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|2018-06-30||Thane police arrests 5 people with counterfeit notes - United News of India|
Thane police arrests 5 people with counterfeit notes Thane, June 30 (UNI) The Thane District Rural police arrested five persons and seized from their possession counterfeit notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 totalling Rs 1,49,000 the police said on Saturday. ASP Bhayander division Atul Kulkarni told UNI that acting on a tip off the police at the Navghar police station laid a trap and arrested the five from Golden Nest locality. They carried with them the counterfeit notes for sale, the police said. They were arrested first on June 25, and further searches of their houses carried out which revealed that they had additional currency with them which were also seized. The police also seized 4 swords, one khupri, one pistol and one base ball stick the missiles used for attack.
|2018-06-30||Part of dilapidated building collapses in Thane; no one injured - Hindustan Times|
Part of dilapidated building collapses in Thane; no one injured Civic body will demolish the building, which was vacated months ago, soon, said an official. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 30, 2018 16:14 IST A slab of a three-storey dilapidated building, Bomara Niwas, in Thane city collapsed during the early hours on Saturday. The building, located in Talao Pali, had been vacated months ago so there was no casualty. “It was an old ground-plus-three structure. A huge part of a slab collapsed around 12.40am on Saturday. No one was injured as the building had been vacated a few months ago because it was in a very dilapidated condition,” said an official from the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC), Thane, who did not wish to be named. The RDMC team reached the spot soon after the incident. “The building will be demolished soon by the civic body,” the official added.
|2018-06-30||Alert traffic cop nabs driver who posed as policeman - Times of India|
Alert traffic cop nabs driver who posed as policeman Updated: Jul 1, 2018, 07:13 IST THANE: A 28-year-old driver from Pune, who posed as a policeman and flashed a fake ID card, was nabbed by an alert traffic police constable near the Teen Haath Naka junction late on Thursday. Traffic police constable Appa Tamkhane (43) spotted a car jumping the signal and ordered the driver to stop. The driver turned fidgety when Tamkhane demanded to check his license and other documents. “Instead of handing over the license, the driver Shriniwas Thorve, who is the native of Shirole in Pune flashed his police identity card which had the signature of a former joint commissioner of police in Thane. Thorve declared himself as a police constable attatched to the Ram Nagar police station at Dombivili,” said a police officer. Sensing something fishy, the traffic constable probed for more details on his seniors at the police station. “He drew a blank there and so suspecting foul play, we took him to the traffic headquarters where we asked him his joining year, his batchmates etc. He was at a loss of words and his game was up,” police said. A close inspection of the fake ID card revealed that in his photograph he was wearing the cap of a lady constable. He confessed to be impersonating as a policeman and revealed that he was a driver and he had got the fake ID card from Junnar. An offence under sections 170,171,468 and 471 of the IPC and also sections 3-181 and 5-181 of the MV Act has been registered against the arrested accused at Naupada police station.
|2018-06-30||Massive traffic at Mulund toll plaza as four heavy vehicles breakdown - Times of India|
Massive traffic at Mulund toll plaza as four heavy vehicles breakdown Updated: Jul 1, 2018, 07:18 IST THANE: Motorists driving into the lake city were caught in a one-of-its-kind massive traffic jam on Friday evening, taking the three-km-long drive from Mulund toll plaza to the Cadbury junction a good four hours following breakdown of four vehicles along this road. In a span of two hours, three containers and a dumper blocked the traffic flow as their engines went silent and needed repairs. Moreover, with all heavy traffic taking this road to reach Ghodbunder or Nasik, the vehicular congestion was at its peak. “A huge 16-wheel container which was carring weight of around 25 to 30 tonne had broken down on the Nitin flyover around 10:30pm. This lead to huge traffic congestion which went up till Kopri junction. We had to call in a hydra crane to move it and after almost 45 minutes it was taken to one side of the road and two lanes were cleared for traffic flow. After sometimes a bigger hydra crane was used to move the vehicle away from the bridge. Also, another Icer tempo had witnessed mechanical failure near LIC office, at Nitin but it was not in the middle of the road,” said Anil Mangale, inspector from the traffic department. Many people were stuck in the traffic for over half-an-hour as this huge container was in the middle of the flyover. “We had got traffic from kopri bridge and tried to take the service road but even that road had a lot of congestion. The traffic was moving slowly and we eventually had to go from under the flyover towards Cadbury junction as the vehicles were not moving from over the Nitin flyover. But post Cadbury junction we did not get any traffic jam,” said Pracheta Mada, resident of Waghbil. Even another two vehicles, a container and a dumper witnessed mechanical failure in the same stretch post-midnight. The officials from the traffic control room stated that a container had broken down on the same Nitin flyover around 12:30 and a dumper whose fuel had got over was stuck near Viviana mall. They stated that both these vehicles were moved by around 2am from the spot. Due to these four breakdown there was traffic congestion for around four hours and the traffic snarl was from Cadbury junction to Mulund toll plaza. “I was entering the city around 12:30 am and it took me over 45 minutes to cross the check naka and reach the Kopri bridge. Not only the containers which had a break down created a jam but there was more chaos as the Mumbra Bypass was shut. The heavy vehicles which are given diversions were plying on the route and there was no space for small vehicles,” said Shaila Gupta, resident of Kolshet.
|2018-06-30||Thane policeman caught taking Rs 5000 bribe - The Indian Express|
Thane policeman caught taking Rs 5,000 bribe According to the ACB, he had demanded Rs 10,000 from the complainant for releasing his motorcycle seized by the police in connection with an offence. A police sub inspector (PSI) posted in the neighbouring Palghar district, was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) said Saturday. PSI Sudhir Wagh (56), who was attached to Wangaon police station in Palghar, was caught taking the bribe Friday evening evening. According to the ACB, he had demanded Rs 10,000 from the complainant for releasing his motorcycle seized by the police in connection with an offence. The complainant approached the anti-graft agency and lodged a complaint against Wagh. A trap was laid Friday evening and the PSI was caught taking Rs 5,000. An offence has been registered against Wagh, the ACB said in a statement.
|2018-06-29||Thane school adopts village in Yeoor Hill - Times of India|
Thane school adopts village in Yeoor Hill Jun 29, 2018, 07:32 IST MUMBAI: Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School in Thane has initiated the 'adopt-a-village' project at Jambulpada in the Yeoor Hills region. The school, which is celebrating its 50th year, will provide primary health care facilities, water storage tanks, solar panels etc. Revathi Srinivasan, principal and director (education) of the school said, "For the past two years, the kids from the tribal areas of Yeoor would come to our computer labs every Saturday to learn about developments in technology and computer operations. We have also been training them in Maths, English, Yoga, sports etc. This year, we want to go beyond academics."
|2018-06-29||Hospital negligence? In Thane, 61-year-old man dies during dialysis as oxygen supply snaps - Daily News & Analysis|
Hospital negligence? In Thane, 61-year-old man dies during dialysis as oxygen supply snaps Updated: Jun 29, 2018, 08:30 AM IST A 61-year-old man who was undergoing dialysis treatment died after the supply of oxygen was snapped. The incident took place on Wednesday in Maharashtra's Thane Municipal Corporation hospital in Kopri. The family of the patient, identified as Narendra Vazirani, has alleged that the incident took place due to the negligence of hospital and demanded that a case should be filed againt them, reported Zee Media. They have also alleged that the dialysis center is being run by a private company. "Senior doctors at the hospital were on a leave and patients were attended by junior doctor and nurses," said a relative. After starting the dialysis process, doctor and nurses went out of the room. After sometime, ward boy saw that patient was yearning and he called doctors and rushed to get another oxygen cylinder. Vazirani's relative Sanjay said that they got a call from the hospital asking them to rush the patient to another hospital. "He died while he was being taken to the hospital," Sanjay said. However, refuting charges made by patient's family, junior doctor Ankur Ahmed said that there was no negligence. "When we got to know that the condition of a patient is deteriorating, we called the relatives and asked them to rush him to another hospital. Earlier this week, a leg broken lady patient in Maharashtra's Nanded was dragged by relatives in the government hospital in Maharashtra due to unavailability of stretchers.
|2018-06-29||Thane forest dept plans to plant 35L saplings across dist - Times of India|
Thane forest department plans to plant 35 lakh saplings across district Updated: Jun 30, 2018, 07:42 IST THANE: In the month-long state-wide mega tree plantation drive which will kick-start on July 1, the Thane forest department has set a target of planting as many as 35 lakh saplings across the district. While this mega drive, which will be inaugurated by the CM Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries at Kalyan’s Varap village in the morning, will see a plantation of 13 crore saplings, the Thane district has been given a target of 33.5 lakh plantations of local plant species all through the forest, urban and rural pockets within in. The Thane forest department has, however, raised their target to 35 lakh trees. Speaking about this mega drive deputy conservator of forests Dr. Jitendra Ramgaokar said, “While the target given to the government and citizen bodies in Thane district is 33.5 lakh, we has hoping to surpass it. Of this lot, the officials from the forest department will be planting around 23.5lakh saplings in the forest areas, while another 4.6 lakh saplings will be planted by the gramin panchayat int the vacant spaces in their areas. The remaining will be planted by NGOs, citizens’ groups, etc.” “We have identified a cumulative stretch of around 2,000 hectares of land at 450 locations including talukas such as Murbad, Badlapur, Bhiwandi, etc where this plantation can take place,” Dr. Ramgaokar added. As opposed to buying saplings from nurseries, the Thane forest department, will be using the saplings they have been raising in their nurseries since last year’s state-wide tree plantation drive. “We have our own nurseries across various talukas across the district. Last year we began raising lakhs of seedlings across these nurseries. ,” explained DCF Dr. Ramgaokar. The forest department has also put up Van Mahotsav Seva Kendras at 15 places across the district, including one at the Kopri forest department and one at the Talao Pali range office in the lake-city, wherein citizens and NGOs planning to join in this drive can buy small saplings at Rs.8 for the smaller ones and Rs.40 for the bigger plants.
|2018-06-29||Five arrested for online gambling in Thane - United News of India|
Five arrested for online gambling in Thane Thane, Jun 29 (UNI) With the arrest of five people from Mumbra town of the district, the Crime Branch of city police on Friday claimed to have busted a major racket in the playing of a gambling game called "Octro Teen Patti". As many as 56 mobile phones, 6 routers, 5 adapters, 17 mobile charges and notebooks collectively worth Rs 2,86,500 were seized from the spot in the residential locality during the raid on Thursday, police said. The arrested accused were identified as Mohammad Akhil Mohammad Shakhil Khan (30), Mohamma Kamil Mohammad Shakil Khan (29), Mohammada Ashraf Mohammad Istiaque Ahmed Siddiqui (28), Mohammad Oomar Mohmmaad Jainulabdin Shaikh (27) and Mohammad Faisal Mohammad Toufiq Khan (40, all residents of Mumbra). Mohammad Akhil Mohammad Shakhil Khan is said to be the leader of the group, it was stated. The arrested were busy playing the game online on the mobile and earned.
|2018-06-29||Less rainfall in catchment areas, no supply worry yet - Times of India|
Less rainfall in catchment areas, no supply worry yet Jun 29, 2018, 22:53 IST Thane: The two major reservoirs in the district supplying water to Thane and neighbouring metro have received less rainfall in the catchment areas of the dams during the last 10 days of rain, even as irrigation officials claimed the storage should normalise by next month. As per the June 29 reservoir analysis report of Konkan region, the volume of water in the Bhatsa dam is 336 mcm which is nearly 35% of its capacity. The dam was filled with 38% water last year on the same day. On the other hand, the Barvi dam in Ambernath taluka saw a drop from 32% to 31% this year as against it capacity of 233mcm, informed officials from the irrigation department at Thane. The Barvi reservoir had 84mcm water on June 1 this year when the rains had started and the storage levels surprisingly dropped to 74 by June 29, revealed the analysis report. Officials said the dependence on reservoirs like the Barvi is minimal or shut during the monsoon as the weirs or the rivers at the base of the dams are activated during heavy rainfall and are enough for the various agencies to draw water. However, the weak rain over this part of the district has yet to activate the rivulets and fill the weirs that continue to depend on the daily discharge of water from the dams, which officials say it should ideally have been stopped by now and allowing time for the reservoirs to fill up. “The district had witnessed heavy rainfall in the first fortnight of June. However, even as urban parts of the district witnessed heavy showers, the stretch over the reservoirs failed to witness any notable showers. This has led to a drop in storage levels. We have not yet decided on imposing any cuts and are awaiting for the scene to improve,” said an official from irrigation dept. Meanwhile, residents who have borne the brunt of the 2015 drought-like situation in the district are wary if the poor stock in the reservoirs was something that needed serious attention. “The authorities were confident of the dams to get filled in the early part of the 2014 monsoon but rains played truant at the last minute. The authorities must keep strict vigil and cut down wastage of the resource as far as possible,” suggested Milind Gaikwad, an activist from Thane. However, the Thane municipal corporation officials said there seems to be no crisis situation but they are working towards plugging the leaks in their distribution system to ensure optimal usage of the resource. “The water curtailment has been lifted this month as is the practise in the rains. It is surprising that dam levels have dipped. Though, there is no cause for worry, we are appealing our consumers to use water sparingly and ensure water isn’t wasted,” said a civic officer.
|2018-06-29||IMD forecasts widespread rainfall for Konkan, Goa today; Mumbai ... - Firstpost|
IMD forecasts widespread rainfall for Konkan, Goa today; Mumbai, Thane likely to witness heavy downpour Jun 29, 2018 10:56:36 IST As the India Meterological Department (IMD) predicted widespread rainfall over Konkan and Goa on Friday, several districts in Maharashtra — including Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad — are likely to witness heavy rainfall. Isolated pockets in Sidhudurg and Ratnagiri districts are expected to witness rainfall under the "heavy to very heavy" category, according to the IMD forecast for Friday. Many places in central Maharashtra and a few in Marathwada will also experience rainfall. Most areas in the Maharashtra, Konkan region, and Goa had received at least some rainfall activity on Thursday. Heavy rains had also lashed Mumbai and Thane district over the last weekend, leading to waterlogging in several places. In South India, heavy rainfall is expected at some places in Karnataka, Telangana, and Kerala on Friday. In the north, isolated pockets in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya,West Bengal, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat will experience heavy rainfall. Monsoon arrives in Delhi The Southwest Monsoon advanced to several states in the north and the northwest India, including Delhi on Thursday. The National Capital received rains as monsoon arrived a day ahead of its schedule. The showers in parts of the city brought the mercury down even as humidity levels shot up — oscillating between 100 percent and 60 percent. The maximum temperature was recorded at 35.2 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average while the minimum temperature settled at 24.2 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season's average, a weather official told PTI. The Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered the official figure for the city, recorded 20.4 millimetres of rainfall till 8.30 am. It received traces of rainfall till 5.30 pm and later in the evening as well. In 2018, monsoon reached Kerala three days ahead of its normal onset date. It battered the western coast in the first half of the month. The IMD has predicted that the Southwest Monsoon will cover the entire country in two to three days from Thursday. The normal onset date for monsoon in Delhi is 29 June while it usually reaches Sriganganagar in west Rajasthan, its last outpost in the country, on 15 July. Meanwhile, monsoon arrived a week ahead of its schedule this year in Jammu and Kashmir, as intermittent light rains lashed several parts of the state, much to the respite of people reeling under sweltering heat. The day temperature in the Jammu city fell by five notches to settle at 28.0 degrees Celsius, 9.7 notches below, normal for this part of the season, an official of the Met department was quoted as saying by PTI. However, the downpour delayed the commencement of annual Amaranth Yatra to the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas from Pahalgam and Baltal base camps. Skymet Weather vice-president Mahesh Palawat said that heavy rains will continue over Jammu and Kashmir for the next 24 hours, while the rain intensity will increase over Uttarakhand from Saturday.
|2018-06-29||5 held in Thane for amassing, selling game coins on Facebook - Hindustan Times|
5 held in Thane for amassing, selling game coins on Facebook Police said two of the accused are brothers and had hired three of their friends on a monthly salary of 10,000 to play the game the entire day MUMBAI Updated: Jun 30, 2018 00:08 IST Mumbra police arrested five people for amassing and selling coins they amassed while playing game of cards ‘Teen Patti’. Police said the accused used Facebook to announce they had coins and took money from buyers via Patym. Police said two of the accused are brothers and had hired three of their friends on a monthly salary of 10,000 to play the game the entire day. The accused would charge 12 for 1 lakh coins and had been operating for the past eight month. They said Mohammed Akil Khan, 30, and Mohammed Kamil Khan, 29, hired their friends Mohammed Ashraf Siddiqui, 28, Mohammed Umar Shaikh, 27, and Mohammed Faisal Khan, 40. All five are residents of Mumbra and had been operating for the past eight months. During interrogation, the brothers said they would make anywhere between 50,000 to 60000 after paying their friends. However, police suspect they earned more. “It was Akil who came with the idea of collecting coins and selling them after which they asked their friends join them and make quick bucks. There were times when the accused played the game through the night. The brothers would order food for their friends,” said an officer from Thane crime branch unit -1. To keep suspicion at bay, Akil rented an apartment in Mumbra. “Acting on a tip-off, we raided the house on Wednesday and seized 2.8 lakh, 59 mobile phones, six internet routers, five adaptors, 17 mobile chargers and an accounts book which they used to keep track of transactions. We also found a debit card. We have registered a case under relevant sections,” said senior inspector Nitin Thakare from Thane crime branch unit-1.
|2018-06-28||Kapil Patil retains MLC seat from Thane division Teachers' constituency - United News of India|
Kapil Patil retains MLC seat from Thane division Teachers' constituency Mumbai, June 28 (UNI) Sitting MLC Kapil Patil of Lok Bharati Party on Thursday won election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) seat from Thane division Teachers' Constituency.He retained the seat by defeating the nearest Shiv Sena-BJP rivals. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena's Vilas Potnis was elected from the Graduate constituency. He defeated BJP's first-time nominee Amit Mehta and independent candidate Rajendra Korede, who was supported by the Congress and NCP. However, in Konkan Graduate's seat, BJP's Niranjan Davkhare was leading the race.
|2018-06-28||Truck driver dies in accident at Thane - The Hindu|
Truck driver dies in accident at Thane THANE, JUNE 28, 2018 00:00 IST, UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2018 04:15 IST Vehicle rams into hoarding pole; banner falls on car The driver of a container truck died after he lost control over the vehicle and it crashed into a hoarding pole in Thane in the early hours of Wednesday. The collision caused the hoarding to fall on another car in front of the truck. According to the Rabodi police, the incident occurred around 1 a.m. on Wednesday near Viviana Mall. The police said that the truck, driven by Rajesh Yadav (30), was travelling towards Ghodbunder Road when the accident occurred. “The truck was at a very high speed and lost control, after which it veered to the left and crashed into a pole supporting a hoarding. The impact caused the hoarding to fall on a four-wheeler which was passing underneath. However, the driver of the car escaped unhurt,” police inspector D. Rasam, Rabodi police station, said. Passing motorists called the police control room and a team, along with a crane and an ambulance, was sent to the spot. The container, which had overturned, was lifted and Yadav was rushed to Jupiter Hospital in Thane, where he died during treatment, the police said. Traffic affected The incident caused traffic congestion on the flyover for around two hours as the container had fallen across the breadth of the flyover. Vehicular movement resumed to its normal place slowly after the container was removed. “We have posthumously booked Yadav for causing death and endangering life due to rash and negligent driving under the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act,” Mr. Rasam said.
|2018-06-28||Myers rescues Alton again, but Thane wins it for Basingstoke - Haslemere Herald|
|2018-06-28||Thane: Parents protest fee hike by Rainbow High School - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Parents protest fee hike by Rainbow High School Jun 28, 2018 09:14 am Thane: The parents of students of Rainbow High School in Brahmand, Thane, staged a silent protest march to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) headquarters on Wednesday to protest against the school management’s arbitrary fee hikes. On its part, the school management claims that fee hike is school policy and all parents are aware of this. Around 50 parents met the civic chief and submitted a letter with their primary grievance – the recent 15-20% fee hike. The hike is an injustice as it breaks household budgets, the parents complained. “Last year also they had increased the fees, which is against the rules, as this is the second consecutive year they have done so. Also, without the PTA’s approval, fees cannot be hiked. We approached the TMC as the school did not respond to our woes,” said the parents of a Class 3 student. “Parents had approached us, we have assured them of a joint hearing where the school representatives will be present and the fee hike issue will be settled amicably. We will ensure that the hike has been within the framework of the rules and the fees charged are within proportion of the facilities offered by the school,” said, Maneesh Joshi, TMC deputy municipal commissioner, education department. Rainbow School Principal Supriti Katkar says, “Fees have been charged as per school policy. During the time of admission, parents were informed about the fee structure. We have not increased the fees by 20%. The hike justifies the facilities provided by the school. We have not kept parents in the dark is all that I can say”.
|2018-06-28||Thane: Patient dies in civic hospital, relatives raise ruckus - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Patient dies in civic hospital, relatives raise ruckus Jun 28, 2018 09:08 am Thane: The relatives of a 61-year-old man, who died on Wednesday after being brought in for routine dialysis, alleged negligence on the part of the Thane civic hospital, and said that the staff delayed putting an oxygen mask on the patient and that they had to wait for half-an-hour for the ambulance to arrive, so that they could move him to another hospital. They created a ruckus, demanding the arrest of the negligent staff. The hospital has, however, said that the patient had a history of high blood pressure, which may have been a factor leading to his death. Narendra Wajiraje, 61, was a regular at the Sheth Lakhimchand Fatichand Hospital at Kopri. On Wednesday, when his relatives brought him in for dialysis, doctors urged them to shift the patient elsewhere as his condition was grim. But the patient died before they could do the needful. “Our patient had to wait before the technician could put another oxygen mask on him. This delay caused his death. Also, when we were told to shift the patient, we had to wait for half-an-hour for an ambulance. This is negligence and we demand justice,” said, Dheeraj Chugh, a relative of Wajiraje. The exact reason of Wajiraje’s death remains unclear as his relatives rejected the post mortem procedure. A doctor on duty, on condition of anonymity, informed that there was no senior doctor available for the past 10 days, nor was a stretcher or ambulance available. When contacted, TMC health officer RT Kendre said, “As the relatives did not want to perform a post mortem, we cannot know the exact reason for the death. Also, he had high blood pressure and that could be the cause of death.” TMC has three dialysis centres in the city which provide the facility at a minimal rate. The dialysis centre at Sheth Lakhimchand Fatichand Hospital was inaugurated in 2017.
|2018-06-28||Thane: IT official, spouse and colleague convicted for accepting Rs 1.5 crore from developer - Free Press Journal|
Thane: I-T official, spouse and colleague convicted for accepting Rs 1.5 crore from developer Jun 28, 2018 08:41 am Mumbai: A special court on Wednesday convicted two senior female Income Tax (I-T) officials and one of their spouses, sentencing each of them to five years’ rigorous imprisonment. The trio was convicted for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1.5 crore from a Thane-based developer. Special Judge VV Kathare convicted additional I-T commissioner Sumitra Banerji and assistant I-T commissioner Anjali Bambole. The court also convicted Sumitra’s husband Subroto Banerji, who was caught red-handed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at Vikhroli. The incident took place in March 2010 when Banerji, a public servant, hatched a criminal conspiracy with Bambole. The duo conspired to conduct a survey at the premises of Ram Developers in Thane. During the survey, Banerji demanded Rs 2 crore from the developer and threatened to turn the survey into a search operation, if he failed to abide by her order. According to the prosecution, Banerji, in connivance with Bambole, prepared fake documents to implicate the developer in a false income disclosure case. She threatened the developer and pressurised him into accepting her demand. The developer, accordingly, agreed to pay Rs 1.5 crore and the same was handed over to Banerji’s husband at Vikhroli bridge, from where he was picked up by CBI sleuths. After the trio was arrested, they were tried before a special CBI court. The court considered the case of the prosecution, argued by Public Prosecutor Kavita Patil and accordingly convicted all the three accused under charges of criminal conspiracy and demanding illegal gratification. The court also imposed a fine of Rs. 80 lakh on Sumitra, Rs 30 lakh on her husband and Rs. 40 lakh on Bambole for her role in the case.
|2018-06-27||Real-life hero during rains! School van driver drowns while saving children in Thane - Free Press Journal|
Real-life hero during rains!?School van driver drowns while saving children in Thane Jun 27, 2018 09:09 am Thane: The driver of a school van was swept away in a swollen nullah while saving the lives of four school children near Virar, police said on Tuesday. Heavy rains lashed Palghar and Thane districts over the last two days. Prakash Patil (40), a school van driver, drowned in a flooded nullah (rivulet) at Narangi near Virar in Palghar on Monday, said an official of Arnala marine police station. Patil, who ferried students from Parole in Vasai to a school in Virar (West), was transferring children to another vehicle after his van broke down near a flooded rivulet, officials said. Four of the boys lost their balance while crossing the road. Patil saved them from drowning, but was swept away himself, police said. In another incident, Vijay Pawar (10) drowned after falling into a nullah at Kalwa in Thane district, police said. Owing to heavy showers in Thane district, several parts of the city, like Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Titwala, Takurli, Ghantali area, Pokhran Road in Thane city, were flooded with water up to two to three feet height. The district received 229.81 mm rain in the last 24 hours.
|2018-06-27||Speeding container truck crashes into signboard, car in Thane ... - Hindustan Times|
Speeding container truck crashes into signboard, car in Thane; driver dead The vehicle was heading towards Ghodbunder Road when the accident took place, and blocked traffic on the road for a few hours. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 27, 2018 21:30 IST The 26-year-old driver of a container truck died on the spot after he lost control of the speeding vehicle, crashed into a four-wheeler and skid on the road near Majiwada, Thane, in the early hours of Wednesday. The truck was heading towards Ghodbunder Road when the accident took place, and blocked traffic on the road for a few hours. It, however, did not affect morning peak-hour traffic as by then it was moved to the side of the road. “Both vehicles were moving in the same direction when the container hit a signboard, crashed into the four-wheeler and skid. Locals rushed to the spot and called the police,” said a police officer from Rabodi police station, requesting anonymity. The driver has been identified as Rajesh Yadav. “He was taken to a nearby hospital, but was declared dead,” the official said. The driver of the four-wheeler, identified as Bhopi Bhanushali, escaped without any injuries. A case has been against Yadav for rash, negligent driving. “We sent one emergency tender, one rescue vehicle and one ambulance to the spot. Later, we used a hydraulic crane to move the container to the side of the road,” the official said.
|2018-06-27||Thane, One Stop Luxury Destination in MMR: Dr Niranjan Hiranandani - Business Wire India (press release)|
Thane, One Stop Luxury Destination in MMR: Dr Niranjan Hiranandani Wednesday, June 27, 2018 11:50AM IST (6:20AM GMT) Mumbai, Maharashtra, India For years, the twin city of Mumbai, #Thane has evolved into the prime destination for luxury residential real estate among Mumbai‘s peripheral areas. From a mid-range housing destination, it has grown as the discerning home seeker’s first choice for Uber homes which re-define luxury real estate. With ready infrastructure framework and further developments which gives the city a global look and feel, Thane is all set to be among the first urban conglomerations within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to offer waterways as a mode of transport, apart from expressways and metro linkages that supplement suburban railways. Explaining to the Thane’s evolution as a high-end, luxury residential destination, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani Co-Founder & MD, Hiranandani Group said, “The Company follows a clear vision to go beyond just creating ‘living spaces’. We have created mixed-used integrated townships and lifestyle patterns, and in effect, this has become the face of the new generation. Our community living reflects the collective psyche of a vibrant India's energy, drive, and vitality. The projects speak the language of a new passion, of affluence and of happiness, which begins with an individual and culminates into the well-being of the residents in a holistic way." First, Hiranandani Meadows and then, Hiranandani Estate: these real estate developments by the Group have taken Thane from a mid-range real estate location to the luxury destination in not just Thane, but across the MMR. Rodas Enclave an exquisite high-end cluster development in Thane township had raised the bar of luxury living several notches above. The launch of One Hiranandani Park (OHP) on prime Ghodbunder Road epitomize uber-luxury living in the lap of mother nature. An apt example of extravagant living, OHP will offer contemporary facilities including a luxurious podium clubhouse, nestled in lavish, landscaped gardens, a swimming pool, gym, indoor games and kids play area, magnificent entrance lobbies; lush, green lawns and sports spaces are among the key highlights of the project. Eco-friendly and sustainable initiatives, like rainwater harvesting and STP, have been incorporated into the design to make the project eco-friendly. The well- designed layout offers a spacious living to its elite patron. The decentralization of business hubs due to enhanced connectivity and ease of operations has waved a new trend of corporate relocation to Thane’s Ghodbunder Road. Thane mainly attracts IT /ITes sector along with the other sectors picking up the trend. The emerging trend of a shift in workspaces will allow the Thaneites to experience ‘Walk to Work’ culture in a true sense. Luxury homes are all about high-end construction coupled with an iconic architecture of global standards and precision engineering, making such homes the ideal choice for aspiring, affluent home buyers – seekers of luxury homes who seek not just an enhanced standard of living but also a superior quality of life. For the global citizen, used to plush locales world-over, One Hiranandani Park offers the elite living extravaganza with the international standards. Its strategic location on Ghodbunder Road, Thane and nearing ready for possession on receipt of Occupation Certificate (O.C.), a project is all set to enhance Thane’s status as not just a high-end real estate destination, but an Uber luxury destination for grandeur homes.
|2018-06-27||Driver trapped in truck after accident for an hour, rescued - Times of India|
Driver trapped in truck after accident for an hour, rescued Updated: Jun 28, 2018, 07:29 IST THANE: A 26-year-old driver of a container was trapped inside the mangled remains of the heavy vehicle for over an hour after he dashed into a signboard on the Borivali-bound lane of the Eastern Express highway (EEH) late on Tuesday. Police said Rajesh Yadav, the driver, lost control of his vehicle and rammed into the signboard on the right side, a few meters before the mouth of Kapurbawdi flyover near Viviana Mall. The impact was so severe that it not only caused the truck to topple but also resulted in the collapse of the road sign on a car ahead. Fortunately, the car driver, who was heading towards Ghodbundar Road did not suffer injuries. The traffic police on duty immediately alerted the Balkum fire brigade, police and regional disaster management cell (RDMC). Around 20 rescue officials and a team of fire brigade rushed to the spot with a rescue vehicle, one ambulance, one hydraulic crane, a hydra and two JCBs. Santosh Kadam, RDMC chief, said, “As soon as we reached the site, we realized that the driver was trapped in the cabin. He was unable to move even an inch, so we first had to lift the truck to reach out to him. Since the vehicle weighed nearly 35 tonnes, we required a lot of help. With the help of a gas cutting machine we had to cut open the cabin and finally after almost one-and-half hour Yadav was rescued.” Although Yadav was bleeding profusely and his knees were almost completely crushed, he was conscious when he was being rushed into the Thane civil hospital.
|2018-06-27||Truck driver dies in accident at Thane - The Hindu|
Truck driver dies in accident at Thane THANE, JUNE 28, 2018 00:44 IST, UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2018 00:44 IST The driver of a container truck died after he lost control over the vehicle and it crashed into a hoarding pole in Thane in the early hours of Wednesday. The collision caused the hoarding to fall on another car in front of the truck. According to the Rabodi police, the incident occurred around 1 a.m. on Wednesday near Viviana Mall. The police said that the truck, driven by Rajesh Yadav (30), was travelling towards Ghodbunder Road when the accident occurred. “The truck was at a very high speed and lost control, after which it veered to the left and crashed into a pole supporting a hoarding. The impact caused the hoarding to fall on a four-wheeler which was passing underneath. However, the driver of the car escaped unhurt,” police inspector D. Rasam, Rabodi police station, said. Passing motorists called the police control room and a team, along with a crane and an ambulance, was sent to the spot. The container, which had overturned, was lifted and Yadav was rushed to Jupiter Hospital in Thane, where he died during treatment, the police said. Traffic affected The incident caused traffic congestion on the flyover for around two hours as the container had fallen across the breadth of the flyover. Vehicular movement resumed to its normal place slowly after the container was removed. “We have posthumously booked Yadav for causing death and endangering life due to rash and negligent driving under the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act,” Mr. Rasam said.
|2018-06-27||Over 100 parents from a Thane school protest at Thane Municipal Corporation against fee hike - Times of India|
Over 100 parents from a Thane school protest at Thane Municipal Corporation against fee hike Updated: Jun 28, 2018, 07:30 IST THANE: Close to 100 parents of students studying in city’s Rainbow International School, who claim to have been imposed with a 40% fee hike over the past two years, staged a protest against this injustice outside the Thane Municipal Corporation, on Wednesday. While parents of this Brahmand-based CBSE School assert that while they have been facing this exorbitant fee hike every year, they realised the gravity of the situation when they get together and found out that this increase in fees was discussed with any parents group. “Every year we have been paying the school Rs10,000 more than the previous year. When we voiced our issue about this with the teachers and management, we were told that we alone have this issue and other parents were willingly paying the fees,” said a parent. “When we got together earlier this year, we realised that all the parents were facing the same problem and there was no PTA body formed so that these changes in fee structure could be discussed before its finalization. On hearing about our plan for Wednesday’s protest, the school hurriedly released a list of PTA members at 8pm on Tuesday night,” he added. After three months of placing their grievances with the management in vain, these parents approached the President of Indiawide Parents Association Advocate Anubha Sahai, who not only took their complaints to the education minister Vinod Tawde amongst other officials, but also helped them stage a protest at the TMC headquarters on Wednesday afternoon. “In addition to hiking the students’ fees by 15 to 20% per year, the management have not been able to provide them with the basic facilities all these years including a computer lab, which has just been set up. Once they approached me, we jotted down all these grievances and met with the education officer, the education minister amongst other officials,” Adv. Sahai said. “With these efforts leading nowhere, we had to take the protest to the corporation. Over 100 parents took part in the the protest which started at 11am at the TMC office and stayed there till we met with the deputy commissioner at around 1pm. Once he assured us that he would conduct a hearing where all parties including the school management, the parents the education officer, etc will be present, we called off the protest,” she added. Speaking about this incident, civic deputy commissioner Manish Joshi said, “These parents have various complaints regarding fee hike and lack of facilities that have gone unheard for a long time. I have asked them for a detailed presentation on these issues and will then arrange a hearing with all the stakeholders, so that they can come up with an amicable solution together.”
|2018-06-27||Residents from big housing societies to meet Thane municipal corporation chief on Friday - Times of India|
Residents from big housing societies to meet Thane municipal corporation chief on Friday Updated: Jun 28, 2018, 07:28 IST THANE: Residents of plush complexes in Thane seem to be in no mood to accept the wet waste disposal orders issued by the Thane municipal corporation (TMC) in big residential societies. Citizens are now meeting the civic commissioner on Friday, seeking a viable option before the plan is enforced from mid-July. Nearly 100 representatives of several housing complexes who met at the Laxminarayan Residency said they are not opposed to dry-wet waste segregation, but are upset with the arbitrary decision of the corporation to thrust waste disposal on them when there is no viable alternative. The residents said that they will make an attempt to convince the civic body to continue collecting the trash as before or will be forced to challenge the move legally. The TMC had given a month’s extension to its initial plan to stop lifting trash from big complexes from June 15, following repeated requests from elected representatives and citizens. However, with the new deadline approaching fast, residents are wary of the huge task lying ahead of them. “None of the societies in Thane are equipped with such kind of resource to handle the disposal of wet waste. The issue needs to be solved before it escalates into a huge problem. Residents would unnecessarily be taxed with additional duty of ensuring disposal of wet waste, despite paying hefty taxes to the administration,” said a resident. Residents said that they were upset with the corporation dumping its responsibility on citizens. A resident questioned that if the TMC collects wet waste from vegetable, fruit, flower and meat markets, then why are society complexes singled out. Referring to the Solid Waste Management Act 2016, the resident said that the TMC cannot force societies to process the wet waste. Meanwhile, residents said that they would meet civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Friday and hope a viable solution will be chalked out.
|2018-06-26||Thane residents get panic due to heavy rains - Free Press Journal|
Thane residents get panic due to heavy rains Jun 26, 2018 08:25 am Thane: Heavy rains threw the normal life out of gear in Thane district on Monday, with a 15-year-old boy was killed and his parents injured when an adjacent wall collapsed on their house in Ulhasnagar. The day saw waterlogging in low lying areas, train services being disrupted and heavy traffic snarls on roads that hampered the mobility of thousands of office-goers in the morning rush hours. Water-logging was reported some part of Bhiwandi city and Mumbai Nashik Highway, leading to huge traffic snarls on the roads. Owing to heavy showers in Thane district, several parts of the city, like Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Titwala, Takurli, Ghantali area, Pokhran Road in Thane city, were flooded with water up to two to three feet height. Tragically, a 15-year-old boy died while two of his family members were injured after an adjacent wall compound collapsed on their house at Vadolgaon in Ulhasnagar. The deceased was identified as Kiran Dhavarkar while his father Suryakant Dhavarkar and mother Asha Dhavarkar were suffering bodily injuries. The Ambernath fire brigade rushed to spot and took them to Central hospital where boy was declared dead on arrival. The regional disaster management cell (RDMC) chief went there with suction pump. Whereas a 65-feet compound wall of a Rounak housing society in Thane collapsed which crushing two cars and one bike. Disaster Management Cell Chief Santosh Kadam said, “We got a total of 46 complaints on Monday, which included 3 fire cases, one tree branch fall, 10 tree fall cases, 10 waterlogging cases, one nala fall, and 20 other cases.” The district received 229.81 mm rain in the last 24 hours, Kadam added.
|2018-06-26||Thane: School headmistress booked for slapping student for yawning - Free Press Journal|
Thane: School headmistress booked for slapping student for yawning Jun 26, 2018 10:57 am Thane (Maha): The district rural police has registered offences against the headmistress of a school here for allegedly slapping an 11-year-old boy for yawning during the morning assembly prayer, an official said today. The class 6 student apparently yawned during the morning prayer held in the private school, located in the Mira Road area here, on June 22. The headmistress took strong objection to this and allegedly slapped the boy, Nayanagar’s senior police inspector Balaji Pandhare said, quoting a complaint lodged by the student’s father. The boy’s father also mentioned in his complaint that when he went to the school to enquire why the headmistress had slapped his son, she replied that if children indulge in mischief “we would punish them”, Pandhare said. Based on the complaint, the police yesterday registered offences against the school headmistress under Indian Penal Code section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, he said. No arrest has been made so far, the official said. The victim’s father further alleged in his complaint that the headmistress had on June 19 also scolded the boy for not carrying some school books and warned that she would beat him, he said. Out of fear, the boy was not ready to go to school on June 20. But, his father persuaded him to attend his classes and also complained to the school management about the headmistress, the police official said. An investigation was on into the matter, he added.
|2018-06-26||Cops launch manhunt for mechanic's aide in car theft cases - Times of India|
Cops launch manhunt for mechanic’s aide in car theft cases TNN | Jun 27, 2018, 00:07 IST THANE: The anti-extortion cell has launched a manhunt to nab the accomplice of the mechanic who was arrested for the theft of seven cars. The police had last week arrested Inayatullah Shah, a resident of Ghatkopar, for stealing seven cars across Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Investigations revealed that Shah was aided by the mechanic in locating the cars and helping Shah in stealing them. “We have launched a manhunt to nab the accused. The duo used to steal vehicles that were parked on the road,’’ said sub-inspector Hemant Dhole. Shah, being a mechanic, knew the make of the cars. He would first look out for cars that have been scrapped. He would then search for the cars of the same make and model which would be parked on the street. Shah would break open its lock and use the chassis number, engine number and number plate and emboss it on the stolen car. He would then sell it in the market, the police informed. The police have cautioned second hand car owners to verify details of vehicles before purchasing it from agents as it could land them in trouble.
|2018-06-26||Workshop on National Children's Science Congress held - Times of India|
Workshop on National Children’s Science Congress held THANE: As many as 60 young science enthusiasts from various city-based schools discussed the need to embrace practical approach to learning science in a bid to make it more engaging and effective for the GenNext. The incorporation of practical curriculam will increase children’s outlook towards the subject and improve their understanding of science, according to students who had gathered for the orientation session on National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC). The three-hour lecture was organized by Jidnyasa trust which is the co-coordinating agency to represent Maharashtra at NCSC to be held in December. Every year, NCSC has a different focal theme. This year, it is Science, Technology and Innovation for a clean, green and healthy nation.
|2018-06-26||Hiranandani Group launches Uber Luxury project in Thane - newsbarons.com|
Hiranandani Group launches Uber Luxury project in Thane 26 June, 2018 | 6:00 pm One Hiranandani Park is an Uber Luxury project located at G. B. Road in Thane The evolution of Thane as a prime residential destination can be attributed to various factors like its proximity to Mumbai, well developed infrastructure with strong rail and road connectivity, state-of-the-art medical and educational facilities and multiple recreational zones. With nearly all leading developers now announcing projects, Hiranandani Group was one of the earliest developers in Thane who redefined living spaces by introducing mixed-used integrated township. Hiranandani Group’s foray into Thane with Hiranandani Meadows and later with Hiranandani Estate paved way for other developers to create similar housing structures and community living concept in the coming years. With the launch of their new project One Hiranandani Park, the group has now introduced uber luxury project ‘One Hiranandani Park’ (OHP) in Thane. Explaining to the Thane’s evolution as a high-end, luxury residential destination, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani Co-Founder & MD, Hiranandani Group said, “The company follows a clear vision to go beyond just creating ‘living spaces’. We have created mixed-used integrated townships and lifestyle patterns, and in effect, this has become the face of the new generation. Our community living reflects the collective psyche of a vibrant India’s energy, drive, and vitality. The projects speak the language of a new passion, of affluence and of happiness, which begins with an individual and culminate in the well-being of the residents in a holistic way”. OHP will offer contemporary facilities including a luxurious podium clubhouse, landscaped gardens, swimming pool, gymnasium, indoor games and kids play area, magnificent entrance lobbies; lush, green lawns and sports spaces as key project highlights. Eco-friendly and sustainable initiatives, like rainwater harvesting and STP have been incorporated into the design to make the project eco-friendly. The well- designed layout offers the spacious living to its elite patron. The decentralization of business hubs due to enhanced connectivity and ease of operations has waved a new trend of corporate relocation to Thane’s Ghodbunder Road. Thane mainly attracts IT/ITES sector and other sectors are also picking up the trend. The emerging trend of a shift in workspaces will allow the Thaneites to experience ‘Walk to Work’ culture in the true sense. “For the global citizen, used to plush locales world-over, One Hiranandani Park offers the elite living extravaganza with the international standards. It’s strategic location on Ghodbunder Road, Thane and nearing ready for possession on receipt of Occupation Certificate (O.C.), the project is all set to enhance Thane’s status as not just a high-end real estate destination, but an Uber luxury destination for grandeur homes,” concluded Mr. Hiranandani.
|2018-06-26||Tired of civic apathy, activist to map potholes on city roads - Times of India|
Tired of civic apathy, activist to map potholes on city roads Jun 27, 2018, 00:06 IST THANE: With the incessant rains leaving the roads ridden with potholes, a citizen activist from Thane has taken upon himself to map the craters on the main roads and graphically red-flag them to prevent any fatalities. Satyajit Shah, a mechanical engineer, has driven through the entire stretch from Thane to Airoli to identify the potholed spots and mail or WhatsApp the defective spots on the roads for the safety of motorists. “Operation Pothole Mapping,” Shah said is primarily aimed to caution motorists of the dangers that lie ahead on the road so that they can steer clear from the defective portion. Potholes have often caught bikers and motorists unawares and before they could screech to a sudden halt they either loose balance and fall off their two-wheelers or tend to damage the four-wheeler. “There are several mishaps related to potholes during the rains as motorists often fail to spot them, especially during heavy rains or water-logging. Mapping a road and pinpointing to the craters will be the best way to warn motorists,” said Shah. He said the concept of pothole mapping crossed his mind so as to shame the authorities responsible for maintainence of the roads and holding them directly responsible for any accidents. “While driving back home from Airoli last week, I started noting down the number and location of the craters and emailed the pencil sketched maps to friends and acquaintances. It was then that it occurred to me why not do a pothole mapping and inform motorists and authorities just as the Google location maps,’’ said Shah. He added that he will soon seek help from like-minded residents to prepare the pothole map in Thane and adjoining Navi Mumbai rather than wait for the authorities to fill up the bad roads. The activist added that he will also send the maps to the local administration to ensure that they atleast publish the same for the benefit of pedestrians and motorists if they cannot repair the roads. “I expect the authorities to repair the roads in time. I am in the process of sending these details to the local administration and expect some change. There are several motorists who could meet with mishaps if the roads are inundated during heavy rains and this initiative is to ensure future accidents do not take place,” he said. Satyajit Shah, a mechanical engineer, came upon this idea of mapping the potholes while driving on the stretch from Thane to Airoli He came across several potholes which he started noting down along with the location following which he emailed them to his friends He then realised that the same can be done to inform motorists about the potholes on the stretch so that they are careful while driving.
|2018-06-26||Case Filed Against School Headmistress For "Slapping Student For Yawning" - NDTV|
Case Filed Against School Headmistress For "Slapping Student For Yawning" The boy's father also alleged in his complaint that the headmistress had on June 19 also scolded the boy for not carrying some school books and had warned that she would beat him, he said. Updated: June 26, 2018 13:05 IST THANE: The district rural police has registered offences against the headmistress of a school in Maharashtra's Thane for allegedly slapping an 11-year-old boy for yawning during the morning assembly prayer, an official said today. On June 22, the class 6 student apparently yawned during the morning prayer held in the private school, located on Mira Road in Thane. "The headmistress took strong objection to this and allegedly slapped the boy," Nayanagar's senior police inspector Balaji Pandhare said, quoting a complaint lodged by the student's father. The boy's father also mentioned in his complaint that when he went to the school to enquire why the headmistress had slapped his son, she replied that if children indulge in mischief "we would punish them", Mr Pandhare said. Based on the complaint, the police has registered offences against the school headmistress under section 323 - voluntarily causing hurt - of the Indian Penal Code, and also the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, he said. No arrest has been made so far, the official said. The boy's father further alleged in his complaint that the headmistress had on June 19 also scolded the boy for not carrying some school books and had warned that she would beat him, he said. "Out of fear, the boy was not ready to go to school on June 20. But, his father persuaded him to attend his classes and also complained to the school management about the headmistress," the police official said.
|2018-06-25||Thane: Natural water outlets choked with debris in Kashimira; flood fear looms large over tribals - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Natural water outlets choked with debris in Kashimira; flood fear looms large over tribals Jun 25, 2018 07:09 am Bhayandar: While people rejoice rains as a cool respite from sweltering heat, more than 150 tribal families living in small hamlets in the vicinity of Chena creek on the Thane-Ghodbunder road in Kashimira remain in the grip of fear every time the skies open up. This, thanks to the haphazard development by a private company, coupled by the rampant dumping in the region by the notorious dumping mafia. Dumps of concrete and other waste material have almost choked the natural outlets on the stretch along the Chena creek which houses, Veklari Pada, Patil Pada and Vadyacha Pada- three tribal dominated hamlets located on the foothill’s of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Some of the tribal’s met municipal commissioner-Balaji Khatgaonkar on Thursday, seeking removal of debris and construction of a new nullah. “The debris dumping in the eco-sensitive zone is itself a major crime. The civic chief has assured to personally visit the spot and do the needful at the earliest,” said a former municipal corporator who accompanied the locals. “The way the company has covered the natural flow of this tributary, a threat of flash floods looms large over our hamlets adjoining abutting the creek,” claimed a local resident, with memories of last monsoon’s severe flooding fresh in his mind. However, repeated pleas and complaints lodged with the civic administration and the revenue department against massive dumping of debris have gone to deaf ears, alleged tribals who are forced to live under the constant fear of being washed out in the event of flooding due to heavy rains.
|2018-06-25||Mumbai rains: 3 killed, heavy showers pound Mumbai, Thane - Financial Express|
Mumbai rains: 3 killed, heavy showers pound Mumbai, Thane Heavy rains lashed the city and Thane district throughout the night and continued this morning, causing water-logging at several places and slowing the movement of suburban trains. Published: June 25, 2018 11:49 PM The Southwest Monsoon picked up momentum in Mumbai, bringing heavy showers claiming three lives in the city and adjoining Thane, officials said today. Heavy rains lashed the city and Thane district throughout the night and continued this morning, causing water-logging at several places and slowing the movement of suburban trains. Two people were killed last evening when a tree fell on them near the Metro Cinema in south Mumbai, an official from the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. A 13-year-old boy was killed and his parents were injured when a wall collapsed on their house at Wadol village in Thane around 2.15 am today, the district civic body’s regional Disaster Management Cell Chief Santosh Kadam said. In another incident, a 65-feet compound wall of a housing complex in Thane city collapsed today, crushing two cars and another vehicle, he said. A BMC statement said seven cases of house and wall collapses were reported but there were no reports of casualties in any of these cases. Mumbai received 231.4 mm rain in the last 24 hours, an IMD official said here. “The Santacruz weather station recorded 231.4 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. So much rainfall is categorised as extremely heavy showers,” IMD Mumbai Director Ajay Kumar told PTI. “This is the first extremely heavy rainfall recorded in Mumbai in the current season,” he said. The rain intensity has gone up since last afternoon and is expected to continue further, Kumar said. Thane received 229.81 mm rain in the last 24 hours, Kadam added. The IMD has predicted heavy-to-very heavy rain in the city in the next 24 to 48 hours. “These heavy showers are due to a cyclonic circulation over north Konkan and adjoining south Gujarat, and another circulation in the Bay of Bengal. We expect the rain activity to increase in the coming week, with scattered heavy to very heavy rain on June 27 and 28 in parts of north Konkan, including Mumbai,” an IMD official said. In Mumbai, a huge part of a compound adjacent to Lloyd Building in Wadala caved in, burying dozens of cars. Vijay Singhal, Additional Municipal Commissioner, BMC, said a stop work notice had been issued to the builder, and added that an inquiry had been initiated. “People from the affected building have been evacuated and we are awaiting a report regarding the tenacity of the building,” Singhal added. Singhal claimed that the civic body had handled the situation rising out of the incessant rains well and added that the city functioned normally. “We admit that there was water logging at a few places. Borivili witnessed the highest rainfall of 237 mm, while Santacruz received 231 mm, Prabodhankar Thackeray Auditorium (Borivali West) 229 mm, Kandivali 228 mm and Dahisar 215 mm in the last 24 hours,” he said. “Despite incessant rains, our measures to drain out water and micro manage flood prone areas worked well and people were not inconvenienced. Water-receding arrangements have got better,” Singhal said, adding that three batches of the National Disaster Response Force, the Navy and the Coast Guard were on alert mode. “We have kept 142 BMC schools ready in case stranded people have to be provided shelter,” Singhal told reporters. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, whose party rules the BMC, reviewed the situation today. Thackeray said measures to ensure water was drained out from flooded areas had improved considerably. The Sena chief said Mumbai saw more rainfall than Cherrapunji (a town in Meghalaya which holds two Guinness rainfall records). Owing to the heavy showers, several parts of the city like Dharavi, Sion, Matunga, Hindmata, Malad, Kurla, Andheri subway, Bhandup, Worli and Lower Parel were flooded with water up to three feet, and vehicles stuck in some places. “Traffic was diverted from Sion, King’s Circle, National College in Bandra, Siddharth Hospital in Goregaon, Chembur Phatak, Pratiksha Nagar in Sion, Milan Subway in Santacruz and Powai area of the city,” a BMC statement said. A container broke down on a bridge at suburban Vikhroli near the Eastern Express Highway today, because of which vehicular movement was slow, police said. Local train services of the Central Railway (CR), Western Railway (WR) and on the Harbour Line corridor were running late by 5 to 10 minutes, officials said. “There is some water accumulation at Sion due to the rain but trains are running on all three lines of the CR (main line, harbour and trans-harbour) with a slight delay of 5 to 7 minutes,” CR Chief Public Relations Officer Sunil Udasi said. The Western Railway in a tweet said, “WR Suburban trains are running with no disruption. There is slight delay due to low visibility in some areas due to rains.” Certain diversions were made due to water-logging on few routes of bus services of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), an official said. Meanwhile, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam, who visited the site of the cave-in at Wadala, hit out at the BMC and demanded action against corrupt officials of the civic body’s Building Proposals department. “This incident exposes the unholy nexus between builders, BMC commissioner (Ajoy Mehta) and engineers of the BMC’s Building Proposals department. In Mehta’s regime, a per square rate is fixed (as bribe) to allow illegal construction. All should be sacked immediately,” Nirupam alleged.
|2018-06-25||3rd mishap in a week: BEST bus mows down Thane woman - Times of India|
3rd mishap in a week: BEST bus mows down Thane woman Jun 26, 2018, 03:11 IST THANE: A 41-year-old woman died and another was injured after one of BEST's recently launched hybrid buses ploughed into them at Hiranandani Estate in Thane on Monday. This is the third fatal accident involving a BEST bus in about a week's time. The police said Priti Naidu and Pramita Malik were residents of the complex, and had stepped out for a walk around 8.30pm. "The bus had arrived from BKC and all passengers had alighted. When the driver steered to his right, he may not have seen the two women. While Naidu was killed, Malik has sustained injuries to her legs and has been admitted to Jupiter hospital," a police officer said. The officer added the driver panicked on hearing the women scream and rammed into a divider. "He fled the spot fearing a public thrashing but later surrendered to the police," he said. It is learnt that Naidu was trapped underneath the bus and could not be pulled out easily. "The new buses are low floor and hence, the victim could not be pulled out immediately. A heavy duty hydraulic jack was brought to the spot and the bus had to be lifted upwards to pull Naidu out," a police officer said.
|2018-06-25||Highest number of voters from Thane district in MLC polls | Thane ... - Times of India|
Highest number of voters from Thane district in MLC polls Jun 26, 2018, 00:24 IST THANE: Nearly 73.79 per cent of the total 1.04 lakh registered graduate voters from Konkan division, which includes Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts, cast their votes at the 157 polling centres on Monday to elect their representative to the Maharashtra legislative council. Thane district that has the highest number of voters in this segment saw nearly 70.80 per cent voter turnout till 5pm when the election process was finally declared as over. As many as 32,451 of the over 45,000 voters here, queued up at various polling centres in the district to choose their preferred representative to the House. Of the 18,766 female voters, 12,067 or 64 per cent turned out to cast their votes while 75 per cent male voters cast their votes on Monday irrespective of the lashing rains. “The polling in Thane was lower at around 37 per cent till afternoon but the numbers increased in the later part of the day,” said officials from the election department. Several young and aged graduates, who had registered themselves showed enthusiasm and came out to vote, including a would-be-bride, who managed to queue up before getting married. Thane collector Mahendra Kalyankar was also seen casting his vote while BJP candidate Niranjan Davkhare and Shiv Sena nominee Sanjay More were also spotted at the nearest booth casting their ballot early on Monday. The situation in Sindhudurg was impressive with nearly 88 per cent voting registered here in the daylong process where 4,674 of the 5,308 voters cast their ballot while in Raigad the polling percentage was also good at around 81 per cent where 16,147 of the 19,918 graduates braved the heavy rains to line up at the centres to vote. In Palghar, the voter turnout was 63.89 per cent wherein 10,850 of the total registered 16,982 voters turned out to vote. Ratnagiri also saw 79.82 per cent where around 12,948 of 16,222 voters voted. The polls to elect the representative from the graduate’s constituency to the legislative council are conducted once every six years in all the divisions. Six members are elected from graduates’ from seven divisions of the state. The voting to these seats is also done manually unlike the use of electronic voting machines. Voters have to mark their preference in numericals on the ballot paper for casting the vote. Instructions can be sought from staff deputed at the booths, said officials. The counting of the votes will be on June 28 at Agri Koli cultural house, Nerul, Navi Mumbai from 8am onwards.
|2018-06-25||Downpour brings with it tree fall, wall collapse, waterlogging in city - Times of India|
Downpour brings with it tree fall, wall collapse, waterlogging in city TNN | Jun 26, 2018, 00:28 IST THANE: Heavy rains continued to lash the lake city on Monday, turning certain pockets of Naupada, Vandana Society, Kalwa and Mumbra into swamps as the accumulated rainwater gushed into homes. The Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) of Thane said the rainfall received in the past 33 hours from Sunday morning to Monday 6pm was the heaviest and has warned of heavy rains for the next 48 hours. The relentless monsoon resulted in a compound wall collapse crippling traffic, causing waterlogging at several parts of the city, tree fall incidents, affecting the daily routine of office-goers. Office-goers had a tough time reaching Thane railway station, which was inundated with water, leading to delay of train schedules. There were frequent cancellations of local train services. Fearing a flood-like situation some opted to work from home, while many decided to take the day off. “Last year, I was stuck in my office at Powai due to heavy rains. On Sunday as well it was raining heavily and there were even warnings by the weather department. Instead of taking the risk of going to work and then getting stuck again, I informed my office that I would be working from home. I even made sure that my laptop and phone were charged so my work does not get interrupted during a power cut,” said Pratik Kundu, a resident of Waghbil. The RDMC registered 46 disaster-related complaints, some of which included 10 tree falls, one tree branch fall, one nullah wall collapse and a compound wall fall across different parts of the city in the past 24 hours. A tree toppled at Lokmanya Nagar on a moving school bus on Monday afternoon but fortunately none of the students were hurt. Santosh Kadam, RDMC chief, said, “At around 6.30am, a 65-feet compound wall of Raunak Park at Pokhran Road 2 collapsed damaging two parked cars and a motorbike. We reached the spot with a fire engine and a rescue vehicle. At noon, a similar incident occurred at Kharegoan near ward no. 25. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in these incidents. After clearing the debris, we called the concerned engineers at the site to come up with preventive measures.” Although there was no major traffic congestion in the city, the traffic department had sent out advisories for people commuting to Ahmedabad from Thane. “As there was waterlogging on Ahmedabad highway, there was congestion till Kaju Pada on Ghodbunder Road for around three hours. We had sent out advisories through social media platforms asking people to take alternative routes if they are heading to Ahmedabad from Thane. Commuters were asked to take the Powai route to go to Mumbai or the Bhiwandi route via Kapurbawadi to head towards Ahmedabad,” said S Kardile, inspector, traffic department. In case of any emergency, one can contact RDMC control room on 1800 22 2108/ 022-25399828.
|2018-06-25||Five killed as rains lash Mumbai, Thane; wall collapses in Antop Hill area - Business Standard|
Five killed as rains lash Mumbai, Thane; wall collapses in Antop Hill area About half the land area of Llyods Steel in Antop Hill area of Mumbai collapsed due to the heavy rains Last Updated at June 25, 2018 14:22 IST Torrential rains clobbered large areas of Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on Monday, claiming at least five lives and disrupting road traffic and rail operations, officials said. Heavy rains also caused damage to properties in some areas. About half the land area and parking lot of Llyods Steel in Antop Hill area of Mumbai collapsed on Monday when a deep pit of a nearby construction site caved in, damaging seven to eight cars parked in the premises. The crater was dug by Mumbai based Dosti Group to build a 50 storeyed tower. "There was a lot of seepage in the pit and landslide also happened due to rains. Due to mud sliding the parking lot collapsed," said a local resident. Lloyds has 2 towers of 30+ storeys close to the accident site and they are being evacuated. The downpour severely affected rail movement and peak hour road traffic on Monday, as waterlogging was reported in some parts of the Eastern and Western Express Highways (EEH-WEH), main and arterial roads and many low-lying areas of the city and suburbs and traffic to and from adjoining Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts. According to IMD, till 8.30 am in the past 24 hours, Mumbai suburbs received a 231.5 mm and the city got 100 mm rains, with predictions of more heavy rains over the next two days.
|2018-06-25||Rain effect: Air quality in lake city gets better | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India|
Rain effect: Air quality in lake city gets better Jun 26, 2018, 00:30 IST THANE: The air quality in Thane city has turned better by 33 per cent following a heavy downpour since Sunday. While the ceiling permissible limit of the Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM) is 100 gram per metric cube (g/mg3), the past few weeks recorded a drop in RSPM to 101g/mg3 from 167g/m3) on Sunday. On Monday, the particulate matter concentration came down drastically to 67.5 g/m3. The nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide in the air, which are other indicators of air pollution, also dropped by 30 per cent and 15 per cent respectively. “Dust particles and toxic gases are constantly released in the air due to vehicular traffic and even day-to-day movements. However, during the rains, this particulate matter is washed down to the ground. The concentration of toxic gases, too, is diluted during such heavy rain,” said a civic official. Nature enthusiasts in Thane said that this air toxicity level may drop further if the rains continue with the same intensity. However, they hope that the civic authorities are working on a plan to ensure that the levels do not rise by the end of the season. “Every year the rain brings down the air pollution levels. We have now started receiving proper rainfall and have started witnessing this positive change yet again this year. As monsoon enters in full swing, it is bound to better the air quality level,” said Jaideep Das, an environmentalist. “However, even though these next three months are expected to be air-pollution free, officials need to make the most of this time and prepare a preventive plan to ensure control on the RSPM, nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide levels once the rains make an exit,” he added.
|2018-06-25||Heavy rains lash Thane, give citizens sleepless nights - DNA India - Daily News & Analysis|
Heavy rains lash Thane, give citizens sleepless nights Updated: Jun 26, 2018, 03:04 AM IST Incessant rains in the last 48 four hours were a source of constant inconvenience and anxiety for the residents of Thane and beyond. There were at two incidents of death as water logging was reported from several parts of Thane, Dombivli, Kalyan. Non-stop rains claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy died in Vadolgaon after a compound wall of an under-construction sewerage treatment plant collapsed on two huts due to heavy rains on Monday morning. In another incident, an eight-year-old boy from Kalwa drowned in a pit dug by the railways. Incessant rainfall in the last 24 hours gave Vishal Shinde, secretary of Vijay Garden Society, Ghodbunder Road, Thane a sleepless night. "I was worried; if the nullah behind our society overflowed, how will I save my two cars," says Shinde. "Last year 200 vehicles were submerged due to waterlogging in our complex, and we feared that this year we might face the same," he adds. On Monday, the sanitation department of the TMC (Thane Municipal Corporation) had removed the garbage which clogged the nullah and put gunny bags near the nullah's incomplete wall. However, the residents are unsure if this solution will last the whole monsoon. "They should have finished the nullah work on time. I do not know if putting gunny bags is a permanent solution to our problems," says Shinde. When contacted Sandip Malvi, public relations officer, TMC said that they have formed a committee under the instruction of TMC commissioner. "The committee will look for permanent solutions in 13 areas of Thane which deal with water logging in monsoon," he says. In Dombivili east, chunks of ceiling plaster of Sai Leela building fell off. No injury or casualty was reported in the mishap, said Prasad Thakur, public relations officer, KDMC (Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation).
|2018-06-25||5 killed as rains clobber Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad in Maharashtra - National Herald|
5 killed as rains clobber Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad in Maharashtra Published: Jun 25th 2018, 11.21 AM Torrential rains clobbered large areas of Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra seriously hitting road traffic and rail operations, claiming at least five lives in rain-related incidents Torrential rains clobbered large areas of Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra seriously hitting road traffic and rail operations, claiming at least five lives in rain-related incidents, officials said here on Monday.Mumbai's lifeline, the suburban locals on Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR) were running between 15-30 minutes late on account of water logging on the railway tracks and periphery of several stations like Sion, Chinchpokli and Matunga, inconveniencing office-goers due to overnight rains that lashed the city.On the WR, the downpour had dislocated train movement due to heavy rains in south Gujarat and north-west Maharashtra, but services were restored (after nearly 90 minutes) with severe speed restrictions by 9.10 a.m. on Monday. WR General Manager AK Gupta left for the affected track sites between Bhilad-Sanjan (south Gujarat), even as several mail and express trains bound for Mumbai and from Mumbai to various destinations like Gujarat and Delhi, were delayed at various points en route.The Mumbai morning peak road traffic was badly hit as water logging was reported in some parts of the Eastern and Western Express Highways (EEH-WEH), main and arterial roads and many low-lying areas of the city and suburbs and traffic to and from adjoining Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts. There was flooding in several areas like Chunabhatti, Wadala, Dadar, Malad, Kurla, Gamdevi, Santacruz-Chembur Link Road and other places hitting traffic movement severely and delaying school buses transporting kids to their schools. The Mumbai Fire Brigade, NDRF and other emergency services have launched relief operations but there are no reports of any casualties. According to IMD, till 8.30 am in the past 24 hours, Mumbai suburbs received a 231.5 mm and the city got 100 mm rains, with predictions of more heavy rains over the next two days. Deaths reported due to heavy rains Two persons were killed last evening when a tree fell on them near Metro Cinema in south Mumbai, said an official from the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). A 13-year-old boy was killed and his parents were injured when an adjacent wall collapsed on their house at Wadol village in Ambernath taluka of Thane around 2.15 am today, the district civic body's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said.In another incident, a 65-feet compound wall of a housing complex in Thane city collapsed this morning, crushing two cars and another vehicle, he said. The district received 229.81 mm rain in the last 24 hours, Kadam added.In Mumbai, a huge part of a compound caved-in at Antop Hill area in Wadala. Around 15 cars were damaged with some vehicles getting buried under the debris, an official of the BMC's disaster management cell said. No casualty was reported in the incident, he said.A portion of the wall of an under-construction highrise at Lords Estate in Antop Hill trapping many residents and damaging over a dozen private cars parked in a neighbouring society premises.
|2018-06-25||Heavy showers pound Mumbai, Thane; 3 killed in rain-related incidents - Moneycontrol.com|
Heavy showers pound Mumbai, Thane; 3 killed in rain-related incidents Two persons were killed last evening when a tree fell on them near Metro Cinema in south Mumbai, said an official from the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Last Updated : Jun 25, 2018 02:06 PM IST The Southwest Monsoon picked up momentum in Mumbai, bringing heavy showers that claimed three lives in the city and adjoining Thane, officials said today. Heavy rains lashed the metropolis and Thane district throughout the night and continued this morning, causing water-logging at several places and slowing the movement of suburban trains, thus causing inconvenience to office-goers. Two persons were killed last evening when a tree fell on them near Metro Cinema in south Mumbai, said an official from the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). A 13-year-old boy was killed and his parents were injured when an adjacent wall collapsed on their house at Wadol village in Ambernath taluka of Thane around 2.15 am today, the district civic body's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. In another incident, a 65-feet compound wall of a housing complex in Thane city collapsed this morning, crushing two cars and another vehicle, he said. The district received 229.81 mm rain in the last 24 hours, Kadam added. In Mumbai, a huge part of a compound caved-in at Antop Hill area in Wadala. Around 15 cars were damaged with some vehicles getting buried under the debris, an official of the BMC's disaster management cell said. No casualty was reported in the incident, he said. "The fire brigade and Mumbai police officials have reached the spot and are assessing the situation," he added. Mumbai received 231.4 mm rain in the last 24 hours, an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) here said. "The Santacruz weather station recorded 231.4 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. So much rainfall is categorised as extremely heavy showers," IMD Mumbai Director Ajay Kumar told PTI. "This is the first extremely heavy rainfall recorded in Mumbai in the current season," he said. The rain intensity has gone up since yesterday afternoon and is expected to continue further, he said. Owing to the heavy showers, several parts of the city, like Dharavi, Sion, Matunga, Hindmata, Malad, Kurla, Andheri subway, Bhandup, Worli and Lower Parel, were flooded with water up to two to three feet, and vehicles got stuck in some places. "Traffic has been diverted from Sion, King's circle, National College in Bandra, Siddharth Hospital in Goregaon, Chembur Phatak, Pratiksha Nagar in Sion, Milan Subway in Santacruz and Powai area of the city," a statement issued by civic body said. A container broke down on a bridge at suburban Vikhroli near Eastern Express Highway this morning, because of which vehicular movement in the area was slow, the Mumbai Police said. Local train services of the Central Railway (CR), Western Railway (WR) and on the Harbour Line corridor were running late by 5 to 10 minutes, officials said. "There is some water accumulation at Sion due to continuous rains but trains are running on all three lines of the Central Railway (main line, harbour and trans-harbour) with a slight delay of 5 to 7 minutes," CR Chief Public Relations Officer Sunil Udasi said. The suburban main line of CR runs from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) to Karjat, Khopoli and Kasara, the Harbour Line runs from CSMT to Panvel and the Trans-Harbour Line is from Thane to Vashi and Panvel. The Western Railway in a tweet said, "WR Suburban trains are running with no disruption. There is slight delay due to low visibility in some areas due to rains." Certain diversions were made due to water-logging on few routes of bus services of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), an official said. The IMD has predicted heavy-to-very heavy rain in the city in the next 24 to 48 hours. "These heavy showers are due to a cyclonic circulation over north Konkan and adjoining south Gujarat and another circulation in the Bay of Bengal. We expect the rain activity to increase in the coming week, with scattered heavy to very heavy rain on June 27 and 28 in parts of north Konkan, including Mumbai," an IMD official said.
|2018-06-24||This new book chronicles Thane's 700-year-old connect with Christianity - Mid-Day|
This New Book Chronicles Thane's 700-Year-Old Connect With Christianity Jun 24, 2018, 07:48 IST A new book chronicles Thane's tiny community that developed around a church after surviving bloody wars and over 400 monsoons To a child from the neighbouring, sleepy suburb of Mulund, Thane, and not SoBo, was the big city. From its cinema halls and markets to its khau gallis and lakes, it was the family's go-to destination. This included the "bada" church, as some autowallahs would refer to it. And St John the Baptist church was truly "bada". Growing up in a god-fearing Catholic household meant regular visits to St John's for Sunday mass. During service, the high ceiling, murals and life-like statues would grab our attention even during the most interesting of sermons. And, each time the choir would sing a hymn, its lilting notes would waft through the walls of the Baroque church. With time, Mulund got its own church, and as it metamorphosed into a lively suburb; our trips to Thane ceased to be. Decades later, as we leaf through the pages of Witness - a richly-illustrated, exhaustive celebration of Thane's Christian community that grew around this church - those memories rush back. Its editor and contributor, Dr Fleur D'Souza, former HOD-history department and retired vice principal (Arts), St Xavier's College, is happy to give us a personalised tour of this chronicle in her Cherai home. Thane's history seeps out from the sepia-tinted frames and books around us, and flows right into this book. The historian has been burning the midnight oil with several parishioners, to ensure that this title is ready for its 8,000-strong community today, on the feast of St John the Baptist. It will be released at the hands of His Eminence Rev Cardinal Oswald Gracias (Archbishop of Bombay) and Bishop Allwyn D'Silva (Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bombay, zonal Bishop of Thane, Navi Mumbai and Raigad District Deaneries and Bishop-in-charge of the Social Apostolate in the Archdiocese). "Your parish, along with several others that spread from Bhiwandi to Bassein, Airoli and Kalwa, were historically under the umbrella of this church," she shares, while giving us a rough idea of its massive reach. "But this book's highlight is proof that Christianity arrived in Thane 700 years ago. From its earliest recorded name, Sri Stanaka, to others references like Tana and Thannah, it was a busy port city filled with people of different religions and nationalities and where vessels brought in traders, travellers, merchants and missionaries," D'Souza reveals, painting a vivid scene from 14th century Thane. In 1321, four Franciscan monks arrived in Thane unexpectedly, and spotted a group of 15 Eastern Christian (also called Nestorian) families. This incident pre-dates the arrival of the Portuguese on Kerala's coast. These four Franciscans were eventually martyred in Kalwa. The record validates Thane's historic tryst with Christianity, reveals D'Souza. The next few chapters take us through Thane's fall, rise and fall, as the Portuguese (1534), the Marathas (1737), and finally, the English (1774) took turns as rulers. However, it was during the Portuguese reign that the origins of this church emerge. Six churches and two hermitages belonging to the Jesuit, Dominican, Augustinian and parish church of the Portuguese, as well as the Franciscan church of St Anthony's (rechristened as the parish of St John the Baptist) date to this period. "The foundation stone (for St John's) was laid on the banks of the Masunda Lake in 1581," she shares. Did Thane see a change in fortunes, we ask. "Bombay's rise as the urbs primus led to another dip. Luckily, Asia's first railway line (1853) put us back on the map as an industrial belt." Closer to that historic railway station, at the church office, Bishop Allwyn and a few parishioners are planning for the big day. "The book was thought about after the church was restored in 2015. Sometimes, we don't document historic information and it gets lost for future generations. We wanted it to be not just about the structure, but also about a living community," explains the visionary head, in between a busy schedule. And it is an ode to this community that signs off the book on a warm note. Anecdotes, reminisces, black-and-white frames of weddings and first holy communions are sure to bring countless smiles on parishioners' faces and turn the spotlight on silent hands that run the well-knit parish. History lesson soaked in, we must return to the now. D'Souza asks for our honest opinion, "Will the book resonate in today's day and age?" We remind her, "Of course. After all, it's about the 'bada' church." * Thana cloth, Thana silks, blackwood ivory inlaid desks and leather were key, prized exports from the port city. Other products from the region like salt, arrack, coconuts and oil, were also shipped to other parts of the world. * In the jungles of Pokhran the tiny Jesuit hermitage of Nossa Senhora das Merces served a community of farmers and recorded that tigers roamed in these parts. From the designer's desk "We kept the communication such that it linked the past, present and future, and yet ensured that the church's rich history and tradition was respected. There was diverse material that included photographs and archives. We had to bring all of it together to tell a powerful story. Today's readers are intimidated by large chunks of text and so this book had to be created in an accessible format. Fleur is the ultimate raconteur who made it relevant for the 'now' while telling us that story." Etienne Coutinho Restoring a 435-year-old landmark in Thane In 2015, the church's restoration wrote a new chapter in its history, and that is why it occupies an important section in the book. Conservation architect Vikas Dilawari who oversaw it, says, "As the church underwent repairs, a lot was revealed in the fabric. I am glad that it is being recorded as a book for future generations. Hopefully, this book will create awareness of its heritage and ensure rightful maintenance. Hats off to Bishop Allwyn for having steered this project with vision, care and grace."
|2018-06-24||Thane native held for cheating 129 of Rs 3 crore in Goa - Oherald|
Thane native held for cheating 129 of Rs 3 crore in Goa MARGAO: An accused involved in cheating at least 129 people from Goa of Rs 3 crore through an investment chain was arrested by a team of Economic Offences Cell (EOC) from Thane in Maharashtra. MARGAO: An accused involved in cheating at least 129 people from Goa of Rs 3 crore through an investment chain was arrested by a team of Economic Offences Cell (EOC) from Thane in Maharashtra. Anand Shivram Tambe, aged 49 years from Tiskgao, Kalyan East, Maharashtra, was traced in Thane-Maharashtra by the team headed by Prajyot S Fadte and formally placed him under arrest at Margao police station. The accused Tambe was booked for the crime in 2012 under Section 420, 120-8 of IPC. He was wanted for last six years and was absconding. He was the representative of M/s Shine Multitrade (lndia) Pvt Ltd involved in cheating the investors in Goa and also in Maharashtra. The accused person was involved in the conspiracy for cheating around 129 investors to the tune of Rs 3 crore approximately in Goa. Earlier, the police arrested Shine Multitrade MD Bhupsingh Bhanu (a native of Jaipur in Rajasthan), Akash Mattikop of Margao, Sanjay Amonkar of Malbhat, Bharad Shirodkar and Suraj Fatarpekar from Navelim, in the case. Currently, they are all out on bail. Two accused directors of the company, namely, Shaan-E-Elahi from Ambedkar Nagar, New Delhi and Mohan Keshwani, from Malvia Nagar, Jaipur are still absconding. The accused Tambe has been remanded in police custody for five days.
|2018-06-24||Bail plea of duo held for ATM fraud rejected - Times of India|
Bail plea of duo held for ATM fraud rejected Jun 25, 2018, 00:51 IST THANE: The Thane district sessions court has rejected the bail application of two conmen who were arrested in the ATM fraud in which several people were duped to the tune of over Rs 10 lakhs. Additional sessions judge V Y Jadhav rejected the bail plea of the duo—Kamlesh Yadav and Alok Singh—who were allegedly part of the six-member gang that cheated citizens at ATM kiosks at various locations like Thane, Mira-Bhayandar, Vasai-Virar, Nalasopara, Mumbra, Kopri, Panvel, Padgha, Dahisar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan and Shahpur. The accused allegedly used to pose as customers. They used to stand behind the victim in the queue. When the victim would find it difficult to withdraw money, the accused would offer to help them. Subsequently, the accused would notice the PIN number of customers. “The accused used to insert the victim’s card and make them punch in the PIN number. The accused would then press a button on the machine in order to stop the transaction from going ahead. The accused used to then cunningly change the victim’s card with a fake card. Once the victim used to leave, the accused would use their card and withdraw the money,’’ a police official said. The judge in his order stated, “The investigation is in progress and the test identification parade of accused is yet to be conducted. Hence, in such circumstances, in my view, the applicants are not entitled for bail at this stage of the investigation and does not deserve bail.”
|2018-06-24||Thane society goes on a drastic sweep - DNA India - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane society goes on a drastic sweep Updated: Jun 25, 2018, 02:10 AM IST Residents of 800 flats of a swish Thane society woke up on Sunday in plastic-free homes, a day after tossing out all sorts of banned plastic items from their lives into a tempo supplied by an NGO which will recycle the trash. "From senior citizens to four-year-olds, everybody enthusiastically gave away the plastic items," said Ulhas Karle, a resident of Lodha Luxuria at Majiwada. Karle, who is associated with Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth NGO, planned the mass cast-off two days ago. He sent out a WhatsApp appeal to residents urging them to discard on Saturday — the day the state enforced the ban – all prohibited items and electronic waste. Even sceptical residents obliged. "We did it in for the society and environment," said Pravin Tulsani, 38, a resident. On Saturday, the NGO collected over 2,500 kg of plastic bags from Thane and sent it for recycling.
|2018-06-23||Thane: From today, beware if you are using plastic, says TMC - Free Press Journal|
Thane plastic ban: From today, beware if you are using plastic, says TMC Jun 23, 2018 08:25 am Thane: The Thane Municipal corporation (TMC) is all geared up to implement the plastic ban from today. Even as the Thane civic corporation has drawn guidelines for the ban, societies and traders are opposing it. The opposition they claim is not against the ban, but it has more to do with the TMC’s apparent lack of initiative to spread awareness. The traders have declared that they will not pay the fine and hence, there are signs the city will witness the ‘plastic war’. The TMC?will begin crack down on those using any kind of banned plastic from 7.00 am on Saturday. The action will be focused on commercial establishments, market places and railway stations on the first day. The corporation also informed that residents who are found using plastic will not be spared. “The deadline set up by the state is now over and we have set up ward-wise teams to survey the city from Saturday morning. The sanitary inspector of each of the ten wards along with pollution control employees will survey the commercial establishments, market places and the residents in the ward to check if there is any use, sale or manufacture of plastic. We will not spare even the residents found using prohibited plastic, for which those near the station will be targeted,” said Manisha Pradhan, pollution control officer of TMC. The corporation has set up collection centers in each of the ten wards and have also stationed vans which will collect plastic or thermocol over 10 kilograms. Pradhan added that the action will go on even if the High Court who is hearing a petition to stay the ban, rules against the state. TMC?flooded with messages After the corporation published a Whatsapp number where people can leave a message if they want to dispose off their old plastic, the pollution control department was flooded with messages. Pradhan informed, “We received over 70 messages since morning, asking us to send the van to collect plastic.” On the other hand, traders and societies have opposed the ban as they claim that had not received any guidelines before banning the plastic they have. “We do not understand what are we supposed to keep and what to throw,” claimed Kamlesh Hemani, office bearer, Thane Traders Association. Instructions for thanekars Residents who have plastic or thermacol from the banned category can drop them at the bins stationed at each of the corporation’s ward offices. Residential complexes or commercial establishment which wish to dispose off more than 10 kgs of plastic can send a message to 8291735893 and Thane Municipal corporation will send a van to collect it.
|2018-06-23||Thane court sentences man to 10-years imprisonment over charges ... - Firstpost|
Thane court sentences man to 10-years imprisonment over charges of kidnapping, raping 17-year-old girl in 2015 Jun 23, 2018 13:41:27 IST Thane: A man has been sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by a court in Thane for repeatedly raping a 17-year-old girl in 2015 after kidnapping her from Madhya Pradesh. Thane District Sessions Judge SC Khalipe awarded the sentence to Shivam Banvarilal Kalawat, 24, a resident of Guna in Madhya Pradesh on Friday, and also imposed a fine of Rs 40,000 on him. However, two others — the convict's sister Archana Kalawat, 25, and Sunil alias Prakash Kautik Patel, 35, — were acquitted by the court. The convict's mother, Sita, who was also an accused in the case, died during the pendency of the trial. Additional public prosecutor Rekha Hiwrale told the court that the four accused had kidnapped the girl from Guna in 2015 and taken her to various places. Finally, they brought her to Vashi in Navi Mumbai and pushed her into flesh-trade. Between May and August 2015, the convict repeatedly raped her, the court was told. The victim somehow managed to escape from their clutches from Juhu village in Navi Mumbai and get in touch with an NGO. She lodged a complaint against the accused at the Vashi police station on 18 August, 2015. Observing that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubts all the charges against Shivam Kalawat, and convicted him. The court held him guilty under various Indian Penal Code sections, including 376 (2)(n) (repeated rape), 363 (kidnapping), 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 344 (wrongful confinement for ten or more days) and also under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
|2018-06-23||Heart transplanted to 4-yr-old in Thane - United News of India|
Heart transplanted to 4-yr-old in Thane Thane, Jun 23 (UNI) A team of doctors at Fortis Hospital, Mulund successfully transplanted a heart onto a four-year-old girl from Jalna here recently. It became possible when the parents of a 13-year-old boy from Aurangabad consented to donate their beloved son’s organs. The boy was declared brain dead after he was rushed for treatment of injuries sustained in a road traffic accident at MGM Hospital in Aurangabad. The team of doctors was led by Dr Anvay Mulay, Head ofCardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund. An official statement said a green corridor from the donor hospital in Aurangabad to Fortis Hospital inMulund was created for swift transplant of donated heart.
|2018-06-23||Thane municipal corporation raids 100 shops, collects ?95000 in fine - Hindustan Times|
Thane municipal corporation?raids 100 shops, collects 95,000 in fine TMC seized more the 2,500 kg of plastic MUMBAI Updated: Jun 24, 2018 01:13 IST On the first day of plastic ban, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) raided more than 100 shops and seized more than 2,500 kgs of plastic. It also imposed fine on those found with large quantity of plastic stock and collected a fine of ?95,000 on Saturday. Some, who were caught with small quantity of plastic bags, were given a warning and told to dispose them of or else they would be fined. The state imposed a ban on use of plastic bags and goods from June 23. Those found using them will be heavily fines. Following the state’s directives, the corporation began its drive throughout the city with a team of over 50 officials. Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer of the TMC, said, “The team checked shops and commercial establishments at Pokharan Road, Jambli Naka market, Gaondevi market and Vartak Nagar among others. More than 100 shops were raided and more than 2,500 kgs plastic seized. The team also collected around ?95,000 fine. The plastic will be sent to the dry waste collection centre at CP Tank and disposed of scientifically.” More than 500kgs of plastic was seized from the vegetable markets from Naupada. The drive which began at 7am continued till 12.30pm. An officer from Naupada ward added, “We mostly imposed fines on shops which had stocked more than 2.5 kgs of plastic. Others were let off with a warning. From tomorrow, we will impose fines on all if the plastic is not disposed of,” the Malvi added. Plastic continue to appear in markets Despite the ban on plastic, several vegetable and flower vendors were seen using plastic. Several residents were seen carrying or accepting plastic bags from vendors. Most of them stopped after the team of civic officials started taking action. Some residents were seen carrying cloth bags and also encouraging others to do the same. Anant Thakur, 67, a resident of Kalwa, said, “I have started using cloth bags for the past two years and trying to encourage others to use the same. We have completely stopped using any type of plastic in my home. I have also got in touch with few NGOs and got cloth bag made and distributed them in my community.”
|2018-06-23||20-yr-old Thane woman score Fifa dream trip - Hindustan Times|
20-yr-old Thane woman score Fifa dream trip Poonam Gautam, Lalu Rathod, and Akshay Chauhan, from Mumbai; along with Shital Toppo, and Sony Kumari, from Jharkhand have also been chosen MUMBAI Updated: Jun 24, 2018 00:33 IST Shradha Aher, 20, has been teaching football to children at Rabodi since the last few months. She started with 15 children but that number has gone up to 74 in less than a year. This young coach’s achievements and hard work have helped her get selected to be part of the six-member youth delegation that will represent India at the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia from June 26 to July 3. The team will participate in the Fifa Foundation’s Football for Hope festival – Fifa’s global initiative for youth and community development. They are a part of the Oscar Foundation, the only non-profit organisation from India to be invited for the festival. The event is will focus on how the youth from under-served communities can bring about a real and lasting change. Aher is the only Thane resident along with Poonam Gautam, 18, Lalu Rathod, 18, and Akshay Chauhan, 18, from Mumbai; while Shital Toppo, 18, and Sony Kumari, 20, are from Jharkhand. “I always wanted to pursue sports but my family was not financially able to support me. In Class 12, I happened to attend a session by the Oscar Foundation. They motivated me to take up my lost passion. It was during their young leader training that I discovered my passion for football. I have been training for two and a half years now,” said Aher, a former student of Holy Cross High School. As she started gaining confidence in the game, she realised that there are many like her who need support and a boost from experts to guide them in the right direction. This is why she took up the mentorship. “My aim as a coach is to recognise the talent and bring confidence among the children. I also hope that more girls opt to play football and not just boys,” said Aher. “I feel football is the perfect game to teach team spirit. There is just one ball and everyone involves themselves with that ball.” “I am very excited that my daughter has been selected from among so many people. She will get a chance to visit a different country and she is making all of us proud with her initiatives and actions. I just hope for the best and want her to learn a lot from this experience,” said Sheetal, Aher’s mother. Aher is excited that she will get to watch the match live and is also keen to visit people from other countries and witness an exchange of cultures. The delegation will get an opportunity to watch Match 51 of Round 16 on July 1 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Ashok Rathod, founder of the Oscar Foundation will be joining the youth delegation. “Our organisation uses football as a tool for engagement and supports youth and children from low-income communities to complete their education. This six-member delegation was selected as they are role models from low-income communities in Mumbai and Jharkhand,” he said. Poonam Gautam who is also selected, lives in Mumbai’s Ambedkar Nagar slum. “I am very happy to be selected for this tour. From my community, I am the first girl who will be going outside of India. I am very passionate about football and I aspire to be a professional football player,” she said.
|2018-06-23||Thane city recieves 448mm rain in 24 hrs - Times of India|
Thane city recieves 448mm rain in 24 hrs Jun 24, 2018, 02:44 IST THANE: A total of 448.8mm of rainfall was recorded in the past 24 hours across the lake city, according to the newly-installed weather monitoring system here. While the maximum rainfall at 139mm was recorded at Pokhran Road 2, including Hiranandani Meadows and Manpada; Wagle Estate received 117.8mm and Kalwa received just 54.8mm of rainfall. Heavy rains lashed the city post-midnight and continued till Saturday morning. The weather station installed at Mumbra recorded 59.6mm rainfall, whereas the one at Panchpakhadi witnessed 77.2mm. Despite such heavy rain, the regional disaster management cell (RDMC) recorded only three tree fall and one branch fall cases, bringing about a relief among environmentalists who were worried about the increasing tree fall incidents in the last two weeks. Although there was slow movement of traffic in the early hours of Saturday, no major snarls was reported as waterlogging did not take place in major areas. However, power supply was snapped at several parts of the city for almost four hours at night. A resident of Waghbil, Siddesh Sukhi, said, “It was around 4am when the electricity went off. It came back at 8am. Fortunately, the weather was pleasant so we could go back to sleep. But in the morning too power had gone for some time.” Meteorologists claimed that rain bearing clouds are heading towards the North Konkan region, Mumbai and Thane. This will lead to high intensity rainfall till Wednesday. Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at Skymet weather, said, “It has been predicted that the rains will be heavy over the weekend and will continue till Wednesday. After that, the city will receive moderate rainfall.” Even the RDMC is well equipped with their machinery and rescue teams in case of a disaster. The team has also displayed important contact numbers of ward officials on thanecity.gov.in. Residents can reach out to them in case of a problem.
|2018-06-23||7 cars worth Rs 40 lakh seized from mechanic - Times of India|
7 cars worth Rs 40 lakh seized from mechanic Jun 24, 2018, 03:53 IST THANE: A Ghatkopar mechanic was arrested for car thefts across Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and seven stolen vehicles were seized from him by the anti-extortion cell. Police said the cars were totally worth around Rs 40 lakh. Inayatullah Shah (31) would purchase scrapped cars involved in accidents from insurance agents and use their number plates and other details on other cars of the same make which used to be stolen from streets, senior inspector Pradeep Sharma said. Police said they stumbled upon the mechanic while probing a vehicle theft case with Naupada police. Based on a tip-off, officials led by inspectors Rajkumar Kothmire and Vikas Ghodke, sub-inspector Hemant Dhole and others, laid a trap and arrested Shah from Naupada. "We are trying to find out others who may have aided him in running the racket, and also his involvement in the other car theft racket," said the officer.
|2018-06-23||Nullah water seepage from rly tracks to Kalwa area diverted - Times of India|
Nullah water seepage from rly tracks to Kalwa area diverted Jun 24, 2018, 02:45 IST THANE: Almost a year after residents of Kalwa’s Dattawadi wrote to the Thane civic body about the problem of overflowing nullah behind their homes from the railway tracks, ward officials have finally made a temporary drainage in the vicinity to divert the flow of water from the residential area. Residents of the area have been facing severe waterlogging since 2015 owing to accumulation of drainage water from the railway tracks behind their houses every monsoon. “As ours is a low-lying area between the main road and a railway track, the rising drainage water gushing down the railway tracks every year would result in us having to wade through knee-deep water to enter our homes. Our area turns into a place riddled with waste, rodents and accompanying viruses and parasites, said P Jaisinghani, a senior citizen from Lilavati Nagar cooperative housing society. He added that the locals got in touch with the ward officers last year, who came and conducted a recce of the place and realised the gravity of the situation. “Thereafter we were in constant touch with them, telling them about flooding every time, right until Friday, when they actually brought some labourers and started working on a solution,” he said. A team of daily wage labourers spent the Saturday not only desilting the nullah behind the societies to divert more water from these homes on rainy days, but also increased the height of the boundaries of this temporary drainage so that the water does not flow out and enter the houses. “We have a few contractors working on the nullah cleaning project and they have been asked to lend their services to this area for the day. They cleared the rubbish gathered at the bottom of the nullah so that the rain water along with the water coming down from the railway lines has some place to pass through. As the area comes under the railways we cannot take any permanent action hastily, but are doing our best to control the situation,” said Vijay Jadhav, civic official from the Kalwa ward office. While civic officials have taken their first action to make the situation better, locals continue to face slight waterlogging, and are already awaiting the end of monsoon. “Even though officials deepened and widened this nullah, the rain showers on Friday resulted in ankle level water accumulating in our areas. The officials said that they would need to collaborate with the railways for a permanent solution and that that the work would happen only after the monsoon. We are now bracing for the same issues this year and hoping the rains end soon,” added a resident.
|2018-06-22||Thane: Police foil robbery bid on highway, arrest one gang member - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Police foil robbery bid on highway, arrest one gang member Jun 22, 2018 12:37 pm Thane: Palghar district rural police foiled a robbery attempt at Waghoba Khind point on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway and arrested one of the gang members, an official said today. The incident took place late last night. Palghar DSP Manjunath Shinge said that some motorists, who faced heavy stone pelting while passing by Waghoba Khind, alerted the police about it shortly before midnight. After this, a police team was rushed to the spot. But the gang members hurled stones even at the policemen. To quell the suspected robbers, police opened fire, but all except one managed to escape from the spot taking advantage of the darkness, the official said. The arrested accused was caught after a chase. A massive search operation has been launched to nab the remaining members of the gang, police said.
|2018-06-22||Thane commuters' panel to survey, find causes of train accidents - Hindustan Times|
Thane commuters’ panel to survey, find causes of train accidents The committee will write to railway authority regarding the same and seek permission to carry out surveys at stations and accident spots in the presence of railway officials MUMBAI Updated: Jun 23, 2018 00:46 IST Thane district railways passengers association is set to form a ‘Safety Committee,’ which will work to curb the number of accidents due to overcrowded local trains. The committee will soon write to the railway authority regarding the same and seek permission to carry out surveys at railway stations and accident spots in the presence of railway officials. The committee will include the senior members of the association, a retired judge and senior journalists. The aim of the committee is to survey and come up with measures to prevent railway accidents. “The suburban stations on Central Railway (CR) witness thousands of accidents, due to overcrowding, colliding with poles, trespassing and so on. However, no effective measures have been implemented by the railway authority to curb the number of accidents, which are increasing day by day,” said Omprakash Sharma, president, Thane District Railway Passengers Association. He added, “The committee members will visit the stations carrying out the survey and the survey report will be sent to the railway authority.” Sharma said that they would write to higher authorities of CR next week, requesting them to ensure one of their officials accompany them while they undertake the survey. The report will feature the number of accidents and measures to curb these accidents. “It’s a good move and the railway authority should cooperate with the association members forming this committee, which will help us resolve the commuters’ issues,” said Kavita Prabhu, 48, a commuter from Thane. Milind Patil, 54, a commuter from Thane, said requests to the railway to increase the frequency of trains have failed to bear fruit. “Though complaints have been lodged many times to the railways regarding increasing the frequency of local services, it all falls on deaf ears, as the officials are yet to initiate measures to control the number of accidents,” said Patil, 54. Mumbai: Woman falls off moving train, vigilant cop comes to rescue “Every year, around 40% of accidents take place due to the poles between the tracks. However, there are around 10 – 12 stations, which consist of such poles, which need to be removed immediately. While other kinds of accidents include trespassing and overcrowding,” said Sharma.
|2018-06-22||Witness how lost glory of 435-yr-old Thane church was restored - Hindustan Times|
Witness how lost glory of 435-yr-old Thane church was restored After undergoing an 18-month restoration phase, the church was finally reopened in 2015 MUMBAI Updated: Jun 23, 2018 00:29 IST Overlooking Masunda lake is the renowned bell tower of St John the Baptist Church, one of the oldest churches in Thane and Mumbai. Once you step inside the church, built on an old graveyard, you witness Portuguese-styled wooden altar with Baroque architecture that includes gold enamel. In the early 2000, this 435-year-old heritage structure started falling apart. This is when talks of restoration started doing rounds and soon conservation architect Vikas Dilawari was roped in. After undergoing an 18-month restoration phase, the church was finally reopened in 2015. In addition, a coffee table book — Witness — was compiled to document the restoration work. The book will up for sale from Sunday. Available in two versions, the hardbound copy can be purchased for ?1,000 and paperbound copy is available for ?500. “We tried our best to maintain the [church’s] original beauty and restored it according to the old photos and testimonies. Dilawari ensured that every process is documented for future reference. I have grown up here and have many memories of the church. The Baroque-style altar was amazing. Some of the oldest residents of Thane shared fond memories of the church and these anecdotes are mentioned in the book,” said Dr Fleur D’Souza, a Thane resident, and a retired history professor. D’souza played a crucial role in editing the book. Even the Pulpit, earlier used by priests for delivering sermons, was restored. Similarly, the modern altar was replaced with an intricately carved wooden altar that was kept in a corner. The new altar has made the grave stones underneath visible. “There was a small door that was revealed and some old stones with sculpting have been kept at different locations so that parishioners can see them. We also tried to restore its original beauty. Using old photographs, we tried to recreate the main door. Also, we restored a wooden structure at the entrance,” D’souza said. Bishop Allwyn D’silva, Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Bombay, said Christianity has a long history in Thane and first documentation of Christianity dates back to 1321. “Not everyone is aware of this and it is essential for the younger generations to know the significance of the church and the community in Thane. The aim of the book is to keep the legacy alive. The last few pages include timeline of the important dates that mark the evolution of the church and the community,” he added. After the restoration was completed, fans that consume 30% less energy were installed to cater to 1,000 devotees who visit on Sundays. Brainchild of D’silva, the fan is a part of the numerous eco-friendly initiatives ranging from installation of solar panels, rainwater harvesting, recycling organic waste to using LED lights at church grounds. D’Souza organises awareness initiatives to make the parish eco-friendly. He is known as the Green Bishop. The history The church was built in 1582 and was then known as St Anthony Friary. Among those visiting the church included the Franciscans, the Jesuits, the Augustinians and the Dominicans. After Marathas captured Thane in 1737, all churches, except this one, were destroyed. Though severely damaged, Marathas allowed the church to function under local priests. Some of the bells from the church can still be found in temples across Nashik and Solapur. Items that survived the damage were the main wooden altar, sides of the altar, and the roof of the sanctuary.
|2018-06-22||RTE admission: ZP extends deadline after technical glitches - Times of India|
RTE admission: ZP extends deadline after technical glitches Jun 23, 2018, 04:54 IST THANE: Following a string of technical glitches in the online RTE system which resulted in a number of selected applicants in the district not receiving their confirmation message via SMS, the education department of the Thane Zilla Parishad has extended the final date of claiming admission from June 21 to June 25. In the second lottery round of the RTE scheme, which allows children from the lower economic groups to secure free admission in their choice of school in their locality, which took place on June 11 as many as 2,637 students were selected in different schools in the district. However, because of some technical issue most applicants’ parents did not get the SMS about their selection, which resulted in them not knowing that their child had actually been selected and they thus failed to visit the school and secure the admission. On realising this technical glitch, the ZP education department not only resend all the selection SMS to all the parents of the applicants, but also extended the deadline for confirming these admissions by four days. Speaking about the issue an official at the Thane ZP education officer said, “The moment we realised about this technical glitch, we quickly sent the message to all the parents of the selected students once again. However, by the time this was done the deadline for confirming the admissions was very close. This is why we decided to extend the last day, giving them enough time to secure their admission.” As of April 9, only 324 selected students had claimed their admission and over 960 students are yet to do so.
|2018-06-22||Bail plea of accused held for molestation rejected - Times of India|
Bail plea of accused held for molestation rejected Jun 23, 2018, 04:53 IST THANE: The Thane sessions court rejected the bail applications of an auto driver and another man who were arrested for molesting a 23-year-old passenger last year and pushing her out of moving auto. In his order, the sessions court judge R V Jatale said, “The release of accused would demoralize not only the victim and her family, but will also send out a wrong message to the society.” The accused, Santosh Lokhande and Lahu Goghare were arrested on June 8, 2017. The victim had caught the share auto from Mulund at 9.30pm. There was a male passenger already sitting in the auto. As the auto rickshaw went a bit ahead, the co-passenger started touching her inappropriately. When the woman objected and raised an alarm, the auto driver took a turn and drove towards Pokhran Road 2. The duo then beat up the woman and pushed her out of the vehicle. The Naupada police subsequently arrested the duo and since then they have been lodged in jail. The duo, in their plea, sought bail on the ground that the investigation is complete and a chargesheet has been filed. Prosecutor Dilip Bahiram contested the plea on the ground that the offence is serious and the auto driver continued to drive knowing that the co-accused was outraging the modesty of a woman inside his auto. “If he was innocent, he should have stopped the auto, but he did not,” Bahiram said. The judge, after hearing both sides, said, “Appraisal of the entire chargesheet, including investigation papers, clearly reveals that the offence is serious and the sentence may run up to life. “The offence is terrorizing the working women and the victim has sustained injuries. She is bound to be under shock and trauma. The release of accused would demoralize not only the victim and her family, but will also send out a wrong message to society. It is therefore, I find that the application is devoid of merit and liable to be rejected,” the judge stated in his order.
|2018-06-22||Thane call centre scam: Mastermind's sister surrenders - Free Press Journal|
Thane call centre scam: Mastermind’s sister surrenders Jun 22, 2018 08:49 am Mumbai: Reema Thakkar, 30, sister of Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy the mastermind of Rs 300 crore Thane call centre scam, surrendered before the Thane crime branch on Thursday. According to Abhishek Trimukhe, DCP, Thane crime branch, “Reema surrendered on Thursday afternoon. She was produced before the Thane court on Thursday evening and has been remanded in police custody for two days. She was in touch with the other accused who were held in the scam last year. During investigations, we found that Reema had sent Rs 3 crore through hawala transactions to an accused in Delhi. Reema was handling the financial transactions of the call centre and Sagar’s personal bank accounts.” The police had issued a Look-Out Circular (LOC) against Reema. Sagar had surrendered before the police on April 8 last year. He had been hiding in Dubai since October 5, 2016, a day after the Thane rural police conducted raids at seven call centres in Mira Road. The employees at the call centre had posed as US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officers and conned Americans saying they were guilty of tax evasion and forcing them to deposit huge amounts of money into fake bank accounts.
|2018-06-21||Thane: Four arrested for human trafficking - Times of India|
Thane: Four arrested for human trafficking Jun 21, 2018, 23:58 IST THANE: Three women who were forced into prostitution were rescued and four persons have been arrested after a raid was carried out at a lodge near Shahpur station on Wedesday. Senior inspector (anti-human trafficking cell) Ravindra Daundkar said that they sent had received a tip-off that human trafficking was being carried out here. The cops sent a decoy to Diksha loldge and exposed the illegal activities. The accused have been arrested under various sections of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.
|2018-06-21||Thane corp aids locals with disposing of plastic waste - Times of India|
Thane corp aids locals with disposing of plastic waste Jun 21, 2018, 22:27 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has launched a special helpline for residents to notify them about collection of plastic waste from their neighbourhood. In a run up to the two-day deadline of banning plastic waste, Thaneites can either call, text message or WhatsApp on the helpline number 8291735893 requesting the civic machinery to dispatch its mobile van to pick up plastic waste from their door step. “From this Saturday, any product made out of thermocol, plastic such as dishes, cups, spoons, forks, non-woven polythene bags, etc will be banned and anyone found using them would invite a penalty. We have launched a helpline for residents, which will help them get rid of their plastic trash. Residents will have to mention their name and exact location and our mobile van will reach out to them. Citizens of a particular area will be asked to come together so the collection process becomes easier.” After the deadline for the plastic ban was extended, many local non government organisations (NGO) came together to help citizens in not only collecting waste or clarifying their queries, but also creating awareness on environment-friendly alternatives to plastic. This civic-run initiative has brought about a wave of relief to environment-conscious citizens of Thane, especially those who were not so keen on depending on these local groups. “Once the ban had been announced everyone was running from pillar to post worried about what to do with the accumulated household plastic. While some had decided to give it to NGOs, a few like me were still trying to figure out genuine NGOs. I hope this initiative works. We will be forming a group on WhatsApp for society members so that everyone can keep their plastic items ready,” said Suhas Rai, a resident of Ghodbundar Road.
|2018-06-21||10 warehouses gutted in fire in Thane - The New Indian Express|
10 warehouses gutted in fire in Thane The old and worn-out clothes, rubber tyres and other material kept in the godowns aggravated the blaze. Published: 21st June 2018 12:56 PM | Last Updated: 21st June 2018 01:05 PM THANE: A fire destroyed at least 10 warehouses, where tyres and rags were stored, in the Mumbra township here in the wee hours today, an official said. No casualty was reported in the mishap, he said. The blaze erupted around 4 am in one of the godowns on Khardi road and spread rapidly engulfing nine other warehouses located in the vicinity, Thane Municipal Corporation's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. The old and worn-out clothes, rubber tyres and other material kept in the godowns aggravated the blaze. Three scooters parked in the area were also charred, he said. Three fire engines were rushed to the spot and managed douse the flames, the official said, adding that the cooling operation was underway. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he added.
|2018-06-21||Mumbai call centre scam: Kingpin Shaggy's sister arrested - Times of India|
Mumbai call centre scam: Kingpin Shaggy’s sister arrested Updated: Jun 22, 2018, 10:03 IST THANE: More than a year-and-a-half since the fake call centre racket was busted, the Thane police on Thursday arrested kingpin Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy’s sister Reema Joshi reportedly for her active role in the financial management of the illegal business. Joshi, who ran a beauty parlor in Ahmedabad, was allegedly handling the finances as well as accounts of the call centres that were illegally operating from Mira Road as well as Ahmedabad. “We had summoned Joshi to probe her role in the case. On Thursday, she turned up at the Thane crime branch office and we arrested her as her custodial interrogation is required,” a police officer told TOI. “Our main focus is to probe the money trail involved in the scam. The money is suspected to be routed through hawala channels or angadias.” The officer added Joshi is suspected to be involved in laundering Rs 3 crore of the funds, and an inquiry will reveal her role. After the racket was busted, Joshi was absconding. Even after her brother’s arrest in 2017 and subsequent release on bail last week, she continued to be elusive. On October 4, 2016, more than 200 police from crime branch raided fake call centres located in Mira Road. TOI was first to report on the scam that targeted US citizens. These employees used a prepared script to speak to their American victims posing as officials of the Internal Revenue Service, the Indian equivalent of the income-tax department, and threaten them with raids for tax default. When the victims pleaded innocence, they demanded money through wire transfers or purchasing iTune cards which would, in turn, be redeemed by the cheats and routeed via hawala in India through various channels. Joshi was remanded to police custody till Saturday.
|2018-06-21||10 warehouses gutted in fire in Thane - The Tribune|
10 warehouses gutted in fire in Thane Posted at: Jun 21, 2018, 9:51 AM; last updated: Jun 21, 2018, 9:51 AM (IST) Thane, Jun 21 A fire destroyed at least 10 warehouses, where tyres and rags were stored, in the Mumbra township here in the wee hours of Thursday, an official said. No casualty was reported in the mishap, he said. The blaze erupted around 4 am in one of the godowns on Khardi road and spread rapidly engulfing nine other warehouses located in the vicinity, Thane Municipal Corporation’s regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. The old and worn-out clothes, rubber tyres and other material kept in the godowns aggravated the blaze. Three scooters parked in the area were also charred, he said. Three fire engines were rushed to the spot and managed to douse the flames, the official said, adding that the cooling operation was under way. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he added.
|2018-06-21||10 Warehouses Destroyed In Fire In Thane - NDTV|
10 Warehouses Destroyed In Fire In Thane The fire erupted around 4 am in one of the godowns on Khardi road and spread rapidly engulfing nine other warehouses located in the vicinity. Updated: June 21, 2018 10:01 IST Thane: A fire destroyed at least 10 warehouses, where tyres and rags were stored, in the Mumbra township in Thane in the early hours today, an official said. No casualty was reported in the mishap, he said. The fire erupted around 4 am in one of the godowns on Khardi road and spread rapidly engulfing nine other warehouses located in the vicinity, Thane Municipal Corporation's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. The old and worn-out clothes, rubber tyres and other material kept in the godowns aggravated the blaze. Three scooters parked in the area were also charred, he said. Three fire engines were rushed to the spot and managed douse the flames, the official said, adding that the cooling operation was underway. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he added.
|2018-06-21||Thane: 10 warehouses destroyed by fire - Free Press Journal|
Thane: 10 warehouses destroyed by fire Jun 21, 2018 11:59 am Thane: A fire destroyed at least 10 warehouses, where tyres and rags were stored, in the Mumbra township here in the wee hours today, an official said.No casualty was reported in the mishap, he said. The blaze erupted around 4 am in one of the godowns on Khardi road and spread rapidly engulfing nine other warehouses located in the vicinity, Thane Municipal Corporation’s regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. The old and worn-out clothes, rubber tyres and other material kept in the godowns aggravated the blaze. Three scooters parked in the area were also charred, he said. Three fire engines were rushed to the spot and managed douse the flames, the official said, adding that the cooling operation was underway. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he added.
|2018-06-21||Thane: 12 injured in SATIS bridge accident - Times of India|
Thane: 12 injured in SATIS bridge accident Jun 21, 2018, 23:55 IST THANE: Twelve persons on board a Bhiwandi-bound MSRTC bus suffered severe injuries when their bus came hurtling down the SATIS bridge and crashed into a slow-moving Shahapur-bound state transport bus at 12.15 pm on Thursday. The freak accident occurred at the descend point of the SATIS bridge near the Masunda lake and the impact of the hit was such that a passenger seated next to the driver of the Bhiwandi-bound bus was flung out on the streets. The 23-year-old Varun Mhaske who landed on the streets from the drivers cabin said, “It was hardly 10 minutes since our bus left the upper deck of SATIS and suddenly the driver applied brakes and I was literally thrown out of the window. Since the driver had the seat belt on he didn’t sustain any injuries. I have injuries on my waist, chest and the elbow. Thankfully nothing major.” Eleven others on-board were bleeding from their heads, faces and chest. They were rushed to the civil hospital. Doctors at the hospital said there was no cause for worry and barring two commuters, who are being probed for possible internal bleeding, all others were discharged by late evening. Police said prime facie the accident occurred as the driver of the Shahapur-bound bus BV Dhangar, had slowed down the bus and was attempting to maneuver the heavy vehicle to the left as the steering wheel had jammed. At that moment, the bus speeding from behind dashed onto it. Assistant police inspector (traffic), Ramesh Jadhav said, “The Shahapur bus was facing technical problems and its steering wheel was jammed. So the driver was trying to pull over the vehicle to one side. The bus coming from behind was cruising at a great speed and was unable to stop. The driver S.B Geete rammed his vehicle onto the bus ahead.” “Both the drivers have been taken to Thane Nagar police station. After recording the statements further investigations will take place,” added Jadhav. An official from MSRTC said, “We will be paying Rs 500 to every patient. A form will be given to all victims wherein they would have to fill the details of their injuries after which if they are liable to further compensation.”
|2018-06-21||Over 500 inmates of Thane Jail participate in International Yoga day - United News of India|
Over 500 inmates of Thane Jail participate in International Yoga day Thane, Jun 21 (UNI) More than 500 inmates of the Thane Central Jailhere stretched and twisted on the International Yoga day on Thursday, along with the jail staff. Superintendent of the Jail Niteen B Vaychal told this reporter that both the under trials and the convicts participated in the session. Separate sessions and separate blocks were held for women prisioner sat the jail, he said. He also said that the yoga teacher and motivational therapist Shweta Varpe guided the entire session. A two-week session has begun for the sake of inmates on eve of the International Yoga day, he said and added that it had evinced considerable interest among the inmates.
|2018-06-21||28 injured when 2 MSRTC buses hit against each other in Thane - United News of India|
28 injured when 2 MSRTC buses hit against each other in Thane Thane, Jun 21 (UNI) At least 28 passengers, travelling by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses were injured, in an accident at Satis bridge at Thane Railway station on Thursday. The Chief of the RDMC of the TMC Santosh Kadam said that one of the buses was heading towards Bhiwandi and another was moving towards Sahapur both from Thane, and one of them rammed into another injuring 28 people.
|2018-06-21||'Thane to be showered with heavy rains from Friday ' - Times of India|
‘Thane to be showered with heavy rains from Friday ’ Updated: Jun 22, 2018, 00:07 IST THANE: After over two weeks of partial cloudy skies, scanty rains and high humidity, lake-city residents can expect a proper monsoon as weathermen have predicted high intensity rainfall in Mumbai, Thane and Dahanu from Friday till next Wednesday. While the city has received a glimpse of monsoon on June 9, the next 10 days was humid and hot as there was no or very scanty rainfall. To make matters worse, the humidity levels, which increased due to the short drizzle spells, made the climate unbearable for residents. While the maximum temperature in the city had dropped to 30.4 degrees Celsius on June 9, it has been hovering between 33.2 degrees Celsius and 36.3 degrees Celsius since then. Similarly, the minimum temperature rose from to 25.1 degrees Celsius on Saturday to 26 degrees Celsius on Sunday and then to 29 degrees Celsius on Monday. Meteorologists assert that rain bearing clouds which were moving southwards towards the southern Konkan region is now heading upward towards north Konkan regions, Mumbai and Thane. These areas will experience high intensity rainfall by next week. “The trough is already almost over the island city of Mumbai and will drift further upwards to Thane and Dahanu by Friday and Saturday. This will lead to high intensity rains and thundershowers in these areas. While heavy rains are expected to continue through the week till June 27, there will be normal rainfall thereafter,” said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at Skymetweather. The trough is already almost over Mumbai and will drift further upwards to Thane and Dahanu by Friday and Saturday. This will lead to high intensity rains and thundershowers. Heavy rains are expected to continue throughout the week till June 27, there will be normal rainfall thereafter.
|2018-06-21||Thane: 49-year-old held for 37 house break-ins - Times of India|
Thane: 49-year-old held for 37 house break-ins Jun 21, 2018, 22:27 IST THANE: A 49-year-old man has been arrested for 37 house breakin cases in Thane, Navi Mumbai and Palghar. The accused used to trick people into meeting him and then he would gain access into their homes and steal all the valuables. The Kalwa police have recovered jewellery amounting to Rs 47 lakh. The cops have also arrested three jewellers from Vashi and Andheri for purchasing the stolen booty. The accused, Tukaram Adsul—a resident of Ghansoli in Navi Mumbai— targeted working class families. “His modu operandi was to identify gullible families. He would then befriend them and tell them that they have been allotted homes under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. Adsul would ask them to get all their documents and meet him in the government office. Once he was sure that the family members have stepped out of their house, he would reach their place and break into their homes and make away with gold and cash,’’ said joint commissioner of police Madhukar Pandey. “He has owned up to all the house breakin cases in Thane, Mumbra, Diva, Navi Mumbai and Palghar. He has 37 cases of robbery in 19 police station jurisdiction registered against him,’’ added Pandey. The police claimed Adasul is a history sheeter and was externed from Navi Mumbai.
|2018-06-21||15 tonnes of beef seized, 3 arrested in Kalyan - Times of India|
15 tonnes of beef seized, 3 arrested in Kalyan Jun 21, 2018, 22:02 IST THANE: Fifteen tonnes of beef was seized and three people arrested after a truck was apprehended at Kalyan in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said on Thursday. Acting on a tip-off on Wednesday, a truck, coming from Malegaon in Nashik district and headed towards Taloja in neighbouring Raigad, was apprehended in Kalyan, an official said. "Fifteen tonnes of beef was confiscated. Three persons, identified as Wasim Latif Khan, Mohammad Anwar Mohammad Hussain and Amjad Khayyum Khan were arrested," an official said. A case was registered with Manpada police under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act, he informed. He said that a sample of the seized beef has been sent for testing.
|2018-06-21||First cut-off list: Toppers choose Mumbai colleges over Thane - Times of India|
First cut-off list: Toppers choose Mumbai colleges over Thane Jun 21, 2018, 22:25 IST THANE: A majority of the city’s class XII high scorers seem to have shunned aside colleges in lake city for better options in metropolitan Mumbai revealed the first merit list for first-year degree colleges which was announced on Tuesday. The second list is expected to be announced today. Most city college academicians, who were expecting a rise in the cut-off rates owing to the sky high scores this year, were surprised when many of their cut-offs dropped lower than the last year. Of the 94,007 students who appeared for this class XII boards in the district as many as 9,190 students secured a distinction, while 26, 228 others, which adds up to around 30 percent of the lot, came under the first class category. The ISC and CBSE class XII results this year also saw a steep rise in the number of students securing 90 percent and above scores here. However the cut-off rates in most colleges here have been in the range of 47 to 85 percent across all streams. These high scores have put most students in the high-achieving category, thus increasing the competition for seats in the good colleges away from the lake-city. This desire to get into reputed colleges, coupled with the lack of option for degree courses in the city has pushed class XII pass outs further away from pursuing their higher studies here. “All our cut-off rate across various streams including FYBA, FYBMS, FYBCom, etc is in the range of 47.6 to 70.3 percent. The rise in students’ scores this year seems to have shown a parallel rise in their aspirations to get into popular colleges in Mumbai. This could be the reason for the drop in cut offs in lake city this year,” said an academician at NKT college. Some city-academicians believe speculate that the growing interest in integrated courses could be yet another reason for the drop in cut-off rates. While most of the Thane colleges have seen extremely low cut off percentages this year, a few including Vidya Prasarak Mandal’s Joshi Bedekar and Bandodkar colleges here have seen a rise. “While the popularity for traditional courses amongst students here seems low, we have seen a tremendous rise in the cut-off rates for our 13 specialty courses like Microbiology, Biotechnology, BSc IT, etc. We pride ourselves for staying on par with the colleges based in Mumbai for the past 50 years, and are glad that we can provide our students with quality education close to home,” said Madhuri Pejawar, principal of BN Bandodkar College.
|2018-06-21||Tourism projects in Thane get fillip from state - Hindustan Times|
Tourism projects in Thane get fillip from state On Wednesday, Vijaykumar Gautam, principal secretary (tourism), visited the city and assured authorities of lending support for any tourism-related proposal MUMBAI Updated: Jun 22, 2018 00:15 IST With various beautification projects lined up, the city of lakes is all set to transform into a tourist hub. The Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) projects to promote tourism in Thane got a major boost from the state. On Wednesday, Vijaykumar Gautam, principal secretary (tourism), visited the city and assured authorities of lending support for any tourism-related proposal. He also viewed presentations on several projects that will be implemented in the city. The municipal corporation has taken up several ambitious projects such as waterfront development, tribal development centre in Yeoor, amphitheatre at Upavan and theme parks to boast tourism in the city. Proximity to Yeoor, Nagla and Tungareshwar forests also creates tourism opportunities in the city. Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer, TMC, said, “Civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal gave information on tourism-related projects such as water transport, waterfront development and emerging chowpatties, among others. Gautam gave directives to set up a tourism information centre at all the jetties in the city where tourism department can give information about the tourism spots in the city and maps to reach the locations.” He also asked the corporation to provide a space near the multi-modal hub at Kolshet, where the state can give information on tourism destination in Thane, the nearby cities and the state. Gautam also visited the tribal cultural centre at Yeoor and amphitheatre in Upavan. “He also said that state and national-level programmes would be organised at the theatre. He has asked us to make a proposal for letting out the amphitheatre to the state cultural department for cultural events,” Malvi added. “He [Gautam] also surveyed the ongoing chowpatty development work at Nagla Bunder. Environmentalist Kaustubh Darves said, “Tourism along the waterfront is a good idea as the area will be free of squatters. But Yeoor must be spared of development as it will disturb the natural habitat of wildlife. Forest department should intervene.”
|2018-06-21||5th, 6th lines between Thane-Diva: MRVC seeks forest department nod to construct flyover - Hindustan Times|
5th, 6th lines between Thane-Diva: MRVC seeks forest department nod to construct flyover Building the flyover will involve cutting mangroves near Mumbra station MUMBAI Updated: Jun 22, 2018 00:43 IST Under pressure to complete the laying of fifth and sixth rail lines between Thane and Diva by the March 2019 deadline, the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has undertaken fresh efforts to speed up the process for getting permission from the forest department for constructing a flyover, by cutting mangroves near Mumbra station. Acting on the railway board chairman Ashwani Lohani’s directive to complete the project by the set deadline during his Mumbai visit earlier this week, the MRVC has written to the forest department for permission to build a flyover in the area under mangrove cover. “We have started perusing the issue with the forest department freshly,” said a senior MRVC official. MRVC officials said they have written to the Nagpur-based office of state forest department for permission. On the basis of their reply, the high court will grant permission for cutting mangroves to pave way for the 400 metre-long flyover. Originally, the MRVC had planned to construct tunnels cutting Parsik hill adjacent to the existing tunnels on slow corridors, but due to some technical reasons, the authorities were forced to replace it with a flyover, for which cutting of mangroves is necessary. According to MRVC officials, it will take at least six months to build the new flyover after getting the permission. The project for laying fifth and sixth rail lines between Thane and Diva, which was sanctioned in 2008, is a part of Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP 2B). The project will help the railways segregate outstation and suburban train operation between Kurla and Kalyan stations, by removing the bottleneck. Six lines already exist between Kurla-Thane and Diva-Kalyan. The new lines will be parallel to the slow line between Thane and Diva. Once completed, these lines will be used for fast locals, whereas existing lines passing through Parsik tunnel will be used exclusively for outstation trains, the late arrival of which often affect the punctuality of locals. The lines between Thane and Diva are being constructed by the MRVC and have a deadline of March 2019. The initial cost of the project was stated to be at 130 crore. However, the present cost is nearly 420 crore.
|2018-06-20||Thane hopes its feathered friends will flock back home - Free Press Journal|
Thane hopes its feathered friends will flock back home Jun 20, 2018 08:31 am FOLLOW US: Thane: Thane city is set to become an avian sanctuary of sorts, with shelters and bird-feeders being planned for its winged inhabitants, who have been rapidly vanishing from its concrete confines. To save the smaller members of the species, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to implement a project that entails bird shelters in various parts of the city. More than 150 housing societies and citizens have registered to participate in this project. The shelters and feeders will be located in lakes and public gardens and the TMC’s pollution control department will oversee the process of installation by the end of this month. Simultaneously, these will also be distributed to housing societies free of cost. “The models of shelters were kept on display for the citizens, during an exhibition organised recently by the corporation. We have received 150 registrations from those willing to install these shelters in their societies, gardens or balconies,” said Manisha Pradhan, head of the TMC pollution control department. Last year, having noted with concern the falling number of sparrows in Thane, the corporation had announced sparrow shelters on World Sparrow Day on March 20, following it up by installing shelters at Panchpakhadi and Kachrali Lake. The project was to have been completed by March 2018, but was delayed. “There are few manufacturers available in the city, which delayed the process of installation. However, these shelters, made of bamboo and coconut shells, are now ready to install. Around Rs 8 lakh has been spent on these sparrow shelters by TMC, which will be cared for the contractor for a year,” Pradhan said. “Definitely this is a good initiative, as it will not only shelter sparrows, but also other bird species similar in size, like mynas, munias and robins. But at the same time, the civic body must also take care of the green cover, which will help in conserve the decreasing number of bird species,” said naturalist Kaustubh Darves. In the past, NGOs had taken the initiative to spread the awareness about the decreasing numbers of small birds and had arranged tutorials on how to install shelters in schools and societies. This initiative attracted a limited number of people but now, with civic outreach, birds will actually have more places to fly home.
|2018-06-20||Barren Land in Thane Transformed to Lush 19 Hectare Forest in Less Than a Year! Here's How. - The Better India|
Barren Land in Thane Transformed to Lush 19 Hectare Forest in Less Than a Year! Here’s How. Over the past one year, the volunteers have planted about 8000 saplings on the once barren hill. They even took over the nurturing of plants and reported a survival rate of 98 percent! June 20, 2018, 3:00 pm Once upon a time, a plot of land measuring 19-hectares which adjoins the Kalu river in the Runde area of Titwala, Thane, was brimming with wildlife. A forested area and an oxygen lung, the area lost all of this to high pollution levels, deforestation and soil erosion. To optimise oxygen levels and ensure the presence of an oxygen lung in the midst of a thriving city, the forest department decided to bring the land under a tri-party agreement and hand it over to concerned citizens. This way, a large number of people could work towards the revival of the barren land in Titwala. The Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal, an NGO in Thane, is part of this agreement. Volunteers from the NGO took charge of the land in January 2017. Sangita Joshi, who works with the NGO, told the Times of India, “When we started the project, our main aim was to bring back the greenery this area once had. We began by studying the soil, water and other aspects of the land. To ensure the project’s success, we had to plant saplings which we knew would survive.” The volunteers acquired two-year-old saplings which they had nurtured in their own homes and replanted them in Titwala. Ensuring a high probability of survival of plants was crucial. Over the past one year, the volunteers have planted about 8000 saplings on the once barren hill. They even took over the nurturing of plants and reported a survival rate of 98 percent! KD Thakare, conservator of forest (social forestry) spoke to TOI about the success of the tri-party agreement of forest revival. “We have numerous such tri-party projects with non-governmental groups where they are given a piece of the forest land to revive. Less than a year after this project started, the NGO has managed to revive the area’s lost green cover. The greenery has also started attracting birds, insects and fauna. It is becoming a complete eco-system once again,” he said. The efforts of the forest department and the NGO are certainly an encouraging way towards a greener future. It won’t be long till Titwala becomes a self-sustaining eco-system that no longer needs to be looked after by humans. Perhaps then we can direct our efforts to other such barren lands which have lost their forest cover due to human interference.
|2018-06-20||Man held with banned narcotic in Thane - The Tribune|
Man held with banned narcotic in Thane Posted at: Jun 20, 2018, 11:22 AM; last updated: Jun 20, 2018, 11:22 AM (IST) Thane, June 20 The police arrested a 78- year-old man from Navi Mumbai for allegedly possessing codeine, a banned narcotic substance, worth over Rs 2 lakh, an official said on Wednesday. Acting on a tip-off, the Navi Mumbai Police's anti-narcotic cell laid a trap and nabbed the man on Monday near a garden in the Kalamboli area, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Tushar Doshisaid. The police seized 16.2 kg of codeine from the possession of the accused, identified as Mahendrasingh Bhagatsingh, he said. The value of the seized contraband is estimated to be around Rs 2.44 lakh, he said. The accused was apparently planning to sell the drug in the area, the official said. Codeine, a narcotic substance banned under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, is generally used in cough syrups. It is also an opiate and used in reducing pain. The medicine containing codeine can be bought against a prescription. The accused was booked under relevant sections of the NDPS Act. He was produced on Tuesday in a local court which remanded him in police custody for one day, the official added.
|2018-06-20||Thane: Congress alleges 'scam' in recruitment of security guards in TMC - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Congress alleges ‘scam’ in recruitment of security guards in TMC Jun 20, 2018 07:02 pm Thane: The Congress today alleged a “scam” in recruitment of security guards at the schools run by the Shiv Sena-headed Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and in the conduct of the bio-metric survey for the BSUP scheme. Addressing a news conference, Leader of Congress in TMC Vikrant Chavan said he would sit on an indefinite fast beginning tomorrow for registration of cases against the corporators and civic officials concerned. Thane city Congress president Manoj Shinde said the security guards recruitment scam of the year 2000 worth Rs 36.33 lakh. “The documents for recruitment of the security guards and payment made to them were fabricated by staff of the TMC. An enquiry report had recommended action against the officials concerned, but nothing was done,” alleged Shinde. He said records were fabricated by the agency engaged in conducting the biometric survey for beneficiaries of BSUP (Basic Service for Urban Poor) scheme. Shinde alleged the TMC failed to act despite an enquiry report recommending a criminal action.
|2018-06-20||Thane cops arrest man who burgled 47 houses in 2 years - Hindustan Times|
Thane cops arrest man who burgled 47 houses in 2 years Accused visited houses on pretext of shortlisting candidates for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana MUMBAI Updated: Jun 20, 2018 20:09 IST Four people — three jewellers and a burglar — were arrested in the last week of May for cheating people by promising them houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. The accused duped 47 people from Thane, Navi Mumbai and Palghar of ?47.2 lakh in the past two years. During investigation, police found that 37 cases were registered at 19 police stations. The accused were identified as Tukaram Lala Adsul, the burglar, and jewellers Narayansingh Dhansingh Kharwad alias Naresh, Rehmatsingh Bhorsingh Kharwad alias Ramesh and Karansingh Gangasingh Sisodiya, who is out on bail. Adsul would give the gold to jewellers to melt it. After receiving several complaints, Thane Police formed a team comprising local officers and personnel from anti-robbery cell to arrest the accused. D Swamy, deputy commissioner of police (Zone -1), said, “We had been searching for the accused for the past several months. We have recovered gold, silver and cash worth ?47.2 lakh from them. The first case was lodged at Kalwa police station in 2017 followed by Mumbra and Kalwa police stations. Probe is underway to find out if the accused are part of a bigger gang.” Victimspeak Mamta Kale, a resident of Balkum, said they were fooled by Adsul who stole gold jewellery worth ?63,500 from their house. “In March, a man visited our house saying he was doing a survey for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and was shortlisting underprivileged candidates who could benefit from the scheme. He took our phone numbers. The next day he called us to TMC office to meet officials and fill forms. He kept checking for our location, while he waited outside our house,” she added. After confirming that the Kales were far away, Adsul visited their home and told their son that he had come to collect a few documents on their behalf. He then gained access to the locker keys and stole the jewellery. “We were given a gold plate of the same amount, as the accused had melted the jewellery. After we lodged a complaint, police told us that keep calling on the number the accused had given. That’s how we discovered his plot of burgling another house in Kalyan. We immediately informed the police and averted the break-in,” Kale said. Chaitali Sonawane, 29, shared a similar story and did said the accused stole gold and cash worth ?2.2 lakh from her house by fooling her daughter into giving him keys to the locker. Madhukar Pandey, joint commissioner of police, Thane, said, “The accused Adsul lured people, mostly from economically weaker background, with the chance of securing a house under Prime Minister Awas Yojana. He has committed 47 break-ins in the past two years.”
|2018-06-20||Two Bangladeshi couples get two years' imprisonment for illegal stay; Thane court shows 'leniency' due to their poor ... - Firstpost|
Two Bangladeshi couples get two years' imprisonment for illegal stay; Thane court shows 'leniency' due to their poor finances Jun 20, 2018 11:54:51 IST Updated Date: Jun 20, 2018 11:54 AM Maharashtra: A Thane court has sentenced two Bangladeshi couples to two years' imprisonment for staying illegally in India. Assistant sessions judge SA Sinha convicted the four Bangladeshi nationals previous week under the Foreigners Act and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on each of them. The police raided a hutment colony in the Mira Road area of Thane district on December 28 last year after getting a tip-off, according to the prosecution. Representational image. News18Representational image. News18 They arrested Uttam Golap Sikandar (27) Mau Uttam Sikandar (24), Allauddin Gani Malik (40) and Muslima Allauddin Malik (38) from there. The prosecution said the accused admitted that they were Bangladeshi nationals, but failed to produce valid proof of their identity and residence. The accused told the police that they did petty jobs to earn their livelihood. After hearing both the sides, the judge said it appeared from the record that all the accused are poor people and they entered the country because of their bad financial condition and unemployment. They did daily wage jobs in India, she noted. Hence, while imposing the punishment on them, it is necessary to show leniency, the judge observed. Therefore, considering the situation, the judge sentenced them to two years imprisonment each, and said it is required to give a message to the society and prospective criminals that crime never goes unpunished. The court also directed authorities concerned to take necessary steps to deport the accused to their country on the completion of their sentence.
|2018-06-20||Tree House rallies 20% after arm sells land parcel in Thane - Indiainfoline|
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|2018-06-20||78-year-old man held with banned narcotic substance in Thane - Free Press Journal|
78-year-old man held with banned narcotic substance in Thane Jun 20, 2018 12:12 pm Thane (Maha): The police arrested a 78- year-old man from Navi Mumbai for allegedly possessing codeine, a banned narcotic substance, worth over Rs 2 lakh, an official said today. Acting on a tip-off, the Navi Mumbai Police’s anti-narcotic cell laid a trap and nabbed the man on Monday near a garden in the Kalamboli area, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Tushar Doshisaid. The police seized 16.2 kg of codeine from the possession of the accused, identified as Mahendrasingh Bhagatsingh, he said. The value of the seized contraband is estimated to be around Rs 2.44 lakh, he said. The accused was apparently planning to sell the drug in the area, the official said. Codeine, a narcotic substance banned under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, is generally used in cough syrups. It is also an opiate and used in reducing pain. The medicine containing codeine can be bought against a prescription. The accused was booked under relevant sections of the NDPS Act. He was produced yesterday in a local court which remanded him in police custody for one day, the official added.
|2018-06-20||Thane school students to stretch it out on International Yoga Day - Times of India|
Thane school students to stretch it out on International Yoga Day Jun 20, 2018, 23:47 IST THANE: From hosting yoga competitions to inviting professionals from the field, city schools are organising numerous workshops for their students on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Thursday. While many schools have incorporated yoga sessions in their curriculum over the years, a special program is being scheduled for student where emphasis will be given on the importance and benefits of yoga. “Nowadays, students hardly take time out of their busy schedule for any physical activity or outdoor games. Most of them are caught up with school, tuitions and other classes. This lifestyle, along with changing food habits, is a major cause of their health issues. Through yoga, we hope to remind them about how just a few minutes of breathing exercise can help them relax and concentrate better,” said a teacher from St. John the Baptist school. “In the recent times, we have included yoga in our curriculum and have even hired two yoga instructors who teach various asanas, including chakrasan, pranayam, dhanurasan amongst others on a weekly basis. On the occasion of International Yoga Day, we will be preparing a PPT of all activities carried out in previous year and reiterate the health benefits of these ancient exercises,” said Simmi Juneja, principal of DAV school. Many schools have called in professionals to speak to their students about the importance of yoga. “While we begin every day with a class on yoga, our students have been practicing more complex asanas for the yoga competition and other workshops held on this day. In addition to this, we have also called in speakers to talk to our students about the transformation of yoga from the ancient form to the contemporary one,” said Meenakshi Iyer, principal of Sri Ma School. “Yoga helps students not only with health, but also in their concentration and focus, memory and confidence building and reducing stress, which makes it our responsibilities as academicians to teach it to them,” Iyer added.
|2018-06-20||RPF constable molests woman at Kalyan railway station, suspended - Times of India|
RPF constable molests woman at Kalyan railway station, suspended Updated: Jun 20, 2018, 23:03 IST THANE: A video of a Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable molesting a woman commuter at Kalyan railway station has gone viral on the social media. The video recorded by a passenger shows the accused constable touching a woman on her back who was sitting beside him at the railway station. Some passengers, including a relative of the woman, spotted the constable touching her and raised alarm. The RPF immediately suspended constable Rajesh Jahangir and ordered a departmental inquiry after the video was widely shared on the social media. RPF sources said the incident took place on June 18 at 10.03pm when the victim with a small child and a relative of her were waiting for a long-distance train at platform number 4/5.
|2018-06-19||New Mastermind of Call Data Record racket held by Thane Police - The New Indian Express|
Call Data Record racket: Delhi mastermind Saurabh Sahu held by Thane Police Several celebrities too had been called for an investigation in the case, latest of them is actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who was summoned by the Thane police last month. Published: 19th June 2018 06:10 AM | Last Updated: 19th June 2018 12:27 PM MUMBAI: Saurabh Sahu, the Delhi based mastermind of the Call Data Record (CDR) racket was arrested by the Thane police crime branch on Monday. The crime branch had unearthed the racket earlier this year wherein details of several celebrities were found to have been compromised. Sahu was produced before the court which has granted police custody till June 29, police officials have said. "Sahu is a habitual criminal. He had already been arrested in 2016 by Delhi police and in 2017 by the Mumbai police under similar offences and had even tied to seek anticipatory bail from a Delhi court," said Nitin Thakre, senior police inspector of the Thane crime branch who led the investigation. The police had zeroed in on Sahu for a long time. Teams of Thane crime branch sent to Delhi to nab him had returned empty-handed at least four times as he had gone untraceable. However, after filing an anticipatory bail application the police could locate him and as the court rejected the application, he was nabbed, the officer said. In January 2018, the Thane crime branch had trapped four detectives for illegally obtaining CDRs. The investigation revealed that confidential CDRs of over a 600 to 700 people have allegedly sold and bought by many people. Several of these people were celebrities and hence several celebrities too had been called for an investigation in the case, latest of them is actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who was summoned by the Thane police last month. The racket had also led to several arrests of police personnel, lawyers and private detectives including that of first women private detective of the country Rajani Pandit. The Crime Branch has so far seized hundreds of CDRs from the arrested people. These CDRs were being analysed by experts with the assistance of the mobile service providers, the police said.
|2018-06-19||Thane: Two youths on bike mowed down by Sewagram Express at Diwa railway crossing - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Two youths on bike mowed down by Sewagram Express at Diwa railway crossing Jun 19, 2018 06:35 am Thane: Two youths on a bike were hit by Sewagram Express at Diwa railway crossing, as they tried to cross the tracks on Monday morning despite the gates having been closed for the express train’s passage as it approached Mumbai. The duo were in a hurry and did not heed warnings, according to eyewitnesses. The deceased have been identified as Ramsharan and Angrej. Their bodies have been sent to Thane Civil Hospital. “The two were crossing the railway tracks on their bike and failed to make it. Diwa residents have been demanding an overbridge for vehicles, so that people do not cross the railway track. There is a foot overbridge (FOB) here but people do not use it. There are always such accidents as people do not have the patience to let the train pass,” said an eyewitness at Diwa station. “People prefer to cross the tracks, instead of using the FOB claiming that the steps are too narrow on the bridge and it is crowded during peak hours,” said a Diwa resident. “We agitated for years to have an FOB and now the FOB has been provided but the steps are narrow; so, during peak hours, people usually cross the tracks. They are scared after the Elphinstone bridge incident,” said another eyewitness. The level crossing at Diwa is opened 38 times in a day. Plans for a rail overbridge were announced in 2013, but it is yet to take shape.
|2018-06-19||After 14 months, Thane call centre scam mastermind 'Shaggy' granted bail - Hindustan Times|
After 14 months, Thane call centre scam mastermind ‘Shaggy’ granted bail During his earlier court hearings, the prosecution had argued that he should not get bail because he was the mastermind of the racket. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 19, 2018 11:56 IST Sagar Thakar alias Shaggy, the 24-year-old mastermind behind the call-centre scam that duped more than 6,500 people in the US of millions of dollars, was granted bail after 14 months by a Thane sessions court on Monday. Thakar was arrested in April 2017. On October 4, 2016, more than 75 people, including floor managers, accountants and even an investor were arrested in Thakar’s call centre on Mira Road in a raid that included 200 personnel from the Thane crime branch and the Thane rural police. It was found that Thakar’s employees impersonated officials belonging to US Internal Revenue Service and Department of Treasury and threatened American loan-defaulters with tax fraud or tax evasion if they did not pay up. In the process, they extorted millions of dollars. Thakkar had roped in his childhood friends to form a network of floor managers, who ran the multi-million dollar con across cities, police sources said. He also hired information technology experts who could operate phone lines. Employees either bought or used some sort of software to obtain contact details from Whitepages (an online telephone directory similar to the yellow pages). According to the police, the accused extorted an Indian equivalent of over Rs500 crore from more than 6,500 Americans. Two other suspects, Tapesh Gupta and Thakar’s sister, Reema are still at large. One of Thakar’s relatives, requesting anonymity, said that while in prison, he spent his time learning law and languages such as Marathi and Hindi. “He is now fluent in Hindi. We used to pray for him in our home. But earlier, we were shocked to know that even though the police did not find sufficient evidence against him, his bail applications were rejected. He cooperated with their investigation and had even come to Gujarat with them.” According to a police officer from the Thane commissionerate, during his earlier court hearings, Thakar’s lawyer defended him saying the investigation was completed with his help but the prosecution argued that he should not be granted bail because he was the mastermind behind the racket. “Shaggy did help us with the investigation and has assured us that he would come to the police station as and when it is required.”
|2018-06-19||rioting: Thane: Nine held for rioting, assault on police personnel ... - Times of India|
Thane: Nine held for rioting, assault on police personnel Jun 19, 2018, 17:06 IST THANE: Nine persons, including three brothers, have been arrested on the charges of rioting and assaulting police personnel at Central Police Station in Ulhasnagar in the district, an official said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday when an estranged couple came to the counselling centre at the police station along with their relatives. The counselling centres at the police stations try to mediate between warring couples. "When the couple was being counselled, an argument broke out between their relatives present there. Some members from both the sides exchanged blows," Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. "The policemen and the mediator present there tried to pacify the warring members, but they were also beaten up," she said. Members of both the groups also took out knives, but the police managed to overpower them. Soon, more police personnel and beat marshals arrived at the station and caught nine of the accused, the official said adding that as many members managed to flee. "The woman constable and the mediator sustained injuries in the incident and they are undergoing treatment at a hospital here," Narkar said. The arrested accused were identified as Samir Changle (24), Sachin Murtadkar (21), Yogesh Murtadkar (24), Rahul Murtadkar (26) (all brothers), Mahesh Karpe (36), Vikas Shirsar (26), Akash Shirsat (24), Bandu Shirsat (36) and Amol Shirsat (28), police said. They have been booked under various IPC sections including, section 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), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 506 (criminal intimidation). They have also been booked under the Arms Act and section 7 of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, police said adding that a search has been launched to nab the other accused.
|2018-06-19||Finish laying 5th, 6th lines between Thane and Diva by March 2019: railway board - Hindustan Times|
Finish laying 5th, 6th lines between Thane and Diva by March 2019: railway board Over the years, deadlines for the project, which was sanctioned in 2008, have been repeatedly missed. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 19, 2018 11:50 IST A 10-year-old delayed project—laying fifth and sixth rail lines between Thane and Diva—was in focus in a review meeting chaired by Railway Board chief Ashwani Lohani. Lohani asked officials of the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), which is constructing the lines between Thane and Diva, to complete the project within the set deadline of March 2019 and not to set a new deadline. Over the years, deadlines for the project have been repeatedly missed and new deadlines have been set. The project, which was sanctioned in 2008, is a part of Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP 2B) and is crucial for the Central Railway (CR) as it will be a key factor in segregating the outstation and local train rail corridor and thus improve the speed/frequency of trains. CR officials raised the concern that deadlines for the project have been repeatedly missed and local trains are repeatedly delayed due to this, which also impacts on the punctuality of the suburban railway section. The first deadline was December 2015, which was later revised to December 2017. Now, it is March 2019. The initial cost of the project was stated to be ?130 crore. However, the present cost is nearly ?420 crore. Lohani directed MRVC officials to complete the project within the set deadline and asked the body not to set a new deadline. Expedition of approval for the suburban railway projects at railway board will also be done. “The Thane-Diva stretch is crucial as a lot of outstation and local trains pass by through it. The work on the project has been very slow and that is the reason the issue was raised in the review meeting. It has been asked to complete the work within the deadline,” said a senior central railway official who did not wish to be named. Currently there are six railway lines between Kalyan and Diva and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) and Thane. However, between Thane and Diva there are only four lines, which results in intercrossing of local and outstation trains. The segregation of lines used by local and outstation trains is important to improve the speed and frequency of suburban trains and make the journey slightly better. Passenger associations have stated that despite raising the issue with railway authorities, nothing concrete has been done. “We met the MRVC chairman four months ago over the issue. There are lakhs of commuters who travel every day and get delayed because of this. However, the response we got from the railway authorities was that a technical error has delayed the project and the work will be completed in March 2019. Indian Railways should take serious action and make the officers accountable for the delay in the project,” Lata Mishra, vice-president, Railway Pravasi Mahasangh. Discussions on fifth and sixth line between Kurla and Parel stations and review of work of Parel Terminus was also done at the meeting. The Parel Terminus will completely segregate the outstation trains from the local trains and many local trains will be terminated there. Work on increasing of speed of passenger outstation trains as well as goods trains is going on. Lohani also inspected the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) on Monday. He directed the railway officials to put up boards displaying certain ‘meeting points’ categorised by numbers at the station, which would help passengers to convey their location to friends and relatives when necessary. While inaugurating the childline help desk at the CSMT Terminus, Lohani asked railway officials to conduct workshops and classes on gender sensitisation of motormen and station masters as they deal with commuters on a regular basis.
|2018-06-19||21 secondary schools in Thane district unauthorised: Survey - Times of India|
21 secondary schools in Thane district unauthorised: Survey Updated: Jun 19, 2018, 23:34 IST NAVI MUMBAI: The Thane zilla parishad’s secondary education department has released a list of 21 unrecognised secondary schools in the entire Thane district, including eight in the Thane municipal corporation (TMC) and five in Navi Mumbai municipal corporation (NMMC) for the current academic year. The list of illegal secondary schools consist of 13 English medium and four each of Marathi and Hindi medium schools operating within the district. The zilla parishad secondary education wing has cautioned parents from admitting their children to such. The NMMC has asked the managements of these schools for immediate closure. Chief executive officer (CEO), Thane zilla parishad, Vivek Bhimanvar, said, “After the recent survey, we found 21 unauthorised schools within Thane district. These schools have not obtained the required permission from the authorities. Parents must be careful before admitting their children to schools. The zilla parishad will not be responsible for any loss caused to the children or their parents, which is why they are alerted through the release of the list.” Most schools have not received mandatory permissions from the state, district and local bodies. They are termed as unauthorized. The zilla parishad has already served notices to these schools to stop functioning and have said that they would take stern action. Some of the schools have applied to the state for recognition but running the business when the response is awaited. “Action will be initiated soon if the schools failed to comply with the order,” said an officer.
|2018-06-19||Thane: For past 3 years, 97 TMC schools operate without principals - Free Press Journal|
Thane: For past 3 years, 97 TMC schools operate without principals Jun 19, 2018 08:19 am Thane: For some technical reasons, most of the Thane civic schools are without principals. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has 121 schools and 80 per cent schools have no principals for the last three years. While the civic officials claim almost all the posts remain vacant in these schools due to technical reasons, RTI activists claim such posts cannot remain vacant since it has to provide qualitative education to students is the sole responsibility of the civic corporation. The TMC has 121 Hindi, English and Marathi medium schools, with 1,200 teachers and 36,000 students. Eighty per cent of these schools do not have principals as senior teachers’ promotions are due. Teachers here have been appointed as acting principals. Educational experts are concerned that these vacant posts can affect the quality of education. “As per the Right to Education Act, qualitative education is the duty of civic corporations towards their schools. Teachers who have been appointed as ‘temporary principals’, will now have the additional load of management work and this can affect the quality of education. Principals are heads of schools and the post cannot be kept vacant so many many years,” said NGO Ghanshyam Sonar, chief of Saman Shikshan Mulbhut Adhikar Samiti. The civic corporation has a provision for advanced education in 2018-2019 budget for its schools, but has been unable to fill vacancies. Schools run by civic authorities will now be getting e-learning, digital and also the most advanced lessons during the current academic year. After pressure from teachers’ organisations who demanded that these posts be filled, the civic authority appointed senior teachers as temporary principals. Teachers on the verge of retirement will miss the opportunity to be promoted despite their seniority. “Due to code of conduct, the issue of posts have been delayed, once the Konkan Graduate elections are over, we will sort out this issue,” informed Vikas Repale, chairman of TMC education board. On the other hand, the civic corporation claims it has already started procedures to fill these vacant posts and may be in the next two-and-a-half months things will settle down.
|2018-06-19||Finally, work on Diva ROB put on fast track - Times of India|
Finally, work on Diva ROB put on fast track Jun 19, 2018, 23:46 IST THANE: The construction of the much delayed road over bridge at Diva could soon see some traction as the Thane municipal administration is in the final stages of clearing and rehabilitating the encroachers settled in its course. The rehabilitation was one of the main issues delaying the process, inform civic officials. Once completed, the bridge will lead to closure of level crossing located near Diva railway station reducing delays on CR schedules and minimising mishaps. The ROB project was proposed to the TMC in 2013 by the Central Railway and has since seen several delays mostly due to continuous revisions in the bridge designs. However, a consensus over the drawings is likely to have reached after the corporation sent a revised alignment drawing to the railways recently. The Thane municipal corporation in the meantime is readying itself for undertaking biometric survey of those settlements coming in the course of the landing of the bridge at its either ends. “We are in the final stages of conducting the biometric survey after which we will relocate the nearly 360 residents who are settled in the way of the project. The residents will be shifted to alternative homes after which we will start constructing the bridge,” informed civic officials. The corporation said that once an approval was sought from the railways, it will approach the general body for cost approval and start its process. The project is being executed on a cost sharing basis between the railways and the corporation. The 650m-long bridge project will be executed in two phases- the 90m span over the tracks will be executed by the railway contractor and the near 550m stretch at either ends will be constructed by the civic contractor. The bridge will be a two-lane structure, around 15m wide, with space for pedestrians on one side. The structure will cross the busy Central Railway lines near Diva railway station providing the much required east west uninterrupted connectivity. The estimate cost of the job to be done by the TMC is Rs 34cr while that of the railways hasn’t been known yet. The project had been delayed for several years due to reported lack of consensus between the municipal corporation and the railways due to which residents and commuters suffered a lot. While city motorists had to wait endlessly for the gates to open, railways services used to lose their punctuality by at least 5-10minutes on an average waiting at the level crossing which was operated minimum 60 times in a single day. Railway officials informed that once the bridge was constructed, the level crossing will not be operational thus reducing delays. “The bridge will lead to improvement of railway traffic and also road vehicular movements will be uninterrupted, informed an official. In addition, there will be reduction in mishaps like the one on Monday where two men rode their scooter from under the shut barrier gate and got crushed under a passing train.
|2018-06-19||Thane cryptocurrency scam's chief accountant surrenders - Hindustan Times|
Thane cryptocurrency scam’s chief accountant surrenders Sachin Shelar, 40, chief accountant of Flintstone firm for the last few years, had fled to Dubai along with the CEO and mastermind, Amit Lakhanpal, after getting wind that police were looking for him MUMBAI Updated: Jun 20, 2018 01:04 IST The chief accountant of the real-estate firm which duped more than 25,000 investors in a ?500-crore cryptocurrency scheme earlier this month surrendered himself to the Thane crime branch on Tuesday. Sachin Shelar, 40, chief accountant of Flintstone firm for the last few years, had fled to Dubai along with the CEO and mastermind, Amit Lakhanpal, after getting wind that police were looking for him. “We questioned Shelar’s family many time but they were not cooperating. It was on Tuesday when he finally came to the Thane crime branch and surrendered,” said a police officer from Thane commissionerate. Shelar, who is said to be close to Lakhanpal, is a resident of Shivaji Chowk in Dombivli. “We have recovered hardware from Shelar which he intended to destroy. We are investigating how money was transferred to him and what he did with it after the transactions,” the officer said. The officer said this was the second arrest they had made in this case. “Earlier, we arrested the technical head of the firm, Taha Kazi, a Mumbra resident. There are three other suspects, including a woman, who are on the run.” On 4 June, the Thane crime branch busted the cryptocurrency racket run by the Flintstone firm and discovered that Lakhanpal had fled to Dubai, where he is said to be hiding now. On Saturday, the Thane crime branch also lodged a case related to the Gain BitCoin scam at Khadakpada police station in Kalyan, following a man’s complaint that he was cheated of ?22.5 lakh by the company. The mastermind behind this scam, Amit Bhardwaj, has already been arrested by the Pune police.
|2018-06-19||Three hurt as plaster falls in Thane's hospital ward - The Indian Express|
Three hurt as plaster falls in Thane’s hospital ward The injured were identified as Pooja Gautam, 22 — her left leg sustained minor injuries — Aalina Shaikh, a month old baby, and a 5-day-old infant. The ward was emptied and the patients were shifted to a different ward, sources said. Published: June 20, 2018 3:32:28 am A piece of plaster fell down from the walls of the gynaecology ward at Vitthal Sayana Civil Hospital at Thane around 9pm Tuesday, leaving three persons, including two infants with minor injuries. The injured were identified as Pooja Gautam, 22 — her left leg sustained minor injuries — Aalina Shaikh, a month old baby, and a 5-day-old infant. The ward was emptied and the patients were shifted to a different ward, sources said. The Regional Disaster team visited the spot and advised the hospital to keep the ward unoccupied for a while. Dr Makode, additional civil surgeon said, “It was an accident. We are taking precautions. No serious injuries have been caused.” An official said that they will check the vulnerability of the ward in the morning.
|2018-06-19||Dry and dull Yeoor forest turns flowery with blooming beauties - Times of India|
Dry and dull Yeoor forest turns flowery with blooming beauties Jun 19, 2018, 23:56 IST THANE: Be it with the mushrooming bundles of the white Kuli Fodshi, or the blooming pink and white Gulabi Karnful on the trees and flowering of numerous types of lilies, the onset of monsoon seems to have brought with it a new life to the dry Yeoor forest. Over the past few months, the dry and scorching weather had resulted in the browning and withering of most of the leaves of the trees at the Yeoor forest, giving it a dull look. In many instances, forest fires burned down chunks of greenery. However, since the start of the first showers, the blooming of various monsoon flowers, hers and grasses coupled with the increasing green foliage seems to have revived this 65sq km jungle. “Even though the monsoon has been scanty, the first few showers of the season have already revived the Yeoor forest range. While the revival of monsoon is evidently seen as the colour of the canopy of trees changes from dull brown and yellow shades to a myriad of green hues, it is the flowering of these monsoon plants that precede and mark the onset of the forest area’s liveliest season,” said Vishal Shinde, a city-based botanist. He added that from monsoon bloomers like Orchids and Wagheris to monsoon vegetation like the Kuli Fodshi and Dradon Stalk Yam to the abundantly seen flowering hers like the Kali and Safed Musali or the bright Ran Halad, the blooming of each of these plants indicates the start of the rainy season. Experts studying the flora in these green zones assert that this abundant green cover and the growth of these vibrant flowers and grasses are crucial elements of the entire ecological cycle as they attract and provide homes and mating grounds for various species of insects, spiders, etc, who then go on to provide food for frogs, snakes and the food chain goes on. Yatin Gholap, a Mumbai-based naturalist and botanist, said, “The changes in the seasons can be marked only by observing the slow changes in nature. Pollinated by insects and bees over the past few months, the forest, during monsoon, becomes abundant in various species of grasses, bulbous flowers like lilies and so on. The rain showers cover the forest floor with grasses and herbs like the Hill Turmeric, tall flowers like the Wild Spiral Ginger, Stalks of wild yam and so on.” “It is this environment that gives a perfect home ground for small creatures like grasshoppers and insects and even butterfly and moth caterpillars and larvae in the beginning, followed by spiders, frogs, birds and eventually the entire wild ecosystem till the entire forest turns into a lively hub,” added Gholap. It is this environment that gives a perfect home ground for small creatures in the beginning, followed by spiders, frogs, birds and eventually the entire wild ecosystem till the entire forest turns into a lively hub.
|2018-06-19||'Involve IIT to monitor infra works being done in TTC area' - Times of India|
‘Involve IIT to monitor infra works being done in TTC area’ Updated: Jun 20, 2018, 08:51 IST NAVI MUMBAI: The industrial cluster in the Trans Thane Creek (TTC) has asked the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to involve the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) for proper monitoring of the infrastructural works being done. A meeting was held on Tuesday after which MIDC superitending engineer Rajendra Kendre said that he will move forward a proposal to senior authorities to appoint the technical body. The MIDC is executing expenditure on the infrastructure work. Sanction of Rs 267 crore has been given for 21km of internal roads besides ducts for electrical and telephone wires, gas pipeline and drainage work in the Rabale area in the first phase. The expenditure is based on a 50:50 cost sharing model between the industry and MIDC. As stakeholders, the industry association has upped the ante and also demanded action by the MIDC on illegal slums and cleaning of the drains. Three contractors have been assigned the task. Prakash Padikkal, vice president of TTC-MIDC industries’ association, said, “We want proper work as the industry has taken a gross hit last year and also during the first showers this monsoon with waterlogging in many units causing damage and loss to the tune of several crores.” He added that the money has been sanctioned for the first phase of the Rs 227 crore to be spent in Rabale. Kendre said, “The drains will be cleaned immediately and illegal commercial outlets that had mushroomed in the MIDC area will be demolished. As for the slums that were illegal, action will be taken post monsoon as it would discomfort people.” The association has scheduled a conference on Wednesday for its members to highlight the plight of industry owners due to the alarming conditions of roads and infrastructure. We want proper work as the industry has taken a gross hit last year and also during the first showers this monsoon with waterlogging in many units causing damage and loss of several crores.
|2018-06-18||bike-borne men: Thane: Two bikers killed in railway mishap | Thane ... - Times of India|
Thane: Two bikers killed in railway mishap Jun 18, 2018, 15:56 IST THANE: Two unidentified bike-borne men were killed after they were knocked down by a speeding mail express train at Diva level crossing Monday morning. The men had reportedly ducked under the level crossing gate that was shut for road traffic. The incident happened around 11am near the Diva level crossing gate. It is learnt that the victims had borrowed the bike from a native and were on their way to Diva east for some work. The duo wanted to cross over to the other side of the station, but were reportedly got impatient as the gate was shut for a long time and decided to cross over the busy tracks notwithstanding the busy railway traffic passing on the lines. The boys had hardly driven out on the tracks when they noticed a speeding express train coming in their way, but by the time they could move, the train had already hit them killing them on the spot. The Diva railway police rushed to the spot and admitted them to the nearest hospital that declared them dead on arrival. A case of accidental death was being registered with the police.
|2018-06-18||Dump Your Trash in Thane's Tech Bins, Win Gold Coins, Freebies & Discounts! - The Better India|
Dump Your Trash in Thane’s Tech Bins, Win Gold Coins, Freebies & Discounts! Thane has taken this unique initiative in order to encourage citizens to practice safe waste-disposal. June 18, 2018, 7:00 pm To tackle the trash menace in Thane, authorities have come up with a brilliant idea. To coax citizens to dispose of their rubbish responsibly, Maharashtra’s Thane City will start giving goodies to citizens. According to a report in The Times of India, the Municipal Corporation of Thane plans to give residents free gold coins, for using its newly-installed hi-tech roadside garbage bin. Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal is guiding the initiative to install 200 hi-tech bins in the city in the next one year. These bins will give out prizes in exchange for garbage. ‘TechBins’ will give out a unique code, every time a user deposits waste in it. Simply download the TechBin application from the iOS or Android application stores, and register. Visit the nearest tech bin, and drop your dry or wet waste in it. Then, send the unique code that the bin flashes to the number mentioned. Then, wait for discount offers to be sent to you, via e-mail or phone. Register just once, and perform multiple transactions. The bins have been developed by Bhandup-based Asian Gallant, a company also responsible for the maintenance of these bins for the next decade. The company will approach local vendors and shopkeepers to get the goodies at a discounted rate to give away to TechBin users. These bins have a carrying capacity of around 300 litres, allowing them to accommodate 190 cubic metres of wet and dry waste. The bins are capable of carrying out internal waste segregation and will be located at prime spots like bus stops, malls, markets, commercial areas and cinema halls. The project is being divided into phases, and according to Phase 1, 30 bins will be installed by the end of June 2018. A test run of the project was carried out, inaugurated by commissioner Jaiswal, at Pokhran 1, on June 13th. These bins have a carrying capacity of around 300 litres, allowing them to accommodate 190 cubic metres of wet and dry waste. The bins are capable of carrying out internal waste segregation and will be located at prime spots like bus stops, malls, markets, commercial areas and cinema halls. The project is being divided into phases, and according to Phase 1, 30 bins will be installed by the end of June 2018. A test run of the project was carried out, inaugurated by commissioner Jaiswal, at Pokhran 1, on June 13th. TechBin comes at a timely moment–Thane ranked low on the nationwide Swacch Sarvekshan Survey, and slipped several ranks, from 17th pace in 2016, to 116th place, in 2017. Activists are concerned that these TechBins might lure citizens from other places to dump their trash in Thane. However, as a strategy to combat the littering issue, the TechBins have been well-strategised, by providing an incentive to responsible citizens!
|2018-06-18||Thane: Con call centre kingpin gets bail | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
Thane: Con call centre kingpin gets bail Jun 18, 2018, 11:51 IST THANE: The district sessions court has granted the bail to the 24-year-old mastermind of the fake call call centre racket that duped gullible American citizens to the tune of thousands of dollars. Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, a native of Ahmedabad is accused of duping US nationals of thousands of dollars. In his order, sessions court judge RV Jatale granted the bail, said a police officer confirmed to TOI. TOI was the first to report on the series of raids at Mira road fake call centres on the night of October 4, 2016. Thane police and US authorities also got involved as Thakkar had allegedly targeted American citizens. Thakkar later fled to Dubai, but came back to India fearing deportation to the US, added the officer. The advocate representing Thakkar moved the plea on the grounds the various grounds. Also, many accused have been released on bail and most recently one other accused and alleged accused Jagdish Kanani, too was released by the supreme court. The advocate representing Shaggy pointed out to the court various citations and the orders of the supreme court as well as high courts based on the release of Kanani, said a police officer. Earlier, too Thakkar had moved the plea but was rejected the district court citing the scope for probe. He had then pleaded that he is educated and the probe is completed and nothing has been recovered from him. On the other hand hand prosecution opposed the bail plea, stating that Thakkar is the main culprit and should not be granted bail. Investigations revealed that the call centres run by Shaggy at Ahmedabad and Mira road used a prepared script to speak to their American victims. The accused were skilled at speaking and some of their calls would last more than 30 minutes. The fraudsters would train youngsters to speak accented English in the call centers and make random calls to the citizens staying in the US posing as officials of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Indian equivalent of Income Tax, and threaten them of raids unless they paid up through wire transfers or purchasing I-tune cards which would in turn be redeemed by the cheats. So far, one Tapesh Gupta, Shaggy's sister Reema is absconding in the case. It was on the midnight of October 5, 2016 more than 200 police from crime branch raided bogus fake call centres located in Mira Road of the Thane district. In these call centres the callers posed as IRS officials and duped the US citizens to several thousands of dollars. More than 295 were arrested and chargesheeted and nearly 10-12 are presently still in judicial custody. A total of six people have been named as absconding in the case. While the police have seized accused's property of Rs 4.7 crore.
|2018-06-18||Thane corp starts work on construction of 25km track for cyclists - Times of India|
Thane corp starts work on construction of 25km track for cyclists Jun 18, 2018, 23:46 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is working on constructing a 25-km-long cycle track in the city for cycling enthusiasts. According to the plans, the tracks will be constructed only in Thane city presently and based on its popularity the plan may be extended to other parts of the city, said officials. The tracks will be developed along existing roads adjoining the footpaths at Pokhran, Wagle Estate, Devdaya Nagar, station area and Gladys Alwares Road to name a few. The tracks will be around three-12 feet wide to allow passage of a standard dimension bicycle in both directions on select roads and the maximum length in each of the areas would be 3.5km. These dedicated lanes will be connected to public transport hubs in the respective areas. Cycle stands will be constructed in particular areas to facilitate residents to minimise the use of autos or other mode of transport for short journeys. Thane civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal and other officials, who reviewed the progress of the work in the city recently said, the tracks will be ready for use mostly by December this year. The initiative is part of the Rs 28 crore pedestrain-friendly initiative undertaken under the smart city project. The lanes will be open for cyclists using their own cycles or even those rented from civic body’s rent-a-cycle project. Civic officials said they were positive the dedicated lanes would help attract more users as the project had initially failed to garner the desired response with several potential users shying away claiming lack of safety gear and dedicated lanes. “We are distinguishing these dedicated cycle lanes with a different colour and bollards. They will be linked to the two points without any interruptions midway. Also, care will be taken to ensure that vehicles are not parked on these tracks. We will also depute personnel to ensure the lanes are obstacle-free at all points,” said a civic official.
|2018-06-18||Two from UP die in Mumbai after being hit by train - Times of India|
Two from UP die in Mumbai after being hit by train PTI | Jun 18, 2018, 23:16 IST THANE: Two persons hailing from Uttar Pradesh died after being run over by an express train at Diva on the Central Railway here on Monday, the Railway Police said. The duo was crossing railway tracks on a two-wheeler at a level crossing when they were knocked down by Sevagram Express shortly before noon, Inspector Smita Dhakne of the Thane Railway Police said. The deceased were identified as Angre Sarabhit Chowdhary (25) and Ramcharan Chowdhary (30), both originally hailing from Basti in Uttar Pradesh, Dhakne said. Ramcharan Chowdhary worked as a mason in Diva town, while Angre Chowdhary was his helper, the officer added.
|2018-06-18||Thane: 65-year-old man arrested for raping 8-year-old in Kalyan - Free Press Journal|
Thane: 65-year-old man arrested for raping 8-year-old in Kalyan Jun 18, 2018 03:31 pm Thane: A 65-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl in a public toilet in Kolsewadi in Thane district’s Kalyan area, police said today. Police said that Kamundas Samarudas Manickpure raped the 8-year-old girl when she went to a public toilet in Kolsewadi locality in the afternoon yesterday. A complaint was filed by the victim’s family last evening following which the man was arrested late yesterday night, a Kolsewadi police official said. The man is a resident of Suchak Naka in Kolsewadi, the official informed. “A case has been registered against the man for rape and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act have also been invoked,” the official said. He said the man would be produced in court today and added that further investigation into the incident was underway, he added.
|2018-06-18||Wary TMC alerts PWD fearing massive landslide at Parsik - Times of India|
Wary TMC alerts PWD fearing massive landslide at Parsik Jun 18, 2018, 23:48 IST THANE: A wary municipal administration has alerted the public works department fearing a massive landslide along the Parsik hills in the monsoon season. Following a minor incident of soil slipping off beneath the Mumbra bypass road that has been constructed along the hill slopes; the administration has once again raised concerns over the safety of residents staying in the settlements. The administration has already sent warnings to residents asking them to evacuate their homes in the case of heavy rains as it is likely to trigger landslides. There are nearly 75,000 residents staying along the hill slopes in both Kalwa and Mumbra and they may face risks during the monsoon season when the land gets slippery and is prone to landslides, said officials. Officials said the rains last week were comparatively less but still managed to dislodge the retaining wall along the road. “We have checked the spot where the Saturady incident happened and feel it is prone to more landslides in the monsoon and have also alerted the public works department to take corrective action. Any repair work undertaken here is unlikely to last the fury of the rains that is witnessed here usually. There is danger to the settlements located on the slopes along the Mumbra bypass highway,” informed Santosh Kadam, chief of regional disaster management cell at the TMC. NCP corporator Prakash Barde said he was unsure if the corporation claims of reaching out to the victims could be true alleging that the administration was yet to deploy adequate infrastructure. “At the Kalwa side of the hill slopes, there is barely any space for the rescue teams to access the affected sites. It is time to relocate the residents from here at the earliest before waiting for a mishap to occur,” he said. We have checked the spot where the Saturady incident happened and feel it is prone to more landslides in the monsoon and have also alerted the public works department to take corrective action. There is danger to the settlements located on the slopes along the Mumbra bypass highway.
|2018-06-18||TMC to install suctions pumps at Dattawadi to avoid waterlogging - Times of India|
TMC to install suctions pumps at Dattawadi to avoid waterlogging Updated: Jun 18, 2018, 23:38 IST THANE: Although Kalwa’s Dattawadi area residents are yet to receive a permanent solution from the constant waterlogging taking place in their society and at times even in their homes, the civic administration has assured them that they would install suction pumps in the area to avoid flooding during heavy rains. Over the past decade, residents of this area have had to wade through knee-deep water to enter their homes as the drainage water, which accumulates along the railway tracks behind their societies, flows into their low lying area. This causes a lot of rodents and dirt in the are which can lead to illness. “As our societies is a low lying area. So, during rains there is a three to five feet accumulation of drainage water in our area. At times, even with a drizzle the place tends to get flooded. While it hasn’t rained properly since Saturday, our compound is still filled with the mucky remnants of the drainage water. Insects and rodents have become the order of the day,” said P Jaisinghani, a senior citizen from Lilavati Nagar CHS. After these residents approached the Kalwa ward office with their grievances last year, the officials visited the area and wrote a detailed report on the poor conditions and the need for a pakka nullah for the waste water to flow. With no action taken on this front since a year after the recce, citizens, on Friday, once again approached the TMC officials at its headquarters in Pachpakhadi. “Even though the officials promised us a pakka nullah behind our society, no work has started. I have approached a senior civic official for help as the first rain had reduced our area to a marsh once again. Things will get worse in the next few months,” said Jaisinghani. While the construction of the new drainage line will take time, civic officials have assured citizens that they will not face waterlogging problem this year as a number of suction pumps will be installed on days when the rainfall is heavy. “Constructing a new nullah is a lengthy process and it requires numerous procedures, including tying up with the railways as the main drain is on the railway tracks behind their society. While that will take some time, we will make sure to place suction pumps at regular intervals in this area during heavy rains so that excessive water is drained out and no flooding takes place,” said Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commission, TMC.
|2018-06-18||Two men from Uttar Pradesh run over by express train in Thane - United News of India|
Two men from Uttar Pradesh run over by express train in Thane Thane, Jun 18 (UNI) Two men from Basti of Uttar Pradesh were runover by an express train at Diva railway station on the Central Railway route on Monday.The duo were crossing the tracks on a two-wheeler this morning when the train knocked them down, police said.According to police, the footage of nearby close circuit TV camera shows that they were warned by the attendant at the level-crossing against crossing the tracks but they did not heed the warning,resulting in the mishap. The duo were mowed down by the Sevagram Express, police informed. Their bodies have been sent for post-mortem to the government hospital.
|2018-06-18||Orientation workshop for national science congress on June 24 - Times of India|
Orientation workshop for national science congress on June 24 TNN | Jun 18, 2018, 23:39 IST THANE: Although city-schools have just reopened young science enthusiasts are already pumped up for the annual National Children's Science Congress (NCSC) to be held in December. A brainchild of the Government of India's National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) department of science and technology, NCSC aims at formulating a platform for young scientists to exhibit their creativity. Surendra Dighe from Jidnyasa Trust which is the coordinating agency for NCSC in Maharashtra said, “The 2018 NCSC focal theme is ‘Science, technology and innovation for a clean, green and healthy nation.’ Students will have to choose from six sub-themes - Ecosystem and ecosystem services, health, hygiene and sanitation, waste to wealth, society, culture and livelihoods and traditional knowledge systems.” Last year, three projects curated by lake city students were selected to represent Maharashtra. One group had devised solutions for improving the quality of water near railway lines to cultivate vegetables, and another prepared a protein-rich chocolate bar using edible algae. An orientation workshop will be held on Sunday, June 24 at Saraswati School, Naupada from 9.30 am-12.30 pm.
|2018-06-18||Thane: 2 on scooter crushed at Diva level crossing - Times of India|
Thane: 2 on scooter crushed at Diva level crossing Updated: Jun 19, 2018, 05:50 IST THANE: Ignoring the red signal, two men on a scooter ducked under the barrier of the Diva railway level crossing and tried to beat an oncoming express train, but were crushed to death on Monday. The impact of the collision was such that the front wheel of the scooter was found nearly a kilometre away from the spot. The deceased were identified as Ramcharan Choudhary (30) and Angrez Choudhary (25), who worked as masons and undertook small-time renovation contracts in and around Diva. Natives of Basti district in Uttar Pradesh, they were living in a rented room in Diva. On Monday, they were headed to a shop in Diva (E) to purchase some raw material. As they were in a hurry, they borrowed a friend's Scooty. "As the level crossing gate was shut for a long time, they decided to cross the tracks though the gate was closed and trains, both suburban and outstation, were constantly passing on the six railway lines," said an official from the Thane railway police, requesting anonymity. Ignoring warnings from passersby and motorists, Ramcharan and Angrez ducked under the barrier and started crossing the tracks when they realized that they were in the path of Nagpur-Mumbai Sevagram Express, which was approaching them fast. Several bystanders and even the gateman raised an alarm, but by the time they could react, the express train hit Ramcharan and Angrez. Station officials rushed them to a nearby hospital, where they were declared dead. The Thane railway police have registered a case of accidental death. Following the incident, locals reiterated the demand for closure of the Diva level crossing and the construction of a road over-bridge at the spot. A 2017 review of track-crossing deaths recorded 149 such incidents at Diva, and most of them were at the level crossing, said Central Railway officials. The Diva level crossing, which is opened 63 times a day, is a major hurdle on the CR's network, eating up nearly three hours of its time every day and delaying 300 services. In 2013, the CR proposed a road overbridge near Diva station to provide local residents a safer passage and prevent train delays that inconvenience thousands of commuters every day. The design is yet to be finalised because of a disagreement between CR and Thane Municipal Corporation. In 2014, then then railway minister Suresh Prabhu had announced that all level crossings in Mumbai would be shut to ensure timely suburban train services.
|2018-06-18||Thane to lose wetlands to development - The Asian Age|
Thane to lose wetlands to development Published : Jun 19, 2018, 2:39 am IST, Updated : Jun 19, 2018, 2:39 am IST Meanwhile, the TMC has stated that the civic body has all the required permissions in place. Mumbai: Thane city is going to lose two major wetlands at Gaimukh, Ghodbu-nder road and Mumbra to a waterfront development project by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The proposal, which includes a garden and a jogging track among others, plans to fill the wetlands by 15 feet in both the sites. Environmentalists have raised concerns over the reclamation of coastal regulation zone-1 area, which may prove detrimental to the city during the monsoon. Meanwhile, the TMC has stated that the civic body has all the required permissions in place. Not just these two wetland patches, but the project will also entail reclamation of wetland patches at three other spots at Thane city including Kopri and Salket-Balkum.
|2018-06-18||Thane: Delhi garment shop-owner held in CDR case - Times of India|
Thane: Delhi garment shop-owner held in CDR case Jun 19, 2018, 04:43 IST THANE: Crime branch sleuths nabbed a Delhi garment shop-owner, on the run for months following a police probe which pointed to his role in a call data records (CDRs) scam. Saurabh Sahu allegedly sourced CDRs of individuals using his network with police and passed them to key accused, Kling Mishra and Shitla Sharma, for a hefty amount. "We kept a watch on Sahu's home and we caught him on Sunday evening and brought him to Thane. He had applied for anticipatory bail at Thane sessions court, which rejected it a week back," said senior inspector (crime branch unit I) Nitin Thakre. Sahu, who was remanded to police custody till June 29, had been arrested earlier for similar crimes.
|2018-06-17||Seven men loot 22.57 lakh via bitcoins in Thane- The New Indian ... - The New Indian Express|
Seven men loot 22.59 lakh via bitcoins in Thane A charge sheet for cheating has been prepared against the accused, no arrests have been made. Published: 17th June 2018 03:54 PM | Last Updated: 17th June 2018 03:55 PM THANE: Seven people have been booked for allegedly cheating a man of Rs 22.59 lakhs. The victim, Raghuveer Kulkarni (45), was introduced to a bitcoin investment scheme of a company by one of his friends who promised him good returns. A case of cheating has been registered at the Khadakpada police station but no arrests have been made so far. As of February 2017, he had invested Rs 22.59 lakhs. However, the accused, who were associated with the company, did not pay Kulkarni any money and closed down their business and fled, the police said. Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that is supposed to provide a secure and private alternative to conventional money. According to the government, bitcoins or such cryptocurrencies are not legal tenders in the country.
|2018-06-17||CA duped of Rs 1 8 lakh in Thane - United News of India|
CA duped of Rs 1 8 lakh in Thane Thane, June 17 (UNI) A practicing Chartered Accountant was duped of Rs 1.8 lakh in this district of Maharashtra.According to police, on June 2, CA Nilesh Deshpande, a resident of Vrindavan society in the city, received a message purported to be from one of his client Dileep Gosh, stating that it was his new number and requesting him to help his friend with Rs 1,86,000. Nilesh, not knowing that he was being cheated by hacking his clients mobile, promptly helped the friend of his client and provided the money.On June 14, the CA received a message from his client stating that all his accounts including the contact list, whatsapp, facebook messenger and email had been hacked by some one who was identifying himself as Gosh and a complaint had been made to the local police at Versova on June 11, 2018.
|2018-06-17||Case Filed Against Seven In Thane For Alleged Bitcoin Fraud - NDTV|
Case Filed Against Seven In Thane For Alleged Bitcoin Fraud The victim, Raghuveer Kulkarni, 45, was introduced to a bitcoin investment scheme of a company by one of his friends who promised him good returns, they said. Updated: June 17, 2018 23:50 IST THANE: A case has been filed against seven people for allegedly cheating a man to the tune of Rs. 22.59 lakh after pursuing him to invest in bitcoins launched by a company, police said today. A case of cheating has been registered at the Khadakpada police station. No arrest has been made so far, the police said. The victim, Raghuveer Kulkarni, 45, was introduced to a bitcoin investment scheme of a company by one of his friends who promised him good returns, they said. Accordingly, since February 2017, he invested a total of Rs. 22.59 lakh into the company. However, the accused, who were associated with the company, did not pay Mr Kulkarni any money and closed down their business and fled, the police said. Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that is supposed to provide a secure and private alternative to conventional money. According to the government, bitcoins or such cryptocurrencies are not legal tender in the country.
|2018-06-17||Pune kingpin behind Kalyan cryptocurrency scam: Thane police - Hindustan Times|
Pune kingpin behind Kalyan cryptocurrency scam: Thane police Police were investigating the complaint of a 45-year-old man who was approached by Gain Bitcoin — Bhardwaj’s company — last year and lured into investing a lot of money in one of their schemes MUMBAI Updated: Jun 18, 2018 00:50 IST More than a month after Amit Bhardwaj, the kingpin of the 2000-crore cryptocurrency scam, was arrested by the Pune police, a unit of the Thane crime branch has found that it was the same person’s company that was running a similar racket in Kalyan for a year. A police officer from the Thane commissionerate, requesting anonymity, said they were investigating into this matter based on the complaint of a 45-year-old man, Raghuveer Kulkarni, who was approached by Gain Bitcoin — Bhardwaj’s company — last year and lured into investing a lot of money in one of their schemes. “Gain Bitcoin was running at Yogidh in Kalyan too. We found that the main accused, Amit Bhardwaj, has already been arrested. We have alerted Pune police about it,” the officer said. “Kulkarni invested 22.5 lakh (with Gain Bitcoin). When the company shut down a few months ago, the owners and other employees switched off their mobiles, just like they did to investors in Pune,” the officer said. The Thane police said there were more people apart from Kulkarni who were also cheated in Kalyan. Earlier this month, the Thane crime branch busted a similar cryptocurrency racket which had cheated more than 25,000 investors of more than ?500 crore. The mastermind behind this scheme, Amit Lakhanpal, is said to be hiding in Dubai. It was in 2017 when Lakhanpal launched his own fake cryptocurrency company, distributing 120 digital coins to investors after giving them fake promises. In connection with this case, the Thane police said they arrested one suspect. “We have arrested a Mumbra resident, Taha Kazi, 26-years-old, who was appointed as technical head and later made director (of Lakhanpal’s company),” said another officer from the Thane commissionerate. Police also seized 68 bottles of foreign liquor from Lakhanpal’s home in Navi Mumbai, besides three high-end vehicles and 3 lakh in cash.
|2018-06-17||Wet garbage woe plagues Thane residents - Daily News & Analysis|
Wet garbage woe plagues Thane residents Updated: Jun 18, 2018, 02:32 AM IST Though the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has extended its deadline by a month for bigger housing societies in Thane to manage their own garbage, the societies want the civic body to manage its wet waste. They say that they can manage dry waste but do not have the wherewithal to set up expensive bio compost machinery. On June 17 over 35 big housing societies from Thane had a meeting to discuss ways and means to manage their own waste. This was after the TMC on June 15 gave them one more month to adopt the waste management system. "After a lot of discussions we zeroed in on the idea to segregate the wet and dry waste of our societies," says Siva Kumar Vunnava from Bramhand phase VI, Ghodbunder road. "We will manage dry waste, but TMC should take care of the wet waste. Putting up a wet waste plant requires around Rs 10 to Rs 12 lakh," he adds. The residents also demand that TMC should put up a waste processing plant on vacant plots in the city since there's no dumping ground. "They have given a waste processing plant to an NGO at Kopri. Why cannot it do the same on other plots in the city? They can levy a surcharge to process and maintain it," says Mahendra Deshmukh, chairman, Prakruti Park co-operative housing society, Bramhand, Thane. The residents fume that the TMC is trying to get rid of its responsibility. "We do not have parking space in our buildings and they want us to start our own solid waste management plants," exclaims Deshmukh. The residents hope that good sense will prevail over TMC. "We will appeal to the TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal to reconsider this decision. Or else we will start a signature campaign and approach the court about the same," warns Vunnava.
|2018-06-16||Thane court sentences three Bangladeshis to ten years in prison in 2012 human trafficking case - Firstpost|
Thane court sentences three Bangladeshis to ten years in prison in 2012 human trafficking case Jun 16, 2018 13:13:12 IST Thane: A district court has sentenced three Bangladeshi nationals to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment in a human trafficking case that was filed in 2012. District sessions judge SC Khalipe convicted the trio— Abdul alias Afzal Shaikh alias Gaffar Shafiuddin Shaikh, 48, his wife Shivali alias Sangita Abdul Shaikh, 36, and her sister Nargis Abdul Hasan Mandal, 30. The sentence was awarded on Wednesday. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 26,000 on each convict. The trio was held guilty under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) and IPC sections including 366(A) (procuration of minor girl), 366(B) (importation of girl from foreign country) and 372 (selling minor for purposes of prostitution). Representational image. Getty ImagesRepresentational image. Getty Images On 21 August, 2012, the Anti-Human Trafficking Cell of Thane Police had conducted a raid and rescued five victims, including two minors. The trio was held from a hotel here, where a deal was being struck to push the women into flesh trade, prosecutors Vandana Jadhav and Rekha Hiwrale told the court. The police had sent a decoy to the hotel to strike a deal and caught the three red-handed. The premises where the flesh trade was being run—a 'chawl'—was also raided by the police. "So it is proved by the prosecution that the three accused persons in furtherance of common intention accepted money for providing girls for prostitution. It is proved that they were living on the earnings of prostitution business," the judge said in the order. "It has also been proven by the prosecution that the accused procured two minor and three major victims for prostitution from Bangladesh. One of the victims was brought from Bangladesh to Mumbai and was left at the house of the accused," it said. The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) had earlier sent 11-year-old son of the convicted Bangladeshi couple to a remand home. The court ordered that the boy be kept in the remand home.
|2018-06-16||Fire in Thane bakery | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
Fire in Thane bakery Jun 16, 2018, 12:35 IST THANE: A ground plus one structure of Janta Bakery near Ahmed Ali Chawl, in Rabodi Thane suffered massive damage after a fire broke out in the facility late Saturday morning. According to the Thane RDMC team, the fire in the unit was reported around 11am following which the rescue teams were alerted. The fire quickly spread to the upper floor and also damaged a part of the slab which caved in, informed officials. The bakery is owned by one Fahim Shaha. No casualty or injury was reported and the Situation has been brought under control, informed Santosh Kadam, chief of Thane rdmc. The cause of fire will be investigated soon, informed civic officials.
|2018-06-16||cheating young job seekers: Thane: Woman held for duping job ... - Times of India|
Thane: Woman held for duping job seekers, hunt on for 4 others Jun 16, 2018, 14:27 IST THANE: Navi Mumbai police have arrested a woman for allegedly cheating young job seekers to the tune of several lakhs of rupees on the false promise of providing employment, an official said on Saturday. The Anti Extortion Cell of Navi Mumbai police arrested the woman, identified as Jayashri Date, on Thursday. "Based on a complaint lodged by a victim in Satara district, an offence was registered against a group of people, including the woman, who ran a recruitment agency in Navi Mumabi," DCP Crime Tushar Doshi of the Navi Mumbai police said. "They had taken Rs 5.50 lakh from the victim in May 2016 promising to give her a job as a constable in RPF, Kolkata. They even sent a posting letter and other documents to her last year, which turned out to be fake. They later shut their office and fled," he said. An offence has been registered against them with the APMC police station under various IPC sections including 420 (cheating) and 465 (forgery). The woman's husband, Sunil Date, and other accused-Deepak Singh, Manish Singh and one Sadique- are still absconding, police said. "They had cheated several other job seekers in a similar fashion, promising jobs to them in RPF, Railways and JNPT," Doshi said. Further investigation is on.
|2018-06-16||IT department files 61 prosecution cases in Thane - United News of India|
IT department files 61 prosecution cases in Thane Thane, Jun 16 (UNI) The Income Tax Department at Thane has filed as many as 61 prosecution cases this year for default of taxes, the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Thane Nitya Nand Mishra said here on Friday.This year there has been growth of 40.37 per cent in corporate tax and the net budget collection of Thane charge has gone up by 25.35 per cent, also growth in advance tax has been marked at 26.96 per cent and self assessment tax at 24.5 per cent.He also added that there have been unprecedented recovery surveys and Operation Clean Money surveys. It has even being ensured that all the Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAM) grievances are redressed within 30 days.
|2018-06-16||Yet another woman molested at civil hosp - Times of India|
Yet another woman molested at civil hosp Jun 16, 2018, 22:29 IST Thane: Yet another incident of molestation was reported at the Thane civil hospital on Wednesday within a span of almost a month after two such incidents. A 35-year-old housewife was allegedly molested by a helper from the hospital, while she was standing near the paediatric ward on Wednesday evening. The woman complained about the alleged accused to the hospital staff following which he was arrested. “The woman was accompanied by her two children to the hospital that evening. The accused, Manoj Manpe, touched her inappropriately when she was standing near the paediatric ward. She then complained about Manpe to the nurses around, who later informed us. We then arrested him from the hospital in the night. Manpe, who was initially given one-day police custody was granted judicial custody by the magistrate court on Friday,” said Mandar Dharmadhikari, senior inspector of Thane Nagar police station. Hospital authorities said that Manpe had been working in the hospital since the past six years and there were no complaints about him before. He was a helper in the paediatric ward and was on contract basis under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Officials from the hospital said that they will be installing CCTV cameras at the spot where the crime occurred as it was previously not under surveillance. Also, that are still waiting for sanctions of security personnel. “While we have cameras installed in most parts of the hospital, we will be installing a CCTV camera soon at the spot where the incident occurred on Wednesday. We have already sent two proposals asking for security guards for the hospital and are awaiting their sanction,” said Dr Sangita Makode, additional civil surgeon at the hospital.
|2018-06-16||Large societies get one more month to plan waste disposal - Times of India|
Large societies get one more month to plan waste disposal Jun 16, 2018, 22:30 IST Thane: The municipal administration, on Friday, announced that it will continue to collect solid waste from residential societies till mid-July as against its earlier plan to stop lifting trash from big colonies. The decision comes a day after the administration had aggressively claimed that it will not collect garbage from societies spread over 5,000sqm area citing a 2016 Ministry of Environment and forest circular. TOI had highlighted the ire of residents who had opposed the move and requested an extension. The stepdown from the earlier plan, was formally announced by civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal, Friday evening, following persuasion by activists who feared a health hazard and intervention by guardian minister Eknath Shinde. Jaiswal said that while the civic staff will continue to collect wet and dry garbage from residential societies till the next one month, a local ward level committee will also be formed to tackle the disposal issue. “We have decided to postpone enforcing our plans for one month. A local level waste management committee will be formed that will conduct a trash audit and also work on promoting the initiative among local residents. However, after the extension period, we will strictly implement the same and also penalize offenders,” said Jaiswal. It may be noted that several residents had expressed their displeasure over the plan. Residents and activists said they are opposed to this plan that has been thrust on residents without even consulting them and many had even decided to stage protests against this decision. “The TMC can set up composting waste bins within the society and residents be allowed to dump their wet waste once a day after which the same could be covered with soil for allowing decomposition. The same can be replicated,” suggested Dr Uma Uppal, a Thane resident.
|2018-06-16||Thane woman offered job by friend from Punjab, raped - Hindustan Times|
Thane woman offered job by friend from Punjab, raped MUMBAI Updated: Jun 17, 2018 01:05 IST A 24-year-old woman from Thane was allegedly raped by her Facebook friend last year. The man had promised to give her a job in a multinational company. The Kapurbawdi police have filed a case against Mangatpal Singh,42, under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Singh is a resident of Punjab. A police officer from the Thane commissionerate said, “Last year, the woman got an interview call for the said job in October. Singh told her that he would conduct the interview when he would visit Thane.” The woman was called to a private lodge, where a spiked drink was offered to her. “The woman, in her complaint told that she went for the interview because she was offered a good salary and designation,” the officer said. In the lodge, Singh offered the woman a spiked drink. “The woman alleged that the drink was spiked, as she fell unconscious after consuming it. She has said that Singh raped her while she was unconscious and also recorded the entire act in a video,” the officer said. In the last few weeks, Singh threatened the victim using the video into having a physical relationship with him. He threatened to circulate it and to send it to the woman’s husband too. “We are searching on the lookout for the accused and have form a team a to nab him”, said the officer.
|2018-06-16||FIFA ticket for Thane girl who dreams to be a soccer coach - Daily News & Analysis|
This Mumbai girl is living the dream and going to watch FIFA 2018 in Russia Updated: Jun 17, 2018, 08:40 AM IST It's a dream come true for 20-year-old Shraddha Aher. She is among the few selected from the country by OSCAR Foundation to visit Russia for watching 2018 FIFA World Cup. Aher, a Thane resident has been playing soccer for last two years and wants to be a football coach in future. She is now coaching around eight girls from near her locality. Just like Aher, Poonam Gautam from Ambedkar Nagar slum in Mumbai, Lalu Rathod and Akshay Chauhan from the city too will be there in Russia as part of a six-member youth delegation. These youngsters will be participating in FIFA Foundation's 'Football For Hope' festival — FIFA's global initiative for youth and community development, from June 26 to July 3. Speaking about her love for football, Aher, said, "During school days, I saw a few of my friends participating in different sports, but I could not participate due to lack of financial support. After my junior college, I started taking young leader training from OSCAR foundation, which not only developed my learning and love for football as a sport, but also made me realize that I should train other children in this sports too." While Aher now trains 74 children in football at Rabodi Thane, there are only eight girls in her team. She further added, "Even today it is difficult to make parents understand that there is no harm if a girl plays football. While earlier even I didn't have support from family, now they do support me." Another youth delegate Poonam Gautam, 18, said, "I am very excited that I am one of the selected members for this tour. From my community, I am the first girl who will be going outside of India. I am passionate about football. I am excited to watch the match live and meet people from foreign countries related to my passion." Other members of the six-member team are Poonam Gautam (Mumbai), Lalu Rathod (Mumbai), Akshay Chauhan (Mumbai), Shital Toppo (Jharkhand) and Sony Kumari (Jharkhand).
|2018-06-15||Nine-Year-Old Boy Drowns In Water Tank In Thane - NDTV|
Nine-Year-Old Boy Drowns In Water Tank In Thane The boy's body was later fished out and sent for post-mortem. Updated: June 15, 2018 22:25 IST THANE: A nine-year-old boy fell into a water tank and drowned here this evening, a civic official said. The boy, Kunal Bagul, accidentally fell into the water tank located adjacent a public toilet in Mahatma Phule Nagar in Kalwa town and drowned, Santosh Kadam, chief of the Thane civic body's Regional Disaster Management Cell, said. His body was later fished out and sent for post-mortem, he said, adding a probe into the incident was on.
|2018-06-15||Thane residents get one more month to compost waste - Hindustan Times|
Thane residents get one more month to compost waste The Thane Municipal Corporation said it would not collect garbage from housing societies that generate more than 100kg of daily waste MUMBAI Updated: Jun 16, 2018 00:57 IST As the deadline for composting waste ended on Friday, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) gave residents more time to set up the system. The municipal corporation had said it would stop collecting garbage from those housing societies which generate more than 100kg waste every day. It directed them to set up their own compost system. The TMC’s solid waste management (SWM) department had announced that it would stop collecting garbage from big housing societies from June 15. On Friday, the TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal directed officials to extend the deadline for a month so that citizens can get time to adopt the waste management system. The officials said housing societies, schools, colleges and commercial structures which generate more than 100kg will face TMC action if they don’t comply within a month. The TMC had said it would impose ?500 fine per day on those societies which fail to implement the rule. “Many housing societies approached the municipal commissioner and other senior officials of the SWM department over extending the deadline. They wanted more time to set up the system,” said Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner.
|2018-06-15||Himachal Pradesh: 21 Thane trekkers rescued, 1 dead. - The Indian Express|
Himachal Pradesh: 21 Thane trekkers rescued, 1 dead. “16 trekkers were brought to the ITBO base camp at Rani Kanda and nine of them were sent to Shimla. Six trekkers, apart from the body of the deceased, are being brought down to base camp,” she said. Updated: June 16, 2018 3:06:54 am The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) rescued 21 trekkers, mostly hailing from Maharashtra, besides two from Mexico, from Borasu Pass on the Himachal Pradesh-Uttarakhand border after receiving a distress call. One trekker from Thane, however, died due to high altitude sickness before he could be rescued. Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Kalpa, in Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh, Major (Dr) Avaninder Sharma, said a total of 22 trekkers were crossing over from Uttarakhand to Himachal and made a distress call to which ITBP personnel of a battalion stationed on the Himachal side responded. Assistant Tehsildar Sangla, Prem Sarita, identified the deceased as Harish Apte (33) from Thane, Maharashtra. “16 trekkers were brought to the ITBO base camp at Rani Kanda and nine of them were sent to Shimla. Six trekkers, apart from the body of the deceased, are being brought down to base camp,” she said. She added that one of the rescued trekkers was from Delhi while the team leader was from Uttarakhand. The condition of the rescued trekkers was stable, sources said.
|2018-06-15||Nine-yr-old boy drowned in water tank in Thane - United News of India|
Nine-yr-old boy drowned in water tank in Thane June 15 2018 9:09 PM Thane, Jun 15 (UNI) A nine-year-old boy from Kalwa drowned after hefell into a water tank used for toilet on Friday. The boy, Kunal Bagul, fell into the water tank in Mahatma Phule Nagar and drowned this evening, an official of Thane Municipal Corporation said. Immediately upon coming to know about the incident, the staff ofTMC, police and local firemen rushed to the scene and fished out the body before sending it for post-mortem, the officer said. The local Kalwa police are carrying out further probe into the mishap, the officer added.
|2018-06-15||Thane couple have a baby, 21 years after marriage - Times of India|
Thane couple have a baby, 21 years after marriage Jun 15, 2018, 11:30 IST A negative pregnancy test can be extremely disheartening for a woman who is looking forward to becoming a mother. Especially in a country like India, where motherhood and the celebrations around it are a family affair. Naturally, 21 years after marriage, Madhavi and Amogh Kulkarni are over the moon, holding a baby in their hands. Madhavi now wants to reach out and help more couples, "We have had a very difficult journey that was extremely stressful at times. While many families may choose to lay the blame on the woman, many are not aware that male infertility is almost 50% of the problem. Yet, for most, it is too personal an issue to seek help. What couples need to know is that reliable help is available to help you conceive - at Cocoon Fertility we found this help". Infertility by definition implies that a couple has not been able to conceive a child even though they've had frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer. The good news is that for the very first time in Mumbai, Cocoon Fertility has launched ' Welcome your baby home ' initiative that offers hope to such couples and makes IVF affordable. Dr Anagha Karkhanis, Director at Cocoon Fertility says, "About 85% of couples who try, get pregnant in 1 year. So the thumb-rule for a couple to approach a fertility specialist could be: <35 years after 1 year of trying 35-40 after 6 months of trying >40 after 3 months of trying" Cocoon Fertility has come up with a limited period value offer with an IVF cycle at 25000/- which is less than 50% of the industry norm. Adding the cost of embryo transfer and IVF injections, the total cost could range from 95000 to 1,20,000. That's a massive reduction in the price. The centre also provides support to freeze extra embryos to improve the probability of success. EMI options for eligible patients are also available at Cocoon Fertility. Dr Rajalaxmi Walavalkar, Consultant, IVF and Reproductive surgery, Cocoon Fertility adds, "A couple can opt for IVF- depending on factors like age, testing of the ovarian reserve (capacity of the ovary to produce fertilisable eggs) and history of prior treatments. Amongst other things we also look at the husband's sperm test, because patients may require IVF for male-related problems". Sonali Advani, another mother who gave birth to a daughter in September 2017, 10 years after her marriage says, "Cocoon offered us a safe, truthful, and empathetic experience. We knew all along, what could go wrong and what could go right. Just the open communication channels helped us a lot." Cocoon fertility is helmed by the highly skilled sibling duo of Dr. Rajalaxmi Walavalkar and Dr Anagha Karkhanis. Together, the two are a formidable, complementary team- known for a success rate that exceeds the industry average. The centre offers a supportive environment and the promise to help you bring home your own baby. Cocoon Fertility - 022 25334848 Email - email@example.com Website - http://www.cocoonfertility.com/ Cocoon Fertility Branches- Thane, Versova, Dadar, Santacruz, Pune.
|2018-06-15||The Cincinnati Zoo's Thane Maynard Tells The Story The Nation Followed In "Saving Fiona" - WVXU|
skip to main content Connecting You to a World of Ideas Site Menu Donate Menu Home News Howard Wilkinson: Politics and More Politics Cincinnati City Council Hamilton County Commission Focus on Technology Ohio Statehouse News Bureau StateImpact Education WCPO News Cincinnati Around Cincinnati Cincinnati Edition Storycorps in Cincinnati Howard Wilkinson: Tales from the Trail Looking Up Start Hear John Kiesewetter: Media Beat Janelle's Notes Podcast Central Local Specials Community Calendar Music Radio Artifact Jazz on WGUC-HD2 The Blues with Lee Hay Jazz with OT Swing with Bill Cartwright Local Exposure Song-of-the-Day LX: Music Notes Janelle's Notes Support Thank You Gifts Sponsorships Become a Sustaining Member Update Your Information Donate Your Car Volunteer Gifts of Stock Bequests / Planned Giving Support Through IRA Charitable Gift Annuities Joseph-Beth Gives Back Program Contests Ways To Connect Our Programs Program Schedule Listen Live Subscribe to Email Podcast Central HD Radio Facebook Twitter Instagram Contact Us Search Menu Home News Howard Wilkinson: Politics and More Politics Cincinnati City Council Hamilton County Commission Focus on Technology Ohio Statehouse News Bureau StateImpact Education WCPO News Cincinnati Around Cincinnati Cincinnati Edition Storycorps in Cincinnati Howard Wilkinson: Tales from the Trail Looking Up Start Hear John Kiesewetter: Media Beat Janelle's Notes Podcast Central Local Specials Community Calendar Music Radio Artifact Jazz on WGUC-HD2 The Blues with Lee Hay Jazz with OT Swing with Bill Cartwright Local Exposure Song-of-the-Day LX: Music Notes Janelle's Notes Support Thank You Gifts Sponsorships Become a Sustaining Member Update Your Information Donate Your Car Volunteer Gifts of Stock Bequests / Planned Giving Support Through IRA Charitable Gift Annuities Joseph-Beth Gives Back Program Contests Ways To Connect Our Programs Program Schedule Listen Live Subscribe to Email Podcast Central HD Radio Facebook Twitter Instagram Contact Us Search Related Program: Around Cincinnati The Cincinnati Zoo's Thane Maynard Tells The Story The Nation Followed In "Saving Fiona" By Lee Hay • Jun 15, 2018 Related Program: Around Cincinnati TweetShareGoogle+Email The story that captured the nation's attention is now told by the man who oversaw every step of it. Our friend, host of The 90-Second Naturalist, and director of the Cincinnati Zoo, Thane Maynard, has written Saving Fiona: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Baby Hippo, and he talks all about it with host Lee Hay.
|2018-06-15||Footage from 50 CCTVs scanned to find culprit behind Thane road accident - Mid-Day|
Footage From 50 CCTVs Scanned To Find Culprit Behind Thane Road Accident Jun 15, 2018, 19:55 IST The Kasarwadavli police arrested the tanker driver who had dashed a Scooty killing a girl in Thane The Kasarvadawli police searched footage from almost 50 CCTVs from Thane to Vasai in search of a tanker, whose driver allegedly dashed against a Scooty on Sunday, killing a girl in Thane. He was arrested early on Thursday. Police said the girls, Priyanka Zende, a resident of Lokmanya Nagar, and Tanvi Bolade, a resident of Yashoda Nagar, both 22, were friends since childhood. 'Tanker dashed Scooty' On Sunday at 8.30 am, in the rains, they decided to go to the under-construction chowpatty at Ghodbunder. A police official from Kasarvadawli police station said, "On Sunday around 11.30 am we received a call about the accident. The girls who had recently joined different IT companies, were returning home when a gas tanker dashed Bolade's Scooty, which she was riding. They slipped and pillion rider Zende came under the tanker's left side tyres. She died on the spot while Bolade escaped with minor scratches on her hand." SPI DS Dhole said, "Our team of seven members started investigation but despite checking CCTVs near the spot we didn't get a clue about the vehicle. The next day our team went to the spot at the time of the accident, when a fisherwoman approached us and said she had seen a tanker run over the girl. She remembered the colour of the vehicle but not the number. We started checking CCTV footage on roads till Vasai as we found the vehicle had come from there and finally we got the number of a vehicle." Driver arrested Dhole further added, "The tanker which was carrying some gas was from Gujarat. We informed the company it belonged to and got the driver's details. He is Hiralal Yadav. Early on Thursday when he again came to Thane we arrested him under IPC Section 304 (culpable homicide)."
|2018-06-14||KDMC official held for accepting Rs 8L bribe - Mumbai Mirror|
KDMC OFFICIAL HELD FOR ACCEPTING RS 8L BRIBE Updated: Jun 14, 2018, 05.49 AM IST An additional commissioner of Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) and two KDMC clerks were arrested on Wednesday by the Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for demanding Rs 35 lakh from a builder and accepting Rs 8 lakh as bribe. On a tip-off from abuilder, additional commissioner of KDMC Sanjay Gajanan Gharat, 51, and clerks Lalit Dashrath Ambre, 42, and Bhushan Baliram Patil, 27, were arrested while demanding and accepting bribe at the KDMC headquarters. After the arrests several Kalyan Dombivali residents and members of political parties gathered outside the KDMC headquarters to burst firecrackers and distribute sweets. Gharat was allegedly demanding Rs 42 lakh from a builder to legalise his illegal construction of seven floors. “They finally negotiated the amount to Rs 35 lakh, and the first instalment of Rs 8 lakh was accepted by Patil on behalf of Gharat in his cabin at the KDMC headquarters in Kalyan; this is when we nabbed them redhanded,” said an ACB official. According to ACB officials, despite 27 villages being officially added to the KDMC during the last elections, the local Tehsildar had stopped the registration process in the area. This was giving builders a tough time and encouraged illegal construction activity in the area. Taking advantage of the situation, Gharat started demanding money from builders, one of whom helped the police set up a trap to get him arrested. “I work with a private bank and I am also a social worker. I have been repeatedly complaining about illegal construction in Dombivali West, but no action was being taken by Gharat and his close aide Suresh Pawar,” alleged Kalpesh Joshi, a local activist. “Every time I approached them, they would tell me that they don’t have police protection to demolish illegal buildings. For the last 11 days I have been on dharna at the KDMC office,” he said while distributing sweets. ACB chief Vivek Phansalkar confirmed that Gharat was arrested from KDMC headquarters. Hopeful of finding much more, ACB officials have begun searching Gharat’s properties. The officials also said that the additional commissioner had a posh cabin at the KDMC headquarters and he used to selectively hand out entry cards; these select few could swipe their cards anytime to enter Gharat’s office. In the past, an assistant commissioner of KDMC Ganesh Borade was arrested twice for demanding bribe, and an additional town planner Sunil Joshi was arrested for demanding Rs 5 lakh from a builder. ACB officials said Gharat had joined the KDMC in 1995 and was served several show cause notices for shoddy work.
|2018-06-14||5 Arrested For Burglary In Maharashtra's Thane - NDTV.com - NDTV|
5 Arrested For Burglary In Maharashtra's Thane Senior Inspector Jairaj Ranaware of Unit V of the Crime Branch said that three persons were arrested for allegedly committing a theft in Thane's Srinagar area. Updated: June 14, 2018 20:01 IST THANE: Thane police's Crime Branch arrested five people allegedly involved in more than a dozen cases of burglary in Maharashtra and Gujarat, police said today. Senior Inspector Jairaj Ranaware of Unit V of the Crime Branch told PTI that three persons were arrested for allegedly committing a theft in Thane's Srinagar area. He identified the three as Ramesh Shettiar (37), Sanju Shetty (32) and Venkatesh Mahadev Shettiar (42) and said that they had come out of jail two months ago in connection with another case. Two others, identified as Khanayalal Sudhar (24) and Jagdish Farat (33), were arrested as they were allegedly involved in several cases of thefts, police said. Police said that the two were history-sheeters and were involved in several cases of thefts in Ankleshwar, Manjalpur, Olpad, Navsari, Vasanda, Sairgaon, Viklimora, Pandesra and Udana areas in neighbouring Gujarat. Items worth Rs. 22 lakh were seized from the five arrested accused, an official informed. He said the arrests took place over the past two days and further investigations were underway.
|2018-06-14||Five arrested for house-breaking thefts in Maha's Thane - Business Standard|
Five arrested for house-breaking thefts in Maha's Thane Last Updated at June 14, 2018 18:25 IST Thane police's Crime Branch arrested five people allegedly involved in more than a dozen cases of house-breaking theft in Maharashtra and Gujarat, police said today. Senior Inspector Jairaj Ranaware of Unit V of the Crime Branch told PTI that three persons were arrested for allegedly committing a theft in Thane's Srinagar area. He identified the three as Ramesh Shettiar (37), Sanju Shetty (32) and Venkatesh Mahadev Shettiar (42) and said that they had come out of jail two months ago in connection with another case. Two others, identified as Khanayalal Sudhar (24) and Jagdish Farat (33), were arrested as they were allegedly involved in several cases of house-breaking thefts, police said. Police said that the two were history-sheeters and were involved in several cases of house-breaking thefts in Ankleshwar, Manjalpur, Olpad, Navsari, Vasanda, Sairgaon, Viklimora, Pandesra and Udana areas in neighbouring Gujarat. Items worth Rs 22 lakh were seized from the five arrested persons, an official informed. He said the arrests took place over the past two days and further investigations were underway.
|2018-06-13||IPL betting case: Thane police are on the lookout for 2 bookies - Free Press Journal|
IPL betting case: Thane police are on the lookout for 2 bookies Jun 13, 2018 08:30 am Mumbai: The Thane police are on the lookout for Suresh Nagri alias Junior Kolkata and his brother Sunil alias Appu Kolkata, suspected bookies in the Indian Premiere League (IPL) betting scam. Junior Kolkata and Appu Kolkata are wanted since they were running the betting business along with the arrested accused bookie Sonu Yogendra Jalan alias Sonu Malad alias Sonu Batla (41). Junior Kolkata, Appu Kolkata and Jalan were running the betting business in Sri Lanka, London and Dubai. Jalan had invested in real estate business and hotels in Sri Lanka and London in the business along with Junior Kolkata and Appu Kolkata. According to Rajkumar Kothmire, Police Inspector, Thane anti-extortion cell, “Junior Kolkata and Appu Kolkata are wanted in the case. During investigations, we have found that the accused were running betting business along with the accused Sonu Jalan. We are investigating regarding the money trail of Jalan in India and abroad and how much money was exactly invested in the business. If required, we may issue a Lookout Circular against Junior Kolkata and Appu Kolkata.” “During investigation, we have learnt that Jalan has made Rs 600 crore in the betting business during IPL 2018, “added Kothmire. Jalan was arrested on May 29 outside Kalyan court where he had come to visit his accomplices. Jalan who is considered to be the prime accused in this case has clients in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Dubai, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. The gang has contacts of several bookies in Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana. The Thane police have so far arrested six bookies Vrajesh Joshi (27), Gautam Savla (43), Nikhil Sampat (53), Nitin Punjani (28) and Kushal Khimji Malad alias Rambhiyya (41). During an IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab in May, the police had raided a Dombivili shop where betting business was going on. Savla, Sampat and Punjani were arrested from Dombivili. Jalan has been booked by the Thane police under MCOCA Act.
|2018-06-13||In Thane, Two Men Get 7 Years In Jail For Raping Teen Girl - NDTV|
In Thane, Two Men Get 7 Years In Jail For Raping Teen Girl The prosecution told the court that on June 17, 2012, Devendra Kolhe kidnapped the girl, then aged 15, and raped her in his car in the district's Kalwa town. Updated: June 13, 2018 12:33 IST THANE: A Thane court has sentenced two people to seven years of rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping and raping a teenage girl in Thane in 2012. District and sessions judge Ms S C Khalipe also imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000 each on the two accused - Devendra Kolhe, 27, and Ravindra alias Aditya Suresh Lokare, 31 - while pronouncing the sentence yesterday. The prosecution told the court that on June 17, 2012, Devendra Kolhe kidnapped the girl, then aged 15, and raped her in his car in the district's Kalwa town. Both Devendra Kolhe and the girl were residents of the same locality in Kalwa. The victim later went alone to the Kalwa railway station from where Lokare took her to his house in Panvel on the pretext of offering her help, and raped her. When the minor did not reach home, her father lodged a missing person's complaint with the Kalwa police. The girl was later traced to Pune and brought back to Kalwa following which offences were registered against the two accused on June 22, 2012. In her order, the judge said the victim's evidence on record was trustworthy, believable and natural. There is no admission from her to discredit her evidence and therefore, "I conclude that the prosecution has proved the ingredients of offence under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code," she said. "Considering the nature of offence, I am of the view that the accused are liable to be punished with maximum sentence and fine," the judge further said. She said the fine amount was to be paid to the victim as compensation. "However, I find that the fine amount is not an adequate compensation. Therefore, the district legal services authority is requested to give an adequate compensation to the victim as per rules," the judge said.
|2018-06-13||Cop Held For Taking Bribe In Maharashtra's Thane - NDTV|
Cop Held For Taking Bribe In Maharashtra's Thane The cop, Mr Ramchandra Randive, 27, was caught yesterday while accepting the bribe from the complainant near a school. Updated: June 13, 2018 16:32 IST PALGHAR: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested a cop working with the Vasai police station in Palghar district of Maharashtra for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs. 5,000 from a complainant. The cop, Mr Ramchandra Randive, 27, was caught yesterday while accepting the bribe from the complainant near a school in Palghar, ACB's Deputy Superintendent of Police Ajay Afle said. According to the complaint filed by the victim with the ACB on June 11, the accused demanded Rs. 50,000 from him for not taking action against his father, a businessman, who had apparently purchasing some stolen utensils six months back. Based on the complaint, the ACB laid a trap and arrested the cop while he was accepting an installment of the bribe amount yesterday, the ACB said. A complaint was filed against the accused under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, it added.
|2018-06-13||Lakhanpal to be brought back to India soon: Cops - Times of India|
Lakhanpal to be brought back to India soon: Cops Jun 13, 2018, 23:28 IST Thane: The crime branch officials investigating the crypto-currency racket will soon initiate the process to bring back Amit Lakhanpal who is the prime accused in the racket in which 25,000 investors were reportedly duped to the tune of Rs 500 crore. The investigators had recently busted the racket after its teams raided the offices of Flintstone groups in Thane as well another office in Vikhroli and have seized all computers as well as the material used in duping the investors, said Nitin Thakre, senior inspector and the investigation officer. The police said that they are tracking Lakhanpal’s current location. He was initially said to be holed up in Dubai but later it was learnt that he may have fled to some south Asian country. “He seems to be constantly changing location and may have fled to some south Asian country. We will soon initiate the process to bring him back and accordingly the embassy will be alerted and necessary legal steps will be taken,” said Nitin Thakre, investigation officer. Meanwhile, the special MPID court has extended the police custody of Taha Kazi till June 15.
|2018-06-13||Injured Olive Ridley Turtle rescued at Palghar - Times of India|
Injured Olive Ridley Turtle rescued at Palghar Jun 13, 2018, 23:29 IST Thane: An injured adult female Olive Ridley Turtle, who was washed ashore in Palghar’s Usarni village on Sunday, was rescued and given first aid by an NGO within half an hour. The NGO received a call from local fishermen about the turtle lying on the beach. They immediately sent out a team of rescuers to help the 10 to 15-year-old injured sea turtle. It was given first aid, after which the Wildlife Conservation and Animal Welfare Association (WCAWA) was called. They took the turtle to a hospital further treatment. The entire resuce operation took three hours. “The pieces of fish net, oil spills, boat injuries, plastic and pollution in the sea and creeks are the main reasons for injuries of the sea turtles. said Dr. Dinesh Vinherkar from WCAWA.
|2018-06-13||Maharashtrians shower son-in-laws with gifts during Adhik Maas - Times of India|
Maharashtrians shower son-in-laws with gifts during Adhik Maas Jun 13, 2018, 23:29 IST Thane: For Maharashtrian families in the lake city, the period of Adhik Maas which falls once every three years is a time to shower their sons-in-law with gifts, love and loads of blessings. From performing a puja to praying for his well-being, offering sweets and gifting precious items, Thaneites seem to be holding on to this age old tradition. A resident of Waghbil, Sangita Sukhi, said, “We consider this period as auspicious. We donate and offer gifts to family members and loved ones. The last time, I had gifted my son-in-law a silver diya.” Also known as Purushottam, the extra month that is added to the Hindu calendar is a period of religious significance for Hindus. “This year, Adhik Maas began on May 16 and will end on June 13,” said a city-based astronomer.
|2018-06-13||Thane: Two get 7-years rigorous imprisonment for raping, abducting teenaged girl - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Two get 7-years rigorous imprisonment for raping, abducting teenaged girl Jun 13, 2018 11:32 am Thane (Maha): A Thane court has sentenced two persons to seven years rigorous imprisonment for abducting and raping a teenaged girl here in 2012. District and sessions judge Ms S C Khalipe also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on the two accused – Devendra Kolhe, 27, and Ravindra alias Aditya Suresh Lokare, 31 – while pronouncing the sentence yesterday. The prosecution told the court that on June 17, 2012 Kolhe kidnapped the girl, then aged 15, and raped her in his car in the district’s Kalwa town. Both Kolhe and the girl were residents of the same locality in Kalwa. The victim later went alone to the Kalwa railway station from where Lokare took her to his house in Panvel on the pretext of offering her help, and raped her. When the minor did not reach home, her father lodged a missing person’s complaint with the Kalwa police. The girl was later traced to Pune and brought back to Kalwa following which offences were registered against the two accused on June 22, 2012. In her order, the judge said the victim’s evidence on record was trustworthy, believable and natural. There is no admission from her to discredit her evidence and therefore, “I conclude that the prosecution has proved the ingredients of offence under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code,” she said. “Considering the nature of offence, I am of the view that the accused are liable to be punished with maximum sentence and fine,” the judge further said. She said the fine amount was to be paid to the victim as compensation. “However, I find that the fine amount is not an adequate compensation. Therefore, the district legal services authority is requested to give an adequate compensation to the victim as per rules,” the judge said.
|2018-06-13||Tree falls continue unabated, raise concerns of care and carelessness - Times of India|
Tree falls continue unabated, raise concerns of care and carelessness Jun 14, 2018, 04:48 IST Thane: As many as 139 instances of tree falls have been reported in the city over the last 13 days causing considerable worry among residents about safety from tree falls during heavy showers. Luckily, no major incidents or human fatalities have been reported this year so far unlike last year when a Panchpakhadi-based lawyer was killed in a freak tree fall mishap. Records available with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) reveal that nearly 139 trees toppled at various spots of the city in the last 13 days. Maximum incidents took place on the two days during of heavy rainfall last week with 42 trees falling on each of these days exposing the vulnerability of trees to topple in the heavy downpour during the peak monsoon period over the next three months. Officials said the number of tree falls in the last 13 days was more than what was reported in the entire of June 2016 with 214 trees collapsing then. A resident of Waghbil, who had a near miss in a tree-related mishap last week, said that she is now scared of walking down the city streets. “I was walking down the Hiranandani Estate when a huge tree branch fell right in front of me. I had a narrow escape and ever since I have been cautious while walking down the road or even parking my vehicle beneath a tree,” said Pranjali Kelkar, a resident of Waghbil. However, the TMC seems to have not learnt any lessons as not many trees in the city seem to have their trunks freed of cement concrete layers. The civic body has recently issued advisories asking residents to free tree trunks from the concrete and cement layers around them. However, not many trees on the roadsides have seen corrective action forcing residents to be wary while walking or driving down city roads. Experts said the concrete layers around trees could be rapidly weakening them and making them prone to topple any time. “There is no study done to understand the stability of any tree in the city and we rely only on visual readings like if a tree is tilted or roots have been exposed before we recommend action,” said a TMC official. The recent observation of the lack of a tree officer in the TMC by the Bombay high court also substantiates the callous attitude of the TMC, alleged activists. “The TMC, including other agencies, has been trimming trees without considering whether the balance of the tree will be affected or not. Also, the de-concretization of the roots and trunks is important,” said activist Rohit Joshi from Thane. A senior civic official said, “We are yet to start work on reducing the cement space around the tree trunks.”
|2018-06-13||Thane: Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation additional ... - The Indian Express|
Thane: Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation additional commissioner ‘caught accepting bribe from builder’ According to sources, Sanjay Gharat (51), the additional commissioner, was trapped after a 28-year-old builder complained against him. Published: June 14, 2018 12:58:53 am The Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau trapped the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation additional commissioner while allegedly accepting a bribe on Tuesday. He was arrested along with two clerical staff, sources said. According to sources, Sanjay Gharat (51), the additional commissioner, was trapped after a 28-year-old builder complained against him. “He had demanded Rs 42 lakh and had agreed to take Rs 36 lakh instead to not take any action against an illegal building constructed by the builder,” an officer said. The other two accused have been identified as Lalit Amre (42) and Bhushan Patil (27), both clerks. Investigations are on.
|2018-06-13||Thane: 29-year-old man, aide held for 'running clinic without permit' - The Indian Express|
Thane: 29-year-old man, aide held for ‘running clinic without permit’ According to Bazarpeth police, 29-year-old Rafik Nasir Shaikh was running Sifa Health Clinic in Kalyan for some years now. Published: June 14, 2018 2:58:23 am The Kalyan police arrested a 29-year-old man and his accomplice for allegedly running a clinic without any permits on Tuesday. The man claimed to be a doctor using his accomplice’s certification, police said. According to Bazarpeth police, 29-year-old Rafik Nasir Shaikh was running Sifa Health Clinic in Kalyan for some years now. However, a framed degree on one of the walls of the two-room clinic claimed that Mushtaq Gulam Hussain Shaikh (32) was actually the doctor, police said.
|2018-06-13||Thane schools organise FYJC form filling sessions - Times of India|
Thane schools organise FYJC form filling sessions Jun 14, 2018, 04:52 IST Thane: As the First Year Junior College (FYJC) online admissions are scheduled to begin from Thursday, the rush to reserve a seat in the best institute during this month-long enrolment process has begun with schools in the city organising sessions on form filling for parents and students. From chalking out options and giving preferences of junior colleges, gathering the required documents to visiting school guidance counsellors for advice, anxious parents and students have started their preparations in full swing. Darshana Thakker, whose son is a topper from St. Xavier’s High school, said, “I have a booklet since two years ago, which has all the rules and regulations of the admission process. But now, no such book exists. Everything is digital. The school is very co-operative in this matter. They have organised a session with parents wherein the authorities are going to divide the students to form a batch. In this way, everyone will get ample time to solve their queries and fill the forms.” Considering several students have managed to score well in exams, teachers believe the admission process will be crucial and one mistake could result in a huge loss. “Since many have secured a good percentage, it is possible that a high scorer may narrowly miss a seat in a college of his/her choice. We have called parents on Thursday where minute details would also be explained. The parents should sit with their child, analyse last year’s cut off of the college the student is interested in and then only make a proper preference list,” said a teacher from a city-based school. The school is very co-operative in this matter. They have organised a session with parents wherein the authorities are going to divide the students to form a batch. In this way, everyone will get ample time to solve their queries and fill the FYJC forms.
|2018-06-13||Calls made to Thane wildlife rescuers go up, citizens requested to help birds in distress - Times of India|
Calls made to Thane wildlife rescuers go up, citizens requested to help birds in distress Jun 14, 2018, 04:50 IST THANE: Scanty showers and strong winds over the past few days have cause a rise in calls received by wildlife rescuers in Thane. From birds that have been knocked off their nests or drenched to reptiles that have been driven out of their water-filled burrows, wildlife non government organisations (NGO), forest officials and fire brigade have been flooded with rescue calls for numerous wildlife species since Saturday. “Since the heavy rainfall on Saturday, we have received over 70 rescue calls from across Thane wherein alert citizens came across injured birds, including rock pigeons, pond herons, crows, cattle egrets and even monsoon migratory birds like the hawk cuckoo. They also came across puppies or kittens stuck in drainages,” said Nilesh Bhanage, founder of Plant & Animals Welfare Society (PAWS), Thane. “While bird rescue calls increase during this season because they are not only drenched in the rain which reduces their flight speed, but also because they face numerous injuries when their nests are knocked off the trees by the winds. The snakes meanwhile are seen more often during this season because their burrows are flooded with rain water. On Saturday we rescued five birds, eight snakes, a squirrel and a monkey,” added Aditya Patil, president of Wildlife Welfare Association that received 18 such rescue calls thereafter. While these activists urge residents to continue to help such birds, reptiles and mammals in need of help at the earliest, they assert that this rescue operation should be conducted in a scientific manner. “In case of any snake sighting, instead of hitting or prodding them, citizens must quietly keep their distance and inform the forest department or a local NGO. In case of a drenched or injured bird, they need to be calmed down by placing a cloth over them and carefully taking them to a veterinarian or NGO or forest office,” said Patil. “Many citizens still believe that if a person touches a bird it is not accepted back into the wild and so they refrain from helping them. Birds whose nests are destroyed should be carefully kept in a shoebox or cardboard box using a cloth or towel till help arrives,” added Bhanage.
|2018-06-13||Thane's creek fronts set to be tourist zones - Hindustan Times|
Thane’s creek fronts set to be tourist zones Parsik-Retibunder chowpatty likely to be ready by December; it will have a jogging track, promenades, amphitheatre, food kiosks and park MUMBAI Updated: Jun 14, 2018 00:29 IST In the next two years, the murky, silted, littered and polluted creek fronts in the city will be transformed into tourist-friendly landscapes. Eight waterfronts will go through a makeover with promenades, jogging track, walkways, playgrounds, play area, cycle tracks, open gyms, food courts and seating arrangements. A total of 10.58 km and an area of 7,22,000 square metres will be developed under the waterfront development project of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The TMC will fund the entire project cost of ?260.3 crore. By December, the TMC aims to open the Parsik-Retibunder Chowpatty for the public. A TMC official said, “The work on Parsik Chowpatty began in October last year. We have completed 25% of the work which includes levelling of the plot, construction of an immersion ghat and a compound wall. The first phase of the Gaimukh Chowpatty has also been completed.” Thane has 32km of coastline from Diva to Gaimukh but over the years it has been neglected, leading to encroachment and water pollution. The municipal corporation proposed the waterfront development project in 2010, which finally took shape in 2017. The makeover of Parsik-Retibunder, Kolshet, Kavesar-Waghbil, Kalwa- Shastrinagar, Saket-Balkum, Naglabunder and Kopri will be carried out through Smart City Limited. Gaimukh revamp will be executed by the Maharashtra Maritime Board. The waterfront project began in Thane with the commissioner’s plan to transform the Parsik-Retibunder creek into a Chowpatty on a par with the Marina Bay at Singapore or the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad. A 150-m stretch has already been prepared for recreational purpose. “Of the total 480m, an area of 330 m will be completed in the next one year. The work on the other waterfronts began in March,” he said. TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal had claimed that Thane is the first city in Maharashtra to begin waterfront development. The TMC-appointed Ney-Poullissen Engineers and Architects, a Belgium-based consultancy firm, carried out a study for the project and the area along the waterfronts. The firm also prepared a master plan for the project. “The civic commissioner has asked to complete the work on the Parsik chowpatty by December this year while the rest will be completed by next year. The project aims at conservation, protection and beautification of the polluted and neglected creek which is mostly under the threat of encroachment,” he added. The corporation has said there would be no loss of mangroves in the project. Mangroves cut for the project will be replanted. The TMC said the construction activity will adhere to Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) norms. The corporation said that around 310 people were displaced from Retibunder for the waterfront development. Activist highlights mangrove destruction The smart city project of the TMC has two components — creek front and lakefront development. Masunda, Hariyali and Gandhinagar lakefronts will be developed. Urban planner from Thane Mayuresh Bhadsavle said, “The Saket to Balkum creek stretch witnessed a lot of illegal sand mining, which stalled the waterfront development. All waterfronts along the water transport route will be developed.” Bhadsavle raised concern on mangrove destruction and flooding. “The municipal corporation will have to cut mangroves to build access roads. The corporation has not come out with a solution to save mangroves,” he said. The project might also lead to flooding in the housing complexes near the creek. “The coast is at a lower level than the housing societies. The corporation is levelling this for waterfront development. There will be flooding if mangroves are destroyed. Thane is surrounded by Sanjay Gandhi National Park on one side, from where streams of water flow into the city. This will flood Ghodbunder, Saket and Kalwa areas.”
|2018-06-13||Use Thane's techbins, earn cashback and brownie points - Hindustan Times|
Use Thane’s techbins, earn cashback and brownie points One has to first download the mobile application called techbins and scan the QR code after using a techbin MUMBAI Updated: Jun 14, 2018 00:36 IST You will get incentives to throw waste in bins. Urging residents to make the city litter-free, the Thane Municipal Corporation has installed 12 techbins across the city. By using these bins, one can win gift vouchers, gold coins and can also get cash in their ‘Paytm’ wallets. “The techbin at Singhania School was inaugurated last week. Thirty techbins will be installed by month-end,” said Manisha Pradhan, head of pollution control department, TMC. The official from the pollution control department said that 200 techbins will be installed across the city by year-end. One has to first download the mobile application called techbins and scan the QR code after using a techbin. A lucky draw will be conducted once a year for one-gram gold coin. “The initiative will push the citizens to keep the city clean,” said Rohan Vyas, 28, from Louiswadi, Thane. The bins will be installed in the public places such as bus stops, station area, markets, gardens and lakes. Each of these bins has a capacity of 180 cubic metres. The sensors installed at the bins will alert the operators once it is full.
|2018-06-13||Hit-and-run: Truck driver arrested for running over pillion - Times of India|
Hit-and-run: Truck driver arrested for running over pillion Jun 14, 2018, 04:53 IST Thane: Intense investigation and street surveillance over two days led to the arrest of a 34-year-old truck driver, who had fled away from the spot after running over a 22-year-old woman, riding pillion, on Ghodbunder Road last week. On Saturday, the victim, Puja Jhende, was crushed by the unidentified vehicle while the driver escaped without helping her or stopping the vehicle. The Kasarwadavli police, however, pieced together inputs from an eye-witness and footage from the CCTV network and tracked Hiralal Yadav (34), a native of Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, said police inspector Nasir Kulkarni. “An eye-witness told us about a heavy vehicle, resembling a tanker, with GJ number plate and a red strip at the rear, which had hit the scooter. A team led by assistant inspector Kailash Tokale worked back on the entire case and within less than two days, detected the case,” added Kulkarni. The police inspected numerous CCTV footages on the reverse direction for about 35km on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Road and finally gathered that there were only a few heavy tankers passing the Ghodbunder Road that day. They finally zeroed in on the specific tanker, which frequents the refinery and the destination at Nagotane at Raigadh and finally arrested the driver of the tanker, said the officer. Kulkarni said that usually in such accidents or hit-and-run cases, the myth is that the accused involved are seldom detected and the case remains undetected. In this case, Jhende had just passed her MCom exam and set out with her friend on a holiday. When they were proceeding on the two-wheeler in heavy rains, the tanker knocked them down, killing her instantly.
|2018-06-12||Rahul Gandhi to appear in Thane court in defamation case by RSS worker - Business Standard|
Rahul Gandhi to appear in Thane court in defamation case by RSS worker Gandhi arrived in Mumbai this morning on a two-day visit to Maharashtra Last Updated at June 12, 2018 10:23 IST Congress president Rahul Gandhi will appear before a court in the adjoining Thane district on Tuesday in connection with a defamation case filed against him by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker. Gandhi arrived in Mumbai this morning on a two-day visit to Maharashtra. He will appear before the court at Bhiwandi in Thane at 11 am today, a Congress leader earlier said. The court had on May 2 asked Gandhi to appear before it today to record his plea in the defamation case filed by RSS worker Rajesh Kunte in 2014. Kunte had filed the case after watching Rahul Gandhi's speech at an election rally in which he had claimed that the RSS was behind the killing of Mahatma Gandhi. "The RSS people had killed (Mahatma) Gandhi," the Congress president had allegedly said in the rally. During his two-day visit to Maharashtra, Rahul Gandhi is also expected to address party workers and interact with its corporators in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Tomorrow, he is scheduled to meet the kin of Dadaji Khobragade, the rural inventor who revolutionised rice farming, at Chandrapur in Vidarbha, before returning to Delhi. Khobragade, 78, died earlier this month after a prolonged illness. Contrary to media reports, Rahul Gandhi's itinerary doesn't mention any meeting with NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, the leader said. "Top leaders (of both the parties) can meet any time. But no such meeting is on the agenda today," he said. "Rahulji will appear before the court in the morning, address party workers in the afternoon and interact with Congress corporators about Mumbai's civic issues," the leader added.
|2018-06-12||Defamation case: Rahul Gandhi to appear in court in Thane today - The Tribune|
Defamation case: Rahul pleads not guilty; court frames charges Posted at: Jun 12, 2018, 9:46 AM; last updated: Jun 12, 2018, 12:33 PM (IST) Thane, June 12 A court here on Tuesday framed charges against Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case filed against him by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker to which the Congress leader pleaded not guilty. Gandhi arrived at the court in Bhiwandi at 11.10 am amid heavy security cover and was greeted by people raising slogans in his support. The court framed charges against him under Sections 499 and 500 (defamation) of the IPC. When civil judge AI Sheikh read out the charges against him, Gandhi said, “I plead not guilty.” Rahul left the court at 12.15 pm. The next hearing in the case is on August 10. The court had on May 2 asked Gandhi to appear before it on Tuesday to record his plea in the defamation case filed by RSS worker Rajesh Kunte in 2014. Kunte had filed the case after watching Rahul’s speech at an election rally in which he had alleged that the RSS was behind the killing of Mahatma Gandhi. “The RSS people had killed (Mahatma) Gandhi,” the Congress president had allegedly said at the rally.
|2018-06-12||Prostitution racket busted in Thane, 3 including 2 models arrested - Nagpur Today|
Prostitution racket busted in Thane, 3 including 2 models arrested Published On : Tue, Jun 12th, 2018 Thane: A prostitution racket was busted in Bhayandar town of Thane district on Monday following which two small time models and a woman was arrested. The police got a tip-off that a woman was running a prostitution racket from the premises of a salon which shut down a few days ago at the Mira road. Upon getting the information, the police sent a decoy customer to the place and made arrests. The accused got caught in the police net on Saturday when the deal was being struck with the decoy customer. Two men, including a model from Karnataka, and a woman model hailing from Bihar were arrested. Police also rescued two women from the place. The Immoral Traffic Prevention Act section under Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been levied against the accused. The woman who ran the salon earlier used two models to get customers for the prostitution business in the area, the report suggests. Earlier on February 18, police arrested a Mumbai-based woman make-up artist working in the film industry for allegedly running a prostitution racket. A team led by Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni arrested the 38-year-old woman, who worked as a make-up artist for Bollywood films, at Bhayandar in Thane district after sending her a decoy customer. The police didn’t disclose the woman’s name and arrested her after the decoy customer struck a deal with her for supplying call girls for Rs 1 lakh.
|2018-06-12||TMC commissioner miffed with Mayor over 'lost chance' to showcase Thane at London biz fest - Times of India|
TMC commissioner miffed with Mayor over ‘lost chance’ to showcase Thane at London biz fest Jun 12, 2018, 15:12 IST THANE: The long span of shadow boxing between Mayor Meenakshi Shinde and municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, appears to be over and the glovers are finally out over the “lost opportunity” for Thane to showcase itself as a start-up destination at the International Business Festival in London. The fracas turned public after the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) aggressively took to social networking groups blaming the first citizen of botching up the ambitious plans to represent Thane before the global business community. It is learnt that Mayor Shinde had declined to “accommodate” a last-minute proposal by the TMC for approval of the general body to sanction Rs 8.5 lakh for a four-day visit to London by TMC bureaucrats. Jaiswal was scheduled to participate in a start-up project presentation at the festival, which is scheduled from June 12 - 28. The TMC requested the Mayor to include the proposal before the last general body meeting, which she reportedly refused to accept at the last-minute. “We had got the opportunity to represent our start-up initiative there. It was an important trip, but the request to include the proposal in the last general body meeting at the last minute was not approved by the Mayor after which the commissioner decided to shelve the plans,” said Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner, TMC The TMC administration announced its plans to shelve the tour and squarely blamed Shinde for this. The fiery exchange of words on this issue gained importance after a senior civic official posted the decision on the Whatsapp group of corporators and blamed the Mayor. On her part, the Mayor retaliated by accusing the civic chief of conveniently overlooking norms and also blamed the TMC for running a smear campaign. “Why does the commissioner need the Mayor’s approval for making a trip abroad. I do not remember him seeking mine or the house’s approval for travelling abroad in the past. The TMC came in late to me seeking my approval which was not possible. I am answerable to the House and Thane residents and acceding to such requests would have set a wrong precedent,” said Shinde. She added that Jaiswal could have used his discretionary powers to allocate required finance for the tour instead of approaching the general body.
|2018-06-12||After a cool Sat, Thaneites continue to sweat it out - Times of India|
After a cool Sat, Thaneites continue to sweat it out Jun 12, 2018, 22:38 IST Thane: While the long awaited monsoon brought with it cool winds and a pleasant climate on Saturday, this was short-lived for Thaneites as the humidity levels rose on Sunday and Monday. Although the IMD had predicted heavy rains and thundershowers over the coastal regions of Thane, Mumbai and Dahanu from June 9 to 11, the city received around 90mm rainfall on Saturday and less than 50mm on Sunday and Monday. To make matters worse, the humidity and temperature in the city rose considerably, leaving citizens here baffled. While the maximum temperature dropped to 30.4 degrees Celsius on Saturday from the sweltering 36.3 degrees Celsius on Friday, it rose once again to 33.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday and further to 34.5 degrees Celsius on Monday. Similarly, the minimum temperature rose from 25.1 degrees Celsius on Saturday to 26 degrees Celsius on Sunday and then soared again to 29 degrees Celsius on Monday. “We were really excited that we got some break from the sweltering heat and were glad that the IMD predicted heavy rains over the weekend. We had planned to stay indoors or maybe walk down to the scenic Upvan lake and enjoy the weather. While it did rain on Saturday, the next two days it was unbearable hot,” said Kshama Kulkarni, a Vartak Nagar resident. Meanwhile, the weather officials said that the rain bearing trough or clouds skipped the city and moved southwards towards the southern Konkan region, which received the heavy rainfall. “Every weather model, both national and international, predicted heavy rains over the weekend because of an offshore trough or group of rain bearing clouds moving over Mumbai, Thane and Dahanu regions. However, instead of moving upwards, this trough shifted towards the south, which resulted in heavy rains over southern Konkan regions,” said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather. “ The rains should revive by June 20, after which these areas will see good monsoon,” Palawat said.
|2018-06-12||Three People Including Two Models Arrested For Running Prostitution Racket in Thane - India.com News|
Three People Including Two Models Arrested For Running Prostitution Racket in Thane Updated: June 12, 2018 9:19 AM IST Mumbai, June 12: Three people, including two lesser-known models on Monday, were caught by the district rural police for their alleged involvement in the operation of a prostitution racket in Bhayandar town of Thane district in Maharashtra. The police got a tip-off that a woman was running a prostitution racket from the premises of a salon which shut down a few days ago at the Mira road. Going by the tip-off, the police sent a decoy customer to the place and made arrests. The accused got caught in the police net on Saturday when the deal was being struck with the decoy customer. Two men, including a model from Karnataka, and a woman model hailing from Bihar were arrested, NDTV reported. Police also rescued two women from the place. The Immoral Traffic Prevention Act section under Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been levied against the accused. The woman who ran the salon earlier used two models to get customers for the prostitution business in the area, the report suggests. Earlier on February 18, police arrested a Mumbai-based woman make-up artist working in the film industry for allegedly running a prostitution racket. A team led by Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni arrested the 38-year-old woman, who worked as a make-up artist for Bollywood films, at Bhayandar in Thane district after sending her a decoy customer. The police didn’t disclose the woman’s name and arrested her after the decoy customer struck a deal with her for supplying call girls for Rs 1 lakh.
|2018-06-12||Thane: Three sentenced to ten year jail for running brothel, human trafficking - The Indian Express|
Thane: Three sentenced to ten year jail for running brothel, human trafficking The five women were rescued from Upvan Hotel, in Thane, on August 23, 2012. All of them were brought from Bangladesh with promise of work and forced into prostitution in a brothel run by the family. Published: June 13, 2018 3:03:53 am The Thane Sessions Court sentenced three persons to 10 years in jail for running a brothel and trafficking women from Bangladesh, on Monday. The accused, Abdul alias Afzal Shaikh (42), his wife Shivali alias Sangeeta Afzal Shaikh (30), and Sangeeta’s sister Nargis Abdul Hassan (24), were held guilty under sections of the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act and sections of Indian Penal Code for sex trafficking. Judge S C Khalipe observed that the accused had forced five women, including two minors, into sex trade. The five women were rescued from Upvan Hotel, in Thane, on August 23, 2012. Following a medical examination in Thane civil hospital, the two minors’ age was verified at 16. All of them were brought from Bangladesh with promise of work and forced into prostitution in a brothel run by the family. The other rescued women were 25 and 22 years old at the time of rescue. According to victims’ advocate Megan Fernandez, assisting the public prosecutor, the three operated out of a brothel on Pokharan Road. On August 23, 2012, they changed the venue to Upvan hotel. The hotel was raided by anti-human trafficking cell following which the case was transferred to Vartak Nagar police station.
|2018-06-12||Thane locals irked over Thane Municipal Corporation decision on waste collection - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane locals irked over Thane Municipal Corporation decision on waste collection Updated: Jun 13, 2018, 03:30 AM IST With just two days left for the Thane Municipal Corporation's (TMC) ghanta gadis to stop collecting waste, the Thane housing societies are in a catch-22 situation. The residents have been asked to manage their own wet and dry waste. While some of the big housing complexes have their own bio-compost to manage wet garbage, they complain that the agency appointed by the TMC will charge them for transporting their dry waste. While our builder has built a plant to manage wet waste, we are trying find out a way to handle our dry waste, says Sushant Kumar from Flora co-operative housing society, Hiranandani estate, Thane west. On Saturday, the residents of Hiranandani estate had a meeting with Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth (SBV) which will collect dry waste and send to recycling plants. They said they will charge Rs 2 per day from every flat as transportation charge. There are 223 flats in our society which makes it to Rs 13000 per month, says Sushant. Another resident Atul Joshi (name changed) says he does not understand why the residents have to pay money to a third party when they are already paying taxes to the civic body. Moreover, the TMC will also offer the societies five per cent rebate in property tax if they manage their own waste. This year they have raised the tax by 10 percent from which they will give us the rebate, he says. SBV, on the other hand, said that nothing has been finalised yet. We have not decided whether to charge, or how much to charge. The charges are for transportation, says Bhatu Sawant of SBV. TMC residents Thane Municipal Corporation Hiranandani Estate Dry Waste Sushant Kumar Housing Societies Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth builder Waste Collection SBV Bhatu Sawant Wet Waste Thane locals
|2018-06-12||Rahul Gandhi pleads not guilty in defamation case in Thane court - The Tribune|
Defamation case: Rahul pleads not guilty; court frames charges Posted at: Jun 12, 2018, 9:46 AM; last updated: Jun 12, 2018, 5:00 PM (IST) Congress President Rahul Gandhi will face trial in a defamation case filed against him by an RSS worker, with a court here in Maharashtra on Tuesday framing charges against him even as he pleaded not guilty. The 47-year-old Congress leader appeared before civil judge A I Sheikh in Bhiwandi, who read out the charges levelled against him and also the statement of the complainant Rajesh Kunte. Kunte had filed the case in 2014 after watching Gandhi's speech at an election rally in which he had claimed that the RSS was behind the killing of Mahatma Gandhi. After reading out the complaint against Gandhi, the judge asked him, "Do you accept the charges?" To this, Gandhi replied, "I plead not guilty". The court then proceeded to frame charges against the Congress leader under IPC sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation). Under section 500, a person found guilty of defamation faces simple imprisonment for a term, which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both. The court fixed August 10 as the next date of hearing, when the actual trial will begin. Emerging from the court, Gandhi said if need be, he would be present in the court again. "Let them (the BJP and the RSS) slap as many cases as they want against me. Ours is a fight of ideology. We will fight them and win," he told reporters outside the court. On May 2, the court had asked him to appear before it on Tuesday. Gandhi, who arrived in Mumbai this morning, reached the magistrate's court at 11.05 am amid heavy security cover and was greeted by supporters who raised slogans in his favour. He was accompanied by Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan and some other party leaders. the court room, Gandhi's counsel Narayan Iyer and the complainant's lawyer Dharghalkar argued over the issue of the submissions made by Gandhi in the High Court where he had submitted the transcript of his speech made during the said election rally at Bhiwandi on March 6, 2014. The issue of taking it on record in this court was hotly debated and remained inconclusive. "As per the charge, you (Gandhi) on March 6, 2014, in a rally held for elections at Bhiwandi, Thane, defamed the organisation to which the complainant belongs," the judge said while reading out the charge. "Your speech, which was telecast on channels and also published in newspapers, damaged the reputation of the complainant and his organisation and you thereby committed an offence under sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)," he said. The judge also read out Gandhi's remarks which he had made at the rally and were cited by the complainant. Gandhi left the court at 12.15 pm. "On the next date of hearing, the court is likely to pass an order on whether certain documents, including the transcript of the video recording of Gandhi's speech submitted by the complainant, can be admitted as evidence or not," Iyer said. Gandhi is not required to appear before the court on the next date of hearing, he said. The court on Tuesday also allowed an application filed by Gandhi last month seeking a summons trial, which would mean detailed recording of evidence, instead of a 'summary trial'. While trials in such cases are normally held summarily, Rahul Gandhi filed an application last month seeking for it to be conducted as a 'summons trial'. "A summary trial is short and will be completed by just submitting the written arguments. We have sought for a summons trial which would go into the in-depth recording of the evidence," Iyer said. "The case relates to historical facts and hence, we need to rely on several documents and would like to record the evidence of experts," he said. After the court proceedings got over, Kunte said, "I have full faith in the court and I am sure justice will be delivered." Rahul Gandhi had earlier moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the case. The apex court had in July 2016 said he should not have resorted to "collective denunciation" of an organisation, and would have to face trial if he did not express regret for his remark. The Congress leader had declined to accept the suggestion and expressed willingness to face the trial. In the courtroom on Tuesday, Gandhi and the complainant sat at the extreme corners for about one hour while their counsels were examining the documents. At one point of time, the SPG officials got annoyed as Gandhi was made to use a toilet, which was in dilapidated condition, instead of taking him to the bar room washroom. Kunte, on the other hand, alleged that the police had given special treatment to Gandhi while he and his counsel were whisked away and subjected to a thorough checking before they entered the courtroom. The road leading to Bhiwandi had huge hoardings that said: “Rahul Gandhi, Sangarsha Karo”. The hoardings were later pulled down due to the model code of conduct in place for the MLC elections scheduled for June 25.
|2018-06-12||Thane civic body asked to form tree committee - The Asian Age - The Asian Age|
Thane civic body asked to form tree committee Published : Jun 13, 2018, 2:10 am IST, Updated : Jun 13, 2018, 2:10 am IST A division bench of Justices was hearing PILs filed by various NGOs against the cutting of trees. The HC has directed TMC to form a panel in a month. Mumbai: The Bombay high court has asked the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to appoint a qualified person to the post of tree officer and also constitute the tree committee within a month and file a compliance report on the same. The court held that the appointments should not be encumbered with any problems and officials should be able to start working as soon as appointed. Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has filed an affidavit informing the court that the civic corporation had permitted its tree department and private individuals to trim and prune trees that had overgrown branches as they posed a severe threat to the people during the monsoons. The petitioner had sought directions to the BMC to desist from the same. A division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Riyaz Chagla was hearing public interest litigations filed by various NGOs against the cutting of trees and implementation of the Protection of Trees Act, 1975 in Mumbai and Thane. After hearing the petitioners from Thane who had alleged that the tree committee had not been constituted as per norms the court had ordered the committee to be dissolved. On Tuesday, after the Thane Municipal Corporation submitted that a resolution had been passed to form the new committee the court directed the TMC to do so within a month and also appoint a tree officer. According to the petitioner from Mumbai, Zoru Bathena, despite the stay on tree cutting the BMC had allowed trimming and pruning of trees by individuals and agencies and hence sought a restraint against it.
|2018-06-12||Thane: Three sentenced to ten year jail for running brothel, human trafficking - The Indian Express|
Thane: Three sentenced to ten year jail for running brothel, human trafficking The five women were rescued from Upvan Hotel, in Thane, on August 23, 2012. All of them were brought from Bangladesh with promise of work and forced into prostitution in a brothel run by the family. Published: June 13, 2018 3:03:53 am The Thane Sessions Court sentenced three persons to 10 years in jail for running a brothel and trafficking women from Bangladesh, on Monday. The accused, Abdul alias Afzal Shaikh (42), his wife Shivali alias Sangeeta Afzal Shaikh (30), and Sangeeta’s sister Nargis Abdul Hassan (24), were held guilty under sections of the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act and sections of Indian Penal Code for sex trafficking. Judge S C Khalipe observed that the accused had forced five women, including two minors, into sex trade. The five women were rescued from Upvan Hotel, in Thane, on August 23, 2012. Following a medical examination in Thane civil hospital, the two minors’ age was verified at 16. All of them were brought from Bangladesh with promise of work and forced into prostitution in a brothel run by the family. The other rescued women were 25 and 22 years old at the time of rescue. According to victims’ advocate Megan Fernandez, assisting the public prosecutor, the three operated out of a brothel on Pokharan Road. On August 23, 2012, they changed the venue to Upvan hotel. The hotel was raided by anti-human trafficking cell following which the case was transferred to Vartak Nagar police station.
|2018-06-11||Prostitution Racket Busted In Maharashtra's Thane, 2 Out Of 3 Arrested Are Models - NDTV|
Prostitution Racket Busted In Maharashtra's Thane, 2 Out Of 3 Arrested Are Models The arrests were made after the police got a tip-off that a woman was running a prostitution racket from the premises of a salon which was closed sometime back on the Mira Road. Updated: June 11, 2018 14:49 IST MUMBAI: The district rural police arrested three people, including two small-time models, for allegedly being involved in prostitution in the Bhayander township, an official said today. The arrests were made after the police got a tip-off that a woman was running a prostitution racket from the premises of a salon which was closed sometime back on the Mira Road. Based on the tip-off, the police sent a decoy customer to the premises. As the deal for flesh trade was being struck, the police arrested three people from there on Saturday, Bhayander Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said. Two men, including a model from Karnataka, and a woman model hailing from Bihar were among those arrested, he said. The police also rescued two women from the place, he said. Offences were registered against the accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, the police added. The police said the woman who earlier ran the salon used the two models to get customers for running the prostitution business. The models in-turn would woo women who came in contact with them during shows, the police added.
|2018-06-11||2 models arrested in Thane for 'being involved in prostitution' - The Tribune|
2 models arrested in Thane for 'being involved in prostitution' Posted at: Jun 11, 2018, 11:18 AM; last updated: Jun 11, 2018, 11:19 AM (IST) Thane, June 11 The district rural police arrested three people, including two small-time models, for allegedly being involved in flesh trade in Bhayander town here, an official said on Monday. The arrests were made after the police got a tip-off that a woman was running a flesh trade business from the premises of a salon on the Mira Road here, which was closed sometime back. Based on the tip-off, the police sent a decoy customer to the premises. As the deal for flesh trade was being struck, the police arrested three people from there on Saturday, Bhayander Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said. Two men, including a model from Karnataka, and a woman model hailing from Bihar were among those arrested, he said. The police also rescued two women from the place, he said. Offences were registered against the accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, the police added. The police said the woman who earlier ran the salon used the two models to get customers for running the prostitution business. The models in turn would woo women who came in contact with them during shows, the police added.
|2018-06-11||Thane police arrests two for mobile theft - United News of India|
Thane police arrests two for mobile theft Thane, June 11 (UNI) Thane police on Monday said that they have arrested two persons in connection with theft and seized stolen android mobiles valued at Rs 3.76 lakh. The accused were identified as Aamir Arbaz Khan (20) and Rizwan Babu Ansari (20). Senior Inspector Ganpat Pingle said that police spotted two persons moving in suspicious manner without a number plate on scooter, when they were intercepted they fled away. Later, the police chased and nabbed them.
|2018-06-11||MSRDC to soon okay bid for 3rd Thane creek bridge - Times of India|
MSRDC to soon okay bid for 3rd Thane creek bridge Updated: Jun 11, 2018, 23:23 IST Navi Mumbai: MSRDC has evaluated the finance bid for the Rs 775-crore Vashi bridge lane expansion project that includes construction of Thane creek bridge III. The board will be meeting to give its approval and award the contract to the lowest bidder. Mumbai’s infrastructure giants L&T and Tata Projects Ltd have made the finance bid. The project’s finance bid issue has been stuck since January and four bidders in the fray have sought extension thrice to submit their papers. The green clearance for the land parcels at both ends of the project has also reached the final stage. MSRDC has submitted its proposal for a land parcel of 1.24 hectares at Charkop to the Mumbai suburban collector to carry out compensatory mangrove afforestation. Besides, MSRDC is also in the process of finalising the matter of the Reserve Bank of India issuing bonds for Rs 325 to Rs 375 crore at 8 to 8.5% which will be purchased by banks and financial institutions for 15 years. The rest of the expenses will be funded through equity of Rs 200 crore by Cidco and Rs 200 to Rs 250 crore by MSRDC. “We will first make use of the equity fund in the project and then go for the bond issue in order to cut the cost of total funding. Why pay interest beforehand?” asked an MSRDC official. The project entails two separate corridors alongside the main Vashi bridge meant for heavy vehicles. One corridor of 3x3 Mumbai carriageway will be between Thane creek bridge II and Konkan railway bridge and the other again 3x3 between Thane creek bridge II and Thane creek bridge I (the old bridge). The corridors will be built 2.5 metres away from the main bridge.
|2018-06-11||Rahul Gandhi to appear in Thane court tomorrow in defamation case - United News of India|
Rahul Gandhi to appear in Thane court tomorrow in defamation case Thane, Jun 11 (UNI) Congress party president Rahul Gandhi will onTuesday appear in a court at Bhiwandi town of the district to attendthe hearing on a defamation suit filed against him by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). As Mr Gandhi will be passing through the city to attend the hearingin a Magistrate court at Bhiwandi, the city and district units ofthe Congress party has organised a rousing welcome for the party president. RSS leader Rajesh Kunte from Bhiwandi has filed a case against MrGandhi for making allegations against the Hindu organisation duringthe 2014 Lok Sabha electioneering in Bhiwandi. The case is beingheard by the magistrate court at Bhiwandi. According to Narayan Iyer, a prominent criminal lawyer fromBhiwandi, appearing for Mr Gandhi tomorrow, the court is likely toframe charges against the Congress chief.
|2018-06-11||IPL betting case: Kolkata bookie to be quizzed by Thane cops - Hindustan Times|
IPL betting case: Kolkata bookie to be quizzed by Thane cops Junior Kolkata, who is wanted in several states, is believed to have changed his location to London recently from Bangkok where he was holed up for nearly a year. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 11, 2018 23:58 IST A top cricket bookie from Kolkata, called “Appu Kolkata”, is going to be summoned by the Thane anti-extortion cell (AEC) for questioning in connection with the on-going probe into an alleged extortion case involving key Mumbai bookie Sonu Jalan. The development comes in the backdrop of findings that Jalan, whose earnings from the recently concluded Indian Premiere League (IPL) season allegedly ran into several hundred crores of rupees, has invested heavily in real estate and hospitality business in Sri Lanka and London jointly with Appu’s elder brother and top bookie, Junior Kolkata, who is currently absconding. “Appu is also a partner in the business,” senior Pradeep Sharma, Thane AEC told HT on Monday. “His questioning has become imperative to know Sonu’s investments in properties in London and Sri Lanka which he made from the proceeds of his bookmaking enterprise,” he said. Sharma said Junior, who is wanted in several states, is believed to have changed his location to London recently from Bangkok where he was holed up for nearly a year. Kandivli-based Sonu, according to the police, has long been a partner of Junior, who earlier lived in Mumbai. The duo is among the top-most cricket bookies in the country and worked closely with Dubai-based international bookie Anil Kothari. Kothari has a long association with top Pakistani bookies Ethsam and Doctor who are key aides of fugitive Dawood Ibrahim. Ads by ZINC The Thane police have started a parallel probe into Sonu’s millions which he had generated from his betting syndicate over the past decade, amid findings that he had made a transaction of over Rs600 crore during the IPL 2018. “He has been active for over a decade now. We are gathering details of his investments in India and abroad,” Sharma said, adding that the properties would face attachment. Sonu has been booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) which entails the attachment of the accused property generated from the proceeds of his crime. The police claim that Sonu had taken the help of gangster Ravi Pujari’s help in threatening his punters, including Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan, for collection of betting money. The statement of Arbaaz, Bollywood producer Parag Shanghvi and Sonu’s former partner, Sameer Budha, has already been recorded. Sharma said that the police would be approaching the Interpol (through CBI) for issuing Red Corner Notice (RCN) against half a dozen of fugitive bookies connected to Sonu’s syndicate soon after the chargesheet in the case was filed.
|2018-06-11||Cell phone robbers held in Thane - The Hindu|
Cell phone robbers held in Thane MUMBAI, JUNE 12, 2018 00:23 IST UPDATED: JUNE 12, 2018 00:23 IST Two people were arrested for allegedly robbing pedestrians of their cellphones, in Thane on Monday. Police said the duo, identified as Amir Khan alias Arbaaz (20) and Rizwan Ansari alias Babu (20), were apprehended after a chase. They said the accused, both residents of Bhiwandi, were intercepted by a patrolling unit from Chitalsar police station on June 7 while riding a motorbike without a license plate. The accused were travelling from Kapurbawdi junction towards Ghodbunder Road. “We have recovered 25 Android-based phones from them, two of which were stolen from our jurisdiction. We are trying to identify the owners,” an officer said on Monday. Another officer with Chitalsar police station said, “The patrolling unit tried to stop the duo. When they didn’t, they gave chase and intercepted them near a petrol pump on the service road. They were found to be evasive when replying to simple questions, like their destination and profession, They were taken to the police station for further inquiries.” During intensive questioning, the accused allegedly confessed to being habitual offenders, who would rob pedestrians of their cellphones on Ghodbunder Road between Anand Nagar and Kasar Wadavli.
|2018-06-11||Shakti Mills gang rape convict externed from Mumbai, Thane for 2 years - Times of India|
Shakti Mills gang rape convict externed from Mumbai, Thane for 2 years TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 04:34 IST MUMBAI: A convict in the 2013 Shakti Mills gang rape case, who was sent to juvenile centre for three years since he was a minor then, has been externed from Mumbai and Thane districts by police for two years. Police took this action against Akash Jadhav two weeks ago after five criminal cases were registered against him since his release from the juvenile correction home last year. A person externed from an area should not enter the locality. And if he enters the locality, he faces police action. Jadhav was one of the accused arrested for the Shakti Mills gang rape case. He was 17 at the time of his arrest. He along with another minor accused was convicted in July 2014 by the Juvenile Justice Board and sent to Nashik Borstal school for three years, the punishment time for their crime. Barely two months after the 21-year-old Jadhav was released in 2017, he was booked in rioting, attempt to murder and assault cases by N M Joshi Marg and Agripada police stations. He had assaulted two brothers at N M Joshi Marg area last year after a quarrel. Virendra Mishra, deputy commissioner of police, said Jadhav has been externed for two years. "There have been several criminal cases against him and there was no improvement in Jadhav's behaviour even after spending time in the correction centre. We reviewed all the cases against him and decided to extern him," said an officer.
|2018-06-11||Thane Municipal Corporation to take action against those who threw 39 plants - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Municipal Corporation to take action against those who threw 39 plants Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 03:35 AM IST The TMC will issue notices to shop owners who mercilessly threw away 39 plants from a Pachpakhadi building's terrace on world environment day. While the building residents are annoyed at this inhuman treatment meted out to the plants, the shop owners say that it is a ploy by the former to trouble them. When the world was celebrating environment day, over 39 plants died a silent death as they were thrown from the terrace of Gagangiri flat owners' society at Panchpakhadi. Since past two years the society has been bifurcated as Gagangiri flat owners society and shop owners. Earlier it was one body but issues cropped up in the management of the society which led to the bifurcation. "The shop owners said that they threw the plants away since there was leakage due to the water tanks kept on the terrace. Whatever it is, they cannot take it out on plants," she said.The residents also claim that the first floor is a sanctioned terrace garden as per the building plan submitted to the TMC and they pay property tax for the same. The shop owners, however, say that the residents are blaming them for no reason. "The terrace belongs to us. We asked them to remove the plants and waited patiently for 10 days. When they failed to do so we did it ourselves," says S Sawade, one of the shop owners from the building. "It is the residents who encroached upon our property. We will send a defamation notice to the residents and will also respond to TMC," he said. On Monday K Dawade, a horticulturist from the TMC said that they will issue notices to the concerned shop owners and take necessary action. "Whatever be the dispute between the shop owners and the residents, we will take legal action against those who threw away the plants," says Sandip Malvi, public relations officer, TMC.
|2018-06-10||Thane: Portion of Mumbra bypass collapses - The New Indian Express|
Thane: Portion of Mumbra bypass collapses A fire brigade had reached the site for the rescue operation, however, no casualties and injuries have been reported so far. Published: 10th June 2018 06:03 AM | Last Updated: 10th June 2018 06:03 AM THANE: A portion of Mumbra bypass collapsed on a house in a chawl near Uday Nagar area on Saturday following heavy downpour in the district. A fire brigade had reached the site for the rescue operation, however, no casualties and injuries have been reported so far. Earlier in the day, Mumbai witnessed severe water-logging on the streets after the city received heavy downpour, leading to traffic snarls and flight delays. The downpour, however, had a limited impact on flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. "There are no flight diversions or cancellations yet. The flights have delayed by 15-20 minutes," Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) said. Monsoon has already hit Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and North-East, and will move up north from Maharashtra in the upcoming days.
|2018-06-10||This is just the beginning: 209mm rainfall throws Thane out of gear - Times of India|
This is just the beginning: 209mm rainfall throws Thane out of gear Jun 10, 2018, 23:04 IST Thane: The first showers of monsoon washed away the tall claims of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), as instances of water-logging and tree falls continued Saturday. The lake city recorded nearly 209mm rainfall since Saturday midnight to 9:30pm. Heavy showers lashed the city from around 2am to 7am. The situation went out of control within hours of heavy rains forcing municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal to step out on the field early on Saturday and take stock of the situation. Thane railway station area was inundated with water early morning affecting movement of trains in the first half of the day. However, following the advisory by the state government asking people to step out only if necessary and given the weekend holiday, many government offices and banks were closed and there was less crowd on the streets. A Kalyan-bound local was delayed for over 10 minutes after angry passengers staged a minor protest at Thane station on platform 2, owing to frequent cancellations of trains and overcrowding at around 8:30pm. Railway officials denied any protest, but said the delay was due to a technical snag, which was followed by chain-pulling by some unidentified passengers. The heavy showers, however, saw rain water gushing inside the homes located near nullahs at Naupada or at the foothills in Mumbra, Kalwa and Kausa. “The contractor assigned for cleaning the drains has not done his job properly due to which water was seen coming out of the gutter during heavy rains. One person suffered injuries while trying to remove water from his inundated house near my office. The administration’s claims have been completely washed away,” complained BJP corporator Sanjay Waghule from Naupada. While the civic body had issued directives to ensure safety of trees during the rains, as many as 42 instances of tree falls were reported in various parts of the city. Luckily, no major incidents of injuries to human life or damage to property were reported. The garden department has been instructed by Jaiswal to undertake immediate pruning of trees wherever there is a justified demand or possibility of a tree or its branch dangling in dangerous condition. Meanwhile, slippery roads in the city and suburbs claimed a life while overall the traffic was seen moving at a slow pace. The road works going on at several stretches in the city also posed a hindrance to traffic and pedestrians, who had to watch their step. Soil from under a small stretch of the bypass road in Mumbra caved in resulting in damage to a few houses built along the highway on the hills. The torrential rains snapped power supply at several parts of the city, including Manpada since early in the morning. “There was no power in our area since 3am. Repeated complaints to the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) proved futile. We had no water in the morning as well. If this is the situation at the start of the rains, we wonder what will happen when the monsoon is in full form,” questioned Shashi Kumar Nair, a resident of Hill Gardens. Several vehicles suffered damages after the developer of a redevelopment residential project in Vartak Nagar failed to undertake adequate safety precautions while excavation work led to damage to the civic road and gutter that collapsed in the rains. A few vehicles suffered damage due to the incident and a police complaint was filed by the corporation against the developer of the project, said a senior official. Meanwhile, guardian minister Eknath Shinde has asked utility agencies to be on alert and keep the residents informed about any warnings in time. The army and the National Disaster Rescue Force have also been kept on alert that will reach the city or any emergency spot within an hour, said an official of the revenue department. The TMC has also cancelled leaves of all senior officials, who have been asked to ensure compliance for a safe monsoon.
|2018-06-10||Pillion crushed by tanker after bike skids - Times of India|
Pillion crushed by tanker after bike skids Jun 10, 2018, 23:06 IST Thane: A 22-year-old pillion rider was killed on the spot after the bike she was riding on slipped on the wet Ghodbunder Road. She was then run over by a speeding tanker that led to her death on the spot. The incident occurred when the victim, Priyanka Zende, was riding pillion with her friend Tanvi Bolade. The duo was travelling to Thane from Nagala Bunder at around 12:30pm. As it has started raining, the road had become slippery, which probably led the bike to skid on the wet surface, said the police. Bolade reportedly tried to control the bike, but before she could do it, an oncoming tanker, which was allegedly speeding dashed into it. While Bolade managed to escape with injuries, Zende got crushed under the wheels of the heavy vehicle and died on the spot. The driver of the tanker fled from the spot. A case has been registered against the unidentified driver of the vehicle by the Kasarwadavli police, who will be investigating the case. A few passersby had alleged that the accident was caused due to the uneven surface of the road but the police denied any such reason for the death, but added that they will investigate further. Priyanka Zende was riding pillion with her friend Tanvi Bolade from Nagala Bunder to Thane. As it was raining, the road had become slippery, which probably led the bike to skid on the wet surface, said the police.
|2018-06-10||6-month-old baby hurt in slab collapse - Times of India|
6-month-old baby hurt in slab collapse Jun 10, 2018, 23:07 IST Thane: A six-month-old baby sustained major injuries on his right leg after a portion of the ceiling of his first floor flat collapsed in Mumbra recently. The regional disaster management cell (RDMC) officials reached the spot immediately and began the rescue operations. The baby, Abdullha Shaikh, was rushed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj hospital in Kalwa. Santosh Kadam, disaster officer at RDMC, said, “The house belongs to Aaisha Shaikh which is on the first floor. The family was in the room when the slab suddenly collapsed. Fortunately, the other members escaped on time. The baby sustained injuries on his right leg. But the injuries are severe so he had to be shifted to JJ hospital in Mumbai.” After the rescue operation, the officials evacuated all the 21 occupants of the building as a precautionary measure. “The building is a dilapidated one. There are multiple cracks on the walls everywhere. So we have alerted the concerned authority to look into it and take the necessary action, added Kadam. A case has been registered. The baby is being administered treatment.
|2018-06-10||3 persons acquitted for lack of evidence in 2014 murder case - Times of India|
3 persons acquitted for lack of evidence in 2014 murder case Jun 10, 2018, 23:05 IST Thane: Three persons accused of murdering their colleague and disposinig off his body have been acquitted by the district sessions court due to lack of evidence. The accused had killed the victim and had dumped his body in Vasai creek. The police were, however, unable to trace his body since the trail commenced in 2014. District judge P P Jadhav ruled that the prosecution failed to prove the charges of murder as well as destruction of evidence against Rajesh Koli (43) aka Kaka, Rahul Thorat (35) aka Pappu and Rajendra Rajbhar (53) aka Muchhad. The prosecutions argued that the three had collectively conspired and killed Ganesh Bhoi on suspicion that he was in an illicit relationship with Koli’s sister. The court was informed that Bhoi used to work with Koli and Thorat and was friends with Rajbhar. However, their relation soured when the news of his affair with Koli’s sister surfaced and on August 26, 2014, he was murdered. “Bhoi was beaten up in the presence in the presence of people. One of the witnesses said that they had intervened and tried to resolve the issue. However, the next day they saw his dead body lying in the grass and the trio disposed it off in the creek. The bloated corpse resurfaced and the three accused then carried it in a boat and tied a huge stone to it and dumped in the Vasai creek,’’ the prosecutor claimed. Advocate Ramrao Jagtap who argued on behalf of the three accused said the body of Bhoi has not been traced and there was no justification in the police claim that he was murdered. In his order the judge said, “As already mentioned, the body of deceased is not discovered and his presence with the three accused and of being assaulted by them is also not duly proved. The prosecution has miserably failed to prove any allegations levelled against the accused."
|2018-06-10||Thane: Convict accuses Nashik jail authorities of assault - The Indian Express|
Thane: Convict accuses Nashik jail authorities of assault Vencil Miranda (36), a murder convict, serving life imprisonment, had been lodged at the Nasik jail since 2016. According to the complaint’s letter to the Chief Judicial Magistrate in 2016, he was beaten up by the jail authorities on December 24, 2016. Published: June 11, 2018 4:21:57 am A Thane-based convict has accused Nashik jail authorities of assaulting him. His wife claims that despite the courts ordering the police to lodge an FIR against jailers, the police have failed to act. Vencil Miranda (36), a murder convict, serving life imprisonment, had been lodged at the Nasik jail since 2016. According to the complaint’s letter to the Chief Judicial Magistrate in 2016, he was beaten up by the jail authorities on December 24, 2016. “I was in the solitary cell when one of the officers approached me. He asked me to accept a phone and sell it to someone else. When I refused, he broke the phone and threw it in my cell, after which he called other officers. The other officers checked my cell and found the phone. They started beating me up and I suffered over 30 serious injuries,” read Miranda’s letter. His wife Aria Miranda said, “He was badly injured. The officers kept threatening that they would get him killed. So, we approached the principal district judge.” Following an order of the principal district judge on April 16, 2017, the Chief Judicial Magistrate had ordered the Nashik City Police to register an FIR, claimed the Mirandas. “The jail authorities then approached the Additional Sessions Judge against this in a criminal revision application,” said Aria. However, in an order dated December 28, 2017, the Nashik Additional Sessions Judge stated, “The injury certificate issued by the CMO, Nashik jail, pertaining to the injuries of the complainant due to the assault at the hands of Nashik jail authorities prima facie supports the allegations and, therefore, there is a necessity to investigate the allegations of Opponent no. 1 (Vencil Miranda) against the jail authorities.” The judge, M H More, added, “So, I hold further that the order passed by Ld. CJM is legal and proper and there is no necessity to interfere the same.” However, according to Aria, despite it being months since the order was passed, no FIR has been lodged. “We have been writing continuously to the police to give us a copy of the said FIR. However, they have been delaying lodging the FIR to protect the jail authorities,” she said. Vencil has also been writing to the Nashik City Police. “The last communication he had received from them was that since the matter was sub-judice, they haven’t taken any action yet,” she said. According to BK Upadhyay, IG (prisons), the Nashik Jail authorities have approached the High Court against the order. Rajkumar Salli, superintendent, Nashik Jail, said, “In this case, the convict was hiding the phone. When the authorities found out, he assaulted them. Since he couldn’t get away, he has filed a baseless case. So, we have approached the High Court and the matter is sub-judice.” Aria Miranda, however, said, “There was no stay given on the order. Even if they have approached the High Court, why haven’t the city police lodged an FIR yet? That is clearly contempt of court order.” According to Nashik Commissioner of Police, Ravindra Singhal, the matter is under inquiry. “My officers have informed me that they are making enquiries in the case after the court’s order. I will have to read the orders but we are acting on the matter,” he said.
|2018-06-09||Maharashtra rain: Lightning kills man, woman dead in road accident in Thane - The New Indian Express|
Maharashtra rain: Lightning kills man, woman dead in road accident in Thane Fisherman Steni Admani (66) was struck by lightning, and died on the spot, when he was examining his fishing net at around 6 am today, said Shivaji Patil, chief of the District Disaster Control Cell. Published: 09th June 2018 05:14 PM | Last Updated: 09th June 2018 05:14 PM THANE: At least two persons were today killed in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra's Thane district, officials said. Fisherman Steni Admani (66) was struck by lightning, and died on the spot, when he was examining his fishing net at around 6 am today, said Shivaji Patil, chief of the District Disaster Control Cell. Six others, who were out in the open at the time, were also injured due to the lightning and have been admitted to a local hospital, he added. The incident took place at Patanbunder area of Uttan in Bhayander in the district, he informed. In another incident, a woman who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler died after the vehicle rammed into a truck on GB Road and an official said that heavy rains probably caused the accident. The woman has not been identified yet and the man riding the two-wheeler was severely injured and has been admitted to the city civil hospital, the official added. Incidents of trees falling at several places and water-logging on some roads were also reported across the district, the official added.
|2018-06-09||'Thane to soon have a new Exhibition & Convention centre' - Times of India|
'Thane to soon have a new Exhibition & Convention centre' Jun 9, 2018, 20:17 IST NAVI MUMBAI: Over 100 companies are taking part in the three-day Navi Mumbai Industrial Expo which began on June 9 at Vashi's Cidco Exhibition Centre. After the success of industrial shows like Vasai Industrial Expo and Tarapur Industrial Expo, Exhicon Group is all set to host the first edition of the Navi Mumbai Industrial Expo which is especially tailor-made for industries in this area. Rajan Vichare, Thane member of parliament, while talking about the Navi Mumbai Industrial Expo said, "Industrial growth boosts the economy of Maharashtra. Exhicon's format of geographic shows in different industrial hubs is a next step towards industrial development in the state. We are also in the process of setting up an Exhibition and Convention Centre in Thane, owing to the growing demand." The expo also has a special facility of free stalls for SC/ST entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs to boost their entrepreneurial skills and business acumen. Around 100 entrepreneurs from various segments and start-ups are participating in the expo. Speaking about the event, M Q Syed, founder of EXHICON Group, shared, “Geographical industrial expos aim to target a specific region and bring products and services from that region to the attention of other regions of the state or country. This expo will help generate new markets for businesses and open new regions for business. This will benefit all types of businesses no matter how big or small. Navi Mumbai Industrial Expo will see a whole range of industries like Manufacturing, Construction, Chemicals, etc taking part in this mega expo.” The show will help facilitate several B2B conversations amidst the exhibitors on all the days. Popularly known as Thane-Belapur region, the industrial area in Navi Mumbai is one of the largest industrial regions in India where industries like Chemicals, Steel and Engineering, Plants and Equipment’s, Dyes and Intermediates, IT / ITES, Food Processing and Dairy Products, Petrochemicals amongst many others.
|2018-06-09||SSC results: Thane district records new low with 85.16% success rate - Times of India|
SSC results: Thane district records new low with 85.16% success rate Jun 9, 2018, 22:17 IST Thane: Thane district’s Class X performance has touched a new low with 85.16 pass percentage on Friday, as against a marginally high 85.27 per cent and 85.99 per cent in the past two years. Students from Bhayander topped the chart of 11 talukas recording 90.36 pass percentage followed by students from schools falling under the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) where the pass percentage was 89.60. Girls outperformed the boys across the district with 88.69 per cent of the total 55,674 girls clearing their SSC exams this year. Of the 65,804 boys, who appeared for the exams in March, 82.17 per cent were declared pass. Students from Kalyan (rural) taluks bagged the third place in the division with an 87.81 per cent success rate with Ambernath coming fourth with 86.75 pass percentage. This was followed by the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation’s success rate of 85.84 per cent. Thane city came seventh in the district with its 83.97 success rate. The lowest success rate of 77.78 per cent was recorded in the Bhiwandi taluka. Of the 1,21,478 students, who appeared for the Class X boards, as many as 28,613 students secured a distinction, while 33,338 others, which adds up to around 27.4 per cent and thus the majority of the lot, came under the first class category. Around 24.2 per cent passed with a second grade, while around 9.9 per cent of the rest came under the pass grade category.
|2018-06-09||Lightning kills man, woman dead in road accident in Thane - Business Standard|
Lightning kills man, woman dead in road accident in Thane Last Updated at June 9, 2018 16:45 IST At least two persons were today killed in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra's Thane district, officials said. Fisherman Steni Admani (66) was struck by lightning, and died on the spot, when he was examining his fishing net at around 6am today, said Shivaji Patil, chief of the District Disaster Control Cell. Six others, who were out in the open at the time, were also injured due to the lightning and have been admitted to a local hospital, he added. The incident took place at Patanbunder area of Uttan in Bhayander in the district, he informed. In another incident, a woman who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler died after the vehicle rammed into a truck on GB Road and an official said that heavy rains probably caused the accident. The woman has not been identified yet and the man riding the two-wheeler was severely injured and has been admitted to the city civil hospital, the official added. Incidents of trees falling at several places and water-logging on some roads were also reported across the district, the official added.
|2018-06-09||City girls fare better, 88% of them push pass rate up - Times of India|
City girls fare better, 88% of them push pass rate up Jun 9, 2018, 22:18 IST Thane: Thane city recorded a success rate of 84 per cent in the Class X exam with as many as 22,534 of the 26,835 students clearing their exams. While boys secured a pass percentage of 81 this year, 88 per cent of girls cleared their SSC exams thereby pushing the city’s success rate to 88 per cent. Of the 274 schools affiliated to the state board, as many as 52 recorded a cent percent success rate with all of its students clearing their Class X exams this year. While a number of schools including St. John the Baptist School, Shreerang Vidyalaya, Naupada’s Saraswati Vidyalaya, etc, missed cent percent results by a wafer-thin margin, these 52 schools, including St. Xaviers High School, A K Joshi High School, Holy Cross Convent School, etc successfully recorded a cent percent result. Principal of St. Xaviers School, Janhavi Rai, said, “All through the year we ensure an all-round development of students. We do this by identifying the students’ weaknesses and strengths and then work on them.” Academicians believe that with a little extra effort and an encouraging and supportive school and family environment, students will be able to fare better. “Schooling is about providing students with support, freedom and opportunities to excel not only in academics, but also in extra-curricular activities. We will also plan a worksheet solving model that will help them with their exam preparations,” said Rupa Dey, principal of Shreerang Vidyalaya.
|2018-06-09||Rain forecast does not deter holidayers from making plans - Times of India|
Rain forecast does not deter holidayers from making plans Jun 9, 2018, 22:18 IST Thane: Even though the Indian Metrological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains in the city over the weekend, most of the resorts and hotels at hill stations and beaches continue to remain booked on these two days. Travel experts claim that the announcement has not detered holidayers from changing their plans. Tour operations from the city have said that they haven’t recevied any cancellation calls till now. However, some said that the situation could change in case it starts raining on Saturday morning. Five places of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) near Mumbai are fully booked over the weekend. MTDC has received just five cancellations till Friday evening. “We have received only five cancellations due to the monsoon prediction. All our resorts are completely booked,” said an MTDC official. The Mumbai-based Maharashtra Tour Operators Association also said that they have received minimal cancellation of trips owning to the rain forecast. “Revellers seem to be wanting to make the most of the first heavy showers,” said Borivli-based Atul Mohile, who is the general secretary of the association. Travel agents said the train and flight bookings also said that there was considerable number of commuters planning to travel irrespective of the warnings Train bookings, including the popular Jan Shatabdi between Mumbai and Goa, showed a waiting list of around 330 and 23 for its seating and AC coaches.
|2018-06-09||Jalan arrested in yet another betting case - Times of India|
Jalan arrested in yet another betting case Jun 9, 2018, 22:41 IST Thane: The anti-extortion cell has arrested Sonu Jalan for yet another betting case which had taken place last year. The police said they had received a tip-off on September 21, 2017, that two men were receiving bets on the India-Australia cricket match and they were sending money to two other co-accused. A police team raided the hotel where the bettings were taking place and arrested the accused. Their phones were also seized and a case was registered with the Kasarwadavli police. Later, six others were arrested and Jalan was ‘absconding’. Now that Jalan has been arrested in another case, the police have rearrested him and taken him in custody. Jalan has been remanded to cop custody till 13 June.
|2018-06-09||RSS defamation case: Rahul to appear in Thane court on Tuesday - The Quint|
RSS defamation case: Rahul to appear in Thane court on Tuesday IANS 20H 24M AGO Thane/Mumbai, June 9 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi will appear in a Thane court on June 12 for a hearing in a defamation case filed by an RSS worker. This comes days after former President and senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee attended an RSS event in Nagpur. The defamation case was filed by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Rajesh Kunte following Gandhi's utterances at a rally in Thane in March 2014 in which he had accused the RSS of killing Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. At the June 12 hearing, the charges are likely to be framed against the Congress President by the Bhiwandi court. Later, Gandhi will travel to Mumbai and directly interact with the party's over 15,000 booth-level workers at a function in Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, a crucial exercise ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. This would mark the launch of a national endeavour, "Project Shakti" through which the Congress President would establish direct communication between the grassroots workers and the party's central leadership, said Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam. He said the party workers would be enrolled for the project using their basic details and confirming that those enrolling were actually Congress men. These filtered people would then need to send an SMS on a contact number which would be provided to them by the party officials. These will enable the ground-level workers to share their ideas and views with the central leadership of the party which will boost their morale ensuring a proper flow of communication internally. Nirupam said that the all-India level project would be kickstarted in Mumbai by Gandhi and it was being considered a "path-breaking initiative of the Congress party to link with the extremely crucial chain in the party machinery". "The 'Project Shakti' will not only ensure the connect with the ground-level workers but also ensure that their grievances, if any, are resolved at the earliest. Every person who believes in the ideologies of the Congress, their inputs are important to us. Also, it will help us look at the problems of Mumbai at a micro level where development actually takes place," Nirupam explained. This will be Gandhi's first public engagement in Mumbai after taking over as Congress President in December 2017. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, of the six seats in Mumbai, the Congress had bagged five while its ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) got one. However, 2014 proved a major setback for the party's stronghold when the Congress-NCP lost all the city seats to the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Nirupam, who had contested from Mumbai North, failed to retain the seat and lost to the BJP candidate by a large margin in 2014.
|2018-06-09||Despite accident, SSC girl scores 91% - Times of India|
Despite accident, SSC girl scores 91% Jun 10, 2018, 03:26 IST THANE: Despite undergoing nine major surgeries, being hospitalised for two months and having to juggle between doctors’ appointments, physical therapy and studies, SSC student Khushi Dand, who was run over by a truck, secured an outstanding 91%. After the 16-year-old Shahad resident was dragged by the wheels of a truck in Kalyan in October, she spent over two months undergoing multiple surgeries, skin grafting and plastic surgeries and fighting for her life at a hospital in Thane. “The accident shattered her pelvis and she lost 4 litres of blood. While we began treating her within the golden hour, we were not sure she’d survive the accident, let alone recover to write the board exam,” said Dr Ashish Phadnis, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Jupiter Hospital. “She underwent over 20 surgeries including nine major ones, and could not lie down or sit or walk properly. But she was determined, and kept working on getting better,” Dr Phadnis added. She was discharged from hospital in a wheelchair in December, she began working on physical therapy while getting back to her class X studies. “I have been in the list of top rankers in my school from class VIII and wanted to prove to myself that I could do well even in such a situation. I had finished most of my portion before the accident thanks to my school and my tutor,” said the gritty student of St Thomas English School in Kalyan (west). As I could not sit in one position for more than 15 minutes I took frequent breaks while studying. My tuition teacher came home to help me prep up for the finals,” said Dand, adding that her mother took leave from work. “I was given a second life by my doctors. This accident has only strengthened my determination in life,” she said.
|2018-06-09||Rains in Thane bring traffic jams, waterlogging, tree falls - Hindustan Times|
Rains in Thane bring traffic jams, waterlogging, tree falls According to RDMC, the city recorded 29.00mm rainfall while the total rainfall received till now is 182.50 mm MUMBAI Updated: Jun 10, 2018 01:11 IST With the onset of monsoon, the city saw heavy rainfall on Saturday. This led to traffic jams, tree falls and waterlogging in parts of the city. According to the information provided by the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC), the city recorded 29.00mm rainfall while the total rainfall received till now is 182.50 mm. “Last year, the city received 58.50 mm rainfall in the same period. This year, the rainfall recorded is three times more,” said Santosh Kadam, in charge of RDMC, Thane. Around 40 tree falls were reported from Balkum, Ghodbunder, Naupada, Teen Haat Naka, Kopri and Gokhale Road among other places. No one was injured. Areas such as Naupada, Panchpakhadi, Gaondevi, Balkum and Vandana Cinema near ST depot and near Thane station were waterlogged, said the TMC official. Rain slowed down traffic at Ghodbunder, Kapurbawdi, Teen Haat Naka, Tatvadnyan Signal and Kopri bridge. Prabhakar Nikam, 44, a resident of Balkum, who was driving home in the evening, said: “The distance between Kopri bridge to Thane hardly takes five minutes, but it took around 20 minutes for me to reach the station area,” said Nikam. Kalyan received 43 mm of rainfall on Saturday morning. The early morning showers disrupted traffic on Rajiv Gandhi flyover between Bhiwandi and Wada stretch. Waterlogging between Nadinaka and Shelar road in Bhiwandi resulted in at least traffic jam on 4-km stretch. Traffic was disrupted at Kalyan’s Shivaji Chowk, Rambaug, Khadakpada, Kalyan station road and Patripool. Since June 1, the Kalyan and Dombivli received 101mm of rainfall. Last year, the city received 11mm of rainfall between June 1 to 9. ELECTROCUTED An autorickshaw driver was electrocuted in Bhiwandi on Saturday. Akbarali Ansari, 33, was taking out his autorickshaw to park it in another place when his hand touched the electricity pole which was connected to a live wire. “Ansari was electrocuted. He was taken to nearby hospital but was declared dead,” said the police. An accidental death report has been lodged with the Bhiwandi city police station. IN Navi Mumbai The city received an average of 153.85mm rain between 1.30am and 6.30pm. The city recorded 32 tree fall incidents since Friday night. Some vehicles and small houses were damaged. With 18 tree falling cases, the Vashi node has lost highest number of trees. It is followed by Airoli (7), Nerul (4) and Belapur (3). Residential areas in the satellite city were flooded during heavy rainfall on Saturday morning. Four spots at Turbhe were submerged in rainwater.
|2018-06-09||Thane: portion of Mumbra bypass collapses - Business Standard|
Thane: portion of Mumbra bypass collapses Last Updated at June 10, 2018 02:00 IST A portion of Mumbra bypass collapsed on a house in a chawl near Uday Nagar area on Saturday following heavy downpour in the district. A fire brigade had reached the site for the rescue operation, however, no casualties and injuries have been reported so far. Earlier in the day, Mumbai witnessed severe water-logging on the streets after the city received heavy downpour, leading to traffic snarls and flight delays. The downpour, however, had a limited impact on flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. "There are no flight diversions or cancellations yet. The flights have delayed by 15-20 minutes," Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) said. Monsoon has already hit Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and North-East, and will move up north from Maharashtra in the upcoming days.
|2018-06-09||Thane's 'out-of-the-box' school students distinguish themselves - Free Press Journal|
Thane’s ‘out-of-the-box’ school students distinguish themselves Jun 09, 2018 09:30 am Thane: In an age when one hears of students securing 100 per cent marks in their SSC board examinations, when a school rejoices because two of its students secured 76% and 64%, one wonders what makes this so special. Mohan Kale and Dashrath Yuvraj Pawar from Thane’s Signal School are the students in question and their achievement is astounding because they were both former school dropouts who were inspired to go back to school, which is, believe it or not, in a shipping container.This Thane school-in-a-box has changed the lives of these youngsters by bringing them into the mainstream and imparting values alongside schooling. The Signal School, is the brainchild of the Thane Municipal Corporation and an NGO, Samarth Bharat Vyaspith. It started two years ago with a shipment container and now has a book and toy library, a computer, a separate nursery classroom, washrooms and robotic equipment. The school started with 15 students and now has 48 students. Mohan, now 19, had dropped out of school after Class 5 so that he could earn a living by selling eatables at traffic signals and support his disabled parents. Dashrath, like Mohan, also dropped out of Class 9, when he left his village in Latur to join his parents in Thane. “My parents wanted me to work so as to support the family. However, when I saw this school, I decided to complete my education.” Now, having successfully cleared his board exams, Mohan would like to join the Industrial Training Institute, while Dasharath wants to join the police.
|2018-06-09||Thane-Mumbai: Special pollution-free e-bus soon, includes Wi-Fi, AC, mobile charger - Free Press Journal|
Thane-Mumbai: Special pollution-free e-bus soon, includes Wi-Fi, AC, mobile charger Jun 09, 2018 09:17 am Thane: Accomplished with all modern facilities a new electric bus will soon be running on Thane-Mumbai road. Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has inaugurated this ultra modern bus on Tuesday. The bus has a special facility of Wi-Fi, AC, mobile charging and also easily accessible for the disabled people. To begin with, there will be one bus initially and later 100 electric buses will arrive into Thane transport services. The bus that has a special facility for disabled is a welcoming feature in it. The bus has two doors and through one door, a wheelchair can enter in the bus. The person will be seated in the specially designed chair, informed the civic officer. “In this electric bus a special facility is provided, along with AC, Wi-Fi, mobile charger, there will be ramp for disabled people. The wheelchair bound person can enter in this bus with ease. The bus will tilt down a little to make the wheelchair enter in the bus. It is based on the many bus services provided in the European countries which is also pollution free,” said Sunil Pote, Deputy city engineer (Electrical). The service will start on the Public-private partnership (PPP) basis and the charging stations have already been started at Anandnagar bus depot of the TMT. It has claimed to be the first corporation to start the project of such bus on PPP basis. Ten buses of the first phase will arrive till December and the corporation will not have to spend a single penny as the project is implemented on the basis of PPP through an agency. The bus model is based on the bus services of the European countries and commuters will be charged with the same tariff as per the AC bus. The agency will provide all these facilities and at the end portion of the bus there can be a facility of laptop, printer as well. A driver, conductor, charging operator will also be appointed buy the agency. The civic body will just be providing space for the bus. The tickets will be charged according the RTO rules, the official informed. The 32-seater bus is completely powered by battery and will run for nearly 220 kms on a single charge. The charging points will be given on the bus stops. The vehicle will not be noisy while travelling on road without any emissions, claimed officials. TMT service has 313 buses in its service right now, but very few are in good condition and are running on the road. The new electric powered bus will provide a relief to commuters , going by the TMT claims. The eco-friendly bus will start its service till Borivali soon, the official informed. Along with this bus four electric two-wheelers were also launched. The two-wheelers will be used by corporation employees for official work. Soon there will be more two- wheelers available and the use of rickshaw will be reduced in the corporation. To make the city pollution free, the corporation has initiated the project.
|2018-06-08||Thane's cluster development confusion still continues - Free Press Journal|
Thane’s cluster development confusion still continues Jun 08, 2018 08:30 am Mumbai: The ambitious project of cluster development of Thane is in jeopardy, as the opposing Congress party has claimed that the impact assessment report made by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) itself is illegal. Further, it has said, the announcement to exclude villages and fishermen‘s colonies by the ruling Shiv Sena is a violation of the code of conduct. The Congress, led by Thane city chief Manoj Shinde, held a press conference “to expose the cheating by the ruling party in Thane,” and has accused the TMC of violating the norms and misleading residents of buildings that were to be cluster-developed. During the term of the UPA government in 2014, the TMC, after receiving the government notification, had prepared the ‘impact assessment plan’ in one night to lift the stay of the high court, alleged the Congress party. There were only eight cluster plans included in it. Later, after a fresh government notification in 2017, the TMC did not prepare the plan but included 44 URPs (urban renewal plan) in the old assessment plan. After that, village areas and fishermen’s colonies were included. The party has demanded a fresh assessment plan, saying civic officials, along with the ruling party, are misleading residents with old plans. “The ruling party has announced a decision which is a violation of code of conduct. People from villages and fishermen’s colonies have been opposing the cluster since its inception and Shiv Sena does not want to lose the vote bank of these communities. This is their strategy for upcoming 2019 elections, ” said Advocate Vikrant Chavan, Congress Group leader, TMC. The Konkan graduate constituency comprises Thane, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Sindhudurg and Palghar districts, with about 38,000 voters. Elections are on June 25.
|2018-06-08||'Stay indoors, refrain from using private vehicles for next 3 days - Times of India|
‘Stay indoors, refrain from using private vehicles for next 3 days Jun 8, 2018, 22:34 IST Thane: Following the red alert issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) over the weekend, the state disaster management cell has sent out an advisory to curb any unfortunate incidents. Residents have been advised to avoid venturing out in the rain and to stay indoors in case of a downpour. The officials have also asked Thaneites to minimize the use of mobiles outdoors. The Met department has predicted very heavy rain for the next three days. Officials have asked residents to venture out only if it is necessary; else to remain indoors. Santosh Kadam, disaster officer of the regional disaster management cell (RDMC), said, “As per the IMD’s predictions, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in Thane and its adjoining areas. The weather could be so intense that it can even give rise to a flood like situation. So, we have advised citizens not to venture out and keep an eye on their surroundings. While it is natural to panic in such cases, we want people to remain calm and not spread rumours. We have also advised people not to take their cars or other private vehicles on the road.” To tackle any calamity, the RDMC will be deploying rescue operators, ropes, boats and other equipment near the creek side and at low lying areas such as Vrindawan and Shrirang society. As a precautionary step, the Thane municipal corporation (TMC) has also issued a notification to slum dwellers residing near the creek and hilly regions to vacate the premises immediately. “We have been given orders by TMC chief Sanjeev Jaiswal to send out notices to citizens residing in flood or landslide prone areas. Accordingly on Thursday, we visited slums in Mumbra, Kalwa and Ghodbundar Road and made residents aware of the situation. Even those living near nullahs were served a notice. People living in Azad Nagar, Samrat Nagar, Khadi machine road will have to find a temporary shelter during the next three days,” said a civic official.
|2018-06-08||Bitcoin fraud: 1 of 3 seized cars fake Lamborghini - Times of India|
Bitcoin fraud: 1 of 3 seized cars fake Lamborghini Jun 8, 2018, 22:11 IST Thane: Bitcoin scamster Amit Lakhanpal led a lavish lifestyle and visited his house in a complex at Palm Beach road, Navi Mumbai once in a couple of months, said his second wife to the crime branch sleuths on Thursday. The police have seized three cars reportedly owned by Lakhanpal besides some cash and jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh in the racket where he duped more than 25,000 investors, said the police. “Upon verifying the documents, we found that a Lamborghini, which was seized, turned out to be DC Avanti make, which the accused used to flaunt as Lamborghini to lure investors. Also a Mercedes S 350 and a Tata Tiago were seized,” said the police officer. He is also believed to have authored a book on the bitcoin wave, which is priced at $5,000. “The cheat’s family, including his second wife, their one-and-half-year-old daughter and his parents reside in a Palm Beach Road complex. The woman told us that she was unaware of his business and that he led a life of a recluse, visiting them briefly after long intervals,” said police inspector Nitin Thakare. The police added that around eight to 10 more complainants have come forward to complaint against Lakhanpal’s Money Trade Coin (MTC) group. Thakare said, “We have taken down the statements of his wife and she is cooperating in the probe. Some more complainants have come forward and we are recording their statements.”
|2018-06-08||Brief spell of rain leaves Thane in a mess; public transport hit - Times of India|
Brief spell of rain leaves Thane in a mess; public transport hit Jun 8, 2018, 22:33 IST Thane: The pre-monsoon showers disrupted public transport services on Thursday morning. A few tree fall incidents were reported but so far no waterlogging or damage to life or property cases came to the fore. Several areas of the lake city, including parts of Ghodbunder, Bramhand and Pokhran 1, received around 10mm of rainfall since 4am. While the early morning showers did not cause much inconvenience, some parts of the city witnessed heavy rainfall during the day, leading to traffic congestion in some areas. The rescue teams were on their toes in the morning. The regional disaster management cell (RDMC) team received 11 calls, including that of tree falls and short circuits. Officials from the TMC said that they checked if any trees were bent in a dangerous manner. A tree had fallen near the collector’s office which had affected traffic for a while. But the disaster team cleared the area soon, said an official from the RDMC. The civic administration is also planning to trim or cut 29 trees that are in a dangerous state and could pose risk to human life and property. Officials said that they have released a public notice to the effect seeking suggestions and objections from residents. On the transport front, several autos remained off road and many private vehicles also did not ply due to the rains. There was a huge queue for autos at the railway station. “We had to stand in a long queue at the station to get an auto as the number of vehicles were less,” said Priya Shahani, a resident. Those using TMT services also complained of lack of service. Many buses were stuck in traffic on the highways. Motorists complained that the ongoing civic work at several locations in the city led to slow moving of traffic during peak hours. Fleet cabs were also scarcely available. The rescue teams were on their toes in the morning. The regional disaster management cell team received 11 calls, including that of tree falls and short circuits. Officials from the TMC said that they checked if any trees were bent in a dangerous manner.
|2018-06-08||Thane: 23 tonnes of ephedrine seized in 2016 to be disposed of this weekend - Times of India|
Thane: 23 tonnes of ephedrine seized in 2016 to be disposed of this weekend Updated: Jun 8, 2018, 11:05 IST THANE: As many as 23 tonnes of ephedrine that had been seized in a drug seizure case involving former actress Mamta Kulkarni will be disposed at a government designated company at Narayangaon this weekend. This could possibly be the biggest drug disposal in the recent past, source in police department claimed. It was exactly a year back that the special NDPS court had given an order to dispose of the stock. After following a lengthy process, the police has completed the formalities. "A drug disposal committee was constituted which is headed by a judge. Special inspector general of police shall supervise the disposal of 23 tonne of ephedrine as well as acetic anhydride that was also seized in the raid," a senior police official confirmed. The officer added to undertake disposal of the seized narcotics drugs then identified the company in Narayangaon that has the setup to incinerated it. The police said that presently a team of police from Thane city along with their counterparts in Solapur shall transport the stock to the Narayangaon from Solapur. It was on April 14, 2016 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 and other locations in Thane and Ahmedabad. Deeper investigations led the sleuths to the involvement of Vicky Goswami and Kenyan based international drug mafia Akasha brothers involved in the racket as well as former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni.
|2018-06-08||DCP to inquire into allegations against Thane civic chief: Maharashtra govt tells Bombay HC - Free Press Journal|
DCP to inquire into allegations against Thane civic chief: Maharashtra govt tells Bombay HC Jun 08, 2018 06:08 pm Mumbai: The Maharashtra government today informed the Bombay High Court that a Deputy Commissioner of Police would inquire into the allegation that the Thane civic commissioner threatened an activist for filing a PIL over shoddy road concretisation work there. The high court had earlier this week expressed displeasure over the police’s handling of the inquiry and had asked the Thane Police Commissioner to either transfer the probe to a senior official or it would consider appointing a judicial officer to carry out inquiry. A division bench of Justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla was today informed by the assistant government pleader that the probe will now be carried out by a Deputy Commissioner of Police. “Since the probe will now be carried out by the DCP, there is no need for us at this stage to appoint a judicial officer to carry out inquiry. The DCP shall submit an inquiry report before us on July 12,” the court directed. The activist, Pradeep Patil, had last year filed a public interest litigation (PIL) raising the issue of shoddy road concretisation work in neighbouring Thane district. Patil had in January this year filed an affidavit in his petition, alleging that on December 19 last year he received a call from Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal summoning him to the latter’s residence for a meeting. When Patil went to Jaiswal’s residence, he was threatened, the activist alleged in the affidavit. The Thane Municipal Corporation’s counsel Ram Apte had refuted the allegations and said Jaiswal never met Patil. The HC had then directed the police to carry out an inquiry and take into account the CCTV footage and call data records (CDR) of the petitioner. The police initially said it had completed its inquiry and found the allegations to be false. But later, the police informed the court that the inquiry was still on and that they were looking into Patil’s CDR details.
|2018-06-08||Info on LGBTQ given to 300 teachers - Times of India|
Info on LGBTQ given to 300 teachers Jun 8, 2018, 22:12 IST Thane: In an attempt to sensitise their teachers about the LGBTQ community, city-based Vasant Vihar School organised a two-hour gender and sexuality sensitization seminar at the school on Thursday morning. Over 300 teachers who participated in this seminar, led by Mumbai-based psychiatrists Kersi Chavda and Avinash Desousa, were not only made aware about the LGBTQ community, but also imparted information about correctly responding to queries from students about sexual preferences or deal with instances where students are themselves conflicted about their sexuality. “I went for one such workshop at a public hospital in Mumbai earlier and realised that it is crucial for teachers and school counsellors to be sensitised towards the LGBTQ community,” said V Kannan, principal. “In this workshop, our teachers not only learned that being a part of the LGBTQ community is not an illness, but also how to deal with students who may feel depressed or suicidal because of the negative connotation their sexuality has in society,” he added.
|2018-06-08||19-yr-old dies after speeding truck hits vehicle in Thane, 1 hurt - Hindustan Times|
19-yr-old dies after speeding truck hits vehicle in Thane, 1 hurt The driver of the speeding truck lost control and hit the two-wheeler from behind and fled the spot MUMBAI Updated: Jun 09, 2018 01:00 IST A 19-year-old man died after being hit by a speeding truck on the Thane-Nashik Highway Road at Bhiwandi on Thursday. The deceased Ajay Waghmare, who was on his way to Thane for a job interview was riding pillion with his friend Dipak Jetnavre, 22. The driver of the speeding truck lost control and hit the two-wheeler from behind and fled the spot. “While crossing the road on their two-wheeler, a speeding truck came from behind and hit them,” a police officer from Kongaon police station said. The officer said that the victims were rushed to the hospital. However, Waghmare was declared dead on arrival. “Jetnavre, who suffered severe injuries, is under treatment. Investigations are on to nab the truck driver. We have identified the truck number and with the help of RTO officials, we will track him down,” the officer said. A case has been lodged against the truck driver under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Motor Vehicle Act.
|2018-06-08||The Rock's Thane Kirby and Duncan Heyde prepare to head to ... - Stuff.co.nz|
The Rock's Thane Kirby and Duncan Heyde prepare to head to Mauritius to look for MH370 JAMES CROOT Last updated 09:16, June 9 2018 THE ROCK The Rock Drive hosts update listeners on their upcoming trip to Mauritius. Family members have been hugged, vaccination jabs endured and the number of McDonalds at their destination have been checked out.Yes, The Rock Drive hosts Thane Kirby and Duncan Heyde are ready for their journey to Mauritius to search for wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.Crowdfunded to the tune of more than $35,000 from around 400 of their listeners, the pair will spend three days off the coast of the Indian Ocean republic searching co-ordinates Australian engineer Peter McMahon believed could be the plane's final resting place. It went missing in the early hours of March 8 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Although McMahon's theory has been widely discredited by investigators who believe his evidence is based on images taken in 2009, Heyde says that even if they don't find a plane, "at least we can offer to the families that have got victims that another part of the ocean has been searched. They can cross that off". The pair say they have the blessing of Charlotte Weeks, the niece of Paul Weeks, one of two New Zealand citizens on board the ill-fated flight. The Rock Drive hosts Duncan Heyde and Thane Kirby are headed to Mauritius in June to check out a possible location of the reamins of MH370, a plane that went missing in March 2014. READ MORE: * The Rock DJs Thane Kirby and Duncan Heyde defend crowdfunded search for MH370 * MH370: Experts aim to solve greatest aviation mystery * The Rock slammed by BSA for Thane Kirby's 'exploitative' interview * The crazy world of Thane KirbyMH370's disappearance has been something of an obsession for Kirby, who has hosted a regular Plane Watch segment on both his previous station George FM and now The Rock.Speaking before they head out on the long journey from Christchurch Airport on Sunday morning, Heyde says the whole endeavour only began to feel real, "when our personal locating devices got delivered to the studio". THE ROCK The Rock Drive team are heading off to search for MH370 on June 10. "We also got given the same satellite phone that Mike McRoberts uses when he goes to Afghanistan. It looks something from the 1990s, then you fold it out and add the aerial to it, it's as long as your forearm."The logistics of their trip, local assistance on the ground and how they are going to be able to broadcast their show from there next week have all started falling into place, Heyde adds, saying that they are currently expecting around 25 degrees while they are there. "Both days on the water look reasonably good – variable 20 km/h winds – which is pretty good."Kirby says they have both been studying up on their destination, learning that the population is 1.3 million, Mauritius is twice the size of Hong Kong and boasts six McDonalds. The Rock Drive hosts have been given an item vital to Mike McRoberts during his trips to the Middle East. 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|2018-06-08||Crypto money trail being probed: Cops - Times of India|
Crypto money trail being probed: Cops TNN | Jun 9, 2018, 03:06 IST THANE: The crime branch, investigating the Rs 500 crore cryptocurrency racket, is probing the money trail of the company that reportedly duped 25,000 investors. A police officer said they are contacting banks and financial institutions whose traces were found during searches of the office and house of the Flintstone Group owner. The company was run by Amit Lakhanpal, who introduced Money Trade Coin (MTC). Investigators suspect he has a secret financial transaction route to park wealth abroad. “Experts have been roped in to unravel the technology,” said a senior police officer. Another police team is corresponding with embassies of countries whose name Lakhanpal took to promote the currency. Meanwhile, Lakhanpal is trying to convince investors about returning their money, said a police officer. Police said they have found a bathroom with an AC, expensive bathtub, 68 bottles of Scotch and 12 tolas gold. A case has been registered with Navi Mumbai police on the seizure of liquor, said investigating officer Nitin Thakre.
|2018-06-07||TMC selects two startups to represent Thane in UK - Hindustan Times|
TMC selects two startups to represent Thane in UK Toolyt and Culture Aangan were selected in a competition in which more than 200 homegrown startups participatedstaret up MUMBAI Updated: Jun 08, 2018 00:06 IST The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has selected two startups to represent the city at the International Business Festival at Liverpool, United Kingdom. Toolyt and Culture Aangan were selected in a competition in which more than 200 homegrown startups participated. The jury, chaired by TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, finalized the startups. The initiative is a part of TMC’s vision to transform the city into a hub for startups and business ventures. The focus of the competition was on solving grassroots issues, cutting across tourism, technology, administration and infrastructure, creating new entrepreneurial and revenue opportunities. Jaiswal said, “This is part of our larger initiative to solve local infrastructural issues through innovation, with the vision of putting Thane on the global startup map. I look forward to collaborating with the selected startups in our vision to transform Thane.” Toolyt is a business automation tool that helps organisations to increase the productivity of its field force. Nizamudheen Valliyattu, founder of Toolyt, said, “We can rope in global best practices and mentors to create entrepreneurial and revenue opportunities to build solutions to transform Thane.” Culture Aangan is dedicated to bring grassroot-level changes in rural communities by creating sustainable and experiential tourism destinations. This in turn creates livelihoods by educating and empowering the local village women. Similarly, Rashmi Sudhir Sawant, Founder of Culture Aangan, said, “there is an opportunity of creating an eco-system at Yeoor Hills which can be promoted as a tourist hub. By preserving the heritage of the original habitants of the villages, pockets of the villages can be developed as a home-stay for families from Thane or neighbouring Mumbai. Apart from that, there are huge opportunities to develop many neighbouring villages into an eco-tourism model, creating sustainable communities and possibly mitigating migration of the villagers to cities in search of employment.”
|2018-06-07||Monsoon Update LIVE: Skymet predicts heavy spells of rain in Mumbai, Thane, Ratnagiri - Moneycontrol.com|
Mumbai rains LIVE: Southwest monsoon hits city, heavy rains expected till June 11: Met Dept Jun 09, 04:48 PM (IST) Live updates from Mumbai, where Monsoon has arrived affecting train and flight operations.
|2018-06-07||Thane library offering your favourite book in digital, audio formats - Hindustan Times|
Thane library offering your favourite book in digital, audio formats The kiosk has a huge screen that displays pages of the book one chooses to read, it will also show animated stories. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 07, 2018 23:49 IST Even as the habit of reading is losing ground, city-based Marathi library, the Marathi Grantha Sangrahalaya on Station Road, has come up with an innovative way to inculcate the habit of reading among people of all age groups. The library, which is one of the oldest in the city, on the occasion of its 120th anniversary, has installed a digital kiosk which will read out the contents of the books to readers. The kiosk has a huge screen that displays pages of the book one chooses to read. The screen will also show animated stories. Vidyadhar Walavalkar, administration officer of the library, said, “We have 25 books uploaded on the kiosk. For the past two days, we have been gauging the response.” People can access around 1,500 audio books and more than 1,730 books from 20 subjects ranging from history, biographies, geology, poetry and many more genres. The e-books are available free of cost. People of all age groups can enjoy using the kiosk, which will read aloud the chapters of the books which could be heard with headphones. The library management plans to install three more. This is a part of the digitalisation programme introduced by the library this year. There are around 3,500 scanned books, and many magazines and newspapers which readers can access. It’s interesting to note that the library has preserved newspapers like Kesari, (founded by Bal Gangadhar Tilak) from 1952 onwards. The library management began the digitisation of the books in November 2017. The collector has given ?50 lakh. “Many of the books we have are very old. Considering they are not in good condition, the idea to restore books of importance came up. After they are digitised, people from across the world can access the books. It will also make it easier to preserve these century-old books,” said Pranali Kobal, librarian of Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya.
|2018-06-07||Cryptocurrency scam: Thane police seize high-end cars from ... - Hindustan Times|
Cryptocurrency scam: Thane police seize high-end cars from kingpin’s house MUMBAI Updated: Jun 08, 2018 00:32 IST The Thane crime branch, investigating the cryptocurrency scam, seized two high-end cars of kingpin Amit Lakhanpal from his home in Airoli on Wednesday. They also seized 68 bottles of foreign liquor, ?3 lakh in cash and jewellery. The crime branch on Monday busted what is alleged to be a multi-hundred crore cryptocurrency scam, in which, around 25,000 investors were allegedly cheated of more than ?500 crore. Police have so far arrested Taha Kazi, 26, in connection with the scam. A police officer from the crime branch said, “A Mercedes and a DC Avanti [a modified version of Lambhorghini] have been seized”. Police said the software used in the scam was unique, decoding which is tough. “The software will lead us to various people linked to the accused. Technical experts are trying to decode it,” the officer said.
|2018-06-07||Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde puts Thane cluster development on hold - Daily News & Analysis|
Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde puts Thane cluster development on hold Updated: Jun 8, 2018, 03:20 AM IST Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday asked the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to put off implementation of cluster development scheme (CDS) in gaothans, padas and tribal areas of the city. The announcement is a relief for those who never wanted their sprawling homes to turn into 325 square feet units. "There is a standing instruction from the minister to withhold the scheme till the residents of these areas give their consent," said Sandip Malvi, public relations officer of the TMC. The decision was taken after corporators from Ovala, Kasarvadavli, Bhayanderpada, Mogharpada in Thane conveyed how the residents are opposed to cluster development. Various gaothan associations had come together to object to the decision. "Our houses are 2,000 to 2,500 square feet, we have cow stables of the same size," said Govind Bhagat, Aagri Yuvak Sanghatna (Aayus), Thane. "We do not want to give up such a big land and stay in cluster homes," he said. "CDS is nothing but a renamed BSUP scheme." BSUP is a project to provide Basic Services for Urban Poor. Another resident, Rajesh Patil from Kasarvadavli, said, "I have a 1,600 sq ft house. And they are offering 325 sq ft house under the cluster scheme. I cannot trade my house for such a small apartment," he said, adding that the scheme is to regularise illegal slums, and gaothans are not slums. The residents want TMC to survey gaothans. "Our three generations have lived in these gaothans. We want that to be included in the survey. Except for TMC taxes no other taxes should be levied on us," Bhagat said. A gaothan survey was done by TMC in 2003. But locals in Mumbra and Kalwa opposed it and the survey was incomplete.
|2018-06-07||Wife of crypto bizman says he loved costly cars - Times of India|
Wife of crypto bizman says he loved costly cars TNN | Jun 8, 2018, 03:12 IST THANE: The wife of cryptocurrency businessman Amit Lakhanpal has informed crime branch sleuths that he had a penchant for expensive cars and jewellery. She said he would visit their home at Palm Beach Road, Navi Mumbai, only once in a few months. Lakhanpal, believed to be holed up in Dubai, built a billion dollar business selling cryptocurrency to more than 25,000 investors worldwide, and is believed to have pocketed crores. “The family, including his wife, their one-and-ahalf-year-old daughter and his ageing parents reside at Palm Beach Road. She said she was unaware of his business and that he led a busy life, with long gaps between visits," inspector Nitin Thakare told TOI. Police had raided his old residence in Airoli on Wednesday, and after getting details of his personal life, reached his Navi Mumbai apartment. Police also seized three cars allegedly owned by Lakhanpal besides cash and jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh. “On verifying documents, we found the car seized turned out to be a DC Avanti, which he flaunted as a Lamborghini to lure investors. AMercedes S350 and Tata Tiago were also seized,” said the officer. Police said 10 more complainants have come forward against Lakhanpal’s Money Trade Coin (MTC) group. Though the heat is building on Lakhanpal, he is said to be engaging with investors on WhatsApp and assuring them that everything will be ‘managed’, said the officer. Police will soon commence aprocess under the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act (MPID) Act for attachment of assets and have interacted with the revenue department, which handles such cases. An application will be moved soon in the MPID court, added Thakare. Police added that the school dropout had created a make-believe world of finance and banking, where he gave away debit cards of his company to investors, promising shopping discounts. “We are probing deep into his scam and his close aide and the technical brain behind building the bitcoin network, Taha Kazi, who is in our custody, will reveal all. Lakhanpal had authored a book on the bitcoin wave, which is priced at $5,000,’’ a police officer said. Police said investors who suspected a fraud and raised their voice were threatened.
|2018-06-06||Thane Municipal Corporation Selects Two Startups From Mumbai to Attend the International Business Fest at Liverpool - Business Wire India (press release)|
Thane Municipal Corporation Selects Two Startups From Mumbai to Attend the International Business Fest at Liverpool In a competition held by the Thane Municipal Corporation, two startups – Toolyt and Culture Aangan will represent Thane at the International Business Fest in Liverpool, UK this month In a series of opportunities created for the startup ecosystem Thane, the city of possibilities, has yet again created a unique platform for startups from Maharashtra to pitch to a global network of investors in UK. Under the dynamic leadership of Shri Sanjeev Jaiswal, the Municipal Commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), invited homegrown startups to pitch for solutions that drive exponential change and bring about a transformation in the society. The competition, hosted by DCF Ventures, saw more than 200 startups from Maharashtra applying, and after a rigorous evaluation and shortlisting process, the top six finalists presented to the jury chaired by Mr. Sanjeev Jaiswal. After multiple presentations by the startups, Toolyt and Culture Aangan were announced as the winners and they won the opportunity to present to the UK Business Angel Network (UKBAN) at the International Business Festival in Liverpool, UK. Toolyt is a business automation tool that helps organizations to increase the productivity of its field force. Culture Aangan is an organization which is dedicated to bring grassroot-level changes in rural communities by creating sustainable and experiential tourism destinations. This, in turn, creates livelihoods by educating and empowering the local village women to conserve the local traditional art and culture in its most natural form. This competition aims at transforming the city by focusing on solving grassroots issues, cutting across tourism, technology, administration and infrastructure, creating new entrepreneurial and revenue opportunities. The initiative is a part of TMC’s larger vision to transform the lake city into a hub for startups and business ventures. Delighted with the overwhelming response to the initiative, Shri Sanjeev Jaiswal, Commissioner, Thane Municipal Corporation said, “Thane holds immense potential and we are working towards developing it as one of the biggest startup hubs in Maharashtra. This is part of our larger initiative to solve local infrastructural issues through innovation, with the vision of putting Thane on the global startup map. I congratulate the winning ventures and look forward to collaborating with them in our vision to transform Thane.” The proposed innovation hub in the lake city will create infrastructure to provide technical and financial support to early-stage ventures. It will rope in global best practices and mentors to create entrepreneurial and revenue opportunities to build solutions to transform Thane. About Thane Municipal Corporation The Thane Municipal Corporation was established on 1st October, 1982. Covering a population of 7,90,000 as per the 1990 Census, the population has reached to about 14,00,000 in the year 2003. The Thane Municipal Corporation has undertaken many developmental projects and schemes since 1982 for a balanced development of the city. Thane is a city of many firsts, such as the terminus of the first ever passenger railway service in India, first city in India to adopt the DigiCity platform, first city in the country to adopt a district cooling system in commercial structures, etc. Thane district is the second largest contributor to state income (13.1%) after Mumbai (22.1%) and larger than Pune (11.4%). Mr. Jaiswal was recently awarded with a prestigious award which he received from the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis. About DCF Ventures DCF Ventures works with corporates to drive innovation initiatives, leading to increased revenue, reduced costs, enhanced customer experience. Acting as an innovation bridge between Indian and global innovation ecosystems, DCF Ventures has worked with leading organizations on delivering innovation as a service through managing corporate accelerators, innovation programs, hackathons, and innovation consulting projects. Direct access to 20,000+ Indian startups and a database of over 5000 ventures globally gives DCF ventures the ability to source the right strategic innovation partner for any business across the globe.
|2018-06-06||IPL betting racket: Bollywood producer Parag Sanghvi records statement with Thane cops - Hindustan Times|
IPL betting racket: Bollywood producer Parag Sanghvi records statement with Thane cops Police sources said Sanghvi was arrested bookie Sonu Jalan’s partner and had himself also placed bets on various matches. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 06, 2018 16:21 IST Bollywood producer Parag Sanghvi recorded his statement at the Thane Anti Extortion Cell (AEC)?in connection with the IPL betting racket on Wednesday. Police sources had said that Sanghvi was arrested bookie Sonu Jalan’s partner and had himself placed bets on various matches. The police had summoned Sanghvi on Monday. Meanwhile, Jalan will be produced in court on Wednesday. Sanghvi’s recent home productions include the movies ‘Bhoot Returns’, ‘Partner’ and ‘The Attacks of 26/11’. “Sanghvi’s statement is being recorded and we are verifying his statement with Jalan’s,” confirmed Pradeep Sharma, senior police inspector, Thane AEC. Sharma said they are also examining videos from Jalan’s mobile phone shot by a friend. In the video, Jalan is shown talking on the phone with a bookie and saying that instead of six trucks full of dirhams, he would give eight trucks, buy Burj Khalifa, and name it Burj Sonufa. “Then, he says he will send 60 trucks filled with money that can be distributed across Kuwait. Basically, Jalan is using code language, which we are trying to decode. We are also verifying details seen and heard in the video,” he added. Speaking of other Bollywood celebrities involved in betting, Sharma said: “We found that Sajid Khan had also placed bets in the past, but we have not found any links to the current case.” On May 18, the Thane AEC arrested three cricket bookies from Dombivli — Gautam Savla,43, who runs a grocery shop, and Nikhil Sampat,53, who works in a private firm, both residents of Dombivli, and Nitish Punjani,28, a Thane resident who is otherwise unemployed. Following interrogation, the police arrested three more bookies, include Jalan, one of India’s top bookies, from Malad. So far, six bookies have been arrested in the IPL betting racket, and the statement of Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan, brother of superstar Salman Khan, has been recorded; he confessed to laying bets on IPL matches and losing Rs 2.8 crore.
|2018-06-06||DIG Swati Sathe files complaint against suspended Thane jail superintendent - Hindustan Times|
DIG Swati Sathe files complaint against suspended Thane jail superintendent She alleged in her complaint that Jadhav was seen in Kothrud area, where Sathe lives. PUNE Updated: Jun 06, 2018 16:46 IST Swati Sathe, deputy inspector general (prison), Maharashtra, filed a complaint against Hiralal Jadhav, suspended superintendent of Thane central jail, at Kothrud police station. She alleged in her complaint that Jadhav was seen in Kothrud area, where Sathe lives. Jadhav was suspended in September 2016 after sexual harassment allegations made by a female prison employee. A year after his suspension, the Maharashtra administrative tribunal (MAT) had recommended cancellation of his suspension. However, in December 2017, the Bombay high court put a stay on the MAT order and upheld his suspension. "She was the head of the Vishakha committee which investigated the sexual harassment charges against him," said Appasaheb Shewale, senior police inspector of Kothrud police station. However, Jadhav had opposed an inquiry into the sexual harassment charges by the committee led by DIG Sathe. The committee is now headed by Aswathi Dorje, an Indian police service (IPS) officer, who was promoted as director of Nashik police academy in May. Sathe saw him a few days ago around a kilometre away from her house in Kothrud. Jadhav is a resident of Kondhwa area of Pune, the police said. "We will call and ask him what he was doing in Kothrud at the mentioned time and will check whether he had a good reason to be there," said senior PI Shewale. In July 2017, after a female inmate of Byculla jail was found dead on the prison premises, Jadhav had filed a case against Sathe for protecting the six officials held responsible for the inmate's death. No case has been registered in response to the complaint filed by DIG Sathe.
|2018-06-06||Thane Municipal Corporation Selects Mumbai Startups To Pitch Investors at Liverpool - IndianWeb2 (press release) (blog)|
Thane Municipal Corporation Selects Mumbai Startups To Pitch Investors at Liverpool Jun 6, 2018 Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has created a unique platform for startups to pitch to a global network of investors in UK – Pitchfest 2018. Toolyt, Culture Aangan were announced as winners & will present to UKBAN at the International Business Fest in Liverpool, UK. In a series of opportunities created for the startup ecosystem Thane, the city of possibilities, has yet again created a unique platform for startups from Maharashtra to pitch to a global network of investors in UK. Under the dynamic leadership of Shri Sanjeev Jaiswal, the Municipal Commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), invited homegrown startups to pitch for solutions that drive exponential change and bring about a transformation in the society. The competition, hosted by DCF Ventures, saw more than 200 startups from Maharashtra applying, and after a rigorous evaluation and shortlisting process, the top six finalists presented to the jury chaired by Mr. Sanjeev Jaiswal. After multiple presentations by the startups, Toolyt and Culture Aangan were announced as the winners and they won the opportunity to present to the UK Business Angel Network (UKBAN) at the International Business Festival in Liverpool, UK. Toolyt is a business automation tool that helps organizations to increase the productivity of its field force. Culture Aangan is an organization which is dedicated to bring grassroot-level changes in rural communities by creating sustainable and experiential tourism destinations. This, in turn, creates livelihoods by educating and empowering the local village women to conserve the local traditional art and culture in its most natural form. This competition aims at transforming the city by focusing on solving grassroots issues, cutting across tourism, technology, administration and infrastructure, creating new entrepreneurial and revenue opportunities. The initiative is a part of TMC’s larger vision to transform the lake city into a hub for startups and business ventures. Delighted with the overwhelming response to the initiative, Shri Sanjeev Jaiswal, Commissioner, Thane Municipal Corporation said, “Thane holds immense potential and we are working towards developing it as one of the biggest startup hubs in Maharashtra. This is part of our larger initiative to solve local infrastructural issues through innovation, with the vision of putting Thane on the global startup map. I congratulate the winning ventures and look forward to collaborating with them in our vision to transform Thane.” The proposed innovation hub in the lake city will create infrastructure to provide technical and financial support to early-stage ventures. It will rope in global best practices and mentors to create entrepreneurial and revenue opportunities to build solutions to transform Thane.
|2018-06-06||South Aiken's Thane Tiffany is boys tennis player of the year - The Augusta Chronicle|
|2018-06-06||Treasure in the trash: Thane eyes better Swachh rank, offers gold coins for dumping waste in bins - Times of India|
Treasure in the trash: Thane eyes better Swachh rank, offers gold coins for dumping waste in bins Updated: Jun 7, 2018, 05:31 IST THANE: The municipal corporation in Thane plans to lure residents with freebies, including gold coins, for using its newly installed hi-tech roadside garbage bins. While the aim is to incentivize the use of trash bins, activists have raised questions over sustenance of this initiative. Under the latest initiative by Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, Thane residents dumping trash in the 200 hi-tech bins, called Techbins, will get freebies—from discount coupons to mobile phones and a chance to win gold coins in a lucky draw. The idea is apparently to promote the use of dustbins and keep the city clean. Thane had ranked low on the countrywide Swachh Survekshan Survey slipping from 17th rank in 2016 to 116 last year. civ A pilot project was inaugurated by Jaiswal at Pokhran 1 on Wednesday; 30 Techbins will be installed in the first phase by June-end after which the project will kick off. A Bhandup-based agency, Asian Gallant, has been hired to maintain and operate the system for 10 years. The agency will also tie up with various companies, including local traders, for the freebies. “Each Techbin will have a capacity to accommodate 190 cubic metres of wet and dry waste. These will be located at prime spots across Thane. The agency has been asked to deploy staff to ensure regular clearance of waste from the bins. In return, it will get advertising rights near the bins,” said Manisha Pradhan, head of the municipal pollution control cell. To avail the freebies, residents will have to download the app designed by the contractor and key in the unique code that will be generated after a single use of the bin and send it to a dedicated number. The data will be recorded with the company and the user will be rewarded with daily freebies like discount coupons or codes. A grand draw to win a one-gram gold coin will be conducted once every month, said Abhijit Devkar, founder of Asian Gallant. Activists, however, doubt the initiative will sustain, considering the volume of trash generated in Thane and misuse of the system. “The initiative is laudable, but the lure of freebies may attract residents from other cities to use the bins here adding to the volume of trash here,” said an activist. “The authorities should ensure the facility is used only by locals.”
|2018-06-06||Thane techie held in ?500 crore cryptocurrency scam - Hindustan Times|
Thane techie held in 500 crore cryptocurrency scam Cops say the main accused is in Dubai; policeman may be involved MUMBAI Updated: Jun 06, 2018 11:39 IST A day after the Thane police busted the cryptocurrency racket, a 26-year-old employee of the Ghodbunder Road company was arrested. Taha Kazi, a resident of Mumbra, was the technical head and director of the Flintstone Group, an alleged real estate company. He had created the software application for the company. The police said that more than 25,000 investors were cheated of more than ?500 crore. “Three accused in the cryptocurrency racket are still at large. In 2017, the accused introduced 10.5 crore coins but the demand went up to 12 crore,” said Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh. The mastermind, Amit Lakhanpal, is hiding in Dubai, said the police. The police said Lakhanpal has studied till Class 8 but showed fake doctorate certificates. Many well-known magazines have featured Lakhanpal. It was also found that an assistant police inspector from Thane police is also involved in the racket. On Monday, the police raided two offices — one at Thane and another at Vikhroli — and busted the racket. Singh said, “Many had invested in crores but none of them got any returns. A Delhi-based businessman Pravin Agrawal, 40, lodged a complaint with the police. He had invested ?1.7 crore on the maturity date, his account used to have technical problems. He could only see that rates of the coins had increased by 5,000 times. We raided the offices after the complaint was lodged.” The police had detained two people but after verifying their role, Kazi was arrested. Flintstone Group’s cryptocurrency was called Money Trade Coin (MTC). Lakhanpal’s aides cheated people promising 20 times return in six months. After the maturity date, they kept giving excuses to the investors. “We also found a certificate of a fixed deposit of a private bank which shows balance of ?2,500 crore and a standby amount certificate of ?1,750 crore. This was to gain the trust of investors,” said Singh. The investors were promised flats and citizenship in African and Caribbean countries. They were given a swipe card to purchase online products. “Last month, Kazi lodged a complaint with the Chithalsar police station, saying that their agent has cheated them of the invested money. This was done to mislead the investors,” said Singh. The police said they would send a team to Dubai to arrest Lakhanpal. The cryptocurrency was launched at a price of $3 (USD) and Lakhanpal told investors that it would increase to $2,500.
|2018-06-05||Thane: Rs 500 Crore Cryptocurrency Scam Busted In Maharashtra's ... - NDTV|
Rs. 500 Crore Cryptocurrency Scam Busted In Thane, Over 25,000 Cheated The accused allegedly posed as representatives of the Union Finance Ministry and had also prepared fake identity cards to cheat people, according to police officials. Updated: June 05, 2018 17:02 IST THANE: The Thane Police has busted an online cryptocurrency racket, which had allegedly collected an estimated Rs. 500 crore from people with the promise of good returns, and has arrested one person, an official said today. Some people had floated a company about a year back and launched their own cyrptocurrency called the 'Money Trade Coin (MTC)', through which they promised high returns and lured people to invest about Rs. 500 crore into its schemes, the police official said. However, the company allegedly failed to pay the promised sum to the investors. The accused allegedly posed as representatives of the Union Finance Ministry and had also prepared fake identity cards to cheat people, Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said at a press conference in Thane. Around 25,000 people fell prey to the accused and invested money in the company, he said. Based on a complaint by a New Delhi-based businessman, the police raided the company's premises on Ghodbunder Road in Thane and in suburban Vikhroli in adjoining Mumbai on Monday and subsequently arrested a person, identified as Taha Kazi, from Mumbra town. Mr Singh said the police seized 53 laptops, rubber stamps and fabricated documents during the raids. Kazi, who was allegedly providing technical support to the company, was later arrested, another police official said. The police is trying to ascertain the exact modus operandi of the company's owners and how they used to run the racket. A search is on for five others for their alleged involved in the racket, the police said. A case has been registered against the accused under various Indian Penal Code sections for cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and relevant provisions of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act, the Chit Funds Act and the Information Technology Act. Across the world, there have been heightened concerns over cryptocurrencies, also known as 'virtual currencies', such as Bitcoins. This is because they are not regulated by any governments/central banks, leading to a fear of possible money laundering too. The RBI had earlier come out with warnings to discourage the public from investing in virtual currencies. The RBI has also asked banks not to extend banking facilities for sale or purchase of such currencies.
|2018-06-05||HC raps Thane cops over probe in allegations against civic commissioner - Business Standard|
HC raps Thane cops over probe in allegations against civic commissioner Last Updated at June 5, 2018 17:16 IST The Bombay High Court today expressed displeasure over the Thane Police's handling of inquiry into allegations that the district civic commissioner threatened an activist for filing a PIL over shoddy road concretisation work there. The court directed the Thane police commissioner to either transfer the probe to a senior official or it will consider appointing a judicial officer to carry out inquiry. The activist, Pradeep Patil, had last year filed a public interest litigation (PIL) raising the issue of shoddy road concretisation work in the neighbouring Thane district. Patil had in January this year filed an affidavit in his petition, alleging that on December 19 last year he received a call from Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal summoning him to his residence for a meeting. When Patil went to Jaiswal's residence, he was threatened, the activist alleged in the affidavit. Thane Municipal Corporation's counsel Ram Apte had refuted the allegations and said Jaiswal never met Patil. A division bench of justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla had then directed the police to carry out an inquiry and take into account the CCTV footage and call data records (CDR) of the petitioner. The police initially said it had completed its inquiry and found the allegations to be false. But today, the police informed the court that the inquiry was still on and that they were looking into Patil's CDR details. "First the investigating officer gives a clean chit, then today he says CDR is being looked into. Why has this sudden wisdom dawned upon the officer?" Justice Oka said. The court directed the Thane police commissioner to look into issue and inform the court if he was willing to transfer the enquiry to a senior police official. "We do not trust this police officer anymore. Ask the commissioner if he is willing to transfer the case to a senior official. If not, then we will consider appointing a judicial officer to carry out inquiry," Justice Oka said to the assistant government pleader. The court has posted the matter for further hearing on June 8.
|2018-06-05||Thane: Cops bust cryptocurrency racket, one arrested | Business ... - Business Standard|
Thane: Cops bust cryptocurrency racket, one arrested Last Updated at June 5, 2018 17:25 IST The police has busted a cryptocurrency racket and arrested one, here on Tuesday. The arrested person has been identified as Hafiz Kazi. While conducting a raid at the official premises of the accused, the police seized 56 laptops, cell phones and fake documents, along with crypto-coins. Search for the main accused and others involved in the racket is still on. On a related note, businessman and actor Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra was summoned today by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Bitcoin scam.
|2018-06-05||Thane cops bust Rs 500-crore cryptocurrency racket; 1 held - HERE. NOW|
Thane cops bust Rs 500-crore cryptocurrency racket; 1 held Updated: June 5, 2018 Thane (Maha): The Thane Police have busted an online cryptocurrency racket, which had allegedly collected an estimated Rs 500 crore from people with promise of good returns, and has arrested one person, an official said Tuesday. Some people had floated a company about a year back and launched their own cyrptocurrency called the ‘Money Trade Coin (MTC)’, through which they promised high returns and lured people to invest about Rs 500 crore into its schemes, the police official said. However, the company allegedly failed to pay the promised sum to the investors.The accused allegedly posed as representatives of the Union Finance Ministry and had also prepared fake identity cards to cheat people, Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said at a press conference here. Around 25,000 people fell prey to the accused and invested money in the company, he said. Based on a complaint by a New Delhi-based businessman, the police raided the company’s premises on the Ghodbunder Road in Thane and in suburban Vikhroli in the adjoining Mumbai Monday and subsequently nabbed a person, identified as Taha Kazi, from Mumbra town. Singh said the police seized 53 laptops, rubber stamps and fabricated documents during the raids, Singh said. Kazi, who was allegedly providing technical support to the company, was later arrested, another police official said. The police are trying to ascertain the exact modus operandi of the company’s owners and how they used to run the racket. A search is on for five others for their alleged involved in the racket, the police said. A case has been registered against the accused under various Indian Penal Code sections for cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and relevant provisions of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act, the Chit Funds Act and the Information Technology Act. Across the world, there have been heightened concerns over cryptocurrencies, also known as ‘virtual currencies’, such as Bitcoins as they are not regulated by any governments/central banks, leading to a fear of possible money laundering too. The RBI had earlier come out with warnings to discourage the public from investing in virtual currencies. The RBI has also asked banks not to extend banking facilities for sale or purchase of such currencies. ED grills Raj Kundra Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate Tuesday questioned Raj Kundra, husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, in connection with a money laundering probe related to a bitcoin transactions case, officials said. The businessman was summoned at the ED office here and was asked questions about his involvement in the trade, termed as illegal by the government, they said. There are some instances of the case that are linked to Kundra and hence, he has been asked to record his statement, the officials said without elaborating. The ED, sometime back, had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against bitcoin-based investment website GainBitcoin, its founder Amit Bhardwaj and eight others. It is alleged that nearly 8,000 investors lost around Rs 2,000 crore funds by transacting in this scheme. The ED had filed its case based on an FIR of the Maharashtra Police in this case and the Pune Police arrested Bhardwaj and his brother Vivek from Delhi earlier. Bhardwaj reportedly was behind ventures like GainBitcoin, GBMiners, MCAP and GB21, and the investors were allegedly duped after transactions on these portals.
|2018-06-05||Mother who strangled baby, threw body into Thane creek surrenders ... - Hindustan Times|
Mother who strangled baby, threw body into Thane creek surrenders after 15 days Thane woman confesses to strangling the infant because it was handicapped. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 05, 2018 12:20 IST The mother of a nine-month-old infant girl has surrendered to the police 15 days after throwing her baby into the Thane. The woman allegedly realised her mistake and went to the police station on Monday to confess her wrongdoing. She requested the police team to carry out a search operation at the creek but officials were unable to trace the body of infant. The mother, identified as Yashodha Kiran Cheda, 30, from Lokmanya Nagar, reportedly killed her baby because she was physically challenged. She allegedly committed the act on May 18, but recognised her wrongdoing and later disclosed her crime to the Thane Nagar police. “She revealed her act saying that her family is not economically strong enough to take care of the physically challenged child, hence she took the drastic step,” said senior police inspector MV Dharmadhikari. “On May 18, Cheda strangled her baby and then took the body to Kalwa creek where she threw it into the water. After a few days, when her family members interrogated her about the child, she claimed that she has left the infant at her mother’s home for few days. As days passed, her in-laws grew suspicious and forced her to bring back the child. This was when she revealed the truth and surrendered herself to the police,” Dharmadhikari said. The official said that while search operations were carried out at the Kalwa creek, they were unable to find the baby’s body. The case has been registered against Cheda, under the section 102 and 201 of Indian Panel Code. The mother has been taken into police custody and will be produced before the court today.
|2018-06-05||Bookie Sonu Jalan Names Director Sajid Khan in IPL Betting Case - India.com News|
Bookie Sonu Jalan Names Director Sajid Khan in IPL Betting Case Updated: June 5, 2018 7:06 PM IST Mumbai, Jun 5: Prominent bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Batla, who was arrested on April 31 in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting racket, has named Bollywood director Sajid Khan, Thane Police Crime Branch sources told news agency ANI on Tuesday. Sonu Jalan said Sajid Khan used to place bets on cricket matches seven years ago. Thane police are investigating into Sonu’s claims but have not decided to summon Sajid for joining the investigation yet. Sajid is a brother of leading choreographer Farah Khan. No clarification was issued from the director till the filing of this copy. Bollywood star Arbaaz Khan’s name has also cropped up in the investigation. Arbaaz, brother of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, confessed to placing bets last year and losing Rs. 2.75 crore. Arbaaz, 50, said he will continue to co-operate with the police in this investigation. The actor was called for questioning on May 29 by the Anti Extortion Cell, Thane. The Anti-Extortion Cell on Monday issued summons to more people including film producer Parag Sanghvi and another person Sameer Buddha. According to Police Inspector Rajkumar Kothmire, the entire IPL scam involves some of the biggest bookies operating from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and New Delhi. Sonu Jalan was first nabbed around 10 years ago when the IPL betting scam had erupted and later investigations proved he was in touch with several world personalities, including Arbaaz.
|2018-06-05||Thane police bust cryptocurrency racket - The Indian Express|
Thane police bust cryptocurrency racket According to police, the 2,500 people had invested and subsequently lost Rs 500 crore after investing in the cryptocurrency that had been launched by Lakhanpal at a well-known hotel in Dubai in September last year at an ‘Initial Coin Offering (ICO)’. Published: June 6, 2018 3:38:47 am THE THANE police on Monday busted a cryptocurrency racket allegedly run by Amit Lakhanpal who is believed to be in Dubai along with four others, who cheated nearly 2,500 people over the past 10 months. According to police, the 2,500 people had invested and subsequently lost Rs 500 crore after investing in the cryptocurrency that had been launched by Lakhanpal at a well-known hotel in Dubai in September last year at an ‘Initial Coin Offering (ICO)’. The police have so far arrested only one person who provided technical help to the operation. The name of an assistant police inspector linked to the Thane police is also being probed on suspicion that he is linked to the case. Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh said, “Amit Lakhanpal had launched a redeemable cryptocurrency called ‘Money Trade Coin (MTC) at a Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on the lines of Initial Public Offering (IPO) in September 2017 at Dubai where it started with a value of three dollars. He had then raised the value of one MTC to 6000 dollars. Nearly 2500 people had made investments in MTC worth nearly 500 crores. However, people could not sell the cryptocurrency or make any withdrawals after they purchased it. The use of cryptocurrency is not allowed. Here, they cheated people by taking money in the guise of investing it in cyrptocurrency and not returning the money.” A team from unit 1 of the Thane crime branch conducted raids on the two offices of the Flintstone group located at Ghodbunder road and Vikhroli. From there the police arrested one Hafiz Kazi (26), a Mumbra resident, who was the technical brain behind the operation. He had developed the software through which the blockchain operated. Lakhanpal came to know that complainants had approached us and fled to Dubai before we could get to him. Apart from Lakhanpal, we are also on the lookout for three others including one Sachin Shellar, who served in the accounts department, Singh said. Singh said Lakhanpal had created a good profile for himself so that people could trust him. Though he had studied till class 8, he had a fake degree to show that he had done a degree in business administration from Auckland university. He had also launched a magazine that carryied ‘inspirational quotes’ and photographs with several celebrities including international cricketers, politicians and bollywood stars. Lakhanpal had a profile in the Middle East edition of a reputed international magazine. He has also written a book on cryptocurrency and had forged fixed deposit receipt of Rs 250 crores that he showed investors. “As a result of these things, people trusted him and invested in the cryptocurrency launched by him. He was also in the process of launching a debit card where the cryptocurrency could be used to make purchases on e-commerce sites,” the police commissioner said. Deputy commissioner of police Abhishek Trimukhe said there was an FIR registered against Lakhanpal in Rajasthan as well. Singh said they have found some links of an assistant police inspector of Thane police with the scamsters and are investigating it.
|2018-06-05||Thaneites strive towards making the Thane a greener place - Times of India|
Thaneites strive towards making the Thane a greener place Jun 6, 2018, 02:23 IST THANE: Even as the pre-monsoon showers since the last two days had uprooted many fully-grown trees across the lake city, dozens of Thaneites spent Tuesday morning making up for this loss by plainting more trees. On the occasion of world environment day, which was observed on Thursday, many organisations took up tree plantations drives or created butterfly gardens in their areas. Citizens spent most of their Tuesday morning in increasing the city’s green cover. Sashikumar Nair, secretary of an NGO, who along with seven other members celebrated the day by planting saplings in the Happy Valley area, said, “Over the past few weeks we have been taking care of the trees planted by the TMC in our area. However, a few of them got damaged due to some construction work and debris dumping,” “On Tuesday, we not only planted five new neem tree saplings, but also built protection walls around them,” Nair said. Even though schools are yet to start, many schools— including St. Xaviers and DAV— observed the day by organising tree plantation drives for their teachers and staff. “Our school is very close to Tulsidham ground and many of our students spend time in that area. We found that a senior citizens group were organising a plantation drive at that ground. So, we encouraged our teachers to take part in the initiative. They planted around 20 trees which will make the place a much greener one for our students,” said Simmi Juneja, principal of DAV school in Thane. Some other schools went one step further and even created butterfly gardens for students. “Children today have forgotten the importance of nature, even though it teaches us so much. While our academic year is yet to begin, we decided to create a butterfly garden where our students will practically learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly, the plants they live and feed on and the concept of life and evolution,” said Preeti Rane, principal of Kolshet based Aatman Academy. “We called in an expert who told our group of 12 academicians about the basics of creating and nurturing the garden. We spent the morning by planting host plants like lemon, curry leaves and bael leaves. The plants will be nurtured and monitored by teachers and students henceforth,” Rane said. Over the past few weeks we have been taking care of the trees planted by the TMC in our area. However, a few of them got damaged due to some construction work and debris dumping. On Tuesday, we not only planted five new neem tree saplings, but also built protection walls around them.
|2018-06-05||Bombay High Court raps Thane cops over probe in allegations against civic commissioner - Free Press Journal|
Bombay High Court raps Thane cops over probe in allegations against civic commissioner Jun 05, 2018 07:05 pm Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today expressed displeasure over the Thane Police’s handling of inquiry into allegations that the district civic commissioner threatened an activist for filing a PIL over shoddy road concretisation work there. The court directed the Thane police commissioner to either transfer the probe to a senior official or it will consider appointing a judicial officer to carry out inquiry. The activist, Pradeep Patil, had last year filed a public interest litigation (PIL) raising the issue of shoddy road concretisation work in the neighbouring Thane district. Patil had in January this year filed an affidavit in his petition, alleging that on December 19 last year he received a call from Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal summoning him to his residence for a meeting. When Patil went to Jaiswal’s residence, he was threatened, the activist alleged in the affidavit. Thane Municipal Corporation’s counsel Ram Apte had refuted the allegations and said Jaiswal never met Patil. A division bench of justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla had then directed the police to carry out an inquiry and take into account the CCTV footage and call data records (CDR) of the petitioner. The police initially said it had completed its inquiry and found the allegations to be false. But today, the police informed the court that the inquiry was still on and that they were looking into Patil’s CDR details. “First the investigating officer gives a clean chit, then today he says CDR is being looked into. Why has this sudden wisdom dawned upon the officer?” Justice Oka said. The court directed the Thane police commissioner to look into issue and inform the court if he was willing to transfer the enquiry to a senior police official. “We do not trust this police officer anymore. Ask the commissioner if he is willing to transfer the case to a senior official. If not, then we will consider appointing a judicial officer to carry out inquiry,” Justice Oka said to the assistant government pleader. The court has posted the matter for further hearing on June 8.
|2018-06-05||Thane CP asked to probe RTI activist's allegations - The Asian Age|
Thane CP asked to probe RTI activist’s allegations Published : Jun 6, 2018, 2:18 am IST, Updated : Jun 6, 2018, 2:17 am IST Patil claimed that potholes appeared on roads owing to sub-standard work and this affected vehicular traffic. Mumbai: The Bombay high court has asked the Thane police commissioner to personally look into the incident where Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal allegedly threatened RTI activist, Pradeep Patil, for filing a petition against construction of sub-standard roads in Thane in the high court. On Tuesday, the Thane police submitted an application for further investigation into Mr Patil’s allegations. The court was irked and questioned how come when the investigation officer earlier gave a clean chit to Mr Jaiswal, the police now wanted to further the probe. The court said that it had lost faith in the investigation officer and asked the Thane police commissioner to personally look into the investigation and take appropriate decision. A division bench comprising Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Riyaz Chagla was hearing the petition filed by Mr Patil where he alleged a scam in road concretisation under the jurisdiction of the Thane municipal corporation. Mr Patil claimed that potholes appeared on roads owing to sub-standard work and this affected vehicular traffic. The activist further alleged that in the case of 21 roads, the works had not been carried out as per prescribed rules of the corporation. Mr Patil claimed that despite making several representations before concerned authorities, no one had taken cognisance. Mr Patil earlier informed the court that Mr Jaiswal had called and threatened him for filing the petition. He claimed that he registered a FIR against Mr Jaiswal but the police and the civic administration maintained that he never visited the municipal commissioner’s bungalow.
|2018-06-04||India Today impact: Thane police registers case against crypto scam mastermind - India Today|
India Today impact: Thane police registers case against crypto scam mastermind June 4, 2018, UPDATED 21:34 IST Following a detailed investigation carried out by India Today TV and Aajtak regarding scams run in the name cryptocurrency in story 'Operation Bitcoin', the Thane police on Monday registered a case against the scam's mastermind. In February this year, a special investigation story uncovered the scam worth crores of rupees duping investors across the country in the name of cryptocurrency investments. Money Trade Coin (MTC) was one such cryptocurrency used to lure investors promising ten to twenty times returns in just four to six months. India Today reporters posing as investors had approached the office of Flintstone Group in Thane and met office bearers of the company. Hearing that we were ready to make investments worth crores of rupees, the office bearers, and Digamber Jangle, who posed as the senior official of MTC, even went on to say that he would help provide an escrow account as well as citizenship of a Caribbean country if we invested in MTC. READ | Bitcoin not a legal tender, but your gains from the cryptocurrency are taxable Jangle also went on to say that they were directly in touch with governments of Antigua and Barbuda island and very soon their coin would be used as a legal tender in some of the countries located there. This was just a ploy to deceive and cheat investors by luring them with lavish life and huge returns but in reality, the modus operandi was just to dupe investors and escape with the money. Now Thane police have registered a case against the owner of the Flintstone Group. Owner of the Flintstone Group Amit Lakhanpal and his associates had launched the cryptocurrency named Money Trade Coin (MTC). Investments worth of crores were made by investors and estimated amount presently is said to be around 300 crore. ALSO READ | Cryptocurrency addicts seek treatment at Scottish clinic Lakhanpal and his associates fled the country. Some police officials are also involved in the scam and India Today in a special investigation had brought to light the scam that took place in a workplace that is presently being raided by the Thane Police. Jangle, who was caught on camera by India Today, is apparently a police officer and is also suspected to be one of the masterminds of the racket. "We have registered a case against Jangle and his associates, and as of now, we are conducting raids at his offices in Thane and Mumbai to get hold of records and documents related to the fraud," said Police Inspector Nitin Thakre from Thane Crime Branch Unit 1. The case has been registered under several sections of IPC, MPID (Maharashtra Protection of Investors and Depositors) act and chit fund act.
|2018-06-04||TMC gets over 1000 responses to its cluster redevelopment project - Times of India|
TMC gets over 1,000 responses to its cluster redevelopment projec Jun 4, 2018, 23:58 IST THANE: Over 10,000 objections and suggestions related to the cluster redevelopment project were reportedly presented at various offices of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) till Monday evening, which was the last date of sending responses before the administration finalised the project. Serpentine queues were seen outside a few ward offices in the city where residents thronged to submit their opinions since the last several days. Officials said that though the date for accepting the objections ended on Monday, they are likely to accept some inputs over the next two days before they start compiling it by next week. The administration said it will classify the suggestions and objections received as per the urban renewal plans and then hold a collective briefing with the contributors. Activists and community members from the Agri and Koli communities said several thousands of families have been sending their opinions since the time the TMC issued the notification. “We have received thousands of response from residents over the cluster redevelopment project. We will now scrutinize each of these suggestions and objections and respond accordingly,” said a senior official from the town planning department. The official, however, refused to confirm the number of responses received claiming that the accurate number would be made available only by the weekend. Meanwhile, the opposition to the project by select communities from the city, including Kalwa and Thane, continued as residents claimed they feared they would be given a raw deal. “We are skeptical of the project as there is no clarity on how it will be executed. There has been no proper information given to us either,” said a representative from the Agri-Koli community.
|2018-06-04||Maharashtra weather LIVE: Thunderstorm, heavy rain lash Mumbai, Thane - The Indian Express|
Maharashtra weather HIGHLIGHTS: Thunderstorm, heavy rain lash Mumbai, Than Maharashtra weather: In Nashik, five people were killed in two separate rain-related incidents over the weekend. Updated: June 5, 2018 3:21:04 am Thunderstorm and heavy rain lashed several parts of Maharashtra, particularly Mumbai and Thane, on Monday evening. The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of more rain over the Western coast, especially in the capital, later this week. In Nashik, five people were killed in two separate rain-related incidents over the weekend. A woman and her three minor daughters were killed when a tree fell on them in Dhule district, while a man died when lightning struck him in Nashik district yesterday. Heavy pre-monsoon rains lashed parts of Nashik district on Saturday and Sunday, causing damage to several houses and crops.
|2018-06-04||Civic exhibition on eco-friendly alternatives to plastic ends today - Times of India|
Civic exhibition on eco-friendly alternatives to plastic ends today Jun 4, 2018, 23:56 IST THANE: Different alternatives that can be used instead of plastic are being showcased at the four-day exhibition by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) at the Gaondevi ground. The exhibition that started on Saturday and will end on Tuesday has been showing different types of cloth and paper bags, plates, bowls and spoons made of betel nuts and sugarcane baggase to make citizens aware about the alternatives that can be used. Parag Bhide, a Pune-based vendor of environment-friendly products, who has set up a stall at Gaodevi ground, said, “We are selling cutlery made of sugarcane bagasse. In the past two days, we sold more than 3,500 products. People are asking about the alternatives that can be used on a daily basis. Such microwaveable products are very convenient to use even in case of any function or social gathering. After the plastic ban, our business has boomed and people are coming forward with suggestions. It is a good initiative that the civic body is taking which not only creates awareness, but also generates a community of likeminded environmentally conscious citizens.” The exhibition, which advocates the ban on plastic and thermocol material, also showcases the importance of composting and segregation of waste. Speaking about the initiative, Manisha Pradhan, head of the pollution control department at TMC, said, “Ever since the ban has been implemented, people were left with lots of queries as to what to use instead of plastic. We thought we should give a platform to people, who are coming up with innovative ventures. Apart from this, we also have stalls exhibiting different techniques of composting and waste segregation bins made from cardboard and other organic, 100 per cent biodegradable products. The World Environment Day to be observed on Tuesday will also give a push to the initiative.”
|2018-06-04||CDR scam: Thane cops say Nawazuddin Siddiqui's brother asked for Call Data Records of actor's wife - Hindustan Times|
CDR scam: Thane cops say Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s brother asked for Call Data Records of actor’s wife Shamas Siddiqui questioned for about 9 hours on Monday Updated: Jun 05, 2018 01:01 IST Thane crime branch on Monday recorded the statement of Shamas Siddiqui, brother of Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, in connection with the Call?Data Records (CDR) scam and said Shamas had asked for the CDR of Nawazuddin’s wife from advocate Rizwan Siddhiqui. Shamas, who reached Thane crime branch around 11.30am, was questioned for about 9 hours. He has been asked to come on Tuesday too, for questioning. Nitin Thakare, senior police inspector from Thane crime branch, said , “We are questioning and have recorded his statement. We found that Shamas had asked Rizwan for Nawazuddin’s wife’s CDR. We are verifying the statements. After that, we will take legal action”. Thane crime branch last month recorded the statements of Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff’s wife, Ayesha Shroff and actor Udita Goswami in the CDR scam. Investigation into the scam has thrown up the names of several celebrities and politicians. A police officer from Thane crime branch said, “Shamas has shared a few names with us and we are investigating more to get details about their involvement”. The case came to light in January when Thane crime branch unit 1 arrested four private detectives for illegally selling CDRs. These included Makesh Pandiyan, 42, Prashant Palekar, 49, Jigar Makawana, 35, and Samresh Jha, 32. They used to allegedly sell the data for anywhere between ?25,000 and ?50,000. A total of 16 people have been arrested in the CDR scam, including well-known detective Rajani Pandit and lawyer Rizwan Siddhiqui, who were later released on bail. Thane crime branch filed charge sheet in the scam in March.
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|2018-06-03||Thane woman kills her daughter, later commits suicide - Afternoon Voice|
Thane woman kills her daughter, later commits suicide June 3, 2018 in City News, Thane Apparently fed up with marital discord, a 25-year-old housewife allegedly killed her child and later committed suicide, police said on June 3. The woman, Shobha Kolhe, and her husband had frequent quarrels over various domestic issues. He also doubted his wife’s character, they said. Apparently fed up with all this, Kolhe strangled to death her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter on Friday and then hanged herself in her house in Manda area, the police said.
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|2018-06-03||DNA Rain Check: Thane locals rue surface cleanup - Daily News & Analysis|
DNA Rain Check: Thane locals rue surface cleanup Updated: Jun 3, 2018, 06:00 AM IST The residents of Chikhalwadi and Indiranagar slums in Thane are only partially satisfied as the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has carried out nullah cleaning in their areas, but many think it is a half-hearted, superficial job, and have prepared themselves to be submerged if it rains heavily. After DNA did a rain audit of areas in Thane which get flooded/waterlogged during heavy rains every monsoon, the TMC undertook cleaning of the nullahs of Chikhalwadi in Naupada, Thane West. But the residents have criticised the "half-hearted effort". They said being submerged in rainwater or waiting the showers out on the roads would be their options this monsoon. "TMC people did come here and cleaned the nullahs. They also built a chamber near Dnyansadhana College, on the opposite side of the road where our nullah joins a bigger one," said Jayprakash Yadav, a resident of Chikhalwadi. "But as the bigger nullah is not cleaned properly, the risk of being submerged remains," he said. The nullah runs perpendicular to the nullah near the college and requires more efforts. "They did some jetting on Friday to clean the muck which jams the perpendicular pipe joining the two nullahs. But that is not enough," said Ratnesh Mishra, another resident. "When it would rain heavily the water from the bigger nullah will enter ours and thus submerge the area. I think this monsoon cleaning will prove to be of absolutely no use," said Yadav. The residents of Indiranagar are, however, happy that DNA's report helped them to get the nullahs cleaned. "They have cleaned the nullah in the past three days but are using labourers instead of JCB and lots more needs to be done," said activist Meghraj Pandey from Valmikipada, Indiranagar. "With monsoon at our doorstep it looks like the cleaning work will not be complete and our area would still get flooded," he added. Corporator Pratibha Madhvi from ward no. 21, Naupada, said that she has written to the TMC asking the authority to clean the nullah properly but to no avail. "They should clean the nullahs 10-15 feet deep but the contractor has done a surface cleaning job. If anything happens to the residents here, it would be the TMC's responsibility," she said.
|2018-06-03||Ex-cop from Mumbai to be quizzed on bookie links - Times of India|
Ex-cop from Mumbai to be quizzed on bookie links Jun 4, 2018, 04:20 IST THANE: The Thane police are to summon a former Mumbai cop in connection with the IPL betting racket. A source said that during the interrogation of notorious bookie Sonu Jalan, who was arrested last Tuesday, it emerged that he was using a car registered under the name of the brother of a Mumbai cop who retired as an assistant police inspector. "We will summon the retired cop and his brother, probably on Monday, and question them on their links with Jalan," said a Thane police officer. Meanwhile, a businessman has registered a case of extortion against Jalan and one of his aides for seeking Rs 3 crore and for wresting the power of attorney on one of the complainant's flats. A police officer told TOI the businessman, who trades in spices, runs his business out of Thane and lives in Borivli. According to the businessman's complaint, Jalan, known to him for years, called him on his phone in January and threatened him at the behest of gangster Ravi Pujari and asked for Rs 3 crore. The businessman refused. After a few days, Jalan and an aide visited him at his shop. Pujari called one of them from an international number and made the person hand over his phone to the businessman. "Pujari repeated the extortion demand and Jalan flashed a revolver," said a police officer based on the businessman's complaint. "The businessman paid Rs 25 lakh, but gathered courage and complained to us after Jalan's arrest."
|2018-06-03||Thane: Gladys Alwares road dug up again, TMC promises to fix before rains - Times of India|
Thane: Gladys Alwares road dug up again, TMC promises to fix before rains Updated: Jun 3, 2018, 23:53 IST THANE: Residents of plush housing enclaves located along the Gladys Alwares road fear inconvenience during the oncoming monsoon as the municipal authorities have allowed MSEDCL to undertake some repair works at various points’ right at the onset of the rains. Several residents including seniors using the road have been repeatedly objecting to the frequent digging work undertaken by agencies including the MSEDCL on the smooth stretch since the last few months. The latest work that has been undertaken is at the Neelkanth and Happy Valley junction that has converted the three lane stretch into a rough patch that could easily invite mishaps during the rains. The MSEDCL officials working at the spot have also started digging up at few other spots on the road which has drawn the ire of local residents. “The road digging work has resumed in the last two days. The workers are randomly digging at several spots on the road and haphazardly filling it with soil and stones leaving a rough patch behind which can prove dangerous for motorists. They seem to be trying to locate a fault but are unable to. How can the municipal administration be so callous and allow such works at the last minute,” questioned Shashi Kumar Nair, a local resident and activist. Incidentally, the 2.7km long Gladys Alwares road connecting Pokhran 2 and Manpada was the first planned street constructed by the TMC a few years back. The administration had spent s 40 cr in 2011-13 to upgrade this road from two to six lanes with adequate trenches at the sides for utility lines that would avoid digging up of the roads. While all other lines were shifted, only the MSEDCL power cables were left to be relocated which has resulted in the road stretch being dug up several times over the years for undertaking periodic repair or overhaul works. “It is sad to see the road being dug up so many times throughout the year. Why didn’t the authorities ask the agencies to relocate their lines to the side when constructing this road? This frequent digging up causes lot of inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians alike. The MSEDCL should have undertaken works much ahead of the rains. The officials must restore the road to its original position before heavy rains start,” said S Chikhalkar, a resident of Happy Valley. When questioned, the local ward officials of the TMC admitted to have allowed the digging work to the MSEDCL as the power company had to undertake some urgent repairs. “We had to allow the road digging work due to the urgency of the situation. We will ensure all works are completed by June 5,” said a senior TMC official from the public works department.
|2018-06-03||Two siblings fall in Kalwa trench, die - Times of India|
Two siblings fall in Kalwa trench, die Updated: Jun 4, 2018, 04:42 IST THANE: In a freak accident, two siblings from Kalwa died after they accidentally slipped and fell into a trench in Manisha Nagar on Saturday evening. Police said the brother-sister duo of Nandini Gupta (8) and Anand (6) had been playing outside their house where a drainage line was being laid. Locals said they started screaming for help when they lost their balance and fell inside the six-foot-deep trench. When workers realized what had happened, they alerted the authorities. Fire brigade and regional disaster management cell officials along with police pulled out the kids and got them admitted to a local hospital but they were declared dead on arrival. Kalwa police senior inspector Shekhar Bagde said, "There was water in the area and the kids were busy playing. They didn't realize when they reached the edge and fell in. Their physically-challenged parents were in their tenement when the mishap occurred. We have registered an accidental death report." Police said that once the post-mortem is done, further investigations will be conducted and accordingly a complaint will be lodged against the contractor for negligence.
|2018-06-02||Thane: Jogila lake to rise from grave - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Jogila lake to rise from grave Updated: Jun 2, 2018, 06:20 AM IST The city of lakes, Thane, will receive an appropriate gift for the World Environment Day on June 5. The Jogila lake at Uthalsar, which is now extinct due to encroachment by land mafia, will be revived by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The civic body has already demolished over 186 structures at the Jogila market and it has also decided to rehabilitate those who have been affected by it. The TMC razed 168 hutments and 18 commercial structures at Jogila, on Thursday, in its bid to revive the lake which is buried under the human encroachment. "Many houses and shops were on the lake for the past 25 years," informed a TMC official. Around 500 policemen and 1500 civic employees were deployed during the demolition. Subsequently, the officials from the national environmental engineering research institute paid a visit to the spot on Friday. "The officials have asserted that they will search for the natural springs underneath the lake, revive and conserve them," said Sandip Malvi, public relations officer from the TMC. Meanwhile, a TMC official assured that all residents who have lost homes due to demolition will be given accommodation by the TMC.
|2018-06-02||Thane: More than 1.62 lakh people living in dangerous buildings - Free Press Journal|
Thane:?More than 1.62 lakh people living in dangerous buildings Jun 02, 2018 09:14 am Thane: The ‘pre-monsoon survey’ by Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) shows more than 1.62 lakh people are still residing in ‘dangerous buildings.’ The civic commissioner has issued orders asking to demolish the 77 extremely dangerous buildings within one week. Thane has over four thousand dangerous buildings, of which more than 900 are legal while nearly 3000 buildings are illegal. The corporation till date has demolished only five of the total 95 buildings which are in ‘extremely dangerous’ category. Meanwhile, residents from 77 buildings have been evacuated. The TMC has already began evacuating the extremely dangerous properties in the city since mid-May. There are total 4,705 dangerous buildings in the city, of which 3798 are illegal as per the TMC survey. Over 41,927 families and 1,62,170 individuals reside in these dangerous buildings. The number of people residing in dangerous building this year have reduced by 50 percent, as compared to the previous year, when 3,67,824 people resided in the dangerous buildings. “We have focused on the 95 extremely dangerous buildings this year. We have evacuated 77 out of these 95 buildings while five buildings are demolished. The process of demolition of the remaining buildings is on and plan to complete it before monsoon. Around 18 buildings in extremely dangerous categories are still occupied by the residents. We could not demolish some of these buildings as the residents had approached the court getting a stay order, some of the residents said they will themselves demolish their buildings, while we have asked the permission of state PWD department to demolish the 13 buildings of MHADA,” an officer from anti-encroachment department said. Naupada, Kopri, Mumbra and Vartak Nagar still have a high number of extremely dangerous buildings. The corporation though claimed that it has evacuated 77 buildings in C1 category, most of the MHADA buildings in Vartak Nagar have already been empty. Moreover, over 114 buildings in C2A category also needs to be evacuated as per the government circular, which the corporation has not yet stated. Dangerous building categories The buildings are categorised into C1, which will include those buildings that are extremely dangerous, unfit for occupancy and to be demolished immediately; C2A, which includes buildings that can be structurally repaired after which residents can reoccupy the building; C 2B, which includes buildings that can be repaired without residents having to evacuate it and C3, which include buildings requiring minor repairs. Past incidents Nov, 1998: Sairaj Apartments in Kisannagar 3, Wagle Estate collapsed, claiming 19 lives 1999: An illegal building at Rashid compound in Mumbra collapsed, claiming 29 lives August, 2010: Sonubai Niwas near Gaondevi, Kalwa claimed 12 lives, while a chawl in Mumbra had claimed seven lives in the same year April 4, 2013: 74 were killed and 62 injured when Adarsh B building at Lucky Compound in Shil Phata collapsed June 21, 2013: Ten people killed and 14 injured when Smruti building collapsed outside Mumbra railway station.
|2018-06-02||Heavy rain lashes Mumbai, suburbs; expect early monsoon , says ... - Times of India|
Heavy rain lashes Mumbai, suburbs; expect early monsoon , says Met Updated: Jun 2, 2018, 23:18 IST MUMBAI: Pre-monsoon showers coupled with gusty winds lashed several parts of the city and its neighboring areas like Thane, Kalyan and Dombilvi on Saturday evening. Borivali, Goregoan, Kandivali, Mulund and Powai in Mumbai received heavy showers. The weathermen related today's rain to a typical monsoon pattern with the rains already having reached up to Karnataka. While the normal onset of monsoons over Mumbai is expected on June 10, the India Meteorological Department officials have hinted at an early arrival this year. Conditions are favorable for the monsoons to set over Maharashtra coast by the coming week, IMD officials have said. "Monsoon is yet to arrive in the state. Pre-monsoon activities are currently seen in entire Maharashtra including Mumbai and Thane," said Bishwombhar Singh, director in-charge, Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, Mumbai. On Saturday evening heavy rains started from the outskirts of Thane like Badlapur, Dombilvi and Kalyan and within a while reached parts of Thane, Mira Road and also parts of Mumbai like Mulund, Powai and Borivali. Mulund resident Vignesh Nair said that by evening the skies had turned bright yellow which is very synonymous to the rains. "The rains were much awaited considering the high humidity and high maximum temperatures which had made it very uncomfortable to move out," he said. K S Hosalikar, IMD deputy director-general (western region) said, "The showers are owing to convection and ground heating. The reason for the showers is the high temperatures and moisture being abundantly available now. The monsoons have already reached Karnataka. The westerly winds are also present. This is a typical monsoon phenomenon." Flight operations affected Flight operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport were hit with delays in arrivals and departures and diversions of several domestic, international and cargo flights. While Sri Lankan Airways' Colombo-Mumbai flight was diverted to Ahmedabad, other flights of Jet Airways, GoAir, Qatar Airways and various airlines were also diverted. Jet Airways announced that due to air traffic congestions following adverse weather conditions, delays of up to 45 minutes in departures and arrivals were expected till 11.30 pm tonight.
|2018-06-02||IPL betting racket: Actor Arbaaz Khan appears before Thane police - The Hindu|
IPL betting racket: Actor Arbaaz Khan appears before Thane police MUMBAI, JUNE 02, 2018 12:51 IST, UPDATED: JUNE 02, 2018 23:24 IST Actor Arbaaz Khan, during his questioning by the Anti Extortion Cell of the Thane Police Crime Branch, confessed that he had been an active better on cricket matches for several years, sources said on Saturday. The actor was quizzed for around five hours in connection with the Indian Premier League betting racket busted last month. The Thane AEC has so far arrested seven persons in connection with the racket, including known bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Malad. Mr. Khan’s name came up during Mr. Jalan’s interrogation. The police also found a picture of Mr. Khan along with Mr. Jalan and many other bookies on Mr. Jalan's cell phone. “Mr. Khan admitted that he had been regularly placing bets on cricket matches for five to six years. Investigations also indicate that he lost around ?2.80 crore on a bet that he placed in the recent IPL tournament,” an officer said. Arbaaz Khan quizzed Actor Arbaaz Khan, who confessed that he had been an active better on cricket matches for several years, reached the AEC office in Thane around 11.10 a.m. on Saturday. Officers started making inquiries about his association with bookie Sonu Jalan. He was also questioned regarding some other names in a diary recovered from Mr. Jalan, which has a long list of names, including celebrities, sources said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Abhishek Trimukhe, Thane police, said necessary inquiries had been made with Mr. Khan, after which he was allowed to leave. Asked if Mr. Khan would be made an accused or a witness in the case, Mr. Trimukhe said the investigation was still on.
|2018-06-02||News Live: Thane crime branch to question Arbaaz Khan on IPL betting case. - Zee Business|
News Live: Thane crime branch to question Arbaaz Khan on IPL betting case. Updated: June 2, 2018 13:54 pm Hindi actor and filmmaker Arbaaz Khan is to appear before Thane crime branch for recording his statement before the police in connection with an alleged IPL betting racket.
|2018-06-02||Thane Municipal Corporation to restore, revive Jogila lake encroached upon by slum-dwellers - Times of India|
Thane Municipal Corporation to restore, revive Jogila lake encroached upon by slum-dwellers Jun 2, 2018, 22:31 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is all set to reclaim a lake that has been buried under encroachments since the last several years. The lake was covered with debris by the slum mafia. The project, an initiative by municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, will include conducting a Hydro-geological survey to revive water springs and restore the original glory of Jogila Lake, which is spread over 0.1 hectares in Uthalsar ward. Historians said that the water body is one of the 33 natural ponds located in various parts of the metropolis. The restoration drive, claim officials, will probably be a first-of-its-kind initiative to be carried out in the country. Work will be taken up along with experts from the National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). Jaiswal had a meeting with engineers from NEERI on Friday wherein the latter was asked to explore various options to revive the water body and restore the lake at the earliest. As per plans, the engineers will gauge the underground water levels and track the hidden springs and subsequently work towards reviving them. “The team will dig pits at various spots along the lake bed to analyze the level of underground water levels and also study the ecological and geographical aspects of the lake. The emphasis will be on ensuring permanent water supply in the lake,” said an official. The team will present its report in the next three months after which the corporation will chart out the further plans. The cost of the study is around Rs 25 lakh. Jaiswal had planned the restoration of this lake last year and took the first step of clearing the lake bed of the hundreds of hutments constructed over a massive debris pile dumped in it over the years by the slum mafia. The encroachments, reportedly made right under the nose of the corporation, were removed on Thursday after a huge posse of civic and police staff was deployed. The lake will be fenced and under surveillance to ensure further encroachments do not take place, said officials. “The idea is to restore the lake to its original glory before it was swarmed by the slum mafia. We had a meeting with engineers from the NEERI on Friday who will assist us in the programme. This is probably the first-of-its-kind initiative where a lake will be revived in the country. We are analyzing the conditions of the water levels beneath the ground surface and will work on activating the natural springs that were once the source of water supply to this lake,” said a civic official.
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|2018-06-02||Start composting waste as Thane Municipal Corporation will stop collecting garbage from June 15 - Hindustan Times|
Start composting waste as Thane Municipal Corporation will stop collecting garbage from June 15 A handful of housing societies are composting waste; others cite space and fund crunch for delay MUMBAI Updated: Jun 03, 2018 01:23 IST The city might see piled-up garbage everywhere as Thane Municipal Corporation will stop collecting garbage from June 15. After giving many deadlines for residents to start treating wet waste, the TMC has finally sent out notices to residential and commercial establishments, informing them that the garbage collection will stop from June 15. Deputy municipal commissioner Ashok Burpulle said, “We have served fresh notice to all the housing societies which generate more than 100 kg garbage a day. They have to start treating the wet waste, send the dry waste for recycling and hand over the hazardous waste to TMC by June 15.” While the corporation said they cannot delay implementing the HC’s order anymore, residents face issues such as lack of space or funds for setting up a waste treatment plant. As per the new solid waste management rules, all residential and commercial complexes are supposed to segregate their own waste. “All commercial establishments should treat their wet waste and recycle the dry waste,” Burpulle said. Those who generate more than 100 kgs waste a day will have to treat the wet waste instead of handing it over to the TMC. “We will stop collecting any dry and wet waste after this deadline. The housing societies which generate up to 100 kg waste should segregate the dry, wet and hazardous waste before giving it to the corporation,” Burpulle said. In November, the corporation issued notices to more than 1,000 societies to segregate and treat their own waste. Only 8 to 10 percent housing societies have taken up the initiative. Read more: Set up waste disposal plants or constructions will halt in Thane from 2020, says Bombay HC Burpulle said that the societies were given several extensions since November and the corporation will now have to implement this court’s order. Till date, not even a 100 housing societies are segregating waste. The remaining societies still continue to face several roadblocks in setting up waste treatment plant. If the corporation does not give an extension this time, the roads will be piled up with garbage. This might lead to an outbreak of monsoon related ailments. Bhavana Dumbre, founder of Arpan Foundation, has been going to housing societies to create awareness. Dumbre said,“There is a general discontent among the residents who feel that since they pay taxes, the corporation should treat the waste.” “We are going to several societies in the Ghodbunder area to educate and encourage people to start treating their own waste. We are giving them information about several agencies which will set up plants or recycle waste,” he said. He added that they have also approached women rag pickers who will benefit from the dry waste collected in housing societies. The civic body will face action if it fails in ensuring that waste is not segregated and disposed of in the right manner. New constructions within the areas under civic body’s jurisdiction will come to a halt in January 2020 if the corporation fails to set up plants to scientifically dispose of municipal solid waste. The Bombay high court in March had given the corporation an extension for the time required to implement the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules (MSW rules), 2000.
|2018-06-02||Slum children in Thane turn ambassadors of cleanliness - Hindustan Times|
Slum children in Thane turn ambassadors of cleanliness The transformation took place after the children and youngsters attended a summer camp and learnt the importance of cleanliness and hygiene MUMBAI Updated: Jun 03, 2018 01:05 IST It has been a fruitful summer vacation for children living in Janaka Devi slums. The dirty and dull walls have been transformed into an art piece. A big nullah near the hutments was filled with garbage and had an unbearable stench. It has been cleaned. The overflowing garbage in dustbins have been picked. The transformation took place after the children and youngsters attended a summer camp and learnt the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. They have now become ambassadors of change. In a combined effort of Thane Citizens’ Forum (TCF) and Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), the fun activities for children helped them ensure a clean environment in the slums. “Initially, we held a summer camp where children were taught to dance, act and paint. Their eagerness in painting gave us the idea to let their creativity flow,” said Kasber Augustine, member of TCF. Around 200 children from more than 1,000 houses painted the walls in two days. The walls have a social message or are showcase the children’s talent. Read more: Four city schools take RTE to slum children’s doorstep A small corner has been turned into a green patch with lawns and plants. Looking at the efforts of the residents, the TMC’s sanitation department has started collecting garbage from every house. “All of us have realised that we can keep our vicinity clean and hygienic. We are happy with the change,” said Maria Anthony, 24, local resident. The residents have also made sparrow houses and feeders which will be put up at different locations on World Environment Day. They also plan to set up a small library for children and an art gallery.
|2018-06-01||Power outages in Navi Mumbai, Thane for a week to 30 days - The Hindu|
Power outages in Navi Mumbai, Thane for a week to 30 days NAVI MUMBAI, JUNE 02, 2018 00:00 IST UPDATED: JUNE 02, 2018 04:09 IST Transformer at Kalwa sub-station catches fire, damages another The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has said the electricity disruption faced by residents of Thane and Navi Mumbai will continue for few more days. This will give MSEDCL time to balance the load between demand and supply. According to MSEDzCL officials, the more cautiously consumers use electricity, the better the situation will be. Around 1.30 a.m. on Friday, a 600 MVA transformer under Rohitra Unit-2, located at the 400 KV Kalwa substation, caught fire. This led to cables of the Rohitra unit-1 transformer being damaged, leaving only one transformer functional for Thane and Navi Mumbai. Vishwajeet Bhosale, PRO, MSEDCL (Bhandup zone), said, “The issue is with Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL), as both transformers are unserviceable. There is enough electricity, but the load of transmitting the power to different areas is now on a single transformer. The infrastructure has been damaged and our team is doing their best to repair the fault.” MSEDCL sources said power cuts will be resorted to in Navi Mumbai and Thane to ease the load on the single functional transformer at the Kalwa substation. A planned load management will be executed to make sure the third transformer doesn’t get affected due to high power demand in summer. “The power cuts are conditional as per the the load on the transformer. Our team has been deployed and are working round-the-clock to identify and repair the fault.” Officials said MSETCL might need a week to repair Rohitra Unit-1, and a month to fix Rohitra Unit-2, which caught fire. The areas affected in Thane circle include Samantanagar, Pachpakhadi, Raheja Complex, Mental Hospital area, Kopri, Vitava, Navpada, Saket, Court naka, Majiwada, Kalwa and Mulund. In Vashi circle, areas between Airoli and Kamothe, including MIDC and Ulwe, will be affected.
|2018-06-01||Thane: Music teacher kills son, hangs self over debt, failed marriage - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Music teacher kills son, hangs self over debt, failed marriage Updated: Jun 1, 2018, 06:40 AM IST A music teacher from Thane killed his son before killing himself over debt and marital discord, according to the suicide note found from his home, the police said. On Wednesday afternoon, Shoumik Ghosh, 39, a resident of Vijay Enclave, killed his seven-year-old son, Ekansh, and then hanged himself. He was allegedly reeling under heavy debts and struggling with a failed second marriage, the police said. Ghosh took music classes in nearby areas and also organised music concerts. The matter came to light when his driver went to his house but nobody answered the door. The police was called in. They had to break open the door, only to find Ghosh hanging from the ceiling fan in his balcony. The child lay lifeless on the bed. "We are not sure if the child was strangled or smothered. It will be clear after the post-mortem report," said senior inspector DS Dhole. "Ekansh was his son from his first wife. Ghosh had remarried last year. But differences between him and his second wife escalated due to his alcohol dependency and profligate habits," the officer said. "He sold 50-60 tolas of her gold jewellery. She left him three months back," he said. "In his suicide note he said that he was depressed due to debts and his failed marriage, and was therefore committing suicide. He said his body should not be handed over to anyone," said Dhole.
|2018-06-01||Tree authority axed: Thane calls for new, qualified members - Daily News & Analysis|
Tree authority axed: Thane calls for new, qualified members Updated: Jun 1, 2018, 06:35 AM IST Thane is all set to get a new tree authority, hopefully with qualified members this time, after the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had to dissolve the old one on Bombay High Court's order in February. The civic body has invited applications nominating members on the six-member panel, which will be constituted under the Tree Act. The applicants should be from non-governmental organisations registered with the social forestry department of the state and have interest in tree plantation, conservation, protection, and so on. Ony one member from one NGO is eligible to apply. Applicants with a degree or diploma in agriculture, horticulture and forestry will be given preference. The last date to apply is June 8. It is a moment of victory for Thane activist Rohit Joshi, who filed the public interest litigation which led to the dissolution of the old and constitution of the new tree authority. But instead of celebrating, he thinks it wise to wait and and watch what unfolds. "Let us see as I learned last time that the corporators are not keen to appoint experts to the tree authority. They want to nominate members from among themselves," he said. He said that rather than appointing members with a degree/diploma in botany, horticulture or agriculture, the TMC should nominate candidates who have knowledge of social forestry. "Tree training, chopping and maintenance is taught in social forestry and not botany etc. So it is better to have members from the forestry," he added. He also said that this time the TMC should appoint an officer who is of the rank of assistant municipal commissioner to head the authority. Last December, Joshi filed a PIL in the HC against TMC's order to chop over 5,000 trees in Thane for development projects. The HC had stayed the axing and deemed that the authority was illegally constituted. PANEL DISBANDED In a PIL filed in HC in Dec, Rohit Joshi contended that members of the then tree authority were unqualified, as they were non-graduates. He said most of them had made it to the panel as they were sidekicks of politicians. The panel was then dissolved, in Feb.
|2018-06-01||Thane Municipal Corporation demolishes Jogila lake bed encroachments - Free Press Journal|
Thane Municipal Corporation demolishes Jogila lake bed encroachments Jun 01, 2018 09:13 am Thane: As part of its ongoing drive to rid the Jogila lake bed of encroachments, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on Thursday demolished around 168 residential and 18 commercial structures that had come up on it over the years. Many residents opposed the drive, claiming it was unjust, even as the corporation claims that notices were sent and has promised to rehabilitate the displaced residents. “I have lost valuable books. The drive was so unexpected that I had to return from my village, cutting short my trip after my mother called me this morning with the news. We had not received any notice and did not get any time to move furniture and household goods. My books were precious and they were just thrown into the garbage,” lamented Sachin Sasane, a lawyer who lost his home in the demolition drive. Residents had demanded rehabilitation in the same area where many of them claimed to have been residing for at least three generations. The Sasanes and other families and small establishments, allege they had to vacate unexpectedly, as the corporation did not send out notices. They have complained that the housing and commercial plots are not part of the Jogila Lake, as the lake is behind their houses, which they claim have been there as long as the lake has existed. Notices were issued to Kamgar Nagar and a chawl behind their houses. Meanwhile, the corporation says it had already surveyed 325 constructions on this land, 301 of which were surveyed under the biometric system. 172 families have already been shifted to Acme and Khevara Circle areas. 102 constructions have already been demolished, the TMC said. After the demolition, there will be fencing around the lake and the lake bed will be unclogged. “Every family will be rehabilitated. The plan is to revive the dead lake, lost under the debris and illegal encroachment,” said civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. The TMC hopes to revive the natural springs that are currently clogged under the debris with help from geological experts. Once rejuvenated, efforts would be made to revive the surroundings lost after the lake dried up several years ago. The revival plan is being worked out by the pollution control board and public works department of the TMC. Over the last several years, land mafia apparently had indiscriminately reclaimed parts of the lake and clogged its natural springs to set up more than 350 settlements on the lake bed.
|2018-06-01||Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane Police in IPL betting case - Hindustan Times|
Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane Police in IPL?betting case The police had recently busted a betting ring and arrested 42-year-old bookie, Sonu Jalan. The names of a Bollywood celebrity, contractors and builders had figured in the diary found by the anti-extortion cell, police said. CRICKET Updated: Jun 01, 2018 22:08 IST Actor-producer Arbaaz Khan has been summoned by the Thane police in connection with an Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scam, a senior police official said. Actor Salman Khan’s brother was summoned days after the arrest of a bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Batla. The police had recently busted a betting ring and had arrested 42-year-old Jalan, who allegedly operated in the country as well as abroad. “During investigation, it was found that Arbaaz was being threatened by Jalan as he had lost money on one of the matches,” said said Pradeep Sharma, senior police inspector from Thane anti extortion cell. Two days after Jalan’s arrest, the Thane anti-extortion cell found a diary with phone numbers of more than 100 bookies. The names of a Bollywood celebrity, contractors and builders figured in the diary, police said. “We have got the list of bookies and are verifying it with Jalan. We found the book during a search at his home.” “Jalan had arranged a match-fixing meeting at Dubai. The celebrity was also present at that time. We are probing to know which match was fixed and who all were involved ,” Sharma said.
|2018-06-01||Rotational load shedding in Bhandup-Mulund, parts of Thane & Navi Mumbai - Times of India|
Rotational load shedding in Bhandup-Mulund, parts of Thane & Navi Mumbai Updated: Jun 1, 2018, 14:26 IST MUMBAI: There is rotational load shedding in Bhandup-Mulund and several parts of Thane and Navi Mumbai and this may continue on Saturday, sources said. The power outage is due to a “technical fault” at a sub station of Mahatransco in Kalva. Both MSEDCL, the power distribution utility, and Mahatransco, which deals with power transmission, have its workers on field to deal with the crisis on a ‘war footing’, said a senior official. “We are trying to resolve the problem by late Friday evening. But if it does not happen, the rotational loadshedding could continue till Saturday,” he stated. This could cause inconvenience to scores of electricity consumers, specially with fans, ACs and lights not working in the sultry weather. The official further stated that that power cuts will be carried in phases in various areas which include several parts of Thane, Navi Mumbai and in Bhandup-Mulund belt of Greater Mumbai. Rotational load shedding also carried out by Reliance Energy and Tata Power in parts of suburbs while BEST officials said no power outage so far in the island city. The areas affected included Ghatkopar, Chembur, Vikhroli, Shivaji Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Borivali and Kandivali, sources said.
|2018-06-01||Thane: SSC kids anxious after many CBSE, ICSE counterparts score above 90% - Times of India|
Thane: SSC kids anxious after many CBSE, ICSE counterparts score above 90% Jun 2, 2018, 00:14 IST THANE: Anxiety and anticipation have gripped students of SSC in the lake city after many students from non-state board schools have scored above 95 per cent. There is also a degree of fear among teachers that SSC students may face a tough time getting a seat in junior colleges of their choice given the good performance of CBSE and ICSE counterparts. “In the other boards, lots of importance is given to solving worksheets and mock question papers in school which is not the case with SSC schools and that is done for each chapter in every subject. We have lots of brilliant students who can achieve higher feat, but in comparison to the other boards, lag behind. This ultimately affects their junior college admission process. Till Class VIII, students take studies very lightly. Then they are unable to cope up with the stress and academics of class X,” said a teacher from a city-based SSC school. A few anxious parents and students have even started visiting the guidance counsellor at school to seek help, some are relatively calm and hoping for the best. Rupali Joshi, resident of Pokhran Road 1, said, “There is nervousness and excitement as the results are approaching. For me, it does not matter that my daughter is in SSC board. Ultimately, it is what she does in life that matters. Today there is so much exposure and a variety of career guidance sessions that even if one was to secure 70 per cent, it is not the end of everything.” Meanwhile, educational activists believe regular teacher training sessions coupled with innovative methods of teaching will go a long way in bringing the state board students forward to compete in this rat race. Surendra Dighe, an educational activist, said, “The other boards are considered elite compared to the state board. Their curriculum and teaching methodology are well updated and hence refreshing, unlike the SSC board. We need to change our teaching methods drastically and incorporate innovative techniques. Even teachers need to be given time-to-time training. At the same time, parents should realize that these marks are just marks. It is the knowledge gained that matters.” The other boards are considered elite compared to the state board. Their curriculum and teaching methodology are well updated and hence refreshing, unlike the SSC board. We need to change our teaching methods drastically and incorporate innovative techniques. Even teachers need to be given time-to-time training. At the same time, parents should realize that these marks are just marks. It is the knowledge gained that matters.
|2018-06-01||IPL Betting Scam: Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane Police - Free Press Journal|
IPL Betting Scam: Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane Police Jun 02, 2018 06:15 am Mumbai: Actor-producer Arbaaz Khan has been summoned by the anti-extortion cell of the Thane crime branch in connection with an international IPL betting ring that was busted recently. According to Abhishek Trimukhe, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane crime branch, it is suspected that Arbaaz, younger brother of Salman Khan, had placed bets running into Rs 2.8 crores through bookies in the 11th edition of the IPL and lost heavily. These bets were allegedly placed through a top bookie from Malad, Sonu Jalan, who was arrested on Tuesday. He is known to be connected with underworld gangster Chhota Shakeel. Jalan ran a software– Bet and Take — which was thriving in national and international betting circuits. He was arrested in 2012, too, by the Mumbai Police for betting on IPL matches. He had then during interrogation told Mumbai crime branch officials that he paid Rs 10 cr to a top Sri Lankan player to fix a match. According to Pradeep Sharma, Senior Police Inspector, Thane anti-extortion cell, “During investigation, it was found that Arbaaz was being threatened by Jalan as he had lost a huge sum on one of the matches.’’ The cops believe that some more prominent Bollywood personalities could be also involved in the racket. They have seized from Jalan a diary with phone numbers of more than 100 bookies and builders. Khan’s name was also mentioned in it. Now, these entries are being verified. According to the police, Jalan’s annual turnover is around Rs 100 crore. Another film personality, Vindu Dara Singh, was arrested in 2013 by the Mumbai police for betting on and involvement in spot fixing. He was later released on bail. But the case is just not about betting; in question is also a meeting in Dubai where match-fixing was discussed. It is suspected that Khan was also present at this meeting. ‘‘We are now investigating which match was fixed and who all were involved,” Sharma said. Jalan was arrested on Tuesday when he arrived at the Kalyan sessions court to meet his accomplices who were bookies. On May 16, the anti-extortion cell raided a building at Dombivali, which was found to be the nerve centre of an IPL betting racket. Jalan, along with another city bookie, Prem Taneja, and his business partner ‘Junior Calcutta’ had fixed a test match between Sri Lanka and Australia in 2016. To fix this match, the three had even gone to Sri Lanka and allegedly bribed the pitch curator. In that match, 21 wickets fell the same day. Taneja was later arrested along with actor Vindu Dara Singh in 2013.
|2018-06-01||Mumbai transgender assaulted by Thane MNS workers attempts ... - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai transgender assaulted by Thane MNS workers attempts suicide The Govandi resident said she got upset after watching photos and videos of the assault, which went viral on social media. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 01, 2018 17:11 IST A 23-year-old transgender, who was assaulted in Thane on Sunday by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers, is in hospital after she attempted suicide by consuming some medicines and a cleaning agent. The Govandi resident, who was hospitalised on Tuesday night, said she got upset and depressed after watching photos and videos of the assault, which went viral on social media. MNS workers said they had assaulted three transgenders as they were involved in prostitution. The 23-year-old refuted the allegations, and said that she was, in fact, a social worker attached to Akhil Kinnar Association, a group that represents transgenders and eunuchs. “I didn’t go there as a sex worker, I work as a social activist and had gone there to hand out condoms to those who work there.” Talking about the attack, she said: “As soon as my colleagues and I got down from the auto, several MNS men and women pulled us by our hair and started hitting us.” She explained that it was part of their job to supply condoms to sex workers, and that they visit Majiwada area — a major stop for trucks — twice a week. “Irrespective of who we are, even if we were doing something wrong, they should have approached the police. Why did members of a political party take law into their own hands? Is there no humanity left in this country,” she said. “We never get any jobs, and have few options but to beg or become sex workers. If that option is also taken away, what will we do?” Authorities at Rajawadi hospital, where she was treated for two days, said she was brought in conscious but had consumed medicines and phenyl. “The patient was stable and was kept under observation, but is not critical. Counselling was done as a part of treatment, so that the patient does not try it again. After two days of admission, the patient was discharged on Thursday and advised to undergo psychotherapy,” said a hospital official, requesting anonymity. An official from Shivaji Nagar police station said they had informed Kapurbawdi police station about the suicide bid. Senior officials at Kapurbawdi police station, where an FIR has been registered against 10 men and five women for rioting and causing hurt, said the suicide bid would be investigated by Shivaji Nagar police station as it took place in Govandi. “The incident will not be part of the case registered in Thane on Sunday,” said the official, on condition of anonymity. ‘WE FACE SOCIAL STIGMA, POLICE IGNORE OUR COMPLAINTS’ Often abandoned by their families, transgenders are treated shabbily, live in the periphery of society and struggle to make ends meet, which puts them at a greater risk. A resident of Bandra, Sonalee – she uses only one name - was sexually assaulted in 2016 and approached the police after the incident. The police have registered an FIR, but two years after the incident, the case has made no progress. “Is it our fault that we are born this way and our parents abandon us? We are studying and have respectable jobs, but if we make a complaint about sexual assault, the police ask us how we can be raped and ignore the complaint,” Sonalee said. Salma Khan, a Lok Adalat panel member and president of Kinnar Maa Trust, said being a transgender in India was a huge social stigma and that government bodies must work with the larger society to sensitise people. “We are active socially and have been working on various issues along with the government such as Swachh Bharat, education and tobacco awareness drives, but our community continues to be looked down upon. The police should undergo a sensitisation workshop so that they can understand our problems. We are a part of the society, and there shouldn’t be this discrimination,” Khan said.
|2018-06-01||Three women held for smuggling Marijuana - Times of India|
Three women held for smuggling Marijuana TNN | Jun 1, 2018, 11:18 IST THANE: The crime branch arrested three women and seized nearly 50 kgs of Marijuana worth nearly Rs 8 lakh from the Kalyan railway station area. A senior police officer said that a team led by Senior Police Inspector Jayraj Ranware and sub-inspector Shivraj Bendre got the information that a few people are coming to Kalyan railway station area with some drugs, hence a team of crime branch unit-5 laid a trap and nabbed the trio on Tuesday. The trio were found carrying the 49.72 kg of Marijuana which is worth Rs 7.45 lakh in the market. The accused has been identified as Junnu Dakwa 45, Sarojini Swain 31 and Babbi Reddy 35 all residents of Orrisa. Upon carrying out the probe, the person who had purchased the goods from them was indentified as only Shankar, Bendre informed TOI. An offence under sections 8(‘C),20 and 29 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the trio with the Mahatma Phule police station at Kalyan and the further probe is underway.
|2018-06-01||Power outages in Navi Mumbai, Thane for a week to 30 days - The ... - The Hindu|
Power outages in Navi Mumbai, Thane for a week to 30 days UPDATED: JUNE 02, 2018 14:34 IST The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has said the electricity disruption faced by residents of Thane and Navi Mumbai will continue for few more days. This will give MSEDCL time to balance the load between demand and supply. According to MSEDCL officials, the more cautiously consumers use electricity, the better the situation will be. Around 1.30 a.m. on Friday, a 600 MVA transformer under Rohitra Unit-2, located at the 400 KV Kalwa substation, caught fire. This led to cables of the Rohitra unit-1 transformer being damaged, leaving only one transformer functional for Thane and Navi Mumbai. Vishwajeet Bhosale, PRO, MSEDCL (Bhandup zone), said, “The issue is with Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL), as both transformers are unserviceable. There is enough electricity, but the load of transmitting the power to different areas is now on a single transformer. The infrastructure has been damaged and our team is doing their best to repair the fault.” MSEDCL sources said power cuts will be resorted to in Navi Mumbai and Thane to ease the load on the single functional transformer at the Kalwa substation. A planned load management will be executed to make sure the third transformer doesn’t get affected due to high power demand in summer. “The power cuts are conditional as per the the load on the transformer. Our team has been deployed and are working round-the-clock to identify and repair the fault.” Officials said MSETCL might need a week to repair Rohitra Unit-1, and a month to fix Rohitra Unit-2, which caught fire. The areas affected in Thane circle include Samantanagar, Pachpakhadi, Raheja Complex, Mental Hospital area, Kopri, Vitava, Navpada, Saket, Court naka, Majiwada, Kalwa and Mulund. In Vashi circle, areas between Airoli and Kamothe, including MIDC and Ulwe, will be affected.
|2018-06-01||Swiss stole from Thane uncle, splurged on Vietnamese belle - Times of India|
Swiss stole from Thane uncle, splurged on Vietnamese belle Jun 2, 2018, 04:54 IST THANE: A Swiss national of Indian origin has been arrested for allegedly stealing at the residences of his close relatives in Thane and Hyderabad. Police inspector (crime) Nasir Kulkarni said that the accused, Abhishek Mintri (41), who is from Interlaken in Switzerland, was stealing to buy expensive gifts for his Vietnamese girlfriend. The officer said that Mintri used to stay at the homes of his two uncles while most of the family was out of town, steal jewellery from their residences and later sell it in a jewellery market in Kolkata. The officer said that on March 30 this year, he visited his uncle’s house at Kavesar in Thane when his cousin was at home while his uncle and aunt were in Jaipur. The next day he hurriedly rushed out of the house, saying he was on his way to Kolkata, Kulkarni told TOI. Later, when his uncle and aunt returned home, they found the jewellery missing, but were still unsure of Mintri’shand in the theft, their complaint states. Mintri ran out of luck on May 21 when the complainant got a call from another uncle at Hyderabad who alleged that Mintri had, in their absence, broken open the door of the house and “stolen jewellery” from the house. They also said that during Diwali last year, he was caught red-handed while stealing diamond jewellery, said Kulkarni. The complainant also stated that the accused had sent him a Whatsapp message of apology on May 22 this year, said the officer. The recent theft at Thane was of the value of Rs 8.72 lakh, the police said, adding that it included several ornaments. The police who arrested Mintri recently recovered 35 tolas of gold which he had sold in West Bengal, the police said. According to the police, the accused used to frequent Vietnam to meet his girlfriend and splurged money on her. He used to indulge in stealing in India at the residence of his relatives to meet his expenses. “His family was into the business of manufacturing mementos of wristwatches in Switzerland. In 2013 and 2014 he was arrested in Dubai,” Kulkarni said. Mintri was nabbed in Kandivili when the police tracked his mobile location. A case has been registered at Kasarwadavli police station.
|2018-06-01||Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane Police in IPL betting probe - Economic Times|
Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane Police in IPL betting probe JUN 1, 2018, 06.08 PM IST Bollywood actor and producer Arbaaz Khan has been summoned by Thane Police in connection with betting probe into the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL). Arbaaz, brother of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, has to appear before the police on Saturday to join the investigation. His name cropped up during the investigation of a bookie, Sonu Jalan, who was arrested by the police on Tuesday.
|2018-06-01||Arbaaz Khan | IPL betting: Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane ... - Times of India|
IPL betting: Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane police Updated: Jun 1, 2018, 19:41 IST NEW DELHI: Hindi film actor, director and producer Arbaaz Khan has reportedly been summoned by the Thane police for questioning in regards to a betting probe into the Indian Premier League (IPL), according to a TV report. ALSO READ: Bookie spills beans on aides in nexus with D-gang His name cropped up during the investigation of high profile bookie Sonu Jalan. Arbaaz has been asked to record his statement by the anti-extortion cell of Thane crime branch. Arbaaz was summoned for alleged placements of money on matches during the 11th season of the IPL through bookies, it was reported. Arbaaz, 50, is the brother of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan. Pradeep Sharma, the senior inspector of anti extortion cell, said that they have summoned the actor-producer to ascertain "his role in the betting racket and which shall be confirmed once his statement is recorded." He later told PTI that a "connection" between Arbaaz and Jalan has been established and the actor has been been asked to appear at the AEC office on Saturday. As per Times Now, Arbaaz was betting on IPL matches and lost Rs 2.8 crore in bets following which he was receiving threats from Jalan. When Salim Khan, Arbaaz's father, was contacted by the channel, he claimed of being unaware of the issue. "We suspect that Khan had placed bets on IPL matches and want to scrutinise his bank transactions," a police official was quoted as saying by the PTI. On May 16, the anti-extortion cell of the Thane Crime Branch raided a building in Dombivli where the nerve centre of an IPL betting ring was located. Three people were arrested and two more arrests were made in the following days. Jalan (41) was nabbed on the Kalyan sessions court premises, where he had come to "comfort" his partners who were produced there on Tuesday. Popularly known in gambling circles as Sonu Malad, Jalan is said to be a key person in the betting business, with his activities spread across continents. Police inspector Pradeep Sharma says his annual turnover could be close to Rs 100 crore. Jalan, a Mumbai resident, is a partner in an online portal which was active during the IPL season. The anti-extortion unit of Thane police claims that his arrest would further expose the betting racket and bring to light an army of bookies.