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|2018-05-31||50 kg cannabis seized in Thane; three women arrested - The Tribune|
50 kg cannabis seized in Thane; three women arrested Posted at: May 31, 2018, 11:42 AM; last updated: May 31, 2018, 12:02 PM (IST) The Thane police's Crime Branch seized over 50 kg of cannabis estimated to be worth around Rs 7.46 lakh and arrested three women in this connection, an official said on Thursday. Acting on a tip-off, the police kept a watch near the Kalyan railway station and nabbed the three women, all hailing from Odisha, when they came there with the narcotic on May 29, senior police inspector Jairaj Ranavare said. Around 50 kg of the contraband was seized from their possession, he said. Those arrested were identified as Junnu Navrasingh Dakwa (45), Sarojini Swine (31) and Babbi Reddy (35). Offences were registered against them under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the official said. The police was trying to find out from where the women got the cannabis and to whom they intended to sell it, he added.
|2018-05-31||No vehicle fitness tests in Thane for a month; 'could lead to mishaps' - Times of India|
No vehicle fitness tests in Thane for a month; ‘could lead to mishaps’ Updated: Jun 1, 2018, 00:08 IST THANE: The transport department has been forced to temporarily suspend conducting the annual fitness tests in Thane for all commercial vehicles for a month due to non-availability of space for conducting the checks. Due to this, hundreds of commercial vehicles registered in Thane and that are due for their annual fitness checks are likely to ply without completing the mandatory tests till the new place near Kalyan is constructed. It is supposed to be completed by June end. Officials said that they are making temporary arrangements in Navi Mumbai and Kalyan to carry out the tests. This will be done only on Sundays, but only for limited numbers, the officials said. The Thane regional transport office witnesses several hundreds of commercial vehicles coming daily to get their annual fitness tests done. The checks are mandatory for all commercial vehicles, including public transport buses and freight vehicles to ensure that they are in working condition. The transport officials check the operative functions like tail lights, brakes, manoeuvring of the vehicle, crash barriers, etc installed on the automobile during the checks. The tests were to be conducted at the new space allocated at Nandivli near Kalyan from June 1 but due to encroachment issues, the tracks will be ready only by next month. So, the fitness tests will have to be suspended at Thane, said officials. The 25-acre plot was partly encroached upon and had to be freed due to which work got delayed. It may be noted that the transport department used to conduct these tests on city roads that were less crowded. This attracted the ire of the Bombay high court that later allowed them time till May 31 to find a new space. Meanwhile, the temporary suspension is likely to see several owners of commercial vehicles trying to deliberately evade their annual fitness checks and pose danger to other motorists. Activists have expressed surprise that the department has been callous to fellow motorists on the road. They have lashed out at the department for failing to look into the issue beforehand and said the authorities must be blamed if any of these vehicles come across an accident for lack of fitness test. When contacted, the transport department confirmed that they are temporarily planning to stop the checks at Thane but added that a few vehicles wull undergo the tests at the Navi Mumbai and Kalyan ground. “We have had no option but to temporarily suspend the fitness tests of commercial vehicles coming to our Thane office. We are hopeful of getting a dedicated space at Nandivli by June end after which we will shift all operations there. In the meantime, we are working towards a temporary arrangement at Navi Mumbai and Kalyan where we will be conducting the fitness tests,” said Jitendra Patil, regional transport officer at Thane.
|2018-05-31||Online betting case: Bookie may be tried under MCOCA - Times of India|
Online betting case: Bookie may be tried under MCOCA Jun 1, 2018, 00:08 IST THANE: The Thane crime branch is contemplating to invoke the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), 1999, against the accused in the online betting case. If invoked, then it would be the first betting case in the country to be slapped with MCOCA. Sources said that currently they are examining the legality to apply MCOCA and the move could act as a deterrent to curb betting cases. A senior police official said, under MCOCA, the accused will not be able to get bail for a year. If the accused is chargesheeted and convicted then the maximum punishment will be life imprisonment. “During the probe, it was brought to our notice that the accused were repeat offenders as even bookie Sonu Jalan had nearly five cases registered against him. In order to impose a more stringent punishment against the habitual offenders, we are trying to invoke MCOCA against them,” said a senior police officer. The police, after scanning the laptops and mobiles of Jalan, have found that more than 100 bookies were in contact with him. “We are currently decoding their names as the betting circuit uses certain codes to maintain their confidentiality. In the a next few days the others will be summoned for questioning,” said Pradeep Sharma, senior police inspector of the anti-extortion cell. Meanwhile, Jalan has been remanded to police custody till June 2. Appearing for Jalan his advocates Sagar Kadam and Rahul Dangale told the court that the police had already seized his mobile and laptop and under the gambling act it is a bailable offence. The duo also argued that the police did not serve notice under Section 41A of the CrPC. In her order, the magistrate noted that there is need for a detailed investigation and interrogation of the accused. So, the accused will be remanded to police custody till June 2.
|2018-05-31||After HSC, students gear up for various entrance exams - Times of India|
Thane: After HSC, students gear up for various entrance exams Updated: Jun 1, 2018, 00:11 IST THANE: Even as the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) results were announced on Wednesday, it seems the young Thaneites who passed with flying colours are unstoppable, with many already planning ahead, all set to achieve higher goals in lives. While the science students were seen having their heads in the books preparing for an array of entrance examinations, the commerce aspirants were busy purchasing study material on book keeping, accounts etc. Even the humanities achievers were not so far behind with them heading to counselors and teachers to discuss a plethora of career options. Seventeen-year-old Mukta Kothari the topper of the Humanities stream at KG Joshi Bedekar College who scored 89.53% said, “I knew I always wanted to take up this stream since I love logic and philosophy. These two subjects are also tough but very exciting once you get a grip on them. I wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in arts. My first choice would be Ruia College. Later on I might even try out for law and then go on to do my higher studies.” Determined on achieving their goals, some youngsters had even zeroed in on their junior college right since an early age so as to acquire correct guidance and training. Arya Telawane (18) science topper from Shubham Raje Junior College who scored 94.3% said, “I had started preparing for the board exams since day one and that helped me a lot. I knew that I wanted to pursue engineering so I had a college fixed in mind. Now I am waiting for my common entrance test results as I wish to pursue electrical engineering.” A 87.5% scorer, Swapnali Jambhale (18) who is the topper in the commerce stream at Satish Prasad Dnyansadhana College said, “Whenever I would feel nervous or confused in life, I could approach my parents who are supportive and guided me in every step. They tried to even help me in my syllabus. Knowing that such pillars of support are standing behind me gave me immense strength and confidence.” The toppers even attributed their success to the teachers and the staffers at the college.
|2018-05-31||Visually impaired youth scores 64% in HSC - Times of India|
Visually impaired youth scores 64% in HSC May 31, 2018, 22:31 IST THANE: : Swift with solving maths calculations, Vinodkumar Jaiswar’s dreams of being a high-flying banker, but at 11 he lost his vision in a botched cataract surgery. Twenty-year-old Class XII student, however, was determined to achieve his dream and despite zero vision, scored 63.80% in his HSC, commerce stream. “My teachers and parents were very supportive. They guided me throughout the year. I was given separate training by the teachers after school hours which helped boost my confidence. Even at home, I would listen to lectures from the internet and hear the recording on my phone,” said Jaiswar, a student of KG Joshi-Bedekar college. Speaking about the achievement, Sandhya Vaidya, HoD, commerce said, “This is a historical achievement for our college as we never had a visually challenged student in commerce stream, where we have to do lots of calculations, this boy was determined and he proved it."
|2018-05-31||The Rock DJs Thane Kirby and Duncan Heyde defend crowdfunded search for MH370 - Stuff.co.nz|
The Rock DJs Thane Kirby and Duncan Heyde defend crowdfunded search for MH370 JAMES CROOT Last updated 13:02, June 1 2018 THE ROCK The Rock Drive hosts update listeners on their upcoming trip to Mauritius. The Rock Drive Show hosts insist their upcoming trip to search for MH370 is not a stunt.Thane Kirby and Duncan Heyde say they will be fully focused on attempting to do their part to solve one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history when they travel to Mauritius this month. Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 went missing in the early hours of March 8 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The Rock Drive hosts Thane Kirby and Duncan Heyde are headed to Mauritius in June to check out a possible location of the reamins of MH370, a plane that went missing in March 2014. It's a puzzle that has engrossed Kirby from day one. He's run a regular Plane Watch segment, firstly at George FM and now The Rock, updating listeners on any news about the search, long after most other media outlets moved onto other stories."How can you lose a big plane like that with all the technology we've got now?" Kirby says of the reason for his continued interest."Then, there's the conspiracy theorists. Is this to do with the Bermuda Triangle? Some voodoo going on? Or did a country knock it out of the air with a missile? There are a lot of theories going on." For his part, Heyde isn't sure that anything sinister has gone on in the background, but he reckons, "it's worth having a couple of your old-mate, battler Kiwis going to check it out". MediaWorks Thane Kirby and Duncan Heyde took out the prize for Best Network Music Non-Breakfast Team at this year's Radio Awards. READ MORE: * MH370: Experts aim to solve greatest aviation mystery * The Rock slammed by BSA for Thane Kirby's 'exploitative' interview * The crazy world of Thane KirbyBut why an island off the coast of Africa, when virtually everyone else has been looking much further east? Apart from the fact that a small amount debris believed to be from the craft was found on nearby Reunion Island, it was the research of one Australian that Kirby was keen to check out and try to verify."Peter McMahon's pastime and hobby is looking for new volcanoes," Heyde says. THE ROCK The Rock Drive team are heading off to search for MH370 in June. "He had subscriptions which allowed him to access hi-res images from Google Maps and Nasa and he'd scour the ocean looking for them. Soon after the plane disappeared, he stumbled across these two co-ordinates which had what looked like the outline of a plane on them. A few people have discredited him, but Thane and I were like, 'what if? What if he's right and nobody's checked?' Ad Feedback "In all those [Hollywood] disaster movies, when a meteorite or a comet is about to hit the earth, or we're going to have the big freeze, or there's a tidal wave coming, there's always that one crazy guy who says, 'I've got to see the President – this is happening'. And they go, 'whatever, guy, we've got the world's best scientists on this'. But this is just one of those things where you go, 'how do we really know until we go and find out?'It's because "no-one has gone out there and lifted the rock" that Kirby feels he needs to take a look for himself. "I could be right...I could be wrong." Thane Kirby has run a regular on-air Plane Watch segment since MH370 disappeared in 2014. McMahon has been widely discredited after MH370 investigators said the pictures he is claiming as evidence were actually taken in 2009 - years before the plane disappeared."At the end of the day, we want to find a plane," Heyde says. "But, if we don't find a plane, at least we can offer to the families that have got victims that another part of the ocean has been searched. They can cross that off."While they've tried unsuccessfully to get the green light from the Malaysian authorities, partly because of a recent change in regime (although the government has encouraged private searches in the past), they are going with the blessing of Paul Weeks' family, one of two New Zealand citizens on board the ill-fated flight. The painstaking search for missing flight MH370 uncovered a previously unknown undersea world of volcanoes, deep valleys and soaring ridges. "We've been regularly chatting to Charlotte Weeks, his niece," confirms Heyde."She was gutted when the initial search ended, but she was happy to know that we're going and it's great to have her blessing."A sometimes controversial pair (Kirby has been the subject of a number of Broadcasting Standards Authority complaints), Kirby and Heyde's $35,000 week-long trip has only been made possible thanks to a seven-day crowdfunding campaign they conducted back in March. More than 400 Rock listeners donated to the cause. Duncan Heyde says that if he Thane Kirby don't find the plane off the coast of Mauritius, "at least we can offer to the families that have got victims that another part of the ocean has been searched". Heyde says the crowdfunding approach came about after their station manager declined to fund the trip. He says he thinks Rock listeners wanted to donate because like them "everyone wants answers, everyone wants closure for the families".Kirby concurs, adding that "no-one forced them to donate money – they did it because they were interested. Some want an outcome, some just want to know if we're right or not. No one wanted to do nothing."When asked if they feel an obligation to those have donated money, Heyde says they absolutely do, adding that they will share any collateral "spoils" they find while searching. And this is definitely not a holiday for the pair. The Rock In early 2017, Thane Kirby organised for his Rock Drive co-host Duncan Heyde's car to be blown up. "It's going to be brutal. We are only on the ground for three days and 24 of those hours are going to be out on the water. It's also going to take us between 28 and 52 hours, depending on how lucky we are with the layovers, just to get there."Leaving Christchurch after watching the Warriors plays the Sea Eagles on June 9, Kirby and Heyde, who recently took out the 2018 Radio Award for Best Network Music Non-Breakfast Team, will fly to Mauritius via Auckland, Sydney and Dubai. They will be joined on the journey by a search and rescue expert, $150,000 worth of camera gear, and will be met in Mauritius by an announcer from a local radio station Radio 1, who acts as their translator."They are all French speaking over there, which myself and Thane are not so flash at," admits Heyde. Everything you need to watch, hear and read this week. Sign up for our Five Stars newsletter "He's a bit of a character, he's got a thick French accent, so I reckon he's the guy on the ground for us with the local knowledge who will help us out."Bird and Swine Flu jabs are needed to obtain medical insurance for the pair and Heyde says he's been taking Kirby out fishing for the last few months to improve his co-host's "sea legs"."I'm out on the water fishing for snapper all the time, but Thane's caught one big fish and now he reckons he's 'clocked' fishing."What about Somali pirates? Are they prepared for that eventuality? "We've definitely investigated that," says Heyde. "I think Mediaworks would like to know there aren't any, but we're definitely going to be in a part of the world where they operated – around the Horn of Africa. But they prefer deeper water where the cargo ships operate."He says their search expert has told them they will know "reasonably quickly" if they are going to find anything in their proposed search area. "It's only around 50 to 100m deep where we are going, which is a little easier compared to what [US company] Ocean Infinity's official search boat has been looking at – areas that are apparently 2.8km deep."We'll have a four-hour window on each tide where we can have our camera gear on the bottom and outside of that we'll conduct a 1km grid search using sonar."The pair plan to spend one day at both of McMahon's suggested co-ordinates and are aiming to broadcast their show (it will be breakfast time on the island) as normal, "probably half the time from our Mauritius hotel and half on the boat while we are chugging out to the co-ordinates", says Heyde.A videographer will capture their progress for social media and Kiwis will also be able to follow their progress via a diary on the The Rock website."I feel like The Rock listeners will absorb it all and take our word for it," enthuses Heyde. "We've got nothing to hide, we're just a couple of Rock announcers."He admits it did take them a while to get the blessing of one man for the trip –? Mediaworks' CEO Michael Anderson."That included him producing a 50-page health and safety document. 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|2018-05-31||Thane: TMC misses nullah cleaning deadline, almost 30% work yet to be complete - Times of India|
Thane: TMC misses nullah cleaning deadline, almost 30% work yet to be complete TNN | Jun 1, 2018, 00:05 IST THANE: Even as the official deadline for the pre-monsoon nullah cleaning work came to an end of Thursday, the Thane municipal corporation (TMC) said that it is yet to complete almost 30% of the work. The TMC had begun the drive early this year but work is still pending. This came to light on Wednesday when TMC chief Sanjeev Jaiswal carried out an inspection here. The civic officials have, however, assured residents that the work will end by June 3, which is a Sunday. Civic officials had visited a few of the bigger nullahs in the lake city located near Batata company on Ghodbunder Road, Shrirang society, Majiwada, Kapurbawdi and many more. While the one at Batata Company and near Shrirang society was relatively cleaner, the nullah at Majiwada was still filled with garbage and mud. A civic official said, “The nullah cleaning work at Vartak Nagar, Lokmanya Nagar, Wagle Estate and Savarkar Nagar has almost been completed. Only the ones at Hardas Nagar, Samrat Nagar in Mumbra and Samata Nagar are yet to be cleaned. The drainage work carried out at Samata Nagar is causing the delay but it should be complete in the next three days. Work is going on in full swing. If required, another round of cleaning will be conducted after the first showers hit the city as the nullahs will again be accumulated with mud.” The Rs 6 crore project aimed at cleaning and desilting 58 big nullahs for which tenders were invited in end of April began on May 6. Nullah cleaning work at Vartak Nagar, Lokmanya Nagar, Wagle Estate and Savarkar Nagar has almost been completed. Only the ones at Hardas Nagar, Samrat Nagar in Mumbra and Samata Nagar are yet to be cleaned. The drainage work carried out at Samata Nagar is causing the delay but it should be complete in the next three days.
|2018-05-30||Thane police seize gutkha worth 1 crore from parked jeeps at Kashimira - Free Press Journal|
Thane police seize gutkha worth 1 crore from parked jeeps at Kashimira May 30, 2018 09:13 am Bhayandar: In a prize catch for the Thane (rural) police, a huge consignment of gutkha worth more than Rs 99 lakh was seized from parked delivery jeeps in Kashimira during the wee hours on Tuesday. However, no arrests have been made so far. Based on a specific tip-off, a team led by ASP Atul Kulkarni checked the five jeeps that were parked on the service road in Pleasant Park. All the jeeps were found to be carrying a total of 368 gunny bags stashed with sachets of banned tobacco laced products. The Food and Drug Authorities (FDA) which was alerted about the seizure, reached the spot and found 24,757 sachets, the market value of which has been pegged at Rs. 99.66 lakh. However, no arrests had been made till reports last came in. “Investigations were underway to ascertain the origin and destination of the consignment. The culprits involved in the smuggling rackets will be behind the bars soon,” said ASP Atul Kulkarni. While a case under the relevant sections of the IPC and regulations of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations has been registered at the Kashimira police station against unidentified racketeers, the police was trying to source out ownership details of the delivery jeeps. It may be recalled that the Thane (rural) police had seized a consignment of gutkha worth Rs 50 lakh from a tenement in Vinay Nagar, Kashimira in June, 2016. Although, the authorities have been seizing gutkha and scented tobacco products worth lakhs of rupees in frequently conducted raids, the racket involved in smuggling of banned products into Mumbai and Thane from neighboring states like Gujarat continues unabated.
|2018-05-30||No bullet train on our land, demand villagers at Thane public hearing - Free Press Journal|
No bullet train on our land, demand villagers at Thane public hearing May 30, 2018 09:03 am Mumbai: There should be no bullet train on our land, the project will ruin our culture, environment and the traditional businesses, demanded villagers who created chaos during the public hearing. The public hearing had been announced for the upcoming bullet train project within Mumbai-Ahmedabad. The villagers congregated to oppose the project, as the project would snatch them of their livelihood, they claimed. On Tuesday, there was a public hearing for the ambitious project of the central government which will enable people to travel at higher speed between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the two major cities of two different states. More than 19 hectre land will be acquired for this project from the Thane district, The villages in this belt have farmers, fishermen and Agri community people. The villagers have their traditional businesses that might either drop its business. The meeting was arranged under the chairmanship of District magistrate, Shivaji Patil. Other dignitaries present were U P Singh, head of the bullet train project, project officer, R P Singh, the experts from environmental studies, and other experts as well. There was a presentation on the bullet train, but that did not mention the important aspects of the project such as the environment harm, exact map of bullet train route. Later there were question and answer session, where many questions asked by the visitors were left unanswered. The villagers then were infuriated and shouted slogans such as (fek do bullet train) throw away bullet train. The questions asked were about the environment, farms and farming. Many political and non political organisations came together to oppose it. “The train is illegitimate child of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We will go and talk to Japan’s prime minister to express our views. We strongly oppose the project since the farmers will have to suffer due to it,” said MNS incumbant, Rajan Gawand. Villagers can register their opinions within a month, an official said.
|2018-05-30||Kalpataru may bag Mondelez India's Thane land parcel - Economic Times|
Kalpataru may bag Mondelez India's Thane land parcel May 30, 2018, 10.59 AM IST MUMBAI: Realty developer Kalpataru with a price of Rs 282 crore, has emerged as the highest bidder for Mondelez India’s (formerly Cadbury India’s) 8 acre land parcel in Thane, three persons familiar with the development said. “The auction was concluded recently and the deal is likely to be completed over the next couple of months,” said one of the persons mentioned above. Kalpataru is planning to utilize the land parcel to develop a residential project. Located on Pokharan Road 1, the land is estimated to have development potential of nearly 1 million sq ft. According to property consultants, current property prices in the vicinity are ranging between Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 per sq ft. ET’s email query to Kalpataru remained unanswered until the time of going to press, while Mondelez India confirmed that the company is looking at selling its surplus land. “Thane will house our global Research, Development & Quality (RDQ) hub that is being set up with an investment of approximately $15 million. Since our global RDQ hub does not require the entire parcel of land, we are considering the monetisation of some land in excess of our need. We will be unable to comment any further,” Mondelez India spokesperson said in response to ET’s email query. In one of the largest real estate transaction in 2013, Mondelez India sold Cadbury House, an iconic property of India Inc and the popular landmark to signal an entry to South Mumbai, for around ?350 crore. Cadbury House — named after its original owner, Cadbury is spread over nearly an acre plot on Pedder Road, just opposite the Malalaxmi Temple.
|2018-05-30||Dawood's aide, India's top bookie Sonu Jalan arrested in Thane - Economic Times|
Dawood's aide, India's top bookie Sonu Jalan arrested in Thane MAY 30, 2018, 01.10 PM IST India's topmost bookie Sonu Jalan has been arrested in Thane. Jalan, who is also linked to Dawood Ibrahim, has operations in countries like Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan and UAE. The arrest was carried out by the anti-extortion cell and he will be produced before the court today.
|2018-05-30||Thane: TMC's early-payer discount fails to lure locals - Times of India|
Thane: TMC’s early-payer discount fails to lure locals May 31, 2018, 00:58 IST THANE: The lure of rebates has apparently failed to entice residents of Thane into paying their taxes in advance as barely Rs 111 cr of the expected Rs 550 cr income from property holders has been deposited in the civic treasury as the deadline for availing tax concessions ends today (Thursday). The municipal corporation had urged residents to clear their tax defaults including the payment of their current year bills by May 31 and avail of around ten percent discount on the general component of their property tax bills. However, the lure has apparently failed to generate adequate interest among residents who seem to prefer to defer their payments. While the number of tax receipts was yet to be collated, collectively, around Rs 111 crore was collected at various collection centres spread across the city on Wednesday. The figures are more or less the same of what was deposited at the end of two months last fiscal too, said Omprakash Divte, deputy municipal commissioner in charge of the property tax cell. While the quantum of tax was less last year compared to this, officials said the department was positive about getting few more payments by May 31 midnight when the validity of the incentive scheme ends. While those clearing their taxes by May 31, get 10% off on the general component of the tax, those doing so in the next session in June will get around four% off while those making the payments will in July will get three% discount and those making the same in the last leg of the incentive scheme ending August will be given two % concession. It may be noted that the discount will be for the tax amount for the second half of the financial year. The discount for early payers was approved by the general body and has been formulated as an incentive for residents who are genuine tax payers. Officials informed that the scheme worked well for both the residents and the administration. However, activists expressed no surprise at the lackluster response and claimed that making such announcement wasn’t enough and suggested the administration instead work towards making a difference in the lives of the residents. Many suggested the corporation has to make a difference in the civic amenities like good roads, uninterrupted water, ease of securing civic-related permissions and documents etc. They claim that residents will definitely cooperate if they see value for the money paid as taxes every year. “The tax payment seems to be a direct way of gauging the happiness quotient of residents. The citizens must get good water supply, roads, garbage disposal among other facilities before the corporation expects them to pay. People don’t mind paying but they need good services and the corporation must ensure residents that their money is spent well to make them loosen their purse strings and avail of early tax payment,” said a social activist from Thane. Meanwhile, a positive administration said they were working towards a better tomorrow and said they expect the residents to cooperate. “We are hopeful Thaneites will cooperate and pay their taxes on time. The collection offices at the ward levels will be operative till intervening midnight of Thursday-Friday for convenience of residents who can also pay online,” said a senior civic official. We are hopeful Thane residents will cooperate with us and pay their taxes on time. The collection offices at the ward levels will be operative till intervening midnight of Thursday-Friday for convenience of residents who can also pay online.
|2018-05-30||Thane: Musician kills son, hangs self - Times of India|
Thane: Musician kills son, hangs self Updated: May 31, 2018, 05:09 IST THANE: A 39-year-old man and his 7-year-old son were found dead at their Thane residence on Wednesday afternoon. The police said the boy was strangled by his father who then hanged himself, possibly in the early hours of Wednesday. The body of Shomik Ghosh was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the balcony of their eighth-floor flat at Vijay Enclave Complex along Ghodbunder Road and his son, Troyam alias Ekansh, was found dead in the bedroom, police said. Police inspector (crime), Nasir Kulkarni, said they have recovered a written note purportedly written by Ghosh, who was a music teacher, owning up to the murder and suicide, blaming it on the marital dispute he was having. Kulkarni said the victim also arranged music for small music concerts. He lived with his son Ekansh in the flat after his wife left him a couple of months back. It was at 3 pm that a driver knocked at the apartment and there was no response from his flat; police broke open the door and found the boy lying dead in the house and the man hanging from the celling of the fan, said Kulkarni. The police said the boy had been either strangled or smothered with a pillow. The bodies have been sent for a post-mortem to Thane Civil Hospital, the police said. The police said Ghosh's wife had come home last evening to request him to leave her and settle the dispute. The police said they have found a note in which it is mentioned that Ghosh loved his wife and did not want to live without her, said an officer. The news of the deaths has sent shockwaves among residents in the vicinity.
|2018-05-30||HSC results in Thane record 85.56 pass percentage, marginal drop from last year - Times of India|
HSC results in Thane record 85.56 pass percentage, marginal drop from last year May 31, 2018, 00:59 IST THANE: Girls from Thane division outperformed boys yet again this year in the Class XII state board exams, the results of which were declared on Wednesday. While 90.42 per cent of the total 43,323 female students from Thane division cleared their HSC exams this year, the 81.41 pass percentage recorded by the 50,684 male students brought the overall success rate of the division to 85.56 per cent. The Thane division’s overall performance, which has been marginally declining over the past two years, has seen a slight drop once again, from the 85.91 pass percent success rate last year to the 85.56 pass percent this year. While the students of Thane district’s Murbad region took the cake with the entire division scoring an outstanding 89.46 pass percentage, Shahapur came second with a 88.52 success rate. The Navi Mumbai area, which stood first last year with its pass percentage of 89.62 dropped to the third place in the division this year with its 88.32 per cent success rate. This was closely followed by Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation’s success rate of 87.15 per cent. From the third last position last year, Thane city has climbed up the ladder and taken the fifth place with its 85.23 success rate this year. The lowest success rate of 77.62 per cent was recorded in the Bhiwandi taluka. Of the 94,007 students who appeared for the HSC exam, as many as 9,190 students secured a distinction, while 26,228 others, which adds up to around 30 per cent of the lot, came under the first class category. Around 40.6 per cent passed with a second grade, while around seven per cent of the rest came under the pass grade category here.
|2018-05-30||Man kills son, commits suicide in Thane after second wife seeks divorce - Hindustan Times|
Man kills son, commits suicide in Thane after second wife seeks divorce Shoumik Ghosh left a suicide note in which he mentioned about his second wife seeking divorce MUMBAI Updated: May 31, 2018 00:32 IST A music teacher from Thane alleged smothered his 7-year-old son — from his first wife —to death and later committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan on Wednesday. The incident took place at a posh society in Kasarwadavli, Thane. Shoumik Ghosh left a suicide note in which he mentioned about his second wife seeking divorce. Ghosh wrote he would not be able to live without her and decided to take the drastic step. He was a music teacher and would arrange music for events as well. Inspector Nasir Kulkarni from Kasarwadavli police station said, “Ghosh and his second wife were divorcee before they met each other through a matrimonial site. The couple had been quarrelling regularly for the past few months. Relatives said they suspect Ghosh’s past, which he hid form his second wife, was behind their bickering. Also, his second wife had been living with her mother for the past two months.” Ghosh’s second wife came home on Tuesday to discuss permanent separation through divorce following which the two had a heated argument, after which the woman left the house. Cops said the next day Ghosh wrote the suicide note before smothering his son to death and then committed suicide after confirming that the child was dead. Kulkarni said, “The incident came to light after Ghosh failed to open the door for his driver, after which the driver alerted the police. When the police broke open the door to enter Ghosh’s residence, they found his body lying on the floor with a piece of rope around his neck.” He added, “His son’s body was next to him. Though we rushed them to Thane civil hospital, both were declared dead on arrival. The bodies will be handed over to the family after post mortem.”
|2018-05-30||Thane students lift success rate to 89.53% from previous year, girls outperform boys - Times of India|
Thane students lift success rate to 89.53% from previous year, girls outperform boys May 31, 2018, 01:00 IST THANE: While there has been a drop in the overall success rate in the Thane division, students of Thane city have scored better in HSC exam this year. As many as 16,650 students of the 19,534 Class XII students, who appeared for their exams across all streams from the 93 colleges in the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) area cleared their exams, thus slightly lifting the city’s success rate from 85.05 per cent last year to 85.23 per cent this year. While female students in these schools pushed the city’s success rate up with their impressive 89.53 pass percentage, male students scored a success rate of 81.5 per cent. Just as the overall success rate of HSC colleges in the city has increased this year the number of those securing a cent percent result has also gone up from seven colleges last year to 10 this year, including Chitalsar’s St Xavier’s Junior College, Patlipada’s Shubham Raje Junior College and Kalwa’s Laxmi Vidyamandir. Parmeshwar Gatkal, founder and principal of Shubham Raje Junior College, said, “We arrange extra lectures, prepare 10-12 question paper sets and provide a proper guidance session to help our students thoroughly prepare for their exams. A special session on time management is also organised wherein we tell students how much time must be spent on every question so they are able to complete the paper.” Many others who missed this ideal success rate with a margin of one to two per cent have already started planning to ensure their weaker students do well in the coming years. Dr Ekta Harshvardhan, principal of Pace Jr. Science College (Thane), which secured a 99.01 pass percentage this year, said, “This year, we missed the cent percent result by a slight margin. We will be providing special coaching and counselling for the students who failed. While we are afraid that some may not want to re-appear, we will do our best to convince them.”
|2018-05-29||Need of hour is Mumbai Metro linking Thane, Bhiwandi and Kalyan - Free Press Journal|
Need of hour is Mumbai Metro linking Thane, Bhiwandi and Kalyan May 29, 2018 08:48 am Mumbai: The techno-economic feasibility of the metro corridor connecting Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan revealed the need for a corridor in the region due to its huge ridership demand. The report was made by an Italy-based consultant appointed by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). MMRDA had appointed an Italian company, D’Appolonia SpA, to study the techno-economic feasibility of Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan region which was conducted in April 2015. Under section 41 C MR and TP act (Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act), government had appointed MMRDA as ‘Special Planning Authority’ for 27 villages from Kalyan and for Bhiwandi surrounded notified areas covering 60 villages in August 2006 and March 2007. According to the DPR created by Italy consultant, the proposed BSNA (Bhiwandi surrounding notified area) and Kalyan development plans coming up in the regions would cause the travel demand to grow steeply in the region. The expected peak traffic demand on 23.6 km Thane- Bhiwandi-Kalyan corridor has been assessed as 17,500 PHPDT (Peak Hour Per Direction Traffic). “Considering the peak hour passenger demand there will be a need to introduce a metro based Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) for Thane- BHiwandi Kalyan corridor”, said a consultant The consultant added that the metro corridor would provide fast, safe, economic and environment friendly mode for mass movement of passengers. The areas of Thane and Kalyan are major trip generating locations in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). “Trip generating location means, large number of people originate and end in each of the zones like Thane and Kalyan,”said consultant. The consultant also said there is a considerable population of working class is residing in Thane and Kalyan. “Bhiwandi is a hub for warehouses and small industries, which causes it to become a major trip attraction zone,” said a consultant. The DPR also mentions the fact that there is a lack of connectivity between these three zones. “Besides having railway stations at Thane and Kalyan, most of the time suburban rails have a passenger volume which is more than passenger loading capacity of the suburban railway causing high level of discomfort to the commuters,” added the consultant. The mandate for the Italy based consultant was to propose a metro or a mono rail corridor for the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan. “The metro would be constructed on the top of the road for Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan stretch which would be similar to the metro corridor in Versova-Andheri-Ghatkoper “In future, several other metro corridors proposed like Wadala-Thane, Versova-Ghatkoper and Andheri-Dahisar will be well connected to Thane-Kalyan-Bhiwandi metro corridor for integrated network,” said a consultant from D’Appolonia SpA. The entire stretch of Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan has wider roads and has no sharp curve which also allows to construct a metro corridor in the region. Population values as per 2011 Population of Thane 18,41,488 Population of Bhiwandi-Nizampur 7,09,665 Population of KDMC 12,47,327 As per study, population projected for 2021 Thane: 23,40,000 Bhiwandi: 8,93,000 Bhiwandi surrounding areas: 2,98,000 Kalyan area (including villages): Approximately 30 lakhs.
|2018-05-29||Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar back in Thane Central Jail after hospitalisation - Financial Express|
Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar back in Thane Central Jail after hospitalisation Fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar, who was referred to the J J Hospital here last night after he suffered from ill-health, was taken back to the Thane Central Jail early today, an official said. Published: May 29, 2018 11:34 AM Fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, who was referred to the J J Hospital here last night after he suffered from ill-health, was taken back to the Thane Central Jail early today, an official said. Kaskar, who has been lodged in the Thane Central Prison, was taken to the state-run J J Hospital in South Mumbai’s Byculla area yesterday around 10 pm after he complained of chest pain and giddiness, the hospital’s medical officer said. Apart from chest pain and giddiness, Kaskar also had a skin ailment, a doctor at the hospital told PTI. He was examined at the hospital and provided necessary medical treatment, he said. “After the medication and evaluation of his health condition, we found no further need of keeping him in the hospital. He was taken back to the Thane jail around 3 am today,” the doctor said. Kaskar, deported from the UAE in 2003, was arrested by the Thane Police in September last year in connection with an investigation into an extortion case. He is suspected to have been operating the real estate business of his brother in Mumbai, the police earlier said.
|2018-05-29||Bullet train hearing a farce:Thane residents - Hindustan Times|
Bullet train hearing a farce:Thane residents Train will pass through nine villages in Thane district. More than 250 farmers will lose 20 hectares of land MUMBAI Updated: May 29, 2018 23:54 IST The public hearing on the environmental impact of the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Railway project failed to address concerns raised by the people. On Tuesday, officials of National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), the executing body for the project, heard residents express fears on destruction of mangroves, creek eco-system and threat to the migratory flamingoes along with the impact it will have on Agri, Koli and farmers’ community in Thane district. The bullet train will pass through nine villages in Thane district. More than 250 farmers will lose 20 hectares of land. The meeting at Ram Ganesh Gadkari Rangayatan began with a presentation on the benefits the project would bring to the environment. Residents claimed that the hearing was a farce as the authorities did not advertise it so not many people knew about it. Advocate Bharadwaj Choudhari, who was present at the hearing, said, “The presentation had no details or the ill-effects the project will have on the environment. We want a proper route map which wasn’t given at the hearing.” Resident deputy collector Shivaji Patil, who chaired the meeting, asked the residents to give their questions in writing in one month and the NHSRCL will have to answer. RP Singh, the project manager of NHSRCL, said a geological survey was done at a every 250 metres on the route and environmentalists visited the route to study the impact. Mayuresh Bhadsavle, one of the residents at the hearing, said, “There was no mention where the mangroves would be replanted. The report said there are 34 lakes and ponds along the route, but there is no information on what will be done to conserve them.” NCP city president Anand Paranjpe and party workers from Thane were not allowed to enter the venue. Farmers oppose the project Some farmers present for the hearing protested against the project by raising slogans. Govind Bhagat, a farmer, said, “The problems of the farmers have been overlooked. The Agri, Koli and farmer community will face huge losses in the project. We do not want the train in Thane.”
|2018-05-29||Thane anti-extortion cell nabs Sonu Jalan, India's leading cricket bookie - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane anti-extortion cell nabs Sonu Jalan, India's leading cricket bookie Updated: May 29, 2018, 10:43 PM IST The anti-extortion cell of the Thane Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested Sonu Yogendra Jalan, alias Sonu Malad, one of the country’s leading cricket bookies. He was arrested in connection with a betting racket that was busted in Dombivali on May 16. Jalan was arrested from Kalyan on Tuesday evening by the anti-extortion cell for providing software to the five bookies who were arrested in the Dombivali case. “His software called ‘Bet and Take’ is quite famous among bookies and is used by them in India and internationally as well,” said police inspector Rajkumar Kotmire, of the Thane anti-extortion cell. “His arrest is big, as it will help us unearth the national and international network of bookies,” he added. On May 16, four bookies – Gautam Savla, 43, Nitin Punjani, 28, Nikhil Sampat, 53 and Khushal Khimji, 41 were arrested by the anti-extortion cell during a raid in a shop at Shanti Sadan, Dombivli east. They were caught betting online as well as on their mobile phone during the Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab at Wankhede stadium. This was followed by the arrest of one more bookie Vrajesh Joshi, 27 Sonu Jalan who stays at Kandivli has a monthly turnover of above Rs 500 crore and the cops suspect that during this year’s IPL it might have crossed Rs 1000 crore. He was last arrested in 2012 by the Mumbai police for betting on the IPL match at that time. He also told the cops during investigation that he paid Rs 10 crore to a Sri Lankan player to fix a match. He has clients as well as punters in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. “We will produce him in Thane court tomorrow for further custody,” he adds. Earlier this week, the International Cricket Council (ICC) responded to a documentary by TV channel Al Jazeera alleging pitch doctoring and match fixing in three Test matches. The ICC's anti-corruption unit said that it is taking the allegations extremely seriously and an investigation is underway. "The ICC has now had the opportunity to view the documentary into corruption in cricket and as we have previously stated, we are taking the contents of the programme and the allegations it has made extremely seriously. A full investigation led by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit, working with full cooperation from all Member countries identified in the programme, is now underway to examine each claim made," Alex Marshall, ICC general manager, anti-corruption unit said.
|2018-05-29||Crab's blue blood used to dupe Thane based businessman online - India Today|
Crab’s blue blood used to dupe Thane based businessman online Mumbai, May 29, 2018, UPDATED 22:26 IST The Thane crime branch has busted a gang of online fraudsters, who duped people in the name of buying and selling horse shoe crabs blue blood to pharmaceutical companies in the United Kingdom through Facebook. Earlier, this month, the Unit 1 of Thane crime branch received a complaint from Ulhasnagar based person who said that he had been duped of Rs 3.66 lakhs by some people who had claimed to have been buying horse shoe crabs blue blood for exports to a UK based pharma company. Ninad Telgote had approached Unit 1 of Thane crime branch claiming that he was contacted by some unknown person who posed as the representative of a UK based pharma company named Kent Pharmaceuticals which was involved in manufacturing of medicines using horse shoe crabs blue blood. The Facebook message said that the company needed crabs blood for manufacturing medicines and were ready to pay a large amount of money for the same. Few days before seeing this message, Telgote had seen another post from a person who claimed to supply horse crabs blood. Telgote contacted the person and exchanged mobile numbers, the person who dealt with Telgote promised a huge amount if he was able to deliver the blood. Telgote then contacted the supplier, who offered him blood at a very low price. At the same time Telgote was offered 3 times the price of what he was being supplied at by the buyer. Telgote purchased crab blood worth Rs 3.66 lakhs from the supplier and then sold it to the buyer who met him at Navi Mumbai. Once the blood was received, the buyer promised Rs 10.50 lakh to Telgote through online transfer but stopped receiving his calls and was unreachable after a few days. This is when Telgote came to know that he had been duped and filed a complaint, said a senior police officer of Thane crime branch. The crime branch officials tracked the mobile numbers and IP addresses of the computers used by the accused and nabbed a person named Abdul Kacchi from Panvel. Kachi was the person who posed as the buyer and his arrest led the crime branch team to two Nigerian nationals named Stanley Sunday, 41 and Onkanchi Madu, 40. Both Nigerian nationals were residing in Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai. "The arrested trio revealed that they had been posing as suppliers and buyers for crab blood and would lure victims with huge returns upto three to four times of what they have invested. They would send across messages through social media and cheat people who fell into their trap," said DCP Abhishek Trimukhe from Thane crime branch. Police recovered 37 mobile phones, 21 debit cards, 28 cheque books of various banks and 47 imported watches from the accused.
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|2018-05-29||Thane's project-affected residents plan indefinite hunger strike - Hindustan Times|
Thane’s project-affected residents plan indefinite hunger strike Over 12,000 residents from areas like Ghodbunder, Panchpakhadi, Kalwa, Subhash Nagar and Ambedkar Road. MUMBAI Updated: May 29, 2018 15:29 IST Project-affected people (PAP)?from Thane numbering in the hundreds have are demanding that the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) give them a permanent home in the same location from where they are displaced. The residents have alleged that the corporation has displaced them to rental homes at present and there is no assurance of a permanent residence. They have asked that the TMC give them assurances of being rehabilitated in the same area and have threatened to stage an indefinite hunger strike till their demands are met. The corporation undertook a massive road widening project which began in 2015. Over 12,000 residents from areas like Ghodbunder, Panchpakhadi, Kalwa, Subhash Nagar and Ambedkar Road who were affected by the work, have come together to form a co-ordination committee to fight for their rights. Kishore Divekar, the chief co-ordinator of the committee who is one of the project-affected people, said, “Most of us were displaced without any prior notice or time. At Anandnagar, the homes which were not blocking the road-widening projects were also demolished. The residents near Ambedkar Road Lake were also removed for the beautification of the lake; however the corporation’s ward office along the same area was left untouched. We will put forth all these demands before the collector.” The residents claimed that while they are not against development, they deserve permanent homes rather the rental apartments to which they were shifted, which they claim are devoid of basic facilities. “We will provide permanent accommodation as per the availability of the housing stock. Till then, we have given the residents accommodation in rental homes as a temporary arrangement,” said an official from the town-planning department.
|2018-05-29||Dawood Ibrahim aide, India's topmost bookie arrested in Thane - India Today|
Dawood Ibrahim aide, India's topmost bookie arrested in Thane Mumbai, May 30, 2018, UPDATED 02:44 IST Thane police on Tuesday arrested a top bookie who had been running a multi-crore online betting racket from Mumbai and various other states of the country. Thane police's Anti Extortion Cell had conducted a raid on commercial premises in the Dombivali area of Thane and had seized laptops, numerous mobile phones as well as sheets used for placing bets on the ongoing IPL final of this season. After the primary bookies were arrested, it was revealed that the kingpin of the racket was Sonu Jalan - alias Sonu Malad - who is the topmost bookie in the country. Jalan had evolved an online betting system this season for which links of the matches were sent through social media to avoid being detected by police and other agencies. Interested parties would then place bets through the links and a confirmation would be received via calls from the Dombivali-based commercial premises. This place was one of many such outlets Jalan opened to invite bets and it is suspected that such betting centres were operated from various places across the country and even overseas. Jalan has numerous cases registered against him and his name had even cropped up during the IPL scam busted by Mumbai Police in 2012. Jalan is said to be connected with the Dawood Ibrahim gang that runs a cricket betting mafia from Pakistan and UAE. Jalan has men working for him in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa and various countries in Europe as well. In the country, Jalan had set up centres in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, Chandigarh and other cities. Jalan's arrest is a big catch for the police as it will lead to several other ring leaders working for betting mafia and Dawood Ibrahim gang in the country and even overseas. Sonu Jalan is said to be very closely associated with the Dawood Ibrahim gang's ringleader in Dubai who controls the mafia on behest of the gang, Sunil Dubai. He would contribute a huge sum every month to a chit fund run by Sunil Dubai. His name cropped up in an IPL spot fixing scandal but that didn't stop him from running the business. Jalan is said to have amassed an empire worth hundreds of crores of rupees and has invested a large amount of it in hospitality and construction in Mumbai and Gujarat.
|2018-05-29||Parts of Thane to face 12-hour water cut today - Times of India|
Parts of Thane to face 12-hour water cut today May 30, 2018, 04:18 IST THANE: Thousands of residents across the lake city will have to brace for a 12-hour water cut from Wednesday morning as water supply coming from Shahad Temghar (STEM) water resource company will be shutdown to carry out pre-monsoon repairs. Areas along Ghodbundar Road, including Waghbil, Patlipada and Azad Nagar will not receive water for 12 hours on Wednesday from 9am till 9pm. Parts of Siddeshwar lake, Rutu park, H&R Johnson area in Dongripada will face a cut from Wednesday night at 9pm till Thursday 9am. The Thane municipal corporation has also advised citizens to use water judiciously for the next couple of days after the cut as the flow of water will be affected.
|2018-05-29||Thane schools cheer as many score cent percent in CBSE Class X exam - Times of India|
Thane schools cheer as many score cent percent in CBSE Class X exam Updated: May 30, 2018, 04:16 IST THANE : On Tuesday, the campuses across city schools were filled with excitement and jubilation after the CBSE Class X results were declared. Many city schools recorded cent percent results. After giving up on a number of extra-curricular activities and spending extra hours in studying and revising all through the year, the 972 CBSE students here as well as their parents could finally breathed a sigh of relief as they not only cleared the board exams, but also fared well. Speaking about her year-long struggle to reach to the top, 16-year-old Pooja Mahajan, who topped Lokpuram Public School with a 98.6%, said, "As this was the final year I had to push myself harder than before. After revising what was taught in school I spent five hours studying daily. Even though I was weak in maths, my mother and sister helped me prepare for it. I managed to score 100 out of 100 in it." Agreeing with Mahajan, New Horizon Scholars Schools' topper Omkar More (15) who scored 98.8%, said, "As we had to study the full year's syllabus , which is why I took the help of my teachers and finished it months in advance. I spent the end of the year, revising, solving papers and taking adequate breaks and rest." Despite having worked twice as hard throughout the year, these students believe that they may not have been able to achieve their scores without the support of their parents and teachers. "My teachers advised me to solve numerous sample papers in every subject which helped me manage my writing speed, time and prepare for the exams in the end. While they, along with my parents, helped me correct these test papers, my younger sister helped me master the English subject," said Adrija De (15), a DAV Thane student who came second in the city with a 98.8%. While the results have put a smile on the faces of city students, their principals, teachers and family members are ecstatic. "Our school's mission is to see our students excel and all through the year we have been preparing them for this by holding extra classes, revisions, providing one-on-one attention and so on. We are happy that out of 121 students, 41 have secured 90%," said Jyoti Nair, principal of city-based New Horizon Scholars School. "Besides helping our students prepare for the exam, we ensured that they have a stress-free environment, which induces learning at school and at home, through parent-teacher interactions. Our efforts seem to have borne fruit as 154 of our 450 students secured 90% and above. A few went on to top the city as well," said DAV Thane principal Simmi Juneja.
|2018-05-29||'Drizzle in lake city indicates monsoon fast approaching' - Times of India|
‘Drizzle in lake city indicates monsoon fast approaching’ Updated: May 30, 2018, 00:38 IST THANE: Thane citizens woke up to cloudy skies on Tuesday morning after witnessing a brief spell of drizzle in some parts of the city late on Monday. As monsoon is gaining momentum in the southern part of the country, experts predict that such a weather will persist for the next couple of days. Weathermen said that this pre-monsoon activity could be coupled with lightning as well as thunderstorms, indicating that monsoon is soon approaching. Chief meteorologist at Skymet Weather, a private Indian company that provides weather forecast and solutions, Mahesh Palawat, said, “An air mass location area has been created along the Karnataka coast, giving rise to pre-monsoon activities in Thane and its neighbouring areas. Because of this occurrence, occasional light rain and partly cloudy skies are likely to continue for the next few days till the first week of June. Sometime between June 6 and 8, rains are expected to lash heavily.” While citizens welcomed the sudden spells, there is no relief yet from the heat as the maximum temperatures are expected to hover around 36 degree Celsius. Shreya Naresh, a resident of Ghodbunder Road, said, “I had gone for a drive with my friends at around 2am and it suddenly started drizzling. We were somewhere near Upvan when the drizzle picked up pace. The weather must have hardly lasted for half an hour, but it made our drive more fun. I hope this does not increase the temperature during the day time.”
|2018-05-29||16-year-old twins score almost identical percent in boards - Times of India|
16-year-old twins score almost identical percent in boards May 30, 2018, 00:42 IST THANE: They may not be identical but their Class X CBSE exam scores are almost identical. The 16-year-old twins Shubhangi and Sampriti Bhattacharya from Thane’s Lokpuram school used to get the same grades throughout their schooling. So, even in their CBSE exam the duo were determined to secure the same percentage. While Shubhangi, the elder of the two, scored 95.6%, Sampriti scored 94.6%. Although the girls preferred to study alone, they would solve worksheets and compete with one another. In case they would face face any problem they would also help each other. “Even if we are twins, we both had a different pace of studying. So we preferred self-study. We used to discuss worksheets, tests, homework together. We used to check on how each one has fared. I knew I could count on my sister in case of any problem,” said Sampriti, who was born just three minutes after Shubangi. When the two face exam pressure and stress, they would rely on each other to calm themselves down and keep their cool. “Whenever my sister would feel stressed, I would console and motivate her to do her best. Knowing that she is also sailing in the same boat, I would feel calmer and less anxious. Without her support and that of my teachers and parents, I wouldn’t have been able to do this well, ” said Shubhangi. Meanwhile, while the twins have scored almost the same percentage in their boards, their career plan is completely different from each other. While Shubhangi intends to pursue medicine and is preparing for National Eligibility cum entrance test, Sampriti wishes to pursue engineering and has already secured admission for an integrated course.
|2018-05-29||2 Nigerians held for 3 lakh 'crab blood' fraud | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India|
2 Nigerians held for 3 lakh 'crab blood' fraud Updated: May 30, 2018, 04:08 IST THANE: Two Nigerians who cheated a Kalwa resident of over Rs 3 lakh by offering to sell "rare blue blood of crabs" were arrested by the city crime branch on Tuesday. Police suspect that Ejjoku Sunday aka Stanley Sunday (41) and Onkanchi Madu (40) are part of a gang led by Abdul Katchi (40), who was arrested earlier. They are allegedly involved in Rs 50-crore online frauds. Joint police commissioner Madhukar Pandey said people were duped getting money from the sale of "blue blood of crabs, elephant semen and exotic Indian medicines for treating AIDS".
|2018-05-28||In Thane, Police Hunt For Man Who Took Bank Loans With Fake ... - NDTV|
In Thane, Police Hunt For Man Who Took Bank Loans With Fake Documents The accused used to change his name and prepare fake documents to approach banks for availing loans for various purposes. Updated: May 28, 2018 16:49 IST THANE: The city police has registered offences against a 36-year-old man who allegedly cheated a bank in Thane by taking loans based on fake documents and then defaulting on repayment. The accused used to change his name and prepare fake documents to approach banks for availing loans for various purposes, Kasarwadavali police station's senior inspector Datta Dhole said today. The police registered an FIR yesterday on the directions of a local court, after a Thane-based branch of a nationalised bank approached it, he said, adding that a search was on for the man. According to the FIR, the accused had taken a car loan of Rs. 49.76 lakh in December 2014, a housing loan of Rs. 1.16 crore in January 2015 and a personal loan of Rs. 50 lakh in March 2015 from the bank. He made a part payment of the loan amounts and then defaulted, Mr Dhole said. The accused was yet to repay the loan amount totalling Rs. 1.55 crore, the official said. The man had also allegedly cheated other nationalised banks earlier with the same modus operandi and the cases against him were being probed by a leading investigation agency, he said. The accused was booked under various IPC sections for cheating, criminal breach of trust and forgery, the police added.
|2018-05-28||Five arrested for assaulting coaching class owner in Thane - Business Standard|
Five arrested for assaulting coaching class owner in Thane Last Updated at May 28, 2018 15:25 IST Five persons have been arrested for allegedly posing as ACB officials and barging into a coaching class and assaulting its owner in Maharashtra's Thane district, a senior police official said today. The incident had taken place on April 28. Officials said that a group of people had come in a SUV and barged into a coaching class run by Allwyn Xavier P Parvez (39). The group had allegedly posed as Anti-Corruption Bureau officials and had threatened and assaulted Parvez, officials said. Speaking to reporters here, D S Swami, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 1, said, " Five persons have been arrested and we are trying to find out the motive behind the act." Police identified the five as Mayur Rane, a resident of Waghbil here, Mohit Verma, Manojkumar Madan Mohan Prasad, Mithalesh Mukhiya and Suraj Pawar, all residents of Andheri in neighbouring Mumbai. Naupada police station registered a case against the five for offences like house-trespass, impersonating a public servant and unlawful assembly, an official said. Further investigations into the incident were underway, he added.
|2018-05-28||3 transgenders attacked in Thane by MNS workers - Hindustan Times|
3 transgenders attacked in Thane by MNS workers Police say they were begging, MNS workers allege that they were involved in prostitution; all three admitted to hospital MUMBAI Updated: May 28, 2018 18:42 IST Three transgender people were beaten up brutally in Thane, allegedly by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers, including women, late on Sunday. The three victims were taken to Thane civil hospital; one of them has suffered serious injuries and has been moved to another hospital. “They were involved in prostitution. We made several complaints, but officials did not remove them from the spot,” said one of the accused, on condition of anonymity. Around 20 people got together on Sunday near Majiwada bridge in Thane where the three victims usually operate, police sources said. V Darekar, senior police inspector from Kapurbawdi police station, said the trio was only standing and begging on the side of the road and were not involved in prostitution. “They are not regulars at the spot, in fact they are seen there rarely,” he said. “We have got medical reports and based on that we have registered a case against the MNS’ Thane president Avinash Jadhav and 20 other party workers, including six women. We are in the process of tracing the accused. We have summoned Jadhav to record his statement, then we will take action.” The police have registered a case of assault and rioting under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. A video of the incident is doing the rounds on social media. “It’s sad that in our society we are not given any rights. We have been created like this, it’s not our fault. If we are accepted and have options, things would be different. Even if we are educated and qualified, we don’t get jobs, and if at all someone hires us, there is always discrimination,” said a transgender from Thane, requesting anonymity. “Our members were beaten up badly, they were bleeding profusely.”
|2018-05-28||TMC plans school for special kids in Kausa - Times of India|
TMC plans school for special kids in Kausa Updated: May 29, 2018, 03:36 IST THANE: With an aim to provide education to differently-abled kids from Mumbra and its suburbs, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is planning a school for special children in Kausa. The proposal, which was tabled for discussion at the general body meeting this month received unanimous nod from members of the House. A survey was conducted two months ago by the officials in Mumbra and Diva wherein it was revealed that around 150 mentally and physically challenged students, who were underprivileged were unable to cope with the curriculum of civic schools. A civic official said, “After conducting the study, we decided to take help from a local non government organisation (NGO) and together brainstormed for solutions. Besides a number of private schools, there is only one civic school in Thane — Jidd School, which is solely for special children. So, we thought of setting up another such school in these areas as they cannot afford to travel to Thane. We will be collaborating with the NGO and provide them with the basic facilities.” According to plans, the civic body will be running the school with Ummeed Foundation in Mumbra, which is already imparting training to over 250 special kids from the area free of cost. Parvez Farida, president of the foundation, said, “Since the past eight years we have been working with differently-abled kids. Due to limited space, we can only accommodate 250 kids now although 200 more are on the waiting list. When TMC approached us we were thrilled. After zeroing in on the plot, work will begin immediately and hopefully the school will function by September.” The newly proposed school aims to provide children with a physiotherapy centre, vocational training and guidance, counseling sessions and academic assistance. Besides a number of private schools, there is only one civic school in Thane — Jidd School, which is solely for special children. As a result of this, we thought of setting up another such school in these areas as the kids cannot afford to travel to Thane.
|2018-05-28||Another bookie held in Thane IPL betting ring - Times of India|
Another bookie held in Thane IPL betting ring May 29, 2018, 04:32 IST THANE: The anti-extortion cell of Thane police has arrested a key member of an online cricket betting ring for providing customised software for a racket that was busted in Dombivli. This is the fifth arrest in the racket. The previous four arrested bookmakers, or bookies, allegedly had an online betting set-up with countrywide reach. The system was highly successful during the recently concluded IPL season, the police said. The latest bookie to be arrested, Vrajesh Joshi (27), was reportedly instrumental in customising online betting for the IPL and allegedly made it easier for both punters and bookies to conduct betting on cricket matches, said a police officer. “Joshi, a Mulund resident, was key to setting up the entire ring, operational in various cities simultaneously,” an officer said. He said the server of the website Joshi and the other racketeers used seems to be in Russia and a technical probe is underway. An officer said a Pakistan link too has been found and the police are working on it. On May 16, the date of the Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI match at Wankhede stadium, detectives from the police’s anti-extortion cell got a tip-off about the betting operation at Dombivli. They raided a shop at Shanti Sadan, Dombivli (east), and arrested three bookies, Gautam Savla (43), Nikhil Sampat (53) and Nitin Punjani (28). Later, Khushal Khimji (41), aka Rambhaiyya, was arrested. The raiding party seized two laptops, Rs 1.6 lakh in cash, three cellphones and a diary containing the contacts of punters, said investigating officer RV Kothmire. The shop from where the betting operation was carried out was rented especially for the IPL season. Bookies usually prefer to operate from secret locations and refrain from accepting bets from people not known to them. The activities within the shop were thus camouflaged.
|2018-05-28||Thane city police register complaint against 36-year-old for cheating bank - Times of India|
Thane city police register complaint against 36-year-old for cheating bank Updated: May 29, 2018, 03:33 IST THANE: The city police has registered offences against a 36-year-old man who allegedly cheated a bank here by taking loans based on fake documents and then defaulting on repayment. The accused used to change his name and prepare fake documents to approach banks for availing loans for various purposes. The police registered an first information report (FIR) yesterday on the directions of a local court, after a Thane-based branch of a nationalised bank approached it, he said. According to the FIR, the accused had taken a car loan of Rs 49.76 lakh in December 2014, a housing loan of Rs 1.16 crore in January 2015 and a personal loan of Rs 50 lakh in March 2015 from the bank. The accused was yet to repay the loan amount totalling Rs 1.55 crore, the official said.
|2018-05-28||Five fake ACB officials held for assaulting coaching class owner - Times of India|
Five fake ACB officials held for assaulting coaching class owner Updated: May 29, 2018, 03:35 IST THANE: Five persons have been arrested for posing as officials from the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) and assaulting a coaching class owner on April 28 at Teen Haath petrol pump. The accused have been identified as Manojkumar Prasad, Mohit Verma, Mithilesh Mukhiya, Suraj Pawar and Mayur Rane, who is the main accused in the case. According to the police, on April 28, the accused went to the coaching class and asked the owner, Allwyn Xavier Perez (39) to come out. They posed as ACB officials and told him that their senior officer wants to speak to him. When Perez refused to budge, they forcibly tried to drag him out and manhandled him. The other staff at the class intervened and one person told the accused that everything was being recorded. Hearing this, the accused left Perez and fled the scene. The victim then lodged a complaint with the Naupada police who registered a complaint under Sections 452, 170, 143, 146 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The cops then started a manhunt for the accused, said DCP (zone 1) D S Swamy. The cops initially checked the CCTV footage in the vicinity and finally nailed the accused. He was arrested on Sunday.
|2018-05-28||Thane Municipal Corporation: Cluster development scheme draws suggestions - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Municipal Corporation: Cluster development scheme draws suggestions Updated: May 28, 2018, 05:50 AM IST Apart from filing 3,000 objections, Thane local have also submitted suggestions to the cluster development scheme proposed by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The Alert Citizens' Forum has suggested certain modifications and clarifications which better the clusters in the city. One of the suggestions by the citizens' forum wants the civic body to include the building plans which were approved by gram panchayats in Thane before the formation of the TMC in the 90s. "Thane had any gaothans and many structures came up after panchayat's approval. TMC should consider these buildings legal and give them 25 per cent extra space," says Dayanand Nene, a member of Alert Citizens Forum, adding, "Otherwise they may not want to be a part of the cluster." Moreover, since horizontal hutments will be formed into clusters which will be housed in a tower, this will leave a lot of vacant land. The civic body should clarify the proposed land use of the vacant land. "Otherwise people may not come forward to offer their areas for CD if there are no accruing benefits," added Nene.
|2018-05-27||Thane Eugene Cesar: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know - Heavy.com|
|2018-05-27||Maharashtra: Housewife abducted in Thane - The New Indian Express|
Maharashtra: Housewife abducted in Thane A Thane housewife was abducted from Dombvili area by a gang, who abandoned her at Kalyan after robbing her of jewellery and cash. Published: 27th May 2018 02:23 PM | Last Updated: 27th May 2018 02:23 PM THANE: A Thane housewife was abducted from Dombvili area by a gang, who abandoned her at Kalyan after robbing her of jewellery and cash, police said on Sunday. Senior Inspector of Dombvili police station VM Pawar told this correspondent that the victim (46) of Saraswat Colony had gone to the market for some work on May 25, at about 1200 hrs on Thakurli road. She saw a pregnant lady asking for help and when she went to give her a helping hand, the victim was pushed into an auto-rickshaw. One of the occupants placed a handkerchief on the mouth of the victim in auto-rickshaw, after which she fell unconscious and did not remember what happened thereafter. Later in the evening, the victim regained consciousness in Kalyan. After reaching home, the victim registered a complaint with the Dombivili police on Saturday, police said. Police said an offence under Sections 363,328 rw 34 of IPC has been registered and a manhunt is lodged for the kidnappers. Police said in a similar incident, a senior citizen was abducted from Dombivili some six months back and abandoned at Mumbra. That case was resolved with the arrest of some persons, the police officer added.
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|2018-05-27||MNS activists assault Thane sex worker - Times of India|
MNS activists assault Thane sex worker Updated: May 28, 2018, 03:36 IST THANE: A transgender who was allegedly soliciting customers at passersby near Majiwada flyover in Thane was assaulted up by activists of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena late on Sunday evening, the police said. The party workers, including women, swooped down on the location, causing several eunuchs to flee. One of them was caught and beaten black and blue, the police said. The party's Thane chief, Avinash Jadhav, said "We got many complaints about prostitution at this spot. I had written to the police, but no action was taken." The police said they patrol around the spot, but the sex workers flee in a thicket of bushes nearby.
|2018-05-27||50-year-old gets 7 years RI for raping minor daughter - Times of India|
50-year-old gets 7 years RI for raping minor daughter May 28, 2018, 03:39 IST THANE: A 50-year-old man from Mumbra who raped his 14-year-old daughter has been convicted and sentenced to seven-years rigorous imprisonment by the Thane district court. The deposition of the victim as well as her mother helped in nailing the accused. Special judge of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, A S Bhaisare convicted the accused under Section 376, 506 (2) and 323 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), along with Section 3 and 4 of IPC and POCSO act. Sangita Phad, the government pleader, told the court that the accused lived in Gujarati colony at Retibunder in Mumbra. The accused used to work as a delivery man, while his wife used to do odd jobs in the vicinity. On July 14, 2014, the teen was asleep and her mother was not at home when the accused forced himself on her. The accused raped the girl again on December 1, 2014. After this the girl complained of unbearable pain in the abdomen. She then narrated her ordeal to her mother, who was shocked to learn about the incident. The duo then confronted the accused but he threatened to throw them out of house and kill them if they thought of approaching the police. However, on December 4, 2014, the mother-daughter mustered the courage and lodged a case witht he police. The cops arrested the accused and he was tried by the district court. A total of nine witnesses deposed in the court and the medical reports, too, nailed the accused, Phad said. The defence counsel contested the claim, but the court rejected all the submissions. The judge observed that the prosecution has successfully proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and the accused needs to be jailed as the accused has committed a heinous crime with his own daughter and does not deserve to be shown any liniency.
|2018-05-27||Thane builder lodges FIR against three, including doctor, for 'cheating him of Rs 65 lakh' - The Indian Express|
Thane builder lodges FIR against three, including doctor, for ‘cheating him of Rs 65 lakh’ According to the complainant, he met the accused in 2014. When the accused realised that the complainant was in need of a loan of a few crores, they promised to arrange it, said police Published: May 28, 2018 4:10:22 am A Thane builder has lodged an FIR against three people including a doctor in Kalyan for allegedly cheating him. While one person has been arrested by Kalyan police, two others are absconding, sources said. According to Khadakpada police, Avinash Patil, a builder from Bhiwandi lodged the case of cheating. “According to the complainant, he met the accused in 2014. When the accused realised that the complainant was in need of a loan of a few crores, they promised to arrange it,” said an officer investigating the case said. The accused have been identified as Ghanshyam Gupta and his friends Dr A Subramanian and Manasi. “Dr Subramanian practises in Kalyan. The accused spoke about their contacts and promised a loan to the complainant. They asked the victim to pay a facilitator fee of Rs 65 lakh, which he partly paid in cash and, the rest through RTGS. The amount was paid between December 2014 and December 2017 to Gupta and his accomplices,” said the officer. But Gupta allegedly switched off his phone and the others did not give Patil satisfactory answers about the money, so he approached the police on Saturday, sources said. “Gupta has been arrested on Sunday afternoon, but the other two are absconding. We are looking for them. Investigation is going on,” said a senior officer privy to the case.
|2018-05-27||Thane rickshaw driver sets sister-in-law on fire, held - Hindustan Times|
Thane rickshaw driver sets sister-in-law on fire, held The accused killed the victim as she refused to sell her husband’s rickshaw to Shehenshah at a lower rate than the market value MUMBAI Updated: May 28, 2018 00:04 IST A 35-year-old rickshaw driver was arrested on Sunday from Uttar Pradesh for burning his sister-in-law in Bhiwandi back in April. The victim died on Friday. The accused, Shehenshah Maniyar, a rickshaw driver, killed the victim, Parveen Maniyar, as she refused to sell her husband’s rickshaw to Shehenshah at a lower rate than the market value. On April 18, Shehenshah, had gone to her house to negotiate the selling price of her husband’s (Ashfakali’s) rickshaw. “ Parveen and Ashfakali own two rickshaws of which Shehenshah wanted one at a rate lower that the market rate,” said a police officer. “Soon, Ashfakali left the house for some work, while Parveen and Shehenshah were discussing the selling price of the rickshaw,” he said. Police said they ended up arguing and Shehenshah got angry. “Later, he slapped Parveen, poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. He remained inside the house till Parveen sustained 70% burns,” said the officer. “Locals saw fumes coming out of the house and started knocking on the door. When Shehenshah realised that Parveen will die he opened the door and asked for help. He escaped from the spot and went to Uttar Pradesh,” he said. The police initially registered an accidental death report after Parveen’s death. However, during investigations, they found Shehenshah missing and soon a team went to UP and he was caught. While questioning Shehenshah, he confessed to his crime and was later arrested. After being produced in court he was remanded in police custody. Shehenshah was arrested under section 302 (punishment for murder) of the IPC.
|2018-05-26||Thane Nullah Cleaning: Opposition party exposes TMC's claim, says major work is yet left unattended - Free Press Journal|
Thane Nullah Cleaning: Opposition party exposes TMC’s claim, says major work is yet left unattended May 26, 2018 09:15 am Thane: Monsoons are expected in the June first week and Thanekars fear there will be another year of flooding and road choking. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has failed to clean its nullahs. TMC officials had claimed they had begun nullah cleaning early this year, but the expose shows the real picture of the present situation of various nullahs in the city. The opposition party had organised an inspection drive on Friday and also played cricket on some of the nullahs that has been turned into the land filled with dump. The opposition party leader has threatened to file a culpable homicide on the related contractor, if the nullahs are accumulated or anybody is drown in it. They have inspected various nullahs in the city on Friday. Many nullahs were packed with plastic, dirt, dust and garbage. Some of the nullahs packed with such dump has turned in the land where the opposition party activists played cricket and exposed the claim of the civic administration. The nullahs of Idiranagar and Nalapada has been full and one cannot walk on it. The administration has claimed to have completed 50% nullah cleaning, but the situation is worst. While the TMC is supposed to use JCB machines, they use unskilled labourers to clean the nullahs. Since the monsoon is expected anytime from now, the progress of the cleanliness is slow and hence, it is assumed that like every year some areas will be flooded if there is heavy rain. “The major nullahs are yet to be cleaned. If it rains, the dump will flow away, and the administration is awaiting for the rain. The situation in these nullahs are so worst, that it can lead to flood. Last year two people died due to overflowing nullah. There is a huge monetary benefit in nullah cleaning project and therefore, ruling party is backing them. If someone dies in the nullah by drowning, the person responsible for it should be charged under the culpable homicide,” said, Milind Patil, Opposition leader, TMC. There are 306 nullahs in the city and this year it has been planned to clean the nullahs ward wise. “55 to 65% nullah cleaning has already been done and the remaining work will be done by May 31,” assured Ashok Burpulle, deputy commissioner of police. Last year there were 65 contractors and this year the contractors are 58. There are 306 nullahs that are 119 kilometre in length. There are 13 big nullahs and the concretisation of 81 kilometre nullah have already been done. This year, the construction on 13.27 kilometre nullah is in the process. Therefore, the budget was expected to be less this year but, it is more. Just seven years back 1crores 30 lacs rupees were spend on the nullah cleaning process. Last year it was estimated to be 9 crores 25 lacs, which does shows that there has been whooping increase in the budget of nullah cleaning. Almost 90% nullahs have been concretised, but the expenses for nullah cleaning has been increased rather than decreasing. Last year, it was announced that there will be GPS system at the nullah cleaning process also, 62 zones were created for keeping the track on the process of cleaning. But, the GPS announcement has just stayed on paper. The creek openings will also be cleaned as it accepts the dump from the nullahs.
|2018-05-26||Thane: Man duped by luring into 'investment' in frog blood business, accused arrested - Times of India|
Thane: Man duped by luring into 'investment' in frog blood business, accused arrested May 26, 2018, 17:58 IST THANE: Police on Saturday arrested a man for allegedly duping a city resident by persuading him to invest in the business of supplying 'frog blood' to a UK-based firm. Abdul Kadir Ibrahim Kucchi (40) was arrested from Panvel on Saturday morning under IPC section 420 (cheating), senior inspector Nitin Thakre of the Crime Branch said. According to complainant Ninad Telgote, he received an email from Kucchi some days ago, which said there was a great demand for "blue blood of frogs" from a pharmaceutical company in the UK. If he were to invest money in this business, he would get great returns, the email promised. When Telgote expressed his willingness, he was asked to deposit money in a bank account. He deposited Rs 3.66 lakh in total. He realised that it was a scam when the accused stopped responding to his emails. After he approached the Kalwa police, the Crime Branch started a probe and arrested Kucchi from Panvel near Navi Mumbai on Saturday, inspector Thakre said. Police suspect that Kucchi was part of a gang which has cheated people in various states using the same method. Further probe is on.
|2018-05-26||Speeding container truck crashes into parked vehicle in Thane, driver killed - Hindustan Times|
Speeding container truck crashes into parked vehicle in Thane, driver killed The incident took place around at 2am near Kharegaon toll naka in Kalwa. MUMBAI Updated: May 26, 2018 15:51 IST The driver of a container truck was killed after his vehicle crashed into a parked dumper at Kharegaon toll naka in Kalwa in the early hours of Saturday. Kalwa is part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, and is located around 26km from Mumbai city. “The incident took place around at 2am. The driver of the container truck was speeding towards the toll naka when he lost control. The truck was going so fast that when it crashed into the parked dumper, the impact completely damaged its cabin,” said an official from Kalwa police station, requesting anonymity. READ: 1 dead, 1 hurt after container truck crashes into vehicle on Thane’s Ghodbunder Road. The driver was seriously injured and officials who reached the spot found him unconscious. He was rushed to a hospital close by, but was declared dead on arrival. Police officials said they are trying to identify the driver as they have not been able to locate any of his documents or even a mobile phone. The dumper was also damaged, but fortunately, there was nobody in it when the accident took place,” the official said. The accident spot was cleared within an hour to prevent traffic jams, he added.
|2018-05-26||Thane security guard convicted for raping minor in 2015 - Hindustan Times|
Thane security guard convicted for raping minor in 2015 The case was investigated by Shraddha Waydande, assistant police inspector, Thane Nagar police station. MUMBAI Updated: May 27, 2018 00:05 IST A 35-year-old Thane resident was on Friday sentenced to seven years of imprisonment and fined ?1,000 for the rape of a minor in 2015. The accused, Jaypal Pardesh, worked as a home security guard. His wife is a constable attached with the thane police commisionerate. He was convicted by the bench of justice A S Bhaisare for raping the 14-year-old girl he had hired to do household work. Sangeeta Phad, the district government pleader (DGP), said, “The rape took place on October 24 and 26 at the residence of the accused. He threatened to kill the girl is she revealed the incident to anybody else. A total of 10 witnesses’s statements have been recorded. The girl’s medical test has also proved that she had been raped. Earlier, Pardeshi’s bail application had also been rejected.” According to the police, Pardeshi had convinced the survivor’s parents to let him hire by promising to bear the expenses of her education. Mandar Dharmadhikari, senior police inspector, Thane Nagar police station, said, “The girl had been living at Pardeshi’s house for around six months. Pardeshi had been in jail for the duration of the hearing.” The case was investigated by Shraddha Waydande, assistant police inspector, Thane Nagar police station. The case had been registered under section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) 2012.
|2018-05-26||Thane cops arrest man with Rs 90 lakh in demonetised notes - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane cops arrest man with Rs 90 lakh in demonetised notes Updated: May 26, 2018, 08:32 PM IST A 40-year-old man has been arrested here with demonetised notes with a face value of Rs 90 lakh, a Thane police official said today. He said that Pritish Chadwa (40), a resident of Chembur in Mumbai, was arrested after police, acting on a tip-off, seized notes, in denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1000, hidden in mango boxes kept in his car. Chadwa was arrested from Mumbra in the district here at around 7 pm yesterday, the official said. He said that police investigations were underway to find out how he planned to exchange the demonetised notes. A case had been registered with Mumbra police under relevant sections of the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act 2017, the official said.
|2018-05-26||TMC plans underground metro route to link old & new Thane - Times of India|
TMC plans underground metro route to link old & new Thane Updated: May 27, 2018, 02:25 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is planning an underground route for the internal metro linking the old and new Thane metro stations as the dense localities along the stretch is proving to be a hindrance. The 2.2km-long underground link will be part of the 29km-long ring route city metro project that will largely run on elevated levels across the city while only this stretch will run below the Naupada ward. The underground stretch will be nearly 12-25m below the ground level and bypass congested sprawls in and around the railway station area. There will be no halts between the two points as the intention is only to provide a faster connect between the two vital transport hubs in the city, said officials. Officials said care will be taken to ensure the old utility lines of foundations of the old structures are not affected enroute. Officials added that the metro route will otherwise move on the surface or on stilts across the entire city. The final route and depth is being worked out by the Mahametro that will present the detailed project report to the TMC soon. “The route has to be taken underground as there are several buildings on the internal metro route between the old and the new railway station. Working on the surface will possibly lead to damage to the old structures and so we are exploring the possibility of taking the route underground. A detailed project report, including the underground route, will be presented to the civic body soon,” said a senior official working on the project. The internal city metro route that will run as a ring route will tentatively have 22 stations. The project was proposed to provide a faster and economic mode of transport to the residents of the city, specially those staying in far off corners like the Ghodbunder Road to reach the old city area and railway station. Officials said that the route has been aligned with the high capacity mass rapid transit route that has been proposed from Kopri in Thane east. The metro route will run parallel to it from the new Thane station and diverge near the old station area. Sources said that taking the rails over the Central Railway tracks could have possibly delayed the work, thanks to the quantum of mega blocks required to be taken over the high capacity rail corridor. The city metro will also act as feeder route to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s (MMRDA) Wadala- Kasarwadavli metro IV project. In addition, the TMC is likely to simultaneously develop bus stations and proposed pod car boarding points along the 22 metro routes stations, added officials.
|2018-05-26||'Social activist' held for extorting money from Ambivli doctor - Times of India|
‘Social activist’ held for extorting money from Ambivli doctor May 27, 2018, 02:21 IST THANE: The Thane anti-extortion cell arrested a 35-year-old alleged social activist for reportedly making an extortion demand of Rs 10 lakh from an Ambivli-based doctor. The police claimed that Sunil Shirishkar and his aide Siddharth Gaikwad approached Dr Anudurg Dhoni and claimed that they had evidence about the illegal extension done in his clinic and nursing home at Ambivli, Kalyan. “The duo videographed his hospital and claimed it was constructed without permission from the civic body and threatened to lodge a complaint with the local authorities to raze it. They made a demand of Rs 10 lakh from the doctor if he wanted to avoid the complaint and further action,” said the officer. The aggrieved doctor then lodged a complaint with the deputy commissioner of police, crime branch, who in turn directed the anti-extortion cell to probe the case. The doctor claimed to have paid the two extortionists Rs 40,000 in March 2018 for a political function. He alleged that the duo then started pestering him to pay Rs 3.50 lakh or Rs 50,000 each month. The doctor then lodged a complaint with senior inspector Pradeep Sharma and told him that the alleged accused had called him to a hotel to give them the ransom on May 24. The team of officials then laid a trap at the hotel and arrested Shirishkar while he was accepting Rs 2 lakh from the doctor, said the police. An offence has been registered with the Mahatma Phule police station and a search is underway to nab his aide Gaikwad. The police said that the duo videographed the doctor’s hospital and claimed it was constructed without permission from the civic body and threatened to lodge a complaint with the local authorities to raze it.
|2018-05-26||Home guard given 7-year RI for raping minor - Times of India|
Home guard given 7-year RI for raping minor May 27, 2018, 02:14 IST THANE: A 45-year-old home guard was sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) following his conviction by the sessions court for raping a minor girl, who worked as a domestic help at his home in the police quarters in October 2015. Special judge (POCSO Act) A S Bhaisare convicted Jaipal Pardesi and also fined him Rs 1,000 for the henious crime against a 14-year-old girl. Public prosecutor Sangita Phad told the court that the victim used to accompany her grandmother, who did petty jobs at the Naupada police station. The old lady got acquainted with Pardesi’s wife, who was a constable at Naupada police station, and the latter requested her to send the child to her house for domestic help. The woman constable assured that the minor would be taken good care of as a family member and her educational expenses would also be paid by Pardesi. On October 24, 2015 at about 11pm, Pardesi was alone at home with the minor girl, who was studying. He raped her and then threatened her into silence. The next morning when the woman constable had left home to drop off her children to school, the accused again raped her, the court was told. The girl gathered courage and narrated the incident to the women in the neighbourhood. Later during the assembly of women for the function of Kojagiri when this news spread, the womenfolk took the girl to the police station, following which an offence was registered with the local police, who arrested Pardesi. A total of 10 witnesses testified in the court against Pardesi and the medical reports proved the charges against him. The investigation was carried out by assistant inspector of Thane Nagar police station Shraddha Waydande. The victim used to accompany her grandmother who did petty jobs at the Naupada police station. The old lady got acquainted with Jaipal Pardesi’s wife, who was a constable at Naupada police station, and the latter requested her to send the child to her house for domestic help.
|2018-05-26||All studying at 'unsafe' school pass despite being tossed around classes - Times of India|
All studying at ‘unsafe’ school pass despite being tossed around classes May 27, 2018, 02:13 IST THANE: In August last year, Kendriya Vidyalaya school, near the Kolshet Air Force station, suspended classes indefinitely as authorities suggested that the students be relocated from the three-storey ‘unsafe’ school building. What followed was a year of having to shift classrooms now and then, juggle class schedules and miss out on weekly test because of the repair work. However, beating all odds, Thane’s lone CBSE affiliated KV school with 85 Class XII students scored 100% results for the first time in the past four years. Titiksha Sharma (94%), who topped the college in commerce, said, “Our teachers would wait back after school for extra classes and ensured that our entire portion was covered. Their hard work motivated us.” “A camp was organised by the school for students of classes X and XII and that helped us gain clarity. The principal also personally met the students and ensured that they were stress-free,” said Dr R Verma, parent of science student Tushti who secured 65%. Speaking about the school’s result, principal Chandrashekhar Singh said, “We had 30 students in the commerce Class XII batch and 55 students in the science batch. We are delighted that each one of them has cleared the exams with flying colours. Despite going through a rough patch this year, we pulled through mainly because of the guidance of our regional office, and extra efforts put in by our students and academics, defying the odds to emerge successful.”
|2018-05-26||Chembur trader held by Thane police with old notes worth Rs 98 lakh - The Indian Express|
Chembur trader held by Thane police with old notes worth Rs 98 lakh “Two of the boxes were wrapped in plastic. When we checked, we found them full of notes,” said an officer. Police found 4,250 notes of Rs 1,000 denomination and 11,100 notes of Rs 500 denomination. Updated: May 27, 2018 3:32:27 am A businessman was arrested on Saturday allegedly with Rs 98 lakh in old notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 denomination. The money was hidden inside cartons of mangoes and was being taken out of Mumbai, sources in the Thane police crime branch said. The accused has been identified as Pritesh Chadwa, a businessman from Chembur. “We had received inputs that a transaction in old currency was going to take place near Mumbra. We laid a trap early Saturday and the accused walked into it,” said an officer. Chadwa, who was driving a Honda City, was carrying several boxes of Alphonso mangoes in the car’s boot. “Two of the boxes were wrapped in plastic. When we checked, we found them full of notes,” said an officer. Police found 4,250 notes of Rs 1,000 denomination and 11,100 notes of Rs 500 denomination. “Chadwa appeared to be taking the money to an agent who would help in getting the currency changed in return for a commission,” the officer said.
|2018-05-26||Many Ramzan observers skip greasy food, go green - Times of India|
Many Ramzan observers skip greasy food, go green May 27, 2018, 02:22 IST THANE: The Muslim community observing Ramzan is getting health conscious and opting to eat green instead of greasy food to break the fast. Zulekha Siddique, head of Anjuman-I-Islam school, Vashi, said, "The Muslim community is getting increasingly health conscious and opting for the right kind of food by including more of green and natural, baked food and lots of fruits. My family prefers a mixed diet that contains more of fresh fruits, sweets and low-calorie main course with pulses and cereals. Baked vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are made for the guests usually during this season." Working women prefer to cook tasty, but less time consuming dishes while keeping in mind the calorie content in the food they make. Nagina Tarranum, a teacher from Kharghar, said, "After breaking the fast, people have a tendency to gorge on full meal cooked with fats and unsaturated oil to bring the typical taste of iftaar. While in my family we are very strict about our daily diet during Ramzan because greasy food causes fatigue and gives trouble while offering namaz, we take lots of fresh fruit juices and green leafy vegetables to cleanse our digestive tracts. The age-old tradition of greasy meal meant for iftaar is now slowly decreasing and people are instead trying to be more health conscious by opting for baked dishes and green leafy vegetables." Afsana Sheikh, another homemaker from Koperkhairane, has restricted her family's diet even for suhoor, the early morning meal. "The concept of suhoor has been converted currently to plain roti or rice and green curry with seasonal vegetables along with fresh fruits to keep our stomach clean and healthy during the festive season," she said.
|2018-05-26||Office assistant of insurance agent gets 1-year jail - Times of India|
Office assistant of insurance agent gets 1-year jail Updated: May 27, 2018, 02:16 IST THANE: An office assistant with an insurance agent from Bhayander has been convicted and sentenced to one-year imprisonment by a magistrate court for fraudently siphoning off Rs 76,000 from his employer. The employer gave him the money to be paid on behalf of a client in the LIC office at Mira Road. On August 21, 2017, the insurance agent gave Rs 76,000 and policy documents of a client to the accused for remitting the money with the LIC office in Mira Road. “On August 21, 2017, the agent gave him money and documents and himself waited outside the Mira Road branch, but the accused did not return and vanished from the scene. He remained untraceable,” prosecutor Jaishree Korde told the court.
|2018-05-25||Thane Dunn excited to be bringing his Elvis Rock and Country show to Barrington on May 26 - The Advance|
|2018-05-25||Thane: Fishermen, villagers come together to protest against the cluster development plan - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Fishermen, villagers come together to protest against the cluster development plan May 25, 2018 09:08 am Thane: Thane cluster development plan has taken a new debate before its implementation. The opposition party already had blamed about the plan being violating the rules, the ruling party has also expressed the similar concern. Now its citizen are stepping on the roads to save their locality from the clutches of modern plan. Fishermen and villagers of the city came together to demand exclusion of their localities from this ambitious project of the corporation. They staged a march to the corporation’s office to express their opposition on Thursday near in Thane. The fishermen had warned the civic body that they will not let the city be another Mumbai, where the entire ancient culture has been vanished by tall towers and concrete jungle. The major concern of the community is of losing their culture which they are proud of and have conserved it till date. “We the fisherman and people who live in villages of this town have been conserving the age old culture. People from outside do come and visit our proud culture. We live in bigger houses, the cluster plan is to just pack us in small pockets and we are not agrree to it. The Mughals ,the British dynasties tried to finish us, but we fought for our rights and will fight now as well,” said, Sagar Patil, a resident from fishermen colony. Cluster is for the people who live in slums and not for the people who has been traditionally living on any particular land. The plan expects the people to fit the families in 323 square feet area. If anyone needs more area, they will have to pay more amount for it, which is not acceptable, blamed the agitators.
|2018-05-25||Thane: Pandurang Bhoir Lake witnesses mysterious death of fishes - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Pandurang Bhoir Lake witnesses mysterious death of fishes May 25, 2018 09:04 am Thane: Thousands of dead fishes were found floating on the Pandurang Bhoir Lake near Hari Om Nagar dumping ground in Thane on Thursday. Locals claimed that the fishes are rapidly dying in this lake since the last two days. The lake too is in pathetic condition while the fishes were allegedly released in the lake for breeding by a private breeder. The corporation claimed that they have not given breeding contract to anyone and action will be taken against the said breeder. Animal lovers on the other hand claimed that continuous feeding of bread crumbs to the fishes by the locals too have led to its death. The lake, with an area of 0.25 hectare is a small lake which was beautified by the TMC in 2013. Locals however claimed that the lake was never cleaned by the corporation apart from during Ganeshotsav and Navratri festival. “The lake is never cleaned by the corporation. Being close to the dumping ground it looks more like a nullah than lake. The water stinks while the lake is also dumped with garbage. We are observing increasing number of fishes dying here,” complained a local resident. “It is true that many fishes are dying in the lake, as the lake is close to a nullah of the TMC and the Hari Om Nagar dumping ground. The sewage water from the nullah seeps into the lake increasing its pollution level, ” said Manisha Pradhan, pollution control officer of TMC.
|2018-05-25||Day after fish were found dead, TMC cleans Bhoir lake - Times of India|
Day after fish were found dead, TMC cleans Bhoir lake Updated: May 26, 2018, 02:24 IST THANE: A day after hundreds of dead fish were found floating in Hari Om Nagar’s highly contaminated and toxic Bhoir Lake, the officials of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) visited the spot on Friday and cleaned the water. The civic officials put a large quantum of potassium permanganate in the lake to balance its toxicity levels on Friday. Even though the lake is now relatively clean, citizens and local corporators feel that it is high that the TMC and BCM get together and solve the increasing pollution problem. “While this lake lies towards the Mumbai side of the Thane-Mumbai (Mulund) boundary, it was beautified by the TMC in 2013 as it was used for Visarjan. The civic authorities, however, clean the lake only twice a year as the area does not fall under their jurisdiction, even though the lake does,” said Kisan Jadhav, a resident who has been taking care of this lake. The main reason for the lake getting polluted is due to a leakage in a BMC nullah. “ A major part of the pollution is because of the leaking BMC nullah that runs near it. The walls of this nallah are broken and crumbling in various parts. The two civic bodies will have to come together to resolve these two issues,” said Kopri corporator (BJP) Bharat Chavan. While these locals and citizens’ representatives believe that the two civic bodies should jointly find a solution to this problem, the officials from the Thane pollution control department said that the two departments will take the required action separately. “While the area falls under Mumbai, we beautified the Bhoir lake in 2013 with the permission of the BMC. We will be informing the BMC about the leakages in the nullah, after which they will carry out the necessary repairs,” said Manisha Pradhan, pollution control officer at the TMC.
|2018-05-25||Drunken brawl leads to history-sheeter's death, one arrested - Times of India|
Drunken brawl leads to history-sheeter’s death, one arrested TNN | May 26, 2018, 02:24 IST THANE: A drunken brawl led to the murder of a history-sheeter in Wagle Estate on Thursday night. The accused has been identified as Pramod Patekar (38). According to the police, on Thursday at 10pm the victim, Siddharth Chandmare (29), was eating at a roadside stall with another person. They were also having a couple of drinks. Patekar went up to Chandmare and asked him for a few pegs, to which the victim flatly refused. This enraged Patekar and the too got into a scuffle. “The two started hitting each other. The accused was carrying a knife in his pocket. He stabbed the victim repeatedly on his chest and stomach several times and fled from the scene,” a police official said. Passers-by saw Chandmare lying in a pool of blood and immediately informed the police. Within few minutes, the accused was tracked in the same locality. Chandmare was rushed to Thane civil hospital. However, while undergoing treatment he succumbed to his injuries, the police said. A case of murder has been registered at the Wagle Estate police station and the accused has been remanded to police custody for further probe. The police said that Chandmare had as many as 18 cases registered against him.
|2018-05-25||Thane Dunn excited to be bringing his Elvis Rock and Country show ... - The Advance|
|2018-05-25||2 siblings held for assaulting traffic cops - Times of India|
2 siblings held for assaulting traffic cops May 26, 2018, 03:02 IST THANE: An on-duty inspector and a constable with the traffic police were assaulted by two brothers who were among three men riding a motorcycle here on Wednesday night, said the police on Friday. The siblings were under the influence of alcohol, said the police. Constable Amol Pawar, who was patrolling Wagle Estate, told the trio on the bike to pull over for verification of papers. "The rider was not wearing a helmet and Pawar realised two of them were under the influence of alcohol. The brothers, Dhiraj and Prashant Somaji, refused to take the test," police said. Pawar called his senior, Anil Mangale, after which the duo took the test, which confirmed they had consumed alcohol, said an officer. The police said when the duo was told to pay a fine they abused and pushed the two officials. Their friend was let off, said the police.
|2018-05-25||CR plans to approach TMC to deploy hygiene marshals to rein in litterbugs at Thane station - Times of India|
CR plans to approach TMC to deploy hygiene marshals to rein in litterbugs at Thane station Updated: May 26, 2018, 02:27 IST THANE: The Central Railways is mulling to approach the municipal corporation to deploy its team of beat marshals to rein in litterbugs at Thane railway station. According to senior railway officials at Thane, they are in the process of discussing the issue with senior officials in Mumbai over expanding the services of the marshals employed by the municipality on the railway station area. The officials cite that empowering these marshals to spot and act on the railway premises will act as a deterrent for others who don't bat an eyelid before staining walls red. The move comes after officials said the deployment of nearly 42 staff over three different shifts but that hasn’t helped improve the hygiene condition at the railway station. The ticket checking staff has been assigned to penalise litterbugs but we feel having a dedicated staff for the same will go a long way. The issue was discussed at an internal meeting of Thane station officials recently. The station will soon be having mechanised cleaning system but is also likely to fall inadequate if litterbugs aren't reined in. The station staff claimed they daily employ several man-hours in scrubbing clean the station premises, several miscreants, especially those chewing paan and tobacco products often end up staining the station walls within minutes of cleaning them. The staff say they use nearly 20kgs of detergents for cleaning. Even murals done by activists and students haven't been spared, lament the officials. “We have been ensuring the tracks and the platform are kept clean. The walls are also scrubbed clean quite often daily but passengers often spit paan defeating our efforts. We have always been working towards making Thane a clean station and need passenger support for the same,” said station manager Suresh Nair. Accordingly, deployment of these marshals was suggested who could help put some fear in the minds of litterbugs. These marshals may be deputed on the platforms or on the bridges. “We are mulling to request the municipal administration to man our areas as well. The intention is to ensure cleanliness. Our ticket checking staff is penalising people but they are shortstaffed. We will speak to our higher authorities in Mumbai and soon come to a decision,” said the official.
|2018-05-24||TMC standing committee raises issue over vanishing lakes in Thane city - Free Press Journal|
TMC standing committee raises issue over vanishing lakes in Thane city May 24, 2018 09:05 am Thane: The Turbhe Pada Lake in Ghodbunder is rapidly vanishing under the name of beautification while the Dawale Lake in Ovala will also vanish like this, alleged the standing committee members. This was the first meeting of standing committee after it was formed, The formation of new standing committee took a long span of 15 months for various reasons. For all these months there was no standing committee in Thane Corporation which apparently holds the keys of treasure of Corporation. Thane, though is popularly known as city of lakes, the condition of the lakes in the city is pathetic. Apart from a select few which are popular among the residents, most lakes are either silted or encroached. The corporation had tabled a proposal to conserve 36 lakes in the city four years ago, which is still merely on paper. These are few among the lakes which are rapidly falling prey to encroachments by land grabbers. Following the allegations, the standing committee chairman has now given directives to survey all the lakes in the city. A report on the original area of the lake and the existing area will now be prepared, while action will be taken against those who have encroached the lakes. Apart from encroachments, the standing committee has also alleged that the lakes in tail end of the city like the Diva, Datiwali and Khidkali lakes are never cleaned or de-silted. These lakes have merely turned into a dumping ground. Naresh Manera, Sena corporator said, “The Dawale Lake in Owala is shown as a lake as per the DP plan and the area around the lake is reserved as garden. However this is only in the plan, at the actual site the lake is encroached by filling it with sand and pebbles on all the sides.” The situation is similar with the Turbhe Pada Lake in Hiranandani Estate, claimed BJP corporator Manohar Dumbre. “The corporation had tabled a proposal to beatify the Turbhe Pada Lake. However under the name of beautification, the size of the lake is reduced by the contractor. The lake instead of being restored, is being filled.” Along with encroachments, lakes dumped with garbage and silt is another common site in the outskirts of the city. “The lakes in Diva,, Dativli and Khidkali are never cleaned. People carry out last rites in the lake at Khidkali, while immersions and festivals silt the lake at Diva and Dativali. The corporation has never bothered to clean any of these lakes. They merely look like dumping ground.” Shailesh Patil, Sena Corporator said, BJP corporator Narayan Pawar has demanded that criminal cases should be registered against those who have encroached these lakes. Following the demand from the committee, chairman Ram Repale demanded that the officials carry out survey of the lakes in the city. “The officials will take the original area of each of the lake and conduct an onsite survey of the existing area of the lake. If the lakes are found encroached, action will be take against the encroachers,” Repale said. Thane’s pollution control officer, Manish Pradhan claimed that the survey will be carried out as per the directives. Standing committee Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) finally has a functional standing committee after it received its chairman on Wednesday, last week. The formation of the new committee, had delay of 15 months due to a series of technical glitches in the committee’s formation. On May 16, Shiv Sena’s Ram Repale was elected as TMC standing committee’s chairman. Repale was elected unopposed as Narayan Pawar from the BJP took back his candidature the last minute on Wednesday. The absence of TMC’s standing committee chair, who is also known to hold the treasury of a municipal corporation, however, did lead to a delayed budget this year. As a result, nullah cleaning work began mid-May as the proposal was approved and contractors assigned in April end. Along with this, chairman of other committees — women and child welfare, education, sports and culture, health committee were also selected on May 16.
|2018-05-24||Palghar: By-polls will leave parts of Thane dry as liquor shops remain closed 6 pm onwards - Free Press Journal|
Palghar: By-polls will leave parts of Thane dry as liquor shops remain closed 6 pm onwards May 24, 2018 08:41 am Local excise department has issued orders to around 58 liquor vending establishments including- 38 permit rooms, 13 beer shops and 2 country bars to remain closed from 6 pm onwards on May 26 till the conclusion of polls on May 28 and again on counting day. The by-elections to the Palghar Lok Sabha constituency is all set to have a spill-over effect in the adjacent Thane district, as the administration has declared dry days in some parts of the Kashimira-Mira Road belt which fall within the five kilometer radius along the borderline of the poll-bound region. While elections are slated to be held on May 28, the results would be out on May 31. In response to directives from the district administration, the local excise department has issued orders to around 58 liquor vending establishments including- 38 permit rooms, 13 beer shops and 2 country bars to remain closed from 6 pm onwards on May 26 till the conclusion of polls on May 28 and again on counting day which has been scheduled on May, 31. This apart from restrictions on three toddy shops in the city. “Strict vigilance will be maintained to ensure cent percent compliance of the orders,” confirmed an excise officer. The by-poll in Palghar has been necessitated due to the demise of its sitting parliamentarian Chintaman Wanga in January this year. Apart from a ban on sales, the transportation and storage of liquor has also been prohibited to ensure free, fair and peaceful election, officials said.
|2018-05-24||8 escalators at Thane station to undergo check this week - Times of India|
8 escalators at Thane station to undergo check this week May 24, 2018, 22:32 IST THANE: The Central Railways (CR) may undertake a safety audit of all the 61 escalators installed at suburban stations in Mumbai following a rare snag reported in the system at Thane station recently. Officials said that a safety audit of all eight escalators at Thane station has been commissioned this week. A senior railway official overseeing the escalator repairs at Thane said, the analysis of the faulty machine revealed that a gearwheel had developed fault that led to the right hand rail slipping off its gear leading to the mishap on May 11. While the machine ground to a halt immediately after the mishap, commuters holding tight on the rails suffered injuries as it rolled back after its internal lock snapped. A team of engineers that arrived from Chennai soon after the mishap has replaced the internal mechanism of the affected escalator and sent the damaged parts for analysis. The affected escalator has been made operational but under supervision, said officials. Railway officials said this was a rare mishap reported with the escalator and the railways were taking it seriously following which a safety audit of the other seven escalators installed at the station has also been commissioned whose report will soon be made available. Officials said they want to ensure none of the other machines installed at the station develop such snags. “We have replaced the entire mechanism of the affected escalator with a new one and the damaged part has been sent abroad to the manufacturer for a thorough investigation. An audit of the other escalators installed at the station have also been undertaken and a report will be tabled soon,” said Suresh Nair, station director at Thane. Nair added that a recommendation will be made to ensure the audit was conducted for other escalators installed on the Mumbai network also.
|2018-05-24||Thane police cracks down on illegal sand transportation - The Tribune|
Thane police cracks down on illegal sand transportation Posted at: May 24, 2018, 11:57 AM; last updated: May 24, 2018, 11:57 AM (IST) Thane, May 24 The rural police cracked down on illegal sand transportation on the Ghodbunder Road in the district, an official said on Friday. Following complaints, the police carried out checks and intercepted the sand-laden trucks near a hotel on the Ghodbunder Road on Thursday, Assistant Superintendent of Police (Thane rural) Atul Kulkarni said. During verification, the police found that the truck drivers did not not posses valid permits for carrying the sand. The police confiscated 11 trucks along with the sand and booked their drivers and owners under IPC sections pertaining to theft and relevant provisions of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, the official said.
|2018-05-24||'Need to discuss plan before cluster redevelopment is executed' - Times of India|
‘Need to discuss plan before cluster redevelopment is executed’ May 24, 2018, 22:34 IST THANE: Activists and residents have alleged lack of transparency on part of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) about the recently published 44 urban renewal policies and have sought more information and time to discuss before cluster redevelopment is taken up for execution. Following the TMC seeking suggestions and objections to the cluster proposals in April, a group of activists and experts from the city recently met to discuss the plans and concluded that the information provided by the civic body was inadequate considering the magnitude of the project. One of the prime observations and demands of the experts remained that the impact assessment given to the Bombay high court be made public along with finer details of the project, including the quantum of temporary rehabilitation. THANE: Activists and residents have alleged lack of transparency on part of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) about the recently published 44 urban renewal policies and have sought more information and time to discuss before cluster redevelopment is taken up for execution. Following the TMC seeking suggestions and objections to the cluster proposals in April, a group of activists and experts from the city recently met to discuss the plans and concluded that the information provided by the civic body was inadequate considering the magnitude of the project. One of the prime observations and demands of the experts remained that the impact assessment given to the Bombay high court be made public along with finer details of the project, including the quantum of temporary rehabilitation. “We are seeking complete details like impact assessment, whether the amenities provided by the developers in the clusters will be for public use, details of rehabilitation, etc, which seem to have been eluded in the initial draft published by the administration,” said activist Unmesh Bagwe of Swaraj Abhiyaan that coordinated the meeting recently. Meanwhile, Congress leader Vikrant Chavan has also alleged that the administration seemed to be executing the project in a hushed manner without publishing all relevant details. The general body seems to have been kept in the dark and a mere presentation before the House is being considered as its approval, he alleged at a press conference called on Tuesday. “The draft of the urban renewal plans published by the TMC have only names and areas mentioned but no detailed maps, or sectorwise information on structures that will be included in this project. There are several projects in the process of redevelopment, construction in several areas where cluster is proposed but there is no idea on their fate causing panic among residents and their developers alike,” questioned Chavan.
|2018-05-24||Locals nurturing biodiversity will soon benefit from its trade - Times of India|
Locals nurturing biodiversity will soon benefit from its trade Updated: May 25, 2018, 07:01 IST THANE: In an attempt to ensure that the local denizens of every region, who are responsible for the conservation of the natural resources in their area, are economically benefited from the sale of these resources, the forest department has started crafting biodiversity registers in each taluka. From various medicinal or floral plants and herb species to the plethora of wild animals, reptiles, insects, birds and domesticated animals, every pocket of Thane district is home to a diverse treasure of biological resources, of which, many are rare. While some of the these resources have been used by companies for commercial purposes over the years, the Maharashtra state biodiversity board (MSBB) starting setting up biodiversity management committees across every taluka in the state to oversee these sale activities. “The officials in the board felt that if the resources from these areas were being used for gaining economic profits, the locals who tend to and nurture these resources should also get a share of this profit, thus making it a sustaining model. To keep a check on appropriate use of bio resources and set the base for an access and benefit sharing (model), we started with setting up these committees,” said Ajay Pillarisett, retired assistant conservator of forests and active member of the Thane MSBB. “While we have set up around 430 such biodiversity management committees in Thane’s gram panchayat area, we are in the process of setting up many more in the panchayat samitis and zilla parishad areas as well in the coming months,” he added. “After the register is ready, the companies that require these resources for medicine or Ayurveda or any commercial reason will have to approach the committee for approval for its trade. If approved, they will have to share a percent of their profits with the locals of the region, which will help them in their livelihood,” he added.
|2018-05-24||Two held with panther skin in Thane - The Tribune|
Two held with panther skin in Thane Posted at: May 24, 2018, 11:38 AM; last updated: May 24, 2018, 11:38 AM (IST) Thane, May 24 The city police arrested two persons and seized panther skin worth Rs 8 lakh from them, an official said on Friday. Acting on a tip-off, the police laid a trap near the Check Naka and apprehended the two men yesterday, senior police inspector Jairaj Ranavare, of crime unit V, Wagle Estate, said. The police recovered a sack from them which contained the panther skin, valued at around Rs 8 lakh, he said. The accused — identified as Mohan Sakate, 29, and Shivdas Pote, 39, both from Baramati in Pune district — were booked under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act, the police added.
|2018-05-24||Thane: Two held with panther skin worth Rs 8 lakh | Free Press ... - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Two held with panther skin worth Rs 8 lakh May 24, 2018 12:16 pm Thane: The city police arrested two persons and seized panther skin worth Rs 8 lakh from them, an official said today. Acting on a tip-off, the police laid a trap near the Check Naka and apprehended the two men yesterday, senior police inspector Jairaj Ranavare, of crime unit V, Wagle Estate, said. The police recovered a sack from them which contained the panther skin, valued at around Rs 8 lakh, he said. The accused identified as Mohan Sakate, 29, and Shivdas Pote, 39, both from Baramati in Pune district were booked under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act, the police added.
|2018-05-24||'Jumbled thinking, hallucinations, social withdrawal symptoms of schizophrenia' - Times of India|
‘Jumbled thinking, hallucinations, social withdrawal symptoms of schizophrenia’ May 24, 2018, 22:33 IST THANE: A 40-year-old housewife used to think that all the internet connections in Ghodbunder Road are hacked by a man and he displays stories and details about her in order to make her an actress. As absurd and weird as it might sound to a mentally-sound person, it was an imaginary world that the woman had created as she was suffering from schizophrenia, which is a mental disorder. Accodring to the statistics by the World Health Organisation (WHO) nearly 23 million people are affected by Schizophrenia worldwide. However, the condition is treatable. So on World Schizophrenia Day, which is observed on May 24, TOI talks about how one can identify the symptoms of this mental disorder so that patients are treated sooner. Disoriented or jumbled thinking, false beliefs, hallucinations, altered sense of self, loss of purpose, social withdrawal and more are some of the symptoms which patients suffer from. They get irritated, at times even violent, when people deny accepting the tales they tell. “There are two kinds of people—first is someone who might look and behave well, but in their mind they create an implausible world and their life revolves around it. Secondly, there are those who have no sense of self care, don’t eat or sleep well, stay dirty, talk alone or hallucinate about seeing and hearing something or someone’s sound, have speech problems. These people mostly even go away from their homes,” said Dr. Shailesh Umate, psychiatrist at the Institute for Psychological Health. Dr. Umate added, “The disorder is 90% of the times genetic and typically these signs are seen when the child is 16 to 26 years or in the age group of 30 to 40 years, when there is any breakdown due to personal or professional reasons. In Thane’s mental hospital there are around 42% patients suffering from this disorder. The officials even stated that many times patients are taken to doctors as a last resort and the condition of the patient gets worse as many are still unaware about the disorder. “Out of almost 1,500 patients, approximately 42% are the ones suffering from Schizophrenia. Most of the times their families take time to get the patients to the doctor as they feel that the patient is possessed. So, instead of a doctor, they take them to a godman. But these patients only get cured once they are taken to doctors either through medications or at times electroconvulsive therapy,” said Dr. Vishakha Chavan, psychiatrist at the mental hospital. There are two kinds of people—first is someone who might look and behave well, but in their mind they create an implausible world and their life revolves around it. Secondly, there are those who have no sense of self care, don’t eat or sleep well, stay dirty, talk alone or hallucinate about seeing and hearing something, have speech problems.
|2018-05-24||40% pre-monsoon nullah cleaning yet to be taken up - Times of India|
40% pre-monsoon nullah cleaning yet to be taken up Updated: May 25, 2018, 07:08 IST THANE: With barely a week left for the completion of the pre-monsoon nullah cleaning drive deadline, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) revealed that 40 per cent of the work is still remaining. The civic administration, however, claimed they were confident of achieveing the May 31 deadline, claiming that the work had begun relatively early this year, but residents and activists believe otherwise. A few residents and slum dwellers whose tenements had been destroyed in the August rains last year fear that a flood-like situation might re-occur due to waterlogging as well as flooding of the pollutants from the nullahs into the creek. Lakshmi Bhandari, a slum dweller residing at Nalpada in Majiwada, said, “During the heavy downpour that lashed the city last year, water had gushed into our slum settlements. We have taken all the necessary precautions from our end like storing all important documents and possession on the lofts, but we are scared that such a situation might occur again. There is a huge nullah right outside our vicinity. Although the officials are working on cleaning the nullahs, it is a slow process. Moreover, monsoon might start early. What if the cleaning work does not get done by then?” Even activists claimed that despite inviting tenders for the nullah cleaning work by the end of April, the TMC has failed to get a grip on the pre-monsoon clean-up drive, making residents anxious for the rains to come. Ashok Bhurpulle, deputy municipal commissioner of TMC, said, “This year, we started the nullah cleaning drive on May 6. Till now we have completed around 60 per cent of the work, which involves cleaning and desilting of 58 big nullahs in the city for which tenders were invited. Simultaneously we are also cleaning the smaller drains. We are sure that the remaining work will be done by the end of this month.”
|2018-05-24||Thane: Man 'kills' neighbour for 'creating disturbance' - The Indian Express|
Thane: Man ‘kills’ neighbour for ‘creating disturbance’ “The accused, identified as Ashish Jaiswar was talking to his wife on phone. His neighbour, Sanjay Rathod was allegedly making a lot of noise, because of which he couldn’t talk over the phone,” said an officer. Published: May 25, 2018 2:51:15 am A man allegedly beat his neighbour to death for ‘creating disturbance’ while he was talking to his wife on the phone in Bhiwandi on Wednesday. The accused is on the run, police said. According to sources, the incident occurred at Kailashnagar in Bhiwandi. “The accused, identified as Ashish Jaiswar was talking to his wife on phone. His neighbour, Sanjay Rathod was allegedly making a lot of noise, because of which he couldn’t talk over the phone,” said an officer. Jaiswar allegedly asked Rathod to keep quite, but when he did not listen, he took a wooden bat, used for washing clothes, and started beating Rathod. “Rathod collapsed after Jaiswar hit him multiple times on the head,” said the officer. After Rathod collapsed, Jaiswar ran away while Rathod was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead. “Rathod died due to the multiple head injuries he suffered. It is clear that Jaiswar inflicted those injuries. However, we are investigating further,” the officer said. “We are yet to arrest Jaiswar,” he added. Both Rathod and Jaiswar used to work in a nearby factory, sources said.
|2018-05-24||Thane Dunn excited to be bringing his Elvis Rock and Country show to Barrington on May 26 - The Vanguard|
|2018-05-23||Thane NCP protests against rising fuel prices - Free Press Journal|
Thane NCP protests against rising fuel prices May 23, 2018 09:10 am Thane: Thane Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) wing protested against the rising prices of fuel on Tuesday. The protesters had a funeral ride on the streets of the city where they towed a cart on which an a motorbike was kept as corpse and an activist walked ahead of it carrying the earthen pitcher. The NCP claimed that people find it too difficult to buy fuel, hence they are left with no option but to either bury or cremate their vehicles. The prices keep rising, that a common man cannot buy regular fuel that is required for everyday chores. The protest was led by the District President Anand Paranjape and the march halted at the Collector’s office in Thane. The protesters raised slogans against the rising prices and the ruling government. The pitcher which was designed as the BJP government was smashed on the floor to end the funeral march. “Prices of fuel have shot up after the Karnataka polls. On Tuesday, the price of petrol was Rs 85, whereas, diesel rates were at Rs 73 per litre. Salaried class today, although might own a vehicle, but finds it difficult to commute it to the work place due to rising prices, which would also lead to inflation. People have slowly started losing faith in the ruling government,” claimed Anand Paranjape. On May 13, the fuel rate was Rs 82.48, and later till date it kept increasing, claimed the NCP activists.
|2018-05-23||Mobile app for rescued animals launched in Thane - The Indian Express|
Mobile app for rescued animals launched in Thane Launched on International Day for Biodiversity, the app will be fully functional in the next 10-15 days. Published: May 23, 2018 6:21:53 am The Thane Territorial Division of the Forest department launched an app, Prani Mitra, on Tuesday where information on rescued animals can be provided. “After an animal is rescued, all information about it needs to be provided to the forest department. This data was so far sent through letters or emails… With this, all information on rescued animals will be available on a single platform,” said Dr Jitendra Ramgaonkar, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Thane Territorial Division. Launched on International Day for Biodiversity, the app will be fully functional in the next 10-15 days. But the app will be available only for authorised wildlife rescuers and not on app stores. “Organisations or individuals who want to use the app will have to submit a form. We will check if they have any criminal past and if suitable for animal rescue operations. Once assured of their ability, will we enroll them and provide them a unique ID and password to access the app,” said Ramgaonkar. Forest department has already received around 100 applications. “I haven’t heard of any other Forest department in the country having an app like this,” said Sunish Subramanian, honourary wildlife warden for the city. The app will also let officials know the location of rescued animals as rescuers have to geo-tag them. “After the rescue the image will be uploaded on the app with location and other details of the animal. Only after pictures of their release are uploaded will the rescue be considered complete,” said Subramanian.
|2018-05-23||Kalyan, Kurla, and Thane feature in list of dirtiest railway stations in country - Moneycontrol.com|
Kalyan, Kurla, and Thane feature in list of dirtiest railway stations in country Indian Railways conducted a survey between May 11 and May 17, assessing railway stations of the country, according to which, Mumbai is the only city with three stations in the list—Kalyan at 3, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 5 and Thane at 8. May 23, 2018 08:54 PM IST Three most busy stations of Mumbai’s suburban railways, Kalyan, Kurla, and Thane are among the ten dirtiest stations in the country. Kanpur Central station tops this list, Mumbai Mirror reported. Indian Railways conducted a survey between May 11 and May 17, assessing railway stations of the country, according to which, Mumbai is the only city with three stations in the list—Kalyan at 3, Kurla's Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) at 5 and Thane at 8. About 58.74 percent of the respondents to the survey said Kalyan station, where 2.15 lakh passengers travel daily, has substandard cleanliness. LTT and Thane got 55.89 percent and 55.72 percent votes, respectively. Passenger feedback is taken via Indian Railways' Interactive Voice Response System. Contacted on their phone numbers shared during ticket booking, the passengers are asked for feedback under six criteria: cleanliness of stations and trains, catering, air-conditioning, food, punctuality, and bedrolls. A senior railway officer told Mirror over 60 calls are made every day for every train. “Efforts are made to make approximately one lakh calls per day to passengers. The feedback will help improve passenger amenities and also help fix accountability of service providers.” All three stations fall under the Central Railway of Mumbai. An officer from the department said steps are being taken for the betterment of the stations. “At LTT, the contract for mechanised cleaning was awarded last month. At Kalyan and Thane, the contract process is going on. Very soon, it will be placed,” he said. Shortage of water is the prime reason why the list includes LTT, used by 50,000 passengers every day, according to the official. Other stations in the top 10 were Patna, Varanasi, Allahabad, Old Delhi, Lucknow, and Chandigarh.
|2018-05-23||Three cops, mobile van deployed at civil hospital - Times of India|
Three cops, mobile van deployed at civil hospital May 23, 2018, 13:37 IST THANE: Following repeated follow ups by TOI over the security lapses in the Thane civil hospital, the authorities have finally deployed a team of three police officials temporarily to ensure that patients and their relatives are safe. Three incidents — newborn kidnap, minor rape and woman molestation — in the past five months had highlighted the need of a better security system in the hospital, which had only one security personnel. The hospital authorities said that post the incidents they had even sent three proposals to the state asking for security personnel, which have not been sanctioned. For the time being, police officials have been deployed in the premises. “This is done on a temporary basis in order to ensure that there is a sense of security among patients, who visit the place from various parts of Thane district as well as their relatives. This will instill a fear among anti-social elements. We discussed the issue with the Thane Nagar police after which it was decided that three cops will be deployed in the premises. Also, there will be a mobile van in the hospital premises in case of an emergency,” said Dr Ashok Kamble, additional civil surgeon. The police said that the three cops will be taking rounds of the hospital regularly. “We have even fixed all the CCTVs so that there is surveillance on everyone, who visits the hospital premises,” added Dr Kamble.
|2018-05-23||Forest department starts mobile app to record wildlife rescue - Times of India|
Forest department starts mobile app to record wildlife rescue May 23, 2018, 13:38 IST THANE: On the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity on Tuesday, the Thane forest department inaugurated its first-ever mobile application called Praani Mitra, which is believed to be instrumental in digitally streamlining wildlife rescue operations undertaken in future. Over 25 wildlife rescuers have registered with the application so far. While there are thousands of wildlife rescuers across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, who have rescued and released various species in their respective areas, not many of these incidents have been recorded with the forest department over the years. In an attempt to create a database that is accessible to the rescuer, the forest department, with the help of a few wildlife non government organisations (NGOs) in the city, has created the mobile application, which was unveiled on a trial basis on Tuesday. Speaking about the need for this application to his fellow rescuers during the inauguration ceremony at the Chief Conservator of Forest office, Thane’s honorary wildlife warden Pawan Sharma, said, “Over the years, there have been numerous instances wherein many rescuers have reached the same rescue operation site, thus wasting a lot of their time and effort. They have struggled to find a vet in their area to tend to ailing animals or birds or even missed out on documentation in the hectic process. The mobile application, Praani Mitra, aims to bridge this communication gap between the stakeholders and helps us upgrade our methods.” Rohit Mohite, core committee member of Wildlife Welfare Association, a city-based NGO, said, “This application not only allows each rescuer to communicate who is attending which call on it, but also connects them to local veterinarians, quickens the documentation process through its user-friendly and geotagging features and allows the forest officials to get real time updates on each case.” “We have opened it to only rescuers and NGOs for a span of around 15 days, after which we will have an official launch of the app,” said Jitendra Ramgoakar, deputy chief conservator of forests (Thane).
|2018-05-23||Driver gets trapped inside mangled truck cabin, rescued - Times of India|
Driver gets trapped inside mangled truck cabin, rescued May 23, 2018, 22:06 IST Thane: A 25-year-old driver of a container truck was trapped inside the mangled remains of the heavy vehicle for almost an hour after his truck rammed onto another heavy vehicle ahead on the busy Ghodbunder Road. The incident took place on Tuesday at around 4.30am near Anand Nagar junction on the Thane-bound lane. Officials claimed that Shaukat Ali, the driver, who was commuting from Aligarh to Mumbai had been cruising at a great speed and was unable to slow down near the signal, resulting in the crash. A team of fire brigade and the regional disaster management cell (RDMC) reached the spot immediately with one rescue vehicle and an ambulance. However, the rescue operators found it difficult to reach out to the youngster as his lower half of the body was trapped inside the truck cabin. An official from RDMC said, “We couldn’t help the driver easily. Since he was unable to move even an inch, we had to cut open the vehicle and pull him out. He had grievously injured his legs.” He added that the cleaner has also sustained minor injuries.
|2018-05-23||TMC to map 36 city lakes to understand damage - Times of India|
TMC to map 36 city lakes to understand damage May 23, 2018, 22:07 IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will soon prepare a status report on the 36 lakes mapping the quantum of encroachments and ecological damage suffered by these water bodies over the last few years. The decision was taken at the standing committee meeting on Tuesday after corporators raised the issue of damage wrecked upon the water bodies in various parts of the city in the name of its conservation and beautification. Corporators blamed the administration alleging how it was casting a blind eye towards the neglect of the lakes as its contractors blatantly end up dumping debris inside these natural bodies. The first ever meeting conducted after the standing committee was formed last week, after the 2017 elections, saw visible action being proposed for preserving the natural water bodies that have given Thane its identity of being a city of lakes. Corporator Naresh Manera pointed out how the Dawale lake was witnessing elimination under the guise of beautification while BJP corporator Manohar Dumbre said the Turfepada lake in his ward was also witnessing similar deterioration. He questioned how the administration approved such plans to damage the water bodies in the city. Corporator and standing committee member Shailesh Patil from Diva also echoed the same adding the administration has been neglecting the repeated complaints made to them about the lack of cleanliness undertaken in the Diva and Khidkali lakes since the last several years. BJP corporator Narayan Pawar suggested registering a cognizable offense against those found causing ecological harm to the water bodies. Standing committee chairman Ram Repale asked the administration to prepare a report of the status of the lakes and compare it with the last few years to analyze the damage done to it and present it during the next meeting. I have asked the pollutcion control department to table a status report about the lakes. Comparing the size of the lakes and its depth will give us idea of the damage and be able to take and suggest corrective measures.
|2018-05-23||Valuables worth Rs 70000 robbed from separate homes - Times of India|
Valuables worth Rs 70,000 robbed from separate homes May 23, 2018, 22:08 IST THANE: In two separate cases of theft, valuables worth Rs 70,000 were robbed from homes in Kopri and Vartak Nagar area. In the first incident the family from Vartak Nagar had gone to their native place when someone broke into their home and robbed valuables worth Rs 55,000. “The complainant Dayanand Gaikwad stated that while we were away, my brother visited our house and found it to be in complete mess. On checking he realised that the house was robbed,” said an officer from Vartak Nagar police station. In the second case, the victim, Sanjay Gangurde was present in the house when his mobile phone worth rs 15,000 was flicked. The complainant stated, he was awake till late night waiting for his relatives and forgot to lock the door and kept his phone for charging. On waking up next day, he found that his mobile phone kept on charging was missing.
|2018-05-23||Fire at chemical warehouse at Khopat, none hurt - Times of India|
Fire at chemical warehouse at Khopat, none hurt May 23, 2018, 13:37 IST THANE: A fire broke out at a chemical godown in a ground-plus two building at Khopat on Tuesday around 12.30 pm. By the time the fire officials reached the spot the blaze which started in the A wing of Amergain complex on the ground floor started to spread to the adjacent godwon. A fire official from Panchpakhadi fire station said, “As per initial investigations, a short-circuit seems to have triggered the blaze. The fire started at Sanyog chemicals private limited and soon spread to an adjacent godown. While there were no injuries there was a lot of smoke. Officials from Jawar Baug and Balkum fire department were called for help. Fortunately, the damage was not much as timely action was taken.” The company is into manufacturing chemicals used for industrial purposes such as in cosmetics, textiles, paints etc.
|2018-05-23||Thane, oldest station, plagued with cleanliness woes - Hindustan Times|
Thane, oldest station, plagued with cleanliness woes As per survey findings of Indian Railways, Thane ranks eighth among the top 10 dirtiest stations in the Central Railway MUMBAI Updated: May 24, 2018 00:08 IST With more than 1,000 trains halting at Thane every day, the railway station is teeming with commuters all the time. The authorities are struggling to keep the station premises clean. The station also lacks infrastructure for the 10 lakh commuters it sees every day. And it showed in the survey findings of Indian Railways conducted between May 11 and May 17. Thane ranks eighth among the top 10 dirtiest stations in the Central Railway. The findings showed that 55.72% of respondents found the station cleanliness level not up to the mark. “We have around 52 workers working in three shifts. Dusting and sweeping are done at night on a rotation basis — one platform is washed and cleaned daily,” said Suresh Nair, station director, Thane. “We have around 70 garbage bins across the 11 platforms yet people litter around, spit on walls. We have workers picking up filth from the tracks regularly but with such huge footfalls it is difficult to maintain it,” he said. Although there are fewer local trains on the main line after midnight, many express trains arrive between 1am and 4am. Most passengers from these trains wait on platforms to take the morning local trains. “This makes it difficult for the cleaning staff to do elaborate washing of the platforms or foot overbridges,” said Nair. Continuous construction and repair activities take place round the clock. A senior official from the railways said, “Repair work is on at Thane station and this is a cause for inconvenience. All construction materials have been kept under foot overbridges. It looks unclean and disorganised but there is no other option.” The annual contract for mechanised cleaning has not been renewed at Thane station since December, said officials. Nair was unable to give a reason for it. Lata Argade, member of the Railway Commuter Union, said, “It is the responsibility of the railways to understand the needs of commuters. If such a huge crowd comes to the station every day, it is bound to be dirty. Proper amenities should be provided at the station.” Thane station has three toilets and six foot overbridges. There is a small drain between the tracks on platform numbers 2 and 3 which is filled with dirty water and filth and hardly cleaned. Shashikumar Nair, chairman of Yatra Samiti, Thane, said, “Numerous projects have been introduced for the betterment of Thane station but it needs to be implemented well. There is a lack of toilets at Thane station. The existing ones are not maintained well.”
|2018-05-23||Double-Parking Menace - Times of India|
Double-Parking Menace May 24, 2018, 01:22 IST Transporters are allowed to park haphazardly on the very crowded Narsi Natha Street for reasons best known to the traffic police —Pranav Chheda.
|2018-05-22||Cong alleges irregularities in publication of Thane URPs - Moneycontrol.com|
Cong alleges irregularities in publication of Thane URPs The Congress today alleged irregularities in publication of Urban Renewal Plans (URPs) for cluster development and blamed the Shiv Sena-ruled civic body. May 22, 2018 07:02 PM IST The Congress today alleged irregularities in publication of Urban Renewal Plans (URPs) for cluster development and blamed the Shiv Sena-ruled civic body. "For the reasons best known to the Sena, the party showed an undue haste in passing the URPs by ignoring various mandatory requirements," alleged Thane city and district unit Congress president Manoj Shinde. He said the Sena and the TMC (Thane Municipal Corporation) administration are responsible for these "irregularities". Leader of Congress in TMC Vikrant Chavan said the party would launch a protest against the URPs. Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal had in March presented 43 URPs before political leaders and the media. The cluster development scheme aims at all-round development of the city by improving road network, increasing open spaces, green zones and civic amenities. The first phase of the scheme is expected to take around 15 years for implementation. The project aims to construct 23,000 colonies in the city. Shinde alleged sections 31 (1) and 37 (1) of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act have not been adhered to and the approval of the TMC general body was not taken before publication of the URPs. The state government had issued a notification dated July 5, 2017 sanctioning the scheme, which was to be approved by the general body in due course after consulting various stake-holders, he said. "However, on April 27, 2018, the corporation came out with a notification and an advertisement announcing implementation of the scheme. There is a disparity between the proposed areas to be allotted to the slum dwellers and those residing in the dangerous buildings under the scheme," he alleged. He said the areas under forest cannot be included in the scheme.
|2018-05-22||2 injured after speeding container truck crashes into vehicle on Thane's Ghodbunder Road - Hindustan Times|
1 dead, 1 hurt after container truck crashes into vehicle on Thane’s Ghodbunder Road It took one hour to rescue the driver whose legs were stuck in the truck cabin; accident led to two-hour traffic jam MUMBAI Updated: May 22, 2018 15:48 IST The driver of a container truck died and the cleaner was injured after their vehicle crashed into another container truck ahead of it on Thane’s Ghodbunder Road in the early hours of Tuesday. The accident blocked traffic and led to a jam on the arterial road, which the Thane traffic police cleared in around two hours. The accident took place around 4.30 am near the Anand Nagar signal because of speeding and rash driving, officials said. “The container truck was heading into Mumbai from Aligarh and crashed into the one ahead of it after the driver lost control. Nothing much happened to the truck it crashed into, but the front of the speeding vehicle has been smashed badly,” said Santosh Kadam, in charge of Thane’s Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC). One fire tender, one rescue vehicle and one ambulance were despatched to the spot, he added. The driver, Shaukat Ali, 25, suffered major injuries to his leg, while the cleaner, Mohin,17, has minor head injuries. “The driver’s legs were stuck in the cabin. It took us around an hour to release him, with help from the fire brigade,” Kadam said. The duo was admitted to a hospital in Manpada, Thane (west), where Ali succumbed to injuries. Police and traffic police officials, the RDMC and the fire brigade worked together to rescue the injured, move the huge truck to a side of the road and clear the traffic congestion.
|2018-05-22||Avoid traffic, take a boat from Thane to South Mumbai - Hindustan Times|
Avoid traffic, take a boat from Thane to South Mumbai Maharashtra CM’s plan to have seamless connectivity in MMR gives Rs661-crore water transport project a fillip MUMBAI Updated: May 23, 2018 10:50 IST Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday assured residents of seamless connectivity throughout Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), for which, he said one of the options was water transport. While inaugurating various road projects in Navi Mumbai and Thane, Fadnavis said Thane would soon be connected to Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan and Vasai through waterways. While the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is looking at a December deadline for the first phase of water transport project connecting Kalyan, Thane and Vasai, planning has already started for the second phase to connect Thane to Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. According to the TMC, a pre-feasibility study has been completed and presented to Fadnavis. A detailed project report (DPR) is now being prepared. “The corporation has floated tenders to appoint consultant for preparing the DPR,” said Anil Patil, Thane city engineer. Implemented jointly by Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Maharashtra Maritime Board and Thane Municipal Corporation, the Thane-Mumbai waterways will cost Rs661 crore and will be funded by the state and central governments. The tender for a pre-feasibility study of the second phase of water transport was called in October last year. Work on the second phase is proposed to begin in March 2019. There is no intra-city water transport service anywhere in Mumbai apart from the Gateway of India to Mandwa and Elephanta. The government had proposed the Borivli to Gateway of India route in 2011, but since the sea on Mumbai’s western coast is rough (particularly in the monsoon), the project didn’t take off. Ferry operators couldn’t run services in the monsoon and operation costs proved to be too high. The eastern seaboard is calm and isn’t expected to pose similar challenges. The Thane-Vasai and Thane-Mumbai will be the first intra-city water service in Mumbai. It will connect Thane (Saket) to Gateway of India via Trombay, Elephanta and Ferry Wharf and also Thane to Navi Mumbai (via Panvel and Jawaharlal Nehru Port). For commuters, this is a welcome proposal. “I commute to Vashi every day for work. I have to go to Thane station from my house in Kalwa east and then board a train to Vashi. Moreover, the trains are overcrowded during peak hours,” said Yogesh Dandekar, 37. “If there is a direct ferry from Thane to Vashi, I will surely love to take it to work daily, as the commute will be much more comfortable and time-saving.” The ridership report of the second phase has estimated that around 30,000 passengers could use water transport on a daily basis. This would help decongest existing public transport networks as well as reduce air and noise pollution. If the project goes to plan, it will save one hour of travel time to Mumbai and almost 40 minutes to Navi Mumbai. The first phase has inched ahead after getting an in-principle approval in a meeting held on April 24 and headed by Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. This means that the water transport project will go ahead subject to clearances and approvals. The state also approved the multi-modal hub to be developed at Kolshet for the route. The project will reduce the travel time between Kalyan and Vasai to 70 minutes and each passenger will have to pay Rs29. The civic authorities don’t anticipate any delay in getting approval for the second phase. The hurdles for them are the ongoing works on the existing bridges on the route. Urban planner Mayuresh Bhadsavle pointed out that while it looks good on paper, there was little clarity on the economic viability and creating support infrastructure for the project. “The entire concept is still in a very nascent state, the ground reality is completely different from the presentation the corporation has put forth the environment ministry,” said Bhadsavle. “The creek in Thane is completely polluted and lot of dredging will have to be done to start water transport. The capital cost of the dredging is not clear. Moreover, there should be proper access options for the people to reach jetties, thus support infrastructure such as parking and roads at the jetties need to be set up.” The municipal corporation plans to develop three jetties at Nagla, Kolshet and Parsik first. Patil said, “The first phase will have 10 jetties across Vasai, Mira Bhayander, Thane and Kalyan. The civic commissioner has announced to operate the first ferry service from December this year.” The second phase is at too nascent a stage to configure its final route. Bhadsavle said, “The economic viability is the most important aspect of the project, as the cost of operation and maintenance will be huge. A decade ago, the government had proposed a catamaran service from Borivli to Gateway of India which was suspended as the operation and maintenance cost could not be recovered. If this route with such a high passenger volume could fail, the corporation will need a strong financial plan in place for the project.” He also pointed out that the fare structure, the target demographic and how commuters would be able to reach the jetties from their homes are key features that are yet to be defined.
|2018-05-22||Palghar by-election 2018: BJP-Sena bitter battle in Thane tomorrow as Adityanath, Uddhav gear up for rallies - Financial Express|
Palghar by-election 2018: BJP-Sena bitter battle in Thane tomorrow as Adityanath, Uddhav gear up for rallies Ahead of the Palghar by-elections on May 28, political parties in Maharashtra are leaving no stone unturned in cementing their chances in the polls. BJP and Shiv Sena who have announced rallies of top leaders like Yogi Adityanath and Uddhav Thackeray on May 23. Published: May 22, 2018 12:21 PM Ahead of the Palghar by-elections on May 28, political parties in Maharashtra are leaving no stone unturned in cementing their chances in the polls. This goes completely true for bitter rivals BJP and Shiv Sena who have announced rallies of top leaders like Yogi Adityanath and Uddhav Thackeray on May 23 at various places in the district neighbouring Thane. The Uttar Pradesh chief minister will campaign for BJP nominee Rajendra Gavit in Vasai, Virar, and Nalasopara assembly segments dominated by north Indian voters tomorrow. Tribal-dominated Palghar constituency, located 110 kms away from Mumbai, consists of six assembly segments. As per a Shiv Sena release, the party has organised a string of rallies to be addressed by its president Uddhav Thackeray in Talasari, Vikramgadh, and Nalasopara on May 23, 24 and 25. As far as state BJP leadership is concerned, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has been spearheading the campaign in urban areas of the constituency while state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve is leading the charge in rural areas. Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray has already held a number of road shows in rural areas of the constituency. The Vasai-Virar-Nalasopara belt is considered as a stronghold of Hintendra Thakur-led Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA). The Congress and BVA have fielded former MPs Damodar Shingda and Baliram Jadhav, respectively. BVA has three MLAs in the total six assembly segments in the Palghar constituency. The BJP and Sena, a constituent of the NDA government, are locked in a straight contest in the bypoll which was necessitated following the death of sitting BJP MP Chintaman Wanga in January this year. In an embarrassment to the BJP, the Shiv Sena allotted ticket to Wanga’s son Srinivas for the byelection. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has accused the Shiv Sena of betraying the BJP by fielding the son of late MP Chintaman Wanga for the Palghar Lok Sabha seat bypoll. He claimed the Sena knew that the BJP was already planning to nominate someone from Chintaman Wanga’s family for the by-election. Lauding Wanga’s association with the BJP, Fadnavis said the late leader represented the party’s ideology. Fadnavis, at an earlier rally in the district, said he had told Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray that the BJP was planning to give a ticket to a member of Chintaman Wanga’s family for the by-election.
|2018-05-22||Govt to boost Thane infra with eye on polls - The Asian Age - The Asian Age|
Govt to boost Thane infra with eye on polls Published : May 23, 2018, 2:26 am IST The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress are in power in one municipality each while the Sena is in power in one. Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is paying special attention on the Thane district ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls as the government has initiated projects worth Rs 50,000 crore in the district. There are three Lok Sabha and 18 Assembly constituencies in the highly urbanised district, which comprises six municipalities. For better electoral results here, the BJP government has undertaken large-scale developmental works here pertaining to roads, water, the metro and air transport as well as other infrastructure projects. While inaugurating some of the projects in Thane on Monday, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “Institutions like the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) are not made for earning much interest on their fix deposits. They should initiate infrastructure works to make people’s lives better. Our government has kept a target of completing `1.50 lakh crore projects in Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority area. Out of that, almost `50,000 crore is being spent on Thane district alone.” Behind this strong push for development, there are political reasons. Thane is a politically sensitive district, as it is has a large number of Assembly and Lok Sabha seats. Out of the six municipalities, the BJP is in power in two on its own and one in alliance with the Sena. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress are in power in one municipality each while the Sena is in power in one. “We are doing development politics. The region had major infrastructure backlog in the last fifteen years. But under the leadership of Modiji and Fadnavisji, an overhaul is going on. By 2020, this area will compete with the highly developed one,” said Ravindra Chavan, the BJP’s sole minister from district.
|2018-05-22||Kalyan, Kurla and Thane among the 10 dirtiest stations in the country - Mumbai Mirror|
KALYAN, KURLA AND THANE AMONG THE 10 DIRTIEST STATIONS IN THE COUNTRY Updated: May 23, 2018, 11.36 AM IST Three of the busiest stations in the city have to bear the ignominy of being among the 10 dirtiest stations in the country. In a survey conducted by Indian Railways between May 11 and May 17, Kanpur emerged as the dirtiest station in the country. Mumbai is the only city with three stations in the list – Kalyan (3rd), Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (5th) and Thane (8th). Among the passengers surveyed, 58.74 said they were not happy with the cleanliness at Kalyan - a station through which 2.15 lakh passengers pass daily. Ninety pairs of long-distance trains and 572 local trains are handled at Kalyan. The percentage of unhappy commuters stood at 55.89 for LTT and 55.72 for Thane. To improve passenger amenities at trains and stations, the Railways collects feedback from passengers through Interactive Voice Response System. Under this system, passengers are contacted randomly on the phone numbers submitted at the time of booking tickets, and are asked to give feedback on six areas – cleanliness of stations and trains, catering, air-conditioning, food, punctuality and bedrolls. According to a senior railway officer, on an average, around 60-70 calls are made each day for each train. “Efforts are made to make approximately one lakh calls per day to passengers. The feedback will help improve passenger amenities and also help fix accountability of service providers,” he said. An officer of Central Railway (CR), under which all three stations fall, said that steps are being taken to improve the cleanliness of the stations named in the survey. “At LTT, the contract for mechanised cleaning was awarded last month. At Kalyan and Thane, the contract process is going on. Very soon it will be placed,” he said. He also blamed the shortage of water for the lack of cleanliness at LTT, a station which is used by 50,000 passengers daily. Vishal Agarwal, additional general manager of CR, said that the process to upgrade facilities at all stations had already started.
|2018-05-22||Five feared drowned in two separate incidents in Thane - The Hindu|
Five feared drowned in two separate incidents in Thane Thane, May 22, 2018 08:29 IST Five people were feared drowned in two separate incidents in the district, an official said on Monday. Two people, a seven-year-old boy and a 29-year-old man, were feared to have been swept away in a creek on Ghodbunder Road on Sunday, Santosh Kadam, head of the regional disaster management cell of the Thane Municipal Corporation, said. Swim gone wrong In the second incident, three people, who had gone for a swim on Sunday in Bhatsa river at Ozarli village, were feared drowned, he said. The three people, all residents of Wagle Estate, were in their early 30s, he said. A search was under way for all five people in the two water bodies, the civic official added.
|2018-05-22||Here's what you can expect from Thane forest department app - Mid-Day|
Here's what you can expect from Thane forest department app May 22, 2018, 07:58 IST Mobile application to be launched today will help collect, manage and organise rescue, rehab and release data on wildlife species rescued from Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts Coming to the quite the rescue of those who help save and rehabilitate wild animals, the Thane Forest Department (FD) (territorial) will be launching a mobile application named 'Praani Mitra' on Tuesday. The application will bring all wildlife rescuers and organisations on a common platform and help collect, manage and organise rescue, rehabilitation and release data of operations in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts. Currently, there is no system in place to get the details of wildlife species rescued from these places. Register yourself The app has been designed based on suggestions by Honorary Wildlife Warden of Thane, Pawan Sharma, of Mumbai city Sunish Subramanian Kunju and of Mumbai suburban Mayur Kamath. Deputy conservator of forest Dr Jitendra Ramgaonkar also played a crucial role in making the app. Interested rescuers who want to join the app will have to first register themselves with FD, after which officials will conduct a background check of each and every rescuer. When this ends, the rescuer will be recognised as a registered FD rescuer. How will it help Speaking to mid-day Sharma said, "The app will help rescuers and NGOs registered with FD to fill in details about the rescue, along with the location and release. Because of the data that will be gathered, the department will know what exactly has happened to a species of bird or reptile that is rescued in its jurisdiction." Kunju said, "The list of the registered rescuers will be also shared with the police stations and fire brigade stations in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts, so in case there is a fire or cops get a call about a snake or bird rescue in the area, they can forward it to the registered rescuer in that area." Working the app For the rescuers, the app will be divided into various sections with options where they will have to upload the picture of the wildlife species they've saved along with the location. They will have to give basic information about the species mention if the animal(s) is injured, and where it was sent for medical treatment. The forest ranger or the beat guard of the area from where the animal was rescued will coordinate with the rescuer and ensure the rescued animal is released back in its natural habitat within stipulated time.
|2018-05-21||Don't let heavy vehicles enter Thane during peak hours: Locals - Daily News & Analysis|
Don't let heavy vehicles enter Thane during peak hours: Locals Updated: May 21, 2018, 06:35 AM IST As if the closure of Mumbra bypass was not enough, now work of Mumbai Metro has added to traffic snarls on the road. As a result, Thanekars want heavy vehicles including trucks and buses to be banned from Thane roads during peak hours. The traffic police, however, maintains that while heavy vehicles are not allowed, they cannot stop trucks and buses from plying on city roads. Anand Mathur (name changed) works as a senior executive in a Prabhadevi firm and stays in Kandivli. His daily commute by car from Kandivali to office has now extended to three-and-a-half to four hours due to ongoing metro work. As a result, he now commutes via Ghodbunder (GB) road of Thane. "The heavy vehicles occupy the first lane on the Eastern Express Highway, leading to traffic jams," he says. "And I cannot think of commuting by train during peak hours as even the first class compartment is heavily crammed up," he adds. Another Thane resident Renee Varghese says, "The load of vehicles have been diverted to Thane due to the closure of bypass, even those from western suburbs are driving through our city. But these heavy vehicles which are on our city roads 24x7 are creating a mess." Varghese says that entry of vehicles should be banned in Thane during peak hours, that is, from 7 am to 11 am and from 5 pm to 9 pm. "I took the issue to Thane traffic police, but I didn't receive any response," he adds. When contacted Amit Kale, deputy commissioner of police, Thane traffic, says that heavy vehicles are not allowed during peak hours. However, he added, "We cannot stop buses as they are a means of public transport and trucks are not heavy vehicles."
|2018-05-21||Five feared drowned in two separate incidents in Thane - Outlook India|
Five feared drowned in two separate incidents in Thane 21 MAY 2018 Last Updated at 9:46 AM Thane, May 21 Five people were feared drowned in two separate incidents in the district, an official said today. Two persons -- a seven-year-old boy and a 29-year-old man -- were feared to have been swept away in a creek located on the city's Ghodbunder Road yesterday, Thane civic body's regional disaster management cell chief Sanotsh Kadam said. In another incident, three people, who had gone for a swim yesterday in the Bhatsa river at Ozarli village, were feared drowned as they did not come out of the water, he said. The three people, all residents of the Wagle Estate area in the city, were in their early 30s, he said. A search was underway for all the five people in the two water bodies, the official added.
|2018-05-21||Thane residents demand assurance from TMC before evacuation - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane residents demand assurance from TMC before evacuation Updated: May 21, 2018, 06:45 AM IST While the TMC's evacuation drive to vacate those staying in dangerous buildings is meant to save lives, it also means those to be evacuated will be homeless. Hence, they have demanded a MoU from the TMC that whenever their buildings will be reconstructed, they should be given accommodation in them. There are over 95 highly dangerous buildings in Thane which fall under C1 category and needs to be evacuated. From May 1 the TMC (Thane Municipal Corporation) started its evacuation drive to vacate these buildings. "Most of these buildings are in Naupada area or old Thane," says Anuj Prajapati from Thane Matdata Jagran Manch (TJMJ), adding, "Due to lack of a proper redevelopment policy, these buildings are in a dilapidated condition. And people who fear to lose their property, are scared to vacate them." As such, over 100 Thanekars from such buildings and PAPs of road widening project took a protest to TMC headquarters on Friday. "We have been assured that those who have lost their homes in road widening will be rehabilitated," says Anuj. "However, those from dangerous buildings want a MoU from the TMC that their right on their property stays," he adds. When contacted Sunil Chavan, additional commissioner, TMC allayed all fears of those who have been evacuated from C1 buildings. "As per the government circular, the rights of the owners and tenants to their property stay protected even after the evacuation. And the building plan will be approved after taking their rights into consideration," he adds. Adding that there are over 2700 tenements being readied to rehabilitate those affected by TMC's road widening, he says, "But people whose houses are in CRZ and forest land will not be rehabilitated by us."
|2018-05-21||News 100: Water crisis in Thane, Maharashtra, locals dig up earth to avail groundwater - Zee News|
News 100: Water crisis in Thane, Maharashtra, locals dig up earth to avail groundwater May 21, 2018, 08:20 AM IST Water crisis in Thane, Maharashtra, locals dig up earth to avail groundwater. Watch the video to know other top news of the day.
|2018-05-21||Maharashtra CM kickstarts four major projects on Thane-Belapur road - Hindustan Times|
Maharashtra CM kickstarts four major projects on Thane-Belapur road He inaugurated the Ghansoli-Talavli flyover, and the underpass at Mahape. He also commissioned the flyover along Mahape-Savita Chemicals junctions. Updated: May 21, 2018 16:37 IST Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday kick started multiple road and infrastructure project works on the Thane-Belapur road, including two flyovers and an underpass. Accompanied by Thane guardian minister Eknath?Shinde, he inaugurated the Ghansoli-Talavli flyover, and the underpass at Mahape.He also commissioned the flyover along Savita Chemicals. The two flyovers and underpass had been developed by the MMRDA at the behest of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) in an effort to ease traffic congestion. The flyovers have been constructed on the 1.4 kilometre Ghansoli Naka-Talavali Naka stretch and 575-metre Mahape-Savita Chemicals junctions. The vehicular underpass at Mahape junction is 500 metres. The collective budget for the three projects is ?155 crore. While the work had commeneced in March 2015 and had been slated to completed by March 2017, it faced several delays owing to traffic and other issues. Moreover, Fadnavis also performed the bhoomipujan for the Airoli–Katai Naka elevated road project and tunnel work in Navi Mumbai. The upcoming tunnel is expected to connect TB road and NH4. This project is expected to connect Navi Mumbai directly to Kalyan, cutting the distance by seven kilometres. This is likely to cut travel time by almost half an hour. The elevated road will be 3.5 km, including a 1.70 km tunnel. The estimated cost of the project is estimated to be ?385 crore. Following this, Fadnavis held a public meeting in the MIDC area, along the Airoli road. The opening of the flyovers is expected to put an end to the frequent traffic snarls witnessed on the six-lane, 15-kilometre Thane-Belapur road. The road that connects Turbhe in Navi Mumbai to Kalwa in Thane bisects the MIDC?industrial area and the nodal areas in the city. It runs parallel to the trans-harbour railway line passing along Airoli, Rabale, Ghansoli, Kopar Khairane and Turbhe railway stations, from where commuters cross to the industrial side. Top IT companies, such as Reliance, have a major presence in the area.
|2018-05-21||Five feared drowned in two separate incidents in Thane - The Tribune|
Five feared drowned in two separate incidents in Thane Posted at: May 21, 2018, 10:00 AM Thane, May 21 Five people were feared drowned in two separate incidents in the district, an official said on Monday. A seven-year-old boy and a 29-year-old man were feared to have been swept away in a creek located on the city’s Ghodbunder Road on Sunday, Thane civic body’s regional disaster management cell chief Sanotsh Kadam said. In another incident, three people, who had gone for a swim on Sunday in the Bhatsa river at Ozarli village, were feared drowned as they did not come out of the water, he said. The three people, all residents of the Wagle Estate area in the city, were in their early 30s, he said. A search was under way for all the five people in the two water bodies, the official added.
|2018-05-21||Maharashtra govt formally notifies 16.9 sq km Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary - Times of India|
Maharashtra govt formally notifies 16.9 sq km Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary Updated: May 21, 2018, 20:27 IST MUMBAI: With work on the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) having taken off, the state government issued a gazette notification formally notifying 16.9 sq kms as the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary. The flamingo sanctuary is spread on the western side of Thane creek across Mulund (143 ha), Bhandup (95 ha), Kanjurmarg (265 ha), Vikhroli (257 ha) and Mandale (31 ha). It will be under the Mumbai Mangrove Conservation Unit. It was proposed as one of the mitigation measures for the MTHL. The site hosts nearly 40,000 flamingos for nearly six months every year, including the Greater and Lesser flamingos. Besides flamingos, the creek is the wintering refuge for many species of migratory birds, including large number of Pied Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits, Common Redshanks, stints and sand plovers. The Bombay Natural History Society had proposed extending the sanctuary to the Mahul-Sewri mudflats, but so far this proposal has not been accepted by the government. The NGO had warned that the construction of MTHL would adversely impact the mudflats. The arrival of flamingos at Sewri was delayed by six months this year. The government has allowed right of way for construction, operation and maintenance of transmissions lines of Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL) and Tata Power in the sanctuary.
|2018-05-21||Tired of Auto Drivers Refusing Rides? Thane's Ho Rickshaws Won't Say No! - The Better India|
Tired of Auto Drivers Refusing Rides? Thane’s Ho Rickshaws Won’t Say No! Ho rickshaws–the pilot project that will guarantee that riders get a ride to their destination, will also give incentives to participating drivers. May 21, 2018, 4:08 pm How frustrating is it when you are in a hurry to go somewhere, are frantically looking for an auto-rickshaw and everyone blatantly refuses to take you? The destination is either too close for them, too far or in the opposite direction. And if by your good fortune, a rickshaw driver agrees to take you, he will want a fare as per his wishes, not determined by the meter. Several such reasons have made cab aggregators like Uber and Ola much-preferred options. But that hasn’t resolved the issue with rickshaws. The Thane Traffic Police and RTO have come up with a possible solution for this issue. Firstly, they identified the reason rickshaw drivers refuse a rider. Certain parts of the cities do not offer them the possibility of riders. And even if auto drivers accept all the fares that come their way, they don’t get any incentives other than the meter fare. Ho rickshaws–the pilot project that will guarantee that riders get a ride to their destination, will also give incentives to participating drivers. ‘Ho’ in Marathi means ‘yes’. Apart from the support from Thane Traffic Police and the RTO, the initiative is supported by Apna Bhandar- a local departmental store and Ascend Adcom- an advertising agency. From the first week of June, all participating rickshaws will have stickers saying “I am a responsible rickshaw driver. I will never say ‘No’ to the passenger”. If a driver refuses a client even then, citizens can call the Thane RTO or a dedicated helpline number which will be launched shortly. Speaking about what’s in store for the drivers, Nikhil Ballal, a sponsor of the campaign told the Mid-Day, “So many times, rickshaw drivers say no to people, even if it’s a senior citizen or a pregnant woman. We thought if we give them some incentives, they might change their attitudes.” He continues, “We will felicitate five best ones (drivers) every day and give them free groceries provided by Apna Bhandar. Whichever driver we receive a complaint against, will be out of the campaign, and action will be taken against him as per traffic and RTO rules.” Deputy Commissioner of Police, (Traffic) Amit Kale explained, “The aim is to bring rickshaw drivers to say ‘Ho’ from no… I think this campaign can motivate at least some rickshaw drivers to change their attitude.” The Ho rickshaws are good news for passengers as well as drivers! Now even if rickshaw drivers have to drive too far or too near, they’ll know something is waiting. The promise of incentives might help improve competition and productivity among them.
|2018-05-21||Five feared drowned in two separate incidents in Thane- The New ... - The New Indian Express|
Five feared drowned in two separate incidents in Thane Five people were feared drowned in two separate incidents in the district, an official said today. Published: 21st May 2018 10:15 AM THANE: Five people were feared drowned in two separate incidents in the district, an official said today. Two persons -- a seven-year-old boy and a 29-year-old man -- were feared to have been swept away in a creek located on the city's Ghodbunder Road yesterday, Thane civic body's regional disaster management cell chief Sanotsh Kadam said. In another incident, three people, who had gone for a swim yesterday in the Bhatsa river at Ozarli village, were feared drowned as they did not come out of the water, he said. The three people, all residents of the Wagle Estate area in the city, were in their early 30s, he said. A search was underway for all the five people in the two water bodies, the official added.
|2018-05-21||Maha notifies flamingo sanctuary at Thane creek - Hindustan Times|
Maha notifies flamingo sanctuary at Thane creek The notification, however, allows right of way for construction, operation and maintenance of seven transmission lines — three from MSETCL and four from Tata Power Updated: May 22, 2018 00:12 IST Less than three years after the state declared its intention to establish an area of 1690.5 hectares (ha) in Mumbai suburban district as Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary, it issued a notification declaring the area as a flamingo sanctuary. On May 10, the state issued a gazette identifying limits of the sanctuary across western-end of Thane creek with areas such as Mulund (143.16 ha), Vikhroli (257.35 ha), Bhandup (94.92 ha), Kanjur (264.87 ha), and parts of Mandale village (72.28 ha). Additionally, the creek area (revenue land) was identified as 794.48 ha, allowing total area of the sanctuary to be 1,690.52 ha. The notification, however, allowed right of way for construction, operation and maintenance of seven transmission lines — three from Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL) of 660 kilovolt (KV) and four from Tata Power (840 KV). “Sub-Divisional Officer, Eastern Suburban, Mumbai has allowed right of way subject to terms and conditions specified by Chief Wildlife Warden, Maharashtra State,” the gazette notification read. “Now, we have settled all the rights. Earlier it was a notification of intention,” said Virendra Tiwari, chief conservator of forest (Mantralaya), state forest department. “An enquiry was conducted by the deputy collector, eastern suburbs. All claims were settled and allowed the right of way for the transmission lines for two major power distributors, which is the only activity that has been allowed. They can carry out work and maintenance. Otherwise such activities are prohibited in any sanctuary area.” Ornithologists said it will have to be seen what technology will be used to protect the migratory path of these birds by the forest department. “These transmission lines have been there for many years all along the creek, and act as roost sites for several birds of prey and larger aquatic. However, there is always a chance of casualties due to electrocution or flying into them,” said Sunjoy Monga, ornithologist and naturalist writer. Mumbai Mangrove Conservation Unit (MMCU), under the state mangrove cell, will manage the entire sanctuary. “There is a process of demarcating any sanctuary through settlement of rights, and since the process is now completed, the area is a sanctuary in its true sense. It is a significant milestone, which will boost conservation,” said N Vasudevan, additional principal chief conservator of forest, state mangrove cell. In April, the mangrove cell began boat rides for citizens through the Thane creek to witness migratory and wetland birds that flock the site. Species list of Thane creek - 7 species of fish - 3 crustaceans (crabs, lobsters, crayfish) and one edible bivalve (marine molluscs) - 150 bird species (40,000 Flamingos and lakhs of wetland birds including waders, plovers Oriental Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Indian and Greater Spotted Eagles, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Eurasian Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-bellied Tern, Caspian Tern, European Roller, Indian Skimmer, Painted Stork and many others) - 68 insect species - 29 species of butterflies and moths - 9 species of mangroves - Avicennia marina being the dominant one - 37 species of phytoplankton - dominance of Skletonema, Thalassiosira and Rhizosolenia was recorded (Source: Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History and BN Bandodkar College of Science Thane and Bombay Natural History Society)
|2018-05-21||Fire destroys dispensary inside civic school in Thane; no casualties ... - Hindustan Times|
Fire destroys dispensary inside civic school in Thane; no casualties reported Fire broke out early on Monday morning when both the school and the dispensary were closed. Updated: May 21, 2018 13:42 IST Fire broke out in a state-run primary healthcare unit situated on the ground floor of a civic school in Thane early on Monday, badly damaging the dispensary. There were no casualties as both the school and the dispensary were shut. The incident took place in a three-storeyed Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) school in Gandhi Nagar, on Pokhran Road number 2. “The fire started around 6.30am. It was not a minor fire, and the dispensary has been damaged badly. The Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) reached the spot and helped the fire department douse the fire,” said Santosh Kadam, RDMC, TMC. “We don’t know if there are any fire safety measures within the building.” Shashikant Kale, chief fire officer, Thane, said: “As soon as we got the call, we left for the site, but because of narrow lanes, the big fire vehicles could not reach the site. So, initially, we used light potable pumps, and later, we managed to get small vehicles inside.” Kale said it took the fire brigade an hour to douse the blaze, for which one fire engine, two rescue vehicles and a heater mist were used. The cause of the fire has not yet been identified. Recently, a proposal has been put forth to install fire safety equipment inside TMC schools.
|2018-05-21||Govt to fast-track Mumbai-Thane infra projects: CM Fadnavis - The Indian Express|
Govt to fast-track Mumbai-Thane infra projects: CM Fadnavis The biggest metro projects are in Thane and would be completed within next two to three years. Along with road and rail network, plans are ready for water transport including Ro-Ro services. Published: May 22, 2018 2:41:43 am The government has decided to fast track the Rs 1.50 lakh crore infrastructure projects in Mumbai and Thane and prioritize the ‘sons of the soil’ in these projects, Chief Minister Devender Fadnavis said on Monday. Of the total projects, Rs 50,000 crore have been earmarked for Thane district. Chief Minister performed the bhoomi pujan for elevated road and tunnel connecting Thane-Belapur road and National Highway (NH-4). The construction of 3.5 km stretch will complete in 40 months. Fadnavis said, “The government is committed to complete all the mega-infrastructure projects worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore within the set time period and would accord highest priority to the bhoomi putras (sons of soil) in terms of extending the compensation package and rehabilitation.” Referring to the ongoing infrastructure projects, he said, “The work on Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, Metro Railway, Coastal Road, Water Transport, Ro-Ro services are in various phases of progress and we are determined to complete these projects.” The government’s focus on pushing infrastructure projects in Thane is to cater to the rapid growth, which has overburdened the existing infrastructure. The biggest metro projects are in Thane and would be completed within next two to three years. Along with road and rail network, plans are ready for water transport including Ro-Ro services. Indicating that every project would ensure participation of the ‘sons of the soil’, Fadnavis said, “The administration will ensure strict watch on the quality of work.”
|2018-05-21||A new homebuyers' hub? Navi Mumbai, Thane get popular - Hindustan Times|
A new homebuyers’ hub? Navi Mumbai, Thane get popular Smaller, but more affordable houses are driving homebuyers out of Mumbai and towards Thane and Navi Mumbai Updated: May 22, 2018 01:11 IST Smaller, but more affordable houses are driving homebuyers out of Mumbai and towards Thane and Navi Mumbai, a real estate survey has found. The findings come as a boost for builders, buyers and the realty sector, which has been on a downward spiral for months. The survey, by real estate research firm Liases Foras, found areas like Thane and Navi Mumbai were becoming increasingly popular with homebuyers, as apartments cost less than Rs 50 lakh. Between January and March this year, 11,980 apartments were sold, compared to 10,997 in the last three months of 2017. Meanwhile, in Mumbai city, sales and launches have dropped. Only 5,163 apartments were sold between January and March 2018, down from 5,854 in the last quarter of 2017. There were fewer launches — 3,698 compared to 5,538 in the same period. So, what makes Mumbai’s periphery more appealing? Pankaj Kapoor, CEO of Liases Foras, said, “Many developers are building smaller apartments, resulting in reduced prices. They are also offering finance schemes.” Builders, too, have noticed the trend. In the first three months of 2018, there were more launches in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region — 9,134 apartments — compared to 4,650 in the last three months of 2017. The Maharashtra Chambers of Housing Industry (MCHI-CREDAI) said affordable housing was driving the whole scenario. “Buyers are getting subsidies from the government through the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana scheme for affordable houses, and even builders are getting incentives,” said Manohar Shroff, vice president, MCHI-CREDAI, Navi Mumbai. “This is boosting the peripheral realty market.” The real estate sector, over the past few years, has been witnessing a recessionary phase. Builders raised realty prices to unaffordable levels, forcing buyers to postpone plans. Further, the Reserve Bank of India, as a cautionary exercise, laid down stringent lending norms and increased interest rates on home loans. However, both prices as well as interest rates on home loans are gradually coming down.
|2018-05-21||Father and 7-year-old son go fishing, drown in Thane creek - Hindustan Times|
Father and 7-year-old son go fishing, drown in Thane creek While the police have recovered the man’s body, rescue operations are still underway to find the child. mumbai Updated: May 22, 2018 09:01 IST A seven-year-old boy and his father drowned in Thane creek while catching fish on Sunday evening. While the police have recovered the body of Rajesh Bhoye, 29, rescue operations are still underway to find Harshad’s body. The incident took place in the stretch of the creek that passes through Hiranandani Estate. N Kulkarni, police inspector from Kasarwadavli police station, said: “We have found that the Bhoyes had gone to catch fish. They seem to have slipped somehow and fallen into the creek. Nobody saw them fall, so we are not sure what happened exactly.” Some locals saw them struggle in the water and ran to get help, but no one was close by and by the time people dived in and reached the spot, the duo had drowned, the police said. “We started search operations in the night with floodlights. Late Monday morning we pulled out Rajesh’s body. We are now searching for the boy,” Kulkarni said. Currently, both police and fire brigade officials are at the site. “We have registered a case of accidental death; further probe is on,” he added.
|2018-05-20||Two scribes arrested for extortion in Thane - Free Press Journal|
Two scribes arrested for extortion in Thane May 20, 2018 12:10 am Mumbai : The Thane Anti-Extortion cell have arrested two journalists for extortion from a sectional engineer at Bhiwandi Punchayet Samiti. The accused Rangnath Tangdi (44), editor of Saptahik Sabdhadoot, and Pandurang Benke (52), editor of Saptahik Bhagyodaya Vruttant have been arrested. A complaint was registered by Dattu Ananda Gite (48), a sectional engineer with the Bhiwandi Panchayat Samiti. According to N.T.Kadam, Assitant Commissioner of Police, Thane crime branch, “The two journalists had published news in their publications against Gite.They had taken money from the complainant for not publishing any further news against him. Tangdi had demanded Rs 40 lakh while Benke had demanded Rs 25 lakh from the complainant. A trap was laid to arrest them while accepting Rs 10 lakh from the complainant.”
|2018-05-20||Thane Civic Corporation's Big Claim: Pothole-free roads this monsoon - Free Press Journal|
Thane Civic Corporation’s Big Claim: Pothole-free roads this monsoon May 20, 2018 12:16 am Thane : Thane residents this year can enjoy pleasant drives during the monsoon season with the civic corporation having claimed that they will ensure the roads are pothole-free before the start of the rains. This is for the very first time that the Thanecivic corporation has started the tender process in January, that is five months prior to monsoon. Around 45 per cent of the road repair work in the city is completed, claimed the corporation. “The year the tenders were floated in January itself. We have also appointed different contractors for each of the wards in the city, so as to improve the efficiency of the work. The permissions of all road diggings are stopped. We have only given controlled permissions, wherein there are faults in the services. The work on sewerage and laying of pipelines are mostly completed before May 15,” Anil Patil, city engineer of TMC said. The corporation plans to complete all the repair works by May 31. “Out of the total 39792 meter (39 km) road repair works we undertook, 18095 (18 km) meters roads are now repaired. Forty five percent of the work is already completed, while we plan to complete the remaining 55 percent repair works by the end of this month. Most of the road repair works is from Diva, where most roads have developed major trenches. We have undertaken around 19556 meters (19 km) of roads in Diva out of which around 8910 meters (8 km) have being repaired so far. Apart from this we have also initiated resurfacing of most bitumen roads in the city,” he added. The corporation also plans to install radium paint on all the culverts on the bitumen road so that motorists can see it from a long distance as well. The residents of Ghodbunder Road, however, might not have respite from water logging as the work of increasing the size of the culverts still has not begun. In the year 2016, when the corporation made the Ghodbunder service road, the size of the culverts installed by the corporation was much more than that of the culverts on the highway. This leads to major water logging every monsoon along the Ghodbunder Road. “The work was stuck as the budget for the same work was not available. The budget was given to the MMRDA very late, thus the work might be delayed this year.” Patil added.
|2018-05-20||Man arrested for abducting, raping neighbour's minor girl in Thane - United News of India|
Man arrested for abducting, raping neighbour's minor girl in Thane Posted May 20 2018, 3:49 Pm Thane, May 20 (UNI) A 52-year-old man from Bholenath Nagar nearMumbra has been arrested by city police on the charge of allegedlyabducting a neighbour's 11-year-old girl and raping her.The alleged accused, Mahadoo Wagh, who worked as a supervisor in theForest department on contract basis, broke into the house of thegirl in the small hours of May 19 at 0300 hours while she wasasleep, lifted her, took her to a nearby hillock and raped her.
|2018-05-20||Thane corporators want 3 lakh squatters rehabilitated - Times of India|
Thane corporators want 3 lakh squatters rehabilitated May 21, 2018, 04:58 IST THANE: Corporators of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) want the administration to adopt and provide basic amenities to the nearly three lakh encroachers staying on government, forest and CRZ land. Cutting across party lines, they plan to prepare a memorandum and appeal to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, seeking a rehabilitation plan which could be applicable in other parts of the state as well. The issue was raised in the civic house on Friday after Prakash Barde, NCP corporator from Kalwa, claimed thousands from slum pockets in his ward and neighbouring areas, including Waghoba Nagar, Gholai Nagar and Sai Nagar were deprived of basic amenities. He said some have been staying there for several decades but have been deprived of toilets and drinking water. Barde suggested bringing the residents under the fold of the administration to alleviate their problems by letting them pay taxes. Most have electricity, while some get water, so what was the harm in levying them bills for the services, the corporators asked. Other parties supported the move, saying that the residents complained that forest officials never allowed them to repair their broken homes or construct toilets. Aresolution, later passed in the house, will be sent to the state government for approval, mayor Meenakshi Shinde said. The issue was also discussed in the house on Saturday, when it was revealed that the resolution may not be approved by the forest department or state government. Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal suggested an appeal be made to the state about reserving a plot for rehousing residents of such structures. Activists stated that the corporators were unknowingly supporting illegal activities like encroachments on government land. “What were forest officials doing when their land was being taken up and what is the guarantee that it may not be encroached upon in future?” an activist asked.
|2018-05-20||Man saves boy, drowns trying to rescue another - Times of India|
Man saves boy, drowns trying to rescue another May 21, 2018, 04:42 IST THANE: A Yuva Sena leader from Thane drowned in a river in Roha, Raigad, on Saturday where he had gone to celebrate his birthday. Prasad Raut, who turned 36 on Friday, was swept away while trying to save a boy from drowning. The boy was related to him. Raut, secretary of Owala-Majiwada Yuva Sena, is survived by his pregnant wife, a four-year-old daughter, his mother and younger brother. Some of the picknickers had ventured into the water unaware of timings at which water is released from the dam. After they entered the water, the dam gates were partially opened, inundating the spot where the family was. The family reached a safer spot, but two young boys slipped into the gushing waters. A relative said that Raut managed to rescue one boy, but lost his grip on the other. “Raut and the boy got swept away,” said the relative. The boy’s body was a few metres away on Saturday evening while Raut’s body was found on Sunday morning, said a police official.
|2018-05-20||Flyovers at Thane to be inaugurated by CM - The Asian Age|
Flyovers at Thane to be inaugurated by CM Published : May 21, 2018, 1:12 am IST The flyover project was implemented by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). Mumbai: The chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate and throw open two flyovers – at Ghansoli-Talavli and Savita Chemicals – in Thane along with a vehicular underpass on Monday morning. He will also perform the bhoomipujan for an elevated road and tunnel connecting Thane-Belapur Road and NH-4 and rail over bridge at Kopri, Thane. The flyover project was implemented by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) The 796-m long rail over bridge at Kopri, Thane with four plus four lane is to be completed in two phases. Initially two bridges of two lanes each will be constructed on either side of the existing bridge and in the second phase the existing bridge will be dismantled to make way for a new bridge with two plus two lanes. The project is expected to be completed in 36 months from the date of award. Further, Mr Fadnavis will inaugurate the 1.4-km long Ghansoli-Talavli flyover consisting of 575-m long two-lane flyover from Savita Chemicals and 485-m long three-lane vehicular underpass at Mahape towards Belapur. This project crosses two junctions at Ghansoli and Talavli.
|2018-05-20||Two families from Thane and Ratnagiri find compatible kidney donors in each other - Mumbai Mirror|
TWO FAMILIES FROM THANE AND RATNAGIRI FIND COMPATIBLE KIDNEY DONORS IN EACH OTHER Updated: May 21, 2018, 08.30 AM IST Two families from Thane and Ratnagiri, staring at a dead end and clutching at straws, find compatible kidney donors in each other "We are now bonded forever.” Shantilala Rathi, 52, may appear a tad melodramatic when he ends the conversation, but the sentiment is genuine. The Thane resident’s wife, Rajshree, 50, has got another shot at life, thanks to a Ratnagiri family. Rajshree and Saddam Mhaskar, 32, of Ratnagiri — both of whom were diagnosed with end-stage renal failure in 2013 — underwent a swap kidney transplantation at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Girgaum on April 23. While Shantilala donated a kidney to Saddam, the Ratnagiri resident’s mother, Khatija, 56, did the same for Rajshree. The swap kidney transplantation is an alternative for patients whose families are unable to donate the organ owing to incompatible blood groups or risks of rejection by the body. To hell and back Rajshree signed up for a kidney transplant two years ago, but was put on the waitlist. Enduring dialysis three times a week for the last four years began to take a toll on her. Dr Shruti Tapiawala, consultant nephrologist at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, says Shantilala was unable to donate a kidney to his wife despite being a blood match because of the presence of strong human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies in Rajshree’s body.HLAs are markers that an immune system uses to recognise ‘foreign’ cells in a body. The stronger the HLAs, the higher the chances of organ rejection. As the Thane family began to lose hope of ever finding a donor, the Mhaskars were going through their own hell. Saddam, too, was undergoing dialysis three times a week. Khatija was willing to donate a kidney, but the blood groups didn’t match. “We registered for a cadaver donation last year, but we were told that finding a match would probably take over a year,” says Umaira, Saddam’s wife. “We were so helpless.” The family spent lakhs of rupees on dialysis, temporarily moved to a rental apartment in Sewri six months ago for the treatment and approached many charitable trusts to raise funds. “My husband also has hepatitis C. A week of dialysis cost us around Rs 12,000,” says Umaira. “We kept praying for a cadaver donation.” Overcoming differences Things began to look up in January. Doctors at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital broached the topic of a swap kidney transplant with both the Mhaskars and the Rathis. Rajshree and Khatija’s blood groups didn’t match, but the HLA test showed that the odds of the body rejecting the organ were significantly lower. Saddam and Shantilala’s tests, too, showed that they were compatible. The procedure was briefly stonewalled in the face of religious differences. “Both the families decided to sit down and talk it out,” says Shantilala. “Once we got to talking, we realised that religious barriers are, after all, man-made.” The families underwent the swap on April 26. Dr Tapiawala says although the recipients’ bodies showed signs of rejection in the first three weeks after the procedure, last week’s tests showed a positive prognosis. The families now treat each other like blood relations. “Saddam is my younger brother. I talk to him every day. He, too, tells me to take precautions against infections,” says Rajshree. The religious harmony showed in their prayers before the transplant — the Rathis performed a puja for Saddam, while the Mhaskars asked for dua in Rajshree’s name. “Our blood is of the same colour; people have created religions. When it comes to saving lives, humanity should come first,” says Khatija.
|2018-05-19||Monsoon strategy! Thane to get its own disaster response team - Free Press Journal|
Monsoon strategy!?Thane to get its own disaster response team May 19, 2018 06:55 am Thane: Thane city is all set to pre-plan its strategy for the forth-coming monsoon season. And on that basis it will romp in National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team, to tackle monsoon disasters. The disaster management team will have its own Thane Disaster Response Force (TDRF). The Thane Municipal Commissioner has approved formation of TDRF on the lines of NDRF. The Thane Municipal Corporation will no longer have to depend on the NDRF team in case of major disaster. Thus Thane civic corporation will be the first civic corporation to have its own team of disaster rescue force that will be acting as a vital body during disasters and natural calamities. The TDRF will be stationed in Thane throughout the year, reducing the response time for rescue work. A team of 50 jawans will be formed next week and they will be given the same equipment and communication system which the NDRF team uses. Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner, said, “A team of 50 jawans will be hired from state fire training college in Kalina by next week. We have begun the process of selecting the uniforms and equipment for the team. The civic commissioner approved the proposal for the team on Thursday. The first parade of the team will be held on May 28 and their training will begin from next week.” “A team of 50 jawans will be hired from state fire training college in Kalina by next week. We have begun the process of selecting the uniforms and equipment for the team. The civic commissioner approved the proposal for the team on Thursday. The first parade of the team will be held on May 28. The training will begin from next week,” said Sandeep Malavi, Deputy municipal commissioner.
|2018-05-19||Thane: Mentally challenged girl allegedly raped; accused on run - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Mentally challenged girl allegedly raped; accused on run May 19, 2018 09:25 am Thane: Police in Palghar district of Maharashtra on Friday registered a case against a man for allegedly raping a mentally challenged and blind girl, his neighbour, on several occasions. Arnala police, who are probing the case, have launched a manhunt for the accused (whose name was not disclosed), after registering a case of rape under section 376 under the IPC and offences under the Protection of Children from the Sexual Offences Act. As per the complaint lodged by the victim’s parents, the accused raped the girl, a Virar resident, on many occasions when she was alone at home since August 2017. The crime came to light when the girl became pregnant, police said. She gave birth to a child recently, they added. Further probe is on.
|2018-05-19||Thane Municipal Corporation officers will be held accountable for monsoon mishap - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Municipal Corporation officers will be held accountable for monsoon mishap Updated: May 19, 2018, 06:00 AM IST Although the Thane Municipal Corporation was late in beginning its pre-monsoon work, all the officials and contractors have been warned of stringent action in case of an untoward incident during the rainy season due to lapses in carrying out their duty. The infamous monsoon is expected to usher in fifteen days. However, it was not until the middle of May that the TMC began its work to avoid the problem of water logging in the area. In a meeting held with various agencies on Thursday, Sanjeev Jaiswal, TMC commissioner, warned, “If there are any accidents or lapses during the monsoon due to TMC’s work, the concerned officials and contractors of the area will be held responsible for it and action will be taken against them.” Various stakeholders— the RTO (Regional Transport Office), MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited), Mahanagar Gas, MSEB (Maharashtra State Electricity Board), traffic police, and railway officials— were included in the meeting with the TMC on Thursday. All of these stakeholders were asked to coordinate in case of emergencies. They were briefed on mobilising men and machine to reach a spot of emergency. Further, the doctors at the TMC’s Chhatrapati Shivaji hospital were asked to stock medicines for snake bites and dog bites. MSEB was asked to make arrangements for adequate electricity in case of a disrupted power supply during heavy downpour and lightning. Monsoon Mania Chhatrapati Shivaji hospital was asked to stock medicines for snake bites and dog bites. MSEB was asked to make arrangements for adequate electricity
|2018-05-19||Thane: Two Bhiwandi scribes held for extortion - Times of India|
Thane: Two Bhiwandi scribes held for extortion May 19, 2018, 16:16 IST THANE: Two local journalists were arrested for allegedly extorting money from a government employee in Bhiwandi town, police said on Saturday. The accused, identified as Rangnath Tangdi (44), editor of Saptahik Sabdhadoot, and Pandurang Benke (52), editor of Saptahik Bhagyodaya Vruttant, were arrested on Thursday, police said. Chief of the Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of Thane police, Pradeep Sharma, said these two journalists had published news in their publications against the 45-year-old complainant, a sectional engineer with Bhiwandi Panchayat Samiti. They sought money from him for not publishing any further news against him, he said. "While Tangdi made a demand of Rs 40 lakh, Benke demanded Rs 25 lakh from the complainant. He finally paid Rs 1.50 lakh to them," Sharma said. However, the duo continued to demand money by threatening him. After this, the victim lodged a complaint with police. The accused were called at Thane guest-house on the pretext of collecting money on Thursday evening. The AEC laid a trap and nabbed them while accepting Rs 10 lakh from the complainant, Sharma said. The duo was booked under IPC sections 384 (extortion), 385 (putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion) and 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion), police said adding that further investigation into the case is on.
|2018-05-19||It's not a clean sweep for Thane city in Swachh top three list - Times of India|
It’s not a clean sweep for Thane city in Swachh top three list Updated: May 20, 2018, 00:55 IST THANE: Despite the extra efforts by the municipal corporation to beautify the city and the plethora of citizen-initiated cleanliness drives over the past year, the lake-city failed to make it to this year’s Swachh Survekshan list as one of the cleanest cities. While Navi Mumbai, Greater Mumbai and even Bhiwandi made it to the top three lists under various categories of the Swachha Survekshan awards, which were revealed by the ministry of housing and urban affairs on Wednesday, the lake-city did not find any mention on the list of awardees. Citizen activists’ believe that the corporation and citizen groups have been working towards turning Thane into a zero waste city. “I have been working with the civic authorities on various sanitation and cleanliness projects over the past year and this has made me aware of the sheer amount of efforts they have put in for this cause this year,” said citizen activist Mahesh Bedekar. “Be it ensuring that the waste collection van waits till all the locals have handed over their segregated waste, motivating vendors and shopkeepers with prizes for maintaining cleanliness in the area, the TMC has taken a number of steps to improve its 116th rank this year. While it is sad that we have not secured the top three spots in any category, I have a feeling that we may have improved our ranking,” he added. Besides the top three, the other ranking list hasn’t been released yet. However, citizens believe that even though the civic body and citizen groups have begun working towards a Swachh city, the drive needs to spread to every corner of the city, including the outskirts for the mission to succeed. “While a few citizen groups have actively started segregating waste, this activity needs to be replicated in every pocket of the city, including slums and outskirts like Mumbra and Kalwa. If corporators take up the responsibility of their ward then Thane could rise up in the list of cleanest cities in the nation,” Bedekar said. “The problem is that there is no fear of the law. So, people litter and flout norms, knowing well that no one is going to take any action against them. If the officials start penalising citizens for littering, defecating, urinating or even spitting in public places and ensure that no one is let off the hook by paying a small amount then the situation will change,” said Bharat A, a Pachpakhadi resident. In addition to all these waste reduction and cleanliness measures, activists believe that the creation and use of a scientific solid waste management system is crucial for the city’s holistic transformation. “Even if citizens segregate and reduce the overall waste they produce on a daily basis and even refrain from littering across the city, the TMC has to ensure that a scientific solid waste management plan is ready at the earliest to deal with the existing waste. If all these measures are taken up, we could beat Indore, Bhopal and Chandigarh in the Swachh Survekshan survey soon,” Bedekar added. Even if citizens segregate and reduce the overall waste they produce on a daily basis and even refrain from littering, the TMC has to ensure that a scientific solid waste management plan is ready at the earliest to deal with the existing waste. If all these measures are taken up, we could beat Indore, Bhopal & Chandigarh in the Swachh Survekshan survey soon
|2018-05-19||development of Ulhasnagar: Thane: CM sanctions Rs 350 crore for ... - Times of India|
Thane: CM sanctions Rs 350 crore for development of Ulhasnagar May 19, 2018, 14:14 IST ULHASNAGAR: A total of Rs 350 crore has been sanctioned for the development of Ulhasnagar at a meeting held at Shahyadri guest house addressed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Fadnavis presided over the meeting and directed the officials to convey to him the status of all the work under progress in city. The meeting was attended by the UMC (Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation) mayor Meena Ailani, deputy mayor Jeevan Idnani and commissioner Ganesh Patil, among others. The details of the funds sanctioned for the development of the project include development of surrounding areas of Ulhasnagar railway station, Shahad and Vithalwadi railway station at cost of Rs 76 crore which comes under UMC area, development of four majors roads in city by MMRDA, rehabilitation of shopkeepers affected in Kalyan-Ambernath road, development of 34 gardens and some other works. During meeting, the CM also assured to consider changes suggested in the cluster development plan.
|2018-05-19||These forts tell story of Thane's glorious past - Hindustan Times|
These forts tell story of Thane’s glorious past The civic body’s move to relocate Thane Central Jail has highlighted the need to preserve the other forts in Thane and Kalyan MUMBAI Updated: May 20, 2018 00:21 IST Recently, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) sought relocation of the Thane Central Jail, which currently houses around 3,000 inmates, to convert the heritage structure into a tourist spot. The corporation has allocated a budget of Rs1 crore for it and for the jail fort to be restored. The move has highlighted the need to preserve the other forts in Thane and Kalyan. Thane, now known for its realty boom, has a rich history. The city is situated on the western banks of the Thane creek with Parsik Hills on the east and the Yeoor Hills on the west. The greenery provides protection to the city, which has also facilitated transport of big and small ships since ancient times. These ships were mainly used for trade purposes and forts were built by the Portuguese near these ports. Some of the forts are under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India and measures to revive these forts are being implemented. One among them is the Nagla Fort, which is now in a shambles. “Excessive mining has led to the continuous destruction of the fort. Earlier, there were two arches and a small room, but with lack of attention by the government and corporation, the fort is slowly disappearing,” said Sadashiv Tetwilkar, a historian from Thane. Repeated complaints and warnings from historians have gone unheard as the quarrying activities continue at the fort, Tetwilkar said. Looking at the state of the forts in the city, historians are not keen in restoring the jail fort. “Any historical site needs to be restored. However, the government does not take proper measures for it. The Rs1crore budget for the Jail Fort should be put to right use or its fate will be like the Nagla Fort. At present, atleast the jail authorities are maintaining the premises of the fort,” said Ravindra Lad, historian and vice- president of the Konkan Itihaas Parishad, an organisation that focuses on the Konkan areas of Maharashtra and its preservation. Shiv Sena corporator Naresh Mhaske said they have suggested that the jail be shifted out of its present location as it is situated in the central part of the city. Read more: Exploring the forts of Thane “Relocating the jail to a far-off area will help us develop the fort into a tourist spot, including a recreation area and a museum that will highlight its historical importance,” Mhaske said. In March, a similar initiative was taken by residents to instil the importance of history and conserve the Ghodbunder Fort. Various organisations came together to conduct the Ghodbunder Festival, which involved a heritage tour, lectures on conservation and folk events. “Residents are not aware of the rich history and heritage that the city possesses. It is essential to bring this to the forefront, especially among children,” said Shripad Bhalerao, co-founder of Swatva, one of the organisers of the festival. Though the authorities are not taking much effort for its conservation, it is frequented by trekkers. “It is an appropriate location for an adventurous trek and hence, we sometimes conduct cleanliness drives. However, after long weekends, we often find alcohol bottles strewn around. It is essential to alert citizens about protecting historical monuments like these,” said Vikas Chauhan, an avid trekker and founder of the Nisarga Chitra, a trek group. One of the most frequently visited forts by locals is the Durgadi fort. Time and again, measures to are taken to restore it. “There is a dargah within the premises and communal tensions have erupted in this region. Hence, there is police protection round the clock. Local residents often visit this fort and it has become a picnic spot now,” said MS Shaikh, an archaeologist from Thane. For its preservation, the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has constructed a new gate and laid out a garden around the fort, which gives visitors a beautiful view of Retibunder, the Thane creek, the Bhiwandi bridge and the mangroves, said Shaikh.
|2018-05-19||Hidden for decades, 18th-Century cannons in Thane to be restored - Hindustan Times|
Hidden for decades, 18th-Century cannons in Thane to be restored Abandoned artillery dating from the Portuguese-Maratha wars period have been lying neglected in Kopri creek for a long time MUMBAI Updated: May 20, 2018 00:08 IST Kopri is a small fishing village in Thane. Near the creek, there is a Hanuman temple whose uniqueness is only visible once you step inside. Jutting out of the floor of the temple and painted in peach and red is a three-foot-high cannon. This cannon isn’t the only one. Walk around the waterfront, and you’ll spot 10 more cannons scattered in the area, all of them buried upside down. Some are hidden in bushes, some are nestled within larger structures; all of them are remnants of early British expansion into the western coast of India. Silent witnesses Very few know about the cannons at Kopri. Since they have been part of Thane’s evolution from colonial era port to a modern, concrete jungle, they haven’t been studied closely and remain something of a mystery. Historian Shridutta Raut said, “We suspect that it was during the 1737 war between the Portuguese and the Maratha or after that the region got the cannons. There is no other location where you can find so many cannons,” said Raut. He added that he has a copy of the document which mentions the order to send the cannons to Thane. For the fishing community who have lived in this area for generations, there was no use for the cannons except to use the 4-tonne artillery like dock posts. “Burying the cannons upside down made it convenient for them to moor their boats,” said Baba Koli, 68, a resident of the fishing village there. The boats are tied to the buried cannons, ensuring they don’t float away. “Since we have been living in the area for years, we are protective about them,” said Anil Kubal, 45, a resident of Savarkar Nagar, which is near Kopri creek. “The place where these cannons are located was the place from where salt was transported,” said archaeologist Sachin Joshi, who is leading a team that will remove and restore the cannons. “We have properly identified this cannons and have also studied o them.” In August 2016, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) was alerted to the existence of these cannons. Two of them were dug up and put on display at Kala Bhavan and at the TMC office. Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner of TMC, said, “We placed the cannons at Kala Bhavan and TMC office so that people will come to know about them and the history of the place. We will soon shift the other cannons too.” From salt trading post to concrete jungle Thane has a history of being a flourishing trading post. “During Shivaji Maharaj’s rule, boats used to sail to Kochi carrying spices and other goods. Kopri was the port area and most residents were involved in trade and transport,” said Prahlad Nakhwa, 69, a resident of Chendani koliwada which is near the waterfront. During the British regime, Kopri had a port, customs office, a salt department, a forest department and a railways office. The first train started from Bori Bunder to Thane in 1853 and a track was built at Kopri to transport salt to other places. A portion of the track is still visible (most of it is now buried under modern construction). The area’s importance started dwindling with the British prioritizing Mumbai and trade diverted to other ports on the western coast of India. “After the trade stopped, the men who were engaged in it took to fishing to earn their livelihood. And that’s how the koli settlement came up near the sea,” said Nakhwa. The old British-era offices of the Maritime Board, Customs Department and Railways stood in Thane’s Kopri creek. They crumbled a few years ago and the TMC decided to build an open gym in that area. This move was met with opposition from the locals. “We didn’t want to lose the open space. We told the officials that the gym is of no use to us. But the TMC went ahead and built it,” said Kubal, who is also an enthusiastic animal activist. Residents have actively worked towards preserving the green space. “We ensure that the greenery is intact and the mangroves protected,” said Kubal. The restoration project As possessive as Kopri locals may be about the cannons, experts like Raut believe their place is not in what has been their natural habitat over the past three centuries. “There are chances that they would be misused. People with political background will paint them and some will also worship them. There are chances that some may sell the pieces of history to scrap dealers. They are India’s property and its rich history,” said Raut. The cannons lying abandoned at Kopri creek will be preserved by five charitable trusts and non-governmental organisations — Chendani Koliwada Jamat trust, Durga Sakh Charitable Trust, Durgveer Prasthisthan, Kokan Itihas Parishad and Ratnigiri Gadkot Samiti – which have come together for this restoration project. The team is led by Joshi. “We have an estimated budget of ?2 lakh for preservation of the cannons and we will pay for the revamp,” he said. The NGOs have got permission from the Thane Municipal Corporation and Maritime Board to go ahead with the plan. On Sunday, the restoration will embark on its first phase, which involves cleaning the area around the cannons and marking it out. “We will build a platform to keep the cannons. We will put up an information board. Visitors can get to know all about the history of the place,” said Joshi. Chandan Vichare, who works with an export firm and is a core member of the five groups, said, “We want people to know about our rich history. The cannons are lying abandoned for the past many years. We want to finish the work in a week and we want people to come ahead and donate money.”
|2018-05-19||Delhi private detective held in call data records case - Times of India|
Delhi private detective held in call data records case May 20, 2018, 03:52 IST THANE: The crime branch police investigating the Call Data Records (CDR) case arrested a New Delhi-based private detective on Friday. The accused, Pankaj Tiwari (30), who runs an agency in Delhi, was in touch with an arrested accused, Laxman Thakur, from Mumbai. Tiwari has been brought to Thane for investigations and the police are hoping to get more leads from his arrest. "We checked Thakur's phone and found out that he was in touch with Tiwari over the past few years. Tiwari would send bank details and CDRs," said Nitin Thakre, senior inspector from crime branch unit-1. "Thakur was arrested last week after we surveyed over hundreds of phone numbers looking for any citation of CDR. We came across a chat wherein CDR and personal call details were procured over messages. We traced this phone number to Thakur's home located in Juhu Koliwada," he said. "The detectives usually cater to clients who want information about spouses or partners. They would gather CDRs and provide it to the clients," added Thakre. The scam came into light when the Thane police received a tip-off about Makesh Pandiyan, founder of Globe detective agency in Kalwa, illegally accessing CDRs.
|2018-05-19||Minor raped in Thane, teen girl molested in Mumbra - The Asian Age|
Minor raped in Thane, teen girl molested in Mumbra Published: May 20, 2018, 1:33 am IST, Updated: May 20, 2018, 1:32 am IST The victim confided in her parents who registered a complaint against Siddiqui at Mumbra police station. Mumbai: In two separate incidents, an eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped Friday evening while a 15-year-old girl was molested in broad daylight at Mumbra after she refused to share her number with a stalker. The accused in both cases have been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. In the first incident, the girl (8), a resident of Shil Daighar, Thane, was allegedly sodomised by the arrested accused Friday evening. The victim had stepped out with a friend to buy biscuits in the area she lived when the accused spotted her, took her to a secluded area, and raped here. When the girl reached home crying, she narrated the sordid story to her parents who immediately approached the police and registered a complaint against the accused, a local and an acquaintance. The police arrested him late Friday night after registering the offence. In the second case, a girl (15) was allegedly molested by Mohammad Siddiqui (22), who touched her inappropriately after she refused to share her number. Siddiqui, a helper at a Chinese food stall in Mumbra, had been stalking the victim since the past couple of weeks. However Friday evening, the victim was out buying groceries when Siddiqui sensed an opportunity and approached her, asking her for her mobile number. When the teenager refused, he shoved her in a corner, and allegedly molested her in broad daylight. The victim confided in her parents who registered a complaint against Siddiqui at Mumbra police station. The accused was arrested under section 354 of the IPC and relevant sections of the POCSO Act.
|2018-05-18||Thane Municipal Corporation gets a standing committee after 15-months delay - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Municipal Corporation gets a standing committee after 15-months delay Updated: May 18, 2018, 06:45 AM IST Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) finally has a functional standing committee after it received its chairman on Wednesday, an appointment that was pending following a delay of 15 months due to a series of technical glitches in the committee's formation. On May 16, Shiv Sena's Ram Repale was elected as TMC standing committee's chairman. A Thane activist, however, laments that the city functioned well even without the committee as all projects were being cleared by the TMC's general body in the committee's absence. Repale was elected unopposed as Narayan Pawar from the Congress took back his candidature the last minute on Wednesday."Finally we have a standing committee after 16 months," said Sanjeev Sane of Thane Matdata Jagran Manch (TJMJ). "The formation of the committee was deliberately delayed by the Sena and now we heard even the NCP wants to go to the high court to challenge it," he said. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has challenged the formation of the standing committee. "We term this committee as illegal and boycott it. We will go to court," said Anand Paranjape, senior leader, NCP. In April 2016, the formation of TMC standing committee was challenged in the high court as it did not have the required majority. "The matter is to come up for hearing on June 25 yet they have gone ahead with it," said Paranjape. The absence of TMC's standing committee chair, who is also known to hold the treasury of a municipal corporation, however, did lead to a delayed budget this year. As a result, nullah cleaning work begam mid-May as the proposal was approved and contractors assigned in April end. Along with this, chairman of other committees — women and child welfare, education, sports and culture, health committee were also selected on May 16. "This shows that in Thane, things can work out even without these committees," said Sane.
|2018-05-18||Two held for demanding Rs 40L bribe from PWD engineer - Times of India|
Two held for demanding Rs 40L bribe from PWD engineer Updated: May 18, 2018, 22:44 IST Thane: Two persons have been arrested for demanding Rs 40 lakh from a zilla parishad’s Public Works Department (PWD) engineer on Thursday. The complainant Dattu Gite (48) told the officials from the anti-extortion cell that Rangnath Tangde and Pandurang Benke, who work for a local newspaper, had demanded Rs 40 lakh from him and had threatened to report the on goings in the department in their newspaper if money wasn’t paid. The duo blackmailed Gite for over a year and had previously even taken some money from him. “The accused Tangde and Benke had been blackmailing the ZP officer since February 2017. They threatened to defame him by publishing articles against him. They also told him that they would write that he was a corrupt official and used to demand a commission for clearing projects of the PWD. The duo stated that they would even file various RTIs in order to get information on the various projects that the victim was hadnling. Gite had given them Rs 1.50 lakh but they kept asking for more money and even threatened to kill him,” said inspector R V Kothmire from the anti-extortion cell. The police had set a trap to nad the accused red-handed while they were accepting the extortion money. Gite was supposed to meet the two near a guest house at Court Naka with Rs 10 lakh. The cops arrested them while they took the money from Gite.
|2018-05-18||Bollywood art director Nitin Desai accused of cheating Thane ad agency of ?51.7 lakh - Hindustan Times|
Bollywood art director Nitin Desai accused of cheating Thane ad agency of Rs 51.7 lakh Police complaint filed on Thursday; Thane cops ask Desai to visit police station and record statement MUMBAI Updated: May 18, 2018 23:55 IST An advertising agency has filed a case of cheating against Bollywood art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai, for allegedly not paying up fees of Rs 51.7 lakh for three months of work. The case was filed on Thursday by Thane resident and owner of Vihang Digital World Rakesh Shinde,42, at Vartak Nagar police station. “We have registered a case against Desai. Shinde and Desai met in 2017 through a local MLA. Soon after, Desai hired Shinde’s agency to do ads for theme park and Bollywood garden in Thane, a project initiated by the Thane Municipal Corporation. From March to May, Shinde said he did work for the project, but he has not yet been paid,” said a police officer from Thane commissionerate (zone 5). “The fees were allegedly fixed at Rs 17.2 lakh per month.” In his complaint, Shinde has alleged that he was given private bank cheques that bounced, as well as cheques of closed bank accounts. “He also said that the security guards at Desai’s office would not allow him in to meet Desai,” the officer said. “We registered the complaint and sent a team to Desai’s office in Mulund, but it was locked. We have asked him to come to the police station and record his statement.” Desai refuted Shinde’s allegations, saying “the complainant had made such false allegations earlier too. We will take legal action against him.” The officer said a second cheating case is likely to be registered against Desai soon, by the owner of another advertising agency, Dev Kate, who has approached them alleging that Desai has not paid him Rs 1 crore for work done.
|2018-05-18||Boys playing cricket discover woman's decomposed body in Thane drain - Hindustan Times|
Boys playing cricket discover woman’s decomposed body in Thane drain Vartak Nagar police have not yet been able to identify the victim or determine how she died MUMBAI Updated: May 18, 2018 16:54 IST A group of boys playing cricket stumbled upon the decomposed body of woman, believed to be in her 40s, in Thane on Thursday. The Vartak Nagar police,who are investigating the case, have not yet been able to identify the victim. They have sent viscera samples to the forensic laboratory in Kalina. The body was discovered at military ground in Shastri Nagar, Vartak Nagar in the afternoon, the police said. “The children were playing cricket when their ball rolled close to a nullah there. When one of the boys ran to fetch the ball, he smelled something foul and peeped into the nullah, which is around 25 feet deep. He saw some clothes lying in a corner of the nullah and called out to his friends. They decided to check it and lifted the cloth with a stick and were shocked to see the body. They alerted some locals and the police,” said a police officer from Vartak Nagar police station,who did not wish to be named. Police sources said the area near the nullah is usually isolated. As of now, the police have registered an accidental death report. “As the body was highly decomposed, we could not make out if it had any injury marks. We are checking with other police stations about missing person complaints and also checking with hospitals to try and identify the woman,” the officer said. “There was no identity proof on and around the body. We suspect she was a homeless woman.”
|2018-05-18||Two molestation incidents in a week at Thane hospital - Hindustan Times|
Two molestation incidents in a week at Thane hospital Around 3.30am, an unknown person approached the 24-year-old woman and touched her inappropriately. MUMBAI Updated: May 18, 2018 23:42 IST A week after a six-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at the Thane civil hospital, a 24-year-old woman was molested by an unknown person on Thursday morning. The woman, whose relative is admitted in the male ward of the hospital, was sleeping on the bench outside the ward. Around 3.30am, an unknown person approached her and touched her inappropriately. She woke up with a start, but the accused managed to escape. She then registered a complaint with the Thane Nagar police station. “We have registered a case and are also in process of increasing security within the hospital premises,” said a police officer. In the past as well, crimes have taken place within the hospital premises. A temporary security is deployed and after the situation is normalised, the security is withdrawn, he said. “There is a police chowky within the hospital premises, but we want the hospital authorities to be more alert,” the police officer added. Meanwhile, authorities said that they are conducting an inquiry. However, a hospital staff said there is never any outcome from the inquiry.“No strict measures are taken to reduce these incidents,” the hospital staff added. Last week, a 52-year-old man who was a ward boy at the hospital was arrested for sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl.
|2018-05-18||Thane cricket betting racket busted, three arrested - Hindustan Times|
Thane cricket betting racket busted, three arrested MUMBAI Updated: May 19, 2018 00:08 IST Three cricket bookies were arrested by the Thane anti-extortion cell on Thursday from Thane and Dombivli. The accused Gautam Savla,43, runs a grocery shop, and Nikhil Sampat, 53, works in private firm and Nitish Punjani,28, is unemployed. The police said they had seized ?1.6 lakh in cash, two laptops, three mobile phones and a notebook bearing the names of many customers and their mobile phone numbers. “We will look into the contacts mentioned,” said Rajkumar Kothmire, a police inspector working with the anti-extortion cell. “They were betting on each and every ball. They have been in this business for the past three years, focusing mainly on the Indian Premier League matches. They are involved with betting in other matches too.” A case under relevant sections of the IPC was registered against the three men at the Dombivli police station
|2018-05-17||Why Gaza is no Selma - CNN|
|2018-05-17||Thane-Diva stretch still deadly; of 230 mishaps in 4 months, 50% fatal - Times of India|
Thane-Diva stretch still deadly; of 230 mishaps in 4 months, 50% fatal Updated: May 18, 2018, 00:52 IST THANE: The lifeline of the city is turning out to be just the opposite as more than 230 rail mishaps have been reported along the Thane-Diva-Kalamboli stretch on the Central Railway in the last four months. Lakhs of commuters use trains to commute daily, but the Railways have been doing little to ensure their safety. According to the railway police records, out of the 230 accidents, 50% have turned out to be fatal. Activists have been blaming the railway authorities for the inadequate facilities provided to lakhs of commuters who use trains to commute every day. The railway accident records, maintained by the Mumbai railway police, reveals that Thane stretch recorded 119 deaths and 111 injuries from January till May 17. “Thane comes second to the highly-congested Kalyan-Kasara-Badlapur stretch, which has recorded the highest mishaps in the last 133 days. Even a dense corridor like Kurla has seen a decline in the number of rail-human mishaps,’’ the police said. Activists and commuters have blamed the railways for neglecting the development of the distant suburbs. Several pending demands, including the fifth and sixth corridor between Thane-Diva, starting Diva locals, adding shuttle services from Thane to Karjat and Kasara have been sidelined, claim activists. A recent study of passenger density carried out by the railways also indicates a rise in the number of commuters at suburban stations beyond Thane. Some of the major mishap spots along the stretch include Diva level crossing, Vitawa-Airoli-Thane stretch where majority residents, especially from Kalwa, Digha cross the tracks. The Kalwa-Mumbra slow corridor has seen a number of commuters fall off from the crowded trains, especially during peak hours. “The railways seem to be waiting for a major disaster to occur before taking corrective meassures. We have been demanding for shuttle trains, fast track trains along Thane-Diva corridor and starting local trains from Diva but these demands continue to remain only on paper. Basic issues like installing fences is also often neglected,” claim activists and newly-appointed divisional railway users consultative committee member Adesh Bhagat. Meanwhile, the railways have claimed that they are working towards completing the various initiatives which will ensure safety of passengers. “The travel between home and work is a daunting task and involves major risks. One has to either wait for long to board an empty train or risk their lives by dangling on the footboard. The rising commuter density needs more trains, especially from stations like Diva that can ease the load off Mumbra and Kalwa considerably. The railways and elected representatives have been assuring us projects and smooth travel but nothing has materialized till date,” said Vivek Joshi, who commutes between Diva and Thane daily.
|2018-05-17||Thane saw 10-fold increase in auto registrations in last 6 years - Times of India|
Thane saw 10-fold increase in auto registrations in last 6 years May 18, 2018, 01:25 IST THANE: With an average 40 new auto rickshaws hitting the roads in the lake city in 2017, the Thane RTO has registered a historic high of 14,795 noisy three-wheelers in the last fiscal, reveals data compiled by the transport office. With over 35,000 auto rickshaws reportedly plying on the streets in Thane, the new registration has taken the total auto rickshaw population to a fearsome 50,000 in the lake city. RTO officials attributed the dramatic rise in the registration of auto rickshaws to relaxation of norms for securing the auto rickshaw permits and also the newly-launched permits for women auto drivers. “It was a ten-fold increase in the registration of the auto rickshaws in 2017 compared to the figures in 2012. As against 1,543 new auto rickshaws registered with the Thane RTO in 2012, the numbers shot up to 14,795 in the last financial year,” said deputy road transport officer, Shyam Lohi. In 2016, the annual new registration of auto rickshaws had improved to 4,200 but the high numbers in 2017, RTO officials said, were ‘phenomenal.’ He added that the new additions on the streets will facilitate swift travel within the city and will also help those commuting from Thane to Mumbai or Mira-Road and Navi Mumbai. The transport officials claims of improved and swift connectivity for the citizens, however, does not hold ground with a section of Thaneites who instead advocate improving public transport facilities and minimizing the vehicle traffic. Transport experts said the increase in auto rickshaw numbers are justified as there has the population has soared and the number of passengers playing between Thane and the adjoining suburbs is on the rise. Also, with the frequency of public transport buses not being satisfactory and fleet cabs proving unaffordable for a daily commute, the rise in autos was desperately needed to bridge the gap, said experts. The rising numbers of competition on city roads has also shaken the existing auto drivers who had recently pleaded before the state transport department to shut the disbursal of permits claiming that more autos on city streets would cause traffic and parking problems and loss of business to existing players. A team of union leaders had also met transport minister Diwakar Raote when he was in Thane recently during a surprise visit. However, even as the statistics reveal a massive increase in autos, commuters from Thane, Mira-Bhayender and Bhiwandi, claimed it hasn’t helped alleviate their problems of finding empty autos during peak hours. “It is surprising to note that so many autos are plying the city streets. I have never been able to find an auto quickly during peak hours in these cities. I wonder where these autos are plying,” said Bhavesh Mehta, a marketing executive who operates in Thane and suburbs. “Getting an auto rickshaw in Thane is extremely difficult. If you step out in the evening hours finding an auto is next to impossible. You have to wait for hours together in the auto queue and even then there is no guarantee that the auto driver will agree for your destination. If there has been such an increase in the auto rickshaws in Thane then where are they going, why is it still so tough to get an auto and why do we always have to be at their mercy,” lamented a housewife, Smita Kulkarni from Waghbil, Ghodbunder Road.
|2018-05-17||Civic works on roads may delay tests for metro IV - Times of India|
Civic works on roads may delay tests for metro IV May 17, 2018, 22:24 IST THANE: The ongoing road widening, highway repair and flyover construction works undertaken in Thane city may possibly delay the schedule of the pre-construction work of metro IV project here. The local traffic police have claimed that it is unlikely to allow any pre-construction work involving blocking of existing traffic lanes for the Wadala-Thane metro IV work in the city immediately. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has reportedly started initial testing works at some spots in Mumbai. The Thane police said they have not received any notification from the planning agency yet and expressed their inability to allow use of lanes justifying that the city is already facing snarls due to the ongoing civic works. The city roads, including highways that are one of the vital connecting points for Thane, are presently congested due to the influx of heavy vehicles that have been diverted after the Mumbra bypass was shut for repairs. This work that will last for the next two months is already causing massive snarls in the city. In addition, the MMRDA also plans to start work on the much delayed Kopri Bridge widening on the EEH, which is further scheduled to cause more mayhem just as the work progresses over the next one month. The internal city roads are also dug up due to repair or upgradation works or construction of the three flyovers that are at various stages of completion causing immense snarls. The MMRDA that has plans to start work on the metro IV line soon and had plans to erect barricades along the route in Thane and Mumbai for conducting various tests before starting on the civil works has claimed they will require minimal space along the route. The metro IV route in Thane encompasses major stretches of the Eastern Express Highway and the Ghodbunder Road. “We may not be able to allow any further blocking of road space in the city for any civic work as the Mumbra bypass and Kopri widening work have already caused massive traffic snarls. We will have to consider the jams in the city before blocking traffic lanes that are already falling short. We cannot risk disrupting the traffic movement,” said deputy commissioner of police, Thane traffic, Amit Kale.
|2018-05-17||Beating all odds: Student scores 61% despite chicken pox - Times of India|
Beating all odds: Student scores 61% despite chicken pox Updated: May 18, 2018, 00:47 IST THANE: Beating all odds, a 15-year-old student from Dnyan Ganga Education Trust managed to secure 61.6% in the ICSE board despite suffering from chicken pox during the exam period. Aryan Parde was gripped with high fever when he appeared for his physical education paper on March 23. After he went home, the youngster started getting red spots all over his face and limbs. The teenager was detected with chicken pox when he had three more papers to go. The boy’s father, Kishore said, “It was a tough time for the entire family. Already we were tensed about board exams and now this infection had added to our anxiety. But Aryan remained calm throughout. He said he would not let it affect the studies. We took him to the doctor who gave him the required treatment. The next step was to talk to the school authorities.” The school organized a separate classroom for Parde and also arranged for extra-staff to cater to the youngster’s needs. Determined to fight the illness all by himself, the teenager refused to use a writer for the examination. Narrating his ordeal Parde said, “When I was detected with the chicken pox my first reaction was whether I will be able to write the exams. I had two more papers remaining i.e. - biology and environmental science. I was allotted a separate classroom. My mother would accompany me to school every day and used to wait for me downstairs. The school teachers were constantly in touch with my mother and assured her that I was doing fine. The school had asked if I wanted to use a writer but I denied and said I would manage on my own.” Parde, a resident of Waghbil plans on opting for the humanities stream.
|2018-05-17||Thane to get own force to tackle rain disasters - Hindustan Times|
Thane to get own force to tackle rain disasters TMC will no longer have to rely on National Disaster Response Force during emergencies MUMBAI Updated: May 18, 2018 00:48 IST The city will soon get its own disaster response force to tackle major disasters during monsoon. The Thane municipal commissioner has approved formation of Thane Disaster Response Force (TDRF) on lines of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). The Thane Municipal Corporation will no longer have to depend on the NDRF team in case of major disaster. The TDRF will be stationed in Thane throughout the year, reducing the response time for rescue work. A team of 50 jawans will be formed next week and they will be given the same equipment and communication system which the NDRF team uses. In 2013, 74 people were killed in a building collapse at Lucky Compound in Mumbra and the NDRF team had to be called for rescue work. The team took more than three hours to reach Thane from Mumbai. Two more buildings collapsed the same year and several were killed. Apart from Thane, Bhiwandi and Thakurli also witnessed building collapses. The NDRF team had to travel from Andheri, thus losing time. The spate of disasters highlighted the demand for a team to be stationed in Thane to cut the response time. In December last year, municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal came up with idea of setting up a dedicated team for the city. Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner, said, “A team of 50 jawans will be hired from state fire training college in Kalina by next week. We have begun the process of selecting the uniforms and equipment for the team. The civic commissioner approved the proposal for the team on Thursday. The first parade of the team will be held on May 28. The training will begin from next week.” The local disaster management teams are incapable of dealing with major disasters in Thane due to lack of manpower or advanced equipment. Malvi said, “The Thane Disaster Response Force will deal with major disasters which cannot be tackled by the local fire and disaster management team. Thane is the first corporation to get its own disaster rescue team. Mumbai has a City Disaster Response Force (CDRF) team.” “However, it has trained its own security force and has not hired dedicated staff for it. We will hire retired service official from army, navy or fire to train the jawans. The officer will be someone who has worked on short commission as we do not want old officers.” After completing training, the team will be deployed across the city during monsoon. A three-member committee comprising deputy commissioner (disaster management), chief fire officer and information and public relations officer was formed in December last year. The committee was to study and submit a draft report on forming TDRF, manpower and machinery required to set up the cell. Malvi said, “The team of 50 jawans will get accommodation at a three-storey building owned by TMC along Pokharan Road number 2 where an NDRF team was given accommodation last year.” There are five flats on each floor of the building. The two flats on the ground floor will be converted into a kitchen and dining area. The remaining two halls will be converted into lounge areas. The building will also be equipped with wireless service, control room and have dedicated hotline services. “Thane can then independently tackle disasters in the city. We can save many lives after forming the new team,” he added.
|2018-05-17||Fresh voters' list: 92454 from existing rolls to be deleted - Times of India|
Fresh voters’ list: 92,454 from existing rolls to be deleted May 17, 2018, 22:23 IST THANE: As many as 92,454 names of the total 59.27 lakh voters from the existing rolls across the district will be deleted as part of revamping the electoral list, which will be published in January ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The announcement was made by the district election department at a press conference in Thane on Tuesday. District election officer Farogh Mukadam told the media that the names that will be removed from the list include those who have passed away, relocated or registered twice. The fresh list will be based on the 2011 census and will be prepared in the next few months and teams have been visiting homes to verify the details for the updating process, said officials. As per the information, nearly 2,500 of the 3.09 lakh registered names will be deleted in the Thane assembly constituency alone of which 1,000 names of which are those who have passed away while the rest have relocated. In the Kopri-Panchpakhadi constituency that has 3.40 lakh voters, 7,368 names will be deleted of which 5,200 have relocated and nearly 2,023 names have appeared twice. The Mumbra-Kalwa constituency with 3.15 lakh voters will see 1,890 names deleted while Owala-Majiwada with a 4.02 lakh voter population will have 1,657 names knocked off in the overhaul. Mukadam added that the 92,454 names to be deleted are part of the around 9.27 lakh across the 18 constituencies in the district, who have been classified as residual voters, i.e. voters without photographs. Barely 28,622 voters from this list have submitted their photos and the department is working on securing photos of the remaining following which their names will also be deleted from the rolls. A preliminary electoral roll will be ready by September 2018 while suggestions and objections will be invited till October after which the final electoral roll will be ready by January 4, 2019. Voters can rectify any mistakes in the rolls by filling up the required forms at the nearest tehsil office before October 2018.
|2018-05-16||Traffic woes loom large as Mumbai-Thane Metro barricading to start ... - Daily News & Analysis|
Traffic woes loom large as Mumbai-Thane Metro barricading to start next week Updated: May 16, 2018, 06:30 AM IST Motorists plying between Mumbai and Thane are in for more traffic snarls as the barricading work for the construction of the 32-km-long Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavli Metro-4 corridor will start in a week's time. Motorists are already facing traffic issues with the Mumbra bypass remaining shut for repair work. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is executing the Metro-4 project, has said that installation of barricades will start on LBS Marg and the Eastern Express Highway (EEH). Soil tests will be conducted before beginning the construction of Metro-4 corridor. An MMRDA official said, "We will start the barricading work within a week and by the end of the monsoons, we aim to complete most of the barricading, after which by year end the construction will start in full force." The deadline for completion of civil works for Metro-4 is around 30 months, which is around the end of 2020. The MMRDA, however, aims to make the Metro-4 corridor operational by 2021. The MMRDA has appointed Tata Projects, China Harbour Engineering Limited, Reliance Infrastructure, and Astaldi to construct the Metro-4 corridor. This corridor is expected to carry more than 8 lakh passengers daily once it becomes operational, and is expected to decongest the suburban railway network. Meanwhile, civil construction work on both Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro-2A and Dahisar East- Andheri East Metro-7 is 50 per cent complete. Both these corridors are to be made operational by 2020, for which RA Rajeev, Metropolitan Commissioner of MMRDA, reviewed the project site on Monday and Tuesday, asking contractors to speed up the work and finish construction on time. THE WORK Several lanes on both major arterial roads namely LBS Marg and EEH will be shut. Barricades will be installed starting from Suman Nagar flyover entry on EEH in Chembur up to Ghatkopar exit on EEH towards Garodia Nagar from where barricades will go towards LBS Marg and further towards Thane.
|2018-05-16||Man booked for 'raping' woman friend - Times of India|
Man booked for 'raping' woman friend May 16, 2018, 18:39 IST THANE: A 30-year-old man was booked on Wednesday for allegedly raping his 28-year-old woman friend, a housewife, at different locations in Thane and Pune districts, police said. The accused, identified as Yogesh Patil, developed friendship with the woman around one year back, police said. The complainant claimed that Patil took her to Jejuri in Pune district and raped her in a lodge in January this year, said an official of Thane police station. Patil also allegedly raped the woman on two occasions in Thane district in subsequent months, the official said quoting the complaint. On one occasion, he allegedly raped the woman by threatening to kill her with a revolver, the official said. A case has been registered against Patil under various sections of the IPC. Police are yet to make any arrest in the case.
|2018-05-16||Private bus rams into another bus, none hurt - Times of India|
Private bus rams into another bus, none hurt May 16, 2018, 22:39 IST Nearly 35 passengers commuting from Borivali towards Thane in a private bus had a narrow escape after their bus rammed onto another private bus at Gaimukh on Ghodbundar Road on Tuesday morning. Apparently, the driver, Bhiku Das was speeding. While, none of the passengers were injured, Das had to be rushed to a hospital as he suffered grievous injuries on both legs.
|2018-05-16||30-Year-Old Thane Man Allegedly Raped His Friend Twice, Once On Gunpoint - NDTV|
30-Year-Old Thane Man Allegedly Raped His Friend Twice, Once On Gunpoint The accused, identified as Yogesh Patil, developed friendship with the woman around one year back, police said. The complainant claimed that Mr Patil took her to Jejuri in Pune district and raped her in a lodge in January this year, said an official of Thane police station. Updated: May 16, 2018 20:12 IST THANE: A 30-year-old man was charged today for allegedly raping his 28-year-old woman friend, a housewife, at different locations in Thane and Pune districts, police said today. The accused, identified as Yogesh Patil, became friends with the woman around one year back, police said. The complainant claimed that Mr Patil took her to Jejuri in Pune district and raped her in a lodge in January this year, said an official of Thane police station. Patil also allegedly raped the woman on two occasions in Thane district in subsequent months, the official said quoting the complaint. On one occasion, he allegedly raped the woman by threatening to kill her with a revolver, the official said. A case has been registered against Patil under various sections of the IPC. Police are yet to make any arrest in the case.
|2018-05-15||Thane: Narrow escape for 35 passengers after two buses collide - Times of India|
Thane: Narrow escape for 35 passengers after two buses collide Thane: Narrow escape for 35 passengers after two buses collide THANE: As many as 35 passengers travelling in a private bus from Borivli to Thane had a narrow escape after it rammed into another bus on the busy Ghodbunder road, Tuesday morning. The mishap took place near Shankar Mandir at Gaimukh as the tourist bus (MH 04 JK 4068) rammed into another bus (MH 04 GP 2781) from behind. Rescue and police officials said they were yet to ascertain if the bus that rammed into the other was overspeeding or whether the driver of the one at the front had applied sudden brakes. The driver of the trailing bus, identified as Bhiku Das (23), sustained severe injuries on both his limbs and is currently receiving treatment at a private Hospital on Ghodbunder Road. The 35 passengers of his bus, however, escaped unhurt. The Thane police will investigate the case further.
|2018-05-15||Car goes off Thane Road, sending two to hospital - Juneau Empire|
Car goes off Thane Road, sending two to hospital Posted May 14, 2018 05:40 pm Man, woman in stable condition after totaling car in crash A car went off Thane Road on Sunday afternoon, police say, leading to a crash that totaled the car and sent two people to the hospital. At about 4:25 p.m. Sunday, according to a Juneau Police Department news release, multiple people called police to report a crash on Thane Road near the S curves in the avalanche zone closest to downtown. Capital City Fire/Rescue and a JPD officer arrived at the scene shortly after, according to the release, to find a 2009 Subaru Legacy off the road. The two people in the car — a 27-year-old woman and 29-year-old man — were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the release states. As of Monday morning, the two were listed in stable condition, according to the release. Police say the car is considered totaled. BRH spokesperson Katie Bausler said Monday that the woman involved in the crash was not kept at the hospital, and the man in the crash was in stable condition and was going to be released sometime during the day Monday. Responders determined that the car went off the road because it continued going straight when the road curved to the left. It went down a 15-foot embankment, the release states, and knocked over a power pole. The police investigation is ongoing, according to the release.
|2018-05-15||Thane: Nationalist Congress Party stages protest at toll naka - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Nationalist Congress Party stages protest at toll naka May 15, 2018 09:33 am Thane: Motorists brushed passed Thane’s Anandnagar toll plaza on Monday with a great smile as the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) were out there protesting against the toll collected by motorists. Scores of NCP party activists led by NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad gathered at Anandnagar toll naka, who had warned not to collect toll till the Mumbra by-pass road repair work was completed. Since the Mumbra by-pass repair work began, traffic has been diverted from other roads. The diversion has been resulting in more traffic snarls. NCP activists gathered around 9.30 in the morning and started their protest by not letting the toll workers to recover the toll charges. The guardian minister Eknath Shinde passed by the toll plaza and did not bother to halt, who had in fact blamed the MLA. As a member of the government, he should have waited to listen to the opposition party, claimed the MLA. Mumbra by-pass is the only link from JNPT to the western part of India.
|2018-05-14||Thane's 50% ICSE students score above 90% marks - Times of India|
Thane’s 50% ICSE students score above 90% marks May 15, 2018, 04:39 IST THANE: Sweets, outings and celebrations filled school campuses and homes in Thane on Monday as every Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) school in the city saw cent per cent results. After limiting their television, entertainment time and studying extra hours, the 953 ICSE students in Thane as well as their parents finally breathed a sigh of Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations website flashed these youngster’s outstanding scores. Of these 953 close to as many as 484 or close to 51 per cent of the lot secured above 90 per cent marks. After a year of rigorous studies and minutes of hunching over the board website, these youngsters were flooded with calls from friends, relatives, acquaintances and even teachers to congratulate them on their achievement. Here are 8 smart reasons to buy insurance online Tomorrowmakers Book 2, 2.5 & 3BHKs @4.02 cr* @Kanakia Paris, BKC. Kanakia Paris Recommended By Colombia “I have been receiving congratulatory calls from friends and relatives since the results were announced. I had not expected to get 98.2 per cent in this exam, and to top it all I scored an unbelievable 94 out of 100 in English. This score will help me get into a good commerce college, and eventually equip me to take my father’s business ahead,” said Aishwarya Gupta, who jointly topped city based Hiranandani Foundation School with her two classmates Niranjana Roy and Tulip Bhatia. While the results have put a smile on the faces of city students, their principals, teachers and family members are ecstatic. “We have spent the last year organising one to one mentorship programmes for each of our students and our teachers have helped them all with their doubts right up till the day before the exams. Our students have truly done us proud as 44 of the 77 students secured a 90 per cent and above score while the other 33 scored above 80 per cent. As many as 18 students scored 100 on 100 in various subjects, said Syamali Chowdhury, principal of Universal High School. “While the overall scores are a validation of the efforts the teachers and students put in throughout the year, the subject wise scores help us gauge where we have given our best, and where we can still do better,” added Revathi Srinivasan, principal of Sulochanadevi Singhania School.
|2018-05-14||New station between Kalwa & Airoli planned to decongest Thane station - Daily News & Analysis|
New station between Kalwa & Airoli planned to decongest Thane station Updated: May 14, 2018, 06:45 AM IST Commuters from Kasara, Karjat no longer have to come to Thane to take a train to Vashi. The work for a new Digha station on Kalwa-Airoli route was flagged off last Monday. This new station is will not only shorten the journey of commuters but also decongest Thane station. On May 7, the work for Digha railway station on Kalwa-Airoli elevated rail corridor began. The pujan of this MUTP III project was done by Thane MP (member of parliament) Rajan Vichare. "This new station will be a boon to all those commuters from beyond Thane who work in Navi Mumbai," says Vichare. The need for Kalwa-Airoli corridor was raised by Rajan Vichare in 2014. It was approved by then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu with a budget of Rs 428 crores. In December 2016, the bhumi pujan of this proposed railway route was also done at the hands of our prime minister Narendra Modi. Since then there was no further progress on the subject due to land acquisition issue. "Now the rehabilitation of those to be affected by this project has also been approved," he says. The cost of the corridor, has has now escalated to Rs 519 crores out of which Rs 100 crores have been sanctioned for Digha and as compensation to people who were displaced due to the project.
|2018-05-14||Badly planned drains trigger fears of flooding among Thane residents - Daily News & Analysis|
Badly planned drains trigger fears of flooding among Thane residents Updated: May 14, 2018, 05:40 AM IST This year, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has kept aside Rs 125 crore for concretising roads with UTWT — ultra thin white topping — technology, which has helped improve the condition of roads. But this will not prevent a heavy spell of rains from causing flooding on Thane roads, as no measures have been taken to clean storm water drains, or ensure that the flow of water is towards the drains. TMC has concretised Maharshi Karve Road near Thane station area with UTWT, but resident Dwijendra Kane, a civil engineer who owns a bungalow in the area, is not thrilled about it. "They have built these small holes on the side of level roads that have no incline, for rainwater to creep up to the drains. They expect a downpour to find these holes and spill itself into the underground storm water drains. I do not know what technology this is," said Kane. Kane along with activist Rohit Joshi have identified four such spots in the adjacent area — Bajiprabhu Deshpande Road, Agaskar Road, Hitvardhini Road and Maharshi Karve Road — where UTWT has been employed with this problematic drainage system. "The starting point of these roads should have some height for the water to easily slip into the drains. But no such thing has been done. If TMC is spending money, it should do it for something that works," said Kane. Joshi agreed with Kane's assessment of the drains. He further said: "The storm water drains beneath are choked and have not been cleaned." The Majiwada Junction is especially vulnerable. "There is knee-deep water here when it rains heavily. The traffic comes to a standstill," said Guru Gawli, another activist. "If it rains continuously for a day, vehicles get submerged at this junction," he said. Another spot is near Kopri bridge on the Eastern Express Highway. "Traffic is congested here even on a regular day. In rainy season, it gets worse," Joshi said. ULTRA THIN WHITE TOPPING The technology involves scraping off 25-50mm of damaged road surface before sprinkling it with water. A 100-150mm thick layer of concrete mix is then poured onto it through a metal channel. The road becomes operable within 72 hours and lasts for about 10 years beyond a regular bituminous road would.
|2018-05-14||Railways set to decongest Thane; Public to benefit, but cost soars from Rs 428 cr to Rs 519 cr - Zee Business|
Railways set to decongest Thane; Public to benefit, but cost soars from Rs 428 cr to Rs 519 cr Railways work for a new Digha station has been flagged off on the Kalwa-Airoli route last Monday. In order to take a train to Vashi, commuters travelling from Kasara, Karjat will not have to come to Thane. The new Digha station will serve two purposes: shorten the journey of the passengers and decongest Thane station, reported DNA. Updated: Mon, May 14, 2018 11:56 am Railways work for a new Digha station has been flagged off on the Kalwa-Airoli route last Monday. In order to take a train to Vashi, commuters travelling from Kasara, Karjat will not have to come to Thane. The new Digha station will serve two purposes: shorten the journey of the passengers and decongest Thane station, reported DNA. According to the report, the work for Digha railway station on Kalwa-Airoli elevated rail corridor began on May 7. The pujan of this MUTP III project was done by Thane MP Rajan Vichare. “This new station will be a boon to all those commuters from beyond Thane who work in Navi Mumbai,” Vichare said. In 2014, Rajan Vichare raised the need for Kalwa-Airoli corridor. The then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu approved the project with a budget of Rs 428 crore. Prime Minister Narendra Modi did the bhumi pujan of this proposed Railways route in December 2016. But, since then no progress was seen on the project due to land acquisition issues. Vichare said that now that the rehabilitation of those to be affected by this project has been approved, the project has finally taken off. This delay has escalated the cost of the project from Rs 428 crore to Rs 519 crore, out of which Ra 100 crore has been sanctioned for Digha and as compensation to people who were displaced due to the project.
|2018-05-14||Two people injured in crash on Thane Road - KTOO|
Two people injured in crash on Thane Road May 14, 2018 Two people were injured Sunday after their car went over an embankment on Thane Road. According to a Juneau Police news release, the 2009 Subaru Legacy was heading south on Thane. The car went off the road, traveled down a 15-foot embankment, and struck a utility pole. A 29-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were taken to the hospital. They were listed in stable condition. The release did not identify the people involved in the crash.
|2018-05-14||Thane: Man gets three-year rigorous imprisonment for molesting physically disabled minor - The Indian Express|
Thane: Man gets three-year rigorous imprisonment for molesting physically disabled minor Special judge R N Bawankar also imposed a fine of Rs 4,000 on the accused Mohammad Nasir Abdul Rashid Shaikh while pronouncing the punishment last week. Published: May 14, 2018 2:07:12 pm A Thane court has awarded three years rigorous imprisonment to a 50-year-old man here for molesting a six-year-old physically disabled girl in 2016. Special judge R N Bawankar also imposed a fine of Rs 4,000 on the accused Mohammad Nasir Abdul Rashid Shaikh while pronouncing the punishment last week. According to the prosecution, the victim, residing in the Mumbra township here, went out of her home on October 21, 2016, to eat at a roadside food stall when the accused, who lived in her neighbourhood, forcibly took her away in an autorickshaw and allegedly raped her. Later, the girl returned home but could not walk properly. She told her elder sister and mother about the incident. The girl’s parents then lodged a police complaint following which the accused was arrested and booked under IPC section 376 (rape) and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. After hearing both the sides and taking into account the medical report, the judge said the doctor who examined the girl concluded that there was an attempt to rape the minor. As per the complaint and testimony of the informant, the accused raped the girl, but the medical officer opined that it was a case of attempt to rape, he noted. Considering the girl’s age and the nature of crime, it is difficult to hold that whether she can differentiate between rape and an attempt to rape, the judge said. Thus, in view of the evidence of the girl, who is the only witness to the incident, and the medical reports on record, it is clear the accused outraged her modesty, he said. Hence, the accused committed the offence punishable under IPC section 354 (molestation) and provisions of the POCSO Act, and not under IPC section 376, the judge concluded while pronouncing the punishment on May 9.
|2018-05-14||10 people injured after escalator on Thane platform abruptly stops ... - Mid-Day|
10 People Injured After Escalator On Thane Platform Abruptly Stops And Reverses In Other Direction May 14, 2018, 20:00 IST The escalator on the 1st number platform malfunctioned around 7.45pm, stopping for a few seconds before moving in the opposite direction. An escalator going up to the platform number one at Thane railway station on Friday evening around at 7:45 pm stopped abruptly and reversed direction, throwing off several commuters and leaving ten people injuries to both knees. The escalator on the 1st number platform malfunctioned around 7.45pm, stopping for a few seconds before moving in the opposite direction. It was peak hour and the escalator was overloaded because of which, when the escalator turned opposite side so many people fell down. Jayesh Tyagi, 24, fell and bruised both his knees in the freak accident. He was given first aid at the station at one rupee clinic and did not require a hospital visit. The other commuters who lost balance when the escalator reversed its movement were admitted in the same clinic immediately. "It was a sudden screech and the escalator halted. The next moment, it started going down very fast. We were so many commuters standing ton the stairs because of which we fell on each other and got hurt," said another commuter Deepak Desai. Thane railway station officials said, "The incident happened as it was overloaded and the belt which control the escalator broke down and it started turning in reverse side. we have immediately admitted everyone in the hospital. Now only three are admitted and other are left with first aid. We are repairing the escalator." Additional Divisional Railway Manager Vidyadhar Malegaonkar said, "The escalator on pf no 1 Thane station failed due to hand rail slippage. Due to hand rail slippage the traveling passengers got sudden jerk and two of them fell down. Escalatore engineers are at site to investigate the reason for hand rail slippage. The report of escalator working downward is totally wrong , it is only slippage of right hand rail."
|2018-05-14||Thane: 21-year-old held for 'throwing chilli powder' at girl | The ... - The Indian Express|
Thane: 21-year-old held for ‘throwing chilli powder’ at girl “We are checking if the accused had done something like this earlier. It is possible that he wanted to steal from her or harm the girl physically. But he could not as she started screaming for help,” an officer said. Published: May 15, 2018 3:20:52 am The Thane Police arrested a 21-year-old man from Mumbra on Sunday night for allegedly throwing red chilli powder in the eyes of a 16-year-old girl last month. Naupada police said the girl was returning home from her dance class in Charai on April 25 when the incident took place. “She was walking alone and probably seemed like an easy target. She told us that the accused had been stalking her for some time,” an officer said. “When the girl increased her pace, the man ran up to her and threw some substance, later identified as chilli powder, on her face,” he added. Naupada police identified the accused as Mumbra resident Abdul Samad Shakhani, after studying over 50 CCTV footages, sources said. “Incidents of throwing substances on young girls’ faces are on the rise. In most cases, the victims don’t complain. Since there was an FIR registered in the case, we decided to find the accused,” a senior officer said. “We are checking if the accused had done something like this earlier. It is possible that he wanted to steal from her or harm the girl physically. But he could not as she started screaming for help,” an officer said. “We are investigating and have circulated the man’s pictures among other police stations to find out if he has other cases against him,” he added.
|2018-05-14||TMC demolishes 200 illegal structures at GB Road - Times of India|
TMC demolishes 200 illegal structures at GB Road May 15, 2018, 04:43 IST THANE: As many as 200 illegal structures were demolished by the Thane municipal corporation (TMC) along Ghodbunder Road on Monday. The around one-km stretch at Anand Nagar was part of the 52.42-km of road connect planned by municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal to be constructed in the city by this year end. Accordingly, the team started work on clearing encroachments along the Ghodbunder road in Thane between Anand Nagar and Haware city. A team of 100 workers, along with adequate security staff and junior officials from the corporation, were pressed into service. The drive was carried out for nearly 10 hours. The administration did face resistance from residents who tried to dissuade the officials from carrying out the demolition drive.
|2018-05-14||NCP workers stage protest to abolish toll at Mulund - Times of India|
NCP workers stage protest to abolish toll at Mulund May 15, 2018, 04:34 IST THANE: The city unit of the NCP on Monday staged a throaty protest at the Mulund toll naka demanding the abolition of the ‘seemingly never-ending toll’ and ease of passage for city motorists. NCP city unit chief Anand Paranjpe led the protest and shouted slogans condemning MSRDC minister Eknath Shinde for failing to do away with the toll. He said toll collection was the primary case of traffic congestion in the city as all the heavy vehicular traffic which would use the Mumbra Bypass route has started using the interior city roads to commute. “Since the Mumbra Bypass road has been shutdown for repair works the traffic department has diverted vehicles towards Thane city areas. Due to this there is traffic congestion and the toll plaza is adding to their misery as they have to halt to pay the toll,’’ he said. Paranjpe said it is unfair for motorists driving towards Navi Mumbai via Airoli to pay the toll twice. So a demand to stop the toll collection at Mulund till the work at Mumbra Bypass is complete so that there is no traffic. The Mumbra Bypass has been shut and the commuters and truckers have to pay toll twice if they are traveling from Thane to Navi Mumbai. Also, due to the traffic congestion it takes over an hour for a person to cross just the toll plaza, claim the commuters who are facing a tough time.
|2018-05-14||Alert jawan saves woman from being crushed under train - Times of India|
Alert jawan saves woman from being crushed under train May 15, 2018, 04:41 IST THANE: The quick thinking of a 25-year-old jawan from the Maharashtra security force helped give a new lease of life to an unidentified woman who had fallen off a running train and was about to fall into the gap between the platform and train at Diva station on Monday morning. The woman, who may be in her late 30’s, was trying to board the ladies coach of a CST-bound slow train from platform number 2 at Diva station. The train had just started moving when she lost balance and fell on the platform. The jawan, Yogesh Chavhan, who was patrolling the platform immediately rushed to the lady’s aide and pulled her away from the moving train, saving her from coming under its wheels. Meanwhile, Chavhan was lauded by passengers and his seniors, including RPF inspector J S Yadav, who said Chavhan’s alertness helped save the woman’s life. Chavhan who has completed two-and-a-half years with the Maharashtra security force said that he was happy that he was able to save someone’s life. Jawans from the Maharashtra security force have been hired by the railways to assist the RPF patrol the stations. Fellow colleagues said that they will recommend Chavhan’s name for a reward for his alertness that helped save the woman’s life.
|2018-05-13||Thane CDR scam: Crime Branch makes 14th arrest - The Hindu|
Thane CDR scam: Crime Branch makes 14th arrest THANE, MAY 13, 2018 00:00 IST One more person was arrested by Thane Police’s Crime Branch in connection with the Call Detail Record (CDR) racket that it is investigating, taking the number of persons arrested to 14. Senior Inspector Nitin Thakre said on Saturday that Laxman Thakur, whose name cropped during the interrogation of some of the arrested accused, was nabbed on Friday evening and produced before a magistrate who remanded him in police custody till May 14. The CDR racket was unearthed on January 24 when the police, acting on a tip off, nabbed four private detectives from Kalwa. Since then, police said, 14 persons have been arrested in the scam which involved the illegal procurement and sale of CDRs of private individuals.
|2018-05-13||Property crime detection in Thane not up to the mark - Times of India|
Property crime detection in Thane not up to the mark May 14, 2018, 02:39 IST THANE: Six out of every ten offence, involving theft of valuables such as cash, ornaments or vehicles, in the lake city went undetected during 2017, according to data compiled by the police here, indicating to a grim reality about the failure of the police administration to bring to book those involved in these cases. Of the 5,300 property offences registered across 35 police stations spanning from Kopri to Ulhanagar and Badlapur from January to December 2017, the crime detection rate was a poor 37% as just about 1,950 cases were declared detected. Incidents of street crime such as chain-snatching remains a matter of concern for the common man in the Thane commissionerate area. Of the 333 such incidents reported last year, the police detected 185 cases with the remaining 45% being under investigation. Top police officials, however, said intensified street patrolling and preventive action by police commissioner Param Bir Singh has resulted in a sharp decline in the overall crime rate here. “As against 5,456 cases of property offences registered during 2016 with just 32% detection rate, the overall registration of these offences slipped to 5,300 cases in 2017 and the detection rate too improved to 37%,’’ a senior police officer said. Motor vehicle theft remains among the top three offences in Thane with a total of 1,588 cars, two-wheelers or heavy vehicles stolen causing monetary loss to the owners. Of the 5,300 cases seen in 2017, a bulk of the case or 29% were recorded in zone three, which includes eight police stations in Kalyan-Dombivli townships. The highest number of 330 property offences were registered with the Manpada police, followed by 283 cases filed in Kolsewadi police station in 2017. Interestingly, the Bazarpeth police station which is also a part of this zone, recorded the highest 66% detection rate in the commissionerate. However, this police station, along with the Wagle Estate (61%) and Daighar (55%) police stations, are the only three pockets of the commissionerate which has a property crime detection rate of more than 50%. While the residential pockets, including Kopri, Vartak Nagar, Kapurbawdi, Kasarvadavli, Chitalsar and Rabodi, have seen lesser instances of robberies and car thefts than many others, the detection rates in their areas too hovers between a mere 30 to 49%.
|2018-05-13||'Avoid shifting patients injured in rail accidents' - Times of India|
‘Avoid shifting patients injured in rail accidents’ May 14, 2018, 02:41 IST THANE: Government hospitals may not be allowed any more to randomly refer railway accident victims to other medical centres without ensuring availability of adequate treatment facilities at the referred place. The issue of hospitals referring accident victim patients to other facilities was brought to the notice of a joint committee of railway administration, police and passenger activists. The panel was formed as per directives of the Bombay high court in connection with a 2015 PIL regarding medical aid to passengers. A final decision on this would be taken by the panel later this month, informed members. The committee was hearing a complaint made by the Thane railway police after an injured victim was referred to other hospitals by the staff at various government hospitals in February 2018. But the patient did not survive. The panel, in its orders, a copy is with this newspaper, took cognizance of the incident and stated that the victims should be directed to a higher centre for further treatment only after informing the higher referral centre to ensure there is no delay in treatment. Boost website traffic with targeted audience. Colombia A perfect date night gift for your partner IDIVA Recommended By Colombia “The injured victim shouldn’t suffer. All civil, municipal and government hospitals should have coordination amongst themselves to avoid similar incidents,” said a letter signed by the senior divisional medical officer of the Central Railways. Activist Sameer Zaveri who has been fighting for prompt medical help for injured commuters said such callousness on part of the authorities was unpardonable. “I am writing to the chief minister to draw his attention to the frail health services in the state and also for stern action against those responsible. The authorities must improve the facilities at government hospitals or allow admissions to private hospitals during emergencies,” he said. It may be noted that government hospitals in Thane are known to refer accident victims, especially those critical, to Mumbai or private hospitals in Mumbai claiming they have inadequate facilities. Often the time taken to reach the hospitals proves fatal. Activists and the railway police have been raising their voice against this shocking behaviour by the hospital staff. “The hospitals often refer patients to other facilities which proves dangerous for victims who need immediate attention. We have raised the issue and want this unhealthy practice to be stopped,” said a senior railway police official.
|2018-05-13||Day after, stolen file recovered from office of Ulhas neta's son - Times of India|
Day after, stolen file recovered from office of Ulhas neta's son May 14, 2018, 03:57 IST ULHASNAGAR: The police on Sunday conducted a search at the office of the son of BJP corporator Pradeep Ramchandani who has been arrested after being caught on CCTV camera stealing a civic contract file from the Public Works Department office of Ulhasnagar Municipal corporation. Besides recovering the stolen file, police, during the search, also found some other important documents related to civic contracts. Police are now probing how those files reached there. The CCTV footage which is doing the rounds among netizens of Ulhasnagar shows the ruling party corporator picking a file from a cupboard in the PWD executive engineer's cabin, folding and keeping it inside his shirt and then walking away when no one else was in the room on Thursday afternoon. The two-time corporator was on Sunday produced before a holiday court which remanded him to police custody till May 16. Gauraknath Wagh, police sub inspector from Central police station in Ulhasnagar, said, "We have recovered the stolen file from Ramchandani but have to verify it with the civic officials who lodged the complaint". According to sources in the civic body, Ramchandani had stolen a file about a new contract, worth Rs 10 lakh, for garden repairing for which his son's firm had applied. M/s A M Ramchadani, a firm run by his son Rohit and mother Maya, have won several contracts in Ulhasnagar in the past 10 years. At present, they are working on three civic projects totally worth nearly Rs14 crore. The Shiv Sena, the main opposition party in UMC, has demanded a probe into all contracts given to Ramchandani's family firm.
|2018-05-13||Mumbai: In 10 days, Amar Mahal's northbound arm leading to Thane will open - Mumbai Mirror|
MUMBAI: AMAR MAHAL FLYOVER TO PARTIALLY OPEN IN 10 DAYS Updated: May 14, 2018, 08.58 AM IST The Amar Mahal flyover, the crucial connector to Mumbai from Thane and Navi Mumbai, will be partially opened in 10 days. The northbound arm will open first. Work on the southern carriageway will begin after that. PWD officials expect it to take four to six months. The northbound carriageway of the Chembur bridge, leading to Thane, was closed in April last year after some joints slipped. Initially, only the northbound arm was shut, and the southern arm, leading to CST, was kept open to traffic. But after an expert committee from IIT-Bombay recommended that it was better to replace the entire structure, the flyover went out of motorists’ bounds. After the bridge was shut, PWD Minister Chandrakant Patil claimed that work would be completed in just four months, but delay after delay stalled the project. RT Patil, chief engineer, Mumbai division, PWD, told Mirror, “While work was underway work, we were told that the Metro-4 corridor would pass over it. So, fabrications done for the bridge had to be taken again to the workshop and redone. This took nearly two months.” PWD officials said only the middle portion of the bridge has been replaced and IIT-Bombay has certified the work. RT Patil said all work will wind up in 10 days. “The expansion joints are being cured. The electric poles are installed. ” He said the bridge will be inaugurated by the PWD minister. Traffic diverted Motorists currently take the Wadala Freeway, SCLR, Chembur Naka via Chheda Nagar, LBS Road via Ghatkopar-Andheri Link Road All work will end in 10 days. The expansion joints are being cured. The electric poles have been installed. RT Patil, chief engineer, Mumbai, PWD But why the delay? ? The repairs have taken longer because Quadracon, which built the main part of the bridge, has wound up operations. There are only 2 bridges constructed with Quadracon technology. The PWD then sought the help of IIT-Bombay to assess the damage and chart out repair plans. ? The technical team recommended structural changes, including replacement of a 60-m span. ? This led to fl oating of a tender, which was awarded to Nagarjuna Construction Company. The company was given 9 month to fi nish the work. ? In November last year, work was further delayed when the state government wanted to reduce the fl yover’s height from 7.5 m to 5.5 m to make way for the Wadala- Kasarwadavali Metro-4. MMRDA agreed to bear the additional cost of Rs 15 cr due to change in design. From quick fi x to lengthy affair 30 yrs: Bridge’s new lifespan Rs 65cr : Cost of repairs ? On April 7, trafficc police found that two joints of the Amar Mahal fl yover had slipped. The next day PWD engineers found that bearings on the Thanebound arm had ‘adverse curvatures’. The northern carriageway was immediately shut to traffic on April 8 for repairs. ? But what was supposed to be a temporary shutdown for a quick fi x — at the most taking 4 months — turned into a year-long nightmare. ? On April 18, the entire 230-m fl yover was shut after two steel joints were damaged and an 8-member expert committee declared the steel superstructure ‘unreliable’. The state government decided to replace it altogether. ? The reconstruction was split into two parts — the fi rst phase on the Thanebound arm, and the second on the one leading to Mumbai. The CST-bound stretch is likely to take another 2.5 months. Who’s to blame? The unique concrete bridge mounted on steel structure was opened in 1995. Although its lifespan was pegged at 50 years, the builder — Quadracon Pvt Ltd — gave a guarantee of fi ve years. But an “unexpected” high growth of heavy vehicles in recent years made the spans of the fl yover more “distressed” and “overloaded”. PWD offcials found that the damage was caused by an opening in a steel lock that binds the ‘V’ structure laid between the bridge and the pillars. Clean chit to builder The PWD found no defi ciency in design or construction. So, no action was taken against Quadracon. WEIGHT WATCH ? 30 tonne load the bridge bore ? 12 tonne was all it was built to take ? 60,000 vehicles that used the fl yover daily
|2018-05-13||Thane police nab 63-yr-old woman for drug peddling - The Asian Age|
Thane police nab 63-yr-old woman for drug peddling Two persons, including a 63-year-old woman, were arrested by the Thane (rural) police for allegedly peddling Cannabis. Published : May 14, 2018, 1:27 am IST Updated : May 14, 2018, 1:25 am IST Mumbai: Two persons, including a 63-year-old woman, were arrested by the Thane (rural) police for allegedly peddling Cannabis. Acting on a tip-off regarding activities of drug peddlers in Kashimira, a police team led by senior police inspector Vaibhav Shingare laid a trap below the flyover on the highway near a hotel Amar Palace and apprehended the duo, Shakuntala Vikram Jadhav (63) and Sonu Shaagir Shah (23). The police said that the woman was arrested on alleged peddling charges in the past too. Although a small quantity of Ganja weighing 126 grams has been recovered from them, the investigating team has not ruled out the involvement of the duo in a bigger and organized racket. A case under sections 8(k) and 20 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 has been registered against the accused who have been remanded to the police custody. Not ruling out more arrests in the case, ASP Atul Kulkarni said, “This is not the first case against the elderly accused as she has been arrested earlier on peddling charges. Our team is trying to ascertain the source of consignment who seem to be a gang of small time Mumbai-based agents.” While small time peddlers land into cop net, the source of consignment and the actual cannabis suppliers always remain a mystery and stay away from the ambit of investigations.
|2018-05-13||DNA RAIN CHECK: Thane Municipal Corporation nullah cleaning work has a slow start - Daily News & Analysis|
DNA RAIN CHECK: Thane Municipal Corporation nullah cleaning work has a slow start Updated: May 14, 2018, 05:15 AM IST The Met forecast for early rains might have thrilled the residents of Thane, only if they were unaware of the civic body’s monsoon preparedness. The Thane Municipal Corporation has woken up a bit late to prepare for the rains, found DNA. For instance, the cleaning of nullahs which should have started by April end will begin from May 14. “Due to late budget presentation this year, the tenders were invited late,” said corporator Vilas Kamble from Wagle estate. Residents have also alleged that roads are being concretised without giving a thought to the stormwater drainage system. Want to join us on the audit? Tweet us @dna or visit our Facebook page and drop a message there.
|2018-05-12||Sudden water cuts in parts of city upset Thaneites - Times of India|
Sudden water cuts in parts of city upset Thaneites May 13, 2018, 03:26 IST THANE: Residents of Ghodbunder Road and neighbouring areas have been witnessing water cuts since the last couple of days, forcing them to rely on the thriving tanker water. While the administration has been imposing water cuts every week to ensure there is adequate water to last till mid-July, the sudden water crisis which has been imposed in parts of Thane has taken residents by surprise. Areas like Kharkar Ali, Mahagiri, Pokhran Road, parts of Ghodbunder Road, to name a few have been facing water crisis for the last few days. A resident of Pokhran Road said that they have been facing water shortage since the last few days and they had to opt for tanker water, which is a costly affair. “We had to spend a considerable amount on purchasing water for drinking and non-potable use over the last few days as there was no supply for two consecutive days,” said Vidya Joshi, a resident. The situation at Manpada was no different as residents claimed that water supply was inadequate and they had to rely on tankers. Sanjeev Datta, a resident of Kharkar Aali in old Thane, said that they have been receiving water for hardly 20 minutes since the last few days. “We do not have water in our home since Wednesday. The supply resumed only on Thursday, but hardly lasted for 20 minutes. Residents of Mahagiri and Koliwada are also facing similar problems. Repeated complaints to the authorities have gone in vain,” Datta said. When contacted, officials from the TMC admitted that certain parts of the city faced water cuts since Wednesday due to an emergency shutdown to carry out pre-monsoon work. Over 300mld water coming from STEM and TMC was not available over the last two days, causing problems, said officials. “Usually, the shut down is for 12 hours, but we had to undertake a 24-hour closure on Wednesday which is causing scarcity in some areas. The shutdown was to carry out pre-monsoon work. Supply will be normalized in the next few days,” said a TMC official.
|2018-05-12||Molestation case: Questions arise on lapses in security - Times of India|
Molestation case: Questions arise on lapses in security May 13, 2018, 03:24 IST THANE: Nearly, four months after a new born baby was abducted from Thane civil hospital, the state-run institute come into the limelight once again on Thursday when a minor was allegedly molested by one of its staff on the premises. This shows huge lapses in security at the hospital. The recent molestation incident and absence of adequate security has led to a sense of fear among patients. After this, some have also started contemplating on wether to go to the government hospitals in Mumbai instead. “If such instances keep taking place frequently what is the use of installing CCTVs when no one is there to monitor them. Along with cameras, there should also be security guards posted in the premises round the clock. Moreover, the hospital is currently low on staff as around 80 nurses, technicians and doctors have gone on an indefinite strike. Because of this, patients are considering going to Mumbai for treatment,” said a patient. Meanwhile, the authorities claimed that they will be beefing up security at the premises by deploying more watchmen inside as well as outside the hospital. While the management claimed that the CCTVs have been installed all over the facility, there seems to be lack of personnel to monitor the footage. If such instances keep taking place frequently what is the use of installing CCTVs when no one is there to monitor them. it and immediately send an alert to the management. Along with cameras, there should also be security guards posted in the premises round the clock. Moreover, the hospital is currently low on staff as they have gone on an indefinite strike. Because of this, patients are considering going to Mumbai for treatment.
|2018-05-12||Thane Call Detail Record scam: Crime Branch makes 14th arrest - The New Indian Express|
Thane Call Detail Record scam: Crime Branch makes 14th arrest The CDR racket was unearthed on January 24 when police, acting on a tip-off, nabbed four private detectives from Kalwa. Published: 12th May 2018 05:11 PM, Last Updated: 12th May 2018 05:11 PM THANE: One more person was arrested by Thane Police's Crime Branch in connection with the Call Detail Record (CDR) racket that it is investigating, taking the number of persons arrested to 14, officials said today. Senior Inspector Nitin Thakre told PTI that Laxman Thakur, whose name cropped during the interrogation of some of the arrested accused, was nabbed yesterday evening. The official said that Thakur was produced before a magistrate who remanded him in police custody till May 14. The CDR racket was unearthed on January 24 when police, acting on a tip-off, nabbed four private detectives from Kalwa here. Since then, police said, 14 persons have been arrested in the scam which involved the illegal procurement and sale of CDRs of private individuals. Among those arrested were woman detective Rajani Pandit and noted lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui. Pandit, who was arrested on February 2, was granted bail by Additional Sessions Judge A S Bhaisare on March 13. Siddiqui was arrested on March 16 and was released on March 21 after a bench of Justices S C Dharamadhikari and P D Naik of the Bombay High Court held that the Thane police had acted in a "high-handed" manner and had failed to follow "due process of law" while arresting the lawyer.
|2018-05-12||CISCE students confident of good results, stay calm before big day - Times of India|
CISCE students confident of good results, stay calm before big day May 13, 2018, 03:22 IST THANE: While the announcement of examination results often spark a feeling of unrest or stress amongst students and teachers, the atmosphere in the CISCE schools as well as the homes of their students continues to be anxiety-free, just days before their results. From vacationing with their family and friends to continuing their preparation for their further studies, many class X and XII students from city-based ICSE and ISC schools will be continuing their pre-planned schedule this week even though their results will be declared tomorrow. “I have been consistently doing well in each of my subjects throughout the year and I am confident that I will do well. I was a bit anxious about the no moderation in the paper correction process, but our teachers have assured us that it is nothing to be worried about. My parents had organised a trip to Bhutan from this Saturday much before the dates were announced. So I guess I will be celebrating my results, whatever it is in the hills,” said Sneha Shetty, a class X, ICSE student. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Rohan Jaisinghani an ISC student from Kopri, added, “I have given my best in the exam and worrying about it is not going to help my score get better. I have begun preparing for various entrance exams and am focused on that. The results will, hopefully, motivate me further.” Academicians here believe that it is the entire syllabus, which focuses on the students holistic development right from the beginning, coupled with the child friendly and clear access to the results via the board website has helped these youngsters set these realistic expectations and reduced their anxiety levels. “The main reasons for stress amongst students and their parents are the uncertainty and confusion about the dates and process of viewing the results and uncertainty of their scores,” said Asha Narayanan, principal of Lodha World School.
|2018-05-12||Two months on, naka school yet to kickstart - Times of India|
Two months on, naka school yet to kickstart May 12, 2018, 22:39 IST Thane: Although inaugurated two months ago, the city-based naka school for daily wage labourers hasn’t begun yet. The idea was conceptualized by the TMC, in collaboration with a local NGO. The naka school was inaugurated on March 8. Officials claimed that they are waiting for a sanction from the national skill development council (NSDC) who is in charge of providing certificates to students who complete the one month course. Manish Joshi, deputy municipal commissioner at the TMC, who heads the education department said, “We have done all the ground work and carried out surveys of the naka school. We are only waiting for a clearance from the NSDC, after which the classes would start functioning.” Since its inception, over 30 women have been inquiring about the classes every day, claimed a security guard at the premises. “In the initial two weeks, almost 50 women labourers visited the school, inquiring about the timings and classes. It is sad that the classes haven’t begun yet. This should not demotivate the students,” the security guard said. The education program aims to provide training in masonry, pottery, tiling, computer applications and much more.
|2018-05-12||Thane: Girl raped on hospital premises, ward attendant arrested - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Girl raped on hospital premises, ward attendant arrested May 12, 2018 10:55 am Thane: A six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a ward attendant of Thane Civil Hospital here, police said today. The incident took place yesterday afternoon on the premises of the hospital and the accused, Harish Narwar (52), was arrested last night, police said. According to police, the girl was at the hospital as her mother had delivered a baby two days back. “The accused lured the minor to an isolated place in the hospital and sexually assaulted her there. The victim later told her father about the incident after which a complaint was filed and Narwar was arrested,” a police officer said. The accused has been booked under IPC section 376 (rape) and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
|2018-05-12||2 suffer fall as Thane station escalator malfunctions - The Hindu|
2 suffer fall as Thane station escalator malfunctions MUMBAI, MAY 12, 2018 00:00 IST Two commuters received minor injuries when a glitch in the escalator on Thane railway station’s platform no. 1 caused them to fall. The incident occurred at 7.45 pm on Friday, Central Railway officials said.
|2018-05-12||Lack of funds stalls Durgadi bridge work in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Lack of funds stalls Durgadi bridge work in Thane The work for the eagerly awaited new Durgadi bridge was initiated last year in February by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. MUMBAI Updated: May 13, 2018 00:41 IST Your struggle while connecting between Kalyan-Dombivli and Bhiwandi, Thane and Mumbai city is not likely to end soon, as the work for the six-lane bridge that is being built at Durgadi Chowk in Kalyan (West) has stalled. The work for the eagerly awaited new Durgadi bridge was initiated last year in February by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). In the 18 months since work on the new bridge started, hardly 10% of it has been completed. The existing two-lane Durgadi bridge, over the Ulhas creek, is not big enough for the continuous traffic flow it witnesses every day. This leads to congestion during morning and evening peak hours. According to Kalyan’s Right to Information (RTI) activist Sreeniwas Ghanekar, work on the bridge has stalled in recent times due to lack of funds. “The work of constructing this new bridge has stopped due to lack of funds. Funds are not allotted to the contractors on time, which is the reason it was being constructed very slowly and now it has totally stalled,” said Ghanekar. This new six-lane bridge will be the third bridge across the creek. The 380-metre bridge will be an alternative route to Kalyan, Bhiwandi and Thane, reducing burden on the two-lane Durgadi bridge in Kalyan (West). The old Durgadi bridge was built by the public works department (PWD) and opened to the public on May 10, 2002. Since then, the volume of traffic has multiplied. At least 50,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily. Traffic jams on the bridge, which is the only link to other major cities, have become common. Traffic jams stretch up to 2km on both sides of the bridge every day. “The work for the bridge is currently stalled due to lack of funds. We are following this up with the higher authorities to make funds available at the earliest and resume the work,” said an MMRDA official, who did not wish to be named. “There will be a delay in completing the project as the work is happening in a slow manner,” he added. The bridge across Ulhas creek connects Kalyan to the Mumbai-Nashik highway. The bridge ends near Durgadi fort and leads to National Highway 222 as well as Kalyan-Shilphata-Bhiwandi road and Thane. MMRDA was supposed to start the work in April 2015 and complete it within two years. However, the work did not start as the tender process and finalisation of the contractors got delayed. As the work continues to be stalled, it looks likely that completion of the bridge will be delayed. “Sometimes reaching this bridge and crossing it becomes a major task as the roads connecting to this bridge is jammed with traffic for more than an hour. The traffic moves very slowly due to the congestion. The only alternative is to open the new bridge as early as possible,” said Mahajan Mhatre, 34, a commuter who takes the bridge daily to connect from Kalyan to Thane for work. Another bridge over the Ulhas creek, which was constructed by Richardson and Cruddas Company in 1914, was shut down because of its poor condition. However, people walk on this bridge and a few two-wheelers ply over it to avoid the congestion on the two-lane bridge. As monsoon nears, commuters complained about the difficulties they face while crossing the bridge. “During monsoon the Durgadi bridge develops huge potholes, which add to the trouble while commuting between these cities. The traffic movement is very slow when it rains,” said Anand Patil, 35, a commuter who takes the bridge daily to connect to Mumbai for work.
|2018-05-12||Thane CDR scam: Crime Branch makes 14th arrest | Free Press ... - Free Press Journal|
Thane CDR scam: Crime Branch makes 14th arrest May 12, 2018 05:42 pm Thane: One more person was arrested by Thane Police’s Crime Branch in connection with the Call Detail Record (CDR) racket that it is investigating, taking the number of persons arrested to 14, officials said today. Senior Inspector Nitin Thakre told PTI that Laxman Thakur, whose name cropped during the interrogation of some of the arrested accused, was nabbed yesterday evening. The official said that Thakur was produced before a magistrate who remanded him in police custody till May 14. The CDR racket was unearthed on January 24 when police, acting on a tip off, nabbed four private detectives from Kalwa here. Since then, police said, 14 persons have been arrested in the scam which involved the illegal procurement and sale of CDRs of private individuals. Among those arrested were woman detective Rajani Pandit and noted lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui. Pandit, who was arrested on February 2, was granted bail by Additional Sessions Judge A S Bhaisare on March 13. Siddiqui was arrested on March 16 and was released on March 21 after a bench of Justices S C Dharamadhikari and P D Naik of the Bombay High Court held that the Thane police had acted in a “high-handed” manner and had failed to follow “due process of law” while arresting the lawyer.
|2018-05-11||Cluster development: Thane municipal corporation picks 44 spots - Daily News & Analysis|
Cluster development: Thane municipal corporation picks 44 spots Updated: May 11, 2018, 06:40 AM IST The Thane municipal corporation, gung ho about its cluster development project, has finalised 44 spots in the city where clusters will be developed. It has given Thanekars a 30-day period to go through the list and raise objections if any. The irony, however, is the list has not been uploaded yet on its website while the last day to raise objections is May 26. More than 5,000 old, dilapidated and dangerous illegal buildings — which have been a headache to the TMC for quite a while — will be redeveloped under the cluster development scheme. The first phase of the CD (cluster development) will begin by Diwali this year. “The scheme will be launched in 11 sectors of Thane at 44 locations in the first phase,” says Sandip Malvi, deputy commissioner, TMC. “The government has approved the cluster plan under which these 44 spots have been identified,” he says. In Thane, over 5,903 hectares of land is available for development out of which 22% will be developed under the cluster scheme. “The list of these spots have been uploaded on our website and any citizen who has any objection against the cluster scheme can send it to the TMC commissioner in the next 30 days. After which the plan will be sent to the state government’s high power committee for its final nod,” he says. Many said they tried to access the list on the TMC link www.tmctp.thanecity.gov.in but in vain. “We were told that the list is there on TMC’s link but it is not accessible,” says Sanjeev Sane from Thane Matdata Jagaran Manch (TMJM). “When we inquired with the TMC’s urban town planning department they asked us to give a pen drive in which they would download the list and give us,” he says. He adds it is May 10 when the TMC has announced the list. “How can we raise objections when the list is declared so late and also not available? We want the TMC to extend the time limit,” he adds.
|2018-05-11||5 hurt as Thane station escalator stops, 'moves in reverse gear' - Times of India|
5 hurt as Thane station escalator stops, 'moves in reverse gear' Updated: May 12, 2018, 09:31 IST THANE: Five people sustained injuries at Thane railway station after an escalator loaded with people malfunctioned on Friday evening. An eyewitness claimed that the escalator started to suddenly move in the reverse direction and an alert passenger hit the emergency button. The railway authorities refuted the "reverse movement" claim. It was a little before 8 pm that the mishap took place at the escalator on platform 1. "The machine, possibly overloaded, suddenly stopped functioning. Many lost their balance," said the eyewitness who did not wish to be named. "Before anyone realised it, it started moving in the opposite direction." All hell broke loose as loaded passengers started screaming frantically. An alert passenger reached out to the 'emergency' button at the base of the escalator due to which power supply was switched off. The railway authorities immediately shut the escalator for public use. One of the five injured is suspected to have suffered an elbow fracture. Officials from the Thane station manager's office sent the injured people to a medical centre nearby. Three of the injured persons have been identified as Sujit Thakur (31), Tejaswini Mishra (23) and Kuldeep Vare (25). The names of the other two were not available till the time of filing this report. Commuters blamed the railway administration for "negligence in regular upkeep of the escalators". Thane station has eight escalators. "Surprising that an escalator that was installed a few months back has malfunctioned. Are we waiting for a repeat of the Elphinstone Road tragedy before taking corrective action?" said a commuter. A Central Railway official ruled out the possibility of the escalator moving downwards. The official said that emergency brakes were applied due to hand rail slippage-a technical glitch. "Due to the snag, people on the escalator experienced a sudden jerk and two of them fell down," said the official. "Engineers are at the site to ascertain the reason for the hand rail slippage."
|2018-05-11||CR non-committal on special shuttle trains in monsoon - Times of India|
CR non-committal on special shuttle trains in monsoon May 12, 2018, 04:21 IST TAHNE: Suburban commuters are unlikely to get any respite from inconvenience this monsoon as the Central Railway is apparently non-committal about operating special services on the Thane-Kalyan routes during flooding in Mumbai section. A proposal was put forth by passenger activists from Thane and suburbs to operate shuttle services between Thane and Kalyan, Karjat and Kasara during heavy rains when there is flooding on the section in Mumbai. The request, say activists is valid as the section, especially the fast corridor till Thane is not flooding-prone where trains can be operated smoothly for the benefit of commuters staying in distant suburbs. Several commuters including those who avail the Transharbour services travel to and from Thane and operating special services would also benefit them, justified activists. “The movement of trains in the suburban section will ensure there won’t be any crowding on stations or trains stranded midway in the section, which often forces passengers to jump and walk on the tracks that could be dangerous,” said activist Shashikumar Nair from Thane. The request was made at a meeting of passenger activists with senior railway officials at the Mumbai headquarters Friday afternoon wherein the former was apprised with the preparations being made by the administration. The railways apparently wanted feedback from activists for their new plans wherein they wanted to operate trains as per holiday timetable on days when there is heavy rainfall and chances of track inundation is high. Activist and newly appointed member of divisional railway users consultative commitee, Adesh Bhagat, from Diva who was also at the meeting said a need for involving the road transport agencies was also discussed. “Residents from suburbs like Diva, Dombivli have to rely on the railways as it is the fastest mode of transport. If the railways propose a cut down in traffic then the local agencies like KDMT, TMT and MSRTC should also be requested to operate more services,” said Bhagat. Meanwhile, the railways said they would ensure that they would announce their revised plans, if any, about curtailment of services, a day in advance when heavy showers are expected over Mumbai. Also, a plan to completely stop plastic on railway premises will be enforced from June 23 along with installing plastic bottle crushing machines at 29 stations. We suggested that the railways operate services between Thane and Kalyan suburbs during disruptions in Mumbai to ensure that suburban passengers aren’t inconvenienced. Trains are unnecessarily bunched on the Thane-Mumbai stretch when it can be kept moving to and from Thane-Kalyan
|2018-05-11||Cops solve 26 ATM theft cases, arrest gang of six - Times of India|
Cops solve 26 ATM theft cases, arrest gang of six May 12, 2018, 04:05 IST THANE: A gang of six ATM robbers were arrested from Ahmedabad highway on Friday. The accused were involved in 26 crimes not only in Thane district but also in Palghar, said officials from the Thane crime branch. The sleuths from crime branch unit-5 had received a tip-off that the accused were going to meet near Naigaon to hatch a heist plan. The accused used to target people living in rural areas as they did not have much knowledge about the functioning of ATMs. “We had received a tip off that the six would arrive near Naigaon. We laid a trap and caught them. Two of them, Aftab Khan and Santosh Giri, were the mastermind and had brought the gang together. The duo were booked for similar offences in Uttar Pradesh as well almost a year ago. Khan was out on bail. They came to Mumbai recently and formed their group,’’ said senior inspector from crime branch unit-5 Jayraj Ranaware. Their modus operandi would be to find a glitch in the ATM machines. When a customer would visit the ATM, they would feel that the machine is not functioning and leave the transaction incomplete. “Once a customer would enter the ATM, one of the accused would enter along with him and pretend to be waiting in line. The accused would sneakily see the customer’s PIN number. He would then stand next to the machine and press a button which was on the side of the machine. So, when the customer is trying to make a transaction, it would suddenly hang. The customer would then feel that the machine isn’t working properly and leave the transaction midway. Once the customer left the other accused would enter the kiosk and complete the transaction,’’ said Ramaware. Further investigations are on in the case and the officials are trying to find out how they learnt about the glitch. The cops have recovered 13 debit and credit cards which the accused had stolen from the customers.
|2018-05-11||Patients have tough time as Civil hosp docs go on strike - Times of India|
Patients have tough time as Civil hosp docs go on strike May 11, 2018, 22:23 IST Thane: Many patients who visited the state-run civil hospital were inconvenienced as they were not provided treatment as around 80 doctors, pharmacists, technicians, nurses and other hospital staff have gone on strike since the last three days. As many as 350 employees who work under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Thane district have been on an indefinite strike, forcing patients to run helter skelter. Many patients were referred to other state-run hospitals or private hospitals depending on how soon they required treatment. “I am seven months pregnant and had come from Palghar for a check-up and sonography. But, when I reached the hospital, I was told that the radiologist would not be available. I was then asked to come the next day or get a check up done at a private hospital. I am worried that if something goes wrong I won’t have enough money to pay at a private hospital,” a patient said. This was the condition of many other patients as well. Thalassemia patients who come for treatment after every 15 days to a month to get blood transfusion done were also turned down as there was no one to provide any assistance. Also, at the dialysis ward, only one technician was available who was called from a private hospital. The 20 permanent employees at the hospital who were on duty, like doctors, ward boys, watchmen were working for longer hours as the hospital had a huge shortage of staff. These employees who have gone on strike claimed that they will continue their stir till their demands are met. “Earlier, when we had gone on strike we were assured that all our demands would be met, but only one of them was approved. The other demands like making us permanent, starting employees’ provident fund for employees whose salary is more than Rs. 15,000, insurance facility and more are yet to be fulfilled,” said Manish Khairnar, president of NRHM, Thane.
|2018-05-11||Bus service on cards to woo streetkids to attend signal school - Times of India|
Bus service on cards to woo streetkids to attend signal school May 12, 2018, 04:02 IST THANE: In order to reach out to a maximum number of streetchildren across the city and to encourage them to join the ‘signal school’ at Teen Haath Naka, a bus service is being planned for these kids from the next academic year. A proposal on this will be tabled at the general body meeting next week. The civic administration who conceptualized the facility two years ago, in collaboration with city-based NGO Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth, currently teaches around 40 street children. In a bid to extend their services to children in every nook and corner of the city, the NGO conducted a survey in seven areas. Bhatu Sawant, CEO of the NGO said, “When we carried out a survey at major junctions like Manpada, Cadbury, Kalwa and Mulund check naka. There we found 17 children begging on the street. Since it is not possible at the moment to set up another school for them, we thought of launching a bus service for such kids. So we spoke to the parents and convinced them to send their children to school.” Sawant and his team then approached another local NGO for help. With their aid, the signal school now has a 21 seater bus. While the bus has already been funded for, the only task left now is to get an approval from the Thane municipal corporation (TMC) for its functioning, after which it would be on the roads by June. “The TMC will be bearing the cost of the fuel required for the transportation and will also pay for the driver’s salary and bus maintenance. We have proposed the plan to the civic chief and the mayor. We have kept August 15 as the target to reach out to all street children from different parts of the city,” said Sawant. To cater to a growing number of students, a new classroom will also be started for these children. Work may be completed by mid-June.
|2018-05-11||Tech-that! Senior citizens take lessons to learn smart phones, computers - Times of India|
Tech-that! Senior citizens take lessons to learn smart phones, computers May 11, 2018, 22:24 IST Thane: It is often said that learning has no age limit. The statement certainly stands true for the senior citizens from Thane who are signing up for tech classes to be a part of the digital age. On the occasion of National Technology Day which is to be observed on Friday, TOI speaks to the elderly community who are attending smart phone operation, computer application sessions and workshops to familiarize themselves with the upcoming technology. Retired Colonel Dr MV Surange (80), a resident of Hiranandani Estate said, “I was always interested in computers and was fascinated by the internet, but couldn’t pursue it further. With new means of technology coming in, I thought it is important for me to know all this trending stuff. So when I came across a senior citizen club in my neighbourhood which offered a computer learning course I decided to attend. There are around 10 members along with me. I am learning the basic functions of a computer, how to send emails, browse through the internet etc.” While some are opting for a foundation course in computers, many are keen on learning mobile phone application, intending to keep themselves electronically updated. Senior citizen Sunita Kusurkar, a resident of Dombivli said, “Ever since I got an android mobile phone I was determined not to merely use it for texting but learn all the features. It took me some time but eventually I got the hang of it. Now I can use whatsapp efficiently and I am also active on Facebook. I make video calls to friends, loved ones residing across the globe. I have even learnt how to use a pen drive to transfer some songs on my phone.” Psychologists claimed that learning such activities at this age not only helps the elderly to embrace new technology but also plays a role with respect to their brain development. Urvi Karnik, a clinical psychologist at the Institute for Psychological health said, “We have recently started conducting sessions for senior citizens in smart phone and computers. Often it happens that the family gives a smart phone to the elderly person but is unable to teach them how to operate it. This exercise helps to calm down, gives a sense of confidence, motivating them to learn further.”
|2018-05-11||Thane crime branch arrests six who withdrew cash after 'helping' people use ATM - Hindustan Times|
Thane crime branch arrests six who withdrew cash after ‘helping’ people use ATM The accused would notice the PIN while the customer punched in and would pretend to help but after saying that the machine has stopped working, return the victim a duplicate card. MUMBAI Updated: May 12, 2018 00:59 IST Six people were arrested from Ahmedabad highway for robbing people at the ATM kiosks. The accused are from Uttar Pradesh and have also committed similar crimes there. According to the police, the accused targeted customers who are not familiar using the ATMs. They have committed crimes in Thane, Mira-Bhayandar, Vasai-Virar, Nalasopara, Mumbra, Kopri, Panvel, Padgha, Dahisar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan and Shahpur.Posing as customers, they would stand behind the victim in a queue. They would then offer to help them. “The accused would notice the PIN while the customer punched in. The accused would pretend to help but after saying that the machine has stopped working, return the victim a duplicate card. After the victim would leave the ATM, the accused withdrew the money from his account,” said Jairaj Ranaware, senior police inspector, Thane crime branch, unit 5. Aftab Jahir Alam Khan, 28, Santosh Omprakash Giri, 38, Kamlesh Yadav, 27; Vijay Pandey, 48, Alok Singh, 30, Ahmed Hussain Khan, 24, were arrested on Thursday. The accused have been committing crimes for one and half years and 26 complaints have been lodged against them. By using the same trick, each accused has robbed around ?40,000 to ?60,000, added Ranaware. Aftab Jahir Alam Khan has committed cases against him in Uttar Pradesh for similar cases. “He was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police and released on bail. While the another accused named Santosh Giri, who has also number of complaints lodged against him, in Azamgad district of Uttar Pradesh for committing similar crime. “After coming to Mumbai, he has started working as a manager at Film City in Mumbai. The investigation is still on,” said Ranaware. The people using ATMs should “Always press ‘cancel’ button after transactions to avoid misuse of accounts,” added Ranaware.
|2018-05-11||2 held for bid to extort 5crore from builder - Times of India|
2 held for bid to extort 5crore from builder May 12, 2018, 03:44 IST KALYAN: Two men have been arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot down a builder from Dombivli if he failed to pay up Rs5 crore. Officials of the crime branch's Kalyan unit said that the accused -Shahapur resident Bhagwan Vishe alias Deva Patil and Goregaon resident Firoj Shaikh- on April 20 threatened to gun down builder Pradeep Joshi before his nephew's wedding which took place on April 30. In 2006, the builder had received a similar threat from gangster Suresh Pujari's gang. The gang members had alleged opened fire at Joshi's office at that time for not paying ransom.
|2018-05-11||Ward boy rapes 6-year-old girl at Thane hospital, arrested - Hindustan Times|
Ward boy rapes 6-year-old girl at Thane hospital, arrested The child’s mother had delivered a baby two days ago and was admitted in the hospital’s maternity ward. MUMBAI Updated: May 11, 2018 17:13 IST A six-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a ward boy at Thane Civil Hospital on Thursday. The accused Harish Narwar, 52, has been arrested by the Thane Nagar police station. The incident took place on Thursday evening, when the child had come to visit her mother, who had delivered a baby just two days ago and was admitted in the hospital’s maternity ward. Narwar allegedly took the girl with him, while her mother was unaware, to an isolated section of the hospital. The child’s father was not in the hospital at the time of the incident. “The accused took the girl to the labour ward, which is an isolated place and raped her. Then he took her back to her mother’s ward. She complained to her father later, and he filed a complaint against the accused,” said MV Dharmadhikari, senior police inspector, Thane Nagar police station. A case has been registered under section 376 (2) of the Indian Panel Code, and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The accused is to be produced in court on Friday, Dharmadhikari said. When contacted, Dr Sangeeta Makode, additional civil surgeon of Thane Civil Hospital, said she was busy in a meeting and would comment on the incident later.
|2018-05-10||Thane: NCP seeks withdrawal of toll collection at Airoli, Anand Nagar plazas till repair work is over - Free Press Journal|
Thane: NCP seeks withdrawal of toll collection at Airoli, Anand Nagar plazas till repair work is over May 10, 2018 09:04 am Thane: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Wednesday demanded that the toll collection at the Airoli and Anand Nagar toll nakas should be stopped till the repair work on the Mumbra by-pass is completed. The Mumbra by-pass is closed for the repair work by PWD department. The motorists have to take diversion worsening the traffic jam in these areas. Adding to the misery of the motorists, there are big ques at the toll plazas at Airoli and Anand Nagar toll nakas. The traffic diversions at Airoli, Shilfata is leading to major traffic jam. Therefore, the toll recovery should be stopped till the repair work is over, demanded NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad. "We have been demanding the repair work on this road for many years. The flyover on this road is in a dangerous condition. The government finally has decided to repair the road and we are thankful for that. We were also demanding the widening of Kopri bridge and service bridges at Kharigao to Thane city, Saket to Rustomjee to avoid the traffic congestion. This traffic jam is a result of unplanned strategies of the government. Therefore, The government is responsible for this traffic congestion and the toll should not be recovered from motorists till the repair is over. The NCP activists will agitate at toll plazas from Moday,” warned Awhad. “Earlier, the guardian minister Eknath Shinde had declared that the motorists will have to pay only one toll before the repair work starts, but the announcement remained only on paper. We demand that both the tolls should be avoided,” said Awhad. “NCP has given the ultimatum till Sunday and from Monday we will start agitation against the toll collection,” warned the MLA.
|2018-05-10||TMC plans to increase public roads under cluster redevpt - Times of India|
TMC plans to increase public roads under cluster redevpt May 10, 2018, 22:51 IST THANE: If all goes as planned, then the city could soon boast of a three-fold increase in the network of public roads putting an end to the recurring problem of parking and crawling traffic. The project is part of the corporation scheme laid out for execution of the cluster redevelopment project in Thane. As per an estimate, the collective area of roads in the 44 zones identified for implementing the cluster is approximately 105 hectares (Ha). It will see an increase of nearly 200Ha by the time the project is completely executed. The project, said officials aims at optimizing the available land space through vertical development. The Thane Municipal Corporation, on Tuesday, published its roadmap for executing the cluster redevelopment project in the designated areas across the city and suburbs. The plans for specific areas will be discussed with residents and elected representatives at the ward level for any area-specific suggestions or objections after which the final plan will be readied. “We have published the draft plans, which will be available for public viewing at all our administrative ward offices in the city. Residents and experts can come up with their suggestions and objections on the same, which will be analyzed before finalizing the project. The project is likely to change the face of Thane,” said Pramod Nimbalkar, town development and planning officer at TMC. Along with roads, the proposals spread across the various sectors in the city will improve the land use ratio from the present situation. The study says that while the land use for residential and commercial structures presently is 1,164Ha land, the same will be reduced to just 734Ha while that for amenities and utilities will increase substantially to 158Ha from the existing 37Ha. Thane that is probably the first city in the country to undergo a complete makeover will see nearly 1,508Ha of the nearly 5,000Ha available land being transformed through the cluster project. Civic head Sanjeev Jaiswal had recently claimed that the implementation of the project would start by October this year.
|2018-05-10||Navi Mumbai motorists have a harrowing time commuting - Times of India|
Navi Mumbai motorists have a harrowing time commuting May 10, 2018, 22:53 IST NAVI MUMBAI: Motorists in neighbouring Navi Mumbai were caught unaware due to unprecedented traffic snarl on Wednesday, for the second consecutive day, and thanks to traffic diversion. Tuesday, it was Thane Belapur road, Patni Road, Mulund Airoli road and MIDC road along Trans Thane Creek corridor and on Wednesday Old Pune-Mumbai Highway, Roadpali-Taloja road connecting Taloja MIDC with Sion Panvel Highway, JNPT Road in Kalamboli and Mumbai Wholesale Steel Market roads witnessed heavy jam. Motorists were inconvenienced for all through the day due to movement of JNPT-bound heavy vehicles. Thane Belapur too recorded serpentine queues of vehicles from Vitawa to Mahape and further. MIDC road along the Parsik mountain range was not better which saw bumper to bumper traffic since the almost completed flyovers and underpass on Thane Belapur road has not been thrown open for motorists. Kalamboli junction was the worst hit area which is connected by all major roads like Mumbai-Pune E way, Sion Panvel Highway, JNPT Road, Mumbai Goa Highway and Mumbai Pune Old highway besides the wholesale steel market yard where heavy vehicles ply in large numbers. — B B Nayak Get latest news & live updates on the go on your pc with News App. Download The Times of India news app for your device. Read more City news in English and other languages.
|2018-05-10||In just a week, air pollution levels rise by 36% in Thane - Times of India|
In just a week, air pollution levels rise by 36% in Thane May 10, 2018, 22:53 IST THANE: The rising mercury levels, along with an increase in the usage of air conditions and vehicles, seems to has lead to an increase in pollution level in the city by around 36% over the past one week according to the air quality data recorded by the municipal corporation. While the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has recorded a slight rise in the maximum and minimum temperatures in the city over the last week, the air pollution index stats shows that the respirable solid particulate matter (RSPM) in the air shot up from around 105g/m3 last week to around 136g/m3 on Friday. This further shot up to 144g/m3 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Weather officials said that while the rising temperature has led to higher RSPM in the atmosphere, the dust storm in the northern states could have added to the concentration of pollutants in the air. “The cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan since last week has caused the wind direction across Mumbai and Thane to change from north westerly to northerly winds, which is why there is a rise in temperature. While the hot air often causes dust particles to rise up in the atmosphere in the process of evaporation, the cyclone induced dust storm could have brought particulate matter with it and aggravated the situation,” said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at Skymetweather. Civic officials have said that besides these reasons, the increasing use of vehicles and air conditioners could have also contributed to the problem. “While the RSPM levels rise with temperature, it doesn’t rise to such an extent. Every pollutant emitted adds to the overall pollution. When the temperatures rise, there is an automatic rise in the use of air conditioners. The use of vehicles is also high as it is holiday season. All these leads to an increase in pollution levels. The decreasing air quality could be because of a mixture of all these reasons,” said a civic official. “In addition to the rise in the RSPM levels, the past two days have also witnessed a rise in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels which rose from around 37.8g/m3 to 91.9g/m3 and83.5g/m3 on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. This is caused mainly because of the vehicular traffic and pollution which has been seen in the city over the past few days,” she added.
|2018-05-10||Driver acquitted by Thane court in dubbing artist murder case- The ... - The New Indian Express|
Driver acquitted by Thane court in dubbing artist murder case District Jugde P P Jadhav, in his order last week, observed that the prosecution failed to prove the charges under IPC section 302 (murder) against Sonu Singh (33). Published: 10th May 2018 01:09 PM, Last Updated: 10th May 2018 01:09 PM THANE: A Thane court acquitted a driver in a case of alleged killing of a dubbing artist from the film industry in 2013, while giving him benefit of doubt. District Jugde P P Jadhav, in his order last week, observed that the prosecution failed to prove the charges under IPC section 302 (murder) against Sonu Singh (33). The prosecution told the court that the deceased, Seema Maison, her husband and their son lived in an apartment in Mira Road area of the district. Singh worked as a driver in a company where Maison's husband worked. On January 2, 2013 the dubbing artist did not go to work as she was unwell and informed her husband about it. Her husband, the complainant in the case, asked the driver to visit the former's house and enquire about the artist, as he was unable to reach her on mobile phone. The driver later called him up, saying there was no response when he rang the door bell and that the house was locked from inside. The complainant then rushed home and found his wife lying dead inside the house, the prosecution said. As per the prosecution, in December 2012, the woman and the accused were seen being close to each other at a party to which her husband had objected. After the woman was found dead, the husband filed a complaint with the police alleging that the driver had entered the house in his absence and killed his wife, said the prosecution. However, the defence counsel argued before the court that the prosecution had not proved the cause of the woman's death. After hearing both the sides, Judge Jadhav said even if it is was presumed that some calls were exchanged between the woman and the driver, there was no communication between their phone numbers after December 31, 2012, as per the call data records (CDRs). According to the prosecution, the killing took place in the afternoon of January 2, 2013. Thus, from the evidence and the CDRs, no connection has been established between the accused and the deceased, he said. The investigating officer (IO), during cross-examination, gave some admissions in favour of the defence, the judge observed. The IO admitted that till January 5, 2013 the woman's husband had not raised suspicion against anyone, he said. During the probe, the IO also could not collect the mobile handset of the deceased, he said. The judge also noted that the woman and her husband had separate keys of the flat inwhich they lived. But during the probe, the key in possession of the woman was not found. Also, there was no witness to verify that the accused was with the woman in her house on the day of the incident, the judge said. Thus, it is clear that the accused has been implicated merely on the basis of the complainant's suspicion, he said. Hence, the prosecution has miserably failed to prove the chain of circumstances implicating the accused in the case, the judge said in his order dated May 5 while acquitting the driver.
|2018-05-10||Court acquits man of killing Mira Road film artiste - Times of India|
Court acquits man of killing Mira Road film artiste May 11, 2018, 04:36 IST THANE: The Thane court acquitted a driver in a murder case of a dubbing artiste from the film industry in 2013. District judge P P Jadhav, in his order, observed that the prosecution failed to prove the charges under IPC Section 302 (murder) against Sonu Singh (33). The prosecution told the court that the deceased, Seema Maison, her husband and their son lived in an apartment in Mira Road. Singh worked as a driver in a company where Maison's husband worked. On January 2, 2013, Maison did not go to work as she was unwell. Her husband asked the driver to visit Maison. The driver later called him up, saying there was no response when he rang the doorbell and that the house was locked from inside. The complainant then rushed home and found his wife lying dead inside the house, the prosecution said. After the woman was found dead, the husband filed a complaint with the police alleging that the driver had entered the house and killed his wife. However, the defence counsel argued that the prosecution had not proved the cause of the woman's death. Judge Jadhav said even if it is was presumed that some calls were exchanged between Maison and Sonu there was no communication between them after December 31, 2012, as per the call data records. The investigating officer admitted that till January 5, 2013, Maison's husband had not raised suspicion against anyone, the judge said. agencies
|2018-05-09||MNS activists held for stopping bullet train survey work in Thane - Free Press Journal|
MNS activists held for stopping bullet train survey work in Thane May 09, 2018 09:31 am Thane: MNS has clearly shown it opposes the government’s ambitious bullet train project. On Monday, there was an agitation by MNS activists and again on Tuesday the MNS activists along with farmers in the area went to stop the survey work, but were stopped by the police present there. The police and activists even had a tussle while the activists tried to enter at the survey spot. The Thane police have arrested 8 MNS activists and 14 others for disrupting the governmental work under the IPC act 353. The land survey for bullet train is on in the Thane district. While farmers did not directly oppose the project, they are protesting since they claim the compensation is not satisfactory.
|2018-05-09||Thane Maratha reservation hearing: Community gathers in large numbers to support the cause - Free Press Journal|
Thane Maratha reservation hearing: Community gathers in large numbers to support the cause May 09, 2018 09:23 am Thane: More than 63 applications from various organisations and 1850 personal applications were received during the hearing arranged for the issue of Maratha community reservation in Thane on Tuesday. The hearing was organised in the Niyojan Bhavan of Thane’s Collector office. The building was secured by the police force to avoid any kind of unpleasant situation and entry was restricted without identity proof, following a rumour that some organisation had threatened to ban the hearing. The committee lead by the (retired) justice M G Gaikwad conducted the hearings in Marathwada region and two districts including Vidarbha and Nagpur. On Tuesday, the hearing was arranged for Thane district where people from Maratha community gave their applications based on the personal surveys conducted by various organisations. Some organisations demanded a separate reservation for the community, keeping the OBC reservation intact, while other few organisations demanded reservation on the basis of financial condition, informed the committee. “The community in this district is majorly migrated from other parts of the state, most of whom them are labourers with no education background and therefore, their social status is downsized. Hence, the next generation of this community is feared to be involved in similar kind of work. Also, some are into the agriculture business and the revenue is less. Hence, they have applied for the reservation quota. We will conduct these hearings in various districts and at the same time a thorough survey would be done in selected villages. Later the report will be submitted to the government,” Justice M G Gaikwad, Chairman, Maharashtra State Backward Commission, informed. Many organisations and people submitted proof of their financial condition while a few have produced reasons why the community should get reservation quota. After the hearing in various districts, a sample survey will be conducted in five towns and two villages where the community has major population. Gaikwad further added that the survey will focus on three main bases — financial, educational and employment status of the Maratha community members. The result of the survey would be assessed by the commission once it is completed. Two villages from each of the 356 tehsils in Maharashtra and some municipal councils will be covered under the sample survey, he said. The selection of villages has been done by the regional members of the commission, he added. Quotas for Marathas, a politically influential community that constitutes around 30 per cent of the state’s population, has been a hugely contentious issue.
|2018-05-09||HC allows medical student to change college from Sangli to Thane - Times of India|
HC allows medical student to change college from Sangli to Thane May 9, 2018, 18:06 IST MUMBAI: In a rare order, the Bombay high court permitted a “vacancy’ arising out of a medical student’s transfer to be filled with another student seeking transfer on health grounds from Sangli to Thane. Pankti Pancholi had challenged a rejection of her plea for a transfer by Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) from Government Medical College, Miraj to any other GMC in Thane or Mumbai., her hometown. She took admissions to the Miraj college in 2016 but in her second year she wanted a shift, due to “debilitating” health reasons, to a college in Thane which had a vacancy after a student there had migrated after the first year argued her counsel Rui Rodrigues. She was certified as elibile for a transfer to a college either in Thane or Mumbai. Rodrigues said so far, the DMER was not allowing ‘consequential transfers’ unless there was a “clear vacancy" which they said could only be when a student had, for instance, failed, and not due to a migration. Rodrigues cited rules of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) to show the vacancy arising out of a migration of a student after passing first year, can also be considered. A bench of Justices B R Gavai and Bharati Dangre on May 4, after hearing Kavita Salunke for state who said MBBS rules did not permit “migration” midway accepted the student’s case and directed her transfer closer home to Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, Thane. In this case, the Thane college with an intake capacity of 60 in the first year had a vacancy since a student had been transferred to JJ medical college earlier. The HC held that MCI rules did not have such a condition to bar a vacancy caused by a migration not to be filled and that the state's rules could not be permitted to override the Centre’s. Post migration, this appears to be a first transfer said her lawyer. The Medical Council of India rules require that reasons for a transfer must be genuine and other permissions are in place. Besides, the transfers can be no more than 5% of total sanctioned admissions for first year MBBS students in the college that year.
|2018-05-09||3 booked after 12-year-old boy drowns in pool - Times of India|
3 booked after 12-year-old boy drowns in pool May 9, 2018, 23:32 IST THANE: Three persons, including the operator of the swimming pool in Mumbra where a 12-year-old boy reportedly drowned on Tuesday afternoon, have been booked for negligence on Wednesday. The boy, Mohammed Aayan—a resident Amrut Nagar—had gone to the swimming pool along with his cousin. Since Aayan couldn’t swim, his cousin told him not to venture into the deeper section and to remain only in the shallow area. However, a few minutes Aayan was found floating in the deeper part of the pool. He was unconscious and there was not a single security guard there. “There was no security guard on the premises to supervise the children. The child didn’t have any health issues. He could have been saved if he had received timely help but there were no lifeguards,” the boy’s relative said. The family of the deceased alleged negligence on the part of the management of the facility and even threatened to stage a protest at the police station if action wasn’t taken against them. Local corporator Shanu Pathan who assisted the family to register a complaint alleged that the police made the family sit in the police station for hours without writing down their complaint. Meanwhile, the swimming pool management have refuted the family’s claims. They said, “The child was swimming using a float. Suddenly, he was nowhere to be seen and our staff found him in an unconscious state. We rushed him to the hospital and also have shared our CCTV footage with the police. Our facility is equipped with professional lifeguards. We even have all the required documentation.” The police are carrying out further investigations in the case.
|2018-05-09||Thane: Man rapes 8-year-old in public-toilet, thrashed, arrested - NewsBytes|
Thane: Man rapes 8-year-old in public-toilet, thrashed, arrested 09 May 2018 A 45-year-old is languishing behind bars for allegedly raping an eight-year-old in Thane. The survivor knew the accused as he was a regular at her father's eatery. On Sunday evening, the accused followed the kid to the eatery's toilet and started violating her. But she was rescued when her uncle caught him in the act. He was thrashed before being handed over to cops. The child speaks 'He had raped me the previous Sunday too' The incident happened around 8pm, when Ramesh Vijay Singh entered the toilet after her, switched off the lights, and forced himself on her. When caught by the uncle, he tried to run, but passers-by grabbed him and started beating him black and blue. The survivor said he had raped her the previous Sunday too but fearing consequences, she didn't tell anything to her parents. Protests 'Increase security in public toilets,' angry Thane residents demand The child is currently recuperating in Thane Civil Hospital while Singh has been remanded to police custody till May 11. A native of UP, who worked as a laborer in Thane, Singh faces charges under IPC Section 376 and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Meanwhile, angry residents have been demanding CCTV cameras be installed in public toilets to curb further incidents.
|2018-05-09||Special 10:90 Subvention Scheme for 2BHK Homes in Thane (W) - Accommodation TAccimes|
Special 10:90 Subvention Scheme For 2BHK Homes In Thane (W) May 9, 2018 THANE Rustomjee Urbania is fast becoming the preferred residential address in Majiwada Thane. Adding to its appeal are the high-rise towers that not only are privy to the facilities of the township but boast of exclusive amenities as well. The Azziano towers of Urbania will have 32 podium level amenities. The high rise towers have adequate provision for parking and an enviable view of the Yeoor Hills and Thane city. This is the perfect investment opportunity as not only are all the approvals in place but one can also save 2.5% on stamp duty as per special approvals from Thane municipal authorities. All this comes at a very reasonable price of Rs.99 lacs + Taxes for the 2BHK aspirational homes. Moreover, Rustomjee has introduced a special 10:90 subvention scheme wherein buyers need only pay 10% + taxes now and no pre-EMI till November 2019 or possession, whichever is earlier. The Azziano Towers are one of the most premium set of residential towers in Rustomjee Urbania. The township is not only a self-sufficient entity but is strategically located so that residents find the ease of commute and living. It is just off the Eastern Expressway, approximately 4.7 kms away from Thane station and about 8 kms from Airoli. In addition, there are several corporate parks in the vicinity as well as hypermarkets and shopping malls like Korum and Viviana. Speaking on the launch of the tower, Percy S. Chowdhry, Director, Rustomjee Group, said, “We at Rustomjee have always put our customers first and want to offer them the best amenities to experience an upgraded lifestyle. At Rustomjee Urbania and the Azziano Towers, in particular, we have taken care to ensure that every member of the family will feel comfortable and experience an elevated standard of living. For families with young children, Urbania is ideal – after all here ‘Childhood’s Available’.” Rustomjee Urbania caters to almost every need of a resident. It is the only township in Thane (W) that has received Pre-Gold Rating from IGBC (Indian Green Building Certificate) and is probably one of the most awarded township projects in India.
|2018-05-09||BEST should spread its wings to Thane and Navi Mumbai - Mumbai Mirror|
BEST SHOULD SPREAD ITS WINGS TO THANE AND NAVI MUMBAI Updated: May 10, 2018, 08.42 AM IST The revenues from them could be used to improve the services in Mumbai. The BMC’s to bear the costs – would not call it a burden because it is its duty – to help run the BEST services is going to have catastrophic implications for the city. If the Indian Railways can do it simply to keep the city running, why is the civic body shying away? No wonder citizens have started looking for an antonym for the BEST, for that brand misrepresents the organisation. No doubt some general managers have fiddled with it and helped push it further downhill, and these have been dealt with already for us to go into them de novo. BEST had its strengths, and some of it exists even now. One of them is the ability to survey a route and estimate the passenger loads. A former South Mumbai resident, I relocated to Thane a dozen years ago, and find that the BEST’s inter-city routes are better than the Thane Municipal Corporation’s. If the movements of buses have been slowed down, it is not because of an increase in private vehicles but because the poor bus services have forced people to invest in cars and bikes, which they find difficult to maintain. Contrary to the belief that only the rich own them, you would find the middle classes struggling to pay their loans on them.
|2018-05-09||10 youngsters from Thane and Dombivli embark on start-up 'yatra' - Hindustan Times|
10 youngsters from Thane and Dombivli embark on start-up ‘yatra’ They have started a state-wide Start-up Maharashtra Yatra to extend the knowledge of start-ups to those in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. MUMBAI Updated: May 10, 2018 01:44 IST Ten youngsters from Thane and Dombivli have started a state-wide Start-up Maharashtra Yatra to extend the knowledge of start-ups to those in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. The group started this Yatra to help youngsters from tier 2 and tier 3 cities with the right resources for their start-ups. This comes after the state cabinet approved the Maharashtra State Innovation and Start-up policy in January to facilitate the emergence of more than 10,000 start-ups over the next five years. “As youngsters in other cities are more comfortable communicating in Marathi, language becomes a barrier as most start-up events use English in metros. Those from small cities should also get practical knowledge,” said Kunal Gadahire, 32, a Dombivli resident who is a part of this group. He is a social media consultant who helps organisations build their audience on the internet. Like Gadahire, the Start-up Maharashtra Yatra has nine others who have either initiated or are working in start-ups. They started their journey with a small session at Gadkari Rangatayan on May 1. However, the month-long Yatra will begin on May 10 from Chiplun with a workshop. They hope to impact with 5,000 youngsters. “Maharashtra has more than 1,000 start-ups. ?We will connect those from tier 2 and tier 3 cities with investors, mentors, and others from the ecosystem. We hope to generate more talent and innovative ideas from these cities which will make the startup scene in the state stronger,” said Gadahire. This Yatra will take place in two phases – the first will be completed in a month in places such as Chiplun, Aurangabad, Nashik and Jalgaon. The second phase will see the team go to Pune, Nagpur, Amravati, Sangli and Kolhapur. The team will interact with participants in their regional language. “Our focus is to groom the next generation entrepreneurs and choose ideas that are scalable,” said Anil Mendse, 25, member of the Yatra, who works in a start-up.
|2018-05-08||Mumbra bypass shut, Thane faces heavy traffic congestion - The Indian Express|
Mumbra bypass shut, Thane faces heavy traffic congestion The entry points into the city, Anand Naka and Teenhath Naka were gridlocked for hours, leading to minor scuffles between toll workers and commuters. The traffic jams were eventually resolved by afternoon, police sources said. Published: May 9, 2018 3:36:57 am Less than 24 hours after the Mumbra bypass was closed for repairs and despite the traffic police placing several checks, Thane residents faced severe traffic congestion on Tuesday. The entry points into the city, Anand Naka and Teenhath Naka were gridlocked for hours, leading to minor scuffles between toll workers and commuters. The traffic jams were eventually resolved by afternoon, police sources said. The repair work on Mumbra bypass road started on Monday night. However, heavy vehicles were diverted to Thane, instead of being stopped. “We had placed our blockades, but the trucks were enroute and thus entered the city even during the non-stipulated hours. Because of all the vehicles taking internal roads, there was some congestion,” said a senior traffic police official from Thane. However, commuters, several of whom were unaware that the repair work on the Mumbra bypass had begun, had to face jams on almost all busy intersections across the city. “It takes me 45 minutes in the worst traffic to reach my office in Teenhath Naka from Majiwada. Today, I travelled for close to one and a half hour,” said Sheetal Naik, a Thane resident. Another commuter, Bikram Das said, “The heavy vehicles make even the flyovers unusable. They are slow and bulky. Getting stuck behind them while going to work is the worst.” Thane traffic police, however, believe that the starting jitters would eventually wane off. “We have re-alerted the neighboring police and will only let heavy vehicles into the city between midnight and 4 am. The traffic will be much smoother from now on,” said a senior officer. The dilapidated Mumbra bypass road is going to be shut for around two months from May 7, sources said. Till then, all the heavy vehicles going towards JNPT, will have to take the longer route from inside the Thane city.
|2018-05-08||Mumbai: 22-year-old gives birth to baby girl on Thane platform - Mid-Day|
Mumbai: 22-Year-Old Gives Birth To Baby Girl On Thane Platform May 08, 2018, 19:00 IST Zeba, her husband, Mohammed Abdul Ansari and the woman's mother-in-law Roshan Bano Ansari were tring to reach the municipality-run Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar In a rather strange incident, a 22-year-old woman gave birth to a baby girl on a platform at the Thane railway station. the delivery happened on Saturday at 12:30 am, when Zeba Parveen went into intense labour pain while changing trains at the station. Zeba, her husband, Mohammed Abdul Ansari and the woman's mother-in-law Roshan Bano Ansari were tring to reach the municipality-run Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. However, knowing that they wouldn't make it, Ansari approached a Government Railway Police (GRP) who was on patrol. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– The GRP office notified the station master, after which a health unit staffer of the GRP and a woman constable were sent to the woman's help. A report in The Hindu quotes Senior Police Inspector of the Thane GRP, Uttam Sonawane, was quoted as having stated, "The Station Master alerted us about a medical emergency, and we immediately sent a team to the spot. They helped Ms. Parveen give birth safely and brought her to our health unit." The woman and her baby girl were later taken to the Thane Civil Hospital. The Hindu report further adds Zeba Parveen as having quoted, "I started feeling pain around 8 p.m. on Friday, and we decided to go to Rajawadi Hospital, where doctors had been monitoring my pregnancy. We took a train to Thane, from where we were to change to another one to reach Ghatkopar. However, as we drew into Thane station around 12.30 a.m., the pain intensified and I couldn’t move.Doctors have told us that everything is normal and my newborn is in good health. I got a lot of help from the railway staff during the delivery as well as at the hospital, as they took care of all our paperwork."
|2018-05-08||Thane: Infant falls to death as mother loses balance in heels - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Infant falls to death as mother loses balance in heels May 08, 2018 09:36 am Thane: In a shocking tragedy, a six-month-old died after falling out of his mother’s arms when she lost her balance, allegedly due to the high heels she was wearing, police said on Monday. Fehmida Shaikh, 23, had attended a relatives’ wedding ceremony in Kalyan on Sunday evening wearing sporting high-heels sandals and her six-month old son in her arms. After the wedding in Matoshri Hall of Rambagh area of the town, she and her husband were preparing to return home to Ulhasnagar. As they were walking along a balcony on the first floor area, she suddenly lost her balance in her high-heeled sandals and her child in arms, identified as Mohammed, hurtled down from the first floor balcony. The couple rushed down to see the infant lying in a pool of blood and immediately took him to the nearby Rukiminibai Hospital where he was declared dead. “We have registered a case of accidental death in the matter, but further investigations are underway,” Mahatma Phule Police Station officer Vijay Khedekar told media persons. Fehmida is a housewife while her husband works as a shop assistant.
|2018-05-08||No relief for Thane civic body in garbage disposal case - Mumbai Mirror|
NO RELIEF FOR THANE CIVIC BODY IN GARBAGE DISPOSAL CASE Updated: May 8, 2018, 05.56 AM IST TMC had challenged lower court’s order barring it from dumping waste at pvt plot, HC refuses to give permission. The Bombay High Court has refused to grant any relief to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) that had challenged a local court order denying it permission to dump solid waste at a private plot. Justice Mridula Bhatkar, presiding over the appeal filed by the TMC, also rapped the civic body for persisting with the said litigation even though a civil judge and the district court in Thane had found that the corporation had illegally been dumping solid waste at the site. In an order passed last week, Justice Bhatkar reminded the corporation that it was a “public body” that must adopt a “citizen-friendly approach,” and not act as a “hostile”, private litigant when it came to issues of public interest. The HC was hearing a second appeal filed by the TMC against a 2012 order of the Thane district and sessions court upholding a previous order of a local civil judge restraining the civic body from dumping any kind of waste, whether treated, or untreated, on the said site. The civil judge’s order had come after a local NGO and two citizens, in their suit, alleged illegality on the corporation’s part and sought direction restraining the civic body from using the plot for dumping waste. The corporation, however, challenged the order before the HC, arguing the petitioners had failed to serve a notice before filing the suit before the local court. It also raised a question on the locus standi, saying since the plot didn’t belong either to the NGO, or the two residents, they had no right to file the suit. Justice Bhatkar, however, took a strong objection to the TMC’s arguments. She said since the petitioners intended to bring an end to a “public nuisance”, they had every right to approach the court. “This appeal involves the issue of cleanliness and hygiene and therefore, the case demands a different perspective,” Justice Bhatkar observed. “It must be noted that the NGO and the citizens have approached the court against dumping of solid waste by the TMC. Such injunctive (a court-ordered) relief can be sought by citizens even when there is a public nuisance and even if they are not personally being affected by the same,” she said.
|2018-05-08||His pet turtle crippled in rat attack, Thane man gets artificial flippers for it - Daily News & Analysis|
His pet turtle crippled in rat attack, Thane man gets artificial flippers for it Updated: May 8, 2018, 05:40 AM IST Toto, an 18-month-old turtle, that not only lost both its hind flippers but was also severely injured after being attacked by rats could have been yet another case of an abandoned pet, had it not been for the love of its owner. Apart from ensuring treatment for months, its owner managed to get the red-ear slider turtle a temporary artificial flippers, which experts claim could be the first such efforts on pet turtles. The temporary removable artificial flippers, which has been custom made in a Do It Yourself (DIY) style by Vakola-based Dr Dinesh Vinherkar, a wildlife veterinarian and turtle expert, has helped Toto swim and walk with ease since last week of April. However, the reptile cannot wear this permanently and the vet is working on to improve the prototype based on the trials. "The rat attack happened in January after Toto somehow managed to crawl out of its enclosure. "When I returned from office, I saw it lying upside down with blood all over. Fearing the worst I rushed to few locals vets. It almost took her few months to recover but I was told that she had lost her hind flippers and would not be able to swim," said its owner Jithin Pillai, a resident of Wagle estate in Thane. Pillai said he began researching on artificial flippers and come across Dr Vinherkar who last year had successfully fitted artificial flippers on a few olive ridley turtles at a Dahanu turtle rescue centre. Dr Vinherkar said that the task of making an artificial flipper for Toto was very challenging given its small size. "When Pillai approached me I told him that making smaller sized flippers would require a lot of trials and it will have to be replaced as the turtle keeps growing. He instantly agreed." "The challenge was to make small and lightweight flippers and ensure it can be attached to even smaller stubs that were left after the rat had chewed most of the flippers and both hinds limbs. I used acrylic material and plastic to carve out the artificial flippers and after lot of tests to check its buoyancy when fitted to Toto we finally got it right as it quickly adjusted to using the flippers to move forward on land as well as water," he said. Pillai shared that at the moment he only fixes the artificial flipper for few hours so that it can swim in water and it doesn't face much challenge in walking without it. "Given the fact that we are successful with a temporary one in place of its right flipper we are trying to better the design, however even that can't be worn permanently but its only to facilitate swimming and from this week we will also begin trials for its second flipper as well," said Vinherkar.
|2018-05-08||Link forest crime data with police record: Wildlife warden - Times of India|
Link forest crime data with police record: Wildlife warden Updated: May 8, 2018, 23:59 IST THANE: With an aim to ensure crimes against wildlife are taking into account while doling out police character certificates, the Thane Wildlife Warden, on Tuesday, wrote to the police commissioner of Thane requesting him to link the forest and wildlife crime data with the police database. While these police clearance certificates or character certificates are issued by the police after a thorough check of the individual’s criminal record, Pawan Sharma, Thane forest department’s wildlife warden, found that many who committed crimes against wildlife were not questioned about the same as the police did not have these records. “Character certificates are compulsory in seeking government jobs, corporate jobs, or in passport and visa applications, etc. Since this data is not linked there are chances where many wildlife criminals can easily get their character certificates,” said Sharma. “The idea of this initiative is to send out a loud and clear message in the public domain that wildlife crimes are equally punishable as any other serious crime. Today it is observed that many youngsters and even educated people are getting involved in offences against the environment under the wildlife protection acts. Such linkage of data will help in creating fear and pressure of law and help in reducing such crimes,” Sharma said.
|2018-05-08||Repair work on Mumbra bypass begins, throws traffic out of gear - Times of India|
Repair work on Mumbra bypass begins, throws traffic out of gear Updated: May 9, 2018, 00:02 IST THANE: Over thousands of commuters were inconvenienced due to the Mumbra Bypass which was shutdown for repair work, due to which all the heavy vehicle traffic was diverted on the interior lanes of Thane city, on Tuesday. The Mumbra Bypass was shutdown from Monday night and the heavy vehicles were diverted towards Shahapur, Bhiwandi and in the interior parts of Thane and Navi Mumbai. Due to this diversion, the roads in the city were blocked not only during the morning peak hours but even in the afternoon. “I was heading back home around 6am when I saw that on the opposite side of the road that is from Ghodbunder towards Majiwada there was huge traffic jam. The whole road was packed with heavy vehicles and moving slowly. So I immediately contacted my friends who would have to take the road to go to office and informed them to leave early so that they could reach in time,” said Abhay Goyal, resident of Hiranandani Estate. It was seen that to avoid the traffic congestion on the Eastern Express Highway and Ghodbunder Road many took the internal routes to reach to the toll naka, to save some time. “I had left earlier as I was aware about the traffic congestion but still I was stuck near Manpada for a long time. Due to this I took the route from Meadows and then came out from the Waghle Estate area and was able to reach in time. The heavy vehicles had packed all the lanes and it was difficult to make way out of the slow moving traffic. If commuters have to face this everyday then they will have to leave early,” said Dr Anjan Mangalvedhekar, resident of Waghbil. The heavy vehicles were seen in the interior parts even in the afternoon as some of them were allowed during 12 to 4pm. The traffic department confirmed that the commuters will have to face traffic jam for the next two months as repair on the bypass will be go on for the next two months. “The traffic congestion will remain for the next few days, but we have placed over 300 officers, 50 wardens and 125 home guards at 18 traffic units to handle traffic,” said Amit Kale, DCP at Thane traffic department. The PWD department started their work on Tuesday morning on the ROB which is above the railway line. “We have started the repair work on the bridge and have started with dismantling the upper surface of the Mumbra Bypass road, on Tuesday. After this we will be doing the recasting work. This whole process will take around two months to finish,” said Asha Jatkal, assistant engineer, from Panvel PWD.
|2018-05-08||Maratha reservation: Panel to table report soon - Times of India|
Maratha reservation: Panel to table report soon Updated: May 9, 2018, 00:01 IST THANE: The work on the report that will decide whether the Maratha community in the state should be given a reservation or not will be tabled by the expert panel soon after collating data from the sample survey and government records. The fresh announcement was made by Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission chairman, justice (retired) M G Gaikwad, at Thane on Tuesday. Gaikwad was in the city for a public hearing on the Maratha caste reservation in the district wherein over 1,850 applications including those from 63 groups representing the Maratha community were made. “The report will be based on the findings of the sample survey that is conducted in five villages from each of the districts is in the final stages along with statistics available with the government files about the Maratha community. The survey is in its final stages,” said Gaikwad. The sample survey has been undertaken for data collection to ascertain the economic backwardness within the community to justify its demand for quota in public service and educational institutions. Gaikwad said the survey will focus on three main bases—the financial, educational and employment status of the Maratha community members. The members of the commission while addressing the media said the survey to table the presence of the Maratha population was over in Marathwada region, Nagpur and Amravati, Ahmednagar and Solapur and will be completed soon in the rest of the places.
|2018-05-08||Man rapes 8-year-old in public toilet in Thane, gets thrashed by girl's ... - Hindustan Times|
Man rapes 8-year-old in public toilet in Thane, gets thrashed by girl’s uncle The accused was a regular customer at a hotel owned by the child’s father; case registered under POCSO Act. MUMBAI Updated: May 08, 2018 16:42 IST A 45-year-old man has been arrested on charges of raping an eight-year-old girl in a public toilet in Thane. The accused, identified as Ramesh Vijay Singh, has been arrested by the Kapurbawdi police; the child has been admitted to hospital. Singh, a resident of Manorama Nagar, hails from Uttar Pradesh, and works as a labourer. Police sources said he was a regular customer at a small hotel owned by the child’s father and a known face. The incident took place around 4pm on Sunday, when the accused followed the girl into the toilet behind her father’s hotel. The child’s uncle, who had noticed Singh following the girl, went to check on the child and caught the accused in the act. “Singh tried to run away and was beaten up badly by the girl’s uncle and other people who were present,” said VG Darekar, senior police inspector, Kapurbawdi police station. “Later, the child told her family that he had raped her the Sunday before too, but she had been too scared to say anything to her parents.” “The girl has been shifted to Thane Civil Hospital. She is safe and undergoing treatment,” Darekar said. Singh was produced in court and has been remanded in police custody till May 11. A case has been registered under section 376 of the Indian Panel Code as well as under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
|2018-05-07||Thane to re-use lake water to grow soil-less veggies - Free Press Journal|
Thane to re-use lake water to grow soil-less veggies May 07, 2018 09:33 am Thane: The lake city soon will be getting a new recognition of producing its own vegetable and fisheries. The civic authorities have drawn a project to reuse lake water that has been the identity of the city. In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the lake water concept will be used to breed fish and soil-less vegetables. The Thane Municipal Corporation has introduced the project Aquaponics, which focuses on breeding of fish and plants in water from lakes or wells in the city. In layman’s term, the waste water from fish breeding will be used as manure for the plants as it will be high in nitrogen while the plant will purify the water and re-send it to the fishes. The pilot project will start in over a year’s time on the Upavan Lake and based on the success of this project it will be replicated on other water bodies. The technique can be used to grow green vegetables and which can grow organically without using any chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers. “There are two techniques of growing soil-less vegetables, hydroponics and Aquaponic. There has been lot of research on hydroponic which only involves growing of vegetables on water. We will implement the Aquaponic technique which involves breeding of both fishes and vegetables using the same water. In this technique the waste water from fish which is high in nitrogen will be used to provide nutrients to the plants. The plants will absorb the nitrogen and recycle the waste water and send the purified water back to the fish,” TMC officer said. “The project will be set up on a 2000 sq feet plot along the Upavan Lake. The ground floor will have water tanks of various sizes where a fish known as Tilapia will be grown from egg to adult stage (1.5 feet long fish). This fish when fed will release waste matter in the tank which will be high in nitrogen. Several pipes will be connected to these tanks, which will circulate the water on the upper floor which will be developed as a green house. Each stem will be attached to a pipe and water will continuously be supplied in the form of drip irrigation to these stems,” the officer added.The stems will absorb nitrogen from this water, thus purifying it. The plants will not absorb the remaining water which will be sent back to the fish tanks through different set of pipes. The water used in the tank will be lake water. The continuous lifting of lake water will also keep it aerated, thus leading to more oxidation, which at present is stagnant and prone to silting. The officer added, “The breeding of Tilapia is done along the Nira River and have proved to be a popular fish. Gradually local species of the fishes will also be added to the tank. The vegetables grown in this project will be those with green stem. These include cabbage, capsicum, green chillies, green tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli, basil and banana among others.”
|2018-05-07||Thane civic body gets no HC relief over waste dumping matter - Moneycontrol.com|
Thane civic body gets no HC relief over waste dumping matter Justice Mridula Bhatkar, presiding over the appeal filed by the TMC, also rapped the civic body for persisting with the said litigation even though a civil judge and the district court in Thane had found that the corporation had illegally been dumping solid waste at the site. The Bombay High Court has refused to grant any relief to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) that had challenged a local court order denying it permission to dump solid waste at a private plot of land. Justice Mridula Bhatkar, presiding over the appeal filed by the TMC, also rapped the civic body for persisting with the said litigation even though a civil judge and the district court in Thane had found that the corporation had illegally been dumping solid waste at the site. In an order passed last week, Justice Bhatkar reminded the corporation that it was a "public body" that must adopt a "citizen-friendly approach," and not act as a "hostile", private litigant when it came to issues of public interest. The HC was hearing a second appeal filed by the TMC against a 2012 order of the Thane district and sessions court upholding a previous order of a local civil judge restraining the civic body from dumping any kind of waste, whether treated, or untreated, on the said site. The civil judge's order had come after a local NGO and two private citizens from Thane, in their suit, alleged illegality on the corporation's part and sought direction permanently restraining the civic body adjoining Mumbai from using the said plot for dumping waste. The petitioners also submitted that the said plot was part of a Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) and thus, protected by statutory and environment rules. Both the civil judge and the district and additional sessions court concluded that the TMC had been dumping waste in contravention of statutory and CRZ rules on the plot concerned. They thus restrained the TMC from using the plot for waste disposal. The corporation, however, challenged the order before the HC, arguing the petitioners had failed to serve a notice before filing the suit before the local court. It also raised a question on the locus standi (their right to appear in court or the capacity under which they could bring the matter before the court), saying since the plot didn't belong either to the NGO, or the two residents, they had no right to file the suit. Justice Bhatkar, however, took a strong objection to the TMC's arguments. She said since the matter at hand dealt with general hygiene and the petitioners intended to bring an end to a "public nuisance", they had every right to approach the court. "This appeal involves the issue of cleanliness and hygiene and therefore, the case demands a different perspective," Justice Bhatkar observed. "It must be noted that the NGO and the citizens have approached the court against dumping of solid waste by the TMC. Such injunctive (a court-ordered) relief can be sought by citizens even when there is a public nuisance and even if they are not personally being affected by the same," she said. "When citizens are taking positive steps of taking recourse to litigation for pointing out any nuisance, the corporation and other public bodies should not be hostile and behave like private litigants. "Instead, they should adopt citizen-friendly service-oriented approach. The people's participation in the local administration and judicial process is necessary in a democracy. It is expected that the corporation handles such issues with an open mind," Justice Bhatkar noted. The corporation also argued that it had stopped dumping untreated solid waste at the site since 2003. Currently, the said plot was being used to dispose of onlytreated, bio-degradable waste. However, the HC dismissed the civic body's submissions, pointing out that another petition against the TMC's contravention of solid waste management rules was pending before a division bench of the court. The fact remained the said plot was being used in "contravention of the rules of solid waste handling and disposal," it observed. This recurring issue can be put to an end if the corporation voluntarily takes positive and concrete remedial steps. Citizens are compelled to approach courts mostly out of frustration and as a last resort when their problems are notsolved by public bodies," Justice Bhatkar noted.
|2018-05-07||Bullet train route survey to be finalised by May end - Times of India|
Bullet train route survey to be finalised by May end May 8, 2018, 00:19 IST THANE: The survey for finalizing the route of the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train route passing through Diva has reached its final stage and is likely to be completed by this month end following which the negotiations over acquisitions will start, informed officials. A team from the Thane revenue department along with the National High Speed Railway Corporation Limited, land records division embarked on a joint plot measurement today. An official from the team confirmed the route of the high speed corridor passing through the suburb should be finalized by this month end. “We have completed the initial surveys and started with earmarking the final route to get an accurate idea of the train course. We will jointly make a note of the quantum of land be required for executing the project in this area after which negotiations with the land owners will begin,” said an official from the revenue department. The bullet train route tentatively runs through 39.66km in Thane district and will require around 56 hectares of land collectively. In Thane tehsil, around 104 plots from Diva villages, measuring 18Ha will be required. The route for the bullet train passes through nine villages in the Diva suburb of Thane including Shil, Desai, Davale among others. The rail route will be on an elevated level, informed officials. The officials said the route will require 17.5m wide access including 13.5m for the high speed rails and the rest for access roads adjoining it. Adequate care will be taken to ensure there is no noise pollution in adjoining areas. Meanwhile, few Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers staged a protest on Monday at Shil disrupting the land measurements process claiming the project was unnecessarily being dumped on residents of Maharashtra. The protestors were later placated by the authorities following which the agitation was called off. “The project would be not used by any local resident and it seems the same is being executed for the benefit of Gujrat businessmen. Why should the local Maharashtra residents spare their land and bear the burden of the project. There are many other important issues in Maharashtra that need the government’s attention,” questioned Avinash Jadhav, Thane district president of MNS. It may be recalled that MNS president Raj Thackeray recently in Palghar had urged farmers to not give away their land for the proposed bullet train insisting that the government first improve the Mumbai railway infrastructure. It may be recalled that residents of few villages from Diva backed by the NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad had also threatened to stop the survey of the bullet train route alleging the authorities were stealthily marking their lands without taking land owners into confidence. Inspite of ruckus created by some politically motivated people, our team completed the joint measurement survey in Dive Anjur ( Bhiwandi) and Shil (Thane) today. The residents of the villages are supporting this high speed rail project, said a NHSRCL spokesperson.
|2018-05-07||Rustomjee Introduces Special Scheme for 2BHK Homes, Rustomjee Urbania, Thane (W) - BW Businessworld|
|2018-05-06||Midnight's child: baby born with police help on Thane platform - The Hindu|
Midnight’s child: baby born with police help on Thane platform MUMBAI, MAY 06, 2018 00:00 IST Titwala resident goes into labour while changing trains on way to hospital When the labour pain suddenly began intensifying around 12.30 a.m. on Saturday, Zeba Parveen was changing trains at Thane railway station. Within minutes, the 22-year-old knew she wouldn’t make it to the BMC-run Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. Frantic with worry, her husband Mohammed Abdul Ansari, an autorickshaw driver by profession, and mother-in-law Roshan Bano Ansari, who were accompanying her, turned to the only source of help they could see: a Government Railway Police (GRP) officer patrolling the platform. The officer alerted the Station Master as per protocol, and support was sent their way in the form of a woman constable and a health unit staff member from the GRP. With their help, Ms. Parveen delivered a baby girl on the platform at 12.30 a.m. on Saturday. Police to the rescue Senior PI Uttam Sonawane, Thane GRP, said, “The Station Master alerted us about a medical emergency, and we immediately sent a team to the spot. They helped Ms. Parveen give birth safely and brought her to our health unit.” Ms. Parveen, a Titwala resident, said, “I started feeling pain around 8 p.m. on Friday, and we decided to go to Rajawadi Hospital, where doctors had been monitoring my pregnancy. We took a train to Thane, from where we were to change to another one to reach Ghatkopar. However, as we drew into Thane station around 12.30 a.m., the pain intensified and I couldn’t move.” Later, the GRP took Ms. Parveen to Thane Civil Hospital in an ambulance, and personnel accompanying them took care of formalities at the hospital. Ms. Parveen, a homemaker, said, “Doctors have told us that everything is normal and my newborn is in good health. I got a lot of help from the railway staff during the delivery as well as at the hospital, as they took care of all our paperwork.”
|2018-05-06||Crying for help: 62% of total rapes reported in Thane are of minors - Times of India|
Crying for help: 62% of total rapes reported in Thane are of minors May 7, 2018, 00:13 IST THANE: Nearly 62 percent of the total rape cases registered with the Thane police last year was of the minors aged below 18-years of age — where in the accused has misused his familiarity and exploited women. The statistics from the police department revealed that there is a rise in the total number of cases of crime against women in 2017 in comparison with the previous years. The Kathua and Unnao rapes has again brought back the concern related to the safety of woman, similar to the Nirbhaya rape in 2012, this time the concerning the safety of minor child. Notwithstanding, the awareness on the safety and security of the women the incidents of crime has triggered fear among the women here. A cursory glance on the total number of cases revels that there is a rise in the incidents of rapes 2017 as compared to the previous years. In 2015 a total of 251 cases were registered while in 2016, the number had gone down to 224 while it again shot up to 245 in 2017. Even though the detection rate has been over 90 percent in these cases however, the safety of the women remains concern here. Out of the 245 cases nearly 153 cases of rapes were registered by the minor girl in which 144 cases were detected. Nearly 92 cases were registered by the woman above 18-years, with most cases that of luring them with the promises of marriage and raping them. The police officers claimed that nowdays more women are coming fore to register offences and the police have been told to strictly deal with such complaints of sexual harassments and no officer at the police station can refuse such complaints as they could face serious action if found of refusing to take the complaint. Even there is a rise in the molestation case as against 564 registred in 2015, the number had gone down to 458 cases it again shoot tup to 505 in the five zones of Thane police commissionerate in 2016. Even though the dip is slightly down, most of the woman has the sense of insecurity especially among the section of working women of the city as the harassment goes unnoticed at public transport or are ignored especially at the crowded railway station premises, public transportation, markets during the peak hours where modesty of women is outraged. The married woman facing harassment at home too have come fore and raised their voice their in laws. A total of 284 cases were registered of cruelty by husband have been recorded in 2017 out of which 213 cases have been detected. Nearly 22 women were driven to suicide in 2017, the police arrested the in laws in 21 such cases. A senior police officer said, “As against cruelty by in laws, in terms of prevention if any wife in distress comes to police the complaints are taken seriously but most of the time, the married women remains silent that leads to extreme result,” said a police officer. Another serious concern remains the total number of kidnappings as the over 80 percent of the girls ‘kidnapped’ were minor or under 18 years of age. In most of these case, it has come to notice that these are the cases of elopement which is registered under the kidnapping. "In terms of prevention, we have made elaborate arrangements but most of the times, the accused tend to flee away after committing the crime say in case of bus or trains, our helplines are always there for the women in distress,” said a police officer.
|2018-05-06||Bridge overhaul in Goa to delay few trains on KR route - Times of India|
Bridge overhaul in Goa to delay few trains on Konkan Railway route Updated: May 7, 2018, 00:05 IST THANE: The overhaul work of two railway bridges in Goa during the peak summer holiday season is likely to upset the schedules of several holiday goers from Thane and Mumbai as the timings of several popular Konkan Railway trains is likely to be disrupted. As many as four popular trains linking Goa with Mumbai including the Tejas express and the super-fast Jan Shatabdi express on the Konkan routes will be shot terminated of their respective destinations while two passenger trains linking Ratnagiri with Karwar have been cancelled for several days during the holiday period causing massive inconvenience to passengers. As per the schedule decided by the KR, the Dadar-Madgaon Janshatabdi Express will travel only till Karmali on May 7, 14, 20 and 21, it will not run beyond Thivim on May 27 and 28. The CSMT-Karmali Tejas Express will be operated till Thivim on May 27. The 11085 LTT-Madgaon double decker express will be regulated for 20 -95 minutes at Karmali, Thivim on select dates till May 27 while the Mandovi Express will be regulated as below at Karmali, Pernem and Thivim on select dates till May 29. The Madgaon-Ratnagiri passenger will also remain cancelled while the Karwar-Pernem services that are popular among tourists between Goa and North Karnataka town will remain partially cancelled between Verna and Pernem till May 29, informed officials. Meanwhile, passengers have complained of inconvenience due to these sudden works. Several claimed they have arranged for travel package deals and said they will now have to incur more expenses and delays due to this rescheduling. “We had planned for a package that would escort and drop us from Madgaon station to our hotels in South Goa. This sudden rescheduling is likely to impact our plans as the travel agency will hike the rates for their additional vehicle travel from Madgaon to and from Thivim or Karmali that is nearly 30kms away,” complained Sameer Patel, a commuter from Thane. Railway activists said the railways should have understood that this is the peak holiday season and should have scheduled it beforehand. “Already train on Konkan route are inadequate and running late and such disruptions will definitely inconvenience them more,” said Nandkumar Deshmukh, ailway passenger activist at Thane. When contacted, KR officials said the upkeep was imperative. “We have planned to carry out maintenance and revamp of Zuari and Mandovi bridges till May 29 in phases. Few trains will remain cancelled while others will be short terminated,” said L K verma, chief PRO at Konkan Railway.
|2018-05-06||Plastic ban: '3-mnth relief is defeating the purpose' - Times of India|
Plastic ban: ‘3-month relief is defeating the purpose’ May 7, 2018, 00:11 IST THANE: While the state government has extended the deadline to dispose of polyethylene and plastic items like spoons, containers etc., it seems many vendors and shopkeepers from the city are still continuing the use of the banned plastic material. Even though the decision was welcomed by many retailers and traders who had already started looking for eco-friendly alternatives, a few activists expressed concern that the three month relief is actually defeating the purpose of getting rid of plastic as people are still using it. Environmentalists and activists also claimed that this activity is not only adding to the stock of plastic at domestic levels but is creating a chain of hazardous materials being circulated back into the environment. A Thane-based citizen activist Dr Mahesh Bedekarsaid, “It is the responsibility of both the residents and the civic administration to make sure no plastic is dispersed in the city. Although I have seen people who have stopped using plastic altogether there is still a long way to go. Only awareness could be a solution to this problem. It’s a slow process but it needs to be done. Also, there is a need for a proper disposal system as well. Even cities like London consume plastic in a large amount but they have an efficient disposal mechanism.” While some vegetable sellers fear out on losing customers if they refused to give a polyethylene bag, some proprietors claimed to be unaware when it came to the disposal of plastic and are hence desperately trying to get rid of their existing stock till the end of the deadline. “When it comes to parceling out cooked meals and gravies I need to use plastic containers. We have stopped sending out plastic cutlery like spoons and forks, but can’t seem to find an affordable alternative to the containers. Plus, we don’t even know how to dispose of the remaining stock, so might as well give it to customers,” said a city-based restaurant proprietor.
|2018-05-06||Mumbra bypass to be shut for repairs from tonight - Times of India|
Mumbra bypass to be shut for repairs from tonight Updated: May 7, 2018, 00:09 IST THANE: Thaneites will have to brace for massive traffic snarls in city, as the Mumbra bypass will remain shut from Monday night for major repair work. The repair work will go on for the next two months, the authorities have said. All the heavy vehicle traffic shall be routed through the internal roads of the lake city. The truck and container traffic from the JNPT will be diverted on the Ghodbunder road or the Nashik highway through the internal roads causing city traffic congestion, claimed the experts. “The drivers will be alerted about the various routes through pamphlets and also tokens will be given to them. They will have to follow the routes as per the tokens which they are allocated. There will be over 300 home guards and wardens who would help to manage the traffic flow. The heavy vehicles which will be going to and fro from JNPT to Ahmedabad will be allowed the take the internal city roads during from 12pm to 4pm,” said an officer from the traffic department. These heavy vehicles will be allowed to move from the terminals they are stopped at on the basis of control system, that we will be releasing around 20% vehicles at one time. The terminal in Palghar has a capacity to park around 1,700 trucks or tempos at one time. Along with doing the maintenance work of the 3 km Mumbra bypass, the Mumbra road over bridge (ROB) which goes above the railway line is dilapidated and the Public Works Department (PWD) is going to do the repair work of the same. The PWD department will be installing bearings and doing distressing on the Mumbra ROB as only the upper part of the bridge is affected and the pillars as intact. This will help in decreasing the vibrations which one feels while travelling on the bridge. Also, as the bypass has sharp turns due to which there have been many accidents wherein the vehicles have toppled down from the mountain, a compound wall will be built there.
|2018-05-06||Thane: Rs 50 lakh compensation for family of man knocked down by jeep - The Indian Express|
Thane: Rs 50 lakh compensation for family of man knocked down by jeep The incident took place on November 13, when the victim, Kisan Lohar, 56, was returning to his house on Wada-Manor Road. Published: May 7, 2018 1:39:10 am The Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has directed that compensation of over Rs 50 lakh be paid to the the family of a man who was knocked down by a jeep in 2015. The incident took place on November 13, when the victim, Kisan Lohar, 56, was returning to his house on Wada-Manor Road. At 7.30 pm, he started crossing the road to his house when a speeding jeep, driven allegedly by Brijeshbhai Raithatha, hit him. Lohar suffered from multiple injuries and was taken to a hospital in Thane, where he succumbed to his injuries. The compensation claim was filed by Lohar’s dependents, including his wife and three children.
|2018-05-06||Teacher's reel dream turns real: Film from Thane village school ... - The Indian Express|
Teacher’s reel dream turns real: Film from Thane village school sizzles at Miami fest Teacher Ajay Patil, 35, had been interested in theatre from his childhood. “I am from a poor background. It was my mother and theatre that kept me in school and later made me a teacher. So, when I was posted in Pisavali village, I decided to introduce my children to theatre.” Published: May 7, 2018 2:44:24 am Lights, camera, action. The children of Pisavali village in Thane are quite familiar with the phrase, thanks to the initiative of a zilla parishad schoolteacher. His efforts have landed the children in various movies, and the latest was selected for the Miami film festival. Teacher Ajay Patil, 35, had been interested in theatre from his childhood. “I am from a poor background. It was my mother and theatre that kept me in school and later made me a teacher. So, when I was posted in Pisavali village, I decided to introduce my children to theatre.” In 2003, the first year, the children had put up a decent performance and soon they started to win accolades. “We won all district- and state-level competitions. We have been working on plays with social messages. I write and direct the play, other teachers help and the students perform,” Patil said. Students of the primary and middle school have performed across Thane and Mumbai. “I realised that my students wanted to act in movies. But it’s not easy to explain these hard-working students that no one will come to Pisavali, a small village near Dombivli, to select actors,” Patil said. This was when Patil felt that he should make movies. “I learnt the nuances from my theatre contacts. The first few movies were made with the help of affordable equipment. I paid for most expenses,” he recounted. While the movies were lauded nationally, Patil’s happiness originated from the fact that his students were becoming confident. “My students used to compete with children from public schools. They all had a renewed wish to make something out of their lives,” he said. Their fifth movie, about a teacher’s relationship with his students, has been selected at the Miami film festival. “The children in the movie have won awards nationally as well,” he said. Patil, who continues to go door to door to ensure his students come to school on time despite the situation at their home, has initiated a school parliament as well. “We have elections for which students campaign. We celebrate all festivals and events democratically,” he said. While Patil is engrossed in this, parents state that their wards’ education is never compromised. “Sir gets a lot of extra-curricular activities done. But the regular education and tests are also a big part of schooling. We don’t have to worry about our children at all,” said Sita Bhoir, a resident of the village and whose two daughters study in the school. “He takes care of them like his own children,” Amit Bhoir, another parent, said. The children enjoy their time, as for them, everything is an adventure, Patil believes. “He is very calm and never gets angry,” Shanti, a student said. “Simply forcing someone to follow rules will make them rebellious. I have always tried to make following of rules a fun activity. I have come from a poor background and have managed to make my own life. I want these children to have an even better life,” he said.
|2018-05-06||Thane: Cook accuses former employer of kidnapping him - The Indian Express|
Thane: Cook accuses former employer of kidnapping him The cook, Sanju Sokasingh Rana, also claimed his former employer, 35-year-old Ashwini Hadke, ordered two other employees to hold him hostage, police said. Published: May 7, 2018 2:32:01 am A 22-year-old cook has accused his former employer, a hotelier, of kidnapping him and forcing him to work at her restaurant. The cook, Sanju Sokasingh Rana, also claimed his former employer, 35-year-old Ashwini Hadke, ordered two other employees to hold him hostage, police said. According to Kasarwadavli police, Sanju had lodged a non-cognizable offence against Hadke in April. “He used to work at her restaurant in Hiranandani estate as a cook. But because of poor pay, he quit and joined another restaurant. Hadke kept asking him to come back or face dire consequences,” said Inspector Nasir Kulkarni. On May 4, Sanju’s wife Lakshmi told police that her husband had been abducted. According to police, Sanju was rescued from a hotel near Hiranandani hospital. “We have arrested two people, Krushna Rajesh Patel (19) and Dipu Premlal Adivasi (22). They said they participated in the kidnapping and held Rana hostage at the behest of Hadke,” said a senior police officer.
|2018-05-06||NGOs, volunteers tie up with TMC to clear Yeoor of plastic, trash ahead of monsoon - Times of India|
NGOs, volunteers tie up with TMC to clear Yeoor of plastic, trash ahead of monsoon Updated: May 6, 2018, 23:57 IST THANE: With the rainy season about a month away, numerous NGOs and local environmental groups have begun tying up with the forest department to clear the green zone off any plastic and other hazardous waste that could pollute the eco-sensitive zone and harm the wildlife. Be it as part of their plogging initiative or under the banner of their Clean Yeoor concept, various citizens groups armed with waste collection bags, gloves and masks, have been flocking to Yeoor village, the air force gate area, the Manpada route, etc to manually pick up and dispose off truckloads of rubbish. “Tourists visiting the Yeoor range often leave behind heaps of junk food wrappers, alcohol bottles during their forest trails. While this garbage is mostly seen around highly frequented areas and not in the core green zone, it gets accumulated in the nallahs,” said a city based wildlife activist. “During monsoon, this waste overflows into the green zones, which could cause incidents of injuries and even choking amongst the wildlife. These drives not only help prevent such disasters, but also result in a growing awareness amongst citizens about the harms of littering in the forest zone,” he added. While there have already been a handful of such initiatives here and tonnes of waste collected in each of them, forest officials claim that there is a lot more in store month. “The community of nature conscious citizens seems to be growing as many such groups have been coming to us for permission to clean up the area from the gate to the village and so on. They tie up with the TMC, who provides them with the ghanta gadis, and then clear up the waste. There is one such drive almost every week,” said a forest official here. While enviro-experts here believe that this trend of citizens coming together for such drives is a positive sign, they feel that it also shows that the forest department is lacking in their job of preventing the rampant littering in the forest zone. “We used to organise such drives over the years, but there are many groups who are doing this now. While it is good that the forest waste is getting cleared up, the fact that this eco-sensitive zone has so much waste in the first place is quite shocking. ,” said Rohit Joshi, a city-based environmentalist.
|2018-05-06||Bihar resident tries to smuggle 50 turtles, arrested in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Bihar resident tries to smuggle 50 turtles, arrested in Thane The Belapur wildlife crime control bureau, along with officials of forest department, Kalyan, and wildlife activists, laid a trap to arrest the 24-year-old MUMBAI Updated: May 07, 2018 00:04 IST A 24-year-old man,Dilshaad Kapil Ahmad, was arrested with 50 black pond turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii ) in Kalyan on Saturday night. Police said four of the turtles were dead. The Belapur wildlife crime control bureau, along with officials of forest department, Kalyan, and wildlife activists, laid a trap to arrest Ahmad. A resident of Patna, Ahmad was an occupant of room no 122 of the Maharashtra guest house near Kalyan railway station. Following his arrest, a case under relevant sections of wildlife protection act 1972, was registered by the forest department. Dilshaad was produced in court, and has been remanded in custody for three days. In the trap laid by the officials, Ahmad was called to Mumbai to sell the turtles. “A team was formed to catch Ahmad red-handed. 46 turtles were found in a blue plastic tub, hidden inside a wooden cupboard in the room,” said Muralidhar Jagakar, forest round officer, Kalyan. “After searching the room where he stayed, we found four dead turtles too, in a bag. Ahmad revealed that the four turtles had died during his journey to Kalyan,” he added. The forest department will further investigate if there are more people involved. “We are interrogating the accused to find out if there are more people involved. At this point, we cannot say if this a racket,” said Jagakar. As per wildlife activists, these turtles cost between ?700 and ?800 in Bihar, while in Mumbai, they cost between ?3,000 and ?5,000. “The accused was operating an online service to sell the turtles illegally in Mumbai. As the turtles cost more in Mumbai, they consider selling it in the city,”said Suhas Pawar, wildlife expert, Kalyan.
|2018-05-05||Midnight's child: baby born with police help on Thane platform - The Hindu|
Midnight’s child: baby born with police help on Thane platform MAY 06, 2018 00:15 IST Titwala resident goes into labour while changing trains on way to hospital Mumbai: When the labour pain suddenly began intensifying around 12.30 a.m. on Saturday, Zeba Parveen was changing trains at Thane railway station. Within minutes, the 22-year-old knew she wouldn’t make it to the BMC-run Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. Frantic with worry, her husband Mohammed Abdul Ansari, an autorickshaw driver by profession, and mother-in-law Roshan Bano Ansari, who were accompanying her, turned to the only source of help they could see: a Government Railway Police (GRP) officer patrolling the platform. The officer alerted the Station Master as per protocol, and support was sent their way in the form of a woman constable and a health unit staff member from the GRP. With their help, Ms. Parveen delivered a baby girl on the platform at 12.30 a.m. on Saturday. Police to the rescue Senior PI Uttam Sonawane, Thane GRP, said, “The Station Master alerted us about a medical emergency, and we immediately sent a team to the spot. They helped Ms. Parveen give birth safely and brought her to our health unit.” Ms. Parveen, a Titwala resident, said, “I started feeling pain around 8 p.m. on Friday, and we decided to go to Rajawadi Hospital, where doctors had been monitoring my pregnancy. We took a train to Thane, from where we were to change to another one to reach Ghatkopar. However, as we drew into Thane station around 12.30 a.m., the pain intensified and I couldn’t move.” Later, the GRP took Ms. Parveen to Thane Civil Hospital in an ambulance, and personnel accompanying them took care of formalities at the hospital. Ms. Parveen, a homemaker, said, “Doctors have told us that everything is normal and my newborn is in good health. I got a lot of help from the railway staff during the delivery as well as at the hospital, as they took care of all our paperwork.” She added that she had visited Rajawadi Hospital for a routine check-up early on Friday. Ms. Ansari said, “The doctor said Zeba was due for delivery next week, which is why we didn’t admit her the same day to Rajawadi Hospitalon.”
|2018-05-05||Thane Metro DPR to be ready in 2 months - Times of India|
Thane Metro DPR to be ready in 2 months May 5, 2018, 22:48 IST NAGPUR: The detailed project report (DPR) of Thane Metro will be ready in another two months. The DPR will be submitted to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), which had asked MahaMetro to prepare the same. Brijesh Dixit, managing director of MahaMetro, said, “The total length of the Metro will be around 30km. The cost is being calculated and will be known only when the DPR is ready. There is an underground stretch of 1 to 1.5 km, which will increase the figure.” TMC had asked MahaMetro to prepare the DPR three months ago. MahaMetro has stationed its team in Thane for doing the necessary surveys. It also taking help of its general consultant, Rites (a ministry of railways undertaking) and some other agencies. Dixit said that TMC has decided to appoint MahaMetro for executing the project too. “However, the final decision in this regard will be taken by the state government,” he added.
|2018-05-05||Thane: 5 'ACB men' raid coaching class; flee as staff resist - Times of India|
Thane: 5 ‘ACB men’ raid coaching class; flee as staff resist Updated: May 5, 2018, 23:34 IST THANE: Five men posing as Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials tried to carry out a raid in a coaching class at Teen petrol pump last week. The police said that the complainant, Alwyn Perez, a professor at the commerce coaching classes was teaching the class when three men barged into the classroom and identified themselves as ACB officers. “On Saturday at around 4.40pm, the professor was told by the men that they were at the classes to carry out a raid,” said a police officer. Perez asked them for their identity cards after which they told him to accompany them to meet their boss, who was waiting downstairs with another officer. Perez refused to budge despite being threatened to be dragged downstairs, said the police officer. The accused then tried to drag Perez out, but in the meantime, other staff rushed to his help and intervened. They told the men that their activities were being recorded in the CCTV cameras. The trio then rushed out of the building along with the other two waiting downstairs. When contacted ACB, they said no such raid was carried out from their end. “The complainant also told us that they got a call from a mobile number wherein the caller identified himself from the ACB,” added the officer. The police said that the number is being verified, which seems to be registered in Nashik. The officers have also procured the CCTV footage and further probe is underway. “A team is working on the case to identify the accused and their intention is still unclear as the victim has not opened up much,” said the officer.
|2018-05-05||Brace for traffic snarls: Mumbra bypass repair in Thane to roll out from Monday - Hindustan Times|
Brace for traffic snarls: Mumbra bypass repair in Thane to roll out from Monday The Panvel public works department (PWD) claimed that the work will take over two months and with monsoon merely a month away, a department officer claimed that rain might further delay the work. MUMBAI Updated: May 06, 2018 00:48 IST Monsoons may bring with it unusually louder traffic snarls in Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Reason? After several delays, the Thane district collectorate is finally set to give a nod for starting the repair work on the Mumbra bypass road from Monday, which is likely to drag well into the rains leading to increased congestion. The Panvel public works department (PWD) claimed that the work will take over two months and with monsoon merely a month away, a department officer claimed that rain might further delay the work. The Mumbra bypass is a major route for heavy vehicles commuting towards Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Nasik and Bhiwandi. The repair work on it has been delayed because of lack of co-ordination between different authorities. The PWD first said it will start the work on the 7-km stretch from Y junction to Mumbra-Retibunder in mid-April. However, the traffic department did not permit this as traffic measures were not in place. After the traffic department announced diversions which would be followed when the bypass would be shut, a new date was declared. However, the district collectorate refused to issue a notification for the work until condition of alternate roads suggested by the traffic police improved. The roads in Murbad and Kinavli near Shahpur, supposed to be used as diversions, were full of craters. The PWD has claimed that these roads have now finally been repaired. However, this lack of co-ordination between authorities will now lead to the repair work getting dragged into the rains. A PWD officer said, “The potholes on the alternate routes are repaired. The district collectorate has promised to issue notification for the work from Monday. We will also try to start the work from Monday. The repair work will take more than two months as we will have to remove the entire slab of the bridge and install a new one. In heavy rains, we will not be able to carry out the concrete work. Thus, the repair work might get delayed. Moreover, the area is also prone to landslides in monsoon, so we will have to be careful.” He claimed that they have already completed the ground work. “We have installed the support system for the bridge and also mobilised machineries. We have asked the traffic department to ensure that not a single vehicle passes through the bridge once we start the work.” An officer from Thane district said they were in the process of issuing the notification. “The district collector had asked the authorities to speed up the road repair work. The roads are now repaired and we will issue notification by Monday morning for the work.” Every day around 15,000 containers apart from thousands of other light vehicles pass through the bypass road. During the course of the repair work, only 20% of total vehicles coming from JNPT will be permitted to commute at any given time. The police have also decided to allow heavy vehicles along Ghodbunder and Eastern Exppress Highway during the non-peak hours. Most vehicles will be diverted from old Mumbai-Pune highway towards Karjat, Murbad, Shahpur, NH3, Nasik or Bhiwandi. A traffic officer said, “The traffic situation in all these cities is already bad in monsoon, thanks to potholes and water logging. The load of vehicles diverted because of the bypass work will make the situation worse. Moreover if the work on the Kopri Bridge also begins in the next few weeks, residents might have to witness a choc-a-block monsoon. We are taking all possible measures to ensure that traffic is monitored and there is no major jam.” KNOW YOUR ROUTES Light vehicles: Cars, bikes, autorickshaws which use the bypass will commute from Mumbra along the old Mumbai-Pune Road. This will increase traffic congestion in Mumbra, though this cannot be avoided, said the traffic police Trucks carrying essential goods: These can take the same route between 12am and 5am Diva-Agasan Raod: The corporation has planned that if the construction of Diva-Agasan Road is completed early, it can be used along with the Mumbra city road for light vehicles Get information from the pamphlets: The traffic police roped in JNPT to distribute pamphlets and tokens to transporters. These will have information on the diversions for different routes. Each transporter will get a token with the map of the route he is supposed to take depending on his destination. The transporter is supposed to abide by the same route and cannot enter any other route Follow diversions or be penalised: If transport vehicles are found not following the route on their token, a case under the Motor Vehicles Act will be registered against them TRAFFIC MEASURES TO BE TAKEN 300 traffic cops and home guards will manage traffic on the road. The Panvel PWD will employ some of its staff as traffic wardens till the repair work ends 230 signage and 50 barricades put up by the traffic department along this road and other roads which will be affected Cranes will also be kept handy to avoid any traffic congestion in case of vehicle break downs. The traffic department has also asked transporters to maintain their vehicles in good condition and operate them on the road only after servicing. ABOUT THE MUMBRA BYPASS Constructed seven years ago to restrict heavy vehicles entering Mumbra town, the bypass developed cracks and potholes within a few days of its opening. In monsoon, there is also the danger of landslides on this road 50,000 and more heavy vehicles ply on this road towards Bhiwandi, Taloja, Panvel and JNPT Vehicles going towards Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad and Chennai also use this bypass. It is under the state PWD WHAT WILL THE REPAIR FIX? ·174 bearings of the bridge which have worn off will be replaced ·7-deck slab of the road over the bridge will be repaired or reconstructed · The uneven road surface will be repaired · The security wall will be constructed across the bridge to avoid collapse of heavy vehicles from this bridge ·Unnecessary divider gaps will be closed
|2018-05-04||One of Thane's oldest library goes digital - Hindustan Times|
One of Thane’s oldest libraries goes digital Around 3 lakh pages from 1,777 books have been converted and are available online MUMBAI Updated: May 05, 2018 11:39 IST One of the oldest libraries in the city has taken a leap towards change and has gone digital. The 135-year-old Marathi Grantha Sanghralaya, opposite the Thane Zilla Parishad office, has digitised many books, some of which are over 100 years old. With an aim to make e-books available for free, the library had started the process of scanning the books, indexing them and then converting them into the PDF format. This process is nearing the end of its first phase and by July over 1,000 books will be available online. Around 3 lakh pages from 1,777 books have been converted and are available online. Books, which are over 100 years old, are being scanned and only after the indexing can they be uploaded. There are over 16 dictionaries and more than 2.9 lakh books from across 13 genres that need to be made available as e-books. The process to convert these books began in November 2017. Every day, 10,000 pages were scanned and for which, the library received Rs50 lakh. “The books are very old and were not in good condition. Most of them are ancient books and hence we came up with the idea of digitisation inorder to restore them. Once they are all uploaded, people across the world can access these books,” said Pranali Khobole, librarian. “I have been a member of this library for a very long time and digitising the books will benefit senior citizens like me. I am glad that the library has taken this step as it will help us access a wide plethora of books,” said Dipti Shinde, 62, a resident of Vrindavan Society. A senior citizen Lalit Kharkhanis, who resides in Lokmanya Nagar said that his grandson has now taught him to use the Kindle. “I am eagerly waiting for the e-books so that I can read them at peace at home,” said Kharkhanis.
|2018-05-03||Huge logistics hubs abutting Thane driving up goods traffic - Times of India|
Huge logistics hubs abutting Thane driving up goods traffic Updated: May 4, 2018, 07:01 IST THANE: The city and adjoining suburbs has seen a near double rise in numbers of new heavy freight vehicles hitting the roads in the last financial year compared to 2014. The increase, say transport officials, is because of the rising demand from the fringe areas of Thane that have now become storage hubs. As per records available with the Thane transport department, around 96% more heavy vehicles including mutli-axle vehicles, trucks and lorries have been newly purchased and registered in 2017-18 as compared to 2014-15. While the number of these heavy vehicles was around 3,254 in 2014-15, the numbers rose to around 6,380 in the previous fiscal year. The number of trucks and lorries has seen the highest leap in purchase and registrations from 3,005 to 6,095 in the same period. Multi-axle vehicles including the cabin detachable ones used to ferry long trailers have also seen a rise from 10 to around 56 in the last four years. The improvement in the water supply scenario has however reduced the numbers of tankers registered here, informed officials. Experts and officials justify the drastic jump as more and more companies firms in fast moving consumer goods including electronics and home appliances along with vehicles have set their godowns in Bhiwandi and Kalher area abutting Thane. The companies find the area very convenient to access and reach their stock to Mumbai or Navi Mumbai leading to a demand for transport modes which is largely operated by the local residents. “The areas abutting Thane have become a storage hubs with hundreds of godowns located here due to easy accessibility to ports of Mumbai and Gujarat and proximity to the Mumbai Metropolitan region. Many transport operators have set shop in this area and are operating here considering the good prospects of business,” said Shyam Lohi, deputy regional transport officer at Thane. Meanwhile, the rising numbers of heavy vehicles is adding to the congestion on highways with activists and local residents suggesting the district administration work on a plan to develop roads in proportion to the number of vehicles registered in a particular area or vice versa.
|2018-05-03||BRIEF-D B Realty Says Civil Judge Senior Division, Thane Dismissed Suit WRT Free Hold Land Held By Mira Real ... - Reuters|
BRIEF-D B Realty Says Civil Judge Senior Division, Thane Dismissed Suit W.R.T. Free Hold Land Held By Mira Real Estate Developers MAY 3, 2018 / 12:31 PM * SAYS CIVIL JUDGE SENIOR DIVISION, THANE DISMISSED SUIT CONCERNING FREE HOLD LAND HELD BY MIRA REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS * SAYS CO HAS 100 PERCENT ECONOMIC INTEREST IN MIRA REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS
|2018-05-03||Tata Housing reinvents modern living in Thane - IndiaPost.com|
Tata Housing NEW DELHI: Tata Housing Serein; is an upcoming premium residential project by Tata Housing Development Company, designed by Edifice Consultants Pvt Ltd. Sensitivity to human needs is the basis of this project, which is located in the city of Thane, popular for its lake-dotted landscape and close proximity to the bustling metropolis of Mumbai. The site is situated on Pokhran Road No. 2 , flanked on the northern and eastern sides by residential developments and overlooking the Yeoor hills to the west. Situated close to the Upvan Lake, the neighbourhood has emerged as a sought-after residential precinct in recent times, especially given the upkeep of infrastructure in the area and excellent connectivity with the city. The first phase of the project is proposed to have about 658 apartments encased within three towers in a 7.5 acre parcel of land – with a mix of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom residences and duplexes – accompanied by amenities such as sports facilities, children's play area, a swimming pool, a community hall and an open air theatre, distributed equitably among the dwellers. Having tested several iterations of urban block typology as part of the design process, the final form adopts an isolated block typology with four towers–congruent with the master plan development – creating a self-contained complex. The built form of the towers possesses a distinct aesthetic appeal that is sure to gain landmark status within the town, characterized by multiple-height terraces arranged in a staggered geometric manner along a central vertical axis. Some of these terraces are private decks to the dwelling units, while some act as common social spaces as well as necessary fire escape routes and refuge areas within the tower.
|2018-05-03||Ongoing new drainage pipeline work disrupts MGL gas supply at Majiwada - Times of India|
Ongoing new drainage pipeline work disrupts MGL gas supply at Majiwada Updated: May 4, 2018, 07:00 IST THANE: A leakage in the Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) pipeline at Majiwada disrupted the supply of cooking gas to thousands of families residing in Lodha Complex, Saket and parts of Kalwa on Thursday afternoon. Officials said the leak took place due to the ongoing new drainage pipeline laying work near the Majiwada traffic police office. Santosh Kadam, disaster officer at Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) said, “The incident took place at around 1.30 pm. The water department was working on laying the pipes in the area. It is likely that that while the contractors were working the gas line could have been dislocated at a point. We reached the spot with a fire engine and a rescue vehicle. The MGL officials claimed that supply would be restored maximum by 9 pm on Monday.” he connection was immediately cut off to avoid the occurrence of any blaze, and officials from the fire brigade, RDMC and MGL started working on the repairs. An official from MGL said, “As a precautionary measure we immediately cut off the gas supply to the areas to avoid any fire disasters. Our department immediately sent out employees to rectify the rupture in the line. The gas supply to pockets of Kalwa, Saket as well as Lodha complex will be restored as soon as possible.” Thanks to quick action and a timely response, the supply was restored in by 3.45 pm about 3 hours after the connection was shut off. Meanwhile, the residents who were unaware of the sudden shut-down were forced to make alternative food arrangements.
|2018-05-03||Feisty Fangs: Drunk Thane auto driver bites shopkeeper and constable - Free Press Journal|
Feisty Fangs: Drunk Thane auto driver bites shopkeeper and constable May 03, 2018 12:02 pm An auto rickshaw driver in Thane created havoc with his bite. The accused Pradeep Jadhav was drunk and first bit the shopkeeper who tried to save him from getting beaten up by his fellow gambling company. It didn’t end there and Jadhav went on a biting spree which later resulted in him biting the constable who tried to counsel him at Kapurbawdi police station where Jadhav was taken into custody, as reported by Daily News Analysis (DNA). Upon investigation, Senior inspector VG Darekar of Kapurbawdi police station stated that on April 29 around 5 pm, Jadhav, 25, a rickshaw driver from Bhiwandi’s Kalher area, was gambling in front of a shop at Majiwada, Ghodbunder Road. “Jadhav lost some money and the other participants asked him to pay up”, he added. The cop also mentioned that Jadhav was high on drugs or alcohol or both, and he refused to pay the money. The others got angry and started beating him up. A shopkeeper from the area witnessed this brawl and intervened and hence succumbed to the nasty bite. “He was able to stop the fight and save Jadhav. But rather than being grateful, Jadhav bit the shopkeeper on his hand,” he said. The shopkeeper who insists anonymity called the police who arrived promptly and took Jadhav and the shopkeeper to Kapurbawdi police station around 5.30 pm. “The complainant showed us his little finger which Jadhav had bitten,” he added. Jadhav created a ruckus at the police station and continued to argue with the cops whilst drunk. When constable Narendra Shinde asked Jadhav to be calm, get sober and not create disturbance, it angered him. “He first punched Shinde and then took his hand and bit his little finger,” he said. Both the complainant and Shinde were sent for medical examination and Jadhav was arrested and remanded in judicial custody by a Thane court on Monday.
|2018-05-03||Drunk auto driver bites shopkeeper, constable in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Drunk auto driver bites shopkeeper, constable in Thane Updated: May 3, 2018, 06:35 AM IST A sloshing drunk rickshaw driver went around biting people in Thane's Majiwada area on the weekend, the police said. First he bit a shopkeeper who tried to save the accused, Pradeep Jadhav, from being beaten up by his fellow gamblers. And when Jadhav was taken to Kapurbawdi police station, he bit a police constable who tried to counsel him. On April 29, around 5pm, Jadhav, 25, a rickshaw driver from Bhiwandi's Kalher area, was gambling in front of a shop at Majiwada, Ghodbunder Road. "Jadhav lost some money and the other participants asked him to pay up," said senior inspector VG Darekar, Kapurbawdi police station. Jadhav was high on drugs or alcohol or both, said the cop, and he refused to pay the money. The others got angry and started beating him up. A shopkeeper from the area witnessed this brawl and intervened. "He was able to stop the fight and save Jadhav. But rather than being grateful, Jadhav bit the shopkeeper on his hand," he said. The shopkeeper, who did not wish to be named, called the police who arrived promptly and took Jadhav and the shokeeper to Kapurbawdi police station around 5.30 pm. "The complainant showed us his little finger which Jadhav had bitten," he added. Jadhav created a ruckus at the police station and continued to argue with the cops. When constable Narendra Shinde asked Jadhav to be calm and not create disturbance, it angered him. "He first punched Shinde and then took his hand and bit his little finger," he said. Both the complainant and Shinde were sent for medical examination and Jadhav was arrested and remanded in judicial custody by a Thane court on Monday. BOOKED FOR OBSTRUCTING DUTY Jadhav was arrested under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 332 (causing hurt to deter public servant from duty), 353 (assault on public servant) and 504 (provoke breach of peace) of Indian Penal Code.
|2018-05-03||Thane: 25-year-old held for 'raping' neighbour, 'filming' her - The Indian Express|
Thane: 25-year-old held for ‘raping’ neighbour, ‘filming’ her “The man then allegedly showed her the clip and raped her. He allegedly threatened her saying that he would make the clip public if she told anyone about it,” the officer added. Published: May 4, 2018 2:45:46 am A man was arrested by Kongaon police for allegedly filming his neighbour while she was taking a shower and then blackmailing and raping her. The accused has been remanded in police custody till May 7. According to Kongaon police, the incident was reported on Wednesday. “The woman’s relatives saw her talking to the accused and enquired about the matter. She told them that he had filmed her in the shower around 10 days ago,” said an officer. “The man then allegedly showed her the clip and raped her. He allegedly threatened her saying that he would make the clip public if she told anyone about it,” the officer added. The 24-year-old accused was arrested on Thursday. “We have booked him under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. We have confiscated his phone and are investigating the case,” said a senior officer.
|2018-05-03||Strokes of paint bring sweeping change in Thane slum - Hindustan Times|
Strokes of paint bring sweeping change in Thane slum Indiranagar is situated on the slopes of a hillock at Wagale Estate. The cluster of hutments has been neglected for years MUMBAI Updated: May 04, 2018 00:29 IST When 31-year-old Lalita Kamlesh returned from work last week, she was shocked to find trash strewn outside her house. She soon remembered that she had left the garbage packet near the public toilet while leaving for work in the morning. “The children in the slum did this to teach me a lesson on cleanliness. Although we get water and have public washroom facilities, we dumped all our trash in the forest nearby. No one comes to pick up the garbage here,” added Kamlesh. When the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) started an initiative to change the facade of slums in Thane, the residents did not imagine it would change their entire locality. The drab, boring and dirty walls have a bright new paint now. The team of Misaal Mumbai, which has painted many slums in Mumbai, started work in Thane a month ago. Young volunteers, who helped the organisation paint the slum wall, have ensured that the transformed area remains beautiful. They roped in children to be watchdogs and spread the message of cleanliness. Indiranagar is situated on the slopes of a hillock at Wagale Estate. The cluster of hutments has been neglected for years. “All the filth and dirty water would always trickle down the slope, littering the bylanes. Every one conveniently throws garbage outside. None of the authorities bothered about cleaning the neighborhood. After the painting, the situation in the slums seems to have changed considerably,” said Rahul Singh, 24, local resident. TMC said that it would conduct awareness campaigns that will ensure that these slum colonies are clean, with proper water supply and other facilities. “We are glad that the painting initiative has incorporated a sense of cleanliness among slum dwellers and they feel important,” said Sanjeev Jaiswal, TMC commissioner. Tulsabai Pawar, 43, a resident of Indiranagar slums, said that the initiative has made people adopt hygienic steps. “My husband has the habit of chewing paan and spitting in every nook and corner, staining the wall right outside our house. After they painted the walls in bright shades, he restrains himself. Also, the children in the vicinity are keeping an eye on those who litter and reprimand litterbugs,” said Pawar.
|2018-05-03||Thane civic body ill-equipped to fight fire in high-rises - Hindustan Times|
Thane civic body ill-equipped to fight fire in high-rises The fire department in the city does not have the 90-metre Bronto Skylift, which is essential to douse fires in high-rises Updated: May 04, 2018 00:26 IST Even as the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has eased the cap on building height and paved way for more high-rises in the city, it has not done enough for their safety. On Sunday, a fire broke out on the 28th floor of a plush residential building, Basilius, at Hiranandani Estate. The residents themselves used the firefighting system of the building and doused the fire. The bedroom was completely gutted but the timely action prevented the fire from spreading. The incident brought to the fore the need for an efficient firefighting equipment to douse fire in high-rises. The fire department in the city does not have the 90-metre Bronto Skylift, which is essential to douse fires in high-rises. The firefighters have to climb stairs up to 30 floors or more to douse fires in high-rises, increasing the response time and reducing the efficiency in dousing the fire. The proposal for the skylift was given by the fire brigade two years ago. But, the administration has not yet bought the equipment. The proposal to buy a 90-m Bronto Skylift was first made when two senior citizens were charred to death in the fire that broke out in Sunderban complex of Samata Nagar in 2014. The fund was approved in 2015-16 budget estimate. An official from the fire department said, “We only have a small 50m turntable ladder, which is useless in case of a fire in high-rise. Climbing the stairs leads to delay in the response and rescue operation. The proposal for the skylift was approved two years ago and a budget of Rs30 crore was also allotted. However, the administration has not taken any steps to buy the lift despite the availability of funds.” Two incidents of fire in high-rises were reported in the city this year. In January, a fire broke out in the 26-storey Giriraj Heights at Hari Niwas. Around 150 residents had to be rescued. During the rescue operation, firefighters had to climb the 26 floors several times. An official from the workshop department of the TMC said, “The tenders for the lift were floated last year. But, we were unsure what model of the equipment should be purchased. For this, a committee under the additional commissioner, chief accounts and finance officer, deputy commissioner, headquarters, and chief fire officer was formed. The committee was supposed to study the type of lift bought by the Mumbai fire department and based on the requirement in Thane, give a report.” The officer claimed that the committee has recently submitted its report, which would be studied and based on it, tenders would be floated. “We will try to purchase the Skylift in this financial year,” he added.
|2018-05-03||Thane ACB nabs 2 security personnel for taking bribe - The Asian Age|
Thane ACB nabs 2 security personnel for taking bribe May 4, 2018, 1:33 am IST The bribe was demanded to ensure that the complainant’s father, who is in judicial custody, should not face any trouble during his stay at the jail. Mumbai: The Thane unit of the Anti - Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested two security personnel attached to the Taloja jail for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 from a complainant on Wednesday. The bribe was demanded to ensure that the complainant’s father, who is in judicial custody, should not face any trouble during his stay at the jail. Somning Kamble (27) and Mahesh Yadav (34), both working as security personnel at Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai were arrested by ACB officials after they laid a trap and caught the two accused red handed while accepting the bribe. An officer from the Thane unit of ACB said on the condition of anonymity that Kamble and Yadav had earlier accepted the first installment of Rs 5,000, and on Wednesday evening the duo was accepting the remaining installment of Rs 15,000 from the complainant in return for ensuring safety and provision of basic amenities of his father at the jail, while he was in judicial custody. The ACB officials are now probing if the two accused had demanded and accepted bribes from others too, in return for favours to the jail inmates. Both, Kamble and Yadav, have been charged under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, officials said.
|2018-05-02||Thane Dunn bringing back Elvis show with a country spin to Barrington - The Digby Courier|
|2018-05-02||Mutilated body of Thane woman found, husband arrested - The Indian Express|
Mutilated body of Thane woman found, husband arrested The mutilated and semi-nude body of the deceased, Sunita Shelke (40), was found on Tuesday in a water supply pipe under a bridge. Following this, Santosh Shelke was arrested. Published: May 2, 2018 10:07:39 am A 48-YEAR-OLD man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly murdering his wife in Shahapur late Monday. The mutilated and semi-nude body of the deceased, Sunita Shelke (40), was found on Tuesday in a water supply pipe under a bridge. Following this, Santosh Shelke was arrested. Police said Sunita worked at a local mill. “Her children alerted her brother, Ram Tarmale, when she did not come home after her shift ended on Monday. When Tarmale visited them, Santosh told him that she was missing. The brother then tried looking for her at the mill,” a police officer said. Unable to find Sunita, Tarmale approached the police. Later, when he returned to Sunita’s house, Santosh reportedly told him that she has been found. “The brother went to the spot where the husband claimed to have found the woman, and saw a semi-nude body,” the officer said. Sunita’s body was found with her sari wrapped around her neck and stuffed into her mouth. “There were injuries in and around her private parts,” an officer said. Following this, Santosh was detained and later arrested. “We became suspicious when he found the body. The body was hidden inside a big water supply pipe. He directly went to the spot when her brother started looking for her,” a senior officer said. “He has confessed to her murder. He allegedly had doubts about her character. He took the deceased to the spot, had intercourse with her and then inserted a broken glass bottle in her private parts. He then strangled her with her sari,” the officer added. Santosh will be produced before a court on Wednesday, police said.
|2018-05-02||Thane Municipal Corporation gives 2-week extension to private pathology laboratories to register - Times of India|
Thane Municipal Corporation gives 2-week extension to private pathology laboratories to register May 2, 2018, 22:20 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has given privately-run pathology laboratories and diagnostic centres a two-week extension to complete the registration process, sharing details about the qualification of their staffers involved in conducting medical tests. The civic body has undertaken a comprehensive registration of all pathology laboratories in Thane city to get a clear picture on the medical care centres and to weed out illegal units that are operating without qualified staff. “The registration of these pathology laboratories was not made mandatory till date, as such there is no accurate data on their numbers or those professionals running them. Henceforth, each of these units will have to register with the TMC with qualifications of the practicing pathologists and the staffers dealing with patients,” said Dr Ram Kendre, medical health officer, Thane civic body. The pathologists will have to produce their certificates and also mention the time as to when they will be available in the laboratories. They will even have to provide the registered lease deed agreement and no-objection certificate from the fire department during the registration. “This move will ensure that there are no illegal pathology laboratories running in the city. Also, the laboratories which do not register themselves will be charged a fine of Rs 50 for each day till they register and if we come across any unauthorised ones, then they will be sealed,” added Dr Kendre. The registration was not mandatory till date, as such there is no accurate data on their numbers or those running them. Henceforth, each of these units will have to register with TMC with qualifications of practising pathologists and the staffers dealing with patients.
|2018-05-02||Temperature in Lake City may drop by 2Celsius in coming days - Times of India|
Temperature in Lake City may drop by 2 degrees Celsius in coming days Updated: May 3, 2018, 07:08 IST THANE: Thane may expect a slight dip of 2 degrees in the day temperature in the next few days as meteorologist predict that the mercury levels would be around 36 degree Celsius from the present 38 degree Celsius. The weather would be relatively pleasant from Sunday and will remain so till Wednesday, the weatherman said. The weather scientists revealed that this drop from 38 degree Celsius to 36 degree Celsius in the coming few days would also result in clear skies. Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist from skymet weather said, “For the next four-five days the weather would be pleasant as the North-westerly winds from the Arabian Sea will continue to bring cooler winds. While the temperatures in Vidarbha and its nearby areas would increase due to a trough formation coming from Chhatisgarh towards Tamil Nadu, the coastal belt will be not be affected much. The maximum temperatures are even likely to hover around 34-35 degree Celsius.” Thaneites who were frustrated with the soaring mercury levels over the last few days are welcoming this drop.
|2018-05-02||Thane Dunn bringing back Elvis show with a country spin to Barrington - The Vanguard|
|2018-05-02||Thane business units default in paying Rs 2 crore dues in '15-'16 - Times of India|
Thane business units default in paying Rs 2 crore dues in ’15-’16 May 2, 2018, 22:19 IST THANE: The license department of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has failed to recover dues amounting over Rs 2 crore from several businessmen in 2015-16 fiscal prompting auditors to raise questions on why the units have been spared for so long by the civic body. A financial audit for 2015-16 asks why commercial unit owners were spared by the civic authorities from renewing their respective annual licenses that generates notable revenue for the department. The pending amount was found to have been not collected from traders spread across the nine administrative wards of the city. The department earns its revenue every year from license fees, its renewals from all trade and storage units operating in the city. The department earned a handsome amount of Rs 2.91 crore in the fiscal, revealed the annual budget books. While Uthalsar ward shows the highest volume of default amount at Rs 57.03 lakh, the Majiwada/ Manpada ward that has some plush showrooms and trade units trails with Rs 53.56 lakh pending from units. The Vartak-Lokmanya Nagar area has Rs 20.17 lakh pending, which is nearly four times of what was seen in the previous fiscal while nearly Rs 30 lakh needs to be recovered from the business units in Naupada. Units from the Mumbra ward have also failed to pay their dues amounting to over Rs 13 lakh. Kopri in comparison has the lowest number of pending dues from traders at Rs 6 lakh. The audit report reveals that there have been some lapses in collection of fees from business units which has resulted in financial loss to the civic body. The auditors have pointed out the default is huge and asked the department to ensure recovery is done at the earliest, said a senior civic official. This year, the officials have managed to collect barely Rs 42 lakh as against the target of Rs 2.5 crore for that year. Meanwhile, residents have questioned this apparent leniency shown towards the defaulting business units and asked why the TMC was not acting tough on them. The civic chief has done some good work in the city and must now seek answers from errant authorities who seem to have spared business units. The civic body is usually prompt in recovery from hapless residents but seems to go soft on the business community. A proper investigation must be done,” said a resident.
|2018-05-02||TMC intensifies supervision, monitors strays in city - Times of India|
TMC intensifies supervision, monitors strays in Thane Updated: May 3, 2018, 07:12 IST THANE: The civic health department has intensified health checks and started monitoring dogs closely to deal with any case of rabies, following the detection of probably the first case of this fatal infection in a stray. Officials said that while the street initiative will include mass vaccinations of strays, intensified health checks and constant monitoring of dogs for any slightest symptoms of rabies, the health team will also hold consultations with the community of animal care-givers to deal with the situation. “In the last three days we have vaccinated over 150 strays targetted specifically to the three locations of court naka, Vrindavan society and Kalwa and we will be conducting similar such drives. We will even be taking most of them for sterilization as it is their mating season and we have even made around 46 kennels ready,” said Dr Kshama Shirodkar, veterinary officer at TMC. She said the civic dog vans will be taking rounds at night observing the strays on the streets and checking their behavioural pattern. “Usually the eyes of the ones that are infected are dilated, they are hyperactive and have fever in the initial stage. We are checking if the aggression is unusual or it is just a part of their natural behavior,” added the veterinarian. Shirodkar further said that the situation was discussed with animal lovers. They have been asked to keep a tab on the behavious of the dogs they feed and report to us if they come across any strange behaviour. We have urged them to alert us if they see any new dog in their vicinity. There have been complaints about new dogs in the area. In fact, the infected dog, too, was said to be new to the area,’’ said Shirodkar.
|2018-05-02||24-hr census in Yeoor reveals drop in sightings - Times of India|
24-hour census in Yeoor reveals drop in sightings Updated: May 3, 2018, 07:07 IST THANE: The frequency of wildlife spotting in the Yeoor range of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park has seen a considerable decline over the past four years, revealed the annual census conducted by the forest department on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. From a total of 392 birds, mammals and amphibians spotted in 2015 census, the density of this fauna dropped to 250 animals in 2016. This number further went down to 205 in the 2017 census. While officials were hoping to see a rise in the fauna sightings this year because of the drop in the number of live natural springs, they believe that the cloudy skies as well as the traditional and unscientific method of conducting the census could have resulted in the low numbers. “With lesser water springs available, we were expecting to see wildlife converging near the 12 live watering holes. However, as the skies were cloudy, the forest was not as brightly lit as expected and we could not see a lot of the nocturnal animals. Secondly, this is a manual survey and requires complete silence and continuous vigilance throughout the 24 hours, which is not humanly possible. All these factors together could have resulted in the low number of sightings this year,” said R Pawar, range forest officer, Yeoor. While environmentalists point out that the decreasing water levels could be another reason for the decline in the wildlife spotting numbers, these officials assert that the techy census which uses camera trapping has proven otherwise, and that this census is now only a way to involve locals in wildlife activities. “The fact that the water ponds in the forest have evaporated shows that there is not enough basic amenities like water for the fauna here and these animals could be migrating to the Mumbai side of the forest. The growing encroachment could add to this migration pattern,” said an environmentalist. Quashing these speculations, RFO Pawar added, “The camera trapping methodology of gauging the wildlife population in the recent past has not only shown a rise in the leopard population but also a rise in the animals like deer and boars. ”
|2018-05-02||Wife booked a year after man found hanging in Balkum flat - Times of India|
Wife booked a year after man found hanging in Balkum flat May 2, 2018, 22:20 IST Thane: Nearly a year after a 34-year-old man was found dead in his apartment at Balkum, the police have booked his wife on charges of his murder. Vinayak Londhe was found hanging in his house on April 17, 2017. A police officer said that an accidental death report was registered at the Kapurbawdi police station as there was nothing suspicious. Subsequently, Londhe’s mother approached the Thane court and filed a complaint against her daughter-in-law accusing her of being instrumental in her son’s death. She is believed to have submitted evidence to that effect. Londhe’s widow, she claimed, had planned to ditch her husband and was planning to re-marry and she had the motive to eliminate him. She pleaded for a fresh investigation and to register a murder offence against her daughter-in-law. The court granted her plea and under Section 156(3) of CrPC ordered the city police to register a fresh case under Sections 302 and 120 (b) of the Indian Penal Code. A police officer said they had registered the case and probe was underway.
|2018-05-02||Suspicious bag triggers bomb scare near Thane railway station - Hindustan Times|
Suspicious bag triggers bomb scare near Thane railway station Bomb and dog squads rush to the spot, find only clothes in bag accidentally left behind by a family Updated: May 02, 2018 16:07 IST A misplaced bag near Thane railway station triggered a bomb scare on Wednesday morning. The bomb and dog squads were rushed to the spot, but nothing except clothes were found in the bag, police officials said. The bag was spotted by a passerby at B cabin area, which is located 100 metres from Thane station. “After we got the call, we alerted the dog and bomb squad officers. We also got the shops near the site to down the shutters so as to reduce crowds and onlookers,” said Prakash Patil, police inspector from Naupada police station. The police also cordoned off the road and ordered people away from the spot. “Then, we and the squads checked the bag, but it had only clothes in it,” Patil added. The police found ID cards in the bag. “The bag belongs to a family who had came to Thane for some work and accidentally left it behind. We have called them and they will come to the police station soon to collect it,” he said.
|2018-05-02||Thane Dunn bringing back Elvis show with a country spin to Barrington - The Digby Courier|
|2018-05-01||Strays in Thane to get vaccinated against rabies this weekend - Times of India|
Strays in Thane to get vaccinated against rabies this weekend TNN | May 1, 2018, 22:05 IST THANE: A local non government organisation (NGO) will conduct an anti-rabies vaccination drive over the coming weeks in parts of Thane, Dombivli and Thakurli. This is following a dog-bite incident a week ago near the Thane court where four people, including two children were bitten by a stray. The Plant and Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) had conducted a vaccination drive in Mira Road on Sunday. “Every week we get at least two complaints of a dog being harassed as the societies suspect them to have rabies. So we decided to take responsibility of the wellbeing of these animals and planned the vaccination drives so that not only strays are protected from the virus but even citizens do not fear and harm them. We started our drive on Sunday at Mira Road and vaccinated around 324 strays. We will conduct a drive in Thane this weekend wherein strays from station area, Ghodbunder Road and other parts will be vaccinated. The drive will even take place in Thakurli and Dombivli in the coming weeks,” said Nilesh Bhanage, founder PAWS. The rabies virus easily gets transmitted if an animal that is infected with the disease bites another animal. Also, it could be fatal if humans get infected with the disease. The aim of the drive is to make sure that the strays are safe from the virus and do not get infected with it. Also, the drives are mostly conducted during the night or early morning hours so that more number of strays could be given the rabies shots. “These dogs usually hide during the day or take shelter under some car or in a society due to the heat but at night or wee hours, they are seen freely moving around. Also, there is a fear that they might get hurt while running away in traffic if they see us coming. So at night it becomes easier to vaccinate them as they are seen in huge numbers,” added Bhanage.
|2018-05-01||Preaches, porridge, prayers mark Buddha poornima in lake city - Times of India|
Preaches, porridge, prayers mark Buddha poornima in lake city Updated: May 2, 2018, 06:42 IST THANE: Spending the day at the temple by immersing themselves in the preaches of the monks, decorating the monastery premises with flowers and rangoli, paying a tribute to the God by giving the statue a holy bath characterized the typical routine of the Buddhist community on Monday. Regarded as the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, Vesak or Buddha poornima is celebrated to commemorate the birth, enlightenment as well as the death of Gautam Buddha. Devotees commenced their day with chanting of the sutras and the ancient verses inscribed by the Lord. Gautam Ratna Thero from Ajanta Buddha Vihar at Ghodbundar Road, said, “Legend has it that Gautam Buddha after giving up the path of asceticism, was approached for help by a woman named Sujata. In her desperate attempt to conceive a child, Sujata intended to seek the help of a tree-spirit. She promised the spirit that she would make a special kind of offering if her wish were to come true. After she was granted her wish, she immediately sent her maid Punna to prepare the place for offering. Mistaking Buddha for the tree-spirit, Punna called Sujata who came with a bowl of porridge made from rice, sugar and milk. This was the first meal that Buddha devoured after 49 days of fasting, which marks as the day he attained enlightenment. Hence today, we prepare this sweet delicacy and offer it to the Lord.” On the occasion, devotees also donate to the poor and arrange get-together with their loved ones. It was a day well spent. We renovated and decorated our homes, prepared porridge and visited friends and family. We believe in giving to the society and so we also exchanged gifts and gave blessings to our near and dear ones. At 7am, the entire family chanted the Panchasheel prayer before going to the Vihara, said Narayan Kamble, a resident of Thane.
|2018-05-01||Molestation convict let off on promise of good conduct - Times of India|
Molestation convict let off on promise of good conduct Updated: May 2, 2018, 06:40 IST THANE: A 23-year-old boy who was convicted for molesting and stalking a minor girl has been released on probation on the condition of good behavior by the sessions court. The order was given by AS Bhaisare, who is designated as POCSO judge on April 26. The prosecution told the court that the victim, was 16 years at the time of incident and used to work as school bus attendant. It was on 24 July 2015, the victim was passing near the school gate at Manpada. “The accused came and asked her mobile number. She told him that she did not use mobile phone, but the accused caught her hand and tried to kiss her. On the other hand, the drivers on other school buses intervened and the accused was dragged to Kapurbavdi police station and case of stalking with section 18 of POCSCO was filed,” the prosecutor told the court. A total of six witnesses were testified in the court while the accused claimed innocence and his lawyer stated that the statement of the victim is inconsistent. The defence laywer also stated that the accused should be given benefit of doubt. “ The judge released him on probation of good behavior conduct on executing bond of Rs 15,000 with surety for one year and he shall be under the observation of District Probation Officer, Thane,” the judge noted in the order.
|2018-05-01||SATIS plan for Diva, Dativli railway stations on the cards - Times of India|
SATIS plan for Diva, Dativli railway stations on the cards May 1, 2018, 22:04 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is mulling to develop a Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (SATIS) outside Diva and the adjoining Dativli railway stations anticipating a possible increase in passenger density over the next few years. According to the plan, SATIS could involve an elevated deck at Diva to ensure long term traffic management outside the dense station on the Mumbai suburban network. The civic body that has made a provision for SATIS at these stations said the transport and road connectivity in the suburb will greatly improve once the road network is streamlined in the cluster redevelopment scheme. The project is at a conceptual stage and will be finalised when the cluster project comes up for implementation. A study done by the TMC has revealed that 18% of the area will be reserved for roads from the present three per cent with another four per cent reserved for transportation modes. With the railways being the most widely used transportation in this part of the suburbs, the traffic management here in the near future is likely to become a challenge and so the necessity of SATIS is realised, said TMC officials. The TMC study is corroborated with a recent analysis by the Central Railway that showed how Diva station saw a neat 74 per cent growth in density of railway passengers over the past five years. While barely 56,000 commuters used the service from Diva in 2012, the numbers shot up to nearly 98,000 in 2017. It is expected that the density will increase further, said railway officials, considering the real estate development in the area. The Dativli station on the Diva-Panvel route is also one of the most potential zones for developing SATIS, said civic officials. “We have proposed SATIS at Diva and Dativli. The plan follows a study of the TMC and the railway statistics show that the suburb is likely to witness massive influx of people in the near future necessitating a proper infrastructure near the station area. The initial level study drafted by the civic body reveals transport facilities at the town is in a shambles, which will be corrected during the cluster redevelopment implementation,” said an official. The TMC has proposed a transformation of the suburb presently swarmed with illegal structures and haphazard development. The suburb has severe deficiency in amenities and infrastructure including congestion around Diva station, stated the report.
|2018-05-01||Bombay High Court applauds citizen activism in Thane - DNA India - Daily News & Analysis|
Bombay High Court applauds citizen activism in Thane Updated: May 1, 2018, 06:10 AM IST The Bombay High Court on Monday held that even if citizens are not directly affected by civic problems in the society, or lack of action by civic authorities, they can still raise complaints about the same, and the authority is duty bound to resolve them. Applauding efforts of citizens of Thane who took the issue of illegal dumping of garbage on a private plot by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), the court said, "People's participation in the local administration and judicial process is necessary in a democracy." Justice Mridula Bhatkar, while rejecting an appeal filed by the corporation challenging an order of the lower court, which asked it to stop or remove illegal dumping of garbage in Mumbra, said, "When citizens are taking concrete steps by pointing out nuisance in such litigation, the corporation or public bodies should not be hostile and behave like a private litigant, but should adopt a citizen-friendly service oriented approach." The fight between the corporation and a NGO, Federation of Organisation for Community Upliftment Services, began in the year 2003. The NGO had moved the civil court seeking an injunction against the civic body from illegal dumping and removal of garbage. It had argued that the garbage was posing a problem to public health and hygiene. The civic body opposed the claim saying that private parties did not have any locus standi in such a case. However, the court sided with the citizens and said, "Such injunctive relief can be sought by citizens by approaching the court. Citizens are compelled to take such steps, mostly out of frustration, as a last resort, when their repeated requests are heard with deaf ears, and problems are not solved by the public bodies." The NGO alleged that illegal dumping within meters of the residential area is endangering public health. The foul smell emitting from the garbage caused nausea, giddiness and vomiting. Advocate NR Bubna, appearing for the civic body, said, "The dumping has stopped since 2003. The garbage and solid waste in the said plot is decomposed and has become part of the soil. The waste is disinfected by using chemicals, by which the foul smell and flies can be controlled." The court, while rejecting the appeal by the corporation, suggested that the present matter and other such issues can be sorted out through mediation by the authorities. HC gives time till December 31, 2019, for TMC to implement solid waste management rules. Total 800 metric tonnes daily garbage collected in Thane, of which, only 80 metric tonnes is scientifically treated. Rest 720 tonnes is illegally dumped.
|2018-05-01||Dawood: Cops may probe Dawood Ibrahim aide's ties to politicians ... - Times of India|
Cops may probe Dawood Ibrahim aide's ties to politicians Updated: May 2, 2018, 02:36 IST THANE: Underworld henchman Tariq Parveen (51), who was arrested in a 20-year-old murder case last week, is said to be close to some politicians, police said. Parveen, a close aide of global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, was picked up in connection with the murders of two cable operators. Cops are planning to investigate his links with politicians. "Parveen is close to politicians not just from the state but also from Uttar Pradesh. He has posted several pictures of himself with an MLA from Mumbai. There are also pictures of him with other politicians at social events," said a source. On Tuesday, the holiday court remanded him in judicial custody. Some Mumbra residents told TOI that Parveen was active during the Thane Municipal Corporation elections and was seen meeting several local politicians. Parveen was deported from Dubai in 2004 and arrested for his role in illegal construction of Sara-Sahara shopping complex in Crawford Market, constructed allegedly at the behest of Dawood by his brother Iqbal Kaskar. In the 1998 killings of two cable operators-Mohammad Bangdiwala (38) and Parvez Ansari (41)-all the accused except Parveen were arrested and tried in the case. The six accused-Shaukat Khilji, Gaffar Kalia, Mehmood Arab, Mohammad Hajihasan, Makbul Hamid and one Firoz-were acquitted by the sessions court. On August 31, 1998, around 9.45am, apart from Bangdiwala and Ansari, a 13-year-old girl Roshan Ara Khan was also injured. Ansari's brother Sajid Ansari had successfully contested a Thane civic body by-election in 2015 on NCP ticket.
|2018-05-01||Molestation convict let off on promise of good conduct | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Molestation convict let off on promise of good conduct Updated: May 1, 2018, 06:15 IST THANE: A 23-year-old youth who was convicted for molesting and stalking a minor girl has been released on probation on the condition of good behaviour by a sessions court. The prosecution told the court that the girl was 17 years at the time of incident and used to work as a school bus attendant. "On 24 July, 2015, the accused, who had been stalking her since three days, accosted her near the gate of a school at Manpada in Thane. He asked her for her mobile number and when she said she did not have one, he caught her hand and tried to kiss her. She pushed him away. Drivers of other school buses immediately intervened and the accused was taken to Kapurbavdi police station. He was booked for stalking and section 18 of Pocso was also slapped against him," the prosecutor told the court. The accused claimed innocence and his lawyer said the statement of the girl was inconsistent and did not corroborate with her statement before the magistrate. The defence lawyer said the accused should be given benefit of doubt. Six witnesses were testified in the court. The judge, A S Bhaisare, after hearing both sides, pointed out in his order that the evidence of witnesses are reliable and trustworthy and there is no reason to disbelieve their version. Both offences under section 354(D)(1) of the Indian Penal Code and under section 18 of Pocso are proved, the judge noted in the order, adding that the latter Act empowers to add more punishment. "As the offence against accused is proved, it is my imperative duty to hear him on point of sentence and as both the accused and his lawyer prayed for probation. Hence, instead of sentencing to suffer imprisonment, he be released on probation of good behaviour on executing a bond of Rs15,000 with surety in like amount for his good conduct for the period of one year from 26 April 2018, and he shall be under the observation of District Probation Officer, Thane," the April 26 order read.
|2018-05-01||Thane: Orchestra bar in Bhayandar raided, 70 arrested - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Orchestra bar in Bhayandar raided, 70 arrested May 01, 2018 09:04 am Bhayandar: The Thane (rural) police led by ASP Atul Kulkarni has initiated a fresh crackdown against live orchestra bars involved in vulgarity. Acting on a tip-off, the team raided Hotel Anna Palace, a notorious ladies bar operating in the jurisdiction of the Navghar police station, an hour past midnight on Sunday and arrested 70 people including 20 bar maids along with the staffers and soliciting customers. While the so-called female singers lip-synced to blaring background music, tipsy patrons were not only found shaking a leg with bar maids but also showered wads of currency notes on them, sources said. While all the accused have been booked under section 294 (indulging in obscene acts and songs) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, the police also recovered cash amounting Rs. 27,000 from the bar premises. In an attempt to hoodwink cops on regular inspection duty, the bar operators make girls sit on the stage as singers who would later get down and indulge in obscene acts, police said.