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2014-08-31Snake bite cases in Thane go up by 356% in 3 month
Snake bite cases in Thane go up by 356% in 3 monthsSanjeev ShivadekarSanjeev Shivadekar,TNN | Aug 31, 2014, 10.13 PM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesREAD MORE Snake|may|biteRELATEDThane: Thane district has witnessed a huge spurt in snake bite cases in the past few months. According to the figures procured from the state health department, 543 cases of snake bites were reported in July, as against 119 recorded in month of May. In the past three months, snake bite cases have gone up by 356%. "Thane district has dense forest and hilly areas and hence is a natural shelter for reptiles and wildlife. So the number of snake bite cases here are more than compared to other areas," said a senior health department official. In July, the number of snake bite cases recorded was 543 as compared to 119 cases recorded in May and 350 in June. "It has been observed that snake bite cases see a rise in June and July. From August the trend starts decreasing, the official added. A recently filed PIL in the Bombay high court claimed that as many as 10 persons die daily in Thane district due to snake bites and the figure goes up to 20 in the monsoons. A NGO had filed the PIL seeking help to deliver free snake bite kits in tribal areas. The petition even said that three out of four victims die only because they were unable to reach the hospital in time due to lack of roads in rural areas. "The natural habitat of most reptiles get damaged or completely washed out due to heavy rains during the monsoon months. These reptiles then move out in search of shelters like dry places, trees, shrubs, flower pots, garden and in some cases even premises of buildings or housing complexes where then can find their preys like rats and lizards. Hence the number of snake bite cases, too, rise during this time," the official said. Kaivalay Verma, an activist, who creates awareness among the people by asking them not to kill the reptile said, "Snakes are cold blooded and scared of human beings. "They attack humans only when they feel threatened." He also suggested that victims of snake of bite should go to hospital and take anti-venom from the doctors rather wasting time in cutting wounds or sucking out venom which are lesser effective and could prove fatal. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=Snake,may,biteStay updated on the go with The Times of India’s mobile apps. Click here to download it for your device.

2014-08-31e-registration facility launched in Thane - IBNLiv
e-registration facility launched in Thane Press Trust of India Aug 31, 2014 at 05:46pm IST Follow @ibnlive #balasaheb thorat #e registration #thane #maharashtra #maharashtra government Thane: Maharashtra Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat on Sunday launched e-registration facility under which people can now do registration of properties online. Thorat at the launch said that the facility is applicable in housing society with more than 200 members (houses), where members can avail the facility of doing the registration of their property 'online' from the office of the builder. "Under the process, users will not have to go the Registration offices and can save their time. Aadhar card number of the buyer and seller will be required for it," he said. He further added that various measures and initiatives undertaken by the revenue department were giving desired results and the department had fetched maximum revenue in 2013-14, after the State Excise department. The facility will be implemented in other cities of Maharashtra was as well, Maharashtra Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat said. (An elderly man using a computer, via Shutterstock) The facility will be implemented in other cities of Maharashtra was as well, he said. Inspector General Registration and Controller of Stamps Mayur Shah on the occasion said that 25-30 builders from Mumbai Metropolitan Region are soon going to start the service at their offices. 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2014-08-31Thane witnesses the first Visarjan of the Ganeshot
Thane witnesses the first Visarjan of the Ganeshotsav festivalDebarati S SenDebarati S Sen,TNN | Aug 31, 2014, 12.53 PM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesRELATEDTHANE: Ganeshotsav began with a lot of festivity and fervour on Friday, 29th September, 2014. And the first visarjans were witnessed on Saturday. Devotees who have Lord Ganpati in their homes for one-and-a-half days, thronged to the various lakes in the city. Thane's Masunda lake, Upwan lake saw a surge of crowd in the evening along with little idols of Ganpati. Puja was performed in the banks of the lake and amidst a cheerful gathering of devotees, Lord Ganesh was bid a farewell. The entire area reverberated with the characteristic sounds of the dhol. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=Stay updated on the go with The Times of India’s mobile apps. Click here to download it for your device.
2014-08-31Thane top cop urges youth to join civil services -
Thane top cop urges youth to join civil services Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai  August 31, 2014 Last Updated at 20:00 IST Add to My Page Related News HIV epidemic trends for Thane indicate high prevalence in HRGs Thane police arrest one from J&K recover stolen copper plates Thane police manhunt on to nab those behind ATM break-in bid Thane: youth sentenced to seven years in jail for rape Three-day National Conf on Sanskrit in Thane from tomorrow Urging youth to join civil services "to serve the country" here today, Thane's Joint Police Commissioner V V Lakshminarayana described these jobs as "the best platforms to uplift the poor" and become part of "emerging India". He was addressing a gathering of students and parents as a chief guest, during a seminar held at Yashwant Bhavan Hall in Lower Parel here to encourage youth to give civil services exams. "Politicians and those in civil services jobs directly deal with the people, try to understand their problems and make efforts to resolve them. By getting into civil services, one can serve the poor and the needy, which is as good as serving the country," he said. He stated that online social networking platforms divert the attention of the youth and asked students to read books. "Civil service jobs give immense job satisfaction and the kind of work we do directly affect the people," he said. Civil services jobs have a lot of excitement since one gets to learn on a daily basis and challenges are manifold, he said. Read more on:    Thane | India | National News Read More War museum project faces encroachment obstacle For construction of the National War Museum at the Princess Park locality near India Gate, the Defence Ministry will have to find a place to settle ... Advertisements The Gold Standard of Televisions . Click here to know moreData transforming the match-making business. click hereOpen a free Trading & Demat A/c with SharekhanLeadership and Corporate Accountability-India. Click hereImportant Facts about Infant Hearing ScreeningNow cloud runs through your business. Click hereInterest rate hue kam, ab apne ghar chale hum. Apply now.Find out what converged solutions can do for you.Smart Cloud Virtualized Server Recovery. Learn more.Global strength and expertise. At the centre of India's marketWith more than 100 Years of experience in ICTThe perfect drive the perfect style. Book a test drive Add to My Page Back to Top Quick Links PTI International Stories PTI National Stories PTI Sports Stories PTI Entertainment Stories Go Advertisement Latest News All NewsIn this section300x100 Learning from the Masters Book Extract: Limit hierarchical layers When the medium is the message Winning with culture The need to look outward is common to both India and China: Anil K Gupta Identifying the right reward system Five steps in building the employer brand Business apps for SMEs Be active on Twitter How do you motivate employees? Commerce Ministers to hold talks ahead of Xi's visit to India 'Mary Kom' goes tax free in Uttar Pradesh US welcomes proposed EU sanctions on Russia Foreign clients move Rs 25 lakh crore away from Swiss banks Modi's day out in Kyoto, visits two ancient Buddhist temples Over 300 injured in march towards Pak PM Nawaz Sharif's house Poland's Tusk, Italy's Mogherini get EU top jobs NATO says 'over 1,000 Russian troops' in Ukraine Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie marry Poroshenko scraps trip to Turkey after Russian troops 'sent into' Ukraine Most Popular ReadSharedCommented Modi seeks Japan's help for 'inclusive vision' on first big trip Tata group writes down $2.2 bn under Mistry After busy day in Kyoto, Modi arrives in Tokyo for summit talks Foreign clients move Rs 25 lakh crore away from Swiss banks With $38 million Ferrari, classic car market revs up Bank FD scam gets bigger, 9 FIRs filed Jan Dhan Yojana: Many questions remain Oil & gas offers most headroom to FIIs The story of Marans: Sun King and his brother Shubhashis Gangopadhyay: The common wealth Aditi Phadnis: The many faces of Tahir-ul-Qadri Jan Dhan Yojana gets off to strong start, beats targets on Day 1 Bank FD scam gets bigger, 9 FIRs filed Jan Dhan Yojana: Many questions remain T N Ninan: The law without limit Back to Top Hi Click here to go My Page iPhone iPad android wap facebook twitter Google+  RSS  Youtube From BS WebsiteHomeMarketsCompaniesOpinionTechnologySpecialsPersonal FinanceLatest NewsToday's PaperGeneral NewsGeneral VideosGeneral Photo GalleryEventsAuthorsAbout BSAbout UsCode of ConductTerms & ConditionsDisclaimerSupport & ContactPartner with UsCareersAdvertise with UsContact UsFeedbackSubscribeE-PaperBS MagazinesPortfolio TrackerBS ProductsBS HindiBS MotoringBS BooksB2B ConnectiPhoneiPadandroidwapConnect with BSFacebookTwitterGoogle +YoutubeRSS Copyrights © 2014 Business Standard Ltd. All rights reserved.
2014-08-31Thane civic school students yet to get uniforms -
Thane civic school students yet to get uniformsB B NayakB B Nayak,TNN | Sep 1, 2014, 02.28 AM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesREAD MORE uniform|Thane Municipal Corporation|school|oldRELATEDTHANE: It has been three months since schools reopened after the summer vacations but hapless civic school students are still deprived of new uniforms. They are forced to wear the short, faded and tight uniforms they were given the previous year. "I am still using the one which I had received last year. We have been told that the uniforms will be issued soon," said a Std VII student. Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has around 128 schools comprising over 35,000 students. TMC sources said, "We will make sure that the uniforms are distributed among the students soon. A parent said that the education wing of TMC should have fulfilled this basic requirement on the line of the Navi Mumbai civic school students, who got their uniforms on the opening day. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=uniform,Thane Municipal Corporation,school,oldStay updated on the go with The Times of India’s mobile apps. Click here to download it for your device.
2014-08-31Bids called for hawkers' software again in Thane -
Bids called for hawkers’ software again in ThaneSanjeev ShivadekarSanjeev Shivadekar,TNN | Sep 1, 2014, 02.24 AM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesREAD MORE Thane Municipal Corporation|Hawkers|AdvertisementRELATEDTHANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has extended the last date for bidders to participate in the tendering process for a software application that will issue hawkers identification cards and maintain their fee records after receiving a poor response. "The TMC had issued an advertisement for the software to maintain hawkers' record and accounts. But the civic body received a very poor response to the advertisement. The corporation has now decided to extend the last date so that interested companies can participate in the bidding process," the official said, adding that the last date has been extended to September 1. In June, the TMC had issued an advertisement asking hawkers to enroll to get their biometric identity cards. According to rough estimates, there are nearly 20,000 hawkers within the corporation's jurisdiction. The civic body has fixed enrollment charges at Rs 1,000, of which the hawker has to pay Rs 100 while taking the form. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=Thane Municipal Corporation,Hawkers,AdvertisementStay updated on the go with The Times of India’s mobile apps. Click here to download it for your device.
2014-08-31Mandal hopping plans marred by limited public tran
Mandal hopping plans marred by limited public transport in ThaneManoj BadgeriManoj Badgeri,TNN | Sep 1, 2014, 02.21 AM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesREAD MORE traffic|Rain|public transport|mandals|CommutersRELATEDTHANE: With fewer buses and trains running as per Sunday schedule and autos off the roads, devotees had a tough time reaching various mandals across and outside the city on Sunday. While several residents made the most of Sunday to meet their family and friends during the festive season mandal hopping, limited transportation availability added to their woes. On the one hand, the Thane Municipal Transport operated fewer buses and on the other, the railways operated only 70 per cent trains like it does on holidays. A majority of autos were also off the roads during the weekend forcing residents to opt for private transport. Certain perennially clogged stretches like Jambhli Naka, Kopri, Teen Haath Naka did see some slow moving traffic, but overall the situation was under control, said the traffic department. Due to heavy rains in the afternoon, one stretch of Ghodbunder Road from Anand Nagar junction towards Waghbil was waterlogged. This resulted in slow moving traffic towards Thane and Borivli in the afternoon. The State Highway (road no. 42) on Ghodbunder Road from Anand Nagar signal junction till M K Plaza was affected by clogging of sewage line due to heavy rainfall for over two hours on Sunday afternoon. The traffic police had to deploy personnel and open sewage chambers along the highway for the water to get discharged. "We wanted to take a darshan of all major Ganpati mandals in the city and neighbouring area. As there were very few autos plying the city roads, we finally decided to travel by our own car. The problem with taking our own car is parking. Every mandal in and outside the city is crowded. Where do we find space to park?" said Amar Sharma, a resident of Ghodbunder Road. Railways said the delay was largely because of trains running as per Sunday schedule when only 70 per cent services are operated considering low traffic. "The mega block was cancelled because of festive season. Some commuters complained of erratic schedules. We made regular announcements to inform commuters that frequency of trains was less today," said a railway official. follo: Rainhttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=traffic,Rain,public transport,mandals,CommutersStay updated on the go with The Times of India’s mobile apps. Click here to download it for your device.
2014-08-31Devotees prefer drummers to DJs on Ganeshotsav onc
Devotees prefer drummers to DJs on Ganeshotsav once againThe author has posted comments on this articleNishikant Karlikar, TNN | Sep 1, 2014, 02.29AM ISTShare on LinkedinPage 1 of 4Thane: The loud beats of dhols echoed on the streets of Thane this year again. Thaneities took it upon themselves to stay true to tradition and shun the temptation to hire DJs to spruce up their Ganpati celebrations. "Dholwallas will always be preferred to provide entertainment. The drum sounds better and it just feels right when it comes to Ganeshotsav. The traditional songs work only with the dhol," said Mayur Khole, an event organizer. If needed, he said, the dholwallas can give the beat to modern songs but devotees prefer the well-established originals. The sweet sound of cymbals added to the drums and Lezim by dancers adds to the atmosphere. These five-man groups are primarily from villages around Nashik and Pune. Some travel to the city from buses and trains, others hitch rides from buses and cars to get to the city. During the 10-day festive season, they throng the streets looking for pandals where they can perform. Almost all these men, however, are unemployed artistes who wait for festivals such as these to look for jobs. "We have come from a village near Bhusawal. I work there as a labourer. During the festival all work stops and since we have learned to play the dhol, we come to Thane to try to get a break," said Ramesh Jadhav, group leader, Sai dhol company. Jadhav added that his was not the only group from his village in Thane. There are two more near Kalwa and one in Airoli. If these dholwallas manage to get a job at a big mandal, they earn close to Rs 500 a day and are asked to play not only at the immersion but also at aartis. But these pandals don't give them a place to sleep. "We sleep outside shops in the Jambhli naka market. It is not possible to rent a room and eat two square meals a day," said Manohar Unkule of Aradhya group from Ahmednagar. Article continuesStay updated on the go with The Times of India’s mobile apps. Click here to download it for your device. Reader's opinionsRead All CommentsTHE TIMES OF INDIAPowered by INDIATIMESAbout usAdvertise with usTerms of Use and Grievance Redressal PolicyPrivacy policyFeedbackRSSNewsletterTOI MobileePaperSitemapArchivesOther Times Group news sitesTimes Crest | The Economic Timesइकनॉमिक टाइम्स | ઈકોનોમિક ટાઈમ્સMumbai Mirror | Times NowIndiatimes | नवभारत टाइम्समहाराष्ट्र टाइम्स | ವಿಜಯ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕGo GreenLiving and entertainmentTimescity | iDiva | Bollywood | ZoomHealthmeup | Luxpresso | TechnoholikGuylifeInterest Networkitimes | EmailHot on the WebHotklixServicesBook print ads | Online shopping | Business solutions | Book domains | Web hostingBusiness email | Free SMS | Free email | Website design | CRM | Tenders | RemitCheap air tickets | Matrimonial | Ringtones | Astrology | Jobs | Property | Buy carBikes in India | Deals | Free ClassifiedsCopyright © 2014 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service
2014-08-30Centre will clear prosposed water projects in Than
Centre will clear prosposed water projects in Thane: Nitin Gadkari By: Press Trust of India | Thane | Published:August 30, 2014 1:11 pm Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has told a delegation from Thane that the Centre would sanction the proposed water transport projects in Kalyan, Bhiwandi, Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to be undertaken by the Maharashtra Maritime Board and the Bombay Port Trust. According to a release issued by Thane unit of the Shiv Sena yesterday, the delegation comprising senior BJP Sanjay Kelkar, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, district Shiv sena Chief Ekanth Shinde and others had met union Transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday to discuss various transport projects and other issues. During the meeting, Gadkari ordered the tender for construction of eight-lane road between toll plaza at Kharigaon to Kalyan junction and also for four-lane road between Kalyan and Murbad road, the release said. The minister said that he would extend support for getting clearance from the Environment Ministry for the Thane-Kalyan parallel road and Dombivili-Mankoli bridges. The delegate also met the Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha.
Centre will clear prosposed water projects in Than
2014-08-30Women chain snatchers arrested from Thane - Indian
Women chain snatchers arrested from Thane By: PTI | Thane | Published:August 30, 2014 12:24 pm Three women from a chain-snatching gang were arrested while they were trying to flee after attacking a housewife here inside a MSRTC bus, police said on Saturday. The women were chased by a traffic police constable Shivaji M Pawar after the victim Sunita Thackeray who alighted from the Mumbai-bound bus here at Golden Dyes Naka approached him, they said. The constable managed to bring the bus to a halt after chasing it for a while and caught the trioKalyani Nagraj Enthikallu, Annapurna Nagraj Enthikallu and Soni Ravi Enthikalluafter co-travellers accused them of having snatched the chain from Thackeray. After recovering the womans gold chain, they were arrested and offences were registered against them under section 379 of IPC, police said. All the arrested women are footpath dwellers from Borivali, police said adding investigations are on.
Women chain snatchers arrested from Thane - Indian
2014-08-30Work on Balasaheb Thackeray's memorial in Thane be
Work on Balasaheb Thackeray's memorial in Thane begins Thane August 30, 2014 Last Updated at 13:30 IST The 'Bhoomi Puja' for the first memorial complex in remembrance of late Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray spread over 20,860 sqm of land here was held by party's district chief and MLA Eknath Shinde. The puja was held at the Teen Haath Naka site yesterday on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. The project is the brainchild of the Leader of the House Naresh Mhaske, who took the lead in getting it cleared from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). Mhaske told PTI that it will be a world-class memorial built at a cost of Rs 11 crore. The two-building complex will comprise a main glass pyramid structure with a snarling gigantic tiger placed at the entrance, depicting the Sena emblem. The memorial complex will also include an amphitheatre, music centre, display gallery, a block for cartoons and a separate block for artists. Just near the pyramid will be an annex block which will house a study room, library and a lawn between the two buildings. The memorial will exhibit late Thackeray's cartoons, editorials and collection of his historical speeches, Mhaske said. Present on the occasion were MP Srikanth Shinde, MLA Pratap Sarnaik and City Mayor H S Patil.
2014-08-30Three women chainsnatchers arrested from Thane - M
THREE WOMEN CHAINSNATCHERS ARRESTED FROM THANE Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Aug 30, 2014, 11.26 PM IST Three women from a chain-snatching gang were arrested while they were trying to flee after attacking a housewife here inside a MSRTC bus, police said on Saturday. The women were chased by a traffic police constable Shivaji M Pawar after the victim Sunita Thackeray who alighted from the Mumbai-bound bus here at Golden Dyes Naka approached him, they said. The constable managed to bring the bus to a halt after chasing it for a while and caught the trio--Kalyani Nagraj Enthikallu, Annapurna Nagraj Enthikallu and Soni Ravi Enthikallu--after cotravellers accused them of having snatched the chain from Thackeray. After recovering the woman's gold chain, they were arrested and offences were registered against them under section 379 of the IPC, police said. PTI
Three women chainsnatchers arrested from Thane - M
2014-08-30Work on Balasaheb Thackeray's memorial in Thane be
Work on Balasaheb Thackeray's memorial in Thane begins BY PTI | UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014, 01.42 PM IST THANE: The 'Bhoomi Puja' for the first memorial complex in remembrance of late Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray spread over 20,860 sqm of land here was held by party's district chief and MLA Eknath Shinde. The puja was held at the Teen Haath Naka site yesterday on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. The project is the brainchild of the Leader of the House Naresh Mhaske, who took the lead in getting it cleared from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The memorial will exhibit late Thackeray's cartoons, editorials and collection of his historical speeches, Mhaske said. Present on the occasion were MP Srikanth Shinde, MLA Pratap Sarnaik and City Mayor H S Patil.
Work on Balasaheb Thackeray
2014-08-30Work on Balasaheb Thackeray's memorial in Thane be
Work on Balasaheb Thackeray's memorial in Thane begins Publish Date: 30 Aug 2014, 05:30 PM Last Updated: 30 Aug 2014, 05:30 PM Thane: The 'Bhoomi Puja' for the first memorial complex in remembrance of late Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray spread over 20,860 sqm of land here was held by party's district chief and MLA Eknath Shinde. By : Jagran Post News Desk  | Jagran Post Editorial Share Share Work on Balasaheb Thackeray's memorial begins The puja was held at the Teen Haath Naka site on Friday during the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.The project is the brainchild of the Leader of the House Naresh Mhaske, who took the lead in getting it cleared from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC).Mhaske said that it will be a world-class memorial built at a cost of Rs 11 crore.The two-building complex will comprise a main glass pyramid structure with a snarling gigantic tiger placed at the entrance, depicting the Sena emblem.The memorial complex will also include an amphitheatre, music centre, display gallery, a block for cartoons and a separate block for artists. Just near the pyramid will be an annex block which will house a study room, library and a lawn between the two buildings.The memorial will exhibit late Thackeray's cartoons, editorials and collection of his historical speeches, Mhaske said.Present on the occasion were MP Srikanth Shinde, MLA Pratap Sarnaik and City Mayor HS Patil. 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2014-08-27Thane Forest Department, Maharashtra recruitment 2
Thane Forest Department, Maharashtra invites application for recruitment to various posts New Delhi, August 27, 2014 | UPDATED 10:18 IST The Thane Forest Department, Maharashtra has invited applications for recruitment at various posts.Total Posts: 30 Name of the posts: Clerk - 7 posts Driver - 5 posts Peon - 7 posts Chowkidar - 6 posts Mali - 3 posts Chainman - 1 post Khalasi - 1 post Eligibility Criteria Age Limit: Candidate should not have crossed 35 years. The upper age limit is relaxable for the applicants from the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, other backward classes, physically handicapped and other special categories in accordance with the orders issued by the central government from time-to-time. Educational Qualification: Eligible and interested candidates should have passed Class X or hold equivalent qualification from a recognised board/university. Selection Procedure: An interview and a written test would be conducted to shortlist candidates. How to apply: Applications to this job are to be filled online. Important Dates: The last date for submission of application is September 10, 2014.
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2014-08-27Mumbai Metro may go underground, link to Thane - M
Mumbai Metro may go underground, link to Thane By A Correspondent |Posted 2 hours ago At yesterday’s ceremony, CM Chavan and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu indicated that the Metro line II would be completely underground and extend to Dahisar, and a ring route could connect the city to Thane If all goes according to plan, the city will get a complete underground Metro ring route which will connect the present and planned Metro corridors in Mumbai with neighbouring Thane. Representational pic At the bhoomi pujan for the Metro III corridor on Tuesday, CM Prithviraj Chavan made it clear that the Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd Metro line II, which has been a non-starter for many years, will be extended up to Dahisar and would be completely underground. “The reason why line II has remained a non-starter is because we have not yet received clearance from the MoEF for the construction of car depots. A new detailed project report was commissioned for line II, which states that it can be constructed underground and can be extended up to Dahisar,” Chavan said. “The projects have been planned in such a manner that they are integrated with the present modes of transport, including local train stations. The main reason behind planning Metro line III was that we wanted to connected the three business districts in the city Nariman Point, BKC and Seepz-MIDC. I would also like to request the urban development ministry to clear the pending projects proposals, like those of the Shivaji Statue and the coastal road,” the CM added. Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, who was present for the ceremony, said that Mumbai should have a Metro ring route that will connect Mumbai with Thane. “I feel that Mumbai needs a Metro ring route that will help in better connectivity and, so, a project plan should be prepared taking the possibility of connecting the Metro lines in Mumbai with Thane.” This was seen as an indication that the Dahisar-Bandra- Mankurd Metro line II could be connected with the Wadala-Kasarvadavali (Thane) Metro line IV. “We will see to it that we provide the state government the best of cooperation from the Central government,” said Naidu. Pune, too?The CM also asked Naidu to get the union government to clear the proposal for the Pune Metro project. The union minister replied that a decision in this regard would be taken soon, and that the Centre would cooperate with the state government in all possible ways for infrastructure development in the state.
Mumbai Metro may go underground, link to Thane - M
2014-08-27Irate passengers stop Jan Shatabdi express at Than
Irate passengers stop Jan Shatabdi express at Thane for 45 minutes Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 27, 2014, 04.05 PM IST THANE: Irate passengers heading for Konkan held up Jan Shatabdi express at Thane station near Mumbai for 45 minutes around 7am. Over 100 commuters including women gathered on the tracks and refused to let the train pass. Commuters complained Konkan trains were coming late and packed from Mumbai and there was no communication from the railways about it. The protestors dispersed after assurance from authorities. A special train was operated for Thane commuters around 10am. "Trains are running slowly up in the Konkan zone resulting in bunching along the route thereby causing a delay. There was a protest by passengers at Thane this morning from 7am to 7:45am. We operated a special train for these commuters," said a CR official. Police have kept vigil at the station fearing more protests over the next two days.
2014-08-27Thane: 3 schoolkids found dead near river - Hindus
Thane gets Mumbais slum rehab model Mumbai | Published:August 28, 2014 12:17 am Even as the slum rehabilitation model for Mumbai has fared miserably with just 13 per cent projects completed in 18 years, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Tuesday approved a plan to extend it to neighbouring Thane with days to go before the model code of conduct for approaching Assembly polls kicks in. But while the Chavan-led Urban Development (UD) department had plans to offer higher incentives to developers for Thane projects, the CM dropped the idea in the light of objections raised by the Bombay High Court on the same. The HC had earlier ordered the government to defer its plan to extend its cluster redevelopment policy, also referred to as urban renewal scheme, where it was proposed to permit developers a floor space index (FSI) of 4 on gross plot size for redevelopment of a cluster of buildings, citing concerns regarding its impact on infrastructure. FSI is the ratio of built-up area to the total plot area. Arguing that the prevalent slum redevelopment scheme (SRD) in Thane, where developers incentives were based on a revenue-sharing formula, had become unviable with increase in land and construction cost, the Thane Municipal Corporation had earlier adopted a resolution for introduction of Mumbai-like SRA model, where developers perks are linked to the area utilised for rehabilitation of slum-dwellers in planned habitats. The HC had earlier asked the government to clarify its stand on the Thane civic bodys resolution while hearing a petition against delays in this regard by the Maharashtra government. The initial plan proposed was to offer incentives ranging from 150 per cent to 300 per cent on floor space area used for rehabilitation of slum-dwellers to developers for their commercial exploitation. With the exception of the Dharavi redevelopment project, slum projects in Mumbai are eligible for 100 per cent incentives on rehabilitation component. As a special case, the proposed incentive in Dharavis redevelopment in 133 per cent. Unlike Mumbai, the Thane civic body and the UD department had also proposed to include common areas in the building like lift, staircase, lobby in rehabilitation component, while computing the incentive FSI to be given to builders. Senior government officials say all these perks would have taken the maximum FSI for slum redevelopment projects to 4 or more. With the court recently clubbing the Thane slum redevelopment and petition against the cluster policy extension together, Chavan eventually decided against it. According to the civic bodys data, about 10 lakh slum-dwellers reside in 2.5 lakh-odd hutments in Thane. Senior officials say many slum clusters have come up illegally in no-development and green zones, where on site redevelopment would not be permissible. For now, Chavan has directed Mumbais Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) to process and approve Thane slum projects under the new model.
2014-08-27Thane gets Mumbai's slum rehab model - Indian Expr
Thane gets Mumbais slum rehab model Mumbai | Published:August 28, 2014 12:17 am Even as the slum rehabilitation model for Mumbai has fared miserably with just 13 per cent projects completed in 18 years, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Tuesday approved a plan to extend it to neighbouring Thane with days to go before the model code of conduct for approaching Assembly polls kicks in. But while the Chavan-led Urban Development (UD) department had plans to offer higher incentives to developers for Thane projects, the CM dropped the idea in the light of objections raised by the Bombay High Court on the same. The HC had earlier ordered the government to defer its plan to extend its cluster redevelopment policy, also referred to as urban renewal scheme, where it was proposed to permit developers a floor space index (FSI) of 4 on gross plot size for redevelopment of a cluster of buildings, citing concerns regarding its impact on infrastructure. FSI is the ratio of built-up area to the total plot area. Arguing that the prevalent slum redevelopment scheme (SRD) in Thane, where developers incentives were based on a revenue-sharing formula, had become unviable with increase in land and construction cost, the Thane Municipal Corporation had earlier adopted a resolution for introduction of Mumbai-like SRA model, where developers perks are linked to the area utilised for rehabilitation of slum-dwellers in planned habitats. The HC had earlier asked the government to clarify its stand on the Thane civic bodys resolution while hearing a petition against delays in this regard by the Maharashtra government. The initial plan proposed was to offer incentives ranging from 150 per cent to 300 per cent on floor space area used for rehabilitation of slum-dwellers to developers for their commercial exploitation. With the exception of the Dharavi redevelopment project, slum projects in Mumbai are eligible for 100 per cent incentives on rehabilitation component. As a special case, the proposed incentive in Dharavis redevelopment in 133 per cent. Unlike Mumbai, the Thane civic body and the UD department had also proposed to include common areas in the building like lift, staircase, lobby in rehabilitation component, while computing the incentive FSI to be given to builders. Senior government officials say all these perks would have taken the maximum FSI for slum redevelopment projects to 4 or more. With the court recently clubbing the Thane slum redevelopment and petition against the cluster policy extension together, Chavan eventually decided against it. According to the civic bodys data, about 10 lakh slum-dwellers reside in 2.5 lakh-odd hutments in Thane. Senior officials say many slum clusters have come up illegally in no-development and green zones, where on site redevelopment would not be permissible. For now, Chavan has directed Mumbais Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) to process and approve Thane slum projects under the new model.
2014-08-27'Three toilet blocks at Thane stn not enough' - Ti
Three toilet blocks at Thane stn not enough Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 28, 2014, 12.00 AM IST Thane: The three functional rest rooms at Thane station are failing to cater to the huge commuter traffic everyday, complained passengers. Commuters, especially the female and elderly, are the most inconvenienced lot and have been long complaining about this issue at Central Railway's busiest suburban station. Thane station sees around 7 lakh commuters using its suburban and long distance services daily. However, there are only three functional toilet blocks at the station premises one at platform 10, the other two at either ends of platform 2. Considering the heavy commuter density, people who travel long distances say that more number of blocks and hygienic ones should be provided. The existing ones are either badly maintained or locked and of late have become a haven for thieves. Recently, a Mumbai student was robbed at one of the toilets. "I travel to Thane from Nariman Point and it takes me around two hours to reach here. At times I find it inconvenient in the absence of proper toilets at the station. The existing ones aren't in proper condition and I have to wait till I reach home or office," complained Bhavna Sood, a regular commuter.Station officials said they are looking into the issue and a new deluxe toilet is being constructed outside the station in Thane west. "We are looking for a NGO to operate the existing toilets. The new toilet block under construction outside the station will benefit commuters," said a senior railway official from Mumbai. However, sources said that it cannot be made functional as the civic body hasn't yet provided an outlet for drainage.
2014-08-27Panvel girl wrongly given to Thane couple returns
Panvel girl wrongly given to Thane couple returns home TNN | Aug 28, 2014, 12.33 AM IST THANE: The Panvel girl who was wrongly handed over by the police to a city couple whose child had gone missing was reunited with her mother, Hansa Salat, at the Kasarvadavli police station on Wednesday. DNA tests and other evidence had proved that the girl, Meena, was wrongly handed over to the Prajapati family, whose daughter, Manju, went missing on August 20 last year. It was on the instructions of the Bombay high court in July that the additional commissioner of police (crime) at the time carried out an investigation in the matter. The police claimed the CCTV footage of the Thane station premises on July 28, 2013, showed Manju with a man believed to be Sheru Salat, Hansa's husband. The city police claimed to have tracked down Salat and also arrested three others, Shankar Singh, Shahid Rehman Shaikh and Shantilal Gaikwad, for the crime."I told the police that this girl was not ours," Naresh Prajapati said. "But they kept saying I was the father and so would not recognize her." His wife, Poonam, said when she told the police that the girl did not look like Manju, they convinced her to take the child home saying the face undergoes rapid changes in a year.
2014-08-27Rail roko after trains to Konkan arrive packed at
Rail roko after trains to Konkan arrive packed at Thane station TNN | Aug 28, 2014, 12.41 AM IST MUMBAI: Two days after the Konkan Railway route was opened to traffic following the derailment of a goods train, services were still to return to normalcy on Wednesday. In the morning, irate Konkan-bound passengers held up trains at Thane station for nearly 45 minutes to demand more rakes as they were unable to find a berth in the overcrowded coaches. Thousands of people head for various places in the Konkan ahead of the Ganapati festival every year.As the Mumbai-Madgaon Janshatabdi train pulled into platform number 5 in Thane around 7 am, some passengers with confirmed and wait-listed tickets could not enter the packed train. Doors to some coaches were locked from inside. Passengers then jumped on the track to block the train. Police and station personnel rushed to the spot but the commuters did not budge. They relented after the Central Railway agreed to operate a special service to Madgaon, which arrived at Thane at 10 am.Irate passengers said they wanted the railways to keep them informed about any delays or diversions. "We have been waiting for hours at end for Konkan trains to arrive," Vishnu Parab, a resident of Bhayandar who was travelling to Kudal, said. "We were at the station for over three hours and the railways made no announcements."
2014-08-2623 players from Thane selected for state Judo meet
23 players from Thane selected for state Judo meetAug 26, 2014, 11.03 PM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesREAD MORE Thane District Judo Association|Players|JudoRELATED Thane: As many as 23 top medalists from district level judo competition, organised by the Thane District Judo Association (TDJA), have been picked for ensuing 23rd sub-junior Maharashtra state competition to be held at Osmanabad from September 5-7. The selection for state meet was held at the 3rd Thane district judo championship recently at Saraswati Krida Sankul Hall where gold medalists in various age and weight groups made it to district contingent. The selectors are confident that the players have tremendous potential to make a mark at the state show and consolidate theirs berths in the state squad for nationals. "Thane has been dominating the state. This bunch of sub-junior players will certainly help the state team win maximum medals," said Shailesh Deshpande, secretary of TDJA. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=Thane District Judo Association,Players,JudoStay updated wherever you go with The Times of India’s mobile apps. Click here to download it for your device. (available on all leading platforms)
2014-08-26Commuters charged hiked fare without recalibrated
Commuters charged hiked fare without recalibrated meters in Thane Aug 27, 2014, 02.00 AM IST THANE: Several rogue auto men from Thane city are reportedly charging revised fares from unsuspecting commuters without even recalibrating their meters. Activists have now urged the authorities to ensure they speed up the system of recalibrating and simultaneously keep a tab on these errant auto men. Of the 28,000 autos plying the city, only 4,000 autos have recalibrated their meters so far. However, some of the drivers whose auto meters are not yet calibrated are still charging the revised fares mostly because of ignorance. Auto drivers operating in the city didn't deny that some colleagues would be involved in fleecing commuters, especially, those travelling long distances or are new to the city. Union members said they have heard of such cons being pulled off by some rogue auto men operating along the Ghodbunder Road. "Auto unions have instructed their respective drivers to recalibrate their auto meters and charge what is reflected on it. However, one cannot say the same about auto men operating on the Ghodbunder Road," said Ravi Rao, a union leader from Thane, adding that the police should keep a strict vigil. The Regional Transport Office (RTO) said that passengers should pay only by the meter reading. "Commuters can approach us or complain to the helpline if they come across anyone charging more than the meter fares," said a senior transport official from Thane.
2014-08-26Alert Thane traffic cop chases mobile thief, nabs
Alert Thane traffic cop chases mobile thief, nabs him Aug 27, 2014, 02.05 AM IST THANE: The police department has rewarded an alert traffic constable for chasing a mobile thief and handing him over to the police on Monday. The police said that Abdul Shaikh fled after snatching a mobile phone of a man standing outside the mall. When the man started screaming for help, Santosh Surve, the traffic constable, started chasing the thief without any delay and managed to nab him within a few minutes near Hari Niwas circle. The accused was then handed over to the Wagle Estate police. "As part of appreciating the police personnel for doing a good job, the alert constable has been awarded Rs 5,000 for his prompt action," said Rashmi Karandikar, deputy commissioner of police, traffic. This is the second incident in 10 days where a traffic constable on duty has shown alertness in nabbing a culprit. Tanaji Mohite, another traffic constable on duty at Kapurbawdi chased a thief for snatching a woman's chain recently.
2014-08-26Who's who: Islington's preserve professional Thane
Whos who: Islingtons preserve professional Thane Prince from BBC show The Big Allotment Challenge releases recipe book PUBLISHED: 14:36 26 August 2014 Ever since watching her mother create chutneys during the post war years, shes honed her craft to perfection and her expert knowledge was called upon to mark the efforts of conserve hopefuls on BBC 2 Show The Big Allotment Challenge in the spring. Since then, the fanatic Arsenal fan has been busy pondering potential celebratory FA cup winning curds, and now shes brought out a recipe book so anyone can try making their own marmalade. I had the idea while I was judging on the show, she said. I realised a lot of people dont know where to start. Its a very old fashioned skill, although it seems to be regaining popularity. A lot people on the show were great growers but couldnt get started in the kitchen, so I thought there might be another way round. Each chapter starts with a perfect recipe for jam or chutney. If you went through the book you would end up ten varieties, which is frankly as many as anyone needs. But if you do want to go further, there are ten within each chapter. Ms Prince says its a myth specialist equipment is needed to start a spread. Go to Chapel Market, get some bits and everything else will be in your kitchen already, she claims and she uses casserole dishes, jugs and so on. But some things in the preserve process are sacred, and cant be tinkered with. Making you own jam is great, because you get control. But dont you touch the sugar. Jam is exact science. Were not taking about the sloppy continental stuff with a checked lid. Theres nothing wrong with that, but British jam is set and you cant mess about with the proportions. It has to be the right balance of pectin, acid and sugar. Thats why so many people fail because they start with strawberry, and its the hardest one to make because it doesnt contain any pectin or acid. Why not add some red currants? And as a preserve professional, why does Ms Prince think the humble jam is becoming more in vogue? I am slightly older, she said. Part of the post war generation who remembers my mother preserving stuff. People had to keep things in the pantry and in north Norfolk the nights were long and dark. These days we dont need to, we live in a time of plenty but that doesnt mean we dont get gluts. And people like to be in control of their food and grow their own - just look at the waiting list for allotments. As an Islington resident, in various addresses, since 1978 Ms Prince is a keen Gooner. And following the clubs FA cup triumph in May, could be about to marry two of her favourite things. I am a massive fan, she said. Ive often worn the polyester shirt. I did wonder about making a jam for the final strawberry would have been the perfect red colour. Although Id have probably had to add some French liqueur. Or better yet, a chutney to represent the team, with Spanish paprika and served with a German sausage.
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2014-08-25Thane constable held for attempted dacoity at Kasa
Thane constable held for attempted dacoity at KasaBy Ram ParmarRam Parmar, Mumbai Mirror | Aug 25, 2014, 08.55 AM ISTTweetShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsTweetShare MoreEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeURL copied to clipboardGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesRELATEDAnand Babu Devkar, 30, a constable attached to the Thane City police, has been arrested along with three others for attempted dacoity on the Kasa-Jawhar Highway, near Dahanu. The gang would travel in pick-up vans and waylay motorists, besides stealing unattended cattle which they sold to slaughterhouses. The four were produced before the Dahanu court on Saturday, and remanded in police custody till August 28. On Friday evening, locals at Kasa grew suspicious when they saw two pick-up vans speeding past on the highway. When one of the vans almost knocked down a passerby, some of the locals chased the two vans on their motorcycles, but the occupants began hurling stones at them."The locals then informed us and we laid a barricade at Solshet Village in Kasa, where we stopped the two vans," said API Ravi Magar of the Kasa Police Station. "However, one van with five persons managed to escape, but we arrested four people in the other van and seized knives, choppers and other sharp edged weapons from them," Magar said. "Devkar, a Bhiwandi resident, is the main accused as he used his uniform to stop motorists who were then looted by the gang," said Magar. "The other arrested are Ashraf Bhiwali, Pradip Shelke and Nilesh Wagh, residents of Wada and Kudus. "Devkar has been suspended for his involvement in crime and misuse of his police uniform. We are hunting for the five others who are absconding," Magar added. The four accused were arrested under Sections 399 (preparation to commit dacoity), 402 (assembly for committing dacoity), 307 (attempt to murder), 341 (wrongful restraint), 336 (endangering life) and 427 (mischief) of the IPC.
2014-08-25Thane station to get AC toilets - The Asian Age
Thane station to get AC toilets Aug 25, 2014 - Arpika Bhosale | mumbai Share After a delay of two and a half years due to lack of bidders, Central Railway (CR) is finally set to open its first air-conditioned toilet in September at Thane station. ‘Guju Ads’ had agreed to take up the work in 2013 after ‘Sulabh International’ backed out of the deal in 2012. Although CR had opened the tender for private players on all stations, Thane has received attention as according to a survey conducted by the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation in 2012, Thane has been declared the busiest station with a footfall of 6.54 lakh per day. CR divisional railway manager, Mukesh Nigam said, “We were approached for Thane station because contractors feel that they will earn more revenue as it has the heaviest footfall. This is due to the combination of railway commuters and road passengers since it is connected to highways.” The CR is also trying to push the Railway Board to change its policy by which the private contractor currently has to hand over the toilet to the railways after 5 years.With the current policy Guju Ads will be able to earn through advertisements within and outside the toilet within five years. But this period will be insufficient for them to earn back their investment. “If we extend the time period for the contractors to 10 or 15 years, they will able to earn and maintain the toilet and maybe re-invest the money in the future,” added Mr Nigam. Post new comment Your name: * E-Mail Address: * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment: * Input format Filtered HTML Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Full HTML Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically. CAPTCHAThis question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.  Share Tweet Business Small changes are key for growth, says Anand Mahindra ITC replaces TCS as india’s most admired company India to get festive push IndiGo losing senior pilots; 40 quit in 1-year Hero Cycles acquires Germany’s MIFA MostRead MostCommented MostEmailed Sachin Tendulkar brand ambassador for cleanliness drive Sachin Tendulkar permitted to skip House despite objection Delhi University may rent out 2 CWG stadiums Hindi chauvinism & Modi PM Narendra Modi ends Jawaharlal Nehru, insures poor In-House celebrities Delhi solar tariff in the next three days The Baloch question Will Modi conduct India’s namkaran? Congress & the 10% rebate Talk straight, or don’t talk at all At DRDO, PM Modi flays ‘chalta hai’ attitude Separatist leader Geelani meets Pak envoy after India-Pakistan talks called off New car system to warn drivers against making phone calls Delhi solar tariff in the next three days How Phoolan Devi’s story reflects rural oppression Of America, oil & Erbil Needs of residences near defence land to be reviewed State to get innovative councils Ultra small housing projects gain traction Will Modi conduct India’s namkaran? Columnists   Thank God for think-tanksMohan Guruswamy The word “think-tank” owes its origins to John F. Kennedy, who collected a group of top intellectuals in White House, people like McGeorge Bundy, Robert McNamara, John Galbraith, Arthur Schlesinger and Ted Sorenson among others to give him counsel on issues from time to time. Celebs and the new ‘normal’Kishwar Desai For many “Young Ones” like me the thought that Cliff Richard might have ever abused a child is abhorrent. And perhaps that is precisely why Aunty BBC decided to put all the stops whilst covering the police raid on his £3.5 million home in Berkshire, earlier in the month. Horoscope Select your sign Aquarius Aries Cancer Gemini Leo Libra Pisces Sagittarius Scorpio Taurus Virgo capricorn Home India Metros International Business Opinion Sports Entertainment Life & Style Newsmakers Books E-Paper Science + Health About Us Contact Us Career Feedback Copyright © 2011 The Asian Age. All rights reserved.
2014-08-25Maharashthra CM Prithviraj Chavan to lay foundatio
Maharashthra CM Prithviraj Chavan to lay foundation stone for Thane-Vitava skywalkBy PTI | 25 Aug, 2014, 01.24PM ISTPost a Comment0Share MoreREAD MORE ON » Thane | skywalk | Prithviraj Chavan | Maharashthra CM | Foundation stoneCM Chavan to lay foundation stone for skywalk connecting Thane Railway Station to Vitava village to reduce accidents on tracks and ease commuting time.ET SPECIAL:Save precious time tracking your investments MUMBAI:Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will today lay the foundation stone for the Rs 23.25 crore skywalk connecting Thane Railway Station to Vitava village in Kalwa, which will reduce accidents on tracks as well as ease commuting time for pedestrians. "The proposed 605-meter skywalk with a pathway of 145 meters from Thane Railway Station to Vitava in Kalwa will save human life from frequent fatal accidents due to non-availability of safe passage to cross Thane creek for commuters travelling to and from Vitava village and adjoining locality," Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Joint Project Director (PR) Dilip Kawathkar said. With the proposed skywalk, the commuters will reach the station within only five minutes, he said. "The commuters today risk crossing railway track to avoid a 30-minute long walk from Vitava to Thane station. But with this skywalk, commuters can cross the distance within five minutes," Kawathkar said. Once completed, the skywalk will benefit more than 25,000 daily commuters travelling from the station on the Central suburban line. READ MORE ON » Thane | skywalk | Prithviraj Chavan | Maharashthra CM | Foundation stone NEXT STORYSurat to have India's first diamond SEZ soon: Saurabh PatelFollow this section for latest news on InfrastructureEmailRSSHave something to say? Post your commentComments are moderated and will be allowed if they are about the topic and not abusive.Characters remaining (1500)To post this comment you mustLog In/Connect with:Indiatimes NetworkorFill in your details:Will be displayedWill not be displayedWill be displayedShare this Comment:Post to Facebook Post to Twitter Please answer this simple math question.3 + 1 =Have something to say? Post your commentComments are moderated and will be allowed if they are about the topic and not abusive.Characters remaining (1500)To post this comment you mustLog In/Connect with:Indiatimes NetworkorFill in your details:Will be displayedWill not be displayedWill be displayedShare this Comment:Post to Facebook Post to Twitter Please answer this simple math question.3 + 1 =Get a QuoteBrowse CompaniesABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ|123456789The Economic TimesLive MarketNewsPortfolioMobileLive TVNewsletterCommoditiesSpeedQnABlogsAlertsOther Times Group news sitesTimes of India|इकनॉमिक टाइम्सઈકોનોમિક ટાઈમ્સ|Mumbai MirrorTimes Now|Indiatimesनवभारत टाइम्स|महाराष्ट्र टाइम्सವಿಜಯ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ|LifehackerGizmodo|Eisamay|IGN IndiaNavGujarat SamayLiving and entertainmentTimescity|iDiva|BollywoodZoom|Healthmeup|LuxpressoTechnology|Guylife|Online Songs|Travel Guides|Hotel Reviews|Go CricketNetworkingitimes|Dating & Chat|EmailMensXP.comHot on the WebDaily Horoscope|Weather in DelhiLive Cricket Score|HoroscopeIndia vs England Live Scorecard|Cricket ScorecardServicesBook print ads|Online shopping|Free SMS|Website design|CRM|TendersMatrimonial|Ringtones|Astrology|Jobs|Property|Buy car|Bikes in IndiaUsed Cars|Online Deals|Restaurants in Delhi|Movie Show Timings in MumbaiRemit to India|Buy Mobiles|Listen SongsAbout us/Advertise with us/Terms of Use and Grievance Redressal Policy/Privacy Policy/Feedback/Sitemap/Code of EthicsCopyright © 2014 Times Internet Limited. All rights reserved.BACK TO TOPDiggGoogle BookmarksStumbleUponRedditNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMail This ArticleMy Saved ArticlesSign inSign upFind this comment offensive?Choose your reason below and click on the Report button. This will alert our moderators to take actionNameReason for reporting:Foul languageSlanderousInciting hatred against a certain communityOthersYour Reason has been Reported to the admin.
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2014-08-25'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' News: Thane Could Show
August 25, 2014 | Updated at 02:40 PM EDT The Latest Entertainment & Celebrity News News Exclusives Celebrities TV/Reality TV Movies Music Fashion & Style Videos Photos A-Z Celebs Subscribe Stay Connected Subscribe Our Weekly Newsletter! Sign up for our weekly news updates by entering your email: 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' News: Thane Could Show Up As a Villain, Link With 'The Inhumans' Project Developed By Marvel [VIDEO] By Zach Dennis, EnStars on Aug 25, 2014 11:08 AM EDT facebook tweet pinit mail print comment Sign Up for Enstars' Newsletter and never miss out on our most popular stories. Please enter the valid email address. "Guardians of the Galaxy" official poster. (Photo : Marvel) While the Mad Titan has already revealed himself to pose a threat to the Guardians in future Guardians of the Galaxy movies, his son could also cause issues now and possibly link up to a new series. Howard the Duck Could Be More Important In 'Guardians 2' A villain that could show up in the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy and one name connected directly with one of the villains from the previous film is Thane. In the comics, Thane is the secret Inhuman son of Thanos. After a descendant Inhuman tribe ran afoul of Thanos and his army, one Inhuman woman returned home pregnant with Thanos' child. Years later, Thanos started searching for his lost son, disguising his quest as a new mission of galactic conquest. Mistress Death Could Take Over As The Villain For 'Guardians 2' He and his Black Order would raze planets, demanding a tribute of the heads of younglings between the ages of 16 and 22 (the estimated age of his lost son), or the annihilation of its inhabitants, his search eventually leading him to Earth. When Thanos fought Black Bolt in Attilan, the Inhuman king detonated a Terrigen Bomb, which subjected any person with Inhuman genes on the surface of the whole Earth to Terrigenesis. Thane's powers were unleashed, and killed every inhabitant of his town in the process. Ebony Maw, one of Thanos' lieutenants, arrived to seemingly aid Thane, and provided him a suit to control his powers. Maw also trapped Thane in a containment field, and informed Thanos about the finding of his son. Thane would allow for another descendent of Thanos to join the field after Gamora and Nebula. The Inhumans were also mentioned in his origin, which is a property that Marvel is now interested in marking with the possible aid of Vin Diesel. Thane could be introduced as a side villain and lead into the Inhumans movie, in a role similar to Nebula in the first movie. 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2014-08-25TMC in a haste to issue orders for 100-bed hospita
Thane Municipal Corporation in a haste to issue orders for 100-bed hospital at Kausa Aug 26, 2014, 01.42 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is in its final stage to clear the administrative procedure for setting up a 100-bed hospital at Kausa. But the administration appears to be in a haste to issue administrative orders, as there are barely a few days left for the code of conduct rules to come into effect before the state assembly elections, which are to be held in October. However, the corporation's move to have a new civic hospital in the constituency of medical education minister Jitendra Awhad, especially when the TMC is mulling to handover the existing Kalwa hospital to the state government as the former is finding it difficult to manage expenses incurred on the functioning of the hospital has not gone down well with civic activist. In July, TOI had reported about the TMC's plan to table a proposal seeking consent of the general body to handover civic administration managed Kalwa hospital (Rajiv Gandhi Medical College (RGMC) and Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj hospital) to state government. Civic activist are upset with the corporation officials for not questioning the reasons for rise in the cost of the project. "It is surprising that CAFO (chief accounts and finance officer) and audit department has not put any query pertaining to rise in cost for construction of the hospital," Chandrahas Tawde said. Echoing similar views political experts feel that TMC's announcement ahead of the assembly election to construct a 100-bed hospital is nothing, but an attempt by political parties to woo voters ahead of the elections. "With elections around the corner and code of conduct likely to be announced in next few days one would witness more such announcement from the TMC and state government as well," the observer added.
2014-08-24Mayor claims 35K to run Thane Marathon today - Tim
Mayor claims 35K to run Thane Marathon todayB B NayakB B Nayak,TNN | Aug 24, 2014, 10.15 PM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesREAD MORE Participants|MarathonRELATEDThane: In a major vote-face, mayor Harishchandra Patil on Saturday stated that as many as 35,000 participants will be a part of Sunday's Mayor Marathon. This is a huge figure as so many participants are witnessed during the Mumbai Marathon, which is internationally recognized. In the last 25 years, Thane marathon has never witnessed such staggering figures. In fact, even though organizers from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and Thane District Athletics Association put in a lot of effort to pump up the figures, they have never come close to such high numbers. The organizers have contradicted the figures given by the mayor. They said that they have been working overtime to register participants and till Saturday they received just 17,500 entries out of the 25,000 forms that were distributed. "We distributed 25,000 applications, out of which 17,500 have been received and a few more are expected. But the numbers cannot go to 35,000," said an official. Experts have also rubbished these claims. ''The mayor's claims lacks credibility. Politicians keep boasting of things in order to make the event a success. When Mumbai Marathon sees 35,000 participants then how can Thane Marathon draw such huge participation, considering the poor arrangement and bad roads of the city,'' said an expert Milind Soni. Meanwhile, in order to get more participation, civic chide Aseem Gupta has appealed to residents to participate in the marathon in large numbers as it is will be a good fitness exercise. Unlike previous year, this time the TMC received no sponsors as the expenditure was restricted to a certain amount. But the TMC has stationed a medical team at its headquarters in case of any injury. In order to ferry tribal children, the mayor and corporator Manoj Shinde have hired two buses, using their own funds, that will ferry the kids to and fro on Sunday. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=Participants,Marathon
Mayor claims 35K to run Thane Marathon today - Tim
2014-08-24Thane markets flooded with Ganpati decorations - T
Thane markets flooded with Ganpati decorationsDebarati S SenDebarati S Sen,TNN | Aug 24, 2014, 01.23 PM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesREAD MORE Ganpati decorations|GaneshotsavRELATED MUMBAI: Many families in the city are getting ready to welcome their favourite elephant-headed God into their homes during this Ganeshotsav. The markets in Thane are flooded with mandap decorations. Here is what we is really popular this year: Creative asanas There are very creative asanas for Ganpati this year. Made of thermacol, these are not just colourful and attractive, each has a unique finish, too. Eco-friendly throne models Eco-friendly models (above, right), made with real flowers, leaves and ferns, are also available. Flower decorations Flowers, both fresh and synthetic, are an important part of the Ganpati decorations. Creative jewellery Though jewellery for Ganpati is available every year, the sheer variety this year is noteworthy. They are light and have innovative designs, too. Not just metal, even cloth mukuts (crowns) are available in different colours. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=Ganpati decorations,Ganeshotsav
Thane markets flooded with Ganpati decorations - T
2014-08-24Vitawa-Thane stn skywalk planned - Times of India
Vitawa-Thane stn skywalk plannedTNN | Aug 24, 2014, 11.51 PM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesREAD MORE Vitawa|station|Railway|MMRDARELATEDMUMBAI: The MMRDA will construct a 605m skywalk connecting Thane station and Vitawa (Kalwa). It is expect to benefit more than 25,000 commuters and prevent accidents caused by crossing of tracks by Vitawa residents. The foundation stone for the skywalk, expected to cost Rs 23 crore, will be laid down by deputy CM Ajit Pawar on Monday. Dilip Kawathkar, joint project director (PR), MMRDA, said, "There is no safe passage to cross the Thane creek for commuters travelling to and from Vitava village. Using the skywalk, citizens will be able to reach the station in five minutes, which at present takes 30 minutes." http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=Vitawa,station,Railway,MMRDA
2014-08-24Uddhav gives Thane mayor marathon a miss again - T
Uddhav gives Thane mayor marathon a miss againB B NayakB B Nayak,TNN | Aug 25, 2014, 12.00 AM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesRELATEDThane: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, and his son Aditya, were conspicuous by their absence at the Thane mayor marathon on Sunday. Sources said that Thane chief, Eknath Shinde had gone to Matoshree to fetch him but turned around midway. This is not the first time the Sena chief has skipped this event. Sena functionaries felt that the Thackeray family had missed a golden opportunity to pull in voters ahead of the assembly elections. Political observers felt that Uddhav has been under fire with the complex political partnership with the BJP and is unwilling to face the media glare. "Uddhav is finding it difficult to face the media and his critics due to discontent within his party and the delicate relationship with BJP. He had avoided the media in Aurangabad as well," said a political observer. Similarly, other high-profile invitees from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) such as Thane guardian minister Ganesh Naik, medical education minister Jitendra Awhad, tribal minister Rajendra Gavit, deputy speaker of state legislative council Vasant Davkhare all skipped the show. They had been told that the Thackerays will be present on the stage and wanted to avoid any appearances with them. The marathon was supposed to be flagged of by the two Sena stalwarts, the organizers had to make do with a quick fix when they were absent for the start. The winners were supposed to be awarded by Uddhav but Shinde and mayor Harishcandra Patil were forced to cover for the duo. What angered participants, however, was that they were made to wait for an hour while the organizers struggled to coordinate with the Sena chief. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=
2014-08-24Athletes across Maharastra participate at the 25th
Athletes across Maharastra participate at the 25th Thane Varsha Marathon By A Correspondent |Posted 24-Aug-2014 The marathon is organised by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) in collaboration with the Thane district athletic association. All Pics/Sameer Markande A time-recording chip has been implanted in the shoes of the runners to get the exact time taken to reach the finish line. The event has been held every monsoon for the last 25 years. The winner, Santosh Kumar Singh Thane Mayor H.S.Patil, MP Srikant Shinde and other TMC officers (pictured below) also participated in the marathon. Santosh Kumar Singh (30), who represented Centrail Railways won the event.
Athletes across Maharastra participate at the 25th
2014-08-23Schools in Thane counsel students for overseas edu
Schools in Thane counsel students for overseas edu Aug 24, 2014, 01.15 AM IST Thane: Realizing the growing trend of city students opting for higher education abroad, Thane schools are now going a step ahead and providing guidance to those who want to explore the education avenues overseas. City schools are now collaborating with universities from the USA, Canada and Singapore and are inviting their delegates to their campus in Thane to interact with students and help them plan their future course. The number of students opting for overseas education is rising with each passing year. This year alone, overseas education counselors said there was a 25% hike in number of such city students opting for overseas education. Accordingly, several schools and junior colleges from the city are inviting experts from overseas universities to interact with their students and apprise them of the options available overseas. Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School invites universities from countries like the USA, Canada, and Singapore to interact with their students over career opportunities in their respective universities. "We have a tie up with over 20 different universities from the States. The officials from these universities visited our campus last month and interacted with our students. It is an ongoing process every year for students of higher classes," said R Srinivasan, principal of the school. Another premier school from Thane says they have similar plans in the pipeline and plan to orient their students about career opportunities both on the global and Indian scenario. "Such initiatives definitely help students to get a better picture of which course or university they can opt for once they pass out of school," says Asha Narayanan of Lodha World High School, Thane. Parents are obviously thrilled with such initiatives and say it will help them plan out their career properly. "This initiative will give good exposure to students. They would get to know what options are available abroad and in the country when trying to pursue their careers," said Meenal Bagwe, a parent from Thane. Counselors from Thane also say the trend is increasing in the city where they are invited by schools and colleges to hold sessions on career options available abroad. "More students compared to last few years are now aspiring to pursue their further education from overseas universities. It is a good idea if they are acquainted with the prospects well in advance. We get many requests from schools and education institutions to conduct informative sessions," says Sneha Kulkarni, a counselor from Thane.
2014-08-22Day parole for doctor's killer looms — notorious
Notorious Calgary killer Sheldon Thane Klatt eligible for day parole UPDATED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014 07:51 AM MDT After serving more than 20 years in prison, a notorious Calgary killer will be eligible for day parole next month. Sheldon Thane Klatt convicted of second-degree murder in 1993 for the stabbing death of Dr. Geoffrey Cragg has been on escorted temporary absences from a minimum security facility since 2011, and is eligible to apply for day parole on Sept. 17, according to documents released by the Parole Board of Canada. The documents say that on Aug. 7 Klatt was approved for escorted temporary absences for six months to do community service and for one year to do personal development. You have successfully completed a number of escorted temporary absences, read the documents. You have successfully demonstrated a willingness to abide by the conditions and requirements of your ETAs. The documents also say Klatt is eligible to apply for unescorted temporary absences on Sept. 17, the same day his is eligible for day parole. Klatt is eligible to seek full parole on Sept. 17, 2017. Klatts time in jail hasnt been without incident. He was implicated in the movement of a contraband cell phone and cash on Dec. 3, 2007, and in December 2011 he was caught bringing items back from an escorted temporary absence. On Feb. 4, he was charged for damaging government property when he removed a safety cover from a shower tap and took out an internal shut-off valve, causing flooding. Klatt was ordered to pay for the damages. In September 1992, Klatt broke into Craggs home and after arming himself with a kitchen knife, made his way to the master bedroom, where Cragg and his wife, Marion, were sleeping. Cragg, a surgeon, woke up and chased Klatt downstairs and a fight ensued. Cragg was fatally stabbed. Klatt had a lengthy criminal record before that including convictions for assault, escaping custody, driving and mischief offences.
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2014-08-22Pfizer Thane plant faces uncertainty as lockout no
Pfizer Thane plant faces uncertainty as lockout notice lapses MUMBAI, AUGUST 22: As the 14-day notice period to avert a lockout lapses, Pfizers Thane facility faces an uncertain fate. Earlier this month, the drug-maker had said it was forced to issue a lockout notice to ensure the safety of its colleagues and facilities. We continue to remain concerned about this and are unable to reliably assure our colleagues of their personal safety. We will follow the appropriate legal process and will review next steps in due course, Pfizer said, responding to queries on whether negotiations with employees had made headway. Meanwhile, Pfizer has initiated a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for workmen at the plant. The facility employs 221 people. After a lockout notice is issued, the company and employees legally have two weeks to sort out their differences, and that period has passed at the Thane plant. But with matters taking a legal turn, Pfizer said: We will not be able to comment on the proceedings before the Labour Commissioner as this matter is currently sub judice. The Thane plant is an old facility and the last in India directly under Pfizer. It has another plant in Goa, which came into its fold when it acquired fellow-multinational Wyeth. Pfizer had globally acquired Wyeth in a $68-billion deal in January 2009. The two companies are in the process of completing their local merger in India. Voluntary retirement Pfizer said the VRS ended on August 19 and it had received a positive response, but did not provide details. Pfizer has a practice of maintaining the privacy of personnel matters, so we are not in a position to disclose details of the VRS provided to colleagues, the company said, responding to queries on whether a section of employees had refrained from accepting the VRS. An employee at the plant, who did not want to be named, agreed that some employees had accepted the VRS. But negotiations with the company were deadlocked despite employees giving an undertaking to keep the working environment safe, he alleged, adding they are now taking the legal recourse to try and stop the shutdown of the plant. Employees are concerned that the Thane premises could be sold to real estate companies. Pfizer said: There continues to be no production at this plant since the past several months. However, we have ensured that this does not affect product availability in the market.
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2014-08-2165-year-old man hacked to death in Thane - Times o
65-year-old man hacked to death in Thane PTI | Aug 21, 2014, 10.19 AM IST THANE: A 65-year-old man was hacked to death by unidentified assailants at his house in Thane's Bhayander area, police said on Thursday. The victim Rocky A Unis was alone at his home in Uttan locality of Bhayander yesterday when the assailants attacked him with a sickle, assistant police inspector Priyatama Muthe said. When his wife returned home in the evening, she found Unis lying in a pool of blood and also spotted the sickle near the body. The man was later declared brought dead by doctors at a local hospital. Based on the complaint of the deceased's wife Jenivhi R Unis (60), an offence has been registered under section 302 (murder) of IPC, the police officer said. Police are trying to ascertain the reason behind the killing and have launched a search to nab the culprits.
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2014-08-21dna organises the 'dna Property Expo' in Thane fro
dna organises the 'dna Property Expo' in Thane from August 22-24 Thu, 21 Aug 2014-02:17pm , A recent spate of development in the suburbs of Mumbai, in locations such as Navi Mumbai, Thane and areas further ahead, are emerging as hot investment choices for buyers interested in prime real estate. The requirements for these new destinations will be catered to at the dna organised "dna Property Expo Thane" at Viviana Mall, Thane. Depending on the pocket size and budget of the buyers, the expo will be one-stop-shop offering a wide range of properties and spaces that buyers and investors can pick from. Participating builders are believed to release special offers for the people visiting the expo. The three-day expo will be held at Viviana Mall, Thane from Friday August 22 - Sunday August 24.
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2014-08-21Pune, Thane, Nagpur reach quarters - Times of Indi
Pune, Thane, Nagpur reach quarters Suhas Nayse | TNN | Aug 21, 2014, 12.17 PM IST LATUR: The game of badminton is growing fast in India and Maharashtra is leading the charge. For the first time in the State Senior Inter-District Badminton Championships, a record 26 district teams out of 32 affiliated units of the Maharashtra Badminton Association are taking part. Even the remote districts of the state, which were not participating earlier, are competing in the tournament which is a positive sign for the sport. However, women's participation is still a cause of concern with just 10 districts opting to send their teams for the premier state tourney. On the opening day, all the fancied teams sailed smoothly to book their respective places in the quarterfinals at Dayanand College indoor stadium here on Wednesday. Defending champions Pune steamrolled Satara to warm up for the tough week ahead. Runners-up Thane gave the same treatment to Solapur. Nagpur, who blanked Wardha 3-0 in the morning, thrashed Ratnagiri with the same scoreline to reach last eight. In the quarterfinals, Pune will square off against Sangli, Thane will clash with Kolhapur, Nagpur will lock horns with Nashik, while Mumbai Suburban will take on Greater Mumbai. In the women's section, holders Pune will play Sindhudurg, Nagpur will meet hosts Latur, Mumbai Suburban will clash with Solapur, while Thane face Greater Mumbai. Earlier, the five-day tournament was inaugurated by MBA vice-president Ashish Bajpai. Results (Pre-quarterfinals) Pune bt Satara 3-0 (Subhankar Dey bt Digvijay Pawar 21-6, 21-11; Abhishek Kulkarni bt Akshay Kadam 14-21, 21-6, 21-14; Nishad Dravid-Mayank Gole bt Omkar Palkar-Vikram Pawar 21-11, 21-12). Sangli bt Raigad 3-2 (Rushikesh Mali lost to Mandeep Singh 18-21, 19-21; Prathamesh Mhetre bt Abhinay Agarwal 21-8, 21-14; Sachin Sarda-Prasad Velankar bt Mandeep Singh-Neeraj Sharma 10-21, 19-21; Dhiraj Kumar bt PB Mukherjee 21-9, 21-13; Rushikesh Mali-Dhiraj Kumar bt Abhinay Agarwal 21-12, 21-9). Nashik bt Parbhani 3-0 (Ajinkya Patil bt Manoj 21-10, 21-14; Yash Wagh bt Amar 21-9, 21-8; Amit Deshpande-Vinayak Dandavate bt Manoj-Vishijit 21-5, 21-15). Nagput bt Ratnagiti 3-0 (Gaurav Rege bt Aniket Prabhudesai 21-9, 21-6; Sameet Dandawate bt Akshay Gangan 21-13, 21-14; Ajay Dayal-Jayendra Dhole bt Akshay Gangan-Deepraj Sawant 21-14, 21-10). Greater Mumbai bt Amravati 3-0 (Nigel D'Sa bt Asif Siddique 21-7, 21-9; Viplav Kuvale bt Kunal Deshmukh 16-21, 21-19, 21-17; Mangirish Palekar-Nigel D'Sa bt Ritesh Anantwar-Amit Gedam 21-12, 20-22, 21-14). Mumbai Suburban bt Aurangabad 3-0 (Harsheel Dani bt Darshan Bhalerao 21-3, 21-9; Sushrut Karmarkar bt Himanshu Godbole 21-7, 21-10; Aditya Pandya-Shlok Ramchandran bt Himanshu Godbole-Chaitanya Talegaonkar 21-6, 21-4). Kolhapur bt Chandrapur 3-0 (Nikhil Wadekar bt Anjesh Kawle 21-16, 21-18; Akshat Manwadkar bt Nikhil Gujjanwar 21-7, 21-15; Ninad Kamat-Mahesh Sawant bt Anjesh Kawle-Nikhil Gujjanwar 21-15, 21-17). Thane bt Solapur 3-0 (Purushottam Awate bt Utkarsha Shilwant 21-12, 21-14; Kabir Kanzarkar bt Tushar Mule 21-8, 21-7; Prashant Bahatre-Abhishek Kulkarni bt Utkarsha Shilwant-Rahul Tiwari 21-9, 21-8).
2014-08-21Just 6K out of 50K hawkers applyfor registration i
Just 6K out of 50K hawkers applyfor registration in Thane Aug 21, 2014, 09.53 PM IST THANE: In a major blow to the civic administration, only 6,000 out of more than 50,000 hawkers have applied for registration under the National Hawkers Policy. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has been extending deadlines since the last six months. This time, too, the TMC has revised the deadline and appealed to the hawkers to register themselves within the next seven days. The drive that began in March-April witnessed only 2,212 hawkers being registered. They were given permission officially to occupy the space on a temporary basis. Despite extending the deadline every now and then, only 6,000 hawkers managed to enroll themselves so far. Meanwhile, the civic body has said that they will take action against hawkers flouting rules. "Action will be taken against hawkers who will carry on their business without a mandatory hawker's policy card or being registering." However, vice-president of the National Hawkers Federation Ravi Rao blamed the TMC for the lukewarm response. He said, "The TMC should carry out a spot survey that will help in cutting down the bogus registration process." "If the BMC and Pune Municipal Corporation can carry out a spot survey then why can't the TMC. Also, the TMC's advertisement about the registration process in a local newspaper clearly shows their disinterest," Rao added.
2014-08-21Thane residents spot another leak in pipeline - Ti
Thane residents spot another leak in pipeline Aug 22, 2014, 04.14 AM IST MUMBAI: Late on Wednesday, a leakage was spotted in the BMC water pipeline at Vartak Nagar in Thane. Locals living around the area are known to have made a panic call. They were afraid that if water pressure in the pipe increases, it may lead to a situation like August 18 when the 1,800mm diameter pipeline burst at Vartak Nagar, leading to lakhs of litres getting wasted and several homes getting flooded. Thane Disaster Management officials confirmed receiving the late night panic call. around mid-night on Thursday after two minor leakages were noticed by locals living around the area in the BMC pipeline at Vartak Nagar "The welding work that was done during the pipe-burst a few days ago was probably not up to the mark. In case of the water pressure increasing, locals would have been severely inconvenien8ced. As a precautionary measure, they informed officials," said a disaster management official. Since most pipelines are more than 100 years old, there are frequent bursts, affecting water supply to the city. Due to corrosion, the pipelines cannot handle changes in water pressure. The civic body had started replacing old water pipelines by constructing tunnels. However, a BMC official denied reports of leakage in the pipeline. "The valve was opened up to let air pass away and it was not a leak-like %situation," the BMC %official said. Last week, the BMC had lifted the10% water cut as the stock in all seven lakes was adequate for over 10 months, with over a month of the monsoon in hand. Till Thursday, the water stock in the lakes was 13 lakh million litres which could provide the city over 10 months of water supply. While four lakes among the seven have already overflowed, now only Vihar is half a metre away from the overflow mark.Tansa Lake can store up to 1, 35,713 million litres and it shares 10.5% of the daily 3,750 million litres water distributed to the city.
2014-08-21Thane: Man Set on Fire over Dispute Succumbs - NDT
Thane: Man Set on Fire over Dispute Succumbs Updated: August 21, 2014 13:19 IST THANE: A 22-year-old man from Ulhasnagar town in the district, who was allegedly set on fire last week, succumbed to his burns at a hospital here, police said today. Renku Rubaali Khalipa (22) was allegedly set afire on August 15 by a group of men at his tailoring shop in Ulhasnagar's Azadnagar locality following a dispute over Khalipa and his associates allegedly trying to extort money from them, police inspector G V Palange said. A severely burnt Khalipa was rushed to Shree Hospital at Katemaivili where he died at around 11.30 PM yesterday, he said. One of the accused, identified as Sunil, has been arrested while police are on the lookout of the others involved in the offence, he said. Offences were earlier registered under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (rioting) and 148 of the IPC, but following Khalipa's death, a case of murder under section 302 of the IPC was also registered, he said. Earlier, the accused had also lodged a complaint of extortion against Khalipa, the police officer said. Following the man's death, there was tension in the locality. Police patrolling in the area has been stepped up, Palange added.
2014-08-20Thane water supply restored - The Asian Age
Thane water supply restored Aug 20, 2014 - Bhagwan Parab | mumbai Share BMC had deployed a team of 50 personnel to fix the leakage The Thane pipeline that burst on Monday will be repaired by Tuesday and the water supply will be regularised by Wednesday, say the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). But the authorities also said that the bursting of pipes, which has become a regular problem, can be sorted once the Kapurbawdi-Bhandup Complex underground tunnel becomes operational. Due to erosion and corrosion, the Tansa pipeline of 1,800 mm (72 inch) diameter had burst at Vartak Nagar, Thane on Monday afternoon, resulting in loss of lakhs of litres of water. The BMC had deployed a team of 50 personnel to fix the leakage on the 100-year-old pipeline. The civic body had imposed 25 per cent water cut on the city (Colaba to Sion and Colaba to Mahim) and western suburbs (Bandra to Dahisar) and 10 per cent cut in eastern suburbs (Mulund to Kurla and Kurla to Mankhurd). “The repair works will be completed by Tuesday night. Though the supply will be regularised by Wednesday, the water pressure will be low. We will lift water cuts from the city in phases. The full supply will be restored by Thursday,” said a senior official from the civic hydraulic department. The new pipeline extending from Kapurbawdi in Thane to Bhandup, is part of the proposed Gundavli-Kapurbawdi-Bhandup tunnel. It will supply water from existing sources such as Upper Vaitarna, Modak Sagar and Tansa as well as future sources such as Middle Vaitarna, Gargai and Pinjal. “It is planned as a replacement of existing above-the-ground lines. But once the tunnel is in operation, we will not disband the old line. It will be kept in standby in case of emergencies,” said Ramesh Bamble, chief hydraulic engineer. The entire line, from Gundavli to Bhandup, will be 15.1-km-long and will have a diameter of 5.5 metres. Both the tunnels are expected to be fully operational by this year. Post new comment Your name: * E-Mail Address: * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment: * Input format Filtered HTML Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Full HTML Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically. CAPTCHAThis question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.  Share Tweet MostRead MostCommented MostEmailed Sachin Tendulkar brand ambassador for cleanliness drive EPL returns with stronger Manchester United All about genetically modified food The Modi narrative Sachin Tendulkar permitted to skip House despite objection The Galileo syndrome? A human question The humble Prime Servant PM Narendra Modi ends Jawaharlal Nehru, insures poor The mills of Bradford In-House celebrities Separatist leader Geelani meets Pak envoy after India-Pakistan talks called off Narendra Modi charisma electrifies Red Fort Communal violence debate: BJP, Congress accuse each other of dividing people, inciting riots Delhi solar tariff in the next three days Padmas up for sale Needs of residences near defence land to be reviewed China invites India to Silk Road project Of America, oil & Erbil ‘Food, work and rest’ Insured to fail? Columnists   Hope, history don’t rhymeK.C. Singh The Narendra Modi government approaching the 100-day mark demands an assessment of its performance. A national television channel even arranged, more a boxing match than a debate, a programme on whether Mr Modi’s foreign policy is continuity or radical change. Cold warriors in the corridors of power S. Nihal Singh It is widely acknowledged that relations between the West and Russia have never been as bad as they are since the end of the Cold War. The reason, of course, is Ukraine, but beyond it lie the implied conflicting interests of the two sides. Horoscope Select your sign Aquarius Aries Cancer Gemini Leo Libra Pisces Sagittarius Scorpio Taurus Virgo capricorn Home India Metros International Business Opinion Sports Entertainment Life & Style Newsmakers Books E-Paper Science + Health About Us Contact Us Career Feedback Copyright © 2011 The Asian Age. All rights reserved.
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2014-08-2025% cut in water supply as pipeline bursts in Than
25% cut in water supply as pipeline bursts in Thane By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:August 19, 2014 1:16 am The BMC has put in force a 25 per cent water supply cut in the island city and western suburbs after a pipeline of 1,800-mm thickness (72 inches) from Tansa lake burst at Vartak Nagar in Thane on Monday afternoon. A 10 per cent cut in the eastern suburbs has also been enforced. The water supply cuts will last till August 20, by which time the BMC hopes to have the pipe repaired. The pipeline burst around 2:30 pm after which the civic body immediately began repair work. Ramesh Bambale, chief engineer of the water supply department, said, It appears the old pipeline was damaged by wear and tear. We have sent a team of 50 personnel to the spot to fix the leak by Tuesday. Till then, we request residents to use water sparingly. On August 13, the BMC withdrew water supply cuts imposed in the city a month ago due to low water levels in the lakes then.
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2014-08-20Mumbai, Thane to challenge holders Pune - Times of
Mumbai, Thane to challenge holders Pune Suhas Nayse | TNN | Aug 20, 2014, 02.23 PM IST LATUR: Inspired by Nikhil Kanetkar's sensational display in the final, Pune had created history by claiming their maiden State badminton team title at Parbhani in 2013. On their way to the maiden triumph, Pune had also managed to stop the 10-year winning streak of Thane. Pune men will try to prove that their first title was not one-off when they start the title defense at the Dayanand College Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday. The five-day annual tournament will be organized by the Latur District Badminton Association under the auspices of Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA). Pune remain favourites despite Kanetkar's absence. But they will have to overcome the tough challenge from Thane and Mumbai Suburban. Pune will be spearheaded by Subhankar Dey, who is in sublime form this season after winning the Bahrain Open men's singles title. They have an experienced side with two good doubles pairs. Olympian Kanetkar said: "I am taking a preparatory camp in Pune as I have been appointed by the MBA as the coach of the Maharashtra squad which will participate in the Sub-Junior Nationals early next month at Rohtak. Thane and Mumbai are also quite strong teams but hopefully we will retain the title." Thane will have to depend mostly on youngsters as two of their experience campaigners - Akshay Dewalkar and Jishnu Sanyal - are not part of the team. While Dewalkar will play at World Championships in Denmark, Sanyal had hurt his ankle in the All India Senior Ranking tournament in Pune last week. Mumbai Suburban appear to be the strongest team on paper with right balance. Teenage duo of Harsheel Dani and Shlok Ramchandran are in brilliant form. They have three good singles players and formidable doubles pairs. In the women's section, Pune has got the better strength despite the absence of injured Aditi Mutatkar. They have Neha Pandit, Revati Deosthali and Mudra Dhainje in their ranks. Unless something dramatic happens, Pune will defend their title with success. Nagpur, the runners-up in the previous edition, and Mumbai might pose some problems for Pune. The inter-district team championship will conclude on Friday morning and will be followed by the individual events.
2014-08-20Latest home decor trends in Thane - Times of India
Latest home decor trends in Thane Updated: Aug 20, 2014, 03.09 PM IST Here are some of the latest trends that have gained popularity in the last couple of years... The city of Thane has grown in leaps and bounds in the last few years. Thanks to the real estate boom escalating to a completely different level altogether, it now boasts of a massive number of interior stores and furniture outlets and so, have people coming in from neighbouring suburbs to choose and buy interior decor items, furniture and furnishings. And since footfalls have increased, interior decoration too, just like all other aspects of lifestyle here, is no longer what it used to be a decade ago. With the modern day Thaneite being well travelled and aware, they are quick to catch up on all that is classy, contemporary and chic. Keeping this in mind, interior designers, as well as showrooms have up-to-date information and products that the discerning Thaneite looks for. Here are some of the latest trends that have gained popularity in the city...Wallpapers are a rage these days: Wallpapers have been around forever but the kinds that are really trending were not seen till a few years ago. Interior and product designer Krsna Mehta says, "Wallpapers are big - not the regular kinds, but the expensive ones. There is a massive range available." Kulmeet Saggu, interiors consultant says, "Earlier, the entire concept of wallpapers was foreign. While Indians preferred painting their walls, foreigners only papered their walls. Wallpapers are less time-consuming and do not require as much labour work as painting does. That is probably the reason why wallpapers have become the preferred option." Pre-finished MDF is actually in: For headboards of beds, foam was used earlier. Saggu says, "Foaming on beds are outdated now. The pre-finished MDF is the latest in the market. The base is MDF and then the layer is coated and finished to give a very rich, three-dimensional effect. It is very different from the sunmica of yesteryears."Polystrene based sheets are popular: These are sheets which are termite-proof, water-proof and zero-maintenance. They can be used as wardrobe facades, panels, living room backdrops and also on entire walls. Colour palettes used are all warm : Gone are the days of plain whites and pale yellows, the younger generation wants to experiment with colours when it comes to accent furniture and furnishings. Krsna says, "Everything in decor is 'India' inspired. There are warm palettes of reds, burgundys and also some sea greens." Colours are being used on walls, floors, furniture and furnishings, but of course, not all together. Contemporary furniture is hot: Wood is being used a lot. Interior designer, Hazel Choksi says, "The first images to pop into my head when I hear "trendy wooden furniture" are those that have been creatively restored to achieve a vintage charm and those that are a reflection of wood in its utterly organic form. This is an ingenious fusion of the rawness of organic wood with the flawlessness of clear acrylic."
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2014-08-20Thane youths rescue monkey from nullah - Times of
Thane youths rescue monkey from nullah Freny Fernandes | TNN | Aug 20, 2014, 11.58 PM IST THANE: A two-year-old monkey which had slipped into a nullah and got trapped in the muck was rescued by six youths from Shivai Nagar after fire brigade personnel refused to help on Wednesday. Abhishek Patil (22) and his friends pulled out the monkey after it fell in at 1pm. It was set free after administering first-aid, but it slipped from a nearby tree and landed inside again at 3.30pm as it was too weak. The boys called the fire brigade and forest department for help. But fire brigade personnel, who arrived almost an hour later, refused as they did not have the "required equipment", while forest officials claimed they would need an ambulance. Irked with the delay, the boys requested the fire officials to give them their gloves and boots so that they could rescue the monkey themselves. When they refused, Pisal called his friends from Aakar Sanstha, Prasad Gonjari (21), Ajay Ushire (20), Kapil Saple (26), Parag Sarode (25) and Swaroop Gharad (24), who purchased two pairs of gumboots and gloves worth Rs600 each. At around 4.30pm, they took it to the Thane SPCA Animal Hospital. Pisal said, "More than the depth of the nallah, we were afraid that the monkey would attack us, but he was too weak."
2014-08-20San Diego filmmakers mine 'Macbeth' for 'Thane of
San Diego filmmakers mine ‘Macbeth’ for ‘Thane of East County’ Holding a brief candle to a locally made modern thriller By David L. Coddon Thane of East County writer / director Jesse Keller stands behind the camera before a shoot. - Photo by Julia Richardson "Roll sound.” “Scene 64, Take 2.” “Action!” The camera’s tight on young actor Carr Cavender in the midst of Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 2. “Macbeth does murder sleep,” he says. “The innocent sleep, sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care.” It’s a midsummer afternoon’s film shoot inside the 101- year-old Victory Theater in Grant Hill, near 25th Street and Imperial Avenue. The theater-turned-church-turned-home to the experimental Technomania Circus is the site of the second day of production on Thane of East County, a super-indie project with a cast of 17, a core crew of 10 and a $60,000 budget funded by Kickstarter and believers who bought $400 shares in the movie. “Go get some water and wash this filthy witness from your hand,” recites actress Molly Beucher, taking two “bloody” daggers from Cavender. A lone camera operator, a sound man with a boom mic on a pole and the director crowd around the co-stars of Thane, a play-within-a-film that’s heavy on bloodshed—both Shakespearean and contemporary. “Cut!”  Cavender and Beucher relax, but it won’t be for long. The film, written and directed by San Diegan Jesse Keller, is on a tight, 16-day shooting schedule, and every minute matters. Keller, 36, a graduate of USC’s noted School of Cinematic Arts and whose first film, The Ritual, screened at the 2012 San Diego Film Festival, calls Thane of East County an “ultra-low-budget thriller set behind the scenes of a small production of Macbeth where the lives of the actors begin to mirror the characters they’re playing.” Cast and crew will shoot inside an apartment in Fallbrook and on location in the desert near Borrego, but the first six days of filming are in and outside the old Victory Theater, the exterior of which is made up as if presenting an actual production of Shakespeare’s Scottish play. “Macbeth is so rich with themes and psychology that all you have to do is pull on one little thread and you can come up with something compelling,” Keller says. “It lends itself really well to being ripped off,” he adds with a smile. ****Jesse Keller (far left) confers with members of his production team.Photo by Julia RichardsonLess than a month before the start of shooting, Keller hosts his cast and  crew members in the living room of his San Carlos home. The table reading will be the first out-loud run-through of Keller’s 79-page script. It’s also the first time that some in the production company meet, and Keller begins with a “get to know you” game with all participating, including Beucher, Cavender, Saverina Scopeletti (recently seen in Intrepid Shakespeare Company’s killer production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons), and snowy-haired Danny Morris, who reveals that he was in a production of Richard II 60 years ago at what is now San Diego City College. Introductions over, Keller announces: “Let’s take out the friggin’ scripts and dive into this thing.” Cavender, 26, and Beucher, 28, who are playing James and Jen, the actors in Macbeth who fall prey to their characters’ inner demons, sit side by side on the couch as the script reading proceeds. All the earlier joking and noshing of snacks in Keller’s kitchen is replaced by dead-seriousness. Making Thane of East County is going to be fun, but it’s going to be hard work. That’s familiar territory for Cavender, who’s spent the past three years in Los Angeles playing roles in short films and plays, being part of a film collective and producing his own projects. Thane of East County is “the biggest thing to happen in my acting career yet,” he says. “The project is so layered and interesting. It’s a theatrical production within a film, so you’ve got two mediums at work. One is modern, and the other is this genuine classical text that is always finding a way to be relevant.” The character of James Cuthbert, an actor playing Macbeth, is, like Cavender himself, a lover of Shakespeare’s work. But it’s James’ dark side that appeals to him. “I am excited to play a character who has a big dream and a big heart, but becomes corrupted along the way and falls into the chaos of his passionate art,” he says. James’ corrupter, at least to a degree, is fellow Macbeth actress Jen, who’s playing Lady Macbeth. Jen “is by all accounts a modern-day Lady Macbeth,” says Beucher, who calls Keller’s script “beautifully dark and precise. “I have intensely re-investigated the story of Lady Macbeth,” she continues. “The last time I studied the play was in high school, and I remember thinking how horrible and evil she was in her actions and scheming. This go-round, I have developed a bit of a soft spot for her. Surely we’ve all been driven to or at least have thought about doing dark deeds for ambition and/or love. It’s part of being human.” When the script reading is over, everyone applauds and Keller beams. “I made the right decision on every damned one of you,” he tells his ensemble. “This is going to be great.” ****Co-stars Molly Beucher and Carr CavenderPhoto by Joelyn BricknerThe sun’s gone down on Day 3 of production, and the team is shooting a night scene outside the entrance of the Victory. Cars whizz by on Imperial, and a few pedestrians negotiate around the crew and its equipment, but the Thane of East County principals are in their own world, a realm of playful fantasy and precise professionalism. Script supervisor Deb Montoya proclaims with pride that production is ahead of schedule. Cavender, in T-shirt and jeans, and Beucher, in a lacy white mini-dress, are the focus of Scene 14, an early moment in the script. It depicts an as-yet-unhaunted James and a flirty, cigarette-smoking Jen before they succumb to their characters’ unbridled passions. The bespectacled Keller, as always, is presiding with a calm, cool demeanor. That’s not to say he’s making this movie just for kicks. “We’re aiming for the festival circuit, hoping to raise the profile of the film and get the best distribution possible,” he says. “Of course, we’d love to premiere at Sundance, get bought by the Weinsteins and get a theatrical release. But we get that that’s kind of a long shot. We’re going to do everything in our power to get it out there.” Write to davidc@sdcitybeat.com and editor@sdcitybeat.com.           Close   AboutContactPrivacy Policy pasadena weekly ventura country reporter © san diego city beat 2014. All Rights Reserved San Diego Internet Marketing Company - SEOhaus               Close Close Close
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2014-08-20Double crown for 14-yr-old Thane shuttler at state
Double crown for 14-yr-old Thane shuttler at state championship Aug 21, 2014, 02.53 AM IST THANE: Fourteen-year-old Vansh Singh, a trainee at the Thane Municipal Corporation's Syed Modi Badminton Academy won double crown at the 2nd Maharashtra State Sub Junior Badminton Championships held at Ratnagiri. He claimed singles title in under-15 boys' group and went onto win another crown in the doubles. In the quarter finals, Singh defeated Nikhil Wadekar of Kolhapur 21 - 8, 21 - 18 and in semi finals he easily breezed through Siddhesh Deshmukh of Aurangabad 21-10, 21-10. He then played against Devesh Dharmarajan of Mumbai Suburban in the final clash winning 22 - 20 in the first game and 21-6 in the second to clinch the title. In the doubles, Singh paired with Aman F S, outperformed Dharmarajan and Nikhil Wadekar of Kolhapur 25-23, 21-19.
2014-08-20Thane rural police rescue 9 from flesh trade - Tim
Thane rural police rescue 9 from flesh trade Aug 20, 2014, 11.19 PM IST THANE: The anti-human trafficking wing of the Thane rural police rescued three minors and six women from flesh trade after conducting a raid in two lodges located between Kashimira and Ghodbunder on Monday night. Acting on a tip-off, the cops raided the lodges under the instructions of Rajesh Pradhan, Thane rural superintendent of police. Two waiters, Ashok Narayan Gupta (42) and Vinay Muni Modi (28), have been arrested. The accused were caught red-handed while striking a deal with policemen posing as customers in R K Premier and Sapna Lodging. Sachin Gavas, assistant police inspector of the anti-human trafficking wing said, "We first verified our informers' version, which led us to deploy our personnel in the periphery of both the lodges which have bars too. Two of our cops posing as customers approached the duo to seal a deal and by then we arrested them red-handed. The duo has been remanded to custody."
2014-08-20San Diego filmmakers mine 'Macbeth' for 'Thane of
San Diego filmmakers mine ‘Macbeth’ for ‘Thane of East County’ Holding a brief candle to a locally made modern thriller By David L. Coddon Thane of East County writer / director Jesse Keller stands behind the camera before a shoot. - Photo by Julia Richardson "Roll sound.” “Scene 64, Take 2.” “Action!” The camera’s tight on young actor Carr Cavender in the midst of Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 2. “Macbeth does murder sleep,” he says. “The innocent sleep, sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care.” It’s a midsummer afternoon’s film shoot inside the 101- year-old Victory Theater in Grant Hill, near 25th Street and Imperial Avenue. The theater-turned-church-turned-home to the experimental Technomania Circus is the site of the second day of production on Thane of East County, a super-indie project with a cast of 17, a core crew of 10 and a $60,000 budget funded by Kickstarter and believers who bought $400 shares in the movie. “Go get some water and wash this filthy witness from your hand,” recites actress Molly Beucher, taking two “bloody” daggers from Cavender. A lone camera operator, a sound man with a boom mic on a pole and the director crowd around the co-stars of Thane, a play-within-a-film that’s heavy on bloodshed—both Shakespearean and contemporary. “Cut!”  Cavender and Beucher relax, but it won’t be for long. The film, written and directed by San Diegan Jesse Keller, is on a tight, 16-day shooting schedule, and every minute matters. Keller, 36, a graduate of USC’s noted School of Cinematic Arts and whose first film, The Ritual, screened at the 2012 San Diego Film Festival, calls Thane of East County an “ultra-low-budget thriller set behind the scenes of a small production of Macbeth where the lives of the actors begin to mirror the characters they’re playing.” Cast and crew will shoot inside an apartment in Fallbrook and on location in the desert near Borrego, but the first six days of filming are in and outside the old Victory Theater, the exterior of which is made up as if presenting an actual production of Shakespeare’s Scottish play. “Macbeth is so rich with themes and psychology that all you have to do is pull on one little thread and you can come up with something compelling,” Keller says. “It lends itself really well to being ripped off,” he adds with a smile. ****Jesse Keller (far left) confers with members of his production team.Photo by Julia RichardsonLess than a month before the start of shooting, Keller hosts his cast and  crew members in the living room of his San Carlos home. The table reading will be the first out-loud run-through of Keller’s 79-page script. It’s also the first time that some in the production company meet, and Keller begins with a “get to know you” game with all participating, including Beucher, Cavender, Saverina Scopeletti (recently seen in Intrepid Shakespeare Company’s killer production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons), and snowy-haired Danny Morris, who reveals that he was in a production of Richard II 60 years ago at what is now San Diego City College. Introductions over, Keller announces: “Let’s take out the friggin’ scripts and dive into this thing.” Cavender, 26, and Beucher, 28, who are playing James and Jen, the actors in Macbeth who fall prey to their characters’ inner demons, sit side by side on the couch as the script reading proceeds. All the earlier joking and noshing of snacks in Keller’s kitchen is replaced by dead-seriousness. Making Thane of East County is going to be fun, but it’s going to be hard work. That’s familiar territory for Cavender, who’s spent the past three years in Los Angeles playing roles in short films and plays, being part of a film collective and producing his own projects. Thane of East County is “the biggest thing to happen in my acting career yet,” he says. “The project is so layered and interesting. It’s a theatrical production within a film, so you’ve got two mediums at work. One is modern, and the other is this genuine classical text that is always finding a way to be relevant.” The character of James Cuthbert, an actor playing Macbeth, is, like Cavender himself, a lover of Shakespeare’s work. But it’s James’ dark side that appeals to him. “I am excited to play a character who has a big dream and a big heart, but becomes corrupted along the way and falls into the chaos of his passionate art,” he says. James’ corrupter, at least to a degree, is fellow Macbeth actress Jen, who’s playing Lady Macbeth. Jen “is by all accounts a modern-day Lady Macbeth,” says Beucher, who calls Keller’s script “beautifully dark and precise. “I have intensely re-investigated the story of Lady Macbeth,” she continues. “The last time I studied the play was in high school, and I remember thinking how horrible and evil she was in her actions and scheming. This go-round, I have developed a bit of a soft spot for her. Surely we’ve all been driven to or at least have thought about doing dark deeds for ambition and/or love. It’s part of being human.” When the script reading is over, everyone applauds and Keller beams. “I made the right decision on every damned one of you,” he tells his ensemble. “This is going to be great.” ****Co-stars Molly Beucher and Carr CavenderPhoto by Joelyn BricknerThe sun’s gone down on Day 3 of production, and the team is shooting a night scene outside the entrance of the Victory. Cars whizz by on Imperial, and a few pedestrians negotiate around the crew and its equipment, but the Thane of East County principals are in their own world, a realm of playful fantasy and precise professionalism. Script supervisor Deb Montoya proclaims with pride that production is ahead of schedule. Cavender, in T-shirt and jeans, and Beucher, in a lacy white mini-dress, are the focus of Scene 14, an early moment in the script. It depicts an as-yet-unhaunted James and a flirty, cigarette-smoking Jen before they succumb to their characters’ unbridled passions. The bespectacled Keller, as always, is presiding with a calm, cool demeanor. That’s not to say he’s making this movie just for kicks. “We’re aiming for the festival circuit, hoping to raise the profile of the film and get the best distribution possible,” he says. “Of course, we’d love to premiere at Sundance, get bought by the Weinsteins and get a theatrical release. But we get that that’s kind of a long shot. We’re going to do everything in our power to get it out there.” Write to davidc@sdcitybeat.com and editor@sdcitybeat.com.           Close   AboutContactPrivacy Policy pasadena weekly ventura country reporter © san diego city beat 2014. All Rights Reserved San Diego Internet Marketing Company - SEOhaus               Close Close Close
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2014-08-20Double crown for 14-yr-old Thane shuttler at state
Double crown for 14-yr-old Thane shuttler at state championship B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 21, 2014, 02.53 AM IST THANE: Fourteen-year-old Vansh Singh, a trainee at the Thane Municipal Corporation's Syed Modi Badminton Academy won double crown at the 2nd Maharashtra State Sub Junior Badminton Championships held at Ratnagiri. He claimed singles title in under-15 boys' group and went onto win another crown in the doubles. In the quarter finals, Singh defeated Nikhil Wadekar of Kolhapur 21 - 8, 21 - 18 and in semi finals he easily breezed through Siddhesh Deshmukh of Aurangabad 21-10, 21-10. He then played against Devesh Dharmarajan of Mumbai Suburban in the final clash winning 22 - 20 in the first game and 21-6 in the second to clinch the title. In the doubles, Singh paired with Aman F S, outperformed Dharmarajan and Nikhil Wadekar of Kolhapur 25-23, 21-19.
2014-08-19Consumer panel lenient, Thane GPO gets relief - Da
Consumer panel lenient, Thane GPO gets relief Tue, 19 Aug 2014-07:05am , DNA The Maharashtra State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission recently reduced the fine slapped on Thane's General Post Office (GPO) by the Thane district consumer redressal forum. The forum had found the GPO guilty of using excess time unnecessarily to complete the procedure of an account transfer. The state commission in its order, however, upheld the district forum's order of holding the postal department guilty of failing to act promptly on the transfer of account. But levying a fine of Rs25,000 on the department would unnecessary increase the burden on the tax payers. Thus, the state commission reduced the fine amount from Rs25,000 to Rs2,500. In 2010, Sudarshan Maini, a Thane resident, had approached the forum and filed a complaint against the GPO for its negligent service. "Maini had a Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) account with the post office in Khajurao, Madhya Pradesh, in which he had deposited an amount of Rs25,000. Accordingly, he was getting a monthly income of Rs166 on the deposited amount. On October 13, 2009, when the account was about to reach its maturity, Maini had approached the department and requested it to transfer the account from Khajurao to Thane branch by April 5, 2010. However, instead of transferring the account immediately, the department took six months and did it on October 4. Aggrieved by this negligent behaviour, the complainant approached the district forum and filed a complaint," reads the state commission's order copy. The department in its reply to the district forum accepted the delay and claimed that appropriate action was already taken in the case. After going through the evidence, the district forum found the postal department guilty and thus imposed a fine of Rs25,000 on it. To challenge the high compensation amount slapped by the district forum, the postal department moved the state commission. After going through the evidence and facts the commission held: "There can be no doubt that the postal department have been negligent in transferring the account promptly. All the same, India Post is a department of Government of India and saddling it with hefty compensation of Rs25,000 would unnecessary result in burden being passed on to the tax payers." The commission further came to a conclusion that Maini could have received a sum of Rs166 per month, had his account continued till the amount in deposit was actually paid to him. "In this view, we would reduce the compensation ordered from Rs25,000 to Rs2,500 towards the delay in transferring the account," the commission held.
2014-08-1925% water cut in Mumbai today after pipeline burst
25% water cut in Mumbai today after pipeline bursts in Thane By Laxman Singh | Posted 19-Aug-2014 Mumbai, brace yourself for a 25 per cent water cut today. A major pipeline supplying water to the island city and the Western suburbs burst yesterday, purportedly due to the high pressure of water flowing inside it. The water was flowing with such force that the nearby slums were also flooded and many houses were submerged. On Monday, around 10 am, the 1,800-mm Tansa Main pipeline, passing through Vartak Nagar in Thane, burst open. The pipeline mainly supplies water to the island city and Western suburbs and goes through the Bhim Nagar slums at Vartak Nagar, ultimately connecting to the water complex at Bhandup. The pressure of the water was so powerful that nearly 150 shanties along it were submerged within minutes; three houses were completely destroyed. A seven-year-old boy, Vijay Dhere, was also injured due to water rushing into his hut. Century-old This pipe has frequently seen bursts; the pipeline itself is from the British era and more than a hundred years old. The cause of the burst is not known, but since the pipeline is 150 years old, the high pressure of water and erosion might be a reason, said an officer from the BMCs water department. Ramesh Bamble, chief hydraulic engineer at the BMC, told mid-day, We have enforced a 25 per cent water cut for the city and Western suburbs, and 10 per cent for Eastern suburbs with immediate effect. Repair work has been initiated and is expected to be completed by Tuesday evening. Regular supply will commence thereafter (August 20 onwards). There are four pipelines Tansa Main, Tansa West, Upper Vaitarna and Vaitarna, which connect to the Bhandup water complex. The Tansa Main pipeline that burst supplies 1,800 million litres of water daily to the Bhandup complex. Due to the burst, around 25 per cent of supply has been disturbed, added Bamble. According to the BMC, they are replacing these relic-like civic structures with their modern counterparts.
25% water cut in Mumbai today after pipeline burst
2014-08-19Woman mugged on tracks near Thane - Times of India
Woman mugged on tracks near Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 19, 2014, 10.53 PM IST MUMBAI: A lecturer was targeted by muggers in a train between Mulund and Thane stations on Tuesday evening. Seema Sohoni (name changed on request), a resident of Ghodbunder Road, was travelling from Mulund to Thane at around 4.45pm. She boarded the second class ladies coach of a slow train and was standing near the door as she wanted to alight at Thane. As the train neared Kopri bridge, she felt she was hit by something and lost her grip, and the purse and a plastic bag she was carrying fell on the tracks. Stunned, she managed to prevent herself from falling. Other passengers told her the muggers were regulars on the stretch. She filed a complaint with Thane railway police but senior officials said they would register an FIR and transfer the same to Mulund police.
2014-08-19Dahi Handi Celebrations: 26 Hospitalised Across Mu
Dahi Handi Celebrations: 26 Hospitalised Across Mumbai, Thane Mumbai | Written by Saurabh Gupta | Updated: August 19, 2014 01:21 IST MUMBAI: Days after the Supreme Court banned the participation of children under the age of 12 in the Dahi Handi festival in view of fatal accidents, over 100 revellers were injured today. In Mumbai, 84 people sustained injuries of which 12 had to be hospitalised. In Thane, 14 were admitted to hospitals with serious injuries. A man also died - reportedly of a heart attack. The Dahi Handi festival, held on the occasion of Janmashtami, is a re-enactment of Lord Krishna's childhood escapade of stealing buttermilk from pots hung high in the kitchen. These days, it is a competition for big money, in which people form human pyramids to reach the pot, hung sometimes as high as 40 feet from the ground. Most injuries are sustained when participants fall - and following the death of a boy in Navi Mumbai on August 10, the Bombay high court had banned the participation of minors in the event. But four days later, the Supreme Court amended the age bar. The 46-year-old man who died in Thane's Lalbaugh was not participating in human pyramids. He was one of the dancers and died after a heart attack, Thane Municipal official Santosh Kadam told PTI. The accidents in Mumbai, however, took place despite police watch. Throughout the day, many children were seen participating in the festivities but all of them claimed to be above 12 years of age. The safety concern had cast a doubt over the festivities but most committees maintained that they have not broken any rules. Most of the participants demanded that Dahi Handi should be made a sport with proper rules and safety measures. A case, however, was registered against a committee's chairman for enrolling a 10-year-old child as a participant. "Most mandals are trying to function according to the Supreme Court's order but there are some people who are encouraging children below the age of 12 to participate in the festivities for money. But this practice has reduced by 90 percent this year," said Praveen Wadekar, an instructor.
Dahi Handi Celebrations: 26 Hospitalised Across Mu
2014-08-19Thane: Minister Jitendra Awhad Breaks Dahi Handi t
Thane: Minister Jitendra Awhad Breaks Dahi Handi to Disprove His Critics | Updated: August 19, 2014 08:05 IST THANE: Maharashtra's Minister for Medical Education Jitendra Awhad climbed the fourth layer of a Dahi Handi human pyramid in Thane yesterday and broke the traditional 'Handi'. Mr Awhad told reporters at the venue of celebrations in Panchkhadi, that some three days ago, an article in the media had challenged his capability to climb the human pyramid. He said that he took up the challenge and practiced climbing the human pyramid for two days, so that he could demonstrate his skills yesterday, wearing a yellow T-shirt. He said that he was a "human being" with a "sportsman spirit", attacking Shiv Sena leaders in the city who had made fun of him. However, his staunch political opponent and Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik ridiculed Awhad's efforts by dubbing it "a political gimmick". "If he really wants to achieve his dreams, he should climb the tenth layer and win an award of Rs. 1 crore," Mr Sarnaik said, using the occasion to remind the gathering that Dahi Handi celebrations in Thane was the brainchild of the late Shiv Sena leader Anand Dighe.
Thane: Minister Jitendra Awhad Breaks Dahi Handi t
2014-08-18Thane techie who fell from auto may never recall w
THANE TECHIE WHO FELL FROM AUTO MAY NEVER RECALL WHAT HAPPENED Updated: Aug 18, 2014, 06.46 AM The 24-year-old software engineer from Tata Consultancy Service, who fell from a speeding autorickshaw and suffered severe brain damage at Ghodbunder Road in Thane on August 2, may never be able reveal what happened that fateful night. While the police have not yet ascertained whether Swapnali Lad, who was said to be screaming for help, had been flung out of the moving auto, or was in danger and had jumped off herself, doctors treating her at Thane's Jupiter Hospital said it is possible she might not recall the incident. Dr Harshad Purandare told Mirror, "Swapnali might recover, but it will take not less than six months for a neurological recovery. She suffered severe brain damage, and though all the clots have been removed nothing can be said about the extent of her recovery. She might suffer from amnesia and, in many such cases, patients are left paralysed to some extent. Nothing can be clearly said at this point." Swapnali's parents, however, have not given up hope, but are a bit relieved with her slight progress. Her father Nitin said, "She moved her eyeballs on Saturday... this is the first movement she's made since the incident. Doctors said she is stable and not in a medically induced coma. The life support has also been removed." Nitin further said, "Doctors told us to be patient and that she might improve, but can't say how long it will take for her to recover. The whole city is praying for her and we are thankful to everyone." After Mumbai Mirror broke the story on August 4, of how a group of boys from the nearby Vardhaman Park complex saw Swapnali falling out of the auto which sped away, and the wife of a local NCP leader stopped and helped take her to hospital, one of the boys came forward as a witness. He said that three men on a bike had stopped at the spot and had threatened them not to help Swapnali. The police then got sketches made and managed to trace the three men. But when questioned they said they had only objected to the manner in which Swapnali was being lifted and put into a vehicle. With the witness also later saying he had misunderstood them, the trail turned cold and the Kapurbavdi police were back to square one with no other leads or clues. Meanwhile, a leading politician's wife held a puja for Swapnali's condition to improve, and another politician contributed towards her treatment by donating the money that he was going to spend on a grand dahi handi. Students of various colleges have been meeting the police and demanding that strict action be taken against those responsible, and also against errant auto drivers in Thane. The police, in turn, have launched a drive against auto drivers and have booked some of them for traffic offences and seized the vehicles of others who did not have proper documents.
2014-08-18Woman gang-raped by unidentified men in Thane's Bh
Woman gang-raped by unidentified men in Thane`s Bhiwandi PTI| Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014 - 22:58 Thane: A recently married woman was allegedly gang-raped by three unidentified persons in Thane district`s Bhiwandi town, police said on Monday. The woman, around 20 years of age and hailing from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, got married in May this year. The couple had come to live with the husband`s father, a powerloom worker, at Mithpada chawl in Bhiwandi about a week back, Nizampura assistant police inspector Tilani Sayyed said. When the couple was asleep in the wee hours yesterday, the three men barged into their house at around 1 AM and beat them up. The three accused, around 25-30 years of age, then forcibly took the woman`s husband outside the house and later gang-raped her, he said. The trio also robbed the woman`s jewellery worth about Rs 15,000, he said. Offences have been registered under sections 376(d) (rape), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) and 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) of the IPC, the API said, adding that a manhunt has been launched to nab the culprits.
2014-08-18Thane basks in Dahi Handi revelry, but madding cro
Thane basks in Dahi Handi revelry, but madding crowd chokes roads TNN | Aug 19, 2014, 02.37 AM IST THANE: Music blaring from loudspeakers, noisy street revelry and unofficial competitions in forming human pyramids marked Dahi Handi festivities here. However, a few govindas marred the festive spirit by flouting traffic norms, passing lewd comments at women and littering the streets. At some places, attempts by audio system operators to scale down the sound levels, invited the ire of organizers who assured them "protection" from any police action. Govinda troupes started arriving in the city right from the morning on motorcycles, trucks and tempos, heading to the four Dahi Handi events organized by medical education minister Jitendra Awhad at Panchpakhadi, Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde at Tembhi Naka, Sena's Pratap Sarnaik at Vartak Nagar and Ravi Phatak's grand celebration at Raghunath Nagar. This year, many women were seen present in the audience unlike previous years, where they chose to steer clear of the govinda troupes. A homemaker who came with her three-year-old daughter said, "The celebrations also brought out the patriotic fervour among people, as they chanted 'Jay Jay Maharastra'. Some even waved the tri-colour." At Panchpakhadi, the 100-plus strong group of visiting Spaniards raised their hands and clapped along with the crowd. The spirits were high with performances such as folk dances like 'lavni' and the presence of celebrities. Sena's Sarnaik organized a dance and music show and human pyramids were allowed only up to four to five tiers and after inspecting the age of the youngest participant. However, not all was well at some places with govindas passing lewd comments at women and littering the streets. Radhika Pal, a college student, said, "I was riding my two-wheeler near Hari Nivas when a govinda troupe on a truck started singing songs and passed lewd comments. When I slowed down and stopped on the side to let them pass, the govindas of the same group on two-wheelers, too, passed derogatory comments." Unruly govindas also flouted traffic norms. While some were seen carrying multiple pillion riders on their bikes, others parked their vehicles haphazardly. Rash driving was also seen at many places and the cops stationed were mere spectators. Motorists had a harrowing time throughout the day. With most public mandals occupying the entire road, hardly any space was left for motorists to navigate. Tembhi Naka was heavily crowded and the patch was completely blocked for motorists. The periphery of the old city was no better. "We should not have stepped out. The celebrations should be held in open grounds instead of public roads," said Sharad Raut, a resident. While some govindas enjoyed lunch in the open, littering the road with plastic waste and food, a section of people from mandals were openly seen consuming alcohol on roads near housing complexes. Starting from Anand Nagar Check Naka, the highway and service road was full of litter with paper plates, lunch boxes thrown on the roadside.Leftover food also could be seen spread across various places. Due to lack of toilets, some govindas even relieved themselves on streets and close to housing complexes.
2014-08-18Motorists unfazed by CCTVs on Thane-Belapur Road -
Motorists unfazed by CCTVs on Thane-Belapur Road George Mendonca | TNN | Aug 19, 2014, 12.38 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: The city traffic police have mounted banners on signal poles along the Thane-Belapur Road to draw the motorists' attention towards the CCTV cameras and asking them to obey traffic rules.The move has been necessitated to create awareness amongst the citizens, as it has been more than a year since CCTV camera surveillance was started along the Thane-Belapur Road to keep a check on motorists violating traffic rules. From May 2013, the CCTV cameras were installed at several strategic locations. But 16 people have died in accidents due to speeding vehicles. "Despite CCTV surveillance, traffic violations have not ceased. Hence, it was necessary to mount the banners, so that they act as a deterrent," said a traffic cop.The cops claim that most of these fatal mishaps are hit-and-runs. Not a single case has been solved so far, as the accidents occurred at spots which were out of CCTV coverage. A Rabale traffic cop said that they register up to 10 offences of light jumping daily. "When we catch any offender, they argue with us, as they don't take it seriously." He also added that the second most common offence was driving without a license. "Despite surveillance, traffic violations have not ceased. Hence, it was necessary to mount the banners," he added.
2014-08-17Government drops Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan monorail pl
Government drops Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan monorail plan, looks at MRTS Sun, 17 Aug 2014-11:37am , Mumbai , PTI Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan monorail failing the viability test, Maharashtra is exploring the option to develop a mass-rapid transit system (MRTS) in the regions to improve transport system in the Mumbai metropolitan region. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has invited tenders to prepare techno-economic feasibility and detailed project report for the proposed MRTS on the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan sub-region including travel demand estimate. Last month, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had given indications about creation of the MRTS in the region. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had carried out the technical feasibility study on the proposed 25 km Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan monorail corridor through RITES in 2011. As per the report, the monorail corridor was not likely to be economically viable on fare box, advertisement and other revenues. It further recommended that on the basis of a likely low ridership, availability of the right of way and proposed land use plans, a road-based transport system would be more suitable for the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan region, which can serve the catchments at least for the next 10-15 years. "Considering the change in socio-economic development scenario and future development of the MMRDA areas, identified growth centres and development of multi-modal corridor from Virar to Alibaug, the government decided to revisit the project by conducting fresh travel demand estimation and feasibility study for appropriate MRTS," the tender document said. "It is now intended to carry out fresh travel demand estimation for Thane (north), Bhiwandi and Kalyan subregion and to prepare techno-economic feasibility and detailed project report for appropriate MRT system for the area," MMRDA said.
Government drops Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan monorail pl
2014-08-16Post SC relief, Thane gears up for Dahi Handi - Ti
Post SC relief, Thane gears up for Dahi Handi Freny Fernandes | TNN | Aug 17, 2014, 02.55 AM IST THANE: Political parties in Thane are doing their best to make Dahi Handi celebrations a high-pitch event after the relief from Supreme Court on the controversy surrounding the height of the human pyramid and participation of children above 12 years of age. Meanwhile, the traffic department has imposed traffic diversions to accommodate govindas coming to the city. However, the diversions will not affect emergency services like ambulance, fire brigade and police. The Sangharsh trust, led by medical education minister Jitendra Awhad has made it easier for people across the globe to see the entire event live by enabling live streaming of the Dahi Handi celebration on You Tube. Speaking about the safety precautions, Awhad said that in the past 15 years, not one person had been injured and this year would be no exception. Each year, people flock to the mandal not only from the city and the neighbouring cities but also from abroad. "Over 200 Spaniards came this year and themselves made their human towers. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has certified their event as a sport. I want at least one Indian team to win this honour," said Awhad. Awhad assured that the festive spirit alive within the limits of the law. While the Supreme Court has put a stay on the High Court notice, the noise level limit is still 65db and to be followed by each mandal.
Post SC relief, Thane gears up for Dahi Handi - Ti
2014-08-16Thane's Dahi Handi gets the Spanish flavour again
Thane's Dahi Handi gets the Spanish flavour again Debarati S Sen | TNN | Aug 16, 2014, 04.38 PM IST THANE: This year, once again, during the Krishna Janmashtami/ Gokulashtami/ Dahi Handi festival on August 18, Thaneites will get to see the Castellers from Catalonia, Spain.Castellers are famous for building human pyramids, almost like we do in India. Human castles are a Catalan tradition that is believed to date back to the 18th century. This relationship between Spanish Govindas and our very own desi ones has developed over the last few years. Teams from here have visited them, participated in their competitions, learned from them, and, the foreign team has done the same. The techniques used by the Spanish Castellers or the human castles, is a little different from their Indian counterparts they are used to making 10-tier human pyramids (there is one child on the top tier) and hold the world record for it. It is a pleasure watching the Castellers perform because of the sheer fluidity of their movements.
2014-08-16Tourists from US, UK to witness Thane's mega dahi
Tourists from US, UK to witness Thane's mega dahi handi Thane August 16, 2014 Last Updated at 19:20 IST Minister Jitendra Awhad, whose NGO organises a mega dahi handi celebration here, today said the event will see tourists from US and Britain and assured guidelines laid down for it will be adhered to. Sangharsh, a Thane-based social organisation founded by the NCP leader, has been organising one of the biggest dahi handi events in the State on the occasion of janmashtam since the last 15 years. Addressing a news conference here, Awhad said a group of 60 tourists from the US and Britain would be in Thane on Monday to witness the mega event, where "govindas" (volunteers) would form human pyramids to break an earthen pot filled with curd and strung high. He said around 200 people from Spain will also be in town to participate in the festival, where prizes running into several lakhs are on offer every year. Awhad declared that organisers would implement all guidelines containing safety measures and recommended by Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Early this week, the Supreme Court said that no child below the age of 12 years will be permitted to participate in forming human pyramids during the 'Dahi Handi' festival.
Tourists from US, UK to witness Thane
2014-08-16Thane: Woman held for murdering her disabled grand
Thane: Woman held for murdering her disabled granddaughter Sat, 16 Aug 2014-07:43pm , Thane (Maharashtra) , PTI A 44-year-old woman from Badlapur in Thane district was arrested on Saturday for allegedly murdering her two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, suffering from cerebral palsy, by drowning her in a nullah, police said. Police cracked the case within 24 hours after the child went missing as was initially claimed by the accused, identified as Mangal Pradip Borse. "Borse had tried to mislead the police by claiming that the girl, Ketki Kapil Hirey, was kidnapped by an unknown woman last morning, following which police registered a case under appropriate sections of IPC and launched a search" said senior inspector IR Andhalkar of Badlapur (east) police station. Meanwhile, Ketki's body was found in a nullah last evening and the postmortem report revealed the true cause of death, which helped police pick inconsistencies in the statements of Borse. The child, suffering from cerebral palsy, used to stay with her grandparents since her parents are working. According to the police officer, the accused was fed up with the condition of the child and was worried about her future. "The accused allegedly took the girl with her to a nullah in an autorickshaw last morning and murdered her by drowning her," Andhalkar said, adding that the woman then approached the police claiming that her granddaughter was abducted. Borse was charged under section 302 (punishment for murder) of IPC, he said.
Thane: Woman held for murdering her disabled grand
2014-08-15Thane station gets 47 CCTV cams on I-Day - Times o
Thane station gets 47 CCTV cameras on Independence-Day Nitasha Natu | TNN | Aug 16, 2014, 12.03 AM IST MUMBAI: Forty seven state-of-the-art closed circuit televison cameras were commissioned at Thane railway station on Friday as part of the Integrated Security System (ISS). A control room for monitoring the footage was also launched in Thane. A study conducted by the RPF between January and June this year had showed that of the 174 offences of mobile theft and chain-snatching recorded on Central Railway, 31 were reported at Thane. Earlier this week, a 53-year-old commuter, Shaila Shimpi, had fallen off the Amritsar Express between Thane and Kalwa and died after a robber dragged her while stealing her purse. The absence of CCTV footage has left investigators scrambling for leads. "Besides Thane, we realized that Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) needed state-of-the-art CCTVs, particularly in the wake of techie Esther Anuhya's abduction and murder case. A total of 97 cameras will be installed at LTT shortly," said a senior RPF official. CST, Mumbai's iconic station, has already been fitted with 120 cameras and is slated to get 130 more. "Looking at the sheer volume of passengers using the terminus, it is necessary to have 250 cameras," said an official. Next in line to be fitted with cameras on CR are Dadar, Kurla and Kalyan stations. The Central Railway has procured dome cameras enabled with pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ), box cameras and fixed cameras. Fixed cameras are traditionally used for video surveillance and the RPF will mount these at entry/exit points or in parking areas. Dome cameras with PTZ will be mounted at ends of platforms. "Dome cameras blend in very well with their surroundings. Their shape (like a dome) makes it difficult for someone to tell which direction the lens of the camera is actually aiming," said a security expert. The existing cameras on Central Railway will be phased out gradually. The RPF wants to incorporate video analytics in their security applications to cater to the passenger/vehicle drop-off zones at CST. "The personnel find it tough to constantly monitor multiple video feeds. We will therefore try to incorporate something like a pop-up window whenever a vehicle remains stationary for too long at a spot. Our personnel monitoring the screen can then direct their counterparts to check on such a vehicle," said a senior official. The ambitious ISS was announced after the 11/7 train blasts and is being implemented only now, in phases, on Central Railway. It has not been announced on Western Railway yet.
2014-08-152.90 lakh new voters from Thane district enroll in
2.90 lakh new voters from Thane district enroll in July B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 15, 2014, 02.18 PM IST THANE: Continuing its effort to enroll as many new voters particularly who were missed out in the drive before the Lok Sabha poll, the district administration has registered over 2.90 lakh voters in July from 24 assembly segments of Thane district. Out of the total 2.90 lakh voters, the Thane corporation area with four segments registered 45,000 new voters and the neighbouring Navi Mumbai's two constituencies got 28,000 voters. Post Lok Sabha election during a special drive over 3.23 lakh voters got their names registered in the electoral roll in June, taking the district tally to 75 lakh. Pre-poll status was 72 lakh voters in the district. As Thane was split into two being Palghar the new district with effect from August 1 the enrolment of July was concluded in the undivided records. Nalasopara topped the list among 24 segments, which had a massive enrolment over 46,237 new voters followed by 30,003, Mira-Bhayandar 23,080 and Murbad 16,768. Tribal dominated segments in the remote pockets registered merger figures as compared to semi-urban and urban areas. "The response has been overwhelming as youth brigade is coming forward to be empowered with their voting right. We have kept all our enrolment centres at each assembly segment open under the surveillance of electoral registration officer in all 24 constituencies. The process will continue till the date of nominations for coming assembly poll. We appeal to the voters to get themselves enrolled at the earliest to avoid last hour rush," said Madhvi Sardeshmukh, district deputy electoral officer. Mumbra-Kalwa scored the highest in the lake city jurisdiction with 15,287 new voters whereas Ovla-Majiwada finished second with 13,764 followed by 8,477 in Thane city constituency and 7,009 in Kopri-Panchpakhadi. Neighbouring Airoli and Belapur segments recorded good turnout with 16,165 and 11,684 voters respectively.
2014-08-15Thane to host preview and selection for MIFTA Awar
Corporator presence during flag hoisting breaches protocol in Thane B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 16, 2014, 02.31 AM IST THANE: Protocol was breached at the official flag hoisting ceremony of Thane district at the collectorate by a corporator from Mira-Road-Bhayander, who stepped onto the pole podium to join hands with ministers, top cops and bureaucrats. Had alert citizens and politicians not raised a voice against his presence on the podium, he would have successfully saluted the tri-colour with the top authorities on the pole podium. It is believed that the corporator made a quiet entry with guardian minister Ganesh Naik. "We were surprised to see this intruder barging into the ring when all other politicians were outside the flag hoisting area. He has flouted the protocol," said activist Sanjiv Dutta. The corporator shared the pole podium with city police commissioner Vijay Kamble, rural superintendent of police Rajesh Pradhan, Thane collector P Velrasu and Naik, who unfurled the tri-colour. "He stood close to Naik. The minister did not remind him about the protocol of the day. The man got down only after we created a ruckus about his presence on the podium," said Pratap Sarnaik, local MLA. Naik was not available for comment despite several attempts. Sources from the district administration said "We had not invited such people to the event. We later learnt that he accompanied the guardian minister." If this was not enough, the subsequent scholarship distribution function held at the planning council building of the district administration saw Ashok Pohekar, a Nationalist Congress Party worker, occupying the chair next to the minister. He is not privileged to any constitutional post or right. "How he gained prominence to be on the dais with the collector and minister in a government function is unknown," said Sudarshan Kumbhar, a Thane resident.
2014-08-15Corporator presence during flag hoisting breaches
Corporator presence during flag hoisting breaches protocol in Thane B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 16, 2014, 02.31 AM IST THANE: Protocol was breached at the official flag hoisting ceremony of Thane district at the collectorate by a corporator from Mira-Road-Bhayander, who stepped onto the pole podium to join hands with ministers, top cops and bureaucrats.Had alert citizens and politicians not raised a voice against his presence on the podium, he would have successfully saluted the tri-colour with the top authorities on the pole podium. It is believed that the corporator made a quiet entry with guardian minister Ganesh Naik. "We were surprised to see this intruder barging into the ring when all other politicians were outside the flag hoisting area. He has flouted the protocol," said activist Sanjiv Dutta. The corporator shared the pole podium with city police commissioner Vijay Kamble, rural superintendent of police Rajesh Pradhan, Thane collector P Velrasu and Naik, who unfurled the tri-colour. "He stood close to Naik. The minister did not remind him about the protocol of the day. The man got down only after we created a ruckus about his presence on the podium," said Pratap Sarnaik, local MLA. Naik was not available for comment despite several attempts. Sources from the district administration said "We had not invited such people to the event. We later learnt that he accompanied the guardian minister." If this was not enough, the subsequent scholarship distribution function held at the planning council building of the district administration saw Ashok Pohekar, a Nationalist Congress Party worker, occupying the chair next to the minister. He is not privileged to any constitutional post or right. "How he gained prominence to be on the dais with the collector and minister in a government function is unknown," said Sudarshan Kumbhar, a Thane resident.
2014-08-15Thane-Belapur Road service road thrown open for tr
Thane-Belapur Road service road thrown open for traffic Sameera Kapoor Munshi | TNN | Aug 16, 2014, 12.00 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Despite heavy debate, criticism and pressure, the 4.5-km service road, which will run parallel to Thane-Belapur Road, was thrown open on Friday. "This service road is expected to ease traffic on Thane-Belapur Road. Commuters are warned not to park on this road," said Ganesh Naik, Thane guardian minister, while inaugurating the road. The road starts at Pawane flyover and ends at Rabale station. Some corporators had complained that the road was made in haste and has potholes already. Besides this service road, Naik also attended a few inaugurations including another road in Nerul and at a foundation stone-laying ceremony of a women's centre in Nerul.
2014-08-14Thane: Mall to Donate Sum Equal to Independence Da
Thane: Mall to Donate Sum Equal to Independence Day Footfall for Malin Families Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: August 14, 2014 12:33 IST THANE: A mall in Thane city has decided to dedicate the Independence Day tomorrow to the landslide-hit families of Malin village in Maharashtra's Pune district. Over 150 people were killed in the landslide that flattened the Malin village on July 30. The KORUM mall will donate an amount equalling to I-Day footfalls at its premises for Malin tragedy relief, it said in a release in Thane today. "KORUM has always been committed towards the welfare of the society. We want to dedicate this Independence Day for the families of the victims of landslide tragedy at Malin. We request Thanekars to visit our mall in droves, so that a good sum could be donated towards the cause," the mall's general manager Deva Jyotula said. The mall had on last Independence Day raised awareness on female foeticide with a contemporary dance performance. It had celebrated last year's Diwali with children from orphanages and senior citizens from old age homes. For the Republic Day this year, KORUM in association with NGO CRY, supported a campaign to raise awareness on child-related issues, the release said.
Thane: Mall to Donate Sum Equal to Independence Da
2014-08-14Thane women gear up to break Dahi Handis this Goku
Thane women gear up to break Dahi Handis this Gokulashtami Debarati S Sen | TNN | Aug 14, 2014, 03.30 PM IST THANE: Thane's Dahi Handi celebrations are renowned for their religious fervour and unmistakable thrill. And, when it comes to all-women groups making human pyramids, the levels of enthusiasm reach their zenith. This year, after the age and height limits have been set, no participant under 18 is being allowed. All human pyramids are less than 20 feet in height and the team members are insured. The Sankalp Mahila Govinda Group, Chirag Nagar, one of the oldest all-women groups in Thane, have a 150-member team comprising housewives and kabbadi players - aged 18 to 30 years - of which 40 form the pyramid. Mahendra Naik, their coach of 12 years, says, "Earlier, our Govindas were 13-year-olds, but this year, we have two 18-year-olds - Manisha S and Manisha Bhoil. None from my team has got injured, because we practice rigorously." Last year, the team had won '5,00,000 at a Dahi Handi competition in Vartak Nagar. Shivtej Mandal from Kopri (Thane East), for whom this is the 10th year, plan to make a five-level pyramid. Pravin Dalvi, their trainer, says, "Our Govinda this year is 22-year-old Priyanka Bendal; she is light and agile. Our pyramid will have around 30-40 girls." Pravin and his wife Vanita have trained the girls for months - even during heavy downpour - so that there are no accidents on D-Day. "The response we get when our girls are out there, is amazing and that is what eggs us on," signs off Pravin.
2014-08-14Thane's working couples going out of town this I-D
Thane's working couples going out of town this I-Day weekend Debarati S Sen | TNN | Aug 14, 2014, 03.47 PM IST THANE: Most working couples in the city have planned a short holiday this I-Day weekend. Thanks to the Independence Day falling on a Friday, and Gokulashtami the following Monday, August 18, the weekend sure is an extended one. Since schedules are extremely demanding for working couples, they wait eagerly for long weekends like this. Atul Kukreja, a resident of Vasant Vihar, says, "Combined with my weekend off and the holidays on Friday and Monday, I am getting a four-day break. This is a very rare and happy situation." Atul and his family have booked a resort in Igatpuri and will be spending some quiet, quality time there. Sreelekha Iyer from Manpada, says, "My husband and I have taken two days off from work and so, I can have a six-day mini vacation. We are going to Goa, because we love it there in the rains. Beach destinations have their own charm in the monsoon season." There are many young couples who are just driving down to Khandala or Lonavala. Says Kanti Pednekar from Wagle Estate, "The drive from Thane to Khandala is a refreshing one. Of course, the destination is what we are looking forward to, but the fact that the drive is so nice makes us all the more gung-ho about the short trip."
2014-08-14It's 'no entry' for govinda vehicles in Thane city
Its no entry for govinda vehicles in Thane city Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 15, 2014, 02.01 AM IST THANE: With an aim to not clog city roads with heavy vehicles ferrying govindas, the Thane traffic department has banned entry of these vehicles into the city and has allotted space on service roads along the Eastern Express Highway to park them. Govindas from Mumbai and Thane generally prefer to travel in vehicles with 50-plus capacity to reach Dahi Handi venues in and around the city when they are in big groups. The service road starting from Dnyansadhana College up to Jupiter Hospital and from Kopri Bridge up to Golden Dyes junction will be kept free for parking of these vehicles. The troupes will not be allowed to come into the city through any other access routes, said a senior traffic official. The traffic department will launch a drive to clear all service roads of other vehicles on Sunday night to provide space for heavy vehicles carrying govindas that will enter the city for Dahi Handi."We urge motorists to not park their vehicles along the service road and keep space for the visiting govindas. They can find an alternative a day before to avert any inconvenience," said Dr Rashmi Karandikar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic). "After parking their vehicles on the service road, govindas will have to walk up to their venue and return to the same spot to get their vehicles," added Karandikar. Extra police force will be deployed at various prime spots to guide govindas to the allotted parking slots. Also, the traffic department has urged the visiting mandals to co-operate with the traffic staff on the D-day. The traffic department has also requested other motorists to travel as little as possible to keep the inner lanes and by-lanes near the venues free for the troupes. A traffic cop said that last year, most citizens preferred to stay indoors.
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2014-08-14Thane to host preview and selection for MIFTA Awar
Thane to host preview and selection for MIFTA Awards B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 15, 2014, 01.14 AM IST Thane: The preview and selection process in the run up to the Marathi International Film and Theatre Awards (MIFTA) is scheduled to take place at Dr Ghanekar auditorium from August 17 to 25, 2014. Thaneites will be able to catch a glimpse of 14 stage plays and 10 nominated films free of cost. Mahesh Manjrekar, well-known filmmaker and actor said, "Thane has been chosen for the second time in a row to host the preview of this prestigious festival. MIFTA enters its fifth edition and the award ceremony will be held in London in November." A source said that Thane deserved to host the event for being the cultural hub of Maharashtra. The city is picked for its facility and people alike, who are inclined to Marathi films and theatres. The films selected for the festival include Lai Bhari, Anumati, Fendry, Posterboys, Tipi, Salaam, Yellow, Ramamadhav, Rege and Astu. Besides, some of the shortlisted dramas are Kg2, Gosta Simple Pillachi, Vyakti Ani Valli, Jhopala, Bombay-17, Gholat Ghol, Amhi Sou Kumud Prabhakar Apte, Lukachhupi and Moruchi Mawashi among others.
2014-08-142.90 lakh new voters from Thane district enroll in
2.90 lakh new voters from Thane district enroll in July B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 15, 2014, 02.11 AM IST THANE: Continuing its effort to enroll as many new voters particularly who were missed out in the drive before the Lok Sabha poll, the district administration has registered over 2.90 lakh voters in July from 24 assembly segments of Thane district. Out of the total 2.90 lakh voters, the Thane corporation area with four segments registered 45,000 new voters and the neighbouring Navi Mumbai's two constituencies got 28,000 voters. Post Lok Sabha election during a special drive over 3.23 lakh voters got their names registered in the electoral roll in June, taking the district tally to 75 lakh. Pre-poll status was 72 lakh voters in the district. As Thane was split into two being Palghar the new district with effect from August 1 the enrolment of July was concluded in the undivided records. Nalasopara topped the list among 24 segments, which had a massive enrolment over 46,237 new voters followed by 30,003, Mira-Bhayandar 23,080 and Murbad 16,768. Tribal dominated segments in the remote pockets registered merger figures as compared to semi-urban and urban areas. "The response has been overwhelming as youth brigade is coming forward to be empowered with their voting right. We have kept all our enrolment centres at each assembly segment open under the surveillance of electoral registration officer in all 24 constituencies. The process will continue till the date of nominations for coming assembly poll. We appeal to the voters to get themselves enrolled at the earliest to avoid last hour rush," said Madhvi Sardeshmukh, district deputy electoral officer. Mumbra-Kalwa scored the highest in the lake city jurisdiction with 15,287 new voters whereas Ovla-Majiwada finished second with 13,764 followed by 8,477 in Thane city constituency and 7,009 in Kopri-Panchpakhadi. Neighbouring Airoli and Belapur segments recorded good turnout with 16,165 and 11,684 voters respectively.
2014-08-14Silver medal for Thane's water polo team at state
Silver medal for Thane's water polo team at state championship B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 15, 2014, 02.15 AM IST THANE: The Thane water polo team had to be content with silver at the state championship against host Pune that won 12-6. "We gave our best but the defense line of the Pune team was much stronger, which thwarted us to get into the net. We had to be content with the runners-up title," said Uday Uttekar, a leading player from Thane. The Thane waterpolo team accumulated eight overall points to be placed second while the winner scored 10 points. In the final, the scorers for Thane were Adarsh V S and Viraj Shinde with two goal apiece, Uttekar and Anand A S with a goal each. In the earlier match , Thane got the better of a Mumbai team with a huge lead of 11-3.
2014-08-13Yet again, MU postpones law course on Thane campus
Yet again, MU postpones law course on Thane campus Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 14, 2014, 01.53 AM IST Thane: Mumbai University has postponed the first session of its integrated law course at its newly-inaugurated campus in Thane to the second half of August, as it failed to depute staff, despite admitting students. While students were called for an induction session with the vice-chancellor at its Fort campus in Mumbai on Monday, the MU was yet to finalize the teaching faculty and claimed to have made some temporary arrangements. "We are ready with classrooms and other basic infrastructure required to start the course," said professor A Pawaskar, in-charge of the Thane sub-centre. However, a TOI visit on Monday revealed that the campus was far from being ready for students. Finishing touches were being given to the structure and several amenities such as elevators were yet to be installed. Also, there was no proper road, signboards along the route and transportation for students to access this campus. The classrooms, however, were ready to be occupied, but only after undergoing a dusting exercise. Around 120 students, 60 each for the law and management courses, were admitted and were asked to be part of an induction programme at the MU's Fort campus. Officials had claimed they will make all preparations to start classes by August 19. However, a source informed, the MU was yet to hire full time professors and has presently deputed some teachers from affiliated colleges to teach at the campus for the time being. Both the courses would require eight teaching staff each. "The hiring of teaching faculty is in progress. It will be over by September. Meanwhile, we have deputed staff from our other affiliated colleges to teach the students," said professor Pawaskar. The MU had planned to start the integrated law course and management course at Kolshet campus last month with a promise to start operations from August 1. After the varsity failed to hire faculty then, it postponed the date to the second week of August and though the stipulated date arrived, the MU hadn't hired any full time.
2014-08-13Ill-equipped Thane fire department has luck on its
Ill-equipped Thane fire department has luck on its side as blaze-related calls drop Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Aug 14, 2014, 02.07 AM IST THANE: Despite being in a bad shape due to shortage of staff, technology-driven vehicles and equipment, the city's fire brigade must be thanking its lucky stars. There has been a significant drop in the number of fire-related calls received by the disaster management cell of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) in July compared to what it was in April. This effectively means the chinks in the fire-fighting armour have not been exposed and the department has been saved from embarrassment. Records with the civic body's disaster management cell revealed that the department received just 22 fire-related calls in July as against 59 recorded in April (see chart), which is a reduction of about 60%. Arvind Mandke, chief fire officer of the department, said, "Fire is an accident. So, one cannot affirmatively tell the reasons for a rise or fall in the number of calls. But the drop in the number of calls received by the cell is a sign of relief. Lesser accidents directly reduce loss of life and property. Once of the reasons for the lesser number of calls could be better awareness exhibited by citizens. It is the collective responsibility of the society and the fire department to bring down the number to zero." However, the relevant authorities must ensure that all vacancies are filled at the earliest. Though the calls may have gone down, manpower shortage remains a burning issue for the department. "Seventy vacancies still exist. Even we do not understand the reason why the administration is not filling up these posts, especially in crucial department like fire brigade," said a senior TMC official. The authorities must also pass the pending proposals for new fire stations soon. In addition, they also need to make sure that old-fashioned equipment is modernized. If the facilities are not upgraded at the earliest, one shudders to think what would happen in the event of a major fire mishap like the one that took place at a penthouse of Sunderban society in Samata Nagar in March.Two senior citizens were killed and the disaster brought to the fore how housing colonies or societies were unprepared to deal with major fire mishaps. The incident also proved how ill-equipped the fire brigade was when it came to matching the needs of the growing population and high rises in the city. As per rules, every housing society needs to get a fire audit done every month. But there are hardly any cases of societies following fire safety norms. "If norms are followed diligently, chances of fire mishaps will reduce greatly," said a fire brigade official on condition of anonymity. Few months ago, TOI had reported that the disaster management cell used to receive 36 calls, on an average, related to fire incidents in a month. Between April 1, 2013, and February 28, 2014, the cell had recorded 409 fire-related calls.
2014-08-13Dahi Handi norms will be followed strictly: Thane
Dahi Handi norms will be followed strictly: Thane top copB B NayakB B Nayak,TNN | Aug 14, 2014, 02.09 AM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesREAD MORE Vijay Bedekar|Prakash Rao|govinda|Dahi Handi|Bombay high courtRELATEDTHANE: City police commissioner Vijay Kamble has assured of strict adherence to the directives of the Bombay High Court of maintaining law and order during festivals, starting with Dahi Handi. Kamble said, "Who are we to relax or tighten the directives and court orders? We will go by the norms of the government and it is our top priority to ensure that the rules are adhered to in all respect." He added, "Plans are being chalked out to promulgate the guidelines by putting all our resources in place. All the police stations have been instructed to pull up their socks to ensure that noise levels, prescribed height of human pyramids and age of Govindas are not violated. Anybody seen violating these norms can face action." An academician from the city, Vijay Bedekar, has urged the police commissioner to strictly deal with violators as he has had bad experiences in the past where mighty people have taken the law into their own hands many a time. "Police should follow the court ruling," said Bedekar. The city police had already enforced a court directive urging loudspeaker operators and Dahi Handi organizers to adhere to the 65-decibel sound barrier, which left many people red-faced. "I know the festival is going to be celebrated anyhow because nobody is clear about state government's guidelines after it was directed by the high court to form local committees for implementation of the order. Government has so far not come out with the clear message to its agencies about what has to be done. Today many mandals from Thane and Mumbai have approached the apex court challenging the high court," said activist Rajeev Datta. For Prakash Rao, a corporate executive, the court order was a positive message towards the unruly organizers, who flouted all norms in the past. "I doubt the police can deal with the offenders who are huge in numbers as they have paid no heed in the past to the noise restriction level," said Rao. follo: govindahttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/followceleb.cms?alias=Vijay Bedekar,Prakash Rao,govinda,Dahi Handi,Bombay high court
2014-08-13Indian Railways' Fourth Packaged Drinking Water Fa
Indian Railways' Fourth Packaged Drinking Water Facility to be Launched in Thane Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: August 13, 2014 16:03 IST MUMBAI: Indian Railways' fourth state-of-the-art packaged drinking water facility, set up at Ambernath in Thane district, will get operational from today. Railways manufactures and supplies packaged drinking water to its passengers under the brand name 'Rail Neer' through its subsidiary Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda is expected to inaugurate the new facility through remote control from New Delhi this evening, IRCTC said. Built on a 20,000 sq meter plot area at an investment of Rs. 23.50 crore, the new facility will churn out two lakh water bottles per day and will cater to stations such as Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai Central, Kurla, Dadar, Thane, Kalyan, Pune among others, the corporation said. IRCTC had first set up such a plant in Delhi in 2003 and later at Danapur in Patna and Palur in Chennai. The Railway Board had given its approval to set up the Ambernath plant in 2007, but the construction work could commence only in October 2012.
2014-08-12Hit by mugger, woman falls from train, dies near T
Hit by mugger, woman falls from train, dies near Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 12, 2014, 11.58 PM IST MUMBAI: An elderly woman died after falling from a running train near Thane station following an attack by a mugger standing near the tracks early on Tuesday. Shaila Shimpi (53), who was standing on the footboard, lost her balance while trying to save her purse at 3.40am. She was taken to hospital, where she was declared dead. The Kalwa resident was returning home with her husband in the S10 coach of the Amritsar-Mumbai Express after attending a ceremony in Dhule. The mugger struck her hand as the train slowed down on the creek bridge. Shimpi reportedly lost her balance and fell on the tracks. She lost consciousness and suffered head and hand injuries while the offender ran off, the police said. Her husband Sopan alerted the police when the train halted at Thane station. A case was registered against an unknown assailant and the police are investigating the case. Commuters have complained of many such instances recently in the area. There have been many stone-throwing incidents on the stretch too, but the police have yet to clamp down on the miscreants, regular commuters complained. A Titwala resident was hit by an object on Monday and alert passengers saved him before he could fall off the train, an eyewitness said."Commuters have often complained of anti-social elements and eunuchs standing near the tracks between Kalwa and Thane. We have been driving them away regularly," a police official said. Deputy commissioner of police Rupali Ambure was unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts.
2014-08-12Authorize Thane collector to pay Rs 3 lakh to kin
Authorize Thane collector to pay Rs 3 lakh to kin of four Opera House blast victims, Bombay high court tells Maharashtra govt Rosy Sequeira | TNN | Aug 12, 2014, 11.27 PM IST MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Tuesday gave the state government two weeks to authorize the Thane district collector to pay compensation of Rs 3 lakh each under a central scheme to the dependents of four men killed in the 13/7 blast at Opera House in south Mumbai. The payment is to be made within four weeks thereafter. The HC also said that it is a "fit case" for it to consider directing interest to be paid for the delay. On July 13, 2011, three bombs exploded at Opera House, Zaveri Bazar and a bus stop in Dadar, claiming 27 lives. Mira Road residents Himmatbhai Gadiya and Bhupatbhai Navadiya, Baburam Das from Bhayander and Lalchand Ahuja from Ulhasnagar died in the blast at Opera House. A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice A S Chandurkar passed the direction after hearing a public interest litigation by activist Prakash Sheth seeking immediate release of funds under the central scheme for assistance to civilian victims of terrorism/communalism/naxal violence to the kin of the four victims. State pleader Samir Patil confirmed that compensation has not yet been released. The HC said under the central scheme, which was amended on June 29, 2012, powers were conferred on the district collector/ magistrate to sanction and issue cheques to the beneficiaries. They referred to letters from the Centre to the collector to release the payment and noted that only because no separate head for disbursal was created, the state withheld payment to the legal representatives. Sheth's petition followed a pending PIL by advocate Rajeshwar Panchal stating that the compensation for terror victims is meagre. The HC said while the concept in the mind of the state seems that it wants to help, it has to be in discharge of its obligation under Article 21 (Right to Life) of the Constitution. "But the approach of the government seems to be different. That the payment to be made is in the nature of ex gratia, and not compensation," said Justice Oka. The HC also directed the state to reply if similar compensation to be paid to the kin of other terror attack victims under the central scheme is pending only on the grounds that the collector doesn't have the authority and, if so, to clear them.
Authorize Thane collector to pay Rs 3 lakh to kin
2014-08-12Thane motorists left stranded after petrol pumps g
Thane motorists left stranded after petrol pumps go on strike Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 12, 2014, 11.15 PM IST THANE: Over a dozen petrol pumps in the city had downed their shutters to protest against the state government's decision to impose Local Body Tax (LBT) on fuel on Monday. As the strike was announced well in advance by the dealers association, most motorists had filled up their vehicle tanks a day before itself. On Sunday, many pumps witnessed serpentine queues due to the one-day strike that they had called for. However, some commuters who did not know about the strike were caught unaware on Monday. Many were left stranded as they had ran out of fuel.''I was stranded on the Eastern Express Highway as my bike ran out of fuel. I pushed my biked to the nearest petrol pump but found it shut. So, I had to park my bike there and had to travel by auto to work,'' said Abhi Pawar (24), a marketing executive. While some motorists travelled all the way to Mulund to fill fuel, many borrowed petrol from friends and neighbours. ''I had not fuelled my tank on Sunday, so I borrowed half litre from a friend on Monday,'' said Anil Chikhalkar, a motorist.
2014-08-12Two brothers die of snake bite in Thane - Business
Two brothers die of snake bite in Thane Press Trust of India | Thane August 12, 2014 Last Updated at 13:15 IST Two brothers from powerloom town of Bhiwandi died of snake bite here, police said today. The incident took place on Sunday night when both Lallan Gaya Sav (26) and Sunil Gaya Sav (22) were deep asleep in their house in Shashtri Compound of Khoni Gaon, Sr PI S D Langhe of Nizampura in Bhiwandi told PTI. Following the incident, the duo were rushed to the local hospital from where they were shifted to IGM government hospital, where they died during treatment, police said. The bodies were sent to postmortem and were later taken to their home town Jalalpur in Aurangabad district of Bihar, police added.
Two brothers die of snake bite in Thane - Business
2014-08-11Thane college student found dead on tracks - Times
Thane college student found dead on tracks Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 11, 2014, 11.53 PM IST THANE: An 18-year-old college student was found dead on the railway tracks between Mulund and Thane on Monday evening. The police are probing the cause of death. Pankaj Kadam, a student of Dnyansadhana College in Thane, was found with fatal injuries around 4pm near Kopri bridge. A police source said Kadam was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead. A receipt found on the victim revealed his identity, said the police. It is not clear why Kadam, a resident of Lokmanya Nagar in Thane, had ventured onto the tracks. "We will talk to his family and college friends for answers," said an officer. In another incident, Mahendra Shetti, a Kalwa resident, was injured after falling off a train near Thane station on Monday morning. Another commuter Suresh C, a retired railway employee, was found unconscious at Thane station on around 10.40am.
2014-08-1135 Congress workers detained for disrupting hospit
35 Congress workers detained for disrupting hospital inauguration in Thane Mon, 11 Aug 2014-05:02pm , undefined , PTI Thirty five Congress workers were detained on Monday after they allegedly disrupted the inauguration of a hospital which was to be done by NCP leader Ganesh Naik in Navi Mumbai, police said. Those detained included Navi Mumbai Congress Committee president Dashrath Bhagat, Thane Lok Sabha constituency unit president Nishan Bhagat, corporator Santosh Shetty and CIDCO director Namdeo Bhagat, they said. "Today there was an inauguration of Meenatai Thackeray Hospital. There were around 35 Congress workers who were protesting at the gate of the hospital and were refusing to let the premises be inaugurated. They created ruckus there following which we had to detain 35 workers. But, we let them off later after giving a warning," Nerul police station inspector Nagraj Mazage said. Meanwhile, a release issued by the Navi Mumbai city Congress Committee said the party workers were opposed to the inauguration of the hospital in Nerul and some projects at other places as they were "incomplete". Naik, the Thane Guardian Minister, had planned the inauguration of the hospital at Nerul to take credit for the project, the release alleged.
35 Congress workers detained for disrupting hospit
2014-08-11Thane Anti Corruption Bureau arrests technician fo
Thane Anti Corruption Bureau arrests technician for accepting bribe Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Aug 11, 2014, 07.57 PM IST MUMBAI: The Thane Anti Corruption Bureau has arrested a senior technician with MSEDCL (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited) of Murbad division for allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 15000 from complainant to reduce his electricity bill. The ACB officials said that complainant runs a firm in Murbad area and recently MSEDCL sent his excess electricity bill due to which complainant approached to MSEDCL office where he approach to accused Ashok Desale,48, posted at senior technician post. ACB officials alleged that to reduce electricity bill Desale demanded bribe of Rs 15000 due to which complainant approach to ACB official. Acting on complaint on Monday afternoon team laid trap and arrested Desale while accepting bribe money near Malsej ghat road.
2014-08-11'No-govindas-under-12' rule upsets major dahi hand
'No-govindas-under-12' rule upsets major dahi handi organisers in Thane By Vinay Dalvi | Posted 11-Aug-2014 Thane may have to do without two of its biggest dahi handi organisers this year. Irked at the decision by the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) to ban kids below 12 years of age from being a part of dahi handi pyramids, both State Education Minister Jitendra Awhad and Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik have told mid-day that they are in two minds about organising dahi handis.The two leaders popular handis have prize purses of over Rs 1 crore. The conundrum for the leaders has been made worse with the Mumbai police declaring that they will act against dahi handi mandals that allow children below 12 years to be part of the human pyramids. The police are planning to hold meetings with all the dahi handi mandals and the Dahihandi Utsav Samanvay Samiti (DUSS), the apex body of all such mandals in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, on the issue soon.We will be calling a meeting with dahi handi mandals and their Samanvay Samiti soon. We will tell them about the new law and request them to follow it to keep the spirit of the game alive, said Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria. The police will also be sending letters to the organisers about the rules to be followed like wearing helmets and asking them to take utmost care so that there are no casualties. 'Minors safe' The leaders and the mandals, however, are not happy. They claim that that the minor boys are a very important part of the dahi handi festival because of their low weight. They are the ones who help them form the crucial layers on top and break the handi. Last year, top mandals in the city had arranged human pyramids of up to nine layers. Mandals also claim that the minors face no threat of injury and are safe as their fall, if any, is broken by the men in the layers below them. We will follow the law but I am completely against the decision of banning children below the age of 12 from the pyramids. The kids who are on top are the safest and there are hardly any incidents of minors being hurt. The ones injured are always on the sixth or seventh layers, said NCP MLA Awhad, whose handi, under the banner of Sangharsh Pratisthan, is one of Thanes biggest. It has a prize purse of over Rs 1 crore and is a big crowd puller. Awhad said he is yet to take a decision on organising the dahi handi this year. I have become demotivated because of this rule and am yet to make any preparations for the handi, he said. Sena MLA Sarnaik, who organises his dahi handi under the banner Sanskruti Yuva Pratisthan, told mid-day that he is also in two minds. The incident of a 14-year-old boy getting killed while practising for dahi handi is very unfortunate, but one should understand that small mandals often do not take the necessary precautions. Some new mandals practice in building premises on tiles and not on mud resulting in severe injuries. The police should also look into this as it spoils the name of the dahi handi festival, said Sarnaik. As an organiser, if I arrange a handi this year, I will ensure that no minor boys are involved. But, lets not forget that mandals like ours practise for more than two months and all the members are well trained. Lets not spoil the spirit of the game, he added. Integral The Dahihandi Utsav Samanvay Samiti (DUSS) is of the view that boys below 12 years of age are a very important part of the dahi handi festival and mandals cant do without them. We will organise a meeting of all the mandals soon and decide on the issue. There is no doubt that young boys are very important , but we will look into all aspects of the issue. We look forward to meeting with the police, said Bala Padelkar from DUSS. Ganesh Adivadekar of Shree Sai Dham Govinda Pathak from Chinchpokli, however, was a tad more aggressive. How can somebody watching TV and staying in Malabar Hill ban boys under 12 from participating? Ask them to come with us to see how we practise and how professional are we. We have to answer to the kids parents.
2014-08-11Major Thane mandal scraps dahi handi celebrations
Major Thane mandal scraps dahi handi celebrations citing deaths Bella Jaisinghani | TNN | Aug 11, 2014, 11.44 PM IST MUMBAI: The ruthlessly competitive dahi handi pyramid has turned into a Frankenstein, as its creators find they are unable to control the monster they generated. On Monday, one of the biggest organizers in the business, Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik of Thane, announced he had discontinued his event owing to multiple factors. "We have decided to bite the bullet. Our Sanskruti Yuva Pratishthan will not organise dahi handi owing to various reasons. This season at least two young boys have lost their lives during 'sarav' (practice). On humanitarian grounds, my father feels it would not be appropriate to host a lavish celebration. Moreover, since the Child Rights Commission has ordered that children under 12 should not climb the pyramid, insurance companies have refused to provide cover," his son Vihang informed TOI. Sponsors and equipment hirers are also uncertain. Experts say if the state government had declared dahi handi a sport, some rules and regulations could have been formulated. MLA Sarnaik claimed he wrote several letters to the government, urging it to do so. "Our pleas have fallen on deaf ears, so we shall suspend festivities. It is heartbreaking because it was the popularity of this event that elevated me from corporator to MLA. Once my party forms the government in the state, I will recommend rules and resume dahi handi celebrations," he said.However, his political rival Jitendra Awhad of the NCP has not altered his plans. "I am amused to see those who use Hindutva as a bargaining tool have chosen to abandon dahi handi at the first hint of trouble. Things are getting difficult with revised decibel levels and children being barred but I have been associated with dahi handi for 45 years and will not allow it to die out. I strongly feel that uniform laws, including decibel limits, should be set across Mumbai and Thane," he said. Vihang said prominent mandals push young children to compete for alluring prize money. Smaller mandals, meanwhile, are untrained gully teams not conversant with technique. "We have won a place in the Guinness World Records and the Limca Book for a record nine tiers. How much higher can one go? It is not humanly possible to craft 10 or 11 layers. Most organisers started out celebrating a festival but failed to realise when dahi handi degenerated into an event, then a war. The electronic media and politicians both fed this frenzy," Vihang said.
Major Thane mandal scraps dahi handi celebrations
2014-08-11Thane players steal show at 3rd state ranking tabl
Thane players steal show at 3rd state ranking table tennis championship B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 12, 2014, 02.16 AM IST THANE: Keeping its tradition alive as the powerhouse of table tennis, Thane players recreated their charisma while dominating the state competition. Thane players made the most of it by winning major titles at the 3rd state ranking table tennis championship recently held at Dombivli. Sanish Ambekar led the winning tempo by lifting double crown. State number one Sanish was at his best to retain the title in boy's junior group when he thrashed second seed Shubham Ambre of Mumbai 4-1 in the final. In the semis, he outplayed Mandar Hardikar 4-0. He kept the victory tempo intact to add more exploits in his trophy cabinet by winning record double. His second title came through youth boys' group where Sanish, second seed, made a remarkable win own top seed Pune's Chinmay Datar 4-2 in the final. Earlier, he cleared the hurdle for the title show while beating Thane's Siddesh Pande 4-1 in the semifinal. "It was my day to explore all possibilities over tough contemporaries," said Sanish. Besides, International player Pooja Sahasrabudhe lived up to her reputation, thus winning the showcase match of the final day. Lanky Pooja, who was top seed in the tournament, got better of her traditional rival Devika Bhide from Pune 4-2 in the women's final. She overpowered prolific Shweta Parte of Mumbai in the semifinal 4-0. Another Thane girl Snehal Patil stole the show in the junior girls' group, winning against Ashlesha Trehan of Mumbai in an extended final battle that stretched for seven rounds. She finally mustered the victory with 4-3 score.
2014-08-11Thane Municipal Corporation's waterfront project r
Thane Municipal Corporations waterfront project receives Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority nod B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 12, 2014, 12.00 AM IST THANE: After almost two years of its conceptualization, the Thane Municipal Corporation's (TMC) proposed waterfront development project, along the 31-km Thane creek line, from Kopri to Gaimukh, got the green signal from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) recently, subject to a few conditions. The approval has come as a big boost for the civic body, which will now speed up the project. This alternate mode of transportation will help decongest roads and rail network and make commute easier.The TMC is also considering developing shallow water parks, water sports, by-pass, jetties and mangrove trails and as many as twelve spots have been earmarked to be developed under the waterfront project. They include City Centre, Saket, Kharegaon, Balkum, Kolshet, Kavesar, Kasarwadvali, Mogharpada, Gaimukh, Reti Bundar, Mumbra and Diva. Out of 128 sq km area under TMC jurisdiction, 62 sq km comes under either green zone or no developed zone (forest and CRZ). However, the waterfront project area is threatened by illegal activities such as encroachment, said civic sources. "The waterfront is full of dense mangroves which could be encroached upon by builders and slums. But this area can be protected and beautified," said a senior civic official. TMC's plan promises to restore the mangrove belt to improve the coastal zone ecology. Hence, the waterfront will be beautified with plazas, gardens, picnic spots and playgrounds, among others. MCZMA has cautioned TMC to strictly adhere to the Coastal Regulatory Zone-I norms. "The creek line has to be protected to maintain ecological balance and TMC's plan to develop waterfront will certainly help preserve the mangrove cover," said a MCZMA official.
2014-08-10Owners of Thane pvt classes, builder may face acti
Owners of Thane pvt classes, builder may face action after fire breaks out Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 10, 2014, 11.16 PM IST THANE: The proprietors of private teaching institutes that run classes in the 50-year-old Siddharth Tower and its builder are likely to face action for not ensuring fire safety measures, following the explosion possibly caused by a faulty inverter on Friday morning. A preliminary inquiry into the cause of the explosion and the subsequent panic have pinned the blame on the coaching classes for risking the safety of students, said a top fire brigade official. Thane Municipal Corporation chief fire officer, Arvind Mandke said, there was a lapse on the part of the builder and class owners, who have occupied the premises without ensuring installation of any fire safety equipment. "We have not found any fire alarm or fire extinguisher in the building. Also, there is no refuge area or an emergency exit, which is a must in such cases. Further inquiry in the incident is underway and we are awaiting a report after which suitable action will be taken," added Mandke. The coaching classes will not be allowed to function in the building until the inquiry is completed. Mandke also warned that any commercial establishment functioning without fire safety measures will be liable for action under Section 3 of the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act.Meanwhile, the coaching classes are temporarily conducting lectures in different places at Thane and Ghatkopar. A chartered accountancy class student said, "For the time being we have been asked to shift to Ghatkopar and assured that the lectures will commence in Thane shortly." Fifty students were trapped inside the ground plus four-storey building after the explosion. A team of fire fighters brought the trapped students down to safety. Coaching classes were operational on the second and third floors. Except for one student who fractured his leg while trying to escape, no one was injured.
2014-08-10Kolis celebrate Narali Poornima at Thane Creek - T
Kolis celebrate Narali Poornima at Thane Creek B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 11, 2014, 12.15 AM IST Thane: Thousands of Kolis thronged the Thane Creek to celebrate Narali Poornima, their biggest festival on Sunday. The festival marks the beginning of the new fishing season with women praying to the sea god for the well-being of their men. Their boats are decorated in bright colours and coconuts made of pure gold are offered as a mark of respect. Like every year, the fishermen community celebrated the festival by venturing into the creek. Drum beats, strumming of banjo and feet-tapping Koli songs, reverberated through the lanes of Kalwa and Kopri. "We take the boats inside the creek as a gesture of our probation and return to perform other rituals. On this day, we also offer coconut to the sea god, praying for peace and prosperity," said Anand Koli, a Kharegaon resident. Different groups, dressed in traditional attires also took out processions and danced to the tune of "Amhi Hai Jaatiche Koli" (we are fisherfolks by profession) along the route.
2014-08-10Thane schools want to be out of range of mobile de
Thane schools want to be out of range of mobile devices Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 11, 2014, 12.00 AM IST Thane: Realizing the ill effects of students carrying mobile gadgets, more schools in the city are now latching on to zero tolerance towards allowing usage of cellphones and tablets on campus. Rajani Pattabhiraman of Euroschool, Thane, "No one is allowed to carry mobile in the classes.." Asha Narayanan of Lodha World School says that though they haven't yet come across any such case of mobile devices being carried by any student, the school will not permit it and confiscate the gadget. Neelu Lamba, principal of The Hiranandani Estate Foundation School, says though they don't allow carrying of mobile phones in schools, they, have a facility where senior students can deposit the same with the school and collect the same while leaving the campus. Parents, however, said schools should be a little accommodative on this front. "I would want to know the whereabouts of my son as my wife and I are away at work. The schools could ensure that mobiles are switched off during school hours.," says a parent from Kopri whose son studies in a school on GB road. Chandrakant Sharma, another parent, says while it is imperative to maintain discipline on campus, students could be allowed conditional usage of phones, but definitely not during classes.
2014-08-09Special rakhi celebration in Thane - Times of Indi
Special rakhi celebration in Thane Kapil Dave | TNN | Aug 9, 2014, 05.12 PM IST Raksha Bandhan holds a special place in the hearts of Thaneites. The schools for the differently abled, Thane Jail's women inmates and students of some schools got together to make this festival a memorable one. Arvind Sule, trustee of the Vishwas Centre for the differently-abled people, Thane, said, "We have 21 people aged 18 to 45 years, out of which eight are girls and 13 are men. These special youth are told all about the significance of this festival. They learn all there is to know about Raksha Bandhan and then they make rakhis." The centre made around 1500 rakhis this year. Sule adds that their students are taught about each and every festival, following which they make different handicrafts pertaining to that festival. "This year the inmates took around 15-20 days to make the rakhis," he adds. Thane's women jail inmates also made rakhis. Sri Ma Bal Niketan school decided to make the occasion special this year. Their students tied rakhis to special children and celebrated with them. Students of Bedekar School also brought in the festivities by making rakhis. The students themselves made rakhis and then learnt to put up stalls to sell them to their fellow classmates.
2014-08-09Thane ready for brighter rakshabandhan - Times of
Thane ready for brighter rakshabandhan Debarati S Sen | TNN | Aug 9, 2014, 05.14 PM IST This year, Thane will see many interesting rakhis. One of the most popular ones in the city markets are the rakhis that have small LED lights fitted inside it. Also popular are the popular cartoon character rakhis and superhero rakhis. There are BenTen rakhis that surfaced a couple of years ago, and are still as popular. One of the most awaited rakhi design is the Modi rakhi, inform stall owners and shopkeepers in Thane market, especially in the Naupada area. Apart from these kiddie favourites, there are also some precious and semi-precious rakhis in silver. These are quite a hit with Thaneites.
2014-08-09Precious rakhis gain popularity in thane - Times o
Precious rakhis gain popularity in thane Debarati S Sen | TNN | Aug 9, 2014, 05.02 PM IST Raksha bandhan is a festival that is celebrated all over the country, wherein, brothers and sisters commemorate the eternal bond of love and protection that they share. And rakhis are the symbol of the pure affection and blessings that a sister bestows upon her brother, while he promises to defend her honour under all circumstances. This symbol of rakhi could just be a simple thread that denotes the strong bond or it could be beautifully decorated piece, or it could be a timeless piece of jewellery that is set in precious metals like gold and silver and studded with precious and semi-precious stones. The fact that these bejewelled rakhis can last a lifetime and are not just showy jewellery is what adds to their appeal. The trend of buying rakhis in gold, silver and precious gems is not new, it has been around since time immemorial, yet the timelessness of these rakhis make people go back to them every year, despite the escalating costs. And of course, nothing else can truly signify the long-lasting bond between a brother and a sister better than these pieces of jewellery. The best things about these are that they can be worn as bracelets too after the festivities are long over. Jewellers cater to the festival Most jewellery stores have special rakhi designs that are made with the festival in mind. They showcase the eternal bond between the brother and the sister. Auspicious rakhis Silver is auspicious by tradition and a rakhi in silver would not be just a gift for that one day, but would be treasured by your brother for his lifetime. The purpose of these silver rakhis is dual as they perform the function of being a gift as well as has a symbolic significance during this festival. Silver rakhis have been a trend, but due to the growing importance of silver as a metal and the rising advantages of investing in silver, gifting in silver has become a more popular trend in the recent years. Also, however expensive a rakhi may be, it is only a few days that a brother wears it, while a silver rakhi becomes a treasured keepsake and an eternal memorabilia. It is affordable Till a few years ago, precious metals like gold and silver were not as expensive as it is now and that was the reason the demand for them was also very high. These days, since budgets are small, jewellers also have stopped making very elaborate and expensive rachis. Instead, they focus on rakhis that are much lighter are easily available. There are some pure silver rakhis that are available for `800 onwards. Personalized bracelet rakhis Rakhis that double up as bracelets are what the youngsters are going in for. These have semi-precious stones. Sisters can select the stones that are compatible with their brother's sunsign or janampatri and it can be made-to-order.Silver puja thalis Unique puja thalis in silver are also popular. If you are gifting a precious rakhi, you should also have an appropriately designed puja thali for the occasion. There are ones available in silver-plating or in sterling silver. They spell style, festivity and also exclusivity.
2014-08-09Thane rural police nab man for raping minor cousin
Thane rural police nab man for raping minor cousin B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 10, 2014, 02.19 AM IST THANE: A 25-year-old man has been nabbed on charges of kidnapping and raping a minor girl in Mira Road by the Thane rural police. He was produced before the Thane District Sessions Court, which sent him to police custody till August 12. The 15-year-old girl was rescued from Lucknow.The police found that the accused, Ravi Chaurasiya, is the girl's cousin. The parents registered a complaint when the girl did not return from school. The police team, with support of Uttar Pradesh cops, held the accused and rescued the girl from a hideout.
2014-08-095 students from Thane give rakhis a hi-tech twist
5 students from Thane give rakhis a hi-tech twist Freny Fernandes | TNN | Aug 10, 2014, 02.16 AM IST THANE: The simple, colourful threads gets a touch of technology this Raksha Bandhan. A group of five students from the Children's Tech Center, Naupada, have designed a rakhi with a device that can record personalized messages with just a press of a button. To make things better, this rakhi is also pocket friendly. The students, under the guidance of their teacher Purushotam Pachpande, prepared these rakhis that will be useful for those whose brothers are overseas. The sender can record a personalized 30 second message. This can be re-recorded as many times as the sister wants. The students, between the age group of 10 to 14 years, came up with this innovative thought as they felt that many sisters want to send voice-recorded messages for their brothers on Raksha Bandhan, but can't do so as no rakhis have such technology. "During class, we teach students how to come up with innovative ideas and turn them into a reality. During the festive season, we give ask them to come up new concepts. Brainstorming sessions are held where students come up with many ideas. Some had suggested LED rakhis as well. But, this 'speaking rakhi' was unanimously chosen as it conveys a voice-recorded message sent from a sister with a lot of emotion," said Pachpande. One of the students, Shambhavi Joshi (14), was totally elated with the concept and she said, "I have been coming here since the last three years. Every month, for each festival and event, we come up with a new idea. It brings out our creativity." Another student, Kaustuk Faujdar, said, "I would love getting this rakhi. It's a very nice feeling to get something this unique." Although they have created only about 25 rakhis, this year, which have been taken home by the students, Pachpande said that they intend to sell these in the future. "We will put our products on sale next time as the students deserve to get royalties for their innovative ideas," said Pachpande.
2014-08-08Thane coaching class fire traps students on 2 floo
Thane coaching class fire traps students on 2 floors Nishikant Karlikar & Freny Fernandes | TNN | Aug 8, 2014, 11.21 PM IST THANE: An inverter exploded and led to a fire at a coaching centre near Thane station a little after 7am on Friday, sparking panic among students, who were trapped by smoke. Around 50 were attending classes on the two floors of the building that were affected by the fire. Except for one student, who fractured a leg while trying to escape, no one was injured. The police said the inverter blast was probably triggered by a short circuit; also, there were no fire alarm systems or extinguishers in the building, in contravention of the law. Ideal Classes is on the second floor of the ground-plus-four Siddharth Tower, a commercial building that houses coaching centres on the second and third floors. The inverter was kept in a small storeroom close to Ideal's administrative cabin. Around 7am, students on the second floor heard the sound of sparks, which presumably emanated from the inverter. Around the same time, students at a CA coaching centre on the floor above saw sparks in the AC unit and switched it off. Soon, the inverter exploded, and fire broke out in the storeroom. Within seconds, smoke filled up the second and third floors, and the stairwell, reducing visibility to zero."When we heard the explosion, each one of us made a dash for the door and the stairways. There was panic. The passageway was filled with smoke and it was pitch dark. We covered our noses and mouths. Breathing was difficult. Even the stairwell was filled with smoke and we could see nothing," said Pooja Panchal (22), a CA aspirant who was on the third floor. Smoke prevented the students from taking the stairs and they returned to their classrooms teary-eyed and breathless. On the third floor, three students, Gandhar Gadgil, Subodhkuamr Singh and a classmate, went to a toilet, broke the glass window and started climbing down a pipe. Upon reaching the shed of a ground-floor shop, Gadgil tried to jump onto the top of a stationary bus, but missed it and fell to the ground, fracturing a leg. The other two suffered cuts and bruises.The fire brigade was at the building by 7.10 am. A team of fire-fighters went up the stairs and brought the trapped students down to safety. "Three fire tenders were pressed into service," said Santosh Kadam, head, regional disaster management cell, Thane Municipal Corporation. Later, students of coaching classes on both floors said sparks flying out of the electrical wires and appliances inside the classrooms were a regular occurrence. They said their complaints had been often ignored. A student said the building doesn't have enough entry or exit points and its passages are narrow.
Thane coaching class fire traps students on 2 floo
2014-08-08Thane: Man arrested for abducting, raping relative
Thane: Man arrested for abducting, raping relative's minor daughter Mumbai hidden Aug, 07 2014 12:19:49 IST Thane: A 25-year-old man was arrested today for allegedly abducting and raping the minor daughter of a relative in Mira Road area of Thane, police said. Ravikumar S Chourasia, hailing from a village in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow district and working as a painter here, got acquainted with the 14-year-old daughter of a relative last year, Mira Road police station inspector Dhananjay Kshirsagar said.On 30 June, the youth took the girl to a lonely place in Bhayander, while she was travelling in a bus back home, and allegedly raped her. Chourasia later took the girl to lodges in Virar and Nashik where he again sexually assaulted her. The youth then took the girl to his village in Lucknow and raped her repeatedly there also while assuring that he would marry her, the police officer said. On 3 August, the girl returned to her Mira Road home and informed her mother about the offence following which the latter lodged a police complaint, Kshirsagar said. Based on the complaint, the accused was arrested today and booked under sections 376 (rape), 363 (kidnapping), 366(a) of the IPC and sections 3 and 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said, adding that further investigations were on.
2014-08-08Maha Suryakumbh to Be Held at Thane in Jan 2015 -
Maha Suryakumbh to Be Held at Thane in Jan 2015 08 AUGUST 2014 Last Updated at 2:32 PMNATIONAL 'Maha Suryakumbh', a project promoting solar power as a substitute to conventional energy has been launched by NGO Keshav Srushti along with Professor Rajendra Singh Oorja Abhiyaan (PRSOA). The 'Maha Suryakumbh' will be held at the NGO's premises in Maharashtra's Thane district in January 2015 where thousands of children will cook together on solar cookers, a release here said. Suryakumbh, the earlier initiative by Keshav Srushti held in Thane, was intended to spark a revolution and transform the large pool of students into leaders who are aware, inspired and empowered, it said. Since 2011, they have motivated over 8,500 participants, who have experienced the joy of solar cooking and have in turn shared the concept with several others, the release said.
2014-08-08Short circuit triggers fire in a Thane coaching cl
Short circuit triggers fire in a Thane coaching class Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 8, 2014, 12.14 PM IST THANE: Close to 98 students from a coaching class on the second floor of a four-storey commercial building near Thane station (W) were evacuated following a high-voltage explosion believed to be triggered by a short-circuit in one of the classrooms on Friday. Three students who jumped from the first floor to escape the smoke and heat suffered fracture. The electrical explosion is believed to have taken place in an air-conditioning unit in one of the fully-occupied classrooms. A cloud of thick smoke and stench from the burning of cables almost choked the panic-gripped students who were evacuate from the staircase after 15 minutes, it is learnt. One of the students Vikrant Khona, who was trapped on the third floor of the building, said all the students suffered breathlessness after inhaling the smoke and were waiting to be rescued as there was zero visibility on the second and the third floor due to the smoke.Khona, who is a student of Eten CA classes, was trapped on the third floor of the building. He said, "sparks flying out of the electrical wires and equipments were a common occurrence in the building." However, the feeling of helplessness due to the explosion and the smoke resulted in panic reactions from the students, most of whom were in tears. "It was around 7.30am when someone on our floor shouted that sparks were flying from the wires. Initially, we dismissed it as these incidents are very common in this building. Minutes later there was a loud explosion and the floor was filled with smoke. We could not use the staircase as there was no visibility and we were not sure of what lies ahead," Khona told TOI. He added that three students from his classroom went inside the toilet to escape the smoke. "One of the students broke open the glass panes and squeezed out of the toilet. They used the pipeline to climb down up to the first floor and then jumped on the road. They have suffered minor injuries," Kohna said. The fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and switched off the electric supply to the building and evacuated the entire building.
2014-08-08'Maha Suryakumbh' to be held at Thane in January 2
'Maha Suryakumbh' to be held at Thane in January 2015 BY PTI | UPDATED: AUG 08, 2014, 11.42 AM IST MUMBAI: 'Maha Suryakumbh', a project promoting solar power as a substitute to conventional energy has been launched by NGO Keshav Srushti along with Professor Rajendra Singh Oorja Abhiyaan (PRSOA). The 'Maha Suryakumbh' will be held at the NGO's premises in Maharashtra's Thane district in January 2015 where thousands of children will cook together on solar cookers, a release here said. Suryakumbh, the earlier initiative by Keshav Srushti held in Thane, was intended to s ..
2014-08-08Thane coaching classes building catches fire; stud
Thane coaching classes building catches fire; students safe Fri, 8 Aug 2014-01:29pm , Thane , PTI Over 50 students escaped unhurt after a building in which they were attending coaching classes caught fire here this morning, officials said. However, one student suffered a leg fracture after he jumped from the building in panic, they said. The fire department received a call at around 7 AM that a fire had broken out at 'Ideal Classes' on the second floor of Siddharth Towers opposite Thane Railway Station, deputy chief fire officer A M Raut and TMC's regional disaster management cell officer Santosh Kadam said. The firemen from Jawhar Baugh, Wagle and Balkum fire stations rushed to the spot within minutes. The classes were on when the fire broke out, but the firemen managed to rescue more than 50 students, they said, adding that other coaching classes were also going on at the time of the mishap in the building which also houses some offices. The porch, server room, and the classrooms were gutted in the blaze, the cause of which was yet to be ascertained, the officials said. Several fire tenders and water tankers were pressed into service which managed to bring the flames under control after about two hours, they said. One of the students, a resident of Tikujini Wadi locality in Thane, jumped from the second floor in panic and fractured his leg. He has been admitted to a local hospital, they said. The fire fighting operations created a chaos in the narrow lane housing the building which caused a traffic jam near the railway station. Officials from the Thane Nagar Police Station also reached the spot and assisted in rescue operation.
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2014-08-07Thane: Youth held for rape, kidnap of teen relativ
Thane: Youth held for rape, kidnap of teen relative India hidden Aug, 07 2014 10:24:19 IST Thane: A 25-year-old man was arrested today for allegedly abducting and raping the minor daughter of a relative in Mira Road area of Thane, police said. Ravikumar S Chourasia, hailing from a village in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow district and working as a painter here, got acquainted with the 14-year-old daughter of a relative last year, Mira Road police station inspector Dhananjay Kshirsagar said. On June 30, the youth took the girl to a lonely place in Bhayander, while she was travelling in a bus back home, and allegedly raped her. Chourasia later took the girl to lodges in Virar and Nashik where he again sexually assaulted her.The youth then took the girl to his village in Lucknow and raped her repeatedly there also while assuring that he would marry her, the police officer said. On 3 August, the girl returned to her Mira Road home and informed her mother about the offence following which the latter lodged a police complaint, Kshirsagar said. Based on the complaint, the accused was arrested today and booked under sections 376 (rape), 363 (kidnapping), 366(a) of the IPC and sections 3 and 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said, adding that further investigations were on.
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Youth held for kidnap, rape of teenaged relative in Thane PTI| Last Updated: Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 11:14 Thane: A 25-year-old man was arrested Tursday for allegedly abducting and raping the minor daughter of a relative in Mira Road area of Thane, police said. Ravikumar S Chourasia, hailing from a village in Uttar Pradesh`s Lucknow district and working as a painter here, got acquainted with the 14-year-old daughter of a relative last year, Mira Road police station inspector Dhananjay Kshirsagar said. On June 30, the youth took the girl to a lonely place in Bhayander, while she was travelling in a bus back home, and allegedly raped her.Chourasia later took the girl to lodges in Virar and Nashik where he again sexually assaulted her. The youth then took the girl to his village in Lucknow and raped her repeatedly there also while assuring that he would marry her, the police officer said. On August 3, the girl returned to her Mira Road home and informed her mother about the offence following which the latter lodged a police complaint, Kshirsagar said. Based on the complaint, the accused was arrested today and booked under sections 376 (rape), 363 (kidnapping), 366(a) of the IPC and sections 3 and 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said, adding that further investigations were on.
2014-08-073 youths detained in Thane techie case - Times of
3 youths detained in Thane techie case Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 7, 2014, 11.28 PM IST THANE: The three youths suspected to be involved in the incident that left TCS techie Swapnali Lad grievously injured were detained by cops on Thursday. The trio who are being questioned were nabbed on the basis of the sketched circulated by the police on Wednesday. They, however, pleaded innocence and claimed that they are being implicated. All the three youths are in the early 20s and belong to diverse socio-economic backgrounds. They have told the police that they were not friends and met only on Friday on the spot where Swapnali was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood after falling off a speeding autorickshaw. One of the key eyewitnesses in the incident had told the police that the three youths had confronted him and questioned his motive for rushing to the rescue of the 24-year-old software engineer. "We are probing their role. The youths have told us that they didn't know Swapnali and were not involved in the incident. They have also blamed the witness for trying to falsely drag them into the case," DCP Balasaheb Patil said. The trio told the cops that they had a spat with the eyewitness over the way Swapnali was shifted into a vehicle and driven to the hospital. Meanwhile, doctors said that Swapnali's condition was stable but that she was still in an unconscious state.
2014-08-06Thane: Techie in coma, cops look for auto driver -
Thane: Techie in coma, cops look for auto driver INDIA Updated: Aug 06, 2014 11:19 IST Two police teams are trying to find the driver of the autorickshaw from which a 24-year-old girl jumped and suffered injuries on her head. The girl is in a coma at Jupiter hospital. The police are also trying to find out if the woman fell from the vehicle or jumped out to avoid being attacked. The police said Swapnali Nitin Laud, 24, a software engineer who works in an IT firm at Wagle Estate, Thane, was on her way home around 9:30pm on Tuesday when the incident took place. Swapnali usually goes home with her colleagues, but that day they dropped her till Kapurbawadi junction, from where she boarded an autorickshaw. She called her mother and said she was on her way, said Saurav, Swapnalis cousin. Usha Bhoir, the wife of a l ocal NCP corporator, who took Swapnali to hospital said, I was heading back from my office when I saw a group of people. I saw Swapnali lying unconscious on the ground and bleeding from her head. We admitted her to a private hospital first and then to Jupiter Hospital. A local, one Gadkari, who was standing on road, claims he heard her cry out for help from the rickshaw and then she jumped out of the rickshaw from the right side. Gadkari tried to follow the rickshaw unsuccessfully, Bhoir added. A police officer from the Kapurbawdi police station said the rickshaw driver was not from the area. We are looking at drivers who come from Bhiwandi to Thane to fill CNG. We have prepared two teams and the Thane crime branch is conducting a parallel investigation, the officer said.
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2014-08-06Thane athletes shine at dist wushu contest - Times
Thane athletes shine at dist wushu contest B B Nayak | Aug 6, 2014, 10.17 PM IST THANE: Local athletes excelled at the recently held 6th Thane District Wushu (Chinese martial arts) Championship. The championship was organised by the Thane District Wushu Association at Sahyog Mandir Hall. Over 500 players from across the district participated in age groups like under-10, under-14 under-18 and above-18 both boys and girls in different weight categories. The gold medalists in the kids' category (under-10 boys and girls) include Sarv Shivpurkar, Chitransh Parab, Om Ghorpode, Shreyas Veera, Rudras Pandey, Ivan Dilwala, Yash Telang, Swara Mali, Hania Shaikh, Saloni Sawant, Pragati Sonawane, Nishita Odesh and Mahima Mishra. "All gold medal winners will represent the district at ensuing state-level show shortly," said Anand Pendurkar, chief organizer.
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Thane: 24-year-old TCS staff jumps out of moving auto to escape abduction bid, slips into coma Aug 06, 2014, 09:55 AM IST Thane/Mumbai:A 24-year-old employee of a software firm jumped out of a moving autorickshaw on Saturday night after the driver reportedly tried to abduct her. The girl is battling for her life now. She has been identified as Swapnali Lad, employed with software giant TCS in Mumbai. Lad was returning home from work when the incident took place. According to reports, an eyewitness saw her screaming for help and leaping out of the autorickshaw. NDTV reports that she was rushed to hospital by bystanders and has been unconscious ever since. Doctors have performed two major surgeries on her. It has been four days and Lad continues to be critical after sustaining severe head injuries in the incident. Other reports say that investigating cops have not ascertained that she jumped out of the vehicle to save herself. However they believe that the culprit could be an autorickshaw driver who plies from Bhiwandi to Thane. They are now looking into her call and message details for leads. Meanwhile, doctors treating her say that there is swelling in her brain and she has slipped into coma. Image courtesy NDTV: Swapnali Lad was admitted to a hospital near Mumbai
2014-08-06Thane Municipal Corporation sets up cell to tackle
Thane Municipal Corporation sets up cell to tackle illegal encroachment issue Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN | Aug 6, 2014, 10.20 PM IST THANE: In order to tackle illegal encroachment problem in the city, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has set up a cell that will look into this issue. So far, the TMC had a squad for this, but now, a dedicated encroachment removal cell has been formed and the civic authorities are hopeful that action will be taken against the illegal structures. This was mentioned in a press release issued by the TMC. The idea to start a cell is the brainchild of TMC chief Aseem Gupta. Also, for faster disposal of legal cases, the corporation has decided to appoint 10 lawyers in each of it 'Parbhag Samitis'. According to TMC sources, the corporation has a backlog of nearly 4,000 legal cases, mostly involving petty civic matters. ''Every year on an average 150 new cases are added to the existing backlog,'' said a civic official.''The TMC chief is hoping to put an end to the increasing illegal constructions within the jurisdiction,'' he added. The additional municipal commissioner, assistant director city development and officials from the legal cell will be the main members of the new cell set up by the TMC. Meanwhile, citizens and activists are skeptical as to how effective the new cell will be. ''Every municipal ward office has an encroachment removal squad. So, how will this new cell be of any more help? I feel it is nothing but an eye wash,'' said Chandrahas Tawde. He added that the corporation has never taken any action against the illegal constructions that have a political backing. Last year, an illegal seven-storied building at Shil Phata, Mumbra, had come crashing down. As many as 74 persons were killed and 34 others injured. Following this, nine TMC officials, including the deputy municipal commissioner and assistant municipal commissioner, were arrested.
2014-08-06Complaint filed against Thane cop for demanding br
Complaint filed against Thane cop for demanding bribe Press Trust of India | Thane August 6, 2014 Last Updated at 18:06 IST An offence was registered against a police officer for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 2 lakh from the complainant, ACB officials said today. According to the complaint filed with the Thane Anti-corruption Bureau, sub-inspector attached to the Naupada police station Jayant Madhukar Patil allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 4 lakh in March and later on again in April, for not registering a case against the complainant in a cheating case, superintendent of police, ACB Thane, Srinivas Ghatge told PTI. Later, after negotiation, Patil zeroed on Rs 2 lakh for doing the favour to the complainant, following which, the complainant filed a case with the ACB office. A case was registered against the sub-inspector today under section 7 (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the SP said. Further investigations into the case were on, Ghatge said, adding, no arrest was made so far.
2014-08-06Man who helped Thane techie threatened - Times of
Man who helped Thane techie threatened Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 6, 2014, 11.54 PM IST THANE: A man who on Friday came to the rescue of a software engineer, Swapnali Lad (24), found injured on Kapurbawadi Road told cops that he was accosted at the same spot a few hours later."Three youths on a bike threatened the eyewitness and questioned him about why he took Swapnali to hospital," said a senior police officer. While the three youths are yet to be identified, the eyewitness (name withheld) has given his statement to the police. The witness along with corporator Usha Bhoir had escorted the victim to hospital. The police have prepared sketches of the youths based on the description provided by the eyewitness. "The sketches are being circulated to all police stations and investigators will try to identify the three youths through their informers," the officer added. Swapnali's condition is believed to be stable although she still remains unconscious. During the last five days after she underwent a surgery at a private hospital.
2014-08-05Thane woman still in coma, police look for clues i
Thane woman still in coma, police look for clues in her mobile phone Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 5, 2014, 11.23 PM IST THANE: Four days after software engineer Swapnali Lad (24) fell from a moving autorickshaw in Thane, suffered severe head injuries and slipped into a coma, her condition is still critical. Still clueless about the circumstances that led to the incident, the police are now going through the calls and text messages made and received by Swapnali on her cellphone."The needle of suspicion points to the autorickshaws that ply from Bhiwandi to Thane; the culprit could be one of the auto drivers. But nothing concrete can be said as of now as the probe is in progress," deputy commissioner of police Balasaheb Patil told TOI. The police are still trying to find out what happened between Kapurbawdi and Kolshetdid Swapnali fall from the moving autorickshaw or did she jump out to save herself.On August 1 night, Lad, who lives in Everest World Complex in Kolshet, was found with severe head injuries on a road near Balkum. Even as none of locals rushed to her aid, local corporator Usha Bhoir, who was going home in her car, took Swapnali to a nearby hospital. "I saw a crowd and asked my driver to check what happened. I saw Swapnali bleeding from the head, nose and mouth. As her body was stiff, I placed her head on my lap and kept the car's door open till we reached the hospital. All I had on my mind was to save her," Bhoir told TOI. "Doctors said that she was brought in just on time. I pray she recovers soon." A source from the hospital said that after two surgeries, Swapnali's condition remains stable, but there is a swelling on the brain. As there was bleeding on one side of the head, the other side started swelling forcing the doctors to conduct craniotomy to avoid brain haemorrhage. "We are waiting for her to recover soon though her condition is critical and stable," said Nitin, Swapnali's father. "She is a cheerful, sincere and talented girl. She had a special interest in karate."
2014-08-05Thane: TCS techie jumps out of auto to foil abduct
Thane: TCS techie jumps out of auto to foil abduction bid, seriously hurt PTI | Aug 5, 2014, 03.37 PM IST THANE: A 24-year-old software professional suffered serious injuries, when she jumped to safety from a moving auto-rickshaw here after the driver allegedly tried to abduct her, police said. The incident took place on Friday when Swapnali Lad, a TCS employee, was on her way back to her home. Around 9.15pm, she boarded a rickshaw at the Kapurbawdi Naka to go to her residence at Kolshet, senior police inspector S S Kadam, Kapurbawdi Police Station said.When the driver instead of proceeding to the destination, turned the rickshaw towards Bhiwandi, the girl got scared, Kadam said, adding, she raised an alarm and jumped out of the vehicle, which left her badly wounded in the head and the stomach. The girl was immediately admitted to a nearby hospital from where she was later shifted to the Jupiter Hospital.The police have registered a case under sections 364 and 511 of the IPC based on a complaint by her father Nitin Lad on Sunday. According to the parents of the victim, she is 'critical' and has undergone two major surgeries till now. The girl has not regained consciousness since the mishap. Meanwhile, a manhunt has been launched for the unidentified rickshaw driver, police added.
Thane: TCS techie jumps out of auto to foil abduct
2014-08-05Thane: TCS techie jumps out of auto to foil abduct
Thane: TCS techie jumps out of auto to foil abduction bid, seriously hurt PTI | Aug 5, 2014, 03.37 PM IST THANE: A 24-year-old software professional suffered serious injuries, when she jumped to safety from a moving auto-rickshaw here after the driver allegedly tried to abduct her, police said. The incident took place on Friday when Swapnali Lad, a TCS employee, was on her way back to her home. Around 9.15pm, she boarded a rickshaw at the Kapurbawdi Naka to go to her residence at Kolshet, senior police inspector S S Kadam, Kapurbawdi Police Station said. When the driver instead of proceeding to the destination, turned the rickshaw towards Bhiwandi, the girl got scared, Kadam said, adding, she raised an alarm and jumped out of the vehicle, which left her badly wounded in the head and the stomach. The girl was immediately admitted to a nearby hospital from where she was later shifted to the Jupiter Hospital.The police have registered a case under sections 364 and 511 of the IPC based on a complaint by her father Nitin Lad on Sunday. According to the parents of the victim, she is 'critical' and has undergone two major surgeries till now. The girl has not regained consciousness since the mishap. Meanwhile, a manhunt has been launched for the unidentified rickshaw driver, police added.
2014-08-05Pfizer declares lockout at Thane unit after labour
Pfizer declares lockout at Thane unit after labour unrest Mumbai August 5, 2014 Last Updated at 08:08 IST Drug manufacturer Pfizer, the marketer of brands such as Corex and Becosules, has declared a lockout at its factory in Thane (Mumbai) after unrest among workers for the past few months.The production had been stopped for at least four months, since there were incidents of indiscipline, making it difficult to continue operations peacefully, a Pfizer spokesperson said. The plant was the only manufacturing unit of Pfizer in India employing 212 people.Pfizer said the lockout would not have any impact on its business operations, as it had a continuity plan. The executive said it had made arrangements, including contract manufacturing of products and import arrangements, for the domestic market.The management has not indicated any timeline for starting operations. The company said, We are not in a position to resume operations till we are assured by the workmen the safety of our colleagues would not be compromised in any manner and the workmen will not indulge in acts of indiscipline. With an annual turnover of Rs 948 crore in India, Pfizer has a major presencein the anti-diabetes segment and is significantly present in anti-infectives, cardiovascular and respiratory drugs.
2014-08-05Four cops booked for wrongful confinement, extorti
Four cops booked for wrongful confinement, extortion in Thane By PTI |Posted 05-Aug-2014 Thane: Offences have been registered against four policemen in Bhiwandi town for allegedly detaining three persons on false charges and extorting Rs three lakhs from them to let them off, police said on Tuesday. The policemen, attached with Narpoli police station, had detained Istiaque Makbul Ahmed Chowdhari, a local builder, his son Abdul Mabud alias Sonu and their neighbour Mefuz Alam on May 7 for their alleged involvement in theft of yarn from a container, senior inspector Anil Akhade said. The three were detained in the police station till the next morning, Akhade said quoting the complaint filed by Chowdhari. Later, the policemen, identified as constables Pramod Gadve, Pravin Jadhav, Sailesh Golhar and Satish Desai, allegedly demanded Rs three lakhs from them to set them free and also beat them up, as per the complaint. The accused extorted money in instalments from the three persons, the police officer said. Based on the complaint, offences were registered yesterday against the four policemen under sections 342 (wrongful confinement) and 384 (extortion) rw 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC, he said. The investigation in the case was being carried out by the Anti-Extortion Cell of Thane's crime branch, he said, adding that no arrest has been made so far in this connection. Further investigation in the matter was on.
2014-08-04FIR against Thane school for 'charging capitation
FIR AGAINST THANE SCHOOL FOR CHARGING CAPITATION FEE Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Aug 4, 2014, 10.27 AM IST The police in Thane on Saturday night filed a first information report (FIR) against a school and its trustees for allegedly demanding a capitation fee from students. Parents claim that for the past two years, Billabong High School has been charging a capitation fee of Rs 25,000 from every student on the pretext of collecting funds for sports, performing arts and school essentials. The school rejected the allegation, but parents said that even the State Education Department had termed the charges under different heads as a capitation fee. The Srinagar police in Thane have filed the FIR against the school management and trustees under various sections of the Maharashtra Education Institution Act. "The investigation is under way," a senior officer said. Anil Sathe, one of the three complainants, said the school had been also hiking fees for the past two years without giving any justification. This year, it has been increased by 18 per cent. "The Education Department had twice in the past stayed the management's decision to hike fees. We are not opposing the school's right to increase charges, but they have to justify the hike. They cannot dictate terms and ignore parents' concerns," Sathe said. He alleged that the Rs 25,000 the school had collected under different heads amounted to a capitation fee. But the school management refuted the claim. It also said that it was not aware that an FIR had been filed by the police. "It is debatable whether these charges can be termed as a capitation fee. We will have to speak to our lawyers before issuing a formal response," said Sudhir Goenka, a trustee of the school. He added: "It is true that the Education Department had written to us following complaints of some parents. We have written back and sought a clarification on the provisions that we have been accused of violating. It has been 18 months, but we have not received a reply." However, another parent alleged that the school had been constantly trying to pressure parents to accept changes to the fee structure. "In the past, they have issued defamation notices to some parents who had raised issues, and on April 2 this year, they detained students in the library after their parents protested the fee hike," the parent, whose child studies in Std II, said.
2014-08-04Software engineer from Thane in coma after fall fr
SOFTWARE ENGINEER FROM THANE IN COMA AFTER FALL FROM AUTO THAT SPED AWAY By Divyesh Singh, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Aug 4, 2014, 10.20 AM IST A 24-year-old software engineer of Tata Consultancy Services in Thane is battling for life in hospital, after a fall from a speeding autorickshaw at Ghodbunder Road on Saturday night. Police are investigating whether Swapnali Lad, who was said to be screaming for help, had been flung out of the moving auto, or was in danger and had jumped off herself. A resident of the plush Everest Towers complex at Kolshet, Swapnali is in a coma in the ICU of Jupiter Hospital in Thane. According to the police, Swapnali had left her office in Wagle Estate and took a shared auto to Kapurbavdi Junction on Saturday evening. Around 9.15 pm, some boys from the Vardhaman Park residential complex, heard a woman screaming for help and within seconds saw Swapnali falling out of the running auto which sped away. Usha Bhoir, wife of local NCP leader Sanjay Bhoir who was passing by, stopped when she saw the boys gathered at the spot in the Dhokali locality near Vardhaman Park. She found an unconscious Swapnali bleeding profusely from a head injury and took her to the nearby Ozone Hospital, from where she was moved to Jupiter Hospital. "The group of boys heard her screaming for help and then saw her falling from the auto. Some of them tried to chase the auto, but couldn't keep up with it. We rushed her to the nearby hospital where doctors said she was very critical, so we took her to Jupiter Hospital" said Usha. She added "We informed the local police who, with the help of her mobile phone and belongings, traced her family and informed them." Swapnali, had apparently left the shared auto at Kapurbavdi Junction, from where she would have to take another auto to her residence at Kolshet. However, when the second auto did not turn towards Kolshet but sped on towards Dhokali locality near Vardhaman Park, she screamed for help. The Kapurbavdi police are investigating whether she had got into the second auto on her own, or whether someone pulled her in and then pushed her out when she began screaming. Meanwhile, they have registered a case of attempt to murder against unidentified accused. "We are yet to ascertain what actually happened. It's not clear whether the woman was flung from the speeding auto or she jumped to save herself from someone trying to kidnap her or harass her in the vehicle. We will find out once she gains consciousness and is able to talk," said DCP Balasaheb Patil from Thane Zone V. "The boys from Vardhaman Park confirmed they heard her screaming for help before falling out of the running auto. Unfortunately they could not note the auto number, and there are no CCTV cameras in the area. We have started questioning people who known the victim to get some clues." When Mirror contacted Swapnali's parents, they declined to comment.
2014-08-0430 Thane bars feel heat of fire safety - Times of
30 Thane bars feel heat of fire safety Sanjeev Shivadkar | TNN | Aug 4, 2014, 06.02 AM IST THANE: The Thane police came down heavily on bar owners who have still not complied with the fire safety norms. Out of 54 bars that have been found flouting rules, the cops terminated the licenses of 30 on Saturday. Last month, too, the cops had terminated the licenses of nine bars. With this, the total number of bars that have, so far, faced action has gone up to 39. The cops are playing safe as they do not want a repeat of the fire incident that had engulfed a few floors of Lotus Business Park at Andheri recently. A fire personnel had also lost his life in the incident. "The license of all these bars will remain suspended till they do not comply with the fire safety norms," said V V Lakshminarayana, joint commissioner of police (Thane). Action has been taken against them under Section 33 (w), (a), (1), (2) of the Maharashtra Police Act and Rules for Licensing and Controlling Places of Public Amusements (other than cinemas), 1960. The licenses were terminated during a recent audit that was conducted by officials from the fire brigade and Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). They found that there were a lot of discrepancies in the existing structure and the plan that was approved initially.''The bar owners were not only putting the lives of their staff at risk, but also the customer. So, as a precautionary measure we decided to terminate the license of the bars,'' he added. Meanwhile, citizens have lauded the cops for the move. ''The joint CP and TMC have finally taken erring bar owners to task. It should be a wake up call for the other owners who are not abiding with the rules,'' said Deepti Murkar, a resident of Thane.
2014-08-04Gadkari gives green signal for waterways in Thane
Gadkari gives green signal for waterways in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 4, 2014, 06.00 AM IST THANE: If things go as planned, then residents of Thane will soon be able to travel to Mumbai, Palghar and Navi Mumbai using waterways. The Union minister of road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari, who had visited the city on Saturday, showed keen interest in the plan. He also assured that the civic body will clear all documents required for the project within a week. Gadkari said that he was ready to explore the option and added that the project could ease the traffic situation in the city. ''Using waterways for transport services will be much cheaper than laying new tracks or constructing flyovers or roads,'' he said.''We had prepared a proposal earlier, but it was mainly for beautification and recreation purpose. Later, we thought of using these waterfronts as transportation hubs,'' said a civic source. Even political leader are lauding the plan. ''The city has a vast shoreline and using this as a means of transport seems to be a viable option. We had sent a similar request recently to the minister, seeking his intervention. The minister has given us a go ahead which has given us a head start in the project,'' said MLA Pratap Sarnaik from Thane.
2014-08-04Cops hunt for auto driver after Thane techie's mys
Cops hunt for auto driver after Thane techies mystery fall Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 4, 2014, 11.35 PM IST THANE: The Thane police investigating the Saturday night incident involving a 24-year-old software engineer, who was found in a grievous condition on a road, suspect it as an attempt to kidnap her for ransom. They have also launched a hunt for the driver of the auto she was travelling in. Police are trying to ascertain if Swapnali Lad had fallen from the three-wheeler or she jumped out to save herself from someone trying to kidnap her. Swapnali, a resident of Everest World Complex, suffered serious injures on her head after the fall. She is in a critical condition and still unconscious, doctors said. A source in the private hospital where she is admitted said, "The victim is under observation. She underwent second surgery on Monday."DCP Balasaheb Patil said, "A case was registered at Kapurbawdi police station against the unidentified autorickshaw driver who sped away towards Balkum while he was supposed to take a left turn towards her destination." "Our team is verifying with the shopkeepers as well as other hawkers present around the spot to ascertain the exact incident that happened on Friday." Patil added, "We will record the girl's statement, which can provide us with substantial leads in the whole episode."The father of the victim, Nitin Lad, told TOI, "Swapnali's mother and I always try to make keep a tab on how she comes home after her office-hour over and which route she takes. On Friday, around 9.10pm Swapnali's mother called her on her mobile phone, which she did not receive. Just two minutes later, Usha Bhoir, a local corporator, called back on her mother's phone, saying that Swapnali had met with an accident and that she had been taken to the nearby Ozone Hospital. Within next few minutes, we reached the hospital and she was then moved to Jupiter Hospital." "The whole patch of road from Kapurbawdi till Balkum is unsafe as there are no streetlights. I'm surprised that not even a single cop is present at the junction from where a number of autos ply towards Bhiwandi as well as towards Kolshet. Swapnali had earlier told me about difficulty in getting autorickshaws after her shift is over," Lad said.
2014-08-04Two killed in wall collapse in Thane - Mid-Day
Two killed in wall collapse in Thane By PTI |Posted 04-Aug-2014 Thane: Two women were killed and three others injured in a wall collapse at Wangani near Badlapur today following heavy rains. The incident took place in the Nagpure compound around 5 AM when the wall of a hut came crashing down due to heavy rains, burying two occupants, Ambernath Tehsildar Amit Sanap said. The deceased have been identified as Lata Sonawane (65) and Malsa Hatangle (28), he said A two-year-old child was seriously wounded in the mishap. All of them have been admitted to the Central hospital in Ulhasnagar, police said. Soon after the incident, firemen, local disaster control team and police rushed to the spot and began rescue operations, which are still on.
2014-08-04Thane woman undergoes second surgery, cops launch
Thane woman undergoes second surgery, cops launch manhunt to nab auto driver Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 5, 2014, 02.04 AM IST THANE: Abduction attempt for ransom or personal reasons could be the cause behind the incident involving a 24-year-old software engineer working with TCS, who was found grievously injured on a road in Thane, said the police. Swapnali Lad, a resident of Everest World complex, is unconscious and critical at Jupiter Hospital after she suffered serious head injuries on Friday night. Swapnali fell from a speeding auto on Ghodbunder Road. A source from the hospital said, "The victim is under observation after she underwent the second surgery on Monday and is presently unconscious." Meanwhile, the police have launched a manhunt to nab the auto driver who sped away after Swapnali fell off the auto or was pushed out. Deputy commissioner of police Balasaheb Patil said, "A case was registered at Kapurbawdi police station against an unknown auto driver who sped towards Balkum instead of taking a left towards Swapnali's destination. Our team is verifying with shopkeepers and hawkers present around the spot to know what exactly happened on that day."Patil added that nothing concrete has come up yet as the investigation is at its nascent stage. "We are banking on the statement of the girl and only after it's recorded can we get substantial leads in the case," he said.Swapnali's father, Nitin Lad, said, "We always make sure we know the route she takes after she leaves from work. On Friday, around 9.10pm, my wife tried to contact Swapnali but the call went unanswered. Two minutes later, local corporator Usha Bhoir called my wife and informed that my daughter met with an accident and she had been taken to the nearby Ozone hospital. We reached the hospital immediately and then she was moved to Jupiter Hospital." The father added, "The patch from Kapurbawdi to Balkum is unsafe as there are no street lights. I am surprised that not a single cop was present at the junction where a number of autos ply towards Bhiwandi and Kolshet. Swapnali has told me that it is difficult to get autos while returning from work."
2014-08-04Two killed, three injured in Wangani wall collapse
Two killed, three injured in Wangani wall collapse THANE, AUGUST 04, 2014 12:19 IST UPDATED: AUGUST 04, 2014 12:19 IST Two women were killed and three others injured in a wall collapse at Wangani (near Badlapur), Thane, on Monday following heavy rains. The incident took place in the Nagpur compound around 5 a.m. when the wall of a hut came crashing down due to heavy rains, burying two occupants, Ambernath Tehsildar Amit Sanap said. The deceased have been identified as Lata Sonawane (65) and Malsa Hatangle (28), he said A two-year-old child was seriously wounded in the mishap. All of them have been admitted to the Central hospital in Ulhasnagar, police said. Soon after the incident, firemen, local disaster control team and police rushed to the spot and began rescue operations, which are still on.
2014-08-03Thane police to fight noisy Dahi Handi - Mid-Day
Thane police to fight noisy Dahi Handi By Ankoor Anvekar |Posted 03-Aug-2014 The district’s Joint CP had a meeting with top cops on Friday and explored ways to ensure that mitra mandals follow Supreme Court’s guidelines to control rising decibel levels Festivities boast of pomp and splendour but they also lead to high noise decibels that cause much trouble to citizens. In order to control this menace during the upcoming Dahi Handi and Ganesh Chaturthi festivals this year, the Thane Police will soon implement the Supreme Court’s (SC) guidelines on noise pollution. According to Supreme Court guidelines, decibel levels in residential areas should not exceed more than 50 decibels. File PicThe Joint Commissioner of Police for Thane VV Laxminarayanan had a meeting with top cops from the district’s police force on Friday and explored ways to ensure that mitra mandals (associations that organise these festivals) across Thane district follow these guidelines. Though officials haven’t yet reached a consensus, they are keen that the SC’s recommendations should be followed at the earliest.According to the SC guidelines, decibel (dB) levels in residential areas should not exceed more than 50 decibels. In silent zones, the cut off is 45 dB, while in commercial areas, it’s 65 dB and in industrial areas it’s 75 dB.The decision comes after many people were seen violating noise levels in the city during festivals. Three years ago, Thane resident Dr Mahesh Bedekar filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Bombay High Court against the gross violation of noise levels by sound system operators. Every year, during festivals various activist groups and citizens file at least 10-15 sound violation complaints with the civic and police authorities.“Usually nobody follows the prescribed guidelines issued by the SC. In Thane, especially, there were a lot of places where sound system operators broke the laws. Senior citizens have a harrowing time during festivals. A strict law and order situation should be maintained and cops should keep a tab on such miscreants,” Bedekar told sunday mid-day.Thane’s Joint CP VV Laxminarayanan said, “We had a meeting on Friday and discussed ways to implement the guidelines across Thane district. We still haven’t reached a conclusion about how to implement them but we want to ensure that it’s done at the earliest.” Did you know? In the year 2012, a human pyramid for Dahi Handi broke into the Guinness Book of Records by forming a pyramid that was nearly 43.79 ft tall
Thane police to fight noisy Dahi Handi - Mid-Day
2014-08-03Minor raped in Thane district - Daily News & Analy
Minor raped in Thane district ARVIND WALMIKI | Sun, 3 Aug 2014-08:48am , Thane (Maharashtra) , DNA Three days after the rape of a 13-year-old in Kalwa, another 13-year-old girl from Bhiwandi was allegedly raped by her neighbour who had asked her to get cigarattes for him. The accused will be produced in court on Monday. It was on the evening of July 31 when the accused asked his wife to get hold of someone who could get him cigarettes. The wife summoned the neighbour's girl. When the victim came back with a packet of smoke, the accused was sitting alone in his room. He took advantage of the situation, locked the room and later raped her. He then threatened her with dire consequences if she complains to her parents. That very night the girl confided in her mother who initially refused to believe her. Only after she showed her the marks that the victim's family lodged a complaint at the Bhiwandi police station. Both the victim and the accused had to undergo medical tests and the reports are awaited. An officer from the Bhiwandi police station said: "We have initiated a probe and taken down the statements of both the victim and the accused. He will be produced in court on Monday." He has been charged under section 376 and section 354 of the Indian Penal Code and POCSO (Prevention of Children From Sexual Offences Act, 2012).
Minor raped in Thane district - Daily News & Analy
2014-08-0311-year-old girl from Thane feared drowned on excu
11-year-old girl from Thane feared drowned on excursion to Yeoor Hills Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 3, 2014, 11.37 PM IST THANE: An 11-year old girl is feared to have drowned after being swept away by the strong current in a swollen natural drain while on an excursion organized by her coaching class in Thane's Yeoor Hills on Sunday. A team, comprising firemen and policemen, was looking for Kirti Navrath, a class V student till the time of going to press. She lives in Ganesh Krupa Apartments near Korum Mall in Thane (W)."We are surprised how the teachers agreed to take the students to this spot. Even we had to use ropes while wading in the drain as the current was too strong," said Santosh Kadama , a member of the disaster management team. The depth of the drain exceeds 25ft at certain stretches before it meets the creek at Ghodbunder Road. "On Sunday, Samruddhi Classes organized a trip to an orphanage at the base of Yeoor Hills. The group then ventured ahead on the students' request. We are doing our best to trace the gi-rl," said deputy commissioner of police Balasaheb Patil. A source said the villagers had warned the teachers against venturing into the waters with the kids. On Sunday morning, 32 students and three teachers of the coaching class visited the orphanage as part of their annual monsoon trip. The coaching class had hired an TMT bus for the trip. After lunch, the group decided to explore the jungle and the kids held each other's hands to ensure no one got lost. But as they were crossing a 25-ft wide natural drain, Kirti and two of her friends, who were at the end of the human chain, lost their balance due to the strong current and fell into the water. While the other two children were rescued, Kirti got swept away. The Vartak Nagar police are yet to register a case. Prakash Dhanavde, the owner of Samruddhi Classes, could not be reached for comment.
2014-08-03The tale of Pfizer's Thane plant - Hindu Business
The tale of Pfizers Thane plant MUMBAI, AUGUST 3: Two weeks. That is the window that multinational drugmajor Pfizers management and its workmen at the Thane plant have to sort out their differences and avert a full fledged shutdown. Pfizer had said, on Friday, that it had been forced to issue a lockout notice at its Thane manufacturing plant to ensure the safety of its colleagues. There have been multiple incidents of indiscipline, threats to our management personnel as well as attempts to disrupt production lines by certain workmen, Pfizer had said in its statement. The plant employs 212 workmen. But the disruption would not affect medicine supplies, it had added. A lockout notice legally gives both sides two weeks to iron out differences, following which it could lead to a shutdown or the court if the situation is unresolved, employees familiar with the development said. In recent years, labour issues have been cropping up in sectors such as the automotive industry. And this time, the fate of the multinational drug companys plant and its employees hangs in balance. Historic plant This is an old plant and the last in India directly under Pfizer. There is another in Goa, but under Wyeth, a fellow-multinational in the process of being merged with Pfizer. The merger is part of Pfizers global acquisition of Wyeth in a $68-billion deal in January 2009. No manufacturing has been taking place at the Thane plant, both company and union representatives say, differing though on the timeframe that the plant has been virtually lying idle. The unit used to make formulations or finished forms of medicine, a person familiar with the operations said. The exact trigger for the lockout notice is not clear. A member of the Pfizer employees union said that they have been in discussions with the management for over six years on the issue of a raise in workmens salaries, and more recently over medical coverage. Employees are getting frustrated, he said, denying allegations of indiscipline. Pfizer clarified, We have engaged the workmen in many conversations in the past to maintain harmonious relations. The charter of demands is a separate issue, the spokesperson said, and is not the reason for the current notice for lockout. As the matter relating to charter of demands is subjudice, we cannot comment further, the spokesperson added. Land sharks snooping? The union member further alleged that the Thane plant could fall prey to land-sharks, as several companies including Pfizer have in the past sold their plants to real estate companies. This has been a trend in the recent past, across sectors, with chemical to automotive companies resorting to selling land to raise funds. In 2004, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals had sold its Worli plot for Rs. 107 crore to I-Ven Realty Ltd, a joint venture between ICICI Venture Funds Management Company Ltd and Oberoi Constructions. And in late 2012, Bayer Crop Science sold its Thane land for Rs. 1,250 crore to the Kalpataru group. Pfizer had several plants in its fold from mega global acquisitions. A decade ago, Pfizer had indicated that its strategy was to have one plant in every country. In fact, it is not necessary to have a manufacturing plant, observes an industry-insider, as much work is getting done through third parties on contract. Pfizer, however, said it was following the due process required and complying with all laws of the land. We have given VRS (voluntary retirement service) in the past and will continue to provide options to our colleagues for the future. We do not comment on speculations, the company representative said, referring to queries on whether the plant was on the block.
The tale of Pfizer
2014-08-03FIR against Thane school over capitation fees, cas
FIR against Thane school over capitation fees, case with crime branch TNN | Aug 4, 2014, 12.36 AM IST THANE: A parent of Billabong High School in Thane filed a complaint against the educational institute on Saturday for allegedly charging capitation fees to the tune of Rs 25,000. Though some parents have been pursuing the issue for over a year now, no action was initiated against the school authorities. The case has been transferred to the Thane crime branch unit. Anil Sathe, whose child goes to the school, claimed that the institute is arbitrarily charging fees under heads such as "sports, performing arts and school essentials", without the consent of parents.In April, six students were detained in the school library. The parents had approached the state's child rights commission, which asked the school education department to initiate action. "We have got stay orders from the school education department on the fee hike. But the institute still increased fees. In May, the department asked the police to take action against the institute," said Sathe. Another parent said they had been trying to get a case registered but their efforts had come to naught after which they approached the Thane police chief. DCP Balasaheb Patil said a FIR was registered with the police on Saturday. A source from the Shrinagar police station on Sunday confirmed that the case will now be investigated by the Thane crime branch unit. A senior official from the school said, "I am unaware of a fresh complaint filed on Saturday. There has been an issue in the past with some parents, which we are trying to sort out." Crime branch officers were unavailable for comment.
2014-08-02Odiyurushree Gurudevananda Swamiji to visit Thane,
2014-08-02Juhu drowning: Bodies of 3 Thane teens fished out
Juhu drowning: Bodies of 3 Thane teens fished out Sujit Mahamulkar | TNN | Aug 2, 2014, 11.51 PM IST MUMBAI: The bodies of the three Thane teenagers, who had drowned off the Juhu beach on Friday afternoon, were recovered by the police on Saturday morning. "The bodies were sent for a post-mortem after which they were handed over to the families," said Padmakar Chavan, senior inspector of Santa Cruz police station.The trioAmitesh Yadav (16), Divakar Pandey (16) and Sanjeev Yadav (19)had come to Juhu for a picnic, along with nine others, on Friday afternoon. They studied at Gyan Vidya Mandir College in Thane. They ventured into the sea around 4.30pm while the rest of their friends stayed on the shore. The high tide came at 3.22 pm with 4.1metre waves. The trio was unaware about the timings of the tide, cops said. When their friends spotted their gestures for help, the trio was already being carried deeper into the water by the waves. A massive search operation was conducted at the Juhu beach on Friday evening but the bodies weren't found. The search operation was then resumed on Saturday morning, officials said.Meanwhile, the BMC has deployed 49 lifeguards as well as personnel from civil defence and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on the major beaches like Girgaum, Shivaji Park, Juhu, Versova, Aksa and Gorai. The BMC officials, however, said that lifeguards can cover only a kilo metre area or two and that they cannot keep an eye on the entire coastline in the city. Assistant divisional fire officer Ravindra Ambulgekar said, "Some youngsters just ignore lifeguards' warning against going deep into the sea during the monsoon, leading to frequent drwoning incidents."
2014-08-02India's top shuttlers from Thane to play at distri
Indias top shuttlers from Thane to play at district championship B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 3, 2014, 02.42 AM IST THANE: Badminton players from the city are preparing themselves for the Thane District Badminton Championships hosted by the Navi Mumbai Sports Association (NMSA) at Vashi. The championships that is scheduled from August 14 to 18, 2014 will have events in various age groups; under-11, under-13, under-15, under-17 and under-19. Country's elite players Akshay Dewalkar, Eshan Naqvi, Jishnu Sanyal, Prashant Bahatre, Abhishek Kulkarni and Amey Pawar will participate in the event that is touted to be of the national stature.The tournament will be held under the auspices of Thane City and District Badminton Association. Entry forms are available at K M Ranganekar Badminton hall in Thane, at NMSA in Vashi and on the website thanebadminton.com. For further details, tournament secretary Mayur Ghatnekar can be contacted on 9619711171 and Abhimanyu Baste on 9821220597.
2014-08-01Pfizer issues lockout notice at Thane plant - Econ
Pfizer issues lockout notice at Thane plant By PTI | Updated: Aug 01, 2014, 09.33 PM IST NEW DELHI: Drug firm PfizerBSE -0.34 % Ltd today issued lockout notice at its Thane plant following labour unrest, stating the step was necessitated to ensure safety of its employees. "Pfizer has been forced to issue a lockout notice at its Thane manufacturing plant to ensure the safety of our colleagues," the company said in a statement. There have been multiple incidents of indiscipline, threats to our management personnel as well as attempts to disrupt production lines by certain workers, it added. The Thane manufacturing plant employs 212 workers. This notice for lockout will not impact the supply of any of our products or medicines to patients, Pfizer said. "The company has in place a robust business continuity plan which will ensure that its medicines are available to the patients at all times," it added. In a filing to the BSE, Pfizer said because of the incidents "it has become impossible for the management to continue with the operations of the plant in a peaceful and productive manner". "We are not in a position to resume operations until we are assured by the workmen that the safety of our colleagues will not be compromised in any manner and that the workmen will not indulge in acts of indiscipline at the plant," the company said. Headquartered in Mumbai, Pfizer Ltd employees over 4,000 people spread across India. Shares of Pfizer Ltd today closed at Rs 1,340 per scrip on BSE, down 1.33 per cent from its previous close.
Pfizer issues lockout notice at Thane plant - Econ
2014-08-01Maharashtra gets its 36th district - Palghar; crav
Maharashtra gets its 36th district - Palghar; carved out of India's most populous Thane district Fri, 1 Aug 2014-01:31pm , Mumbai , DNA webdesk Maharashtra's 36th district Palghar was craved out of India's most populous Thane district on Friday On the inaugural function, Chavan said the government will take all necessary steps to ensure that Palghar is developed into a "modern district". Chavan further added, "We will make Palghar as the most modern and model district in the country and every facility would be provided to it. Assistance of agency like CIDCO or any other similar agencies will be taken to develop a 'planned Palghar' district." On a query of the district being seen as a 'tribal district', Chavan said that the government would take all measures to develop the district. He refrained to call it as a tribal district. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday inaugurated the administrative building of Palghar district.
Maharashtra gets its 36th district - Palghar; crav
2014-08-01During festive season, Thane police to lower noise
During festive season, Thane police to lower noise-high DJs volumes Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 2, 2014, 02.49 AM IST THANE: The Thane police have decided to come down heavily on DJ exceeding the sound decibels during the upcoming festivals. The cops will confiscate the sound systems of the operators if found that they are going beyond the 65 decibels (dB) limit.This decision was taken at a meeting on Friday with representatives of the DJ community and members of the TMC's pollution control board. The meet was chaired by joint commissioner of police V V Laxminarayana along with his subordinates. Speaking to TOI, Laxminarayana said, ''We are just abiding by the rules laid down by the supreme court. The rules will be strictly implemented during the upcoming festivities. We have asked all the operators to device a mechanism in their sound systems wherein the sound won't exceed beyond the permissible level. However, if anyone is found breaching this, their equipment's will be confiscated."Meanwhile, DJs claim that most of the mandals in the city are affiliated to some or the other political parties who force them to increase the dB levels. But the cops still said that the DJs and event organizer will be taken to task on the spot. Within the next two days, all sound system operators across the city will be issued a notice stating the decisions that have been taken at the meeting. A Thane-based activist, Narendra Bedekar, said, "We welcome the move as the cops are the one who will have to implement the guidelines laid by the supreme court. The high decibel sound is harmful not only for hearing, but also the overall health of people.''
2014-08-01Octroi abolished, but sign boards intact in Thane
Octroi abolished, but sign boards intact in Thane B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 2, 2014, 02.52 AM IST THANE: While the octroi system was abolished from Thane on April 1, 2013, large sign boards indicating the presence of such posts at all entry points to the city have not been removed since the last 16 months. This has created ambiguity among traders and transporters. Erstwhile octroi posts sometimes witness traffic jams as transporters stop on the road to enquire if the levy is to be paid. Anand Nagar post and Vitawa octroi plaza are the most affected.Activist Raghunandan Gorde said, "It's been more than a year, but the sign boards reading 'stop for octroi' still exist. When the system was abolished, the officials should have made sure that the boards are cleared too." A motorist said that some touts, in connivance with officials, mislead them by asking them to produce local body tax registration certificates when they resist paying octroi. "We want the boards to be taken off as soon as possible," he said. A civic official said, "As escort is yet to be removed from the levies, we have kept the sign boards intact. But they will be taken off soon."
2014-08-01Thane split into two, state gets its 36th district
Thane split into two, state gets its 36th district in Palghar Sandhya Nair | TNN | Updated: Aug 2, 2014, 12.02 AM IST MUMBAI: With the state government on Friday splitting the most populous Thane district, the state administration has got down to moving files related to the new Palghar district. Collector Abhijit Bangar told TOI that all matters related to the eight talukas that have been merged to form Palghar districtthe 36th district of the statewill be handled by the new collectorate with immediate effect. "Those in Palghar district will not be entertained by the Thane collectorate anymore. We are working overtime to ensure that all files pertaining to the new district reach us," said Bangar. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan inaugurated the new collectorate building. Bangar, who has been on the job since July 24, said that 102 officers and staff have been assigned to Palghar district. "The bifurcation of the staff from the Thane collectorate has to be done, in addition to new recruitment," said Bangar. Bangar said that initially, the public may end up travelling between Thane and Palghar collectorates' to get their work done. "We are trying to ensure that the public is not put to inconvenience," he said.The public, too, is looking forward to the new administration. Abuzar Shaikh from Nalasopara had stopped going to the Thane Collectorate since a month in the hope that the new collectorate will be formed. "The Palghar collectorate is a blessing for the tribals of Jawhar, Mokhada. They spend half a day just to get to the Thane office," said Shaikh. In his inaugural speech, the chief minister said that the government has started e-governance in the newly formed district and documents dating up to 250 years have been stored. He said the government has around 400 acres of surplus land in Palghar where new infrastructure for the district can come up.Chavan pointed out that laptops have been given to land circle officers to help tribals trace their land documents. He said that the City Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco has been assigned the task of developing infrastructure plans for the new district. The government is yet to name the superintendent of police for the district.
2014-08-01Thane split into two, state gets its 36th district
Thane split into two, state gets its 36th district in Palghar Sandhya Nair | TNN | Aug 1, 2014, 11.59 PM IST MUMBAI: With the state government on Friday splitting the most populous Thane district, the state administration has got down to moving files related to the new Palghar district. Collector Abhijit Bangar told TOI that all matters related to the eight talukas that have been merged to form Palghar districtthe 36th district of the statewill be handled by the new collectorate with immediate effect. "Those in Palghar district will not be entertained by the Thane collectorate anymore. We are working overtime to ensure that all files pertaining to the new district reach us," said Bangar. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan inaugurated the new collectorate building. Bangar, who has been on the job since July 24, said that 102 officers and staff have been assigned to Palghar district. "The bifurcation of the staff from the Thane collectorate has to be done, in addition to new recruitment," said Bangar. Bangar said that initially, the public may end up travelling between Thane and Palghar collectorates' to get their work done. "We are trying to ensure that the public is not put to inconvenience," he said.The public, too, is looking forward to the new administration. Abuzar Shaikh from Nalasopara had stopped going to the Thane Collectorate since a month in the hope that the new collectorate will be formed. "The Palghar collectorate is a blessing for the tribals of Jawhar, Mokhada. They spend half a day just to get to the Thane office," said Shaikh. In his inaugural speech, the chief minister said that the government has started e-governance in the newly formed district and documents dating up to 250 years have been stored. He said the government has around 400 acres of surplus land in Palghar where new infrastructure for the district can come up.Chavan pointed out that laptops have been given to land circle officers to help tribals trace their land documents. He said that the City Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco has been assigned the task of developing infrastructure plans for the new district. The government is yet to name the superintendent of police for the district.

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