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|2016-06-30||Thane court acquits 2 in meow meow drug case - Times of India|
Thane court acquits 2 in meow meow drug case Sandhya Nair | TNN | Jun 30, 2016, 05.55 PM IST MUMBAI: Two men held in December 2014 for possession and sale of meow meow drug in Mira Road have been acquitted as the Thane sessions court that held that the seized packets were too huge to fit into the trouser pockets of the accused when caught. Imran Shaikh (26) and Shafiq Shaikh (23), residents of Naya Nagar in Mira Road, were caught by the public while selling Mephedrone (MD), popularly known as meow meow in party circles. The drug is not in the list of banned drugs under the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NCB) Act. It costs one-tenth the price of cocaine and is also available online. The drug has been around since 2014. Imran and Shafiq were arrested by the Mira Road police station under Sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison), 276 (sale of drug as a different drug or preparation) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC. In the FIR, the police stated that 10 packets each was found in two trouser pockets of Imran and Shafiq. The police took the statement of a victim Abdul Khan who had reportedly purchased the drug from the two. Imran and Shafiq were released on bail three months later. A total of 12 witnesses, including Khan's parents and few members of the public who had handed over the accused to the cops, were examined. The public prosecutor produced three huge packets containing Mephedrone seized from Imran and Shafiq. The accused advocate Edgar Braganza told the court that the packets placed before the court could not have fit in the trouser pockets of the accused. He pointed out that the police had in the FIR recorded the seizure of 20 small packets from the trouser pockets of the accused. Members of the public who were examined too told the court that the packets found on Imran and Shafiq were smaller in size. Khan's parents who were examined told the court that their son was not into drugs. No trace of drug was found in the blood report of Khan.Judge N N Shri mangale accepted the defence's argument that the packets produced before the court could not have been found in the trouser pockets of the accused men. Two other accused in the case are still absconding.
|2016-06-30||Thane drug racket: Accused allegedly threatened in jail to not turn approver - Firstpost|
Thane drug racket: Accused allegedly threatened in jail to not turn approver PTI Jun 30, 2016 11:47 IST Thane: An accused in the recently busted multi-crore drug racket case near Mumbai has allegedly been threatened by the drug mafia in Thane jail not to turn approver in the case, the prosecution has informed a local court. The accused, Punit Shringi, a former senior official of Avon Lifesciences Ltd who was till recently lodged in Thane Jail and is presently in custody of Gujarat ATS, informed the police and prosecution about the threat to eliminate him if he records his statement before the magistrate, Special Public Prosecutor Shishir Hiray told the court of Special Judge and District Judge H M Patwardhan on Wednesday. Hiray said this in court while contesting the bail pleas of some of the accused arrested in the multi-crore drug racket involving Avon Lifesciences. Earlier, the Thane Police had told the media persons that one of the arrested persons in the case had in a statement under section 164 of CrPC given details of the modus operandi and about the crucial meetings held in Kenya and Dubai regarding the ephedrine sale. The police were also trying to record Shringi's statement under CrPC section 164, which is crucial to the investigation in the case. Recently, former actress Mamta Kulkarni was named as a prime accused in a multi-crore drug racket linked to drug baron Vicky Goswami, with Mumbai Police claiming that she was actively involved in the illicit activities.Police have initiated the process for extradition of Kulkarni and Goswami, who are said to be in a relationship and are currently based in Kenya. Shringi is a key link in the drug cartel, as the operation and the work of processing raw ephedrine and its transportation was allegedly supervised by him.In all, there were 17 accused in the case, of whom seven were still at large. The remaining 10 were arrested and are now in judicial custody. The drug racket came to light when police seized around 18.5 tonne of ephedrine, worth approximately Rs 2,000 crore, after raiding the premises of Avon Lifesciences Ltd in Maharashtra's Solapur district in April. According to the police, ephedrine, which is a controlled drug, was allegedly being diverted from the Solapur unit of Avon Lifesciences and sent abroad after processing. The ephedrine powder is used for sniffing and is also used to produce popular party drug methamphetamine. Meanwhile, Hiray opposed the bail plea of four of the accused in the case saying that they don't deserve it as they were all partners in the crime.The four accused in the drug case Manoj Jain, Punit Shringi, Rajendra Dimri and Babasaheb Dhote had applied for bail before the court on various grounds. Their counsels Ayaz Khan and Nana Mothe had earlier said that their clients deserved bail as there was no ground to detain them any more.However, Hiray opposed the bail plea citing various case laws to justify his contention. He informed the court that several witnesses had in their statements revealed startling facts about the entire operation in the Solapur factory of Avon Lifesciences which was against the regulations. A number of inspections were carried out by the FDA authorities, but they were never shown the stock of around 12 tonnes of ephedrine kept in a shed in the company premises. There were a couple of thefts of the material, but Jain had advised the staff against approaching the police with complaint, fearing that if they come to the factory they may unearth the misdeeds and the huge stock of the material stored in the shed, the prosecution said. In his submission, Hiray also mentioned the trail of 'hawala' and 'angadia' transactions in connection with the drug case.
|2016-06-30||Bihar youth arrested for murder of 2 women in Thane - Times of India|
Bihar youth arrested for murder of 2 women in Thane PTI | Jun 30, 2016, 02.28 PM IST A 20-year-old youth hailing from Bihar was arrested for murdering two elderly women at Kalyan in Thane district, police said today. Nanda kishore alias Fantu Manoj Prasad Vai was arrested yesterday for murdering two women last week and sent to police custody till July 8 by a court today. Additional commissioner of police (crime) Makarand Ranade said that Kamal Baliram Dudhkar (70) and Lilabai Ganpat Dudhkar (60) were found murdered at their house in Khadegolavali in Kalyan on the intervening night of June 17 and 18. Their jewellery and other valuables were missing. Investigators zeroed in Nand kishor, who worked as a labourer at a powerloom in Kalyan and who ate his meals at a mess run by the deceased women. A police team was sent to his hometown Arwal in Bihar. The search was conducted at his father's house two cameras, two gold rings, two gold bangles, mangalsutra, etc, worth Rs 3.37 lakh were recovered from there. Nand kishor's father was arrested for giving him shelter and abetting the crime. When the accused, who was absconding, learnt about this, he tried to commit suicide by consuming poison and was admitted to a local hospital. After he was discharged yesterday, the police arrested him and brought to Kalyan by flight and produced in court. Inspector Shailendra Nagarkar, who led the investigating team, said Nand kishor's father needed money for constructing house, which prompted the youth to commit the crime.
|2016-06-30||Accused in multi-crore drug racket allegedly gets threat from inside Thane jail - The Indian Express|
Accused in multi-crore drug racket allegedly gets threat from inside Thane jail By: PTI Thane Published:Jun 30, 2016, 11:32 Police with the ephedrine seized from Solapur. An accused in the recently busted multi-crore drug racket case here has allegedly been threatened by the drug mafia in Thane jail not to turn approver in the case, the prosecution has informed a local court. The accused, Punit Shringi, a former senior official of Avon Lifesciences Ltd who was till recently lodged in Thane Jail and is presently in custody of Gujarat ATS, informed the police and prosecution about the threat to eliminate him if he records his statement before magistrate, Special Public Prosecutor Shishir Hiray told the court of Special Judge and District Judge H M Patwardhan on Wednesday. Hiray said this in court while contesting the bail pleas of some the accused arrested in the multi-crore drug racket involving Avon Lifesciences. Earlier, the Thane Police had told the media persons that one of the arrested persons in the case had in a statement under section 164 of CrPC given details of the modus operandi and about the crucial meetings held in Kenya and Dubai regarding the ephedrine sale.
|2016-06-29||Armed men decamp with Rs5 crore in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Armed men decamp with Rs5 crore in Thane A police officer inspects the crime scene in Thane on Tuesday (DNA - Vibhav Birwatkar) IMRAN FAZAL | Updated: Jun 29, 2016, 07:40 AM IST, DNA According to Thane police, the men entered the office of Checkmate Cash Management Services Private Limited at Teen Hath Naka at around 3am. In one of the biggest armed dacoities in the state, seven masked men with guns barged into the office of a Thane-based cash management firm and decamped with Rs5 crore in cash. According to Thane police, the men entered the office of Checkmate Cash Management Services Private Limited at Teen Hath Naka at around 3am. They first took the security guard as hostage and clipped wires of the CCTV cameras. They also managed to take away the camera's recording box along with the cellphones of the employees. "The robbers had a thorough knowledge about the office and where the CCTV cameras were. This helped them in getting rid of the only security guard and pinning down the employees, before fleeing with the cash trunks," said an official from Wagle estate police station. "We are investigating all the angles in the case but prima facie we suspect that its an insider's job. We will question the present and past employees, including the guards," said the official. "A case has been registered under Section 395(dacoity), 397 (Robbery, or Dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (2)(criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Arms Act," said Sukhada Narkar, PRO, Thane police department. Thane Commissioner of Police, Param Bir Singh visited the spot and met the complainant Sunil Rathod. He said: "The firm had not intimated the police about their business which had risks and the firm itself did not take adequate measures to protect their cash. We have formed teams to nab the dacoits and are investigating further on the available clues," said Singh. The Thane police in their confirmation revealed Rs5 crore was missing, while the firm employees claimed that around Rs12 crore were missing.
|2016-06-29||Thane heist: Armed men drive away with Rs 9 crore in 3 drums - Mid-Day|
Thane heist: Armed men drive away with Rs 9 crore in 3 drums By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours In a massive night time robbery, a group of around seven people entered a private company and fled with Rs 9.16 crore in cash in three drums, along with six mobile phones, two Digital Video Recorder machines, which had CCTV footage of the company. Thane CP blames company: Param Bir Singh, Commissioner of Police, Thane, blamed the firm for negligence. He said that the company was dealing with a huge amount of cash on daily basis but they didn't inform the police about it. We have registered a case and a joint team of local police along with crime branch and extortion cell are working on it, Singh said. Police investigate after robbery at a cash management firm in Thane. The Thane crime branch later received CCTV footage from a nearby school and shops in the lane and got confirmation about three cars used in the robbery. There were three cars two Eco and a Xylo. The Xylo seems to have a tourist number plate, added a crime branch officer. The cops are suspecting an insider's role in the robbery.
|2016-06-29||Power problem shuts down Thane-Vashi transharbour line - Daily News & Analysis|
Power problem shuts down Thane-Vashi transharbour line Representational image (DNA - Salman Ansari) DNA CORRESPONDENT | Updated: Jun 29, 2016, 08:22 PM IST, DNA Thousands of commuters on the Transharbour line between Thane and Vashi were left stranded after a malfunction in the Overhead Equipment (OHE) between Thane and Airoli stations shut down both lines. The problem started around 6:12 pm. A repair wagon, called Tower wagon in railway parlance, was dispatched from Dombivli and work began on repairing the OHE, said Central Railway officials. "Services are being run between Koparkhirane and Vashi. There will be a lot of cancellations by the time the OHE is repaired," said a CR official when the stations were shut down. The power problems of the OHE were rectified by 8:51pm. CR officials said several trains were cancelled as both lines were shut between 6:12 pm and 8:51 pm.
|2016-06-29||Bihar youth arrested for murder of 2 women in Thane - Times of India|
Bihar youth arrested for murder of 2 women in Thane PTI | Jun 29, 2016, 11.55 AM IST A 20-year-old youth hailing from Bihar was arrested for murdering two elderly women at Kalyan in Thane district, police said today. Nanda kishore alias Fantu Manoj Prasad Vai was arrested yesterday for murdering two women last week and sent to police custody till July 8 by a court today. Additional commissioner of police (crime) Makarand Ranade said that Kamal Baliram Dudhkar (70) and Lilabai Ganpat Dudhkar (60) were found murdered at their house in Khadegolavali in Kalyan on the intervening night of June 17 and 18. Their jewellery and other valuables were missing. Investigators zeroed in Nand kishor, who worked as a labourer at a powerloom in Kalyan and who ate his meals at a mess run by the deceased women. A police team was sent to his hometown Arwal in Bihar. The search was conducted at his father's house two cameras, two gold rings, two gold bangles, mangalsutra, etc, worth Rs 3.37 lakh were recovered from there. Nand kishor's father was arrested for giving him shelter and abetting the crime. When the accused, who was absconding, learnt about this, he tried to commit suicide by consuming poison and was admitted to a local hospital. After he was discharged yesterday, the police arrested him and brought to Kalyan by flight and produced in court. Inspector Shailendra Nagarkar, who led the investigating team, said Nand kishor's father needed money for constructing house, which prompted the youth to commit the crime.
|2016-06-29||1 detained in Rs 9 crore heist in Thane cash agency - Times of India|
1 detained in Rs 9 crore heist in Thane cash agency Nishikant Karlikar | Jun 30, 2016, 01.32 AM IST THANE: A day after 10 armed masked robbers looted more than Rs 9 crore in a swiftly executed heist at the treasury office of a Vadodara-based private cash management firm in a Thane residential society, the anti-extortion cell detained one of the conspirators and seized a vehicle. "We have detained one person and are interrogating him. He will lead us to his accomplices. We believe there are 15 others involved in the dacoity," said a senior police officer, adding that they have specific leads on the robbers. Of the 10 police teams deputed for investigation, one team has reached Nashik, while the other nine teams have fanned out to Navi Mumbai, Thane rural and other neighbouring suburbs of Mumbai, a source said. On Tuesday, around 3.30am, three members of the gang stood guard, while seven others, armed with revolvers, knives and swords, barged into Checkmate Cash Management Company's ground floor office in Hiradeep Building, a residential compound in Thane (W). The office had Rs 26 crore in its strongroom, of which around Rs 11 crore had been taken out for counting and sorting. The robbers used three 50-litre barrels to take away the booty and also stole a few cellphones. They removed the CCTV recorder, which had 90 days' footage, and escaped in two SUVs and a two-wheeler. The flawless execution of the dacoity could not have been possible without an insider trading information with the accused, the police claimed. They are piecing together clues, including the statements of all 86 employees of the firm and the grainy recordings of the CCTV footage from a nearby building that shows four of the dacoits escaping. "We have recorded the statements of the 17 employees who were allegedly held hostage and are verifying them as they differ from the statements of the other employees," an officer said. "The robbers were aware of the working hours, placement of CCTV camera and the DVR inside the room where cash was kept." The police are perplexed about the clockwork precision of the dacoits and the absence of any violence or firing though they were armed. After the robbery, the gang may have split with the booty as the data of one of the seven phones stolen from the firm showed its location at Kalbadevi and another at Kharkar Ali in Thane. "Experts are checking the fingerprints collected from the crime scene with our record of history-sheeters,"said a senior police officer.
|2016-06-29||Thane heist: Police detain one, find vehicle in his possession - The Indian Express|
Thane heist: Police detain one, find vehicle in his possession By: Express News Service Mumbai Updated: Jun 30, 2016, 0:54 Police officials inspecting cash at Checkmate Services Pvt Ltd office. IT IS on Mondays that the Thane office of Checkmate Services Pvt Ltd, from where Rs 9.16 crore was robbed by 10 persons, has the maximum cash stored in its vault. This, coupled with other clues, has led police to believe that someone well-versed with the functioning of the office may be involved in the heist. The incident took place in the wee hours of Tuesday, when at least 10 robbers in three vehicles threatened 17 employees of the private cash management firm at Wagle Estate in Thane. They made away with the huge amount of cash, five mobile phones and damaged the hard disk that had the CCTV footage. Late on Wednesday, the Thane police detained one person and found one of the three vehicles that were used in the heist in his possession. A senior officer said, We have detained who we believe to be one of the accused persons and are questioning him. We found one of the vehicles used in the heist with him, the officer said, refusing to give any further detail about how the police tracked down the accused or the vehicle. A senior officer said since Monday was preceded by the weekend when the banks were shut, the firm had over Rs 22 crore at its vault. On other days, normally, it has nearly Rs 15 crore. Hence for them to strike on a day when there was maximum cash kept there points to someone who knew how things work, the officer said. Apart from this, an officer said when seven of the 10 accused entered the safe vault, they knew where the CCTV cameras were positioned. Earlier in the day, a senior police officer told The Indian Express that nearly 10 teams have been spread across Maharashtra and are hopeful that the case will be solved soon. Giving details about how the incident took place, an officer said around 3 am, three cars halted near the Thane mental hospital, located some distance from the Checkmate office at Wagle estate. While three drivers stayed back, seven accused who had covered their faces with monkey caps entered the compound. One of the employees sitting inside the office saw the accused entering the building and alerted the sole security guard inside the office. In the office vault, nearly 17 employees were counting cash. The accused in the meantime held a security guard on the ground floor of the Hiradeep building at knife-point and made him knock the door. On seeing him, the guard inside opened it and the accused entered the office and took away the guard's gun. The accused then threatened to shoot one of the employees if anyone tried to intervene. They asked the employees to hand over their mobiles phones so that no one tried to alert anyone outside. They then went to the loft and damaged the hard drives where the CCTV footage was stored. Then, within a matter of minutes, they collected nearly Rs 9.6 crore in bags which were eventually deposited in three large drums. When they did not have anything else to collect money in, they decided to flee from the spot, the officer said. By 3.20 am, they left the office. All it took was 20 minutes, the officer said. The accused put the cash in one vehicle each and fled from the spot. The police have CCTV footage from a nearby building in which the accused are seen running from the spot at 3.22 am.
|2016-06-28||Thane district takes to tree plantation with a vengeance - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane district takes to tree plantation with a vengeance Summer of 2016 is what everyone in Thane district and Mumbai will remember for a long time the year when the area faced maximum water scarcity and cuts. But instead of relaxing now that monsoon has hit the city, residents of Thane and Kalyan have gotten engaged in tree plantation. On Sunday, residents of Shalmali co-operative housing society in Vasant Vihar, Thane, did their bit for nature. "We planted saplings at Joggers' Park and central garden; other housing societies took saplings from us," said K Kumar, chairman of Vasant Vihar Annexe. "Because residents have time only on weekends, the other societies will do it next weekend." Vasant Vihar Annexe has 46 societies and 82 buildings under its aegis. "Though there is enough greenery here, we still do tree plantation," Kumar added. To ensure more greenery and continue this environment-friendly action, all buildings have been asked to plant at least 10 trees in their compound. Similarly, residents of Badlapur, Ambernath and Ulhasnagar have taken to tree plantation with a vengeance since last weekend. "We planted over 1,000 trees, most of which are fruit-bearing (amla, cashew, sitaphal), so that birds can feed on them," said Satyajeet Burman, president of Ambernath Citizens Forum. "We need trees to maintain the ecological balance and produce more oxygen. So, every weekend this rainy season we will be planting trees." They are also donating saplings to schools in the area so that even children can partake in this activity, which benefits the environment. Also, to ensure that the existing trees are well taken care of and do not fall during heavy rains, they will put organic fertiliser and red earth on them. "Whenever it rains heavily, trees fall everywhere. Nothing is done to strengthen them. So we will use manure and mix it with earth and put it on the base of each tree to give it more strength," said Burman.
|2016-06-28||Anti Corruption Bureau files fresh FIR in Balganga project scam in Thane - Free Press Journal|
Anti Corruption Bureau files fresh FIR in Balganga project scam in Thane By Staff Reporter Jun 28, 2016 09:20 am Mumbai: The Thane Anti Corruption Bureau has registered a fresh First Information Report (FIR) in the Kalu dam, Balganga project scam in Thane for procuring illegal tenders through dummy companies. In 2014, investigations into the alleged multi-crore scam involving construction of the Balganga dam project in have revealed that arrested accused Fateh Mohammed Khatri diverted a large part of the amount Rs 494 crore, that was paid to his firm FA Enterprises by the government for the project to accounts of dummy companies owned by his family. The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau had then registered an FIR and arrested two accused in connection with the scam. According to sources in the Anti- Corruption Bureau, in the year 2014, ACB had registered a case for the same. The government had proposed to construct a dam on Kalu River at Murbad. It was shown that four companies had submitted tenders for the purpose of construction of dam. F Enterprise had illegally procured the tender. It was illegally shown that other companies had submitted tenders and illegal demand drafts were submitted through dummy companies. A fresh First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against government officials; Girish Gopalrao Babar, director of Konkan Irrigation Development Corporation (KIDC),Babasaheb Bhausaheb Patil, chief engineer of KIDC, Satish Gundappa Wadgave, supervising engineer, KIDC, Jaiwant Murlidhar Kasar, executive engineer and Haridas Keda Tonpe, chief engineer, KIDC. According to an official of ACB, a fresh case has been registered under various Sections.
|2016-06-28||Thane: 23 years on, mother still fighting to know how her son died - Mid-Day|
Thane: 23 years on, mother still fighting to know how her son died By Vinay Dalvi |Posted 3 hours After the Hyderabad High Court ordering the Indian Navy to constitute a fresh Board of Inquiry (BoI) regarding the mysterious death of seaman Amar Paldhe in 1993 and submit a detailed report in six months, his mother has now sought intervention from Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in this matter. Anuradha Paldhe narrates her battle for justice at a press conference yesterday. Its been a long fight for the last 23 years and now I want justice. All I want to know is the actual reason behind of my son's death, said Anuradha Paldhe (70), a Dombivli resident and a retired Geography teacher from Tilak Nagar Vidya Mandir. At least this time I expect the Navy to conduct the BoI honestly, unlike the earlier one in 1994. Addressing a press conference in the city yesterday, Paldhe said she wrote to Parrikar last week and has sought his help in this matter. Amar died on September 21, 1993, while jumping from a helicopter during an exercise off Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. The autopsy report, however, did not specify the cause of death. When Anuradha insisted on knowing the cause of her son's death, Navy then claimed that Amar died after being trapped in the high tide at the time of the exercise. When the Navy refused to share Amar's autopsy report, Anuradha demanded an ante-mortem, which stated that Amar had sustained injuries to his mouth and one of his armpits. Anuradha claimed the report hinted at foul play and debunked all the claims the Navy made about her son's death. I won't die without knowing who were the real culprits behind Amar's death. Naval officers themselves described Amar as a diver who was cut above others, and several court judgments have noted the mystery and negligence surrounding his death, Anuradha said.
|2016-06-28||Thane: Armed dacoits loot ATM cash van, decamp with Rs 12 crore - Firstpost|
Thane: Armed dacoits loot ATM cash van, decamp with Rs 12 crore IANS Jun 28, 2016 13:51 IST Thane (Maharashtra): In one of the biggest incidents of its kind in the state, armed dacoits stormed into a cash management firm and decamped with around Rs 12 crore cash, police said on Tuesday.Representational image. PTIThe incident happened around 3am when at least six-eight armed desperadoes wielding guns, revolvers and knives broke into the offices of CheckMate Pvt. Services Ltd, near Teen Haat Naka. They snapped the wires of the CCTV cameras to escape detection and looted the cash kept in a van for disbursal to various bank ATMs, at the company's offices in Hiradeep Society.The cash van had been loaded with currency chests a short while previously and was preparing to go on its regular rounds to refill cash at ATMs when the dacoits struck. A police spokesperson said the investigations are being handled by the Crime Branch, and Police Commissioner Parambir Singh is personally monitoring this. Police have erected road blocks and check posts on all major roads connecting Thane city in an effort to nab the culprits. The company is headquartered in Vadodara, Gujarat, and has branches in 24 states offering cash management services to banks, corporate, financial institutions and the like.
|2016-06-28||Van carrying Rs 10.8 crore looted in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Van carrying Rs 10.8 crore looted in Thane Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Jun 28, 2016 13:32 IST A gang of eight looted a cash-ferrying van carrying Rs 10.8 crore near Hiradip society at Thane near Teen Haath Naka early Tuesday morning. Police said the group with firearms stopped the van that was on its way to deposit the money collected from city jewellers and businessmen in private banks. The van belongs to Checkmate Service Private Limited that collects cash from customers and deposits them in respective banks. The police said the robbers pulled it off wisely because the closed-circuit television cameras on the stretch were stolen. The cash was collected over two days and was suppose to be deposited on Tuesday. After a counting it was found that Rs 10.8 crore has been looted, said R Malekar, senior inspector, Wagle Estate. We are in the process of registering a case, he added. The incident occurred between 5 am and 7 am and the police have recorded the statements of the van driver and the three guards who were accompanying the van to help them prepare the sketches of the accused. The case has been transferred to the Thane crime branch. Sources said the guns of the three guards were not loaded.
|2016-06-28||Thane: One killed in wall collapse - The Indian Express|
Thane: One killed in wall collapse By: PTI Thane Published:Jun 28, 2016, 12:19 The city had witnessed heavy rainfall throughout Monday. A 75-year-old man was killed when a wall collapsed in a chawl on Tuesday morning in Mumbra Retibunder area, disaster management officials said. The deceased identified as Ismail Jyotiba Kamble was buried after the wall of his house in a chawl came crashing down, Regional Disaster Management Cell chief Santosh Kadam said.
|2016-06-28||Bihar Man Arrested For Murder Of 2 Women In Thane - NDTV|
Bihar Man Arrested For Murder Of 2 Women In Thane | Press Trust of India | Updated: June 28, 2016 23:00 IST A police team was sent to his hometown Arwal in Bihar. Thane, Maharashtra: A 20-year-old youth hailing from Bihar was arrested for murdering two elderly women at Kalyan in Thane district, police said today. Nanda kishore alias Fantu Manoj Prasad Vai was arrested on Monday for murdering two women last week and sent to police custody till July 8 by a court today. Additional commissioner of police (crime) Makarand Ranade said that Kamal Baliram Dudhkar, 70, and Lilabai Ganpat Dudhkar, 60, were found murdered at their house in Khadegolavali in Kalyan on the intervening night of June 17 and 18. Their jewellery and other valuables were missing. Investigators zeroed in Mr Nand kishor, who worked as a labourer at a powerloom in Kalyan and who ate his meals at a mess run by the deceased women. A police team was sent to his hometown Arwal in Bihar. The search was conducted at his father's house two cameras, two gold rings, two gold bangles, mangalsutra, etc, worth Rs 3.37 lakh were recovered from there. Mr Nand kishor's father was arrested for giving him shelter and abetting the crime. When the accused, who was absconding, learnt about this, he tried to commit suicide by consuming poison and was admitted to a local hospital. After he was discharged on Monday, the police arrested him and brought to Kalyan by flight and produced in court. Inspector Shailendra Nagarkar, who led the investigating team, said Mr Nand kishor's father needed money for constructing a house, which prompted the youth to commit the crime.
|2016-06-28||One of the suspects arrested in the Maidservant rape case in Thane - Zee News|
One of the suspects arrested in the Maidservant rape case in Thane PTI Last Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 16:56 Police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar told PTI that the driver Sanjay Yadav, 25 has been arrested. According to the complaint with Daighar police by the victim, who worked as a maid servant, the accused came to her house on June 25 and picked up a quarrel. A heated exchange ensued between the two, following which he allegedly raped her in front of her minor daughter. The complainant also said that the accused, who was an acquaintance, threatened to harm her if she complained to anyone. Police have charged the accused under sections 376(1), 452, 323, 504 and 506 of the IPC. According to police, the husband of the victim separated from her three years back.
|2016-06-28||Robbers loot Rs 7 crore from cash replenishment firm in Thane - The Indian Express|
Robbers loot Rs 7 crore from cash replenishment firm in Thane Also take away two CCTV cameras, recorders with them. Mumbai | Published: June 29, 2016 2:02 am SEVEN persons barged into the office of an ATM collection centre at Thane and made away with nearly Rs 7 crore in cash in the small hours of Thursday, the police said. Apart from the cash that was meant to be deposited at ATMs across Thane, the accused also took away two CCTV camera recorders, five mobile phones and a bullet from the watchmans gun from the office of Checkmate Services Pvt Ltd, a company that delivers cash from bank to ATMs. So far no arrest has been made in the case. According to Thane police, the incident in question took place around 3.15 am at the Checkmate services office in Wagle Estate where money had been collected.
|2016-06-28||Maharashtra: Armed men loot Rs 12 crore cash from cash management firm in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Maharashtra: Armed men loot Rs 12 crore cash from cash management firm in Thane IMRAN FAZAL | Updated: Jun 28, 2016, 10:45 AM IST Around 7-8 masked and armed persons stormed inside Check Mate Private Services and fled with cash amounting to more than Rs 12 crores. In one of the biggest incidents of dacoity in Maharashtra, in the wee hours of Tuesday, around 7-8 masked persons armed heavily with weapons barged into a cash management firm in Thane and decamped with cash amounting to more than Rs 12 crores. Primary information from Thane police department revealed that the persons had guns and knives and targeted the Checkmate Cash Management Services Pvt Ltd, a well-known company dealing with cash transit and delivering cash to ATMs of various banks. "The employees of the firm were preparing the van for cash transit when the persons barged in and took away the cash. The total amount could be more than Rs 12 crores, we are yet to get the detailed report," said a senior officer from Thane police commissionerate. "We will register a case of armed dacoity under the Indian Penal Code and have instructed the Crime Branch to look into the case. We are investigating the case further," the official said.
|2016-06-27||Upstaged in Mumbai, Meru, Tab look to Navi Mumbai and Thane for solace - Mid-Day|
Upstaged In Mumbai, Meru, Tab Look To Navi Mumbai And Thane For Solace Jun 27, 2016, 06:31 IST Unable To Expand Their Fleets As Per Earlier Plans And With Close To 1,000 Cars Combined Off The Road, The Two Biggies Are Now Trying To Revive Their Fortunes Outside Mumbai When radio cabs had first launched in Mumbai, people were thrilled with the concept of an air-conditioned taxi turning up at their doorstep with just a phone call. For a while, TabCab and Meru were a huge hit. But it wasnt long before mobile aggregators like Ola and Uber turned up and stole the show with drastically slashed fares.Like the black-and-yellow taxis, fleet cabs too were unable to compete with such drastically reduced prices. These days, these cabs more likely to be seen gathering dust in parking lots. But while the steep competition has driven them off Mumbai roads, companies like TabCab and Meru are now looking to Navi Mumbai and Thane to revive their fortunes.Although the cab companies did not specify the actual percentage of drop in demand, the absence of the red-and-white TabCabs and green Meru cabs is evidence that business is bad. Sources in the Transport department confirmed that the fare wars had led to the downfall of fleet radio cabs in the island city, and hundreds of cars are just sitting in parking lots. Sources in the RTO claimed that even the drivers complain that most of their journeys are now to and from the airport or railway terminus.TabCab claimed that around 700 of its vehicles have been parked due to technical reasons, while Meru claimed that merely 100-odd of its cars are parked at various locations in the city. While both of them chose to remain mum on the loss of business, they did admit that they were unable to compete with the pricing of mobile aggregators.
|2016-06-27||Thane Zilla parishad to install handwash stations in all schools - The Indian Express|
Thane Zilla parishad to install handwash stations in all schools Thane Zilla parishad to install handwash stations in all schools The Thane Zilla Parishad observed that there are no sufficient hand wash counters in schools as compared to the number of students in these institutions. By: PTI Published:Jun 27, 2016, 12:39 The Thane Zilla Parishad will install hand wash stations in all schools of the district that come under its purview, a senior official has said. The hygiene of school students in Thane is of utmost importance, District Education officer Meena Yadav said on the sidelines of a programme here yesterday. It has been observed that there are no sufficient hand wash counters in schools as compared to the number of students in these institutions. Hence, it has been decided to install sufficient hand wash stations in the schools from this year, she said. Yadav expressed hope that this will help the children keep themselves clean and tidy and free from health issues. She said the zilla parishad education department was committed to ensure that no child was left out from school, and was working towards it. This will go a long way in inculcating the reading habits among children and we are going all out to implement this programme throughout the district, the official said.
|2016-06-27||Thane: Boy dies during trekking as stone falls on his head - Mid-Day|
Thane: Boy dies during trekking as stone falls on his head By A Correspondent |Posted 27-Jun-2016 A 16-year-old boy from Kopar in Dombivli succumbed to his injuries on Saturday after a stone from the hills of Neral fell on his head. He, along with his brother and four other friends, went for trekking to Neral hills near Karjat. The deceased Harshad Bhole, 16, a resident of Kopar near Dombivli was a standard 12th student of Mulund-based college. Bhole has secured 80 percent in SSC and wanted to make in career in mimicry. He was also a guitar player. Bhole, along with his elder brother Pranay and four other friends, went to Peb (Vikatgad) Fort hills in Neral near Karjat for trekking as monsoon has started. Both brothers are fond of trekking and usually go for trekking every year. On Saturday, around 11 am, they were climbing the hills, when a stone fell on Bhole's head, injuring him," said a close relative. Harshad brother Pranay, along with the four friends, picked him up and started running to reach the hospital nearby. After a distance, a few villagers too joined them. Pranay also called the emergency 100 number but didn't get any response or any auto-rickshaw to reach the hospital in the golden hours. At around 3 pm, they reached a civic hospital in Neral. But, the doctor declared him dead as he succumbed to his injuries caused by heavy bleeding and head injuries," added the relative.
|2016-06-27||Despite high scores, cut off marks in most Thane colleges down by 1-2% - NYOOOZ|
Despite high scores, cut off marks in most Thane colleges down by 1-2% Mon,27 Jun 2016 Summary: Most academicians feel that the high scorers from the city want to pursue further studies in the Mumbai colleges and hence have shunned the colleges in Thane. We pride ourselves for being on par with Mumbai colleges as a number of our students often top Mumbai scores." Chandrashekhar Marathe, principal of Dnyansadhana College said, "A rise in students' scores shows a parallel rise in their dreams and aspirations. While most of the Thane colleges have seen a drop in their cut off percentages, a few including Shubham Raje Junior College have seen a rise (see box for detail). This trend could be another reason for the drop in cut off percentages this year," said Surendra Dighe, a city based academician.Thane: The first merit list for the first-year junior colleges (FYJC) which was announced on Monday saw a drop in the cut off rates as compared to last year. Most academicians feel that the high scorers from the city want to pursue further studies in the Mumbai colleges and hence have shunned the colleges in Thane. Chandrashekhar Marathe, principal of Dnyansadhana College said, "A rise in students' scores shows a parallel rise in their dreams and aspirations. As many students have secured outstanding percentages this year they must be aiming for the best college in Mumbai , As Reported By TOI. According to the Newspaper,This could be the reason for the drop in cut offs." Some city-academicians speculate that the growing interest in integrated courses could be yet another reason for the drop in cut off rates. "Many students planning to get into IIT are going for integrated courses instead of joining colleges and other diplomas. This trend could be another reason for the drop in cut off percentages this year," said Surendra Dighe, a city based academician. While most of the Thane colleges have seen a drop in their cut off percentages, a few including Shubham Raje Junior College have seen a rise (see box for detail). Parmeshwar Gatkal, founder and principal of Shubham Raje Junior College, said, "We have seen a hike in the cut off percentage from 85.86 percent last year, to 96.35 percent this year.
|2016-06-27||Despite high scores, cut off marks in most Thane colleges down by 1-2% - Times of India|
Despite high scores, cut off marks in most Thane colleges down by 1-2% Jun 27, 2016, 10.45 PM IST Thane: The first merit list for the first-year junior colleges (FYJC) which was announced on Monday saw a drop in the cut off rates as compared to last year. Most academicians feel that the high scorers from the city want to pursue further studies in the Mumbai colleges and hence have shunned the colleges in Thane. Chandrashekhar Marathe, principal of Dnyansadhana College said, "A rise in students' scores shows a parallel rise in their dreams and aspirations. As many students have secured outstanding percentages this year they must be aiming for the best college in Mumbai. This could be the reason for the drop in cut offs." Some city-academicians speculate that the growing interest in integrated courses could be yet another reason for the drop in cut off rates. "Many students planning to get into IIT are going for integrated courses instead of joining colleges and other diplomas. This trend could be another reason for the drop in cut off percentages this year," said Surendra Dighe, a city based academician. While most of the Thane colleges have seen a drop in their cut off percentages, a few including Shubham Raje Junior College have seen a rise (see box for detail). Parmeshwar Gatkal, founder and principal of Shubham Raje Junior College, said, "We have seen a hike in the cut off percentage from 85.86 percent last year, to 96.35 percent this year. We pride ourselves for being on par with Mumbai colleges as a number of our students often top Mumbai scores." The second betterment list will be released on July 4.
|2016-06-27||Thane builder suicide: Court reprieve for 4 - Times of India|
Thane builder suicide: Court reprieve for 4 Nishikant Karlikar| TNN | Jun 27, 2016, 11.45 PM IST THANE" Four political functionaries accused in the suicide case of Thane builder Suraj Parmar have secured relaxation of bail conditions to participate in discussions in meetings of the civic body. Special Judge VV Bambarde in his recent order has given liberty to the four corporators, Hanumant Jagdale, Najeeb Mulla, both NCP, Vikrant Chavan of Congress and Sudhakar Chavan an independent to mark the attendance of the investigating officer (IO) Dilip Gore now on every Thursday between 3pm and 5pm until further orders. While granting bail on February 23 this year, the court had imposed guidelines to mark attendance every alternate day to which the accused had sought relaxation after the corportors were in custody for over 75 days. Bambarde in the order stated that the investigating officer was at liberty to summon them as and when required.
|2016-06-26||Thane drug haul: Drug mafia Zaid met his Indian counterparts in Dubai - India Today|
Thane drug haul: Drug mafia Zaid met his Indian counterparts in Dubai Reliable sources have told India Today that Zaid, who owns a chain of Restaurants in Morocco, was staying on the 50th floor of Burj Khailfa in Dubai when the meeting regarding a big drug consignment happened. Munish Chandra Pandey Posted by Yashaswani Sehrawat Thane, June 26, 2016| UPDATED 15:23 IST 1. Zaid had a meeting with his Indian counterparts. 2. Sources said Zaid was staying on 50th floor of Burj Khailfa when drug meeting happened. 3. Thane Police filed 2nd chargesheet in the drugs haul case. India Today investigations in Thane drug haul case have revealed that one of the biggest international drug players, Zaid, had a meeting with his Indian counterparts Kishore Rathod and Jaymukhi. Reliable sources have told India Today that Zaid, who owns a chain of Restaurants in Morocco, was staying on the 50th floor of Burj Khailfa in Dubai when the meeting regarding a big drug consignment happened. Thane police claimed that Kishore Rathod and Jaymukhi had met a Moroccan resident on the 126th floor of Burj Khalifa. Jaymukhi was recently arrested by Thane Police whereas Kishore Rathod, son of a former congress MLA from Gujarat, is still on the run. Thane Police recently released the photograph of an alleged international drug dealer named Abdullah. Police claimed that Abdullah wanted to set up a drug factory along with Vicki Goswami. However when India Today questioned Goswami, he denied having any knowledge about Abdullah. SECOND CHARGESHEET FILEDM: eanwhile, Thane Police have filed second charge sheet in the Rs 2,000-crore drugs haul case on Thursday last week at the Thane Sessions court. It includes the description of five more accused arrested in the case. The Thane police have filed this additional charge sheet with a total of 385 pages from 250 pages earlier.
|2016-06-25||FM Radio Station To Start Operating In Mumbai's Thane Central Jail, Inmates To Be Radio Jockeys - Indiatimes.com|
FM Radio Station To Start Operating In Mumbai's Thane Central Jail, Inmates To Be Radio Jockeys Indiatimes June 25, 2016 An FM radio station is likely to start operating soon in Thane Central Prison with inmates doubling up as jockeys, according to a senior official. The plan is to start the radio station in the premises in the next fortnight. Efforts are on to rope-in megastar Amitabh Bachchan for its inauguration. The programmes produced will be for the prisoners and these will also be broadcast in other parts of the city.
|2016-06-25||Gutkha worth Rs 85 lakh seized in Thane; 4 persons held - Business Standard|
Gutkha worth Rs 85 lakh seized in Thane; 4 persons held Press Trust of India Thane June 25, 2016 Last Updated at 14:57 IST Gutkha worth Rs 85 lakh was seized and four persons were arrested in a raid at godowns in Kashimira area of the district, police said today. Acting on a tipoff, district rural police and the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) carried out raids at few godowns yesterday, and found that gutkha (flavoured tobacco) was being loaded in trucks, police said. The trucks were impounded and the godowns sealed, they said, adding gutkha worth Rs 85 lakh was seized. Four persons were arrested, while two others managed to escape, they said. The arrested accused were identified as Kailas Badri Rishidev, Aman Vijaykumar Sonkar, Rajesh Ramdeo Rishidev and Manish Ramkumar Singh, they said. The absconding accused were identified as Mohammad Ali Chottu Shaikh and Illias Badshah Shaikh, they added. A case has been registered under relevant sections of IPC, Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, and Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011, they said, adding investigation is on. Sale and consumption of gutkha is banned in Maharashtra.
|2016-06-25||Thane team takes up Mulund river makeover - The Asian Age|
Thane team takes up Mulund river makeover Jun 26, 2016 - Sadaguru Pandit | mumbai The grimy, grey piece of water body that now goes by the name of Mulund nullah could soon get rid of its unflattering moniker. Thane-based water conservationists are working on a plan to rejuvenate this river, which if successful, would help it shed the nullah tag, ascribed to it by ignorant residents and a largely, nonchalant civic body. Headed by noted water conservationist Shirish Deshpande, the conservationists are putting to use latest technology and various other solid waste management techniques to reclaim the river, which in its current status is simply a mass of insipid water. Mr Deshpande, a chemical engineer, who possesses about 18 years of diverse industrial experience in the areas of project handling in chemical industry, techno-commercial matters for turn-key projects, water auditing and energy auditing and implementation of energy conservation projects, said that he has taken up the project independently, with a core motive to change the face of the river. The river, in its current condition, is considered to be a nullah by the residents and even civic authorities. It has numerous effluent discharge points, which are a cause of concern. We have started the project, without the help of civic officials or politicians, solemnly with the basic agenda of river conservation, said Mr Deshpande. As the project has been going on for a couple of months, Mr Deshpande said his team has been making use of technology to remove silt and solid waste from the river as part of the first phase of the project, which is to clean the river. The team, which is well acquainted with the technology used in green conservation due to its avid corporate experience of providing ecological solutions, is using the same experience in maintaining the river and bringing it back to its original state. In its phase wise programme, after cleaning the river, the team will work on a sustainable conservation project for the river. Mr Deshpande said that even though the work would help the river to shed its tag of nullah, a wide public awareness and participation of civic authorities is required for a sustainable change. Even in Mumbai, similar efforts to claim rivers has faced difficulties due to lack of public participation and ignorance of civic authorities towards the same. As the river meets the Thane creek further in its course, cleaning of the river will play a major role in the conservation of the creek also, which is has faced large ecological imbalance in the past one decade, affecting its biodiversity, said Mr Deshpande.
|2016-06-25||Thane drugs haul case: Cops add Mamta Kulkarni's WhatsApp chats to second chargesheet - Mid-Day|
Thane drugs haul case: Cops add Mamta Kulkarni's WhatsApp chats to second chargesheet By Faisal Tandel |Posted 1 hour The second charge sheet in the Rs 2,000-crore drugs haul case was filed on Thursday at the Thane Sessions court. It includes the description of five more accused arrested in the case. The Thane police have filed this additional charge sheet with a total of 385 pages from 250 pages earlier, showing former actress Mamta Kulkarni and her husband, international drug lord Vicky Goswami as accused, and absconding in the case. Mamta Kulkarni The police on Thursday filed the charge sheet against Manoj Jain the director of the Avon Life science limited, Hardipsingh Indersingh Gill, Puneet Sringi, Narendra Kacha and Babasaheb Dhotre. The earlier charge sheet filed a week ago was against Sagar Powle, Mayur Suresh Sukhshare, Rajendra Dimri and Dhaneshwar Swami. Police are yet to add the name of Jay Mukhi who was recently arrested, in the charge sheet. The charge sheet shows Manoj Jain was in direct contact with Vicky Goswami and Mamta Kulkarni, and was running the illegal drug racket. Goswami along with Mamta, Dr Abdulla and his two other associates, and Kishore Singh Rathod, the son of former MLA from Gujarat, Bhavsingh Rathod, said a police officer from Thane crime branch. We have produced the chargesheet of 385 pages on Thursday in the Thane Sessions court. It is against five accused, while the charge sheet against Jay Mukhi is still to be filed. At present we have filed against nine accused, said Bharat Shelke, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Thane Crime Branch. WhatsApp chats:The Thane Crime Branch sleuths have obtained messages and conversations between the accused and Vicky Goswami that proved the international link. Parambir Singh, Commissioner of Police, Thane, earlier said that Manoj Jain and other accused had a meeting in Kenya in January 2016 and in Dubai in April. The Thane police have got conversations between Manoj Jain and Goswami, which were on WhatsApp. The messages were about drugs being sent, or delivered, or received. The messages were also about cash sent through hawala, the person to contact and many other details. The additional charge sheet includes electronic data exchange between the accused and Goswami. On Monday I will apply for rejection of bail for the accused on the basis of the data from the additional charge sheet. The latest charge sheet includes and intends the criminal conspiracy role, said Shishir Hire, Special Public Prosecutor. The case so far... Mamta Kulkarni was to be Thane drug racket's front: Cops Thane Ephedrine Racket: Former Bollywood actress Mamata Kulkarni now an accused Builder who sold flats to Mamta Kulkarni denies drug link Thane drug racket: Builder who sold flats to Mamta Kulkarni summoned Rs 2,000-crore drug haul: To nail Vicky Goswami, Thane police to make ringleader approver Thane drug racket: 100 kg ephedrine sent to Vicky Goswami in last 3 months Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni and spouse under probe in narcotics racket Trail in Thane drug racket leads cops to Mamta Kulkarni's husband
|2016-06-24||Despite rainfall, Thane may face more water cuts - Daily News & Analysis|
Despite rainfall, Thane may face more water cuts While continual rainfall in the past few days has given some respite to people from the scorching summer, water levels in dams providing water to Thane continues to remain low. If the situation persists, Thanekars might have to face more water cuts. With the monsoon showers that started last weekend, people were hoping that the supply situation will improve. But the water level in dams continues to be low. Dams such as Bhatsa, Tansa, Baravi and Modak Sagar provide water to the district. But for the last one month, water is being borrowed from the Andra dam. Till June 23, except for Tansa that had 1 milimeter (mm) of water, the rest of the dams had received no rainfall. At present, the water levels in these dams are Bhatsa (26.83%), Tansa (14.26%), Baravi (9.14%) and Modak Sagar (9.27%). Ravindra Khadtale, from Thane Municipal Corporation's (TMC) water department, said, "We have a meeting on Friday to take stock of the situation and decide on the percentage of water cuts. If rainfall does not improve in catchment areas, we will be forced to have more water cuts in Thane." Water cuts started in Thane last November, when 48-hour weekly cuts were imposed. To make the water stocks last till July 15, 2016, the cuts were increased to 60 hours a week. But even that is set to change this week, in the wake of weak showers.
|2016-06-24||Thane to have regular deemed conveyance adalat - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane to have regular deemed conveyance adalat The number of housing societies is increasing by the day and so is the need for deemed conveyance. Hence, to resolve this issue, Thane district collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar has announced that a deemed conveyance adalat will be held every two months. In this adalat, the societies, and members of the municipal corporation, revenue department and other bodies will meet at one place and address the problems related to deemed conveyance. "Residents of these societies do not have to waste their time seeking an appointment or wait for their complaints to get deemed conveyance to be heard as all issues will be addressed at these adalats," said Anniruddha Sahastrabudhe from the Thane district collectorate.
|2016-06-24||ATS arrests two from Thane in ephedrine case - Times of India|
ATS arrests two from Thane in ephedrine case TNN | Jun 24, 2016, 07.30 AM IST Ahmedabad: Gujarat ATS on Thursday arrested Jay Mukhi and Manoj Jain on transfer warrant from Thane. The two were brought to the city in connection with the case of ephedrine worth Rs270 crore that was seized in April 2016 from a factory at Kanbha, on the outskirts of the city. Similar raids were carried out by Thane police at a factory in Solapur, and ephedrine worth over Rs2,000 crore was seized. Both Jay Mukhi and Manoj Jain were nabbed by Thane police then. ATS sources said after Narendra Kacha's arrest from the spot in Kanbha, they had arrested Puneet Singeri earlier on transfer warrant from Thane police custody. Singeri was manager and Manoj Jain was the owner of the company located in Solapur from which ephedrine was transported to Ahmedabad factory.
|2016-06-24||Power Company Asked To Pay Rs. 17000 For Deficient Service In Thane - NDTV|
Power Company Asked To Pay Rs 17,000 For Deficient Service In Thane | Press Trust of India | Updated: June 24, 2016 20:05 IST Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum directed the division office of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDC) to pay Rs 17,000 to a consumer for its deficient services. Thane: A state-owned power company in Maharashtra has been ordered by a consumer court in Thane to pay Rs 17,000 to a consumer for its deficient services. Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum president Sneha Mhatre and members Madhuri Vishwarupe and N D Kadam, in their order issued yesterday, directed the division office of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDC) to make the payment within next two months. Complainant Sujay Nandlal Mayekar, a resident of Nala Sopara in Vasai of Palghar district, told the forum that he received a bill for Rs 150 for November-December 2013 which he paid vide a cheque drawn on Jaoli Sahakari Bank, Mumbai. But, to his surprise, the power company in the next bill showed an outstanding and made a demand of Rs 640, including a penalty of Rs 350. Later, without informing him, the MSEDC disconnected power supply to his tenement for four months. As a result, his sleep got disturbed, he got up late and reached office late due to which he lost his job, the complainant claimed. The power company informed him that the cheque deposited by him was returned by bank stating wrong delivery and not drawn on it. Later, it transpired that MSEDC had sent the cheque for clearance to Bank of Maharashtra instead of Jaoli Sahakari Bank, due to a mix-up in the cheque's MICR number. The forum observed that the MSEDC was deficient in its services in disconnecting the power, making wrong demand and also levying penalty for which it needs to pay a compensation to the complainant. The forum directed that the MSEDC's Achole division office in Vasai should pay Rs 15,000 to the complainant for mental suffering and Rs 2,000 towards the legal expenses. On the second defendant, the head office of MSEDC at Bandra, the forum observed that since it does not have any direct involvement in the dispatch of cheque for clearance and disconnection of power, it is being exonerated.
|2016-06-24||Thane: Central Jail inmates planning to start FM radio station - The Indian Express|
Thane: Central Jail inmates planning to start FM radio station By: PTI Thane Published:Jun 24, 2016, 11:33 Thane Jail inmates to soon start a FM Radio station. An FM radio station is likely to start operating soon in Thane Central Prison with inmates doubling up as jockeys, according to a senior official. During a visit of Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde to the prison on Friday, Jail Superintendent Hiralal Jadhav informed him about the plan to start the radio station in the premises in the next fortnight. Shinde, who also inspected the area of the proposed radio station, was told by Jadhav that efforts are on to rope-in megastar Amitabh Bachchan for its inauguration. The inmates of the jail will double up as jockeys for the station. The programmes produced will be for the prisoners and these will also be broadcast in other parts of the city. Shinde said that the government would provide assistance to get the permissions required to start the hub. He suggested that a gymnasium may also be started in the jail. On the occasion, Shinde handed over certificates to 29 inmates who recently completed a yoga course conducted by the Patanjali Yog Samiti. The minister directed the Public Works Department to carry out the necessary repairs and renovation of various facilities in the jail premises.
|2016-06-24||Shocking: Thane farmer, wife and son axed to death - Mid-Day|
Shocking: Thane farmer, wife and son axed to death By Faisal Tandel |Posted 24-Jun-2016 Was it a robbery or just murders? The Ulhasnagar police don't know. Three members of a local family were brutally hacked to death with axes at their home early yesterday by an unknown person. The Hill Line police station and Ulhasnagar Crime Branch earlier suspected the case was a robbery. But none of the valuables were stolen. Shankar Bhandari and his son Sunny. The deceased are Shankar Bhandari (60), his wife Fasubai (48) and son Sunny (22). They were residents of Karavale village. Shankar has four sons; two are married and live in the same village. The third son Anil and his wife would live with them, but at the time of the murder, they were at his in-laws house. As it was heavily raining, he stayed at his father-in-law's place. They decided to return in the morning, said a police officer. On the other hand, Sunny would spend most of his time studying at his uncle's house but had just returned home the night before the murder. Shankar owns 10 buffaloes and earned a livelihood by selling their milk. At 4 am yesterday, one of their workers went inside the house after completing his work. Sunny would usually join the worker but when he didn't turn up, the worker went inside, only to see the family in a pool of blood. The accused had entered from the back window and assaulted the couple and Sunny, who was in the bedroom, said a police officer from Ulhasnagar Crime Branch. A case has been registered at Hill Line police station. The cops saw everything was messy and the cupboard was open, and suspected it to be a robbery. But nothing was found missing. Sunil Bharadwaj, DCP, Ulhasnagar, said, We found three axes from the spot, with which the deceased were brutally attacked on their head and neck. We suspect it was a robbery, but there is no clue yet.” The cops also also visited the Grampanchayat and Tehsildar's office to check for any property or family dispute.
|2016-06-24||2 women killed in Kalyan: Father, son arrested, Thane police say robbery was motive - The Indian Express|
2 women killed in Kalyan: Father, son arrested, Thane police say robbery was motive By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Jun 25, 2016, 1:55 THE THANE police on Friday arrested a father-son duo in connection with a double murder at Kalyan. Two senior citizens, Kamlabai Dudhkar (70) and her sister-in-law Leelabai (60) ,were found dead at their home in Khadegowali,Kalyan, Saturday and a case of murder registered at Kolsewadi police station. A senior officer said that Nandkumar Prasad (23) and Manoj Prasad, in his late fifties, from Bihar, were arrested in the case. Nandkumar, who was living in the neighbourhood of the deceased, carried out the crime with the intention of robbery. He knew the two senior citizens stayed alone and were thus easy targets, an officer said.
|2016-06-24||Ulhasnagar triple murder case: Thane Police suspect insider involvement, probe robbery angle too - The Indian Express|
Ulhasnagar triple murder case: Thane Police suspect insider involvement, probe robbery angle too By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Jun 25, 2016, 1:37 THE THANE police probing the triple murder at Ulhasnagar suspect the murderers knew the deceased well, officers said. A couple and their son were found axed to death at Karavle village in Ulhasnagar on Thursday. The police have found that the three axes used to murder the family members were picked up from the storeroom of the family residence. They have also found cash and jewellery worth Rs 92,000 missing from the house. They are now probing if personal rivalry or property dispute was behind the murders, but not ruling out robbery. The deceased, Shankar Bhandari (60), his wife Fusabai (50), and son Sunny (22), had been living here for over a decade. Shankar Bhandari was a farmer. He had a milk farm and ten buffaloes with which he supported his family. When a villager came to milk one of the cows around 4 am on Thursday, he found the couple lying in a pool of blood outside their house, where they had been sleeping on cots. He then went inside and saw Sunny's body in the bedroom. DCP (Zone 4) Sunil Bharadwaj said, We are also probing whether robbery was the motive behind the murder, the officer said. However, a senior crime branch officer said given the fact that the axes belonged to the family, they were suspecting insider involvement in the case. Robbers would have been armed and they normally threaten people. Here it appears that the plan was to kill, the officer said. The police have approached the gram panchayat to check the couple's land and property records to see who stood to gain from the murders. The police has so far recorded the statements of Anil, Shankar Bhandari's son who was staying with them but was away on Wednesday night. He has reportedly told the police that he and his wife had gone to his in-laws place, some distance away from their residence, and decided to stay the night as it started raining heavily. The police have also recorded the statements of Bhandari's two other sons who had been staying separately after getting married. So far, their statements have not been of much help, said an officer.
|2016-06-24||Triple murders in Malad, Thane - The Hindu|
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|2016-06-24||Thane civic body, CR and locals at loggerheads over evacuation notices of slums atop Parsik Hill - Times of India|
Thane civic body, CR and locals at loggerheads over evacuation notices of slums atop Parsik Hill Manoj Badgeri | Jun 25, 2016, 01.40 AM IST Thane: The proposed demolition and evacuation of the slums atop Parsik Hill tunnel threatens to escalate into a full scale war between the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), Central Railway and the locals. While the TMC has slapped evacuation notices to nearly 100 families after the railway board blamed the former for negligence that caused the Tuesday mishap, locals are asking for a rehabilitation plan. "Where are we supposed to go if the TMC wants us to leave our houses? We have been staying here for the last several years and why is the corporation targeting us now instead of cleaning up its own act? We want alternate residence," said a resident. Jitendra Awhad, Nationalist Congress Party MLA from the area, said they would stand by the residents. "The railways and TMC should have checked the condition of the structure beforehand instead of waiting for it to collapse. The civic body should have also cleared the stretch of the garbage earlier. What is the fault of these residents who have been staying here for a very long time," he questioned. Meanwhile, the TMC claimed they haven't started work on demolishing the wall as mandated by the railway board that communicated the same to the CR and said they will have to evacuate the area. "We will remove the retaining wall if railways wants us to. The evacuation of residents will also happen as per orders of the commissioner. They have been already asked to look for alternate accommodation," said a senior official.
|2016-06-23||Clean Thane socs to get 5% rebate in property tax - Daily News & Analysis|
Clean Thane socs to get 5% rebate in property tax
|2016-06-23||Thane: Blame game over tunnel collapse - Mid-Day|
Thane: Blame game over tunnel collapse By Shashank Rao |Posted 2 hours After both the Central and Western Railway suffered massive disruptions within the first two days of the monsoon, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu sent a team of 22 senior officials to inspect the monsoon preparations made by the suburban railway administration. Predictably, the inspection led to the local authorities playing the blame game. One of the biggest issues was the partial collapse of the Parsik Hill tunnel on the Kalyan end of the Central line, which not only led to several trains being cancelled on Tuesday, but is the reason why trains are still running late. A portion of the damaged retaining wall is still hanging precariously from the slope. After the inspection team visited the tunnel yesterday and saw the extent of the damage, neither the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) nor the railway officials refused to take responsibility. Parsik hill has been infested with illegal slums and shanties and the landslide that occurred on June 21 exposed its ill-effects. I have been informed that only the Parsik tunnel and tracks fall under the railway's jurisdiction. Had the TMC and other concerned agencies taken precautionary measures then the situation wouldn't have been so alarming, said Railway Board executive director (Civil Engineering), Satish Pandey, who went to the site along with an officer the Research, Design and Standards Organisation. While the railways claimed that the area was under the TMC's jurisdiction, the civic body stated that it is the forest department that owns the land. This land belongs to the Forest Department and we do not have information on the shanties and structures that have encroached on the hill. It is the Forest Department's job to remove them, said a senior official from TMC. ‘Tear it down’The Railways have now asked the municipal authorities to knock down the entire 39- metre wall and pull the debris towards the road, in order to prevent it from falling on the tracks. “This wall has not been properly designed and that is why this problem occurred. We have now placed two men each towards the top and bottom of the affected portion to keep a watch,” said Railway Board official Satish Pandey. Sources in CR said they expect TMC to start this work in the next two to three days and the railways will also supervise to ensure the tracks are not damaged in the process. Will raze slums: An official from the Territorial Range of Thane Forest Department told mid-day, We know there are illegal slums that have come up at Parsik hill. It is difficult to say how many slums are there, but time and again, we have been taking action against illegal structures. In the coming months, we will clear the slums again. Still a problem 10 metres: The length of the wall that was damaged by the landslide 25%The portion of damaged wall that still hangs precariously from the slopes and threatens to fall on the tracks 10 minutes The amount of delay that fast services will suffer between Thane and Kalyan because of the tunnel
|2016-06-23||Government urged to de-silt water sources in Thane, Palghar - Daily News & Analysis|
Government urged to de-silt water sources in Thane, Palghar Thane and Palghar districts have the maximum number of rivers, lakes and dams. Yet, it is an irony that the district faced a drought like situation and there was severe water scarcity. To avoid such occurrences in future, Om Prakash Sharma from BJP, has asked the state government to de-silt them as it occupies 10 to 25 % of storage space. Summer of 2016 is something which Thanekars will remember for a long time. It is during this time that people experienced what it is like to live without water for three days a week. Hence, to avoid such a situation, Sharma, a national council member of BJP, wrote to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to remove the silt in lakes and dams. "Thane and Palghar districts have rivers like Bhatsa, Vaitarna, Kalu, Surya, Damanganga, Tansa, Pinjal, Gargai, Dhamani as well as dams like Bhatsa, Tansa, Vaitarna. However, due to increasing pollution, these rivers and lakes have accumulated a lot of silt to the tune of 10 to 25 %," said Sharma. Since the capacity of lakes and reservoirs is reduced due to this silt, they are flooded whenever it rains heavily. And then in the summers, they run dry. "Hence, one can de-silt these water bodies using polymer encapsulation technology which is eco-friendly," writes Sharma to the CM. "This technology releases a polymatic substance into the water bodies which dilutes the silt. This silt can be removed using a pump, thus, freeing up space for more fresh water," he said. This will not only help contain floods but also increase water storage capacity of the dams. It will also help in starting the pending hydro electricity projects in the district. "We can implement this as a pilot project in Thane and Palghar and once it is successful it can be implemented in the entire state," he added.
|2016-06-23||Thane: Railway Board officials visit Parsik tunnel site - The Indian Express|
Thane: Railway Board officials visit Parsik tunnel site By: PTI Mumbai Updated: Jun 23, 2016, 16:15 A team of Railway Board officials has visited Parsik tunnel site at Mumbra in neighbouring Thane where damage to a retaining wall had caused disruption of suburban rail services during peak morning hours two days ago. Rail services on the Central line was hit badly on Tuesday due to heavy water-logging at five vulnerable spots and a landslide caution near the Parsik tunnel. Cracks on the retaining wall of the tunnel had caused silt formation and took Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) three hours to remove. A team of senior Railway Board officials Wednesday visited the site in Mumbra and gave necessary instructions to officials concerned, a senior railway official said.
|2016-06-23||Triple murders in two families rock Mumbai, Thane - Business Standard|
Triple murders in two families rock Mumbai, Thane Mumbai Last Updated at June 23, 2016 19:43 IST Two cases of triple murder rocked Mumbai and its neighbouring Thane on Thursday. In the first instance in Malwani suburban area of north-west Mumbai, a 47-year old woman and her two grandchildren were found killed in their home in No. 6 New Collector Colony, said Mumbai Police's official spokesperson DCP Ashok Dudhe. While the woman, identified as Babli Shaw, was stabbed several times, the unknown assailants slit the throats of her grandson Aryan Shaikh, 13 and eight-year-old granddaughter Sania Shaikh. The children were living with their maternal grandmother after their mother died a few years ago and their father remarried and lives nearby. Police are questioning the children's father and exploring a possible motive of property angle behind the triple murder. The incident came to light today when the house door did not open till 10 a.m. The Mumbai Crime Branch and local police are investigating the killings. In Ulhasnagar town of Thane district, a three-member family comprising a couple and their young son was found axed to death in Karavali village on the outskirts of the town, DCP Sunil Bharadwaj told media persons. The victims have been identified as dairy farmer Shankar Bhandari, 62, his wife Fassubai, 50 and their 22-year old son, Sunny, while another son and his wife escaped death as they had gone out last night, he said. The incident came to light this morning when none of the family members were seen by the people in the neighbourhood and the locals informed police. Some household articles and foodgrains are reported missing from their home and police suspect it could a robbery bid gone awry.
|2016-06-23||Three members of family killed in Thane village - Times of India|
Three members of family killed in Thane village Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jun 23, 2016, 03.01 PM IST Kalyan: In shocking incident, three members of a family killed by unidentified people by using axe in Karavale village situated in Ambernath taluka of Thane district on Thursday. Following to the incident, the Hill Line police in Ulhasnagar underwhose juridiction incident took place have registered murder case and began probe in to matter. The police said reason is yet to be known behined killing.The victim identified as Shankar Bhandari, 60, his wife Fasubai, 45 and son Shankar, 22. Police said trio brutally killed by unidentified people who using axe attack victim several times. The incident came to light on Thursday morning at 9 am when another son of victim Anil come to home where he found his parent and younger brother lying in pool of blood.
|2016-06-22||Thane: Man beaten to death over minor dispute, three people arrested - Firstpost|
Thane: Man beaten to death over minor dispute, three people arrested PTI Jun 22, 2016 15:52 IST Thane: A 45-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death over a minor dispute at Khardi village in Thane, police said on Wednesday. According to PI Sanjay Dhumal of Sahapur police station, the incident took place in the late hours on 19 June when the victim Trimbak Ladku Mukne and his wife were standing near the village Gram Panchayat office. Three persons Bansi Kalu Wagh (45) Yogesh Gurunath Wagh (24) and Arjun Prakash Ghatkar (30) of Murbad reached the spot and attacked Mukne. He was roughed up severely and allegedly left to die there, police said. Police said the murder was the result of an old rivalry over the issue of a petty quarrel between the children of the accused and the victim. The accused trio were arrested on Tuesday and offences have been registered under various sections of the IPC
|2016-06-21||Skywalk at Kapurbawadi junction in Thane to connect two metro corridors - Free Press Journal|
Skywalk at Kapurbawadi junction in Thane to connect two metro corridors By Karishma Ravindran Jun 21, 2016 09:07 am Mumbai: With a view to seamlessly integrate the two proposed metro lines, MMRDA is planning to connect Wadala-Ghatkopar. Thane Metro line and Thane-Bhiwandi- Kalyan Metro Line with a skywalk at Kapurbawadi junction in Thane. The plan is yet at a conceptual stage since the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan metro corridor has not been submitted. Once the DPR for Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan proposed metro corridor is submitted by the consultants, they will be able to give proper intersection points of both the metro lines, said an MMRDA official. Integration facilities need to be provided at stations to ensure convenient transfers since a large proportion of both metro users will come to and depart from various stations by public, hired and private modes. MMRDA has appointed an Italian company, D Appolonia SpA and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to formulate the plan. Once the plan is formulated, a 500 metres long skywalk will be constructed at Kapurbawadi junction that will connect these two metro lines. Kapurbawadi junction is already a congested area. The skywalk can help decongest the junction. We cannot construct a skywalk at Thane railway station since more flyovers are already present there, said a consultant from TCS. Skywalk is a better option at Kapurbawadi since passengers delivering from the Ghatkopar metro have the option of using the skywalk to board Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan metro corridor. The concrete work for the skywalk would begin once the constructions of both the metro lines are completed. Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro-4 corridor is 33 km long and its estimated completion cost is Rs 14,549-crore. Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan metro corridor is 23.6km and its construction cost is yet to be estimated.
|2016-06-21||Thane: Board cancels registration of Mumbra junior college - Mid-Day|
Thane: Board cancels registration of Mumbra junior college By Faisal Tandel Pallavi Smart |Posted 1 hour The state education board on Monday cancelled the registration of Mumbra-based St. Mary's Junior College. The move comes close on the heels of complaints from 190 students of the college, who claimed that they failed in the HSC exams because of its goof-up. mid-day had reported this on May 27 (150 failed students protest outside college). FM Ilyas, president of Navnirman Foundation, a non-government organisation (NGO) that works for educational and social causes said, There were 200 students of which almost 190 failed. Internal marks were not added properly to the student's final result. Students had to pay the price for the mistake that the college did. The NGO even urged the state education minister, Vinod Tawde, and the chairman of the Mumbai division Maharashtra State Board, to initiate action against the erring college. Meanwhile on Friday, Madina Waris Ali, one of the 190 students who was frustrated with the development, attempted suicide by consuming over a dozen tablets for blood pressure meant for her parents. My daughter was running from pillar to post to get the error rectified. But, with no results for her efforts, she finally attempted suicide, said her mother. She is now recovering at home. Shahrukh Sayed, president, Mumbra-Kalwa Student wing, Nationalist Congress Party, said, Students are frustrated as they are going to waste one academic year for no fault of theirs. Government should intervene or else one cannot rule out more such suicide attempts by these frustrated students. Dattatray Jagtap, Chairman of the Mumbai Division of state board stated that the junior college has been de-affiliated. The college did not have appropriate and qualified faculty members to teach important subjects such as English and Mathematics etc. The college was found performing very poorly on offering quality and maintaining standards of education, especially in the Science section. Hence the decision to cancel registration was taken by the board.
|2016-06-21||Rain hits rail services in Thane - Times of India|
Rain hits rail services in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 21, 2016, 12.08 PM IST Thane: Train commuters were a harried lot as first major rain showers in the district badly disrupted the rail services due to multiple snags.Trains were running nearly at an interval of 45 minutes. No local trains arrived at Diva, Mumbra and Kalwa stations for around 45 minutes since 7:45am, complained an official. Suburban passengers were stranded at Diva, Dombivli. Commuters at Diva tried to block the path of Panchavati express at Diva station. A few passengers at Diva station pelted stones at passing trains after request to authorities to halt them at the station failed. Railway officials said the problem surfaced due to snags reported at Thane and suburbs which was caused by water logging on the Mumbai stretch. Few trains couldn't leave the Kurla carshed also due to water logging. A ladies special passing Diva station witnessed male passengers boarding the first class coaches. Meanwhile, a female commuter fainted at Kalwa station after travelling in a packed train. She collapsed due to suffocation and was rushed to the Shivaji hospital by railway staff. Meanwhile, a portion of road on the hillock adjoining the railway tracks near Parsik caved in. Officials feared the debris could possibly roll over on the fast tracks. Thane Municipal Corporation disaster management staff reached on the spot and managed to barricade the stretch before it could wreck further damage.
|2016-06-21||Thane Mayor offers tax rebate as incentive to beautify city - India Today|
Thane Mayor offers tax rebate as incentive to beautify city PTI June 21, 2016 UPDATED 12:22 IST Thane Mayor Sanjay More today announced rebates in property tax among other incentives for the city residents, who qualify by clearing a competition on certain development parameters, such as cleanliness. The competition would test the participants on various topics such as cleanliness in the area, solid waste management, tree plantation, solar power, modernisation of fire-fighting systems, water conservation, timely payment of municipal taxes and also voters registration, More told reporters. "The slum colonies who qualify in the competition will be given the benefit in the form of works to the tune of Rs 5-10 lakh in their colony," he said. "The housing complexes which qualify in the competition will be given 5 per cent rebate in property tax," he said. He said an independent committee comprising subject matter experts would examine the applicants and the cut-off marks for the qualification would be announced subsequently. He urged the residents to participate in the competition in large numbers, and thus reduce the burden on the civic body. "After Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis decision to not give any more permissions for dumping yards, the Thane Municipal Corporation has also decided to not have any more dumping yards. Instead, the housing complexes would be encouraged to undertake measures for waste disposal," he said.
|2016-06-21||Issue of delay in grant of deemed conveyance in Thane raised - Business Standard|
Issue of delay in grant of deemed conveyance in Thane raised Thane Last Updated at June 21, 2016 15:42 IST Thane District Co-operative Housing Societies Federation has submitted a memorandum to Thane collector here raising the issue about 75 buildings in Kalwa area facing difficulty in obtaining deemed conveyance. Federation Sitaram Rane told district Collector Mahendra Kalyankar yesterday at a meeting that nearly 75 structures in Rabale, built on MIDC land after acquisition, have Occupation Certificate (OC) from the civic corporation but are facing problems in getting deemed conveyance. Grant of Deemed Conveyance arms housing societies, buildings with title rights to the land on which the building is developed. Rane said they have been paying civic and gram panchayat taxes but Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) claims the plots as its property and urged the Collector to look into the matter. Kalyankar assured the representatives that he would try to resovl the issue with the help of the MIDC CEO at the earliest. He also said that since the introduction of deemed conveyance in the state, of 28,000 cases, only 2,303 have been resolved, which reflects a slow progress. This year only, he said only 13 proposals (of deemed conveyance) were cleared in the district, while 103 are still pending. He asked Housing Federation and the Deputy Registrar to resolve issues faced by housing societies and organise workshop for the same.
|2016-06-21||Jail inmates celebrate Intl Yoga Day in Thane - Business Standard|
Jail inmates celebrate Intl Yoga Day in Thane Thane Last Updated at June 21, 2016 14:48 IST In tandem with celebrations across the country, nearly 700 prisoners of Thane Central Jail took part in a programme to mark the second International Yoga Day today. The function, jointly organised by Yerwada Central Jail and Patanjali Yoga Samiti, was attended by Inspector General (Prison) B K Upadyaya and Jail Superintendent Hiralal Jadhav. Apart from inmates and senior officials, jail staffers also performed yoga. In Thane city, Mayor Sanjay More and district Collector Mahendra Kalyankar participated in a function held at Dadoji Konddev stadium early this morning. At Thane Mental hospital, around 100 patients along with the staffers and Superintendent Dr Rajendra Shirsat performed 'asanas'. Some of the patients narrated their experiences of performing yoga and attaining benefits from it.
|2016-06-21||Aurangabad accident victim gives fresh lease of life to Thane man - Business Standard|
Aurangabad accident victim gives fresh lease of life to Thane man Mumbai Last Updated at June 21, 2016 20:14 IST A 32-year-old man killed in a road accident in Aurangabad on Tuesday gave a new lease of life to a Thane man through a heart transplant made possible by a 'green corridor' here to facilitate the organ's transport in record time. Besides, other patients will get the deceased man's kidneys and liver. The dead man's heart was harvested and transported from United Ciigma Hospital in Aurangabad to Mumbai's Fortis Hospital in Mulund -- a distance of 300 km -- in barely 80 minutes. A commercial flight took off with the harvested heart from Aurangabad for Mumbai and landed here at 7.25 a.m. A stand-by ambulance traversed a specially created green corridor to the Fortis Hospital here within 20 minutes. A team led by cardiologist Dr Anvay Mulay transplanted the heart into the 38-year-old Thane resident suffering from viral myocarditis and intractable arrhythmia. Mulay said the surgery was successful. Fortis Hospital Zonal Director S. Narayani said it was the 20th life-saving heart transplant undertaken at the hospital in the past 10 months.
|2016-06-21||Aurangabad engineer's heart give Thane resident new life - Times of India|
Aurangabad engineer's heart give Thane resident new life A Thane resident got a new lease of life on Tuesday thanks to the coordinated efforts between Mumbai and Aurangabad that facilitated the airlifting of a heart within 80 minutes TNN | Jun 22, 2016, 12.48 AM IST MUMBAI: A 38-year-old Thane resident got a new lease of life on Tuesday thanks to the coordinated efforts between Mumbai and Aurangabad that facilitated the transportation of a heart by air within 80 minutes. The drought-hit city from Marathwada has already donated three cadaver hearts and two livers to the city's pool this year, indicating the growing acceptance of organ donation across the state. The donor, Santosh Karbhari Gund (32), fell off his bike on Sunday night while returning home from work and sustained serious head injuries. The engineer was declared brain dead on Monday following which his wife and relatives consented to donate his heart, liver and kidneys. His liver was sent to Pune while his kidneys were given to patients in Aurangabad itself. The donor's heart was found to be a match for the Thane man who was suffering from viral myocarditis and intractable arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) for two months. Doctors at Fortis Hospital in Mulund, where this year's 15th heart transplant was successfully carried out, said the donor heart was his only hope of survival. "The recipient registered for a heart just ten days ago. The city's 20th heart transplant since last year became possible only because of the Aurangabad family," said Dr Anvay Mulay, chief of cardiac transplant team at Fortis Hospital. "The real heroes are the families who look beyond traditional and religious beliefs and consent to donate organs of their kin," he said.
|2016-06-21||Jail inmates celebrate Intl Yoga Day in Thane - India Today|
Jail inmates celebrate Intl Yoga Day in Thane PTI June 21, 2016| UPDATED 14:50 IST In tandem with celebrations across the country, nearly 700 prisoners of Thane Central Jail took part in a programme to mark the second International Yoga Day today. The function, jointly organised by Yerwada Central Jail and Patanjali Yoga Samiti, was attended by Inspector General (Prison) B K Upadyaya and Jail Superintendent Hiralal Jadhav. Apart from inmates and senior officials, jail staffers also performed yoga. In Thane city, Mayor Sanjay More and district Collector Mahendra Kalyankar participated in a function held at Dadoji Konddev stadium early this morning. At Thane Mental hospital, around 100 patients along with the staffers and Superintendent Dr Rajendra Shirsat performed asanas. Some of the patients narrated their experiences of performing yoga and attaining benefits from it.
|2016-06-20||Thane Mayor offers tax rebate as incentive to beautify city - Business Standard|
Thane Mayor offers tax rebate as incentive to beautify city Thane Last Updated at June 20, 2016 14:57 IST Thane Mayor Sanjay More today announced rebates in property tax among other incentives for the city residents, who qualify by clearing a competition on certain development parameters, such as cleanliness. The competition would test the participants on various topics such as cleanliness in the area, solid waste management, tree plantation, solar power, modernisation of fire-fighting systems, water conservation, timely payment of municipal taxes and also voters registration, More told reporters. "The slum colonies who qualify in the competition will be given the benefit in the form of works to the tune of Rs 5-10 lakh in their colony," he said. "The housing complexes which qualify in the competition will be given 5 per cent rebate in property tax," he said. He said an independent committee comprising subject matter experts would examine the applicants and the cut-off marks for the qualification would be announced subsequently. He urged the residents to participate in the competition in large numbers, and thus reduce the burden on the civic body. "After Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' decision to not give any more permissions for dumping yards, the Thane Municipal Corporation has also decided to not have any more dumping yards. Instead, the housing complexes would be encouraged to undertake measures for waste disposal," he said.
|2016-06-20||Five teenage boys go missing from Thane - Business Standard|
Five teenage boys go missing from Thane Thane (Maha) Last Updated at June 20, 2016 23:32 IST Five teenage boys, who had together gone for a late evening walk, have gone missing from a village in Murbad taluka of Thane district, police said. The minors have gone missing since the evening of June 17, police sub-inspector Ramesh Gaikwad of Murbad police station said. The boys-- Umesh Dattatraya Wagh (13), Durvesh Namdeo Thackeray (15), Pritesh Jayant Khutare (15), Yogesh Tukaram Thackeary (15) and Sopan Deepak Thakeray (13)-- did not return home, after they went for a walk together on late Friday evening. "These boys are students of a local school. Their parents carried out a search, but approached the police today after they failed to trace the boys," Gaikwad said. An offence under IPC section 363 (kidnapping) has been registered and five police teams have been formed to find the boys, he added. "Police have taken serious cognisance of the case and teams have been dispatched in search of the children," the police officer said. The sudden disappearance of the boys has created panic among Sasne villagers, police said.
|2016-06-20||Ephedrine haul: Thane police hunt for Morocco Indian - The Indian Express|
Ephedrine haul: Thane police hunt for Morocco Indian Written by Mohamed Thaver Mumbai Published:Jun 21, 2016, 1:30 According to the police, Romil, along with another Moroccan Alex, met Jay Mukhi, Manoj Jain and Kishore Rathod, all accused in the Ephedrine drug bust case, at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in April. THE THANE police are on the lookout for one Romil bhai, an Indian who currently lives in Morocco and is suspected to be part of a drug cartel in that country. According to the police, Romil, along with another Moroccan Alex, met Jay Mukhi, Manoj Jain and Kishore Rathod, all accused in the Ephedrine drug bust case, at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in April. The police suspect that this meeting was held to work out an arrangement to supply Ephedrine to the Morocco-based cartel. The police are probing if international drug lord Vicky Goswami facilitated this meeting. According to the police, a Solapur-based pharma company Avon Lifesciences Limited, which had permission to manufacture Ephedrine a controlled substance used to make medicines was illegally diverting it to a drug cartel. The cartel, headed by Goswami, was allegedly using it to cook party drug Methamphetamine, also known as Ice, and supply it to the USA, Mexico, South Africa and other African countries.
|2016-06-20||5 Teenage Boys Go Missing From Thane - NDTV|
5 Teenage Boys Go Missing From Thane Cities |Press Trust of India | Updated: June 21, 2016 05:26 IS Five teenage boys, who had together gone for a late evening walk, have gone missing from a village in Murbad taluka of Thane district, police said. The minors have gone missing since the evening of June 17, police sub-inspector Ramesh Gaikwad of Murbad police station said. The boys Umesh Dattatraya Wagh (13), Durvesh Namdeo Thackeray (15), Pritesh Jayant Khutare (15), Yogesh Tukaram Thackeary (15) and Sopan Deepak Thakeray (13), did not return home, after they went for a walk together on late Friday evening. "These boys are students of a local school. Their parents carried out a search, but approached the police today after they failed to trace the boys,"Sub-inspector Gaikwad said. An offence under IPC section 363 (kidnapping) has been registered and five police teams have been formed to find the boys, he added. "Police have taken serious cognisance of the case and teams have been dispatched in search of the children," the police officer said. The sudden disappearance of the boys has created panic among Sasne villagers, police said.
|2016-06-19||Meet the Thane Auto Driver Who Plants New Trees and Takes Care of the Old. All for a Greener India! - The Better India (blog)|
Meet the Thane Auto Driver Who Plants New Trees and Takes Care of the Old. All for a Greener India! Guest Contributor June 18, 2016 Environment, Maharashtra, Unsung Heroes While many people, including the government, are eagerly waiting for the rains, a rikshaw driver in Thane has assumed his part of the responsibility and is sowing the seed for a Greener India: âHara Bhara Bharat as he calls it. Purushottam Das Gupta is an auto driver from Thane, Maharashtra, who couldn't just sit back and watch while the trees on the sides of the roads were cut down and the new ones planted in their place were not well protected. So he decided to water the existing and the new ones himself, as he went around the city in his rikshaw. Mr Gupta started carrying a 15 ltr water can in his rikshaw everyday to water the trees on the sides of the road. Later, as his solo efforts did not keep him satisfied, he also started to carry a register in the rikshaw and began convincing people to do the same, especially other rikshaw walas he met. He named his mission Sadbhaavana Hara Bhara Bharat. He has more than 50 members listed in the register now, and has started a Whatsapp group where he shares the calendar of tree plantation activities. Purushottam Das Gupta has his family standing alongside him firmly. This is evident by the fact that he celebrated his anniversary in March, by planting two trees along the banks of Upavan Lake. He urges Sadbhavana Hara Bhara Bharat members to also celebrate their special days by planting trees. Environment week from 5th to 11th June 2016 was celebrated by Mr Gupta and his fellow members by planting 50 trees in the city which they had sourced from the Municipal Corporation. He believes, If the people who go on morning walks carry as much water as they can with them to water the trees along the way, we can go a long distance in securing a better future for us as well as our children. Mr Gupta is an example to everyone. Instead of cribbing and cursing like many of us do, he chose to act. His pace may be slow, but his efforts keep moving just like his rikshaw, and his destination is loud and clear: Hara Bhara Bharat. If you wish to contact Purushottam Das Gupta, his mobile number is 98191 45183. Do hop in to his rikshaw some day to hear more from him about his mission.
|2016-06-19||Students miss Law CET due to improper documents in Thane - Mid-Day|
Students miss Law CET due to improper documents in Thane By Pallavi Smart |Posted 19-Jun-2016 Few students at Thane centre who were set to appear for first ever Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to law colleges in Maharashtra were denied to give the exam as the photo-identity and documents they had brought were not from the approved list of documents. All students appearing for Law CET were asked to bring a supporting photo identity proof along with the allotted hall-ticket. A list of documents that are allowed was given to students on their hall-tickets. However some students misunderstood the notice and brought copy of Aadhar Card as supporting photo identity proof. These students were hence not allowed to appear for the examination. Candidates, however complained that had if the test centre begun the process of verification on time, they would have had time to go back and bring alternate photo identity proof but since the process was delayed there was no time for students to do so. Those who went back and came late by even two or five minutes were also denied to appear for the test. Devashree Dhumkhaire, resident of Kalyan reached Education Surge centre in Thane was shocked when her copy of Aadhar card was not accepted as identity proof. "The process was to begin at 9.15 am but they started taking us in for verification of documents only after 9.45 am and the paper was scheduled at 10.00 am. Had they begun their process earlier, we could have gotten a chance to call for alternative identity proof from home." Another candidate Ojas Gauri, who lives in Thane, immediately called for alternate photo identity card from his residence. "With all the running around that needed to be done at last moment, I was late just by two minutes. But I was denied entry. They could have taken a little compassionate view of the situation." When contacted Director of the Directorate of Technical Education S K Mahajan, he said, "Candidates were informed well in advance with the list of approved documents which can be shown. The last moment running around was because they misunderstood the information."
|2016-06-19||Two elderly women murdered in Thane - Mid-Day|
Two elderly women murdered in Thane By PTI |Posted 19-Jun-2016 Thane: Two elderly women were allegedly murdered by unidentified miscreants in Kalyan city of the district, police said on Sunday. The duo, identified as Kamlabai Dudhkar (56) and her sister-in-law Leelabai Dudhkar (65), were found dead in their house at Khadegolavali locality on Sunday night, police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. The incident came to light when the victims' relative reached their residence. The main door of the house was ajar, and the visitor found them lying in a pool of blood, she said. The house was found in a disorderly state, and things were lying strewn, raising suspicion of robbery, she said. The duo owned many properties, the PRO said, adding, the murder might be a result of a possible property dispute. A case has been registered under relevant sections of IPC by Kolsewadi police station and the bodies have been sent for postmortem, Narkar said. Police is investigating all possible angles, she said.
|2016-06-19||Want to run a school in Thane? Pay Rs 5000 bribe to officials, claims BJP leader Javed Akhtar Khan - Mid-Day|
Want to run a school in Thane? Pay Rs 5,000 bribe to officials, claims BJP leader Javed Akhtar Khan By Faisal Tandel |Posted 19-Jun-2016 If you want to run a school in the limits of Thane Municipal Corporation, you have to just pay Rs 5,000 bribe to the education department officials of TMC, claims Javed Akhtar Khan, Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader and a resident of Mumbra.Khan in March 2015 filed a Right to Information Act at the education department and received information that around 59 schools in Mumbra-Kalwa-Kausa and Diva are running illegally without permission from the Thane Municipal Corporation. "When I asked the authorities as to how the schools are running illegally for more than 6 years, the officials had no answer to the question and kept silent. But an official on condition of anonymity said that every school pays Rs 5,000 as monthly bribe to the authorities," said Khan. Getting tensed and concerned about the education and future of the students, Khan further complained about the illegality to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Education Minister Vinod Tawde to take some strict action, but received a dull response. "I complained about the same to the ministers, but no action was taken against any of the schools. Admission has already started for the new acadamic year. People are paying Rs 10,000 donation in the school to get their kids enrolled," added Khan. "But if this is the situation of schools in TMC limits, then what will be the future of the students? Are they getting proper education? Are the teachers and professors well trained? Are the results applicable? All their education is wasted with money and time," added Khan.
|2016-06-19||Thane karate kid gears up for WKO Junior World Cup - Times of India|
Thane karate kid gears up for WKO Junior World Cup Rohan Alvares | TNN | Jun 19, 2016, 10.23 PM IST MUMBAI: Buoyed by her highly rewarding run in the recent Budokan Cup Karate International Invitational Tournament held in Dubai, Thane girl Priyamvada Maurya is gunning for further success as she prepares for her next major assignment-the 2016 World Kumite Organization (WKO) Junior World Cup. The 14-year-old returned from the Gulf state at the end of May with two gold medals courtesy victories in the girls' under-15 kumite and kata competitions. But with the WKO Junior World Cup set to take place in Okinawa, Japan in just over a month from now, there's no time for the feisty teenager to rest on her laurels. "She is now working hard for the Japan event and I have full faith that she will do very well," said her coach Sandeep Surve. It was under the husband and wife team of Sandeep and Deepali both renowned coaches and karate champions whom Priyamvada learnt the basics of the sport at school. She later continued her training at the Thane-based Sun Bright Budokan Karate Academy with the Surves. "Priyamvada is a talented youngster who picked up the sport quickly. She is totally dedicated, determined and does not shirk away from training and these qualities have helped her to succeed at the top level," Sandeep said proudly of his young ward. A class ten student of New Horizon School in Thane, Priyamvada also dazzled at the KBI Asia Karate Championship in Hyderabad last December. The blue-belt clinched gold medals in kumite (under-15), kata (under-15), kumite (under-15, under-17 team event) apart from pocketing the Championship Trophy (kumite under-15, under-17). Since her introduction to karate in July 2013, Priyamvada has amassed 29 medals and trophies at domestic, national (state and all-India) and international competitions. "She has also learned how to handle pressure and during competitions she shows tremendous confidence and does not show any signs of nervousness. That is mainly the reason why she has been so successful in tournaments in India and abroad," said Sandeep.
|2016-06-19||Home Guard held in Thane for posing as cop, extorting money - The Indian Express|
Home Guard held in Thane for posing as cop, extorting money Home Guard held in Thane for posing as cop, extorting money The Thane unit of the ACB, which laid the trap, has identified the Home Guard as Kalpana Patil (25), and her associate as Aalam Shaikh (30). By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Jun 20, 2016, 0:33 The anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Sunday arrested a Home Guard and her associate for posing as police officers to allegedly extort money from a mechanic, officials said. The Thane unit of the ACB, which laid the trap, has identified the Home Guard as Kalpana Patil (25), and her associate as Aalam Shaikh (30). ACB sleuths said Patil and Shaikh had extorted Rs 20,000 from the mechanic. Patil contacted the complainant for more money, threatening him with criminal action if he did not pay. The complainant approached us on Saturday evening and a trap was laid, said an ACB official. Patil and Shaikh were nabbed near Reti Bandar in Mumbra while accepting Rs 20,000 in cash. The case has been transferred to the Mumbra police. Patil is with the Home Guards but since she was nabbed while off duty, the Mumbra police will probe the matter, said an official.
|2016-06-19||Thane woman thrown off running train - The Hindu|
Thane woman thrown off running train A 22-year-old woman, Rekha Navle from Thane, was allegedly thrown from a running express train on Thursday. The incident took place while the Mumbai-Gorakhpur express was between Kalyan and Thakurli stations. Ms. Navle, who had boarded the train with her mother in Nashik, had stopped a man from entering into the women's compartment.The man, identified as Dinesh Yadav from UP, had come to see his wife and kids in the women's compartment. Yadav, who was travelling in the general compartment, would come to see his wife at every station. An argument ensued after Ms. Navle, who is an engineering student, objected to Yadav entering the women's compartment. Yadav then pushed the mother and daughter. Ms. Navle fell off from the running train.Banker Amit Mahmulkar, who was out for a walk with his wife and kid, spotted an injured Ms. Navle near the tracks between Kalyan and Thakurli stations. He said, We had gone for a stroll when we saw a woman struggling to walk. When we asked what happened to her, she said she couldn't remember anything, and she might have fell from train. She was bleeding and she couldn't sit nor stand. We immediately took her to the Fortis Hospital. He said, The girl is out of danger now and is recovering, hope she gets well soon, he added.Yadav was later arrested by the Government Railway Police at Dombivali. An argument had ensued after Rekha Navle objected to the entry of the accused in the women's compartment
|2016-06-18||22-year-old Thane girl thrown off running train, survives - Mid-Day|
22-year-old Thane girl thrown off running train, survives By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours Following an argument in the ladies bogey, a 22-year-old Thane resident was thrown out of a running long distance train between Kalyan and Thakurli late Thursday evening. However, the girl was saved in the nick of time and is now recuperating. Rekha is currently recuperating at the Fortis Hospital in Kalyan According to the police record, Rekha Navle, a final year IT engineering student and her mother Sarita had boarded the ladies bogey in the Gorakhpur express from Nashik and were on their way to Thane. Dinesh Yadav, another commuter, had come to the compartment to see his wife and kids. He had an argument with Rekha and Sarita, who were sitting near the door after he stamped on them, which turned into an ugly fight. Then I informed the Railway Police Force, who asked him to get down. But after the train started, he got into the compartment again. The same situation occurred at Kasara and Igatpuri station, Rekha told mid-day. Later, Rekha and Sarita were waiting near the door to alight at Thane. Incidentally, the same situation occurred again with the accused. After another argument, he pushed my mother Sarita and me from the train. I fell on the ground, while my mother hit the door and fell inside the train, she added. Luckily, she was spotted walking on the tracks by Amit Mahmulkar, a private banker who was standing nearby with his son and wife. He saw that she was bleeding and rushed to help. He took her to the Fortis Hospital in Kalyan, where she is currently undergoing medical treatment. The Dombivli GRP has registered a case and arrested Dinesh Yadav for the crime, said a GRP official. He has been remanded in police custody till June 20. When this correspondent visited the hospital, doctors attending to Rekha said she was initially admitted in ICU, but had been moved out to the general ward. The girl has some injuries on her head. But she is out of danger, said resident medical officer. Rajendra Devlekar, Mayor, Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation visited the hospital and met Rekha. He also got her to speak to minister Eknath Shinde who assured Rekha of help with her medical treatment.
|2016-06-18||A school at a traffic signal in Thane to educate street kids - Mumbai Mirror|
A school at a traffic signal in Thane to educate street kids By Mitaksh Jain, Mumbai Mirror | Jun 18, 2016, 01.24 AM IST NGO members teaching the street children Marathi alphabets in a signal schoolTwenty street children, who sell flowers and toys at traffic signals, will start classes on Monday at the Teen Hath Naka flyover in Thane West. Instead of being forced to sell their wares on the roads everyday, 20 street kids will enrol in a first of its kind initiative to bring education to the poor. The children, who will start school on Monday at Thane, will receive nutritious food, toiletries, school supplies and a medical check-up from NGO Samarth Bharat and Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). "I am really excited. We have been watching cartoons since Tuesday. I will finally get my new books on Monday," said Kalpana, 8. The "signal shada" or signal school, as dubbed by Samarth Bharat, the NGO that runs it, aims to rehabilitate underprivileged children who have migrated from severely drought-struck villages in Beed and Osmanabad to sell flowers, nimbu mirchi totka and small toys at traffic junctions in Mumbai. "The children are bright but have been failed by the system and we want to give them their childhoods back. They come from villages where their parents could not make money and end up getting into the 'business' because they have no choice," said Aarti Nemane, a teacher at the school. "Our focus is on cleanliness and personal hygiene. The kids were given a haircut and provided with a dental kit," continued Nemane. "A medical camp has also been arranged on Tuesday, because many of the children have skin problems because of poor hygiene." The school, which is situated at the Teen Hath Naka flyover in Thane (W), will give students a crash-course on the basics of education, including the alphabets, numbers and arts and crafts. The children will then be integrated into municipal schools. The initiative is the brainchild of TMC, which has provided a space for the school, electricity and running water. "We have tried to address this issue from an educational point of view in which we provided the infrastructure and the NGO Samarth Bharat took up the rest of the coordination," said Manish Joshi, education deputy commissioner, TMC.
|2016-06-18||22-Year-Old Thane Girl Thrown Off Running Train, Survives - NDTV|
22-Year-Old Thane Girl Thrown Off Running Train, Survives Mumbai |Faisal Tandel, Mid-day.com | Updated: June 18, 2016 10:24 IST Rekha is currently recuperating at the Fortis Hospital in Kalyan Mumbai: Following an argument in the ladies bogey, a 22-year-old Thane resident was thrown out of a running long distance train between Kalyan and Thakurli late Thursday evening. However, the girl was saved in the nick of time and is now recuperating. According to the police record, Rekha Navle, a final year IT engineering student and her mother Sarita had boarded the ladies bogey in the Gorakhpur express from Nashik and were on their way to Thane. Dinesh Yadav, another commuter, had come to the compartment to see his wife and kids. He had an argument with Rekha and Sarita, who were sitting near the door after he stamped on them, which turned into an ugly fight."Then I informed the Railway Police Force, who asked him to get down. But after the train started, he got into the compartment again. The same situation occurred at Kasara and Igatpuri station," Rekha told mid-day. Later, Rekha and Sarita were waiting near the door to alight at Thane. "Incidentally, the same situation occurred again with the accused. After another argument, he pushed my mother Sarita and me from the train. I fell on the ground, while my mother hit the door and fell inside the train," she added. Luckily, she was spotted walking on the tracks by Amit Mahmulkar, a private banker who was standing nearby with his son and wife. He saw that she was bleeding and rushed to help. He took her to the Fortis Hospital in Kalyan, where she is currently undergoing medical treatment. "The Dombivli GRP has registered a case and arrested Dinesh Yadav for the crime," said a GRP official. He has been remanded in police custody till June 20. When this correspondent visited the hospital, doctors attending to Rekha said she was initially admitted in ICU, but had been moved out to the general ward. "The girl has some injuries on her head. But she is out of danger," said resident medical officer. Rajendra Devlekar, Mayor, Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation visited the hospital and met Rekha. He also got her to speak to minister Eknath Shinde who assured Rekha of help with her medical treatment.
|2016-06-18||Mamta Kulkarni named accused in Thane drug racket case - The Hindu|
Mamta Kulkarni named accused in Thane drug racket case Gautam S. Mengle The Thane Police have named actor Mamta Kulkarni as an accused in the Rs. 2,000 crore ephedrine racket that was busted earlier this year.Ms. Kulkarni's husband Vicky Goswami was already under the scanner for his alleged connection to the racket, which involved making ephedrine in India and sending it abroad to an international drug cartel. The Thane Police had in April this year seized 18.5 tonnes of ephedrine, a precursor to methamphetamines, from a factory in Solapur and ten accused have been arrested so far.On Saturday, Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said that Ms. Kulkarni had now been made an accused in the case after interrogation of the already arrested accused and other investigations revealed evidence pointing to her involvement. The key players of the drug racket had a meeting in Kenya in January this year. It was attended by Kulkarni, Goswami, and his partner identified as Dr. Abdullah, Manoj Jain, director of Avon Lifesciences, and Jay Mukhi, who was already under arrest, Mr. Singh said. He added that Red Corner Notices will soon be issued against Ms. Kulkarni and Mr. Goswami through the interpol. Some others from Bollywood could also be connected to the racket. Investigations to verify this are underway, Mr. Singh said. Keywords: Mamta Kulkarni, Thane drug racket, Ephedrine drug racket.
|2016-06-18||Man throws woman from running train after altercation in Thane - Deccan Chronicle|
Man throws woman from running train after altercation in Thane ANI Published Jun 18, 2016, 3:46 pm IST Updated Jun 18, 2016, 3:46 pm IST. Thane: In a shocking incident, a 22-year-old woman Rekha Navel was allegedly thrown from a running express train in Thane on Thursday. The incident took place in the Mumbai- Gorakhpur express at 12 pm after she stopped a man from entering into the women's compartment. The man was later arrested by the Government Railway Police (GRP) at Dombivali. Around 7 oclock, when we had gone for strolling, we saw a woman struggling to walk. When we asked her what happened to her, she said she couldn't remember anything and she might have fallen from train. She was bleeding and she couldn't sit nor stand. We immediately took her to the Fortis Hospital, said Amit Mamuhankar, who took the girl to the hospital. The girl is out of danger now and is recovering. Hope she gets well soon, he added. The man named Dinesh Yadav had asked his wife to get into the women's compartment, while he got into the general compartment. At every station, he was coming to see his wife. After Navel boarded the women compartment of the train along with her mother, she objected on Dinesh entering into the women's compartment. Both of them went into an altercation and Dinesh threw Navel from the running train. At present, Navel is admitted to Fortis Hospital, where she is undergoing treatment.
|2016-06-18||Thane constable booked for repeatedly raping a woman - Mid-Day|
Thane constable booked for repeatedly raping a woman By PTI |Posted 18-Jun-2016 Thane (Maha): A 31-year-old woman from Kalyan has accused a police constable of repeatedly raping her for over three years on the pretext of getting married to her following which he was booked, police said today. According to police, a few years ago, Sadanand Kamethkar, who is attached with the Crime Branch of Thane City Police, had gone to the victim's house in connection with the death of her brother. "After his visit to the victim's house, he developed friendship with her. He promised to marry the woman and took her to different places, including Padgha, and repeatedly raped her," Sub-inspector of Padgha police station, P S Tayade said. "Recently, after the accused came to know that the woman was pregnant, he forced her to abort the child and also refused to marry her," he said. On Thursday, the victim lodged a complaint with Bhiwandi taluka police station, which was later transferred to the Padgha police station in the district. The accused has been booked under IPC section 376 (rape) and 313 (causing miscarriage without woman's consent), district Rural Police said. Tayade said the accused has not been arrested so far and an investigation was underway.
|2016-06-17||TMC to open 35 more open gyms in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
TMC to open 35 more open gyms in Thane To make Thanekars more healthy and fit, Thane municipal corporation (TMC) has decided to open 35 open-air gymnasiums at various locations in the city. The eleven gyms that already exist at various spots are widely utilised and appreciated by Thanekars. Fitness is the way to a healthy life. However, the high fees in gyms become a dampener for many enthusiasts. So, the free gyms will come as a boon for Thanekars. "We had started open gyms at 11 spots in Thane on an experimental basis. After receiving huge response from Thanekars, TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has decided to start more," said Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer of the corporation. "These gyms will be complete and functional by the end of November," he added. The gyms will be opened at places like Rutu Park, Highland Park, Swastik Park, Dharma Patil Udyan in Manpada, Vastu Anand Sankul in Kalwa, Vrindavan Society in Rabodi, Rajivnagar in Rayladevi, Wagles Estate, Kachrali lake, Naupada, Uthalsar, Mumbra, etc. They will have all modern equipment like air-walkers, tai chi spinners, ab boards, chest press, shoulder press, ramblers, spinning cycle, etc. The current open gyms of the civic body at Bara Bangala, Teen Hath naka, Dhokali, Louiswadi and other places are quite a hit among Thanekars.
|2016-06-17||Thane collector tells babus to adopt 2000 schools - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane collector tells babus to adopt 2,000 schools
|2016-06-17||Borivli-Thane tunnel under SGNP hits a roadblock - Mid-Day|
Borivli-Thane tunnel under SGNP hits a roadblock By Ranjeet Jadhav |Posted 3 hours MSRDC awaits approval from the Forest Department for ground survey as the proposed tunnel might disturb the forest and the biodiversity MSRDC's Borivli-Thane underground tunnel plan has hit a road block, as the consultant appointed to prepare a detailed project report, is still awaiting approvals from the Forest Department for the ground survey. The SGNP is a national park and permissions will have to be taken from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, and the National Board of Wildlife. File pic The underground project, aimed at improving connectivity between the Western and Eastern highway, is Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde's pet project. Shinde is the MSRDC minister in the state government. At present, motorists have to travel 23 kms in order to reach Thane's Tikujiniwadi area from Borivli via the WEH and Thane-Ghodbunder road. The tunnel project is aimed at cutting down the travel time to less than 20 minutes from the current 50 minutes. MSRDC Chief Engineer PS Mandpe said, We have already appointed the consultant to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the project, but are yet to even get permission for doing the survey, as the proposed tunnel passes through the protected area of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). Facing hurdles: The MSRDC last year had announced the ambitious project of constructing the 11-km long twin tunnel under the SGNP at a cost of over Rs 1,500 crore. This is not the first time that state government is facing hurdles from the forest department when it comes to improving infrastructure for the city. Nearly a fortnight ago the SGNP director had informed BMC about the inability of the Forest Department to allow soil testing for the Goregaon-Mulund Link (GMLR) Road project. Like the Thane-Borivli tunnel, the GMLR too passes through the SGNP forest area. Sources in the forest department claimed that besides environment clearances, the two projects will face major hurdles for getting approvals from the Archaeological Survey Of India (ASI). A team of researchers along with ASI team members is currently involved in a study to find out whether there are more caves like Kanheri in the SGNP premises. Sources from Forest Department said, The construction is based on the advanced technology of Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM). SGNP is a protected area and so we don't feel that the MoEF will give permission for using TBMs because it might cause a lot of disturbance to the forest and its biodiversity. MSRDC has not yet been permission for the DPR as MoEF will have to be approached for the same. More permissions required: Another Forest department official said, As SGNP is a protected area and a national park, the permissions will also have to be taken from the National Board of Wildlife. The authorities claim that the tunnelling option has been proposed in order to explore the possibility of another shorter and economical alignment. Vikas Gupta director of SGNP, was unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts to contact him. The tunnel: As per the plans, the tunnel will have three lanes on each side, and there will be two tunnels that will be constructed and the Tunnel Boring Machine technology will be used. The tunnels will be associated with a central 3 m wide baby tunnel and the vertical clearance in the tunnel will be 5.50 m and width will be 13.1m. There will be twin tunnels 50 mts apart and each tunnel will consist of unidirectional three lanes.
|2016-06-17||Works of 5 artists from across India to be displayed in Thane - Mid-Day|
Works of 5 artists from across India to be displayed in Thane By The Guide Team |Posted 1 hour A dekko of works by five artists in a residency in Thane, will be up for public viewing starting today Over the last three weeks, five artists, who have taken refuge at the Piramal Art Residency, a recently opened 30-acre space nestled in Thane, have been busy giving shape to their body of work, exploring the concept of binary. Hailing from different parts of the country, the artists-in-residence. Anni Kumari (Delhi), Gagan Mandal (Odisha), Anupam Saikia (Assam), Sachin Tekade (Maharashtra) and Anupama Alias (Kerala) have created works using different mediums and methods. Incidentally, the residency space included a pharmaceutical factory that was bull-dozed in the first week after artists came in to stay. This, too, had an impact on them and made way into many of the works. Every aspect of our existence has binary inherent in its meaning. The artists have tried to explore it in their own context as well as in reference to the residency space. For instance, Anupam pulled out a wooden cupboard from the dumps and is painting over it, creating a binary between waste and useful. Gagan has found the whole space of the projected residential project to be an attraction and Sachin has explored the rich vegetation in the area, informs Ashvin Rajagopalan, director, Pir-amal Art Foundation. If you are an art enthusiast keen to check out these works or engage with the artists, head to the residency's Open Studio Day, today. Accompanied by textual interventions by Snehal Tambulwadikar (the current critic-in-residence), the works will stay on display for a week before some of them make way to the Piramal Museum Collection. On: Today, 4 pm to 7 pm At: Piramal Estates, Bayer India Road, Ram Maruti Nagar, Balkum, Thane. When Gagan Mandal arrived at the residency, he was taken in by the visual of a broken sandstone replica of the wheel from the Konark sun temple in Odisha (his hometown), recreated for display in the contemporary space. With his expertise in realistic depiction and water colour, Mandal has created a blend of science fiction and mythology in his work, Birth And Death, showcasing elements like the broken Konark wheel, the ruins of the industry and fallen trees within a circular tyre shape. The work depicts the binary of growth and decay. Hailing from a small village in Assam, Anupam Saikia's work on the idea of construction and destruction features a discarded wooden cupboard, re-painted with landscape. He has also cut out a window in the cupboard to give the viewer a peep of the scenery outside. Pune-based artist, Sachin Tekade found a log of wood eaten into by insects. He worked on it with small squares of papers joint together to create a rhythmic sculpture called Aadhar. It depicts a contrast between the colours, and the delicacy of paper juxtaposed with rough wood. Visiting artist Prabhakar Pachpute (centre) with artists Anupama Alias (right) and Rupali Patil. Anupama Alias has used the concept of the dominant and submissive to create small, water-coloured self portraits covered with rice paper. Taking off from the Christian myth that women were born from the rib of Adam (man), she questions the source of origin of the female form which is dependent on the male. Ribs make a statement in her work as do materials like layers of cotton, colour, thorns, feathers and hair. Inspired by the soot-covered city of her childhood, Jamshedpur, Delhi-based Anni Kumari's work, titled Eye Fountain, explores the idea of dark and light. The artist began by exploring and documenting the residency space, trees and the structures around. Her work consists of three circular canvases, tracing the geographical readings at the space. The dots in the paintings represent the concept of infinity in black and white colours. She has also sketched the ruins of the factory in translucent sheets of paper.
|2016-06-17||Dumper crashes into train, Thane-Panvel services hit - Mid-Day|
Dumper crashes into train, Thane-Panvel services hit By Faisal Tandel |Posted 1 hour A dumper crashed into a running train on the busy Panvel-Thane line, stalling the services on trans-harbour and harbour lines for almost 40 minutes yesterday. Since none of the vehicles was speeding, a major accident was averted. The dumper crashed into a local just ahead of Khandeshwar station. The incident occured around 1.10 pm between Panvel and Khandeshwar railway stations. The dumper had come to the Dhakata Khanda crossing near Panvel to unload crushed stones meant for a joggers park some 50 m from the railway tracks. The railway police suspect that its driver lost control over the vehicle. That spot is around 2 ft below the railway tracks. The dumper hit the footboard of a compartment. While the compartment was intact, the front of the dumper was damaged, said S Kirdad, senior inspector, Panvel GRP, adding that no one was injured. The collision delayed train services by 15-20 minutes. Ten trains were also cancelled. The dumper, belonging to a contractor, was removed from the spot at 1.52 pm, after which the trains resumed operations. The RPF seized the dumper from the spot. The driver is on the run, another GRP official said. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and the Motor Vehicles Act. Witness saysKunal Nikam, a resident of Khandeshwar, was returning home from Panvel in the train when he heard a loud noise, following which the train stopped. It takes less than 3 minutes to reach the Khandeshwar station, but the train was halted for more than 30 minutes, he said.
|2016-06-17||Thumbs down: Only 7.77% Thane commuters take a ride on TMT bus - Times of India|
Thumbs down: Only 7.77% Thane commuters take a ride on TMT bus Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 18, 2016, 02.21 AM IST THANE: Thaneites have shown a thumbs down to the Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) services in the city. Unlike neighbouring Mumbai and Navi Mumbai where BEST and NMMT services are the lifeline for commuters, in Thane it is just the opposite. Commuters prefer commuting by autos or private vehicles than taking a TMT bus as they are mostly late and badly maintained. A tally of the daily traffic ferried by each of the three undertakings shows that just 1.40 lakh, which is 7.77%, out of 20 lakh use TMT services in the city. In Mumbai, 24% travel by BEST buses, while 17% use NMMT buses in the satellite city. Activists and commuters blame the administration for this dismal figures. They claim that the TMT has been neglecting its services since the last few years. Even though the civic commissioner has been providing monetary help from time to time to spruce up the fleet, there has not been much changes made. Action has also been taking against employees found flouting rules. But this too hasn't helped. ''The management needs a makeover as soon as possible. The existing fleet is not enough to cater to the huge crowd. In fact, many times the buses break down in the middle of the road which add to commuters woes. If the administration does not take action now then the existing passengers will also stop using the service,'' said a TMT official. Out of 352 buses, only half are operating. Out of these also some of them break down, disrupting services. Due to all these problems, TMT services is the most unreliable. The services in areas like Kolshet, Upwan and Waghbil along GB Road are poor. Densely populated areas like Wagle Estate have poor frequency of buses from the railway station, said a commuter. While just 15 new TMT buses were added to the fleet in the last two years, the number of routes remained the same at 74. A mere 6-km increase in route length is inadequate, said experts. Due to all these reasons, the undertaking has witnessed a gradual drop in the number of passengers over the last few years. Statistics reveal that while 2.40 lakh passengers used the TMT services daily in 2012-13, the figures dropped to 2.01 lakh in the following year, followed by another drop to 1.71 lakh in 2014-15. "The population of Thane, especially along GB Road, has seen an increase of nearly 2-3 lakh residents over the last two years as new sectors opened up gates for real estate development. However, these far flung areas remain to be poorly connected. There is a huge demand for new routes to be added here but the TMT cannot add it as there is a shortage of buses and staff," said Amit Shetti, a GB road resident. Meanwhile, mayor Sanjay More said a major revamp of operations was on the cards for the TMT. "We are working on a revamp model for the TMT operations within a month, following which things should fall into place and commuters may switch back to using TMT services," he said.
|2016-06-17||Will Matunga model inspire, as Thane awaits better use of space below flyovers? - Times of India|
Will Matunga model inspire, as Thane awaits better use of space below flyovers? Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jun 18, 2016, 01.21 AM IST THANE: The recent transformation of the vacant space below the Matunga flyover into the beautifully lit up jogging track has sparked a debate among lake-city denizens as well as activists regarding the optimum utilization of the space under the flyovers. Despite the Court's order to stop the pay and park facility park below flyovers and convert them into beautified green spaces in 2013, vehicles have continued to take shelter under the Cadbury, Kapurbawdi and Majiwade flyovers. Rema Menon, a senior citizen from Samta Nagar said, "I live near the Cadbury junction which is filled with noise, pollution, traffic, making passing this area unbearable. If there were walkway lines with trees and lights, the eyesore would turn into a pleasant areasenior citizens like me will love to come here daily." "Lining these vacant spaces with plants could not only beautify these stretches, but also bring down the air pollution and noise pollution. The corporation should not only set up this green patch, but also maintain it in future," said Prasad Karnik, president, Paryavaran Dakshata Manch. Admitting the need to beautify this space, civic officials, claim, "Thane flyovers are not same as the one in Matunga. We have a narrower area with wide roads. We have received the MSRDC's approval for the beautification project. We are still drawing the blueprint for the same. We shall use this area in the most optimum way that eliminates illegal activities, making it green and accessible to the citizens," said a civic official.
|2016-06-17||Thane medicos to run for awareness of cervical cancer, to remain healthy - Times of India|
Thane medicos to run for awareness of cervical cancer, to remain healthy Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jun 18, 2016, 01.20 AM IST THANE: Over 230 city doctors will take to the streets to spread awareness about cervical cancer. The run will start from Upvan Lake on Sunday at 6:30am. "Through this initiative we are not only educating residents about cervical cancer but also motivate them to stay fit. We are usually taking rest on Sundays or sleeping till late and ignore our own health. This is in a way to make us realise that we also need to stay fit. We will run for 3km,6km and 9km. The run will end at Neelkanth gardens," said Dr Asha Karkhanis, president of the Association of Thane Gynecologist. "Girls should be immunized by the age of 11 or 12. But very few know of this vaccine. Also, women should take a Pap test after the age of 35," said Dr Mahesh Bedekar, gynecologist.
|2016-06-16||Duo dupes youth of Rs50,000 in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Duo dupes youth of Rs50,000 in Thane The greed of making quick money hit a 24-year-old youth hard after he was duped of Rs50,000 after being promised US$7,000 (350 currency notes of $20 each) by two youths identified as Shahid and Afhizal. The victim, a resident of Thane's Rabodi area, was approached by the accused duo, who promised him American dollars for a sum of Rs50,000. They decided to meet near Holy Cross School and exchanged the bundles. However, upon checking the bundle, the youth found he was duped and was handed a bundle of newspapers cut in shapes of notes. "They called him at a dark place and handed him a bundle of newspapers and took Rs50,000. The youth after walking a little ahead opened the bundle and found that he was fooled," said a Rabodi police officer. "We have registered a case under section 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code and are checking the CCTV camera footage of the locality. The investigation is on," said, YN Bawiskar, investigation officer, Rabodi police station.
|2016-06-16||Now, towing vans in Thane get third eye - Daily News & Analysis|
Now, towing vans in Thane get third eye
|2016-06-16||The Dosti Foundation unites Thane realtors to celebrate unsung labour kids for a day - Economic Times|
The Dosti Foundation unites Thane realtors to celebrate unsung labour kids for a day ET Bureau|16 Jun, 2016, 11.34AM IST Created to express their gratitude for all the work put in by labourers to bring fun to the lives of children who live at these sites. Typically, real estate in Mumbai is associated with tall buildings, sky-rocketing prices, lifestyle and amenities but rarely do we look at the people who help create these lifestyles. Everyday, thousands of people explore job opportunities in this sector of which the largest component comprises the labourers who work on project sites. On June 12, real estate developers with projects in Thane joined hands to participate in `The Thane Moonsoon Relay' organised by The Dosti Foundation. Created to express their gratitude for all the hard work put in by the labourers and to bring a fun element to the lives of the children who often live at these sites, this event depicted the softer side to real estate. The brainchild of this event was Shraddha Goradia, daughter of Deepak Goradia, Chairman, Dosti Realty, who is involved in the strategy department for sales & marketing in the company. She was moved by the happy spirit of the children who she interacted with at one of the Dosti sites. "During a site visit, on a stressful day I saw a couple kids playing and their smile brightened my anxiety and worries. It made me realise that happiness lies in little things," said Shraddha. Around 300 children from various developers' sites across Thane (Dosti, Hiranandani, Kalpataru, Rustomjee, Rajesh Life Spaces, The Wadhwa Group, Surakasha Realty, Puranik Builders, Larkins Realtors, Ashar and Seth Developers) participated in the relay.
|2016-06-16||Thane: Harassed for giving birth to girls, woman ends life; 4 booked - Mid-Day|
Thane: Harassed for giving birth to girls, woman ends life; 4 booked By PTI |Posted 16-Jun-2016 Thane: A 26-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide after being harassed by her husband and in-laws for giving birth to daughters in Katyachiwadai village of Murbad taluka here, police said on Thursday. Ranjana Kashinath Thombre took the extreme step by jumping in a well yesterday on account of alleged torture and frequent harassment by her husband and in-laws over dowry and not being able to bear a son. Ranjana was married to Kashinath Bhau Thombre and the couple lived with their in-laws in Murbad. According to a complaint lodged last night the accused again had an altercation over the victim having three daughters. Apparently depressed, she jumped into a well, it said. Kashinath (26), Bhagibai Bhau Thombre (58), Vasant Bhau Thombre (28) and Lata Vasant Thombre (25) were booked by Tokawade police of Murbad taluka under sections 306 (abetment to suicide), 498-A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) rw 34 of the IPC. However, no arrests have been so far.
|2016-06-16||Un-schooled in Thane - Mumbai Mirror|
UN-SCHOOLED IN THANE Updated: Jun 17, 2016, 08.12 PM IST 65 illegal schools, mostly in Kausa-Mumbra, continue to run despite TMC asking them to shut down. Schools with room-size classrooms, no loos, labs or playgrounds, classes clubbed together for several grades with a single teacher presiding, and no recognition from the administration. One does not need to review the Right to Education Act (RTE) statutes to reckon that imparting quality education is a long slog for such establishments. Yet, 65 of such schools have been operating for years now in Thane, 20 in Mumbra-Kausa alone, and in fact, have parents queuing up outside to secure admissions for their children. These schools were declared illegal back in March, when the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) released a list containing the 65 names. The corporation slapped them with notices warning them of a Rs 1-lakh penalty on top of a daily fine of Rs 10,000 if they continued to run without a valid licence. Not a penny has been collected, though.BJP leader Jaweed Akhtar Khan, who filed the RTI query that laid bare the mess, said the TMC's list serves no purpose beyond being a bureaucratic exercise. "The corporation's yearly list of illegal schools is a mere formality as the parents never come to know of it," he said. "Hundreds of illegal schools have cropped up in Kausa-Mumbra in the past years and the owners are minting money. How can they have been running for 4-5 years despite being served notices? Why are the authorities avoiding action?" he asked. Khan's claims chek out. We discovered a school wedged in practically every bylane of Kausa, a 10x10 affair with classes lumped together. Enquiries revealed them to have been running for over five years, without affiliation to a recognised board. Adjoining Diva and Kalwa are dotted with similar institutes. Breach of norm, though, doesn't weigh upon the schools terribly. With the new academic year kicking in this week, most schools are found enrolling students. Take Father Angel's Convent. It started in 2005 and still with 150 students on the rolls runs out of a makeshift classroom, cramped with 2-3 batches. Manager Mohiddin Allah Pichai said, "The school just started. We will have separate classrooms after more students arrive." He declined answering more questions. There are bigger schools on the list, like Al Nadi-ul Falah in Kausa, with over 3,000 students. Rafiq Memon, a staffer, said parents send their wards here because they trust the school. "Despite having applied for registration, we have been unable to get it since 2008," he said, adding that the school has the staff and infrastructure as per RTE norms. The stock response from most of the other schools, including MS Creative in Mumbra, was: "We do not want to say anything." Parents, unaware of the illegality of the schools, get drawn in by the "fancy" names. In many cases, they are too poor to go elsewhere. Shabana Sayyed, hoping to get her daughter admitted to Std VIII in one of these schools, said, "They asked for a Rs 15,000 donation; the monthly fee is Rs 5,000. We can see the facilities are not great, but bigger schools are way too expensive. We have no option." She said she knew nothing of the school holding no validity. At Kausa's Al Majid English Medium School, trustee Rizwan Abdullah, a BJP affiliate, said he was only trying to help the poor. "I had space and used it for a good cause. The new regulation of one-acre land for school is not feasible here. I have recognition of the Urdu Education Board. We are not going to stop good work because people want to find faults with everything," he asserted. His line on charity for the indigent contrasted with a bulletin on the school walls announcing a Rs 1,000-1,900 fee for books. "These are fees for those who can afford it. We waive it for those who can't," he said. While TMC education officer Urmila Pardhe pledged strict action against the violators, RTE activist Ghanashyam Sonar blamed the civic body for its implict role in letting them function. "In March, we had given notices to the schools to shut down within three weeks but a lot of them have reopened after the break. We will make fresh inspections and register an FIR against those running despite being issued notices," said Pardhe. But Sonar countered: "The fact that action has been delayed for so long hints at a nexus between the authorities and the school owners."
|2016-06-16||Thane has 35 days of water left in reservoirs, cuts may increase - Times of India|
Thane has 35 days of water left in reservoirs, cuts may increase Manoj Badgeri | Jun 16, 2016, 10.49 PM IST Thane: Tap water to the 20-lakh plus denizens in the lake city would turn scarce in the next five weeks, as delayed rains has depleted the water stock in the reservoirs and the authorities are considering to impose harsh cuts in the daily water supply. The irrigation department officials are scheduled to hold a meeting shortly to review the water availability vis-a-vis the growing demand for regular supply and a decision will largely depend on the long overdue rains. "The reservoirs supplying water to Thane has barely enough water to suffice for the next five weeks. We are holding a review meeting next week following which we might decide on imposing further cuts," said an official from the irrigation department. The delayed rains this year ha compounded to the problem, said officials. The water level in the Ulhas River from where the corporations lift water has dropped and the scant rains in the last weekend didn't add much volume forcing the agencies to rely on reservoirs. With the Indian Meteorological Department clarifying that the monsoon is likely to arrive late, the concern among authorities are palpable. Already strained by the existing near 50% curtailment, the possibility of further cuts is hounding officials from civic bodies especially Ulhasnagar, Thane. Presently, several civic administrations are getting nearly 40% less water than its usual requirement because of the scant rains last year and reduced stock in the reservoirs post monsoons. However, district collector Mahendra Kalyankar said they are well prepared to ensure the stretch doesn't face repeat of the 2016 water crisis. "We have desilted nearly 26 lakes and ponds in the district that will now be able to hold more volume of water. We are surveying the scarcity-prone areas like Shahapur where the supply network should be bolstered by this year," he said.
|2016-06-15||Tainted officer is promoted as Thane fire chief - Mid-Day|
Tainted officer is promoted as Thane fire chief By Neha LM Tripathi |Posted 3 hours With two suspensions and several controversies to his name, fire officer Shashikant Kale is a tainted man. But that never stopped him from climbing up the ranks in the fire brigade and, today, he is the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) of the Thane fire department. Kale, who was earlier serving as the deputy CFO in the Mumbai department was last week promoted to CFO of the Thane brigade, just 1.5 years after he was suspended for wrongfully issuing an NOC to a Mahim building despite violations of fire safety norms. In fact, BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta had made scathing remarks pertaining to Kale's inquiry. Pursued the file, the matter is very serious, major penalty is called for, five increments be stopped with permanent effect. He should not be involved in the work of giving NOC in future. Above penalty be enforced and to be reinstated, stated Mehta in an internal letter from October 2015 (mid-day has a copy). In another report from December 2015, the fire department questioned Kale's functioning. The report categorically stated that Kale had flaunted various rules when he was working as Deputy CFO from November 2005 to May 2011. mid-day had also reported last year that when Kale was station officer at the Shivaji Park fire station about eight years ago, he was found guilty of selling petrol that was meant for the fire department vehicles. He was suspended then as well, but managed to get reinstated and rose to higher posts. When mid-day contacted Kale, at first he disconnected the call after listening to a slew of questions. In the second call, he said, There are no inquiries against me. Show me documents that state there are any inquiries. Eyebrows are being raised in the corridors of the Thane and Mumbai corporations due to the appointment of the controversial official to such a plum post. mid-day tried to contact Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal and deputy municipal commissioner Sandeep Malvi (who handles public relations for the corporation), but neither was available for comment. However, a municipal official said, The Thane corporation had this post vacant and they approached the state advisory committee for recommendations. Apparently, Kale was appointed to the post on the basis of seniority.
|2016-06-15||82% of Thane buildings illegal, finds RTI query - Times of India|
82% of Thane buildings illegal, finds RTI query Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 15, 2016, 08.21 AM IST Highlights: No less than 82% of homes and commercial units in Thane are built and occupied in complete violation of development control rules.As on March 31, 2016, out of 1.7 lakh commercial and residential structures in the corporation limits, merely 30,336 or 18% are authorized.Thane: No less than 82% of homes and commercial units in Thane are built and occupied in complete violation of development control rules. Thane Municipal Corporation's property tax department made this revelation in response to an RTI query by activist Dayanand Nene. The TMC has admitted in writing that as on March 31, 2016, out of 1.7 lakh commercial and residential structures in the corporation limits, merely 30,336 or 18% are authorized.The statistics also reveal that the volume of such unauthorized structures has been steadily rising over the past four years, indicating how the administration may be reportedly working in cahoots with the land mafia, said Nene. While in 2012, the ratio of unauthorized structures was 79%, it shot up to 82% in 2016. While in 2012, the number of unauthorized structures stood at 1.2 lakh of a total of 1.55 lakh buildings accessed by the tax department, it rose to 1.4 lakh in four years. In 2016, said Nene, the maximum unauthorized structures were seen in Lokmanya Nagar, Wagle Estate, Kalwa, and Rayladevi areas, to name a few. The TMC has earned handsome revenue through property tax from these illegal structures, which collectively paid Rs 283.9 crore of the total Rs 345.9 crore collections during 2015-16. Barely Rs 62 crore was contributed by authorized buildings, Nene added. A recent query with the TMC revealed that Rs 20 crore of tax-payers' money was spent on demolishing unauthorized structures over 14 years. "The unplanned growth is evident from the recent extensive demolition drive conducted across the city, where even multi-storey buildings, have been pulled down. What were the authorities doing when these illegal structures came up in the first place," asked Nene who was prompted by the recent drive to find out the quantum of unauthorized structures in the lake city. An architect working with the TMC claimed that the system, till recently, often encouraged developers to start projects without mandatory approvals. Developers would often execute projects and end up facing problems from officials who would either deny certifying their projects citing lapses. Nene says he now wants to expose the veneer off the system and make residents realize to make a responsible decision when they vote in the forthcoming civic elections. When contacted, deputy municipal commissioner, Omprakash Divte, in charge of the property tax department, said the figures include all taxable structures. "Structures that have a commencement certificate and occupation certificate issued by the corporation are classified as authorized and those that are awaiting OC or CC as unauthorized. The numbers can be misleading as the figures include shanties and slum tenements too, which account for a major volume in the city. "Divte further said the classification by the department is done "purely" for taxation purpose. "Such units are liable to pay double the tax amount as penalty. The department doesn't have the authority to classify the status of structures. "Meanwhile, Nene has appealed to the chief minister to probe the TMC's functioning.
|2016-06-15||In Maharashtra's Thane, govt officers to adopt 2000 schools - The Indian Express|
In Maharashtra's Thane, govt officers to adopt 2000 schools An official will on every Friday visit the school and hold meeting with staffers and students to discuss issues. By: PTI Thane Published:Jun 15, 2016, 13:30 In an innovative way to promote quality education, government officers in Thane district will adopt primary and secondary schools and actively take part in school affairs. Newly appointed district collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar told reporters on June 14 that nearly 2,000 schools in the district will be adopted by officials of various departments. This would be additional responsibility on them beside their departmental role. The idea was put forth by divisional commissioner PK Deshmukh, who had come up with a proposal in a previous administration meeting that officers can be involved in looking after the overall activities of a school and can also devote sometime in teaching students to improve their quality.
|2016-06-15||Merely 18% of Thane's buildings are legal: RTI - Times of India|
Merely 18% of Thane's buildings are legal: RTI Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 14, 2016, 11.23 PM IST Highlights As on March 31, 2016, out of 1.7 lakh commercial and residential structures in the Thane Municipal Corporation limits, merely 30,336 are authorizedThe volume of such unauthorized structures has been steadily risingTMC's made this revelation in response to an RTI query by activist Dayanand NeneThane has been witnessing a spate of demolitions.Thane: No less than 82% of homes and commercial units in Thane are built and occupied in complete violation of development control rules. Thane Municipal Corporation's property tax department made this revelation in response to an RTI query by activist Dayanand Nene. The TMC has admitted in writing that as on March 31, 2016, out of 1.7 lakh commercial and residential structures in the corporation limits, merely 30,336 or 18% are authorized. The statistics also reveal that the volume of such unauthorized structures has been steadily rising over the past four years, indicating how the administration may be reportedly working in cahoots with the land mafia, said Nene. While in 2012, the ratio of unauthorized structures was 79%, it shot up to 82% in 2016. While in 2012, the number of unauthorized structures stood at 1.2 lakh of a total of 1.55 lakh buildings accessed by the tax department, it rose to 1.4 lakh in four years. In 2016, said Nene, the maximum unauthorized structures were seen in Lokmanya Nagar, Wagle Estate, Kalwa, and Rayladevi areas, to name a few. The TMC has earned handsome revenue through property tax from these illegal structures, which collectively paid Rs 283.9 crore of the total Rs 345.9 crore collections during 2015-16. Barely Rs 62 crore was contributed by authorized buildings, Nene added. A recent query with the TMC revealed that Rs 20 crore of tax-payers' money was spent on demolishing unauthorized structures over 14 years. "The unplanned growth is evident from the recent extensive demolition drive conducted across the city, where even multi-storey buildings, have been pulled down. What were the authorities doing when these illegal structures came up in the first place," asked Nene who was prompted by the recent drive to find out the quantum of unauthorized structures in the lake city. An architect working with the TMC claimed that the system, till recently, often encouraged developers to start projects without mandatory approvals. Developers would often execute projects and end up facing problems from officials who would either deny certifying their projects citing lapses. Nene says he now wants to expose the veneer off the system and make residents realize to make a responsible decision when they vote in the forthcoming civic elections. When contacted, deputy municipal commissioner, Omprakash Divte, in charge of the property tax department, said the figures include all taxable structures. "Structures that have a commencement certificate and occupation certificate issued by the corporation are classified as authorized and those that are awaiting OC or CC as unauthorized. The numbers can be misleading as the figures include shanties and slum tenements too, which account for a major volume in the city." Divte further said the classification by the department is done "purely" for taxation purpose. "Such units are liable to pay double the tax amount as penalty. The department doesn't have the authority to classify the status of structures." Meanwhile, Nene has appealed to the chief minister to probe the TMC's functioning.
|2016-06-15||Thane: MNS party workers parade man naked for making obscene calls to a 15-year-old girl - ABP Live|
Thane: MNS party workers parade man naked for making obscene calls to a 15-year-old girl. By: ABP News Bureau | Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 June 2016 11:57 AM New Delhi: A man was paraded naked and brutally assaulted by women activists of MNS in Thane on Saturday night for allegedly making obscene calls to a 15-year-old girl. The girl reportedly filed a complaint with the police but no action was taken following which she informed one of her relatives who is a part of MNS political party. The MNS workers met the accused in Navi Mumbai's Airoli railway station from where he was brought to Thane. His clothes were torn and locals in the area thrashed him while taking him to the police station. This is not for the first time the regional party workers have taken law into their own hands. The video went viral after there was no interference by police in the vicinity to stop the parading.
|2016-06-15||Thane to tap tidal waves to generate power - Times of India|
Thane to tap tidal waves to generate power Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 16, 2016, 12.34 AM IST THANE: In a first-of-its-kind project in the state, the Thane Municipal Corporation plans to generate electricity from tidal waves in the Thane creek. The project is expected to generate enough power to meet the annual requirement of over 8,000 homes, a TMC official said. "The system is based on the tidal movements which happen twice a day as the water from the river flows into the creek and back. We will tap the energy present in the waves," a TMC official said. According to the plan, turbines will be installed at the confluence of the Thane creek and Ulhas river. The electricity will then be added to the central grid of the state electricity supplier and the administration will also earn revenue from it, as per a recent directive of the ministry of renewable energy. The initiative will ensure minimal cost for the power and continuous supply through the year, unlike solar projects that don't work during rains or night. The TMC has readied a proposal and will seek nod from the general body later this month. A feasibility report was recently conducted by the administration. The plant will generate around 8 MW daily and around 3.4 crore units a year, which is enough to power 8,000 apartments that consume around 400 units every month. The project will be undertaken under the PPP model. The private player will create the infrastructure and operate the plant for 10 years. After recovery of the investment in five years, the private player will earn returns for the next five years. Then the project will be transferred to TMC. According to MSEDCL, there are 7.69 lakh domestic consumers in Thane zone, which includes the lake city and its peripheral areas. The zone has an annual demand of around 846.36 million units.
|2016-06-15||Thane govt. officers to adopt schools - The Hindu|
Thane govt. officers to adopt schools PTI In this file photo, school children celebrate Holi at a school in Thane, Mumbai. Nearly 2,000 schools in Thane district will be adopted by government officials of various departments, District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar said on Tuesday. In an innovative way to promote quality education, government officers in Thane district will adopt primary and secondary schools and actively take part in school affairs.Newly appointed District Collector Dr. Mahendra Kalyankar said on Tuesday evening that nearly 2,000 schools in the district will be adopted by officials of various departments.This would be additional responsibility on them beside their departmental role.The idea was put forth by divisional commissioner P.K. Deshmukh, who had come up with a proposal in a previous administration meeting that officers can be involved in looking after the overall activities of a school and can also devote sometime in teaching students to improve their quality.The proposal was readily accepted by officials, he said.Giving further details, Mr. Kalyankar said it has been decided that an official will on every Friday visit the school and hold meeting with staffers and students to discuss issues. They will also take measures to improve performance of pupils. In addition, the officer will take few classes. This is being done to improve overall Human Development Index of the district and you will see the results in coming months. A skill development centre is also being planned in Thane to impart skill development trainings to students, he said. It will be done under CSR of Power Grid Corporation and JSW Group.
|2016-06-15||Thane govt officials to adopt 2000 schools - The Navhind Times|
Thane govt officials to adopt 2,000 schools Posted by: nt June 16, 2016 in National News UNI THANE: In a bid to improve the performance of students and schools in the Thane district, nearly 2000 schools will be adopted by a government officials. Taking over the reigns of the district, the District Collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar told last night that the officials from various departments have been given the responsibility in addition to their tasks of improving the level of education and performance in the district. This idea is the brain child of the new Divisional Commissioner (DC) P K Deshmukh, who in the last meeting came out with the proposal which was readily accepted by the district officials, he said. The officials will on one specified day i.e. on Friday visit the school and hold meeting with the staff, students and get to know their issues. They will undertake measures to improve the performance of the school and the students, Dr Kalyankar said. The Collector said a skill development centre was also planned in the district for the benefit of imparting trainings in various skills. This will be done with the help of CSR and Power Grid Corporation and the Jhindals are being tapped for the purpose.
|2016-06-14||Thieves have a field day in Thane city, steal valuables worth Rs13 lakh - Daily News & Analysis|
Thieves have a field day in Thane city, steal valuables worth Rs13 lakh
|2016-06-14||About 82% buildings in Thane are unauthorised, reveals RTI query - Firstpost|
About 82% buildings in Thane are unauthorised, reveals RTI query PTI, Jun 14, 2016 17:16 IST Thane: An alarming 82 percent of structures in Thane city are unauthorised, an RTI query claimed.In RTI reply, out of a total of 1,67,106 buildings in Thane city, only 18 percent structures, i.e. 30,336 are authorised. Reuters Thane-based NGO Alert Citizen Forum had filed an RTI query with Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on 23 May, seeking number of unauthorised buildings in the city.As per reply furnished by Information officer, TMC on Monday, out of a total of 1,67,106 buildings in Thane city, only 18 percent structures, i.e. 30,336 are authorised, while a whopping 1,36,770 are unauthorised or illegal. These are figures as of 31 March. According to area-wise break up: Uthalsar currently has 8,822 illegal buildings, Naupada 5,393, Kopri 7,780, Kalwa 11,221, Mumbra 9,022, Railadevi 19,733, Vartak Nagar 11,957, and Manpada 9,875.TMC in its reply said it collected property tax to the tune of Rs 345.94 crore in 2015-16. Of this, only Rs 62 crores was contributed by authorised buildings, while Rs 283.94 crore was contributed by unauthorised/illegal buildings. The number of unauthorised buildings in Thane has been on the rise for past few years.In 2011-12, the data was 1,24,617, 1,28,652 in 2012-13, 1,31,935 in 2013-14. The number rose to 1,34,328 in 2014-15, the data read.
|2016-06-14||Four arrested for setting a man on fire in Thane - Mid-Day|
Four arrested for setting a man on fire in Thane By PTI |Posted 14-Jun-2016 Thane: Four persons were arrested for allegedly setting on fire a man over a petty quarrel at a village in the district, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on June 12 when victim, Hussain Ali Shaikh (43) and the four accused, who lived together, picked up an argument over doing daily chore at their house in Barave village, Khadakpada police station sub-inspector H M Waghmare said. As the scuffle escalated, in a fit of rage, the four men poured kerosene oil on Shaikh and set him on fire, in which he sustained 90 per cent burns, Waghmare said. The victim was soon rushed to a local hospital for primary treatment and was later shifted to LTMG Hospital in Sion. The accused were identified as Kalam, Shanvar, Anwar and Nadeem. They were booked under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) rw 34 (common intention).
|2016-06-14||Thane: Mumbra hawkers get 2-hour window for Ramzan - Mid-Day|
Thane: Mumbra hawkers get 2-hour window for Ramzan By Faisal Tandel |Posted 14-Jun-2016 If Mumbra is on your Iftar trail this Ramzan, scratch it off the list. Gone are the rows and rows of lip-smacking haleem, kebabs, biryani, clothing and knick-knack stalls on a popular 2-km-long stretch from Amrut Nagar to Kausa market. Locals say the number of stalls have halved this Ramzan as compared with previous years. Pics/Sameer Markande The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is allowing vendors to set up food stalls only from 5 pm-7 pm each day as part of its road decongestion initiative. The restriction comes on the heels of a mega demolition drive, carried out a month ago under the TMC's road widening project, during which a number of illegal shops and hawkers were removed. Caved under pressure: Despite being hauled away, the vendors returned to the street on June 6, when Ramzan began. Civic officials began driving them away. Taking umbrage at this, locals demanded that they be provided some stalls to break their fast. The TMC relented, but placed riders: that vendors will be allowed to hawk only in a 200-m designated zone Gulab Park on the street and that too only for two hours, just enough to allow people to break their fast. Following these diktats, only a handful of stalls, primarily those selling fruits, have been set up. Locals say their number has halved as compared with previous years. Ditto the case with shoppers and foodies. The street now bears an eerily desolate look during the day and barely comes alive in the evening. Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner, Mumbra ward, and public relations officer, TMC, says vendors have been warned against stepping off the zone. We have marked boundaries. The hawkers have been given special permission to set up stalls, keeping in mind people's needs during Ramzan. Hamida Manjothiya (52), a resident of Gulab Park, however, still feels short-changed. The large crowds shopping and indulging in delicacies in the evenings used to give us a feel of being on Mohammad Ali Road (a popular street in south Mumbai that serves scrumptious Iftar spreads during Ramzan). But this year, everything has changed. Two of my four daughters are married and stay in Dubai and Mira Road, respectively. They usually visit us during Ramzan and all of us go out in the evenings to shop and indulge our taste buds after prayers. Civic authorities should allow vendors to run their stalls all through the evening at least for a month, she suggests. Why dual standards? Shamim Khan, president of the Nationalist Congress Party, Kalwa-Mumbra, lauds the TMC's decongestion initiative, but asks why Mohammad Ali Road hasn't faced a similar crackdown. This road widening project will sort out traffic issues in the area. We, along with residents, support the project despite a number of hawkers suffering losses since at the end of it, its all for the development of Mumbra. Mohammed Ali Road is more congested than Mumbra. But then, food stalls are allowed there. Why such stepmotherly treatment for Mumbra? Khan says he has written a letter to municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal to allow food stalls to run 24x7 all through the month in Mumbra. Most of these vendors are dependant on Ramzan sales. After Eid, we will ask the authorities to clear these stalls.
|2016-06-14||82 per cent building in Thane are unauthorised, reveals RTI - The Indian Express|
82 per cent building in Thane are unauthorised, reveals RTI By: PTI Thane Updated: Jun 14, 2016, 18:30 The number of unauthorised buildings in Thane has been on the rise for past few years. Express Archive An alarming 82 per cent of structures in Thane city are unauthorised, an RTI query claimed. Thane-based NGO Alert Citizen Forum had filed an RTI query with Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on May 23, seeking number of unauthorised buildings in the city. As per reply furnished by Information officer, TMC on Monday, out of a total of 1,67,106 buildings in Thane city, only 18 per cent structures, i.e. 30,336 are authorised, while a whopping 1,36,770 are unauthorised or illegal. These are figures as of March 31. According to area-wise break up Uthalsar currently has 8,822 illegal buildings, Naupada 5,393, Kopri 7,780, Kalwa 11,221, Mumbra 9,022, Railadevi 19,733, Vartak Nagar 11,957, and Manpada 9,875.
|2016-06-14||After 12 years, Thane east post office finally gets a new address - Times of India|
After 12 years, Thane east post office finally gets a new address Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jun 14, 2016, 10.25 PM IST Thane: A decade after suffering below the leaking roofs, damp walls and moss covered office, the staff from the Thane east post office were finally shifted into their brand new office which is within the vicinity. For the last 10 to 12 years, the 25-odd staff spent days under plastic sheets. During the rains, the situation used to get even worse as the roof keep leaking all the time, damaging official documents worth lakhs of rupees. The desks and cupboards had to be covered with plastic sheets and also the flooring used to be covered anti-squid material. After writing several letters to the superintendent of the government post office, the officials finally took action and shifted the department to a new spot. The new office at Marigold Society near Satguru Garden was constructed on April 20 but the staff was shifted there on Tuesday. "We had been facing a lot of problems during the rains as water use to seep through the walls and ceiling onto our desks, spoiling important documents. We used to write to the superintendent every time for the last several years. Finally, they have taken heed of our problem and have shifted us. At the old place, there used to always be a fear of accidents as chunks of the ceiling would collapse. Luckily, no one was injured," said a senior post officer. "Every year hundreds of documents worth lakhs of rupees and speed post dispatches used to get soaked during the heavy showers. It would take our staff hours to dry each document. We will no longer have to face this problem," he added. Residents in the area are also happy with the new location. Earlier, they too had to face a lot of problems as they would have to queue up under the hot sun or would have to brave the rains. But now they won't have to go through all this ordeal. shifting base: The old office was in a run down state; (right) The new office at Marigold Society.
|2016-06-14||Merely 18% of Thane's buildings are legal: RTI - Times of India|
Merely 18% of Thane's buildings are legal: RTI Manoj Badgeri| TNN | Jun 14, 2016, 11.23 PM IST Thane has been witnessing a spate of demolitions.Thane: No less than 82% of homes and commercial units in Thane are built and occupied in complete violation of development control rules. Thane Municipal Corporation's property tax department made this revelation in response to an RTI query by activist Dayanand Nene. The TMC has admitted in writing that as on March 31, 2016, out of 1.7 lakh commercial and residential structures in the corporation limits, merely 30,336 or 18% are authorized. The statistics also reveal that the volume of such unauthorized structures has been steadily rising over the past four years, indicating how the administration may be reportedly working in cahoots with the land mafia, said Nene. While in 2012, the ratio of unauthorized structures was 79%, it shot up to 82% in 2016. While in 2012, the number of unauthorized structures stood at 1.2 lakh of a total of 1.55 lakh buildings accessed by the tax department, it rose to 1.4 lakh in four years. In 2016, said Nene, the maximum unauthorized structures were seen in Lokmanya Nagar, Wagle Estate, Kalwa, and Rayladevi areas, to name a few. The TMC has earned handsome revenue through property tax from these illegal structures, which collectively paid Rs 283.9 crore of the total Rs 345.9 crore collections during 2015-16. Barely Rs 62 crore was contributed by authorized buildings, Nene added. A recent query with the TMC revealed that Rs 20 crore of tax-payers' money was spent on demolishing unauthorized structures over 14 years. "The unplanned growth is evident from the recent extensive demolition drive conducted across the city, where even multi-storey buildings, have been pulled down. What were the authorities doing when these illegal structures came up in the first place," asked Nene who was prompted by the recent drive to find out the quantum of unauthorized structures in the lake city. An architect working with the TMC claimed that the system, till recently, often encouraged developers to start projects without mandatory approvals. Developers would often execute projects and end up facing problems from officials who would either deny certifying their projects citing lapses. Nene says he now wants to expose the veneer off the system and make residents realize to make a responsible decision when they vote in the forthcoming civic elections. When contacted, deputy municipal commissioner, Omprakash Divte, in charge of the property tax department, said the figures include all taxable structures. "Structures that have a commencement certificate and occupation certificate issued by the corporation are classified as authorized and those that are awaiting OC or CC as unauthorized. The numbers can be misleading as the figures include shanties and slum tenements too, which account for a major volume in the city." Divte further said the classification by the department is done "purely" for taxation purpose. "Such units are liable to pay double the tax amount as penalty. The department doesn't have the authority to classify the status of structures." Meanwhile, Nene has appealed to the chief minister to probe the TMC's functioning.
|2016-06-13||Thane: Why didn't the confined victims of godman revolt? Cops baffled - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Why didn't the confined victims of godman revolt? Cops baffled The Samta Nagar police in Thane, which is probing a case wherein 28 people, including minors, were unlawfully confined in an ashram and made to perform religious rituals, is baffled about why the victims did not resist and kept facing harassment for over two months. The guru-disciple duo who ran the ashram had also confiscated the mobile phones of the victims so that they could not connect with the outer world, police sources said. On Friday, the police had arrested self-proclaimed 'god man' Devendra Dubey and his disciple Bhagwandas Tiwari on charges of wrongfully confining 28 persons in their ashram in Thakur Complex, where they were allegedly trapped and were subjected to harsh treatment and intense torture under the pretext of pleasing the lord and attaining liberation. The police suspect that this is not the only incident wherein Dubey and Tiwari lured people from different states by offering them money and then making them work without wages. "If 28 people are subjected to such ill treatment then there are possibilities that the accused have set up their network across the state and opened several such institutions for making the people do odd jobs. We are baffled as to why 28 people followed the dictatorship of two men in the ashram and could not overpower them in order to set themselves free from their clutches," said an officer of the Samta Nagar police station. The police suspect that there is something in the case that doesn't meet the eye. "All the rescued people hail from north India and they are all well-versed in religious verses and are quite learned in the scriptures. Dubey and Tiwari, who hail from northern India, had set up their ashram in 2014. A few months ago, they started calling people from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand to their Kandivli-based ashram to learn rituals and also promised to pay them Rs 600-1,200. Later, they were forcibly made to undergo severe fasts and were also made to do odd chores, in the false assurance that this work will lead them to heaven. The followers who had came there were not allowed to make any sort of communications with the outside world and even their cell phones were seized by the patrons. Under the pretext of religious achievements, the followers were physically tortured inside the ashram," the officer said. "We are still investigating the case and all the doubts shall be answered after interrogating the accused, who are in remand at present. One of the accused had some contacts with people who would send victims to learn rituals in Mumbai. We are also trying to get leads from the accused to expose any similar ongoing acts and, after getting necessary information from them, we shall take relevant steps. We shall also ask the court to increase the tenure of their police custody so that we can get more details pertaining to the case. The rescued minors have been sent to a juvenile home in Dongri and the rest of the captives have been released. We have recorded the statements of almost all the victims," said senior police inspector of Samta Nagar police station Dilip Yadav.
|2016-06-13||Thane: 7-foot-long Python recovering from a fatal accident - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: 7-foot-long Python recovering from a fatal accident A seven-foot long female python, who survived a near death after being grievously injured by a JCB machine carrying out digging at Thane, has been recuperating at the Thane Society for Protection of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA) According to TSPCA president Shakuntala Majumdar, the python was brought by locals from Vartak Nagar in an extremely critical condition on the evening of June 7. "The python suffered cuts at several places on its body as the 'teeth' portion of the digger of the JCB seemed to have sunk into the python's body. We immediately referred the python to veterinary surgeon Dr Deepa Katyal who started her treatment," she said. "When the python was brought to me she was in an extremely traumatic condition. She had internal injuries due to which there was a lot of blood loss and even her mouth was full of blood and this all had led to the python being in lot of pain and dehydration," said Katyal, who managed to save the life of the python. According to Katyal, on observation it was found that there were two major wounds one was almost 15 centimeter long while the other was so deep that muscles were torn as well as there was lot of mud inside the wounds. "We cleaned up the wounds several times to ensure there was no infection and started giving medicines to treat the internal bleeding as well as muscle injuries. We did not stick the wounds initially as we wanted to avoid any kind of infection and now that she is doing better her wounds can be stapled," she said, adding that the python was recovering and getting back its strength and should be totally fit for release in 20 to 25 days. While treating this massive python is not an easy task due to its sheer strength, the vet claimed almost six people were required to hold the snake down even as she treated its injuries. "It's extremely important to report such incidents and thanks to the people who decided to rescue this python," Katyal pointed out. The python, which is now housed in a rescue cage at TSPCA is fed on a combination diet of mashed egg white, chicken kheema. "She is fed once in a day using a tube and when it is removed for feeding its wounds are also dressed up," said Majumdar.
|2016-06-13||FDA inspects over 24 hotels in Thane, finds several lapses - Mid-Day|
FDA inspects over 24 hotels in Thane, finds several lapses By PTI |Posted 13-Jun-2016 Thane: The Thane Division of the Food and Drug's Administration (FDA) has inspected over 24 hotels in the last two weeks and found several lapses, a senior official said on Monday. FDA's Thane Division Joint Commissioner (Food) Suresh Deshmukh confirmed the inspection undertaken and lapses found and said letters will be issued to these hotels asking them to take corrective steps. Among the lapses found were non-display of the original license copy on the premises of the establishment, non-appointment of technical expert for supervision, waste and garbage not covered properly, water used for cooking not certified by proper agencies, he added. Deshmukh said the FDA will intensity its inspection drive at hotels, restaurants and other eateries and strict action will be taken against those violating laid down rules. A couple of weeks ago, Thane District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar had instructed FDA officials to inspect hotels and restaurants.
|2016-06-13||Thane: Nurse cooked up kidnapping, rape story to harass husband - Mid-Day|
Thane: Nurse cooked up kidnapping, rape story to harass husband By Faisal Tandel |Posted 13-Jun-2016 A 26-year-old nurse with a Thane-based hospital, fed up of fights at home, faked her kidnapping to harass her husband. The Naupada police had registered a case and found during investigation that she had faked it. The woman, in her statement to police, said that she was kidnapped by an auto-rickshaw driver along with two other people, who used chloroform to make her unconscious and sexually assaulted her. She claimed she boarded an auto-rickshaw from Hari Niwas circle near Naupada. She and her husband approached the Naupada police on Friday night and registered a kidnapping case. The plot was revealed when the Naupada police started the investigation and collected CCTV footage of the area from Thane where the alleged incident took place, but didn't find any auto-rickshaws on the route. The woman was taken to Thane civil hospital, where doctors cleared that she was not raped, said a senior officer from Naupada police station. Rashmi Karandikar, DCP (Traffic), and API Sharda Waydande from Thane Nagar police station, started taking the statement of the woman. In her statement she confessed that she was frustrated with her life and fights at home. Hence she concocted the story, alleging that some rickshaw driver along with two people had kidnapped her. She injured herself with her fingernails, switched off her mobile and later switched it on, called her husband and they approached the police, said a police officer. Gajanan Kabdule, Senior Police Inspector, Naupada police station said, We are investigating the matter. The medical examination is done and her statement is on. We can't reveal the facts yet.
|2016-06-13||3 held for manhandling youth in Thane - Business Standard|
3 held for manhandling youth in Thane Thane Last Updated at June 13, 2016 19:32 IST Three persons, including a mother-daughter duo, were arrested for allegedly manhandling a 21-year-old youth in the city, police said today. Sushil Jaiswal was manhandled on Saturday by the trio along with six others, Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar said today. The trio was arrested on Saturday. On June 9, Kopri police received a complaint that an unidentified youth was calling a girl and repeatedly pestering her, police said. The girl's family members on the same day lodged a NC offence, they said. Police officials said as the youth repeatedly kept harassing the girl, the family took help of women's wing of a political party. The trio along with other six others dragged the youth into an auto-rickshaw, brought him to Kopri here and manhandled him, police said. A case under relevant sections of IPC has been registered and investigations are underway, they added.
|2016-06-13||19 kids rescued at Thane - Mumbai Mirror|
19 kids rescued at Thane By Kamal Mishra, Mumbai Mirror | Jun 14, 2016, 05.04 AM IST The children, who were brought from Bihar to work as labourers, were freed in a joint operation between the RPF and the Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children; 14 accused who accompanied the kids booked under Child Labour Act. The Thane Railway Protection Force (RPF) rescued 19 children who were brought to the city to work as labourers. The minors, who are between the ages of 10 and 17, were brought from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh on the Raxaul Express and were rescued at Thane station. Dinesh Nair, RPF inspector, Thane said that the rescue operation was conducted in a joint collaboration between the RPF and the Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children (PCVC), a wing of the NGO Pratham. A PCVC volunteer said that their team in Bihar got a tip-off that some children were being brought to Mumbai to work as labourers on the Raxaul Express and that they passed on that information to the Mumbai RPF. "We had planned to rescue the children at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, where the Raxaul Express terminates. Then we got the news that because of some operation problem, the train was going to stop at Thane. So we rushed to Thane and managed to rescue the kids with the help of the RPF," said the volunteer. The rescued children were presented to the Child Welfare Committee at Mankhurd and then sent to shelters at Dongri and Mankhurd. The fourteen accused, Farhan Aabdus Salam Sheikh (20), Hariram Gupta (36), Jalaluddin L Ansari (19), Javed Husain (18), Subhodh Sitaram (28), Ram (29), Raghav Thakur (32), Akhilesh Patel (26), Mohammad Ajmat (28) ,Mohammad Mobin (24), Bhulan Baitha (25), Asalam Ijahar (30), Mohammad Sajsul (25) and Mohammad Bikau (38), who were accompanying the minors were booked under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act. Ramana Devi, the wife of Bhulan Biatha, one of the arrested accused, claimed that she was left to fend for herself and her young children at Thane after the rescue operation and that no one offered to help her. "I sat there for 10 hours. When I asked for help, I was told that my husband was involved in an illegal activity and that I should go home," Devi alleged. "My six-month-old and two-year-old were hungry. All they sent was a cup of tea and some snacks. My kids were crying for milk." Navnath Kamble of Pratham denied Devi's allegations and said that food and tea was served to her and her children.
|2016-06-13||Ephedrine case: Thane police file chargesheet against four, say may later name ex-actor as wanted accused - The Indian Express|
Ephedrine case: Thane police file chargesheet against four, say may later name ex-actor as wanted accused Written by Mohamed Thaver Mumbai Published:Jun 14, 2016, 2:21 The initial chargesheet details the roles of the four persons who were the first arrested in the case and led the police to the Solapur-based pharma company where at least 20 tonnes of ephedrine were found. The Thane police on Friday filed a 225-page chargesheet in the ephedrine drug bust case before the Thane sessions court. The initial chargesheet details the roles of the four persons who were the first arrested in the case and led the police to the Solapur-based pharma company where at least 20 tonnes of ephedrine were found. Several other chargesheets are expected. Senior officers said that they could name former actor Mamta Kulkarni in a later chargesheet, after going through her bank account details. Ephedrine, a controlled substance, is an ingredient in medicines used to treat asthma and bronchitis. Any substance that can possibly be used in the production of narcotics is called controlled substance, and it stays under government scrutiny, considering the probability of its misuse.
|2016-06-13||Doc played catalyst for silence zones in Thane, sound meters at police stations - Times of India|
Doc played catalyst for silence zones in Thane, sound meters at police stations Bella Jaisinghani | TNN | Jun 13, 2016, 11.59 PM IST Mumbai: A doctor from Thane has shown how an individual citizen can battle the scourge of sound pollution. Dr Mahesh Bedekar began by alerting local police about the nuisance of wedding parties in his neighbourhood and went on to catalyze a series of landmark guidelines on noise regulation. Bedekar runs the family's 65-year-old hospital for women and children in Naupada, Thane, that is adjacent to two marriage halls. "Imagine the plight of newborn babies and mothers being disturbed by loud processions, drumbeats and DJ music all day and night," he says. When his pleas to the offenders and to local authorities fell on deaf ears, Bedekar filed a PIL in the Bombay high court. The high court took cognizance of the matter and passed multiple orders to ensure citizens' safety. The court called for details of music equipment used by DJs that causes noise pollution. It urged the state government to notify the names and particulars of authorities under the noise pollution rules, and set up a grievance redressal mechanism apart from ensuring that loudspeakers are used only after obtaining permission. It also directed local revenue officers to survey their areas and submit reports to the local civic commissioners on the issue of illegal Ganesh pandals. They failed to do so, though. Afterwards, the state filed a reply to say that "zero noise" was recorded during Diwali and Navratri, which earned ridicule from the court. The judges summoned the ACPs of several cities, who were appointed as nodal officers, to explain their stand. Thanks to Bedekar's efforts, silence zones were demarcated in Thane. The court also directed the police to procure decibel meters for every police station. "That process is still under way but at least a beginning has been made," he says. The path to success was paved with trials. Bedekar says, "My fight is not against any festival or religion, nor am I speaking for or against any political party. But revellers must follow the law of the land so that entire neighbourhoods are not disturbed. Earlier, individual citizens were afraid to complain because they believed their efforts would amount to nothing. But now more people are coming forward to do so." Dr Bedekar says, "I have been to the most developed countries like the US and the UK, and did not hear a single horn anywhere. There, honking is like using bad words. They blow the horn only during an emergency." Back home, fortunately, the decibel levels in the vicinity of his hospital have reduced considerably as the marriage halls now stick to the law.
|2016-06-12||26-year-old nurse kidnapped in Thane; police suspect gang rape - Hindustan Times|
26-year-old nurse kidnapped in Thane; police suspect gang rape Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Jun 12, 2016 09:19 IST A 26-year-old nurse from Thane area was allegedly kidnapped by three unidentified persons, including an auto driver, and was later found at an isolated place near Balkum area on Friday night. The police said they suspected she may have been gang-raped, but said they were waiting for medical reports to confirm this. No one had been arrested till the time of going to press. The married woman, who works at a nursing home in Naupada area of Thane, hired an autorickshaw f rom her workplace to home at 8pm on Friday night. On the pretext of refilling the vehicle with fuel, the driver took a detour to a CNG station, the police said. After leaving the station, the auto was flagged off by two passengers. The driver requested the woman to let the two men share the ride as they were also heading in the same direction. After few metres, one suspect used a chloroform-like chemical to knock her out, said Gajanan Kabdule, senior police inspector, Naupada police station. She gained consciousness around 10pm and found herself at a desolate place in Balkum. With the help of a biker, she called up her husband and informed him about the ordeal. Later, she along with her husband went to t he Naupada police station and lodged a complaint. Investigations also revealed that the survivor was touched inappropriately before she was subdued by the suspects, Kabdule added. A case under section 363 (punishment for kidnapping) of the IPC was registered against the three suspects. Meanwhile, the Naupada police approached the traffic department and a meeting was held to nab the accused. On the basis of CCTV footage obtained from the Harinivas circle in Naupada, the police have prepared a list of drivers who match the profile in the video. A similar case came to light in August 2014 when a 23- year- old professional jumped out a moving auto to escape a kidnap bid. She suffered grievous injuries and went into a coma.
|2016-06-12||Thane: 7 booked for attempted murder of anti-cow slaughter activists - The Indian Express|
Thane: 7 booked for attempted murder of anti-cow slaughter activists By: PTI Thane Published:Jun 12, 2016, 14:27 The accused have been identified as Sabu, Annu, Saza, Gappu while three others are yet to be identified. No arrest has been made so far, they said. A group of seven persons have been booked for allegedly mowing down members of an anti-cow slaughter outfit in Bhiwandi area here, police said on Sunday. Activists of Bharatiya Gowansh Sanrakshan Parishad, headed by Yatindra Jain (28), had received a message on June 9 about cattle being brought into the city for slaughtering, an officer from Nizampura police station in Bhiwandi city said. Acting on the tipoff, nearly four to five activists kept a vigil near Vanjarpatti flyover. As soon as they spotted a vehicle at around 6.30 am, suspected to be carrying cattle, they tried to intercept it.
|2016-06-11||Glitch hits Thane-Vashi local services - The Hindu|
Glitch hits Thane-Vashi local services Staff Reporter Commuters on the Central line faced a rough morning when train services came to a halt for 20 minutes following a technical glitch in the motorcar of a Thane bound local during the peak hours on Friday.The motor-coach of Thane-Vashi (18) encountered a defect, causing the train to come to a standstill between Turbhe and Koparkhairne for 12 long minutes, before being relieved by the Trouble Shooting Relief Train staff, and reached it's destination by 9:00 am, 20 minutes late. Speaking to The Hindu, A.K. Singh, P.R.O (Central railway) said the incident happened between 08:26-08:38 on Friday and trains were delayed by 15-20 minutes. It was our peak time and the commuters were upset. But the problem was dealt and services resumed as usual in no time, Mr. Singh said.
|2016-06-11||Thane to have special hospital for epidemics soon - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane to have special hospital for epidemics soon Thane will soon have a special hospital to treat epidemics so that people do not have to go to Mumbai's Kasturba hospital. The proposal, backed by Thane's guardian minister and mayor, will soon be passed in Thane Municipal Corporation's (TMC) general body meet this month. Whenever there is a widespread disease in Thane or an epidemic, the patients are sent to Kasturba hospital as the district does not have such a dedicated hospital. Such transfers are risky, expensive and time consuming. Hence, in a meeting Thane's guardian minister Eknath Shinde, state health minister Dr Deepak Sawant and TMC officials recently, it was decided to set up a special hospital in the city. "The hospital will be built in Kharegaon in Kalwa on a four-acre plot and people from Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Vasai-Virar, Mira road, Navi Mumbai, Shahpur, Dahanu, Mohada can come here for treatment," said Thane mayor Sanjay More. "The proposal will be brought up in TMC's general body meeting in June for approval; after which we will follow up the matter with the state government for funds," he added. Thane district has a population of 2 crore, while the city of Thane has a population of over 23 lakh. Though the TMC has its own hospital and other health centres, people are dependent on Kasturba hospital for treatment of widespread diseases. Thus, the proposed hospital will ease the hardships of Thanekars as well as the entire district. To be built in a 1.70 lakh sqmtr area, the hospital will have 100 beds and will be as per Indian medical standards. It will have separate rooms for patients of contagious diseases and a 20-bed intensive care unit (ICU). A special ICU for children will also be there. It will have its own pathology laboratory, laundry section and other modern amenities. The hospital will be built at a cost of Rs37.05 crore and the yearly expenditure on its staff will be around Rs7.60 lakh.
|2016-06-11||Thane: Female workers of MNS parade man naked for making obscene calls - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Female workers of MNS parade man naked for making obscene calls Female workers of the MNS paraded a man naked in Thane on Saturday night for making obscene calls to a 15-year-old girl. 21-year-old Sushil Kumar Jaiswal had been making obscene calls to the girl for around 10-12 days. The girl had filed a complaint against him with the police six days ago but said that no action was taken. A relative of the girl who is part of the MNS told the female workers of the party. They called Jaiswal's phone asked to meet him on the pretext of calling him from a finance company. The workers met him near Airoli station from where they took him to Thane to be identified by the girl and her family. On confirming that it was the same person, they stripped him naked and took him to the Thane police station. Before he was taken to the police, Jaiswal was also beaten up by the crowd that gathered in the area.
|2016-06-11||Traffic in Thane: 4-5 strays run over by vehicles every week - Times of India|
Traffic in Thane: 4-5 strays run over by vehicles every week Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jun 11, 2016, 12.03 PM IST Thane: The increased number of vehicles on city roads are not only causing inconvenience to city motorists, but are also posing to be a great threat to strays in the area. Veterinarians and animal lovers from the city say that they get almost five cases of animals being hurt every week. Shakuntala Majumdar, president, Thane SPCA, said, "We get a minimum of four to five cases every week where strays are run over by vehicles, excluding those who die on the spot. Of these at least two face permanent paralysis while other injuries are treatable. While some of these accidents are seen on the smaller roads in the city, maximum cases come from the highway. This trend is a definite indicator of the growing recklessness of motorists.""Most animals hurt their spine in road accidents. If the impact is too severe they even die on the spot or suffer paralysis for a lifetime," said Dr Hemant Thange, a veterinarian. Animal behaviour experts believe that these cases not only affect the animals that are hit in these accidents physically and psychologically, but also hamper the psyche of the other strays in the vicinity. "The animals that survive these incidents or even witness it tend to become insecure. They look at people as a threat and start barking excessively, biting and chasing vehicles as a defence mechanism," said dog psychologist and behaviour consultant Kunjan Solanki. Animal activists feel it's high time the government starts taking strict action against animal accidents as well. "This horrifying rise in stray hit and run cases is a reflection of the rampant reckless driving in addition to the lax attitude of citizens and officials. A maximum of these cases goes unreported because of the lack of proof, which lets many animal murders go scot-free. In addition to making these laws stringent, there needs to be a change in the mind set of motorists to avoid such incidents from occurring so frequently," said Aditi Nair, founder, Pet owners and Animal Lovers Foundation (PAL).
|2016-06-11||Thane nurse kidnapped and sexually assaulted - Times of India|
Thane nurse kidnapped and sexually assaulted Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jun 12, 2016, 01.00 AM IST THANE: The Naupada police is probing a complaint of kidnapping and suspected sexual assault on a 26-year-old nurse who allegedly took an auto from Vandana talkies and woke up near Upvan lake, with her clothes in tatters on Friday evening. The victim claimed two strangers had barged into the auto and rendered her unconscious by forcing her to sniff a drug-laced handkerchief. The woman, who is married and lives in Balkum, works at a private hospital. "She said that the auto driver said he wanted to refuel and hence, he headed to a petrol pump. As they were leaving from the petrol pump, two unidentified men entered the vehicle. The duo touched her inappropriately and when she tried to call her husband, the men snatched her phone and made her unconscious," said a police officer. She claimed that she regained consciousness at Balkum and contacted her husband using her phone which was in her bag. He came at the spot and then took her to the police station. The Naupada police has filed a kidnapping case and are checking the CCTV footage of teen petrol pump to verify the woman's complaint. The police sent her for a medical examination and are awaiting medical reports.
|2016-06-10||Thane: 60-year-old collapses and dies while chasing tow truck - Mid-Day|
Thane: 60-year-old collapses and dies while chasing tow truck By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours His daughter alleged that he was pushed by a traffic constable, leading to his death; traffic department denied this A 60-year-old man passed away after he collapsed while chasing after a tow truck hauling his scooter away. While the retired bank employee is suspected to have suffered a heart attack, his family claims that he collapsed after he was pushed by a traffic constable. While the traffic police have denied this charge, they have started an inquiry and have transferred the accused constable until the matter is decided. Madhukar Kasare (60) ran after the tow truck as it was hauling his scooter away, which had important documents inside. Madhukar Kasare (60), a resident of Kalyan, had just retired from his job at the Bank of Maharashtra a month ago. At around 11 am on Wednesday morning, he went to Mahalaxmi hotel near Kalyan railway station to meet a friend and figure out how to apply for pension, since it was his first time. When his friend arrived, Kasare went to collect his documents from the bike's glove compartment and saw the traffic van towing his bike away. He gave chase, asking the traffic cops to stop and at least let him take his documents, but then he collapsed. Kasare was shifted to Rukmini Bai hospital in Kalyan west, where he was declared dead. The allegation: His daughter Nisha, however, alleges that he was pushed by a traffic constable, leading to his death. He saw that his vehicle was being towed by the traffic cops. He asked them to stop as he wanted to take his important documents. But he was pushed and then fell down, which was noticed by the passers-by, stated Nisha in a complaint letter to the Mahatma Phule police station. The counter: On the other hand, the traffic department said the allegation is completely false and baseless. They claimed to have CCTV footage from the camera on the towing van that shows Kasare running behind, with no one pushing him. The department further claimed that the cop identified as Constable Sharad Suryavanshi never pushed Kasare, but tried to revive the elderly man with some water. However, based on the complaint, an inquiry has been initiated and will be led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Chandrashekar Gole. Until then, Constable Suryavanshi has been transferred to the traffic control room. Meanwhile, the doctor's report on the cause of death is also awaited. An inquiry is been initiated and investigation is on, confirmed Senior Police Inspector Anil Pawar, from the Mahatma Phule Police station. Traffic DCP Dr Rashmi Karandikar, also confirmed the same and added that the allegation was false. Another official said, The complainant was not present at the scene, but we have spoken to auto rickshaw drivers who were there and they said that the deceased was never pushed. We have also spoken to the deceased's former colleagues, and they said that he had suffered from heart attacks in the past as well.
|2016-06-10||Thane: Ex-Central Excise officer gets jail in graft case - Mid-Day|
Thane: Ex-Central Excise officer gets jail in graft case By PTI |Posted 10-Jun-2016 Thane: A local court on Friday sentenced a retired Central Excise officer to one year rigorous imprisonment in a 2005 bribery case. District Judge M M Walimohammed found Ravindra Shete (60), then posted as sub-inspector, guilty of accepting bribe under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act and sentenced him to one year jail. He was also convicted under section 13 (1), (d), 13(2) of the Act and sentenced to six months jail. Both the sentences will run concurrently. Additional Public Prosecutor Hemlata Deshmukh told the court that the accused use to extort money on monthly basis from complainants, owners of a liquor shop in Kalwa area in Thane, while carrying out official checks. On one occasion, he demanded Rs 15,000 as bribe from Gorakhnath Mhatre and his brother Ramesh and threatened to file a false case against them if they fail to fulfil his demand. The aggrieved then lodged a complaint with Anti- Corruption Bureau, Thane unit, following which a trap was laid and Shete was arrested while he was taking the bribe at his office on February 9, 2005, from Ramesh, the prosecution said. After hearing the prosecution and the defence, the court held that the prosecution has proved the case beyond any reasonable doubt, and hence, the accused needs to be convicted and sentenced.
|2016-06-10||Two-acre wetland patch cleared at Thane for illegal housing - Hindustan Times|
Two-acre wetland patch cleared at Thane for illegal housing Badri Chatterjee, Hindustan Times, Mumbai | Updated: Jun 10, 2016 10:48 IST Over 300 mangrove trees in a two-acre plot near Kalwa creek bridge, opposite BN Bandodkar College of Science, Thane, have been destroyed to make way for illegal housing, according to a complaint filed on Wednesday. This is the fifth such case in a span of one year. A complaint was filed with the Thane collector's office by Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan, a group representing fishermen who have said that the destruction of mangroves and reclamation of land at the edge of the creek could lead to flooding considering the onset of the monsoon season in less than a week. This site is not far away from the concerned authority, the collector's office, yet it has gone unnoticed. Mangrove trees have been chopped for the purpose of illegal housing. The reclamation has been done at the edge of the creek, almost at the water level. With the monsoons just around the corner, it would pose a serious threat to the life of people residing at the site illegally, said Nandkumar Pawar, director, Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan. Pawar pointed out that the illegal reclamation was in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification 1991. The collector needs to take immediate action against this ecologically-sensitive issue and relocate people and restore the site to its original status, he said. The destruction of mangrove forests across the state and construction within 50m of mangrove areas was banned by the Bombay high court in 2005, after a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by the NGO Bombay Environment Action Group. In 2014, after environment campaigner Vanashakti filed another PIL on the protection of wetlands, the HC banned all reclamation and construction on wetlands. Thane district's new collector, Dr Mahendra Kalyankar told HT that his office had taken cognisance of the complaint. We have already deputed our circle officer to visit the site and investigate the issue. If we find any violation at the location, we will penalise the violators, he said. HT had reported on January 8, April 1 and 19, regarding different cases of mangrove destruction at Thane. While some of the cases were regarding debris dumping, others were related to garbage being dumped and burnt at wetlands.
|2016-06-10||Thane: Shiv Sena corporator attacked, spouse held - The Indian Express|
Thane: Shiv Sena corporator attacked, spouse held By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Jun 11, 2016, 2:20 The Thane police on Friday arrested the estranged husband of a Shiv Sena corporator on the charges of allegedly planning an attack on her at her office on Thursday. Sangita Patil, a corporator from Wagle Estate area, was assaulted by around ten masked persons with sticks and a sword. Sangeeta was holding a meeting with supporters when the incident took place.
|2016-06-10||Central Railway operating block between Thane - Kalyan down fast line - Times of India|
Central Railway operating block between Thane - Kalyan down fast line Manoj Badgeri. | TNN | Jun 10, 2016, 10.18 PM IST THANE: Commuters travelling between Thane and Kalyan will face commuting hassles Sunday as the Central Railway is operating a block between Thane-Kalyan down fast line from 10.30 AM to 3.00 PM.Down fast line services leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai from 9.38 am to 2.25 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts.Down fast line services beyond Thane will be diverted on Down slow line between Thane and Kalyan stations halting at all stations and will arrive destination 20 minutes behind schedule.Up fast line services leaving Thane station from 10.46 am to 3.18 pm will halt at Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule.Consequently, all slow locals leaving or arriving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm will be running behind schedule. "Suburban trains are likely to be more crowded than usual. Passengers are requested not to take any risks while travelling. They are also requested to avoid travelling on footboard, rooftop of locals and not to board extremely over crowded trains," said an official from the Central Railway.
|2016-06-09||Thane: 5-year-old awarded Rs 1.58 lakh compensation for road accident - The Indian Express|
Thane: 5-year-old awarded Rs 1.58 lakh compensation for road accident Thane Published:Jun 9, 2016, 11:46 The accident happened when a car dashed onto the girl while reversing. A five-year-old girl has been awarded Rs 1.58 lakh compensation by the Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal for her injuries in a freak accident in 2013. Roshani Kamod Kumar, in her claim filed through her father Kamod Kumar Gupta, told the MACT that on January 18, 2013 she was playing near her house at Nerul in Navi Mumbai. At that time, a car driver moved the vehicle in reverse direction on high speed and dashed against her, as a result of which she sustained multiple grievous injuries. The tribunal was told that the mishap caused closed right midshaft femur fracture and other injuries to the child, who was just two years old at that time.
|2016-06-09||School clerk held on graft charge in Thane - Times of India|
School clerk held on graft charge in Thane PTI | Jun 9, 2016, 04.54 PM IST THANE: A clerk working with a school in Pen taluka of neighbouring Raigad district was arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths for allegedly accepting bribe in lieu of facilitating a co-worker's transfer to a preferred location, police said today. The accused, identified as Yuvraj Karankale (41), worked as a clerk with the school aided under the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP). The victim, who was to be transferred to another school, requested the accused to facilitate his appointment at a location of his choice, Thane ACB Deputy SP Sanjay Mohite said. The accused demanded Rs 50,000 from him in lieu of the favour, he said. The victim approached the ACB, following which a trap was laid yesterday and Karankale was arrested while taking bribe amount of Rs 50,000 from him in the school premises, the official said. A case has been registered under Prevention of Corruption Act, he said, adding further investigation is on.
|2016-06-09||Mumbai-Thane metro line to finally become a reality - Moneycontrol.com|
Mumbai-Thane metro line to finally become a reality Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, on June 3, 2016, approved a 32-km metro line connecting Mumbai with adjoining Thane. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, on June 3, 2016, approved a 32-km metro line connecting Mumbai with adjoining Thane. The 32-km Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarwadavali metro line is estimated to cost Rs 14,549 crore. The government expects to complete the project (Mumbai Metro Line 4), which will have 32 stations, by 2021. After the commencement of services, the distance between Wadala (Mumbai) and Kasarwadavli (Thane) will be covered within 64 minutes. The CM accorded approval to the project, during a meeting of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), an official statement said. Fadnavis is the chairman of the MMRDA, which has undertaken a host of infrastructure projects, to improve traffic and transportations scenario in the financial capital and its surrounding areas. The project will help connect Thane with Mumbai with a modern public transport system and have a huge impact on the development and areas around the corridor, the statement said.
|2016-06-09||Thane: Man who wanted son kills daughter; arrested - Deccan Chronicle|
Thane: Man who wanted son kills daughter; arrested PTI Published Jun 9, 2016, 7:43 pm IST Updated Jun 9, 2016, 7:43 pm IST Palghar: A 30-year-old man was on Thursday arrested for allegedly killing his one and half month old daughter as he wanted a male child, police said. One Kailas Bande, a resident of Virar, who was apprehended, also allegedly disposed off the infant's body to hide the crime, Palghar District Police PRO Suresh Nirmal said. Bande was annoyed with the fact that his wife delivered a female child as he wanted a son. On May 15 afternoon, he killed his daughter, a police official said. He threatened his wife not to tell anyone and later claimed that the death of his daughter was accidental. He also performed the last rites of his daughter, police said. The police had then registered a case under section 174 (accidental death) of the IPC. However Bande's wife, while at her maternal place, narrated the crime to her family, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Vasai Anil Akade said. Following a complaint, a case under relevant sections of IPC was registered and Bande was nabbed, the officer said.
|2016-06-09||Tata Housing to invest Rs500 crore in new residential project in Thane - Livemint|
Tata Housing to invest Rs500 crore in new residential project in Thane Tata Housing has joined hands with with global building certification agency US Green Building Council to build eco-friendly houses for the project. Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint Mumbai: Real estate firm Tata Housing Development Co. will invest around Rs500 crore to build its first wellness-themed residential project in Mumbai's Thane area, according to a top company executive. The company on Thursday announced partnership with global building certification agency US Green Building Council (USGBC) to build eco-friendly houses for the project. The residential spaces would be built in accordance with LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a global green building tool which measures and certifies building features that impact health and well-being. Besides, every aspect of the environment, including quality of air, water and even the noise level, would be closely monitored. We will invest Rs500 crore in the project, which includes land and construction cost. We will be formally launching very soon, said Brotin Banerjee, managing director and chief executive officer, Tata Housing. Tata Housing's Thane project would be spread across 1 million sq.ft and would have four towers with 740 flats. It would comprise two, three and four-BHK flats with sizes ranging from 696 sq.ft to 900 sq.ft. Prices of the flats would start from Rs 1.65 crore. Banerjee said the partnership with USGBC will expand to more projects in Bengaluru where the company is gearing up to launch a 190-acre township as well as its residential project in Colombo. Our partnership with USGBC will expand to a total of 20 million sq.ft of our residential projects for the next 3-4 years. This would include a township in Bengaluru and for our project in Colombo, he said.
|2016-06-09||Thane school wins Khalsa Cup U-14 cricket tourney - Times of India|
Thane school wins Khalsa Cup U-14 cricket tourney B B Nayak | Jun 9, 2016, 10.34 PM IST The students of Vasant Vihar High School (VVHS) won the coveted Khalsa Cup Under-14 Cricket Tournament that was played in Kalyan recently. The boys of VVHS defeated K C Gandhi school of Kalyan by 10 wickets in the finals. After chossing to bat first, the lads from K C Gandhi school put 84 runs on the board and lost all their wickets. This target was met with ease by VVHS. In fact, VVHS scored 86 runs for no loss. "Winning two back-to-back tournaments shows that our boys are in form," said VVHS coach Kiran Salgaonkar.
|2016-06-08||Mumbai: Man molests 11-year-old on 10th floor of posh Thane building - Daily News & Analysis|
Mumbai: Man molests 11-year-old on 10th floor of posh Thane building An 11-year-old girl from Thane was allegedly molested by an unidentified man on the 10th floor lobby of a posh complex. The incident took place at Jay Surya Tower in Chandanwadi area of Thane. The girl was playing in the lobby when a man molested her. The minor girl's parents reported the incident to the Naupada police. "The parents have complained that when the girl was playing, a person came out of the lift and molested her," said a Naupada police officer, adding that the girl was playing alone and it was bit dark in the lobby when the incident took place. "We have registered a case under Section 354 (molestation) of the Indian Penal Code and also under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act," said ND Jadhav, Investigating officer, Naupada police station. The identity of the culprit was yet to be established, added Jadhav.
|2016-06-08||Thane: Mobile, SIM cards found in dreaded gangster's cell again - Mid-Day|
Thane: Mobile, SIM cards found in dreaded gangster's cell again By Faisal Tandel |Posted 08-Jun-2016 An association with an underworld gang has its own set of perks for inmates, especially in jail. Devendra Baburao Jagtap, a sharp shooter associated with Chhota Shakeel's gang has access to mobile phones in his jail cell, and enjoys seamless connectivity to the outside world. Jail officials seized a high-end Samsung phone, two SIM cards and three mobile batteries from his cell on Monday. This is the second time that a mobile phone has been recovered from Jagtap in jail, who was arrested in 2013 for killing lawyer Shahid Azmi in February 2010. Earlier, a phone was found from his cell in August 2014. The cell phone was recovered from cell number 2 of circle 9 in the Aadharwadi jail, where Jagtap alias JD is currently lodged. Sherkhan Pathan, prison officer, got a tip-off that a mobile had been concealed in Jagtap's cell, after which he carried out a raid along with other officers Krishna Salaskar and Chetan Sahane. One of the marble tiles in his bathroom was loosely fit. Initially, we thought it is because of the plaster but when we broke open the area, we found a two-feet deep hole in which the mobile, the SIM cards and batteries were hidden, said a police officer from Aadharwadi jail on condition of anonymity, adding that they have informed the jail superintendent and the Khadakpada police station. Police says: We have registered a case and further investigations are on. We will check the call records, said Gulabrao Gore, senior cop of Khadakpada police station, adding that relevant section of Prisoners Act and section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian penal code has been levied against Jagtap. Despite repeated attempts, Aadharwadi jail superintendent Subhash Pawar could not be reached for comments. JD was shifted from Taloja jail after opening fire at gangster Abu Salem in 2013, after which he was given a single accommodation in the Kalyan-based prison. He had claimed that he shot at Salem at the behest of Shakeel, a close aide of dreaded underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Crimes in jails September 2014: Two men, Vijay Sharadkumar Jain and Vijay Mishra, were caught while trying to pass on a mobile phone, SIM card and a packet of smelly substance suspected to be drugs inside the jail to prisoner Manoj Kumar Singh Morya, lodged in Aadharwadi jail. May 26, 2016: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered a probe after mid-day reported how inmates were enjoying a lavish life by greasing the palms of officials in Thane Central Jail.
|2016-06-08||Thane Municipal Corporation sets up automated dispenser selling 20 litres of water for just Rs 7 - Times of India|
Thane Municipal Corporation sets up automated dispenser selling 20 litres of water for just Rs 7 Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 9, 2016, 12.47 AM IST On paying a registration fee of Rs 250, the user will get a start-up kit comprising a 20-litre jar and a refil. THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation has set up an automated water dispenser at Waghbil where citizens can get 20 litres of purified drinking water for just Rs 7. The cost of each litre works out to barely 40 paise per litre, nearly 200 times cheaper than branded bottled water. A 24,000-litre capacity plant has been set up in Waghbil that will source groundwater, purify it through RO process and dispense nearly 1,000 litres every hour. On paying a registration fee of Rs 250, the user will get a start-up kit comprising a 20-litre jar and a refill card, it can be refilled with Rs 50 or its multiples. The consumer will have to ferry the jars to and from the dispenser. A plan to set up similar facilities at Azad Nagar and Manisha Nagar is in the pipeline. The TMC awarded the contract to set up the units each costing Rs 22 lakh and maintain them to a Bengaluru company and in exchange will provide it access to water from borewells and space. "We will start dispensing water after ascertaining the present mineral content and try to bring it to standard levels. The purification process will entail a five-step process ensuring quality water," said a representative of the agency. Residents welcomed the initiative but said it could have been more beneficial in summer. "Now we will opt for this facility and not rely on TMC," said Vinayak Pawar from Waghbil.
|2016-06-08||Potable 'water ATM' installed in Thane, get 20 ltrs for just Rs 7 - Times of India|
Potable water ATM installed in Thane, get 20 ltrs for just Rs 7 Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 9, 2016, 01.41 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has installed automated water dispensers in the city where residents can get 20 litre of pure drinking water at Rs 7. According to the concept, a 24,000 litre capacity plant has been set up at Waghbil, which will source ground water and purify it through Reverse Osmosis (RO) process and dispense nearly 1,000 litre water every hour. Residents will have to register themselves by paying Rs 250 and will be given a start-up kit, which includes a 20-litre jar and card. The card can be refilled with Rs 50 or its multiples and redeemed at the dispenser for multiple times if required. Users will have to swipe the card in front of a reader installed at the unit which will calculate the balance available and dispense 20 litre of water at one stretch. However, residents will have to ferry the jars to and from the dispenser at their own cost. The concept was formulated two years ago and was finally implemented this year. The TMC has entered into an agreement with a Bangalore-based company which will maintain the quality of water. While the civic body will provide them access to water from borewells and space in their premises, the agency will be responsible for setting up the unit costing Rs 22 lakh and maintaining it for 10 years. "We will start dispensing the water after ascertaining the present mineral content and try to bring it to standard levels. The purification process will entail a five-step process ensuring quality water for the users," said a representative of the agency. The first of its kind system for the city has been set up along the Ghodbunder Road and similar facilities across Thane at Azad Nagar and Manisha Nagar are also in the pipeline. Activists and residents have welcomed the system but said it could have been more beneficial had it started before summer. The city faced one of the worst scarcity situations after municipality water supply was shut between one to four days in various parts of the city. "We purchased costly water from the market this season. Had the facility been started earlier, we would have saved a lot of money. Nonetheless, we can opt for this facility in the coming days and not rely on civic water," said Vinayak Pawar, a Waghbil resident.
|2016-06-07||Accused flees Thane civil hospital, police on lookout - Daily News & Analysis|
Accused flees Thane civil hospital, police on lookout A 41-year-old man fled from Thane Civil hospital after tricking a police officer. The accused has been absconding since then. The police have formed teams and are on the lookout for the accused. The accused has been identified as Nafees Ahmed Ansari, a resident of Malegaon. He was lodged in Thane Central Jail and was arrested under section 379 of the IPC. The accused pretended to be sick and the police officer took him to the hospital where he tricked the officer and fled. The Thane Nagar police have booked the accused for escaping from the custody and have formed teams to nab him. "The accused was pretending to be sick and managed to escape when he was put under observation," said a police officer. "We tried to locate him but failed. We suspect that he may have rushed to his native place. We are investigating further," said the officer. "A case against Ansari have been registered under section 224 of the IPC and we will arrest him soon," said GA Kokane, investigation officer.
|2016-06-07||Thane corporator's son dies in mishap - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane corporator's son dies in mishap By Lievanta Millar, Mumbai Mirror | Jun 7, 2016, 09.46 AM IST Thane corporator Reshma Patil's 20-year-old son died after a truck rammed into his bike on Sunday night. Pranesh met with the accident close a T-junction near Amit Garden restaurant in Kalwa's Reti Bunder area. Pranesh and a friend, identified as a Zuber Shariq, were headed towards the toll plaza in Mumbra when the driver of the truck lost control and hit their twowheeler around 9.30 pm. The police said Pranesh died on the spot, while Shariq, who was riding pillion, sustained injuries. He is being treated at a hospital in Thane. The truck driver, 29-year-old Babha Jagdale, has been arrested, said Janardhan Babar, senior police inspector of Kalwa police station.
|2016-06-07||Bike daredevil loses control, dies in accident on his way to Thane - Mid-Day|
Bike daredevil loses control, dies in accident on his way to Thane By Faisal Tandel |Posted 07-Jun-2016 A 20-year-old motorbike aficionado and son of a corporator lost his life in a bike accident near the Kalwa toll naka on Sunday night. According to sources, the youth was driving rashly when he lost control of the bike and slipped under the wheel of an oncoming lorry. Pranesh Patil was fond of bikes and photography and would post several pictures of his stunts, like this one on his Yamaha Rs 15 bike. Pranesh Patil, son of Reshma Patil, a Congress corporator from Mumbra, had just finished refuelling his Yamaha Rs 15 bike at the Majiwada petrol pump and was enroute to Thane at 9.30 pm, when the accident took place. One of his friends, Zuber Ijaz Shareef (20) was riding pillion and suffered injuries, but is currently out of danger. The driver of the container was arrested and produced in the court yesterday, after which he was released on bail. Senior Inspector J Babar of Kalwa police station said, We had registered a case under IPC for negligence and rash driving on Sunday and arrested the container driver, 29-year-old Baban Jagdale, a resident of Kalamboli. We are investigating the matter. However, another officer from Kalwa police said, Pranesh was riding rashly and lost control of the bike. Bike stunts: Pranesh's friends said he was extremely fond of bikes and loved doing stunts. He was also fond of photography and had also posted several pictures of his stunts on social media. The college-going youth had three other high-end bikes apart from the Yamaha Rs 15. His father, Ramesh Patel, who runs a construction firm, would receive a lot of complaints about Pranesh's rash driving, but chose to ignore it.
|2016-06-07||Thane man arrested for alleged attempt to murder young woman - Zee News|
Thane man arrested for alleged attempt to murder young woman Last Updated: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 14:30 According to PI MJ Bagga of Naupada police station the accused Mahesh Tarkar, a resident of Kalwa, tried to force a marriage on the woman, who denied his proposal. Yesterday noon, the accused once again met the woman at her residence and informed him that he was in love with her and hence had divorced his wife. However, the woman refused to live with him resulting in a quarrel between the two. Quoting the complaint filed by the woman, police said that the accused tried to kill her after he pulled out a revolver and dragged her to the bedroom. He then tried to strangulate her to death. A melee ensued and Tarkar again hit her on the head with a revolver before trying to molest her. However, the woman escaped, police said. The accused was arrested in the wee hours today. He was booked under sections 307, 354 of the IPC and also sections 3 and 12 of the Arms Act. The accused worked in a private firm and woman was pursuing her studies at Dombivli.
|2016-06-07||Ephedrine haul: Petition seeks re-test of seized samples, court asks Thane police to file reply - The Indian Express|
Ephedrine haul: Petition seeks re-test of seized samples, court asks Thane police to file reply By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Jun 8, 2016, 1:16 A report from the Forensic Science Laboratory sent last month had confirmed that the samples sent by the police from the Solapur unit of the company had the drug Ephedrine. THE THANE sessions court has directed the local police to reply to an application seeking re-test on the samples of Ephedrine seized in the drug haul case. The reply has been sought on an application filed by the director of Avon Lifesciences, Manoj Jain, who has been arrested in the case. It states that the company has the requisite licence for manufacturing Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride, Ephedrine and Ephedrine Hydrochloride. A report from the Forensic Science Laboratory sent last month had confirmed that the samples sent by the police from the Solapur unit of the company had the drug Ephedrine. Related Article Batch of samples sent by Thane police is Ephedrine: FSL report Ephedrine bust: Mumbai police write to CBI, Interpol for red corner notice against two Ephedrine haul: Mumbai cops plan to make accused Shringi approver Rs 2000 crore Ephedrine haul probe: US DEA joins Mumbai Police Rs 2,000-cr drug haul from solapur: FDA feels shortage of drug inspectors Rs 2,000-cr drug haul from solapur: Man wanted in ephedrine racket made 30 visits abroad in a year, say police The application claims that the seized product from the tin shed of the godown in Solapur was D-Ephedrine, which is a waste product of Ephedrine with no commercial value. It has been stored by the previous management in the tin shed behind the godown of the said factory at Solapur. The material is included in the firm's stock records as also in the excise records, the application states. The material has been lying there for more than seven years. The present management is not involved in the manufacture of the said material, it adds. The accused claim that the current report from the FSL includes tests that are not conclusive about the presence of ephedrine. The chemical analyser report received has tests that are erroneous and the finding is not correct. This is as per the manual for use by national drug testing laboratories by the UN, said advocate Ayaz Khan, representing Jain. The application claims that a Specific Optical Rotation test should be undertaken for a conclusive report for the court to determine the substance. An official from the Thane crime branch denied the allegations, claiming that the CA report has been relied upon by the court as evidence in similar cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), 1985.
|2016-06-07||Man arrested for alleged attempt to murder young woman in Thane - Mid-Day|
Man arrested for alleged attempt to murder young woman in Thane By PTI |Posted 07-Jun-2016 Thane: A married man was on Tuesday arrested by Naupada police in Thane on alleged charges of attempt to murder on a 22-year-old woman with whom he had develop a friendly relation. According to PI MJ Bagga of Naupada police station the accused Mahesh Tarkar, a resident of Kalwa, tried to force a marriage on the woman, who denied his proposal. Yesterday noon, the accused once again met the woman at her residence and informed him that he was in love with her and hence had divorced his wife. However, the woman refused to live with him resulting in a quarrel between the two. Quoting the complaint filed by the woman, police said that the accused tried to kill her after he pulled out a revolver and dragged her to the bedroom. He then tried to strangulate her to death. A melee ensued and Tarkar again hit her on the head with a revolver before trying to molest her. However, the woman escaped, police said. The accused was arrested in the wee hours on Tuesday. He was booked under sections 307, 354 of the IPC and also sections 3 and 12 of the Arms Act. The accused worked in a private firm and woman was pursuing her studies at Dombivli.
|2016-06-06||Shiv Sena candidate Ravindra Phatak defeats Vasant Davkhare in Thane MLC poll - India.com|
Shiv Sena candidate Ravindra Phatak defeats Vasant Davkhare in Thane MLC poll By Press Trust of India on June 6, 2016 at 12:41 PM Mumbai, Jun 6 : Shiv Sena candidate Ravindra Phatak was today declared elected in the Maharashtra Legislative Council poll from Thane local bodies constituency. Phatak defeated five-time MLC and NCP nominee Vasant Davkhare, the Deputy Chairman of the state Legislative Council. The poll to elect an MLC from Thane local bodies constituency was held on June 3. As many as 99.72 per cent voters (1,057 of 1,060 voters) cast their votes. The MLC election had all elected representatives from local civic bodies, including zilla parishad, municipal corporation and municipal council, in Thane district as voters.
|2016-06-06||Shiv Sena wins Thane seat, setback to NCP - The Indian Express|
Shiv Sena wins Thane seat, setback to NCP By: Express News Service Mumbai Updated: Jun 7, 2016, 1:50 Sena candidate Ravindra Phatak after the victory. Deepak Joshi The Nationalist Congress Party on Monday suffered a major defeat as its senior leader Vasant Davkhare was defeated by Shiv Sena candidate Ravindra Phatak in the Maharashtra Legislative Council poll from Thane local bodies constituency. Davkhare, who is the Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council, is a close aide of NCP president Sharad Pawar. He had held the council seat for five terms. The Shiv Sena candidate was supported by the BJP and smaller groups of the ruling alliance in the state who ensured a massive defeat of Davkhare. The election for the MLC post from Thane local bodies constituency was held on June 3. The results were declared Monday.
|2016-06-06||Success rate of Thane division down by 0.85% from last year - Times of India|
Success rate of Thane division down by 0.85% from last year Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jun 7, 2016, 01.52 AM IST THANE: Girls outperformed boys in the Secondary School Certificate results in Thane division recording a pass percentage of 88.78%. The results announced by The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education showed that the division, including Thane and Palghar districts, recorded success rate of 85.99% with the pass percentage of boys being 83.66%. The overall performance of 1.68 lakh plus students from the division has seen a drop from last year, which recorded 86.84% success rate. As many as 28,537 students secured distinction in the Thane division, while 35,145 came under the first class bracket. As compared to last year, district schools have seen the pass percentage of their students drop by a small fraction of 0.85%, from 86.84% last year to 85.99% this year. Of all the talukas across Thane division, Vikramghad saw the highest pass percentage of 95.21%, followed by Mokhada with 92.71% and then Jawhar with 91.22%. With a success rate of 78.61%, Ulhasnagar recorded the worst performance.
|2016-06-06||Crime rate in Thane dips by 20% from Jan-Apr '16 vis-Ă -vis same period in '15 - Times of India|
Crime rate in Thane dips by 20% from Jan-Apr 16 vis-same period in 15 Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jun 6, 2016, 09.53 PM IST Thane: Crime in the city and suburbs of Kalyan-Dombivli, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Badlapur fell by a sharp 20% during from January to April 2016 as compared to the offences registered for the same period in 2015 across the 36 police stations in the Thane police commissionerate. The overall detection rate, too, touched an impressive 48% in 2016 as against 41% during the previous year. The data was compiled by the statistics cell of the Thane police. The significant slide in the overall crime rate and a remarkable rise in the detection in 2016 speaks volumes of police commissioner Param Bir Singh's firm-fist control and an effective policing strategy to ensure the safety and security of the 85-lakh-plus population manned by a miniscule 10,000-plus police personnel. Singh's intensified campaign against street crime, hunting down chain-snatching gangs across the state borders and booking them under MCOCA law, appears to have yielded positive results as incidents of burglary, dacoities and robberies fell by 23% in 2016. "As against 2,346 incidents of dacoity, preparation for dacoity, robbery, burglary and thefts registered from January to April 2015, 1,798 cases were registered across our area in the same period in 2016. The primary reason for the fall in property crime is our drive against bike-borne chain-snatching gangs. We hunted them down from their hideouts and even went after them to places such as UP and MP and brought them to book. The streets are much safer now than earlier," a police officer said. He added that specialized crime prevention operations and surveillance cameras have contributed to the fall in street crime. "One of the key tasks of the police force is to build confidence among citizens about their security and safety and of their property. In the last few years, these robber gangs had wreaked havoc. They would strike at will and the most vulnerable and frail community of elders and women were targeted on the streets. However, because of our monitoring, incidents of thefts have come down to 1,068 in 2016 as against 1,238 in the previous year," the officer said. Statistics reveal that notwithstanding high levels of anxiety following the murder of senior citizens in recent times, incidents of violent crime have fallen by 13% this year as compared to 2015. "The total body offences recorded in the last four months was 925 of which 77% were detected. It is an achievements of sorts compared to the 70% detection rate of the 1,067 incidents of murder, attempt to murder, rape, kidnapping, hurt and homicide in Jan-April 2015," the officer said. Incidents of economic offences recorded the highest fall of 30% in 2016. "Various public awareness drives were conducted by the cyber cell department to make sure that people were aware of the various ponzi schemes, debit card/credit card frauds, chit funds etc. These seminars helped residents understand the various cheating methods used to exploit them and take their money. In the last four months 270 cases of criminal breach of trust, cheating, counterfeit were registered as against 382 last year," the officer said.
|2016-06-06||Sena's Ravindra Phatak wins Thane MLC polls - Times of India|
Sena's Ravindra Phatak wins Thane MLC polls Manoj Badgeri | Jun 6, 2016, 01.53 PM IST THANE: Shiv Sena candidate Ravindra Phatak emerged victorious in the Thane MLC elections defeating outgoing Mlc NCP's Vasant Davkhare by a comfortable margin. Phatak garnered 601 votes whike Davkhare managed to shore in 450 votes in the MLC poll results announced Monday morning. Nearly an hour after the counting started around 8:30am indicated Phatak's victory over Davkhare. Sena workers had put up congratulatory boards outside shakhas as Sena-BJP candidate marched towards scoring the required majority. Around 1057 of the total 1060 representatives from all governing bodies from the district and neighbouring Palghar cast their votes to elect the representative to the legislative council from Thane on Friday. Of the toral votes cast, Six were declared invalid. The election process saw a nearly cent turnout at all the 13 centres. Around 10 centres saw 100% turnout while the least volume of polling was seen at Ulhasnagar where a female councillor stayed away from the polling process. 539 female and 521 male elected representatives from various governing bodies in urban and rural areas. The fight in Thane for the seat was fought between Ravindra Fatak of the Shiv Sena and NCPs Vasant Davkhare who held the seat for the last four terms.
|2016-06-06||Time to exult: 47 of 253 Thane schools secure 100% result in SSC, girls shine - Times of India|
Time to exult: 47 of 253 Thane schools secure 100% result in SSC, girls shine Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jun 7, 2016, 02.51 AM IST THANE: A total of 25,980 students of class X from 253 schools in the Thane city limits cleared their exams with flying colours. The city saw a fantastic 84.18 pass percentage, slightly lesser than previous year. While city schools saw a slight decline in the pass percentage of their students from 84.82 percent last year, the girl students outshone their male counterparts with an outstanding pass percentage of 88.03, as compare to the boy students' success rate of 80.88 percent. Of the 253 schools affiliated to the state board, as many as 47 recorded a cent percent success rate. While school authorities tribute this result to the efforts put in by their students, they believe that the school, tuition and family environment of the student needs to be encouraging and supportive in order for assured success. Fr. Michael Pinto, principal, St.John the Baptist High School which has secured a cent percent result for the 5th consecutive year, said, "Students face pressures from all sides during their class X exams. As an educator we have to ensure that each student grows academically as well as in extracurricular activities thus making them balanced individuals." Eknath Teli, principal, Sarawati Marathi Medium School, which secured a 99 percent result said, "I knew what each of my students lacked in. Along with the teachers and academicians, we discussed every students weaker areas first with them and then with their parents to ensure that the learning did not end with the school," said Teli.
|2016-06-05||Thane Municipal Corporation goes green - Free Press Journal|
Thane Municipal Corporation goes green By Staff Reporter Jun 05, 2016 08:19 am Thane: Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has planned to go green by planting around ten thousand trees on the occasion of World Environment Day to be celebrated on Sunday. On Sunday, around 10,000 trees consisting of indigenous, medicinal, aromatic and flower bearing trees will be planted at Traffic Park in Kavesar area. The initiative has taken up by Sanjeev Jaiswal, TMC Commissioner, to increase the oxygen bank in Thane city. Due to urbanisation, there have been several developments in the city. This has resulted in reduction of oxygen bank. We are looking at increasing the urban forest in the city, said Manisha Pradhan, Pollution Control Officer, TMC. TMC is also inaugurating a green cell on the occasion of World Environment Day. The green cell would consist of a team who would suggest environment protection measures to building residence. Before 2000, TMC had announced several measures like rainwater harvesting and using solar energy, however, there was no response by the residents. The team from green cell would personally visit the residents and guide them through several environment measures. Also, audits would be conducted in newer buildings under TMC area by the green cell to ensure the environment protection measures are taken by the residents, added Pradhan. TMC is taking help of Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) to undertake environment protection measures for buildings under TMC area.
|2016-06-05||Thane: Man abducted, thrashed and robbed by goons; later released - Mid-Day|
Thane: Man abducted, thrashed and robbed by goons; later released By PTI |Posted 05-Jun-2016 Thane: A 33-year-old man was allegedly abducted and thrashed by four persons, who also robbed him of thousands of rupees, police said today. Jigar Makwana, a private detective residing in Kashimira area, was abducted from his house on June 1 by a group of four persons over a dispute, Police Inspector (PI) Anil Kadam of Kashimira police station said. The accused took him to Jogeshwari area, where they thrashed him and robbed him of Rs 30,000, following which they released him, the PI said. The four miscreants were identified as Pankaj Wagh, Rohit Shetty, Govind and Rahul, he said. A case has been registered under relevant sections of IPC, he said, adding further investigation is on.
|2016-06-05||Thane: Woman Allegedly Molested by Acquaintance - Outlook India|
Thane: Woman Allegedly Molested by Acquaintance A 21-year-old woman was allegedly molested several times by an acquaintance on the pretext of providing medical assistance for her ailing mother, following which the accused was arrested, police said today. Jayesh Krishnaji Sendre (30), a resident of Katemanivali village in Kalyan town, forced the woman into living with him with the promise of helping in treatment of her mother, Police Inspector K N Ghete of Kolshewadi police station said.However, when the woman's husband filed a missing report, she went back to him, Ghete said. The accused later started demanding sexual favours from the woman, after which she filed a complaint with the police, he said. A case has been registered under relevant sections of IPC and the accused arrested, he said, adding further investigation is on.
|2016-06-04||Thane to get smarter with DigiThane app - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane to get smarter with DigiThane app The technology which earned Tel Aviv, a city in Israel, the tag of `smartest city in the world' is all set to be launched in Thane. This technology would make the lives of Thanekars easier and smarter with information about happenings in the city would be available through an app. Moreover, they will also get a pre-paid utility digicard to make payments for various taxes and services. On June 2, a meeting between Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal and David Akov, consul general of consulate of Israel, concluded the decision to launch the DigiThane app. Under this agreement, Israel will help Thane with the technical issues like how to develop the app and implementation of the scheme. This means the platform will provide information about health facilities like hospitals, blood banks, malls, schools, theatres, etc. both public and private. It would also give information about various health, financial aid and other schemes of the government, TMC and even private organisations. The residents will also be given a prepaid card in collaboration with HDFC bank, which will be linked to their Aadhar card and bank accounts. "Citizens can use this card to make payments of TMC's taxes like water tax, property tax, etc. They can also use it to pay for bus tickets, passes, play tickets, etc.," said Sandip Malvi, deputy commissioner and public relations officer, TMC. In addition, those residents who have not filled their know your customer (KYC) forms with their banks will get a pre-paid card limit of Rs10,000, while those with KYC will be able to use their card for more than their purchase limits. There will be over 1,700 centres in the city from where the residents can buy these pre-paid cards and get them recharged periodically. "Because of this facility citizens do not have to come to TMC office or visit banks to make their tax payments," Malvi said.
|2016-06-04||Parmar suicide: Bombay High Court temporarily stays disqualification of Thane corporators - Daily News & Analysis|
Parmar suicide: Bombay High Court temporarily stays disqualification of Thane corporators The Bombay High Court on Friday temporarily stayed the disqualification of three corporators from Thane who are facing charges of abetting the suicide of developer Suraj Parmar. Vaction judge BR Gavai stayed the disqualification order passed by the Urban Development Department against Hanumant Jagdale (NCP), Vikrant Chavan (Congress) and Najeeb Mulla (NCP) on the ground of parity, as a co-accused in the case, MNS-turned-Independent Sudhakar Chavan, has been given similar relief. The three corporators who had approached the court were disqualified by the Thane Municipal Corporation on the ground of misconduct. It was claimed in their petition that the BJP-Sena government in the state had disqualified them due to political vendetta. Earlier, all four corporators were granted bail by Thane sessions court after the HC had directed them to surrender before the police, while refusing the entertain their anticipatory bail applications. Parmar had shot himself dead on October 7, 2015. He had left behind a suicide note blaming some politicians for mental harassment and demanding payoffs. The four corporators have been charged with abetment of suicide, criminal misconduct and bribery under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. Action was taken to disqualify the corporators under section 13 of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949, which allows the government to remove a corporator found guilty of any misconduct. The matter will now come up for hearing and admission next week.
|2016-06-04||Double murder leaves Thane society residents in fear - Daily News & Analysis|
Double murder leaves Thane society residents in fear The double murder in Thane's posh residential complex has left its residents in trauma and constant fear. Social activists living in the complex have decided to hold an awareness meet with the police for safety measures and prevention of such incidents. Sitaram Shroff (84) and his caretaker Santosh Lavangare (36) were murdered inside their 15th floor apartment in Oxford Tower of posh Regency Heights in Brahmand area of Thane. A former caretaker of Shroff, Prashant Pawar (28), and his accomplice Ashish Shinde (19) have been arrested in the case. It is alleged that Shroff had sacked Pawar for being lazy and rude, and that is the reason why the latter committed the crime with the help of his aide. After committing the murders, Pawar and Shinde had stolen Rs 30,000 and a few cellphones from the flat. The duo was arrested from Dharavi by the Unit I of the Thane crime branch after they were seen in the CCTV cameras and were identified. "Ever since the gruesome incident happened, we have stopped sending our kids outside our apartments. We are now making sure that every visitor is scanned through our main door security system. We have also informed our kids to not open the door to strangers or even speak with strangers in the complex as many of them come from school in buses provided by school managements," said a resident. Poonam Shukla, a columnist and a social activist living on the second floor of the Oxford Tower said, "Since the incident, residents are in fear. We will speak to the society committee and the police to hold an awareness meet in order to pre-empt the possibility of such incidents happening in future," said Shukla.
|2016-06-04||Thane builder ordered to pay fine to buyer for not handing over flat - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane builder ordered to pay fine to buyer for not handing over flat Sharmeen Hakim Indore wala, Mumbai Mirror | Jun 4, 2016, 02.56 AM IST The complainants, a Mahim (West) couple, had booked their flat in 2009 in Thane's upscale Fairfield building. They are yet to gain possession of their flat. Builder snubbed by National Consumer Disputes and Redressal Commission bench for its long promises but short performance. The National Consumer Disputes and Redressal Commission, in response to a complaint filed by a couple over refusal by the builders to give them the possession of their flat, directed Shree Sainath Construction (SSC), through its partner Abhinandan Lodha, to pay approximately Rs 32 lakh for unfair trade practices. The builder has also been asked to handover the possession of the flat within 45 days, failing which they will have to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 for every day that they delay. According to the complaint filed by Elvis and Elona D'Silva, residents of Mahim (W), through Uday Wavikar, they booked a flat at the swanky 'Fairfield' in Thane in 2009 by paying Rs 59,57,256 as a booking amount. The total value of the flat was Rs 85,10,364. They were promised that they would be handed over the flat in September 2010, which the builder failed to do. In fact, in January 2011, SSC and Lodha issued a bill of Rs 6,38,277 for brick work and plaster. But D'silva refused to pay the amount as he found that no such work was done, and said that amount would be paid once the work was actually finished. He was then charged a total of Rs 66, 502 as interest on the amount he had refused to pay. This time when Elvis went to the site, he saw progress in the work and so paid the bill for plaster and brick work. But he refused to pay the interest, saying it was illegal. By October 2012, the D'Silvas had paid the entire amount for the flat, barring the interest as the builder had started to handover the flats. But despite accepting the amount, the flat was not handed over to the D'Silvas. Elvis had also been barred from constantly coming to check the progress of the project. However, his interest amount that SSC and Lodha had unfairly charged has cost them a lot more. The commission observed that the possession of the flat should not have been withheld for such a meagre amount, and that the builder was 'long in promises but short in performances.' "It was the bounden duty of the OP (opposite party) to send another letter to the complainants informing them that brick work and plaster work were complete on such-and-such date, and, therefore, the amount must be paid, immediately, but there is no such inkling in evidence on the record. The OP should not have refused to hand-over the possession of the flat, immediately. The consumers are already exasperated by senseless delays. This Commission has to be empirical and practical in confronting the reality," a bench of justice JM Malik and member SM Kantikar observed. The commission held them responsible for violating the terms of the agreement by raising bills for work that was not completed. "The demand should not have been raised unfairly. The OP's action is 'below the belt' (To say/do something that is often too personal, usually irrelevant, and always unfair). The complainants have every right to check and verify the prevalent position, asking them (complainants) not to visit the said premises, time and again, is another pointer to the deficiency on the part of the OP. The OP should not have played 'fast and loose' (to treat something or someone without enough care or attention) with its consumers. It is unfortunate that the handing over the possession of the flat was delayed for a petty amount," the commission observed. The commission waived off the interest to be paid and ordered the builders to hand over possession of the flat within 45 days, with 12 per cent of interest from April 1, 2011. The builder has also been asked to pay Rs 50,000 to the complainants as litigation cost. The Lodha group, in their reponse to the order said: "We have reviewed our actions in the matter and have taken necessary steps to ensure that such circumstances do not recur. We will be handing over possession to Mr D'Silva soon."
|2016-06-04||Suraj Parmar suicide: Temporary HC relief for four Thane corporators - Mumbai Mirror|
Suraj Parmar suicide: Temporary HC relief for four Thane corporators Mumbai Mirror | Jun 4, 2016, 02.53 AM IST In a temporary relief, the Bombay High Court stayed till June 20 the disqualification of four corporators from Thane who are facing charges of abetting suicide of builder Suraj Parmar. Hanumant Jagdale (NCP), Vikrant Chavan (Congress) and Najib Mulla (NCP) were granted interim relief by vacation Judge B R Gavai on the ground that MNS-turned-Independent corporator from Thane, Sudhakar Chavan, a co-accused in this case, had been given similar relief earlier. The three corporators had been disqualified by the Thane Municipal Corporation on the orders of Urban Development department of Maharashtra Government. Jagdale, Vikrant and Mulla had moved the High Court challenging their disqualification on the ground that the BJP-Sena government in the state had disqualified them due to political vendetta. Earlier, all the four Corporators were granted bail by Thane sessions court. Parmar had shot himself dead on October 7, 2015. He had left behind a suicide note blaming some politicians for mental harassment and demanding payoffs. After forensic tests on the builder's note in which he had struck out the names of politicians after mentioning them, police had named corporators Mulla, Jagdale, Vikrant and Sudhakar as accused in the case. The four corporators were then charged with abetment of suicide, criminal misconduct and bribery under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. Action was taken to disqualify the Corporators under the provisions under Section 13 of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949, which allows the government to remove a corporator found guilty of any misconduct. The matter would now come up for hearing and admission on June 20.
|2016-06-04||Snag on Thane Kalyan section - Times of India|
Snag on Thane Kalyan section Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 4, 2016, 05.43 PM IST THANE: The overhead equipment of a CST-bound slow local developed a snag between Diva and Mumbra disrupting the services on the slow tracks for over an hour Saturday afternoon. The snag resulted in nearly six trains stranded on the ten kilometre stretch between Kalyan and Diva for over an hour. Passengers complained of inconvenience as the fans were switched off during the period while many braved the scorching heat and preferred to walk down the tracks to the nearest stations. The railways diverted trains between Kalyan and Thane to avoid further bunching on the section as a result of which Mumbai-bound trains weren't available for Thakruli, Kopra, Diva, Mumbra and Kalwa for over an hour. Passengers had to travel back from Thane or Dombivli to alight at these stations. The railways claimed the overhead equipment of a rake wasn't picking current from the system leading it to get stranded on the section. "The section was cleared for traffic around 2:30pm," said A K Singh, PRO of Central Railway.
|2016-06-03||Thane double murder: former attendant's son among two held - The Hindu|
Thane double murder: former attendant's son among two held Special Correspondent The Thane police Crime Branch on Thursday arrested two persons in connection with the murder of a senior citizen and his attendant at their Thane residence two days ago. Sitaram Shroff (84) and Santosh Lawangare (36) were found stabbed to death at Shroff's residence in Regency Heights building on Ghodbunder Road, and cash and valuables were found missing. The Kasar Wadavli police had registered a case of murder. Crime Branch sources said they got the first clue when they were going through the CCTV camera footage of the building, in which two suspects were seen entering and leaving a short while later. Since there were no signs of forced entry, the police suspected the involvement of someone known to the victims. During further investigation, the police found that Prashant Pawar (28), a Kalyan resident, whose father used to work as an attendant for Shroff before Lawangare was employed, had been missing since the day of the murder. The police then showed the images of the suspects on the CCTV footage to some people close to the family, and one of them was identified as Pawar. We also found that Pawar was well known to the Shroffs as he had filled in for his father on several occasions when his father was employed by the family. We traced Pawar to Dharavi, where he had been hiding after committing the crime, said Parag Manere, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Thane police. Mr. Manere said Pawar was lying low in Dharavi along with his friend Ashish Yadav, who had accompanied him to the Shroff residence and was involved in the crime. The police recovered a cell phone belonging to Shroff and Rs. 25,000 in cash, which the duo allegedly stole from the house. The motive behind the crime was robbery. Pawar hatched the plan and enlisted Yadav's aid. Some of the valuables that they took from the Shroff residence are yet to be recovered, Mr. Manere said. The police have charged Pawar and Yadav with murder and robbery under the Indian Penal Code.
|2016-06-03||Thane builder's suicide: Corporators seek HC relief against disqualification - Mid-Day|
Thane builder's suicide: Corporators seek HC relief against disqualification. By Vinay Dalvi |Posted 1 hour Two corporators arrested by the Thane police for their alleged involvement in Thane builder Suraj Parmar's suicide case, approached the Bombay High Court yesterday requesting a stay on the state government's order for disqualifying them. Their plea will be heard on Thursday. The two Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporators Najib Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale have an FIR registered against them under Section 33 of the Maharashtra Municipal Act. They approached the court after it granted relief to independent corporator Sudhakar Chavan till June 20. Chavan too is an accused in the Parmar suicide case. In February, the state issued notices to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) ordering stringent action against Mulla, Jagdale, Chavan and Congress's Vikrant Chavan. However, when the TMC's Standing Committee failed to reach a decision of whether to suspend or disqualify the accused, the state ordered disqualification of all the four corpoartors on May 17 and asked them to respond by June 2. Vikrant Chavan is yet to move high court. The caseOn October 7, 2015, Suraj Parmar, a prominent builder and MCHI (Thane) president, shot himself in the head at one of his under-construction sites in Kasarvadavli in Thane. In the 13-page suicide note he left behind, Parmar had named a few politicos of extorting money from him to let him complete his ongoing projects. Based on investigation and circumstantial evidence, the four corporators were arrested in December and are out on bail since February.
|2016-06-03||Mumbai-Thane metro line gets approval - Daily News & Analysis|
Mumbai-Thane metro line gets approval Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday approved a 32-km metro line connecting Mumbai with adjoining Thane. The 32-km Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kawarvadavali metro line is estimated to cost Rs 14,549 crore. The CM accorded approval to the Rs 14,549 crore project during a meeting of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) in Mumbai, an official statement said. Fadnavis is Chairman of MMRDA, which has undertaken a host of infrastructure projects to improve traffic and transportations scenario in the financial capital and its surrounding areas. The government expects to complete the project (Mumbai Metro Line 4), which will have 32 stations, by 2021. The project will help connect Thane with Mumbai with a modern public transport system and have a huge impact on the development and areas around the corridor, the statement said. After the commencement of the service, the distance between Wadala (Mumbai) and Kasarwadavli (Thane) will be covered within 64 minutes.
|2016-06-03||Mumbai-Thane Metro Line Gets Approval - NDTV|
Mumbai-Thane Metro Line Gets Approval Mumbai | Press Trust of India | Updated: June 04, 2016 04:17 IST The 32-km Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kawarvadavali metro line is estimated to cost Rs 14,549 crore. The Chief Minister accorded approval to the Rs 14,549 crore project during a meeting of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) in Mumbai, an official statement said. Mr Fadnavis is Chairman of MMRDA, which has undertaken a host of infrastructure projects to improve traffic and transportations scenario in the financial capital and its surrounding areas.The government expects to complete the project (Mumbai Metro Line 4), which will have 32 stations, by 2021. The project will help connect Thane with Mumbai with a modern public transport system and have a huge impact on the development and areas around the corridor, the statement said. After the commencement of the service, the distance between Wadala (Mumbai) and Kasarwadavli (Thane) will be covered within 64 minutes.
|2016-06-03||Thane ranks third in state in grey crime - Times of India|
Thane ranks third in state in grey crime Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jun 4, 2016, 01.28 AM IST THANE: Following the murder of a senior citizen and his caretaker at Regency Heights, the city police seem to be struggling to cope with a rise in grey crime. Statistics from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Maharashtra have revealed that Thane ranks third in the state to record crime against the elderly lot. The city recorded 135 cases of violence against senior citizens while Mumbai and Pune noted 944 and 267 registered cases respectively in the year 2014. Statistics disclosed that in a majority of these cases, senior citizens were victims of financial frauds and abuse. Of the total 3,981 crime against the elderly recorded in Maharashtra in 2014, 70 robberies were reported in Thane. Out of the total 654 senior citizens who were cheated across the state, 295 cases were from Mumbai. "Senior citizens are usually vulnerable and dependent on others. They tend to share their personal details and problems with people whom they trust. In most cases of robbery in the homes of senior citizens, the accused is generally a former employee or an acquaintance," said Vijay Raghavan from the Centre for Criminology and Justice School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. As many as 167 senior citizens were murdered in the state during 2014 of which four were killed in Thane. "The elderly usually cannot remember faces and cannot retaliate when attacked. Also, there is no one who keeps a tab on their safety," said a senior officer of the Thane crime branch. K P Haridasan of a senior citizens' group in Thane said that the elderly should refrain from disclosing personal details to strangers even if they are caretakers or domestic helps. "One should install CCTVs at home or outside so that their family members can keep a watch on them. One can even install an alarm which would alert the security guard if the person needs help or is in danger."
|2016-06-03||99.7% voting in Thane for legislative council polls - Times of India|
99.7% voting in Thane for legislative council polls Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 4, 2016, 02.27 AM IST THANE: The polls held on Friday to elect the member of the state legislative council saw nearly 1,057 of the total 1,060 elected representatives from local-self-government bodies from Thane and Palghar districts cast their votes. The election process that went off peacefully saw a cent percent turnout at all the 13 centres. The results which are scheduled on June 10 will decide the fate of NCP's Vasant Davkhare and Shiv Sena's Ravindra Phatak. Around 10 centres saw 100% turnout while the least volume of polling was seen at Ulhasnagar where a female councillor stayed away from the polls. Nearly 539 female and 521 male elected representatives from various governing bodies in urban and rural areas cast their votes. The turnout was less in the early hours with barely 8% of voters turning up for the polls, which started at 8am. The count gradually improved by 12pm when around 306 representatives turned up to vote while at the end of the polling around 4pm, nearly all voters including 133 from Thane had cast their votes to choose the candidate.
|2016-06-02||Two Nepalis killed in Thane - Business Standard|
Two Nepalis killed in Thane Press Trust of India Thane (Maha) June 2, 2016 Last Updated at 22:57 IST Thane rural police today arrested five persons following brutal murders of two Nepali nationals at Mharal village in the district. Madan Sunar (30) and Raju Sunar (25), who were cousins, were killed last night, police said. Additional Superintendent of Police Prashant Kadam said their bodies were found on an open ground in Anand Nagari area this morning. They had multiple stab wounds and their private organs had been cut off, he said. The deceased worked as security guards. Initial investigation revealed that they had got into spat with some people last night. Police subsequently arrested five persons, but did not disclose their names. Press Trust of India Business Standard
|2016-06-02||84-year-old octogenarian, caretaker killed in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
84-year-old octogenarian, caretaker killed in Thane dna - Vibhav Birwatkar The entrance to Regency Heights in Thane, where the murders took place; the body of 84-year-old Sitaram Shroff being carried out of his flat, and cops inspect the complex.
|2016-06-02||Commuters can expect a quick ride from Thane to Kalyan this monsoon - Mid-Day|
Commuters can expect a quick ride from Thane to Kalyan this monsoon By Shashank Rao |Posted 1 hour The Central Railway will soon increase the speed on the Down line after completing vital work on the tracks in the Parsik Tunnel near Kalyan. After the monsoon they will also work on plugging leakages in the tunnel. mid-day had reported on the issue on March 10, One of the oldest rail tunnels in Asia needs urgent repairs. The tunnel is between Kalwa and Mumbra stations. The speed of the trains will be increased in a couple of days. Trains ply between Thane and Dombivli, and Kalwa and Mumbra stations through the tunnel. We will increase the speed of trains on the Down line (towards Kalyan) to 80 kmph from the current 30 kmph in couple of days now. We carried vital track related work that wasn't done for over 3 years, said Amitabh Ojha, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), Central Railway. Deep screening work was carried out to resolve this issue, wherein the ballasts or stones between the concrete sleepers were changed, which has made the track robust and stronger. Sources said that everyday there is a delay by at least 3 minutes in each train coming to and from Kalyan, which affects their overall punctuality. The authorities will be easing the speed restriction on the Up line on which trains to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus run, only after monsoon. The officials claim that this monsoon, at least the speed of trains won't be an issue especially on the Thane-Kalyan stretch. Repairing leakagesThey will also start plugging leakages inside the tunnel after monsoon. We will be using a technology to plug these cracks, that hasn't been used in India yet, said another CR official. The tunnel's condition has deteriorated to the extent that there are multiple leakages inside it where water spurts onto the passing train and its ceiling is cracked right beneath the rocky hill. Over the years there have been lot of illegal slums and structures that have cropped up above the tunnel. Slum dwellers have also built toilets that add to the leakage. It is like a waterfall inside the tunnel during monsoon. The repairs will consist of putting a 5mm thick cement cum metal fabric that will create a channel for diverting the water. This new coating will be above the overhead wires that supply electricity to trains and on the existing cracked layer inside the tunnel. The rail authorities will also speed up the much delayed work of adding 5-6 lines between Thane and Diva that will segregate the long distance trains from suburban services. Presently between Kurla LTT and Thane there are 6 lines but they narrow down to 4 lines on this stretch. We will also create two new platforms for fast trains at Diva by October," said A Srivastava, Additional General Manager, CR. These two new lines will be ready by December 2017. About the tunnel: The tunnel catering to the fast lines is 1.3 km long wherein trains ply between Thane and Dombivli stations. The tunnel on the slow line is barely 100 metres long
|2016-06-02||NGO, Thane Rotaract club bring cheer to cancer-stricken kids - Daily News & Analysis|
NGO, Thane Rotaract club bring cheer to cancer-stricken kids To bring smiles on the faces of children suffering from cancer, NGO Social Activities Integration (SAI), in associate with the Rotaract club of Thane, organised a gift distribution programme in Byculla on Saturday. The children, who were accompanied by their parents, took part in a drawing competition. The kids were also gifted bicycles as well as financial help for their treatment. SAI founder Vinay Vatsa was also felicitated for his work. "Besides financial help, we can also bring happiness to the lives of these children suffering from cancer and heal their pain," said Vatsa. President of Rotaract Club Ishita Asvani with Junaid Patel said, "It was a great pleasure for us to visit SAI and help these children in whatever way we could." The NGO at present is trying to raise funds for a one-year-old who has bone marrow cancer. "He needs Rs20 lakh; hence, we appeal to people to come forward and help," said an NGO member.
|2016-06-02||Dyeing unit in Thane gutted in fire; none hurt - Mid-Day|
Dyeing unit in Thane gutted in fire; none hurt By PTI |Posted 02-Jun-2016 Thane: A dyeing unit in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in the district was today gutted in a fire. No one was injured in the blaze, a civic official said. "The blaze erupted at around 3.40 AM in which a private dyeing unit was destroyed. At least 12 fire tenders including some from neighbouring Thane, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan and Ambernath were pressed into service," Datta Salvi, Chief Fire Officer of Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation, said. The blaze was doused after around two hours and cooling operations are underway, he said. According to Salvi, as a precautionary measure, people from a four-storey residential building adjacent to the unit were evacuated and shifted to safer places. In late May, a massive fire broke out at a chemical factory in MIDC Phase 2 in Dombivli area in Thane killing 6 people and injuring more than 150 in a boiler blast. Charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder were slapped on owners. The impact of the blast followed by a massive fire resulted in massive damage to two neighboring factories in the MIDC complex.
|2016-06-02||Two Nepali security guards killed in Thane - Daijiworld.com|
|2016-06-02||Amazon Employees Steal 17 Mobile Phones Worth Rs 10 Lakh From Thane Warehouse - ScoopWhoop|
Amazon Employees Steal 17 Mobile Phones Worth Rs 10 Lakh From Thane Warehouse Mobile handsets worth about Rs 10.37 lakh were allegedly stolen from the godown of an e-commerce company by its employees in Thane, police said on Wednesday. According to a police complaint lodged by Amazon, on May 22, a total of 17 mobile handsets were stolen by five contractual employees from the storehouse, Padgha police station Inspector Jaiprakash Bhosle said.The stock in the godown at Kurund village near Padgha also included some high-end mobile handsets, he said.An offence under IPC sections 381 (theft by clerk or servant of property in possession of master) read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) had been registered against the five persons, he said, adding no arrest has been made so far in connection with the theft.Meanwhile, another contractual employee was caught allegedly stealing a mobile phone worth around Rs 7,500 from the storehouse on May 29 and was subsequently arrested, police said. The arrested employee, identified as Aakash Sapat, was charged under sections 381 and 511 (attempting to commit offences) of the IPC, police added.
|2016-06-02||City school wins Harris Shield Thane zone finals - Times of India|
City school wins Harris Shield Thane zone finals B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 2, 2016, 09.37 AM IST THANE: Vasant Vihar High School (VVHS) boys ruled the roost at Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) organised under-16 Harris Shield (Thane Zone) finals by beating K C Gandhi School of Kalyan. Pranav Dhanawade could not save K C Gandhi School from the fierce bowling spearheaded by Thane boys. Despite Dhanawade's performance, K C Gandhi School was defeated. For VVHS, Kaushik Bhardwaj proved his bowling prowess by pocketing 6 wickets. He was supported by Atharva Jadhav and Vaibhav Bane. VVHS scored 64 runs for all out with Bane scoring 15 runs and Jadhav 14. For K C Gandhi, Sahil Shetty and Ayush Kamat took 5 and 4 wickets respectively. Kaushik Bhardwaj bowled for VVHS, thus toppling 4 wickets.
|2016-06-02||Cannot force us to reveal defence under notice: Thane corporators - Mumbai Mirror|
Cannot force us to reveal defence under notice: Thane corporators. By Sunil Baghel, Mumbai Mirror | Jun 3, 2016, 12.00 AM IST Three of the four Thane corporators alleged to be involved in builder Suraj Parmar's suicide case have approached Bombay High Court against the disqualification notices issued to them, saying that an accused cannot be forced to disclose his defence in a criminal case under such a notice. The corporators, through two petitions, one by Najib Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale and another by Sudhakar Chavan have alleged that the state government, in a way, is trying to create history by disqualifying an elected representative simply on the basis of an FIR and a charge sheet. "Such actions have never been initiated against any person merely on the basis of the filing of a criminal case against them. The fact that this is virtually the first time this provision is being resorted to in the facts of the case itself shows the malafide, arbitrary, perverse and illegal manner in which the notice has been issued," reads the petition by Mulla and Jagdale. The petition also calls the disqualification "political vendetta" as they do not belong to the ruling party/combine. Pointing at the Chief Minister's interest in the case, the petitioners, through their Advocates Shardul Singh and Harshad Bhadbhade, have said that their disqualification seems to be a forgone conclusion. The petition alleges, "The respected Chief Minister has himself issued specific directions from the very inception, whether it was for filing of the FIR and whether it was for issuance of the present Notice under Section 13 of the MMC Act. The undisputed statements made to the media by the respected Chief Minister and his office, it is clear that the intention is to remove the Petitioners from office at any rate by recourse to any provision and without following the due process of law and the due process established by law." Further pointing out that whatever they did was a part of their official duty, the accused corporators have said, "It is a settled position of law that a person against whom a criminal case is filed cannot be called upon to disclose his defence in the said criminal case, unless and until he himself desires to do so and that too after his statement under Section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 is recorded by the Competent Court conducting the trial." Parmar shot himself with a personal firearm in his office on October 7 last year. The four corporators surrendered before the police in December after HC refused to grant them anticipatory bail. They were finally released on bail in February after the charge sheet was filed on February 2 this year. The HC is likely to hear the case today.
|2016-06-02||Jane Goodall to Cincy zoo director: 'I feel so sorry' - Cincinnati.com|
Jane Goodall to Cincy zoo director: 'I feel so sorry' Published 8:17 a.m. ET June 2, 2016 Jane Goodall, the world-renowned British primatologist and conservationist, said in an email she feels for Cincinnati Zoo executive Thane Maynard. Goodall, in an email sent to Maynard the day after the shooting death of 17-year-old lowland gorilla Harambe, told Maynard she felt "so sorry for you, having to try to defend something which you may well disapprove of." "I tried to see exactly what was happening - it looked as though the gorilla was putting an arm round the child - like the female who rescued and returned the child from the Chicago exhibit," Goodall wrote in the email to Maynard, dated Sunday night. "Anyway, whatever, it is a devastating loss to the zoo, and to the gorillas. How did the others react? Are they allowed to see, and express grief, which seems to be so important.
|2016-06-01||Thane bids adieu to 300 drought-hit families from Nanded, Latur - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane bids adieu to 300 drought-hit families from Nanded, Latur Thane bid adieu to over 300 drought-affected families from Nanded and Latur on Sunday, after helping them with food and livelihood for two months. The families had made the district their home last month. In February, after the scorching summer rendered their farms barren, these families first shifted to an open ground in Ghatkopar's Bhatwadi. There, they stayed in the open along with pigs and stray dogs, and without any toilet or bathing facilities. Many people took up odd jobs to make ends meet, and even had to deal with the local goons, who were demanding a share from their meagre earnings. At that time, the Ghatkopar police and some local residents came to their help and provided some food and supplies. When Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde got to know about the situation in April through the media, he immediately brought these homeless farmers to Thane and put them up in a camp at the MIDC grounds in Wagle Estate. At the camp, the families were provided with daily meals and soon, even secured temporary employment in various government offices such as Bara Bangla, sessions court, waiting rooms, Thane mental hospital, and so on. These work assignments, such as tree plantation, house-keeping of government offices, cleaning of public areas and other odd jobs, began on April 20. Men were paid Rs400 per day while women were given Rs300. An official from Shinde's office said, "The farmers said that monsoon will begin soon and they have to undertake repairs of their homes and other work on the farms. Here, they had earned and saved enough money to want to leave for their hometowns. So we made arrangements for their travel. After a farewell lunch, they left for their villages on Sunday."
|2016-06-01||Peeping Tom at prestigious business centre in Thane leaves businesswoman shocked - Daily News & Analysis|
Peeping Tom at prestigious business centre in Thane leaves businesswoman shocked A 34-year-old entrepreneur was shocked to find one of the housekeeping staffers of a prestigious business centre in Thane peeping inside the ladies' washroom through a window. The incident took place at the Regus Business Center in the posh Hiranandani Estate on Monday. The ruffled businesswoman, a resident of Anand Nagar at GB Road in Thane, immediately lodged a police complaint. The accused was identified only as Dinesh. It could not be confirmed if he was filming while peeping in. "After the incident, the woman reported the matter through a formal complaint. We will check the CCTV camera footage, as the offence is cognisable. We will soon arrest the accused," said a police official from the Kasarwadavali station. "We have registered the case under section 354(k) (molestation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and are investigating further," added the senior police official.
|2016-06-01||Thane to hold green exhibition for spreading eco-friendly living message - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane to hold green exhibition for spreading eco-friendly living message To make Thanekars more aware about the importance of environment-friendly measures and what's been done so far to that end, a Green Idea exhibition will be held in Gaodevi this week. Here, residents will get to see a solar car, movies and participate in workshops. The three-day exhibition has been organised on the occasion of World Environment Day by NGO Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth. It will start on June 3 and go on till June 5. "It is a common belief that an environment-friendly lifestyle is quite expensive. Though people want to adopt green measures, they do not know where they can buy items that are economical and eco-friendly," said Bhatu Sawant from the NGO. "Hence, to give them information about such items as well as various other measures, we are holding this exhibition." In this exhibition, a solar car built by Veermata Jijabai Technical Institute students that won a national award will be showcased. There are many green buckets/bins available that compost natural waste to fertilizer but take a year at least. "There is a machine which makes natural fertilizer in 24 hours and it will be exhibited here," Sawant said. Those who want to know about harnessing wind energy, solar energy, solid waste management, rain harvesting and ways to adopt these in their societies can also get information on the same at the exhibition. Over 80 stalls will share details on reusing and recycling waste, generating power from waste, daily waste management at home, efficient use of energy at home, green building, and making things from clay among other things. There will also be an exhibition on biodiversity of India and a short film festival on the subject.
|2016-06-01||Amazon Employees Flee With Mobile Phones Worth Rs 10 Lakh From Thane Warehouse - Indiatimes.com|
Amazon Employees Flee With Mobile Phones Worth Rs 10 Lakh From Thane Warehouse Bobins Abraham June 1, 2016 E-commerce giant Amazon has lodged a complaint with Thane police that five of its contract employees have stolen mobile handsets worth about Rs 10.37 lakh from its warehouse in Thane. According to the complaint around 17 mobile high-end mobile phones have gone missing from its warehouse in Kurund village near Padgha. Thane police have registered a case against the five persons, however no arrest has been made so far in connection with the theft. Meanwhile, another contractual employee was caught allegedly stealing a mobile phone worth around Rs 7,500 from the storehouse on May 29 and was subsequently arrested, police said.
|2016-06-01||Three booked for child marriage in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Three booked for child marriage in Thane Three persons including the mother of a minor girl and a priest have been booked for child marriage, police said on Wednesday. The offence was registered under sections 9, 10 and 11 of the Prevention of Child Marriages Act last night by the Khadakpada Police under Kalyan division following a complaint by the girl's father Sanjay Sitaram Patil. According to Sitaram, on May 29, the mother Vandana Patil (40) and the unidentified priest got the 16-year-old girl married to Kailas Adhikari in the presence of their relatives in Khinavali of Shahapur despite knowing that the victim was a minor. The Khadakpada police registered the offence under "00" category and then forwarded to Khinavali police station for further action.
|2016-06-01||Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan will be next in line for Mumbai Metro corridors - Free Press Journal|
Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan will be next in line for Mumbai Metro corridors By Karishma Ravindran Jun 01, 2016 11:47 am Mumbai: After the seven metro corridors in Mumbai, Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan will be the next in line to get a metro corridor. A techno-economic feasibility study conducted by Appolonia SpA, an Italian consultant appointed by Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) to study the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan transport corridor, has revealed the need for a metro corridor in the region. According to the study, the largely industrial belt which is undergoing rapid urbanisation with the growth of middle and high income residential enclaves, the traffic density in the corridor is set to go up to over 15,000 commuters in either direction during the peak hours. This, says Hanoze Thakkar, country manager for the Italian firm, is an clear indicator of the need for a metro line in the coming years. Under section 41 C the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, the State government had appointed MMRDA as the special planning authority for 27 villages from Kalyan and 60 villages from Bhiwandi which were notified in August 2006 and March 2007. In December 2012, MMRDA submitted its draft development plans for both the notified areas to the government and the government sanctioned the development plans in March 2015. According to the DPR formulated by the consultant, the proposed development plans will lead to a spike in travel demand in the region. Expected peak traffic hour demand on the 23.6 km Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan corridor has been assessed at 17,500 Peak Hour Per Direction Traffic. Considering the peak hour passenger demand there will be a need for metro based Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) for the corridor, said Thakkar. He added that the metro corridor would provide fast, safe, economic and environment-friendly mode for mass movement of passengers. Thane and Kalyan are major trip generating locations in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). A large number of people originate and end in each of the zones like Thane and Kalyan, said the consultant. Considerable population of working class is residing in Thane and Kalyan. Bhiwandi is a hub for warehouses and small scale industries which causes it to become a major trip attraction zone. The DPR also mentions the fact that there is a lack of connectivity between these three zones. The DPR also mentions that besides having railway stations at Thane and Kalyan, most of the time suburban rails have a passenger volume which is more than passenger loading capacity of the suburban railway causing high level of discomfort to the commuters. MMRDA had appointed an Italian company, D AppoloniaSpA, to study the techno-economic feasibility of Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan region which was conducted in April 2015. The mandate for the Italy-based consultant was to propose a metro or a mono rail corridor for the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan. The metro would be constructed on the top of the road for Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan stretch which would be similar to the metro corridor in Versova-Andheri-Ghatkoper. The metro corridor would start from Kapurbawdi in Thane to Shivaji Chowk in Kalyan. Around 16 stations are planned for Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan corridor. In future, several other metro corridors proposed like Wadala-Thane, Versova-Ghatkoper and Andheri-Dahisar will be well connected to Thane-Kalyan-Bhiwandi metro corridor for integrated network, said Thakkar. The entire stretch of Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan has wider roads and has no sharp curve which also allows us to construct a metro corridor in the region, added a consultant. We had given them nine months to conduct the feasibility study, however, we recently gave them an extension and have asked them to submit the DPR by May 31, said an MMRDA official. Once the DPR is submitted by the consultant, we will finally decide whether to construct a metro or monorail corridor for Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan, said a MMRDA official. Population in 2011 (in lakhs) Population of Thane: 18,41,488 Population of Bhiwandi-Nizampur: 7,09,665 Population of Kalyan-Dombivli: 12,47,327 Thane: 23,40,000 Population projection for 2011 Population Bhiwandi: 8,93,000 Bhiwandi surrounding areas: 2,98,000 Kalyan area (including villages): Approx. 30,00,000
|2016-06-01||Close shave for many in Thane as under-construction road caves in - Times of India|
Close shave for many in Thane as under-construction road caves in Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 1, 2016, 05.16 PM IST THANE: Passersby at Sonaji Nagar, Mumbra had a narrow escape after a small portion of an under-construction road caved in around 2pm. A loaded truck transporting construction materials for the road work nearly toppled over after getting wedged in the huge crater. Luckily, there was no one near the truck else they could have suffered injuries. No casualties were reported, said a civic official who said the cause of the cave-in would be investigated.
|2016-06-01||City school wins Harris Shield Thane zone finals - Times of India|
City school wins Harris Shield Thane zone finals B B Nayak | TNN | Jun 2, 2016, 02.36 AM IST Thane: Vasant Vihar High School (VVHS) boys ruled the roost at Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) organised under-16 Harris Shield (Thane Zone) finals by beating K C Gandhi School of Kalyan. Pranav Dhanawade could not save K C Gandhi School from the fierce bowling spearheaded by Thane boys. Despite Dhanawade's performance, K C Gandhi School was defeated. For VVHS, Kaushik Bhardwaj proved his bowling prowess by pocketing 6 wickets. He was supported by Atharva Jadhav and Vaibhav Bane. VVHS scored 64 runs for all out with Bane scoring 15 runs and Jadhav 14. For K C Gandhi, Sahil Shetty and Ayush Kamat took 5 and 4 wickets respectively. Kaushik Bhardwaj bowled for VVHS, thus toppling 4 wickets.
|2016-06-01||Mobiles worth over Rs 10 lakh stolen from Amazon godown in Thane - The Indian Express|
Mobiles worth over Rs 10 lakh stolen from Amazon godown in Thane By: PTI Mumbai/thane Published:Jun 1, 2016, 13:27 The stock in Amazon godown at Kurund village near Padgha also included some high-end mobile handsets. Mobile handsets worth about Rs 10.37 lakhs were allegedly stolen from the godown of Amazon company by its employees, police said. According to the complaint lodged by company on May 22, a total of 17 mobile handsets were stolen by five contractual employees from the storehouse, Padgha police station Inspector Jai prakash Bhosle said.The stock in the godown at Kurund village near Padgha also included some high-end mobile handsets, he said. An offence under IPC sections 381 (theft by clerk or servant of property in possession of master) read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) had been registered against the five persons and no arrest has been made so far in connection with the theft.
|2016-06-01||CR eyes early date for 5th, 6th lines between Thane & Diva - Times of India|
CR eyes early date for 5th, 6th lines between Thane & Diva Manthan K Mehta | TNN | Jun 2, 2016, 12.45 AM IST MUMBAI: After the successful conversion from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) traction and the introduction of 12-car trains on its Harbour line, the Central Railway has now set its sights on speedy execution of fifth and sixth line between Thane and Diva. The fifth and sixth lines already exist between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Thane and Diva-Kalyan. The fifth and sixth line between Thane-Diva will segregate the mail/express trains from the suburban traffic between LTT and Kalyan. Central Railway's additional general manager A K Srivastava said, "We plan to complete the work on the fast corridor platforms at Diva station, which will take the load of Dombivli station, by October." In January 2015, a mob had turned violent at Diva station after services had got suspended due to entanglement of pantograph in the Over head Equipment (OHE). At least three vehicles, including a police van, were torched by the protesters. CR's chief public relations officer Narendra Patil said, "Once the work at Diva is completed, some fast train can be provided halts so that the crowd gets distributed proportionately between slow and fast corridors." Also, some fast trains can be provided halts on fast platforms in case trains get disrupted on the slow corridor. MRVC has decided to give priority to Diva station work by laying additional line on the west side of existing platform 1. This line will handle Kalyan-bound slow train, while the existing Down line will handle slow train for CST. The present slow line will be made into a Kalyan-bound fast track. Once Thane-Diva fifth and sixth line is completed, CR has the potential to introduce 100 more services in the over-crowded belt between Thane and Kalyan, provided the state government helps in elimination of level-crossing gates. As against 611 services for Dombivli and 550 for Kalyan, CR is able to run only 430 services for Kalva, Mumbra, Diva and Kopar stations. At Thakurli, the number of services stands at a mere 369. An MRVC official said, "The segregation will help introduce more service in Thane-Kalyan stretch, besides improving punctuality also of suburban services, which now have the share the track with long-distance trains."