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2014-06-30Thane civic body to fund treatment of 9-year-old m
Thane civic body plans to rope in private doctors to treat the poor for cataract Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jun 15, 2014, 02.45 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is mulling over roping in private doctors to treat and operate cataract patients in the city and has made a provision of Rs 1 crore in its budget to take the project ahead. "People are not coming forward to get cataract operation done from the civic hospital. In the past three years merely 3,400 operations were performed. People may be reluctant to get the operation done in civic hospitals. In order to encourage poor people to get cataract operation done on time and from reputed doctors, the corporation is thinking of involving private medicos," said a civic official. Accordingly, the civic body had included the proposal in the subjects that the standing committee was scheduled to take up for discussion on Wednesday. However, the issue was not taken up for discussion as the standing committee was adjourned after paying a tribute to late BJP leader Gopinath Munde. The National Urban Heath Mission (NUHM) was launched to address the health concerns of the urban poor and the civic body of cities was included as part of the plan drawn to provide better facilities to the poor. According to national parameters, average two per cent of the total population should be treated under the urban health scheme, but when it comes to cataract operation in Thane, the ratio is way below average. "Though the intention of this proposal is good, political leaders in the TMC may oppose the move and would emphasize on strengthening civic hospitals with modern equipment and qualified doctors," said another TMC official.

2014-06-29Tribal population of Thane demands separate distri
Tribal population of Thane demands separate district Last Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 20:17 Thane: Tribals of Thane will stage a protest here, opposing the bifurcation of the district and demanded for a separate tribal district. The state government has recently divided Thane into two districts, with Palghar as the new district and will come into being from August 1. President of Adivasi Ekta Parishad, Kaluram Dodhade today said that local tribals will protest under their banner outisde the Divisional Commissioner office at Konkan Bhavan here next week on Wednesday. Dodhade, said that other social tribal outfits will also join them to press for their demand of a separate tribal-dominated district, as their population is more than 1.25 crore in the district. He said that with formation of Palghar district, the tribal areas will be deprived of development. Meanwhile, the BJP district unit is also opposed the bifurcation and have demanded a separate tribal district with Jawhar as its headquarters.
2014-06-29Village sarpanch in Thane beaten to death, four he
Village sarpanch in Thane beaten to death, four held PTI| Last Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 14:58 Thane: A village sarpanch in Thane`s Bhiwandi taluka was allegedly beaten to death by a group of persons, police said on Sunday. Four persons, including prime accused Vaibhav Jagannath Patil, have been arrested so far in connection with the murder, they said. On Friday, when the meeting of Khambala Group Grampanchayat was in progress, Vaibhav gate-crashed and demanded an explanation from sarpanch Mangesh Shantaram Patil (40) as to why the issue of forest land was not being looked into, Padgha police station inspector K C Pasalkar said.The accused allegedly abused the panchayat members, he said. Later, the sarpanch lodged a complaint against him at the Padgha police station accusing him of misbehaving during the panchayat meeting, he said. Apparently annoyed over the complaint, Vaibhav and eight other villagers waylaid the sarpanch while he was on his way to office of deputy sarpanch at Dhabad village on Ambadi-Pali road last evening. Vaibhav along with other villagers allegedly attacked Patil with iron rods following which the latter died, the police official said. Police have registered offences against the accused persons under sections 302 (murder), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, Pasalkar said, adding four of the accused have been arrested so far.
2014-06-29Accident claim settled in six months in Thane, Rs
Accident claim settled in six months in Thane, Rs 80 lakh compensated Last Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 16:22 Thane: A Motor Accident Claim Tribunal (MACT) at Thane court has passed a landmark decision and settled the claim of an accident victim`s family within a record time of six months. Disposing the case of a motor accident victim from Kanjurmarg, the MACT panel yesterday ordered SBI General Insurance to pay Rs 80 lakh to the victim`s wife. Following the order, the insurance company immediately handed over the cheque to the victim`s wife Manisha Kangralkar (35) yesterday.The victim Shantaram Kangralkar (37), a resident of Kanjurmarg in the district, had died on the spot when the autorickshaw in which he was returning home from work at 11 pm on November 12, 2013 was hit by a speeding SUV at Vikroli-Jogeshwari Link Road, while the auto driver survived with minor injuries. At that time, Kangralkar was working as a Manager (projects) with a private company and earning a salary of Rs 9.50 lakh per annum. The claimants informed the tribunal in the petition that the victim was the sole bread winner of the family. Based on the investigator`s report, the insurance firm and the family of the victim agreed for an early mutual settlement with a negotiated amount of Rs 80 lakh. The court appreciated the humanitarian move of the insurance company.
2014-06-29Thane: Sarpanch beaten to death, four arrested - I
Thane: Sarpanch beaten to death, four arrested Thane | Published:June 30, 2014 2:19 am A sarpanch in Thane’s Bhiwandi taluka was allegedly beaten to death with iron rods by a group of about nine people, the police said on Sunday. Four people, including prime accused Vaibhav Jagannath Patil, have been arrested so far, the police added. Police said the issue began on Friday, while the Khambala Group Grampanchayat was in progress. The prime accused, Vaibhav, allegedly barged into the proceedings and demanded that the sarpanch, Mangesh Shantaram Patil, explain to him why the issue of forest land encroachment was not being looked into. The sarpanch to lodge a complaint against him at the Padgha police station for misbehaving during a panchayat meeting, police added. The next day, Vaibhav allegedly rounded up a group of eight villagers and confronted the sarpanch. He and the villagers allegedly attacked Patil with iron rods, leading to Patil’s death, a police officer said.
2014-06-29Extend Metro route till Dahisar: Sena - Times of I
Extend Metro route till Dahisar: Sena Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jun 30, 2014, 12.00 AM IST THANE: The Shiv Sena wants the Wadala-Thane metro to be extended till Dahisar. In addition, the Sena also wants the entire 32-km project to be built underground, as opposed to the plan of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to have a 5-km elevated track from Manpada to Ovala (car shed). In a meeting with the MMRDA officials last week, senior Sena leader Eknath Shinde suggested that instead of ending the metro at Kasarvadavli on Ghodbunder Road, the authority should extend it till Dahisar so that it caters to commuters travelling from Mumbai to Thane and vice versa. Keeping in mind the population growth in the city and the increasing number of people commuting between Thane and Mumbai on the Godhbunder Road daily, the Sena leaders felt this would be a viable option. Also, as the traffic volume on the route has increased, it has resulted in slow moving vehicles at several stretches. "Many people commute to Thane from Mumbai and vice versa. So, if the Wadala-Thane metro is extended to Dahisar, instead of making Kasarvadavli the last station, it would benefit many people," Shinde said. Appreciating Shinde's suggestion, U P S Madan, the metropolitan commissioner, and Sanjay Sethi, the joint commissioner of MMRDA, said that the authority may look at the feasibility of extend the connectivity in future. "At present, the MMRDA will have to go ahead with the current plan. However, in future the administration will consider the feasibility of extending the Metro till Dahisar," said Madan. Rail India Technical and Economic Services (Rites) has prepared a detailed survey of the 32-km Wadala-Thane metro project. The project is estimated to cost around Rs 22,000 crore and will have 29 stations, of which 11 will be in the Thane region.During the meeting, saffron leader from the region, Pratap Sarnaik, also urged the MMRDA to consider making the entire project underground instead of having 5 kms of elevated tracks from Manpada to Ovala. "The movement of traffic is very high on Ghodbunder road. If MMRDA goes ahead with elevated plan, than it will create hurdles for the administration if it wants to build a flyover in the locality in future," Sarnaik said.However, MMRDA officials stated that they have no issue in having the underground transport network, but then the project cost would escalate a lot. "Once the Metro services are rolled out, the traffic density on this route might ease," one of the MMRDA officials told Sarnaik.
2014-06-29Accident Claim Settled in Six Months; Rs 80 lakh C
Accident Claim Settled in Six Months; Rs 80 lakh Compensated By PTI | Published: 29th June 2014 02:11 PM THANE: A Motor Accident Claim Tribunal (MACT) at Thane court has passed a landmark decision and settled the claim of an accident victim's family within a record time of six months. Disposing the case of a motor accident victim from Kanjurmarg, the MACT panel yesterday ordered SBI General Insurance to pay Rs 80 lakh to the victim's wife. Following the order, the insurance company immediately handed over the cheque to the victim's wife Manisha Kangralkar (35) yesterday. The victim Shantaram Kangralkar (37), a resident of Kanjurmarg in the district, had died on the spot when the autorickshaw in which he was returning home from work at 11 pm on November 12, 2013 was hit by a speeding SUV at Vikroli-Jogeshwari Link Road, while the auto driver survived with minor injuries. At that time, Kangralkar was working as a Manager (projects) with a private company and earning a salary of Rs 9.50 lakh per annum. The claimants informed the tribunal in the petition that the victim was the sole bread winner of the family. Based on the investigator's report, the insurance firm and the family of the victim agreed for an early mutual settlement with a negotiated amount of Rs 80 lakh. The court appreciated the humanitarian move of the insurance company.
2014-06-28Thane rural cops nab auto driver with illicit liqu
Thane rural cops nab auto driver with illicit liquor B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 29, 2014, 02.21 AM IST Thane: An auto-rickshaw driver was nabbed by the Thane rural police traffic wing for ferrying illicit liquor on Friday between Ghodbundar Road and Kashmira. Investigations are on and the police are yet to reach out to the original supplier and manufacturer of the liquor. Police believe that a few days remand for the accused in this case will help weed out the source of supply of these spurious liquors. According to police the auto-rickshaw was obstructed by traffic personnel near Hotel Delhi Darbar in Kashmira in a suspicious manner which led to seize of illicit liquor. Five tubes of illicit liquors were found in the auto during the search. The auto driver was arrested and booked under the relevant section of Excise Act. He has been identified as Irshad Mohammad Khan. Police found some clue about the manufacturing units of such liquor, but a confirmation about this is awaited. Preliminary investigation revealed that the hooch was on its way to local dens in Mumbai which originated from illegally operating spurious liquor manufacturing units in Maljipada island located amidst Versova Creek.
2014-06-28Series of infra projects in Thane get MMRDA nod -
Series of infra projects in Thane get MMRDA nod Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Jun 29, 2014, 02.24 AM IST Thane: Transport woes of the denizens from Thane-Kalyan promises to ease in the near future with the MMRDA recently giving its green signal for a series of infrastructure projects including the road connectivity between Thane-Kalyan parallel to the railway tracks. The administrative approval was granted by the planning body to the Dombivli-Mankoli road on the Mumbai-Nasik highway to help locals to cut short their travel time. Plans are to construct a 3.2-km cable suspension bridge linking Mankoli junction to Dombivli, cutting commute time between Thane and Dombivli to less than half-an-hour.The Rs 200-crore elevated link to be built on concrete stilts, with one-third portion of the proposed bridge installed on the Thane creek and the other end along the vast stretch of barren land culminating at the Mumbai-Nasik highway. The CM approved the project, to be funded wholly by the MMRDA, after consistent follow up by rebel the Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde and MP Dr Shrikant Shinde. "This linkway will help turnaround the entire region. People in Dombilvi have to take a 20-km circuitous route via Kalyan and Bhiwandi to be able to reach Thane. It's a waste of resource and consumes precious time. The new link will reach them on the highway in 20 minutes and they can reach Thane in another 10 minutes,'' Dr Shinde told TOI. The planning body at its meeting chaired by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan also cleared the proposal for constructing a road parallel to the tracks between Thane and Kalyan. "Presently, train is the only lifeline for people staying in the distant suburbs. However, there is a need to have an alternative transport system as it would reduce the load on the railways. The incidents of commuters deaths due to falling off crowded trains are increasing and these lives can be saved by having an alternative transport mode running parallel to the railways,'' Dr Shinde said.
2014-06-27Man stripped naked, threatened at gun-point in Tha
Man stripped naked, threatened at gun-point in Thane Thane | Published:June 27, 2014 2:09 pm A 30-year-old laundry employee in Bhiwandi town of Thane was allegedly threatened at gun-point and stripped naked by two persons, police said on Friday. The victim, working with the OmSai Power Laundry at Kamathghar of Bhiwandi, was dragged out of the shop on the night of June 9 by the two men, identified as Raju (25) and Ravi (30), Bhiwandi town police station inspector C R Pawar said. They allegedly pointed a revolver at him and asked him if he had complained about them to police. The duo then kicked him and stripped him naked. They also threatened him with dire consequences if he informed about the incident to anyone and fled from there, Pawar said. The victim was scared and did not complain about the offence at that time. He informed the police on Thursday about the incident following which offences were registered against the two persons under sections 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506(2) (criminal intimidation), 504 rw 34 of the IPC and other relevant sections of the Arms Act and, police said. Meanwhile, Bhiwandi police on Friday learnt that the two accused were recently arrested by the crime unit of Mumbai police in connection with a case under Arms Act, Pawar added.
2014-06-27THANE Returns in Post-INFIITY THANOS: A GOD UP THE
THANE Returns in Post-INFINITY THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING By Newsarama Staff June 27, 2014 02:36pm ET In the aftermath of the universe shaking INFINITY event, Thane, Son of Thanos will rise. But will it be as a hero, or a villain? Today, Marvel is pleased to announce THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING, an all-new 6-part Marvel Infinite Comic series launching this Tuesday 07/01! Fan-favorite creator Rob Williams and artists Paco Diaz, Iban Coello and Neil Edwards explore Thane’s journey following the events of INFINITY. Under the watchful eye of Thanos’ advisor, the Ebony Maw, Thane has travelled the galaxy in search of answers. Is he truly the son of the Mad Titan? And is he destined to follow in his father’s evil footsteps? The lost biography of Thanos’ black deeds has been uncovered. As Thane begins to explore his father’s legacy, he’ll discover not everything is as it seems. Meanwhile in the past, two titans clash as the cosmic war between Thanos and Ego the Living Planet sends shockwaves across the heavens. As the story of their bloody battle in the cold depths of space is revealed, Thane will learn a devastating secret that will haunt him in the present day! Can a man fight his own destiny? The time has come where Thane must choose what man he will become. A hero…or a villain? Designed specifically for mobile devices, Marvel Infinite Comics represent the latest form of comic book storytelling using tablets and smartphones as a new canvas. Set in current continuity, each Marvel Infinite Comic is perfect for new and old readers alike and provides an exciting new reading experience while staying true to the medium’s greatest strengths! Available right at your fingertips, all six issues of Thanos: A God Up There Listening will be available for purchase this Tuesday, 07/01 on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & AndroidTM devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop! Pre-Order THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING now and get all 6 issues as soon when as soon as they’re released!
2014-06-27Man stripped naked, threatened at gun-point in Tha
Suicide attempt: When media insider cries foul, why does media fall silent? Written by: Reetu Sharma Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014, 18:06 An India TV anchor, Tanu Sharma, attempted suicide on June 22 just outside her office premises in Noida. The journalist who is said to be out of danger now, took the drastic step allegedly because of harassment from two senior colleagues.Before the suicide attempt, she wrote a note on social networking site Facebook blaming two of her seniors for mental harassment and conspiracy. As the TV presenter is recovering from the trauma, her plight has very conveniently and silently swept under the carpet by the media itself. There are two versions to this story--one given by the Journalist herself and the other by the News channel. If the version given by journalist is true then what happened is very unfortunate. However, what is more dismal is the media's coverage of the issue. The media largely ignored it and those who covered it gave a very limited coverage to the issue. A famous actress charging Ness Wadia with molestation is a sensational story, while a suicide attempt by a TV journalist is not important. The alacrity with which the media acted in reporting the Tejpal case and the so called Preity-Ness mess case was nowhere to be seen in this case. While the Tejpal and Preity Zinta's cases made it to the front page and primetime news slot for at least a week, Tanu's suicide attempt case was relegated to the back pages of newspapers and was soon forgotten. The news reports did go beyond quoting from Tanu's Facebook note, which she wrote before attempting suicide. But in the aforementioned cases, the brouhaha over the cases did not seem to have faded a bit even after weeks. Why is media silent Why is the media silent on this case then? Is it because this case points a finger towards media itself and no one wants to question the fourth pillar? If it were a luminary in place of the journalist, would the media have reported it in the same way?Or is it that the media is wary and not comfortable when it comes to reporting on itself? Or is it that this case is not news worthy? Well, silence by the media on the issue has raised questions on the traditions of the media industry? As told to newslaundry here are both the victim's and the channels version of the story. The victim's version of the story: Tanu, who was a news anchor with India TV till last week said that she took the daily harrasment she had to go through in the channel as a part of the newsroom politics, and let it go. But on June 22, it reached the peak point and thus, attempted to commit suicide by consuming rat poison in the India TV premises in Noida Sector 85. Tanu was quoted as saying in newslaundary, "I joined India TV in February this year (2014) and things started to turn sour within a month." Tanu reported to Senior Executive Editor, Anita Sharma on a daily basis, although her immediate superior and head of department (HoD) was Senior Executive Editor, MN Prasad. According to Tanu, "Sharma repeatedly humiliated her in front of her colleagues and belittled her on every occasion. She'd find faults with everything, from the way I looked, to the clothes I wore, to my hairstyle. I was told I'm not glamorous enough and that I didn't know how to carry myself." She further said, "Anita Sharma would constantly criticise my voice and say it's too harsh but no one in the newsroom complained. In fact, I routinely gave voiceovers for special features - why would they let me do so if my voice was so bad?" Tanu also said that within a few days of joining the channel, Sharma said that she would like to send her somewhere out to meet people. She said, "I asked whether it was for an interview or a byte but she never responded clearly. She kept telling me that she would like to send me out for some other reasons and once, when I insisted, stated that I could earn extra money if I agreed." "I used to cry every day and broke down finally. As a final resort I messaged MN Prasad simply saying that ‘I am resigning'." Tanu also said, "Prasad said he'd discuss the issue, but he made no effort to call her or hear her out. While standard procedure across organisations need an employee to submit a formal resignation letter, but Prasad treated my one-line SMS as a formal resignation and asked me to leave without giving me a notice period or taking an exit interview. This is rather surprising considering the contract does not allow the employee to terminate his/her services." "The HR acted more or less like a puppet in the hands of the management and I was told to leave", she says. Dejected with the way she was treated Tanu attempted suicide. The Channel's version of the story: Tanu Sharma had joined in February 2014. She was still on probation as her three month probation period had been extended since in her first three months she had made two serious mistakes on air. First time, she was laughing on air during live news while presenting serious news. She had been warned. Second mistake she made was that while she was on studio duty she left the studio and newsroom, putting her phone on silent was sitting in the cafetaria. Due to non-availability of anchor, the channel had to give breaking news without an anchor on just graphics. She was given a second warning by HR. Complaints regarding her behavior were reported regularly. The last incident was a minor reprove by her senior in the girls make up room in the presence of two other female anchors, after which she sent a message that she is resigning. It was confirmed with her by her immediate senior and then forwarded to HR. HR sent her a mail and informed her that her resignation had been accepted and she should come and meet them for the relieving formalities. She came and met them, handed over her I-card, collected her belongings from the make up room and left saying good bye to her colleagues. And the matter was amicably closed. During her service she never made any complaint of harassment or even shared it with any colleague. India TV was amongst the first few channels to have instituted a complaint redressal committee for women employees which is headed by a Supreme Court lawyer, if she actually had any issues she could have approached the committee. The two people she is blaming are very senior and highly respected professionals in the industry. The lady she is blaming has trained hundreds of young producers and anchors and is respected and appreciated very much. She is herself a mother of two girls, these false allegations have caused a lot of harassment to her and her family. Although the outcome of the case is not known but this case has definitely created a crack in the wall surrounding Indian media through which the world outside can now see parts of its dark underbelly. The fact that this involved a journalist and a media house should not in any way deter us from reporting the facts.
Man stripped naked, threatened at gun-point in Tha
2014-06-27'Navi Mumbai, Thane LEAD nation IN home PRICE RISE
‘Navi Mumbai, Thane LEAD nation IN home PRICE RISE’ By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:June 28, 2014 1:12 am A five-year price analysis of residential realty market across 11 cities shows that the ever-expanding Navi Mumbai and Thane residential markets have registered the highest percentage of home price increase in the country followed by Mumbai. According to the report released on Friday by the Confederation of Indian Industry and JLL India, both these locations on the outskirts of Mumbai have recorded a 80-85 per cent average price rise between April-June 2009 and January-March 2014. In the same period Mumbai has shown a 75-80 per cent average price increase. The lowest increase has been in Hyderabad (25 per cent), Noida & Greater Noida (25 to 30 per cent) and Delhi NCR (30 per cent). “The main reason for the percentage increase in Navi Mumbai and Thane prices is because to begin with the prices in these locations were very affordable. As connectivity to Mumbai improved over the years and a lot of developers launched quality project in these locations, the residential real estate demand too increased greatly resulting in an hike in prices,” said Anuj Puri, chairman and country head, JLL India. He added that in comparison, markets in the Delhi-NCR belt such as Noida and Greater Noida, which have shown slower rate of growth in prices, always had good connectivity. The report further states that with the Reserve Bank of India not expected to decrease interest rates in the short to medium term, residential sales are likely to remain low. Despite the increase in prices, data shows that absorption of residential property is presently at a five year low of just of 10 per cent of the inventory. The low sales volumes in the residential market would mean more project launches in the high-sale volume “affordable segment”, wherein developers usually launch modest-sized homes in the most peripheral areas of Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
2014-06-27NCP hopes to wrest Thane, Ovala assembly seats fro
NCP hopes to wrest Thane, Ovala assembly seats from Congress Nitin Yeshwantrao | Jun 27, 2014, 01.38 PM IST THANE: The NCP is determined to make an aggressive pitch to wrest the two assembly seats of Thane and Ovala-Majiwada from the Congress as part of its strategy to increase its state-wide seat share by at least 30 for the October assembly polls. The Sharad Pawar-led party which is at cross-roads with the Congress, blaming them for the recent rout in the Lok Sabha polls, is understood to be seeking an equitable distribution of the 288 assembly seats in Maharashtra. Party strategists are convinced that the party should field its nominee in 143 assembly segments as against the 113 seats it contested in the 2009 assembly polls. ''The mood of voters was against the Congress during the LS polls. As an ally, we had to suffer the voters' anger due to our long association with them in the Centre and state. However, in the October assembly elections, we will insist on a fair distribution of seats. If we contest in more number of seats, we can expect to increase our tally in the legislature,'' said a party insider. In the 2009 state assembly polls, the NCP contested 113 seats and won 62, while Congress won 82 seats out of the 170 it had contested. In 2004, NCP contested for 124 seats and won 71, while the big brother Congress contested for 157 seats and won 69. The seat-sharing arrangement in the 2014 assembly polls could be completely different, insiders said. In fact, NCP guardian minister and ministers assigned the task of coordination of districts have already started preparing a detailed report on the party's position in the districts.been tasked to prepare a detailed report on the party position in the district about the assembly seats that it would like to snatch away from the Congress. In the lake city, out of the four assembly seats — Thane, Kopri-Panchpakhadi, Ovala-Majiwada and Kalwa-Mumbra — the NCP is eager to field its nominees from Thane city and Ovala-Majiwada segment, which were contested by the Congress in the 2004 and 2009 assembly polls. The Kalwa- Mumbra constituency is represented by NCP leader and medical education minister Jitendra Awhad. Senior party functionaries said they will not give in to the earlier seat-sharing formula of 170 seats for the Congress and 113 seats for the NCP at any costs. ''In a worst-case scenario, it will lead to severing ties with the Congress. But in that case, we will contest all the 288 assembly seats on our own. We are prepared for this. At least we would be able to charge up the party cadre at the ground level,'' he said. The NCP is also upset with the Congress for actively working to defeat its Lok Sabha nominees in the recent elections. In Thane and Kalyan Lok Sabha constituencies, one of the reasons for the bitter defeat of the sitting NCP nominees Sanjeev Naik and Anand Paranjpe was because of Congress functionaries and workers distancing from them. Elsewhere in the state NCP leaders were trounced after local Congress functionaries deliberately avoided canvassing and campaigning for them. Upset at the 'deception' by %its ally, the NCP functionaries are in a belligerent mood and want to reciprocate the same way during the assembly polls.
2014-06-27Thane bus conductor held for raping teenage maid -
Thane bus conductor held for raping teenage maid Fri, 27 Jun 2014-10:31am , Thane , PTI A Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus conductor was arrested for allegedly raping a teenage maid servant, police said on friday. The 15-year-old girl served as a maid in the house of the accused, Mahesh Bhoye (30), at Mokhada Phata in Thane district for the past two years, Mokhada police station inspector Ghanashyam Ramchandra Adhav said. During this time, Bhoye allegedly raped the girl several times following which she became pregnant, he continued. "The offence came to light when the teenager was found to be nine months' pregnant. The girl's parents filed a complaint at Mokhada police station yesterday in this regard, based on which the accused was arrested last night," he said. Offences were registered against the accused under Section 376 (rape) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Adhav said. Further investigations into the case were on, he added.
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2014-06-27Thane Municipal Commissioner wants to start garden
Thane Municipal Commissioner wants to start garden libraries Press Trust of India | Thane June 27, 2014 Last Updated at 13:28 IST Thane Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta has said that he wants to start 'Garden Libraries' in the city to cater to the needs of books lovers, has said. There has been a tremendous change in the field of books and the trend of reading books, Gupta said here yesterday at the launch of 'Books on Wheels', a new concept launched by the Thane Marathi Grantha Sangrahalaya (MGS). "I have an intention to start 'Garden Libraries' in the near future for the benefit of the citizens of the city," he said. On the occasion, MGS president M Y Gokhale said taking into account the growing need of the citizens of the city, the air-conditioned mobile library van will move from place to place and cater to the needs of the citizens. The library will have a stock of more than 10,000 books and the readers can borrow books and even sit and read them in the van itself. To begin with, a total of 25 locations have been selected which the mobile library will visit everyday. On the occasion, Thane District Shiv Sena chief Ekanth Shinde and Deputy Mayor Mukesh Mokashi said that libraries should be given all needed support for its growth.
2014-06-27NCP hopes to wrest Thane, Ovala assembly seats fro
NCP hopes to wrest Thane, Ovala assembly seats from Congress Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Jun 27, 2014, 10.25 PM IST THANE: The NCP is determined to make an aggressive pitch to wrest the two assembly seats of Thane and Ovala-Majiwada from the Congress as part of its strategy to increase its state-wide seat share by at least 30 for the October assembly polls. The Sharad Pawar-led party which is at cross-roads with the Congress, blaming them for the recent rout in the Lok Sabha polls, is understood to be seeking an equitable distribution of the 288 assembly seats in Maharashtra. Party strategists are convinced that the party should field its nominee in 143 assembly segments as against the 113 seats it contested in the 2009 assembly polls. ''The mood of voters was against the Congress during the LS polls. As an ally, we had to suffer the voters' anger due to our long association with them in the Centre and state. However, in the October assembly elections, we will insist on a fair distribution of seats. If we contest in more number of seats, we can expect to increase our tally in the legislature,'' said a party insider. In the 2009 state assembly polls, the NCP contested 113 seats and won 62, while Congress won 82 seats out of the 170 it had contested. In 2004, NCP contested for 124 seats and won 71, while the big brother Congress contested for 157 seats and won 69. The seat-sharing arrangement in the 2014 assembly polls could be completely different, insiders said. In fact, NCP guardian minister and ministers assigned the task of coordination of districts have already started preparing a detailed report on the party's position in the districts.In the lake city, out of the four assembly seats—Thane, Kopri-Panchpakhadi, Ovala-Majiwada and Kalwa-Mumbra—the NCP is eager to field its nominees from Thane city and Ovala-Majiwada segment, which were contested by the Congress in the 2004 and 2009 assembly polls. The Kalwa- Mumbra constituency is represented by NCP leader and medical education minister Jitendra Awhad. Senior party functionaries said they will not give in to the earlier seat-sharing formula of 170 seats for the Congress and 113 seats for the NCP at any costs. ''In a worst-case scenario, it will lead to severing ties with the Congress. But in that case, we will contest all the 288 assembly seats on our own. We are prepared for this. At least we would be able to charge up the party cadre at the ground level,'' he said. Elsewhere in the state NCP leaders were trounced after local Congress functionaries deliberately avoided canvassing and campaigning for them.
2014-06-27Bus conductor held for raping teenage maid in Than
Bus conductor held for raping teenage maid in Thane India TV News Desk [Published on: Jun 27, 2014, 12:05 PM] Thane: An MSRTC bus conductor was arrested for allegedly raping a teenage maid servant, police said today. The 15-year-old girl served as a maid in the house of the accused, Mahesh Bhoye (30), at Mokhada Phata in Thane district for the past two years, Mokhada police station inspector Ghanashyam Ramchandra Adhav said. During this time, Bhoye allegedly raped the girl several times following which she became pregnant, the police officer said. The offence came to light when the teenager was found to be nine months' pregnant, he said. The girl's parents filed a complaint at Mokhada police station yesterday in this regard, based on which the accused was arrested last night, he said. Offences were registered against the accused under Section 376 (rape) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Adhav said. Further investigations into the case were on, he added.
Bus conductor held for raping teenage maid in Than
2014-06-263 Moroccans among 26 booked after raid at Thane pa
3 Moroccans among 26 booked after raid at Thane party Mumbai | Published:June 27, 2014 3:25 am The Thane Police Crime Branch has booked 12 men and 14 women, including three Moroccan girls, who were detained in a raid Wednesday, for indecent behaviour and for consuming liquor and playing music without permits from concerned authorities. The police said the three Moroccan girls were ‘scantily clad’ and were dancing. According to Crime Branch officials, the raid was conducted on Wednesday evening in the Kasar Wadavli area on the Ghodbunder Road in Thane. “We had received information that a rave party was underway at a private bungalow and conducted the raid accordingly. However, we did not find any narcotics or psychotropic substances at the spot. There was a group of men and women having a party, and three scantily dressed Moroccan girls were dancing in a way similar to belly dancing,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) R S Singal, Thane police. A total of 26 people were taken into custody while the bungalow was searched. The police recovered several bottles of liquor from the spot. “Further inquiries revealed that the accused did not have permits for the liquor or for playing music on a loudspeaker from concerned authorities. We have booked them for indecent behaviour under the Indian Penal Code and for violations concerning liquor and music under the Prohibition Act,” Singal said. The accused were arrested on Wednesday and were produced in court on Thursday, where they were released on bail, the police said.
2014-06-25Thane gets step-motherly treatment: Sena - Times o
Thane gets step-motherly treatment: Sena Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jun 26, 2014, 02.49 AM IST Thane: The delay in completion of the Kapurbawdi flyover is the latest to trigger a war of words between the Shiv Sena and the DF government in Thane district, with the former accusing the state leadership of neglecting Thane. Sena leader and MLA Eknath Shinde said though the city has grown exponentially in the last decade, the funding required to upgrade the infrastructure has been inadequate."It is very unfortunate that the Congress-NCP government is discriminating in the allocation of resources for infrastructure. Mega projects are all located in Mumbai while growth centres such as Thane are denied funds," Shinde said. Giving an example Shinde said, if work on the Kherwadi bridge could be completed in 200-plus days, then what prevents the contractor to achieve the target here. This is nothing but a clear indication of Congress-NCP giving step-motherly treatment to Thaneites.
2014-06-24Univ's Thane campus inaugurated - Times of India
Mumbai University's Thane campus inaugurated TNN | Jun 24, 2014, 11.36 PM IST MUMBAI: Three years after it was conceptualized, the Thane sub-center of the Mumbai University has been inaugurated. The campus is set to offer a five-year integrated management programme and an integrated law programme.The integrated management course will offer the bachelor of management studies (BMS) at the undergraduate level, followed by the MBA , both stitched together. For admission, the varsity will hold an entrance test for admission to the management and law programmes on July 6 and on July 13 respectively, from 11am to 1pm. Admission will be based on the scores of the All India Merit Rank of Mumbai University Common Law Entrance Test (MUCLET) and Mumbai University Common Management Entrance Test (MUCMET). Students need to submit application forms for the MUCLET by July 8 and for MUCMET by July 3."Under the integrated management course, the BMS and MBA degrees will be offered, with each year divided into two semesters. A BMS degree will be awarded to all students who pass the first three years of the course, followed by a master's degree after five years of completion," the university PRO said. Each of the courses has 60 seats. The law programme will be a five-year BA-LLB degree. To be eligible for the test, a candidate should have obtained 45% in class 12 from a recognized board. Students wishing to register for the test may do so on www.mu.ac.in/admission/
2014-06-24Traffic jams along GB Road in Thane give motorists
Traffic jams along GB Road in Thane give motorists a harrowing time Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 24, 2014, 10.53 PM IST THANE: Motorists driving from Ghodbunder Road towards Thane city or Nashik highway are a harried lot due to a delay in the completion of the flyover work at Kapurbawdi junction. Sources from the traffic department said that Thane is a gateway for vehicles, especially transport carriage vehicles coming from Navi Mumbai-JNPT towards Ahmedabad national highway and Nashik region towards Mumbai.Though one arm of the flyover was opened to motorists a couple of months ago, commuters coming from Ghodbunder Road towards Thane city or Eastern Express Highway have to bear the brunt as traffic moves at a snail's pace, especially during peak hours. A daily commuter, Venkatesh Khataokar, from Runwal Estate, said, "The traffic at Ghodbunder Road has been an issue since a long time. The flyover at Ghodbunder Road was planned to reduce traffic snarls, however, now it has become one of the major reasons for jams. This is really frustrating."While some prefer to take alternative routes, others have no option but to wait for a while at the junction. The traffic police have to deploy extra cops to help ease pressure. However, this also is not of much help. "At times, traffic comes to a grinding halt resulting in bottlenecks and traffic cops are on their toes to clear the jams," said Kiran Jadhav, a commuter. Even pedestrians face problems because there are no zebra crossings and motorists just speed up along this stretch.
2014-06-242 Thane cops held for teen's torture, victim still
2 Thane cops held for teen’s torture, victim still critical Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jun 25, 2014, 12.06 AM IST BHIWANDI: The Thane crime branch on Tuesday arrested the two constables of the Nizampura police station who allegedly tortured a 16-year-old labourer to force him to confess to stealing one kg gold. The condition of the victim, who is in ICU, continues to be critical. The accused duo, Jalindar Khaire (27) and Dheeraj Kharmude (24), were produced in the Bhiwandi court which sent them to judicial custody. The Thane crime branch probing the case found that the two cops did not make any official entry after they detained the victim. It slapped charges under sections 330 (voluntarily causing hurt to extort confession) 34, (common Intention) and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) of the IPC on the accused. The victim's family has demanded maximum punishment for the accused, who had beaten him up, leading to his suicide attempt.
2014-06-24Real estate agent shot at in Thane - Oneindia
Real estate agent shot at in Thane; attackers absconding Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 11:26 [IST] Thane, Jun 24: A 31-year-old real estate agent from Thane was shot at by two motorbike-borne assailants here, leaving him seriously injured. The incident took place on Sunday night outside victim Prashant Deshmukh's house at Honpada near Vasai-Kaman Road in Vasai, PI Har Mane of Waliv police station said. Deshmukh was fired at around 10.30 PM from a point blank range by the duo who fled the scene soon after the attack, police said. Deshpande was rushed to the local hospital where he is being treated. According to police, the near fatal attack was carried out over a land dispute. Police have charged the shooters under sections 307 of the IPC and various other sections of the Arms Act. A hunt is on for the absconding shooters and no arrests have been made so far, police added.
Real estate agent shot at in Thane - Oneindia
2014-06-24Thane woman taken to Madhya Pradesh, "raped" and f
Thane woman taken to Madhya Pradesh, "raped" and forced into flesh trade Tue, 24 Jun 2014-03:23pm , Thane (Maharashtra) , PTI A 25-year-old married woman from Thane was taken to Madhya Pradesh under the pertext of getting her a good job and was allegedly raped by a man, who pushed her into flesh trade, police said on tuesday. The woman, a mother of two, who stays in Ulhasnagar, was taken to Khandwa by two women of her locality on April 30 with the promise of a well paying job, Sub-Inspector C N Khuspe of Vitthalwadi Police Station said, quoting from a complaint filed by her last night. In Khandwa, she was handed over to an unidentified man who took her to the forest and allegedly raped her repeatedly for over a month before forcing her into flesh trade, according to the complaint. The woman somehow managed to escape from his clutches and came back home where she approached the police and narrated her ordeal. In between, her husband had filed a missing person's complaint. The survivor also said she was "sold" to her tormentor for an unspecified amount of money, but police said her claim is being verified. In the complaint, she has named two women, Jyoti Kishore Chandwani and Komal Hitesh Riwani, and 10 other people who had conspired to take her to Khandwa and push her into flesh trade, Khuspe said. The police have lodged an offence related to rape, wrongful confinement and kidnapping and launched a probe. No arrest has been made till now, police added.
Thane woman taken to Madhya Pradesh, "raped" and f
2014-06-24Thane villager arrested for rape - IBNLive
Thane villager arrested for rape Updated: June 24, 2014, 11:10 AM IST Thane: A 35-year-old villager from Dahanu taluka has been arrested for allegedly raping a married woman, police said on Tuesday. Accused Dileep R Harke, a resident of Soman Pada hamlet of Dharampur was arrested last evening on the charges of sexually assaulting the woman a month ago when she was alone at home, PSI M K Gharat of Kasa police station said. The abuse came to light when the victim's husband saw Harke trying to force himself upon the woman again on June 21 when she was bathing in a river in the village. The woman, who was threatened with dire consequences earlier by Harke, later narrated the ordeal to her husband following which they filed a police complaint.
Thane villager arrested for rape - IBNLive
2014-06-24MPs from Mumbai and Thane demand roll back in Mumb
MPs from Mumbai and Thane demand roll back in Mumbai suburban rail fare Moneylife Digital Team 24 June 2014 Rail minister Gowda has assured BJP and Shiv Sena MPs from Mumbai and Thane of a 'positive' decision on their demand to roll back the fare hike in suburban rail fares and an announcement to this effect could be made in a few days The Narendra Modi government has come under pressure from its own members of Parliament (MPs) to reduce the hike in the suburban rail fare in Mumbai. On Tuesday, all MPs from Mumbai and Thane from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena met railway minister Sadananda Gowda seeking a roll back. BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said Gowda assured them of a "positive" decision on their demand, and added that an announcement to this effect could be made in a few days. The recent hike in rail fares has led to a steep increase in the prices of monthly passes for Mumbai local trains. Mumbai's train network sees the heaviest rush among all suburban rail networks and is a lifeline of Maharashtra's capital and India's commercial hub. The MPs said that people in their area were deeply upset about the rise in monthly fares and the railway minister 'agreed' with them that the hike of over 150% in some cases was not good. "The minister said Railway Board officials will meet soon and a relief will be announced," Kapil Patil, MP from Bhivandi said. The state is going to polls later this year and leaders of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance do not want the hike to spoil their chances of winning the polls. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has publicly flayed the decision and demanded a rollback. Somiaya said Gowda has also assured them that more facilities will be provided to suburban travellers and security will be enhanced.
MPs from Mumbai and Thane demand roll back in Mumb
2014-06-23Thane toppers share their secret to success - Time
Thane toppers share their secret to success TNN | Jun 23, 2014, 01.05 PM IST We spoke to the city's best scorers from CBSE, ICSE and SSC boards to find out what study patterns they followed to reach the top. One interesting thing we found was that almost all the toppers were into sports, music and extracurricular activities, and none completely banned entertainment - TV, films and going out with family. Kudos to Thane's all-rounder students! Avani Natu (98.2%) ICSE Board - Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School Study pattern: "I started studying right from day one - one to one-and-a-half hours every day. My school teachers were very helpful," she states. Sports and games: Avani is a national level table tennis player. "This year I did not play because of the exams, but last year I played at the national level," says Avani. Entertainment: "I watched many of movies - not just on TV but in the theatre as well," she says adding, "Music helped me a lot." Secret to success: "I do not have a secret mantra as such. But in the end I just solved a lot of papers and that helped me," she says. Future plans: She will be taking up the science stream in the same school.Srijoni Ghosh (97.8%) CBSE Board - Lok Puram Public School Study pattern: Srijoni studied throughout the year for two-to-three hours every day. During exams it was six-to-seven hours a day with breaks in between. She says, "I also went for tuition classes which was three-to-four days of special classes in Maths, science and social science." She did not take any tuition for Hindi. "The school teachers gave regular homework throughout the year and they always were ready to help whenever I approached any teacher," she says. Srijoni always stood 2nd or 3rd in her class. "But this is the first time that I have topped and scored such high marks," she adds. Sports and games: "I am not too fond of sports, but I did swim a lot. I love swimming and have been swimming since I was three. I haven't participated in any state level event though," she states. Entertainment: Srijoni says, "I love watching movies in the theatre sometimes and also watched TV. I listened to music, read story books, mostly fiction, and also went out a little with my friends." Secret to success: "My hard work helped me and I feel students should study throughout the year. They should be focussed and listen to their teachers always," she says. Srijoni was also supported unconditionally by her school teachers. "My family helped and encouraged me," she says. Future plans: "I am taking up science and want to go for engineering," she states. Poorna Shetty (96.60%) SSC Board - Holy Cross Convent High School Study pattern: "I followed a fixed timetable from day one. I also attended tuition classes for all the subjects. During the last one month before the exams, I studied for 10 hours a day. Sports and games: Poorna is not a sports person at all. She confesses, "I never played any sports and games, but I am good at athletics and running. Two weeks before the board exams, I participated in an inter-school science quiz where I bagged the first prize." Entertainment: She likes watching TV and would watch it for an hour a day. She says, "I used to watch once in a while, but when my exams neared I used to watch only for half-an-hour." Secret to success: "Hard work is my only secret to success. I believe that studying from day one always works," says Poorna. Future plans: Poorna says, "I want to take up medical studies and be a doctor." Apoorv Kishore (95.6%) CBSE Board - Kendriya Vidyalaya Air Force School Study pattern: Apoorv never took any coaching class nor did he have any fixed timing for his studies. Rather he would study whenever he wanted. He has always been a good student and that helped him. Sports and games: "Apoorv has never been too much into sports. He would sometimes go down to play in the building. However, he likes to play chess and has represented his school a few times," says Apoorv's mother. Apoorv is interested in painting and apart from studies, that is what he indulges in. Entertainment: He likes watching TV, but is not hooked to it at all, says his mother. She adds, "I am a teacher and I do not believe in pressurising kids for studies. He would watch TV a bit and films - he loves watching Hollywood movies." Secret to success: He has been a good student since he was a kid, and has always been interested only in studies. The fact that he has been regular, has helped. His elder brother has guided him and so have his teachers says his mother. Future plans: Apoorv plans to take up engineering. Priyanka Bagwe (95.02%) ICSE Board - Billabong High International School Study pattern: Priyanka studied for two hours initially, every day. Later when the syllabus was over she increased study time to around five hours a day. "She had joined tutorials for Science, Maths and Marathi. We came back from USA when she was in her IXth standard and that is the reason she needed help in Marathi," says her mother. Sports and games: When we were in the US she was a good swimmer. In her IXth standard she played basketball. Entertainment: Priyanka loves to read books and fantasy novels and read most series. She is not much of a TV person, but surfed the internet sometimes. "We would go to Yeoor Hills almost every week and spend good family time there. Priyanka loves to go outdoors," says Bagwe. Secret to success: Success is a good combination of everything - self study, and teacher support. Future plans: Priyanka has opted for science and wants to take up medical studies. Vaibhav Pai (96.5%) ICSE Board - Hiranandani foundation School Study pattern: Vaibhav finished the science and maths portion of Std X during his vacation in the previous class. "This took the pressure off me during the tenth standard. I wouldn't have gotten time to study otherwise. Apart from this there was monthly rigorous testing in every subject. Our teachers increased the difficulty level of these tests so that we would study harder. There were two preliminary exams held in November and January, that also helped a lot," he says. Sports and games: Regular extra-curricular activities and weekly physical education classes worked in a positive way for them. He says, "It took pressure off us. There were cultural activities and inter-school events. I am no state-level player, but I regularly played football." Entertainment: "I did not stop watching movies but reduced them a lot. I love reading fiction novels and watched comedy TV shows," he states. Secret to success: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy - is an adage that Vaibhav believes in. He says, "One should keep a balance. Have fun, stay focussed and don't get stressed out." He advises, "Put on some loud music and dance. It helps a lot." Future plans: "I want to become a physicist. I will pursue pure science and engineering and keep both options open," he says. Study pattern: "Our school told us to be regular with our studies right from Std IX. I was consistent in all school exams and tests and so did not get burdened in the end." Anuya did not go for any classes, but opted for a test series. "I did around three-four papers with them." She adds, "Because I didn't go for proper tuition classes, after school, sometimes I would stay back if I had to clear doubts. Our teachers would always give us tips." Every day she would study for one to one-and-a-half hours and during exams the hours would go up to three or four. Sports and games: A national level basket ball player, Anuya's team had three wins.Entertainment: "I watched a lot of movies and television. At night after I would get bored of studying, I'd surf TV channels for a while. Music helped a lot. Even during boards I would listen to music," she says. Secret to success: "Being consistent in studies right from the beginning," she says. Future plans: She will continue in her school with science.
2014-06-23Petrol pump manager shot at in Thane - Business St
Petrol pump manager shot at in Thane Press Trust of India | Thane (Maha) June 23, 2014 Last Updated at 19:49 IST A petrol pump manager was injured after two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants allegedly opened fire on him at Nimboli on Mumbai-Nashik Highway this morning, police said. The victim, Aksesh Patel, who works as a manager with Adarsha Petrol Pump at Yeval, was driving his car when the pillion rider fired at him from his revolver at point blank range, PSI V S Shirsat of the Bhiwandi taluka police station said. The bullets pierced through the glass and brushed the victim's cheek, he said. Patel was rushed to Jupiter Hospital in Thane and is now undergoing treatment. The motive behind the firing was not yet clear and the police have registered an offence under section 307 of the IPC and the Arms Act.
2014-06-23Two arrested with cannabis in biscuit packets mean
Two arrested with cannabis in biscuit packets meant for Thane jail Vijay V Singh | TNN | Jun 24, 2014, 12.33 AM IST MUMBAI: Two persons were arrested with pouches of cannabis hidden inside biscuit packets during a nakabandi in Borivli last Thursday. The accused, Siddhesh More (25) and Siddhesh Shinde (20), have told the police that they were on their way to deliver the drugs to an undertrial at the Borivli magistrate court. The undertrial, who was at the court for a case hearing, was supposed to take the drugs to the Thane prison where he is lodged. The police, after interrogating the two accused, arrested a woman drug peddler, Parvati Harijan (40) from Kandivli (E). Though the cops went to the court to inquire about the undertrial, they were unable to trace him and are on the lookout.This is not the first time an undertrial was assigned the task to collect something during a court hearing and smuggle it into the jail. In the past, several objects have been seized while on their way to prisons. There have been cases of gangsters using this modus operandi and procuring cellphones, weapons and drugs inside jails. In Thursday's case, bike-borne More and Shinde were nabbed by the Kasturba police near Tata Steel in Borivli (E). "On spotting the nakabandi, the two immediately took a U-turn and tried to flee. However, they could not escape as a truck was parked on the roadside, making it difficult for them to move ahead," said senior inspector Vithal Damgude. When cops approached them and demanded documents, More and Shinde willingly produced all and offered themselves for frisking. But when a policeman inquired about a bag they were carrying, the accused panicked and asserted that there was nothing objectionable in it. On checking the bag, the police found manually packaged biscuits in it. "Inside the packets were several pouches of cannabis weighing 500gm," said assistant commissioner Dilip Rupawate.
2014-06-22'Take action against Thane's Holy Cross school' -
‘Take action against Thane's Holy Cross school’ B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 22, 2014, 09.40 PM IST THANE: With the tussle between Holy Cross High School and aggrieved parents of 27 Jr. Kg kids hitting a road block, deputy director of school education, Mumbai, N B Chavan, has intervened in the matter. Chavan has given a freehand to Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC)'s education officer Ganpat More and has asked him to take the necessary action against the school. He has also threatened to declare the admissions of all those who have already been admitted to the Jr. Kg section as null and void if the school does not admit the 27 kids. He also said that all the 50 students, including the 27 who were derostered, will have to reapply for admissions. Now, More has to take a call on the issue as he has been in constant talks with the parents and school officials.''I have given More the liberty to take action and send me a report of it,'' said Chavan. Meanwhile, parents have threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike from June 23 if the school authorities do not admit their kids. ''The management has refused to relent from its stand because of which we are forced to protest,'' said a parent.More has issued a third show cause notice to the school on behalf of Chavan and have asked them to take responsibility for any consequences if the parents go on a stir from Monday. Even though they slapped a third notice, the education officer did not receive any response from the school management. All attempts to reach the school authorities by TOI were futile. ''Parents are now running out of patience. Now, they have also threatened to stage an agitation from Monday. This has left us with no option but to take action against the school authorities. In my last notice, it was clearly mentioned that the school will be responsible if any untoward incident takes place during the dharna,'' said More.
2014-06-22Newly-elected Thane MP mobbed by passengers on fir
Newly-elected Thane MP mobbed by passengers on first visit to Navi Mumbai B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 23, 2014, 12.00 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Thane Member of Parliament Rajan Vichare was surrounded by commuters on Saturday when he visited city railway stations. Vichare travelled aboard a trans-harbour train to interact with passengers. "As soon as I realized it was Vichare, I went up to him and told him that the stations lacked basic amenities. I asked him to repair platforms, remove hawkers and improve frequency of trains," said Vishal Singh, a regular on the Vashi-Thane route.Vichare listened to complaints of commuters who described the inconveniences faced . The MP was accompanied by City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) officials along with Central Railway (CR) staffers who took note of these issues. "We have recorded all complaints and we will implement repair plans immediately," said a Cidco official. Vichare said he empathized with the residents and will look into their grievances at the earliest. "I have experienced the hindrances that commuters talk about first-hand. I understand that the lack of basic facilities need to be addressed. I will talk to higher ups and ensure that solutions are found at the earliest. The facilities will improve soon. I will continue to visit stations at regular intervals and try to make the Trans-Harbour route the best in the country," he added.
2014-06-21Public opinion invited on Thane dist bifurcation -
Public opinion invited on Thane dist bifurcation B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 21, 2014, 10.43 PM IST THANE: The Konkan divisional commissioner has invited public opinion on bifurcation of Thane district. Thane city will retain the headquarters of district administration for Thane district whereas Palghar will have is new headquarters in Plaghar town. While Thane district will comprise all urban and semi-urban pockets like Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Murbad, Shahpur and Thane-Navi Mumbai, Palghar will have eight talukas, predominantly tribal dominated conglomerates like Palghar, Dahanu, Vasai, Talasari, Vikramgarh, Jawahar, Wada and Mokahada. Suggestions and objections can be sent to the divisional commissioner, Konkan revenue division, first floor, Konkan Bhavan, CBD-Belpaur before July 15.
2014-06-21Thane: Consumer Forum Orders Education Institute t
Thane: Consumer Forum Orders Education Institute to Pay Rs. 1 Lakh to Complainant Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: June 21, 2014 13:57 IST THANE: The Thane District Consumer Complaint Redressal Forum has asked an educational institute in Thane to pay Rs. 1 lakh to a complainant. In their order, forum chairman Umesh Jhawalikar and member N D Kadam asked the Thane-based Career Consultancy to pay Rs. 1 lakh to complainant Rishi Rakesh Nanda from Chembur, as it failed to give admission to him in a German University, despite taking its fee. According to the complaint by Nanda, he had paid a total amount of Rs. 30,000 (advance fee for the course) in 2010 to the institute to get admission in a hotel management course at the Coburg University, Germany. But the institute failed to get him admitted in the course and instead asked him to pursue a course in finance management. The forum in its order observed that the institute failed to provide admission and was inefficient in rendering its services. The forum also ordered the institute to refund of Rs. 30,000 taken as fee from Nanda within 30 days.
2014-06-21Rollback hike, demand angry Thane commuters - Time
Rollback hike, demand angry Thane commuters Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 22, 2014, 02.30 AM IST Thane: The recent fare hike by the railways, which is almost 100%, is definitely going to make a big hole in every commuter's pocket. However, the commuters travelling daily from Thane using the local train demand of better facilities and services and if possible a rollback, as they will be forced to pay more from the coming week.Commuters and experts slam the railways saying that while there have been no fare hikes for a long time, neither has there been a significant increase in number of services all the while, but the crowd has simply swelled over the years. As per the railway plans, there will be a near 100% hike in season ticket fares and a slight increase in first class card tickets. So while the first class card ticket rates to CST from Thane is now Rs 120, the same will see an increase by Rs 20 while the season ticket will be Rs 1310 from the existing Rs 655. The second class monthly pass will now cost Rs 330 instead of Rs 190. A section of commuters said they could absorb the hike but will the railways ensure comfortable travel. "We travel by first class and are already paying more money and now it will cost us even more. Will the railways ensure that we will get adequate space to sit or even stand comfortably and not see urchins and policemen blatantly travelling in these coaches," questions Anil Khapre, a Thane resident who travels in first class to CST daily. "It's not fair for the railways to double up the season ticket rates. Paying Rs 1,310 monthly to travel from Thane to CST is not justified, as there is not even enough space to stand in the first class ladies compartment during peak hours. There are just 13 seats per compartment and I don't think paying so much is worth it. The railways should think of a rollback on the hike. If the railways want to hike fares by 100% they should ensure they provide at least something in return," says Aparna Shinde from Ghodbunder Road.
2014-06-21Prisoner at Thane jail dies of TB, kin allege negl
Prisoner at Thane jail dies of TB, kin allege negligence Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 22, 2014, 02.32 AM IST Thane: A prisoner at Thane central jail, Rupesh Subhash Shinde (25), died of tuberculosis on Friday, informed sources. Shinde was arrested for firing at deputy jailor of Taloja Jali in 2012. Shinde's health reportedly deteriorated due to prolonged illness. He was brought to Thane civil hospital on Friday afternoon where he breathed his last. However, Shinde's family members alleged negligence in his death. "The jail authorities showed negligence in treating him. If he was suffering from tuberculosis then why did the authorities denied treatment. He was brought to the hospital a month back, but was let off in just two days claiming that he was fit," questioned Raju Shinde, brother of the deceased. Vikas Mirkute, the deputy tehsildar, paid a visit to the relatives of the deceased and informed that the body has been moved to JJ Hospital and the postmortem reports will reveal the actual reason of his death, Raju said. According to sources, on September 9th 2012, Bhaskar Kachare, the deputy jailor of Taloja jail was shot, while he was travelling in a car with a friend, where he sustained injuries. The investigations by crime branch led to the arrest of four accused, one of them was Rupesh Shinde who was lodged in Thane central jail since then.
2014-06-20Thane boy bags second spot at state table tennis t
Thane boy bags second spot at state table tennis tourney B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 20, 2014, 10.42 PM IST THANE: Another city lad made a mark in a sports event recently. Deepit Patil who represented Thane district at the 1st Maharashtra State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament bagged the second spot. The even was organized and hosted by Khar Gymkhana from June 16 to 20.Patil was, in fact, the top seed of the tournament and he tried his best to maintain his stature. However, he lost the finals to Mumbai boy Dev Shroff, who was seeded third in the tournament. It was a close match. Both the boys put in their best, but at the end Patil was decleared as the runners-up of the tournament as the score was 11-5,11-7 and 11-8. In the semi-finals, he was up against another Thane boy Ramlingam Iyer. Patil defeated him by scoring 11-4, 11-4 and 11-8. ''I was the top seed in the tournament so I wasn't expecting to come second. I had put in a lot of effort but it did not work in my favour,'' said Patil.
2014-06-20Vir Das in Thane for the first time - Times of Ind
Vir Das in Thane for the first time Debarati S Sen | TNN | Jun 20, 2014, 01.10 PM IST Vir Das talks to us in an exclusive chat about his first 'History Of India - VIRitten' show at Thane's Dr Kashinath Ghanekar Sabhagruha, Hiranandani Meadows "I have never been to Thane. I don't even know where Thane is," exclaims stand-up comic and actor Vir Das. He however, concedes a minute later with a sheepish, "I have driven through it but that is about all - that is the truth about my life."Vir is all set to give his first ever performance, History Of India - VIRitten, in Thane on Sunday June 22 at the Kashinath Ghanekar auditorium, Hiranandani Meadows, Thane. For Vir, there are many firsts to this Thane trip. He states, "I will be going to Thane for the first time. I always drive to my show venues myself, but for the first time I have asked someone to drive me to Thane. You see, I love the traffic in Thane and I hope to come back alive from there." And another of the firsts, mentions Vir, is the fact that the production house Ashvin Gidwani Productions usually sells around 1000 tickets in the first four days. "But in Thane we have sold at double that speed. That is again a first in my life. Suddenly there is this new market that has come alive. There is obviously a huge enthusiasm for comedy in the city. I am hoping to enjoy and I am hoping my audience enjoys," he says. Vir is very well prepared for his Thane debut and has researched a lot on Thane and plans on a special Thane snippet to be incorporated in his usual stint. Since it is my first time here, for me it is like the magical Kingdom of Oz. I am very excited." Vir is also all praise for the state-of-the-art Kashinath Ghanekar theatre at Hiranandani. "It is a great theatre. I did not know that such an auditorium was there in Thane." Vir signs off by saying that he is looking forward to many more shows in the city.
Vir Das in Thane for the first time - Times of Ind
2014-06-20Stand-up comedy makes its debut in Thane this week
Stand-up comedy makes its debut in Thane this weekend Debarati S Sen | TNN | Jun 20, 2014, 01.16 PM IST Thane has always been regarded as one of the most culturally alive areas near Mumbai. The city has been witness to some renowned plays in the past while other theatre gems are staged here regularly.A variety of plays across genres, not just in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati but also in English, see large gatherings of theatre-loving audiences at venues like Ram Ganesh Gadkari Rangayatan, Talaopalli, and at Dr Kashinath Ghanekar Sabhagruha, near Hiranandani Meadows. Though stand-up comedy acts are a rage in Mumbai city right now, Thane has never had the chance to witness a live comedy act before. However, this weekend, will change that. For the first time, Thaneites will enjoy two stand-up comedy acts back-to-back. John Prakash Rao Janumala aka popular Bollywood comic actor Johny Lever, who returned to the world of live comedy around a month back, will be entertaining Thaneites with his trademark humour on June 21. Bollywood actor Vir Das will also be debuting in Thane (June 22) around the same time. "There is tremendous enthusiasm for comedy in Thane. Since I have never been to Thane before, it is like this magical kingdom of Oz for me. I am very excited and hope to have a great time. I hope people also have a good time watching me," he says. Vir has done his research on the city and has incorporated a special act about the city in his regular set. He says, "I am excited about the venue also, I had no idea Thane had theatres like these." He adds, "I am looking forward to discovering Thaneites and them discovering me."
Stand-up comedy makes its debut in Thane this week
2014-06-20FYJC students opt for Thane colleges over Mumbai -
FYJC students opt for Thane colleges over Mumbai Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 21, 2014, 02.42 AM IST THANE: After city colleges scored better than their Mumbai and Navi Mumbai counterparts in the HSC exams, many FYJC aspirants are opting for colleges from Thane itself. This year, 20% colleges from the city scored cent percent results, while Mumbai city recorded a meager 4.46% and the western and eastern suburbs scored 5.59%. In Navi Mumbai, 16% colleges managed to score 100% results and Raigad came a close second at 17%.Going by these figures, students and parents preferred colleges from the city rather than Mumbai Scores of students opted for colleges from the city as their first option while filling the admission forms for FYJC. While some said that they chose colleges from Thane as it was closer to home, others felt that the institutes have improved their performance drastically. ''We would prefer that our son studies in a college from Thane as the quality of education is now at par with Mumbai. The recent news of Thane colleges outdoing the ones from Mumbai is also very encouraging,'' said the Joshi family from Naupada, who had accompanied their son to fill his admission form. Activists have also welcomed this move. ''Parents and students have started realizing the potential of the education system in this side of the MMR, said an academician. Till last year, most students and parents used to prefer sending their kids to colleges in Mumbai than Thane as they felt that the quality of education was better there. However, this trend is finally changing, thanks to the splendid performance of the city colleges this year,'' said a city-based educational activist.
2014-06-20Kanara Catholic Association opens branch at Thane
2014-06-20Thane station needs better security: Activists - T
Thane station needs better security: Activists Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 21, 2014, 02.38 AM IST Thane: Following several crime incidents happening along the Thane suburban network, activists and commuters are now questioning the efficiency of the security agencies deployed to ensure safety of commuters. The spate of incidents started off with a youth's murder aboard a running train followed by the string of mobile thefts along the stretch. Two stabbing incidents were also recently reported at Kalwa followed by the incident where two female commuters had a narrow escape after some miscreant hurled a beer bottle in a ladies compartment on Thursday afternoon. "Thane was considered to be safe for commuters. But now we are scared to travel alone," said Sangeeta Sohoni, a commuter. An activist from the city says that the police strength must be increased in this part. A senior official from the railway police said that they will look into the issue and ensure safety on the stretch. Alok Bohra, senior divisional security commissioner of the RPF said they will provide complete assistance to the railway police. "We are now working on a drive to nab offenders along the tracks," he said.
2014-06-19Vir Das makes its debut in Thane this weekend - Ti
Vir Das makes its debut in Thane this weekendDebarati S SenDebarati S Sen,TNN | Jun 19, 2014, 07.32 PM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesREAD MORE Vir das|Kashinath Ghanekar|Johny Lever|GadkariVir DasRELATEDThane has always been regarded as one of the most culturally alive areas near Mumbai. The city has been witness to some renowned plays in the past while other theatre gems are staged here regularly. A variety of plays across genres, not just in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati but also in English see large gatherings of theatre-loving audiences at venues like Ram Ganesh Gadkari Rangayatan, Talaopalli, and at Dr Kashinath Ghanekar Sabhagruha, near Hiranandani Meadows. Though stand-up comedy acts are a rage in Mumbai city right now, Thane has never had the chance to witness a live comedy act before. However, this weekend will change that. For the first time, Thaneites will enjoy two stand-up comedy acts back-to-back. John Prakash Rao Janumala aka popular Bollywood comic actor Johny Lever, who returned to the world of live comedy around a month back, will be entertaining Thaneites with his trademark humour this weekend. Bollywood actor Vir Das will also be debuting in Thane at the same time. "There is tremendous enthusiasm for comedy in Thane. Since I have never been to Thane before, it is like this magical kingdom of Oz for me. I am very excited and hope to have a great time. I hope people also have a good time watching me," he says. Vir has researched on Thane and has incorporated a special act about the city in his regular set. He says, "I am excited about the venue also, I had no idea Thane had theatres like these." He adds, "I am looking forward to discovering Thaneites and them discovering me." follo: Vir das | Johny Leverhttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=Vir das,Kashinath Ghanekar,Johny Lever,Gadkari
Vir Das makes its debut in Thane this weekend - Ti
2014-06-19Thane colleges have less seats to offer - Daily Ne
Thane colleges have less seats to offer ANKITA G MENON | Thu, 19 Jun 2014-06:20am , DNA With an increase in the pass percentage of SSC results in Thane district this year, the number of seats available for first year junior college (FYJC) is far lesser. Around 19,162 students will be without a college if they decide to seek for admissions within Thane. With an increase in the population, and in spite of increasing the number of seats, they will still fall short as the pass percentage has increased by 10% as compared to last year. There are around 1,10,540 seats available this year, out of these, the number of students who have cleared the SSC exams are 1,33,654. It clearly shows a shortage of seats within the district. There are 17,910 seats available in arts, 54,620 in commerce and 33,670 in science. With around 33,910 students receiving distinction, 3,708 repeaters have also cleared the exams and the pass percentage has risen to 89.75. Securing admissions in the desired college would be tough within Thane district in spite of the high score. Amongst the 1,10,540 seats available, minority are 22,035 and management seats are 5,537. So the rest would be a struggle for the seats in the open category. "Two years back, 130 new institutes had come up, which included FYJC as well. Permission was granted for these institutes keeping in mind the huge shortfall of seats but even this will not be of any help this year," said RJ Rajput, secretary, principals association of Thane. Thane and Pune has been developing quickly in the past few years and this has led to a rise in many private universities. But this year there will be fewer seats in FYJC, if all decide to study within Thane district. "As Thane district comprises Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Navi Mumbai, Bhayander and other places, the chances of students moving over to Mumbai are more. When students get more marks they tend to move out of their vicinity and look out for admissions in other privileged colleges. This may reduce the pressure in Thane colleges," said a senior official from the University.
2014-06-19Over 200 students from Thane clear IIT-JEE entranc
Over 200 students from Thane clear IIT-JEE entrance exam B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 20, 2014, 03.41 AM IST Thane: Over 200 students from across Thane city and its vicinity cleared one of the toughest competitive exams to be eligible for the technical courses in creamy Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campuses across 16 cities. At the IIT-JEE (Advanced) exams for which the results were declared on Thursday, Thane students performed quite well as compared to their counterparts. "Thane has always been a bastion for academic toppers and IIT-JEE has been our forte. It was great to crack the exam with good rank. Out of over one lakh students who took the test across the country being stood among the three digits is itself an achievement," said Ashwin Lele, who is ranked 205 in All India standing. For Vineet Moghe who stands at 292nd in all India ranking it was a great feat. "Sneaking inside 300th rank in the all India list is a huge achievement and I could not have asked for more," said Moghe, a student of Pace IIT-Medical. Singhania School student Shalaka Kulkarni emerged as state topper among the girls in both joint entrance exams (Main) and (Advanced) as she is known to be a born scholar with her record breaking performance in classes X and XII board exams. Besides, many other students shone in the entrance exams.
2014-06-19After drive against snatchers, Thane cops take to
After drive against snatchers, Thane cops take to alerting citizens Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 20, 2014, 02.43 AM IST THANE: The city cops claim that police action on Iranipada in Thane and Kalyan, said to be the hub of many repeat offenders, has to a certain extent deterred culprits from the acts. However, the growing incidents of such crimes reflect inadequate street policing. In fact, police investigations have revealed that chain snatchers originate from Irani localities like Ambivali, Piranipada and settlements in Bhiwandi.Recently, one Fiza Hussain from Ambivali was arrested for her role in providing logistics to her brothers involved in chain snatching. The police cracked around 27 chain snatching cases in the vicinity and recovered 664 grams of gold worth Rs 15.30 lakh. However, police claimed that they have noticed sudden change in the modus operandi of offenders to evade traps being laid out to nab them. The detection rate, too, has slipped compared to previous years. With an aim of reducing street crimes (chain snatching being one of them) by asking citizens to be cautious, the Thane city police have started an awareness drive.Ravindra Singal, additional commissioner of police (crime) said, "The department has initiated the move so that citizens take precautions and be proactive in dealing with crimes. This will help the police in nabbing culprits." The police will put up banners, flex boards and distribute hand bills as part of the awareness drive. "We have already erected several banners across the city and are planning to distribute hand bills and small booklets. We are also thinking of displaying flex banners in sensitive and crowded places or mainly at spots where chain snatching incidents are reported at large. We will have interaction sessions with citizens. Some city malls will also be roped in to create awareness wherein street plays or short films will be arranged," said Singal.
2014-06-19Pay 3 lakh compensation to accident victim's heir:
Pay 3 lakh compensation to accident victim’s heir: Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal TNN | Jun 20, 2014, 02.41 AM IST THANE: The Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has directed the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), a truck owner and New India Assurance to collectively pay Rs 3 lakh to the family of a grocery shop owner, who died in 2009, three years after been severely injured in a road accident. The member of the tribunal and Additional Sessions Judge S Y Kulkarni asked MSRTC to pay 70 per cent amount and the truck owner and insurance company to pay the balance 30 % to the family of Gajanan Vaiti, the victim.In an application filed through the deceased's son Shailesh, Vaiti, a resident of Namdeowadi of Panchpakadi, had said that on March 17, 2006 he was going to Nashik in the state transport (ST) bus. When the bus reached Kanvinde in Shahpur taluka on the Mumbai-Agra highway, the driver of the ST bus tried to overtake a truck but dashed against it in which the deceased was severely injured. He was taken to Medicare Hospital in Thane immediately.Stating the accident happened due to rash driving by the bus conductor, he filed a complaint and sought compensation from both the truck and ST bus drivers. Vaiti claimed a sum of Rs 2.50 lakh from MSRTC, owner of the truck Baljinder Singh Surgeet Singh and the insurance company for the accident. However, he died in 2009. The MSRTC denied any instance of rash driving by the driver and blamed the truck driver to be more responsible for rash driving. The insurance company contested Vaiti's claim while the owner of the truck did not turn up and the case was decided ex-parte against him. In his order, Kulkarni held that while the MSRTC was 70 per cent liable, the truck owner and insurance company were 30 per cent liable to pay the compensation. The amount will be paid to Shailesh, the court ordered.
2014-06-19Thane region can absorb 1,10540 degree students -
Thane region can absorb 1,10,540 degree students KRANTI VIBHUTE | Thu, 19 Jun 2014-07:55am , DNA There are 762 junior and degree colleges in greater Mumbai for students to opt for. Last year there only 706. And Thane region seems to have more intake capacity with 1,10,540 seats. The option forms can be filled up from Wednesday (June 18). The online filling application forms can be send from June 18 to June 25. The intake capacity of city colleges in South Mumbai, North Mumbai, West Mumbai, Thane and Raigad is 2,83,722. The seat capacity in Western Mumbai is 7,9,876; South has 43,421 seats, North 41,765 seats and Raigad 8,120 seats. According to principals in city colleges, the number of applicants are always less compared to the number of seats available. Moreover, coaching classes that have now registered themselves as junior college have already attracted the cream among students, and classes have already started there. Priyanka Rajani, principal, Vidyanidhi Junior College, Vile Parle, said: "After Thane, colleges in western suburbs have the maximum number of seats. Students always complaint that they haven't got admission, but that's with regard to reputed colleges; they refuse the college allotted to them online in first preference." AL Misal, education inspector, Thane district, said: "We have maximum intake capacity because there are 1,700 high schools attached to junior and degree colleges here. Very few seats remain vacant here as some students opt for vocational courses." In Thane 1,700 high schools with degree colleges; of this, 1,675 are state board schools attached to degree colleges; There are 457 degree and junior colleges here.
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2014-06-18Central Railway calls for major drive, cleaner Tha
Central Railway calls for major drive, cleaner Thane station premises soon Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jun 19, 2014, 02.02 AM IST THANE: The Thane railway station premises are likely to look cleaner in the next few days as the Central Railway has asked its officials to undertake a major cleanliness drive. In a letter issued by the divisional office (operating branch), the railways have instructed the officials to undertake a cleanliness drive of platforms and toilets, tow unclaimed vehicles and attend to water leakages. "To ensure that the work is done properly, the authorities have asked for a photograph of stations before and after the drive and attach them with the report," the letter (which is in possession of TOI) mentions. A senior police official from Thane said, "Abandoned vehicles lying idle in parking lots of railway stations have raised security concerns as in the past such vehicles were used for planting bombs. If railways get unattended vehicles cleared from its premises it will be of great help to police in terms of security," said the police official. Filthy toilets, tubs full of garbage, walls filled with advertisement posters, stains are common sights at several railway stations in Mumbai. Hence to make a change, the railway authority has asked to conduct a special drive, said railway officials. Such exercises should be carried out once in six months. This will help authorities to keep the premises clean throughout the year," said Deepti Murkar, a Thane resident. However railway experts said such drives should be undertaken even if there are no such instructions.
2014-06-18Thane Anti Corruption Bureau nabs Brihanmumbai Mun
Thane Anti Corruption Bureau nabs Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation staff for graft B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 19, 2014, 02.04 AM IST THANE: The Thane Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested a tax officer in the octroi wing of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday night for accepting bribe from a Thane-based transporter. The accused, who took a bribe of Rs 3 lakh, was produced in the Thane District and Sessions Court on Wednesday for further police custody till June 24. Sunil Baliram Bane was caught red-handed by the ACB while accepting the money from complainant Mayank Sundarani for releasing his truck from the octroi post of Thane-Mulund. The consignment was cleared by Bane after allegedly imposing penalty of Rs 10.17 lakh and demanding Rs 3 lakh bribe. He was caught when he came to Sundarani's residence to collect the amount. ACB officials found Rs 8 lakh cash, Rs 63.90 lakh fixed deposit certificates and papers of three flats in Mulund and 23 guntha of open land on the outskirts while searching Bane's house.
Thane Anti Corruption Bureau nabs Brihanmumbai Mun
2014-06-17Thane school gets lessons on Israel's education sy
Thane school gets lessons on Israel’s education system by four academicians Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 17, 2014, 10.12 PM IST THANE: Academicians from Israel visited a Thane school as part of an idea exchange programme arranged by the state and coordinated by a non government organization (NGO). Five delegates visited Saraswati Secondary School, Naupada, on their way to address a conglomeration of teachers from the state on various methods of teaching. "This is the first Indian school that we are visiting. We are here to interact with the state school teachers over innovative learning methods and also to understand how Indian schools function. There is a wide difference in the way schools function here compared to the ones way back home. Indian schools maximize the output with limited infrastructure," said Dr Shahaf Gal, an education expert from Tivon, Israel. Four academicians from the country, along with an Israel consulate member Matan Zamir and a representative of the NGO Observer Research Foundation, said they were impressed as they were exposed to several aspects of the school operations. The members who wanted to see how an Indian school functioned said they were left spell bound and interacted with students and teachers by sharing some education ideas. The members told the assembly how schools in Israel have the flexibility to decide the syllabus and impart it to students. "The education ministry tells schools what has to be taught but they have the freedom to decide how to teach it. Also, the grading of students is majorly on presentations and the student's behaviour," said Dov Kupperman, another visiting expert. The members shared information on teaching techniques with their counterparts before leaving for Pune where they will meet state education officials. "The interaction with Israeli experts was fruitful. We got an insight about how they give priority to education in their country," said Surendra Dighe, trustee of the school.
2014-06-17Thane lads strike gold at badminton tourney - Time
Thane lads strike gold at badminton tourney B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 17, 2014, 06.09 PM IST THANE: City's top shuttler Akshay Dewalkar made a mark at the Sri Lanka Open International Championship that was held at Colombo recently. He and his partner, Pradnya Gadre, won the top spot in the mixed doubles. The duo who were seeded 4th in the mixed doubles tournament scaled to the top with their splendid performance. They put up a tough fight for their contenders Prajakta from Mulund and Vauntus Mawan of Malaysia by scoring 21-16 and 21-18 in the finals. In the quarter-finals, Dewalkar paired up with Pranaav Chopra and faced Danny Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart of Singapore in a close fight, which ended in three sets 21-14, 16-21 and 18-21. In the mixed doubles, Dewalkar came back with a vengeance and paired up with Gadre. The duo went on to defeat 7th seed Kasun Madusanka and Upuli Samanthika from Sri Lanka. The match ended within 35 minutes. In the semis, they went on to defeat 2nd seed Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan from India by scoring 30-28, 21-11. ''All the matches were challenging but we emerged as the champions. It is a wonderful experience,'' said Dewalkar.
2014-06-17Thane duo dupes banks of Rs 70 lakh in loans, arre
Thane duo dupes banks of Rs 70 lakh in loans, arrested TNN | Jun 18, 2014, 12.25 AM IST MUMBAI: Two commerce graduates have been arrested for duping nationalized banks of over Rs 70 lakh by availing housing and vehicle loans using forged documents. The frauds were being carried out over the past three years. The luck of the two Thane residents, Sanjay Parab (35) and Suresh Shinde (30), ran out when they recently tried to forge another Rs 25 lakh loan application at an investment bank in Shivaji Park, the police said.
2014-06-17Compensate with interest for not delivering ACs: T
Compensate with interest for not delivering ACs: Thane consumer forum TNN | Jun 18, 2014, 02.10 AM IST THANE: The Thane District Consumer Forum has directed the Big Bazaar retail store to pay compensation of Rs 25,980 to Hope India Foundation, a non-government organisation (NGO) in Navi Mumbai for not delivering two air-conditioners (AC). The forum directed Big Bazaar to also pay nine per cent interest on the amount from May 20, 2011 to September 4, 2011 and an additional Rs 2,000 towards the cost of litigation. The NGO had booked two window-fit ACs on May 14, 2011 and paid Rs 25,980 to Big Bazaar. The NGO stated in its complaint that it made the payment by cheque on May 15, 2011 and the store promised to deliver the ACs after clearing the cheque. The cheque was cleared on May 20, but the ACs were not delivered till May 22, 2011. As the ACs were urgently required, the NGO got split ACs installed. When representatives of the NGO visited Big Bazaar on July 14, 2011, the store informed them about an offer coming up the following month. In August, the NGO sought refund for the payment made for the two ACs as well as interest on the amount. The store agreed to pay back the amount, but without interest. The store also offered the NGO to purchase any other electronic items for the amount, but it did provide a credit note. Since the store did not pay back the money, the NGO filed a complaint with the consumer forum. In its reply to the forum, Big Bazaar said it was ready to pay back the amount on September 5, 2011, but the NGO refused to accept it if the store did not pay interest. The forum held that the store should have paid a reasonable interest on the amount as it had utilized the money for almost four months.
2014-06-16Man beaten to death over minor issue in Thane dist
Man beaten to death over minor issue in Thane district Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014, 15:45 [IST] Thane (Maha), Jun 16: A 30-year-old tribal from Khamgaon village in Shahapur taluka of the district was beaten to death by another villager following a argument over a minor issue, police said on Monday. The victim, Balkrishna K Chowdhari, who had been attacked on June 8, died at a hospital here three days back, API Pravin Kolhe of the Khinavali police station said. Chowdhari had been attacked by Malu Pandurang wagh, 35, with bamboo stick and iron rod after an argument broke out between the two over some minor issue, police said. The victim, who received severe injuries in the attack, was rushed to Khinvali public health centre and was finally admitted to Thane Civil Hospital, where the victim died on June 13, police said. Based on a complaint by the victims wife the police registered an offence under section 302 against the accused on Sunday evening and have launched a manhunt for the accused the police added. Further investigation into the case is on.
Man beaten to death over minor issue in Thane dist
2014-06-16Part of dangerous building's gallery falls in Than
Part of dangerous building’s gallery falls in Thane, injures woman Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jun 17, 2014, 02.49 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) swung into action to raze Nav Sadan, a dilapidated building at Gokhale Road, after a portion of a gallery in the structure collapsed, injuring a 56-year-old woman who was walking by. "Last year this ground-plus two storey structure located near Thane station was declared dangerous by the TMC. However, with a portion of the gallery coming down, the civic body does not want to take any chance. The machinery needed to raze the building reached the site on Monday afternoon and by Tuesday evening the building will be completely demolished," said a senior TMC official. The official added that the building was vacant as the TMC had declared it dangerous. Shops are operational on the ground floor, but remained shut on Monday when the incident took place. A woman named Sumangal Patil suffered a minor injury and was treated at a hospital in Naupada. She was allowed to go home later, added the official. The TMC is now planning to conduct a re-survey of all dilapidated buildings and update its list of dangerous and extremely dangerous structures in Thane. "If anyone is found occupying dangerous structures, they will be asked to vacate the premises. In case of extremely dangerous structures the higher authorities will decide whether they should be pulled down immediately or not," said the official. The TMC has 69 buildings in its most-dangerous list and 1,046 structures in the dilapidated and dangerous category. Civic authorities said that the inspection exercise is done throughout the year, but during monsoons the drive assumes more significance as this season sees dilapidated and dangerous structures collapse.
2014-06-16Mumbai Metro to stretch to Thane, Pune - Travel Da
Mumbai Metro to stretch to Thane, Pune Posted On: 15th June, 2014 05:13 am The Mumbai Metro network will be extended as far as the cities of Thane and Pune, Maharashtra’s chief minister has confirmed. Prithviraj Chavan said on Saturday that the government has proposed a new Thane metro route to the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), which is expected to report back on the project in a month’s time. According to a preliminary report, revealed by the Economic Times, the line will run 32km between Thane, Ghatkopar and Wadala. Chavan added that the state government was considering a new metro service connecting as far as Pune, some 148km from Mumbai. The first phase of the Mumbai Metro – an 11.4km stretch of track connecting Versova, Andheri and Ghatkopar, was inaugurated on 8 June 2014. The initial three-line total project is expected to be completed in three phases over a 15-year period, including the 32km line two between Charkop, Bandra and Mankhurd, and a 33.5km line three connecting Colaba, Bandra and the Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ).
Mumbai Metro to stretch to Thane, Pune - Travel Da
2014-06-15Thane city to get a slice of laughter as Johny Lev
Thane city to get a slice of laughter as Johny Lever is coming to town Sharmila Ganesan Ram | TNN | Jun 15, 2014, 09.54 AM IST THANE: In 1991, a silent pact occurred between a cartoonist and a comedian. Former Shiv Sena chief late Bal Thackeray sent a man to Johny Lever's house with a video cassette. It contained a speech by former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, who was a member of the opposition then. "No matter what," Thackeray told Lever, "I want him in 15 days." As a fellow devotee of amusing characters, Lever understood the urgency. So, daily, after wrapping up his film shoot, the actor would watch, rewind and internalise Vajpayee's excruciating pauses, impeccable Hindi refrains and deferred hand gestures. And sure enough, within 15 days, the "dish"—as Lever calls each of his standup acts —was ready for delivery. Today, after a lull spanning from the engaging rhetoric of Vajpayee to the rhyme of Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lever has many more dishes to offer. Sixteen long years after his last standup show, the comedian is back to the art form that propelled him to fame with his own show titled King of Comedy, which comes to Thane on Friday, June 20. "It took me that long to come up with material worth two hours," says the 56-year-old. In all these years, the audience for comedy has evolved and their expectations have risen, he says, but the craft and its tempting challenges are still the same. "Standup," says Lever, "is like shorthand. Every bit must be both brief and profound or the audience will lose interest." It's little wonder that his energetic new show contains within it, many hysterical bits, including one on Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi who come out and play cricket at his will, the degeneration of Hindi film lyrics and the various types of alcoholics. "In standup, you must be able to hypnotize the audience," says Lever, who learnt the art from the roadside Madari."He would command his audience," says the actor, imitating the Madari who would promise amulets and even ask onlookers to unfold their hands while watching his monkey perform. The audience will follow instructions as if under a spell. Lever is capable of such hypnosis not only on stage but also during conversation. In between thoughts, he leaps out of his sofa and morphs into characters as easily as the man embossed on the wall outside his home, Charlie Chaplin. "You have to study intricacies," says Lever. The growing English-language standup scene, Lever says, is bold and edgy, but the comedian himself does not touch risque jokes. When you ask why, Lever—whose audiences mostly comprise families—turns austerely to his left and, in a muffled tone, asks if the driver had parked the car properly. He then looks to the right and makes even more petty conversation this time, enquiring when that aunt was due to arrive. There is no one on either side. Lever is merely showing how his audience might react to a vulgar joke.
2014-06-15'Metro in Thane will bring relief' - Times of Indi
‘Metro in Thane will bring relief’ Rajshri Mehta & Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 15, 2014, 09.49 AM IST THANE: Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan's announcement to connect the Metro rail with Thane has come as a great news for Thaneites. Lakhs of Thane residents have to take various modes of transports to reach their workplace everyday. With metro project in place, the travel time will be cut down to a great extent. The CM said that a new route will be diverted towards Thane from the existing Ghatkopar metro project. The government is expecting a feasibility report in a month's time while the detailed project report will be presented by Rites by August 15. Most residents, especially those staying along the Ghodbunder Road, will get a direct connect to Mumbai as the plan is to connect Wadala to Thane via Ghatkopar. Presently, those not using their own vehicles have to depend largely on autos or buses and then switch over to trains to reach Mumbai and then travel by road to reach their offices and vice versa. However, with the metro planning to connect South Mumbai, these residents may not have to switch multiple modes of transport to reach their respective destinations in Mumbai and back, observed a traffic expert. Experts say that if implemented, the metro project will easily do away with the traffic snarls on the busy GB road. "I am ready to take the metro as it will provide me the cool comfort of my car. In addition it will save me a lot of time and money," says Vishal Shah, a businessman who travels to central Mumbai. A civic official said that if the state project comes through it might wean away commuters from the various proposed infrastructure projects planned by the TMC. The civic body has plans to operate BRTS in Thane in addition to start the tram system that might take a beating, said the official.
2014-06-15Mumbai University's first engineering college for
Mumbai University’s first engineering college for women to start in Thane Yogita Rao | Jun 16, 2014, 12.01 AM IST MUMBAI: The University of Mumbai will get its first engineering college exclusively for women from this academic year. With a total intake capacity of 300 seats in the first year, the New Horizon Institute of Technology and Management will come up at a campus on Thane's Ghodbunder Road. The management has already got approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) four days ago and is now awaiting the state government's nod. The New Horizon Education Society, which runs three CBSE schools in Thane and Navi Mumbai, got the go-ahead to run computer, mechanical, civil, electronics and electrical engineering along with a new course on mechatronics (a combination of five disciplines including mechanical, electronics, control, telecommunication and computer engineering). The approved capacity for each of the five courses in the first year is 60 seats. In the near future, the institute will also offer management courses. It has fulfilled all requirements as prescribed by the AICTE, including the land requirement of 2.5 acres and other facilities such as a laboratory and classrooms. While the advertisements for faculty vacancies have already been released, the appointments will be made only after approval from the state government is received. A university official said, "In the last few years, the numbers of schools and junior colleges in Thane has grown in numbers, but the corresponding growth in institutes offering higher education has not been impressive. An engineering college for women will solve the problem for aspirants in the central suburbs who do not wish to travel too far for higher education. We are anyway working towards promoting women's education, so it is a good initiative." He added that most city students anyway are used to travelling to Navi Mumbai for engineering.The management will be the first institute affiliated to Mumbai University to offer its engineering courses to women. There are in all 65 engineering colleges under the university. In the state, there are only a handful of other managements, which run engineering colleges for women. SNDT University, Pune's Cummins College, Aurangabad's Savitribai Phule College, GH Raisoni Institute in Nagpur are some of the colleges running exclusively for aspiring women engineers. S S Mantha, chairman, AICTE, confirmed that the institute has been given the letter of approval for 300 seats. He added that the engineering college will be an advantage for girls in Thane and neighbouring suburbs.
2014-06-15Deluxe toilets at Thane stn by July 22 - Times of
Deluxe toilets at Thane stn by July 22 Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 15, 2014, 09.52 AM IST THANE: Railway commuters may get better toilet facilities soon, as the work on the deluxe toilet blocks outside Thane station will be ready by July 22, if railway officials are to be believed. Presently, the three blocks at the station are proving to be insufficient to cater to the massive passenger traffic at Thane station. Commuters, especially women and the elderly, are inconvenienced as most of these units are not well-maintained. "Toilets, especially the one near platform 1, is in bad shape and the waste is discharged on the tracks. The railways must ensure that everything is in place before the rains set in to avoid health hazards," said N Deshmukh, a commuter activist. "Work on the new toilet block at the station is underway. We are working towards making it operational for the public by July-end," said a senior station official at Thane.
2014-06-15Thieves assault commuter near Thane railway statio
Thieves assault commuter near Thane railway station Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 16, 2014, 12.00 AM IST THANE: A commuter was allegedly assaulted and stabbed by a group of thieves near Thane station, on Saturday night. The victim was trying to retrieve his mobile phone that he had dropped from the train after being hit on the hand. He was rescued by locals who took him to the nearby Kalwa hospital. Sher Mohammad Shaikh, who works in an automobile firm and is a resident of Mumbra, was returning home from work. He was standing on the footboard of a slow Titwala-bound train, at around 10:45pm, and talking on his phone. He claimed that he was hit on his hand with a stick near the Vitawa bridge and dropped his mobile. Hoping to recover his phone, he alighted at Kalwa station and walked along the tracks to the spot that is around 500m from the station. However, after reaching the spot, he saw four men who panicked after they saw him. When he demanded his phone back, they allegedly assaulted him and one of the accused tried to stab him with a pointed object. Luckily, hearing his shouts, some passerby rushed to the spot and rescued Sher Mohammad. All but one managed to flee and the latter was handed over to the police by the locals, informed a source at Kalwa station. Three others were nabbed later at night. "The men wanted to steal my son's wallet. They hit him on his face, arms and then tried to stab him. My son had a lucky escape," said the victim's father Ahmad Shaikh. The victim was discharged on Sunday morning. The railway police have registered an offence. "We have nabbed four accused and one of them is a juvenile. The incident happened between Thane and Kalwa stations. We will take action against them," said DCP R Ambure of railway police. This is the third assault within a week on commuters along the Thane railway section.
2014-06-15Man booked for allegedly burning his wife to death
Man booked for allegedly burning his wife to death in Thane district PTI| Last Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 00:34 Thane: Thane Rural police on Sunday booked a man from Nallasopara of Thane district`s western part for allegedly burning his wife for a petty reason, the police said. Police Sanja Nikam of the Nallasopara police station told PTI that it was on June 1, when the accused Nandakumar Gautam Barsale, a resident of Nallasopara asked his wife to serve him lunch. However, since his wife, Jyoti N Barasle (23) was busy doing something else, she could not attend to his request immediately. The annoyed husband dragged his wife to the kitchen, doused her in kerosene and allegedly set her afire. Later, she succumbed to her burn injuries at Nair Hospital on June 10, the police said. Today evening, the Nallasopara police registered an offence under Section 302 against the accused and launched a manhunt for him, the police said.
2014-06-15'Metro in Thane will bring relief' - Times of Indi
‘Metro in Thane will bring relief’ TNN | Jun 15, 2014, 09.44 AM IST THANE: Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan's announcement to connect the Metro rail with Thane has come as a great news for Thaneites. Lakhs of Thane residents have to take various modes of transports to reach their workplace everyday. With metro project in place, the travel time will be cut down to a great extent. The CM said that a new route will be diverted towards Thane from the existing Ghatkopar metro project. The government is expecting a feasibility report in a month's time while the detailed project report will be presented by Rites by August 15. Most residents, especially those staying along the Ghodbunder Road, will get a direct connect to Mumbai as the plan is to connect Wadala to Thane via Ghatkopar. Presently, those not using their own vehicles have to depend largely on autos or buses and then switch over to trains to reach Mumbai and then travel by road to reach their offices and vice versa. However, with the metro planning to connect South Mumbai, these residents may not have to switch multiple modes of transport to reach their respective destinations in Mumbai and back, observed a traffic expert. Experts say that if implemented, the metro project will easily do away with the traffic snarls on the busy GB road. "I am ready to take the metro as it will provide me the cool comfort of my car. In addition it will save me a lot of time and money," says Vishal Shah, a businessman who travels to central Mumbai. A civic official said that if the state project comes through it might wean away commuters from the various proposed infrastructure projects planned by the TMC. The civic body has plans to operate BRTS in Thane in addition to start the tram system that might take a beating, said the official.
2014-06-14Thane district will finally be split into 2 parts
Thane district will finally be split into 2 parts from August 15 Chittaranjan Tembhekar & Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jun 14, 2014, 05.06 AM IST THANE: India's most populated district, Thane, will finally be split into two — one a highly urbanised district led by the Thane collectorate and the other with a more tribal populace living in remote areas. Administrative convenience is the main driver of this move. The creation of the state's 36th district, likely to be called Palghar, was cleared by the state cabinet on Friday. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said the new district would start functioning by August 15, and will have 56 government offices located in Palghar. "The new district will need a new administrative set-up, right from offices to appointment of staff," a senior official from the Thane collectorate said, adding, "the Konkan divisional commissioner in his report said the new district will need about 4,300 government employees, including 155 Class-I officers to manage the daily administration." The report, prepared by then Konkan divisional commissioner Vijay Nahata, also suggested two names for the new district—continue with the existing Palghar or rename it 'Sagar' due to its largely coastal topography. The cost of setting up the new administration and starting various schemes in the new district is expected to be around Rs 466 crore. Sources said the state will have to budget for over Rs 300 crore just to set up the offices of the district collector, superintendent of police, district court and zilla parishad office. While district boundaries will be redrawn, the proposed Palghar district will include the eight tribal-dominated talukas of Mokhada, Jawahar, Talasari, Vikramgadh, Wada, Dahanu, Palghar and Vasai. Thane district's jurisdiction will cover the urban talukas of Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Murbad and Shahapur. Barring Vasai and Dahanu, all other talukas in the new district are known for remotely located tribal villages where malnutrition, health, education and transportation have been major concerns. "Since there will be a division of the population, administering public service schemes will become easier," said a senior Mantralaya bureaucrat who has earlier worked in Thane in various capacities. The division of Thane district had become a political issue due to its large area and population. In fact, there have also been demands to trifurcate the revenue and land record administration. The bifurcation was earlier scheduled for May 1, 2013, but was postponed due to some procedural issues. The last districts carved out in the state were Bhandara-Gondiya and Hingoli in 1995. The split will also redraw the political map of the region as Thane district's representation in the assembly will reduce to 18 from the existing 24 MLAs. Palghar will have six assembly segments. "Thane is dominated by the Shiv Sena except for Navi Mumbai which is controlled by senior NCP leader Ganesh Naik. Palghar district is under complete control of Hitendra Thakur and his family. With the split in the region, political equations too will change as these leaders will now have to concentrate on other areas," a political analyst said, adding, "Citizens, especially the tribal population, can benefit more than politicians, as implementation of welfare schemes can now be more focused according to the needs of both districts." Following the government's in-principle approval to splitting Thane, Nagpur MLA Nitin Raut demanded that eight new districts be created from existing ones in Vidarbha region. He said Nagpur district could be divided into Metro Region, Katol and Nagpur, Gadchiroli can be split to create a new district of Aheri, while Chandrapur could be split to create Chimur-Brahmapuri district. There is a long-pending demand to form Khamgaon district by dividing Buldana, similarly tribal parts of Amravati could together form Achalpur district, Pusad split from Yavatmal and Aashti from Wardha districts.
Thane district will finally be split into 2 parts
2014-06-14Mumbai Metro services to be extended till Thane: P
Mumbai Metro services to be extended till Thane: Prithviraj Chavan Chittaranjan Tembhekar | TNN | Jun 14, 2014, 03.32 PM IST MUMBAI: From Ghatkopar, the first metro would be extended to Wadala towards Mumbai, Teen Haat Naka and Kasarwadavli towards Thane to form the metro region's fourth route. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday said government is expecting a final feasibility report on this route within a month's time. The detailed report from Rites is expected by August 15. While replying to a calling attention motion, he admitted that there were mistakes in the first metro which has been implemented on build, operate and transfer basis with private participation and investment. He said the Thane route would be implemented on the lines of Metro 3 which has been planned with the help of Japanese loan. CM's statement was enough to indicate that all the next routes would now be implemented on the lines of Metro 3 for which the loan has been taken from Japanese Bank for International Cooperation instead of involving private developers and investments as in case of the newly operational first line. It may be recalled that the state and the Reliance Infrastructure are locked in a fierce battle over tariffs. As per the preliminary report the cost of the project is expected to be around Rs 22,000 crore and will have 29 stations on the 32-km route. The Rites have been asked to prepare the detailed report now. If extended up to Wadala, the metro will then synchronised with the monorail which will start operating to Jacob Circle from Wadala. Monorail already runs services from Wadala to Chembur. According to sources, the move will also increase the traffic for monorail which runs through congested areas of SoBo and eastern suburbs of Mumbai. According to Chavan, the directors of the metro rail corporation also felt that considering the growth potential along the eastern express highway EEH and Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) road, the metro service could go elevated as well as underground and both options could be studied by the consultants. The first line Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar has already been made operational while for the second metro, Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd, the existing contract for elevated corridor could be converted underground for which Rites had been appointed. The third metro Colaba-Bandra-Seepz has been approved by the centre.Considering the prospects of development within Thane city the government had proposed a metro route within Thane city connecting Teen Haat Naka, Kapurbawadi, and Ghodbunder. However, the project is not economically feasible since majority people in Thane city and nearby areas travel to Mumbai to work. According to Chavan, the proposal to connect Thane and Wadala was hence being examined by MMRDA. Chief Minister said the proposal to link Thane, Kalyan and Bhiwandi through mass rapid transit rail is also being studied.Earlier monorail was planned for these cities but now due to growing population, the government has asked Rites to study rail-based mass rapid transit system to link these cities with the newly proposed Wadala-Thane-Kasarwadavli metro. Meanwhile Girish Bapat of the BJP demanded separate ministry for the metro railway while NCP's Nawab malik said metro railway should over entire MMR which CM assured to consider.
Mumbai Metro services to be extended till Thane: P
2014-06-14Metro services to be extended till Thane, says Cha
Metro services to be extended till Thane, says Chavan By: Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Updated: June 14, 2014 3:10 pm Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday said the Mumbai Metro would be extended till Thane and the final project report would be available with the government in a month’s time. Replying to a discussion on the calling attention notice for the proposed Thane Metro project at the legislative assembly, Chavan said a metro service within Thane city was not economically feasible. Considering the prospects of development in Thane city and in Ghodbunder road area, he said earlier the government had proposed a metro service in the Thane city- Teen Haat Naka- Kaapurbavdi- Ghodbunder road sector and had hired firm Consulting Engineering Services (CES) to prepare a project report including its economical feasibility. However, the report said the project is not economically feasible, since majority of people in Thane city and nearby areas travel to Mumbai for work every day, Chavan said. According to him, a new proposal of Wadala-Ghatkopar-Teen Haat Naka (Thane) is being examined by the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA). A detailed project report by consultant Rail India Technical and Economic Service (Rites) is being prepared. According to the preliminary report, the proposed metro line, linking Mumbai to Thane will cost Rs 22,000 crore and will be of 32 km and have 29 stations. The detailed report is expected in a one’s month, Chavan added. The board of directors of Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation also feels that considering the potential of growth and development along the Eastern Express highway and the Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) marg, the new metro service can be elevated as well as underground. The option is being studied by the consultants, he told the house. The Chief Minister said a proposal to link three main cities of Thane district – Thane, Kalyan and Bhiwandi through a mass rapid transport system is also being studied. Earlier, a mono rail service was planned for these three cities. Chavan said a study was conducted few years back but due to growing population in these areas, the government has asked Rites to conduct a fresh study for a rail based mass rapid transport system to link these cities with the proposed Wadala-Thane-Kasarwadavli Metro. BJP MLA Girish Bapat demanded a separate ministry for Metro railway, while NCP’s Nawab Malik said metro railway should cover the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region MMR). Chavan told the members that their suggestions were good and would be considered. He said the government has planned metro service for Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Navi Mumbai and Nagpur as well. The first phase of Mumbai Metro 11.4 km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar was recently inaugurated on June 8. Sharing details of Metro line 3, he said the Metro line 3 Colaba-Bandra-Seepz has been approved by the centre and for the second Metro line- Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd, Rites is studying the feasibility for its underground sections. Thane legislators Eknath Shinde and Pratap Sarnaik (both of Shiv Sena) through the calling attention notice had criticised the government for delay in commissioning of the Thane Metro saying that the population in Thane district has crossed one crore mark and there was immense pressure on suburban central railway. They asked the government to start the proposed metro service at the earliest to cater to the growing population in the district. Chavan told them that the detailed project report linking Mumbai metro to Thane would be sought before August 15. However, they were not satisfied with the government’s assurance and staged a walkout.
Metro services to be extended till Thane, says Cha
2014-06-14World Cup kicks-off in the dark in Thane - Times o
World Cup kicks-off in the dark in Thane B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 14, 2014, 11.05 PM IST THANE: The FIFA World Cup didn't kick-off on a good start as the city was enveloped in darkness on Thursday night. All the promises made by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) of supplying uninterrupted power went down the drain. Many residents complained to the power provider, but all these fell on deaf ears. Football fans who had made several arrangements to watch the opening ceremony along with their friends and family were a disappointed lot. Residents were upset as they did not receive any prior intimation about the power cut. ''My friends and I were eagerly looking forward to watch the much-talked about opening ceremony of the World Cup. But we were simply unfortunate. This is not the first time that the power supplier is doing something like this. It is an everyday issue now. We have been facing the same ordeal since the last four to five days,'' said Ganesh Edge, a resident of Vasant Vihar. Residents are an upset lot as the MSEDCL officials seems to be doing nothing about the power woes in the city. ''The authorities must understand the sentiments of football lovers. It is a major disappointment to everyone who missed the live action from Brazil on Thursday night. I am a Brazil fan and I was really upset as I did not get to watch their match with Croatia. To enforce a power cut in the middle of the night and that too on the day of the World Cup has not gone down well among football lovers,'' said Saroj Gaitonde, a resident of Patlipada. Meanwhile, MSEDCL sources said, ''Generation shortage has forced us to cut off supply for some time. But on Thursday night, we faced a technical problem in the transformers at Wagle Estate, Kolset and Ghodbunder Road due to excessive load. However, we tried our best to restore power late at night.''
2014-06-14Maharashtra Chess League 2014: Thane Combatants ed
Maharashtra Chess League 2014: Thane Combatants edge Jalgaon Battlers to storm into final through Armageddon by Press Release News14 Jun, 2014 Pune, June 14: The ‘Armageddon’, or ‘sudden death’ as it is popularly known in chess circles, was used to resolve the 3-3 tie in the First Qualifier of the 2nd Johnson Tiles Maharashtra Chess League 2014 wherein a resurgent Thane Combatants edged out Jalgaon Battlers to storm into the final.The ‘Armageddon’ is akin to the ‘super over’ to decide ties in IPL matches.Super GMs Abhijeet Gupta of Thane Combatants and B Adhiban of Jalgaon Battlers contested a cliffhanger where the former playing white had six minutes on his clock while Adhiban had five minutes on his clock.Gupta carved a nice victory to advance while a draw would have sufficed for Jalgaon Battlers to reach the finals.Earlier, Jalgaon Battlers with the highest tally, locked horns with second placed Thane Combatants at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana. Pressure and nerves played a crucial role as SL Narayanan pulled off a big upset, shocking GM Vidit Gujrathi of Jalgaon Battlers, while Pratik Patil returned the favour by defeating IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni.Interestingly the battle between Adhiban and Gupta had petered into a draw in the Rapid, while the tussle between Narayanan Srinath and Prasanna Rao also ended in a draw after the intervention of the arbiter in a repeated position. The scores were thus tied 3-3 and resulted in the tie-break Armageddon.Jalgaon Battlers however get one more chance to enter the final when later in the evening they take on Ahmednagar Checkers in the second qualifier after the latter put on an impressive show to knock out Mumbai Movers 4-2 in the ‘Eliminator, which was played simultaneously.“I thought Adhiban’s decision to play with Black pieces a bit strange after he won the toss even though on hindsight, after scoring a victory it is easier to say that I had a better game,” grinned Gupta.The shocker was a 26-move miniature where L Narayanan crashed through the Caro Kann defence adopted by Vidit Gujrathi.An attempt to attack early backfired as Narayanan sacrificed his knight in a neat tactical shot on the 21st move which in turn forced Vidit to abandon the game on the 26th turn when faced further with loss of material.For Ahmednagar Checkers, reigning under-13 National Champion Aakanksha Hagawane pulled off a big upset by defeating Eesha Karavade in 49 moves, while Shardul Gagare, Tejas Bakre and Padmini Rout brought in the expected victories.For Mumbai Movers Parimarjan Negi outwitted Abhijit Kunte and Himanshu Sharma downed Vignesh N.The results:Qualifier 1: Jalgaon Battlers v Thane Combatants 3-3WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty (2195) lost to IM Tania Sachdev (2368); GM Vidit Gujrathi (2549) lost to Narayanan Sunilduth Lyna (2398); WFM Rucha Pujari (2131) beat Parnali Dharia (1874); GM B Adhiban (2575) drew with Abhijeet Gupta (2636); Pratik Patil (2203) beat IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni (2403); IM Srinath Narayanan (2484) drew with IM Prasanna Raghuram Rao (2427).Eliminator: Mumbai Movers lost to Ahmednagar Checkers 2-4IM Essha Karavade (2437) lost to Aakanksha Hagawane (1675); WGM Bhakti Kulkarni (2278) lost to IM Shardul Gagare (2358); Chinmay Kulkarni (2257) lost to GM Tejas Bakre (2507); GM Parimarjan Negi (2631) beat GM Abhijit Kunte (2482); IM Anup Deshmukh (2256) lost to WGM Padmini Rout (2367); IM Himanshu Sharma (2427) beat Vignesh N (2085).Games: The upsets of the dayNarayanan Sunilduth Lyna (2413) v Vidit Gujrathi (2549): 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nd2 e6 5.Nb3 Nd7 6.Nf3 Ne7 7.Be2 h6 8.O-O Bh7 9.a4 Ng6 10.a5 Be7 11.c4 O-O 12.a6 b6 13.cxd5 exd5 14.Be3 Rc8 15.Rc1 Re8 16.Bd3 Ndf8 17.Nfd2 c5 18.Bb5 Nd7 19.Qg4 Rc7 20.f4 Rf8 21.f5 Ngxe5 22.dxe5 Nxe5 23.Qg3 Qd6 24.Rcd1 Qf6 25.Bf4 Bd6 26.Ne4 1-0.Eesha Karavade (2437) v Aakanksha Hagawane (1802): 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 e6 4.g3 Bb4 5.Bd2 Qe7 6.Bg2 O-O 7.Nc3 d6 8.d5 Nb8 9.O-O e5 10.a3 Bxc3 11.Bxc3 Nbd7 12.Nh4 a5 13.Qc2 a4 14.Nf5 Qd8 15.f4 Re8 16.e4 exf4 17.Rxf4 Ne5 18.Raf1 Bxf5 19.exf5 Neg4 20.Qd2 Ne3 21.Re1 Nxg2 22.Kxg2 Rxe1 23.Qxe1 b5 24.cxb5 Nxd5 25.Rg4 Nf6 26.Rb4 Nd5 27.Re4 Qd7 28.f6 gxf6 29.Qe2 f5 30.Qh5 f6 31.Re1 Qxb5 32.Kh3 Qd7 33.Qf3 c6 34.Bd4 Rb8 35.Kg2 Rb3 36.Qh5 Rb8 37.Rf1 c5 38.Qf3 Qe6 39.Qxf5 Qxf5 40.Rxf5 Ne7 41.Rxf6 cxd4 42.Rxd6 Rxb2 43.Kf3 Rb3 44.Ke4 Rxa3 45.Rxd4 Kf7 46.h4 Ra1 47.g4 a3 48.Ra4 h6 49.Kf3 a2 0-1.
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2014-06-14Mumbai Metro services to be extended till Thane: P
Mumbai Metro services to be extended till Thane: Prithviraj Chavan BY PTI | UPDATED: JUN 14, 2014, 03.31 PM IST MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said the Mumbai Metro would be extended till Thane and the final project report would be available with the government in a month's time. Replying to a discussion on the calling attention notice for the proposed Thane Metro project at the legislative assembly, Chavan said a metro service within Thane city was not economically feasible. However, the report said the project is not economically feasible, since majority of people in Thane city and nearby areas travel to Mumbai for work every day, Chavan said. According to him, a new proposal of Wadala-Ghatkopar-Teen Haat Naka (Thane) is being examined by the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA). A detailed project report by consultant Rail India Technical and Economic Service (Rites) is being prepared. According to the preliminary report, the proposed metro line, linking Mumbai to Thane will cost Rs 22,000 crore and will be of 32 km and have 29 stations. The detailed report is expected in a one's month, Chavan added. The board of directors of Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation also feels that considering the potential of growth and development along the Eastern Express highway and the Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) marg, the new metro service can be elevated as well as underground. The option is being studied by the consultants, he told the house. The Chief Minister said a proposal to link three main cities of Thane district - Thane, Kalyan and Bhiwandi through a mass rapid transport system is also being studied. Earlier, a mono rail service was planned for these three cities. Chavan said a study was conducted few years back but due to growing population in these areas, the government has asked Rites to conduct a fresh study for a rail based mass rapid transport system to link these cities with the proposed Wadala-Thane-Kasarwadavli Metro. BJP MLA Girish Bapat demanded a separate ministry for Metro railway, while NCP's Nawab Malik said metro railway should cover the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Chavan told the members that their suggestions were good and would be considered. He said the government has planned metro service for Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Navi Mumbai and Nagpur as well. The first phase of Mumbai Metro 11.4 km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar was recently inaugurated on June 8. Sharing details of Metro line 3, he said the Metro line 3 Colaba-Bandra-Seepz has been approved by the centre and for the second Metro line- Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd, Rites is studying the feasibility for its underground sections. Thane legislators Eknath Shinde and Pratap Sarnaik (both of Shiv Sena) through the calling attention notice had criticised the government for delay in commissioning of the Thane Metro saying that the population in Thane district has crossed one crore mark and there was immense pressure on suburban central railway. They asked the government to start the proposed metro service at the earliest to cater to the growing population in the district. Chavan told them that the detailed project report linking Mumbai metro to Thane would be sought before August 15. However, they were not satisfied with the government's assurance and staged a walkout.
Mumbai Metro services to be extended till Thane: P
2014-06-14'Metro in Thane will bring relief' - Times of Indi
Metro in Thane will bring relief’ Rajshri Mehta & Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 15, 2014, 02.43 AM IST Thane: Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's announcement to connect the Metro rail with Thane has come as a great news for Thaneites. Lakhs of Thane residents have to take various modes of transports to reach their workplace everyday. With metro project in place, the travel time will be cut down to a great extent. The CM said that a new route will be diverted towards Thane from the existing Ghatkopar metro project. The government is expecting a feasibility report in a month's time while the detailed project report will be presented by Rites by August 15. Most residents, especially those staying along the Ghodbunder Road, will get a direct connect to Mumbai as the plan is to connect Wadala to Thane via Ghatkopar. Presently, those not using their own vehicles have to depend largely on autos or buses and then switch over to trains to reach Mumbai and then travel by road to reach their offices and vice versa. However, with the metro planning to connect South Mumbai, these residents may not have to switch multiple modes of transport to reach their respective destinations in Mumbai and back, observed a traffic expert. Experts say that if implemented, the metro project will easily do away with the traffic snarls on the busy GB road. "I am ready to take the metro as it will provide me the cool comfort of my car. In addition it will save me a lot of time and money," says Vishal Shah, a businessman who travels to central Mumbai. A civic official said that if the state project comes through it might wean away commuters from the various proposed infrastructure projects planned by the TMC. The civic body has plans to operate BRTS in Thane in addition to start the tram system that might take a beating, said the official.
2014-06-14First Metro line to be extended to Wadala and Than
First Metro line to be extended to Wadala and Thane Chittaranjan Tembhekar | TNN | Jun 15, 2014, 12.38 AM IST MUMBAI: The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro line is likely to be extended to Wadala and neighbouring Thane to form a fourth route. The prominent destinations in Thane will be Teen Haat Naka and Kasarwadavli. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday said the government was expecting a final feasibility report on the route within a month. The detailed report from Rites is expected by August 15. Replying to a calling attention motion, Chavan admitted that mistakes were made with Metro 1, implemented on the build-operate-transfer basis with private participation. He said the Thane route would be implemented on the lines of Metro 3, which is to come up with a loan from the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation instead of involving private developers. The statement was enough to indicate that all the routes in future would follow the Metro 3 model.Since the opening of the Metro 1 along the VAG corridor last Sunday, the state and Reliance Infrastructure are locked in a fierce battle over tariff. For the extension, an initial report estimates a cost of Rs 22,000 crore. There will be 29 stations on the 32 km route. At Wadala, Metro-monorail synchronized is planned.
2014-06-14Deluxe toilets at Thane station by July 22 - Times
Deluxe toilets at Thane station by July 22 Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 15, 2014, 02.51 AM IST THANE: Railway commuters may get better toilet facilities soon, as the work on the deluxe toilet blocks outside Thane station will be ready by July 22, if railway officials are to be believed. Presently, the three blocks at the station are proving to be insufficient to cater to the massive passenger traffic at Thane station. Commuters, especially women and the elderly, are inconvenienced as most of these units are not well-maintained. "Toilets, especially the one near platform 1, is in bad shape and the waste is discharged on the tracks. The railways must ensure that everything is in place before the rains set in to avoid health hazards," said N Deshmukh, a commuter activist. "Work on the new toilet block at the station is underway. We are working towards making it operational for the public by July-end," said a senior station official at Thane.
2014-06-14Thane civic body plans to rope in private doctors
Thane civic body plans to rope in private doctors to treat the poor for cataract Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jun 15, 2014, 02.45 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is mulling over roping in private doctors to treat and operate cataract patients in the city and has made a provision of Rs 1 crore in its budget to take the project ahead. "People are not coming forward to get cataract operation done from the civic hospital. In the past three years merely 3,400 operations were performed. People may be reluctant to get the operation done in civic hospitals. In order to encourage poor people to get cataract operation done on time and from reputed doctors, the corporation is thinking of involving private medicos," said a civic official. Accordingly, the civic body had included the proposal in the subjects that the standing committee was scheduled to take up for discussion on Wednesday. However, the issue was not taken up for discussion as the standing committee was adjourned after paying a tribute to late BJP leader Gopinath Munde. The National Urban Heath Mission (NUHM) was launched to address the health concerns of the urban poor and the civic body of cities was included as part of the plan drawn to provide better facilities to the poor. According to national parameters, average two per cent of the total population should be treated under the urban health scheme, but when it comes to cataract operation in Thane, the ratio is way below average. "Though the intention of this proposal is good, political leaders in the TMC may oppose the move and would emphasize on strengthening civic hospitals with modern equipment and qualified doctors," said another TMC official.
2014-06-14Mumbai Metro to be extended up to Thane with 32km
Mumbai Metro to be extended up to Thane with 32km line: Chavan | Saturday , June 14 , 2014 | Mumbai, Jun 14 (PTI) : Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday said the Mumbai Metro would be extended till Thane and the final project report would be available with the government in a month. The first phase of Mumbai Metro, the 11.4km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar line, was inaugurated on June 8. Replying to a discussion on the calling attention notice for the proposed Thane Metro project at the legislative assembly, Chavan said a metro service within Thane city was not economically feasible. Earlier, he said, considering the prospects of development in Thane city and in Ghodbunder road area, the government had proposed a metro service in the Thane city- Teen Haat Naka- Kaapurbavdi- Ghodbunder road sector and had hired Consulting Engineering Services (CES) to prepare a project report.However, CES had said the project is not economically feasible, since most of the people in Thane city and nearby areas travel to Mumbai for work every day, Chavan said. According to him, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) is now examining a new proposal of Wadala-Ghatkopar-Teen Haat Naka (Thane). Rail India Technical & Economic Service (Rites) is preparing a detailed project report. According to the preliminary report, the proposed metro line linking Mumbai with Thane will cost Rs 22,000 crore and will be of 32 km and have 29 stations. The board of directors of Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation also feels that, considering the potential of growth and development along the Eastern Express highway and the Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) Marg, the new metro service can be elevated as well as underground. The Chief Minister said a proposal to link three main cities of Thane district – Thane, Kalyan and Bhiwandi through a mass rapid transport system is also being studied. Earlier, a mono rail service was planned for these three cities. Chavan said a study was conducted few years back but due to growing population in these areas, the government has asked Rites to conduct a fresh study for a rail-based mass rapid transport system to link these cities with the proposed Wadala-Thane-Kasarwadavli Metro. BJP MLA Girish Bapat demanded a separate ministry for Metro railway, while NCP's Nawab Malik said metro railway should cover the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Chavan told the members that their suggestions were good and would be considered. He said the government has planned metro service for Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Navi Mumbai and Nagpur as well. Sharing details of Metro line 3, he said the Metro line 3 Colaba-Bandra-Seepz has been approved by the Centre and for the second Metro line- Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd, Rites is studying the feasibility for its underground sections. Thane legislators Eknath Shinde and Pratap Sarnaik (both of Shiv Sena) through the calling attention notice had criticised the government for delay in commissioning of the Thane Metro saying that the population in Thane district has crossed one crore mark and there was immense pressure on suburban central railway. They asked the government to start the proposed metro service at the earliest to cater to the growing population in the district. Chavan told them that the detailed project report linking Mumbai metro to Thane would be sought before August 15. However, they were not satisfied with the government's assurance and walked out.
Mumbai Metro to be extended up to Thane with 32km
2014-06-14Mumbai Metro services to be extended till Thane: P
Mumbai Metro services to be extended till Thane: Prithviraj Chavan Sat, 14 Jun 2014-03:43pm , Mumbai , PTI Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday said the Mumbai Metro would be extended till Thane and the final project report would be available with the government in a month's time. Replying to a discussion on the calling attention notice for the proposed Thane Metro project at the legislative assembly, Chavan said a metro service within Thane city was not economically feasible. Considering the prospects of development in Thane city and in Ghodbunder road area, he said earlier the government had proposed a metro service in the Thane city- Teen Haat Naka-Kaapurbavdi-Ghodbunder road sector and had hired firm Consulting Engineering Services (CES) to prepare a project report including its economical feasibility. However, the report said the project is not economically feasible, since majority of people in Thane city and nearby areas travel to Mumbai for work every day, Chavan said. According to him, a new proposal of Wadala-Ghatkopar-Teen Haat Naka (Thane) is being examined by the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA). A detailed project report by consultant Rail India Technical and Economic Service (Rites) is being prepared. According to the preliminary report, the proposed metro line, linking Mumbai to Thane will cost Rs 22,000 crore and will be of 32 km and have 29 stations. The detailed report is expected in a one's month, Chavan added. The board of directors of Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation also feels that considering the potential of growth and development along the Eastern Express highway and the Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) marg, the new metro service can be elevated as well as underground. The option is being studied by the consultants, he told the house. The Chief Minister said a proposal to link three main cities of Thane district – Thane, Kalyan and Bhiwandi through a mass rapid transport system is also being studied. Earlier, a mono rail service was planned for these three cities. Chavan said a study was conducted few years back but due to growing population in these areas, the government has asked Rites to conduct a fresh study for a rail based mass rapid transport system to link these cities with the proposed Wadala-Thane-Kasarwadavli Metro. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Girish Bapat demanded a separate ministry for Metro railway, while NCP's Nawab Malik said metro railway should cover the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Chavan told the members that their suggestions were good and would be considered. He said the government has planned metro service for Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Navi Mumbai and Nagpur as well. The first phase of Mumbai Metro 11.4 km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar was recently inaugurated on June 8. Sharing details of Metro line 3, he said the Metro line 3 Colaba-Bandra-Seepz has been approved by the centre and for the second Metro line- Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd, Rites is studying the feasibility for its underground sections. Thane legislators Eknath Shinde and Pratap Sarnaik (both of Shiv Sena) through the calling attention notice had criticised the government for delay in commissioning of the Thane Metro saying that the population in Thane district has crossed one crore mark and there was immense pressure on suburban central railway. They asked the government to start the proposed metro service at the earliest to cater to the growing population in the district. Chavan told them that the detailed project report linking Mumbai metro to Thane would be sought before August 15. However, they were not satisfied with the government's assurance and staged a walkout.
Mumbai Metro services to be extended till Thane: P
2014-06-13Thane: Man Suspected to be Thief Beaten to Death -
Thane: Man Suspected to be Thief Beaten to Death Mumbai | Press Trust of India | Updated: June 13, 2014 09:39 IST THANE: A 45-year-old man from Nallasopara in western part of Thane district was allegedly beaten to death by a mob who suspected him to be a thief, district rural police said today. As per a complaint filed by a woman, she saw about ten locals chasing the man yesterday morning in Nallasopara area, Waliv police station inspector Narayan Patil said. The mob, armed with iron rods and sticks, allegedly beat up the man severely following which he died on the spot, Mr Patil said. The body of the deceased, identified as Mohamad Yunus Ansari, a resident of Dhaniv Bhaugh in Nallasopara, was later sent for postmortem to a local government hospital. Police have identified some of those who beat up the man and have registered offences against them under Indian Penal Code or IPC sections 302 (murder), 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 148 and 149. A manhunt has been launched to nab the accused, police added.
2014-06-13Maharashtra cabinet approves Thane district divisi
Maharashtra cabinet approves Thane district division to create Palghar BY PTI | UPDATED: JUN 13, 2014, 05.03 PM IST MUMBAI: Palghar is all set to be Maharashtra's 36th district with the state cabinet today approving the long pending proposal to bifurcate Thane district. Eight talukas of Palghar, Jawahar, Mokhada, Talasari, Vasai, Wada, Dahanu and Vikramgad will now form part of Palghar district. The new district headquarters will now be stationed at Palghar. While Thane, Kalyan, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi, Murbad and Shahapur will continue to be part of Thane district. The government will set aside Rs 450 crore to create infrastructure in Palghar and the new district will come into being from August 1, government sources said. With the proposal for bifurcation of Thane district cleared, there were more demands for creation of new districts from within the cabinet, they said. EGS minister Nitin Raut demanded new districts be created in Vidarbha as well for better governance. To which, it was decided to set up a committee to look into the demands and take decisions accordingly. Thane district has seven municipal corporations and 24 MLAs and there has been demand for bifurcation of the district for better administration.
Maharashtra cabinet approves Thane district divisi
2014-06-13Man suspected to be thief beaten to death in Thane
Man suspected to be thief beaten to death in Thane PTI| Last Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014 - 10:03 Thane: A 45-year-old man from Nallasopara in western part of Thane district was allegedly beaten to death by a mob who suspected him to be a thief, district rural police said today. As per a complaint filed by a woman, she saw about ten locals chasing the man yesterday morning in Nallasopara area, Waliv police station inspector Narayan Patil said. The mob, armed with iron rods and sticks, allegedly beat up the man severely following which he died on the spot, Patil said.The body of the deceased, identified as Mohamad Yunus Ansari, a resident of Dhaniv Bhaugh in Nallasopara, was later sent for postmortem to a local government hospital. Police have identified some of those who beat up the man and have registered offences against them under IPC sections 302 (murder), 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 148 and 149. A manhunt has been launched to nab the accused, police added.
2014-06-13Engineering student stabbed to death in Mumbai loc
Engineering student stabbed to death in Mumbai local train Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Jun 13, 2014, 06.39 AM IST MUMBAI: An engineering student, Tushar Jadhav (23), son of a sales tax officer, was found with stab injuries in the luggage compartment of a Trans-Harbour local in the early hours of Thursday. He died on the way to hospital. Tushar, an Airoli resident, had boarded the Thane train from Panvel but was fatally assaulted near Ghansoli station by an unidentified person. Jadhav reportedly had stab wounds on his neck, stomach, back and hands, but police have ruled out theft as no valuables were missing from his person. A blood-soaked knife, a broken sandal and a black bag were found inside the compartment. Jadhav, who was studying at an automobile engineering college in Ratnagiri, was returning with 10 friends after appearing for his last exam. His friends got down at Panvel while Jadhav boarded the luggage compartment at the Thane-end, adjoining the ladies coach, of the first Panvel-Thane local at 4.35am. Police said as the train was passing Ghansoli, the constable in the adjoining coach heard screams for help. But when he got down at Rabale, the next station, he found an injured Jadhav alone in the compartment. Police said as the train started, he boarded the coach and alerted the helpline which arranged for the victim to be taken to a hospital in Thane. However the youth died by the time he reached hospital. Jadhav had called his mother Vandana, a housewife, after boarding the Konkan Kanya Express on Wednesday night. But when his parents dialled his number the next morning, they got no response. "We learned of the incident only after police informed us around 8am," said his father Arun Jadhav. Relatives alleged that police negligence was responsible for Jadhav's death. "We were told by some policemen that the constable dismissed the screams as those of some drunkard. The constable only got off at Thane to check what happened in the adjoining coach," alleged Hemant Natlekar, a relative.However, DCP Rupali Ambure dismissed allegations that the cop in the train failed to react to the situation and said police were checking CCTV footage along stations where the train halted. The train was regulated at the station for over two hours as initial investigations were still going on. This blocked one platform for the Trans harbor trains that could use only the other platform throwing the schedules of morning peak hour trains in disarray. "We had to regulate the train till 7:30am at the platform as the police was investigating the case. Train were running late on this sector but we ensured it didn't last beyond 10:30am," said a station official. Eyes donated Parents of the deceased T Jadhav decided to donate the eyes of their son before his cremation. His father said there was no such wish made by his son but it was a voluntary act. "We wanted him to remain alive in this world and this was one of the best ways we could do," said a relative at Thane civil hospital where the eyes were donated.
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2014-06-1364 Thane schools refuse admission to kids under RT
64 Thane schools refuse admission to kids under RTE quota Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 13, 2014, 10.31 PM IST THANE: Despite repeated warnings and reminders, many schools in the city are still turning down students seeking admission under the Right To Education (RTE) quota. According to sources, the education department has received several complaints saying that schools have turned down parents.As many as 2,532 seats have been allotted under the RTE quota. But, till now, only 553 have been filled. Harried parents have complained saying that schools are citing lame excuses while refusing admission. Though school authorities have said that students will be admitted in the second round, parents are skeptical about it. According to sources, out of 104 schools that have the RTE quota, 64 did not admit students under it this academic year citing various reasons. ''I live in Kokanipada and there are three schools in my vicinity. Around eight students had approached the schools to get admission under the RTE quota, but they did not receive any favourable response,'' said a parent, who has now approached the TMC's education department. Another parent also echoed the same views. ''The school that I had approached kept on repeatedly calling me. But so far, my child hasn't secured an admission,'' he said. Meanwhile, the education department said that they will look into the matter and take stern action against anyone found flouting norms.
2014-06-13Decision to bifurcate Thane district appropriate,
Decision to bifurcate Thane district appropriate, says MP Press Trust of India | Thane June 13, 2014 Last Updated at 20:06 IST Kunbi Sena chief and Congress candidate from the Bhiwandi Lok Sabha constituency Vishwanath Patil said here today that the Maharashtra Chief Minister had taken the approporate decision by bifurcating the Thane district. The government should have also bifurcated the talukas of Sahapur, Bhiwandi, Dahanu and Palghar into Khardi, Ambadi, Kasa and Manor for better administration, he told PTI. He also said that since Manor was centrally located and equidistant, it should be made the headquarters of the new district. Meanwhile, the new district would lose benefits under the "centrally backward region", if Vasai is included in the district, experts have opined. According to these norms, the district should have at least 50 per cent of total tribal population to get these benefits. If Vasai is included, it would lose these benefits and hence there is already a demand that Vasai should be removed from the new district.
2014-06-13New District to be Carved Out of Heavily Populated
New District to be Carved Out of Heavily Populated Thane Updated: June 13, 2014 21:52 IST MUMBAI: India's most populous district - Thane - will be split and a new district Palghar carved out of it soon, officials said in Mumbai on Friday. Pending since 20 years, the proposal to split Thane - with a population of over 12 million, nearly 10 per cent of the state population - was approved by the state cabinet in Mumbai on Friday, but immediately sparked protests from various opposition parties, including the Shiv Sena. Besides being the most populous district in the country, it also has the largest number of seven municipal corporations for any district in the country, nestling in its 9,600 sq. km area. In Maharashtra, after Mumbai, it is the second biggest in terms of number of assembly segments - 24 in four Lok Sabha constituencies, and is the third most industrialized district in the state. With history dating it back to 1817, Thane today offers some stark contrasts. On one hand, with the ongoing urbanization Thane city is dotted with skyscrapers, swank malls and multiplexes, flyovers and wide roads, and on the other, barely a few score km away are some of the most wretched tribal villages and hamlets in the hilly forested regions and tiny fishing villages on the coast. Terming the bifurcation as politically motivated in view of the ensuing assembly elections, the Shiv Sena and other parties had demanded trifurcation on the basis of the coastal, hilly and urban make-up of Thane. Vasai Independent legislator Vivek Pandit has demanded that since the problems of these three distinct areas are different, the state government should have split Thane into three districts to serve the people better. This is the first major bifurcation of a district after 1999, when Gondiya and Gadchiroli were created in the eastern Vidarbha region of the state, taking the total count to 35 districts in Maharashtra. After the creation of Palghar - by Aug 15 - the state will have 36 districts.
2014-06-13Thane railway activists question safety on station
Thane railway activists question safety on station premises Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 14, 2014, 02.03 AM IST THANE: The issue of passengers' safety has come to fore following the brutal attack on a student aboard a local train on Thursday. Railway activists are now questioning the security measures on railway premises despite tall claims made by authorities. We have always been requesting the station officials to ensure they install adequate security measures at the station but that seems to have fallen on deaf ears, said N Deshmukh, a railway activist from Thane. "We feel scared to travel in train at night alone. We feel the need of police presence in general compartments at night," said Manish Gupta, a resident of Kalwa.A station official admitted there are inadequate number of cameras at several stations and said a review was needed on their location. "There are insufficient number of cameras on the platforms and the ones installed do not capture the entire area," said a railway official from Kalwa station, who had recently written to higher authorities regarding reworking the CCTV placements. Around two months have passed but there has been no response, said the official. A senior Government Railway Police (GRP) official agreed that Thane and the Trans-Harbour lines needed more coverage but said they had adequate personnel who man trains after dusk. The railways said providing security on station premises was the responsibility of the Railway Protection Force and GRP. "They must coordinate among themselves," said a senior official. Tushar Jadhav, an automobile engineering student, was stabbed repeatedly by an unknown assailant with a knife while he was on his way home in the wee hours of Thursday. In April 2014, a man was killed and his body was dumped on the railway platform.
2014-06-13Thane, India's most populous district, to be split
Thane, India’s most populous district, to be split MUMBAI, JUNE 13: Thane, India’s most populous district has been split. The Maharashtra Government on Friday decided to carve Palghar out of the district. Palghar will be the headquarters of the new district, which will have eight taluks (sub-districts). The residual Thane district will have seven taluks including Thane city. Palghar, Vasai, Mokhada, Talasari, Jawahar, Wada, Dahanu and Vikramgad will now form part of Palghar district. While Thane, Kalyan, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Murbad, Ambernath and Shahapur will continue to be part of Thane district. Thane district, with a large tribal population, huge tracts of forest and inaccessible areas has always been challenge for the administrators. The tribal belt will now come under Palghar. Chief Executive Officer of Thane Zilla Parishad, Shekhar Gaikwad told Business Line that the new district will help the tribal population get better and faster access to government services. “Today for getting a caste certificate, tribal persons have to travel three and half hours and spend about ?200 to reach the district headquarters. With formation of Palghar, the distance and travel expenses will reduce considerably,” he said. Gaikwad said that Palghar, with a new District Collector, will be more accessible to the people. It will help in keeping a close watch on field development. Today, due to the expanse of the district, State Government officers have to travel long distances to reach services to the local population. The State Government has earmarked funds for tribal development and with the formation of Palghar, utilisation of funds will be better, he said. Palghar will get 56 new State Government offices. About ?466 crore has been earmarked for various administrative expenses.
2014-06-13Gang held by Thane RPF for looting railway commute
Gang held by Thane RPF for looting railway commuters Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 14, 2014, 02.05 AM IST THANE: The Thane Railway Protection Force arrested a gang that used to target commuters who overslept and reached the stabling yard and loot them. Constable Y Chandel was patrolling the stabling lines at Thane on Wednesday night when he saw some men trying to rob a commuter who had overslept. Seeing the cop, two others fled while one accused Vipal Sidh, a resident of Mumbra, was nabbed. He was handed over to the Government Railway Police that is now investigating the case. The man has been booked under Sections 397 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and police are looking for his aides.
2014-06-13Eight who killed thief set free by Thane Sessions
Eight who killed thief set free by Thane Sessions Court Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 14, 2014, 02.09 AM IST THANE: The Thane Sessions Court, on Thursday, acquitted eight villagers from Thane suburbs, who were charged for beating up two thieves, thereby killing one and injuring another.Thane Additional Sessions Judge A S Waghwase passed the judgment and noted that the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against the villagers from Dahisar village in Shil-Daighar area. The prosecution told the court that on January 17, 2010, during the wee hours, a woman noticed two persons climbing the window of her house to carry out burglary. Eight villagers gathered after she raised an alarm and nabbed the duo. The thieves were beaten up badly, which caused the death of one and fatally injured another.The eight people were charged under various sections. The defense counsel stated that the injured thief had not identified the accused during an identification parade. Also, the thief was not traceable due to which the charges were not proved.
2014-06-13Consider waterways option in Thane: Sena - Times o
Consider waterways option in Thane: Sena Manoj Badgeri | Jun 14, 2014, 02.07 AM IST THANE: Keeping in mind the increasing number of vehicles hitting the roads daily and the population growth in the city, Shiv Sena leaders have suggested exploring waterways as an alternative mode of transportation. "Traffic in the city is increasing by the day. Lack of advance planning has resulted in slow moving traffic at several key junctions. Also, road infrastructure projects planned for Thane are not taking off or are delayed. The city has a vast shoreline and exploring the same for transportation seems a viable option," said MLA Pratap Sarnaik, who recently wrote to the state about the same. On Thursday, Sena MP Rajan Vichare also met the union minister of forest and environment to boost this mode of transport. "A request to start waterways from Thane Creek front has been made to Sunil Jawdekar," said a source. Residents along the Ghodbunder Road find it difficult to commute using roads or rail. If the waterway is opened for traffic, it would help in decongesting the city roads, said a civic official.
2014-06-13Maharashtra cabinet approves division of Thane dis
Maharashtra cabinet approves division of Thane district to create Palghar district Fri, 13 Jun 2014-04:25pm , Mumbai , PTI Palghar is all set to be Maharashtra's 36th district with the state cabinet on Friday approving the long pending proposal to bifurcate Thane district. Eight talukas of Palghar, Jawahar, Mokhada, Talasari, Vasai, Wada, Dahanu and Vikramgad will now form part of Palghar district. The new district headquarters will now be stationed at Palghar. While Thane, Kalyan, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi, Murbad and Shahapur will continue to be part of Thane district. The government will set aside Rs 450 crore to create infrastructure in Palghar and the new district will come into being from August 1, government sources said. With the proposal for bifurcation of Thane district cleared, there were more demands for creation of new districts from within the cabinet, they said. EGS minister Nitin Raut demanded new districts be created in Vidarbha as well for better governance. To which, it was decided to set up a committee to look into the demands and take decisions accordingly. Thane district has seven municipal corporations and 24 MLAs and there has been demand for bifurcation of the district for better administration. Meanwhile, the decision to bifurcate the district was received with mixed reactions in Thane and Palghar on Friday. People in Palghar welcomed the move and celebrated by distributing sweets and bursting crackers in main squares in the town. Also, leaders of both Congress and the NCP came out in the open and celebrated the announcement. City Congress President Bal Purnekar said the government had taken the right decision and it will be beneficial to all. Educational, communication, health and other infrastructure including the water facility needs to be provided in the new district and that requires sufficient planning and funds, he said. However, they were some who said that the government should have considered the tribal population of the district while taking the decision.
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2014-06-12Cong, NCP agree on Thane bifurcation - Indian Expr
Cong, NCP agree on Thane bifurcation By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:June 13, 2014 5:20 am After a complete rout in the Lok Sabha polls in Thane district, the Congress and ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have finally evolved a consensus on the contentious issue of bifurcation of Thane. The proposal is now expected to be brought before the state cabinet on Friday. Congress and NCP leaders said the bifurcation move could be declared either on the final day of the state legislature on June 14 or sometime next week. The proposal to bifurcate Thane into two districts — Thane and Palghar — has been caught in the cross hairs of Congress-NCP electoral maths for some time now. During a meeting convened by Legislative Council Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh on Thursday, both parties decided to go ahead with the move. The Congress-controlled revenue department has already moved a formal proposal regarding the bifurcation, which has been pending with NCP leader Ajit Pawar-led finance department for some time now. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Pawar were present in Thursday’s meeting.
2014-06-12Damage to meter leads to water cut in Thane - Time
Damage to meter leads to water cut in Thane TNN | Jun 13, 2014, 02.35 AM IST THANE: Water supply to a few parts of Thane was disrupted after a JCB machine of a private road contractor damaged the meter and sensor that gauges water supply to areas of Majiwada. Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) officials said that the water supply stopped for an hour to repair the damaged meter and sensor. "The sensor and meter are important as they gauge how much water has been supplied to a particular area and accordingly the billing is done. The repair work started late in the afternoon and was completed by evening," said a TMC official. He added that the TMC commissioner and other senior officials would take a call on the recovery issue.
2014-06-12Gutka seized in Thane; three held - Business Stand
Gutka seized in Thane; three held Press Trust of India | Thane June 12, 2014 Last Updated at 13:02 IST Three persons were today arrested after gutka was seized from their possession during raid at a premises in Nallasopara area of Thane district. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials along with a police team raided the Abdul chawl in Suresh Budhaji Jadhav Nagar of Nallasopara and seized gutka of various brands, FDA, Thane, Joint Commissioner P M Raut said. A gutka packing machine and packaging material were also seized from the premises, he said. The three persons were caught red-handed while they were involved in packing operation at the place, he said. The quantity and value of the seized gutka was being assessed, he said. Offences under sections 272 (adulteration of food or drink intended for sale), 273, 179 (refusing to answer public servant authorised to question), 188, 328, 420 (cheating) and 34 of IPC and also sections of Food Safety and Standards Act have been registered against the trio with Valiv police station under Vasai division, the official added. The sale, manufacture and distribution of gutka is banned under the Food Safety and Regulation (Prohibition) Act.
2014-06-12Thane ACB court acquits 2 cops of graft charges -
Thane ACB court acquits 2 cops of graft chargesThe writer has posted comments on this articleTNN | Jun 13, 2014, 02.33 AM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesREAD MORE Vasant Jadhav|Ramchandra Kalantre|Policemen|Police naik|Anti Corruption BureauRELATEDTHANE: Two policemen, charged with taking a bribe, were recently acquitted by the special judge of Thane Anti-Corruption Court, K R Warrier. They were accused of accepting a bribe of Rs 400 from a businessman in a cheque-bouncing case. The judgement was passed on the ground that the sanction to prosecute the policemen was granted by the then-joint commissioner of police without 'applying his mind' on the facts of the case. Ramchandra Kalantre, a police naik and Vasant Jadhav, a constable, were tried under the sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for accepting an illegal gratification of Rs 400 as part of Rs 1,000 bribe to favour one Praveen Tare, a printing press owner. "No evidence or explanation was recorded in the order or before the court as to why this bribe was sought. There are no material facts in the order or in the replies given by the competent authority and in absence of both, it is clear that the sanction was given mechanically without application of mind," said the judge. Tare had filed a cheque-bouncing case against Dadar-based M/s Venus Marketing India Ltd. On September 11, 2005, the two policemen said a non-bailable warrant had been issued against Tare. Though Tare pointed out that he was the complainant, the two cops made him sit at Naupada police station till 11.30am after which they sought a bribe of Rs 5,000. The amount was reduced to Rs 1,000 through negotiations. As Tare had only Rs 400, the policemen accepted it promising not to serve the warrants. Tare then filed a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Bureau. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=Vasant Jadhav,Ramchandra Kalantre,Policemen,Police naik,Anti Corruption Bureau
2014-06-12Two drown to death while cleaning nullah in Thane
Two drown to death while cleaning nullah in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 12, 2014, 10.49 PM IST THANE: Two workers, assigned the job of nullah-cleaning, drowned in a nullah near Rustomjee Complex at Majiwada on Wednesday.Senior inspector J S Kadam from Kapurbawdi police station said, "Raju, a 30-year-old worker, slipped into the nullah while cleaning it and in order to rescue him, another worker jumped in. However, both lost their lives. While Raju's body was identified by his brother, details of the other deceased are unknown." Kadam added that no case has been registered so far. "Only after verifying whether the deaths took place due to negligence of the contractor or victims, further course of action can be taken," said Kadam. Till the time of going to press, no case was registered and further details of the contractor or the victims were awaited by the police.
2014-06-12Gutka seized in Thane - Sahara Samay
Gutka seized in Thane; three held Last Updated : 12 Jun 2014 01:52:24 PM IST More Gutka seized in Thane   Three persons were arrested on Thursday after gutka was seized from their possession during raid at a premises in Nallasopara area of Thane district. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials along with a police team raided the Abdul chawl in Suresh Budhaji Jadhav Nagar of Nallasopara and seized gutka of various brands, FDA, Thane, Joint Commissioner P M Raut said. A gutka packing machine and packaging material were also seized from the premises, he said.     The three persons were caught red-handed while they were involved in packing operation at the place, he said.   The quantity and value of the seized gutka was being assessed, he said. Offences under sections 272 (adulteration of food or drink intended for sale), 273, 179 (refusing to answer public servant authorised to question), 188, 328, 420 (cheating) and 34 of IPC and also sections of Food Safety and Standards Act have been registered against the trio with Valiv police station under Vasai division, the official added. The sale, manufacture and distribution of gutka is banned under the Food Safety and Regulation (Prohibition) Act.   Raut said around 100 kg of gutka stock was seized, valued at about Rs 26,800. The three men arrested were identified as Tanjeem Ahmed Khan (30), his two helpers Jishem Abdul Khan (20) and Govind Ramlal Chowrasia (36), all hailing from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and presently residing in Thane district, he said. 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2014-06-12Clariant India shifts HQ to Navi Mumbai from Thane
Clariant India shifts HQ to Navi Mumbai from Thane Mumbai June 12, 2014 Last Updated at 16:24 IST As a part of the company’s plan to increase business through greater focus on innovation and profitable growth, Clariant Chemicals India Limited has inagurated a state-of-the-art headquarter at Reliable Tech Park in Airoli, Navi Mumbai. The new office will allow Clariant to expand its capacity, generate value and greater service satisfaction to its customers. The new headquarters have been designed to act as a catalyst for the envisioned growth of the company’s operations in India. Dr Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, Clariant International Limited, commented, “The future of Clariant is in Asia – and India is a key market for Clariant globally. I am excited to open a new chapter for Clariant in the country with the new HQ in Navi Mumbai. The new office will afford us the opportunity to broaden our customer base, deliver innovative solutions and create value that will benefit all our stakeholders. We intend to improve our market presence and generate additional growth through a sustained thrust on innovation.” Dr Deepak Parikh, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Clariant Chemicals India Ltd, added, “2014 is a year of transformation for Clariant in India. As we continue to grow, it is important that our facilities reflect and act as enablers for our commitment to innovation and fleet-footed customer services. It will be our endeavour to utilise this facility to its full potential and drive Clariant into a new era of prosperity and success.” The new facility covers a total area of 140,000 sq feet will eventually house around 400 employees across the various service functions and the businesses of pigments, additives, industrial & consumer specialties, masterbatches, and also their technical service teams.
2014-06-11Thane Gorek takes contemporary realism to surreali
Thane Gorek takes contemporary realism to surrealistic heights POSTED: 06/10/2014 09:35:40 PM MDT Artist and art instructor Thane Gorek grew up in Greeley and went on to attend the School of Visual Arts in New York City on a scholarship receiving a bachelor of fine art degree. Gorek started working as an illustrator, but soon found that he was better suited to creating his own works of art. He is also a teacher working five days a week at the Schissler Academy of Fine Art in downtown Loveland on Fourth Street. Gorek can remember that as a child, he did a watercolor of a shoe that impressed his parents. His parents responded to his talent by hiring a private instructor. This had a strong influence on his work later in life. He was also in the Advanced Placement program at school.Gorek's first sale came later — a still life of a hat hanging on a hook. He says that he does not work fast, however, he has created over 100 finely crafted works of art. Gorek defines his work as contemporary realism. He takes his art beyond a simple bowl of fruit into a surrealistic fantasy. Through painstaking attention to detail, he his work could be considered hyperrealistic. He markets his paintings in galleries and travels to places like Santa Fe to promote his work and to add galleries. He frequently enters juried competition and tries for at least three shows a year.
2014-06-11Thane: 2 killed as chemical tanker falls on slums
Thane: 2 killed as chemical tanker falls on slums INDIA Updated: Jun 11, 2014 19:34 IST Two persons were on Wednesday killed and 9 others injured when a chemical-laden tanker fell from the Mumbra bypass in Thane over hutments in an adjoining slum area. The tanker, containing Methyl Hexil Nitrate, left from Vadodara in Gujarat and was heading towards the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust when it met with the accident at around 7.45am near the Devripada-Atlanta bypass, Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) chief Santosh Kadam said. The driver was apparently reversing the tanker and did not realise that it was on the edge of the road. As a result, the rear wheel skidded off the road and the driver lost control of the vehicle, he said. The weight of the chemical-laden container tore open the concrete barrier wall, built to prevent such accidents, and came hurtling down nearly 150-200 ft on the hutments, severely injuring its residents, Kadam said. The rescue work continued for six hours to extricate those trapped in the hutments, involving efforts of more than 40 employees of the RDMC and fire brigade, while two giant cranes and fire brigade vehicles were also pressed into service, he said. The deceased were identified as Madhavi Prabhakar Halde (15) and Hari Bhiku Chouhan (35), RDMC said. The injured were rushed to a nearby municipal hospital. Locals demanded authorities to implement speed restrictions and monitoring of seedy vehicles. They also demanded that a safety wall be put up as residents living near the Mumbra bypass, where several accidents have taken place. A case has been registered against the tanker driver, Manilal Pal, under sections 279 (rash driving) and 304(a) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of Indian Penal Code at the Mumbra police station, a police official said.
2014-06-11Two groups clash during village meet in Thane; ten
Two groups clash during village meet in Thane; ten held Last Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 12:27 Thane (Maha): Ten persons have been arrested following a clash between two groups during a village meet in Jawhar tehsil of the district, police said Wednesday. The Thane District Rural police arrested the accused on Tuesday from Nehale village in the district. "A meeting had been convened in Nehale village on Tuesday to discuss the proposal to change the police patil (village-level police assistant). Soon heated argument broke out among the members over several issues. However, things went out of control as members of two rival groups clashed and attacked each other," PI Keshavrao Naik of Jawhar police station told PTI. Cross complaints have been registered by the two rival groups in this regard. As per the complaint lodged by one Raju Kokate, a group of seven people, led by one Sunil S Jhawre disrupted the meeting and later attacked them. In his cross complaint, Jhawre said Kokate and his half a dozen supporters attacked them during the meet. Further investigation is on, police said.
2014-06-11Thane: Villager ends life over wife's illicit affa
Thane: Villager ends life over wife's illicit affair Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12:33 [IST] Thane, Jun 11: A 32-year-old villager allegedly committed suicide after he came to know about his wife's illicit relationship, police said on Wednesday. According to PSI P G Pawar of Kalyan taluka police station, the victim identified as Jairam Janardhan Bhoir was a resident of Kochle village of Vashind. He ended his life by jumping into the Bhatsa river in the village on June 6 after being constantly harassed and allegedly beaten up by brothers when he objected to the affair. His body was found yesterday, police said. The police have booked the three brothers Balchandra Bhoir, Ananta Bhoir and Naresh Bhoir in connection with the incident.
Thane: Villager ends life over wife
2014-06-1115 Thane players shine at national gymnastics meet
15 Thane players shine at national gymnastics meet B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 12, 2014, 03.49 AM IST Thane: Gymnasts from Thane helped the state team bag the winners' crown at the 23rd national level rhythmic gymnastics championship at Dadoji Konddev stadium. The championship was held between June 8 and 10. Thane players made the most of the event by winning hordes of medals, representing Maharashtra. Thane gymnasts came home with the highest number of medals, outplaying 11 other states that participated in the competition. Maharashtra won 83 medals, including 62 gold, 18 silver and three bronze. "Our girls performed their hearts out to claim top medals in various groups. This certainly added maximum points for the state contingent to win the top honour. Out of 25 players in the state team, Thane had a major share of 15 gymnasts," said Pooja Surve, coach of Thane players. In the under-5 age group, Thane players ruled the roost. Sajukta Kale was richer by three gold and two silver medals while Manvi Chitnis clinched four gold medals. Kimya Karle won two gold and a silver while Drushti Doke and Kasturi Kuvlekar got two and one gold medal respectively. In under-10 section, Priyanka Acharya held her nerves to win a record five gold and a silver whereas Anushka Avavane won three gold and three silver as Advita Parab got two gold.Besides, Rose Malamel and Shreya Bhangle were able to manage one gold each. In the under-12 group, leading the local girls from the front, Mayuri Sathe dominated the show with six gold and a silver medal. She was followed by Rujula Joshi who claimed triple gold and four silver. Kimya Kadam bagged two gold and Shruti Mahadeshwar and Ishika Joshi won one gold apiece. Shreya Shirodkar won double gold and a silver medal as Tejal Tambe was richer by two golds and Yashita Parab, Surabhi Pore and Avni Dixit were richer by a gold medal each in the junior group. Mansi Surve was the sole top medal winner from Thane in the senior group.
2014-06-11Joey Nickell Thane Lines – JET / ABEC 11 - Skate
2014-06-11Thane traders seek single window clearance, scrapp
Thane traders seek single window clearance, scrapping of LBT B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 12, 2014, 02.52 AM IST THANE: The city's business fraternity has demanded a single window clearance for assessment of taxes. Traders and industry owners are not against taxation, but they need a one-window taxation policy and scrapping of multiple assessment systems for a slew of levies such as value added tax (VAT), sales tax, services tax, profession tax and local body tax (LBT). Businessmen suggest inclusion of LBT into VAT and introduction of single assessment for all levies being imposed. They are in favour of including LBT into some other existing tax net to avoid harassment from the local self government when they start separate assessment of the same. In the meantime, the government has suggested the traders a few options in lieu of LBT, which the community vehemently turned down. And instead they hinted about going on an agitation of not paying the levy and campaigning against the Congress-NCP alliance in the assembly election. "We want complete abolition of LBT. We met chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday and urged him to do away with LBT in all municipal corporations in the state But the deadlock is still intact. We apprised him of the single window system where every assessment can be done at a time," said Pauly Jimmy, member of Thane Vyaparodyog Mahasangh (Tham). Traders found LBT more complicated while filing quarterly, half-yearly and yearly returns for the transactions made by them over the receptive periods. "We have to spend additional hours to prepare return documents separately for different taxes, which have become a nightmare for us. Our customers are being overburdened due to the multiple tax structures. So, they prefer neighbouring towns," said a trader.
2014-06-112 youths foil robbery bid at Thane station, nab ac
2 youths foil robbery bid at Thane station, nab accused TNN | Jun 11, 2014, 11.33 AM IST THANE: A robbery bid was foiled at Thane station due to the alertness and bravery of two youths on Tuesday. Rajendra Sharma (24) and his friend Pramod Rajat (22) were on their way home after purchasing an expensive phone from Bhandup. The duo were travelling on the footboard of a Kalyan-bound second class compartment when they saw a youth running towards the train. Thinking that he too wanted to get into the train, Sharma extended a helping hand. But the boy instead hit his hand, snatched his phone and started running. The duo immediately jumped out of the train and started chasing the accused. Afraid of being caught, the accused dropped the phone and started running. But the duo still continued to run behind him and after five minutes they managed to grab hold of him. The accused was handed over to the police who registered a complaint against him. ''We had decided to nab the accused anyhow. No one came forward to help us but this did not deter us,'' said Sharma.
2014-06-10Thane girl swallows bullet, laxatives help get it
Thane girl swallows bullet, laxatives help get it out Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 11, 2014, 12.04 AM IST THANE: A four-year-old girl who swallowed a bullet near the military firing range on Sunday passed it out naturally on Tuesday. Laxatives aided the process. Admitted to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kalwa on Monday, Kishori Yelamkar had swallowed the bullet around 8 pm on Sunday. The half-inch piece of lead was found by Kishori close to her home in Lokmanya Nagar, Pada Number 4, near the military firing range here. She thought it was a toffee. A police officer said the area where the four-year-old lives is an encroached locality.
2014-06-10Duo chase, nab cellphone thief at Thane station -
Duo chase, nab cellphone thief at Thane station Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 10, 2014, 11.34 PM IST THANE: Two alert commuters foiled a robbery bid on Tuesday at Thane station after they chased down a cellphone thief and handed him over to the cops. The duo, Rajendra Sharma (24), and Pramod Rajat (22), who are friends, were headed home to Diva aboard a Kalyan local after having purchased an expensive cellphone. Both momentarily got off the train at Thane to help a senior citizen alight. In the meanwhile, a man, Tanvir Ahmed, seeing the cellphone in Sharma's hand, charged towards him, snatched the phone from his hand and attempted to flee. Rajat, however, started to run after Ahmed who panicked and dropped the phone, which Sharma then retrieved. Together, Sharma and Rajat then chased down the thief and handed him over to the police. The accused lives in a slum at Kalwa.
2014-06-10Thane Medical College Professor Arrested for Moles
Thane Medical College Professor Arrested for Molestation 10 JUNE 2014 Last Updated at 11:03 PMNATIONAL Thane city police this evening arrested Dr Shaileshwar Natrajan, a professor at Rajiv Gandhi Medical College here, on charges of molestation. Several female students at the institution had accused him of molestation and the college administration recently came under fire for not taking action in the matter. Senior Police Inspector RD Malekar said Dr Natrajan (45) was arrested after the dean of Shivaji Hospital, which is attached to the college run by the Thane Municipal Corporation, filed a complaint. A group of students had two months back complained to authorities that Natrajan often misbehaved with female students and had even molested some of them. Aseem Gupta, Commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation, yesterday ordered authorities to file a complaint against Natrajan, who has now been suspended. Balasaheb Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police, said that a case under Section 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman) has been filed in this regard.
2014-06-10Two attacked with swords in separate incidents in
Two attacked with swords in separate incidents in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 11, 2014, 02.20 AM IST THANE: In separate incidents, two persons were attacked with swords at Khopat and Naupada. Both the victims are out of danger. The incident has, however, spread panic among locals in the vicinity as both are busy areas. In the first incident, a 21-year-old person was attacked with a sword over a petty issue. The Rabodi police said that the victim was helping his disc jockey friend to keep his speakers in a room when two persons attacked the victim with a sword for staring at them angrily. The accused will be in police custody till Friday.A case has been registered under Sections 307, 504, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. In the second incident, a 33-year-old person was stabbed by a history-sheeter at Naupada on Sunday night over old rivalry. The police said that the victim suffered back injuries and was admitted to Thane Civil Hospital. "The assault was a result of an eight-month old enmity over money issues between the victim and accused when both were working with a social organization. The accused and his accomplices are absconding and will be tracked soon," said the cop. A case has been registered under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code at the Naupada police station.
2014-06-102 youths foil robbery bid at Thane station, nab ac
2 youths foil robbery bid at Thane station, nab accused Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 11, 2014, 02.23 AM IST THANE: A robbery bid was foiled at Thane station due to the alertness and bravery of two youths on Tuesday. Rajendra Sharma (24) and his friend Pramod Rajat (22) were on their way home after purchasing an expensive phone from Bhandup. The duo were travelling on the footboard of a Kalyan-bound second class compartment when they saw a youth running towards the train. Thinking that he too wanted to get into the train, Sharma extended a helping hand. But the boy instead hit his hand, snatched his phone and started running. The duo immediately jumped out of the train and started chasing the accused. Afraid of being caught, the accused dropped the phone and started running. But the duo still continued to run behind him and after five minutes they managed to grab hold of him. The accused was handed over to the police who registered a complaint against him. ''We had decided to nab the accused anyhow. No one came forward to help us but this did not deter us,'' said Sharma.
2014-06-10Thane Municipal Corporation upset with state govt'
Thane Municipal Corporation upset with state govt’s ‘LBT alternative’ statement Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jun 11, 2014, 02.19 AM IST THANE: The revenue collection of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) may see a temporary fall as traders have decided to stop paying local body tax (LBT) following the state government's statement that it would discuss the issue with the municipal commissioner to see if there is 'any alternative' to it. However, this has not gone down well with civic officials who feel that delay in tax payments would have an implication on the TMC's treasury. "One doesn't know whether there is any alternative to LBT. But since traders are expecting some changes, especially after chief minister Prithviraj Chavan's statement that his government will take up the issue with concerned civic authorities to find an amicable solution, many from the mercantile community have decided not to pay taxes till the issue is sorted out. "The government should immediately sort out the issue. If there is delay, then it would have financial implications on the functioning of the civic body," said a TMC official. A trader from Navi Mumbai said, "Before general elections the Democratic Front (DF) government was adamant on imposing LBT. But poor performance in general elections has forced them to rethink. Chavan has been saying that the DF government will hold talks with policy makers to find a solution to this issue." Last week, the traders' association held a meeting in Navi Mumbai to discuss their further course of action. They decided to continue their opposition to LBT.
2014-06-10Gap trap: CR resolves Gap Trap issue at Thane stat
GAP TRAP: CR RESOLVES GAP TRAP ISSUE AT THANE STATION Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jun 11, 2014, 12.50 AM IST Acting on the Mumbai Mirror report on how Central Railway (CR) bungled while laying pipes to provide an outlet for rainwater, leading to the creation of a dangerous gap between train and platform at Thane station, authorities on Tuesday re-laid the pipes and levelled the platform. The open manholes on the platform are, however, yet to be filled up. Platforms seven and eight at Thane station had become a nightmare for commuters due to the gaps. With the monsoon rains approaching, pumps and pipes have been installed at a number of suburban stations to avoid flooding of tracks and platforms. "The pipes have been set right and gaps filled up. We will check other stations again for such gaps," a senior CR official said.
2014-06-09Thane: Complaint to be filed against professor for
Thane: Complaint to be filed against professor for molesting female staff, students Mon, 9 Jun 2014-09:51pm , Thane (Maharashtra) , PTI Thane Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta directed the civic administration on Monday, to file a criminal complaint against the professor of the Civic Medical College at Kalwa for alleged molestation of female staff and students, civic sources said. Ten days ago, around 35 women complained to the Thane Civic Commissioner, the Police Commissioner and the dean of the hospital about the alleged misdeeds of Saileshwar Natarajan. The corporation ordered an enquiry and statements of some of those affected were recorded, though no offence was registered against the professor. However, Leader of the House Naresh Mhaske and Leader of Opposition Hanumant Jagdale raised a hue and cry over the delay. Congress corporator Sanjay Gadigaonkar barged into the commissioner's cabin where the dean C Maitra was also present and pulled her up as well as the civic chief for delay in action. The civic commissioner ordered registration of a complaint and the professor has been suspended. Meanwhile, Maharashtra medical education minister Jitendra Awhad expressed his displeasure over the delay and the police not registering the offence suo moto.
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2014-06-09Thane: Two-wheeler Co asked to pay Rs 50000 for de
Thane: Two-wheeler Co asked to pay Rs 50,000 for deficient service Updated: June 9, 2014, 3:49 PM IST Thane: A consumer forum has ordered a motorcycle manufacturing company to pay Rs 50,000 compensation to a customer for deficient services. Monesh Mishra, a resident of Vasai town in Thane district, had complained to District Consumer Redressal Forum that on May 5, 2011, his two-wheeler met with an accident as a result of which it needed repairs. The next day, he gave it for repairs to the service centre of the company. However, the service centre did not carry out the repairs for about three months, saying the spare parts were not available. Hence, the complainant said he had incurred business losses as there was deliberate delay on the part of the company to repair the vehicle. The complainant claimed an amount of Rs 1.80 lakhs towards business losses, Rs 1,000 as compensation per day from May 6, 2011, towards mental and physical suffering, and Rs one lakh towards legal expenses. Forum president Umesh Jhavalikar and member ND Kadam, in their order last week, observed that the company was expected to repair the two-wheeler, which was given to it for repairs on May 6, 2011, within a reasonable period of time.However, the period of four months taken by the company for repairing the vehicle was not only indicating indifference but also inefficiency. The bills for repairs produced by the complainant showed that the repair charges were just Rs 5,000, hence the repair to the vehicle was minor and simple and expected to be done within one month and the vehicle should have been handed over to the complainant. However, the respondent company took four months for the repairs and caused discomfort to the complainant and hence there are lapses in the providing services to the customer, the forum held. The forum ordered the respondents Honda Motor Cycles and Scooter India Private Limited, at Alwar in Rajasthan, its unit at Pune and the service centre, Aditya Honda Motors at Vasai, to jointly and severally pay Rs 50,000 compensation to the complainant within 60 days of the order.
Thane: Two-wheeler Co asked to pay Rs 50000 for de
2014-06-09Holy Cross School in Thane gets show-cause notice
Holy Cross School in Thane gets show-cause notice B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 10, 2014, 02.03 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC)'s education department has issued a show-cause notice to Holy Cross High School as they failed to give any proper explanation for denying admission to 27 kindergarten students. Last week, angry parents had protested against the alleged injustice being meted out by the school. The school had initially admitted the kids but then in June they put up a new list in which the 27 kid's names were not mentioned. TMC's officer Ganpat More, in the show-cause notice, has asked the school authorities to justify its stand. "We had a meeting with the school authorities last week but they did not give us a substantial reason as to why they dropped the 27 kid's name from the list. So we have sent a show-cause notice after which the school has reverted saying that they are ready to hold a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue. ," More said.
2014-06-09Admissions under RTE begins again in Thane - Times
Admissions under RTE begins again in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 10, 2014, 02.05 AM IST THANE: The education department is reaching out to every child in the city eligible to enroll under the Right to Education (RTE) act. Also, the department has now sought to hold parents equally responsible for their child not getting admitted to schools. The second round of admissions under the RTE quota began from Monday for 1,979 seats. Of the 2,532 seats available under the RTE quota this year, only 553 or 21% were filled up till the last moment of admission procedure that ended in May. The education department was reportedly forced to stage another round that started from June 9. The department has sought help from corporators for the same.
2014-06-09To prevent flooding, CR creates gap traps at Thane
TO PREVENT FLOODING, CR CREATES GAP TRAPS AT THANE PLATFORMS By Rajendra B Aklekar, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jun 9, 2014, 10.41 AM IST Even as the Railways are in the process of raising the height of platforms to plug gap traps that have proved fatal, dangerous gaps have been created at Thane station's platform No 7 and 8, the edges of which have been broken to lay pipes meant to discharge rain water and prevent flooding during monsoon. The two platforms cater to outstation trains, and for the past 15 days commuters, including families with children and heavy luggage, have been put through an ordeal while boarding and alighting the express trains that halt for just two minutes. While pumps and pipes have been installed at a number of suburban stations to prevent flooding of tracks, the ones at Thane have left four huge holes at the edges of the platforms, right at the spots where passengers have to board and alight from trains. "The gaps could kill anyone who is in ahurry and running to catch a train. The huge pipe could cause one to stumble and fall onto the tracks. The job seems to have been done hastily and haphazardly. Who will be responsible if someone falls?" asked Mahesh Agarwal, who arrived by an outstation train on Sunday. "There's also a huge manhole near the pipes on platform No 8 that is covered with thin metal sheets and a fencing grille. There's always a lot of families who have children and heavy luggage at these platforms. Somebody's foot can easily get caught in this gap," said Akhsahta Dhawale, another commuter. The Mumbai Railway Pravasi Sangh has taken note of the hazard. Its president, Madhu Kotian, said, "Passengers are always running around the platform looking for their compartments while carrying their luggage as the trains halt for just two to three minutes. The Railways should be pulled up for placing these pipes in such a way that they pose a grave risk for passengers." Subhash Gupta, representative of Central Railways' passenger grievance cell, the Zonal Railway Users' Consultative Committee, condemned the pitfalls and asked whether the Railways were waiting for accidents to happen. "Are they waiting for another Monica More to happen? This is sheer callousness," he said. When Mirror contacted Central Railway Divisional Manager Mukesh Nigam, he said that he will get the stations checked and rectify the problem.
2014-06-07Thane to be bifurcated by August 15 as Maharashtra
Thane to be bifurcated by August 15 as Maharashtra government decides to chalk out plans Sat, 7 Jun 2014-06:45am , DNA The state government is all set to divide Thane district into two by August 15 for administrative convenience, assured revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat in the state legislative council on Friday. The issue of division of Thane district was pending since two years. On Friday, members of legislative council — Sanjay Dutt, Muzzaffar Hussain, Bhai Jagtap and others — raised the subject during the question-hour session. Showing keenness for the bifurcation, state government said a meeting on this will be held immediately after the session to discuss details. For the last two years there has been a demand for the separation of Thane district owing to its large size, geographically as well as in terms of population. Thane has seven municipal corporations and several municipal councils, which makes it difficult for people to get their issues solved quickly. Even for the state administration, functioning and daily operations are a huge task. Members of the council, along with leader of Opposition Vinod Tawde, in the legislative council demanded to know how the district will be divided. Thorat replied the district has 56 state departments with a total of 4,300 employees which will have to be divided during the bifurcation. State government has received proposals from the departments regarding division of employees. These proposals are pending with the finance department. Thorat added that it has been two years since zilla parishad elections and, hence, the decision has to be taken soon so that the bifurcation happens before the term gets over. However, Tawde brought an important issue before the legislative council and said earlier there was a demand as per which the district was expected to be divided into four parts — urban, hilly, coastal and farm land. "How is the government planning to divide the district?" he demanded to know, adding that state government has always given assurances but has not acted on them. Shivajirao Deshmukh, chairman of the legislative council, assured the House that the meeting on the issue will be held soon after the assembly session. District trivia 9,558 sqkm area 15 talukas — Thane, Kalyan, Murbad, Bhiwandi, Shahapur, Vasai, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Dahanu, Palghar, Talasari, Jawhar, Mokhada, Vada and Vikramgad 1,10,60,148 population as per 2011 census 58,65,078 men 51,95,070 women Thane's population is 9.84% of the state's population 1,157 people per sqkm is the density (2011) Municipal corporations Thane Kalyan-Dombivli Vasai-Virar Navi Mumbai Mira-Bhayander Bhiwandi Ulhasnagar Municipal councils Ambernath Badlapur
Thane to be bifurcated by August 15 as Maharashtra
2014-06-07National-level gymnastic event begins in Thane - D
National-level gymnastic event begins in Thane ANKITA G MENON | Sun, 8 Jun 2014-03:18am , Mumbai , DNA Thane Zilla Gymnastics Association along with Maharashtra Amateur Gymnastics Association will be organising the 23rd National Rhythmic Gymnasts Competition. It is for the first time that it will be held in Thane. From among the 11 states that will participate, there will be 230 participants. The competition will be held at the Badminton hall of Dadoji Kondev stadium from June 8 to 10. The competition will take place in five rounds, starting from under-8, under-10, under-12, under-16 juniors and above 16 are seniors. For the first time, a special group event will also be held, where five participants will perform together. The variety in the performance will be through free hand, hoop, ball, clubs, ribbon. The winners will be given certificates and medals. "Last year, when the nationals were held at Punjab, 80% of the students were from Thane. Even this year, in each of the five criteria we have at least six participants from Thane. This event will also be an all India trial for those participating in the Common Wealth Games this year," says Pooja Surve, international gymnast player and coach. Civic chief Aseem Gupta will be inaugurating the event, followed by various competitions. On the second day, the seniors, under-10 and under-12 events with props will take place. On the final day, there will be group events. Actors Mahesh Manjarekar and Sachin Khedekar will be attending. The participating states are Punjab, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana and Maharashtra. "It is an honour to have received an opportunity to host the event and people from across the country will be present. We will put in our best to make it a grand success," adds Surve.
2014-06-07Over 750 athletes enrolled for qualifying run in T
Over 750 athletes enrolled for qualifying run in Thane B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 8, 2014, 02.42 AM IST THANE: Come Sunday, over 750 athletes in various age groups will try out their luck in the qualifying run for ensuing marathons. Thane is hosting the qualifying run in 10km, 6km and 3km categories on June 8 along the service road facing Viviana Mall. The event will be flagged off at 6:30am and will go on till 10am. According to the chief organizer Sudarshan Singh, "We have received entries from around 750 participants who are set to prove their stamina and strength at the 10km, 6km and 3km qualifying speed run which is affiliated to Maharashtra State Amateur Athletics Association and Thane District Amateur Athletics Association." This is also a qualifier for the standard chartered Mumbai marathon apart from other marathons being organised under state and district athletic body. All participants will be laced with timing chips that will record their elapsed timing. The 10km run is devised for athletes above 14 years whereas 6km will be run by 12 years and above. The 3 km run is designed for senior citizens and kids.
2014-06-0729000 vie for 772 posts of constables in Thane pol
29,000 vie for 772 posts of constables in Thane police department Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 8, 2014, 02.39 AM IST THANE: It's a long race to grab a seat for the police constable post. As many as 29,000 applications have been received for just 772 posts.The recruitment drive began on Friday. Thousands of graduates, post graduates and HSC pass candidates are vying for the seats. The minimum qualification required for the post is HSC pass. Most of the applicants are from rural background and hail from places like Vidharbha and Marathwada, where many have given their main source of income—farming—a skip as they have run into loses in the past. According to sources from the police department, the main reason for an increase in the number of candidates is the pay package, which is Rs 5,200. DCP Parag Manere said, ''We have installed CCTVs to record the physical caliber of candidates. We are also keeping a track of the entire process so that if we receive any complaints we will be able to tackle them.'' ''The candidate's score will be displayed on the board and he/she will come to know whether they have cleared the test or not. The results will also be available on the internet,'' he added.
2014-06-07Thane: First class commuters upset over bad servic
Thane: First class commuters upset over bad service, high ticket prices Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 8, 2014, 02.46 AM IST THANE: Despite paying almost twice the amount as compared to those travelling by second class, first class commuters have been complaining about not getting proper treatment.Commuters and activists feel that the railways are not doing anything in order to ensure that they get a comfortable and less-hectic ride. The harried commuters are now demanding for either better facilities or reducing the ticket price. The difference in rate between a first class and second class ticket is huge. Still, both commuters face the same ordeal while travelling, especially during peak hours. Commuters have been complaining about broken seats, jammed windows, filthy compartments and lack of space. ''If the railways cannot ensure a comfortable ride then they must at least reduce the price of tickets. I pay around Rs 2,000 for my first class season ticket from Thane to Vashi. The seats are also damaged most of the times and there is garbage strewn around," said a commuter S Soni.The problem has also drawn the attention of passenger associations from the city. ''Commuters did not retaliate when the railways had increased the fares twice last year. Its high time the officials take some steps to ensure that the commute is safe and comfortable,'' said Nandkumar Deshmukh, a railway activist from Thane. Meanwhile, a railway official dismissed all allegations and said that all first class coaches are well maintained.
2014-06-06Thane to host national-level gymnastics - Times of
Thane to host national-level gymnastics B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 7, 2014, 12.00 AM IST THANE: For the first time ever, the lake city will host the 23rd National Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship. The three-day event, will kick off on Sunday at Dadoji Konddev Stadium. "Thane is going to host this event for the first time. We hope this will help promote the game here," said Sudhakar Chavan, president, Thane Zilla Gymnastics Association. The event will be conducted in individual and team formats. It is split into five age groups — under-8, under-10, under-12, under-16 and above-16. "Over 250 gymnasts from across 12 states, have confirmed their participation," said Thane gymnast Pooja Surve, who is the chief coordinator of the event. Group rhythmic gymnastics has been introduced for the first time in the tournament. Civic commissioner Aseem Gupta will inaugurate the event. Noted actors Mahesh Manjrekar and Sachin Khedekar will give away the prizes during the finale.
2014-06-06Thane: Husband held for posting his wife's video o
Thane: Husband held for posting his wife's video on a porn site Updated: June 6, 2014, 7:09 PM IST Thane: A 28-year-old man who allegedly filmed his wife and posted the video on a pornographic site was arrested on Friday. Senior police inspector Ajay Kurandkar of Navghar police station said that the man's wife had complained to the police that he did it to earn money since he is jobless, the police said. Based on the complaint, the police arrested Ashish Gupta, a resident of Navghar in the Bhayander region, the police said. He has been charged under Sections relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act, the police said.
Thane: Husband held for posting his wife
2014-06-06Bridge across Thane creek launched - Times of Indi
Bridge across Thane creek launched Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 7, 2014, 12.00 AM IST THANE: A major challenge in laying the fifth and sixth railway track between Diva and Thane was accomplished on Friday. The MRVC team, that is executing the project, successfully installed the bridge needed to connect tracks from either side of the Thane creek, along the route. It took two days and around 90 people to move the 76-m-long metal bridge, weighing around 350 tonne. "Once shifted, this will pave the way for further works like laying sleepers, tracks and overhead materials," said a member from the executing team. Officials said that the bridge was an important connect, linking tracks from either sides of the creek. Once completed, the new bridge will be able to accommodate additional pair of suburban corridor tracks. "We are aiming to complete the stretch as soon as possible for the convenience of commuters from this part of the suburbs," said an MRVC official.
2014-06-06Thane: BJP corporator arrested while taking bribe
Thane: BJP corporator arrested while taking bribe Press Trust of India | Thane June 6, 2014 Last Updated at 22:42 IST A BJP corporator was today arrested by the Thane Unit of Anti-Corruption Bureau while taking a bribe from a shopkeeper. Superintendent of Police Sandeep Karnik said Varsha Giridhar Bhanushali, who represents ward 14-B, had asked for Rs 1.60 lakh from the complainant to arrange permission to increase the height of his shop. It was agreed that he would pay Rs 50,000 as the first instalment. After the shopkeeper approached the ACB, a trap was set and Bhanushali was arrested at her residence while accepting Rs 50,000 this evening. An offence under Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the corporator at a police station in Bhayander.
2014-06-06Thane man held for posting wife's video on porn si
Thane man held for posting wife's video on porn site PTI | Jun 6, 2014, 07.09 PM IST THANE: A 28-year-old man who allegedly filmed his wife and posted the video on a pornographic site was arrested on Friday. Senior police inspector Ajay Kurandkar of Navghar police station told reporters that the man's wife had complained to the police that he did it to earn money since he is jobless, the police said. Based on the complaint, the police arrested Ashish Gupta, a resident of Navghar in the Bhayander region, the police said. He has been charged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act, the police said.
Thane man held for posting wife
2014-06-06Thane district's living standards up by 58% in las
Thane district’s living standards up by 58% in last six years Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Jun 7, 2014, 02.03 AM IST THANE: The well being of Thane's 1.20 lakh population appears to have improved in recent years, as the district's per capita income topped the state chart with a 58 per cent growth in the last six years.According to the Maharashtra Economic Survey, Thane's per capita income, which is calculated by evenly dividing the state's income with the district population, rose to a fabulous Rs 1.57-plus lakh in 2012-13 from 66,174 in 2007-08. The impressive growth of Thane pales the performance of neighbouring Mumbai which recorded a growth of 56 per cent during the same period. A section of officials said though seven of the 13 revenue talukas in Thane district are tribal dominated, the urban metros such as Thane, Navi Mumbai, Mira-Bhayander, Kalyan-Dombvili among others are a big draw for the migrant population. Besides being a residential hub offering affordable homes, trade and industry has grown in recent years here. Statistic compiled in the survey report indicated that though Mumbai ranked first in the state with a highest per capita income of Rs 1.67 lakh in 2012-13, the increase in individual incomes in the last six years stood at 54 per cent.Pune, which was second in the state, followed by Mumbai, for the high per capita income, is pushed to the third position because of the rising per capita income of Thane district. "Pune's growth rate was 55 per cent in the last six years. From 68,155 in 2007-08, the income levels have soared to 1.50 lakh by 2012-13. Should Thane district be split into two, with Palghar district, the per capita income would better Mumbai,'' the official said.
2014-06-06Thane colleges beat Mumbai in 100% pass race - Tim
Thane colleges beat Mumbai in 100% pass race Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 7, 2014, 02.05 AM IST THANE: The state class XII results have sprung up a new trend where Thane colleges have beat their Mumbai counterparts in securing 100% results in the exams. About 20% colleges in Thane have registered 100% pass rate compared to 4.46% from Mumbai island city and 5.59% each from western and eastern suburbs of Mumbai. Figures sourced from the Mumbai division of the state board reveal that of 75 colleges from Thane city, 15 have had 100% results. This is way higher than that scored by Mumbai colleges, with only five colleges in the island city registering 100% pass rate followed by the east and west suburbs where eight of 143 colleges and nine of 161 colleges, respectively, scored 100% pass results. Experts from Thane said this was heartening news and can break the myth among many that only Mumbai offers the best in education in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). "Many people always believed that Mumbai colleges offered better learning infrastructure than the suburban ones. Though, of late the trend has been more towards opting for colleges situated near homes and students relying more on external coaching, this statistic reveals a healthy trend," said Surendra Dighe, a Thane-based education activist.Laxmikant Pande, chairperson of the state board's Mumbai division, said this was a welcome trend. "This year our focus was more on textbook learning and empowering students rather than relying on external sources and we feel it has paid off," said Pande. A representative from Vasant Vihar junior college agreed that the trend of academic excellence was slowly moving towards this part from the earlier bastions of Dadar and Vile Parle. "We have a huge middle class population here that lays special emphasis on education and this is one of the main reasons why we are seeing good academic results. Our mantra for success was that we gave individual attention to all our students," said the representative.
2014-06-06Cong, NCP spar over on Thane bifurcation plan, tri
Cong, NCP spar over on Thane bifurcation plan, tribal dept scam By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:June 7, 2014 3:19 am Alliance politics between the Congress and the NCP played out during the question hour in the legislative council on Friday, with the Congress catching the latter in a bind on two crucial issues. It began with Congress party’s chief whip in the council Sanjay Dutt questioning the long-pending approval to the bifurcation of the Thane district. The Congress-led state revenue department has moved a proposal for Thane’s bifurcation but the state finance department, led by NCP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, is yet to green-light the move. Suggesting that objections to the proposal were political in nature, state revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat (Congress), after being prodded by Dutt and Opposition members who joined the chorus, said all proceedings in this regard would be completed before August 15 this year. Later, during discussion on an alleged multi-crore scam in the NCP-controlled tribal development department regarding purchase of micronutrient chikkis in Ashram schools in Maharashtra, Congress member Chandrakant Raghuvanshi alleged involvement of the former department minister and sought a probe against him. While ordering a CID probe in the matter, council chairperson said if allegations against the former minister are serious, they must be probed. The alleged scam pertains to the purchase made when senior NCP leader Babanrao Pachpute headed the tribal development department.
2014-06-06Thane rural cops arrest a gang of robbers from UP
Thane rural cops arrest a gang of robbers from UP B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 7, 2014, 02.50 AM IST Thane: Chasing a gang, sleuths of the Thane rural police reached Uttar Pradesh (UP) and arrested three accused in connection with a robbery that occurred last month.The police team, led by assistant police inspector Rani Puri from Valiv police station, nabbed the gang of robbers from Sidharth Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh, who robbed a truck loaded with copper plates worth Rs 28 lakh, from Sativli industrial area on May 8. The gang had hijacked a truck loaded with bunches of copper plates from the warehouse of a transport company. The transporter lodged a complaint the next day of the theft, suspecting the driver of the truck. Based on a tip-off, the police found the hideout of the robbers in Uttar Pradesh. The accused, who have been brought from Uttar Pradesh are Ali Hussain Sheikh (24), a driver by profession, Ram Niwas Yadav (25) and Niaz Shaikh (30). But the police managed to recover the truck and a portion of the stolen consignment. According to police who nabbed the driver Ali Hussain Sheikh, leading to the revelation of the whereabouts of his accomplices. The driver was misled by his accomplices who fled with the loaded truck on that fateful night.
2014-06-06Traffic diversions on for constable recruitment in
Traffic diversions on for constable recruitment in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 7, 2014, 02.02 AM IST THANE: The traffic department has imposed some diversions to avoid inconvenience to motorists, owing to the police constable recruitment drive and physical tests organized at the Police Ground in Saket. The recruitment drive commenced from June 6 and the diversions will be in effect till June 26 for all vehicles from Creek Naka to Balkum Village from 6am to 7pm. Vehicles are barred from taking the Creek Naka junction towards Saket. They can instead take a right from Urjita Hotel towards the RTO. Vehicles from Balkum are not allowed towards Creek Naka. They can either take the Kasheli route or use the Kapurbavdi circle. Route from Rabodi to Saket is also blocked. Vehicles can take the road of Holy Cross School and proceed towards their destinations. A shortcut from Nasik highway from either sides is also not allowed. Instead, motorists can take the Creek Naka or Balkum Naka.
2014-06-05'Provide public parking lots, get additional FSI,
‘Provide public parking lots, get additional FSI, Thane Municipal Corporation tells builders Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Jun 6, 2014, 02.51 AM IST THANE: The controversial Public Parking Lot (PPL) policy is all set to be replicated in Thane after being implemented in Mumbai with plans proposed for creating multi-storeyed parking towers sharing space with high-rise residential complexes here. The civic administration has initiated changes to the development control rules proposing additional floor space index (FSI) of anywhere between 1 and 4 as an incentive to builders in exchange of creating public parking plazas on their plots. Though being projected as a novel scheme to decongest city roads, the real beneficiaries would be the builders who would utilize the additional incentive FSI for increasing the floors on their high-rises here.The proposed amendments to the development control rules are likely to come up for discussion before the general body of the corporation shortly and could add to the clutter of residential towers in the lake city. "It is meant to benefit the builder more than the car-owners who are a hassled lot today due to shortage of parking space. The policy is completely flawed and it is heavily tilted to favour the builders' lobby. The argument being made out is that it is designed to decongest the roads. However, by giving incentive FSI, the corporation is only adding to the population density in the area. The number of flats in the building would increase because of the incentive FSI and so will the number of cars," said a civic official."On paper the policy appears to be very noble. It says that the PPL would be handed over to a private bidder other than the builder or the residential society. However, who is going to keep a check if the builder puts up a front agency and secures the contract for maintenance of the public parking tower? In such a situation, he would sell off the parking slots to the residents and pocket handsome profits as it is a win-win situation for him,'' the official cautioned. The public parking policy, first implemented in Mumbai in recent years, was misused by the builders to avail of the incentive FSI and builder high-rises. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan was compelled to intervene and had issued orders to stop all projects which were yet to take off from the drawing board stage.
2014-06-04Thane Municipal Corporation, groups embrace, promo
Thane Municipal Corporation, groups embrace, promote Green Idea TNN | Jun 5, 2014, 02.03 AM IST THANE: On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), in association with city-based groups, has organized an environmental exhibition called Green Idea at Gaondevi Maidan. The exhibition will be on till June 8.The groups include non government organizations (NGO) Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth and Greeny The Great. Government, social and industrial organizations connected to the environmental field in Maharashtra will participate in the event. Over 40 stalls will showcase experiments conducted on rainwater harvesting, waste water management, e-waste, green buildings, bio diversity and others. Over 100 different medicinal saplings will be displayed here. Punam Singhvi, president of Hariyali Foundation, one of the NGOs that spearheaded such movements in Thane, said, "With public participation, we have grown thousands of trees in the surroundings." Dr Sanjay Joshi, president of Enviro-Vigil said that people are consciously not using plastic bags and responding to garbage disposing campaigns.
2014-06-04Thane cops in dark on video rule for accident prob
Thane cops in dark on video rule for accident probe Rajshri Mehta | TNN | Jun 5, 2014, 02.01 AM IST THANE: The Thane police are clueless about the government orders that permit them to take account of witnesses in a road accident through video-recording, even six months after the notification was issued. Information gleamed by former BJP legislator Sanjay Kelkar through advocate Suyash Pradhan has revealed that the police have not carried out a single video-recording of witnesses or good samaritans in accidents. "The government resolution was issued in the second week of November 2013. However, the police are clueless of the rule, which incidentally would not only help in their investigations but also create confidence among the general public," Kelkar told TOI. He recently met Thane police commissioner Vijay Kamble and urged him to create awareness of this notification among police officials.Kamble has taken Kelkar's suggestion and acknowledged the need for creating awareness of the new rule among police officials. The government resolution (GR) states, "As per the 2009 amendments to the Criminal Procedure Act, 1976, the statement of a witness can be recorded through any audio-visual device. However, in case of accidents, the statements are not recorded this way, thereby forcing witnesses and those who have helped the injured to go to the police station and the court time and again." The resolution further adds that due to this reason several people do not help accident victims or come forward as witnesses. "The first hour after an accident is called the 'golden hour'. If treatment is received during this time, several lives can be saved," the resolution states. Through this order, witnesses can now either depose through video-conferencing or a phone. They need not go to the police station or court to depose.
2014-06-04Thane: Woman bus conductor allegedly molested, pas
Thane: Woman bus conductor allegedly molested, passenger arrested Wed, 4 Jun 2014-06:06pm , Thane (Maharashtra) , PTI A woman bus conductor was today allegedly molested and manhandled by a 30-year-old passenger in Dombivli town in Thane following a heated altercation over boarding the bus from the front exit, police said. According to Senior Police Inspector Milind Patil of Manpada police station, the MSRTC bus was on its way to Dombivili railway station when the accused, identified as Arvind Singh, a resident of Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai, ran with the moving bus and tried to board it near Dombivili Sahakari Bank from the front exit. The driver and the conductor objected to the passenger boarding the bus from the front door and instead asked him to take the rear entrance. Annoyed, Singh allegedly began abusing both of them after entering the bus. When the woman asked Singh to stop misbehaving, he allegedly pushed her and tore her clothes during the scuffle. At this, angry fellow passengers roughed up the accused and subsequently handed him over to Manpada police. He was arrested and charged under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC, police said.
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2014-06-04Major agitation by Thane traders against local bod
Major agitation by Thane traders against local body tax on hold till June 8 B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 5, 2014, 02.06 AM IST THANE: After a meeting with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar, the trade and industrial associations across the district have decided to put off their plans to launch an agitation against local body tax (LBT) for now. The associations had decided to protest against LBT from June 5 to push forward their demand of scrapping the tax system. Pawar has, however, asked them to wait till June 7 for the state government to decide on it."We met Sharad Pawar who urged us to wait till June 7. He has assured us to come with a positive reply before June 7 which has coerced us to postpone the agitation till June 8 when all our associations across the state will be meeting to decide the course of action, in case the government fails to do away with LBT," said Pauly Jimmy, a member of Thane Vyaparodyog Mahasangh (Tham). "The scope of agitation is partly formulated to launch a campaign against the state government," said a Tham member. A source from Tham said the agitation will include a morcha to Mantralaya, non-cooperation movement with the local self governments, stop paying LBT and shut the shops as an ultimatum. -- B B Nayak
2014-06-04Thane: Two Brick Kiln Labourers Thrashed Over Mino
Thane: Two Brick Kiln Labourers Thrashed Over Minor Issue Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: June 04, 2014 11:23 IST THANE: Two brick kiln labourers were allegedly thrashed severely by two brothers over a petty issue in the tribal Wada taluka of the district, police said today. The victims identified as Pandurang and Devram Wagh (who is hearing and speech impaired), in order to earn some extra money, went to work at a farm after their daily work at the kiln owned by two brothers - Atul Vekhande and Abhijit Vekhande - in Moj village of Wada taluka on May 28, police inspector Sanjay Hazare said. However, when the brothers got to know that the two labourers working for them had gone to work somewhere else, they reprimanded Devram, locked him in a room and allegedly beat him up and also passed some casteist remarks, Hazare said quoting a complaint lodged by the victims. Later, when Pandurang went to enquire about Devram, he was also beaten up by the brother duo. Nearly 17 tribal families, including those of the two victims, then met Wada tehsilar Dr Sandeep Chavan and complained that they were not even being paid minimum wages and were subjected to harassment. The victims also complained to Wada police on Monday following which offences under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 342 (wrongful confinement) of IPC and section 3(1) and 10 of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 were lodged against the two brothers. A search has been launched to nab the absconding duo, police added.
2014-06-04Thane: CIDCO mulls action against educational inst
Thane: CIDCO mulls action against educational institutes denying admission THANE, JUNE 4: City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) said on Wednesday is mulling to take action against those educational institutes, which have denied admission to wards of ‘Project affected people’ (PAP), affected by various CIDCO projects in Navi Mumbai. CIDCO, the government agency which has undertaken several development projects, mainly includes the Navi Mumbai airport, metro rail facility and IT park, had leased out land to educational institutes at concessional rates and had made it mandatory in 1999 for institute managements to reserve some seats for children of PAPs and CIDCO employees. Of late, CIDCO has received complaints from the PAPs and CIDCO employees that some school administrations were denying admissions to their children, following which a meeting of the school managements was called up in early last month, CIDCO said in a statement today. Subsequently, on 15th May, letters were sent to the schools asking them to furnish details of admission available in the new academic year and the number of reserved seats for the PAPs, it said. However, of the total 25 institutes, only eight replied with details. Institutes that did not furnish information included 14 junior colleges and three institutes running professional courses. The institutes may face action by CIDCO for violating the clause in the agreement for the subsidised rate plots, sources said.
2014-06-03Thane: Office Superintendent, Clerk Caught While T
Thane: Office Superintendent, Clerk Caught While Taking Bribe Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: June 03, 2014 21:12 IST THANE, MAHARASHTRA: An office superintendent and a senior clerk at the office of Deputy Registrar of Co-operative Societies in Thane were caught red-handed while accepting a bribe on Tuesday, the Anti- Corruption Bureau said. Superintendent Arun D Patil (55) and senior clerk Pandari B Dandkar (38) had sought the bribe to approve conveyance deed of housing society in Thane, the Thane unit of ACB said. The officers had demanded the bribe from each of the 64 flat owners of the society. After negotiations, it was agreed that each of the members would pay Rs. 1,300, amounting to a total of Rs. 83,200, ACB said. Accordingly, the duo received an advance payment of Rs. 50,000 earlier and the balance Rs. 33,200 was to be paid on Tuesday. The members of the society lodged a complaint with the ACB office, which laid a trap and arrested the officers. Offences under Prevention of Corruption Act have been registered against the duo.
2014-06-03Power in Thane will be restored by June 5: MSEDCL
Power in Thane will be restored by June 5: MSEDCL B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 4, 2014, 12.12 AM IST THANE: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) implemented a two-hour load shedding on Tuesday in parts of Wagle Estate, Kolshet, Ghodbunder Road, Balkum, Kopri, Kalwa, Vitawa, Rabodi and Panchpakhadi. The officials are non-committal about the uninterrupted power supply looking at the gap in power generation in the grid. The load shedding, which was imposed in Kalwa on Monday for three hours, continued for the second day in other parts of the city as well and this enraged the consumers."We have been charged for 24x7 power provision. But to snap supply at the peak of summer is unfair," said Raman Bhoi, a Kolshet resident. It is believed that a generation deficit of 3,000MW power in the system created a glitch in the supply mechanism which disturbed the whole chain from Sunday. MSEDCL's tall claims to provide uninterrupted power to Thaneites fell flat with the alleged emergency situation.Anik Dhar, a resident of Patlipada, "Power cut during summer is the worst situation consumers are experiencing. My elderly parents are at receiving end due to frequent power cuts." Dhananjay Pawar, public relations officer of MSEDCL said, "We had to stop supply to various areas in Thane city in two phases from 11.30am to 1.30pm and from 2.30pm to 4.15pm, owing to generation deficit. We are expecting system improvisation on Wednesday but by June 5 we will back to full restoration."
2014-06-03Thane Municipal Corporation misses nullah cleaning
Thane Municipal Corporation misses nullah cleaning deadline, residents fear flooding B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 4, 2014, 12.13 AM IST THANE: The monsoon may arrive anytime soon in the city, but it seems like the civic officials are not rain-ready yet. The Thane Municipal Corporation had begun cleaning all nullahs across the city some time ago, but work hasn't been completed as of now. Nullahs in areas like Mumbra, Kausa, Shil, Diva, Rabodi, Wagle Estate are still left unattended. Residents and activists allege the lax attitude of the civic authorities for this. Non-completion of work can lead to flooding during heavy downpours. While residents are complaining about the slow progress, civic authorities claim that illegal is caused due to rampant illegal constructions in the absence of nullahs. According to civic sources, 80% of the cleaning work has already been completed. The remaining work will be taken up in the next three to four days. But residents are not buying this and claim that the TMC has failed to keep it May 31 deadline.''The civic administration had promised to complete all cleaning work by May 31 but later they postponed the date to June 5. The TMC has a daunting task at hand to complete all cleaning work in just two days,'' said Sanjeev Dutta, an activist. Civic officials claim that barring the Mumbra-Diva corridor all other areas have almost been cleared of filth and waste from nullahs. But the ground reality is different. "Work is underway at many nullahs and we hope only 60% work is completed. This time, we are anticipating a flood-like situation in low lying areas and in crowded slum pockets," said Mumbra resident Ayaz Shaikh. Speaking to TOI, Prakash Borse, deputy municipal corporator, said, "We have completed almost 80% work and the remaining will be taken up soon. Contractors have been instructed to submit their work report at the earliest. Mumbra is trailing behind as compared to other localities which we expect to finish soon." But experts feel that the haphazard and unauthorized construction of structures in Mumbra, Rabodi, Wagle Estate, Indira Nagar and Kisan Nagar are some of the fragile spots that are prone to water logging as storm water drains are in an abysmal state. "There is hardly any space being left to install a new drainage line. No planning has been done to construct nullahs that will flush out storm water and drainage water," said an activist.
2014-06-01Thane: Woman Allegedly Raped at Gun-Point Inside C
Thane: Woman Allegedly Raped at Gun-Point Inside Car Updated: June 01, 2014 20:37 IST THANE: A 29-year-old woman was allegedly raped at gun-point at Bhayandar Railway Station in Thane district on the outskirts of Mumbai. According to the complainant, two men asked her to meet them at Bhayandar Station in connection with a job application. The complainant has told the police that the two men had given her an appointment at 2 pm on May 30. When she arrived at the station, the accused were waiting for her in a car. However when she got into the car, one of the men allegedly held a gun to her head while the other man allegedly raped her. A case was been registered at DN Nagar where the complainant resides and later transferred to Navghar Police station under which the area of crime falls.
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