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2015-06-30New parking plaza outside Thane station to house 2
New parking plaza outside Thane station to house 2,000 bikes Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 30, 2015, 09.40 AM IST THANE: Plans to construct a ground plus one storied multi-level parking plaza outside Thane station was sanctioned by railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday. The plaza will come up outside platform number 2 and will accommodate 2,000 two-wheelers in an area of 1,500 square metres. The parking plaza will be connected to the foot over-bridge so that commuters can easily access the platforms. It will be ready for use by 2016, said railway officials. Presently, the pay-and-park facility outside the station, which is managed by a private agency, has space for only 300 two-wheelers. With very little space for parking, many bikers park their vehicles in the nearby areas, including Dada Patil Wadi and Bramhan society. A request was floated to the railway authority to construct a parking bay for commuters, which was approved. Nearly 7 lakh passengers use the station daily and around 2,500 use their bikes to reach the station area. Though the planned structure may not take up the entire load, it will considerably ease the congestion to a great extent, said a station official. "There was a huge demand for more parking options outside Thane railway station. Several motorists park their vehicles haphazardly causing immense inconvenience to others. Once completed, the new plaza will ensure the roads around railway station won't see traffic congestions," said a railway official at Thane.

2015-06-30Thane boys bag sprint, long jump medals at state m
Thane boys bag sprint, long jump medals at state meet B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 30, 2015, 09.41 AM IST THANE: Athletes from the city have rocked at the ongoing senior state athletics meet being held at Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Mumbai. National medal winners Gaurang Ambre and Tejas Salian have emerged champions in the 100-meter sprint and long jump respectively. Ambre clinched the yellow metal in the 100-meter run with an elapsed time of 10.8 seconds. "I could not have asked for more since the timing has been my personal best in so many years. This has motivated me to do better in the nationals," said Ambre. Salian secured the long jump top spot leaping past 6.85 meters in the final attempt. "The distance I cleared seems to be an impressive mark," said Salian. In other events, Rahul A bagged a silver in men's shot put event while Sara Vora had to be content with the bronze medal in women's category. In the 20km women's group walk, Kalyani More scored a silver while missing the gold by a whisker. Hanuman Chavan covered 56.26 meter in the javelin throw but managed to get just the bronze.
2015-06-30Thane residents demand better public transport con
Thane residents demand better public transport connectivity with airport Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jul 1, 2015, 03.52 AM IST Residents from Thane frequently travelling to and from the Mumbai airport frequently complain of fleecing by cabbies operating on the route. Regulars have been long demanding a robust public transport options that can be of great help for regulars. A notable section of residents from Thane travel between the city and the airports. Especially those arriving or leaving by international flights at odd hours are the most harried lot and many have claimed of being overcharged by cabbies. Anay Joglekar, a resident of Thane and employed with the Israel consulate says recently he was conned by a cabbie from the airport who overcharged him. "I was travelling home and the cabbie charged me Rs. 660 that is way beyond the normal fare of Rs 450. I usually pay Rs. 425 for an AC car. As per the meter, the fare should have been Rs 325 plus waiting charges due to the heavy traffic. But how could it be Rs. 600. I suspect the meter was tampered and feel the taxi driver literally took me for a ride," says Joglekar. Commuters say operating AC buses with proper frequency operating through the day could be of great help. Sakshi Sharma from GB road who often travels to the airport says a dedicated AC bus connecting the city to the airport is always welcome. "Either the BEST or TMT could start such a service with good frequency throughout the day and not just during night time. There are many single business travellers travelling to and from the airport daily and hiring a cab isn't always economical," she said. The BEST said it had started bus services for the airport from the city but had to discontinue it after poor response from commuters. The TMT says it is already operating with a reduced number of buses and adding the airport is unlikely till the fleet number is increased. Fleet cab operators from the city say there is a steady demand of passengers travelling to and from the city. A fleet cabbie says he makes atleast three-four trips between the city and the airport daily. "There is ample commuter traffic between the airport and Thane and surrounding suburbs. I find it convenient to commute on this route rather than plying long distances," says a cab driver parked at Majiwada junction. Regional transport officials said commuters should immediately report any instance of overcharging or misbehavior by any cabbie to them. Commuters can approach us at the RTO Murphy office on Eastern express highway or opposite the Central Jail at Kalwa with details of the route, spot of incident, time of incident and nature of the incident.
2015-06-29Additional arm on the Thane-GB road lane proposed
Additional arm on the Thane-GB road lane proposed Times of India Thane Mon,29 Jun 2015 Summary: A proposal for the same was discussed at a meeting with public works officials and Thane guardian minister at Mantralaya last week. The plan entails creating an additional ramp deviating from the existing bridge after crossing over the Nitin junction and landing just before the Cadbury junction on the Thane-GB road lane. This would help motorists wanting to use the Cadbury junction take the flyover.THANE: Motorists have been long demanding an additional arm on the Nitin Casting-Cadbury Junction on the Thane-GB road lane. A proposal for the same was discussed at a meeting with public works officials and Thane guardian minister at Mantralaya last week. The plan entails creating an additional ramp deviating from the existing bridge after crossing over the Nitin junction and landing just before the Cadbury junction on the Thane-GB road lane. This would help motorists wanting to use the Cadbury junction take the flyover , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper,Presently, these motorists cannot ascend the flyover as it bypasses both the busy junctions underneath. Resultantly, these vehicles have to face the snarls at Nitin Company junction and unnecessarily end up wasting time and fuel. The proposal, if finalized, would provide faster access to residents of Pokhran-1 road and Vasant Vihar travelling in and out from the city using the highway could soon be able to zip across the Nitin company junction using the flyover. A feasibility study would be undertaken soon following which the proposal would be considered, said a source present at the meeting.
2015-06-29Job racketeers strike in Thane - The Hindu
Unemployed youths duped by job racketeers using fake Central Govt. schemes MUMBAI:, JUNE 30, 2015 00:27 IST UPDATED: JUNE 30, 2015 13:27 IST Sunayna Shedge, from Maharashtra’s Thane district, received a call from a person offering her a job under a fictitious Central goverment scheme. This may turn out to be a nationwide racket in which unemployed graduates are lured with promise of a Central government job and duped by a well-organised syndicate. Sunayna Shedge, 20, from Badlapur in Maharashtra’s Thane district, received a call from a person offering her a job under ‘Swarna Jayanti Swarojgar Yojana,’ a fictitious scheme. “I was interviewed on telephone and was told that the Central government had appointed me under this scheme,” she told The Hindu. Ms. Shedge had uploaded her resume on the government employment exchange in Thane and also on various job websites. The appointment letter arrived on June 18 and the envelope had ‘J-114/4, Vartman Complex, Janakpuri, New Delhi-110058’ as address on it. The letter with the Indian government emblem mentioned ‘Swarna Jayanti Swarojgar Yojana’ by ‘Swarna Jayanti Sahkarita Vibhag, Employment Exchange Office. It was signed by a person called Sanjay Bhardwaj, who claimed, was its director. The letter promised her a job with monthly salary of Rs. 30,000 as customer care representative in the centre of SJRY under the Mahatma Gandhi Rashtriya Rojgar Yojana (MGRRY). She was asked to pay Rs. 13,850 as deposit as she would be given a laptop and a mobile phone for the task assigned. The caller asked the family to deposit only cash. As The Hindu verified, all the details mentioned in the letter are either non-existent or false, including the names of government schemes. The Shedges deposited the money in a State Bank of India account (number 34958679057) on June 22. It belonged to an individual called Yash Kumar. The other account – bearing the number 34960687837 — belonged to Suraj Kumar. The family became wary when the person called again, in asking them to deposit more money as job security. “We realised that we were conned and my daughter shouted at him over the phone. Since then we haven’t heard from them,” said Mr. Shedge. Mobiles switched off As The Hindu verified two account numbers given to the family by the callers, sources in the SBI confirmed that the address on these accounts belonged to Tehsil Pataudi of Gurgaon. The Hindu tried to contact the person on the numbers given, but both mobiles were switched off. As this newspaper accessed past transactions from both accounts, it was revealed that there were several transactions worth lakhs of rupees and interestingly the money would be withdrawn minutes after they were deposited. A senior Thane police officer on the condition anonymity admitted that it is a clear case of fraud by highly educated criminals with possible involvement of government officials.
2015-06-29Thane police arrest 7 men, claim to foil murder co
Thane police arrest 7 men, claim to foil murder conspiracy Press Trust of India | Thane Last Updated at June 29, 2015 19:22 IST With the arrest of seven persons including four 'sharp-shooters' from Uttar Pradesh, Thane police today claimed to have foiled a conspiracy to murder a BJP leader from Kalyan in the district. City police commissioner Param Bir Singh, who recently took charge here, said at a press conference this afternoon that the accused were produced before a holiday court on Sunday which remanded them in police custody till July 9. They killers were to receive a whopping Rs one crore for eliminating BJP leader and builder Mahesh Patil, who is sarpanch of village Sagarli. The accused were identified as Kunal Patil, a Dombivali-based builder, Suraj Irfan Khan, Rakesh Shantaram Kadam who is a building material supplier, Mohamad Afzal Mohamad Abdul Wahab, Mohamad Nayeem Mistry Mohamad Amin, Mohamad Salim Mohamad Ismail Hashmi, and Atul Devendra Singh. Kunal Patil is a member of NCP. The last four were from Jaunpur, Baksa and Azamgadh districts of Uttar Pradesh, police said. All of them were arrested from Maharashtra Lodge near the Kalyan railway station in the early hours yesterday. Police also recovered four loaded pistols and 21 live cartridges. Singh said that in 2006 Kunal Patil and others allegedly killed Mahesh Patil's friend Rohidas Bhoir; in retaliation, Kunal Patil's cousin Vijay Patil was shot dead and Mahesh Patil had been arrested in that case. This previous enmity might have led to the present plot, police suspect. Further probe is on.
2015-06-29Abu Salem ready to marry Thane woman - Deccan Hera
Abu Salem ready to marry Thane woman Mumbai, June 29, 2015, DHNS: 8:49 IST Jailed underworld don Abu Salem, an accused in the March 12, 1993, Mumbai serial blasts case, on Monday expressed his readiness to marry a Thane-based woman who had approached the court seeking permission to wed the gangster. “I humbly request to kindly consider (her application) and grant us permission to register and perform marriage under the Special Marriage Act before the registrar,” said Salem in his reply, filed before the special court set up under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, or TADA. “I also undertake to (take) care of her in all the respects once she gets married to me and she will not be further defamed as officially she will be my wife. I respect the feelings of the woman and also understand her position,” said Salem, now lodged in the high-security Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai. The woman, a resident of the Mumbra suburbs of Thane district, had approached Additional Sessions Judge G A Sanap of the special TADA court last week through her lawyer Farhana Shah. The girl stays with her mother, maternal grandfather and her elder brother, and is said to be a commerce graduate. She is the same woman who reportedly married Salem while he was being taken in a train to Lucknow. She said her life was ruined by the controversy generated by reports of the marriage, though no such marriage had taken place. She now wants to make the union formal. Salem had married Samira Jumani, a 17-year-old college girl, in 1991, and they had children. They subsequently divorced. Samira currently lives in the United States. Salem was later involved with actor Monica Bedi. They were extradited to Mumbai from Portugal in 2005.
Abu Salem ready to marry Thane woman - Deccan Hera
2015-06-29For 30 months, classes in 137 Thane schools go on
For 30 months, classes in 137 Thane schools go on without electricity Though the state government has directed schools to use digital means to teach in schools these 137 schools lack the most basic facility — electricity. Written by Dipti Singh | Mumbai | Published: June 30, 2015 2:09 am For almost thirty months, primary school students in Shahpur and adjoining areas in Thane district have been attending classes without power in137 schools in the district. Power was severed in January 2013 after the zilla parishad failed to pay bills. Students attending classes and appear for exams without lights and fans. According to authorities of these schools, requests to the district education office and zilla parishad officials to pay pending bills have not worked. The principal and teachers say zilla parishad must pay the electricity bills. Parishad officials claim there is no such provision and hence they cannot pay. This, however, has led to power connection of the schools being severed for almost two and a half years. Though the state government has directed schools to use digital means to teach in schools these 137 schools lack the most basic facility — electricity.“Without electricity we cannot operate fans and lights, computers are out of question. Teachers of zilla parishad work on a very low salary, how can they expect teachers and principals to pay the bills. Till 2012, the electricity for each month came to Rs 150 to Rs 300 which teachers managed to pay from their pockets. After 2012, schools were charged power tariff on commercial basis and bill came to Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000, which became unaffordable for teachers,” said Subhash Harad, a teacher and deputy chairman of Taluka Panchayat Samiti, Shahpur. Teachers stopped paying bills from 2012 and sought help of the zilla parishad and district education office. The request was turned down. Teachers alleged they cannot afford bills in the absence of non-salary grant the state government has stopped paying schools. “Zilla Parishad schools cannot charge exorbitant fees as students come from economically backward sections. If the government is planning to start digitisation of schools, they must provide basics required for the same,” said member of legislative council Ramnath Mote. Ashish Zunjarrao, education officer of Shahpur said, “We are looking at resolving the issue at the earliest. There is no provision for zilla parishad to pay the electricity bills, and its unaffordable for school staff to pay the money. It was manageable when schools received non-salary grant, however, schools have not received funds for over a decade now. We receive funds under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan but are not clear if we can utilise it to pay electricity bills. We will come out with a solution soon.”
2015-06-29Thane police arrest 7, claim to have foiled murder
THANE POLICE ARREST 7, CLAIM TO HAVE FOILED MURDER PLAN Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jun 30, 2015, 12.51 AM IST With the arrest of seven people including foursharp-shooters from Uttar Pradesh, the Thane police on Monday claimed to have foiled a conspiracy to murder a BJP leader from Kalyan in the district. City police commissioner Param Bir Singh, who recently took charge, said at a press conference on Monday afternoon that the accused were produced before a holiday court on Sunday which remanded them in police custody till July 9. The killers were to receive a whopping Rs 1 crore for eliminating BJP leader and builder Mahesh Patil, who is sarpanch of village Sagarli. The accused were identified as Kunal Patil, a Dombivali-based builder, Suraj Irfan Khan, Rakesh Shantaram Kadam who is a building material supplier, Mohamad Afzal Mohamad Abdul Wahab, Mohamad Nayeem Mistry Mohamad Amin, Mohamad Salim Mohamad Ismail Hashmi, and Atul Devendra Singh. Kunal Patil is a member of NCP. The last four were from Jaunpur, Baksa and Azamgadh districts of Uttar Pradesh, police said. All of them were arrested from Maharashtra Lodge near the Kalyan railway station on Sunday. Police also recovered four loaded pistols and 21 live cartridges. Singh said Kunal Patil and others allegedly killed Mahesh Patil's friend Rohidas Bhoir in 2006 ; in retaliation, Kunal Patil's cousin Vijay Patil was shot dead and Mahesh Patil had been arrested in that case. This previous enmity might have led to the present plot, cops suspect. PTI
2015-06-28Thane lad bags 3 medals in TT tournament - Times o
Thane lad bags 3 medals in TT tournament B B Nayak,TNN Jun 28, 2015, 03.19 PM IST THANE: The Thane district ranking table tennis tournament that began on June 21 concluded in the city on Thursday. City boy Siddhesh Pande won the top slots in the junior, youth and men's group events. While international medal winner Madhurika Patkar made a mark in the women's category. Over 500 players from across the district, including Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ambernath and Badlapur took part in the event. In the junior and youth category, Siddhesh beat Jas Dalvi 4-1 and won the match. He then went on to win the major title in the men's category by defeating Zubin Taraporewalla. Siddhesh is ranked 5th in the junior national ranking and 8th in the youth category. He is ranked first in state ranking and third among the youth. India's 8th ranked Madhurika defeated junior player Snehal Patil of Ambernath in the women's final.
2015-06-28Additional arm on the Thane-GB road lane proposed
Additional arm on the Thane-GB road lane proposed Manoj Badgeri,TNN Jun 29, 2015, 12.10 AM IST THANE: Motorists have been long demanding an additional arm on the Nitin Casting-Cadbury Junction on the Thane-GB road lane. A proposal for the same was discussed at a meeting with public works officials and Thane guardian minister at Mantralaya last week. The plan entails creating an additional ramp deviating from the existing bridge after crossing over the Nitin junction and landing just before the Cadbury junction on the Thane-GB road lane. This would help motorists wanting to use the Cadbury junction take the flyover. Presently, these motorists cannot ascend the flyover as it bypasses both the busy junctions underneath. Resultantly, these vehicles have to face the snarls at Nitin Company junction and unnecessarily end up wasting time and fuel. The proposal, if finalized, would provide faster access to residents of Pokhran-1 road and Vasant Vihar travelling in and out from the city using the highway could soon be able to zip across the Nitin company junction using the flyover. A feasibility study would be undertaken soon following which the proposal would be considered, said a source present at the meeting. "The proposal was floated at the meeting of PWD officials with Eknath Shinde, Thane district guardian minister plan at Mantralaya early last week. The landing would be designed on the lines of the one on the Mumbai-GBroad arm of Kapurbawdi flyover that descends just before the Balkum junction," informed a Sena functionary from Thane. Motorists said this would be a welcome move as this would also reduce the congestion at the Nitin company junction. "We waste a lot of time trying to cross the Nitin company junction. If an additional ramp is created, we can use the flyover and reach our destinations faster," said Saurabh Goel, a resident of Pokhran road.
2015-06-28Uran teen dies at waterfall; youth 'drowns' in Tha
Uran teen dies at waterfall; youth 'drowns' in Thane Freny Fernandes & Vijay Singh,TNN| Jun 29, 2015, 04.28 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI/THANE: A 14-year-old boy, Nilesh Ekaldive, died after stones fell on his head and back when he was under a waterfall with friends in Uran on Sunday morning. The waterfall was earlier a quarry. Ekaldive was rushed to Indira Gandhi Rural Hospital, but was declared brought dead. His friend, Sai Valmiki was admitted to the hospital for head injuries. In another incident, Anil Singh (24) from Manpada is feared to have drowned in a water-filled quarry in the Neelkanth Woods area on Tikujiniwadi Road on Sunday morning. Till late at night, firemen and cops were looking for him.
2015-06-28Charged with raping minor, Thane cop was nonchalan
CHARGED WITH RAPING MINOR, THANE COP WAS NONCHALANT By Nazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jun 29, 2015, 01.37 AM IST The second constable accused of raping a 16-year-old that the police helped rescue from a brothel surrendered on Sunday. Irfan Khan had been hiding in Nashik with his uncle who is a sub-inspector in Nashik police. Kaushal Kakde, the other constable involved in the case has already been arrested. Khan's story reads much like that of the stereotyped corrupt cop one gets to see in Bollywood movies. Khan, posted at the Mumbra police station, was allegedly a money collector for some senior officers for the last three years. Sources said that he was well known among the builders, when illegal buildings were coming up in Mumbra. To carry on the work of illegal construction, senior officers were paid by the builders and Khan was collecting the amount for seniors. When the rape case was registered against him on June 20, he brazenly returned home and stayed there for two days. He knew that the case had been registered against him but that didn't stop him from roaming around in his area. The only precaution he took, the police found out from his relatives and friends, was that he used to wear a helmet. This was probably because Khan thought he was untouchable. Some of his colleagues had assured him that no harm would come to him and that he should just ride out the storm. Apparently, Khan knows some dirty little secrets about his colleagues. Khan's brazenness came to an end when his wife came to know of his misdeeds. She confronted him three days after the case was registered and asked him to leave the house and never come back. After that day Khan was not seen in the area. Police say he fled to his uncle's house and was staying there till the uncle brought him to the Mumbra station on Sunday. The Mumbra police had rounded up Khan's relatives and that is why probably he felt the heat and decided to surrender, eight days after the case was registered. MUMBRA'S COLLECTORS Both Khan and Kaushal Kakde, the other constable arrested in the case, were collectors for the police. Kakde used to collect small bribes from stall owners but Khan was the real deal - he used to interact with builders and brought in the big bucks for corrupt colleagues in his department. Which explains why senior officers tried to go easy on the two constables. Sources told Mirror that some senior officers are trying to coax the two to not reveal any secrets. Mumbra residents, the police found out, were quite fed up with Kakde and Khan due to their extortion tactics.
Charged with raping minor, Thane cop was nonchalan
2015-06-28Uran teen dies at waterfall; youth 'drowns' in Tha
Uran teen dies at waterfall; youth 'drowns' in Thane Freny Fernandes & Vijay Singh | TNN | Jun 29, 2015, 04.28 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI/THANE: A 14-year-old boy, Nilesh Ekaldive, died after stones fell on his head and back when he was under a waterfall with friends in Uran on Sunday morning. The waterfall was earlier a quarry. Ekaldive was rushed to Indira Gandhi Rural Hospital, but was declared brought dead. His friend, Sai Valmiki was admitted to the hospital for head injuries. In another incident, Anil Singh (24) from Manpada is feared to have drowned in a water-filled quarry in the Neelkanth Woods area on Tikujiniwadi Road on Sunday morning. Till late at night, firemen and cops were looking for him.
2015-06-28Parking plaza at Thane station | Thane NYOOOZ - NY
Parking plaza at Thane station Times of India Thane Sat,27 Jun 2015 Summary: THANE: The railways will soon start work on constructing a parking plaza to accommodate 1000 bikes near the railway station after a bhoomipujan ceremony to be held next week. The two-storey plaza is likely to accommodate nearly 1000 bikes and will be a great respite for commuters who presently find it inconvenient to park their vehicles around the station area. The structure is planned in close proximity to platform number 1 so that commuters can immediately reach the platforms after parking their vehicles and vice versa.THANE: The railways will soon start work on constructing a parking plaza to accommodate 1000 bikes near the railway station after a bhoomipujan ceremony to be held next week. The two-storey plaza is likely to accommodate nearly 1000 bikes and will be a great respite for commuters who presently find it inconvenient to park their vehicles around the station area. The structure is planned in close proximity to platform number 1 so that commuters can immediately reach the platforms after parking their vehicles and vice versa. Presently, the parking outside the railway station on either sides in not organized with several complaints of damages to vehicles being reported by motorists , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper,Vehicles are parked haphazardly in the open space outside the platforms 1 and 10. The new plaza will ensure all vehicles are parked under one roof and also would be adequate space for nearly 1000 bikes that can be parked after paying adequate charges. "Presently, we have to park our vehicle a little far off at B-Cabin and then walk down to the station. The existing pay and park facility at the station is always full forcing us to park elsewhere.
2015-06-28Thane lad bags 3 medals in TT tournament | Thane N
Thane lad bags 3 medals in TT tournament Times of India Thane Sun,28 Jun 2015 Summary: City boy Siddhesh Pande won the top slots in the junior, youth and men`s group events. Over 500 players from across the district, including Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ambernath and Badlapur took part in the event. In the junior and youth category, Siddhesh beat Jas Dalvi 4-1 and won the match.THANE: The Thane district ranking table tennis tournament that began on June 21 concluded in the city on Thursday. City boy Siddhesh Pande won the top slots in the junior, youth and men`s group events. While international medal winner Madhurika Patkar made a mark in the women`s category. Over 500 players from across the district, including Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ambernath and Badlapur took part in the event , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper, In the junior and youth category, Siddhesh beat Jas Dalvi 4-1 and won the match. He then went on to win the major title in the men`s category by defeating Zubin Taraporewalla. Siddhesh is ranked 5th in the junior national ranking and 8th in the youth category. He is ranked first in state ranking and third among the youth.
2015-06-27Five held with arms, ammunition in Thane - Zee New
Five held with arms, ammunition in Thane Five persons of a gang called 'Tipper' were arrested and arms and ammunition seized from them as they were planning to execute a loot in Kalwa area of Thane, police said on Saturday. PTI| Updated: Jun 27, 2015, 16:34 PM IST Nashik: Five persons of a gang called 'Tipper' were arrested and arms and ammunition seized from them as they were planning to execute a loot in Kalwa area of Thane, police said on Saturday. The five persons, who hailed and operated the gang from Nashik, were nabbed yesterday at Retibandar Circle at Kalwa by a team of Thane Crime Branch and seized three pistols, eight live cartridges, mobile handsets, a car and other weapons from their possession, a press release issued by Nashik police said. Based on a tip-off that the gang was coming to Retibandar Circle to meet some of their accomplices to loot an office of a builder in Kalwa, a trap was laid last evening and the members were arrested. The five accused were identified as - Ganesh Wagh, 25, Anil Bender, 33, Yogesh Shevre, 33, Nikhil Pagare, 21 and Mukesh Rajput, 24. The gang faces charges of murder, dacoities, attempt to murder and extortion against them in crimes committed in different parts of the district. All the five members are likely to be handed over to Nashik police today, it said.
Five held with arms, ammunition in Thane - Zee New
2015-06-27Worker survives fall from scaffolding on fifth flo
Worker Survives Fall From Scaffolding On Fifth Floor In Thane Jun 27, 2015, 08:40 IST | Sadaguru Pandit A 20-Year-Old Construction Worker From Bhiwandi Survived With Multiple Fractures After Falling From Bamboo Scaffolding Around The Fifth Floor Of A Building Recently A 20-year-old construction worker from Bhiwandi survived with multiple fractures after falling from bamboo scaffolding around the fifth floor of a building recently. Jagdish Kumar Gupta, originally from Uttar Pradesh, works along with construction contractors in the central suburbs. He suffered multiple fractures after the fall on June 21, but he did not sustain severe trauma (injuries) that could have proved fatal. After being treated in a local hospital, Gupta was rushed to KEM hospital, Parel, on the afternoon of Friday for further treatment. The incident took place on June 21, while Gupta, along with his colleagues, was working on the monsoon maintenance work of Aaryan Building, in Kongaon in Bhiwandi. Gupta was working outside the fifth floor, standing on the bamboo scaffolding, allegedly without safety gear.At around 4 pm in the afternoon, Gupta slipped from the bamboo base that he was standing on and fell to the ground. The workers present at the site immediately rushed him to the local, private Ved Hospital for treatment, and informed his brother. Doctors at the hospital were surprised to see that though Gupta had fractured his right leg, a hand and four ribs, there were no life threatening injuries. While the hospital treated Gupta for over five days, he was moved to KEM Hospital, Parel for further treatment. Doctors said that the patient was rushed to the emergency ward of the hospital for treatment and after X-Ray and MRI scan reports, they will decide on the plan of action. “The patient is as of now in the Intensive Care Unit. He has suffered multiple fractures but the patient is stable and seems to be responding to the treatment,” said a doctor. When asked if the contractor of the building was booked for negligence regarding the matter, Bhiwandi police officials said that they were yet to register a complaint.
Worker survives fall from scaffolding on fifth flo
2015-06-27'Railway escalators give in often', officials slam
Railway escalators give in often, officials slammed for neglecting world class station The latest incident of the escalator stopping midway was reported on platform numbers 5-6 around 9:30am on Friday. NYOOOZ Thane Sat,27 Jun 2015 THANE: The escalators at Thane railway station stopped functioning for a few minutes on Friday morning. Regular commuters complained that the machine stopped midway often and repeated complaints to the authorities have fallen on deaf ears. The latest incident of the escalator stopping midway was reported on platform numbers 5-6 around 9:30am on Friday. As the stairs came to a grinding halt suddenly, stranded commuters had no other alternative but to start ascending it as a stairway. Several elderly were the most affected. "Many times, the escalators stop working and we are forced to walk up the bridges. If the railways have installed these escalators, they should at least ensure it is operational at all times," said Murari Sharma, a senior citizen who travels daily to Thane from Ulhasnagar. While such situations are common at the railway station, the authorities have been claiming to make Thane in a world class station by introducing elevators. "There are talks of making Thane into a world class station but it seems like a third class station.
2015-06-27Parking plaza at Thane station - Times of India
Parking plaza at Thane station Manoj Badgeri,TNN Jun 27, 2015, 11.02 PM IST THANE: The railways will soon start work on constructing a parking plaza to accommodate 1000 bikes near the railway station after a bhoomi pujan ceremony to be held next week. The two-storey plaza is likely to accommodate nearly 1000 bikes and will be a great respite for commuters who presently find it inconvenient to park their vehicles around the station area. The structure is planned in close proximity to platform number 1 so that commuters can immediately reach the platforms after parking their vehicles and vice versa. Presently, the parking outside the railway station on either sides in not organized with several complaints of damages to vehicles being reported by motorists. Vehicles are parked haphazardly in the open space outside the platforms 1 and 10. The new plaza will ensure all vehicles are parked under one roof and also would be adequate space for nearly 1000 bikes that can be parked after paying adequate charges. "Presently, we have to park our vehicle a little far off at B-Cabin and then walk down to the station. The existing pay and park facility at the station is always full forcing us to park elsewhere. The new structure should be developed fast and accommodation for cars should also be made," said Shailesh Singh, a resident of GB road. The railway administration has been toying with the idea of the constructing the plaza but the work was being delayed for a long time. MP Rajan Vichare visited the railway station on Saturday afternoon to take stock of the infrastructure and other amenities at the railway station. Commuters have been demanding that the elevators constructed at the station be commissioned soon. Also, the demand for more ticket windows at the station should be constructed for the convenience of commuters. "The bhoomi-pujan for constructing the parking plaza outside the railway station will be performed this week. The plaza will ensure motorists won't be inconvenienced," said S M Mahidar, station-in-charge at Thane.
2015-06-26Two more Thane constables under lens in minor's ra
TWO MORE THANE CONSTABLES UNDER LENS IN MINOR’S RAPE By Nazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jun 27, 2015, 02.58 AM IST The 16-year-old was raped by two constables who had helped rescue her from sex trade. The blot on khaki is getting bigger. Two more constables are under scanner in the case of a 16-year-old girl who was rescued from the sex trade and raped for three months by two constables attached to the Mumbra police station. Police have arrested one of the constables, Kamlesh Kakad, but the other one, Irfan Khan, is still on the run. The police are now probing the roles of senior officers who had given the accused time to get away despite the arrest orders being issued against their names. The two constables under police watch were seen with the victim in the police lines. Their role in the minor's rape is being probed. The main accused, Kakad and Khan, have been accused of raping the 16-year-old girl they rescued from a prostitution racket. According to the police, the victim had recorded her statement before the magistrate on June 1, but the charges were drawn up against the two constables nearly 20 days later. On June 20, both of them were booked under the stringent Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act but they were merely transferred out of the police station. The day orders for their arrest were issued, the two fled. On Wednesday, when Mirror spoke to DCP Sachin Patil he had confirmed that the accused were in their custody. Despite that, the Mumbra police allowed them to go home and come back the next day. Seizing this opportunity both went missing until Kakad was coaxed into surrendering by his colleagues and his lawyer. Kakad surrendered before the police station on Thursday night but the other accused still remains at large. Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh said, "One accused has been arrested and the other will soon be nabbed. Investigations are on." The background The 16-year-old's ordeal began in January, when she was pushed into flesh trade by a couple who were using a catering service as a front. The couple approached the girl's mother and promised a steady income if she sent her daughter to work for their company. Unknown to the mother, the couple forced the fatherless girl into prostitution. Afew weeks later, the Mumbra police busted the couple's racket. But shockingly, no case was registered and the couple was let off. Two constables from the raiding party then started raping the minor, who was forced to continue in the flesh trade by the couple. On March 31, a non-profit organisation that works against trafficking came to know of the couple's racket and informed the police. Even this time, the local police did not file a case. The activists had to approach the joint commissioner, after which the Mumbra police registered a case.
2015-06-26Thane based housewife turns award winning photogra
Thane based housewife turns award winning photographer Times of India Thane Fri,26 Jun 2015 Summary: After an hour and a half of getting ready, yoga and preparing breakfast, she sets ups her camera equipment and waits to capture the early morning bird activity by her window. 30 am and 10 am she returns to her household duties, cooking lunch, preparing dabbas for her husband and two children, cleaning and dusting the house, etc. From the moment she has the house to herself till dusk, she devotes her time to her hobbies, most of which is clicking pictures of different species of birds and learning about them. About a year ago, Seema Raje Shirke, a, took the camera and captured her first image, which was that of a beautiful pink and black coloured flying drongo bird perched on her window sill.THANE: The daily roster of Brahmand based housewife cum window photographer, Seema Raje Shirke (45) begins at 5 am with a glance at the greenery outside her window. After an hour and a half of getting ready, yoga and preparing breakfast, she sets ups her camera equipment and waits to capture the early morning bird activity by her window. Between 7. 30 am and 10 am she returns to her household duties, cooking lunch, preparing dabbas for her husband and two children, cleaning and dusting the house, etc , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper,From the moment she has the house to herself till dusk, she devotes her time to her hobbies, most of which is clicking pictures of different species of birds and learning about them. About a year ago, Seema Raje Shirke, a, took the camera and captured her first image, which was that of a beautiful pink and black coloured flying drongo bird perched on her window sill. Today, she holds the first place in the environment-themed documentary competition organized by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) this year. What started out as a way to pass time at home seems to have turned into a thriving passion for this Thaneite.
2015-06-26Byke Hospitality plans new hotels in Thane, Puri,
Byke Hospitality plans new hotels in Thane, Puri, Shimla PTI|Updated: Jun 26, 2015, 08.58 PM IST MUMBAI: The Byke Hospitality LtdBSE 0.09 % is planning to open new hotels in cities like Thane, Puri and Shimla this year and is looking to add 400-450 room inventory over the next two years. The company also plans to significantly expand its hotel leasing business, where it acquires properties on lease and renovates them to manage and operate under its own brand 'The Byke', a statement issued here said. "We will throw open three hotels in Thane with 122 rooms, Puri with 54 rooms and Shimla with 20 rooms taking the total room inventory for Byke to 697 rooms during the current financial year," Byke Hospitality MD Anil Patodia said. "We are also planning to add room inventory at tourist destinations such as Lonavala, Mahableshwar, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Chandigarh and other tourist destinations by the 2016-17 fiscal," he added. "Opting for the asset-light model, the company has strategically decided to expand its foot print on a lease basis and renovating the same to operate under the Byke brand, without making heavy investments," Patodia said. The BSE-listed Byke Hospitality Ltd currently operates seven properties with three in Goa, two in Matheran and one each in Jaipur and Manali."The company expects the three new properties to achieve average room occupancy of 50 per cent in the first year itself," Patodia said. The BSE-listed Byke Hospitality Ltd currently operates seven properties with three in Goa, two in Matheran and one each in Jaipur and Manali.
2015-06-26Thane: CR services hit as soil below tracks at Ulh
Thane: CR Services Affected As Soil Below Tracks At Ulhasnagar Gets Washed Away Jun 26, 2015, 10:23 IST | A Correspondent Central Railway Commuters Had A Horror Time On Friday Morning As Services On The Line Were Disrupted Again After The Soil Below The Tracks Beside Ulhasnagar Station Got Washed Away Leading To A Crater-Like Formation Central Railway commuters had a horror time on Friday morning as services on the line were disrupted again after the soil below the tracks beside Ulhasnagar station got washed away leading to a crater-like formation.The incident occurred around 6:40 in the morning following which trains on the Down line were suspended while those on the Up section were held up for nearly an hour.Services were restored at around 9:15 am, but trains are running slowly.On Tuesday as well, train services were hit on the Central line after an overhead wire snapped at Dadar.
Thane: CR services hit as soil below tracks at Ulh
2015-06-25Shoddy pre-monsoon work irks residents of Old Than
Shoddy pre-monsoon work irks residents of Old Thane The nullah-cleaning work in Old Thane has not done any good to the shopkeepers and residents as water has entered shops and homes of some people. Rain water, mixed with untreated sewerage water from the entire area, has bothered people as they fear outbreak of dengue, malaria and typhoid. Traders, shopkeepers and residents from Mohammad Ali Road allege that the nullah-cleaning work has not been done properly in Old Thane, leading to waterlogging in various areas. They said that the cleaning work is an eyewash. "None of the drains have been cleaned and this shows the shoddy job done by the contractor," said a resident. "Old Thane houses police school, Urdu school, NKT college and a huge vegetable market from where vegetables are supplied to the entire city. Waterlogging at this place might affect the quality of vegetables as they might be laced with polluted water," said another resident. "The students attending schools and colleges in the area have to wade through the polluted water and this can cause them several skin diseases," added the resident. Activist Rajeev Datta, who had earlier taken up the issue of untreated sewerage water in the area, allege, "The Thane Municipal Corporation is aware of the problem in the area. In fact the health inspector has certified in a copy submitted to the civic body that untreated sewerage water should not be released in nullahs and action should be taken. But till now, the civic body has not taken cognizance of the issue." While residents fear outbreak of deadly diseases, they have also intimated the disaster control department about the issue and requested them to take necessary measures to relieve them from this situation. A trader from the area said, "We will wait for the corporation's assistance, failing which a group of 60 to 70 traders will got to their office, meet the commissioner and ask him to take necessary measures." Civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal said, "I will direct the concerned department to look into the issue."
Shoddy pre-monsoon work irks residents of Old Than
2015-06-25Thane: Fruit vendor arrested for raping minor step
Thane: Fruit vendor arrested for raping minor step daughter A 32-year-old fruit vendor from Kalyan was arrested for allegedly raping his teenage step daughter, police said on Thursday. PSI HM Waghmare of Mahatma Phule Police station in Kalyan said the victim's mother had separated from her first husband as he was an alcoholic. The woman then married accused Abukalam Ayanul Haq and began living in Ambivli with their 12-year-old daughter, police said. On June 23, Haq molested the girl and later raped her when she tried to raise an alarm in the absence of his wife, Waghmare said quoting the complaint. The arrested accused has been charged under sections 376 (rape), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC and relevant sections of the POCSO Act of 2012, police said.
2015-06-25Eknath Shinde orders crackdown on illegal liquor d
Eknath Shinde orders crackdown on illegal liquor dens in Thane PoliticshiddenJun, 22 2015 18:41:22 IST Mumbai: In the wake of the Malad hooch tragedy that has claimed nearly hundred lives so far, Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday said he has ordered wiping out of the 'haath bhattis' (furnaces) in Thane district, where hooch is distilled."Around a hundred people have lost their lives after drinking adulterated liquor at Malwani in Malad and the number is only increasing by the day. In Thane district as well there are a number of places where illicit alcohol is being made and sold. I have immediately ordered officials that they identify all haath bhattis and destroy them," Shinde, who is the Guardian Minister of Thane district, told reporters. He said that he has also met the Thane Police Commissioner, police officials from the Thane (Rural) region and the Excise Department officials and have instructed them to immediately arrest those caught manufacturing and selling illicit liquor. "Human life is important. We cannot let the Malwani incident be repeated in Thane in future and necessary steps need to be taken before a tragedy strikes," Shinde said. The incident that occurred at Laxmi Nagar slum near Gamdevi Jurassic Park in Malwani in suburban Malad on Wednesday night has resulted in a political outcry, with the opposition Congress demanding the resignation of state Excise Minister Eknath Khadse. Five people have already been arrested in this connection, while eight personnel of Malwani police station have been suspended.
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2015-06-25Thane loses over 100 trees to June rains | Thane N
Thane loses over 100 trees to June rains Times of India Thane Thu,25 Jun 2015 Summary: Thane: This monsoon the city has witnessed not just heavy rains, but also a number of tree fall incidents. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has recorded over 130 tree collapse incidents since the beginning of the monsoon season. Activists have started raising questions over the civic body`s apathy towards the existing green cover in the city.Thane: This monsoon the city has witnessed not just heavy rains, but also a number of tree fall incidents. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has recorded over 130 tree collapse incidents since the beginning of the monsoon season. These figures are much higher as compared to neighbouring Navi Mumbai and Kalyan-Dombivli. Activists have started raising questions over the civic body`s apathy towards the existing green cover in the city , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper,The civic records show that nearly 130 trees were uprooted or damaged this month even though the rains have just hit the city. In the last two days, 60 tree fall incidents were reported across the city. One tree collapse incident was reported at Naupada on Wednesday. Surprisingly, the figures were much less in neighbouring Navi Mumbai as only 80 tree fall incidents have been reported till now.
Thane loses over 100 trees to June rains | Thane N
2015-06-25Thane loses over 100 trees to June rains - Times o
Thane loses over 100 trees to June rains Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 25, 2015, 11.36 AM IST Thane: This monsoon the city has witnessed not just heavy rains, but also a number of tree fall incidents. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has recorded over 130 tree collapse incidents since the beginning of the monsoon season. These figures are much higher as compared to neighbouring Navi Mumbai and Kalyan-Dombivli. Activists have started raising questions over the civic body's apathy towards the existing green cover in the city. The civic records show that nearly 130 trees were uprooted or damaged this month even though the rains have just hit the city. In the last two days, 60 tree fall incidents were reported across the city. One tree collapse incident was reported at Naupada on Wednesday. Surprisingly, the figures were much less in neighbouring Navi Mumbai as only 80 tree fall incidents have been reported till now. Even Kalyan-Dombivli constituency recorded 115 cases. Besides, the BMC, which covers the largest area in the metropolitan region, recorded a loss of 400 trees this month. TMC officials have admitted that rampant road work and other infrastructure developments have led to weakening of trees. Excavation leads to loosening of the soil which results in tree fall incidents, a civic official said. Green activists have cautioned the civic authorities about the rise in tree fall incidents. ''If timely action isn't taken then our green cover will be lost. This is just the beginning of the rains and we have already lost so many trees. This shows the apathy of the civic body,'' said Chandrahas Tawde, a green activist. Meanwhile, additional civic commissioner Sunil Chavan, said, ''We are aware about the situation and a solution will be worked out soon. We have asked our staff to trim braches of trees that have started leaning. We will formulate a permanent solution soon.''
Thane loses over 100 trees to June rains - Times o
2015-06-24Mumbai hooch tragedy: Police destroy thousand litr
Mumbai hooch tragedy: Police destroy thousand litres of illicit liquor in Thane Published: June 24, 2015 8:59 AM IST Thane (Maharashtra), June 24: In a crackdown on illegal breweries after an adulterated batch of liquor killed almost hundred people in Mumbai, police in Thane district destroyed thousand litres of illicit liquor in raids. This raid comes a day after Thane’s Guardian Minister, Eknath Shinde, reportedly ordered the wiping out of illegal breweries. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Kalyan, Sanjay Jadhav, said six people were arrested in the raid. “Six people have been arrested. We are taking preventive action with regard to habitual offenders and to check the transportation of illicit liquor we have put up checkpoints in various places and this operation will continue,” said Jadhav. In a shocking tragedy in Mumbai last week, more than 94 slum dwellers died while more than 45 continue to be treated across hospitals. The officials said more than 150 consumed the poisonous alcohol and the death toll may rise. Many others have been admitted to hospitals under serious conditions with two losing their eyesight.
Mumbai hooch tragedy: Police destroy thousand litr
2015-06-24Thane Central Jail Inmates Turn to Yoga - NDTV
Thane Central Jail Inmates Turn to Yoga Others | Press Trust of India | Updated: June 24, 2015 15:25 IST THANE: A group of nearly 50 undertrials at Thane Central Jail these days are busy imparting training of meditation and Yoga to fellow inmates, thanks to initiative of spiritual organisation 'Bramhakumaris'. The organisation has been imparting meditation and Yoga training to jail inmates since 1985 and after nearly three decades, around 50 inmates have mastered the art and have become trainers, said Bramhakumaris Thane unit's sister Rekha. She said started in a small set up in 1985, hundreds of inmates under a reform and Yoga and meditation has brought a notable change in their lives. Now, many of the sessions, even day-long ones, are conducted by jail inmates for other prisoners. She said a large number of young inmates from states like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar, who require reform.
Thane Central Jail Inmates Turn to Yoga - NDTV
2015-06-24Thane: Illicit brew flows high, depts pass the buc
Thane: Illicit brew flows high, depts pass the buck Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 24, 2015, 11.10 AM IST THANE: The flourishing and allegedly well-protected bootlegging business in Thane suddenly finds itself orphaned here and has triggered a blame game within the police, state excise, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the district collectorate officials with each department shunting responsibility and accusing each other of lapses. While officials across the departments share the consensus that it is "simply unacceptable" that the hooch business should thrive under their very nose, each one emphatically pleads innocence to the murky goings-on. The catastrophic tragedy at Malwani and the state government action against the police and the excise officials in Mumbai have set off a buck-passing trend in the departments here. Officials of the state excise department, which is tasked with the regulation and prohibition of liquor, claimed that the Bombay Prohibition Act lacks the teeth to act against offenders and that they have inadequate staff and paraphernalia to deal with such cases. "Those caught for production of spurious brew secure bail the same evening and so there is no deterrent.We cannot use force or third degree against them unlike the police. It is up to the police to use stringent action and use several other acts to break them. The role of excise department remains limited in such cases which are related to cheap liquor sale in branded bottles or the ones who are selling cheap liquor under the rules of license and permits of excise," said a senior excise officer. The officer added that the excise department faces crisis due to shortage of staff and lack of speed boats deters them from taking on the bootleggers, who operate in the thick mangroves in the vast Thane creek line pass ing through Navi Mumbai Thane, Ghodbunder Bhayander, Vasai, Uttan and Virar. He added that the regula tion on the use of lethal methanol and spirits is up to the police or the FDA and ex cise has no role in curbing it. The police insist that bootlegging or prohibition of sale of spurious liquor is the primary function of the state excise department but that they are being blamed with out reason. "It is up to the excise offi cers to take action on bootleg gers as they are the ones who are assigned the task. If the production of spurious li quor is hacked at the base by the excise officer, then it will not come in public domain," said a senior police officer. Both the excise officers as well as the police, including district administration agreed that there is lack of co ordination within the agen cies to curb the menace. "All the aforesaid agen cies discharge their duties within their own sphere, but without maintaining assist ance among themselves leaving a wide gap in be tween though which an un scrupulous elements and easily sneaks out by produc ing and then transporting adulterated, sub-standard and spurious liquor," said a former police officer.
Thane: Illicit brew flows high, depts pass the buc
2015-06-24Thane: Ball of hair weighing 2.5 kg removed from g
Thane: Ball Of Hair Weighing 2.5 Kg Removed From Girl's Stomach Jun 24, 2015, 19:37 IST | PTI Doctors At Kalwa's Civic Run Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Performed A Two-Hour Long Surgery On Wednesday On A 15-Year-Old Girl And Removed A Hair Ball Weighing 2.5 Kg From Her Stomach, A Doctor Said Thane: Doctors at Kalwa's civic run Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital performed a two-hour long surgery on Wednesday on a 15-year-old girl and removed a hair ball weighing 2.5 kg from her stomach, a doctor said. "She is a mentally retarded girl with a long standing habit of eating of her own hair and rough paper. She was brought for loss of appetite, loss of weight and abdominal distension," Sukesh Thakur, a member of the three-member team of doctorsm including Vishwas Sapatnekar and Anupama Takawale, who performed the surgery said. "During investigation, she was diagnosed with a rare disease called trichobazor, where a hair ball is collected in the stomach leading to distension of stomach, loss of appetite and loss of weight," he said. The mass of hair removed was a foot long and half a foor wide, the doctor said.
2015-06-24Man arrested for assaulting cop in Thane - Times o
Man arrested for assaulting cop in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 24, 2015, 10.01 PM IST THANE: A Kalwa resident has been arrested for assaulting an off duty railway policeman following a tiff over sharing footboard space on a crowded local train at Thane. The incident occurred Wednesday morning when a RPF constable S Yadav who was returning home to Bhandup tried boarding a CSTbound slow train from platform 4 at Thane. The constable deployed at Diva RPF was returning from a vacation and had alighted at Thane from an outstation train. The accused, Siraj Shaikh, who was already travelling footboard of the coach allegedly refused to let Yadav board the train. This resulted in a verbal spat between the two. By this time the train started and the duo alighted from the running trains and started arguing following which the accused reportedly hit Yadav with a ballast stone on his head. By this time, fellow commuters at the station intervened and handed over the two to the Thane police. The constable was immediately shifted to the hospital for treatment. A case was later registered against the attacker under section 324 of the IPC. Shaikh was later arrested, informed a Thane railway police official.
2015-06-24Thane Creek Area to be Declared as Flamingo Sanctu
Thane Creek Area to be Declared as Flamingo Sanctuary – Maharashtra Govt By Alekya Ettaboina -June 24, 2015 Mumbai, June 23: The Maharashtra state government has decided the 17 sq km long Thane Creek area as Flamingo Sanctuary and approaches UNESCO to get the stretch of Thane Creek as Ramsar Site.The Maharashtra government has decided the 17 sq km long Thane Creek area as Flamingo Sanctuary at the state Wildlife board meeting which is held in Mantralaya on Monday. The decision has been taken in the presence of Chief Minister of state Devendra Fadnavis and Forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar along with other forest officials.Mungantiwar said that “Thane Creek will be known as ‘Flamingo Sanctuary’ as over 25,000 flamingo turned up at the stretch of 17 sq km of Creek. So it has a lot importance of flamingo”. Currently the area was not in the control of forest department, if the central government and Forest ministry accepts this, the Thane Creek area will be protected as forest status. Fishermen are commonly visiting the mud flats in this area to crabs fishes and that cause disturbance to birds. As per details 205 various types of birds arrives on creek, so a non-government organization Vanashakti has submitted a proposal to state government to save mudflats and birds in Thane Creek area. The state government is also decided to approach UNESCO to get a status to Thane Creek as one of the biggest site Ramsar site.
Thane Creek Area to be Declared as Flamingo Sanctu
2015-06-24Shame old story: Two Thane cops arrested for rapin
SHAME OLD STORY: TWO THANE COPS ARRESTED FOR RAPING MINOR THEY RESCUED FROM SEX TRADE By Nazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jun 25, 2015, 02.00 AM IST Stain on khaki, this time it's Thane cops The police have arrested two constables attached to the Mumbra police station for allegedly raping for over three months a 16-year-old girl they rescued from a prostitution racket. The police are investigating if the incident was suppressed by senior police officials. The 16-year-old's ordeal began in January, when she was pushed into flesh trade by a couple who were using a catering service as a front. The couple approached the girl's mother and promised a steady income if she sent her daughter to work for their company. Unknown to the mother, the couple forced the fatherless girl into prostitution. A few weeks on, the Mumbra police busted the couple's racket, sources in Thane police said. Shockingly, no case was registered and the couple was let off. Two constables from the raiding party --Kaushal Kakde and Irfan Khan -- then started raping the minor, who was forced to continue in the flesh trade. On March 31, a non-profit organisation that works against trafficking came to know of the couple's racket and tipped off the police. Even this time, the local police did not file a case. The activists had to approach the joint commissioner, after which the Mumbra police registered a case. Even at this point, the police tried to keep it as a simple case of rescuing a minor from flesh trade. The girl was subsequently sent to a shelter in Vasai. Here, during counselling, she told the activists all about how the two constables raped her for three months, threatening that if they book her for soliciting, she will go to jail for several years. On Tuesday, when the girl was presented in court to record her statement, she narrated her ordeal to the magistrate. She named constables Kaushal Kakde and Irfan Khan as the two who raped her three months. The two were arrested on Wednesday. The couple --Shabhana Sheikh and Mohammed Shahid Shaeikh from Amrut Nagar -- have also been arrested. Speaking to Mirror, sources in the police department said local police officers are under the scanner. They suspect they tried to suppress the issue. "This happened around the time of the Saki Naka model rape case and the local police wanted to avoid a loss of face," said an officer. DCP Sachin Patil of Thane city police said, "Investigations revealed many facts and based on that the accused have been arrested. Investigations are on."
Shame old story: Two Thane cops arrested for rapin
2015-06-242.5kg mass of human hair removed from the stomach
2.5kg mass of human hair removed from the stomach of a 15 year old girl Times of India Thane Wed,24 Jun 2015 Summary: THANE: A 2.5kg mass of human hair was removed from the stomach of a 15 year old girl at Thane. The girl used to swallow her own hair and over the years was diagnosed with a rare disease called trichobezoar and operated upon at the civic hospital at Kalwa. The girl, Sarika Barde is a resident of Shahapur in rural Thane.THANE: A 2.5kg mass of human hair was removed from the stomach of a 15 year old girl at Thane. The girl used to swallow her own hair and over the years was diagnosed with a rare disease called trichobezoar and operated upon at the civic hospital at Kalwa. The girl, Sarika Barde is a resident of Shahapur in rural Thane. She is mentally challenged and was habituated to eating strands of hair and paper since the last years , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper,Her parents were aware of this habit but didn`t realise the ill effects till she started complaining of stomach ache till recently. The family initially consulted doctors at Shahapur following which they approached the civic run Chattrapati Shivaji Memorial hospital at Kalwa. The doctors here performed various tests on her and after diagnosing the condition decided to operate on her. "The patient had a long standing habit of swallowing her own hair and rough papers. She was brought for complaints of loss of appetite, weight, abdominal distension.
2.5kg mass of human hair removed from the stomach
2015-06-24Man arrested for assaulting cop in Thane | Mumbai
Man arrested for assaulting cop in Thane Times of India Mumbai Wed,24 Jun 2015 Summary: The constable deployed at Diva RPF was returning from a vacation and had alighted at Thane from an outstation train. The accused, Siraj Shaikh, who was already travelling footboard of the coach allegedly refused to let Yadav board the train. By this time the train started and the duo alighted from the running trains and started arguing following which the accused reportedly hit Yadav with a ballast stone on his head.THANE: A Kalwa resident has been arrested for assaulting an off duty railway policeman following a tiff over sharing footboard space on a crowded local train at Thane. The incident occurred Wednesday morning when a RPF constable S Yadav who was returning home to Bhandup tried boarding a CSTbound slow train from platform 4 at Thane. The constable deployed at Diva RPF was returning from a vacation and had alighted at Thane from an outstation train. The accused, Siraj Shaikh, who was already travelling footboard of the coach allegedly refused to let Yadav board the train , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper,This resulted in a verbal spat between the two. By this time the train started and the duo alighted from the running trains and started arguing following which the accused reportedly hit Yadav with a ballast stone on his head. By this time, fellow commuters at the station intervened and handed over the two to the Thane police. The constable was immediately shifted to the hospital for treatment.
2015-06-24Thane jail inmates turn to Yoga - Zee News
Thane jail inmates turn to Yoga A group of nearly 50 undertrials at Thane Central Jail these days are busy imparting training of meditation and Yoga to fellow inmates, thanks to initiative of spiritual organisation 'Bramhakumaris'. PTI| Updated: Jun 24, 2015, 15:40 PM IST Thane: A group of nearly 50 undertrials at Thane Central Jail these days are busy imparting training of meditation and Yoga to fellow inmates, thanks to initiative of spiritual organisation 'Bramhakumaris'. The organisation has been imparting meditation and Yoga training to jail inmates since 1985 and after nearly three decades, around 50 inmates have mastered the art and have become trainers, said Bramhakumaris Thane unit's sister Rekha. She said started in a small set up in 1985, hundreds of inmates under a reform and Yoga and meditation has brought a notable change in their lives. Now, many of the sessions, even day-long ones, are conducted by jail inmates for other prisoners. She said a large number of young inmates from states like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar, who require reform.
2015-06-23Thane police crackdown on illicit brew - Times of
Thane police crackdown on illicit brew Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 23, 2015, 09.06 AM IST THANE: Seven persons including four women have been arrested who were allegedly found in possession of illicit liquor across Thane police commissionerate. In the wake of Malvani hooch tragedy, the Thane police raided — Bhiwandi, Kasarwadavali and Kapurbavdi area late on Saturday and Sunday. In Thane city, at four different locations, the Kapurbawdi police arrested three women and two men for allegedly possessing illicit brew worth Rs 690 and arrested Manjula Shinde, Gokula Dhamode and Anubai Meghe from Koknipada area. Pramod Gharat was arrested from Chitalsar area late on Sunday night. Kamlakar Raut 37, who was operating a country liquor shop without any license beside a civic school in Kasarwadavali was arrested and liquor worth Rs 5000 was seized from his possession by Kasarwadavali police. The Kongaon police raided a secluded location behind an automobile store and found 100 litres of illicit raw materials. The accused managed to flee the scene and none was arrested. Simultaneously, Bhiwandi crime branch raided a house of Ankush Bhavare 35, in Kongaon area and seized liquor bottles worth Rs 625. Bhiwandi city police arrested Parvati Gangurde from Padmanagar and found brew worth Rs 220. The police said that all of them have been booked under different sections of Bombay Prohibition Act.
2015-06-23Teenager drowned in Thane creek while clicking a s
Teenager drowned in Thane creek while clicking a selfie Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 23, 2015, 08.28 PM IST THANE: A 15-year-old boy drowned in Thane creek after losing balance while clicking a selfie on the edge of the shore on Tuesday afternoon. Shubham Rayte, a resident of Ganesh nagar in Manpada visited a college in Thane east in the morning. Rayte along with two of his friends had come for admissions of junior college located in Mithbunder area. While going back, the trio decided to visit the creek shore, said a police officer. "It is suspected that Rayte was lured by the water filled and showers going on Rayte went on the edge along with his friend and lost balance and fell in the creek. His friend however, managed to come afloat on the shore but Rayte drowned inside the creek," said a police officer. The sleuths of regional disaster management cell and fire brigade personnels after an hour long search fished out the body of the boy and accidental death report has been registered at Kopri police station.
2015-06-23Thane: Man clubbed to death over petty issue - Mid
Thane: Man Clubbed To Death Over Petty Issue Jun 23, 2015, 18:09 IST | PTI A 29-Year-Old Man Working In A Hotel At Ambernath Here Was Bludgeoned To Death Allegedly By A Group Of Ten Persons Over A Petty Dispute, Police Said Today Thane: A 29-year-old man working in a hotel at Ambernath here was bludgeoned to death allegedly by a group of ten persons over a petty dispute, police said today. The incident took place last evening when accused Nutan Yeshwantrao, who supplied chicken to Golden Punjab Hotel, where victim Nikhil R Siddhu worked, got into an argument over the details of supplies and the payments made so far, PI (Crime) H N Shinde of Shivaji Nagar police station in Ambernath told PTI.When Siddhu sought account from Nutan for the supplies made so far, the latter got annoyed and attacked him with a spade and a cricket stump. The accused along with a group of eight-nine persons then allegedly bashed up the victim, who died on his way to hospital after suffering multiple wounds, police said. The accused have been charged under relevant sections of the IPC, including murder, but no arrests have been made so far in connection with the offence. A manhunt has been launched for the members of the group who brutally killed the hotel employee, police said.
2015-06-23Thane businessman's murder: Wife, 3 others held -
Thane businessman's murder: Wife, 3 others held Press Trust of India | Thane Last Updated at June 23, 2015 15:32 IST The wife of a local businessman and three other persons were arrested in connection with his murder in Thane's Bhiwandi town, police said today. The victim, Dileep Kundanmal Jain (40), an electric shop owner residing at Kasar Ali in Bhiwandi, was murdered by some persons in the wee hours of May 24 before they decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 1.25 lakhs, inspector Shailendra Nagarkar of Bhiwandi police crime branch said. Later, Dileep's wife Payal Jain (35) filed a complaint with local police that some miscreants had entered into their house who killed her husband and took away the valuables. The police, during probe in the case, examined the CCTV footage of a nearby location and based on the clues gathered from it, a police team was sent to Rajasthan. Based on further clues, the police arrested the killers - Ratanlal alias Ratan Mulchand Kothari (39) and Sohansingh Hemantsingh Rajput (28) - on Sunday from Virar, Nagarkar said. Both of them latter confessed to the crime, he said. On the basis of information provided by them, police arrested Payal from her residence and her maid servant Manjula Mukeshkumar Gomatilal (35) from Rajasthan for allegedly hatching the conspiracy and hiring the men to kill Dileep, he said. Police are on the lookout of another accused in the case, Pappu alias Laxman, a grocery shop in Rabodi of Thane city who is the brother of the maid servant, he said. Nagarkar said the couple frequently quarreled over various issues and Payal apparently eyed the property of her father-in-law in Rajasthan. She decided to get rid of her husband and hence arranged for his 'contract killing' with the help of her maid, the latter's brother and two other killers, he said. She promised the killers to pay them Rs 10 lakhs, but they got only Rs one lakh after the execution of the crime. Meanwhile, the accused have been booked under sections 302 (murder), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 341 (wrongful restraint) read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC, police said. The accused have been remanded in police custody for a week, they added.
2015-06-233-year-old in Thane falls off stairs with no safet
3-year-old in Thane falls off stairs with no safety railing, dies Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 23, 2015, 09.05 AM IST THANE: A three-year-old girl was found died in a pool of blood allegedly after falling from a building in Kharton road late on Sunday night. Prachi Rathod, a resident of TMC's transit camp namely Jai-hind society was found dead at the basement of the building and the neighbors spotted her at around 8.30pm on Sunday. A police officer said that Rathod's family reside on fifth floor and prima-facia it seems that the girl was playing outside her apartment and came on the stair case which doesn't have a saftey railing. "Prachi might have lost balance and fallen on ground. However, we are investigating the case from all the angles," said a police officer. The girl was rushed to Thane civil hospital where she was declared on admission and autopsy was carried out and Thane nagar police station have registered accidental death report.
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Thane Businessman's Murder: Wife, 3 Others Held Jun 23, 2015, 15:40 IST | PTI The Wife Of A Local Businessman And Three Other Persons Were Arrested In Connection With His Murder In Thane's Bhiwandi Town, Police Said On Tuesday The wife of a local businessman and three other persons were arrested in connection with his murder in Thane's Bhiwandi town, police said on Tuesday. The victim, Dileep Kundanmal Jain (40), an electric shop owner residing at Kasar Ali in Bhiwandi, was murdered by some persons in the wee hours of May 24 before they decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 1.25 lakhs, inspector Shailendra Nagarkar of Bhiwandi police crime branch said. Later, Dileep's wife Payal Jain (35) filed a complaint with local police that some miscreants had entered into their house who killed her husband and took away the valuables. The police, during probe in the case, examined the CCTV footage of a nearby location and based on the clues gathered from it, a police team was sent to Rajasthan. Based on further clues, the police arrested the killers - Ratanlal alias Ratan Mulchand Kothari (39) and Sohansingh Hemantsingh Rajput (28) - on Sunday from Virar, Nagarkar said. Both of them latter confessed to the crime, he said. On the basis of information provided by them, police arrested Payal from her residence and her maid servant Manjula Mukeshkumar Gomatilal (35) from Rajasthan for allegedly hatching the conspiracy and hiring the men to kill Dileep, he said.Police are on the lookout of another accused in the case, Pappu alias Laxman, a grocery shop in Rabodi of Thane city who is the brother of the maid servant, he said. Nagarkar said the couple frequently quarreled over various issues and Payal apparently eyed the property of her father-in-law in Rajasthan. She decided to get rid of her husband and hence arranged for his 'contract killing' with the help of her maid, the latter's brother and two other killers, he said. She promised the killers to pay them Rs 10 lakhs, but they got only Rs one lakh after the execution of the crime. Meanwhile, the accused have been booked under sections 302 (murder), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 341 (wrongful restraint) read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC, police said. The accused have been remanded in police custody for a week, they added.
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2015-06-23Thane police crackdown on illicit brew at Thane cr
Thane police crackdown on illicit brew at Thane creek Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 23, 2015, 01.31 PM IST The Thane police intensified drive against bootleggers on Tuesday morning, a huge cache unclaimed stock of nearly 13600 liters of raw material along with 105 liters of illicit brew on the coastline of Thane creek near Desai village of Daighar area. Based on a tip-off, the illicit brew been pre pared at one of the bhattis (wood-fired ovens), a team of Thane crime branch unit-1 raided the spot however, the accused managed to flee the scene. Parag Manere, DCP crime informed that three drums of illicit brew prepared with the storage capacity of 35 liters per drum was stocked. Along with it, the sleuths found a 68 drums of raw material (masala) with the storage capacity of 200 liters was also unearthed from the spot. "Around 13600 litres of raw material which is valued at rough cost around Rs 15000 and collectively worth over Rs 1 lakh was found at the location," Nitin Thakre, senior police inspector of crime branch unit-1 informed TOI. The police said that they are in process of destroying the raw material at the spot and said that despite being risk of high tide at the creek the action has been taken. Meanwhile, in separate 10 other cases, the local police stations - Kapurbavdi police station, Kasarvadavali police station, Kongaon and Bhiwandi police station have seized illicit brew of over 200 liters and more than 10 persons including few women have been arrested.
2015-06-23Thane hotel staffer clubbed to death over payment
THANE HOTEL STAFFER CLUBBED TO DEATH OVER PAYMENT FOR CHICKEN Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jun 24, 2015, 12.03 AM IST Thane hotel staffer clubbed to death over payment for chicken A 29-year-old man working in a hotel at Ambernath was bludgeoned to death, allegedly by a group of 10 persons over a petty dispute, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday evening when accused Nutan Yeshwantrao, who supplied chicken to Golden Punjab Hotel, where victim Nikhil R Siddhu worked, got into an argument over the details of supplies and payments made so far. Nutan then attacked Siddhu with a spade and a cricket stump. The accused along with eight-nine others then allegedly bashed up the victim, who died on his way to hospital after suffering multiple wounds, police said. The wife of a businessman and three others were arrested in connection with his murder in Thane's Bhiwandi, police said on Tuesday. The victim, Dileep Kundanmal Jain (40), an electric shop owner was murdered on May 24 and the accused decamped with valuables worth Rs 1.25 lakh. Later, his wife Payal Jain (35) filed a complaint that some miscreants had entered their house. Based on CCTV footage of a nearby location, the police arrested Ratanlal alias Ratan Mulchand Kothari (39) and Sohansingh Hemantsingh Rajput (28) from Virar. Both confessed and also accued Payal and her maid of hatching the conspiracy.
2015-06-23Teenager drowned in Thane creek while clicking a s
Teenager drowned in Thane creek while clicking a selfie Times of India Thane Tue,23 Jun 2015 Summary: Shubham Rayte, a resident of Ganesh nagar in Manpada visited a college in Thane east in the morning. The sleuths of regional disaster management cell and fire brigade personnels after an hour long search fished out the body of the boy and accidental death report has been registered at Kopri police station.THANE: A 15-year-old boy drowned in Thane creek after losing balance while clicking a selfie on the edge of the shore on Tuesday afternoon. Shubham Rayte, a resident of Ganesh nagar in Manpada visited a college in Thane east in the morning. Rayte along with two of his friends had come for admissions of junior college located in Mithbunder area. While going back, the trio decided to visit the creek shore, said a police officer , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper, "It is suspected that Rayte was lured by the water filled and showers going on Rayte went on the edge along with his friend and lost balance and fell in the creek. His friend however, managed to come afloat on the shore but Rayte drowned inside the creek," said a police officer. The sleuths of regional disaster management cell and fire brigade personnels after an hour long search fished out the body of the boy and accidental death report has been registered at Kopri police station. ..
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2015-06-22Two Thane flyovers in bad shape brace for monsoon
Two Thane flyovers in bad shape brace for monsoon test Nitin Cadbury and Golden Dyes flyovers on the Eastern Express Highway in Thane are in a bad shape. Monsoon will be a crucial test for these two bridges as repair work has been undertaken and authorities have been observing if the repair work is good enough or if there is need to recast the damaged portion by shutting the bridge. "There were cracks on these flyovers of Thane, but we have repaired them; they are under observation," said Jayant Mhaiskar from Mumbai Entry Points Limited, the toll agency that is supposed to maintain bridges in and around Mumbai. The problem was with the deck slab of the flyover. Deck slab reinforced the cement-concrete structure of the bridge on which vehicles ply. A few months ago, repairs were carried out to fix the cracks; the same is being observed on a weekly basis. If the cracks reappear, there will be need for the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to demolish that portion of the bridge and recast it. Similar work was done on the Dindoshi flyover in May 2014 after major structural damage was reported to the deck slab. The damage had come to light in October 2013. Just before the monsoon the cracks did not resurface, giving a breather to the authorities. But the monitoring process is still underway. Five years ago, a similar problem had occurred on the BARC Junction flyover on Sion-Panvel Highway. But it was repaired and is now in good shape. On May 16, dna had reported how three flyovers in Mumbai have structural defects but have been ignored by the authorities. Barring Dattapada flyover, repair work hasn't started on the remaining two bridges — Sion and King's Circle (Aurora) flyovers.
Two Thane flyovers in bad shape brace for monsoon
2015-06-22Maharashtra to declare Thane creek area as 'Flamin
Maharashtra to declare Thane creek area as 'Flamingo Sanctuary' Sujit Mahamulkar | TNN | Jun 23, 2015, 04.52 AM IST MUMBAI: The state government has decided to declare 17 sq km area along Thane Creek as Flamingo Sanctuary. Also the government will approach to the UNESCO to get the stretch of Thane Creek as Ramsar Site. The decision has been taken at the State Wildlife Board meeting held in Mantralaya on Monday. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis presided the meeting which was attended by Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and other forest officials. "Thane Creek will be known as 'Flamingo Sanctuary' as over 25,000 flamingo turned up at the stretch of 17 sq km of Creek. So it has a lot importance of flamingo," Mungantiwar told TOI. The area will get protected as forest status once the central Environment and Forests ministry gives its clearance and notifies the area as a sanctuary, said sources. Currently, flamingos are not protected by the forest department as it has no control over the area. Fishermen frequent the mud flats for crabs that cause disturbance to birds. Sources said that there was an active gang, which hunted flamingos for its meat most of them are from nearby areas. Though some of the gang members were arrested but secret poaching is still continues. A non-government organization Vanashakti has submitted the proposal to the government to protect the birds and mudflats along the Thane creek, which was cleared by CM in a meeting. The mangrove forests along the creek in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane witness the arrival of a variety of migratory birds like lesser flamingo, greater flamingo, pied avocet, painted stork and spot-billed duck. Apart from Flamingo, over 205 species of birds arrives on creek are in thousands during high tide and low tide, sources said. The government has also decided to approach UNESCO to get Thane creek as Ramsar Site status, as it as huge mangrove area spread over both the side of creek. It is one of the biggest mangrove site in Asia. The Ramsar site status means an international site having the convention on Wetlands of international importance especially as waterfowl habitat.
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2015-06-22Eknath Shinde orders crackdown on illegal liquor d
Eknath Shinde orders crackdown on illegal liquor dens in Thane MumbaihiddenJun, 22 2015 18:41:22 IST Mumbai: In the wake of the Malad hooch tragedy that has claimed nearly hundred lives so far, Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday said he has ordered wiping out of the 'haath bhattis' (furnaces) in Thane district, where hooch is distilled."Around a hundred people have lost their lives after drinking adulterated liquor at Malwani in Malad and the number is only increasing by the day. In Thane district as well there are a number of places where illicit alcohol is being made and sold. I have immediately ordered officials that they identify all haath bhattis and destroy them," Shinde, who is the Guardian Minister of Thane district, told reporters. He said that he has also met the Thane Police Commissioner, police officials from the Thane (Rural) region and the Excise Department officials and have instructed them to immediately arrest those caught manufacturing and selling illicit liquor. "Human life is important. We cannot let the Malwani incident be repeated in Thane in future and necessary steps need to be taken before a tragedy strikes," Shinde said. The incident that occurred at Laxmi Nagar slum near Gamdevi Jurassic Park in Malwani in suburban Malad on Wednesday night has resulted in a political outcry, with the opposition Congress demanding the resignation of state Excise Minister Eknath Khadse. Five people have already been arrested in this connection, while eight personnel of Malwani police station have been suspended.
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2015-06-22Kulturfest Dazzled All Week - Huffington Post
THE BLOG 06/22/2015 11:38 am ET Updated Jun 22, 2016 Kulturfest Dazzled All Week By now everyone knows that the birth of the State of Israel in 1948 was a godsend for the Jewish people but a portentous event for the diaspora’s cultural heritage. (Of course, it was also earthshattering from the perspective of Palestinian Arabs.) The center of the Jewish universe migrated from Europe and America and coalesced in Israel with a new language and a positively Middle Eastern manner of cultural expression. Harsh Hebrew replaced sweet Yiddish; liturgical words were reshaped for common speech, and the witty idioms and ballsy humor of the mamaloshen started to lose its hold among the once fluent with each passing day. And there was more. The quaintly impoverished shtetls with their upside down cows and trembling Jews, painted in wild greens and blood reds by Marc Chagall, gave way to Jerusalem landscapes with sandy hills baked in blinding light. Israeli and Yemenite folk-dances stepped all over the separated circles of the Hasidim with their elaborate hand gestures and stuttering feet. The rich world of Yiddish theater and art, which dominated Jewish culture on the streets of Warsaw, Poland and the Lower East Side of New York, was going the way of Latin and Aramaic. Scores of theaters slowly closed, and with them all those melodic scores that were morphing into Tin Pan Alley and Brill Building musical standards. But the language and music of Yiddish, which many feared would fade into obsolescence, didn’t disappear. Indeed, for the past week in New York City, if one didn’t know better, one would have believed that the ghosts of Yiddish past had come alive and reclaimed its old haunts and recruited an entirely new cadre of Yiddish lovers and aficionados. This weekend marked the end of Kulturfest, which was produced by National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene, and its dynamic executive director, Bryna Wasserman, It was a weeklong extravaganza of Yiddish cultural offerings in theater, film and dance. And in keeping with the spirit of the heyday of Yiddish theater, the stars of the week featured Yiddish theater companies from around the world, such as the State Jewish Theater of Romania; Yiddishshpiel, the Yiddish Theater of Israel; Zaftik, a Yiddish troupe from Australia; and the Kaminska Jewish Theater of Warsaw. Thirty countries in all were represented in these Kulturfest festivities, which included also a day-long symposium organized by NYU’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, which is where the Folskbiene, the only surviving American Yiddish theater company, is now based Kulturfest featured productions of some of the masters of Yiddish literature, such as Sholem Asch’s The Dybbuk (co-directed by Wasserman), Sholom Aleichem’s Wandering Stars, and an adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story, Gimpel the Fool. But there was no shortage of more modernist works, especially in dance and film. The always enchanting klezmer violin of New York treasure, Alicia Svigals, was very much in evidence with her original score for the silent film, The Yellow Ticket, and a live performance at Joe’s Pub. Ron Rifkin, Joel Grey and Debra Monk offered a selection of Yiddish songs under the musical direction of Yiddish impresario, Zalmen Mlotek. The 14th Street Y’s LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, was responsible for a new play by the performance artist Yehuda Hyman. Kulturfest concluded with a musical biography film of Sholom Aleichem, narrated by Emmy-winning actor Alan Alda and performed by the multi-talented legend Theodore Bikel, who, by the way, has portrayed Tevye the Milkman from Fiddler on the Roof more times than any musical performer on the planet. So after that curtain call, what’s next for Yiddish art and culture? It was a glorious and ambitious week, indeed. Folksbiene very much plans a reprise. The inaugural Kulturfest was intended to be a tease, with audiences clamoring for more. Now that they had been given such a sumptuous taste, how can they get Yiddish out of their heads? But the language itself is still mainly spoken only in Hasidic communities, and who knows how many of them actually attended this primarily secular spectacle. There will, regrettably, never be enough to keep the faith and give Kulturfest its critical mass. It will always depend on a magical mix of nostalgia, curiosity and, of course, mazel.
2015-06-22Hooch hotspot: Brewing thrives deep inside thick m
Hooch hotspot: Brewing thrives deep inside thick mangroves of Thane, Kalwa & Mumbra Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 23, 2015, 01.12 PM IST THANE: The mangroves along the northern Mumbai coastline and the jungles adjoining the Sanjay Gandhi National Park are the preferred spots for bootleggers to brew illegal hooch and supply them largely to the slums in the city in cans and tyre tubes. One of the hotspots is the thickly forested Thane-Kalwa-Mumbra shoreline. On any given day, a cursory glance from the Mumbra bypass towards the creek will show smoke billowing from deep within the mangroves. "Passersby may wonder how people could live so deep inside the swamps. Locals here know better. The smoke is not from kitchen fires, but the bhattis (wood-fired ovens) used to brew the illicit spirits," said a local police official.
2015-06-22City railway always wheeled to Thane, Panvel, neve
City railway always wheeled to Thane, Panvel, never took a hit during rain SANJAY BANERJEE | TNN | Jun 22, 2015, 04.08 PM IST NAVI MUMBAI: The planned city railway network has never been hit by water logging. The revelation contrasts with the annual feature of railway tracks in the island city taking a hit during the monsoon. As regards the resilience of the city warding off any rail disruption, even the highest recorded (806) mm of rainfall on July 26, 2005 in the NMMC area that covers majority of the network remained free of any glitches, according to railway sources. Vashi railway station master, S Khurana recounted, "I was in charge of Nerul station and we operated the services from Vashi to Thane and Panvel. Vashi-Thane was commissioned in 2004." Just recently the city services to Thane and Panvel defied any rain related disruption last week when Friday when the rail network once again collapsed in the island city due to heavy overnight rainfall. Cidco chief engineer (Special Projects), Sunil R Darade said, "the railway network pegged the height of the tracks above the local drainage and holding ponds in the different nodes. As a consequence, the tracks are free from flooding unlike Mumbai, where there are low lying areas and water logging. Besides, drainage system also gets choked." GM Cidco ( environment division ), G D Anarse said the tracks are above HTL. Cidco and central railway (CR) together developed the network on a 67:33 cost sharing model. The Vashi railway station across the creek was commissioned around 1992 and since then the city has been free of any rain related problem. CPRO, Central railways (CR), Narendra Patil pointed out that the railway network in Mumbai to Thane dated back to the 19th century and there were issues of drainage. He though pointed out that western railway fared better because of natural drainage towards the sea. In the case of the city (Navi Mumbai), the holding ponds flap gates shut during high tide and drain out the rainwater during monsoon collected into the sea during low tide. The railway network is also largely along the creek and has stayed free of any local drainage issue in the city. Khurana said the new platforms at Thane from where the local services run to the city and the tracks had been designed differently that enabled the continuation of services even as other tracks and routes take a hit during the rains.
2015-06-22Minister orders crackdown on illegal liquor dens i
Minister orders crackdown on illegal liquor dens in Thane Thane: In the wake of the Malad hooch tragedy that has claimed nearly hundred lives so far, Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde today said he has ordered wiping out of the ‘haath bhattis’ (furnaces) in Thane district, where hooch is distilled. “Around a hundred people have lost their lives after drinking adulterated liquor at Malwani in Malad and the number is only increasing by the day. In Thane district as well there are a number of places where illicit alcohol is being made and sold. I have immediately ordered officials that they identify all haath bhattis and destroy them,” Shinde, who is the Guardian Minister of Thane district, told reporters here. He said that he has also met the Thane Police Commissioner, police officials from the Thane (Rural) region and the Excise Department officials and have instructed them to immediately arrest those caught manufacturing and selling illicit liquor. “Human life is important. We cannot let the Malwani incident be repeated in Thane in future and necessary steps need to be taken before a tragedy strikes,” Shinde said. The incident that occurred at Laxmi Nagar slum near Gamdevi Jurassic Park in Malwani in suburban Malad on Wednesday night has resulted in a political outcry, with the opposition Congress demanding the resignation of state Excise Minister Eknath Khadse. Five people have already been arrested in this connection, while eight personnel of Malwani police station have been suspended.
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2015-06-21International Yoga Day celebrated in Thane - Econo
International Yoga Day celebrated in Thane BY PTI | UPDATED: JUN 21, 2015, 01.51 PM IST THANE: The first International Yoga Day was enthusiastically celebrated in Thane at several places. District Collector Ashwini Joshi, renowned scientist Anil Kakodkar, MLA Sanjay Kelkar among others attended the event organised by Ghantali Mitra Mandal at an auditorium here. Kakodkar said,"With the International Yoga Day being celebrated all across the globe, Yoga will get a new dimension now". Joshi said, "Efforts are on to bring about good behaviour among the staff in the government offices and the practise of Yoga will go a long way in achieving the same". Meanwhile, Yoga was performed by Thaneits at 75 different locations organised by various organisations. Women, youth and children performed Yoga at these places to mark this day. The United Nations had in December last year declared June 21 as International Yoga Day, with 177 countries voting in favour. The proposal had been mooted by the Prime Minister during his first address to the UN General Assembly in September last year.
2015-06-21Water levels in dams increase marginally in Thane
Water levels in dams increase marginally in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 21, 2015, 12.05 PM IST THANE: The continuous downpour since the last three days has marginally increased the water levels in the dams at Thane district. The irrigation department stated that if the rainfall continues at the same pace then the city may not have to face water cuts. The water storage capacity of Modak Sagar dam, which supplies water to various parts of Mumbai, has reached 42% of its total capacity of 128 million cubic meters (MCM). Bhatsa can hold 942.1mcm, out of which it received 26.20%, while Tansa received 6.36% out of a storage capacity of 145.08mcm. Andhra dam in Pune--which is the key source of water to Thane, Kalyan. Dombivli and Bhiwandi--received 57mcm out of 331mcm. "Dhamni dam has a storage capacity of 9.96mcm and it is filled by almost 93%," said an irrigation officer. "The water situation at the end of June and even in first week of june looked grim. However, the incessant rainfall has come as a great relief to the citizens and those living under Thane Municipal Corporation limits and if the trend continuous, water cuts shall not be imposed," said an irrigation department official. "We are closely monitoring the water levels on day to day basis and in later part of monsoon the department may review the water situation," he further said. Though the rainfall has been delayed this year in comparison with the last year which started pouring since June 1, the storage capacity is gradually filling up and if it remains consistent than there could be lesser water cuts.
2015-06-21Most of Thane sailed through Friday mayhem - Times
Most of Thane sailed through Friday mayhem Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 21, 2015, 11.54 AM IST THANE: The incessant rainfall since the last three days spelt trouble for Mumbaikar, especially on Friday as the city was almost brought to a standstill with roads being waterlogged and services going out of gear. However, the lake city did pretty well as residents didn't face too many hassles. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had carried out nullah cleaning and desilting work before the rains which led to a floodfree situation in most part of the city. Civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal earned brownie points for this from the lake city residents. The lake city received almost three times more rainfall this year as compared to the previous year. The city was better prepared too. Residents were apprehensive about the TMC's claims of completing nullah cleaning and drainage work. But the results were clearly visible on Friday . "Mumbai had come to a complete standstill as the roads were waterlogged. But the situation was not that bad in Thane. Certain low lying areas like Vandana cinema and Thane market were waterlogged.TMC staff was seen draining out water from the streets so that no was got stranded,'' said Mahesh Nawar, a resident of Vasant Vihar. The litmus test for the civic officials began on Thursday after heavy rains lashed the city . The civic rescue team was responding to emergencies across the city . "Se nior officers were kept in the loop about emergency situations. I was personally directing officials and taking spot decisions on how to go about tackling an emergency ," said Jaiswal. The civic disaster management team led by Santosh Kadam said they were on their toes since Thursday evening. Water levels in dams increase marginally The continuous downpour since the last three days has marginally increased the water levels in the dams at Thane district. The irrigation department stated that if the rainfall continues at the same pace then the city may not have to face water cuts. The water storage capacity of Modak Sagar dam, which supplies water to various parts of Mumbai, has reached 42% of its total capacity of 128 million cubic meters (MCM). Bhatsa can hold 942.1mcm, out of which it received 26.20%, while Tansa received 6.36% out of a storage capacity of 145.08mcm. Andhra dam in Pune--which is the key source of water to Thane, Kalyan. Dombivli and Bhiwandi--received 57mcm out of 331mcm. ``Dhamni dam has a storage capacity of 9.96mcm and it is filled by almost 93%,'' said an irrigation officer.
Most of Thane sailed through Friday mayhem - Times
2015-06-21500 civilians to work with cops, keep an eye on st
500 civilians to work with cops, keep an eye on street crime in Thane Times of India Thane Sun,21 Jun 2015 Summary: The police-public initiative is an extension of the successfully concept,`Eagle Brigade`, which is assisting the uniform cadre in Dombivali and Mumbra to battle crime. The civilian volunteers of Eagle Brigade along with the police personnel has successfully brought crime under check in Dombivli and Mumbra and has encouraged the police top brass to emulate the concept all over for effective policing. He added that the Eagle Brigade volunteers works shoulder to shoulder with the force and has helped overcome its biggest concern about inadequate staff strength.THANE: The Thane police plans to rope in around 500 civilian volunteers in their early 20`s, to wage a war against street-crime in all the 33 police stations from Thane to Badlapur under the jurisdiction of the Thane police commissioner. The police-public initiative is an extension of the successfully concept,`Eagle Brigade`, which is assisting the uniform cadre in Dombivali and Mumbra to battle crime. The civilian volunteers of Eagle Brigade along with the police personnel has successfully brought crime under check in Dombivli and Mumbra and has encouraged the police top brass to emulate the concept all over for effective policing. It is believed that a first batch of 15 volunteers will be enrolled in each police station and this group will be tasked to to keep a hawk-eye vigil on the worst crime spots notorious for incidents of chain snatching and house break-in, a police officer told TOI "Up till now, 15 police stations have already finalized their civilian groups and others are in the process of shortlisting the candidate with the right profile , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper,The civilian force will be ready in all the 33 police stations for policing duties shortly," the officer said. He added that the Eagle Brigade volunteers works shoulder to shoulder with the force and has helped overcome its biggest concern about inadequate staff strength. The civilian force will also assist the police during the festival season and during any emergency situations. "The volunteers are selected for the assignment after a careful scrutiny.
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2015-06-21No trace of duo who attacked TMC Congress leader i
No trace of duo who attacked TMC Congress leader in Thane Times of India Thane Sun,21 Jun 2015 Summary: Ghadigaonkar, leader of Congress in the TMC and his friend Ravi Patil, were attacked by unidentified persons, who were armed with iron rods, at around 9:15pm. Sources close to Ghadigaonkar alleged that political rivalry within and outside his party cannot be ruled out. THANE: The two assailants, who attacked Congress corporator Sanjay Ghadigaonkar at Kisan Nagar, made an easy escape in the midst of crowded lanes late on Friday and are untraceable. Ghadigaonkar, leader of Congress in the TMC and his friend Ravi Patil, were attacked by unidentified persons, who were armed with iron rods, at around 9:15pm. The condition of Ghadigaonkar and Patil is said to be stable and they are undergoing treatment after onlookers rushed them to a private hospital. "The attackers used a thick iron rod to hit Ghadigaonkar on his head and back , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper,As Patil tried to intervene, he was also attacked," said a police official. Sources close to Ghadigaonkar alleged that political rivalry within and outside his party cannot be ruled out. "Ghadigaonkar has been proactive recently in bringing out several irregularities of the TMC and this incident could be due to the fallout of the same. Let the police investigate the case to bring out the real culprit," said a source.
2015-06-20Thane: Congress Leader Attacked by Unidentified Pe
Thane: Congress Leader Attacked by Unidentified Persons 20 JUNE 2015 Last Updated at 9:24 AMNATIONAL The Congress group leader in the Thane Municipal Corporation and his friend were tonight attacked by some unidentified persons here, police said. According to police, in the incident which occurred at 9.30 pm. In the Srinagar locality, Congress leader Sanjay Gadigoankar suffered injuries to the head.
Thane: Congress Leader Attacked by Unidentified Pe
2015-06-20Congress leader attacked in Thane; hospitalised -
Congress Leader Attacked In Thane; Hospitalised Jun 20, 2015, 16:01 IST | Agencies The Congress Group Leader In The Thane Municipal Corporation And His Friend Were Tonight Attacked By Some Unidentified Persons Here, Police Said The Congress group leader in the Thane Municipal Corporation and his friend were tonight attacked by some unidentified persons here, police said. According to police, in the incident which occurred at 9.30 P.M. in the Srinagar locality, Congress leader Sanjay Gadigoankar suffered injuries to the head. Gadigoankar was rushed to a private hospital, police said, adding that a case is yet to be filed in this connection.
2015-06-20Maharashtra: Thane tops state in cases of rapes, c
Maharashtra: Thane tops state in cases of rapes, child assault and acid attack NAZIYA ALVI RAHMAN | Sat, 20 Jun 2015-09:52am , Mumbai , DNA If you are a woman living in Thane, then you need to be extra cautious about your safety. The latest government data sourced from the women and child department lists the district on top of the chart for registering cases of rapes, child molestation and acid attack. As per the data, in between October 2013 and April 2015, the district registered 512 cases out of total of 3,523 cases under section 376 (rape), Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and acid attack cases across Maharashtra. Next in line is Mumbai Suburb, which saw 355 complaints against the said sections, followed by Mumbai city that registered 144 cases. These figures are significantly low in smaller regions like Akola, where only 20 cases were registered in the last 1.6 years. Similarly, 27 cases under were registered in Hingoli and 32 cases were registered in Ahmednagar. "The numbers are on the higher side in the urban areas as more victims here are coming forward and registering complaints, whereas in smaller towns victims hesitate in registering the police complaints. The rise in numbers does not necessarily mean there is a rise in cases. However, women safety is always on our priority list," said a senior police officer, on the condition of anonymity. Sources in women and child department claimed that the department has taken a serious view of the situation and is working on the plans that can ensure safety of women and child in the state. "There are several projects in the pipeline like increasing the number of women resource centers, starting the 181-helpline, identifying the dark spots and also, conducting general awareness campaigns," said a senior government officer, requesting anonymity. Meanwhile, sources in home department said the chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, on June 17 had held a day-long meeting with the police commissioners and SPs of the state directing them to increase the visibility of the police across the state to improve overall law and order situation. "Women and child safety was discussed at length during this meeting and directions have been issued to the heads of each district to do the best to control such crimes," said BK Upadhya, additional secretary (home). Earlier in the year, a similar data released by the Union minister of women and child development, Maneka Gandhi, which had earned Maharashtra a dubious distinction of recording the most number of cases of rape and assault on women among the rest of the Indian states. The state topped the chart with as many as 13,827 cases in 2014 followed by Madhya Pradesh – 13,323 and Andhra Pradesh – a 13,267.
Maharashtra: Thane tops state in cases of rapes, c
2015-06-20Thane drenched, chaos prevails and life comes to a
Thane drenched, chaos prevails and life comes to a full stop Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 20, 2015, 11.52 AM IST THANE: Incessant rains on Friday brought the city to a grinding halt disrupting rail and road traffic for the entire day. The city received a total of 113.50mm rainfall on Friday (at the time of going to press), said sources from the regional disaster management cell of the Thane Municipal Corporation. Thousands of commuters from Thane, Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva were left stranded at railway stations as train services were suspended during peak hours. Jayendra Deo, marketing executive said, "As it was continuously raining since Thursday night, I left early in the morning to make sure I reach office on time. However, train services were suspended by the time I reached the station. I decided to take a cab from Anand Nagar check naka but other commuters who were already stranded there told me that the traffic ahead was crawling and there was congestion at several places. I had no other option but to return home completely drenched." Like Deo, many decided to half-heartedly call it a day and return home despite important commitments. Several commuters were seen wading through waterlogged roads and some were seen walking on the tracks throughout the day to reach their destination. Many citizens made use of social networking sites to vent their frustration and woes by updating real time information about the traffic condition and situation in the area. Traffic at Kapurbawdi towards Tatvagyan Vidyapeeth had come to a standstill on Friday evening.Major roads remained water-logged and low visibility due to the rains reduced the speed of vehicles as they were moving at a snail's pace. Mohan Ingle, a college professor said, "I was stranded in a traffic jam at the Eastern Express Highway and wasted half my time looking for an alternative road to move out of the city limits to reach my office. I finally reached during lunch time." Heavy water-logging was witnessed at Vandana depot area, Ram Maruti Road, parts of Panchpakhadi, Teen Hath Naka, Thane east subway, Kalwa and other areas prone to flooding. In most areas, overflowing storm-water drains were a common sight. The disaster management cell had to be on their toes to attend to more than 50 complaints of tree fall, fire calls, plaster collapse, short circuit and slab collapse incidents. Civic chief Sanjiv Jaiswal had conducted a surprise visit to many locations in the city on Thursday night to take stock of the situation till 4am on Friday while guardian minister Eknath Shinde surveyed the disaster management control room.
2015-06-20Autos take commuters for 'long' ride in Thane - Ti
Autos take commuters for 'long' ride in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 20, 2015, 11.39 AM IST THANE: Auto stands in the city, especially the one near Thane station, saw serpentine queues as very few autorickshaws were plying on Friday . Commuters had to wait for more than 30 to 40 minutes at the auto stands at Gokhale Road and Gaondevi. Lack of sheds at the stands made their wait more difficult. Most autorickshaws wanted to ply long distance and refused commuters wanting to travel short distances. Auto drivers charged passengers Rs 40 to Rs 50 for minimum distance. Maximum rickshaws refused to ply the short distance and aimed at long distance trip with fixed amount. Ramesh Awti, a Louiswadi resident said, "When I reached Thane station in the morning the train services were suspended. I wanted to get back home. An auto driver asked me for Rs 60 just to go to Louiswadi which takes not more than Rs 25 per trip. Isn't there a limit to fleecing? I had no other option but to take the auto."
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2015-06-19Thane: Congress leader attacked - Business Standar
Thane: Congress leader attacked Press Trust of India | Thane (Maha) June 20, 2015 Last Updated at 00:13 IST The Congress group leader in the Thane Municipal Corporation and his friend were tonight attacked by some unidentified persons here, police said. According to police, in the incident which occurred at 9.30 P.M. In the Srinagar locality, Congress leader Sanjay Gadigoankar suffered injuries to the head. Gadigoankar was rushed to a private hospital, police said, adding that a case is yet to be filed in this connection.
2015-06-19Thane reels under heavy rains | Thane NYOOOZ - NYO
Thane reels under heavy rains Times of India Thane Fri,19 Jun 2015 Summary: In some schools where the students had assembled early morning, braving the winds and the incessant rains, the management decided to continue classes but announced a holiday for the afternoon session. The continuous downpour has disrupted normal life in the city as public transport system was thrown out of gear since early morning. Train services towards CST were thrown out of gear.THANE: All schools in the Thane corporation area have been ordered to remain shut for a day by municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal in view of the heavy rains coinciding with a high tide on Friday afternoon. In some schools where the students had assembled early morning, braving the winds and the incessant rains, the management decided to continue classes but announced a holiday for the afternoon session. "Our school started early in the morning and all students are here. We are not declaring a holiday, as they will have to travel back home in the heavy rains , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper,It will create more panic and anxiety for the parents. However, once the rains subside we will ensure that all our students reach home safely," said Asha Narayanan, principal of Lodha World School. The continuous downpour has disrupted normal life in the city as public transport system was thrown out of gear since early morning. Train services towards CST were thrown out of gear.
Thane reels under heavy rains | Thane NYOOOZ - NYO
2015-06-19Thane reels under heavy rains - Times of India
Thane reels under heavy rains Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jun 19, 2015, 11.22 AM IST THANE: All schools in the Thane corporation area have been ordered to remain shut for a day by municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal in view of the heavy rains coinciding with a high tide on Friday afternoon. In some schools where the students had assembled early morning, braving the winds and the incessant rains, the management decided to continue classes but announced a holiday for the afternoon session. "Our school started early in the morning and all students are here. We are not declaring a holiday, as they will have to travel back home in the heavy rains. It will create more panic and anxiety for the parents. However, once the rains subside we will ensure that all our students reach home safely," said Asha Narayanan, principal of Lodha World School. The continuous downpour has disrupted normal life in the city as public transport system was thrown out of gear since early morning. Train services towards CST were thrown out of gear. The Trans Harbour services between Thane-Vashi-Panvel were running, albeit with a long dealy. The Thane station, one of the busiest stations on the central railway route with more than six lakh peoples doing a daily commute, was crowded with office-goers who were eager to reach to their work place on time. However, water-logging on the tracks has compelled the central railway authorities to cancel all CST-bound trains. The CR authorities, however, introduced shuttle services between Thane-Kalyan. The 170 TMT bus services were brimming with passengers who were eager to reach office on time. The rains, however, came as a boom for the rickshaw and taxi drivers who ferried passengers only after he or she agreed to pay an increased fare. Many shut shop, afraid of possible damage to their vehicles. Eight trees and two branches, unable to withstand the force of the heavy rains and wind, fell onto the streets disrupting the traffic further. Over the past 24 hours, the city has recorded 180 mm rainfall. Water logging has been reported in low lying areas such as Kopri, Vandadana Bus Depot, parts of Mumbra and old Thane city, etc.
Thane reels under heavy rains - Times of India
2015-06-18Many FYJC aspirants from Thane district opt out of
Many FYJC aspirants from Thane district opt out of mandatory online admissions process ANKITA G MENON | Thu, 18 Jun 2015-07:35am , DNA Fearing high cut-offs if they enter the online admissions process, many FYJC aspirants from Thane district have opted to take offline examinations this year- that is, to approach colleges directly. Despite the Deputy Directorate of Education giving students time until 10pm on Tuesday to fill their online application forms, over 10,000 students in Thane district have not done so. The district, which comprises Navi Mumbai, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Dombivli and Thane city, has produced 49,485 online applicants, far fewer in number than the 59,437 students from the district who passed their SSC examinations. The SSC pass percentage this year was 93.01%, and many students feared that it would be difficult to get admissions on merit; so they are angling for either management or minority quota seats. The admissions for these quotas take place offline. "Many students have scored good marks, and they are confident that they will get selected through the minority quotas, so they have not filled up the online form. It is actually mandatory that every student should fill the online form, and we have explained this numerous times to the students, and have made announcements about it as well. The offline admissions are like the last straw, and these take place only after seats for online admissions are filled," said Ravindra Ahirao, Assistant Deputy Education Inspector for Thane. Officials blamed the low demand for online admissions on the rise in the number of minority-run junior colleges and the CBSE and ICSE schools offering Class 12 this year. This year, from Thane city, there were 20,403 students who cleared their SSC exams but only 17,369 have filled the online application form for FYJC admissions. Similarly, Navi Mumbai has only 11,205 online applicants despite 12,999 students having passed the SSC. In Kalyan and Dombivli, there are around 18,487 students who passed their SSC exams and 15,473 online applicants. Even schools feel that it is the fear of high cut-offs in the open category that has led to students preferring offline admissions. In CBSE and ICSE exams, a large number of students had scored 90% this year, but as for the SSC exams, nearly 70% students have scored less than 75%.
2015-06-18Thane Civil Hospital staff on strike after attack
Thane Civil Hospital staff on strike after attack on doctor By PTI | Posted 18-Jun-2015 Thane: Doctors and staff at the Civil Hospital here today struck work demanding action against suspected NCP activists who manhandled a senior surgeon following the death of an elderly female patient. The staffers staged a protest against the attack on Raghunath Rathod, an Assistant Civil Surgeon whose face was blackened yesterday by members of a mob. They shouted slogans and squatted outside the hospital. A 75-year-old woman, Lingamma, was admitted to the hospital on Monday after she was found lying in a pool of blood in Rabodi area. According to locals, there was an inordinate delay of more than six hours in attending to the woman, which resulted in her death in the wee hours of Tuesday.Following this, a mob of around 50, led by local leaders said to be from NCP, barged into the Goverment-run medical facility and blackened the face of Rathod. Police arrested a dozen NCP activists, including Corporator Suhas Desai.
Thane Civil Hospital staff on strike after attack
2015-06-18Thane Civil Hospital: Patients still waiting for M
Thane Civil Hospital: Patients still waiting for MRI, CT scan facilities By Sadaguru Pandit | Posted 18-Jun-2015 Despite undergoing renovation in September 2014, most of the patients visiting the Thane Civil Hospital are compelled to get MRI and CT scans done either at private centres or civic hospitals in Mumbai. Patients visiting the 400-bed medical facility have expressed grievances against the shoddy attitude exhibited by the hospital authorities in upgrading medical facilities at the hospital. A few of them even said that instead of revamping the sitting area and promenade, the hospital management should have focused on providing MRI and CT scan facilities to patients. This, they said, would help them avoid the trouble of travelling all the way to KEM and JJ Hospitals in Mumbai. Lamenting the poor healthcare services provided by the hospital, Guru Koli claimed his father would had breathed his last, had he had to spend a few more days at the medical facility. Narrating his experience, Guru said, “My father Ishwar was knocked down by a biker on June 3 in Navpada, following which he remained unattended at the spot for the next couple of hours. He sustained a grievous head injury in the mishap and was rushed to the hospital by the Navpada police, after one of the locals informed them about the accident. My father lacked identity proof on the day of the accident, and it took us six days to trace him. I found him at the Thane hospital on June 9. They couldn’t perform the CT scan on him, because the machine has been lying defunct for the last two months.” He claimed that the hospital staff asked him to shift Ishwar to KEM Hospital for further treatment. “All they did was give him saline and first aid treatment. Only after reaching KEM, my father received proper treatment. Citing lack of equipment and resources, they refer several patients to other hospitals in Mumbai,” said Guru. In September 2014, the PWD department claimed it had successfully constructed the CT scan department and that it would start functioning within weeks. However, the department remained shut for months due to some or the other reason. Sources claimed the department that was opened in February has remained shut for nearly four months now. However, since its inauguration, the machine has failed to remain functional for longer durations. “The machine kept developing technical glitches. Eventually, they closed the department and started referring patients to other hospitals,” said a hospital staffer, requesting anonymity. On the other hand, the MRI facility that was supposed to be launched on Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis has also failed to come into operation. According to sources, the project has remained on paper ever since it was proposed years ago. Corporator speak Commenting on the issue, Shiv Sena corporator Sudhir Kokate blamed the lack of coordination between the hospital authorities, civic body and the state for the existing disarray at the civil hospital. Kokate claimed that he has been following up the issue with the public health department regularly. “I have written letters to the district guardian minister, public health department and national-level authorities, demanding that the hospital be converted into a multi-speciality medical facility. Moreover, the hospital authorities have exhibited incompetence in bringing the necessary changes to upgrade the hospital. Instead, they rely on facilities offered by civic hospitals in Mumbai,” said Kokate. The other side Dr Raghunath Rathod, additional civil surgeon, Thane Civil Hospital, said while the responsibility to initiate the MRI services belonged to the public health department, they would soon restart the CT scan department by repairing the defunct the machine. “The machine had developed a technical glitch and our engineers are fixing it. Within a day or two, it should be operational. Talking about the MRI facility, none of the civic hospitals offer it. I had heard that it was supposed to be operated on PPP (Public-Private Partnership) basis, but I don’t have further information on the same,’ said Rathod.
Thane Civil Hospital: Patients still waiting for M
2015-06-18Thane Municipal Corporation opposition crys foul;
Thane Municipal Corporation opposition crys foul; says Shiv Sena mayor must resign PTI| Last Updated: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 19:58 Thane: The Congress-NCP opposition in the Thane Municipal Corporation came down heavily on the Shiv Sena on Thursday and declared that its mayor Sanjay More has been getting proposals passed despite uproar and noice in the house. Addressing a press conference here, opposition leader Hanumant Jagdale (NCP) told reporters that since 2012, after the local civic body came into being, the mayor never bothered to honour views of elected representatives. He said that the opposition had objected to the mayor's style of functioning several times and also written to the Commissioner but to no avail. Citing an example of the mayor's misdeeds, he said that the proposal to hike tax and cess despite an absence of proper civic amenities, was passed by the ruling Shiv Sena, after brushing aside all resistance from Congress-NCP opposition members. Jagdale said that all general bodies held during this period were void, needs to be considered illegal and decisions revoked. He said that the mayor who took these decisions had no right to be in office and demanded mayor Sanjay More's resignation. The Thane Municipal Corporation, he said, had paid Rs 26 crore to the Thane collector for acquiring land for a sewerage project ten years ago, but there has been no progress in the project and the money which could have been utilised elsewhere, lies idle. He also cited another instance where the ruling Shiv Sena wanted to give a four-acre piece of land to the Shankara Netralaya without any conditions whatsoever, he said. Thane unit NCP president Manoj Pradhan said that his party is not opposed to the eye hospital coming to Thane but the issue whether the hospital should be given such a huge piece of land at the nominal rate of Re 1. He said that since terms and conditions of the proposed hospital project were not placed before corporation members, there grounds to suspect something fishy in the deal.
Thane Municipal Corporation opposition crys foul;
2015-06-18Thane girl abducted, sold in Gujarat, reunited wit
Thane girl abducted, sold in Gujarat, reunited with family By PTI |Posted 18-Jun-2015 Thane: A teenaged girl from Ulhasnagar in Thane who was allegedly abducted and sold in Gujarat, managed to escape from clutches of her predators and has been reunited with family, police said on Thursday. The 14-year-old victim, a resident of a township in Ulhasnagar went missing on May 9, following which her mother filed a missing report with the police. Inspector Madan Ballal, Child Protection Unit of Thane police said the girl managed to flee from clutches of the accused in Gujarat and reached Dadar in Mumbai on June 16 and was reunited with family on Wednesday. Ballal said during the probe, police zeroed on a woman, named Pooja Shaddar alias Ruma (29). Through Ruma, one woman fish-seller, Shobha Jadhav (45), was nabbed who told the police that she took the victim to Bhavnagar and sold her to one Bharatbhai Govind Makhwana (60). She also informed that Makhwana married the girl off to an autorickshaw driver Raju Waza (32). The team reached Bhavnagar on Wednesday and arrested Waza, and Makhwana from a lodge, the officer said. According to Waza, he had paid Rs 65,000 to Shobha and Rs 11,000 to Makhwana. The girl told police that she escaped from clutches of Waza with help of a woman who gave her Rs 500 to reach Mumbai. The case is being now probed by Vitthalwadi police station which is carrying out further investigation.
Thane girl abducted, sold in Gujarat, reunited wit
2015-06-18Thane girl abducted, sold in Gujarat, reunites wit
Thane girl abducted, sold in Gujarat, reunites with family Updated: June 18, 2015, 1:37 PM IST Thane: A teenaged girl from Ulhasnagar here who was allegedly abducted and sold in Gujarat, managed to escape from clutches of her predators and has been reunited with family, police said on Thursday. The 14-year-old victim, a resident of a township in Ulhasnagar went missing on May 9, following which her mother filed a missing report with the police. Inspector Madan Ballal, Child Protection Unit of Thane police said the girl managed to flee from the clutches of the accused in Gujarat and reached Dadar in Mumbai on June 16 and was reunited with family on Wednesday. Ballal said during the probe, police zeroed in on a woman, named Pooja Shaddar alias Ruma (29). Through Ruma, one woman fish-seller, Shobha Jadhav (45), was nabbed who told the police that she took the victim to Bhavnagar and sold her to one Bharatbhai Govind Makhwana (60). She also informed that Makhwana married the girl off to an autorickshaw driver Raju Waza (32). The team reached Bhavnagar on Wednesday and arrested Waza, and Makhwana from a lodge, the officer said. According to Waza, he had paid Rs 65,000 to Shobha and Rs 11,000 to Makhwana. The girl told police that she escaped from clutches of Waza with help of a woman who gave her Rs 500 to reach Mumbai. The case is being now probed by Vitthalwadi police station which is carrying out further investigation.
Thane girl abducted, sold in Gujarat, reunites wit
2015-06-18Thane: Railways facing logistical problems in runn
Thane: Railways facing logistical problems in running AC local train, says Shiv Sena MP By PTI |Posted 18-Jun-2015 Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare on Thursday said that Railways is facing certain logistical problems in running local AC train for the Mumbai suburban section on the Central line. Vichare, who represents Thane in Lok-Sabha said,"I had a detailed discussion with the Railway authorities on the issue of AC local trains. Railways was facing certain logistical problems in running the entire AC local train as it fears all the passengers in the platform may enter the AC bogie irrespective of the ticket they have," he told reporters in Thane. "As a solution, Railways have come out with a proposal to attach a couple of AC bogies to the locals being run from Thane. At present a study for it is being conducted and the same would be introduced in couple of months," Vichare said. He further said development of the city has suffered as a development plan has not been prepared since a long time.
Thane: Railways facing logistical problems in runn
2015-06-18Thane: Railways facing logistical problems in runn
Thane: Railways facing logistical problems in running AC local train, says Shiv Sena MP By PTI | Posted 18-Jun-2015 Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare on Thursday said that Railways is facing certain logistical problems in running local AC train for the Mumbai suburban section on the Central line. Vichare, who represents Thane in Lok-Sabha said,"I had a detailed discussion with the Railway authorities on the issue of AC local trains. Railways was facing certain logistical problems in running the entire AC local train as it fears all the passengers in the platform may enter the AC bogie irrespective of the ticket they have," he told reporters in Thane. "As a solution, Railways have come out with a proposal to attach a couple of AC bogies to the locals being run from Thane. At present a study for it is being conducted and the same would be introduced in couple of months," Vichare said. He further said development of the city has suffered as a development plan has not been prepared since a long time.
2015-06-18TMC opposition crys foul; says Shiv Sena mayor mus
TMC opposition crys foul; says Shiv Sena mayor must resign Press Trust of India | Thane June 18, 2015 Last Updated at 18:13 IST The Congress-NCP opposition in the Thane Municipal Corporation came down heavily on the Shiv Sena today and declared that its mayor Sanjay More has been getting proposals passed despite uproar and noice in the house. Addressing a press conference here, opposition leader Hanumant Jagdale (NCP) told reporters that since 2012, after the local civic body came into being, the mayor never bothered to honour views of elected representatives. He said that the opposition had objected to the mayor's style of functioning several times and also written to the Commissioner but to no avail. Citing an example of the mayor's misdeeds, he said that the proposal to hike tax and cess despite an absence of proper civic amenities, was passed by the ruling Shiv Sena, after brushing aside all resistance from Congress-NCP opposition members. Jagdale said that all general bodies held during this period were void, needs to be considered illegal and decisions revoked. He said that the mayor who took these decisions had no right to be in office and demanded mayor Sanjay More's resignation. The Thane Municipal Corporation, he said, had paid Rs 26 crore to the Thane collector for acquiring land for a sewerage project ten years ago, but there has been no progress in the project and the money which could have been utilised elsewhere, lies idle. He also cited another instance where the ruling Shiv Sena wanted to give a four-acre piece of land to the Shankara Netralaya without any conditions whatsoever, he said. Thane unit NCP president Manoj Pradhan said that his party is not opposed to the eye hospital coming to Thane but the issue whether the hospital should be given such a huge piece of land at the nominal rate of Re 1. He said that since terms and conditions of the proposed hospital project were not placed before corporation members, there grounds to suspect something fishy in the deal.
2015-06-17Fourty arrested from a dance bar in Thane - Times
Fourty arrested from a dance bar in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 17, 2015, 06.56 AM IST As many as 40 persons including 20 bar girls have been arrested following a raid on a dance bar near Rabodi by the Thane crime branch unit-1. Aaina bar and restaurant which is located near Castle mill area was infamously operating with the several women indulging in obscene behaviour and dancing to the tunes of vulgar songs. Following on a tip-off, the sleuths from crime branch unit-1 raided the bar at around 1.10 am, on Sunday and arrested 20 bar girls and 15 customers and 5 steward and manager. "As soon as we entered the bar, around 20 girls were dancing and wearing semi clad clothes. Also they were luring the customers with obscene acts to shower currency notes on them, said a senior police officer. The police have also recovered the cash Rs 42200 in the raid which was lying on the floor. All the women arrested are in the age group of 21-28 years and residents of Thane, Navi Mumbai and parts of Mumbai suburbs. A case has been registered at Thane nagar police station under section 294, 34 of the Indian penal code and sections 33 (w) and 131 of the Bombay police act 1949.
2015-06-17Thane MP seeks to resolve rly issues in Navi Mumba
Thane MP seeks to resolve rly issues in Navi Mumbai George Mendonca | TNN | Jun 18, 2015, 03.11 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Thane MP Rajan Vichare on Tuesday met Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) chairman and managing director Prabhat Sahai asking him for speedy execution of railway projects in Navi Mumbai. He also asked him to resolve issues related to commuter facilities such as railway over bridge and maintenance of platforms.One of the main issues is the early construction of Airoli-Kalwa elevated railway corridor project. It is set to facilitate commuters by reducing travel time between Kalyan and Airoli, as the elevated corridor will bypasss Thane station. The rickety Railway Over Bridge (ROB) near Datta Mandir in Sanpada, which is a safety hazard, especially for the devotees, also figured in the meeting and authorities have decided to build a new bridge. Also, at Seawoods railway station, old tracks need to be changed and trains have to be diverted to the two new lines until the platform work is completed. "The Airoli-Kalwa elevated railway corridor project's budgetary provision is Rs 390 crore, which was approved under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) III in the Union railway budget, but the project has been in a limbo due to a delay in the administrative process," said Vichare. Sahai said that the engineering aspect of the physical survey of the railway corridor project is in progress. "Thereafter, the work tender will be invited and by December 2015, the project's construction work is likely to begin," he added.
Thane MP seeks to resolve rly issues in Navi Mumba
2015-06-16Maharashtra government set to waive toll for Thane
Maharashtra government set to waive toll for Thane, Navi Mumbai motorists DNA CORRESPONDENT | Tue, 16 Jun 2015-06:40am , Navi Mumbai , DNA Less than a fortnight after waiving off tolls for light vehicles at all toll plazas in the state on June 1 -- including the one at Kharghar on Sion-Panvel road -- the state government is now set to discontinue collection of tolls from Thane and Navi Mumbai motorists even at the five entry points to the city. A proposal is being prepared for the state cabinet's approval to waive toll for cars bearing registration numbers MH-04, MH-43 and MH-46, from Thane, Navi Mumbai and Panvel, respectively. The proposal, when passed, says a Mantralaya source, is expected to come into effect on August 1, 2015, in keeping with the state government's plan to make all roads toll-free for car owners in the metropolitan region. However, there is no clarity on whether vehicles registered in Mumbai (MH-01, MH-02 and MH-03) will also be exempt at the five entry points to the city at Airoli, Vashi, Thane, Mulund and Dahisar. Levying of toll will continue on the Mumbai-Pune highway. The news comes as a huge relief to thousands of motorists from Thane and Navi Mumbai, who have to either pay a daily two-way toll of Rs70 or Rs 1,400 for a multi-entry monthly pass. "We have been paying the toll for years and waiving off the toll will not only save us money but precious time lost in the toll plaza queue," said CBD resident Gopal Das. The contract for collecting toll at all the five entry points has been awarded by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation to Mumbai Entry Point Limited (MEPL). Jayant Mhaiskar, Managing Director, MEPL said: "The government is already locked in litigation with another toll contractor on the Sion- Panvel road and the courts have come down heavily on the government for its arbitrary and populist ways." Though Mhaiskar has not received any formal communication about the new waiver, he says even if the government goes ahead with the plan, it would have to shell out the concession amount directly to his company, as per the agreement. MEPL collects about Rs250 crore annually from the five entry points, bulk of it from cars and light vehicles. Meanwhile, a section of people feel that the splurging of public funds to subsidise rich car owners is an ill-advised move. "Instead of using the money for bettering the life of the common man, the government is wasting it to ease the burden on rich car owners," said Vashi-based activist Ajay Patil, adding that the same amount could be diverted to subsidise bus transport between Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mumbai.
Maharashtra government set to waive toll for Thane
2015-06-16Mob blackens face of Thane civil hospital asst. Ci
Mob blackens face of Thane civil hospital asst. Civil surgeon Press Trust of India | Thane June 16, 2015 Last Updated at 20:57 IST Suspected NCP activists today blackened face of an Assistant Civil Surgeon posted at district civil hospital here over the death of an elderly woman allegedly due to negligence by the staff in offering her treatment. The activists flung ink on the face of Dr Raghunath Rathod after gheraoing him and also raised slogans against the hospital administration. The woman, later identified as Lingamma (75), was admitted to the hospital yesterday after she was found lying in a pool of blood in Rabodi area. It is alleged that the hospital staff did not attend to her for five hours and only did so on the intervention of some social workers. However, she died in the wee hours today. Following the incident, Thane Nagar police in the evening detained NCP leaders, including local corporator Suhas Desai and others namely Sandeep Jadhav and Sachin Pandhare.
2015-06-16Traffic department attempts to solve parking woes
Traffic department attempts to solve parking woes in Thane; commuters unimpressed Tuesday, 16 June 2015 - 4:09pm IST | Rupali Shinde | Edited by: Prutha Bhosle Thane traffic department has found a solution to the endless parking need in the city. According to the traffic department, vehicles are to be parked on one side of the road till 3pm and change the side post that. This parking method is influenced by the Pune pattern. However, commuters expressed dissatisfaction with the new idea. Several Thanekars expect the plaza parking system instead. Sudhakar Patangrao, a commuter, said, “We cannot get outside the office at 3pm and change the side of parking. They need to revise the idea.” Another commuter Shailesh Deshmukh said, “It is a good initiative and it will probably help in decongestion of traffic. But, we won’t have the time to get out and change the side of parking our vehicles. Instead, a plaza parking system should be started where one can park in a plaza after paying.” Meanwhile, the traffic department has decided to start the new pattern, on experimental basis, for 15 days, on Ghantali Road in Thane West. “This is just on experimental basis. If commuters have suggestions to give, they can write to us. But, for at least 15 days, starting June 9, we will continue with the new pattern,” said Rashmi Karandikar, DCP, traffic department, Thane.
Traffic department attempts to solve parking woes
2015-06-15Aravindh helps Thane Combatants win Maharashtra Ch
Aravindh helps Thane Combatants win Maharashtra Chess League title K Kumaraswamy | TNN | Jun 15, 2015, 09.58 AM IST PUNE: Young GM Aravindh Chithambaram saved his best for the last as he turned the tables on GM Abhijeet Gupta to inspire Thane Combatants to a thrilling 4-2 win over Ahmednagar Checkers in the 3rd Maharashtra Chess League final on Sunday. "Of course, there was a lot of pressure. I had not done well in the tournament, so I was very upset," he said. Wins from another youngster Abhimanyu Puranik and WGM Soumya Swaminathan ensured Thane lifted the title. For Ahmednagar, the lone win by Shardul Gagare, skillfully executed over IM Ratnakaran, went in vain. WGM Eesha Karavade was held by Vignesh NR while the other high-profile match featuring GM MR Lalith Babu and GM Shyam Sundar was evenly poised before they agreed for truce. Following Aravindh's stunning win, which came at 5.53 pm, Shyam had the burden of pulling it off.
2015-06-15NCP supremo promises cricket academy in Thane - Ti
NCP supremo promises cricket academy in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 15, 2015, 09.50 AM IST THANE: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has pledged to develop a full-fledged cricket academy in Thane and neighbouring suburbs. The NCP leader said he had sent a letter to the then civic chief and mayor requesting a huge parcel of land for developing a cricket academy. A 15-acre land was proposed in Kolshet where the civic body would have given the land and infrastructure would have been developed by the MCA but the proposal never materialized, he said. "The idea is to ensure that talent from the suburbs gets a facility right near their homes and they don't have to travel far," he said.
2015-06-15Campaign against needless honking launched in Than
Campaign against needless honking launched in Thane city Monday, 15 June 2015 - 7:53pm IST | Rupali Shinde With a view to check noise pollution in Thane city, the traffic department has decided to start an initiative called ‘No Honking in Thane City’. The initiative is incepted by RJ Malishka of Radio City 93.5 along with Thane Traffic department’s DCP Rashmi Karandikar. “I am really thankful to RJ Malishka to propagate no honking initiative in Thane. The moment such celebrities show support towards an initiative, citizens tend to follow the norms. The event kickstarted on Tuesday and by Thursday nearly 99 honking cases were registered across Thane city,” said Karandikar.
Campaign against needless honking launched in Than
2015-06-14More TMT services on cards for Thane-Borivli - Tim
More TMT services on cards for Thane-Borivli Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 14, 2015, 02.21 PM IST THANE: In a move that will benefit many bus commuters, the Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) body plans to add 10 more buses along the Thane-Borivli route. These buses were procured under the JNNURM scheme some months ago. This move will also help the cash-strapped undertaking earn some moolah. Currently, the undertaking operates 15 services daily between Borivli to Thane. From this, the TMT earns nearly a lakh as the route has high passenger volume. The 10 new buses are currently awaiting a clearance from the transport department. ''The buses will be deployed along the Thane-Borivli route as it has a huge demand. The existing services are not sufficient to cater to the crowd. So, the extra 10 buses will benefit commuters,'' a senior TMT official said. The buses will be parked at Mullabaug depot. Commuters are happy with the TMT's move. ''There are not enough buses plying to Borivli from Thane to meet the growing demand, especially during peak hours. It will be great if the number of TMT buses increase along this route,'' said Shalaka Sawant, a commuter. Another commuter shared the same views. ''The extra buses will be a respite for commuters as only BEST and TMT operate AC buses along this route. While most of the BEST-run buses breakdown as they are not maintained, the TMT buses are more efficient,'' said Vinita Nair, a resident of Thane who travel to Mira Road daily. Meanwhile, the TMT has started services to various other locations in Mumbai like Dadar and Andheri. While the Adheri route is adding some revenue to the TMT kitty, the Dadar one isn't doing that well. The TMT is yet to get nearly 190 new buses that will arrive in the city by the end of the year. Once this is done, the TMT plans to increase its network within and beyond the city.
2015-06-14Chain snatching gang attacks police in Thane, 4 wo
Chain snatching gang attacks police in Thane, 4 women cops injured PTI| Last Updated: Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 16:02 Thane: Four women police personnel were injured when a group of people, allegedly involved in chain snatchings in Kalyan here, attacked them, police said on Sunday. An anti-chain snatching squad in Kalyan had on May 11 apprehended some accused of a gang called Irani gang, involved in chain snatchings in the area, and based on a tip off, some more members were suppose to arrive at a hotel in Ambivili here. Accordingly, the squad, comprising 20-25 personnel, reached the hotel where the members of Irani gang were supposed to come, sub-inspector Nisha Chowdhary, a part of the squad, said. When police reached the hotel, miscreants who were armed with sticks, swords and stones attacked them in which four women constable were injured. The three members of the gang managed to escape and were identified as Marian Bulldozer, Jainav and Jainab Nasser Irani. An offence has been lodged under relevant sections of IPC, Arms Act.
2015-06-14More TMT services on cards for Thane-Borivli | Tha
More TMT services on cards for Thane-Borivli Times of India Thane Sun,14 Jun 2015 Summary: These buses were procured under the JNNURM scheme some months ago. This move will also help the cash-strapped undertaking earn some moolah. Currently, the undertaking operates 15 services daily between Borivli to Thane.THANE: In a move that will benefit many bus commuters, the Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) body plans to add 10 more buses along the Thane-Borivli route. These buses were procured under the JNNURM scheme some months ago. This move will also help the cash-strapped undertaking earn some moolah. Currently, the undertaking operates 15 services daily between Borivli to Thane , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper,From this, the TMT earns nearly a lakh as the route has high passenger volume. The 10 new buses are currently awaiting a clearance from the transport department. ``The buses will be deployed along the Thane-Borivli route as it has a huge demand. The existing services are not sufficient to cater to the crowd.
2015-06-13TMC ignores city lakes amid its ambitious 'Green T
TMC ignores city lakes amid its ambitious ‘Green Thane’ plan Times of India Thane Sat,13 Jun 2015 Summary: THANE: The civic body might be drawing ambitious plans to develop green and natural zones in the city but it seems to have completely ignored the lakes in its jurisdiction. A water sampling report prepared by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has revealed that nearly eight lakes in the city require urgent attention to ensure the marine life in it is sustained. The water in several of these lakes was alkaline and also had inadequate oxygen levels, while some have high growth of chlorophyll concentrations.THANE: The civic body might be drawing ambitious plans to develop green and natural zones in the city but it seems to have completely ignored the lakes in its jurisdiction. A water sampling report prepared by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has revealed that nearly eight lakes in the city require urgent attention to ensure the marine life in it is sustained. The TMC undertook a sampling of the water quality of nearly 26 lakes in April, following which the report (a copy of which is with TOI) was tabled. As per the report, Diva, Gokulnagar, Jail, Kachrali, Khidlaki, Siddheshwar and Shil lakes require immediate attention , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper,The water in several of these lakes was alkaline and also had inadequate oxygen levels, while some have high growth of chlorophyll concentrations. This formation is reportedly caused because of stagnation of water and decreased percolation of sunrays that also reduces the amount of underwater oxygen levels, said experts. The dissolved oxygen levels in some of the lakes like Dativali, Hariyali and Shil were way below the permissible limits while the alkalinity was high in some like Jail, Siddheshwar to name a few. Environment expert Vidyadhar Walawalkar said there is a need to include bio-specialists while decorating lake premises.
2015-06-13CR megablock on Kalyan-Thane section on Sunday - T
CR megablock on Kalyan-Thane section on Sunday Somit Sen | TNN | Jun 13, 2015, 04.31 PM IST MUMBAI : The Central Railway will operate megablock on its suburban sections for carrying out maintenance work on Sunday. On the main line, the rail block will be carried out between Kalyan and Thane on the Up fast line from 11.10 am to 3.40 pm on Sunday. "UP fast services leaving Kalyan from 11.22 am to 3.42 pm will be diverted on UP slow line between Kalyan and Thane stations halting at all stations and further re-diverted on UP fast line between Thane and CST halting at Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, Kurla, Dadar and Byculla stations and will arrive destination 20 minutes behind schedule," an official said. The Down fast services leaving CST from 10.08 am to 2.42 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule. Train No. 50104 Ratnagiri - Dadar passenger will be terminated at Diva station and Train No. 50103 Dadar - Ratnagiri Passenger will leave from Diva station on Sunday.
2015-06-13TMC ignores city lakes amid its ambitious 'Green T
TMC ignores city lakes amid its ambitious ‘Green Thane’ plan Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 13, 2015, 01.47 PM IST THANE: The civic body might be drawing ambitious plans to develop green and natural zones in the city but it seems to have completely ignored the lakes in its jurisdiction. A water sampling report prepared by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has revealed that nearly eight lakes in the city require urgent attention to ensure the marine life in it is sustained. The TMC undertook a sampling of the water quality of nearly 26 lakes in April, following which the report (a copy of which is with TOI) was tabled. As per the report, Diva, Gokulnagar, Jail, Kachrali, Khidlaki, Siddheshwar and Shil lakes require immediate attention. The water in several of these lakes was alkaline and also had inadequate oxygen levels, while some have high growth of chlorophyll concentrations. This formation is reportedly caused because of stagnation of water and decreased percolation of sunrays that also reduces the amount of underwater oxygen levels, said experts. The dissolved oxygen levels in some of the lakes like Dativali, Hariyali and Shil were way below the permissible limits while the alkalinity was high in some like Jail, Siddheshwar to name a few. Environment expert Vidyadhar Walawalkar said there is a need to include bio-specialists while decorating lake premises. "Developing a lakefront doesn't mean concretising the walls and having a pathway around it. Care should be taken to conserve the biodiversity around it and also allow the lake to breathe by retaining the soil embankments," he said. The TMC has clarified that there is no threat to marine life and cleanliness as most lakes are under supervision.
2015-06-13Thane traffic cops to train their eyes on speeding
Thane traffic cops to train their eyes on speeding motorists using hi-tech gun Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 13, 2015, 01.44 PM IST THANE: In an to rein in speeding vehicles from zooming across the city streets, the traffic police is now armed with five advanced laser speed guns. The hi-tech guns have been procured from the state government. Currently, the officials from the traffic department are undergoing training to operate the device. Overspeeding has been a problem in the city. This has been a cause of concern for the traffic officials as they did not have any mechanism through which they could check the speed limit. The traffic department couldn't catch hold of the offenders due to this. But now, with the speed guns in place, they will be able to track down motorists who are over speeding, said a senior official from the traffic department. With the new devices in place, cops will be able to nab the offenders found overspeeding. ''If any motorist is found over speeding they will be stopped and fined. The hi-tech device can also print a receipt, which will include details about the speed at which the vehicle was moving and the location. So there are no chances of arguments from the motorists,'' the official said. The technically advance device captures speed of both four as well as two vehicles in photographic and video mode. Briefing on the technical aspects, the officer said that the device will have a 5 megapixel camera. Images will be captured from a distance of over 150m and moving up to 300 kmph. The interesting part is that the device not only works in daylight but also at night as it has an automatic flash in it.
2015-06-13Teenager boy beaten to death in Thane - Eprahaar
Teenager boy beaten to death in Thane Saturday, June 13th, 2015 Thane: A teenager boy was allegedly beaten to death by a man and his four sons over a petty issue in Bhiwandi here, police said today. Nayeen Rais Sayyed (18) was playing cricket with other boys in Mhada Colony in Nadi Naka area last night and hit the ball into the accused’s house, Nizampura police station inspector RL Datavkar said. Accused, identified as Ajan Khan, irked over the same, he picked up a quarrel with the victim and was soon joined by his four sons who launched an assault on the boy. According to police, Sayyed was beaten badly and some more persons were also involved in the attack. The body has been sent for postmortem and a case has been registered against Khan, his four sons, and three others under IPC section 302 (murder), 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt).
Teenager boy beaten to death in Thane - Eprahaar
2015-06-12Mumbai University subcentre in Thane completes a y
Mumbai University subcentre in Thane completes a year ANKITA G MENON | Fri, 12 Jun 2015-06:31am , DNA Inaugurated in August last year, the Mumbai University's first subcentre in Thane is all set to complete a year. The centre is first such branch of the University. The three-storey subcentre was built on a 60,000 sq ft area on the MU's plot, which spreads across 6.5-acre, at Balkum. In its initial year, an integrated management course and an integrated law course, both of five years each, were started and now, the officials plan to begin a Railway Research Centre-related course too. The current building has 13 classrooms, which are sufficient for the courses conducted and hence they have approved a tender for a hostel to be build adjacent to the building. "We have received a Rs10 crore approval for a hostel and shall conduct the bhoomi poojan soon. The state will be introducing a course in Ratnagiri, which will be replicated here also from the academic year 2016 as we have started processing the formalities related to it. The course will be a technical course that will be needed to work in the Railways Research Centre," said Mahadev Jagtap, senate member, Mumbai University. As per the plan, there will be 72 rooms in the hostel made for girls and later, they will add more storeys to the existing structure as it has a provision of turning it into an eight-storey building. The branch is yet to receive computers for their laboratory however, the construction work at the Kalyan subcentre is also underway. "Although we are glad that the subcentre has been operational, it is not of much use as the main operations still take place at the Kalina campus. So, in case of completing any formalities, we need to travel there," said Kinjal Patil, resident of Thane and MU student. The officials are also planning for a separate administration wing, which will be based on the lines of the Kalina campus and all operations of the colleges in Thane will be handled here.
Mumbai University subcentre in Thane completes a y
2015-06-12This new Thane vegetarian eatery could have been b
This new Thane vegetarian eatery could have been better By Dhara Vora | Posted 12-Jun-2015 When we first spotted Ghaas Phoos at Korum Mall in Thane, we fell in love with the interiors. No other restaurant beyond Powai had been able to crack the code when it comes to creating a cosy, vintage appeal along with fine-dine cuisine to boast of. Being vegetarians, we were keen to gauge if they could translate this vibe into their menu too. The menu begins with a prologue about vegetarians having to deal with paneer all the time, which made us expect even more non-paneer dishes on the menu (their online menu indicates that they plan to add more dishes soon). However, we were disappointed to spot the usual suspects — penne pasta, sandwiches and a few starters. We picked the Sweet and Sourcastic Soup (Rs 160, prices exclusive of taxes). As the name suggested, it was a flavourful Asian-style soup with a comforting balance of sweet and sour. From the appetisers, we called for Hot n Spicy Cottage Cheese (Rs 310), which was an average dish of paneer cubes tossed in a spicy gravy, rather than being marinated, as the menu promised. Love from the Mediterranean (Rs 255) from the Panini section, was to include panini bread, naturally, but we had to make do with regular bread as they didn’t have panini breads. Well. Also, the menu claimed to serve exotic ‘European’ veggies with a mix of garlic mayo, but what was served was a general mix of zucchini and bell peppers minus the mayo. The very-refreshing Ice Tea helped us wash down this melee. For the mains, we skipped the usual pasta, and ordered Korma Malabar-Bar-Bar (Rs 375) that was supposed to be served with Malabari Parotha. Again, there was no parotha and we had to settle for the garlic naan instead. The gravy turned out to be average; the kinds you find under the ‘Punjabi’ section of the menu in restaurants. Thankfully, the meal ended on a good note, with a tasty Mango Cheesecake (Rs 185; mango addition being a drizzle of syrup). With its interiors, Ghaas Phoos can go a long way to score extra points over competition in the area, but they need to evolve their menu, and soon, as customers wouldn’t come back just for a fancy packaging.
This new Thane vegetarian eatery could have been b
2015-06-12Thane, Kalyan colleges takes measures to ensure sa
Thane, Kalyan colleges takes measures to ensure safety of students DNA CORRESPONDENT | Fri, 12 Jun 2015-07:05am , DNA At the onset of the new academic year, colleges are taking precautions to ensure the safety and security of students. With the increasing instances of crime and the safety of students are at the behest of the educational institutions, many have installed cameras within the institutes. Colleges in Thane and Kalyan are increasingly adopting measures to ensure that the students are in safe environment. "Installing the cameras around the college automatically instills a sense of fear amongst the students. They indeed would be careful as the cameras will record if they are at fault and thus, this keeps them in control. Also, in case of any untoward incident occurs it would be easier to get the details of it," said a teacher from Birla College in Kalyan where plans to install cameras around the college premises are on. "When students pass out of school where they have been in a very secured environment suddenly gets freedom in college. It becomes difficult for the college staff to always keep an eye on these students, especially now, when they are grown ups. Hence a police chowkie or any such presence in the vicinity will be of help as they will be alert of their movements and actions," said Kamlesh Pradhan, secretary, Dnyan Sadhana College, Thane. "It is also a boon for us as we can easily report to the police or seek help if there is any problem faced within college or outside. Setting up cameras may not be that helpful as many miscreants tend to spoil those but having a police chowkie in the vicinity adds to the sense of security," said Gayatri Mane, a local resident and student. Recently, a police chowkie was inaugurated by joint commissioner of police, VV Lakshminarayan, near Dnyan Sadhana College in Thane. While inaugurating, VV Lakshminarayan, said, "It is essential that every citizen feels comfortable to come up and inform the police about the problems they face. Otherwise, it would be difficult to act. We hope that such police chowkie in the vicnity will ensure that more residents come forward and help us come a step closer towards making it a safe haven for all."
2015-06-11Thane cluster development plan to be discussed wit
Thane cluster development plan to be discussed with CM Press Trust of India | Thane June 11, 2015 Last Updated at 13:48 IST The district 'cluster development' programme will be soon discussed with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Thane guardian minister Eknath Khadse said. The meeting, to be held on June 16, has been convened to expedite plans under 'cluster development' programme, an official release from the guardian minister's office said today. Under cluster development, infrastructure projects like demolition of dilapidated buildings and construction of new ones, roads etc, will be undertaken. "In the meeting, review of the current projects, problems faced like delay in implementation, steps to solve them etc, will be discussed," Shinde was quoted as saying. The cluster development programme in Thane was announced last year to solve problems arising out of illegal and dilapidated structures and after completion of the programme, it will be a boon for the city, it said.
2015-06-11Now Thane says 'Don't Be Horny' - RadioandMusic.co
Now Thane says 'Don't Be Horny' RnMTeam | 11 Jun 2015 19:18 MUMBAI: 'Don't Be Horny' campaign has generated such a buzz in Mumbai that Lions Club of Thane North approached them, in association with the Thane Traffic Police, to replicate the same in Thane. The drive was launched at Teen Haath Naaka in Thane. Red FM's RJ Malishka and RJ Rishi Kapoor, Dr. Rashmi Karandikar, DCP Thane Traffic Police, and Sunil Chavan, Additional Commissioner of TMC, graced the occasion. Commenting on the initiative Dr. Rashmi Karandikar said, "I would first like to thank Red FM and Lions Club for bringing this campaign to Thane. It is necessary to abide by traffic rules since it is beneficial to the commuters. Noise pollution is increasing in Thane and it is important for drivers to realise the ill effects of it, not only to the environment but also to their personal health. I request all Thanekars to control their urge of honking." District Governor of Lions Club International, Anil Jadhav, said, "Lions Club has always been at the forefront of taking up various social issues, and is glad to further this cause. Honking not only creates noise pollution but also affects the health of the people. I would like to request all the rickshawalas to curb needless honking, among other drivers." After the inauguration, RJs Malishka and Rishi Kapoor spread awareness by meeting and requesting drivers not to honk unnecessarily at Teen Haath Naaka. They moved from person to person, distributing 'Don't Be Horny' badges. They also spoke to these people about the side effects of increase in noise pollution due to unnecessary honking.
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2015-06-11Mumbai: Extra FSI will burden civic infra, HC tell
Mumbai: Extra FSI will burden civic infra, HC tells Thane civic body MUMBAI Updated: Jun 11, 2015 22:45 IST The Bombay high court on Thursday told the Thane Municipal Corporation not to act on a state government decision to grant extra floor space index for rental housing projects in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, saying the decision could take a toll on the already weak civic infrastructure of water supply and roads. The Maharashtra government had decided in 2008 to grant an incentive floor space index (FSI) of up to 4 for rental housing projects to increase the stock of rental homes in MMR. While issuing the restraining order, the division bench of justice Abhay Oka and justice Revati Mohite-Dere expressed doubts about the validity of the state government’s policy decision. “The decision to grant extra FSI would be bad in law, if these germane and material aspects are not taken into consideration,” the court said. It asked the government to file an affidavit about whether it had done an impact assessment exercise before deciding to grant the FSI up to 4 for rental housing projects in the Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Mira-Bhayander and Vasai-Virar municipal corporations and in the Ambernath and Badlapur councils. The court was hearing a petition filed by Mukesh Mokashi, a councillor from Thane, who challenged the civic body’s decision to grant the extra FSI. The court found substance in his contention, that granting extra FSI would put further pressure on the weak civic infrastructure at a time when the TMC is already finding it difficult to provide adequate water supply to the existing population. The judges said granting additional FSI will result in increasing population density. The court restrained TMC from acting on the state’s decision primarily as it appeared that the civic body has not yet amended the development control regulation for Thane , and the decision could not have been implemented without first amending the DCR.
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2015-06-11Khadse stays Thane collector's orders against accu
KHADSE STAYS THANE COLLECTOR’S ORDERS AGAINST ACCUSED By Yogesh Naik, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jun 11, 2015, 11.58 PM IST In a setback to efforts by Thane district collector Ashwini Joshi to bring to book the officebearers and developers of Forest Hills Cooperative Society in Belapur for selling a government plot in the open market, revenue minister Eknath Khadse has stayed the action initiated by her. Based on Joshi's report, the chairman, secretary and developers Kishor and Manish Chugh were booked by Navi Mumbai police for taking over a 7951.80 sq m (approx 2 acres) plot government plot meant for affordable housing, building three towers and selling flats for Rs 1.3 crore each. The flats, built on the plot allotted two decades ago for the society, were to be sold for Rs 1.65 lakh each. Joshi had ordered the plot be re-possessed and the unsold flats sealed. One of Khadse's close aides, SR Bhoi, is a society member. "There may have been irregularities, but the collector should have heard the residents' version and that of everyone concerned in detail. I feel the action was taken in a hurry. How can flats where people stay be sealed? I have issued a stay on her orders," Khadse told Mumbai Mirror. Bhoi's phones were switched off. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said he would look into the case. While Joshi had issued the orders on June 6 and a FIR was also filed the same day, it was stayed by Khadse's office on June 9and orders were conveyed to the Thane district collectorate on Thursday. Joshi refused to comment, but her junior officers said vacant flats were sealed so that new buyers were not cheated. On June 1, Mumbai Mirror exposed the wrongdoings of society chairperson Pandharinath Naga Patil and secretary Dilip Mahadik. They allegedly set aside approved society members and entered an agreement with the Chughs to develop the plot. Following Joshi's order, Navi Mumbai circle inspector (revenue department) Kamlakar Patil had filed the police complaint at the NRI police station, and the FIR was registered against the Chughs, Mahadik and Patil. The plot near Kille Gaothan was originally allotted to Dattaguru Housing Society on June 6, 1994 to build low-cost housing for 136 members. However, the society's name was changed overnight to Forest Hills Housing Society, and the chairman and secretary handed over the land to the Chughs. The buyers moved court as they were not made society members, which needed the collector's nod. "Original society members approved by the government did not figure among the allottees, and flats were sold to us," said Madan Pawar, a buyer. He also furnished a document which gave power of attorney to a company owned by Kishor Chugh. On June 5, 2014, the court ordered that flat owners be made members ship be given to flat buyers. This matter is being heard in the state consumer forum. Meanwhile, Pawar approached Joshi complaining of being cheated. He said the 84 flat buyers were willing to pay a penalty to become members. In response, Joshi had questioned the flats' sale. The notice said no permission was taken, and money was taken from buyers without getting their memberships approved or obtaining resignations of original members, which was illegal. She had also asked the deputy registrar to investigate the society's affairs.
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2015-06-10More aspirants than FYJC seats in Thane district a
More aspirants than FYJC seats in Thane district a cause for worry ANKITA G MENON | Wed, 10 Jun 2015-07:30am , DNA Students seeking admissions to the First Year of Junior College in the Thane district have a reason to worry this year, if they wish to study within the city. Due to an increase in the SSC pass percentage in Thane district this year, the number of available seats for FYJC is smaller than the number of students who passed SSC. There are 1,10,540 seats available in Thane district this year for FYJC admissions, as against 1,33,667 students who have cleared the SSC exams. There are 17,910 seats available in the Arts stream, 54,620 seats available in Commerce and 33,670 seats in Science. With 37,332 students receiving distinction, and the pass percentage rising to 93.01% from 89.75% last year, securing admissions in the desired college in Thane district will be a tough task. Of the 1,10,540 seats available, 22,035 are minority quota seats and 5,537 are management quota seats. The rest are seats in the open category, and they will be hotly contested. "Six years ago, around 50,000-60,000 seats were available in Thane district. But with the increasing infrastructure, the population of the city has increased. As a result, more educational institutions with FYJC seats have come up in the city. Two years ago, 130 new institutes came up within Thane district, which had FYJC seats as well. Permission was given for these institutes, keeping in mind the huge shortfall in seats, but even this will not be of any help this year," said R J Rajput, Secretary, Principals Association of Thane. "As Thane district comprises Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Navi Mumbai, Bhayander and a few other places, there are chances that students will move to nearby places in Mumbai for better facilities. When students get more marks they tend to move out of their vicinity and look for admissions in privileged colleges. This may reduce the pressure onThane colleges. The shortfall of seats may not be an issue if students spread out," said a senior official from the University.
2015-06-10Traffic cops launch no-honking drive in Thane - Da
Traffic cops launch no-honking drive in Thane ARVIND WALMIKI | Wed, 10 Jun 2015-08:15am , DNA The Thane traffic police in association with Red FM and Lions Club of Thane has started a 'No honking' initiative in the city. The drive will be conducted in silence zones like the school, college, hospital areas and other important locations. During the drive, traffic police personnel will keep a vigil on those motorists who honk in silence zones. Initially, the person will be asked why s/he sounded the horn and if found guilty, strict action will be taken against the person. The drive was launched on Tuesday evening in the presence of additional TMC commissioner Sunil Chavan and the Red FM radio jockey. P Mathadhikari, Thane additional commissioner of police (Traffic), said: "Noise pollution has increased a lot in Thane. In the past too we had taken initiatives like this. The main reason behind this initiative is to make motorists understand the problem. They should know that their honking in silent zones create problems for others. Red FM will spread the word across the city. It is a good initiative and it is for the benefit of Thanekars." Earlier, the Thane traffic police had taken an initiative of teaching motorists about the benefits of wearing seat belts and helmets at Teen hath naka.
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2015-06-10Thane: Man booked for rape of woman, who he 'marri
Thane: Man booked for rape of woman, who he 'married' By PTI |Posted 10-Jun-2015 Thane: A 36-year-old man from Kalyan in Thane has been booked on charges of raping a woman, whom he allegedly married and subsequently abandoned, police said on Wednesday. Representational picture According to Mahatma Phule police from Kalyan, accused Sudhir Ghodke had sexually assaulted the woman several times since 2012 at a lodge here. Police said the victim lodged a complaint last night following which Ghodke was booked under sections 376,457, 406, 323 and 504 of the IPC. As per the complainant, the accused took her to Shirdi Saibaba temple and 'married' her recently but later took away her ornaments and money on the pretext of buying a house. However, he reneged on the promise and abused the woman when she questioned him. Ghodke is absconding and police have made no arrest so far.
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2015-06-10Thane ashram attack main accused Damle arrested fr
Thane Ashram Attack Main Accused Damle Arrested From Hotel In MP Jun 10, 2015, 08:24 IST | PTI Suspended NCP Councillor Ashish Damle Of The Kulgaon-Badlapur Municipal Council, Who Went Into Hiding After The Attack On An Ashram On June 2, Was Arrested From A Hotel In Tikamgarh District Of Madhya Pradesh Today, Police Said Thane: Suspended NCP councillor Ashish Damle of the Kulgaon-Badlapur Municipal Council, who went into hiding after the attack on an ashram on June 2, was arrested from a hotel in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh today, police said. Thane DSP Rajesh Pradhan who addressed an impromptu press conference here in the evening said that a local Crime Branch police team nabbed the absconding councillor from a hotel in Tikamgadh district of Madhya Pradesh. On June 2, Damle and around 30 men allegedly attacked Naresh Vitthal Ratnakar's ashram, ransacked it, beat up inmates and decamped with Rs 1 lakh, besides a rifle as well as live cartridges, he said. The mob had attacked the ashram with stones, smashed cars, damaged closed circuit television cameras as well as attacked inmates, he said. Damle had claimed that Naresh's niece Pallavi Santosh Ratnakar is his wife and dragged her away forcibly, the police official said. Later, Pallavi who was rescued, was reunited with her parents, the police official said. The local police then registered an offence against Damle and the attackers under Section 363, Section 395, Section 452, Section 323, Section 504, Section 506 and Section 427 of the Indian Penal Code, the police official said. The police arrested as many as ten people who allegedly took part in the attack, but the main accused Ashish Damle had escaped and applied for anticipatory bail at the local court which rejected his application, the police official said. Pradhan told reporters that a couple of police teams were formed to trace the accused who was absconding but their efforts did not bear any fruit. However, after Ashish Damle's anticipatory bail was rejected, the police received confirmed information that he had escaped out of Maharashtra, the police official said.On June 6, the police received a tip-off that the accused was in hiding in Bhopal's Royal Star Hotel, the police official said, adding that the police team reached the hotel at around 6 am, only to draw a blank, since he had left the hotel an hour ago. Later, he was traced to a hotel in Tikamgarh, which is located near Jhansi on the border between Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, the police official said. The accused was arrested along with one Keval Varma who had also absconded along with him and was allegedly one of those involved in the ashram attack, the police official said. Both of them have been arrested and brought to Thane district, to be presented before the court, the police official said.
2015-06-10Tata Value Homes introduces new project at Boisar,
Tata Value Homes introduces new project at Boisar, Thane By Jharna Mazumdar Jun 10 2015 Tata Value Homes, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Tata Housing, has recently launched a new project under its New Haven brand at Boisar, in Maharashtra’s Thane district. This is the second affordable project launched by Tata Housing in Boisar. Said Brotin Banerjee, managing director and chief executive officer, Tata Housing Development Company, “With a shortfall of over 21 million dwelling units, there is a lot of untapped demand for quality affordable housing project across India. Being an important part of Tata Housing’s growth strategy, the launch of our second project at Boisar is in line with our expansion plans in affordable housing.” Banerjee said, the spacious complex in Boisar would offer 1 to 2.5 BHK residences at a starting price of Rs 17.1 lakh. The exclusive apartments located at Boisar, an upcoming commercial and residential suburb near Mumbai, will be centred on the TATA Value Homes’ philosophy of creating a positive ecosystem and providing a sense of place and community life. The signature ‘New Haven’ homes will be located in lush greenery and would comprise a monsoon park, jogging tracks, recreational areas, well-equipped gymnasium, a club house, swimming pool and other modern amenities, the company statement said. Pointed out Banerjee, “Boisar has witnessed a significant growth in economic activity post the launch of our first value and affordable housing project. At Tata Housing, it’s our constant endeavour to offer benchmark projects based on the needs and requirements of our consumers. We are confident of replicating the success of our earlier project by creating a new landmark in Boisar that would enhance the lifestyle of its residents at an affordable cost.” Like all other properties of TATA Value Homes, ‘New Haven’ will also be constructed under the guidance of Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and has been designed to reduce pollution. The project will follow the integrated township approach and will have sufficiently large centralised and accessible open space, self-sufficient segments with community spaces for socio-religious gatherings, neighbourhood retail spaces and other facilities of the integrated township, the company statement claimed. The vision of TATA Value Homes is to be the largest home provider in India. Tata Value Homes has introduced two pan-India brands – Shubh Griha (Value Homes) and New Haven (Affordable Homes). It is also developing a Mediterranean themed project Santorini, near Chennai, La Montana near Talegaon in Pune, while Shubh Griha is currently being developed in Boisar near Mumbai and Ahmedabad, New Haven is coming up at Boisar, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.
2015-06-10Thane ashram attack main accused Damle arrested fr
Thane ashram attack main accused Damle arrested from hotel in MP Mid Day Mumbai Wed,10 Jun 2015 Summary: On June 2, Damle and around 30 men allegedly attacked Naresh Vitthal Ratnakar`s ashram, ransacked it, beat up inmates and decamped with Rs 1 lakh, besides a rifle as well as live cartridges, he said. Damle had claimed that Naresh`s niece Pallavi Santosh Ratnakar is his wife and dragged her away forcibly, the police official said. Later, Pallavi who was rescued, was reunited with her parents, the police official said.Thane: Suspended NCP councillor Ashish Damle of the Kulgaon-Badlapur Municipal Council, who went into hiding after the attack on an ashram on June 2, was arrested from a hotel in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh today, police said. Thane DSP Rajesh Pradhan who addressed an impromptu press conference here in the evening said that a local Crime Branch police team nabbed the absconding councillor from a hotel in Tikamgadh district of Madhya Pradesh. On June 2, Damle and around 30 men allegedly attacked Naresh Vitthal Ratnakar`s ashram, ransacked it, beat up inmates and decamped with Rs 1 lakh, besides a rifle as well as live cartridges, he said. The mob had attacked the ashram with stones, smashed cars, damaged closed circuit television cameras as well as attacked inmates, he said. Damle had claimed that Naresh`s niece Pallavi Santosh Ratnakar is his wife and dragged her away forcibly, the police official said. Later, Pallavi who was rescued, was reunited with her parents, the police official said. The local police then registered an offence against Damle and the attackers under Section 363, Section 395, Section 452, Section 323, Section 504, Section 506 and Section 427 of the Indian Penal Code, the police official said. The police arrested as many as ten people who allegedly took part in the attack, but the main accused Ashish Damle had escaped and applied for anticipatory bail at the local court which rejected his application, the police official said. Pradhan told reporters that a couple of police teams were formed to trace the accused who was absconding but their efforts did not bear any fruit. However, after Ashish Damle`s anticipatory bail was rejected, the police received confirmed information that he had escaped out of Maharashtra, the police official said. On June 6, the police received a tip-off that the accused was in hiding in Bhopal`s Royal Star Hotel, the police official said, adding that the police team reached the hotel at around 6 am, only to draw a blank, since he had left the hotel an hour ago. Later, he was traced to a hotel in Tikamgarh, which is located near Jhansi on the border between Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, the police official said. The accused was arrested along with one Keval Varma who had also absconded along with him and was allegedly one of those involved in the ashram attack, the police official said. Both of them have been arrested and brought to Thane district, to be presented before the court, the police official said. .
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2015-06-09Jesse Eisenberg Is Super in - Huffington Post
Jesse Eisenberg Is Super in The Spoils 06/09/2015 12:13 pm ET | Updated Jun 09, 2016 There’s busy, and then there’s Jesse Eisenberg busy. In an era where tent pole summer blockbusters provide meal tickets for any movie star cast to wear a cape and cowl, the pinnacle of a Hollywood career is now found in a superhero costume. Of course, some actors sustain more varied careers and leap over genres in a single bound. In The Social Network, Eisenberg received an Academy-Award nomination for his depiction of Mark Zuckerberg’s social hang-ups that led to the founding of Facebook. He survived Zombieland and got the girl in Adventureland. He’s played a wide variety of dysfunctional, damaged schemers. Soon he’ll go from conniving to diabolical in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where he’ll play Lex Luthor — a super anti-hero of the first order. One of the finest film actors of his generation, Eisenberg has largely stayed clear of big budget movies. Yet, he has proven to be both durable and bankable, with a range of talents that places him in a category all his own. There are the occasional humor pieces he writes for the New Yorker, and the three Off-Broadway plays he has both written and starred in. His most recent one, The Spoils, produced by The New Group, is now playing at The Pershing Square Signature Center through June 28. Eisenberg plays Ben — the pot-smoking, acid-tongued roommate from hell. Needy, callous, manipulative and destructive of both self and anyone within his emotionally exhausting orbit, his most accommodating victim in this poignant tragic comedy is his Nepalese roommate, Kalyan (Kunal Nayyar, from TV’s The Big Bang Theory). Ben has either squandered or insulted every opportunity that has come his way. Kicked out of NYU’s film school, he does little but disparage a career he has never begun while dashing Kalyan’s hopes of fulfilling his own ambitions as an immigrant in America. Ben feels cheated by life and denied a happiness that he wants desperately but has no idea how one goes about acquiring. Kalyan props up and makes excuses for his roommate, masking an unspoken bewilderment over America’s privileged, ungrateful screw-ups. Kalyan is angelic but naive; Ben is rich, entitled, self-absorbed, and angry at the world and all of its inhabitants. This is an Oscar and Felix co-habitating, co-dependency on steroids. There is a fine cast of former friends and girlfriends that add to the play’s healthy mix of New York strivers gleefully keeping pace on the city’s warp speed treadmill. Of course, this is nothing compared to Ben’s rapid fire, caustic self-hatred directed at others. He serves up a toxic mix of deep insecurity poured into a bottomless black hole. Ben is as far away from a likeable character as there can possibly be, but Eisenberg uncovers layers of hurt underneath all the anger, and delivers a curiously endearing performance that elicits sympathy for an otherwise cringe-worthy character. Of course, finding ways to humanize twitchy, nakedly insecure men who lack either the resources or charm to knock those giant chips off their shoulders is one of Eisenberg’s great specialties. He’s going to make a great Lex Luthor, but for now, go see a super performance in The Spoils.
2015-06-09Suburban trains at Thane running late - Times of I
Suburban trains at Thane running late Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 9, 2015, 11.03 AM IST THANE: Main line suburban trains on the central railway are running late due to an early morning snag in overhead equipment at Thane. The overhead wire snapped up on slow line to CST near Thane station around 6 am on Tuesday morning following which traffic was completely halted between Diva and Thane for nearly 45 minutes. While four local services were bunched on the section, others were diverted on the fast line between Diva and Mulund. Due to cascading effect of the incident during early morning peak hours, many services were reported running 25-30 minutes late beyond Thane. A railway official at Thane section confirmed the incident but said the cause was under investigation. "There is no train for the last 30 minutes at Badlapur station. The power conversion seems to have brought troubles for commuters as train services are running late since Friday since its trails were on," said a suburban commuter.
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2015-06-08DC-AC conversion on Mumbai CST- Thane corridor com
DC-AC conversion on Mumbai CST- Thane corridor completed on Monday morning Times of India Mumbai Mon,08 Jun 2015 Summary: The main line suburban and long distance trains will now be running only on AC traction. The 12 and 15-car locals will soon be able to run in the stretch at a top speed of 100 kmph, up from 80 kmph. The new traction will soon enable faster clearing of peak-hour rush, thus reducing crowds on platforms The traction change will help CR give you jerk-free ride, fewer breakdowns caused by overhead equipment failure, save at least 10 minutes by long-distance trains and moreover, save crores of rupees on energy bills as conversion means saving power for running trains.MUMBAI: The conversion from 1500-volt direct current (DC) to 25,000-volt alternating current (AC) traction between CST and Thane was completed at 5.37am. The main line suburban and long distance trains will now be running only on AC traction. A CR official said, "This is the transition phase and there could be slight delays in train services due to the speed restrictions at three places initially. However, the AC traction will bring with it several benefits." The speed restrictions are imposed as clearance between the roof of the rake and the OHE as well as the OHE and base of bridge was inadequate, sources said. "But with the new AC traction, occasional problems like breakdowns, pantographs getting entangled, unit defects and overhead equipment failure will soon be a thing of the past," the official said , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper,The 12 and 15-car locals will soon be able to run in the stretch at a top speed of 100 kmph, up from 80 kmph. The new traction will soon enable faster clearing of peak-hour rush, thus reducing crowds on platforms The traction change will help CR give you jerk-free ride, fewer breakdowns caused by overhead equipment failure, save at least 10 minutes by long-distance trains and moreover, save crores of rupees on energy bills as conversion means saving power for running trains. There will be fewer power sub-stations, thus increasing reliability. There will also be better acceleration and deceleration, enabling better control and capacity to haul heavier loads.
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2015-06-08DC-AC conversion on Mumbai CST- Thane corridor com
DC-AC conversion on Mumbai CST- Thane corridor completed on Monday morning Somit Sen | TNN | Jun 8, 2015, 08.31 AM IST MUMBAI: The conversion from 1500-volt direct current (DC) to 25,000-volt alternating current (AC) traction between CST and Thane was completed at 5.37am. The main line suburban and long distance trains will now be running only on AC traction. A CR official said, "This is the transition phase and there could be slight delays in train services due to the speed restrictions at three places initially. However, the AC traction will bring with it several benefits." The speed restrictions are imposed as clearance between the roof of the rake and the OHE as well as the OHE and base of bridge was inadequate, sources said. "But with the new AC traction, occasional problems like breakdowns, pantographs getting entangled, unit defects and overhead equipment failure will soon be a thing of the past," the official said. The 12 and 15-car locals will soon be able to run in the stretch at a top speed of 100 kmph, up from 80 kmph. The new traction will soon enable faster clearing of peak-hour rush, thus reducing crowds on platforms The traction change will help CR give you jerk-free ride, fewer breakdowns caused by overhead equipment failure, save at least 10 minutes by long-distance trains and moreover, save crores of rupees on energy bills as conversion means saving power for running trains. There will be fewer power sub-stations, thus increasing reliability. There will also be better acceleration and deceleration, enabling better control and capacity to haul heavier loads. DC-AC conversion has already been completed in the Kalyan-LTT long-distance corridor, resulting in a saving of at least 10 minutes for outstation trains.
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2015-06-08Fighting autism, Thane boy scores 91.2% in SSC boa
Fighting autism, Thane boy scores 91.2% in SSC board exams APARNA SHUKLA | Mon, 8 Jun 2015-08:50pm Fighting against all the odds, fifteen-year-old Aditya Rao has acquired an outstanding 91.2% in his SSC board exam, which was announced on Monday. A student of Vashi’s Father Agnel Multipurpose School and Junior College, Aditya and his family have all the reasons to celebrate this day as Aditya is autistic but that did not stop him from excelling in studies. Speaking with iamin, Aditya's mother, Dr Sharada Rao who is a cardiologist said, “After discovering this problem, we had to give him a lot of speech therapy, occupational therapy and visual exercising. He still has a lot of difficulty in conversing and socialising.” Dr Sharada, who is overjoyed with her son's success made perfect use of her son’s strengths and the impossible was achieved. “He is very good in visualisation, so we started making him get used to visual tools at a very young age. We had to make him understand every little concept with a video. What a normal kid understands in probably two hours, he would take eight hours for the same. Being in a regular school, studying with the regular kids is not easy. So yes, he has really worked hard for this," said the proud mother. Aditya, who is also a swimmer, received tremendous help from the Special Educator (teachers who help children with special needs) Mrs Zeeba Rana, who has been working extremely hard on him and has been a consistent support system since his class 5. “I am speechless. We all were worried whether he will sit at one place or not, whether he will be patient and not run or tear papers but he did not. He is a gifted child and has come a long way. You give him two set of numbers, he will look around at the walls and give you the answer in seconds. He's extremely forthcoming and adaptive. I'm not at all surprised by his success," said Rana. Other autistic children who gave an outstanding performance this year are -? Dipti Ganesh (90%) from St Lawrence School, Hushrav Mistry (82.8%) from Nalanda Institute and Sadiq Modak (80%) from Bombay Cambridge Gurukul Trust.
Fighting autism, Thane boy scores 91.2% in SSC boa
2015-06-08Thane century guides Hook to T20 win over Hartley
8th June 2015 Ben Thane hits 103 as Hook and Newnham Basics beat Hartley Wintney in Southern Electric T20 BEN Thane smashed his way to an unbeaten century as Hook and Newnham Basics completed an excellent weekend by beating Hartley Wintney in the first round of the Southern Electric T20. Hartley had beaten their local rivals when the sides met in Southern League Division One eight days before yesterday’s cup game, but Hook took their revenge with an outstanding nine-wicket win. The home side set Hook a challenging target, reaching 194-7 from their 20 overs, with Aaron Wivell making 46.However, that proved to be nowhere near enough as Hook openers Thane and Jordan Hobday got after the bowling. The pair took 17 runs from both the second and third overs, bringing up 50 before the end of the fourth, and they got past 100 in the eighth over, Hobday bringing up his half-century. Thane reached 50 in the next over and the pair went on to reach 135 off 10 overs before Hobday was dismissed for 60. His departure reduced the run-rate slightly, but Thane brought up his century in the 15th over as the visitors cruised towards victory. Matt Buckingham (25 not out) hit a straight six to seal the victory with four overs to spare, while Thane ended the innings unbeaten on 103. The victory was Hook's second derby success of the weekend, Matt Love's men having beaten Basingstoke and North Hants by 151 runs at May's Bounty on Saturday.
Thane century guides Hook to T20 win over Hartley
2015-06-07Woman killed in freak accident in Thane | Thane NY
Woman killed in freak accident in Thane Times of India Thane Sun,07 Jun 2015 Summary: The woman, who was riding a red scooty, rammed her brakes to avoid a collision with the vegetable - ferrying trucks ahead of her. The woman`s body has been taken to the Civil Hospital here and the bus to the Thane Nagar Police station for further investigation.THANE: A young woman was killed in a freak accident outside Dadoji Kondadev Stadium on Sunday morning. The woman, who was riding a red scooty, rammed her brakes to avoid a collision with the vegetable - ferrying trucks ahead of her. The sudden impact made her lose control of her vehicle and fall in front of the NMMT (Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport) bus, travelling from CIDCO bust stop towards Saket road, the front wheel of which crushed her head, killing her on the spot. Angry locals flocked to the area blocking the path of the trucks and the NMMT bus , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper,The situation turned ugly as they started pelted stones at these vehicles. The palpable tension in the environment rose as many resorted to violence. It took police officials around an hour to bring the riot like situation under control. The woman`s body has been taken to the Civil Hospital here and the bus to the Thane Nagar Police station for further investigation.
2015-06-07Thane societies go green on World Environment day
Thane societies go green on World Environment day DNA CORRESPONDENT | Sun, 7 Jun 2015-07:55am , Thane , DNA To mark the World Environment Day, while many NGOs and even TMC had initiated several drives like planting saplings across the city and organising a cycle to work event, the housing societies were not far behind as they too, celebrated the day with equal enthusiasm. Senior residents and children, along with the members from the Progressive Thane Residents Welfare Association (PTRA), and the members from the Vasant Vihar Appexe society conducted a plantation drive at Vasant Vihar and planted around 100 saplings. K Kumar, president PTRA, said, "The plantation drive is not only one day affair for us. In fact, we keep planting saplings around the year in our complexes to maintain the green cover of the city. This drive was done on the day dedicated to the environment to bring people together for a noble cause." NGO Go Freen Foundation had organised the green celebration at Ma Niketan home for children and brought together 250 children from various societies to promote the green concept. Many activities including, skit, drawing competition, bird-watching, butterfly and insect identification was conducted to make the kids familiar with their surrounding. During the event, the children were explained the importance of nature and why it is important to preserve it. The visitors, too, participated in various events and celebrated the green day. There was another group of residents which had organised prayers and the participants pledged to protect the trees and environment in the city.
Thane societies go green on World Environment day
2015-06-07Thane team to represent India at 'Olympics of danc
Thane team to represent India at 'Olympics of dance' in USA Season 4 of Indian Hip Hop Dance Championship was held at at Inorbit Mall, Malad from May 27 to 30. It is a national qualifier round to participate in the World Hip Hop Dance Championship 2015 in San Diego, USA. Considered to be the 'Olympics of dance', the World Hip Hop Dance Championship witnesses fierce competition between 55 nations for the title of World Champions. Over four months, regional qualifying rounds were held in 10 states across India, and auditions saw a participation of over 40,000 contestants. Of these, 10,000 select dancers arrived in Mumbai to compete at the national qualifiers. Through 4 days, the competition was held in 5 different divisions. The Adult Crew Division (18 yrs and above) saw the maximum participation. The competition grew tougher each stage and 45 teams from the prelims tried to prove their mettle on stage, of which 23 teams qualified for the finale. The winning team, Scorpions Crew from Thane, stood apart from all the others; they will represent India at the World Hip Hop Dance Championship 2015 in August. In the two years they competed in the Indian Hip Hop Dance Championship, they placed sixth both times, yet through perseverance, hard work and commitment, they improved their choreography, worked on their strengths and weaknesses, and were finally titled Champions, 2015. The silver medallist in the Adult Category was Fallen Angels, and bronze medallist was Dynamic Crew; both from Mumbai. The second division was the Mega Crew Division which comprised of 15 – 40 Members, where any age group could participate. The Gold medallist of Mega Crew was DFD Jazz Boys Dance Crew (Delhi). The championship was judged by Fictitious Crew who were the winners of Indian Hip Hop Dance Championship, 2012, and is now part of the film industry as cast of Any Body Can Dance 2 (2015). The Indian Hip Hop Dance Championship is the only event in India that takes dance to its next level, by giving the dancers an international platform to showcase their talent on the world stage. Contact info98845 88775/ 09619 828307Facebook: www.facebook.com/hiphopinternationalindiaYouTube: Hip Hop International India official page
2015-06-07Woman killed in freak accident in Thane - Times of
Woman killed in freak accident in Thane Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jun 7, 2015, 02.19 PM IST THANE: A young woman was killed in a freak accident outside Dadoji Kondadev Stadium on Sunday morning. The woman, who was riding a red scooty, rammed her brakes to avoid a collision with the vegetable - ferrying trucks ahead of her. The sudden impact made her lose control of her vehicle and fall in front of the NMMT (Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport) bus, travelling from CIDCO bust stop towards Saket road, the front wheel of which crushed her head, killing her on the spot. Angry locals flocked to the area blocking the path of the trucks and the NMMT bus. The situation turned ugly as they started pelted stones at these vehicles. The palpable tension in the environment rose as many resorted to violence. It took police officials around an hour to bring the riot like situation under control. The woman's body has been taken to the Civil Hospital here and the bus to the Thane Nagar Police station for further investigation.
2015-06-07Nestle asks staff to take Maggi off shelf in Thane
Nestle asks staff to take Maggi off shelf in Thane Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jun 7, 2015, 01.08 PM IST THANE: After the controversy over the much loved comfort food Maggi, Nestle has asked its employees to remove the existing stock of the noodles from all wholesale stores in the city. This comes even though the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave an 'all clear' sign to the existing stock. After two weeks of testing and checking the lead content in Maggi noodles packets across the state, the FDA found it to be within permissible amount. However, Nestle has sent out a team of 19 salespersons to 1,200 wholesale stores across Thane, Kalwa and Mumbra to clear their shelves. "There are two distributers who supply Maggi noodles in three areas. The team has three days to get Maggi noodles off the shelves from all the stores. The stores will be reimbursed by the company. The total value of the stock that will be retrieved from these stores can easily cross Rs 50 lakh," said a staffer. "As the government has not banned Maggi, I have no idea why the company's CEO is taking the noodles off the rack. We believe it is to give consumers a feeling of safety," he added. Meanwhile, after news of a high level of lead content in Maggi reached consumers, the sale of the noodles has decreased and many consumers have also returned the stock that was purchase by them earlier. "I have avoided selling Maggi noodles packets for a few days now. On Saturday, a woman came with two Maggi atta noodles family packs and asked if she could exchange it for any other product," said the owner of Maharashtra Biscuit Mart in Jambli Naka, who returned Maggi noodle packets worth Rs 1,500 to the Nestle sent team on Saturday. Residents are relieved with the company's initiative. Madhuri Chaudhuri (34), a resident, said, "I brought a packet on Friday. Even though the FDA found permissible amounts of lead in nine of the 15 samples they tested, seven others had an unsafe amount of lead. I can't risk my family's health so I returned it."
Nestle asks staff to take Maggi off shelf in Thane
2015-06-07Thane dist gets drier by 40% than last May, tanker
Thane dist gets drier by 40% than last May, tanker use up Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 7, 2015, 12.37 PM IST THANE: The water scenario in Thane has worsened by nearly 40 per cent compared to last year. State records reveal a number of villages and hamlets in Thane and Palghar districts remaining parched by May end necessitating increased supply by tankers. Around 79 villages in Palghar and Thane had to be supplied water through 51 tankers in the last week of May this year, including nearly 196 hamlets in the two districts through private tanker services. This is a marginal increase from the situation witnessed during mid-May this year where nearly equal number of tankers supplied water to 75 villages and 189 hamlets. In comparison, last year the number of tankers required in these two districts during the same period was just 49 and the number of hamlets supplied with water was just 147. Interestingly, in 2014 the number of villages that required water supply was less than Raigad and Ratnagiri in entire Konkan region while this year, the collective demand for the two districts here has surpassed neighbouring Raigad and is almost the same as that in Ratnagiri. District officials said the demand here was comparatively lesser as the region has many developed areas as compared to Palghar that still has many tribal belts. "No major projects have been undertaken in the district in recent times as many areas in the district are urban areas and have adequate water resources," said an official. However, while residents from urbanized pockets of Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath talukas face comparatively lesser problems, those staying in remote areas of Murbad and Shahapur said the demand for water during summer increases manifold. Residents are forced to draw water from wells and any available resources like natural tanks," says a resident. In neighbouring Palghar, the situation is equally bleak as Wada, Vikramgadh, Jawhar and Mokhada areas face acute water crisis almost every year, said a district official. "There is water scarcity in parts of Murbad and Shahapur and we are reaching out to them with adequate supply through tankers. We are also working out solutions like drilling borewells and setting up storage tanks in consultation with the Groundwater Surveys and Development Agency," said Ashwini Joshi, collector, Thane.
2015-06-07Easing building norms around Thane's Central Jail
Easing building norms around Thane's Central Jail boosts revamp hopes Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jun 8, 2015, 04.20 AM IST THANE: The state government's decision to relax norms for redevelopment of buildings around prisons has eased the process for a revamp of old buildings near Thane Central Jail. Redevelopment plans had hit a roadblock earlier as the state government had prohibited construction within 500 meters of the jail. But sources from the home department stated that the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP-Shiv Sena government has given its approval for reducing the buffer zone. According to the new draft, construction activities will be prohibited within 150 meters of the jail premises. "It has come as a respite for hundreds of families residing near the jail," said Umesh Koli, a resident of Mahagiri Koliwada. TOI had earlier reported that nearly 10,000 families residing near Thane Central Jail, dreaming to move into bigger homes after redevelopment of their buildings, will have to shelve their plans, as construction was prohibited within 500 metres of the jail. During the winter session of the state legislature, Congress MLA Praniti Shinde had raised a query on this issue. The chief minister had said the state would set up a committee to examine the feasibility of shifting central jails outside city limits. Fadnavis promised to set up a committee of urban and home department officials. "Based on the committee's report, the saffron government has given its nod to reduce the buffer zone," a senior home department official added.
2015-06-07Thane dist gets drier by 40% than last May, tanker
Thane dist gets drier by 40% than last May, tanker use up Times of India Thane Sun,07 Jun 2015 Summary: THANE: The water scenario in Thane has worsened by nearly 40 per cent compared to last year. State records reveal a number of villages and hamlets in Thane and Palghar districts remaining parched by May end necessitating increased supply by tankers. Around 79 villages in Palghar and Thane had to be supplied water through 51 tankers in the last week of May this year, including nearly 196 hamlets in the two districts through private tanker services. THANE: The water scenario in Thane has worsened by nearly 40 per cent compared to last year. State records reveal a number of villages and hamlets in Thane and Palghar districts remaining parched by May end necessitating increased supply by tankers. Around 79 villages in Palghar and Thane had to be supplied water through 51 tankers in the last week of May this year, including nearly 196 hamlets in the two districts through private tanker services. This is a marginal increase from the situation witnessed during mid-May this year where nearly equal number of tankers supplied water to 75 villages and 189 hamlets , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper, In comparison, last year the number of tankers required in these two districts during the same period was just 49 and the number of hamlets supplied with water was just 147. Interestingly, in 2014 the number of villages that required water supply was less than Raigad and Ratnagiri in entire Konkan region while this year, the collective demand for the two districts here has surpassed neighbouring Raigad and is almost the same as that in Ratnagiri. District officials said the demand here was comparatively lesser as the region has many developed areas as compared to Palghar that still has many tribal belts. "No major projects have been undertaken in the district in recent times as many areas in the district are urban areas and have adequate water resources," said an official.
2015-06-06Maggi noodles controversy: Lead levels found withi
HomeIndustry Maggi noodles controversy: Lead levels found within specified limits in Mumbai, Thane Maggi noodles controversy: Lead levels found within specified limits in Mumbai, Thane By: ANI | Published: June 6, 2015 8:20 AM In what may come as a slight reprieve for Nestle India, Maggi noodles samples collected from Mumbai and Thane in Maharashtra were found to contain lead levels within the permissible limits specified by food regulators. “Nine samples of Maggi were taken and lead is found to be under permissible limit,” said Nilesh Gandhi, Assistant Commissioner, FDA. Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that no objectionable matter was found in two-minute noodles, which were sent for laboratory tests. “Five tests have been conducted on the product in central as well as state laboratories. No harmful material was found. The state government has not taken any action since nothing objectionable is found,” said Banerjee. Earlier, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) directed Nestle India to withdraw nine variants of Maggi noodles found unsafe from the market and to stop the further production and sale of the same. Nestle Global CEO Paul Bulcke earlier assured that the product was safe for consumption, and expressed confidence about instant noodles being back on Indian shelves soon. Seven states in the country have banned Maggi: Delhi, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. Singapore has also banned the instant noodles, with reports stating that the United Kingdom has also ordered a study into its ingredients.
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2015-06-06Thane BJP unit wants K'bawdi flyover to be named a
Thane BJP unit wants K’bawdi flyover to be named after Munde Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 6, 2015, 11.08 AM IST THANE: The final arm of Kapurbawdi flyover network in Thane still awaits completion but the race for its naming has already begun. The Thane Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) unit has requested the massive flyover network be named after its late leader Gopinath Munde. BJP party members from Thane submitted a letter to its MLA Sanjay Kelkar from the city and district guardian minister Eknath Shinde from the Shiv Sena requesting them to dedicate the bridge to its departed leader. Sanjay Waghule, a key party member from Thane said Munde had special love for the city and this was a way to pay tribute to him. "The rise of Munde from a grassroots leader to being a Union minister was really inspirational and his memory can be kept alive only by naming the bridge after him," reasoned the party. The Rs 197-crore worth flyover being constructed at the key Majiwada junction in Thane since 2009 was supposed to be operational by 2011 but is still not fully open for traffic. While four arms of the bridge connecting Ghodbunder and Eastern Express highway with the Nashik highway with each other were complete, the final arm connecting Ghodbunder-Mumbai still awaits completion.
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2015-06-06Teenager girl goes missing in Thane - Business Sta
Teenager girl goes missing in Thane Press Trust of India | Thane June 6, 2015 Last Updated at 17:57 IST A class 12th student girl student who had gone to check her final examination results on June 4, has gone missing, police said today. The girl, 17, a resident of Ambernath here, studied at Mahatma Gandhi High School. On June 4, she had embarked towards school to check class 12 examination results at around 3:30 PM, but did not return home till evening, Shivaji Nagar police station, sub- inspector MB Gaikwad said. Her family also searched for their daughter in the nearby areas but when they could not find her, a complaint was lodged with the police. Police have registered a case under section 363 of IPC (kidnapping) and efforts were on to find the girl.
2015-06-06Thane sends more children to school than Mumbai -
Thane sends more children to school than Mumbai Hemali Chhapia | TNN | Jun 7, 2015, 05.07 AM IST MUMBAI: Mumbai's zip code is no longer a campus district. Neighbouring Thane sped past the unremittingly progressive Mumbai to become the largest schooling district in the state. Enrolment in its 6,407 schools is booming, and over 16.5 lakh students queued up for a school education last academic season. Pune ranked second with 13.2 lakh students, and Nashik came third, followed by the Mumbai suburban district. Campuses built by the Dutch, schools left behind by the British, all of those in Mumbai's heart, have graduated millions. But even as they continue to stand tall, the altering demographics of the city has pushed many a school goer out. Employment opportunities galore in Thane Last year, all of Mumbai, the city and its suburbs, had 15.2 million school-goers in 3,580 schools. "Today's Bombay'' is how sociologists describe Thane, which is embracing migrants and oozing with employment opportunities. Mumbai, they say, is saturated — the old city has no space for new dreams. Thane, on the other hand, says G Wankhede, former HOD of education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, is "the new middle class' city". "School enrolment is a by-product of several factors and employment opportunities is one of them. Thane and Pune have space and a lot of developmental activity is on there. But like Mumbai, these districts will go through the same social process cycle," adds Wankhede. The surge in school enrolment implies that human capital will boom in the years to come, as graduates will go on to join the work force that will oil the economy. Several prominent institutes saw the rise of Thane, Pune and Nashik and rushed there early on. From 2010-11, school enrolment numbers have been rising in these three districts, but dwindling in Mumbai. This year, when the Reliance Foundation opened its school in Navi Mumbai, applicants outnumbered the available spots by far. Podar School is starting operations this academic year and in its maiden year, admissions are full. In a bid to expand access to education and raise the quality, the local government invited a few schools to start operations. "Navi Mumbai is one of India's fastest developing cities and exemplifies India's growing aspirations and its tremendous opportunities," said the spokesperson of Reliance Foundation School. "A city in transition with major transformation, Navi Mumbai is also uniquely placed on account of its urban-rural interface." "We hope to do our bit in helping parents meet their aspirations of providing their children with the highest standards of education." Principal of Podar, Avnita Bir, says Thane is evolving as an education hub and the government invited her school to start a campus there. "We start operations this year and we already have had a great admission season," she adds. Educationist Vasant Kalpande says before the 80's the population of Thane was just about 14 lakh, and mostly areas were run by village panchayats. "Then, three kinds of migrations took place — people who relocated from Mumbai, those who came from other parts of Maharashtra and those from outside the state. After the population boom, schools increased but the state needs to assess the quality of these schools."
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2015-06-06Maggi row: Lead levels found within specified limi
Maggi row: Lead levels found within specified limits in Mumbai, Thane By Agencies |Posted 06-Jun-2015 New Delhi: In what may come as a slight reprieve for Nestle, Maggi samples collected from Mumbai and Thane in Maharashtra were found to contain lead levels within the permissible limits specified by food regulators."Nine samples of Maggi were taken and lead is found to be under permissible limit," said Nilesh Gandhi, Assistant Commissioner, FDA.Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that no objectionable matter was found in two-minute noodles, which were sent for laboratory tests."Five tests have been conducted on the product in central as well as state laboratories. No harmful material was found. The state government has not taken any action since nothing objectionable is found," said Banerjee.Earlier, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) directed Nestle India to withdraw nine variants of Maggi noodles found unsafe from the market and to stop the further production and sale of the same.Nestle Global CEO Paul Bulcke earlier assured that the product was safe for consumption, and expressed confidence about instant noodles being back on Indian shelves soon.Seven states in the country have banned Maggi: Delhi, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.Singapore has also banned the instant noodles, with reports stating that the United Kingdom has also ordered a study into its ingredients.
Maggi row: Lead levels found within specified limi
2015-06-06Teenager girl goes missing in Thane - Eprahaar
Teenager girl goes missing in Thane Saturday, June 6th, 2015 | Author PTI Thane: A class 12th student girl student who had gone to check her final examination results on June 4, has gone missing, police said today. The girl, 17, a resident of Ambernath here, studied at Mahatma Gandhi High School. On June 4, she had embarked towards school to check class 12 examination results at around 3:30 PM, but did not return home till evening, Shivaji Nagar police station, sub- inspector MB Gaikwad said. Her family also searched for their daughter in the nearby areas but when they could not find her, a complaint was lodged with the police. Police have registered a case under section 363 of IPC (kidnapping) and efforts were on to find the girl.
Teenager girl goes missing in Thane - Eprahaar
2015-06-06Maggi row: Lead levels found within specified limi
Maggi row: Lead levels found within specified limits in Mumbai, Thane New Delhi | June 06, 2015 12:01:13 AM IST In what may come as a slight reprieve for Nestle, Maggi samples collected from Mumbai and Thane in Maharashtra were found to contain lead levels within the permissible limits specified by food regulators. "Nine samples of Maggi were taken and lead is found to be under permissible limit," said Nilesh Gandhi, Assistant Commissioner, FDA. Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that no objectionable matter was found in two-minute noodles, which were sent for laboratory tests. "Five tests have been conducted on the product in central as well as state laboratories. No harmful material was found. The state government has not taken any action since nothing objectionable is found," said Banerjee. Earlier, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) directed Nestle India to withdraw nine variants of Maggi noodles found unsafe from the market and to stop the further production and sale of the same. Nestle Global CEO Paul Bulcke earlier assured that the product was safe for consumption, and expressed confidence about instant noodles being back on Indian shelves soon. Seven states in the country have banned Maggi: Delhi, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. Singapore has also banned the instant noodles, with reports stating that the United Kingdom has also ordered a study into its ingredients. (ANI)
Maggi row: Lead levels found within specified limi
2015-06-05Thane Municipal Corporation starts campaign to inc
Thane Municipal Corporation starts campaign to increase green cover The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has started a campaign to increase the city's green cover. It aims to plant 5 lakh trees over the next two years, 2.5 lakh each year. The first step will be taken on June 5, which is World Environment Day. As many as 100 indigenous trees will be planted at Owala in Thane West. "There is a lot of construction work going on in Thane constantly. Though we have very good green cover, we want to ensure that it is maintained and development projects don't have any adverse effects on the environment. This year, TMC will make it its responsibility to plant 1 lakh trees," said Sanjeev Jaiswal, municipal commissioner of Thane. The remaining trees for the year will be the responsibility of corporate entities, NGOs, individuals and activists. "The point is to mobilise masses and increase public participation to better the city's environmental status. Nowadays, more and more people are aware about the importance of taking care of the environment, so we are hopeful that citizens will come out and do their bit to maintain the area's greenery," added Jaiswal. Additional commissioner and chairman of the Tree Authority Sunil Chavan said, "We have chosen indigenous variety of trees that are at least 5-7-foot-tall and three years old. These trees have a higher chance of surviving and do not require much water. We're looking to plant fruit-bearing trees that will attract birds and boost the biodiversity of Thane." Chavan and other TMC officials have identified spaces where plantation can be carried out. However, there is no compulsion on citizens to plant only specific trees in these specific areas. The TMC will be monitoring and geo-tagging trees planted by private entities to ensure that they are maintained.
2015-06-05Sand miners eat away at 300 acres of mangroves in
Sand miners eat away at 300 acres of mangroves in Thane By Varun Singh and Ranjeet Jadhav | Posted 05-Jun-2015 Just a decade ago, Ulhas Creek was swathed in green with acres of mangroves spread across the water inlet, a sight for sore eyes for commuters on the Central Railway tracks that run alongside. Also read: How 1 acre of mangroves vanished in nine years The picture is very different today, however, with illegal sand mining slowly destroying the waterway, erasing its green cover and destroying 300 acres of mangroves between Diva and Dombivli. Quite apart from the loss of the precious mangroves and all the wildlife that called it home, this constant erosion of the creek has caused it to overrun its embankments, with the water nearly touching the railway tracks now. This is what makes it more than just an ecological concern, say experts, who warn that with the monsoon and continuing sand mining activity, the creek will keep widening and rising until it becomes a flood hazard. Sand dredging The changes in the creek are evident from pictures across the past decade (see pics), and experts point out that the mangroves are dying because of rampant sand dredging being carried out. Dozens of dredging boats, giant suction pumps, and cranes are at work in the water body every day, illegally sucking out sand from the basin to supply it to cement manufacturers. According to Stalin Dayanand, director of the NGO Vanashakti, this has led to the disappearance of 300 acres of mangroves in the belt. The NGO has been fighting to protect the mangroves and has even approached the Bombay High Court on the matter. “The officials always claim that this issue is not under their jurisdiction, and in spite of a clear court order restricting sand mining, the degradation of the basin of the creek is continuing even day and night,” said Dayanand. He pointed out that a few years ago, this stretch was a crucial bird habitat with species such as pond heron, white throated kingfisher, migratory birds like flamingos, for whom this was a nesting site. However, with the destruction of the habitat, the birds have stopped visiting. Equally worrying is the threat this destruction poses to humans, however. “Earlier, the creek’s width was less and the water was at quite a distance from the railway lines. Over the years, the water has crept closer and now threatens to flood the tracks,” Dayanand explained. Apathy? Despite the obvious ecological cost and the flood risk involved, the authorities have had trouble putting an end to the sand mining menace so far. In fact, sand mining is banned in the seven districts of Maharashtra, especially on the coast, but the illegal activity is still rampant. Also read: Mangroves along Thane creek under threat from SEZ project The main reason for this is demand from the real estate sector, which needs the sand to produce cement. “All this is possible because of the involvement of local politicians, the sand mafia, and government authorities. There is a need for an enforcement mechanism that can especially look into this issue, as visiting such deserted areas is not feasible and safe. We have travelled across and have faced death threats and were even attacked. There is a need of continuous patrolling, and satellite images should be considered for a proper vigilance of the actual situation on ground,” said Sumaria Abdulali from the Awaaz Foundation, which is also fighting against the issue.
Sand miners eat away at 300 acres of mangroves in
2015-06-05'How Sweet It Is!,' by Thane Rosenbaum - Washingto
‘How Sweet It Is!,’ by Thane Rosenbaum By Joseph Peschel June 5, 2015 If you’re of a certain age, you might expect Thane Rosenbaum’s comic novel “How Sweet It Is!,” about Miami Beach in the early 1970s, to include Jackie Gleason. And there he is, the Great One, narrating the prologue as if he’s delivering his opening TV monologue. Actually, he’s reminiscing from his Mount Sinai Clinic bed about the great life he has had, working with the biggest names in show business as the best-known fat man in the world. Sure, he’s a little bitter about his show’s being canceled: Imagine building CBS and then being replaced by Sonny and Cher. He’s in the hospital because it turns out the Surgeon General was right about smoking four packs of cigarettes a day. Sophie Posner, a Jewish gangster and a survivor of the Nazis, resides on the same floor. The fat man’s equal and confidante, she’s a hilarious and pitiable character who’s so tough that when the doctor tells her she has cancer, she says, “You think this is the worst news I’ve ever heard?” In subsequent chapters, Rosenbaum tells the wacky story of the fictional Sophie’s life as the lieutenant for real-life gangster Meyer Lansky. They meet in 1972, soon after he’s deported back to Miami Beach from Israel. Lansky wants to turn the sleepy peninsula into a gambling Riviera, but he discovers that his crew members are flunkies who do nothing but “consume massive quantities of cholesterol.” Luckily, that’s when he meets Sophie, who threatens to break Lansky’s arms and legs. He admires her moxie and hires her to make collections, brass knuckles in one hand and leather sap in the other. They rub — and sometimes break — elbows with hippies, politicians, celebrities and sports stars. Rosenbaum’s prose is populated with puns, though some of his wordplay is calloused: “Sophie took no pride in baking. Indeed, she had once been among those selected for baking — but on the wrong side of the oven door.” Still, it’s hard to resist raising a toast to a book that shows Lansky, Frank Sinatra, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Muhammad Ali at a Little League Baseball game umpired by Fidel Castro. As Gleason would say, “And awaaaay we go!” Joseph Peschel is a freelance writer and critic in South Dakota. HOW SWEET IT IS! By Thane Rosenbaum Mandel Vilar. 194 pp. $24.95
2015-06-05Thane BJP wants Kapurbawdi flyover to be named aft
Thane BJP wants Kapurbawdi flyover to be named after Gopinath Munde By PTI |Posted 05-Jun-2015 The Thane city unit of the BJP has urged district Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde to name the Kapurbawdi fly over here after late BJP leader Gopinath Munde. In a memorandum submitted to the minister, the BJP State Unit Executive Member Sandeep Lele said that Munde had special love and affection for Thane and this was the only was to pay a befitting tribute to the great leader. The rise of Munde from a grassroot leader to Union minister was really inspirational and his memory can be kept alive only by naming the bridge after him, it said. The other signatories to the memorandum include Sanjay Waghule, the leader of the BJP party in the TMC and other office bearers of the party from Thane city.
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2015-06-05Now, three flyovers within old Thane too - Times o
Now, three flyovers within old Thane too Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 5, 2015, 12.19 PM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will begin work on the construction of three flyovers in the city. The bridges will be constructed at Almeida-Chandanwadi junction, Naupada-MG Road crossroad and Meenatai Thakeray chowk on LBS road and work will begin from the coming fortnight. The work will completed within 18 months, civic officials said. The proposal was put forth before TMC' standing committee this week and it was given the green signal. The committee also consented to bear any escalation cost that may occur once the work begins. The Rs 235-crore flyovers will be constructed by the TMC with the funding by MMRDA. The two-lane flyovers will help to decongest traffic snarls at many vital junctions. "Work on the flyovers will begin by the next fortnight. The wok will be completed in the next 18 months,'' said Ratan Awsarmol, city engineer of the TMC. Of the three, the Y-shaped flyover at Meenatai Thakeray chowk will be the longest spanning 1,250m. It will connect the ends of the traffic jammed LBS road. The Naupada flyover connecting the stretch along MG road from the police station and Saraswati high school will be nearly 500m, while the Alemida junction bridge will be the shortest at just 420m.
2015-06-05Maggi row: Lead levels found within specified limi
Maggi row: Lead levels found within specified limi
2015-06-05Thane BJP wants Kapurbawdi flyover to be named aft
Thane BJP wants Kapurbawdi flyover to be named after Munde Last Updated: Friday, June 5, 2015 - 14:36 Thane: The Thane city unit of the BJP has urged district Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde to name the Kapurbawdi fly over here after late BJP leader Gopinath Munde. In a memorandum submitted to the minister, the BJP State Unit Executive Member Sandeep Lele said that Munde had special love and affection for Thane and this was the only was to pay a befitting tribute to the great leader. The rise of Munde from a grassroot leader to Union minister was really inspirational and his memory can be kept alive only by naming the bridge after him, it said.
2015-06-05Now, three flyovers within old Thane too - Times o
Now, three flyovers within old Thane too Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 5, 2015, 12.19 PM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will begin work on the construction of three flyovers in the city. The bridges will be constructed at Almeida-Chandanwadi junction, Naupada-MG Road crossroad and Meenatai Thakeray chowk on LBS road and work will begin from the coming fortnight. The work will completed within 18 months, civic officials said. The proposal was put forth before TMC' standing committee this week and it was given the green signal. The committee also consented to bear any escalation cost that may occur once the work begins. The Rs 235-crore flyovers will be constructed by the TMC with the funding by MMRDA. The two-lane flyovers will help to decongest traffic snarls at many vital junctions. "Work on the flyovers will begin by the next fortnight. The wok will be completed in the next 18 months,'' said Ratan Awsarmol, city engineer of the TMC. Of the three, the Y-shaped flyover at Meenatai Thakeray chowk will be the longest spanning 1,250m. It will connect the ends of the traffic jammed LBS road. The Naupada flyover connecting the stretch along MG road from the police station and Saraswati high school will be nearly 500m, while the Alemida junction bridge will be the shortest at just 420m.
2015-06-05Now, three flyovers within old Thane too | Thane N
Now, three flyovers within old Thane too Close Home Thane Now, three flyovers within old Thane too NYOOOZ Thane Fri,05 Jun 2015 Times of India ---- Fri,05 Jun 2015 26 ---, --- THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will begin work on the construction of three flyovers in the city. The bridges will be constructed at Almeida-Chandanwadi junction, Naupada-MG Road crossroad and Meenatai Thakeray chowk on LBS road and work will begin from the coming fortnight. The work will completed within 18 months, civic officials said. The proposal was put forth before TMC` standing committee this week and it was given the green signal. The committee also consented to bear any escalation cost that may occur once the work begins. The Rs 235-crore flyovers will be constructed by the TMC with the funding by MMRDA. The two-lane flyovers will help to decongest traffic snarls at many vital junctions. "Work on the flyovers will begin by the next fortnight. The wok will be completed in the next 18 months,`` said Ratan Awsarmol, city engineer of th... Summarise the story Sidebar Socialize Footer Bottom Links Home About Us Contact Us Privacy Policy Advertise With Us © Copyright 2015 NYOOOZ, All Rights Reserved
2015-06-04Caught on camera: NCP corporator breaks into Thane
Caught on camera: NCP corporator breaks into Thane ashram, allegedly robs Rs one lakh FP StaffJun, 04 2015 07:31:44 IST In a huge embarrassment to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), a party corporator Ashish Damle was caught on camera ransacking an ashram of local spiritual leader Ratnakar Maharaj in Badlapur along with 20-25 goons and allegedly robbing Rs one lakh. The incident took place on the night of 2 June at an ashram called Sadhna Bhuvan in Thane district. In the video, Damle and his men are seen manhandling a woman as well. The video also shows that the corporator was accompanied by two security personnel. However, ABPLive has a slightly different version of the incident where they allege that the purpose of the corporator's visit to the ashram was to pick up a girl he was having an affair with. When the people at the ashram tried stopping Damle from taking the girl, he and his men started fighting with them Damle, who is currently absconding, has a case of robbery registered against him A case under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 457 (lurking house-trespass) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and other relevant sections of IPC has been registered in the connection, said API P S Giri of Kulgaon Police Station. Meanwhile, NCP has expeleld Damle from the party. "NCP has expelled the said corporator from the party as nobody has right to take law into their hands", said party spokesperson Nawab Malik.
Caught on camera: NCP corporator breaks into Thane
2015-06-04TMC conducts nullah cleaning in 'neglected' parts
TMC conducts nullah cleaning in ‘neglected’ parts of Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 4, 2015, 11.28 AM IST THANE: After facing citizens' ire for allegedly ignoring the nullahs on the Mumbra-Diva belt, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) resumed a clean-up drive in the township of Kalwa and Mumbra and extended its completion deadline to June 7. Nullah cleaning activity was evident on one of the most chronic and untouched nullahs at Rashid Compound in Mumbra on Wednesday, where a Poclain machine was deployed to remove silt accumulation in the drains. "TMC officials visited our area and inspected the clogged nullah last month, but soon after they all went missing. However, since yesterday the officers and contractors have suddenly immersed themselves into the nullahs and are actually cleaning it," said a visibly surprised Ayesha Khan, a local resident. At the once-neglected Anand Koliwada area in Mumbra adjoining the railway tracks and Parsik hills, a portion of the drain was being cleaned manually. "We have cleared a major portion of the nullah and now the underground part will be cleaned in the next two days," said a worker at the spot. The situation had improved a bit at the Waghoba Nagar area in Kalwa east where a sizeable amount of silt had been removed from the nullah that drains water from the adjoining mountains. "We have now extended the duration for cleaning up major drains in Kalwa and Mumbra till June 7 following which we will review the situation. We have asked our contractors to ensure no major drain in the city is left clogged before the monsoon," said Ashok Burpule, in-charge of the civic solid waste department. Meanwhile, TMC's claims of a complete clean-up of nullahs have failed to find favour with the citizens. The drains connecting the creek passing through Mittal Compound, Mumbra and the one at Khardi road were still to be touched by the civic contractors. "No one has turned up to clean the nullah here and the drain here remains choked," said Feroz Shaikh, a local resident. Corporator Shanu Pathan from Amrut Nagar also rubbished the claims of the civic body of having achieved complete cleaning of drains. "This entire nullah clean-up drive is nothing but a sham. The authorities should ensure the entire silt is removed and not just clean up the surface area," said Pathan. At Kalwa, the drain passing along the Mahatma Phule Nagar and the one running underneath the railway carshed and Sahyadra School also remains unclean.
2015-06-04Prostitution Ring Near Thane Busted, Four Arrested
Prostitution Ring Near Thane Busted, Four Arrested, 12 Women Rescued By PTI Published: 04th June 2015 03:30 PM Last Updated: 04th June 2015 03:30 PM THANE: Police have raided a brothel in Hanuman Tekdi area in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in the district and arrested four persons, including two women, on the charge of running a flesh trade racket, police said today. Police also rescued 12 women during the swoop on Tuesday night. "We have rescued twelve women from the brothel located in Navi Basti area and apprehended four persons including two women who hail from Nepal," said ACP (Crime) Bharat Shelke. The arrested women, identified as Sushila Jaibhadur Gurung (29) and Rekha Sayla Tamang (49), are instrumental in pushing the women into prostitution, he said, adding rest of the arrested persons are Bhagwan Farde (32) and Mohammad Sayeed Abdul Gaffar Shah (40) who were customers. They have been charged under sections 370 (buying or disposing of any person as a slave) of IPC and under sections 3, 4 and 5 of Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA).
2015-06-04Thane crime: Four held for running prostitution ri
Thane crime: Four held for running prostitution ring, 12 women rescued Mid Day Mumbai Thu,04 Jun 2015 Summary: Thane: Police have raided a brothel in Hanuman Tekdi area in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in the district and arrested four persons, including two women, on the charge of running a flesh trade racket, police said today. Police also rescued 12 women during the swoop on Tuesday night.Thane: Police have raided a brothel in Hanuman Tekdi area in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in the district and arrested four persons, including two women, on the charge of running a flesh trade racket, police said today. Police also rescued 12 women during the swoop on Tuesday night. "We have rescued twelve women from the brothel located in Navi Basti area and apprehended four persons including two women who hail from Nepal," said ACP (Crime) Bharat Shelke. The arrested women, identified as Sushila Jaibhadur Gurung (29) and Rekha Sayla Tamang (49), are instrumental inpushing the women into prostitution, he said, adding rest of the arrested persons are Bhagwan Farde (32) and Mohammad Sayeed Abdul Gaffar Shah (40) who were customers. They have been charged under sections 370 (buying or disposing of any person as a slave) of IPC and under sections 3, 4 and 5 of Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) . , As Reported By Mid Day.
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2015-06-03Sr citizen collapses on London flight to city, Tha
Sr citizen collapses on London flight to city, Thane doc couple plays saviour Times of India Mumbai Wed,03 Jun 2015 Summary: A doctor couple from Thane rushed to the rescue as a 63-year-old woman fell unconscious and went into hypotension on an Air India flight from London to the city. Seeing her condition, her 65-year-old husband almost fainted. The Kadams rushed to find Rukmini, seated on the 10th row, unconscious.MUMBAI: It was drama in mid-air. A doctor couple from Thane rushed to the rescue as a 63-year-old woman fell unconscious and went into hypotension on an Air India flight from London to the city. Seeing her condition, her 65-year-old husband almost fainted. The doctors stabilized her within the constraints of the aircraft, revived the man and ensured a smooth flight back home without any diversions for the medical emergency , As Reported By Times of India. According to the Newspaper, Rukmini Nair and Shivan Kutty, the senior citizen couple from Navi Mumbai, were returning from a Europe tour and had boarded the London-Mumbai AI130 that took off around 1.30pm from Heathrow on Sunday. All was well for three hours into the nine-hour flight, when Rukmini complained of giddiness to her husband. "Soon after, she collapsed," Shivan told TOI. "Just the thought of someone fainting at an altitude of 30,000 to 40,000 feet can be frightful. The doctors practically saved her that day." Paediatrician Santosh Kadam and physician Vidya Kadam were seated in the 28th row when the emergency announcement for a doctor onboard went out.
2015-06-03Sr citizen collapses on London flight to city, Tha
Sr citizen collapses on London flight to city, Thane doc couple plays saviour Sumitra Deb Roy | TNN | Jun 3, 2015, 05.41 AM IST MUMBAI: It was drama in mid-air. A doctor couple from Thane rushed to the rescue as a 63-year-old woman fell unconscious and went into hypotension on an Air India flight from London to the city. Seeing her condition, her 65-year-old husband almost fainted. The doctors stabilized her within the constraints of the aircraft, revived the man and ensured a smooth flight back home without any diversions for the medical emergency. Rukmini Nair and Shivan Kutty, the senior citizen couple from Navi Mumbai, were returning from a Europe tour and had boarded the London-Mumbai AI130 that took off around 1.30pm from Heathrow on Sunday. All was well for three hours into the nine-hour flight, when Rukmini complained of giddiness to her husband. "Soon after, she collapsed," Shivan told TOI. "Just the thought of someone fainting at an altitude of 30,000 to 40,000 feet can be frightful. The doctors practically saved her that day." Paediatrician Santosh Kadam and physician Vidya Kadam were seated in the 28th row when the emergency announcement for a doctor onboard went out. The Kadams rushed to find Rukmini, seated on the 10th row, unconscious. The crew gave them a stethoscope as Rukmini's pulse was undetectable. "We are trained to tackle emergency but this was a different setting. We had no access to an ECG or other tests," said Santosh. Rukmini's BP was not registering. "Our fear was that such drastic fall in BP could often lead to serious things," said Santosh. The crew quickly arranged for a portable oxygen cylinder and a mask. "It seemed like she needed oxygen but that was not enough. She needed saline too," he said. In the meantime, the crew cleared out the row ahead and behind her and ensured the couple could lay down. An AI spokesperson said their cabin crew is trained to handle medical emergencies. The crew also asked the doctors whether they needed to make an emergency landing. As discussions went back and forth between the doctors and the captain, Rukmini was administered saline and oral rehydration. "Luckily for her, the aircraft had a venflow needed to administer saline. She was also pumped with oral rehydration," said Vidya. After nearly an hour, Rukmini's blood pressure started rising. It gave them the confidence to tell the captain the flight could continue to India. Shivan, who too had to be started on oral rehydration, started stabilizing on seeing Rukmini recover. "It was probably a case of hypotension, where the BP drops suddenly and the cause could be anything. Though it is commendable that the aircraft had all basic but important medical tools, a big aircraft like Dreamliner could also have a tiny corner for people to lie down," Santosh said. Lying down is crucial as it restores blood supply to the brain.
2015-06-03Caught on camera: NCP corporator breaks into Thane
Caught on camera: NCP corporator breaks into Thane ashram, allegedly robs Rs one lakh FP StaffJun, 04 2015 07:31:44 IST In a huge embarrassment to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), a party corporator Ashish Damle was caught on camera ransacking an ashram of local spiritual leader Ratnakar Maharaj in Badlapur along with 20-25 goons and allegedly robbing Rs one lakh. The incident took place on the night of 2 June at an ashram called Sadhna Bhuvan in Thane district. In the video, Damle and his men are seen manhandling a woman as well. The video also shows that the corporator was accompanied by two security personnel. However, ABPLive has a slightly different version of the incident where they allege that the purpose of the corporator's visit to the ashram was to pick up a girl he was having an affair with. When the people at the ashram tried stopping Damle from taking the girl, he and his men started fighting with them Damle, who is currently absconding, has a case of robbery registered against him A case under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 457 (lurking house-trespass) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and other relevant sections of IPC has been registered in the connection, said API P S Giri of Kulgaon Police Station. Meanwhile, NCP has expeleld Damle from the party. "NCP has expelled the said corporator from the party as nobody has right to take law into their hands", said party spokesperson Nawab Malik.
Caught on camera: NCP corporator breaks into Thane
2015-06-03Respite trifle, unhappy Thane commuters wait for f
Respite trifle, unhappy Thane commuters wait for full Mumbai entry toll waiver Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jun 3, 2015, 10.49 AM IST THANE: The recent announcement of stopping some toll booths across the state has brought joys among political parties who have been fighting for this since quite some time. While some politicians were celebrating over the news by distributing sweets, Thaneites were not a happy lot as they still have to pay toll while entering and exiting Mumbai. Citizens are upset as they feel that veteran Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who started the entire protest against toll collection since the Congress-NCP regime, has done very little for those travelling from the city to Mumbai on a daily basis. ''My office is at BKC. I travel by car to everyday. While the government has shut down a dozen of tolls across the state, life has hardly changed for us as I continue to pay cess while travelling to Mumbai and back,'' said a resident of Pokhran Road. The toll at Mumbai hasn't been shut despite the saffron party taking charge of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) in the BJP-led government. During the recent state legislature session, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced a stop on nearly a dozen toll booths across the state and exemption of small vehicles like cars, jeeps and state transport buses at 53 toll points in the state from June 1. In fact, Shinde, along with a social worker Srinivas Ghanekar, during the erstwhile DF government had filed a PIL in the Bombay high court against the toll collection in Thane. The petitioner has demanded that toll collection at entry and exit point of Mumbai be stopped allegedly due to huge corruption in tax collection. ''It is a classic and rare case where the petitioner himself is not only the part of the government, but also the heads the department,'' the resident said. "The minister must ensure that toll collection centers implements all the points that the petitioner had raised to bring in transparency in toll collections in Maharashtra." Shinde's office staff reiterated that they stand firm by their commitment. ''During a debate on the toll issue, the CM said that a decision on the remaining tolls will be taken by July 31,'' the MSRDC minster's office stated. In 2009, the state government ordered a toll-fee concession to people residing within a 5-km radius, but MSRDC has been allegedly defying the orders only to benefit a handful of private contractors, said experts.
2015-06-01Three, including a woman, killed in highway ambula
Three, including a woman, killed in highway ambulance accident in Thane PTI| Last Updated: Monday, June 1, 2015 - 11:32 Thane: At least three people died and three others were injured after an ambulance in which they travelling met with an accident on the Mumbai-Agra Highway near Sahapur on Sunday afternoon, a district rural police official said here on Monday. Police inspector MB Sakale of the Sahapur police station told a news agency that the ambulance from Malegaon district was returning to the district after a visit to Bhiwandi in Thane district. En route, the driver of the ambulance gave a lift to some people proceeding towards Malegaon, he said, adding that a little beyond Khardi, the ambulance rammed into a stationery tempo standing by the roadside. During the accident, three people identified as Deepak Patil (22), Kavita Patil (40) and Abhay Kamble (29) died on the spot, he said. He said that three other travellers in the ambulance who were injured, have been admitted to the local hospital at Sahapur. The Sahapur police has registered an offence under Section 304A, Section 298, Section 337 and Section 338 of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act against the ambulance driver, he said, adding that no arrest has made so far in connection with the accident.
Three, including a woman, killed in highway ambula
2015-06-01Three including a woman killed in highway ambulanc
Three including a woman killed in highway ambulance accident in Thane Mon, 1 Jun 2015-11:18am , Thane , PTI At least three people died and three others were injured after an ambulance in which they travelling met with an accident on the Mumbai-Agra Highway near Sahapur on Sunday afternoon, a district rural police official said on Monday. Police inspector M B Sakale of the Sahapur police station told PTI that the ambulance from Malegaon district was returning to the district after a visit to Bhiwandi in Thane district. Enroute, the driver of the ambulance gave a lift to some people proceeding towards Malegaon, he said, adding that a little beyond Khardi, the ambulance rammed into a stationery tempo standing by the roadside. During the accident, three people identified as Deepak Patil (22), Kavita Patil (40) and Abhay Kamble (29) died on the spot, he said. He said that three other travellers in the ambulance who were injured, have been admitted to the local hospital at Sahapur. The Sahapur police has registered an offence under Section 304A, Section 298, Section 337 and Section 338 of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act against the ambulance driver, he said, adding that no arrest has made so far in connection with the accident.
2015-06-01Girl hacked to death by her boyfriend in Thane - D
Girl hacked to death by her boyfriend in Thane Mon, 1 Jun 2015-11:32am , Thane An 18-year-old girl from Diva was hacked to death by her boyfriend late last night in Diva's Sadguru Nagar locality, a police official said on Monday. Police inspector D M Patil of the Mumbra police station told PTI that the accused who was aged around 20 years has been arrested by the police and charged under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code, he said. According the police official, both the victim and the accused were residents of the same locality in Diva. The accused, who has been identified as Amit Patil, alleged caught hold of the girl at about 8.30 pm last night in the locality and attacked her with a sickle, he said. The victim, identified as Swapnali Ghadi, died on the spot, the police official said, adding that her body had been sent for postmortem. The Mumbra police is investigating the case, the police official said.
Girl hacked to death by her boyfriend in Thane - D
2015-06-01Thane residents promote eco-friendly practices - I
Thane residents promote eco-friendly practices Monday, 01 June 2015 - 2:25pm IST | Rupali Shinde Residents of Eden Woods Complex, Alwares Road, Thane, have joined hands with a view to save the environment. To develop, restore and beautify is the motto followed by these residents. “There are several societies inside the complex. In each society, there are 5-6 green patches. We have also set up a garden committee that looks after the maintenance of the green patches. Initially, the entire place was not well-maintained. Later, we decided to spend Rs 1 lakh per month to maintain it,” said TN Raghunatha, secretary, Eden Woods Federation Cooperative Housing Society. The main attraction of the complex is the duck pond which is surrounded by waterfall. “We have painted the boundaries with warli paintings. The entire place looks serene. The garden committee has active women members who look after the maintenance,” explained Sunita Chavhan, member, garden committee. Art teacher Ketki Upasne, who is also a resident of the complex, has taken an initiative to beautify a children’s park near Cedar Society. Upasne has painted walls at this park, which is located inside the complex. Raghunatha added that the members are planning to start vermicomposting within the complex soon.
Thane residents promote eco-friendly practices - I

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