neighbour in Thane - The New Indian Express
Two men get 20 years in jail for raping neighbour in Thane Published: 19th May 2017 12:09 AM Last Updated: 19th May 2017 12:09 AM THANE: Two men were today sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) by a district court in a gangrape case. District Judge S C Khalipe also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the duo - Vikas Ambadas Avhad (21) and Vishal Gopichand Tilore (20), residents of Kalwa here. According to the prosecution, the two raped a 24-yearwoman in her house on the night of May 23 last year. The woman, a housewife and mother of two, was their neighbour. Avhad and Tilore entered the woman's house after midnight and attacked her with a knife. The survivor was in the house along with her kids, it said. They threatened to slit her throat and harm her kids if she resisted their sexual advances. The duo sexually assaulted the woman after threatening her, the prosecution said. The survivor later filed a police complaint after which the accused were arrested and booked for rape, it said. The judge said the District Legal Services Authority should pay adequate compensation to the victim.
2017-05-18Why Gokhale road is not being widened?: NCP | Thane News ... - Times of India
Why Gokhale road is not being widened?: NCP2 May 18, 2017, 10.54 PM IST Thane: The NCP city unit has raised questions on the civic inaction over illegal extensions and congestions on Gokhale road while it has embarked on a demolition mode on other areas. Anand Paranjape, city president of NCP has pointed out to the mayor about the urgent need to widen the Gokhale Road that connects the railway station to several parts of Thane west. The NCP also asked why the extensions made by the traders here haven't been demolished. The road widening plan was also scrapped last year following pressure from this lobby, alleged the NCP. "Why is there different law for the traders of Gokhale Road and other parts. The TMC is ignoring the follies of traders on this stretch, but is razing legal structures in other areas. This injustice has to be stopped," said Paranjape. Meanwhile, the civic administration was seen continuing its drive against illegal vehicle parking and hawkers along the station area on Thursday evening. tnn
2017-05-18Illegal telephone exchange racket busted in Thane - The Asian Age
Illegal telephone exchange racket busted in Thane Published: May 19, 2017, 2:42 am IST Updated: May 19, 2017, 2:43 am IST The police say that the government has suffered a loss of Rs 30 crore that is earned from international calls. A team of Thane crime branch unit-1 and unit-2 along with department Of telecommunication (DoT) officials raided the place. Mumbai: The Thane police crime branch unit-1 and 2 busted an illegal telephone exchange racket on Thursday at four places in Bhiwandi and arrested four people in the racket who were in to this business from past two years. The modus operandi of the accused was to call from an international number to an Indian citizen, however, such that the international number would appear as in Indian number on the receiver's screen. However, attempts to trace the number would go in vain despite using software. The police say that the government has suffered a loss of Rs 30 crore that is earned from international calls. A team of Thane crime branch unit-1 and unit-2 along with department Of telecommunication (DoT) officials raided the place. We have seized a total of 18 sim card boxes where each box had 420 sim cards. Apart from this, we also seized 9 routers, two laptops, Rs 15000 cash and five mobiles worth Rs 17 lakh. We have arrested four people, who are residents of Bhiwandi and they are being kept in police custody after having been produced in court. The seized sim cards are bogus and are acquired through fake documents. The calls were connected mainly from Middle East countries (UAE and Saudi Arabia), said Thane police commissioner, Param Bir Singh. Mr Singh added, We will also take the help of Cyber cell experts to get more information about it and also to find more information from the sim cards. We are investigating to ascertain the motive behind their act.
Illegal telephone exchange racket busted in Thane - The Asian Age
2017-05-17Thane Crime: How 1 man robbed Rs 38 lakh from 5 ATMs with secret code - Mid-Day
Thane Crime: How 1 man robbed Rs 38 lakh from 5 ATMs with secret code Posted 17-May-2017 After replenishing Dombivli and Diva ATMs with Rs 40 lakh over five days, fraudster is captured on CCTV emptying out same machines after work CCTV footage of Rakesh Pawar punching the code while an accomplice waits Bank authorities in Dombivli and Diva were baffled last night, when over Rs 38 lakh in cash vanished from five ATMs, which had been refuelled only a few days ago. CCTV footage later revealed that a man, who had been tasked with the responsibility of depositing money in these machines, had taken off with the loot with the help of two friends. The police are on the lookout for the accused identified as Rakesh Pawar, and jhis accomplices, Nayan Bhanushali and Jyotish Gupta. According to the police, 27-year-old Pawar works with a cash management and losgistic service firm, which holds the contract to deposit cash in ATMs in Dombivli and Diva. During the last one week, the company had assigned Pawar the responsibility of deposit cash every morning. A total of RS 40 lakh had been deposited in thes machines over the last five days, a police official said. Also Read: Mumbai Crime: Bulgarian national held in ATM card cloning case CCTV footage of Rakesh Pawar punching the code into the machine and leaving, while his accomplice looks on After finishing work on Tuesday evening, Pawar enlisted the help of the accomplices to empty out the ATMs. CCTV footage shows Pawar entering a code into the machine, which only employees of the firm are privy to, and withdrawing money before fleeing from the site. The trio attacked a total of five ATMs. Rakesh Pawar After bank authorities were alerted, the company registered a case with the Manpada police. "While examining the CCTV footage, we found the same person visiting each of the five ATMs after 9.30 pm. The company has identified the accused as their employee," said Bhalesh Salunkhe, sub-inspector from Manpada station. Jyotish Gupta and Nayan Bhanushali A case of theft has been registered against Pawar and his friends under Section 379.
Thane Crime: How 1 man robbed Rs 38 lakh from 5 ATMs with secret code - Mid-Day
2017-05-17Thane: Doc makes patient's video while being operated, sends it to friend; booked - The Asian Age
Thane: Doc makes patient's video while being operated, sends it to friend; booked Published, May 17, 2017, 4:22 pm IST Updated, May 17, 2017, 4:23 pm IST The complaint further mentioned that the doctor also passed lewd comments against the patient while she was on the operation table. While carrying out the operation the accused made a video and passed it on to his friend (who too has been booked in the case) through social media. Thane (Mumbai): Police have booked three persons,including two doctors, from the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in a case of alleged sexual harassment of a medical practitioner while being operated upon at the hospital. No arrests have been made so far in connection with the case, said an official from the Bhiwandi city police. According to the complaint the victim was operated by the accused doctor on May 12. While carrying out the operation the accused made a video and passed it on to his friend (who too has been booked in the case) through social media. An offence under sections 354(A) (sexual harassment), 500 (defamation) and 509 (outraging modesty of a woman) under the IPC have been filed, said police, adding, relevant sections of the Information Technology Act too have been added in the case. The complaint further mentioned that the doctor also passed lewd comments against the patient while she was on the operation table. The complaint was filed on May 15, said an official. The matter is being currently investigated, said police.
Thane: Doc makes patient
2017-05-16A pride of the past, Thane Fort is now in a shambles - Times of India
A pride of the past, Thane Fort is now in a shambles TNN | May 16, 2017, 10.56 PM IST Thane: Nestled on a hilltop amidst the valley of Yeoor, along the banks of the river Ulhas, lies the once spendid and huge Ghodbunder fort. The fort was constructed during the Portuguese's reign and is located approximately 20 km from Thane station. The history of this quaint fort dates back to the 15th Century when the Portuguese, who came to Thane as spice traders, built the structure and had then called it 'Cacabe de Tanna'. They began fortifying the hill in the early 1533. A lot of changes were made to the fort and it was finally completed in 1730. Sadashiv Tetvilkar, a city-based historian, said, "Once a prominent area for horse trading with men from the Middle East particularly from Saudi Arabia, the locals began calling the village 'Ghodegaon', which eventually came to be known as Ghodbunder. The idea behind constructing the fortress at such a prominent height was so they could keep an eye on the Marathas, who were ruling the other side of Thane creek, near Kalyan, Kasara. Portuguese troops were able to maintain a strong-hold on the fort and its nearby territory for nearly 200 years. The rulers were also successful in defeating the attack led by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1672 ." It was only in 1737 that the Portuguese-ruled fort was besieged by the Marathas under the leadership of the peshwa Chimaji Appa. During the Maratha's rule, many structural changes took place in the interiors of the fort. Over the course of a few months, the Marathas constructed more watch towers to keep an eye on the enemy. "In 1818, however, the British took over the reins of the fortress. They had not only captured Ghodbunder fort, but also established it as the district headquarter of the East India Company. Besides, they also appointed a district collector from Thane. For the British officials, the fort served as a key destination to carry out their administrative work," said Tetvilkar. However, the fort is in a dilapidated condition currently. A portion of the fort has been encroached upon by local villagers who have constructed small cottages, along the pathway to the fort. In an attempt to revive the fort's lost glory, Shiv Sena member Pratap Sarnaik had taken up its restoration issue in the assembly in mid-2014. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the District administration for allocation of funds had given a go ahead as well for the restoration work to begin and allocation of funds. However, the fort continues to lie in a pathetic state. Needless to say, the authorities have failed to preserve even the remaining bits and pieces of the historical monument.
2017-05-16Thane: Three men get 3-year imprisonment for molesting teenage girl - The Indian Express
Thane: Three men get 3-year imprisonment for molesting teenage girl The three had molested a teenage girl in Dadade Palkhi Masmarepada village in Vikramgad taluka on March 25, 2016 when she went to fetch water from a well, according to the prosecution. By: PTI | Thane | Published:May 16, 2017 1:56 pm Three men were sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment by a district court Thane in connection with a 2016 molestation case. The trio was handed over the punishment recently by District and Special Judge Ashutosh N Karmarkar after they were found guilty of offences under the POCSO Act, 2012 and section 354(1)(i) of IPC. The accused Mahesh Vishnu Masmare, 20, Naresh Batra, 28 and Gondya Madhya Bond, were also fined a sum of Rs 500 each. The three had molested a teenage girl in Dadade Palkhi Masmarepada village in Vikramgad taluka on March 25, 2016 when she went to fetch water from a well, according to the prosecution. When the victim (aged below 16) was returning home, the men forcefully pulled the pot she was carrying on her head and poured water on her. While one of the accused held her hand, the other touched her inappropriately and made advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures, the court was informed. Another accused in the case, who was a minor has been referred to the juvenile justice court. Pronouncing the verdict after hearing both the sides, the court said, it appears that the alleged incident is against minor girl. In order to check such type of offence in future, the accused are to be dealt with and therefore, I am not inclined to grant benefit of Probation of Offenders Act to them. Taking into consideration submissions from both the sides, the age of the accused and other factors, following order will meet the ends of justice, the court observed while awarding the sentence.
Thane: Three men get 3-year imprisonment for molesting teenage girl - The Indian Express
2017-05-16Thane: Two women arrested for murdering family member - The Indian Express
Thane: Two women arrested for murdering family member By: PTI | Thane | Published:May 16, 2017 1:42 pm Two women have been arrested in Thane for murdering another 32-year-old woman in the family, police said on Tuesday. According to PI Rajendra Kamble of Bhayander police station, the incident took place in Morba village of Uttan in the powerloom town last week. The victim identified as Geeta was married to one Santosh Jadhav. He tied the knot for a second time recently with one Savita, police said. All the three lived together in a house at the village alongwith Jadhav's mother. However, Savita alongwith Jadhav's mother conspired to get rid of Geeta, as they felt that she was getting a upper hand in the house, police said. On May 9, the two accused attacked her with a sharp weapon, killing Geeta on the spot, they said. Initially, police registered a case of accidental death. But after medical reports and complaint filed by the victim's family in Kolhapur, an offence was registered under section 302 rw 34 of the IPC against the accused, who were arrested on Monday. The two have been remanded in police custody for a week by a local court.
Thane: Two women arrested for murdering family member - The Indian Express
2017-05-16Vendors back to work post demolition drive - Times of India
Vendors back to work post demolition drive Manoj Badgeri | TNN | May 16, 2017, 10.57 PM IST THANE: Stern action taken against hawkers in the city since last week has apparently failed to rein in the menace as a few encroachers were seen back in business forcing civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal to step out and continue with his drive late on Monday evening. A civic team led by Jaiswal was seen evicting hawkers from various parts of the city till late in the night at station area, Vartak Nagar, Jambhli naka and the Gladys Alwares. Experts have blamed the delay in implementing a policy for hawkers in the city and lack of sustained civic action against the peddlers that has apparently encouraged them to flock back to the spots that were cleared by Jaiswal last week. While a majority of residents lauded the efforts, others expressed their surprise over how the repeated action has failed to bear fruit claiming that many hawkers were back in action within hours after the drives. The situation was no different at the station road on Monday evening as just minutes after the convoy of civic demolition squad passed the stretch, a few hawkers were seen flocking back on the road stretch vending their wares. "While the corporation restricted their anti-hawker drive till Kashinath Ghanekar auditorium on Saturday and spared the hawkers here, the ones whose stalls were demolished on Glady Alvares road are back again," said Shailendra Chikhalkar, chairman of Happy Valley society and member of the Residents' Association of Glady Alvares road. Mayor Meenakshi Shinde also expressed her ire over the alleged violent methods used by the administration to deal with hawkers. What is hawkers' policy? The civic body will identify the number of hawkers in the city and assign them space to conduct their business on the basis of 'hawkers' and 'no-hawkers' zones
Vendors back to work post demolition drive - Times of India
2017-05-16Cockroaches on a train: First in sambhar, then in berth, Thane family has a harrowing trip - Daily News & Analysis
Cockroaches on a train: First in sambhar, then in berth, Thane family has a harrowing trip The family that had a nightmarish journey on the Pragati Express between Thane and Pune on Tuesday Imran Faizal | Tue, 16 May 2017-11:10 pm , Mumbai , DNA The first cockroach fell in their lunchbox after which swarms of insects made their trip a nightmare A train journey from Pune to Thane turned sour for a family after a cockroach in the compartment fell into their sambhar. The family then realised that there were a number of cockroaches underneath their seats. Seethalakshmy G, 34, a resident of Thane west, had planned a visit to Pune to meet her cousin last Friday. She booked her return tickets on the Pragati Express and boarded the train on Tuesday morning. Her parents in-law, M P Haran, 77, and Renuka Haran, 72, along with her two kids Ashvika, 3, and Adhvaid, 9, were travelling with her. My son was hungry and we opened our lunchbox that had sambhar. We had a couple of morsels, but then a cockroach fell into the lunchbox, and we had to throw out the meal. We were then shocked to see a number of cockroaches under the seat, Seethalakshmy told DNA. Seethalakshmy also alleged that when the family complained to the ticket collector, he just smiled and did nothing. Her father-in-law, M P Haran added that the government should provide adequate services to the passengers, and should take accountability of lapses, rather than turn a blind eye to such grievous issues. Our journey was a nightmare because of the lackadaisical attitude shown by the railways and the government, he said. Spokesperson for Central Railways, Narendra Patil said that the railways would ensure that the coach is fumigated and cleaned. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to the family and will make sure that such incidents do not take place.
Cockroaches on a train: First in sambhar, then in berth, Thane family has a harrowing trip - Daily News & Analysis
2017-05-16Cheap Tata wheat flour for the poor in Mumbai and Thane - Mid-Day
Cheap Tata wheat flour for the poor in Mumbai and Thane By Dharmendra Jore Mumbai Posted 16-May-2017 State, charitable trust join forces to make wheat flour available to the underprivileged at a nominal price through public distribution system The underprivileged in Mumbai and Thane will soon get wheat flour through the public distribution system (PDS). The state government has joined hands with the Tata Trust for this project, which will be extended to other districts. The idea came during a meeting of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and industrialist Ratan Tata. The charitable Trust will buy wheat from the state, mill it and supply the flour for free to PDS, which will then give it to ration cardholders for a nominal price. A final decision on this was taken yesterday. "Currently, a ration card-holding family gets 13-15 kg of wheat every month. The idea is to offer quality readymade wheat flour, say three to four kg, every month. We will decide the PDS rate very soon; we are confident that the rate will be much lower than that of the open market," said a senior official of PDS department. "The government has decided to start a pilot project in the island city, suburbs and Thane district, where a significant number of PDS beneficiaries reside." The officer added that the scheme would be extended to the rest of Maharashtra in phases after assessing response to the pilot project. As per official statistics, as of 2014, the island city and suburbs have 41,62,141 ration cards, while Thane has 1,91,420. The entire state has 2,37,10,666 ration cards. There are different kinds of cards for which supply of grains is specified. Generally, affluent families don't buy PDS commodities though they may have ration cards. 15 kg Quantity of wheat a ration card-holding family gets every month 4 kg Wheat flour a ration card-holding family is likely to get every month under the scheme
Cheap Tata wheat flour for the poor in Mumbai and Thane - Mid-Day
2017-05-16TMC chief claims 40% nullahs in Thane are clean - Times of India
TMC chief claims 40% nullahs in Thane are clean TNN | May 17, 2017, 01.38 AM IST THANE: With just a few weeks left for the monsson to arrive, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) chief Sanjeev Jaiswal claimed that 40% of the nullahs in the city have been cleaned. Jaiswal said this after carrying out a through inspections of the nullahs on Monday. This year, the responsibility the pre-monsoon nullah cleaning has been delegated to 65 officials from the TMC. The deadline for this has been allotted for the first week of June. With a view to complete this project before the onset of monsoon, Jaiswal had directed the officials of the solid waste management department to try and finish off the work by June 5. Jaiswal said that an amount of Rs 10 crore has been allocated for the cleaning and desilting of 13 big nullahs, which are 132 m in height and 300 small nullahs. The civic chief has also asked to take strict action against any official if they were to be found involved in foul play of any kind. Along with the TMC chief, a few officials from the solid waste management department of the TMC were also present for the nullah cleaning inspection.
TMC chief claims 40% nullahs in Thane are clean - Times of India
2017-05-16Resident groups garner support to civic chief's drive against hawkers - Times of India
Resident groups garner support to civic chief's drive against hawkers Manoj Badgeri | TNN | May 17, 2017, 01.40 AM IST THANE: While the relentless drive against encroachments in the city has drawn the ire of the political class, it has garnered a huge support from resident activists. A group of residents from Gladys Alwares road has started an online petition in support of civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal encouraging him to continue with his 'good' work ever since he took up charge as the commissioner of Thane city. Citizen activists from the Residents' Association for Areas around Gladys Alvares Marg (RAGA) said that Jaiswal has dared to do some good work for the benefit of the city and it is payback time for them by extending their support. "There have been allegations of the civic chief misusing civic machinery by politicians expressing their ire against the stern action on hawkers and auto drivers since last week. Instead, we owe it to Jaiswal for what he has done. We have started an online campaign https://www.change.org/p/ragathane-let-s-join-citizens-campaign-launched-by-raga-in-support-of-tmc-chief-sanjeev-jaiswal where residents can sign and extend their support," said T N Raghunatha, member of RAGA. Another group of residents is working on ensuring that hawkers don't return after the civic drives are over by inviting farmers straight into the society premises. "We are working towards bringing farm produce right into the society premises so that residents don't have to venture far in case the local marts aren't located nearby and in turn don't encourage proliferation of hawkers," said Kasber Augustine, a citizen activist from Vartak Nagar, who also recommends a need to demarcate zones for the street vendors.
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2017-05-16Police refuse to file complaint against Thane civic chief - The Hindu
Police refuse to file complaint against Thane civic chief - The Hindu STAFF REPORTER MUMBAI, MAY 17, 2017 00:41 IST UPDATED: MAY 17, 2017 00:41 IST Accused of manhandling residents The Thane police on Tuesday refused to register a complaint against the civic body’s chief Sanjeev Jaiswal for allegedly manhandling a auto-driver and a private car driver during a drive to clear encroachments from roads. Nilesh Ambekar, an activist and a resident of Thane, had to return from Thane Nagar police station after he was told that no complaint of would be registered against the Thane Municipal Commissioner. Mr. Ambekar said, “I support the corporation’s drive against encroachments, but that does not mean that a senior IAS officer like him should go on beating people on the road. What if my relative was driving the car and pulled out by him only to be beaten up, just like he did in one of the videos? I do not think it was proper conduct and it should not be encouraged. A complain must be registered against him.” When told to take up the matter with higher authorities, Mr. Ambekar approached the office of the Commissioner of Thane Police where his complaint was received. He said, “I took a copy of the complaint to the DCP’s office and the Nagar police station. At both places, nobody accepted my complaint. Would they behaved in a similar manner if the complaint was not against Mr. Jaiswal? Are they scared to file a complaint against the civic chief?” D.S. Swami, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Zone-I, said he was not aware of the incident. “But the complainant should approach the senior police inspector again and I will also speak with the officer concerned . We are not biased against anyone.” Last week, Sandip Malvi, a senior official from the TMC, was allegedly beaten up by a mob when he was clearing encroachments and illegal structures on roads. The next day, Mr. Jaiswal hit the streets with his team to clear encroachments. While clearing the roads, Mr. Jaiswal was seen manhandling an auto driver and a private car driver, while his security guards beat up a man accompanying an elderly woman. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis refused to comment on the senior IAS officer’s behaviour.
Police refuse to file complaint against Thane civic chief - The Hindu
2017-05-16Thane gangrape survivor's tale: 'I was stabbed many times… glad no mercy was shown to accused' - The Indian Express
Thane gangrape survivor’s tale: ‘I was stabbed many times… glad no mercy was shown to accused’ The victim had sustained 16 injuries. She says that she only came to know later that the other victim accompanying her had succumbed to injuries. Written by Sadaf Modak | Mumbai | Published:May 17, 2017 1:32 am She sits in a makeshift space near the tracks of a suburban railway station, still bearing signs of knife injuries on her neck. Recalling the day of the incident on May 9 2012, the rape survivor says she did not know the two accused, but was told by the other victim about a catering job they had to offer. After she lost her parents and an elder sibling to tuberculosis, the victim began working as a ragpicker to earn herself enough money for food. “We would usually face harassment from authorities near the railway station, who would not let us sit in the premises. The other victim and I both decided to go along with the accused, hoping it would be a change from our jobs as ragpickers. So, we went as we were promised a job in catering,” the victim, who was around 18-19 years of age at the time of the incident, said. “I fell unconscious after the attack and woke up to find myself bleeding. I gathered the strength to escape. I remember I could not even stand as I had been stabbed in many places and was bleeding profusely. I somehow jumped off the bridge (in CBD Belapur) and then again fell unconscious. I woke up in the hospital and remained there for almost a month,” she said. The victim had sustained 16 injuries. She says that she only came to know later that the other victim accompanying her had succumbed to injuries. After her discharge from the hospital, she was sent to the care of an ashram, she says. “The police told me that since I was the main witness in the case, my safety was important. I was sent to the ashram and from there, I was assigned to work in a hospital for patients with mental illnesses. I was told that once the men are convicted, I could leave. After five years, I told them I wanted to leave since I did not like it there and came back here again,” she says. The victim now continues to work as a ragpicker near the station premises. “I told the policemen they could find me here if they required me in the case. The fact that the accused were in prison assured me of my safety. I was hoping that they would be convicted. I am glad that no mercy was shown to them as the attack on us was brutal,” she said. “I know that women ragpickers face abuse often. But I returned as I had done nothing wrong,” she said. The court has directed the Thane District Legal Services Authority to recommend compensation to the surviving victim. “One person had come to inquire about the compensation. I hope that I can buy a small room with the money if I am given any. I will feel safer than having to sleep out on the street,” the victim said.
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2017-05-16Manpada man held for filming woman bathing - Times of India
Manpada man held for filming woman bathing Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | May 17, 2017, 01.39 AM IST THANE: A 28-year-old Manpada man was arrested after he reportedly tried to shoot a video of a woman bathing. The Kapurbawdi police said that the accused, Shailendra Yende, a resident of Manpada, lived close to the building where the victim resides and was acquainted with her. The victim, a 31-year-old working woman and a resident of a ground-floor flat of a Chitalsar building, suspected someone was watching her while she was bathing. On checking, though she did not find anybody around, she found a mobile phone kept with its video recording feature on, said the police. She raised an alarm and her family members saw Yende walking by the area towards his house and that the mobile belonged to him. A case was registered against him under Section 354 (c) of the Indian Penal Code.
2017-05-14Three get 3 years' rigorous imprisonment for molesting minor on Holi - Times of India
Three get 3 years' rigorous imprisonment for molesting minor on Holi Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | May 14, 2017, 05.35 AM IST THANE: In a tough deterrent punishment to perpetrators of gender crime, a special POCSO court has sentenced three youths from the tribal area of Vikramgadh to three years rigorous imprisonment for outraging the modesty of a 16-year-old girl on the pretext of playing Holi in 2016. Another accused, a minor, has been referred to the juvenile justice board. Special POCSO judge Ashutosh Karmarkar relied entirely tosh Karmarkar relied entirely on the testimony of the girl who narrated the humiliation and harassment suffered by her and after hearing the other side, sentenced Mahesh Masmare (20), Naresh Batra (28) and Gondya Bond (21) to three years RI and a fine of Rs 500 each. Public prosecutor SG Londhe informed the court that the girl hails from farmer's family and would fetch drinking water from the well a little away from her home. "On the eve of Holi on March 23, 2016, the girl and another minor, a guest at her home, went to fetch water from the well around 5pm. When the girls were walking back with pitchers on head, the accused waylaid them and started to tease them saying they would drench her with the same water. The girl protested and pleaded not to do so, but they poured the water from the pitcher on her head," the prosecutor said adding that "Masmare and Batra caught hold of her hands while Bond touched her inappropriately". The girl started weeping and ran to her home and narrated the incident to her parents, who approached the local police. A case was registered under the POCSO Act as well as IPC. Four witnesses testified in the court. The accused's advocate told the court there was some quarrel between the girl's uncle and the mother of the minor accused and that since the three men are the friends of the juvenile, they have been falsely implicated. After hearing both sides, the judge said, "Going by the several materials on record, the intention of the accused has been proved and also the testimony of victim even during the cross examination remained unshattered. Also, several other evidence on record proved that the acts was committed by the accused with sexual intent." The judge further noted, "It appears that the alleged incident is against minor girl. In order to check such type of offence in future, the accused are to be dealt with and therefore, I am not inclined to grant benefit of Probation of Offenders Act to them."
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2017-05-14Thane civic chief sets example by cracking down on hawkersThane drive against hawkers, civic chief sets example for ... - Times of India
Thane civic chief sets example by cracking down on hawkersThane drive against hawkers, civic chief sets example for babus TNN | May 15, 2017, 03.33 AM IST A day after a deputy municipal commissioner was assaulted by hawkers, all eyes were on Thane civic chief's Sanjeev Jaiswal's response. Many felt that Jaiswal would condemn the attack and write a customary letter to the Thane police chief demanding action. Jaiswal reached the same spot where the official was beaten up, hauled the erring hawkers and removed the illegally parked vehicles. He continued his campaign against hawkers and is determined to make the city hawker-free. An 1996-batch IAS officer, Jaiswal was able to convince his subordinates that they are not alone in their battle against hawkers and anti-social elements. Jaiswal took on the anti-social elements due to the backing of Thane police chief Parambir Singh. While Jaiswal has shown courage, the question remains if other civic chiefs will crackdown on miscreants. House matters After J S Saharia took over as state election commissioner, he asked the then chief secretary, Swadheen Kshatriya, to allot him larger accommodation on the grounds that the post is on a par with a high court judge or election commissioner of India. Kshatriya had declined to oblige, saying that it would set a bad precedent. Kshatriya has taken over as chief commissioner, Right to Services and written to chief secretary Sumit Mullick seeking at least two flats, in view of the fact that his post is equivalent to that of a SC judge. Mullick cited the note Kshatriya had written, while turning down his request. Kshatriya had to settle for a single flat on Malabar Hill. In the recent past, many retired chief and additional chief secretaries and IPS officers have been rehabilitated, but Kshatriya was the first to be locked in a row over accommodation and official vehicle. A day after his retirement and subsequent appointment as chief commissioner, Kshatriya approached the CM, saying since the new post did not entitle him to have a vehicle, he should be allowed to retain the chief secretary's car and bungalow till he gets an alternative accommodation. He was allowed to use the vehicle and retain the bungalow for a fortnight, but social media was flooded with information on the monthly rent he received for his flats in Mumbai and Navi-Mumbai. Angel to the rescue At a juncture when heads of many charitable organizationsare mired in graft, Shirdi Temple Trust Chairman Suresh Haware has donated large sums of money from his personal account for strengthening healthcare across the state. A month after he took over the trust's reins, Haware ensured that basic healthcare facilities at the trust's dispensary and food were made available free. Even basic fees at the super-speciality hospital have been reduced drastically. Haware found that there was an acute shortage of ambulances in tribal and hilly parts and has drafted a plan to provide 500 ambulances in such areas in a phased manner.
2017-05-14Kharegaon toll post shuts down, motorists happy with move - Times of India
Kharegaon toll post shuts down, motorists happy with move Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | May 15, 2017, 01.29 AM IST THANE: With the cash collection at the toll post at Kharegaon exceeding Rs 500 crore in a span of 15 years, the operator— Ideal Road Builders (IRB)— shut shop on Saturday midnight. So, from now on motorists will be able to enjoy a toll-free ride along this stretch on the Mumbai-Nashik highway. The Kharegaon toll post, which was under the jurisdiction of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), was closed as per the 2002 notification which stated that May 13, 2017, would be the last day for recovering toll from motorists. Citizen activist Shriniwas Ghanekar, who has been fighting with the state government to bring in transparency in the toll policy, said that the cartel involving the policy makers in Mantralaya, contractor and politicians have crafted a toll policy which is favourably tilted in favour of the toll contractor. The IRB had developed this once-narrow stretch into a four-lane highway and it is estimated that work of widening the road and maintenance had cost the contractor Rs 180. 83 crore then. The firm has declared that it has collected Rs 500 crore from this toll post. "We just hope that now that the contract is over and the PWD would take care of the road and maintain it so that motorists are ensured a hassle-free drive, especially during the rainy season," said Ghanekar. Meanwhile, motorists who regularly take this route were happy about the move. They said that this will lead to no traffic congestion in the are which used to be caused due to the toll collection.
Kharegaon toll post shuts down, motorists happy with move - Times of India
2017-05-14'Healthy lifestyle is a must to avoid early puberty' - Times of India
'Healthy lifestyle is a must to avoid early puberty' Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | May 15, 2017, 01.31 AM IST THANE: Seven-year-old Nita Sawant, who used to run and play around in the house wearing a singlet, is now being asked to wear a top and pants even when she is around her siblings. This second grader was barely understanding or accepting the changes in her growing body when she got her first period. Early puberty or medically speaking, 'precocious puberty', is when a girl undergoes puberty by the time she is seven to nine years old and boys undergo it before they turn 10. Many girls like Nita hit puberty at an early age. This is mainly due to the changing lifestyle among children today, say doctors. Nowadays, children are more attracted to junk food, tend to be stressed and also sleep late. These factors affect hormonal changes, eventually leading to early menarche. Apart from lifestyle changes, there are other factors causing early puberty. "There could be many reasons for early puberty among children such as mental or physical trauma, head injury, thyroid problem and at times (around 5%), hereditary factors. Obesity among children is also one of the main factors for attaining early puberty. A girl child tend to be more prone to early puberty than boys," said Dr. Bandita Sinha, gynaecologist and fertility specialist. "Fatty diet and lack of exercise often lead to hormonal changes. So the body mistakes it to be oestrogen which is the primary female sex hormone. In other words, if the body needs one star hormone to activate the sexual hormones, it can mistake the hormonal changes caused by obesity to be the star hormone and mimics it to make changes in the body," added Sinha. Sleeping late and stress can also result in early puberty as there is no healthy growth if the body does not receive enough rest. "There is nothing wrong in hitting puberty at an early age; it's just evolution. But the child and parents must be counselled about the accompanying physical and psychological changes. Also, experiencing menarche at an early age does not mean that these kids will hit menopause at an early age. The time of menopause differs from person to person depending on their fertility levels," said Dr Rekha Thote, gynaecologist. Early puberty can be avoided if parents can ensure to provide a healthy diet for their children and skip junk food at least till the age of seven years, say the doctors. There could be many reasons for early puberty among children such as mental or physical trauma, head injury, thyroid problem and at times (around 5%), hereditary factors. Obesity among children is also one of the main factors for attaining early puberty
2017-05-13Thane civic chief and his guards thrash auto driver, motorist - Mid-Day
Thane civic chief and his guards thrash auto driver, motorist By A Correspondent THANE Posted 4 hours A day after his deputy was attacked by hawkers, Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal allegedly thrashes rickshaw driver and a youngster who had parked illegally Viral videos show the TMC chief and his bodyguards brutally bashing up a youngster who parked illegally A day after a group of hawkers beat up Thane's deputy municipal commissioner and raised hackles among top civic officials, some of the anger see med to spill onto the streets yesterday, when Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal allegedly thrashed a rickshaw driver and a youngster who had parked illegally. Viral video show the TMC chief and his bodyguards brutally bashing up a auto driver who had parked illegally Caught on camera: Shockingly, a viral video on WhatsApp shows commissioner Jaiswal himself thrashing an auto driver, right in front of the police. Jaiswal's private bodyguards also assaulted the driver. In another video that went viral, the TMC chief is seen grabbing the collar and neck of a youngster who refused to remove his personal vehicle from the no parking zone despite the commissioner's request. This comes just a day after deputy commissioner Sandeep Malvi was assaulted by a group of hawkers when he tried to take action against them. On Thursday, Malvi's boss, Jaiswal visited the Gavdevi area, Station Road, Jambhuli Naka, and Talavpali and Shivaji Path and took action against both illegal hawkers and rickshaw drivers who parked their rickshaws illegally. During the anti-encroachment drive, over 20 illegal structures were also removed. Locals in Thane welcomed the action taken, as they face a lot of problems at the station area, which is overcrowded due to hawkers and illegal parking of rickshaws. Cop speak: Asked whether any action would be taken after the TMC chief thrashed the rickshaw driver in broad daylight, DCP (zone I) Dr DS Swami said, "No case has been registered so far. We are probing the matter." Commenting on Wednesday's incident, in which Sandeep Malvi was assaulted, Inspector Chandrakant Jadhav of Naupada police station said, "We have arrested the culprit, Pravesh Jadhav, and four others, on charges of obstructing and assaulting government servants and rioting. A few more people are likely to be arrested."
2017-05-13Vivek Oberoi Gifts 25 Flats To Families Of CRPF Men Killed In Sukma - NDTV
Vivek Oberoi Gifts 25 Flats To Families Of CRPF Men Killed In Sukma Updated: May 13, 2017 17:43 IST THANE: Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi has donated 25 flats to the families of the CRPF men killed in last month's Maoist attacks in Sukma. While four flats have already been allotted, another 21 are being reserved in a housing complex constructed by his company, Karrm Infrastructures Pvt. Ltd, at their Thane project. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), whose jawans were killed in the attack, expressed "gratitude" to Vivek Oberoi for his gesture. A senior CRPF officer said preference would be given to jawans from Maharashtra as the flats were in that state. Recently, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar had donated Rs. 9 lakh each to the families of the 12 CRPF personnel killed in the March 11 Naxal ambush in Chhattisgarh. Olympic bronze medallist badminton player Saina Nehwal too had donated Rs. 50,000 each to the 12 families. The Union Home Ministry has launched a website --www.bharatkeveer.gov.in -- to receive public donations for the families of jawans and officers of the Central Armed Police Forces killed on duty.
Vivek Oberoi Gifts 25 Flats To Families Of CRPF Men Killed In Sukma - NDTV
2017-05-13Thane residents switch to 'smart' sanitation at solar powered ... - Hindustan Times
Thane residents switch to ‘smart’ sanitation at solar powered community toilet MUMBAI Updated: May 14, 2017 00:30 IST Using community toilets is no longer a dirty business for over 200 poor families in Sathewadi, Thane (West). The toilet that they use is powered by solar energy, has 20 clean cubicles and uninterrupted water supply. Also, it is only accessible to those who have a smart card. The community sanitation complex, as the building is called, stands in the shadow of Dyanasadhana College and can easily be mistaken for a hospital had it not been for the board at the entrance. The three-storey complex has two cubicles for the specially-abled on the ground floor — one each for men and women. It has 11 cubicles for men, five for women, two for children, two bathrooms and a store room on the second and third storeys. “You cannot enter the building unless you have a smart card,” said Shubhangi Ashok Shirde, a resident of Sathewadi and member of the group that maintains the complex. “This makes the complex secure as unknown people cannot enter it while we use it,” added the 40-year-old, who chooses to use this toilet even though she has one at home. Nilesh Karkare from Habitat for Humanity, the NGO that funded the toilet, said, “We introduced smart cards as it made the complex safer and helped us gather data on the users. We had manufactured 1,000 smart cards, of which 850 are in circulation.” Residents have to submit copies of their ration, aadhaar and voter identification cards to get a smart card. “We do not charge any money for the cards but residents have to pay Rs11 per month towards maintenance charges,” said Karkare. Residents will soon be able to use these cards to recharge their phones, get cable connections, book rail tickets and get check-ups. The NGO is planning to award five credit points on each use of the card, which the residents can avail to get a free medical check-up at KJ Somaiya Hospital in Sion. Karkare added that the NGO wanted to limit the use of the complex to 1,000 people only. “Around 200 families in the area use it and we would not want more than 1,000 people as maintenance would become difficult,” he said. Currently, the complex is managed by a residents’ self-help group. Sunanda Jhadav, 48, who helps in cleaning the toilet, said, “Not just the toilet, Sunvest also trained us to maintain the solar panels. We clean it two to three times a week.” The complex has four CCTV cameras, one each at the entrance, on the staircase, in front of the women’s section and in the battery room. Solar panels installed on the rooftop supplies most of the power that the complex needs. Sishir Garemella, CEO of Sunvest, helped in setting up the solar panels. He said, “It is a hybrid system that has a storage capacity of 1.5 kilowatt with battery backup and can also run on the electricity grid as backup.” Apart from being self-sufficient when it comes to power, the building also has motion-sensing lights that switch on automatically when people enter it and turns off seconds after people leave it, thus saving power. Constructed after demolishing a public toilet, residents said that they were happy with the ‘community sanitation complex’. “Everything is so clean here. I even get my relatives to use it,” said Shirde.
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2017-05-13Sudden showers hit commuters, power supply on Friday - Times of India
Sudden showers hit commuters, power supply on Friday Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: May 14, 2017, 01.15 AM IST THANE: The sudden showers that hit the lake city on Friday bought in a momentary wave of cool air, but left the citizens with lots of inconvenience. From power cuts to slippery roads, Thaneites had a tough time due to the sudden showers. The Thane creek was filled with layers of silt, waste and pollutants accumulated in the nallahs. Aryan Shrivastav, a resident of Thane's Devdayanagar area who commutes to the lake-city from his office in Vikhroli said, "There was a massive train delay due to the sudden rains and I was forced to take a cab from my office in Vikhroli. The roads, too, were slippery and I was just saved from meeting with an accident, as my vehicle skidded twice during the journey.To make matters worse, there was no electricity at my place when I reached. I would say that the cool wave that accompanied the rain was short lived." Apart from citizens the marine life in the creek also suffered as the waste accumulated in the nallahs washed into it with the light showers. Rajesh Kharkar, a fisherman from Vitawa, said, "Once the rain showers subsided we started seeing a black layer of filth floating over the creek water. The silt and garbage piled up in the drains and within the mangrove roots must have been wash out as the creek water literally turned black and we could see plastic more in our nets on Saturday. The fish here will surely die soon." Activists from the city point out that the civic body needs to take these showers as a warning call and speed up their pre-monsoon work. "Four to five days ago the TMC, as a part of its pre-monsoon nallah cleaning drive, cleared the silt from the storm water drains in many parts of the city but piled it along the drain itself. With these rains, the mess obviously went back into the drain," said Shashikumar Nair, a member of the Residents' Association of Glady Alvares Road (RAGA). Weathermen predict that these pre-monsoon showers may continue in scattered locations over the coming two to three days. "These rains are basically the result of the heat in the area evaporating the humid trough winds passing over from North Maharashtra to Kerala. This evaporation creates tall clouds which are coming down in rain in isolated locations here. It should subside soon," said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather.com.
2017-05-13Veggie prices soar as temp continues to rise - Times of India
Veggie prices soar as temp continues to rise TNN | May 14, 2017, 01.16 AM IST THANE: Even as residents have been sweating it out as the temperatures continue to rise in the city, it is also taking a toll on the vegetable production. Shortage of supply, depleting ground water levels has affected the production, resulting in rise in prices. Compared to the last two weeks, the prices have increased by approximately Rs 20 for most vegetables. The prices of vegetables like cauliflower, lady finger, cabbage, capsicum, brinjal and carrot have increased by 40% to 50%. Even french beans and peas, which a fortnight ago were priced at Rs 60 a kg, is now available at double the cost. According to Yashwant Patil of Kalyan's Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC), "The supply of vegetables has been badly hit due to soaring temperatures and excessive heat. In the interiors of the state, where majority of the vegetables are grown, they are suffering from acute water shortage. Hence, tanker water is being used in a lot of these areas. As the shelf life of most of these vegetables is less they require to be consumed quickly and timely. The dip in supply and rise in demand has further led to an escalation of prices." Generally, residents are aware that vegetable prices will be higher during summer, but this month the rates have sky rocketed. In addition, vendors in the lake city attribute the price rise to shortage of man-power as most labourers go to their native place for summer break. "It is bad enough for us that supply of vegetables is low, but there has also been a decrease in manpower which is required for transporting and delivering the produce. This has affected the prices," said a vegetable vendor from Thane's Jambli Naka. Even though residents are purchasing their daily vegetables, many are giving french beans and peas a skip due to the exorbitant cost. In fact, some local vendors have stopped selling them as their demand has decreased are a rise in rate. "These vegetables are now mostly preferred by caterers and hoteliers rather than daily consumers. The common man is shying away from these commodities," said Mishralal Jaiswal, another vendor. Even in the wholesale market, the price rise has largely affected consumers and business, with almost all vegetables being sold only at Rs20 lesser than the retail price. Traders believe that this jump in prices will be constant at least throughout the month.
2017-05-12'All hell broke loose': New details in Thane Road stabbing, suspect indicted - Juneau Empire (subscription)
‘All hell broke loose’: New details in Thane Road stabbing, suspect indicted Victim in beach-party incident lost part of pancreas, spleen Posted May 12, 2017 12:18 am New details have emerged in the stabbing that seriously injured a party-goer on Thane Road last month, after a Juneau grand jury indicted the 37-year-old suspect.Joshua Levi Brown was charged with five separate counts: two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault. He is scheduled to be arraigned later in Juneau Superior Court. The charging document by Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp offers new details of the stabbing, which even the victim, Monte Nix, told the Empire he does not recall. Witnesses at the bonfire were able to fill in some of the gaps, including a series of confrontations between Nix and Brown, although none reportedly saw the actual stabbing, according to the information in the charging document.
2017-05-12Thane cops transfer case from investigating officer after Raj Kundra's tweet; inquiry ordered - Mumbai Mirror
Thane cops transfer case from investigating officer after Raj Kundra's tweet; inquiry ordered Mumbai Mirror | Updated: May 12, 2017, 12.14 PM IST In an unusual turn of events, a tweet sent to ensure better working conditions for the cops ended up with cops setting up an inquiry against the investigating officer and the case being transferred to another officer. Businessman and Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra was at the Kongaon police station in Bhiwandi for over three hours to record his statement in a cheating case filed by one Ravi Bhalotia a bed sheet manufacturer. On leaving the police station, Kundra wrote on Twitter, "Visited a police station in Thane. I honestly feel sorry for the cops who work endless hours in very mediocre surroundings. Government needs to spend more on upgrading their stations for a better working environment for all cops. A picture with Inspector #Deshmukh ji. (sic)". Although Kundra's intentions were good, Thane cops immediately sprung to action as soon as the tweet went viral and transferred the case from investigating officer Vijay Deshmukh (seen in the picture tweeted by Kundra). Further, an inquiry has been initiated against the officer. Read Also: Raj Kundra questioned by police in cheating case The news was confirmed by Joint Commissioner of Police, Thane, Madhukar Pandey, who said, "We have initiated an inquiry into the whole issue and have transferred the case from Deshmukh." Thane Sessions Court on Tuesday granted bail to the star couple and they were asked by the court to cooperate in investigations conducted by the Thane police in the alleged cheating. On 30th April a case was registered against Kundra, Shetty, Darshit Shah, Uday Kothari and Vedant Bali all directors of Best Deal Television Private Limited for allegedly cheating one Ravi Bhalotia a bed sheet manufacturer who has a manufacturing unit at MIDC, Bhiwandi. Bhalotia had alleged that though he supplied and sold bed sheets through Best Deal Television Private Limited a tele-marketing company from July 2015 to August 2016 the company failed to pay him Rs 24 lakhs despite all his efforts.
Thane cops transfer case from investigating officer after Raj Kundra
2017-05-12Thane: Six arrested for murder of Dombivli contractor - The Indian Express
Thane: Six arrested for murder of Dombivli contractor By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:May 13, 2017 2:52 am THE THANE Police have arrested six persons who had allegedly fired several rounds at a building contractor that killed him in Dombivli on Tuesday. During interrogation, the accused, some of whom are contractors, have told the police that it was a dispute over the renovation of a flat in the area, considered to be their domain, that led them gun down Kishore Chaudhari. The police have found two firearms from the accused and are looking for other accused in the case. The arrested persons have been identified as Dilip Bhoir (51), his brother Shankar (45), and sons Sagar (23) and Suraj (21), and their two associates Kunal Andhale (26) and his brother Paresh Andhale (22). We are still on the lookout for at least five more people linked to the firing, an officer said. An officer associated with the probe said: So far, they have said that they had shot Chaudhari because he dared to carry out renovation in a flat in the area in which they resided. They (the attackers) had a monopoly over renovation contracts in Cholegaon area of Dombivli till Choudhari took a contract to redevelop a house. He, however, added: This is what they are claiming but their interrogation is on. There could be some other reason as well that the accused are trying to conceal. On Tuesday around 11.45 am, 10-odd persons came in four-wheelers and shot several rounds at Chaudhari, who was then with another another contractor, Nitin Joshi. Chaudhari and Joshi were on the ground floor of the apartment they were renovating. While Chaudhari, struck by eight bullets, succumbed to the injuries, Joshi sustained minor injuries. Chaudhari had been paid around Rs 50,000 to renovate the flat and that did not go down well with a local contractors cartel that was used to getting all work in Cholegaon area. This led to a fight between the accused and the deceased.
Thane: Six arrested for murder of Dombivli contractor - The Indian Express
2017-05-12Thane: Two get death for 2012 gangrape and murder - The Indian Express
Thane: Two get death for 2012 gangrape and murder Thane: Two get death for 2012 gangrape and murder Police officers recall how probe into case began with just an unidentified body. By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:May 13, 2017 3:10 am THE DEATH penalty Thursday awarded by a Thane sessions court to two persons for raping two women and killing one of them has marked the end of a five-year story for the investigating officers of the case. The case that was solved by the Navi Mumbai crime branch started with an unidentified body of a woman found below an under-construction flyover on the Sion Panvel highway on May 9, 2012. During the course of the investigation, the police found that the woman was a ragpicker and had been raped and murdered. More importantly, they found that another woman had been attacked with her, but had managed to survive. The police traced her, and it was the testimony of the survivor that helped police arrest the two accused, Rahimuddin Shaikh (29) and Sandeep Shirsat (25). After their conviction and sentencing, officers said they felt satisfied professionally. A Thane sessions court on Thursday held Shaikh and Shirsat guilty of gangrape and murder. District government pleader Sangita Phad said, The court found that their act was of extreme brutality and awarded them the death penalty. Both the women, in their twenties, had been attacked several times with knives and hexo-blades by Shaikh and Shirsat. Meera Bansode, the investigating officer of the case, said, The case began with an unidentified body of a woman with absolutely no clue. After investigating, we found that another woman too had been attacked at the same spot but had managed to flee. We then started looking for the woman. Eventually, after verifying several details, we managed to track her to Govandi in Mumbai. She too had sustained several injuries. The police then convinced her to be a complainant in the case and based on her statement, found that Shaikh and Shirsat, two caterers, had attacked them.The survivor told the police that the duo had promised to get them jobs as caterers.They then took them below the flyover, where they got them inebriated by mixing their cold drinks with alcohol. The accused then raped the two women at knifepoint and slashed and stabbed them several times. They also disfigured the face of one of the women before they left. They did not realise that the other woman was still alive, Bansode said. Dattatray Shinde, the then DCP, Navi Mumbai crime branch, who is now Sangli Superintendent of Police, said, It is satisfying to know that the death penalty was awarded in the case. The men were heartless. They deserved nothing less then capital punishment, Shinde said.
Thane: Two get death for 2012 gangrape and murder - The Indian Express
2017-05-12Rainfall in Thane, Navi Mumbai - The Indian Express
Rainfall in Thane, Navi Mumbai Train services hit, IMD forecasts isolated showers till Sunday. By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:May 13, 2017 4:00 am Parts of Navi Mumbai received short spells of rain and lightning on Friday. While parts of Navi Mumbai and Thane experienced rain on Friday, the suburbs were hit by short spells of rain, mainly drizzles. Strong winds in the city, however, affected the suburban train services. The first pre-monsoon showers of the season hit the Mumbai Metropolitan Region late on Friday evening. The MET department has forecast such isolated showers in the city till Sunday. Rain or thundershowers would occur (on May 12) towards the afternoon or evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD). There were short spells of heavy rain in Bandra, Santacruz, Vikhroli and Bhandup. Till 11.45 pm, 2.1 mm of rain was recorded by IMD's Santacruz observatory and there was no rain in the island city. The IMD observed heavier shower in Thane, Ambernath and Panvel. A short-lived upper circulation had caused heavy clouding over Mumbai and the rain was a result of ground heating during the day over the past few days, which received good moisture supply from the Arabian Sea, officials said. Train services were affected on the main line and harbour line, minutes after the city received its first spell of rain. Technical problems in signalling held up services for at least 30 minutes. Due to heavy winds, thunder and lightning, overhead equipment (OHE) power was not holding on Sanpada-Mankhurd in both up and down directions on the harbour Line, between Matunga and Kurla stations on the down slow line and between Vidyavihar and Kanjurmarg on the down fast line from 7.40 pm. Traffic on these lines were restored within 30 minutes, a senior CR official said. The IMD predicted that squall (strong wind) condition is expected over the city. According to IMD data, Mumbai recorded an average temperature of 31 degrees Celsius with humidity as high as 80 per cent, along with wind speed of 13 km/h. IMD officials said that in the last few days, the interior parts of Maharashtra, especially South Madhya Maharashtra, have already been receiving good pre-monsoon showers. Last year, monsoons had missed the normal onset date of June 10 with Mumbai and it reached the city 10 days later by June 20. This year, however, normal rainfall is expected by June 10.
Rainfall in Thane, Navi Mumbai - The Indian Express
2017-05-11Eroding hillock near Mulla Baug garden sparks fear among residents - Times of India
Eroding hillock near Mulla Baug garden sparks fear among residents Freny Fernandes | TNN | May 11, 2017, 10.31 PM IST THANE: Fearing that the half-cut and badly eroded hillock that stands along the road to the TMC-run Pramod Mahajan Nisarag garden in Mulla Baug will collapse any moment, a citizen group Green RAGA roped in the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to take steps to avoid any fatalities, especailly during monsoon. The civic garden that lies along the foothills of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) is frequented by hundreds of residents, mostly senior citizens, every morning. Small stones and soil is being eroded and keeps falling on the road leading to the park. This has started since the last one month and has started to worry residents. T N Raghunatha, chairman of RAGA, said, ''The TMC garden is frequented by 400 to 500 citizens in the morning. Residents, especially senior citizens, come here for walks or just to take in some fresh air. However, in order to create an access road for an upcoming building in the vicinity, half portion of the hillock was cut. This has weakened the hillock to an extent that even light showers can cause a landslide." Senior citizen Subhash Gawade (66), who visits the garden daily for his morning walk, said, "While the crumbling hillock has sparked fear among morning walkers, we are also facing difficulty getting to the park as the road has no footpath and trucks and tankers keep plying along that road. The construction work in the area has also led to more heavy vehicles frequenting the place." In an attempt to bring these issues before the TMC, members of the NGO had arranged for a site visit with civic executive engineer Nitin Pawar on Tuesday and discussed with him various ways of mitigating this issue before the monsoon, including the use of nets that are used to keep rocks from falling along the Konkan railway belt. "The executive engineer went for a site visit with the residents and observed the entire situation. We are looking into this issue and will come up with a solution before the onset of monsoon," said a civic official.
Eroding hillock near Mulla Baug garden sparks fear among residents - Times of India
2017-05-11After Dec 16 verdict, two Thane men get death for gang raping 2 women, murdering one of them - Hindustan Times
After Dec 16 verdict, two Thane men get death for gang raping 2 women, murdering one of them The two men had lured the ragpickers to a tunnel in Vashi and raped them. They murdered one, while the second woman fled mumbai Updated: May 11, 2017 16:44 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The men must also pay a fine of Rs30,000. A sessions court in Thane sentenced two men to death on Thursday for gang raping two women and murdering one of them on May 9, 2012.Judge SC Khalipe also ordered the men to pay a fine of Rs 30,000, said district government pleader Sangita Phad. The convicts, Rahimuddin Shaikh alias John Anthony D'souza, 24, and Sandip Shirsat alias Raghu Rokda, 20, are Mankhurd residents who worked as labourers.They had lured the ragpickers aged 20 and 28 years from a Vashi bus stop on the pretext of giving them jobs. They raped them at knife point at a nearby tunnel. While they killed the 28-year-old on the spot, the 20-year-old woman escaped and fled to the highway, where passersby helped her and alerted the police. CBD Belapur police said Rahimuddin had been carrying a knife and Shirsat had an axe at the time of the incident. Both women suffered injuries on their thighs and private parts.
After Dec 16 verdict, two Thane men get death for gang raping 2 women, murdering one of them - Hindustan Times
2017-05-11Thane crime: Six arrested in connection with killing of building contractor - Mid-Day
Thane crime: Six arrested in connection with killing of building contractor By PTI Thane Posted 11-May-2017 Thane Police on Thursday arrested six persons from various areas in connection with the brutal murder of a building contractor who was shot dead in a flat atThakurli near Dombivli in the district on Tuesday, an official said. According to police, unidentified people had pumped 18 bullets into 36-year-old Kishore Chaudhari, a building cum interior design contractor. Six persons, including four suspected assailants who had allegedly fired 18 bullets from a 32 bore revolver at Chaudhari, were arrested by the police and the crime branch,the official said. Police have not revealed their names yet. According to police, a group of around ten men barged into the flat, located in Shivamrut building in Sambhaji Nagar of Thakurli, on Tuesday morning and hurled abuses at Chaudhari before two of them opened fire at him and his friend Nitin Joshi (32), who sustained injuries. A police official said that at least 22 bullets werefired in which 18 hit Chaudhari while Joshi took one. Three empty bullet cartridges were found in the flat. Chaudhari died on the spot. After getting information, Dombivali police rushed to the spot and took both Chaudhari and Joshi to a nearby hospital. A case of murder was registered by the police. Police prima facie suspect a business rivalry as the trigger behind the incident as Chaudhari and Joshi had obtained an interior designing contract of the flat.
Thane crime: Six arrested in connection with killing of building contractor - Mid-Day
2017-05-11In seven days, Thane forest department to plant 15 lakh saplings - Times of India
In seven days, Thane forest department to plant 15 lakh saplings Freny Fernandes | TNN | May 12, 2017, 04.53 AM IST THANE: The Thane forest department has set a target of planting as many as 15 lakh saplings in the district in seven days as part of a state-wide tree plantation drive. The drive will be carried out from July 1 to July 7. The mega drive initiated by state forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar will see a plantation of four core saplings, out of which the Thane district has been given a target of nine lakh. The Thane forest department has, however, raised this bar to 15 lakh trees, most of which will be planted in the forest area. Speaking about the campaign, deputy conservator of forests Jitendra Ramgaokar said, "We have identified a cumulative stretch of 594 hectares of land at 29 locations—including Murbad, Badlapur, Bhiwandi, etc where the drive can take place. While a major part of the drive will be carried out in the forest zone, there are a number of urban and rural pockets that have small vacant spaces as well." "Like last year, the forest department will be reaching out to all government bodies, NGOs and citizens to participate in this drive," he added. As opposed to buying saplings from nurseries, the Thane forest department, this year, has begun planting seeds of local species and creating saplings which will be used during the mega green campaign. "We have nine of the department's own nurseries in Murbad taluka and one nursery in every taluka. We have already begun raising a total of 38 lakh seedlings across these nurseries.'' ''We have ensured that all of these are local plants and 10% of them are fruit-bearing plants. Another 10% are bamboo plants that will be planted in rural pockets and will benefit the locals there economically," said DCF Ramgaokar. "Of the 38 lakh saplings, 15 lakh will be planted during this year's drive, while the other 13 lakh will be used during the 2018 and 2019 drive," he added.
In seven days, Thane forest department to plant 15 lakh saplings - Times of India
2017-05-11International Nurses Day: Machines take over primary care givers - Times of India
International Nurses Day: Machines take over primary care givers TNN | May 12, 2017, 04.53 AM IST THANE: On the occasion of International Nurses Day, which is celebrated on May 12 of every year, to mark the contributions nurses make to the society, TOI speaks to the nurse practitioners in the city who believe that the advent of technology in the health care industry has evolved the role of modern day nurses. They also feel that modern technology is one of the reasons they are no longer considered as primary care givers. Nurses these days are more involved in research and are undertaking theoretical training sessions. According to Balkrishna Mishal, principal of Thane's nursing office at Civil Hospital, "Previously, a nurse was said to be a shadow of the doctor. Now, that phase is gradually changing. Their importance is being realized and highlighted by the staff in all hospitals. In the 1950s - 60s, after a maximum three weeks of training anyone would be hired as a nurse. There were no educational qualifications required. But today, given the demand for trained nurses and increasing prospects nurse professionals can even attain a P.H.D." "It is the nurse's duty to educate the entire hospital staff about the rules and regulation to be followed with regard to self-sanitation and hygiene. Once a week, the nursing professionals get together and attend training sessions wherein discussion of practical cases take place," says the nursing staff of a city-based hospital. It's not that nursing is becoming only a broader profession, but a deeper one too. Technology certainly has made the once cumbersome activities, procedures quite simple, but has contributed to a degree of stress too. While dealing with tech-savvy patients who think they know everything about their ailments, nurses have to be extra careful. They have to act as an informative guide. Modern day nurses also have to acquaint themselves with the new surgeries, procedures, fancy gadgets and the latest technology before assisting doctors in the operation theatre. "Unlike before, there are machines now to monitor the vital signs of patients. We did everything manually. Also, we used to write three pages of report per patient and document every record. Our learning was mostly practical with lesser emphasis on theory," says Sushama Pongurlekar, a retired matron at Railway hospital, Mumbai.
International Nurses Day: Machines take over primary care givers - Times of India
2017-05-11TMC chief supervises demolition drive day after assault on DMC - Times of India
TMC chief supervises demolition drive day after assault on DMC Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | May 12, 2017, 04.53 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) launched a full-fledged drive against illegal extensions and encroachments at the station area on Thursday, a day after deputy municipal commissioner (DMC), Sandeep Malvi, was assaulted. The drive was supervised by civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal, who allegedly got into a scuffle 'upon provocation' in two separate incidents during the activity. Jaiswal, his bodyguards and policemen got into a scuffle with rickshaw drivers, hawkers and motorists, who had allegedly occupied road space leading towards the station area and under the Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (SATIS) bridge, said locals who witnessed the drive. Around 10 auto drivers were taken to task for allegedly blocking the way while three shopkeepers were beaten up, said locals. Citizens, however, panicked after the chaos that ensued between the civic chief, auto drivers and hawkers during the demolition drive. Meanwhile, two were arrested and 20 booked for assaulting Malvi in full public view on Wednesday. It is learnt that three teams have been formed to track the other accused. The CCTVs of nearby shops are also being monitored to identify the accused and arrest them. A case was registered under Sections 353, 332, 427 , 143 , 147 , 149 of the Indian penal Code. The arrested duo, Pravesh Deshpande and Ashok Deshpande, were produced in the court and have been remanded to judicial custody.
TMC chief supervises demolition drive day after assault on DMC - Times of India
2017-05-11This Solar-Powered Community Sanitation Complex in Thane Is Making Life Easier for Locals - The Better India (blog)
This Solar-Powered Community Sanitation Complex in Thane Is Making Life Easier for Locals Thane is now home to what is arguably Indi's first solar-powered Community Sanitation Complex. by Aditi Patwardhan May 11, 2017, 6:36 pm The mere utterance of the words public toilet brings an unpleasant image to one's mind and the hand promptly rises up to the nose to resist the virtual stench. If passing by a public toilet seems like an ordeal to many city dwellers, one cannot even imagine the woes of those who are compelled to use it regularly. To change this bleak scenario, an NGO and a startup have come together with Thane's municipal corporation to revamp the public toilets. The Community Sanitation Complex in Sathewadi, Thane In a unique initiative, the NGO Habitat for Humanity India and Sunvest, a solar energy company specialising in residential and rooftop solar systems, have joined hands to create a solar-powered Community Sanitation Complex with 24X7 access to water and electricity. Habitat has been focusing on the sanitation aspect since 2014. We decided to run it on solar power because its environment friendly and by storing the generated energy in batteries, we can ensure 24X7 power backup. Its a 1.5 kW solar power system with full battery backup, says the head of programmes at Habitat, John Prasanth Prabhakar. The pilot project started in September 2016, in Sathewadi, a small suburb of Thane. The existing public toilet was taken by the team and given a facelift. Now the good-as- new public toilet has become a boon for residents. Sathewadi was the first pilot, where an existing toilet complex was rebuilt to impact 200 families living in the community. This was our first community project and we are happy that it has been successful. The makeover of the toilet involved adding LED motion sensing lights, introducing multi-functional smart card access for the family members, installing CCTVs for security and monitoring all activities through a personal computer. All of these functions are powered by solar energy, informs Sishir Garemella, founder and CEO of Sunvest. The solar-powered Community Sanitation Complex has a hybrid system that can run on solar power, battery or even Maharashtra state grid's electricity. A group of local women manages the functioning and cleaning of the complex. They have also been trained in the maintenance of the solar panels. Also read: Thanks to Solar Energy, This Mumbai Society Will Now Save 5 Lakh per Year on Electricity Bills! Another unique feature of the sanitation complex is that its accessible with a smart card. Habitat has provided all the members of the 200 families in Sathewadi with individual smart cards using which the toilets can be accessed. These smart cards are multifunctional. Its not only for the access to the sanitation complex, but they'll also be able to pay the bills etc using these cards, informs Prabhakar. Since the completion of the complex, the residents have been really happy with the system. Access by smart cards for the residents The bathrooms are accessible 24X7 throughout the year. There's electricity as well as water available at all times. There wouldn't be electricity in the evenings before. So women would be scared to come alone. Now, it feels safe, informs Ashish Amkar, a resident of Sathewadi. In near future, Habitat plans to roll out more such Community Sanitation Complexes across Thane together with the Thane Municipal Corporation. Sathewadi is an example of how simple, affordable clean energy solutions can be used to build a better India. We have the technology, intent and drive to power India into a brighter future, concludes Sishir. Also read: This Man Built a House That Harvests Rainwater, Produces Solar Energy, Organic Food, and Biogas! To know more about the project, visit the website of Habitats for Humanity India here. Get more information on Sunvest here. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
2017-05-11One dead, two hurt in hit and run cases, accused booked - Times of India
One dead, two hurt in hit and run cases, accused booked Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | May 12, 2017, 04.52 AM IST THANE: In two separate incidents of hit and run cases, a motorcycle-borne man succumbed to accident, while two others suffered grievous injuries after speeding vehicles rammed into them at Majiwada and Manpada respectively. In the first incident, a 25-year-old biker, Avghesh Mali, died early this week after battling for life post being hit by a tempo on April 20. In the second incident that took place on Wednesday, two men suffered injuries after a speeding car hit their bike. "Sanjay Brahma and his friend were heading home to Dombivli after their visit to Kasarvadavli for some work when the accident took place," said a cop from Kapurbavdi police station. While both the accused in the two cases fled the scene after the accident, they have been booked for rash driving and causing grievous hurt.
One dead, two hurt in hit and run cases, accused booked - Times of India
2017-05-11Deputy civic chief assaulted during razing drive in Naupada - Times of India
Deputy civic chief assaulted during razing drive in Naupada Nishikant Karlikar & Freny Fernandes | TNN | May 11, 2017, 10.34 PM IST THANE: A routine civic anti-encroachment drive took an ugly turn after deputy civic commissioner Sandeep Malvi was assaulted by a group of hawkers at Gaondevi ground in Naupada on Wednesday evening. The police said that Malvi, who was heading the drive at Thane station, was allegedly roped into a heated argument with an owner of a poli bhaji kendra. The accused Pravesh Deshpande had encroachment upon the area in front of the shop. What started with an argument led to a fight and soon a mob gathered in the vicinity. They then started attacking the TMC officer. "This was a regular anti-encroachment drives. Halfway through the drive a mob of around 100 to 150 people gathered and starting attacking Malvi. He suffered injuries to his face and stomach. His t-shirt was also torn," said DMC Sanjay Herwade. "As of now only one person, Pravesh Deshpande, has beem detained and. We will possibly detain more accused or even arrest them," said DS Swami, DCP zone 1.
2017-05-10Thane Collector allows three quarries in Navi Mumbai to operate - Daily News & Analysis
Thane Collector allows three quarries in Navi Mumbai to operate Devashri Bhujbal | Wed, 10 May 2017-07:45am , DNA After the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) Chief Engineer-Roads met the Thane Collector explaining the need for raw materials for pre-monsoon road repairs, the Thane Collector office has allowed three quarries in Navi Mumbai to operate as a special case, from where BMC can source raw materials for road works. In previous years, BMC contractors had around 72 quarries in Navi Mumbai at their disposal to source stone chips for road repairs. Road works undertaken by BMC have been hit badly as quarries in Navi Mumbai are shut. BMC had undertaken over 1000 road works as pre-monsoon preparations, of which work on 583 roads is incomplete as quarries in Navi Mumbai have been shut since April 1. Additional Municipal Commissioner, Sanjay Deshmukh said, "The Thane Collector has allowed three quarries to operate, from where BMC can take the raw materials. Although the three quarries will not be sufficient for the amount of raw materials we need for road repairs, the work will not halt. We are still hopeful that all road repairs will be completed before monsoon. Since the quarries are shut, road works in the city have not stopped altogether. We are using the stored raw materials with the contractor and are bringing them from Raigad district. But these are not sufficient, a civic official said.
Thane Collector allows three quarries in Navi Mumbai to operate - Daily News & Analysis
2017-05-10Hawkers assault Thane civic official - Times of India
Hawkers assault Thane civic official Nishikant Karlikar & Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: May 11, 2017, 03.38 AM IST THANE: A routine civic anti-encroachment drive took an ugly turn at Naupada's Gaondevi ground on Wednesday evening when deputy municipal commissioner Sandeep Malvi was assaulted by some hawkers. Police said Malvi, who was heading the drive near Thane station, was allegedly roped into a heated argument with the owner of Ekvira Poli Bhaji Kendra, Pravesh Deshpande, at 7.30 pm, about an encroachment in front of the shop. The argument within minutes attracted a mob, which began attacking the official. While the trigger for the attack is unclear, civic officials asserted that it was an encroachment-related argument that escalated. "This was one of the regular anti-encroachment drives the corporation keeps undertaking to keep streets hawker-free. Every team of civic employees is headed by a deputy municipal commissioner. Halfway through the drive, around 150 people gathered and started attacking him. As the crowd was large, we don't know whether weapons were used. Nevertheless, he suffered injuries on his face, shoulder and stomach. His T-shirt was also torn," said DMC Sanjay Herwade, who had accompanied Malvi to the civil hospital for medical aid. Naupada police are investigating the incident. Two persons, Pravesh and Ashok Deshpande, have been detained, and more people may be detained or arrested, said D S Swami (DCP zone 1).
Hawkers assault Thane civic official - Times of India
2017-05-10Raj Kundra questioned by Thane police in cheating case - The Indian Express
Raj Kundra questioned by Thane police in cheating case Raj Kundra questioned by Thane police in cheating case Last month the police registered a case against Shilpa Shetty and Kundra for allegedly duping a textile firm owner of Rs 24 lakh under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of IPC. By: PTI | Mumbai | Published:May 10, 2017 6:43 pm Raj Kundra visited the Thane police station for interrogation on the duping case. Businessman Raj Kundra Wednesday attended Kongaon police station in neighbouring Thane district to face inquiry in a case of cheating registered against him and his actress wife, Shilpa Shetty. Kundra came to Kongaon police station in Bhiwandi tehsil at 10 am and was questioned till 1 pm, deputy commissioner of police Manoj Patil told PTI. He was asked to come to the police station for questioning tomorrow and the day after too, DCP Patil said. Last month the police registered a case against Shilpa Shetty and Kundra for allegedly duping a textile firm owner of Rs 24 lakh under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of IPC. Big Deals, a company of which Shetty and Kundra are directors, sold bedsheets through TV ads and collected money on behalf of Bhiwandi-based Malotia Textiles, but didn't pay the proceeds to the manufacturer firm, the FIR said.
Raj Kundra questioned by Thane police in cheating case - The Indian Express
2017-05-10Tel Aviv to help Thane become a smart city - Times of India
Tel Aviv to help Thane become a smart city TNN | May 11, 2017, 06.55 AM IST THANE: Tel Aviv has joined hands with Thane to replicate the civic transformation it underwent, using digital technologies, in Thane . Israel Ambassador Daniel Carmon said this after inaugurating his country's pavilion at the third Smart Cities India-2017 Expo at the Pragati Maidan in Delhi. "A few days ago, Tel Aviv municipality and Thane municipal corporation joined hands as part of India's 'Smart City' initiative," said Carmon. As part of the cooperation, the two civic bodies, alongside an private technology major from Israel with an Indian partner, will work on replicating the 'DigiTel Aviv' project, as 'DigiThane', said a senior official of the Tel Aviv Municipality. The ambassador said that the smart city cooperation is the result of visit of a delegation led by the Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in 2015. Carmon said, "A meeting of all stakeholders from both the countries was held to discuss challenges and solutions related to water, from recycling to desalination and more."Agencies.
2017-05-10Economic Offences Wing arrests wife of Thane passport officer - Times of India
Economic Offences Wing arrests wife of Thane passport officer Mateen Hafeez | TNN | May 10, 2017, 11.20 PM IST MUMBAI: The economic offences wing (EOW) on Tuesday arrested the 46-year-old wife of a Thane passport officer in a cheating case of Rs 3.5 crore. The accused, Sunita Sharma, had lured her acquaintances with high returns on their investments. Police said that an FIR was registered with the Bandra Kurla Complex police station on January 25 this year. The complainant, Krushi Bhutani, who lost around Rs 7.5 lakh told police that Sharma lured him with high returns ranging between 10% and 15% on his investment. "She induced investors to invest in her foreign exchange business. No investors knows whether his money was invested in foreign exchange or not. During our probe, we found that Sharma had no such business but lured the investors with the purpose to cheat," said a police officer who is part of the investigation. Sharma was produced before a court and sent in police custody till May 15. "We have found her email conversations with the investors and post dated cheques that she issued to the investors. Some of them deposited the cheques in banks but it bounced," added the officer. Her bank account has been frozen. Police said that she used to work with a newspaper's BKC office and some of her victims are from the same office. So far 25 investors have approached the police and complained against Sharma. The police said it will be scanning her emails account to get the detailed information about her conversation with the investors. "We have booked her under the IPC for cheating and also invoked the sections of Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors' Act.
2017-05-10Senior civic officer attacked by hawkers in Thane - Outlook India
Senior civic officer attacked by hawkers in Thane Mumbai, May 10 A senior civic officer in adjoining Thane suffered serious injuries after he was attacked by a group of hawkers this evening, police said Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner, was severely beaten up by hawkers who also tore his clothes, they said. The incident took place when Malvi was supervising a drive launched by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) against illegal hawkers in Gaondevi area, the police said. The civic officer suffered serious injuries in the attack and was admitted to the Thane Civil Hospital, they said.The process of registering an offence against the attackers was on, the police added.
Senior civic officer attacked by hawkers in Thane - Outlook India
2017-05-10Thane Municipal Corporation: Commissioner, Mayor at loggerheads over names of five co-opted corporators - The Indian Express
Thane Municipal Corporation: Commissioner, Mayor at loggerheads over names of five co-opted corporators After Mayor Meenakshi Shinde read out the names of the co-opted corporators at the general body meeting last week, Jaiswal wrote to Shinde objecting to the names and stating that the selection process had been completed without his recommendations. Written by Vishwas Waghmode | Mumbai | Published:May 11, 2017 4:20 am Shiv Sena, the ruling party in the Thane Municipal Corporation, and Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal are at loggerheads over the nomination of five co-opted corporators. After Mayor Meenakshi Shinde read out the names of the co-opted corporators at the general body meeting last week, Jaiswal wrote to Shinde objecting to the names and stating that the selection process had been completed without his recommendations. He termed the selection illegal. Civic officials said Shinde had announced the names of the co-opted members according to a list submitted by party leaders at the general body meeting. As per the procedure, the names should be recommended by the civic chief. These co-opted members are supposed to have expertise in certain areas, including working with non-governmental organisations. As these names did not meet such criteria, the municipal commissioner did not recommend those to the general body for approval, said an official. He added it was illegal to nominate co-opted members without following the due procedure. Of the five co-opted corporators named, three belong to the Sena and one each are from the BJP and the NCP. Based on the number of corporators a party has, each can recommend names of co-opted members, added the official. Confirming that he had sent a letter to the mayor on the subject, Jaiswal told The Indian Express: This requires my recommendation. So, I wrote to the mayor raising the issue. However, Shinde has said she did not announce the selection of candidates but merely read out the names in the House. Stating that there is no recommendation from the civic chief, I read out the names given to the me by party leaders. I did not announce their selection. We know the rules, too, and won't do anything without following those. I just need to show the minutes of the meetings to the civic chief, she claimed. The escalating tension between the Sena and the civic chief in Thane comes at a time the Sena has opposed a road widening plan in Wagle Estate area, sources said. The Sena has opposed a road widening plan saying that the affected families should be rehabilitated first. The families are being termed illegal despite staying there for more than four decades. Besides, the state government has taken a policy decision to make illegal structures built till December 2015 legal. Then how can the civic chief deny them rehabilitation? asked a Sena leader.
Thane Municipal Corporation: Commissioner, Mayor at loggerheads over names of five co-opted corporators - The Indian Express
2017-05-10Thane police question Raj Kundra in cheating case - The Indian Express
Thane police question Raj Kundra in cheating case On April 27, Kundra, Shetty and three others were booked by the police for cheating Ravi Bhalotia, a textile firm owner, of Rs 24 lakh. By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:May 11, 2017 2:47 am The Thane Police questioned businessman Raj Kundra on Wednesday in connection with a cheating case filed against him and his wife, actress Shilpa Shetty, last month. We had a set of questions to ask him and will call him again tomorrow, said Manoj Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone II. Kundra, who arrived at the Kongaon police station in Bhiwandi in the morning, was questioned for over two hours. On April 27, Kundra, Shetty and three others were booked by the police for cheating Ravi Bhalotia, a textile firm owner, of Rs 24 lakh. Big Deals, a firm owned by the couple, had partnered with the complainant's firm for the sale of bed-sheets. According to the police complainant, Kundra reneged on the payment. Kundra and Shetty were then booked for cheating and criminal breach of trust. On Wednesday, the sessions court in Thane granted them anticipatory bail.
Thane police question Raj Kundra in cheating case - The Indian Express
2017-05-102-wheelers across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai add up to 4 million - Times of India
2-wheelers across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai add up to 4 million Somit Sen | TNN | Updated: May 11, 2017, 01.10 AM IST MUMBAI: At a time when India has zipped past China to become one of the biggest two-wheeler markets, the situation in Mumbai region is alarming. The 2-wheeler population (including bikes, scooters and mopeds) in Mumbai metropolitan region is close to the 4 million-mark, as per latest government statistics. A senior transport official said that till date, the bike and scooter population in Mumbai region (Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai) has crossed 39.2 lakh, and will cross 40 lakh in few weeks. The statistics revealed that in Mumbai alone, the number of motorcycles crossed the one million mark this month, besides the presence of 6.4 lakh scooters and 34,000 mopeds on city roads. Those on a buying spree for bikes and scooters say they need the 2-wheelers for running domestic errands, dropping children to schools/coaching classes, travelling from home to railway stations daily or to avoid congestion caused by 4-wheelers. Amit Godbole, who recently bought a motorcycle, said, "It is frustrating waiting for a bus or an auto (that mostly refuses) to reach the railway station daily. I ride comfortably to the station, park it at the lot and use the 2-wheeler to return home in the evening." Another buyer, Sharmistha Dey, said she uses her 2-wheeler to drop her daughter to dance classes or to school/coaching class regularly. "It is cheaper and convenient, and I can also avoid traffic snarls," she said. Most buyers said they prefer 2-wheelers as there is congestion on roads and it is easy to reach from one point to another on a bike or scooter. Transport experts, however, argue that motorcycles are a "scourge" in urban cities as they make a lot of noise and are a source of pollution, while speeding bikes pose a safety hazard. Though Mumbai has less 2-wheelers compared to Pune, Bengaluru, Delhi and Chennai, the sudden spurt in purchase of bikes/scooters in the last few years has baffled experts. Transport activist Nikhil Desai said, "In the case of bikes, there is no CNG, and they are the most polluting. It will be disastrous if the sale of 2-wheelers is not controlled in Mumbai. Besides, many bikers do not wear helmets, break traffic rules, cut lanes and speak on the phone while riding." Transport expert Sunil Mone said, "I call them flying pollution machines. They should be curbed. These days, there is a trend of triple seat rides on 2-wheelers, which is extremely dangerous." Several bike owners said given congestion and traffic snarls, there were advantages of having a 2-wheeler. It is a quick source of mobility, ensures faster dispersal and occupies less road space, they stated. But it is clearly causing a lot of irritation and is unsafe for pedestrians and other motorists too. At some point, the city will have to wake up to the problem and do something, said a transport expert People often buy 2-wheelers due to affordability and low EMIs. Transport expert Rishi Aggarwal suggested electric scooters, which are environment-friendly, and one can have them on rental basis on feeder routes to railway and Metro stations. "You pick up a scooter at one end, take a ride to a station and leave it. No parking hassle, no ownership," he added.
2-wheelers across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai add up to 4 million - Times of India
2017-05-102-wheelers across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai add up to 4 ... - Times of India
2-wheelers across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai add up to 4 million Somit Sen | TNN | Updated: May 11, 2017, 01.10 AM IST MUMBAI: At a time when India has zipped past China to become one of the biggest two-wheeler markets, the situation in Mumbai region is alarming. The 2-wheeler population (including bikes, scooters and mopeds) in Mumbai metropolitan region is close to the 4 million-mark, as per latest government statistics. A senior transport official said that till date, the bike and scooter population in Mumbai region (Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai) has crossed 39.2 lakh, and will cross 40 lakh in few weeks. The statistics revealed that in Mumbai alone, the number of motorcycles crossed the one million mark this month, besides the presence of 6.4 lakh scooters and 34,000 mopeds on city roads. Those on a buying spree for bikes and scooters say they need the 2-wheelers for running domestic errands, dropping children to schools/coaching classes, travelling from home to railway stations daily or to avoid congestion caused by 4-wheelers. Amit Godbole, who recently bought a motorcycle, said, "It is frustrating waiting for a bus or an auto (that mostly refuses) to reach the railway station daily. I ride comfortably to the station, park it at the lot and use the 2-wheeler to return home in the evening." Another buyer, Sharmistha Dey, said she uses her 2-wheeler to drop her daughter to dance classes or to school/coaching class regularly. "It is cheaper and convenient, and I can also avoid traffic snarls," she said. Most buyers said they prefer 2-wheelers as there is congestion on roads and it is easy to reach from one point to another on a bike or scooter. Transport experts, however, argue that motorcycles are a "scourge" in urban cities as they make a lot of noise and are a source of pollution, while speeding bikes pose a safety hazard. Though Mumbai has less 2-wheelers compared to Pune, Bengaluru, Delhi and Chennai, the sudden spurt in purchase of bikes/scooters in the last few years has baffled experts. Transport activist Nikhil Desai said, "In the case of bikes, there is no CNG, and they are the most polluting. It will be disastrous if the sale of 2-wheelers is not controlled in Mumbai. Besides, many bikers do not wear helmets, break traffic rules, cut lanes and speak on the phone while riding." Transport expert Sunil Mone said, "I call them flying pollution machines. They should be curbed. These days, there is a trend of triple seat rides on 2-wheelers, which is extremely dangerous." Several bike owners said given congestion and traffic snarls, there were advantages of having a 2-wheeler. It is a quick source of mobility, ensures faster dispersal and occupies less road space, they stated. But it is clearly causing a lot of irritation and is unsafe for pedestrians and other motorists too. At some point, the city will have to wake up to the problem and do something, said a transport expert People often buy 2-wheelers due to affordability and low EMIs. Transport expert Rishi Aggarwal suggested electric scooters, which are environment-friendly, and one can have them on rental basis on feeder routes to railway and Metro stations. "You pick up a scooter at one end, take a ride to a station and leave it. No parking hassle, no ownership," he added.
2-wheelers across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai add up to 4 ... - Times of India
2017-05-09Hole Opp. Kalyan Jewellers Thane - Times of India
Hole Opp. Kalyan Jewellers Thane Manoj Gavali | Airoli Sect.2, Shri Sadguru Vamanrao Pai Marg, Navi Mumbai | May 9, 2017, 06.08 AM IST Their is a hole opp. Kalyan Jeweler Thane near manhole which measure 1.5 ft by 1 ft approx which directly goes in a manhole as the place is a busy area accident might happen any time. DISCLAIMER: We act as an intermediary internet service provider in relation to this content and disclaim all liability in relation to the same. If you have any concern in relation to this content (viz. it is harmful, defamatory, obscene, objectionable, invasive of another's privacy, or unlawful etc.), or you dispute the ownership of the content, you may report the same to us at grievance.toi@timesinternet.in for a quick redressal.
Hole Opp. Kalyan Jewellers Thane - Times of India
2017-05-09TMC stops students' kin from parking vehicles inside sports complex - Times of India
TMC stops students' kin from parking vehicles inside sports complex Freny Fernandes | TNN | May 10, 2017, 07.05 AM IST Thane: Even though the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) threw open the Shahid Hemant Karkare Sports Complex for budding sportspersons in the city five years ago, it has restricted parents of these children from parking their vehicles inside the premises. While the sports club was initially opened for civic employees and corporators, it was made accessible to the public in 2011 with the intention of boosting the sports culture in the city. However, despite paying a fee of approximately Rs 4,000 to use the sports facilities, the parents of these badminton and tennis students have been forced to park their vehicles along the service road and not inside the sports complex. Meena Saha, a Hiranandani Meadows resident who drops her seven-year-old daughter at the sports complex for tennis class thrice a week, said, "My daughter loves playing tennis and so got her enrolled at the sports complex. I used to park the vehicle in the compound of the sports complex and watch her play during her hour-long class. However, over the last few months, the civic officials have restricted our parking inside the premises Due to this, many times our vehicles have been towed." Like Saha, other parents, too, echoed the same problem. "We pay close to Rs 4,000 for the facilities at the club but we are still treated like outsiders. Every batch brings in hardly three to four cars in the compound. We cannot be that much of an inconvenience for the civic officials," added another parent. Sameer Waare, the tennis coach at the complex, said, "We have four batches daily and seven to eight students in each batch. We keep receiving complaints from parents, but cannot do anything as it is the corporation's decision." While these parents assert that they have a right to park within the premises of the sports complex, officials claim that they had to restrict parking because parents would end up leaving their vehicles at the complex and go to the mall. "We have had a number of incidents wherein the parent would leave the child at the class and go shopping, resulting in piling up of cars in the complex. This would cause inconvenience to others," said a TMC official. We have had a number of incidents wherein the parent would leave the child at the class and go shopping, resulting in piling up of cars in the complex. This would cause inconvenience to others
2017-05-09Thane court grants anticipatory bail to Shilpa Shetty, Kundra, three others - Times of India
Thane court grants anticipatory bail to Shilpa Shetty, Kundra, three others Swati Deshpande | TNN | May 9, 2017, 10.50 PM IST MUMBAI: A Thane Sessions court on Tuesday granted interim protection against arrest to actress Shilpa Shetty, her husband Raj Kundra and three others in a case of alleged cheating and breach of trust filed against them in Bhiwandi. Additional sessions judge Sangeeta Khalipe granted them interim anticipatory bail on bonds of Rs 50,000 each. The case registered against on April 26, 2017 by a vendor of their company Best Deal TV (BDTV), a trading platform, alleged that he was duped of Rs 24 lakh. The accused who also moved court along with Shetty and were granted protection include Darshit Shah, Vedant Bali and Uday Kothari, all former directors of the company. Advocates Aniket Nikam and Hiren Kamod appearing for Shetty and others argued that that the complainant and Best Deal TV PVT LTD of which the accused were directors were in a business relationship for more than a year. "BDTV has made payment of more than Rs 1 crore to the complainant and in such a situation it could not be said that the accused had intention to cheat from the inception which is the requirement of section 420, of Indian Penal Code (IPC).'' He also argued that the allegations made in the FIR prima facie reflect that the dispute between the parties is civil in nature and elements of mens rea (guilty mind) is not attracted to the facts of the present case. Ravi Bhalotia, proprieter of Bhalotia exports had alleged in an FIR before Kongaon police station that he had delivered bedsheets through BDTV but was yet to receive payment. BDTV is an e-commerce, tele-shopping and online retailing business for apparels, accessories, jewelleries, kitchen appliances, electrical appliances. The public prosecutor Varsha Chandane opposed grant of any relief saying it was a "clear case of cheating." The intention to dupe by not making payment was evident as alleged in the FIR, she said adding that the accused "are influential people'' and ought not to be given any pre-arrest bail. Advocate Nikam cited several Supreme Court judgments to point out that in commercial disputes custodial interrogation is unwarranted.
Thane court grants anticipatory bail to Shilpa Shetty, Kundra, three others - Times of India
2017-05-09Complete pre-monsoon work by May 31: Collector | Thane News ... - Times of India
Complete pre-monsoon work by May 31: Collector Freny Fernandes | TNN | May 9, 2017, 10.32 PM IST Thane: The district administration in Thane has instructed all the government-run bodies to complete their pre-monsoon preparations by May 31. The move was announced in a meeting held by the district administration on Monday. The initiative has been taken to have a disaster-free monsoon this year, unlike the previous seasons. The government bodies have been asked to finish all the road repair works, clear the nallahs and drains for free flow of rainwater. All the safety and rescue teams have been asked to keep themselves well-equipped to fight any sort of disaster. Speaking about this advisory, residential deputy collector and Thane district disaster management CEO Vandana Suryavanshi, said, "Last year, the monsoon brought with it a number of disasters ranging from water logging and train delays to fatalities in drowning incidents at Malshej Ghat or crashing of dilapidated buildings in Bhiwandi. This year, we will ensure that none of these incidents are repeated for which all the teams need to pull up their socks and work effeciently." "In addition to completing all the pre-monsoon activities like clearing the nallahs and repairing roads, all the departments will have to ensure that there is adequate stock of essential facilities, like life jackets, medicines, search and rescue vehicles etc before June 1,"Suryavanshi added. Starting June 1, all the control rooms in every government office will be thrown open for speedy and detailed recording of monsoon-disasters, which will lead to speedy rescue operations. The district administration has also asked the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to provide a team of 40 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials with accommodation in the Ghodbunder Road area. "For a speedy rescue operation in any incident, it is crucial that the response team reaches in time. For this purpose, the corporation has been asked to make arrangements for this team of 40 NDRF officials so that they will be able to reach any part of Thane if needed," Suryavanshi added. The departments has also roped in NCC and NSS students and are conducting mock-training activities which will certainly help in fighting disaster. The district information officials have also been asked to keep updating citizens with the latest details of any incident or even precautionary measures and keep a check on any rumours circulating over any form of media.
2017-05-09Raw material for illicit brew worth over Rs 4L seized - Times of India
Raw material for illicit brew worth over Rs 4L seized Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | May 9, 2017, 10.03 PM IST Thane: The Thane crime branch unit 1 busted an illegal brew manufacturing unit along the creek line near Mumbra on Monday. The officials also confiscated material worth over Rs 4.31 lakh. A team raided the spot nearly 2.5km from a land at Motha-Desai village near Mumbra creek following a tip-off. "Our team went deep inside the thick mangroves where drums filled with illicit liquor were burrowed in marshy land that looked like floating objects from a distance," said Nitin Thakre, senior police inspector of Thane crime branch unit-1. Three persons from a family have been booked under the Bombay Prohibition Act, said the police officer. "Smoke is visible from all over the creekside areas of Kalwa, Mumbra,, Shil, Daighar, etc, but no agency comes forward to take any action, said a Daighar villager.
Raw material for illicit brew worth over Rs 4L seized - Times of India
2017-05-09Electric charging stns for cars on the cards - Times of India
Electric charging stns for cars on the cards Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: May 9, 2017, 10.31 PM IST Thane: In an attempt to reduce pollution caused by the carbon-emitting vehicles, municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal is drawing up plans to build electric charging stations in the lake city to facilitate revving up of the environment-friendly cars. Jaiswal, on Tuesday, ordered the civic authorities to conduct a survey to identify areas where the charging stations can come up. The team of civic officials will explore the city and look for ideal locations to set up a number of electric vehicle charging stations for who want to go the environment-friendly way. As the pollution levels in the city has increased, the TMC is making efforts to improve the situation in the furture. If the charging stations are started then more people would opt for such electric-driven cars and give the fuel cars a skip. This will help in improving the air quiality as well, said an official from the TMC. The project has been undertaken by the municipal corporation, along with the support of International Finance Corporation. "If the TMC actually starts this facility in the city then it will help reduce the pollution levels drastically. More residents will start buying electric cars instead of the diesel and petrol ones. This will help in protecting the environment," said Ashish Raut, a Kopri resident.
2017-05-08164-year-old Thane Railway Station awaits heritage status - Times of India
164-year-old Thane Railway Station awaits heritage status May 9, 2017, 02.27 AM IST Thane: At 164 years, the Thane railway station is unarguably one of the historic landmarks not only for the city, but a pride for the country, as it played host to the India's first train service that chugged out from Bori Bunder (now CSMT) on April 16, 1853 at 3:35 pm. The first passenger train of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway covered the 33km distance up to Tannah, now Thane, in around 57 minutes. The 400 commuters who travelled in were greeted to a thunderous applause as it was no small a feat to build that run the first railways on the tracks that not only split the city in two parts (east and west) but also paved way for a vital link between Mumbai and the entire country in the following years. Historians say the first station with basic facilities like a platform was probably constructed towards the Koliwada part. The initial runs of the train was mostly for VIPs and later on for traders from Mumbai who used to frequent Ghodbunder port, which was then a booming business hub. The station assumed importance as it was the only major town after Mumbai and was the one point connect for Mumbai and the entire state. Rajendra Aklekar, a city- based rail historian and researcher who has chronicled the history of Indian Railways since its inception says that after the railways started regular runs, a need was felt to upgrade the railway station. "Nearly four acres land was acquired for the station. Of the total land, about 3 acres was owned by about 30 residents and the GIP Railway Company acquired them following which construction work started and extended till the end of the century." Subsequent increase in population and traffic from this area soon forced the British to expand the station, parts of which are still prevalent at the existing site, a fact corroborated by few photographs available with historians. Historian Sadashiv Tetvilkar from Thane says gradual development of the station saw several facilities at the premises including ticket windows, an administrative office and stone arches at the Kalyan end of the station. "There was a tonga stand at the place where the present ST depot is located with commuters travelling to and from the city and Ghodbunder alighting here to board trains. A small ticket window was also commissioned at the spot. Sadly, none of the memoirs of the original station can be seen now as development over the last few years saw the original parts being pulled down to make way for new ones," rues Tetwilkar who has been writing to the authorities to work on recreating the aura of the station. A stone-cabin near Kopri which was probably used as a watch tower for approaching trains also lies in ruins today. "IN the olden days, there used to be a person stationed at the tower which is located at a curve to relay signals to trains coming from either directions. Slowly hitech signals phased out the earlier system rendering the structure useless," says Tetwilkar. The remains of an old pair of rail lines was till recently visible along the slow tracks but has apparently been moved away with the new expansion plans of the network. Another pair of lines towards Mithbandar were also visible till last few years but have been submerged under the growing urbanisation of this part of the city. The ramp bridge connecting platform 2 and 3-4 also was built several years back which reminds of the architecture and stones that is similar to the ones seen at Sion, Byculla and CST buildings. However, reckless development over the last few decades has destroyed all traces of its historic significance that keeps surfacing intermittently during excavations for civic works in and around the premises. Meanwhile, activists and experts rue that the railways are focusing only on the CST structure that has been declared a heritage site, but sadly nothing of that sort exists for Thane. There is lot of trivia surrounding the railways like how a popular temple in Kopri had to be relocated to Naupada as it came in the way of the railway lines and how few residents initially feared using the mean machines which needs to be passed on to the next generations they say. "The authorities reportedly failed to realize the importance of saving a slice of history for the future generations as vital relics were either destroyed or buried under the guise of development," lament historians from Thane.
164-year-old Thane Railway Station awaits heritage status - Times of India
2017-05-08Thane's eco warriors create an oasis in an urban mess - Moneycontrol.com
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2017-05-08Citizens await MMR hearing to save Thane's green cover - Daily News & Analysis
Citizens await MMR hearing to save Thane's green cover ANAGHA SAWANT | Mon, 8 May 2017-07:15am , DNA Socially active groups from Thane raise awareness about the loss of green cover Citizens from Thane are preparing themselves for a hearing on objections and suggestions to the Regional Development Plan (RDP) for Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), which is scheduled to be held on May 15. Socially active groups from Thane — Thane Matdata Jagran Samiti, Thanekar and Muse are raising awareness about the issue among the citizens about the loss of green cover due to the project and have started a campaign #SaveThane #WeLoveThane. Nishant Bangera, founder of Muse, said, "In just a few days we managed to get 600 signatures from citizens. Thane is an intergal part of the Regional Development Plan (RDP) for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) project. One of the major concerns is that Thane might lose a sizable amount of green cover, lakes, heritage structures and ground water, which can affect the ecological balance. Ever since we've known about the project, we have been conducting meetings at different spots in thane to create awareness among the people."
Citizens await MMR hearing to save Thane
2017-05-08Murder accused who fled custody nabbed in Thane | Aurangabad ... - Times of India
Murder accused who fled custody nabbed in Thane Mohammed Akhef | TNN | May 8, 2017, 11.35 AM IST AURANGABAD: A murder accused, who had escaped from police custody while being escorted back to the prison on January 24 earlier this year, was nabbed from Thane-based Cinemax Wonder Mall on Thursday. The development came in after the Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court directed an inquiry against the investigation officer of the case. The accused - identified as Santosh More Patil (36) - was produced before the local court on Saturday. He was remanded in police custody till May 11. Patil along with his nine accomplices is accused of murdering 45-year-old city trader Anil Hawasingh Sharma, whose mutilated body was found in January 2016 with a bullet in his head. Last month, the single bench court of justice TV Nalawde issued directives to initiate concrete action against the investigation officer within a month's time. The directives were issued during the course of hearing a bail petition filed by constable Ashok Nikam from whose custody Patil had escaped. The accused constable, violating all norms, along with Patil got into a private car brought by his wife Riya Sharma, brother Deepak, murder co-accused Bapu Jagtap and travelled a distance of about 50 km before reaching Aurangabad and heading straight to Santosh's bungalow in Satara area. The accused, on the pretext of spending some time with his wife, went inside the bedroom while making Nikam sit in the guestroom. When Patil did not come out, Nikam knocked the door only to find that he had fled. The same evening, Nikam tried lodging an FIR with Kranti Chowk police station in the city by cooking up a story that Santosh fled from Baba Petrol Pump after getting out of state transport bus. Taking cognisance of the investigation officer not demanding police custody for Nikam, who is a key accused in the fleeing case, the high court asked the superintendent of police to initiate action against Vaijapur police inspector Anirudha Nandedkar. A senior officer told TOI, "The murder accused was nabbed after a period of four months and on the day, when the police was supposed to submit a compliance report before the high court about actions taken against investigation officer Nandedkar." The high court had come down heavily on the police and had expressed serious concerns over the police's alleged involvement in the accused fleeing custody. Newly appointed Aurangabad (rural) superintendent of police Arti Singh, on Sunday reached out to Vaijapur for interrogating Patil. When contacted, she said, "We are investigating as to who all assisted him in fleeing the police custody. Anybody found guilty will face the music."
2017-05-08Bombay HC Bars Issuance Of Occupancy Certificate In Light Of ... - Live Law
Bombay HC Bars Issuance Of Occupancy Certificate In Light Of Severe Water Scarcity In Thane [Read Order] MAY 8, 2017 11:08 AM. The Bombay High Court has directed the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to stop issuing any fresh occupancy and commencement certificate in the Ghodbunder Road area of Thane till June 9, due to the problem of water scarcity.A bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice GS Kulkarni passed these directions while hearing a PIL filed by one Mangesh Shelar who contended that there was no proper water supply in the Ghodbunder Road area of Thane.TMC had issued a notification regarding water cuts in the area in February, despite this water was being supplied to upcoming under-construction buildings.However, in a 62-page affidavit, TMC categorically denied any shortage or deficit of water supply.According to the affidavit, the corporation issued 132 NOCs for 14,951 flats in 287 buildings in the Ghodbunder Road area.TMC’s affidavit also stated that developers are not being forced to make their own arrangements of water supply and presently the corporation is supplying them with drinking water.The bench noted the scarcity of water in Mumbai city and also referred to orders of the court in similar PILs filed by Pune residents who spend large amounts of money every year for water as the civic body concerned did not supply them with water.The court observed: “Definitely construction activity consumes more water than the normal usage of water. In other words, human beings and other living objects cannot exist and survive without water. Since people in most part of Maharashtra,including Thane, are reeling under heat waves, water can be treated as lifesaving. In that view of the matter, Corporation cannot shirk its responsibility which is statutory in nature.”On the issue of developers making their own arrangements for drinking water, the court said many of the high-rise buildings require water for construction, however, post-occupation, no water connections are provided to occupants, “which is nothing but leaving them to the mercy of builders”.Thus, with regard to the Ghodbunder Road Area, TMC has been directed not to issue any occupancy or commencement certificates till the next date of hearing on June 9.
Bombay HC Bars Issuance Of Occupancy Certificate In Light Of ... - Live Law
2017-05-08Thane police seize 71 cars from bogus rental racket - Free Press Journal
Thane police seize 71 cars from bogus rental racket By Staff Reporter, May 08, 2017 04:11 am Mumbai: Thane police seized 71 cars worth Rs 6.63 crore on Saturday night. The accused had lured the victims by offering them fake contracts of five star hotels across Mumbai and Thane for renting cars to five-star hotel tourists. According to Abhishek Trimukhe, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane (crime), 15 Maruti Swift Dzire ,14 Hyundai Cent ,12 Maruti Ertiga, 10 Toyota Etios, 5 Mahindra TUV 300, two Maruti Ciaz, three Toyota Innova, two Honda Amaze, two Renault Lodgy, two Chevrolet Enjoy a Mahindra Xylo, a Hyundai Creta, a BMW 320 D and a Tata Zest were seized. On April 13, Thane crime branch arrested three accused Anurag Ravindranath Tiwari (40), Rohit Vishnu Gharat (29) and Rajendra Rammurat Yadav (35) for duping 41 car owners of Rs 4 crore. The accused used to con the victims by promising them contracts for renting cars to Grand Hyatt hotel at Santacruz (W). The accused had taken deposits of Rs 15,000 each from the victims and had issued fake contracts with fake seal of the five-star hotel for the renting of vehicles. The gang was operating for the past six months. Tiwari, Gharat and Yadav have been arrested for cheating, forgery, forgery for purpose of cheating, using a forged document as genuine, making or possessing counterfeit seal, criminal breach of trust and common intention of the Indian Penal Code. On February 11 this year, a First Information Report (FIR) was registered by Shrikant Nagendra Roy (33), a driver, one of the victims. Tiwari, Gharat and Yadav had promised the driver Roy that he would offer him commission if he would give Maruti Ertiga car that belonged to the owner. He asked Roy to deposit Rs 15,000. Subsequently, Gharat issued a fake contract along with fake seal of Grand Hyatt hotel. Tiwari, Gharat and Yadav would give the car on rental basis to other parties through similar schemes and would make profits.
2017-05-07Minor among six held for burgling Nutan's bungalow in Thane ... - Hindustan Times
Minor among six held for burgling Nutan's bungalow in Thane The accused looted valuables worth Rs 50,000 from the yesteryear actress's house in Thane. mumbai Updated: May 08, 2017 00:38 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The Mumbra police on Sunday arrested six people, including a minor, for allegedly breaking into yesteryear actress Nutan's bungalow in Thane and fleeing with valuables worth Rs 50,000.The police identified the accused as Uday Jha, 19, Suraj Singh, 18, Chandan Singh, 20, and Jitu Gautam, 19, Chandan Patwa, 21. All are Thane residents and do odd jobs. They climbed the hills on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, said the police. At the time, there were three guards at the front of the bungalow at Parsik Hill near Mumbra Retibunder. After climbing the hills, the six split into four teams and injured the guards by pelting stones on them. In the melee, they entered the bungalow and fled with silver plates and other valuables worth Rs 50,000, said an officer. The police also recovered an old sword from the men's possession. R Tayade, senior inspector of Mumbra police station, said, After committing the crime, they kept the valuables in a sack. The next day early in the morning, they were seen near Retibunder and were caught. The accused were produced in court and were remanded in police custody. We found three swords, red chilly powder and a rope, pipes and other equipment from the accused. All accused are from Kalwa and that they had planned the robbery a few weeks ago. All are under police custody, said Tayade.
Minor among six held for burgling Nutan
2017-05-06Man who fled from custody in Aurangabad held in Thane - The Hindu
Man who fled from custody in Aurangabad held in Thane MUMBAI MAY 06, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: MAY 06, 2017 04:20 IST Was among nine held last year for murder of businessman The Thane Police Crime Branch on Friday arrested a murder accused from Aurangabad who allegedly fled from custody earlier this year while being taken back to jail after a court appearance. The Crime Branch officials said the accused, Santosh More, was among the nine arrested last year for the murder of an Aurangabad-based businessman. He was lodged in Harsul Central Jail in Aurangabad and was produced in the trial court in Vaijapur for a hearing in January this year. After the hearing, More allegedly convinced the police constable escorting him to enter a private vehicle driven by his wife. She drove them to their house for lunch after which More fled the scene. The police department took action against the constable and launched a manhunt for More. A Thane Crime Branch officer said, “Earlier this week, we received information from the Aurangabad police that More was in Mumbai’s western suburbs. We found out that he was staying in Malwani in Malad.” The Thane Crime Branch said they then received information that More would be arriving in Thane’s Majiwada area in a private vehicle. More was intercepted near Cine Wonder Mall at 9.30 a.m. on Friday and taken into custody. New job, new home The officer said, “During questioning, More said he fled from Aurangabad and came to Mumbai. He then secured a job as a driver of a tourist vehicle and took a room on rent in Malwani.” The Thane Crime Branch has informed the Aurangabad police about More’s arrest and will hand him over to them for inquiries.
Man who fled from custody in Aurangabad held in Thane - The Hindu
2017-05-06Thane: Mother, son booked for rape of 16-year-old - Times of India
Thane: Mother, son booked for rape of 16-year-old TNN | Updated: May 6, 2017, 09.35 AM IST THANE: A mother-son duo have been charged with sexually exploiting a 16-year-old girl inside their home in Panchpakhadi. The suspects are on the run. The main suspect is the 25-year-old brother-in-law of the girl. The teenager said in her police complaint that the youth raped her repeatedly over the past eight months. "The 16-year-old victim originally hails from Parbhani but has been residing with her cousin sister and her husband since July 2016," inspector Prashant Londhe said. "The accused is a daily wage labourer and sexually assaulted her first in their home. He threatened her into remaining silent, saying he would kill her if she spoke out." The police said the sexual assaults continued till February, when the minor first suspected that she was pregnant and reported her condition to the youth's mother. The police said the mother of the youth sided with her son despite knowing of the girl's fragile condition. "The mother would lock the victim and her tormentor in a room," an officer said. "The issue reached a flashpoint after the minor refused to abide by their wishes to visit a quack to terminate her pregnancy. The mother-son duo threatened to defame her and throw her out of the house." The minor finally mustered enough courage to approach the police and lodge a complaint, after which the police filed an FIR.
Thane: Mother, son booked for rape of 16-year-old - Times of India
2017-05-06Thane: Quack booked for the death of patient in Kalwa - Times of India
Thane: Quack booked for the death of patient in Kalwa Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | May 6, 2017, 04.13 PM IST THANE: A quack has been booked by the police who administered wrong injection to a patient and its reaction resulted in the death of a boy. Shashi Suman 45, was practicing at the Atkoneshwar nagar area of Kalwa area with the clinic named Satyam since past couple of months in the area and according to police many patients would make a beeline to his clinic owing to the relatively low fees. The police said that it was on the March 23, that one patient named Pritesh Kadam, a resident of the same vicinity went to see the doctor as he was having high fever as well as cold and cough. The doctor upon carrying out the medical check up of the boy suggested giving him the injection for relief and accordingly administering an unidentified injection. However, a little later, the boy got started getting reaction all over his body hence, the panicked family members took him to the TMC run Kalwa hospital, said MM Bagvan, the senior police inspector of Kalwa police station. The medical team treating Kadam declared him dead and subsequently an accidental death report was filed, the officer added. The police on the basis of the complaint of the family members initiated the probe and found that Suman had closed down the clinic and is absconding. Hence, the sleuths broke opened the clinic and seized the certificate of Suman which showed him with the degree of BHMS and also the registration number was very much clear on it, Bagvan told TOI. Subsequently, the certificate was sent to Indian Medical Council who found that the registration number was not in SUman's name. Hence, the police confirmed that Suman had forged the certificates to practice here and his original identity is yet to be known. Bagvan said, "We have launched the manhunt for Suman and he shall be arrested soon." A case has been registered at Kalwa under section 419, 420, 468, 304 and under sections 33, 34 and 36 of the Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act 1961.
Thane: Quack booked for the death of patient in Kalwa - Times of India
2017-05-06Ruff life: 145 pet dogs found abandoned in Thane last year, activists say adoption process must be stricter - Hindustan Times
Ruff life: 145 pet dogs found abandoned in Thane last year, activists say adoption process must be stricter Thane officials said they receive more than 75 calls a day, informing them of pets left at isolated areas in the city MUMBAI Updated: May 06, 2017 15:19 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times College student Shweta Rao, 23, said she was tipped off about an abandoned and bleeding dog in Badlapur a few weeks ago. As she runs a shelter for such abandoned pets, she decided to investigate. “I found an adult Labrador sitting alone. Its health had deteriorated as it had not eaten for the past few days. Now, it is healthy and my mother and I are taking care of it,” she said. Other animals are not so fortunate. Shweta added that she sees at least two to three cases of abandoned pets a week. As many as 165 pets were abandoned in Thane in 2015-16, up from 110 in 2013-2014, revealed the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Of the 145 pet dogs that were found abandoned last year, most were labradors, german shepherds, dachshunds, pomeranians, golden retrievers and great danes , said officials. Persian cats formed the majority of the 20 cats abandoned last year. Officials said they receive more than 75 calls a day, informing them of pets left at isolated areas in the city, such as isolated bylanes in Ghodbunder Road and Vartak Nagar. They have now deployed teams to keep a watch on such areas. A majority of pet owners abandon their pet soon after it is adopted. “The owner either realises that he is incapable of taking care of the animal or does not have the money to do so. Sometimes, pets are abandoned when their owners decide to move,” said Thane SPCA president, Shakuntala Majumdar.
Ruff life: 145 pet dogs found abandoned in Thane last year, activists say adoption process must be stricter - Hindustan Times
2017-05-06Fire officials resuce stray fallen in well in just 10 minutes - Times of India
Fire officials resuce stray fallen in well in just 10 minutes Freny Fernandes | TNN | May 6, 2017, 11.55 PM IST THANE: In what seems to be the shortest rescue operation, a team of fire-fighters and disaster management officials rescued a stray dog after it fell into a well at Naupada's Talao Pali area on Saturday afternoon. The dog was, however, rescued within minutes of it getting trapped. Locals found the stray in the well and immediately informed the officials from the regional disaster management cell and the fire brigade for help. While the teams arrived at the spot 10 minutes later, they immediately sent down a rope and resuced the dog. "The rescue operation took barely 10 minutes. As dogs can swim, it was not drowning and the water was also shallow. So, the dog did not panic. We had to only be careful that the rope didn't get stuck around its neck," said Santosh Kadam, disaster management officer at the RDMC.
Fire officials resuce stray fallen in well in just 10 minutes - Times of India
2017-05-05File complaints against illegal buildings before monsoon, Thane civic chief tells residents - Hindustan Times
File complaints against illegal buildings before monsoon, Thane civic chief tells residents MUMBAI Updated: May 05, 2017 09:36 IST The Thane civic commissioner has asked people to come forward and register complaints under the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1970 (MRTP) against illegal constructions in the city before monsoon. This will be difficult because more than 80% of constructions in the city are illegal, according to the property tax record. In the past few years, there have been many building collapses . Most of these structures were illegal. Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva house most of these buildings. The TMC, however, does not have a proper survey or statistics on the number of illegal buildings in the city. Around 3.5 lakh people reside in illegal buildings in Thane. To carry out the directives, the corporation will first need a list of illegal constructions. Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer of TMC, said, “In a pre-monsoon meeting held on Wednesday, civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal asked the assistant municipal commissioners and officials to prepare a list of illegal constructions. Based on this, cases under the MRTP Act are to be registered. He has asked the officers not to spare anyone.” He added that the survey of illegal buildings will be carried out at the ward level. “We receive regular complaints on illegal constructions and also have a list of buildings, which are dangerous. Based on the information and a fresh survey by ward officers, a list of such constructions will be prepared and action will be taken,” Malvi said. At present, 14,14,822 sqm of illegal constructions cover the city. Most of these are on government land. Residents of these buildings will have to be rehabilitated before an action is taken against them. Apart from illegal buildings, cases under Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act will also be registered against illegal banners defacing the city, Jaiswal said. Under the Act, the owner, builder, contractor and architect of the illegal building will face action.
File complaints against illegal buildings before monsoon, Thane civic chief tells residents - Hindustan Times
2017-05-05Thane Municipal Transport starts 40 new services to Borivali & Nallasopara - Times of India
Thane Municipal Transport starts 40 new services to Borivali & Nallasopara Freny Fernandes | TNN | May 6, 2017, 12.22 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) has added two new services that will connect Thane with Borivali and Nallasopara. While the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) is already running its bus number 700 between Borivali and Thane and back, the TMT has included its version of a non air conditioned (AC) bus to Borivali east, numbering it 66. The maximum ticket cost for bus number 66 that starts from Kopri will be Rs 30. This bus will ply via Teen Hath Naka, Nitin Company, Majiwada naka, Kasarwadavli, Gaimukh and so on and back. Meanwhile, the new TMT bus service number 69 that will run between Kopri and Nallasopara station (east) is one of the only two buses that ply this route, the other being a Vasai-Virar bus service (VVMT). The maximum cost of this service, which runs up to Rs 46, continues to be lower than the Rs 54 fare offered by the VVMT. This bus will ply via 38 stops passing through Teen Hath Naka, Cadbury Junction, Ovala, Fountain Hotel, Naigaon, Sativli, Evershine gate, Yashwant Park, Nallasopara Station, Central park and so on and back. These new services will be kick-started from today and will ply every 30 to 50 minutes. The 40 buses (20 for each route) from the newly-acquired fleet of TMT have a capacity of 42 passengers, in addition to two seats which are reserved for the physically challenged. "All the 40 buses are high quality premium buses with good ventilation and on par with the AC buses. The only shortcoming is that they don't have AC. Apart from this they are ideal. They are all ITS compliant," said Sudhir Raut, TMT manager. The first service to Nallasopara will start from Thane at 5 am, while the last will leave at 10 pm. From Nallasopara, the first will leave at 6.25 am and the last will start at 9.40 pm. Meanwhile, the first service to Borivali will start from Thane at 5.20 am, while the last will leave at 7.10 pm. From Borivali, the first will leave at 6.50 am and the last at 9.10 pm. Trupti Solanki, a 24-year-old commuter, who frequently travels to Borivali for work, said, "This move by TMT was long-pending. I am glad that TMT has started its own non-AC bus to Borivali and that the buses will be plying every 30 to 50 minutes is an added bonus. The service will help people like me who are not comfortable with AC as I feel uneasy in an enclosed vehicle. I hope the administration maintains its assurances and keeps the services going." The bus from Thane (Kopri) -Borivali will pass through Teen Hath Naka, Nitin Company, Majiwada naka, Kasarwadavli, Gaimukh while the one between Thane and Nallasopara will take the Teen Hath Naka, Cadbury Junction, Ovala, Fountain Hotel, Naigaon, Sativli, Evershine gate, Yashwant Park, Nallasopara Station, Central park route
Thane Municipal Transport starts 40 new services to Borivali & Nallasopara - Times of India
2017-05-05Jaiswal lauded for aiding TMC's massive revenue collection - Times of India
Jaiswal lauded for aiding TMC's massive revenue collection Freny Fernandes | TNN | May 6, 2017, 12.27 AM IST THANE: Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal's no-nonsense approach against tax defaulters which lead to a massive 77% rise in the municipal revenue in the last three years appears to have emerged as a model for civic bodies across the state. Jaiswal's initiative saw the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) income soar to a fabulous Rs 2,050 crore at the end of March 2017 as against the annual collection of Rs 1,154 crore. The administrative efforts has won the appreciation of the state government with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis honouring the IAS officers with a prestigious award on Thursday. Civic officials assert that Jaiswal's strict enforcement, coupled with the introduction of the name-and-shame campaign (popular as the band-baja concept to shame tax evaders) into paying up are the key reasons to this increasing revenue collection by the corporation. "The corporation had been losing crores of rupees in revenue because of the high number of tax defaulters in the city. When municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal took over the reins of the corporation, he made all the tax collection rules extremely stringent. He even started the band baja concept wherein we would send a band to the residents of the tax defaulters and shame them into paying up their dues. These methods seem to have paid off," said deputy commissioner Sandeep Malvi. Under the leadership of Jaiswal, the corporation saw a Rs 222.23 crore increase in revenue from Rs 1,154.37 crores in 2013-14 to Rs1,376.6 crores in 2014-15. In the following financial year, this recovered revenue went up by Rs 411.91crore to a sum of Rs1,788.51crore. In 2016-17 the revenue collection reached Rs 2,050.09 crore, which was Rs 261.58 crore more than the previous year. The award was accepted by Thane Municipal Commissioner Jaiswal at the Yeshwantrao Chavan Pratishthan in Mumbai on Thursday.
2017-05-05Get home colourful carnival masks from Happy Streets - Times of India
Get home colourful carnival masks from Happy Streets B B Nayak | TNN | May 6, 2017, 12.26 AM IST THANE: Happy Streets has a unique workshop this Sunday where participants will be trained in making beautiful carnival masks and get them home as a memorable incentive being part of the event. Display of aero-models and game of archery will be some of the special activities designed for kids. Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty will be hosting a workshop on making colourful carnival masks for the revelers. Besides, innovative games for kids and adults will also be on offer at the Vijay Suraksha Art Zone which has been a popular place for visitors. "I have never skipped a single Sunday from Happy Streets stretch and every time I enjoyed all activities to the fullest. What could be better than this patch when you have a string of activities to get engaged and rejoice with friends," said 12-year-old Sumit Vora. Math dot puzzle will be back to regale the kids. A large pledge board has been arranged to provide the revelers expressing their view on road safety messages. Elders have formed a major chunk to encourage freshers to sing so that stage fear could be done away with. The event will have adventure activities, yoga, zumba, dance, music, art, paint, fun and games among hordes of programmes. Those interested in participating marathon will be offered tips how to start with at the fitness arena put up by Joints-n-Motion. Football, skating, hula hoop and cycling have become instant hit and no one is going to miss the privilege being on the traffic free road. There is ample space with dedicated corridor for enthusiastic skaters who could explore the vehicle free stretch in the absence of rink in the neighbourhood. TMC, Thane Traffic department have taken the lead to bring Happy Streets to Thane, which is supported by TOI and powered by Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty.
Get home colourful carnival masks from Happy Streets - Times of India
2017-05-05Absconding murder accused arrested in Thane - Business Standard
Absconding murder accused arrested in Thane Press Trust of India | Mumbai May 5, 2017 Last Updated at 20:48 IST An accused in a murder case being probed by Aurangabad police was arrested in the neighbouring Thane city today. Officers of Thane crime branch arrested Santosh Mahadeo More (29) near Cinewonder mall in Majiwada area this morning. More, resident of Narayannagar in Aurangabad, is accused of murdering Anil Hawalsingh Sharma (32) at a hotel on Ahmednagar-Aurangabad road in January last year. He suspected that Sharma was having affair with his wife and hence murdered him, according to the police. More allegedly shot Sharma with a revolver, and later decapitated the body with the help of some others. The body and the severed head were dumped in separate places. Aurangabad Rural police arrested More and nine others a few days after the murder, but More fled from police custody when he was being taken to court for remand hearing. One of the policemen on escorting duty was arrested for dereliction of duty. Aurangabad police recently got a tip-off that More was living in Mumbai region and alerted Thane police who arrested him today.
2017-05-05Bombay HC bans constructions on Thane's Ghodbunder Road due to poor water supply - Daily News & Analysis
Bombay HC bans constructions on Thane's Ghodbunder Road due to poor water supply A Thane resident Mangesh Shelar, claiming severe shortage of water supply in various housing complexes, had filed the public interest litigation MUSTAFA PLUMBER | Fri, 5 May 2017-04:32 pm , Mumbai , DNA The court has restrained the civic body from issuing commencement and occupation certificates to developers till the water issue is rectified The Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Thane Municipal Corporation to refuse permission to new constructions until June 9 in the areas Ghodbunder Road. “When people are reeling under heat, water can be treated as life saving. Thane Municipal Corporation cannot shoulder their statutory responsibility," said a division bench comprising Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice G S Kulkarni. The court has restrained the civic body from issuing commencement and occupation certificates to developers till then. The court also noted that resident are forced to take water daily from tankers thus they are left to the mercy of builders. The civic body though opposed the plea claiming that sufficient water is provided and there is no shortage. However, petitioner Advocate V P Patil refuted the claims saying he himself resided on the Ghodbunder Road and there was scarcity of water. “Complaints to civic body have fallen on deaf ears,” said Patil. A Thane resident Mangesh Shelar, claiming severe shortage of water supply in various housing complexes, had filed the public interest litigation. Earlier, the court while hearing the plea had stated, "Maharashtra is a welfare state. Providing water is the duty of the corporation and by not doing so, it seems a parallel water tanker economy is being promoted." The PIL relies on several media reports showing how societies are not getting water supply prayed that proper water supply should be maintained and if not, then the corporation be directed to not issue occupation certificates to newly constructed buildings.
Bombay HC bans constructions on Thane
2017-05-05'Thane's Swachh ranking could have improved' - Times of India
'Thane's Swachh ranking could have improved' Freny Fernandes | TNN | May 6, 2017, 12.15 AM IST THANE: Greater community participation, stricter penalties and fines, in addition to the provision of better waste management and disposal facilities will help the lake-city regain its title of green city, claim citizen activists. While the city ranking fell from 17 last year to 116 this time in the Swacch Survekshan survey, activists' believe that the rankings could have improved if there was an inclusive and interactive approach to the cleanliness movement by citizens as well as corporation. Dr. Mahesh Bedekar, who has been leading the Swachh Bharat movement near his home and hospital, said, "Creating a clean and pollution-free environment is not the role of only the corporation, but also the residents. The officials cannot keep collecting waste from each and every home every few hours. So, we need to contribute towards this movement. We need to take this low ranking as a challenge and come together as a society, community or even family and clean the mess in our areas, just like we keep our homes clean. If every citizen thinks like this, it will show results and bring us among the top clean cities in the country," he added. In addition to encouraging this model of citizen engagement in local initiatives, activists believe that strict laws will also ensure that citizens don't break the rules. "Littering, defecating in the open, dumping waste outside one's home or in the nullah is a common sight. While one reason is the poor waste collection mechanism by the corporation, another is the fact that the laws are not implemented strictly. If citizens were fined heavily for littering or throwing waste, they will think twice before doing so in the future," said Dr. Lata Ghanshamnani, a citizen activist dealing with solid waste management related issues for the past five years.
2017-05-05Poor condition of approach road puts Thane kids at risk of accident - Mumbai Mirror
Poor condition of approach road puts Thane kids at risk of accident Mumbai Mirror | Updated: May 5, 2017, 08.28 PM IST By Rahi Gaikwad A total of 51 buses carrying hundreds of school children from Euro School in Thane go wobbling along an approach roach from Ghodbunder road, passing through Haware City complex, at the Kasarvadavli Boriwade village. The school management has been on edge as the dismal state of the road that is putting the children at the risk of accidents. The school has written to Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaisawal raising their concern. The approach road to the school has not been attended to over the past six years. The school is located in a big housing comples, Haware Citi, which houses more than 1,000 people. To reach Ghodbunder road, this large population of the school and Haware Citiuse the kaccha road, which is very narrow, with huge potholes. The travel thus becomes uncomfortable and more so, very risky with a lot of two wheelers skidding, putting the lives of commuters to risk. Our 51 school buses are forced to ply on a one lane road which again is kuccha and passes through a tribal village. With the onset of monsoon, the condition will worsen, the letter dated May 2 states. Advocate Sagar Malve, whose son will take a bus to school as the next academic year open is a worried parent. The school does not have an independent road. In fact there is neither a kaccha or pucca road. Access to the school is given through a private land. There have been many accidents with bikers in the past. No emergency response is possible as fire tenders would find is difficult to play on the road. There is too much dust pollution and congestion, Malve told Mumbai Mirror. The Thane Citizens Forum has launched a signature campaign to impress upon the civic body the urgency of concretising the path. Children from all the neighbouring localities come to Euro School. This is an important approach road. With congestion a long line of school buses gets stuck on this road, said Kasber Augustine of the Forum. Heeding the plaints, Thane's Additional Municipal Commissioner Sunil Chavan said the corporation will get the work expedited by the monsoon season. Work has already started in the road. The road goes through a tribal locality which is a low lying area. So it is true that during the monsoons, there is water-logging. We have proposed a different alignment in the DP and assigned the work to a builder. There are some issues that have to be sorted out, but we are holding meetings to resolve the matter, Chanvan said.
Poor condition of approach road puts Thane kids at risk of accident - Mumbai Mirror
2017-05-04Two 8-year-old boys drown in Kalwa creek - Times of India
Two 8-year-old boys drown in Kalwa creek Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: May 4, 2017, 06.17 AM IST THANE: Two eight-year-old children who had gone for a swim in Thane's Kalwa creek drowned on Wednesday. The police said the two deceased, Kuldeep Rahodiya and Bajindar Sahani, who are residents of Jai Bheem Nagar in Thane, along with the latter's brother, Jeetu (9), had ventured into the creek waters in the afternoon. Another friend of the three boys had accompanied them but he preferred to stay on the shores. The incident took place when the three boys after swimming in the shallow waters, headed further inside. When a huge tide came along, the boys lost balance and started drowning. The friend on the shore of the creek saw the boys struggling to stay afloat and immediately screamed for help. He ran to the locals and told them that his friends were drowning. The locals rushed to the spot and began wading through the marshes to locate the children, but they failed. "We called the police and then rushed to the spot to look for the boys. But the waves were huge and we could not locate the boys. Also, many of us sustained bruises to our legs due to the garbage in the marshy area. When the fire brigade team arrived, it managed to rescue Jeetu and found the bodies of the other two children after some time," said a local. Jeetu was taken to Kalwa hospital and the two bodies were sent for post-mortem examinations. A firefighter, Ravi Pawar (48) too sustained deep cuts and bruises during the operation as some broken glass pieces in the marshes cut through his boots, injuring him. He had too be administered four stitches.
2017-05-04Bhayander NCP corporator held in land-grab case - Times of India
Bhayander NCP corporator held in land-grab case TNN | May 4, 2017, 06.47 AM IST THANE: NCP corporator Liyakat Shaikh, who is also leader of opposition in the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC), has been arrested by police for his involvement in an alleged land-grab case involving forgery of documents. According to police, Shaikh had allegedly registered a bogus sale agreement, staking claim over land admeasuring more than five acres in Navghar village by forging documents. One Santosh Malankar, 49, who allegedly helped Shaikh in forging the documents has also been arrested, said Bharat Shelke, assistant commissioner of police. Police said Mahesh Patil, 45, a resident of Navghar village in Bhayander, had in his complaint said his family owned a plot of land. It was in the name of his mother Janabai, who passed away in 1975, he said. But Shaikh along with one Charlie Coutinho showed that he had purchased the land from her in 1985 and made fake documents by forging signatures, said police. In 2008, Shaikh registered the land deal in the collector's office and later sold the land to several developers. "In the meantime, Patil, who is the property's legal claimant, found that around 5-6 acres of land was in the name of Shaikh. Following the discrepancies, he registered a complaint with the police," said Shelke. Subsequently, Shaikh was questioned and arrested by the crime branch, while Coutinho is absconding. He has been sent to police custody till May 8. Police are now going through the records to check the level of forgery. "We are also finding out who all are involved in the crime," Shelke said.
Bhayander NCP corporator held in land-grab case - Times of India
2017-05-04Ephedrine haul: A year on, Thane court may decide today whether Mamta Kulkarni is an absconder - Hindustan Times
Ephedrine haul: A year on, Thane court may decide today whether Mamta Kulkarni is an absconder MUMBAI Updated: May 04, 2017 10:13 IST A sessions court in Thane is likely to decide today whether former actor Mamta Kulkarni should be declared an absconder in connection with the Rs2,000-crore ephedrine drug haul case. “It has been a year since the racket was busted. Kulkarni’s husband, Vicky Goswami, was arrested by the US drug enforcement agency in Kenya. However, she is still on the run. We suspect that she left Kenya and are trying to trace her, said a police officer. Read: There is no proof against me, says Mamta Kulkarni
Ephedrine haul: A year on, Thane court may decide today whether Mamta Kulkarni is an absconder - Hindustan Times
2017-05-04Man dies, eight infected with swine flu in Thane city - Hindustan Times
Man dies, eight infected with swine flu in Thane cityMUMBAI Updated: May 05, 2017 00:22 IST A man in Thane died of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) in March while eight others have been infected with the disease so far. Dr Ram Kendre, health officer at Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), said, “This year, eight cases of swine flu have been detected and one of the patients has died of it so far.” He added, “The history of the patients who have with the virus revealed that they travelled to places like Pune and Nashik from where highest number of swine flu cases is reported every year. So we have advised people not to travel to these places.” Private hospitals in Thane have been asked to start keeping such patients in isolation wards and civil hospitals have been advised to start screening each patient carefully and take necessary action if any test positive, added Kendre. According to doctors, cases of swine flu increase when there is a drastic change in temperature and humidity. Pregnant women and children are more susceptible to the diseases because of lower immunity levels. The civic body has issued advertisements asking people not to travel to areas like Pune and Nashik. Since the virus spreads faster when there is a drastic change in temperature and humidity, residents have been advised to wear masks to prevent and stay hydrated.
Man dies, eight infected with swine flu in Thane city - Hindustan Times
2017-05-04Police: Thane Road stabbing suspect arrested - KTOO
Police: Thane Road stabbing suspect arrested By Jacob Resneck, KTOOMay 4, 2017 A fugitive accused of stabbing a Juneau man last month on Thane Road is now being held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Facility. Juneau Police Lt. Dave Campbell said the department received a tip that 37-year-old Joshua Levi Brown was hiding out in the Switzer Village Mobile Park. Officers were dispatched at 11:50 a.m. Thursday with a warrant for Brown’s arrest on the charge of first degree assault, a felony. “They saw Mr. Brown peaking out of a window and they recognized him and ordered him to come out,” Campbell said. “He came out and was arrested without incident.” Also known by the alias Charlie Hustle, Brown is accused of critically wounding a 24-year-old with a knife on the evening of April 22. The victim was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. Authorities say his condition has stabilized; he’s recovering in the Seattle area.
Police: Thane Road stabbing suspect arrested - KTOO
2017-05-04JPD arrests suspect in Thane Road stabbing | Juneau Empire ... - Juneau Empire (subscription)
JPD arrests suspect in Thane Road stabbing Posted May 4, 2017 02:03 pm - Updated May 4, 2017 02:07 pm By LIZ KELLAR Juneau Empire The 37-year-old suspect in a stabbing last month has been apprehended. The Juneau Police Department received a tip Thursday morning that Joshua Levi Brown was at a residence in the 6500 block of Glacier Highway and arrested him without incident at about 11:50 a.m., said Lt. Kris Sell. Brown has been charged with first-degree assault in connection with the April 22 assault that critically injured Monte Nix, 24, at a beach party out Thane Road; he is being held on $20,000 bail at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. JPD had issued a $20,000 arrest warrant for Brown, also known as Charlie Hustle or Charlie Brown, and officers had been attempting to locate him since the stabbing without success, a department spokesperson said on April 28. The department issued a be-on-the-lookout for Brown, with his description, known aliases and several photos, asking for help in tracking him down and warning the public that he was being considered extremely dangerous. JPD had received a 911 call at about 11:15 p.m. April 22 reporting the stabbing, which happened near parked vehicles and the roadway, in an area above the beach where the party-goers had a bonfire. Nix told the Empire that he was drinking heavily and does not remember what happened most of that night. A video taken during the party that reportedly showed part of the altercation, as well as Nix subsequently lying on the ground covered in blood, circulated via social media. The video was quickly taken down. Nix was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was stabilized before being flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A second surgery was performed there, with Nix losing his spleen and part of his pancreas. According to an update posted by his father, Al Nix, in the last few days he has been battling an infection from his pancreas and might need more surgery. There are several fundraisers being put together for Nix, including a GoFundMe page that already has raised $6,000. There will be an Indian taco/spaghetti brunch and garage sale event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 6, at Gruening Park Rec Hall.
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2017-05-03BMC asks contractors to arrange materials after Thane stone quarries close down - Mumbai Mirror
BMC asks contractors to arrange materials after Thane stone quarries close down By Tanvi Deshpande, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: May 3, 2017, 08.17 AM IST Civic body issues warning to contractors, says they must complete projects by May 15 At a time when the city's roadworks have come to a standstill due to sealing of around 100 stone quarries in Thane, the BMC has issued a warning to contractors, asking them to make alternative arrangements for raw materials to carry on construction and repairs of roads and bridges. The contractors, who are facing difficulties in procuring the main raw materials for road projects, have been ordered to complete work by May 15, failing which they will be penalised.In keeping with the official procedure, the civic body will forfeit the contractors' deposit and also recover the cost of work from them. "As the commissioning body, we expect our road works to be complete. Contractors should make alternative arrangement in such a situation. We have even given them a few suggestions. The deadline for completing asphalt road work is May 15. If they don't do so, we will take action," said a high-ranking BMC official. On April 26, Mumbai Mirror carried a report -"Road repairs come to a standstill as Thane quarries closed down" -on how roadworks in the city had come to a complete standstill fol lowing Thane Collector Mahendra Kalyankar's decision to seal around 100 stone quarries in Navi Mumbai, the primary source of material for construction and repairs of roads and bridges. This dealt a blow to the BMC's plan to complete all road repair works before the onset of monsoon.Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta even met the Chief Minister on the issue, along with representatives of other state agencies. However, the matter is with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the next hearing is on May 8. As for the BMC's latest diktat, its General Contract Conditions say that if a contractor fails to complete necessary work on time, he will be sent a warning letter. If the work is still not completed, his deposit is forfeited and a penalty levied.In the case of the quarries, many contractors have crushingasphalting plants in the vicinity of the quarry. Therefore, the exercise of using another quarry, transporting the material to the plant and then transporting it to the worksite become cumbersome. "We know that the contractors will cry foul, stating that the NGT order is beyond their control. That is why we are proactively helping them in every manner. But we also have to answer to our elected representatives. Potholes are always a sensitive issue," said another official.Sanjay Deshmukh, Additional Municipal Commissioner, said that they would decide the penalty on a case-by-case basis. "If a contractor is found to be any way behind schedule before the quarries shut, he will be penalised accordingly," Deshmukh made it clear.
BMC asks contractors to arrange materials after Thane stone quarries close down - Mumbai Mirror
2017-05-03Women Auto Drivers In Thane Raise Voice Against Verbal Abuse By Male Auto Drivers, Ask For Police Help - Indiatimes.com
Women Auto Drivers In Thane Raise Voice Against Verbal Abuse By Male Auto Drivers, Ask For Police Help PRIYANKA BHATT MAY 03, 2017 Anamika Bhalerav became an auto rickshaw driver about five years ago. She has had her husband's unbroken support to begin her career in driving rickshaws and has been encouraged to break barriers of gender stereotypes. However, while it was an initiative to break all gender stereotypes, Anamika and other fellow female auto drivers have been facing verbal abuse from their male counterparts. In an example of breaking stereotypes and standing up for themselves, six of the women rickshaw drivers have lodged a complaint in the Naupada police station in Thane against the male auto drivers who do not let them attend to the passengers in the share-auto lane. About this Anamika stood up to the men and has filed a complaint, which led to the arrest of one of the auto drivers. Anamika was the first auto driver in Thane, who began making the rounds in the auto on the share-rickshaw basis. Her husband Avinash, is also an auto driver, which is why the other auto drivers do not say anything to her but have been harassing the other women drivers in the area. “They do not allow them to work in peace and constantly bother them by hurling abuses and sexual remarks in an attempt to discourage them from working at all,” Anamika said. Anamika's husband has supported the decision to stand up to the men and abolish the practice of harassing women altogether. “The monopoly they hold needs to break. Since one of the auto drivers has been arrested, the rest are now afraid to mess with them fearing loss of their livelihood. It is a good step taken by the women,” Avinash said. Earlier in 2016, the ministry of transport allotted 5 per cent of quota to women for driving rickshaws. In 2017, more than 37,000 permits for everyone this year out of which more than 1700 have been given to women auto drivers. According to Avinash, Thane now has almost 150 women auto drivers. Most women drivers in Mumbai have hit the roads for not more than two months. They, however, have supported the move of standing up to the harassment faced by women. Manisha Nalawade is one of the auto drivers in Mumbai who recently began driving professionally. She said, “We have begun driving recently, so my fellow women drivers and I have not faced such harassment. We have not heard of this incident, but if something like this happens it is important to let the police know about this as more and more women will join the profession with time,” Nalawade said.
Women Auto Drivers In Thane Raise Voice Against Verbal Abuse By Male Auto Drivers, Ask For Police Help - Indiatimes.com
2017-05-03Pay-and-park facility may start in Thane from monsoon - Hindustan Times
Pay-and-park facility may start in Thane from monsoon The Thane civic body said that tenders have been called to appoint an operator to manage the facility, which will be technically advanced with mobile applications and online payment facilities mumbai Updated: May 03, 2017 23:51 IST Megha Pol Hindustan Times After a two-year delay, the pay-and-park facility is likely to start from monsoon if all goes according to the Thane Municipal Corporation's plan. It has claimed that tenders have been called to appoint an operator to manage the facility, which will be technically advanced with mobile applications and online payment facilities. The TMC has selected 177 roads from each ward for pay-and-park facility. This will provide 9,855 parking spaces across the city, which includes 4,571 two-wheeler parking, 2,242 for three wheelers, 2,703 for four-wheelers and 339 for heavy vehicles. A civic official requesting anonymity said, We have called for tenders and the technical bid is already opened. Once the tenders are finalised by the standing committee, the agency can start implementation work. The process might take one to one and half months. The pay-and-park facility was slated to start in October last year but has been stalled as the TMC has not appointed an operating agency. We are planning to start it in monsoon this year. The work of marking the parking lots on roads has already begun. We have also started putting up useful signage, said the official. As the TMC had not hired an agency, it proposed to start night parking system and appealed to the people to take out passes to park on the roads during the night. But, the appeal received no response from residents and it failed to take off. The parking system will be upgraded to be on par with that in Bangalore. We will create a modern parking management system. The hired operator will also create mobile and web-based application through which the residents will know the parking spaces available in the nearest parking lot and the rate of parking, the officer added. Through the app, the TMC will also get information on the revenue generated. The operator will also fix sensors at parking plots along with digital parking meters. The budget to set up the entire system is Rs 52 crore. The corporation will pay 30 per cent, which is Rs 15 crore. The rest will be paid by the operator. The corporation will have a 25% to 50% share in the revenue. WHAT THE POLICY SAYS: As per the policy, the TMC had selected 177 roads from each ward for pay-and-park facility. It will create 9,855 parking places in the city, which includes 4,571 two-wheeler parking, 2,242 for three wheeler, 2,703 for four-wheeler and 339 for heavy vehicles. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has 27 plots reserved for parking across the city. Out of these, it has developed only three in the last three decades. In 2008, the TMC conducted an integrated traffic survey based on which the parking policy was formulated in 2014. The policy is based on National Urban Transport Police whose main aim is to free up roads for vehicles and increase parking charges to encourage the use of public transport. The policy was supposed to be implemented in 2015.
Pay-and-park facility may start in Thane from monsoon - Hindustan Times
2017-05-03Thane-based organisation Mimaansa is educating 400 children with learning disabilities - YourStory.com
Thane-based organisation Mimaansa is educating 400 children with learning disabilities R Saritha 3 May 2017 The NGO is creating an inclusive space for learning and personality development for poor students with learning disabilities studying in government schools. Staring at numbers, alphabets and the train of sentences in the book would frustrate Mohini, a Class IV student at Municipal Corporation's Savarkar Nagar School, Thane. She has dyslexia, a learning disability (LD) causing problems with linguistic skills, and dyscalculia, which is a disability concerning number-related concepts and maths. But with the help of her teachers from Mimaansa, Mohini is now able to learn alphabets and solve simple arithmetic. She can also tell the time by looking at the clock. Mohini is privileged to have received help as our education system fails to recognise children with LD, and labels them as 'dumb'. It is more common than you can imagine. You are not alone. And while you will have this the rest of your life, you can dart between the raindrops to get where you want to go and it will not hold you back. These are lines from Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who also suffered from an LD. In India, around 13-14 percent of children suffer from one or other form of LD. According to National Center for Learning Disabilities, LD is a neurological disorder that affects the brain's ability to receive, process, store and respond to information, and has nothing to do with a person's intelligence. In our country, most schools fail to recognise the special needs of this children, and even if they do it is not affordable for everyone. But there are teachers who want to dive into the minds of these children and help them. One such teacher is Pooja Joshi, Founder of Mimaansa. At 21, I started my career as a French teacher for Class VIII-XII students. As a class teacher I received the roll-call sheet of the students with Special written against a few names; no one told us teachers about what that meant." Pooja adds, Later, I moved to an international school, which had a resource room and Learning Disability (LD) was pronounced for the first time. A broken leg ensured that I stay stationed on the ground floor in the resource room and that was the first time I saw the struggle of kids with LD for something as basic as learning, which we so easily take for granted. I started spending more time with them and they began to feel comfortable with me. Then I went on to work with an NGO to understand the needs of children with LD. She founded Mimaansa in 2012, which is an NGO consisting of a group of teachers, special educators, psychologist and neuro-linguistic programmers in Thane. Their prime focus is to intervene and help children with learning disabilities cope better in underprivileged schools. The organisation is currently working in Kisan Nagar and Savarkar Nagar area of Thane, and helping more than 400 students. We run a volunteer teaching programme in Thane, in English, maths, and art crafts. We also run a strong remediation programme under which we identify, diagnose, through curriculum-based assessment programme, and remediate children with LD by using the play-way method of teaching-learning, along with other alternative methods of teaching. This programme is run by a team of skilled counsellors and special educators, explains Pooja. Where there is a will there is a way Mimaansa is partnered with Atma Education Trust, Udaan India Foundation and Prerana, who have joined hands to improve the life of children. The organisation is funded and supported by UnLtd India, a launchpad for social entrepreneurship. The organisation envisions catering to underprivileged government schools and creating an inclusive space for learning and personal development of students with LD.
Thane-based organisation Mimaansa is educating 400 children with learning disabilities - YourStory.com
2017-05-03New station between Thane-Airoli in next three years - Hindustan Times
New station between Thane-Airoli in next three years cities Updated: May 03, 2017 23:51 IST Kailash Korde In the next three years, a new station new station. Digha will be added between Thane and Airoli on the trans-harbour corridor. The project is worth Rs 55 crore and is part of the Rs 428 crore Kalwa-Airoli elevated rail corridor. Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), the planning and executing body for railway projects in Mumbai, recently floated tenders for the new station. Once the tender is finalised, it will take at least two-three years to complete the project, said Prabhat Sahay, chairman and managing director, MRVC, adding that it was a long pending demand of those residing in the vicinity. Railway sources said the new station would be constructed opposite Airoli Knowledge Park and have four platforms that will be linked with subways. The distance between Thane and Airoli stations is 5.76 kilometre and those residing at Mukand Company, Digha village, eastside of Kalwa, Vitawa and other areas around Thane-Belapur Road walk on the tracks to reach Thane station, thus risking their lives. Railway officials said the new station would not only convenience people, but also bring down cases of trespassing. Once complete it will be the 115th station on Mumbai's suburban rail network.
2017-05-03Woman hurt in nullah retaining wall collapse - Times of India
Woman hurt in nullah retaining wall collapse TNN | May 3, 2017, 10.15 PM IST THANE: A 25-year-old woman sustained a minor head injury after the retaining wall of a drainage collapsed on her house at Kranti Nagar in Rabodi on Tuesday. Sabina Shaikh, the victim, was resting at her house when the portion of the wall gave away and came crashing down on her house damaging a wall and injuring her. Vigilant neighbours rushed to her rescue and sent her to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Hospital in Kalwa. Santosh Kadam, chief, regional disaster management cell, said the retaining wall of the drainage is 100 to 150 years old and it may have collapsed due to that.
2017-05-03Vinod Tawde: State has no power to punish pvt schools - Times of India
Vinod Tawde: State has no power to punish pvt schools Mumbai Mirror | May 3, 2017, 11.22 AM IST There is a reason why parents crying hoarse about exorbitant and arbitrary fee hikes in private schools have been going around in circles. Admitting to a limited role for the state, Education Minister Vinod Tawde confessed that the state government had no authority over private educational institutions affiliated to central boards."The State government has very little power to punish schools, especially since these complaints have been received against CBSE and ICSE schools," Tawde told Mirror on Tuesday. Parents of Private Schools of Maharashtra (POPSOM) is demanding that the state government examine and approve fee hikes by school managements, instead of putting the responsibility on the Parent Teacher Associations (PTA). Tawde refused to grant an audience to members of POPSOM who went to meet him on Tuesday at the Mantralaya and accused associations of mobilizing parents for their own agendas. "I met the representatives. I told them to give me a list of schools. Ag grieved parents can meet me directly.Some schools have complained that some of these organisations are just gathering parents for their own interests," the minister said. Meanwhile, miffed parents created a ruckus in front of the state secretariat. As tempers ran high, a few of the POPSOM members got into a heated exchange with a staff member at Tawde's office over the minister's "refusal" to give time to parents' woes. Angry parents are now demanding Tawde's resignation. A section of them have even creating a petition on the online portal change.org to that effect. "If he does not have time to listen to parents, then he had better resign," said Lata Nair of the Mumbai-based PTA United Forum. "Education is a fundamental right and it should be handled by the government," said Rajashree Natu, another member of the Forum. About 15 parents came to Mantralaya from other districts as well but had to return without voicing their concerns to the minister. Parents said Tawde was washing his hands off the issue. "One and a half years ago we gave him a list of 40 schools violating the fee regulation act but no action was taken against them," POPSOM member Anubha Sahai said.
Vinod Tawde: State has no power to punish pvt schools - Times of India
2017-05-03Thane Central jail gets 52 cameras - News - Mid-Day - Mid-Day
Thane Central jail gets 52 cameras By Faisal Tandel Thane Posted 03-May-2017 Authorities install CCTVs after reports surface of the five-star treatment meted out to prisoners Cabinet minister Eknath Shinde inaugurates CCTVs at Thane jail Food from five-star hotels, cigarettes, drugs, alcohol and other forms of VIP treatment given to inmates at Thane Central Jail is expected to be a thing of the past now. Jail authorities have put up 52 CCTV cameras on the premises, inaugurated by Cabinet minister Eknath Shinde on Monday. mid-day's reports on May 25, 2016 The catalystThe call for CCTVs inside Thane jail had grown after reports of former SP Hiralal Jadhav allowing amenities and giving five-star treatment to prisoners came to the fore. mid-day had reported on May 25, 2016, how Jadhav allegedly gave VIP treatment to inmates for R5 lakh, even allowing them to talk on phone for hours. He was suspended on charges of corruption and sexually assaulting a woman constable. Sources claimed that getting tobacco, paan masala and even marijuana and hashish inside the jail was easy. "Jadhav's suspension and his revelations forced the jail authorities to get CCTV cameras installed," a jail officer said. mid-day's report on Sept 3, 2016 Partial surveillance: The 52 cameras, installed at a cost of R37 lakh, are monitored from a control room from the premises. A jail officer, however, said that to keep a watch on the entire area, they would need 60 to 70 more cameras, as the premises is huge and the number of inmates three times its capacity -- 3,200 inmates are housed in the jail having a capacity for 1,105. Superintendent of police, Thane Central Jail, NB Vayachal said they haven't put up any in women's barracks keeping privacy in mind. "Cameras have been installed in front of the gate, in the barracks, anda cell and other wards." Additional director general (prison) BK Upadhyay said, "CCTVs are important on jail premises. Now, if any incident occurs, we can have the footage as evidence. Also, this will also act as a deterrent for the inmates as well."
Thane Central jail gets 52 cameras - News - Mid-Day - Mid-Day
2017-05-03Water machines at Thane station a hit among commuters - Times of India
Water machines at Thane station a hit among commuters TNN | May 4, 2017, 02.11 AM IST THANE: The four water vending machines installed on the platforms of Thane railway station on Saturday have received an overwhelming response from commuters. More than 500 people are believed to have used the machines on the first day after its opening. The four machines put up by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on platform numbers 1, 2, 7 and 9 will operate round the clock and will provide filtered drinking water at the cost of Rs 1 to Rs 20. "The machines will enable commuters to access purified drinking water and the charges are Rs 1 for 300 ml, Rs 5 for 1 liter, Rs 8 for 2 liters, and Rs 20 for 5 liters. Commuters can put their money in the allocated slot on the machine and either fill water in their own bottles or pay an additional Rs 1 to purchase a plastic container to fill the water. A private company, Fontus Water Pvt Ltd, has been given the contract of providing potable water and maintaining the machines," said a railway official. "We have adopted a Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology for purifying the water. We have two tanks attached to the machine where purified water is connected to the filter and then made available to commuters. The other tank contains water rejected after the RO process. In addition to that, we have also installed a chiller unit to supply cold water," said Deepak Sahni, in-charge of the maintenance of the water vending machines at Thane. An IRCTC official at Thane station, said, "We have set up four machines at present and have purposely placed them near general coaches on platforms 7 and 9 where long distance trains mostly halt." We have adopted a Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology for purifying the water. We have two tanks attached to the water vending machines where purified water is connected to the filter and then made available to commuters.
2017-05-03Additional garbage cess levied on Thane shops rolled back - Times of India
Additional garbage cess levied on Thane shops rolled back Freny Fernandes | TNN | May 4, 2017, 01.58 AM IST Thane: The civic general body meeting, on Monday, rejected the solid waste management tax levied on commercial outlets in the city thereby bringing relief to traders and owners of these units. The tax was imposed for picking up litter from outside the shops and commercial units across the city. Any resistance to the tax by shop owners had resulted in the civic body dumping garbage outside their shops. Fed up with dumping of waste outside their stores, traders joined hands and protested outside the civic headquarters on March 23. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), over the past two months, had started levying a daily fee of Rs 25 (approximately Rs 750 per month) on each of these commercial units to clean the waste in front of their stores. Bharat Mota, president of Subhash Path Vyapari Welfare Association, said, "Instead of doing their work, the conservancy workers spent the day dumping filth in front of each of our shops. In addition to protesting this nuisance at the TMC office, we also met CM Devendra Fadnavis on March 24 and received his support." Mayor Meenakshi Shinde said, "We believe that there is no need to impose additional tax on commoners for garbage collection from outside the shops. We have to look for other avenues that increase the revenue without affecting the commoners. We have also opposed hikes on water and property tax." "We have been opposing unnecessary taxes from the first day of the budget announcement, which was reflected in the general body decision. Why should citizens pay extra for the corporation's work?" questioned Najib Mulla, NCP corporator.
Additional garbage cess levied on Thane shops rolled back - Times of India
2017-05-02Mumbai: Thane cop booked for trying to run car over businessman after financial dispute - Firstpost
Mumbai: Thane cop booked for trying to run car over businessman after financial dispute India PTI May, 02 2017 12:18:21 IST Published Date: May 02, 2017 12:18 pm | Updated Date: May 02, 2017 12:18 pm Thane: A constable attached to the Mumbai police was booked for allegedly trying to run his car over a businessman following a financial dispute, police said on Tuesday. Ramesh Awte, attached to the crime branch of Mumbai police, had tried to knock down Atul Pethe on 21 April, a release by Thane city police said. Awte and Pethe, who owns an ice-cream shop, were friends. However, a dispute cropped up between them over some financial matter, it said. "On April 21, Awte came to Pethe's shop in Naupada area and started hurling abuses at him. Thereafter, the accused drove his vehicle in a negligent manner to harm the victim. Pethe clung to the vehicle and was dragged for some distance," the release said. The victim sustained injuries in the incident, it said. Awte was yet to be arrested and efforts were on to nab him, police said. According to police, Awte has been booked under IPC sections 279 (rash driving) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace).
Mumbai: Thane cop booked for trying to run car over businessman after financial dispute - Firstpost
2017-05-02'Go where prostitutes are if you want to do business' - Mid-Day
Thane women auto rickshaw drivers are targets of sexual slurs, harassment By mid-day online correspondent | Posted 02-May-2017 "Go where prostitutes are if you want to do business!" According to NDTV, this is what a male autorickshaw driver in Thane told his female counterpart. Nearly 150 women auto rickshaw drivers, who ply the streets of Thane daily, are targets of harassment and abuse by male rickshaw drivers. Most of them are forced to confine themselves to an "only women" spot near Thane's train station. This treatment is a result of apparent hostility from many male rickshaw drivers, who are irked that they require to compete with them for business. Women auto rickshaw drivers in Mumbai and Thane have been provided 465 licences. These ladies in white coats and ferry commuters thanks to a government scheme that has reserved 5 per cent of rickshaw permits for women. Anamika Avinash Bhalerao (42), Thane's first woman to become an auto-rickshaw driver in 2016, through a scheme to train and license women drivers says harassment is also meted out by traffic cops. In one incident, fed up with constant harassment six women drivers filed a police case against a male rickshaw driver, who was immediately arrested. Most of them feel they are being repeatedly targeted due to their gender. An official with the local rickshaw and taxi union even alleged that some women file false police complaints against male auto drivers as a way to punish the competition.
2017-05-02Mumbai: Shivas Hair Designers opens 14th branch in Thane - Daijiworld.com
Mumbai: Shivas Hair Designers opens 14th branch in Thane News and pics: Ronida, Mumbai Daijiworld Media Network – Mumbai (EP) Mumbai, May 2: Tulu Kannadiga Dr Shivarama K Bhandary hailing from Atturu, Karkal has become a successful businessman in hair styling industry through his modern and well equipped Shivas Hair Designers Private Limited catering mainly to the needs of Bollywood. The 14th branch was inaugurated at Tropical Elite building, Thane west on Saturday April 29. Thane city corporation mayor Meenakshi Rajendra Shindhe (Poojary) untied the ribbon and inaugurated the shop. Priest Nagaraj Bhat Dharegudde conducted Vastu Pooje, Gana Homa and distributed Theertha Prasada. Bhandary society's elite advocate Ramanna M Bhandary, Prabhaker P Bhandary Thane, Venkatesh Bhandary, Padmanabha Bhandary Thane, Ravi Bhandary, Raghu Bhandary, social workers Ashok Dhamanker and hundreds of people arrived and congratulated Shivas. Gulabi Krishna Bhandary and Anushree Shivarama Bhandary draped shawl on the guests and honored them.
Mumbai: Shivas Hair Designers opens 14th branch in Thane - Daijiworld.com
2017-05-02erring drivers: TMT takes action against erring drivers | Thane News ... - Times of India
erring drivers: TMT takes action against erring drivers Freny Fernandes | TNN | May 3, 2017, 12.50 AM IST THANE: After receiving several complaints from a citizen activist about repeated violations by drivers of the Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) buses, the undertaking has initiated disciplinary action against the erring officials. A citizen activist Satyajit Shah had written three letters to the TMC on April 23, 29 and 30, complaining that the TMT bus drivers are violating the Motor Vehicle Act. ''On April 23, a TMT bus driver was driving with an incomplete license plate. On April 29, another TMT driver was speaking over the phone while driving the bus on the highway. In the third incident, a TMT bus driver jumped the signal at Cadbury junction,'' Shah stated. ''We have taken action against the second and third driver, but we are yet to trace the first incident.
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2017-05-02Thane cop booked after video of him 'trying to run over man' goes viral - The Indian Express
Thane cop booked after video of him trying to run over man' goes viral By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:May 3, 2017 1:31 am The Thane police have registered a case of rash and negligent driving against Constable Ramesh Awate, attached to the special branch of the Mumbai Police, who allegedly tried to run over a man in Pachpakdi area on April 21. The video of the incident caught in a CCTV camera subsequently went viral. No arrest has been made till now. According to the police, there was a monetary dispute between the constable and the man, Atul Pethe (31). Pethe's family had reportedly lodged a complaint against Awate last year too. On April 21, the police said, after Awate came to Prashant Corner ice-cream store run by Pethe in Pachpakdi, an argument ensued between the two. Pethe tried to record Awate as the latter allegedly abused him. This angered Awate who allegedly got into his Innova car and tried to run over Pethe who was standing in front of the car parked near his ice-cream shop. Even as Pethe climbed on to the bonnet of the vehicle to save himself, Awate started driving. The video shows he drove some distance before fleeing from the spot as passers-by raised an alarm. Pethe then approached the Navpada police station where a non-cognisable complaint was initially registered. The entire incident was captured in a CCTV camera. The video of the incident was shared several times and soon became viral. The police later registered an FIR. Zonal deputy commissioner Dr D Swamy said, We have registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the accused. He has not been arrested yet.ť An officer said a notice had been issued to Awate to come to the police station to record his statement. Meanwhile, a friend of Pethe said his family had approached the local police against the influentialť Awate last year too over a dispute. On the earlier occasion, the police just registered a non-cognisable complaint against him,ť said the friend, who did not wish to be named.
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2017-05-01Free entry for visitors on Day at Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary - Mid-Day
Free entry for visitors on Day at Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary By Ranjeet Jadhav Posted 2 hours Thousands of flamingos take flight at the newly-opened flamingo sanctuary at Airoli on Sunday. After the much-touted Humboldt penguins, the city has now turned its attention to flamingos. And from Monday, the flamingos of Thane creek will just be a boat ride away as forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Sunday inaugurated the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary, the second such marine sanctuary in the state. To sweeten the deal, on the first day, tourists will be granted free entry. Alongside, children from a couple of municipal schools will also get a free field trip to the sanctuary. Also read: Here's why you should attend this flamingo festival in Mumbai "With the new flamingos sanctuary, Mumbaikars and locals across Navi Mumbai and Thane can take a boat ride and see the rich biodiversity. The center is a result of Germany's GIZ collaborating on the project with India's conservation and sustainable management cell," said N Vasudevan, chief conservator of forest, mangroves cell. Sudhir Mungantiwar at the inauguration ceremony What's the sanctuary? Spread over 50 square km over the mangroves patch surrounding the Thane creek all the way till Sewri, with its ferry services situated at Airoli, the sanctuary has two interpretation centres with information on marine and coastal biodiversity. At the inauguration ceremony, Mungantiwar said, "On May 1, which also happens to be the foundation day of the state, the visitors will get free entry to the sanctuary," adding that the presence of the sanctuary should also open up some employment opportunities for the local communities in the vicinity. He went on to suggest that a theme park, based on the lines of glow garden of Dubai should come up in Navi Mumbai and Mangroves Cell should develop the same. Also read: Heaven for bird-watchers! Flamingo sanctuary to open in Airoli this month The work of developing the basic environment friendly infrastructure needed for the sanctuary has been underway for around 18 months. After completion now, the 'Mumbai Mangrove Conservation Unit' under the Mangrove Cell will be responsible for the management of the sanctuary. 30 k Number of flamingos that migrate to the Thane creek by November every year
Free entry for visitors on Day at Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary - Mid-Day
2017-05-01Thane residents relieved as civic body says no to hikes in property, water and waste tax - Hindustan Times
Thane residents relieved as civic body says no to hikes in property, water and waste tax In the budget for 2017-18, civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal had proposed to increase the property tax by 10%, which would have increased the revenue income by Rs 40 crore mumbai Updated: May 01, 2017 16:03 IST Megha Pol Hindustan Times In a move that is likely to ease the tax burden on residents of Thane near Mumbai, the general body of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has rejected the proposal for hike in property, water and solid waste tax. In the budget for 2017-18, civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal had proposed to increase the property tax by 10%, which would have increased the revenue income by Rs 40 crore. The Shiv Sena, on the other hand, had promised to waive property tax on houses with an area less than 500 sqft. While the Sena could not waive the taxes as promised, they have refused to allow any increase. The general body, however, approved the Rs 3,390-crore budget estimate tabled by the civic commissioner on March 30. The property tax hike proposal was tabled by leader of the house Naresh Mhaske and was seconded by Opposition leader Milind Patil. Mayor Meenakshi Shinde said, The administration should immediately cancel the property tax hike. The Sena chose to stay mum on its poll promise. Mhaske said, We have kept most of the promises we made to Thane residents and will continue to do so. In the next five years, all our poll promises will be fulfilled. Patil said, While approving the final budget, we have ensured common man is not burdened with any new tax or hike in taxes.
Thane residents relieved as civic body says no to hikes in property, water and waste tax - Hindustan Times
2017-05-0126 Thane policemen bag DG Insignia award for outstanding service - Times of India
26 Thane policemen bag DG Insignia award for outstanding service Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | May 2, 2017, 12.46 AM IST THANE: As many as 26 policemen, including 11 officers from the Thane commissionerate, were honoured with the prestigious Director General (DG) Insignia by guardian minister Eknath Shinde on the occasion of Maharashtra Day at Saket ground on Monday. Among those felicitated were DCP Pandharinath Pawar, ACP Mukund Hatote, inspectors Rajkumar Kothmire, D D Tele, Manohar Patil, Vijay Dolas, Devidas Gheware, Anil Jagtap and Prakash Sawant and 15 constables for their outstanding service. The DG Insignia is awarded to policemen for their unblemished record and contribution to the force for more than 15 years, a senior police officer said. After the flag hoisting ceremony, top bureaucrats and the minister acknowledged the guard of honour from 13 platoons, including rapid action force, fire fighting squad, civil defence force and Thane police. Speaking on the occasion, Shinde applauded the efforts of the Thane police who have solved several high-profile cases in the last few months. ACP Hatote, who is investigating the fake call centre case as well as the army paper leak scam, said, "I am very happy that my years of effort and hard work has been acknowledged and appreciated in the form of this prestigious medal. It gives us policemen the motivation to work even more hard." Devidas Gheware, senior inspector of Central crime detection branch, said, "I feel on the top of the world as the award is a sign of meritorious service This has been a moment that any officer awaits for in his career." After the flag hoisting ceremony, top bureaucrats and guardian minister Eknath Shinde acknowledged the guard of honour from 13 platoons, including rapid action force, fire fighting squad, civil defence force and Thane police
2017-05-01Thane police arrest five men for placing iron rod on railway tracks, GRP express doubts - The Indian Express
Thane police arrest five men for placing iron rod on railway tracks, GRP express doubts On April 15, the Thane police presented five drug addicts from Mumbra as the alleged culprits in the case By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:May 2, 2017 2:48 am Two weeks after the Thane police held a press conference claiming to have arrested the men who allegedly placed a 380-kg iron rod across the railway tracks near Diva station in January, the Thane Government Railway Police (GRP) has expressed doubts whether the arrested five drug addicts were actually behind the attempted sabotage. On April 15, the Thane police presented five drug addicts from Mumbra as the alleged culprits in the case. The Thane GRP later took custody of the accused. Now, while the Thane police are standing by their investigation and are “101 per cent” sure they arrested the right people, the GRP says there isn’t enough evidence of their culpability. On January 24, an iron rod was placed across railway tracks near Diva station around 10.30 pm. A major tragedy was averted after the motorman spotted the object and halted the train in time. As similar incidents of railway tracks being targeted had taken place in the past few months, sabotage was not ruled out. The Mumbra police later arrested five drug addicts from Mumbra. At the press conference chaired by the Thane police commissioner, officers said the men were high on alcohol and drugs that night and had laid a bet of Rs 2,000 among themselves to place the iron rod on the tracks. The Thane GRP, where the case was originally registered, took custody of the accused. Based on their investigations, Thane GRP senior inspector Ravindra Dalvi on April 19 wrote a letter to Mumbra police seeking details of the case. Apart from seeking details about their investigations, the letter asked the Mumbra police about the evidence on the basis of which they arrested the five people. A GRP officer pointed out that as per the call data records (CDR), the location of one of the arrested accused was in Nashik. The location of two other accused was near Mumbra, some distance from the scene of crime at the railway tracks near Diva. Mumbra senior inspector R K Tayade, who led the Thane police probe, said, “We are 101 per cent sure about our investigation. We arrested the right men.” He added, “The accused whose CDR show him at Nashik actually resides in Nashik and had left his phone there on the night of the incident. Two of the other accused do not use a phone. The location of two others was showing at Mumbra, which is close to Diva. The CDR does not give precise location of a person but the tower location and, hence, the discrepancy,” Tayade added. Dalvi said, “So far during the interrogation of Maula Makandar, named as main accused by the Mumbra police, we have not found any evidence to prove he was involved in the Diva incident. However, investigations are still on to find out if they are linked to the case.”
Thane police arrest five men for placing iron rod on railway tracks, GRP express doubts - The Indian Express
2017-05-01Elvis tribute artist extraordinaire Thane Dunn coming to Digby in June - The Digby Courier
Elvis tribute artist extraordinaire Thane Dunn coming to Digby in June Published: May 01, 2017 at midnight Updated: Oct 02, 2017 at 11:46 a.m. DIGBY, NS – Thane Dunn quit his full-time job to become an Elvis Presley tribute artist. It’s been ten years since Dunn made that life-changing decision and he hasn’t looked back. His sideburns, hair and love for everything Elvis are 100 per cent authentic. “Elvis Presley was the greatest entertainer of our time,” says Dunn. “If I can give the audience even just three seconds of them picturing they’re watching Elvis, then I’ve done my job,” he says. Dunn will perform at the Digby Arena on Saturday, June 10 and is excited for Digby to “feel like they’re experiencing the real thing.”40 years of Elvis 2017 marks 40 years since Presley’s death, but Dunn says Presley’s popularity isn’t going anywhere, even venturing to guess it could be better than ever. “We’ve got the younger generation coming out to our shows now, which is a really cool thing,” he says. “Quality lasts, know what I mean? And these kids along with older people know it.” The act is officially called Thane Dunn and the Cadillac Kings and Dunn says he couldn’t be happier with the guys he plays with. “One of the things I love about them is that I can stop a song midway and just mess around with it and have them pick it up right away, and they’re right there with me,” he says. “Elvis was the orchestra leader, and we’ve got that going for us.” His show features a whole variety of material Elvis covered during his career, including favourites such as Heartbreak Hotel and My Way.Striking the right chord Dunn says his show really took off once Bill Baize, a former member of Elvis’ backing vocal quartet The Stamps, came on board.“This group was hired by Elvis in 1971 to tour with him, and Elvis loved Bill’s voice so much that he featured him sometimes during sets, and he even sang at Elvis’ funeral,” says Dunn. Baize began working with Baize in January 2017, which was a surprise according to Dunn, who says he had to be vouched for before Baize would consider joining. “Baize doesn’t normally work with people that do what I do, but he’s chosen to work with us,” he says. Dunn also works with a photographer who was with Elvis in the 1970’s and even owns a jumpsuit with a metal stud that fell from Elvis during a performance.He’s watched over 10,000 video clips of Presley and says living up to the legend can be hard. “I try to be a perfectionist, and it’s hard when it comes to Elvis,” he says.Recognition His efforts have certainly been noticed. After only two years of performing professionally as a tribute artist, Dunn won the world’s largest Elvis tribute artist contest in 2009, followed by a first place finish at the world’s largest Elvis gospel competition in 2012. Before his success, Dunn worried his family – and his father especially – might not support his drastic career change. He was astounded when his father supported him and said, “I hae nothing but faith in you.”His father has since passed, but Dunn still holds these words dear to his heart. “That man was my best friend, and his support still means the world to me,” he says. The band has had much success touring Canada and recently performed in Shelburne in March. They’re now looking to break into the United States and have quite the list of shows on Dunn’s website. The Digby show will mark Dunn’s son Charlie’s first ever show. He says he’s excited, to say the least, to see his son’s reaction. “My son thinks he’s seeing Dad when he sees Elvis,” says Dunn. “It’s so normal to him.” The world of Elvis Presley is normal to Dunn as well, who says he’ll never get enough of listening to and performing his music. When he performs, Dunn often appears backstage in what he calls the ‘day-to-day’ Presley look. “Elvis used to wear some freaky clothes even when he was off the stage, and I’ve got plenty of those as well,” says Dunn. He will be doing just that before his show in Digby, where he will hold a VIP ticket meet and greet. VIP ticket packages are available exclusively at his website www.thanedunn.ca. Regular admission tickets are currently being sold at the Digby Arena.
Elvis tribute artist extraordinaire Thane Dunn coming to Digby in June - The Digby Courier

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