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2016-08-31Landslide at Thane-Mumbra Bypass road, no casualties | Latest ... - Daily News & Analysis
Landslide at Thane-Mumbra Bypass road, no casualties On Tuesday morning, a landslide occurred at Thane-Mumbra Bypass road affecting the movement of vehicles. However, there were no casualties and by evening the work to remove the debris had been completed. The incident happened at around 3:45am near Rehmania hospital, when a boulder fell near a moving trailer on the bypass road. "Two of our patrolling officers who saw this immediately informed the Thane Municipal Corporation's disaster management cell, and traffic movement was diverted," said an official from the Thane traffic police. The Thane-Mumbra Bypass road has a lot of heavy vehicle movement at night when vehicles move from Kalyanphata to Kharegaon toll-naka and vice versa. “A lot of heavy vehicles from JNPT use this road. Luckily there were no casualties," the official said "Due to this incident, vehicles were diverted by our staff and traffic was managed resulting in a delay of 15 to 20 minutes," he said. Two JCB machines were called in to clear the debris, but there were some unusually large stones which were later removed with the help of a pocklane machine. "Landslides are quite common, during monsoons, on this road and since it is a natural phenomenon it is unpredictable," he said. Earlier on June 21, the boundary wall over Parsik hill tunnel, Mumbra gave away and the railways had issued a landslide caution notice. Though there was no landslide, the train services were heavily affected resulting in delay of over an hour.
Landslide at Thane-Mumbra Bypass road, no casualties | Latest ... - Daily News & Analysis

2016-08-31Thane: Man calls friend, jumps off bridge - Mid-Day
Thane: Man calls friend, jumps off bridge By Faisal Tandel Posted 1 hour A 24-year-old youth from Kalyan committed suicide on Sunday night by jumping from the Durgadi bridge in Kalyan. His family informed the Kongaon police and they and other local bodies have started a search operation. Vivek Chakra was a resident of Kongaon, and a TYBCom graduate who made banners. He stayed near Patri Pool with his family. Vivek's elder brother, Rahul, claimed that on Sunday night, Ravindra Shinde (21), a friend of Vivek, received a call from him saying he was committing suicide by jumping from the Durgadi bridge in Kalyan. Shinde informed us about it. I was shocked and rushed to the spot along with Shinde and my friend Deepak in an auto rickshaw, said Rahul. I tried to stop him When he reached the spot Rahul saw his brother about to jump into the creek. I rushed towards him and tried to stop him, but he pushed me away. I assume that he was drunk. I fell down, and Deepak caught Vivek's hand, but he pushed him away too and jumped, added Rahul. Police said the auto rickshaw driver rushed to a traffic police constable standing nearby and informed him about the incident. The constable informed senior officers and the control room after which the police reached the spot. Rahul and his friend then informed the Kalyan Fire Brigade. Later, we found that no boats were available and the search was possible only in the morning. The next morning the Kongaon police along with the Bazarpeth police and the fire brigade officials started the search operation. It's almost two days since my son is missing and the authorities have still not found him, said Ram Jeevan Chakra, Vivek's father. He was tense, Rahul added that his brother had a mobile phone in his pocket and the police could also trace it to find the location. We have lost all hope from the authorities. My brother was tense for over five days due to some reason. He was not eating at home, my parents and I asked him the reason, but he was not ready to reveal it. He didn't tell his friends either, added Rahul. Police says: Mangesh Sawant, senior police inspector, Kongaon police station in Bhiwandi said, The incident took place late night on Sunday. We have taken the statement of the family members and the friend who received the call. The search operation is going on with the help of fire brigade and locals.
Thane: Man calls friend, jumps off bridge - Mid-Day
2016-08-31Thane man hassled by flirtatious calls, WhatsApp from Pakistan - Mid-Day
Thane man hassled by flirtatious calls, WhatsApp from Pakistan By Faisal Tandel Posted 37 minutes ago The 25-year-old Thane resident has been hassled by the sheer number of flirtatious calls and WhatsApp messages he has received from Pakistani nationals over the last 75 days. 2014 video had featured a girl, whose number had flashed on screen Purohit isn't a victim of the menace of SIM cards being reused. Instead, his was a new number. Turns out, the number was the same as the one that got enough air time in a Pakistani album Laptop Mandiya Kudi in 2014. A song in it features a man getting a call from his girlfriend, with her number prominently displayed on the phone's screen. Thats the number Purohit ended up with when he went to get a SIM card 75 days ago. I needed a number ending with 8055. I am a fan of actor Akshay Kumar's movie BOSS. Stylistically, the number bears the closest resemblance to the word, said Purohit. Right after getting the number, his nightmare began. People began calling and messaging me to flirt with me. I received some 100 messages in a day, he said. Some 15 days go, Purohit approached the telecom company's office where he had bought the SIM card from, demanding that it discontinue the number. The executive told me this could be done only after 90 days of use, and suggested that I block the numbers. Purohit has also approached the Wagle Estate police, seeking some recourse. R Malekar, senior inspector, Wagle Estate police, said they have asked him to visit the station today. We will then start a probe. 100 No.of unknown texts Purohit gets daily on the number
Thane man hassled by flirtatious calls, WhatsApp from Pakistan - Mid-Day
2016-08-31No complaint against Thane BJP leader's wife who rammed Lamborghini into auto - Hindustan Times
No complaint against Thane BJP leader's wife who rammed Lamborghini into auto Ram Parmar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai Updated: Aug 31, 2016 14:16 IST Police in Thane refused on Wednesday to initiate a complaint against a BJP legislator's wife who rammed her Rs 5.5-crore Lamborghini into an auto last week, saying the auto driver had to first lodge a case. But sources said the auto driver in question ran away from the spot after the August 27 accident when locals told him of the political influence wielded by the driver, Suman Mehta, wife of Narendra Mehta, BJP MLA from Mira-Bhayander. The accident occurred within the constituency in Bhayander (East). He may have brought a passenger from either Mira Road to the Bhayander school area and parked his vehicle and went out, when the car rammed into his stationary vehicle, said an auto driver. Narendra Mehta had gifted the car to his wife on her birthday. Witnesses say Suman lost control of the car seconds after she started driving while trying to take a turn and rammed it into the stationary auto rickshaw. No one was hurt but the rickshaw's headlight and outer shell were damaged. The driver didn't press charges as Mehta compensated for the damages, sources said. The MLA, however, denied paying any compensation. Police said they could only get involved when the victim lodged a complaint. The Navghar police cannot go and lodge a complaint on our own, said NM Bhosle, deputy superintendent of police, Mira Road Circle. A senior police official told HT a case under Section 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) could have been filed had the driver complained. In case of injuries, sections 337 and 338 (causing hurt) could also have been applied. The MLA alleged a viral video of the incident was morphed and shot by his detractors for political reasons. Opposition political parties are behind it to defame me, as I am the MLA of Mira-Bhayander and affiliated to the BJP.
No complaint against Thane BJP leader
2016-08-31Thane historian Dawood Dalvi passes away - Business Standard
Thane historian Dawood Dalvi passes away Thane Last Updated at August 31, 2016 23:22 IST Historian and educationist Dawood Dalvi died of protracted illness at his house here today. He was 83. Apart from being the principal of Dnyansadhna College here, he also served as the president of Konkan Itihas Parishad, which carried out research on the history of the district. He was instrumental in making of documentary "Ase Ghadle Thane". Dalvi has written several books on the history of the district and was specialised in the study of caves in the district and as well as in Maharashtra. He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters. His funeral will start from his house tomorrow morning from Dhobi Ali locality.
2016-08-31Thane: Unemployed man kills father over frequent quarrels with ... - Deccan Chronicle
Thane: Unemployed man kills father over frequent quarrels with mother PTI Published Aug 31, 2016, 1:54 pm IST Updated Aug 31, 2016, 2:00 pm IST He was miffed with his father, who allegedly doubted his wife's character and used to abuse and torture her after coming home drunk. The accused, shortly after midnight, attacked his father with a steel rod and killed him. Thane: A 28-year-old unemployed man here allegedly killed his father in the wee hours on Wednesday after being annoyed over the latter's frequent quarrels with his mother, police said. Vishnu Arun Alzonde was irked as his father Arun Alzonde (55) often fought with his mother and would beat her up at their home in Kalwa area of the district, they said. He was miffed with his father, who allegedly doubted his wife's character and used to abuse and torture her after coming home in an inebriated condition. He also could not tolerate his father's brother and grandmother supported Alzonde and criticised his mother, police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. The accused, shortly after midnight, attacked his father with a steel rod and killed him. Vishnu also attacked his uncle Datta Alzonde and grandmother Pamabai Alzonde, who tried to intervene in a bid to save Arun, he said. The accused was arrested this morning and a case under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against him. The body has been sent for post mortem, Narkar said.
Thane: Unemployed man kills father over frequent quarrels with ... - Deccan Chronicle
2016-08-31GSK invites bids for 60 acre land parcel in Thane: Sources ... - Moneycontrol.com
GSK invites bids for 60 acre land parcel in Thane: Sources GSK had tried to sell the land parcel in 2014. But the deal fell through because of legal hurdles. Piramal Realty and K Raheja were frontrunners to buy the plot in 2014. In what may be the largest land deal in terms of value in the last 3 years, sources tell CNBC-TV18 that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is looking to sell a 60 acre land parcel in Thane. The land parcel is valued between Rs 1,400 - Rs 1,800 crore. GSK is seeking to sell either 40 acres or the entire 60 acres parcel to developers. GSK had tried to sell the land parcel in 2014. But the deal fell through because of legal hurdles. Piramal Realty and K Raheja were frontrunners to buy the plot in 2014.
GSK invites bids for 60 acre land parcel in Thane: Sources ... - Moneycontrol.com
2016-08-31Girl crushed to death as temple gate collapses in Thane - Mid-Day
Girl crushed to death as temple gate collapses in Thane By PTI Posted 31-Aug-2016 Thane: A five-year-old girl from Bhiwandi was crushed to death when the gate of a temple collapsed on her in the powerloom town, police said on Wednesday Falak Rafique Ansari was playing with her friends near the iron gate of Rameshwar temple yesterday evening when it suddenly came down crashing down on her, they said. A case of accidental death had been registered with the Bhiwandi town police station. The body of the child has been since sent for postmortem to the government hospital at Bhiwandi, police added.
2016-08-31Dengue claims 3 lives in Thane, over 800 suspected cases - Local Press Co
Dengue claims 3 lives in Thane, over 800 suspected cases Written by Local Press Co Staff on August 31, 2016 The onset of monsoon has led to a sudden rise in the number of dengue cases in Thane city. The alarming number of cases came to light during the committee meeting on Tuesday, when officials from the health department revealed that three dengue related deaths had occurred in the last three days. Apart from the three deaths, at least 237 cases of dengue have been reported and another 824 are suspected of being riddled with the viral disease. The rise in number of cases can be attributed to the irregular bouts of rain coupled with stagnant water and humid weather, which are suitable conditions for the breeding of dengue mosquitos. Recently, when two Mumbra residents had lost their lives on the same day due to dengue, the civic body had inspected the water tanks of over 8,848 homes from the area. Of them, the larvae of dengue-causing mosquitoes was found in 755 tanks. From Mumbra alone, over 350 people are suspected of suffering from dengue. Following which, fumigation, sanitation drives and anti-mosquito breeding operations were carried out in areas like Thakurpada, Rashid Compound and more. What is dengue: Dengue is a viral disease and is transmitted by the bite of female aedes aegypti mosquito. Symptoms: The symptoms for dengue begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days. They include: 1. Sudden high fever 2. Severe headaches 3. Pain behind the eyes 4. Severe joint and muscle pain 5. Fatigue 6. Nausea 7. Vomiting 8. Skin rash, which appears two to five days after the onset of fever 9. Mild bleeding (such a nosebleed, bleeding gums or easy bruising) How to manage dengue? 1. Take bed rest and plenty of oral fluids 2. Paracetamol to control fever 3. See a doctor in case of persistent vomiting 4. Monitor blood platelets 5. Take blood transfusion in severe cases (under doctor supervision)
Dengue claims 3 lives in Thane, over 800 suspected cases - Local Press Co
2016-08-31Thane Man Allegedly Kills Father Over Frequent Quarrels With Mother - NDTV
Thane Man Allegedly Kills Father Over Frequent Quarrels With Mother Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: August 31, 2016 17:41 IST Thane: A 28-year-old unemployed man allegedly killed his father in the early hours in Thane today after being annoyed over frequent quarrels with his mother, police said.Vishnu Arun Alzonde was irked as his father Arun Alzonde (55) often fought with his mother and would beat her up at their home in Kalwa area of the district, they said. He was miffed with his father, who allegedly doubted his wife's character and used to abuse and torture her after coming home in an inebriated condition. He also could not tolerate his father's brother and grandmother supported Alzonde and criticised his mother, police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. The accused, shortly after midnight, attacked his father with a steel rod and killed him. Vishnu also attacked his uncle Datta Alzonde and grandmother Pamabai Alzonde, who tried to intervene in a bid to save Arun, he said. The accused was arrested this morning and a case under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against him.The body has been sent for postmortem, Mr Narkar said.
2016-08-30Woman murdered in Thane, 3 held - Free Press Journal
Woman murdered in Thane, 3 held By Staff Aug 30, 2016 07:04 am Mumbai: Three persons including a hotelier have been arrested for allegedly murdering his wife in Bhiwandi in Thane. The accused identified as Abdullah Mohiddin Malbari (36), the husband of the victim, Siddesh Kadir Malbari (37) and Alihasan Mahaboob Hasan (26) were arrested on Monday night. The victim was identified as Yasmin Abdullah Malbari (26). According to Assistant Police Inspector, Kundan Jadhav of Ganeshpuri Police Station, The victim's body was found in bushes along the bypass between Vajreshwari and Ganeshpuri at Akloli on Saturday. The accused Abdullah is in the hotel business. Yasmin was his second wife and she was suffering from tuberculosis and a lot of money was being spent on her treatment. The accused wanted to abandon the victim and he had a discussion with her brother regarding that but both of them did not agree, said Jadhav. The accused then confided in the servants working at the hotel and made a plan to murder Yasmin. According to the plan, she was called to a place near Akloli on Friday at about 08.30 pm. The servants attacked the victim with a wooden log from behind, killing her instantly. They dragged the  body and dumped it in bushes, said Jadhav. Meanwhile, some passersby noticed the body and informed the police. Later, the body was sent for post-mortem. An FIR has been registered in the case. The accused have been arrested under relevant sections of the law.
2016-08-30Landslide at Mumbra bypass highway, traffic towards Thane affected - Local Press Co
Landslide at Mumbra bypass highway, traffic towards Thane affected Written by Local Press Co Staff on August 30, 2016 During the wee hours of Tuesday, a landslide at Mumbra bypass highway affected the peak hour traffic towards Thane. The incident occurred around 3:30 am near Rehmania hospital on Tuesday morning, following which one lane towards Thane was completely shut for traffic. According to sources, a medium sized boulder fell on one of the trailer which was travelling parallel to the mountain. Both driver and cleaner, however, escaped unhurt. Traffic police and officials from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) are on the spot. While the traffic police are helping divert the traffic, the civic officials are overlooking the removal of the debris. As of 10 am, a total of three mid-sized excavators have been deployed for the clearing the road. Motorists travelling towards Thane have reported an average delay of 15 minutes. Further details are awaited.
Landslide at Mumbra bypass highway, traffic towards Thane affected - Local Press Co
2016-08-30'The Wedding Party': How Thane Economou Made a One-Shot Comedy - Greek Reporter
‘The Wedding Party’: How Thane Economou Made a One-Shot Comedy Aug 29, 2016 We interviewed up and coming Greek-American director Thane Economou about the making of his feature film debut “The Wedding Party”, a movie he was initially told would be an impossible feat to film. Economou decided to go ahead anyway and undertake the challenging project of shooting a 119 minute romantic comedy in one continuous take. His risk has paid off, as the film keeps racking up accolades from the likes of NPR and Sound & Picture Magazine, not to mention “The Wedding Party” has already been accepted into Fayetteville Film Festival and St. Louis International Film Festival.interview, we discuss the success of Thane Economou’s movie, the challenges of the one-shot technique, how he got actors like Blake Lee (“Mixology”), Moses Storm (“Unfriended”), and Molly Burnett (“Days of Our Lives”) to come aboard his project, and of course, his Greek heritage. If you haven’t yet, check out “The Wedding Party” trailer and laugh along as Blake Lee, playing a groomsman, tries to keep some sort of order at his best friend’s comically disastrous wedding reception.
2016-08-302 Thane youths die after being electrocuted while carrying Ganesh ... - Local Press Co
2 Thane youths die after being electrocuted while carrying Ganesh idol Written by Local Press Co Staff on August 30, 2016 On Monday, two youngsters were killed after being electrocuted while they were carrying a Ganesh idol from neighbouring Mumbai to Ulhasnagar in Thane district. The boys were a part of a group of devotees that was taking the idol to Dussehra Maidan at Manish Nagar, Township no.3 in Ulhasnagar yesterday evening for installation ahead of the Ganesh festival, an official from Police Control Room told PTI. The devotees, a part of Ulhasnagar's Jai Mata Di mandal, were on their way to the maidan when a part of the trolley on which the idol was placed came in contact with a high tension wire, electrocuting the two boys. The deceased were identified as Hitesh Kumar Talreja (17) and Haresh Lal (20). Another devotee, identified as Sunil (44), was also electrocuted. He is currently admitted and recuperating at Mira Hospital. A case of accidental death has been registered with Central police station. Meanwhile, locals have blamed Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) for negligence and demanded action against the concerned officials.
2 Thane youths die after being electrocuted while carrying Ganesh ... - Local Press Co
2016-08-30Nigerian held in Thane drug bust sold drugs to Navi Mumbai students - Times of India
Nigerian held in Thane drug bust sold drugs to Navi Mumbai students TNN | Aug 31, 2016, 12.02 AM IST Thane: Investigations into the Rs 2,000-crore drug bust case revealed that a Nigerian national, who was recently arrested for drug peddling, would sell the contraband to students in Navi Mumbai. Felix Oshita, 34, a Kamothe resident, was arrested by the anti-narcotics cell following revelations by the 11th accused, Sushil Kumar Assikannan, the director of a shipping company. Oshita, who was arrested late last Wednesday, revealed that he had taken a room on rent, claiming to be a law student with a Navi Mumbai college. On carrying out a house search, three kg ephedrine powder and six gm meth was found. "He told us that he often had sold a drug, Ice, which is the final product from ephedrine, which he procured from Assikannan. His market was the student community in Navi Mumbai but so far no student has been found to be involved," said assistant police commissioner Bharat Shelke. A police team escorted Assikannan to the Avon Life Sciences factory in Solapur to understand how he smuggled out the ephedrine from there. Shelke said, "He initially told us that he was taking out old stock from an old godown. But we found that with the help of Punit Shringi, who has access to the godown, fresh stock was smuggled out to the drug cartel in Kenya, led by former Bollywood actress, Mamta Kulkarni." Oshita took 25 kg five times to Kenya and is suspected to have handed it to Vicky Goswami's cartel's Dr Abdulla of Tanzania for further processing, he said.
2016-08-2926-year-old woman body found in bushes; three arrested in Thane ... - Mid-Day
26-year-old woman body found in bushes; three arrested in Thane By PTI 29-Aug-2016 Thane: Three persons, including a hotelier, have been arrested for allegedly murdering a young woman from the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in Thane, police said on Monday. According to API Kundan Jadhav of Ganeshpuri Police Station, the trio--Abdullah Mohiddin Malbari (36), Siddesh Kadir Malbari (37) and Alihasan Mahaboob Hasan (26) were arrested last night. The body of the 26-year-old victim was found in bushes along the bypass between Vajreshwari and Ganeshpuri at Akloli on August 27, following which a murder case was registered, police said. Probe revealed that the woman had been murdered at Akloli (in Bhiwandi) itself and she was identified as Yasmin Abdullah Malbari. Police said that prime accused Abdullah Mohiddin, who was into hotel business had married the victim. Yasmin was his second wife. The accused, who was apparently fed up with her constant demands, hatched a conspiracy to kill her. As per the plan he called her to a place near Akloli on August 26 at about 2030 hours. There two of his servants from the hotel came, attacked the victim with a wooden log killing her instantly. Later, the trio dragged the body and dumped it in bushes. Passers-by noticed it and informed the police. The body was sent for postmortem and later the offence of murder was registered.
2016-08-29Airoli girls bag top prizes at Thane marathon - Times of India - Times of India
Airoli girls bag top prizes at Thane marathon B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 30, 2016, 12.53 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Airoli girls stole the show at Sunday's Thane marathon. National-level kho kho player, Diksha Sonsurkar, won the under-15 girl's championship while the third and fourth prizes were also won by Airoli girls, Prajakta Shinde and Neha Phuphane. "It was great to win the 5-km race amidst tough competition from champion runners," Diksha said. Dimple Choudhary and Akanksha Barje, both from Airoli, came 7th and 9th in the under-15 girl's group. The city girls proved their prowess by dominating the under-15 group. Other girls from Airoli, Bhavika Shinde, Shravani Gurav and Shivani Pal, performed their best to bag places in the top-ten league in the under-12 girl's group, winning the 3rd, 4th and 10th slots respectively. Seasoned marathoners from Uran, Supriya Patil and Heena Mali, also won prizes in the women's open group (15km) in Sunday's event, which drew over 22,000 participants. Patil and Mali finished 4th and 6th at the state-level race which was attended by international marathoners. "I regret that I failed to recreate the winning streak here as I had done in the Kranti Daud in Thane on August 14," said Mali.
2016-08-28RPF refuses RTI query over burgeoning Thane station - Daily News & Analysis
RPF refuses RTI query over burgeoning Thane station The fact that Thane station, with 11 platforms and hundreds of suburban and outstation trains halting there, is one of the country's most congested is stating the obvious. In the days to come it will get even more crowded, because the railways last week announced that eight more trains will have halts at Thane from the first week of October. These four pairs of trains are highly patronised ones — the 12811/2 LTT-Hatia Express, the 12879/80 LTT-Bhubaneshwar Express, the 22107/8 Latur-CST Express and the 12865/6 LTT-Puri Express. The station already sees a footfall of more than 9 lakh passengers a day and some of its foot overbridges are among the most crowded in the country. Thane currently has 69 RPF personnel manning the station and nine CCTV operators handling 96 CCTV cameras. However, all these have not stopped the railways from stonewalling a Right to Information (RTI) plea by an activist who wanted to know how the railways planned to ramp up security for the station. Speaking to dna, Ramachandra Karve, banker-cum-railway activist, said he was surprised by the refusal of the Railway Protection Force to give information pertaining to some of his queries. "I had sought information on whether revision in the sanctioned strength and actual strength of the RPF is carried out with firstly an increase in the number of platforms at a particular station, like Thane, secondly whether an indent or request for increasing the said strength is submitted periodically to the RPF and railway administration for necessary action, and thirdly, whether the sanctioned strength and working strength are revised for stations like Thane with an increase in the volume of passenger traffic handled," said Karve. The RPF informed Karve that answers to these queries would not be given because the three queries serve any public interest and hence could be refused under clause 8(1)(a) & (i) of the RTI Act. "There has to be a corresponding increase in RPF personnel when the passenger traffic and platforms increase at a station. Thane, in the past 12-15 years, has seen its platforms increase from six to 11 now, which includes platform 10A. Their refusal to answer these queries reflect lack of understanding and concern on part of the RPF administration regarding security problems. This is unfortunate," said Karve. He added that he planned to appeal. "Understaffed RPF cannot deal effectively with anti-social elements or those who risks the security of a station as well bonafide passengers using it," said Karve.
RPF refuses RTI query over burgeoning Thane station - Daily News & Analysis
2016-08-28Thane gears up for country's longest amateur cycle race - Daily News & Analysis
Thane gears up for country's longest amateur cycle race India's longest amateur cycling team racing event — Veloraid — is back. This year, it will end on the top of Yeoor Hills on September 18. The 180km-long race will be flagged off at Upwan in Thane and will crisscross Atgaon-Tansa-Vaitarna-Khardi only to end at Yeoor Hills. "In all, 30 teams from all over India are taking part this year," said Jose George, co-organiser of the race. "We had got 45 teams for participation without sending across any invitation. Out of these, 30 teams were accepted." Last year, 25 teams had registered themselves. The aim is to popularise cycling, a non-polluting and healthy form of commuting, so that people switch over to it and, if possible, also pedal to work. As per the structure of the game, each team will have six members who will have to cover the entire stretch from Thane-Atgaon-Tansa-Vaitarna-Kardi-Yeoor Hills. The reason for keeping this the route is because of the varying gradients an amateur cyclist will have to cover. Special permissions have been taken from the urban local bodies and security agencies to allow participants, volunteers and organisers to cycle through some of these restricted areas along the route. On May 28, an all-night cycling race was organised in Mumbai, the first-ever such event that the city had witnessed. Although it is labelled as an amateur race, each team has a mix of professional and beginners. This combination helps the professionals to train and motivate the freshers. In Mumbai, there are groups working to promote the cycle-to-work concept, it is gradually gaining popularity. Also, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has dedicated a space outside Jogeshwari (East) station to park bicycles, probably the first such move by the civic body in at least the last couple of decades.
Thane gears up for country
2016-08-27Thane boy battles for life after dahi handi fall - Daily News & Analysis
Thane boy battles for life after dahi handi fall When 12-year-old Sujal Ghatatkar from Ulhasnagar in Thane climbed on to the shoulder of another and reached the sixth tier of the human pyramid, he broke two rules. One, the height restriction set by the Supreme Court and second, that minors can't be part of the human pyramid. Currently on ventilator in the ICU of Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, Sujal has paid dearly for his mistake. Losing his balance when the boy fell, he sustained serious head injuries, among others. Immediately after the accident, Sujal was rushed to the hospital where he was admitted to the ICU. His father Umesh, a fisherman, lamented, "I had told him to stay away from the dahi handi... but he has been participating for the last few years and didn't want to skip it." Dr Ashok Borisa, laparoscopic surgeon at the hospital, said, "He is clinically stable and in a neurologically better state. He is on the ventilator and is being monitored round the clock." The dahi handi in which Suraj participated was reportedly organised by the local wing of Shiv Sena. "We have taken action. Case has been registered against the organisers on whose name permission was sought and the Ganesh mandal. They have been booked under various sections of the IPC, including 308 (attempt to culpable homicide)," said Sunil Bhardwaj, deputy commissioner, Zone IV, Thane police. Meanwhile, the condition of 9-year-old Dhiraj Male, who also suffered head injuries after a fall at dahi handi, is stable, said sources at Shatabdi Hospital, Kandivli.
Thane boy battles for life after dahi handi fall - Daily News & Analysis
2016-08-26Thane: How MNS exploited loophole in HC order to organise 40-feet Dahi Handi - Mid-Day
Thane: How MNS Exploited Loophole In HC Order To Organise 40-Feet Dahi Handi Aug 26, 2016, 08:30 IST xploiting A Loophole, The Party’s Thane Unit Brazenly Allowed A Nine-Tier Human Pyramid That Went Higher Than 40 Feet — Double The Height Limit Set By Apex Court And The Bombay High Court MNS has proved that it is willing to stoop as low as necessary, as long as it can keep its dahi handi revelries at a high.Exploiting a loophole, the party’s Thane unit brazenly allowed a nine-tier human pyramid that went higher than 40 feet — double the height limit set by apex court and the Bombay High Court. While Thane chief of MNS Avinash Jadhav claimed they had broken no rules, he was booked by the Thane Police for disobedience and culpable homicide.
Thane: How MNS exploited loophole in HC order to organise 40-feet Dahi Handi - Mid-Day
2016-08-26Godrej Properties launches Godrej Emerald in Thane - Indiainfoline
Godrej Properties launches Godrej Emerald in Thane First Name Enter your Email-ID Enter your Friend's Email-ID   Enter characters of the above image Submit Cancel Godrej Properties launches Godrej Emerald in Thane India Infoline News Service | Mumbai | August 26, 201609:09 IST Godrej Emerald is strategically located with incredible views of the Yeoor Hills, while also offering residents seamless connectivity to all parts of Mumbai through the Eastern and Western Express Highways, the Mumbai Suburban Railway, and the upcoming Metro and Monorail projects. Article saved successfully to my page. You must be Logged in to save article. A+ a- 0 Godrej Properties Ltd. (GPL), one of India's leading real estate developers, today announced the launch of Godrej Emerald, a premium residential project at Ghodbunder Road, Thane. Spread across 6.25 acres, the project offers a total saleable area of approximately 125,000 sq. m. (1.35 million sq. ft.). The first phase of the project will consist of three high rise residential towers where customers will have the option to choose from 1.5 BHK, 2 BHK, and 3 BHK apartments ranging from 46 sq.m. to 92 sq. m. (500 sq. ft. to 1,000 sq. ft.).   Godrej Emerald is strategically located with incredible views of the Yeoor Hills, while also offering residents seamless connectivity to all parts of Mumbai through the Eastern and Western Express Highways, the Mumbai Suburban Railway, and the upcoming Metro and Monorail projects.   Godrej Emerald has been thoughtfully planned to offer a vast 5 acres of open spaces, expansive greenery, world-class amenities, and pedestrian-friendly areas along with a clubhouse spread over 1,200 sq. m. (13,000 sq. ft.). The landscape and the central greens shall be developed to represent a natural extension of the greens of the Yeoor Hills and the entire development's design will provide ample natural sunlight and ventilation at all levels of the towers. This state of the art development will offer a holistic lifestyle to its residents with modem and user friendly amenities like a fully equipped clubhouse, amphitheater, meditation pavilion, swimming pool, fitness centre, kids play area, senior citizen corner, jogging track, multi-purpose court and beautifully landscaped central greens. In addition, initiatives like rainwater harvesting, solar panels and energy efficient lighting have been incorporated into the design to make the project environmentally sustainable.   Godrej Emerald is a joint development project, being developed by Godrej Properties in partnership with Vihang Group a renowned real estate developer in Thane. This is the first project Godrej Properties has launched that is part of the $275 million Godrej Residential Investment Platform 2, which it announced in March 2016.   Pirojsha Godrej, Managing Director & CEO, Godrej Properties said, “We are happy to launch Godrej Emerald and look forward to developing it as a landmark project in Thane. This is an important micro market in Mumbai and we hope to use this launch as a springboard for expanding our presence in the Thane market." Godrej Properties Ltd
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2016-08-26Thane shamed as Raj's men flout SC - Mumbai Mirror
THANE SHAMED AS RAJ’S MEN FLOUT SC Updated: Aug 26, 2016, 02.41 PM IST Cops oversee shocking violation of guidelines. How will the court respond to this contempt of its order? One after another 150 Dahi Handi mandals on Thursday brazenly dishonoured the order by the country's highest court on the safe height for human pyramids, sending govindas way over the 20-feet limit in front of seemingly helpless Thane cops. Some groups even placed minors on top tiers despite the Supreme Court's sternest words on the issue.The violations were committed during a massive Janmashtami celebration at Thane's Bhagwati Vidyalaya ground. The event, where the prized handi was strung up at a height of 40 feet, was organised by Thane MNS president Avinash Jadhav, who announced his disregard for rules by sporting a T-shirt with the message: "Mi Kaayada Todnar (I will break the law)". MNS chief Raj Thackeray had reportedly publicised the event as 'Kayda Bhang Dahi Handi', drawing large groups from Mumbai that were upset with courts' intervention in a 'sport' that the mandals and their political guardians believe is above concerns for individual safety — and the view of the country's final authority on the Constitution. Dahi Handi groups in Mumbai, too, put up a show of careful defiance: one mandal in Dadar arranged a 'horizontal' pyramid of govindas lying on the ground. It stretched to 30 feet. Another group in Dadar used a ladder to break the pot, while members of two mandals in Borivali held black flags at the top tier. Later on Thursday, the Thane police booked Jadhav and filed cases against 16 groups that participated in his event. But there were no answers as to why the groups were not stopped from defying the court order despite the presence of cops armed with cameras. The event began at 10 am and Ashtavinayak Govind Pathak mandal, from Kopri, was the first to breach the 20-feet limit by forming eight tiers. Jogeshwari's Jai Jawan Govind Pathak was the first to form nine tiers, which rose to 35 feet. Other mandals attempted eight levels with mixed success, but all of them crossed the court's safety line. Around 3 pm, the police finally forced the organisers to lower the handi to 20 feet, but it went back up again soon. The act of defiance in Thane and the police's failure to prevent it have set a disturbing — one prominent legal expert said "terrifying" — precedent. For perhaps the first time in Maharashtra in recent memory, a politically driven protest over a festival has led to open violation of a clear ruling by the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court, which, twice in just a week, expressed serious objections to tall human pyramids that have sent hundreds of young and poorly trained participants to emergency rooms over the years. The Devendra Fadnavis government's inability to enforce the order during Thursday's celebrations seriously undermines the courts' authority and emboldens politicians like Jadhav. The apex court had laid down reasonable guidelines for the mandals and its words should have been respected without question. If mandals were unhappy, they could have pursued legal avenues after the celebrations. The government has now exposed itself to potential contempt proceedings. It must prosecute all those who ignored a simple directive aimed at saving people from losing life and limb. On August 17, the Supreme Court banned children aged below 18 from climbing human pyramids and imposed the height limit. It upheld crucial aspects of the High Court's August 2014 order on the issue. A Jogeshwari-based mandal filed a fresh appeal last week, but the apex court on Wednesday refused to change its decision or ease the height restriction. "Has it (festival) brought any medal in the Olympics? I belong to the city. I would have been happy if it had brought any medal," remarked a bench led by Justice Anil R Dave when the petitioner urged the court to view the festive activity as a sport. The court observed that the Dahi Handi event had left participants seriously injured. "We are not modifying it (ceiling) for the time being... to increase the height is very scary," it said. Raj Thackeray slammed the courts' stand and said they should not interfere in festivals. On Thursday morning, as mandals began gathering at the Thane ground, his partymen made their intentions clear by stringing up the handi at a height of 40 feet. "Our group had been training for two months and we had decided that we would push the limit," said Manoj Acharya, a participant of Gavdevi Govind Pathak mandal from Mulund. The group formed a pyramid that breached the 20-feet restriction. "But we didn't involve any minors in our team," he said. The Jai Jawan mandal sent a minor to its top tier. Its govindas didn't appear to be wearing any safety gear. Jadhav, meanwhile, said: "If we follow it (the order), it would be the end of this festival. There are safety measures in place along with two ambulances. These participants are well trained and they have been doing this for years. Our sons of soil are the reason this festival is popular." He added: "The courts should have considered why and how this festival is observed rather than just telling us what to do and what not to do. The celebration is a part of our Marathi culture." Dipesh Bhande, 16, from Raj Ratna Mitra Mandal, was allowed to climb to the top of the group's pyramid. "My parents understand that the group is important to me," he said. His elder brother, Tejas, said: "We cannot have older men at the top as it is not feasible. These kids are not amateurs, we train them in a responsible manner." Most mandals in the western suburbs followed the court orders, but saw a lower turnout. "Earlier, the entire ground used to be packed. This year, I can see empty spaces. The numbers have fallen by at least 50 per cent," said Shiv Sena leader Prakash Surve, who organised the largest Dahi Handi gathering in Devi Pada, Borivali. The prize money at the event was drastically reduced this year, from lakhs to a few thousand. "I did not invite any sponsors or any big celebrities. Because of the court's order, we simply decided to celebrate the festival and give up on the competition," Surve said. BJP MLA Ram Kadam's event in Ghatkopar (E) saw the participation of mandals fall to 65 from 450 last year. The prize money, which once went up to Rs 50 lakh, was also decreased. Each mandal was offered Rs 11,000. "I did not invite any celebrities or plan anything extravagant. There is no point as the mandal don't have to compete at such a low height," said Kadam, who affixed the pot at just 10 feet.
2016-08-26After hunger strike, Thane jail promises better food, no harassment - Mid-Day
After hunger strike, Thane jail promises better food, no harassment By Faisal Tandel Posted 2 hours A day after 800 inmates at Aadharwadi jail went on a daylong hunger strike, the authorities assured them yesterday that their demands would be met and they would be served better food and would not be harassed. On Wednesday, the prisoners did not accept food or water until the next morning to protest against the poor quality of food and the harassment they were facing under the pretext of surprise checks. Cops conduct surprise inspections in Adharwadi jail almost regularly, where they allegedly ask the prisoners to remove their clothes On most days, inspections take place every two hours, along with random checks. Inspections have been increased since two mobile phones were found in circle number 7 of the jail on August 17. The jail is divided into several circles, which are further divided into four barracks that accommodate over 100 inmates. The inmates of circle 7 were joined by those in circle 3 in the protest, after which the jail superintendent, Suhas Pawar, met around 10 of them last morning. On August 17, the IG (Prison) ordered a surprise search of the jail, upon which two mobiles were recovered from barrack number 4 of circle 7. Both the mobiles were found in the same barrack but in different locations. But Shamsher Khan Pathan, the circle in-charge did not register any case, said Zuber Shaikh, a social worker who found out about the case recently. He further said that the inmates, most of whom are murder accused, lodged the protest to apprise the authorities of the harassment they had to face after the phones were found. A relative of one of the inmates shared that during these checks, prisoners are also asked to remove their clothes. The authorities misplace the belongings of the inmates, which lead to fights. Moreover, there are regular disputes among the inmates as they stay cramped up all the time, added the relative. While Suhas Pawar could not be reached for comment, Maharashtra Additional Directorate General of Police said that the matter is being looked into. I have asked Inspector General, Prisons (Mumbai) Rajvardhan Sinha to find out about the issue, said Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, state ADG of Police.
After hunger strike, Thane jail promises better food, no harassment - Mid-Day
2016-08-26Watchman held for molesting girl students on school premises in Thane - The Indian Express
Watchman held for molesting girl students on school premises in Thane By: PTI Thane Published:Aug 26, 2016, 18:38 A 35-year-old watchman of a civic school In Thane has been arrested for allegedly molesting two 10-year-old girl students on the premises of the school, police said on Friday. Vikas Chavan was arrested last night on the complaint lodged by parents of the girls, said inspector M D Jadhav of Kopri police station. The girls are students of Class V in Thane Municipal Corporation School no. 16 in city. According to police, the incident occurred on August 22 when Chavan closed mouths of the girls with his hands and took them to his room on the school premises. He locked the room from inside and allegedly showed the girls obscene videos on his mobile phone and touched their private parts, said Jadhav. Police said Chavan also tried to shoot video of the girls and when they resisted he threatened them with dire consequences. The girls later confided in their parents about the incident, following which a complaint was lodged with police. Chavan was produced before a magistrate on Friday, who remanded him in police custody until August 31. He has been booked under various sections of IPC and of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
Watchman held for molesting girl students on school premises in Thane - The Indian Express
2016-08-26Godrej Properties launches Godrej Emerald in Thane - Livemint
Godrej Properties launches Godrej Emerald in Thane Madhurima NandyIn March, Godrej Properties raised capital for Godrej Residential Investment Program II, from a clutch of investors, with Dutch pension fund asset manager APG Asset Management NV as the lead investor. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint Bengaluru: Godrej Properties Ltd has launched a premium residential project, Godrej Emerald, in Thane, suburban Mumbai, in a joint development agreement with Vihang Group. This is the first project the Mumbai-based developer has launched as part of its new $275 million Godrej Residential Investment Platform 2. In March, Godrej Properties raised capital for Godrej Residential Investment Program II (GRIP-II), a pool of capital to invest in residential projects, from a clutch of investors, with Dutch pension fund asset manager APG Asset Management NV as the lead investor. The Godrej-APG alliance will identify land parcels and develop four to five residential projects in Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru and the national capital region (NCR) centred on Delhi. The Thane project is spread across 6.25 acres, with a saleable area of around 1.35 million sq. ft. The first phase of the project will have three high-rise residential towers with one-and-a-half, two- and three-bedroom homes from 500 sq. ft. to 1,000 sq. ft in size. We are happy to launch Godrej Emerald and look forward to developing it as a landmark project in Thane. This is an important micro market in Mumbai and we hope to use this launch as a springboard for expanding our presence in the Thane market, Pirojsha Godrej, managing director and chief executive, Godrej Properties, said in a statement. Larger developers such as Godrej Properties and Tata Housing Development Co. Ltd have tied up with multiple developers in different markets, allowing them to enter into new property markets without buying any land as smaller and mid-sized realty firms find it increasingly tough to execute projects on their own at a time when the real estate sector is going through a downturn. In January, Godrej Properties signed a development management agreement with Lotus Greens to build a housing project in Sector 150 of Noida, marking the former's entry into the Noida market. At 11.50am, Godrej Properties Ltd rose 0.2% to Rs.364.80 while India's benchmark Sensex Index fell 0.1% to 27,807.50 points.
Godrej Properties launches Godrej Emerald in Thane - Livemint
2016-08-26Ephedrine haul: Nigerian held, 12 arrests so far in Thane - Mid-Day
Ephedrine haul: Nigerian held, 12 arrests so far in Thane By PTI Posted 26-Aug-2016 Thane: A Nigerian national has been arrested in connection with the multi-crore ephedrine haul case here, taking the total number of arrests to 12 so far, police said today. Felix Oshita (34), was arrested on Wednesday by Thane Police's anti-narcotics cell from Navi Mumbai for allegedly smuggling ephedrine powder from a shipping company official to former Bollywood starlet Mamta Kulkarni's husband and alleged druglord Vicky Goswami in Kenya, they said. Oshita's name was not in the FIR lodged by police in connection with the drug haul case in April this year. He was caught following revelations made by Sushil Kumar Assikannan, who was recently arrested from Bengaluru after being on the run since April when Thane police raided Avon Lifesciences in Solapur and seized around 18.5 tonne of ephedrine worth Rs 2000 crore. Assikannan had during interrogation apparently informed the police that out of 180 kg ephedrine, he smuggled nearly 125 kg out of Avon Lifesciences premises in Solapur and gave it to Oshita, who then flew to Delhi and subsequently to Kenya. Oshita took packs of 25 kg each while flying five times to Kenya and it is suspected that he handed it to Vicky Goswami's cartel in Tanzania for further processing it to manufacture methamphetamine, a police officer said. The Nigerian's arrest, according to police, is a major breakthrough in the case as it could reveal the transportation links also, the frequent travels to Kenya and the subsequent activities of the accused. Besides the 12 arrested, the police have named alleged druglord Vicky Goswami and Mamta Kulkarni as wanted accused in the case. Among the arrested persons so far are a director and an operations manager of the Solapur-based firm. Asikannan is suspected to have played role in transportation of ephedrine from Solapur unit of the factory to Mumbai and other parts of country and even overseas. As per police, ephedrine was being diverted from Avon Lifesciences to a Kenya-based drug cartel headed by Goswami where it was to be used to make party drug methamphetamine.
Ephedrine haul: Nigerian held, 12 arrests so far in Thane - Mid-Day
2016-08-25DJ toh bajega, says Thane politico - Daily News & Analysis
DJ toh bajega, says Thane politico With the festive season approaching fast, dna decided to speak to some political leaders regarding the issue of noise pollution during the celebrations. A Thane-based politician, however, claimed that no one has ever complained about the celebration that he organises till date. MLA Pratap Sarnaik said, "I have been celebrating this festival with great pomp and show for the last 23 years. Till date, no one has complained about the noise. I do not have a single police case registered against me for violating norms. This is a Hindu festival, which we shall celebrate." He further said several people have approached him, urging him to get a disco jockey (DJ) for the Dahi Handi festival. "Now that people have asked for a DJ, I cannot disappoint them. I can, however, ensure that the volume does not cause trouble to others." He also said that noise is created even when two people fight. So, why is that not a violation of norms? Meanwhile, when dna contacted NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad, he said he is not going to organise Dahi Handi this year, and so he does not feel the need to comment on the matter.
DJ toh bajega, says Thane politico - Daily News & Analysis
2016-08-25After 9-tier pyramid for dahi handi celebrations in Thane, police crack the whip - Hindustan Times
ON THE MONEY: FROM BIG PRIZES TO JUST PARTICIPATION 2013 Rs1.11 crore offered by NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad to dahi handi groups in Thane NCP leader (then MLA) from Worli, Sachin Ahir increased the prize money from Rs 60 lakh in 2012 to Rs 1 crore in 2013 2014 Rs 51 lakh offered by Jitendra Awhad as prize money (Rs25 lakh to the winner and Rs 26 lakh to the other teams At Worli, Sachin Ahir-backed Sankalp Partishtan's dahi handi offered a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh Sada Sarvankar of Shiv Sena in Dadar gave Rs 5,000 cash to each of the participating teams WHAT CHANGED? In August, after the festival, Swati Patil of Utkarsh Mahila Samajik Sanstha filed a petition in the Bombay HC to bring down the height of human pyramids to 20 feet and age of govindas (team members) to a minimum of 18 years In November, the Supreme Court upheld the high court order that placed restrictions on the height of human pyramids and prohibited children from participating in the events. 2015 No more big bucks: Jitendra Awhad opted out of dahi handi events following the age and height restrictions Nerul corporator Ravindra Ithape of NCP organised a competition with Rs 11 lakh for the winner Sunil Chougule Sports Association of Airoli, offered Rs 11 lakh for winners and participants In September, Swati Patil filed a contempt petition against the Maharashtra government for not enforcing court directives 2016 All mandals do away with big prizes, offering just ‘participation prizes ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 to teams successfully forming 20-feet pyramids.
After 9-tier pyramid for dahi handi celebrations in Thane, police crack the whip - Hindustan Times
2016-08-25Gaming Heads releases Mass Effect™: Thane 1/4 scale polyresin statue - Action Figure Insider
Gaming Heads releases Mass Effect™: Thane 1/4 scale polyresin statue Gaming Heads proudly presents the Mass Effect™:Thane polyresin statue. Standing approximately 18.5 inches tall (i.e. 1/4 scale), the Thane statue is carefully cast in polystone resin and hand-painted by artisans.Unlike most assassins in the galaxy, Thane Krios gets close and personal instead of picking off prey from behind a scope. As professional as he is spiritual, Thane asks for forgiveness each time he takes a life. One of the most skilled assassins in the galaxy, the Drell’s unique skill set proves invaluable to Commander Shepard during the war against the Reapers.Only available at the Gaming Heads store, the Thane exclusive edition statue depicts him in prayer with head bowed. The exclusive edition statue also comes with an alternate pose that shows the assassin with his trusty M-4 Shuriken submachine gun and has a retail price of $329.99.The Mass Effect™: Thane 1/4th scale exclusive edition statue is highly limited to 500 pieces worldwide while the regular edition statue is limited to 1000 pieces worldwide.
Gaming Heads releases Mass Effect™: Thane 1/4 scale polyresin statue - Action Figure Insider
2016-08-25Police Case Against Man Who Broke Law at Raj Thackeray Group's Dahi Handi Event - NDTV
Police Case Against Man Who Broke Law at Raj Thackeray Group's Dahi Handi Event Mumbai | Reported by Anant R Zanane | Updated: August 25, 2016 23:06 IST At MNS-organised event in Thane, "dahi handi" strung up at 49 feet Supreme Court has said height of handi should be no more than 20 feet T-shirt of MNS activist reads "I will break the law" in Marathi A police case has been filed against Avinash Yadav and and 16 groups that defied Supreme Court orders during the dahi handi celebrations in Thane.Mr Jadhav, who was sporting a message on his T-shirt "I will break the law" written in Marathi has been booked under the charge of attempt to culpable homicide, endangering life and personal safety of others and other sections. The groups have been accused of flouting height and age norms imposed by the court. Two persons, both adults, have been injured during the celebrations, in which human pyramids well over 30 feet are made. Avinash Jadhav of the MNS during a 'dahi handi' event as part of Janmashtmi celebrations in Thane. The crackdown started with the police intervening at a celebration in Thane, forcing the organisers to reduce the height of the dahi handi which was strung up this morning at 49 feet, more than double the 20 feet allowed by the Supreme Court. Even so, when the pyramid broke, a little girl who had climbed right to the top was seen hanging, proving that the organisers had also violated the Court's order disallowing anyone below the age of 18 to participate in the human pyramids. There have been accidents in past years in which people, including children, have been killed or injured after falling off the pyramid. Last year, a boy died and 300 people were injured during dahi handi festivities in Maharashtra. Human pyramids attempt to break the "dahi handi" in Thane Still, since morning, Mr Jadhav's team, along with other groups in Mumbai and Thane, defied every order of the Supreme Court. Human pyramids have been built as high as 35 feet. Small children have been seen scaling the pyramid to break the earthen pot filled with curd that is strung up. Music has been blaring at almost 100 decibels in places, when the upper limit is 50 decibels, the police said.The violations had followed the remarks of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena or MNS chief Raj Thackeray, who had told workers of his party that the festival, which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, will be observed today "the way it's meant to be". A young boy participates in a 'dahi handi' event in Thane. Mr Jadhav had declared, "The Supreme Court cannot dictate how we celebrate our festivals. If I break the law then I am willing to go to jail for this". "To increase the height is very scary," the Supreme Court said on Wednesday, refusing to rethink its 20-feet cap for the handi. "Are you getting an Olympic medal also for this? Then we will be happy," the court had asked a Mumbai based group which petitioned it to allow higher handis. The Thane handi will get no medals, but at 49 feet, the organisers were attempting to smash a world record set by a Mumbai-based group that had a handi at 43 feet some years ago. That made it to the Guinness book of World Records, dahi handi enthusiasts have pointed out.
Police Case Against Man Who Broke Law at Raj Thackeray Group
2016-08-24Cops conned: Thane duo, arrested for forgery, fake legal documents and walk out of jail - India Today
Cops conned: Thane duo, arrested for forgery, fake legal documents and walk out of jail Sanjana Agnihotri New Delhi, August 24, 2016| UPDATED 20:13 IST Two men fooled court and secured a bail by providing fake documents. They were sent to prison for making false passports and other government documents. Now there is no trace of the two accused. Even their lawyer is suspected to be an imposter. Two men managed to slyly secure bail through court by providing fake documents that were signed by nonexistent police officers and guarantors. Mohammed Lukman Shaikh, 48, and Bashir Mulla, 62, were sent to prison for making false passports and other government documents. During the time of hearing, the court warned the police to recheck the documents submitted as the duo was involved in fabricating papers earlier as well. The two were released on bail a month back and now they are untraceable. Even their lawyer is suspected to be an impostor. It was only recently that Vijay Sanap, constable, working at Shrinagar police station in Thane found out that the documents were fake. Sanap's job is to keep a record of the cases filed at the Thane Sessions Court. From maintaining a record of the accused, who was granted bail by the court, to verification of witnesses, he takes care of everything. He knew about the duo getting a bail order from the court but they could not be released until the time verification of the guarantors was done.The bail hearing took place on July 20. He recently came across a paper that read both the accused had been released. The document was signed by senior inspector Kaarkar of Shrinagar police station and submitted by one constable RS Patil. This was when Sanap knew something was fishy. Since he is from the same police station he knew there was no one called Patil there and the name of the senior inspector was different. After inquiring with the Shrinagar police station he found out that the verification order had not yet reached them. They had not even approved the release order yet and did not know that the two accused were released. After the police checked the papers, they figured that the two guarantors who had signed the document were fake. Santosh Dongre and Sakharam Khude, the two guarantors, were nonexistent and so were the constable and the senior inspector who signed the release documents. Lawyer or imposter? After it was found that the two accused faked the documents, a search for the lawyer who represented them was launched. Even the lawyer could not be identified. The court has asked constable Sanap to file an FIR in the Thane Nagar police station. The two accused were booked for cheating and forgery. It is suspected that an insider from the court might have helped the duo.
Cops conned: Thane duo, arrested for forgery, fake legal documents and walk out of jail - India Today
2016-08-24Charges framed in 2013 Thane building collapse case - Business Standard
Charges framed in 2013 Thane building collapse case Thane Last Updated at August 24, 2016 19:07 IST More than three years after the collapse of an unauthorised building in the district in which 74 lives were lost, a district court here today framed charges against 27 people. The charges were framed under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and other relevant sections of IPC, apart from the Prevention of Corruption Act. The 7-storey building at Lucky Compound near Shil Phata collapsed on April 4, 2013. The building had no permissions, and people were already living in it though construction was underway. It was alleged that the builders had paid bribes to the local leaders and Thane Municipal Corporation officials to turn a blind eye to the unauthorised construction. It was also alleged that the builders encouraged people to live there so that it may not be demolished. District judge V V Bambarde today framed charges against the 27 accused, which include builders Jameel Qureshi and Salim Sheikh, the then deputy municipal commissioners Deepak Chavan and Srikant Sarmokdam, NCP corporator Hira Patil and others. In May 2015, while deciding bail applications of some of the accused, the Bombay High Court had asked the lower court to expedite the proceedings, said special public prosecutor Shishir Hirey. Most of the accused are out on bail.
2016-08-24Thane drug bust: 1 more held, takes total arrests to 11 - Mid-Day
Thane drug bust: 1 more held, takes total arrests to 11 By PTI Posted 24-Aug-2016 Thane: Police have arrested one more person in connection with the multi-crore Ephedrine drug haul case, taking total number of arrests so far to eleven. Sushil Asikannan, who has been on run since April when Thane police raided Avon Lifesciences in Solapur and seized around 18.5 tonne of ephedrine worth Rs 2000 crore, was arrested from Bengaluru yesterday. Asikannan has been staying in Bengaluru disguising himself as a defence personnel, police said. He was produced before a court here, which remanded him in police custody until August 31 after rejecting hispre-arrest bail. Besides the 11 arrested, the police have named alleged druglord Vicky Goswami and former Bollywood starlet Mamta Kulkarni as wanted accused in the case. Among the arrested persons so far are a director and an operations manager of the Solapur-based firm. Asikannan is suspected to have played role in transportation of ephedrine from Solapur unit of the factory to Mumbai and other parts of country and even overseas. As per police, ephedrine was being diverted from Avon Lifesciences to a Kenya-based drug cartel headed by Goswami where it was to be used to make party drug meth.
2016-08-24Zoo director Thane Maynard's Twitter account hacked -- again - WLWT Cincinnati
Zoo director Thane Maynard’s Twitter account hacked -- again CROUSEVILLE, Maine — Nine people helped dig out a moose Monday that was stuck in deep snow in the Aroostook County community of Crouseville, Maine. Barbetta Bowker Turner, who took photos of the rescue, said she was driving home on from work Monday morning when she saw a man frantically shoveling in a field off Route 164.Turner saw a woman stop to help and then she stopped too, she said."She offered me a shovel," Turner said. "I called my husband and told him to bring a shovel. He came and he started digging. More people stopped and helped." Soon nine people were digging the animal out of the snow. According to the National Weather Service, the snowpack in the area is well above two feet, which is the upper limit of the service's scale. Turner's photos show snow up to the waists of average-size adults. The moose was not a stranger, either."Apparently this moose has been wandering around the neighborhood," Turner said, adding many animals have had trouble after last week's snow storm. "The snow accumulation on top of this last storm has made it difficult for a lot of animals that are always going place to place." As for why she stopped? "We are Mainers. This is what we do," she said.
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2016-08-24Charges framed 3 years after Thane bldg crash - Times of India
Charges framed 3 years after Thane bldg crash TNN | Aug 25, 2016, 01.13 AM IST Thane: A special court on Wednesday framed charges against 27 people, including top bureaucrats of the Thane Municipal Corporation and an NCP corporator, for the collapse of an illegal building at Lucky Compound in April 4, 2013. A total of 74 persons were killed when the seven-storey Adarsh Towers, built in six months, collapsed. The then joint commissioner of police (crime) Milind Bharambe and his team, who conducted the probe, filed the charge sheet within 90 days. As the state government sought to expedite the trial, the special court of judge VV Bambarde was set up. Shishir Hiray, the special prosecutor, said the court has, for convenience, labelled the accused in different categories based on their role. The TMC officials, including two deputy municipal commissioners, an assistant municipal commissioner and engineers, have been charged for wilful dereliction of duty under IPC section 119 (Public servant concealing design to commit offence which it is his duty to prevent). The builders, contractors and architects, the judge said, illegally procured and possessed a piece of advasi land and constructed the building without any approval of plan, employed unqualified workers, used substandard material and carried our construction hurriedly causing the death of 74 persons. They have been charged under IPC 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder). Most others have been charged under sections 110 (abetment if person abetted does act with different intention from that of abettor), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 466 (forgery of record of court or of public register). The lower rank TMC staffers were charged under the Prevenition of Corruption Act.
Charges framed 3 years after Thane bldg crash - Times of India
2016-08-24Thane police ups security, monitors mandals ahead of Dahi Handi - Hindustan Times
Thane police ups security, monitors mandals ahead of Dahi Handi Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Aug 24, 2016 17:48 IST The Thane police have fastened their belt to keep a watchful eye on the events organised by the Dahi Handi mandals to ensure that the Supreme Court guidelines are followed. The apex court has restricted the age limit of participants to 18 years and the height of human pyramids to 20 feet. More than 4,500 police personnel will be on various check points to keep a tab on trucks, bikers and even eve teasers. The police are also prepared to probe people found violating rules and regulations. Also, according to sources from the police, if anyone is found riding without a helmet, driving without putting on their seat belts or driving under the influence of alcohol, they will be made to pay a fine anywhere between Rs 500 and Rs 1000. The Thane police have also sent a letter to the Thane Dahi Handi mandals and asked the coordinator of Dahi handi mandals to ensure that safety measures are implemented and to alert police if they face any problem. Commenting on this, senior police inspector from Thane traffic police Shrikant Sondhe said, We will also ensure that the mandals are aware about the rules and regulations of celebrating Dahi Handi so that they can abide by it. He further added, No heavy vehicles will be allowed to ply on the main highway and action will be taken against those that do. Also, the heavy vehicles will need to be parked on service roads. The police officials are also geared up to take action those who cause noise pollution. While speaking to HT, additional commissioner of Thane crime Bharat Shelkhe said, We have alerted all the mandals about the rules regarding noise pollution. We will record the sound levels here on Wednesday and Thursday and check the difference in decibel levels. This will help us to register cases and take legal action against mandals that flout the noise pollution norms. The permissible noise level is around 50 decibel.
Thane police ups security, monitors mandals ahead of Dahi Handi - Hindustan Times
2016-08-23ConveGenius, Save Children India tie-up with Thane Municipal Corporation - Business Standard
ConveGenius, Save Children India tie-up with Thane Municipal Corporation New Delhi Last Updated at August 23, 2016 14:22 IST ConveGenius, India's leading Educational Technology Company, committed to enhance the quality of education in India has partnered with Save the Children India (STCI) and the Thane Government to digitize the Municipal Schools. The program is aimed at creating a nexus for CSR and philanthropists to support the digitization of more schools in Mumbai and Thane. STCI, a leading NGO in the education space will be overseeing the growth of the program as an implementation partner. CG Slate, the flagship product by Convegenius in partnership with Lenovo India, is enabling classrooms via 'Gamified Learning' and holistic analytics. Their technology has shown amazing results in its ability to transcend barriers of poor infrastructure and show improvements in learning outcomes and enrolments in schools. The platform provides automated attendance, learning reports and has the ability to guide the kid while they learn from the curated content on the platform. This program will be launched today by the Commissioner from Thane Municipal Corporation, Sanjay Jaiswal at the Manpada Municipal School in Thane West. The Education department of Thane Municipal Corporation aims to grow this program to all schools across thane within the next two years. The program has already shown a strong interest from the industry looking to invest their CSR budget in Education. "The dream to facilitate the kids of the marginalized sectors with the gift of technology based learning has finally come true. Save The Children India which works towards facilitating access to quality education for the underprivileged children always envisioned technology as a strong and potent tool to improve the learning processes and outcomes of student learning," said Program Director of Education at STCI, Sushila Shastri. "Save The Children India's collaboration with Convegenius, a maverick in the field of integrated technology based learning has made it possible to successfully reach out to the underprivileged with technology based learning in the form of educational tablets," added Sushila Shastri. Adding to this, Shashank Pandey Cofounder and COO of ConveGenius said," We are funding 10 schools in Thane as a launch pad to enable more philanthropists and donors to adopt schools and grow the program. Our aim is to enable underprivileged children with the access to the best content and learning experience via CG Slate. We will be reaching close to 90,000 children by the end of this year, via CG Slates in Schools and After School Programs.
2016-08-23Thane: Teen 'sodomises' 9-yr-old boy - ABP Live
Thane: Teen 'sodomises' 9-yr-old boy By: PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 August 2016 11:18 AM Thane: In a shocking incident, a nine-year-old boy was allegedly sodomised repeatedly by a teenager in Bhayander here, police said today. The 16-year-old accused is absconding after an offence was registered against him under section 377 and 506 IPC at Uttan Police Station last evening after the boy's family lodged a complaint, they said. According to police, the accused once took the victim to a garden near his school in the township and sodomised him. He again on another occasion took the boy to an isolated spot near his building and sexually abused him. The teenager had also threatened the minor not to divulge the incident to anyone, police added.
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2016-08-23Leopard kills two in three days in a village in Murbad, Thane - The Indian Express
Leopard kills two in three days in a village in Murbad, Thane Written by Deepak Joshi Mumbai Published:Aug 24, 2016, 1:22 Forest department officials have set a trap to catch the big cat but it has not come into their clutches yet. Officials have been ordered to trap the leopard by tranquilising it but if it did not work, they have permission to shoot it. Deepak Joshi WAGHACHI WADI, a village in Murbad, Thane, wears a worried hush as over the last three days, a leopard has killed two villagers. Mirabai Vare (54) was killed at 6 pm on Sunday and Barku Bhau Bhoir (52), who was a resident of Sonavale village in Murbad, Tokawade south range, was killed by the same leopard a day before. Forest officials said the matter was discussed with the chief wildlife warden and a team from Sanjay Gandhi National Park has been dispatched to trap the leopard. The situation has taken a serious turn. The leopard is aggressive and not used to natural hunting. Our forest officers have been trying to trap it but it has been avoiding the cages, said K P Singh, chief conservator of forests, Thane. He added that the Thane division had received permission from the chief wildlife warden to take any means necessary to stop the attacks. We have been told to trap the leopard by tranquilising it but if that doesn't work, we may have to shoot the animal, said Singh. According to officials from the Thane forest range, Mirabai was in the rice fields adjacent to a forest. The leopard was hiding in the fields. Owing to the fading evening light, she did not notice the cat, said Kishore Thakre, assistant conservator of forest, Thane. The big cat pounced on her and killed her. Her body was dragged over 100 metres from the area where she was attacked.
Leopard kills two in three days in a village in Murbad, Thane - The Indian Express
2016-08-22Thane ephedrine haul: Key supplier arrested - Hindustan Times
Thane ephedrine haul: Key supplier arrested Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Mumbai |  Updated: Aug 22, 2016 19:14 IST In the Rs 2,000 crore-ephedrine drug haul case, the Thane police on Monday have arrested another person, the key supplier from Bangalore. The arrested accused, identified as Sushil Kumar Assikanan, 34, a Panvel resident, was on the run right from April 13, when the raid was conducted at Solapur-based Avon Pharma Life Science Private Ltd. He was caught in Bangalore, where he had come to meet his friend to get financial help, but was nabbed by the police. He was detained on Sunday and a day later arrested. He had filed an anticipatory bail plea but was rejected last month. During the investigation, the cops found that he was about to fly to Dubai and few of his Bangalore friends were helping him monetarily. Amol Walzade, police sub inspector from Thane Anti- Narcotics cell, said, After his bail got rejected, we alerted our informers, who then told us about his exact location. We kept a close watch on his for three days and finally took him into custody on Sunday. We then brought him to Thane and arrested him after proper investigation. Assikanan had supplied 180 kgs ephedrine here in the past. He is the main connection in the supply chain that provides drugs to locals, especially to Nigerians in Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. He had also supplied the drugs to other parts of the country, says Bharat Shelkhe, additional commissioner of crime, Thane. Shelkhe further added, As Assikanan owns the shipping agency, he used to supply the drugs, he also did custom clearance work. He was introduced in this business by Manoj Jain, director of Avon Pharma. Assikanan is in to this business from the past three years and that the profit sharing used to depend upon the quantity of the goods supplied. Assikanan is the 11th accused in the drug case and has been remanded in police custody till August 31. Walzade said, Other than his Bangalore friends, he was also supported by his local friends in Panvel, who are under investigation.
Thane ephedrine haul: Key supplier arrested - Hindustan Times
2016-08-22Photojournalist Sudharak Olwe felicitated in Thane - Business Standard
Photojournalist Sudharak Olwe felicitated in Thane Thane Last Updated at August 22, 2016 11:42 IST Eminent photojournalist Sudharak Olwe was felicitated for his work at a function here. He was presented a citation, shawl and 'srifal' by district Collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar here last night. Olwe is a Mumbai-based documentary photographer, whose work has been featured in national publications and exhibited in Mumbai, Delhi, Malmo, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Washington and Dhaka. He was awarded the Padma Shri for his social work in 2016. The function was organised by Thane Shahar Dainik Patrakar Sangh in view of the International Photography Day on August 19. The Sangh organised a three-day photography exhibition of the pictures taken by Thane photojournalists in which more than 200 photos clicked by around 20 scribes were displayed at the Kala Bhavan here. On the occasion, Olwe said earlier it was difficult to meet the expectations and risking one's life, but now due to technological development everything has become instant and easy. The Collector asked the journalists to do a constructive job for the society and educate in the best possible manner. He suggested that the pictures exhibited at the event should be brought out in the form of a book for which he offered Rs 50,000 from the CSR funds.
2016-08-22Three accused in murder case acquitted for want of evidence in Thane - Mid-Day
Three accused in murder case acquitted for want of evidence in Thane By PTI Posted 22-Aug-2016 Thane: Three persons accused of murdering a youth in Bhiwandi taluka in Thane have been acquitted by the district court which gave them benefit of doubt following a six-year trial in the case. District Judge V V Bambarde observed that the prosecution failed to prove the charges under IPC sections 302 (murder) read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and section 27 of the Arms Act against the three persons, Kalidas Balaram Thale (26), Kaluram Sudam Pawar (39) and Indrajeet Yashwant Masane (21). District government pleader Sangita E Phad, appearing for the prosecution, told the court that the three men, from Lonad in Bhiwandi, had on February 25, 2010, brutally killed Shivaji Kumbhar and dumped his body at village Goyanka in Padgha under Bhiwandi taluka. The prosecutor also submitted that the deceased and the accused had previous enmity over which they killed the youth, whose body bore multiple stab wounds. However, defence counsels Gajanan Chavan and Munir Ahmed challenged the prosecution version and told the court that the arrested persons were innocent and they had been roped in the case merely on suspicion, and hence they need to be acquitted. Besides citing several court rulings, the defence also said that the evidence of investigation officer shows that he had to drop names of two other suspects, mentioned by the deceased's father, from the case. It also come to light that the accused Kalidas is physically challenged and not able to run fast. The deceased was strong and well built and could have overpowered one or two persons. It has also come in the evidence that the family of deceased had dispute with several villagers and they suspected involvement of some of them in the murder, the defence counsels further told the court. The judge observed that the case is totally based on circumstantial evidence. Cardinal principles regarding the appreciation of circumstantial evidence have been postulated. He noted that the prosecution failed to show that the accused were near the spot of the murder. The prosecution also failed to establish that there was any voluntary contention by accused Kalidas Thale. Simply enmity will not drag the accused in the killing. Similarly, it seems that the accused are implicated on mere suspicion. So, the prosecution failed to establish chain of circumstances leading to the guilt of accused, the judge observed while acquitting the three recently.
2016-08-22Electronic Retailing Association Names Thane Direct, Chief ... - Yahoo Finance
Electronic Retailing Association Names Thane Direct, Chief Executive Officer Amir Tukulj As 2016 Marketer of the Year August 22, 2016 Tukulj To Receive Honor At ERA's 2016 Moxie Awards Gala Taking Place Thursday, September 15 At Wynn Hotel Las Vegas WASHINGTON, DC / ACCESSWIRE / August 22, 2016 / The Electronic Retailing Association (ERA) (www.retailing.org) has announced Amir Tukulj, Chief Executive Officer of Thane Direct, as recipient of the 2016 Marketer of the Year award. The award, which recognizes an executive or company that has clearly shown outstanding success over the past year, will be presented to Tukulj during the 2016 ERA Moxie Awards Gala to be held Thursday, September 15 in conjunction with the 2016 ERA D2C Convention at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. As Chief Executive Officer of global direct response leader Thane Direct, Tukulj presides over the company's worldwide operations. Respected industry-wide for his pioneering achievements in helping establish the worldwide presence of direct response throughout the international marketplace, Tukulj was named CEO in July, 2005 after joining the company to spearhead the establishment of its international distribution division in 1997. Prior to joining Thane, Tukulj was among a small group of elite executives who helped bring direct response marketing to the global marketplace. As a senior executive with Canada-based Interwood Marketing, he traveled the world to introduce products that had achieved direct marketing success in the U.S. to regions throughout the world - at the same time playing a significant role in establishing the infrastructure for direct marketing in each international territory. His mandate with Thane Direct was to grow the company's non-U.S. business, a responsibility he fulfilled with unprecedented and unparalleled success. In 2006, Tukulj demonstrated the crucial importance of the international market to Thane Direct, laying the groundwork for the company's transformation from a U.S. company with an international division to an international company with a U.S. division. Tukulj brought to Thane - and to the industry at large - unmatched expertise in the intricacies of the markets and the mentality of the international distributor. He led the direct marketing industry in underscoring the international marketplace as a major revenue generator, rather than an afterthought to the U.S. market. In so doing, Tukulj has propelled Thane Direct into the industry's dominant partner to product owners seeking effective global distribution for their brands. Under his guidance, Thane has burgeoned into a global leader in the multichannel direct marketing of consumer products with a powerful presence in the fitness, health & beauty, and housewares product categories. Tukulj and his senior management team have built a distribution network that encompasses more than 100 countries worldwide. He launched Thane wholly-owned subsidiaries throughout the world's key markets, creating vertically integrated operations that covered U.S., Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Middle East, and Australia. Thane has been a private equity-owned company since 1999. Recently, Tukulj engineered a successful management buyout and together with his management team are the company's controlling shareholders. For Tukulj, the management buyout represented a natural progression having spent 17 years building the company and, along with his senior management, had served as its core value creators. Today, Tukulj and Thane Direct epitomize the global direct response industry, with wholly-owned international corporate subsidiaries, strategic partners, and distributors building brands and maximizing sales across all marketing channels - including direct response TV, home shopping networks, catalogues, retail, print advertising, credit card inserts, and the Internet. "It is with tremendous pleasure that ERA announces Amir Tukulj as 2016 Marketer of the Year. Amir has devoted his entire adult life towards expanding his company - and the entire direct response industry - across the worldwide marketplace. Amir's dedication and hard work is evident in every corner of the world where you find direct response thriving. From building one of our industry's most prolific stable of proprietary direct response brands to representing the global distribution of Thane's numerous high-profile product owner client, Amir Tukulj and his company serve our association as outstanding members, and our industry as pioneering leaders," said Chris Reinmuth, President of the Electronic Retailing Association.
2016-08-22Society in Thane conducts free health check-up for maids, staff ... - Times of India
Society in Thane conducts free health check-up for maids, staff Freny Fernandes | TNN | Aug 23, 2016, 01.36 AM IST THANE: Residents of a society in Thane, Ashar Residency, have decided to start a novel campaign to safeguard the health of all the domestic helps including the sweepers, gardeners and others helping maintain the society clean. Puneet Kundra (44), who came up with the idea of starting a campaign to serve those who served them, said, "I wanted to do something for all our staffers who dedicate themselves to ensure that our homes and society buildings are clean, our society is well guarded among other things for not very high paychecks. I noticed that one thing they lacked in was their health as they often keep working until it is too late. Also they are not financially sound to fund their medical expenses." "I then went to our society members and roped in a group of people to find a way to resolve this issue. As our society didn't have funds allocated for this kind of a campaign, we went door to door and sought the sponsorship of local shops to fund for free medical check-up camps for them," added Kundra. The first camp was held on Sunday where nearly 120 people had their free check-ups and those diagonased with ailments will get treatment free of cost. "The staffers who need further medical help will be taken care of by charitable trusts to whom we have referred them to," Kundra said. "Our society is going to add this campaign to its annual budget so we can continue to help our staffers. It is essential for each society to arrange such campaigns for a healthy and developing community," he added.
2016-08-22Notice issued to jailer in Thane bldg crash - Times of India
Notice issued to jailer in Thane bldg crash TNN | Aug 23, 2016, 01.33 AM IST Thane: Coming down heavily on a Adharwadi jail official, a special court on Monday issued a showcause notice for failing to produce one of the accused in the Lucky Compound building crash in court for framing of charges. Special judge VV Bambarde in his letter to the jail superintendent Adharwadi jail sought an explanation for his failure to produce the accused, Laxman Rathod, in the court when they had produced the other accused in the different courts in other cases. The case is facing a roadblock due to various reasons as the accused have been filing several applications seeking discharge or wanting the details of charges. During the hearing, Rathod was not present for the hearing. It later transpired that the jailer had not presented him in court, citing shortage of staff. Special public prosecutor Shishir Hirey pointed out that there was a deliberate attempt by the accused to delay the case inordinately. Due to Rathod's absence, charges in the case could not be framed on Monday.
2016-08-21Warrant against civic official in Thane bldg crash - Times of India - Times of India
Warrant against civic official in Thane bldg crash TNN | Aug 22, 2016, 01.24 AM IST Thane: Infuriated over the "delaying tactics" adopted by an accused in the Lucky Compound building collapse case, a court ordered an arrest warrant against suspended assistant municipal commissioner Shyam Thorbole . Thorbole, who remained absent for the hearing, gave an application of absence that the court rejected and ordered the warrant against him. He was arrested some months before to the building crash in another case by the Thane unit of the Anti-Corruption Bureau allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a Mumbra resident for going slow on civic demolitions. The case is pending in the court. Meanwhile, the prosecution claimed that the court is likely to frame charges against the accused on Monday. In June 2015 while disposing bail applications, the high court had given a specific order to the Thane court to expedite the case within 18 months. Now nearly 14 months on, the case has not moved an inch ahead due to the "delaying tactics" of the accused who filed repeatedly filed discharge applications. Some of the accused filed applications in the court that the prosecutor should explain the role attributed to each accused separately before the charges are framed. In the process and following the application a couple of months were lost. Some of the accused preferred to remain absent on the dates of hearing, which annoyed the judge. Special public prosecutor Shishir Hirey has urged the court to try all the accused under IPC Section 302 (murder).
2016-08-21Boy drowns in lake in Thane - Business Standard
Boy drowns in lake in Thane Thane Last Updated at August 21, 2016 19:02 IST An 11 years old boy drowned in a lake in Kalwa area of the city this afternoon. Two other children who were with him were rescued. Santosh Kadam, chief of Regional Disaster Management Cell of the Thane Municipal Corporation, said that Monu (11), Kunal (7) and Rohit (8) had come here from Vikroli in Mumbai and went to a lake near the Mafaltal Colony in the afternoon. They apparently slipped and fell into the lake. Hearing their screams, some people who were nearby rescued Monu's friends, but he drowned. Monu's body was sent to Chhatrapati Shivaji Civic Hospital for autopsy.
2016-08-21Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard's Twitter account hacked - WCPO
Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard's Twitter account hacked Posts hashtag in support of Harambe Joe Rosemeyer 2:40 PM, Aug 21, 2016 11 mins ago Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Director Thane Maynard details circumstances surrounding the death of rare, western lowland silverback gorilla Harambe on May 28, 2016. The animal was killed after it dragged a child around its enclosure. (Terry Helmer/WCPO) Terry Helmer | WCPO Copyright 2016 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Show Caption Hide Caption Previous Next CINCINNATI -- Maybe this is our fault.Maybe we pushed back a little too hard with our colleague's petition to end the Harambe petitions. (Full disclosure: I signed it, and I think you should, too.) Or maybe it was this story about how we should all feel terrible for whoever runs the Cincinnati Zoo's Twitter account.Somebody, somehow, drove an Internet prankster over the edge. Now they've gotten a hold of Zoo Director Thane Maynard's Twitter account, and they're not giving it up.Late Saturday, there was a tweet with a now-common hashtag supporting Harambe: We've blurred it because it contains an expletive referring to the male anatomy. How this became a tribute to a deceased ape, we'll never know (but we hope you guys aren't doing this at funerals for humans).Other tweets included "#AnimalRights #JusticeForHarambe" and "I was planning this for a while, so sorry it took so long brother! Have a good time in Heaven. #Harambe"Michelle Curley, zoo spokeswoman, said Sunday that zoo staff still don't have full control over Thane's account. They were working with Twitter to resolve the issue, Curley said.And while the jokers probably think what they're doing is incredibly clever and funny, it could land them in legal trouble: After Laremy Tunsil's Twitter account was hacked during this year's NFL draft, SI.com reported on possible consequences: The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act prohibits, among other things, unlawful access into another person’s computer and data without authorization. Violators of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act can face lengthy prison sentences, as each hack or intrusion can be considered a separate violation of a law that carries a potential five-year prison sentence. Copyright 2016 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Print this article Back to Top A Share A A A Share Article Related Candidate Jill Stein tied with Harambe in poll Enough with the Harambe petitions already In presidential polls, how's Harambe doing? Harambe gets a shoutout at PGA Championship Boys trick Google into renaming road for Harambe Read Full Story Must See Video Must See Videos Friday Night Frenzy - Part 1 - for Aug. 19 Friday Night Frenzy - Part 2 - for Aug. 19 Dramatic I-275 crash video shows baby thrown… Parents charged in crash that injured infant Dramatic video shows infant thrown from car Heroin angel
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2016-08-21Thane Club can't hike swimming pool fees without approval, - Business Standard
Thane Club can't hike swimming pool fees without approval, Mumbai Last Updated at August 21, 2016 13:22 IST In response to a PIL filed by a group of around 100 swimming enthusiasts before the Bombay High Court, challenging the "exorbitant" increase in the fee of a swimming pool built by the municipal corporation in the neighboring Thane city, the civic authority has admitted that the contractor which is running the pool had been asked to charge the fee much lower than it is currently demanding. According to the petitioners Uma A Salaye and others, until 2014, the pool management charged an annual fee of Rs 7,500 per person. However, Thane Club, the new management, in 2015, sought to turn the entire premises into a private club, and demanded a fee of Rs 80,000 for the membership. According to an affidavit filed this week by the deputy municipal commissioner Sanjay Herwade, the civic body last year had asked the Ganeshanand Developers, which is running the pool through sub-contractors, to explain the unauthorized increase in the membership. "Membership fees.... Are required to be fixed with approval of the corporation," the affidavit says. It further says that after the TMC sought clarification, the contractor (Ganeshanand Developers) agreed to give membership for Rs 10,000 per year per person, and "even the said rate was higher than the bid rate (the rate quoted in the bid when tender for construction and management of the swimming pool complex was floated) of Rs 18,000 per family per year." The corporation had not granted permission for any increase in the membership fees, but "temporarily" allowed the contractor to charge Rs 10,000 per person annually till the final decision was taken. "Therefore the respondent number 4 (the contractor) is not entitled to charge any amount exceeding Rs 10,000," the TMC's affidavit says. Next hearing of the case would be in the first week of September, said advocate Shankar Thorat, petitioners' affidavit. The PIL points out that two other swimming pools of the Thane Municipal Corporation in the city charge only about Rs 4,000 as annual subscription, while the Thane Club has increased the fee nearly eight times. The swimming pool earlier had about 1,500 members, many of them professional swimmers, as well as schoolchildren who participate in state-level and national-level competition. However, in November 2014, the management stopped the renewal of membership at the previous rates. The newly introduced exorbitant fee makes it practically impossible for common people to use the pool, which is a property of the municipal corporation, the PIL says. Last year, the opposition Congress, NCP and MNS corporators had raised the issue in the corporation's general meeting (Shiv Sena and BJP control the civic body) and tried to gherao the municipal commissioner, following the media reports. Some swimmers had also carried out a 'satyagraha' by entering the premises and using the pool despite the management's opposition.
2016-08-20Minor molested inside elevator in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
Minor molested inside elevator in Thane It came as a shocker for the residents of a posh housing complex in Thane when an unidentified man molested a 10-year-old girl inside the elevator. The Thane Nagar police are investigating the incident. According to police, the parents of the minor girl from Kharkar Aali in Thane reported the incident to the police. According to the police, the accused touched the girl inappropriately and tried to kiss her. "The girl was molested the elevator. The accused has not been identified yet," said an office from Thane Nagar police. "The girl informed her parents about the incident when she reached her residence and they approached us," said the officer adding, "We suspect that the accused knew about the girl and he struck a conversation and ended up molesting her." Investigation officer from Thane Nagar police station said RV Ratne said: "We have registered a case under section 354(A) (molestation), 509 (insulting modesty of woman) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act." "We are investigating if the accused is a resident of the same housing complex. The girl then would be able to identify the person," said the officer.
Minor molested inside elevator in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
2016-08-20Thane: Woman tries to sell off daughter for Rs 5 lakh; arrested - The Indian Express
Thane: Woman tries to sell off daughter for Rs 5 lakh arrested By: PTI Thane Updated: Aug 20, 2016, 14:21 A 32-year-old woman from neighbouring Mumbai was arrested here after she allegedly tried to sell her teenage daughter for sex trade, police said Saturday. The accused, who hails from Govandi, had come down to Thane to trade her 16-year-old daughter for Rs 5 lakh to fund the marriage of her sister's daughter, a release issued by Thane police said. However, she was caught by officials of the Anti-Human Trafficking cell when she was about to strike a deal at a hotel here. According to preliminary reports, the woman allegedly runs a sex racket and has three daughters from three marriages. The victim, the woman's daughter from the first marriage, was allegedly pushed into flesh trade two years ago by her mother. Sr PI Ravindra Daundkar of Thane police told PTI that police had received a tip off that the woman was in search of a buyer for the girl after which they arranged a decoy and called the accused to the hotel to strike a deal. At the hotel, the woman demanded a sum of Rs 5 lakh. After due negotiations the deal was finalised for Rs 4.25 lakh and it was decided that an advance of Rs 50,000 be handed to her. As soon as she received the cash, she was placed under arrest. A case under sections 370 (buying or disposing of any person as a slave), 372 (selling minor for purposes of prostitution), 366(a) (selling minor for purposes of prostitution) of the IPC and also sections 4 and 5 of the PITA Act was registered against her with the Wagle Estate police station.
Thane: Woman tries to sell off daughter for Rs 5 lakh; arrested - The Indian Express
2016-08-20Panther Mauls Woman to Death in Thane - News18
Panther Mauls Woman to Death in Thane Press Trust Of India First published: August 20, 2016, 3:01 PM IST | Updated: 9 hours ago Thane: A 55-year-old tribal woman from Murbad taluka was mauled to death by a panther in Thane, district rural police said on Saturday. API Pankaj Giri of Tokawade Police Station said the incident took place last evening when the big cat strayed into a residential locality of Singapore-Waghwadi and dragged the woman out of her house. By the time, villagers heard her scream and tried to chase the panther, she was already dead, police said. The victim was identified as Mira Khandu, they said. Police teams from Murbad along with the forest officials are carrying out a probe and a trap has been laid to catch the animal, Giri said, adding that armed policemen were patrolling the area. The remains of the woman have been sent for postmortem and a case of accidental death has been registered by the local police station.
Panther Mauls Woman to Death in Thane - News18
2016-08-20Maharashtra government appoints MSRDC as implementing agency for third Thane Creek bridge - The Indian Express
Maharashtra government appoints MSRDC as implementing agency for third Thane Creek bridge By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Aug 21, 2016, 1:47 Maharashtra government, led by Devendra Fadnavis, said in its order said that the capacity of the second bridge is 12500 passenger car units (PCU), and presently, 175000 PCUs travel on the bridge. In a major impetus to the construction of the third Thane Creek bridge, the Maharashtra government on Saturday formally appointed the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) as the implementing agency for the ambitious project. The move to push for the construction of the bridge comes a week after a major crack was noticed on the first Thane Creek bridge which has since been shut for traffic. The Thane creek bridge connects Mumbai to Navi Mumbai. The first bridge was opened in 1973. The two-lane bridge had, however, corroded soon which forced the state government to commission another bridge in 1987 which was completed in ten years and opened to the public in 1997. The traffic from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai presently moves through the second six-lane bridge. The authorities had allowed only light vehicles on the first bridge. Metal frames had been erected to limit the entry of vehicles of a certain height. However, these frames had been damaged and heavier vehicles were also allegedly using this bridge. However, last week a commuter noticed a crack on the old bridge, leading to panic. Authorities had subsequently shut down the older bridge for repairs The state government in its order said that the capacity of the second bridge is 12500 passenger car units (PCU), and presently, 175000 PCUs travel on the bridge. In view of the construction of the Navi Mumbai airport, traffic will increase on this stretch, leading to the need for another bridge, the order said The government has also asked the MSRDC to work on a detailed project report for the bridge. It has passed an order asking MSRDC to implement the Borivli-Thane underground tunnel too. Presently, commuters from Kalyan and Thane travel to Borivli via Ghidbunder Road and take 60-90 minutes to cover a 24-km stretch due to heavy traffic. The state is planning the tunnel to bring down travel time to 15 minutes.
Maharashtra government appoints MSRDC as implementing agency for third Thane Creek bridge - The Indian Express
2016-08-20Thane civic chief comes to aid of 6-yr-old disfigured in rat attack - Times of India
Thane civic chief comes to aid of 6-yr-old disfigured in rat attack Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 21, 2016, 12.13 AM IST Thane: Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Friday announced that he will sponsor the plastic surgery of six-year-old civic schoolgirl Aahana, whose face was disfigured in a rodent attack as an infant, and personally scout for the best doctor available in Thane or Mumbai. On Friday, when Jaiswal, along with other dignitaries including the mayor, visited the Manpada civic school number 54, where Aahana studies in class I, for an education-related programme, he saw Aahana, and on learning of her plight decided to help her. "We had lost hope of getting her treated as it is beyond our financial capacity," said Aahana's parents Shailendra and Monica, who are daily wage labourers. "It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, as he was moved by the child's plight. The civic chief will take out time and be present on the day of the treatment," said a civic official.
Thane civic chief comes to aid of 6-yr-old disfigured in rat attack - Times of India
2016-08-20Teen falls from fifth floor of Thane bldg, dies - Times of India
Teen falls from fifth floor of Thane bldg, dies Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Aug 21, 2016, 12.33 AM IST Thane: A 14-year-old girl fell from her fifth floor apartment in Highland Residency in Thane's Dhokali area on Thursday night. She died in hospital the next morning. "Around 10pm, Vedanshi Mali was playing at home when she lost her balance and fell in the building's compound. Her family members rushed her to a nearby private hospital. On Friday morning, she succumbed to her injuries," said an officer from the Vartak police station. "We have filed an accident death report and transferred the case to the Kapurbawadi police station for further investigation as the building comes under its jurisdiction," the officer added.
Teen falls from fifth floor of Thane bldg, dies - Times of India
2016-08-19Thane Municipal Corporation chief to sponsor surgery of girl - Times of India
Thane Municipal Corporation chief to sponsor surgery of girl Aug 19, 2016, 10.49 PM IST THANE: A six-year-old student of a civic school whose face got disfigured in a rodent attack can now possibly get back her smile back as Thane Municipal Corporation commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, on Friday, announced to sponsor the money for her plastic surgery. 6-year-old Aahana Sharma, who stays in a shanty in Thane, was attacked by a rodent while she was a kid. The attack left her face disfigured as the rat had chewed off her nose. Her parents who work as daily wage labourers couldn't afford to provide for her treatment which could have cost them several lakhs of rupees. While the parents came to terms with the incident, they were hoping for a miracle that could help regain their daughter's beautiful smile till Friday. Jaiswal saw her during a casual civic school visit and impromptu decided to volunteer for her treatment from his own pockets. The treatment is likely to be done at the best hospitals in Mumbai and will be personally supervised by the IAS official.
Thane Municipal Corporation chief to sponsor surgery of girl - Times of India
2016-08-19Thieves break into Thane house, loot Rs 7 lakh valuables - Daily News & Analysis
Thieves break into Thane house, loot Rs 7 lakh valuables A Thane family was shocked after they returned from an outing to find that cash and valuables worth Rs 7,27,000 was stolen from their residence. The thieves broke open their washroom window and decamped with the cash and valuables. The residents of Nakshatra Heritage at Hindu Colony of Naupada area in Thane were out for a family trip when the thieves broke into the house and took away the cash and valuables including gold and silver ornaments. "The family was out on a trip when the incident happened. We suspect that the thieves had conducted a recce and targeted the apartment," said an officer from Naupada police station. "We have registered a case under section 454 (house breaking), 547 (house breaking at night to commit offence) and 380 (theft) under the Indian Penal Code," said Gajanan Kabdule, senior inspector, Naupada police station.
Thieves break into Thane house, loot Rs 7 lakh valuables - Daily News & Analysis
2016-08-18Park at your own risk at Thane station - Mid-Day
Park at your own risk at Thane station By Rupsa Chakraborty Posted 2 hours There's bad news for hundreds of residents of Thane who reside in far-off areas, and park their vehicles at the station everyday, before taking the train to work to Mumbai. On Thursday, the contract with the Central Railways for three parking lots for two-wheelers at the station (for parking on both the East and West side, at Rs 30 per day) expired. Following this, the railways has now decided not to opt for any fresh contract. So riders will have to park their vehicles at their own risk. There was a huge ruckus at the station on Wednesday morning when police refused to allow riders to park their two-wheelers at the station. The vehicles were parked in one of the lots outside the station before 10 am. After that police did not allow entry into the parking lots, but people were allowed to park outside at their own risk Unaware of the development, when riders from across Thane reached the station on their bikes after 10 am, they were refused entry by the railway police officials. They were forced either to go back to their homes to keep their two-wheelers or park along the road at their own risk. Everyday, more than a thousand riders park their vehicles at the station. They come from far-off areas like Ghodbunder Road, Kasarvadavli, Ovala and Bhayanderpada before they go to their offices in Mumbai. To keep check on their vehicles, they pay Rs 30 as fees to the people who take care of the vehicles and maintain them in proper rows. But after the expiry of the contract, the railway has decided to open the space for all passengers free of cost at their own risk. We have now decided that we will not allow any new tender. From Thursday, it will be open to all, free of cost, said BR Bhagat, deputy station manager, Thane. When asked who would be responsible for maintaining the vehicles, he said, "The riders will have to take care of the vehicles. We will not be responsible in anyway. If their bike gets stolen or breaks down, they will have to take care of it." At the station, riders who are generally always in a rush to catch a train on time, don't park their vehicles properly. The contractor's workers made spaces for parking vehicles and also took care of them. But now, riders will have to either park their vehicles on roads, or start travelling in public vehicles, which will further increase traffic jams in the narrow lanes. Besides, police will tow away the vehicles parked outside the parking lot.
2016-08-18Thane consumer forum fines IRCTC for traveller's agony - Daily News & Analysis
Thane consumer forum fines IRCTC for traveller's agony Thane district consumer dispute redressal forum has pulled up the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Limited for providing faulty services to a consumer. It has asked the company to compensate the complainant for his mental agony. The case dates back to 2013,when Gopal Bajaj, a resident of Navi Mumbai, had booked a railway ticket from Amravati to Mumbai. According to Bajaj, the train was scheduled to leave at 19.40 hours from Amravati on May 5, 2013, but due to some technical error, it was delayed for five hours. Bajaj added that because he had to resume work the next day, he decided to board another train and that was "the worst journey of his life" as he had to travel in a general class compartment with tremendous crowd. On returning, he approached the IRCTC office and demanded a refund of his ticket charge, but the on-duty officer shooed him away, claiming that the train was on time and that Bajaj was lying. Thus, to prove his case, he filed an application under the RTI Act, and procured details of the train timing. In spite of that he was not given a refund. Aggrieved by the company's behaviour, he approached the forum. The forum, after going through the evidence, held that it was important for the complainant to reach on time, but the firm failed to ensure that and also failed to give him a refund. Holding the firm responsible for deficient services, it asked IRCTC to pay Rs5,000 towards the complainant's mental agony, Rs2,000 towards litigation costs and Rs150 towards his RTI expenses. It also asked the firm to pay back the ticket amount of Rs180 with 12% interest from May 2013.
Thane consumer forum fines IRCTC for traveller
2016-08-18Thane gang to be charged under MCOCA - Times of India
Thane gang to be charged under MCOCA Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 18, 2016, 12.34 PM IST THANE: The Thane rural police have applied MCOCA against the Bunk gang, which had carried out a series of armed robberies in Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts and Gujarat, said Mahesh Patil, superintendent of police (Thane rural). The police arrested the gang leader, Debashish Bunk and his accomplices on May 25 from Titwala. They also found a huge cache of arms including 2 pistols, 51 cartridges, 2 country-made revolvers, 3 choppers, 3 swords, and other tools used in robberies, said a cop. The accused are currently in the custody of Gujarat police, who are still investigating their involvement in crimes in the state. The police also arrested six other accomplices-Kailas Dighe, Rupesh Dahiwade, Ramesh Das, Alok Soni and Mantu Lohar.The police said that the modus operandi of the gang was to break into the houses and by flashing pistols and choppers and flee with the booty.In one such case, Bunk and other six others wore moneky-caps and sneaked inside Pandharinath Deshmukh's house on December 21, 2015 at night and, after tying up the members, fled with booty of Rs 96,500.
Thane gang to be charged under MCOCA - Times of India
2016-08-18Sand mafia in Thane raided, Rs 2 crore dredging tools seized - Times of India
Sand mafia in Thane raided, Rs 2 crore dredging tools seized Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 18, 2016, 12.38 PM IST Thane: A huge quantity of sand and dredging equipment worth around Rs2 crore was seized on Wednesday during an ongoing drive against the sand mafia operating along Thane creekside. A posse of revenue officials and the police swooped down on those involved in illegally dredging sand from the creeks in the district. Nearly 650 brass of sand worth nearly Rs50 lakh along with 17 heavy-duty suction pumps valued around Rs2 crore were seized in surprise raids at several spots of the creekside at Bhiwandi, Thane and Kalyan.The ongoing drive was slated to be conducted throughout the night as nearly 20 teams had fanned out to different parts to act against dredgers. The action was supervised by district collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar."We have taken action following tip-offs from various spots," said a senior officer. "The action was planned on public holidays as dredgers were under the impression that the government machinery would not be working today. We are registering cases against those found involved," said a senior officer.Officials said they held 45 raids on sand mafia last year.
Sand mafia in Thane raided, Rs 2 crore dredging tools seized - Times of India
2016-08-18Woman constable found dead on railway tracks between Thane and Kalwa - The Indian Express
Woman constable found dead on railway tracks between Thane and Kalwa While an accidental death report (ADR) was filed in the matter, the police is probing whether there was any foul play. Mumbai | Published: August 19, 2016 2:22 am THE THANE Government Railway Police (GRP) is probing the case of a lady police constable whose body was found on the railway tracks between Thane and Kalwa on August 15. While an accidental death report (ADR) was filed in the matter, the police is probing whether there was any foul play. According to police, Madhuri Salunkhe, a constable attached with the Mumbai Police had last reported to work on August 14. In the afternoon after completing her shift at the Worli police station, Madhuri left for her home in Turbhe, where she lived with her sister. When she did not reach her residence, her sister started looking for her. Salunkhe’s body was found on the railway track between Thane and Kalwa on August 15. Sanjeev Pimple, senior inspector, Thane GRP, said that they are investigating if it was an accidental death, a case of suicide or a murder. “Since her body was found between two railway stations, there were no CCTV cameras that captured her death. Also, she normally took a train from Thane to Rabale. We do not know what she was doing on the tracks between Thane and Kalwa,” said Pimple.
Woman constable found dead on railway tracks between Thane and Kalwa - The Indian Express
2016-08-1875% Thane city homes lack sewage disposal facility: Survey - Times of India
75% Thane city homes lack sewage disposal facility: Survey Aug 19, 2016, 01.19 AM IST THANE: A survey done by the civic administration recently has revealed that nearly 75% households within city limits, including those residing in plush apartments along the developed Ghodbunder Road, lack basic amenity of sewage disposal. A massive 3.25 lakh families of the 4.5 lakh households staying in the city do not have connections to the main sewage systems, following which the waste generated by them is discharged into the creek through septic tanks without complete treatment. The study, which has been undertaken by the TMC's solid waste management department, has divided the civic areas into five zones. The reports reveal that the old city area including the Wagle Estate is adequately linked to the main sewerage lines. The solid waste from nearly 65% of the structures or around 1.12 lakh of the 1.74 lakh households is linked to the treatment plants via the sewerage lines while the rest of the areas including Kalwa, Mumbra, Diva and parts of Ghodbunder Road have no access to sewerage lines at all. Ghodbunder Road is largely dependant on septic tanks for sewerage disposal. The toilets in 83,390 of the total 1.04lakh households don't have connections to the sewerage lines and use septic tanks while the remaining don't have toilets in their homes. Complexes in Mumbra and Kalwa are also largely dependant on septic tanks which collect the waste in a soak pit while the residual water overflows into the creeks via connected nullahs. The study reveals that Diva fares the worst with around 40,000 of 57,000 homes not having toilets at all in their premises while the rest depend on septic tanks. Officials inform that the low volume of connections to the main sewer lines is largely due to delay in completion of sewage treatment plant projects. The work of laying underground lines is nearing completion in many zones, say officials. There are eight plants approved for the city of which just two, one each af Kopri and Mumbra, are operational while six others are at various stages of completion. Two more plants at Ghodbunder Road and Diva are delayed due to non-availability of land, inform officials. "Many areas in the city have been covered with underground sewage lines, but connections to housing societies haven't been given due to absence of STPs in the city. We are in the process of developing STPs at the designated spots in the city and soon the lines will also be connected to the sewage mains. Presently, we don't discharge water directly into the creek through septic tanks. Primary treatment is given in the tanks and the residual effluent is then let in the creek," said a senior official from the TMC. Meanwhile, activists say the study comes as a surprise as the civic body would soon complete 30 years of its existence and is aspiring to be in the 'smart' league. It has apparently failed to look into basic amenities. They suggest, TMC must first look at providing basic amenities rather than dreaming about WiFi or food atms in the city. 75% city homes lack sewage disposal facility: Survey
2016-08-17Top Thane babu left 'powerless' in office - Mid-Day
Top Thane babu left 'powerless' in office By Varun Singh Posted 1 hour People are generally used to criticising government officials for insisting on working from their AC offices. But an official in Thane is ready to work even from a tent. Dashrath Yadav, the chairman of the Thane Municipal Transport, plans to put up two tents so that he can function from them. He has alleged that his office, which faced a black out since a short circuit incident on August 1, has no electricity even now. Due to this he cannot meet anyone or do any work. Hence, last week he wrote a letter to the general manager of TMT, Sudhir Raut, seeking permission to erect the tents from where he can function. Dashrath Yadav wrote to the General Manager of TMT seeking permission for the tents Yadav claims that his office has no electricity as the fear is that something worse may happen. The room is completely dark and the wires are hanging. We do not want to switch the lights on, because it may cause some other problem. I have to meet people and do my work too, and I cannot sit in that room, said Yadav. Yadav claims he wrote the letter last week, after he realised that no action was taken by authorities. After it the officials immediately contacted Yadav and told him that they will be finishing all the work in his office soon. Raut has informed me that he is personally going to look into the issue and get it resolved. However, he has sought time. If he doesn't do it soon, then I have made plans and I will sit outside in tents. I will spend only my money for them, said Yadav. He wants to put up the tents at the Wagle bus depot and work from them.
Top Thane babu left
2016-08-17Thane: Four killed as car collides with tempo on Bhiwandi-Nashik road - The Indian Express
Thane: Four killed as car collides with tempo on Bhiwandi-Nashik road By: PTI Thane Published:Aug 17, 2016, 11:05 Four people, including a woman, were killed when their car collided with a tempo in Thane district, police said on Wednesday. The accident took place at around 9:30 pm on Tuesday along the Bhiwandi-Nashik road at Diva village in Thane district. The car driver lost control over the wheels, as a result the vehicle hit the road divider, broke it and came on the other side where it collided with a tempo. The vehicle was on way to Thane from Nashik. The car occupants were from Bhandup in Mumbai. The deceased have been identified as Vasant Kedar, Sachin Kedar, Amit Kedar and Sunita Kedar. Their relatives have been informed, police said, adding that the bodies have been sent for postmortem to government hospital. The Narpoli police registered a case under relevant IPC sections, including 304A (causing death by negligence) and 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), police added.
Thane: Four killed as car collides with tempo on Bhiwandi-Nashik road - The Indian Express
2016-08-17Thane gang to be charged under MCOCA - Times of India - Times of India
Thane gang to be charged under MCOCA Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 18, 2016, 01.11 AM IST Thane: The Thane rural police have applied MCOCA against the Bunk gang, which had carried out a series of armed robberies in Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts and Gujarat, said Mahesh Patil, superintendent of police (Thane rural). The police arrested the gang leader, Debashish Bunk and his accomplices on May 25 from Titwala. They also found a huge cache of arms including 2 pistols, 51 cartridges, 2 country-made revolvers, 3 choppers, 3 swords, and other tools used in robberies, said a cop. The accused are currently in the custody of Gujarat police, who are still investigating their involvement in crimes in the state. The police also arrested six other accomplices Kailas Dighe, Rupesh Dahiwade, Ramesh Das, Alok Soni and Mantu Lohar. The police said that the modus operandi of the gang was to break into the houses and by flashing pistols and choppers and flee with the booty. In one such case, Bunk and other six others wore moneky-caps and sneaked inside Pandharinath Deshmukh's house on December 21, 2015 at night and, after tying up the members, fled with booty of Rs 96,500.
2016-08-17Rain clears air quality in Thane, reduces pollution by 70% from January this year - Times of India
Rain clears air quality in Thane, reduces pollution by 70% from January this year Freny Fernandes | TNN | Aug 18, 2016, 01.31 AM IST THANE: The abundant rainfall this monsoon has not only given lake-city residents respite from the sweltering summer heat and water crisis, but has also given them a breath of fresh air with reduced pollution levels. The air pollution level, which is gauged by the levels of respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM), ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2), has gone down by close to 70% now as compared to levels at the start of this year. The comparison has been done based on the data collected by the civic body's new Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station (CAAQM) at Teen Hath Naka. While the ceiling permissable limit of the RSPM is 100 grams per metric cube (g/m3), the first few months this year recorded an average of 200 to 326 g/m3. In the past few months, this pollutant concentration has dropped drastically to 81 g/m3 level. Meanwhile, the sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone levels have also fallen from 37g/m3, 137g/m3 and 89g/m3 respectively to 8g/m3, 45g/m3 and 63 g/m3 respectively. On the day when the city recieved its highest rainfall of 285.50mm on July 31, the rspm levels dropped to 65 grams per metric cube. Vidyadhar Walavalkar, general secretary of NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch, said, "The heavy rains wash down the particulate matter in the air which is the major part of air pollution. Depending on their size, these pollutant particles can penetrate through the lung wall directly into the bloodstream, carrying toxins. The fresh rain water also dilutes or dissolves other gaseous pollutants and vehicular emissions like sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. Nature has its own way of sustaining itself. We have to ensure we don't disrupt it." Meanwhile, the water pollution levels have also been brought down this monsoon. "There is a continuous flow of untreated waste water released into the creek, which combined with the waste dumped reduces the oxygen level in the creek, thus affecting the biodiversity. However, the heavy fresh monsoon showers have diluted this pollution level and increased the oxygen level in the waters," said R P Athalye, another city base environmentalist. While these environmentalists peg this positive trend to the outstanding monsoons, which have diluted the concentration of pollution in the air and water, civic officials assert that their recent spree of green initiatives like the tree plantation drive, enviro-awareness campaigns and other green initiatives could be another factor for the decreasing pollution levels. "The rains are one of the main reasons for the decrease in pollution levels in the air and the water bodies here. However, a small part of it could also be a result of the tree plantation campaign, cleanliness aware drive, drainage cleaning etc.," said Manisha Pradhan, TMC's pollution control officer.
2016-08-17Sand mafia in Thane raided, 2cr dredging tools seized - Times of India - Times of India
Sand mafia in Thane raided, 2 cr dredging tools seized Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 18, 2016, 01.07 AM IST Thane: A huge quantity of sand and dredging equipment worth around Rs 2 crore was seized on Wednesday during an ongoing drive against the sand mafia operating along Thane creekside. A posse of revenue officials and the police swooped down on those involved in illegally dredging sand from the creeks in the district. Nearly 650 brass of sand worth nearly Rs 50 lakh along with 17 heavy-duty suction pumps valued around Rs 2 crore were seized in surprise raids at several spots of the creekside at Bhiwandi, Thane and Kalyan. The ongoing drive was slated to be conducted throughout the night as nearly 20 teams had fanned out to different parts to act against dredgers. The action was supervised by district collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar. "We have taken action following tip-offs from various spots," said a senior officer. "The action was planned on public holidays as dredgers were under the impression that the government machinery would not be working today. We are registering cases against those found involved," said a senior officer. Officials said they held 45 raids on sand mafia last year.
2016-08-163 youths from Thane lose their lives in a bike accident - Local Press Co
3 youths from Thane lose their lives in a bike accident Written by Local Press Co Staff on August 16, 2016 Three youths, a bike rider and two pillion riders, lost their lives after crashing into a four-wheeler in Thane during the wee hours of Monday. The incident occurred near Saket Bridge in Thane West. According to preliminary reports, the bike rider was allegedly speeding towards Majiwada when he rammed into a car ahead. The front part of the bike was completely damaged and the trio was thrown off the bike. There is a possibility that the rider was drunk at the time of accident. Following the incident, the other car driver chose to flee the scene instead of informing the authorities. Because the driver fled the spot, cops might register a hit-n-run case. The trio, identified as Prathamesh Tambat, Rupesh Jangan and Akash Jadhav, suffered severe injuries and were rushed to Thane Civil Hospital by the police. However, they succumbed to their injuries and were declared dead on arrival by the doctors. An official from Kapurbawadi police told a leading daily that all three were suspected to have consumed alcohol prior to the accident. Meanwhile, police are still on the lookout for the other vehicle. On the eve of Independence Day, hundreds of bikers had taken to the streets of Thane for a ride. Many of them were riding drunk and speeding. The main junctions were monitored by cops, so they mostly stuck to riding in the by lanes and other roads. In any case, there is no shortage of roads in Thane and its practically impossible for the police to station officers everywhere, said Thane-resident Jayesh Medh, who was returning from a family dinner around midnight.
3 youths from Thane lose their lives in a bike accident - Local Press Co
2016-08-16CST, Bandra, Thane among 7 stations to get free wi-fi by next week - Local Press Co
CST, Bandra, Thane among 7 stations to get free wi-fi by next week Written by Local Press Co Staff on August 16, 2016 In a good news for commuters, seven more Mumbai suburban railway stations, including Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Thane and Bandra, will have free wi-fi facility within a week. Earlier in January, Mumbai Central became the first station in the country to get the free wi-fi service as a part of Railway’s goal of providing better services to commuters. Today, the facility is used by over 50,000 commuters. Later, nine more stations across the country got the facility. In June, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced an update on the 15 stations that were expected to receive the facility next. Although the stations were supposed to get the free wi-fi service by August 15, there have been some delays in implementation. Nevertheless, on Monday, the minister tweeted an update on the status of the implementation, 7 more stns Panvel, Thane, Byculla, Khar, Bandra, Churchgate, CSTM are under validation available to public in week.
CST, Bandra, Thane among 7 stations to get free wi-fi by next week - Local Press Co
2016-08-16State plans 4-km coastal road to ease Thane-Bhayander connectivity - Times of India
State plans 4-km coastal road to ease Thane-Bhayander connectivity Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 17, 2016, 01.37 AM IST THANE: The state government is planning to construct a 4km-long coastal road connecting Thane and Bhayander. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is working on conducting a feasibility report following which the work is likely to start by March 2017. According to initial plans, a six-lane road along Thane creek is likely to be proposed connecting the Ghodbunder entrance at Kashimira and Jesal park at Bhayander east. The near 4km-long road will run perpendicular to the existing highway and is proposed to bypass the interstate traffic. There is an existing road at both ends which will be connected by an elevated stretch of nearly 2km over the mangrove belt. The decision was taken at a MMRDA meeting held recently. There has been a considerable increase in the volume of traffic between the two adjoining cities of late. Commuters are forced to spend a gruelling two to three hours at the stretch to cover the 12km-long distance. The perennial traffic movement along the national highways that is presently the only fastest and shortest way to connect both these cities, is often plagued with interstate freight and tourist traffic slowing down the intercity passenger flow. "Small passenger cars or city buses often get trapped in traffic snarls on the Ahmedabad highway or Ghodbunder Road. An alternate road is required for faster disposal of passengers between the two cities," said a traffic official. The road will considerably cut down travel time between the cities, said an officer as a few other initiatives like Kolshet bypass and the elevated corridor between Fountain Hotel and Gaimukh will also lead to faster movement of intercity traffic. "There is an increase in vehicular traffic between these cities and an alternative has to be found. We have surveyed the area and are hoping the road would materialise soon," said local MLA Pratap Sarnaik. "The road has been approved and the chief minister has allocated Rs 80 crore for the same. We will study the feasibility and come up with a revised budget for the same following which tenders will be called by the year end," said a MMRDA official. Meanwhile, the planning agency has decided to rope in a consultant to study the feasibility of having a seamless elevated road running over Wadavli, Anand Nagar and Ovala junctions on Ghodbunder Road. There was a plan to construct three flyovers at these junctions but the planning agency is mulling having a continued bridge to segregate outbound and city traffic. "We are in the process of studying the feasibility of the elevated road at the stretch. We will prepare a project report and the same should be ready within three months," said a MMRDA official.
2016-08-16Legal Aid Clinic at MU's Thane centre - Mumbai Mirror - Mumbai Mirror
Legal Aid Clinic at MU's Thane centre Aug 16, 2016, 06.34 PM IST Thane: The Mumbai University's sub centre at Balkum will get a new Legal Aid Clinic today which will give legal advice and solve queries. This clinic, organised under the aegis of the Thane District Legal Service Authority as part of the National Legal Service Authority's aim to provide every citizen with legal help, will be run by law professors and paralegal students at the sub centre. Prasad Karnik, in-charge of the sub centre, said, "There are many citizens, especially in suburban or tribal pockets, who are unaware of their rights to property, security of women, environmental projects and so on that impacts them on a regular basis. Many a time they want to seek legal help but cannot do so as they don't know whom to approach. This project aims to provide each citizen help with these issues at no cost."
2016-08-15Thane: Woman seeks nod to end life over 'lacunae' - Mid-Day
Thane: Woman seeks nod to end life over 'lacunae' By PTI Posted 15-Aug-2016 Palghar: A 22-year-old woman has written to Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde complaining about the "lacunae" and red tape in the existing educational system which "act as deterrent" in pursuing studies, and sought permission to end her life. The woman, a resident of Palghar, sent the letter narrating her plight to Tawde last night and released its copies to the media. In the letter, she referred to the "lacunae" and red tape in the education system, which she said, puts "too many terms and conditions" for taking admission and act as "deterrent in pursuing studies" and subsequently making a successful career. "I would like to seek your permission to end my life as I have been unsuccessful in my career due to too many procedures required to complete education," the woman said. The woman said she was doing a bachelor's course in pharmacy from a private college in Palghar. "My father somehow managed to pay Rs 1.5 lakh donation and three years' fees of the college. In the mid-term of my third year, the college did not allow me to sit for exams as I had not submitted my caste validity certificate," she claimed. "I completed my first and second year with first class. After repeated visits over several months to government offices, my father got my certificate. But, when I submitted it to the college, they said it was too late and I will have to start my course all over again. "I was shocked. I made every possible attempt to convince my Principal and college management, but they rejected my plea and referred to university rules," the woman claimed. "My efforts to explain them the time-consuming procedure required to get the certificate failed to yield any positive result. "It was end of my dream. I always dreamt higher. I always thought, being the eldest among my siblings, I will (financially) support my father," girl claimed in the letter. "He (the woman's father) worked very hard for 14 to 15 hours a day by driving bus and other vehicles to arrange for my college fees, but everything is of no use now," she said. "Therefore, I don't want to complete my education under the existing system. Please allow me to kill myself as I don't want to hurt my family any more," the woman said. Her father said he has two more children who are also studying.
2016-08-15'What is the use of filling potholes after a person is dead?' - Mid-Day
Thane: Woman Demands Road Contractors Be Put Behind Bars After Husband's Death Aug 15, 2016, 08:23 IST Truck Crushes 35-Yr-Old Assistant Manager With Private Bank After Bike Falls Into Pothole On Kalyan-Bhiwandi Road. Cops Claim They Have Filled Potholes, But Victim’s Wife Feels It Is Too Little, Too Late Titwala resident Vijay Kendre was used to running an obstacle course around the potholes on his daily commute until Wednesday, but one of the gaping craters claimed his life. A truck crushed the 35-year-old assistant manager with HDFC Bank after his bike fell into a pothole on the Kalyan-Bhiwandi road. While the local police claim they have filled the potholes and lit the streetlights on the road, Kendre’s wife feels it is too little, too late.
2016-08-15Thane Crime: Boyfriend held for selling woman for Rs 2 lakh - Mid-Day
Thane Crime: Boyfriend held for selling woman for Rs 2 lakh By Faisal Tandel Posted 1 hour The police have arrested a man involved in kidnapping his 22-year-old girlfriend and selling her in Rajasthan for Rs 2 lakh. She was kidnapped in July, after being lured with the promise of marriage. After she returned and narrated the ordeal, a case of kidnapping, rape and cheating was registered on Friday. On July 11, police said she was called to Jhulelal Mandir by Anil Yerkar, with whom she was in a relationship. Yerkar took her to Jalna after promising marriage. She was kept at Jalna at the residence of Baban Pawar and his wife along with their friend Nivruti Raut. She was threatened by them, said an official from Ulhasnagar police station. She further claimed that Baban Pawar, along with his wife and Nivruti, then met a woman, Babita. With the help of Babita she was sold to a Rajasthani, Shailesh Panchal, for R2 lakh. Panchal then married her and constantly raped her for a month, added the official. A missing complaint was registered by the girl's mother and police found that Yerkar too was missing. We started questioning his parents and friends. He came to know that we had leads and are searching for him. He got the woman released from Rajasthan and brought her to Panvel. He asked Nirvuti Raut to drop her at her residence on Thursday night, said a police official. The Ulhasnagar police registered a case on Friday. Raut came to drop her. We found that he was involved in the sale process. We have arrested him under relevant sections of the IPC. Teams have been formed to trace the other people involved, said Shakeel Shaikh, Senior PI, Ulhasnagar police station.
Thane Crime: Boyfriend held for selling woman for Rs 2 lakh - Mid-Day
2016-08-14Goods worth over Rs 90 lakh seized in Thane - Business Standard
Goods worth over Rs 90 lakh seized in Thane Last Updated at August 14, 2016 18:13 IST Goods worth over Rs 90 lakh, which were stored in a godown without due permit, were today seized after a raid was conducted at the godown in Bhiwandi in the district, officials said. "The goods including essential commodities and raw materials were stored in the godown of a company in Dhamangaon village without due permit. The company was raided and the hoarded goods were seized," Thane District Supply officer Mohan Naladkar told PTI. He said a case under sections 3 and 7 of the Essential Commodities Act of 1955 has been registered and the company was sealed by the officials, he added. The action was taken after directions were issued by Thane District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar. The seized goods include vanaspati oil, pamolin, oilseeds, red peanuts and broken peanuts worth Rs 20.42 lakh totalling 149 quintals. Besides this moong, chana dal, tukda dal, dal, masoor dal, gram-flour etc worth Rs 70.77 lakh totalling 726 quintals were also seized, the official said. As per the officer, 64 quintals of jaggery and sugar worth Rs 2.41 lakh were also seized from the company. The staff could not produce the stock register and other statutory registers for the movement of goods, Naladkar said.
2016-08-14Inmates Meet Their Kids At Entrance Of Thane Jail - NDTV
Inmates Meet Their Kids At Entrance Of Thane Jail Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: August 14, 2016 15:56 IST Thane: In a unique programme held in Thane jail premises, convicts were given a chance to meet their children, an occasion that they rarely get to live.The programme was initiated by jail Superintendent Hiralal Jadhav, who apprised that such a thing was held for the first time that a dozen of inmates were meeting their children at the entrance of the jail, yesterday.It was an emotional moment for both convicts and children who hugged each other. Many of them were moved to tears, he said. Mr Jadhav said such meetings would be arranged for inmates at regular interval of two to three months. Usually, inmates are allowed to meet their relatives in meeting place where they stand separated by grilled wall and visitors on the other.
Inmates Meet Their Kids At Entrance Of Thane Jail - NDTV
2016-08-14HDFC assistant manager meets with an accident in Thane - Mid-Day
HDFC assistant manager meets with an accident in Thane By mid-day correspondent Posted 14-Aug-2016 A 35-year-old assistant manager with HDFC met with an accident on Kalyan-Bhiwandi road. The incident took place on Wednesday when he was returning back from Thane to his residence at Titwala. The incident took place near Chowky Dhani Dhaba on Kalyan-Bhiwandi road. The deceased Vijay Kendre 35 a residence of Abhidarshan garden in Titwala resides along with his wife and 13 year old son Prashant. Kendre work as an assistant manager with HDFC bank at Ghodbunder Road on Thane. On Wednesday he was returning back along with his friend from his office to Titwala. "Be was traveling on his MH 05 BP 3485 motorcycle. At around 7:45pm he was on his way, when his bike got into an pot hole and lost his balance and fell down. A truck fill with gas cylinder MH 43 Y 3070 went from his head. He was dead on Wednesday itself. While, his friend was thrown away and suffered on the spot," said a police officer. The family claims that the blame the authorities for the pothole on road that lead to his dead.
2016-08-14Govt to set up farmers' market at 100 places in Mumbai, Thane - Hindustan Times
Govt to set up farmers market at 100 places in Mumbai,Thane Hindustan Times, Mumbai Updated: Aug 14, 2016 23:09 IST Buoyed by the response from a first-of-its-kind weekly farmers market at Vidhan Bhavan in Nariman Point on Sunday, the state's agricultural marketing board plans to roll out 100 such direct markets across Thane and Mumbai. Consumers buy vegetables from a stall during a first-of-its-kind weekly farmers market at Vidhan Bhavan on Sunday. The state government also proposes to organise the market twice a week on Sunday and a week day at the same location. The week-day market aims to cater to office-goers. The farmers market, also known as the direct market, is a win-win situation for both end-consumers and producers as it eliminates the role of traders, commission agents, wholesalers and retailers from the supply chain. Besides price relief for consumers, farmers get better market price for their farm-fresh, organic vegetables and fruits. Around 2,000 consumers from Colaba, Cuff parade and Fort visited the first direct market in the city organised at the Vidhan Bhavan parking area. The market was inaugurated by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who bought vegetables from the stalls. By September end, we aim to start 100 direct markets in Mumbai and Thane. We are in discussion with the municipal commissioners of Thane and Mumbai to identify the locations for markets, said Sadabhau Khot, minister of state for agriculture, horticulture and marketing. The weekly market was a long-pending demand of urban consumer groups. Consumer groups welcomed the move, but insisted that the prices should be reasonable as they are buying directly from farmers. Any move to cut down supply chain is welcome, but the monetary benefit of truncated supply chain should be passed on to the consumers too. We are discussing marketing and financial model with some farmer groups and Mumbai Grahak Panchayat (MGP) will soon organise similar markets in the city, said Shirish Deshpande, chairman of MGP. Consumers who visited the market appreciated the superior quality of vegetables and fruits and stressed that such direct centres should be set up regularly in different parts of the city. Weekly farmers markets are practised all over the world, including Europe and the United States. This trend should catch up in the country in the interest of both farmers and consumers, said Ramesh Bajoria, 58, a Cuff Parade resident. Around 50 farmer groups and farmer-producer companies, including 10 tribal farmers, participated in the market where 30 tonnes of vegetables was sold on the first day. Even farmer-producer companies admitted that they have received good response and earned more profit than what they make by selling the produce to traders. Generally, we earn Rs 100-200 per day by selling vegetables on highways or to traders, but here we have earned Rs 500 and many people were also curious about vegetables produced by tribals. We hope better response in the next week, said Usha Waghmare, a member of Shramik Kranti Sanghatana.
Govt to set up farmers
2016-08-13Thane kids create gadgets based on daily life observations - Times of India
Thane kids create gadgets based on daily life observations Freny Fernandes | Aug 13, 2016, 09.59 PM IST THANE: Four 13-year-olds from AK Joshi High School have taken inspiration from a few observations in their daily life and created two gadgets that use the basic principles of physics to help the society at large.While class VIII students Varad Lele and Chaitanya Paranjpe have created a tech savvy infrared sensor equipped wheelchair that will enable the physically challenged to move independently by only moving their tongue, their classmates Shubham Karampure and Aashutosh Sathe have innovated a method of generating electricity through vehicular movement using simple physics. These young innovators have now been invited to showcase their technology and represent India at an adolescent science and technology innovation contest in China from August 15 to 19. Speaking about the revolutionary ways to generate electricity, Aashutosh said, "Shubham and I were discussing what made the popular children's shoes glow. We found out that it was the mechanical stress generated by the act of walking that converted into the charge that lit the shoes up." He added, "After research and guidance from teachers, we found that Piezo plates can be used for generating electricity in the same way as their particles produce mechanical energy when under pressure. We created a prototype of this, which if put under pavements or roads will create electricity with the movement of every vehicle or person over it. The excess energy can be stored or added to the power grid."Regarding the other project of an infrared sensor equipped wheelchair for the physically challenged Varad said, "We were taken aback by the complete dependency of the disabled community on others even for basic requirements. We realised that if they had a wheelchair like Stephen Hawking's, then they would regain their sense of independence. We created a chair wherein one handle is at the face level and uses infrared sensors to detect tongue movements of the disabled person. This circuit has three sensors which monitor the leftward, rightward and frontal movement of the person's tongue respectively.
Thane kids create gadgets based on daily life observations - Times of India
2016-08-13Soon, water transport to link Mumbai with Thane - Mumbai Mirror
Soon, water transport to link Mumbai with Thane By Nazia SayedNazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror | Aug 14, 2016, 02.49 AM IST A computer-generated image of a jetty that is likely to come up in Thane The project aims at reducing burden on the already-congested train and road networks. The Thane Municipal Corporation has proposed developing water transport to help commuters skip congested roads and overcrowded trains. Officials have recommended constructing jetties all along Mumbai's western and eastern coasts to use water transport to connect Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane. According to TMC officials, 15 million passengers in the state's coastal districts use the 35 rivers and creeks spread across the 720 km coastline for inland water transport every year. The plan, which has been approved by the Ministry of Shipping, is already being put into action. Work on the first phase has begun and potential routes based on zonal interactions have been identified. Mumbai Mirror is in possession of the design of the jetties and the facilities that will be provided. "In phase one, Vasai-Mira- Bhyander-Thane-Bhiwandi- Kalyan will be considered. The Thane route alone will be cover 25 nautical miles in 70 minutes, and will include a transport hub and jetties at seven locations. 13,500 passengers are expected to use this route every day," said TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. The second phase will link Thane and Mumbai through water ways. The first stop will be at Saket, Thane and the final stop will be Gateway of India, south Mumbai, with Mandala and Trombay as stops along the way. Phase three will focus on Saket-Vashi-Karvenagar and Central Business District sector 11. "This development in inland water transport in Thane has numerous advantages, including a reduction in fuel consumption and a decrease in air pollution. This will also reduce the traffic, reducing travel time and create more employment opportunities for those providing water transport services," said Sunil Chavan, Additional Municipal commissioner, Thane Municipal Corporation.
Soon, water transport to link Mumbai with Thane - Mumbai Mirror
2016-08-12Thane resident files plaint against builders - Daily News & Analysis
Thane resident files plaint against builders A Thane resident has filed a case against Loknagari Builders for delaying possession of his flat at Ambernath. The complainant alleged that even after making full payment the builder has not given the flats for more than two years. On Thursday, Shalaka Gore (name changed), a Paachpakhadi resident who works in a bank in Thane filed a case against Darshan Gandhi and Natwar Banki of Loknagari Builders. In her complaint, Gore said that in June 2014 she had booked a flat in the A/4 building, phase III at Ambernath East. "Initially, we paid a booking amount of Rs6.38 lakh of the total amount of Rs19.38 lakh for the flat. Later, we paid the entire amount through several cheques to the builder. The buyer's agreement was also made during the course of payment and they were to give us possession by December 2014," she said. However, even after making full payment what Gore got was just plain assurances. "The developer kept saying that the work of the project had stopped and they will start it in the next eight days. But till now, nothing has moved," she said. Hence, she filed a case against the developers at Shivajinagar police station, Ambernath under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 34 (common intention) of the IPC and Maharashtra Ownership Flat Act, 1963. "Like me, over 400 people have been cheated by these developers," she added. When this correspondent tried contacting Banka and Gandhi, they were not reachable on their phones. The police said that the matter is under investigation.
2016-08-12Thane: Fed up of daily delays, people stage rail roko at Badlapur station - Mid-Day
Thane: Fed up of daily delays, people stage rail roko at Badlapur station By mid-day correspondent Posted 2 hours Those travelling from Badlapur to CST early on Friday morning had a harrowing time as train services were completely stopped. Agitated communters stage a protest at Badlapur station. This time not due to technical delays, but because of a protest staged by the public against frequent train delays.According to protesting commuters, train delays are a daily occurrence, and the situation is only worsening by the day. Hence, they decided to take matters into their own hands. What began as a minor protest, quickly grew into a full-blown agitation as the crowd grew. Commuters got down on tracks and stopped trains in both direction, raising slogans against the Central Railway (CR) administration over their inability to run trains on time. As a result of the protest, services on both up and down line have completely shut down. CR confirmed the same and announced they are making their best effort to restart services at the earliest. Due to public agitation at Badlapur.trains stopped btwn Karjat and kalyan.GRP and RPF has reached to the site.
Thane: Fed up of daily delays, people stage rail roko at Badlapur station - Mid-Day
2016-08-12Thane college gives students ATM cum I-card - Daily News & Analysis
Thane college gives students ATM cum I-card The students of Joshi-Bedekar College will now have an identity card that also works as a debit card. They can use this card to make online payments to the college and also flash it whenever anyone asks for an I-card. Thane's Vidya Prasarak Mandal affiliated Joshi-Bedekar College has started a new practice from this month where they have linked students' bank accounts to their identity cards. Over 13,000 students have been issued these cards which make monetary transaction easy. "For the past one year we were thinking for something like this but were on the lookout for a bank that would agree for such a scheme," said an official from the Mandal. "GP Parsik Janata Sahakari Cank agreed for it and we tied up with them immediately," he added. The card can be used to withdraw money or swiped to pay college fees or canteen bills. "As it is cashless transaction everywhere, we thought this is a good move to train students in it," the official said. Besides account details, the card also has a student's college details like the class in which s/he studies, roll number, year of course, etc. "As the student passes and goes to the next class, we will update those details on the card," he added. They have also installed an ATM machine in college from where the students can make cash withdrawals. This card can also be used by students to gain entry to college library, avail bus/train passes, etc. And they can keep this card with them even after they leave the college. "This is like a life time bank debit card which they can use as long as they want to," the official informed.
2016-08-12NDRF team to be permanently stationed in Thane - Times of India - Times of India
NDRF team to be permanently stationed in Thane PTI | Aug 12, 2016, 04.54 PM IST Thane, Aug 12 () The district administration has decide to have an NDRF team permanently stationed here for quick response in view of the recent incidents of building collapse in Thane. Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde told this to reporters last evening after a review meeting with senior district officials. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team would initially be accommodated at a temporary place. At a pre-monsoon review meeting of the district, the Kalyan Dombivili Municipal Corporation had raised the issue and sought stationing of the NDRF at Thane to avoid any delay in responding to mishaps. During the last one year, there have been several incidents of building collapse and other mishaps in which about 40 people lost their lives. The incidents discussed at the meeting yesterday included the two recent building collapses in Bhiwandi, the industrial mishap at Dombivili MIDC and also another building collapse in Thane city. Shinde also directed the authorities to issue certificate of occupation to all those who are made to vacate the 'dangerous' (category) buildings, which are to be pulled down by the civic bodies. The occupants should not lose their right of dwelling when the plot is taken for redevelopment, he said, adding that the owner/builder will not be issued occupancy certificate till he guarantees accommodation to occupants in the new structure. Till then, they should be either given alternative accommodation or rent for the occupancy, the minister said. It was also decided at the meeting that all buildings which have completed 10-15 years will go in for structural audit in addition to those which have completed 30 years. The meeting was informed that there were a total of 3,335 'dangerous' buildings in Thane city, and 90 'most dangerous', of which 25 have been razed so far. There were 357 dangerous buildings in Kalyan and 60 most dangerous buildings were being pulled down. In Bhiwandi, there were 216 most dangerous buildings of which 27 have become dilapidated and the process of pulling them down was on. Besides, there were 500 dangerous buildings in the powerloom town. Also, Ulhasnagar has 50 most dangerous and 77 dangerous buildings, Ambernath has 87 dangerous buildings and Badlapur has 32.
2016-08-12Thane woman raped repeatedly for 3 years, accused absconding ... - Hindustan Times
Thane woman raped repeatedly for 3 years, accused absconding PTI, Thane Updated: Aug 12, 2016 13:50 IST A woman from Wada taluka in Thane was allegedly raped repeatedly over the past three years by a 53-year-old man from Vasai in the neighbouring Palghar district, police said on Friday. According to PSI Arjun Shelke of Ganeshpuri police station, the victim is a labourer and a widow with two children. The accused, Dileep Sridhar Patil from Binar in Vasai, also a labourer, had repeatedly abused and threatened the victim stating that he would reveal their illicit relations to her husband, police said. Even after the death of her husband, he continued to sexually harass her and forced her with the threat that he will tell everything to her children, the official said. However, the woman mustered courage and filed a complaint against Patil on Wednesday. The police have launched a manhunt for the accused. Over the years, the accused took the victim to various lodges in Akloli and Vajreshwari and repeatedly raped her, the complaint said. Based on a complaint by the victim, police registered an offence and booked Patil under sections 376(2)(n) of the IPC.
Thane woman raped repeatedly for 3 years, accused absconding ... - Hindustan Times
2016-08-12Thane: Builder held for not giving flat's possession - News - Mid-Day - Mid-Day
Thane: Builder held for not giving flat's possession By Agencies Posted 12-Aug-2016 The Thane police yesterday arrested a prominent builder and three others from the city in a case of cheating where they are accused of not giving possession of a flat to a woman despite receiving the entire purchase amount from her. Managing Director and chairman of Lok Housing, Darshan Lalit Gandhi, and his associates Natwarlal Banka, Sumit Agrawal and Sanjay Shete, were arrested in the afternoon, said the Thane police spokesperson Sukada Narkar. Charged under 420: The case relates to a housing project in Ambarnath in the district. They have been charged with sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC and relevant sections of Maharashtra Ownership of Flats Act, 1963.
Thane: Builder held for not giving flat
2016-08-12Commuters Block Railway Track in Thane Over Delay in Train Services - News18
Commuters Block Railway Track in Thane Over Delay in Train Services News18 India Radhika Ramaswamy First published: August 12, 2016, 12:18 PM IST | Updated: 22 hours ago Thane: Suburban train services on Karjat-CST and Thane-Karjat sections in Mumbai were affected due to some technical snag on Friday morning.Trouble started around 6 am due to a faulty train signaling system at the Badlapur railway station, sources in the railway ministry said. A large number of angry commuters protested at the Badlapur station due to delay in train services. They blocked tracks at Badlapur, stalling the movement of trains on the Central Line, which runs between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Khopoli. They started protesting after a level-crossing gate signal caused a delay in suburban services of Central Railway by over 20 minutes early this morning.The enraged commuters barged into the station master's office and demanded immediate action to resolve the issue. "The Karjat-CST local was late by 20 minutes due to level-crossing gate signal. Passengers at Badlapur stopped the CST-bound Karjat local and Karjat-bound Thane local from 5.55 AM," a Central Railway spokesperson said. The protest also led to bunching of trains, which made a serpentine queue on tracks on the suburban route. However, the security personnel at the railway station calmed down the agitated passengers and brought the situation under control. Following the protest, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu directed senior railway officers to look into the matter and also appealed to passengers not to agitate."GM, DRM, Officers directed early morning to help passengers in Badlapur, sort out their problems. Requesting all not to agitate, all steps taken," Prabhu tweeted following the incident.The incident resulted in disruption of local services and trains were running late by about half-an-hour. A few Express trains of Central Railway were also rescheduled and diverted. A statement issued by CR said that the 11301 CST-KSR Bengaluru Udyan Express, scheduled to depart at 0805 hrs on Friday, has been rescheduled at 1420 hrs on Friday due to public agitation at Badlapur.
Commuters Block Railway Track in Thane Over Delay in Train Services - News18
2016-08-11Helpline for Thane senior citizens to be launched on Aug 15 - Business Standard
Helpline for Thane senior citizens to be launched on Aug 15 Thane (Maha) Last Updated at August 11, 2016 20:28 IST Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar is scheduled to launch 'Kartavya', a helpline for senior citizens, on August 15 here, a senior police official said today. The services of the helpline can be availed by calling on the toll-free number- 1090. "The 'Kartavya' helpline will be launched at the hands of former cricketer Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar on the coming Independence Day," Thane Joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dumbre said here. "In the wake of recent incidents of murders and assaults on senior citizens, coming up with this kind of helpline had become imperative. If any elderly person is being harassed or subjected to other crimes, then anybody can call the helpline and inform the police about it," Dumbre he said. In times of crisis, senior citizens can use the helpline and police personnel will try to extend all possible help to them," he added. A database of elderly people living in Thane is being compiled, Dhumbre said, adding that the helpline service would later be extended to other parts of Thane district, Dumbre said.
2016-08-11Kemps Corner to Thane: 5 hottest new openings in Mumbai this week - Hindustan Times
Kemps Corner to Thane: 5 hottest new openings in Mumbai this week Make the most of your weekend, Mumbai Updated: Aug 11, 2016 13:43 IST Make the most of your weekend, Mumbai 1. Queue up for some high-street fashion: This is the big one. International retail brand H&M finally opens its doors in Mumbai this weekend. Experience a range of global fashion when the store opens to the public at 11am on August 13. Where: High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel2. Pizza in a lunch box, anyone?: Lunch never sounded so delicious. Create your own lunch box with a seven-inch pizza of your choice, three slices of cheese garlic bread. And a Paperboat drink, you know, so you can still call it healthy. Where: Juno’s Pizza (Kemps Corner and Parel outlets); Call: 73030 05555
Kemps Corner to Thane: 5 hottest new openings in Mumbai this week - Hindustan Times
2016-08-11Six of family fall sick, food poisoning suspected in Thane - Mid-Day
Six of family fall sick, food poisoning suspected in Thane By PTI Posted 11-Aug-2016 Thane: Six members of a family, including a five-year-old child, took ill following suspected food poisoning, officials said on Thursday. The six persons, residents of Digha in Navi Mumbai, ate fish in dinner last night at around 10 pm. After consuming the food, they developed complications like reddening of face and eyes, giddiness and vomitting, following which they were rushed to hospital, Thane Municipal Corporation's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. The authorities are trying to find out from where the family bought the fish for cooking, Kadam said. The six were admitted to the civic-run Sri Chhatrapati Shivaji Hospital at Kalwa in the wee hours on , he added.
2016-08-11Top DEA official visits Thane police for update on 2k-cr drug bust case - Times of India
Top DEA official visits Thane police for update on 2k-cr drug bust case Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 11, 2016, 10.32 PM IST It will especially benefit the needy ones who hang around at railway station premises and those in need of protection.Officials of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently visited the Thane police to take intermediate updates in the Rs 2000 crore drug-bust case which involves former actress Mamta Kulkarni as well as her husband and international drug-baron Vicky Goswami. The DEAs Derek S Odney, who is the country attache in the US consulate in New Delhi along with one more official called on the top honchos of the city police administration on Tuesday and Wednesday, a senior police officer said. The DAE team were updated about the developments post-April when the cartel was busted and informed about the 10 arrests made till date and also briefed about the efforts to nab the absconding accused including Kulkarni and Goswami, sources said. It is learnt that the investigators probing the Rs 2000 cr drug-bust have sought more intelligence from the US agency on the drug-mafia run from Kenya. The US agency is understood to have played a crucial role in unravelling the international links after the news broke about the drug seizure and raid on the Avon Life Sciences Pvt Ltd in Solapur in April. The DEA has been hot on the trail of the drug barons from Kenya, Baktash Akasha and his brother Ibrahim Akasha and had intercepted a series of telephone calls made from India to the drug dealers in the African nation. A police officer informed, "Goswami who is said to be a partner with the Akasha brothers, was arrested in Kenya in 2014 after DEA officials gave concrete evidence of the drug dealings." When asked about the development to a senior police officer, he neither denied nor confirmed about the development, but stated that the investigation is on right track and nothing can be revealed now. But sources confirmed that the police have asked more evidences against Kulkarni, Goswami and chemist and Meth producer Dr Abdulla etc to make an air tight case in a bid to process it for the red-corner notices. "DEA has intercepts of various communication channels including bank details," informed a source. The move according to sources, will aid the Thane police to expedite the process of red corner notice against the accused and present the additional evidenecs in the court on the involvement of international drug-trade. Meanwhile, two accused in the case i.e transport company manager Hardip Gill and peddler Sagar Powale have moved a bail application in the sessions court. The court adjourned the hearing till next week.
Top DEA official visits Thane police for update on 2k-cr drug bust case - Times of India
2016-08-11Sachin to flag off drive to protect elderly in Thane - Times of India
Sachin to flag off drive to protect elderly in Thane TNN | Aug 11, 2016, 11.46 PM IST Thane: The Thane Police, in collaboration with citizens, on Thursday announced a campaign against the abuse of the elderly, which will be flagged off by cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on August 15 here, following a series of incidents against senior citizens. Project Kartavya... Culture of Care aims to spread awareness and sensitise society to safeguard the elderly, their dignity and safety, joint police commissioner Ashutosh Dumbre said. From petty thefts and abandonment to domestic abuse and murder, senior citizens are always at the receiving end, and they seem to have become easy targets due to their inability to defend themselves. While the police have been working towards the eradication of crime against seniors, Kartavya is a joint venture between the Thane-based Aalekh, a civil society organisation, and Veteran Citizens' Forum (VCF), and they may involve the Tata Institute of Social Sciences-Centre for Lifelong Learning, in creating an awareness programme to resolve the issue holistically by roping in other civil society organizations. Dumbre said, "The elderly are vulnerable to victimization and exploitation not only outside but within the four walls of their homes. Abuse at home is an invisible crime and more often victims suffer in silence, and neighbours or relatives stay out as it is considered an internal family issue. However, there have been many instances recently to show that it takes a fatal turn. Society is responsible for such incidents and it is time we take care of those who cared for us.'' He added, "We have realised that we could have a holistic impact if we roped in the community in the mission to safeguard this growing elderly community. There is more need for love than lathi." As part of the campaign, the police will update its database on the number of senior citizens and will urge office-bearers of housing complexes to submit forms provided to them to their local police stations. "Dealing with senior citizens is a totally different ball game. You have to listen, understand, be empathetic, assure them of your support and actually work towards resolving their issue to keep that trust. We are training a team of 25 police officials with these skills to ensure that the campaign is successful," said Maneesh Jha, director, InfoTech Co, hired by the Thane police. Plans are also being worked out to involve youth and citizen groups to monitor and visit the senior citizens to check out problems they face regularly. "In the third phase, we will provide the senior citizen community with medical aid, mental security and any other help they need," added Dumbre.
2016-08-11Trio from Bihar held for abducting Thane bizman - Business Standard
Trio from Bihar held for abducting Thane bizman Thane Last Updated at August 11, 2016 20:02 IST Three persons from Bihar who allegedly abducted a businessman from Mumbra here have been arrested, police said today. Joint Police Commissioner Ashutosh Dumbre told reporters here that the accused were arrested from Bihar on August 9 for kidnapping businessman Khalid Nurulla Kadri (49). According to police, Kadri, who was into realty, was called to Bihar by the alleged accused under the pretext of a land deal. It was on July 27, one Noor Alam called him to Patna for a deal. Accordingly the victim, on July 30, went by flight to Patna, where he was abducted by the alleged accused who called up his wife and made a ransom demand of Rs 40 lakh. Subsequently, she filed a complaint on August 2 with Mumbra police, which registered offences under sections 387, 342 rw 34 of the IPC against the abductors. Later on August 5, she went to Bihar and rescued her husband after handing over a ransom of Rs 30 lakh, police said. Kadri told police he was taken to Nepal border after one of the accused who worked as a compounder in a hospital administered him an injection, which made him drowsy. Based on the information provided by the victim, Thane police, with the help of Pancharanya district S P Vinaykumar raided the locality and arrested the trio--who were identified as Noor Alam (30), Safi Ulla Khan (45) and Irfan Khan (22). Also, police seized Rs 29.89 lakh, three cell phones and the injections from the accused. Officials of Thane Crime branch, who arrested the trio have obtained their transit remand from a court at Bihar.
Trio from Bihar held for abducting Thane bizman - Business Standard
2016-08-10Maharashtra CM puts new Thane station on fast track - Mid-Day
Maharashtra CM puts new Thane station on fast track By Dharmendra Jore Posted 1 hour The extended Thane station will soon be a reality for more than 6 lakh commuters. The Thane station sees over 6 lakh commuters every day. File pic Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured that 14 acres of land of Thane Mental Hospital will be handed over to the Central Railway within a month. The promise came at a meeting with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his party whips on Monday night at the CM's official residence. This move is expected to pave the way for the Rs 150-crore project that has been in the pipeline for the past 10 years. Thane's guardian minister and Sena group leader in the assembly Eknath Shinde and MLA Pratap Sarnaik raised the issue, asking for fast-tracking the land transfer. The CM told us that the 14-acre land will be transferred within a month's time to the railways. The suburban trains between Thane and Mumbai CST will operate from the new facility, Sarnaik told mid-day. Shinde said Sena minister Dr Deepak Sawant, who heads the public health department, has already agreed to release the hospital's land. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu cleared the plan during his visit to Thane. A project report has also been submitted by the railway officials, he said, adding that a special officer was deputed to grant clearances from his ministry. CM promises aid: Ahead of the BMC elections, Thackeray and Fadnavis tried to address to a long-pending demand of the Sena legislators that developmental works in their respective constituencies should be approved on a top priority. The Sena leaders have been complaining that BJP ministers, who head all important departments, were ignoring the Sena's proposals. The meeting was significant because the two parties are preparing to fight the civic elections separately. It would be interesting to see if the BJP really wants to help the post-poll alliance partner in the state government, or it is just wooing the Sena to stabilise the government. The meeting also underlined a tacit understanding between Thackeray and Fadnavis, who have met on many occasions in the past two months just to send out signals that the alliance would continue despite continuous squabbling between the partners. At Monday's meeting, the BJP and the Sena decided to form a coordination committee comprising leaders from both parties. One such committee will look after Mumbai's housing problems and issues related to the new development plan. It was decided that the CM and Thackeray should meet Sena ministers and legislators at regular intervals to take stock of the situation. Rs 150-crore project: As per primary estimates, the new station will need at least Rs 150 crore for its construction. The Central Railway and the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) have conducted a survey of the land required from the mental hospital. There are some encroachments on the land. The TMC has prepared a plan to rehabilitate 200 families that stay on the land. The Sena-controlled TMC also wants to build a ticket booking counter, a bus terminal and commercial plaza as part of the new station, said Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde. Thane-Mumbai trains 172: Slow 13: Fast
Maharashtra CM puts new Thane station on fast track - Mid-Day
2016-08-10Thane: 'Neglected' woman slits throats of daughter-in-law, her mother - Mid-Day
Thane: 'Neglected' woman slits throats of daughter-in-law, her mother By Faisal Tandel Posted 2 hours Rashida Akbarali Vasani couldn't take any more abandonment. Allegedly deserted by her husband and two sons over the years, the 56-year-old resident of Mumbra directed her pent-up frustration at her younger daughter-in-law and her mother. She finally went over the edge on Monday evening, when she spiked their lunch and slit their throats in cold blood. Rashida surrendered before the police immediately after the murders. She told the police that Salma (24) married her son, Makhdoom Vasani (30), four years ago. But Salma and Rashida failed to get along, and in just a few months of the marriage, the couple moved out of the home in Hyder Baug to a flat in Kausa, Mumbra. The estrangement only made Rashida even more bitter. She blamed Salma and her mother, Shamim Latif Shaikh (45), who resided in Kohinoor City, Kurla, for instigating Makhdoom to separate from her, and even accused them of practising black magic on him. Rashida Akbarali Vasani The in-laws continued to harbour ill-feeling towards each other, and picked up arguments at every interaction. The last straw On August 6, Rashida visited the couple's home. During a heated argument, the couple behaved rudely with her, and she slapped her son twice. She left the place fuming, said MN Patil, inspector of Mumbra police station. She then hatched the plan to kill Salma and Shamin, who had moved into the couple's home recently for some post-natal rituals of her daughter. Salma had given birth to a girl, her second child, 45 days ago. Planning the murdersOver the weekend, Rashida bought some soporific drugs and two knives. She crushed the pills and went to Salma's house again on Monday, pretending to make amends. Makhdoom was at work. Right before lunch, she laced the sabzi and the dessert with the drugs, said Patil. Around 5 pm, Salma and Shamim began to lose consciousness. Rashida claimed that Shamim was in the kitchen at the time. She hit Shamim with the wooden handle of a knife and then slit her throat. 'Ab teri baari'Rashida then lunged at Salma, yelling, Ab teri baari, and slit her throat as well. Shamim was still fighting for breath when her daughter was killed. After committing the murders, Salma approached the Mumbra police with Salma's two children and confessed to her crime, said Patil. A calm Rashida asked the police to feed the children first. We took the children in our care and then visited the scene of the crime, said the inspector. The police recovered the two knives used in the murders, the packet of powdered drug and leftovers from the lunch, among others, from the flat. Rashida was arrested at 3 am yesterday. She was produced before the Thane sessions court and remanded in police custody for seven days. Loneliness drove her over the edge Rashida told the police that her husband had abandoned her 20 years ago. Her elder son (33), too, had moved out of her home after marriage. She severed ties with her 25-year-old daughter after an inter-caste marriage. She claimed that she worked as a bar dancer more than 15 years ago, and saved every rupee for her children's education. She bought a house of her own in Mumbra and her sons went on to become engineers. But, at the end of it, she says, she was left alone again. Makhdoom used to support her by sending Rs 15,000 every month. But, she said, the money was of no use if her children weren't with her. The loneliness left her frustrated, said MN Patil, inspector, Mumbra police station.
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2016-08-10Extended Thane station will soon be a reality for over 6 lakh commuters - Mid-Day
Extended Thane station will soon be a reality for over 6 lakh commuters By Dharmendra Jore Posted 10-Aug-2016 The extended Thane station will soon be a reality for more than 6 lakh commuters. The Thane station sees over 6 lakh commuters every day. File pic Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured that 14 acres of land of Thane Mental Hospital will be handed over to the Central Railway within a month. The promise came at a meeting with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his party whips on Monday night at the CM's official residence. This move is expected to pave the way for the R150-crore project that has been in the pipeline for the past 10 years. Thane's guardian minister and Sena group leader in the assembly Eknath Shinde and MLA Pratap Sarnaik raised the issue, asking for fast-tracking the land transfer. The CM told us that the 14-acre land will be transferred within a month's time to the railways. The suburban trains between Thane and Mumbai CST will operate from the new facility, Sarnaik told mid-day. Shinde said Sena minister Dr Deepak Sawant, who heads the public health department, has already agreed to release the hospital's land. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu cleared the plan during his visit to Thane. A project report has also been submitted by the railway officials, he said, adding that a special officer was deputed to grant clearances from his ministry. CM promises aid: Ahead of the BMC elections, Thackeray and Fadnavis tried to address to a long-pending demand of the Sena legislators that developmental works in their respective constituencies should be approved on a top priority. The Sena leaders have been complaining that BJP ministers, who head all important departments, were ignoring the Sena's proposals. The meeting was significant because the two parties are preparing to fight the civic elections separately. It would be interesting to see if the BJP really wants to help the post-poll alliance partner in the state government, or it is just wooing the Sena to stabilise the government. The meeting also underlined a tacit understanding between Thackeray and Fadnavis, who have met on many occasions in the past two months just to send out signals that the alliance would continue despite continuous squabbling between the partners. At Monday's meeting, the BJP and the Sena decided to form a coordination committee comprising leaders from both parties. One such committee will look after Mumbai's housing problems and issues related to the new development plan. It was decided that the CM and Thackeray should meet Sena ministers and legislators at regular intervals to take stock of the situation. Rs 150-crore project: As per primary estimates, the new station will need at least R150 crore for its construction. The Central Railway and the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) have conducted a survey of the land required from the mental hospital. There are some encroachments on the land. The TMC has prepared a plan to rehabilitate 200 families that stay on the land. The Sena-controlled TMC also wants to build a ticket booking counter, a bus terminal and commercial plaza as part of the new station, said Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde. Thane-Mumbai trains 172: Slow 13: Fast
Extended Thane station will soon be a reality for over 6 lakh commuters - Mid-Day
2016-08-10Highest number of long-stay mental health patients in Pune, Thane: NHRC report - The Indian Express
Highest number of long-stay mental health patients in Pune, Thane: NHRC report Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas Pune Published:Aug 11, 2016, 0:50 373 patients have been staying at the regional hospital in Pune for more than five years. As many as 3,025 persons with mental health problems have been staying for more than five years at 47 government mental hospitals across the country. Chennai, Pune and Thane have the highest number of these long-stay patients, says a new report of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). A combined strength of 978 patients with mental health problems has been staying for more than five years at regional mental health hospitals in Pune, Thane, Nagpur and Ratnagiri. Another 700 patients have been staying at these institutions for more than a year and 466 patients are destitute. Sujata Saunik, Principal Health Secretary, Maharashtra, said that Maharashtra's mental health institutions had the highest number of long-stay patients. Issues related to long-stay patients are complicated and a majority are homeless. Also in several cases, their relatives do not want them back. Hence, an effort has been initiated to start a half-way home at Nagpur and set up a centre of excellence with the Tata Trust to help patients who have recovered earn their own livelihood and be independent, Saunik told The Indian Express. Regional mental health hospitals at Thane and Pune have the highest number of long-stay patients. As many as 373 patients have been staying at the regional hospital in Pune for more than five years and another 389 are in Thane's institution. A total of 338 patients have been staying at Pune's facility for over a year and 235 persons at Thane's. At Nagpur regional mental health hospital, there are 170 patients who have been staying for more than five years and 111 patients staying for more than a year. A report of the technical committee of the NHRC on mental health, based on affidavits submitted by each state or UT to the Supreme Court, had earlier this year made 30 recommendations for each state. Members of the committee: Pratima Murthy, Sudhir Kumar, Nimesh Desai and Balbir Kaur Teja in their report Mental health care in India Old aspirations renewed hope had also said that addressing the issues of long-stay patients should not become an exercise to get rid of them because they occupied hospital beds. It is important to know whether patients are returning to a family that will provide care or whether their quality of life will improve if placed in an institution or a community setting, the members had said. Another 3,448 persons with mental health problems have stayed for over a year across 47 government-run mental health institutions in the country and at least 1,588 persons admitted to these institutions are destitute. As many as 551 persons have been staying at Chennai's IMH for over five years and another 733 for over a year. INCENSE project in Pune for vulnerable patients The Inclusion and Empowerment of People with Severe Mental Disorders (INCENSE) project is aimed at providing integrated community care to vulnerable persons with severe mental health problems. NGOs Sangath and Parivartan are working with the psychiatric hospitals at Pune and Tezpur as part of the project. Funded by Tata Trust, the project aims to build a systemic framework for those in psychiatric hospitals, homeless persons with mental health problems and mental health patients living with families. Of the 669 long-stay patients identified at Yerawada Hospital in Pune, 200 (30%) are enrolled in the project. Management of symptoms and skills training are part of the project. In Pune, a recovery-oriented transit ward, Devrai Ward, imparts self-reliance to patients. According to estimates, at least 40% of the long-stay patients can be helped by these efforts by the end of 18 months. 72 deaths at Pune regional mental health hospital last yr Across the 47 hospitals, 368 deaths have been reported in the last year. Though a few deaths have been recorded at most psychiatric hospitals, the number has been mainly accounted for by government mental health hospitals at Pune, Thane, Nagpur, Chennai and others. A total of 72 deaths were registered at Pune regional mental health hospital last year and that is the highest among the 47 hospitals.
Highest number of long-stay mental health patients in Pune, Thane: NHRC report - The Indian Express
2016-08-1043 Pak nationals in Thane seek Indian citizenship - Times of India
43 Pak nationals in Thane seek Indian citizenship Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 11, 2016, 12.41 AM IST THANE: As many as 43 Pakistani nationals living in Thane district for decades on Wednesday applied for Indian citizenship seeking better future of their children here. They submitted their applications under the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955 at a special camp organized by the Thane district collector's office on Wednesday. Several others who attended the camp expressed their desire to seek Indian citizenship and sought clarifications about the law and the process. District officials say they have received 55 applications since June. P Matlani, a native of Larkana in Sindh province who has been living here on a long-term visa, was one of the people who has sought assistance in settling down in India permanently. "I came to India several decades ago. My wife got a citizenship status in 1985. Now, I and my daughters have applied for it," Matlani said. These are people who stayed on in Pakistan during the Partition and whose extended, and in a few cases immediate, families moved to India. They migrated to Maharashtra from Pakistan later and continued to stay using long-term visa. Most of them have settled in Ulhasnagar and Kopri in city limits and have have businesses here something, they say, that wouldn't have been possible in Pakistan. Sexagenarian Dhanji Puffal, an acupuncturist who stays in Thane suburbs, said, "I see better prospects for my daughters and my grandchildren here in India. I am here on an extended visa, and am now trying to seek citizenship."
2016-08-10Thane power lifters book berth for nationals - Times of India
Thane power lifters book berth for nationals B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 11, 2016, 01.12 AM IST THANE: Thane cop and Shivchhatrapati awardee Ramdas Kharat has been crowned the 'Strongman of Maharashtra' at the state power lifting competition, organised by Maharashtra Power Lifting Association and Thane District Power Lifting Association, held at Kalyan. Two of his disciples training at Thane Rural Police Gym also won gold medals in their respective categories. The trio qualified for the senior national power lifting competition to be held at Jamshedpur in September. They include Kharat, Laxmi Thanekar and Chinmay Dalvi. The event which also served as the selection trail for nationals, had over 180 contestants from across the state vying for top honours. Taking part in bench press event in 105kg weight group, Kharat clinched the bar of 210kg to finish the top podium that propelled him for state Strongman title. "Though the competition was quite challenging I gave my best to stand out being the state's strongman title recipient. This catapulted me to represent the state at impending nationals," said Kharat. Thanekar, who has been the national strongwoman for quite a few occasions, found herself in the league of gold medalist that ensured her place for national show. Dalvi was richer by gold in 59kg section with total lift of 572kg. Besides, Shankar Tewar and Jayesh Takalkar managed silver in 105kg and 83kg categories respectively.
2016-08-09Thane swimmers roll up their sleeves for global competition - Daily News & Analysis
Thane swimmers roll up their sleeves for global competition After participating in World Biathlon Championship, young swimmers of Thane are now prepared to take part in World Pentathlon competition to be held in the US in October this year. A batch of 16 swimmers, who have already won the nationals held on July 30 and 31 at Karnal in Haryana, are now ready to take on the world champions. Modern Pentathlon is a mixture of running, swimming and shooting, and in the national championship, the 16 participants, who are in the age group of 8-15, won all sorts of medals – gold, silver and bronze. Over 380 sportspersons from 16 Indian states participated in this championship. And, as many as 16 out of 18 participants from Maharashtra won various medals. "Now these 16 are going to represent India at the world championship to be held at Sarasota in the US in mid-October," says Manoj Kamble, secretary of Thane Starfish Welfare Association, which was established in 2007, comprising parents of swimmers from the district. The participants will compete in biathlons and triathlons for various age categories. For instance, those in the 15-year category in biathlon have to run 1,200 metres, swim 200 metres and again run 1,200 metres. Those participating in triathlons have to do laser gun shooting in 50 seconds, swim 50 metres, run 800 metres and repeat this sequence four times. The only catch is the cost of the US trip, which is quite discouraging. "The cost per person comes to Rs3.65 lakh to Rs4 lakh, which we cannot afford. Last year, my son Prithviraj was to participate in the World Biathlon Championship in Georgia but we could not send him because of the prohibitive Rs1.75 lakh cost," says Kamble, adding: "We have appealed to Thane mayor Sanjay More and guardian minister Eknath Shinde, and will also approach some corporates for funding." On September 20, 2015, eight-year-old Savar Akuskar from Thane won a bronze medal in the World Biathlon Championship held at Batumi, Georgia.
Thane swimmers roll up their sleeves for global competition - Daily News & Analysis
2016-08-09Shocking: Man stabs another over sleeping spot at Thane station - Mid-Day
Shocking: Man stabs another over sleeping spot at Thane station By Santosh Wagh Posted 2 hours The Government Railway Police (GRP) has managed to trace a 27-year-old who had allegedly killed a person over a dispute about sleeping spots on July 31 at the Thane railway station. The police has also learnt that he had committed a crime in Beedx's Majalgaon area. A CCTV grab of the incident Breaking the case: On July 31, a murder had taken place at platform number 9 of Thane station and according to Rupali Ambure, deputy commissioner of police, GRP, a person's body was found on the trans-harbour line platform on August 1. A team headed by Santosh Dhanavate, senior police inspector of local crime branch of GRP, immediately visited the spot. We found some CCTV footage where we saw a man with his wife and two kids stabbing another who was also accompanied by a man. The person who stabbed had a head injury with a bandage covering his whole head. The GRP officer's then circulated the clear grab among its staff and informers, asking them to keep an eye out for the accused. A team headed by assistant police inspector, Raju Manohar, managed to trace a person with the matching head injury, a female and two kids in tow near the Jumbo Vada Pav in Thane (W) and nabbed the accused. He was identified as Balu Baburao Ghadsinghe, 27, a resident of Beed, Laul gaon, said Dhanavate. Prior recordOn investigation, the police found out that back in his native village too, Balu had killed a certain Santosh Ghadsinghe as he had registered an attempt to murder case against Balu and his kin, which Balu asked him to withdraw. On being refused, Balu killed him and escaped to Mumbai with his family. Fought over space: When Balu reached Thane, he went to his brother's house but was refused entry. Upset, he came to Thane station's trans-harbour line platform 10A. Just as he was about to sleep with his family, a person claimed that it was his place and asked them to leave. They had a fight, when the cops heard the argument, they came over and asked both parties to leave, said Ambure. Balu then went to platform number 9 of the trans-harbor line and was about to sleep, but this time, the still unidentified person came over with an accomplice. Balu then killed his opponent, stabbed the accomplice and left the station immediately. We arrested Balu and he has been handed to the Thane GRP police station. The GRP is likely to produce him before a local court on Tuesday, said Dhanavate.
Shocking: Man stabs another over sleeping spot at Thane station - Mid-Day
2016-08-091 killed, 2 injured in furnace explosion in Thane - Mid-Day
1 killed, 2 injured in furnace explosion in Thane By PTI Posted 09-Aug-2016 Thane: One worker was killed and two others were seriously injured when a furnace in an industrial unit exploded in Kudavali MIDC at Murbad taluka in Thane. The incident took place on Sunday. Due to the blast, molten iron from the furnace fell on the workers. One of them, Ramesh Gullusingh Kushwah (35), died on the spot, while two others received serious burn injuries, police said today. A case has been registered against company's owner Vishal Bushan and two others under relevant section sections of IPC including 304 A (causing death by negligence), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), police said, adding no arrest has been made in connection with the incident yet.
2016-08-093 arrested for drugging, kidnapping Thane realtor from Patna airport ... - Times of India
3 arrested for drugging, kidnapping Thane realtor from Patna airport, Rs 30 lakh ransom recovered from India-Nepal border Debashish Karmakar| TNN | Aug 10, 2016, 12.45 AM IST PATNA: Three days after a Thane businessman was released by his kidnappers in Bihar on payment of Rs 30 lakh as ransom, police on Tuesday arrested three alleged kidnappers and recovered Rs 29.89 lakh from them following a raid in West Champaran district. A new cellphone and a receipt showing its purchase for Rs 11,000 was also recovered. Khalid Qadri of Thane has real estate business in different parts of the country. The 55-year-old was kidnapped from outside the Patna airport on July 31. He was released at Raxaul railway station in Bihar's East Champaran district on August 5 after his wife Shama Qadri paid Rs 30 lakh to a person at Sabaiduah-Bauwarwa village in West Champaran on Nepal border. A police team of Thane crime branch in collaboration with the West Chamaparan police raided the Sabaiduah-Bauwarwa village in the early hours of Tuesday and arrested Noor Alam (30), Saifullah Khan (45) and Irfan Khan (22)from the house where Qadri had been kept hostage. "We reached West Champaran on August 4 and sought the help of local police for rescuing Khalid. His wife, meanwhile, reached Bettiah on August 5 with money," inspector Nitin Thackeray of Thane crime branch told TOI over the phone. Two hours after receiving the ransom, the realtor was released at Raxaul station from where he reached a local police station. "The abductors had introduced themselves to Qadri's family as Maoists of Nepal and used a Nepalese SIM card to make more than 12 ransom calls to them," Thackeray said and added the original demand was of Rs 2 crore. West Champaran SP Vinay Kumar said Noor came in contact with Qadri six months ago and lured him to Patna, saying there was a buyer in Bihar for his property in Kushinagar in UP. "Qadri was received at the Patna airport by Noor and Saifullah who drugged and drove him to Bettiah," the SP said, adding the kidnappers used injectable drugs to keep him unconscious for five days.
2016-08-094 held from gujarat for selling woman from Thane - The Asian Age
4 held from gujarat for selling woman from Thane Aug 10, 2016 | Age Correspondent | Thane Four people have been arrested from Gujarat for allegedly selling a 30-year-old Thane-based woman and forcing her to marry one of them, the police said on Tuesday. Of the four accused arrested on Monday, two are women, assistant police inspector P.P. Choudhari of Ulhasnagar police station said, adding that police was on the lookout for two others in this connection. The victim, who resides in camp no. 2 of Thane, was taken to Unja of Mehsana district in Gujarat and sold for `1.18 lakh and the buyer later got her married to another man from the same place, who was held on the charge of repeatedly raping her, he said. According to the police, on July 16, accused Ranjana Patil had called the victim to Ulhasnagar police station under the pretext of giving her a job. She then took the victim to Andheri and gave her a spiked drink and took her to Gujarat, where Patil sold her to her uncle. There, with the help of another accused Ramila Popatlal Patel, the victim was sold to one Jitubai Hasmukhlal Daarji, the complaint said. There, one advocate Pujaji Talaji Thakur, fabricated documents and forcibly got the victim married to Jitbai Daarji, it added.
2016-08-08Teenager Aman creates history in Thane District Badminton Championship - Times of India
Teenager Aman creates history in Thane District Badminton Championship Aug 8, 2016, 10.50 PM IST NAGPUR: Aman Farogh Sanjay hogged the limelight in the 30th Thane District Badminton Championship which concluded recently at the Dadoji Konddeo Stadium in Thane. The 16-year-old grabbed the triple crown to launch himself in a big way in the western region. The promising teenager, who is among the top-5 junior players in India, not only won the U-17 and U-19 boys singles effortlessly but also created a history by claiming the men's singles title at such a tender age. In an exciting men's singles summit clash, Aman squeezed past his senior teammate left-handed Kabir Kanzarkar. The match lasted for more than an hour which kept the spectators at the edge of their seats. Aman used his fast and deceptive play to surprise Kanzarkar, who is an employee of Railways. The other stars of the annual tournament were Mrunmayee Deshpande, Sakshi Suryavanshi, Niyati Bist, Yash Pawar and Om Gavandi. A total of Rs 3 lakh prize money were distributed to the winners and runners-up. Ankit Sports sponsored the attractive trophies for the top performers. The Syed Modi Badminton Academy of Thane Municipal Corporation organized this tournament under the auspices of Thane City and District Badminton Association. District Collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. Wing Commander Atul Gavandi, senior player Vinod Dharap, Rotarian Praveen Nagre, deputy collector Farogh Mukadam, Yojana Pramukh of Syed Modi Badminton Academy and president of Thane District Badminton Association Shrikant Vad were the guests of honour. On this occasion some of the former players of Thane including Mitesh Hajirnis, Amrish Sule, Bhushan Paithankar, Amogh Kulkarni and Niranjan Shahane were felicitated for their contribution in the field of badminton. Secretary of the district association Mayur Ghatnekar later declared the Thane district's senior and junior teams for the forthcoming State Championship at Aurangabad and Nashik.Thane Badminton Squad Senior team: Akshay Dewalkar (captain), Eshan Naqvi, Bishal Das, Vighnesh Devlekar, Aman Farogh Sanjay, Vallari Bukane, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Shalaka Sahasrabudhe, Sanjyot Patade. Coach: Mayur Ghatnekar. Junior U-19 team: Aman Farogh Sanjay, Pratik Ranade, Sukrut Baporikar, Suyog Lokhande, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Shalaka Sahasrabudhe, Aastha Chakraborty, Namrata Raghavendran. Coach: Mayur Ghatnekar. Junior U-17 team: Aman Farogh Sanjay, Rahul Kane, Suyog Lokhande, Vedant Kale, Parth Lokhande, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Shalaka Sahasrabudhe, Aastha Chakraborty, Sakshi Suryawanshi.
2016-08-08Thane flat row: HC issues notice in contempt plea against builder - Times of India
Thane flat row: HC issues notice in contempt plea against builder Shibu Thomas | TNN | Aug 9, 2016, 01.06 AM IST MUMBAI: The Bombay high court has issued a notice to BJP MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha in a contempt petition that alleges failure to inform flat purchasers at one of the group's super luxury housing project in Thane through a letter that the land is under a legal dispute. Justice Rekha Sondurbaldota had issued a notice in April 2016 asking Lodha as to why contempt action should not be issued against him for "prima facie" violating a consent agreement filed before the court in the matter. Lodha, challenged the order in the Supreme Court, which declined to interfere in the proceedings. An HC bench headed by Justice Nitin Jamdar recently issued fresh notice to Lodha's new address in Mahalaxmi and has scheduled the matter for hearing on August 12. The group's, Lodha Aristo, project is a 29-storey residential tower, with one four-BHK 'villa' flat on each floor. There are 27 villas in the project, for which construction commenced in 2010. There is a ground-plus-two storey commercial structure on the adjacent plot. A suit filed by Hemant Nandgaonkar and his family members had claimed rights over a portion of the plot that was sold by his kin to Lodha. In 2012, consent terms was filed between Nandgoankar and Lodha during the pendency of the suit. According to the terms, Lodha had to mention in the sale agreements that the purchaser of the flat and unit were aware that the sale of the premises was subject to the court's final order in the suit. Lodha had to also inform the purchasers in a letter of this clause that the flat purchasers were bound by the final order of the court and obtain their signatures. Nandgoankar, through his lawyer Rahul Singh, filed the contempt petition, claiming that the condition that flat purchasers would be informed through a letter about the suit was not done and was violation of the orders. In an affidavit, Lodha stated that the clause was mentioned in the sale agreement and the group was filing periodic reports before the court. Senior advocate Janak Dwarakadas, counsel for Lodha, in the April hearing said that the consent order terms were complied with and pointed to the signed applications by the flat purchasers, which had a clause with regard to the pending suit. The HC, however, said that the application seemed to be a mini-agreement and could not be treated as a letter to the flat purchaser. "The purpose of this is obviously to focus the attention of the proposed flat purchaser to the litigation between the parties. That purpose would not be served by the application form provided by (Lodha) for purchasing flat or premises in the construction undertaken by him," said Justice Sondurbaldota, adding, "Therefore, in my opinion, on a prima facie view of the matter, (Lodha) is seen to have violated the consent order dated July 6, 2012. Hence, notice be issued calling upon him to show cause as to why action for contempt be not taken against him for non-compliance with clause-(c) of the consent order." In its May order, the SC said that observations made in the April order would not influence the final decision in the contempt petition.
2016-08-08Man held from Talaopali for urchin's murder at Thane station - Times of India
Man held from Talaopali for urchin's murder at Thane station The GRP has arrested a man who allegedly stabbed to death an urchin at Thane station last Sunday.The cops found the alleged accused loitering at Talaopali. TNN | Aug 8, 2016, 09.04 AM IST THANE: The GRP has arrested a man who allegedly stabbed to death an urchin at Thane station last Sunday. The cops found the alleged accused loitering at Talaopali. On the night of the incident, the man is believed to have come to Thane from Bheed to visit his brother, but lost the address and decided to spend the night on the platform. While he decided on a comfortable spot for his family to sleep on the platform, the urchin got into an argument with him asking him not to sleep there. In a fit of rage, the accused stabbed the urchin causing his death.
Man held from Talaopali for urchin
2016-08-07Thane: Another 2-storey building collapses in Bhiwandi; at least 8 feared trapped - India.com
Thane: Another 2-storey building collapses in Bhiwandi; at least 8 feared trapped Initial reports suggest that four to five families are feared trapped under the debris, with the locals and the rescue teams fearing the worst. By India.com News Desk on August 7, 2016 at 8:59 AM Mumbai, August 7: Several people were feared trapped inside the debris as a two-storey building collapsed in Hanuman Tekri area of Bhiwandi, 20 Kms from Mumbai, just days after a building collapse in the same area, had left nine people dead, and several injured. The collapse occurred early on Sunday morning, and more details about the tragic incident are awaited. Police, fire brigade and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have reached the spot and are undertaking rescue and relief operations. Initial reports suggest that four to five families are feared trapped under the debris, with the locals and the rescue teams fearing the worst. According to sources, the building had been served a notice, twice, by the Bhiwandi Municipal Corporation, as the building was deemed unhealthy to be occupied. However, the residents had refused to vacate it, and the so the Corporation had severed their electricity and water connections. The cause of the collapse is speculated to be the heavy rains which have lashed the city of Mumbai and its suburbs, for the past few weeks.
Thane: Another 2-storey building collapses in Bhiwandi; at least 8 feared trapped - India.com
2016-08-07Three killed in building crash in Thane; 4 rescued from debris - Mid-Day
Three killed in building crash in Thane; 4 rescued from debris By IANS Posted 07-Aug-2016 Thane: An old, two-storey building collapsed in Maharashtra's Thane district on Sunday, killing the landlord, his wife and one other person, while six others are believed to be trapped under the debris, officials said. Also read: Three storey building collapses in Bhiwandi; 6 dead, several trapped Rescue work is carried out after collapse of a building at Bhiwandi. The building, Mahadev Nivas, located at Hanuman Tekdi area of Bhiwandi town suddenly crashed around 7 a.m., catching the handful of occupants unawares, said Bhiwandi city police station official Ravindra Patil. The local fire brigade and disaster management teams from Thane and Kalyan rushed to the crash site and managed to rescue four persons from the debris while a search is on for anther six feared trapped. The deceased have been identified as landlord Sajjanlal Mahadev Gupta, 60, his wife Sitodevi Sajjanlal Gupta, 55, and Dhaniram B. Thakur, 50, according to Patil. Some time ago, the 35-year-old building was declared as "dangerous" and an evacuation notice served on residents, but many them ignored it, said local legislator Kapil Patil. While water supply was cut sometime ago, the civic authorities were planning to disconnect the power to the building soon. This is second building crash in a week in Bhiwandi, which is around 35 km north of Mumbai and battered by heavy rains in the past few days. Last Sunday (July 31), a building crash in the town's Gaibinagar had claimed nine lives and another 10 were injured.
Three killed in building crash in Thane; 4 rescued from debris - Mid-Day
2016-08-07Man held for raping teenager in Thane - The Indian Express
Man held for raping teenager in Thane By: PTI Thane Published:Aug 7, 2016, 23:45 A man was arrested for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl on the pretext of providing her a job in Thane, police said on Sunday. Nabin Sohanlal Bedi, 24, landed in the police net on Saturday, following a complaint filed by the victim. The incident took place on July 28, police said. The victim told the police that the accused called her up on July 27 and informed her about a job vacancy. The next day, he met her at a place in Kopri to discuss about the job opportunity, said Inspector S D Korde of the Kopri police station in Thane (East). After meeting her, he offered her a drink laced with sedatives and took her to Sabegaon in Diva East to a shop in a rickshaw and raped her. After committing the crime, the man took out the SIM card from her mobile and fled, he said. She returned home and narrated the incident to her kin, following which a complaint was filed. Police booked the accused under relevant provisions of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Man held for raping teenager in Thane - The Indian Express
2016-08-07Teenager Aman creates history in Thane District Badminton Championship - Times of India
Teenager Aman creates history in Thane District Badminton Championship TNN | Aug 7, 2016, 11.13 AM IST NAGPUR: Aman Farogh Sanjay hogged the limelight in the 30th Thane District Badminton Championship which concluded recently at the Dadoji Konddeo Stadium in Thane. The 16-year-old grabbed the triple crown to launch himself in a big way in the western region. The promising teenager, who is among the top-5 junior players in India, not only won the U-17 and U-19 boys singles effortlessly but also created a history by claiming the men's singles title at such a tender age. In an exciting men's singles summit clash, Aman squeezed past his senior teammate left-handed Kabir Kanzarkar. The match lasted for more than an hour which kept the spectators at the edge of their seats. Aman used his fast and deceptive play to surprise Kanzarkar, who is an employee of Railways. The other stars of the annual tournament were Mrunmayee Deshpande, Sakshi Suryavanshi, Niyati Bist, Yash Pawar and Om Gavandi. A total of Rs 3 lakh prize money were distributed to the winners and runners-up. Ankit Sports sponsored the attractive trophies for the top performers. The Syed Modi Badminton Academy of Thane Municipal Corporation organized this tournament under the auspices of Thane City and District Badminton Association. District Collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. Wing Commander Atul Gavandi, senior player Vinod Dharap, Rotarian Praveen Nagre, deputy collector Farogh Mukadam, Yojana Pramukh of Syed Modi Badminton Academy and president of Thane District Badminton Association Shrikant Vad were the guests of honour. On this occasion some of the former players of Thane including Mitesh Hajirnis, Amrish Sule, Bhushan Paithankar, Amogh Kulkarni and Niranjan Shahane were felicitated for their contribution in the field of badminton. Secretary of the district association Mayur Ghatnekar later declared the Thane district's senior and junior teams for the forthcoming State Championship at Aurangabad and Nashik. Thane Badminton Squad Senior team: Akshay Dewalkar (captain), Eshan Naqvi, Bishal Das, Vighnesh Devlekar, Aman Farogh Sanjay, Vallari Bukane, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Shalaka Sahasrabudhe, Sanjyot Patade. Coach: Mayur Ghatnekar. Junior U-19 team: Aman Farogh Sanjay, Pratik Ranade, Sukrut Baporikar, Suyog Lokhande, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Shalaka Sahasrabudhe, Aastha Chakraborty, Namrata Raghavendran. Coach: Mayur Ghatnekar. Junior U-17 team: Aman Farogh Sanjay, Rahul Kane, Suyog Lokhande, Vedant Kale, Parth Lokhande, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Shalaka Sahasrabudhe, Aastha Chakraborty, Sakshi Suryawanshi. RESULTS (Finals) U-10 boys singles: Om Gavandi bt Soham Gokhale 21-7, 21-3. U-10 girls singles: Ananya Naidu bt Rashi Hegde 24-22, 21-14. U-13 girls singles: Niyati Bist bt Adita Rao 13-21, 21-8, 21-16. U-13 boys singles: Yash Pawar bt Om Gavandi 21-12, 21-14. U-13 girls doubles: Kavya Raghvendran-Niyati Bist bt Madhumita Narayan-Aarushi Dubey 21-6, 21-8. U-13 boys doubles: M Aadit-Yash Pawar bt Soham Pathak-Shwetank Karnik 21-17, 21-11. U-15 girls singles: Sakshi Suryawanshi bt Urvi Thakurdesai 21-13, 18-21, 21-16. U-15 girls doubles: Sakshi Suryawanshi-R Kavya bt Tejal Anavekar-Jaaee Pandit 21-17, 21-13. U-15 boys singles: Rohan Thool bt Rahul Kane 21-13, 19-21, 21-14. U-15 boys doubles: Rohan Thool-Rahul Kane bt Tanay Patankar-Tejas Shirose 21-11, 21-23, 21-14. U-17 girls singles: Mrunmayee Deshpande bt Shalaka Sahasrabudhe 21-12, 21-8. U-17 boys singles: Aman Farogh Sanjay bt Rahul Kane 21-10, 21-11. U-17 boys doubles: Vedant Kale-Suyog Lokhande bt Parth Lokhande-Niel Sebastian 21-16, 21-13. U-19 girls singles: Mrunmayee Deshpande bt Shalaka Sahasrabudhe 18-21, 21-17, 21-10. U-19 boys singles: Aman Farogh Sanjay bt Pratik Ranade 21-15, 21-16. Mixed doubles: Akshay Raut-Vallari Bukane bt Akendra Darji-Sanjyot Patade 21-9, 21-10. Women's singles: Vallari Bukane bt Mrunmayee Deshpande 21-18, 21-17. Men's doubles: Akshay Raut-Kabir Kanzarkar bt Akshay Dewalkar-Vighnesh Devlekar 21-14, 19-21, 23-21. Men's singles: Aman Farogh Sanjay bt Kabir Kanzarkar 21-15, 12-21, 21-12. Masters 80 plus doubles: Mitesh Hajarnis-Ajay Vij bt Saurabh Pradhan-Raghav Bhosale 17-21, 21-10, 21-15.
2016-08-07Woman Harassed By Son, Daughter-In-Law Gets Back Her Flat In Thane - NDTV
Woman Harassed By Son, Daughter-In-Law Gets Back Her Flat In Thane Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: August 07, 2016 19:45 IST Thane: A 76-year-old woman, who allegedly suffered harassment at the hands of her son and daughter-in- law, has got sole possession of her flat in Dombivili township after Thane Collector Mahendra Kalyankar, ruled in favour of her under Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act-2007.The septuagenarian was working as a nurse in Kuwait and shifted to Mumbai about 8-9 years back. She later moved into a bigger flat bought by her in Dombivili along with her son and daughter-in-law in 2008. The woman alleged that soon after, her son and his wife started harassing her and demanded that the house be transfered in her daughter-in-law's name. She was also allegedly denied food, medicines and even beaten once. NGO Damini Eagle Brigade activist and 'Police Mitra' member Sunita Kuttan said that the old woman, hailing from Kerala, approached the Manpada police regarding her harassment. The cops then requested the 'Police Mitra' (organisation set up by police department to assist them to solve problems of the citizens) to help her. Ms Kuttan then took up the matter with Thane Collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar, who recently ruled in favour of the woman under Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act-2007. Subsequently, her son and daughter-in-law vacated the premises on August 3, Ms Kuttan said, adding that they were happy at having been able to get justice for the woman.
Woman Harassed By Son, Daughter-In-Law Gets Back Her Flat In Thane - NDTV
2016-08-07Car in Nerul heist had fake Thane registration number - Times of India
Car in Nerul heist had fake Thane registration number George Mendonca | TNN | Aug 7, 2016, 10.00 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Five masked robbers brandishing sickles and a firearm barged into a finance company in Nerul on Saturday and made off with 23kg gold and Rs 9 lakh in cash, worth around Rs 6 crore.The men entered Popular Finance Company in Shreeji Seva CHS, Sector-42, around 3pm and threatened five staffers who were in the office before fleeing with the loot. After the NRI police station was informed, cops enforced a nakabandi at the city's exit points but the gang is still to be traced. Senior inspector Shekhar Bagade said, "One of the men held a sickle to the cashier's neck and ordered the other staffers to empty the treasury. They then stuffed the gold jewellery and biscuits and the cash into their backpacks. Before escaping in a waiting car, the men broke all the CCTV cameras inside the office and even took away the CCTV recorder." He added that CCTV cameras installed outside and in the adjacent shops had captured the white Swift Dzire in which the robbers sped away." The car in which the men who robbed a Nerul finance firm escaped, had a fake Thane registration number. This was confirmed by the RTO to police.Senior inspector Shekhar Bagade said the five robbers covered their faces with monkey caps. Three men and two women on duty in the office told police the robbers appeared to be between 25-30 years. A police officer said, "We are investigating all possible angles, including an inpsider hand. We have sought the call records of all employees of the finance company. In case employees have connived with robbers by giving tip offs that huge cash transactions were being carried out and gold ornaments were mortgaged by customers for availing of gold loans."DCP (zone-1) Prashant Khaire has formed six teams to track the gang. Police commissioner Hemant Nagrale said, "Our police station and crime branch teams are working on leads from the spot of crime." A cop at Belapur's CCTV monitoring command centre said the white car in which the robbers escaped was not captu red on cameras installed on Palm Beach Road, hence they must have taken the internal service road in Seawoods and escaped by the Sion-Panvel highway. A similar incident occurred in Thane in June when 10 armed masked robbers looted over Rs 9 crore from the treasury office of a cash management firm. Police later arrested seven people, including the firm's staffer and a former employee.
Car in Nerul heist had fake Thane registration number - Times of India
2016-08-078 killed in Bhiwandi building collapse - The Hindu
8 killed in Bhiwandi building collapse Special Correspondent Comment print Eight people died and two were injured when a two-storey building collapsed at Bhiwandi near Thane in Mumbai on Sunday morning. The dead were identified as Sajjanlal Gupta (60), wife Satyawati Gupta (55), Dhaniram Thakur (45), Rekha Thakur (35), Somvanti Thakur (60), Shivani Thakur (14), Devesh Thakur (9), and Naitik Thakur (3). Declared most dangerous Mahadeo Gupta Building in Hanuman Tekadi, according to sources, was declared most dangerous, but the residents had decided not to vacate despite repeated pleas and action by the local authorities. National Disaster Response Force teams from Thane and Kalyan rushed to the spot immediately, while firefighters were carrying out rescue operations. According to a Bhiwandi civic body spokesman, the occupants were served evacuation notices, following which two of the around five-six families vacated, while the others stayed back. The water connection to the building was disconnected when the occupants refused to vacate and the power supply was also going to be cut soon, the spokesman said. On July 31, a two-storey building caved in following heavy rain, claiming eight lives and injuring 10 persons.
8 killed in Bhiwandi building collapse - The Hindu
2016-08-06Bus stop pulled in Thane down to build Ganesh pandal - Times of ... - Times of India
Bus stop pulled in Thane down to build Ganesh pandal Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Aug 6, 2016, 05.44 AM IST Thane: A Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus stop has been pulled down at Khevra Circle, Manpada to allegedly facilitate construction of a Ganesh pandal. The bus stop was removed three days ago by the mandal that belongs to former Shiv Sena corporator Rambhau Phadte. The TMT, however, claimed that the bus stop has been shifted a few meters away from the previous one."Only a couple of days ago, local Sena corporator Ujwala Phadtare (Rambhau's wife) write to TMT asking to pull down the exisiting bus stop at Khevra Circle. She claimed that it was to facilitate smooth flow of traffic which would be blocked due to the halting of TMT buses at the bus stop,'' said a TMT official. He added that as soon as the stop was removed, Phadtare started work on his Ganesh pandal. The pandal had invited civic body action last year for blocking the bus stop and inviting residents' ire. A TMT official said, "This year the Phadtares decided to do away with the bus stop so that they get a free hand to construct a massive pandal and block the wide road here. 'He added that the corporator in her letter to TMT has asked the administration to relocate the bus stop about 10 feet away on the junction and a zebra crossing 'for the convenience of the residents.' There is a bus at the location almost every 25 minutes but no commuters are seen boarding the bus as they have no idea where the bus stop is and are oblivious to its presence a few feet away.
Bus stop pulled in Thane down to build Ganesh pandal - Times of ... - Times of India
2016-08-06Thane-Belapur Rd jam-packed after closure of old Kalwa bridge - Times of India
Thane-Belapur Rd jam-packed after closure of old Kalwa bridge B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 7, 2016, 12.00 AM IST Navi Mumbai: Commuters have been facing heavy traffic congestions along the arterial Thane-Belapur Road, due to closure of old Kalwa bridge after Mahad bridge collapse tragedy on Tuesday. Thane-Belapur Road, the only one that directly connects Navi Mumbai to Thane, has to now accommodate vehicles that earlier used the British-era bridge. The diverted vehicles have been exerting extra pressure on the already traffic-prone new bridge. "After experiencing the Friday jam, I have stopped using this route and would rather shell out extra at Airoli and Mulund toll plazas," said a regular motorist Anand Kamath. Some motorists are opting for a detour and access Eastern Express Highway and Mulund-Airoli bridge to commute between Thane and Navi Mumbai. "We are bearing the brunt of traffic snarls for the last two days. The old bridge, which was open for light vehicles, has been shut for structural inspection by the authorities," said Sunil Kamble, a motorist. Traffic cops have to face additional work load to streamline the vehicular flow. "We have a tough time now to monitor the crowded roads opening out from Kalwa bridge. Also, heavy vehicles using Thane-Belapur Road at night has added to chaos. One bridge handling the traffic load of two is madness. However, we are taking extra effort to curb the snarls," said a traffic cop.
2016-08-06Afghan link to Kalyan youths studied in Thane college - Times of India
Afghan link to Kalyan youths studied in Thane college Mateen Hafeez | TNN | Aug 6, 2016, 11.55 PM IST MUMBAI: The Afghan national, who was the link between the four Kalyan youths who joined IS, and their Kuwaiti financier, had studied in a Thane college. Abdul Rehman Daulati (27), a suspected recruiter for the IS, earlier studied engineering in Kalsekar College and knew many people in the area. In October 2014, Kalyan's Bazar Peth police registered a case against four people, including Daulati, another Afghan national Ahmed Husseinzade, Kalyan-based fruit merchant Aadil Dolare and Govind Thapa, the manager of Raja Hotel at Tilak Chowk in Kalyan, for violating rules pertaining to a foreigner's stay in India. Police said the Afghan nationals violated visa rules as there was a mismatch between actual addresses of their stay and those mentioned in the documents. The duo stayed in the lodge though the documents mentioned a different address. The probe was taken over by the ATS. The purpose of Husseinzade's entry into India is still not clear. At the time of the FIR, police were unaware he was an IS recruiter. His name cropped up again only after Areeb Majeed, a Kalyan youth who had joined IS, returned to India and was arrested. Majeed told police that Daulati gave them the number of Abdullah Hadi El-Enezi, a Kuwaiti who sent them money in Baghdad to reach Syria. In 2013, Daulati came to Kalyan for a few days, married a 17-year-old girl from the area and returned to Afghanistan. The girl is in touch with her parents over phone, said an ATS officer and police ruled out any human trafficking angle. "Daulati comes from a well educated and financially sound family. However, the girl's family is very poor. He had never seen the girl before the wedding. Importantly, he already has a wife in Afghanistan," the officer said. Dolare's name cropped up after Majeed and his friends went missing in May 2014 and in August the ATS recorded his statement. Both the Afghan nationals had come to Kalyan on Dolare's invitation, who had given an undertaking at the Foreigner's Registration Regional Office stating they would stay at his place. However, they stayed at the lodge instead. "We still don't know why Husseinzade came to India. There was no tourist or medical purpose mentioned in his visa. Daulati arrived in India on November 20, 2013 (on a business visa for six months). He stayed in Kalyan for one day while Husseinzade left the country after three days," said an official.
2016-08-06T-thane-Belapur Road jammed after old Kalwa bridge shut - Times of India
T-thane-Belapur Road jammed after old Kalwa bridge shut B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 7, 2016, 01.20 AM IST THANE: After the Mahad bridge collapse incident, the old Kalwa bridge has been shut to check its stability. This has left daily commuters in a spot as they have to deal with traffic congestion along Thane-Belapur Road, which is the only connectivity between Navi Mumbai and Thane. Vehicles have now been diverted to the new bridge as the old British-era bridge has been shut. "After the shutting down of the bridge, we have been bearing the brunt of traffic snarl since the last two days. Earlier, the bridge was open for light vehicle, but this has been shut as the authorities will be carrying out a structural inspection of the bridge. Using the new bridge is a tedious job as it is always jammed," said Sunil Kamble, a motorist. Traffic cops, too, are stressed out as they are finding it difficult to streamline traffic. The pile up of vehicles most of the times spills over up to Vitawa subway and beyond on one side and up to Kharegaon on the other. The traffic at the Thane city end is mind boggling as jams are seen all the way till Cidco Road, Saket Road and Police line. "We have a tough time monitoring and managing traffic, especially during the peak hours.Thane-Belapur road has been affected badly with the entry of heavy vehicles in the night. One bridge handling the traffic load of two bridges is not possible. However, we put in extra effort to curb snarls," said a traffic cop. Bikers and auto drivers who used to used the old bridge to travel from one side of the city to the other are now feeling the pinch. It takes motorists double the time to reach their destination due to the traffic snarls. Office goers travelling from Thane to Navi Mumbai have been badly hit after this closure. "After experiencing Friday's jam, I have stopped using this route. I prefer shelling out extra money by paying tolls at Airoli and Mulund and skip the jam," said a motorist Anand Kamath, who works in Navi Mumbai.
2016-08-05Heavy rain alerts for Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai for next 48 hours - Times of India
Heavy rain alerts for Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai for next 48 hours The IMD, Mumbai has forecast that a few spells of rain or showers are likely to occur in the city and its suburbs on Friday. Heavy rainfall is also likely to occur at one or two places. TNN | Aug 5, 2016, 08.34 AM IST MUMBAI: The IMD, Mumbai has forecast that a few spells of rain or showers are likely to occur in the city and its suburbs on Friday. In 2 months, Mumbai has already got 75% of its average rainfall MUMBAI: As this monsoon season touched the halfway mark on July 31, the city has already received 75% of its average annual rainfall. The India Meteorological Department's Santacruz station has recorded 1,693.3 mm of rainfall, this monsoon, till 8.30pm on Sunday. With two months of monsoon left, the city is short of only 565mm of the annual mean rainfall of 2,258 mm. On Sunday, between 8.30am and 8.30pm, Santacruz recorded 72.1mm rainfall and Colaba 22mm. Mumbaikars can expect heavy rains for the next 48 hours, predicted weathermen. "Various conditions are complementing one another to give the city and state such good rainfall. There is an upper air cyclonic circulation over eastern Uttar Pradesh and also interior Karnataka and a low pressure is developing over the Bay of Bengal," said K S Hosalikar, deputy director-general, western region, IMD. Significant rain was received in the catchment areas. While Tulsi lake has already swelled, Vihar lake is less than 1m metre away from the overflow-mark. The full supply level of the lake is 80.12m and it currently stands at 79.34m. The total amount of water stock in the seven lakes that supply water to Mumbai as on July 31 was 9.58 lakh million litres; it was 8.22 lakh million litres on the same day last year.
Heavy rain alerts for Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai for next 48 hours - Times of India
2016-08-05Thane police shut 153-year-old Kalwa bridge - Daily News & Analysis
Thane police shut 153-year-old Kalwa bridge Thane traffic police on Thursday said that they have shut down the movement of vehicles on the 153-year-old Kalwa bridge. "Movement of heavy vehicles was stopped since the bridge was declared a heritage structure four to five years back. Only two-wheelers and auto rickshaws were allowed. But now, only bicycles and pedestrians can use it," said a senior official from Thane traffic police. Earlier, following the collapse of the Mahad bridge on Savitri river on Bombay-Goa highway, Thane's Alert Citizens Forum had written to the authorities to stop vehicular movement on the bridge to avoid similar tragedies. Built in 1863, Kalwa bridge in Thane is a heritage structure. The bridge, which is a connecting link between Thane, Kalwa, Navi Mumbai and Dombivli, has caught everyone's attention after the Mahad bridge collapse on August 2 night. "Life of this bridge is long over and a new bridge adjoining it has already been commissioned 20 years ago. Now, a third bridge is also being planned to decongest traffic in the area," said Dayanand Nene, president of Alert Citizens Forum. Nene wrote to Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), Public Works Department (PWD) and other authorities to stop vehicular movement on Kalwa bridge. The 350mtr-long bridge has 10 pillars and 10 arches. The forum claims that 10 years back one of the pillars was damaged by a barge traveling in the creek below and since then the PWD stopped movement of heavy and medium-range vehicles on this bridge. "Whether the structure is fit enough is not known and whether a structural audit of it was done or not is also not known," he said. Hence, in light of the Mahad incident, the forum demanded to immediately stop movement of all vehicular traffic on the bridge to avoid any mishap. "We demand that the bridge may be sealed and at best only pedestrian movement be allowed, and that too after a fitness survey is done and made public," he added.
Thane police shut 153-year-old Kalwa bridge - Daily News & Analysis
2016-08-05Four detained under MCOCA in Thane 'fear for life in prison' - Times of India
Four detained under MCOCA in Thane 'fear for life in prison' Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 5, 2016, 07.14 AM IST THANE: Four accused charged under MCOCA pleaded to the judge and requested him not to hand them to the Thane rural police fearing 'third degree' treatment. The four who created a ruckus in the court were identified, Rajesh Ghosh (main accused) and his accomplices Raj Dashrath Parida, Shafique Husen Sheikh and Sanjay Balram Singh. The four told the special MCOCA judge A S Bhaisare that they were mercilessly beaten up by the cops who gave them third degree treatment and hence feared for their lives. The four were earlier arrested in an offence under Sections 399 and 402 of the IPC by the Manickpur police station under the Vasai division. They were remanded to police cistody and later to judicial custody and it was on May 21, 2016 the sanction to slap charges under MCOCA on them was applied.It was on July 29, 2016 the police moved an application before the court seeking their custody.
Four detained under MCOCA in Thane
2016-08-05Mahad bridge tragedy: Now, 153-year-old Kalwa bridge in Thane ... - Firstpost
Mahad bridge tragedy: Now, 153-year-old Kalwa bridge in Thane shut down by authorities FP Staff Aug 5, 2016 16:16 IST Following the tragedy of the Mahad bridge collapse, the Thane Municipal Corporation on Wednesday decided to shut access to the 153-year-old British-era Kalwa bridge that runs over the Thane creek, reports The Times Of India. As per the report, a few years back, a barge had rammed into the bridge, causing damage and weakening the structure of the old bridge. After this, heavy vehicles were not allowed on the bridge. Mahad bridge gives away due to torrential rain. PTI. The bridge held great significance as it was the only link between Thane and the suburbs until the civic body built an alternative two decades ago. Sandeep Palave, deputy commissioner of traffic said, The structural audit of the bridge was conducted in 2010, which declared that the bridge was dangerous for heavy vehicles. After this audit, there was no audit in the past six years. We had permitted only two- and three-wheelers on the bridge all these years. reports Hindustan Times. As per the report in Hindustan Times, Ratan Awsarmol, city engineer of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), contrary to Palave's claims, revealed that an audit that had been conducted a year ago, said that the bridge was weak and could not be repaired. However being a heritage site, the bridge could not be demolished, he reasoned. The Thane Police following instructions, now ,will allow only pedestrians on the Kalwa bridge. Both light and heavy vehicles have been denied access. Built in 1863, Kalwa bridge in Thane became a cause of concern for people, after the Mahad bridge collapse on 2 August, reports DNA. Mahad bridge was also a British-era bridge located on Mumbai-Goa Highway, about 170 kilometres from Mumbai. The river that turned choppy due to the heavy downpour in its catchment area in Mahabaleshwar, weakened the foundations of the nearly-century-old bridge, which ultimately gave way on Tuesday night. Devendra Fadnavis said that apart from two state-run buses, a Tavera and a Honda City car had also fallen into river after the bridge crumbled on Tuesday night. On Thursday, the Maharashtra Chief Minister announced that eight bodies had been recovered so far and 42 people were still missing. According to the DNA report, Dayanand Nene, president of Alert Citizens Forum, concerned about the occurrence of a similar mishap, wrote to TMC and Public Works Department (PWD) and other authorities to put a complete stop on vehicular movement on Kalwa bridge.The traffic department has asked the TMC to conduct a fresh audit of the bridge, as reported by The Times Of India.
Mahad bridge tragedy: Now, 153-year-old Kalwa bridge in Thane ... - Firstpost
2016-08-05Maharashtra: Nine injured as bus rams into tanker in Thane | The ... - The Indian Express
Maharashtra: Nine injured as bus rams into tanker in Thane By: PTI Thane Published:Aug 5, 2016, 11:38 At least nine passengers of a state-run bus were injured, including two of them seriously, when the vehicle rammed into a tanker on Mumbai-Nashik highway in Thane, police said on Firday. The MSRTC bus, coming from Jawhar taluka towards Thane city, hit the tanker from behind last evening near Lodha complex, they said. The tanker was coming from Bhiwandi towards Thane city, police said. The two seriously injured passengers were being treated at Thane civil hospital while the other victims were allowed to go after being provided primary treatment. The driver of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus, identified as Sadashiv Patil (30), has been arrested. He has been booked sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 337, 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC and section 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act, police added. The Kapurbawdi police are investigating the matter.
Maharashtra: Nine injured as bus rams into tanker in Thane | The ... - The Indian Express
2016-08-05Woman nabbed stealing phone at Thane station - Times of India
Woman nabbed stealing phone at Thane station TNN | Aug 5, 2016, 07.13 AM IST Thane: An alert team of Nirbhaya all-women squad from the Thane railway police nabbed a mobile thief redhanded while she was trying to steal a fellow passenger's cell phone. The police recovered two smart phones collectively worth over Rs 30,000 from her possession. The accused, a 22-year old woman from Diva used to target female passengers trying to board crowded trains from platform 5 at Thane station. On Tuesday night, she was about to target a female commuter trying to board a Kalyan local from the station when the team nabbed her."We found the woman loitering around in a suspicious manner and so we decided to keep a track of her. We saw her opening the purse of a lady commuter and stealing her phone and immediately nabbed her," said one of the female constable in the team.
Woman nabbed stealing phone at Thane station - Times of India
2016-08-05Four detained under MCOCA in Thane 'fear for life in prison' - Times of India
Four detained under MCOCA in Thane 'fear for life in prison' Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 5, 2016, 07.14 AM IST THANE: Four accused charged under MCOCA pleaded to the judge and requested him not to hand them to the Thane rural police fearing 'third degree' treatment. The four who created a ruckus in the court were identified Rajesh Ghosh (main accused) and his accomplices Raj Dashrath Parida, Shafique Husen Sheikh and Sanjay Balram Singh. The four told the special MCOCA judge A S Bhaisare that they were mercilessly beaten up by the cops who gave them third degree treatment and hence feared for their lives. The four were earlier arrested in an offence under Sections 399 and 402 of the IPC by the Manickpur police station under the Vasai division. They were remanded to police cistody and later to judicial custody and it was on May 21, 2016 the sanction to slap charges under MCOCA on them was applied.It was on July 29, 2016 the police moved an application before the court seeking their custody.
2016-08-05Bridge part washes away due to heavy rains in Thane district ... - Business Standard
Bridge part washes away due to heavy rains in Thane district Thane Last Updated at August 5, 2016 15:28 IST A portion of a bridge on Shahi river in the district was washed away due to heavy rains, posing commuting problems to villagers. The portion between Shirosi and Dadare villages washed away on Wednesday, said Shahapur Tehsildar Avinash Koshti. He said villagers are finding it difficult to travel due to lack of access road, following the incident.
2016-08-05Downpour throws life out of gear in Thane; 11 trees, 2 walls collapse ... - Times of India
Downpour throws life out of gear in Thane; 11 trees, 2 walls collapse Manoj Badgeri | Aug 5, 2016, 10.23 PM IST Thane: Torrential rains (nearly 70 mm) that showered in the last 12 hours in the city coupled with a 4.5m high tide in Thane creek led to several disruption of urban life on Friday. Residents were greatly inconvenienced travelling to their respective destinations as few areas remained inundated and public transport modes were running sparse. Few schools reported less attendance as parents didn't allow the kids to venture out. The intensity of rains luckily lessened during late afternoon following which normalcy was restored. Around 11 cases of tree fall and 2 wall collapses were reported along with a fatal mishap were five cattle were killed reportedly due to electrocution in a cow shed near Brahmand. The animals were electrocuted after a high tension wire snapped and fell on the shed at Azad Nagar, informed a corporation official. "I have 90 animals tied in the shed. I stay nearby and following the incident in the morning, I heard a loud noise after which I rushed to the spot and saw the five animals' dead. These buffaloes were in close contact of an iron pole and must have got electrocuted. I had recently purchased them," claimed the owner of the shed. Meanwhile, around 11 huge trees fell in various parts of the city, with two major incidents reported at Vartak Nagar-8 where few chawl tenements suffered damages due to the tree fall. A short circuit in the meter box at Shrinagar, Wagle estate triggered a minor blaze, but was controlled by the rescue officials. Waterlogging was reported on the side lane of the Nashik highway, which was soon cleared by the civic team. New potholes surfacing on city roads proved to cause menace to residents. "Traffic was affected at several stretches and office-goers and students faced problems during morning peak hour," said a police officer. Parents of few students from the city said their children had to miss studies as the school buses were arriving late due to traffic jams on several city roads. "Buses had to take a long detour to reach Mumbra due to perennial traffic jams on Panvel highway which delayed their schedules. We were forced to make calls to the bus staff to know their location before readying our children for school," said Alfarooq Raut, a parent from Mumbra. Commuters travelling within the city and Mumbai also faced inconvenience as fewer autos and taxi drivers plied fearing damage to their vehicles. A commuter said she had to wait for nearly 30 minutes at the auto stand at Thane statoin as not many vehicles were plying. Public transport buses were also sparingly moving in city roads. The railway services stopped working in the morning for few minutes. Railway officials said track circuits and rakes were likely to be damaged if operated during inundation and so they restricted the services for few time. Commuters on the other hand, blamed the inefficiency of the administration to ensure smooth functioning of trains despite regular maintenance. "We were waiting for trains to arrive but only few arrived and those that left for Mumbai got stranded near Ghatkopar. The regular snags and water logging blows the lid off the tall claims made by the railways of being rain ready," lamented a commuter.
2016-08-04MNS floats penguins in Thane potholes as protest - Daily News & Analysis
MNS floats penguins in Thane potholes as protest The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in Thane has found a novel way to protest against the pothole-riddled roads. The party members on Wednesday floated plastic penguins in these huge craters that look like mini-ponds in Majiwada. "These potholes clearly expose the apathetic attitude of the civic authorities towards road work. These roads are not only a nightmare for drivers but are also a cause of road accidents," said MNS's Avinash Jadhav. Last week, Congress had protested against bad roads in Mulund by filling the potholes with replicas of Indian currency. The party members said the notes were symbolic of the corruption that goes on inside the civic body.
2016-08-04Woman nabbed stealing phone at Thane station - Times of India
Woman nabbed stealing phone at Thane station Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Aug 4, 2016, 10.32 PM IST Thane: An alert team of Nirbhaya all-women squad from the Thane railway police nabbed a mobile thief redhanded while she was trying to steal a fellow passenger's cell phone. The police recovered two smart phones collectively worth over Rs 30,000 from her possession. The accused, a 22-year old woman from Diva used to target female passengers trying to board crowded trains from platform 5 at Thane station. On Tuesday night, she was about to target a female commuter trying to board a Kalyan local from the station when the team nabbed her. "We found the woman loitering around in a suspicious manner and so we decided to keep a track of her. We saw her opening the purse of a lady commuter and stealing her phone and immediately nabbed her," said one of the female constable in the team.
2016-08-04After Mahad tragedy, authorities shut down 153-year-old bridge in Thane - Hindustan Times
After Mahad tragedy, authorities shut down 153-year-old bridge in Thane Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Thane | Updated: Aug 04, 2016 15:00 IST A day after the Mahad bridge collapse, the 153-year-old British-era Old Kalwa Bridge was closed down for traffic at midnight on Wednesday by the Thane traffic police. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) said the bridge will be closed for both light and heavy vehicles because its foundation is weak. The Old Kalwa bridge was constructed in 1863. Sandeep Palave, deputy commissioner of traffic said, The structural audit of the bridge was done in 2010, which declared that the bridge was dangerous for heavy vehicles. After this audit, there was no audit in the past six years. We had permitted only two- and three-wheelers on the bridge all these years. Only pedestrians are allowed to use this bridge. The traffic department has asked the TMC to conduct a fresh audit of the bridge. Palave said the decision to reopen the bridge for light vehicles will be taken depending on a fresh audit report. The TMC, however, claimed there is no need of an audit as the bridge is already in a dangerous situation. Ratan Awsarmol, city engineer of TMC, said, A year ago, we did a fresh audit that said the bridge is dangerous for commute and conveyed it to the traffic department. The foundation of the bridge is weak and it can't be repaired. But as it is a heritage structure, we cannot demolish it. Closing the bridge will increase congestion on the new Kalwa Bridge by 30%, the traffic department said. Work on a third bridge is in progress, which will ease the load on the existing bridge.
After Mahad tragedy, authorities shut down 153-year-old bridge in Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-08-03Thane Tribunal Awards Rs 44 Lakh Relief For Man's Death In Road ... - NDTV
Thane Tribunal Awards Rs 44 Lakh Relief For Man's Death In Road Accident Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: August 03, 2016 16:11 IST Thane: An automobile dealer and his insurer have been asked by Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal to pay Rs 44.74 lakh to a woman and her two children for the death of her husband in a road accident in 2013. Tribunal Chairman and Principal District Judge SM Gavhane directed M/s Asset Auto Pvt Ltd, Dimapur, Nagaland (as the offending car was registered in Nagaland), owned by Parvinder Singh, and Bharti AXA General Insurance Company to jointly and severally make the payment to the claimants with 9 per cent interest from May 2013.On March 2, 2013, 55-year-old Gorakh Jadhav was walking on a road at Nerul in Navi Mumbai when the opponent's BMW hit him. Mr Jadhav sustained serious injuries and died on way to hospital. An offence of rash and negligent driving was registered against the vehicle driver with Nerul police, said the claimants Mr Jadhav's widow Sharda Gorakh Jadhav (49), and children Anil Gorakh Jadhav (25) and Arpana Gorakh Jadhav (23) in their application before the MACT. The claimants' advocate, GA Vinod, informed the MACT that Jadhav was working with the BEST as an office assistant and drawing monthly salary of around Rs 50,000. They sought a compensation of Rs 53.55 lakh along with 18 per cent interest from the two respondents. However, the respondents contended that the deceased's two children were major and cannot be said to be dependent on him. The deceased himself was negligent in crossing the road and dashed against the offending car. Therefore, the applicants are not entitled to compensation, they said. The interest rate of 18 per cent as claimed was highly excessive and would not be more than 6 per cent, they said. The judge noted that though it is a case of both the opponents that the accident took place due to negligence of the deceased and there was no negligence of driver of the offending car, they have adduced no evidence to substantiate this contention. They have also not examined the offending car's drive, as he was the best witness to state that there was no negligence on his part. Therefore, an adverse inference can be drawn against both the opponents that the accident took place due to rash and negligent driving of the car driver, and that there was no negligence of the deceased, the judge observed recently. Hence, he awarded a compensation of Rs 44,74,928, which includes loss of dependency, consortium and funeral expenses, to the claimants.
Thane Tribunal Awards Rs 44 Lakh Relief For Man
2016-08-03Two constables held for taking bribe in Thane | Zee News - Zee News
Two constables held for taking bribe in Thane Last Updated: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 16:33 Constables Sandeep Vaidya and Rajendra Sonawane, both aged 30, attached to Police Control room at Bhiwandi, had recently demanded Rs 15,000 bribe from a complainant, a sand supplier, by threatening to lodge a false case against him, Inspector Sanjay Sadigle told PTI. According to the complainant, the two constables on many occasions in the past had intercepted his trucks supplying sand and use to threaten drivers asking to shell out money or else they will take action against him on charges of illegally transporting sand. He then filed a complaint with Thane unit of the ACB yesterday and after which a trap was laid at Vanzarpatti Naka last evening, the officer said. A case under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act was lodged against the two constables and further investigations were on, added Sadigle.
2016-08-03Buy fresh farm veggies from farmers directly at Gaondevi maidan in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
Buy fresh farm veggies from farmers directly at Gaondevi maidan in Thane To financially empower the drought-hit farmers in Maharashtra and to cut down the middlemen in the trade of agricultural products, a weekly farmers' market will be held at Gaondevi maidan in Thane, every Saturday. The uniqueness of these weekly farmers’ markets would be that 27 types of vegetables from Nashik, Palghar, Murbad, and from other drought-affected areas would be sold by the farmers themselves. On August 6, be ready to buy farm fresh veggies at affordable rates from farmers at Gaondevi maidan. “Since everyone is aware about how the farmers suffer as the middlemen takes away the lion's share of the profit, we have decided to start these weekly markets in Thane,” said Thane-based MLA Sanjay Kelkar from BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), who also heads the Sanskar NGO. The initiative has been taken up jointly by Sanskar NGO (non-governmental organisation) and the Maharashtra state’s agricultural marketing board also known as Krishi Panan Mandal. “If the response is good to this market, then we will host such weekly bazaar at two to three more spots in Thane,” said Kelkar. Sanskar NGO also hosts aamba mahotsav (mango festival), every year at Gaondevi maidan where farmers from Konkan and other parts of the state sell variety of mangoes to Thanekars directly. This annual event is looked forward to by not only Thanekars, but also by people from Mumbai and Navi Mumbai as people get fresh mangoes for 30 to 35% less than the market price. “Like aamba mahotsav, we hope that even this farmers’ market will receive a good response from Thane residents,” added Kelkar.
Buy fresh farm veggies from farmers directly at Gaondevi maidan in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
2016-08-03Thane girl comes third in all-India CA exam - Daily News & Analysis
Thane girl comes third in all-India CA exam The Chartered Accountants Intermediate Integrated Professional Competence (IPC) examination result was declared recently. The group I pass percentage is 9.18% and group II is 7.06%, while that of those appearing for both is 4.78%. The first rank has been secured by a Pune boy, whereas second and third rankers are two girls from Indore and Thane, respectively. Tanishq Shrikant Kale from Pune scored 76.14%, while Indore's Saloni Jindal stood second with 75.43% and Sree Bhavishya Amisagadda from Thane came third with 74.86%. The exam was conducted in May. The total number of candidates who took only group I was 65,672; the number of those who appeared for group II only was 56,742. In group I, 6,028 candidates passed, while in group II, 4,004 passed. The total number of candidates that appeared for both groups was 47,979, out of which 8,279 passed only in group I (pass percentage 17.26) and only 46 passed only in group II (pass percentage 0.10). The total number of candidates passing both groups is 2,295. Amisagadda, while speaking to dna, said, "My parents have an engineering background and even my brother is pursuing engineering. But I wanted to become a CA. I chose it as it's a very challenging profession." "This is the second level of CA examination and was my first attempt. I studied at least 10 hours a day and revised twice before the examination; that helped me get this rank."
Thane girl comes third in all-India CA exam - Daily News & Analysis
2016-08-02Thane residents start Shravan by fasting & feasting - Times of India
Thane residents start Shravan by fasting Freny Fernandes | TNN | Aug 3, 2016, 02.26 AM IST THANE: Maharashtrians in the lake city are all set to welcome the season of festival. With the holy month of Shravan beginning on Wednesday onwards, people have started cleaning their homes. Diyas have been cleaned, lit up and lined along their windows and doorways. Shravan month brings with it an array of festivals like Raksha Bandhan, Naag Panchami, Ganesh Chaturthi and so on. The onset of the holy month of Shraavan also brings along a season of fasting and prayers as well as luck and celebrations. Kameshwari Kulkarni, a Vartak Nagar resident said, "We begin the month of Shravan by cleaning our homes and lighting diyas. We light the diyas (on Amavasya) and place them around the windows and doorways to brighten the no moon night. We perform a number of prayer rituals and observe fast on Mondays and Tuesdays. Some even fast on Saturdays throughout the month. Lord Shiva is worshipped and a fistful of different variety of grains is placed before him on each Monday of the entire month. Devotees refrain from eating meat and drinking alcohol during this entire month which is considered to be holy and which ends with tithori Amavasya." "During this month, we prepare different types of seasonal leafy vegetables and greens as well as sweets. I prepare a dal based sweet called mangala every Friday and give it to my children after placing it before the small temple in our home," said Sangeeta Sukhi, a Waghbil area resident. As this season is considered to be very auspicious, Thaneites take the opportunity to buy new furniture, jewellery, vehicles and so on for a hint of luck. "We have been planning to buy a new television for a month now in addition to some jewellery for Ganpati, but decided to wait till Shravan as it is a lucky season. People consider this month to be very holy and many who plan to get married don't even wait for any specific mahurat, as the entire month is auspicious," said Rutuja Honkote, a Pachpakhadi resident. While the adults in the city look after the ritualistic aspect of the holy month, the youngsters get busy in the preparations for festivals like Dahi Handi, Raksha Bandhan and Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. "While all the dances and performances at these festivals seem like a lot of fun, it takes a lot of prior practice to get there. From exercises to practices, we have to devote our time to it all and manoeuvre around college lecture schedules," said Rohit Manjrekar, a Hari Om Nagar resident.
2016-08-02Thane residents get cautious after 'July 26-like' rains on Sunday - Daily News & Analysis
Thane residents get cautious after July 26-like rains on Sunday Torrential rains of Sunday made Thanekars come out with caution on Monday. Those whose residences were flooded took the efforts to save their furniture, while some left early for work to beat any possible commute problems. On July 31, Rakesh Pednekar's ground floor apartment at Sahyadri society in Kalwa was flooded with rain water. "This is the first time after the deluge of July 26, 2005 that Thane witnessed such heavy rainfall on Sunday," said Pednekar. The water inside his apartment rendered his refrigerator and inverter dysfunctional and the electrical wiring was also affected. "On Monday, we took all our furniture and other belongings on to the first floor," he added. Heavy rainfall also affected the areas of Vartaknagar and Hirnanandani. Many people had to walk down from Teen Hath Naka to Hiranandani as there was heavy water logging coupled with traffic jam on the roads. "So, today I took a rickshaw rather than taking my own car. But thankfully, the traffic situation was much better," said Anil Patil, a Naupada resident. Even the shopkeepers were badly affected by water logging and had to lift all their wares and keep them on tables. "There was one foot water in my shop yesterday, which destroyed all the food grain bags kept on the floor. So I kept them up on the table today to avoid more such losses," said Bharat Shah, who owns a general store at Kharkar Ali near Jambhalinaka in Thane (West). Not only water logging but even commute was on the minds of a lot commuters on Monday. Hence, people like Pradeep Kapoor from Ulhasnagar took an early train on Monday for his workplace in Parel. "Since it has been raining incessantly from yesterday, I i left home at 6.30am and reached office on time," said Kapoor. "I heard there was a derailment and after that and many of my colleagues got stuck and reached late," he added.
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2016-08-02Thane, Palghar villages on alert as Modak Sagar, Tansa reservoirs overflow - Mid-Day
Thane, Palghar villages on alert as Modak Sagar, Tansa reservoirs overflow By PTI | Posted 02-Aug-2016 Thane: Seventy-eight villages in Thane and Palghar districts of Maharashtra have been put on alert after two reservoirs supplying water to Mumbai have started overflowing, officials said on Tuesday. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has alerted disaster management cells of Thane and Palghar districts about overflowing of two reservoirs, Modak Sagar and Tansa, due to continues downpour in the catchment areas, officials said. Assistant Engineer of MCGM's Water Supplies Department GB Chitrawanshi said the Mumbai civic body has alerted disaster management cells of both the districts. Accordingly, 78 villagers were put on alert by the concerned cells, officials said. According to the officials from Palghar District Collectorate, the actual rainfall in the district till today was 1863.80 mm as compared to the average rainfall of 1514.80 mm.
Thane, Palghar villages on alert as Modak Sagar, Tansa reservoirs overflow - Mid-Day
2016-08-02Villages in Thane and Palghar alerted after two lakes overflow - Mumbai Mirror
Villages in Thane and Palghar alerted after two lakes overflow By Yogesh NaikYogesh Naik, Mumbai Mirror | Aug 3, 2016, 01.29 AM IST Parts of Thane and Palghar were flooded as the two reservoirs overflowed due to heavy rainsNearly 80 villages in Thane and Palghar have been put on alert after two lake reservoirs Modak Sagar and Tansa started overflowing. Tansa started overflowing at 2 am on Tuesday and Modak Sagar started overflowing at 10.28 pm. "The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has alerted the disaster management cells of Thane and Palghar about the overflow of the two reservoirs which occurred because of a continuous downpour into the catchment areas," the assistant engineer of MCGM's Water Supplies Department GB Chitrawanshi said. Notices have also been sent the all the collectors in Thane and Palghar as many parts of Palghar were waterlogged. Accordingly, the villages were put on alert by the concerned cells. According to officials from the Palghar District Collectorate, the actual rainfall in the district so far was 1863.80 mm, much higher than the average rainfall of 1514.80 mm. On Monday, Nashik experienced heavy rains and officials say this will help the filling up of the Upper Vaitarna and Middle Vaitarna lakes. Meanwhile in Mumbai, the BMC has cautioned people staying on the banks of the Mithi river as the Vehar and Tulsi lakes have overflowed, because of the Mithi river.
Villages in Thane and Palghar alerted after two lakes overflow - Mumbai Mirror
2016-08-02No flood threat to Thane district, says Collector | Business Standard ... - Business Standard
No flood threat to Thane district, says Collector Thane Last Updated at August 3, 2016 00:07 IST Despite heavy rainfall in Thane district in the last few days, there is no flood threat in any part under its jurisdiction, Collector Mahendra Kalyankar today said. He appealed to the citizens not to believe in rumours about flooding in Thane district. He was addressing a meeting of officials from various departments like revenue, irrigation, and disaster management. At the meeting, the officials told the Collector there was no threat of flood in the district, which received heavy rainfall in the last few days. The Collector took a review of the present situation and water level in dams, among other issues, during the meeting. Bhatsa dam, a key water source, is filled up to 86 per cent of its capacity, officials said. The Irrigation Department has 11 minor irrigation dams and they all filled to capacity, but pose no flood threat, they said.
2016-08-01Fire brigade rescues 12 picnickers from overflowing stream in Thane - Mumbai Mirror
Fire brigade rescues 12 picnickers from overflowing stream in Thane By Yogesh NaikYogesh Naik, Mumbai Mirror | Aug 1, 2016, 09.22 AM IST An outing to a stream behind Haware City near Ghodbunder Road in Thane turned into a harrowing time for a group of 12, including two women and three children, after the members got trapped in the overflowing waterway. They were rescued by the Thane fire brigade. Officials from Thane civic body said the stream, which flows from the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, is a favourite spot among picnickers. With Thane seeing torrential downpour on Sunday morning, the stream turned ferocious, leaving no time for the group to escape. "After they began screaming for help, locals and other revellers at the spot alerted the fire brigade. We used ladders and ropes to rescue the members," said an official from Thane Municipal Corporation. The operation which started around noon lasted for nearly 90 minutes. A forest department official from SGNP said they have put up warning boards across the park warning people of flash floods in streams during monsoon, but "many choose to ignore the message and land in trouble". In Majiwada, nearly 60 students got stuck in their classrooms after their school got inundated. They were taken to safety by firefighters from the Balkum fire station. A portion of the SGNP boundary wall collapsed at Hattipool due to water gushing down from the hills. In Ramnagar, a nullah caved in.
2016-08-014 Killed In Thane Rains, Debris Clearing Still On In Bhiwandi Mishap - NDTV
4 Killed In Thane Rains, Debris Clearing Still On In Bhiwandi Mishap Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: August 01, 2016 12:42 IST Thane: At least four persons lost their lives in rain-related incidents in the district which was pounded by heavy showers, even as debris clearing operation was in Bhiwandi where a building collapsed yesterday killing nine persons. A 26-year-old man drowned in Mahuli waterfall at Sahapur in the district yesterday. The body was later fished out and sent for post-mortem, district disaster management officer Asmita Nikam said. Besides, three young men, who had gone for a swim in the Tansa river at Dhakivali on Wada Bhiwandi road, were swept away in the water yesterday. The bodies of the three young men, identified as Baban Madvi, Vilas Joshi and Devidas Pati were yet to be recovered, Ms Nikam said.According to police, the men were from Airoli in Navi Mumbai and had gone to Wada for a picnic. Meanwhile, the operation to clear the debris of the collapsed building in Bhiwandi's Gaibi Nagar continued today with the help of a NDRF team. The Shanti Nagar police have registered offences in connection with incident. The rescue team fears some persons might still be trapped under the debris and things will be clear once the entire operation is completed. Nine persons, including a woman and her four sons, were killed in the building collapse yesterday. District Collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar said out of the total 22 injured in the mishap, 16 people were being treated at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Bhiwandi. The others were treated and discharged by late last night. Thane city recorded a whopping 286 mm rainfall yesterday, Thane Municipal Corporation's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. The maximum rainfall recorded in the city during previous years was - 163.60 mm (Aug 30, 2010), 252.50 mm (July 29, 2011), 264 mm (Sep 3, 2012), 315 mm (Jun 9, 2013), 176 mm (Jul 29, 2014) and 179.5 mm (Jun 18, 2015), he said. Besides, the city has so far received a total 2,251 mm rainfall during the season till this morning, as against 1,557 mm during the same period last year, he said. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway was flooded near Kinara Dhaba and traffic movement was affected for hours last night, Palghar rural police control said. In Thane city, the authorities got several calls of flooding, tree fall, wall collapse etc. Mayor Sanjay More said the flooding on Ghodbunder Road near Hiranandani Estate was due to faulty construction of water discharge pipeline and he would take up the issue with the MSRDC.
4 Killed In Thane Rains, Debris Clearing Still On In Bhiwandi Mishap - NDTV
2016-08-013 held for planting explosives to kill man in Thane - Mid-Day
3 held for planting explosives to kill man in Thane By PTI Posted 01-Aug-2016 Thane: Police have arrested three youths, including two brothers, for allegedly planting an explosive in a bottle to kill a man who had asked one of them to stay away from a girl in Padgha village in the district. One woman was seriously injured in the explosion which occurred on July 28. The accused are identified as Pramod Dalvi, Siddesh Dalvi and Roshal Shelar. The trio had allegedly placed a bag containing the bottle wrapped in a gift pack on two-wheeler of one Abhijit Gharat on July 26, said district SP Mahesh Patil in a press conference here today. He said Gharat took the parcel inside his house, but kept it aside due to foul odour coming from it. However, his mother Rekha opened the bottle out of curiosity on July 28, triggering the explosion. Explaining the motive behind the crime, police said one of the accused, Pramod was in love with the girl from their village who was also courted by a man who was friend of Gharat. Gharat and his friend had asked Pramod to stay away from her. Police said one of the accused, Siddesh assembled the explosive inside the bottle and attached a detonator and a switch. Additional Superintendent of Police Prashant Kadam said Roshan helped Siddesh in procuring the dynamite and other material. Shahapur division DYSP Vishal Thakur said the police rule out the possibility of any terror angle as of now. The trio were charged under various sections of IPC and the Explosives Act.

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