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|2017-08-31||Thane man says, cops abandoned search for his girl for CM's ribbon ... - Mid-Day|
Thane man says, cops abandoned search for his girl for CM's ribbon-cutting Mumbai | Posted 31-Aug-2017 More than 24 hours after Gauri Jaiswal, 14, was swept away in the floods in Thane, her family still can't find her. But she's not the only one missing: Even as the family frantically wades through filthy nullahs in search of the teenager, there's no sign of the authorities. Why? They're far too busy rubbing shoulders with CM Devendra Fadnavis, who was less than 2 km away, inaugurating the new Kalwa and Kasarvadavli police stations.Gauri was swept away by the floods right outside her house in Thane West said her father, Ashok Jaiswal. "She had come out of the house as it was flooded and she fell into a nullah. We have been looking for her, but the water is waist-high," he said. "The authorities were with us till this morning (Wednesday), but since 11 am, they left us to search for her on our own. Such negligence is unacceptable,' said Ashok, alleging that they were all busy with the inauguration.Yet another local, Deepali Bansode, 27, went missing in the flood. "I was about to pick her up from her workplace at Korum Mall. She waved at me and then suddenly, she was no longer there," recalled her husband, Vishal. Despite repeated attempts by mid-day, the CM's office was unavailable for comment. Photographs show that TMC chief Sanjeev Jaiswal was busy with the inauguration ceremony as well. Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner said, "Our Disaster Management Cell and the Fire Brigade are only assigned the job of rescue."
|2017-08-31||Over 9000 Ganesh idols immersed on 7th day of visarjan - Times of India|
Over 9,000 Ganesh idols immersed on 7th day of visarjan Sep 1, 2017, 04:07 IST THANE: As many as 9,026 Ganesh and Gauri idols were immersed at 12 visarjan sites in various parts of the city on Thursday. The noise levels recorded by activists revealed an increase in the decibel levels.By 10pm, nearly 9,026 Ganesh idols were immersed. Of these, 8,567 were household idols, 449 Gauri idols and 10 from sarvajanik mandals. Several devotees preferred to wrap up the immersion festivities by early evening due to the fear of rain. Many residents said that they had read about the inconvenience faced by others on the fifth day due to the rains. So, they began early to avoid any problems. ''We have completed all the rituals at home and plan to immerse our household Ganpati by dusk. Some of our friends who had kept five-day idols had a tough time immersing them on Tuesday. So, we started early,'' said a family from Naupada. Luckily it did not rain making, it easier for the devotees. Activist Mahesh Bedekar, along with an NGO Matadat Jagran Manch, was mapping the noise levels at various places in the city. The noise levels at 6.30pm at Gokhale Road was 94dB, which was higher than the normal level of 72 to 75dB, while that at Talaopali immersion site was just 70 to 75dB as the authorities had convinced mandals not to play loud music or burst crackers, said Dr Bedekar. ''The noise levels were low when the processions began, but slowly it has started increasing. I will continue to monitor the noise decibels, he said. Meanwhile, the officials received a good response at the artificial ponds. The highest number of visarjans was registered at Upvan artificial pond with 1,580 immersions taking place, followed by Rayladevi ghat no.2 at 1,500 and Masunda at 1,247.
|2017-08-31||Two sucked into open drain, bodies found in Thane creek - Times of India|
Two sucked into open drain, bodies found in Thane creek Sep 1, 2017, 04:38 IST THANE: With the authorities on Thursday fishing out the floating bodies of a 29-year-old woman and a 14-year-old schoolgirl from below the Kalwa bridge and the Thane creek over 60 hours after they were swept into an open drain near a mall, the death toll due to drowning in Thane rose to six on Thursday while one more person is still reported missing. Officials said the bodies of Deepali Bansode (29), employed with a commercial unit in Korum Mall, and Gauri Jaiswal (14) travelled a distance of nearly 3.5km. Santosh Kadam, chief of regional disaster management cell (RDMC), said, "Both the bodies were found floating in Thane creek. The two were possibly sucked inside the flooded drain by the strong currents. First we found Bansode's body at Vitawa earlier in the day and then, we recovered Jaiswal's body from under the Kalwa bridge late evening, after which it was sent to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital, Kalwa for post-mortem." It is learnt that Bansode had left the mall on Tuesday evening around 5.30 pm only to be greeted with the sight of harried commuters, struggling to reach their destinations. Gripped with panic and fear, the woman's countless attempts to cross the road and make her way out of the waist deep waters were fruitless."Bansode resides in Patilwadi near Siddheshwar Lake opposite Korum Mall. She called her husband Vishal to fetch her. However, he was unable to get his two-wheeler through the waterlogged area and was waiting for her for two hours on the opposite side of the road even as he instructed her to cross the road," a colleague working with the victim told TOI. "The water from the drain was rising steadily and by the time Bansode had reached the service road opposite the mall it had rose above her waist. It appears that she slipped in the flowing water and the current drew her in the drain. To add to her troubles, there was a tree fall as well in the vicinity, because of which people were trapped for some time," a family member told TOI. Later, the husband approached the Vartak Nagar police to file a missing person's complaint. Messages were even circulated on the social media, with a picture of the young woman. Gauri Jaiswal, a student of Divine Holy Convent English High School, also fell into the same drain. Her relative told TOI, "Gauri was unable to hold and lost her balance was fell in the flowing drain. A stranger tried to help her, but the flow was so strong, that she slipped through his fingers and fell inside."
|2017-08-31||Pregnant woman slips on muddy rain water, foetus hurt - Times of India|
Pregnant woman slips on muddy rain water, foetus hurt Sep 1, 2017, 04:07 IST THANE: A Delhi-based 25-year-old pregnant woman, who was on a brief visit to her parent's house at Nalpada in Kapurbawdi, reportedly slipped and fell in her house thereby injuring her foetus on Tuesday. She slipped due to the muddy water accumulated after the heavy rainfall. Kanchan Soni, the victim, is under observation at a private hospital and doctors attending to her said the fall had hurt the four-month-old foetus requiring a surgery. Neighbours rushed to the aid of the woman after she fell and admitted her to a private hospital at Tikujiniwadi.
|2017-08-30||Upcoming and affordable properties in Mumbai's Shil-Thane - Business Standard|
Upcoming and affordable properties in Mumbai's Shil-Thane Last Updated at August 31, 2017 04:43 IST Shil-Thane, also known as Shilphata, is advantageously located on the junction of National Highway-4 and Kalyan-Shilphata road. Given the pace of development, the real estate potential of this area can emulate that of Ghodbunder Road in the future. It is becoming a popular residential destination for people employed in areas like Turbhe, Koper Khairane. Shil-Thane has several excellent location attributes which have resulted in rapidly increasing attention of homebuyers as well as builders. It is basically a confluence point for several major areas such as Navi Mumbai, the ...
|2017-08-30||Rain fury: Drowning deaths, missing cases, tree & wall collapses bring Thane to halt - Times of India|
Rain fury: Drowning deaths, missing cases, tree & wall collapses bring Thane to halt Aug 31, 2017, 01:55 IST THANE: Four persons are said to have drowned in separate incidents while two others were reported missing in as the heavy rains almost paralysing the city for 12 hours. The city reportedly received the heaviest rainfall of 314mm, bringing alive the images of the catastrophe of July 26, 2005. Four persons were found dead at Anand Nagar, near Kalwa railway station, near a Korum Mall nullah and near K Villa respectively. Meanwhile, Indira Nagar's 12-year-old Gouri Jaiswal, who was walking home with her father slipped and fell in a drain adjoining the Eastern Express Highway and a 34-year-old resident of Ramnagar got swept away after falling off. The two were yet to be traced till Wednesday night. Around 3 lakh homes had no power supply. Around 3,000 civic officials deployed at various points of the city were on their toes attending to complaints from various parts of the city. Santosh Kadam, Regional Disaster Management Cell chief said they received nearly 93 complaints of tree falls, wall collapse, water logging, landslides and fire to name a few. Municipal officers said nearly 148mm rainfall was recorded in an hour since 4:30pm on Tuesday. As many as 16 trees toppled in several parts of the city. Lokmanya Nagar, Siddhachal, Manpada, Patlipada, Panchpakhadi and Swarkar Nagar witnessed inundation due to heavy rains. Wall collapse and stray incidents of nullah overflowing and submerging surrounding areas were reported in various parts of the city. Motorists had to take long detours or wait till the water receded to reach their respective destinations.Rachit Gupta, a Vartak Nagar resident, said, he was unable to return home from Vasant Vihar in the afternoon as all the roads leading to his house were inundated. "I tried driving via Laxminarayan residency but the area was flooded. I took a U-turn to travel via Majiwada but even that stretch was inundated. We were stranded for nearly two hours for a 15-minute drive within the city," said Gupta. As many as 3,000 staff, including conservancy workers were on duty while nearly 12 excavators and 25 dumpers were deployed to keep the city free of any rain-related problems. The heavy rains and water gushing down the Yeoor hills left a huge volume of slush on city roads. Nearly 450 tonne of slush was removed from various parts of the city, including Sambhaji Nagar till Wednesday morning. Nearly 35 of the 240 Thane Municipal Transport buses developed faults on Wednesday. Officials said water logging at Gaimukh and Ghodbunder led to cancellations of Thane-Borivli AC bus services. While Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde has directed authorities to take stock of the quantum of the damage and losses suffered by residents, civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal has asked his staff to stay on alert during the next few days of heavy rains.
|2017-08-30||Only sound of rain in Thane as deluge drowns decibels on day-5 of visarjan - Times of India|
Only sound of rain in Thane as deluge drowns decibels on day-5 of visarjan Aug 31, 2017, 01:53 IST THANE: The rain gods played havoc on Tuesday with heavy showers lashing the city, causing floods in several areas. Due to this, the fifth day Ganpati visarjan celebrations were dampened. Unlike the procession that used to have usual dhol tasha, jankar beats and an orchestra, those devotees who braved the rain and carried out the visarjan ceremony had to do it on a low key note. More than 21,000 household and community Ganesh idols were immersed at the nine visarjan spots in the city on Tuesday. But all this was done without much fanfare. "Every year we used to immerse the idol near Retibunder but there was water logging and traffic congestion every where. So, we shifted the immersion venue to Upvan. It was the first time in 11 years that we immersed the idol in an artificial lake. We took the four-and-a-half feet idol in an open truck towards the lake. We did not have a musical procession as there was no one to dance to the music of the dhol nor were there musicians avaiable due to the rain," said Kapil Sarang, from the Kores Nakshatra housing complex.The police records showed that as many as 21,401 household Ganesh idols and 41 community idols were immersed till late Tuesday night. The officials claimed that most of the immersions occurred late as the rain had reduced. Most housing societies were forced to carry out the visarjan in their swimming pool. "Heavy rains had resulted in water logging in our complex We then took the decision to immerse the idol in the swimming pool," said a resident of Lodha complex at Majiwada. Some residents could not carry out the immersion as they were stuck and could not reach home. "I had gone to Mumbai for some work. My father and I were stuck there till late Tuesday evening. So my family decided to do a small puja and we will carry out the visarjan on the seventh day," said Natraj Ganesh, a resident of Vasant Vihar.
|2017-08-30||Mucky, dirty rainwater gushes into underground tanks at housing societies - Times of India|
Mucky, dirty rainwater gushes into underground tanks at housing societies Aug 31, 2017, 01:52 IST THANE: Despite such heavy rainfall across the city, drinking water taps dispensed contaminated water and residents were forced to buy drinking water in many complexes across the city. The underground water tanks in many societies got mixed with the muddy rainwater, hence contaminating the entire water tanks. The two water tanks in the basement area of Jasmine Towers at Vasant Vihar were breached by the overflowing roadside water. "The water levels started rising suddenly and entered our society on Tuesday afternoon. The muddy water started filling into the two tanks at the basement. I immediately asked to shut-down the transfer of this water into the over-head tanks. Also, the residents were alerted to ration their drinking water till such time that we clean up these two tanks," said Bijay Yadav, chairman of Jasmine Tower. He added, "We have deployed plumbers and cleaners to empty the tanks and clean them. We also called in a tanker to supply water. Residents were forced to buy bottled water," Yadav told TOI.Many other housing societies in the old city, new city and especially Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva belt are still suffering the consequences of Tuesday's deluge and are getting contaminated and muddy water in their taps. "Almost all the civic water connections to the chawls as well as housing societies in Diva run through small or big nallah. The heavy rains raised the drainage water level to an extent where these pipelines were submerged. Even minor leakage must have led to muddy rainwater mixing with the water in the pipeline," said Adesh Bhagat, a Diva based activist.P Jaisinghani, a senior citizen from Kalwa added, "The bathroom drain began overflowing. The water from the nallahs and the railways that run behind our complex also gushed in. The accumulated water damaged all the vehicles in our complex." Another resident from Glady Alvares Road said, "It began pouring from 4:30 pm on Tuesday and things went from bad to worse. Our area was flooded and water even entered our compound, a tree collapsed on several vehicles and a part of the compound wall fell towards the outside," said TN Raghunatha, chairman of the residents of Eden Woods complex.
|2017-08-30||Commuters struggled at Thane station - The Asian Age|
Commuters struggled at Thane station Published : Aug 31, 2017, 3:06 am IST Updated : Aug 31, 2017, 3:07 am IST Mumbai: Thousands of commuters struggled to reach home from Thane station on Wednesday morning after they got stranded outside their homes due to Tuesday’s heavy downpour that disrupted railroad commute. The Thane-Kalyan suburban railway services resumed on Tuesday night itself but commuters stranded in Mumbai, especially in Dadar, South Mumbai and other areas on the night intervening Tuesday and Wednesday struggled to return to Thane. On Wednesday morning, thousands of commuters took Eastern Freeway to reach Thane. But commuters had to face difficulties, as frequency from Thane to Dombivali was very poor. The rains had halted the suburban train services on Tuesday. But late in the night, Western Railway managed to run local, though in slow pace, from Churchgate. The Central Railway had its own problem as the Mithi river water was not going back between Sion and Kurla stations, the services was stopped entirely. But, the Central Railway administration had cleared the track from Thane to Kalyan on Tuesday night. When the news of services resuming towards downside from Thane came, thousands of commuters tried to reach Thane. The police had stopped Eastern Expressway too as water logging in King’s Circle area was high. So, on early Wednesday morning, sub-urban commuters took to private vehicles to reach Thane via Eastern freeway. But their difficulties didn’t stop there. The Thane station was already crowded as huge numbers of commuters were waiting for the locals on the bridge as well as platform numbers 2 and 5. Though Central Railway had started Thane Kalyan service, the frequency was poor. Almost every train that started after 6.30 in the morning till 12 in the noon had a huge crowd. “For the first time, I am seeing such a crowded train for down locals in the morning,” said Uday Nevalkar, who wanted to reach his office in Kalyan.
|2017-08-30||Mumbai rains LIVE: Bodies stuck under Thane West nullah, says disaster management dept - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai rains HIGHLIGHTS: Downpour kills 19, leaves 16 injured Mumbai started crawling back to life as rainfall abated on Wednesday. Municipal authorities began clearing the roads and the suburban rail network started functioning again. A day earlier, Mumbai received more than 300mm of rain that led to waist-deep floods, paralysing the city, disrupting flights and leaving thousands of people stranded at workplaces, stations and in cars. Updated: Aug 30, 2017 17:34 IST The weather bureau has said Mumbai can expect light to moderate showers on Wednesday as the monsoon clouds are heading north towards Goa and Gujarat. The Meteorological department’s prediction came even as the flood-hit city tried to cope with the massive deluge that left vast areas under water and people stranded overnight at train stations and offices. Between 8.30 am and 8.30 pm on Tuesday, the Santacruz weather station, representative of the suburbs and rest of Mumbai, recorded 331.4 mm rain, categorised as ‘extremely heavy’. Colaba, representative of south Mumbai, recorded 101.8 mm during the period. The rainfall this time is expected to surpass the 24-hour August record of 346.2 mm received on August 22, 1997. The downpour brought Mumbai and its satellite towns to a standstill on Tuesday, disrupting rail, road and air services. A two-year-old was killed in building collapse in Vikhroli’s Varsha Nagar while two died in another house collapse in Surya Nagar.
|2017-08-30||Mumbai Rains: 2 dead and 3 missing in Thane - Mid-Day|
Mumbai Rains: 2 dead and 3 missing in Thane Thane | Posted 30-Aug-2017 Two people drowned and three are missing in various parts of Thane due to Tuesday's flooding. The two bodies of the two who died were recovered; search is on for the other three. Rajina Shaikh, 32, drowned in the Kalwa Nullah and was declared dead on arrival at the Chatrapati Shivaji Hospital in Kalwa. Shahid Shaikh, 28, who was visiting the Mama Bhanja Dargah in Thane Hills, fell off a cliff and was found near Korum Mall. He was declared dead on arrival at the Criticare Hospital. Santosh Kadam, an officer at the Regional Disaster Management Cell of the Thane Municipal Corporation said, "Total five people were washed away. Among those missing is a three year-old girl Gauri Jaiswal. Another victim we are looking for has been identified as Manu Hatwal who drowned in the Ramnagar Nullah."
|2017-08-30||In Thane, the lakes take over home, shops - Mumbai Mirror|
IN THANE, THE LAKES TAKE OVER HOME, SHOPS By Gargi Verma and Vishal Rajemahadik, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Aug 30, 2017, 06.56 AM IST Heavy rains lead to the two lakes in Thane spilling over, railway comes to a standstill. Life in the eastern suburban town of Thane came to a standstill after all means of public transport – local trains and TMT buses came to a halt on Tuesday afternoon. While throughout the day, the city saw an overflow of water as two of its lakes spilled over, gusty winds and lashing rains made the evening an even difficult time for home dwellers and passerby alike. The Upwan and Talaopali lakes were full to the brim around noon, and as heavy rains continued, both lakes spilt over. The shops around both the lakes had water gushing inside them, even after they downed the shutters. According to Maniklal Seth, who runs a small food joint around the Upwan Lake, he had managed to just down his shutter and leave when a surge of water hit his shop, and soon water accumulated in front of the shop, making it inaccessible. “I don’t know how much damage has happened, as the water would have seeped in from under the shutter. Only after the water goes down will I be able to reopen it,” said Seth. He further added, “This is a huge blow for my business, rainy season is the top grossing season.” The Talaopali Lake, which is surrounded by roads that experience heavy traffic spilled over onto those roads, making them even more waterlogged. “When the water spilled across onto the main road, vehicles were skidding and having problems with the excess water on the roads,” said one of the shopkeepers, Jayawant Patil, from Thane. In the afternoon, after waterlogging at various stations started delaying railway services, people started gathering onto the ten platforms at Thane, waiting for some respite. The tracks at Thane started flooding in the afternoon, leading to people crossing the tracks, wading through kneedeep muddy water. While the trains were running late, the commuters had been relying on the bus service, which was discontinued in the evening, leaving hundreds of people stranded on the roads. Even electricity services were discontinued late in the evening, plunging houses already flooded with water into darkness. According to Maharashtra State Electricity Board spokesperson Anil Kamble, “We understand that a lot of the customers were affected, but we cut the electricity as the raising water levels were reaching our transformers and there was a danger of short circuits. So, we had to stop the electricity supply. As soon as possible, the supply will be restored, after the water level recedes or the danger abates.” After brief respite, Vasai-Virar, Palghar reel too Heavy rains lashed Vasai-Virar and the Palghar district post evening on Tuesday. While it had rained all night on Monday, citizens had felt they had finally stopped as Tuesday remained dry until evening. Palghar on Tuesday recorded around 134-mm of rainfall and the Palghar Disaster cell had signalled a high alert to all its departments, including the Palghar police. Heavy rainfall with thunderstorms, is expected till Tuesday night and for the next 24 hours as per the weather department. The coastal area of Palghar has been put on high alert due to the high tide.
|2017-08-29||6 Coaches Of Duronto Express Derail Near Thane - NDTV|
9 Coaches Of Duronto Express Derail Near Thane Duronto Express derailment is the third major accident in the last two weeks. Updated: August 29, 2017 11:09 IST Visuals showed passengers making their way out of the coaches themselves. Electric supply was shut off to prevent any loss of lives.Officials said the suburban local train services of the Central Railway in Mumbai and Thane were affected due to the derailment, hitting morning peak hours and commuter traffic. Local train services between Mumbai CSMT (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) and Kalyan remain unaffected, said the railway official. The exact cause of the derailment is not yet clear. However, sources say that a portion of the tracks were breached due to landslide after heavy rains in the Kasara Ghats section in the last three days. This is the third major incident of derailment in the past two weeks and the second affecting the Mumbai suburban sector in three days. On August 23, Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh injuring over 100 people. At least 23 people were killed and over 72 injured after 14 coaches of the Utkal Express ran off the tracks in Uttar Pradesh on August 20.
|2017-08-29||TBI Impact: This Thane Organisation Is Now Making Things Better for Bees! - The Better India|
How a Story in The Better India Led to Happier Bees in Thane’s Municipal Parks A non-profit organisation, based in Thane, took up the task of beekeeping a few months back, after being motivated by the story of an engineer who left his well-paid job to work towards beekeeping and conservation activities.Concerned Citizen’s Forum is a group of people from varied professional backgrounds, who came together three years ago to help facilitate initiatives and campaigns undertaken by other NGOs and groups in the region. “After reading the story published by TBI, we had realised that even our knowledge on the subject was limited. Understanding the concern that the young man featured in the article harboured about our survival, which was interlinked with the survival of bees, we decided to take a dive into the cause,” said Samir Pradhan, one of the active members of the Concerned Citizen’s Forum. With a keen interest in learning about the process of beekeeping, the organisation found its guide at the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in Thane. An organisation constituted on Gandhian principles, KVIC imparts knowledge of beekeeping and its maintenance free of cost!“Anyone can approach KVIC to learn about beekeeping. If a group of 20-25 individuals are willing to learn, the concerned authorities will organise workshops at your doorstep,” states Samir.Following the training, CCF has conducted many public awareness camps in collaboration with KVIC officials with practical hands-on sessions and FAQ sessions in both rural and urban sections in Thane along with informative programs for school children. One of the best initiatives that they could undertake was installing a beekeeping box at Yusuf Meherally Centre, where members of the Adivasi community in the region were trained and employed for care and maintenance. “Apart from helping save the bees, this initiative is helping the community have a livelihood from selling the honey that they can collect from the box,” Samir mentions. CCF had recently approached the city’s municipal corporation authorities with a proposal of placing at least one bee box in every municipal park in Thane.And, they have gotten approval from the authorities! “Through this initiative, we will be able to raise greater awareness about bees and help bust the myths surrounding the beings. Hopefully, we’ll be able to pull along more people on board towards making the environment a lot more friendly for the bees,” Samir adds.
|2017-08-29||Mumbai rains: Woman, teenage girl drown in rainwater-filled drains in Thane - The Indian Express|
Mumbai rains: Woman, teenage girl drown in rainwater-filled drains in Thane The deceased, Sainath Shaikh, was a housewife who resided in Shanti Nagar. In the second incident, 14-year-old Gauri Jailwar died after falling into a swollen drain near a mall here, they said. Published:August 29, 2017 11:07 pm A 32-year-old woman and a teenage girl died while two others were injured in rain-related incidents in Thane on Tuesday, civic officials said. The woman fell into a ‘nullah’ filled with rainwater in Kalwa and drowned, officials in the Disaster Management Cell of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) said. The deceased, Sainath Shaikh, was a housewife who resided in Shanti Nagar. In the second incident, 14-year-old Gauri Jailwar died after falling into a swollen drain near a mall here, they said. Two women were injured when the compound wall crashed on houses located in the Manpada locality, the officials said. Several houses were also damaged, they said. The city witnessed very heavy rains in which several trees were uprooted and vehicles washed away. The downpour also caused flooding in low-lying areas.
|2017-08-29||Mumbai Weather LIVE: Two Drown In Thane, Three Dead In Vikhroli - NDTV|
Mumbai Weather LIVE: Two Drown In Thane, Three Dead In Vikhroli Updated: August 30, 2017 01:05 IST MUMBAI: Mumbai has been witnessing what weather officials believe could be the heaviest and longest bout of rain since July 26, 2005, when the city was paralysed by floods. It has been raining incessantly since morning leading to yet another incident of flooding, traffic jams and long hours on the city roads. Over 5 NDRF teams have been deployed for rescue and relief operations, while other 5 teams are en route. As per the Regional meteriological centre, Mumbai, the city will experience intermittent rain with heavy to very heavy rain fall in a few places in the city and suburbs over the next 24 hours.
|2017-08-29||In Thane, the lakes take over home, shops - Mumbai Mirror|
|2017-08-29||As Mumbai drowns after record rainfall, pregnant journalist braves 12-hour train journey to Thane - Firstpost|
As Mumbai drowns after record rainfall, pregnant journalist braves 12-hour train journey to Thane Aug, 30 2017 04:46:59 IST Mumbai: When 33-year-old Urmila Dethe boarded a Mumbai-bound suburban train at Dombivli in the adjoining Thane district on Tuesday morning, little did she know that her journey, which normally takes just over an hour, will stretch for almost 12 hours.What made the matters more complicated was that the journalist, who works with a leading Marathi newspaper, is seven months pregnant. "I was in the compartment reserved for the handicapped which had around 20 people, including eight visually-challenged people who had spent the night in a train during the July 26, 2005 deluge," said Dethe, who boarded the train at around 11.30 am. She was headed to the Bombay High Court, her 'beat' for the newspaper. However, the journey came to a halt at 20 km before her destination, and ended with a dramatic rescue in waist deep waters in the dead of night."My train got stuck between Kurla and Sion. Through the afternoon, I called and tweeted for help. At one point, I grew concerned for the fellow passengers in the handicapped compartment and chose to stay on," she told PTI. Fire brigade and police officials tried to find her but did not make any headway. Dethe managed to contact her husband on phone but even he could not reach her due to the chaotic traffic caused by heavy rains. Her husband works in the suburban Bandra Kurla complex. The local Samaritans patrolling the waters, as the tracks had turned into, kept the marooned passengers well fed through their ordeal. Things took a dramatic turn after nightfall, and the number of such helpers also reduced. In between, a local teenager was rescued by an able-bodied passenger from neck-deep waters, after he slipped into a culvert along the tracks. Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar came to know about Dethe's plight and called her on phone. "His (Shelar) call was very reassuring," she said. To add to her woes, the mobile network also went down at the same time, proving to be a big stumbling block for rescuers, who were struggling to locate her. Finally, at about 11.55 pm, Dethe heaved a sigh of relief when she saw one end of a Mumbai Fire Brigade ladder recline against the train body and a hand come up, directing her to climb down. "They actually picked me up like a small kid without letting me touch the water. I cannot thank them enough," an emotional Dethe said.
|2017-08-28||Thane pandal gives seed 'bombs' as prasad | Latest News ... - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane pandal gives seed 'bombs' as prasad Updated: Aug 28, 2017, 08:10 AM IST, DNA This year, a Thane-based Ganpati mandal is urging devotees to shun firecrackers and instead "burst" seed bombs. Shreerang Sahanivas Ganeshotsav Mandal is distributing seed bombs as prasad to devotees visiting their pandal. Seeds of custard Apple, Balsam, pumpkin, sweet lime, lemon, chickoo, cashew nut, tamarind, bullet wood, and dates are rolled into balls of clay and later handed over to the devotees to be planted in their neighbourhood garden or at their homes. So far, the mandal has created 8,000 such clay balls. During the next few days, another 25,000 seeds will be converted into seed bombs to be distributed during the festival. "We believe in a clean and green environment, and so this year we decided to distribute seed bombs to devotees as prasad, which they could plant," said Pramod Sawant, President, Shreerang Sahanivas Ganeshotsav Mandal. "The seeds were collected through various means, and school students volunteered to convert them into seed bombs. We have received a good response to this initiative," Sawant said. Omkar Patne, Joint Secretary of the mandal, said, "When devotees visit the pandal to seek blessings of Lord Ganesha, we ensure that everyone takes back home a message of eco-friendly Ganesha and celebrating the festival without affecting the environment."
|2017-08-28||Thane: Speeding container topples at Ghodbunder, kills driver - News - Mid-Day|
Thane: Speeding container topples at Ghodbunder, kills driver Posted 28-Aug-2017 A speeding container turned turtle on Ghodbunder Road early last morning, killing its driver Kuldev Motilala Yadav, 27, on the spot. The accident, which took place around 5.45 am when there was no traffic, happened after one of the front tyres of the huge vehicle burst. When fire brigade and disaster management officials reached the spot, they found the driver stuck under the heavy container. "After a half-hour-long rescue operation, the driver was brought out, but he was found dead," said Santosh Kadam, disaster management officer, Thane Municipal Corporation. "He was rushed to Thane Civil Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. Yadav, hailing from Bihar, had been driving the container bearing Gujarat registration, carrying iron rods and coils. One of it is suspected to have hit him when he lost control over the wheel after the tyre burst," said an officer from Kasarvadavali police station. Kadam said, "The impact of the accident, which occurred near Gaymukh police chowky, was such that even the chowky sustained some damage. While the rescue work was over in half an hour, the debris of the toppled vehicle too was cleared shortly after. However, it did lead to a traffic jam on Ghodbunder Road in the morning with passing vehicles slowing down to see what was happening."
|2017-08-28||Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, Pune, Chandrapur to witness good ... - Skymet Weather|
Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, Pune, Chandrapur To Witness Good Monsoon Showers 28 August 2017 12:02 PM During last 24 hours, many parts of Maharashtra received good rains. In fact, South Monsoon poured Monsoon showers of varied intensity over the entire state wherein Konkan and Goa and Marathwada region received excess rainfall.Many stations of Vidarbha also witnessed light to moderate rains. In the last 24 hours from 8.30 am on Sunday, Aurangabad received heavy rain of 70 mm, Santacruz and Colaba Observatory in Mumbai also witnessed 60 mm of rain and Thane and Harnai 52 mm, Alibag 44 mm and Ratnagiri 38 mm of rain. In the same span of time, Sholapur recorded moderate intensity rain of 25 mm, Pune 23 mm, Amravati 20 mm, Nashik 19 mm and Dahanu 14 mm of rain.As per Skymet Weather, the cyclonic circulation was persisting over North Madhya Maharashtra and adjoining area, therefore, humid winds from the Arabian Sea continued to feed moisture over the area. It is anticipated that moderate to heavy rains will continue over Vidarbha for the next 24 hours.These rains over Vidarbha will be due to a Low-Pressure Area which is over South Odisha and Chhattisgarh. It is likely to move in a westerly direction and increase rains over Vidarbha. Moreover, the cyclonic circulation which was over North Madhya Maharashtra will move in a westerly direction and will give heavy to extremely heavy rains at few places of North Madhya Maharashtra. Meanwhile, moderate to heavy will also continue over remaining parts of Konkan and Goa. Rains over South Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada will be scattered and will be less in comparison to other parts of the state. Places such as Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nashik, Chandrapur, Nagpur, Akola, Amravati, and Jalgaon will record moderate to heavy intensity rains
|2017-08-28||Thane: Youth found hacked to death in Titwala - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Youth found hacked to death in Titwala Aug 28, 2017 01:03 pm Thane: A youth was found dead with multiple stab wounds at Anebhisole village near Titwala in the district yesterday. Additional Superintendent of Police Prashant Kadam said the victim was identified as Subham Khanayalal Kumawat (18), resident of Ulhasnagar. The body, with veins of the neck and hands slit, was found on a dirt road near a farm in the village. His family members had lodged a missing person complaint with the Ulhasnagar police the previous night. According to the police, Kumawat, who worked in a saree shop, went out with some friends on Saturday night and didn’t return. Probe is underway.
|2017-08-28||Former Thane residents settled abroad play perfect hosts to Lord Ganesha - Times of India|
Former Thane residents settled abroad play perfect hosts to Lord Ganesha Aug 29, 2017, 01:48 IST THANE: While Thane city is abuzz with Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, Thaneites settled across seven seas are also leaving no stone unturned to play a good host to the Lord. The ex-citizens of Thane are following most rituals while celebrating the 10-day Ganesh festival. From installing a Ganesh idol at their homes to performing the pujas and organising feasts for relatives and friends, the Indian community abroad are doing everything in their capacity to please the Lord and keep in touch with their Indian roots. Harpreet Saggu, a former resident of Waghbil, who is now settled in Dubai, said, "I have been bringing the idol of Lord Ganesha home since four years. However, immersion of the idol is illegal, so we keep a betel nut (supari) after 1.5 days, which symbolizes immersion. We also purchase sweets from outside and offer it to the Lord after chanting prayers and hymns." Another former resident of Thane, Mrinali Pal, who is now living in Stuttgart, Germany, said that Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations do not happen on a large scale among the Indian community out there. "There is no large scale community celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. While performing puja at home, we keep ladoos, five fruits, coconut, sweets and whatever essentials are available in the markets. Apart from that, home-made kheer is offered to the Lord." On the other hand, some devotees settled abroad make the festival a larger than life event to compensate for the festive fervour they miss back home.Rasika Joshi, an ex-Thaneite who used to live in Oswal Park and now settled in Florida, USA, said, "At homes where a puja is held, a large scale distribution of prasad takes place in the neighbourhood for friends and relatives. The coming weekend, there will be performances by local Indian artistes. Every year, skits and dance programmes are held. It is a get-together kind of an event for all of us." In some parts of USA, where there is a strong hold of the Indian community, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as a public festival with great fanfare wherein potluck dinners and games are organized for residents. Deepashikha Rodge from Dallas, USA, said that a hall or an auditorium is booked wherein a huge idol of Ganesha is erected. "Devotees come and offer whatever they have prepared or bought. They then participate in potluck dinners turn by turn," she said.
|2017-08-28||Ganeshotsav: Thane resident creates 'space workshop' exhibition at home for Ganesha - The Indian Express|
Ganeshotsav: Thane resident creates ‘space workshop’ exhibition at home for Ganesha Ganeshotsav: The exhibition called “Department of Space” has posters of the solar system and the galaxy, along with images of ISRO scientists like Vikram Sarabhai, Satish Dhawan and former President A P J Abdul Kalam. Published:August 29, 2017 2:00 am In a three bedroom hall kitchen flat at Manisha Nagar in Kalwa, Thane, Vinokumar Jaju has used most of the space in the hall to set up a “space workshop” for his Ganesh idol with an aim to exhibit the significance of the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) recent launch of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III. Jaju has kept his seven-day-old idol in the “workshop” to attract visitors. For the past 18 years, the 49-year-old welder employed with Larsen and Tubro in Powai has been experimenting with different themes during Ganeshotsav to inform others about several political and social issues. After shifting to the aerospace department of his company in March this year, Jaju took it upon himself to help children understand the meaning of the launch. “I realised that the feat, although important, is not understood by one and all. It is binding for the future generation of the country to understand what the launch means for us and how it allows India to better its stand in the world. As the topic interested me, I took it upon myself to make it a theme for my house Ganapati,” Jaju said. The exhibition called “Department of Space” has posters of the solar system and the galaxy, along with images of ISRO scientists like Vikram Sarabhai, Satish Dhawan and former President A P J Abdul Kalam. With help of an audio recording, visitors get to see the model of a rocket being launched depicting the GSLV launch. A mini globe and other posters have been put up as well “Through the exhibition, I wanted visitors to understand the importance of the launch. Different types of information that are necessary for farmers and geological studies and for the security of the country could be attained by us if we have our own satellite. It is meant to be a tribute to the efforts of the scientists in the country,” Jaju added.Earlier, his exhibitions included themes like “people’s opinions on gauraksha”, “carving a prototype of ocean and water bodies”, “tribute to Dahi Handi” and “freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak”. “I have been a welder for 25 years. With a shoestring budget and innovative concepts, I try to either inform or give “food for thought” to devotees who come see my Ganesha. After all, he is also the Lord of wisdom,” said Jaju. He makes audio and video recordings of his designs every year with the help of his friends so that he can have a collection of his works.
|2017-08-28||PM Modi's low cost housing project may get delayed in Thane - Times of India|
PM Modi's low cost housing project may get delayed in Thane Aug 29, 2017, 01:49 IST THANE: The execution of the first phase of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) that will assure affordable homes in the city is likely to be delayed as the TMC has to revise the cost of the project factoring in the GST as the psopsal was drafted much before the new taxation mode came into force this year. The Rs 414 cr proposal that will pave way for construction of nearly 3,000 low-cost tenements over the next few years in the city was drafted and sent for approval ahead of the GST implementation in June based on the old rates of construction materials. Officials associated with the project said there could be a revison in the rates by roughly 14% as the earlier taxes on materials was around 32% and has slid to 18% post implementation of the GST regime. Four projects were approved by the central panel monitoring the scheme after their state counterpart including the Mhada approved the plan in June this year bringing the dream of owning a home in the metropolis closer to reality for thousands of homeseekers. The rates of each of the 3,000 tenements measuring around 30sqm would be around Rs 10lakh as reisdents would be paying only for the construction cost. Officials said they are in the process of revising their plans wherein either the number of units would be increased by keeping the rates same per unit or reduce the cost of tenements by keeping the number of units stagnant to pass on the GST benefits. "We are factoring in the rate variations post the GST regime on this project as the proposal was drafted ahead of implementation of the new taxataion format. We have received an approval from the central monitoring cell of the PMAY and will go in for the tender process once we are done calculating the difference in cost after including the GST benefits," said project incharge Anil Patil.As per the mandate, 40% flats would be for the project affected people, while another 40% would be for the affordable segment and the rest would be dispersed by the developer appointed by the corporation at economic rates. The centre and state will bear part of the cost while the resident will be entitled for loan for the rest. The PMAY entails developing nearly 2lakh tenements in the city and the first phase was sanctioned recently following which the later schemes will be designed and put forth for approval soon. The approval came in last week following which all decks have been cleared for constructing nearly 3,000 tenements under the affordable housing segment. While the approval is a reason for cheer for those seeking affordable homes in the city, the administration is also likely to benefit from the initiative as it will get tenements for rehabilitating project affected people here. "The rehabilitation of people affected by projects was one of the biggest hurdles in the path for the TMC as there was scarcity of units available for shifting residents whose homes were in the way of proposed development projects. The works had thus either to be delayed or rehabilitation done hastily drawing ire of residents and activists, said an official. The work on this project will start once the initial formalities are completed, informed the officer.
|2017-08-27||Bio-diversity park ready since April, but yet to be inaugurated - Times of India|
Bio-diversity park ready since April, but yet to be inaugurated Aug 28, 2017, 02:58 IST THANE: It's over four months that a 5.26 Ha garbage dump along the creek at Saket was transformed into a unique bio-diversity park, the open space is yet to be inaugurated and thrown open to the public. Officials from the district administration said that while the park is essentially complete, it needs to be inaugurated at the hands of dignitaries including the state forest minister Sudhir Mugantiwar and that they have been waiting for a day when he gets free to grace the occasion. A major part of the project which was conceptualised and initiated in February last year by the SFD department, under the guidance of the then collector Ashwini Joshi, as an attempt to beautify the ugly dumping areas along the Thane Creek and provide citizens with a space for recreation, environmental education and to instil a desire in them conserve the creek belt, was completed late April 2017. This Late Uttam Rao Patil Biodiveristy Park boasts of a bamboo plantation section, a butterfly garden, medicinal garden and plant nursery, a rose garden, a Nakshatravan, a mangrove walkway, a nature information centre and so on.In addition to the variety of plants, flowers and herbs here, the park also hosts a unique and functional Phytorid project, set up by NEERI, which sucks up the drainage water from the nallahs that flow between the five phases and purifies it. This water is then used to water the plants in the park making it a self-sustainable model. While the officials had said that the smaller work would be completed by mid-May, after which it would be thrown open to the public, the gates of the unique bio-diversity rich hub are yet to open four months down the line."Over the past year, we have converted a garbage dump yard into a green space, this in a way is adding to the city's green lungs. We have not only turned this wasteland into an environmental and educational hub, but have also saved 5.26Ha of creekside land from being encroached. Because of this park, we expect the emission of water pollutants from this side of the creek to reduce as well," said Satish Phale, deputy director of the social forestry department. "This is a massive achievement, especially for such a small time frame, and it is essential that it is inaugurated at the hands of the forest minister himself. We completed most of the work a couple of months ago and have been approaching the forest minister to give us a date where he is free to come down and inaugurate the first-of-its-kind bio-diversity park in Thane. It was supposed to be inaugurated on August 29, but had to be postponed indefinitely as the minister was busy," added a district official.
|2017-08-27||Driver killed as container's tyre bursts at Gaimukh on GB road - Times of India|
Driver killed as container’s tyre bursts at Gaimukh on GB road Aug 28, 2017, 02:56 IST THANE: A 27-year-old driver was crushed to death after the tyre of the container he was driving burst, throwing the vehicle off the road at Thane's Gaimukh area in the wee hours of Sunday.Police said Kuldev Yadav (27), a resident of Bihar, was driving from Gaimukh towards Thane at around 6 am on Sunday morning, when the one of the vehicles tyres suddenly burst and sent the container hurtling down the slope at the old Octroi Naka. While the officials of the regional disaster management cell and the fire brigade reached the spot half-an-hour later, they took some time to remove the victim's body from the mesh of the metal he was trapped in. "The accident happened at Gaimukh and our team rushed there immediately. When we reached there we saw that the entire front part of the container was crushed. We could see the driver's unconscious face from the window and immediately began cutting the metal. Once we managed to put him out, we took him to the civil hospital first and then began clearing the scene," said Santosh Kadam, the disaster management officer. Speaking about the reason that led to the fatal accident, an official from the Kasarvadali police station said, "Yadav was taking the steep turn at Gaimukh, when the HMV container's tyre blew out. When the truck crashed down the slope of the road ahead, he was crushed inside the cabin and could have died on the spot. When the officials of the regional disaster management cell and the fire brigade took him to the civil hospital, he was declared dead on arrival." A case of accidental death has been registered.
|2017-08-26||Ganesh immersions begin in Thane amid fanfare - Times of India|
Ganesh immersions begin in Thane amid fanfare Manoj Badgeri | tnn | Aug 27, 2017, 07:11 IST Thane: Nearly 7,380 two-day household Ganpati idols were immersed at the nine immersion sites in the lake city till Saturday evening. No untoward incident was reported at any of the nine immersion sites in the city as the civic administration and police had deployed adequate force to ensure safe proceedings. There are nearly 1,38,000 household Ganesh idols in the Thane city police jurisdiction and around 40,234 of them will be immersed on the second day of the festival across the district. The city alone would see nearly 4,500 idol immersions by the end of the day. Authorities deployed at the immersion sites said nearly 7,380 domestic idols were immersed at the nine sites in the city till Saturday evening while another 3,900 were on their way to the sites in Thane city. An accurate number of idols will be available only by late night, informed civic officials. The artificial ponds created by the pollution control department in the city was getting a good response with TMC saying the number of devotees immersing their idols here was encouraging. The civic body created artificial ponds at various parts of the city at Upvan, Railadevi, Ambeghosale lake, Nilkanth woods, Balkum Rewale and Kharegaon. "Artificial ponds meant for eco-friendly immersions was introduced to prevent pollution of water and water bodies due to immersion of idols made of plaster of paris and chemical paints. While idols made of natural clay dissolve within few hours, PoP idols take several months to dissolve thus slowly polluting the water and its health," said mayor Meenakshi Shinde appealing residents to adopt for more ecofriendly celebrations.Civic officials added that adequate measures like aereators, cleaners were introduced in the artificial tanks to keep the water in these ponds fresh. In addition, idol donation centres have also been functional at various spots in the city that also saw hundreds of devotees handing over idols instead of immersing them in the ponds. The corporation will immerse these idols deep inside the creek where the force of water is more, informed an official. Meanwhile, the regular immersion spots for small idols and those beyond five feet at Parsik Retibunder, Kolshet and Kopri also witnessed heavy rush of devotees. "These sites have been developed considering the variations in the water levels during the tides. Last year the immersions at Kolshet had to be suspended during low tide, informd an official. The Thane police said they have deputed nearly 5,000 staff at various chronic spots to ensure free flow of traffic during the festive season. The civic officials also deployed adequate staff along with CCTV cover to ensure safety in the coty.
|2017-08-26||Going to Work in Thane? Skip the Traffic and Rent a Cycle - The Better India|
Going to Work in Thane? Skip the Traffic and Rent a Cycle One of the most populous metros in India, Thane constantly struggles with traffic every day, especially during office hours. Although that’s the case with most metros, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is offering its office-goers a chance to cut down on the ‘rush’ during rush hours. So, commuters of Thane, how would you like travelling to work on rented cycles? A green cycle initiative by the TMC will set up 50 cycle stands all over the city, which will have 20 cycles available each for a nominal rent. It’s simple – pick one from the stand closest to you, and drop it off to a stand nearest to your workplace – all for 10 bucks! If you wish to rent the cycle, you have to register yourself and get a smart card through which you can both rent and return the cycle.“Citizens will have to swipe the card at the stands while taking and dropping their cycles. The users will be charged a nominal fee for availing the cycle service. The cycle stands will be set up near 50 prime bus stops across the city, including the railway station and bus depots. The residents can also pay online. The cycles will benefit tourists who come to the city for sightseeing,” an official told HT. The bikes can also be rented online using an app called ‘Ilovecycling’, which will also give updates about the routes you’ve travelled and the calories you’ve burnt, reports Times of India.
|2017-08-26||Thane man gets life imprisonment for stabbing woman to death - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE MAN GETS LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR STABBING WOMAN TO DEATH Updated: Aug 26, 2017, 01.10 PM IST Thane: A court here has awarded life imprisonment to a 45-year-old man for stabbing to death a married woman in 2015. District Judge S C Khalipe, in the recent order, convicted the accused, Ramnayan Vishwakarma, under section 302 (murder) of the IPC and also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on him, public prosecutor Vandana Jadhav said today. Vishwakarma and the victim Radhika Yadav (28) worked in separate factories in the Wada industrial area in Palghar and were acquaintances. Radhika's husband Sitaram worked in another factory in the same area, Jadhav said. Radhika and Sitaram resided in Kudus village and the victim used to get frequent calls from Vishwakarma, asking her to meet or call him, the court was told. She informed her husband about the calls, following which Sitaram reprimanded Vishwakarma and asked him not to call his wife, Jadhav said. The court was also told that Radhika changed her workplace to avoid harassment by Vishwakarma. However, he continued to follow her. On May 3, 2015, the accused stabbed Radhika to death while she was was alone near Khupri village. Vishwakarma then fled to Azamgarh, but was arrested by district police in June 2015, Jadhav said. The court relied on the deposition of the victim's husband and the eye-witness account of three co-workers of the victim, and convicted Vishwakarma.
|2017-08-25||Thane Municipal Corporation: Thane civic body goes green, offers ... - Times of India|
Thane civic body goes green, offers bicycles on rent for 10/hour Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Aug 25, 2017, 06:19 IST THANE: Travelling short distances in Thane without leaving a carbon footprint is now possible. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), in a public-private partnership, flagged off the Thane Public Bicycle Sharing facility on Thursday. Under the scheme, which will be operational from next week, TMC will offer 500 cycles on rent for Rs 10/hour at 50 designated stands. The bikes, each costing Rs 5,500, will be tracked via GPS installed by the contractor, said a civic official, adding that any damage to the bike or the user would be recovered through group insurance. "We hope to reduce pollution on certain stretches throu- gh this initiative," said a civic official. TMC has kickstarted the project at three stands -at Korum, outside Viviana mall and Majiwada-with 30 bicycles.To avail the facility, citizens will have to get a smart card with a minimum recharge of Rs 250. To rent a bicycle, the user will have to to flash the card in front of the reader installed at the stand to unlock a bicycle and the rent amount will be deducted. The process to return the bicycle is the same. Bicycles for rent can also be booked through a mobile app, Ilovecycling, that will give updates on routes travelled each day and calories burnt in one trip.While TMC will provide space for the cycle stands, the contractor will handle the operations for 10 years and then hand it over to the civic body. Lauding the initiative, activists pointed out that the system has to be made foolproof. "There has to be a mechanism to identify bikes kept at one spot for hours depriving others from availing it. Also, there has to be some safety measures, like dedicated cycling lanes," said activist Satyajit Shah. The administration is working on developing dedicated cycle tracks on 10 roads.
|2017-08-25||Ganesha Chaturthi 2017: Best sweet shops in Mumbai, Thane - Zee News|
Ganesha Chaturthi 2017: Best sweet shops in Mumbai, Thane People in Mumbai are in high spirits celebrating the Ganesh festival. Devotees of Lord Ganesha are busy inviting guests and treating them with sweets and delicacies. Last Updated: Aug 24, 2017, 13:08 PM IST Mumbai: People in Mumbai are in high spirits celebrating the Ganesh festival. Devotees of Lord Ganesha are busy inviting guests and treating them with sweets and delicacies. If you are wondering where to buy sweets from, then here’s a list of shops which will help you ease your confusion: Tip Top Mithaiwala in Thane This outlet is easy to reach. You will find a variety of sweets in this outlet which is near Thane station west.
|2017-08-25||Villagers of Thane VP frustrated over water shortage - The Navhind Times|
Villagers of Thane VP frustrated over water shortage Posted by: nt August 26, 2017 in Goa News VALPOI For the past few months’ villagers of Devuswada, a small ward near Hivre village of Thane village panchayat in Sattari are facing a lot of inconvenience due to shortage of water supply.The small ward is a new settlement area comprising of about 10 to 15 households facing acute drinking water problem for the last few months. Villagers said that due to shortage of drinking water, they were forced to depend on rain water for drinking and other domestic purposes. The problem has compounded more due to the festive season. “We are drinking rain water and are using the water for other purposes too. We do have water connection but our taps are running dry” said a villager. Another villager questioned, “Without proper water how are we to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, especially when our relatives and friends will be visiting our homes”. An aggrieved youth from the area said, “We have complained to the water supply department at Valpoi, but till date they have not taken any action”. Some of the villagers said that the PWD water supply tanker comes to the village panchayat on daily basis, however, they either skip the settlement area or have other valid reasons for not supplying water to the settlement area. A woman said, “The village has a public well but it does not serve any purpose. The well was cleaned by the water department and a pump was also fixed. But after a couple of months the pump was removed”. Villagers are also upset over the enormous bills they have been charged for consuming water. “Despite receiving no water, we are charged heavy water bills every month” said P Majik. Some women told this daily that due to drinking rain water their children have fallen sick, however, the concerned authority is least bothered about the issue. Villagers meanwhile threatened to stage a morcha if their problems are not resolved. It is learnt that many of the areas of Thane panchayat residents are facing the similar problem. Meanwhile, when this daily contacted a PWD official he said that no such complaint has been brought to their notice. “Water problem exists in the entire village panchayat which is mainly due to laying of new pipeline work which is held up due to the monsoon. The old pipeline cannot supply water to the new settlement areas like Deuswada”. He said that due to the frequent power shutdown at Dabos plant the regular supply of water has been affected in the past few days. He also said that the PWD has allotted two tankers and they are increasing the trips to the affected areas during the festive season. He assured that the new pipeline work will be completed before November which will ultimately resolve the water issue in the entire village panchayat.
|2017-08-24||Ganesh Festival: Utensils come in handy for this Thane mandal - Free Press Journal|
Ganesh Festival: Utensils come in handy for this Thane mandal Aug 24, 2017 07:35 am Mumbai: Kitchen utensils and decorative items are a world apart but a mandal in Thane decided to give artistic touch to the Ganpati festival this year using utensils. Members of Thane’s Shiv Garjana Mitra Mandal decided on using more than 15,000 forks, spoons, bowls and plates to decorate their pandal. Located at Wakarwadi area in Uthalsar, Thane, the mandal been celebrating for the past 32 years and for the first time, it is using the utensils for decoration. The artistic design of a peacock and a blooming flower which surrounds the pandal have used 3,000 bowls, at least 5,000 spoons and more than 1,000 small plates. Only 30% of their decoration is yet to be completed and members of the mandal say that their finishing work would be done in a day. “Every year, students and their parents in our locality dedicate two hours a day to decorate the pandal. Our work starts 10 days ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi to construct the masterpiece,” said Vijay Dhavale, president of Shiv Garjana Mitra Mandal. The innovate pandal is the brainchild of Vicky Fernandes and Amit Pashte, who wanted to use eco-friendly materials. “Fernandes is a tattoo artist by profession and is used to provide artistic touch to our pandals every year,” Dhavale said. Earlier, the group has used chocolates, biscuits and even dry fruits for pandals. “We used to cover the area using ant powder to protect the pandal from ants feeding on biscuits and chocolates,” said another member of the mandal. Two days ago, the mandal was awarded with a trophy and cash prize of Rs 10,000 for their previous year’s innovative pandal. A competition for innovative pandals was organized by the Thane unit of Shiv Sena. “Last year, we decorated our pandal using materials like stitching thread and colourful buttons. We are glad to announce that we stood second in that event,” a gleaming Dhavale said. He said their mandal is driven by competition and they put their heart and soul into constructing an innovative pandals. “There are more than 15 pandals in Thane. We all share a good bond with each other and have a competitive mindset when it comes to constructing pandals. We hope that Lord Ganesh blesses all of us in continuing the ritual of bringing innovative ideas to this mandal group,” Dhavale added.
|2017-08-24||In Mumbai: Rent bikes at Thane cycles stands, pedal from home to office daily - Hindustan Times|
In Mumbai: Rent bikes at Thane cycle stands, pedal from home to office daily About 100 cycles from a Japanese company have been imported for cycling by the Thane civic body; TMC?to set up 50 cycle stands MUMBAI Updated: Aug 25, 2017 00:36 IST Thane residents can now rent a cycle to work, courtesy, the green cycle initiative by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The TMC will set up 50 cycle stands across the city, where 20 cycles will be available on rent. Residents can take the cycle from the stand nearest to their homes and drop it at the stand nearest to their destination for a nominal rent. The initiative was launched on Thursday evening by Shiv Sena youth wing chief Aaditya Thackeray at Viviana Mall in Thane. About 100 cycles from a Japanese company have been imported for cycling . The project aims at increasing the use of bicycles in the city to cut down traffic and pollution. A civic official said, “The project is part of the Centre’s Smart City project. For now, three of 50 cycle stands will be operational. The remaining will start functioning within a month.” Those who wish to avail the service will have to register themselves with the corporation and will be given smart cards. The official added, “Citizens will have to swipe the card at the stands while taking and dropping their cycles. The users will be charged a nominal fee for availing the cycle service. The cycle stands will be set up near 50 prime bus stops across the city, including railway station and bus depots. The residents can also pay online. The cycles will benefit tourists who come to the city for sightseeing.”
|2017-08-24||85-year-old falls to death from 21st floor in Thane - The Hindu|
85-year-old falls to death from 21st floor in Thane MUMBAI, AUGUST 25, 2017 01:02 IST UPDATED: AUGUST 25, 2017 01:02 IST Gandhi topples over balcony while praying An 85-year-old man died at 9 a.m. on Thursday after falling off the balcony of his flat on the 21st floor of an apartment in Upvan in Thane. The Vartak Nagar police said watchmen at Neelkanth Heights heard a loud thud and found Firoz Gandhi lying on the ground in a pool of blood. Gandhi was rushed to Thane Civil Hospital where he was declared dead before admission due to multiple injuries. Senior Police Inspector Pradip Giridhar said, “Gandhi’s wife, son-in-law and granddaughter stay in another wing in the same building while Gandhi stayed alone. His daughter said in her statement said Gandhi offered Suryanamaskar every morning. He might have lost his balance while praying in the balcony and toppled over the railing.”
|2017-08-23||Python brings traffic to a halt in Thane - Times of India|
Python brings traffic to a halt in Thane Updated: Aug 23, 2017, 11:54 PM IST Thane: Panic gripped Kopri as a roughly seven-foot python slithered into the congested locality in Thane (E) on Wednesday evening, stopping traffic for several minutes. An animal lover in the area rescued the reptile from prying pedestrians, who tried to click selfies with it.Passersby said it may have slithered out of a drain opposite New Deepak Lassi centre in Daulat Nagar around 7:30pm. Immediately, pedestrians and motorists milled around the reptile. Luckily, a police naik, Chandrakant Pawar, from Kopri traffic police, brought the situation under control by halting traffic. A animal lover, hearing the commotion, reached the spot within minutes and rescued the reptile by 8pm. The animal was released in a green patch near the Kopri creekside. Locals said snake-sighting in the area is frequent due to the proximity of a green zone with the urban area. "The python may have ventured out from its habitat in the dense foliage around the Kopri creekside during the recent downpour," said Malathy Patil, corporator from Kopri.
|2017-08-23||Women observe Hartalika Teej with great fun and fervor - Times of India|
Women observe Hartalika Teej with great fun and fervor Updated: Aug 23, 2017, 10:28 PM IST Thane: A day before the arrival of Lord Ganesha, married women across the country observed Hartalika Teej by fasting and doing puja by offering prayers to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. Dressed in beautiful sarees and adorned in elegant gold ornaments, women observed a day-long fast and offered prayers to Goddess Parvati on Thursday. According to Hindu mythology, Parvati had followed a strict penance and abstained from food and even water and moved by her faith and devotion for Lord Shiva to take her as his wife. Falling on the third day of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada, Hartalika is celebrated with great festive fervour by married women wishing for a healthy and a secured future of their husbands.A resident of Siddhachal, Padmaja Pangam said, "I offer Bel leaves to the deity along with white flowers, the prasad consists of tender coconut water and bananas. Those who bring Ganesha idol at home, perform the puja with more pomp and gaiety, as it marks the onset of a major festival in Maharashtra." While some devotees perform the Hartalika puja at home, others throng to Shiva temples or gather at a friend's or relative's place to collectively perform the puja."Before Ganesh immersion, the woman is supposed to eat bel leaves and then the entire family offers prayers to the idols. It is after this ritual that she can break her fast," informed Sushama Pongurlekar from Thane's Pokhran road 1. Hartalika puja is a joyous moment for the family as the women folk get together and celebrate the day with songs and fasting food or milk. For other members in the family, the Hartalika puja is the most-awaited festival as it is the beginning of the 10-days long Ganesh festival.
|2017-08-23||TMC plans to weed out plastic bags from city - Times of India|
TMC plans to weed out plastic bags from city Aug 24, 2017, 04:30 AM IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is working on a plan to weed out non-biodegradable plastic bags from the city markets by introducing affordable and biodegradable alternative paper bags soon. As many as 10 lakh bags would be sourced by the TMC-approved contractor every month for a year and the bags would be made available at a subsidised rate, with funds raised through corporate social responsibility (CSR) and civic funds. It is learnt that the initiative aimed to rid the city of the plastic menace would help to minimize the daily waste of 25 tonnes of plastic littered on the road, thrown in bins or nallahs. While the administration would contribute nearly 37% or roughly Rs 1 crore, the remaining would be generated through corporate funding. The TMC plans to give 200 sq ft space to the private contractor to store these bags that will be available in various sizes depending on the capacity and will be available at nearly 60% less than market costs. Two months after the initiative is launched, the corporation will start taking stern action on vendors and residents found using the non degradable plastic variant. "Now, whenever we take action, residents and vendors justify lack of cheaper alternatives in the market. Accordingly, we will now give them options first and then take punitive action," said an officer. The initiative, feel officers, could reduce nearly 25tonne of plastic waste from daily solid waste generated in the city. The disposal of plastic waste generated daily from the city has become a herculean task for the administration. Officials reveal the city generates around 650metric tonne waste daily of which around 100 T comprises of plastic waste. In addition, around 25 tonne comprises of gutkha packets, shampoo sachets, plastic carry bags that don't have any scrap value and are blatantly dumped in the garbage bins adding to the damage of the environment as they don't disintegrate and stay back in the soil for years together. "The discarded plastic not only causes harm to the environment but also is ingested by animals and adds to the pollution of water bodies. These bags are often cheap making it popular and as it's never reused, it goes to the scrap daily. We are simply working towards reducing the volume of plastic in our waste bins by subsidizing the ecofriendly bags," explained the officer.Presently, the use of ecofriendly bags made either of cloth or paper is a costly affair which indirectly prompts residents to adopt plastic bags that are cheap. The cost of biodegradable bags are anywhere in the range of Rs 6-12 per unit making them prohibitive for public use as compared to the barely 25paise for a toxic plastic bag that cannot be recycled. "There are residents who are ecologically sensitive but the high costs of these bags often proves a deterrent. The emphasis is on reducing the selling price by nearly 60% which can make it more popular among residents," informs an official from the pollution control department of the TMC.The bags will display logo of the corporation, social messages along with rates of the bags to discourage any misuse. The focus is to discourage residents from using the ecologically harmful plastic bags. Drives will be held on manufacturing units of plastic bags and retail and vegetable vendors will be asked to avoid stocking and selling non-biodegradable products.
|2017-08-23||Mumbai's encounter specialist who killed 113 underworld gangsters ... - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai’s encounter specialist who killed 113 underworld gangsters now posted in Thane Sharma, who has also been an inspiration for many Bollywood films, was dismissed from service in August 2008 MUMBAI Updated: Aug 24, 2017 00:42 IST Mumbai’s encounter specialist, Pradeep Sharma, was posted to the Thane police on Wednesday. A police source said Sharma was most likely to be the senior police inspector in the Thane crime branch. On Wednesday, Sharma reported to Thane police commissionerate’s office and met the senior-most police officers there, as part of protocol. “He spoke to senior officers and also filled a joining form,” said a senior police officer from Thane commissionerate. In a career spanning 25 years in the city’s police force,?Sharma killed 113 underworld gangsters.Sharma, who has also been an inspiration for many Bollywood films, was dismissed from service in August 2008. The government had invoked section 311 of the Constitution against him, following several months of departmental action, including departmental inquiries, suspension for prolonged periods, and even a transfer to a remote district in Maharashtra, which Sharma refused to take up citing health grounds. His ouster followed reports that he was allegedly in touch with the underworld, and after his name cropped up in the 2006 Lakhan Bhaiyya fake encounter case. Later, in 2010, Sharma was arrested for his involvement in the case, but was acquitted of all charges by a Mumbai court in July 2013. Since then,?Sharma had wanted to be reinstated, said police sources. He was finally reinstated by the Maharashtra government on August 16.
|2017-08-23||Shiv Sena starts shakha from metal container in Thane, NCP objects - The Indian Express|
Shiv Sena starts shakha from metal container in Thane, NCP objects In May last year, the civic body had demolished several structures for a road-widening project, including the Shiv Sena shakha at Kalwa Naka and local NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad’s party office. Local Sena leaders said they needed some structure to run the shakha from. Written by Vishwas Waghmode | Mumbai | Published:August 24, 2017 3:27 am More than a year after the Thane municipality demolished a Shiv Sena shakha (branch office) in Kalwa, the Sena has now placed a metal container on the road and has started using it as the shakha. According to local Sena leaders, the container, painted in saffron and with the party flag atop, was installed recently at the same place and being used as the office of the local unit of the party. They, however, added that there was no formal inauguration of the shakha. The Nationalist Congress Party has objected to the move and has complained to the Thane Municipal Corporation, demanding that the container be removed from the spot immediately. In May last year, the civic body had demolished several structures for a road-widening project, including the Shiv Sena shakha at Kalwa Naka and local NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad's party office. Local Sena leaders said they needed some structure to run the shakha from. "For the past one year, we have been running our operations from under a tree on the road. With the arrival of monsoon, we needed a roof to carry out our daily social work. So, we have put up a container at the junction to run the shakha," said Vijay Shinde, Sena's Kalwa Vibhag Pramukh. "We will remove it once the civic body provides us alternative accommodation," he added. He further claimed that the shakha office was set up around five decades ago. "A temporary structure was set up in 1968 to start a shakha office, which was inaugurated by late Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray. A few years later, a pucca structure was built and has been there since," added Shinde. Stating that local Sainiks were against the demolition, Shinde said the demolition happened after Sena minister Eknath Shinde requested Sainiks to cooperate with the civic body. "If we had not allowed the demolition, then Sena would have been blamed for obstructing development work. The minister convinced us and all of us agreed," he said. Another Sena leader said the structure was demolished due to the failure of previous Sena leaders in filing an affidavit in court. "We have all documents since the beginning. We have paid all property taxes. Had we filed an affidavit, the structure would have been regularised," said a leader. Jitendra Awhad, local NCP legislator, has written to civic authorities, seeking action in the matter. "The Sena had built some walls after the structure was demolished in May. Then, it was demolished again following the High Court orders. Now, the party has placed a container on the road. The Sena is openly violating all the laws. Despite the complaints, the civic body is not taking any action against it," said Awhad. Despite the repeated attempts, civic officials were not available for comment.
|2017-08-23||Sexual crime: 4 tow operators for Thane traffic cops held for molesting music teacher - Mid-Day|
Sexual crime: 4 tow operators for Thane traffic cops held for molesting music teacher Mumbai | Posted 3 hours The Kapurbawadi police have arrested four people working as tow truck operators for the Thane traffic police for sexually harassing a 21-year-old music teacher and throwing a fiber pipe on her and an autorickshaw driver. The four accused are Rakesh Jha, who was driving the van and Shamshad Khan, Durvesh Jadhav and Ramesh Patel, who were seated behind. According to the police, the incident occurred on Monday, after the woman boarded an autorickshaw to go home around 5.30 pm. When she reached near the Brahman signal, the van came to the right side of the rickshaw. Continued harassment "Jha started making untoward gestures at the girl. When the rickshaw driver Rahul Mishra asked him why he was doing so, three people standing behind Jha started yelled expletives and continued to molest the girl," said a police officer from Kapurbawadi police station.
|2017-08-22||Quartet from Thane school shine in China - Times of India|
Quartet from Thane school shine in China Aug 22, 2017, 10:19 PM IST Thane: Necessity, they say is the mother of invention and the two teens from the AK Joshi school, who designed and built a model to help motorists park their cars in public parking lots guided by ultra-sound sensors and detectors were well aware that parking is the key to chaos on the streets in the lake city. The Class X students Yash Kokane and Dhruv Deore set out to find the panacea to ease the stress on the roads. Months later, the unique model has won the two 15-year-olds accolades from the internationaly community and a bronze medal at the recently-concluded China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest (CASTIC) held in Hangzhou last week. Out of 40 projects exhibited by the young budding scientists from across 14 countries, the Thane students were selected for the final leg of this national science exhibition.The two were joined by Ruchir Chitre and Mihir Gore, of class VIII devised an alarm system for a jewelry shop which allows for an alert to be sent immediately to the police and the owner in case of any intrusion. Speaking about his project, 15-year-old Kokane, an aspiring engineer said, "In a metropolitan city like ours, parking is a common issue. The ultra-sonic detector used in the gadget can be used to avert accidents as it will buzz or emit a light when the vehicle is near an obstacle. We had presented this idea in our science exhibition at school in February. Many teachers liked the concept and shortlisted it. For about 2-3 months, my mentors and teachers guided me where we also made certain modifications as well to the model after which it was sent for CASTIC." Purnima Sathe, one of the guiding teachers said, "In 2006, some Chinese delegates had come to visit our school. Impressed with the students work, the very next year, they sent us an email inviting us to participate in the international category of CASTIC. Ever since, our students have been reaching the finals of the competition." On Thursday, there was a public viewing of the projects wherein thousands of teachers from the science-tech field visited the exhibition. The quartet have certainly made the school proud .
|2017-08-22||Mumbai: Damaged viaduct of Thane-bound carriageway of Amar Mahal flyover dismantled - Times of India|
|2017-08-22||Fake visa racket busted, 2 held for duping over 50 people in Thane - Times of India|
|2017-08-22||Thane FDA sends out food hygiene advisories to Ganesh pandals - Times of India|
Thane FDA sends out food hygiene advisories to Ganesh pandals Aug 23, 2017, 04:48 AM IST Thane: The Thane Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be sending out advisories to Ganesh pandals to take preventive measures while distributing and cooking prasad.Officials claimed that many devotees visit the pandals in huge numbers and consume the prasad, which if spoilt can affect the health of many. "Over the past few years we have come across instances of adulteration in sweets and overly ripe fruits, which have lead to stomach aches and loose motions. In order to prevent any hazards because of spoilt food we have asked the organisers to take adequate preventive measures like not storing fruits for long and giving it away while they are fresh. Also, buying fruits from a vendor who is known to the members of the organising committee so that they are aware of the quality. One should also make sure to keep the kitchen and utensils clean and install vents so that no small insects enter the premises. Also, after the prasad is cooked it should be seen to it that it is stored in a clean and hygienic place," said an officer from Thane FDA. It is also advised that the cooks follow hygiene and wear gloves. FDA has asked the organisers to even check the raw material before cooking the food and see to it that it is not adulterated. "Many a time it is seen that the prasad is cooked in huge quantities which either goes wasted or is stored and given to deovtees later. This should be avoided as there are chances of bacterial formation, said an officer.
|2017-08-21||Thane: 47% turnout in Bhayandar civic body poll - Free Press Journal|
Thane: 47% turnout in Bhayandar civic body poll Aug 21, 2017 06:56 am Bhayandar: Voters of Mira-Bhayandar braved a steady downpour since morning to queue up outside polling booths and cast their franchise in the twin city civic elections on Sunday. By the time polling closed, the voting percentage stood at a healthy 47%. This figure is likely to go up when all the voting figures add up. However, voting started at a very slow pace in the morning as the skies opened up. By afternoon, voting picked pace. The BJP and the Shiv Sena are locked in a straight fight. Party workers had a trying time to get voters to the polling booths due to the steady downpour. The highest voting was recorded from the coastal area of Uttan — 63 per cent. A total of 94 out of the 95 wards are up for grabs. The Congress has already bagged one seat unopposed. The results will be declared on Monday.
|2017-08-21||Fertility doctor arrested for raping patient in Thane - Times of India|
Fertility doctor arrested for raping patient in Thane Updated: Aug 21, 2017, 08:34 AM IST THANE: A city doctor has been arrested by the crime branch on the alleged charges of raping a patient . The police said the accused doctor is assisting another surrogacy specialist doctor who runs a fertility centre in the Naupada area and has been in practice for around 10 years. According to police, the 21-year-old victim is a housewife and a resident of Dharavi and had gone to the doctor attached to the fertility centre to get surrogate services. "On Friday around 7.55 pm, while she was being examined in a room, the accused doctor applied some kind of gel to her private part, stripped her naked and raped her," said the officer quoting the complaint by the victim. "When the accused forced himself on her, the woman raised an alarm. However, the doctor is alleged to have overpowered her, held her mouth and raped her," the officer added. The victim also stated in her complaint that the doctor threatened that if she tells anyone about the incident, she will face the consequences.A case was registered with the Naupada police, following which the doctor was charged under IPC sections 376 (rape), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation), the police said. Investigation is now being carried out by sub-inspector RD Shinde, a lady police officer of the crime branch unit-1, it was stated.The woman has been sent for a medical examination and the accused was produced before a magistrate on Saturday and has been remanded in police custody till August 22, the officer said. "It's a sensitive case and we are investigating it from all angles," said a police official privy to the investigation.
|2017-08-21||Micro-markets boom as Chembur, Powai, Thane bridge gaps with the rest of MMR - Hindustan Times|
Micro-markets boom as Chembur, Powai, Thane bridge gaps with the rest of MMR Suburbs that had been bypassed by realty development have now become hot property for residential projects, commercial projects or both. REAL ESTATE Updated: Aug 21, 2017 17:37 IST One of the hallmarks of Mumbai’s real-estate market is the way it keeps growing, enveloping areas further and further away as its fringes continue to expand. And while most vibrant new markets are scores of kilometres away, some are also right here in its older suburbs. They’re called micro-markets and they’re typically places that had been bypassed by realty development until growing demand, lack of space and new infrastructure combined to make them hot property for residential projects, commercial projects or both. “In Mumbai, the past seven years have seen such micro-markets boom in Chembur, Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), Powai, Thane West,” says Pankaj Kapoor, CEO of real-estate research company Liases Foras. Chembur is a unique case even among the new micro markets, says Ashutosh Limaye, national director for research at JLL India. “The arrival of significant infrastructure projects boosted the importance of the area in a way rarely seen in the city in recent times,” Limaye adds. “The Eastern Freeway came in 2013, connecting it with both Navi Mumbai and CST, then the monorail in 2014. With a residential base and basic retail spaces already present, it grew very rapidly as a market.” Suddenly, Chembur became central, connected, ‘prime’. “It enjoys a strategic location in terms of connectivity to south central Mumbai, the western suburbs, Thane and Navi Mumbai — but this was only discovered once the new links were in place,” says Amit Wadhwani, director of construction company Sai Estate Consultants. “Its proximity to the eastern and western express highway makes commuting easy too.”In other cases, it was saturation in nearby prime suburbs that saw a new market emerge and boom. Thane, for instance, went from being a popular affordable housing destination for middle-income families to a top real-estate investment destination. Two factors contributed to this: Areas alike Ghatkopar, Mulund and Bhandup became relatively saturated, driving demand north. “The focus started shifting towards Thane as it had sufficient land availability. Proximity to the Airoli-Belapur commercial-industrial belt helped too,” says Vikram Goel, CEO at realty advisory group HDFC Realty. “There is now an 11-km tunnel road planned to link Thane to Borivali, making it a good place to invest today.” Business analyst Sheela Singhal, for instance, picked Thane over Powai and Andheri East in 2010. “Coming from Delhi, I was really not comfortable with the size of the houses in most parts of the city. They were too small,” she says. “Here, the roads are wider, the area is greener and the flats are much bigger. Even culturally there is a lot more to do within a smaller area. In other parts, you may have to travel all the way to Juhu to watch a play.” TREND ALERT Powai, meanwhile, has acquired such a buzz over the past decade — thanks in large part to the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road — that it’s become a leisure destination even for people who don’t live there. “Powai was once a deserted location, out of the way and hard to get to,” says Aniket Haware, managing director of Haware Builders. “But it is now a key business and residential destination. The proposed Metro line will add on to this location’s appeal.” Powai is already scoring over parts of Andheri. “In Mumbai, we have a tough time finding open green spaces, Hiranandani has two big grounds, where I send my children to play,” says Binu Hallan, a homemaker who moved to Powai from Saki Naka 18 months ago. Hallan says the family moved because Saki Naka had become too congested. “In Powai we find the convenience of Andheri, with none of the chaos. There are good schools, nice restaurants and plenty of space,” she says.
|2017-08-21||Conditional bail for kingpin of highway robbery gang - Times of India|
Conditional bail for kingpin of highway robbery gang Aug 21, 2017, 10:17 PM IST THANE: A kingpin of the highway robbers and kidnapping gang arrested by the police in January, has been granted conditional bail by the district sessions court, which turned down the plea by the police to extend his judicial custody.Dungarsingh Rajpurohit (47) aka Dongarsingh had gained notoriety in recent times following a spate of kidnappings and robberies along the national highway. The Thane police had nabbed him from Kongaon in Bhiwandi. "It was on January that Rajpurohit and five others were planning a dacoity which was thwarted just in the nick of time by the Bhiwandi crime branch sleuths. The team also rescued a kidnapped driver and recovered products worth Rs 23 lakh which the gang had stolen when they escaped with the truck," said a senior police official. Since the arrest, the accused was lodged in jail and his previous application for bail was rejected as then the chargesheet was not filed. He added that Rajpurohit is notorious for organising smaller groups who would team up and carry out late night highway heists.
|2017-08-21||Despite downpour, flyover bridge work on GB Road completed - Times of India|
Despite downpour, flyover bridge work on GB Road completed Aug 21, 2017, 10:16 PM IST THANE: Work on the much-awaited flyover bridge near Tatvagyan Vidyapeeth was completed by a team of technicians and engineers on Sunday, who put the iron frame across the six-lane road to facilitate pedestrians to cross over without affecting the heavy traffic. The foot overbridge (FOB) was long overdue on this junction as locals residing in the complexes on either side of the Ghodbunder Road would walk across the street and at times posed a potential risk for speeding motorists and bikers.The authorities had shut the stretch between Kapurbawdi and Manpada junctions from midnight of Saturday till Sunday morning and in spite of the heavy rains and winds, the technical team fixed the iron frame in the stipulated time. The work on laying the walking track on the FOB would be carried out soon after which it would be thrown open to pedestrians.Locals said the FOB would not only reduce the risk of road accidents, but will also help in a seamless ride for motorists. "The Tatvagyan junction and the area near the newly-constructed Doshi Imperia witness heavy footfall as people prefer to alight here along the highway instead of taking a long detour and many often run across the roads. There have been many incidents of crash and hit-and-run cases here. However, the FOB near R Mall is turning into a selfie point of sorts as regulars stand up and capture the moving traffic on their cameras," said a Thane resident.
|2017-08-21||200mm rainfall over 2 days disrupts routine - Times of India|
200mm rainfall over 2 days disrupts routine Aug 21, 2017, 10:14 PM IST THANE: The nearly 200mm rainfall that showered in the city and suburbs over the weekend left residents hassled and kept the civic administration on its toes as frequent instances of tree falls and related complaints, water logging and traffic jams were reported in various parts of the city. The 85mm rainfall recorded on Saturday led to waterlogging and tree falls that affected both road and railway traffic movement in the city. Though the city witnessed around 100mm rains over the past two days, there were no major instances of public inconvenience apart from the tree fall incidents reported on Sunday as many residents preferred to stay indoors. The ordeal for residents started on Saturday morning as the intensity of the rains increased causing water logging at a few spots, especially near Maharashtra Vidyalaya, Vrindavan society and parts of Kalwa. Officegoers and students had to find their way through knee-deep water at some parts as the high tide around 12pm added to the problem.Some construction debris dumped into a nullah in Kausa, Mumbra led to inundation of water in nearby areas following which residents complained of water logging on Saturday. The traffic movemwnt was slow in the city on both days thanks to the heavy showers, subsequent water logging and potholes. The situation on Ghodbunder was manageable despite the stretch remaining out of bounds for traffic since Saturday night for launcing a girder. "We had issued diversions in the city and also a few motorists used the stretch. The work was done faster than expected," said a traffic officer. Vehicles were plying with restricted speed with a few instances of breakdowns. A biker almost met with an accident at Hiranandani Estate after he ventured into a pothole owing to non functional streetlights on Saturday. A mishap on Mumbra bypass highway also led to outbound traffic being affected on Saturday.
|2017-08-21||90-year-old paralysed woman escapes unhurt after her house crashes - Times of India|
90-year-old paralysed woman escapes unhurt after her house crashes Aug 21, 2017, 10:15 PM IST THANE: A 90-year-old resident of Talaopali escaped unhurt after the wall of her house came crashing down. The wall collapsed after to a 30-feet wide compound wall outside crumbled on her house on Sunday morning. Officials from the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) said that the senior citizen, who lives alone, was paralysed and did not even realize when her wall collapsed, leaving her home wide open. "Both the compound wall and the house wall were damp and thus weak. The heavy rains and wind on Sunday resulted in the collapse of the compound wall, which because if it's close proximity to the house, brought down the house wall too," said Santosh Kadam, RDMC chief."The elderly woman residing in the house didn't even realize that her house was wide open and was in no position to give us her name. By the time our officials and the fire brigade reached the spot, the locals had already taken her out of the house to safety. Luckily, she was not injured in the incident," he added. While the officials spent a couple of hours clearing the rubble, they have decided to help the senior citizen by rebuilding the wall. "There is some ownership conflict on this particular land. But, the senior citizen lives alone and has only a caretaker who comes for some time. She is paralysed and cannot speak. We have decided to help her to an extent by pitching in for the repairs of the house wall," said the civic official. Both the compound wall and the house wall were damp and thus weak. The heavy rains and wind on Sunday resulted in the collapse of the compound wall, which because if it's close proximity to the house, brought down the house wall too.
|2017-08-21||Thane doctor accused of rape sent lewd texts to his patients - The Asian Age|
Thane doctor accused of rape sent lewd texts to his patients Published : Aug 22, 2017, 2:27 am IST Updated : Aug 22, 2017, 2:28 am IST The 44-year-old doctor was arrested by the Thane crime branch for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman. Mumbai: A day after a well-known infertility specialist was arrested for raping a woman, a police team has gone through his messages only to find some lewd chats with a clutch of patients. The investigating team is checking CCTV footage from within the hospital premises and recording statements of employees and nurses working there. The 44-year-old doctor was arrested by the Thane crime branch for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman who visited his clinic for treatment. He will be in police custody till August 22. An investigating officer said, “We have checked the accused’s mobile details and have given his mobile phone to the cyber department to retrieve some mails. We have found lewd comments he sent to some women. We have called those women for questioning and will soon get details from them. He deliberately called the victim to his clinic when no one was there. After a day of interrogation, he said he did not want to speak about anything. We need more time to question him.” The police said that the victim, who married two years ago, is a housewife and approached the accused, Dr Pratik Tambe, at Nirmiti Fertility & IVF, Naupada, for a fertility test on Thursday. However, he allegedly raped her instead. Crime branch DCP Abhishek Trimukhe said, “Under the pretext of a check-up, he stripped the victim and put some liquid in her private part. He then took off his clothes and raped her. When she tried to scream, he put his hand over her mouth and threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed the incident to anyone.” After the doctor’s arrest, the clinic has been sealed.
|2017-08-20||Doctor held for raping patient in Thane - The New Indian Express|
Doctor held for raping patient in Thane Published: 20th August 2017 11:47 PM Last Updated: 20th August 2017 11:47 PM THANE: A doctor has been arrested here for allegedly raping a woman on the pretext of conducting a test at his clinic, police said today. The incident took place on Friday when the victim (21), a resident of Dharavi from neighboring Mumbai, visited the doctor, who runs an infertility center at Naupada here, sub-inspector of crime unit-I, Thane Police, R D Shinde said. According to the complaint lodged by the woman, the doctor raped her while he was examining her ahead of a test. When she tried to raise an alarm by screaming, he held her mouth tight and also threatened her of dire consequences, if she disclosed about it to anyone. Later, the victim lodged a complaint with Naupada police and a case was booked under sections 376 (rape), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. Further investigations are being carried over by a woman officer of the crime branch, police said.
|2017-08-20||Heavy Mumbai rains are back again; 109 mm rain for Thane - Skymet Weather|
Heavy Mumbai Rains Are Back Again; 109 Mm Rain For Thane 20 August 2017 11:48 AM Mumbai rains had not been good enough during the month of August. So much so that the city had not recorded heavy showers on many occasions. Rainfall activity had remained on the lighter side. Only thrice did the city record showers in double digit, out of which heavy showers of 54 mm were witnessed on August 14. During the same time, Mumbai’s neighbor, Thane had recorded a whopping 77 mm of rainfall.Thereafter, both the cities did witness a reduction in rainfall and only light showers were recorded. However, it seems like rain gods wanted Mumbaikars as well as residents of Thane to enjoy a few more spells of rainfall. So much so that the city did record heavy showers in the last 24 hours.During the last 24 hours from 8:30 am on Saturday, the Santa Cruz observatory in Mumbai recorded a whopping 54 mm of rainfall. On the other hand, adjoining city of Thane recorded a whopping 109 mm of rainfall during the same time frame. However, rainfall activity was not much over Colaba and only 18 mm of showers were witnessed.These weather conditions have been attributed to the presence of a low pressure which is currently lying over the Vidarbha region. Due to this, moisture incursion has increased over Mumbai as well as Thane and the cities have recorded these heavy spells. Now, as per weathermen at Skymet Weather, Mumbai and Thane are likely to witness more moderate to heavy rains during the next 24 hours. This weather condition will be attributed to the shift of the low pressure over Mumbai. Thus, the next 36 hours will be rainy enough with some parts even witnessing very heavy showers.
|2017-08-20||Doctor held for 'raping' woman in Thane - The Indian Express|
Doctor held for ‘raping’ woman in Thane Accused Pratik Tambe, who specialises in treating infertility, was arrested from his residence by unit 1 of the Crime Branch Mumbai | Published:August 21, 2017 1:27 am The Thane Crime Branch arrested a doctor Saturday for allegedly raping a woman at his clinic in Naupada. Accused Pratik Tambe, who specialises in treating infertility, was arrested from his residence by unit 1 of the Crime Branch. An officer said the woman, in her late 20s, had gone to his clinic Friday after she heard the doctor was looking for women willing to be surrogate mothers. She alleged that the doctor raped her when she went to his cabin.
|2017-08-19||Mumbai, Thane to get three fast track courts - The Hindu - The Hindu|
Mumbai, Thane to get three fast track courts MUMBAI, AUGUST 19, 2017 22:05 IST UPDATED: AUGUST 19, 2017 22:05 IST State to set up 21 more such courts in five years in all districts with Central funding The first three of 24 fast track courts for the State, which will deal with heinous crimes like rape and murder, will be set up in Mumbai and Thane within a year, of which the latter will get two. The other 21 courts will be set up in the districts. The fast track courts were recommended by the 14th Finance Commission to strengthen judicial systems in the States, and the Centre accordingly ordered the setting up of 1,800 such courts across the country within five years. Other recommendations by the Commission included mediation centres, more family courts, centres for dispute resolution, technical staff for scanning and digitisation, law schools and more Lok Adalats. The Centre has set aside ?4,114 crore for this project, officials said. U.P. to get ?488 crore Maharashtra is second on the list of beneficiary States and was allocated ?469 crore; Uttar Pradesh will be given ?488 crore for establishing fast track courts. States like Gujarat, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh were allocated ?400 crore, ?338 crore and ?306 crore respectively. The order for setting up the courts in the State was issued by the Law and Judiciary Department on Saturday.
|2017-08-19||Thane: MACT awards rupees five lakh to parents of boy who died in ... - The Indian Express|
Thane: MACT awards rupees five lakh to parents of boy who died in accident last year In the FIR, it is specifically stated that at the relevant time of the accident, the driver drove it at a high speed and in rash and negligent manner, and gave dash to the deceased, the tribunal said. Thane | Published:August 19, 2017 4:39 pm The parents of a 13-year-old boy from Kalwa here, who was killed in an accident last year, were awarded Rs 5 lakh as compensation by the Thane Motor Accident and Claims Tribunal (MACT). Tribunal member and district judge K D Vadane, in a recent order, directed respondent, Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) to make the payment of the compensation of Rs 5 lakh, along with 8 per cent interest from the date of filing of the claim in January this year. The counsel of claimants, Limbaji Rathod (36) and his wife Taribai (31), in his submission, told the tribunal that the couple’s son Mangesh was a brilliant student and had bright future prospects. The accident took place on October 18, 2016 when a TMT bus, being driven rashly and at a high speed, hit Mangesh who was standing on the extreme left side of a road at Kalwa market. He sustained multiple injuries and was admitted to CSM hospital in Kalwa and was later moved to Civil Hospital in Thane. But he succumbed to injuries. A case was lodged against the driver of the bus with Kalwa police. The claimants filed a claim of 9.10 lakh with the tribunal. The respondent contested the claim on various grounds, stating that the accident occurred on account of the negligence of the deceased and also challenged his age. The tribunal observed that the conductor of the bus in the course of cross examination stated that he had not seen the boy while falling down on the road, and it was only when the passengers in the bus shouted, his attention was drawn towards the boy. “Driver Shridhar Gaikwad, in the course of cross examination stated that he had not seen the boy, and when people shouted, he stopped his vehicle. From this admission it reveals that Gaikwad was driving the bus without noticing the boy,” the judge said. In the FIR, it is specifically stated that at the relevant time of the accident, the driver drove it at a high speed and in rash and negligent manner, and gave dash to the deceased, the tribunal said. The MACT worked out a compensation of Rs 4,50,000 towards the future loss of income of the family and Rs 50,000 towards loss of love and affection and funeral cost.
|2017-08-19||NGO shows how to prune a tree, conserve city canopy - Times of India|
NGO shows how to prune a tree, conserve city canopy Updated: Aug 19, 2017, 10:03 PM IST Thane: A citizens tree conference was organised by a city-based NGO Thane Matadata Jagran Abhiyan, on Friday evening, where a panel of esteemed environmental scientists, advocates, citizen activist and citizen representatives discussed and informed citizens of the various reasons that contribute to a tree fall. They also highlighted how a citizen and the governing body can help in conserving the remaining green canopy. Speaking about the main reasons for tree falls, plant physiologist and environmental scientist Dr Nagesh Tekale said, "If a plant or tree is allowed to grow on its own, it grows straight, however, the moment its root are obstructed by a paver block or cement, the root changes its position, making it unstable. Any tilting tree is a week tree." The experts also pointed out that it is also the way these trees are pruned before the monsoon that make them more susceptible to collapsing. "Ideally trees should be pruned after a proper scientific study of which trees require pruning, which branches and leaves need to be removed for it to maintain its balance and so on. Additionally, these trees need to be trimmed starting from the top and then downwards. However, the civic body works in the opposite way which has weakened many trees," added the enviro scientist. While the corporation is held accountable for these rampant tree falls, these experts assert that the citizens are equally at fault as they let these environmentally degrading activities go on without raising any voice. — Freny Fernandes
|2017-08-19||Thane crime: Woman arrested for killing husband's second wife ... - Mid-Day|
Thane Crime: Woman arrested for killing her husband's second wife Thane | Posted 20-Aug-2017 A 28-year-old woman from Kalyan in Thane was arrested for allegedly strangulating husband's second wife to death, police said on Saturday. According to Thane rural police, accused Yasmin Ansari had estranged relations with her husband Vahid, who lived with both his wives and two children in the same house in Bandeli village of Kalyan. Yasmin had recently left the house after having a quarrel with Vahid, and was given oral divorce (talaq) by him over phone. She, however, returned home after couple of days and continued to live with him. On Friday, an altercation broke out between her and the second wife, Reshma (25), assistant police inspector Rajendra Khopkar said. Also read: Thane woman arrested for forcing minor daughter into flesh trade During the scuffle, Yasmin, in a fit of rage, chocked Reshma to death with a piece of cloth, he said. A case has been lodged against Yasmin under IPC section 302 (murder) and was arrested yesterday, police said.
|2017-08-19||Mumbai Crime: Two 17-year-olds raped in Thane, one 15-year-old in Kopar Khairane - Free Press Journal|
Mumbai Crime: Two 17-year-olds raped in Thane, one 15-year-old in Kopar Khairane Aug 19, 2017 12:13 pm Rape incidences in the city remain on the rise, with three cases of minor being allegedly raped in Thane and Kopar Khairane. Two 17-year-old girls were allegedly raped in Thane on Thursday and one 15-year-old girl was raped in Kopar Khairane on Wednesday. The incidents: According to a report in Hindustan Times, a 17-year-old girl was lures by a 23-year-old guy named Shadaf Shaikh, who is a Kalwa resident. He lured the girl to move with him to Kurla in March. He promised to marry her after she moves in with him, but instead he raped her. A Police officer told the newspaper, “After that, Shaikh kept on ignoring the girl and on Thursday she went back to her parents and then filed a rape complaint against Shaikh.”In the second case, a 20-year-old Rakesh Kori allegedly raped her 17-year-old cousin. Since November 2016, Kori used to allegedly rape her and asked her to keep quiet on pretext of marrying her. Rakesh Kori is now absconding and police are in search of him. Police officer from Kolshewadi told Hindustan times, “When Kori refused to marry her after she was three-month pregnant, she told her family and registered a complaint.” In the third case, a man who posed as a garment shopkeeper in Kopar Khairane, allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl. The man raped the girl in an under-construction building on Wednesday. Earlier, the unidentified man had followed the girl home. After the incident, the girl told her family about the incident and filed a case under section 376 of the IPC and POCSO Act, 2012. Umesh Munde, assistant police inspector from Kopar Khairane police station told Hindustan Times, “He told her that she needed to come with him to take clothes her father had asked for to make a pillow. The accused then took her to an under construction building and raped her. He then fled the spot.”
|2017-08-19||One held for possessing banned notes - Times of India|
One held for possessing banned notes Aug 19, 2017, 09:46 PM IST Thane: Fake Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes amounting to Rs 49.39 lakh have been seized by the city police on Friday. These notes were scrapped by the government during the demonetization move. The Mumbra police had received a a tip off that a man was going to come near Mumbra station on Thursday evening with the notes. The police had laid a trap and caught the man with the money. "We had received information that an individual or a gang was going to come to the spot to exchange money on Thursday around 7pm. We arrested a man who has been identified as Zafar Shaikh (42), a resident of Nalasopara. When we reached the spot we found that Shaikh was carrying a black bag in which there were 3,938 notes of the Rs 1000 and 2,002 notes of Rs 500. He tried to escape, but we managed to arrest him," said an officer from Mumbra police station. The police are still unaware about the source of the money and what was he going to do with it. Further investigations are on in the case.
|2017-08-19||City, Thane to get three fast track courts for serious crimes - The Hindu|
City, Thane to get three fast track courts for serious crimes AUGUST 20, 2017 00:26 IST UPDATED: AUGUST 20, 2017 00:26 IST State to set up 21 more such courts in five years in all districts with Central funding Mumbai: The first three of 24 fast track courts for the State, which will deal with heinous crimes like rape and murder, will be set up in Mumbai and Thane within a year, of which the latter will get two. The other 21 courts will be set up in the districts. The fast track courts were recommended by the 14th Finance Commission to strengthen judicial systems in the States, and the Centre accordingly ordered the setting up of 1,800 such courts across the country within five years. Other recommendations by the Commission included mediation centres, more family courts, centres for dispute resolution, technical staff for scanning and digitisation, law schools and more Lok Adalats. The Centre has set aside ?4,114 crore for this project, officials said. Maharashtra is second on the list of beneficiary States and has been allocated ?469 crore; Uttar Pradesh will be given ?488 crore for establishing fast track courts. States like Gujarat, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh were allocated ?400 crore, ?338 crore and ?306 crore respectively. The order for setting up the courts in the State was issued by the Law and Judiciary Department on Saturday. The first recommendation to set up fast track courts was made by the 11th Finance Commission, which asked for 1,700 such courts before 2005. The Supreme Court then asked the Centre to continue with the project through the 14th Finance Commission. Neeraj Dhote, legal advisor and Joint Secretary, Law and Judiciary Department, said, “144 posts for legal and judicial officers will also be created to deal with crimes including murder, rape, human rights violations, domestic violence, crime against women and elderly, revenue and land fraud. Money will be provided in phases over five years to the State.”
|2017-08-18||In Mumbai: Thane civic body to generate electricity from sewage - Hindustan Times|
In Mumbai:?Thane civic body to generate electricity from sewage Will also sell treated water to industries and commercial establishments MUMBAI Updated: Aug 18, 2017 22:19 IST To reduce the power consumption of the grid, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to use sewage treated at its Kopri plant to generate electricity. The civic officials said this will make the sewage treatment plant (STP) self-sufficient. The proposal will be tabled before the general body this month. The proposal also suggests selling treated water to industries and commercial establishments for non-potable purposes. At present, the treated water is released into the creeks. The TMC built the STP at Kanhaiya Nagar, Kopri, in 2013-14 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). While the processing capacity of the plant is 120 mld, the civic body undertakes primary and secondary treatment of 42 mld sewage daily. The project was developed keeping in mind the city’s population till 2036. The city generates 300 mld of sewage daily. A civic official said, “We will set up a biogas plant at the Kopri STP to treat the sludge from the sewage. The sludge will be separated from the 42 mld of sewage treated daily, which will be turned into gas and then electricity. Several firms have shown interest in the project and will foot the bill.” The electricity generated will be used for operating the STP, which will help the TMC and the firm operating the plant to save on electricity bills. “Currently, the sewage water is subjected to primary and secondary treatments and then released into the creek. We are now planning to subject this water to tertiary treatment so that it can be reused for non-potable purposes. The water will be treated by the same agency which will generate electricity and will be sold to commercial and industrial establishments. About 10% of profit will be shared with the civic body,” the official said. The TMC?also wants to set up 100 mld STPs at Kalwa and Ghodbunder. But the Kalwa STP?is already facing opposition from the residents.
|2017-08-18||Injured merlin found on Thane Road released into wild - Juneau Empire (subscription)|
Posted August 18, 2017 07:45 am - Updated August 18, 2017 08:59 am By Janet Capito For the Juneau Empire Injured merlin found on Thane Road released into wild Juneau Raptor Center aids in rescue Late one evening in July, a young man and woman were driving on Thane Road. They noticed something that looked like a bird in the middle of the road, stopped to investigate and found it was a raptor.They picked it up and called the Juneau Raptor Center’s pager to report it. The bird was brought to a member’s house and put in a kennel. The next morning it was examined, treated and identified as a merlin (falco columborius). A merlin is a genus of falcon. It was very passive which is unusual for this species of bird. However, by the afternoon it became more active so it was given a small amount of food. It was then moved to an outdoor enclosure to make sure it could fly, which it did immediately. After another day of being in the enclosure and eating, it was determined that it could be released. The merlin was taken to a place on Thane Road, close to where it was first seen, and released. It flew strong and fast into the closest trees and disappeared among the branches.
|2017-08-18||In Mumbai: 3 kids escape unhurt as tree falls on school van in Thane - Hindustan Times|
In Mumbai: 3 kids escape unhurt as tree falls on school van in Thane The same tree fell on an autorickshaw, injuring its driver MUMBAI Updated: Aug 18, 2017 23:41 IST An autorickshaw driver sustained injuries after a tree fell on his vehicle at Naupada, Thane, on Friday afternoon. Moreover, three children escaped unhurt after the other half of the tree fell on a school van. The incident lead to an hour-long traffic jam at Bhakti Mandir Road, opposite Rainbow School. Pravin Gaikar, 48, a resident of Hari Niwas, sustained minor head injuries in the accident. Though he was administered first aid at a nearby clinic, he was taken to Thane civil hospital. Gaikar and was discharged after a check-up. “While Gaikar sustained minor injuries, his auto and the school bus got damaged. It took us an hour to clear the traffic, as we had to cut the tree. Gaikar was taken to the Thane civil hospital and was discharged after a few check-ups,” said an officer from Thane commissionerate.
|2017-08-18||In Mumbai: TMC project to link Kalwa east and west to benefit commuters - Hindustan Times|
In Mumbai: TMC project to link Kalwa east and west to benefit commuters After the liquidation of the Mafatlal mill land was cleared, all hurdles have been cleared for the Kalwa east to be developed MUMBAI Updated: Aug 18, 2017 22:45 IST Commuters in Kalwa east?will soon see an upgraded and improved station area, which will resolve traffic problems and connect the area’s east and west. The town planning department of the Thane Municipal Corporation has proposed Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (SATIS) at Kalwa — this will be the third after Thane west and east. The project will link Parsik, Kharegaon and Navi Mumbai. After the liquidation of the Mafatlal mill land was cleared, all hurdles have been cleared for the Kalwa east to be developed. The land has been freed up for residential projects and the cluster scheme will also increase the area’s population. An official from town planning department requesting anonymity said, “The Mafatlal mill land, which was stuck in a dispute between mill workers and owners, has got the court’s permission for liquidation. The 123-acre plot worth Rs1,100 crore is now open for major residential projects.” The authorities have proposed implementation of cluster development scheme in the east side. “The area’s population is set to increase multifold and so we need to plan the traffic and public transport management. The SATIS scheme aims at easing congestion,” said the official. The department has proposed to acquire all City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) plots near Kalwa east station for SATIS. Though repeated calls to Cidco went unanswered, the TMC has claimed that they have informed the planning authority about the acquisition. “Kalwa west is congested and there is no space to develop SATIS,” said the official. The SATIS planned in Kalwa east will have special decks for bus, elevated corridors, parking facility and arrangement for easy dispersal of vehicles from the station. “We will have to acquire land belonging to Cidco. The new SATIS will link Kalwa east, Kharegaon, Parsik and Airoli and will pave way for a smooth traffic movement,” he added. The first SATIS project in Thane west was completed in 2010. The second SATIS has been proposed for Thane east. Why should we care The east side of Kalwa is hilly with most parts coming under the forest department’s jurisdiction. The area filled with slums is a crime hub with most illegal businesses operated from the slums in the area. The transport facility in the area is insufficient to meet the demand of residents. For years, people have been crossing the railway track from west to east. The new SATIS will connect the two areas. The project in Thane west The Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (SATIS) was mooted by the TMC in 2006 and the Rs35.5-crore project was completed in 2010. Implemented by MMRDA and TMC, there is an elevated deck for TMT buses, two skywalks connecting the north and south of the station and foot overbridges connecting the station. This ensures a seamless and smooth travel for commuters. SATIS at Thane East (proposed) The second SATIS project in Thane will cost Rs266 crore. It will have multilevel parking and a separate deck for bus terminus. The proposed commercial building will have food plaza, rest rooms, ticket counter and citizen facilitation centre. TMC will build elevated road from Thane (West) to Thane east SATIS to solve the traffic conjunction.
|2017-08-18||Former Gov. Ted Kulongoski, Thane Tienson Quit Oregon Center for Public Policy Board - Willamette Week|
Former Gov. Ted Kulongoski, Thane Tienson Quit Oregon Center for Public Policy Board Both men had concerns about Jefferson Smith, said to be finalist for organization's top job. Published August 18 at 4:03 PM Updated August 20 at 4:50 PM A former Oregon governor and a prominent Portland lawyer have stepped down from the Oregon Center for Public Policy's board over concerns that former state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) might be hired as OCPP's next executive director. Earlier this week, WW reported that the organization, a left-leaning think tank that is a significant player in Salem policy discussions, is considering two candidates to replace founder and executive director Chuck Sheketoff: Smith former Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick. Both candidates are former politicos. Novick lost his Portland City Council seat to now-Commissioner Chloe Eudaly last year. Smith ran for Portland mayor in 2012 after two terms in the Oregon House. He lost to Charlie Hales in that race after a series of reports about his behavior, including news that he'd punched a young woman in a college incident, and now the executive director and a morning talk show host at XRAY.FM radio. Smith also possesses previous non-profit leadership experience: he was a founder and the longtime executive director of the Oregon Bus Project, a group that seeks to engage young voters. Novick, who like Smith is a graduate of Harvard Law School, also worked for years in public policy before running for office. His candidacy for the OCPP job drew strong support from key OCCP funders, including the Oregon Education Association, Service Employees International Union, the American Federation of State, Municipal & County Employees and the Oregon Nurses Association. "We feel that a strong [executive director] who both understands policy, politics and research would continue that valuable relationship," representatives of those unions wrote to the OCPP board on June 7. "That's why we are encouraging you to consider Steve Novick as your new ED." Sources familiar with the process say the board is deeply divided over the two candidates but was leaning toward Smith. Some members, including board chairman Will Neuhauser and Ken Lewis, a retired shipping executive, are said to have favored hiring him. Others either had concerns about Smith or wanted to hire Novick. Now WW has learned that the board split led to the resignation of two members: former Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Portland trial lawyer Thane Tienson. Kulongoski submitted his resignation effective Aug 1.Asked via email on Friday whether his resignation was related to concerns about Smith getting the job, Kulongoski replied simply "yes," but declined to elaborate. Tienson, a trial lawyer with the Landye Bennett Blumstein firm, was more forthcoming about his Aug. 17 resignation "I didn't like the way that the process of replacing Chuck Sheketoff was being handled," Tienson says. "It became very acrimonious." "I don't believe Jefferson Smith has demonstrated he's ready to lead an organization like the Oregon Center for Public Policy," he adds. Sheketoff, who founded OCPP 20 years ago, did not return a call seeking comment. Neither did Smith or Lewis.Neuhauser, the board chair, declined to address the board members' departure and said no decision has been made on hiring a new executive. "The OCPP board's recruiting process is on-going and we continue to process incoming applications as well as vetting those that have met our core criteria," he emails.
|2017-08-18||18-year-old suspected drowned in Kalwa lake - Times of India|
18-year-old suspected drowned in Kalwa lake Aug 18, 2017, 10:05 PM IST Thane: An 18-year-old youth from Diva is suspected to have drowned in Kalwa lake near Waghoba Nagar on Wednesday evening. The mishap is said to have taken place at around 6pm. Even after multiple search operations at brief intervals, the youngster was nowhere to be found. The rescue team claimed that it is likely the victim, Jagvindar Athval, could have slipped into the lake.At around 7pm, the locals heard the boy gasping for breath and calling out for help. The locals further alerted the Mumbra fire brigade and the rescue authority. Santosh Kadam, chief of Thane's regional disaster management cell (RDMC), said, "Despite a 2.5-hour search operation, the missing boy could not be located. We had 16 men at the spot. It might be so that the youngster had ventured into an isolated spot in the area in the interiors of the lake." Officials said that the search operations resumed on Thursday morning, but in vain. Despite a 2.5-hour search operation, the missing boy could not be located. We had 16 men at the spot. The low visibility at night and the heavy rainfall made it tougher for us to find him
|2017-08-17||Police bust prostitution racket in Thane; arrest 6, rescue 4 women - Business Standard|
Police bust prostitution racket in Thane; arrest 6, rescue 4 women Anti-human trafficking cell of Thane police's crime branch raided the lodge in Kalyan township Thane Last Updated at August 17, 2017 13:08 IST The Thane police busted a flesh trade racket being allegedly run at a lodge in the district and arrested six men and rescued four women from there. Based on a tip-off, the anti-human trafficking cell of the Thane police's crime branch raided the lodge in Kalyan township on Tuesday evening, a police official said in a release issued late last night. The six nabbed persons included the contractor who used run the lodge, its two managers, cashier, waiter and an agent who was part of the prostitution racket, senior police inspector Ravindra Daundkar said. The police team also rescued four women, including a Bangladeshi national, from the place, he said. The arrested men were booked under IPC sections 370(2)(3) (trafficking of persons) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and relevant provisions of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, Daundkar said. They were produced in a local court which remanded them in police custody till August 19, he said. The rescued women were sent to a rehabilitation centre in Thane, the police official added.
|2017-08-17||Prostitution racket busted in Thane; 6 held, 4 women rescued - Outlook India|
17 AUGUST 2017 Last Updated at 12:10 PM Prostitution racket busted in Thane; 6 held, 4 women rescued Based on a tip-off, the anti-human trafficking cell of the Thane police's crime branch raided the lodge in Kalyan township on Tuesday evening, a police official said in a release issued late last night thane, Aug 17 The Thane police busted a flesh trade racket being allegedly run at a lodge in the district and arrested six men and rescued four women from there. Based on a tip-off, the anti-human trafficking cell of the Thane police's crime branch raided the lodge in Kalyan township on Tuesday evening, a police official said in a release issued late last night. The six nabbed persons included the contractor who used run the lodge, its two managers, cashier, waiter and an agent who was part of the prostitution racket, senior police inspector Ravindra Daundkar said. The police team also rescued four women, including a Bangladeshi national, from the place, he said. The arrested men were booked under IPC sections 370(2)(3) (trafficking of persons) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and relevant provisions of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, Daundkar said. They were produced in a local court which remanded them in police custody till August 19, he said. The rescued women were sent to a rehabilitation centre in Thane, the police official added.
|2017-08-17||Thane Cops Book Couple For Creating Nuisance At Police Station - NDTV|
Thane Cops Book Couple For Creating Nuisance At Police Station The incident took place after police personnel of Bazarpeth police station under Kalyan division in Thane nabbed an alleged accused in a rape and extortion case and took him to the police station, police said. Cities Updated: August 17, 2017 14:28 IST THANE: Thane police have booked a couple, who allegedly gate crashed into a police station, abused the staff there and manhandled at least two of them. The incident took place after police personnel of Bazarpeth police station under Kalyan division in Thane nabbed an alleged accused in a rape and extortion case and took him to the police station, police said. The couple followed them to the police station and created nuisance, they said. The police said a Mr Milind Daund, who was booked in the criminal case, was detained for interrogation. A complaint against the couple was filed by police constable Ms Sunita Dighe, who in her complaint described the entire incident which took place at the police station for well over an hour late last evening. In her complaint Ms Dighe named the couple who had created the nuisance as Ms Neelam Pawar (26) (sister of the nabbed accused) and Mr Pratik Ravindra Thackery (23). While the police held Mr Pratik, the woman escaped from the police station and the cops are now looking for her, police said.
|2017-08-16||In Mumbai: Thane civic body considering delimitation of administrative wards - Hindustan Times|
In Mumbai: Thane civic body considering delimitation of administrative wards Last year, the corporation demarcated new election wards following the directives from the election commission MUMBAI Updated: Aug 16, 2017 23:46 IST Thane residents might have to approach a different ward office for paying their taxes or to carry out any civic work. After the delimitation of the election wards, the administrative wards in the city are likely to be reshuffled. As per the new proposal, if passed by the general body,Diva and Shil will be a new ward while two of the existing wards will be merged together. Last year, the corporation demarcated new election wards following the directives from the election commission. These wards were based on population and geographical features. The number of wards decreased from 65 to 33 following delimitation, from which 131 corporators were elected during the February 2017 civic polls. A civic official said, “In the proposed, Kopri will be merged with Naupada while the Lokmanya Sawarkar ward and Railadevi wards will become one. The demarcation will also result in separation of Shil and Diva in Mumbra.” Thane at present is divided into 10 administrative wards and has a the population of more than 22 lakh. “After the ward delimitation for civic elections, areas have undergone a lot of changes. It is important to revise the boundaries of each of the ward committee to prevent confusion or overlapping. In the newly proposed wards, Kalwa ward has the highest population of 2.49 lakh while Uthalsar has the lowest of 1.54 lakh.”
|2017-08-16||Mumbai encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma reinstated, to join Thane Police soon - Firstpost|
Mumbai encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma reinstated, to join Thane Police soon India Sanjay Sawant Aug, 16 2017 22:53:30 IST Mumbai: Thane Police will soon have former senior inspector Pradeep Sharma in their ranks as the famed encounter specialist of the Mumbai Police comes out of suspension. Sharma on Wednesday reported to Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) Satish Mathur in uniform indicating that his reinstatement, said a senior IPS official on condition of anonymity.Sharma, who will return as an Assistant Commissioner of Police, requested for a position in Thane. He retires in 2018. Sources said that Sharma joined as a part of the DG Control Room before he shifts to the anti-extortion cell of the Thane Police. Sharma had joined Mumbai Police in 1983 and his last posting was at Dharavi police station in 2008. Sharma was dismissed in 2008 for alleged links with Dawood Ibrahim gang and for his alleged role in the Lakhan Bhaiya fake encounter case. Former gangster Ram Narayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiyya was a suspected aide of gangster Chhota Rajan. Sharma was arrested in the Lakhan Bhaiyya case in 2010 along with 21 other police officials. While 13 cops were convicted in the case in July 2013, Sharma was however acquitted by the court. Sharma’s re-entry was blocked by DGP Mathur, on the grounds that the state government’s appeal in the high court against his reinstatement was still pending. However, with the nod from the home department, Sharma is likely to join the Thane Police within a week. Sharma, who has 113 encounter killings to his name including three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists. Bollywood movie Ab Tak Chhappan is based on him. Another encounter specialist sub-inspector Daya Nayak was also reinstated in 2016. Nayak has 83 encounters to his name.
|2017-08-16||In Mumbai: Thane civic body issues guidelines for making buildings eco-friendly - Hindustan Times|
In Mumbai:?Thane civic body issues guidelines for making buildings eco-friendly The corporation also plans to conduct energy audit of two residential societies along Ghodbunder Road and give them a sector-wise breakup of their energy consumption MUMBAI Updated: Aug 16, 2017 23:16 IST You can convert your building into an eco-friendly structure by following the guidelines issued by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The corporation along with Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) and Shakti Foundation, an NGO, has issued a handbook on how to convert a high-rise into a green building. The civic authority said it would soon table the policy for green buildings in the general body which will give tax rebates to residents and developers who opt for the energy conserving buildings. The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) initiated the concept of green buildings in 2001. As per IGBC’s definition, “A green building is one which uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building.” A civic official requesting anonymity said, “The handbook will educate and guide people on the technology they can adopt to convert their building into a green one. Most residential societies are willing to go the eco-friendly way but don’t know how. The handbook will give them information on government schemes and grants related to energy saving buildings, how to avail the benefits of the schemes, what technologies they will have to adopt and the government websites which supply equipment.” The corporation also plans to conduct energy audit of two residential societies along Ghodbunder Road and give them a sector-wise breakup of their energy consumption. “This will be a pilot project to give them a road map on how to reduce power consumption. We will also suggest renewable energy options such as solar energy which these societies can adopt,” said a civic official. The corporation does not have any policy for green buildings in the city. The developer gets three to five per cent tax rebate on developmental tax on green buildings, while the residents who adopt the technologies too might get rebate in property tax. The official added, “Now that we have the handbook, we will table the policy on green buildings in the next one month.” The residents can also download the green building guidelines from the corporation’s website www.thanecity.gov.in
|2017-08-16||90 students collect 279 discarded flags from Vashi - Times of India|
90 students collect 279 discarded flags from Vashi Aug 17, 2017, 12:21 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: In order to ensure proper disposal of the tricolour after the celebration of Independence Day, management students from a Vashi institute collected discarded flags and handed them over to the civic ward officer. As many as 90 students from Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues Institute of Technology in Vashi collected discarded flags from every corner of the node on August 16 under their campaign titled Flagathon. After collecting the flags they gathered at Shivaji Chowk, Vashi and displayed the collection. They collected 279 flags of all sizes, mostly scattered and some damaged. These flags were picked up from sectors 1, 2, 9, 10,14, 15, 16 and 17 and also from mini seashore in Vashi. Jisha George from the organising team said, "Our aim was to sensitize citizens about proper flag disposal after the celebration of Independence Day."
|2017-08-16||Ride gets risky as flyovers in Thane get pockmarked - Times of India|
Ride gets risky as flyovers in Thane get pockmarked Aug 17, 2017, 12:33 AM IST THANE: The flyovers above the Teen Haath Naka, Cadbury junction and Waghbil have developed craters that remain unattended by authorities. Motorists taking this more than one kilometre long stretch regularly have been dodging the death trap here owing to the craters. Craters as deep as one to two feet are posing a serious risk to motorists, especially owing to monsoon when the visibility is low. While the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) recently repaired potholes between the Thane to Mumbai side of the flyovers, work is yet to begin on the flyovers on this stretch. Siddesh Sukhi, a resident of Waghbil, had a miraculous escape as he managed to manoeuvre his two-wheeler just in time to avoid hitting a crater on the Waghbil flyover."I almost lost control of my bike trying to avoid the potholes. As it is my daily route, I am familiar with the road and try to steer away from the potholes but those who are new to this road could end up in a fatal accident. These potholes are so deep, that the bike jerks out of control. The situation gets worse when it rains when the visibility is low," said Sukhi. The stretches at Waghbil and Teen Haath Naka flyovers have multiple two-feet-wide craters but there are many smaller ones on the Viviana and Kapurbawdi flyovers as well, he added."Apart from posing a risk to motorists, these potholes also add to traffic jams as most vehicles slow down due to each of these craters," said Saurabh Raikar, a Brahmand resident. Despite repeated attempts, MSRDC officials remained unavailable for comment.
|2017-08-16||Teen was unaccompanied, parents 'equally responsible' for death: Thane Municipal Transport - The Indian Express|
Teen was unaccompanied, parents ‘equally responsible’ for death: Thane Municipal Transport The TMT denied that the accident occurred due to rash and negligent driving. Mumbai | Published:August 17, 2017 1:57 am Setting aside the Thane Municipal Transport’s argument that parents of an unaccompanied 13-year-old boy who died after being run over by a TMT bus were “equally responsible” for his death, the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has directed the undertaking to pay compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family. The TMT had submitted that since the teenager was not accompanied by his parents at the time of the accident, they had an equal part in his death. According to the submissions made by Tarabai Rathod before the Thane tribunal, her son Mangesh (13) was standing on the extreme left side of the road at Kalwa market when a speeding TMT bus knocked him down on October 18, 2016. He was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The TMT denied that the accident occurred due to rash and negligent driving. “The deceased was standing with his cycle on the road, therefore he is 100% negligent. Applicants were not accompanying the deceased at the time of the accident, therefore they are also equally responsible for the death of the deceased,” the TMT had said before the tribunal. The driver of the bus, while deposing, submitted before the tribunal that he had stopped at a bus stop to let passengers board. When he started his bus again, he heard a loud noise at the front left side. He claimed to have stopped the bus and after getting down saw that a child had slipped and fallen on the road. He claimed that it was due to the impact of the fall that the child received injuries and that there was no impact between the bus and the child. It was submitted during cross-examination, however, that an FIR was registered against the driver and he had not initiated any proceeding to quash it or made any complaint to the police. The tribunal observed that since the evidence of the bus driver and the conductor were inconsistent with the police investigation paper, it showed the accident occurred due to the “sole negligence” of the driver. While deciding compensation, the court factored in the future income loss and the age of the deceased. In a similar case decided by the Thane tribunal, the family of a two-year-old girl was given. Rs 5 lakh, two years after she was crushed under a dumper. The insurance company in that case too had said since the parents of the girl had allowed their minor daughter to play on the road, they were also negligent. The tribunal, however, ruled that it was the dumper driver’s fault and directed the insurance company and the driver to pay the compensation.
|2017-08-16||After 4th list, special round to be held for FYJC admission - Times of India|
After 4th list, special round to be held for FYJC admission Aug 17, 2017, 12:35 AM IST THANE: A special round will be held for securing admission into FYJC colleges. This has been announced by the state education department on Wednesday at 5pm.This list has been declared for students who had not secured admission to any college when the previous four lists were put up. Admission to Commerce and Science streams were fast filling, while that for Arts there saw a considerable drop. Suchitra Naik, principal of K G Joshi-Bedekar college, said, "We had about 19 applicants in the special round. We still have 68 seats vacant in the Arts stream. The cut-off for Arts has been considerably low this year. However, we do not have any seats vacant in the Commerce stream for this round. I feel that given the number of seats still to be filled up and students who haven't been allotted a college yet, it is likely that the department may declare a second special round." While some are in favour of this new system, some city- based junior college principals are unhappy with the decision claiming that it has delayed the onset of the academic year. "Ideally, junior colleges should have begun by August 1. The delay will affect the curiculum as next week onwards there will be holidays for the festive seasons.," said Chandrashekhar Marathe of Satish Pradhan Dnyansadhana College. — Avani Ghangurde
|2017-08-16||TMC breaks concrete 'grip' on trees, frees 1257 across Thane - Times of India|
TMC breaks concrete ‘grip’ on trees, frees 1,257 across Thane Aug 17, 2017, 12:28 AM IST THANE: The brick and cement wall that were built around over 1,200 roadside trees across the lake city were demolished by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on Tuesday after a preliminary study showed that the concrete layer weakens the base and affects the roots of trees. Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Tuesday directed the public works department to break all the concrete layer around trees in order to ensure that the plants get adequate air and water supply. The officials broke as many as 1,257 walls trees in the three ward committees of the city on Tuesday. In Naupada, as many as 811 trees concrete walls were brought down, while in Majiwada-Manpada 276 were broken and in Kopri 170."Rapid concretization of the city has led to trees being deprived of water and air. I asked my officials to ensure that the one-feet area around the tree trunks, along the roadside must be broken. Henceforth, there will be adequate soil space around trees," said Jaiswal. Meanwhile, the civic chief's order brought cheer among green activists who have been complaining that rampant concretization has been responsible for trees losing stability and falling down. Nearly 384 tree collapse cases have been reported in two months this year. This has claimed one persons life and has left several others injured. Also, property worth lakhs has been damaged. "Tree fall cases have been on the rise and this has been mainly due to rapid concretization around them. With less soil space, trees find it difficult to hold their ground and the rainwater just adds to the weight. This weakens their roots and they fall down. We are happy that the administration has taken a positive decision," said Unmesh Bagwe, an activist. TOI has been regularly highlighting the apathy shown by the civic administration towards the rampant tree fall incidents reported in the city over the last two months. A National Greens Tribunal order in 2013 had directed the Delhi municipal body to ensure that no concrete or cement work is done at least within a metre radius of a tree trunk.
|2017-08-16||Thane louder than city as activists record festive noise levels - Daily News & Analysis|
hane louder than city as activists record festive noise levels Govinda breaks a Handi (DNA - Hemant Padalkar) Updated: Aug 16, 2017, 07:05 AM IST, DNA Meanwhile in Thane, which witnesses high decibel levels during Gokulashtami celebrations saw lesser number of events organised as compared to last year Janmashtami celebrations saw a major dip in the usage of loudspeakers this year. Sumaira Abdulali, Convenor of Awaaz Foundation who was out measuring decibel levels across Mumbai and Thane along with Dr Mahesh Bedekar a Thane resident and a petitioner in High Court against noise pollution during festivals reported that Thane was much louder than Mumbai. "Its not that the noise levels were not high in Mumbai, in fact the noise levels at some locations went up to 101.3 dB but this noise was due to honking, whistling and usage of drums and trumpets. Since the sound of drums, whistles, horns were not amplified with loudspeakers, it did not carry to any distance and was loud only when standing immediately next to the noise source," explained Abdulali. The activist claimed that the highest noise level was found near Hill Road at Bandra opposite Bandra Police Station, where the banners displayed photographs of Mumbai's BJP chief Ashish Shelar. "The noise level at this site was the highest, 113.3dB and was higher than the noise at the same site during Dahi Handi in 2016, which was measured to be 103dB," informed Abdulali. She further added that in the evening around 7.20 pm when she visited Hill Road she found the noise levels to be around 111dB however unlike morning they were using loudspeakers to only make announcements meanwhile at the same location another one organised by Congress too was using loudspeakers. Meanwhile in Thane, which witnesses high decibel levels during Gokulashtami celebrations saw lesser number of events organised as compared to last year. "In fact some hospital owners informed me that the cops had refused permission for sound systems and DJ's in front of the hospitals which falls under silence zones," said Bedekar adding that though the noise levels compared to previous years were low but were certainly much higher than normal. NOISIER ... Activists claimed that the highest noise level was found near Hill Road, Bandra, at 113.3dB. Most noise levels were high due to honking, whistling and usage of drums and trumpets
|2017-08-15||Dahi handi in Mumbai: Govinda group makes nine-tier pyramid in Thane, wins Rs11 lakh - Hindustan Times|
Dahi handi in Mumbai: Govinda group makes nine-tier pyramid in Thane, wins Rs11 lakh The Shiv Sai mandal managed the feat at Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s event held at Naupada, winning the Rs11 lakh cash prize MUMBAI Updated: Aug 15, 2017 16:37 IST Two govinda groups – Shiv Sai Govinda mandal from Borivli and Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Govinda mandal from Jogeshwari – managed to reach up to nine tiers at two separate events in Thane on Tuesday.The Shiv Sai mandal managed the feat at Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s event held at Naupada, winning the Rs11 lakh cash prize. The Jai Jawan mandal formed a nine-tier pyramid at Sanskruti Yuva Pratishthan event organised by MLA Pratap Sarnaik. The groups had made nine-tier pyramids last year too, despite the court’s directive restricting the height of the pyramid to 4-5 tiers. Milind Kolwankar, president of Shiv Sai mandal, said, “This year there was no clarity on whether we can hold dahi handi events. The court’s decision came in at a time when govindas were almost done with their practice sessions. This affected their excitement.” “The prize money, too, is dwindled. We have to spend a lot on practising for nine tiers. The prize money needs to be worth the effort,” he said.
|2017-08-15||Mumbai, Thane passport offices merged, shifted to new location - Times of India|
Mumbai, Thane passport offices merged, shifted to new location Aug 15, 2017, 07:04 PM IST MUMBAI: The regional passport offices of Mumbai and Thane have been merged and shifted to new location. A note issued by the Travel Agents Association of India to its members said: ``With effect 14 August RPO Mumbai office will be relocated from its current premises (Manish Commercial Centre, Dr. A. B. Road, Worli, Mumbai - 400030) to "Videsh Bhavan", Bandra Kurla Complex, Plot No C-45 G Block, Bandra (East), Mumbai - 400051.'' From August 21, RPO Thane will be merged with RPO Mumbai and will relocate from their current premises (Vardaan Sankul, Wagle Industrial Estate, MIDC, Thane 400604) to the same Bandra address given above. Public enquiry for merged Mumbai and Thane Passport will be entertained from 10 am to 12.30 pm on any working day except Wednesday at the new office in Mumbai RPO from 21 August. The current opening time of appointments is 3pm. Online payment has been made mandatory for booking appointments at Passport Seva Kendra(s) under this Passport Office. Click here for details.Physically challenged applicants (including visually impaired, deaf and mute reporting with certificate) will be allowed as Walk-ins with ARN at all PSKs between 9am and 10am. ``Further, we request all such applicants to come with a valid appointment. The walk-in category is not applicable for Tatkaal Applications,'' it added. Applicants may visit RPO Mumbai for enquiry between 10 am and 12:30 pm only from Monday to Friday (Except Wednesday) identified as Enquiry Days by RPO in a week. ``Please note no enquiries will be entertained on Wednesdays. While visiting Regional Passport Office, applicants are requested to carry all relevant documents. In case any documents have been submitted at later stage, proof of submitting the same should also be furnished,'' it said.Online payment / fee shall be forfeited if applicant exhausts three appointments or does not submit application at Passport Seva Kendra / Passport office within 90 days from the first appointment date, which-ever is earlier. In such cases, applicants will be required to make fresh online application and pay requisite fees. While filling the application, Applicant need to provide two References from the same police station jurisdiction where applicant is residing currently. It is compulsory for Diplomatic and Official passport applicants to fill Application Reference Number Sheet online and submit the sheet along-with other necessary documents as verified by RPO Mumbai, before visiting Passport Seva Kendra and process their application accordingly.
|2017-08-15||High-end luxury banquet hall launched in Thane - Inventiva|
High-end luxury banquet hall launched in Thane August 15, 2017 Thane celebrates the commencement of high-end new meeting place for wedding and corporate events. The newly established state-of-the-art banquet hall promises to provide luxury for all. Taking cue from Narendra Modi’s ‘Helping Hand Campaign’ iLeaf Ritz Banquets has undertaken an initiative to donate excess cooked food and raw food to the shelter homes. You don’t necessarily need to have a sky-high budget to get married or arrange an event. Located in the heart of Thane, ‘iLeaf Ritz banquets’ brings a rare combination of quality, luxury and value – all under one roof. The spacious property offering customized services is set to redefine the standards of celebration for its consumers. People can choose from a variety of meetings, exhibitions and conference spaces, including four banquet halls and four green-rooms for relaxation. People can rely on the Banquets dedicated team of event professionals whose attention to detail exemplifies the service promised by ‘iLeaf Ritz Banquets’. Brainchild of two young and dynamic Mechanical Engineers, ‘iLeaf Ritz Banquets’ is a distinctive state-of-the-art entity that can house 1500 guests at a time. Spread over 30,000 square feet built-up area, constructed on the same floor of R-mall at Godhbunder road Thane, the hassle-free banquet hall offers finest amenities with a palatial feel that transports you to the richness of your event. “We maintain good relationship with our key service providers such as the decorators and catering services, to create a perfect event. This means that the customer has a single point of contact and can truly sit back and enjoy the event,” said Mr. Pratish Ambekar, Managing Director of iLeaf Ritz Banquets. Mr. Ambekar feels that the time is right to provide a new address for celebration. He also shares their plans to create a chain of banquet halls across the country in the coming years. “The philosophy of our company is simple, we believe in offering luxury for all. We consider every aspect of the event – from making the bookings to designing a concept for the event and lastly executing it effectively. The state-of-the-art venue offers four banquet halls on the same floor, three green rooms for relaxation and two spacious changing rooms,” informed Mr. Abhishek Kadam, Director of iLeaf Ritz Banquets. “Locations like Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli and Bhiwandi are re-emerging as preferred housing destinations, thanks to the new wave of economic luxury. Thane is also experiencing an exponential rise in residential properties and corporate hubs. This has further increased the need for banquet halls in the surrounding areas,” added Abhishek Kadam.
|2017-08-15||Passport office in Thane merged with RPO in Mumbai - Free Press Journal|
Passport office in Thane merged with RPO in Mumbai Aug 15, 2017 06:56 am FOLLOW US: Mumbai: In a major administrative decision, passport office in Thane has been merged with the Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Mumbai. The Thane Passport office will now relocate from their current premises at Vardaan Sankul in Wagle Industrial Estate, to Videsh Bhavan in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai with effect from August 21. Besides, the Branch Secretariat at Worli office and office of Protector of Emigrants, Mumbai at Khira Nagar in Santacruz (West) too have been shifted to BKC. According to a statement issued by RPO Mumbai, the regional office of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Branch Secretariat at Manish Commercial Centre on AB Road, Worli, Mumbai as well as office of Protector of Emigrants, Mumbai at Khira Nagar in Santacruz have been relocated to Videsh Bhavan in Bandra Kurla Complex, G-block, Bandra (East) in Mumbai. The telephone numbers for this newly located office are 022- 26520016 / 26520017/ 26520071 and e-mail is email@example.com. According to the statement, the public enquiry for RPO, Mumbai will be entertained from 10 am to 12.30 pm on any working day except Wednesday at the new office from Monday. The Passport Seva Kendras at Lower Parel, Andheri, Malad, Thane, Thane-II and Nashik will continue their functioning from existing premises, it said.
|2017-08-15||Five held for child trafficking in Thane - Free Press Journal|
Five held for child trafficking in Thane Aug 15, 2017 07:56 am Bhayandar: The Thane (rural) police busted an organized child trafficking gang in Mira Road. While two minor girls including a toddler were rescued, five people including two women have been arrested and booked under the relevant sections of the IPC and Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. Acting on a tip-off from Manohar Waghela of NGO-Transforming Lives Foundation, a police team led by API Bangar under the instructions of SP-Dr. Mahesh Patil raided an apartment in the posh Srushti Complex of Kashimira and rescued an 11 year old girl from the clutches of the accused identified as-Bhagya Kumar Prem Kumar Raj alias Gapchu (49), Deepa Prem Kumar Raj (40) and Pramodkumar Manoj Raj (42). It turned out that the girl had been kidnapped by a Delhi-based woman from her native village in Amritsar (Punjab) and later sold to the trio. Further investigations led to the arrest of -Pinky Ravi Raj and Nandu Premkumar Raj (38) from a flat in Shanti Park. Here the police found a 3-year-old girl who was also abducted and sold to them by the same woman. Both the illegitimate deals were brokered by Nandu and Pramod, said the police who are now trying to track down the woman and her accomplices who executed the abductions. It is suspected that gang was active in the rural areas of places including Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab and Bangalore from where children especially girls were abducted and sold off to mediators who then pushed them into immoral activities. While the rescued kids will be sent to children’s home, efforts were on to reunite them with their families. All the accused have been remanded to the police custody till 23, August.
|2017-08-15||Independence Day celebration, lower cash prizes hit dahi handi festivities in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Independence Day celebration, lower cash prizes hit dahi handi festivities in Thane Until 11.30am, the roads were empty, with no sign of govindas, who usually travel from one end of the city to another in trucks to cover as many events as possible. MUMBAI Updated: Aug 15, 2017 12:36 IST While Independence Day celebration delayed dahi handi festivities in Thane on Tuesday, the lower cash prizes brought down the enthusiasm of the mandals. Until 11.30am, the roads were empty, with no sign of govindas, who usually travel from one end of the city to another in trucks to cover as many events as possible. Most major event organisers have refrained from announcing big prizes this year, owing to lack of sponsors. The only talked about event is of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, which announced Rs11 lakh cash prize for govindas who manage to reach nine tiers. Around 40 events have been cancelled. A police officer requesting anonymity said, “Celebrations in housing societies too are low-key. Only 1,267 events have been registered, compared to 1,322 last year.”Spanish Castellers, too, have paid a visit to observe the human pyramids, which are similar to their version of the game. Following the cap on height of the pyramid and the age of the Govindas, the celebration in the city lost lustre over the past two years. While the court’s decision to ease restrictions cheered up govindas, it failed to have the same effect on organisers.
|2017-08-15||Dahi handi in Mumbai: MNS announces Rs11 lakh cash prize for 9 tiers, 40 events cancelled in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Dahi handi in Mumbai: MNS announces Rs11 lakh cash prize for 9 tiers, 40 events cancelled in Thane Sources said demonetisation and implementation of Goods and Services Tax have made getting sponsors for events difficult and around 40 mandals decided to not set up any pandals. MUMBAI Updated: Aug 15, 2017 11:32 IST This year will see fewer events for dahi handi celebration and less prize money than last year in Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli areas. Sources said demonetisation and implementation of Goods and Services Tax have made getting sponsors for events difficult and around 40 mandals decided to not set up any pandals. A police officer said, “The number of public dahi handi events this year has dropped to 306 from 345 last year across Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli. The private celebrations too have fewer registrations as this year the number is 1,267 against last year’s 1,322.” Thane’s dahi handi has earned a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. Following the cap on height of the pyramid and the age of Govindas, the celebration in the city had lost its sheen in the past two years. This year the court’s decision to ease the restrictions had cheered the Govindas, however, the same excitement does not seem to prevail among the organisers. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has declared the highest price money at Rs11 lakh to the Govinda troupes that forms nine tiers. The prize money till 2015 used to be Rs21 lakh. Apart from MNS, Sanskruti Yuva Pratishthan founded by MLA Pratap Sarnaik has declared that it would give the winner troupe Rs1 lakh. Other organisers too have declared much less booty as prize money than previous years. Sarnaik said, “We have changed the format this year. The ground will be arranged like a stadium and the celebration will be like the Pro-Kabbadi event. There will be competition between two Govinda groups and the group forming nine tier first will be awarded Rs1 lakh.” The few well known organisations like MLA Ravi Phatak’s Sankalp Pratishthan too have refrained from grand celebrations. An organiser who cancelled the event this year said, “Demonetization and GST has impacted the celebrations. There is dearth of sponsors as the market situation is bad this year. So we organisers either have to cut the prize money or cancel the event.”
|2017-08-15||Jai Jawan's 9-level pyramid in 63 secs likely to set Guinness World Record - The Asian Age|
Jai Jawan’s 9-level pyramid in 63 secs likely to set Guinness World Record Aug 16, 2017, 2:54 am IST Updated : Aug 16, 2017, 2:54 am IST Mumbai: Dahi Handi was celebrated with great enthusiasm in Thane amid massive crowds and spectacular human pyramids. The star attraction was definitely the Jai Jawan Govinda group, which mounted an impressive nine-level human pyramid in 63 seconds and made a bid for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the feat. A video footage of the feat will be sent to the Guinness authorities, said sources. In 2012, the group had created a Guinness record with a nine-level pyramid mounted in three minutes 27 seconds, one they beat hollow on Tuesday. The air was resounding with energy wrought by the dhol tasha pathak and chants of ‘Jai Bhawani, Jai Shivaji.’ The rain gods too smiled benevolently as there was a light drizzle, which welcomed the participants. With height restrictions removed, Govinda groups tried reaching for the skies and stunned the crowds, which thronged the venues at Thane in hundreds. On their side, the organisers claimed to have followed all guidelines laid down by the Bombay high court.
|2017-08-15||At 80 decibels, festivites still tough on ear - Times of India|
At 80 decibels, festivites still tough on ear Updated: Aug 16, 2017, 12:12 AM IST THANE: All efforts by NGOs and the media stressing to maintain the noise decibel levels in the city during dahi handi celebrations fell on deaf ears as Thane overshot the sound limits. Several organisers installed blaring loud speakers that played high-pitched music which just added up to the noise levels.Citizen activists surveying various areas observed that even though the decibel levels had shot above the permissible limits in residential areas, the pollution levels were close to 40% less than that recorded in the last two years. Last year, the noise levels recorded was between 100 to 110 decibels (db). This year, however, the levels dropped to 70 to 80 decibels. While Sanskruti Pratishthan recorded a decibel level of around 70 to 80db, other political organizations at Wagle Estate, Tembhi Naka, Jambli Naka and Bhagwati generated noise levels of 80 to 85db, 90 to 95db, 80 to 85db and 70 to 80db, respectively, which is still above the 55db limit for residential areas. Dr. Mahesh Bedekar, a citizen activist, said, "The overall noise pollution in the city fell because of the drop in the number of organisers hosting the celebration this year as well as the drop in those who held the dahi handi competitions. There was also a drop in the number of speakers. There were still many organisers who had installed huge speakers and exceeded the permissible limits, but it was less than last year." "The whistles and trumpets used by the crowd, however, took the decibel levels to 100db in some places. Hopefully, next year the celebrations will be shifted into open grounds and organisers will provide citizens with basic provisions like washrooms and water," Dr. Bedekar said.
|2017-08-15||Maharashtra Congress secretary dies two days after car accident ... - Hindustan Times|
Maharashtra Congress secretary dies two days after car accident Purnekar, 45, met with an accident on the Aurangabad-Gangapur Road on Sunday evening. He was travelling in an SUV with Congress leader Sanjay Choupane and two others, when it rammed into a a bus. MUMBAI Updated: Aug 16, 2017 01:11 IST Two days after an accident in Aurangabad, Maharashtra state Congress secretary Balkrishna Purnekar succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. Purnekar, 45, met with an accident on the Aurangabad-Gangapur Road on Sunday evening. He was travelling in an SUV with Congress leader Sanjay Choupane and two others, when it rammed into a a bus. Choupane died on the spot, while Purnekar and two others were injured. Purnekar suffered head injuries and was admitted to Sigma Hospital in Aurangabad. However, he was not responding to treatment, said a senior Congress leader from Thane. He succumbed to his injuries at 1.30am on Tuesday. The final rites were held in Thane. Manoj Shinde, Thane’s Congress unit president, said, “We have lost a fighter. He used to lead from the front. He will be missed in the entire state.” Purnekar, who was the former president of Thane Congress. He began his political journey after he joined the students’ wing of the Shiv Sena. In the early 1990s, he quit the Sena and joined the Congress and was elected a corporator in 1997. He was known for his protests.
|2017-08-14||Three chain-snatching incidents in half-an-hour in Thane - The Indian Express|
Three chain-snatching incidents in half-an-hour in Thane The Shivaji Nagar police under Ambernath division last night registered three separate FIRs for offences under IPC sections 392 (robbery) and 34. Efforts were on to nab the chain-snatchers, police added. Published:August 14, 2017 12:55 pm Three incidents of chain-snatching from women at a locality in Thane district’s Ambernath township created a flutter among residents in the area. Two motorcycle-borne men allegedly snatched the chain from a 65-year-old woman while she was walking alongwith her husband to a friend’s place in Ambernath at around 7 pm yesterday, a police official said. The woman claimed that her gold chain was worth around Rs 1.10 lakh, he said. Later, the motorcyclists snatched the chain, valued at around Rs 40,000, from a 35-year-old woman in the area and fled, he said. After that, the miscreants snatched the chain from another 35-year-old woman while coming from behind when she was walking on the road. The motorcyclists fled with the jewellery, claimed to be worth Rs 1.10 lakh, the police official said. The three incidents happened between 7 pm and 7.30 pm yesterday, police said. Based on the description of the snatchers provided by the woman, police suspect the same men to be involved in the three incidents. The Shivaji Nagar police under Ambernath division last night registered three separate FIRs for offences under IPC sections 392 (robbery) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). Efforts were on to nab the chain-snatchers, police added.
|2017-08-14||Thane: Woman finds her missing daughter after 5 years but court asks her to undergo DNA test - India Today|
Thane: Woman finds her missing daughter after 5 years but court asks her to undergo DNA test A Thane woman found her daughter, who had been missing for last 5 years, in a children's home. Now, a local court has asked her to undergo DNA test before she could take her kid home. Mumbai, August 14, 2017 | UPDATED 19:26 IST Dressed in a burqa and pink dupatta that extended beyond her frail frame, Najma Feroze Shaikh came out of divisional court of Justice AA Sayed and Justice Sarang Kotwal a bit relieved. She is now a step closer to meet her daughter who went missing five years ago. Najma, a resident of Nallasopara east, works as a contract labourer and has three daughters. HERE'S THE STORY: It was on June 15, 2012 when Najma came back from work and got to know that her second daughter, who was 8, was missing. Neighbours told her that the kid had gone out of her house to throw garbage when she got involved in a fight with another neighbour and went missing after that. Najma approached the local police but it was only four months later that the police registered an FIR. Shahida Sheikh, a social worker from the area, said that the police never took interest in investigating the case till 2016. Shahida and Najma then approached lawyer Satish Upadhyay and filed a habeas corpus petition, which entails that the police needs to produce the person dead or alive. Despite that the police didn't take the case seriously. Najma and Shahida then decided to take it up themselves. They somehow managed to trace the girl to a children's home in Thane. However, Najma fight to take daughter home still continues. "She is mine. I know it...she will come back to me," Najma said. The court has now asked the authorities to conduct DNA test of Najma to determine that the child was indeed hers. The case will be heard later this month.
|2017-08-14||Passport office in Thane merged with RPO in Mumbai - Outlook India - Outlook India|
14 AUGUST 2017 Last Updated at 12:41 PM Passport office in Thane merged with RPO in Mumbai According to a statement issued by RPO Mumbai, the regional office of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Branch Secretariat at Manish Commercial Centre on AB Road, Worli, Mumbai as well as office of Protector of Emigrants, Mumbai at Khira Nagar in Santacruz have been relocated to Videsh Bhavan in Bandra Kurla Complex, G-block, Bandra (East) in Mumbai Mumbai, Aug 14 In a major administrative decision, passport office in Thane has been merged with the Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Mumbai. The Thane Passport office will now relocate from their current premises at Vardaan Sankul in Wagle Industrial Estate, to Videsh Bhavan in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai with effect from August 21. Besides, the Branch Secretariat at Worli office and office of Protector of Emigrants, Mumbai at Khira Nagar in Santacruz (West) too have been shifted to BKC. According to a statement issued by RPO Mumbai, the regional office of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Branch Secretariat at Manish Commercial Centre on AB Road, Worli, Mumbai as well as office of Protector of Emigrants, Mumbai at Khira Nagar in Santacruz have been relocated to Videsh Bhavan in Bandra Kurla Complex, G-block, Bandra (East) in Mumbai. The telephone numbers for this newly located office are 022- 26520016 /26520017/26520071 and e-mailis rpo.Mumbai@mea.Gov.In. According to the statement, the public enquiry for RPO, Mumbai will be entertained from 10 am to 12.30 pm on any working day except Wednesday at the new office from today. The Passport Seva Kendras at Lower Parel, Andheri, Malad, Thane, Thane-II and nashik will continue their functioning from existing premises, it said.
|2017-08-14||Thane Marathon 2017: Runners face tough time and lacked basic ... - Free Press Journal|
Thane Marathon 2017: Runners face tough time and lacked basic standards Aug 14, 2017 07:12 am Thane: He ran for the first time in Thane and won the title. 26-year-old Ranjit Singh who represents Pune army finished 21 km run in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 09 seconds. The 28th Marathon of Thane Corporation witnessed almost more than 22,000 of participants. This year the theme was ‘smart city’, but with the lack of basic standards, the runners had a tough time. “There were no boards. Also after the race ended, we had to wait almost for an hour to get our awards as the dignitaries had not arrived,” said the women participants. Aarti Patil, who represents Bhosala military school, Nashik, won the 15 km race in 57 minutes to be followed by Varsha Bhavari of Mumbai police who missed the title by just 40 seconds. “I ran here in Thane for the first time but saw the lack of communication. I have participated in many marathons and will be preparing for nationals now,” said Aarti Patil who is a second year student of Bhosala military school who received Rs 50,000 cash as award. Every year, there is a crowd of army candidates who participate in the marathon but this year these participants were busy preparing for their internal competition to be held in September. were 200 referees, 52 pilots, 225 security guards and hundreds of volunteers who helped the marathonrun smoothly.
|2017-08-14||Former Thane attraction to be razed for tribal culture park - KTOO|
Former Thane attraction to be razed for tribal culture park KTOOAugust 14, 2017 A former attraction in Thane is slated to be burned to the ground. That’s because the former Thane Ore House property will be the site of a park for Tlingit and Haida culture. A controlled burn will be held to train firefighters. The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska won its bid to redevelop the former Thane Ore House restaurant property in 2015. It’s the centerpiece of the tribe’s $7 million project. “The Tlingit and Haida immersion park is a preservation of our culture,” said Annette Ulmer, an economic development officer with Central Council. The 3-acre site is actually two separate parcels. There’s a former restaurant owned by the city. And there’s a former Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. workshop. Ulmer describes the plan from a visitor’s perspective. “You will enter into the first main building and it will have digital, virtual reality, a video that will explain about Elizabeth Peratrovich, the history of Tlingit-Haida people to give a true historical perspective.” All of this will be built over the former Thane Ore House, a once-popular shoreside restaurant built in 1982. After the restaurant closed in 2012, the owners were evicted for not paying city sales tax. Ulmer said the tribe realized it had inherited a mess when it took over in March. The structure was never built to code. Engineers found major structural problems. Black mold was in the timbers. And it looked like the former owners had simply walked away. “Oh my gosh! We could not walk in there without respirators on,” she recalled. “When the city closed the doors they literally closed it and did not enter back into that building. So there was standing grease, there was food. It was just left in a real disarray.” The original plan was for the building to be restored in the style of a traditional longhouse. Now the tribe says it will completely rebuild. “There have been great memories for people who have come out here to the Thane Ore House when it was the restaurant,” Ulmer said. “But also look forward to the new opportunity you’re gonna see now.” The property was originally built on state-owned tidelands that were later ceded to the city. Port Director Carl Uchytil said it was quite a process for the city to take possession of the property. “Docks and Harbors never really had the authority to enter the building until after the eviction process, and it takes awhile to make things happen,” Uchytil said. The Docks and Harbor board decided last month to allow the tribe, which now holds a 35-year lease, to burn down the building. This is a rare opportunity for Capital City Fire/Rescue. Officials said opportunities for controlled burns of structures are becoming increasingly difficult to find. “It’s an excellent training training opportunity for all the brand new firefighters,” said Fire Chief Rich Etheridge. “Juneau’s growing up so much around everywhere that it’s hard to find a spot where we can burn a building that’s not going to endanger other buildings or put heavy pollutants in a neighborhood that’s going to affect other people – so it’s getting more and more difficult.”The burn plan is still awaiting state permits. Once the building is cleared away, construction can begin to rebuild on the site. Public access on the beach will continue with five public parking spots. The tribe said it hopes to create a new cultural destination for tourists in the summer and school children in the winter. The cultural park promises to be a prominent landmark from both the land and water. “If you’ll notice when you come out to this property, there is only one way in and one way out for the cruise ships,” Ulmer said, “and they are pretty slow and this will be a beautiful scene that they will see, first thing.” Under the lease terms, the tribe will begin paying annual rent of $8,600 for the property next year. It also agreed to pay a $1-per-visitor fee to the city. The tribe hopes to break ground before the end of the year.
|2017-08-14||Parked car stolen from Savarkar Nagar - Times of India|
Parked car stolen from Savarkar Nagar Aug 15, 2017, 03:09 AM IST THANE: A four-wheeler worth Rs 80,000 was stolen by an unidentified person from Thane's Savarkar Nagar area between 11.30 pm and 7.30 am on Tuesday last week. Police said the complainant Satish Lachiya, who is a driver, had parked the four-wheeler on the stretch opposite RJ Thakur College. However, when he returned the next day to take his car it was missing from where he had parked it. The 22-year-old Lachiya, who lives in a building nearby, inquired with people if anyone had seen it being driven away, but did not get any information.Finally, Lachiya approached Vartak Nagar police station and filed a complaint against the unidentified person. The unidentified robber has been booked under section 379 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for theft.
|2017-08-14||Heavy rains make a come back; Sunday witnessed 71.5mm rainfall - Times of India|
Heavy rains make a come back; Sunday witnessed 71.5mm rainfall Updated: Aug 15, 2017, 03:10 AM IST THANE: After two weeks of fluctuation bursts of rains and heat spells, the city witnessed heavy and continuous rainfall and cloudy skies from over the past two days. While the city has been receiving around 7 to 8 mm of rainfall on an average last week, the rainfall increased to 26.5 mm on Saturday and 71.5 mm on Sunday. These continuous rain showers have brought about mixed feelings of delight and dread amongst lake-city denizens. "It is interesting that no matter how late or scattered the monsoons are it always rains on and around Janmashtami. These heavy showers will help make participating in the Dahi Handi celebrations on Tuesday much more fun and less tiring as there will be less heat and humidity," said Jagdish Chorge (22), a Wagle Estate resident.Meanwhile Amrita Sharma, a 28-year-old Hiranandani Estate resident, said, "The past few weeks have witnessed lesser accidents and the traffic has been smooth flowing, which I believe is mainly because of the less rains, which has made commuting to work so much easier." Weathermen predict that this wet spell will be short lived and the intensity of the monsoon will reduce once again within 48 hours. "Over the past few weeks there have been fluctuating bouts of showers because of the weakening of the offshore trough which was moving towards Kerala and Goa from Gujarat and the low atmospheric pressure over Gujrat, were the key factors for the heavy rain showers over the past few weeks. This also reduced the wind," said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather.com. "While the situation is still the same, the Thane, Dahanu and the north western coast is witnessing rainfall because of a new cyclonic circulation over the Arabian Sea. Once this circulation subsides, the short and scattered bursts of rains will continue. This phase of heavy showers should come to an end by August 16, after which the heavy rains will move to the south Konkan and Goa belt," he added.
|2017-08-14||Thaneites celebrate Lord Krishna's birth with gusto - Times of India|
Thaneites celebrate Lord Krishna’s birth with gusto Updated: Aug 15, 2017, 03:08 AM IST THANE: With rows of lighted lamps and verandas designed with flowers and rangolis, the lake city households celebrated the birth of Lord Krishna at midnight on Tuesday.Vasudha Revankar said, "At midnight, small idol of Lord Krishna is placed in a cradle decorated with flowers and the entire family and friends chant the 1,000 names of the Lord and offer basil leaves for every name called out. Prasad is distributed, which ideally consists of sprouts, kheer and a dish prepared from drumstick leaves. No rice is cooked on this day. A day after we immerse the idol the traditional cuisine made is poha and curd." When it comes to the celebration of Janmashtami, various communities practice different customs. From immersing themselves in Bhagvad Geeta recitations and chanting, to decorating a cradle at midnight and actually depicting the birth of Lord Krishna, the festival occupies a special place in the hearts of devotees. Also referred to as 'Ashtami Rohini' by the South Indian community, Janmashtami is celebrated by drawing a rangoli design out of rice flour of Krishna's little feet from the front door across the entire house. Gokila Ramesh, a resident of Pokhran Road 1, said, "On this occasion, we draw a rangoli design out of rice flour resembling the feet of Lord Krishna. This rangoli starts from the veranda of the house till the puja room where the idol of Krishna is kept. For us, the feet indicate the entry of the God in our house. Around 8pm, we offer the Lord certain special traditional delicacies such as murukku, poha and jaggery, cheedai (a savoury snack dish) and a dollop of butter." Apart from performing a puja and visiting temples, devotees also believe that on this day it is equally important to share the message preached by the Lord. "Since many years, we have been conducting a Bhagavad Geeta chanting programme at home. This time, around 22 devotees had assembled and then there was a recitation of all the 18 chapters along with the shlokas. The three-hour afternoon session started and ended with the hymns of Krishna. The atmosphere was so positive and full of energy that one could have almost felt the Lord's presence," said Poonam Ambekar, a resident of Devdaya Nagar.
|2017-08-13||Thane police sends notices to bungalow owners at Yeoor Hills - Mid-Day|
Thane police sends notices to bungalow owners at Yeoor Hills Mumbai | Posted 13-Aug-2017 The Thane police has sent notices to bungalow owners at Yeoor Hills asking them to toe the line considering that the area is an eco-sensitive zone. Residents in the area have complained to the authorities often about the loud music from these bungalows. Yeoor Hills, a tourist attraction on the eastern edge of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, has lost its idyllic charm. The calming chirping of birds and the rejuvenating stillness have been shattered by blaring parties, claim residents. Recently, the Vartak Nagar police put up 20 banners from the entrance of the Yeoor Hill gate till the end of the road, asking them to follow noise pollution norms. Pradeep Girkar, Senior Police Inspector, Vartak Nagar Police Station, said, "There are around 100 bungalows in the area. We pointed out that around 50 are violating the norms. We sent a notice to all these where parties are regularly organised with loud music. We have informed the owners that even if the bungalows are being rented out, they will be held responsible for any violation." Those guilty will be booked under section of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000. "Patrolling is being conducted round the clock," he added.In it's May 1 edition, mid-day had reported how residents in Yeoor were unable to get a good night's sleep because of all the noise. A local resident claimed that after he complained, he was asked by many bungalow owners to keep shut. "Most of the bungalow's are owned by politicians who enjoy partying in the hills," he added.
|2017-08-13||Thane Woman held for pushing minor daughter into flesh trade - The Indian Express|
Thane | Published:August 13, 2017 11:24 am The police have arrested a 30-year-old woman for allegedly pushing her teenaged daughter into flesh trade. Based on a tip-off, the sleuths of the district rural police’s anti-human trafficking cell raided a residential locality at Kashimira in Mira Road area here on Thursday and rescued the 14-year-old girl, a police official said today. The police sent a decoy customer who contacted the girl’s mother in Kashimira. A police team, which was already waiting at the spot, then nabbed the woman and rescued the girl, he said. The woman was booked under IPC section 366-A (procuration of minor girl) and relevant provisions of The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, he said. The girl was sent to a rehabilitation home in Bhiwandi township of Thane.Thane Woman held for pushing minor daughter into flesh trade The police sent a decoy customer who contacted the girl's mother in Kashimira. A police team, which was already waiting at the spot, then nabbed the woman and rescued the girl.
|2017-08-13||Over 22000 race to the finish line at Thane Mayor Marathon - Times of India|
Over 22,000 race to the finish line at Thane Mayor Marathon Aug 13, 2017, 11:48 PM IST THANE: Sprinters from the lake city and suburbs participated in the 28th Thane Mayor Marathon on Sunday morning to spread awareness about social causes and smart city. Nearly 22,000 enthusiasts not only from Thane, but also from other cities took part in the race. The event has been organised by the city mayor since the last 28 years. The 21-km men's title was bagged by Pune resident Ranjit Patil, while Nashik girl bagged the 15-km sprint in the women's category. The swine flu scare prevalent in the city since the last few weeks didn't deter the participants. Singh completed the entire 21-km lap spanning across various lanes of the city in 1:10:6 hours in the men's category. In the female category, Patil from Bhosal Military College completed the 15-km route in 57 minutes and won the title. While Singh received a cash prize of Rs 75,000, Patil got Rs 50,000. Nearly 15,000 students from various schools and colleges participated in the various categories. Senior citizens also proved that age doesn't matter when it comes to fitness. "Our group has been taking part in the marathon for the last few years. It is a good initiative to bring the city together for a noble cause," said Y Patil, a senior citizen. Several social initiatives like that led by corporator Parisha Sarnaik for breast cancer awareness, along with another by students on the need for conserving lakes and nature also marked the event.Many dignitaries present at the event included Shiv Sena MLA and district guardian minister Eknath Shinde who also sprinted for the smart city concept, followed by party colleague MLC Ravindra Fatak. Mayor Meenakshi Shinde, along with corporators and senior officials from the administration were present for the race. Specially-designed chips were installed in the clothes or shoes of the athletes to keep an accurate record of their time. "This was to ensure transparency in the marathon results," said a senior official. The marathon was supervised by 40 referees, 90 pilots, 70 athletic association members and helpers and nearly 100 civic staff. Special buses and train services were arranged for students and outstation participants to reach the venue. Some minor injuries were also reported during the event.
|2017-08-13||Tuition class owner held for rape in Thane - Zee News|
Tuition class owner held for rape in Thane Last Updated: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 16:36 Thane: A private tuition class owner has been arrested for allegedly raping a 19-year-old woman relative of one of his students, police said on Sunday. The accused takes tuition along with his wife in Kalwa area of the city. He was arrested last night after the survivor filed a complaint, senior inspector M M Bhagwan of the Kalwa police station. The survivor had gone to the classes to fetch her six-year-old niece, who studies there, on Saturday afternoon. At the classes, the 38-year-old accused pulled her in the house and took her to the kitchen, where he allegedly raped her, the police officer said. The complainant said the accused also threatened her and asked her not to reveal anything about the incident, he said. The survivor later approached the police and narrated her ordeal. Police booked the man on charges of rape and arrested him, he said.
|2017-08-13||Civic school kids finally served hot, healthy food - Times of India|
Civic school kids finally served hot, healthy food Updated: Aug 13, 2017, 11:59 PM IST THANE: A plateful of nutritional and flavourful meal seems to have become the new motivation to go to school for over 4,500 civic school students from as many as 24 Thane municipal corporation (TMC)-run schools over the past two months. As the TMC signed an MoU with a Bangalore-based NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation to take up the mid-day meal provisions for these 24 schools earlier this year, students are being provided with a variety of warm and nutritious meals. While the project is still in its initial stage, it has received an overwhelming response from students as well as teachers and academicians. "Earlier, the food used to be extremely watery. Sometimes we used to get only chikki. But now we get rice and vegetable and dal every day. The food is also hot and tastes like home-cooked food," said a class V student from a TMC school in Manorama Nagar. Meanwhile, a class VII student from a TMC school in Dhokali said, "My father would often ask me to bunk school so that I could help him with his work. I used to also comply with it. But now I prefer to go to school one of the reasons being I get proper food to eat." Speaking about the response of students, a teacher from the school said, "Students have become more attentive during class. It may be early to say that the attendance has improved because of these meals, but there has surely been a drop in the number of children falling sick or fainting." As part of this project, the TMC has handed over the old Pawar Nagar School to the NGO, which they then strengthened, renovated and transformed into a FSSAI-licenced kitchen. "Our motto is that no child in the country should be deprived of education because of hunger. So we ensure that the meals are not only made using fresh ingredients, but also prepared in a clean and mechanized manner. We keep samples of each meal so that if we receive any complaints about the quality of food, we can go back and test the sample," said Amitasana Dasa, president of Akshaya Patra (Maharashtra)."Besides using hi-tech machines for cooking like big kadhais, steamers, grinders, vegetable cutting machines and chapati making machines that can make 3,500 chapatis in an hour, we have imported special containers to transport food to schools so that the food remains hot," said Ramakrishna Kamath, operations manager. "Additionally, every meal is specially curated by a nutritionist and a chef and students are given a variety of dishes daily so that they don't get bored of the same food," he added. While the kitchen has been functional since June 15 and has been providing food for 4,500 students in our 24 schools, they have the capacity to expand it to food for 7,000 to 8,000 students at a later date. "Mid-day meals provided to civic school students over the years has been limited to a few dishes, including khichdi and chikki, and the quality of these items has not always been ideal. While we have started with 24 schools across Vartak Nagar and Manpada, we could extend them to the others over time," said a senior civic official. As these meals were earlier made by women self-help groups, the NGO has also given these women an option of undergoing training and working in their kitchens.
|2017-08-13||This Ganesh fest, Thaneites to adorn idols with eco-friendly decor - Times of India|
This Ganesh fest, Thaneites to adorn idols with eco-friendly decor Updated: Aug 13, 2017, 11:58 PM IST THANE: The sale of plaster of Paris (POP) idols continue to be the first choice of many Thaneites over the eco-friendly ones. However, keeping in mind the green aspect, residents are opting for eco-friendly decorations instead of plastic and other mater that is harmful for the environment. While environmentalists and the media are carrying out a number of awareness drives regarding going green during festivals, devotees are mostly opting for clay-based idols as they are much more manageable and easy on the pocket. But they have started adorning their idols with eco-friendly decorations. Madhuchanda Desai (38), a resident of Khopat, said, "We usually buy a POP idol as it is much more durable as compared to clay idols that tend to develop cracks after a while, which is inauspicious. However, we will be buying eco-friendly decorations this year not only to do our part for the environment, but also because it is cheaper than the thermacol ones. We will also be using fresh flowers isntead of plastic." The demand for eco-friendly makars has increased over the years. Due to this, shopkeepers have been working overtime to meet the high demand. The plethora of attractive environmental-friendly designs available in the market have also made many Thaneites go green.Manisha Desale, who has been selling eco-friendly decorations at city-based Heramb Arts shop with her husband for over 20 years, said, "Every year, people check out new for eco-friendly decorations to adorn their Ganesh idols. Our decorations are made out of natural items such as bamboo, sticks, jute and water colours. Most of the time, are products are sold out much before the festival can begin. We try to come up with new designs every year to attract more people. In this way devotees will opt for eco-friendly decorations." Some shopkeepers and artists have even provided devotees with a plethora of themes and makar designs all made from nothing but paper and cardboard. "While many are opting for eco-friendly decorations and makars, most of them come for unique themes and designs. This year, we have created a variety of themes ranging from the replication of the wheel design from the Konark Temple and the Ajanta and Ellora caves to themes on social issues such as crime against women and musical themes including dhol. Each of our designs are made using paper, cardboard, fabric and acrylic colours," said Vighnesh Jangle, an artist. While the prices of these extravagant eco-makars range between Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000, the simple decorations are sold for around Rs 500 to Rs 2, 500 in most stores.
|2017-08-13||Thane: Tribunal awards Rs 5 lakh to parents of girl who died in accident - The Indian Express|
Thane: Tribunal awards Rs 5 lakh to parents of girl who died in accident The judge observed that had the deceased been alive and grown up, she would have certainly contributed to her family's future income. The tribunal worked out the compensation at Rs 4.50 lakh for the loss of future income of the family and Rs 50,000 for the loss of love and affection and the funeral cost. Published:August 13, 2017 3:51 pm An accident claims tribunal in Thane has awarded a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to a couple who lost their two-year-old daughter when a dumper hit her in 2015. Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) member and district judge K D Vadane, in a recent order, directed the dumper owner and the vehicle’s insurer to jointly pay the compensation along with eight per cent interest per annum, since the date of filing of the claim. The applicants’ counsel, R S Chahal, told the tribunal that Dhanji Kharval (31) lived with his wife and daughter in Murdagaon area of Bhayander township in Thane. On May 18, 2015, the girl was playing near her house when the speeding dumper hit her, killing her on the spot. An offence was later registered with the Bhayander police against the dumper’s driver. In October 2015, the girl’s parents lodged a claim with the tribunal of Rs 1 lakh from the two respondents. The dumper owner’s counsel, R K Mukadam, contested the claim on various grounds, which were rejected by the tribunal. The judge, referring to a judgment in a similar case in a higher court, observed that had the deceased been alive and grown up, she would have certainly contributed to her family’s future income. The tribunal worked out the compensation at Rs 4.50 lakh for the loss of future income of the family and Rs 50,000 for the loss of love and affection and the funeral cost. The MACT asked the dumper owner, Nawab Gulam Shaikh, and the vehicle’s insurer, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Ltd, to pay Rs 5 lakh to the girl’s parents.
|2017-08-13||Congress leader killed, three injured in an accident in Maharashtra - Hindustan Times|
Congress leader killed, two injured in an accident in Maharashtra The SUV in which the Congress leaders were travelling collided with a private bus MUMBAI Updated: Aug 13, 2017 22:21 IST Maharashtra Congress secretary Sanjay Chaupane was killed in an accident in Aurangabad on Sunday. Party’s former Thane district president Balkrishna Purnekar and former deputy mayor of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation Ramakant Mhatre were also injured in the accident and admitted to an Aurangabad hospital. The leaders were going to their way homes in Thane from Aurangabad after attending a celebration of Indira Gandhi’s 100th birth anniversary. The SUV in which the Congress leaders were travelling collided with a private bus on Gangapur Road in Aurangabad. The leaders and driver Baldev Singh were admitted to Sigma Hospital in Aurangabad. Chaupane was declared dead on arrival and Purnekar is said to be in critical condition. Mhatre has sustained minor injuries. Chaupane, who is assumed to be very close to former chief minister Ashok Chavan and many senior leaders of the party, was a hard core Congress worker. Chavan, Congress MLA Abdul Sattar, Kalyan Kale visited the hospital immediately after the accident. The birth centenary programme was attended by senior Congress leaders Gulam Nabi Azad, Mohan Prakash and other state leaders.
|2017-08-13||States seek help of Thane police - The Asian Age|
States seek help of Thane police Aug 14, 2017, 1:50 am IST Updated : Aug 14, 2017, 1:50 am IST Police teams from UP, TN, Karnataka visited Maha to discuss fuel scam probe findings.Mumbai: Police teams from across the country have been visiting the Thane police, which has sealed 190 fuel stations across the state and arrested around 30 accused as part of its crackdown on the usage of remote-controlled and pre-programmed ‘cheat’ chips to rig petrol pumps. Recently, teams from the Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Police interacted with the Thane police to discuss its probe findings, with the latter sharing insights on the tricks employed by the accused. An official said that it has been revealed in the interrogation of the main accused that he sold cheat chips all over the world. One of the officers from the investigating team said, “We have sealed around 190 petrol pumps so far. There are two types of cheat chips that were installed in the petrol-dispensing machines. One used to work on remote and other on code. The accused used to key in the code on the petrol-dispensing machine, and that code made the chip that was already in place in the machine, to work. In Maharashtra we have found that 90 per cent of the pumps (that were investigated) used code chips than remote control chips.” An official said, “We have thoroughly worked on it for a month and then started raiding the petrol pumps. Recently UP Police, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Police approached us to get more details about the chips and how to identify chips that the accused were using with codes. It has been revealed in the interrogation of the main accused that he sold chips all over the world.” The Thane police, which in July arrested the alleged mastermind of the petrol pump scam, Prashant Nulkar, has found out during investigation that he charged a whopping `50 to `80 lakh per chip from customers abroad. Additionally, Nulkar used to get monthly payments from all petrol pumps to which he sold cheat chips. It has also come to light that Nulkar has undertaken 45 international trips to European countries, USA and other countries, owns five luxury cars and four bungalows, and owned a petrol pump that was sealed after his arrest. Nulkar has told the police that he was employed as an engineer with Midco, a Kalina-based company manufacturing fuel-dispensing systems and other ancillary service station equipment, till little over a year ago. He told the police that he used his work experience with the company to come up with the cheat chips and joined hands with other accused, who are also software engineers, to sell it to petrol pumps. Tags: thane police, petrol pumps Location: India, Maharashtra, Mumbai (Bombay)
|2017-08-13||Rescued owl gets new lease of life after 2-hour surgery - Times of India|
Rescued owl gets new lease of life after 2-hour surgery Aug 13, 2017, 11:48 PM IST THANE: The severely injured adult Spotted Wood owl who was rescued from Adivasi pada in Yeoor forest range on Friday was given a new lease of life after a two-hour surgery at a Mumbai veterinary clinic on Saturday evening. On Friday afternoon, the villagers came across the majestic resident bird stuck atop an electric wire. They immediately informed the Yeoor forest officials who then untangled the owl from the cables and brought it down.However, as the bird was left bleeding with its wing almost detached, the officials informed honorary wildlife warden Pawan Sharma, who immediately took the bird to Mumbai-based veterinarian Dr. Rina Dev. "When the owl was brought to me, it was in a very bad shape as its wing was hanging from its body. Besides the trauma, the owl suffered complete separation of his bone joint and also multiple fractures," said Dr. Dev. "During the surgery, I reattached the wing with the joint using a small titanium rod. Luckily the bird was brought to us in time and the bone was not decomposed. We have plastered its wing and have put it on saline for now. We had to force feed him some liver, meat and fat. He is on the road to recovery," she said. It will take around 45 days for the bird's injury to heal and for the calcification process of the bone to be complete. It will also take another month or two for it to start flying after the titanium rod is removed.
|2017-08-13||Tuition class owner held for rape in Thane | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Tuition class owner held for rape in Thane The accused takes tuition along with his wife in Kalwa area of the city. He was arrested last night after the survivor filed a complaint. The survivor had gone to the tuition class to fetch her six-year-old niece. Published:August 13, 2017 4:17 pm A private tuition class owner has been arrested for allegedly raping a 19-year-old woman relative of one of his students, police said today. The accused takes tuition along with his wife in Kalwa area of the city. He was arrested last night after the survivor filed a complaint, senior inspector M M Bhagwan of the Kalwa police station. The survivor had gone to the classes to fetch her six-year-old niece, who studies there, on Saturday afternoon. At the classes, the 38-year-old accused pulled her in the house and took her to the kitchen, where he allegedly raped her, the police officer said. The complainant said the accused also threatened her and asked her not to reveal anything about the incident, he said. The survivor later approached the police and narrated her ordeal. Police booked the man on charges of rape and arrested him, he said.
|2017-08-12||Open gym vanishes in Thane neighbourhood - Mumbai Mirror|
OPEN GYM VANISHES IN THANE NEIGHBOURHOOD Updated: Aug 12, 2017, 06.01 AM IST Workout fixtures go missing at park, residents say complaints fell on deaf ears. Residents of Kopari, a neighbourhood in Thane, are sweating over this. An open gym, which was set up in a public park by the civic officials before the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) polls earlier this year, disappeared overnight with neither the authorities nor the police being able to say who took away the workout equipment. The gym inside the Annabhau Sathe park was extensively used by senior citizens and children. It was a long-pending demand of the residents and was finally gifted to the locality by the civic body just before the civic polls. However, the residents woke up one day in the last week of July to find that all the gym equipment were missing. “The locals had long demanded an open gym, where children and the elderly people could do simple exercises. It finally materialised in the run-up to the TMC elections, when political parties were in a competition to woo the residents. Even the TMC officials were asked to speed up their works and the gym was one such venture,” said an activist, Unmesh Bagwe, adding that the fitness zone had cost the civic body around Rs 4.31 lakh. The happiness was short-lived though. “It was such a shock, the park had been stripped bare of all the workout equipment. There were around 10 fixtures, not one of them is there now,” said Manohar Kurade, another resident. The most intriguing part of the puzzle, the residents say, is the nonchalance shown by the authorities. “The day after we found out that the gym was missing, I went to Kopari police station. But the police refused to lodge a complaint. They didn’t even take a non-cognizable complaint,” claimed senior citizen Sonali Joshi, who used the gym twice a day. Several letters to the TMC also apparently didn’t yield results. “We have written to the senior authorities and complained to the political leaders. No one responded or even took cognizance of the matter,” Bagwe said. When Mirror contacted TMC spokesperson Sandeep Malwi, he said, “I will look into the matter. As of now, I don’t have enough information. If we find any wrongdoings, we will initiate action.” Kopari police said that they had not received any complaint.
|2017-08-12||Passport office in Thane to merge with Mumbai; Seva kendras to remain - Times of India|
Passport office in Thane to merge with Mumbai; Seva kendras to remain Aug 13, 2017, 12:12 AM IST THANE: In a move to benefit thousands of passport seekers, the Thane passport office will be merged with the Mumbai regional passport office starting August 21, at its new centralised office space in Bandra Kurla Complex's Vidhan Bhavan building. However, the individual Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) will still be functional at all its existing locations including Lower Parel, Andheri, Malad, Thane, Thane II and Nashik.Passport officials assert that in addition to saving the government a lot of expenditure on multiple but rarely frequented office spaces, this merger will also benefit thousands of citizens, especially those living in the eastern and western suburbs. "Ever since the government set up the 77 PSKs across the country and outsourced its functioning to TCS which has made a major part of the passport acquiring process digital, the role of the passport offices has become limited to the few cases where there is some issue or complication in their particular matter," said a senior passport officer at the Thane office."With this merger in place, the government will cut down the cost of functioning of these extra buildings. Additionally and more importantly, this merger will also allow people living on the eastern and western suburbs to access the PSKs close to them even though it's outside their city limits. For example a Mulund resident will be able to take his appointment in Thane which is closer for him in comparison to the PSKs in Mumbai, whereas a Vasai resident who would have to come to Thane earlier for the same will now be able to go to a PSK in Malad or Andheri," he added. As the entire office will be shifted, there will also be no lose in employment. In addition to the Mumbai (Thane included) RPO, the building will also house the regional office of the Indian Councilfor Cultural Relations and Brand Secretariat, the office of Protector of Emigrants, the Public Enquiry Office, all under one roof.
|2017-08-12||Height curbs eased but purse strings tighten post-note ban - Times of India|
Height curbs eased but purse strings tighten post-note ban Aug 13, 2017, 03:46 AM IST THANE: Though curbs on dahi handi festivities have been relaxed, resulting in jubilation among govinda mandals, post-demonetisation financial constraints are threatening to tone down the tenor of celebrations in Thane. Several mandals, otherwise known to dole out plump cash rewards, have downsized the value of prize money while some have decided to not celebrate the festival at all. The prize amount for those breaking handis was about Rs 11 lakh and above till last year but it has been trimmed drastically this year with mandals offering the highest of Rs 1lakh to those forming the tallest pyramid in record time.The Sankalp Dahi Kala Utsav mandal managed by Shiv Sena MLC Ravi Fatak has declared that they will not award any cash prize. Few other mandals will tone down the prize but have decided to spend lavishly on the concept or theme-driven stage backdrops. Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde's mandal has recreated the FIFA world cup theme in the backdrop to woo youngsters.The Sanskruti Yuva Pratishthan Trust backed by Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik has organized competitions between mandals. "Nearly 300 mandals from Mumbai and suburbs are expected to come to our venue at Vartak Nagar. We will judge the mandals and reward them based on how quickly and deftly they form a six to nine tier pyramids," said Sarnaik. Mandals also claim to ensure safety aspects with many deciding to bar troupes from participating if they don't comply with safety norms. The issue of noise pollution, however, is still haunting organisers who have been pursuing authorities to allow DJ systems. "The lack of sound systems will dampen spirits," said an organizer.
|2017-08-12||'Events in history are related, cannot overlook even a minute detail' - Times of India|
‘Events in history are related, cannot overlook even a minute detail’ Aug 13, 2017, 12:23 AM IST THANE: The state education department's move to make changes in the history syllabus has stirred a debate among the faculty and professionals in Thane who claim that such a projection of history could be one-sided and not at all holistic. The renewed curriculum of class VII history primarily focuses on the Maratha kingdom and history of Maharashtra with hardly any mention of the Moghul dynasty and their achievements, as against the earlier books which shared details of the Moghul conquests and their fiefdoms. Dr Mohsina Mukadam, head of department (HOD) of history at Ramnarain Ruia College said, "It is extremely wrong to omit any event or personality in history. History has to come as it happened. The issue is not about a particular class syllabus in school or college. The problem in general is about the way history is presented to students. One cannot take up a call today to omit certain things and give a very lopsided perspective. It would be unfair for the students. Our society should be mature enough to see history as it was then rather than give any importance to one over the other. Unfortunately, we have an emotional appeal to this subject." Some professors said that it will not only give a narrow perspective of reality but will also have an impact on students later in life.HOD of ancient Indian history, culture and archaeology at St. Xavier's College, Dr Anita Rane-Kothare said, "Teaching children to take pride in regional history is fine, but not at the cost of other landmark events and periods that were simultaneously taking place. Events in history are inter-related, so one cannot overlook even a minute detail. The child could lose interest in the subject when he finds out the missing details and that he has been reading a very one-sided history." City-school teachers revealed that this change in the syllabus has added a strain in their teaching methodology as they would now have to dig deeper on their own to complete the entire picture, without referring to textbooks. A history teacher and an SSC board moderator, Harish Sharma, St. Lawrence High School, Thane, said, "Though we have to abide by the decision of the authority, it has certainly increased our responsibility as teachers. While teaching we have to mention about the omitted sections as well wherever relevant so the students can understand the link better between the events." As far as the class IX syllabus is concerned, there has been a warm welcome to the updated curriculum by the fraternity. They claimed that the syllabus pertaining to foreign policies, India's relations with other countries, etc. are much more relevant as the students can easily connect to the issues.
|2017-08-12||Mumbai, Thane passport offices to relocate to BKC - Mumbai Mirror|
MUMBAI, THANE PASSPORT OFFICES TO RELOCATE TO BKC Updated: Aug 12, 2017, 02.59 PM IST In a move to bring all offices of Ministry of External Affairs under one roof, the Regional Passport Office (RPO), Mumbai, the Thane Regional Passport Office will be relocated to a new space - Videsh Bhavan - in Bandra Kurla Complex on the eve of the Independence Day, officials said. Along with the two Regional Passport Offices, the regional office of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Branch Secretariat which is located in Worli along with the office of Protector of Emigrants located in Khira Nagar, Santacruz will also be relocated to Videsh Bhavan from August 14. The new address for Videsh Bhavan will be Plot No C-45, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai 400051. The telephone numbers for Videsh Bavan are26520016 /26520017/26520071 and e-mail id is firstname.lastname@example.org.
|2017-08-11||Nigerian held from Gurugram for duping Thane woman of Rs 3.5 lakh - Times of India|
Nigerian held from Gurugram for duping Thane woman of Rs 3.5 lakh Updated: Aug 11, 2017, 11:53 PM IST THANE: A 30-year-old Nigerian was arrested by the Thane police on Thursday for allegedly duping a 41-year-old woman of Rs 3.5 lakh by promising to marry her. The victim, a resident of Brahmand, was told by the accused that he was a non resident Indian looking for a marriage alliance after he came in contact with her on a matrimonial website.The victim had got acquainted with Arnest Usnobun, the accused, through a matrimonial website, who was on the run since April this year. "The woman had put up her profile on a matrimonial site. The accused who had a fake NRI account under the name Adinath Mohan approached her. He claimed that he lived in USA and showed interest in her. The two then exchanged their phone numbers and started chatting on a daily basis. On a few occasions, Usnobun had told her that he needed money owing to some financial issues. The victim, not realising that she was being duped transferred the money to him. Once he even claimed that he was at Delhi airport carrying around 40,000 dollars as he wanted to exchange them. He stated that the airport authorities were asking him to pay tax against it and asked the woman to transfer the money. It was then that she felt something was fishy. She registered a complaint in April," said an officer from Kasarvadavli police station.The police said that they were trying to trace the accused since April and caught hold of him on Thursday. "When the investigation started we realised that the accused is a Nigerian. We had the contact number and bank details of the account where the money was being transferred. We traced the accused's location to Gurgaon and a team was sent to his residence but he had changed his residence. We then reached his new location. He was doing a business of medical tourism since the past three years. He was about to cheat three other women. Usnobun was sentenced to seven days' police custody," said a cyber cell officer.
|2017-08-11||Toilet Truths: The Problem of Open Defecation In Mumbai & Thane - The Quint|
Toilet Truths: The Problem of Open Defecation In Mumbai & Thane SUYASH DESAIPALLAVI PRASAD11.08.17 One doesn’t have to go too far from the swanky buildings to find out that open defecation is one of the biggest problems in the country today. Soon after coming to power, PM Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Abhiyan with the mission to end this problem by 2019.In July this year, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis tweeted that Mumbai has, in fact, achieved this feat and is 100% open defecation free. With Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar’s highly hyped Toilet: Ek Prem Katha bringing the issue to the fore, The Quint decided to double-check the condition of public toilets in Mumbai and Thane and the ‘100% open defecation free’ claim.We looked at two factors: whether open defecation is still a reality in Mumbai and adjacent Thane and whether the condition of public toilets in the city and adjoining areas is satisfactory or not. Nityanand Nagar, Ghatkopar West The number of toilets are limited compared to the size of the locality, population and number of houses in the area. Maintenance related issues like cleaning, water supply, electricity and condition of the roofs/ceilings are poor. The locals have to struggle daily for their morning ablutions due to the poor conditions of the existing toilets. Kurla Similarly, the condition in Kurla is a far cry from satisfactory. As per shopkeepers nearby, the BMC toilet located near the bus depot in Kurla West – one of the busiest areas in Mumbai’s – is cleaned only once a day. The bus depot is a major connecting point for people traveling to BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex) and the toilet is rendered unusable in the first half of the day. Kalwa There are some places with no toilets or hardly any toilets in the Kalwa locality in Thane. Shiv Shakti Chawl in Bhaskar Nagar, Kalwa (East) is one such place where more than 100-150 houses are dependent on a single toilet. Locals complain that the toilet was installed just one week ago, with the increasing media noise about Swachh Bharat Mission due to Akshay Kumar’s film. Prior to it, open defecation near the railway track was the only option available to the people here. “Many promises are made during municipal elections, but no action is taken once they are over,” claims a resident of the Shiv Shakti Chawl. The Quint found some half-constructed toilets that, if locals are to be believed, were left in this state once the election results came out.It will be unfair on our behalf to say that all toilets across Mumbai are in such a dismal state. The Quint found toilets in areas like Dadar Station, Mulund, Thane, Kanjurmarg and Ghatkopar in an impressive state with regular cleaning and good maintenance facilities. However, for the authorities to claim a victory over open defecation when there is clear evidence to show otherwise can deal a blow to the entire Swachh Bharat Mission. (Love your mother tongue? This Independence Day, tell The Quint why and how you love your bhasha. You may even win a BOL t-shirt! Sing, write, perform, spew poetry – whatever you like – in your mother tongue. Send us your BOL at email@example.com or WhatsApp it to 9910181818.)
|2017-08-11||9-hour traffic block along GB Road next Saturday to erect foot overbridge frame - Times of India|
9-hour traffic block along GB Road next Saturday to erect foot overbridge frame Aug 12, 2017, 12:21 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has planned a major nine-hour road block next weekend along Ghodbunder Road between Kapurbawdi and Manpada junctions to erect the frame of a foot overbridge (FOB) at Tatvagynan Vidyapeeth. The block will start at 10pm next Saturday and will end at 7am the following day blocking access to vehicles on the stretch. Motorists who have scheduled their plans coinciding with the block period are likely to be diverted through longer alternate routes. Civic officials said the superstructure of the massive bridge that weighs around three tonnes will be installed using heavy duty cranes that requires a huge area for operation thus necessitating the block. Once the frame is in place, the subsequent work of constructing a pathway will be developed later without any blocks. The bridge is likely to be thrown open to commuters by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the traffic police said several heavy vehicles and private cars, including tourist buses coming from or going to Mulund, Chembur, Navi Mumbai and Thane are likely to be re-routed via Bhiwandi or Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR). The diversion is likely to cause an additional load on these stretches and inconvenience motorists. Regular motorists fear it could lead to massive snarls as alternate roads along Bhiwandi are not well-equipped to handle heavy traffic. The Thane traffic police that have approved the block said it is working on formulating alternate arrangements so as to minimise inconvenience to motorists. "We will be blocking access to the Ghodbunder main road for nine hours as the civic body has to undertake the erection work of the superstructure of the FOB. We are working on providing alternative to commuters via Mumbai or Bhiwandi," said deputy police commisioner (traffic), Amit Kale. A block was initially planned this weekend but the traffic police refused to approve it considering the long weekend. Meanwhile, the civic body claimed the FOB is vital for the smooth flow of traffic on this stretch as it will mean minimal interference by pedestrians on the carriageway. The span of the bridge is around 44m long and 3m wide.It will connect both sides of the busy lane and land on the service lanes here. The bridge has a ramp that will facilitate use of bikes on it. An elevator is also being planned at either ends, said an official. The cost of the FOB is around Rs 5 crore. Civic officials added that the FOB at Tatvagnyan junction has been a long-pending demand of pedestrians who find it inconvenient to cross the busy highway. The TMC is funding the construction of another three bridges in its jurisdiction in a bid to reduce mishaps on the stretch. While a bridge at R-mall is likely to be thrown open soon, the work on the ones at Bramhand and another at Kanchanpushpa will be started soon, said officials.
|2017-08-10||Thane: Man disabled in accident gets Rs 3.45 lakh compensation - The Indian Express|
Thane: Man disabled in accident gets Rs 3.45 lakh compensation Kandukuri, then aged 39, worked as a labour contractor in Thane and had a monthly income of nearly Rs 45,200, his counsel told the tribunal. On December 16, 2012, the speeding dumper hit his motorcycle from behind near Patlipada overbridge in Thane city, while he on his way to work. Thane | Published:August 10, 2017 12:01 pm An accident claims tribunal has awarded a compensation of Rs 3.45 lakh to a man who suffered a permanent disability after being hit by a dumper here in 2012. Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) member K D Vadane, in a recent order, directed the owner of the dumper and its insurer to jointly and severally pay the amount along with 8 per cent interest to the applicant, Satyam Kandukuri, from the date of filing of the claim. Kandukuri, then aged 39, worked as a labour contractor in Thane and had a monthly income of nearly Rs 45,200, his counsel told the tribunal. On December 16, 2012, the speeding dumper hit his motorcycle from behind near Patlipada over-bridge in Thane city, while he on his way to work. Kandukuri sustained severe injuries and was treated in different hospitals. He spent over Rs 3.50 lakh on treatment but despite that, he suffered from a permanent disability, the counsel said. He then approached the tribunal seeking a claim of Rs 12 lakh. The dumper owner, Sunil Bhoir, a resident of Bhiwandi township in Thane, appeared before MACT. The counsel for the dumper’s insurer, TATA AIG Insurance Company Limited, however, contested the claim on various grounds. After hearing both the sides, MACT member Vadane observed that Kandukuri, during cross-examination, stated that the width of the road, on which he was travelling at the time of the accident, was about 50 feet. The applicant also admitted that he was at a distance of around 25 feet from the left corner of the road. This implicitly shows that inspite of there being sufficient space towards the left side, the applicant was riding his vehicle in the middle of the road, Vadane noted. It is also clear from the contents of the FIR that the dumper driver was driving his vehicle at a high speed, in a rash and negligent manner, and dashed into the applicant’s two-wheeler, he observed. The tribunal said there was a contributory negligence to the extent of 90 per cent on the dumper driver’s part and 10 per cent on part of Kandukuri. The MACT worked out a compensation of Rs 3,84,255 and awarded 90 per cent of it – Rs 3,45,830 – to the applicant after considering 10 per cent towards his contributory negligence.
|2017-08-10||In Mumbai: 17000 register for Thane marathon, civic body aims for 25000 - Hindustan Times|
In Mumbai: 17,000 register for Thane marathon, civic body aims for 25,000 Varsha Marathon is the only monsoon marathon held on a large scale across the country, claims the corporation MUMBAI Updated: Aug 10, 2017 23:20 IST The 28th Thane Mayor Varsha Marathon, which has a ‘smart city’ theme this year, will see people from all walks of life participate. From school alumni and artists to national and state level athletes, all will run on August 13 to help the city get a step closer to be called smart. Till Thursday, 16,998 people had registered for it. The alumni of Saraswati Secondary School will participate in the 2-km run for fun category. Ninad Natu, a 1993 batch student of the school, said, “Around 40 to 50 alumni of our school will participate in the marathon. This will include students of batches from 1983 to 2016. We will run for the school. As the theme is smart city, the run will be for smart schools.” Around 35 artists will also participate in the event. Sanjay Patil, one of the artists, said, “We will run in a marathon for the first time and have decided to run for art. Thane is a cultural city and the people should know the local artists and the form of art they excel in.” Varsha Marathon is the only monsoon marathon held on a large scale across the country, claims the corporation. The run will be supervised by 200 referees, 52 pilots, 225 security guards and hundreds of volunteers. Time chips to keep track of time will be installed in the athletes’ shoes for participation in 21-km and 15-km run for men and women. The chips will also be installed for adult 10-km runners. This will ensure transparency in the marathon results. An officer from the sports department said, “We have got 16,998 registrations so far and expect few thousands more to register for the event. We have a target of 25,000 contestants. The well-known national level artists include Rekha Rangatte, Gauri Bhogle, Sharad Bhandar and Swapnil Sriram among others. The marathon will be flagged off at 6.30am.” Special buses and train services will be arranged for students and outstation participants to reach the venue. To aid the runners, the TMC has also facilitated free medical check-ups and primary healthcare centres along the entire route.
|2017-08-10||29-year-old hit by speeding car on GB Road - Times of India|
29-year-old hit by speeding car on GB Road Aug 11, 2017, 01:04 AM IST THANE: A 29-year-old Nerul resident was left with multiple injuries after she was hit by a speeding car outside her Kasarvadavli office on Monday evening. Police said that the young woman, who works in a corporate office on Ghodbundar Road, had just stepped outside her office and was walking along the service road to the bus stop at around 4.30 pm on Monday, when the accused, identified as Aayub Mohommad, rammed his speeding car into her from behind. The impact of the accident left the woman with cuts and bruises as well as blunt force injuries to her left leg, hands and back. While the people passing by immediately took her to the nearest hospital, the driver fled the scene. While the woman is recuperating, the Kasarvadavli police have registered a case against the driver of the vehicle and are trying to trace the car owner.
|2017-08-09||In Mumbai: Thane Govindas begin practise for taller pyramids - Hindustan Times|
In Mumbai: Thane Govindas begin practise for taller pyramids The HC this year lifted the height restrictions while the age limit was also reduced from 18 to 14 years MUMBAI Updated: Aug 09, 2017 23:14 IST Govindas in the city are gearing up to form human pyramids after the Bombay high court relaxed height norms. The Govinda troupes in the city though lamented that they now have very little time to practise. Moreover, few also demanded that the age restriction be further lifted from 14 to 10 years. They said the limitations on height, age of Govindas and sound had crippled the excitement of dahi handi celebrations in Thane in the past two years. The HC had earlier capped the height at 20 feet. Also, the court had said no minor would be allowed to participate in the formation of human pyramids. This decision had not gone down well with organisers in the city who had demanded that the state intervene in the matter. Most Govinda troupes even went ahead and violated the court’s orders. The HC this year lifted the height restrictions while the age limit was also reduced from 18 to 14 years. Ganesh Shedge, president of Aai Chikhaladevi Govinda Pathak popularly known as Amhi Koprikar, said, “This order will bring festivities back to the city. We make seven-tier pyramids every year and will now aim for eight. However we want the age limit to be further reduced from 14 years to 10 or 12 years.” He added, “It is essential that children start participating from young age so they do not falter at the higher tiers, a 15-year-old will be scared to climb to the top but a 10-year-old will do it with ease. The young generation needs to know and learn about the sport from an early age.” When asked about youngsters getting hurt while forming pyramids, he added, “We give professional training to these Govindas, they are taught how to fall the right way and people at the ground level also catch them in time. Injuries can be avoided with right coaching and ample practice.” Sameer Pendhare, president of Sarvajanik Gokulashtami Utsav, Khopat, said, “We are happy that the height restriction has been lifted and have now begun practising for bigger tiers. However, we were practising for six to seven tiers for the last two months and there are merely eight days to go for the festival. We will attempt eight tiers only if we have practised enough for it.” Some Govindas are happy with the age restriction too. The festival sees a lot of injuries. Rakesh Yadav of the Thanyacha Raja Govinda Pathak said, “We also said that small children should not participate in the dahi handi, but were not happy with the cap on age. The limit on the height had taken the fun out of the festival.”
|2017-08-09||Man evading arrest in rape case held after 15 years in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Man evading arrest in rape case held after 15 years in Thane Urumiya Bahadur Shotwali was wanted by the Porbandar Police who had booked him under various sections of the IPC including rape. INDIA Updated: Aug 09, 2017 23:50 IST A 42-year-old man, on the run since 2002 after he was booked for allegedly raping a woman in Gujarat, was arrested from Thane on Wednesday, the police said. The accused, identified as Virender alias Urumiya Bahadur Shotwali, is a native of Nepal. He was wanted by the Porbandar Police who had booked him under various sections of the IPC including rape, senior inspector (Crime) Nitin Thackeray said. Shotwali had been evading arrest by continuously shifting his locations, before the police received a tip-off that he has been staying at a construction site in Pawar Nagar are of the city. He was subsequently handed over to the Gujarat Police, the inspector said.
|2017-08-09||Thane: Villagers seek protection ahead of land acquisition exercise - Zee News|
Thane: Villagers seek protection ahead of land acquisition exercise A group of villagers from Washala village here on Wednesday met the Thane collector, seeking protection from local money lenders. Last Updated: Aug 09, 2017, 13:28 PM IST Thane: A group of villagers from Washala village here on Wednesday met the Thane collector, seeking protection from local money lenders in the wake of land acquisition for the Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg project.The tribals from Shahpur taluka handed over a memorandum to collector Mahendra Kalyankar and said a majority of farmers in the village are ready to relinquish their land for the mega Nagpur-Mumbai expressway project. But many of them are being allegedly threatened by money lenders over the ownership of their lands. Villagers' representative Dnyaneshwar Nivruti Talpade said that despite villagers having land on their name, some money lenders are harassing them, claiming ownership over farmers' land, ahead of the start of acquisition process. He urged to the district magistrate and the police to provide protection to them during the process of acquisition.
|2017-08-09||Kalwa station to get new look after viral Twitter campaign - Times of India|
Kalwa station to get new look after viral Twitter campaign Aug 9, 2017, 11:29 PM IST THANE: Kalwa residents got a quick response after a unique agitation called 'Twitter March' The residents of Kalwa have been facing many problems. The condition of Kalwa Railway Station on central suburban line was pathetic. There was no clean road to get out of the station. The presence of hawkers was also a prominent issue. The commuters wrote many letters, sent requests, raised these issues by doing campaigns but no resolution was forthcoming from railway authorities.Kalwa Parsik Pravasi Association then decided to show all these problems through Twitter Live. "We have sent 26 letters, but nothing has been done so far," they mentioned in a tweet and posted the video.Next day at 5.30 am, association president Siddhesh Desai received a call directly from a senior official in the Railway ministry. He took all the details from Desai and immediately issued orders to concerned departments. Now, the Kalwa station is getting new clean look. The old ticket counter has been demolished to make way for commuters and the Railway police has taken action against hawkers.
|2017-08-09||Desal project in Thane, India, draws legal challenge - desalination.biz|
Desal project in Thane, India, draws legal challenge 9 August 2017, source desalination.biz A desalination plant project to supply the city of Thane, in Maharashtra, India, has come under fire from activists and politicians who oppose the local authority's plan, reports Mumbai Mirror.Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) signed a memorandum of understanding on a contract to build a 200,000 m3/d desalination plant project with an Indian-Spanish partnership in July 2017. Opponents of TMC’s controlling party, Shiv Sena, believe that the water price set out in the contract is too high, and have threatened to file a public interest litigation (PIL) at the state High Court. They argue that instead of building a desalination plant, TMC should repair leaks in the local distribution network, which run at 20 to 25 per cent, and focus on rainwater harvesting. The contract reportedly sets a water price of INR 93 ($1.46) per m3 for the first four years, and a method for calculating prices thereafter. The highest price paid for water by TMC currently is INR 10.50 ($0.16) per m3. TMC is providing the land and the funding for the project. Indian water company Fontus Water and desalination specialists Desalia, of Spain, have agreed to build the plant and to supply a reverse osmosis (RO) system to desalinate water from Thane Creek. Fontus Water previously supplied an RO solution for drinking water at Thane railway station, which proved popular with commuters. Desalia has focused on desal projects in the Middle East and North Africa, and is 75 per cent owned by the Spanish subsidiary of Egyptian engineers Tam Environmental Services (TES), following a buyout in May 2016. In a further twist, environmentalists argue that in a place known as City of the Lakes, having 33 lakes, the proposed project will affect biodiversity.
|2017-08-09||Uttar Pradesh's hair scare reaches Thane, two women's hair chopped off in sleep - Mid-Day|
Uttar Pradesh's hair scare reaches Thane, two women's hair chopped off in sleep Mumbai | Posted 09-Aug-2017 After incidents where women's hair was cut off when they were sleeping at night in Uttar Pradesh, it now seems to be the turn of women at Bhiwandi, to lose their sleep over this. Two women whose hair was cut off similarly around midnight on Tuesday have given a written complaint to the Nizampura police station. The two victims identified as Parya Qureshi, 24, and her sister-in-law Mahek Qureshi, 23, are residents of Kasarali. The Qureshis claim that at first it was Parya whose hair was chopped. "At around 1 am I felt that someone was pulling my hair. When I woke up, I saw that it had already been cut off. I screamed and woke up others in the family. Everyone got scared. After an hour the same happened to Mahek. Now we are sleepless at nights," said Parya. Also read: Dalit woman suspected of braid cutting lynched in Agra The news spread across Bhiwandi, as such incidents are increasing in Uttar Pradesh, and families are scared with people staying awake the whole night.On Tuesday morning the duo approached the Nizampura police station to file a complaint. "The police, instead of lodging a complaint, started making fun of us. We had also taken the hair with us as proof, but they were not ready to accept it. Then they took our written statement and didn't register any case and asked us to leave," added Parya. Naresh Megharajani, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bhiwandi said, "We have taken a written complaint from the duo. No investigation is on, as we suspect it to be a false case."
|2017-08-09||23 star tortoises handed over to Thane NGO for better care; 84 ... - Times of India|
23 star tortoises handed over to Thane NGO for better care; 84 turtles had died in Byculla zoo Aug 10, 2017, 12:02 AM IST THANE : With an aim to save the remaining 23 Star Tortoises, the Thane Forest Department decided to handover them to a wildlife NGO RAWW on Tuesday night for better care. In November 2015, the Thane forest department's anti-poaching cell had seized nearly 107 star turtles from various pet shops where they were kept illegally and had handed them all to the Byculla zoo for caretaking. The zoo authorities had then set up a 70sq.ft enclosure and had kept a number of shallow trays. These turtles are protected species under the schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. However, as most of these tortoises succumbed over the past 20 months, the forest department decided to take back these creatures and handed them to an NGO hoping they would get better care and treatment. "It is very difficult for wildlife to survive for long away from their habitat. In order to try to curb this mortality rate, we have taken back the surviving star tortoises and have kept them with the wildlife NGO Resinq Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW). Once we know where their habitats are we will send them back," said a forest official.While the 23 surviving star tortoises are still coping, wildlife activists here assert that they were being kept in unhygienic and filthy conditions which could have affected their health which is why many died. "When the tortoises were brought to us, they were oily and sticky and were covered in slime and filth, which suggests that they could be lying in their own excreta and waste. It took us a lot of time and effort to clean each tortoise carefully and get all the muck out. Keeping these reptiles in unsanitary conditions like that could have affected their health. While they are now clean and still coping, we are letting them rest and keeping them away from human interference for the next 24 to 48 hours after which a veterinarian will examine them," said Pawan Sharma, honorary wildlife warden associated with the Thane forest department and founder of RAWW. Meanwhile, the Byculla zoo authorities assert that they have kept the tortoises in a healthy environment and the death of the 80 plus tortoises was because they were severely dehydrated babies when they were brought into their care. "When the tortoises were brought to us, they were extremely small babies and were severely dehydrated because of the condition they were kept in before they were handed over to us. Generally the mortality of these reptiles is quite high even in the wild. As they were extremely dehydrated and unhealthy, their survival in captivity had even less chances. We kept them in good conditions and fed them a regular diet of salads and green leaves. Unfortunately, many didn't make it," said Dr Sanjay Tripathi, director at the Byculla zoo.
|2017-08-09||TMC fills up 70% craters on city roads after protest - Times of India|
TMC fills up 70% craters on city roads after protest Aug 9, 2017, 09:43 PM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has filled up almost 70 per cent of the potholes that surfaced in the city over the last fortnight. City engineer Ratan Awsarmol said, "We have filled up almost 650 out of 945 potholes and are working on filling up the rest." The action comes nearly a fortnight after harried residents took to social media to express their grievances about the poor condition of city roads. While an activist sent an e-invite to his friends worldwide asking them to come to Thane for the pothole festival, a political party launched a selfie with pothole event wherein one could click a picture with a pothole and post it online. City activist Satyajit Shah from Hyde Park, who had invited friends for the pothole festival said, "Last week, our area corporator called me informing about the road repair work. I was surprised to see the smooth road at present. The TMC had not bothered to look into my complaint before my online protest." Another city activist said that this could be the heralding of a new trend where officials could be shamed into action after regular complaints fail to derive the desired results.Meanwhile, the civic public works department found around 945 major potholes in various parts of the city since the last fortnight after which the contractors managed to fill up nearly 650 craters. The potholes measured around 1,500 sq m area collectively.Officials said while the major ones have been filled up, the rest that are in critical condition will be repaired soon once the rains subside. "The work on levelling roads is going on at a fast pace and we are monitoring the developments daily. We have introduced the jetpatcher machine in the Naupada ward and we are hopeful of positive results," added Awsarmol.
|2017-08-09||Metro carshed likely in Gaimukh, not Owala - Times of India|
Metro carshed likely in Gaimukh, not Owala Aug 9, 2017, 11:58 PM IST THANE: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is actively considering relocating the metro carshed from Owala to Gaimukh citing operational feasibility as the new proposed stretch is soon to be developed into a metro hub. Senior MMRDA officials said the planning agency is thinking of extending the Andheri-Dahisar-Bhayender and Wadala-Kasarvdavali metro lines till Gaimukh and convert the stretch into a vital junction for accessing metro services to reach any part of the metropolitan region. Accordingly, the planning agency now wants the carshed to also be located in close proximity to the hub to avoid wastage of time in ferrying the rakes to and from the station and yards. A survey was jointly conducted by Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and MMRDA officials at Gaimukh recently with officials almost finalizing a huge swathe of land belonging to the state government on the city fringes. Moreover, the Owala plot has been facing a lot of opposition from green activists as around 10,000 trees could have been affected due to the project.BJP MLA Sanjay Kelkar had recently approached chief minister Devendra Fadnavis regarding the issue. "Local farmers approached me saying their fertile land would be lost along with the destruction of nearly 10,000 trees. We requested the chief minister to kindly reconsider the plot for constructing the metro carshed," said Kelkar. The issue is likely to be discussed in the next meeting of the agencies once the detailed project report of Wadala-Kasarvdavali extension is presented by the consultant. Senior officials said the drift was more towards relocating the carshed to Gaimukh. Details on how many stabling lines would be constructed will be worked upon following the meeting but the thrust could likely to be more on multitier parking sheds along with maintenance yards, revealed an official."We have decided to make Gaimukh as a junction for the two vital metro routes connecting the eastern and western suburbs. A carshed was being planned at Owala but would not have been viable to ferry rakes from a distance to Gaimukh that will be the starting and termination point for metro services on both the lines. The relocation will be discussed at the next meeting after the detailed project report for metro IV is presented," said Praveen Darade, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA. TOI had last month reported about the state plans that was considering to ensure a seamless metro connectivity in the northern end of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) by developing a hub at Gaimukh. According to plans, residents from western suburbs or Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan and suburbs on the eastern side can alight at Gaimukh metro station and access the corresponding line to reach their respective destinations to any part of Mumbai without even having to switch over to another mode.
|2017-08-08||Thane celebrates Raksha Bandhan with great zeal - Free Press Journal|
Thane celebrates Raksha Bandhan with great zeal Aug 08, 2017 08:43 am Thane: Thane city is famous for its cultural aspect. This lake city celebrates every festival with similar zeal. Raksha Bandhan is a festival of special bond between brothers and sisters and also to express the gratitude towards the people who help us in various ways. In Thane Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in various moods. Somewhere it was for communal harmony, and somewhere it was celebrated with those sections of the society who are not in the mainstream in everyday life. Thane is a city where many communities reside peacefully since many years and also celebrate and respect each other’s festivals with actually being a part of it. Raksha bandhan celebration starts with Narli Pournima where the Koli communities along with Thane citizen pray to sea at Kalwa creek. Rakshabandhan day is celebrated in various parts of the city in different ways. Mahagiri is an area where Hindu and Muslim community resides as neighbours since many years and, therefore, to show the communal harmony to the world, the festival of threads is celebrated on larger scale every year. Shivmudra is an enthusiast organisation who arranges this programme every year. “We started this event to maintain the beautiful bond between our neighbours with whom we grew and celebrated each festival barging in each other’s kitchen.” said Sachin Chavhan, president of Shivmudra Prabodhini.The Thane police every year participate in this event and the citizens in the area tie the rakhis to the police who are always there to help them. There has been many incidences in Thane where the reports came flooding in that ladies were harassed in rickshaw and hence, Thane Gaurav Seva Pratishthan and BJP ladies wing jointly organised a unique event to mark the day. They distributed the security stickers and rakhis to rikshawalas. They even tied rakhis to rikshawalas and urged them to change the image of rikshawalas of recent days. The other celebration was at mental hospital, where Thane Congress women’s cell celebrated Rakshabandhan along with the patients. Thane mental hospital is an iconic hospital where many of the imbalanced patients are left to remain forever. Many of them gets cured but are not welcomed by the family and hence live there. To give them a family feeling, every year, the event of special bond is organised by various organisations. “The patients here are completely out of touch with the outer world. Some patients are left by the families. To give them some moments to cherish, we come here and spend some time with them.’ said, K. Vrushali, secretary, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee. Some of the patients performed their talents through singing and dancing. “Every year we wait for this event so that we could meet the people who remind us of our family.” said a patient at mental hospital. The other event of Rakshabandhan was celebrated at Vartaknagar police station with special children who had a gala time with the police fraternity.
|2017-08-08||Thane Crime: Tattered visiting card helps cops to arrest electrician's killers - Free Press Journal|
Thane Crime: Tattered visiting card helps cops to arrest electrician’s killers Aug 08, 2017 07:52 am Bhayandar: In a striking similarity to a plot straight out of Bollywood flick, the Local Crime Branch (LCB) unit of the Thane (rural) police ascertained the identity of a murder victim and arrested the killers after piecing the tattered remains of a visiting card found on the dead man’s pocket. The police had recovered the body of a middle aged man dumped in a drain near Shivar Garden on 30, July. Found in a highly decomposed condition, the face was smashed beyond recognition. SP Dr. Mahesh Patil handed over the case to the LCB team which found a tattered visiting card from the victim’s pocket. The card turned out to be that of a local civil contractor which helped cops establish the identity of the deceased as Yunus Yusuf Shaikh, a 40-year-old electrician who was missing since July 14 from his tenement underneath the fly-over bridge in Bhayandar. Later Shaikh’s sister also confirmed the identity of the body from the clothes. Investigations revealed that Shaikh used to work at local construction sites with his colleague Sikander Udmiya Shaikh (38), a plumber from Kashimira. The police team led by PI Vyenkat Andhale and API Pramod Badakh detained Sikander who after rounds of sustained interrogation confessed to the crime which according to him was the fallout of a monetary dispute. Sikander also revealed the involvement of his accomplice identified as Mahamad Yusuf Mulla (35) alias Subhan who was also arrested from his house in the Govind Nagar area of Mira Road. In their confession to the police, the duo stated that during a late night binge session on July 15, an altercation over unfair distribution of money triggered a fight following which they stoned Shaikh to death and dumped his body into the drain. A case under see section 302 (murder) and 201 ( causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the IPC has been registered against the duo who have been remanded to police custody till August 9 after they were produced before the Sessions Court Thane.
|2017-08-08||Two thousand protesters from Thane join Maratha Morcha - The Indian Express|
Two thousand protesters from Thane join Maratha Morcha At least 2,000 protesters from Thane will join lakhs of others marching from Byculla to Azad Maidan. Their demands are the same as those of Marathas elsewhere — reservation for the economically backward Marathas in jobs and higher education. Mumbai | Updated: August 9, 2017 7:38 am A book binder, a national-level scuba diver, a businessman and a property consultant are among those from Thane who will participate in the Maratha morcha on Wednesday. At least 2,000 protesters from Thane will join lakhs of others marching from Byculla to Azad Maidan. “We do not have a leader. We met through this movement and in fact got introduced to many Marathas around us,” said Dilip Shinde, coordinator of the rally from Thane. Their demands are the same as those of Marathas elsewhere — reservation for the economically backward Marathas in jobs and higher education, skill development, including vocational training and voicing their grievances at the alleged incorrect use of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 against them. “We were a part of different Maratha mandals and organisations in Thane. In October last year, when a small rally was hosted in the city, we tried to create awareness among our acquaintances to encourage better participation. Since then, we have extended support to other state rallies,” said Sachin Kadam, a property consultant in Thane. The 57 rallies in the past have made officers sit up and look at their demands and concerns, they believe. “Now, when we approach a government officer for permissions related to morchas, they sit up and listen. The rally also gave us confidence to speak for our rights,” said Pramod Utekar, a diver, who has represented India at the international scuba events.
|2017-08-08||Thane and Kalyan railway stations see maximum use of free Wi-Fi - The Indian Express|
Thane and Kalyan railway stations see maximum use of free Wi-Fi Weekdays recorded higher usage of Wi-Fi at the stations owing to heavy commuter rush. A total of 400 railway stations will be provided with Wi-Fi connectivity in the coming years, including more stations in Mumbai. Mumbai | Published:August 9, 2017 4:24 am THANE and Kalyan railway stations on the Central Railway’s suburban main line account for the maximum number of users of the free Wi-Fi service provided by the railways across the country, said sources in RailTel, which provides the service. Officials claimed that users at these suburban stations have outnumbered most of the other major railway stations that see higher footfall or share of waiting passengers. RailTel Corporation of India, a mini-ratna public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Railways, provides RailWire, a Wi-Fi service, for passengers at A1 & A category railway stations across the country. The project was launched at selective stations in Mumbai in 2015. More than 20 suburban stations now offer free Wi-Fi connectivity to passengers, among a total of 146 stations in the country. Expectedly, Mumbai sees the heaviest usage of this service. “The response in Mumbai for the connectivity is pretty good. Suburban railway stations hardly see commuters standing at the particular station for a long time due to the rush to catch the train to work or home. For that matter, we expected greater usage of the service at stations addressing rush of long-distance trains as passengers arrive early to spend more time at the station premises,” said Sucharita Pradhan, public relations officer for RailTel. The study of the Wi-Fi usage was conducted over the past two months. Both Thane and Kalyan stations that recorded average daily passenger count of over two lakh, were ahead of Howrah and New Delhi stations. “A daily average of 18,000 to 20,000 users of the Wi-Fi have been registered at these stations. The usage refers to downloads or those using internet services for browsing,” Pradhan added. “I have used the Wi-Fi at stations to update my phone’s software. Once or twice, I also tried using the net to upload my concerns on Twitter and other social media tools,” said Amit Bhadricha, a commuter who has used Wi-fi at more than one station. “The connectivity is not that seamless at most stations. However, the speed is pretty good. I tend to put on the Wi-Fi when I have time to watch interesting videos,” said Shashank Shlok, a college student who has used Wi-Fi at Thane station. Weekdays recorded higher usage of Wi-Fi at the stations owing to heavy commuter rush. A total of 400 railway stations will be provided with Wi-Fi connectivity in the coming years, including more stations in Mumbai.
|2017-08-08||'Reach out for help, do not put up with ordeal' - Times of India|
‘Reach out for help, do not put up with ordeal’ Aug 9, 2017, 12:57 AM IST THANE: The death of 63-year-old Asha Sahani has once again highlighted the need for better cover for senior citizens with activists and authorities urging elders to report the matter to authorities instead of putting up with their ordeals. Statistics available with the district collector office revealed the reporting of such cases is often rare with barely 51 cases of elderly forthcoming to seek justice in Thane under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act (MWPSCA), 2007 since last year. "Rarely do senior citizens want to report and pursue cases against their own kin and silently suffer the ordeal. We take such complaints on priority and ensure the elders are given justice but at the same time counsel their children to accept them instead of deserting them," said an officer at the Thane collector office. A recent study by a NGO working in the field of welfare of senior citizens revealed that nearly six of every 10 callers on their helpline were in dire need of assistance as they have either been abandoned or stay alone after families moved out. "One of the main reasons for the elders facing trauma is that they have been deserted willingly or unwillingly by their kin who often move out to other cities or countries for better professional opportunities. Many elders often voluntarily decide to stay back rather than moving out to a new city or country as it would disturb their social circles making them prone to depression and isolation, said a counsellor."Our NGO operates a helpline for senior citizens in Mumbai. Of all the calls we recieved, around 57 per cent inquired for support and counselling for domestic spats, mostly arising out of property matters. Of these, many also ask for assistance, including requests for shelter in any affliated oldage hom," said Prakash Borgaonkar, director, Help Age India, Mumbai. Activists working in this field said the apathy of the government to this issue is apparent in the fact that the social justice and empowerment department has just three old age homes registered with it. There are around 93 old age homes in the district and neighbouring Mumbai and Raigad run by private trusts with mostly all of them reaching optimal occupancy and admissions purely at the discretion of the trustees."There is always a huge waiting list of people wanting to admit their parents to old age homes. We get frequent calls and often visit these families and prefer to counsel them and ensure the elders are comfortable at home itself," said Ashok Devre Patil, trustee at a Khadavli-based old age home. A district official said any elderly citizen facing problems can approach the nearest police station or the magistrate for redressal of their genuine problems.
|2017-08-08||Much-delayed Kopri bridge plan revised, inches ahead - Times of India|
Much-delayed Kopri bridge plan revised, inches ahead Aug 8, 2017, 10:19 PM IST THANE: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and Railways have revised the plans for the Kopri bridge widening project that is now likely to bring down the cost of the multi-crore project by nearly Rs 90 crore and also speed up its execution. The much-delayed project is expected to cut down the travel time between Thane and Mumbai. A joint meeting between engineers of the two agencies was held recently wherein it was discussed to construct a new four-lane bridge towards south of the existing bridge. The earlier plan of widening the bridge in phases by adding two lanes on either side of the existing bridge first and then dismantling the old lanes and reconstructing it was scrapped. The widening was necessitated as traffic from either sides of the 10-lane Eastern Express Highway used to converge at the four-lane railway over bridge at Kopri causing bunching extending till Teen Heath Naka and Mhada bridge. The railways had initially demanded that the height of the bridges be increased as it was changing the power supply for the lines below to 25,000 volts. This had necessitated the need to demolish the existing bridge and reconstruct it with increased height which meant an increase in length also. The railways have also relaxed height restriction for the new bridge due to which the length of the bridge will also be reduced thus saving cost for the MMRDA that is funding the project."We have had a meeting with the railway officials recently and they have agreed to retain the height of the existing bridge thus ruling out the need to demolish and reconstruct it. A new four-lane bridge will now be constructed towards the southern end of the existing structure. The cost of the bridge has also been reduced," said metropolitan commisioner UPS Madaan. The planning agency is also likely to finalise the designs and float the tenders of the project by the end of this month. Officials said all formalities have been completed and with the cost reduced, the implementation will not be as an arduous task as before. While the drawings were approved by the Railways in 2015 following repeated follow up by elected representatives from Thane, the cost had by then escalated to around Rs 100 crore. The public works department expressed its inability to execute the same. Meanwhile, Eknath Shinde, public works minister directed the MMRDA to take up the project following which the authority made arrangements to be included in its itinerary or works. Meanwhile, motorists, who face a harrowing time daily crossing the stretch are hoping the work will be fast tracked and not delayed. "During peak hours it takes over 10 minutes to cross this short stretch. We are happy the funds have been approved for the bridge," said Ghodbunder resident Chitra Avinash.
|2017-08-08||Dehydrated owl rescued from Flower Valley, released - Times of India|
Dehydrated owl rescued from Flower Valley, released Aug 9, 2017, 12:57 AM IST THANE: An adult brown hawk owl found dehydrated along the road in Flower Valley area was rescued and treated by a voluntary group and subsequently released after it was termed fit by veterinarians. The city-based non government organisation (NGO), Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA), received a call on Saturday noon about the owl, which is not commonly sighted in the area."We rushed to the spot fearing an attack of crows on any of the fallen bird. The crows are quite particular about their territories and do not like any birds coming in their area and start pecking. We spotted the bird on the road and its attempts to soar failed. We took the bird to our centre and fed it with water and chicken pieces,'' said Manasi Nathwani, secretary of WWA. Experts claimed that though the brown hawk owl is not a rare bird, it is uncommonly seen even in the green belt of Yeoor and Sanjay Gandhi National Park. "Since the past four years it is seen that the sighting of this bird has decreased. There could be a possibility that these birds are migrating locally. The brown hawk old is a resident bird and prefers staying in wooded surroundings. It eats insects like grasshoppers and at times even rodents and squirrels. It is quite unlikely for them to be seen in the city area and there are chances that this bird might have come in search of food in the city as during rainy season the grass grows tall and the insects are easily able to hide themselves," said Avinash Bhagat, avifauna expert and member of Paryavaran Dakshata Manch, an NGO. The bird was taken to a vet for a health check-up and after his sanction we released it in the green cover on Sunday," said Nathwani.
|2017-08-08||Jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh burgled in separate incidents - Times of India|
Jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh burgled in separate incidents Aug 9, 2017, 12:55 AM IST THANE: Gold and silver jewellery collectively worth over Rs 3 lakh was stolen in two separate incidents of burglary at Mumbra and Kalwa last weekend.In the first incident, police said, jewellery amounting to Rs 1.2 lakh was stolen from the residence of Mohammed Banjara, who lives in Bilal Garden on rent with his family at Shiblinagar, Mumbra between 4pm and 6pm on Sunday. When Banjara left for work, his wife too had stepped out of the house with her children in the afternoon and when she returned home after two hours, the door was broken and ornaments worth Rs 1.2 lakh were missing. In the second incident, Chandulal Punmiya, a jewellery shop owner in Kalwa's Sahakar Bazar area was lost four gold chains worth Rs 1.8 lakh to a person who posed as a customer. Punmiya said as soon as he opened the shutters of his shop on Saturday morning, a man came in to see gold chains. He looked at the chains very closely and within a fraction of a second fled with the ornaments.
|2017-08-07||Explosives, Detonators Recovered in Maharashtra's Thane, 3 ... - NDTV|
Explosives, Detonators Recovered in Maharashtra's Thane, 3 Suspects Arrested Ammonium nitrate is used to make improvised explosive devices (IED) that have been used to cause explosions in several terror attacks in Updated: August 07, 2017 14:59 IST THANE: Days ahead of Independence Day, anti-terror agencies and the Railway Police have recovered a huge reserve of suspected explosive material and detonators in Thane's Mumbra area. Three suspects have been arrested in the case, police said. According to sources, the raids were conducted after surveillance and intelligence input was received by the Crime Branch, Railway Police and the Maharashtra ATS. The police have seized 15 kg ammonium nitrate and nine detonators in the raids. Ammonium nitrate is used to make improvised explosive devices (IED) that have been used to cause explosions in several terror attacks in Mumbai. The Thane Police is expected to reveal more details later this evening.
|2017-08-07||Thane: Massive cache of explosives seized, three detained - Outlook India|
06 AUGUST 2017 Last Updated at 5:20 PM Thane: Massive cache of explosives seized, three detained Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Aug 7 : A large cache of explosives has been seized by a joint team of Thane police, RPF and ATS from Thane's Kausa area today Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Aug 7 : A large cache of explosives has been seized by a joint team of Thane police, RPF and ATS from Thane's Kausa area today. Three people have been detained till now in connection of this recovery. Further details are awaited.
|2017-08-07||'Aggressive awareness on exclusive six months' breastfeeding needed' - Times of India|
‘Aggressive awareness on exclusive six months’ breastfeeding needed’ Aug 7, 2017, 11:56 PM IST THANE: On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week from August 1 to 7, medical experts from the city strongly advocated exclusive breastfeeding for infants. Paediatricians and gynaecologists said that mother's milk will keep the baby healthy and free from illness. Dr Rekha Thote, a gynaecologist from the city, said, "Mother's milk is produced with the help of prolactin- a lactogenic hormone, which contains the maximum amount of nutrients, proteins and carbohydrates than any other milk. Besides that, it also acts as a protective cover for the uterus. It is the most healthy food for the baby and it should be continued for more than six months before packaged food is introduced.'' Nutrition experts said babies should not be weaned from mother's milk for a minimum of six months as exclusive intake of mother's milk protects the baby from infections. However, the fast-paced urban lifestyle and changed priorities have forced new mothers to resume work in a couple of months after delivery.Doctors added that working women end up breastfeeding their newborn just once at night when they return home and it is proven that once the baby is introduced to outside solids at an early stage, they are reluctant to take mother's milk and throw up. The medical fraternity believes that an aggressive awareness programme has to be introduced to encourage breastfeeding for six months. Dr Mahesh Bedekar, city gynaecologist, said, "Mothers need to be sensitized that breastfeeding is a necessity for baby's growth and immunity. In nuclear families or in case of working mothers, who do not have much family support, a large chunk of even the educated population are unaware about the techniques of breastfeeding. There is a need to provide proper guidance, counselling and training. Lack of lactation or improper way of breastfeeding could lead to breast abscess, inflammation of the breast tissue. Several studies show that women who breastfeed are less likely to develop breast cancer than those who don't." While the trend in developed countries is to feed the newborn with nutritional supplements, the approach in India is to stick to breastfeeding. Doctors said the easy availability of baby food products and their increasing consumption in foreign countries are contributing to less women wanting to continue to breastfeed after three months. "After a couple of months, some women find it difficult to lactate. So they decide to stop breastfeeding and add to this is the aggressive marketing and promotion of breastmilk supplements. Given the correct psychological support, they can lactate," added Dr Bedekar. Dr Suhas Kulkarni, a pediatrician, said that women who suddenly discontinue breastfeeding put their kids at risk of respiratory infections.
|2017-08-07||Zoo director Thane Maynard penning Fiona the hippo book - Cincinnati.com|
Zoo director Thane Maynard penning Fiona the hippo book 35 MINUTES OF BABY HIPPO CUTENESS Fiona the hippo checks out mom's big teeth | 1:33 Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo's baby hippo, checks out the mouth of her mom, Bibi. Provided by The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenWith Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden figuratively wrote the book on hand-raising a premature baby hippo. Now, zoo director Thane Maynard is writing a literal book about the experience, which became an internet phenomenon. "Saving Fiona: Science, Social Media, and the Story of a Baby Hippo" is set for release on Jan. 22, 2019, just in time for Fiona's second birthday two days later, by major publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Yes, that's a bit of a wait for Fiona fans. But Maynard thinks there will still be plenty of interest. "Fiona has a shelf life," he said. "She'll be beloved a long time." Targeted toward elementary school-aged readers, the book will be photo-heavy with simple prose. It will chronicle everything from the meeting of Bibi and Henry, Fiona's parents; to Fiona's birth, struggles and achievements; to her reunion with her parents. Maynard expects the book will get in front of a lot of young readers.More: Fiona the hippo named honorary deputy by Hamilton County Sheriff's Office "Houghton Mifflin is a big international publisher, so it will have a broad distribution," he said. Maybe not as broad as Fiona herself, though: A single Facebook post about the hippo reached 50 million people, and the zoo's video views are soaring, with 119.7 million to date in 2017 (versus only 8 million in all of 2016). Maynard said he's asked about the baby hippo everywhere he travels, and he's been as far away as Belize, Rwanda and Benin in West Africa. "Hers is a great story to tell," Maynard said. "She herself is so compelling. But a big part of her story is all the people who've raised her." Maynard is no stranger to publishing, having already written a dozen books. Most recently, he contributed to Jane Goodall's 2009 release, "Hope for Animals and Their World." More: New flavor from Graeter's inspired by Fiona the baby hippo The zoo director's portion of the proceeds from "Saving Fiona: Science, Social Media, and the Story of a Baby Hippo" will benefit the zoo. Money raised from this and other Fiona-related products – her face has graced everything from beer to ice cream to playing cards – has helped defray the costs of her care, Maynard said. "I'm honored to get to do it," Maynard said of writing the book. "Telling Fiona's story is a great way to get people of all ages interested in wildlife and conservation. People do get inspired by individual animals. "In 2017, it's Fiona's world and we're just living in it," he joked. Meet Team Fiona: What it's like to take care of the zoo's baby hippo
|2017-08-07||Police Recover Large Amount Of Explosives From A Scrap Yard In Thane, Three Nabbed - Indiatimes.com|
Police Recover Large Amount Of Explosives From A Scrap Yard In Thane, Three Nabbed INDIATIMES AUGUST 07, 2017 Police got a huge cache of explosives from a scrap yard in Mumbra and three people have been arrested in this regard. The scrap yard is located in Mumbra-Kausa area of Thane district and explosive material was recovered.In the joint raid of Thane police, Railway Police and Anti Terrorists Squad (ATS), 15 kg of ammonium nitrate and nine detonator sticks were taken out from a junked SUV.Police now has detained scrap yard owner, his son and a small builder. "Prima facie it does not seem to be a case of terror. We are interrogating the accused about the source from whom they have acquired the explosives. We are investigating through all angles," Abhishek Trimukhe, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane Crime Branch was quoted by DNA.
|2017-08-07||Thane Call Centre Scam: 'US agencies have to wait for Shaggy' - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE CALL CENTRE SCAM: ‘US AGENCIES HAVE TO WAIT FOR SHAGGY’ Updated: Aug 8, 2017, 04.44 AM IST Thane police wants to tie up loose ends before it hands over the call centre scam mastermind to American agencies. Four months after his arrest, international agencies have started working on gaining Sagar Thakker’s custody. While the central government hasn’t declined their requests, the Thane police is not inclined to let foreign agencies gain his custody.If the US investigative agencies have their way, Sagar alias Shaggy, the mastermind behind the multi-million dollar Thane-based call-centre scam, may soon find himself face-toface with fellow conspirator Hardik Patel. The US authorities have requested that Shaggy be extradited to America, as he can help in furthering the investigation by explaining the liquidation of scam funds and the money laundering, sources said. On June 2, Hardik Patel pleaded guilty before a US court to a “wire fraud conspiracy”. According to sources in the central government, the US law enforcement authorities now plan to “jointly interrogate the Illinois-based Hardik Patel, along with Shaggy”. The US investigating agencies believe that Shaggy and Hardik were involved jointly in the multi-million dollar scam. Sources said they have already made a proposal to the Indian government. Thane police, however, are unwilling to part with him, before the trial gets over. According to the Commissioner of Police, Parambir Singh, “We haven’t received an official communication recently. But we have already clarified that he will be sent for their investigation after our investigation is completed and the court trial is over. Even then, ultimately, it is upon the discretion of the government.”’ The DCP (crime) Abhishek Trimukhe said, “We understand that they need to investigate. But our investigation isn’t complete yet. We have not tied all loose ends and moreover the trial is ongoing. Until our investigation and trial is over, we can’t send him for investigation.” Sources in the Thane crime branch, however, are comparing the case to the Vicky Goswami’s extradition. “Like they are saying that Goswami won’t be sent to India unless their trial is over, we can’t send Thakker. It harms all the hard-work we have done till now,” said a senior official.Shaggy not the only one According to the US Department of Justice, Bhavesh Patel and Asmitaben Patel, based out of Arizona and Illinois, also pleaded guilty on July 7, 2017 in an offence in which call centre employees in India impersonated officials from IRS and US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and duping US nationals of their money. They worked on confidential information accessed through data brokers and other sources. Earlier, on June 7, four Indians and one Pakistani national pleaded guilty before a US federal grand jury, taking the total numbers of individuals charged in the callcentre scam to fifty-four. All of them have been indicted on the charges of fraud and money laundering. However, the IRS scam in US and Canada has not completely ended. According to sources, some of the call centres are still working, although on a much smaller scale.
|2017-08-07||'Going on a trek? Get medical check-up first' - Times of India|
'Going on a trek? Get medical check-up first' Aug 8, 2017, 04:58 AM IST THANE: With two Mumbaikars losing lives while trekking in the last two months, hikers' clubs and authorities are preparing an advisory for mountain enthusiasts. Professional hikers have long cautioned amateurs to observe basic discipline and a mandatory code of conduct before embark on any hiking expeditions, which involve climbing at higher altitudes and long hours of walking. Aarti Deodhar (22), adventure enthusiast who also organizes treks, said it would be daredevilry to proceed without acclamatisation and checking all body parameters from a doctor before any moderatelychallenging hikes. "Especially, when one is opting for treks in the northern parts of the country , it is extremely essential that they undergo a thorough medical examination to check their hemoglobin levels and blood pressure. After the physician deems the person as `fit', then only can he be eligible for trekking in high altitude areas. This procedure should be followed by all and not just amateurs," she advised. " At Everest base camp, there have been incidents of even professionals falling sick. Also, enroute Leh and Ladakh there are army medical camps set up.They conduct a full body check-up and then only allow people to go up to the top. Usually , at such hours, we have safety equipment, a handy firstaid kit and ropes to rescue those who need help" Even pulmonologists have advised to get a medical test done and check one's lung condition when they are going for treks on high altitudes."One is advised to at least go to a general physician and get a medical test done and especially check the condition of the lungs and at high altitudes due to heavy breathing the pressure comes on the lungs.A trekker should make sure to acclimatize to the climate be fore they so for trekking or hiking. Also, on the basis of a doctor's advice, one can rake medicine to prevent any fluid formation in the lung, as it could be life threatening, said Dr Poonam Subramanian, pulmonologist. Avirat Shete, member of the Adventure Tour Operators of Maharashtra, a body recognized by the state government, cautioned, "People should not trek alone. There needs to be a group of experts, tour guides leaders or some local person along with you in case any unfortunate incident takes place.If there appears to be trouble ahead like for example there is aheavy fog and the visibility is low, I would suggest that one should identify safe points to take shelter for a while." Medical professionals said trekking or any kind of an adventure activity should not be done spontaneously; the participant needs appropriate warm up of the body , coupled with certain exercises. Physiotherapist Dr Pranjali Kelkar said, "Before commencing a trek, trekkers should perform core strengthening exercises to avoid fatigue.This includes basic exercises of the abdomen and back muscles. Breathing exercises should also be taken up during brief breaks which would help in clearing the lungs and would ensure good aeration.Trekking with a wet towel on the neck goes a long way in preventing heat strokes. "
|2017-08-07||Detonators seized in Thane - Times of India|
Detonators seized in Thane Aug 7, 2017, 01:51 PM IST THANE: Nine detonators and around 15 kgs of ammonium nitrate, used for triggering a low-intensity explosion, were recovered from a godown in Kausa area following a joint operation by the Thane police, the RPF and the ATS in the pre-dawn hours on Sunday. It is learnt that three persons have been arrested for the illegal storage of the explosives and are being questioned about the source and its use. It is not known if the arrested trio were involved in any terrorist activity or had stored the explosives for any other purpose. The detonators and the chemical is used in stone quarries as also for fishing. Police commissioner Param Bir Singh will shortly address the media sharing details of the raid in the dark hours and the arrests made.
|2017-08-06||Man strangles live-in partner - Times of India|
Man strangles live-in partner Aug 6, 2017, 07:12 AM IST THANE: A 44-year-old man confessed to having strangled his live-in partner while she was asleep in their apartment at Vartak Nagar in Thane on Friday as he suspected her fidelity, the police said.The accused, Vijay Malgaonkar, who is unemployed, was in a relationship with Dolly Rodrigues (37) for seven years. surrendered to the police. The live-in couple had separated from their respective spouses and have a a six-year-old son. "Malgaonkar had met the woman in 2010 when they had joined a computer class in Kopri in 2010. Since the past four months the two were having fights over minor issues as he suspected that Rodrigues was having an affair with someone. She eventually went to her mother's place in Goa with her son in April and returned alone on Wednesday. She went to work on Thursday where she worked as a labourer and came home at night. Malgaonkar woke up in the middle of the night and choked her," said senior inspector Pradeep Giridhar.The suspect first called his mother to tell her about the crime, said the police. "We sent the body for post-mortem. Malgaonkar is in custody till Sunday," said inspector Giridhar.
|2017-08-06||Tanker runs over teacher in Thane - Times of India|
Tanker runs over teacher in Thane Aug 7, 2017, 12:27 AM IST THANE: A 26-year-old teacher from Balkum in Thane was crushed to death after being knocked down by a speeding tanker near the Cadbury Junction flyover on the Eastern Express highway on Saturday afternoon.Amruta Jadeja, who used to teach chartered accountancy at a private coaching class in Parel, was riding home when the incident took place. Sub-inspector Sujit Gadkari of Rabodi police station said, "Given the condition of the motorcycle and the damage done, it is seems that the tanker rammed her two-wheeler from behind. After knocking down the woman, the man immediately fled the spot."Police said that bystanders rushed the woman to Civil Hospital, where she was declared brought dead. "We will check footage of closed-circuit television cameras installed in the area and try to locate the driver," added another police official. Jadeja, a resident of Raheja Garden, used to stay with her brother and parents.
|2017-08-06||Maratha Morcha bike rally in Thane - Times of India|
Maratha Morcha bike rally in Thane Aug 6, 2017, 11:33 PM IST THANE: Hundreds of youths and women from the Maratha community held a motorcycle rally here on Sunday, ahead of the mammoth morcha scheduled in Mumbai on August 9 from the Byculla zoo up to Azad Maidan. The pre-morcha rally on the motorcycle was part of a smaller street protests planned prior to the big march, which is being labelled as the ``morcha of the century'' by the Marath Kranti Manch, a state-wide platform created by the young activists who have kept the political parties and their leadership at bay. It is learnt that the rally began at 11 am from Teen Haath Naka here and after doing the rounds of the city on the bike, the bike rally conclude their ride near Talao Pali. The bikers were wearing saffron phetas and held the placards giving throaty slogans, 'Jai Shivaji' and 'Ek Maratha lakh Maratha'.It is learnt that the Mumbai morcha by the Martha community would see people coming in hoardes from Konkan, Western Maharashtra and Marathwada. "This is the 58 th morch by the Maratha community after having successfully organized a disciplined street morcha in all districs acros Maharahtra. These demonstrations will be recorded in history as very unique as it is not led by any leader or a politician but by common activists who has decided to join the movement for the betterment of the community," an activist from the Maratha Kranti Manch said.He added that the state protest by the community was necessitated as the state government had failed to live up to its promise given in the past. "Our demand for researvation lies in the cold storage for over a year now. The state government will conveniently claim that the matter is sub-judice. However, will the government tell us what efforts have been taken to expedite the court case?" he said.The other demand is to stop injustice to the Maratha community by giving a fresh look at the Atrocities act, creation of the Shahu Maharaj Advanced Research and Training Institute which would hand-hold the youth from the Maratha community to give wings to his dreams. "It is also been a year since a girl from the Maratha community was brutally raped and murdered in Pathardi, Ahmednagar. The victim's family is awaiting justice and though the case in in the fast track court, the trial is still underway," the Maratha activists said.
|2017-08-06||Forest officials educate locals about tackling monkey menace - Times of India|
Forest officials educate locals about tackling monkey menace Aug 6, 2017, 11:29 PM IST Thane: A week after several gangs of monkeys ransacked homes in Haware Citi in Anand Nagar area, a team of forest officials and wildlife rescuers have intensified their drive to educate locals about the man and wild conflict and how to resolve the issue without hurting the animals. "We share the boundary with the forest. The monkeys shifted base to our society after creating ruckus in Ovala. So far, they haven't caused any harm to anyone but are a clear nuisance. There are rumours that a six-month-old child was bitten by a monkey," said Yogini Chaubal, a resident of Haware Citi. On July 28, a group of around five monkeys not only entered a number of homes in the society, but also threw all the food, utensils and items on the floor. The monkeys even managed to lock one family outside their home by latching the door from inside. They then escaped from the window after leaving their faeces on the floor. They thankfully didn't injure a six-month-old baby who was inside the house. The forest officials have begun speaking to the citizens about what attracts monkeys to their homes, and how they can help reduce these monkey sightings. "The main reason for monkeys to leave the forest and come into the residential areas is the easy accessibility of food. Either people here feed them fruits or they find these eatables in the open garbage bins. Once monkeys get used to getting food easily they keep coming and end up entering homes in search of getting more," said Aditya Patil, a wildlife activist from NGO Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA).The activists have been holding meeting in housing societies located on the periphery of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. "We urge the residents to keep food items away from the sight of the monkeys, not tease or provoke these animals, keep garbage bins shut, make sure windows remain shut and look for other solutions to decrease the monkey sighting in their area," he added.Deputy conservator of forests Dr Jitendra Ramgaokar, said in the case of any animals entering houses, the first reaction of residents is to trap the wild animals. "In extreme cases people also injure them, forcing us to trap the animals. However, as these animals are territorial trapping them is not a permanent solution. If we remove one, they would be replaced by others who could be even more unstable. The only solution is that citizens should come together as a community and work towards not attracting them out of the forest," Ramgaokar said.
|2017-08-06||'Stick to safety measures to avoid trekking mishaps' - Times of India|
‘Stick to safety measures to avoid trekking mishaps’ Aug 6, 2017, 11:28 PM IST Thane: The death of two trekkers in Raigad area over a month ago has triggered a sense of anxiety among amateur adventure sports enthusiasts and has also brought in a sense of responsibility amongst trekking groups. Professional trekkers have cautioned those going on expeditions to make sure that they take adequate measures while hiking or going for adventure trails so that they don't injure themselves or put their lives in danger. They said mishaps occur only when one does not follow what the locals say, when preventions are not taken or when one does not follow the regular trail."Solo trips should be completely avoided if someone is an amateur and one should go only with experienced groups. Trekkers should be wearing proper gear and must have adequate food and other supplies. One should also carry an extra set of clothes," said Chinmany Ambardekar, a trekking enthusiast. Experts say one should communicate with the locals to get an idea about the dangers on the trail and about the mobile networks that work there."People should make sure they go with groups who are well versed in trekking. Also, one should study the hill or fort that a person wishes to climb and check its difficulty levels. They should also decide whether they at all want to attempt the climb," said Nishant Sheth, founder of Treks and Hikes. When in a group, one should also listen to the leader as they know the difficulty involved in the route, he said. The trekkers should follow the advice given by the locals to avoid mishaps. People should make sure to follow the existing trails and not look for new ones as there are chances that one might get lost. There have been cases when the soil in unexplored terrains is loose and there are major chances of trekkers loosing grip," he explained.
|2017-08-06||28-yr-old held for being part of sex racket - Times of India|
28-yr-old held for being part of sex racket Updated: Aug 6, 2017, 11:27 PM IST Thane: A 28-year-old man from Raboldi was arrested in Vartake Nagar on Friday for allegedly being part of a prostitution racket. Rahul Yadav was caught red-handed by the police on the service road opposite Korum Mall while negotiating with a man who posed as a client for a woman. The police said a few days ago the anti-human trafficking team had received a tip about Yadav who is registered on a website that provides details about massage parlours.The police team, which had laid a trap, also rescued a woman after making the arrests and seized Rs 9,480 cash. The accused has been booked under sections 4 and 5 of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986. —Avani Ghangurde
|2017-08-05||Teacher killed in hit and run case in Thane | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Teacher killed in hit and run case in Thane The tanker driver drove away without stopping to help Jadeja, the police said. An officer at Rabodi police station said that the police are looking at CCTV footage from the area to locate the tanker. Mumbai | Published:August 6, 2017 3:45 am A 26-year-old teacher was killed in a hit-and-run case in Thane on Saturday afternoon while she was returning home. The incident took place at 1.30 pm at Cadbury Junction near Korum Mall in Thane when the deceased, Amruta Jadeja, was returning to her house in Balkum. The police said that a speeding tanker hit Jadeja’s scooter from behind and the impact threw her off the scooter. Locals rushed her to Thane Civil Hospital, where she was declared dead upon arrival. The tanker driver drove away without stopping to help Jadeja, the police said. An officer at Rabodi police station said that the police are looking at CCTV footage from the area to locate the tanker responsible for the accident.
|2017-08-04||Suspended Thane jail official booked for 'misappropriating funds ... - The Indian Express|
Suspended Thane jail official booked for ‘misappropriating funds’ The prison department then decided to file an FIR against Jadhav. M V Dharmadhikari, senior inspector, Thane Nagar police station, said that a case was registered on Wednesday against Jadhav for criminal breach of trust by a public servant under section 408 of the Indian Penal Code. Mumbai | Published:August 4, 2017 11:40 am Suspended Thane prison Superintendent Hiralal Jadhav has been booked for misappropriating official funds to buy fuel for his car and forcing the accounts department to file the expense as emergency funds. The alleged misappropriation came to light after the vigilance bureau of the state prison department audited the jail’s accounts. According to a complaint given by Jyotiram Pawar, an office superintendent at Thane prison, between April 2016 and June 2016, when Jadhav was serving as the prison’s SP, he once sent Wajid Shah, a driver working at the prison, to claim Rs 1,500 from the accounts department. Pawar has said in his complaint that Jadhav wanted the money to buy fuel for his privately owned Maruti Swift Dzire. “When I told him that he could not use official money for his own expenses and that he could face departmental action, Jadhav ordered me to do what I was told and said he would handle any question raised during auditing,” Pawar has alleged. The police added that over the next two months, Jadhav sent three other drivers to the accounts office to claim similar amounts for fuel. Pawar claimed to have defied Jadhav’s instructions to enter his private expenses as departmental expenses, and instead noted the amounts in a rough cash book, the police said. The police added that when Jadhav discovered this, he yelled at Pawar and ordered him to enter the fuel expenses under the head of emergency funds. According to the FIR filed at Thane Nagar police station, Jadhav is alleged to have claimed Rs 9,700 from the department’s accounts section and refused to return it in spite of repeated requests by Pawar. Thereafter, when the prison department’s vigilance section examined the account books and asked Pawar about the emergency expenses, he confessed that Jadhav had diverted the money for his own use. The prison department then decided to file an FIR against Jadhav. M V Dharmadhikari, senior inspector, Thane Nagar police station, said that a case was registered on Wednesday against Jadhav for criminal breach of trust by a public servant under section 408 of the Indian Penal Code. B K Upadhyay, Additional Director General of Police (Prisons), said a departmental inquiry has also been initiated against Jadhav, who was suspended last year for allegedly sexually harassing women prison staff. “He used official money for his personal use and did not return it. We have also initiated an inquiry for violation of service rules,” he said. Despite several attempts, Jadhav could not be reached for comments.
|2017-08-04||Thane Crime Branch arrest 4, bust fake document racket - The Hindu|
Thane Crime Branch arrest 4, bust fake document racket MUMBAI, AUGUST 04, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: AUGUST 04, 2017 04:29 IST Passports of 27 applicants, 36 forged certificates seized in raid The Thane Police Crime Branch’s Unit I has busted a fake document racket by arresting four persons based on a tip-off. The accused forged Continuous Discharge Certificates (CDCs) and sold them to applicants seeking jobs in the Merchant Navy. The police laid a trap on Tuesday near Naupada in Thane and arrested three people, Abdulla Hakim (42), Vijayan Pillai (55) and Aleem Musa (60). A forged certificate was found in their possession. The fourth accused, Dinesh Shankar, who supplied the accused with the forged documents, was arrested on Thursday in Karjat. Senior Police Inspector Nithin Thakre, Unit I, Thane Crime Branch, said passports of 27 applicants and 36 forged CDCs were seized during a raid on the accused’s office in Bhandup. The trio used the office as a cover for running their racket. They offered the fake CDCs in exchange for amounts ranging between Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 1 lakh. Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhishek Trimukhe, Thane Crime Branch, added, “Candidates can apply online for an original CDC. They then have to undergo a five-step selection process to gain the certificate. We are now working on finding out how many people secured jobs in the Merchant Navy using the forged CDCs supplied by the accused.”
|2017-08-04||Thane: 4 arrested for duping scores with promise of jobs - Free Press Journal|
Thane: 4 arrested for duping scores with promise of jobs Aug 04, 2017 07:31 am Mumbai: Thane police have arrested four persons for duping 36 persons on the pretext of providing jobs in Merchant Navy and taking advance money from the aspirants. Abdullah Hakeem (42), Vijay Gopal Pillai (55), Aleem Mohammad Musa (60) and Dinesh Shankar Raodhar (29) have been identified as those arrested in the case. The accused would get money from the victims and promise them jobs in shipping companies. Later, the co men would issue them fake documents of Continuous Discharge Certificates (CDCs). They were operating an employment agency called ‘Amreen Movers and Tourism.’ They had taken advance amount of Rs. 50,000 to Rs.1 lakh from every victim. The accused have been arrested for cheating (Section 420), forgery (Section 465), forgery for purpose of cheating (Section 468), using a forged document as genuine (Section 471) and common intention (Section 34) of the IPC. Raodhar has been arrested on Thursday. The four accused have been remanded in police custody till August 5.According to the police, the accused would procure the data of job aspirants for Merchant Navy and the data would be provided to Raodhar who would prepare the fake CDC. Shankar was wanted by the Kurla police station and Naupada police station in other forgery cases. The police had received a tip off that Hakeem was going to visit near Uma Public school at Naupada along with fake CDCs. Based on the tip off, they laid a trap and busted the gang. “Hakeem, Pillai and Musa have been arrested. During interrogation, Hakeem revealed the involvement of his accomplices and their whereabouts.Twenty seven passports, biodata and fake CDCs have been seized from a shop near Dream Mall at Bhandup from where the accused were operating.” Hakeem is a resident of Kodegaon at Dombivali. Pillai is a resident of Kisan nagar at Wagle Estate while Musa is a resident of Mhada colony at Malwani (Malad). Raodhar is a resident of Karjat.
|2017-08-04||Bombay HC pulls up Thane cops for shoddy probe into 2013 building collapse - The Indian Express|
Bombay HC pulls up Thane cops for shoddy probe into 2013 building collapse The Bench also pointed out that given the fact that all accused were out on bail, they could tamper with evidence in the case. Mumbai | Published:August 5, 2017 2:57 am The Bombay High Court Friday rapped the Thane police for their lack of “empathy” in conducting investigations into a 2013 building collapse in Mumbra in which 74 people were killed. Terming the police probe report on the incident as an “eyewash,” a bench of Justices RM Savant and Sadhana Jadhav said that the authorities should “show some sensitivity towards the victims.” “Since the last four years you have done nothing and now after the public interest litigation has been filed you are going to record statements of material suppliers. The suppliers will say they didn’t supply the material and that would be the end of the matter,” said the court. The Bench also pointed out that given the fact that all accused were out on bail, they could tamper with evidence in the case. “There is really no sensitivity on part of the probe team. This is certainly not the way to proceed with a case,” added the court. Referring to a recent report submitted by Commissioner of Police (crime branch) which was supposed to provide information regarding further probe being carried out by the police, the court said, “We have perused the report and do not find any material which has occurred from the last date of hearing till today.” The court held that after the court’s order in June, investigators for the first time recorded the statements of eight persons who are all police officers. “Take steps before the next hearing. A further report should be filed within four weeks,” added the High Court. The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation seeking an expedited probe into the 2013 incident of the collapse of a seven-storey building in Thane called Adarsh located inside Lucky Compound. In all, 74 people were killed and 62 injured when the structure, which was under construction, collapsed. The dead included 18 children. Two builders of the structure, civic officials, police officers, a local journalist and material suppliers were among the accused in this matter.
|2017-08-04||Man breathless in jam due to protest at collector office - Times of India|
Man breathless in jam due to protest at collector office Aug 5, 2017, 01:02 AM IST THANE: A 52-year-old commuter travelling in an auto rickshaw from the Thane collector office was stuck in massive jam due to a protest staged outside the collector office on Friday afternoon. The 52-year-old passenger, started feeling breathless as he was sitting in the auto for long and must be feeling suffocated. The auto rickshaw driver immediately asked for help from people on the road who cleared the area till the Thane civil hospital where he was admitted. The road at the collector office was jammed as over 500 people from the NGO Konkan Thane Vikas Manch had staged a protest against the Thane District Central Cooperative banks for the alleged irregularities in their transaction. As the protest was staged during the afternoon hours, many office goers were inconvenienced.
|2017-08-04||FDA seals 8 puri manufacturing units based in Thane and Kalwa - Times of India|
FDA seals 8 puri manufacturing units based in Thane and Kalwa Aug 5, 2017, 12:59 AM IST THANE: Officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unit in Thane recently raided eight puri manufacturing units in Thane and Kalwa areas who were operating without valid licence and in unhygienic condition from the slum settlements. "We have been raiding these factories who are manufacturing puris that are used for making paani-puri and found that all of them functioned from slums in dingy and smelly rooms. The hygiene standards are completely absent and working conditions are worse. The factories don't even have an exhaust fan to let out the smoke emitted from the frying pans. It is infested with flies, mosquitoes and other insects. In some units even the churning machines were not cleaned and stale oil was used. Also, it was seen that fungus had grown on the walls of these factories," said assistant commissioner (food) Krishna Dabhade.He said the manufacturers were not only neglecting the basic hygiene standards, they did not have the valid papers to run their business. "Out of the eight factories, seven did not have a registration certificate which is mandatory for a manufacturer who earns less than 12 lakh per annum. So we charged the violators around 4,000 to 5,000 and collected fine of around Rs 33,000. We even seized pani puri packets from manufacturers in Bhaskar Nagar and Parsik Nagar as the packets being sold did not have any labelling. Ideally every edible food packet should have basic details like the expiry date, manufacturing details, the nutrients present in the food etc.," added Dabhade. Currently the sale of the food product is stopped from these eight factories and they would be able to function again only when they make the appropriate changes. "These businessmen have already started making the adequate changes to maintain the hygiene like putting aluminum sheets on the walls, installing vents, exhaust fans, keeping the utensils clean etc. We will continue to conduct the raids in Kalwa and Mumbra area as most of the manufacturers have their factories there," stated Dabhade.
|2017-08-03||Suspended Thane jail official booked for breach of trust - Times of India|
Suspended Thane jail official booked for breach of trust Aug 4, 2017, 12:45 AM IST MUMBAI: Suspended Thane jail superintendent Hiralal Jadhav was booked in a case of criminal breach of trust by public servant late on Wednesday. The Thane Nagar police acted on a complaint lodged by the jail cashier, Jyotiram Pawar, who claimed Jadhav had submitted bills of Rs 9,700 for four months where he had used his personal vehicle and claimed money for fuel terming it official. Jadhav even claimed dearness allowance. If proved guilty, the maximum punishment under IPC Section 409 for criminal breach of trust by public servant attracts life sentence. Jadhav was suspended earlier this year after a female jail constable accused him of sexual harassment. The state had ordered a departmental enquiry (DE) against Jadhav, which is being conducted by Aswathi Dorje, additional commissioner of police, local armed forces. Jadhav could be dismissed if found guilty. Several officers feel that post suspension, Jadhav has been levelling allegations against a few senior officials. Recently, he had written to Nagpada police station seeking action against Swati Sathe, DIG state prison department, after her WhatsApp chat with jail colleagues on the Byculla inmate custodial death went viral. In 2012, 17 trainees of a jail training college in Pune had accused Jadhav of sexual abuse. Sathe had conducted a probe and recommended his dismissal. The case is pending.
|2017-08-03||senior inter-district badminton championship: Thane shuttlers rally to ... - Times of India|
Thane shuttlers rally to stun Mumbai Suburban for Senior State title Aug 3, 2017, 10:21 AM IST MUMBAI: International experience of Saili Rane and Akshay Dewalkar came in handy as Thane rallied back strongly to knock out defending champions Mumbai Suburban for triumph in the Maharashtra Senior Inter-District Badminton Championship at the Khar Gymkhana courts here on Wednesday. The six-day tournament is organized jointly by Khar Gymkhana and Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA). Indian team's doubles specialist Dewalkar played the role of a player and mentor to perfection as they surprised title favourites Mumbai Suburban. Rane too used her vast experience to good effect and won both her matches to guide Thane to an exciting 3-1 victory in the summit clash. Mumbai Suburban missed the services of last year's hero Chirag Shetty and Harsheel Dani against a more experienced Thane district. Last year at Aurangabad, Thane had lost in the semis against Mumbai Suburban. Kaushal Dharmamer provided the perfect start to holders as he packed of Thane teenager Aman Farokh Sanjay in the first singles. However, Rane levelled the scores 1-1 in the best-of-five-matches tie by overcoming the spirited challenge from Riya Pillai 21-19, 24-22. The men's doubles was the most important tie of the rubber and Thane fielded their best possible pair in the form of Dewalkar and Kabir Kanzarkar. The left-right combination of Kanzarkar and Dewalkar thrashed Dharmamer and Prasad Shetty to take a crucial 2-1 lead. Rane then sealed off the tie in the company of Karishma Wadkar by claiming the women's doubles match in three games against Pooja Devlekar-Vaishnavi Iyer. "Akshay's presence in the squad made all the difference in the end. He lifted the morale of the entire team and everybody gave their best. Saili also did her job remarkably well. We are happy to win the mixed team championship for the first time," said Thane coach Mayur Ghatnekar. MBA president Arun Lakhani, MBA secretary Sunder Shetty, Khar Gymkhana president Sanjay Devnani, Ajay Bhatia, Avinash Raheja and other Khar Gymkhana and MBA officials were present during the prize distribution function. Thane district association secretary Shrikant Vad has congratulated the triumphant team and said it was the reward of hard work of the Thane Academy players.
|2017-08-03||In Mumbai: 5-min halt to unclog Thane bridge during peak hours - Hindustan Times|
In Mumbai:?5-min halt to unclog Thane bridge during peak hours Once implemented, all the roads leading to the bridge — from Mumbai and Thane sides — will be shut alternatively for five minutes for easy vehicular movement Updated: Aug 04, 2017 00:13 IST Kopri bridge, which is notorious for 30-minute jams during peak hours, will soon be decongested. The traffic police department has decided to implement a ‘5-minute halt’ system on a trial-basis. The system is likely to be introduced in the next couple of days. Once implemented, all the roads leading to the bridge — from Mumbai and Thane sides — will be shut alternatively for five minutes for easy vehicular movement. Traffic officials said this would prevent snarls at both ends of the bridge. A similar system was implemented by the traffic police when Versova bridge, on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, was being repaired. After the bridge was turned into one-way, vehicles at one end were halted for 20 minutes to clear traffic at the other. Around 8,000 vehicles use the Kopri bridge every day to travel towards Thane and Mumbai. The traffic police said the six-lane road narrows down to three lanes on the bridge and this which causes traffic jams. They also blamed the impatient motorists for creating a bottleneck on the bridge. “At times, the jam reaches Teen Haath Naka during peak hours. The new system will help reduce jams and aid vehicular movement,” said deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Amit Kale. The department has another solution to ease traffic jams — punish errant officers. “Action will be initiated against traffic constables and officers if found talking over the phone while penalising offenders during traffic jam,” said Kale. Kale added, “We will see how effective it is during the trial period before extending it to other congested areas. Motorists must not complaint about the delay because it better than getting stuck in a jam for 30 minutes. Free flowing traffic will also reduce noise and air pollution. We have asked our officers to stay alert while on-duty once the new system is implemented. Fewer the number of halts, thinner the traffic jam.”
|2017-08-03||Thane crime branch arrests 4 for forging continuous discharge certificate - Times of India|
Thane crime branch arrests 4 for forging continuous discharge certificate Updated: Aug 4, 2017, 01:14 AM IST THNAE: The Thane crime branch nabbed a prime suspect and his three aides for allegedly forging continuous discharge certificate (CDC), used by people working on ships. The cops even seized 30 fake CDCs and 26 original passports of applicants. The crime branch unit-1 claimed that this document acts as an identity proof for those working on the ship. "This certificate is mandatory for someone in merchant navy or anyone who is working on a ship. It acts like a visa and they can travel around the world through sea ways with this document. The accused — Dinesh Raudhal, Abdulla Hakim, Vijyan Pillai and Alim Musa were operating together to forge the certificate. Hakim, Pillai and Musa were arrested on Tuesday afternoon after a tip off. They revealed the involvement of their prime aide Raudhal who would print the CDC. He was then arrested from his Karjat residence on Thursday," said Param Bir Singh, Thane police commissioner.
|2017-08-03||Thane: Elevated stretch on EEH promises to cut travel from 45 minutes to 15 - Times of India|
Thane: Elevated stretch on EEH promises to cut travel from 45 minutes to 15 Aug 4, 2017, 05:29 AM IST THANE: Travel between Mumbai, Ghodbunder Road and Nashik may become smoother and mush faster, thanks to a 7km elevated freeway proposed by the Thane Municipal Corporation. It will bypass major traffic junctions along the Eastern Express Highway (EEH). The six-lane flyover, proposed to be constructed on the lines of the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road, will connect Mulund Toll Naka to the Golden Dyes Junction, jumping over the busy Teen Haath Naka, Nitin Company and Cadbury intersections. It will also be over six railway lines at Kopri.The road promises to bring down a travel time of 45 minutes to just 15 minutes. The multi-deck road project was initially planned as a solution for congestion at Teen Haath Naka, one of the world's most congested intersections, but will now be redrawn to extend it. The development followed a presentation by Thane's municipal commissioner, Sanjeev Jaiswal, before the Union minister of road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari, early this week in New Delhi. An initial study by civic officials reveal that the speed of vehicles on the freeway is expected to increase to at least 50kmph against the present average of 20kmph."Travel time between Mulund Toll Naka and Majiwada will not be over 15 minutes after that. Presently, it takes as much as 45 minutes to cover the distance," said an official. Once completed, Nashikand Gujrat-bound traffic from Mumbai, along with that from Ghodbunder Road, can effortlessly zip past city traffic in both directions, saving time and fuel. The approximate height of the flyover will be around 15metres above ground, and will be designed keeping in mind the proposed Metro line running along the stretch and an elevated railway station planned in the vicinity. The cost of the initial elevated road, which was to be just 1.5km long, was around Rs 240 crore, but will now see an escalation.
|2017-08-03||Thane Crime Branch arrest 4, bust fake document racket - The Hindu|
Thane Crime Branch arrest 4, bust fake document racket MUMBAI, AUGUST 04, 2017 00:26 IST UPDATED: AUGUST 04, 2017 00:26 IST Passports of 27 applicants, 36 forged certificates seized in raid The Thane Police Crime Branch’s Unit I has busted a fake document racket by arresting four persons based on a tip-off. The accused forged Continuous Discharge Certificates (CDCs) and sold them to applicants seeking jobs in the Merchant Navy. The police laid a trap on Tuesday near Naupada in Thane and arrested three people, Abdulla Hakim (42), Vijayan Pillai (55) and Aleem Musa (60). A forged certificate was found in their possession. The fourth accused, Dinesh Shankar, who supplied the accused with the forged documents, was arrested on Thursday in Karjat. Senior Police Inspector Nithin Thakre, Unit I, Thane Crime Branch, said passports of 27 applicants and 36 forged CDCs were seized during a raid on the accused’s office in Bhandup. The trio used the office as a cover for running their racket. They offered the fake CDCs in exchange for amounts ranging between ?50,000 and ?1 lakh. Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhishek Trimukhe, Thane Crime Branch, added, “Candidates can apply online for an original CDC. They then have to undergo a five-step selection process to gain the certificate. We are now working on finding out how many people secured jobs in the Merchant Navy using the forged CDCs supplied by the accused.”
|2017-08-03||Swine flu claims 2 senior citizens in Thane; toll reaches 23 - Times of India|
Swine flu claims 2 senior citizens in Thane; toll reaches 23 Aug 4, 2017, 12:32 AM IST THANE: Swine flu claimed the lives of two senior citizens on Monday, taking the death toll in Thane to 23 in seven months. Govind Dayare (69), a resident of Hazurigaon in Wagle Estate, was admitted to a private hospital on July 26 after he tested positive for H1N1. It is learnt that Dayare showed typical symptoms of swine flu, like high fever, cough and cold and was rushed to a local hospital when his condition started deteriorating rapidly. Doctors said Madhav Kanetkar (85), from Kasarali in Bhiwandi, developed chronic cough that refused to subside despite medication. After numerous tests, relatives admitted him to a private hospital in Thane as he was detected with swine flu. Kanetkar had been battling the virus for 13 days and passed away on Monday. The bodies were sent to the civil hospital for post-mortem.Rani Shinde, medical officer at TMC, said, "Both patients were suffering from chronic ailments. Kanetkar had a severe case of hypertension since many years while Dayare had chronic kidney disease and rheumatoid arthritis. In such extreme conditions, people must take special care when stepping out of the house." Since swine flu spreads through the respiratory route, cough and cold is enough to aggravate the patient's health. It is best if the person is taken to the doctor immediately. Moreover, a swab test should be done and the person needs to avoid social gatherings. At this age, the patient should be resting at home. " Ten days back, Arayan Medhekar (10), a class V student, after undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Thane for three days fell prey to the disease and passed away.From January till date, 395 patients have tested positive for swine flu in the city.
|2017-08-03||Thane: 4 arrested for selling fake certificates for Merchant Navy job - Mid-Day|
Thane: 4 arrested for selling fake certificates for Merchant Navy job Thane | Posted 03-Aug-2017 With the arrest of four persons, Thane police in Maharashtra today claimed to have busted a gang which sold fake certificates needed for jobs in Merchant Navy. Acting on a tip-off, police arrested Abdulla Manlupathad Hakim (42), Vijayan Gopal Pillai (55) and Alim Mohaddin Moosa (60) in Naupada area here on August 1 and seized fake Continuous Discharge Certificates (CDCs). Following their interrogation, Dinesh Shankar Raudal (29), who allegedly prepared these bogus documents, was arrested from Pali in Raigad district today morning. CDS certifies that the person holding it is a seaman as per the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers.The accused had floated a tourism company at Bhandup in Mumbai through which they operated, said Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh. The fake CDCs were sold to job seekers for Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh. A case under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery) and other relevant sections was registered. Police also seized passports of 27 candidates, bio-datas, educational certificates and fake CDCs from the tourism company's office. Further probe is on.
|2017-08-02||'Pregnant' baby in Thane born with twin brother feeding off his body - Hindustan Times|
‘Pregnant’ baby in Thane born with twin brother feeding off his body The baby’s twin, weighing 150 gms and complete with a brain, arms and limbs, was found behind the baby’s stomach. Updated: Aug 03, 2017 10:53 IST In a bizarre medical condition, a newborn baby in Thane was found to be ‘pregnant’ with his half-formed twin brother feeding off his blood supply. The condition, called fetus in fetu, is so rare that only about 100-200 such cases have been reported from all over the world till date. The boy was born to a 19-year old woman from Mumbra on July 20 at Bilal Hospital in Thane, near Mumbai. The 7cm foetus, weighing 150 gm and complete with a brain, arms and limbs, was found behind the baby’s stomach. A radiologist first spotted the abnormal mass during a routine scan of the pregnant mother. “In post-natal scans, we spotted another half-formed baby with a brain, arm and legs in a foetal sac in the baby’s abdomen,” radiologist Bhavna Thorat told German news agency DPA. After the baby was born, another scan found that the ‘twin’ was feeding off his nutrition and posed a life threat. Doctors referred him to the Titan hospital in Thane, where the parasitic foetus was successfully removed by a specialist team of experts. It is suspected to be a rare congenital anomaly called ‘fetus in fetu’ in which a malformed foetus gets absorbed into the body of it’s twin.Gynecologist Dr Neena Nichlani, who was part of the team that operated on the baby, said, “It is a case of monozygotic twin pregnancy sharing single placenta, where one foetus is wrapped around the other and feeds off its host’s body.” As both the twins draw nutrients from a single umbilical chord, the chances of survival is usually low in such cases. “It is a very rare condition and this is for the first time I have encountered such a case in my entire medical career... Both the baby and the mother are doing well,” she added.
|2017-08-02||Thane: 16-year-old's family blames builder, no-grilles policy for death of teen - Mid-Day|
Thane: 16-Year-Old's Family Blames Builder, No-Grilles Policy For Death Of Teen Aug 02, 2017, 19:26 IST A 16-year-old girl plunged to her death last night from the 27th floor of a Thane high-rise allegedly while hanging a towel on the balcony. Around 7 pm, Jyoti Sharma, a resident of Mayflower at Hiranandani, Thane, had returned home drenched. She changed into dry clothes and wrapped her hair in a towel. Half an hour later, she stepped out onto the balcony to hang the towel on the clothesline, but allegedly lost her balance and fell to her death. None of the flats in the building has a grille in the balcony, her family alleges. "She may have slipped on a small step ahead of the balcony. The balcony has a low parapet but no grille," said Sagar Sharma, Jyoti's grandfather. At the time, only her mother and elder sister were at home.'Can't put up grilles' Asked why the family didn't put up grilles on the windows and the balcony, he claimed that the housing society bars residents from doing so. "At Hiranandani, no one is allowed to construct grilles. No balcony has a grille." The family had allegedly had a near-mishap a few weeks ago, when Jyoti's elder sister, Ankita, slipped and almost fell out of the balcony while playing with her siblings. Jyoti was the second of three children; the youngest is a 10-year-old boy. "Her mother caught Ankita just in the nick of time," said Kailash Sharma, Jyoti's uncle.No CCTV camera at the spot The police have prima facie ruled out suicide, but their investigation is likely to hit a wall owing to the absence of a CCTV camera at the spot where Jyoti fell. AâÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂ?security guard said there are 16 CCTV cameras in the building, of which three are defunct. "There is a CCTV camera beside where the body fell, but the spot doesn't fall in its path."Ganpat Pingle, senior inspector, Chitalsar Manpada police station, said a case of accidental death has been registered and investigation is underway. "As of now, we suspect that she fell while hanging the towel. The balcony has no grille." Niranjan Hiranandani, co-founder and chairman of Hiranandani Group, remained unavailable for comment. With input from Faisal Tandel
|2017-08-02||Thane girl's fall to death from 27th-floor balcony 'accidental', say police - The Indian Express|
Thane girl’s fall to death from 27th-floor balcony ‘accidental’, say police An officer said the girl Jyoti Sharma, a class 12 student, was staying with her family at Hiranandani Meadows building in Thane (west) on the 27th floor of the building. On Tuesday around 7 pm, the girl after taking a bath went to the balcony to get the towel that was hanging there. Mumbai | Published:August 3, 2017 3:39 am THE THANE police are investigating the case of a 17-year-old girl who died after falling from her 27th floor residence in Thane on Tuesday evening. Prima facie, it appears it was an accident and the girl fell off while trying to take a towel from the balcony. The local Chitalsar police have as per procedure taken an Accidental Death Report and are investigating the matter. An officer said the girl Jyoti Sharma, a class 12 student, was staying with her family at Hiranandani Meadows building in Thane (west) on the 27th floor of the building. On Tuesday around 7 pm, the girl after taking a bath went to the balcony to get the towel that was hanging there. The police suspect at this point, she slipped and fell off the balcony. An officer said that the other family members of the girl where in the adjacent room when the incident took place. GD Pingale, senior inspector of Chitalsar police station in Thane where an ADR has been registered said: “The family and friends of the girl are obviously in a state of shock. We wanted to record their statement to get some more clarity on the incident. They are however not in a state of mind to answer our queries.” He added: “The final rites of the girl were carried out on Wednesday by the family members in Thane. In a day or two we will record their statement.”
|2017-08-02||Special kids make rakhis with Melghat bamboo shoots - Times of India|
Special kids make rakhis with Melghat bamboo shoots Updated: Aug 3, 2017, 12:46 AM IST THANE: Go green this festive season by buying eco-friendly rakhis for your brother. Local NGOs have been working with autistic kids and other special kids to make green rakhis. This season, the trend seems to be shifting from cartoon and Bahubali themed rakhis to colourful patterns and designs carved out of environment friendly materials such as paper, bamboo, handmade cloth, glass beads etc. Particularly in vogue are the rakhis made from bamboo shoots in the tribal village of Melghat located in Amravati district. Prasad Karnik, Director of Parayavarn Dakshata Manch, a city-based NGO, said, "This concept was started four years back by a few NGOs in Melghat. We liked the idea and thought of setting up a platform for these different rakhis here. The demand for these rakhis is very high." These rakhis are prepared by cutting bamboo shavings found abundantly in the forests and then molded into different shapes, designs and patterns making them 100% natural. Project Coordinator of Enviro-Vigil at Thane, Sreelatha Menon said, "Last year we sold 2,500 rakhis and around 800 rakhi- making kits through schools, housing societies, exhibitions etc. These kits are a great initiative by the tribal community which enables even children to make their own rakhis. The kits even have seeds inside the packet so after making the rakhis, people can plant the seeds. " "We now have appointed two trained teachers to teach and supervise the children in our organization. We have made 2,500 rakhis with beads and other materials," said Hemant Bhate, Founder of Jagruti Palak Sanstha in Thane. Manisha Salim of Rajhans Foundation who works with special children said, "This type of activity raises the child's concentration, attention span, patience, hand-eye co-ordination skills and his/her sitting tolerance."
|2017-08-02||TMC plans to tap hydel power from its water lines spanning Thane - Times of India|
TMC plans to tap hydel power from its water lines spanning Thane Updated: Aug 3, 2017, 12:43 AM IST THANE: In a first of its kind initiative, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is installing mini hydel projects in the potable water supply pipelines that will generate nearly 60Kw power, approximately enough to power the entire civic headquarters for five months. The project, a brainchild of civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, entails installing mini turbines in the elevated tanks where potable water coming from the purification centres flows in. The gushing water falling on the turbines will capture the energy and pass it on to the mini grids located nearby. The around 60Kw power will generate 3.72 lakh units per annum which will either be sent to the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) grid or consumed by the civic body itself. "The tanks receive water at great velocity from the filtration plants located 40km away from the city. The mechanical energy stored in this water travelling at great speed will be converted into electrical current after it passes over the turbines installed in the reservoirs. The generated current will then be relayed to the nearest collection point of the MSEDCL and the main power grid as per the renewable energy policy 2015 of the government," said an official from the civic body. A contractor has been deployed for the project to maintain and operate it for 10 years and then hand over the same to the TMC. The contractor will sell the generated power to the TMC at a pre-determined rate, which is lesser than the prevalent rates levied by the MSEDCL. The TMC is expecting grants from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) that could possibly further reduce the expenditure."A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the contractor and the civic administration on Monday evening following which the work will be executed. The corporation will bear no expenses except for providing space in the tanks while the contractor will set up all the required machinery and the mechanism to tap, store and transmit power," said Jaiswal. Officials said this is one of its first kind of initiatives wherein power is being exploited from potable water supply lines. The kinetic energy in the water from these lines was being wasted till now and will be a great source of power generation, explained the official, adding there would be no wastage of water due to installation of the hydel plant in the existing system. To start with, the viability of only five stations have been tested following which it may be introduced at other locations, said civic officials. "The project will also be a huge step in producing clean power that will not add any damage on the environment."
|2017-08-02||Thane Municipal Corporation starts pruning branches of tilted tree - Times of India|
Thane Municipal Corporation starts pruning branches of tilted tree Aug 3, 2017, 12:45 AM IST THNAE: Officials from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) started pruning branches of a tree leaning dangerously at Louiswadi on Wednesday after TOI highlighted the apathy of the corporation that was reportedly neglecting repeated complaints from residents.The age old tree standing on a footpath of a lane in Louiswadi was leaning dangerously at 45 degrees and could have possibly toppled over in the heavy rains in the coming days. Local resident O Mathai had alerted the administration since June but it yielded no response following which they approached TOI that highlighted the issue on Wednesday. A team from the garden department visited the spot and took corrective action by pruning certain branches of the tree in a bid to prevent further damage to it. "We are undertaking heavy trimming of the tree branches," said deputy municipal commisioner Omprakash Divte. The city has seen nearly 380 trees collapsing since the monsoon started in June wherein five were left injured and one dead in separate cases of tree falls.
|2017-08-02||Thane: Teen girl falls to death from 27th floor flat - Times of India|
Thane: Teen girl falls to death from 27th floor flat Updated: Aug 2, 2017, 06:07 AM IST THANE: A 16-year-old girl died after falling from her 27th floor home in a residential tower in Thane West on Tuesday evening. Police suspect Jyoti Sharma slipped from the balcony and fell off the building, Hiranandani Meadows, around 6.30 pm. "As of now we have recorded an accidental death report saying she slipped and fell off. Jyoti, who was in her bedroom, went to the balcony to get a towel that was hanging there. And while taking it, she slipped and fell down. Her mother and sister were in the next room," said Ganpatrao Pingale, senior inspector of Chitalsar-Manpada police. Police said that by the time the family realised what had happened, she had fallen down and died. The body was taken to Thane civil hospital for postmortem.
|2017-08-01||Thane: Doctors remove dead twin from inside newborn baby - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE: DOCTORS REMOVE DEAD TWIN FROM INSIDE NEWBORN BABY Updated: Aug 1, 2017, 03.23 PM IST A baby boy was born with his dead twin inside him in Mumbai's adjoining Thane district. Half-formed, measuring a mere 7 centimetres, weighing only 150 grams and having a brain and limbs, the foetus had formed in the baby's abdomen. The case, which was reported from Bilal hospital in Mumbra, is a rare one called "foetus in foetu" pregnancy. Dr Neena Nichlani, who delivered the twins, claims that fewer than 200 such cases so far have been reported globally. The abnormality was picked up during a scan of the 19-year-old mother before she gave birth. The attached male foetus to the full-grown baby could not be detected ante-natally as it appeared like a cyst. "Following the delivery, however, the baby was shifted to the neo-natal ICU, as it was continuously vomiting and not responding to medicine," Dr Nichlani said. The gynaecologist explained how both the mother and baby were extremely lucky in this case. "In such cases, one baby envelopes the other. Sometimes, it is a small mass, like in this case, and sometimes, depending on the size of the foetuses, none survive," Nichlani explained. The case is that of a monozygotic twin pregnancy, where the twins were sharing the same placenta, with the one foetus drawing nutrition from the other. Five days after the baby was born on July 20, a surgery was conducted to remove the foetal mass from the full-grown baby, who weighed 3 kgs at birth. "Both the mother and baby are doing fine now. The mother will begin feeding him soon," Dr Nichlani said.The gynaecologist explained how both the mother and baby were extremely lucky in this case. "In such cases, one baby envelopes the other. Sometimes, it is a small mass, like in this case, and sometimes, depending on the size of the foetuses, none survive," Nichlani explained. The case is that of a monozygotic twin pregnancy, where the twins were sharing the same placenta, with the one foetus drawing nutrition from the other. Five days after the baby was born on July 20, a surgery was conducted to remove the foetal mass from the full-grown baby, who weighed 3 kgs at birth. "Both the mother and baby are doing fine now. The mother will begin feeding him soon," Dr Nichlani said.
|2017-08-01||Infra boost for Thane: Centre to partially fund waterways project - Times of India|
Infrastructure boost for Thane: Centre to partially fund waterways project Updated: Aug 2, 2017, 12:20 AM IST THANE: Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal's ambitious water metro project which aims to restore the ancient water route linking Thane-Bassein (now Vasai)-Ghodbunder-Kalyan and Navi Mumbai, got a booster shot after the Centre on Monday assured to partially fund the initiative. Jaiswal, accompanied by Shiv Sena MPs Dr Shrikant Shinde, Rajan Vichare, made a detailed presentation before Union minister for surface transport and waterways Nitin Gadkari which would transform public transportation and improve connectivity between these cities. "The TMC will submit a preliminary project report detailing the route map, distance between these cities and how it would drastically reduce the travel time. In fact, the water transport would cut the pressure on the roads and trains and help mitigate pollution. Thane would be the vital junction linking all these town and the Centre has asked us to submit our final report which would include Navi Mumbai and Mumbai routes too," the IAS officer told TOI. The project is likely to be executed in three phases . An amphibian bus which is lying idle with the JNPT is also likely to be handed over to the TMC to be operated on this route following completion of formalities, Jaiswal added."The waterways will largely help residents of Kalyan, Dombivli and Bhiwandi as they will get a faster connect with Mumbai and Thane that will not only be economical but also faster and less polluting. We have been working to make this project a reality since the last few years," said Dr Shinde told TOI from New Delhi. He said the Union minister agreed to partly finance the project so as to build a template for other coastal cities to adopt this mode of transport. The approval is crucial as it paves way for further planning in this sector and also for seeking relevant approvals from the concerned environment and maritime board.The alternative water route is the need of the hour as a survey conducted by the authorities revealed that the Kalyan- Bhayander will be reduced to one hour, from the two hours today. "The TMC had prepared a rough estimate of Rs 453 cr for the project, and the Centre has committed to bear 50%costs. A final detailed project report is likely to be made soon following a nod from the minister," said Dr Shinde.
|2017-08-01||Thane, Pune challenge holders Mumbai Suburban - Times of India - Times of India|
Thane, Pune challenge holders Mumbai Suburban Aug 1, 2017, 08:58 AM IST MUMBAI: It looks like a three-way battle for supremacy in Maharashtra. Defending champions Mumbai Suburban might get a tough challenge from Pune and Thane as they aim to retain the title in the Senior State Inter-District Badminton Championship which gets underway at the Khar Gymkhana courts here on Tuesday.The six-day annual tournament will be organized by the Maharashtra Badminton Association. For the first two days mixed team championship will be held which will be followed by the individual events. On the basis of young guns like Kaushal Dharmamer and Chirag Shetty, Mumbai Suburban had surprised holders Pune 3-1 in the final at Aurangabad last year.They are in the top half of the 32-team draw, which is relatively easy . They will only have to overcome Greater Mumbai in the semis to make the third final in succession. The bottom half is very tough with last year's runners-up Pune, former champions Thane and underdogs Nagpur fighting for a berth in the final. Mumbai Suburban coach Mayur Tawde is confident of retaining the title despite being the depleted team this time around.
|2017-08-01||Two drown: 2 youths on picnic drown in Thane river | Thane News ... - Times of India|
2 youths on picnic drown in Thane river Updated: Aug 1, 2017, 06:23 AM IST KALYAN: The bodies of two men who were feared drowned in a river in Dolkhambh village of Thane district on Sunday were fished out on Monday. The deceased - Mumbai residents Akbar Ansari (21) and Javed Ansari (22) - had came for picnic at their relative' safarmhouse with their family. Around, at 1 pm, five of them entered the deep side of the river and started drowning. One of their relatives, Majeed Ansari, who knows swimming, rescued three of them, said investigation oficer A V Kamble from Kinhvali police station.
|2017-08-01||Uddhav Thackeray does ground breaking ceremony of Grand ... - Business Standard|
Uddhav Thackeray does ground breaking ceremony of Grand Central Park in Thane August 1, 2017 Last Updated at 16:48 IST Tiny URL Add to My Page Print Email Shiv Sena Chairperson Uddhav Thackeray, conducted the ground breaking ceremony of Grand Central Park, Thane, a world-class urban park being developed by Kalpataru Group for Thane Municipal Corporation. Spread over 20.5 acres on Kolshet Road, Grand Central Park, Thane is designed along the lines of successful urban parks in global cities such as New York, Chicago, Singapore and London as well as some of the best parks in India. The development of Grand Central Park, Thane is in line with the Thane Municipal Corporation's vision of urban renewal through the creation of world class urban infrastructure to make Thane a global city. Grand Central Park, Thane builds to a design that is truly international, while retaining an ethos and flavor that is uniquely local, to appeal to all citizens alike. Notable among the park's design features are a three-acre lake with landscaped promenade and fountains, thematic gardens, a uniquely designed Flora Trellis, viewing decks, and a uniquely designed pedestrian bridge with a viewing point that offers panoramic views of the park. The park will house thousands of trees, and plant varieties, which will not only make it a biodiversity hotspot but also a green sanctuary in the middle of the bustling metropolis. The park also features an amphitheatre by the lakefront, which will provide a space for Thane's citizens to host various cultural events. The park's thoughtfully designed play zone is sure to keep children engaged and entertained. It will comprise embankment slides, splash pad, zip-line, adventure play equipment, music percussion play area, maze garden, climbing walls, a lookout point and a tree house with slides designed around a large Banyan tree. The park's world class skating zone, tennis and basketball courts, and multi-sport AstroTurf courts will provide sports enthusiast's ample sporting opportunities. For the health and fitness conscious, fitness trails across the park will provide an ideal space for exercising, jogging, yoga and meditation. The park also features several lawns, which are ideal spaces for family bonding. Visitors to the park can wish their parking woes away at the park's multilevel vehicle parking facility. When complete, the Grand Central Park, Thane will become Thane's new recreation and leisure destination. Kalpataru has brought together world class architects, planners and consultants for the project. Aedas, Singapore, which has done the master plan for iconic projects such as Guangzhou International Financial Centre and the World Trade Centre, Jakarta, is the master planner for the project. Thailand's renowned landscape and urban design consultants Landscape Architects 49, which has done prestigious projects such as the Suan Ming Mongkol Park and Rama 9 Park at Bangkok, is the landscape architect. Penda Design, Beijing & Vienna, which has carved a niche in developing iconic structures such as the aesthetic San Shan Bridge, Beijing, in preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympics, and the Contemporary Art Museum, Buenos Aires is the architect for key architectural structures. Arup, Hong Kong, credited with such iconic developments as Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong, one of the tallest buildings in the world, and, Tata Consultancy Engineers, India's leading integrated engineering consulting service provider, are the infrastructure and services consultants. Kalpataru has a strong bond with Thane that stretches several decades. Its landmark projects, Siddhachal and Tarangan host vibrant communities adding to the colour and character of Thane. Its ongoing developments Immensa and Sunrise, situated within Kalpataru's master planned township development on Kolshet Road will be home to thousands of families when complete. KORUM mall, promoted by Kalpataru Group, has emerged as a thriving shopping hub and community centre of choice for citizens from Thane and beyond.
|2017-08-01||Doctors remove dead twin from inside newborn baby - Times of India|
Doctors remove dead twin from inside newborn baby Aug 1, 2017, 04:13 PM IST A baby boy was born with his dead twin inside him in Mumbai's adjoining Thane district. Half-formed, measuring a mere 7 centimetres, weighing only 150 grams and having a brain and limbs, the foetus had formed in the baby's abdomen. The case, which was reported from Bilal hospital in Mumbra, is a rare one called "foetus in foetu" pregnancy. Dr Neena Nichlani, who delivered the twins, claims that fewer than 200 such cases so far have been reported globally. The abnormality was picked up during a scan of the 19-year-old mother before she gave birth. The attached male foetus to the full-grown baby could not be detected ante-natally as it appeared like a cyst. "Following the delivery, however, the baby was shifted to the neo-natal ICU, as it was continuously vomiting and not responding to medicine," Dr Nichlani said.The gynaecologist explained how both the mother and baby were extremely lucky in this case. "In such cases, one baby envelopes the other. Sometimes, it is a small mass, like in this case, and sometimes, depending on the size of the foetuses, none survive," Nichlani explained.The case is that of a monozygotic twin pregnancy, where the twins were sharing the same placenta, with the one foetus drawing nutrition from the other.Five days after the baby was born on July 20, a surgery was conducted to remove the foetal mass from the full-grown baby, who weighed 3 kgs at birth. "Both the mother and baby are doing fine now. The mother will begin feeding him soon," Dr Nichlani said.
|2017-08-01||BJP, NCP vehemently oppose Shiv Sena's desalination plan at Thane creek - Mumbai Mirror|
BJP, NCP VEHEMENTLY OPPOSE SHIV SENA’S DESALINATION PLAN AT THANE CREEK Updated: Aug 1, 2017, 08.31 PM IST In a first it's kind of project, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) which is ruled by Shiv Sena, has signed a Public-Private-Partnership project for desalination of 20 Million Liters per Day (MLD) water with Fontus Water PVT LTD, New Delhi and Desalia SL, Cartagena, Spain based companies. The opposition alleges that the PPP provisions will cost TMC Rs 300 crore per year. Activists and opposition party leaders demanded that instead of desalination TMC should repair the water leakages in the distribution system which are 20-25% and concentrate on rain water harvesting at a larger scale.According to the statistics provided by TMC, the corporation is providing 480 MLD water for its 23.50 lakh population. The maximum rate paid by the TMC to buy the water for its daily supply is Rs 10.50 for 1,000 litters. However, with the desalination project, TMC will pay Rs 93 for 1,000 litters. The PPP provision states that, TMC will buy 80% of the water from the project.