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|2014-07-31||Family of eight booked for dowry harassment in Tha|
Family of eight booked for dowry harassment in Thane Last Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 15:14 Thane: A case has been booked against eight persons, including three women, for alleged harassment of a housewife at powerloom town of Bhiwandi in Thane district, police said Thursday. The complainant, Laxita Khandelwar (24) said in her complaint that she had been subjected to physical torture and harassment by her husband and her in-laws during June 2009 to July 2013, Inspector R L Dhatavkar of Nizampura police station said. Following her complaint, police booked a case under various sections of IPC yesterday.According to the victim, her husband and in-laws tortured her as she could not bring money from her parents, as her husband wanted to start a new business. "Laxita said in her complaint that her husband Hitendra once kicked her in abdomen when she was pregnant and as a result of which the foetus died. She also alleged that her mother-in-law and two brothers-in-law tried to kill her by strangulating her," Dhatavkar said. The accused also included distant relatives of her husband and in-laws.
|2014-07-31||Mumbai Univ postpones date of starting law course |
Mumbai Univ postpones date of starting law course at Thane sub-centre Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jul 31, 2014, 10.57 PM IST THANE: Students will have to wait a little longer for the courses to begin at the Mumbai University (MU)'s Thane sub centre. The varsity had earlier announced to begin classes at its new law college in the sub centre by Aught 1. But now it has postponed the date to August 11, citing shortage of teaching staff. The MU had announced its grand plans to begin the five-year integrated law course from August 1 and had claimed to have made all arrangements for the same. However, the university is yet to recruit teaching staff for the course. The MU has put up advertisements for recruiting professors for its Kolshet centre. The recruitment process will be completed within the next few days, a source said. University registrar M A Khan confirmed the announcement but assured that the classes will begin soon. ''The admissions process will be completed within the next two days and classes will begin by mid-August. Starting a five-year law course requires time and we do not want to compromise on quality. The director's post will also be filled within a month and we may divert the teaching staff from other colleges here,'' said Khan. The college will be one-of-its-kind in the city and the syllabus has been designed on the lines of the Model Law colleges in the country. As many as 60 students will be accommodated in one batch. Meanwhile, activists are upset with the delay and are questioning the university's seriousness of easing the travelling woes of students from Thane . ''The MU should have completed all the formalities before they could announce the inauguration date. We feel that the MU isn't serious enough about starting courses at its sub-centre,'' said Chandrahas Tawde, an education activist.
|2014-07-31||Thane kids excel in chess tournament - Times of In|
Thane kids excel in chess tournament B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 1, 2014, 01.47 AM IST Thane: Local players ruled the roosts at the 'Children's Chess Tournament' organised by Ved Vasudev Pratisthan at Saraswati Vidya Mandir Krida Sankul, Naupada, Thane. The matches were conducted on Swiss League basis in age groups like U-8, U-10, U-12 and above-12 for students up to 10th standard. Over 500 players from across Mumbai participated. Veer Kakadia, Adhish Kacharia and Shravani Patil were the first, second, third prize winners respectively in under-8 group. Shreyas Ghadi, Ayush Dipnaik and Atharv Jaeel were top three prize recipients in the under-10 category. In the under-12 segment, Chaksu Dhanawat, Aakash Wagle and Aditya Mote topped the table. Punit Dodhiya, Aryaman Kumar and Tarun Momayya were top three winners in above-12 age group.
|2014-07-30||Mangroves in Thane still await reserved forest tag|
Mangroves in Thane still await reserved forest tag Clara Lewis | TNN | Jul 30, 2014, 11.13 PM IST MUMBAI: Nearly a decade after the Bombay high court ordered that mangroves across the state must be protected, Thane's vast tracts are still to be officially verified and given reserved forest status. It is estimated that Thane district has 4,963 acres of mangrove land. Mumbai and Navi Mumbai together have 5,469 acres declared as reserved forests. So, there is rampant, uninterrupted destruction of wetlands in this area. Most of the destruction is visible while travelling by the city's lifelineóthe Central Railway and also along the Thane-Bhiwandi road. Yet, there is no urgency in the government to protect these repositories of bio-diversity. Praveen Pardeshi, principal secretary, revenue and forests said that satellite mapping of the area was complete and "the final mapping is being processed by R Mopalwar, Konkan division commissioner". Mopalwar, on the other hand, said the final verification report on the mangroves was yet to be received from the collector. "The collector's team has found discrepancies in the ground reality and the satellite images," he said. Thane collector P Velarasu said the verification is not complete and it would take at least another five months.Mantralaya sources, however, said the discrepancies would be on a few hundred acres. "Why not declare those that are in the clear as reserved forests. On nearly 3,000 acres, there is no discrepancy, then why the delay? Reserved status can be declared in parts as the discrepancies are cleared on the rest. Why wait for the ultimate destruction of mangroves?" sources said.
|2014-07-30||Thane: Don't believe glossy real estate ads, this |
Thane: Don't believe glossy real estate ads, this city is no escape from Mumbai Jul, 30 2014 12:54:08 IST This merits being told for the simple reason that Thane is the biggest city in the Mumbai metropolitan region after Mumbai, is contiguous to it, connected with it by trains from when the first Indian railway ran in 1853, and has the fastest growing urban population now at two million. It is where real estate prices havenít flattened in over two decades, much less drop, the rents keep going up, and commute to Mumbai for work shows at least 7.5 lakh footfalls each day at its station, making it the most ill-equipped and crowded on the suburban system.And yet, every week, full-page and front-page real estate advertisements try to lure more and more people to escape the clutches of Mumbai and harp on Thane being a city of lakes and malls as if the two alone determine quality of life. And the city government does its best to ensure that its contribution is negative. Lakes and malls are fine, though lakes dry up and malls empty out Ė two are virtually lifeless now - but they donít constitute the only yardstick for a good life. The city suffers from inadequacies which makes Thane just another Indian city, hardly something to die for as builders make out in their marketing spiels. They actually sell a pup and if you noticed it, promote the idea of gated communities though some are single-building apartment blocks. This at once removes one from the dependence on the city around it and gives the feeling that life is, well, going to be good. But here are the things in Thane that are out of sync with what even a moderately likeable city ought to have. One is the municipal governance; it is, to put it kindly, atrocious at its best. It is politics and more politics and money meant for the city just evaporating with nothing to show for it. When the city government is only nominal, the rest is easy to guess. It is so laidback that when flyovers are built, it cannot even decide how traffic under it should move: around a pillar or otherwise? They become parking spaces and hawking zones with none worried about them. Let me deal with a few more concerns. One is stray dogs. The second is intra-city public transport, and the third, the tree cover which the city had in plenty but no longer. Even the industrial units were once located on sprawling lush acres, and when passing by, you thought you were skirting a bungalow. The city has any number of strays and the civic body does not even have a count but officials speak of numbers sterilised to prevent their proliferation in percentages. How could they when you need to know the total to talk of proportions? Money is spent but the canine population grows. Recently a boy needed 100 stitches after a stray attacked him. And yet residents have hardly ever seen a dog van. Dogs have to be hauled off to an operating table before they are sterilised. Antidotes for dog bites are expensive and not easily available. Thane's public transport is owned and poorly run by the Thane civic body itself. Half the fleet, yes literally so, is in the garages, their parts cannibalised to keep the other half on the roads, no telling when they would stall causing traffic jams. Now they are due to get another 200 buses with no idea where to stable them in the nights. They donít run to a reliable timetable. The dependence on autorickshaws is near total, with cars and their parking becoming a menacing problem. If there are any reliable buses that Thane residents can use, they are operated by neighbouring Mumbaiís municipal operator, BEST Ė better buses, mostly on time. Politicians, or their proxies, operate illegal bus services as stage carriers, stopping just anywhere to pick up passengers, and the Thane Municipal Transport had to kneel to the demand that they be contracted instead of being banned. People agree that they fill a gap in service, just like BEST does here. Now, the trees. According to a latest census, reported by The Times of India, the city has added 1.23 lakh trees to its stock, taking the total to 4.55 lakh. This means over 3,500 trees to a square kilometre of the compact cityscape, a fact also recorded by the Thane Municipal Corporationís portal. What the portal fails to indicate is that about a decade ago, it had guesstimated their numbers, and the increased tree cover is on a doubtful base and therefore, meaningless. It also does not indicate the number of trees felled because there wasnít a mandatory Tree Authority to permit them. This claim of more trees flies in the face of the regular media reports of careless, reckless or illegal felling of trees across the city. Trees are regularly being cut to widen roads or enable new development by builders, and the portal does not account for them. When an industrial house felled 586 trees over a weekend, the TMC woke up after the fact. Only in May, the High Court had instructed the TMC to appoint a Tree Authority which it should ordinarily have had in place and when it did comply, it was packed with politicians. Two months later, the newly set up Authority was declared illegal for not complying with the law of having NGOs on board. These guys donít even realise that every car dealer worth its name is on the arterial Ghodbunder Road and Eastern Express Highway and eat up service roads to park hundreds of cars. The police permit it, the civic body issues licences to do business under the Shops & Establishment Act, even as the remaining surface appears more potholes, less road. If anything, these point to a failure of the cityís governance which is preoccupied with politics. Due to that, for over a year after the last civic polls, it did not have a Standing Committee as required by statute to deal with approvals of contracts. The city was adrift, not that it has found a direction now. The litany can hardly ever end. But the governors Ė officials and politicians just donít care.
|2014-07-30||Thane businessman alleges torture, extortion by co|
Thane businessman alleges torture, extortion by cops By PTI |Posted 30-Jul-2014 Thane: A city-based businessman has alleged that he had been illegally detained and tortured at a police station last month and the personnel there extorted Rs 4 lakh for his release after falsely implicating him in a criminal case. Following the complaint filed by one Rooplal Khemji Patel, city police last evening booked a case against the five personnel, including an Assistant Police Inspector--all attached to Naupada police station, under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for wrongful confinement to extort property, or constrain to illegal act. This has been stated in the daily crime report circulated to the media by the Thane Police and none of the police officers concerned are ready to speak on this issue. According to Patel, API Nitin Patil, and police constables Rajendra Nikam, Sandeep Shirke, Kishore Thorat and Prakash Patil picked him up and detained him at the police station during June 9-11, on the charge of purchasing stolen goods--pressure cooker whistles. Patel alleged that the police personnel tortured him and took Rs 4900 cash he was carrying at the time of the incident. "They also raided his (Patel's) house and took away Rs. 19,900 in cash," the report said quoting the complaint. "The accused also made him confess to having sold some of the stolen goods to another shopkeeper Hirji Patel. They extracted Rs. 4 lakh from Hirji to secure Patel's release," the press communique said. The complainant also alleged that the policemen also took away five bags full of copper material from his shop. Patel also accused the police personnel of making him and Hirji sign on some documents related to the "crime", which he said were fabricated and used for "investigation". No arrest is made in this connection so far.
|2014-07-30||Four of family hurt in ceiling collapse in Thane -|
Four of family hurt in ceiling collapse in Thane PTI| Last Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:50 Thane: Four members of a family, including two children, were injured when the ceiling of their house collapsed in Mumbra township of Thane district Wednesday morning. While the family members were sitting in a room of their house in a building on third floor at Zarina Compound in Mumbra, a plaster of the ceiling collapsed on them, Thane civic body`s Regional Disaster Management Cell officer Santosh Kadam said. The four injured, including a two-and-half year old boy and a seven-year-old girl, have been admitted to a local hospital, he said.The incidents of wall and building collapse have been on a rise following heavy rains in Thane during the last few days, he said. On Monday, a portion of a wall at an ashram school in Thane`s Wada taluka had collapsed in which five students sustained injuries. On July 22, more than 20 children were injured when the ceiling of a civic school building had crashed on them in Bhiwandi town of the district.
|2014-07-30||Heavy showers flood Thane & Raigad districts, Math|
Heavy showers flood Thane and Raigad districts Sandhya Nair & Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jul 31, 2014, 12.00 AM IST MUMBAI: Rains continued to play havoc in Thane and Raigad districts on Wednesday, causing water-logging and landslides, while several rivers overflowed. District officials decided to release water from the Surya dam (Dhamni dam) in Jawahar taluka, which has neared 82% of its capacity. Five doors of the dam were opened and villagers in the vicinity moved to safety. Officials said if the dam overflows before August 30 it will prove to be dangerous, so water will have to be released regularly. Kalyan and Badlapur were at the receiving end as the Kalyan creek and Ulhas river overflowed. Badlapur village was disconnected from the city as the bridge connecting the city and village was submerged. Around 200 families living close to Waldhuni river in Kalyan were moved to safety after it began overflowing early on Wednesday. Kalyan's Rambaug, Shivaji Chowk, Kala Talao, Shahad, Ulhasnagar's Samrat Nagar, Panchshil Nagar, Renuka Society, Hiraghat and Shanti Nagar areas were flooded as water entered many homes since Tuesday night. In Bhiwandi, around 300 families living close to the Nadi Naka area were shifted. In Virar's Boling, 200 tribal families were moved to safety after water entered their homes early on Wednesday. Nalasopara remained under water on Wednesday though it did not see much rain in the day. The road leading to Nalasopara police station remained water-logged. Residential townships like Vasant Nagri in Vasai (east) remained under water. Most roads developed big potholes following incessant rainfall since Sunday. Raigad received an average rainfall of 97.66 mm in its 15 talukas in the last 24 hours. The hill station of Matheran received the highest rainfall of 230 mm, followed by Karjat (174.4 mm) and Pali (155 mm) till 8 am on Wednesday. Raigad's disaster management officer, Sagar Pathak said: "The total average rainfall here since June 1, is 1,429.04 mm, which is nearly 46.39% of the season's 3,142.83 mm average."Landslides affected traffic on the Mumbai-Agra highway and scores of MSRTC buses were stranded en route to Kasara and Mumbai on the Mumbai-Nashik road. An MSRTC official said the disruption lasted for at least two to three hours. "The buses leave for Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon among other places and ferry hundreds of passengers daily," an official said, adding many waited for as long as three hours for the affected area to be cleared. Trucks carrying essential commodities were also stuck in the ghats. However, despite the heavy rain, the state public works department undertook road widening and filling of potholes ahead of chief minister Prithviraj Chavan's scheduled visit to inaugurate the new Palghar district on Friday.
|2014-07-30||Petrol pump in Thane sealed for adulteration - Tim|
Petrol pump in Thane sealed for adulteration TNN | Jul 31, 2014, 03.56 AM IST MUMBAI: A petrol pump at Jawhar taluka in Thane was sealed for adulterating and stealing fuel. Y C Shah petrol pump was sealed on July 24 following a complaint by Jawhar municipal council corporator Narendra Prabhu. Earlier this month, Prabhu had claimed to have unearthed the theft and tampering of fuel-dispensing machines. "The employees have been stealing 100ml fuel per litre," said tehsildar Arun Kanoje. On the day of the raid, the stock register showed 8,993 litre petrol and sale as 757 litre. "When we checked the tank, we found an excess of 113.92 litre," said Kanoje. The raid team found discrepancies in diesel stock too. Though the stock showed 9,411 litre and sale was 1,049 litre, there was an additional 9,171.16 litre diesel in the machine. The petrol pump was also found to have violated fire safety standards. A Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited spokesperson said fuel samples had been sent for testing.
|2014-07-30||Thane bizman alleges torture in police station - B|
Thane bizman alleges torture in police station Press Trust of India | Thane July 30, 2014 Last Updated at 20:00 IST A city-based businessman has alleged that he had been illegally detained and tortured at a police station last month and the personnel there extorted Rs 4 lakh for his release after falsely implicating him in a criminal case. Following the complaint filed by one Rooplal Khemji Patel, city police last evening booked a case against the five personnel, including an Assistant Police Inspector--all attached to Naupada police station, under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for wrongful confinement to extort property, or constrain to illegal act. This has been stated in the daily crime report circulated to the media by the Thane Police and none of the police officers concerned are ready to speak on this issue. According to Patel, API Nitin Patil, and police constables Rajendra Nikam, Sandeep Shirke, Kishore Thorat and Prakash Patil picked him up and detained him at the police station during June 9-11, on the charge of purchasing stolen goods--pressure cooker whistles. Patel alleged that the police personnel tortured him and took Rs 4900 cash he was carrying at the time of the incident. "They also raided his (Patel's) house and took away Rs. 19,900 in cash," the report said quoting the complaint. "The accused also made him confess to having sold some of the stolen goods to another shopkeeper Hirji Patel. They extracted Rs. 4 lakh from Hirji to secure Patel's release," the press communique said. The complainant also alleged that the policemen also took away five bags full of copper material from his shop. Patel also accused the police personnel of making him and Hirji sign on some documents related to the "crime", which he said were fabricated and used for "investigation". No arrest is made in this connection so far.
|2014-07-30||50 villages marooned in Thane after heavy rain - T|
50 villages marooned in Thane after heavy rain PTI | Jul 30, 2014, 10.48 AM IST THANE: Nearly 50 villages in the district have been cut-off from the tehsil headquarters and two bridges remained submerged as heavy rain continued to lash Thane on Wednesday. About 50 villages of Murbad and Palghar talukas have been marooned and the villagers are being shifted to safer places, disaster control room officer Jaideep Visave said. The worst hit are areas of Palghar, Vasai, Dahanu and Vikramgadh, he said. At Manor in Palghar taluka, nearly 24 people who were stranded in a flooded resort, situated near Vaitarna river, were rescued on Tuesday evening, he said.Because of the heavy downpour, the Maswan bridge on the Palghar-Manor road was submerged since the last two days. Also, the bridge between Murbad and Rahta remained submerged leading to closure of the Murbad road. Villages around the area have been cut off from the outside world, Visave said.In western part of Thane's Badlapur township, several houses were marooned and many people rendered homeless due to flooding, the official said. Police and firemen rushed to Badlapur last night and carried out rescue operations. A teenaged boy had on Tuesday drowned in New Shivaji Nagar lake at Kalwa where he had gone for a swim along with his friends, a civic official had earlier said.
|2014-07-30||50 villages marooned in Thane after heavy rains - |
50 villages marooned in Thane after heavy rains THANE, JULY 30, 2014 10:22 IST UPDATED: JULY 30, 2014 10:22 IST Nearly 50 villages in Thane district have been cut-off from the tehsil headquarters and two bridges remained submerged as heavy rains continued to lash the district on Wednesday. About 50 villages of Murbad and Palghar talukas have been marooned and the villagers are being shifted to safer places, disaster control room officer Jaideep Visave said. The worst hit areas are Palghar, Vasai, Dahanu and Vikramgadh, he added. At Manor in Palghar taluka, nearly 24 people who were stranded in a flooded resort, situated near Vaitarna river, were rescued last evening, he said. Because of the heavy downpour, the Maswan bridge on the Palghar-Manor road was submerged for the past two days. Also, the bridge between Murbad and Rahta remained submerged leading to closure of the Murbad road. Villages around the area have been cut-off from the outside world, Mr. Visave said. In western part of Thaneís Badlapur township, several houses were marooned and many people rendered homeless due to flooding, the official said. Police and firemen rushed to Badlapur at around midnight last night and carried out rescue operations. A teenaged boy had on Tuesday drowned in New Shivaji Nagar lake at Kalwa where he had gone for a swim along with his friends, a civic official had earlier said.
|2014-07-29||Thane citizens, activists unsure about streamlinin|
Thane citizens, activists unsure about streamlining vendors B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 30, 2014, 01.46 AM IST Thane: Citizens are not amused over the registration process of hawkers, who could be turned into decent vendors once they get their identity card. "We are doubtful about any magical change in the existing scene. Where is the place to accommodate an ever increasing number of hawkers every passing day. ," said civil activist Sanjiv Dutta. Station area has been a classic example of crowded zone where the corporation attempted to decongest this pocket, but has failed on several occasions. "Hawkers plaza has been created at a couple of places which has been a non-starter. ," said a Naupada resident Mahinder Bitta.
|2014-07-29||HC slams Thane cops for failing to trace missing k|
HC slams Thane cops for failing to trace missing kid TNN | Jul 29, 2014, 11.44 PM IST MUMBAI: A year after a labourer's two-year-old daughter went missing, the Bombay high court has criticized the Thane police over the slack investigations. Hearing a petition filed by 24-year-old Naresh Prajapati, a division bench of justices V M Kanade and P D Kode directed Ravindra Singhal, additional CP of the Thane crime branch, to take prompt steps to trace the child. The court has asked the senior police officer to file a report in court by July 30.Prajapati had filed a habeas corpus petition urging the court to direct the police to trace his daughter. "It appears that proper investigation has not been done," remarked the judges, adding, "We are surprised that the accused were released on bail and no useful information could be retrieved from them when they were in police custody." The court had also asked the police to submit a detailed report about the steps taken by the them to investigate the complaint lodged by Prajapati. In his petition, Prajapati said that his daughter was playing outside their house in Mulla Baug on August 21, 2013, when she went missing. When Prajapati and his wife realized that their daughter might have been kidnapped, they lodged a complaint with the Kasarvadavli police. The petition claimed that on enquiring with the police they were informed that the alleged abductors had been arrested and released on bail. They were also told that their daughter was in safe custody but she was not handed over to them. Despite complaints to senior police officers and the intervention of the Maharashtra state child rights commission there was no trace of their daughter, the petition claimed.
|2014-07-29||PIL in HC against carving out of Palghar district |
PIL in HC against carving out of Palghar district from Thane Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 14:07 [IST] Thane, Jul 29: A PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court by a group of local political leaders and social activists opposing the Maharashtra government's decision to bifurcate Thane district and carve out a new district with its headquarters at Palghar. The PIL has demanded to "quash and set aside the said political decision of the government." A total of 33 persons, including CPI(M) MLA Raja Nathu Ozare (from Jawhar), NCP state unit secretary Rajaram Mukne, ex-MLA and MP from CPI(M) Lahanu Shidwa Kom, Vikramgadh BJP president Sudhakar Patil and Adiwasi Ekta Parishad president Kaluram Dodhade, yesterday filed the PIL against the creation of the new district, which will come into being from August 1. The PIL is posted for hearing tomorrow. The PIL alleged that the decision to have new district headquarters at Palghar is a political one taken by the "insensitive" government under pressure of administration only for the convenience of the administrative staff of the newly created district and in violation of the norms which are required to be followed for the same. "The decision to have proposed headquarters at Palghar is discriminatory and violative of fundamental rights, guaranteed under Articles 14 and 19 of the Constitution for tribal and backward class people of the region. "Their decision is arbitrary, malafide, contrary to public opinion and views of all the five panchayat samitis, MLAs and MPs of area," the PIL alleged. Having a headquarters of a district more than 150-200 kms from most of the predominantly tribal areas of the proposed district Palghar is a negation of the right to live and right to have a dignified life as guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution of India, the PIL further alleged. "The decision is also violative of the directive principles of the state policy and the object of Articles 243 to 243(o) of the Constitution of India are thereby defeated. The decision to have headquarters at Palghar is violative of constitutional rights of tribal and backward class people and the other poor people of the region," it said. The petitioners have also stated that this is a fit case for declaring a separate autonomous district for tribals. They have urged the court to quash the government's decision and restrain the government from shifting the offices from Jawhar to Palghar and having the headquarters of newly created district at Palghar. They also urged the court to direct the respondents to form a separate tribal district consisting of the scheduled areas of Jawhar, Wada, Vikramgadh, Mokhada, Talasari, Dahanu and parts of Palghar, Sahapur and Vasai which are declared as scheduled areas under the 5th Schedule of the Constitution. The respondents to the petition are Maharashtra government, principal secretaries in department of revenue and forest, tribal development department, Konkan divisional commissioner, and collector and additional collector of Thane district. The state Cabinet had on June 12 approved the long pending proposal to bifurcate Thane district, following which Palghar is all set to be Maharashtra's 36th district. Eight talukas of Palghar, Jawhar, Mokhada, Talasari, Vasai, Wada, Dahanu and Vikramgadh will now form part of the Palghar district. The new district headquarters will now be stationed at Palghar. Thane, Kalyan, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi, Murbad and Shahapur will continue to be part of Thane district.
|2014-07-29||Thane: 2 minor sisters go missing, police suspect |
Thane: 2 minor sisters go missing, police suspect kidnapping Jul, 28 2014 12:27:55 IST Thane: Two minor sisters have allegedly been kidnapped from Nallasopara area of Thane district, police said today. The two girls, aged 14 and 10 years, had gone to their school on Saturday, but did not return home, Nallasopara police station's senior inspector Ravindra B Badgujar said. When they did not return home till late evening, their mother and brother carried out a search, but in vain. At around 10 PM on Saturday, their mother received a call on her mobile phone wherein one of the girls informed her that they were in a train, but did not know in which train or where they were travelling, the police official said.Later, the girls' father, Munna Kumar Patwa, a resident of Achole in Nallasopara, lodged a police complaint in this regard. Police have registered an offence under section 363 (kidnapping) of the IPC and launched a search to trace the girls, the official said.
|2014-07-29||Heavy rains lash Thane - Business Standard|
Heavy rains lash Thane Press Trust of India | Thane July 29, 2014 Last Updated at 21:31 IST Unceasing rains lashed Thane and surrounding areas today. A boy, who had gone for a swim with friends, drowned in the New Shivaji Nagar lake in Kalwa this evening. His body was yet to be traced, a civic official said. Wall of a public toilet collapsed at Sanjay Gandhi Nagar in Wagle Estate area this evening, but no one was injured. Flooding was reported in Dutt Mandir locality of Rabodi.
|2014-07-29||HC slams Thane cops for failing to trace missing k|
HC slams Thane cops for failing to trace missing kid TNN | Jul 30, 2014, 04.32 AM IST MUMBAI: A year after a labourer's two-year-old daughter went missing, the Bombay high court has criticized the Thane police over the slack investigations. Hearing a petition filed by 24-year-old Naresh Prajapati, a division bench of justices V M Kanade and P D Kode directed Ravindra Singhal, additional CP of the Thane crime branch, to take prompt steps to trace the child. The court has asked the senior police officer to file a report in court by July 30.Prajapati had filed a habeas corpus petition urging the court to direct the police to trace his daughter. "It appears that proper investigation has not been done," remarked the judges, adding, "We are surprised that the accused were released on bail and no useful information could be retrieved from them when they were in police custody." The court had also asked the police to submit a detailed report about the steps taken by the them to investigate the complaint lodged by Prajapati. In his petition, Prajapati said that his daughter was playing outside their house in Mulla Baug on August 21, 2013, when she went missing.When Prajapati and his wife realized that their daughter might have been kidnapped, they lodged a complaint with the Kasarvadavli police. The petition claimed that on enquiring with the police they were informed that the alleged abductors had been arrested and released on bail. They were also told that their daughter was in safe custody but she was not handed over to them. Despite complaints to senior police officers and the intervention of the Maharashtra state child rights commission there was no trace of their daughter, the petition claimed.
|2014-07-28||Building collapses after heavy rains in Thane, non|
Building collapses after heavy rains in Thane, none hurt Last Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014 - 09:43 Thane: A three-storey vacant building collapsed on Monday in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi here after heavy rains lashed the district inundating and cutting off several low-lying areas. According to chief of Thane District Disaster Control, Jaideep Visawe, the building came down crashing around 4 am in the Padma Nagar locality. There was no loss of life as 75 people residing in the building had been evacuated recently, he said. A portion of this building had come down a couple of days ago following which fire officials evacuated the occupants. The city received a total of 139 mm rainfall till 6 am since yesterday, throwing normal life out of gear, Disaster Control officer Santosh Kadam said. Also, there were two incidents of wall and slab crash on a drain due to incessant showers in the town. Continuous rains and flash floods cut-off some remote areas in the district, leaving thousands marooned. Reports reaching district headquarters said the river at Maswan in Manor (Palghar) was overflowing as a result of which the bridge was totally submerged under water.
|2014-07-28||Heavy container kills two in Thane; angry villager|
Heavy container kills two in Thane; angry villagers run amok, damage several vehicles Mon, 28 Jul 2014-01:11pm , Thane (Maharashtra) , PTI Irate villagers damaged several vehicles in Murbad in Thane on Monday when they ran amok over an accident at Shivla Phata, which claimed two lives, police said. According to police, the accident took place around 8 am when the goods on a Murbad-bound heavily loaded container brushed against a jeep with passengers on board at a village near Tokawade. As a result, the jeep lost its balance and dashed against a MSRTC bus coming from the opposite direction. Two jeep occupants from Eklahare and Manivali village were killed on the spot. However, they have not been identified yet. Furious villagers then gathered on the spot and smashed several vehicles including the big container and tried to set it afire, Murbad MLA Kisan Kathore, who rushed to the scene after the mishap, told PTI. They also attacked policemen, who reached the spot to control the situation and quell violence, he said. Police are yet to confirm as to how many vehicles were destroyed and how many security personnel were injured in the incident, which brought vehicular traffic on the highway to a halt for nearly more than two hours, blocking it up to five kilometres from the Phata. Senior police officials have rushed to the accident site and further details are awaited.
|2014-07-28||Two minor sisters go missing in Thane; police susp|
Two minor sisters go missing in Thane; police suspect kidnapping Last Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:30 Thane: Two minor sisters have allegedly been kidnapped from Nallasopara area of Thane district, police said Monday. The two girls, aged 14 and 10 years, had gone to their school on Saturday, but did not return home, Nallasopara police station`s senior inspector Ravindra B Badgujar said. When they did not return home till late evening, their mother and brother carried out a search, but in vain. At around 10 PM on Saturday, their mother received a call on her mobile phone wherein one of the girls informed her that they were in a train, but did not know in which train or where they were travelling, the police official said. Later, the girls` father, Munna Kumar Patwa, a resident of Achole in Nallasopara, lodged a police complaint in this regard. Police have registered an offence under section 363 (kidnapping) of the IPC and launched a search to trace the girls, the official said.
|2014-07-28||Thane: Building collapses after heavy rains; none |
Thane: Building collapses after heavy rains; none hurt INDIA Updated: Jul 28, 2014 11:47 IST A three-storey vacant building collapsed on Monday in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in Thane after heavy rains lashed the district inundating and cutting off several low-lying areas. According to chief of Thane district disaster control, Jaideep Visawe, the building came down crashing around 4am in the Padma Nagar locality.There was no loss of life as 75 people residing in the building had been evacuated recently, he said. A portion of this building had come down a couple of days ago following which fire officials evacuated the occupants. The city received a total of 139 mm rainfall till 6am since on Sunday, throwing normal life out of gear, Disaster Control officer Santosh Kadam said. Also, there were two incidents of wall and slab crash on a drain due to incessant showers in the town. Continuous rains and flash floods cut-off some remote areas in the district, leaving thousands marooned. Reports reaching district headquarters said the river at Maswan in Manor (Palghar) was overflowing as a result of which the bridge was totally submerged under water.
|2014-07-28||Thane docs leave floor tile fragment in patient's |
THANE DOCS LEAVE FLOOR TILE FRAGMENT IN PATIENTíS LEG DURING OPERATION Updated: Jul 29, 2014, 04.31 AM IST In what appears to be a case of sheer negligence, a 26-year-old Mumbra resident - injured in an electrical explosion last week - had to undergo surgery on her leg again to remove a piece of floor tile that doctors at the Thane Civil Hospital had failed to remove. Afreena Kureshi (in pic), a resident of Mehak Apartments in Amrut Nagar, was injured in a blast that occurred after a high-voltage power line came in contact with a wet nylon rope. The explosion was so powerful that the flooring tiles of the entire flat were uprooted, lodging several fragments in the ceiling. Her relative Fareena suffered 70 per cent burns, while her two-year-old daughter, Mishka, suffered 15 per cent burns in the incident. Both are under treatment at the Airoli Burns Centre. According to Kureishi's brother Asif, she was rushed to the Thane Civil Hospital soon after the blast. "Her right leg had a deep wound. "The doctors simply stitched it up without bothering to see if anything was stuck inside. They did not even clean the wound and simply sutured it with over 25 stitches," alleged Asif. He said his sister complained of severe pain, but the doctors refused to pay attention. According to Asif, his sister was taken to the Casualty Ward where resident doctors carried out the procedure. "Seeing her worsening condition, we shifted her to Rehmani Hospital in Mumbra for better care," said Asif, adding that an orthopaedic surgeon was called in on Monday, who advised an X-ray. "The reports clearly showed a foreign object stuck inside," said Asif. Orthopeadic surgeon Dr Sanjay Kopre, who operated upon Kureishi, said, "We pulled out a piece of foreign object that looked like a floor tile fragment. We have re-stitched her wound and she will recover now." According to Asif, his family members have been busy making the rounds of hospitals as three relatives were injured in the blast. "We will file a complaint against Thane Civil Hospital after our injured family members feel a bit better," he said. Dr R Rathod, medical superintendent, Thane Civil Hospital, said it is unlikely that doctors did not do a basic x-ray, as the hospital has the facility. "Our hospital has x-ray and CT scan facilities and these tests are done immediately after such trauma victims are brought in. I will have to look into this case and who the doctors on duty were," said Rathod.
|2014-07-28||Wireless net connectivity for Thane city remains o|
Wireless net connectivity for Thane city remains on paper Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Jul 29, 2014, 01.00 AM IST Thane: At a time when the first-of-its-kind free Wi-Fi connectivity is being launched at Kalwa and Mumbra stations, the Shiv Sena-BJP's unkept promise, at the time of the 2012 civic polls, to provide net connectivity across the city remains only on paper. In fact, the saffron partners subsequent move to clear a policy on mobile tower or ground-based masts for the 4G services has triggered much controversy. The Sena members invited criticism from the Congress corporators for passing the mobile towers policy without any debate or discussion. "It was a very controversial policy to allow the 4G masts across the city. The corporators demanded a proper discussion and wanted answers from the TMC on issues of radiation, effects on citizen's health etc. However, without even a murmur of discussion the Sena-BJP corporators ensured that the policy is cleared in the TMC's general body meeting,'' a Congress functionary told TOI. He added, the debate would have triggered a bigger controversy as the firm had installed more than 10 mobile towers along the Ghodbunder Road and had started digging up the roads for putting up more such towers without any permissions. "The civic administration had approved installation of just one such mobile tower at Mulla Baug area as a pilot project. However, the firm installed more than 10 towers pending permission from the administration. An NCP corporator Sanjay Bhoir raised the voice against the illegality,'' the Congressman said. Meanwhile, citizens are questioning the status of the Sena-BJP's promise to have a free net connectivity spots across the city. "It is more than two years now since the civic polls and the Sena-BJP has not made any leads in delivering its poll promise,'' locals said. -- Nitin Yeshwantrao
|2014-07-28||Cost hit the 'roof' as Thane Municipal Corporation|
Cost hit the Ďroofí as Thane Municipal Corporation delayed decision Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jul 29, 2014, 02.10 AM IST THANE: A delay in deciding whether to construct a canopy on the Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (SATIS) has resulted in cost escalation of the project which is up by around Rs 8 crore. The civic body had planned to cover the SATIS to ensure commuters get protected from rain or sun while waiting for Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) buses. However, the initial project then was estimated at around Rs 4 crore. It was not given a go ahead owing to the TMC's indecisiveness of whether the structure can take the pressure of poles and new construction. On Sunday, the civic body performed the foundation stone laying ceremony for the canopy. Now, the project is estimated at around Rs 12 crore. "The delay in taking a decision has resulted in three-fold rise in the cost of this project, said a civic official. Of the total Rs 12 crore estimated for the installation of the canopy, Rs 5 crore will be contributed by deputy chairman of state legislative council Vasant Davkhare's MLC fund. The remaining will be borne by the TMC," added the official. Niranjan Davkhare, son of Vasant Davkhare said, "I do not know about the cost escalation. But, due to shortage of funds, the project was not taking off. Had we not taken a decision to provide some financial assistance to the civic body for installation of canopy, the project would have got delayed further and subsequently the cost, too, would have gone up."
|2014-07-28||Thane school fills up seats, denies admission unde|
Thane school fills up seats, denies admission under RTE quota Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jul 29, 2014, 02.15 AM IST THANE: A school from Thane has expressed its inability to admit students under the Right to Education (RTE) quota this academic year due to unavailability of seats and claimed that it is yet to get an exemption from the education department. Dr Ganpat More, education officer said he received such a complaint last week and added that there was no exemption rule under the RTE. He said the school should immediately admit students under RTE or face action. "We will serve notice to the school if they fail to toe the rules as has been laid out," he said.The school from Wagle Estate has allegedly denied admission to a student who had applied under RTE saying they have no vacant seats left this year. The school said that they had admitted 120 students already under the general quota. School trustee R Jha confirmed this and said,"We filled our intake capacity already by February. We are in a process of requesting the education department to grant us an exemption from the RTE process this year. We will admit students next year," he said. RTE activist Dr Manoj Yadav said that all schools under the RTE purview must allocate seats under RTE irrespective of their capacity. "How can they blatantly refuse admissions to students? I have approached them on several counts but they have refused to budge," he said.
|2014-07-28||Thane man loses Rs 82000 in online fraud - Times o|
Thane man loses Rs 82,000 in online fraud Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 29, 2014, 02.12 AM IST Thane: A 28-year-old man was duped of Rs 82,460 by a suspected online conman last Wednesday. The police said that the victim, Rounak Anil Patil, a resident of Panchakhadi, recharged his 3G mobile data plan online for Rs 101. However, the transaction failed but the amount was deducted from his account. Patil then sent an email to the mobile company asking them for a refund. "Last Wednesday, Patil got a call from an unknown number and the caller asked him to furnish his debit card details for the refund. The fraudster asked him to reveal his debit card pin number and Patil gave it to him instantly," said the police. Within half-an-hour after Patil revealed his debit card details, Rs 49,490 was deducted from his account through net banking. Realizing that his account had been mishandled, the victim immediately froze his bank account. By the time he reached the police station, an additional Rs 32,970 was debited from his account. A case has been registered.
|2014-07-28||Building collapses after heavy rains - Oneindia|
Building collapses after heavy rains in Thane; none hurt Posted By: PTI Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:21 [IST] Thane, Jul 28: A three-storey vacant building collapsed today in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi here after heavy rains lashed the district inundating and cutting off several low-lying areas. According to Chief of Thane District Disaster Control, Jaideep Visawe, the building came down crashing around 4 AM in the Padma Nagar locality. There was no loss of life as 75 people residing in the building had been evacuated recently, he said. A portion of this building had come down a couple of days ago following which fire officials evacuated the occupants. The city received a total of 139 mm rainfall till 6 AM since yesterday, throwing normal life out of gear, Disaster Control officer Santosh Kadam said. Also, there were two incidents of wall and slab crash on a drain due to incessant showers in the town. Continuous rains and flash floods cut-off some remote areas in the district, leaving thousands marooned. Reports reaching district headquarters said the river at Maswan in Manor (Palghar) was overflowing as a result of which the bridge was totally submerged under water.
|2014-07-27||Lover poisons and hangs 17-year-old girl in Thane |
Lover poisons and hangs 17-year-old girl in Thane IMRAN FAZAL | Sun, 27 Jul 2014-06:10am , Mumbai , DNA A 25-year-old man was arrested on Friday for killing his 17-year-old paramour by spiking her cold drink with poison in the name of giving her an abortion pill and then hanging her from the ceiling fan to make it look like a suicide. Shankar Kashinath Bhogade from Jahwar in Palghar, Thane (rural), is married. He developed a sexual relationship with the 11th standard student after his wife introduced her to him. When she conceived, the girl kept demanding for abortion pills or money to undergo an abortion. On July 19, Bhogade called her to a hotel room, promising to give her abortion pills. After having sex with her, he offered her a cold drink. Within minutes, she began vomiting and collapsed. Bhogade hung her from the ceiling fan and projected her death as suicide, the police said. "We initially registered a case of accidental death. But during investigations we found an Aadhar card and her mobile phone," Keshavrao Naik, inspector, Jahwar police station said. "We found Bhogade's number after going through the call data records. He confessed to the crime during interrogation." "We have arrested him under Sections 302 (murder) and 376 (rape) of the IPC and under Sections 4 and 8 of the prevention of children from sexual offences act. He has been remanded in police custody till August 1.
|2014-07-27||Heavy Rains Lash Thane City District - NDTV|
Heavy Rains Lash Thane City District Updated: July 27, 2014 19:02 IST THANE: The city witnessed heavy downpour throughout the day and many areas were marooned, district authorities said in Thane today. The Thane Regional Disaster Control Officer Santosh Kadam told PTI that a disaster control team swung into action and rescued the people he said. Wada Zilla Parishad member Jyoti Thackeray of the Shiv Sena complained that roads are in a precarious condition. Due to the rains, roads were breached and in some places, bridges developed cracks, she said.
|2014-07-27||Man killed in Thane, accused try to set body on fi|
Man killed in Thane, accused try to set body on fire Last Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 15:52 Thane: A 40-year-old man was allegedly killed by two persons who then tried to set his body on fire at his house here in the wee hours on Sunday, police said. At around 3.15 AM today, police received a call about smoke emanating from a house at Sawarkar Nagar locality in the city, Wagle Estate police station`s senior inspector A D Kshirsagar said. Police and firemen rushed to the house and found there a body, identified as that of one Rajendra alias Raju Gulab Jagtap (40), bearing wounds on head. Police suspect that Jagtap, who was a painter, was killed and the culprits set the body on fire to destroy evidence of the offence, he said.The deceased had a dispute over parking in the area with some persons, Kshirsagar said. A couple of persons have been taken into custody in this regard, he said, adding, the probe is on to identify and nab the accused. Offences have been registered under relevant sections of the IPC, the official said.
|2014-07-27||In Thane, man who murdered teenaged lover tried to|
In Thane, man who murdered teenaged lover tried to implicate her friend TNN | Jul 27, 2014, 11.38 PM IST MUMBAI: Investigation into the case where a 25-year-old man allegedly murdered his teenaged paramour and made it look like a suicide in rural Thane's Jawhar district, has revealed that he had also penned a fake suicide note. The accused, Shankar Bhogade, is in police custody. Bhogade, a dealer in farming implements, lives in Ruichmata village with his wife and child. The 17-year-old deceased, a college student, was his wife's friend. "Bhogade's wife did not know that the duo had got intimate. When the teenager learnt that she was two months pregnant, she demanded that Bhogade arrange for an abortion," said an officer.On July 19, Bhogade called her to a vacant room near Jayvilas Palace and offered her an aerated drink laced with poison. After she passed out, he reportedly hanged her to ensure she was dead. "He was aware of her friendship with a youth, Deepak from Bhatkarpada. Bhogade took a notebook from her bag and wrote that Deepak had rejected her marriage proposal prompting her to kill herself," said Pradeep Jadhav, deputy superintendent of police, Jawhar. "He planned to implicate Deepak for abetment and mask the homicide as suicide." But the police went through the teenager's phone call records and found that several calls were exchanged between her and Bhogade on the day of the crime. They also found Bhogade's Aadhar card from the scene of crime, and nabbed him. Share to Twitter
|2014-07-27||Navi Mumbaikars welcome Thane taluka split proposa|
Navi Mumbaikars welcome Thane taluka split proposal B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 28, 2014, 12.00 AM IST Navi Mumbai: Residents have a reason to rejoice as their city is going to get the status of taluka, breaking away from Thane. A proposal has been mooted for Navi Mumbai to have a new tehsil somewhere in the heart of the satellite town. Once approved by the state, locals will no longer have to travel to neighbouring Thane to get their administrative work done. The district planning and development council (DPDC) has moved a resolution recently to split Thane taluka into three, after bifurcation of the Thane district. "After several years of debate to create three separate talukas ó Mira Bhayandar, Navi Mumbai and Thane ó for better administration and efficient service to the locals, we finally reached at a consensus. I will try to get the state nod soon," said Thane guardian minister Ganesh Naik."We have been pushing for this move since long. Thane taluka is the biggest among the 15 talukas in Thane district. With Navi Mumbai getting taluka status, local residents will benefit a lot as they will not have to suffer by standing in long queues at the Thane tehsil office," said Mansi Madare, a Vashi resident. Sunil Kambli, a Nerul resident said that Navi Mumbai is growing rapidly. It should have its own identity by being a separate taluka with over 14 lakh population in the civic area itself."The longstanding proposal has been passed by the apex body of the district and soon we expect the division. This will save time and money," he added. Reportedly, Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik raised the issue in the DPDC meeting which was seconded by Ovla-majiwada MLA Pratap Sarnaik. The proposal, under the stewardship of Ganesh Naik, got DPDC nod. It was then unanimously decided to split the taluka.
|2014-07-26||Thane residents pick up some unusual Eidis - Times|
Thane residents pick up some unusual Eidis Debarati S Sen | TNN | Jul 26, 2014, 07.00 PM IST The pious month of Ramzan is coming to a close with the Muslim community in Thane celebrating Eid on July 29th. The elders are all set to shower their blessings in the form of Eidi. Though tradition says that the Eidi is usually given in the form of cash, these days there are some who are opting for gifts as well. Some gift ideas that have gained popularity in the city are - gift hampers, gadgets, perfumes and also gift vouchers. Gourmet hampers, organic food hampers, special flavoured teas, exotic chocolate hampers, skin care and hair care hampers - one is spoilt for choice with the variety available in Thane. These days there are complete food hampers available too with the ingredients of a particular dish all packed in proportion that would make even a novice in the kitchen into a chef! For the gadget-friendly, and technology-friendly Thaneite, festivals are just another reason to pick up the latest models of mobile phones, tabs, computers, laptops or televisions. These are fine gifts that can be cherished for a long time. Perfumes are an apt gift for this occasion, specially ittars. And now, with the various malls in Thane offering mega discounts - gift vouchers are a great gift. The person can choose to purchase their own favourite item with the gift voucher.
|2014-07-26||Aware of Corruption in Welfare Schemes in Thane: M|
Aware of Corruption in Welfare Schemes in Thane: Minister 26 JULY 2014 Last Updated at 3:08 PMNATIONAL Thane Guardian minister and Maharashtra cabinet minister Ganesh Naik here said corruption is involved in several welfare schemes running in the district and that officials concerned are taking steps to curb it. Presiding over a meeting of District Planning Committee here yesterday, Naik said, "I am aware that at least half of the schemes running in the district are embroiled in corruption. But action is being taken against those involved in it and it will be ensured that people do not suffer." The issue of mismanagement due to rampant corruption in Rural Water Supply Scheme in some places Murbad, Sahapur in the district was raised during the meeting. At the meet, Thane Zila Parishad CEO Shekar Gaikwad informed that over 100 FIRs had been registered in connection with cases involving corruption in Government schemes. In several works, payment was made even before their completion. Naik said primarily, the gram sabha and the local committee, set up for the purpose of allocating contracts and carrying out the work, should be held responsible for any irregularity. Demand to connect Bhiwandi and Kalyan through monorail was also discussed. Vasai MLA Vivek Pandit raising the issue of the D.Ed College at Jawhar being shifted to Ambernath. He said it was the only college for tribal students of the area and hence it should not be shifted.
|2014-07-26||After district, Thane taluka division on the cards|
After district, Thane taluka division on the cards? Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jul 27, 2014, 02.41 AM IST Thane: Trifurcating of Thane taluka will benefit not only the residents of Thane, but also those living in navi Mumbai and Mira Bhyander. The District Planning and Development Committee (DPDC) comprising all the party MLA's from Thane and chaired by Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik passed a proposal that would see Thane taluka trifurcated in to three talukas. On Friday, the Thane Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik and Sandeep NaikóMLA from Airoli moved a proposal to divide Thane in to three talukas, one for Thane, one for Navi Mumbai and one for Mira- Bhaynder. Sarnaik and Naik moved the proposal, as currently there is just one taluka for all the three cities of Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mira Bhyander. Residents of Navi Mumbai and Mira Bhyander have to come all the way to Thane for all the work related to the court, passport or SETU. Considering that the three cities surrounding Mumbai have a combined population of close to 38.99 lakh and are growing exponentially, Sarnaik and Naik said that having separate talukas would not just reduce the hardships of residents of Navi Mumbai and Mira- Bhaynder, but even Thane as there would lesser queues at the Thane taluka. Trifurcating the taluka will lead to be better services for people. Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik said that since the proposal was passed unanimously he had no objections and would soon forward the proposal to the state government, which would further take a call on clearing the move. Naik, however, in the meeting said that he expected the proposal to be cleared soon. Thane unit head of the Congress party Bal Purnekar said, "Thane taluka has three municipal corporation (Thane, Mira-Bhaynder and Navi Mumba). All three corporations have different set of issues. Having different talukas will help to address specific problems of each corporation, which is not the case in existing system."
|2014-07-26||Work on SATIS canopy to start today in Thane - Tim|
Work on SATIS canopy to start today in Thane B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 27, 2014, 02.03 AM IST THANE: The Thane civic body has finally decided to perform the foundation stone laying ceremony to install a canopy on the Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (SATIS) deck on July 27. The fibre canopy is budgeted at Rs 12 crore. Out of this, Rs 5 crore has been channeled from the deputy chairman of the state legislative council Vasant Davkhare's MLC fund while the remaining will be funded by the Thane Municipal Corporation. "The work will get over in nine months," said a senior TMC official. Ministers, MLAs and MPs will be part of the ceremony. Commuters are, however, unsure about the completion of the project. "We are clueless about how long the construction of the canopy will take in the monsoon followed by the election code of conduct," said commuter Kundan Kale.
|2014-07-26||Aware of corruption in welfare schemes in Thane: M|
Aware of corruption in welfare schemes in Thane: Minister Press Trust of India | Thane (Maha) July 26, 2014 Last Updated at 13:37 IST Thane Guardian minister and Maharashtra cabinet minister Ganesh Naik here said corruption is involved in several welfare schemes running in the district and that officials concerned are taking steps to curb it. Presiding over a meeting of District Planning Committee here yesterday, Naik said, "I am aware that at least half of the schemes running in the district are embroiled in corruption. But action is being taken against those involved in it and it will be ensured that people do not suffer." The issue of mismanagement due to rampant corruption in Rural Water Supply Scheme in some places Murbad, Sahapur in the district was raised during the meeting. At the meet, Thane Zila Parishad CEO Shekar Gaikwad informed that over 100 FIRs had been registered in connection with cases involving corruption in Government schemes. In several works, payment was made even before their completion. Naik said primarily, the gram sabha and the local committee, set up for the purpose of allocating contracts and carrying out the work, should be held responsible for any irregularity. Demand to connect Bhiwandi and Kalyan through monorail was also discussed. Vasai MLA Vivek Pandit raising the issue of the D.Ed College at Jawhar being shifted to Ambernath. He said it was the only college for tribal students of the area and hence it should not be shifted.
|2014-07-26||Aware of corruption in welfare schemes in Thane - |
|2014-07-25||Thane: Tree falls, 10 injured, woman and infant ki|
Thane: Tree falls, 10 injured, woman and infant killed INDIA Updated: Jul 25, 2014 12:18 IST A 25-year-old and her four-month-old child were crushed to death and ten others injured when a tree fell on their huts in Bhiwandi town of Thane district, fire officials said. The banyan tree, which was about a century old, fell on 3-4 huts in a slum colony at Khadiput locality of Bharat Nagar on Bhiwandi outskirts at around 9.30pm on Friday, Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation's sub-station fire officer Rajesh Pawar said on Friday. In the mishap, Anisha Ashraf Ali and her son Altaf Ali were crushed to death, he said. The other ten injured, including eight women, were rushed to IGM hospital. One seriously injured person was later shifted to Mumbai's Sion hospital, he said. Fire officials and local police rushed to the slum colony for rescue and relief operations.
|2014-07-25||MSEDC engineer held for graft in Thane - Daily New|
MSEDC engineer held for graft in Thane Fri, 25 Jul 2014-10:23am , PTI An engineer of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDC) was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from an electrical contractor, ACB has said. MSEDC's Additional Executive Engineer in Vashi, Sunil B Kathale had demanded Rs 10,000 from the contractor for sanctioning power load in a building, ACB's Additional SP, Thane Range, Srinivas Ghatge said. The contractor lodged a complaint with the Navi Mumbai unit of ACB, which laid a trap and nabbed the official while he was allegedly accepting the money in his office yesterday, he said. The accused has been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the ACB official said.
|2014-07-25||Thane corporator's wife succumbs to dengue - Mid-D|
Thane corporator's wife succumbs to dengue By Leona Nathan |Posted 25-Jul-2014 Doctors have confirmed that Sarita Palande, wife of Dashrat Palande, had dengue haermorrhage fever, and stopped responding to treatments to increase her platelet count Thane Municipal Corporator Dashrat Palande’s wife died of suspected dengue in the wee hours on Wednesday at Life Care Hospital in Thane. According to doctors, Sarita Palande did not respond to platelet replacement and corticosteroid therapy, which were administered to improve her platelet count “The 59-year-old woman, Sarita Palande, was diagnosed with dengue haemorrhage fever. The volume of blood inside the body started falling, as she was bleeding internally,” said Dr Jitendra Pawar at Life Care Hospital. “My mother-in-law had mild fever last week but recovered within two days, and was doing absolutely fine. On Monday, she seemed a little weak, so we hospitalised her. Despite trying all possible treatment, we couldn’t avert the unfortunate,” said Dr Vaishali Palande, her daughter-in-law. “Platelet replacement and corticosteroid therapy did not improve her platelet count. Soon she was weak and stopped responding to treatments,” added Dr Pawar. Speaking to mid-day, R T Kendre, Thane Municipal Corporation’s medical officer said, “Out of three tests NS1, IGG, IGM only one IGG was reactive, while the other two were negative. On this basis, we may say there is a possibility of mixed infections, resulting in thrombocytopenia. So there is still a question mark on the cause of death.” He added, “I will call the doctor who treated Mrs Palande to discuss the case.”
|2014-07-25||Drive to own imported vehicles slows this year in |
Drive to own imported vehicles slows this year in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jul 26, 2014, 02.01 AM IST THANE: It seems like residents from the city are no longer charmed with fancy wheels. According to the first financial quarter figures available with the RTO, the number of imported vehicles purchased and registered at Thane decreased by 75%. Last year, the number of imported vehicles registered were 67 as compared to this times 16. The Thane RTO has always got good revenue for the state transport department and the registration of imported cars and bikes forms a major chunk. However, this figure has dropped to just a quarter. The first quarter of 2013 saw 67 imported cars and 6 bikes being registered, whereas this year only 16 cars and 4 motorcyles were registered. Experts feel that the drop in figures was because the Thane RTO refused to register vehicles whose owners did not live in the city. ''Several residents from Mumbai used to get their vehicles registered in Thane to evade paying octroi in Mumbai. But after the officials got to know about this, they put strict rules into place,'' said transport activist Chandrahas Tawde. An overall slowdown could be another reason, said felt. RTO officials agree that the dip is largely because to department decided not tor register vehicles of those residing outside Thane. ''Since the last nine months we have been registering vehicles whose owners live in the city, even if it means a loss of revenue,'' said M B Jadhav, Thane RTO. He added that there is no loss of revenue for the transport department as there has been a corresponding increase in revenue for the Mumbai RTO offices.
|2014-07-25||Thane: Woman, Infant Killed, 10 Others Injured as |
Thane: Woman, Infant Killed, 10 Others Injured as Tree Falls on Slum Huts Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: July 25, 2014 12:40 IST THANE: A woman and her four-month-old child were crushed to death and ten others injured when a tree fell on their huts in Bhiwandi town of Thane district, fire officials said. The banyan tree, which was about a century old, fell on 3-4 huts in a slum colony at Khadiput locality of Bharat Nagar on Bhiwandi outskirts at around 9.30 PM on Thursday, Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation's sub-station fire officer Rajesh Pawar said today. In the mishap, Anisha Ashraf Ali (25) and her son Altaf Ali (4 months) were crushed to death, he said. The other ten injured, including eight women, were rushed to IGM hospital. One seriously injured person was later shifted to Mumbai's Sion hospital, he said. Fire officials and local police rushed to the slum colony for rescue and relief operations.
|2014-07-25||RAMONA ETHEL THANE, Caro - Tuscola Today|
RAMONA ETHEL THANE, Caro Posted by Compmanager on July 25, 2014 Ramona went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Timberline AFC Home in Caro. She was 85 years old. Ramona was born January 2, 1929 in Madison, Nebraska, the daughter of the late Elton Henry & Frances (Hankla) Schmitt. She was united in marriage with Harold Archie Thane on February 14, 1971 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Following their marriage, they came to Caro to live. He preceded her in death on May 10, 1997. Before coming to Caro, Ramona received her BA degree from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska in 1963 and taught school in Sidney, Nebraska for fourteen years. Ramona was very musical and played the piano and sang in many groups throughout her life, including a trio in high school, and for her church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. After moving to Caro, she was a substitute teacher in Tuscola County for twenty years and earned her state teaching certificate at Saginaw Valley State University. Ramona was a member of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel and volunteered in classrooms for Caro Schools. Ramona was a member of the Sutton-Sunshine United Methodist Church for many years, where she taught Sunday School, was the church pianist for several years and sang in the church choir. She later became a member of the Caro Nazarene Church. Ramona is survived by one sister, Alta E. (Keith) Kumm of Holyoke, Colorado; sisters-in-law, Loretta Thane of Cass City and Florence Thane of Sebewaing; nephew, Daryl (Rosona) Schmitt of Duncan, Oklahoma. She is also survived by step-children, Lois (Lonis) Livingston, Kay Thane, Alice & Edward Slater, Jean & Gary McPherron, Elaine & Fred Bardwell; and many step-grandchildren, -great-grandchildren and -nieces and -nephews. In addition to her husband, Harold, Ramona was preceded in death by one brother, Glenn; Haroldís two brothers, Willis and Garth; sisters Edwina, Gladys, Catherine; sisters-in-law, Cleta Schmitt and Maxine Bell; step-sons Floyd, Leonard Thane and Norbert Fader; and step-daughter, Marilyn Fader. Ramona was loved by all. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home with Rev. Paul McNett officiating. Burial will follow at the Almer Township Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.Ransford Collon.com.
|2014-07-25||NCP wants more seats in city, Thane - The Asian Ag|
NCP wants more seats in city, Thane Jul 26, 2014 - Vivek Bhavsar | mumbai Share After the BJP, it is now the NCP‚Äôs turn to demand more seats from its alliance partner. With an eye on Mumbai and Thane, NCP is likely to ask Congress to leave seven more seats out of the total 36 seats in Mumbai and 10 more seats out of the total 24 seats in the Thane district. The NCP wants to contest at least 15 seats from Mumbai. Dinkar Tawade, NCP general secretary, said, ‚ÄúNCP‚Äôs existence in Mumbai is not very strong. The party leaders are aware of it. But to motivate party workers, we want to contest more seats from Mumbai and Thane than in previous state Assembly elections.‚ÄĚ There has been a spat over seat-sharing between the Congress and NCP with the former rejecting NCP‚Äôs demand for more seats. In the 2009 elections, Congress won 82 out of the 174 seats it contested while NCP won 62 out of the 114 seats it contested. In Mumbai, Congress won 17 of the 29 seats while NCP won three of the seven it contested. Mr Tawade claimed that NCP could contest seats that Congress would never dare to. ‚ÄúAndheri and Borivali are seats where Congress was far behind in the recent Lok Sabha election. In Andheri (east), Suresh Shetty, health minister and representative of the constituency, was behind the Shiv Sena by more than 25,000 votes in the Lok Sabha election,‚ÄĚ he said. According to him, the demand would be raised in a meeting with the Congress and the NCP chief would respect party workers‚Äô wish to contest the Assembly elections. ‚ÄúParty chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday will take stock of how many seats the party wants to contest. If Congress remains firm on not allowing more seats, NCP may take a decision different from expectations,‚ÄĚ Mr Tawade claimed. MRCC president Prof Janardan Chandurkar said, ‚ÄúCongress has greater presence in Mumbai than NCP. We have a base and we have workers at the grassroot level.‚ÄĚ He added that if they left some seats, it would be an injustice against their own party workers. Post new comment Your name: * E-Mail Address: * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment: * Input format Filtered HTML Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Full HTML Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically. CAPTCHAThis question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. Share Tweet Business Airtel partners with BGFI Bank for mobile money services Rupee extends fall to four and a half month low tracking broad dollar rise Snapdeal on Ratan Tata‚Äôs list for investment Rupert Murdoch's Fox abandons Time Warner takeover bid Microsoft rolls out first update to Windows 8.1 MostRead MostCommented MostEmailed Sachin Tendulkar‚Äôs effect on national identity ‚ÄėPeace needs political, social commitment‚Äô Steven Gerrard‚Äôs fan breaks down For West, Rajapaksa is Sri Lanka‚Äôs Modi Plea in HC against Somnath Bharti, Arvind Kejriwal over poll expenses Bharat by Batra & Co. Israel: Fact & fiction The real shocker in Natwar‚Äôs hardback Can stray dogs make city safer for women? UN outrage leads to 4-hour lull Live like the gods A manifesto of failure Shiv Sena holds Kolhapur bandh IITs, NITs pulled up by High Court for failing to deal with vacant seats ‚ÄėSupporting Israel is in our interest‚Äô Gogoi government reaffirms faith in house speaker Alpha couples, beta marriage Promises to keep Global ad blitz to market India A manifesto of failure RBI fixes reference rate for rupee at 60.14 against dollar today Columnists Reinventing the LeftShiv Visvanathan Rudolf Heredia, a Jesuit sociologist and theologian, once asked me whether I could think of a way of escaping ideology and social science terms like poverty and exploitation ‚ÄĒ which have almost becomeA human questionJaved Anand Count me as part of the global community of individuals, organisations and governments protesting against the latest round of brutality being perpetrated by Israeli forces on non-combatant men, women and children of Gaza. Horoscope Select your sign Aquarius Aries Cancer Gemini Leo Libra Pisces Sagittarius Scorpio Taurus Virgo capricorn Home India Metros International Business Opinion Sports Entertainment Life & Style Newsmakers Books E-Paper Science + Health About Us Contact Us Career Feedback Copyright ¬© 2011 The Asian Age. All rights reserved.
|2014-07-24||Green cheer: Census reveals Thane has over 4.55 la|
Green cheer: Census reveals Thane has over 4.55 lakh trees Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Jul 24, 2014, 11.59 AM IST THANE: A recent census of the tree population in Thane has revealed that the green cover here has exceeded 4.55 lakh. The tree tally in the city has recorded an impressive growth by more than 1.23 lakh trees as compared to the numbers recorded in the previous survey conducted in 2002. From a total of 3.31 lakh trees listed in the decade-old tree census conducted by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) then, the recently concluded census (2007-2011) has revealed that the tree tally has gone upwards of 4.55 lakh. The survey conducted by a Mumbai-based firm, Environment and Biotechnology Foundation (ENBITECH), was done using Geographic Information System with a team of experts from the field of Botany, Taxonomy and environmental sciences. "The tree inventory was carried out in each ward and only trees capable of attaining 5.6 mts height and trunk of minimum 10 cm perimeter at the chest level of an average height person were recorded," said Dr Ramesh Madhav, of ENBITECH.He added that Thane has a lone rare tree species of Rudraksha, which are located in the compound of the district collectorate. Of the total 4.55 lakh trees the maximum numbers ó 2.81 lakh were found on private lands, followed by the wild tree growth of more than 63,000 trees on industrial plots in Thane, while the tree count on government-occupied plots were just about 39,182, he said. Civic officials said the industrial units at Vartak Nagar, Kolshet, Pokhran Road and Kalwa have a dense tree cover. However, these plots are now de-reserved into residential or commercial premises with the developer getting rid of trees to facilitate tall towers. Panchpakhadi has the highest number of trees with 76,958, followed by 47,889 trees in Kolshet. The Mumbra-Shil-Diva area, however, presents a gloomy picture as the tree cover at Khidkali, Sonkar and the Dombarwar area were recorded at 26, 41 and 54 respectively. "The present census survey will help us identify the location, name and the approximate age of trees as each of these 4.55 lakh trees has been given a serial number. It will help the TMC to take decision on fresh plantations or at the time of giving sanctions or otherwise for cutting down trees to facilitate any development project in the wards," an official said.
|2014-07-24||Man struggles to get case filed for stolen wallet |
Man struggles to get case filed for stolen wallet at Thane station Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jul 24, 2014, 12.18 PM IST THANE: A young IT professional whose wallet was reportedly stolen at Thane station has alleged that the railway police are refusing to register his case. The victim, Abhishek Pandey, a resident of Thane, also claimed that the cops coerced him to filing a missing report. The victim then approached higher officials, but to no avail. On July 4, Pandey was boarding a fast train from platform number 6 when he realized that someone was stealing his wallet. Before he could react, he was pushed inside the train. Later, he approached the Thane railway cops . "The on duty officers refused to file an FIR and insisted that I register a missing report," said Pandey. "I was told by the officers that the process of filing an FIR was lengthy. I had no idea of the law and so got convinced by what they said," he said. He then approached activist Samir Zaveri who wrote to the railway police commissioner, after which Pandey was asked to come to the police station last week. When contacted, SPI M B Sankhe of Thane GRP assured that the issue will be looked into. "The complainant hasn't approached me yet. We will look into the case," said SPI Sankhe.
|2014-07-24||Thane shuttlers bag silver - Times of India|
Thane shuttlers bag silver B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 24, 2014, 12.33 PM IST THANE: Thane athletes Sai Gulhane and Aman F S managed to bag silver medals in the U-15 girl's and boy's tournament at the recently-held national sub-junior badminton championship at Bhagalpur in Bihar. Both the students are trainees at the Thane Municipal Corporation-run Syed Modi Badminton Academy. The duo are students of Little Flower School of Vasant Vihar.
|2014-07-24||Thane colleges fill up most first year junior coll|
Thane colleges fill up most first year junior college seats Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jul 24, 2014, 10.57 PM IST THANE: The admission scenario in the city has been good as most of the colleges have managed to fill their seats by the end of the admission process. This year, several city colleges had scored cent per cent results in the HSC exam. This made many students who passed out of SSC opt for colleges from the city.Parents and students had made a beeline outside several colleges in the city since morning, where their wards had secured admission under the management quota. College principals were satisfied with the response, this year, and said that they would be able to clarify the number of vacant seats, if any, by Thursday. ''We have seen good number of admissions to our junior colleges this year,'' said Vijay Bedekar, member of the VPM trust that manages some of the premier colleges in the city. Some colleges that had some seats vacant were hopeful that they would be taken up in the coming days. "We have around 16 seats still left vacant in the science stream, while commerce is full," said an official from a Kopri college. An official from St Lawrence junior college said"We will come to know about the status and display the same on our notice boards." State education officials said that there is no reason to worry as there are ample seats vacant for students after the offline process is over. "Colleges will be displaying a list of vacancies in their respective campuses starting Thursday. Students will definitely get a seat in their choice of courses, but may not be in the college of their choice," said a state official. Meanwhile, the cut off for commerce in the offline admission was 89% at Joshi Bedekar College of Arts and Commerce, said an official. Dnyansadhana also saw a jump in cut off per cent for offline admissions, but ensured all seats were occupied. "Our cut off for the offline process in science was 69% as against the third round of online admissions where it was 56%. In commerce, the cut off was 79% as against 66% in the third online round. All seats have been filled," said an official.
|2014-07-24||Zunka without kanda: Thane locals cook without oni|
Zunka without kanda: Thane locals cook without onions, tomatoes to protest rising costs PADMJA SINHA | Thu, 24 Jul 2014-07:45am , DNA With onion and tomato prices going up, a bunch of housewives from societies across Ghodbunder Road have come up with an initiative called 'no onion tomato week' to boycott the veggies, in hope that prices might be regulated.Neha Singh from Brahmand. "Tomatoes and onions selling at Rs 60 and Rs 30 per kg respectively is proving to be a costly affair for housewives like us. We are finding it difficult to manage our kitchen. I discussed the problem with my other friends at the society. We agreed to stick to 'no onion tomato' week and spread the message to others." Karuna Sahay, who is also a part of the initiative, says, "Price is directly related to demand and supply. Hence, if we are able to curb the demand, prices will definitely come down. Though our initiative is small, we are trying to make it big by spreading the message through social networking groups about not including onion and tomato in the food at least for a week." "It is not very difficult to say no to these veggies at least for a week. We think that if numbers are large, it will really affect the prices," said Neha. Interestingly, men are also supporting the group and are spreading the word among their friends to join the initiative, which was planned two days ago. Around 60 ladies have joined the initiative and more are planning to join. The residents of Vasant Vihar, Manpada and other areas are hopeful that the intitive will create an impact. "Both onion and tomato are definitely essential commodities for our kitchen, but that doesn't mean that they should be sold at such high prices. The price regulatory authorities should know about the issue and control the same," said a resident.
|2014-07-24||Man struggles to get case filed for stolen wallet |
Man struggles to get case filed for stolen wallet at Thane station Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jul 24, 2014, 12.18 PM IST THANE: A young IT professional whose wallet was reportedly stolen at Thane station has alleged that the railway police are refusing to register his case. The victim, Abhishek Pandey, a resident of Thane, also claimed that the cops coerced him to filing a missing report. The victim then approached higher officials, but to no avail. On July 4, Pandey was boarding a fast train from platform number 6 when he realized that someone was stealing his wallet. Before he could react, he was pushed inside the train. Later, he approached the Thane railway cops . "The on duty officers refused to file an FIR and insisted that I register a missing report," said Pandey. "I was told by the officers that the process of filing an FIR was lengthy. I had no idea of the law and so got convinced by what they said," he said. He then approached activist Samir Zaveri who wrote to the railway police commissioner, after which Pandey was asked to come to the police station last week. When contacted, SPI M B Sankhe of Thane GRP assured that the issue will be looked into. "The complainant hasn't approached me yet. We will look into the case," said SPI Sankhe.
|2014-07-23||Thane: Four Allegedly Flee With Steel Rods-Laden T|
Thane: Four Allegedly Flee With Steel Rods-Laden Trailer Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: July 23, 2014 12:59 IST THANE: Four unidentified robbers allegedly waylaid a steel rods-laden trailer in the district and fled with the consignment worth about Rs. 26.03 lakhs kept in it, police said today. While the transport vehicle was on its way from Khopoli to Wada in Thane yesterday, the four got into it near Panvel-Mumbra road and tied up its driver Bapu Gangaram Jadhav at knife-point, Shil Daighar's assistant police inspector S B Londhe said. They drove the trailer to LP Bridge, Nerul in Navi Mumbai and after robbing the driver and dumping him there, sped away with the vehicle, he said quoting a complaint filed by Yadav. Offences have been registered against the four persons under sections 392 (robbery), 363 (kidnapping) rw 34 (wrongful restraint) of the IPC, Londhe said, adding that search was on to nab them.
|2014-07-23||Police suspect minor's hand in Thane jewellery sto|
Police suspect minorís hand in Thane jewellery store heist Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 23, 2014, 10.59 PM IST THANE: A day after, a heist that took place at a jewellery shop at Ram Maruti Road, the police suspect a minor to be involved in the crime as they found a one-and-a-half-fee hole dug up on the rear side of the wall. On Monday night, the thieves dug a hole in the rear side of the wall and gained access inside the shop. They stole gold jewellery worth Rs 18 lakh, including a licensed revolved with five live rounds. The police suspect that the thieves were well acquainted with the shop. The rear side of the wall had got weak due to seepage of water due to the rains. This made it easier for the thieves to dig a hole and gain access into the shop. tnn
|2014-07-22||Shive Sena activist murdered in Thane - IBNLive|
Shive Sena activist murdered in Thane Updated: July 22, 2014, 9:47 PM IST Thane: A Shiv Sena activist was murdered on Tuesday allegedly by two unknown persons, which police suspect a fallout of previous enmity. The incident occurred in Naupada locality this evening when Sanjay Rokade (40) was parking his car near an automobile shop, said senior police inspector DD Pagare of Naupada police station.Police said that the duo first damaged the windscreen of the car with iron rods and when Rokade got down to confront them they smashed his head with the rods. Rokade was rushed to Jupiter Hospital where he was declared brought dead. A case under section 302 of IPC is registered in this regard, Pagare said, adding that prima facie the murder was the fallout of some personal enmity. The deceased was a resident of Dhobi Aali. Police also said that Rokade was allegedly involved in the murder of one Arun Gangurde in Tekdi Bungalow area some years back and had served jail term earlier.
|2014-07-22||Maharashtra Police say no to Akbaruddin Owaisi's T|
Maharashtra Police say no to Akbaruddin Owaisi's Thane visit IndiahiddenJul, 22 2014 07:55:59 IST Hyderabad: Maharashtra police on Monday denied entry to the controversial Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi to Thane, a day ahead of his scheduled visit there, by serving him a notice in which they cited alleged hate speeches delivered by him in the past.However, Owaisi, who represents Chandrayangutta Assembly constituency, said he would fight out the notice legally. "The Thane police commissioner Vijay Kamble informed me not to enter the commissionerate limits. I am really surprised to see the notice and the order which has been served to me. "The notice says that I am attending a public gathering and also delivering a speech. But my real programme in Mumbra is not for addressing any public meeting or giving a public speech, but only for attending an 'Iftaar' party and to meet local people and return," Owaisi told media persons on Monday night. The MIM leader said that he had taken a strong objection to the notice and given a written reply to the Thane police commissioner. "They (police) have mentioned in the notice (denying me the entry) that my provocative speeches in the past had created law and order problems between two communities. "As a citizen of this country I hold the right to move freely in any part of India and I cannot be stopped from moving freely," he said. Owaisi said he would challenge the notice in court. "Such things cannot stop me from reaching out to my people and my brothers. I am going to reach out and meet them and I am going to fight for them," he added.
|2014-07-22||Thane: Tutor Arrested for Allegedly Molesting Stud|
Thane: Tutor Arrested for Allegedly Molesting Student Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: July 22, 2014 13:14 IST THANE: A coaching class tutor in Thane has been arrested for allegedly molesting a teenage girl student, police said. According to ASI Mhaske of Virar police station, accused Jayprakash S Gabre (37) repeatedly molested the girl between May and July this year when she came for the classes. The accused used to touch her inappropriately. Fed up of the constant abuse, the girl opened up to her parents after which a complaint was registered with the Virar police station. The tutor has been charged under section 354 of the IPC and also under section 7 and 8 of the POSA Act, police said. In another incident in Nalla Sopara here, a girl aged nine who had gone to play in the neighbourhood was molested by her friend's brother aged around 12, police said. Based on a complaint by the victim, an offence under section 354 of the IPC had been registered and the accused minor has been taken into custody.
|2014-07-22||20 students injured as slab collapses in school in|
20 students injured as slab collapses in school in Thane Tue, 22 Jul 2014-01:07pm , PTI At least 20 students of a civic school in Bhiwandi town of the district were injured when a slab in a classroom crashed on them this morning, police said. At around 9 AM, the slab in the classroom of Telugu School at Padma Nagar in Bhiwandi fell on the students of Class VIII causing injuries to them, Bhiwandi police station's head constable M F More said. The students were rushed to MGM Hospital at Bhiwandi and were being treated for injuries, he said. The children were reported to be out of danger, More said. Police personnel and firemen from Bhiwandi reached the school for assistance and evacuation of students, he added.
|2014-07-22||The Wall Street Journal's Terrorist Logic in Suppo|
The Terrorist Logic in Support of Israel This New York University scholar believes Palestinian civilians are legitimate targets because Gazans voted for Hamas. By Jamelle Bouie If thereís a single thing that separates legitimate warfare from simple terrorism, itís the effort to distinguish civilians from soldiers, and combatants from noncombatants. Thatís not to say that noncombatants donít die in ďlegitimateĒ wars, or that states donít accept civilian deaths as a matter of course. At the same time, it matters that those actions arenít war aimsóthat states are trying to distinguish between combatants and noncombatants. To collapse the distinction, or to ignore it entirely, is to embrace the logic of terrorists, which is what Thane Rosenbaum, a senior fellow and director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at New York University Law School, did on Monday in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.* On some basic level, you forfeit your right to be called civilians when you freely elect members of a terrorist organization as statesmen, invite them to dinner with blood on their hands and allow them to set up shop in your living room as their base of operations. At that point you begin to look a lot more like conscripted soldiers than innocent civilians. And you have wittingly made yourself targets. For comparisonís sake, hereís Osama Bin Laden attempt to justify the Sept. 11 attacks: [T]he American people are the ones who choose their government by way of their own free will; a choice which stems from their agreement to its policies. Thus the American people have chosen, consented to, and affirmed their support for the Israeli oppression of the Palestinians, the occupation and usurpation of their land, and its continuous killing, torture, punishment and expulsion of the Palestinians. The American people have the ability and choice to refuse the policies of their Government and even to change it if they want. For both Rosenbaum and Bin Laden, the situation is straightforward: Because a majority of Gazans/Americans voted for leaders who used violence or waged war against Israelis/Muslims, both have forfeited their claim to noncombatant status. After all, if they wanted to avoid conflict, they wouldnít have elected those people in the first place.If you recoil from this logic, your head is in the right place. By any standard, itís perverse and morally wrongóa justification for the worst atrocities. Whatís more, itís based on the faulty assumption that there are no innocents in a democratic polityóthat all individuals, from aid workers and conscientious objectors to children and the disabled, bear responsibility for every action of their government. If this were true, then the logic of Rosenbaum and Bin Laden would make sense, and everyone would stand as a legitimate target in armed conflict. It should be said that Rosenbaum isnít the only person to make this argument in the context of the Israel-Palestine conflict. In 2006, another law professoróAlan Dershowitzótook a somewhat softer line in arguing that we should have a ďcontinuum of civilianalityĒ that distinguished ďthe truly innocentĒ from the ďguilty accessories to terrorism.Ē Dershowitz wasnít as cold-blooded as Rosenbaumósketching a difference between ďa civilian who merely favors or even votes for a terrorist group and one who provides financial or other material support for terrorismĒ that Rosenbaum doesnít abideóbut even his logic is disturbing in its permissiveness toward broad-based violence against a population. One last observation: In 2001, just after Sept. 11, University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill wrote an essay defending the attacks and disputing the innocence of the victims. ďLetís get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break,Ē he wrote, ďThey formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of Americaís global financial empireĖthe ďmighty engine of profitĒ to which the military dimension of U.S. policy has always been enslavedóand they did so both willingly and knowingly.Ē The men and women killed in the World Trade Center, he declared, were ďlittle EichmannsĒ who deserved their fate.This essay resurfaced a few years later, and in the firestorm, Churchill lost his job. Somehow, I doubt Rosenbaum will lose his job, despite making similar comments for a much larger audience, which gets to an important fact about this logic. Itís only inexcusable when applied to us or groups we can identify with. When the targets are more marginal, or even foreign, the outrage is strangely silent. *Correction, July 22, 2014: This article originally misidentified Thane Rosenbaum as a professor at New York University. He is a senior fellow and director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at NYU Law. (Return.)
|2014-07-22||25 students injured as slab collapses in school ne|
25 students injured as slab collapses in school near Thane Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jul 22, 2014, 01.09 PM IST BHIWANDI: Around 25 students were injured after the slab of a Bhiwandi-Nizampura Municipal Corporation-run school in Bhiwandi collapsed on Tuesday morning.The incident took place at around 9.30am at Telugu medium school number 59/60 of the civic body situated at Padma Nagar area in Bhiwandi. The Bhiwandi police officials said that the slab of 9th and 10th standard classrooms collapsed while the students were attending a lecture. At the time of the incident, a total of 95 students were in the classrooms.The police said that after the incident, the teachers with the help of school staff and locals rushed all the students to Indira Gandhi Memorial hospital, where around 30 students were given first aid and 25 others were hospitalized. Out of the 25 admitted students, two are suspected to have some serious head injuries. Sources claimed that one day before the incident, students had reported about a crack in the ceiling but the authorities did not take the matter seriously. Immediately after the incident, fire and police personnel sprung into action and carried out the rescue operation.
|2014-07-22||Thane's communication system to fight disasters be|
Thaneís communication system to fight disasters better than Mumbai Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 23, 2014, 02.08 AM IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation's (TMC) has scored over Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation when it comes to communication system to attend disasters. While there are reports that BMC fire brigade lacks high-tech communication system, the TMC had procured the state-of-art communication system nearly a year back. The advanced communication system known as the Radio Trunking System or Terrestrial Trunk Radio Access System (TETRA) was procured for the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) and the fire brigade personnel for communicating while attending any kind of emergencies or disaster related calls. Arvind Mandke, the chief fire officer of TMC, told TOI, that the new system is helpful during the emergencies. These systems work properly even when someone using it is on a high rise or is at the basement of a structure. During emergencies, the high penetrative frequencies of the new system do not cause any hindrances in communication. The high-speed communication also reduces the response time while combating disaster." Earlier, the RDMC and fire brigade department used wireless on Simplex-VHF 148.25 MHz frequency, but it worked only within a three-kms radius and was a one way communication system. However, the new system works two-ways and work on 800 Mhz frequency, which is upgraded than the earlier version and shall have the clear calls up to 30 kms.The official added, "The telephone networks get jammed during emergencies, introduction of TETRA will ensure better communication with disaster management groups combating emergencies and other major disasters." All the top officials including Mayor, civic commissioner, chief fire officer, ward offices, RDMC head, eight fire brigade stations and fire fighters on the fire engines and the headquarters have given the walkie-talkies and will get the signals from the control room on their respective devices with minute to minute update.
|2014-07-22||Thane college arranges stay for its graduates stuc|
Thane college arranges stay for its graduates stuck in Malaysia Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Jul 23, 2014, 12.11 AM IST THANE: The SES College of Hotel and Tourism Management has arranged for the hotel stay of its catering graduates stranded in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with fake work visas. The move came after the college faced criticism for its failure to properly guide the 21 new graduates. The college dispatched a representative to Malaysia last week. The three female students in the group did not accept any assistance from the college officials, whom they accuse of misleading them and causing them physical and mental trauma. The female students were being assisted by the Maharashtra Mandal in Malaysia.All the 21 students were deceived by a Singapore employment agent, who issued fake work visas in return for a fee. Representatives of the Maharashtra Mandal intervened in the case and appealed for help from the Indian Consulate to ensure that the students are not arrested for illegal stay. Relatives of the female students here met Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray and party MP Dr Shrikant Shinde. The families said the students' college had failed to deliver its promise of a well-paying job in Singapore and was doing little to get their wards back home.
|2014-07-22||Thane boy strikes gold at International Physics Ol|
Thane boy strikes gold at International Physics Olympiad; Indian team wins two gold and three silver medals Tanvi Ramkrishnan | TNN | Jul 23, 2014, 12.16 AM IST MUMBAI: Thane's Aniket Bajpai won a gold medal at the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) that concluded in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Monday. The Indian team participating at the event won two gold and three silver medals. All-India JEE (Advanced) topper Chitraang Murdia from Udaipur won the other gold medal for the country. Gurukirat Bajwa, Rupanshu Ganvir and BVS Naidu, who was the youngest participant at 16 years of age, won silver medals at the international event. Bajpai, son of an IT consultant from Thane, is all set to join IIT-Delhi for his BTech in computer science. "The competition was very challenging, but our preparation was good and we were confident of winning," said Bajpai, who completed his Class XII from Shubhan Raje Junior College in Thane. "I have made so many friends from different countries, which is more valuable to me than the medal itself."Murdia, the topper in the IIT entrance exam, left for the IIT-Bombay campus after the event. He opted to pursue computer science from the Powai institute. The IPhO has been held for the past 35 years, and this year it hosted 374 of the brightest pre-university students hailing from 84 countries from around the globe. India has been competing at the Physics Olympiad since 1998 and has consistently maintained a high record within the top 10 countries for the past five years. The competition is highly coveted as its contingents have to undergo a series of pre-examinations before being selected to participate in the Olympiad."Despite the fact that some of the questions set at the Olympiad were extremely challenging, our students managed to do them extremely well," said Vijay Singh, the national co-ordinator of the Olympiad. Naidu said because of his age, people around him were not sure that he would be able to make it. "I took it as a challenge and worked really hard to get to where I am," he said.
|2014-07-22||NHRC seeks report on Thane tribal teen's custodial|
Thane: Four Allegedly Flee With Steel Rods-Laden Trailer Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: July 23, 2014 12:59 IST Thane: Four Allegedly Flee With Steel Rods-Laden Trailer Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: July 23, 2014 12:59 IST by Taboola Sponsored Links Sponsored Become Digital Marketing Certified in 2017 from IIM (IIM Kashipur) Parents, Here's a Box to Engage Kids Better at Home! (Flintobox) THANE: Four unidentified robbers allegedly waylaid a steel rods-laden trailer in the district and fled with the consignment worth about Rs. 26.03 lakhs kept in it, police said today. While the transport vehicle was on its way from Khopoli to Wada in Thane yesterday, the four got into it near Panvel-Mumbra road and tied up its driver Bapu Gangaram Jadhav at knife-point, Shil Daighar's assistant police inspector S B Londhe said. They drove the trailer to LP Bridge, Nerul in Navi Mumbai and after robbing the driver and dumping him there, sped away with the vehicle, he said quoting a complaint filed by Yadav. Offences have been registered against the four persons under sections 392 (robbery), 363 (kidnapping) rw 34 (wrongful restraint) of the IPC, Londhe said, adding that search was on to nab them.
|2014-07-22||'5482 hectares of mangroves on govt land in Thane |
Ď5,482 hectares of mangroves on govt land in Thane will soon be reserved forestsí Mumbai | Published:July 23, 2014 1:02 am More than a year after the stateís decision to notify all mangroves on public land as Ďreserved forestsí, around 5,482 hectares of mangroves on government land in Thane and Raigad districts will be notified as reserved forests. Around 4,478 hectares of mangroves in Thane (Dahanu division) will be declared reserved forests by July 25 and 1,004.48 hectares in Raigad district by the next week, the Konkan divisional commissioner informed the state Tuesday. ďThe government-approved 4478 hectares, give and take a 100 hectares, will be notified by July 25, while the Raigad proposal of notifying 1004.48 hectares of mangroves on government land is with me. The notification will take a week more,Ē said R L Mopalwar, divisional commissioner, konkan division. ďIt takes time for our surveying team to delineate mangrove lands as well as the 50m buffer zones, and to ensure that only mangroves on government land are notified,Ē he said. This move comes after senior officials from the forest department pressed for speedy notification. A proposal to upgrade the Ďprotected forestí status of mangroves in Raigad to Ďreserved forestí is also pending with the divisional commissioner, said officials from the forest department. While limited human activity is permitted in protected forest areas, once a forest settlement officer settles claims of all inhabitants in reserved forests, all human activity is strictly prohibited. Through an order delivered in October 2005, the Bombay High Court has given the status of Ďprotected forestsí to mangrove areas on government land and that of Ďforestsí for mangrove area under private ownership in the state. To ensure greater protection of mangroves on government land, in June 2013, the state issued a notification to classify all mangrove forests on government land in the state as reserved forests. When all mangroves areas on public land in the state are notified, the state will have around 17,286 hectares of mangrove reserved forests, according to the mangrove cell. In Mumbai district, 3,998 hectares (all mangroves) on government land have already been notified as reserved forests.
|2014-07-21||Maharashtra police say no to MIM MLA Akbaruddin Ow|
Maharashtra police say no to MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi`s Thane visit Last Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 00:39 Hyderabad: Maharashtra police on Monday denied entry to the controversial Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi to Thane, a day ahead of his scheduled visit there, by serving him a notice in which they cited alleged hate speeches delivered by him in the past. However, Owaisi, who represents Chandrayangutta Assembly constituency here, said he would fight out the notice legally. "The Thane police commissioner Vijay Kamble informed me not to enter the commissionerate limits. I am really surprised to see the notice and the order which has been served to me."The notice says that I am attending a public gathering and also delivering a speech. But my real programme in Mumbra is not for addressing any public meeting or giving a public speech, but only for attending an `Iftaar` party and to meet local people and return," Owaisi told media persons here tonight. The MIM leader said that he had taken a strong objection to the notice and given a written reply to the Thane police commissioner. "They (police) have mentioned in the notice (denying me the entry) that my provocative speeches in the past had created law and order problems between two communities. "As a citizen of this country I hold the right to move freely in any part of India and I cannot be stopped from moving freely," he said. Owaisi said he would challenge the notice in court. "Such things cannot stop me from reaching out to my people and my brothers. I am going to reach out and meet them and I am going to fight for them," he added.
|2014-07-21||Akbar barred from entering Thane - The Hindu|
Akbar barred from entering Thane HYDERABAD:, JULY 22, 2014 00:12 IST UPDATED: JULY 22, 2014 00:12 IST He was planning to visit Aurangabad, Mumbra and Mumbai on a three-day programme to take part in Ďiftarí programmes After the Majlis president, Asaduddin Owaisi, it is the turn of his younger sibling, Akbaruddin Owaisi, to get notice from Maharashtra police not to enter the Thane Commissionerate limits. Mr. Akbaruddin, who was planning to visit Aurangabad, Mumbra and Mumbai to take part in Ďiftarí programmes, was served the notice by Thane police here on Monday. The orders issued by Thane Police Commissioner, Vijay Kamble, would be in force from July 20 to 31. Citing previous cases in which the Majlis leader was involved, Mr. Kamble said he had come to know that during his visit to Mumbra, Mr. Akbaruddin might deliver Ďprovocative speechí thereby disturbing peace. In his reply, the Majlis leader said the impugned order was passed on unfounded grounds and mere assumptions. His visit to Mumbra was only for attending an Ďiftarí dinner and there was no public meeting arranged. On Sunday, Mr. Asaduddin faced tense moments when he was denied entry into Malegaon where he was going to take part in an Ďiftarí programme . Police stopped his vehicle and served a notice issued by the district Magistrate denying him permission to deliver speech. . Howeverhe was allowed to attend the iftar programme.
|2014-07-21||Thane: 21-year-old held for raping minor girl - IB|
Thane: 21-year-old held for raping minor girl Updated: July 21, 2014, 1:24 PM IST Thane: A youngster was arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl living in his neighbourhood in a slum area of the city, police said on Monday. The 21-year-old accused, identified as Nanhe alias Ketan Kadam, who has past criminal record, called the girl in his chawl situated on Ambedkar road of Khopat area on the pretext of giving her money to buy snacks, Naupada police station senior inspector SS Pagare said. He then locked his chawl from inside and raped the girl, Pagare said quoting a complaint filed by the victim's mother. As per the complaint, the accused allegedly raped the girl on July 13 and 15 and threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed the offence to anyone, the police official said. The scared girl kept mum after the incident, but after mustering courage she informed her family members on Sunday following which her mother filed a complaint with police. Kadam was arrested last night and charged under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and also sections 3 and 4 of the POCSO Act, 2012, police said, adding that further investigation in the case was on.
|2014-07-21||Thane revenue employees to go on indefinite strike|
Thane revenue employees to go on indefinite strike from August Press Trust of India | Thane July 21, 2014 Last Updated at 19:23 IST A union representing 800 employees of the Thane district revenue department annnounced here today that they would go on an indefinite strike from August 1, after the new district of Palghar comes into being. Talking to PTI here today, Thane Zilla Mahasul Karmachari Sanghatana executive president Bhaskar Ghavale said that in 2013, revenue department employees had gone on strike, after which the government assured that their demands would be looked into. Though the strike was called off, the government did not do anything regarding long pending demands. He said that as preparation to the August 1 strike, employees began a "pen down" strike from July 14, 2014. In a related development, the Maharashtra government is all set to appoint present commissioner of Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation Suresh Kakani as officer on special duty to oversee official work at Palghar district and he may also named as the district's first collector.
|2014-07-21||Expert panel denied entry in Thane's Kopri wetland|
Expert panel denied entry in Thane's Kopri wetlands to assess special economic zone TNN | Jul 21, 2014, 11.51 PM IST MUMBAI: An expert committee set up to ascertain whether the wetlands at Kopri in Thane have been reclaimed for an upcoming Special Economic Zone (SEZ) were denied entry to the area on three occasions. The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), which is part of the committee, said the members were prevented from entering the cordoned-off premises on May 29, July10 and July 14. The committee was set up by the National Green Tribunal following an appeal by the Paryavaran Dakshata Manch against dumping in the Kopri wetlands. The National Green Tribunal had directed the company to facilitate the survey without any hindrance."This is a contempt of court order as the team of scientists was denied entry in the affected area," said Dr Raju Kasambe, senior scientist and a bird expert with BNHS. Also present for the survey were Dr A Untwale of Mangrove Society of India and Sanjay Joshi, professor of environmental science, K J Somaiya College. The Thane creek has been designated as an important bird area by the BNHS and BirdLife International (UK). BNHS said about 20 hectares along the Thane creek near Mithbunder road, Kopri, is being reclaimed. In January 2012, the NGO, Vanshakti, had obtained a stay order against dumping on the site. D Stalin, director of Vanshakti, said the SEZ is spread over 130 acres of wetland (50 acres in Thane district and 80 acres in Mumbai). Vanshakti has uploaded a video of the area online which shows that it is a wetland inside mangroves and surrounded by creeklets. The tribunal has also asked the ministry of environment and forests how the Thane area classification was changed from CRZ I to CRZ III. "Dumping for the project is affecting vital intertidal habitats, such as mangroves and salt pans. This is in addition to the existing threats such as garbage dumping and encroachment," said a BNHS spokesperson.
|2014-07-21||High Court rap to govt for delay in amending SRA s|
High Court rap to govt for delay in amending SRA scheme in Thane Mon, 21 Jul 2014-07:23am , DNA Observing that enough time had been given to the state to consider a proposal to amend the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) scheme in Thane, the Bombay HC has refused to grant the state three months' time to take a policy decision on the issue. However, the court granted a short time to the state till August 14 to comply with its earlier orders by taking a policy decision on a proposal forwarded to it by the Thane Municipal Corporation which envisages removal of technical hitches to ensure smooth implementation of the SRA scheme. The court noted that despite its earlier orders, the government had not taken decision on the issue for over a year and now it wanted more time to carry out the proposed amendment. "In the face of the orders of this court which we have quoted above, it is not possible to accept the request of the state to extend the time for a period of three months," observed a bench comprising justices Abhay Oka and A S Chandurkar. The court warned that if the state did not take a policy decision on the issue by August 14, it would take up for hearing on August 19 a contempt petition filed by slum dwellers in Thane, who had challenged the SRA scheme and urged modification by the government to remove technical hitches. Until then, the hearing on the contempt petition will be kept pending, the judges noted. The state had filed an application on June 13 seeking three months' time to take a policy decision to consider the proposal for modification of SRA scheme. The court noted that time was granted to the state by its order dated May 3, 2013, to take a policy decision on amending the SRA scheme in Thane. Later, by an order dated November 28, 2013, extension was granted as a "last chance" till December 31. Another court order on February 21, 2014, recorded a statement of the government pleader that the state will take a decision within a period of one month from that date and accordingly, time was extended by one month, which expired on March, 28 this year. Yet another high court order dated April 7 noted that the file was pending before the CM and no decision could be taken till the Lok Sabha elections were over as the code of conduct was applicable. Therefore, time was extended till May 31, 2014 with a rider that no further time would be granted. Again, on July 10, the government pleader produced for perusal of Bombay HC, a noting made by the CM, in which he stated that, for taking a policy, decision time of three months was required. The petitions were filed by Dilip Madhukar Burkhe and Thane Shahar Zopadpatti Nagri Vikas Samiti through its President Rajaram Gopal Mane and others. The state was represented by pleader S N Patil.
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|2014-07-21||Cops bar MIM leader from entering Thane - Times of|
Cops bar MIM leader from entering Thane Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jul 21, 2014, 11.59 PM IST THANE: The police have barred Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi's entry into Thane fearing a law and order problem during his visit to Mumbra on July 23. Owaisi is an MLA from Telangana and brother of controversial leader Asaduddin Owaisi, MP from Hyderabad."MIM leaders are known to deliver controversial speeches that can lead to law and order problems and communal tension, especially ahead of Eid and state assembly polls. Thane police commissioner Vijay Kamble has issued a preventive notice barring the MIM leader from visiting areas of Thane city," said an IPS official. He added that a constable has served the notice to the leader on July 20 a copy of which is in TOI's possession. The notice served by Kamble states: "It is learnt that during your visit to Mumbra, you may deliver proactive speeches which may disturb public tranquility and may give rise to law and order problem. Hence, under Section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, you are restricted from entering into Thane commissionarate." His entry into Thane has been barred between July 20 and 31, 2014.
|2014-07-21||Rise in mishaps in Thane railway zone: Statistics |
Rise in mishaps in Thane railway zone: Statistics Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jul 22, 2014, 02.22 AM IST THANE: The Thane railway zone has witnessed an increase in mishaps than any other zone on the Central Railway network. Statistics revealed compared to 2013, railway accidents in Thane zone have seen a jump of 55 in 2014 from January to June, overtaking the perennially accident prone zones of Kurla and Kalyan. The half yearly data compiled by the railway police showed that Thane has recorded 354 mishaps in the first half of 2014 as compared to 299 during the same period last year. The Vashi zone that includes the Trans- Harbour section followed with a jump of 26 cases. Last year, the stretch saw 153 mishaps followed by 179 this year.Interestingly, Kurla stretch that has seen the highest number of mishaps has registered a dip of 51 cases in the same stretch this year, including Kalyan that also saw a mere rise by four mishaps this year. Activists and railway police said the commute was becoming dangerous for passengers, especially those travelling by suburban trains. "The stretches between Kalwa and Mumbra and on the Trans-Harbour line near Airoli have seen many accidents of late. While on the main line there are several instances of commuters falling off crowded trains during peak hours, on the Trans-Harbour line, majority of cases are of run over between Thane and Khairane," said a railway police official. Police said falling in between gaps at platforms, from trains or natural death while travelling have also added to the increased numbers. The Railway police said line crossing is responsible for majority of mishaps, both fatal and injuring. At Thane, the major spots that see accidents happening are the Kopri end and the one near station towards the Cidco bus stop access. Also, there are several people who walk on the tracks to and from Vitawa and station in addition to the stretch near Parsik tunnel. Some mishaps have also been reported near Kharegaon crossing along with the Diva level crossing. An official said that they regularly make announcements about the perils of line crossing and have even penalized commuters indulging in dangerous travel and barricaded the tracks to deter line crossing but in vain.
|2014-07-21||Owaisi gets notice from cops, can't enter Thane - |
Owaisi gets notice from cops, canít enter Thane Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jul 22, 2014, 02.23 AM IST THANE: The police have barred Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi's entry to Thane fearing a law and order problem during his visit to Mumbra on July 23. Owaisi is an MLA from Telangana and brother of controversial leader Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi."MIM leaders are known for their controversial speeches that can lead to law and problems and communal tension, especially ahead of Eid and state assembly polls. Thane commissioner of police Vijay Kamble has issued a preventive notice barring the MIM leader from visiting Thane city," said a senior IPS official. He added that a constable attached to Thane police has served the notice to the controversial leader on July 20 which ToI is in possession of. The notice served by Kamble mentions, 'It is learnt that during your (read as Akbaruddin Owaisi) visit to Mumbra you may deliver proactive speeches which may disturb public tranquility and it may give rise to law and order problem. Hence, under Section 144 of Code of Criminal procedure code 1973, you are restricted from entering into the Thane commissionarate.' His entry into the lake city has been barred between July 20 and 31, 2014.
|2014-07-20||Former Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. Thane Cody: 1932-2014 -|
Former Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. Thane Cody: 1932-2014 Posted July 19, 2014 07:39 pm | Updated July 19, 2014 11:55 pm Dr. Thane Cody, who was instrumental in bringing the Mayo Clinic to Jacksonville and served as its first chief executive officer, died Thursday at his Queens Harbour home. He was 82 and had suffered from metastatic prostate cancer.ďIt was a pioneering effort coming down here, and he took a tremendous chance because Mayo did not have any previous satellites,Ē said Paul Brazis, a neurologist who was one of the 30 original physicians. ďHe recruited all the physicians personally. The first year there were tremendous growing pains, and he handled it very well.ĒOne challenge was letting Jacksonvilleís ďvery good medical communityĒ know Mayo was not the enemy but a complementary institution and that there were plenty of patients for everyone, said Brazis, a neurologist. Another was handling a multitude of problems a day in getting the facility off the ground, he said. The clinic opened in 1986. Fran Kinne, former Jacksonville University president and a long-time friend of Dr. Codyís, also praised his leadership skills, ability to iron out details and attract an outstanding corps of physicians. ďHe really deserves great credit for the success,Ē she said. J.E. Davis, co-founder of the Winn-Dixie grocery chain and a longtime patient of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., donated 140 acres of land at San Pablo Road and Butler Boulevard for the facility. Kinne said Davis asked her to help introduce Dr. Cody and several others to the community. She said Dr. Cody was interested in civic affairs. For instance, he served on the Jacksonville University board of trustees and was named a distinguished professor of medical science at JU. Joanne Cody, his wife of 51 years, said that he traveled across the country since 1979 visiting potential expansion sites before Mayo settled on Jacksonville. He would give speeches predicting its growth, and many people would scoff, she said. ďHe knew all this would happen,Ē Cody said. ďHe just could envision things. He believed in Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and in the doctors that he brought down and in those that would follow.Ē Born in New Brunswick, in 1932, Dr. Cody received his medical degree from Dalhousie Medical School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he received the Dr. John Black Award for surgery. In 1958, he went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester to do his residency. He earned a doctorate in otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota in 1966. Dr. Cody specialized in microsurgery of the ear, restoring hearing and facial paralysis. He practiced almost 30 years in Rochester and played a vital role in creating the Mayo Medical School, where he was a professor of otolaryngology. He rose to the position of department chairman and served on the board of several national medical societies, as well as Mayoís boards of governors and trustees. He moved to Jacksonville in 1986. Dr. Cody received a number of national medical awards for merit, research and distinguished public service in his chosen field. He also was a prolific writer of articles published in medical journals and several books, including the internationally published ďYour Childís Ears, Nose and Throat.Ē After retiring early in 1988, he remained active in medical societies. He was medical director of the Deafness Research Foundation and president of the American Otological Society. Dr. Cody also was an elected trustee to the Municipal Service District of Ponte Vedra Beach, the Vicarís Landing board of directors and advisory board and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, where he traveled to promote the city and try to attract international businesses. ďHe was a superb physician and a superb leader,Ē his wife said. Initially, he was diagnosed with metastatic rectal cancer in 1990, she said. ďHe thought he would never live to see his children happily married and to see a grandchild but he did.Ē Three or four years ago, he was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and had been bedridden since January. In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Thane Cody, II, also an otolaryngologist, Cordova, Ill.; a daughter Romney Cody Haas of the Woodlands, Texas.; five grandchildren; and one sister, Suzanne Humphrey of New Brunswick. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Hardage-Giddens Beaches Chapel, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach.
|2014-07-20||18-yr-old girl raped in Thane - Zee News|
18-yr-old girl raped in Thane Last Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 13:56 Thane: An 18-year-old girl was allegedly raped repeatedly by a married man after being threatened in Kalyan area of the district, police said on Sunday. According to the complaint lodged by the girl last evening, the accused, identified as Mangesh Mhetre, aged around 25 years who works at a cloth shop in the locality, forcibly raped her daily between May 18 and June 6 when she was alone at her home at Vitthalwadi in Kalyan, Kolshewadi police station sub-inspector VK Hirey said. While the victim`s mother had gone to her native place following a death in her family, the accused took advantage of the girl being alone at home and raped her while threatening that he would kill her mother if she resisted his move, Hirey said quoting the girl`s complaint. An offence has been registered against the accused under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. A manhunt has been launched to nab the absconding accused, police said
|2014-07-20||Thane residents strive to make the city greener - |
Thane residents strive to make the city greener Debarati S Sen | TNN | Jul 20, 2014, 01.26 PM IST THANE: Thane has always been green and the monsoons have enhanced it further. In a bid to ensure that the city doesn't lose its greenery to a booming construction industry, youngsters, supported by NGO Hariyali, recently got together for a plantation drive. They explained how planting trees near your buildings and parks will not only help cleanse the air, but also prevent soil erosion. Monsoon is the best season to plant tress because the rains will make sure that they thrive. However, there are a few points to be kept in mind while going on a plantation drive. Read on: * However, before you begin, make sure that you have the necessary permits and that no one has any objection. Be careful not to damage the cables and wires underground. * Avoid digging a hole that is too deep and too narrow, because it hampers the proper development of the sapling. * For the root structure to establish itself, the hole width should ideally be three times the diameter of the root ball. In short, the length of the root ball should help gauge the depth of the hole for your plant. * Choose plants that suit the surrounding.
|2014-07-20||Thane marathon date revised, to be held on August |
Thane marathon date revised, to be held on August 9 B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 21, 2014, 12.00 AM IST Thane: Thousands from the city and beyond will run for a cause on August 9 at the 25th year of the Thane Varsha Mayor Marathon. The theme this year is 'Run for fun and run for entertainment'.The marathon, conducted every monsoon as an annual feature, was initially scheduled for August 24. However, anticipating the election code of conduct to clash with the sporting extravaganza, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to organize the event on August 9. "This will be a big event in TMC's activity calendar," said mayor Harischnadra Patil. This year, a special run for families has been planned, apart from the age categories. "Families can have a fun while running in the group. We will introduce this segment this year to attract more people who are interested to run with their family members for fitness, fun and entertainment," said Minal Palande, TMC sports officer. The total prize money has been increased to Rs 5.85 lakh from last year's Rs 4.85 lakh. Similarly, the top prize winner in the men's category for the 21-km half marathon will get Rs 75,000, compared to last season's Rs 50,000. The second and third place winners will be richer by Rs 50,000 and Rs 35,000, respectively. In the female section, the winner in 15-km run will be given Rs 50,000 against last year's Rs 25,000. Second and third place winners will get Rs 35,000 and Rs 20,000, respectively.
|2014-07-20||18-year-old girl raped in Thane - Times of India|
18-year-old girl raped in Thane PTI | Jul 20, 2014, 02.14 PM IST THANE: An 18-year-old girl was allegedly raped repeatedly by a married man after being threatened in Kalyan area of the district, police said today. According to the complaint lodged by the girl last evening, the accused, identified as Mangesh Mhetre, aged around 25 years who works at a cloth shop in the locality, forcibly raped her daily between May 18 and June 6 when she was alone at her home at Vitthalwadi in Kalyan, Kolshewadi police station sub-inspector V K Hirey said.While the victim's mother had gone to her native place following a death in her family, the accused took advantage of the girl being alone at home and raped her while threatening that he would kill her mother if she resisted his move, Hirey said quoting the girl's complaint. An offence has been registered against the accused under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. A manhunt has been launched to nab the absconding accused, police said.
|2014-07-20||18-yr-old girl raped in Thane by a married man - I|
18-year-old girl raped in Thane by married man Thane, July 20, 2014 | UPDATED 19:27 IST An 18-year-old girl was allegedly raped repeatedly by a married man after being threatened in Kalyan area of the district, police said today. According to the complaint lodged by the girl last evening, the accused, identified as Mangesh Mhetre, aged around 25 years who works at a cloth shop in the locality, forcibly raped her daily between May 18 and June 6 when she was alone at her home at Vitthalwadi in Kalyan, Kolshewadi police station sub-inspector V K Hirey said. While the victim's mother had gone to her native place following a death in her family, the accused took advantage of the girl being alone at home and raped her while threatening that he would kill her mother if she resisted his move, Hirey said quoting the girl's complaint. An offence has been registered against the accused under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. A manhunt has been launched to nab the absconding accused, police said.
|2014-07-20||Setback for Congress in Thane as 7 corporators joi|
Setback for Congress in Thane as 7 corporators join Shiv Sena Published: Sunday, July 20, 2014, 12:39 [IST] Thane, July 20: Congress on Saturday received a jolt as seven of its corporators in the Thane Municipal Corporation, including its group leader, joined the ruling ShivSena. With this, Congress's strength in the 130-member house has dwindled to 11. Ravindra Phatak, who was once with Shiv Sena and known to be close to senior Congress minister Narayan Rane (who too was once with Sena), and six others today joined the saffron party in the presence of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at the Thackeray residence `Matoshree' in Mumbai. Local Sena MLA Eknath Shinde, MP Rajan Vichare and MLA Pratap Sarnaik too were present. Shiv Sena's strength in the corporation now is 60. Party sources said that Phatak may get ticket from Thane in the coming Assembly elections. Reacting to the development, Thane Congress chief Bal Purnekar said he knew from the day Phatak crossed over to Congress that he would not remain loyal and go back to Sena. Phatak's defection back to Sena would not affect Congress, said Purnekar. Phatak told reporters that he was feeling "suffocated" in Congress and hence decided to quit.
|2014-07-19||In 2013, fatal road accident cases fall in Thane, |
In 2013, fatal road accident cases fall in Thane, number of injuries rises Jul 19, 2014, 10.47 PM IST THANE: There is good news in store for residents of Thane and Navi Mumbai. There has been a fall in the number of fatal road accidents in both the cities in 2013 compared to 2012, revealed statistics available with the traffic police department of both cities. However, in comparison to Thane, Navi Mumbai has witnessed sharp fall in fatal accidents (see chart). Welcoming the decrease in the number of fatal accidents, Sharad Misra, former advisor to the United Nations on technical development issues, said the fall was due to discipline among citizens."If at all there is fall in numbers, it is due to more awareness among pedestrians and drivers as well as disciplined driving by motorists and not because of our policing system," Misra said. He was also an advisor to the transport ministry and visiting professor at IIT Bombay.However, when it came to injuries from road accidents, both the cities had a different story to tell. While in Navi Mumbai the number of people injured in 2013 is less than 2012, in Thane the statistics are worrying. Compared to 2012, the number of injuries has gone up in 2013. A senior police officer attached to the Thane police said, "Deploying police personnel at spots known for accidents help maintain physiological pressure on drivers and motorists. Also, visibility of traffic police personnel and naka bandi on roads has helped the department curb fatal accidents and injuries from road accidents."
|2014-07-19||Plant 5 trees for 1 chopped, Thane civic body tell|
Plant 5 trees for 1 chopped, Thane civic body tells developers TNN | Jul 19, 2014, 10.43 PM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation has pulled up its socks after the Bombay High Court's order of poor functioning of the Tree Authority. The TMC is learnt to be mulling over an idea of making it mandatory for promoters to plant five trees against each tree that is being cut in lieu for getting an Occupation Certificate for development/construction projects. The idea is an option boosted to protect trees by the TMC fighting to overcome the tag of 'kill trees' authority. The TMC is also looking at increasing the deposit of tree-cutting from developers from the existing Rs 5,000 to a higher amount so that the developers are interested in planting trees and getting their deposit back. The TMC has further decided to focus on transplanting trees and cutting only the dead and dangerous ones. Meanwhile, civic activists have urged citizens to be ready to apply for membership of the Tree Authority, as the TMC plans to reconstitute the Tree Authority. It was said that the TMC has violated section 3 (3) of the Tree Act by appointing just corporators and no social group or individual from the field of environment. "The high court has already laid guidelines for the selection of environmentalists in the authority in a PIL filed by activists against Pune municipal corporation,'' said Chandrahas Tawde, a tree lover.
|2014-07-19||Nurse alleges molestation by Primary Health Centre|
Nurse alleges molestation by Primary Health Centre clerk in ThaneSat, 19 Jul 2014-12:51pm , Thane (Maharashtra) , PTI A 48-year-old nurse at a Primary Health Centre in Kalyan taluka here was allegedly molested by a senior clerk working with her, police said on Saturday. According to Thane district rural police, accused Mohan Daud used to frequent the nurses' section in the Govili PHC and harass the victim. Fed up with the harrasment, the woman filed a police complaint last evening following which a manhunt has been launched for the accused, who is absconding, API V R Andale of the Kalyan taluka police station told PTI. As per the complaint, the harassment increased between March and June this year after which the victim was allegedly molested, police said. An offence has been registered under section 354 of the IPC against the clerk and further investigations were being carried out. No arrests have been made yet.
|2014-07-19||Seven Congress corporators join Shiv Sena in Thane|
Seven Congress corporators join Shiv Sena in Thane Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014, 15:12 [IST] Thane. July 19: The Congress on Saturday received a jolt as seven of its corporators in the Thane Municipal Corporation, including its group leader, joined the ruling Shiv Sena. With this, Congress's strength in the 130-member house has dwindled to Ravindra Phatak, who was once with Shiv Sena and known to be close to senior Congress minister Narayan Rane (who too was once with Sena), and six others today joined the saffron party in the presence of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at the Thackeray residence `Matoshree' in Mumbai. Local Sena MLA Eknath Shinde, MP Rajan Vichare and MLA Pratap Sarnaik too were present. Shiv Sena's strength in the corporation now is 60. Party sources said that Phatak may get ticket from Thane in the coming Assembly elections.eacting to the development, Thane Congress chief Bal Purnekar said he knew from the day Phatak crossed over to Congress that he would not remain loyal and go back to the Sena. Phatak's defection back to Sena would not affect Congress, said Purnekar. Phatak told reporters that he was feeling "suffocated" in Congress and hence decided to quit.
|2014-07-19||Thane hotel mgmt students stranded in Malaysia may|
Thane hotel mgmt students stranded in Malaysia may be home next week Nitin Yeshwantrao | Jul 19, 2014, 10.40 PM IST THANE: All the 21 Thane youngsters, including three girls, who were deceived with fake working visas in Malaysia, could land home by next week after the Maharashtra Mandal, a socio-cultural association of Marathi-speaking members based in Kaula Lampur, intervened. The legal process for their deportation is underway as representatives of the mandal are in a dialogue with officials of the Indian Consulate.The 21 youngsters had flown to Singapore in August 2013 after their college, SES College of Hotel and Tourism Management at Chendni Koliwada, engaged an agent to tie-up with prominent hotels in Singapore. However, when the youngsters landed in Singapore the hotels refused to give them jobs. The agent, Siddhesh Jadhav, is said to have offered jobs elsewhere in Kuala Lampur and Penang and made the students sign a two-year bond with the hotel. But soon they realized that their visas were fake and this could invite criminal prosecution as they have now become illegal immigrants. The girls came in contact with the mandal and requested for their help. They complained that the jobs assigned to them were not in keeping with their work profile and also the hotel would delay paying their salaries. The college authorities claimed that they cannot be held responsible for the ordeal of the students as they had signed the two-year work contract independently in Singapore. It is learnt that the youths would have to shell out Rs 40,000 as fine to avoid arrest and for immediate deportation. However, members of the mandal are pursuing with the Indian consulate to intervene in the matter and initiate a dialogue with the Malaysian authorities to reduce the fine amount. Even if the Malaysia government reduces the amount they would still have to pay Rs 10,000.
|2014-07-19||Thane builder held in land grab bid - Mumbai Mirro|
THANE BUILDER HELD IN LAND GRAB BID By Ram Parmar, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jul 20, 2014, 01.05 AM IST The director of a prominent construction firm was arrested by the Economics Offences Wing (EOW) of Thane Rural Police for allegedly forging thumb impressions, signatures and documents of a dead farmer in Bhayander, in a bid to grab a 15-gunta (15,000 sq ft) plot belonging to the latter. Hemendra Bosmiya (37) of Rashmi Housing Pvt Ltd, who was produced in a sessions court in Thane on Saturday, was remanded in police custody till July 23. The complaint against him was filed with the Mira Road police in October 2013 by Rupesh Patil, who alleged that his family's ancestral agricultural plot near Cinemax multiplex on Mira Road was fraudulently taken over and converted to non-agricultural (NA) status by the accused. In his complaint, Patil alleged that his grandmother and landowner, Laxmibai Patil's thumb impression and a No Objection Certiticate (NOC) from her were forged by Bosmiya in April 2004, but Laxmibai had died a decade ago in 1994. He claimed the forgery was done to get NA clearance for the land from the Thane district collectorate. He further alleged that his father Gajanan Patil's signature too was forged in April 2004, though he had passed away in 2002. The case was transferred to the EOW by Mira Road police without any arrests being made, and Bosmiya moved a Thane court and the Bombay High court for anticipatory bail, which rejected them. Bosmiya even moved the Supreme Court for bail, but later withdrew the plea and surrendered before the Thane sessions court on July 16. The court initially sent him to magisterial custody, following which the EOW approached the court for his arrest. Yogesh Bosmiya, Hemendra's brother, said Patil was resorting to blackmail. "Patil's grandmother (Laxmibai) sold the 15 gunta plot of land to one Abdul Salam in 1994. We purchased the plot from Salam in 2004. Rupesh added his name as a beneficiary in 2012 and began blackmailing us," Yogesh said, adding that a case has been registered against Patil with Mira Road police for demanding Rs 3.5 crore from him.
|2014-07-19||Blow as key Rane aide in Thane joins Sena - Times |
Blow as key Rane aide in Thane joins Sena Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jul 19, 2014, 11.56 PM IST THANE: In a blow to Narayan Rane, his staunch supporter from Thane, Congress corporator Ravi Phatak, along with six other Congress corporators quit the party to join the Shiv Sena. The seven were inducted into the Sena fold by Uddhav Thackeray at the Thackerays' Matoshree residence in Bandra. Besides Phatak and his wife Jayashree, who is also a corporator, the others who joined the Sena are Deepak Vedkar, Kanchan Chindarkar, Raja Gawari, Manjeet Kaur and Minal Sankhe. Thane Sena unit chief Eknath Shinde and saffron MLA from the lake city Pratap Sarnaik were present at the time of the induction. Uddhav said that the Sena had not engineered the split in the Congress unit in Thane. "The seven corporators expressed their desire to join the saffron party," he said. Phatak told the media that he and his supporters were fed up with the Congress's style of functioning and had joined the Sena unconditionally. "The Sena has a strong presence in Thane. We will work to further strengthen the saffron party in the region," the close confidant of Rane said.Reacting to the report of his associates joining the Sena, Rane told the media that people were free to join any party. "Those who have defected will soon realize their mistake," he said. A Sena functionary said more Congress corporators are likely to join the saffron party in the future. However, the Congress claimed that the defections would have no impact on the party in the region.
|2014-07-19||Thane boy's kin plead with Centre to bring him bac|
Thane boyís kin plead with Centre to bring him back from Iraq Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 20, 2014, 12.05 AM IST MUMBAI: The family of a Kalyan youth, Arif Fayyaz Majeed, suspected to have joined the jihadis in Iraq, has met Union home minister Rajnath Singh seeking the Centre's assistance in bringing him back from the strife-torn country.Arif's father Dr Ejaz Majeed, along with his mother Raziya and another relative, met Singh at his residence on Akbar Road on Friday morning. The Majeeds submitted a letter to the home minister seeking justice for the missing youths and pleaded for the Centre's intervention in the whole matter. During the conversation with Singh that lasted for nearly 20 minutes, the anxious family members appealed for help from central intelligence agencies in locating his whereabouts. Majeed told Singh that his son was innocent and came from a highly educated background. There is a possibility that Arif, along with others boys, could have been influenced by radical groups. They might have also been tricked and taken to Iraq and such elements should not be spared and strict action should be taken against all those involved, Majeed reportedly told Singh.He further said that if needed, his family was ready to undergo narco-analysis tests if cops and security agencies suspected that they were at fault or hiding some information from the investigating agencies. Singh assured them he would personally look into matter and asked the families to be patient. Besides Arif, three other youths reportedly flew to Baghdad on May 23 to visit religious shrines. However, they are said to have gone missing since May 25 from the Fallujah town.
|2014-07-19||Sex racket busted by Thane rural police - Times of|
Sex racket busted by Thane rural police B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 20, 2014, 02.21 AM IST Thane: The Thane Rural police on Friday cracked a sex racket operating from a massage parlour located in a mall in Mira road. The manager of the parlour has been arrested and booked under relevant sections of Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA). Three women have been rescued by the cops in the raid that was carried out. Acting on a tip-off the cops launched a tactic plan by sending a fake customer to the parlour to take stock of the situation while led to successful raid. Under the instruction of senior police inspector Dhanaji Kshirsagar, the sleuth barged into the parlour on receiving tips from the decoy to arrest the manager who has been identified as Sanjay Bodhi Yadav. The manager has been remanded to police custody for further interrogation. The rescued young women-all in their 20's have been sent to rehabilitation centre.
|2014-07-18||Man held for trying to rob temple idol in Thane - |
Man held for trying to rob temple idol in Thane Last Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 - 13:29 Thane: A 22-year-old man was arrested after he tried to rob a metallic idol from a temple in Bhiwandi town of Thane district, police said Friday. A person raised an alarm when he saw the accused (name not disclosed) while he a trying to dislodge the idol of Lord Dattatreya for the pedestal at a temple in Nadinaka area of Bhiwandi yesterday, Nizampura police station sub-inspector V B Virnak said. In a bid to escape, the accused fell while running and sustained head injuries. He was caught by locals and handed over to Nizampura police, she said. The accused was arrested and charged under sections 379 (theft) and 511 (attempting to commit offences) of the IPC, Virnak said, adding that police are also trying to trace his past criminal record as an offence was earlier registered against him with the Bhiwandi police.
|2014-07-18||Potholes come up on Thane-Belapur road as well - T|
Potholes come up on Thane-Belapur road as well TNN | Jul 19, 2014, 12.11 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Motorists travelling on both the major road corridors óThane-Belapur (TB) Road and Sion-Panvel (SP) highway ó have to be extra careful while negotiating the pothole-ridden stretches. The newly-widened S-P highway has innumerable potholes, which has made travelling grueling for motorists while driving over the asphalt stretches from Vashi village to Uran phata. "The newly-built S-P highway is horrible to negotiate. The authorities should introspect on what kind of road they have created," said Anil Sharma, a motorist. Motorists' complaints about the back-breaking rides have left PWD red-faced. "With what authority is the PWD asking for tolls?" asked Mazhar Khan, a corporate executive.Public Works Department (PWD)executive engineer and in-charge of S-P highway project Ramesh Agvane said, "We have done the patchwork along the existing asphalt portion, which will be fine-tuned soon." Though entire stretch of T-B Road is concretized, a 100-m asphalt stretch at Talvali has become a nightmare for motorists. The contractor has now started putting paver blocks on the road, causing traffic jams for the third consecutive day on Thursday."For three days, the contractor is struggling to fix the road. He has finally started putting paver blocks instead of using the conventional method of putting bitumen. We get stuck in snarls due to the repair work," said Sachin Bamne, a regular on TB road. Civic officials remained tight-lipped about the deteriorating condition of the road after the heavy showers over the last two days.
|2014-07-18||Demolition drive in Thane: Bar owners threaten sel|
DEMOLITION DRIVE IN THANE: BAR OWNERS THREATEN SELF-IMMOLATION By Pandurang Mhaske & Nazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jul 18, 2014, 06.30 AM IST Thane bar owners have threatened to set themselves on fire if the police and municipal authorities continue with a massive demolition drive against bars and restaurants that have irregularities. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and Thane police have zeroed in on 54 bars they are checking for irregularities. If irregularities are confirmed, the bars will be pulled down. Of the 54, the TMC has already demolished three structures in two days. The demolition drive comes after the Thane police complained to the TMC about cavities in bars where girls hide during police raids, and illegal constructions that are meant to misguide cops. A Thane municipal corporation official said that the police had short-listed the names of the bars. Thane municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta confirmed the demolition drive being undertaken along with the police. "If there are any irregularities in these liquor bars, we will take action. We are inspecting the establishments. If there is anything illegal, which is not according to the TMC's approved plan, we will take action," he said. However, the bar owners alleged they are only being harassed. "Why are we being targeted unnecessarily? Every time the cops target us on the basis of some excuse or the other. We have all our permissions in place, but are still being harassed. We will not let them do this to us. It is affecting our business as our losses are running into crores," said Vijay Shetty, a bar owner. Vijay, who heads the Thane bar owners' association, said, "We will burn ourselves if they continue." Mohan Shetty, owner of Sai Kiran Bar, said, "We will complain to the higher authorities. This is injustice. They are not thinking about the people who get their bread and butter through the bar. We will give up our lives if they continue to do this." Additional commissioner of police Ravindra Singal of the Thane Crime Branch, who is spearheading the drive, said it is high time the TMC took action against illegal structures. "More than the structures being illegal, it is the girls who are at risk," he said. "They are stuffed like cattle into cavities whenever there is a police raid. This will serve as a lesson to those who indulge in illegal activities."
|2014-07-17||Leakage, slippery platforms at stations on Thane-P|
Leakage, slippery platforms at stations on Thane-Panvel line B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 18, 2014, 02.28 AM IST THANE: Commuters of the Trans-Harbour line are peeved with the deplorable conditions of the stations on this stretch; Thane to Turbhe and Vashi to Panvel. Unprecedented water leakage has been troubling the commuters who are asking for a dry spot while waiting to board a train."Cracks are prominently seen in the rooftop, which cause rain water to flow through. Both Central Railway and the City Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) have in the past promised leak-proof platforms, but are yet to act on them," said Anant Surve, a regular Trans-Harbour commuter. Member of the Navi Mumbai Rail Pravashi Mahasang, Dinesh Parekh, said that water leakage makes the platforms slippery. "We have demanded for basic facilities in the station premises and the authorities can't even provide us with that," he added. Women commuters alleged that the benches installed at the platforms are wet with rain water leaving no place for them to sit while waiting for a train. "One has to be very cautious while moving inside the station as the floors are slippery. It has become dangerous nowadays. We have no place to sit and wait for trains, thanks to broken rooftops," said Nandini Kulkarni, another commuter. Airoli, Ghansoli, Mansarovar, Seawoods, Nerul, Juinagar, Khandeshwar, Ghansoli and Koparkahirane stations are the worst hit. "We have started the repairing work on the portions where leakage is evident and where cracks in the roof sheets have developed. We will soon get rid of the problems," said a Cidco official.
|2014-07-17||Thane police put sensitive areas on high alert - T|
Thane police put sensitive areas on high alert Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 18, 2014, 02.34 AM IST THANE: The news of four youths turning into suspected jehadists has sent shock waves not only in the city, but the entire country. But this throws light on one thing and that is the role of the law enforcement agencies. It is suspected that the youth were 'radicalised' by a group operating from the city itself. This has raised a lot of concern not only for the cops but also residents. The Thane cops have claimed to have pulled up their socks in a bid to combat these threats from radical organizations. In order to nip the problem from the bud, the city police have put communally sensitive areas like Mumbra and Bhiwandi on high alert. Even in the past, these areas have come into the spotlight after a number of terror-related incidents were reported from here.After the recent case, the law enforcement agencies are being cautious and are keeping an eye on individuals with suspicious behaviour. A police official said that all its wings, anti-terrorist squad (ATS), state intelligence department (SID) and intelligence bureau (IB) are on high alert. ''We cannot rule out any 'hidden activities' taking place in the district,'' he said. ''Our main focus is to track down those visiting the city for a short period and are residing in cheap accommodations, mostly available in Mumbra and Bhiwandi,'' said another official. Even the Thane Quick Response Team, which is being rated as the best, and the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad are on high alert in case of a terror threat. According to news reports on Monday, four youth from affluent families and all in their 20's, travelled to Iraq in May and joined the insurgents of the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
|2014-07-17||Housing complex at Thane faces 16-hour power failu|
Housing complex at Thane faces 16-hour power failure B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 18, 2014, 02.32 AM IST THANE: Residents of Prestige Residency along Ghodbunder Road were in for a rude shock on Thursday when they had to face over 16 hours of power cut. While the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) failed to find the fault line in the power supply system for long, residents of complex were without electricity from 6am to 10pm. Senior citizens, children and women were the affected lot as the elevators could not be used."The Ghodbunder stretch is a victim of power disruption. We pay for uninterrupted power. I curse my decision of moving in to this place. We were happy in the neighbouring Dombivli," said Manisha Patil, a resident of Patlipada. Dhananjay Pawar, public relations officer of MSEDCL said, "A spark in the local feeder due to heavy rain caused the blackout. We finally found the cable in the nearby nullah. Our men are at work and power wil be restored soon."
|2014-07-17||Thane: Minor girl forced into flesh trade; racket |
Thane: Minor girl forced into flesh trade; racket busted By Agencies |Posted 17-Jul-2014 Thane: Police have busted a flesh trade racket at Vasai in Thane district after a 16-year-old school girl blew the lid off, a senior officer said today. The accused, including two women, befriended the minor in April under the pretext of offering her professional training to work in a doctor's clinic, Inspector S H Patil of Nalla Sopara police station said yesterday. The duo, however, took the victim to the house of one of the women and apparently detained her there for over last three months during which they forced her into prostitution, he said. The girl somehow managed to escape from the house and approached police. Based on the complaint filed by her, police registered a case against ten persons under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and under provisions of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA). No arrest is made in the case so far.
|2014-07-17||Thane: Minor Girl Allegedly Forced into Flesh Trad|
Thane: Minor Girl Allegedly Forced into Flesh Trade Mumbai | Press Trust of India | Updated: July 17, 2014 11:12 IST VASHI, THANE: A 16-year old school-girl helped the police bust an alleged flesh trade racket in Vashi, Thane district, a senior officer said today The accused gang, including two women, befriended the minor in April under the pretext of offering her professional training to work in a doctor's clinic, Inspector S H Patil of Nalla Sopara police station said on Wednesday. The duo, however, took the victim to the house of one of the women and apparently detained her there for over last three months during which they forced her into prostitution, he said. The girl somehow managed to escape from the house and approached police. Based on the complaint filed by her, police registered a case against ten persons under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and under provisions of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act
|2014-07-16||Mumbai's swirling wine, Thane's chugging beer - Da|
Mumbai's swirling wine, Thane's chugging beer DHAVAL KULKARNI | Wed, 16 Jul 2014-07:55am , DNA A comparison of the state excise department's sales for 2013-14 with the preceding financial year indicates that while Mumbai's suburbs are leaning more towards the sophisticated and suave choice of wine, Thane's watering holes are overflowing with beer, the party brew. Meanwhile, Pune is developing a taste for Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL), while Nagpur is sticking to country liquor. The suburbs are the front-runners in terms of wine sales in Maharashtra at 13.21 lakh bulk litres (BL) followed by Pune (8.12 lakh BL), Thane (7.49 lakh BL), Mumbai city (6.29 lakh BL) and Nashik (5.06 lakh BL). Wine sales in Maharashtra rose by 9.71% in 2013-14, 50.56 lakh BL higher than the 2012-13 figure of 46.08 lakh BL. Mumbai city and suburbs saw a rise of 10.15% and 8.09% respectively. Experts say this rise in sales reflects the gradual desire for upward mobility in the newly emerging educated middle-class; wine is seen as an aspirational drink, signaling changing lifestyles and work patterns. The sales of beer, a staple at watering holes, have headed south in most districts including Mumbai city and suburbs, Pune and Raigad, with tipplers consuming just 2,986.09 lakh BL in 2013-14, as compared to 3,169.34 lakh BL in the previous fiscal, a fall of 5.78%. Thane leads in beer consumption (629.51 lakh BL), followed by Mumbai suburban (488.04 lakh BL), Pune (413.51 lakh BL), Mumbai city (201.30 lakh BL), Raigad (150.09 lakh BL) and Nashik (111.09 lakh BL). The highest fall in beer sales was in Parbhani (20.36%), Jalna (18.54%) and Nandurbar (15.30%), while that for Mumbai city and suburbs was 6.29% and 4.41%. Pune leads in the consumption of IMFL at 246.94 lakh BL with Mumbai suburban (230.44 lakh BL) at a close number two. Other areas topping IMFL sales are Thane (217.51 lakh BL), Mumbai city (112.03 lakh BL) and Nagpur (92.07 lakh BL). IMFL consumption rose by 7.84% to end at 1,615.06 lakh BL in 2013-14 versus 1497.62 lakh BL in 2012-13. The rise in Mumbai city was 4.24% and 9.45% in the suburbs. Nagpur saw the highest sales of country liquor, followed by Mumbai suburbs, Pune and Thane. "Sales of wine are picking up," state excise commissioner Dr Sanjay Mukherjee told dna. "There is a trend to turn towards wine in parties and banquets," observed Mukherjee. Excise officials said that being seen with a glass of wine in a social gathering gave people a better sense of upward mobility than the finest malts. Mukherjee said the hike in excise duty rates on beer and country liquor had also affected their sales. In contrast, wine has a tax holiday till 2021. "The hike in excise duty for IMFL and beer last year led to consumers shifting to wines," noted Randeep Singh of Shah and Company Wines. "Wine starts at Rs 99 and goes up to Rs 500," said Singh, adding that these entry-level products accounted for a major share of wines sold in Maharashtra. Singh attributed the rising educated, middle class in tier II, III and IV cities with disposable incomes who looked at wine as a "fashion product and evening drink" as among the major drivers of sales. Mukherjee said beer sales had fallen because of incessant and prolonged rains last year and the decision to make it mandatory for breweries to use new bottles only following a court order, which had led to a shortage of bottles (and affected production apart from increasing the MRP). "Maharashtra follows a policy of high prices and low sales," said an official. "High prices are one way of discouraging consumption apart from the regular permit oriented system," he added. Two districts, Wardha and Gadchiroli are under prohibition.
|2014-07-16||Thane businessman radicalized Kalyan youth who joi|
Thane businessman radicalized Kalyan youth who joined ISIS, funded their Iraq trip Nazia Sayed & Divyesh Singh | Mumbai Mirror | Jul 16, 2014, 02.27 PM IST MUMBAI: The Mumbai police have zeroed in on a small-time businessman suspected to be the brain behind the radicalization of the four Mumbai men who are believed to have joined jihad in Iraq and Syria. Adil Dolare, 35, who works with the Islamic Guidance Centre in Kalyan and had organized the tour to Baghdad from where the four never returned, used to meet them every evening at Kalyan's Don Chowk. The investigators, meanwhile, have expanded their probe and identified 15 more men from Mumbra and Bhiwandi who may have joined the four from Kalyan in Baghdad and enlisted with the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Dorale and the four reported missing from Kalyan ó Arif Fayyaz Majeed, Fahad Tanvir Sheikh, Aman Naim Tandel and Saheen Farooqi Tanki ó are all residents of Bazar Peth and spent considerable time together. Dolare, who also runs a business in Navi Mumbai, often delivered talks on Islam in religious institutions. Islamic Guidance Centre through Rahat Tours and Travels had booked Arif, Fahad, Aman and Shaheen with 37 others on a sevenday tour of Baghdad. The group's air tickets were bought by Akbar Tours and Travels. The group left Mumbai on May 25 and returned on June 1. Arif, Fahad, Aman, and Saheen, however, stayed back. On May 26, Arif's father filed a missing complaint with the Kalyan police and produced a note written by his son expressing his desire to join jihad. Arif's father was followed by the families of Fahad, Aman and Saheen, who filed their complaints on May 29 and 30. Investigators have so far not come across any links between Dorale and the 15 men from Mumbra and Bhiwandi, who too, just like the four from Kalyan, left Mumbai on a pilgrimage to Baghdad on May 25, but did not return. Cops now know that around 250 people left for Baghdad on May 25 from Mumbai and 19 of them did not return. They all flew from Mumbai to Dubai and then to Istanbul and Iraq. Airport CCTV footage has revealed that the four from Kalyan collected their boarding passes from different counters and none of them was carrying any bags. The Intelligence Bureau, the Maharashtra ATS, and the Thane police's Special Branch launched independent probes after Arif's father lodged the missing complaint. The families of the other three came forward with their complaints only after the cops approached them armed with the information provided by Arif's father. The note which Arif left behind is not addressed to anyone in particular. It is more in the form of his idea of Islam and how the religion should be followed. The note does admonish those who listen to music and watch television. He also frowns upon women who don't wear a veil and work with men.
|2014-07-16||Only 39% traders file annual returns till July 15,|
Only 39% traders file annual returns till July 15, Thane civic body asks defaulters to pay penalty B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 17, 2014, 02.30 AM IST THANE: The local body tax (LBT) wing of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has witnessed a huge spurt in the assessment procedure with over 3,000 businessmen turning up to file their annual returns during the fortnight-long extension from June 1 to July 15. During the 90 days' grace period from April 1 to June 30 for filing of returns, 4,500 traders submitted their books of accounts and with 3,000 more adding to it, the tally went up to 7,500. "The extension slot has encouraged substantial number of tax payers to file their returns without paying penalty. From July 15 those who failed to turn up will be charged Rs 5,000 penalty," said an officer. The LBT collection also increased from Rs 133 crore on June 30 to Rs 145 crore on July 15. TMC has turned down any sort of further extension in accepting the returns. "Further extension is not possible and one has to file the return with Rs 5,000 penalty now," said civic sources. A huge bunch of registered traders are yet to come up with their books of accounts. "The officials were not competent enough to catch the flaws in the return forms. Besides, it created complication for a layman. Even the officers could not clarify the problem areas which snowballed into a mess," said a trader.
|2014-07-16||Be careful at Thane, Kurla, Dadar - Times of India|
Be careful at Thane, Kurla, Dadar Nitasha Natu | TNN | Jul 16, 2014, 11.43 PM IST MUMBAI: Thane station seems to be a favourite with cellphone thieves and chain snatchers, going by a study conducted on the Central line by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) this year. Of 174 cases recorded from January to June, the most instances, 31, occurred at Thane. Next is Kurla station with 18 cases, followed by Dadar. In the stretch between Thane and Mulund stations, seven offences were recorded. The purpose of the study was to identify stretches that need extra attention. "The results will be shared with the GRP so that they can deploy the majority of their manpower at such stations," said a senior RPF official. Cellphones and chains stolen on CR this year are estimated to be worth Rs 49.76 lakh, in which Thane's share is Rs 6.91 lakh. The study showed that most commuters are targeted on platforms and after they board trains or when a train starts leaving the station. Passengers seated on window seats or who stand on footboards are targeted the most. "We started posting personnel in plainclothes to identify locations where mobile thefts and chain snatchings occur. Morning and evening peak hours are preferred by thieves as they can melt into the crowd with ease after committing an offence. Running across the tracks or taking a footbridge are preferred methods of getting away," said the official. "Our all-women squad, called Nirbhaya, has been particularly dealing with crimes in ladies' coaches.The squad's members are in civvies, often disguised as students or working professionals. Their brief is to look for pickpockets, chain snatchers and handbag thieves. In ladies compartments, the accused, too, are women," said DCP Rupali Ambure, GRP (CR).
|2014-07-16||21 students of Thane institute stranded in Malaysi|
21 students of Thane institute stranded in Malaysia, Sushma promises help Mumbai | Updated: July 17, 2014 8:24 am Twenty one students (15 boys and six girls) from a Thane-based hospitality institute are stranded in Malaysia after the recruitement agency that got them jobs was blacklisted and they were fired from their jobs. While three of the girls were employed with Aloft hotel in Kuala Lumpar, the remaining were recruited in another hotel in Pening, Malaysia. All were students of the SES College of Hotel and Tourism Management on August, 2013. The students were sacked by the hotel management immediately after the recruitment agency was blacklisted, said Sachin Kohli of the institute.According to the mother of one of the students, a Singapore-based recruitment agency, UPC, had approached the institute and managed to place the students in hotels in Malayasia. ďThey are without any money and they donít know how to return from Kuala Lumpur,Ē said Vandana Suryavashi, mother of Pooja, one of the students. ďThe one-year contract was drawn last year,Ē said Poojaís sister Sheetal. The family lives at Kalwa. The other two girls who were employed with the hotel in Kuala Lumpar have been identified as Poonam Patil and Bharati Gholawade, from Ghatkopar and Bhiwandi, respectively. ďIn 2013, Pooja took a bus to Banglore on August 15 from Vashi along with her friends. That was the last time I saw her. They finally took off for Kuala Lumpar on August 17,Ē Vandana said. ďThe institute had asked us to coordinate with a particular agent, Sidhesh Deshmukh from UPC, who was facilitating all visa and travel-related formalities for us,Ē she claimed. There appears to be some problem in their visa, which is not allowing them to work further, and also with their contracts that were apparently drawn only for a year but were extended to two years, she said. Meanwhile, Poojaís family members said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had spoken to the girls earlier on Wednesday and promised to ensure their safe return. The director of the hospitality institute is currently in Delhi co-ordinating with the Ministry of External Affairs. The principal and another staff member are on their way to Malayasia, sources said.
|2014-07-16||Proposed Thane east SATIS to be better, bigger - T|
Proposed Thane east SATIS to be better, bigger Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jul 16, 2014, 10.30 PM IST THANE: After receiving a lot of flak for the Station Area Traffic Improvement System (SATIS) plan at Thane west, the civic body is now being extra cautious while developing a similar concept at the eastern side of the station. Sources said that the civic body has to incorporate several aspects that are missing in the existing SATIS project like dispersal of traffic away fro the station, increasing the height of bridges and ensuring higher capacity of buses on the deck. This was discussed at the recently-concluded meeting between the TMC officials, Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) and state officials. The TMC has proposed to construct another SATIS on the eastern side of the station, following the railway's plan to develop a commercial plaza in the area that will lead to an increase in traffic. The Rs 266 crore worth elevated SATIS deck will be used only for public transport buses and private vehicles as well as taxis and autos will use the stretch below.''The civic body has ensured that all the problems are tackled before the deck can be constructed,'' said a TMT source. The arms of the proposed deck will extend up to Anand Nagar and the height of it will be 5.5m. Also, the new deck will be 10,000 sq m as compared to the existing one in the west which is just 1,500 sq m. Meanwhile, a civic official has denied that there are shortfalls in the existing SATIS project. ''We have executed the project as per the available space. The existing plan is at the conceptual stage and will be taken further only after the MRVC finalizes the use of the structure. The height of the new bridge has been increased and even the capacity is more than the existing one,'' the official said.
|2014-07-16||Thane: Jawhar tribals seek transfer of project off|
Thane: Jawhar tribals seek transfer of project officer By PTI |Posted 16-Jul-2014 Thane: Scores of tribals from Jawhar in Thane district have demanded transfer of an official of Tribal Development Department for allegedly ill-treating an activist. The tribals yesterday took out a morcha to the Jawhar sub-divisional office (SDO) and demanded that Project Officer, Sushil Khodwekar, also the SDO, Jawhar, be transferred, Jawhar taluka 'Adivasi Sangharsh Samiti' general secretary and local NCP leader Balwant Gavit said. Gavit alleged that the officer had abused tribal activist and former sarpanch of Sakur village, Sampat Pawar, on July 4 when the latter sought assistance regarding Ashram schools in Zap and Sakur villages. However, the officer had apologised later in presence of additional district collector and DySP, Gavit said. He said that the activists will intensify their stir unless Khodwekar is transferred. Khodwekar could not be reached for comments on the issue.
|2014-07-15||Cricket Culture Campus inaugurated in Thane - IBNL|
Temple treasure: Experts' panel resumes work News18test sharma | Updated: July 6, 2012, 1:53 PM IST Thiruvananthapuram: The Supreme Court appointed Experts Committee for scientifically documenting priceless treasures of the famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple here has resumed its work by opening another underground vault. According to temple sources, the committee members on Thursday examined "Vault-A" and documented few gold chains, some gem-studded, with the help of sophisticated equipment, a few imported from Europe.The panel, headed by eminent conservationist MV Nair, had drawn up a list of experts experienced in assessing the value and antiquity of gold and precious stones, to be engaged in the process. The members of the oversight committee, tasked last year with inventorying the priceless treasures, were also present. The oversight committee, also set up by the Apex Court, had opened four of the six vaults of the temple last year and found them holding a glittering array of precious wealth, drawing worldwide attention to the temple and its history. Though the panel was not mandated to quantify the value of the treasure in money terms, it has been widely speculated that it was more than Rs one lakh crore, even by modest estimates. Experts and historians, however, have cautioned against quantifying the value of such a rare and antique wealth without considering their cultural and heritage value. The sprawling temple, an architectural splendour in granite, was rebuilt in its present form in the 18th century by the Travancore Royal House, which ruled southern Kerala and some adjoining parts of Tamil Nadu before the integration of the princely state into the Indian Union in 1947. Even after independence, the temple continued to be governed by a trust controlled by the erstwhile royal family, to whom Lord Padmanabha (Vishnu in reclining posture) is their family deity.
|2014-07-15||Yakshagana artistes felicitated in Thane - Daijiwo|
|2014-07-15||Thane bizman radicalised Kalyan youth who joined I|
THANE BIZMAN RADICALISED KALYAN YOUTH WHO JOINED ISIS, FUNDED THEIR IRAQ TRIP By Nazia Sayed & Divyesh Singh, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jul 16, 2014, 01.24 AM IST Adil Dolare of the Islamic Guidance Centre is from the same neighbourhood as the four missing men and used to meet them every day. Cops suspect 15 more men from Mumbra, Bhiwandi may have joined Iraq jihad The Mumbai police have zeroed in on a small-time businessman suspected to be the brain behind the radicalization of the four Mumbai men who are believed to have joined jihad in Iraq and Syria. Adil Dolare, 35, who works with the Islamic Guidance Centre in Kalyan and had organised the tour to Baghdad from where the four never returned, used to meet them every evening at Kalyan's Don Chowk. The investigators, meanwhile, have expanded their probe and identified 15 more men from Mumbra and Bhiwandi who may have joined the four from Kalyan in Baghdad and enlisted with the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Dorale and the four reported missing from Kalyan - Arif Fayyaz Majeed, Fahad Tanvir Sheikh, Aman Naim Tandel and Saheen Farooqi Tanki - are all residents of Bazar Peth and spent considerable time together. Dolare, who also runs a business in Navi Mumbai, often delivered talks on Islam in religious institutions. Islamic Guidance Centre through Rahat Tours and Travels had booked Arif, Fahad, Aman and Shaheen with 37 others on a sevenday tour of Baghdad. The group's air tickets were bought by Akbar Tours and Travels. The group left Mumbai on May 25 and returned on June 1. Arif, Fahad, Aman, and Saheen, however, stayed back. On May 26, Arif's father filed a missing complaint with the Kalyan police and produced a note written by his son expressing his desire to join jihad. Arif's father was followed by the families of Fahad, Aman and Saheen, who filed their complaints on May 29 and 30. Investigators have so far not come across any links between Dorale and the 15 men from Mumbra and Bhiwandi, who too, just like the four from Kalyan, left Mumbai on a pilgrimage to Baghdad on May 25, but did not return. Cops now know that around 250 people left for Baghdad on May 25 from Mumbai and 19 of them did not return. They all flew from Mumbai to Dubai and then to Istanbul and Iraq. Airport CCTV footage has revealed that the four from Kalyan collected their boarding passes from different counters and none of them was carrying any bags. The Intelligence Bureau, the Maharashtra ATS, and the Thane police's Special Branch launched independent probes after Arif's father lodged the missing complaint. The families of the other three came forward with their complaints only after the cops approached them armed with the information provided by Arif's father. The note which Arif left behind is not addressed to anyone in particular. It is more in the form of his idea of Islam and how the religion should be followed. The note does admonish those who listen to music and watch television. He also frowns upon women who don't wear a veil and work with men.
|2014-07-15||Thanks to incessant rains, no increase in water cu|
Thanks to incessant rains, no increase in water cut for Thane district Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jul 16, 2014, 02.30 AM IST THANE: The irrigation department of Thane district has decided not to increase water cut in the region during a meeting to review the water situation, owing to continuous downpour for the past few days. Presently, the district has imposed 14 per cent water cut to tackle water crisis thanks to the delay in monsoon. "As the water flow in the Ulhas river has increased, the department has stopped releasing water from the dam. The demand is being fulfilled from the water available in the river. This has led to increase in water storage levels in dam. Hence in the meeting it was decided to maintain the existing water cut and not to increase the cut in the district," said a senior irrigation official. TOI, on Tuesday, had reported that despite good rainfall the water situation in the district continues to be grim and water cut would continue in the region. "The rainfall in the past few days has been good. If the downpour continues for the next couple of weeks, then the situation would improve. But, the decision on whether to continue water cut or restore full-fledged supply will be taken only after the end of the monsoon," added the official. Andra and Barvi dams are the key source of water supply. The officials said that the present storage in the entire district is about 18 million cubic meters. Last month TOI had reported that in June this year, Thane city received 85 per cent less rain compared to the same period last year with 83.40mm as against 979.40mm that it had received in 2013. Meanwhile, with assembly elections scheduled in October even politicians are putting pressure on the administration to ensure ample water supply and possibly reduce the water cut. "Politicians are worried that increase in water cut would have repercussions during the polls. Hence political parties want the administration to ensure that there is no further disruption in water supply," said the irrigation department official.
|2014-07-15||15 more Thane men who went on Iraq tour missing: P|
15 more Thane men who went on Iraq tour missing: Police Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jul 15, 2014, 11.39 PM IST KALYAN: Barely days after it emerged that four youths from Kalyan may have joined the jihadis in Iraq, investigating agencies probing their disappearance have said that 15 more youths from Bhiwandi and Mumbra have gone missing in the same strife-torn nation. A senior official said that after the Bazapeth police station in Kalyan received complaints from the families of the four missing youths in the last week of May, various agencies were put on alert in the sensitive areas of Thane district. These agencies have found that 15 more youths from Bhiwandi and Mumbra who left for Iraq at about the same time are currently untraceable. Sources said their families have not lodged any complaints with the local police, but the police have taken down their statements. The 15 youths had told their families that they were going to Karbala, a Shia shrine in Iraq. Sunnis, too, are known to visit this shrine of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. This shrine was also visited in May by the four Kalyan men. The families are hoping that they will return soon, but the police are taking no chances and have started investigating the whereabouts of the men.
|2014-07-14||Thane institute's catering grads stranded in Malay|
Thane instituteís catering graduates stranded in Malaysia with fake visas Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Jul 14, 2014, 11.21 PM IST THANE: The batch of 21 graduates including three girls, from a Thane-based college of hospitality, working in Kuala Lumpur hotels since 2013 without proper pay, could be in more trouble as visas on a few passports have turned out to be fake. The graduates of SES College of Hotel and Tourism Management at Chendani Koliwada, Thane, were reportedly cheated by a Singapore-based travel agent of Indian origin, who assured them jobs in star hotels in Malaysia in return for money. The fraud came to light when Maharashtra Mandal, a social and cultural group of Marathi-speaking people based out of Malaysia, offered to help send the three girls back home. When they approached the Indian consulate for assistance and the travel documents were examined, the girls' visas turned out to be fake. In fact, the number on the visa of one of the girls was in the name of a person from Nepal. The girls said they had no money as their employer was yet to pay them their previous month's salary and they couldn't return home for fear of being arrested at the airport for the fake visas.The college had roped in a Singapore-based agent to coordinate jobs for its students in that country on payment of fees. An agreement was drafted between the firm which ensured jobs in a Singapore hotel and a total of 72 students. The students collectively paid Rs 37.80 lakh to the college authorities who in turn handed over the money to the firm. The first batch of around 10 students left for Singapore in January 2013, but were deported six months later, for other issues. The second batch of 21 students left in August 2013 for Singapore, but later signed a two-year work agreement with the agent who promised them jobs in the kitchen and front desk of hotels in Malaysia. One of the students said they didn't even have a copy of the agreement. Their parents are shocked at the developments. "I cautioned my daughter against taking up any foreign assignment, but she wanted to go abroad. Eventually, I agreed as she convinced me that a stint in a kitchen of a five-star hotel abroad will help our catering business here. But all that has turned sour now,'' said a parent.
|2014-07-14||AkzoNobel opens production facility for packaging |
AkzoNobel opens production facility for packaging coatings in Thane Thane, Maharashtra July 14, 2014 Last Updated at 15:36 IST AkzoNobel opened a new production facility in Thane, Maharashtra, to manufacture coatings for the metal packaging and flexible packaging industries on July 11, 2014. Built at an investment of Euro 1.8 million (about Rs 14.5 crore), the primary markets the production facility site will serve are India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia. This production facility, called Project ĎTají, has a capacity of 5000 tonnes a year and is set to produce a broad range of products including specialised coatings for food and beer cans, internal and external coatings for caps and closures, and water-borne external coatings for beverage cans. The new production facility will also be capable of producing various functional and barrier coatings for the flexible packaging industry. ďFor packaging coatings, we expect vigorous growth in South Asia to continue into the foreseeable future, so it makes good business sense to invest in production facilities to meet market demand. In India especially, we see enormous opportunities, and having the manufacturing capacity of Packaging Coatings, close to our customersí means we can better serve them. As a good corporate citizen, AkzoNobel is very much committed to investing in the markets where we are active, as a way to better serve our markets and to provide opportunities for employment in those markets,Ē said Jayakumar Krishnaswamy, Managing Director, AkzoNobel India. Rahul Tikoo, Regional Business Manager, Packaging Coatings, AkzoNobel, added, ďThe opening of the packaging coatings production facility in India is a testimony to how our customers are always at the heart of whatever we do. When we assessed Indiaís packaging market, we found that there is a clear need for a partner that can supply packaging coatings that this emerging market requires. AkzoNobelís new packaging coating unit has the capability to provide end-to-end solutions, which are high on quality and sustainability.Ē The Thane production facility is modelled after the state-of-the-art infrastructure of AkzoNobelís packaging coatings plant in Vilafranca, Spain.
|2014-07-13||Trekker stranded at Chanderi hill in Thane rescued|
Trekker stranded at Chanderi hill in Thane rescued Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jul 13, 2014, 01.17 PM IST MUMBAI: One trekker died and seven others, including a woman, who were stranded at the Chanderi hill trekking point near Badlapur in Thane district on Saturday were brought safely on Sunday morning.The police team along with professional trekkers and a fire brigade team on Sunday morning at 10am success to brought down all safely and later Abhijit Kadam, 25, who died after he slipped and fell on the hill during the heavy downpour, and soon succumbed to head injuries was taken to Central hospital for the post mortem. The stranded trekkers were part of a group of around 48 Mumbaikars who had left for the hill on Saturday morning. When they began their return journey from the hill in the afternoon, heavy rain rendered the task difficult.Somehow, 40 people managed to climb down while those who were new to trekking got stuck in the hill. While teams of the local Kulgaon police and the fire brigade, an ambulance and other professional trekkers rushed to the spot, rain, fog and a slippery path made it difficult to reach the trekkers. The rescue team, finally on Sunday, at around 4am, reach at spot and brought down all safely at around 10am. Abhijit who died in mishap lives in Malad and works as trainer in gymnasium.
|2014-07-13||Thane gangrape victim molested by local NCP leader|
|2014-07-13||Thane carpenter held for making hoax bomb threat t|
Thane carpenter held for making hoax bomb threat to police in March Mon, 14 Jul 2014-04:56am , Mumbai , DNA The city crime branch sleuths on Saturday arrested a 32-year old Thane resident for allegedly making a hoax terror threat call to the police control room in March this year. The police sources said that suspect made the phone call just to see/gauge police preparedness and create panic. The arrested person has been identified as Ashishkumar Vishwakarma alias Rinku, a carpenter by profession and resident of Vangaon in Thane district. On March 24, the main control room of Mumbai police had received a hoax call from a mobile number. "The caller had claimed to carry out a bomb blast. We then got SIM card and call detail records of the mobile number," said an officer from the Unit 1 of crime branch. Vishwakarma was apprehended by a police team near Adarsh Vidyalaya in Goregaon (West) on Saturday. "Vishwakarma is a native of Fatehpur district in Uttar Pradesh. During interrogation he admitted to having made the phone call with the intention of creating panic and check how prepared the police were. We have seized his mobile phone," the officer said. The crime branch registered a case against Vishwakarma at Azad Maidan police station under sections 505 (2) (causing mischief), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication) of the Indian Penal Code. Vishwakarma is presently under the custody of Azad Maidan police.
|2014-07-13||Thane gangrape victim molested by NCP leader - Ind|
Thane gangrape victim molested by local NCP leader Thane, July 13, 2014 | UPDATED 10:44 IST A 14-year-old girl who was gangraped allegedly by two youth earlier this month in the neighbouring Raigad district, was also molested by a local Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader on the very same day of the incident, police said on Saturday. The minor, who was gangraped on July 6 by two men who were arrested the next day, during further investigations told police that on the very same day of the incident after she was raped by youths, a local NCP leader had also allegedly molested her. "The youths dropped her at the highway near Nagothane village. On seeing her stranded, NCP Nagothane city unit chief Santosh Mandavkar offered her a lift and said he will drop her home in suburban Borivali. But, instead took her to a garage on the highway and allegedly molested her in a car," DSP, Roha, Amol Zende said. A case has been registered against Mandavkar on Friday under IPC sections under 354 (A)(B) (sexual harassment), section 506 (criminal intimidation) and other relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, he said. Mandavkar is at large and police has launched a manhunt to nab him, he added.
|2014-07-12||2 Thane boys among 18 Indians who joined ISIS - Ti|
2 Thane boys among 18 Indians who joined ISIS Deeptiman Tiwary | TNN | Jul 13, 2014, 03.31 AM IST NEW DELHI: As investigations into Thursday's Pune blast progress, agencies are worried about two youths from Thane (near Mumbai) who are reported to have left for Iraq to fight along ISIS about a year ago. These two boys are part of the 18 Indians learnt to be fighting in Iraq and Syria and are being tracked by intelligence agencies. Sources within the security establishment say most of these 18 hail from south India. Some of those who have been identified belong to Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It is not known whether any of them has returned but such exodus from south India has become a cause for worry for the agencies. ISIS chief Abubakr Al-Baghdadi, who recently declared himself as the Caliph of Islamic State (as the group is now known to be in pursuit of establishing a Caliphate in West Asia), has asked Indian Muslims to wage war against the nation in an audio message."Many of these men who joined the war through Singapore have been identified ó two are from Thane, one from Bangalore and another from Chennai. There are others who come from interiors of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Surprisingly, none of them is from north India even though a bunch of UP youths owing allegiance to Indian Mujahideen has been fighting in Afghanistan alongside the Taliban and al-Qaida," said an officer from the security establishment. As reported in TOI, of the 18 aspiring jihadis on the radar, six men have already left Iraq, disenchanted by the way they were treated by terror groups, and are now reported to be in gulf nations. None of the 18 belongs to any particular group but all have been individually radicalised through internet literature and videos.Indian agencies, however, say there may be many more in Iraq fighting alongside ISIS that they are not aware of. "Our difficulty is that a steady stream of people from our country go to the Gulf and West Asia as labourers. Sorting out those who have gone there for jihad is a huge task. It is for European nations and the US to sort out the suspects as exodus from a rich nation to a poor one has the potential to arouse suspicion," said the officer.The major concern for Indian agencies is that sooner or later these battle-hardened fighters will come back to India. "With no war to fight and no purpose to motivate them, they will try to create one here. Given that they could have their contacts with global terror networks alive, they could precipitate real problems for the country," said the officer. Western nations, which suspect around 2,000 youths from Europe and the US to be fighting in West Asia, have already woken up to this threat in their own countries. With India already in ISIS crosshairs, agencies are working overtime to track these elements.
|2014-07-12||Thane tribal boy dies of police 'torture' - IBNLiv|
Thane tribal boy dies of police 'torture' Updated: July 12, 2014, 10:27 PM IST Thane: A 16-year-old tribal boy, who was allegedly tortured by some police personnel attached to a police station in Bhiwandi town in Thane district last month, died at a hospital on Saturday. The victim, identified as Babu Thackeray, was allegedly beaten up by the constables, attached to Nizampura police station on the night of June 20.He attempted suicide at his house in Mithpada locality the next day fearing that he would be subject to torture again, and his condition deteriorated since then. "Thackeray died at 4 pm while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Bhiwandi," Vasai MLA Vivek Pandit said tonight. According to a complaint by the teenager's elder brother Chandra Thackeray last month, Babu had had injuries all over his body and that he was mercilessly tortured in custody by policemen, after being accused of stealing 2 kg of gold. The police let the boy go home only on the condition that he should report to the police station next morning at about 11 am for further probe, the FIR by his brother said. However, the boy tried to hang himself, but neighbours saved his life. Thackeray was then admitted to Sainath Hospital at Bhiwandi in a critical condition. Senior police inspector (crime Branch-III) BS Bhudwal had said on June 24 that two constables, identified as Dhiraj Khairmode (27) and Jalinder Bhojne (26), had allegedly thrashed Thackeray while accusing him of stealing gold. The duo were booked under sections 330 rw 34(voluntarily causing hurt to extort confession, or to compel restoration of property) and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) of the IPC, he had said. Meanwhile, Pandit alleged that the teenage boy died solely due to torture by police.
|2014-07-12||Two from SoBo in Thane cop net for laptop thefts -|
Two from SoBo in Thane cop net for laptop thefts Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 13, 2014, 02.49 AM IST THANE: The Thane police recovered stolen laptops worth over Rs 4 lakh from two members of a gang in South Mumbai, believed to be among the Pardhi tribes, who in the past few months stole electronic equipment from cars. Acting on a tip-off about a fancy number plate of a two-wheeler used by the gang, a police team, led by Kapurbawdi senior police inspector Sushil Kadam, drove down to Wadibunder in South Mumbai early on Friday morning and spotted a motorcycle with the fancy number plate in one of the congested lanes.Cops waited near the spot in plain clothes and identified a youth, Jagannath Kale, walking towards the bike. As soon as Kale was about to start the bike, he was nabbed by the cops. Along with him, his partner in crime was also nabbed. Enquiries revealed that their accomplices lived in the nearby vicinity. The police raid alerted the locals and soon a group of women confronted the cops and gheraoed them. "The other gang members used a clever tactic to send women locals to distract the cops and then quickly escape from their hideouts. As the police team made its way through the crowd, the remaining gang members fled,'' said deputy commissioner of police Balasaheb Patil. The two arrested members were forced to show the cops their houses where the stolen laptops were kept. The names of the other gang members were also revealed and the Thane police are working in close coordination with the Dongri police to nab the remaining accused. Elaborating on how the robbers went about stealing, Patil said, "Initially two members of the gang would conduct a recce of the area on their two-wheelers and set a target spot where an unattended car with a laptop would be parked. They would signal other gang members to break the car windows and flee with the laptop bags or car tapes. We are confident about 25 to 30 cases at Kapurbawdi, Kasarwadavli and Vartak Nagar getting solved after we arrest the remaining gang members, who are hiding."
|2014-07-12||Online lottery shop looted at gunpoint in Thane - |
Online lottery shop looted at gunpoint in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 13, 2014, 02.58 AM IST THANE: Three thieves robbed an online lottery shop located at Uthalsar area on Friday evening. The robbers had covered their faces using a handkerchief; they held the victim at gunpoint and escaped with cash Rs 40,000. The shop is located near Tabri Kabrastan in Uthalsar. The victim, Anil Kanojiya (32) in his complaint stated that on Friday at around 6 pm, his owner had gone out and had asked the victim to look after the shop. However, when the victim was sitting at the cash counter, three persons masked with handkerchiefs entered the shop, while one of them came near the victim and flashed a pistol, the two others rolled down the shop's shutter from inside in presence of a customer. "One of the three flashed a revolver and asked the victim to handover all the cash at the counter. He even took the victim's belongings including a watch and a cell phone. They didn't even spare the customer locked inside and took away Rs 500 from him," said a police officer. The officer added, "We are verifying the incident and are questioning people." A case has been registered at the Rabodi police station area under section 392 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.
|2014-07-12||'Hawkers get one month to register in Thane' - Tim|
ĎHawkers get one month to register in Thaneí Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Jul 13, 2014, 02.56 AM IST THANE: Civic chief Aseem Gupta has set a one month deadline to end the menace of hawkers, who have encroached on the main city streets, junctions and footpaths causing inconvenience to motorists and pedestrian. Gupta said the civic administration will enforce the process for registration of all hawkers and simultaneously take steps to declare non-hawking zones in the city, which will be completely off-limits for the hawkers. In recent times, the streets have been encroached upon and despite a clear strategy to register the 60,000-plus hawkers, the hawker community has given a cold response to the process.Officials said that though the registration process was flagged off two months back just about 2,221 hawkers have taken the official permission for occupying the city spots. "There is a possibility that the final date for registration of the hawkers has not been conveyed to them in the past. However, they have exactly a month to register and save themselves from being evicted. Upon registration, each hawker would be given an identity card which will have details about his business and the spot where he is allowed to put up his make-shift stall. Those without a valid card will be declared illegal and liable for punishment,'' the civic official said.The hawker registration process is in keeping with the guidelines of the Union urban development ministry which has framed a National Hawkers Policy, which aims to reduce the encroachment of pedestrian spaces by hawkers. The TMC has set up a 30-member committee under the civic chief to chalk out plans to implement national policy for hawkers.
|2014-07-12||One of three architecture colleges in state to sta|
One of three architecture colleges in state to start in Thane district TNN | Jul 13, 2014, 02.52 AM IST THANE: The state higher and technical education has accorded sanction to three new colleges of architecture in the state, including one at Poseri in Thane district to become functional this year.The government took this decision after the colleges were approved by the Council of Architecture, which regulates the education and profession of architecture in the country. The government has also sanctioned an increase in the student intake at another college in Nerul. The new colleges and the variation of intake at the existing one will together increase the student intake for the bachelor of architecture (B.Arch) studies in the state by 280 seats from the existing 447 seats for the academic year 2014-15. According to a government resolution (GR) released by the department of higher and technical education, the new colleges of architecture are Pimpri Chinchwad Education Trust's S B Patil College of Architecture and Design in Nigdi Pradhikaran, Thakur School of Architecture and Planning at Kandivli and Ideal Institute of Architecture at Poseri. These colleges have been approved for an initial five years, subject to renewal. The colleges at Nigdi and Poseri will have student intake of 40 seats each while the one at Kandivli will have an intake of 80 seats. The student intake at the D Y Patil College of Architecture at Vidyanagar in Nerul has been increased from 80 to 120 seats.
|2014-07-12||Thane tribal boy dies of police 'torture' - Times |
Thane tribal boy dies of police 'torture' PTI | Jul 12, 2014, 09.40 PM IST THANE: A 16-year-old tribal boy, who was allegedly tortured by some police personnel attached to a police station in Bhiwandi town in Thane district last month, died at a hospital today. The victim, identified as Babu Thackeray, was allegedly beaten up by the constables, attached to Nizampura police station on the night of June 20. He attempted suicide at his house in Mithpada locality the next day fearing that he would be subject to torture again, and his condition deteriorated since then. "Thackeray died at 4 pm while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Bhiwandi," Vasai MLA Vivek Pandit said tonight. According to a complaint by the teenager's elder brother Chandra Thackeray last month, Babu had had injuries all over his body and that he was mercilessly tortured in custody by policemen, after being accused of stealing 2 kg of gold. The police let the boy go home only on the condition that he should report to the police station next morning at about 11 am for further probe, the FIR by his brother said. However, the boy tried to hang himself, but neighbours saved his life. Thackeray was then admitted to Sainath Hospital at Bhiwandi in a critical condition. Senior police inspector (crime Branch-III) B S Bhudwal had said on June 24 that two constables, identified as Dhiraj Khairmode (27) and Jalinder Bhojne (26), had allegedly thrashed Thackeray while accusing him of stealing gold. The duo were booked under sections 330 rw 34 (voluntarily causing hurt to extort confession, or to compel restoration of property) and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) of the IPC, he had said. Meanwhile, Pandit alleged that the teenage boy died solely due to torture by police."The postmortem should be conducted only at JJ Hospital in Mumbai. We will not allow the body to be shifted out of the hospital till our demand is met," the MLA said in a release. The deceased lived with his elder brother and mother in Shelar village of Bhiwandi taluka.Meanwhile, officials from Nizampura police station could not be reached for comment. Thane rural police had earlier confirmed that the FIR was registered with the Bhiwandi taluka police station, which was subsequently transferred to Nizampura police station. As per the FIR, the teenager was allegedly tortured by policemen in the Nizampura police station between 11 am and 10 pm on June 20, a Nizampura police station official had said.
|2014-07-11||AkzoNobel Opens Production Facility in Thane - NDT|
AkzoNobel Opens Production Facility in Thane Press Trust of India | Last Updated: July 11, 2014 15:34 (IST) New Delhi: AkzoNobel has opened a new production facility in Thane, near Mumbai, built at an investment of Rs. 14.5 crore to manufacture coatings for the metal packaging and flexible packaging industries. "AkzoNobel opened a new production facility in Thane, India to manufacture coatings for the metal packaging and flexible packaging industries built at an investment of Rs. 145 million," the paints and coatings maker said in a statement on Friday. The facility will cater to company's customers in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia, it said. "For packaging coatings, we expect vigorous growth in South Asia to continue into the foreseeable future, so it makes good business sense to invest in production facilities to meet market demand," AkzoNobel India managing director Jayakumar Krishnaswamy said. This production facility has a capacity of 5000 tonnes a year, the company added. As of 3:21 p.m., shares in Akzo Nobel India were trading at Rs. 1,069.70 apiece on the BSE, down 1.17 per cent from the previous close.
|2014-07-11||Football fever peaks in Thane - Times of India|
Football fever peaks in Thane Debarati S Sen | TNN | Updated: Jul 11, 2014, 01.25 PM IST Youngsters in the city are flocking to salons to show off football-inspired haircuts. Football fever has reached its peak in Thane, with the World cup approaching its finale and most Thaneites are gearing up to enjoy the pending matches. They are not just getting temporary tattoos, but are also using body painting, face painting and designer haircuts to get into the groove.Among the most popular displays of their love for the game is the trend of getting haircuts, buzzcuts and spikes with a creative flair. Shailendra Sawant, who runs a salon in Gokul Nagar, says, "We have many youngsters coming in every week for FIFA-inspired hairstyling and cuts." Stylist Akhtar Khan says that the demand is at its peak now, as the football fever reaches its zenith. Shailendra adds, "We are giving special offers and discounts till July 13, after which the World Cup gets over." Parvez Alam, who has been in the business for many years and has a salon in Vasant Vihar, says that a lot of college students have been requesting special haircuts resembling the footballers' unique styles like mohawks. He says, "We use razors and machines to give them special football cuts." Mohammad Rashid, a hairstylist from a salon in Pokhran Road 2, says that spikes are edging through in popularity. "This is a timeless style and there are many who sport it through the year. However, with the World Cup season on in full swing, it's even more in demand." The biggest advantage of this haircut is, it's easy and suits all types of faces. Those who are not into hairstyling are opting for temporary body tattoos. Some are even getting their face painted for some matches. Says Akshat Singh, a college student, "My friends had organised a get-together and we watched the Brazil Vs Germany match together. Most of us got our faces painted in the colours of the flags of the countries we were supporting. This is a fun thing to do, because there is this whole feel of rooting for the team you like." Raining discounts too! Some salons in Thane are also offering special discounts and packages for the FIFA World Cup, till July 13. You can simply select your favourite footballer's hairstyle and get it replicated.
|2014-07-11||AkzoNobel opens new production facility in Thane -|
AkzoNobel opens new production facility in Thane BY PTI | UPDATED: JUL 11, 2014, 04.20 PM IST NEW DELHI: AkzoNobel today said it has opened a new production facility in Thane, near Mumbai, built at an investment of Rs 14.5 crore to manufacture coatings for the metal packaging and flexible packaging industries. "AkzoNobel opened a new production facility in Thane, India to manufacture coatings for the metal packaging and flexible packaging industries built at an investment of Rs 145 million," the company said in a statement. The facility will cater to company's customers in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia, the company said in a statement. AkzoNobel India Managing Director Jayakumar Krishnaswamy said: "For packaging coatings, we expect vigorous growth in South Asia to continue into the foreseeable future, so it makes good business sense to invest in production facilities to meet market demand."
|2014-07-11||Thane Municipal Corporation calls for online regis|
Thane Municipal Corporation calls for online registration of hoardings on Ganesh festival, state polls TNN | Jul 12, 2014, 02.49 AM IST THANE: With the Ganesh festival and state assembly elections round the corner and to ensure the number of illegal hoardings are reduced, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has started an online registration process for those wanting to put up religious and commercial hoardings. Swati Deshpande, assistant municipal commissioner (hoardings) of TMC said, "We have identified 450 spots across the city where hoardings can be put up legally. According to the new system, interested parties can register online and they can contact licensed contractors depending on their requirements of size and location for the hoarding." As many as 200 illegal or temporary posters and banners were identified by the TMC. "Those were removed but there are many hoardings put up by politicians under various heads are in the process of removal. Ward offices have been asked to remove them at the earliest," said civic officers. With the state elections due in October, political banners have started resurfacing yet again. Post the general elections on April 24 to date, TMC's anti-encroachment wing removed around 1,435 banners from the Kalwa-Mumbra corridor that belonged to almost all parties and independent candidates.
|2014-07-10||Constable attacked on court premises in Thane - Ze|
Constable attacked on court premises in Thane Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 14:29 Thane: A 29-year-old police constable was allegedly abused and attacked on the premises of a local court by an undertrial prisoner and his mother, a senior officer said Thursday. The constable, Bhavesh Ramesh Meher was part of a squad escorting about a dozen prisoners from Thane Central Jail to the court. "The alleged incident occurred outside the court of district judge V K Shewale last afternoon when the undertrial prisoner Etsham Iqubal Shaikh was being given a cigarette by his mother Zakira, which Meher objected to," said senior inspector DP Boraste of Thane Nagar police station. The officer said that Shaikh and his mother got annoyed and abused Meher before threatening him. "Shaikh allegedly threw a water bottle at Meher," said Boraste.Police have registered an FIR against the duo under various sections of IPC for assaulting or using force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty and for breach of peace, he said, adding that Shaikh`s mother has not been arrested yet
|2014-07-10||The food writer and preserves expert Thane Prince |
The food writer and preserves expert Thane Prince divulges her daily diet 9:30AM BST 10 Jul 2014 7.30am My husband brings me a cup of builder's tea, made with a little skimmed milk, in bed. I can't function without it, but I never have breakfast. 9am Pop to my local Italian for an Americano with cold milk. 10am My office is in my kitchen so I'm surrounded by food, but I don't leave anything out otherwise I would eat it all. I'm checking page proofs for my new book on preserves. 11.30am By this time I'm so hungry I need to arrange lunch with a friend. I order salad with grilled fish and if they're serving chips I'll always have chips. 2pm We're gearing up for the new series of The Big Allotment Challenge so I have lots of meetings about that. Cup of tea.
|2014-07-10||Thane school's fee hike stayed - Times of India|
Thane schoolís fee hike stayed TNN | Jul 11, 2014, 12.17 AM IST MUMBAI: The education department of the Thane Municipal Corporation has issued a fresh stay on the fee hike by Billabong High International School, Thane. The department has asked the school not to charge parents according to the hiked fee structure until investigations are complete. The school said it was not aware of the stay order.
|2014-07-10||Thane med college fails to start PG course due to |
THANE MED COLLEGE FAILS TO START PG COURSE DUE TO SHORTAGE OF STAFFERS, EQUIPMENT By Lata Mishra, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jul 11, 2014, 12.48 AM IST While Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announces opening of 12 more medical colleges in the country as an answer to the shortage of nearly 1 million doctors in India, it has been revealed that a medical college in the city could not admit even a single post graduation student this year. The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), after a recent inspection, concluded that the Rajiv Gandhi Medical College (RGMC), run by Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), did not have the required infrastructure or faculty strength for post graduation courses. The college has 20 seats in its post graduation programmes. The college was supposed to start five PG courses -- Gynaecology, Orthopaedic, Ophthalmology, Medicine and Surgery - this year. None of the departments met the MCI criteria. MUHS stated the college, attached to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Hospital, violated all norms dictated by the Medical Council of India (MCI). As per rules, along with staffers, the college is required to have a separate canteen for doctors, hostel, research lab and lecture room for each department. The college does not even have basic textbooks or a canteen for doctors. The modular operation theatres are there in the name only, with many basic surgical instruments missing. "The inspection officer was shocked to see that we didn't have textbooks. We have to send our patients to other hospitals because we don't have basic instruments. What will we teach the students, if we can't even do basic spine or knee surgeries," rued a senior Orthopedic doctor on the condition of anonymity. The four-member MUHS team, led by Dr Mridula Phadke, had submitted its report last week. According to the report, the Orthopaedic department did not have basic instruments such arthroscopic lenses. More surprising was the fact that TMC had spent Rs 15 crore on the modular operation theatre, which has been shut from Day one, as there are no qualified staffers or proper equipment. "Orthopaedic, Medicine and Gynaecology department heads, though claiming to be professors, did not fulfill the eligibility criteria. A separate inquiry is going on in this case," said a source from the hospital. The college had sent proposal to MCI for no-objection certificates in 2011. Since then, MCI has inspected the college twice but found it had not met the criteria to get the certificate. "We have a 40-bed ICU but currently only 10 are functioning, as we don't have senior doctors or staffers," said a doctor. When contacted, C Maitra, Dean of the college, accepted that there was a shortage of faculty members. "Yes, we are short of staff for PG courses but we are trying to fill all the post as soon as possible. I will request the MCI and MUHS to grant a few days to resolve the matter."
|2014-07-10||Railways to free up plots at Bushi Dam and Thane f|
RAILWAYS TO FREE UP PLOTS AT BUSHI DAM AND THANE FOR THEME PARKS, RESORTS By Yogesh Naik, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jul 10, 2014, 11.46 PM IST Profits generated from leasing out two plots, which measure over 10 hectares each, will be used for infrastructure and new rail projects on CR. The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), which deals with commercial exploitation of Railway property, is freeing up two plots in Thane and Lonavala, for setting up of resorts and theme parks. The two plots include the popular Bushi Dam at Lonavala, where the Railways own 10.12 hectares of land, and a 12.82 hectare plot that houses Dighe Dam on the Thane Belapur Road. The Delhi based RLDA has called for expressions of interest from hotel chains and establishments that own and run entertainment parks and picnic spots, who would be interested in taking up these plots on lease. "The two plots at Dighe Dam and Bushi Dam will be given for commercial exploitation. We have called for bids from hotel chains and entertainment parks for setting up of theme parks and resorts here," RLDA General Manager Virendra Kumar told Mirror. "The places will be developed and the money earned will go to the CR kitty, as both these properties are located on Central Railway." Bushi Dam is one of the most popular picnic spots in Lonavala, which a number of people from Mumbai and Pune flock to on weekends and especially during monsoon. It belonged to the Great Indian Peninsular Railway, and is now part of Central Railway's property. "After receiving proposals, we will evaluate the revenue that can be generated from commercial exploitation of these plots, and lease them out for periods of 30 to 45 years," said Kumar. "Both these properties face water bodies. In fact, there is no major resort in the Thane-Navi Mumbai region, and the 13-acre plot at Dighe Dam offers huge potential. Being in close proximity to Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivli and Navi Mumbai, a resort here will surely attract huge crowds. Interested parties could also construct an IT park or offices, since it is close to the IT hub in Navi Mumbai," another Railway officer said. Besides these two properties, the Railways are offering two more properties for development in Kerala. These plots involve 5.66 hectares at Peermade and 5.5 hectares on Pallanthurthi Island. The profits generated from these ventures will be used for infrastructure and new rail projects on Central Railway.
|2014-07-09||MP Vichare upset as Thane given a miss in railway |
MP Vichare upset as Thane given a miss in railway budget Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Jul 9, 2014, 10.32 PM IST THANE: Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare on Tuesday expressed his disappointment at the NDA government's maiden railway budget for overlooking the commuter's hardships and upgradation of the heritage Thane station. ''We had a lot of hope that our government would take measures for a complete overhaul of Thane station, which is one of the busiest on this route. Three years ago, the then railway minister promised to turn Thane station into a world class one, but all these promises have fallen flat as there were no funds budgeted for any upgradation nor were any amenities introduced for commuters. In this budget, too, Thane station has been neglected,'' Vichare said. Among the other demands was a proposal to extend Thane station up to a vacant plot near Thane mental hospital at Kopri. However, the Thane MP's wish list failed to find any mention in the budget presented by railway minister Sadanand Gowda. The Sena MP, however, added that the budget announcement has ensured that basic amenities at the railway station such as toilets and security measure for women have been addressed by Gowda. Interestingly, Vichare has spent a considerable amount from his MLA funds to install more than 100 CCTV cameras for the security of lakhs of commuters. Prashant Joshi, a Dombivli commuter, said that while the Union government has increased fares by 14% last month, there are no concrete steps to ensure the safety of commuters. ''Overcrowding in trains results in an average of four to five deaths per day between Thane and Dombivli. The only solution to tackle the problem is to start short distance trains from Thane to Kalyan or Karjat, but no such provision was made in this times budget,'' he said.
|2014-07-09||Thane lad wins strongman title in power lifting ch|
Thane lad wins strongman title in power lifting championship B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 9, 2014, 10.30 PM IST THANE: The Senior Maharashtra State Power Lifting Championship ended on a good note for Thane as city lad Sandeep Awari emerged victorious by winning the strongman title. The even was held at Mahad in Raigad on Sunday. Awari has been a veteran in this game and has lived up to his reputation, despite skipping a few competitions last entire year. Besides winning the state strongman title, he also was the group champion in the 93 kg body weight category. After his victory at the event, selectors have chosen him for the national championship that will be held in Goa from September 16 to 20. ''It was a nail-bitting championship. It was tough as other participants were equally good. But I managed to clinch the title,'' said Awari. Awari lifted an overall weight of 860 kg in all three disciplinesóbench press, squat and dead lift. In dead lift, he cleared the weight bar of 300 kg, 345 kg in squat and 215 kg in bench press.
|2014-07-09||Two held for raping minor in Thane - Daily News & |
Two held for raping minor in Thane Wed, 9 Jul 2014-10:33am , Thane (Maharashtra) , PTI A 14-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by two youth near Varvatne village in neighbouring Raigad district of Maharashtra, police said. Both the accused were arrested on Tuesday evening after the victim lodged a complaint with the police regarding the alleged incident which occurred on Sunday night, said Amol Zende, DSP, Roha. The youth were identified as Pritam Patil and Devendra Kuthe. Zende said the youth had accosted the girl in a garden at Roha town on Sunday night where she was sitting alone and she told them that she wanted to go to Borivali in suburban Mumbai. "The duo offered to drop to Nagothane railway station on their bike saying she can catch a train from there to her destination, to which she agreed," the officer said. However, instead of dropping her at Nagothane station, the duo took her to a house at Adivasiwadi opposite Varvatne village and took turns to rape her, police added. The girl approached Roha police last morning but could not narrate the incident properly. However, after learning that her brother stays nearby police summoned him and registered an FIR after she narrated her ordeal. Patil and Kuthe are booked under IPC sections for gangrape and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
|2014-07-09||Heavy rain predicted in Thane, Raigad - Times of I|
Heavy rain predicted in Thane, Raigad Richa Pinto | TNN | Jul 10, 2014, 12.09 AM IST MUMBAI: Many parts of Mumbai received intermittent showers on Wednesday, raising hopes among citizens that the monsoon may strengthen further. The weather bureau has forecast sporadic rain in the city on Thursday and warned of heavy rain in Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts. The Colaba weather station recorded 78.7mm of rain from 8.30am to 8.30pm on Wednesday, while the Santa Cruz station logged 40.8mm of rain during the period. "We expect the monsoon activity to continue steadily in Mumbai. Heavy rain is expected in Goa and Konkan region from Wednesday evening," said V K Rajeev, director of the Regional Meteorological Centre-Mumbai. "As typhoon Neoguri has made landfall in Japan, the weather model suggests that rainfall activity would improve here." The typhoon was pulling away moisture, thereby affecting monsoon flows along India's western coast and elsewhere. After the insufficient rainfall in June, strong showers are necessary in July and August to make up for the deficiency. The showers on Wednesday lowered the mercury in the city. On Tuesday, the maximum temperature recorded at Colaba and Santa Cruz stations was 30 and 31 degrees Celsius, respectively. On Wednesday, both Colaba and Santa Cruz stations recorded a maximum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.
|2014-07-09||MMRDA's land survey for Thane Metro shed over - Ti|
MMRDAís land survey for Thane Metro shed over Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jul 10, 2014, 02.28 AM IST THANE: The Thane metro has taken a step closer to reality. Officials of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) have finally concluded survey of the land that it requires for construction of the car shed. "The metro project was not moving ahead as farmers were not allowing the MMRDA officials to conduct the survey of the land that needs to be acquired for construction of the car shed. Now, that survey is completed, the authority will soon forward the report to the state government for the necessary administrative approvals to take the project ahead," said a senior MMRDA official. After chief minister Prithviraj Chavan proposed extension of the Metro services to Thane, farmers losing their land opposed the project. Thane guardian minister Ganesh Naik, too, opposed the move to acquire the fertile land for construction of the car shed. But, despite opposition, MMRDA officials convinced villagers for allowing them to do survey of the area. Local Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik, meanwhile, sent a letter to Chavan requesting him to expedite the administrative procedure. "The ruling DF government should not only give administrative clearances at earliest, but also make financial provisions to start the project," Sarnaik said. However, the MMRDA ruled out the possibility of underground tracks for Thane as that would lead to huge cost escalation. The Shiva Sena wanted the entire 32-km project to be built underground, as opposed to the MMRDA plan to have a 5-km elevated track from Manpada to Ovala (car shed).
|2014-07-09||Thane's Prashant Chavan wins national body bldg ch|
Thane's Prashant Chavan wins national body bldg championship B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 10, 2014, 02.32 AM IST THANE: When it comes to sports, the city has a lot of reasons to cheer. City lad Prashant Chavan won the 'Bharat Shri' title at the recently-held National Body Building Championship that was held at Bangalore. Chavan had won seven consecutive titles at the district level in a single calendar year in the past. Chavan was participating for the first time at the national level and he made a mark by winning the title. Chavan, a resident of Kajuwadi and a trainee at Muscle Gym, stunned the ringside judges with his bulging muscles. He had worked hard for years together to pump in the iron. He was up against other elite body builders from across the country.''The competition was divided into four different categoriesóBharat Uday, Bharat Kumar, Bharat Kishore and Bharat Shri. I tried my hand for the Bharat Shri title. All the champions in different categories were pitted against each other to grab the top honour. And I was privileged to win the coveted title,'' said Chavan. Chavan is not new to winning crowns in the body building championship. He has always won the title in the super tall category. "I was sure about the victory at the national event since I put in a lot of effort,'' said Chavan.
|2014-07-09||Thane's Konddev stadium upkeep work to be outsourc|
Thane's Konddev stadium upkeep work to be outsourced soon B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 10, 2014, 02.30 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to outsource the maintenance of the Dadoji Konddev stadium to a private firm that is an expert in sport utility and management. Cutting down on its expenditure of Rs 50 lakh on the maintenance of the stadium every year, the civic body will award the contract to the private firm on an annual basis on a comparatively affordable amount. The huge amount is spent on the garden staff to look after the outfield and structure.The work force that has been entrusted the responsibility of looking after the stadium will be sent back to its parent wing to make up for the manpower deficit. The poor maintenance of the ground has been in question for years, owing to commercial activities."A few private firms have expressed their interest to take up the annual contract. We will have to zero in on a suitable bidder on a comparatively affordable amount as opposed to Rs 50 lakh we spend every year on a dozen plus staff," said an official. "On contract basis, we can save a substantial amount. Also, our staff can go back to the garden department where they are needed," said Minal Palande, TMC sports officer. According to some calculations worked out by the sports wing of the TMC a private firm is ready to provide the same services at Rs 12 lakh annually. It means the corporation can save Rs 38 lakh a year. Besides, the existing work force will fill the cavity in garden department which is running short of staff.
|2014-07-09||Thane, Navi Mumbai flat prices up 85% - Times of I|
Thane, Navi Mumbai flat prices up 85% Rajshri Mehta | TNN | Jul 9, 2014, 06.04 AM IST MUMBAI: A five-year price analysis of residential realty market in 11 cities shows that the ever-expanding Navi Mumbai and Thane have registered the highest percentage of increase in home prices across the country. They are followed by Mumbai. According to the report by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) India, the two cities on Mumbai's outskirts have recorded a 80-85 % average price rise between April-June 2009 and January-March 2014 and Mumbai has shown a 75-80 % average increase. The lowest rise has been in Hyderabad (25%) followed by Noida & Greater Noida (25-30%) and Delhi NCR (30%)."The main reason for the rise in Navi Mumbai and Thane home prices is that the rates were very affordable. As link to Mumbai improved and developers launched quality projects, the residential real estate demand increased, pushing up prices," said Anuj Puri, chairman and country head, JLL India. The report says with the RBI not expected to decrease interest rates in the short to medium term, residential sales are likely to remain low. JLL data shows absorption of residential property is currently at a five-year low.According to experts, the low sales volumes in the residential market means the launch of projects in the high-sale "affordable segment". Puranik Builders MD Shailesh Puranik said, "The only way prices can be controlled is to ensure abundance of supply. For that, the state has to free new plots for development and reduce the high input cost of steel and cement." Ashutosh Limaye, JLL's research head, said he did not expect price rise in three to five years. "Sales has slowed down due to a high entry barrier of prices touching Rs 9,000 a sq ft," he said.
|2014-07-08||Tempo runs over cop in Thane - Free Press Journal|
|2014-07-08||Woman raped by brother-in-law in Thane - Oneindia|
Woman raped by brother-in-law in Thane Updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 12:11 [IST] Thane, July 8: A woman was allegedly raped by her older brother-in-law repeatedly in Bhayander here as she was unable to return the money lent by him two years ago for a surgery, police said today. According to API Priyatama Mote of Navghar police station under Bhayander, accused Kamlesh Jain (40) sexually abused his sister-in-law (37) after he kept harassing her to return the money lent to her in June 2012 for an operation. As the woman was unable to repay him, Jain criminally assaulted her since April when no one was home and then forcibly abused her after taking her to a lodge in Gorai, the complaint by the woman said. As per the victim, Jain had threatened to post her obscene clips on the internet if she revealed anything about the rape. But finally she mustered courage and filed a police complaint last evening. The accused has been charged under sections 376 and 506 of the IPC, police said. Jain is absconding and is yet to be arrested.
|2014-07-08||Woman Allegedly Raped by Brother-In-Law in Thane -|
Woman Allegedly Raped by Brother-In-Law in Thane 08 JULY 2014 Last Updated at 11:41 AM NATIONAL A woman was allegedly raped by her older brother-in-law repeatedly in Bhayander here as she was unable to return the money lent by him two years ago for a surgery, police said today. According to API Priyatama Mote of Navghar police station under Bhayander, accused Kamlesh Jain (40) sexually abused his sister-in-law (37) after he kept harassing her to return the money lent to her in June 2012 for an operation. As the woman was unable to repay him, Jain criminally assaulted her since April when no one was home and then forcibly abused her after taking her to a lodge in Gorai, the complaint by the woman said. As per the victim, Jain had threatened to post her obscene clips on the internet if she revealed anything about the rape. But finally she mustered courage and filed a police complaint last evening. The accused has been charged under sections 376 and 506 of the IPC, police said.
|2014-07-08||Architecture colleges to come up in Nigdi, Mumbai |
Architecture colleges to come up in Nigdi, Mumbai & Thane Vishwas Kothari | TNN | Jul 9, 2014, 04.01 AM IST PUNE: Three new colleges of architecture in the state, including one at Nigdi Pradhikaran near the city, are set to become functional this year. The state government has accorded sanction to these new colleges on a permanent unaided basis, following their approval by the Council of Architecture, which regulates the education and profession of architecture in the country. The government has also sanctioned an increase in the student intake at another college in Nerul. The new colleges and the variation of intake at the existing one will together increase the student intake for the bachelor of architecture (B.Arch) studies in the state by 280 seats from the existing 447 seats for the academic year 2014-15. According to a government resolution (GR) released by the department of higher and technical education, the new colleges of architecture are: Pimpri Chinchwad Education Trust's S B Patil College of Architecture and Design in Nigdi Pradhikaran; Thakur School of Architecture and Planning at Kandivali (East) in Mumbai and Ideal Institute of Architecture at Poseri in Thane district. These colleges have been approved for an initial five years, subject to renewal. The colleges at Nigdi and Poseri will have student intake of 40 seats each while the one at Kandivli will have an intake of 80 seats. The student intake at the D Y Patil College of Architecture at Vidyanagar in Nerul has been increased from 80 to 120 seats. The director of technical education (DTE) has released an initial schedule for the 2014-15 centralized admission process for B.Arch courses. According to this schedule, the process for online submission of forms and verification of the same at the application form receipt centers was completed on July 3 and a provisional merit list was declared on July 5. A final merit list will now be released on July 10, following which the schedule for online submission of option forms will be released.The DTE's information brochure for B.Arch admissions has listed a total of eight colleges, including four in the University of Pune area. Under the UoP, the existing four colleges are: Marathwada Mitra Mandal's College of Architecture, Vidya Pratishthan's School of Architecture in Baramati, BKPS College of Architecture and NDMVPS's College of Architecture in Nashik.
|2014-07-07||Cynicism in Thane police department could be reaso|
Cynicism in Thane police department could be reason for several unsolved cases Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 8, 2014, 02.38 AM IST THANE: The low crime detection rate and the rising crime in Thane is being attributed by many to a sense of disillusionment and growing cynicism about the political establishment within the top ranks of the IPS posted in Thane. "Thane is considered to be a Kala Pani posting by many top ranking IPS officers. They are generally disillusioned at being sent here much against their wishes and this has a ripple impact on the entire policing and the law and order situation here,'' a senior cop told TOI on conditions of anonymity.The general displeasure among the top echelons of the IPS became a talking point for the public at large when Vijay Kamble, an additional director general rank officer, took charge as Thane police commissioner days after his appointment was declared by the state government. Kamble was said to be in running for the prestigious post of Mumbai police commissioner. Senior police officials, however, insist that a brief delay in taking charge of a new posting cannot be misconstrued as disillusionment. The rumour mills were going strong in the case of joint commissioner VV Laxminarayan who did not report to office for close to a month after being appointed in February 2014. Top officials said former CP, KP Raghuvanshi was equally disappointed when posted to Thane in 2011. "He was the chief of the Maharashtra ATS and from there he was posted to Thane. But, once he took office he functioned with a firm grip,'' the official said. Observers said most of the deputy commissioner of police are desperately waiting for the transfers and want to be posted out of Thane.
|2014-07-07||Statistics reveal crime rate in Thane shoots up, d|
Statistics reveal crime rate in Thane shoots up, detections drop TNN | Jul 8, 2014, 02.36 AM IST THANE: The rate of street crime and violence in the lake city has increased by 33%, but the crime detection rate slipped below 10% between 2011 and 2013. This was brought to light according to the findings of the National Crime and Research Bureau (NCRB). The once sleepy and safe neighborhood is now staring a sheer lawlessness, as incidents of crime has risen drastically. In 2011, 7,323 cases were registered but in 2013 the numbers rose to 9,765, the data stated. The police top ranks have tried to justify the increase in crime to growing population, porous district borders, etc. But Thaneites feel that lack of police strategy to curb and detect crime is the actual reason. The crime detection rate fell to 49% in 2013, as against 60% and 57% in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Which mean, the cops managed to solve only 4,839 cases, out of 9,765. ''Simply put, out of 10 cases, the Thane cops managed to detect just five. This, not only reflects the cops poor credibility, but also sends out a message for criminals that their chances of being caught is slim,'' said a resident of Vartak Nagar. As against 1608 offences of murder, attempt to murder, grevious hurt, rape and kidnapping registered in 2011, the figures recorded at the end of 2013 rose to 2,271. In contrast, the detection rate in case of body offences was 1,511 in 2011 and 1,951 in 2013. Incidents of rape rose sharply by 130% in the last two years, as 182 cases of cases were registered during 2013 across the 33 police stations under the Thane police commissioner jurisdiction, as against 79 cases in 2011.Kidnapping figures jumped by a shocking 250% with 302 cases being registered in 2013 as compared to 86 case in 2011. Just 223 kidnapping cases could be detected of 302, raising doubts about the credibility of the Thane police. Interestingly, Thane police commissioner Vijay Kamble had publicly stated that curbing incidents of kidnapping was top on his agenda. The big concern among the citizens here is the inadequate street policing which has resulted in high incidents of burglary, robbery, thefts and dacoity. Of the 5,421 incidents of property-related offences registered during 2013, just 1,910 cases could be detected. ''Instead of patrolling outside night bars, it would be better if there was adequate street patrolling in the city,'' a resident said.
|2014-07-07||Only 9000 cops for 85 lakh citizens of Thane - Tim|
Only 9,000 cops for 85 lakh citizens of Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 8, 2014, 02.40 AM IST THANE: Inadequate police strength is one of the prime reasons hampering investigations and effective crime control measures in Thane, senior police officials said. As against a collective population of around 85 lakhs spread across Thane, Kalyan, Bhiwandi, Ulhanagar, Badlapur, the total police personnel in the 33 police stations under the Thane commissionerate is a miniscule 9,000-plus, cop said. While the population in the cities and townships here has grown exponentially, the policy planners in Mantralaya have overlooked the need for increasing the police strength which has resulted in high stress levels for the men in khaki and slow-peddling of the investigation process.
|2014-07-07||Didn't detain students in library for not paying f|
Didnít detain students in library for not paying fees, Thane school tells state child rights commission TNN | Jul 7, 2014, 11.38 PM IST MUMBAI: Billabong High International School in Thane has submitted an affidavit to the state commission for protection of child rights saying it had not detained students in the library for non-payment of fees on April 2. The parents had approached the commission after their children were not given results for the previous academic year and were detained in the library the day the school reopened as they had not paid the revised fees. The parents had also alleged the school didn't maintain transparency and regularly hiked fees. During the hearing on July 3, the school's advocate submitted the affidavit saying students could not be allowed inside classrooms as their names were not on the school register. "We had informed the parents that their children would not be admitted to the next academic year as they had not paid the fees. In spite of notices, they sent them to school. So, it is their action that has caused harm to the students," said a school's representative. "We are ready to pay as per the old fees, but the school refuses to accept it despite a stay from the education department," said a parent. The commission will pass an order after the parents file a rejoinder by July 11.
|2014-07-07||Atrocities against women rise by 97% in two years |
Atrocities against women rise by 97% in two years in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 8, 2014, 02.42 AM IST THANE: If crime statistics are to be believed, then violence against women has increased by 97 per cent in the last two years in Thane. From a total 609 cases of dowry deaths, molestations, sexual assault and cruelty meted out by husbands in 2011, the figures jumped to 1,201 cases by the end of 2013 in the five zones of the Thane police commissionerate, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. While sexual assault tops the chart as nearly 463 cases were registered in 2013 as against 156 in 2011, violence by husbands and in-laws followed with 423 cases and 323 in 2013 and 2011 respectively. A senior police official said that though the number of cases on crime against women has increased, more are being registered. Post the Nirbhaya gang rape case, the cops are being sensitive in dealing with crime against women taking down the guidelines of the Supreme Court.Another senior cop added that bogus cases are also being reported, which are possibly due to fallouts of old enmity, family rivalry or failed love affair. Most of these cases are registered under sexual assault. The police also claimed that a 24 x 7 all-women squad has been started with an aim to ensure round-the-clock protection to women. However, a rise in the number of cases has led to a sense of insecurity among working women who use public transport and travel late in the night. They said that they experience sexual harassment almost everyday while using public transport or in Thane station and market, especially during peak hours, which goes unnoticed.Nimisha Sharma, a regular rail commuter said, "Crime against women is evidently rising with each passing day. Everyday when I step out I have to be alert to prevent any kind of sexual harassment. Staring, passing comments and touching are part of everyday harassment. While we approach the cops, I wonder if enough is done to prevent men from committing such crimes. They are warned and let off. Cops tell us that if we register a case we may have to keep coming to the police station and court. Apprehensive about such trips amid a hectic schedule, women refrain from registering a complaint with the police." Throwing light on such instances that have become very common, another woman commuter said that she was planning to take the skywalk next to Thane station when she noticed a few anti-social elements there. "Instantly uncomfortable, I decided to change my path. There are no cops around this area to make us feel safe. When attacked, who do we blame?"
|2014-07-07||AkzoNobel India opens agrochemicals lab in Thane -|
AkzoNobel India opens agrochemicals lab in Thane Mumbai July 4, 2014 Last Updated at 17:28 IST AkzoNobel India Ltd, a part of the Netherlands-based AkzoNobel Group, has formally inaugurated a new laboratory facility at its Thane site on July 2, 2014. The laboratory, built with an investment of about Rs 13 million, will primarily focus on catering to the needs of agrochemicals sector in India. Globally, AkzoNobel provides innovative surface chemistry technologies for crop-protection and the enhancement of agrochemical products. It serves formulators and active ingredient producers with solutions that are environmentally safe, biodegradable and cost effective.
|2014-07-06||Thane Prince: 'There's something quiet and proper |
Thane Prince: 'Thereís something quiet and proper about jam-making' Thane Prince, the fearsome 'queen of preservesí and star of the BBC's Big Allotment Challenge, on why she isnít worried about how much sugar the British consume Standing by the industrial-sized hob in the vast basement kitchen of her north London townhouse, Thane Prince Ė the ďqueen of preservesĒ or, to use her own words, ďthe bitch judge from hellĒ Ė is about to try my fig and vanilla-spice jam. Prince, 66, gives her auburn Cleopatra bob a quick shake and prepares to sample a spoonful. As she releases the lid, her lips purse and pucker as they do when she appears as a judge on BBC Twoís Big Allotment Challenge. ďThereís no mould on top. Good,Ē she begins. But then the brickbats start to fly. ďItís not a jam,Ē she declares. ďIíd call that a loose-set preserve. The jarís a little dirty, too. Itís crunchy, and itís very nice. But I donít think itís quite sharp enough. You need a little more acidity. A large squeeze of lemon juice would just round the flavour up.Ē Coming from a veteran with 30 years of cookery know-how as well as a battery of tart put-downs Ė on The Big Allotment Challenge, she told one pair of contestants that their jam was cooked for ďone second too longĒ Ė Iíll take this as a thumbs-up.
|2014-07-06||All toll plazas in Thane district need to be shut |
|2014-07-06||Thane rivalry worries NCP - The Asian Age|
Thane rivalry worries NCP Jul 07, 2014 | Age Correspondent | mumbai Share The biggest challenge before the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the Thane district is its own infighting. The NCP leadership is worried by the cold war between Cabinet minister Jitendra Awhad and deputy chairman of legislative council Vasant Davkhare. NCP leaders and state deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare made no bones about party‚Äôs displeasure with the internal bickering in Thane. Addressing NCP workers in Thane on Friday evening, Mr Pawar and Mr Tatkare asked the leaders of the party‚Äôs Thane unit to bury their differences and come together for the preparation of state Assembly elections, which will be held in October or November this year. The Thane district is important for any political party wanting to come to power in the state as there are 24 Assembly seats in the district. The infighting in the Thane unit was apparent even from the invitations printed for the function that were addressed by the DCM and state NCP president. The rally was organised by city unit of the NCP led by its president Manoj Pradhan, who is a close confidante of Mr Awhad. Mr Davkhare‚Äôs name was not mentioned at all in the invitation and banners. Mr Davkhare was also not allowed to address the audience, owing to differences between the rival factions. Mr Pawar took a strong objection to the incident. ‚ÄúThe party workers and leaders must desist from such practices. Otherwise the party will have to take strong action against people who indulge in such practices,‚ÄĚ said Mr Pawar. Mr Tatkare also reiterated that party workers and leaders have to unite if they want the NCP to win the coming elections. Later, during a press conference too when this issue was raised, the two leaders said they would try to sort out the differences among party factions and if it does not work, then action would be taken. Post new comment Your name: * E-Mail Address: * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment: * Input format Filtered HTML Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Full HTML Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically. CAPTCHAThis question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. Share Tweet MostRead MostCommented MostEmailed Swiss: No list of Indian cash being readied A new Silk Route Salman Khan launches job website Charity begins at home 17-year-old girl raped after being offered spiked drink Controversy over pension of pre-2006 Central staff Arvind Kejriwal house-hunt may end soon Mr Modi, why so silent? Imran Khan may cancel rally against Pakistan government Fire destroys India cinema history Smriti may revive HRD quota in KVs Sonam Kapoor‚Äôs Doli to arrive before Valentine‚Äôs Day Aam Aadmi Party blacklists Three members ‚ÄėI am feeling accomplished‚Äô Controversy over pension of pre-2006 Central staff 17-year-old girl raped after being offered spiked drink Bank guard fires in air to mark b‚Äôday, 1 hurt Curious case of dark matter Modi‚Äôs mute mode Bangalore inventor wins Rs 33 lakh Rolex Enterprise Award How palmtop marketplace traps consumers Columnists A Nehru-free IndiaSidharth Bhatia Narendra Modi the Prime Minister has turned out to be the total opposite of Narendra Modi the election campaigner. Gone are the rhetoric, the swagger, the mocking tone and the cutting remarks. Instead, there is sobriety and moderation, in body language and tone. A big test for Modi & Co.Anand K. Sahay The Budget Session of Parliament, which is upon us, will reveal the mind of the newly elected Modi government on critical policy matters pertaining to the economy ‚ÄĒ from where the money will come (taxes to be imposed) and the manner in which it will be spent through the various ministries and departments. Horoscope Select your sign Aquarius Aries Cancer Gemini Leo Libra Pisces Sagittarius Scorpio Taurus Virgo capricorn Home India Metros International Business Opinion Sports Entertainment Life & Style Newsmakers Books E-Paper Science + Health About Us Contact Us Career Feedback Copyright ¬© 2011 The Asian Age. All rights reserved.
|2014-07-05||Thane celebrates Rath Yatra - Times of India|
Thane celebrates Rath Yatra Debarati S Sen | TNN | Jul 5, 2014, 04.10 PM IST MUMBAI:The auspicious occasion of Lord Jagganth's annual Rath Yatra (Roth Jatra) or the Chariot Festival, saw thousands of devotees participating in it, over the week. And tomorrow, this ongoing festival, will witness the grand finale of sorts, with the culmination of this religious procession. PK Guha, President of Thane's Jagannath Cultural Education Trust says, "We began the festival, called the Gundicha, on June 29 from Shani Mandir in Manorama Nagar and will be commencing the return journey or the Bahuda, tomorrow from Nageshwar Temple." The festival was first held in Thane five years ago, he informs. The temple chariot, with deities Lord Jagannath, Balarama, and Subhadra, travelled all through the city.During the festival, devotees pull the chariot by hand and it is believed that whoever participates will have all his/her wishes fulfiled. Bhajans are sung and mantras chanted, while the rath is pulled. JK Bhutia, a member of the trust, says there are around a lakh devotees, most of them Odiyas, in the city. Bhog Prasad was distributed during all the nine days, says Guha. The community will also be hosting a free-for-all socio-cultural programme today evening, at the Kashinath Ghanekar auditorium. "We are working on education, eradication of diseases and helping cancer patients etc. The cultural programme will see an amalgamation of both Maharashtra and Odisha. There will be songs, dances and other entertainment programmes," says Guha.
|2014-07-05||Thane woman robbed at Canacona railway station - T|
Thane woman robbed at Canacona railway station TNN | Jul 5, 2014, 11.29 AM IST MARGAO: Konkan Railway police have registered a case of theft against unidentified persons following a complaint filed by Shaileja Vijay, a native of Thane, who was travelling by a Netravali bound train on Friday. Police stated that the incident took place on Friday, at 4.30am, when the train halted at Canacona railway station and some unidentified persons committed theft of her purse containing 45,800 in cash, a pair of gold earrings, a gold chain, mobile phone and spectacles, all worth 2,35,300. Konkan Railway police assistant sub-inspector U S Naik is the investigating officer and further investigations are under way. Police have booked an offense against unidentified persons under Section 379 (punishment for theft) of the IPC and are looking at repeat offenders as suspects. Police have also launched a search party to locate the whereabouts of the potential suspects.
|2014-07-05||Thane professional trekking groups' thumbs up to s|
Thane professional trekking groupsí thumbs up to states government resolution on safety Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 6, 2014, 02.33 AM IST THANE: Professional trekking groups have welcomed the state government's norm to compulsorily register and provide detailed information about their expedition activities. The groups believe that this move will help them overcome their shortcomings. "The norms of the state government will surely discourage groups that function to exploit trekking enthusiasts with a commercial purpose," they said.Prashant Thosar, a veteran trekker said, "I have been trekking for the past 30 years and so far the state government has not come up with anything like this. Though late, the authority has woken up finally after an adventure sport claimed a life a few years ago. Adventure activities will attract foreigners if they are channelized systematically." Another Thane-based outdoor experiential educator, Nachiket Joshi, said that the government resolution will help professional groups maintain safety standards and understand the risks involved in adventure activities. Subodh Pathare, founder member of Durgasakha trust in Thane said, "The norms will help bring in professionalism among trekkers' groups. There is a rise in the number of some groups that are into this for money thereby risking the lives of trekkers. Untrained persons of such groups do not take responsibility of the lives of trekkers going with them." He added, "We have trained staff to deal with medical emergencies and carry communicators to keep our trekkers informed about the goings on."
|2014-07-05||Thane: Woman Sarpanch Accepts Rs. 2.5 Lakh Bribe B|
Thane: Woman Sarpanch Accepts Rs. 2.5 Lakh Bribe By Cheque, Arrested Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: July 05, 2014 23:55 IST THANE: A woman sarpanch from Vasai tehsil district was arrested on Saturday by the anti-corruption bureau on the charge of accepting bribe through a bearer cheque. According to the Deputy Superintendent of Police Jairaj Chapria, the sarpanch of Chandrapada gram-panchayat, Shakuntala Patil, had demanded Rs. 1,50,000 for giving tax receipts to tenants of a chawl. Later she hiked the amount to Rs. 2,50,000. She was arrested by the ACB while accepting a bearer's cheque of Rs. 2,50,000 from the complainant. A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against her at the local Waliv police station.
|2014-07-04||Double joy for young Thane shuttler at state champ|
Double joy for young Thane shuttler at state championship B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 5, 2014, 02.00 AM IST THANE: Aman F S, a shuttler and a trainee of the Thane Municipal Corporation-run Syed Modi Badminton Academy has won a double crown at the Maharashtra State Sub-Junior Championship at Nashik. A student of Little Flower School, Vasant Vihar, Aman won the under-15 boys' singles title in straight sets scoring 21-9, 21-13 in the final defeating his own team mate and doubles partner Vansh Singh for his maiden title. He won his second title teaming up with Vansh to defeat Ajinkya Patharkar and Akshan Shetty of Nagpur by scoring 21-9, 29-27 in the doubles final. In the singles semi final Aman thrashed 2nd seed Devesh Dharmarajan of Mumbai Suburban with a score of 21-12, 21-14 which ended in just less than half an hour. Aman has been taking training from his coaches Shrikant Vad, Mayur Ghatnekar and Shrikant Bhagwat. "I am thrilled to have won double crown in the state for first time. This has motivated my competition spirit," said an elated Aman.
|2014-07-04||Thane collector asked to check sites for 2nd doppl|
Thane collector asked to check sites for 2nd doppler Rajshri Mehta | TNN | Jul 5, 2014, 01.57 AM IST Thane: The state revenue department has asked Thane collector P Velarasu to suggest sites in the city as well as Navi Mumbai where the second doppler weather radar can be installed. The collector had received these instructions three days ago. Manoj Gohad, deputy collector of Thane, said, ''The collectorate is now scouting for various locations and hopes to soon identify a height suitable for the radar.'' The government is also looking at other locations in Nashik and Pune to install the radar. The decision to install a second radar was taken after a group of Mumbai-based developers had filed a petition recently, claiming that the existing doppler, which was installed on top of a building in Colaba after the 2005 deluge, has been hampering development projects. They said that since the existing buildings cannot go for redevelopment as their height cannot be increased. Any highrise project coming up within a 10km radius has to obtain a no-objection certificate from the Indian Meteorology Department (IMD). ''Mumbai already had buildings taller than 70m, so the doppler radar was not effective. Now, since the IMD has decided to install another radar, the height restrictions problem will be solved,'' said a revenue department official. The new radar is expected to cost around Rs 35 crore. ''Though the government had suggested many other alternate sites, we told them that they were not feasible. We will not be able to shift the existing radar. It is enormous (around 15 tons), so shifting may shut it down," said the IMD official.
|2014-07-04||Thane buildings to pay 10-19K to check structural |
Thane buildings to pay 10-19K to check structural audit Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Jul 5, 2014, 02.02 AM IST THANE: Housing cooperative societies will have to shell out anywhere between Rs 10 to Rs 19,000 per sq m for conducting a variety of tests to certify the strength and stability of their structure. Buildings that have crossed the 30-year-mark will have to carry out a comprehensive structural audit and submit their findings to the TMC, who will then decide whether to label it as dangerous, dilapidated or liveable. The TMC recently announced the base price for carrying out the structural audit after inviting bids from private structural auditors. The price has been fixed after doing a careful scrutiny of as many as eight bids and the lowest rates were finalized by the civic administration as the base price. ''A visual inspection by the auditors will be charged Rs 10 per sq m for any type of structure. However, if the slab load test has to be conducted on the building, then the costs will touch up to Rs 19,000 per sq m and housing societies can refer to this base price derived by the TMC,'' said Pradeep Gohil, assistant director town planning department.He added that in certain situations when the housing society does not pay for the structural audit, the TMC will hire services of an empanelled structural auditor for a thorough inspection and will pay him the base price decided for the structural stability certificate. ''The money will subsequently be recovered from residents through property tax,'' he added. Officials said that there are as many as 2,500 dangerous and dilapidated structures in the city, with the largest concentration of vulnerable structures in Mumbra, followed by Walge Estate. In the wake of an increase in house collapse incidents in Mumbra and Thane last year, the corporation is planning a complete overhaul of the city with an ambitious cluster redevelopment scheme. Plans are underway to include all structures in the cluster redevelopment scheme, irrespective of any cut-off date specified by the state government for legal homes.
|2014-07-04||AkzoNobel India jumps on new agrochem lab in Thane|
|2014-07-03||SRA may spread its wings to Thane district - Mid-D|
SRA may spread its wings to Thane district By Ravikiran Deshmukh |Posted 03-Jul-2014 The state government has appointed a study group to work on the possibility of forming Slum Rehabilitation Authorities in 15 civic bodies across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region The Slum rehabilitation authority (SRA), which, of late, has become a sought-after state enterprise by developers, local leaders and the administration, is set to spread its wings in the adjoining Thane district in a big way. The study group will look into the issues affecting slum dwellers in Thane district in detail, and submit a report to the government on whether an SRA body is required or not. File pic Giving in to constant demands by the elected representatives, the state government has decided to appoint a nine-member study group to work on creating SRA for as many as seven municipal corporations and eight municipal councils from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) that is spread between Mumbai city to Virar, Bhiwandi, Ambernath and Nhava Sheva. The principal secretary of the state housing department will be the coordinator of the study group, which comprises principal secretaries of the state forest and urban development departments, managing director of town planning body CIDCO, chief executive officer of MIDC, the municipal commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation, and state director of town planning as its members. Currently there are four SRAs, one each for Mumbai, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Nagpur. These bodies are limited to the areas under the respective civic authorities. The study group will now work on modalities for rehabilitation of slum dwellers living in MMR. After studying the issues of slum pockets in these regions, it will recommend whether an SRA for all the civic areas would be feasible or not. Besides this, the group will also recommend whether it would be appropriate to give special powers to those civic bodies or setting up a special planning authority for the region. The committee is expected to submit its report by the end of this month. Demand for SRAThe seven municipal corporations which want an SRA: Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivli, Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Vasai-Virar, Mira-Bhayander, Ulhasnagar. Apart from these, eight municipal councils have also asked for the body to be set up. These are: Panvel, Ambernath, Badlapur, Alibaug, Pen, Khopoli, Matheran, and Karjat.
|2014-07-03||Thane Municipal Corporation's hawker registration |
Thane Municipal Corporationís hawker registration drive gets poor response Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jul 3, 2014, 12.19 PM IST THANE: The drive initiated by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) asking hawkers to register themselves has received lukewarm response. Of nearly 20,000 odd hawkers in the city, merely 5,000 have come forward for getting themselves registered with the civic body.The low response has forced the TMC to issue fresh advertisement urging hawkers to participate in the drive. "Implementation of hawkers policy depends on the response received from hawkers to the registration drive. Unless the exact number of hawkers is not derived, the civic body will not be able to demark the areas for the vendors to do their business," a civic official said. "TMC wants to have smooth and effective implementation of the policy. Hence, as awareness the corporation will issue one more advertisement urging hawkers to collect the form and register themselves with the corporation," the official said. According to the national hawkers policy it is mandatory for the civic bodies to ensure that eligible hawkers get identity proofs and are allocated specific spots in the hawking zones. The policy also mentions that corporation has to carry out a biometric survey of hawkers, decide hawking and non hawking zone and accordingly prepare the plan to resolve the issue. On June 15, civic body started issuing forms to be filled up by hawkers for their enrollment with the corporation. The civic body has fixed enrollment charges at Rs 1000, of which the hawker has to pay Rs 100 while taking the form. The corporation has given one month period for hawkers to complete the enrollment procedures. "Eligible hawkers will get bio-metric card. Action will be initiated against hawkers who continue to perform business without the mandatory card," the TMC official added. In 2010, Thane based doctor has filed petition pertaining to encroachment of roads, foot paths, especially due to TMC officials turning blind eye to the hawkers menace.
|2014-07-03||BEST starts 12 services to Mumbai's T2 internation|
BEST starts 12 services to Mumbaiís T2 international airport from Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jul 3, 2014, 12.11 PM IST THANE: The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has started a direct air conditioned bus number Airport 1 connecting Thane with the international airport from Wednesday. While commuters and activists have welcomed the initiative, a section of citizens claimed that the service could have been more effective if the bus passed via the Eastern Express Highway instead of the LBS road.The service has been started following demands from commuters who use the Terminal 2 (T2) international airport frequently. Accordingly, the buses will be operated only in the evening hours matching the arrival and departure of many international flights. There are six services in each direction, said a BEST official. The first bus will leave Thane around 7:05pm at an interval of one hour while the last bus from Thane will leave around 11:55pm. The buses will take around 60-90 minutes depending on the traffic to reach the airport costing Rs 120 one-way. From the starting point at Cadbury junction, commuters can also board the bus from Teen Haath Naka or Modella Check Naka in addition to other nine stops on the route in Mumbai. The bus will reach the airport using the LBS road-Powai-Marol route. The buses will accommodate more luggage with 30 seats available. "I often travel abroad and hire a private taxi that costs me Rs 700 and more. I might try these buses as the fares are low," said Nilesh Sawant from Ghodbunder Road. Some commuters said the service would be unviable. "The buses will take the LBS road that is often prone to traffic," said Vinit Bhanushali, a frequent traveler.
|2014-07-03||Politicos vie for credit over Thane Metro land iss|
Politicos vie for credit over Thane Metro land issue Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Jul 4, 2014, 02.26 AM IST THANE: Politicians in the city are making a desperate bid to outdo each other on the issue of protection of farmers' land in Kasarvadavali that has been reserved for construction of the Metro car-shed. The proposed land for the car-shed is currently owned by about 30 farmers. Some of them are reluctant to part away with the land. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) held a meeting with farmers protesting the proposed car-shed on their land. "In the meeting between the NCP and farmers, it was decided that intervention of Thane guardian minister Ganesh Naik will be sought to resolve the issue," said NCP leader Hanmant Jagdale. Farmers are upset that officials of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) started a survey without taking the local villagers into confidence or having a discussion with those who would be dislodged after parting away with their land for the project. "The government had meetings with Raigad farmers for the airport project. On similar lines, even we should have been taken into confidence before the authorities decided to go ahead with the Metro project," a local farmer said, adding, "If the compensation package is not appropriate, we will intensify our protest against the project and acquisition of the green and fertile piece of farmland."Jagdale added, "NCP is not against the project. But while carrying out development work, farmers should not be deprived of their rights. Ganesh Naik has assured that he would organize a meeting of the farmers with MMRDA and TMC officials in Mantralaya on Tuesday. The meeting has been called to ensure that farmers get the best compensation." Just few days ago, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan announced the plan to extend the Metro till Thane. However, acquiring land for the car-shed is proving to be the biggest hurdle for the government. A section of farmers under the banner of Gramin Samajik Shetkari Sanghatna has accused the saffron leaders and politicians of ignoring them and taking mileage out of the Metro project. Immediately, after the announcement, Shiv Sena leaders took a delegation of farmers with them to MMRDA officials for a meeting.Soon, Thane city Congress chief Bal Purnekar organized a meeting with the protesting farmers and assured them justice by holding a meeting with the chief minister on the issue. Local Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik said, "With the Metro, we want to provide better transport services to Thane residents. But while doing so, no injustice should be done to farmers. Sena is with the farmers and will ensure that they get the best compensation package for the project." However, Jagdale accused Shiv Sena of playing the credit game. "The Metro has been approved by the ruling DF government. Sena is just trying to mislead people and gain mileage ahead of the assembly elections," Jagdale said.
|2014-07-03||Thane rural cops bust fake gold biscuit racket, th|
Thane rural cops bust fake gold biscuit racket, three held, one on the run B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 4, 2014, 02.23 AM IST THANE: The Thane rural cops held three for duping people with fake gold biscuits after a tip off and spate of complaints by victims. Elaborating on the modus operandi, the police said that the gang would lure people with fake gold biscuits at cheaper rates. Taking advantage of the situation where the victims did not approach the police owing to this illegal activity of buying gold biscuits, the gang continued to indulge in these activities.The arrested have been identified as Mohammad Shaikh, Deepak Seth and Raju Seth. A manhunt has been launched to nab an accomplice who is on the run. The men were caught while finalizing a deal under the jurisdiction of the Navghar police. "The gang used to offer fake gold biscuits at cheaper rates. Two of them used to meet people and sell fake gold biscuits made of yellow coloured metals while the other two would pose as cops and conduct a raid at the transaction spot and extract the deal amount. They would threaten both parties to lodge a case and flee the spot with the booty," said Atul Aher, assistant police inspector.
|2014-07-03||14 months on, Thane murder accused still on the ru|
14 months on, Thane murder accused still on the run Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 4, 2014, 02.20 AM IST THANE: Fourteen months after two security guards killed an 80-year-old caretaker of a company they worked with, the police are still clueless about the whereabouts of the accused. The men killed Rameshwar Bhagwan Yadav by stuffing a towel in his mouth and tying him with a rope for a paltry Rs 3,000 on May 15, 2013. Yadav was the caretaker of Rangwala compound in Kolshet. The police claimed that the accused Manuram Dolle and Rafanje Dolle, natives of Assam, were well acquainted with the deceased. The two were in dire need of money and requested Yadav to lend them some, which Yadav refused. While the cops sent a team to nab the culprits from Assam, the accused were not found.
|2014-07-02||Three killed, 1 injured in road accident in Thane |
Three killed, 1 injured in road accident in Thane Last Updated: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 12:06 Thane: Three persons were killed while another person sustained grievous injuries when their car rammed into a container near Kasheli bridge here early Wednesday morning, police said. The speeding car rammed into the rear of the container around 4 AM close to the Kharegon toll plaza in the city. "The local firemen and the disaster team rushed and tried to save those trapped in the car, but three of them had already died," PSI V G Gavit of Narpoli Police Station said. The deceased were identified as Viki Pinto Amroj (34), Kabir Arora (25) and Anuj Dighe (32), he said, adding the injured Ajit Parab (35) was undergoing treatment at a private hospital.
|2014-07-02||State initiates vocational training for women in T|
State initiates vocational training for women in Thane B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 3, 2014, 02.47 AM IST THANE: With an aim of empowering women and as part of the state government's initiative, the District Industries Centre (DIC), Thane, will provide vocational training course to them, beginning from July 7. The certificate programme will continue till August 7.Women will be given training to make incense sticks, liquid soaps, candle and phenyl with the help of which they will be able to carry out manufacturing of these items on their own with micro financing and become entrepreneurs. The training will take place at Bungalow no. 80, Road no. 19, Savarkar Nagar for a batch of 30 women interested in assisting their families. "The minimum educational qualification to enroll is Std VIII. The women should be below 50 years of age. On completion of the short term vocational course, successful candidates will be awarded government certificates issued by the DIC," said a DIC official. "This certificate will help a candidate obtain various licenses required for self employment and finance as well. Government offers other facilities to make these women become entrepreneurs," said Trimbak Kochewad, a facilitator of the programme. Training will be given to the women from 1pm to 5pm everyday. "We will form small savings group of these women to finance their projects," he added. The programme will be conducted in association with Mitcon (an entrepreneurship institute) and local non government organization Apulik Pratisthan.
|2014-07-02||BEST starts 12 services to Mumbai's T2 internation|
BEST starts 12 services to Mumbaiís T2 international airport from Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jul 3, 2014, 02.45 AM IST THANE: The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has started a direct air conditioned bus number Airport 1 connecting Thane with the international airport from Wednesday. While commuters and activists have welcomed the initiative, a section of citizens claimed that the service could have been more effective if the bus passed via the Eastern Express Highway instead of the LBS road. The service has been started following demands from commuters who use the Terminal 2 (T2) international airport frequently. Accordingly, the buses will be operated only in the evening hours matching the arrival and departure of many international flights.There are six services in each direction, said a BEST official. The first bus will leave Thane around 7:05pm at an interval of one hour while the last bus from Thane will leave around 11:55pm. The buses will take around 60-90 minutes depending on the traffic to reach the airport costing Rs 120 one-way. From the starting point at Cadbury junction, commuters can also board the bus from Teen Haath Naka or Modella Check Naka in addition to other nine stops on the route in Mumbai. The bus will reach the airport using the LBS road-Powai-Marol route. The buses will accommodate more luggage with 30 seats available. "I often travel abroad and hire a private taxi that costs me Rs 700 and more. I might try these buses as the fares are low," said Nilesh Sawant from Ghodbunder Road. Some commuters said the service would be unviable. "The buses will take the LBS road that is often prone to traffic," said Vinit Bhanushali, a frequent traveler.
|2014-07-02||Dacoity attempt foiled in Thane; 5 held - Free Pre|
|2014-07-01||Dacoity attempt foiled in Thane; five held - Busin|
Dacoity attempt foiled in Thane; five held Press Trust of India | Thane July 1, 2014 Last Updated at 19:13 IST Police claimed to have foiled dacoity attempt at a petrol pump with the arrest of five youths in Kolbad area here. Acting on the information that a gang of robbers would target Babu Bhai petrol pump, a trap was laid last evening. The patrolling beat Constables spotted the gang members who came in a taxi and two motorcycles, police said today. They were intercepted and on body search they were found in possession of three knives, ropes and chilly powder, said Sub-Inspector D H Badhane of Rabodi Police Station. Those arrested were identified as Abhishek Singh (21), Raj Jaiswal, (19), Deepak Jha (20), Vinod Yadav (21), all residents of Ulhasnagar, and Mohammad Ansari (25) of Mumbra. They all are employed in odd jobs, he said. "A few of them have been found to be linked to some cheating cases. Further investigations are on to find if they were involved in more criminal cases," an official said. They have been booked under IPC Sections 399 (making preparation to commit dacoity) and 402 (assembling for purpose of committing dacoity).
|2014-07-01||Thane to have its own 'climbing wall' for activiti|
Thane to have its own Ďclimbing wallí for activities related to adventure sports B B Nayak | TNN | Jul 2, 2014, 02.49 AM IST Thane: Here's good news for local adventure buffs who will no longer have to traverse to far flung places like Pune, Bangalore, Gwalior and Manali to quench their thirst for adventure activities. In Fact, Thane will soon have its own adventure set-up to offer youngsters an opportunity to try their daredevil act on artificial rock climbing and bouldering. A climbing wall has been proposed at an amenity plot in Anand Nagar area, near Regional Mental Hospital. And more importantly, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has taken a call to develop the adventure facility on its own to promote wall climbing in the region and hold international competitions alike. Thane MLA Eknath Shinde and local corporator Naresh Mhaske conceptualised the proposal which was put forward in the general body meeting that had its approval.Apart from regular practice for freshers and champion climbers the proposed facility will also serve as a competition venue for Asian and world championships. According to TMC sources the project will be thrown open to practitioners in March next year. Now, the civic administration is all set to float the tender inviting bidders from reputed firms involved in developing the adventure set-up, adhering to international standard 'Climbing Wall'. Civic commissioner Aseem Gupta has given his nod to realise the project on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. But a few players have evinced keen interest for transfer of development right (TDR) format which could be a viable means.
|2014-07-01||Sins of the Father Reveal Themselves in THANOS Inf|
Sins of the Father Reveal Themselves in THANOS Infinite Comic By Chris Arrant, Editor July 1, 2014 12:00pm ET Infinityis over, but the story started there is far from gone. While Thanos has been incased in amber, the man who put him there Ė his itinerant son Thane Ė is on the run and looking for answers. With his fatherís former advisor the Ebony Maw at his side, the once-proud Inhuman turned mass murderer of his home has a lot of questions Ė questions Marvel says will begin to be answered in the new Infinite Comic series Thanos: A God Up There Listening. Announced officially just last week and debuting online today, Thanos: A God Up There Listening picks up Thaneís journey just moments after the finale of Infinity as he stands in the town he once called home Ė the same town he decimated when the Terrigen Bomb changed his superhuman powers to literally have a death touch. Now, Thane is looking to find out answers of how he became the way he was and, more importantly, who is newly revealed father Thanos really is. The Mad Titan isnít the type to keep a diary, but his one-time advisor Ebony Maw has revealed to him a former associate of Thanos who has the genetic ability to document his time with the Infinity foe and give it to Thane as if he were there. But where is there? Why, Thanosí untold battle with Ego, the Living Planet.Telling this truly galactic-sized story is British writer Rob Williams and the artistic team of Paco Diaz, Iban Coello and Neil Edwards. Together, this quartet tells this six-part story using Marvelís unique digital format dubbed ďInfinite Comic;Ē an apt place for a story about Thanos given his penchant for all things named Infinity. Thanos: A Godo Up There Listening is available now on both the Marvel Comics app as well as the Marvel Digital Comics Shop website. Newsarama: Rob, what can people expect with Thanos: A God Up There Listening?Rob Williams: A war between Thanos and Ego The Living Planet. Which is a kind of a 'mic drop' if there ever was one. That's enormous fun to write and hopefully to read. It certainly looks great and out art team have delivered on some huge visuals here. Thanos hears the legend of Ego, this wandering living planet, and it offends him. So he hunts Ego down with his fleet, White Whale-style. He wants to kill Ego and create an undead planet that he can use as his flagship. A sort of cosmic, evil pimp my ride. And this is all seen through the eyes of Thane, of course. Thanos' son who is attempting to discover his legacy. Thane is determined to not become his father's son, and the only way he feels he can ensure that is by educating himself about his father's actions. So he seeks out a telepathic alien who was part of Thanos' crew years ago, so he can 'see' his father first hand. This is a key moment in Thane's journey into discovering who he will become. A force for good or a force for something other. Nrama: In some ways, this is a sequel to last summerís Infinity, following what Thane and Ebony Maw do next. How much of a tie is in to that, and do people need to read that to understand this? Williams: A; We're picking up Thane and The Ebony Maw - Thanos' advisor who is now offering his services to Thane (helpful guy isn't he?) - at the close of the events in Infinity. Thane has imprisoned Thanos with his touch of Living Death and is now stood in the remnants of the Inhuman city where he grew up. The city that was killed by the activation of the Terrigen Bomb. I don't think you need to have read Infinity to get this series - we bring you up to speed. But if you did read Infinity you'll see how this is the next stage in Thane's evolution, which began there. Nrama: What is your view of Thane? Who is he to you?Williams: He's a healer. He's a good man who the universe has just dropped this enormous weight upon. Thanos is his father! This reality's greatest monster is his father. And in the activation of the Terrigen bomb everyone in Thane's city was killed. He was physically transformed. Now he can kill with a touch. He didn't ask for any of this. He was a good person before all this was dropped on him. The question now is, can he remain a good man? I've described it as trying to drive a truck around a cliff-edge road when you've suddenly been given a ton of weight on the back end. He's going to try. Nrama: And his associate/guide, the Ebony Maw. Although he was all over Infinity, heís still a mystery and an enigma. What can you say about him? Williams: The Ebony Maw has his own agenda, I think it's fair to say. In Infinity we saw him as part of Thanos' Black Order, a key advisor to the Mad Titan. But even then you felt that he was looking for the main chance. Now Thanos is off the playing field and he has this formative power in his possession in Thane. He, kindly, offers advice to Thane. He's just trying to help... He's kind of like a cosmic estate agent. You possibly would do well to be wary of his advice. Nrama: Marvel says this will uncover a ďlost biography of Thanosí black deedsĒ. Can you tell us about that, and how it comes into play here for Thane?Williams: The Ebony Maw tells Thane that he knows the location of Thanos' biography. But this isn't just a book. It's an alien who records experience in his DNA. When Thane bonds with this creature, he is actually there. He can see what the alien saw. But more than that, this isn't just a case of the past and the present. When you're dealing with Thanos and that level of madness, the boundaries of reality tend to crumble and break. Thanos looks through the fourth wall, sees Thane watching... it's tough to keep your sanity in such experiences. Nrama: So youíre doing this flashback to Thanosí battle with Ego the Living Planet. How are you working not to make the flashback seem passť? Williams: The telepathic subjective experience means this isn't necessarily a flashback experience. I was aware that doing that kind of derails some of the drama. Thane is suddenly there, living through aspects of Thanos and Ego's war. And the Ebony Maw has chosen to show Thane this battle because something happens in it that is a key moment for someone who wishes to learn about Thanos. It says a lot about who Thanos is. Nrama: The subtitle of this, ďA God Up There Listening,Ē as a quasi-religious, or at least spiritual subtext. Is that off mark, or are you aiming for something here?Williams: That's a strong thematic core to the story. Partly, when you're dealing with a genocidal Titan in love with death going to war with a planet with a face that moves according to continental land masses - how do you not see these beings as gods? And is any individual able to influence then. And then, there's the sheer unfairness of all this happening to Thane. He was a good man, a healer, he didn't ask for all of this. So who does he pray to? And who will listen to his prayers? Nrama: By the end of Infinity, the jury was still out on whether Thane is a hero or a villain. Sometimes itís not as black and white as that, but how do you feel about that murkiness and potentially solving it here? Williams: He's not a hero or a villain. He's a person. A three-dimensional character with desires and fears. He doesn't want to be the monster his father is. Our story will go some way to showing whether he can adopt his own path. He's a different person when we leave him here. This is a story that does matter in the great canvas of the Marvel Universe.