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|2017-07-31||Thane: 'Wanted' criminal held from Yeoor forest last week - Times of India|
Thane: ‘Wanted’ criminal held from Yeoor forest last week Aug 1, 2017, 01:43 AM IST THANE: An accused, who was wanted and in the top 20 list of criminals of the Vartak Nagar police station, was nabbed from Yeoor forest last week. The police said that Ganesh Jadhav, the accused from Lokmanya Nagar, had 23 serious offences registered against him."He was wanted and in the top 20 criminal list in our police station. In June, one of his aides, Deepak Borse, had sexually assaulted a woman in Lokmanya Nagar to which an auto driver objected. Following this, Borse, along with Jadhav, kidnapped the auto driver and robbed him at knife point. While the police arrested Borse, Jadhav was absconding," said Pradeep Giridhar, senior inspector of Vartak Nagar police station. The police claimed that they were on the lookout for Jadhav since a month. After receiving information that Jadhav was to come near Mama Bhanja at Yeoor forest, the sleuths laid a trap and nabbed him.It is believed that he used to get into many fights and terrorize locals around. In June, one of his aides, Deepak Borse, had sexually assaulted a woman in Lokmanya Nagar to which an auto driver objected. Following this, Borse, along with Jadhav, kidnapped the auto driver and robbed him at knife point. While the police arrested Borse, Ganesh Jadhav was absconding
|2017-07-31||Waste from Mumbai dumpyard killing fish in Thane creek, fishermen complain to civic body - Hindustan Times|
Waste from Mumbai dumpyard killing fish in Thane creek, fishermen complain to civic body The Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan (SEAP), an umbrella body of fishermen, has said that fish catch has dropped by as much as 90% in the past few years. MUMBAI Updated: Aug 01, 2017 07:33 IST Sewage flowing in from the Kanjurmarg dumping ground in Mumbai is killing fish species in the Thane creek, fishermen from the region have told the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). In a complaint to the solid waste management (SWM) department of the BMC, which manages the dumping ground, the Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan (SEAP), an umbrella body of fishermen, has said that fish catch has dropped by as much as 90% in the past few years. Fishermen have alleged that leachate has been entering the creek from the dumping ground through two drains. Leachate is a liquid produced when water mixes with decomposing garbage. It can contain dissolved toxic substances, which can enter water bodies or percolate underground into water tables. “More than 1,000 fishing families have been deprived from their daily fish catch because of the polluted water,” said Nandkumar Pawar, head, SEAP. “While Kanjurmarg is the main source of untreated waste, even the Deonar and Kopri dumping grounds are adding to the pollution. We were promised by the state and civic body that there will be scientific solid waste disposal at Kanjurmarg. But, the reality is quite the opposite.”Pawar said hundreds of mangrove trees had died close to the dumping ground, after leachate stagnated at the creek, choking the roots of these trees. He said fish species such as – catfish, tilapia and shrimp – were the only three ones remaining in the area. “The spotted scat fish, barramundi, goldbanded jobfish, all crab species, oysters, clams and many other species have gone missing from the creek. The area is home to 40,000 flamingos and other wetland birds and soon the effect will be seen on them as well,” said Pawar. “Our community is paying the price for this pollution problem that the civic body has been neglecting.” Environmentalist Stalin D, who visited the site, confirmed that sewage and leachate was being discharged from the dumping ground. “There should be an independent enquiry into the operations of the Kanjurmarg dumping ground and the discharge of the untreated sewage entering the creek, between Kanjurmarg and Vikhroli, must be stopped,” he said. Meanwhile, officials from BMC’s SWM denied the allegations. “There is no outlet to the Thane creek from the Kanjurmarg dumping ground. There is no sewage being discharged either from this landfill and there are bioreactors that treat the waste,” said Vijay Balamvar, deputy municipal commissioner, BMC’s SWM department.
|2017-07-31||Flooding hits Thane-Belapur road peak hour traffic - Times of India|
Flooding hits Thane-Belapur road peak hour traffic Updated: Aug 1, 2017, 01:33 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: A mere 10 minutes of heavy downpour around 9am on Monday was enough to flood Thane-Belapur road at Mukand subway and Sathe Nagar, a stone's throw away from NMMC's Digha ward office. This led to traffic snarls along a 3km stretch between Airoli Naka and Vitawa, incoveninencing motorists during morning peak hours.If this was not enough, the entire Sathe Nagar slum pocket, which has been a low-lying area, was submerged due to blocked drainage line leading to panic among the residents. This has exposed the shoddy pre-monsoon nullah cleaning work. "Last night there was no rain but we woke up to a flooded Mukand subway. It took me around 30 minutes to reach Digha which is just a km away," said Santosh Dhal. NMMC deputy engineer Sharad Kale said, "These are two spots where waterlogging has been an issue. I have flagged off the issue to the local ward officer." Local traffic cops had a tough time managing the flow of vehicles during peak hours. "I have asked for regular cleaning of the drainage line at Mukand subway," Digha ward officer Prakash Waghmare said.
|2017-07-31||Mumbai: Uddhav Thackeray does ground breaking ceremony of Grand Central Park, Thane - Free Press Journal|
Mumbai: Uddhav Thackeray does ground breaking ceremony of Grand Central Park, Thane Jul 31, 2017 04:27 pm New Delhi: Shiv Sena Chairperson Uddhav Thackeray conducted the ground breaking ceremony of Grand Central Park, Thane, a world-class urban park being developed by Kalpataru Group for Thane Municipal Corporation. Spread over 20.5 acres on Kolshet Road, Grand Central Park, Thane is designed along the lines of successful urban parks in global cities such as New York, Chicago, Singapore and London, as well as some of the best parks in India. The development of Grand Central Park, Thane is in line with the Thane Municipal Corporation’s vision of urban renewal through the creation of world class urban infrastructure to make Thane a global city. Grand Central Park builds to a design that is truly international, while retaining an ethos and flavour that is uniquely local, to appeal to all citizens alike. Notable among the park’s design features are a three-acre lake with landscaped promenade and fountains, thematic gardens, a uniquely designed Flora Trellis, viewing decks, and a uniquely designed pedestrian bridge with a viewing point that offers panoramic views of the park.The park will house thousands of trees, and plant varieties, which will not only make it a biodiversity hotspot but also a green sanctuary in the middle of the bustling metropolis. The park features an amphitheatre by the lakefront, which will provide a space for Thane’s citizens to host various cultural events. The park’s thoughtfully designed play zone is sure to keep children engaged and entertained. It will comprise embankment slides, splash pad, zip-line, adventure play equipment, music percussion play area, maze garden, climbing walls, a lookout point and a tree house with slides designed around a large Banyan tree. The park’s world class skating zone, tennis and basketball courts, and multi-sport AstroTurf courts will provide sports enthusiast’s ample sporting opportunities. For the health and fitness conscious, fitness trails across the park will provide an ideal space for exercising, jogging, yoga and meditation. The park also features several lawns, which are ideal spaces for family bonding. Visitors to the park can wish their parking woes away at the park’s multilevel vehicle parking facility. When complete, the Grand Central Park, Thane will become Thane’s new recreation and leisure destination. Kalpataru has brought together world class architects, planners and consultants for the project. Aedas, Singapore, which has done the master plan for iconic projects such as Guangzhou International Financial Centre and the World Trade Centre, Jakarta, is the master planner for the project. Thailand’s renowned landscape and urban design consultants Landscape Architects 49, which has done prestigious projects such as the Suan Ming Mongkol Park and Rama 9 Park at Bangkok, is the landscape architect. Penda Design, Beijing and Vienna, which has carved a niche in developing iconic structures such as the aesthetic San Shan Bridge, Beijing, in preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympics, and the Contemporary Art Museum, Buenos Aires is the architect for key architectural structures. Arup, Hong Kong, credited with such iconic developments as Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong, one of the tallest buildings in the world, and, Tata Consultancy Engineers, India’s leading integrated engineering consulting service provider, are the infrastructure and services consultants. Kalpataru has a strong bond with Thane that stretches several decades. Its landmark projects, Siddhachal and Tarangan host vibrant communities adding to the colour and character of Thane.
|2017-07-30||Shiv Sena committed to Thane's development, says Uddhav - Daily News & Analysis|
Shiv Sena committed to Thane's development, says Uddhav Sun, 30 Jul 2017-10:11am , Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said his party is committed to the development of Thane and the city is poised to see radical changes in the next 10 years. "Within the next 10 years, you will see the face of the city changing drastically on account of the development works being undertaken by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC)," he said last night. Thackeray said the people of Thane reposed faith in the party by electing it to rule the civic body with a clear majority in the elections held early this year. Thackeray was speaking after attending a slew of foundation stone laying functions in the city. He said the Sena founder Bal Thackeray had special affection for the city. "I had promised you during the electioneering that the Sena will give better facilities to the people of Thane. We are now fulfilling those promises." Thackeray said unlike some other parties, the Sena does not believe in giving empty promises. During his short visit to the city, he performed `bhoomi pooja' for a grand central park, a world-class gymnastics centre and a hostel for working women.
|2017-07-30||Man tries to get married sixth time, booked by Thane police - The Indian Express|
Man tries to get married sixth time, booked by Thane police An offence has been registered against the man and his mother under IPC sections 420 (cheating) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), a Thane police official said on Sunday. Thane | Published:July 30, 2017 6:44 pm The police have booked a 32-year-old man from Mumbra in Thane for cheating after it came to light that he had married five women and was planning to tie the knot for the sixth time. An offence has been registered against the man and his mother under IPC sections 420 (cheating) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), a Thane police official said on Sunday. No arrest has been made so far, she said. The offence came to light when a Mumbra resident was looking for a suitable match for his daughter and came across the accused through an acquaintance, she said. The man and the accused’s family then met and discussed about the marriage. The accused claimed to the man he worked with a reputed company and also owned a travel agency, the official said. Later, the man’s daughter got engaged to the accused in December last year. However, the marriage could not take place then as the bride’s family was facing shortage of money, she said. In the meantime, a caller informed the bride’s family that the accused was already married and had five wives, the official said. When the bride’s family asked about this, the accused flatly denied it, she said.However, on July 22, four women claimed that the accused had married them and told about the same to the bride’s family, the police official said. The aggrieved family filed a complaint on July 28 after which the police booked the accused the same day, she added.
|2017-07-30||Shiv Sena committed to Thane's development, says Uddhav - Zee News|
Shiv Sena committed to Thane's development, says Uddhav Uddhav Thackeray said unlike some other parties, the Sena does not believe in giving empty promises. Last Updated: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 11:33 Thane: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said his party is committed to the development of Thane and the city is poised to see radical changes in the next 10 years. "Within the next 10 years, you will see the face of the city changing drastically on account of the development works being undertaken by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC)," he said on July 30. Thackeray said the people of Thane reposed faith in the party by electing it to rule the civic body with a clear majority in the elections held early this year.Thackeray was speaking after attending a slew of foundation stone laying functions in the city. He said the Sena founder Bal Thackeray had special affection for the city. "I had promised you during the electioneering that the Sena will give better facilities to the people of Thane. We are now fulfilling those promises." Thackeray said unlike some other parties, the Sena does not believe in giving empty promises. During his short visit to the city, he performed `bhoomi pooja' for a grand central park, a world-class gymnastics centre and a hostel for working women.
|2017-07-30||Thane: Pregnant woman made to wait for 6 hours for treatment at hospital - Times of India|
Thane: Pregnant woman made to wait for 6 hours for treatment at hospital Jul 30, 2017, 09:27 PM IST ULHASNAGAR: A 22- year-old pregnant woman was made to wait in hospital for treatment in state run Central hospital in Ulhasnagar. The hospital staff only acted and given treatment to patient after MLA Jyoti Kalani intervened in to matter by making hungama in to hospital. Following to the incident, Dr Nandapurkar, superintendent of Central hospital has initiated probe against staff for refusing to treat patient. The incident has came to light on Sunday at 6 am when pregnant woman Hazma Ansari visited hospital for her delivery but found staff there not admitting her for treatment.Fed up with staff refusal for treatment Hazma approach to local NCP Mla Jyoti Kalani who first called up hospital over phone but when no one picked up phone call at 11 am she herself visited hospital and made hungama over there for refusing to treat pregnant woman, after that staff acted and given Hazam proper treatment and by evening Hazma delivered girl child. When asked about matter Dr Nandapurkar said, "Following to MLA's complaint I have initiated probe against staff who did not give proper treatment to victim".
|2017-07-30||Alert guard helps nab trio from robbing workshop - Times of India|
Alert guard helps nab trio from robbing workshop Jul 31, 2017, 02:18 AM IST THANE: A vigilant watchman helped nab three thieves who were about to rob valuables from the workshop of an automobile company on Saturday evening at Kapurbawadi. The watchman, Zakir Hussain (21) was appointed as one of the security guards at the workshop over a month ago. He and three other guards were doing their duty on Saturday evening when three robbers tried to steal valuables from the workshop. "Hussain was on duty on the workshop's main gate when he saw that three men jumped over the gate and entered the premises. He immediately went ahead to stop them when he noticed that one of the accused, Omkar Thakre, was an ex-employee and was employed as a guard there. He warned the trio to step back, but they started hitting him. When another guard reached the spot to stop them they attacked him too. Hussain then immediately alerted the other guards who were staying in the premises and asked them to alert the Kapurbawadi police about the incident. The police then reached the spot and nabbed Thakre, Sagar Gaikwad (22) and Prashant Divekar (28). The police claimed that Thakre was fired from the job as he would not do his duty properly. This had made him angry and he planned to take revenge by robbing computers and other valuables from the workshop.
|2017-07-30||Special sessions held in schools to keep monsoon ailments at bay - Times of India|
Special sessions held in schools to keep monsoon ailments at bay Jul 31, 2017, 02:19 AM IST THANE: With the number of water borne as well as vector borne diseases including swine flu, dengue, malaria and leptospirosis on the rise over the past few weeks, city academicians have now begun organising informative sessions about the preventions and symptoms of these illnesses for their students. Schools have been over protective after a 10-year-old student succumbed to swine flu last year.Snehalata Dev, principal of Mumbra's Symbiosis High School said, "This is the season which sees the most number of students falling ill as the water and air is filled with viruses and parasites. Mumbra has a lot of sanitation and hygiene related issues which could helps the growth and spread of these viruses and parasites. This is why our teachers have been discussing the precautions to be taken against the common monsoon illnesses including malaria, dengue, swine flu, etc with the students." "From controlling their eating habits including eating street food and junk food to keeping their areas clean and flowers pots free of stagnant water which attracts mosquitoes, we have had lengthy discussions and workshops for our students to make them aware of the illnesses about them. We also informed them about the symptoms of these illnesses ranging from stomach aches to long bouts of fever and fatigue, so that they can seek immediate medical attention," added Ranjini Krishnaswami, principal of Billabong international School. Some schools have even taken extra efforts to ensure that their premises as well as staff members are free from these parasites, and thus have tried to provide their students with a safe school setting. "In the month of May we completed the cleaning and bleaching of all the drains in and around our school. We used termite medicine to keep all these insects at bay and sanitized the entire setting. We also have a doctor, nurse and counsellor on board to keep the health of the staff in check. We instruct our students to wash their hands and dry their feet first after entering the school. Our teachers keep remindin gthe students to stay clean," said Simmi Juneja, principals of DAV school.
|2017-07-30||At Thane central jail, inmates complete their sentences making cakes, farsan and furniture - Times of India|
At Thane central jail, inmates complete their sentences making cakes, farsan and furniture Jul 31, 2017, 03:05 AM IST MUMBAI: For a month during Ramzan, Irfan Shaikh would head towards Thane Central Jail after evening prayers. He would enter the compound where people wait to get their names registered, so they can meet an incarcerated family member. Walking past rows of squatting women and kids, Shaikh would step into the jail's store and grab samosas and pav before the stock ran out. Samosas are sold only during Ramzan at the store which retails products made exclusively by convicts. Shaikh is one of many regular customers who have helped the jail earn Rs 1.33 crore in 2016-17.Housed in an 18th century Portuguese fort, the jail has 3,200 inmates, 197 of who are convicts. Those sentenced to rigorous imprisonment have to work and are assigned tasks according to their interests and abilities. Every morning, 70 convicts troop into the 'factory', a two-storey structure inside the compound where inmates make everything from furniture to farsan. The furniture and bakery sections have earned maximum revenue in the past year. "Our goodies are cheaper than those sold outside," says the female instructor who supervises an all-male team. "Our pineapple and chocolate cakes are very popular. But orders have to be placed in advance so that the inmates get sufficient time to bake," she says. Wooden chairs made by the furniture section are in great demand in government offices, according to jail superintendent Nitin Vayachal. "The wood is genuine and the furniture will last for several years," says Vayachal. The powerloom unit in the factory makes cloth for hospitals and uniforms. "The uniforms are largely for use inside the prison," admits Vayachal, "but the laundry section gets clients from across the neighbourhood." A couple of judges get their clothes stitched from the tailoring section too.The prison department pays a meagre Rs55 per day for skilled labour, Rs50 for semi-skilled labour and Rs45 for unskilled labour. The convicts have to work for eight hours on weekdays and can save their income to buy things for themselves. They are eventually given a certificate to help them find employment once released from prison. Kiran Bedi, the first inspector-general of Tihar Jail, had changed the face of the dungeon-like jail. One change she made at Tihar, which is the largest prison complex in India, was assigning constructive activities which endowed inmates with confidence and dignity. "I wrote a book on how it's always possible to bring about a transformation," Bedi, the current governor of Puducherry, told TOI.
|2017-07-30||Work on grand central park flagged off - Times of India|
Work on grand central park flagged off Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jul 30, 2017, 10:03 PM IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will start developing a 20-acre plot for a grand central park at Kolshet after its construction work was flagged off by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday. The project includes theme parks, lake front, bridge for selfies and various other facilities like a 400m jogging track, amphitheatre and an open gymnasium among others. An elevated walkway, yoga court, along with recreational facilities for children and a landscaped lawn for visitors will also be developed on the plot. The project worth approximately Rs 90 crore will be executed using the transfer of development rights wherein all the cost will be borne by the private developer.The facility was part of the poll promise made by the Sena ahead of the civic elections in February this year. District guardian minister and public works minister Eknath Shinde, who was also present at the event, said, the park would be made on par with international standards and will become an attraction for visitors from various other cities. Thackeray also launched a slew of civic projects in the lake city, including a working women's hostel that will be built at Vartak Nagar and a world class gymnastics centre to be developed on an amenity plot of Tata Serein project at Pokhran. "We had promised a bounty of civic projects for the city before the elections and have now started the fulfilment of those vows. The projects will definitely add value to the city's popularity," said Thackeray, who praised civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. "Just as the city has seen several commissioners dedicated to city work, they have always been supported by our elected representatives to make the city a liveable place," he said. We had promised a bounty of civic projects for the city before the elections and have now started the fulfilment of those vows. The projects will definitely add value to the city's popularity
|2017-07-29||Thane Central Jail: Rape accused hangs himself in Thane jail ... - Times of India|
Rape accused hangs himself in Thane jail Jul 29, 2017, 02:46 PM IST THANE: A 22-year-old undertrial lodged at the Thane Central jail reportedly hung himself to death inside the washroom in the pre-dawn hours on Saturday, raising eyebrows on the functioning of the prison administration. Police said Aashit Maranwar, arrested on rape charges by the Waliv police in Vasai in July 19, 2016, reportedly used his t-shirt as a noose and hung himself to death at around 2.30am on Saturday."We have sent his body to JJ hospital for post mortem and we will probe into the motive behind his death," said DCP D Swami from the Thane police commissioner. Maranwar's death inside the prison has once again put to spotlight on the prison system here which has invited an avalanche of public criticism following complaints of brutal violence against inmates, overcrowding, corruption and refusal to escort the undertrials to court on their scheduled hearing dates citing shortage of manpower.The suspicious death of a women convict Manjula Shetye in the women's prison at Byculla, the recent escape of two hardened criminals lodged in the Kalyan jail and the mystery death of Maranwar in Thane mirror the mess and the turmoil behind the bars.
|2017-07-29||Thane: 24 held for cheating people in multi-level marketing business ... - Mid-Day|
Thane: 24 held for cheating people in multi-level marketing business Thane | Posted 29-Jul-2017 The Thane Police has busted a inter-state racket and arrested 24 persons for allegedly cheating scores of people by fraudulently collecting money in the name of a multi-level marketing business, police said on Saturday. Out of the 24, 18 were arrested on April 23 this year, while the remaining were held subsequently, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Navi Mumbai, Tushar Joshi said in a press note issued in Thane today. Most of the arrested persons were held from Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra, while the police suspect that the number of victims, spread in various cities, may run into thousands, the officer said. According to police, the accused began their operations at the beginning of this year. The case is being investigated by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW), Crime Branch, Navi Mumbai Police. The senior official explaining the modus operandi said, the accused collected an amount of Rs 11,900 from each person and in return promised them good return. The accused told them that their money will be invested under schemes run by companies - 'Onecoin' and 'Onelife', which are based abroad. They said the returns will come through 'crypto currency', which will be launched in India in 2018. Crypto currency is a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions. When police enquired about any such currency being planned to be launched in the country next year, with the RBI and other financial institutions, they were told that there is no such plan, though crypto currency is prevalent in some foreign countries. To make people believe in their plan, the accused also held several seminars in many cities, the DCP said. The money was collected by agents, appointed by firms 'Onecoin' and 'Onelife' in India, who asked people to deposit the sum (Rs 11,900) in different bank accounts. Later, the accused siphoned off the money from the accounts. The DCP said they have frozen a total of 32 bank accounts of different banks. Police is currently investigating the exact amount duped by accused, which they estimate will run into multiple crores, and are also ascertaining the number of victims. A case with EOW, Crime Branch, Navi Mumbai Police was lodged on April 23, under IPC sections 415 (cheating by deceiving any person, fraudulently or dishonestly), 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent), and rw 34 (common intention). The police has also appealed to people to not believe anyone if approached with such lucrative money making financial schemes.
|2017-07-29||Deceased was accused of rape: Undertrial hangs himself inside ... - The Indian Express|
Deceased was accused of rape: Undertrial hangs himself inside toilet at Thane Central Prison According to an officer, the undertrial, identified as Aashit Maranwar (22), was found hanging by his t-shirt from an iron rod in a toilet in barrack no 7, Thane Central Prison, around 2.30 am on Saturday. Mumbai | Published:July 30, 2017 1:30 am AN UNDERTRIAL lodged at the Thane Central Prison allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a t-shirt in the wee hours of Saturday. An accidental death report has been filed in the matter and police are waiting for the post-mortem report to rule out any foul play. The incident comes close on the heels of the controversies surrounding the prisons in Maharashtra — from the alleged murder of an inmate at the Byculla prison in June to two prisoners escaping from Kalyan jail earlier this week. According to an officer, the undertrial, identified as Aashit Maranwar (22), was found hanging by his t-shirt from an iron rod in a toilet in barrack no 7, Thane Central Prison, around 2.30 am on Saturday. “As per preliminary information, Maranwar returned to his barrack around 11.30 pm. Around 2 pm, he left to go to the toilet,” said the officer. Later, an inmate went to the toilet and found him hanging. “We have sent his (Maranwar’s) body to the JJ Hospital for post-mortem, to get clarity on the cause of death and rule out any foul play,” he added. As of now, the officer said, we have filed an accidental death report. Further action will be taken after receiving the post-mortem report, he added. Maranwar was arrested by the Waliv police on July 14 in connection with the rape of a 17-year-old girl. He was booked on charges of rape and under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. We will record the statements of his fellow inmates, to find out if something was troubling him, said the officer. In the case for which Maranwar was arrested, police said, the victim was heading home from classes when Maranwar and five others, one of whom was the girl’s friend, came in a car and offered her a lift. The accused gave her a spiked drink, after which they allegedly raped her. Since their arrest on July 19, the accused have been lodged at the Thane prison. A similar case of suicide was reported at the Thane Central Prison in September 2016, when Sirajali Shaikh (27), arrested by Samta Nagar police in connection with a rape case, committed suicide on the jail premises. The Maharashtra jail administration has been facing controversies ever since Manjula Shetye, an inmate at the Byculla prison, was allegedly murdered by the jail staff in June. This led to rioting in the prison premises by inmates. An FIR was later registered and six women inmates, who allegedly beat up Shetye to death over an argument, were arrested. Earlier this week, the prison department was under fire again after two inmates of Kalyan jail climbed the boundary wall and escaped. The duo are still on the run.
|2017-07-29||Third FYJC merit list out day ahead of its schedule | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Third FYJC merit list out day ahead of its schedule Jul 30, 2017, 03:46 AM IST THANE: The third merit list for first-year junior colleges (FYJC) was announced on Friday, a day ahead of its schedule, giving applicants an extra day to complete the admission process and claim their seats before round four.As compared to the second list, this one saw a marginal drop of around three per cent for science and commerce, whereas for the arts stream the cut off dipped drastically, specially in Joshi-Bedekar College which showed a drop of 10 per cent. This probably indicated that the city's high scorers maybe applying to more popular colleges of Mumbai that are offering courses in arts. While, that may be true as far the field of arts is concerned, students applying to science junior colleges are happy with the marginal dip in cut offs. Some teachers and principals predict that a fourth round might not be needed at all. Principal of B N Bandodkar College of Science, Madhuri Pejaver, said, "For the past three-four years, we have always been getting cut off percentages in the range of 90. This time too, we are happy with the quality of students coming in. The seats are getting filled up quickly. Right from the first list till the third list, the cut off has slightly reduced by two per cent for our college." Since the cut off refused to drop despite three rounds, average scorers and aspiring science students were left a bit disappointed. "I didn't get the college of my choice even after scoring 85 per cent in class X. I have now decided to claim a seat in the college I got in the third round because even if I choose to wait further for the consecutive rounds, looking at the number of vacant seats left now, I don't want to get stuck. Students have been given deadline till Tuesday to complete their admission process and claim their seats after which the fourth merit list will be announced on August 6 at 5pm.
|2017-07-28||HC raps Thane civic body for 'blindly' issuing OCs without basic amenities - The Indian Express|
HC raps Thane civic body for ‘blindly’ issuing OCs without basic amenities "The corporation is blindly issuing occupation certificates in the name of development. We know development is important, but at the same time basic amenities like water is also a must. What is the point of living in towers without water supply?" Chief Justice Chellur said. Mumbai | Published:July 28, 2017 9:03 pm The Bombay High Court on Friday pulled up the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for “blindly” granting occupation certificates for new constructions, when it was not even in a position to provide a basic amenity like regular water supply. A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar refused to vacate a temporary stay granted by it in May this year on new constructions on the Ghodbunder road in Thane district over the issue of inadequate water supply to residential colonies in the area. The high court had then too restrained the TMC from granting commencement and occupation certificates for any new constructions along the Ghodbunder road. The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Thane resident Mangesh Shelar complaining about abrupt cuts of water supply to various areas along the road. “The corporation is blindly issuing occupation certificates in the name of development. We know development is important, but at the same time basic amenities like water is also a must. What is the point of living in towers without water supply?” Chief Justice Chellur said. The court directed the Thane civic body to compile data of all buildings that have been constructed in the district in the past five years, how many of them got water supply and how many do not. “Compile and submit this data in three weeks. We want to be satisfied first, only then we will consider lifting the stay (on new constructions),” the court said.
|2017-07-28||Weathermen forecast drop in intensity of rains in Thane post bout of heavy showers - Times of India|
Weathermen forecast drop in intensity of rains in Thane post bout of heavy showers Jul 29, 2017, 03:52 AM IST THANE: After a bout of heavy rains and strong winds until a few days ago, weathermen have predicted that the next few days will see a drop in the intensity of monsoon. From wall and vacant building collapses to tree falls and mini landslides, the heavy showers lashing the city have caused quite a lot of destruction in the city over the past few weeks. While some residents were asked to evacuate their homes, which were in dangerous conditions, others stayed put within the safety of their four walls and away from the monsoon fury. "Last week, we were asked to vacate our homes because the slab that covered the big nullah near our house collapsed, thus blocking our access way. We had to move to a relative's house temporarily," said a resident of Lokmanya Nagar slum tenement. Meanwhile, Prajakta Kusurkar, a Kolshet-based housewife, said, "I had planned a number of outings over the past few weeks, including theatre play and cooking class. However, after reading about the series of deaths and injuries due to tree falls and slippery road-led accidents, I decided to stay put at home. I even ordered groceries at home using a mobile application." Over the past five days, however, the number of these incidents has reduced as the city has been receiving merely five to 13mm rainfall through the day.Meteorologists pointed out that these conditions will prevail for the next eight to 10 days. "The offshore trough which was moving towards Kerala and Goa from Gujarat and the low atmospheric pressure over Gujarat were the key factors for the heavy rains over the past few weeks. However, these meteorological factors have weakened over the past few days, causing a drop in the rainfall and wind. This situation will persist over the next week-and-half and Thane will see short and scattered bursts of showers during this period," said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather, a private company that provides weather forecast. Civic officials asserted that these short rain spells could reduce water logging incidents in the city. "As Thane is a coastal city, with a creek running by, any continuous rainfall above 50mm during the day could result in the flooding of low lying areas. If there is a high tide at the same time, these pockets could get flooded with as low as 35mm rainfall at a stretch. The short bouts of rainfall could ease the chances of these instances this week," said Santosh Kadam, disaster management officer at the Regional Disaster Management Cell.
|2017-07-28||Thane to get hostel for working women - Times of India|
Thane to get hostel for working women Jul 29, 2017, 03:48 AM IST THANE: The municipal corporation is working towards developing the city's first dedicated hostel for ladies at Siddhachal that will provide a safe and economical option for single women who have migrated to Thane for work. The approximately seven-storied building will have staying facilities for nearly 155 women in the form of rooms and dormitories spread over 2,000sqm area in the plush Sidhachal area. The idea, inform officials from the Thane corporation, is to provide a cheap and safer alternative for the women who have come to Thane for work as finding an accomodation in the lake city can otherwise be a costly proportion. The facility will be developed on an amenity plot by a private developer at a cost of Rs 6.75cr. As the hostel will be built under consctruction TDR, the corporation will not be spending anything from its pockets. The hostel will have 33 triple and seven twin sharing rooms along with seven dormitories. The entire premise will be under CCTv surveillance and will have facilities for recreation and a cafeteria also. The accomodation facility at the premise will be available for long term basis and not for those coming on short trips, informed an official. The entire structure will be built within two years following which the rentals and a policy governing it's operations and maintenance will be formulated simultaneously. "Many single women from other parts of the state come to Thane for earning a livelihood and finding a safe and economical accomodation here often proves to be a daunting task for them. The corporation will be developing the facility and we expect the same to be operational within two years," said a senior municipal officer.
|2017-07-28||Congress activists force cancellation of Indu Sarkar in Thane - The Indian Express|
Congress activists force cancellation of Indu Sarkar in Thane A large number of protesting Congress workers on Friday stalled the matinee show of Madhur Bhandarkar's latest release Indu Sarkar at a multiplex in Thane. The belligerent activists even attempted to climb on the stage near the screen shouting slogans also against the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Maharashtra and the Centre. Thane | Published:July 28, 2017 1:45 pm A large number of protesting Congress workers on Friday stalled the matinee show of Madhur Bhandarkar’s latest release “Indu Sarkar” at a multiplex in Thane. The activists, led by Thane district president Manoj Shinde, barged inside the INOX Cinema in Korum Mall and raised slogans condemning the film and Bhandarkar. The belligerent activists even attempted to climb on the stage near the screen shouting slogans also against the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Maharashtra and the Centre. “This is a deliberate attempt to malign the image of our former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who contributed so much for the country. We will not allow the film to be screened,” Shinde told mediapersons later. They targeted Bhandarkar saying they were disgusted that though he is a Maharashtrian, he chose to make this film. They also warned of dire consequences if the theatre management continued the show. The theatre then decided to cancel the show and refunded the ticket amount to the patrons. Earlier this month, Congress’ Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and Mumbai Congress President had sought Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ intervention to stop the film’s release. They had warned that if the film was found to be distorting historical facts aimed at maligning prominent Congress leaders, party activists would take to the streets.The much-anticipated political drama was released after the Supreme Court granted its clearance on Thursday. The film is set against the backdrop of the Emergency imposed during 1975-1977 and related aspects inspired by the main players of that era including Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi among others.
|2017-07-28||You can file pothole complaint through app restarted by Thane civic body - Hindustan Times|
You can file pothole complaint through app restarted by Thane civic body The pothole application, Star Grade, which had gained popularity last monsoon, was restarted after complaints related to potholes poured in. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 28, 2017 23:46 IST You can now file complaints on potholes online. The pothole application, Star Grade, which had gained popularity last monsoon, was restarted after complaints related to potholes poured in. Launched by the Thane Municipal Corporation two years ago, the app had become popular among residents. “The application started functioning two days ago. However, it is still in testing phase and we haven’t formally launched it. The formal launch will take place next week. People who knew about the application use it. We have received one complaint till now,” said an official from TMC requesting anonymity. The application had stopped because the contract with the agency had not been renewed. The official said, “We had not renewed the contract of the agency which handled the application. We have signed an annual maintenance contract with the same agency.” He said the contract was not renewed as the corporation plans to expand the application. “We want to include other complaints such as pipe burst, water leakage, uncollected garbage, unclean roads, water supply, open manholes, waterlogging, choked nullahs and poor conditions of the footpaths,” he added. The app has registered more than 1,000 complaints on an average in the last two monsoons. Last year, the application recorded more than 900 complaints out of which the maximum complains were from Majiwada, followed by Railadevi and Lokmanya Nagar areas. About the application The residents can download the application, take the photo of a pothole and upload it on the app. The app is backed by GPS (Global Positioning System), so the location of the pothole will be automatically uploaded. Complaints are supposed to be addressed within 24 to 36 hours The app displays the status of the complaint along with the details of the complainant.
|2017-07-28||Teacher held for molesting 14-year-old girl | Thane News - Times of ... - Times of India|
Teacher held for molesting 14-year-old girl Jul 29, 2017, 05:20 AM IST THANE: A 32-year-old teacher of a municipal school in Thane's Wagle Estate was arrested following a molestation complaint lodged against him by a 14-year-old class IX student on Thursday. The police said the action against the teacher, Suresh More, was initiated after doubly verifying the complaint and enquiring with other girls in the class who claimed to have silently suffered his verbal abuse and inappropriate touching. The 14-year-old lodged the offence against More after he allegedly touched her twice in three days. Senior inspector Shulbha Patil of Shreenagar police station said, "More touched the girls and made unwarranted comments on their inner wear. When the girls objected, he threatened to get even while checking exam papers." The girl had discussed the issue with her father. "The father told her saying she may have misunderstood the teacher's affection but told her that he would step in if More repeated his conduct in class," Patil told TOI. More, who is from Nashik, is in police custody till Friday.
|2017-07-27||In Mumbai: Book activist for moving NGT against tree pruning, says Thane mayor - Hindustan Times|
In Mumbai: Book activist for moving NGT against tree pruning, says Thane mayor In a letter to the TMC chief, Meenakshi Shinde pulled up the civic administration for not filing a case of culpable homicide against Indulkar MUMBAI Updated: Jul 28, 2017 00:03 IST Thane mayor blamed environmentalist and petitioner Pradeep Indulkar for a lawyer’s death. Kishore Paware died last week after a tree fell on him in Thane. In a letter to the municipal commissioner, Meenakshi Shinde pulled up civic administration for not filing a case of culpable homicide against Indulkar. She said it was Indulkar had approached the National Green Tribunal (NGT)?against tree cutting in Thane and based on his petition, the NGT refused permission to prune trees before monsoon. Shinde said, “The NGT passed its orders based on the petition filed by Indulkar, who sought a ban on TMC?cutting or pruning trees. The NGT only heard the petitioner’s side. It should have given the civic body the opportunity of presenting its side as well. The loss of life and property in the city is all because of the NGT’s decision. Hence, the municipal commissioner must answer why shouldn’t the TMC not file a case of culpable homicide against Indulkar.” She said considering the recent fatality, the civic commissioner should permit trimming and pruning of trees to avoid similar accidents. Speaking to HT Indulkar said he approached the NGT only to stop unscientific trimming of trees. “The corporation lacks policy and method to identify dangerous trees or how to trim overgrown branches. The rise in the cases of tree fall were owing to the haphazard trimming of trees,” Indulkar said. “I can prove that there is no policy in place regarding tree cutting. In addition, the NGT’s decision has no mention about not cutting trees. It refrained the civic body from trimming trees until it had a policy in place, for which the TMC was given two months. But the civic body did nothing,” he added. Indulkar said he has done nothing illegal and hence the NGT upheld his petition.“I’m not against tree cutting, but only against rampant and unscientific hacking.” More than 403 trees have fallen since May across Thane, of which 202 fell in July. While Pawre lost his life, three women were injured after tress fell on them in different incidents.
|2017-07-27||In Mumbai: 5500 'illegal' buildings may turn legal in Thane - Hindustan Times|
In Mumbai: 5,500 ‘illegal’ buildings may turn legal in Thane State’s decision to relax norms has given opportunity legal buildings lacking OC?to claim one MUMBAI Updated: Jul 28, 2017 00:09 IST The state government’s decision to provide deemed conveyance to the buildings which do not have occupation certificate (OC) will benefit more than 5,500 residential housing societies in the city. About 24,000 societies in the district will benefit from this decision. More than 80% societies in the city do not have OC,?which stalled their deemed conveyance. Following the Ghatkopar building collapse, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis eased a few norms to simplify the process of seeking permission for securing OC. Most buildings that do not have an OC were built illegally. However, OC?for thousands of legal buildings was rejected after the builder or the architect flouted rules. Hence, those residing in such buildings are charged 1.5% extra property tax. Sitaram Rane, president, Thane district housing federation said, “As per the earlier norm, it was mandatory for the societies to possess OC or BCC (building completion certificate) to get deemed conveyance. But most societies in Thane do not have OC or BCC because the builder violated some. However, these societies are legal. The decision to give deemed conveyance to buildings without OC or BCC will benefit more than 24,000 buildings in the district of which 5,500 are in the city.” Though the state is yet to issue a circular or resolution, the rule will expedite the process once implemented. Rane 2048 societies had applied for deemed conveyance till October 2016, of which 1,989 applications were approved. Of the applications approve, conveyance of 237 societies in pending for the want of OC. “These are the numbers for those societies which had applied for conveyance. On the other hand, there are societies which did not apply because they don’t have an OC,” Rane said. However, such societies will now only need a completion certificate (CC) and approved plans of their building from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC)?for deemed conveyance. Rane said, “Most societies have CC. Those which lack CC or approved plans are illegal and will not be eligible for deemed conveyance.”
|2017-07-27||Youth dies after electric wire falls on him, public blocks road - Times of India|
Youth dies after electric wire falls on him, public blocks road Jul 27, 2017, 11:25 PM IST ULHASNAGAR: A 22-year-old youth, Nitesh Kumar Sahu, died on Thursday evening of electrocution after a live wire fell on him at Shri Ram Chowk, Ulhasnagar. Sahu was working for a bag manufacturing company at Shri Ram Chowk. On Thursday evening, he was walking down the road when suddenly a live wire fell on him, killing him instantly.Sahu's death prompted local people to block the road for some time, blaming MSEDCL (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co.Ltd) for the mishap. Locals said that if MSEDCL had properly maintained the wires before the onset of monsoons, a life could have been saved. The locals sought compensation for the deceased's family and also action against those officials for negligence. Ulhasnagar police said so far they have registered only an accidental death report and a further probe is on. Two such deaths due to electrocution have been recently reported in the Thane area - one at Ulhasnagar and another in Titwala
|2017-07-26||Swine flu claims 10-yr-old in Thane | Mumbai News - Times of India - Times of India|
Swine flu claims 10-yr-old in Thane Updated: Jul 26, 2017, 06:05 AM IST THANE: The pandemic-like swine flu situation in the state since the past few months has claimed yet another life in the lake city of Thane. A 10-year-old who tested positive on Saturday for the deadly fever passed away on Monday night in a private hospital. Aaryan Medhekar, a Class V student of St John the Baptist School in Thane, who was in good health till Thursday, suddenly developed a high temperature and began to shiver and complain of a severe stomach ache on Friday. "As the temperature refused to subside till Saturday, he was admitted to a private hospital in the neighbourhood. However, his blood platelet count began to deplete drastically and it touched around 80,000 mcl- which is almost half of the minimum required. After numerous tests, the boy was detected with swine flu," said a relative. On Saturday, Medhekar was shifted to another private hospital, but his condition deteriorated further. He passed away around 8.30pm on Monday.THANE: The pandemic-like swine flu situation in the state since the past few months has claimed yet another life in the lake city of Thane. A 10-year-old who tested positive on Saturday for the deadly fever passed away on Monday night in a private hospital. Aaryan Medhekar, a Class V student of St John the Baptist School in Thane, who was in good health till Thursday, suddenly developed a high temperature and began to shiver and complain of a severe stomach ache on Friday. "As the temperature refused to subside till Saturday, he was admitted to a private hospital in the neighbourhood. However, his blood platelet count began to deplete drastically and it touched around 80,000 mcl- which is almost half of the minimum required. After numerous tests, the boy was detected with swine flu," said a relative. On Saturday, Medhekar was shifted to another private hospital, but his condition deteriorated further. He passed away around 8.30pm on Monday.Medhekar, a resident of Khopat, lived with his parents, grandparents and an older brother. His body was sent to a civil hospital for post-mortem early on Tuesday morning. His final rites were conducted thereafter. A senior medical official from the health administration machinery said, "From January till date, as many as 320 patients have tested positive for swine flu in Thane's urban pockets. A total of 17 deaths have been recorded. Last month alone saw 185 patients test positive for the deadly disease and there were 13 deaths. Health officers and private practitioners meet on a regular basis to analyze the new cases and discuss how the situation can be mitigated."The minor's death is particularly shocking since most swine flu fatalities are among middle-aged patients. Last month, a 50-year-old Mulund resident, who was under treatment in a private hospital for three weeks, passed away. A team of officials from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had flown down from Delhi to take stock of the situation arising out of the sudden rise in swine flu and dengue fever cases. Medical officials have cautioned citizens to adopt precautionary measures against the virus, which can be passed on through sneezing or a handshake. This year, 285 have succumbed to H1N1 in Maharashtra.
|2017-07-26||GlaxoSmithKline plans to close Thane land sale by December, Bengaluru property to be next - Moneycontrol.com|
Jul 26, 2017 11:29 AM IST GlaxoSmithKline plans to close Thane land sale by December, Bengaluru property to be next Selling the land in Thane hasn’t been easy for GlaxoSmithKline due to numerous government clearance issues including urban land ceiling (ULC) clearance, conversion from industrial to residential land, labour NOC (no-objection certificate) among others. Viswanath Pilla Moneycontrol News GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, the Indian unit of British drug giant GSK Tuesday said it expected to close the sale of its 60-acre land parcel in Thane, Maharashtra by the end of December. The company said it has received 5-6 bids from prospective buyers and the property committee set up by the board is evaluating the bids. “We are trying to extract the maximum value,” said Deepak Parekh, chairman of GlaxoSmithKline at company’s annual general meeting. In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline closed its factory located on the land that housed an active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing unit. The plant had been functional since 1961. The sale of Thane land could fetch the company around Rs 1,500 to 1,600 crore. “It’s an industrial land so there is a fair amount of payment to be made for conversion from industrial to residential,” Parekh said. Selling the land parcel in Thane hasn’t been easy for GlaxoSmithKline due to numerous government clearance issues including urban land ceiling (ULC) clearance, conversion from industrial to residential land, labour NOC (no-objection certificate), among others. In April the Mint newspaper reported GlaxoSmithKline cancelled bids to sell its Thane land parcel for around Rs 1,500 crore, quoting sources. That was the second time it scrapped the sale, after attempting it first in 2014. “Large Mumbai builders including Oberoi Realty, Piramal Realty and Wadhwa Group were interested in the plot, but the deal, considered one of the largest in value terms in the last three years, failed as buyers, wary of pending government permissions, were not willing to pay what GSK wanted,” Mint went on to say quoting its sources. The company said sale of its 80-acre land parcel in Bengaluru could take a hit, if the government goes ahead with proposed green zone implementation in that area. “We understand from the local government that they are trying to make it a free zone or green zone, in which case we don’t get any value,” Parekh said, adding, “So we are still working with the government." Currently, the company is working on the remediation of the land. “It still take couple of years before we can sell if the government gives us permission,” Parekh said. The Bengaluru property is expected to fetch the company anywhere between Rs 1,200 – Rs 1,500 crore. GlaxoSmithKline is investing Rs 1,000 crore in a new state-of-the-art pharmaceutical factory in Vemgal, Karnataka, which is expected to be completed by end of 2018. The facility when completed will produce more than 8 billion tablets and 1 billion capsules per year. GlaxoSmithKline has earlier sold its properties in India including office premises at Cunnigham Road in Bangalore to Dawat-E-Hadiyah Trust of Mumbai, for a consideration of Rs 23.10 crore. The company had sold another plot at Worli in Mumbai for Rs 107.60 crore to I-Ven Realty in 2004.
|2017-07-26||If everything goes as planned, Thane Ore House will burn down - Juneau Empire (subscription)|
Posted July 26, 2017 06:36 am If everything goes as planned, Thane Ore House will burn down Central Council plans controlled fire to clear site for park On Thursday night, the City and Borough of Juneau Docks and Harbors Board will decide whether to burn down the Thane Ore House. Under the plan proposed by the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Capital City Fire/Rescue will be able to use the building as a training opportunity. The vote is the latest step in a plan by the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska to turn the site into a cultural immersion park. “We anticipated that we’d be able to renovate it, and then we had our engineers report from PND engineers … and they said it wasn’t salvageable,” explained Tlingit and Haida economic development manager Myrna Gardner.
|2017-07-26||Feeding milk to snake may kill them, warns forest dept - Times of India|
Feeding milk to snake may kill them, warns forest dept Updated: Jul 26, 2017, 10:35 PM IST Thane: As the city celebrates the festival of Naag Panchami today with great fan and fervour, the forest department along with the help of the snake rescuers has already begun hosting awareness drives in schools, societies and forest pockets to save the snakes from being killed. The drives began from Wednesday itself. From bursting the myths associated with snakes and informing citizens about the prevention of snake bites to talking to them about the illegality of capturing wildlife including snakes and how feeding them milk on Naag Panchami could lead to their brutal death, these officials and wildlife activists are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to sensitizing denizens about snakes. Aditya Patil, president of Thane's Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA) said, "Even though the city doesn't see as many cases of snakes being captured for worship today, these incidents are still rampant in the exteriors of the city in places including Diva, Murbad and so on.""While we do such awareness drives across the year we began holding sessions in schools, societies and forest areas once again a day before Naag Panchami to remind these locals of the fact that capturing snakes even for worship is against the Wildlife Protection Act and feeding them milk can kill them in a painful manner," he added. "In addition to talking to them about the impact of Naag Panchami, we also inform these citizens about how to prevent snake bites by keeping their surroundings clean and rat free. We also inform them about what to do and what not to do in case of a snake bite," added Nilesh Bhanage, founder of animal NGO PAWS in Dombivali. While the forest department has been conducting these awareness campaigns over the years, this year, they have handed over the responsibility to the snake friends and other wildlife rescuers. "The forest department has been conducting these awareness drives for years. However, we realised that we have dozens of genuine snake rescuers in our district who have a good rapport with locals. While we have given them a general guideline of the do's and don'ts to be shared with the locals we know that their involvement in these campaigns will help bring the decreasing instances of snake capture to a complete stop," said Dr Jitendra Ramgaokar, deputy conservator of forest (Thane forest dept).
|2017-07-26||Petrol pump scam: 65 more stations to be probed in state - Times of India|
Petrol pump scam: 65 more stations to be probed in state Jul 27, 2017, 04:49 AM IST THANE: Cops investigating the petrol pump scam reveal that they still have to check over 65 petrol pumps across Maharashtra for tampering with the electronic fuel dispensing machines. The pumps to be checked are spread across Maharashtra and have been told by the prime accused Prakash Nulkar to the city police team. During the month-long investigations, the police and the team of legal metrology had inspected 141 fuel stations, of which 82 were found to have been colluded to cheat the consumers by releasing less fuel while manipulating the fuel dispensing machine with technology provided by Nulkar. "Till now we have seized around 262 pulsar- a devise used in the dispensing machine, 100 keypads, 20 sensor cards and 111 control cards. All the 23 accused are in judicial custody. We are going to continue the raids as per the information given to us by Nulkar and we still have to check around 65 petrol pumps in the state for tampering. So far we have conducted raids in 17 districts and there is a possibility that checking will be done in other places too in the state," said DCP (crime) Abhishek Trimukhe. The police claimed that following Nulkar's interrogation, 10 teams are working on the case and fanned out across the state. In the raids so far, police have come across four types of tampering. Also, till now the highest tampering was noticed in Kongaon where they used to dispense 700 ml less against 5 litre fuel.
|2017-07-26||Thane court sentences man for wife's murder - The New Indian Express|
Thane court sentences man for wife's murder Published: 26th July 2017 01:05 PM Last Updated: 26th July 2017 01:05 PM THANE: The Thane district court has sentenced a 27-year-old man to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife. Testimony of the couple's daughter, who had witnessed the crime, proved crucial for the prosecution's case against Rajkumar Tukaram Chavan, the accused. Judge P P Jadhav also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him. Additional Public Prosecutor Vinit Kulkarni said that Chavan, a driver, had married the victim Rupali in 2008. The couple often quarrelled. Rupali had lodged a complaint against Chavan with the police and also filed a divorce petition which was pending before the family court. On November 1, 2014 Chavan and Rupali quarrelled as she allegedly refused to serve him food when he returned from work. A little after midnight, he strangled her to death and walked into the nearby Kapurbawadi police station and confessed to his act. The judge, while upholding the prosecution's case, relied on the testimony of the couple's daughter along with the circumstantial evidence.
|2017-07-26||Locals inconvenienced as 8 of 16 Aadhar centres remain defunct - Times of India|
Locals inconvenienced as 8 of 16 Aadhar centres remain defunct Jul 27, 2017, 04:48 AM IST THANE: With the deadline to link-up the Aadhar card with the Permanent Account Number (PAN) card expiring by the end of this month, lakhs of tax payers appear to be at their wits end as eight of the registered centers in the lake city have been defunct for the past 15-20 days. Thane has a total 16 aadhar centres. Authorities said the centres were forced to close due to technical glitches and lack of on-time system upgradation. The centre in the Thane collectorate has been shut for more than a month now, and a banner affixed on its doors, providing only an alternate centre address and contact number. The linking initiative which is an attempt to keep a tab on tax evasion and to bring about transparency in the system of filing Income Tax returns sounds great on paper, but in reality, there is a tremendous dearth of facilities available especially for those citizens who are first time applicants for Aadhar Card. "The entire system is undergoing an update. A new machinery will be launched by August 15 and hence it is likely that many centres have closed down. That is what the authorities are informing us as of now," said an official from a centre near Thane's Wagle Estate area. Another official, Vinod Sawant from Vartak Nagar Centre said, "We had to close down last month because our machines were not functioning efficiently. Probably, we will re-open in the first week of August." The lack of centres available is not only harrowing the lake city residents, but is also putting a pressure on the current working centres.Makarand Gawde, from a centre at Ram Maruti Road, said, "We have six staff members who are operating on only two machines. Appointments are scheduled right from 9.30 am to 6pm, where people from neighbouring areas of Mulund, Airoli and Bhiwandi also come. In a months' time, we have issued 752 forms for Aadhar Card. Apart from that, per week we get about 150-200 calls for inquiry and have deployed more officials specifically for this purpose." Meanwhile, residents are running from pillar to post, making multiple rounds to avail an appointment at the limited number of centres in operation now, hoping they would finish the linking process by July 30 which is the deadline allotted. "I visited the centre at Ram Maruti Road three times before I got an appointment. I reached the place at around 6 am and was still fifth in line. Only 30 forms are issued every day, so one has to go really early in the morning" said a Thaneite. I visited the centre at Ram Maruti Road three times before I got an appointment. I reached the place at around 6 am and was still fifth in line.
|2017-07-26||Bikers rob woman of gold ornaments worth Rs 50000 at Kasarwadavli - Times of India|
Bikers rob woman of gold ornaments worth Rs 50,000 at Kasarwadavli Jul 27, 2017, 04:47 AM IST THANE: A 52-year-old housewife was robbed of her gold chain and mangalsuta worth Rs 50,000 by two motorcycle-born men near her house in Kasarvadavli on Tuesday. Police said the victim was heading to the market to buy some groceries and vegetables when the two bikers trailed her. The pillion lunged at her and snatched the gold valuables she was wearing. The Kasarvadavli police said, "The victim was walking towards a vegetable vendor located in her vicinity. There, she claimed to have seen a black colour motorbike with two youngsters sitting on the edge of the two-wheeler, who were staring at her. After few minutes, the duo nodded at each other and then within a second the pillion rider snatched the lady's gold ornaments. Before, the victim realized what had happened, the unidentified men had fled away." The victim has given a description of the youngsters to the police and the accused have been booked under Sections 392 and 34 of the IPC for committing robbery. "Chain snatching incidents have become a very common thing and it is very risky to step out wearing any jewellery. I have stopped wearing even artificial jewellery, as what if I am targetted. We can't feel safe any more, even in our locality," said another woman from Vijay Nagri.
|2017-07-25||'We need NGOs, citizens & students to save mangroves' - Times of India|
‘We need NGOs, citizens & students to save mangroves’ Jul 26, 2017, 01:15 AM IST THANE: While the forest department has been taking numerous measures to conserve and boost the precious mangrove cover along the western coast of India, we need NGOs, citizens groups and students to come together and help us in this mission to protect our environment, said Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Mangrove cell) N Vasudevan at a World Mangroves Day initiative held at Thane's BN Bandodkar college on Monday. From the uplifting of the livelihood of the fishing and coastal community to bringing about a balance in nature and helping scientific research, the APCCF spoke to a crowd of over 100 students about the need for the conservation of these oxygen production agents at the event organised by city based enviro-NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch. Speaking about the five essential uses of the mangroves in addition to the barrier they provide against tsunamis and tidal waves, Vasudevan, said, "Mangroves house a variety of fauna, ranging from birds to crabs and even animals like tigers and deer in many parts of the country, thanks to their unique habitat. Their entangled roots trap in food for juvenile marine life, thus providing a nursery for young fishes, crabs and other aquatic life. As they are the only plants that can take the salinity levels in the sea, there are number studies where their gene is used by scientists to replicate this trait in other plants.""In addition to these factors, a large mangrove cover with ample of aquatic fauna thriving around it, can not only help the fishing community economically, but also the other coastal communities here as they can create mangrove tourism avenues and boost their income too. The biggest benefit of these large oxygen production agents is that they control global warming by sucking in carbon dioxide and replacing it with fresh, clean and breathable oxygen," added the APCCF who heads the state mangrove cell. However, as these precious green pockets have witnessed continuous hacking in the name of development over the past few years, the IFS officer, who himself holds a degree in marine biology, urged the students to step out and help the forest department in conserving these coastal guardians in their own small way. "However, no matter how many activities we do, the mission cannot be successful without the participation of students, citizens and NGOs. From doing small acts like avoiding throwing waste in the mangrove areas or complaining when one sees another do these activities to actually joining the State forest departments green army and participating in actually growing the mangrove cover, any initiative will help make the area a little greener," he added. The forest department has been conducting numerous initiatives for the conservation and growth of mangroves and its awareness, including building walls in between mangrove patches and slums to avoid encroachment, building walkways and bio-diversity centres to increase their awareness, etc
|2017-07-25||Woman in Thane gangraped and attacked with acid; three suspects arrested by police - Firstpost|
Woman in Thane gangraped and attacked with acid; three suspects arrested by police Jul, 25 2017 08:51:36 IST Thane: A 32-year-old married woman was allegedly raped by two men at her residence in Kalwa township in Thane, police said on Monday. The incident took place late Sunday evening and four accomplices of the accused helped them in committing the crime, police said.After the incident, the accused allegedly threw acid at the woman before leaving the place, police said. Three of the accused were arrested late last night, police said. According to police, the arrested accused were identified as Gopal Shankar (28), Shanku Hussain (23) and Rangappa Batkai (25). Three others- Shirsappa, Venkatesh Patel and Ashpar Ramul- were still at large. The victim stays with her husband and three children. On Sunday, her husband was out of the town for some work when the accused stormed into their house, a police officer said. "While four of the six accused pinned the victim down, two others took turns to rape her. They committed the act in front her minor children. Before leaving the place, the accused also threw acid at her, in which she suffered burn injuries," the officer said. The victim was currently undergoing treatment at a hospital, he said. Police suspect that there could could have been enmity between the accused and the victim's husband. The six accused have been booked under IPC sections 376(d) (gangrape), 326(a) (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by use of acid), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and and 506 (criminal intimidation).
|2017-07-25||Keswick's Thane smelter property under Ministry of Environment investigation - YorkRegion.com|
Keswick's Thane smelter property under Ministry of Environment investigation Jul 25, 2017 The province may finally be willing to act over an abandoned polluted industrial site in Keswick, according to a verbal report to council July 19. The town and environmental activists have long contended the provincial government should be held accountable for the pollution it allowed to go unabated for decades after the Thane smelter on Warden Avenue went out of business and left a polluted 20-acre wasteland in its wake. Judicial reviews of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change launched by both the town and the environmental law firm Ecojustice on behalf of Keswick resident and former Thane liaison committee member Debbie Gordon have been in a holding pattern for almost two years since being filed in 2015. That was prompted after the town discovered the ministry had removed a cleanup order on the property in July of 2014.While the matter has been “held in abeyance” to allow all interested parties to attempt some form of resolution, including a mitigation plan for the property to be submitted to the ministry by the smelter’s owner, the town was recently advised the matter has been referred to the ministry’s investigation and enforcement branch, CAO Winanne Grant said, adding further detail will be provided after discussions with the ministry.
|2017-07-25||Three accused were in Telangana at time of alleged rape: Thane cops - Mumbai Mirror|
THREE ACCUSED WERE IN TELANGANA AT TIME OF ALLEGED RAPE: THANE COPS Updated: Jul 25, 2017, 11.25 AM IST Complications have arisen after three of the accused in a gangrape and acid attack case were found in another state merely sevenand-a-half hours after the alleged crime. A 29-year-old woman lodged a complaint against six men for raping her and pouring acid on her on Sunday evening in Thane. While the police have lodged a case and arrested three of the accused in Thane, who have been remanded to police custody, sources say that the other three were traced to Gulbarga district, Telangana, at around 1 am, raising doubts over the woman's complaint. According to Kalwa police, the woman lodged the complaint at around 11.30 pm on Sunday. "She complained that she was raped by the men at 5.30 pm," said DS Swami, DCP Zone I of Thane. "As soon as the other three were traced to Gulbargha at around 1am, the local police sent us their photos over WhatsApp, which the victim identified. However, local police in their prima facie investigation said it was impossible for the men to have made such an escape to Telangana in such a short time," said DCP Swami. In the course of the investigation, more discrepancies came to light. The police claim that the accused and the complainant had been having a long-standing feud. "The complainant's husband was jailed for allegedly raping one of the accused's wives in 2015. It is possible that this was a revenge act," said a senior official. DCP Swami added, "It is probable that the complaint was a false one but we will investigate."
|2017-07-25||Thane infant born without fingers, toes - Times of India|
Thane infant born without fingers, toes Updated: Jul 26, 2017, 03:12 AM IST MUMBAI: Thane couple Kumars appear like any doting parents as they cradle their crying newborn. Their grief and tears become apparent only when the 13-day-old baby's wrap is removed to reveal his malformed hands and feet. "He has no fingers or toes," said software engineer Jitendra Kumar while repeatedly wondering how his son would ever eat on his own, hold a pen or handle a computer, like others. Doctors say the absence of all 20 digits is extremely unusual and rare, but 35-year-old Jitendra finds that far from comforting. The rarity, he feels, should have shown up long before the child's birth in diagnostic scans. "Why didn't any of the six ultrasound scans my wife underwent during pregnancy show such disability," he asked. He found out only when the gynecologist called him during the caesarean section delivery in a Thane nursing home on July 12 to tell him about the absence of fingers and toes. Amid the trend of pregnant women moving Supreme Court to medically terminate advanced pregnancy due to late detection of a fetal anomaly, the Thane couple is struggling with an ethical dilemma. "Would I have brought such a special needs child into the world when I know half my life is over? I won't be there to help him as he will need to be throughout his life," said Kumar. The couple has in the last fortnight gone through several web searches to find out that fingers and toes should be visible between the fourth and fifth month of pregnancy. Foetal medicine specialist Dr Chander Lulla told TOI internal (transvaginal) scans should be able to show the digits in the third month. "Normal scans on advanced machines should be able to pick up such anomalies in the fourth month," he added. At the end of each of the six scans, the Kumars would ask radiologist Dr Dhanashree Joshi if everything was well. "We don't blame anyone for the child's problems, but we should have been informed about it," they say. The family is considering various actions but has been busy managing the baby. "Moreover, we need to concentrate on our child's rehabilitation instead of pursuing legal battles that could take decades," said Jitendra.When contacted, radiologist Dr Joshi said sonography has its limitation as a modality of diagnosis. "Of the six scans, only the 19th week scan looks at anomalies while the rest are mere growth scans," she said. She further said that as per the anomaly scan protocol, doctors first look for major life-threatening anomalies and, if found, they look for other minute details like fingers. "Looking at fingers isn't easy because the child's fist may be clenched. Moreover, just because fingers couldn't be visualised doesn't mean they are absent," said Dr Joshi, adding that isolated digit problems in the absence of any other associated abnormality is extremely rare.Dr Jignesh Thakkar of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association said scans can at times not reveal finer details. "In a situation that the child's turned and we can't see too well, it would be best to ask the mother to return for a scan a few days later," he said. Dr Lulla said doctors should ensure the open hand is visible in at least one of the scans. Radiologist Bhavin Jhankaria said misses can happen.
|2017-07-25||Alert commuter helps railway police bust mobile theft gang , 2 ... - Times of India|
Alert commuter helps railway police bust mobile theft gang , 2 arrested Jul 26, 2017, 01:14 AM IST THANE: An alert commuter helped the Mumbai railway police bust a gang involved in stealing mobile phones of commuters aboard crowded suburban trains on the Thane railway network. The man single-handedly accosted one of the accused and despite being assaulted, managed to identify the culprit and his aides who were till now operating covertly. Each of the five accused used to work independently for petty thefts otherwise and used to collaborate for select big assignments so it was difficult to pin them initially as there was no record against them working as a gang in the files, said assistant commisioner of railway police, Mumbai, Samadhan Pawar. Rafique Shaikh aka Chaawal and Farmaan Khan aka Lal Bachha- two from the five members of the network were arrested on Monday by the police who cracked the case after going through the CCTV footages of various days to ascertain the involvement of the five in the act.The gang was busted after the complainant, Abdul Shaikh, a rickshaw driver from Mumbra fell prey to the thieves last Thursday. The victim was on his way to see off his parents who were travelling to Karnataka and had boarded the third coach of a Up slow local for Thane from Mumbra. As trains were running late there was a crowd at the station, but somehow the Shaikh family managed to board. Just as the train was leaving, the complainant realized someone was trying to remove two phones from his trouser pocket. He immediately grabbed the hand to see one of the accused in the act. Startled, the accused jumped off the train followed by Shaikh who managed to grab him by then. Immediately, the aides of the accused surrounded the victim and pushed him away to allow the trapped accused to escape. By the time fellow passengers could react, the accused managed to give the slip and ran out of the station premises. The complainant alerted the railway police who scanned the camera footage at the station and managed to identify the accused as all of them are history sheeters. The railway police relentlessly pursued the case and managed to track down two of the accused on Monday. "We managed to trace two of the accused who are residents of Mumbra. The accused used to operate individually but we were startled to know that they had also formed a gang recently and continue with their theft activities. The hunt is on for the remaining three accused and we will trace them soon," said senior inspector Uttam Sonawane of Thane railway police. The accused have been booked under sections 395, 402, 504 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.
|2017-07-24||Protest against pockmarked roads starts in Thane - Times of India|
Protest against pockmarked roads starts in Thane Jul 25, 2017, 01:17 AM IST THANE: The civil society and activists from Thane city have come up with conventional means to protest the alleged failure of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to keep the roads free of potholes and craters. Most activists said the civic officialdom appears to have turned a blind eye to complaints or protests, compelling them to ideate fresh concepts, which would drive home the point without any angry outburst of emotions or being argumentative. Citizen activist Satyajit Shah announced the Thane Pothole Festival inviting people from cities across continents to come to the city which is being developed to be a smart city. Shah, who has sent a sarcastic invite through emails and WhatsApp to his friends said that he wants them to come to the city and witness the situation first hand. "Thane had been in the news for many good things and the TMC is working to turn the city into a smart city. However, it has failed to deliver the basic necessities by ignoring the craters on roads. I want the world to come here and take them on a guided tour and witness the potholes first hand," he said. He added, "The TMC is planning mega projects and digital connectivity. Can we expect them to deliver good roads and pathways." There are 1,062 potholes on various roads in the city according to TMC's data. The roads in Thane are maintained by the TMC, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and Public Works Department (PWD). A political party, on the other hand, has come up with a Selfie With Pothole concept.The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have called on locals to click photos with potholes in their areas and email it to them, following which the party will hold an exhibition of potholes at the railway station over the weekend. "Residents are facing immense problems in travelling thanks to the potholes. We are now asking residents to click selfies and share it with us. We are inviting the guardian minister for inauguration," said Avinash Jadhav of MNS, Thane. Civic officials said they will start working on repairing the potholes. "We are deploying the jet patchier machine that can repair roads even in rains. Potholes in the ten wards have been identified and we will repair them over the next few days," assured city engineer Ratan Awsarmol.
|2017-07-23||Thane police raid first petrol pump at Pune's Nagar Rd, found tampered - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane police raid first petrol pump at Pune's Nagar Rd, found tampered Sun, 23 Jul 2017-07:40am , Pune , DNA Continuing their action against rigged petrol pumps, the crime branch of Thane police raided a petrol pump on Nagar road in Pune on Saturday afternoon. As part of their statewide crackdown, this was the first petrol pump in Pune city to be sealed by the Thane police. According to police, the action was taken on the basis of the information they received from the persons arrested for tampering petrol dispensing machines in Thane last month. Speaking to DNA, Karpe said, "One of the arrested person in connection with the petrol pump tampering in Thane, Anil Nalawade, hails from Pune. During the interrogation, he mentioned names of other petrol pumps where they had tampered the petrol dispensing machines. Based on the information, we carried out a raid at the petrol pump on Nagar road." During the raid, the police found out that the seal of the pulse unit board of the machine was broken. "They tamper the pulsar board and change the IC chip with the help of which less petrol is dispensed," Karpe added. After finding the seal of the pulsar board broken, the police have sealed the petrol pump and they have confiscated the motherboards of these machines. "We have served a notice to the petrol pump owner. We will now be sending a letter to the officials of Indian Oil, asking them to send their team to inspect the petrol pump and submit a report on tampering of these machines. Further action will be taken once the report is submitted," Karpe added. The Thane police also carried out a similar raid in Nagpur.
|2017-07-23||Thane: Advocate Dies as Tree Falls on Him - India.com|
Thane: Advocate Dies as Tree Falls on Him Updated: July 24, 2017 3:44 PM IST Mumbai, July 23: A 38-year-old advocate died in Thane after a tree fell on him as he was riding a two wheeler on Friday. Right after receiving injuries he was taken to a hospital nearby but succumbed to his injuries. Kishore Pawar on Friday had dropped his younger son to school in the morning at around 9.30 am and from there, he was moving towards home when a tree fell on him in Panchpakhadi area of Thane city. The victim suffered a massive blow on the neck. Doctors told Times of India that they first saw Pawar in an unconscious condition and was bleeding from cuts. A staff of the hospital told TOI that a doctor in charge of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) took the command of the situation and tried to normalise Pawar but the patient had to be kept on a ventilator due to fluctuating blood pressure. ” He was in a critical condition the moment he arrived. For more than a day he was kept on the ventilator and breathed his last on Saturday,” said a Hospital staffer. Also Read: Mumbai: Tree Falls on Former Doordarshan Anchor; Husband Blames BMC For close to 33 hours the advocate was on the ventilator and was declared dead by the doctors on Saturday night around 9 pm. Pawar is survived by his wife and two children. Police called the disaster management cell post accident. The chief of Disaster Managment Thane said that as the accident took place, the people nearby rushed to Pawar’s aid and immediately took him to Kaushalya Hospital. And, upon reaching there he had to undergo an operation as he was bleeding profusely.
|2017-07-23||Wildlife transit rescue centre work resumes post 2-yr delay - Times of India|
Wildlife transit rescue centre work resumes post 2-yr delay Jul 24, 2017, 12:24 AM IST THANE: After two years of planning and delay work has once again begun on the first-of-its kind wildlife transit rescue centre in Thane district. The forest authorities feel that the work will be complete in the next six to eight months. Over the past two years, wildlife activists and rescuers have been waiting for the launch of this centre, as it is expected reduce the load currently faced by non government organizations (NGOs) when it comes to house rescued animals till they are fit for release in the wild. "Currently there is no transit centre for the wild fauna in Thane. Any injured monkey, jackal, birds or other such animals rescued by activists are either taken to the Thane Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for treatment and recovery or else handed over to Mumbai NGOs and veterinarians. Some injured animals take a long time to recover and this is why there is a crucial need for a centre," said Pawan Sharma, wildlife warden associated with the Thane forest department.While the forest department had acquired a two-acre plot near their existing one hectare forest land at Shilphata last year for this centre and had planted a number of trees last August, there had been no other progress since then. Over the past few months, the department has been working on this project after a hiatus. "We have started working on this project in full swing. While the plantation was done last year we are now in the process of reinforcing and strengthening the compound wall and setting up a security cabin, outpatient department, doctors' room and other such structures. Once that is done we will build the enclosures for all the animals," said deputy conservator of forests, Dr Jitendra Ramgaokar. "As the transit centre is for injured animals we are hoping it will be completely equipped with all the essential elements, including an operation theatre, X-Ray machines, standard clean enclosures, monitors, etc. We have been pushing for this project for over two years," added Sharma, who is also the founder of wildlife NGO Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW). While the plantation was done last year we are now in the process of reinforcing and strengthening the compound wall and setting up a security cabin, outpatient department, doctors' room and other such structures. We will then build enclosures
|2017-07-23||IT department holds walkathon to educate youth - Times of India|
I-T department holds walkathon to educate youth Jul 24, 2017, 12:22 AM IST THANE: Officials of the Income Tax (IT) department in Thane held a walkathon on Sunday to flag-off their three-day campaign for the IT Day on Monday to create awareness about tax compliances among the youth. A walkathon organised by the Thane circle of the IT department saw hundreds of students from Saraswati School along with IT officials helping to spreadng the message of paying regular income tax. The event was part of the three-day series of events organised by the department on the eve of 157th Income tax day that is observed every year on July 24. The IT day is observed every year to mark the start of IT collection and formation of the department in 1860. "We have arranged several informative sessions along with public participation programmes like tree plantation, distribution of solar powered bulbs over three days to commemorate the day this year," said Sudha Ramchandran, joint commisioner of IT department, Thane. The celebrations, said officers, will culminate on Monday with an informative event at Gadkari Rangayatan in the presence of senior officers from the department and chartered accountants. — Manoj Badgeri
|2017-07-23||'Most electrocution deaths take place due to sheer negligence' - Times of India|
‘Most electrocution deaths take place due to sheer negligence’ Jul 24, 2017, 12:20 AM IST THANE: Concerned by the 22 deaths due to electrocution from April 2016 to May 2017 in Thane, Panvel, Vashi and Bhandup-Mulund areas serviced by the Bhandup zone of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL), authorities have issued an advisory for citizens' safety.The MSEDCL has cautioned citizens to follow simple precautions such as staying away from street lights, electric poles, sub-stations and transformers and to avoid water puddles close to an electric pole. "The societies should ensure that electric wires are not kept out and hanging outside the meter box. Precaution should be taken that there is a fuse wire in their main switch which will ensure that the power supply will stop in the event of a short-circuit. As current can pass easily through water, all electric equipment and machines must be kept away from balcony or window so that rain water does not fall on it. People should do an electric supply check by a professional engineer and see to it that there is earthing system in the house so that electric shock is avoided," said a senior officer from MSEDCL.He added that majority the incidents of electrocution occur during the monsoon. In fact, of the total 37 cases of shock due to electric current, 22 have died due to sheer negligence having come in in contact with strong power currents. Three animals that were tied around the electric poles, too, were electrocuted. Of the 22 people who died, three were MSEDCL employees, who are believed to have failed to observe basic safety measures while dealing with the power lines.
|2017-07-22||Thane police foil bank robbery bid - The Hindu|
Thane police foil bank robbery bid JULY 23, 2017 00:01 IST UPDATED: JULY 23, 2017 08:00 IST Four nabbed trying to break in, four picked up in Nashik Mumbai: The Thane Police Crime Branch in the early hours of Saturday foiled an attempt to rob a bank on Ghodbunder Road, arresting eight people. While four were nabbed trying to break into the bank, the four others were picked up in Nashik. According to Crime Branch officers, they received a tip-off on Friday night that the Bank of Maharashtra branch was going to be robbed the same night. “Our team saw a man standing outside the bank. A search revealed a country made gun in his pocket and he was taken into custody. Even as our team was searching the man, a Maruti Swift parked across the street sped away,” said an officer. The police sent out a wireless alert and circulated its licence plate number. The team also noticed that the shutter of a driving school office adjacent to the bank had been forced open. “When our team entered the office, they found three more accused in the process of making a hole in the wall using hammers. The trio were taken to the Crime Branch headquarters for interrogation,” said the officer. Meanwhile, another team was sent to Nashik as the car sped away in that direction. The Thane police coordinated with their Nashik counterparts and nakabandis were put in place. “The Maruti Swift, with four accused inside, was intercepted at Ghoti and our team brought them to Thane. They were carrying gas cutters used to open safes in banks and gas cylinders to power the cutters,” said another officer. The accused have been identified as Sakim Sheikh (33), who was acting as a lookout outside the bank; Shahjahan Sheikh (47), Mohammad Sheikh (21) and Fazlu Sheikh (35), who were trying to make a hole; and Maqsood Sheikh (24), Reza-ul Sheikh (31), Saifuddin Sheikh (38) and Jugnu Sheikh (25), who were detained in Ghoti. The accused were charged with preparation to robbery under the Indian Penal Code and were remanded in police custody till Sunday after being produced in a Holiday Court on Saturday afternoon. The police have also found out that the Maruti Swift was reported stolen from Kalwa on Friday night, and a complaint was registered.
|2017-07-22||After Mumbai trekker's death in Lonavla, Thane bans trekking at ... - Hindustan Times|
After 2 deaths in Lonavla, Thane bans trekking at Mahuli, Tansa and Bhatsa till Sept Over 90 people have lost their lives so far by slipping from the Mahuli waterfall, said authorities MUMBAI Updated: Jul 23, 2017 01:52 IST Following the recent deaths of two trekkers at a waterfall near Mahuli Fort and increasing water levels at Bhatsa Dam, the Thane district collector on Saturday stopped trekkers from visiting Mahuli Fort, Tansa and Bhatsa areas until September or further notice. The Bhatsa Dam authority has also issued a warning to the villages in Kalyan, Shahpur and Bhiwandi Talukas to remain alert in case of water being released from the dam if the heavy rain persists. S Sonawane, executive engineer of Bhatsa dam management department, in a letter addressed to the Tehsildar office of Shahpur, Bhiwandi and Kalyan said, “The water level in Bhatsa Dam has reached 134.73m on Friday morning and the levels are increasing rapidly owing to the continuous heavy rain in the area. To maintain the dam water level, we will have to open the floodgates anytime in the next few days. Thus, a warning must be issued to those villages, which will be affected by the floods.”The dam authority has issued warnings, especially to Sapgaon along the Bhatsa river in Shahpur, to ban the villagers from going anywhere near the river. The Shahpur Tehsildar office also requested the district authority to ban trekkers and revellers from Mahuli Fort, Ashok Fort, and around 500m from Bhatsa and Tansa Dam till September 2017 or till further notice. Santosh Thite, sub-divisional magistrate from Bhiwandi sub-division office said, “Owing to heavy rains, the area around the Mahuli waterfall has become slippery. More than 90 people have lost their lives by losing their balance on this waterfall. During the weekend, revelers come to the waterfall in large numbers. Most of them do not know how to swim. However, with the MET department issuing a heavy rain warning this weekend, we have decided to close the area for trekkers.” Picnickers are also banned anywhere near Tansa and Bhatsa Dam during the same time to prevent mishaps. The magistrate in his orders has issued certain guidelines to be followed during the time of the ban. According to guidelines, people will not be allowed to sit below the waterfall, enter the water and take their vehicles within 500m of the above points. Taking selfies, photos or videos, drinking alcohol is also banned.
|2017-07-22||Advocate Dies After Tree Falls On Him In Thane Near Mumbai - NDTV|
Advocate Dies After Tree Falls On Him In Thane Near Mumbai Kishore Pawar (39), an advocate by profession, sustained serious injuries after a tree fell on him while he was returning home on his two-wheeler on Friday, police said. Mumbai | Press Trust of India | Updated: July 23, 2017 06:39 IST THANE: In an unfortunate incident, an advocate who was seriously injured after a tree fell on him in Naupada area died on Saturday evening, said police. Kishore Pawar (39), an advocate by profession, sustained serious injuries after a tree fell on him while he was returning home on his two-wheeler on Friday, police said. The tree in the premises of Uday Nagar housing complex fell due to the heavy rains, said police. The locals rushed seriously injured Pawar to a private hospital where he died of his injuries this evening, said police. In a similar accident, a woman on Thursday was struck by a tree that fell on her while she was walking on a road in Mumbai's Chembur. The incident, in all its heart-stopping horror, was caught on a nearby security camera. The footage shows Ms Nath, a former Doordarshan anchor, collapse after a coconut tree suddenly came crashing down on her during the walk. Passers by gathered at the spot and pulled her out from under the tree. She died of her injuries on Saturday morning.
|2017-07-22||98.5% mangrove saplings planted in 2012 bloom at Thane's ... - Hindustan Times|
98.5% mangrove saplings planted in 2012 bloom at Thane’s Bhandup Updated: Jul 23, 2017 00:46 IST An impressive 98.5% (27,600) of 28,000 mangrove saplings planted at Bhandup in 2012 survived, the state’s mangrove cell has revealed. HT reported on June 12 that all not one of the 84,000 saplings planted at Charkop between 2013 and 2016 survived. At Malwani, the survival rate was 50% (10,000 of 20,000). At Bhandup, the saplings were planted on a 20-hectare degraded mangrove patch that earlier had aquaculture ponds dug by the mangrove cell and Vanashakti. On a recent visit to the site HT found the area had become a dense mangrove forest, with trees almost seven metres tall. Mangroves are salt tolerant plants that protect the city’s coastline from inundation. Close to 150 hectares of mangrove forests have already been sanctioned to be destroyed for various development projects in and around Mumbai, including the proposed Navi Mumbai International airport and the BMC’s coastal road project. Data from the from the mangrove cell also revealed that only 7,000 (7.5%) of 93,324 saplings planted at Manori in 2012 survived. By contrast, the survival rate was more than 50% survival in other parts of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. “A plantation has a better chance of survival if the correct site is chosen,” said Stalin D, project director, Vanashakti. “A degraded area will restore itself automatically. Mangroves are very different from terrestrial vegetation, which can be grown anywhere. They cannot be treated like normal trees as they belong to a specific ecosystem that cannot be replicated at will,” he added. As part of a large-scale mangrove restoration project, the state plans to plant 50 lakh saplings before 2020 - one lakh in October and November this year, 19 lakh in 2018, and another 30 lakh in 2019. “Most of the saplings planted in the western suburbs of Mumbai were destroyed - either directly or through encroachments. However, in some areas we found that they didn’t survive because of soil conditions,” said N Vasudevan, additional principal chief conservator of forests, state mangrove cell. “Saplings planted in Navi Mumbai, Bhandup and parts of the eastern suburbs plantations had a good survival rate as there is access to tidal water. In areas where there wasn’t, we dug channels to ensure that the saplings survive.” Stalin said that there was hardly any space left in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) for huge mangrove plantations anymore. “The focus should be towards protecting open mud flats, which wetland birds use to congregate and feed. Nature decides where mangroves should grow,” he said. “In some cases, the authorities give permission to destroy mangroves with an assurance that three times the number of new trees will be planted, which isn’t physically possible.” Mumbai will lose 106 hectares of mangrove forests, equal to 72 Wankhede Stadiums, for the proposed Navi Mumbai airport. At the northern portion of the proposed coastal road, the city will lose another 33.17 hectares of reserved mangrove forests – almost three-and-half times the size of Oval Maidan (9 hectares) in south Mumbai.
|2017-07-21||Two arrested in Thane with 43 kg cannabis - The Hindu|
Two arrested in Thane with 43 kg cannabis MUMBAI, JULY 21, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: JULY 21, 2017 04:10 IST The Thane Police Crime Branch on Wednesday arrested two persons for allegedly smuggling cannabis. The police recovered 43 kg of the drug from the duo hailing from Solapur According to police officials, the arrested have been identified as Nakulsingh Rajput (23) and Mahendrasingh Rajput (26). The police said the arrests were made following a tip-off. Police constable Rizwan Sayyed of the Thane Police Crime Branch’s Anti Narcotics Cell received information that large quantities of cannabis was to be supplied to drug dealers and addicts in the Thane, Kalwa and Mumbra. Trap laid An officer with the Thane Police Crime Branch said, “We laid a trap near Amit Garden Hotel on Retibandar Road in Kalwa and intercepted two men who got off an autorickshaw at around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The duo was carrying four bags, containing 21 blocks of a powdery substance wrapped in cellophane tape.” The police seized the duo and the bags. They were taken to the ANC office in Thane, where the substance was examined and confirmed to be cannabis. The duo was arrested and charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. The officer said, “Prima facie, it seems that the duo was acting on someone’s instructions. They carried the drugs to Thane and were going to sell them to drug dealers. We are interrogating the accused to identify other people connected with the case. We are trying to trace and apprehend them.” The Thane police have also contacted the Solapur police and sought information about the criminal records of the arrested duo.
|2017-07-21||Cops nab trio for 'kidnapping, molesting 3 girls at picnic' - Times of India|
Cops nab trio for ‘kidnapping, molesting 3 girls at picnic’ Jul 22, 2017, 12:31 AM IST THANE: Three minor girls were allegedly molested and kidnapped by three boys, including a minor on wee hours of Tuesday, from Kasarvadavli area."The accused, Saurabh Ambore (19), Khalid Khan (18) and a 17-year-old boy became friends with the three girls through a mutual friend of Ambore. Their friendship was for last six months. On Monday, the six friends decided to go for picnic at Ambore's place as his family had gone to their hometown. The girls who reside near Siddeshwar lake informed their parents that they were going out with their friends, but did not state as to where or with whom. So when they did not return home post midnight the families got worried and registered a missing complain," said SN Dhumal, inspector (crime) from Naupada police station. The families of the girls had gathered near their residence in Siddheshwar lake and were searching for the girls when the Naupada police station's patrolling van passed and enquired. "After inquiring with the parents, we searched around the area and even nearby lakes where these girls used to visit and also tried to track down their mobile location. While the missing complaint was being registered, one of the victim reached home and informed that the other two girls were near Upvan lake and the boys were in their homes at Kasarvadavli," added Dhumal. The police claimed that girls must have switched off their phones after reaching Ambore's house. The accused, Ambore and Khan have been arrested for molestation, kidnapping.
|2017-07-21||Theatre Producer James Thane Joins Michael Cassel Group as Executive Counsellor - Broadway World|
Theatre Producer James Thane Joins Michael Cassel Group as Executive Counsellor Jul. 21, 2017 Michael Cassel Group, a leading live entertainment producer in Australia and Asia, announced today that seasoned theatre producer James Thane has joined the company as Executive Counsellor. Thane has spent almost 35 years in senior executive capacities for the three leading producers of the musical theatre world, across Broadway, the West End, Australia and Asia. "I have known James for eighteen years, the majority of that time working together at Disney Theatrical in Australia," said Michael Cassel, Producer/CEO. "James' unmatched experience and long history of success make him the perfect person to join our team, providing counsel, support and strategic advice as our productions continue to evolve in Australia and on tour internationally. I am excited to once again call James a colleague." Thane was a founding director of Cameron Mackintosh's Australian company in 1984 and was Executive Producer of the Australian premiere productions of Cats, Les Misérables, and The Phantom of the Opera. Thane established the Australian subsidiary of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group in 1991 and oversaw productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Aspects of Love in Australia and Cats and The Phantom of the Opera in Asia. In 1994, he was appointed Managing Director of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatre Company in London, with responsibility for theatre projects in the West End, UK and Europe, including Sunset Boulevard, The Phantom of the Opera, By Jeeves, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. In 2002, Thane was appointed Managing Director to establish the Australian operations of Disney Theatrical Productions, overseeing a successful season of The Lion King. From 2006 he spent three years in New York as Associate Producer of the Broadway and US tour productions of Mary Poppins. Returning to Australia in 2009 he oversaw the Australian premiere productions of Mary Poppins and Aladdin, as well as a second tour of The Lion King. "I have known Michael for almost twenty years, as a college intern at Harry M Miller's, as my assistant on The Lion King, as the executive who ran the show in Melbourne, Shanghai and Johannesburg, as Director of International at Disney Theatrical in New York and now as one of Australia's leading producers," James Thane said. "For all that time, Michael's energy, optimism and taste has stood out. In the early days, for many of us in this business, the statement 'Watch that kid. We'll all be working for him one day' has come true and I couldn't be more delighted." The Michael Cassel Group continues to expand its expertise and geographic reach while simultaneously bringing some of the world's most popular musicals to Australia including Les Misérables, Kinky Boots and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, along with the sold-out Australian concert tour by Broadway and West End star, Lea Salonga. The company will produce the first international tour of Disney's The Lion King, opening in March 2018 in the Philippines before touring to Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, South Africa and beyond. In addition to its theatrical interests, the company represents former Australian Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, former Olympian and global sporting administrator, Lord Sebastian Coe CH, KBE and media personality, Sami Lukis. Photo credit: Michael Cassel Group
|2017-07-21||Swine flu death toll rises to 14 in Thane | Free Press Journal - Free Press Journal|
Swine flu death toll rises to 14 in Thane Jul 21, 2017 08:13 am Thane: The toll from swine flu deaths has risen to 14 persons, infected by the H1N1 virus, in Thane district. The virus is spreading fast in the city, despite precautionary measures taken by the Thane Municipal Corporation. Swine flu has even spread within the corporation wherein two of top officials have been found to be infected by the virus. The Additional Commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation, Sameer Unhale, recently tested positive for swine flu, followed by another official, deputy commissioner Maneesh Joshi. “By now 292 cases have been detected in Thane city, of which 56 patients are from outside the city. Till date 14 deaths have been reported, of which 10 patients were from outside the city and four were from Thane,” said Dr RT Kendre, chief health officer of Thane corporation. Thane corporation is all geared up to fight the epidemic and there have been various methods used to alert citizens about the virus and the precautions to be taken. Recently, a high-level team from NCDC (National Center for Disease Control) had visited Thane to examine the rising cases of swine flu and other epidemic fevers. The disease started taking its toll since April and was worse by June.
|2017-07-21||Heavy rain in Mumbai suburb causes landslide, tree collapse - Hindustan Times|
Heavy rain in Mumbai suburb causes landslide, tree collapse MUMBAI Updated: Jul 21, 2017 14:13 IST Heavy rain in Thane brought along a series of mishaps — 38-year-old Kishore Pawar suffered grievous injuries when a huge tree fell on his neck near Panchpakhadi in Thane, a minor landslide was reported from Upavan area, and a nullah wall caved in, rendering 17 homes dangerous along the wall. The civic department issued a heavy rain alert till July 22. The city received merely 68 mm of rainfall for since Thursday morning. However, on Friday morning, 22 mm of rainfall was recorded in merely one hour. Till 11.00 am, Thane recorded 36.50 mm rainfall, while the total rainfall for the year was recorded at 1693.50mm. “The rainfall this year has crossed the total amount of rain received last year during the same time, which was also recorded at 1693.00 mm,” said Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). “Kishore Pawar, 38, a resident of Ghawat Chawl in Namdeo Wadi, was commuting on his bike when a huge tree fell on him. The tree hit his neck, injuring him grievously. Pawar has been admitted to Kaushalya Hospital for treatment.” Apart from the tree collapse, the heavy rainfall since morning also resulted in a landslide near Om Megha Casting, Ram Baugh area in Upavan. “A major portion of a hillock in the area had come down due to the heavy downpour. There are three industries in this area which will have to be sealed for some time till the threat of the landslide subsides. Moreover, an Acacia tree on the hill is in dangerous condition and can collapse anytime.” The rescue team of the department, however, is facing the problem of how to cut the tree as reaching the hillock in the landslide situation is impossible. “There is too much wind in the area and the tree can fall anytime. Thus, we are working on how to avoid the collapse,” Kadam said. On Thursday evening, a nullah wall caved in, rendering 17 homes dangerous along the wall. The TMC served evacuation notices to all these homes and immediately demolished four homes, which were in dangerous conditions. The remaining homes will be evacuated on Friday as the work on the nullah wall cannot begin without removing these houses.
|2017-07-21||Thane jailbirds may soon man petrol pump | Mumbai News - Times ... - Times of India|
Thane jailbirds may soon man petrol pump Updated: Jul 22, 2017, 01:29 AM IST Mumbai: Harilal bends double to clear a patch of weed before he can start sowing. The skies open up and he pulls a plastic sheet over his head, wondering if he will be working at a petrol pump by this time next year. This isn't a story of urbanisation but of a murder convict being given a shot at reintegration into society. Harilal (name changed) is among a bunch of 24 convicts who have been farming at Thane's open prison. If a proposal made by the prison authorities is accepted by the state government, eight of them could be working as attendants at a petrol pump and car washing centre to be set up in the open prison premises. Prison authorities have written to government-owned oil companies for information about requirements for setting up fuel dispensing units. The open prison at Thane, spread across 20 acres, began operating three years ago. It is the only open prison in Mumbai metropolitan region where convicts can work with no boundary walls. The selection process and eligibility criteria are carefully laid down to choose only the best cases fit for transfer to an open prison. For instance, a committee looks at a convict's behaviour inside the prison and whether at least a third of his sentence has been completed. For every year spent in the open prison, the convict get a remission of 13 months in his sentence. But if he is caught fleeing, he would be sent back to the prison and lose his privileges.At Thane's open prison, the largely grey-haired bunch of convicts cultivate land under the watchful eye of an instructor and prison guards. The produce is sold to other prisons. Between April 2016 and March 2017, the Thane facility earned a revenue of Rs 13.4 lakh from the sale of farm produce. "The group of convicts is involved in every stage of production—from sowing to reaping. We have a tractor and 18 cattle. All kinds of vegetables are grown: tomatoes, brinjals, lady's finger and leafy vegetables like spinach. But during monsoon, we only grow rice," the instructor told TOI. After the day's work is over, the convicts return to their barracks within the prison. There are some patches of land that are not under cultivation. It is on one such patch that the authorities plan to instal two fuel units and operate a petrol pump. "Motorists riding on the stretch from the Thane central jail to Rabodi could refuel their vehicles here. The cash collection will be handled by prison guards. Two convicts would operate a fuel dispensing unit each and six others would work at an adjacent car washing centre, if things go as per plan," said Nitin Vayachal, superintendent, Thane prison. This would be the first time the convicts would interact with the public while still in incarceration; so far their interaction was limited to jail staff. "Open prisons are a good innovation to decongest prisons and facilitate rehabilitation process while the prisoner is still serving a sentence. A step further is open colonies where the prisoner stays in quarters with his family, goes out to farm and sells the produce on his own. He has to be back by a particular time, else it would be regarded as an escape. Prisons in Sangli, Jaipur, etc, have open colonies," said Dr Vijay Raghavan, professor, Centre for Criminology and Justice, TISS. Open prisons are only available for prisoners who have been awarded a life sentence or a very long term. "As to whether society would accept a convict working in their midst, it would depend on the nature of offence committed. Where a murder was a result of circumstances such as land dispute or family dispute and the convict admits he did it in the heat of the moment, it won't attract the same stigma as a case of rape would," added Dr Raghavan.
|2017-07-21||Gaimukh may become vital junction for metro services - Times of India - Times of India|
Gaimukh may become vital junction for metro services Jul 21, 2017, 10:14 PM IST THANE: The picturesque Gaimukh area along the Ghodbunder Road is likely to be transformed into a vital junction for the metro where the rail shuttles from Dahisar, Kasarvadavli and Kalyan would converge and terminate, said Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials. The Mumbai metro projects aims to be a direct link between Dahisar, Bhayender and Kalyan or Thane considering the heavy passenger density on this corridor, which presently relies only on road connectivity. The proposed extension of the two metro lines till Gaimukh has revived the discussions with officials who are now busy sketching the feasibility for converting a metro hub at Gaimukh. The development of a metro hub at Gaimukh was the obvious choice as the stretch is proposed to be the termination point for the two major metro lines on the northernmost tip of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), said an officer. According to the plan, residents from the Western suburbs or Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan and suburbs using the metro lines can alight at Gaimukh station and access the corresponding line to reach their respective destinations without even having to switch over to another mode. The hub could be similar to the existing Thane, Kurla or Dadar railway stations wherein commuters get the option to switch over from the Central line to the Trans-Harbour, Harbour routes or Western line and vice versa. Earlier, the metro connect was to culminate at Dahisar on the Western line and Kasarvadavli on the central zone forcing commuters travelling in the stretch to use alternate modes of transport to reach their destinations. "The idea is to not make the commuter switch to other mode of transport once they board the metro to reach either corners of the north MMR thereby reducing major passenger traffic in the existing stretches, including Ghodbunder Road that witnesses heavy traffic daily," said an official. The chief minister had recently announced his plans to extend the Dahisar metro till Gaimukh passing through Mira-Bhayender coinciding with the simultaneous plans to extend the Wadala-Kasarwadavli metro 4 line following which the talks of converting the area into a metro junction has gained momentum. While a feasibility report for the Dahisar metro extension will be initiated soon, the same for the line 4 extension is likely to be presented before the planning authority in the next two months following which a final decision is likely to be taken. The demand for a metro connect from the extended suburbs of western Mumbai with that to Thane and beyond had already been presented with the MMRDA draft regional plan also foreseeing a growth centre in this part of the metropolitan region in the near future. Officials from the civic body, who had interacted with the MMRDA recently, had also recommended the extension of the lines till Gaimukh to cater to the growing population in this part of the suburb. Passenger activists, who have been demanding a link between Thane and Bhayender said the plans will ease travel problems of residents from both sides of the MMR."We are working on forming a seamless connect of metro routes right from Dahisar and Thane, Mumbai and Kalyan and are looking at making Gaimukh into a changeover point. Commuters can change over to reach any part of the extended suburbs like Bhiwandi, Thane and even Kalyan or Bhayender from this point that will see the convergence of both the metro lines," confirmed a bureaucrat from Mantralaya. When ready, the metro rail shuttles from Dahisar, Kasarvadavli and Kalyan will converge and terminate at Gaimukh The stretch is proposed to be the termination point for the two major metro lines on the northernmost tip of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Residents from western suburbs or Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan and suburbs using the metro lines can alight at Gaimukh station and reach their respective destinations without having to switch over to another mode of transport.
|2017-07-21||â€‹Thane-Belapur Roadâ€‹: NMMC fills patches of craters on Thane ... - Times of India|
NMMC fills patches of craters on Thane-Belapur Rd Jul 22, 2017, 12:45 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Following the report by TOI on potholes along Thane-Belapur Road, the authorities swung into action to fix them despite a heavy downpour on Friday.A JCB machine has been brought in to fill the craters developed along the asphalt stretches. The work is being carried out during non-peak hours to avoid snarls, said officials. Motorists were inconvenienced due to potholes at Digha, Bharat Bijlee junction near Airoli station, Talvali Naka, Ghansoli, Mahape and Savita Chemical junction. While paver blocks are being fixed at some patches, grit and boulders are being used in others. Motorists, however, are unhappy over the temporary patch work, which they believe will get washed away after a spell of heavy rain. "Proper repairing work should have been done as part of the pre-monsoon work. It is the civic body's task to station machines and manpower at to attend to potholes quickly, but not after the apathy is reported in the media," said Tej Chand, a motorist. Sharad Kale, deputy engineer of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), who is looking after the Thane-Belapur Road maintenance, said, "The patch work is going on in full swing with additional deployment of men and machinery. We will complete the work in the next two days as the work is getting delayed due to incessant rain and increasing density of traffic."
|2017-07-21||Man critical after tree falls on him at Panchpakhadi - Times of India|
Man critical after tree falls on him at Panchpakhadi Jul 22, 2017, 12:32 AM IST THANE: A 38-year-old advocate from the city suffered grievous injuries after a huge tree collapsed on him at Thane's Panchpakhadi area at around 9.30am on Friday. Police said Kishore Pawar, the victim, was riding his two-wheeler when the tree collapsed on him thereby snapping his neck. Locals said the advocate suffered an unexpected jerk coupled with multiple spasms.Santosh Kadam, chief of the civic Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC), said, "Passers-by ran to Pawar's aid and rushed him to the nearby Kaushalya hospital. Firstly, we went to the hospital and had a look at the victim who was severely injured and was bleeding profusely. He also had scratches all over his body. The doctors told us that this was a major case and that he would have to undergo an operation immediately." A hospital staff at Kaushalya, said, "From the looks of it, Pawar is still very critical and is currently on ventilator. He had just dropped off his children to school in the morning and was on his way back home when the accident took place. The patient arrived at the hospital sometime around noon and was instantly taken to the casualty ward where the doctor on call attended to him." Pawar is a resident of Ghawat Chawl at Namdeo Wadi near Gaodevi where he lives with his wife and two children. The victim was severely injured and bleeding profusely. He also had scratches all over his body. The doctors at Kaushalya hospital told us that this was a major case and that he would have to undergo an operation immediately.
|2017-07-21||Part of hillock collapses near Upvan Lake - Times of India|
Part of hillock collapses near Upvan Lake Jul 22, 2017, 12:34 AM IST THANE: A portion of a hillock at Ram Baug near Upvan Lake collapsed on Friday morning following heavy rains. The landslide, however, did not result in any casualties and the rescue teams reached the spot and began clearing the small stones and debris fallen on the road. Santosh Kadam, chief of the civic Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC), said, "With the help of a JCB crane, we were able to remove the dangerous part of the hill within minutes. But the most important part we noticed was the huge tree in the same compound, which looked like it would collapse any minute. The tree and the hill both lie in a locality surrounded by residential complexes and a few small industries. As it is posing a threat to the residents and employees of the industries, we are going to cut the tree. In order to prevent further mishaps from taking place, we have sealed the nearby industries for some time till the threat subsides."
|2017-07-21||Seasoned Theatre Producer James Thane Joins Michael Cassel Group - PR Newswire (press release)|
Seasoned Theatre Producer James Thane Joins Michael Cassel Group Jul 21, 2017, 10:00 ET SYDNEY, July 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Cassel Group, a leading live entertainment producer in Australia and Asia, announced today that seasoned theatre producer James Thane has joined the company as Executive Counsellor. Thane has spent almost 35 years in senior executive capacities for the three leading producers of the musical theatre world, across Broadway, the West End, Australia and Asia. "I have known James for eighteen years, the majority of that time working together at Disney Theatrical in Australia," said Michael Cassel, Producer/CEO. "James' unmatched experience and long history of success make him the perfect person to join our team, providing counsel, support and strategic advice as our productions continue to evolve in Australia and on tour internationally. I am excited to once again call James a colleague." Thane was a founding director of Cameron Mackintosh's Australian company in 1984 and was Executive Producer of the Australian premiere productions of Cats, Les Misérables, and The Phantom of the Opera. Thane established the Australian subsidiary of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group in 1991 and oversaw productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Aspects of Love in Australia and Cats and The Phantom of the Opera in Asia. In 1994, he was appointed Managing Director of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatre Company in London, with responsibility for theatre projects in the West End, UK and Europe, including Sunset Boulevard, The Phantom of the Opera, By Jeeves, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. In 2002, Thane was appointed Managing Director to establish the Australian operations of Disney Theatrical Productions, overseeing a successful season of The Lion King. From 2006 he spent three years in New York as Associate Producer of the Broadway and US tour productions of Mary Poppins. Returning to Australia in 2009 he oversaw the Australian premiere productions of Mary Poppins and Aladdin, as well as a second tour of The Lion King. "I have known Michael for almost twenty years, as a college intern at Harry M Miller's, as my assistant on The Lion King, as the executive who ran the show in Melbourne, Shanghai and Johannesburg, as Director of International at Disney Theatrical in New York and now as one of Australia's leading producers," James Thane said. "For all that time, Michael's energy, optimism and taste has stood out. In the early days, for many of us in this business, the statement 'Watch that kid. We'll all be working for him one day' has come true and I couldn't be more delighted." The Michael Cassel Group continues to expand its expertise and geographic reach while simultaneously bringing some of the world's most popular musicals to Australia including Les Misérables, Kinky Boots and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, along with the sold-out Australian concert tour by Broadway and West End star, Lea Salonga. The company will produce the first international tour of Disney's The Lion King, opening in March 2018 in the Philippines before touring to Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, South Africa and beyond. In addition to its theatrical interests, the company represents former Australian Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, former Olympian and global sporting administrator, Lord Sebastian Coe CH, KBE and media personality, Sami Lukis.
|2017-07-20||Thane jail finds serial killer 'too hot to handle' - Times of India|
Thane jail finds serial killer ‘too hot to handle’ Updated: Jul 21, 2017, 09:47 AM IST MUMBAI: The sessions court has received a confidential letter from the Thane prison superintendent requesting the transfer of alleged serial killer Vijay Palande. Sources said the letter cites security reasons due to overcrowding in prison as one of the reasons. Palande was booked in five murder cases, of which he has been convicted in one, acquitted in another and awaiting trial in the rest. Thane prison has a capacity of 1,100 inmates but is housing 3,200, a mix of undertrials and convicts. Among these are contemporary artist Chintan Upadhyay, driver, Shyamvar Rai who is a key witness in the Sheena Bora murder case, triple blast accused Saquib Nachan and more recently, six jail staffers accused of the murder of Byculla jail inmate, Manjula Shetye. In Thane prison, Palande has been keeping himself busy filing RTI applications and giving tips to other inmates on how to file them. He has to be escorted for court hearings to Mumbai, which is a considerable distance. He also has to be taken to St George Hospital at CST for dental treatment, as per a court order. The shortage of escorts for court hearings as well as for medical examinations has been cited in the letter from the prison. None of the cases where Palande has been charged is from Thane region.Nitin Vayachal, superintendent of prisons, Thane, refused to comment. Sources said there is a shortage of more than 50% in escorts for court hearings. Palande was arrested in April 2012 for the murder of businessman Arun Tikku and aspiring film producer Karan Kakkad. He had been earlier convicted for the murder of DN Nagar resident, Swaraj Ranjan Das, but had jumped parole in 2003. He was also accused of another murder of an unidentified person after police retrieved a skull and bones while looking for Kakkad's body. Earlier this year, Palande gave an application to court asking for his case to be expedited and that he had already spent five years in prison. A recent Supreme Court direction has told all session courts to finish trials pending for five years by the end of 2017. Palande, in his application, blamed the prosecution for causing unnecessary delays.
|2017-07-20||Two arrested in Thane with 43 kg cannabis - The Hindu - The Hindu|
MUMBAI Two arrested in Thane with 43 kg cannabis MUMBAI, JULY 21, 2017 00:48 IST UPDATED: JULY 21, 2017 00:48 IST The Thane Police Crime Branch on Wednesday arrested two persons for allegedly smuggling cannabis. The police recovered 43 kg of the drug from the duo hailing from Solapur According to police officials, the arrested have been identified as Nakulsingh Rajput (23) and Mahendrasingh Rajput (26). The police said the arrests were made following a tip-off. Police constable Rizwan Sayyed of the Thane Police Crime Branch’s Anti Narcotics Cell received information that large quantities of cannabis was to be supplied to drug dealers and addicts in the Thane, Kalwa and Mumbra. Trap laid An officer with the Thane Police Crime Branch said, “We laid a trap near Amit Garden Hotel on Retibandar Road in Kalwa and intercepted two men who got off an autorickshaw at around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The duo was carrying four bags, containing 21 blocks of a powdery substance wrapped in cellophane tape.” The police seized the duo and the bags. They were taken to the ANC office in Thane, where the substance was examined and confirmed to be cannabis. The duo was arrested and charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. The officer said, “Prima facie, it seems that the duo was acting on someone’s instructions. They carried the drugs to Thane and were going to sell them to drug dealers. We are interrogating the accused to identify other people connected with the case. We are trying to trace and apprehend them.” The Thane police have also contacted the Solapur police and sought information about the criminal records of the arrested duo.
|2017-07-19||With 2 days of heavy rain, evacuated buildings collapse in Thane - Hindustan Times|
With 2 days of heavy rain, evacuated buildings collapse in Thane Updated: Jul 19, 2017 15:03 IST Two days of heavy rain brought down two evacuated buildings in Thane on Wednesday afternoon. The buildings in Maharashtra Nagar in Manpada belonged to Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) and were evacuated for redevelopment few months ago. No one was injured in the accident. Heavy rain lashed the city throughout the night on Tuesday. The city witnessed 80.50 mm of rainfall till Wednesday morning. However it took a breather since morning. The downpour began again after 11.30am during which the two buildings collapsed. Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer of TMC, said, “The buildings which collapsed were in dangerous condition and were to be redeveloped by MHADA authorities. The work of removing the debris is in process.” After the collapse, the TMC started vacating people living in buildings in the vicinity. “There are a total of 18 MHADA buildings in this area. The buildings are more than 30 years old. MHADA has given the buildings for redevelopment to a private developer . Only a few people refused to go.” The officer said 20 people lived in the 18 buildings. They were immediately evacuated after the collapse.
|2017-07-19||Mumbai Monsoon: Waterlogging in Thane, Trains on Time; Heavy Rains Likely to Subside After July 20 - India.com|
Mumbai Monsoon: Waterlogging in Thane, Trains on Time; Heavy Rains Likely to Subside After July 20 Published: July 19, 2017 9:27 AM IST Mumbai, July 19: Rains continued to lash many places in Mumbai on Wednesday and the Indian Meteorological Department has predicted more such heavy showers in the next 24 hours. However, Wednesday morning for some people was a break from the incessant rainfall as it was only drizzling in some parts of the city. But Mumbaikars had to witness traffic snarls due to potholes and waterlogging at several places following heavy rains in the past 3-4 days. As reported by ANI, heavy downpour in Thane region led to waterlogging at several places on Tuesday. This disrupted the traffic on the roads and many were stuck in jams for a long time. However, the trains on the Central and Harbour line were unaffected on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The trains were running on schedule with a minor delay of a couple of minutes.Waterlogging in Thane The weather department informed that these heavy showers in the city will subside only after July 20. Weather department Mumbai scientist Shubhangi Bhute told The Times of India, “There is an offshore trough from north Madhya Pradesh extending till the northern Kerala coast. There is also a low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal adjacent to Andhra Pradesh, all of which are causing heavy rain over the entire Konkan belt, including Mumbai.” (ALSO READ: Mumbai: Monday Records Highest Rainfall in July so Far; Celebs Take Local Trains to Avoid Jams) The heavy rains didn’t even spare the celebrities. Actress Sonali Kulkarni, who was shooting at a studio in Mumbai boarded a train instead of travelling in a car to avoid the traffic jam in the city. The actress even uploaded selfies from the railway station in Mumbai. The lakes that provide water to Mumbai have reached 66% of the usable amount of water following the heavy and incessant rainfall in the city in the past few days.
|2017-07-19||Mumbai man falls off train footboard, loses legs on first day of job - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai man falls off train footboard, loses legs on first day of job Updated: Jul 19, 2017 16:41 IST A 24-year-old man who was on his way to his first day of work at Airoli lost both the legs after he slipped off the train footboard near Thane railway station. The victim was identified as Bibin Wilfred David,24, a Diva resident. “David was heading to Thane when he slipped and fell down. His legs got caught in the wheels. We were alerted by a station master. He was taken to the Thane civil hospital", said a police officer from Thane GRP. Diana Pinto, David’s sister-in-law, said,"It was his first day of job. He was happy about the job. He left four trains because they were overcrowded.” A police constable from Thane GRP said,”We have taken the statement of his family members. David lost his legs. He was initially taken to Thane civil hospital but was later shifted to Sion hospital.”
|2017-07-19||Thane cops suspended for negligence - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane cops suspended for negligence Wed, 19 Jul 2017-08:20am The Thane police department has suspended two police inspectors after they were found guilty of negligence on duty in an internal probe into the farmers' protest in Nevalli in June, during which police had resorted to use of pellet guns and lathi-charge to disperse the protesters. The farmers from three villages had gathered to protest against the construction of a boundary wall on an abandoned air base land acquired by the government over 70 years ago. On June 22, the villagers from Bhal, Nevalli, Khoni, Nevalli pada and Warli came together at around 10 am and set tyres ablaze to block the main road of Kalyan near Bhal village. When the police vans approached to pacify the crowd, the mob started pelting stones at police vehicles which injured three senior officers. The Indian Navy had built a boundary wall on their 1,600 acre land which has been allegedly encroached. Hill Line police station Senior Police Inspector Mohan Waghmare and Assistant Police Inspector Ravindra Kurati have been suspended after the probe while Police Inspector Vijay Pawar has been transferred to Special branch at the Thane City police headquarters as a punishment posting. A senior police officer said, "The suspension has been ordered after the officers were found negligent while conducting their duty and for not handling the situation efficiently which escalated further leading to damage to public property and pellet injuries to the villagers." "Moreover, the villagers had planned the huge protest few days before, which too went unnoticed by the senior police officer. The protest could have been handled efficiently if the local police would have learned about the protest preparation by the villagers," said the officer. Sunil Bharadwaj, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 4, said, "Both officers have been suspended and the order has been released from the Thane police Commissionerate." VIOLENT PROTESTS The Navy had built a boundary wall on their 1,600 acre land which the farmers were protesting. On June 22, they set tyres ablaze to block the main road of Kalyan near Bhal
|2017-07-19||Two unoccupied buildings collapse in Thane - Outlook India|
19 JULY 2017 Last Updated at 1:27 PM Two unoccupied buildings collapse in Thane The buildings came down crashing this morning due to heavy rains lashing the city for the last three days, Kadam said thane, Jul 19 Two unoccupied residential buildings collapsed here today due to heavy rains, a civic official said. The buildings, located in Maharashtra Nagar Mhada Colony, were constructed in 1995 and their occupants vacated the structures in 2010 to pave the way for its redevelopment, Santosh Kadam, in-charge of the Regional Disaster Management Cell at the Thane Municipal Corporation, said. Forty families were living in the buildings before they were marked for redevelopment which is yet to start, he said. The buildings came down crashing this morning due to heavy rains lashing the city for the last three days, Kadam said.
|2017-07-19||Timely, better rainfall this year may save city from water cuts - Times of India|
Timely, better rainfall this year may save city from water cuts Jul 19, 2017, 05:29 AM IST THANE: The timely rains in the last few days has considerably eased the situation in the cities and the rural Thane. Also the scientific assessment by the weather experts about incessant rains in the next couple of days has raised hopes that there would be no water cuts and citizens will have sufficient water all through the year. The heavy rains over the past few days has swept a wave of relief for the denizens of the lake-city as also from the farm pockets across the district, breaking the month-long dry spell that had led to second sowing and risen the input cost for the famers. The inadequate rains in June were a cause of big worry for the urban towns across the districts given the mismatch in water distribution and the population growth. An extended dry spell would have inadvertently lead to sharp water cuts and the tanker mafia ruling the roost. In fact, the last seven weeks from June to July could be a record as one of the most wet months, with Thane district receiving a lashing of more than 10,028mm of rain from June 1 to July 18 as against 7,000 mm rains received during the same period in 2016 and the 4,000mm rain received in 2015. All the major irrigation and the MIDC dams in the division which provide water to the Thane, Mumbai, Palghar among others cities have also swelled, with almost all the reservoirs achieving 70% of their storage capacity if not more. The Modaksagar reservoir that contributes to the supply of Mumbai and Thane was full and overflowing by July 15 this year. The dam with a capacity of 128.93 mcm has reached its full capacity this year while last year the reservoir was just filled up till 71% by this time.While, this region faced acute water crises last year, which forced them to rely on water tanker services, the moderate rainfall last year in addition to the string of issues including water theft and leakages had forced many to depend on external water supply sources during the water cuts through the year. Bhatsa dam that contributes nearly 30% of the daily 480mld water requirement of the city has nearly 61.54% volume or around 674.02 mcm filled of the total 942.10 mcm water in it till July 18 while last year the volume was 594.49 mcm.Barvi dam also registered 185.01 mcm water volume in it as against the 96.33 mcm volume in the stock last year. "While one dam has already overflowed, the other three are filling up quickly thanks to the good monsoon that we are witnessing this year. If the rains continue in this way, we will surely not face any water scarcity this year and will not have to impose any water cuts. We are also trying to increase the awareness of water conservation and harvesting the rain water so that the depleting ground water table rises," said a civic official.
|2017-07-19||Police verification: Tablet boost to speed up passport verification ... - Times of India|
Tablet boost to speed up passport verification process Jul 20, 2017, 04:28 AM IST THANE: Police verification for passport application could be much faster and simplified, as the Thane police commissioner, Param Bir Singh on Tuesday distributed 45 tablets to all the 35 police stations in the Thane police commissionerate. With this digitalization, the paper work will be reduced to almost zero and will also reduce the time span required for the verification process, in return speeding up the delivery of the passports. It is learnt that the passport verification officer at the police station has to follow a pre-determined and time-consuming process which involves a physical check at the residence of the applicant and a minute scrutiny of all the documents, which takes three to four weeks before the papers are dispatched to the passport office. "Now as the filing of forms would be done quickly in the tablets and the senior officers can take a review of the verification carried out each day at their fingertips," a police official said.The Thane police commissionerate currently has to deal with over a lakh passport applications annually and the present administrative process is tedious and results in long delays. "To reduce time, this electronic device has been given to all the passport verification officers and in some of the pockets such as Mumbra, Kalwa, Shantinagar, Dombivli, Mahatma Phule, Manpada, Ulhasnagar and Kasarvadavli where the rush of applications is more, the concerned police station has been given two tablets each," he added.The officers would directly fill in the applicant details in these devices and the same will be transferred directly to the headquarters as the data will be shared on an application. The police claimed that already the passport application process is done online and only the police process was on papers, but with the police too have taken the smart way to cut the time. Filing of forms would be done quickly in the tablets and the senior officers can take a review of the verification on their fingertips. Now, there won't be any huge pile-up of papers in the police station nor will the documents get misplaced as data will be stored in the gadgets
|2017-07-19||Stage set for Thane marathon - The Indian Express|
Stage set for Thane marathon The race will have the same route as last year with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) headquarters being the starting point. The run will terminate at the same spot. Mumbai | Published:July 20, 2017 3:31 am Fitness enthusiasts in Thane are gearing up for the 28th edition of Thane Mayor Varsha Marathon. The tagline for this year is “Run for a Smart City” – in line with Thane Municipal Corporation’s Smart City project. Sprinters from across the state are expected to participate in the event that would be held on August 13. The race will have the same route as last year with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) headquarters being the starting point. The run will terminate at the same spot. An official from the TMC said: “We want this year’s marathon to be bigger and better and hence, we are conducting social media awareness campaigns in collaboration with various sports clubs of the state. Registration requests have started pouring in and preparations are on in full swing for the big event.” Around 20,000 participants had registered last year and the number is expected to grow this time. The event will be organised under two main categories — a 21 km run for men and a 15 km run for women. Apart from these, 11 different races would be organised for people of various age groups and special events like “run for fun” would be held to ensure inclusion of the elderly. True to the theme, the organisers would integrate futuristic elements like a time-recording chip that would guarantee transparency and a smooth flow of events. Minal Palande, TMC sports officer and the in-charge of the event, said: “TMC Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal is taking keen interest in the event and he has encouraged us to indulge in extensive advertising, ranging from banners to short commercials before movie screenings at theatres.” Kumaran Madhavan, a 63-year-old resident of Thane, said: “I have been a regular participant of marathons and Thane Varsha Mayor Marathon is the one that I look forward to. It is closer home and the organisers never fail to impress us. I am definitely signing up for this year’s event.”
|2017-07-19||Ghodbundar Road: 1 dies after ramming truck into another, car ... - Times of India|
1 dies after ramming truck into another, car Jul 20, 2017, 04:22 AM IST THANE: A 40-year-old truck driver from Rajasthan was crushed to death while a car driver sitting inside a parked vehicle escaped with minor injuries, after a speeding truck hit the car before crashing into the stationary truck in an accident on Ghodbundar Road in the early hours of Wednesday.Police said the truck driver, Choturam Balai, was driving from Gaimukh towards Thane along the Eastern Express Highway at around 4am, when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the two parked vehicles on the left of the road near Vihang's Inn. "Even though the road was empty, the speeding truck, driven by Balai, veered towards the left and first hit the Wagon R parked on the side of the road, which flew to the left and hit a truck. After hitting the car, the truck went ahead and rammed into another truck parked in front of the car. The impact totally crushed the cabin of the speeding truck, as well as Balai, who was stuck inside. The car driver escaped with minor injuries," said D S Dhole, senior police inspector at Kasarvadavli police station. It took over two-and-a-half hours if effort to remove Balai from the crushed truck cabin. "We suspect Balai must have fallen asleep. We are looking for his relatives to inform them about the accident," added Dhole.
|2017-07-18||Shoddy resurfacing work on few patches on Thane-Belapur road throws traffic out of gear - Times of India|
Shoddy resurfacing work on few patches on Thane-Belapur road throws traffic out of gear Jul 19, 2017, 02:11 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: The incessant rains for the past three days has exposed the alleged shoddy work of asphalt refurbishment of the Thane-Belapur road, especially the one kilometer stretch of road from Turbhe Naka till the Turbhe flyover. The potholes have surfaced at several places which is causing inconvenience to the motorists who are suffering a bumpy ride. Due to the potholes, the motorists are compelled to slow down to dodge the potholes and the traffic snarl is evident.However, the crux of the problem is the jurisdiction issue between the PWD and the NMMC as the stretch of 200 metres in the vicinity of the Turbhe flyover is full of huge potholes which are not been repaired. The reason been that the stretch is located at the intersection of the Thane-Belapur road and the Sion-Panvel highway. Hence, both the agencies are pointing fingers towards each other for filling the potholes. "The subway is water-logged most of the time and it becomes difficult to drive. When it rains heavily the visibility is also reduced making the situation worse," said Pramod Shelar, a motorist.Eventually, the snail pace movement of vehicles has been disrupting the traffic movement on the Thane-Belapur road as well as the Sion-Panvel highway. Eventually, the motorists suffer. While,throughout the day, the motorists are getting stuck in traffic snarls on the Sion-Panvel highway from Nerul flyover till Turbhe flyover for a distance of 5 kms, the same problem is been faced by motorists plying on the Thane-Belapur road while heading from Thane towards Turbhe.
|2017-07-18||Monsoon in Maharashtra: Tansa lake in Thane overflows - Times of India|
Monsoon in Maharashtra: Tansa lake in Thane overflows Jul 18, 2017, 09:15 PM IST MUMBAI: On Tuesday evening another lake supplying water to Mumbai was seen overflowing. Tansa Lake situated at Atgaon in Thane district supplies around 400 million litres of water to the mega city daily. Last year Tansa Lake had overflowed on August 2. Civic officials said that significant rains are being witnessed in the catchment areas supplying water to Mumbai. Over 100 mm of rains were witnessed in three lakes supplying water to Mumbai in the 24 hour period from July 17-18. For instance in case of Modak Sagar 111mm of rain was recorded, Vihar 132mm and Tulsi 136mm. Tulsi and Vihar are two of the lakes located in Mumbai's Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) while the others are either in Thane district of Nashik.Tansa Lake began to overflow at 4.55 pm on Tuesday. Officials from BMC's hydraulic department said that owing to the continuous rain showers they were expecting that the lake would touch the full supply level shortly. On the morning of July 15-Modak Sagar Lake was seen overflowing making Tansa the second lake to overflow. "The full supply level for Tansa is 128.63 metres and till Tuesday morning the lake had already touched 128.42 metres and therefore we were anticipating it would overflow. Tansa supplies around 400 million litres of water to the city everyday," said a civic official.
|2017-07-18||TMC misses deadline of razing all 68 structures declared dangerous - Times of India|
TMC misses deadline of razing all 68 structures declared dangerous Jul 18, 2017, 10:25 PM IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is over a month late in evacuating and demolishing the 68 buildings in the city, which have been declared dangerous. The authorities, have till now, taken action against 54 structures and are yet to take necessary measures against 14 structures, their deadline being end of May. Since the past few months the officials have evaluated the buildings in the city which are in dangerous conditions and also saw to it to make arrangements for the residents residing in them before they are pulled down. "As of now, we have taken action against 54 buildings and have evacuated all the residents from there. We have given them apartments to stay in Dosti rental houses. Also, we have demolished 13 structures in the past three months and it was seen that most of these buildings which were in dangerous conditions were in Naupada and Mumbra. Out of the remaining buildings there are around six structures which are involved in court matters and this has caused a slight delay," said Ashok Burpulle, in-charge of the anti-encroachment department of the civic body. While out of the remaining 14 structures in dangerous conditions, 10 buildings are empty, there are around six families that are still living in the rest of the structures. There are four structures where these families are still staying. These people are not willing to leave as the structures are involved in court matter. These four buildings are in Mumbra and Kopri, while rest of the residents have left their flats," said an officer.The officials stated their aim was to finish the work before monsoon as the heavy storms could easily bring these buildings down. It is said that the structures could easily collapse causing a danger to not only the residents residing in it but even the ones who are living in buildings adjoining the structure. The administration was blamed by activists for not taking adequate measures before the monsoon against dilapidated buildings after 12 people died under a four-storeyed Krishna Niwas in 2015. Post the incident the corporation swung into action and had started issuing notices to structures which were old and in dangerous conditions. The residents were asked to move into rental houses and since the past two years, around 2,057 families have been evacuated. As of now, we have taken action against 54 buildings and have evacuated all residents from there. We have given them apartments in Dosti rental houses. Also, we have demolished 13 structures in the past three months and it was seen that most of these buildings were in Naupada and Mumbra. Out of the remaining buildings there are around six structures which are involved in court matters and this has caused a slight delay
|2017-07-18||Woman injured after biker snatches chain - Times of India|
Woman injured after biker snatches chain Jul 18, 2017, 10:22 PM IST Thane: A 35-year-old women suffered serious injuries after a motor-cycle-borne youth snatched her gold mangalsutra weighing 14 tolas valued at Rs 4.2 lakh. The woman fell on the road and was dragged for a few meters by the bike near the Majiwada bus stop at around 10.30am on Sunday.It is learnt that the victim, Leelabai Daki, a resident of Waghbil, was waiting with her family for a share-auto near Majiwada. The family was headed for a function on Bhiwandi by-pass road when the two motor-cycle-borne youths targeted her. "The pillion rider snatched my mangalsutra but I held on to it firmly. The sudden attack caught me unawares and I fell on the road and with one end of the mangalsutra in his hands I was dragged a few meters before he took the entire thing from my hands. We immediately followed the duo in an auto rickshaw and chased them upto the Majiwada village when the pillion dropped a portion of the mangalstura and sped away," said the victim. The victim recovered seven tolas of her mangalsutra back, while the two fled with the other half. Her husband said he took his wife to the hospital for treatment. "The absconding accused have been booked under Sections 392 and 34 of the IPC for committing robbery in a group," said a cop from Kapurbawdi.
|2017-07-17||Avengers: Infinity War: Will We See Thane Son Of Thanos? - Comicbook.com|
Avengers: Infinity War: Will We See Thane Son Of Thanos? July 17, 2017 Avengers: Infinity War was one of the biggest films that was shown at D23 Expo this past weekend - and it's expected to be one of the biggest films at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 this week. Naturally, Marvel fans everywhere are excited and hyped for what new things we may learn about Infinity War; though we've already learned some juicy new tidbits in the last few days.One of the biggest and best new pieces of knowledge we gained about Infinity War's characters and story was the first reveal of the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of The Black Order, the group of warriors formed out of the "children" of Thanos The Mad Titan (Josh Brolin) to battle the heroes of the MCU. However, there was a notable absence from the MCU version of The Black Order or any other promotional materials for Infinity War that were revealed at D23: Thane, Son of Thanos from Marvel Comic Books. So, will we see Thane Son of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War? Let's discuss.The confirmed lineup of The Black Order in the MCU consists of the following: Ebony Maw Corvus Glaive Proxima Midnight Black Dwarf You can learn more about them by clicking the link below, but it's clear that Thane is not included amongst their ranks. However, given his Marvel Comics origin, he could still play a big role in the Infinity War saga.
|2017-07-16||2 dead, 4 injured in Thane house collapse - The Hindu|
2 dead, 4 injured in Thane house collapse JULY 17, 2017 00:31 IST UPDATED: JULY 17, 2017 00:31 IST Rains blamed for incident at Mharal village Thane: At least two persons were killed and four were injured when a house collapsed in a village in Thane district following heavy rains early on Sunday. The house, located on a hillock at Mharal village in Kalyan tehsil, collapsed around 2.30 a.m. when the region witnessed heavy downpour over the last two days, District Disaster Management Officer Asmita Nikam said. People inside the house as well as a couple sleeping in an adjacent house were trapped under the debris, she said. A team of fire fighters retrieved two bodies from the debris. They also pulled out two injured persons living in the house and the couple from under the debris, Ms. Nikam said. The deceased were identified as Saifuddin Khan and Aladdin Shaikh, both aged 45, she said. The four injured persons were admitted to a government hospital in Ulhasnagar, she added. Boy rescued Two fire brigade personnels rescued a boy stranded in the swollen Ulhas river in the district amid heavy rain on Saturday night. The boy, hailing from Mohapada-Erandel village near Badlapur, fell into the water and was swept away. He managed to hold on to a tree branch over three hours, shouting for help. fire department officers said. Man swept away A 24-year-old man was swept away in a swollen nullah in the Bhiwandi, civic officials said on Sunday. The incident took place near Kamathghar hen the victim, identified as Happy Kanozia, was returning from work on his motorcycle when he lost control over his bike.
|2017-07-15||Samruddhi Corridor: Three Thane farmers set to hand over land - The Indian Express|
Samruddhi Corridor: Three Thane farmers set to hand over land Mumbai | Published:July 15, 2017 7:47 am “Of the 38 villages in Thane district, we have declared land rates for seven and we have received 100 per cent consent in these villages. The three farmers will be handing over around five acres of land on Saturday,” said Revati Gaikar, the Thane Deputy Collector. The MSRDC will require 10,000 hectares of land to construct the 701-km super communication expressway between Nagpur and Mumbai.With the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) starting the land acquisition process for Maharashtra Samruddhi Corridor (MSC) in Nagpur from Thursday, farmers from Thane district will be next in line to hand over their land for the project. Three farmers from Shahapur taluka will hand over their land on Saturday. The beginning of the land acquisition process is being seen as a landmark step for the project that has faced stiff opposition from farmers in Thane and Nashik districts where they expressed unwillingness to give up land— much of which is irrigated — for the project. “We are hoping that more farmers will come forward to offer their land after the initial three. When they (the other farmers) see that the farmers (who hand over their land) are receiving cash immediately, they will get more confident about the project,” said Kiran Kurundkar, Joint Managing Director, MSRDC. The MSRDC is optimistic about receiving good response for the project from Thane district. “Of the 38 villages in Thane district, we have declared land rates for seven and we have received 100 per cent consent in these villages. The three farmers will be handing over around five acres of land on Saturday,” said Revati Gaikar, the Thane Deputy Collector. The MSRDC will require 10,000 hectares of land to construct the 701-km super communication expressway between Nagpur and Mumbai. It is expected that more than 20,000 farmers would be affected. “We are expecting to spend up to Rs 10,000 crore in land compensation for the project. Of this, we have already made financial closure for Rs 7,000 crore. We plan to complete the land acquisition process in the next two months,” said Kurundkar. Baban Harne, a farmer and an activist from Shahapur taluka, condemned the government’s move. “When ministers are going to go against the famers’ wishes and support the project, farmers will instantly feel the pressure to give up their land. Anyway, getting land from three farmers is no big achievement for them. We are not against development but it should not be at the cost of our irrigated land,” he said.
|2017-07-15||Byculla jail death: Six accused sent to Thane prison on judicial remand - The Indian Express|
Byculla jail death: Six accused sent to Thane prison on judicial remand All six accused were suspended by the prison authorities following the incident on June 23 and were subsequently arrested by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch. The Crime Branch is simultaneously probing into the rioting case lodged against all 291 inmates of the women’s prison, including undertrial Indrani Mukerjea. Mumbai | Updated: July 15, 2017 8:08 am THE SIX women jail staffers of Byculla jail accused of a murderous assault on convict Manjula Shetye on June 23 were on Friday remanded in judicial custody and will be lodged in Thane jail. The investigation team of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch submitted before a magistrate’s court that as the probe was ongoing, the accused should be lodged in either Thane or Kalyan women’s prison. The incident of assault was followed by a riot by the women inmates of Byculla prison agitating against the jail staff and poor conditions inside the prison. The crime branch is currently recording the statements of the inmates who are witnesses in the case. Public prosecutor Rajendra Suryavanshi submitted before the court that the decision on which prison the accused would be sent to lay with jail authorities. The court directed the prosecution to file an application if it had specific grounds to not send the accused to Byculla prison. The defence lawyer engaged by the accused women expressed apprehension regarding safety in Byculla prison. “It poses a threat to the lives of the accused,” said advocate Pankaj Bafna, who is representing the accused. After an application was filed by the investigating team, additional chief metropolitan magistrate Raghavendra Aradhye directed the six accused to be sent to Thane prison. Advocate Nitin Satpute, representing the complainant in the case — Byculla prison inmate Mariam Shaikh — submitted that the jail authorities should ensure that no preferential treatment is extended to the six accused and that they be kept under CCTV surveillance. Jailor Manisha Pokharkar and guards Bindu Naikode, Waseema Shaikh, Sheetal Shegaokar, Surekha Gudve and Aarti Shingane were produced in the metropolitan magistrate’ s court at the end of their 14-day police custody. All six accused were suspended by the prison authorities following the incident on June 23 and were subsequently arrested by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch. The Crime Branch is simultaneously probing into the rioting case lodged against all 291 inmates of the women’s prison, including undertrial Indrani Mukerjea. While the six jail staff members have been booked for the murder of Shetye, an FIR has been registered against the 291 inmates on charges of riots and criminal conspiracy.
|2017-07-15||Thane: Four builders acquitted of culpable homicide - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Four builders acquitted of culpable homicide Jul 15, 2017 08:47 am Thane: Four developers were freed on Friday by the Thane civil court. They were arrested after a building in Mumbra collapsed, causing four deaths. The case was in court for the last six months. They were released on Friday. A building in Bano compound of Mumbra had collapsed in September 2013. Four people had died in the mishap. The four developers of this building were arrested after the mishap. They were charged under MRTP Act and IPC 304. They were in jail since their arrest. Bano Sheikh, Shakeel Sheikh, Mubin Sheikh and Akheel Sheikh are the four developers who were arrested. “The building was built by some other developer and these four developers just did some minor works,” said Baba Sheikh, the lawyer of the accused.
|2017-07-15||In Depth | Chip scam dries up: Thane Crime Branch busts a nationwide racket - Daily News & Analysis|
In Depth | Chip scam dries up: Thane Crime Branch busts a nationwide racket In February this year, when 35-year-old Ami Sheth raised concerns, on Facebook Live, over short delivery of petrol at a fuel station at Charkop, little did she or anyone know that rigging of fuel could be a multi-crore scam with links across several states. On February 28, Sheth went live on Facebook alleging that despite asking for a full tank, her vehicle's fuel indicator did not show as full. In May, a Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh (UP) police busted a racket wherein petrol dispensing units were found to be tampered with, resulting in lower delivery of fuel to customers. Their probe revealed that the engineer of the said fraud was based in Mumbai's neighbouring city, Thane. The Thane police then followed up the leads provided by their UP counterparts and unearthed a racket that now runs into several crores. The probe revealed that the scam was in operation for the past 10 years, but neither the customers, nor the government agencies ever got a whiff of it. So far, the Thane Crime Branch has raided 96 petrol pumps in Maharashtra, of which 56 were found rigged with software programmes, and 156 dispensing units were sealed. The police have seized 195 pulsar cards, 22 sensor cards, 71 control cards, and 61 keypads from petrol pumps in Maharashtra. In the past two months, Thane police have arrested 23 persons of which eight are owners and managers of different petrol pumps, 12 are technicians of fuel dispensing unit manufacturing companies and three are software engineers involved in tampering dispensing units.Engineers of the racket According to the police, the alleged mastermind of the scam — Vivek Shetye, 47 — was arrested in May this year, from Dombivli by Thane Crime Branch, and handed over to the UP Special Task Force (STF) for his alleged involvement in the petrol pump scam busted in UP. Shetye, who holds a Masters degree in Science (Electronics) allegedly provided software-enabled micro chips, which controlled the supply of fuel in the dispensing units through remote controls, in UP and other states. The Thane police later took Shetye's custody from the UP police for further interrogations. "A common man would never be able to gauge that he has been duped by those involved in this racket, who are basically technicians and engineers. For a common man, or oil companies it is next to impossible to ascertain if a unit has been rigged," said a Thane crime branch officer. On July 12, the Thane Crime Branch arrested Prakash Nulkar, 49, from Hubli, Karnataka. Nulkar is one of the accused, who imported original chips, to rig fuel dispensing units, from China and then sent tampered chips to China, South Africa, and Abu Dhabi. The police are now investigating if the racket was operative in other countries as well.
|2017-07-14||Accused in Thane petrol racket was held for pilfering fuel in 2014 - The Hindu|
Accused in Thane petrol racket was held for pilfering fuel in 2014 MUMBAI, JULY 14, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: JULY 14, 2017 04:06 IST Police say accused used chips to make vending machines dispense less fuel The Thane Police Crime Branch, investigating the alleged state-wide petrol pilferage racket busted last month, said on Thursday that one of the accused arrested in the case was held for a similar offence in Hyderabad three years ago. The Thane Crime Branch has so far arrested 23 accused, including managers and owners of petrol pumps, technicians who helped tamper with fuel dispensing machines. A total of 93 petrol pumps in various parts of the State were tampered with to dispense less fuel than what was displayed on the vending machines. Officials said they identified the accused with a past record as Shibu Thomas. A Thane Police Crime Branch officer said, “Thomas supplied gadgets that changed the readings on fuel dispensers and helped pilfer petrol. Investigations have revealed that he was arrested in 2014 for supplying similar gadgets to petrol pumps in Hyderabad. After obtaining bail in the same year, he failed to get a job due to his antecedents and ultimately came into contact with Prakash Nulkar. “Thomas joined forces with Nulkar, who obtained the gadgets from China and passed them on to Thomas to be installed in fuel dispensing machines.” The Thane police are currently obtaining details about Thomas’s criminal record from the Hyderabad police. Inquiries have placed Nulkar, a native of Hubli who lives in Lower Parel, at the centre of the racket. Nulkar worked for a private firm that supplies fuel dispensing machines for 13 years. In his capacity as a technician he was sent to petrol pumps all over Maharashtra and he built a network among petrol pump owners and other technicians. The officer said, “Nulkar seems to have suggested to owners and managers that they could make a better profit if they pilfered petrol. He got in touch with technicians who installed gadgets in the fuel dispensers on the pretext of carrying out routine maintenance work. He involved himself in the racket after he quit his job.” During interrogation, Nulkar claimed that he was suffering from liver cirrhosis and his son was also bedridden with several health complications. He said he turned to crime to raise money for medical treatment. Shibu Thomas was held in Hyderabad in 2014 for supplying gadgets to tamper with fuel vending machines Thane Crime Branch Officer
|2017-07-14||Heavy rains lash Matheran, Bhira, Thane, Honavar, Mangalore, Kannur, Karipur - Skymet Weather|
Heavy Rains Lash Matheran, Bhira, Thane, Honavar, Mangalore, Kannur, Karipur 14 July 2017 03:14 PM The Southwest Monsoon had been kind enough to the residents of the West Coast during the month of July. The first few days of July were also great for the region. Rains were of higher intensity over the Konkan and Goa region as well as Coastal Karnataka initially. However, good showers even made frequent appearances over the Kerala coast.However, the past few days had seen rainfall in reduced intensity over the entire West Coast. This was attributed to the weakening of the off-shore trough along the West Coast. While some rains did occur over the region, they were way less than what was witnessed a few days ago.However, the past few days had seen rainfall in reduced intensity over the entire West Coast. This was attributed to the weakening of the off-shore trough along the West Coast. While some rains did occur over the region, they were way less than what was witnessed a few days ago.Now, rainfall activity has once again picked up pace over the entire West Coast and moderate to heavy rains have been recorded over many parts of the West Coast. In fact, isolated very heavy rains have also been witnessed over the region.In fact, in a span of 24 hours from 8:30 am on Thursday, Matheran recorded a whopping 199 mm of rain followed by Bhira where 178 mm of rainfall was witnessed. Other areas to have received good rains include Thane 63 mm, Karwar 87.4 mm, Kannur 69 mm, Karipur 71 mm, Vengurla 60 mm, Honavar 58 mm, Kozhikode 39 mm, Mangalore 51 mm, Harnai 52 mm and Alibag 36 mm. As per weathermen at Skymet, the off-shore trough along the West Coast which has once again become active will give more rains over these areas. All the three regions of Kerala, Coastal Karnataka and Konkan and Goa will witness moderate to heavy showers. The possibility of a few very heavy spells cannot be ruled out.
|2017-07-14||Rainy days are back in city, heavy showers anticipated till Tuesday - Times of India|
Rainy days are back in city, heavy showers anticipated till Tuesday Jul 15, 2017, 04:34 AM IST Thane: Rains in the last two days have brought the much needed respite from the humid climate, going by the IMD predictions; these regions are expected to receive heavy rains and strong winds for the next five days, which is till Tuesday. Till Wednesday July had received only 47mm of rainfall, however, Thane district recorded a total rainfall of 247mm on Friday itself, causing a string of tree falls and water logging situations. The The India Meteorological Department (IMD), on Friday, sent out a bulletin to the disaster management cells across central Maharashtra and the Konkan belt, advising them to stay alert as pockets including Thane, Palghar, Raighad, Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Sindudurgh, Dhule, Nandurbar, Nasik, Jalgaon, Kolhapur are expected to witness heavy rainfall right up till Tuesday. "The low atmospheric pressure over south Madhya Pradesh has intensified and created an offshore trough across the coastal region from Gujarat, through the Konkan belt, right up to Goa. This is a semi prominent feature of the monsoon and had weakened over the past week, which resulted in lesser rainfall then. Now that this trough has intensified, these regions are bound to see some heavy rainfall and strong winds," said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather.com. The IMD has also sent out a special warning to the fishing community in these regions, urging them to stay away from the rough waters as the seas will witness gusts and squalls running up to 60kmph as well as rough south westerly winds and the resulting high waves.While these weathermen urge denizens to stay alert, especially during high hides, environmentalists and adventure enthusiasts here are already awaiting these delayed heavy showers. Scanty rainfall have also disappointed the trekkers and adventure sports enthusiasts in the city as this is the month when all the adventure sport activities take place. "Usually, July is the best time to take up activities like trekking and river rafting, but this time there were hardly any rains this month. The skies were sunny most of last week. The past two days have been a little better and cooler, but we are waiting for the heavy showers so we can experience monsoon adventure sports at its best," said Abhay Kunj (29), a Vasant Vihar resident. "July is the month when the city usually gets flooded, however, this year it has hardly rained. It's been raining for the last two days, but this should continue, else we will once again face water cuts in summers," said Meeta Tripathi from Panchpakhadi.
|2017-07-14||Pregnant cow rescued from 4-feet deep nullah - Times of India|
Pregnant cow rescued from 4-feet deep nullah Jul 15, 2017, 04:38 AM IST Thane: A pregnant cow was resuced and released after it fell into a four-feet deep open nullah along the Ghodbunder Road on Friday. Animal activists in the lake city, however, are upset that the cow was not taken to any vet or animal hospital for treatment.The unescorted cow, which had slipped into an open nullah opposite the Anand Nagar bus stop, was rescued by officials of the regional disaster management cell (RDMC) and fire brigade during a 20-minute-operation on Friday evening. While activists lauded the efforts by the authorities to rescue the trapped bovine, they are upset that the officials had not handed the injured cow to a veterinarian or an animal hospital to treat possible wounds. "While officials saw no external injuries, the cow could have faced internal injuries during the fall. The fact that she was pregnant was all the more reason for the officials to admit her to the nearest animal hospital or at least hand her over to a vet. Now that the animal is left on her own, there is no way of knowing whether she is alright," said an animal activist. Santosh Kadam from the RDMC said, "The area was slippery and the cow walked right into the open drain. Luckily the nullah was not a deep one and only the legs of the cow were submerged in the filthy water. We had taken an emergency tender and a rescue vehicle and managed to pull out the cow by tying wire ropes around her body, legs and head and lifting her out. The cow looked pregnant and as it didn't have any injuries, we let it go," he said.
|2017-07-13||Soon, saline lake to supply drinking water in Thane | mumbai news ... - Hindustan Times|
Soon, saline lake to supply drinking water in Thane Mumbai city news: Thane Municipal Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding with a private firm to set up the desalination plant, work on which will begin after monsoon and be complete d in the next two years. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 14, 2017 12:25 IST Thane might soon get an additional source to supply water. Thane Municipal Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding with a private firm to set up the desalination plant, work on which will begin after monsoon and be complete d in the next two years. Other than this, the corporation has also signed an MoU with solar power private limited to install solar panels of 10 megawatt on various civic buildings. To ease the water woes of the city, the corporation proposed in June, 2016 that it will desalinate the creek water and use it for drinking purpose. The projects will be set up on a public private participation basis where the corporation will not have to shell out money. The city has a vast coastline, the creek water is unexplored. This kind of desalination happens in countries like Japan, Australia, China, North Africa and European countries. In India the plants are set up in Gujarat and Chennai. The corporation plans to use the same technology in Thane. Sandeep Malvi, public relation officer of TMC, said, “The treatment plan will treat 20 mld of creek water every day. Thane Municipal Corporation will be the first in the state to implement this. We have signed the MoU with Fontus Desalia Water Pvt Ltd. Work will begin after monsoon and the project will be completed in the next two years.” Thane creek is unpolluted in several spots where such a plant can be set up. The Kasheli creek was one such site under consideration. Apart from desalination, the corporation has also signed MoU for a solar energy project. Malvi said, “We will be installing solar panels on civic buildings generating 10 megawatt power on PPP basis. We have shortlisted 21 places, where the panels will be fitted. Apart from this, solar panels will also be fitted on 56 TMC schools, from which 153 megawatt solar energy will be generated. The present power requirement for TMC is 55 megawatt, the remaining power generated can be added to the power grid and supplied to residents. An MoU with Solar Power Pvt. Ltd. Was signed on Thursday.” The need for the desalination plant The city receives 480 mld of water from four sources. However, this summer due to last year’s scanty rainfall, the water available was merely 314 mld, imposing a water cut of over 40% in the city. The corporation tried many ways of conserving water including rain water harvesting and water recycling, however, the issue was not resolved. The residents had to face a shutdown of 48 to 60 hours. The desalination process will make an additional source of water available for usage. How it works The plant will be based on ‘reverse osmosis’ technology, commonly referred to as RO, which is a water purification process that uses a semipermeable membrane to remove ions, molecules, and larger particles from the water. The corporation will spend Rs15 lakh to hire consultants for the project. TMC will also provide the land and bear the power cost of the project, the remaining expenses will be incurred by the agency allotted the work. The company will be responsible to ensure that the potable water fulfils all the required water quality criteria. This water will be connected to the distribution system of the corporation. The company can sell the water to the corporation at the rates finalised by the corporation, the company can also sell few bottled water to remove the maintenance expense of the plant.
|2017-07-13||Thane Municipal Corporation ties up with NGOs to set up 5 ... - Hindustan Times|
Thane Municipal Corporation ties up with NGOs to set up 5 secondary schools Mumbai city news: Recently, the BMC decided to privatise 35 vernacular medium schools and change them into English medium schools to improve the quality of education. While the BMC plans not to charge the students, the Thane civic body will ask for 50% of the fees. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 14, 2017 00:16 IST After the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the Thane Municipal Corporation is also planning to set up five secondary schools through NGOs or private institutions. But unlike BMC, the corporation claimed that the schools will have vernacular medium and not English medium. The civic body that had received flak for charging fees, for its English medium school, has again planned to charge 50% of the fees from students who will see admission in these five secondary schools. Recently, the BMC decided to privatise 35 vernacular medium schools and change them into English medium schools to improve the quality of education. While the BMC plans not to charge the students, the Thane civic body will ask for 50% of the fees. “Unlike the BMC, we are insisting that the NGOs or the private institutes who adopt these schools should let them have vernacular medium and not English medium. Only one of the five schools will be changed to English medium. There is a need of secondary schools in areas like Diva, Kausa, Kalwa and Kisannagar. The new secondary schools operated by private agencies will be set up at Kausa, Diva, Kalwa, Naupada and Kisannagar,” said Manish Joshi, education officer, TMC. The private agency will be responsible for maintenance, infrastructure and staff salaries of the school. The corporation will do an yearly audit to keep a check on the agency. The secondary school in Diva and Naupada will be in Marathi, the one at Kausa will be in Urdu, while the school at Kalwa will be both Marathi and Urdu medium. The school at Kisannagar will be English medium. The education committee of TMC recently received flak for collecting fees from students of English medium schools even though they are entitled to free education under the RTI Act. The civic body claims that providing primary education is its compulsory obligation but secondary education is a discretionary function. Joshi added, “We do have around 16 secondary schools but we do not get teachers for them and the schools lack infrastructure facilities. Providing secondary education is a discretionary function of the civic body for which we do not get help from the government. There are many students who pass class 8 and have to go to private schools for secondary education. So we have decided to set up more of civic secondary schools. The private operators will provide good infrastructure and staff for students. They will also have to pay just half the fee they had to pay in private schools.” He added that this will also decrease the number of school dropouts making it a win-win situation for the TMC and the students. ----------Box--------- No. of TMC school buildings: 80 Pre-primary schools: 60 TMC primary schools: 127 Secondary schools: 16 Total no. of students: 36,000 No. of students in secondary schools: 3,500
|2017-07-13||Accused in Thane petrol racket was held for pilfering fuel in 2014 ... - The Hindu|
Accused in Thane petrol racket was held for pilfering fuel in 2014 MUMBAI, JULY 14, 2017 00:43 IST UPDATED: JULY 14, 2017 00:43 IST Police say accused used chips to make vending machines dispense less fuel The Thane Police Crime Branch, investigating the alleged state-wide petrol pilferage racket busted last month, said on Thursday that one of the accused arrested in the case was held for a similar offence in Hyderabad three years ago. The Thane Crime Branch has so far arrested 23 accused, including managers and owners of petrol pumps, technicians who helped tamper with fuel dispensing machines. A total of 93 petrol pumps in various parts of the State were tampered with to dispense less fuel than what was displayed on the vending machines. Officials said they identified the accused with a past record as Shibu Thomas. A Thane Police Crime Branch officer said, “Thomas supplied gadgets that changed the readings on fuel dispensers and helped pilfer petrol. Investigations have revealed that he was arrested in 2014 for supplying similar gadgets to petrol pumps in Hyderabad. After obtaining bail in the same year, he failed to get a job due to his antecedents and ultimately came into contact with Prakash Nulkar. “Thomas joined forces with Nulkar, who obtained the gadgets from China and passed them on to Thomas to be installed in fuel dispensing machines.” The Thane police are currently obtaining details about Thomas’s criminal record from the Hyderabad police. Inquiries have placed Nulkar, a native of Hubli who lives in Lower Parel, at the centre of the racket. Nulkar worked for a private firm that supplies fuel dispensing machines for 13 years. In his capacity as a technician he was sent to petrol pumps all over Maharashtra and he built a network among petrol pump owners and other technicians. The officer said, “Nulkar seems to have suggested to owners and managers that they could make a better profit if they pilfered petrol. He got in touch with technicians who installed gadgets in the fuel dispensers on the pretext of carrying out routine maintenance work. He involved himself in the racket after he quit his job.” During interrogation, Nulkar claimed that he was suffering from liver cirrhosis and his son was also bedridden with several health complications. He said he turned to crime to raise money for medical treatment.
|2017-07-13||1 killed, 1 hurt in separate bus accidents | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
1 killed, 1 hurt in separate bus accidents Jul 13, 2017, 10:19 PM IST Thane: A man riding a two-wheeler was killed after being hit by a speeding bus whereas a pedestrian escaped with grievous injuries in two separate incidents. In the first accident, one Sushant Dudhvadkar, who was heading to Thane railway station from Kalwa was hit by a Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) bus on Wednesday morning.Police said, "Dudhvadkar, was working with a shipping company based at CST and was on his motorcycle when the NMMT bus rammed into him from behind. He lost control of his bike and slipped and suffered grievous injuries. Passer-bys immediately rushed him to the Kalwa hospital, but the doctors pronounced him dead before admission." The NMMT driver, Vinayak Balkrishna, has been booked by the police for rash driving and causing death by negligence. In the second case, a 45-year-old Rajendra Soni, a resident of Manorama Nagar was hit by a Vasai-Virar civic transport bus while he was crossing the road below the Manpada flyover on Tuesday morning. "Soni suffered serious injuries on his head and face. He was rushed to the nearby hospital. The driver and bus conductor fled the spot,'' said an officer from Kapurbawadi police station.
|2017-07-13||Petrol pump scam: Kingpin's Gujarat clients under lens - Times of India|
Petrol pump scam: Kingpin’s Gujarat clients under lens Jul 14, 2017, 05:16 AM IST Thane: Police commissioner Param Bir Singh's crack-down on the fuel scammers is set to trigger action against the cheating petrol pumps in neighbouring Gujarat who are said to have purchased the equipment to manipulate the readings of fuel dispensing machines from the arrested mastermind Prakash Nulkar. "Nulkar, who was picked up from Hubli early this week, has allegedly confessed to the crime and revealed names and identities of his clients in Gujarat as well as Uttar Pradesh."He has shared the information about his clients and soon, they too would be exposed. In fact, a high-ranking official from the Gujarat police called on the top police administration on Friday to secure the names of the fuel stations who have got the chips," a senior police official told TOI. "Upon getting the information about Nulkar's arrest, the Gujarat police officials visited us to understand the technology involved in the operation and how one could identify the fraud. They will be soon checking all the fuel stations there based on the information provided by Nulkar," said a senior officer from Thane crime branch. Nulkar has allegedly informed the police that he used to get chips and other raw materials for tampering from China and sell them to Japan, Mauritius and South Africa. The Thane crime branch had started the raid on June 16 after they got a tip that many petrol pumps in the Thane district have done tampering of electronic equipments in dispensing units of fuel stations.
|2017-07-12||Mumbai-Nagpur highway: Probe land grab in Thane, says activist - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai-Nagpur highway: Probe land grab in Thane, says activist Mumbai city news: An activist with farmers’ group Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti has taken matters into his own hands, and has moved the revenue department seeking answers. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 18, 2017 12:29 IST With chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ promised probe into claims that government officials illegally purchased land along the Mumbai-Nagpur expressway going nowhere, an activist with farmers’ group Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti has taken matters into his own hands. He has moved the revenue department seeking answers. A complaint filed by Thane-based activist Baban Harne with the principal secretary of revenue department, Manu Kumar Srivastav, last month points to certain individuals, including a relative of a senior bureaucrat in the chief minister’s office, purchasing large tracts of land with six others along the highway, in violation of the Maharashtra Agriculture Land Ceiling Act, 1961. According to this law, a farmer can hold 18 acres of irrigated land or 27 acres of land with assured irrigation for one crop or 54 acres of dry crop land. Additional land belonging to any person is to be taken back by the government. “Our preliminary calculations based on land records show this group of people, led by a senior official’s relative, own nearly 200 hectares or 480 acres of land in just Thane district. There needs to be an independent scrutiny into the lands owned by them, its classification, because this surplus land holding is illegal and at the cost of the government. There has been blatant disregard of laws and false affidavits to get these lands regularised and this has the blessings of seniors in the government,’’ said Harne. Harne said if the revenue department fails to do justice, they would move the high court in the matter.
|2017-07-12||Barbara Ann Kmiec Thane - The Navasota Examiner|
Thane Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 3:11 pm Barbara Ann Kmiec Thane, 75, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 28, 2017, surrounded by her loving family, at her home in Navasota. A gathering of family and friends took place Friday, June 30, 2017 at Christ Our Light Catholic Church, 9677 Highway 6. A vigil service and parish rosary, with Deacon Grant Holt as the presider, followed. A Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Christ Our Light Catholic Church, with the Rev. Elias Lopez as the celebrant. The rite of committal followed in Oakland Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Curtis Zwahr, James Lynn Kmiec, Jason Landry, Chase Jacob, Jason Abke and Rayburn Imhoff. Barbara was born on Tuesday, April 28, 1942, in Brenham, to Willie and Stella Jezierski Kmiec. She graduated from Brenham High School in 1960. Barbara married Walter Thane Jr. on Oct. 28, 1961, and they were happily married for 56 years. Barbara was an active member of Christi Our Light Catholic Church where she taught religious education for many years and served for many years on the Altar Society. Her love for children was evident in all she did. Barbara enjoyed traveling with Walter in their RV with friends and spending time spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Willie and Stella Kmiec; father and mother-in-law Walter and Lena Thane; brother, Michael Kmiec; brother-in-law Mark Jacob; and sister-in-law Sandy Kmiec. Barbara is survived by her husband, Walter H. Thane Jr. of Navasota; her children Susan Pilger and husband Adren of Carmine and Robert Thane and wife Shelly, all of Navasota; grandchildren Brandi Tejeda and husband Juan, Kristi Reyes and husband Phillip, Valerie Stein and husband Andy, Allen Thane and wife Amy, Daniel Pilger and Victoria Heller and husband Heston; and great-grandchildren Briana, Avah, Samuel, Laura, Hailey, Alaynee, Rylan, Jaycie, Jack, and Reid; her siblings Louise Kessel and husband Fred, Richard Kmiec, Esther Landry and husband Calvin all of Brenham, and Debbie Jacob of Carmine and brother-in-law, Bill Thane and wife Vernell of Brenham. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Barbara’s memory to Hospice Brazos Valley-Brenham, 302 E. Blue Bell Rd., Brenham, TX 77833, or Christ Our Light Catholic Church, (mailing address) 510 Manley St., Navasota, TX 77868.
|2017-07-12||Thane police busts petrol pump racket - Deccan Herald|
Thane police bust petrol pump racket assisted by hi-technology Mumbai, Jul 13 2017, 2:19 IST In a major crackdown lasting for over a month, the Thane Police busted an inter-state racket with the arrest of 23 people who were involved in changing electronic chips inside petrol and diesel pumps to dispense less oil than that shown on digital meters. One of the key accused, Prashant Nulkar, the mastermind of the racket, was arrested from Hubballi in Karnataka and brought to Thane. The scam also has international ramifications as such integrated circuits (IC) had also made way to countries abroad. The loss that the consumers would have suffered collectively would run into several crores as the scam has been running since some time. According to investigations carried out so far, the racket involved replacing the oil marketing company’s Integrated Circuit (IC) with an unauthorized IC made by the accused and implanting them in the dispenser unit of the petrol pumps. “It was a big racket with which they could dispense less petrol or diesel whereas the reading remains the same as asked for by the customer,” Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh told reporters on Wednesday at a news conference. The suspects have procured such ICs from China and after re-programming them, sold them to petrol pumps in Maharashtra and other states in India, besides petrol outlets in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, China, among other countries. Investigations also showed that at least four to 30%less petrol/diesel per litre was actually dispensed without altering the metre reading. The Thane Police and Crime Branch-CID started the probe after a tip-off from the Uttar Pradesh police who had arrested one of the kingpins of the racket in May, Vivek Harishchandra Shetye, a resident of Dombivli.
|2017-07-12||District sanctions Rs 1cr to beautify Ghodbunder fort - Times of India|
District sanctions Rs 1cr to beautify Ghodbunder fort Jul 13, 2017, 02:29 AM IST Thane: The revival of the dilapidated Ghodbunder Fort, which dates back to the 15th century, is now one step closer to reality as the Thane district administration has sanctioned the first instalment of Rs 1 crore for its restoration and beautification. Over the past few years, the fort, which is one of the few historic and heritage structures in the district, had been left ignored and was in ruins. While the greenery around it has been replaced by plastic and other waste, the open spaces have been occupied by hutments. In an attempt to revive the historic memories attached to the fort and transform it into a tourist spot, a team of historians in the city and Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik, who sought permission for the restoration of the fort from the Archaeological Survey of India four years ago, pleaded with the government to sanction the required funds for the same. "There are many heritage sites in Thane, which reflect the various eras the district has seen right from the Portuguese rule, through the Maratha rule, followed by the British right up to the present. We have been trying to safeguard these relics for years so that we can share our historic past with the next generation. In addition to restoring the fort, we are also planning to set up a museum (Shivshrushti) in the open space near it to educate tourists of its history," said MLA Sarnaik. While the Archaeological Survey of India sent in their approval for the restoration work of the fort a few years ago, the land where the fort lies was handed over to the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation Ltd from the revenue department earlier this year.Thane collector Mahendra Kalyankar sanctioned the fund of Rs 1 crore for the project earlier this week. The entire project is estimated to cost a total of Rs 1.80 crore. The process of inviting tenders is yet to start. "The restoration of the fort will be done according to the guidelines of the Archaeological Survey of India that have been kept in place to maintain the historical essence of the structure. While the collector has sanctioned the first instalment for theproject, the remaining will be given by the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation, under whose jurisdiction the fort area falls," said an official from the district administration. He added that the remaining funds for the setting up of the museum and other tourism infrastructure will be given by the collector at a later date and the tenders for the beautification project will be invited soon. "We have been requesting for the beautification and restoration project for years and are glad that it is finally materialising. The Ghodbunder Fort site will soon be a must visit monument and a popular tourist attraction," said Sarnaik. The restoration of the fort will be done according to the guidelines of the Archaeological Survey of India that have been kept in place to maintain the historical essence of the structure. While the collector has sanctioned the first instalment for theproject, the remaining will be given by the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation, under whose jurisdiction the fort area falls. the remaining funds for the setting up of the museum and other tourism infrastructure will be given by the collector at a later date and the tenders for the project will be invited soon.
|2017-07-12||Rescued jackal may have viral, incurable canine distemper illness - Times of India|
Rescued jackal may have viral, incurable canine distemper illness Jul 13, 2017, 02:30 AM IST Thane: A female jackal rescued from Kasarwadavli village on Sunday and treated at Thane SPCA was shifted to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) on Tuesday night. The young canine that was chased by a pack of dogs was brought to the SPCA for bite injuries, but on closer examination, was found weak, down with fever and covered with ticks. Pawan Sharma, a wildlife warden associated with the Thane forest department, said, "By the time the SPCA ambulance reached Kasarvadavli village, locals had managed to drive the dogs away and restrict the jackal to an isolated place. The volunteers immediately took the severely injured animal to its veterinary hospital where it received basic medication after which it was taken to a Mumbai-based vet for further treatment." Dr Deepa Katyal, the Mumbai-based vet, said that the canine was almost dead when she was brought to her on Tuesday morning. "She was dehydrated and weak, her blood pressure was low, fever was high and she was barely moving. Using a catheter, I gave her a bottle of warm saline and some multi-vitamins which stabilized her to an extent. I also gave her some tick medications as her ears and skin were covered with ticks. As there was significant discharge from her nose and eyes, I informed the volunteers that she could either be suffering from one of the varieties of tick fever or even canine distemper," said Dr Katyal. Veterinarians claimed that she is most likely suffering from viral, contagious and incurable canine distemper.
|2017-07-12||Thane police bust petrol pump racket assisted by hi-technology - Deccan Herald|
Thane police bust petrol pump racket assisted by hi-technology Mrutyunjay Bose, DH News Service, Mumbai, Jul 13 2017, 2:19 IST In a major crackdown lasting for over a month, the Thane Police busted an inter-state racket with the arrest of 23 people who were involved in changing electronic chips inside petrol and diesel pumps to dispense less oil than that shown on digital meters. One of the key accused, Prashant Nulkar, the mastermind of the racket, was arrested from Hubballi in Karnataka and brought to Thane. The scam also has international ramifications as such integrated circuits (IC) had also made way to countries abroad. The loss that the consumers would have suffered collectively would run into several crores as the scam has been running since some time. According to investigations carried out so far, the racket involved replacing the oil marketing company’s Integrated Circuit (IC) with an unauthorized IC made by the accused and implanting them in the dispenser unit of the petrol pumps. “It was a big racket with which they could dispense less petrol or diesel whereas the reading remains the same as asked for by the customer,” Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh told reporters on Wednesday at a news conference. The suspects have procured such ICs from China and after re-programming them, sold them to petrol pumps in Maharashtra and other states in India, besides petrol outlets in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, China, among other countries. Investigations also showed that at least four to 30%less petrol/diesel per litre was actually dispensed without altering the metre reading. The Thane Police and Crime Branch-CID started the probe after a tip-off from the Uttar Pradesh police who had arrested one of the kingpins of the racket in May, Vivek Harishchandra Shetye, a resident of Dombivli.
|2017-07-11||Thane's restaurant owners elated as SC denotifies roads as highways - Times of India|
Thane’s restaurant owners elated as SC denotifies roads as highways Updated: Jul 12, 2017, 12.49 AM IST Thane: After the Supreme Court (SC) ruled that the roads in the city can be denotified as national highways, proprietors and staff of restaurants and bars along the highway were in a celebratory mood. The ban imposed on restaurants and wine shops within 500 meters of the national highway had majorly hit all eateries and liquor dens along the Ghodbunder Road as well as most of the hotels in Thane. With most hotel revenue heavily dependent on alcohol sales, the SC ban had hit business and a few of them were forced to downsize."The hotel industry is lobour intensive and sales determine the staffing pattern. With 80 per cent of the business depending on patrons asking for liquor, any order to stop serving liquor is bound to make a negative impact on not just revenue collection but also employment. It was not feasible to have the same number of employees for 20 per cent business," said Brijesh Sharma, owner of Shelter restaurant on Ghodbunder Road. The ban had also affected liquor distributors whose business went down completely as no dining places were taking alcohol stock from them. "Almost 40 per cent of our business went down due to the SC ban. Of the 250-odd restaurants and bars which had permits to sell liquor, more than 100 were hit. Also, the business impacted more in Thane as compared to Mumbai as this city has more such food-cum-liquor joints along the highways," said a liquor distributor. Residents said that they are relieved that they will no more have to go to pubs outside Thane. "There were so many options that one could choose from if they wished to have liquor along with friends in a good ambience. But after the ban one had to go to neighbouring cities like Mulund, Ghatkopar or to the suburbs. This had even come as a big hole in the pocket as one had to put in cash to travel back home in fleet cabs," said Valerian Andrews, resident of Ghodbunder Road.
|2017-07-11||Thane police get the mastermind of petrol pump scam in Hubli - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE POLICE GET THE MASTERMIND OF PETROL PUMP SCAM IN HUBLI Updated: Jul 12, 2017, 04.42 AM IST Ex-employee of a company manufacturing dispensing units for petrol pumps, who sold chips that altered the amount of fuel dispensed, arrested from Hubli. The Thane police on Tuesday arrested the mastermind of a nation-wide petrol pump scam in which fuel dispensing units were fitted with chips that made them dispense less than what the customer paid for without altering the meter reading. Prashant Nulkar, 56, a former employee of a company manufacturing fuel dispensing units, was arrested from Hubli in Karnataka and is likely to be brought to Mumbai on Wednesday. While 98 petrol pumps were sealed in Thane alone in the past month-and-a-half in connection with the racket, the police believe Nulkar and his associate Vivek Shetye, 47, a resident of Dombivali, who was picked up from Uttar Pradesh in May, supplied these chips to petrol pumps across the country. Once the remote controlled chips were installed in a dispensing unit, it typically would release 20 ml less for every litre of petrol and diesel a customer paid for. Since the reading on the display metre remained unaltered, a customer had no way of telling he was cheated. Over the course of a day, this led to skimming of hundreds of litres of fuel every day. Nulkar has told the police that he was employed as an engineer with Midco, a Kalina-based company manufacturing fuel dispensing systems and other ancillary service station equipment, till a little over a year ago. He used the experience with the company to come up with the cheat chip and joined hands with Shetye, a software engineer, to sell it to petrol pumps. The police officer, who has been a part of the investigations in the scandal right from the beginning, said multiple teams were tracking Nulkar for close to a month. The officer said that preliminary investigations have revealed that Nulkar sourced the chips from China and they were engraved with a special software in India. “The accused is considered to be the mastermind of the entire racket. He was aware of the technical aspects of petrol pump machines and was responsible for acquiring the chips. This is a big catch and we are now interrogating him for more leads,” said DCP, crime, Abhishek Trimukhe. Apart from Nulkar and Shetye, the Thane police have already arrested six fitters, whose job was to tamper with the fuel dispensing units once a petrol pump owner agreed to buy the chips. The Thane police have worked closely with a Special Task Force of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) police to expose this racket. The first raid by the Thane police on a small workshop in Dombivali in May was carried out following a tipoff from their UP counterparts. This workshop was run by Shetye and chips programmed here had been sold to some petrol pumps in UP. However, when the Thane police dug deeper they realised that Nulkar and Shetye had sold the chips to petrol pumps in Maharashtra too.
|2017-07-11||'Elderly have decades of professional experience to guide the youth' - Times of India|
‘Elderly have decades of professional experience to guide the youth’ Updated: Jul 12, 2017, 00:55 IST Thane: Increased life expectancy and the growing population of elderly citizens with near-zero access to support or welfare programmes from the government and a certain neglect by the society at large, appeared to be the biggest concerns for the community and authorities on the occasion of the World Population Day on Tuesday. A demography study by the UN department of economic and social affairs in 2015 has revealed that the population of senior citizens in India, which was 8.9 per cent of the world elderly population, is estimated to increase to 12.5 per cent by 2030 and rise to 19.4 per cent by 2050. Keeping this in mind, researchers working in the field of elderly care believe that the government needs to give a thought to the requirements of this fast growing ageing community and initiate measures to integrate them with the present. Nasreen Rustomfram, chairperson at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), said, "Firstly, we need to clear the mind-set that the aged are all sick and ailing. They are as interactive members of the society as anyone of us and not at all a burden on the society. However, the pressures of urban life and inability of their close family to devote quality time has rendered them lonely. The need of the hour is to initiate welfare programmes and open activity centres which would ensure a healthy and active life for our elders whose population will soar in coming years."She said the elderly are being incorrectly perceived as passive beneficiaries when the fact is they have decades of experience in their professional domain and can guide the youth. We need to create platform for these senior citizens to share their knowledge, be it in schools and colleges or even companies and societies," she added. Sachin Salunkhe, the founder of the gender sensitive initiative, Kartavya ...Culture of Care, initiated in Thane along with the city police last year said, "Our campaign aims to sensitise the community about the challenges of the ageing seniors, to create an advocacy platform and to engage them in social activity. The elders should live a healthy and active life and with the same dignity and respect they have taught us." He added, "We will shortly launch a social mobilization movement where the youths will pledge to protect and care for the elderly community." We need to clear the mindset that the aged are sick and ailing. They are as interactive as anyone of us and not a burden on the society. The pressures of urban life and inability of their close family to devote time has rendered them lonely.
|2017-07-11||Youth befriends minor on social media as girl, held - Times of India|
Youth befriends minor on social media as girl, held Jul 12, 2017, 12.44 AM IST Thane: A 24-year-old youth was arrested on Monday charges of cyber bullying a minor girl by sending her obscene videos and trying to befriend her by opening a fake social media account claiming to be a girl. Police said Prashant Tak, a resident of Indira Nagar, Mulund, had created a fake account and identified himself as Khushi. "Sometime last week, the minor received a friend request from Tak who identified himself as a girl named Khushi. She accepted the request and soon the two started chatting and exchanged numbers. Tak forwarded some obscene videos as Khushi and claimed that his parents had seen their chats and were upset about it. He said a friend, Prashant Tak, would help them. When the minor met Tak she realised that she had been talking to him," said Shulbha Patil, senior inspector from Shree Nagar police station. Tak was infatuated with the minor and wanted to befriend her," added Patil.
|2017-07-11||First FYJC merit list: No major changes in cut off % from last yr - Times of India|
First FYJC merit list: No major changes in cut off % from last yr Jul 12, 2017, 12.36 AM IST Thane: After numerous technical glitches, the state board announced its first merit list for FYJC on Tuesday. Out of the 1.77 lakh plus students who appeared for the examination in the academic year 2016-17, as many as 32,503 secured a distinction in the Thane division while 49,379 got a first class.While the cut off percentage of Shubham Raje, M H College and IIT Pace (Thane) increased by around 0.8 percent to around 7 per cent, other junior colleges here showed no significant difference as compared to last year despite the rise in students' performance this year. The most significant increase in the cut off percentages was seen in colleges offering science degrees. Ekta Harshawardhan, principal of IIT Pace junior science college (Thane) said, "Though the cut off has risen, only 371 out of 720 seats were filled in the first list compared to last year's record of 600. This time, we even have one applicant who had secured 100 per cent in her class X examination. So we are happy with the quality of students that are applying and are hoping the seats will get filled up quickly in the next lists." It was observed that Thaneites preferred Mumbai colleges to city-based ones for commerce and arts stream. Those opting for science chose local colleges. The last day to claim admission based on the first merit list is July 13. The second list will be displayed on July 20.
|2017-07-11||Explain collection of Rs 13 lakh as fees, state tells TMC - Times of India|
Explain collection of Rs 13 lakh as fees, state tells TMC Updated: Jul 12, 2017, 12.46 AM IST THANE: The state government's urban development department, last week, issued a notice to the Thane civic body demanding explanation for allegedly collecting Rs 13.46 lakh as fees from its English medium students, a clear violation of the RTE act. The reported violation came to the government's attention after the Saaman Shikshan Mulbhut Adhikar Samiti sent them a detailed complaint after they were approached by a parent who was asked to pay an annual fee of Rs 1, 850 for his child's admission in civic school number 7 near Thane's Court Naka area.Ghanshyan Sonar, convener of the committee, said, "The parent, Shakeel Ahmed, approached us when he was charged Rs 1,850 for his son's admission in a TMC school. We knew that the TMC school asking for fees from the students was a clear violation of the RTE act 2009 and the schools are meant to provide free and compulsory education. I then immediately complained to the civic body." Sonar added that the committee was shocked to learn that the TMC had been collecting the fees from all the 728 students studying in their seven English medium schools. "This equals to Rs 13.46 lakh collected illegally this year. They must have charged the same in the previous years as well. We wrote two letters to the urban department on June 22 and 29 respectively and they responded by issuing a notice to the civic body on July 4," he added.In addition to the report on the reasons for this fee collection, the urban department has also instructed the civic body to take necessary action against those responsible for violation. A senior civic official from the civic education department, said, "In 2003, the then existing education board had taken a unilateral decision to start English medium schools because of the rising demand for them. The primary teachers were appointed by the state. When the board was abolished, we assumed its responsibilities and expenditure and charged the students a a meagre fee of Rs 125 per month. However, a couple of months ago we stopped collecting this fee too. We are not aware of the particular case where the student was charged for admission in a civic school last month. This is not a big issue and we will send the urban department its response soon."
|2017-07-11||Bizman hit with heavy object, robbed - Times of India|
Bizman hit with heavy object, robbed Updated: Jul 12, 2017, 12.42 AM IST Thane: A businessman was grievously hurt after an unidentified robber hit him with a heavy object on his head and fled away with cash and valuables worth Rs 53,000 which he was carrying at Shil Daighar on Sunday night. "The victim, Shahid Khan, was accompanied by his two brothers at his money transfer shop near Shil Daighar and had left in the afternoon. Khan was alone since then and had left from the store at around 11pm. He was heading home with a bag containing cash that the store had collected on Sunday. A man came towards him from behind and hit him with a hard object on the head. The victim then e fell on his face while the accused fled away with the cash," said an officer from the Shil Daighar police station. The police claimed suspect that the robbery may have been committed by someone who knew the family.
|2017-07-10||Thane: Shocked by mother's death, woman jumps off highrise - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE: SHOCKED BY MOTHER'S DEATH, WOMAN JUMPS OFF HIGHRISE Updated: Jul 10, 2017, 08.46 AM IST Hetal Parmar, 37, rushes to Thane from US, ends life moments after seeing her mother's body Unable to overcome the shock of los ing her mother, a 37-year-old woman jumped to her death from the 27th floor a building in Thane on Sunday. Hetal Parmar, who was in the US for more than two years, ended her life minutes after she saw her mother's body at her home.Quoting neighbours and a maternal uncle, sources from the Kapurbawdi police said Hetal's father died years ago and that she was very attached to her 78-year-old mother, who lived alone at Rustomjee Athena in Majiwada. Hetal and her husband Dhiraj currently reside in California. The police said Hetal's mother was ailing for the past many days and she passed away on Saturday. After she was informed about the death, Hetal took the first flight to Mumbai and landed around 5.30 am on Sunday. "Dhiraj had asked his parents to pick her up from the airport, but they got delayed by a few minutes. Hetal headed for Thane without waiting for them," said a source.Hetal, who appeared highly disturbed, reached her mother's apartment on the 27th floor and walked up to the body kept in the living room. "She didn't say a word nor cried. She walked towards the balcony and jumped off," said an officer from Kapurbawdi police station privy to the case. "A profusely bleeding Hetal was rushed to a local hospital, but was declared brought dead.We have contacted her in-laws and husband," said the officer, adding that the case is hazy at the moment. The police are waiting for Dhiraj, who is expected to reach Mumbai on Monday morning, to understand Hetal's frame of mind. Dhiraj, as an IT engineer in a private firm, was unavailable for a comment. It is believed that Hetal was the only child - more details about the family could not be accessed at the time of going to print. Husband to reach today "The mother and daughter would speak every day," said a police source and added, "We will also probe into her marital relations as she clearly was disturbed. That will happen once her husband joins the probe." Dhiraj to expected to reach Thane on Monday. Deputy Commissioner of Police Sunil Lokhande said, "We have registered an accidental death report and are investigating the matter. It seems probable that she took the extreme step because of her mother's demise. But we shall investigate all angles."
|2017-07-10||James bond casino royal music - Thane dunn moncton casino - Van Wert independent|
Man facing felony counts said competent to stand trial DAVE MOSIER/independent editor A Van Wert man facing several felony offenses was found competent to stand trial during a hearing held Wednesday in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court. Judge Martin D. Burchfield found Zachary Craig, 37, competent to stand trial following an evaluation by Court Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Toledo. Following the decision, Craig requested a new attorney be appointed in his case, and the judge granted the request. Craig is charged with two counts of felonious assault, both first-degree felonies; and two counts of failure to comply with the order of a police officer, each of which is a felony of the third degree. A pretrial conference will be scheduled following the appointment of a new defense attorney. Seven other people appeared in Common Pleas Court on Wednesday. Robert Seibert, 30, of Van Wert, was sentenced to five years of community control, which includes completion of the STOP program in Montgomery County, on a charge of domestic violence, a misdemeanor of the first degree, and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony offense. Seibert must also undergo substance abuse assessment and any treatment recommended, as well as a drug court assessment after he completes the STOP program.Three people entered plea changes during hearings held Wednesday in Common Pleas Court. Joshua Dorsten, 36, of Mendon, entered a plea of no contest to one count each of felonious assault, a felony of the second degree, and violation of a protection order, a first-degree misdemeanor. Judge Burchfield found him guilty of both charges. Two other charges, domestic violence and a second count of violating a protection order, both first-degree misdemeanors, were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea on the other two counts. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 11. Spencer Kouts, 25, of Celina, pleaded not guilty to a prosecutor’s bill of information charging him with falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor. The original charge of having a weapon under disability, a felony of the third degree, was dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea. Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, August 30. Jessica Garrett, 36, of Ohio City, changed her plea to guilty to one count each of complicity in illegal assembly of drugs, a felony of the second degree, and endangering children, a third-degree felony offense. Two addition counts of complicity in the manufacture of drugs, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, both first-degree felonies, were dismissed in exchange for her guilty plea on the other two charges. Judge Burchfield ordered a presentence investigation in the case and set sentencing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 13. Three other defendants signed waivers of their constitution right to a speedy trial on Wednesday. Ian Taylor, 23, of Van Wert, signed a time waiver in open court and requested more time to prepare his case, which was granted. A pretrial conference will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday, August 16. Ashley McKee, 33, of Van Wert, also signed a time waiver and requested more time to prepare her case. A pretrial conference will be scheduled in the case. Nathan Lavy, 21, of Convoy, also signed a time waiver in open court, and also asked for more time to prepare his case, which was granted. He will be appear for a pretrial conference at 8 a.m. August 16.
|2017-07-10||Short circuit hits power supply in 1K Waghbil flats | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Short circuit hits power supply in 1K Waghbil flats Jul 11, 2017, 01.12 AM IST Thane: Electricity supply to around 1,000 MSEDCL patrons from Thane's Waghbil area was curtailed for over 16 hours after a short circuit damaged the Ring Main Unit (RMU) of the substation in the wee hours of Monday. The incident was followed by a fault in two underground electric cables which delayed the supply.Sources in MSEDCL said that in the first issue, the rain induced high moisture levels entered the RM Unit, thus sparking a short circuit at around 4 am on Sunday and while they had resolved that issue by noon they found a fault in the joint of two underground cables which supplied power to around 1,000 families here. "We believe that the rainfall over the past few days increased the moisture in the air which probabky entered the unit, leading to a short circuit. The RMU, which helps consumers use two sources of high tension power, was burnt in the process. On finding out about the short circuit, we immediately stopped the power supply to the RMU and began working on fixing it," said an official. "However, once we competed the work, we found some issue in the electricity pressure in two underground cables in the same area. When we dug them up, we found that there was a fault in the joint that connected. The repair work was completed and the electricity to all homes was restored by 8pm," he added. This is the second such incident this month.
|2017-07-10||2 grievously assaulted in separate incidents in Thane - Times of India|
2 grievously assaulted in separate incidents in Thane Updated: Jul 11, 2017, 01.10 AM IST Thane: Two persons suffered grievous injuries after they were assaulted in separate incidents at Rabodi and Waghbil on Saturday night. In the first incident, Harish Natkar, a resident of Bhiwandi, had gone to his aunt's place at Waghbil, who complained of her neighbour Rohit Jadhav trying to get close to her daughter."Natkar approached Jadhav and asked him to refrain from talking with his cousin. Annoyed, Jadhav started assaulting him while his friends, who were around, also started hitting Natkar. One of them even hit Natkar with an iron rod injuring his head. Natkar was immediately rushed to a private hospital at Manpada by relatives where he is being treated," said an officer from Kasarvadavli police station. The police have booked Jadhav and his aides for voluntarily causing hurt. In the second incident, around eight men attacked a 34-year-old man with an iron rod and a sword for reportedly solving a fight which involved his friends around four months ago. "The victim, Nitin Madhav, a resident of Rabodi, was assaulted by eight men as he had solved a fight between two gangs involving his friends. The men were angry at Madhav and stabbed him with a sword and an iron rod. He was rushed to Thane civil hospital by a friend, who found him lying in a pool of blood," said an officer from Rabodi police station.
|2017-07-10||TMC plans auto app on lines of Ola, Uber in city - Times of India|
TMC plans auto app on lines of Ola, Uber in city Jul 11, 2017, 01.01 AM IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is developing a mobile-based application on the lines of fleet cabs in a bid to help commuters find and hire empty auto rickshaws within city limits. The initiative, a first of its kind for any municipal body in Mumbai or surrounding areas, is likely to help local commuters in their daily travel as finding autos during peak hours is an arduous task. The function of the application would be same as that for fleet cabs wherein residents can book autos from anywhere in Thane city through their mobile or a telephone number. A draft presentation of the concept was made by a team of experts and was discussed before civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal on Monday. A consultant that had devised a similar application for Kolkata taxis was also present at the meeting held in the civic headquarters. A proposal to customise the application for residents based on local needs and transport patterns was also discussed, said an official. Presently, a fleet cab operator has tied up with an union and is already operating a service in Thane wherein customers are charged a small fee in addition to the regional transport approved fare.The TMC said it is presently in talks with a few vendors who would work out a final project report while the civic body will simultaneously coordinate with the transport department and auto unions to make the initiative a reality soon. A revenue and operational model will be worked out but the TMC is unlikely to look at it as a revenue source, added an official. There are nearly 25,000 autos operating in the city catering to the roughly 18 lakh population in the city but commuters often complain of not being able to locate an empty auto in time. A few far flung areas of Ghodbunder are some of the worst hit wherein commuters end up waiting for several minutes before finding a mode of transport."The application will be at par with Ola and Uber and will help ease the problems faced by residents in finding an empty auto in the city, especially during peak hours. The TMC will spend on software costs only and could possibly help out with finding space for back office and allied requirements," said Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner. Officials said that the application will also save the cost of constructing auto stands in the already space-starved city. There are nearly 125 authorised stands in the city while requests for many others are also pending with the authorities.
|2017-07-10||Man booked for 'raping, blackmailing' friend's wife | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Man booked for ‘raping, blackmailing’ friend’s wife Updated: Jul 11, 2017, 01.03 AM IST Thane: The Vartak Nagar police are on the lookout for a 25-year-old man who allegedly forced a close friend's wife into a physical relationship and blackmailed her for over a year. Vishal Pawar, a resident of Chiragnagar, allegedly took undue advantage of his proximity with his friend and frequently visited his place in his absence. Police said the victim told the police that in July 2016, Pawar had come to her place at around 9pm and offered her a cold drink, which she claimed, was spiked and rendered her unconscious.Pawar reportedly took advantage of her state and is said to have touched her inappropriately and also took semi-nude videos of her, which he later used to threaten her in return of sexual favours. "Not only did Pawar blackmail her, but also assaulted her to fortify threat and said that if she did not comply to his wishes, then he would make the videos viral. Pawar took her to two different lodges along Ghodbunder Road and took advantage of her when her husband was away for some work at his native place," said a police officer from Vartak Nagar police station. The woman is believed to have got frustrated at the regular threats and registered a complaint with the police on Saturday. "Pawar is at large but has been booked under Sections 376, 377, 324, 323, 506 of the Indian Penal Code for raping and causing hurt to a woman," said senior inspector Snehal Adsude from Vartak Nagar police station.
|2017-07-10||Man run over by water tanker at Patlipada - Times of India|
Man run over by water tanker at Patlipada Jul 11, 2017, 12.58 AM IST A 38-year-old scooter-borne man died after a speeding water tanker ran over him on the Patlipada flyover on Saturday. The Chitalsar-Manpada police said, Sanjay Saawla was riding a scooter and heading towards Kasarwadavli when he reportedly tried to overtake a water tanker. Just as he was about to speed away, he lost control over the two-wheeler and skid. The water tanker which was close by could not stop and ran over him. The driver Gopal Chavhan arrested.
|2017-07-10||Renowned Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn coming to Summerside - The Journal Pioneer|
Renowned Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn coming to Summerside Published: Jul 10, 2017 at midnight Updated: Sep 29, 2017 at 10:32 p.m. It has been 40 years since the one and only Elvis Presley died, and Thane Dunn and his Cadillac Kings are celebrating the milestone with a tour of the Maritimes. Dunn is an award-winning Elvis tribute artist based in Moncton. He and his band are planning seven shows throughout the Maritimes in August and October. Special guest for the show will be Bill Baize, tenor singer of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, who performed with Elvis from 1971 to 1976. Dunn will be in Summerside at the Harbourfront Theatre on Aug. 24. For tickets and show information go to www.thanedunn.ca The complete list of shows is as follows: August 23, Bathurst, NB – BHS Amphitheatre? ? August 24, Summerside, PE - Harbourfront Theatre? August 26, Moncton, NB - Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre? ? August 27, Halifax, NS - Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia? ? Sept. 23, Woodstock, NB - Ayer Motors Centre? ? Oct. 5, Glace Bay, NS – Savoy Theatre? ? Oct. 7, Truro, NS - Cobequid Educational Centre
|2017-07-08||Thane police seals 2 petrol pumps in UchgaonThane police raid petrol pump in Kolhapur - Times of India|
Thane police seals 2 petrol pumps in Uchgaon Jul 9, 2017, 10.32 AM IST KOLHAPUR: Two petrol dispensing machines from Sai petrol pump, on Gadmudshingi road of Uchgaon, were sealed by the Thane crime branch on Friday for delivering less fuel to customers by installing illegal IC chips. The IC chips enable the pulsars in the machine to give out less fuel. On Saturday, the police continued their drive of raiding petrol pumps and said that some more are on their radar.A police official said, "The Thane crime branch police are here in connection with the investigation of the crime already registered in Thane in April. Police have already arrested the culprit involved in fitting ICs in the machines to rig it and the culprits involved in supplying these machines." Police found that 140ml less petrol is dispensed per 5l petrol through the petrol dspensing machines with IC."Following the information provided by the culprits arrested in Thane, the team of the Thane Crime branch is conducting raids in various parts of the state since April. Now, the team is here and have sealed one petrol pump in Uchgaon on Friday night. The team has a number of petrol pumps on radar and has launched a search operation as per the information they have received. We are assisting them and have provided additional force," said a senior police officer. The raids are a part of a state-wide drive against petrol pumps that are cheating customers by dispensing less fuel using reprogrammed chips in dispensing units. The raids are conducted with the help of weight and measure department and revenue officials.
|2017-07-08||In just one week, Thane district gets 14 lakh green cover | Thane ... - Times of India|
In just one week, Thane district gets 14 lakh green cover Jul 9, 2017, 03.43 AM IST THANE: Even though the lake-city has been witnessing an increasing in the number of tree fall cases this monsoon, the overall green cover in Thane district has increased by close to 14 lakh. This has been possible because of the state-wide mega tree plantation drive that took place from July 1 to 7. Over the past one week, over 25,000 civic officials, police and administrative officials, environmentalists, citizens, teachers and students marched across the city with saplings, shovels and raincoats to be a part of this Green Maharashtra project. In a span of just seven days, the entire district witnessed the actualization and surpassing of the ambitious nine lakh tree plantation goal set given to the Thane forest department by the state government. From barren and vacant lands and forest area which had lost their green cover to forest fires and illegal hacking, to civic gardens, roadside pathways, school and society gardens, each open space in the urban and rural pockets of the district was given a new lease of life. The drive saw a variety of sapling plantations including bamboo, medicinal sapling, native trees, flowering, fruit trees, decorative, small rooted plants for roadside plantation, mangrove saplings, in a total area of 1,227 hectare across 29 areas in the district. "Of the total 13 lakh and 97 thousand plantations which took place in the district over the past one week, five lakh and 54 thousand were conducted by the forest department. These stretches face a lot of deforestation because of tree falls, forest fires and other natural calamities. Due to this, a lot of green cover is lost. While we were given a target of nine lakh plantations in the district, we were aiming to plant 15 lakh saplings. Even though we couldn't reach our 15 lakh target, we have successfully made the district much greener with the help of over 25,000 citizens and environmentalists who joined the drive," said deputy conservator of forests Dr. Jitendra Ramgaokar. Like last year, the officials have used technology to map the actual number of trees planted in order to ensure their survival rate in the years to come. "The tree plantation drive is a continuous drive and doesn't end with the planting of saplings. We have to keep monitoring their growth and survival rate, which is where Geo-tagging helps. We have geo-tagged each of the saplings planted over the past one week. Of the 13.97 lakh planted this week, 12.95 lakh were geo-tagged before the plantation as the coordinate of their pits were pre-decided and mapped, whereas the remaining 1.02 lakh were tagged after the drive. The city saw fewer plantations, isolated to housing societies, schools and private institutions," said Dr. Ramgaokar. While the massive plantation drive seemed to receive an outstanding response, city environmental activists fear that these trees may not live for too long because of the lack of planning during the plantation of various plants and the unpredictable maintenance they would require."Each area can support only particular type of plants. We have been seeing so many tree falls cases during the monsoon, and most of this is due to the small size pits that is surround by concrete. Each of the planted saplings needs to be taken care of over the years, as they will require special care," said a city-based environmentalist. While the state target last year was 2 crore trees, their target this year was slated to be 4 crore. In the next year the target will be increased to 13 crore trees, followed by 33 crore trees in 2019.
|2017-07-08||Teething GST issues hit Thane market, businessmen hopeful of ... - Times of India|
Teething GST issues hit Thane market, businessmen hopeful of quick recovery Updated: Jul 9, 2017, 03.46 AM IST THANE: A week after the goods and services tax (GST) was rolled out, electronic dealers in the city claimed a downfall of around 33 per cent as far as consumer goods such as mobile phones, laptops, computers and cameras were concerned. Initial software updates, revised pricing system and technical glitches were a few factors that the dealers attributed the downfall to. The most affected are the smaller electronic outlets in the local markets. On the other hand, the GST has not hit mall shoppers interested in buying electronics much. Sales manager of a mobile stores at Naupada, Uday Mangaokar, said, "Before GST was launched, our average weekly sales were around 150. However, in the one week of implementation of GST, our numbers reduced to 100. The customer flow reduced partially because mobile accessories now have a 28 per cent GST levied upon them. Since, mobile phones are luxury items, the sale has gone down. For the initial two to three days, we were given instructions to upgrade our software according to the new regulations and a new numbering system was to be developed and this further declined the sales." Mahendra Moriya, manager of an electronic store in Naupada, said, "We have not yet ordered the new stock from companies as it will probably take a couple of weeks more to sell the existing stock. Despite an exchange offer scheme going on, customers aren't purchasing these products." While it is true that the current situation is not in favour of buyers from ordinary middle-class households with regards to electronic items, Vilas Bhandarkar, who has numerous shops selling laptops and computers is confident that things will begin to change by mid-July. Bhandarkar of a computer store at Ghantali, said, "At present, GST on laptops and computers is 16 per cent and on printers and its accessories is 28 per cent. After GST, the consumption of such products for home purposes has reduced in number. But there are still many who buy these items because they get claims from their respective corporate companies. The demand will not stop. Laptops and computers have become a necessity today and things will get better with time."Furniture outlets in the city reported that post GST the market has stabilized. "Customers come every day for inquiries and also ask about the increased prices. But business is stable now. The customer flow has not been affected," said B P Pandey of a furniture showroom at Manpada.The stable situation is similar in malls which are offering heavy discounts across all products, specially on apparels with no special offers pertaining to electronics as such. Rima Pradhan, senior vice president of marketing at a popular mall in the city, said, "As per early trends, post GST things are stable. The footfalls in electronic stores continue to be similar to what we saw during the pre-GST sales."
|2017-07-08||'Crime of the Week' is Thane Road boat theft | Juneau Empire ... - Juneau Empire (subscription)|
Posted July 8, 2017 12:48 pm - Updated July 8, 2017 12:52 pm ‘Crime of the Week’ is Thane Road boat theft The Juneau Crime Line and Juneau Police Department are seeking the public’s help in catching the suspects in a Thane Road robbery, selecting the case as the “Crime of the Week.” On May 11, JPD responded to the report of the theft of property from the 5700 block of Thane Road, Lt. Scott Erickson said in a press release. The property stolen was an 8-foot Zodiac boat, crab pots, and other crab fishing accessories with an estimated value of more than $1,900. Anyone with information is encouraged to log onto the Juneau Crime Line website at juneaucrimeline.com and report the tip, or to call JPD at 586-0600. Tipsters are guaranteed anonymity and may be eligible for a reward. Crime Line is a nonprofit organization designed to aid police agencies in their investigations.
|2017-07-07||Thane woman alleges driver slapped her after argument over drop route - Hindustan Times|
Thane woman alleges auto driver slapped her after argument over drop route Mumbai city news: The driver claimed that the woman had assaulted him first. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 08, 2017 00:41 IST A 19-year-old woman was allegedly slapped by a 49-year-old autorickshaw driver in Thane on Friday. The driver claimed that the woman had assaulted him first. The police have registered cross-complaints. According to the complaint registered by Pooja Gharat, a sales executive at an automobile showroom in Charai, she was slapped by Mahendra Pitale after he refused to take the route she wanted. Gharat, a resident of Shahad, and her friend Aarti Duseja boarded the share autorickshaw at Alok Hotel near Thane station around 11am, read the complaint. The vehicle already had a passenger bound for Khopat. “After the signal near Kalyan Jewellers, the driver did not turn left towards Gadkari, which leads to Charai. When I persisted, he asked me to get off and take another auto. This led to an altercation and he slapped me. Seeing this, some passers-by assaulted him,” said Gharat. On the other hand, an eyewitness said that Gharat had hit Pitale first, according to the police. D Swamy, deputy commissioner of police from Zone 1, said, “The driver told us that the girl attacked him first and tried to snatch his badge, after which he slapped her. An eyewitness seconded the driver’s version.”
|2017-07-07||Parsik hutments: Civic body begins demolition on Fri - Times of India|
Parsik hutments: Civic body begins demolition on Friday Updated: Jul 8, 2017, 01.46 AM IST Thane: Finally after a long delay, the residents atop Parsik Hill evacuated their homes and shifted to the rental accomodations given by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The TMC then began demolishing the dangerous structures placed on the hill on Friday afternoon. Armed with a team of 50 labourers the civic body began clearing the asbestos sheets, wooden and plastic planks and other such remnants of the hutments which stood the risk of flowing down the hill and onto the railway tracks with the next heavy monsoon shower. Over the past few months, the TMC as well as the railways and the forest department have been trying to clear these settlements to prevent any monsoon induced landslide or similar disastrous incident which would affect the residents of this area as well as the commuters plying the trains that run through this tunnel.However, the residents of these hutments, who would be rendered homeless, approached the Bombay High Court last month seeking some solution to their plight and convinced the HC put a stay on the demolition and instruct TMC to provide them with an alternate accommodation. After the TMC assured these denizens of their permanent accommodation and handed the keys of the temporary accommodation over to them the HC lifted the stay on Monday. While these citizens have been vacating their hutments over the past three days and moving into the new accommodation given to them by the corporation the TMC began manually demolishing the settlements on Friday afternoon. "All the residents of the 74 hutments have been provided accommodation and most of them have even moved into their new homes. We decided to not delay the demolition work any further as we cannot predict when it will rain heavily. We hired 50 labourers to clear away the asbestos sheet roofs, plastic, wood and other material that these huts comprised. On Friday we began clearing the hutments on the Mumbra side and will complete the work and start clearing the Kalwa side on Saturday," said Ashok Burpulle, head of TMC's anti-encroachment department.
|2017-07-07||Thane school goes hi-tech: Launches mobile-app to keep parents updated - Times of India|
Thane school goes hi-tech: Launches mobile-app to keep parents updated Jul 8, 2017, 01.43 AM IST Thane: From finding out their child's attendance, homework schedule and exam scores to receiving emergency updates from the school authorities, parents of the students studying in Thane's Brahman Shikshan Mandal School will now have access of every aspect of their child's schooling at a click of a button. The state-board English medium school launched a new mobile application titled BSM Schola, in an attempt to increase the interaction between the teachers, administration and parents in a way that includes these guardians in the academic and extra-curricular activities of their child. The mobile-based app was launched on Saturday morning. Through this Android App, school teachers and the principal will be able send the parents regular updates on their child's attendance, report cards, school competitions, events, notifications on emergencies like declaration of holidays because of rains or change in the dates of any class test and so on. While school teachers and the principal can feed information into the app using their unique username and passwords, guardians can access this information using ID and password provided to them.Through this informative mobile application, the students, class teacher or subject teacher can send the parents information on their exam scores, due homework, attendance and other such target information to the entire class at one go or even to an any individual student. The principal, meanwhile, will send in notifications to the entire school on various topics including emergency holidays, shifting of exam schedules, school functions etc. Those parents who cannot access the mobile application will be able to access all this information using a computer. Apart from this, the students' calendars or school diaries will be updated as usual. "It is great to see that a state board school is taking initiatives that otherwise is seen only in international schools. With access to all this information we can see that our children don't fall under peer pressure and bunk school or hide their report cards. We can also refer to the event schedule and plan our vacations accordingly," said a parent of a class XI student of the school.
|2017-07-07||Karate coach arrested for molesting student - Times of India|
Karate coach arrested for molesting student Jul 8, 2017, 01.42 AM IST Thane: A 47-year-old karate coach, Sarvjeet Singh, was arrested by the Rabodi police for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old girl and blackmailing her since 2015 with her semi-nude photographs. The victim's mother registered a complaint against the coach who would come home to teach her daughter martial arts since 2015. "Singh misused his proximity as a coach and reportedly told the victim that he would train her good and put her on a higher pedestal in martial arts if he would get sexual favours in return from her. The victim's mother wasn't aware of this agreement. Meanwhile, Singh used to touch the victim inappropriatly whenever he wanted. He even asked the victim to send her semi-nude pictures which he saved in his phone," said senior inspector RM Somvanshi of the Rabodi police station. "The mother, however, found out how the coach would exploit his physical proximity with her daughter and molest her when Singh posted her daughter's semi-nude pictures on social media. When she confronted Singh, she was threatened," police said. The victim filed a complaint against Singh on Thursday after which the police arrested him after laying a trap, added Somvanshi. — Souvik Sarkar
|2017-07-07||Now, avifauna experts turn their attention to local birds - Times of India|
Now, avifauna experts turn their attention to local birds Jul 8, 2017, 01.44 AM IST Thane: After spending decades in research about the trends in the population, habitats and lifestyles of threatened, rare and migratory bird species, avifauna enthusiasts and environmental organisations are now turning their attention to the common local bird species in the city. Over the past one year, researchers and birding experts in and around the lake city have organised, if not participated in, numerous bird counts of locally seen birds, including the house sparrow, the rock pigeon, the baya weaver, the egret, the cormorant and so on. These experts point out that in the quest of studying and analysing information about the threatened and rarely seen birds that visit the city occasionally, there is very little known on the common birds in the city. Famed birder and avifauna expert Avinash Bhagat, who is a member of city-based NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch, said, "A few years ago, there was a huge uproar about the depleting house sparrow population in the city. We then realised that although we were so accustomed to seeing sparrows and could gauge the drop in their numbers, there was no statistical data and analysis on their count. This meant that we couldn't actually figure out the extent to which the count had dropped.""Now that the sparrow feeders and pigeon feeders have been made easily available by citizens across the city, we can see a rise in the number of their sightings, but again without any numerical data. This is why we cannot study the change in their life cycle. In order to put an end to this uncertainty, many groups have begun common bird counting wherein they monitor birds, including sparrows, pigeons, the red vented bulbul, barn owls and other such birds," added Bhagat. While environmentalists assert that it will take a couple of years to actually understand the increasing or decreasing trend in the population of these birds, it is crucial that efforts are taken to begin the process. Nandakishor Dudhe, birding expert heading the Common Bird Monitoring Programme (CBMP) started by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) last year, said, "Understanding the trends in the lifestyle of commonly seen birds is extremely crucial as it reflects the bettering or worsening of the environment which they thrive in. Based on the trend and status of these bird species, we can actually take steps to help their conservation as well as the awareness among citizens about it." He added that since this data is almost non existent, the BNHS began common bird monitoring programme in July 2016, wherein bird counts on bird species, including the baya weaver, rock pigeon and house sparrow were held. Bird watchers and citizens across the state were roped in to contribute their sightings. "While it takes at least five years to get a proper idea about the trend in the lifestyle and habitats of these birds, we have made a start. Conservation activities will start later," he said. Now that the sparrow feeders and pigeon feeders have been made easily available by citizens , we can see a rise in the number of their sightings, but again without any numerical data. This is why we cannot study the change in their life cycle. In order to put an end to this uncertainty, many groups have begun common bird counting wherein they monitor birds, including sparrows, pigeons, the red vented bulbul, barn owls and other such birds
|2017-07-07||Ambulance sirens to become louder in Thane; activists upset - Times of India|
Ambulance sirens to become louder in Thane; activists upset Jul 7, 2017, 10.40 PM IST THANE: After a notification was issued by the state government to increase the decibel level of ambulance sirens from existing 65 to 75db to 110db to 120db, has dejected the social activists and environmentalists in the city. While the permissible noise level is 100 db, Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray had submitted a proposal to raise the volume of the sirens to 120 db so as to keep the patrolling traffic police informed of its arrival and thus provide the ailing patient an easy and quick passageway. Cited that the noise pollution levels in cities including New York and London are much higher which allows the ambulance an uninterrupted drive to the hospital, Thackeray asserted that the enactment of this change in India could reap similar benefits. Environmental activities working towards a noise-pollution-free city have completely rubbished this claim.Mumbai-based activist and founder of Awaaz NGO Sumaira Abdulali, said, "Firstly, I recently monitored the noise levels of the ambulances in London and the maximum level was around 94db, which is lesser than the permissible noise limit here. Secondly, there are studies that show that any exposure of 120db and above prolonged over seven seconds can be harmful for any person and could even cause loss of hearing. The ambulances in India, unlike abroad, are not insulated and thus the first person affected by the siren will be the ailing patient followed by the other in the vehicle and then the commuters around it." These activists believe that the government should be looking and perfecting alternate solutions so that the ambulances are not left in the middle of traffic snarls instead of coming up with notifications that will affect the citizens further. Nilesh Ambekar, a Thane-based social activist said, "The HC has been enforcing the noise level limit of 100db for a long time and this government notification breaks this law in minutes. Instead of increasing decibel level, government should plan some designated green corridor for ambulances. They should focus of increasing the strength of the traffic police, especially in the bottlenecks and traffic riddled patches." "The main change needs to come from the citizens. Whether the siren is 65db or 120db, traffic from in front of these ambulances will be cleared only when citizens move their vehicles out of the way. This change in the mind-set, which right now is all about convenience over common sense is crucial to bring about transformation in driving ethics," added TN Raghunatha, a citizen activist here.
|2017-07-06||Police constable assaulted by three men in Thane - The Indian Express|
Police constable assaulted by three men in Thane A case has been booked under IPC sections 353 (public servant from discharge of his duty), 364 (kidnapping), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) rw 34 (common intention) against the accused assailants. Published:July 6, 2017 3:41 pm A 42-year-old police constable was allegedly attacked by three unidentified persons, during night patrolling duty at Thane, police said on Thursday. Inspector D S Dhole of Kasarwadvali police station told PTI that the incident took place in the wee hours on Wednesday when Dashrath Pawar was on night patrolling duty as beat marshal near a housing society at Bhayander Pada area. While on duty, Pawar spotted a car with three people inside it, at around 2 am. When he enquired with the trio about their presence at the spot at late night, they gave evasive reply, while the driver also failed to furnish his driving license. Pawar then got inside the vehicle to check by himself the license, but the driver suddenly drove away towards Gaikukh area. According to the complaint lodged by Pawar, he then alerted the police control room for help, the inspector said. Riding at a high speed, the driver rammed the car into a tree, injuring the constable severely. Pawar said he was also beaten up inside the car. He was rescued after a police team reached the spot. The accused could not be nabbed as they managed to flee, Dhole said. A case has been booked under IPC sections 353 (public servant from discharge of his duty), 364 (kidnapping), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) rw 34 (common intention). Efforts were on to arrest the accused, he said.
|2017-07-06||Thane Municipal Corporation wants cluster scheme to benefit residents of illegal structures - Hindustan Times|
Thane Municipal Corporation wants cluster scheme to benefit residents of illegal structures Mumbai city news: On Thursday, the chief minister issued the final notification of the cluster development scheme which will pave way for implementation of the scheme in Thane. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 06, 2017 23:52 IST Not only those living in legal structures but the residents of illegal buildings too will get free homes under the cluster development scheme if the state government approves the Thane Municipal Corporation’s proposal. Under the scheme, free homes up to 300 square feet will be provided to only those residents living in dangerous building. Those residing in illegal structures, including slum dwellers, had to pay 25 per cent of the construction cost of the house. The TMC has sent a proposal to the state requesting free homes up to 300 square feet to those residing in illegal constructions and slums. On Thursday, the chief minister issued the final notification of the cluster development scheme which will pave way for implementation of the scheme in Thane. Eknath Shinde, guardian minister of Thane, said, “On Thursday, the chief minister issued notification for the cluster development scheme in Thane. The scheme will give free homes to those residing in dangerous constructions, saving thousands of lives.” Last month, the high court lifted the stay on the cluster scheme following which the chief minister gave a go-ahead to the project in Thane. The scheme will pave way for 10,000 new buildings and 1.25 lakh new homes in the city. It will bring in an investment of Rs5,000 crore to Rs10,000 crore to the city. A civic official requesting anonymity said, “Clusters scheme involves planned development of over one hectare of area. Those residing in dangerous constructions and the slums will get free homes under the scheme.” “Those in the illegal building are not eligible for free homes and will have to pay 25 per cent of the construction cost. The number of people residing in illegal constructions is much more compared to those residing in legal homes. So, we proposed to the state to provide free homes up to 300 square feet to these people. If the house is more than 300 square feet, they will have to pay construction cost of 25% for each of the slab,” he said. He added that the proposal is still pending with the state and can be implemented only after approval. The residents provided homes in the cluster scheme will be unable to afford maintenance of the building. “We were going to give 25 per cent to the people living in clusters to be used as maintenance of their buildings. Cutting down on this 25 per cent will affect maintenance cost. We might have to cut down the quantum of maintenance amount provided to residents or they themselves will have to pay maintenance,” the officer said. Over 80 per cent of the properties are illegal in the city. “The final decision depends on the state’s approval. There will also be a cut-off year so as not to encourage more illegal constructions in the city,” said the official. As per the TMC’s survey, 14, 14,822 square metre is occupied by illegal constructions. Box City limits 128.23 sqkms: Geographical area of Thane 2011-18.19 lakhs: population of Thane city as per census 34 lakhs: Population of Thane city projected in 2031 9.80 lakhs: Slum population, which comprises 252 slum clusters 45,000: Authorised buildings 1,31,939: Unauthorised buildings 2,24,687: Slums in Thane About the scheme The cluster development scheme will create 1.25 lakh homes in Thane. The scheme will also bring in an investment of 5000 to 10000 crores to the city, These homes will be constructed in phases. The old and illegal buildings in Naupada, Mumbra, Wagale areas will be cleared and the entire area will undergo a planned development. This will change the face of the city. The eight clusters identified Kisan Nagar 1 Kisan Nagar 2 Rabodi Manisha Nagar Mumbra Anand Koliwada Mumbra Bombay Colony Kausa Kabristan Shankar Mandir Need for cluster development in Thane • Due to rapid industrialisation and migration from Mumbai and other parts of state since 1960, there was continuous increase in demand of affordable housing in Thane. • Lack of affordable housing and absence of stringent construction laws led to mushrooming of illegal constructions • These constructions were in unplanned and of inferior quality • They lacked basic infrastructure, open spaces and road network • More than 150 people have lost their lives due to building collapse
|2017-07-06||Mumbra bypass rocked with second landslide - Times of India|
Mumbra bypass rocked with second landslide Updated: Jul 7, 2017, 00:56 IST THANE: Tragedy struck again at Mumbra bypass in the wee hours of Thursday after a major landslide occurred at Parsik Hill near Rehmania hospital. A similar incident took place 10 days ago, when huge boulders and mud fell in the same area, bringing traffic to a halt. This time there was neither a major traffic jam in the area nor was there any casualty as the landslide took place at 3.30am. Chief of the regional disaster management cell Santosh Kadam said, "Our team reached the spot within minutes. After analysing the situation, we deployed a crane to clear the road of the debris. It was a tough task to get the machinery to the spot as there was traffic. However, with the help of a quick response vehicle and a JCB crane, the officials were able to clear the area in 30 minutes.'' Traffic movement came to a standstill for almost an hour when the authorities were trying to clear the road. Mumbra bypass is a busy corridor connecting to areas like Diva and its suburbs and also Navi Mumbai. Even a minor accident on this belt can lead to traffic snarls.Traffic inspector Subhash Kokate said, "Around four to five police personnel were deployed at the spot in order to take charge of the situation and to resolve the traffic problem. The traffic flow was no much as the incident took place early morning. Some of our officials helped the RDMC officials pick up smaller pieces of rocks and debris. Within an hour the traffic was brought back to normal." This was the second landslide incident to take place in the area. The first one took place last month. That time, too, no casualties were reported. In the wake of such repeated disasters, the forest department has taken notice of the situation and they are in the process of coming up with a permanent solution. Jitendra Ramgaokar, deputy conservator of forest, Thane, said, "The forest authorities are planning to build a retaining wall to prevent landslides from taking place. For the construction of this, it is extremely significant to get the location technically right. If the location is wrong, all our efforts will go in vain as landslides will continue to take place. So, first we will conduct a thorough study of the area and analyse the place. Then we will go ahead with the work." Around four to five police personnel were deployed at the spot in order to take charge of the situation and to resolve the traffic problem. The traffic flow was no much as the incident took place early morning. Some of our officials helped the RDMC officials pick up smaller pieces of rocks and debris. Within an hour the traffic was brought back to normal
|2017-07-06||Three men booked for beating 42-year-old constable in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Three men booked for beating 42-year-old constable in Thane Mumbai city news: The two started beating him up. They threatened to throw him out of the running car. In the scuffle, Pawar managed to pull the driverâ€™s shirt which made him lose control of the vehicle and he drove over a footpath and hit a tree,â€ť said D Dhole, senior police inspector from Kasarwadavli police station. mumbai Updated: Jul 06, 2017 23:55 IST The three unidentified people are yet to be arrested.(HTfile photo) A 42-year-old constable was assaulted by three people when he stopped their car at Kasarwadavli in Thane on Wednesday night. The three unidentified people are yet to be arrested.Contables Dashrath Pawar, 42, and Sau Sakhade, 38, from Kasarwadavli police unit, were patrolling on a bike when they saw a car parked near Gaimukh at Bhayanderpada in Thane.“There were three people in the car, including the driver. We asked them to get down as we want to search the vehicle. I got in the car from and asked the driver to open the car’s dicky. Sakhade was behind the car. Suddenly, the other two jumped into the car and the driver started the car with me inside,” said Pawar.Pawar said he kept telling them to stop or take the car to police station. “The two started beating him up. They threatened to throw him out of the running car. In the scuffle, Pawar managed to pull the driver’s shirt which made him lose control of the vehicle and he drove over a footpath and hit a tree,” said D Dhole, senior police inspector from Kasarwadavli police station.The three ran away towards the forest cover and Pawar called up the control room. “We will arrest them soon. They have been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code,” added Dhole.The police suspect that the three people were robbers, who robbed diesel from trucks plying on the highway. The police have found an empty can from the car, which has been seized. The car owner is from Kurla in Mumbai.
|2017-07-06||Valuables worthRs 85000 burgled in separate housebreaking incidents - Times of India|
Valuables worth Rs 85,000 burgled in separate housebreaking incidents Updated: Jul 7, 2017, 01:21 IST THANE: In two separate incidents of housebreaking at Mumbra and Vartak Nagar, valuables worth Rs 85,000 were stolen by unidentified robbers. In the first incident, the burglary occurred last week while the occupants of the Mumbra house were asleep."The residents of the burgled house were sleeping in their slum tenement when an unidentified robber opened the lock of the door and entered post midnight. The accused stole a laptop, mobile phone, headphones and other valuables worth Rs 20,000," said an officer from Mumbra police station. In the second incident that took place at Vartak Nagar, the complainant and his family were asleep in a slum tenement at Sainath Nagar when a burglar entered their house by breaking the asbestos sheet. "The family was fast asleep when a robber entered their house by breaking the asbesteos sheet. They had not locked the door as it has got spoilt due to the rains. The accused stole mobile phones, cash and even a parked motorcycle from outside worth Rs 65,000," said an officer from the Vartak Nagar police station. The police claimed that they are trying to trace the accused by checking CCTV footage in the areas.
|2017-07-06||Disaster cell spells out safety measures if lightening strikes - Times of India|
Disaster cell spells out safety measures if lightning strikes Updated: Jul 7, 2017, 01:02 IST THANE: With an increase in lightning cases, the state disaster management cell has issued an advisory cautioning citizens to take steps to avoid the bolt during monsoon. Chief of regional disaster management cell Santosh Kadam said, "Lightning-related accidents and fatalites are likely to take place more in rural areas as there is more open spaces and forest cover. The possibilities of such accidents in metro towns is less. However, citizens must take steps to stay safe. Today, all new residential complexes have something called as lightning arresters. It is a device used to prevent lightning. Thankfully, there have been no such incidents in the recent past." In case of lightning, the officials have said that residents must cover their ears and bend down. One must also keep away from live electrical wires and switch off electrical appliances. In case if a persons is hit by lightning then his/her family members, neighbours or passersby must immediately take them to the doctor. They claim that there is absolutely no harm in touching the person. Also, they revealed that to prevent hypothermia take the individual to a cool ventilated place. In case there is no pulse then one can be given cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), said an official from the regional cell.
|2017-07-06||Auto driver arrested for molesting woman near Thane station - The Indian Express|
Auto driver arrested for molesting woman near Thane station The woman was standing near the station to cross a busy road when the accused identified as Sikandar Sheikh made some obscene gestures towards her. When she objected and raised an alarm, the driver verbally abused her following which the woman slapped him. Published: July 6, 2017 3:04 pm A 27-year-old auto driver has been arrested for allegedly molesting and beating a 20-year-old woman near the railway station here, police said today. According to PI S S Avhad of Thane Nagar police station, the incident took place last night around 8 pm. The woman was standing near the station to cross a busy road when the accused identified as Sikandar Sheikh made some obscene gestures towards her. When she objected and raised an alarm, the driver verbally abused her following which the woman slapped him, the police official said. Enraged, the accused allegedly roughed up the woman, he said. Sheikh was arrested under sections 354 (assault or use of criminal force on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 (A)(sexual harassment), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC, the official said. Last month, a 23-year-old woman was allegedly molested by a male co-passenger in a share auto rickshaw and later thrown out of the vehicle in the city. Thane Joint Commissioner of Police Madhukar Pandey had recently made it mandatory for auto rickshaws to display their details as well as that of the vehicle at the back of the driver seats. However, the orders are yet to be implemented, police sources said
|2017-07-06||No transfers for Thane, Palghar primary school teachers this year - Times of India|
No transfers for Thane, Palghar primary school teachers this year Updated: Jul 7, 2017, 01:45 IST MUMBAI: "If there is a sword of uncertainty over teachers and likelihood of them being transferred midterm, there would be no commitment to completing the course and would lead to a chaos,'' said a bench of Justices B R Gavai and Riyaz Chagla of the Bombay high court while asking the state to withdraw its decision to transfer primary schoolteachers following bifurcation of Thane district. State advocate general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni got the state to withdraw a July 2016 resolution regarding transfers of teachers between Thane and Palghar districts, thus averting possible chaos for 1,035 schools and 12,000 teachers. The HC said the state policy to transfer teachers only on seniority basis was 'unsustainable' and would have caused an imbalance and disrupted primary education in Thane and Palghar districts. The state has now held off transfers that followed bifurcation of Thane into two districts, till next academic year, in larger interest of students. A bunch of petitions before the HC by primary schoolteachers had challenged a change of policy by the state government following the 2014 bifurcation of Thane district into Thane and Palghar. Preeti Walimbe, the teachers' lawyer, said the state had last July replaced a February 2016 decision which had maintained the strength and vacancy of reserved category teachers in Thane and Palghar rural districts.
|2017-07-06||Wrong numbers delayed Thane civic body's response to 10-hour jam on Ghodbunder Road - Hindustan Times|
Wrong numbers delayed Mira-Bhayander civic body’s response to 10-hour jam on Ghodbunder Road Mumbai city news: The MBMC acknowledged the error and issued a corrigendum with the new numbers: 022-281117102 and 022-28117104. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 07, 2017 10:32 IST Monday’s 10-hour traffic snarl after an LPG tanker overturned on Ghodbunder Road in Thane could have been cleared more quickly had the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC)?published the correct helpline numbers of its disaster management department in local newspapers on the same day. The goof-up delayed rescue work as officials from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC)?could not contact their counterparts in the MBMC. One of the numbers belonged to a dog squad in Thane. The MBMC acknowledged the error and issued a corrigendum with the new numbers: 022-281117102 and 022-28117104. “When we got the news about the incident, we tried to get in touch with the MBMC as the area is under their jurisdiction. They had published a notice of helpline numbers on the same day. However one of the two numbers was answered by a dog squad in Thane while the other number was wrong. This delayed our response,” said a TMC officer. Manasvi Mhatre, officer in charge of the disaster management of MBMC, said, “The notice was issued by the PWD department, which published the numbers last year too. We did not have an MTNL connection at the time, thus the numbers were different. “This year, we got new landline connections and had sent them (for the ad). However, the person typing the notice simply copied the old numbers.”
|2017-07-06||Thane Municipal Corporation gets notice over schools charging fee - The Indian Express|
Thane Municipal Corporation gets notice over schools charging fee An official said the allegations were serious as the civic body was said to be collecting fees in violation of the Right to Education Act. “We are awaiting the report from the TMC’s education department,” said a state government official. Mumbai | Published: July 7, 2017 4:44 am The state Urban Development department has issued a notice to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), seeking a detailed report on seven civic schools charging fee from students in violation of norms. The department has directed the civic body to take action against those responsible for the lapse. The notice, dated July 4, was issued following complaints from an educational rights group last month. An official said the allegations were serious as the civic body was said to be collecting fees in violation of the Right to Education Act. “We are awaiting the report from the TMC’s education department,” said a state government official. Last month, the Samaan Shikshan Mulbhut Adhikar Samiti had threatened to move court if the TMC did not stop collecting the fees. The matter came to light when advocate Shakeel Ahmed approached the Court Naka municipal school in Thane seeking admission for his son. Ahmed found that the school charged a fee of Rs 1,850 per year. Shyam Sonar, convenor of Samaan Shikshan Mulbhut Adhikar Samiti, said, “The violation of the RTE Act by the TMC was proven, and they have now decided to stop collecting the fees. However, our demand is that the civic body refund the amount collected since the RTE Act came into effect in 2010.”Following a news report in The Indian Express, the TMC had issued notices to the schools to stop collecting the fees from the 2017-18 academic year. “I have received the UD department’s notice on Thursday morning and we will send a detailed report on the issue soon. The fee collected was very nominal and was according to an old resolution passed by the erstwhile education committee. We had no idea about this resolution. The moment the matter was brought to our notice, we passed an order asking schools to stop collecting the fees,” said Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjiv Jaiswal.
|2017-07-06||Police torturing farmers, alleges Thane MLA - Times of India|
Police torturing farmers, alleges Thane MLA Updated: Jul 7, 2017, 01:30 IST KALYAN: The community leaders on Tuesday held a public meet at Savitribai Phule hall in Dombivli and alleged that Thane police was "inhumanly" torturing farmers, those were arrested during Nevali protest held last month. A BJP supported MLA, Ganpat Gaikwad, wrote to Thane police commissioner Dr Param Bir Singh and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis that he will sit on a strike outside DCP office if the harassment did not stop. DCP Sunil Bhardwaj said, "The allegation is false. Those arrested were produced before court but they did not complain about any harassment."
|2017-07-06||Only one phone for Thane police helpline - Daily News & Analysis|
Only one phone for Thane police helpline Updated: Jul 6, 2017, 08:05 AM IST A reply to a Right To Information (RTI) application states that there is only one dedicated telephone set in Thane rural police control room and two officers work there in two shifts to attend the calls on police emergency number 100. According to the applicant, Krishna Gupta, he had filed an RTI application with Thane rural police asking the details of the Thane rural police control room, quantity of telephone booths available in the control room for attending the calls on 100 and number of officers deployed at the control room to attend the calls. The reply states, 'The Thane rural police control room is situated at the first floor of Police superintendent office at Court Naka in Thane and one telephone set booth is available there for attending the calls from number 100. "The reply further states that two call attendants-one in day time and one during the night time have been allotted to attend the calls."
|2017-07-05||Over 200 rare star tortoises seized from railway station in Maharashtra's Thane district, 2 held - The Indian Express|
Over 200 rare star tortoises seized from railway station in Maharashtra’s Thane district, 2 held Maharashtra police seizes 200 rare star tortoises at Kalyan railway station in Thane district. The police arrested a father and son duo. The accused has been identified as Vijay Sageram and his father Sageram. New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2017 10:46 am Over 200 rare star tortoises were seized on Tuesday from Kalyan railway station in Thane district of Maharashtra. A father and son duo has been arrested. According to a Times Of India report, the Wildlife Control Bureau (WCCB) of Navi Mumbai along with forest department team seized the protected species of tortoise. The duo was travelling from Lokmanya Tilak Ernakulam Express train when the WCCB team arrested them. The accused has been identified as Vijay Sageram (27) and his father Sageram (52). They were bringing these tortoises to Mumbai from their hometown in Bangalore to sell them. This species is endangered and its possession, transport, sale or its offer of sale is illegal. According to a report in Hindustan Times, the accused were produced at a Kalyan magistrate court. The judge has directed WCCB to keep them in judicial custody till Thursday, after which they are to be produced in court again. Both the accused have been arrested earlier by the Karnataka forest department for a similar offence two years ago and were allowed to go on bail. M Maranko, regional director, WCCB told HT, “We received a tip-off from our informer in Karnataka that the duo was travelling on a Bangalore-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus train, which would reach Mumbai by 2pm, and they would get off at Kalyan station. They were in a hurry to get out of the station. On checking their bags, we found the tortoises, stacked one on top of the other.” “While the accused have already revealed a lot about the wildlife-trade nexus operating from Karnataka, we want to keep them in custody to track other consignments coming into MMR,” Maranko added. Earlier, in May, PTI reported about 100 tortoises being seized from a man from Katihar railway junction who had boarded the train at Faizabad station in Uttar Pradesh. The man had to deliver these animals to a client at New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. In 2012, a businessman in Lokhandwala who kept rare species of tortoise as pet was fined Rs 25,000 before the Thane forest officers seized the animals.
|2017-07-05||Auto driver winks at college student, assaults her near Thane station - Hindustan Times|
Auto driver winks at college student, assaults her near Thane station Mumbai city news:?The police have detained the driver, Sikandar Nisar Shaikh, who is a resident of Thane. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 17, 2017 09:23 IST 20-year-old college student, who was returning home, was allegedly molested by a 27-year-old autorickshaw driver near Thane station on Wednesday. In the past one month, this is the third such incident. The police have detained the driver, Sikandar Nisar Shaikh, who is a resident of Thane. According the police, the woman was heading towards Malhar Talkies near Thane station to hire an autorickshaw. While crossing Alok Hotel, Shaikh winked at her, which led to a heated argument between them. “After Shaikh winked at her, she questioned him, but he argued back. She slapped him — an incident which was witnessed by other auto drivers. Upset by the insult, Shaikh abused her and twisted her hand,”said an officer from Thane Nagar police station. Shaikh is suspected to be a history-sheeter. The incident has brought back haunting memories of last month’s molestation in which a 23-year-old dietician was allegedly abused by two men in an autorickshaw in Thane. She was pushed off the running vehicle, and suffered injuries on her face and body. She was sharing the auto with the accused.
|2017-07-05||Thane Municipal Corporation to raze hutments at Parsik tunnel in three days - Hindustan Times|
Thane Municipal Corporation to raze hutments at Parsik tunnel in three days Mumbai city news: The residents had demanded that the demolition should take place through the court. They had refused to accept the notice from the forest department, TMC and railways and demanded the court intervenes. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 05, 2017 23:53 IST Inhabitants of hutments perched atop Parsik tunnel have withdrawn their petition against the authorities after the Bombay high court assured them that they will be rehabilitated. The Thane Municipal Corporation now plans to demolish eight houses in the next three days. Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal had already assured the residents permanent homes. After the corporation gave the assurance in court, the residents withdrew the petition on July 3. A civic official said, “We will conduct the demolition drive by the end of this week. These residents will be given accommodation in rental homes for the first three months till the permanent BSUP homes are ready. The rent will also be paid by the government till the residents are allotted permanent homes.” The residents had demanded that the demolition should take place through the court. They had refused to accept the notice from the forest department, TMC and railways and demanded the court intervenes. The residents claim to have won the rehabilitation battle against the corporation. Sangeeta Palekar, a resident who moved the court, said, “Our only demand was that the process should happen through the court. We had told the court that we wanted to be rehabilitated first and only then we will vacate our homes. The court has assured that we will get permanent homes and we have withdrawn our petition.” The TMC, railways and forest department had issued evacuation notices to 80 homes above the Parsik tunnel and the demolition drive was supposed to be held on June 28. The residents however challenged this decision claiming that there is no clarity on the rehabilitation policy. Last year, a retaining wall above the tunnel caved in disrupting train services. The railways approached the Bombay high court to seek its intervention on the action against encroachers. The civic official added, “We have distributed 87 house keys in Mumbra and Kalwa areas of Parsik in the last week of June. Most of the people have already shifted and the remaining will shift soon. Post monsoon we will also have to demolish the remaining 100 to 150 structures.” ------------------------------------ The incident In June 2016, the retaining wall on the hillock above the Parsik tunnel collapsed. The debris fell on the railway track, disrupting the train services. Fortunately, no train was passing from the tunnel and a major disaster was averted. The tunnel cuts right through Parsik hill and is an important link for the Central Railway’s suburban and long-distance lines. The case so far On June 21, 2016 a portion of the road and a wall in Uday Nagar area above Parsik tunnel had caved in. There are around 100 to 200 hutments in the area. Though it is under forest department’s jurisdiction, the TMC agreed to demolish the hutments. But, the residents went to court claiming that the TMC had no right to demolish their homes as it is in forest area Few months ago, the Central Railway filed a petition in the Bombay high court blaming the TMC for not taking action. The TMC said that they were not authorised to do so The forest department also went to the HC demanding that the hutments be vacated before monsoon Apart from Parsik tunnel, there are two more such spots along railway tracks — Waghoba Nagar and Parsik Nagar — which are landslide-prone Commuters’ unions too had demanded that the slums be demolished In the end of July, the three authorities came together and served notices to residents to vacate the structures and also promised alternate homes in rental scheme The residents moved the court to demand permanent homes and not rental ones The civic commissioner assured that the rental homes will be given only for three months after which the residents will be shifted to permanent BSUP homes. The residents finally withdrew their petition on July 3.
|2017-07-05||TMC relocates 74 slum tenements atop Parsik | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India|
TMC relocates 74 slum tenements atop Parsik Jul 6, 2017, 04.01 AM IST Thane: Residents of the 74 slum tenements atop the Parsik hill's railway tunnel will soon be evacuated and relocated while their hutments will be razed as the Bombay high court lifted the stay off this demolition earlier this week. The initiatve of evacuating the hilltop has been taken in order to prevent any incidents of landslides and also to assure the safety the residents living there and also the commuters who ply beyond Thane via the train that passes under the parsik tunnel. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), the Railways and the Forest Department have been trying to clear the settlements in dangerous condition here over the past few months. After the TMC submitted a letter assuring that the 28 occupants residing in the hutments on the Kalwa side of the Parsik tunnel as well as the 46 occupants of the Mumbra side of the Parsik hill, the residents withdrew the petition they had filed in the HC.While dismissing the case, the HC Corum of Justice Shantanu Kemkar and Justice MS Sonak, on Monday, asserted that they expected the TMC to do the needful work expeditiously for the safety of the railway commuters as well as the residents of the tenements atop the Parsik tunnel. "We have given the resident of these hutments temporary accommodation on a rental basis for now and will be providing them with permanent accommodations under the BSUP housing scheme in the city within three months. We expect them to shift their belongings and vacate the huts within a day or two after which we shall begin demolishing the dangerous structures. Thankfully, the rains this monsoon have not caused any tragedy yet and we are trying to ensure it doesn't in the coming days," said municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. "The severity of the issue came to light last year when the heavy monsoon showers caused a mini landslide when parts of the hill including some huts came crashing onto the two railway tracks below. Which further disrupted the train schedule. Luckily, there was no train passing at the moment," said a civic official. However, after the denizens of these hutments, who would be rendered homeless, approached the Bombay High Court last month seeking some solution to their plight, the HC put a stay on the demolition project and instructed the TMC to provide these locals with an alternate accommodation.
|2017-07-05||Two injured in separate road mishaps across Thane - Times of India|
Two injured in separate road mishaps across Thane Jul 6, 2017, 03.57 AM IST THANE: Two persons were injured in separate road mishaps on Wednesday. In the first incident, a driver of a tourist car suffered severe injuries after a speeding four-wheeler rammed into him. The victim, Amrushi Mane (27), a resident of Chembur, had parked his vehicle and was waiting for a passenger when the speeding car came from behind and rammed into him. ''Mane suffered severe injuries. Even the accused, Nair Khan, suffered injuries. The duo were rushed to a nearby hospital,'' said an official from Kasarwadavli police station. A case has been registered against the accused.In another incident, a pedestrian suffered grievious injuries in a hit-and-run case. The incident took place at Retibunder. "The victim, Bapu Mane, was crossing the road when a car that was heading towards Mumbra bypass rammed into him. Mane suffered injuries. However, the accused did not help the victim. Instead he fled from the scene," said an officer from Mumbra police station. Meanwhile, the police claim to have the registration number of the vehicle and are on the lookout for the accused. A case has been registered against the unidentified accused under various sections of the IPC and motor vehicles act.
|2017-07-05||2 arrested for 'assaulting, abusing' constable | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India|
2 arrested for ‘assaulting, abusing’ constable Jul 6, 2017, 04:00 IST Thane: The Mumbra police on Tuesday arrested two persons for reportedly abusing and assaulting an on-duty constable and threatening him to release their relatives who were booked for illegally selling petrol and diesel. The police claimed that constable Santosh Kamble (40) was abused and pushed around by Ghanshyam Yadav (35) and Ramsingh Yadav (37). The accused had barged into the detection room and started demanding an explanation as to why their relatives were being booked. The Mumbra police had arrested the relatives of the accused for illegally vending petrol and diesel. "We had received a tip off that two men were selling petrol and diesel illegally near Diva-Shilphata road on Tuesday around 6pm. We reached the spot and found that Yadav and Gupta had filled cans and plastic bottles with petrol and diesel and the two were selling it illegally. We took them into custody. When the inquiry officer was about to register a complaint the accused entered the detection room and started shouting and pushing us," said sub-inspector S N Mulla, from Mumbra police station. The accused have been arrested and booked for assaulting an on-duty public servant.
|2017-07-05||MSEDCL officer held for taking Rs 50,000 bribe | Thane News ... - Times of India|
MSEDCL officer held for taking Rs 50,000 bribe Updated: Jul 6, 2017, 04:00 IST Thane: A deputy executive engineer of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesdy reportedly for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a contractor against providing power connection at his upcoming project in Neral. ACB officials claimed that the contractor claimed to have deposited the legal amount mandated for providing power connection, but the accused, Balaji Waghmode demanded Rs 2,000 for each electric meter to be installed in his 25-floor building. "Waghmode was caught red-handed at his office in Karjat while taking bribe. He has been booked under Prevention of Courruption Act 1988," said Dy Superintendent of ACB, Balkrishna Sawant.
|2017-07-04||Religious fervour grips city on Ashadi Ekadashi - Times of India|
Religious fervour grips Thane on Ashadi Ekadashi Updated: Jul 5, 2017, 01.33 AM IST THANE: The occasion of Ashadi Ekadashi on Tuesday gave the city a religious look as several citizens indulged in chanting of hymns and prayed to their reigning deity Vitthal. Also known as Maha-Ekadashi, the day is primarily celebrated by the Warkari community in Maharashtra on the 11th lunar day in the Hindu month of Ashadh. According to Hindu mythology, the day marks the onset of the holy period of Chaturmas associated with the rainy season. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu went into a deep slumber on this day only to have awaken from his sleep on the day of Kartik Ekadashi, which falls in the month of October. Padmaja Pangam, a resident of Siddhachal, said, "Of all the Ekadashis, which come twice a month after every 15 days, Ashadhi and Kartik are extremely significant to Hindus. Tuesday was the 11th lunar day of Ashadh. This number is the sum of our five senses, five motor organs and the mind. Fasting is a method of purification and a means of expressing gratitude towards our creator. For internal development and to connect with the Lord, our ancient saints have emphasized the importance of Ekadashi. Sadly, not many are aware of this and merely fast because it is told to them by their elders."A devotee and resident of Vasant Vihar, Radhika Ganesh, said, "I started the day with a two-hour puja called Vishnu Sahasranamavali wherein I chanted 1,000 names of the Lord Vishnu and offered basil leaves for every name recited. My husband and I observe a fast on all the Ekadashis. On Ashadhi Ekadashi as well, to pay obeisance to the Lord we had a partial fast, indulging in only one light meal for lunch. Devotees also thronged local temples and participated in distinct religious activities and programmes organized specially on this day. For some, the day was celebrated like any other Ekadashi, but for staunch devotees the holy day was an occasion to get together and spend quality time with their loved ones. "A day before Ashadhi Ekadashi, night-long prayers were held in our home where a large group of friends and family chanted hymns. Certain traditional recipes which have been prepared in my family since generations were made in the evening. The entire family came together to break the fast by relishing the various types of home-made ladoos ,and kheer," said Amruta Kolhe, a Thaneite.
|2017-07-04||Substance abuse among school students is a serious concern: Thane Joint Commissioner - The Indian Express|
Substance abuse among school students is a serious concern: Thane Joint Commissioner Thane Joint Commissioner of Police Madhukar Pandey warned parents, teachers and students to remain vigilant and urged children to take a pledge to not indulge in any form of substance abuse. Thane | Published:July 4, 2017 9:48 pm Thane Joint Commissioner of Police Madhukar Pandey has expressed serious concern over increasing number of cases of substance abuse among youngsters, specially school children. While addressing a conference on topic substance abuse, held in Kalyan yesterday, he said active participation of all stakeholders is the need of the hour to fight the social evil. “The youth of our country is being brainwashed and a large number of school students is the target,” he said. The senior official claimed there have been instances where drug dealers spiked water bottles of school going children and later many of them developed addiction. He warned parents, teachers and students to remain vigilant and urged children to take a pledge to not indulge in any form of substance abuse.
|2017-07-04||This year, Thane district received 40% more rain in June as compared to last - Times of India|
This year, Thane district received 40% more rain in June as compared to last Jul 5, 2017, 01.35 AM IST THANE: This year, so far it seems like the rain gods have spelt good news for Thane district. In the month of June, the district received almost double the usual volume of rainfall. This has raised the hopes of officials and residents who are hoping to see a healthy water supply scenario for the next one year. The district has collectively received an average of around 980mm rainfall, which is nearly 40% more than what it receives during this season, said a district official. Last year, the rainfall received was barely 637mm as compared to the average of 1,006.41mm till July.Thane, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar talukas witnessed the highest rainfall last month, which officials claim is good for urban areas as it could help recharge the underground water table that could help tide the water crisis, especially during summer. Thane taluka—comprising of Thane city and Navi Mumbai recorded 1,057mm rainfall, while Kalyan witnessed 1,008mm rainfall. Shahpur recorded 936mm rainfall, while Ulhasnagar taluka witnessed 1,013mm rainfall. As the district has received good rainfall, the reservoirs have also marked an increase in volume. Barvi dam which had around 7.31% volume of water last year at the end of June, now is nearly 54% full, while Bhatsa that was 28% full last year at this time is now nearly 50% full, stated a storage capacity chart released by the Thane district management. The city has been receiving heavy showers since the last week of June. This has helped fill the borewells as well. "Good rains will ensure a healthy supply of water to the city and district. We are expecting enough rains in the next few month also. If this happpens then the dams will get filled fast," said a civic official.
|2017-07-04||Thane: Accident-prone spots on GB road to be identified to reduce mishaps - Times of India|
Thane: Accident-prone spots on GB road to be identified to reduce mishaps Jul 5, 2017, 01.30 AM IST THANE: The Monday fuel tanker accident at Kajupada has once again highlighted the need for identifying and correcting accident-prone spots on Thane roads especially on the Ghodbunder stretch that features among the most mishap prone roads. A joint commitee comprising transport department, revenue, police and public works were entrusted to identify the dangerous spots in the district and suggest corrective actions. However, nearly months after it was formed, there has been no progress on the front, informed an official, who claims that several mishaps could be avoided if certain changes are made in the road designs. As many as three spots along the Ghodbunder stretch including the Kajupada turn, Gaimukh and Chena creek one seem to be the most notorious when it comes to heavy vehicles toppling over. There have been several mishaps reported at these three bends on the stretch wherein heavy vehicles have lost balance. The recent one was on Monday at Kajupada and a TMT bus at Chena creek turn last week. Few MSRTC buses have also met with mishaps on the Gaimukh-Kajupada stretch while maneourving a turn causing them to topple. Transport activists have been long demanding that sharp bends along the ghodbunder, especially at Kajupada, Gaimukh be eased for safety of traffic movement. "Few sharp turns along the GB stretch have witnessed instances of vehicles overturning in the recent past, inform experts," admit officials manning the stretch.Experts attribute the mishaps to mostly poor road design. "Often reckless tarring ends up changing the gradients at turns compared to what it was designed for thus posing risks for vehicles. Rampant speed breakers on highways also cause accidents and so do sharp curves especially on high speed zones like highways. The need is to ensure the norms mandated are followed," said Nitin Dossa, executive chairman of the Western India Automobiles Association. Meanwhile, when contacted the transport department at Thane said they would work out a solution after identifying the problem spots in Thane to prevent further mishaps."We are planning to pilot a joint meet to identify and chalk out a solution to the rising number of road accidents. There are several junctions, turns on heavy density corridors like GB that see frequent accidents and need immediate solutions," said a transport official. The city has witnessed nearly 4,400 accidents since 2014 of and nearly 800 proved fatal.
|2017-07-04||Will continue raids on petrol pumps: Thane cops - Times of India|
Will continue raids on petrol pumps: Thane cops Jul 5, 2017, 03.35 AM IST Nagpur: The ongoing statewide crackdowns on rigged petrol pumps by Thane crime branch may have gone a long way to shield the commoners from being fleeced by unethical practices but controversies too have been erupting to mar the mood of the sweeping actions. The cops, unaffected by the highs and lows in the actions so far, claimed they would continue their raids to take the probe to their logical ends. It was also reliably learnt that state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis may likely to take a call on the future of the raids which are now conducted by Thane cops as the gravity and span of the actions seem to be fast widening at a rate which may soon start proving cumbersome for a city-based unit. Amid the rumour of the action likely to be soon handed over to the state Criminal investigation department (CID), Director general of police (DGP) Satish Mathur refused any such chance as of now. The rumour has been intensified by the fact that many of the petrol pumps raided by the Thane cops, including in city (Rabjyot Automobiles at Mankapur) and elsewhere like Dhanashri automobile in Saoner and at Arni in Yavatmal, are owned by BJP leaders which have triggered the speculation of political inference. The Vidarbha petroleum dealers association, which though have appreciated the action of the cops on their erring members on Monday at a petrol pump has claimed that some of the owners have been victimized by the action. In an earlier press conference at Thane, the petrol pump owners of the western Maharashtra too had claimed of police high-handedness against them. The city-based association has also claimed that Saoner's Dhanashri petrol pump was wrongly sealed by the Thane cops. The petrol pump owner of HPCL's SS Automobile at Friends colony also has claimed that their outlet had been shut down from several months but still they were acted upon with the Thane cops seizing fuel dispensing units and control cards. DCP, Thane crime branch, Abhishek Trimukhe said that the actions have not being initiated arbitrarily but based on the information extracted during the interrogations of the accused and other suspects. "Initially we had arrested two owners where there was no doubt regarding their involvement in the tempering of the pulsars.Later on, it had started trickling out during probes that managers and other staffers were the ones who were actually involved in the tempering keeping the owners in dark," he said. "We are not ruling out involvements of the owners behind rigging their petrol pumps but have decided to wait for the final reports from the government laboratories to put them behind bars," said Trimukhe who is spearheading the raids. Trimukhe also said that the present focus is on checking of the pumps before they can remove the chips. "Investigations and scrutiny are on simultaneously," said the DCP claiming that his unit is almost entirely devoted to the actions. Mohd Shaheed Sharique, anti-adulteration consumer society, said that there was a committee formed to check malpractices at the petrol pump in 2007 under the instruction of high court but no action had followed. "The malpractices by the petrol pump is nothing new," he said.
|2017-07-04||Rains spell trouble for pets, skin infections, ailments on the rise - Times of India|
Rains spell trouble for pets, skin infections, ailments on the rise Updated: Jul 5, 2017, 01.32 AM IST THANE: The incessant rains and change in weather has triggered led to a rise in the number of ailments among animals. Many pets are being treated for skin infections, respiratory tract infections and gastrointestinal problems. "Since the onset of monsoon, there has been a rise in the number of pets suffering from viral and respiratory tract infections and diarrhea. Also as it has been raining continuously, pets get wet when they go for their walks, due to which they suffer from from skin infections, pyoderma, etc as their fur does not dry up. Also, not only pets but many strays, too, suffer from maggot wounds," said Dr Karishma Gupte, a vet. As there has been an increase in the number of animals falling sick and suffering from viral, veterinaries have cautioned pet owners to take preventive steps and protect their furry friends from ailments."The owners must dry up their pets using a hairdryer or towel after they return from their walk. The most common skin infection that occurs in dogs is between their paws. So, owners must make sure to clean it properly and if possible make them wear raincoats. Also, if they have wounds then they must be covered as they have chances of getting infected," said Gupte. Some owners are taking adequate measures to make sure that their pets do not suffer from any ailments. "In order to avoid my dog from getting wet in the rain, I purchased a treadmill for my pet. In this way, I don't have to take him out for his walks. He didn't even like wearing a raincoat. So he would always get wet in the rain,'' said Nikita Potdar, a resident of Manpada. Meanwhile, doctors have advised to make sure that pet owners use anti-tic or fungal shampoo while giving their furry friends a bath. Also, it is recommended to wash their paws with an anti-infective soap and to make them walk in dry areas.
|2017-07-04||Auto driver, aide rob commuter of valuables worth Rs 44 thousand at knife point - Times of India|
Auto driver, aide rob commuter of valuables worth Rs 44 thousand at knife point Jul 5, 2017, 01.24 AM IST THANE: An auto driver and his aide robbed a 32-year-old passenger of cash, valuables and mobile collectively worth Rs 44,000 at knife point near Wagle Estate last week.The police said that the victim, Ranjeet Surve, had taken an auto from a temple near Modella check naka to go to his place in Friend's Colony at Bhandup village late in the evening. Surve agreed to the driver's request to get his friend to share the auto as he too was heading the same way. "Just after the victim entered the vehicle, the auto driver's friend pointed a knife at Surve's and ordered him to empty his pockets. Surve gave away his two mobile phones worth Rs 34,000, cash amounting to Rs 10,000 and also a wallet which contained his pan-card, ATM card, finance card, his bike registration booklet, bike's garage card and driving licenses," said inspector (crime) S P Pandharkar of Shrinagar police station. The duo is still absconding and the police are trying to locate them by tracking the stolen phones of the victim. The duo has been booked for robbery.
|2017-07-03||Mumbai's Ghodbunder Road sees 10-hour traffic jam after gas ... - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai’s Ghodbunder Road sees 10-hour traffic jam after gas tanker overturns Mumbai city news: Vehicles going towards Vasai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Borivali and Mumbai are stranded and may remain stuck for five hours MUMBAI Updated: Jul 03, 2017 21:38 IST A massive traffic snarl on Thane’s Ghodbunder Road has left people stranded in their vehicles for up to 10 hours now after a gas tanker overturned around 1 pm on Monday blocking one of the main entry points into Mumbai. And the traffic jam is unlikely to ease anytime soon. At 9.30 pm, trafficand fire brigade officials said it would take at least half an hour more to get traffic moving. Removing the overturned truck would take several hours more. For hours, the fire brigade battled to ensure there was no gas leak from the Bharat Gas tanker headed towards Vasai that overturned on the busy road. A tweet from Thane police around 7pm: Vehicles going towards Vasai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Borivali and Mumbai are stuck on the roads and are expected to be stranded till late in the night. Police have been diverting traffic well before the accident spot, which was a bit of a disaster zone with officials worried about gas leaking while hundreds of people were trapped in their vehicles. People with young children and aged relatives struggled to cope.
|2017-07-03||Monsoon rains continue in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Thane ... - Skymet Weather|
Monsoon Rains Continue In Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Thane With Reduced Intensity 3 July 2017 03:45 PM Active Monsoon conditions continued to give moderate to heavy rains over several parts of Konkan and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra. While, remaining areas recorded light to moderate showers. In span of 24 hours from 8:30 am on Sunday, Jalgaon recorded 49 mm of rain, Thane 42 mm, Vengurla 23 mm, Chandrapur 19 mm, Mumbai 18 mm, Buldhana 15 mm, Wardha 16 mm, Dahanu 16 mm, Alibag 13 mm, Nashik 12 mm, Chandrapur 19 mm, Satara 8 mm, Pune 8 mm, Kolhapur 5 mm and Nagpur 3 mm.In wake of these good showers, all the regions of Maharashtra barring Vidarbha are rain surplus. As on June 2, Konkan & Goa region is rain surplus by 18%, Madhya Maharashtra by 32%, Marathwada by 18%, while Vidarbha is rain deficit by 6%. According to the Skymet Weather, the prevailing off-shore trough along the West Coast has been responsible for these good rains. But now, the off-shore trough has weakened marginally. Due to this, intensity of rain is likely to decrease over Konkan region for the next 2-3 days.However, Vidarbha will continue with on and off light to moderate showers. In fact, weathermen predict that rain intensity may increase after 3-4 daysMeanwhile, Monsoon over Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra will remain subdued, though isolated rains will continue but moderate to heavy falls are unlikely for the next 3-4 days With this drop in the rainfall figures, the rain surplus for the regions may reduce marginally by the end of this week.
|2017-07-03||Rough road ahead for commuters, Indrani and Sanjay Dutt? Top 5 stories from Mumbai - Hindustan Times|
Rough road ahead for commuters, Indrani and Sanjay Dutt? Top 5 stories from Mumbai The top five stories from Mumbai you shouldn’t miss MUMBAI Updated: Jul 03, 2017 17:21 IST While Mumbai’s Ghodbunder Road has been shut owing to an overturned gas tanker, enforcement directorate has sought details of televangelist Zakir Naik’s properties in the UAE. The Bombay high court has struck down criminal proceedings initiated by Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) against Raymond Group chairman and managing director Gautam Hari Singhania for illegally felling 586 trees within his company premises at Thane. Meanwhile, the Mumbai crime branch will probe the riot which took place inside the Byculla jail on June 3, in which former media entrepreneur Indrani Mukerjea and 200 inmates were booked. Also, the Bombay high court gave the Maharashtra government two weeks to explain why actor Sanjay Dutt was granted an early release from prison. The top five stories from Mumbai: 1. LPG?tanker overturns on Mumbai’s Ghodbunder Road, gas leak being contained, don’t take this route for Thane, Vashi Avoid commuting along Ghodbunder road at Thane near Mumbai today, as a gas tanker carrying LPG has met with an accident along Kajupada. 2. How many companies, properties does Zakir Naik own in UAE??ED wants to know The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is currently seeking details of UAE-based properties and companies owned by televangelist Dr Zakir Naik. 3. Bombay HC reprieve for Raymond chairman and MD Gautam Singhania in ‘tree-felling case’In a major reprieve for Gautam Hari Singhania, the Bombay high court recently struck down criminal proceedings initiated by Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) against the Raymond Group chairman and managing director for illegally felling 586 trees within his company premises at Thane. 4. Indrani Mukerjea, 200 inmates booked for Mumbai jail riot; crime branch to look into case The Mumbai crime branch will probe the riot which took place inside the Byculla jail on June 3, in which former media entrepreneur Indrani Mukerjea and 200 inmates were booked. 5. Actor Sanjay Dutt released early from jail: Maharashtra govt to explain why in 2 weeks The Bombay high court gave the Maharashtra government two weeks to brief the advocate general and to file an affidavit explaining why actor Sanjay Dutt was granted an early release from prison after he was convicted in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
|2017-07-03||Thane kids put their thinking caps on for Science Congress - Times of India|
Thane kids put their thinking caps on for Science Congress Jul 4, 2017, 01.40 AM IST THANE: It was meant to be an science orientation session, but 12-year-old Leena Sherkar, a class VII student of Sarawasti School, is animatedly discussing an innovative idea which she plans to showcase, along with her team, at the upcoming National Children's Science Congress (NCSC) that has been scheduled in December. More than 60 children, all in the age group of 10 to 17 years from various city schools gathered at Saraswati Marathi medium school on Sunday for an orientation programme and workshop that was organised by Jidnyasa Trust. A brainchild of the government of India's National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) department of science and technology, the theme for this year is "Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development". Surendra Dighe from Jidnyasa Trust, which is the coordinating agency for NCSC in Maharashtra, said, "The good feature of this project is that the activity is for all children and not merely students. We get a number of drop outs as well who come up with brilliant and innovative ideas. Our duty is mainly to mentor these children and guide them to select proper sub-themes as per their interest and discuss the scientific approach with which they will handle the case study. Then they have to do all the practical work." For the past 25 years, NCSC has introduced different themes to channelize the young minds.Under this initiative, the young science enthusiasts are given two to three months to work on their presentation. "A simple idea was presented by a group of class VI students last year. They demonstrated scientifically how much water is wasted in washing cars in Thane. Everyone thinks only about themselves that they are using only one bucket of water, but how much water is being used for this in the world that no one makes note of," said Dighe. The 'project work' workshop received a positive response on its first day with many parents accompanying their kids. Alhad Oak, father of Gayratri Oak (12), a student of A.K Joshi school, said, "The talent and ability that these young kids show today is commendable. If at the ground level they can address key issues by giving simple, creative solution through technology and innovation then even constructive learning takes place rather than forcing kids to only read textbooks." A resident of Louiswadi, Gauri Panshikar, mother of a class V student, said, "Besides developing a sense of curiosity in young ones, the child becomes aware of the problems existing in the environment. His way of thinking and perception has to changed."
|2017-07-03||Three injured as portion of wall collapses in Kalwa - Times of India|
Three injured as portion of wall collapses in Kalwa Jul 4, 2017, 01.39 AM IST THANE: Three members of a family, including a minor, were injured after a portion of the wall of an illegally-built tenement above their roof, came crashing down upon their ground-plus-one storied chawl in Gholai Nagar area of Kalwa on Monday. The crash resulted in minor injuries and bruises for Urmila Pathak (50) but her two children Shilpa (18) and Suresh (12) suffered serious injuries on their head, hands and legs. The trio were apparently busy in the daily morning household chores when suddenly a part of the ceiling collapsed on them. The neighbours from their slum settlements on the Parsik Hills rushed to their rescue and attempted to clear the brick and mortar debris that had collapsed on Pathak's home. All the three were pulled out to safety and rushed into Chhatrapati Shivaji Hospital, Kalwa where they are recuperating. Santosh Kadam, chief of Regional Disaster Management Cell, (RDMC) said, "The structure on the first floor belongs to a man called Chotelal Jaiswal, while the ground floor tenement belongs to Rayasaheb Pathak. Prima facie it appears that torrential rains could be the reason for this collapse. We immediately reached the spot and rescued the people. We have razed the wall entirely."
|2017-07-03||Thane police take custody of two petrol pump scam accused - The Asian Age|
Thane police take custody of two petrol pump scam accused Published : Jul 4, 2017, 2:22 am IST Updated : Jul 4, 2017, 2:22 am IST Till now, 80 petrol pumps have been sealed from all over Maharashtra. Mumbai: The Thane police has taken custody of Vivek Shetey (43), and Avinash Naik (37), over suspicions that they have manufactured and supplied ‘cheat’ chips to fuel stations in the state to dispense less fuel than what was charged for. Shetey, who has an MSc in electronics, was earlier arrested from Dombivali by the UP police for having manufactured such chips at his workshop. The chips were then allegedly sold at the rate of Rs 50,000 to the accused in UP. Naik owns a chip-manufacturing unit in Pune. The police has a set of names under its scanner for their suspected role in making cheat chips and the interrogation of Shetey and Naik may give clues on the former’s whereabouts, said a police source. Till now, 80 petrol pumps have been sealed from all over Maharashtra. Last month, Thane police had made a list of 100 petrol pumps, those which were suspected of using electronic chips to manipulate their discharge of fuel in a manner that less fuel is given for what is shown on the receipt. Thane police PRO, S Narkar said, “ We have sealed 80 petrol pumps till Monday from all over Maharashtra and arrested 19 accused in the case. We have taken custody of the two chip makers who were earlier arrested by the joint operation of UP police and Thane police.” Investigation officer said, “ We have taken custody of Shetey and Naik, because we have got some links which indicates that they have the main role in this scam in Maharashtra too. Also there are some other chipmakers who might be in contact with these accused. We need to find them and after taking them into custody, get more clues about the others accused. Soon we will arrest rest of the accused in the case.” According to Thane police, Vivek Shetey was arrested for selling cheat chips to UP-based suspect, Ajay Chaurasia. Shetey has supplied more than 300 chips to men in UP. He used to manufacture the chips at his home.
|2017-07-02||Thane: Police Arrest Six Men Carrying Rs 1 Crore in Demonetised Currency - India.com|
Thane: Police Arrest Six Men Carrying Rs 1 Crore in Demonetised Currency In Thane, the police seized Rs 1 crore in old notes of Rs 1,000 notes that were scrapped during demonetization. Updated: July 2, 2017 9:46 AM IST Mumbai, July 2: In Thane, the police seized Rs 1 crore in old notes of Rs 1,000 that were scrapped during demonetisation in November last year. The incident happened on Friday when the police received a tip off. On Friday evening, the Thane police laid a trap in Anand Nagar area of Thane. They caught six men carrying these old notes in three bags. Sunil Lokhane, DCP zone 5 says, “We had received information that a gang was going to come to the spot to exchange money. The gang was headed by Badlapur resident Suresh Zhondale, who works as a journalist with a local magazine. The gang members are in the age group of 45 to 55 years and most of them are unemployed. They were travelling in a car which also belongs to Zhondale”, reports TOI. An officer said, “Our plain-clothes personnel camped outside Hawre City Housing Society on Ghodbunder Road on Friday afternoon and intercepted the accused who arrived in a Mahindra Xylo”, reports The Hindu. The officer also adds, “We seized 9,985 notes of Rs 1,000 and 30 notes of Rs 500. The six accused were arrested. They are being interrogated to find out who provided them with the notes and whom they were going to hand it over to.” The names of other accused arrested in this case are Malkan Pawar and Mil Lukhana, who reside in Badlapur, Uttam Patil from Dombivli, Naresh Kulkarni from Kalyan and Amol Shinde from Panvel.
|2017-07-02||Doctor booked for molesting teacher, flees - Times of India|
Doctor booked for molesting teacher, flees Updated: Jul 2, 2017, 06.43 AM IST Bhiwandi: The Nizampura police on Friday booked a doctor, Aqueel Azmi (30), who allegedly molested and abused a 26-year-old teacher near her Bhiwandi residence. Azmi is on the run. The accused was earlier arrested in March for molesting and sending lewd text messages to the same woman and was charged under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code for outraging modesty of woman. He was out on interim bail with instructions that he would not contact or approach the woman, yet he continued to harass her. According to the Nizampura police, the accused is "in love with the woman and had proposed her several times but she had refused". He also allegedly tried contacting the woman's mother to talk about "marriage proposal" for the woman. S V Gudve, woman police sub-inspector said, "The accused is jobless. We have registered a case against him and have launched manhunt for him."
|2017-07-02||Showers replenish Yeoor's green cover - Times of India|
Thane: Showers replenish Yeoor’s green cover Updated: Jul 3, 2017, 12.29 AM IST THANE: The past few days of heavy showers seem to have brought life back in the Yeoor forest range's green canopy.As many as 15 of 35 watering holes in the forests dried up in the scorching heat of the summer. During a forest census conducted later in May, only 16 watering holes were found with adequate water to quench the thirst of the animals here. The census even recorded a sharp decline in the sighting of a number of wild animals, including deer, wild boars, snakes and other mammals, reptiles and birds. Environmentalists have asserted that the fauna could be migrating to the other SGNP forest ranges in search of water. Range forest officer of SGNP's Yeoor range, Sanjay Waghmode, said, "The summer heat caused a lot of these ponds to dry up. We keep conducting activities like desilting and lining the watering holes with stones. If the rains continue like this, the fauna here will not have any water shortage for a long time." "In the animal census conducted on Buddha Poornima in May, we saw a drop in the fauna sightings at 16 live watering holes. Meanwhile, the forest ranges in Mumbai saw a rise in animal count, which could mean that the animals from the Yeoor range migrated in search of water and food. Now that the watering holes here are replenished, we could expect a much vibrant nature train, complete with sightings of reptiles, mammals, birds and insects," said a city environmentalist.
|2017-07-02||Fake slum redevpt offer costs bizman Rs 4 lakh - Times of India|
Fake slum redevelopment offer costs businessman Rs 4 lakh Updated: Jul 3, 2017, 12.34 AM IST THANE: A businessman was allegedly cheated of Rs 3.95 lakh by a contractor. Asmal Sharikmaslat had paid the money in parts on various occasions from 2008 to 2010.Megha Gaware and her aide Vikram Sapate reportedly told the trader that they had been sent by TMC officials to carry out a biometric surveillance of Bhimnagar, a slum tenement in Vartak Nagar. Sharikmaslat had also checked some forms which appeared to be belonging to the city's municipal corporation. "The complainant, who has a welding business, said Gaware had visited Bhimnagar and claimed that not only would she be doing the survey of the slum but also would provide houses to the residents there. Sharikmaslat believed the woman on seeing the TMC forms and had asked the residents to fill up the same," said an officer from Vartak Nagar police station. "The accused then promised the victim that she would give him a house measuring 160 sq ft under Valmiki Ambedkar Awas Yojna but instead gave a room to someone else. Later, she also promised the businessman a house under BSUP ," the police officer said. The civic body has told the businessman that the slum surveillance contract was given to a charitable trust and was asked not to take any money.
|2017-07-02||Children taking care of strays seek help from NGOs - Times of India|
Thane: Children taking care of strays seek help from NGOs Jul 3, 2017, 12.31 AM IST THANE: Taking inspiration from Salman Khan's 2011 flick "Chillar Party", the children in the lake city have turned pet-sensitive and are approaching NGOs for guidance on feeding and safe-keep of strays in their neighbourhood. Shubham Desai, 11, alongwith two of his friends approached Pet Owners and Animal Lovers (PAL), asking for help to get rid the bugs that had infested the two puppies in their building. "Our parents and neighbours were upset about us bringing the pups. We had rescued them from big dogs and kept them on our building terrace. But we did not know what to feed them. The NGO we told us that we could give them curd rice and dog food. We weren't aware that some foods were not good for dogs," said Roshan Thakur (13), a Manpada resident.The NGO also told the kids how to take care of the hygiene of the pups. "We told them how to clean the dogs. They were informed about the importance of vaccination and sterilisation, and we explained them why these were important for the animal," said Aditi Nair, founder of PAL. Another group of children from Brahmand recently collected donations for their four-legged furry friend, Buzo, as the dog was suffering from a skin ailment. "We weren't aware as to why he was shedding hair, so we took the help of NGO PAL and understood that it could be because of his improper diet or he was about to suffer from some fungal infection. We went door to door asking for donations and collected over Rs 6,000 for his treatment, said Mega Premchandani (14), a resident of Brahmand. The NGO too helped the children at many times and the kids in turn also donated money for the strays with the NGO. "We are now following the instructions and taking adequate care so that he does not suffer again," Mega said.
|2017-07-02||2nd drowning in Mumbra pond cause for worry: Activists - Times of India|
Second drowning in Mumbra pond cause for worry: Activists Jul 3, 2017, 12.27 AM IST THANE: With the drowning of a 17-year-old boy in a pond near Mumbra hills on Friday, the alarm over rain-related deaths at this spot has increased. After the disastmer management cell received a call about the body, the police and fire brigade fished out the corpse that was later identified to be of Sameer Sheikh (17), a resident of Shivaji Nagar, Dargah road, Mumbra.The city police has started investigating the case and have registered an accidental death report. This is the second such incident at the same spot in a month's time. A teenager from Mumbra had reportedly gone in the waters of the same pond alone and drowned in the first week of June. Following repeat incidents, activists have demanded that the pond's premise be either cordoned off or security staff be deputed. "The pond was formed due to quarrying activities in the area. The authorities need to depute a guard or barricade the area," said Mustafa Khan, a local resident.
|2017-07-02||Potholes, flooding & snarls make city move at snail's pace - Times of India|
Potholes, flooding and snarls make Thane move at snail’s pace Updated: Jul 3, 2017, 12.24 AM IST THANE: The recent spell of the rains has left several roads of the city in a pitiable condition, causing inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians. A survey of city roads by a TOI team revealed the Ghodbunder stretch and parts of Mumbra are the worst-hit by potholes. Several internal roads have also been flooding during the rains. In contrast, areas like Upvan, Pokhran Road 1, Ram-Maruti road had minimal disruptions. Commuters complained about traffic snarls due to ongoing road works. Nikita Kharote (21), a resident of Manpada, said, "I travel daily to my office in Goregaon. Even at this hour, there is a lot of traffic mainly because of dug-up roads that slow down the traffic. Moreover, buses do not have a fixed time and this often disturbs my routine, especially during the rains."Local residents and officials claimed the work of laying a water pipeline at Ghodbunder has been causing traffic snarls on the stretch. TMT and Best operators also claimed that the delay in services was due to the jams. "The frequency of our services has been reduced as buses have been getting held up on GB road. Long-distance buses have hit the most," said a TMT official. Residents staying along Gladys Alwares road have also been complaining of water logging in their areas this year. "A complete lane of the road was waterlogged last week during the heavy rains," said a local resident. Meanwhile, the disaster management team got 588 various calls, including 77 water logging complaints, 58 instances car break downs and 200 cases of tree falls, said chief Santosh Kadam.
|2017-07-02||Thane cops raid Amravati petrol pump | Nagpur News - Times of India - Times of India|
Thane cops raid Amravati petrol pump Jul 3, 2017, 03.47 PM IST NAGPUR: Thane crime branch squad cracked down on HPCL's Padmini Petrol pump at Lehgaon near Morshi in Amravati district on Sunday seizing two pulsars (Dispensing units) and equal numbers of control cards after tampered IC was traced in them which led to a lesser amount of delivery of the fuel. This is the fifth raid of the Thane crime branch in Vidarbha. Thane police sources said the petrol dispensing unit delivered 100ml less fuel in every litre sold. Similar aberration was also found in the dispensing unit which delivered diesel. The owner of the pump has been served a notice warranting his appearance before the Thane crime branch on a later date.
|2017-07-02||Tata Realty, StanChart PE JV buys Thane-Belapur land for Rs325 ... - Livemint|
Tata Realty, StanChart PE JV buys Thane-Belapur land for Rs325 crore The Tata Realty and Standard Charted PE joint venture will use the plot in Thane-Belapur industrial area for developing an IT park Last Published: Mon, Jul 03 2017. 04 37 AM IST Mumbai: In the biggest land deal in the year so far, a joint venture of Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd (TRIL) and Standard Chartered Private Equity has acquired a 47.5 acre plot at the Thane-Belapur industrial area close to Mumbai for Rs325 crore, two people aware of the development said. The joint venture will use the land to build around 6.5 million sq. ft of Grade A offices for information technology companies, the first of the two people cited above said. The plot belongs to the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), a government body which develops and leases out industrial land to investors and companies. Real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield, the property adviser to the transaction, declined to comment. Tata Realty did not respond to an email sent on Thursday while Standard Chartered PE declined to comment. “TRIL has been eyeing this market for the last three-four years. Thane-Belapur road is becoming an attractive micro market due to the increasing commercial activities specially IT park development happening around the area,” the second person said. In 2015, Tata Realty, a unit of Tata Sons Ltd, and Standard Chartered formed a Rs3,000 crore investment platform to buy commercial assets. In June last year, it bought out commercial assets of Gurgaon-based builder M3M for Rs250 crore. The Thane-Belapur deal comes at a time when outright sale of land has significantly slowed down as developers increasingly opt for joint development or revenue sharing model with land owners. No major land deal has happened this year. The last big land sale (in value terms) was in December 2016 when realty firm K Raheja Corp. and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC announced they would jointly acquire a three-acre land parcel in Mumbai’s prime Worli locality for Rs610 crore from Siemens Ltd. Some of the other large land deals in the last one year include K Raheja Corp. acquiring 62.25 acres in Navi Mumbai from the Mafatlal Group for Rs355 crore and Godrej Properties buying 12 acres in Sarjapur in Bengaluru from Mumbai-based builder HDIL Ltd for nearly Rs100 crore. However, many large corporate land deals, particularly in Mumbai suburbs, have been stuck due to regulatory hurdles and price expectation mismatch between the buyer and the seller. In addition, the prolonged slump in real estate has also forced real estate firms to join hands with land owners and co-develop projects. Large companies such as GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (GSK), Essar Group and Hindalco Industries Ltd have been looking to monetize some of their land parcels but haven’t been able to find takers. “With a slowing market situation, the number of land transactions has significantly gone down, but paradoxically, in some micro markets, rates are also going up which are at times not viable for any project,” said Abhishek Goenka, tax partner, PwC India, a consulting firm.
|2017-07-01||In a first, an Israel-inspired app gives Thane residents a say in civic matters - Times of India|
In a first, an Israel-inspired app gives Thane residents a say in civic matters Jul 1, 2017, 05:58 IST THANE: Waiting in a long queue of cars to exit the Mulund toll post, Naupada resident Prakash Ponkshe is smiling to himself. His appeal to save a green patch on a traffic intersection close to his house has set off a chain reaction around the neighbourhood. As he scrolls down, the next page offers him discounts on tickets to a 'Sahir Ludhianvi nite' at Gadkari auditorium here. He grabs the offer before checking out an advisory from the municipal commissioner's office on noise pollution. Critics may label this scenario a gimmick, but Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal calls it his vision for a digital renaissance which will give residents of the city a stake in civic governance, and at the same time, energise local businesses. The tool he intends to wield is a mobile app that's being developed under the guidance of the Tel Aviv municipality in Israel. Modelled on the DigiTel project, which won Tel Aviv the title of the World's Smartest City in the 2014 Smart City Expo in Barcelona, DigiThane is touted as a first-of-its-kind effort in the country . At once, it aims to involve citizens in government decision-making and create an ecosystem that connects consumers to local enterprise and residents to administrators. "In Thane, like in many other cities, there has often been a disconnect between government and citizens. The corporation would come up with projects that citizens would not be aware of, and the citizens would have a string of queries, requests and complaints that the civic body was left oblivious to because of a communication gap. When I visited Tel Aviv, which won the award for the world's smartest city, I saw that their DigiTel initiative created a platform for the government, the citizens and even the commercial sectors to come together," said Jaiswal. Apart from participation in governance, DigiThane will have other distinctions to its credit: it's also a platform for citizens to pay taxes, track progress on projects, and receive customized updates on deals, discounts, and social engagements. The aim is to achieve collaboration between planners, civil society and commerce. Those opting to register will be provided with an all-purpose smart card in exchange for information about themselves like their hobbies, address, etc. While work on the app project began in May this year, it is expected to complete by August 15, and after a few trial runs, will be made available from October 2. In an exclusive interview with TOI, chief knowledge of ficer of the Tel Aviv Municipality Zohar Sharon said, "We started DigiTel in Tel Aviv in 2014, and have witnessed our city coming together as one community ever since. The project ensures that all government information is digitalised and available to citizens.""We have roped in a thirdparty private company, who is helping Thane Municipal Corporation to upload all its records and information online.This is a voluminous task, and the main one to create a completely transparent method of governance. We are working with TMC to ensure this completes soon so that they can launch DigiThane by October 2," added Sharon. DigiThane to be showcased during PM Modi's visit to Israel next week David Akov, consul general of Israel in Mumbai, said the DigiThane initiative is the first step to strengthening of ties between India and Israel and will be showcased during PM Narendra Modi's three-day visit to the Jewish nation next week. He said the concept "not only provides citizens with otherwise hidden information of the government and tailor-made updates about their area, but also encourages them to involve themselves in functioning of society." He recalled that CM Devendra Fadnavis and a delegation of municipal commissioners had visited Tel Aviv last year to study the concept, but it was only after the TMC commissioner visited Israel a later did the project begin taking shape. The DigiThane project "could be a catalyst for implementation of projects across India," he said.
|2017-07-01||No court rounds, owners get back cars from Thane police - Mumbai Mirror|
NO COURT ROUNDS, OWNERS GET BACK CARS FROM THANE POLICE Updated: Jul 1, 2017, 07.09 AM IST In a first, cops return 71vehicles to victims of a gang of car swindlers on humanitarian grounds. Seventy-one people have got back their stolen cars back without going through the hassles of court cases, courtesy the Thane Crime Branch. In a first, the police returned the 71 stolen vehicles on humanitarian grounds, after they arrested car swindlers who would trick people from financially weak backgrounds into giving their cars on lease to luxury hotels. Once they took possession of the cars — several of which were high-end — the gang members would disappear. Since the con men used names of only high-end hotels, it was easier to trap the victims. “We never thought that we would get our vehicles back so easily. Even our banks were not ready to listen when we told them the cars had been stolen,” said one of the victims. A few months ago, the Crime Branch busted a gang of three people, who charged a deposit of Rs 15,000 from unsuspecting victims on the promise of leasing out their cars to luxury hotels, including Grand Hyatt. Investigations revealed that the victims were also given fake stamp papers by the trio, identified as Anurag Tiwari (40), Rohit Gharat (29), and Rajendra Yadav (35). One of the victims was Narendra Rao, a shopkeeper who was approached by Gharat and Tiwari. They convinced him that he could earn extra money by leasing out his vehicle. They even brought seemingly legitimate papers bearing the Grand Hyatt’s stamp, police said. However, when Rao approached the police after being cheated, he realised that it was fake. “After the crime branch seized 71 such vehicles, the victims approached us with their woes. All the people duped are from financially weak backgrounds. They did not even have money to pay for their daily auto or taxi fare to the units and hence, expressed inability to cough up court fees. Most of these victims had mortgaged their properties for buying a four-wheeler and the banks were hounding them for balance payments,” said Ravindra Doifode, senior inspector of Anti chain snatching squad. He further added that on humanitarian grounds, the police decided to help the victims. “We first shot letters to the RTO offices across the state where all the vehicles were registered and got their details and the owners. Next, we matched the names which we had on the victims’ list and the one provided by the RTO. After matching all the 71 names, we sent an application to the court, explaining the situation, and seeking permission to return the properties to their rightful owners. Fortunately, the court agreed,” Doifode added. After getting the permission from the court, all the cars were returned to their rightful owners. The seized vehicles were Hyundai Xcent (15), Maruti Swift Desire (15), Toyota Etios (10), Renault Lodgy (2), Maruti Ertiga (12), Toyota Innova (3), BMW (1), Honda Amaze (2), Hyundai Creta (1), Maruti Suzuki Ciaz (2), Mahindra TUV 300 (5), Tata Zest (1), Chevrolet Enjoy (2) and Mahindra Xylo (1).
|2017-07-01||Thane: Drunk auto rickshaw passenger stabs constable with sharp weapon - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Drunk auto rickshaw passenger stabs constable with sharp weapon Updated: Jul 1, 2017, 04:10 PM IST, PTI A police constable on 'nakabandi' duty in Thane was allegedly attacked with a sharp weapon by a drunk auto rickshaw passenger, police said today. Sr Inspector at Thane Nagar Police Station Mandar Dharmadhikari told PTI that the incident took place in the wee hours when a team of police personnel were on Nakabandi here and they received a call in connection with a wall collapse in the city.? When the police team reached the location at around 2.15 am, they saw an autorickshaw approaching them. Upon checking, it was revealed that the occupant of the rickshaw was under the influence of liquor.? The police team subsequently asked the driver of the rickshaw to stop but he sped towards Thane railway station.?However, police gave the vehicle a chase and finally spotted it near the station and apprehended the occupant.? While quizzing him, he abused the policemen and attacked one of them with a sharp weapon on his hand after which the cop Dutta Pisal started profusely bleeding.? Even as the policemen were tackling the passenger, the rickshaw driver escaped.? The passenger, Swapnil Belekar (30), then hurt himself by banging his head to the rod of the rickshaw while being quizzed and was taken to the civil hospital.? He has been booked under sections 353, 332, 504 and 506 of the IPC and the injured constable Pisal was given first aid at the hospital.
|2017-07-01||Six held with old notes worth â‚ą1 cr. in Thane - The Hindu|
Six held with old notes worth ?1 cr. in Thane MUMBAI, JULY 01, 2017 23:47 IST UPDATED: JULY 01, 2017 23:47 IST Six persons were arrested in Thane on Friday for being in possession of old currency notes worth ?1 crore. The Kasar Wadavli police said the arrests were made following a tip-off. An officer said, “Our plain-clothes personnel camped outside Hawre City Housing Society on Ghodbunder Road on Friday afternoon and intercepted the accused who arrived in a Mahindra Xylo.” The officer said, “We seized 9,985 notes of ?1,000 and 30 notes of ?500. The six accused were arrested. They are being interrogated to find out who provided them with the notes and whom they were going to hand it over to.” The accused have been identified as Suresh Zodge, Malkaan Pawar, Uttam Patil, Naresh Kulkarni, Surendra Lubhana and Amol Shinde. The police are probing if they have a criminal record.
|2017-07-01||This monsoon, bite into these exotic green leafy veggies - Times of India|
This monsoon, bite into these exotic green leafy veggies Updated: Jul 2, 2017, 12.07 AM IST THANE: As the first showers of the season hit the lake city, the exotic, green leafy vegetables like takla, bharangi, kurdu, phodshi and shevla cultivated in Yeoor forest have made their way into the local markets. From mid-June till the last week of September, until the rains, these seasonal, wild vegetables cultivated without the use of chemicals or pesticides are sold by the tribals communities from Yeoor Hills. ''Since the green vegetables are cultivated in a natural process without using any pesticides and chemicals, the demand for them is increasing every year. Though the vegetables have a peculiar taste, they are popular during the rains,'' said Satyabhama Vetal from Yeoor. Like all leafy vegetables, these locally grown greens are a powerhouse of minerals, vitamins and natural oxidants, some effective enough to treat even serious ailments and disorders."The paste produced from babli— a monsoon vegetable— is used to provide relief from stomach pains and also helps in weight loss. Also, it is said that phodshi is good for diabetic patients. Even the other vegetables are loaded with nutrition," said another tribal from Yeoor Heerabai Mangalpoti (40). Mangalpoti along with other villagers pluck these vegetables from the fields and transport them to the markets at Vartak Nagar, Jambali Naka and Gaodevi. Normally, it is seen that customers stay away from buying leafy vegetables during the rains, but now the trend is changing. Till a couple of years ago, these vegetables were not much in demand, but curiosity of citizens to explore these natural varieties has led to an increase in buying such leafy vegetables. Today, the markets are filled with people queuing up to reap the benefits of these veggies. Dr Anagha Desai, a dietician from Thane, said, "All leafy vegetables are rich in fiber and nutrients. Whatever is found in a particular season is extremely beneficial for the body and health as during this time the natural oxidants it contains is at the highest level. Apart from minor ailments, these vegetables can be used to treat chronic heart diseases and also address issues like weight loss."
|2017-07-01||Woman arrested for attempting to sell a five year old girl in Thane - Firstpost|
Woman arrested for attempting to sell a five year old girl in Thane Jul, 01 2017 15:23:22 IST Thane: The crime branch unit of Thane Police has arrested a 50-year-old woman from Bhiwandi in Thane while she was trying to allegedly sell a five-year-old girl. Senior inspector of Anti-Human Trafficking cell, Thane crime branch, Ravindra Doundkar told PTI that the woman, identified as Shobha Gaikwad, worked as an 'aaya' (caretaker) at different places and lived in Kalyan's Kolsewadi.She was on the look out of a customer to sell the child and had also made enquiries at various places in the district. Acting on a tip off, police laid a trap near a municipal school in Devji Nagar, Bhiwandi on Thursday and sent a decoy to approach the woman, the officer said.While the decoy was trying to lock the deal for Rs 20,000, a police team nabbed the accused and foiled her attempt to sell the minor, he said. During interrogation, Gaikwad told police that the child was the daughter of her friend and that she took her custody by entering into an agreement on a stamp paper with her parent. The accused was booked under relevant sections of Juvenile Justice Act with Narpoli police, and was produced before a magistrate court on Thursday that remanded her in police custody till 6 July. Published Date: Jul 01, 2017 03:23 pm | Updated Date: Jul 01, 2017 03:23 pm
|2017-07-01||Thane police raid two more petrol pumps - Times of India|
Thane police raid two more petrol pumps Updated: Jul 2, 2017, 01.18 PM IST NAGPUR: Thane crime branch along with local police and other concerned departments continued raiding petrol pumps in Vidarbha on Saturday too. The team raided two more petrol pumps in the region. The operation which started earlier this week, has so far witnessed Thane police taking action against four petrol pumps. Thane police first raided Indian Oil's Dhanashri Auto Services at Saoner. The police later cracked the whip on Hindustan Petroleum's Shree Samartha Jogiraj Petrol at Jaripatka on Saturday. A team under API Abhiraj Kurhade seized three tempered pulsars (fuel vending machines) and equal number of 'control cards' which were being used to manipulate display meters at Dhanashri Auto Service. A notice has also been served to petrol pump owner Dadjirao Mangale to appear before Thane police for inquiry on a later date. It is learnt that Thane police has so far conducted around 63 raids on petrol pumps across the state which included 29 pumps of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL). While 27 petrol pumps belonged to Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), four pumps of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and three of Essar. Kurhade, who raided the petrol pumps under the supervision of DCP Abhishek Trimukhe (crime branch, Thane), said, "Apart from Saoner police, officials of IOCL, district civil supply and legal metrology department were part of the team which raided Dhanashri Auto Services. "Several petrol pumps are under our scanner which would be raided soon," he said. In the second raid, Thane police seized four tempered pulsars and equal number of 'control cards' at the petrol pump owned by Vinod Armarkar. A notice has also been served to him to appear for inquiry," Kurhade said. The raid was conducted following the information extracted during the interrogation of three accused arrested during the raid at Rabjyot Automobile Services at Mankapur earlier this week.