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|2017-06-30||In Mumbai: Thane commuters lack app to complain about potholes to civic body - Hindustan Times|
In Mumbai: Thane commuters lack app to complain about potholes to civic body Mumbai city news:?The potholes have led to traffic congestions in many parts of the city during peak hours MUMBAI Updated: Jun 30, 2017 21:51 IST While the Thane Municipal Corporation had claimed that all roads are rain ready, the first heavy shower saw most of them develop potholes. The corporation did not complete the pothole survey and the complaint application is also non-functional. After the city received around 777 mm of rainfall till Friday and that led to formation of potholes along most roads in the city. Potholes were seen near Vandana talkies, Majiwada service road, Makhamali Lake Road, Castle Mill road, Kopri, Kalwa bridge, Vitawa, service road near Teen Hath Naka and Louis wadi. The Ghodbunder Road under the MSRDC and the Mumbra Bypass under the PWD department too developed huge potholes. Ratan Awsarmol, city engineer, TMC said the city might just have around 50 potholes but the corporation has not yet surveyed them. Last year during the same time over 600 potholes were found in the survey. Awsarmol said, “We have complaints of potholes from several areas like Kalwa and Kopri. There might be around 50 potholes across the city but we haven’t yet completed the pothole survey. As soon as we get complaints, we immediately fill the potholes with concrete or readymix. We haven’t started using jet patcher yet. The survey will soon be completed and then we will get a clear picture.” The potholes have led to traffic congestions in many parts of the city during peak hours. The star grade application, launched by the Thane Municipal Corporation two years ago, had become popular among residents. Over the last two monsoons, over 1,000 complaints were filed on this app. Most of these complaints were also immediately resolved by the corporation. Last year too the application had recorded over 900 complaints out of which most were from Majiwada, followed by Railadevi and Lokmanya Nagar areas. A civic officer requesting anonymity said, “This year the contract of the stargrade agency wasn’t extended so the application is not working. We have not yet decided if we will extend the tender of the same agency or appoint a new agency. However, this will take time and the application might not be available this monsoon.”
|2017-06-30||Potholes, vehicle breakdowns lead to traffic snarls on Thane roads - Hindustan Times|
Potholes, vehicle breakdowns lead to traffic snarls on Thane roads Mumbai city news: Commuters travelling towards Thane, Mumbai, Kalyan, Navi Mumbai and Nasik were stuck for hours along the Mumbai-Nasik Highway and the Mumbra Shil Phata road. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 30, 2017 16:01 IST The city witnessed heavy traffic snarls at various areas on Friday owing to potholes, vehicle breakdown and cyber attack on the JNPT system. Areas like Mumbai Nasik Highway, Majiwada junction, Mumbra Shilphata road, Kharegaon toll naka, Kalher, Kasheli and Mankoli junction were hit with massive jams. The congestion, which began around 8.30am, continued till afternoon. Commuters travelling towards Thane, Mumbai, Kalyan, Navi Mumbai and Nasik were stuck for hours along the Mumbai-Nasik Highway and the Mumbra Shil Phata road. These routes are used by heavy vehicles along with the motorist, adding to the traffic woes. A traffic police officer requesting anonymity said, “Three heavy vehicles broke down along the Mumbai-Nasik highway, leading to the jam. Moreover, those who took the Mumbra Shil Road were also stuck owing to huge potholes that developed on the Mumbra Bypass. There was also water logging along the Retibunder, adding to the woes.” The vehicle pile-up was over seven to eight kilometers long. Vehicles coming towards Thane were stuck right up to Pavel in Navi Mumbai. “The containers were stuck at the JNPT port as their system was attacked by ransomware virus. The bunching of these containers has also added to the traffic along Mumbra Shil and Kalwa Naka roads. Efforts are on to ease the jam, however, the situation might worsen during the evening peak hours.” The jam has also affected city areas along Majiwada junction, Mumbra and Kalwa inconveniencing the commuters.
|2017-06-30||Thane city lost 190 trees in June alone; on an average 6 per day - Times of India|
Thane city lost 190 trees in June alone; on an average 6 per day Updated: Jul 1, 2017, 00:29 IST THANE: City's green cover seems to be diminishing, as on an average, six trees have fallen daily in the last 30 days. The last three days alone saw around 60 trees topple over in various parts of the city. Experts have claimed the 185 trees that toppled over in the last 29 days must be due to weakening of roots thanks to concretisation around their trunks or roots and have blamed the administration for failing to keep checks on this rising spate. A civic report accessed by this newspaper reveals that Thane has lost 1,001- a massive number of trees in last two-and-a-half years only.A civic official said the number of trees collapsing in the city has risen during the rains which is a usual occurrence since the last few years but what is worrying is the rapid pace of the uprooting this season. "This year in the month of June alone around 190 trees have been destroyed which is almost half the number of entire of last year's casualty at 395. The last five months have already seen another 190 falls which is worrisome," said an official requesting anonymity. Meanwhile, green activists have come down heavily on the failure of the administration to save the trees while undertaking developmental works. An order from the National Green Tribunal that mandated adequate soil space around tree trunks hasn't been followed lament activists as the corporation is on a road concretisation and asphalting spree. Majority of the trees that collapsed were age-old and located along the roadsides giving ample hints that they got smothered in the cement concrete ground.The MG road that has a flyover coming up has seen quite a few trees falling. "We have been planting trees whose count is much higher. We have planted 2.15lakh trees in last two years alone and have scheduled to plant and conserve more trees in the coming days," said additional municipal commissioner Sunil Chavan.
|2017-06-30||Maharashtra: As swine flu cases rise, panel from Delhi checks why - Hindustan Times|
Maharashtra: As swine flu cases rise, panel from Delhi checks why A panel of experts from Delhi’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is visiting hospitals in the state to ensure guidelines to treat the infection are being followed correctly MUMBAI Updated: Jun 30, 2017 09:52 IST The rising swine flu deaths in Maharashtra has put the government on alert. A panel of experts from Delhi’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is visiting hospitals and health care centres in the state to ensure the guidelines to treat the infection are being followed correctly. One of the main reasons for more deaths is the delay in starting the treatment. The NCDC experts have now asked municipal health representatives to inform private hospitals and general physicians to make sure patients showing symptoms (in box) are treated quickly. “The team was dispatched, after state officials said they needed help to contain the infection and form guidelines, if necessary. We will help the officials overcome challenges they face while treating swine flu patients,” said Dr A C Dhariwal, the director of NCDC. READ: Swine flu threat growing big in India this year, killed 525 More than 7,581 cases of fever have been reported across the state, and of these, 1520 have tested positive for swine flu. The state’s vaccination programme has so far reached 30,462 people who are in the high-risk category — these include pregnant women, children and the elderly. “We have been asked to communicate to doctors in both private and public hospitals to make sure treatment for swine flu is started immediately, if a patient shows classic symptoms such as high fever and breathlessness for more than 24 hours. There is no need to hospitalise or wait for test results,” said Dr Padmaja Keskar, the executive health officer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. In a meeting with top health officials and health minister Dr Deepak Sawant, NCDC officials submitted their findings about swine flu and leptospirosis, another monsoon ailment. The team has analysed monsoon illnesses in Pune, Thane and Mumbai and will visit officials of other districts over the next two days. Dr Keskar said, “People with swine flu-like symptoms should not visit crowded public places. To control the spread of infection, patients should avoid going to work,” said Dr Keskar.
|2017-06-30||Thane bus: Thane: 37 passengers have a close shave after TMT bus ... - Times of India|
Thane: 37 passengers have a close shave after TMT bus falls into pit Updated: Jul 1, 2017, 00:32 IST THNAE: As many as 37 passengers on board a Thane-bound TMT bus had a close shave after the driver lost control of the vehicle and went off-road and went into a ditch on Friday. Passengers claimed that there was a fault in the steering wheel because of which the mishap took place.The incident took place near Chena creek bridge along Ghodbunder Road at 5pm. The bus was heading towards Kopri from Mira Road. As it was raining heavily and the driver was negotiating a turn when he lost control of the vehicle. He brushed against the divider and plunged into a ditch along the road. Luckily, no casualty was reported. But the driver suffered minor injuries and has been admitted to a local hospital.The passengers managed to quickly alight from the bus and were accommodated in another bus. Some passengers have alleged that the steering wheel of the bus had developed some technical snag due to which the driver was finding it difficult to manoeuvre turns. Senior TMT officials rushed to the spot when they learnt about the incident. However, they have denied that there was a technical fault in the steering and blamed the driver for losing control of the vehicle. The TMT officials will be carrying out an internal probe and will find out what exactly went wrong, said a top ranking official.
|2017-06-30||Maharashtra CM approves cluster redevelopment in Thane city - ETRealty.com|
Maharashtra CM approves cluster redevelopment in Thane city In Thane, cluster redevelopment projects will get an FSI of 4, depending on the width of the road next to the project. June 30, 2017, 10:30 IST MUMBAI: Nearly three weeks after the Bombay high court cleared the decks for cluster redevelopment in Mumbai suburbs, Thane and Navi Mumbai, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis approved the regulation for the reconstruction in Thane city by implementing the urban renewal scheme. “This will pave way for redevelopment of old, dilapidated & unauthorised buildings in planned manner & in large public interest,” Fadnavis tweeted on Thursday. In Thane, cluster redevelopment projects will get an FSI of 4, depending on the width of the road next to the project. To ensure the policy does not further crowd the region, the minimum size of a cluster will have to be 10,000sqm, said an official. Builders will also have to develop public amenities on 25% of the plot, leave 15% for open spaces and implement development plan reservations.
|2017-06-30||BARBARA ANN KMIEC THANE - The Navasota Examiner|
BARBARA ANN KMIEC THANE 1942 – 2017 Barbara Ann Kmiec Thane, 75, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 28, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Navasota. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2017, at Christ Our Light Catholic Church, 9677 Hwy 6 in Navasota. A vigil service and parish rosary with deacon Grant Holt as the presider will follow at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Christ Our Light Catholic Church with the Rev. Elias Lopez as the celebrant. The rite of committal will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Curtis Zwahr, James Lynn Kmiec, Jason Landry, Chase Jacob, Jason Abke and Rayburn Imhoff. Barbara was born Tuesday, April 28, 1942, in Brenham to Willie and Stella Jezierski Kmiec. She graduated from Brenham High School in 1960. Barbara married Walter Thane Jr. on Oct. 28, 1961, and they were happily married for 56 years. Barbara was an active member of Christ Our Light Catholic Church where she taught religious education for many years. Her love for children was evident in all she did. Barbara enjoyed traveling with Walter in their RV with friends and spending time spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Stella Kmiec; father and mother-in-law, Walter and Lena Thane; brother, Michael Kmiec; brother-in-law, Mark Jacob; and sister-in-law, Sandy Kmiec. Barbara is survived by her husband, Walter H. Thane Jr. of Navasota; her children, Susan Pilger and husband, Adren, of Carmine and Robert Thane and wife, Shelly, of Navasota; grandchildren, Brandi Tejeda and husband, Juan, Kristi Reyes and husband, Phillip, Valerie Stein and husband, Andy, Allen Thane and wife, Amy, Daniel Pilger and Victoria Heller and husband, Heston; great-grandchildren, Briana, Avah, Samuel, Laura, Hailey, Alaynee, Rylan, Jaycie, Jack and Reid; and her siblings, Louise Kessel and husband, Fred, Richard Kmiec, Esther Landry and husband, Calvin, all of Brenham and Debbie Jacob of Carmine. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Barbara’s memory to Hospice Brazos Valley-Brenham, 302 E. Blue Bell Rd., Brenham, TX 77833, or Christ Our Light Catholic Church, (mailing address) 510 Manley St., Navasota, TX 77868. You are invited to sign the guestbook and leave condolences for the family at www.lindleyrobertsonholt.com.
|2017-06-29||Experts visit city to study rise in H1N1 cases - Times of India|
Experts visit Thane to study rise in H1N1 cases Jun 30, 2017, 04:02 IST THANE: Concerned by the epidemic-like spread of the deadly swine flu across Thane district, a high-level team of medical officials from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) rushed to the lake city on Thursday to identify the reason behind the sudden rise in fatalities and the preventive measures that needs to be taken by the district health administration. Swine flu has killed 14 of the 156 people who tested positive for the H1N1 strain in the last six months in Thane district, with the authorities fearing that the pandemic flu is spreading rapidly in the highly-populated urban towns across the district. The district health administration and the TMC's health department are struggling to determine why the number of positive cases is spreading so rapidly. The NCDC team including Dr Ashok Singh, Dr Sanjin Chhada, Dr Vaishali Vardhan and Dr B Dutta held consultations with a team of doctors and health administrators led by Dr Ratna Raokhande, deputy director of health services and the health care officials from seven municipal corporations in the district."Of the 14 persons who have died in the last six months, one was a pregnant woman, two were below five-year-old and four were senior citizens. We have equipped the public hospitals with adequate vaccinations to be administered to pregnant women. Also, the civil hospital has an isolation ward to treat swine flu cases. The disease started taking its toll on people's heath since April and it aggravated in June. The situation was good in 2016 where there was only one positive patient and no deaths," Dr Raokhande told TOI. The TMC health administration claimed that there have been eight deaths due to swine flu and so far 131 cases were reported to be positive with 70 of them being women and 61 men. "The only way to prevent the spread is that people should take the necessary precautions for their safety," said Dr Ram Kendre, medical health officer of TMC. The NCDC team also visited the Kalwa hospital and the civil hospital and interacted with the relatives and the patients under treatment for the H1N1 virus. The Central team also visited the homes of the four families to understand the reason for the infection and treatment modalities carried out by the health department.
|2017-06-29||PIL filed against 'controversial' GB meet on May 20 - Times of India|
PIL filed against ‘controversial’ GB meet on May 20 Jun 30, 2017, 04:04 IST THANE: The NCP has filed a public interest litigation with the Bombay High Court against the controversial approval of 400 proposals within 20 minutes by the TMC's general body last month. The announcement was made by NCP corporator and opposition leader Milind Patil at a press conference on Thursday. It may be recalled that nearly 392 proposals along with around 82 other that were included at the last minute were approved by the ruling Shiv Sena within minutes in the GB held on May 20. "We have approached the civic chief and even the CM, but no response forced us to approach the court," said Patil.
|2017-06-29||Maharashtra govt nod for Thane cluster redevelopment | The Indian ... - The Indian Express|
Maharashtra govt nod for Thane cluster redevelopment The implementation of Urban Renewal Schemes in Thane city will provide relief to the more than 3.5 lakh residents occupying 2,500 dilapidated buildings, including illegal structures. Mumbai | Published:June 30, 2017 4:44 am The government on Thursday approved the regulations for cluster redevelopment of old, dilapidated and unauthorised structures in Thane city. The implementation of Urban Renewal Schemes in Thane city will provide relief to the more than 3.5 lakh residents occupying 2,500 dilapidated buildings, including illegal structures. A floor space index of four has been approved for the scheme. The decision is expected to facilitate better town planning and also push affordable housing in Thane, which has grown rapidly in the past two decades.
|2017-06-28||Fuel pilferage : Navneet Singh Tuli to be summoned by Thane police - Nagpur Today|
Fuel pilferage : Navneet Singh Tuli to be summoned by Thane police Published On : Wed, Jun 28th, 2017 Nagpur: Citizens in Nagpur are apprehensive of the fuel fill they get into their vehicles ever since Thane crime branch has raided a petrol pump owned by former corporater Navneet Singh Tuli. The cops have arrested three persons — Clayford Thomas, Ramchandra Tekade and Manish Warade — for their alleged involvement in tampering with fuel dispensing machines at petrol pumps. Now Thane Police would summon owner of Mankapur-based tainted petrol pump Rabjyot Automobiles Navneet Singh Tuli for questioning shortly. A special team of Thane Police’s Crime Branch on Monday had sealed two fuel dispensing machines at Rabjyot Automobiles after microchips were found in them to pilferage petrol and diesel.The racketeers were cheating consumers by using such chips that make the dispensing machines discharge less fuel but show an accurate reading.In one of the machines, investigators found that the pilferage was of about one litre on every 25 litres. The second machine was dispensing 9.6 litre fuel but was reflecting 10 litre on the display screen. In May, Thane Police had arrested prime accused Vivek Harishchandra Shetye (Mumbai) and Avinash Manohar Naik (Pune) who were importing the chips and supplying to petrol pump owners across the country. Accused Clayford Thomas, technicians Ramchandra Tekade and Manish Warade were being interrogated by Thane Police. It is learnt that accused Warade works with Gilbarco Veeder – Root India Private Limited which supplies dispensing machines to dealers appointed by state-owned petroleum companies. Investigators would scan Navneet Singh Tuli’s role after interrogating the three accused and then would summon him for questioning.
|2017-06-28||Helpless Indian eagle-owl rescued from crow attack - Times of India|
Helpless Indian eagle-owl rescued from crow attack Updated: Jun 28, 2017, 22:48 IST Thane: An Indian eagle-owl has been rescued by a city-based NGO from a group of crows who were attacking it at Parsik Nagar in Kalwa on Tuesday. The helpless bird could not defend itsef as it was unable to fly. As it was raining heavily, the winged beauty was found shivering. A resident from Nadanvan society spotted the helpless bird and informed the Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA). A team rushed to the spot and resuced the bird."We had received a call from a resident saying that some crows were attacking an owl. Our team rushed to the spot and rescued the owl who was still being pecked at by the crows,'' said president of WWA Aditya Patil. "After I received the call, we went to the location and found that the owl was still trying its best to escape from the claws of the crows. When we went close to it, the crows flew away. We managed to rescue the owl. As it was completely drenched in the rain, it was unable to fl. We informed the Thane range office about the owl,'' said Sushil Gaikwad, rescue head of WWA. ''The bird was traumatised but drank little water. Later, we fed him chicken which he ate properly. There were no external wounds but we will take it to a vet to check if it has suffered any internal injuries and whether it is fit to fly," said Gaikwad. Meanwhile, experts have said that the bird is rarely spotted in cities like Mumbai and Thane as their habitat is mostly hilly regions. "The eagle-owl bird population is not much in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, but they have a good population in Lonavla, Nashik, Pune, etc. They usually live in hilly areas. The bird which was rescued could have either come from nearby hilly areas or possibly from Parsik or Khargar Hills. It is possible that it had escaped from a smuggler. These birds are used for black magic and after Harry Potter movie series in which this bird is used, its smuggling has increased," said Avinash Bhagat, avifauna expert and member of city-based NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch.
|2017-06-28||High Court gives Parsik hutments relief till June 30 - Times of India|
High Court gives Parsik hutments relief till June 30 Jun 29, 2017, 03:15 IST THANE: The collective action by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), forest department and the railways against hutments on the Parsik tunnel has been postponed after the Bombay High Court granted an interim relief on the action till June 30. The nearly 100 settlements atop the Parsik tunnel that comes under jurisdiction of the forest department and the railways were to be evacuated on Wednesday. A joint meeting by the agencies last week had planned to execute the evacuation to free the hills as increasing encroachments was causing damage to the railway lines beneath and posing a danger to commuters using the fast services. Meanwhile, the TMC appealed bonafide residents to shift to the rental home schemes temporarily and claimed they could be accommodated later after permanent tenements were available under the BSUP scheme. "We have decided to allot residents in rental homes. Already some 85 rooms have been allotted," informed Sunil Chavan, additional municipal commissioner at the TMC. Meanwhile residents of the hutments above the Parsik hills said they have demanded permanent rehabilitation from the administration. The court asked authorities to guarantee permanent rehabilitation and only then demolish the slums, they claimed.
|2017-06-28||Thane: Forest department sees pink over flamingo deaths - Mid-Day|
Thane: Forest Department Sees Pink Over Flamingo Deaths Jun 28, 2017, 21:13 IST 'Better late than never' best applies to Mumbai's Mangroves Cell when it concerns action on flamingo poachers. The state forest department has finally woken up to the need to preserve the wildlife of the city. Taking a serious note of the rising number of incidents of flamingo poaching for meat, the Mangroves Cell is in the midst of setting up beat chowkies at 10-odd locations within the flamingo sanctuary in Thane and across Thane Creek. Officials said strict action would be taken against those found killing flamingoes, which includes a jail term of up to seven years. Assistant conservator of forests Makrand Ghodke told mid-day, "Our team has been patrolling the area. If anyone is found troubling or poaching flamingoes, we will ensure the person faces strict action as per law." According to wildlife activists, flamingo meat, popularly referred to as 'gulaabi baglyaache meat', is sold on the sly in markets in Mahul, Chembur, Bhandup and Mulund. With the mangroves stretch surrounding Thane Creek between Airoli and Vashi bridge being a protected area, the cell is making all possible efforts to protect the biodiversity found there.In the past few months, in a survey of the area surrounding the sanctuary, the Cell identified around 10 locations from where fishermen and others enter the waters; that's where the chowkies are being set up. "Check posts are a big step towards monitoring the activity of people who enter the waters," said an official from the Mangroves Cell. Birdwatchers entering the mangroves patch close to Bhandup have claimed that many times they have heard gunshots, allegedly fired by poachers at the pink visitors. Pawan Sharma, from NGO RAWW, said, "At present there are many entry points to the water bodies along the flamingo sanctuary, making it very difficult for the authorities to keep tabs on people entering or exiting the sanctuary. The poachers responsible for killing the flamingoes could also be taking the hidden routes here. The check posts along the sanctuary could help curb poaching."
|2017-06-28||Parsik slums get Bombay HC relief till tomorrow | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Parsik slums get Bombay HC relief till tomorrow Jun 29, 2017, 05:16 IST THANE: A joint operation by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), forest department and the railways against hutments on the Parsik tunnel has been postponed after the Bombay high court granted an interim stay on the action till June 30. The nearly 100 settlements atop the Parsik tunnel that comes under jurisdiction of the forest department and the railways were to be cleared on Wednesday. In a meeting last week, the agencies had planned to free the hills as increasing encroachment was causing damage to the railway lines beneath and posing a danger to commuters using the fast train services. Meanwhile, the TMC has appealed to the residents to shift to the rental home schemes temporarily and claimed they could be accommodated later after permanent tenements were available under the BSUP scheme. Hutment dwellers above the Parsik hills said they have demanded permanent rehabilitation from the administration. The court asked authorities to guarantee permanent rehabilitation and only then demolish the slums, they claimed.
|2017-06-27||Heavy rain leaves Thane, Kalyan officegoers stuck - Hindustan Times|
Heavy rain leaves Thane, Kalyan officegoers stuck Mumbai city news:?Officegoers were stuck in traffic along the Ghodbunder and Eastern Express Highway during morning peak hours MUMBAI Updated: Jun 27, 2017 13:02 IST The heavy rain since Tuesday morning left officegoers from Mumbai’s suburbs – Thane, Dombivli and Kalyan – stuck . The regional disaster management cell of Thane Municipal corporation issued a high tide alert and asked people from low-lying areas to stay indoors. Thane received more than 83mm of rain since Monday, of which around 20mm was on Tuesday morning.Officegoers were stuck in traffic along the Ghodbunder and Eastern Express Highway during morning peak hours. Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer, said, “The total rainfall for June is 571mm. We have received eight complaints of tree falls and four of fire.” Apart from Matoshree Nagar in Diva there were no complaints of waterlogging till noon in the city. A huge tree fell near civil hospital, leading to traffic congestion. Kadam said, “The IMD has issued a high-tide alert. People from low-lying areas should avoid venturing out .” The high tide usually leads to waterlogging in Vitawa, Anandnagar, Mumbra, Vrundavan society and Vandana bus stop. Meanwhile, in Ulhanagar, the bridge connecting Ulhasnagar camp 3 (West) to the railway station has submerged. Ulhasnagar city has received 414mm rain so far. ”As the bridge has submerged, I could not ride to the station on Tuesday morning. I had to take another small bridge,” said Vicky Idnani, 27, a resident of Ulhasnagar 3. Kalyan- Dombivli, too, saw heavy downpour, leading to water logging in several shops near the station area . “The drains are not cleaned,” said a shopkeeper who did not wish to named. Kalyan-Dombivli received 429 mm rainfall in June.
|2017-06-27||Heavy to very heavy rain in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar till Friday, predicts weatherman - Hindustan Times|
Heavy to very heavy rain in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar till Friday, predicts weatherman Mumbai city news: Vidyavihar in the eastern suburbs recorded the maximum rainfall in the city over the past 24 hours (between Monday and Tuesday) at 108.2mm MUMBAI Updated: Jun 29, 2017 08:43 IST As heavy rain lashed the city for the third day in a row, the weather bureau on Tuesday said the city may get heavy to very heavy rain till Friday. Officials from the weather bureau said along with the southwest monsoon, other weather systems had made the monsoon pulse even stronger along the entire Konkan coast. “The off-shore trough (low pressure area that pulls moisture) has weakened, but still persists from south Gujarat to Kerala. Additionally, there is a mid-level circulation (weather depression) over south Gujarat. Both factors are pulling a lot of moisture from the Arabian Sea along the Konkan coastline,” said Shubhangi Bhute, director, Regional Meteorological Centre, India Meteorological Department (IMD).“Mumbai can expect heavy to very heavy rain till Friday.” Meanwhile, between 8.30am on Monday and 8.30am on Tuesday, the Colaba weather station, representative of south Mumbai, recorded 66.8mm rain, while Santacruz, representative of the suburbs, recorded 39mm rain. Vidyavihar in the eastern suburbs recorded the maximum rainfall in the city over the past 24 hours (between Monday and Tuesday) at 108.2mm, followed by Ghatkopar at 102.8mm. Dadar recorded the third highest rainfall levels at 78.80mm. Under the weather department’s classification, 15.6mm to 64.4mm of rain is considered ‘moderate’, 64.5mm to 115.5mm is ‘heavy’, 115.6mm to 204.4mm is ‘very heavy’ and more than 204.5mm is ‘extreme’. Moisture levels in the city were high with the suburbs and south Mumbai, both recording over 90% humidity. High humidity levels paved the way for a rise in night temperatures, which was below normal levels over the past two days, but rose closer to the normal on Tuesday.
|2017-06-27||Woman falls off train and dies between Thane and Diva, 2nd death in two days - Times of India|
Woman falls off train and dies between Thane and Diva, 2nd death in two days Jun 28, 2017, 05:12 IST THANE: An unidentified woman of about 50 was killed after reportedly falling off an overcrowded train between Thane and Diva during 'crush hours' at 11am on Tuesday. The death follows the recovery of a 22-year-old's corpse along the tracks between Mumbra and Diva on Monday, and reinforces fears that the railway corridor between Thane and Diva--covering areas witnessing a realty boom--is fast becoming a death trap for passengers. The stretch has seen an average of one mishap a day since the start of this year, with several proving fatal. Railway police officers who attended to Tuesday's victim felt she was likely to have fallen off a crowded train as she was found lying between the two fast tracks with severe injuries to her head.The police have registered an accidental death case. Railway officials said local trains were running packed beyond capacity on Tuesday , the first working day after a long festive weekend. Adding to the problem, the services were running late by nearly 30 minutes because of the rain. Police officials here said a majority of the 272 mishaps reported in the Thane-Diva-Kalamboli stretch this year can be blamed on overcrowding.The number of commuters has grown over the years, but the number of services has remained the same as infrastructure hasn't kept pace. An estimate by railway officials puts the traffic rise to nearly 100% at stations like Diva that have seen a sudden influx in settlements from Konkan and the north due to affordable housing in that stretch.Commuters complained that instead of starting trains from Diva, the authorities allowed fast trains to halt there. But these trains are already packed by the time they arrive, forcing people to travel on the footboard. Railway officials say services have reached a saturation point and no new ones can be started till the fifth and sixth lines between Thane and Diva are operational.Sources said this could happen by March 2019.TIMES VIEW: For far too long have such deaths on tracks been reduced to the level of statistics. The railways must shed their indifference and do their utmost to reduce these tragic casualties. True, crowds on the suburban network are massive, but so is the authorities' unwillingness to expand the existing networks and bring in new lines. Surely a railway minister belonging to Mumbai can take this up as priority?
|2017-06-27||22-year-old booked for hit-and-run at GB Road - Times of India|
22-year-old booked for hit-and-run at GB Road Jun 28, 2017, 02:41 IST THANE: A 22-year-old has been booked in a hit-and-run case. The accused had reportedly rammed his SUV into another car at Tatvagyan Vidyapeeth signal, along Ghodbunder Road on Monday. The accused was also allegedly under the influence of alcohol. ''The accused, Sanjay Tiwari, was trying manoeuvre a turn when he rammed into Jitendra Yadav's car which was waiting at the signal. Yadav was headed towards Mumbai. The impact of the accident was such that the car was completely damaged. However, Yadav escaped without any injuries,'' inspector (crime) P V Bhanushali from Kapurbawdi police station said.After the accident, Yadav confronted Tiwari who was said to be in an inebriated state. When Yadav threatened to call the police, Tiwari fled from the spot. But he left behind his damaged SUV. The Kapurbawdi police has seized the SUV and has registered an offence against Tiwari under Sections 279 and 427 of the IPC and 184 of the Motor Vehicles Act, said Bhanushali.
|2017-06-26||Mumbai rains: Motorists abandon vehicles on Thane's waterlogged streets - Mumbai Mirror|
MUMBAI RAINS: MOTORISTS ABANDON VEHICLES ON THANE'S WATERLOGGED STREETS Updated: Jun 26, 2017, 09.18 AM IST The southwest mon soon, which came calling late on Satur day and continued through Sunday, saw residents abandoning their vehicles and making their way home on foot in Thane and nearby areas. Heavy water logging was seen in areas such as Ram Maruti Road, Shankar Sheth Road and around Vandana bus stand. Vehicles came to a halt on the flooded roads and many people were seen pushing their two-wheelers on foot. Several cars were abandoned by the road side after they broke down. “We had to leave our car on the road, as it was impossible to navigate. I walked back home in waist deep water,“ said Radhika Agarkar, a resident of an apartment building at the Ram Maruti road.Pedestrians had a tough time navigating the roads and the subsequent snarl on Central Railway added to the ordeal. Residents of Pokharan road number 2 broke the divider on the road which was blocking the flow of water to the drain on the other side. There were also reports of ground floor houses which had up to 3 feet of water. “If this is the condition after the first rain, I shudder to think what the situation will be in the coming days. Hope the authorities realise their mistakes and fix the faulty drainage system in our area soon,“ said Kasber Augustine, a Thane resident. Thane received 37.50 mm average rainfall within a few hours of showers while neighbouring Mumbai recorded 48 mm. While the figure is much lesser than what the area received last year, experts attributed it to a delayed monsoon. Neighboring areas like Bhiwandi, Palghar, Dahanu, Ambernath and Ulhasnagar too saw heavy rainfall.
|2017-06-26||12-year-old boy falls into unguarded pit in Thane, rescued by security guard - Hindustan Times|
|2017-06-26||Boy injured after he falls into society's 15-ft deep pit - Times of India|
Boy injured after he falls into society’s 15-ft deep pit Jun 27, 2017, 00:10 IST THANE: A 11-year-old boy was seriously injured after he slipped and fell into a rain water-filled pit that was dug up for construction wokr in his building compound on Sunday. The victim, Vedant Bagkar, was playing with his friends near the 15-ft deep pit, which was filled with water. While playing, the boy suddenly slipped and fell in the pit. His friends raised an alarm after which the watchmen dived in and brought the boy out.A society member tried to give Vedant, who was unconscious, CPR. They rushed him to a nearby hospital after which they shifted him to a private hospital in Thane. The boy was administered treatment and is recuperating in the ICU. The Kalwa police registered a case of negligence and causing grievous injury against the builders.
|2017-06-26||Thane police raid city petrol pump - Times of India|
Thane police raid city petrol pump Jun 27, 2017, 03:55 IST Nagpur: Thane crime branch, which is conducting statewide action, sealed two petrol dispensing machines at Rabjyot Automobiles Indian Oil petrol pump belonging to businessman Navneet Singh Tuli at Mankapur on Koradi Road on Monday after illegal IC chips were detected in their pulsars that enabled them to deliver less fuel to customers. Thane crime branch was assisted by it's city police counterparts in the day-long action. After 40 raids in other regions, action in Vidarbha started from Nagpur and more pumps where fuel dispensed is less than quantity displayed on vending machines are likely to come under scanner soon. Thane crime branch began its action in May this year and is conducting raids following special permission granted to them by state director general of police Satish C Mathur. Already 29 petrol pumps, including the one in city, have faced action. Thirteen people have been charged in the case.The local mastermind of the racket Clayford Thomas is now in custody of Thane police. Apart from Thomas, technicians Ramchandra Tekade and Manish Warade too have been arrested. Tekade is an expert in fitting ICs in vending machines to rig it. Warade is an employee of Gilbarco which supplies the vending machines. Sources in Thane police team said Tuli too would be made an accused once his role comes to fore during interrogation of the three accused. Technical experts said that two out of four dispensers at Rabjyot Automobiles were dispensing 40 ml less fuel for each litre sold. DCP, crime branch, Thane city, Abhishek Trimukhe said chips used in Maharashtra were far more sophisticated and difficult to detect than the ones used in Uttar Pradesh where the scam had come to fore in April this year. "The arrests of the masterminds like Vivek Shetye and Avinash Naik led to the busting of the network of racketeers across the state that rigged the petrol pumps. Once more information comes to fore during the investigation there are possibilities of continuous raids," he said. Thane crime branch team, led by API Abhiraj Kurhade, is learnt to have approached city police that provided it's crime branch team under API Pradeep Atulkar. DCP, crime (detection), Nagpur city, Sambhaji Kadam and ACP, crime, Somnath Waghchaure too were part of the raiding team. Indian Oil Corporation's officials, district supply office and revenue department's representatives from collector office too were roped in for the raid. officials from Legal Metrology department, Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department (Maharashtra) too were present. DCP Trimukhe said the actions in Nagpur and elsewhere would be merged with the crime already registered in Thane city. "We have slapped the accused involved in the case with offences of cheating, forgery and criminal breach of trust. Now, opinions are being sought from legal departments to add more charges especially those pertaining to weights and measures," he said.
|2017-06-26||Fireflies festival 150km away from Thane adds light to gloomy monsoon - Times of India|
Fireflies festival 150km away from Thane adds light to gloomy monsoon Jun 26, 2017, 20:22 IST THANE: Tucked away in the small hamlets within the Kalsubai-Harishchandragad belt, which is a bio-diversity rich hotspot, monsoon gives a visual treat to visitors as the forests in this belt light up thanks to fireflies. Located approximately 150km away from Thane, this valley referred to as a fireflies' paradise by locals, has seen dozens of Thaneities flocking to it over the past few weeks. Popularly known as the fireflies' festival, biodiversity activists eagerly await the time period of May to June for the sighting of these insects. A nature lover, Anurag Gawde (22) from Mumbai, shared that the fireflies' festival was like stars dropping down on the ground and illuminating the vast expanse of the forests.Aditi Atul, a resident of Thane, said, "Camping in the tents under the glowing sky to witness the dance of a million fireflies is indeed a bliss to the eyes. To trek in the interiors of the forest land at night and to witness the illuminating fireflies alongside a row of trees on both the ends of the village road was a mesmerizing experience. The fireflies' groves looked like Christmas trees adorned with fairy lights." Just after the onset of the light monsoon showers, the villages in the area turn into a haven of fireflies. Assistant conservator of forest, Shivaji Thakare from Ahmednagar district, said, "From end of May onwards till June is the ultimate breeding time for these fireflies. Their life cycle starts when the first rains hit the ground. The fireflies' mating season typically lasts for around two weeks. Once the season kicks in, the male species begin to flash and try to attract the females. After laying their larvae, these nocturnal creatures are wiped off and then die immediately once heavy rainfall takes place. There are around 2,000 species of fireflies but the ones that are usually found aplenty in Maharashtra are called 'coleoptero' fireflies." While this natural spectacle in the villages in and around Bhandardhara, Akole, has been in existence since decades, locals claim that the phenomenon has gained popularity only in the recent years. "Seven years ago, not many were aware of this unique festival, but now around 150 people from the city come on weekends during this season. One can also spot a variety of birds early in the mornings near the Balthan dam located in Akole," said Vimalbai Sahebrao Kondar, a local from Purushwadi village in Akole.
|2017-06-25||Mumbai monsoon: Water-logging in Thane; city to witness incessant rainfall along with thunderstorm - India.com|
Mumbai monsoon: Water-logging in Thane; city to witness incessant rainfall along with thunderstorm Updated: June 25, 2017 9:23 AM IST Mumbai, June 25: There was light drizzle in many parts of Mumbai on Saturday morning. However, during the night, there were good rains in the city, especially in places like Thane, Chembur, Ghatkopar, Kurla, Dadar, Andheri, Borivali, Bandra, and Colaba. Along with strong winds and thunderstorm, the city witnessed incessant rainfall throughout the night that continued even on Sunday, June 25. Due to heavy rainfall, there is water logging in many areas of Thane. The heavy showers also affected the traffic service in many parts. Low-lying areas like Sion, Kurla, Dadar faced water-logging and affected the traffic. This continuous rainfall is going to prove tough for Mumbaikars, especially for those travelling in trains from the Central railway line. Today, the CR is carrying a mega block of 6 hours in all the six lines between Dombivili and Kalyan. Due to this power block, at least 120 trains in the CR are suspended. The mega block will start at 9.10 am and will go on until 3.20 pm. The services will be suspended from 9.10 am to 12.50 pm on up and down fast line. But the services on slow track is extended to 3.20 pm. With such power block and heavy rainfalls, citizens will have a hard time in travelling as due to water-logging the traffic is moving slowly in many parts of Mumbai. About the rainfall in the city today, the Skymet Weather forecast informs that Mumbai is expected to see moderate rains. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also said that city will witness good spells on rain along with thundershowers.
|2017-06-25||Thane RTO cop booked for cheating, rape - Times of India|
Thane RTO cop booked for cheating, rape Jun 26, 2017, 00:58 IST THANE: The Rabale police has registered a cheating and rape case against an inspector working with the Thane Regional Transport Office (RTO), after a 29-year-old woman from Gothivali village in Airoli, with whom he was in a love relationship for seven years, alleged that he had sexually exploited her after pretending to have married her and dumped her after she became pregnant. Accused Vijay Kamble, 29, hails from Solapur and is currently working as an inspector at Thane RTO. He has been booked under Section 376 (rape), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.According to the FIR, the woman and the accused fell in love in 2010 when they stayed in Solapur. In June 2015, her mother got her married to another man. Thereafter, Kamble convinced her to divorce her husband and promised to marry her. She divorced her husband in March 2016. Thereafter, the woman and Kamble shifted to Gothivali village where he made her sign an affidavit claiming it was their marriage document. Thereafter, she conceived a child. But, Kamble told her to abort the child by revealing that they were not yet married. When she refused to undergo abortion, Kamble threatened her and ended the relationship. On June 13, she lodged a police complaint against Kamble. The victim has alleged that the local police is shielding the accused as he is an inspector with Thane RTO. When contacted Senior inspector Pradeep Tidar said, "Our team had gone to his native place Barshi in Solapur to arrest him."
|2017-06-25||Summerside police looking for Thane Milligan, missing for nine days - The Guardian|
|2017-06-25||Railways blame Thane civic body for clogged drains | The Indian ... - The Indian Express|
Railways blame Thane civic body for clogged drains Road widening works undertaken by the municipality had obstructed the natural drainage line near the tracks, the railways complained. Mumbai | Published:June 26, 2017 4:06 am WHILE RAIN lashed the city on Sunday, officials from the Central Railway (CR) were at loggerheads with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) over water-logging of tracks between Thane and Kalwa stations in the morning hours. Road widening works undertaken by the municipality had obstructed the natural drainage line near the tracks, the railways complained. On Sunday, services on the slow corridor on CR were suspended since early morning due to water-logging on the tracks. Stretches between Kurla-Kalyan section and Kalwa station were witness to water-submerged tracks till the early morning hours. “Sections between Kurla and Kalyan, also the tracks at Kalwa station were water logged. Water receded and traffic started on up line towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) at Kalwa by 9.46 am and at 10.35 am on the down line. Traffic on the other sections between Thane and Kalwa resumed at 10.25 am,” said a CR official. “Flooding at Kalwa station is due to construction of the concrete road by TMC. This resulted in obstruction to natural flow of water and flooding nearby areas and railway tracks. TMC is advised to improve drainage,” read an official tweet from Divisional Railway Manager’s handle on Sunday. However, officials from TMC said that the cleaning of culverts near the tracks was never their responsibility. “I visited the spot to have a word with railways about how we were at fault with their tracks being water-logged. As railway land does not come under the stretch, they cannot blame us for the damage. Due to the heavy water flow, the muck which they removed and parked near the tracks again came inside the gaps causing blockage.The logging was never caused due to the incapacity of our precautionary measures but theirs,” said Thane Mayor Meenakshi Shinde. “Due to heavy rainfall, a large capacity of water came from the mountain wall of Parsik tunnel on to the tracks. While the culverts made by the TMC were wide enough for the flow, our culverts, being very old, were not wide enough to contain the heavy flow. Otherwise the size of the culverts are sufficient to handle minimal flow of water, we have decided to now widen them to contain further heavy water flow rush,” said a senior CR official. Both railways and TMC have agreed to work together on improving the condition of culverts below the tracks. “We have decided to undertake micro-tunnelling work to ensure the culverts present below the tracks get wider. This will ensure rain water escapes the tracks during heavy rainfall. We will share the expenditure equally and complete work within eight days,” said Sunil Chavan, additional municipal commissioner (TMC), adding that the total cost of the work would be Rs 50 lakh. Railway officials also blamed the garbage dumped near the tracks and the incapacity of stormwater drains for the obstruction of flow of rain water. “Heavy rainfall, obstruction to natural drainage by garbage, inadequate capacity of stormwater drains, blocked outlets by slums affects smooth and quick discharge of rain water. Appeal to all to dispose garbage in proper bins,” read another tweet from the Divisional Railway Manager’s handle. Railway officials further said that pumps have been provided at 24 vulnerable/low lying areas to remove water from the tracks during heavy rainfall. Monsoon precautionary measures which include cleaning culverts, nullahs and pump provisions were in place by May 31, officials said “Approximately 100 kilometre of drains, 81 bridges and culverts were cleaned and nearly two lakh muck bags were lifted from tracks in the past two months as preparations by the Mumbai division of CR. Special services also ran between CST and Dombivli to aid passengers,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief Public Relations Officer, CR. The CR had also been affected by a mega block of six hours on Sunday for the construction of girder of road-overbridge near Thakurli station.
|2017-06-25||2016 records slight dip in crime against women | Thane News ... - Times of India|
2016 records slight dip in crime against women Jun 26, 2017, 00:53 IST THANE: The recent molestation case of a woman travelling in a share auto has raised security issues in the city. However, going by the records and crime cases registered and detected in the last one year, it is seen that there is a marginal dip in the total number of cases of crime against women in 2016 as compared to previous years. Most cases registered involved the accused misusing their familiarity and exploiting the women, claimed the police. A cursory glance on the total number of cases reveals that there is a dip in the incidents of rape in 2016 as compared to the previous years. In 2015, a total of 251 cases of rape were registered while in 2016, the number went down to 224. However, nearly 59 per cent of such incidents targeted minor girls in both 2015 and 2016. Even though the detection rate has been over 90 per cent in these cases, safety of women remains a major concern in the city. "More women are coming forward to register offences and the police have been told to deal strictly against complaints of sexual harassment," said a senior police officer. There is also a slight dip in molestation cases as against 564 registered in 2015, the number has gone down to 458 cases recorded in the Thane police commissionerate in 2016. However, working women still travel with a sense of insecurity owing to sexual harassment going unnoticed in crowded public transport or places. "Post the Delhi gangrape incident, the police have been very sensitive while dealing with cases as per the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court. It is a part of our duty to register complaints irrespective of the age and profession of a woman," said a police officer.A total of 357 cases of cruelty meted out by spouse were recorded in 2016. " Complaints by women against their in-laws or spouse are taken seriously. However, most of the time, women remain silent and bear the torture meted out to them by husbands and in-laws, which can also lead to extreme results," said a cop. According to the data obtained from the Thane police, over 90 per cent of the kidnapped cases were of minors. In most of these cases, naive girls elope with somebody and such cases are also registered under kidnapping.The Thane police have assured that arrangements have been made to keep a vigil on any crime taking place against women. "We have made elaborate arrangements but most of the time the accused tend to flee. However, our helplines are always open for women in distress," said a police officer.
|2017-06-25||89-year-old molested by hawker over minor argument | Thane News ... - Times of India|
89-year-old molested by hawker over minor argument Jun 26, 2017, 00:55 IST THANE: An 89-year-old woman from Mumbra's Amrut Nagar area, who was out for a walk with her daughter-in-law on Friday evening, was allegedly assaulted and molested by a hawker after a minor argument turned ugly. Police said the senior citizen and her daughter-in law were passing by the Ali Chamber building in the vicinity, when they came across Afzal Lakhpati, a hawker, who was blocking the road with his stall. The senior citizen then reportedly told Lakhpati to move his stall from the road as it inconvenienced pedestrians and motorists but the accused started passing lewd comments and abuses on the senior citizen and her daughter-in-law.When the 89-year-old urged him to stop using foul language, Lakhpati allegedly was enraged and slapped the elderly woman across her face. He then reportedly pulled her towards him and touched her inappropriately. While the Mumbra police do not have the accused's residential address, the search for him as well as the investigation into this case are underway.
|2017-06-25||31-year-old man held for molesting housewife | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India|
31-year-old man held for molesting housewife Jun 26, 2017, 00:48 IST THANE: A 31-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a housewife at her Gokulnagar residence when she was alone at home with her infant last week.Senior police inspector R M Somvanshi of Rabodi police station, said the incident took place at 5pm on Friday when the victim's husband had gone out for some work while her infant was at home. "Sunil Rajbhar, the accused, entered the victim's house and sexually assaulted her. The women resisted and in the process she also received scratches on her hands. She screamed for help, which alerted her neighbours. They rushed to her help but Rajbhar panicked and fled the spot."When the victim's husband returned home, she narrated the incident to him and he promptly registered a complaint with the Rabodi police against Rajbhar. "Rajbharl was arrested from his house on Friday night after the victim's husband filed a complaint. He will be produced in the chief judiciary court on Saturday. He has been booked under Sections 354(b), 452, 427 of the Indian Penal Code." added senior police inspector Somvanshi.
|2017-06-25||Drunk driver tries to hide in Thane police chief's office - Mumbai Mirror|
DRUNK DRIVER TRIES TO HIDE IN THANE POLICE CHIEF’S OFFICE Updated: Jun 26, 2017, 09.33 AM IST The man lost control of the luxury bus he was to deliver and rammed into sedan; later tried to escape from police station An inebriated driver employed with an automobile company in Belgaum, Karnataka, caused a pile-up in Kalwa on Saturday afternoon. He later tried to hide in the Thane police commissioner's office in order to escape Kalwa police. According to the police, the accused, identified as Malik Maula, 27, had come to the city to deliver a luxury bus to a client in Thane. Malik, who was under the influence of alcohol, lost control of the bus, and dashed into an SUV which was standing in front the bus, police said. The SUV rammed into the sedan in fron of it, a traffic jam ensued due to the pile-up, and a crowd began to gather at the spot. Malik, who initially refused to alight from the bus, was pulled out by the angered crowd and by the owners of the vehicles involved in the accident. An argument between the owner of the sedan, Prakash Bidai, and Malik followed. The accused was then handed over to the Kalwa police, who arrived at the spot in a few minutes. As the cops took Malik to the police station and made him wait in the detection room, they got busy with the paperwork. Sensing an opportunity for escape, Malik told them he wanted to use the toilet. He then got up, pushed the constable standing near him, and ran outside. Cops who saw him running out began to give chase. Malik managed to reach the gate of the Thane police commissioner's office and entered the compound. He wanted to hide there, but as the cops were almost upon him, quickly changed course and entered the jungle adjoining the CP's office. There were many vehicles parked there, and Malik took refuge in a car. No police official saw him hiding in the car and they continued their search over the next 20 minutes. As the cops started to give up on the chase, Malik got out of the car and started scaling the wall next to the CP's office. The police saw him trying to escape and pulled him down. They caught him and brought him back to the police station after a half-hour chase. "He was driving in a drunken state. As no one was hurt, he was released with a warning," said Inspector S Shelar of Kalwa police station.
|2017-06-24||HC stays new constructions for Thane, Pune civic bodies - Daily News & Analysis|
HC stays new constructions for Thane, Pune civic bodies Sat, 24 Jun 2017-07:50am The bench has asked both the corporations to submit an affidavit within two weeks giving details about how many construction projects are ongoing in the areas and their source of getting water The Bombay High court on Friday restrained the Thane and Pune Municipal corporation from issuing fresh commencement and occupation certificates to new constructions in Ghodbunder and Baner/Balewadi areas, respectively, until further orders. A division bench of Chief Justice Manjulla Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar said, Water scarcity is a major problem faced by cities. In the future it will increase if corrective steps not taken now. The bench has asked both the corporations to submit an affidavit within two weeks giving details about how many construction projects are ongoing in the areas and their source of getting water. If water is drawn from bore well then how many such bore well are there in the area. The court said, Such a study will help in the future. The bench issued the directions while hearing two petitions filed by sitting corporator from Pune Amol Balwadkar and Thane resident Advocate VP Patil. Both the petitions highlighted the acute shortage of water in the areas and claimed that residents were sometimes not supplied water for a day. It was also argued that supply of water per as per central scheme, per person should be allowed 150 litres per day. However, the supply is less. To meet the requirement, citizens are forced to call for water tankers.
|2017-06-24||Mumbai: Thane civic body chalks out plan to demolish shanties on ... - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai: Thane civic body chalks out plan to demolish shanties on Parsik tunnel Mumbai city news: A year ago, the retaining wall on the hillock above the Parsik tunnel collapsed. The debris fell on the railway track, disrupting the train services mumbai Updated: Jun 24, 2017 15:47 IST Megha Pol Hindustan Times After months of blame game and shirking responsibility, officials from the district, forest, railways and TMC have joined hands to make the tunnel free of encroachments. Two days after the Bombay high court rapped the railways and the Thane Municipal Corporation for failing to protect the Parsik tunnel, authorities have chalked out a plan to demolish the illegal hutments on the hill.After months of blame game and shirking responsibility, officials from the district, forest, railways and TMC have joined hands to make the tunnel free of encroachments. The officials said residents would be rehabilitated. Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer of TMC, said, The hillock on top of Parsik tunnel comes under the jurisdiction of the railways and the forest authorities. Over the years, people have encroached the hill by building houses and shops. The sewage water of the settlements has been flowing into the track below. This area is prone to landslides in the monsoon. A year ago, the retaining wall on the hillock above the Parsik tunnel collapsed. The debris fell on the railway track, disrupting the train services. Fortunately, no train was passing below the tunnel and a major disaster was averted. The tunnel cuts right through Parsik hill and is an important link for the Central Railway's suburban and long distance lines. The forest department and TMC had tried to demolish the hutments but the slum dwellers had approached the high court which stayed the eviction notice. The high court asked the Thane civic body to first work out a rehabilitation scheme for the hutment dwellers. On Friday, civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal met district, forest and railway officials at the TMC headquarters to find solution to the problem. Malvi said, The action plan will include making a list of encroachers by surveying the area and making list of residents who are eligible for rehabilitation. Immediate arrangements would be made for police protection so that the area can be cleared within 72 hours of undertaking the demolition drive. A notice will be served to vacate the homes and a joint demolition drive will be undertaking by the TMC, forest and railway authorities against those who fail to evacuate even after the end of the notice period. A rehabilitation policy will also be drafted, said Malvi. Deputy conservator of forest J Ramgaonkar said, The demolition is stuck owing to the stay given by the court. Our efforts are on to vacate the stay as there is a threat to the life of people living on the tunnel. The court had stated that the demolition can be done by rehabilitating the residents and we are working towards it.
|2017-06-24||TMT services hit briefly on Thurs after 'cops assault driver' - Times of India|
TMT services hit briefly on Thurs after cops assault driver Jun 24, 2017, 10.32 PM IST Thane: Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) services from Thane station (West) were suspended for a few minutes on Thursday around 10 pm after a driver was reportedly assaulted by cops for allegedly refusing to give way to a police jeep coming from opposite direction on a one-way road. The incident took place near Ashok Talkies when the driver of bus route number 56 between Tikujiniwadi and Thane station was on his way to the Satis bridge. A police jeep reportedly came from the wrong direction and signalled the bus driver to give way but he allegedly refused that irked the cops leading to a scuffle that got violent. The driver alleged that the police assaulted him and deserted his bus near the Satis entry followed by a few other drivers staging a protest against the assault on the bus driver. Meanwhile, senior officials from TMT intervened and ensured the protest was called off, said a civic officer. A formal complaint was yet to be registered at the Thane Nagar police station. TMT commuters had a harrowing time as they got late to reach home with no bus arriving for nearly 20 minutes. The two-lane road towards the station is further narrowed down in the late evening due to buses often parked in double lanes leading to a congestion. The driver alleged that the cops assaulted him and deserted his bus near the Satis entry followed by a few other drivers staging a protest against the assault on the bus driver for not giving way to a police jeep that was plying on a one-way road
|2017-06-24||Bohri community to celebrate Eid with great fervour today - Times of India|
Bohri community to celebrate Eid with great fervour today Updated: Jun 24, 2017, 10.16 PM IST Thane: The holy month of Ramzan is all about fasting and feasting for the people of Muslim community. For some communities, Roza ended on Saturday after the sighting of the moon and Eid will be celebrated today. Whereas for those belonging to other Islamic sects, Roza will end on completion of the 30 day-period depending on the moon sighting as per the calendar they follow. For them, Eid would be celebrated tomorrow. However, the Bohri community, who follow the Shia tradition celebrated the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr today with great festive fervor. Relishing the widespread array of cuisines, reading the Quran, performing the early morning Namaz and listening to the sermons conducted by religious scholars characterizes the typical routine of a Muslim on this day. Sixty nine-year-old Bashir Bape, a Rabodi resident said, "My entire family wakes up before dawn and visits the Dargah for Eid ki Namaz at 7.30 am. While returning home, we invite all our friends and relatives to indulge in the traditional sweet delicacies such as Sevaiya and Gajar ka Halwa." "The Bohra community observes the lunar calendar which is based upon the position of the moon and its cycle whereas the Shia and Sunni community follow the Hijri calendar. As per the lunar calendar some people's Roza ended yesterday. The month of Shawwal is extremely significant to all Muslims as the first day of this month marks the festival of Eid-Ul-Fitr which essentially refers to the festival of breaking the fast. Along with this community in India, even the Muslims in Saudi Arabia celebrate Eid" said Wasim Shaikh from Kalwa. Since this month is all about performing good deeds, generosity and giving as much to the society, respect and appreciation for one another is seen in the community. The last two days of Ramzan in particular is believed to be the most crucial as it is considered to be an auspicious time to pray for the wellbeing of others. The custom of Eidi is one which holds significance in all Muslim families this time of the year. Sajid Khakiyani, a Thaneite said, "Eidi i.e. the custom of giving money to small children and is an essential part of the festival. Eidi is also given to the less unfortunate ones."
|2017-06-24||Muslims offer alvida jumma on last Friday before Ramzan - Times of India|
Muslims offer alvida jumma on last Friday before Ramzan Jun 24, 2017, 10.33 PM IST Thane: The Muslim community, on Friday, offered the Alvida Jumma, the prayers made on the last Friday before Eid celebrations. Seventeen-year-old Kalwa resident Ummehaani Makba, said, "As per the Islamic calendar, Friday is a holy day as it symbolizes the last day of the week before Ramadan. On Friday nights, we offer additional prayers, which may either take place at home or mosque. In general, the last 10 days are extremely significant. We try to perform as many good deeds as possible and stay away from impurities and all sorts of bad activities. It is said that every act of kindness carried out during this period is equivalent to 70 times the blessings bestowed upon us by Allah." While Alvida Jumma is celebrated like any other day during Ramadan, it is also a realization to the community that the sacred month of Ramadan is about to end. With that thought in mind, even those who are not observing a fast visit the Dargah to perform the prescribed particular prayers asking for forgiveness to Allah. Belonging to the Shia community, Qais Akolawala, a 20-year-old resident, said, "Thursday night until the eve of Eid is a divine period for all Muslims. We offer special prayers called 'nabiyon ke naam.' It is a type of chanting of the names of all the prophets in the hope of invoking their blessings." Apart from namaz, members of this community also visit their respective mosques for the daily Khutbah. After sunset, for breaking the fast at home we consume dates, water, dry fruits and milk. Then we have iftar wherein traditional family dishes are prepared which the entire family feasts upon. We also go outside once in a while to relish these delicacies," said Razia Khan, a 35-year-old resident of Rabodi.
|2017-06-24||Bombay high court asks authorities to finalise coastal zone management plan for Thane by September - Hindustan Times|
Bombay high court asks authorities to finalise coastal zone management plan for Thane by September Mumbai city news: The order comes amid concerns raised by environmentalists over private developers getting clearances for building structures in coastal zones based on a 1996 coastal zone management plan because of the absence of a new one. mumbai Updated: Jun 24, 2017 22:30 IST Ayesha Arvind Hindustan Times A bench led by Justice Naresh Patil also asked the MCZMA to file a status and compliance report. Mumbai: The Bombay high court ordered the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) to draw up and finalise the much delayed new Draft Coastal Zone Management Plan for Thane and Sindhudurg districts by September. The order comes amid concerns raised by environmentalists over private developers getting clearances for building structures in coastal zones based on a 1996 coastal zone management plan because of the absence of a new one.A bench led by Justice Naresh Patil also asked the MCZMA to file a status and compliance report. The bench was hearing a petition filed by NGO Vanashakti, highlighting the delay in finalising new coastal zone plans for Mumbai, Thane and Sindhudurg and arguing that the new maps were necessary to check unrestricted development along the coast. The NGO said that the plans must be finalised at the earliest. While the MCZMA invited suggestions and objections on the draft plan for Mumbai city, Mumbai suburban, Raigad, and Ratnagiri, it is yet to make any progress on the plans for Thane and Sindhudurg. The coastal zone plan defines areas where development or construction work can be allowed and also areas where it must be restricted. Based on such maps, the MCZMA and the state authorities grant clearances to construction and development projects along the state's coastline. The last plan for coastal zones in Thane and Sindhudurg was finalised in 1996 and expired in 2015. According to the plea, in the absence of a new plan, the authorities have been extending its validity from time to time and processing applications for the development, based on the old plan.In February 2016, the National Green Tribunal had imposed a blanket ban saying that no construction activity and regularising would be permitted in coastal districts of the state till MCZMA came up with the new maps and plan. MCZMA however, appealed against the NGT order before the HC after it ordered the agency to finalise the plan for Mumbai city, suburban, Raigad and Ratnagiri by March 31, 2017. The Apex Court then extended the deadline to July this year.
|2017-06-23||US wants fake call centre boss extradited - Times of India|
US wants fake call centre boss extradited Updated: Jun 24, 2017, 02.10 AM IST THANE: US investigation agencies have sought extradition of 24-year-old Sagar Thakkar aka Shaggy, mastermind of the con call centres that duped hundreds of Americans of millions of dollars by impersonating as agents of the Internal Revenue Service, US equivalent of the Income Tax department. Sources said the US agencies have sent a letter to the government of India. The letter is yet to reach Thane police. Shaggy is lodged in Thane central jail while his sister Reema, who reportedly handled finances, is absconding. A Thane police officer said it would be difficult to extradite Shaggy as they would need him here for the investigation and court hearings. Sources said when Shaggy was holed up in Dubai following the raids on his call centres, the US tried to extradite him. However, Shaggy came to India in April. In October, 61 individuals, including Thakar, were charged by the US justice department for being a part of the scam. On October 28, 2016, the grand jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas indicted 61 persons of which 32 of them are based in India who are linked to five call centers operational from Ahmedabad, where agents impersonated IRS and demanded payments for non-existent debts. Thakar is named as the call centre operator as well as payment processor. TOI was the first to report the call centre busted by Thane crime branch and also the arrest of Shaggy. His nine call centres at Mira Road were raided by Thane crime branch raided on October 4 following days of sustained tracking and gathering of intelligence on the murky goings-on inside the call centres.
|2017-06-23||City saw fewer road deaths than last yr | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
City saw fewer road deaths than last yr Jun 23, 2017, 09.44 PM IST Navi Mumbai: There has been a dip in the number of deaths in road accidents in the first five months of this year compared to the corresponding period last year. Better vigil and pre-emptive checks aimed at instilling road discipline among motorists have led to fewer road deaths, traffic department officials said. There have been 42 less deaths in road accidents this year. There has been a dip in the number of injured too. "Yes, it's some relief and I did oversee management of the staff during different hours of traffic to increase police presence on the roads," DCP (traffic) Nitin Pawar said. The focus was on pre-emptive strikes to caution motorists. "My focus was on taking action against various violations like talking on the mobile while driving, not wearing helmets or seat belt or breaking zebra crossing rules." In a slight cause for worry, the difference in the number of deaths went up by 2 to 44 in May. The traffic department has now shifted its focus on being monsoon-ready to maintain its good record.
|2017-06-23||Proclamation notice on Mamta Kulkarni, Vicky Goswami - Times of India|
Proclamation notice on Mamta Kulkarni, Vicky Goswami Jun 24, 2017, 04.00 AM IST Thane: The anti narcotics cell of Thane crime branch executed proclamation notice on former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni in Mumbai and on the house of Vicky Goswami, the alleged international drug lord, in Ahmedabad. It was on June 6 that Kulkarni and Goswami, both prime accused in the Rs 2,000 crore drug bust case, were declared as 'proclaimed offenders' by the sessions court here. Following the procedure, the police have now put up the notices of absconders on the properties of the last known address of Kulkarni at Sky Apartment in Versova, Andheri, and Goswami's address in Paldi area of Ahmedabad. "According to the procedure, we have taken down the statements of their relatives and neigbours and panchanama has been filed accordingly. It shall be submitted in the court in then next hearing," said ACP Bharat Shelke, the investigation officer in the case. "The process will aid the investigators to get Red Corner Notice against the duo," said the officer. The anti narcotics cell of Thane crime branch last month moved the court seeking that Goswami and Kulkarni be declared proclaimed offenders and their properties be attached as they did not comply with a proclamation order issued against them requiring them to appear before the court. The investigators had sought an order from the court under the Criminal Procedure Code's section 82 (proclamation of absconding person) as several arrest warrants were pending against them. "A person against whom a warrant has been issued can be declared a proclaimed offender, if the court believes that he or she has absconded or is evading execution of warrant," explained assistant police inspector Amol Walzade. The investigators wanted the duo to join the investigation "in person" in connection with the probe under the infamous Ephedrine cases. It said it had exhausted other legal remedies, and hence the request for proclamation by the court. The court has fixed the next date for hearing in the matter on July 10. It was on April 14 last year that the crime branch had seized 23 tonnes of ephedrine and 2.5 tonnes of acetic anhydride, from a pharmaceutical factory Avon Life Sciences in Solapur and other locations in Thane and Ahmedabad. Deeper investigations led the sleuths to the involvement of Vicky Goswami and Kenyan-based international drug mafia as well as Kulkarni.
|2017-06-23||US wants con call kingpin extradited - Times of India|
US wants con call kingpin extradited Jun 24, 2017, 03.56 AM IST Thane: The US has sought extradition of 24-year-old Sagar Thakkar aka Shaggy, mastermind of the con call centres that duped hundreds of Americans of millions of dollars by impersonating as agents of the Internal Revenue Service, US equivalent of the Income Tax department. Sources said the US has sent a letter to the government of India. The letter is yet to reach Thane police, which is investigating the case. Shaggy is lodged in Thane central jail while his sister Reema, who reportedly handled finances of the scam, is absconding. A senior police officer claimed it would be difficult for the Thane police to extradite Shaggy as they would require him here for the investigation and the court hearings. Sources said when Shaggy was in Dubai after fleeing India following the raids on his call centres, the US agencies had tried to extradite him. However, Shaggy came to India and the Thane police picked him up on April 9. In October, 61 individuals, including Thakar, were charged by the US justice department for being a part of the scam. On October 28, 2016, the grand jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas indicted 61 persons of which 32 of them are based in India who are linked to five call centers operational from Ahmedabad, where agents impersonated IRS and demanded payments for non-existent debts. Thakar is named as the call centre operator as well as payment processor. TOI was the first to report the call centre busted by Thane crime branch and also the arrest of Shaggy. His nine call centres at Mira Road were raided by Thane crime branch raided on October 4 following days of sustained tracking and gathering of intelligence on the murky goings-on inside the call centres.
|2017-06-23||US wants con call kingpin extradited - Times of India|
US wants con call kingpin extradited Jun 24, 2017, 03:56 IST Thane: The US has sought extradition of 24-year-old Sagar Thakkar aka Shaggy, mastermind of the con call centres that duped hundreds of Americans of millions of dollars by impersonating as agents of the Internal Revenue Service, US equivalent of the Income Tax department. Sources said the US has sent a letter to the government of India. The letter is yet to reach Thane police, which is investigating the case. Shaggy is lodged in Thane central jail while his sister Reema, who reportedly handled finances of the scam, is absconding.A senior police officer claimed it would be difficult for the Thane police to extradite Shaggy as they would require him here for the investigation and the court hearings. Sources said when Shaggy was in Dubai after fleeing India following the raids on his call centres, the US agencies had tried to extradite him. However, Shaggy came to India and the Thane police picked him up on April 9.In October, 61 individuals, including Thakar, were charged by the US justice department for being a part of the scam. On October 28, 2016, the grand jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas indicted 61 persons of which 32 of them are based in India who are linked to five call centers operational from Ahmedabad, where agents impersonated IRS and demanded payments for non-existent debts. Thakar is named as the call centre operator as well as payment processor. TOI was the first to report the call centre busted by Thane crime branch and also the arrest of Shaggy. His nine call centres at Mira Road were raided by Thane crime branch raided on October 4 following days of sustained tracking and gathering of intelligence on the murky goings-on inside the call centres.
|2017-06-23||Cops post notice on properties of Mamta Kulkarni, Vicky - Times of India|
Cops post notice on properties of Mamta Kulkarni, Vicky Jun 24, 2017, 04:16 IST laboreThane: The anti-narcotics cell of Thane crime branch executed proclamation notice on former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni in Mumbai and on the house of Vicky Goswami, the alleged international drug lord, in Ahmedabad. Kulkarni and Goswami, both prime accused in the Rs 2,000 crore drug bust case, were declared as 'proclaimed offenders' by the sessions court here. Following the procedure, the police have now put up the notices of absconders on the properties of the last known address of Kulkarni at Sky Apartment in Versova, Andheri, and Goswami's address in Paldi area of Ahmedabad. "According to the procedure, we have taken down the statements of their relatives and neigbours and panchanama has been filed accordingly. It shall be submitted in the court in then next hearing," said ACP Bharat Shelke, the investigation officer in the case. "The process will aid the investigators to get Red Corner Notice against the duo," said the officer. The anti narcotics cell of Thane crime branch last month moved the court seeking that Goswami and Kulkarni be declared proclaimed offenders and their properties be attached as they did not comply with a proclamation order issued against them requiring them to appear before the court. The investigators had sought an order from the court under the Criminal Procedure Code's section 82 (proclamation of absconding person) as several arrest warrants were pending against them."A person against whom a warrant has been issued can be declared a proclaimed offender, if the court believes that he or she has absconded or is evading execution of warrant," explained assistant police inspector Amol Walzade. The investigators wanted the duo to join the investigation "in person" in connection with the probe under the infamous Ephedrine cases. It said it had exhausted other legal remedies, and hence the request for proclamation by the court.The court has fixed the next date for hearing in the matter on July 10. It was on April 14 last year that the crime branch had seized 23 tonnes of ephedrine and 2.5 tonnes of acetic anhydride, from a pharmaceutical factory—Avon Life Sciences in Solapur and other locations in Thane and Ahmedabad. Deeper investigations led the sleuths to the involvement of Vicky Goswami and Kenyan-based international drug mafia as well as Kulkarni.
|2017-06-23||Mumbai: Woman delivers baby boy at Thane station platform - Mid-Day|
Mumbai: Woman delivers baby boy at Thane station platform Mumbai Posted 23-Jun-2017 Jhanvi Jadhav, a 25-year-old resident of Badlapur, delivered a baby boy at Thane station platform number 10 Jhanvi Jadhav, a 25-year-old resident of Badlapur, delivered a baby boy at Thane station platform.According to a report in Hindustan Times, the incident took place at Thane station's platform number 10 when the expecting mother developed labour pain and her neighbours decided to take her to a Vashi hospital. However, even before she could board a train to Vashi, she delivered the baby on the platform. A lady constable along with other female passengers at the station quickly came to her aid and helped her with the delivery. And it was a boy!While the baby is doing fine, Thane Government Railway Police (GRP) have taken a note of this incident.
|2017-06-22||Thane: 4 cops injured as farmers' protest against defence airport turns violent - Livemint|
Thane: 4 cops injured as farmers’ protest against defence airport turns violent Farmers are protesting land acquisition for a proposed defence airport at Nevali village in Thane district on the outskirts of Mumbai First Published: Thu, Jun 22 2017. 03 35 PM IST Mumbai: At least 25 people, including 12 policemen and eight protesters, were injured on Thursday when a farmers’ protest against land acquisition for a proposed defence airport turned violent at Nevali village in Thane district on the outskirts of Mumbai. The protesters torched six police vehicles and blocked Thane-Badlapur highway. The Maharashtra government has deployed two companies of Special Reserve Police and Riot Control Police to control the situation. The protesters were injured when the police fired pellet guns at them after cops, including an assistant commissioner of police, were attacked with stones, Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh told reporters. He said the situation was under control but added that action would be taken against “mischief mongers”. Later in the day, minister of state for defence, Subhash Bhamre, scheduled a meeting to discuss the issue in Delhi on 29 June. The Nevali airport issue dates back to pre-Independence era when the British government in 1945 acquired 1,600 acres to build an airstrip for use during the World War II. However, the land was transferred back to farmers who were its original owners after India became independent. Some years back, the defence ministry acquired the land to for a proposed defence airport. Earlier this month, the Indian Navy started building a compound wall around the land even as farmers claimed the land was forcibly acquired by the government. Parambir Singh said the farmers had informed the police about a peaceful protest on Thursday but the protest suddenly turned violent. “The villagers turned violent and started attacking cops. We will identify the mischief mongers and file attempt to the murder cases against them,” Singh said. Shiv Sena MP from Kalyan Shrikant Shinde told reporters that the farmers were working the land for the last 75 years and they would “naturally object if the land was suddenly being acquired”. “The farmers are not ready to part with the land,” Shinde said. Meanwhile, Chief Public Relations Office (Defence) Rahul Sinha, issued a statement saying “the land in reference is owned by Ministry of Defence/Indian Navy and the state government land records certify the same. The 7/12 extracts are held with Defence Estate Officer, Mumbai, and the land was acquired by the Ministry of Defence,” the statement said. The statement added that “the Navy is constructing a peripheral boundary wall to protect and safeguard defence land from further encroachment”.
|2017-06-22||Thane-Ghodbunder: From two-lane road to mall street - Livemint|
Thane-Ghodbunder: From two-lane road to mall street Development over the years has spurred Thane’s growth, and the shopping malls along Ghodbunder Road are second to none when it comes to retail therapy Last Published: Fri, Jun 23 2017. 04 38 AM IST Mumbai: It’s a public holiday and people queue up for security check at the entrance of Viviana Mall in Thane. Guards throw bags onto the scanning machine with practised indifference. School holidays have started, but like a lot of modern urban India, retail therapy is sometimes the only entertainment and there’s plenty of it in Thane.It’s past “Happy Hours” 4 o’clock on a Monday afternoon but a bunch of pubs on the ground floor of the mall are empty—because it’s just a few metres from the highway. Inside the mall, the alleyways are packed, loudspeakers bellow with the sounds of some contest and there is a continuous stream of people. This is just one mall in the bustling neighbourhood. On the Eastern Express Highway that connects Mumbai to Nashik and beyond, driving northwards, a slew of malls dot the road. Starting with Korum Mall, then Viviana, High Street Mall, Lakecity Mall, Wonder Mall and R Mall—this roughly 5km stretch is packed with splurging options. Further south of Korum is Cinemax-Eternity mall and north of R Mall leads up to Ghodbunder Road, Thane’s hottest development zone. The neighbourhood also has a stand-alone D-Mart store and showrooms of Woodland, Vijay Sales, Reliance Digital, Kohinoor, LG and Samsung for more focused shopping. Big Bazaar hyper market store upgraded to Big Bazaar Gen Nxt, a testimony to the evolving lifestyle of people in this area. The rest are symbols of Thane’s growth as a township over the years—emerging from the shadows of big brother Mumbai. All this development has come up in the last 15 years, changing the texture of this neighbourhood completely. Typically, habitations along a highway tend to see it both as an advantage and not—you get road access but no peace and quiet. Retail has added a third dimension, making the area more livable and possibly more exciting. This is not just the low-key mom-and-pop retail though—this is the big box, thousands of square feet of built-up space filled with shops, cinemas, entertainment and the inevitable traffic jams. This is no Dubai, although the similarities go beyond just the giant stores—there was a dust storm in the afternoon on the day of our visit, with dust flying from the piles of cement and debris lying at various corners of the crowded neighbourhood. Thane is a city that is being furiously constructed and reconstructed, making it a retail and residential paradise.Unlike Dubai, not all of the rapid retail development is successful. For instance, out of seven malls in Thane, only two are Grade A and the rest are Grade B. Across India, there are about 230-250 malls of which only 20% are Grade A, according to Ashutosh Limaye, head of research at Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants (India) Pvt. Ltd (JLL India). Among the criteria that make for Grade A are size and management. Grade A malls have better occupancy rates and returns on investment and are deemed to be successful in contrast to Grade B malls, which could be struggling without quality retailers and footfalls. The older parts of Thane still retain their small town characteristics—cramped roads, smaller buildings, and many parks and lakes, reasons why residents love this city so much—causing some sort of a divide between the old and the new.
|2017-06-22||It's a boy! Mumbai woman delivers baby at Thane station - Hindustan Times|
It's a boy! Mumbai woman delivers baby at Thane station Mumbai city news: A woman constable and women passengers quickly came to her aid and gathered around her, helping with the delivery mumbai Updated: Jun 22, 2017 09:36 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times Jhanvi Jadhav was on her way to a hospital when she delivered at the station. A 25-year-old woman, who was on her way to the hospital, delivered a baby boy at Thane station's platform number 10 on Wednesday. When Jhanvi Jadhav, a resident of Shaninagar at Badlapur, experienced labour pains, her neighbours decided to take her to a hospital in Vashi. She was waiting for a train when she delivered the baby. A woman constable and women passengers quickly came to her aid and gathered around her, helping with the delivery. The baby is doing fine and the Government Railway Police in Thane have taken a note of the incident.
|2017-06-22||Mentally ill undertrials trapped for decades at Thane's Regional Mental Hospital - Mid-Day|
Mentally ill undertrials trapped for decades at Thane's Regional Mental Hospital Several undertrials have been locked behind the gates of the Thane mental hospital for decades. Imagine being locked away for decades, neglected by the government and forgotten by your family. This is the fate of Raghu Patil, who was sent to the Regional Mental Hospital, Thane, after insanity drove him to murder his wife. Forty years later, Patil is still there, in the prison ward of the hospital, even though his trial was never completed. Long abandoned by his family members and with no legal recourse, Patil could very well languish there till the end of his days, unseen and unheard. Patil is not the only one to suffer this fate. Dr S Raokande, Medical Superintendent (Regional) Thane Mental hospital, said, "We have around 14 undertrials in the prison ward, but we also have patients otherwise who are staying in the hospitals for over four decades." Hope at last: As per the new Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, psychiatry patients can be kept in the mental hospital for not more than 120 days, and only on approval of the district mental health review committee. If an inmate's stay has to be extended, he or she must be produced before the district mental health review board, headed by an officer from judiciary.
|2017-06-22||Farmers Protest Near Thane In Maharashtra, Block Highway, Cops ... - NDTV|
Maharashtra Cops Use Pellet Guns In Clash With Protesting Farmers Farmers had blocked National Highway near Thane, torched vehicles. The police used pellet guns after a senior officer was attacked Updated: June 23, 2017 01:22 IST MUMBAI: Twenty people were injured as protesting farmers clashed with police this morning on a national highway in Maharashtra near Thane. The police had used pellet guns to control the mob, which blocked traffic on the highway and torched a few vehicles. Senior officer of the local police, Parambir Singh, told NDTV that pellet guns were used after the mob attacked a senior officer. A dozen policemen were injured, so were eight farmers. Farmers from 17 villages were holding protests at 10 spots in the area. The biggest of them was on the Thane-Badlapur highway, where they had blocked traffic. The clashes began when the police tried to disperse the mob. The protests were over the Navy walling up a 1600 acres of land, which has a British-era aerodrome. The area belongs to the Navy, acquired to build an airstrip in 1942 during the Second World War. The acquisition was made under the powers Emergency Act. The Navy now wants to build an arms depot and residential housing for its personnel. But over the years, the area has been encroached upon by the locals. The farmers have repeatedly petitioned the authorities that the land be given to them. They argue that the Navy's ownership ended after the emergency powers were lifted. The protests began six months ago after the authorities refused to hand over the land to them. The boundary wall, the Defence Ministry said, was being built to "safeguard defence land from further encroachment". "The Maharashtra government is fully aware of the subject case and is providing police protection and support," a statement from the ministry read.
|2017-06-22||It's A Boy! Railway Officer Helps Deliver A Woman's Baby On Thane Railway Platform - Indiatimes.com|
It's A Boy! Railway Officer Helps Deliver A Woman's Baby On Thane Railway Platform JUNE 22, 2017 On Wednesday, a baby boy was delivered on a Thane railway station platform after a 24-year-old woman went into labour. Meenakshi Jadhav was with her husband Sandesh Jadhav at the station's platform number 10 from where they were to catch a local train to Ghatkopar to visit a hospital. However, before boarding the train, Meenakshi went into labour. After hearing her husband's cries, Railway Protect Force officer, Shobha Mothe along with other women offered to help and offered to deliver her baby under a makeshift cover. After a few minutes, Meenakshi gave birth to a baby boy. Both the mother and the newborn are now being treated in Civil Hospital and reportedly doing well.
|2017-06-22||57-year-old woman killed in hit-and-run case - Times of India|
57-year-old woman killed in hit-and-run case Jun 22, 2017, 10.36 PM IST Thane: A 57-year-old woman was killed in a hit-and-run case that took place near RaIeladevi lake at 7.45 am on Tuesday. According to the police, Sulochana Kulat, an employee of TMC's sanitation department, was sweeping the road at Wagle Estate when a speeding vehicle rammed into her, killing her on the spot. Her co-worker immediately rushed called the police and an ambulance and the woman was rushed to Thane Civil hospital. However, doctors declared her dead on arrival, a police official said. "The victim suffered injuries to her head, which caused brain hemmorhage,'' said API S R Londhe from the Shrinagar police station. A complaint has been registered against the unidentified driver.
|2017-06-22||Gastro, flu cases in city increase post first rains - Times of India|
Gastro, flu cases in city increase post first rains Updated: Jun 22, 2017, 09.48 PM IST Thane: The change in weather might have given some respite from the sweltering heat, but it has brought a lot of respiratory and gastro-related diseases along with it. From kids to senior citizens, city medicos are seeing a considerable rise in viral flus, fevers, viral hepatitis and other ailments. Dr Suhas Kulkarni, a city-based paediatrician, said, "I have seen a number of kids come in with gastro-related issues, viral hepatitis, fever, etc. Each of these diseases are water-borne and spread either through contaminated food or water." "In addition to gastro-related cases wherein patients have been complain of vomiting, loose motions, fever, body aches, etc, we have also received a few patients with positive tests for malaria and swine flu. Things can get worse if no proper precautions are taken," added Dr Khalid Ansari, a general physician practising from Mumbra. In addition to avoiding street food and juices that could be affected with these viruses, doctors urge citizens to cover their food even at home, drink and cook with boiled water and keep their surroundings clean. "While many people ensure that they drink water that is purified and boiled they don't take the same precautions while cooking and often use the water straight from the tap. Eating out at street joints or even drinking juices from street vendors during this season is a strict no as the quality of water used cannot be trusted," Dr Kulkarni said. Dr Deepa Banjan, a general practitioner from Kalwa adds, "Food cooked in the first part of the day should be heated properly to stop the chance of it fermenting quickly. Frozen foods should be avoided. Citizens should keep away from puddles which could contain leptospirosis viruses and should also sleep with a mosquito net around. They should also consume a lot of purified water. Consuming fruits with vitamin C is also helpful during this season."
|2017-06-22||Plaint filed against trio for molesting 27-yr-old woman - Times of India|
Plaint filed against trio for molesting 27-yr-old woman Jun 22, 2017, 09.49 PM IST Thane: A 27-year-old woman from Subhashnagar area has registered offence against three people for allegedly assaulting her physically and molesting her. The incident happened near Ashar Residency on Pokhran Road 2 on Wednesday around 8:00 pm. The woman said, she was returning after attending her MH-CET classes when she saw three people talking about her. "The women claimed, that the trio waylaid her and started torturing her. When she tried to retaliate, one of the accused grabbed her and kept slapping her. They abused her and even touched her inappropriately. After the trio fled, she called her father for help, who then contacted the Manpada police. The victim overheard one of the accused was 'Dipu Taak' and told the cops. Police are using the pics clicked by passerbys to identify the culprits. Souvik Sarkar
|2017-06-22||Thane hospital doctor booked for sexually harassing colleague - The Indian Express|
Thane hospital doctor booked for sexually harassing colleague Thane hospital doctor booked for sexually harassing colleague The woman doctor stated in her complaint that she has been facing the sexual harassment since 2014 Thane | Published:June 22, 2017 8:13 pm A doctor posted at the civic-run hospital in Kalwa near here was booked today for allegedly sexually harassing his junior colleague, police said. The woman doctor stated in her complaint that she has been facing the sexual harassment since 2014, according to police. The woman and the accused are also attached to a medical college as professors. A case was against against the senior doctor under various sections of the IPC for sexual harassment and criminal intimidation, said police inspector M M Bhagwan. No arrest has been made so far. As per the complaint, the male doctor used to show her objectionable pictures on his mobile phone and even stalked her in the past, the police inspector said.
|2017-06-22||RPF constable lauded for helping woman deliver baby at Thane ... - Deccan Chronicle|
RPF constable lauded for helping woman deliver baby at Thane station DECCAN CHRONICLE Published Jun 22, 2017, 7:12 pm IST Updated Jun 22, 2017, 7:12 pm IST The constable rushed to the spot after the husband called for help and arranged for first aid kit. The child was welcomed in a matter of minutes Mumbai: Incidents of childbirth on a flight or on a train have been reported in the past, but thinking of a delivery on a chaotic suburban railway station in Mumbai seems to be taking things too far. Although a woman going into labour at a station may seem like a challenging situation, an RPF constable proved otherwise when she saved the day. 24-year-old Meenakshi Jadhav was at Thane station to board a train for visiting a hospital in Ghatkopar, when she started experiencing labour pain on the platform. When her husband called for help, RPF LHC Shobha Mote rushed to the spot and arranged for blankets and a first aid kit. Shobha Mote, who was handling the scanning machine, got assistance from other passengers and the child was delivered within minutes. The woman and the newborn were later shifted to the nearby Civil Hospital. A lady passenger delivered a baby boy at PF10 of Thane stn with timely assistance of RPF LHC Shobha Mote passenger nurse. @sureshpprabhu pic.twitter.com/870mGMgoxw Central Railway (@Central_Railway) June 21, 2017
|2017-06-22||'Oil cos must maintain petrol pump units' - Times of India|
Oil cos must maintain petrol pump units Jun 22, 2017, 10.36 PM IST Thane: A week after the fuel filling scam was unearthed at a city petrol pump, the petrol dealers' association from Thane, Raigad and Palghar want the respective oil companies to be completely responsible for upkeep and maintenance of dispensing units at fuel stations. The announcement was made after several petrol pump owners from the region decided to stand up against the reported harassment by the authorities under the guise of conducting checks following the scam. The representatives of around 450 petrol pump owners in the region said they would be forced to shut their operations complaining that business was being hit as they were unnecessarily targeted as maintenance of the fuel dispensers was done by agencies hired by oil companies. "The agencies hired by the companies are maintaining the units. We are now requesting oil companies to issue us with clearance tags for all units on our premises or take over the responsibility of the units completely," said Keyur Parikh, secretary of the association at a press meet called by the association members in Thane on Wednesday. "We are cooperating with the police in their investigations but are opposed to their move of shutting down the pumps if they come across a suspicious element in one of the units," said Parikh. Meanwhile, the Thane police denied any forceful closure of pumps in the city and said they were shutting down units that were found to be tampered with.
|2017-06-22||Missing boy reunites with grandparents in K'taka - Times of India|
Missing boy reunites with grandparents in K'taka Jun 22, 2017, 10.35 PM IST Thane: The Thane Child Protection Unit (CPU) traced a family of a nine-year-old boy, who had runaway from his stepfather's house in Navi Mumbai and reunited him with his grandparents from Karnataka. The runaway boy, irked by verbal assault meted out to him by his stepfather, had left his house and was wandering when he was spotted by the Nerul police and taken to an orphanage in Koparkhairane last December. Pratima Manore, constable, CPU, said, "His biological father is severely ill and his mother, a daily wage labourer, left her maternal home in Karnataka in search of a job. She got married to another person and settled down in Navi Mumbai with the new husband and her son. However, four days of their arrival in Panvel, the stepfather shouted at the boy, after which he left the house." Surprisingly, the mother had not filed a missing complaint. "As part of our regular duty we went to the orphanage to inquire about the children. When we spoke to the boy, he told us about his grandparents in Karnataka. Upon asking whether he wished to see his mother, the boy refused and insisted us to take him to his grandparents at Borbanda, Karnataka," said Rohini Sawant, another constable at CPU. "We contacted the cops and the child protection authorities at Borbanda and sent them a picture of the child and the grandfather," added Manore. Within two days we got an affirmative call from them.
|2017-06-22||Breathe easy: Rains bring down air pollution levels, improve quality - Times of India|
Breathe easy: Rains bring down air pollution levels, improve quality Jun 22, 2017, 10.37 PM IST Thane: The heavy showers over the past few days has not only given the lake city denizens some respite from the sweltering heat, but has also cleared the air of pollutants. The air pollution level in the city has gone down by over 60% as compared to the beginning of the year. This has improved the air quality in the city. This was stated in the data collected by the civic body's new continuous ambient air quality monitoring station (CAAQM). While the ceiling permissible limit of the respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) is 100 gm per metric cube (g/m3), the first few months this year recorded an average of 250 to 293 g/m3. This month, the pollutant concentration level has dropped drastically to an average of 108 g/m3 level. Interestingly, even though the average RSPM level continues to be slightly above the permissible limit of 100 gm per cubic meter this month, the RSPM levels in the city over the past one week has been below limit and even touched 56g/m3 on Sunday. Vidyadhar Walawalkar, vice president of a city-based NGO, said, "The heavy rains have washed out the particulate matter that was present in the air. This is one of the major reasons for air pollution. These particles can penetrate through the lungs and directly enter the bloodstream, which is dangerous for humans." While environmentalists have pegged this low pollution level to the heavy showers in the last few days, civic officials who have been installing air pollution controllers (APC) across city junctions believe that this drop is because of the use of APCs. "The showers are one of the main reason for the decrease in pollution levels but in comparison to the last few years, the air pollution level has been lower this year. We believe, this is because of the numerous initiatives taken up by the civic body to mitigate pollution levels, including tree plantation drives, setting up air controlling units across the city and so on. The APC machines will be able to function even more effectively and maintain good air quality till next monsoon," said a senior civic official from the TMC's pollution control department.
|2017-06-22||Farmers' stir turns violent in Thane - Deccan Herald|
Farmers' stir turns violent in Thane THANE/ MUMBAI: Jun 23 2017, 1:56 IST At least 20 people were injured, including several policemen, when a farmers’ agitation turned violent in Maharashtra on Thursday. The farmers, protesting the ownership and possession of a World War II airstrip at Naveli in Thane district, torched six vehicles, burnt tyres and stoned police teams. Retaliating, the police fired pellets to quell the mob. Protests erupted after the Indian Navy constructed a boundary wall around the area of the now defunct airstrip. The state government has plans to build a third airport in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, and this airstrip is under consideration for boosting regional connectivity. Naveli is around 60 km from Mumbai. Around 9 am, hundreds of locals from seven to eight villages assembled and blocked the Thane-Belapur Road, affecting traffic to and from the satellite township of Navi Mumbai. Vehicular movement on the main road leading to Malanggadh and Badlapur-Ambernath Road were also affected. The mob turned their ire on the police and started pelting stones at the personnel and passing vehicles. The police were forced to strike back, causing the situation to take a violent turn. Twelve policemen, including an assistant commissioner of police, were injured in the protests. Besides this, six to eight villagers were injured in the baton-charge. The injured policemen have been admitted to a hospital in Thane. “Peace has been restored… the Riot Control Police is stationed at the spot,” said Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh. He said they have identified some of those who instigated the mob, and they would be booked for attempt to murder. Public Works Minister Eknath Shinde, who is also the Guardian Minister of Thane, apprised Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of the situation. Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre has called a meeting in New Delhi next week to discuss the issue. “We have called a meeting, and there would be representatives from all stakeholders,” Bhamre said. Earlier this month, the farmers had moved the Bombay High Court, challenging the acquisition of the over 1,600-acre land by the Ministry of Defence for an airport requisitioned during World War II. Land is ours: navy The navy clarified that the land belongs to the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Navy, and figures in the land records, reports DHNS from Mumbai. “The land in reference is owned by the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Navy, and the state government land records certify the same. The navy is constructing a peripheral boundary wall to protect and safeguard the defence land from further encroachment,” Western Naval Command spokesperson Commander Rahul Sinha said.
|2017-06-21||New stop near Thane railway station is set to get an all-clear - Mumbai Mirror|
NEW STOP NEAR THANE RAILWAY STATION IS SET TO GET AN ALL-CLEAR Updated: Jun 21, 2017, 11.47 AM IST Central Railway, ready with a proposal for a station between Thane & Mulund, awaits official nod. A long-standing demand of commuters for an additional stop between Mulund and Thane railway stations is about to be realised with the Central Railway awaiting a formal nod to get cracking at the project. A proposal for raising the as-yet unnamed station, set to be constructed in Kopri near the Thane Mental Hospital, is ready for submission to the deciding authority, Central Railway officials said. This seventy-seventh addition to the scheduled halts on central line will help decongest Thane station, which is one of the most cramped stops on the city's suburban rail network. "We are in the process of sending the proposal for the new station to the Railway Board for a final approval," said Ravinder Goel, divisional railway manager, Central Railway, Mumbai division. Recently, railway engineers had met their municipal counterparts in Thane to review the project and finalise its design and location. And the site near Kopri road overbridge was chosen bearing in mind the suburban railway's criterion that the distance between two stops has to be more than a kilometre. Thane station is 2.34 km away from Mulund station, which immediately precedes it if you're going northward. Last year, the railways deputed a consultant to carry out a survey for the project. The consultant suggested two platforms as part of the station complex, along with parking lots. TMC to help out A railway officer said the Thane city administration has gotten onboard with the idea and consented to redesign the Kopri overbridge, which is getting in the way of the station layout. "We have got a positive response from the Thane Municipal Corporation. They are ready to resolve the issue with Kopri bridge, which was one of the main hurdles in building the station," the official said. The TMC has also offered some land reserved for expansion of the mental hospital to build a concourse and a booking office. A senior Central Railway official said the chief aim of the new station at Kopri is to check the overcrowding at Thane railway station, which witnesses a footfall of over 10 lakh each day. The terminal caters to commuters from the main line as well as the transharbour network; a number of longdistance trains also halt here, adding to the throng of passengers. "Over 120 locals originate or terminate at Thane. We plan to shift some of them to the new station, which will help decongest the station by at least 20 per cent," the official said. The official also said that options are being considered to see how the station might provide connectivity with the Transharbour line. "We are working on this with the Thane Municipal Corporation. There are a lot of options including constructing a travelator" a moving walkway "between the proposed station and Thane station for Transharbour rail commuters, especially those who want to go to Navi Mumbai," he said. The number of passengers has shown a steady increase in Thane since 2004-2005, when the trans-harbour line was introduced. A Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation study indicates that traffic on trans-harbour route has risen 10 per cent per year."
|2017-06-21||9-year-old boy killed in road mishap - Times of India|
9-year-old boy killed in road mishap Jun 21, 2017, 10.22 PM IST Thane: A nine-year-old boy died and his grandfather suffered serious injuries after a speeding truck rammed into their two-wheeler at Mumbra on Monday. The truck driver was arrested from Kharegaon toll post. According to the police, Govar Bhoir had gone to visit his daughter. His grandson then insisted that he too wanted to go along with him. "The nine-year-old, Aryan Devkar, went along with his grandfather." They were on a bike and were heading to Bhiwandi when a speeding truck rammed into them from behind. The impact was such that the duo fell off the vehicle. The rear wheel of the truck went over the boy due to which he died on the spot. Bhoir also suffered grievious injuries. Locals rushed them to a hospital,'' said a police official. The vicitm was able to recollect the truck driver's registration number which helped the cops arresting the accused. The accused was booked under sections of the IPC and motor vehicles act. But was granted bail on Tuesday. Shrutika Sukhi
|2017-06-21||Tribal tourism centre at Yeoor gets civic body's nod - Times of India|
Tribal tourism centre at Yeoor gets civic body's nod Jun 21, 2017, 10.24 PM IST Thane: Thane will soon boast of a tribal tourism centre in the Yeoor forests, as the Thane Municipal Corporation's general body gave a go-ahead to modify the existing residentail quarters for forest officials into a tourist attraction. According to the proposal, the centre will come up on a land measuring 8,962 sqm and will have a display area with murals, sculptures, depicting the tribal lifestyles. An exhibition area of objects prepared by the tribals will also be part of the premises. To encourage the city dwellers to appreciate the green cover and the acquaint them with the life in the jungle, plans have been chalked out for a jungle walk over natural drains and a wooden bridge will be recreated for the visitors. A walkway will be constructed connecting the foothills which could be accessed by the joggers and morning walking from the SGNP end. In addition, the premise will also have a seminar hall, outdoor seating facility along with lodging facility for vistors wanting to stay overnight. An interactive session with the local tribal members will also be arranged. The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 4 crore which will be taken up in two phases and the project be completely ready within two years. All the construction works required at the premises will be started after an approval from the forest department and care will be taken only to use eco-friendly materials. The tribal tourist centre plan was proposed by Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik in 2016 following which a proposal was made to the principal secretary of the forest department. A joint survey of the area along with the TMC commissioner was also done in May 2016 after which the principal secretary of the forest asked the civic administration to make a presentation before the chief conservator of forests. A revised plan was later sent to the forest department for approval in August 2016 and it's response is awaited now. "We are working on developing a recreation and informative option for Thane residents and visitors in the Yeoor region. The general body has approved the plan on Tuesday. A response from the forest department is awaited," informed Ratan Awsarmol, city engineer at the TMC. "The move is welcome as it will bring tribals in the mainstream and improve their interaction with the city residents but should not be at the cost of damaging the green zone. The eco tourism norms should be strictly enforced," said environment activist Vidyadhar Walawalkar of NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Samiti.
|2017-06-21||Oppn protests contractors' nullah cleaning work in Mumbra, Kalwa - Times of India|
Oppn protests contractors nullah cleaning work in Mumbra, Kalwa Jun 21, 2017, 10.25 PM IST Thane: The opposition in the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) staged a protest at the civic headquarters on Tuesday to highlight the alleged shoddy work of nullah cleaning by civic contractors in Kalwa and Mumbra. The protest staged by the NCP ahead of the TMC general body meeting was aimed to draw the attention of the civic body to the water-logging in several homes at Kalwa and Mumbra after the recent showers. The issue of poor waste management in the city was also highlighted. The protesting corporators blamed the contractors for allegedly not completing their nullah cleaning work, which resulted in the inundation of water in several homes causing immense hardship and financial losses to residents. Civic officials said that approximately Rs 2 crore have been spent this year in awarding contracts for cleaning the entire 300 kms of drains in the city but the results haven't been seen. "If the TMC has spent money on the work, why is it that the areas get waterlogged every time even during small rains. We wonder what will happen during heavy downpour once the monsoon starts in full force," said NCP corporator Shanu Pathan of Mumbra.
|2017-06-21||60-year-old robbed of chain at Tembi Naka - Times of India|
60-year-old robbed of chain at Tembi Naka Jun 21, 2017, 10.23 PM IST Thane: A senior citizen from Naupada was robbed off her gold chain worth Rs 28,000 while she had gone for her morning walk near Tembi Naka last week. Police said Vimal Kumbhar, was targeted by a robber who pretended to be a savior. "He repeatedly called the victim 'aunty' forcing Kumbhar to take a brief halt. He walked up to her and cautioned her about a chain-snatching incident on the same road," a police officer said. He asked Kumbhar to remove her gold chain and keep it safely. "I took off my jewelry. The man help me wrap it up in a paper. I kept the paper in my purse and walked away," Kumbhar said in her complaint to the police. Avani Ghangurde
|2017-06-20||Cops offer Rs 50 for info on two Thane criminals - Mumbai Mirror|
COPS OFFER RS 50 FOR INFO ON TWO THANE CRIMINALS Updated: Jun 20, 2017, 10.20 AM IST Thane police say 'innovative tactic' will help them draw people's attention and get quick leads about duo accused of ramming vehicle into NCP leader and her relatives over dispute related to operating food stall. Rs 50, only. That's the monetary reward that Thane police have declared for any information on two men, who are wanted for attempt to murder, possessing arms illegally and voluntarily causing grievous hurt. Sounds incredulous? But the police, who have made 500 posters splashed with the pictures of the accused and mentioning the Rs 50 reward and got them pasted in every nook and corner of Ulhasnagar, prefer to call it an "innovative" tactic to draw people's attention and garner information quickly about the duo wanted in a case filed by NCP leader Puja Kaur Labana. Mannu Singh Labana and Balvir Singh Labana are accused of ramming an SUV into Puja, her father Ranjit Singh Labana and relatives on June 10 over a dispute related to opening an eatery selling Chinese food in Sector V area of Ulhasnagar. According to the complaint, Mannu and Balvir, along with their aides, forcefully started operating the food joint on a road in Sector V, where the NCP leader and her father already had a stall. "According to the complaint we received from Puja Kaur, the accused set up an illegal stall, which covered up the shop owned by the NCP leader's family. Her father confronted Mannu and Balvir and on June 10, both sides picked up a fight when an angry Mannu rammed his Mahindra Scorpio into Puja and Ranjit Singh," said Mohan Waghmare, senior inspector of Hill Line police station. CCTV footage of the incident shows the car ploughing into groups of people gathered on the road at least thrice. In the incident, several relatives of the complainant — Sham Singh, Santokh Singh and Dilip Singh — were injured. After Puja rushed her father and her relatives to the nearby Ulhasnagar Civil Hospital, the attackers allegedly reached there too and attacked her and her father with swords. When police were called in, both the parties registered complaints against each other. Counter complaints Mannu has claimed he and Balvir were threatened by Puja and her family members with a pistol. They even damaged the windshield of his vehicle, he said in his complaint. "We had registered a complaint against 15 people. While most of them have been arrested on the basis of CCTV footage, Mannu and Balvir are absconding. So, we decided to declare a reward of Rs 50 on both the accused to seek information on them," said Waghmare. Asked why such a measly amount has been announced for such serious charges, Waghmare explained that they don't have the authority to declare a hefty reward. "For that, we would need to get sanctions from the higher-ups. At the same time, we need to arrest these two people. The best way to do so is to draw attention of maximum people," the police official added. He went on to say that this was no tokenism and that anyone offering information about the two accused leading to their arrests would get Rs 50. "We have made 500 posters and stuck them at various government offices like court, collector office and municipal offices, which are frequented by people. Anybody having information can call me on my cellphone number, which is mentioned on the posters. Their names will be kept under wraps," Waghmare said.
|2017-06-20||HC raps govt for casual approach in safeguarding Thane tunnel - Outlook India|
HC raps govt for casual approach in safeguarding Thane tunnel The court noted that since the authorities have failed to initiate any step to safeguard the tunnel and the lives of the hundreds of railway passengers, it has taken suo moto cognisance of the issue 20 JUNE 2017 Last Updated at 6:29 PM Mumbai, Jun 20 The Bombay High Court today pulled up the Maharashtra government, the Railways and Thane civic body for their "callous and casual" approach towards safety of a tunnel on the Central Railway line in neighbouring Thane district and those living around it. Taking suo moto (on its own) cognisance of the issue, a division bench of justices A S Oka and Vibha Kankanwadi expressed concern over the danger that the Parsik tunnel on the Central Railway line at Mumbra in Thane faces due to over 200 illegal shanties, which have come up around the tunnel. "Nobody is worried about the issue. Neither the government, nor the Central Railway or the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC)," Justice Oka said. "Last year, the encroachments resulted in a landslide due to which the Central Railway traffic came to a halt. In the past one year, no authority has taken any step to ensure that the incident is not repeated in this monsoon," he said. "This is complete sorry state of affairs. The approach of all the authorities appears to be very casual and callous. Each authority is only shifting the blame and responsibility to the other. Nobody wants to take any action," he observed. The court noted that since the authorities have failed to initiate any step to safeguard the tunnel and the lives of the hundreds of railway passengers, it has taken suo moto cognisance of the issue. "We are of the view that it is necessary to initiate suo moto Public Interest Litigation so that appropriate directions can be issued," Justice Oka said. "Due to the total casual approach shown by the government, civic body (Thane) and Railways, appropriate directions will have to be issued by the high court to find a remedy to the problem," he said. The court was hearing an application filed by the Central Railway seeking to vacate a July 2016 order of the high court granting stay on eviction of the hutments around the Parsik tunnel at Mumbra in Thane. After a landslide in the area last June, the TMC had issued eviction notices to the shanties. The tunnel, that cuts right through the Parsik hill, is an important link for the Central Railway's suburban and long distance lines. The dwellers had then approached the high court. Later, the HC stayed the eviction notice and asked the Thane civic body to first work out a rehabilitation scheme for the hutment dwellers.
|2017-06-20||Upset Over Love Failure Thane Man Hangs Himself, Live Streams Suicide To His Ex-Girlfriend - Indiatimes.com|
Upset Over Love Failure Thane Man Hangs Himself, Live Streams Suicide To His Ex-Girlfriend INDIATIMES JUNE 20, 2017 A 26-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in Ulhasnagar township in Thane after a tiff with his ex-girlfriend and 'live' streamed the final moments to her through a video call. As per the complaint filed by the victim's father on June 18, the incident took place on May 21 around 4 pm, when Hani Aswani decided to take the extreme step, after being apparently upset over failed love. According to the family their son was in love with a girl from his college and their relationship was going strong since last six years. However, things soured between them recently and they decided to part ways following which both got engaged separately, the complaint said. On May 21, both the ex-lovers met once again and an altercation ensued after which the victim reached home and hanged himself from the ceiling. Police said that before committing suicide, a distressed Hani made a video call to his girlfriend and told her that he was going to end his life. He then 'live' streamed his death to her. The suicide came to light only when the father of the victim returned home in the night to see his son hanging. Initially, police had registered a case of accidental death but after the video was discovered by the victim's family, they approached the police with a complaint.
|2017-06-20||Undertrial escapes from police custody in Thane - Outlook India|
Undertrial escapes from police custody in Thane At around 9 pm, the police team along with Mali alighted from the bus at the city's Manpada junction as the undertrial said he wanted to answer the nature's call 20 JUNE 2017 Last Updated at 2:23 PM thane, Jun 20 An undertrial escaped from police custody while he was being brought to the central jail here. Devendra Bably Mali (24), a resident of Nalla Sopara town in Thane, was arrested on Sunday on charges of robbery, and illegal possession of weapons. He was yesterday produced before a magistrate in Vasai who sent him in judicial remand. Later, after his medical checkup, the police escort team was taking Mali to the Thane Central Jail in a state transport bus. At around 9 pm, the police team along with Mali alighted from the bus at the city's Manpada junction as the undertrial said he wanted to answer the nature's call. As the escort team took him to the roadside, Mali pushed past the security men and escaped, taking advantage of the darkness, Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. The police searched for him in vain. The Kapurbawdi police, under whose jurisdiction the undertrial escaped, today registered an FIR in connection with the incident. As per the FIR, Mali was being ferried to Thane in the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation bus as the police van was not available at that time.
|2017-06-20||Thane: 7 petrol pumps sealed, 2000 machines rigged; racket using chip across state busted - India.com|
Thane: 7 petrol pumps sealed, 2000 machines rigged; racket using chip across state busted The police sealed seven petrol pumps after learning that they have been operating with rigged metres which show a false reading to customers while pumping less fuel than what has been paid for. Published: June 20, 2017 12:40 PM IST Thane, June 20: A petrol pump racket using chips to tamper with the petrol pump metres across the state of Maharashtra was busted on Saturday, the police said. The police, with the permission from the Maharashtra Director General of Police, raided petrol pumps in Nashik, Pune and Khopoli and found that nearly 2000 fuel dispensing machine metres were rigged. Following the revelation, the police sealed seven petrol pumps across the state after learning that they have been operating with rigged metres which show a false reading to customers while pumping less fuel than what has been paid for by the customers. “We have frozen one pump each in Thane, Dombiwali, Khopoli, Pune and Nashik and two at Bhiwandi in the past couple of days. All of them were functioning with the chips. We were tipped off about a few of them by Shetye in May. Others showed up on our radar due to the complaints we had been getting from regular customers, which were verified by our sources,” said DCP Trimukhe. Through rigged petrol pump metres, the police believe that the pumps have each pocketed Rs 5.5 lakh a month by dispensing 5-7 per cent less for every litre bought. The tampering of the pump metres came to the fore when some motorists in Thane, Dombivali, and Khopoli lodged complaints with local police stations stating that they had been short-changed by the fuel stations. The raids led to the discovery that some chips were fitted to the fuel dispensing machines which made the metres run faster than the petrol being pumped out. The first such raid took place at a petrol pump in Manpada. At Manpada, for 5 litres, the machine would dispense 4.8 litres. “Over a day, it leads to pilfering of substantial amounts,” said an officer. “Back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest that per month, more than 70 per cent of the pumps collectively pocketed up to Rs 15 crore by skimping on the fuel. The ones in Bhiwandi and Khopoli made more than the others as they were pinching 7 per cent from every litre,” a senior crime branch official investigating the case said, reported Mumbai Mirror. According to the reports, the managers and owners of the nine raided pumps have been arrested. Upon questioning, they told the police that the petrol transporters are involved in the racket. However, the claims are yet to be verified, a senior investigator said. The police also seized nine pulsers attached to petrol dispensing machines. “Based on information we had, we have coordinated with police stations across the state and raided petrol pumps at Pune, Nashik and Khopoli. We have seized nearly nine pulsers from petrol pumps. It is in addition to the one at Thane that we sealed earlier,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhishek Trimukhe. “The chips used in Thane were much more advanced than those used in UP. It took us over a month before we could verify information and conduct the raids,” said a police officer. As many as 2000 petrol pumps are rigged across Maharashtra. “During the course of our interrogation, one of the arrested accused confessed that he tampered with dispensing machines of around 2000 pumps in the state, said Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. Singh also said that it is a well thought criminal conspiracy against the consumers and the proprietors of the petrol pumps are known to have adopted multiple fraudulent mechanisms which would under deliver fuel.
|2017-06-20||2 held for molesting teen in autorickshaw - The Hindu|
2 held for molesting teen in autorickshaw SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT MUMBAI, JUNE 20, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: JUNE 20, 2017 04:14 IST Second such incident in two weeks Less than a week after two autorickshaw drivers were arrested by the Naupada police in Thane for allegedly molesting a 23-year-old girl in an autorickshaw, one more case was reported in the Thane district on Sunday. According to the Manpada police, the incident occurred in Dombivli on June 12, and two accused were arrested in connection with the case on Sunday. “The victim, a 17-year-old girl, hailed a share autorickshaw from outside her computer class to go to her residence in Sonarpada in Dombivli (East) on June 12. She has said in her complaint that the driver, instead of taking her home, took her towards a desolate spot in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area, where he and the co-passenger molested her. She tried to raise an alarm, but the co-passenger held his hand over her mouth to keep her from shouting,” said a police officer. The accused allegedly brought her to Manpada Road and allowed her to leave, warning her not to tell anyone about what had occurred. The girl stayed silent for five days, but her parents noticed that she was disturbed. After some coaxing, the victim told her parents about what had happened on Saturday, and they took her to the police. Help from informants “We made inquiries in the area from where the victim had hailed the autorickshaw. We also had descriptions of the accused, which helped us identify them with some assistance from local informants. They were picked up on Sunday and were placed under arrest,” the officer added. The accused have been identified as Maunsingh Rajendrasingh (20), who was driving the autorickshaw, and Dhirendra Mehta (26). The police said the accused are known to each other. They have been charged with outraging a woman’s modesty and criminal intimidation under the Indian Penal Code, and with sexual assault on a minor under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. On June 7, a 23-year-old was allegedly molested and thrown out of a moving autorickshaw in Thane. The Naupada police arrested two men in connection with the case last week.
|2017-06-20||Bombay HC pulls up state, Railways, Thane civic body for not safeguarding Parsik tunnel - The Indian Express|
Bombay HC pulls up state, Railways, Thane civic body for not safeguarding Parsik tunnel The court noted that since the authorities have failed to initiate any steps to safeguard the tunnel, it would initiate suo motu cognizance of the matter. Mumbai | Published:June 21, 2017 3:33 am The Bombay High Court on Tuesday pulled up the state government, the railways and the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for not taking steps to safeguard the Parsik tunnel on the railway line near Mumbra. A division bench of Justice A S Oka and Justice Vibha Kankanwadi raised concerns over the danger caused by illegal encroachments on and around the Parsik tunnel in Thane district. The court decided to take suo motu cognizance of the matter so that it can pass “appropriate orders to safeguard the tunnel and the lives of hundreds of passengers travelling through this tunnel by train.” “Nobody is worried about the issue. Neither the government, the Central Railway nor the Thane Municipal Corporation. Last year, the encroachments resulted in a landslide affecting railway services. In the past one year, no authority has taken any steps to ensure that the incident is not repeated this monsoon,” Justice Oka said. “The approach of all the authorities appears to be very casual and callous. Each authority is only shifting blame and responsibility on the other. Nobody wants to take any action,” Justice Oka said. The court noted that since the authorities have failed to initiate any steps to safeguard the tunnel, it would initiate suo motu cognizance of the matter. “Due to the casual approach of the government, the civic body (Thane) and the railways, appropriate directions will have to be issued by the court to remedy the problem,” Justice Oka stated. The court was hearing an application filed by the Central Railway and the central government seeking to vacate a July 2016 order of the High Court granting a stay on eviction of the hutments. Last June, after a landslide in the area, the Thane Municipal Corporation had issued eviction notices to the shanties on and around the Parsik tunnel at Mumbra in Thane. Both railways and the government had in letters and other communications taken note of danger to life and property if any untoward incident took place owing to the illegal encroachments over Parsik tunnel, and did not rule out the possibility of another landslide. “This shows a very sorry state of affairs. While we suggested to the authorities to look at moving people living in the tenements to a transit camp, none of them have come up with a concrete solution,” said the court.
|2017-06-20||11 years after 31-year-old's murder in Thane, two men arrested - Hindustan Times|
11 years after 31-year-old’s murder in?Thane, two men arrested Mumbai city new: On November 11, 2006, six people stabbed Vicky Patil and Machi Kumar, 28, over rivalry. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 21, 2017 01:29 IST Elven years after a 31-year-old man was murdered in Thane, two accused were arrested. On November 11, 2006, six people stabbed Vicky Patil and Machi Kumar, 28, over rivalry. Patil sustained severe injuries and he died. The police arrested main accused Pappu alias Chamya Yadav and his two friends – Rakesh alias Gabbar Yadav, Sonu Yadav. Three other accused were on the run. On Monday, the police got a tip-off that the two accused, who were involved in the murder and attempt to murder, were supposed to come to Vartak Nagar in Thane. “We laid a trap and arrested the two accused Amar Kann Nadar, 39, and Laxman alias Lakshya Gurudutt Vitkar, 35. During questioning, they confessed to the crime. We learnt that they murdered Patil as he had allegedly burnt Pappu’s sister to death,” said a police officer from Thane crime branch. Three people were arrested immediately after the murder while three escaped. “One accused is still on the run and we will arrest him soon,” said the officer. The two accused kept changing their look and roamed different states to do odd jobs and evade the police. “We came to know that they were in touch with their family. We will question the family members too,” he added.
|2017-06-20||Thane crime branch busts racket involved in petrol theft, 11 pumps sealed - India Today|
Thane crime branch busts racket involved in petrol theft, 11 pumps sealed Mumbai, June 21, 2017| UPDATED 01:04 IST If the fuel in your bike or car gets over too soon, it may not be due to the vehicles poor mileage. The poor fuel efficiency is due to racketeers using an electronic chip to dispense less fuel than what you were being charged for. The Thane crime branch on Saturday busted a state wide petrol pump racket wherein customers were being duped by petrol pump owners who used of an electronic chip that dispensed less fuel than the purchased quantity. A total of eleven petrol pumps have been sealed following arrests of several people involved in the racket including petrol pump owners and employees and engineers who developed the electronic chip. HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: It was only last month that the Thane crime branch on basis of information from the Uttar Pradesh (UP) police had arrested a Dombivali resident Vinay Shetye and a Pune resident who reportedly manufactured the electronic chips and then sold it across in UP. The petrol pump racket came to light in April at Uttar Pradesh when people complained of less fuel being dispensed at some petrol pumps. This was followed by raids by UP police at several pumps and the racket came to light. Thane police sought permission from the Maharashtra Director General of Police and raided petrol pumps in Thane, Nashik and Raigad districts following which around seven petrol pumps have been sealed for having rigged dispensers with electronic chips manufactured by Shetye installed. The electronic chips helped dispense five to seven per cent less fuel to every customer that due to which each petrol pump owner around Rs 5 to 10 lakhs more a month duping customers. "Based on information we had, we have coordinated with police stations across the state and raided petrol pumps at Pune, Nashik and Raigad districts. We have suspicion of nine such petrol pumps using the chips, seven of which have been sealed," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhishek Trimukhe. The first petrol pump sealed by Thane crime branch was on Saturday at Wagle estate area. It was an Indian Oil petrol pump wherein Thane commissioner of police, Parambir Singh led the raid and after finding the chip installed, sealed the petrol pump. Another senior crime branch officer said "This racket has been going on since a long time and customers would have been duped of crores of rupees till date. It is suspected that the racket would have made inroads in all districts of the state".
|2017-06-20||Undertrial escapes from police custody in Thane - Outlook India|
Undertrial escapes from police custody in Thane At around 9 pm, the police team along with Mali alighted from the bus at the city's Manpada junction as the undertrial said he wanted to answer the nature's call thane, Jun 20 An undertrial escaped from police custody while he was being brought to the central jail here.Devendra Bably Mali (24), a resident of Nalla Sopara town in Thane, was arrested on Sunday on charges of robbery, and illegal possession of weapons.He was yesterday produced before a magistrate in Vasai who sent him in judicial remand. Later, after his medical checkup, the police escort team was taking Mali to the Thane Central Jail in a state transport bus.At around 9 pm, the police team along with Mali alighted from the bus at the city's Manpada junction as the undertrial said he wanted to answer the nature's call. As the escort team took him to the roadside, Mali pushed past the security men and escaped, taking advantage of the darkness, Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar said.The police searched for him in vain. The Kapurbawdi police, under whose jurisdiction the undertrial escaped, today registered an FIR in connection with the incident. As per the FIR, Mali was being ferried to Thane in the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation bus as the police van was not available at that time.
|2017-06-20||Thane man 'livestreams' suicide to ex-girlfriend through video call after tiff - Hindustan Times|
Thane man ‘livestreams’ suicide to ex-girlfriend through video call after tiff The distressed man made a video call to his girlfriend and told her that he was going to end his life. INDIA Updated: Jun 20, 2017 14:16 IST Press Trust of India, Thane A 26-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in Ulhasnagar township in Thane after a tiff with his ex-girlfriend and ‘live’ streamed the final moments to her through a video call, police said on Tuesday. As per the complaint filed by the victim’s father on June 18, the incident took place in Ulhasnagar camp No 5 on May 21 around 4 pm, when Hani Aswani decided to take the extreme step, after being apparently upset over failed love, said PI M G Waghmare of Hill Line police station. According to Aswanis, their son was in love with a girl from his college and their relationship had been going strong since last six years. However, things soured between them recently and they decided to part ways following which both got engaged separately, the complaint said. Since then Hani remained disturbed, it said. On May 21, both the ex-lovers met once again and an altercation ensued after which the victim reached home and hanged himself from the ceiling. Police said that before committing suicide, a distressed Hani made a video call to his girlfriend and told her that he was going to end his life. He then ‘live’ streamed his death to her. The suicide came to light only when the father of the victim returned home in the night to see his son hanging. Initially, police had registered a case of accidental death but after the video was discovered by the victim’s family, they approached the police with a complaint. Now, an offence has been registered under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC against Hani’s girlfriend, police said. However, no arrests have been made so far in the case as investigations are underway, police added.
|2017-06-19||Biggest affordable housing project in Thane gets nod - Daily News & Analysis|
Biggest affordable housing project in Thane gets nod Mon, 19 Jun 2017-07:00am, Four projects with 3,000 homes will be built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana In a big push for affordable housing in the state, proposals for 3,000 homes under PrimVarun Singh firstname.lastname@example.org In a big push for affordable housing in the state, proposals for 3,000 homes under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in Thane have been granted approval from the state government's appraisal committee. Four projects costing around Rs 325 crore were presented a few days ago to the committee. The government is aggressively pursuing projects under PMAY and these new projects will add significantlty to the affordable housing stock in a flourishing city. The four projects will come up on government land located in Betwade, Mhatardi and Padle, of which two projects are in Betwade and the remaining two are in Mhatardi and Padle areas respectively. These villages are located near Diva in Thane. Of the entire project, 40 per cent is reserved for Project-Affected People, 40 per cent will be the affordable segment and the remaining 20 per cent will be reserved for the middle income group. According to sources, the municipal corporation will appoint developers for these projects. For homes built under the PMAY, the central government will contribute Rs 1.5 lakh whereas the state government's contribution will be Rs 1 lakh for every PMAY house. Sanjay Kumar, the housing secretary who heads the committee for PMAY, said, "Appraisal committee has considered the projects positively." Another member of the committee said, "A few days ago, there was a presentation made for the construction of these homes and it was passed by the appraisal committee. This is one of the biggest in the state that has been sanctioned in one go. Though there are a few others, this will be one of the biggest projects to come up near Mumbai." The project will now be presented to the central government which will finally approve the project. The project will provide homes at a cheaper rate as compared to the ones available in the market.e Minister Narendra Modi's pet project Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in Thane have been granted approval from the state government's appraisal committee. Four projects costing around Rs 325 crore were presented a few days ago to the committee. The government is aggressively pursuing projects under PMAY and these new projects will add significantlty to the affordable housing stock in a flourishing city. The four projects will come up on government land located in Betwade, Mhatardi and Padle, of which two projects are in Betwade and the remaining two are in Mhatardi and Padle areas respectively. These villages are located near Diva in Thane. Of the entire project, 40 per cent is reserved for Project-Affected People, 40 per cent will be the affordable segment and the remaining 20 per cent will be reserved for the middle income group. According to sources, the municipal corporation will appoint developers for these projects. For homes built under the PMAY, the central government will contribute Rs 1.5 lakh whereas the state government's contribution will be Rs 1 lakh for every PMAY house. Sanjay Kumar, the housing secretary who heads the committee for PMAY, said, "Appraisal committee has considered the projects positively." Another member of the committee said, "A few days ago, there was a presentation made for the construction of these homes and it was passed by the appraisal committee. This is one of the biggest in the state that has been sanctioned in one go. Though there are a few others, this will be one of the biggest projects to come up near Mumbai." The project will now be presented to the central government which will finally approve the project. The project will provide homes at a cheaper rate as compared to the ones available in the market. ANALYSIS The central government has decided that it will provide housing for all by 2022. This includes the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. The nod granted to these new projects will be a big boost to affordable housing and will benefit people who currently stay in slums. It will also reduce the number of shanties in Thane and nearby areas.
|2017-06-19||Thane station is in urgent need of better fire fighting infra: CR officials - Times of India|
Thane station is in urgent need of better fire fighting infra: CR officials Updated: Jun 20, 2017, 01.52 AM IST Thane: A fire incident on an empty suburban local at the Kopri stabling yard on June 7 has exposed the equipment shortage, lack of preparedness, delays and coordination failures at Central Railway's (CR) part at Thane station. The CR's response in dealing with fire has been critically evaluated by the Thane fire brigade, which pointed out the fundamental flaws of the railway body in tackling the emergency situation. "The Thane station administration is not at all equipped to handle bigger emergencies. We have repeatedly asked the CR to upgrade their systems, but to no effect," said a prominently placed official from the Thane fire brigade. He added that it took the CR officials nearly an hour to douse the fire on one of the motor coaches of a parked local in the Kopri stabling yard given the inadequate fire extinguishers available at the station. "With the fire extinguishers at the station proving to be insufficient, there was complete chaos and locals passing by had to be stopped to secure the fire extinguishers to douse the blaze. As many as 31 extinguishers had to be pressed in service to contain the blaze," said the officer. The fire brigade personnel summoned to deal with the situation faced immense problem in attending to the fire as the train was inaccessible for the fire engines to spray water and lack of adequate facilities like hydrants. It is learnt that the authorities at Thane station, however, have taken this incident as an eye-opener and written to the higher ups of Mumbai division for an immediate upgrade in the fire-fighting mechanism. TOI has accessed the contents of the letter that has asked the administration to immediately set up fire hydrants at either ends of the station to ensure prompt addressing of fire emergencies. "The fire brigade has requested us to install hydrants at the Mumbai and Kalyan end of the platforms that can help them douse blazes immediately reported on the station premises. Even though, most fires reported at the station areas are triggered by short circuits and require foam to contain it, fire-fighters are known to switch off the power and use water to cool the blaze like they did on June 7," said an official. Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, during a visit to the railway station and SATIS last year, surveyed the safety situation and also discussed with his aides the need of a mini fire station in the area. Sources said that Jaiswal was keen on having a dedicated fire-fighting facility for the station. The Thane station has around 14 fire extinguishers in addition to those installed by canteens. A few sand and water buckets are also mandatory at the station along with an alarm bell that is, however, missing from the premises. The station witnesses nearly three lakh commuters daily and a few instances of fire in the past. TOI texted divisional railway manager Ravinder Goyal, for his comment, but there was no response.
|2017-06-19||Thane: Teenage girl abducted, molested in auto-rickshaw; two held - The Indian Express|
Thane: Teenage girl abducted, molested in auto-rickshaw; two held This is the second incident this month of molestation in an auto-rickshaw in the district. Published:June 19, 2017 3:55 pm Police have arrested two persons, including an auto-rickshaw driver, for allegedly abducting and molesting a teenage girl in a vehicle in Dombivli. This is the second incident this month of molestation in an auto-rickshaw in the district. The 17-year-old victim, a resident of Sonarpada in Dombivli, was walking towards home from her classes on June 12 at around 6 pm when the two men dragged her into the auto-rickshaw and drove away, Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. The man sitting on the back seat allegedly molested the girl and when she raised an alarm, he shut her mouth, Narkar said. As the rickshaw moved ahead, the girl spotted her brother and tried to reach out to him. However, the auto-rickshaw driver drove away, the victim said in her complaint filed on June 17, she said. Later, as the rickshaw slowed down, the girl jumped out and managed to save herself, police said. Based on the complaint, the accused — auto-rickshaw driver Maunsingh Rajendra Singh (20) and co-passenger Dhirendra Mehta (26), a tempo driver by profession — were arrested yesterday, the official said in a release. They have been booked under IPC sections 354(a) (sexual harassment), 363 (kidnapping) and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, police added. Earlier on June 7, a 23-year-old woman was molested by a male co-passenger in a shared auto-rickshaw and then thrown out at an isolated spot on Pokhran Road in the city at around 9.30 pm. The co-passenger and the auto driver were later arrested. In August 2014, a 24-year-old software professional, had suffered serious injuries, when she jumped from a moving auto rickshaw in Thane after the driver allegedly tried to abduct her.
|2017-06-19||TMC plans Naka Schools for migrant women labourers - Times of India|
TMC plans Naka Schools for migrant women labourers Jun 20, 2017, 01.51 AM IST THANE: If all goes as per the plans, then the women working as labourers at construction sites will soon have a place to study. After starting successful signal schools, the civic administration has plans to start Naka Schools — a new education programme for migrant women labourers working at construction sites in the city. The idea is to empower these women with basic education and also hone their talents that could help them develop an alternate source of livelihood. As per the plans, nearly 500 women would be imparted training in batches of 50 over a period of 35 days. The women will be given basic lessons to make them literate and also teach operational information about latest technological advancements like computers, mobile phones, etc. Added skills development programme will also be conducted for these women that will help them in their respective areas of operations, said an official. The TMC has plan to tie up with an NGO that is already involved with it for the signal school project. The civic education department that has proposed this programme has sought the general body's approval for staging this initiative at a cost of around Rs 1.5 crore for one year. The Naka School is proposed to be put up under the MSRDC flyover at an open area at Kapurbawdi where adequate space for classes, rest rooms, daycare centre for children of the women will be provided. "The migrant women labourers often tend to remain away from the education in their routine for earning money. We want them to be empowered wherein they are literate enough to understand the various government scheme and also stay connected to the world through technology. An adequate education will ensure they aren't exploited due to their lack of academic knowledge and would empower them to take their own decisions and remain at pad with women from other fields," said a senior official. The municipal corporation is already earning rave review from all sectors for its signal school concept for street kids. The school has reportedly presented good results last academic year encouraging the volunteers to spread out in the city and bring more kids within the ambit of education, said an official.
|2017-06-19||Thane prison's ex-jailor guilty of sexual abuse - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE PRISON’S EX-JAILOR GUILTY OF SEXUAL ABUSE Updated: Jun 20, 2017, 09.59 AM IST A state inquiry into disturbing allegations that a top Thane jail official sexually harassed a female constable under his command has indicted him on the charges, Mirror has learned. The probe committee, headed by additional police commissioner police Aswati Dorje, has kept its report against senior superintendent (jail) Hiralal Jadhav in a sealed cover and will share the findings with the government soon. He could be considered for dismissal, though officials told Mirror it was too early to say what action the government would order. Jadhav, 54, was suspended as the Thane Central Prison jailer last September following a complaint by the 33-year-old constable, who also submitted a recorded conversation in which he was heard pressuring her to meet him outside the guarded premises. It was Jadhav's fourth suspension in a career that spans over two decades. In 2012, 17 trainees at a Pune jail staff college, which he previously headed, accused him of making inappropriate comments about their clothes and referring to their relatives as their 'customers'. Jadhav has previously also faced allegations of corruption. He has challenged his latest suspension before the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT). State principal secretary (appeals and security) Shree Kant Singh has deposed before tribunal twice as the government doesn't want Jadhav to continue his service, according to an official. The state asked Dorje to probe the sexual harassment allegations against Jadhav after he objected to an inquiry by the state prisons department's in-house committee formed for protection of women. That committee was headed by DIG Swati Sathe. The panel led by Dorje also included deputy police commissioner (social security branch) Arvind Sawant, advocate Anupama Pawar, activist Farida Lambay, and deputy superintendent of Yerwada Jail Aruna Mugutwar. When Mirror contacted Jadhav on Monday, he questioned Dorje's decision to submit the inquiry report: "How can she give a report when there is a stay in the MAT?" Dorje did not answer calls from this paper, whereas Lambay said that it would not be right to comment at this juncture. Jadhav claimed that proper procedure had not been followed. "The anti-sexual harassment law of 2013 defines who can be called an employer. According to that definition, I am the employer and had control over management and supervision of the Thane Central Jail. I can be probed only by the jail's in-house committee," he said. The panel headed by Dorje committee, he claimed, "has no standing". Jadhav also faulted the constable who has accused him of sexually harassing him for not submitting her complaint to the jail's in-house committee. "According to the Act, any such inquiry should be completed in 90 days," he said. On his multiple suspensions, he said: "I have been acquitted in all. There is one DIG in jails who wants to fix me." Jadhav did not provide any evidence to back his claim that someone was trying to frame him.
|2017-06-19||Thane accident: Driver escapes near-fatal crash after container ... - Mid-Day|
Thane accident: Driver escapes near-fatal crash after container topples Thane | Posted 19-Jun-2017 Two huge electrical cable rolls fall off Thane bridge after container topples over; narrow escape for passers-by A heavy vehicle, containing electrical cable rolls, toppled over on its side near Ghodbunder Road, Thane, early today, slowing down traffic for hours. According to the police, the incident took place around 6.30 am. A container carrying three electrical cable rolls was heading towards Bhiwandi bypass, when it lost control at Majiwada Bridge near Ghodbunder Road and turned turtle, causing the cables to fall off the bridge. "Two of the three electrical cable rolls from inside the truck, fell down. Fortunately, no one was passing by at the time or the injuries could have been fatal," said Laxman Tayade, a police constable from the nearby Kapurbawadi police station. The driver of the truck, however, made a quick escape. Police suspect that the driver could have been injured in the accident. "We are yet to trace him," said an officer from Kapurbawadi police. "The fire brigade and police immediately reached the spot and started work on clearing the vehicle from the accident site," said Santosh Kadam, senior official from regional disaster management cell, Thane. Due to the weight of the vehicle, a crane had to be used to lift it off the road. Traffic was severely affected as vehicles had to be diverted, an officer said. The Kapurbawadi police have filed an accident report. Once the driver is located, the police are likely to file a case of negligence against him.
|2017-06-18||Court naka bears testimony to Maratha general's valour - Times of India|
Court naka bears testimony to Maratha general’s valour Updated: Jun 19, 2017, 01.15 AM IST Thane: The mention of 'court naka' stirs up an image of the unimpressive sarkari structure that is presently functioning as the district sessions and civil court in the lake city. Not many know that circa 1739 the site was home for the Maratha royalty and a majestic palace built by the Peshwas stood tall on the same plot that measures 16,435.60 sqm. Legend has it that afterMaratha warrior Chimaji Appa defeated the Portuguese and conquered Bassein and Thane in 1737 and 1739 respecively, the Marathas built a palace for Maratha general Bilwakar in Thane to keep a close eye on the administration of his kingdom. Even though his main mansion Subhedarwada was located in Kalyan, a comparatively smaller one was built in Thane on this land, which is now referred to as 'court naka'. Sadashiv Tetvilkar, a city-based veteran historian said, "The place where the old district and sessions court building stands today was once the mansion of Peshwa Ramji Mahadeo Biwalkar. In 1774 AD, the British conquered the mansion of the Peshwas. They took advantage of a tiff between the Biwalkar brothers. They kept the brothers in custody for years in Mumbai. "During the British Raj, there was a concept of a caste panchayat which prevailed in the lake city wherein different castes followed their own laws. There was also the village panchayat and adivasi samaj who looked after their own interests and formulated laws accordingly. The British realized the need to bring all these divisions under one supreme control" added Tetvilkar. The present structure of the district court building was built in 1968-69, sadly leaving no hints of the site's historic relevance.
|2017-06-18||Trekking trips a hit among monsoon revellers - Times of India|
Trekking trips a hit among monsoon revellers Jun 19, 2017, 01.14 AM IST THANE: The recent rain showers across the lake city seem to have not only given citizens a respite from the sweltering heat, but has also started enhancing the green pockets in and around the lake city, thus attracting trekkers and nature enthusiasts. The idea is to either spot scores of bird, reptile and insects species or soak in the joy of trekking up the green hills. Thousands of Thaneites have been taking time out of their busy schedules to go on such trips during the rains. "I love going for nature trails and the best time to do so is in the monsoon. The abundance of water in the green zones like Yeoor helps variety of flowers to bloom, which in turn attract insects and bird species. The green zone comes alive in this season. I will be going for nature trails and treks in and around Thane with my family through different organizations during the weekends," said Sanjay Kadam (41), a city resident. Echoing Kadam's thoughts, a 27-year-old avid bird watcher and amateur photographer from Vasant Vihar, Tejas Dedhia, said, "In this season, the green areas are abundant with insects. As birds mainly feed on insects and have plenty of food available, they come here in large numbers and breed. Despite the high pollution levels in the Thane creek, migratory birds still visit the stretch in the monsoon. I hope to get pictures of Pied Crested Cuckoos, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher and the Indian Pithas." City environmental and adventure groups have begun organizing weekend nature trips and trails to meet the rising demand. "We get dozens of calls about the trips," said Manoj Kalwar, founder of adventure group Travel Trikon. The idea is to spot scores of birds, reptiles and insects or soak in the joy of trekking up the green hills. in the pleasant, foggy and peaceful weather this season,Thousands of Thaneites have been taking time out of their busy schedules for such trips
|2017-06-18||Petrol pump in Thane raided by crime branch | News- Times of India ... - Times of India|
Petrol pump in Thane raided by crime branch The Thane crime branch carried out a raid at Indian oil petrol pump for short filling. Acting on a tip off, police carried out the raid at the petrol pump, which is located in the Wagle estate area. So far police found 200 ml short in every 5 liters petrol dispensed and the work of panchanama is underway.
|2017-06-18||Man held in Thane with Rs 10.74 lakh in fake notes - The Indian Express|
Man held in Thane with Rs 10.74 lakh in fake notes Police are probing the source of these fake notes worth Rs 10.74 lakh. Mumbai | Updated: June 19, 2017 3:36 am THE THANE police on Sunday arrested an Uttar Pradesh-based man for allegedly supplying high quality fake Rs 2,000 currency notes to Thane. The accused has told police that he would get the bulk supply of Rs 2,000 denomination notes which he would then spread across several places in small quantities. Police are probing the source of these fake notes worth Rs 10.74 lakh. Nitin Thakre, senior inspector of Thane crime branch, said the accused has been identified as Dashrath Prasad Srivas, a Mumbra resident. Thane police received a tip off on Saturday that Srivas would come near the statue of Shivaji in Kalwa to give fake notes to someone. The police laid a trap and detained Srivas with fake currency. On frisking him, police found Rs 10.74 lakh comprising 537 fake notes of Rs 2,000 denomination on him. An officer linked to the probe said that the fake notes are of high good quality and it is difficult to distinguish them from real notes. “It is one of the first few cases in Thane where such good quality fakes of Rs 2,000 were found. It is important to find out where these notes were printed and who the others involved in the racket are. We should get more details in the next few days,” said the officer.
|2017-06-18||Thane petrol pump scam: 'Racket using chip operating across state ... - The Indian Express|
Thane petrol pump scam: ‘Racket using chip operating across state’ The Thane police had on Saturday busted a racket where petrol pumps with help of electronic chips dispensed less quantity of fuel than what was displayed on the vending machines. Updated: June 19, 2017 2:57 am A PETROL pump racket in Thane that was busted on Saturday was operating across Maharashtra, police have found. With permission from the Maharashtra Director General of Police, the Thane police have been raiding petrol pumps across the state, with raids in Pune, Nashik and Khopoli. Police have sealed two petrol pumps and seized nine pulsers attached to petrol dispensing machines. Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhishek Trimukhe said: “Based on information we had, we have coordinated with police stations across the state and raided petrol pumps at Pune, Nashik and Khopoli. We have seized nearly nine pulsers from petrol pumps. It is in addition to the one at Thane that we sealed earlier.” The Thane police had on Saturday busted a racket where petrol pumps with help of electronic chips dispensed less quantity of fuel than what was displayed on the vending machines. Till Saturday night, the police had arrested the owners of two petrol pumps in Thane. The scam was suspected to be linked to a similar one in Uttar Pradesh that was busted by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) in April. Based on a tip off that petrol pumps had inserted such chips in vending machines, the police had raided two petrol pumps and seized the chips. The first such raid took place at a petrol pump in Manpada where for 5 litres, the machine would dispense 4.8 litres. “Over a day, it leads to pilfering of substantial amounts,” said an officer. Following the raid, Vipul Dedhia, the owner, was arrested. The police raided another pump at Wagle estate and an electronic chip was recovered. In May, the Thane police had arrested two people involved in the petrol pump racket in Uttar Pradesh and handed them over to STF, which had in April busted a similar racket and arrested 23. An officer said: “The chips used in Thane were much more advanced than those used in UP. It took us over a month before we could verify information and conduct the raids.”
|2017-06-18||Youths shun stereotypical career options, Thane sees rise of young authors - Times of India|
Youths shun stereotypical career options, Thane sees rise of young authors Updated: Jun 19, 2017, 01.13 AM IST THANE: At a time when his peers were planning a corporate career or a job in a techie firm, Mohit Uppal was busy wondering about alien attackers from Mars and penning his thoughts on saving humanity. Today, the 24-year-old Manpada resident has authored a book and has completed his second one. Another lake city resident, Isha Inamdar (28) took to creative writing even as she juggled with numbers and financial jargons at a financial services firm in Mumbai. These two young authors are among the growing breed of youngsters who have decided to pursue their creative talents and have published their fictional and romance works. With most youths shunning stereotypical career options, the city has seen a rise of young authors who want to explore their creative minds. Inamdar started writing her first novel back in class IX. She has now been writing while commuting to work and published her debut novel earlier this year. "I began writing on alien invasions and high street races and other pulp fiction pieces as class projects and essays in school. Even though this did not fit into what the school would expect to see in a class assignment, my teachers were always supportive and pushed me to travel, write and blog. One of these very random stories ended up into a book last year," said Uppal, an alumni of a city school. These young authors say students need to pen down their thoughts whether in diaries or through blogs to get a feel of writing. Academicians believe it is the duty of schools and parents to motivate the kids to pursue their passions to the fullest. "Ideal careers today are no longer restricted to medical and engineering, Revathi Srinivasan, principal of Sulochanadevi Singhania school.
|2017-06-17||316 autos seized, 448 drivers fined in Thane - Mumbai Mirror|
316 autos seized, 448 drivers fined in Thane Updated: Jun 17, 2017, 08.43 AM IST The RTO's 3-day drive comes after auto driver and passenger molested, attacked 23-year-old woman. In the wake of the molestation and attack on a 23-year-old woman by an auto driver and a co-passenger, the Thane RTO has undertaken a massive drive against rogue auto drivers. At least 448 auto drivers have been penalised and 316 autorickshaws seized for various violations over the last three days. The woman was not only molested, but thrown out of the autorickshaw when she was travelling from Teen Hath Naka to Ghodbunder Road in Thane on June 8. She was hospitalised after the incident. Apart from the descriptions of her tormentors, she told the police that the autorickshaw had a number plate starting with the number 3. With no clear CCTV footage, the police began checking over 6,000 autos with a registration number starting with 3. The Regional Transport Office also undertook a drive and checked 7,200 autorickshaws out of an estimated 18,000 autos operating in Thane. Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Deputy RTO Shyam Lohi said, We formed five special squads, each comprising three inspectors with motorbikes. In the last three days, we checked more than 7,200 autos on the road. Out of these, 448 auto drivers were penalised and 316 autos were seized. The drive will continue till auto drivers are disciplined. We have registered court cases against owners who have given their autos without proper documents.ť Over Rs 4 lakh was collected in fines in three days another officer said. Among the 316 autos seized by the RTO, around 75 per cent didn't have either permits or badges, officials said. The drivers were found flouting norms such as driving without a badge, licence or uniform; operating on a cancelled permit; and installing extra seats. Moreover, the RTO intends to file apolice complaint against those auto drivers and owners who were found guilty. The Thane RTO had made it mandatory for auto drivers to paste a coloured photocopy of their permits on the windscreen. Violators would be fined Rs 500 and their permits suspended up to five years. 20 per cent autos illegal Auto unions allege that around 20 per cent of auto rickshaws are ply illegally in Thane city. Ravi Rao, working president of Thane Autorickshawmen's Union, said around 5,000 autos plying in Thane are illegal. Mumbra , Kalwa and Ghodbunder Road are areas where illegal autos ply. We have handed over all details to the state transport authority, but they have not yet taken action,ť Rao said. If they stop supplying gas to illegal autos, they will automatically be off the roads,ť said Sushil Kumar, 45, driver from Indira Nagar, who has plied his auto in Thane for 20 years. A senior Thane RTO officer told Mirror her department regularly checks autos for valid permits. In the last four days, out of 7,200 rickshaws, 448 were found plying without proper papers. Of these, we imposed fines on some, and seized 316,ť the officer said. An RTO officer explained the racket thus: auto permits expire after 16 years, after which the permit is cancelled and the auto is sent to a crushing yard and harvested for its salvageable parts. However, some unscrupulous permit holders get the certificate of crushing without actually doing so, buy a new auto with the certificate and pass on the old auto to another driver at a concession.
|2017-06-17||Thane petrol pumps: Petrol pump in Thane raided by crime branch ... - Times of India|
Thane petrol pumps: Petrol pump in Thane raided by crime branch Updated: Jun 17, 2017, 06.24 PM IST THANE: The Thane crime branch have carried out a raid at Indian oil petrol pump for short filling. The police said based on a tip off they carried out raid at the pump located in the Wagle estate area. DCP Abhishek Trimukhe said that they have so far found 200 ml short in every 5 liters petrol dispensed and the work of panchanama is underway.
|2017-06-17||Hawkers return with a vengeance; TMC's eviction drive fails miserably - Times of India|
Hawkers return with a vengeance; TMC's eviction drive fails miserably Jun 18, 2017, 12.47 AM IST THANE: Cocking a snook at the municipal administration's drive to clean the pedestrian walks and streets of the hawker menace, the illegal vendors have again occupied the arterial roads in the city. The vast stretches including the station area, Gladys Alvares road, Kopri etc have seen the hawkers and peddlers swarming the area as before, defeating the exercise to bring a semblance of discipline on the roads. "The roads and footpaths along several stretches at Gladys Alwares road has been occupied by the hawkers who are blatantly blocking free flow of traffic and pedestrians. The purpose of the month-long anti-encroachment drives seem to have been defeated as the peddlers are back in action," laments Sujith Gawai, a resident of Gladys Alwares road. The situation is no different in the old city area where hawkers have come back and started peddling wares on the streets. A senior officer admitted the menace but said they were regularly conducting drives to free off the stretches. "We have a strict vigil on the crowded areas and conduct drives regularly," said the officer. Meanwhile, the administration was in for a rude shock after the state has asked for a fresh survey of hawkers operating in the city. The TMC had already spent nearly Rs 8 lakhs on a survey commissioned in the recent past. The administration had reached out to nearly 10,000 hawkers through biometric and spot surveys in various corners of the city in addition to collecting registration fees from them. However, the state government recently informed the TMC that it is formulating a common policy for all cities with a uniform survey programme using a mobile application. "The government has formulated a uniform hawker's policy for the state and we will have to follow it. A mobile application will be shared by the state soon and we will conduct the survey based on the fresh guidelines," informed Ashok Burpulle, deputy municipal commissioner, in-charge of the anti-encroachment department. Most residents and citizen activists here said the municipal commissioners drive to evacuate the streets was much-needed, however, the menace cannot be controlled unless the administration comes up with a long-term sustainable solution to hawking. "The hawkers had vanished from the scene only for a few weeks only to have returned with a vengeance. It seemed like the entire efforts of the administration was wasted as the entire exercise should have been meticulously planned before its execution on such a large scale," complained Suchita Joshi, a resident of Naupada. The corporation had started a massive drive across the city against illegal hawkers and encroachers last month and had succeeded in clearing off few streets. The TMC however drew the ire of hawkers as it had failed to implement a policy. The municipal commissioner had then announced that a holistic policy for hawkers would be formulated soon and had informed the state about the same following which it sent a circular alerting the TMC about a uniform plans for cities. The government has formulated a uniform hawker's policy for the state and we will have to follow it. A mobile application will be shared by the state soon and we will conduct the survey based on the fresh guidelines. The TMC had already spent nearly Rs 8 lakhs on a survey commissioned in the recent past, but now will have to follow the sate government's orders
|2017-06-17||Goregaon man held for duping Thane woman into marriage - Times of India|
Goregaon man held for duping Thane woman into marriage Jun 18, 2017, 12.41 AM IST THANE: The Chitalsar-Manpada police have arrested a Goregaon resident on charges of deceiving a Thane woman into marriage and subsequently stealing cash exceeding Rs 10 lakh from her along with other valuables. "The accused, Sanjay Ramkishan Verma, is said to have married four women and a complaint has been registered against him," said the police. Just seven months into her second marriage with Verma, the victim, Aarti Kudalkar, realised something was amiss owing to late night calls by unknown women to him. It is learnt that Kudalkar, who has a 12-year-old daughter, met Verma on a matrimonial website and after a few months of dating tied the knot in October 2016. "Kudalkar has stated in her complaint that Verma had claimed to have divorced his wife and proposed marriage to her. He had told her that he owned property worth crores and that he was working in a real eastate firm. The two registered their marriage in a Borivli court and the victim moved from her home in Castle Mill to a rented apartment in Siddhachal building in Vasant Vihar," said senior police Ganpat Pingale. The police said that Verma had never introduced any of his family members to Kudalkar before or after marriage. On May 29, Kadulkar registered an FIR against Verma and accused him of cheating and robbing her. Kudalkar claimed that Verma had a 13-year-old child from an earlier marriage.
|2017-06-17||3 societies start butterfly gardens to conserve winged beauties - Times of India|
3 societies start butterfly gardens to conserve winged beauties Jun 18, 2017, 12.45 AM IST THANE: In an attempt to increase and conserve the vibrant butterfly population in the lake-city, a city-based group of nature enthusiasts have not only begun setting up urban butterfly gardens in housing societies, but have also roped in experts to help them create a database so that they can study these colourful insects. The environmentalists started the butterfly garden concept last year at Louiswadi's Solanki Dham society. They had planted a number of host and nectar plants to attract these beautiful creatures. Now, two more societies—Neelkanth Heights and Gawand Bagh—have been roped in. They have set up their very own butterfly gardens. Founder of Urban Biodiversity Conservation Group (UBCG) Samir Gulavane said, "While Thane and Mumbai have over 150 butterflies species, rampant destruction of their habitat has been posing as a threat to their existence. Last year, we planted a few nectar plants that would attract butterflies and a few host plants in which they would lay their eggs. We had done this on an experimental basis. Over the year, we have not only seen a growth in the number of butterfly population here, but the children in our society, too, have started taking active part in taking care of these plants and even studying the life cycle of butterflies." With the help of experts, including Dr Alka Bhagwat who has completed her doctorate in butterfly gardening and Bombay Natural History Society's Raju Kasambe who recently published a book on butterflies of Maharashtra, the group reached out to members of the two more societies and demonstrated the importance of and ways to create urban butterfly gardens in these residential settings. "We would often brush aside small worm-like creatures from the plants in our garden, not realizing that they were actually caterpillars which would eventually transform into butterflies in a few weeks. Through our interaction with these experts, we got to know the difference between host and nectar plants, life-cycle of butterflies and even about common species in our area," said Archana Sonar, a Gawand Bagh resident and UBCG member. Residents have begun mapping the frequency of their sighting and will hand over this data to the BNHS by November. "Butterflies are indicators of good environment. It is important citizens and societies realise their importance and work towards their conservation," said BNHS's Raju Kasambe.
|2017-06-17||Municipal Corporation-run schools: Thane activists demand refund of fee charged by civic schools - The Indian Express|
Municipal Corporation-run schools: Thane activists demand refund of fee charged by civic schools The matter came to light when an advocate, Shakeel Ahmed, approached the Court Naka municipal school in Thane for the admission of his son. Ahmed found out that the school charges a fees of Rs 1850 per year from students. While TMC officials call it a nominal fee, activist say that the civic body cannot charge a single rupee from the students. Mumbai | Published: June 18, 2017 4:38 am A group of activists, alleging that the Thane Municipal Corporation-run schools are charging fees from students, on Saturday, demanded that the civic body refunds all the money collected from 2010 (since RTE Act 2009 came to the effect). The demand was raised during a meeting at Gadkari Rangayatan. Educational rights group Samaan Shikshan Mulbhut Adhikar Samiti (Committee for Equal and Fundamental Right to Education), Swarajya Abhiyan and Thane Matdata Jagran Abhiyan have decided to conduct a survey of both government-run and private schools to verify if they comply with RTE norms. Swarajya Abhiyan secretary Sanjeev Sane said: “We have called a meeting on Tuesday following which we will visit all civic-run schools in Thane to find out if they are giving students free books and other stuff including midday meal that students are supposed to get. We will also conduct a survey to find out if private-run schools are reserving 25 per cent seats for students belonging to the Economically weaker Section (EWS). Earlier this week, it was found that seven English- medium schools run by TMC have been charging fees from students for over a decade. Alleging violation of Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009, Samaan Shikshan Mulbhut Adhikar Samiti has threatened to move court if the civic body continues to charge fees. The matter came to light when an advocate, Shakeel Ahmed, approached the Court Naka municipal school in Thane for the admission of his son. Ahmed found out that the school charges a fees of Rs 1850 per year from students. While TMC officials call it a nominal fee, activist say that the civic body cannot charge a single rupee from the students. While education officials of TMC claimed that the fee was being charged according to an old resolution passed by the education board of the civic body, activists say the resolution became null and void as soon as RTE Act came into effect. “It has been seven years since the RTE Act was implemented in the state. How can the TMC officials allow these schools to continue charging fees? They have violated the RTE Act,” said Ghanshyam Sonar, convener of Samaan Shikshan Mulbhut Adhikar Samiti. Sonar added, “We have given the civic body an ultimatum of seven days to examine the matter, prepare a report on the entire issue and make that report public. It’s a serious lapse on the part of TMC’s education department. Parents must get the refund right from the time the RTE Act came into effect.” These seven schools have been charging Rs 1850 annually per student. Around Rs 14,46,700 are collected every year by charging fees from 782 students studying in these seven English medium schools. When contacted, Manish Joshi, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Education) TMC, said, “We knew these schools have been collecting fees. However, following a complaint from the educational rights group, we have already started examining the matter. We will take a decision according to the provisions of RTE Act within seven days. This had been decided already and not after these organisations demanded it. We have never been and will never be unfair to any of our students.”
|2017-06-17||Thane-Diva rly line: Delay causes 53% surge in cost - Times of India|
Thane-Diva rly line: Delay causes 53% surge in cost Updated: Jun 18, 2017, 01.55 AM IST MUMBAI:The cost of laying Thane-Diva fifth and sixth line under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (II) has increased by 53%. The estimated cost of the project was Rs 287 crore, which is now expected to cost Rs 440 crore. RTI activist Ajay Bose, who sought information from Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) said, "The cost has increased because of delay in execution of the project." MRVC central information officer SK Mishra had replied to Bose that cost was estimated to be Rs 440 crore and that Rs 254 crore has already been spent on the project. The work on 9.9 km line has entered the last leg and is expected to complete by March 2019. While fifth and sixth line already exists between LTT-Thane and Diva-Kalyan, the fifth and sixth line between Thane-Diva is expected to segregate the mail/express with the suburban traffic between LTT and Kalyan. The earlier deadline was December 2017. Delay and cost overrun has been cause of major concern. Even Comptroller and Auditor (CAG) had raised concern on this in its report tabled in parliament in July 2016. The CAG report had noted, "Review of the status of works in CR revealed that out of 43 works undertaken on Mumbai suburban, there was time delay of one month to 69 months in 26 works, as compared to the original date of completion. While in six works, the completion date was over yet they remained incomplete, in 13 works, there was cost overrun ranging between Rs 2.87 lakh to 23.81 crore as compared to initial estimated cost." Once Thane-Diva fifth and sixth line is complete, 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 also.
|2017-06-17||RTO cracks whip on errant auto drivers, 260 detained - Times of India|
RTO cracks whip on errant auto drivers, 260 detained Jun 17, 2017, 10.16 PM IST Thane: A week after a 23-year-old woman was molested and thrown out of an auto in the city, the regional transport office (RTO) has cracked the whip on errant auto drivers who have been found flouting rules. As many as 260 auto drivers have been detained by the RTO in the last seven days. The flying squad of the RTO has been conducting strict drives and vigils across the city since June 9. All those found without a batch, plying with more than three passengers, not wearing uniform, no valid documents, no license, etc have been detained. "In one week, we have checked 6,348 autos, out of which 398 were found flouting rules. We have detained 260 auto drivers and have so far collected a fine amounting to Rs 4.04 lakh" said Nandkishor Naik, deputy regional transport officer. The officials claimed that the highest offenders amongst these auto drivers were the ones who did not have batches. Around 98 drivers were fined for not possessing or wearing a batch. The officials claimed that the license of these divers has been suspended for 10 days and their vehicle is in the possession of the RTO. The flying squad was deployed at various parts of the city like Gokhale Road, Teen Haath Naka, Rabodi, etc. The officials also said that women commuters have to be cautious about their safety and report about any misbehaviour or if the driver is not following any traffic rule so that action can be taken against them. "We cannot stop the share auto system in the city. But we do have a 24-hour helpline on which anyone could contact in the hour of need," Naik said.
|2017-06-16||Girl child ratio up by 6% in 2016 from last year | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India|
Girl child ratio up by 6% in 2016 from last year Jun 17, 2017, 04.41 AM IST THANE: Gone are those days when couples would have kept trying to have children till they got a boy child. In today's world, couples are very content even with one kid, even if she is a girl. The childbirth records reveal that 2016 had a record high of 954 girl births registered to every 1,000 male baby. The gender imbalance, at least in Thane city, appears to have shrunk considerably. Thane city area which comprises of old Thane, Ghodbunder Road, Mumbra, Kalwa and Diva has seen a completely skewed girl sex ratio in recent years with the lowest girl birth of 898 recorded in 2012. During the last four years, however, the gap between the girls and the boys has reduced and the average female population per 1,000 boys in the city has seen a gradual rise of 6% in 2016 as against that in 2015. Experts feel that the changing mindset of people and cautiousness of doctors refusing to undertake sex determination tests are the key reasons for the change in the society. "A girl child is no longer considered as a burden or a responsibility and most couples are equally happy getting a daughter. Moreover, there is a widespread awareness among couples that undertaking a sex determination test is a crime. Unlike in the past where couples would openly ask the doctors to perform an illegal sex determination test, these days parents don't seek to know the sex of the baby and nor do the doctors want to do it anymore. Even the cases which occur, most of the times its because of a technical mistake in the papers, they are not actually doing any sex determination test," said Dr. Mahesh Bedekar, gynecologist. The officials feel that even their strict action against the doctors have made the culprits cautious and they do not wish to take any risk. "We had done a sting operation in 2011 in which a doctor was booked for doing a sex determination test. After that incident there was a huge awareness amongst people and fear of being caught amongst the doctors. Also post that incident people came forward informing about such doctors and actions were taken against them. Due to the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, no sexdetermination is conducted in any hospitals; as a result the expecting mother or her family are unaware whether the child will be a boy or a girl," said Dr. Ram Kendre, medical health officer of TMC. It was also seen that there was a decline in birth rate i.e. decrease in couples conceiving. The birth rate which was 14.46 in 2012, came down to 12.61 last year. "There are various reasons for this to happen, the most common one is that people are using contraceptives and taking adequate precautions to not have a child. Now-a-days even if a couples' first child is a girl, they still don't try for another child, unlike earlier times when after having two daughter people used to try for a third child. Most of them even do family planning and then go for having a child. Also, other reasons for the rate could be that couples are getting married late and are facing problems for conceiving," added Dr. Bedekar.
|2017-06-16||Rly booking clerk arrested for molesting colleague | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Rly booking clerk arrested for molesting colleague Jun 17, 2017, 04.39 AM IST THANE: A clerk, attached to the Ghatkopar railway booking office, has been arrested by the city police for allegedly molesting his colleague at the Thane booking office on Thursday. The accused was drunk at the time of the incident. The accused, Ravindra Singh, came to the Thane office in a drunk state and started abusing and threatening a booking clerk over some issue. "He was using filthy language and was shouting on top of his voice," said a police official. The victim who was attending to a customer was getting disturbed and so she asked the accused to leave the office. This enraged the accused who went up to her and started touching her inappropriately. "He threatened her with dire consequences and told her thaat he had influnce with the higher ups," the official added. The victim then informed the supervisor who informed the RPF officials. They arrested Singh who drunk at the time of the incident. A case has been registered at Naupada police station under Sections 353, 354 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.
|2017-06-16||Kin of woman from Thane donate liver and kidneys to three patients ... - Hindustan Times|
Kin of woman from Thane donate liver and kidneys to three patients Mumbai city news: This was the 25th cadaver donation in the city this year, according to data maintained by the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee mumbai Updated: Jun 17, 2017 00:54 IST Aayushi Pratap Hindustan Times The woman, Nirmala Galgali , was declared brain-dead on June 5 The family of a 76- year-old brain-dead woman from Thane on Thursday saved the lives of three patients who were diagnosed with end-stage diseases. This was the 25th cadaver donation in the city this year, according to data maintained by the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee. The woman, Nirmala Galgali, was declared brain-dead on June 5. The family donated her kidneys and liver to the three patients. Galgali was rushed to a nursing home in Thane on June 14. Doctors there referred her to a larger facility. She was later shifted to Apollo Hospital, Navi Mumbai. On June 15, she died of intracranial bleeding. Doctors from the hospital counselled her family about organ donation. This is the second cadaver donation from the hospital. The liver was transplanted into a 49- year-old man from Navi Mumbai and a kidney into a 50-year old man from Thane. Both were at Apollo Hospital in Mumbai. The other kidney was donated to a patient at PD Hinduja Hospital, Mahim.Dr Darius F Mirza of Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai, said The donor continues to be alive in these three individuals and we sincerely thank the family for donating her organs.
|2017-06-16||Nigerian held for possessing drugs worth Rs 2 lakh | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Nigerian held for possessing drugs worth Rs 2 lakh Jun 17, 2017, 04.38 AM IST THANE: A Nigerian national has been arrested for allegedly possessing cocaine worth Rs 1.60 lakh at Divagaon on Thursday. The Nigerian has been identified as Anidiobi Christian (36) and used to reside in Nallasopara. The police had received a tip-off that the accused would be coming near Divagaon with the drug consignment. The sleuths had laid a trap and as soon as the accused arrived, they arrested him. On carrying out a body search, the cops found cocaine worth Rs 1.60 lakh on him. "We grilled him for a couple of hours but he did not reveal the source of the drug nor did he tell us who the customer was," said senior inspector Jayraj Ranaware. A case has been registered under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.
|2017-06-16||Murder attempt charge in auto molestation case - Times of India|
Murder attempt charge in auto molestation case Jun 16, 2017, 05.45 AM IST THANE: The police have slapped an additional charge of 'attempt to murder' against two men arrested for allegedly pushing a 23year-old woman out of a moving autorickshaw in Thane after molesting her. The woman was molested in a share auto on June 7. The police said that the arrests of Santosh Lokhande (38) and Lahu Ghogre (49) has been a breakthrough in the case. A senior police officer said it is a fit case to invoke the `attempt to murder' charge as they intended to kill the woman by throwing her from the rickshaw. "They could have easily got bail but the newly added section will make an air-tight case in court," said the officer. The investigators found that Lokhande and Ghogre are habitual drunkards. A magistrate's court on Thursday extended their police custody for four days.
|2017-06-15||Thane civic body to sponsor handicapped boy Pranav Desai's study - Free Press Journal|
Thane civic body to sponsor handicapped boy Pranav Desai's study Jun 15, 2017 08:45 am Thane: Pranav Desai received the best gift for the lifetime. He excelled in the SSC exams and scored 80.40%. He has been selected by the Thane Municipal Corporation and will be provided all the help to pursue his studies. So what’s special about Pranav? We might ask and the answer is, he is an athlete who will be participating in world Paralympic that will be held in 2021-22. Pranav has 73% disability. His one leg is half till the knee and does not have complete set of fingers on the hands. With lot of practice, he started running with the help of blades. Before that he had learnt the skating with one leg at Dadoji Konddev stadium, Thane. “We were collapsed to see our son in this condition when he was born, but then decided to fight. Pranav is so strong-willed that he wanted to pursue the carrier in sports and since the age of three, his journey of becoming a sportsperson began with learning skating,” said his proud father Prashant Desai who works in a private company and is backbone for his son. Also read: Thane Municipal Corporation starts demolition of dangerous buildings Pranav was selected by the corporation and the corporation will help him for his studies for next five years. Also he will be provided all the medical aid that will be required for his treatment, informed the corporation officials. Pranav was felicitated on Wednesday in the office of Corporation Commissioner. “We will provide all the help he will require for his education and also for medical assistance. We are planning to make a permanent policy for the help of differently abled sport persons ,” said Sanjeev Jaiswal, Commissioner of Thane Municipal corporation.
|2017-06-15||Two held in Thane molestation case - The Hindu|
Two held in Thane molestation case MUMBAI, JUNE 15, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: JUNE 15, 2017 04:13 IST The Thane police late on Tuesday night arrested Santosh Lokhande (38), the man who molested and assaulted a 23-year-old woman in a moving autorickshaw last week. Lokhande was arrested as he was leaving Thane Civil Hospital, where he was being treated for stomach pain. Lahu Ghogre, who drove the autorickshaw, was also arrested and his vehicle has been seized. On June 7, the woman hailed an autorickshaw to go home after work. On the way, Ghogre let in Lokhande, who was wearing an auto driver’s uniform. Lokhande molested the woman and pushed her out of the auto. Ghogre refused to stop the vehicle and sped away. The Naupada police, which launched a probe in the case, assumed that the accused would have fled or gone underground after the incident. So they searched Thane city for an autorickshaw that lay stationary for three or four days. D.S. Swami, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone I, Thane police, said, “One of our teams found an autorickshaw in Luiswadi that had not been used for days. We identified its owner and he gave us the contact details of the driver, Lokhande. We visited his house and found that he had been missing since the day of the incident. His wife registered a missing person complaint with Wagle Estate police on June 8.” On Tuesday night, the police received a tip-off that Lokhande had been admitted to Thane Civil Hospital. Mr. Swami said, “Our team reached the hospital as Lokhande was being discharged and intercepted him. He led us to Ghogre and we arrested both of them.” The woman, who has identified Lokhande, is expected to resume work next week. Her father said, “She is now out of station and is staying with some of her cousins. The police treated her with utmost care and respect. I was never treated rudely as I was following up on the progress of the investigation.” The father was so impressed by the Thane police’s speed in arresting the accused that he held a session at his workplace on Wednesday and instructed his colleagues to follow the police’s example of dedication and hard work.
|2017-06-15||Thane man beaten to death in front of pregnant wife and son, five booked - The Indian Express|
Thane man beaten to death in front of pregnant wife and son, five booked The deceased's wife, in her written complaint sent to police, said she made all possible attempts to save his life but in vain. Thane | Published:June 15, 2017 1:32 pm A man was allegedly beaten to death over a petty fight with unknown persons.A man was allegedly beaten to death in front of his pregnant wife and three-year-old son by five persons over a petty dispute in the district, a police official said on Thursday. The five accused, including three women, have been booked but no arrest has been made so far, he said. The victim, Sunny Walmiki (28), who worked at a private establishment in Ulhasnagar town here, had apparently levelled some allegations recently against the wife of one of the accused which had enraged them, Hill Line police inspector M G Waghmare said. On June 7, when Walmiki was sleeping at his house in Thane district's Ambernath township after lunch, the son of one of the accused came there and called him outside. Walmiki's wife Mitta (26) told the boy that her husband was sleeping and she would send him outside after he gets up. Later, the five accused came to Walmiki's house, forcibly woke him up and allegedly beat him up severely in front of Mitta, who is four months pregnant, and the couple's minor son, Waghmare said. Walmiki, who was seriously injured in the attack, was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, he said. The deceased's wife, in her written complaint sent to police yesterday, said she made all possible attempts to save his life but in vain. She also said that while the accused were attacking her husband, she locked her son in another room to save him. Based on the complaint, the Hill Line police last evening registered offences against the five persons under IPC sections 302 (murder), 452 (house trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 147 (rioting) and 149, the inspector said.
|2017-06-15||In Mumbai:Thane to get 10000 buildings after implementing cluster development scheme - Hindustan Times|
In Mumbai:Thane to get 10,000 buildings after implementing cluster development scheme Mumbai city news: Maharashtra government has agreed to issue a notification so that the Thane civic body can start implementation of the scheme mumbai Updated: Jun 16, 2017 00:00 IST Manisha Nagar in Thane is one the locations that has been considered for cluster development. The cluster development scheme will pave way for new 10,000 buildings in Thane , states an estimate by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). Thane has 3,693 dangerous buildings in which 3.7 lakh people live. In the first meeting held by the municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on the implementation of cluster development in the city, after the Bombay high court lifted stay on cluster development in Thane last week, the corporation has decided to form a separate cell for the scheme's implementation. The new cell will be at par with the Basic Service for the poor (BSUP) cell. Also, a survey will be undertaken to shortlist areas where the scheme can be implemented at the earliest. Although the TMC has submitted an impact assessment report for cluster development, chalking out a new developmental plan (DP) for the city before the implementation of the scheme has now become mandatory. The state has agreed to issue a notification immediately so that the civic body can start the implementation of the scheme. The first meeting to discuss the implementation was held on Wednesday evening between the civic officials, reputable architects, developers and elected representatives in the city. A civic official said, A survey of the clusters, biometric survey of the residents and an appointment of a consultant will be our priority. As per our primary estimation, with floor space index (FSI) of 4 permissible under the scheme, we can construct 10,000 buildings under this scheme. A separate cell will be formed to implementation the scheme. The corporation had first drafted the DP for Thane in the 90s. But with the growing urbanisation, the infrastructure as per that DP has become insufficient to support the city's burgeoning population.The officer added, If we want to implement the cluster development in the city, we will first have to draft a new DP and get it approved. Later, the corporation will have to make an amendment in the Development Control rule. This would again require state's approval. The boundaries of the clusters will be decided after the approved of DC rule. The increased FSI will benefit the stalled redevelopment of areas like Shivai Nagar, Lokmanya Nagar, Wagale, Kopri, Uthalsar, Rabodi, Kalwa and Kharegaon. The planning of clusters will involve providing facilities like open space, road, ventilation, parking, solid waste management and sewage treatment for every cluster. As per the TMC's survey, more than 14 lakh sqm is occupied by illegal constructions. Most of this area includes government land. The redevelopment policy for the people encroaching on the government land is still unclear. SO while implementing the cluster development scheme, a policy should be in place for rehabilitation of such people in the scheme.
|2017-06-15||In Mumbai: Thane RTO checks 6000 autos, impounds 260 in 2 days - Hindustan Times|
In Mumbai: Thane RTO checks 6,000 autos, impounds 260 in 2 days Mumbai city news: About 336 offenders were penalised under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 mumbai Updated: Jun 15, 2017 22:58 IST Cracking the whip against errant auto drivers, in the wake of molestation of a 23-year-old old dietician by an auto driver and a co-passenger, the Thane regional Transport Office (RTO) seized 260 vehicles in the past two days. An RTO official said, We formed five special squads and each comprised three motorcycle-borne inspectors. We checked more than 6,000 autos across Thane and penalised 336 violaters under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. About 260 autos were impounded for various violations. The autos have been parked at Saket ground and Murphy RTO office ground. The official added, The drivers were found flouting norms such as driving without a batch, uniform, missing documents, expired or cancelled permits and ferrying more than three passengers, among others. The drive will continue till the time auto drivers are disciplined. We have registered court cases against owners who have given their autos without proper permits or documents. He said police complaints will be filed against drivers or owners operating autos with expired or cancelled permits. Moreover, the RTO had made it mandatory for auto drivers to paste a coloured photocopy of their permits on the windscreen. The rule was imposed under the Motor Vehicles Act,1998. Violaters would be fined Rs500 and their permits would be suspended for the next five days. The traffic police have asked the RTO to ensure that the rule is implemented strictly in the future as well. Madhukar Pandey, joint commissioner of police (Traffic), said, We had a meeting with the RTO authorities and asked them to ensure that auto drivers display their permits and paste a copy of their details behind the driver's seat so that passengers can spot them easily. We will give 10 days to drivers to fall in line after which action will be initiated against the violaters. Thrown out of moving auto: A 23 year old dietician, who works at a private firm in Mumbai, took a share auto from Teen Hath Naka around 9.45 pm on June 7. As soon as the auto crossed Pokhran Road, her copassenger molested her. When the woman screamed for help, the auto driver took a service road along Ghodbunder Road. When the woman tried to raise an alarm, the copassenger pushed her out of the moving auto. Both the accused were caught on Wednesday. An inspection of the auto revealed that the driver had not displayed the copy of the permit or other details inside the vehicle. Previous incidents December 25, 2014: Smita Ingle, 37, a software engineer from Kalyan (West), tried to fend off a theft after a biker tried to snatch her bag from a moving auto. However, Ingle fell off the auto and sustained two fractures On March 1, 2015: Two women travelling to Bhiwandi from Thane station jumped out of a moving auto after its driver made obscene gestures at them by looking in the mirror. None of the women sustained grievous injuries July 29, 2014:
|2017-06-15||Kalwa, Mumbra most prone to monsoon-related disasters - Times of India|
Kalwa, Mumbra most prone to monsoon-related disasters Updated: Jun 15, 2017, 11.13 PM IST Thane: A week after the city witnessed heavy rains, the civic body has released a list of 27 dangerous spots that are prone to landslides and water logging during the rains. Most of these areas fall under Kalwa and Mumbra and the authorities claim that they are well prepared to tackle any emergency situation. Kalwa has the highest landslide spots along the hilly areas in the suburb. Waterlogging is another problem in the suburbs. Areas like Santosh Patil Nagar in Lokmanya Nagar, Rupadevi tekdi area, Rambag in Upvan, Gholai Nagar and Bhaskar Nagar are some of the landslide-prone areas. At these places, the administration has deployed adequate staff to counter any emergency. "We have deployed personnel along with machinery in these areas to tackle any disaster situation," said a senior officer. The administration had received severe criticism from residents after it had reportedly failed to clean the drains in various parts of the suburb. This that led to waterlogging at several places when rains lashed the city during the last few days. The administration has now installed machinery to clean the drains before the rains hit the city again, especially in Parsik Hill. Besides this, as many as 69 structures have been classified as dangerous. Residents from these dilapidated structures are being evacuated, an official said. The officials are going the extra mile and are zeroing in on all dilapidated structures as they do not want a repeat of the Krishna Niwas building collapse incident. "We have identified the weak structures and have formed a team for every ward in the city. The idea is to prevent a disaster-like incident. In case of an emergency, we have deployed officials who will be able to provide timely rescue and evacuation process," said Santosh Madam, chief of regional disaster management cell at TMC. Meanwhile, the district has witnessed nearly 20 times more rainfall in the first fortnight of June as compared to last year. While last year it rained just 50 mm in the first fortnight of June, this year the district received around 1,190 mm rainfall. Shahapur that is dubbed as the reservoir town of the district has managed to get a rainfall of 277 mm, while last year it had received just 4 mm rainfall, said a district official.
|2017-06-15||Upset with 65% in SSC exams, Wagle Estate girl hangs self - Times of India|
Upset with 65% in SSC exams, Wagle Estate girl hangs self Jun 15, 2017, 10.32 PM IST Thane: A teenage girl reportedly upset after securing low marks in her SSC exams committed suicide at her Wagle Estate home on Tuesday evening. The student of a local school hung herself from the ceiling fan using a scarf in her Sambhaji Nagar home after she checked the results on the internet. She checked her result which were declared on Tuesday afternoon and decided to end her life as she was not too happy with her marks. There was no one in the house at the time of the incident. Senior Police Inspector of Wagle Estate, Ravikant Malekar informed the girl left a note behind saying she was upset with her low marks and also apologized to her mother as she left her disheartened. She also appealed her younger sister to fulfill their mother's wish and score good marks in her board exams.
|2017-06-15||City boy with rare nervous disorder scores 89% in SSC - Times of India|
City boy with rare nervous disorder scores 89% in SSC Jun 15, 2017, 10.31 PM IST Thane: Two weeks after being hospitalised for the rare Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS), a nervous system related disorder that leaves the patient immobile, 15-year-old Rylan Agera pushed past the stress and weakness, appeared for his class X exams and even secured an outstanding 89% score. Like many other students in his class, Rylan, a student of St. John the Baptist School, spent the entire year studying for the most important exam of his school life, his SSC board exams. However, two weeks before the finals, he lost feeling in his entire body, collapsed and was immediately hospitalised. After a number of tests, the neurosurgeon treating him informed that he had a rare syndrome which affects the entire nervous system, and had to be kept in the ICU. "The news came as a shock to me and my family. However, more than the illness, I was worried about how I would take my board exams, for which I have been working all year long. Luckily, after a week of hospitalisation and heavy medication, I gained a little control over my limbs," said the determined boy from Louiswadi. While he refused a writer to help him with his papers, he was given extra time of 40 minutes as he had trouble writing down the answers with his shaking hands. "I had spent the entire year preparing for my board exams. I could not imagine dictating answers to a writer. I took my medication, which stabilised my hands a little and completed my papers with the help of the extra time I was given. However, I feel that as my hands were shaking through the exams, some of my answers could have become illegible," added Rylan.
|2017-06-15||Thane Crime: Thief steals Rs 50k, 4 years of work from scriptwriter's car - Mid-Day|
Thane Crime: Thief steals Rs 50 k, 4 years of work from scriptwriter's car Mumbai | Posted 15-Jun-2017 Scriptwriter returns from lunch at eatery in Thane to find four years of research, Rs 50,000 stolen A Kandivli scriptwriter lost four years of research in just 11 seconds when a thief broke into his car on Ghodbunder Road in Thane last week and made away with his bag containing a laptop, three hard disks, credit and debit cards, important documents and Rs 50,000 in cash. Manasawi Jhunjhunwala (45), who has also worked as an assistant director in a few films, stopped at a restaurant on Ghodbunder Road on June 9, parked his car on the road and went in for lunch. He saw a security guard at the restaurant and assumed that he would keep an eye on his vehicle. "I thought my belongings would be safe inside the car since a guard was around," he said. When he returned around 15 minutes later, he found the window of a rear seat broken. "I rushed to check on my bag and found it missing," he said. The bag contained a laptop and three hard disks with four years of research on eight topics and the scripts he had worked on in the last four months. A shaken Jhunjhunwala approached the watchman and the restaurant manager for help, who offered to check their CCTV camera footage. The footage showed a man arriving at the spot on a blue and white scooter. "At first, he parked the bike close to the spot where all cars were parked, and then he pretended to talk on the phone for a few minutes as he moved around doing a reconnaissance of the spot. He was checking if any car had valuables inside," said Jhunjhunwala. While the man milled around for 11 minutes, he took only 11 seconds to break into the scriptwriter’s car and grab the bag. "He then ran towards his scooter with the bag in hand, and fled," said Jhunjhunwala. The Waliv police have registered an FIR under section 379 (theft) of the IPC. "We have launched a hunt for the thief based on the CCTV camera footage," said a police officer.
|2017-06-15||Union textile min in Thane dubs Congress party as 'spent force' - Times of India|
Union textile min in Thane dubs Congress party as ‘spent force’ Updated: Jun 15, 2017, 11.12 PM IST Thane: Union textiles minister Smriti Irani on Thursday dubbed the Congress party as a spent force that is wasting its energies by opposing the government on flimsy reasons. The minister was in Thane to address the media on successful completion of three years of its government. "Our government has managed to reach out to the common man and ensured there is a difference in their lives as compared to the past. We have launched several initiatives wherein the common man has benefited largely but the Congress has been losing its point and mindlessly opposing the government even on non-issues," said the leader when questioned over the apparent hidden role of the Congress in the recent farmer's protest. Irani also went on to laid the GST that would help reduce tax burden on the traders and customers. "The industry will benefit from the reduced taxation of barely 5% rather than the existing 34% due to various forms of taxation," she said. The leader refused to comment on the taxation on sanitary napkins and said the decision was taken by experts.
|2017-06-15||22-year-old held red-handed for shop theft - Times of India|
22-year-old held red-handed for shop theft Jun 15, 2017, 10.29 PM IST THANE: A 22-year-old youth was caught red-handed by the city police while he was trying to escape with cash, cigarettes and chocolates collectively exceeding Rs 57,000 after he broke open a shop at Pokhran Road 2 along with his aide late on Monday. Police said Amit Vijay Shinde and his partner, who is on the run, stole the cash and other goodies from the Tejasvini snacks shop near Ma Niketan ashram after breaking the shutters with sharp equipments. "The owner of the shop had closed the shutter at 11 pm and left the shop. However, some passerby noticed that the shop was being broken into at around 12.30 am and promptly reported it to the police. A team from Chitalsar-Manpada police station came to the spot and nabbed Shinde just as he was about to flee. The police has registered offence under Sections 380,459,34 of the IPC.
|2017-06-15||Activist asks family to take pet dog to vet, gets thrashed - Times of India|
Activist asks family to take pet dog to vet, gets thrashed Jun 16, 2017, 03.19 AM IST THANE: A 28-year-old animal activist, Tejasvi Arote (28), was allegedly beaten by three members of a Thane family, including two women, late on Monday following a heated argument over her suggestion that their pet Labrador needs to be taken to a veterinarian. Police claimed Devisingh Rajput, Tulsi Rajput and Harsha Kamthe attacked Arote with a log and badminton racquet. They have been booked under IPC sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation). "We are investigating the case," said an officer from Naupada police station. "We are yet to make any arrests." In her complaint, Arote, who is associated with an animal welfare organization, said she was informed about a female Labrador who appeared to be malnourished and suffering from a skin infection. She checked on the dog and found the information to be true. "When she informed Devisingh, who was standing outside the house, that his pet dog requires immediate medical attention, he retorted if she would pay the medical bills ," said a police officer, quoting the complaint. The complainant claimed Devisingh struck her with a log, his daughter hit her on head and shoulder and another woman from the family thrashed her with a badminton racquet. Arote's brother rushed to her aid, but was beaten up by the them. The accused allegedly also threatened Arote that they would file a false complaint against her. A friend of the victim said she was admitted to the ICU at a local hospital, but was later discharged after treatment.
|2017-06-15||'Diva drain cleaning work a farce, areas choked' - Times of India|
'Diva drain cleaning work a farce, areas choked' Jun 15, 2017, 10.29 PM IST Thane: Residents from Diva have complained of water logging after the contractors deployed by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) failed to clear the culverts under the railway lines here despite the onset of monsoon. The Central Railway (CR) had entrusted the job of cleaning culverts under the railway lines at Diva to the TMC this year. However, the civic body has reportedly not heeded to the situation and left the trash as it is that resulted in water logging in low lying areas of the suburbs over the last few showers. Areas including Mumbra devi colony, B R Nagar, Shlok Nagar witnessed water logging over the last week during heavy rains. The nullahs near Niljhe, Dativli and towards Mumbra creek on the main line needed to be cleared, but the contractors deployed for the same have not yet started work. A group of residents after inquiring with the administration were told the drains were cleared but on their visit to the spots they saw piles of trash blocking the mouths of the culverts leading to the swelling of water within the city. "Nearly 60mm of rains led to choking of water in several areas of the suburbs. The railways have assigned the job of cleaning the drains for Rs 15 lakh but no work has been executed yet," complained Adesh Bhagat, Diva social activist. The opposition, including the NCP and BJP, have decided to corner the ruling Shiv Sena over this issue. Milind Patil, leader of opposition, alleged the ruling party and TMC to have conducted a farce by monitoring nullah cleaning works in the city and claiming the city was rain-ready. Meanwhile, Sena MLA Subhash Bhoir was seen visiting the nullah sites and has asked TMC to immediately take up cleaning work. The TMC, on the other hand, claimed there was no water logging in the suburbs and the cleaning of all nullahs have been done satisfactorily.
|2017-06-15||Court grants disposal of 23 tonnes of ephedrine - Times of India|
Court grants disposal of 23 tonnes of ephedrine Updated: Jun 15, 2017, 11.14 PM IST Thane: Finally after a year, the special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court on Wednesday released an order to dispose nearly 23 tonnes of ephedrine seized in a raid last year, the police said. The prosecution recently had move a plea to the special court of HM Patwardhan where the prosecution had asked to dispose the stock of ephedrine seized in a raid from over 23,000 kgs of ephedrine from Avon Life sciences pvt ltd in Solapur. Shishir Hiray, the special public prosecutor had pointed out to the court that the licence of the company that manufactured the drug was cancelled by the FDA and the police had to deploy around half-dozen policemen at the site to guard the company premises which was sealed. The deployment was unnecessary being wasted. The court accepted the argument of the prosecution that they shall follow the supreme court guidelines and as per the specified procedure involving the agencies like the NCB, CBI and others we will carry out the destruction. ACP Bharat Shelke, informed that that a drug disposal committee shall be constituted to undertake disposal of the seized narcotics drugs who shall then identify the companies that can dispose the drug accordingly. The police said the decision will be taken after considering all aspects affecting the disposal. "Adequate precautions are taken to ensure that the drugs are properly disposed off," said the officer. It was on April 14, last year that the crime branch seized over 20 tonnes of ephedrine and 2.5 ton of acetic anhydride, from a pharmaceutical factory—Avon Life Sciences in Solapur.
|2017-06-14||Thane crime: Two held after woman molested, thrown out of auto rickshaw - Mid-Day|
Thane crime: Two held after woman molested, thrown out of auto rickshaw Thane | Posted 14-Jun-2017 Two persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged molestation of a 23-year-old woman in a shared auto-rickshaw in the city, the police said on Wednesday. The woman was molested by a male co-passenger in an auto-rickshaw on June 7 and was thrown out at an isolated spot. Following the incident, the police worked on various inputs, released sketches of the accused and finally managed to nab them, Thane's Joint Commissioner of Police Madhukar Pandey told reporters here. He said the accused co-passenger, Santosh Lokhande (38), was an auto rickshaw driver and lived in Louiswadi area in the city. He got admitted to Thane civil hospital after the incident in a bid to evade arrest. He had decided to get discharged once the matter cooled down, Pandey said. His wife had also lodged a missing complaint with Wagle Estate police on June 8. Based on a tip-off, the police zeroed-in on Lokhande on Monday and following interrogation arrested him in the early hours today, he said. The victim, a management graduate working with a fitness firm at Mulund in adjoining Mumbai, was returning home from work at around 9.30 pm when she got into the auto-rickshaw, in which the man was already seated, at Mulund Check Naka to reach her home on Ghodbunder road. When the auto rickshaw proceeded a little distance, the co-passenger allegedly started touching her inappropriately to which she objected and raised an alarm, the police had earlier said. However, the auto driver, instead of paying attention to the alarm, turned the vehicle towards Pokhran Road No. 2 in Thane. Later, the co-passenger and the auto driver allegedly beat up the woman. They then pushed her out of the vehicle at an isolated spot on Pokhran Road and fled, the police said. Some passersby found the woman lying on the road and took her to a hospital. The city's Naupada police had later registered offences under IPC sections pertaining to molestation, kidnapping, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means and criminal intimidation. Meanwhile, based on information provided by Lokhande about the vehicle's driver, identified as Lahu Goghare (49), a resident of Wagle Estate in Thane, the police laid a trap at his house and nabbed him also last evening. The police also seized the auto-rickshaw in which the incident had occurred. According to the police, the two accused were planning to escape from Thane but they were nabbed. The police claimed that they were drunk at the time of the incident and were planning to snatch the victim's chain, but failed to do so. The police suspect that the duo was finding it difficult to clear their auto-rickshaw loans and hence had planned to snatch the victim's chain. Pandey said that both the accused had criminal records with Thane police. He said that after due consultations with the auto rickshaw unions, the police will make it mandatory to display the vehicle's and its driver's details on the back of the driver's seat. Any one violating this would be dealt with severely, he said. To a query that earlier also such an initiative was undertaken by the RTO and traffic police, he said this time the auto rickshaw drivers/owners will have comply with it. The Thane incident comes close on the heels of a woman being raped and her nine-month-old baby being flung to the ground by three men travelling with her in a shared auto in Gurgaon. In August 2014, a 24-year-old software professional, had suffered serious injuries, when she jumped from a moving auto rickshaw in Thane after the driver allegedly tried to abduct her. The incident had also taken place around 9.15 pm, when she boarded the rickshaw at Kapurbawdi Naka, which is near Pokhran Road No. 2, to reach her residence at Kolshet in the city.
|2017-06-14||Two held in Thane molestation case - The Hindu|
Two held in Thane molestation case Gautam S. Mengle MUMBAI, JUNE 15, 2017 00:34 IST UPDATED: JUNE 15, 2017 00:34 IST Molester, auto driver arrested a week after 23-year-old woman is assaulted in moving autorickshaw The Thane police late on Tuesday night arrested Santosh Lokhande (38), the man who molested and assaulted a 23-year-old woman in a moving autorickshaw last week. Lokhande was arrested as he was leaving Thane Civil Hospital, where he was being treated for stomach pain. Lahu Ghogre, who drove the autorickshaw, was also arrested and his vehicle has been seized. On June 7, the woman hailed an autorickshaw to go home after work. On the way, Ghogre let in Lokhande, who was wearing an auto driver’s uniform. Lokhande molested the woman and pushed her out of the auto. Ghogre refused to stop the vehicle and sped away. The Naupada police, which launched a probe in the case, assumed that the accused would have fled or gone underground after the incident. So they searched Thane city for an autorickshaw that lay stationary for three or four days. D.S. Swami, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone I, Thane police, said, “One of our teams found an autorickshaw in Luiswadi that had not been used for days. We identified its owner and he gave us the contact details of the driver, Lokhande. We visited his house and found that he had been missing since the day of the incident. His wife registered a missing person complaint with Wagle Estate police on June 8.” On Tuesday night, the police received a tip-off that Lokhande had been admitted to Thane Civil Hospital. Mr. Swami said, “Our team reached the hospital as Lokhande was being discharged and intercepted him. He led us to Ghogre and we arrested both of them.” The woman, who has identified Lokhande, is expected to resume work next week. Her father said, “She is now out of station and is staying with some of her cousins. The police treated her with utmost care and respect. I was never treated rudely as I was following up on the progress of the investigation.” The father was so impressed by the Thane police’s speed in arresting the accused that he held a session at his workplace on Wednesday and instructed his colleagues to follow the police’s example of dedication and hard work.
|2017-06-14||Parking lot for two-wheelers partially thrown open at Thane station, big enough to house 1500 bikes - Times of India|
Parking lot for two-wheelers partially thrown open at Thane station, big enough to house 1,500 bikes Jun 15, 2017, 02.50 AM IST THANE: A parking lot that can accomodate nearly 1,500 two-wheelers has been partially thrown open outside the Thane railway station (west) on Wednesday. While the ground floor of the facility has been inaugurated, the first level will be thrown open to public soon. This will provide relief to the bikers to had to park their vehicles on the road. The railways have levied a fare anywhere between Rs 10-40 depending on the duration of parking. The rates will be in force for the next three months, said a railway official. MP Rajan Vichare, who inaugurated the facility, said that it would benefit many who park their bikes at the station. "Only the ground floor facility is inaugurated and that on the first level will be opened soon," he said.
|2017-06-14||'Will use my emotions as motivation to work hard' - Times of India|
'Will use my emotions as motivation to work hard' Jun 15, 2017, 02.56 AM IST THANE: Sixteen-year-old Ruchita Bhandavle's father passed away a few days before her board exams. But a stong Ruchita put in extra efforts to study and scored an outstanding 93.6% in her SSC exams. While her father's sudden demise came as a shock to the Bhandavle family, which pushed Ruchita's mother into depression, it motivated her to strive harder and make him proud of her. "My father had severe heart and liver ailments since I was in the third grade. He would always tell me to become more responsible in life. He always motivated me to give my 100% to every activity I did—be it exams, projects or any other activitiy—irrespective of the result. I came to know of his demise when I returned after my prelim exams and I was completely shattered," said an emotional Ruchita. "I had to skip the rest of the prelims and help my family with the arrangements for the last rites. My mother went into depression. As my elder sister works abroad, I was alone to handle my mom. But still I ensured I completed my studies. I barely slept for a few hours during the month before my boards," she added. Now that her efforts have borne fruit, Ruchita, a student of St. Xavier's High School, Manpada plans to pursue her father's dream of becoming a doctor. She ads, "My father knew I wanted to do medicine and encouraged me. I have dedicated my marks to him. I will take up science and fulfil his plan of making me a doctor. I was very close to my dad, I miss him daily, but I have decided to use my emotions as a motivation to work hard and become a gynaecologist, like he wanted."
|2017-06-13||Autos with number '3' on Thane police radar - Mumbai Mirror|
AUTOS WITH NUMBER ‘3’ ON THANE POLICE RADAR Updated: Jun 13, 2017, 06.01 AM IST Armed with a sketch of the co-passenger, the police is questioning 6,000 auto drivers. The 23-year-old woman who was thrown out of an auto rickshaw after being molested has told the Thane police that all she remembered about the incident is that the auto had the number ‘3’ on its number plate. The police, who are hunting for the accused driver and co-passenger, have learnt that there are a total of about 6,000 autos in Thane city whose registration numbers begin with 3 or have it in the middle. Meanwhile, the victim has also helped the cops draw a new sketch of the co-passenger who allegedly molested her. On Friday night, a Management student was allegedly molested by a co-passenger in a share auto she boarded from Teen haath naka at around 8 pm to go to Naupada. According to the statement she gave the Nuapada police, the passenger was already in the rickshaw when she got into it. Even after reprimanding him for his behaviour, the accused did not listen and the auto driver instead of stopping the rickshaw drove faster. Later the auto driver and the accused threw her out of the auto on Pokhran road and fled. Locals rushed her to a nearby hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and has been helping police to nab the two. A case has been registered in Naupada, Thane against the unidentified accused on charges of kidnapping, molestation, physical assault and criminal intimidation. The only information the Thane police currently have is that the victim saw the number ‘3’ on the auto’s number plate. “We have drawn a list of autos that have number 3 in there registered number plates and there are almost 6,000 autos in that category,” said deputy commissioner of police, Dr D S Swami, Thane police. The Thane police have formed several teams for their mammoth task ahead. The teams have been taking down addresses of the auto drivers and visiting them one by one. “We had already made one sketch earlier now the sketch has been drawn by the girl on a special software,” said Dr Swami. The police is using a new software called ‘Pehchan Pro’ that is easy and user-friendly. The victim herself made the co-passenger’s sketch on this software with a little help from cops and a sketch artist. The cops have also met with rickshaw unions in the area. “We have been trying to find if any auto driver is missing since the incident or if they can identify the co-passenger which we suspect was a friend of the auto driver,” said a police officer. The police said they have checked several CCTV footages from Mulund Check Naka till Pokhran road but none of them has been of any help. “None of them was clear because it was dark and there was also some drizzling that day. We have sent the footage to Kalina Forensic Laboratory to see if it can be cleaned,” said the police officer. The only option the police are now trying to work on are the mobile call-detail-records (CDR). “We have been working on all mobile calls and dump data records from the area and cross-checking with the exact time and and place of the incident against the numbers belonging to auto drivers,” said the police officer.
|2017-06-13||First desalination plant of MMR to come up in Thane | Thane News ... - Times of India|
First desalination plant of MMR to come up in Thane Updated: Jun 13, 2017, 02.33 PM IST Thane: In an attempt to rid the city of the water woes it has been facing, the Thane Municical Corporation is gearing up to launch the MMR's very first creek water desalination pilot project which will convert 20 million litres of brackish creek water into purified drinking water on a daily basis. This project, the working order of which has already been sanctioned by the corporation, will not only convert the highly saline creek water into drinking water using high tech equipment on a PPP basis, but also lay down pipelines to the city's very own drought pockets of Diva and parts of Kalwa. Speaking about the inspiration and functionalities of this innovative project, civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal, said, "In a visit to Israel's Tel Aviv city recently, I saw that the city's entire 480 MLD drinking water supply was sourced by purifying the sea water using this desalination system. Meanwhile, our city which is surrounded by a creek and a river is depending on dams." "I realised that building a dam for the same 20MLD of water, which has additional issues in terms of geography, pipeline cost, etc, would cost around Rs 400 crore. Instead of that, we could rope in major water purification companies on a PPP basis and set up a desalination project here, the cost of which will come to hardly Rs 32 crore annually plus the electricity bills. We have finalised a two-acre plot for this plant near Kalwa's Retibundar area and have already issued the working order," Jaiswal added. As part of the desalination project, the plant will suck in around 40 MLD of creek water, put this water through multiple levels of purification and produce around 20 MLD of drinking water. The remaining brine, which has an extremely high volume of minerals and salts, will then be diluted manifold using an equal quantum of treated water from the Kopri sewage treatment plant, before it is released back in the creek. Even though environmentalists studying the creek here assert that this project will not impact the ecology, they point out that the purification technology needs to be high tech, as the creek water has become polluted over the years. "In addition to the high salinity already present in any creek, the Thane creek has been flooded with sewage and other pollutants over the past few decades. Purifying this water will require high tech system. As the water here is already polluted, the project should not impact the ecology here," said V. Walawalkar, vice president of city-based environmental NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch. While the desalination project will take around 18 months to complete, residents of Kalwa and Diva regions, which receive the least per person drinking water supply in the city according to a recent civic study on water management and distribution, are already excited to be on the civic chief's radar. While the work on this pilot plant is underway, the corporation has also begun working on the set up of a larger desalination plant at the Nagla stretch that lies on the border of Mumbai and Thane, which will help the city source as much as 200 MLD water, thus removing its complete dependency of dams.
|2017-06-13||'Improve TMT bus frequency, public transport for women's safety' - Times of India|
‘Improve TMT bus frequency, public transport for women’s safety’ Jun 13, 2017, 10.39 PM IST Thane: Improved frequency of the public transport system and increase in the services of Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) buses only for women especially during morning and evening peak hours could provide a safer commute alternative to share auto services, believe citizens and activists. The suggestion follows the sexual assault on a 23-year-old woman last week. "The TMT or the BEST is always the first choice for assured, safe and cheap commute to your destination. However, the city transport undertaking has proved inadequate to deal with the needs of the growing population and so commuters are compelled to opt for alternative modes such as share auto services or privately-run coaches which are not safe," said Anita Patil, a resident. The TMT presently operates just 160 of its 350 buses and the average daily passenger count of the TMT has shrunk to 1.68 lakhs in 2016 compared to around 2.40 lakhs recorded in 2013. The TMT administration has repeatedly invited flak for faulty planning of routes, erratic frequency coupled with ill-maintenance of buses that has apparently drawn commuters away from the public transport services. Nearly 70 per cent of the TMT fleet lies underutilized due to maintenance issues. The undertaking caters to nearly 84 routes within and outside the city limits. The city is also likely to get nearly 50 Tejaswini service for women commuters during peak hours that could bring in some relief for women commuters, said officials. "We are in the process of fleet augmentation and will add around 50 more buses by the next few months. We have started nearly 10 new routes in the last few months and will ensure city residents find ample services plying in the coming months," said a senior officer from the TMT. Meanwhile, transport activists and experts have suggested that the TMT authorities do a proper planning and strengthening of the TMT, which is still considered safer and reliable than share autos.
|2017-06-13||Start ladies-only share autos, demand women commuters - Times of India|
Start ladies-only share autos, demand women commuters Updated: Jun 13, 2017, 02.37 PM IST Thane: The spine-chilling molestation case of the 23-year-old women who took a share auto rickshaw late on Thursday has thrust into spotlight the nagging fear among the women folk about the lack of safety and greater vulnerability to sexual harassment and innuendos by the male co-passenger or the drivers. Most women who prefer the end-to-end share auto rickshaw, given the concessional tariff, claimed to have suffered inappropriate touching or a drunk co-passenger more than once and voice their fear travelling with a stranger and eagerly await their destination. "Sometime back, I had taken an auto rickshaw from Amruta Hotel to Hiranandani Meadows. The man sitting next to me had kept his office bag on his lap and I suddenly realized that a hand was moving all over me. I gave him an angry look, but he continued and there was little room for me to hit him. Suddenly he asked the driver to stop and alighted in a hurry. It was so disgusting that I did not take share auto for months then," complained Swati Hegde, a resident of a residential society along the Glady Alvares road in Thane. In fact, such harrassment more often go unreported as the women commuters hesitate going to the police and also avoid discussing with the male members in the family fearing a backlash. The horrifying incident involving TCS engineer Swapnali Lad who was found unconscious on the road at Majiwada few years back, probably thrown out of the speeding autorickshaw, has also raised the demand for a women-only ride sharing services in Thane. "The traffic department and the police should explore this concept. If they can have the women-only bus and train services, why cannot there be a similar concept for share auto rickshaws, especially in the light of these incidents," questioned Lalitha N, a resident of Valley Towers. Prajakta Chitnis (21) residing in Majiwada said, "Most women will quickly relate with the incident. Though I have never been a victim to such an unfortunate incident, but many times I have experienced the auto drivers purposely taking a longer route. When you raise an alarm they quickly smile, apologize and give some excuse about forgetting the direction. Many times, when I take a share auto, I have noticed people ogle and pass comments, that's why I prefer a direct, meter rickshaw." Amritha Nair (22), a resident of Devdaya Nagar said, "My parents have advised me to come by the Municipal Transport buses instead of these share-autos at night. I reach the station at around 9:15 pm. During this time the bus frequency is pretty good. I avoid going by share-autos at such a time."
|2017-06-13||times bridge: Times Bridge appoints Thane Richard as Head of ... - ETtech.com|
Times Bridge appoints Thane Richard as Head of Content Strategy Thane Richard will shape the content strategy for Times Bridge’s media businesses, while also attracting more of the world’s leading storytellers to the Indian market June 13, 2017, 12:29 IST Times Group has appointed Thane Richard as the Head of Content Strategy for its international investments and partnerships division Times Bridge. In this role, Richard will shape the content strategy for Times Bridge’s media businesses, while also attracting more of the world’s leading storytellers to the Indian market, the company said in a statement. Times Bridge's existing portfolio of investments and partnerships include Airbnb, Coursera, Uber, Vice, HuffPost, Business Insider and other media & technology products. “Thane’s record of entrepreneurship, creativity and storytelling, in the United States and India, is of an exceptional quality,” said Rishi Jaitly, CEO, Times Bridge. “I cannot think of a leader more well-suited to advancing our mission of bridging world-class media to, and within, India, setting new standards along the way.” Prior to this role, Richard was working as a data Journalist in the Quicken Loans Family of Companies, building a significant portion of the data-processing logic for StockX. Before that, Thane led marketing and then the editorial efforts of Chicago-based startup Outernet that aims to broadcast free data from space to billions of people without Internet access. He has also founded a tactile-journalism start-up Jaunt, the Detroit chapter of the Awesome Foundation and education non-profit Project Empathy. “The Times Group has had great success in building bridges to India for the world’s best media brands,” said Richard. “I intend to build on that success by honing the existing portfolio and expanding it to include more world-class ventures, all the while ensuring we are standard bearers of what it means to advance quality, reach and impact in the world’s largest democracy.”
|2017-06-13||TMC's monsoon ready claims fall flat - Times of India|
TMC’s monsoon ready claims fall flat Updated: Jun 13, 2017, 02.55 PM IST Thane: Questions are being raised about the credibility of the claims by city politicians and the civic body about being rain ready, as barely 60 mm rainfall on Friday night led to water logging in several areas, besides causing tree falls and road blocks across the city. The disaster management cell of the TMC had a tough time on Friday as they had to attend 39 complaints from citizens regarding water logging, short circuits and tree fall cases. As many as five short circuit cases and fire incidents were reported on Friday night, while the police claimed that there were frequent instances of vehicles developing snags due to water-logging. Nearly 60 mm of rainfall was recorded in various parts of the city. This led to water-logging in Balkum, Mahagiri, Mumbra jama masjid, Waghoba Nagar and Kalwa. Water had got accumulated at some homes as well. "Some residents faced knee-deep water logging within minutes. If this is the scene when it didn't rain for long then what will happen when it actually starts raining heavily. The tall claims made by the political leaders and civic officers have proved to be false," said a resident of Bombay Colony. The situation was no different in other parts of the city that saw late night travellers having to wade through water logged areas. The civic administration had spent nearly Rs 2 crore this fiscal to keep the city drains free of muck and silt. According to the civic records, the TMC has spent over Rs 29 crore on nullah cleaning since 2012. Activists and urban planners said that it is high time the corporation comes up with a permanent solution to the problem. District guardian minister Eknath Shinde, mayor Meenakshi Shinde and Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare have been flooding the media with press statements stating their complete satisfaction with the nullah and drain cleaning work. Meanwhile, several tree fall incidents were reported at various parts of the city within minutes of the shower. As many as six trees were uprooted, including a big one that came crashing down on cars parked at Hiranandani Estate. Another tree fall case was reported at Sahyadri Nagar in Kalwa. ''The tree was huge and had fallen in the middle of the road, blocking traffic. So we called the officials from the tree authority and fire brigade who reached the spot and cleared the debris. No one was injured in the incidents,'' said a senior civic official. Activists have now questioned the authorities and even politicians claims over the issue. ''Every year the administration spends a notable volume of taxpayer's money on cleaning these drains, but nothing has been achieved out of it. We need a permanent solution to the problem," said an activist.
|2017-06-13||Lady scribe harassed by auto driver, left waiting for 45 minutes ... - Times of India|
Lady scribe harassed by auto driver, left waiting for 45 minutes Updated: Jun 13, 2017, 02.48 PM IST Thane: A female journalist was left midway by the auto driver which she took to each her residence in Panchpakhadi.The lady was left stranded for nearly 45minutes midway. Rohini Diwan, who works as a journalist with a Marathi media house had hired the auto from Talao Pali area on Saturday afternoon and directed the driver to ply to Tekdi Bunglow area in Panchpakhadi. Barely had they crossed a few distance, the driver reportedly refused to travel and asked her to alight. As the incident happened within city limits, Diwan managed to call for help from fellow journalists who also alerted the police. Barely days into the alleged molestation of a female passenger aboard a share auto, this incident has again raised eyebrows about women's safety. Stunned, Diwan requested the driver to drop her, but he reportedly refused to heed and stopped the vehicle at the roadside. When Diwan refused to alight, the man reportedly locked the vehicle and stepped out hoping that the passenger would alight. When she refused he reportedly wandered away only to return after some time to see Diwan still waiting for him in the auto. In the meantime, the police had reached the spot. The driver turned apologetic and requested mercy following which Diwan decided to not pursue the matter ahead. "It was shocking the way the driver suddenly decided to stop his auto and vanish. The unions must look into the issue at the earliest," she said.
|2017-06-13||Wine shop burgled off Rs 1 lakh cash - Times of India|
Wine shop burgled off Rs 1 lakh cash Updated: Jun 13, 2017, 02.34 PM IST Thane: A wine shop in Manpada area was robbed by unidentified persons who decamped with Rs 1 lakh cash kept in the cupboard on Thursday. Police said the break-in could have occurred somewhere between 11pm and 10:30am, when the owner Ajay Muneem Gupta had downed the shutters of the Chetan wine shop and had packed off for the day. It is learnt that the accused used some sharp weapon to break open the grill and the shutter of the shop and soon after gaining access broke the cupboard lock and stole cash. Gupta approached Chitalsar Manpada police and has registered a complaint against the burglar. A case has been registered under section 380, 454, and 457 under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for theft, trespassing and break-in.
|2017-06-13||57 schools in Thane record 100% results in class X exams | Thane ... - Times of India|
57 schools in Thane record 100% results in class X exams Jun 14, 2017, 04.37 AM IST THANE: With as many as 26,470 SSC students clearing their exams in the city on Tuesday, Thane's success rate has shot up from 84.18 per cent last year to 85.05 per cent this year. While the male students in city schools secured a pass percentage of 82.3 per cent this year, their female counterparts pushed up the city's success rate with 88.2 pass percentage. Of the 262 schools affiliated to the state board, as many as 57 recorded a cent per cent success rate with all students clearing class X exams. While a number of schools, including St. Xaviers High School, Naupada's Saraswati Vidyalaya, Mumbra's Symbiosis High School missed the cent per cent results by a wafer-thin margin, 57 schools, including St. John the Baptist High School, A K Joshi High School and Shreerang Vidyalaya successfully recorded a cent per cent result. Academicians and authorities of these schools peg the results to the efforts put in by their students and believe that the school and family environment of the student needs to be encouraging and supportive. Rupa Dey, principal of Shreerang Vidyalaya that has secured a cent per cent result this year, said, "With every passing year, the focus of education needs to change with time. Schooling is no longer only about academics. Today, schooling is about providing students with support, freedom and opportunities to excel not only in academics, but also in extra-curricular activities like singing, sports and so on. In addition to ensuring that our weaker and even average students were given extra practice sessions, we encouraged all our students to take up some or the other sport, which eventually helped them concentrate better, thus making them well-rounded individuals." Meanwhile, Yashwant Shinde, principal of Saraswati Marathi medium school, which secured a 99.6 per cent success rate, believes that students perform to optimum level only when they are in an environment where their limitations are explored. "A Marathi school having a 99 pass per cent is rare and yet our students have been excelling through the years. We believe that developing a connection with the students helps understand his or her weaknesses and work through it, which is why we maintain a personal rapport with each student. Of our total 256 students, 150 secured a distinction, 80 passed with a first class, 19 secured a second class, seven just passed and only one didn't clear the exam," said Shinde.
|2017-06-13||Accused lured victims by posting ads on social networking sites - Times of India|
Accused lured victims by posting ads on social networking sites Jun 14, 2017, 04.31 AM IST THANE: In another major development in the Ambernath-based fake call centre case, the police have learnt that the accused used to lurre youth by posting advertisements on various social networking sites. The investigators have also identified the three persons who were involved in processing the itunes card to convert the amount into cash. According to their modus operandi, the accused used to post various ads and motivational quotes to lure the youth. One such motivational quote read as, 'If call centre employees were honest'. A day after this was posted the cops raided the place. The company, Mount Logic Solutions, had also posted attractive pay scales along with a pick up and drop facility from Ambernath station. The best part of the deal was Saturday and Sunday off. Also, the company had claimed to give additional incentives based on their performance and even offered accomodation but only for experienced candidates. Meanwhile, a senior police official said that they have found that the callers were not getting any incentives for getting good business. "They were paid somewhere between Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 per month. This means that the advertisements that they posted were misleading," the official said. "We have recovered a number of mails and names of victims. This will help us in nailing the accused," the official added. The cops have so far found income amounting to Rs 1.60 crore from the company and they are tracking the money trail. Last Thursday, Mount Logic Solutions, which had allegedly duped US citizens, was raided and 25 employees were arrested.
|2017-06-13||Onset of monsoon: Bombay HC asks CR, Thane civic body about ... - The Indian Express|
Onset of monsoon: Bombay HC asks CR, Thane civic body about measures taken to ensure uninterrupted railway services Pointing out that the state should first move such people from the area before deciding their eligibility, the bench further said if they did not do so the court would be compelled to ask the corporation to serve notices to such hutments and start demolishing them. Mumbai | Published:June 14, 2017 4:54 am The Bombay High Court Tuesday asked the Central Railway and the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to inform it about the protective measures they planned to take with the onset of monsoon to ensure that railway services are not disrupted. There are hutments constructed over and around the railway tunnels which often affect the railway services. The court had earlier asked the state government to rehabilitate the people living in such hutments immediately, which has not been done so far. It has now asked the state to come up with a policy to rehabilitate them within a week. “The state and the civic body should inform us about the steps they plan to take to prevent any further construction from taking place in the area,” said Justice A S Oka. Pointing out that the state should first move such people from the area before deciding their eligibility, the bench further said if they did not do so the court would be compelled to ask the corporation to serve notices to such hutments and start demolishing them. Earlier, residents of such hutments had filed a writ petition in the High Court seeking a stay on any action being taken against them. The same was granted on July 20, 2016. A civil application was then filed by the Central Railway seeking vacating the stay. “Under the Parsik Tunnel, there are two railway tracks. During the monsoon, the entire water of the hill top area flows down and passes through the tunnel. It also causes over flooding on both tracks resulting in not only effecting train services but also damaging the signal system of the railways,” reads the civil application. The court was told the entire area around Parsik Tunnel was with the forest department. “There are 109 unauthorised huts on top of the area of Parsik Tunnel and 575 huts in the rest of the area which causes nuisance.taking into consideration the coming monsoon season and in order to avoid any untoward incident, disaster of land sliding within the tunnel, putting the health and life of the hutments as well as the railways passengers into danger, it is necessary to remove the hutments on top of the Parsik Tunnel,” reads the application. In 2016, during heavy rainfall, a landslide caution near Parsik Tunnel near Mumbra had severely affected the suburban train operations.
|2017-06-13||Girls outshine boys in SSC exams in Thane, Palghar districts - Times of India|
Girls outshine boys in SSC exams in Thane, Palghar districts Jun 14, 2017, 04.38 AM IST THANE: SSC students breathed a sigh of relief after their results were announed on Tuesday. Thane division recorded a pass percentage of 85.52%, which is slightly lower than last year's percentage of 85.99%. The girls outshone the boy in Thane division. Even though the students fared well this year, there was a drop in the success rate as compared to last year. Over 1.77 lakh students appeared for the Class X exam from Thane and Palghar district.While the number of successful students has fallen slightly, the girls continue to fare better than their male counterparts. Recording a success rate of 88.49%, the girls' have outshone the boys' pass percentage of 83.05% with a massive margin of 5.44%. As many as 96,402 boys appeared for the SSC exam out of which 80,067 (83.05%) passed. Among the girls, 80,599 appeared for the exam out of which 71,320 (88.49%) passed with flying colours. After sacrificing food, television, entertainment and putting in extra hours of hard work for an entire year, the 1,51,387 SSC students went around the city bursting crackers and distributing sweets. As many as 32,503 students secured a distinction in Thane division, while 49,379 bagged first class, 49954 students got second class and 19551 students got pass class.
|2017-06-13||Licences of 23 Chinese outlets suspended - Times of India|
Licences of 23 Chinese outlets suspended Jun 14, 2017, 04.29 AM IST THANE: The licences of 23 Chinese food outlets, including restaurants, in the city have been suspended after the food and drug administration (FDA) found some anomalies in their operations. Action was taken after the officials were alerted by BJP MLA Sanjay Kelkar about the outlets not maintaining hygiene standards. The hotels were found flouting rules like not maintaining hygiene, using contaminated raw materials, not displaying adequate information of raw materials as per the government mandate, etc. The FDA officials inspected 26 outlets, of which 23 were found flouting norms. They were issued suspension notices by the authority. "We inspected 26 Chinese outlets and restaurants. They were given 15 days to comply with the mandate, following which only three met the criteria. The licneces of the others have been suspended," said K Dabhade, assistant commissioner of Thane FDA. — Manoj Badgeri
|2017-06-12||Thane to get desalination plant, use water from creek - Times of India|
Thane to get desalination plant, use water from creek Jun 12, 2017, 05.59 AM IST THANE: To tackle the water crisis in Thane, the municipal corporation is gearing up to launch Mumbai Metropolitan Region's (MMR) first creek water desalination pilot project, which will convert 20 million litres of brackish creek water into potable drinking water on a daily basis. The working order of the project has been sanctioned by the corporation and it will also lay down pipelines to the drought pockets of Diva and parts of Kalwa. Speaking about the functionalities of the project, civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal said, "During my visit to Israel's Tel Aviv, I noticed that the city's total 480 MLD drinking water supply was sourced by purifying sea water using desalination system. However, our city which is surrounded by a creek and a river is dependent on dams." "Building another dam would cost around Rs 400 crore. Rather, we decided to rope in water purification companies on a public-private partnership basis and set up a desalination project here, which would cost Rs 32 crore annually, in addition to electricity bills. We have finalized a two-acre plot near Kalwa's Retibundar area to set up the plant and the working order has been issued," Jaiswal added. The plant will take in around 40 MLD of creek water, which will be put through multiple levels of purification and produce around 20 MLD of drinking wa ter. The remaining brine, which has high volume of minerals and salts, will be diluted using equal quantum of water from the Kopri sewage treatment plant, before being released back into the creek. Environmentalists asserted that the project will not impact the ecology and pointed out that the purification method must be high tech. "In addition to the high salinity present in any creek, the Thane creek has been flooded with sewage and other pollutants over the past few decades and purifying this water will require high tech system," said V Walawalkar, vice president of city-based environmental NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch. While the work on the pilot plant is under way, the Thane Municipal Corporation has also started setting up a larger desalination plant at the Nagla stretch on the border of Mumbai and Thane.
|2017-06-12||Court allow Shilpa Shetty, her husband to travel abroad | Thane ... - Times of India|
Court allow Shilpa Shetty, her husband to travel abroad Jun 12, 2017, 11.09 AM IST THANE: The sessions court here has granted permission, on certain conditions, to actor Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra to travel abroad after they moved an application in the court seeking the nod to relax the conditions of anticipatory bail which was granted in a cheating case. Aniket Nikam, the counsel for the couple, stated in the plea that they are desirous to travel to London, UK and USA between 12 June to 21 July for business and also mentioned the tentative schedule in the UK and the USA about the meetings. The couple also mentionedtaht they will be attending the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) awards in New York. They submitted if they are denied the permission to go abroad it can cause 'grave prejudice to their business'. The plea read that they have been co-operating with the probe and all the necessary travel documents would be submitted to the Kongaon police station where a cheating case is registered against them. Surprisingly, there was a disparity in the say of the investigation officer to the court who instead of opposing, 'supported' them putting in certain condition on the other hand, the assistant public prosecutor Vinit Kulkarni vehemently opposed the application. Kulkarni told the court that the offence is serious in nature. "If the application is allowed there are strong chances of tampering and hampering with the investigation as the accused is influential persons. On the previous occasion, one of the accused has threatened the complainant in the court. Hence, the application deserves to be rejected." After hearing both the defence and prosecution, the judge pointed out that the applicants have been granted anticipatory bail on condition not to leave the country. The investigation officer has no objections to grant the permissions on certain conditions but the assistant public prosecutor has strongly objected to the application of going abroad for business purpose. In the order the court permitted them to travel abroad between the said persons but they are directed to submit their residence address, contact numbers in UK and USA. The court also told them to submit the self-attested copies of visa to the police station and that they will have to give undertaking that they shall not stay in the UK and USA beyond 21 July at police station. After their arrival they should intimate the concern police station and the court. The court pointed out that these compliance shall be done without fail or their permission will be cancelled. It was on April 26, 2017, the complainant Ravi Bhalotia, the proprieter of Bhalotia exports had alleged in an FIR before Kongaon police station that he had delivered bedsheets through Best Deal TV (BDTV) but was yet to receive payment and has been duped of Rs 24 lakh. Subsequently a case was registred against the accused—Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra, Darshit Shah, Vedant Bali and Uday Kothari—who are all former directors of the BDTV company. Later, on May 09,2017, the five-some moved to the Thane sessions court which granted interm relief bail to the actress Shetty, her husband Raj Kundra and three others in the case of alleged cheating and breach of trust filed against them with the Kongaon police of Bhiwandi division. They were granted pre arrest bail on bonds of Rs. 50,000 each and the hearing in the case was held on May 19.
|2017-06-11||Miscreants injure two policemen during night patrol in Thane - Outlook India|
Miscreants injure two policemen during night patrol in Thane When the cops approached them and started questioning, the trio jumped into their car and rashly drove off after dashing the jeep, leaving the two injured thane, Jun 11 Two policemen were injured after unidentified men got into their car and allegedly drove past the stationary police jeep when they were being questioned by the cops during a night patrol at Ghodbunder Road here. The incident took place in the wee hours of Friday when the beat marshalls spotted a car and three men loitering on the service road near Chitalsar police station, Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar said today. When the cops approached them and started questioning, the trio jumped into their car and rashly drove off after dashing the jeep, leaving the two injured. A case was lodged against the trio under IPC sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 427 (mischief causing damage) rw 34 (common intention) and also relevant sections of Motor Vehicle Act, the PRO said. Narkar said both the beat marshalls Rangrao Patil (50) and Ananda Danavale (48) were administered first aid after the incident. No arrest has been made so far and further investigation was on, said police.
|2017-06-11||'Actor can travel abroad' - Times of India|
'Actor can travel abroad' Updated: Jun 12, 2017, 03.07 AM IST THANE: The sessions court here has granted permission, on certain conditions, to actor Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra to travel abroad after they moved an application in the court seeking the nod to relax the conditions of anticipatory bail which was granted by the court in a cheating case. Aniket Nikam, the counsel for the couple stated in the plea that they are desirous to travel to London, UK and USA between 12 June to 21 July for business and also mentioned the tentative schedule in the UK and the USA about the meetings and attending the international Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) awards on 14 and 15 in New York.
|2017-06-11||Miscreants injure two policemen during night patrol in Thane - News - Mid-Day|
Miscreants injure two policemen during night patrol in Thane Thane Posted 11-Jun-2017 Two policemen were injured after unidentified men got into their car and allegedly drove past the stationary police jeep when they were being questioned bythe cops during a night patrol at Ghodbunder Road in Thane. The incident took place in the wee hours of Friday when the beat marshalls spotted a car and three men loitering on the service road near Chitalsar police station, Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar said on Sunday. When the cops approached them and started questioning, the trio jumped into their car and rashly drove off after dashing the jeep, leaving the two injured. A case was lodged against the trio under IPC sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 427 (mischief causing damage) rw 34 (common intention) and also relevant sections of Motor Vehicle Act, the PRO said. Narkar said both the beat marshalls Rangrao Patil (50) and Ananda Danavale (48) were administered first aid after the incident. No arrest has been made so far and further investigation was on, said police.
|2017-06-11||fake call centre: Ambernath call centre raked in 7L a month | Thane ... - Times of India|
fake call centre: Ambernath call centre raked in 7L a month Updated: Jun 12, 2017, 03.14 AM IST THANE: Investigators have found that the Ambernath-based 'fake' call centre earned anywhere between $8,000 and $10,000 per month, roughly Rs 6-7 lakh, and the police are on the money trail which may lead them to the key players in the international fraud. Deputy commissioner of police (crime) Abhishek Trimukhe said the team has identified one arrested accused Devesh Yerlekar as the main manger of BPO Mount Logic Solutions. "He has confessed that the monthly earning from the i-tune card numbers which was routed to a person in Ludhiana for processing, was close to 10,000 US dollars. The Ludhiana contact would take a commission of nearly 30% to 40% and divert the money to the key operators. So far, it is not clear as how they converted the money and how it was routed," DCP Trimukhe informed TOI. Few other suspects are on the radar of the police and based on the probe they shall be rounded up for questioning. The analysis of the hard disk seized is underway and the police have seized the fake agreements which were mailed to the US citizens, based on which the identity of victims shall be ascertained. The officer added that they have got the details of one bank account, which is in a private bank and details of the bank will be sought on Monday.
|2017-06-10||Hoteliers on EEH in Thane still unclear about liquor ban rule - Times of India|
Hoteliers on EEH in Thane still unclear about liquor ban rule Jun 10, 2017, 11.04 PM IST Thane: After the Supreme Court imposed the liquor ban late last year along national and state highways and within 500 metres of the outer edge of a highway, the ban along the 4.5km-long Eastern Express Highway in Thane continues to be in force but those in Mumbai continue operations, forcing patrons to cross over to Mulund or drive down to interior parts of the city to grab a drink. Patrons and industry players have expressed surprise at the deadlock over the issue that prevents bars here from operating, while those immediately on the other side of the toll naka in Mumbai are allowed to function. Hotel association members from Thane said that they have made repeated attempts to seek clarity on the issue, but have not got any response yet. Immediately after the Supreme Court order, the MMRDA, led by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, wrote to the state public works department asking it to denotify the Western and Eastern Express Highways that extend up to Dahisar and Thane, respectively. While the state managed to keep the stretch in Mumbai out of the ambit of the liquor ban, the neighbouring Thane city continues to be affected by the rules, thanks to lack of communication. The ambiguity still remains on whether the Thane stretch has also been exempted from the ban, following which nearly 60 bars and liquor shops located on either sides of the highway have been unable to renew their yearly license this April. With the last few months already causing loss to the industry due to drop in consumers, this uncertainty has added to the misery of hoteliers here who have been forced to either downsize their staff or continue bearing losses. Patrons have had to take efforts to travel to Mumbai or scout for other limited options within the city due to the issue. "We have to cross the toll naka every time we want to have a drink with friends. Thane is divided by the highways so there are few outlets that are beyond the ambit of the rule. Every time, we have to party, we end up spending more time and money to cross over," said Vishal Sharma, a resident of GB road. Brijesh Sharma, a hotelier said that he has been trying hard to reach out to the government to bring in some clarity on the rule. "We have been reaching out to ministers and officials seeking clarity on why the ban is still in force in such a small stretch in Thane when major part is exempted in Mumbai. We hope there is a solution soon," he said. Meanwhile, MMRDA officials refused comment on the issue and claimed that they were simply following the orders from the government. We have been reaching out to ministers and officials seeking clarity on why the ban is still in force in such a small stretch in Thane when major part is exempted in Mumbai. We hope there is a solution soon.
|2017-06-10||Cluster redevpt plan gets HC go ahead in city - Times of India|
Cluster redevpt plan gets HC go ahead in city Jun 10, 2017, 10.35 PM IST Thane: The lake city skyline is all set for a complete makeover with the much-awaited cluster redevelopment plan, promising a clutch of high-rise buildings, swanky towers, wide roads and more open and green spaces, now becoming a reality after the Bombay high court has given a green signal for its implementation on Friday. "The decision comes as a welcome relief. Thane had submitted its impact assessment report last year before the court. The Thane civic body, in collaboration with Crisil, is the only city that has done the impact assessment survey of the cluster redevelpoment plan. We will be the first city to implement the cluster redevelpment policy," said municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. An approximate four lakh residents live in dilapidated or illegal structures across the city. They will require permanent rehabilitation, which will now be provided under this incentive scheme. The rampant violations in several city sectors including Kalwa, Mumbra and Wagle Estate had also made it impossible for redevelopment except for incentivising the same by adding an increased FSi. The cluster redevelopment plan was signed by then Congress chief minister Pritviraj Chavan before his exit in 2014, following which the same was brought towards implementation by his successor Devendra Fadnavis in 2016. The redevelopment plans for the city was however stranded for nearly a year as a Navi Mumbai resident had approached the Bombay High Court seeking to know how the administration was planning to tackle the additional load on the civic infrastructure. The court restrained the government from issuing a notification infill the civic administrations presented their impact assessment plans. While Thane and Navi Mumbai submitted their respective assessment plans long back, the BMC did so recently after which the court signalled its implementation, said a senior bureaucrat from the urban development department. Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena has been in celebration mode since the orders were passed. ''The redevelopment project would generate more housing avenues at the same time ensure adequate rehabilitation of those staying in cessed structures,'' said Shiv Sena, Thane leader and guardian minister Eknath Shinde who has been aggressively pursuing the approval and subsequent implementation of the cluster plan for Thane. Former mayor Sanjay More who had filed a special intervention plea before the HC in December 2016 requestsing it to allow the proposal for Thane as it filed its assessment reports also expressed his relief saying the citizens could largely benefit from the plans now. The cluster projects will largely help clear off areas to provide more open spaces for the citizens too and also help rehabilitate residents staying in cessed structures whose redevelopment wasn't possible till now due to constraints on FSi," he said. The plan is to offer higher FSI for redevelopment of legal buildings or chawls standing tall on a one hectare plot and built before 1995, that will be bunched together. These buildings presently occupy huge space and with a cap on FSI, their redevelopment was financially unviable. However now, with the increased FSI, these buildings might rise higher and in the process more open space will be available as the new space would be partly used for building free sale homes and landscaping. Experts have also welcomed the move. Architect Sandeep Prabhu said the city will get a definite shape thanks to the cluster plans.
|2017-06-10||2 held for 'murder' of Shahapur youth from Mumbra rly station - Times of India|
2 held for 'murder' of Shahapur youth from Mumbra rly station Jun 10, 2017, 10.36 PM IST Thane: Two men picked up on suspicion from Mumbra railway station recently, are said to have been allegedly involved in a brutal murder of a 21-year-old youth from a village in Shahapur on May 7. Police said Imran Shartaj Shaikh and Nafiz Ahmed Shaikh, both residents of Mumbra, are the key suspects nabbed by the police and subsequently handed over to the Kasara police station for their alleged involvement in the murder case. On May 7, the police had recovered a dead body of one Akshay Balu Dalvi on the side of the bridge at Olanda in Mokhadane village of Shahapur. The Kasara police had registered an offence and had put out an appeal in the social media about the incident. Investigators had then grabbed the footage from the CCTV in the area and zeroed in on the two suspects and prepared the sketch of the duo for circulation. Mumbra police personnel spotted the two at the railway station recently and suspected that something was amiss. On closer observation it was suspected that the sketches of the two accused circulated by the Kasara police matched their appearance and they were immediately apprehended. "We are further questioning the men for verification," said API Pravin Kolhe, Kasara police station.
|2017-06-10||Thane call centre had legit U.S. contract: cops - The Hindu - The Hindu|
Thane call centre had legit U.S. contract: cops JUNE 10, 2017 23:41 IST UPDATED: JUNE 10, 2017 23:41 IST Mount Logic Solutions misused data of US-based customers in the racket Mumbai: The call centre in Ambernath being investigated for allegedly cheating customers in the U.S. had entered into a legitimate contract with a client based there, and was most probably misusing the data for the racket, police said on Saturday. Early on Friday, the Thane Police Crime Branch raided the office of Mount Logic Solutions in Ambernath. Its employees were suspected of posing as bank representatives and asking U.S. citizens to pay ‘processing fees for loans’. The police have arrested eight accused so far, while 18 are still being questioned. DCP Abhishek Trimukhe, Thane Police Crime Branch, said, “The call centre was also working for a US-based client in the debt recovery sector and running the racket simultaneously. We suspect they were using contact details of U.S. citizens provided to them by this client. We are also investigating if they bought data from internet-based racketeers.” Police said the U.S.-based customers were perfect targets as they would welcome the opportunity to avail of a loan from a bank against a comparatively smaller processing fee. “The contract also provided a suitable cover to the accused, as they had legitimate reason to recruit youngsters and train them to speak in an American accent. We are investigating if all employees were involved in racket,” an officer said. Another officer said a manager working with the firm, who is absconding, is suspected to be the racket’s mastermind, and multiple teams are currently working on tracing and apprehending him. Police have seized diaries from the office with details of the racket’s daily earnings, and are conducting searches at residences of arrested accused, who bank accounts are also being put under the scanner.
|2017-06-10||Two district health officials held for taking 3 lakh bribe | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Two district health officials held for taking 3 lakh bribe Updated: Jun 11, 2017, 03.53 AM IST THANE: Two officials from malaria department of the district administration have been arrested by the Thane Unit of the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 3 lakh from a sportsman for not dismissing him from service. The accused have been identified as Deepali Nasre (43), malaria officer Class-II, and senior clerk Umesh Kadam (50) who accepted Rs 1.5 lakh each from the complainant, the ACB said. A police officer said that the complainant, a 24-year-old youth, had obtained an employment in the health department as health assistant under the sportsman quota in 2014. However, the sports directorate had rejected his sports certificate. Following this Nasre issued a show-cause notice to him asking why he should not be dismissed from service. The complainant then obtained a stay order from the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) on the order. "Even then the officer and head clerk threatened to dismiss him from service and demanded Rs 3,50,000 for not dismissing him," said an ACB official. The youth then lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of the ACB. After verification, ACB officials found the complaint genuine and laid a trap at the Malaria office on the district collectorate premises and nabbed the duo while accepting Rs 3 lakh in bribe from the complainant on Friday. The accused have been booked under sections 7,13(1),(d) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
|2017-06-10||RTE 5th round: 60% students fail to confirm seats in city - Times of India|
RTE 5th round: 60% students fail to confirm seats in city Jun 10, 2017, 11.02 PM IST Thane: Nearly 41 students of the 69 selected students have not secured their admission in the fifth round of the RTE scheme. The deadline for the fifth round was May 29 and nearly 60% selected have fortified their seats in the school of their choice, reveals the final data provided by the ZP education office. Even though the fifth lottery round, which took place on May 20, placed 69 students in different schools in their area, as many as 41 students skipped the final stage of the admission process. Over the past four rounds, thousands of such selected students from the economically challenged sector have forfeited their acquired admissions in similar ways. While activists here are certain that there is something amiss in the RTE process because of these large numbers of admission absentees, district education officers have been left in puzzled themselves. "The online lottery and selection process is completely transparent and parents get all the details about the admission requirements, process, documents and dates via SMS. The fact that so many are missing the final admission step could mean that they are waiting to be selected to another school of their choice," said an official from the ZP education office. Meanwhile, Sheetal Chavan, a city-based RTE activist, said, "Why would any parent from a low income group miss out on their child getting good free education in a good school that they otherwise would not be able to afford. There is something amiss in the whole situation and the district education officials need to speak to each of the parents who have 'not approached' the school to find out what the issue is instead of simply sitting in the office and saying that they are puzzled." The sixth round of the RTE process, on Tuesday, has placed 36 students in schools across the district, of which eight are in Thane city, 13 in Navi Mumbai, nine in Kalyan-Dombivali, five in Bhiwandi and one in Shahapur. These students will have to confirm their admission by June 13.
|2017-06-10||Thane, Navi Mumbai erupt in cheers - Times of India|
Thane, Navi Mumbai erupt in cheers Jun 10, 2017, 06.53 AM IST THANE/NAVI MUMBAI: The Bombay HC decision to vacate its stay on a cluster redevelopment policy allowing an FSI of 4 in the two townships brought cheer among civic officials, politicians, and residents of old and dilapidated buildings. Some activists, however, voiced concern over the pressure on resources and services due to the large extent of construction allowed. About four lakh residents stay in dilapidated or illegal structures across Thane, and they can now hope for redevelopment and bigger, regularized homes. Rampant illegal construction in several sectors, including Kalwa, Mumbra and Wagle estate, had made redevelopment unviable unless incentivized with additional FSI. "The decision comes as a welcome relief. Thane had submitted its impact assess ment report last year before the court. We are now awaiting the notification after which we will start implementation," said municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. The Shiv Sena has been in celebration mode since the orders were passed. "The redevelopment project will generate more housing and ensure rehabilitation of those staying in cessed structures," said Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde, who has been pursuing the cluster plan for Thane. In Navi Mumbai, the gaothan areas have developed haphazardly with no space for parking, narrow roads, etc. Cluster redevelopment was proposed for these areas, but it will now apply to the entire township. "People will get more space and better amenities if they give their consent to participate in redevelopment. This is the best way possible to regularize the haphazardly developed houses with no civic amenities," said Bhus han Gagrani, Cidco managing director. Over 20,000 project-affected people are also expected to benefit. "This is good news for the original inhabitants of Navi Mumbai who had pledged their land for the satellite city," said Manda Mhatre, Belapur MLA. "Residents will get more space, wider roads, better parking slots and civic facilities when structures grow vertically in cluster development," said NMMC city engineer Mohan Dagaonkar. But RTI activist Rajeev Mishra, who fought against illegal buildings in Digha, believes it will be a "complete mess". "It will be adisaster in case of natural calamities; geographically, 4 FSI cluster redevelopment is improbable. We have seen large loopholes in fire safety norms." Activist Sandeep Thakur too feels it is impractical. "The decision is wrong and it'll create chaos in the already exhausted urban cityscape," said Thakur.
|2017-06-10||Thane Crime Branch busts another call centre scam - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Crime Branch busts another call centre scam Sat, 10 Jun 2017-07:35am According to crime branch officers, the conmen operated from Ramesh Enterprise building of Mount Logic Solutions call centre Late on Thursday, sleuths from Thane Crime Branch raided a bogus call centre operating from a business complex in Ambarnath and have arrested eight persons for duping American nationals by posing as Columbus Bank officials. Police have seized 31 computer hard disks and three laptops containing data about the scam. According to crime branch officers, the conmen operated from Ramesh Enterprise building of Mount Logic Solutions call centre. The crooks resorted to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls to contact US nationals and lured them into taking loans. The callers, in the age group of 20-22, availed details from the US nationals and lured them by giving $100-500 as processing fee through iTunes cards. The caller used to take the 16-digit code of the cards, which were used to withdraw cash from them. US nationals have been duped in large numbers since 2015, said a crime branch officer. Thane crime branch had also busted call centre scams in Mira road seven months back, wherein the callers had been threatening the US nationals. However, the modus operandi of the present case revealed that the US nationals were conned by the call centre operators. We have also arrested Jaya Gunjal, the owner of the place, who was receiving Rs 7 lakh as rent. We suspect that she was aware of the illegal operations, said the officer. Abhishek Trimukhe, Deputy Commissioner, Thane Crime Branch said, We are also investigating the roles of 18 other people involved, and a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, and Telegraphic Act has been registered. We also suspect the involvement of foreign nationals in this scam and further probe is on.
|2017-06-10||Thane call centre had US contract: police - The Hindu|
Thane call centre had US contract: police
|2017-06-09||Another Auto Horror: Woman Molested And Thrown Out Of Autorickshaw In Thane - Indiatimes.com|
Another Auto Horror: Woman Molested And Thrown Out Of Autorickshaw In Thane INDIATIMES JUNE 09, 2017 In Mumbai's Thane, a male co-passenger in a shared auto-rickshaw allegedly molested a 23-year-old woman and then threw her out of the vehicle. This incident comes soon after three men in a shared auto in Gurgaon raped a 23-year-old mother and murdered of her nine-month-old baby. The victim sustained injuries from being thrown on the road. She was helped by passersby and taken to the hospital, the Police confirmed. The woman, a management graduate who works with a fitness firm in Mulund, was returning home from work around 9.30 pm when she got into a shared autorickshaw. Her male co-passenger was already seated in the vehicle. As soon as their autorickshaw began its journey, the co-passenger allegedly started touching her inappropriately. She objected and raised an alarm, Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. However, the autorickshaw driver, instead of helping her, took a turn and headed towards Pokhran Road No. 2 in Thane. Later, the co-passenger and the autorickshaw driver allegedly beat up the woman. They then pushed her out of the vehicle at an isolated spot on Pokhran Road and fled, Mr Narkar said. Some passersby found the woman lying on the road and took her to a hospital. Mr Narkar said four police teams have been formed to trace the autorickshaw driver and the unidentified passenger. The Naupada police have registered a case of molestation, kidnapping, physical assault and criminal intimidation. In August 2014, a 24-year-old software professional had suffered serious injuries when she jumped off a moving autorickshaw in Thane after the driver allegedly tried to abduct her. The incident had also taken place around 9.15 pm, when she boarded the vehicle at Kapurbawdi Naka.
|2017-06-09||Thane: Woman molested by co-passenger, thrown out of auto ... - Times of India|
Thane: Woman molested by co-passenger, thrown out of auto rickshaw Updated: Jun 10, 2017, 03.40 AM IST THANE: A 23-year-old woman was allegedly molested by a male co-passenger in a share auto rickshaw and later thrown out of the vehicle in the city, police said on Friday. The incident comes close on the heels of a woman being raped and her nine-month-old baby flung to the ground and killed to smother her cries by three men travelling with her in a shared auto in Gurgaon. The Thane victim, who sustained injuries due to the fall yesterday night, was rescued by some passersby and admitted to a hospital where she is undergoing treatment, they said. The woman, a management graduate working with a fitness firm at Mulund in adjoining Mumbai, was returning home from work at around 9.30 pm when she got into the share auto rickshaw, in which the male passenger was already seated, at Mulund Check Naka to reach her home on Ghodbunder road in Thane city. When the auto rickshaw proceeded a little distance, the co-passenger allegedly started touching her inappropriately to which she objected and raised an alarm, Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. However, the auto driver, instead of paying attention to the alarm raised by her, took a turn and headed the vehicle towards Pokhran Road No. 2 in Thane. Later, the co-passenger and the auto driver allegedly beat up the woman. They then pushed her out of the vehicle at an isolated spot on Pokhran Road and fled, Narkar said. Some passersby found the woman lying on the road and took her to a hospital. Narkar said four police teams have been formed to trace the auto rickshaw driver and the unidentified passenger. The city's Naupada police have registered offences under IPC sections pertaining to molestation, kidnapping, physical assault and criminal intimidation. In August 2014, a 24-year-old software professional, had suffered serious injuries, when she jumped from a moving auto rickshaw in Thane after the driver allegedly tried to abduct her.
|2017-06-09||Thane: Two-hour search for 'girl lying near tracks' yields no 'body ... - Mid-Day|
Thane: Two-hour search for 'girl lying near tracks' yields no 'body' After guard tells Dombivli stationmaster about injured girl, group of railway staffers and police search entire 3-km stretch between Dombivli and Thakurli in vain The stationmaster at Dombivli along with the Government Railway Police (GRP) and a few other staffers spent more than two hours on Wednesday walking 3 km back and forth looking for an unidentified girl who was supposedly lying on the tracks between Dombivli and Thakurli, but could find no trace of her. They finally had to conclude that the information they received may have been correct, but the girl may have walked away as her injuries were not serious. According to sources from Dombivli railway station, around 7.30 pm a guard travelling on a Kalyan-CST local informed the stationmaster at Dombivli about a girl lying near the tracks between Thakurli and Dombivli station. Soon after the call, the assistant stationmaster along with a few other staffers, including four coolies left to search for her with two large torches.The stationmaster said that after the call was received the officials along with the Dombivli GRP searched the entire length of track from Dombivli to Thakurli and back. "They searched the entire 3km area for more than two hours, but could find nothing. The guard who had informed us had not given us any specifics such as the girl's clothing or a pole number that could have helped us identify the spot," he said. An officer from Dombivli GRP said, "Our constable accompanied the railway officials on the search. The area is in completely darkness and every single suspicious spot was checked. We have reported the incident and suspect that it was correct information but the girl may have walked away as her injuries were minor." The Thakurli and Kopar railway stations on the Central line don't have a stationmaster or other officials. During such emergencies, they have to depend on the Dombivli GRP and Dombivli stationmaster, which takes a lot of time to reach the spot.
|2017-06-09||Woman molested, thrown out of auto rickshaw in Thane - The Indian Express|
Woman molested, thrown out of auto rickshaw in Thane When the auto rickshaw proceeded a little distance, the co-passenger allegedly started touching her inappropriately to which she objected and raised an alarm, Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. Thane | Published:June 9, 2017 11:51 am A 23-year-old woman was allegedly molested by a male co-passenger in a share auto rickshaw and later thrown out of the vehicle in the city, police said on Friday. The incident comes close on the heels of a woman being raped and her nine-month-old baby flung to the ground and killed to smother her cries by three men travelling with her in a shared auto in Gurgaon. The Thane victim, who sustained injuries due to the fall on Thursday night, was rescued by some passersby and admitted to a hospital where she is undergoing treatment, they said. The woman, a management graduate working with a fitness firm at Mulund in adjoining Mumbai, was returning home from work at around 9.30 pm when she got into the share auto rickshaw, in which the male passenger was already seated, at Mulund Check Naka to reach her home on Ghodbunder road in Thane city. When the auto rickshaw proceeded a little distance, the co-passenger allegedly started touching her inappropriately to which she objected and raised an alarm, Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. However, the auto driver, instead of paying attention to the alarm raised by her, took a turn and headed the vehicle towards Pokhran Road No. 2 in Thane. Later, the co-passenger and the auto driver allegedly beat up the woman. They then pushed her out of the vehicle at an isolated spot on Pokhran Road and fled, Narkar said. Some passersby found the woman lying on the road and took her to a hospital. Narkar said four police teams have been formed to trace the auto rickshaw driver and the unidentified passenger. The city’s Naupada police have registered offences under IPC sections pertaining to molestation, kidnapping, physical assault and criminal intimidation. In August 2014, a 24-year-old software professional, had suffered serious injuries, when she jumped from a moving auto rickshaw in Thane after the driver allegedly tried to abduct her. The incident had also taken place around 9.15 pm, when she boarded the rickshaw at Kapurbawdi Naka, which is near Pokhran Road No. 2, to reach her residence at Kolshet in the city.
|2017-06-09||Thane civic body can meet water needs till 2025, HC told - Outlook India|
Thane civic body can meet water needs till 2025, HC told 09 JUNE 2017 Last Updated at 7:00 PM "The Corporation is able to provide drinking water through water pipelines throughout the year to all areas in Thane including Ghodbunder Road This shows that water supply available is sufficient to take care of the city (Thane) till 2025," the affidavit filed by Ashok Rankhamb, Additional Municipal Commissioner of TMC, said Mumbai, Jun 9 The Bombay High Court was today assured by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) that it has enough water supply for the entire Thane district till 2025 and said the stay on new constructions on Ghodbunder Road would create problems. The High Court had in May ordered a temporary stay on any new constructions on the Ghodbunder Road in neighbouring Thame district over the issue of inadequate water supply to residential colonies in the area. The court had restrained TMC from granting commencement certificates for any new constructions along the Ghodbunder Road and also from issuing occupancy certificates to recently completed projects. The order was passed while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Thane resident Manesh Shelar who claimed that abrupt water cuts to various areas along the Ghodbunder Road had become a routine and residents were forced to buy water from private water tanker suppliers. The Thane civic body in an affidavit submitted today before a division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar rubbished the claims of the petition. "The Corporation is able to provide drinking water through water pipelines throughout the year to all areas in Thane including Ghodbunder Road. This shows that water supply available is sufficient to take care of the city (Thane) till 2025," the affidavit filed by Ashok Rankhamb, Additional Municipal Commissioner of TMC, said. "Ghodbunder Road is largely a planned area and has helped to reduce load to quite an extent on other congested areas in Thane. Stoppage of construction in the area is likely to drive citizens to move to other areas which are already congested or haphazardly developed," the affidavit said. The Corporation further said that considering the fact that monsoons in the country is irregular and is deficient once in every few years, water cut is imposed once monsoon gets over so as to conserve water in case of a bad monsoon season. "Water cuts are intendend to conserve water for future uncertainity and does not indicate any deficiency," the affidavit said. It added that rain water harvesting is made mandatory for all new structures since 2005. "Occupation Certificate is issued to only those buildings where proper system of rain water harvesting is completed," the affidavit said. The court today took the affidavit on record and posted the petition for further hearing next week.
|2017-06-09||Another call centre racket which targeted US citizens busted - Times of India|
Another call centre racket which targeted US citizens busted Jun 9, 2017, 07.23 PM IST THANE: Thane police here today claimed to have busted another fake call centre racket in the district which allegedly duped USA residents by offering them loans and extracting money in the name of commission or processing fee. A similar racket had come to light in the district last year. The Crime Branch of Thane police raided Mount Logic Solutions, a BPO, at Anand Nagar in Ambarnath of the district last night and unearthed the racket, said Joint Commissioner of police Madhukar Pandey. As many as 25 people, some women working at the call centre, have been taken into police custody and are being questioned, Pandey said, adding 31 hard disks, three laptops and several documents were seized during the raid. The call centre staff used to make phone calls to people in the United States offering loans in easy instalments. The victims would be asked to pay commission or processing charges, ranging from 20 to 30 per cent of the loan amount, police said. The staff of the call centre used to identify themselves as calling from 'Columbus Bank'. After the commission was paid, contact with the victims would be cut off leaving them high and dry without the loan, they said. The call centre was owned by Jaya Gunjal, who earned Rs 7 to Rs 8 lakh per month. It was running since 2015, the police said, adding the staff were trained in American accent. The gullible victims would be asked to pay the commission and other processing charges through iTune cards. A 16-digit number generated in the process would be obtained from the victims to siphon off the money. A case has been registered on the charge of cheating and under the Information Technology Act and the Indian Telegraph Act at Shivaji Nagar police station in Ambarnath. Last year, police had unearthed a similar racket which operated through call centres in Mira Road locality of Thane district and had arrested over 75 persons including the alleged mastermind Sagar Thakkar.
|2017-06-09||With high court ruling, old buildings in Mumbai's suburbs, Thane and Navi Mumbai will soon get a facelift - Hindustan Times|
With high court ruling, old buildings in Mumbai's suburbs, Thane and Navi Mumbai will soon get a facelift Mumbai city news: The state said it will roll out a much-delayed cluster redevelopment policy after Bombay HC cleared the decks MUMBAI Updated: Jun 10, 2017 00:47 IST Old, rickety buildings in the suburbs, Navi Mumbai and Thane are all set to get a facelift. The state said it will roll out the much-delayed cluster redevelopment policy in suburban Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, after the Bombay HC cleared the decks for it on Friday. The HC had earlier stayed policy in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, and said the government can go ahead only after it studied the impact the revamp will have on the area. The cluster policy takes up an entire sprawl of land for redevelopment and creates public amenities and open spaces, not just redevelop individual dilapidated buildings. Until Friday’s order, the state’s cluster policy applied only to buildings in the island city, to structures built before 1970 that pay a cess for their upkeep. This policy allowed redevelopment on land parcels that were at least 4,000 sqm, and developers were given a Floor Space Index (ratio of the built-up area to plot area) of 55% more than required to rehabilitate existing residents or 4 — whichever was higher. The policy for Mumbai’s suburbs will require the minimum area to be 6,000 sqm. It will include redevelopment of slums and old buildings. But unlike in the island city, the maximum FSI will be 3, as more FSI would only choke the already densely populated suburbs. An official from the state urban development department said a social impact assessment study for the suburbs cautioned against following the same rules as the island city. The official said the department will issue a notification for the suburbs’ cluster policy next week. In September last year, CM Devendra Fadnavis had announced he wanted to introduce a redevelopment policy for old tenanted buildings in the suburbs. On Friday, he tweeted: “This (HC’s order) will pave the way for planned development with availability of more public amenities, using the spaces more wisely. Thirty-year-old buildings will be covered under this policy and 50 percent area of slums will also be included.” In Thane, cluster redevelopment projects will get an FSI of 2.5-4, depending on the width of the road next to the project. To ensure the policy does not further crowd the region, but leads to well-planned urban sprawls, the minimum size of a cluster will have to be 10,000sqm, an UDD official said. “Developers will get an incentive FSI, either equal to what is required to house the existing occupants or a total FSI of 4, whichever is higher, if the road abutting the project is wider than 30 metres. Unlike the policy for the island city, Thane developers will have the option of using the incentive FSI to either build a sale component or avail of it as Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) — rights issued to a land owner as compensation for the space given to the government. Developers will also have to develop public amenities on 25% of the plot, leave 15% for open spaces and implement DP reservations. Officials said the conditions for Navi Mumbai will be the same as for Thane.
|2017-06-09||Another call centre racket busted in Thane - Times of India|
Another call centre racket busted in Thane Updated: Jun 10, 2017, 03.33 AM IST THANE: Thane police here on Friday claimed to have busted another fake call centre racket in the district which allegedly duped the US residents by offering them loans and extracting money in the name of commission or processing fee. A similar racket had come to light in the district last year. The crime branch of Thane police raided a BPO Mount Logic Solutions at Anand Nagar in Ambarnath of the district on Thursday night and unearthed the racket, said joint commissioner of police Madhukar Pandey. As many as 25 people, some women working at the call centre, have been taken into police custody and are being questioned, said Pandey adding 31 hard disks, three laptops and several documents were seized during the raid. The call centre staff used to make phone calls to people in the US offering loans in easy instalments.
|2017-06-09||Mumbai: Fake call centre demanding nude photos of US customers busted - India Today|
Mumbai: Fake call centre demanding nude photos of US customers busted The loans would be in the name of student loans, weekend loans or even mid-term loans for small amounts of money. Once these fake tele-callers provided the victims with their personal details about debts and liability, they were convinced that these were genuine callers from the banks and fell prey to the fraud. Thane, June 9, 2017 | UPDATED 12:17 IST A call center which had been duping thousands of US citizens in name of easy loans has been busted by the Thane crime branch in Ambernath near Mumbai during the intervening night of June 8 and 9. The raid started in the Anand Nagar MIDC area of Ambernath where a BPO named Rackon enterprises operated from an industrial building. The raid and search is still on after teams left for three different locations in and around Mumbai to apprehend the people involved. More than 25 callers including some women have been apprehended who offered loans at easy installments but on provisions that they would provide a commission. The commission would be anything which could range between 20 to 30 per cent of the loan amount. These loans were of amounts ranging from USD 1,000 to 5,000 but sometimes the commission would go up to USD 10,000 as the customers were being lured in name of easy loans. Sometimes the callers would also be asked to pose naked or send nude pictures and videos for providing the loans which were never sanctioned as the complete process was fraudulent. The call center had their associates in the US who helped them with the complete data for possible loan applicants and the callers from BPO posed as employees of some local banks. The loans would be in the name of student loans, weekend loans or even mid-term loans for small amounts of money. Once these fake tele-callers provided the victims with their personal details about debts and liability, they were convinced that these were genuine callers from the banks and fell prey to the fraud. This is the second biggest BPO fraud busted by the Thane police wherein US citizens were being targeted by illegal BPOs. The initial bust led to the arrest of more than 80 people. It is said that some of the employees working with the Ambernath based BPOs had earlier worked with the BPOs involved in the IRS fraud duping US citizen. Thane crime branch officials have seized hard disks, computers, pen drives and servers from Rackon enterprises which was earlier named as Shakti Ramesh enterprises. Acting on specific information, a trap was laid and the raid was conducted at the said premises by a team of Thane crime branch officials. The raid started at around 11:30 pm on Thursday and went on till wee hours on Friday. The police team was also assisted by computer and digital forensic experts who scanned the data logs. The VOIP calling system used by the BPO itself was illegal in the first place and this was used to make calls to the US citizens and dupe them of thousands of dollars. The process was called payday and the callers got incentives for each successful call which could be around ten per cent of the total amount secured or grabbed from the victim. Some of the callers who were not even HSC pass made around Rs 1.5 lakh a month at this BPO set up which was running since more than four years at this location. The accused will be booked under appropriate sections depending pong their interrogation which is underway and then produced in court. The person who owns the place where the BPO was functioning is affiliated to a political party and his role is being ascertained in the scam. Thane police have called for technical experts to examine the hard disks and systems found in the call center to ascertain the amount of money that was being made by the staffers and the owners of the call center. A senior Thane crime branch official said that the people apprehended could be just tip of an iceberg.
|2017-06-09||Police release sketch of Thane molester - The Asian Age - The Asian Age|
Police release sketch of Thane molester Published: Jun 10, 2017, 2:52 am IST Updated : Jun 10, 2017, 2:51 am IST After the woman helped the police, the latter released a sketch and is likely to arrest him. 23-year-old was molested by her co-passenger in Thane. Mumbai: On Friday, the Thane police released a sketch of the man, who allegedly molested a 23-year-old woman in an auto rickshaw in Thane's Naupada area late on Wednesday night. The police investigated the incident and asked the victim to provide details of the accused for creating a sketch of him. After the woman helped the police, the latter released a sketch and is likely to arrest him. The victim was allegedly molested by a male co-passenger in an auto rickshaw and later pushed out of the vehicle, police said. The Thane victim, who sustained injuries on Wednesday night, was helped by some passers-by and was admitted to a hospital where she is undergoing treatment. The Naupada police has registered a case of molestation, kidnapping, physical assault and criminal intimidation. The woman, a management graduate, who works with a fitness firm in Mulund, was returning home at around 9.30 pm when she got into a shared autorickshaw. The male co-passenger started touching her inappropriately, and on raising the alarm, the co-passenger and the driver allegedly beat up the woman pushed her out of the vehicleť, said Thane police. A similar incident took place in August 2014, when a 24-year-old software professional, had suffered serious injuries when she jumped from a moving auto rickshaw in Thane after the driver allegedly tried to abduct her.
|2017-06-09||Teen rams car into 2 cops in Thane - Mumbai Mirror|
Teen rams car into 2 cops in Thane Updated: Jun 10, 2017, 04.31 AM IST Constables are out of danger, tried to question 3 teens drinking while parked in the middle of the road. The Thane police are on the lookout for three teenagers who rammed a speeding Mercedes into two police constables, injuring them seriously, and later fled the spot, leaving the car behind in Thane’s Varthak Nagar area on Friday. Around 2.45 pm, the Chittalsar Manpada police, in a routine nakabandi, saw that three teenagers had parked their Mercedes vehicle in the middle of the road between Tulsi-Dham and Hiranadani Meadows in Thane, and were drinking alcohol. “Our two constables, Ananda Dhanavale and Naresh Patil, went to inquire with them. On seeing the police, the teenagers attempted to flee the spot; when the cops tried to stop them, one of the teens started the car and dashed it into the constables,” said a police officer from Manpada-Chitalsar police station. Both constables were injuried in the accident, and a van from the police station rushed them to a nearby hospital, where they were discharged after receiving primary medical treatment. The police said the three teenagers were booked under Section 279 of the Indian Penal Code for rash and negligent driving. “Around 5 pm, the accused teenagers left their car in an area that falls under the jurisdiction of Varthak Nagar police and fled. As a wireless message had been flashed about the incident, the cops seized the car. We have found that the car is owned by Exotic Fabtech Pvt Ltd, a company in the Rabodi area, and we are now searching for the company’s owners,” a police officer from Manpada-Chitalsar police station told Mirror. The police seized the Mercedes car, which was towed to the police station. Police said they were searching for the teenagers. “We have registered an offence and will soon nab the accused. Our teams have traced the vehicle and the accused too will soon be traced,” said joint commission of police, Madhukar Pandey.
|2017-06-08||Mgmt grad molested and thrown out of auto in Thane - Times of India|
Management graduate molested and thrown out of auto in Thane Updated: Jun 9, 2017, 12.45 AM IST THANE: A 23-year-old management graduate from Thane was molested by a co-passenger in a share-auto on Wednesday night while the driver sped towards an isolated spot. They pushed her out of the auto when passe-rsby heard her screams for help. The Naupada police are going through the CCTV cameras at the spot to identify the duo. The incident took place near the same spot where software engineer Swapnali Lad had sustained head injuries after jumping out of a moving auto to thwart an abduction attempt in 2014. On Wednesday, around 9.30pm, the complainant, a dietician at fitness centre in Mulund, got into a share-auto at Teen Haath Naka to reach her home near R-Mall. She said the co-passenger passed lewd comme-nts and touched her inappropriately. When she told the driver to stop, he, instead, sped towards Pokhran Road-2. As passersby heard her screams for help, they slapped her and threatened her. "They then pushed her out of the auto and sped away," said a cop. She is recuperating in hospital.
|2017-06-08||Thane: Man arrested for setting live-in partner on fire - The Asian Age - The Asian Age|
Thane: Man arrested for setting live-in partner on fire Published: Jun 8, 2017, 4:54 pm IST Updated: Jun 8, 2017, 4:53 pm IST Ramashraya alias Raju Pal set on fire the victim on Tuesday after an altercation broke out between the two. Thane: A man from Kalwa area in Thane was arrested for allegedly setting ablaze his live-in partner, police said on Thursday. Ramashraya alias Raju Pal set on fire the victim on Tuesday after an altercation broke out between the two, a Kalwa police station official said. According to police, the victim, a scrap collector, was married and had four children. She had moved out of her house in Jai Bhim Nagar area around six months ago after she was fed up with constant harassment by her husband, who was an alcoholic. She later came in contact with Raju, also a scrap dealer, and moved in with him. But soon he too began to abuse her under the influence of alcohol, the officer said. On June 6, Raju came home heavily drunk and had a scuffle with the victim. In a fit of rage, he poured kerosene on her to set her on flames, said police. She was grievously injured and sustained around 70 per cent burn wounds, the officer said, adding Raju was booked under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult).
|2017-06-08||Thane court declares actor Mamta Kulkarni, husband Vicky ... - Yahoo India News|
Thane court declares actor Mamta Kulkarni, husband Vicky Goswami proclaimed offenders in NDPS case India Today 6 June 2017 Thane Sessions and Special Court for National Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act cases has declared actor Mamta Kulkarni and husband Vicky Goswami proclaimed offenders. The Thane Sessions and Special Court for National Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act cases on Tuesday declared actor Mamta Kulkarni and her husband Vicky Goswami proclaimed offenders. A warrant under Section 82 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) was also issued by the court. The Thane police represented by Special Public Prosecutor Sisher Hirey had applied for the order to be passed a month ago. Prior to this under Section 73, a non-bailable warrant was also issued against the duo on March 28 this year which returned unanswered. funfacts HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW "We told the court that in spite of due diligence on the part of the investigating agencies, it seemed that the accused were avoiding the probe. We also showed the panchanamas and case diaries pertaining to the case and the court was convinced", said Hirey. Section 82 of the CrPC mandates that if any court has reason to believe that any person against whom a warrant has been issued by it is absconding or is hiding himself so that such a warrant cannot be executed, such a court may publish a written proclamation, requiring him to appear at a specific place and at a specified time not less than 30 days from the date of publishing. This order gives power to the police to arrest the accused anywhere in India. The police has to arrest the accused within 30 days from the date of the order and file a compliance report about the execution of the order. Police has also got the power due to the said order to size landed and known moveable as well as immoveable property of the accused. That said warrant can be executed also by affixing it on the last-known address of the accused. Hirey added that with this, the investigating agency would be in a better position to get the Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice against the duo. On April 14, the Thane Crime Branch seized over 20 tonnes of ephedrine and 2.5 tonnes of acetic anhydride, both banned party drugs from a pharmaceutical factory in Solapur and other locations in Thane and Mumbai. Investigation led the sleuths to trace the involvement of Goswami and Kenyan-based international drug mafia involved in the racket. More than a year ago, Thane police had bust a major drug haul. It was during investigation that the involvement of Kulkarni and Goswami had surfaced despite her denying this during her telephonic interview from Kenya.
|2017-06-08||Thane molestation - The Hindu - The Hindu|
Thane molestation - The Hindu - The Hindu JUNE 09, 2017 00:58 IST UPDATED: JUNE 09, 2017 00:58 IST Mumbai: The Naupada police have launched a manhunt for an unidentified man who allegedly molested and pushed a 23-year-old girl in a share auto rickshaw late on Wednesday night. According to the Naupada police, the victim, who is a dietician by profession, took the auto from the Mulund Check Naka to go to her residence on the Pokhran Road in Thane (west) at around 9:45 pm on Wednesday and some distance ahead, felt her copassenger, a man in his thirties, touching her inappropriately. "The victim has said in her statement that she got scared and was contemplating getting out of the auto when she felt herself being pushed and fell out of the moving auto. She sustained injuries to her face and was rushed to the Jupiter Hospital, where she is currently admitted," said an officer with the Naupada police. The hospital authorities subsequently informed the police and a team was sent to the hospital to record the victim's statement. "We have registered an FIR of outraging a woman's modesty, assault and criminal intimidation under the Indian Penal Code against unidentified persons. A sketch of the accused has been prepared based on the description provided by the victim and we're making inquiries with local informants and auto drivers who ply share autos at night between the Mulund Check Naka and the Pokhran Road stretch," the officer added.
|2017-06-08||Thane molestation - The Hindu|
Thane molestation JUNE 09, 2017 00:58 IST UPDATED: JUNE 09, 2017 00:58 IST Mumbai: The Naupada police have launched a manhunt for an unidentified man who allegedly molested and pushed a 23-year-old girl in a share auto rickshaw late on Wednesday night. According to the Naupada police, the victim, who is a dietician by profession, took the auto from the Mulund Check Naka to go to her residence on the Pokhran Road in Thane (west) at around 9:45 pm on Wednesday and some distance ahead, felt her copassenger, a man in his thirties, touching her inappropriately. "The victim has said in her statement that she got scared and was contemplating getting out of the auto when she felt herself being pushed and fell out of the moving auto. She sustained injuries to her face and was rushed to the Jupiter Hospital, where she is currently admitted," said an officer with the Naupada police. The hospital authorities subsequently informed the police and a team was sent to the hospital to record the victim's statement. "We have registered an FIR of outraging a woman's modesty, assault and criminal intimidation under the Indian Penal Code against unidentified persons. A sketch of the accused has been prepared based on the description provided by the victim and we're making inquiries with local informants and auto drivers who ply share autos at night between the Mulund Check Naka and the Pokhran Road stretch," the officer added.
|2017-06-08||City women worship banyan trees for husbands' well being - Times of India|
City women worship banyan trees for husbands’ well being Jun 9, 2017, 01.56 AM IST THANE: The festival of Vat Poornima was celebrated in the lake city on Thursday with married Maharashtrian women tying threads around Banyan trees and praying for the long lives of their husbands. Dressed in elegant nine-yard sarees, adorned with ethnic gold jewellery and the traditional nose ring (nath), married women worshipped banyan trees, which are considered sacred and holy. The auspicious day begins with a puja wherein devotees offer kumkum, fruits and tie a cotton thread around the tree seven times whilst praying for long lives for their husbands. Having its roots firmly set in the Hindu mythology, the banyan tree is believed to be a symbol of stability, permanence and security. Some women claim that worshipping the tree is not mainly a tradition but one that could be applied in our day-to-day life to achieve inner peace. Padmaja Pangam, a resident of Siddhachal, said, "This puja in a way is to worship the environment, particularly the banyan tree, to gain stability in our lives. Extremely important to a married woman is her family. Hence this puja is performed with a hope that she will attain a good quality of family life with her beloved husband by her side." While some pay a visit to a banyan tree in their locality, others merely worship a branch of the tree, Pangam has drawn a picture of the tree and offers five seasonal fruits to the picture. For some group of women, the festival brings in a wave of preparations before the main day. "A day before the festival, around 10 ladies from my neighbourhood go to the local market and buy seasonal fruits," Meena Dalvi from Louiswadi.
|2017-06-08||Man held for setting live-in partner ablaze in Thane - News - Mid-Day|
Man held for setting live-in partner ablaze in Thane Thane Posted 08-Jun-2017 Thane: A man from Kalwa area in Thane was arrested for allegedly setting ablaze his live-in partner, police said on Thursday. Ramashraya alias Raju Pal set on fire the victim on Tuesday after an altercation broke out between the two, a Kalwa police station official said. According to police, the victim, a scrap collector, was married and had four children. She had moved out of her house in Jai Bhim Nagar area around six months ago after she was fed up with constant harassment by her husband, who was an alcoholic. She later came in contact with Raju, also a scrap dealer, and moved in with him. But soon he too began to abuse her under the influence of alcohol, the officer said. On June 6, Raju came home heavily drunk and had a scuffle with the victim. In a fit of rage, he poured kerosene on her to set her on flames, said police. She was grievously injured and sustained around 70 per cent burn wounds, the officer said, adding Raju was booked under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult).
|2017-06-08||Chain-snatching cases fell by 50% in 2016: Reveals cop data ... - Times of India|
Chain-snatching cases fell by 50% in 2016: Reveals cop data Jun 9, 2017, 01.33 AM IST THANE: Intensified vigil, pat, patrolling and higher detection rate has led to a drop in the number of chain snatching cases in the city by around 50% in 2016. The Thane police had also managed to crack six out of 10 chain snatching cases in the last year. The date received by the Thane police shows that in 2015, the total number of chain snatching cases recorded were 843, whereas in 2016 the number of cases went down to 362. In 2015, out of 843 cases registered, the police solved 384 cases. In 2016, out of the 362 nearly 179 cases were detected. The drop in chain snatching incidents is also because of the strategies devised by Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh who supervised the policing and intensified operations targeting the crime hot spots. "Special squads were deployed to look into such cases. They tracked down such gangs and their associates even from interior parts of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka and arrested the accused," Singh told TOI. The police had released a list of top 20 chain snatchers. The police squads then started chasing them and arrested those who were involved in disposing off the stolen loot, said a source. This strategy helped in cracking the whip on chain snatching gangs. Singh had also challenged the biker gangs who had created a nuisance on the streets by robbing citizens of their valuables. The police also took a tough stand against the habitual offenders and had invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control Of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against gangs involved in chain-snatching and also against jewellers buying the stolen jewellery. This move has deterred robbers to commit such crimes.
|2017-06-07||Drug Haul case: Thane court declares Mamta Kulkarni, husband as absconders - Daily News & Analysis|
Drug Haul case: Thane court declares Mamta Kulkarni, husband as absconders Wed, 7 Jun 2017-07:50 am , DNA The court is likely to attach the two properties of Kulkarni located in Andheri and will issue Red Corner Notice (RCN) against the duo in the next hearing The Thane sessions court judge HM Patwardhan on Tuesday declared actress Mamta Kulkarni and her husband Vicky Goswami as an absconding accused in the Rs 2,500 crores worth drug haul case and termed them as 'proclaimed offenders'. The court is likely to attach the two properties of Kulkarni located in Andheri and will issue Red Corner Notice (RCN) against the duo in the next hearing. On April 18 2016, the Thane crime branch raided the Solapur unit of Avon Lifesciences and had seized Ephedrine- used to produce party drug methamphetamine worth Rs 2500 crores. Manoj Jain, Director of Avon Lifescience and 16 other persons were booked including Mamta Kulkarni and Vicky Goswami for production of drugs and its smuggling. In January this year, Vicky Goswami was extradited from Kenya to USA by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on charges of dealing with drugs. While on March 27, 2017, Non bailable warrant was issued by the Thane sessions court against Kulkarni and the international drug lord, Vicky Goswami. "We have enough evidence to prove that Kulkarni and her husband Goswami were directly involved in producing and smuggling drugs. Moreover the police have also taken the statements of neighbhours in Andheri which is the last known address of Kulkarni.", said Shishir Hiray, Special Public prosecutor. "The court noticed that the accused are proclaimed offenders and declared them as an absconding accused in the case," said Hiray. The police have identified two properties of Mamta Kulkarni in Oshiwara area of Andheri which is likely to be attached by the court, "We are putting forward the case infront of the court to issue red corner notice against the duo and permission to attach their properties in Andheri. We are yet to verify if Vicky has properties in Gujarat," said Hiray. Meanwhile, a senior Thane police officer revealed, "After the arrest of Goswami by DEA, Kulkarni has fled from Kenya and after the court directs to issue Red Corner Notice against Kulkarni we will extradite her for the formal arrest and interrogations."
|2017-06-07||Thane: Sick of seeing people defecating on tracks, Kalwa residents complain - Mid-Day|
Thane: Sick of seeing people defecating on tracks, Kalwa residents complain Tired of seeing people defecating on tracks outside their windows, residents of buildings along railway lines to complain to PWD Minister Eknath Shinde Along with open defecation, reckless residents crossing tracks without any worry is also a huge problem at Kalwa Residents living in buildings abutting the railway tracks at Kalwa are frustrated both by the early morning views of backsides they have been forced to endure for years and for the heart-stopping sight of people crossing the tracks. Suresh Khadse (55), a resident of Lalit Raj Park in Kalwa, lives close to the tracks between Thane and Kalwa. "Not a single day have we been able to enjoy fresh air in the mornings as people are usually up and about their job on the tracks very early. Both men and women come to defecate on the tracks," he said. This Sunday, however, Khadse was happy to see a few railway employees working on the tracks following a mega block on the route. "After a really long time, we got to see workers, instead of people’s backsides," said Khadse, who will be complaining to PWD Minister Eknath Shinde. Mohan Sawant, resident from a neighbouring building, alleged, "The Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan was announced just for publicity. There is no real concern for cleanliness. Navi Mumbai and Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation officials have been more proactive, fining people found openly defecating. Why then are Thane Municipal Corporation authorities so lackadaisical?"'
|2017-06-07||Thane: 6-year-old isolated in school library, kept out of class for 2 days straight - Mid-Day|
Thane: 6-year-old isolated in school library, kept out of class for 2 days straight Daughter of parents fighting Mira Road school in fee hike case isolated on first day of academic year; legal letter dropped in her bag highlighting fee regulations A protest outside RBK school in Mira Road last year. For some, the first day of school brings excitement, for others it means anxiety. For a six-year-old Std II student of Mira Road's RBK School, it was humiliating. The girl was allegedly made to sit alone in the library for over three hours on Monday, the first day of the new academic year, and yesterday in the reception area. She was not allowed inside class. The reason: The management and her parents are locked in a dispute over the school's fee structure. After two days of alienation, she no longer wants to go to school, say her parents. After a row following expulsion of students from Dahisar's Universal High School over parents not paying the hiked fees, state school education minister Vinod Tawde had instructed all schools to ensure that no child suffered any mental or physical harassment due to fee-related disputes between parents and school managements. Also read - Mumbai: Fee regulating body DFRC tells parents to pay hiked fees The girl's father, Aakash Nayak, has submitted written complaints to the education officer as well as the police for the "mental harassment" his child suffered. A protest outside Mira Road's RBK school last year over extra admission fee. Fee dispute"My daughter was quite excited about the first day of school, but the way things unfolded has made her go into a shell. She did not even eat her tiffin. She doesn't want to go to school now fearing isolation," said Nayak, who has been running from pillar to post demanding justice. "If school did not want to let my child attend class, it could have called us to take her back. This is unacceptable, that it takes her in and then makes her go through such trauma. We don't understand the objective behind making a child go through this for no fault of hers. What are they trying to prove?" he questioned. He added that his wife got a call around 2.30 pm, informing about an envelope dropped in their daughter's bag. "They asked my wife to check the envelope after our daughter had reached home. When the school could call my wife to inform her about this, it could have easily told us to take her back right at the start, giving us a reason in writing for doing so. How can a school be so insensitive toward children?" Nayak fumed, adding that the envelope contained a letter from the school's lawyer listing aspects of fee payment and other regulations. Also read: Here's how Mumbai schools have gotten away with arbitrary fee hikes "I paid the fees for the whole of last year through a Demand Draft because the school was not accepting my cheque. Last year, the school's fee structure dispute was in court, and I was waiting for the court's directives, after which I paid the fees. The school then asked for Rs 1,000 late fee for my son, who is in Std IV, which I paid in cash. But for my daughter, it is not giving any reason for not accepting the fees." From the authorities: Refuting Nayak's allegation, the school management issued a statement that read, "Issue raised by the parent is sub judice. It is denied that the child was made to sit in isolation in the library. We have followed all rules and regulations governing us. It is denied that the child has suffered any sort of harassment as alleged." "We had written to Mr. and Mrs. Nayak over the last eight weeks about their duty to (follow) the orders of the court (which had directed them to pay the fees). Also read - Mumbai: Dahisar school expels 78 students for not paying fees However, the parents failed to respond to our reminders... We are required to ensure minimum standards as mandated, and norms of our admission process are transparent," it added. Deputy director of education (Mumbai) BB Chavan, however, condemned the school's act and said, "This amounts to mental harassment of a child. We will conduct an inquiry in the case and take action against the school." "If the parent has submitted it (a written complaint) to my office, we will look into it," said deputy superintendent of police (Thane) Prashant Kadam. Expertspeak Dr Seema Hingorany: Clinical psychologist' Isolation is a traumatic experience. It can lead to bullying, anxiety, depression or other issues. It imprints on young minds and has its reflection in adulthood. It is unfair to subject a child to any kind of isolation, segregation or humiliation. It is certainly not expected from a school Rs 1,000 Late fee fine the father paid for his older son after the court ruled in favour of the school
|2017-06-07||Irate parents agitate against Shree Mavli Mandal High School in Thane - Free Press Journal|
Irate parents agitate against Shree Mavli Mandal High School in Thane Jun 07, 2017 02:45 am Thane: The tussle between disgruntled parents and school management reached to its peak on Monday in a Thane school and resulted in protest of parents in the school premises. Parents have complained that the management has turned all deaf ears to their pleas. Shree Mavli Mandal High School (English medium) is one of the oldest school in Thane city. Parents have been voicing their opinions since many years regarding school fees, school uniforms and other issues. According to parents, the response of management towards all these issues was always been intolerant. On Monday, all the parents came together and agitated against the management. The parents complained that the school uniforms are of the worst quality and had to pay the double price. Management had agreed to give the cotton uniform and they provided some low quality material The school uniforms were changed four times in ten years, said the parents. The second issue is about the fee hike where parents complain that the children and parents are always been put under pressure to pay the hiked fees. “The school management hiked the fees every two to three years, but the quality of education has not been the same as it was previously. The facilities provided to the students are not up to the mark and also there are no other activities for children,” complained Mayura Pansare, a parent. The school was once considered as a best school in city. Now the scenario has changed, complained the parents. “Previously there were good teachers, now the quality education is not provided. Only change has been in the uniforms for four times in last ten years,” said, Meenakshi Rane whose daughter studying in the school. The management on the other hand refuted to comment on the issue. The media people were drawn away from the premises. The parents have decided to write their complaints to guardian minister and education minister.
|2017-06-07||4 of Pune family booked after rape of young woman in Thane - Times of India|
4 of Pune family booked after rape of young woman in Thane Jun 7, 2017, 05.07 PM IST THANE: Four person of family from Pune comprising a couple and their two sons have been booked by Thane police in connection with the rape of a young woman here last year. Khadakpada police in Kalyan division on Tuesday registered an offence under sections 376, 354 ('C) (d), 109, 504, 506, 507, 500 rw 34 of the IPC against the accused family members, but no arrest has been made so far in the case. According to a complaint filed with the police, the 22-year-old victim lived in Chikanghar of Kalyan and was allegedly raped by prime accused Nitesh Jhampu Joshi, from Junnar in Pune sometime in December 2016. He also allegedly stripped the woman naked and video graphed her on his mobile. The complainant said that the accused threatened to make the video viral and eliminate her father and brother if she revealed anything. The accused also forwarded the video and a note to the to be husband of the victim and broke her marriage, the complaint said.Besides Nitesh, the other accused in the case are: Jhampu Joshi, Bhama Jhampu Joshi, and Vinod Joshi. Local police are carrying out further probe into the offence.
|2017-06-07||Thane youth pays tribute to Shivaji by running from Shivneri Fort to Raigad Fort - Mid-Day|
Thane youth pays tribute to Shivaji by running from Shivneri Fort to Raigad Fort Pune | Posted 07-Jun-2017 As a tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his coronation day on Tuesday, a Thane youth ran 273 km, from Shivneri Fort to Raigad Fort, in 34.42 hours. Ravi Gorakh Aawari (22) is the son of vegetable vendors and a final year student of electronics and communications at the KJ Educational Institute in Pune. A follower of Shivaji, he had been preparing for the run for a year. “To pay tribute to the king who is an inspiration to many youngsters, I decided to dedicate this run to him. I travelled by bus and cycle on the route to familiarise myself with it, and interacted with the locals as well. My parents were not aware about my run, but they came to know after I completed it. I reached Shivneri Fort (where Shivaji was born) at 4 am on June 4. I climbed it for the Maharaj’s blessing and started running,” Aawari said. “Every three hours I rested for 10 minutes. I did not sleep at all. It rained, so things were a bit difficult. But I was determined to fighting against all the odds and finish it.” Aawari completed his feat at 2.42 pm on June 5. “I had kept a target of 36 hours but managed to complete it before that. I am happy... the run has some of the best moments of my life,” he added. Yesterday, he was felicitated for his achievement by Shivaji’s descendants at the Raigad Fort. Talking about his plans, he said he wanted to serve the Indian Railways. He also said that due to his family’s financial condition, he cannot afford to take proper coaching in athletics, and hence, practises on his own. He has earlier participated in a mountain run at Malshej Ghat. Aawari said, “I wanted to be an athlete and pursue engineering, but considering my family’s financial background, I knew that I would have to sacrifice one of the two, and I chose to give up the sport. Running is my stress buster. I run for two hours every day.” Aawari wants his achievement of running for 273 km in 34.42 hours to feature in the Limca Book of Records as well as other record books. And for this, he said, he even got a videographer on board to record his run, promising to pay him some day. 36 hrs The target the 22-year-old had kept to complete the run 34.4hrs The time in which he managed to run from one fort to the other
|2017-06-07||Fire on empty local sparks panic at Thane station - Times of India|
Fire on empty local sparks panic at Thane station Updated: Jun 8, 2017, 04.51 AM IST THANE: Panic gripped commuters at the Thane railway station after smoke and fume were noticed from a pantograph of an empty suburban local train immediately after it moved out of the stabling yard and was headed to the platform on Wednesday. The railway authorities and the fire brigade rushed to the spot and were able to contain the fire that engulfed the pantograph on the fourth compartment from the Kalyan end. Chief of the regional disaster management cell (RDMC), Santosh Kadam, said that preliminary probe suggested that an oil leakage could have sparked the blaze. "Only one compartment was affected by the fire. We rushed in two fire engines and a water tanker. Besides, a team of rescue officials from RDMC, too, arrived near the B cabin area to douse the fire." Kadam added that it is a providential escape for commuters during the evening rush hour as the train had not yet reached Thane station. Central Railway officials said commuters show extreme reactions during fire accidents and often tend to take a plunge outside a moving train and in the process suffer injuries.
|2017-06-07||5 trees uprooted as heavy showers lash Thane - Times of India|
5 trees uprooted as heavy showers lash Thane Updated: Jun 8, 2017, 04.49 AM IST THANE: As many as five trees were uprooted after heavy rains, coupled with strong winds, lashed the city on Wednesday evening. Due to this, traffic was disrupted in several parts of the city. The tree fall incidents took place at Vasant Vihar, teen Petrol pump, Gauli pada, Teen Haath Naka and Kisan Nagar. The scanty rainfall over the last one week has led to the uprooting of 12 fully-grown trees across the city. Meanwhile, activists feel that this is just the beginging of the destruction of green cover as the full-fledged monsoon is yet to arrive in the city. "It is a worrisome issue as so many trees are falling with the slightest breeze and light rain. Reason being that these trees have lack of balance as they are planted in the concrete plots. If this continues, then the city may witness large scale deforestation," said a city-based environmentalist.
|2017-06-07||Markets flood with bags, water bottles, as schools reopen | Thane ... - Times of India|
Markets flood with bags, water bottles, as schools reopen Updated: Jun 8, 2017, 04.48 AM IST THANE: With many school re-opening in a fortnight, schoolbags and accessories have made their way into stores at retail and wholesale markets across lake city. Since these are once-in-a-year buys, shops have the very best of the season on display and with competitive prices, they are hoping for good sales. This year the trends are bold and bright, the fabric mettalic and matte. Pinks, yellows, purples, reds and orange are the popular choices while the popular cartoon characters are Ben 10, Chhota Bheem, Minions, Barbie and the Disney Princesses. Even characters from the Jungle Book have also made their way into school paraphernalia. Unlike earlier years when Chinese imports were unbeatable in quality and price, it seems that Indian manufactures now have something for every budget to offer with quality just as good. "Most of the bags manufactured are waterproof, they are always a better option with the monsoon starting. The cloth bags are no longer a popular buy, if at all they do sell it would be only after the rains," said Vimal Joshi, a seller. The cartoon characters remain the most liked, the Jungle Book animals as well as Minions are extremely popular among children. It is not just school bags, but accessories that are also eye catching. "Water bottles, tiffin cases, compass boxes, drawing pens, even erasers and pencils are available with an animated figure on them," added Namdeo Kunte, a wholeseller. Many of the sellers admit that the imports set the trend for fashionable school bags. Unlike earlier when they were restricted to canvas and cloth in dark, earthy colours, now children want something bright and cheerful. Prices vary depending on the size but on an average it would be Rs 200 upwards. "Children have become demanding as well, they all want something that everyone else has. For business that it good, but not that much for the parents. We try to keep the prices low, so that everyone can afford a good bargain," said Srikant Nayak, another seller.
|2017-06-06||Visually-challenged Thane student scores 10 CGPA in class X CBSE exam - Times of India|
Visually-challenged Thane student scores 10 CGPA in class X CBSE exam Jun 6, 2017, 08.36 PM IST THANE: By securing an impressive 94.2 per cent score in her CBSE class X exam, 15-year-old visually-challenged and kidney transplant patient Thaneite Kavya Budarayavalasa has gone against all odds and carved her name in the short list of inspirational youth in the city. The DAV student, who is not only suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa and thus has zero vision but also underwent a kidney transplant in 2014, believes she has proved many skeptics wrong and made her parents and herself proud with her score. Speaking about her motivation and inspiration to keep pushing herself, Kavya who studies in Thane's DAV school, said, "When I was in primary, I vaguely remember someone feeling bad for me because she thought that I wouldn't be able to be on par with other studies because I couldn't see. Ever since that day, I decided and began working on excelling in everything be it academics, drawing, singing and even playing the casio, just to prove that I can learn it and do it better than many who don't have any disability. Sometime after that I read the e-book The Story of my Life by Helen Keller, who was blind and deaf herself, which inspired me to move beyond my limitations." "My parents always believed that I would do well and helped me from the very beginning by guiding me at every step. My mother came to my tuitions so she could understand the subject and explain it to me again if I got stuck anywhere. My dad taught me typing and took the place of my writer when I solved papers at home so I could manage my time well," she added. The youngster, who also had a kidney transplant in 2014 and is constantly under medication, studies using the Jos software which reads out the audio books, and learned practical subjects like geometry by feeling the diagrams drawn by her mother with sticky tape and other household items like bangles and so on. While Kavya has been a diligent student since childhood, she focused on her CBSE exams since the day 1, she and her parents sat together for 10 to 12 hours a day and went through all the subjects and solved dozens of question papers in the month before the board exams with the help of her parents and school teachers. "I want to take up commerce and pursue CA, and this is my first step towards that goal. My parents have literally studied alongside me so they could help me and my school teachers went beyond their schedules and took time out to solve my doubts and help me with my difficulties. I wanted my result to reflect my years of struggle and also make the hard work of my parents and school teachers seem worth it," she added.
|2017-06-06||Actor Mamta Kulkarni declared absconding in ephedrine haul case - Hindustan Times|
Actor Mamta Kulkarni declared absconding in ephedrine haul case Mumbai city news: The sessions court has declared that Mamta Kulkarni and her alleged husband Vicky Goswami are offenders MUMBAI Updated: Jun 06, 2017 20:19 IST The sessions court in Thane, near Mumbai, issued a proclamation order declaring former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni and her alleged husband Vicky Goswami as offenders on Tuesday. The duo are the main accused in the Rs 2000 crore ephedrine drug haul case. On April 12, 2016, the Thane police arrested two drug peddlers, Sagar Suresh Powale and Mayur Suresh Sukhdare, with ephedrine worth Rs12 lakh. When questioned, they revealed the source of the drug, and a team raided a factory in Solpaur — Avon Life sciences Pvt Limited and found clorse to 20 tonnes of ephedrine, worth Rs 2,000 crore.
|2017-06-06||Thane cops nab accused in 24 hours of stealing gold worth Rs 1 crore - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane cops nab accused in 24 hours of stealing gold worth Rs 1 crore Updated: Jun 6, 2017, 02.30 PM IST A jewellery store worker in Thane accused of stealing gold worth more than Rs 1 crore was nabbed by the police within 24 hours of committing the crime. The accused stole the gold from Rajawat Jewellers - a well known name in the gold market on Sunday. The police were swift in identifying the thief and have taken him in custody along with an accomplice. The worker used the information he gathered while working to dupe the owner. Owned by Hiten Jain, the shop located at Naupada has multiple workers. However, it remained closed on Sunday as per source. When Jain opened the store on Monday, he realised that almost all the gold jewellery was missing. He immediately rushed to the Naupada police station and lodged an FIR. "The shop had around 3.5 kg gold jewellery and nothing else was taken. There was no sign of any break-in and neither was anything displaced," an officer who is investigating the case told Mirror. Based on the information, they realised that it was an insider's job. All the employees were brought in for interrogation and their phones were seized, which were then checked for location and call details. "We found out that the cleaner of the shop, Rohit Parte (24) had returned multiple times on Sunday to the store and had stayed for around 30 minutes all the time," the officer said. This led to suspicion and the officers decided to grill him further. Naupada police investigating the theft. The information that Parte gave shocked the owner who had set up hi-tech safety systems in the shop. "According to the owner, the cashier always leaves the store last and he pulls the latch and throws the key in. The next day, using a combination lock, the shutter is opened to retrieve the key which then opens the doors to the shop. On Saturday, Parte after his shift ended, went to the terrace and hid in a corner. Unbeknownst, the cashier locked Parte along with the key inside the shop. After everyone had gone, Parte retrieved the key and managed to scoop some of the gold on his way out. He then returned multiple times on Sunday and took all the gold and hid it, throwing the key in the last time," said a source investigating the matter. According to DCP of the zone D S Swami, "We have taken Parte and an accomplice in our custody and are investigating further. The police is also working on a system to prevent such incidents." Meanwhile, the Naupada police is trying to recover the gold valued at over Rs 1 crore from the hideout used by Parte.
|2017-06-06||Thane has 9 plots as big as Shivaji Park, but all are encroached - Times of India|
Thane has 9 plots as big as Shivaji Park, but all are encroached Jun 7, 2017, 04.31 AM IST THANE: A massive 75% of the land reserved for recreation and playgrounds as per the development plan in Thane seems to have been reportedly engulfed by encroachments. Of the total 12.15 lakh sq m reserved for the grounds in the 11 sectors of the city, around 9 lakh sq m of area, which is nearly nine Shivaji Parks in size, is yet to be freed and put to public use by the municipal corporation, reveals a civic document. The TMC has cited the status of around 134 open spaces in the city inlcuding recreation areas including parks, clubs and playground shown in the development plan for Thane in this recently tabulated review report. The study shows that just 3.18 lakh sqm land of the total reserved area has been aquired and made available to the 20 lakh tax payers of the city who continue to live deprived of their share of open spaces. While suburbs of the city have absolutely no open space left, those in the old city fare better in comparison. As per the report, accessed exclusively by TOI reveals how sector 8 that comprises of Kalwa, Vitawa and Parsik- has the highest number of reserved plots (25) for playgrounds and recreation. If the 1.764lakh sqm area, barely 16% or 0.29lakh has been aquired. Adjoining Mumbra, Kausa that have the highest volume of area, around 2.55 lakh sq m reserved as ground sees a low 25% acquisition of the 19 spots earmarked for recreation and sports. In contrast, the sector 2 that includes Naupada has 13 spots earmarked and over half of the 32,000 sqm space is already in use or aquired for the job by the administration. Meanwhile, the far flung suburbs of Diva sees a dismal record with sector 10 which includes -Diva, Sabe, Dativli, Mhatardi, etc having not a single land being taken over the administration for converting in a playground. A town planning officer says that reservation of the grounds are marked in the development plan by the planning authorities foreseeing the requirement of the city 20 years later. The DP for Thane that is in force was introduced in 1999 dividing the civic area into 11 sectors. Activists have expressed surprise at the dismal figures of open spaces in the bustling city saying it is high time, the civic administration starts working on improving the quality of living in the city rather than working towards making it a glamorous one. "The city has seen a rapid increase in population since the last few years, but the ratio of open spaces is apparently less," says activist Nitin Deshpande. Mayuresh Bhadsavale, town planning expert from Thane says the administration just work towards ensuring a healthy open space population ratio in the city. "Having aspirations for a smart city is okay, but the thrust should be on improving the quality of living. The administration must focus its strength on releasing as many open spaces as possible as the city is already getting claustrophobic," says he. A senior civic official agreed the poor aquisition of lands for playground and recreation zones. "A notable part of the land is not always encroached, but is often under private ownership. Aquistion is a lengthy process but we are also working towards aquiring the reserved land through other incentives modes including transfer of developing rights wherever possible.
|2017-06-06||Pre-monsoon showers drop mercury levels by a few notes in Thane - Times of India|
Pre-monsoon showers drop mercury levels by a few notes in Thane Jun 7, 2017, 04.33 AM IST THANE: Cloudy skies and slight pre-monsoon showers over the past few days across the city has given lake city residents some respite from the scorching heat. While the maximum mercury levels was fluctuating between 34 and 37 degrees Celsius last week, the cool winds, cloudy skies and slight rainfall has led to a drop in the maximum temperature to 31 degrees Celsius on June 5. The minimum temperatures, too, dropped from 28.9 degrees Celsius last week to 28.1 degrees Celsius this week. Ridhima Jhaveri, a 28-year-old resident of Saket, said, "A few weeks ago stepping out of the house was difficult as the heat was unbearable. Just walking down to the nearby park would make one sweat profusely. However, the weather has improved since the last few days. It has become quite pleasant. The cloud cover has helped block the sun's rays and the blowing of strong winds has also added to the drop in temperature.'' Meanwhile, meteorologists have pointed out that the drop in mercury levels is a sign of the upcoming monsoon and have asserted that the temperatures will drop further in the next 48 hours. Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather, said, "While the scattered pre-monsoon showers across the city has decreased the humidity levels, the pre-monsoon activity in central Maharashtra has resulted in the lake city getting cool winds over the past few weeks. In addition to these factors, the increasing cloud cover has been blocking the harsh rays of the sun." "While the temperature in this region has dropped by around two to three degrees Celsius over the past week, it will further decrease over the next 48 hours. The intensity of the rains could start increasing by June 10 and the full fledged monsoon showers could begin by around June 12," Palawat added.
|2017-06-05||Freshness of vegetables takes a hit, rates still high - Times of India|
Freshness of vegetables takes a hit, rates still high Jun 6, 2017, 01.54 AM IST THANE: The price of vegetables in Thane aggravated further, thanks to limited supply. The not so fresh tomatoes were sold at Rs 80 per kg, tondli which was earlier sold at rs 60 was tagged Rs 80 per kg. The most affected were the green leafy veggies, as they are the most perishable products. Coriander bunch was being sold at Rs 100! The vegetable prices have shot up by almost 50% as the supply remains less and the demand is still very high. "Very few trucks are coming daily, as compared to earlier, which has hit the market very badly. Earlier we used to get around 20 trucks filled with vegetables in Jambli market, but now only three to four trucks come. The cost of vegetables like tomato and capsicum have increased from Rs 40 to Rs 60, while ivy gourd (tondli) which was earlier around Rs 60, now costs Rs 80. Also amount of veggies like carrot and cucumber have hiked to Rs 60," said Garibchand Gupta, treasurer of Jijamata Phal Bhaji Seva Sang. The sellers claimed that the strike has affected the leafy vegetables the most as that's the most perishable product. "Coriander which used to cost around Rs 30 for a bunch has now reached to Rs 100. People complain and bargain but do not understand that there is barely any stock available. Coriander was unavailable for the last 2 days, at least it's there in the market now," said Shakuntala Gupta, wholesale vegetable vendor. In order to deal with the steep price, the people in Thane are opting to eat vegetables which are easily available at a cheaper price. "We have no other option but to deal with the hike. Currently we are eating sprouts and other such dishes. We hope the strike ends soon," said Seema Andrews, resident of Anand Nagar. While the price of leafy vegetables has increased, the agitation of the cultivators have not affected the supply or cost of fruits or milk. "The milk supply remains the same in the city and even the price has not been increased. We were getting the milk delivered from Jalgaon. There are chances that the cost might hike by Rs 2 post June 20 as its one of the demands, but unlikely for it to hike because of the strike," said Subhash Patwari, partner at Bharat Dairy.
|2017-06-05||Bombay HC seeks govt stand on hutments over tunnel in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Bombay HC seeks govt stand on hutments over tunnel in Thane Mon, 5 Jun 2017-06:31pm , PTI The Bombay High Court today sought to know the Maharashtra government's stand on rehabilitation of people living in over 200 shanties which pose a risk to a tunnel on the Central Railway line in neighbouring Thane district and said the hutments need to be removed. A division bench of justices A S Oka and Vibha Kankanwadi raised concerns over the danger that the hutments pose, considering the upcoming monsoon season. "This is a very serious and important issue. In order to avoid any untoward incident like landslides which will not only put the lives of the hutment dwellers in danger but also the railway passengers, it is necessary to remove the hutments immediately," Justice Oka said. The court was hearing an application filed by Central Railway seeking it to vacate a July 2016 order of the high court granting stay on eviction of the hutments. Last June, post a landslide in the area, the Thane Municipal Corporation had issued eviction notices to the shanties on and around the Parsik tunnel at Mumbra in Thane. The tunnel that cuts right through the Parsik hill is an important link for the Central Railway's suburban and long distance lines. The dwellers had then approached the high court which stayed the eviction notice and asked the Thane civic body to first work out a rehabilitation scheme for the hutment dwellers. The Thane civic body later told the court that it was ready to rehabilitate only those persons whose hutments fall under its jurisdiction. According to the TMC, some of the hutments fall under the jurisdiction of the state forest department and Central Railway. The high court today directed the state government's forest department to clarify its stand by June 13 on rehabilitation of the dwellers.
|2017-06-05||Gold worth over Rs 1 cr stolen from jewellery store in Thane | Latest ... - Daily News & Analysis|
Gold worth over Rs 1 cr stolen from jewellery store in Thane Mon, 5 Jun 2017-06:38 pm , PTI Owners of a jewellery shop at Naupada in the the heart of Thane city have registered a complaint of theft of gold worth over Rs one crore. Owners of Rajavat Jewellers on Gokhale Road said in the complaint that 35 gold biscuits, each weighing 100 gms, were found to be stolen. While the owner left for Europe tour on May 29, his son who was in charge found on June 3 that 35 gold biscuits were missing. Naupada police are conducting further probe.
|2017-06-05||Thane: Bakery worker killed in Ulhasnagar; three held - News - Mid-Day|
Thane: Bakery worker killed in Ulhasnagar; three held Thane Posted 05-Jun-2017 Police have last night apprehended three persons on charges of killing a 25-year-old bakery worker in Ulhasnagar town in the district. The trio, including the bakery owner's son, along with another accused Rizwan, allegedly killed the worker - Mohammad Adil Ansari in the wee hours on Saturday, said Police Inspector SP Aher of Ulhasnagar police station. They allegedly killed Mohammad on the suspicion that he had stolen a cell phone of one of the persons in the bakery. The two other arrested accused also work in the same bakery, said Aher. Those apprehended were identified as Shammim Mehaboob Ansari, Javed Jafed Ansari and Shawaz Farooq Ansari (son of the bakery owner), he added. Rizwan is absconding. A case under relevant sections of IPC was registered and a probe was on, the officer said.
|2017-06-05||Thane: Cop suspended for recording woman's statement sans ... - Mid-Day|
Thane: Cop suspended for recording woman's statement sans female officer Posted 05-Jun-2017 A senior officer attached to a local police station was suspended for not recording the statement of a complainant in a molestation case in presence of a woman police officer last month. Besides suspension, Kapurbawdi police station duty officer S P Pawar might also have to forfeit his one-month salary for the lapse, said Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar in a release issued here today. The woman had gone to the police station to lodge a complaint against her neighbour who allegedly filmed her while bathing last month. The woman, who was accompanied by her husband, alleged male officers at the police station laughed while watching the purported video. An enquiry was ordered into the matter after the BJP's women wing president Madhvi Naik met Maharashtra MoS for Home Ranjit Patil and submitted a memorandum seeking action. "On May 30, some sections of the media reported about the misconduct of certain police officers while handling a case of an offence against a woman in Kapurbawdi police station. It was also reported that some public authorities had complained about this incident earlier and no action was taken. However, it is being clarified that no complaint or information about this incident was received by the police from any person or authority," the release stated. A formal enquiry was conducted by a senior woman officer and a statement of the complainant was recorded. However, the enquiry has revealed that the officials at the police station didn't laugh or passed any remarks about the video, it said. "Though an FIR was registered promptly and the accused was arrested, there was a procedural lapse on part of the officer Pawar as instead of assigning a woman officer he recorded the statement himself," the release added. In the wake of the incident, a monitoring cell for offences against women (MCOAW) has been opened in each zonal DCP office, which will be headed by a woman officer.
|2017-06-05||Thane shop robbed of â‚ą1-crore jewels, two booked - Hindustan Times|
Thane shop robbed of Rs 1-crore jewels, two booked Mumbai city news: The 35 stolen gold biscuits were 100g each MUMBAI Updated: Jun 06, 2017 01:27 IST Two people were booked while 12 people are being questioned after a jewellery shop was robbed of Rs 1 crore (35 gold biscuits) in Naupada in Thane recently. The 35 gold biscuits were 100 g each. A complaint was lodged on Sunday after the theft. One of the employees, Surendra Singh Shekhawat, and a cleaner Rohit Parle, have been identified and are yet to be arrested. The police have questioned all the 12 employees from the jewellery shop. According to the complaint made by Hiten Jain,26, the owner, his shop had a safety lock and all the employees knew the code. On Friday, Jain checked his locker and found 35 gold biscuits missing. He questioned his employees on Saturday and lodged a complaint with the Naupada police station on Monday. The police found that all the employees were working with the shop for more than a decade. “I got a call on June 3 and was asked to come to shop immediately as there were some police officers. When I reached the shop , I was shocked to know that 35 gold biscuits were missing. We were questioned by the police,” said one of the employees who did not wish to be named. Deputy commissioner of police from Zone 1 D Swamy said, “We have questioned all the employees and will crack the case because there are loopholes in some of their statements. We will question them again. We will also check the CCTV footage of the shop, which the offenders destroyed for that period of time. It has to be someone from the shop as they knew everything about the lock code and the connection of the CCTV cameras. We have booked two people under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.”
|2017-06-05||Bombay HC seeks govt stand on hutments over tunnel in Thane - Mid-Day|
Bombay HC seeks govt stand on hutments over tunnel in Thane Mumbai | Posted 05-Jun-2017 The Bombay High Court today sought to know the Maharashtra government's stand on rehabilitation of people living in over 200 shanties which pose a risk to a tunnel on the Central Railway line in neighbouring Thane district and said the hutments need to be removed. A division bench of justices A S Oka and Vibha Kankanwadi raised concerns over the danger that the hutments pose, considering the upcoming monsoon season. "This is a very serious and important issue. In order to avoid any untoward incident like landslides which will not only put the lives of the hutment dwellers in danger but also the railway passengers, it is necessary to remove the hutments immediately," Justice Oka said. The court was hearing an application filed by Central Railway seeking it to vacate a July 2016 order of the high court granting stay on eviction of the hutments. Last June, post a landslide in the area, the Thane Municipal Corporation had issued eviction notices to the shanties on and around the Parsik tunnel at Mumbra in Thane. The tunnel that cuts right through the Parsik hill is an important link for the Central Railway's suburban and long distance lines. The dwellers had then approached the high court which stayed the eviction notice and asked the Thane civic body to first work out a rehabilitation scheme for the hutment dwellers. The Thane civic body later told the court that it was ready to rehabilitate only those persons whose hutments fall under its jurisdiction. According to the TMC, some of the hutments fall under the jurisdiction of the state forest department and Central Railway. The high court today directed the state government's forest department to clarify its stand by June 13 on rehabilitation of the dwellers.
|2017-06-05||Trans Thane Creek industry belt sheds critically polluted tag - Times of India|
Trans Thane Creek industry belt sheds critically polluted tag Jun 5, 2017, 10.11 PM IST NAVI MUMBAI: The cluster of some 4000 industrial units in the Trans Thane creek (TTC) area in the NMMC jurisdiction has shed the critically polluted tag. It has helped the city to march ahead on the path of a clean city. The Central Pollution Control Board had declared the TTC along with several other industrial areas in the state "critically polluted" around 2005, but a series of corrective steps taken by MPCB regional officer Anil Mohekar has helped to cut the CEPI index from a high of 73 in 2013 to a 56. "Our CEPI target was below 60 that is considered a good healthy index for industrial areas. The index is calculated only in Navi Mumbai TTC area in the entire state," observed Mohekar. He said the NGT has certified the index arrived at by the apex pollution board in the state and also CPCB. The index is calculated as per the environmental guideline of the CPCB. The index will be uploaded on the official website this month. The apex pollution control board made the submission of the new CEPI index in a case before the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Mohekar said, "The index has to be uploaded on the website annually and the next posting will be done in 2018. The exercise though is monthly to study the air condition, water pollution, hazardous and chemical discharges in the water bodies and solid waste management.''
|2017-06-05||Centre to fund plan of connecting GB Road homes to main sewerage line - Times of India|
Centre to fund plan of connecting GB Road homes to main sewerage line Jun 6, 2017, 01.53 AM IST THANE: The central government has agreed to partially finance Thane civic body's ambitious plan to connect residential enclaves on Ghodbunder Road to the main sewerage network. The Rs 180 crore plan drafted by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) was aimed at catering to a population of 10 lakhs expected to migrate to Thane in the next 30 years. The central government is believed to consider the plan for partial financing under its Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (Amrut) scheme. The project entails construction of five pumping stations, two treatment plants along with laying of 92 km-long sewage lines. Presently, the area is not linked to the main sewerage system and societies on the Ghodbunder Road rely on septic tanks or mini treatment plants within large complexes that apparently aren't functioning as desired. A survey had revealed that toilets in 83,390 of the total 1.04 lakh households in the area are not connected to the main sewerage lines and use septic tanks while the remaining don't have toilets in their homes. The TMC had sought the funds last year under the scheme but failed to secure it due to non-compliance with the standards set by the Ministry of Urban Development department that is the source of coordination for the scheme. The centre has reportedly communicated its interest to share 33.33 per cent of its share while the state government will finance 16.67 per cent while the rest will have to be borne by the TMC. The project will ease the problems of sewage disposal that the civic body currently faces. Activists lamented that not just Ghodbunder Road, but the entire city and suburbs of Thane face a problem when it comes to sewage disposal as around 3.25 lakh families of the 4.5 lakh households staying here don't have connection to the main sewerage systems following which the waste generated is discharged into the creek via septic tanks with primary treatment.
|2017-06-04||MSEDCL deploys team to monitor power disaster - Times of India|
MSEDCL deploys team to monitor power disaster Jun 4, 2017, 05.43 AM IST THANE: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has deployed teams of eight people in various parts of the city for monitoring disasters related to power supply during monsoon. The teams will be operating for 24 hours and looking at disasters like breakdown of power, supply getting affected due to overload, etc. Also, an assistant engineer will be available from 6pm to 12am which is said to be a peak hour wherein consumers use electricity in huge numbers. The officials claimed that the team will immediately rush to the spot, which is facing any such power supply problem and do the maintenance work so that the power supply resumes sooner. This is done so that the consumers are not inconvenienced without electricity for a longer time. It is stated that consumers of areas like Mumbra and Shil-Daighar face problems due to electricity theft, which occur more here as compared to other places like Kalwa, Thane, etc. Also, while power theft is done, there is overload of electricity resulting in the area facing a power cut and at times feeder trips. "The team will be more vigilant in these areas as the electricity supply comes from mountains situated at Airoli and Mahape so there are changes of electric poles to bend during the monsoon. The team is deployed as a precautionary measure to any disaster and will be keeping a watch on the power supply from the control room and action will be taken quickly," said Dilip Khanande, executive engineer. The MSEDCL has also done all the pre-monsoon preparations throughout the city. We do a regular maintenance of all the main supply points, check its earthing and the connections. Though most of the supply is underground there are some areas where we have overhead wires. The team is deployed as a precautionary measure to any disaster and will be keeping a watch on the power supply from the control room and action will be taken quickly
|2017-06-04||Thane's Parsik Hill rail tunnel marred by problems that risk safety of trains - Mid-Day|
Thane's Parsik Hill rail tunnel marred by problems that risk safety of trains Mumbai | Posted 04-Jun-2017 The Mayor of Thane, Meenakshi Shinde, has rued over the delay by the Thane Municipal Corporation in attending to the problem of Parsik Hill's rail tunnel. Slums and illegal toilet blocks over the hill have led to loose soil, which hinders with the safe passage of trains. The tunnel, built in 1873 between Mumbra and Kalwa stations, has suffered the brunt of these encroachments, which is felt worst in the monsoon. "It is disturbing to see various government agencies pushing for work for the last moment. Instead this work could have happened a couple of months ago. I even had a meeting with the Railway Passenger's Association regarding this tunnel," said Shinde. She has asked the civic body to demolish the toilet blocks which are a cause of concern and replace it with mobile toilets. The demolition hasn't taken place as slum residents went to the High Court on grounds that rehabilitation was not offered. Shinde stated that she will now send a letter to the Forest Department asking them to ensure that no new illegal structure comes up on Parsik Hill. Earlier in April, the Forest Department surveyed the hill and found more than 100 illegal structures have mushroomed, arguably after trees were felled around the area. During monsoon, rain water seeps through the cracked ceiling of this tunnel weakening its foundation. The railways built a 34-metre retaining wall to prevent slum dwellers from encroaching tracks. In June 2016, part of the wall collapsed and is being reconstructed currently.
|2017-06-04||This monsoon, 2 eco-tourism destinations to be inaugurated - Times of India|
This monsoon, 2 eco-tourism destinations to be inaugurated Updated: Jun 5, 2017, 03.03 AM IST THANE: Adventure enthusiasts and citizens who thrive for rustic tourism have a reason to cheer as the Thane forest department is gearing up to inaugurate two eco-tourism destinations in the district this monsoon. Be it the rustic adventure park at Malshej's Thitbi region or the first-of-its-kind Adivasi Haat at Naneghat's Vaishkhare area, the district will now boast of eco-tourism areas maintained by the locals living there. The Thane district has been blessed with natural resources like hills, rivers and forests, but the concept of tourism here is yet to reach its full potential. In order to address this issue and also to create sustainable pockets in these indigenous regions, the forest department last year, began conceptualising the first two eco-tourism projects in the district. The working on the project had begun two years ago. The department has allocated a combined budget of Rs 3.68 crore for the two projects. Thanks to this initiative, the locals here have got the benefit of good infrastructure along with some training to sustain the eco-tourism projects. "The main idea of sustainable tourism or eco-tourism is not only to attract people who can explore the picturesque treasures present in our district, but also to boost the income of these localities. When the locals guide the tourists through the hill or forest areas, they will ensure that the latter follow their way of life and not litter and mess up the area," said chief conservator of forests (Thane) Sunil Limaye. While the Adventure camp at Thitbi will allow environmental enthusiasts to experience trekking, camping, rock climbing, mountain cycling and other such activities and receive the hospitality of the locals when it comes to guidance, landscape expertise and food, the Adivasi Haat at Naneghat will allow those visiting to experience and buy the making of local handicrafts and even unique delicacies like jams and pickles from the Mohua flower.
|2017-06-04||Collector cracks whip on illegal hutments along mangrove belt - Times of India|
Collector cracks whip on illegal hutments along mangrove belt Jun 4, 2017, 10.24 PM IST Thane: In order to save the depleting mangrove cover in the city, the Thane district office has been taking action against hutments who crop up every other day and who dump debris in the green belt at Kopri, Kalwa and other places. The collector's office has filed complaints against 81 violators and have demolished over 500 illegal structures in the district since 2015 till March 2017. As many as 81 complaints have been registered against miscreants and action has been taken against 576 illegal hutments. The officials claimed that in order to save the green belt around the creek they are stopping all illegal activities. "Many people do not understand the importance of mangroves and they keep constructing structures. They throw debris that affects the plants. So have not only demolishing the illegal structures, but have also registered complaints against those who have thrown debris in the area. Also, we are educating residents about the importance of mangroves to the environment. We have around 2,071 hectares of mangrove that has to be protected," said Mahendra Kalyankar, Thane collector. The collector has already spent around Rs 10 lakh from the district planning development corporation (DPDC) fund to conserve the mangroves. These funds have been used to spread awareness among people as well by putting up signboards regarding this. A wall has been built around a small part of the mangroves in Bhiwandi so that the movement of vehicles is restricted. "The main problem is that debris dumping takes place late at night. So, by the time the official learn about it one comes to know about it, it is too late. The debris that is thrown in the mangroves is mainly construction material," said a senior officer. The places that are targeted by encroachers are areas like Mira Road and Bhayander. A committee was formed who will look into the protection of mangroves in May this year, which comprises of members from the corporation, forest department, collector office, etc. "We have formed a mangrove protection brigade which will look into complaints. Also, in areas like Kolshet, Bhayander, etc where mangroves have been destroyed, we have re-plantation them," added Kalyankar. Many people do not understand the importance of mangroves and they keep constructing structures near it. They throw debris that affects the plants. So we have not only started demolishing illegal structures, but also have started registering complaints against those who have thrown debris in the mangroves. We are also educating residents about the importance of mangroves to the environment
|2017-06-04||Mahad bridge opens today 10 months after fall - Times of India|
Mahad bridge opens today 10 months after fall Jun 5, 2017, 03.11 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Almost 10 months after a bridge over river Savitri in Mahad taluka of Raigad district had collapsed on August 2 last year, a new structure will be inaugurated on Monday. The highways ministry and the state public works department have set a record of building a three-lane bridge over a river in just 165 days. The new bridge that will be thrown open for public use has been built alongside the British-era bridge that was washed away during the rains last year. Besides this bridge projects worth more than Rs 4,500 crore will be launched on Monday. The foundation stone laying ceremony will be held at the hands of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union surface transport and highways and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari and railway minister Suresh Prabhu, heavy industries minister Anant Geete. The other projects which are to be inaugurated include three packages in the Raigad section of Mumbai-Goa highway worth Rs 3812 cr besides a slew of other infrastructure projects. The total worth of works is pegged at more than Rs 4,500 crore. An official from the public works department said, "Three packages for four-laning work on the Mumbai Goa highway in Raigad district will be launched." Mahad resident Chandrakant Kokane said that once the work begins along the various stretches, it will reduce traffic along the highway. "But it will also boost employment for the locals. Farmers from underdeveloped areas can set up small businesses," he said. The official said that various state highway repairing and construction works will also see the light of the day with the foundation stone-laying works proposed.
|2017-06-03||Thane local arrested for fraud in Goa - Times of India|
Thane local arrested for fraud in Goa Jun 4, 2017, 03.39 AM IST Panaji: Goa cyber crime police on Saturday arrested a 29-year-old Thane resident for defrauding a person of nearly Rs 2 crore. The accused, Sandeep Borkar, works as a driver and was arrested in Mumbai and brought to Goa. "After days of investigations, the accused was traced in Mumbai and taken into custody by the cyber crime police team, led by PI Rajesh Job and ASI Vikas Gaude," a Goa police official said. While searching Borkar's house, the police found several bank accounts in Borkar's possession along with driving licences with different names and addresses, but with the same photograph. A mobile phone was also seized by the police. "From the investigation, it is forthcoming that the arrested accused is also involved in other cases in different states which the cyber crime police is further developing," a police official said. PI Rajesh Job is currently investigating the matter, under the supervision of SP cyber crime Priyanka Kashyap.
|2017-06-03||Nine arrested for murder of contractor - Times of India|
Nine arrested for murder of contractor Jun 3, 2017, 06.04 AM IST THANE: Nine persons, including a father and his two sons, have been arrested by the crime branch for the murder of a contractor in Ahiregaon, Dombivli, on Tuesday. Vikrant Kene was shot dead at 2 pm over a land dispute that triggered enmity between the families of the accused and deceased. The accused were untraceable and their mobile phones, which could have given police some clue on their location, were switched off. A team, led by assistant commissioner of police (crime) Mukund Hatote got a tip-off that the accused were spotted at Murbe off Taloja road on Thursday night, when they were planning to flee to Goa in a fourwheeler. A crime branch team laid a trap and arrested Sriram Bhagat (46), Mangesh Bhagat (27), Omkar Bhagat (21), Subham Bha gat (19), Pankaj Mhatre (21), Pradeep Naidu (24), Sanjay Tulve (20), Prashant Pawar (20) and Shashikant Kule (24). Hatote said the main accused, Sriram, and Vikrant had a long-standing dispute over a property belonging to the former's aunt besides their house. "Vikrant wanted to purchase the land and had planned to construct chawls and then rent them out, but the Bhagats opposed the idea, which led to a rift between the two fa milies. On Tuesday, at 2pm, the duo picked up a quarrel over a parked ex cavator, which triggered off an argument that turned violent, and Vikrant was shot in the chest. Police said Sriram's father gave the revolver to his son, Mangesh, and told him to shoot the victim. Police registered an offence under Sections 302, 143, 147, 148, 149, 323, 504 and 506 of the IPC and sections 3, 25 and 27 of the Arms Act. Around five persons, including women, are absconding, said a police officer.
|2017-06-03||'Official lapse in handling Kapurbawdi molestation case' - Times of India|
'Official lapse in handling Kapurbawdi molestation case' Jun 3, 2017, 10.16 PM IST Thane: The Thane city police admitted to procedural lapse by the Kapurbawdi police officials while handling a case involving a woman who was video-graphed on a mobile phone by an acquaintance while she was taking a bath. The issue came to light after the victim alleged that a male police officer from Kapurbawdi police station handled the case and watched the video which should have been ideally done by a female police officer. The victim said that she felt humiliated and had to approach Thane mayor Meenakshi Shinde. Taking serious note of this, Shinde wrote to the police commissioner seeking his intervention in the manner in which the case related to a woman was handled. Subsequently, an internal inquiry was launched and a lady senior police inspector was given the task of conducting an inquiry into the incident. The officer moved the report to the senior police officers which clearly mentioned that there was a procedural lapse while handling the case. Makarand Ranade, additional police commissioner, said, "Following an internal inquiry it was found that that there was procedural lapse and instead of a male officer handling this case and the mobile phone on which the video was recorded, a female officer should have done that." Ranade added that the case was immediately registered as soon as the victim came to the police station and the accused was arrested. "The accused was later produced in the court and from there he was released on bail," he said.
|2017-06-03||Social media accounts of woman from Thane hacked, photos uploaded - Hindustan Times|
Social media accounts of woman from Thane hacked, photos uploaded Mumbai city news: The woman told the police that she suspected one of her friends may have hacked her accounts and uploaded the pictures MUMBAI Updated: Jun 04, 2017 01:20 IST An 18-year-old woman on?Friday lodged a complaint against an unidentified person for allegedly defaming her by hacking her social media accounts and uploading pictures of her. She is a first-year B.Com student from Thane. She told the police that she suspected one of her friends may have hacked her accounts and uploaded the pictures. The police are seeking the call records of some of her friends. “In May 2016, somebody posted her picture on a fake social media account. Later, she could not access her social media accounts. The woman said that her Instagram and Snapchat accounts were also hacked. “On these platforms, her pictures have been uploaded without her knowledge. The username was also changed,” said an officer from Naupada police station. The police also suspected it may have been an elaborate prank by her friends. They have registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act. READ Hacker takes over Facebook and WhatsApp accounts of Mumbai woman, cheats her friends Mumbai man held for creating girl’s fake profile and trying to hack her friend’s FB account
|2017-06-02||2 months of fiscal earn property department Rs 131 crore - Times of India|
2 months of fiscal earn property department Rs 131 crore Jun 2, 2017, 10.11 PM IST THANE: A revamp in property bill generation and dispatch, along with incentives, has apparently helped the civic body rake in nearly fourfold revenue from the department in the first two months of the fiscal as compared to last. According to statistics available with the department, the property tax collections till the end of May stood at Rs 131 crore compared to Rs 36 crore earned last fiscal. Officials said the collections have been at an all-time high this year for the first two months. "We have improvised our bill generation and dispatch mechanism and are working towards convincing residents to pay their respective property taxes in time by introducing some rebates. The response has been good in the first two months of the new fiscal," said a senior official. The department started by updating contact details of users since last year and accordingly started sending timely alerts to residents about pending bills and deadlines. In addition, it made teams of its own officials and utilized them for dispatching the same to users, which helped save time unlike the earlier effort where the same was being done by the postal department. Nearly 45 per cent bills weren't dispatched last fiscal leading to under-recovery of dues. A new initiative of increasing the rebate on tax payment was also introduced this season on wherein residents would get 10 per cent on payment of H2 (second half of fiscal — October - March) bills if payments for both H1 (first half of fiscal year — April - September) and H2 are cleared by May end. "The property bills are generated only once every year as per the BPMC act and split into half yearly payment modes. If a resident wants he can clear the entire amount at one go at the start of the fiscal or can split the payments into two and make the half yearly payments by May and November-end respectively. So if a resident wants to clear the H1 and H2 dues at one go by May-end he has been given a rebate of 10 per cent on the payments made for H2," said an official. The civic body has now extended the scheme for another fortnight. "Residents can pay their entire annual taxes and get rebate on the H2 payments if done by June 15," said a civic official. Around 1.25 lakh property tax owners contributed Rs 376 crore in the last fiscal, which was close to the target of Rs 390 crore. The tax target for this fiscal year is Rs 450 crore. If a resident wants to clear the entire amount for the first and second half of the fiscal at one go by May-end, then he has been given a rebate of 10 per cent on the payments made for the second half of fiscal
|2017-06-02||Bata store at 'Viviana Mall', becomes style destination of Thane as ... - Daily News & Analysis|
Bata store at 'Viviana Mall', becomes style destination of Thane Fri, 2 Jun 2017-01:18 pm, New Delhi [India], June 2 (ANI-NewsVoir): fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2017 winners representing 30 states of India visited Bata Store and interacted with the young consumers of the city in a fun evening at Viviana Mall, Thane. Thomas Archer Bata, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Bata and fourth generation member of the founding family, graced the event with his presence and the contestants interacted with him on the new styles of Bata footwear. The fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2017 contestants shared their personal styling tips and tricks, in a cozy gathering with the people present, where they gracefully helped capture the occasion with fun photos and videos with the customers. Bata, the European footwear major that has recently launched several collections for both men and women upping the style quotient is the Official Footwear Partner for fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2017. Bata will also be awarding the title Miss Rampwalk in this year's pageant finale. Very recently 10 State winners of fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2017 from Jharkhand, Bihar, Meghalaya, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan also visited the Bata store at Hill Road, Bandra in Mumbai. Rajeev Gopalakrishnan, President, South Asia, Bata Emerging Markets, said: Miss India's legacy, year after year, reflects the changing trends and style of the modern Indian woman. We at Bata are always in-step with changing times and our partnership with the fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2017 is a synergistic association. These girls are at the fore-front of the Style Industry and no one understands the imperative to be comfortable better than them, which is where Bata steps in. We are also very happy with the response from our young customers, especially on Social Media. On behalf of the Bata family, we wish the representatives of all 30 states the best in their upcoming event and future endeavors in representing their communities.
|2017-06-02||Cluster redevpt issue: Oppn wants guardian min to resign - NYOOOZ|
Cluster redevpt issue: Oppn wants guardian min to resign Jun 2, 2017, 10.32 PM IST Thane: The city unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has demanded the resignation of guardian minister Eknath Shinde reportedly for being a silent spectator to the delay in implementing the cluster redevelopment in Thane. The ambitious cluster redevelopment plan, which promised an FSI of 4 for a plot size exceeding 2,000 sq mts, has invited a stay order by the Bombay high court (HC). NCP city unit chief Anand Paranjape said the state recently moved the HC pleading to vacate the stay for cluster redevelopment in Mumbai, while remaining silent about plans in Thane. However, a senior official from the urban development department at Mantralaya claimed there was no sidelining of Thane or Navi Mumbai that are the only two cities besides Mumbai for which the cluster plan has been approved. "The project was supposed to be implemented for Thane as well. The Sena was aggressive in demanding the project and claimed credit for its approval. It should stand up against the government and we promise to support them in this matter," said Paranjpe. He said Shinde should take moral responsibility for failing to implement the concept in Thane and would not convince the powers that be in Mantrayala to consider the cluster redevelopment of Thane.
|2017-06-02||Cluster redevpt issue: Oppn wants guardian min to resign - Times of India|
Cluster redevpt issue: Oppn wants guardian min to resign Jun 2, 2017, 10.32 PM IST Thane: The city unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has demanded the resignation of guardian minister Eknath Shinde reportedly for being a silent spectator to the delay in implementing the cluster redevelopment in Thane. The ambitious cluster redevelopment plan, which promised an FSI of 4 for a plot size exceeding 2,000 sq mts, has invited a stay order by the Bombay high court (HC). NCP city unit chief Anand Paranjape said the state recently moved the HC pleading to vacate the stay for cluster redevelopment in Mumbai, while remaining silent about plans in Thane. However, a senior official from the urban development department at Mantralaya claimed there was no sidelining of Thane or Navi Mumbai that are the only two cities besides Mumbai for which the cluster plan has been approved. "The project was supposed to be implemented for Thane as well. The Sena was aggressive in demanding the project and claimed credit for its approval. It should stand up against the government and we promise to support them in this matter," said Paranjpe. He said Shinde should take moral responsibility for failing to implement the concept in Thane and would not convince the powers that be in Mantrayala to consider the cluster redevelopment of Thane.
|2017-06-01||Drones to monitor mangrove cutting at Mumbai's flamingo sanctuary at Thane - Hindustan Times|
Drones to monitor mangrove cutting at Mumbai's flamingo sanctuary at Thane Mumbai city news: Mangroves are salt-tolerant plants that protect the city’s coastline from inundation. Rampant destruction occurs across the city, although there are laws to protect the trees MUMBAI Updated: Jun 01, 2017 09:38 IST Drones are likely to soon keep vigil on the city’s mangroves, with the authority in-charge of protecting them asking the government for two drones to monitor destruction of mangroves and to keep encroachment in check along the Thane creek. The Thane creek, which is Mumbai’s flamingo sanctuary, also includes the Airoli and Vashi creeks. The drones will relay real-time images and videos of the mangrove biodiversity to visitors at the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre, Airoli, Navi Mumbai, which opened in April. A drone is a remote-controlled, unstaffed aerial vehicle that can provide a 360-degree view during its flight. Each drone is likely to cost Rs 50 lakh and the proposal is likely to be cleared subject to security clearances, said officials. Mumbai has witnessed 80 cases of mangrove destruction – 74 on private land (under the revenue department) and six on government land (under the forest department) between January and April. Violators have gone undetected as no arrests or convictions have happened in any of the cases yet. READ: Mangroves outside Mumbai Metropolitan Region are not protected by state cell Mangroves are salt-tolerant plants that protect the city’s coastline from inundation. Rampant destruction cases occur across the city although there are laws to protect the trees. “There are many patches within dense mangrove forests that are inaccessible,” said N Vasudevan, additional principal chief conservator of forest, state mangrove cell. “The drones will help us identify illegal constructions, encroachments and mangrove destruction at these patches. We are awaiting resp-onse on the proposal as it requi-res security clearances from the state and Centre.” In August last year, the state declared the northern part of Thane creek as a flamingo sanctuary. It is spread over 1,690 hectares. The Mumbai Mangrove Conservation Unit, under the state mangrove cell, was given the responsibility for the management of the sanctuary. “The drones can be fed an automatic flight path and will be controlled under complete supervision of our technical team,” said Vasudevan. There still, however, will be limitations. “Drones require batteries to function and vigilance over mangrove forests is required on a real-time basis,” said P Srivastava, additional principal chief conservator of forest, information and technology division, state forest department. “What happens when the drones run out of battery? There are aesthetical advantages such as getting top angle videos and images but the limitation is that they will be time-bound.”
|2017-06-01||50-year-old live grenades destroyed near Thane - The Hindu|
50-year-old live grenades destroyed near Thane MUMBAI, JUNE 01, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: JUNE 01, 2017 04:34 IST The Thane police on Wednesday morning destroyed 11 of 59 grenades that were seized two years ago. The process was initiated with the assistance of the National Security Guard, which has had a base in Mumbai since the November 26 terror attacks. “The grenades were found by residents of a village near Diaghar in Mumbra in October 2015, who then alerted us, and we seized them. The bag that were taken into our custody contained 59 live grenades, and forensic tests indicated that they were around 50 years old. Investigations could not unearth the source,” said an officer with the Thane police Crime Branch. A team of the Shil Diaghar police cordoned off the area up to one kilometre around an open ground in Diaghar, and a four-foot-deep pit was dug, where the grenades were placed. Villagers had already been informed in order to prevent panic. NSG personnel then placed the grenades, along with explosives, in the pit and covered them with mud, after which they were destroyed by controlled explosions. Police officers said the remaining grenades will be destroyed in batches over the coming weeks.
|2017-06-01||MSRTC driver caught for jumping signal in Thane found drunk - The Hindu|
MSRTC driver caught for jumping signal in Thane found drunk MUMBAI, JUNE 01, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: JUNE 01, 2017 04:02 IST A 40-year-old Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus driver caught for jumping a traffic signal near Thane on Tuesday night was found to be drunk and has been booked for drunken driving and endangering human lives. The incident was reported at around 9 p.m. when the bus carrying 16 passengers from Nallasopara to Dapoli in Ratnagiri district jumped the Brahmand signal. Police constable Juber Tamboli and police nayak Damodar Jadhav stopped the bus in the middle of the road and asked the driver to step out. “When we saw the bus had jumped the signal, we asked the driver to stop. While we were talking to him, we understood that he was drunk. Fortunately we caught him before any untoward incident could occur. The bus had another 200-km journey to complete,” said Mr. Jadhav. The driver identified as Bhikanrao Patil was taken to Kasarwadawali traffic police chowky where he had to undergo a breathalyser test. “We found the alcohol level way beyond the permissible limit, and we sent him to Kapurbawadi police station,” said S.V Kardile, traffic police inspector, Kasarwadawali. Mr. Patil, who recorded 136.1 mg for every 100 ml of blood (with 30 mg/100 ml being the limit), has not been arrested, but booked under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act. The driver deposited Rs. 5,000 with the Kapurwadi police and will be produced in court where the final amount of his fine will be decided.
|2017-06-01||Thane crime branch destroys 44 of 59 live shells near Mumbai - Hindustan Times|
Thane crime branch destroys 44 of 59 live shells near Mumbai Mumbai Mumbai city news: After discovering the shells in October 2015, the officers started destroying the shells from Wednesday after getting an approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 02, 2017 00:50 IST The Thane crime branch on Thursday destroyed 33 of the 59 live shells, which they discovered from Shildaighar area in Thane in 2015. After discovering the shells in October 2015, the officers started destroying the shells from Wednesday after getting an approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs. On Wednesday, they destroyed 11 shells. The 33 live shells were divided into three sets of 11 each, put in 3 pits that were 4 ft deep and blasted away at 7.45 am 8.45 am and 9.45 am. “The shells are 50-years-old and it known as UXO (unexploded ordnance). On Wednesday, we destroyed 11 of them as it was the first attempt and so we had taken maximum care. Along with NSG commandos, Thane bomb squad, fire fighters, and local police carried out the operation, while an ambulance was kept at stand by”, said an officer from the Thane crime branch. A diameter of 1 km around the blast site was cordoned off and villagers were asked to move away to a safe distance on temporary basis. “The shells were found abandoned in 2015 at Shildaighar – Thane and it was a week back when the police got an order from the Ministry of home affairs to destroy the shells”, added the officer.