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|2018-08-31||Thane: 19-year-old mobile thief, whose actions led to death of railway passenger, jailed - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: 19-year-old mobile thief, whose actions led to death of railway passenger, jailed Updated: Aug 31, 2018, 07:35 AM IST A 19-year-old mobile thief responsible for the death of a railway passenger, who died 10 days back, is finally behind the bars. He was arrested by Thane GRP on Wednesday, for snatching the mobile phone of a train passenger from a moving train. The latter jumped from the train to get the phone back but died due to fatal injuries. What happened? On August 19 around 12.52am Chetan Amriti Ahirao, 35 from Nashik boarded Kalyan train from Kalwa station' in Thane. He was standing on the door of the general compartment of the train on platform number one. As the train started moving towards Kalyan, Ajay Solanki, 19 who was seen loitering on the platform snatched Ahirao's phone. To get back his mobile phone, the passenger also jumped back but till then the coach was away from the platform. Ahirao fell down at the end of the platform and sustained injuries. "We immediately rushed him to Thane civil hospital where he was declared dead," says an official from Thane GRP (general railway police). With the help of the CCTV footage which recorded the entire incident the RPF was able to nab Solanki who is a resident of Shantinagar slums in Kalwa. He was arrested under sections 304, 394 of the indian penal code and various sections of Indian Railway act. He was produced in Kalyan railway court which remanded him to police custody till September 3. "He was arrested earlier in 2017 in mobile snatching case at Kalyan station," says he. PAST FATKA GANG INCIDENTS IN CITY FEBRUARY 7, 2018 A 23-year-old Dravita Singh, a resident of Kalyan was injured after she fell off a moving local train when a thief hit her on the hand to steal her mobile phone while she was standing on the train’s footboard. Her right foot and left-hand fingers were crushed DECEMBER 13, 2017 A 26-year-old yoga teacher was robbed by the fatka gang while she was on her way home to Borivali from Kandivli. The fatka gang lurks about on the poles abutting the railway tracks and hits people’s hands with sticks, getting them to drop their possessions. The woman, Yogita Ladi, was hit between Kandivli and Borivli stations and when she dropped her mobile phone, the man ran away with it DECEMBER 4, 2017 Nikhilesh Ravinarayan Nishad, a resident of Santacruz, was standing on the footboard of a Churchgate-bound train, when a thief, who hiding behind an electric pole between Khar and Bandra stations, hit Nishad’s hand. Nishad, who was holding his mobile phone in his hand, dropped it due to the sudden jolt. Thief’s standing on the tracks in position, then picked up the mobile phone and fled into the mangroves.
|2018-08-31||Crackdown on plastic vendors to be intensified - Times of India|
Crackdown on plastic vendors to be intensified Aug 31, 2018, 22:56 IST THANE : The civic administration is all set to intensify its drive against those selling and using disposable plastic bags and materials, especially for ganesh celebrations. The civic officials will be making rounds of the market place at the beginning of the Ganesh festival to keep a check. Following the ban on use of plastic disposables, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) deployed civic inspectors to check and inspect shops and has seized around 2,500 kgs of plastic from the shops. Sadly, the drive had faded and many shopkeepers were seen going back to the banned material. Now, in an attempt to encourage eco-friendly Ganesh celebration the TMC is all set to plunge back into action by conducting ward-wise regular raids on shops selling thermocol, plastic flowers, leaves and other plastic items that are used for decorative purposes during festivals. A civic official said, “Our motive is to make Thane a plastic free zone. We do conduct random checks and give warnings to the shopkeepers. If we see shops selling decorative products made from plastic we will impose a fine of Rs 5,000- 25,000 for every offence. Each ward officer has been given this responsibility.” However, environmental activists believe that merely levying fines is not the solution but there has to be constant awareness regarding the issue. Sreelatha Menon, a city-based environmentalist said, “For any change that is needed to be done in the society there has to be constant awareness, planned activities for public participation and along with that there should be action. How much can the administration do? It is after all the citizen’s responsibility as well. Most of the citizens are not environmentally literate. That should be the primary focus.” “I have seen people change after the ban. There is still a long way to go but there are many who have made the conscious decision to stop using plastic. Even the Ganpati mandals have decided to go eco-friendly,” said a citizen activist.
|2018-08-31||Thane Railway Station to start a digital museum - Mumbai Live|
Thane Railway Station to start a digital museum On the completion of 165 years, Thane railway station will get a 'Digital Museum' which will display the old pictures of the station and will also depict historical information regarding the same. However, the Thane Passengers Association had demanded to place the oldest railway engine at Thane railway station but the Railways denied the proposal. Nandkumar Deshmukh, president of Thane Railway Pravasi Sangh said that the first Indian train ran between Thane and Boribunder, in Mumbai, on April 16, 1853. He added that as the station now completed 165 years, the passenger associations had proposed to install the replica of the old steam engine at Thane Station, but, the Railways did'nt accept the proposal.
|2018-08-31||2 duped of over a lakh in separate incidents - Times of India|
2 duped of over a lakh in separate incidents Aug 31, 2018, 22:55 IST THANE : In two separate incidents of duping, unidentified conmen cheated two persons and made away with valuables worth over a lakh. In the first incident a duo approached a 21-year-old youth who was at a snacks corner at Talaopali and offered him a bundle saying it contained Rs 5,000 cash in exchange of his gold chain, said the police. When the youth tried to check the bundle he was convinced into keeping it in the bag lest he be robbed by somebody. The victim gave away his chain and realised his folly only later. In the second incident, a 70-year-old woman was snatched of her gold chain worth Rs 56,000 by a sweet-talking couple, who first struck a conversation with her near a temple at Naupada. A manhunt has been launched to arrest the unidentified accused and both the cases have been registered at Naupada police station.
|2018-08-31||Zero-resistance by public stirs debate among city activists - Times of India|
Zero-resistance by public stirs debate among city activists Aug 31, 2018, 23:05 IST Thane: The zero-resistance by public during a case of assault or robbery has stirred a debate among activists. The recent fatka incident in which a train commuter lost his life shows how insentive the general public have become towards such cases. The family of Chetan Aherrao, who was killed in the fatka incident at Kalwa staiton, said that if the co-passengers had to alert the cops or raise an alarm immediately then the accused would have been caught immediately. CCTV footage showed the presence of several passengers on the platform as well as on the train when the incident took place. But not a single passenger bothered to either alert the cops or the railways about the incident. “If someone had to alert the police about the crime then the accused would have been caught instantly. As no one came forward, the accused was arrested 10 days later,” said a relative of Aherrao. The 18 year-old student who was mugged on a local train last week in broad daylight, too, said that there were a few passengers in the first class coach when the accused climbed into the train and assaulted her. Meanwhile, activists’ have blamed the system for lack of adequate communication between commuters and police. “The main confusion among passengers is whom to approach during times of crisis. The need of the hour is to have a unified policing authority that can ensure safe and crime-free premises for passengers,” said passenger activist Subhash Gupta. The Mumbai railway police said they are working towards establishing a healthy rapport with commuters and passenger associations.
|2018-08-31||Thane dist on top in PMAY - United News of India|
Thane dist on top in PMAY Thane, Aug 31 (UNI) Thane district has won the first place in the state in Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).
|2018-08-31||Thane takes first steps to remove bottlenecks - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane takes first steps to remove bottlenecks Updated: Sep 1, 2018, 11:14 Taking cognisance of ‘No Roads, No Votes’ drive, cops experiment with peak-hour Kopri bridge; allow heavy vehicles only between 12 pm and 4 pm. The Thane Traffic Police has taken the ‘No Roads, No Votes’ citizens’ movement seriously and has started taking noticeable steps to ease congestion and bottlenecks in the district. So successful have been some of these steps that there was no traffic congestion on Kopri bridge on Thursday night at 8 pm. Just last week, Mirror had done a series of reports highlighting the plight of Thane roads and a novel way of protest by Thane’s Road Commuters’ Forum. As part of this protest, on August 25, 100 Thanekars drove 17 km from Ghodbunder Road to Airoli bridge with head and taillights blinking. Thane traffic cops insist they have some more plans to further improve the situation. Meanwhile, a delegation of the Thane Road Commuters Forum met DCP (traffic) Amit Kale on Friday to discuss some of these measures. During the hour-long meeting, issues like relieving critical bottlenecks and barring entry of heavy vehicles during peak hours were discussed. “On Thursday, we diverted traffic on Kopri bridge to a service road by putting up barriers at the entry points,” said DCP Kale. “I have also been in touch with cops in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai, telling them that we will take strict action against heavy vehicles entering Thane outside the permissible window of 12 pm to 4 pm,” he told Mirror.
|2018-08-31||Private car driver arrested for assaulting traffic police constable in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Private car driver arrested for assaulting traffic police constable in Thane He also shot a video of the police trying to calm him down after taking action against him Updated: Sep 01, 2018 01:15 IST A 28-year-old private taxi driver was arrested on Thursday for assaulting a traffic police and blocking highway vehicles. He also shot a video of the police trying to calm him down after taking action against him. Rakesh Pal, a resident of Mumbai, was stopped by the police near Brahmand signal on Ghodbunder Road for not wearing a seat belt. He was ferrying a passenger when the incident happened. The police said Pal was driving without a seat belt and had also jumped the signal. The on-duty traffic constable, Mahadev Hajare, who is in his 30s, signaled Pal to stop. “When Pal kept driving, Hajare came in front of the car and asked Pal to get down and show his driving licence. Pal got angry and said he had to drop the passenger. Hajare asked to pay fine but Pal got angry. The passenger too complained against Pal for being rude,” said a police officer from Thane commissionerate. Officer added, “Pal got more angry and started hitting Hajare. Soon other police constables reached the spot. He then blocked the main highway and started waving at any vehicle to stop and tell about the cops.” “Pal also took out his mobile phone and shot the video of police constable who was making receipt of fine,” the officer said. Pal was arrested by Kapurbawdi police station.
|2018-08-30||Missing Thane Woman, 29, Found Dead At Friend's Home. He Is Missing Too - NDTV|
Missing Thane Woman, 29, Found Dead At Friend's Home. He Is Missing Too Harshada Somawanshi was into catering business. She had been missing since Tuesday Updated: August 30, 2018 12:23 IST Thane (Maharashtra): A 29-year-old woman, who was missing since Tuesday, has been found dead in a housing complex in Maharashtra's Thane district, the police said today. The woman's body has been found at the house of her male friend, who is also missing. Harshada Somawanshi was into catering business. She had been missing since Tuesday and her family filed a complaint in this regard, an official at the Manpada police station in Dombivali said. During a search, the body was found late last night at the home of Ms Somawanshi's male friend in the same complex where she lived the official said. The woman's friend has been missing since last night and a search is on for him, he said. No injury marks were found on the body which was sent for postmortem to a government hospital, the official said, adding that a case was registered under relevant sections.
|2018-08-30||Thane: Man suffers heart attack at wheel, traffic cop comes to rescue - Times of India|
Thane: Man suffers heart attack at wheel, traffic cop comes to rescue According to police, when the constable - Pandharinath Munde (35) - saw that the man has suffered a heart attack at the wheel, he immediately put him in the back seat and himself drove his vehicle to a nearby hospital. Updated: Aug 30, 2018, 18:45 IST Nikhil Tambole (23) was driving his car towards Thane city when he suffered a massive heart attack When constable Pandharinath Munde, who was on duty in the vicinity, came to know about it, he wasted no time and rushed Tambole to a hospital. Nikhil Tambole (23) who saved a massive heart attack. THANE: An on-duty traffic constable helped save the life of a man, who suffered a heart attack while driving his car near Kharigaon toll booth in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Thursday. According to police, when the constable - Pandharinath Munde (35) - saw that the man has suffered a heart attack at the wheel, he immediately put him in the back seat and himself drove his vehicle to a nearby hospital. The incident took place around noon on Wednesday. "Nikhil Tambole (23) was driving from Padgha in the district towards Thane city in his car along with his elderly father. Around 12.30 pm when their car reached near Kharigaon toll booth, Tambole suffered a massive heart attack," Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. When Munde, a constable from Kalwa traffic division who was on duty in the vicinity, came to know about it, he wasted no time and got Tambole shifted in the back seat of the car, she said. "Thereafter, he himself drove the car and rushed Tambole to Jupiter Hospital in Thane, where he was admitted," Narkar said. According to police, Tambole's condition is stable and he is undergoing treatment at the hospital. DCP Traffic Amit Kale praised the constable for his quick action.
|2018-08-30||Only 3% seats filled in first come, first serve round in Thane - Times of India|
Only 3% seats filled in first come, first serve round in Thane Aug 30, 2018, 23:04 IST THANE: Only three percent of the first-year-junior college (FYJC) seats in the coveted six city colleges were filled in the initial phase of the first-come-first-serve (FCFS) round of the FYJC admission process that ended on Tuesday. As many as 324 seats were available across all the streams in colleges like KG Joshi-Bedekar, BN Bandodkar, ShubhamRaje, MH High school to name a few for FCFS round that began from Saturday. But the data compiled on the official website revealed that collectively 317 seats are still up for grabs in these particular Thane colleges. The experts attributed this huge chunk of seats remaining vacant to the trend of youngsters still hoping for seats in Mumbai colleges. Dinesh Joshi, a committee member of the centralized admission process said, “The first phase of the round only allowed those who scored 80 percent and above to apply but now the seats have opened up for the next category of students i.e. those falling in the 60-80 percent bracket. The students who have scored well don’t want to take admission in Thane colleges so many seats are vacant. But we are hoping that the rest of the applicants will fill the seats quickly as it is unlikely for them to get admission in top Mumbai colleges.” The top minority colleges in the city have more number of seats currently vacant due to the recent High Court decision allowing these institutes to release the seats to the open category students, claimed academicians. “The minority city colleges had to let go of huge number of seats after the High Court order. These colleges are now facing trouble filling these seats as most of the reservation quota students have not waited for further rounds and had decided to take admission in non-minority institutes,” said an academician from a junior college.
|2018-08-30||Kashimira dacoity case solved, cops arrest five - Times of India|
Kashimira dacoity case solved, cops arrest five Aug 30, 2018, 23:06 IST THANE: The Thane rural police have solved the armed dacoity case that had taken place in Kashimira on August 5 with the arrest of five persons, including a scrap dealer from Pune, recently. The police said that the team recovered almost all the booty from the accused. Supritendent of police Shivaji Rathod said that on August 5 at 10.30pm, the accused entered the house of real estate agent Govind Singh by claiming that they were Income tax and police officers. Once they gained access to the house, they took out their revolver and tied up Singh and his wife with a nylon rope and decamped with cash amounting to Rs 3 lakh and 10 tolas gold, Rathod said. The Kashimira police then registered a case under various sections of the IPC and arms act. From the CCTV footage, the cops zeroed in on the first accused, Fiaz Kazi, who was also the mastermind in the case. Upon grilling, he revealed the names of the other accused who have been identified as Manv Singh, Soheb Munshi, Salim Ansari and Imran Munna. The police recovered cash and jewellery, along with five mobiles and a revolver from the accused. The weapon used in the offence was not a revolver but it was a copy of it, the police official said.
|2018-08-30||Women-related crimes reviewed, 2 new FIRs filed - Times of India|
Women-related crimes reviewed, 2 new FIRs filed Aug 30, 2018, 23:05 IST THANE: The recent incident of 20-year-old being stabbed to death has sent shivers down the spine. Everyone, especially women in the city are sceptical about their safety. To take strict action against those harassing woman the new police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar has decided to review the existing complaints filed by women. Thanks to the review, action has been taken in 36 cases and FIR has been filed in two cases against those guilty of molestation, threats, harassment etc in the last one week. Officials from 35 police stations in the Thane police commissionerate carried out fresh investigation into all non-cognisable complaints registered by women and following a interview and assessment of the threats in the present day. Phansalkar has ordered zero-tolerance towards offences against women. Prachi Zade, who was killed in broad daylight had also filed a complaint against her killer, but the cops failed to save her. Her father blames the Kapurbawdi police for the loss of his daughter as they dismissed her complaint against the boy who had once physically beaten her. When she approached the police to register an FIR, she was turned away and a non-cognisable complaint was registered against her attacker. The subsequent outrage by the civil society triggered prompt action by the police chief who directed to carry out a fresh audit of all non-cognisable complaints of molestation. “A dedicated team of police official were at work in all police stations. In the last two weeks a total of 1,108 woman victims were contacted and asked if the problem persists. Over 636 women turned up at the police station. Preventive action was taken against 36 accused. In all these cases it was felt that the situation could turn ugly and the man would harm the women. They shall be on radar of the local police,’’ a senior police officer told TOI. “Two cases in Kasarwadavli and Bhiwandi where the threat perception was higher the NC was converted into an FIR. Moreover, six new NCs were also registered,’’ the police official added. DCP (zone -1) DS Swam said they have put up letter boxes outside schools for the girls to complaint against any person.
|2018-08-30||Thane: Man suffers heart attack, traffic cop saves his life by driving him to hospital - Mid-Day|
Thane: Man Suffers Heart Attack, Traffic Cop Saves His Life By Driving Him To Hospital mid-day online desk Traffic cop in Thane shows bravery by driving a 23-year-old man to a hospital located nearby after latter suffers from a heart-attack behind the wheel A traffic constable who was on-duty helped save the life of a young man, who suffered a heart attack while driving his vehicle near Kharigaon toll booth in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said today. According to police, when the constable- Pandharinath Munde (35)- saw that the man was suffering from a heart attack behind the wheel, he immediately put him in the back seat and himself drove his vehicle to a nearby hospital. The incident took place around noon yesterday. "Nikhil Tambole (23) was driving from Padgha in the district towards Thane city in his car along with his elderly father. Around 12.30 pm when their car reached near Kharigaon toll booth, Tambole suffered a massive heart attack," Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. When Munde, a constable from Kalwa traffic division who was on duty in the vicinity, came to know about it, he wasted no time and got Tambole shifted in the back seat of the car, she said. "Thereafter, he himself drove the car and rushed Tambole to Jupiter Hospital in Thane, where he was admitted," Narkar said. According to police, Tambole's condition is stable and he is undergoing treatment at the hospital. DCP Traffic Amit Kale praised the constable for his quick action.
|2018-08-30||30 arrested on gambling charges from hotel room - Times of India|
30 arrested on gambling charges from hotel room Updated: Aug 30, 2018, 22:58 IST Thane: Thirty persons were arrested by the Thane crime branch for allegedly indulging in gambling in a hotel room late on Tuesday night. N T Kadam, assistant commissioner of police, said, acting on a tip off the team arrested the men who were playing the game using plastic coins. The police said that cash amounting to Rs 2.78 lakh was also seized. One Mangesh Bhosale was running the gambling den and he is said to be absconding. A manhunt has been launched to nab him. According to the police almost all of those on the game were from Gujarat. An offence has been registered by the Rabodi police station.
|2018-08-30||Monsoon loses steam; temp, humidity rises - Times of India|
Monsoon loses steam; temp, humidity rises Updated: Aug 31, 2018, 04:12 IST THANE: After witnessing a good spell of rainfal earlier this month, the skies across the lake city seem to have cleared up and the intensity of the rains have diminished over the past week; thus bringing about a wave of humidity and sunshine. While the city has received around 20 to 40mm of rainfall in the first half of the month, the quantum of rainfall dropped to a daily average of around 10mm per day over the past week. The maximum rainfall recorded this week was on Monday wherein the city received around 31mm of rainfall and it dropped to as low as 1.26mm on Wednesday. “It seems like the monsoon has come to an end as the skies have cleared up and the temperatures have begun rising again. While we have been receiving good rainfall over the past few weeks, it has been slowing down since the past few days. On Wednesday, it did not rain in our area at all and the climate began getting hot and humid,” said Nikhil Wadkar (25), a Pachpakhadi resident. While residents have begun preparing themselves for the end of the monsoon, meteorologists assert that the season still has a long way to go and the rains will pick up pace once again in the first week of September. Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at Skymetweather, said, “The regions of Thane, Palghar and Mumbai are currently witnessing a drop in rainfall because of dry north-west winds blowing over the region. As these winds will continue for a couple of days, the skies are expected to clear with very scattered rain.” “However, between September 1 and 4, the wind direction will change to the south-west. This will not only bring moderate rainfall to these regions, but also make the weather windy and pleasant,” Palawat added.
|2018-08-30||Attacked by mobile thief, commuter falls to death - Times of India|
Attacked by mobile thief, commuter falls to death Updated: Aug 31, 2018, 05:17 IST Chetan Aherrao was on the footboard talking to his family when he was hit as the train left Kalwa station THANE: In yet another instance of a commuter dying in the Mumbai region after coming under attack from a fatka robber, a 35-year-old Nashik resident fell to his death from a running local train after being targeted at Kalwa station. The incident occurred in the early hours of August 19. The wife and parents of the victim, Chetan Aherrao, and railway authorities had initially thought it was a simple case of him falling off a train, but his missing cellphone raised suspicions. The railway police eventually found that he was the victim of a crime after examining CCTV footage from the platform (No. 1) — a bone chilling sequence from the time Aherrao was struck by the robber till he died (refer to graphic on page 2). The face of the robber too can be seen on the footage. The case was registered on Tuesday and the accused, Ajay Solanki, was picked up from the slums abutting the Kalwa railway station a day later. Platforms new hunting grounds for robbers Crime on railways in the Thane-Kalyan-Karjat stretch has risen sharply in three years (see graphic), the bulk of cases pertaining to cellphone robbery and theft. Commuters are now vulnerable even on platforms. Activists say better surveillance is the need of the hour. Activist Sameer Zaveri said a network of cameras should be installed on all platforms and along all isolated stretches and footage should be monitored real-time. As the Chetan Aherrao case shows, the attack on him would have been detected sooner had CCTV footage from Kalwa’s platform No. 1 been monitored in this fashion. “It is shocking that robbers have been emboldened to target passengers right on platforms. This means there needs to be an overhaul in the railways’ security mechanism. Police presence is a must at stations during all operational hours,” said activist Subhash Gupta.
|2018-08-30||Maha: Pregnant woman found dead in Thane, accused at large - Business Standard|
Maha: Pregnant woman found dead in Thane, accused at large Last Updated at August 30, 2018 21:50 IST A 29-year-old pregnant woman was found dead at an apartment in a housing complex here in Dombivali in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said today. Harshada Somawanshi, who ran a catering business along with her husband Dileep, had been missing since Tuesday after she went out to deliver an order, an official at the Manpada police station in Dombivali said. During a search, the body was found late last night at a flat in the same complex, police said. The victim's husband, in his complaint, has said that Niteen Patrave, the owner of the flat in which Harshada's body was found, had given his brother a business loan of Rs 1 lakh. "Dileep's brother had returned just part of the loan and had disappeared. This was a cause of friction between Patrave and the Somawanshi family," the official said quoting the complaint. A note, purportedly written by Patrave, has been found near the victim's body in which he has claimed responsibility for the killing, the official said. CCTV footage of August 28, the day she went missing, shows the accused walking behind the victim in the building, he said. "A case of murder has been registered and efforts are on to nab the accused," senior inspector Gajanan Kabdule of Manpada police station said.
|2018-08-29||'Will deploy official to solve traffic issues at station area' - Times of India|
Will deploy official to solve traffic issues at station area' Aug 29, 2018, 05:35 IST THANE: The traffic cops were greeted to a volley of angry reactions and complaints about the failure of its administration, rude autorickshaw drivers and bad roads across the city during a street meeting with citizens on Tuesday. Deputy commissioner of police (DCP), traffic, Amit Kale and his team held a one-on-one discussion with hassled commuters waiting in the long serpentine queues for share autos and walked near the Thane station area on Tuesday. The citizens complained that in spite of spending anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour waiting for their turn to get an autorickshaw, many times the drivers refuse to go their destination and at times even demand a huge amount to ply them. They also brought to the notice of the traffic officials that they have to trek up to Ram Maruti Road or Masunda lake to get a rickshaw during nights as very few autorickshaws are parked at the stands. It was the first citizen interface by DCP Kale whose department has come under immese criticism from citizens, who have to spend hours on the congested streets to squeeze through the long line of vehicles caught in logjam. The locals shopkeepers, too, expressed their utter disappointment with the traffic management and pointed out how the rickshaws cause congestion and that nothing was being done by the traffic authorities. They also stated that a few motorists use the footpath to commute as there are barricades near McDonalds, which could lead to serious accidents. After hearing the complaints and suggestions from the citizens and shopkeepers, Kale agreed to deploy more people on the station premises. Also, the authorities will be putting up emergency contact numbers wherein they could reach out if any rickshaw driver denies them a ride. He even mentioned that the traffic assistant commissioner of police of the area will take a tour of the place for two hours to make sure everything is running smoothly. Kale said, “Station is the heart of the city and it had become important to solve the continuous problem of congestion. After talking to commuters it has been decided that we will be putting up a traffic booth and deploy an official near the rickshaw queue so that they could immediately reach out to the officer there and make sure that action is taken against the driver.”
|2018-08-29||Schedule of public transport buses disrupted due to jams - Times of India|
Schedule of public transport buses disrupted due to jams Aug 29, 2018, 05:35 IST THANE: The traffic chaos that the city has been witnessing since the last few weeks has disrupted the schedules of the public transport buses and has led to a drop in their earnings by nearly 20% daily. The public transport agencies, including Thane municipal transport (TMT), Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and even Navi Mumbai, Vasai Virar corporation buses that operate inter-city services here have complained of being badly affected because of the traffic problems. The transport managers have complained of having to cut down trips on several routes, especially the ones going to Borivli, Mira Road, Ghodbunder, Mumbra-Kalwa from Thane as commuters have been stuck in traffic for hours together. Commuters said that the waiting time, especially for TMT buses, has increased. Many a times the wait is so long that they get late to reach their work place. While some wait for the buses, others seem to have switched over to other modes of transport. “The frequency of buses was initially 15 minutes but that has increased to nearly 30 minutes; thanks to the traffic jams. We either have to hire autos or taxis to reach the station as taking a four-wheeler will just add up to travel time. This has left a huge hole in our pockets,” said a commuter from Bramhand. Meanwhile, the managers at the cash-strapped TMT undertaking said that they have been losing out on both trips and revenue on a daily basis due to the traffic congestion. Ideally, TMT buses collectively run for 81,993km daily, but since the last few days, they have been able to cover only 12,584km, which is less than the usual even as the fuel consumption remains the same, said officials. “Our buses are wasting a lot of time while waiting in traffic jams at Ghodbunder Road and even in the old city areas, including Castle Mill naka and the station road. The number of daily trips cancelled on an average is anywhere between 15% to 25%, which also impacts our daily earnings,” said a senior official at the TMT. The MSRTC that operates services to Bhiwandi and Borivli are also affected due to the snarls on the city roads. Officials claim that passengers are now looking for other travel options but they are making a hole in their pockets. A transport manager at Thane station depot of the MSRTC said that the delays were nearly an hour or more has become the norm since the last several days. “At times, we don’t follow schedules and prefer operating buses as soon as they arrive at the depot. We are losing out on business, especially on shuttle routes like Borivali and even Pune-Nashik sector,” the official added. The traffic snarls is also likely to add up to the fuel bills of the undertaking with buses spending more time on roads while waiting in traffic. The AC buses are the worst losers as these buses simply guzzle diesel but do not earn enough to recover the costs. “The buses are tanked up to their normal capacity of fuel at the start of the day but end up making less trips as expected. Even though they consume the same amount of diesel, the distance covered by these buses is less, which is going to decrease our fortunes by the end of the year,” said another official from the TMT. The frequency of buses was initially 15 minutes but that has increased to nearly 30 minutes; thanks to the traffic jams. We either have to hire autos or taxis to reach the station as taking a four-wheeler will just add up to travel time. This has left a huge hole in our pockets.
|2018-08-29||Carpoolers submit letter to Mantralaya higher-ups about city traffic woes - Times of India|
Carpoolers submit letter to Mantralaya higher-ups about city traffic woes Aug 29, 2018, 05:35 IST THANE: A week after launching the #FixRoadsElseNoVotes campaign against the authorities and potholed roads in Thane, a delegation of harried citizens across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) submitted a letter to higher-ups in Mantralaya seeking redressal to their problems on Monday. The citizens’ group met senior officials from the urban development department and voiced their disappointment in the local traffic police and the civic body’s failure in fixing their daily travel woes. The delegation is understood to have conveyed to the state administration that the five primary reasons for traffic chaos were bad roads, inefficient traffic management, additional heavy vehicle traffic, toll-related congestions and lack of good public transport. “We started the online movement last week when we realised that almost all of us travel for work to Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and spend at least three to five hours in traffic. We held a silent blinker campaign last Friday and this week we took the protest offline. We submitted our memorandum to the government, which was signed by more than 6,000 people,” said a Thane resident. While this movement brought thousands of commuters across Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai together, it failed to garner much response from the government, which then compelled the group of carpoolers to go a step further and approach the state. “We waste our precious time, fuel and patience because of the traffic caused by bad roads,” said Lakshmi Naidu, one of the six citizens, who visited Mantralaya on Monday. The memorandum urged the government to resolve three crucial issues – potholes, heavy vehicle influx and Kopri bottleneck chaos – by end of the month. It was given to the chief minister’s office as well. A senior urban development officer confirmed, “We have received the commuters’ memorandum and will be forwarding it to the concerned departments as well.”
|2018-08-29||Owner charged with worker's death in Thane - The Hindu|
Owner charged with worker’s death in Thane UPDATED: AUGUST 29, 2018 04:12 IST The owner and the manager of an automobile service centre in Thane have been booked for alleged negligence leading to the death of a worker last year. The Thane police said Sujit Yadav (23) was cleaning a car on June 12 when he got an electric shock from the water pipe at the service centre in Manpada. He was rushed to a hospital where he died during treatment on July 2 last year. The Maharashtra State Electricity Board informed the police of power leakage from the motor of the pressure water pipe in the service centre. The management later got the motor repaired, the police said. The Thane police have registered offences under Sections 304-A (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life), 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy).
|2018-08-29||Five held in connection with Thane armed burglary - Times of India|
Five held in connection with Thane armed burglary Aug 29, 2018, 17:32 IST THANE: Five persons have been arrested in connection with an armed burglary in Kashimira area in Thane district earlier this month, the police said on Wednesday. Three persons had gained entry into the house of a real estate agent on August 5 by claiming that they are officials of Income Tax and Police departments, police had said. They allegedly tied up the agent and his wife with a rope at "gunpoint" and fled with Rs three lakh cash and gold ornaments. A senior district police official said the alleged mastermind Fiaz Kadar Kazi (47) in the crime is a scrap dealer who had shifted to Pune. After Kazi's arrest on August 26, the police picked Manav Sunil Singh (19), Sohaib Mansur Munshi (19), Salim alias Sahil Firoz Ansari (21) and Imran Munna Ali (25) from Meera Road and Mumbra areas in Thane district. Police said the object resembling a revolver which was used in the crime has been recovered from the accused. The object seems to be a lighter, the official said, adding that further investigation is underway.
|2018-08-29||Bhayander businessman duped of Rs 10 lakh - Times of India|
Bhayander businessman duped of Rs 10 lakh Aug 29, 2018, 23:10 IST THANE: A businessman from Bhayander, who was promised extra money in exchange of coins, was duped of Rs 10 lakh by a gang of four, including one who posed as a policeman. According to the complaint by the industrialist, Chogaram Chowdhary, one of his ex-employees named Moin told him that he can get Rs 12 lakh in exchange of Rs 10 lakh, but the money needs to be paid in denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000. “He was also told by Moin that this money came from the Jain Temple trust where he had acquaintances and they collected the change in form of coins and exchange the same. He added that he and others also got the same exchanged,” said a police officer. Accordingly, Moin, who is also into land brokerage agreed to exchange Rs 12 lakh for Rs 10 lakh on a condition that the victim would get Rs 11.50 lakh and the balance would be distributed among his aides. The deal was fixed during a meeting on August 19 between Moin and other accused — Sanjay Patil, Raju, and Moin’s brother Kalim. It was on August 24 when the victim was called to a place near a hotel at Bramhand where Patil took Rs 10 lakh from Chowdhary and handed over a bag containing Rs 12 lakh in the form of loose coins. When the men were walking on the road, they were approached by an auto in which the one who posed as a cop was seated got down and took Raju, who was carrying the cash with him. The man then asked Chowdhary to visit the police station, stated the complaint. A case has been registered at Kasarwadavali police station under Sections 420, 171 rw 34 of the Indian Penal Code and probe is underway. The industrialist was told by Moin that the money, which was to be exchanged with his Rs 10 lakh, came from the Jain Temple trust where he had acquaintances and they collected the change in form of coins and exchange the same. He added that he and others also got the same exchanged.
|2018-08-29||Village accountant lands in ACB net in Thane while taking Rs 1 lakh bribe - Free Press Journal|
Village accountant lands in ACB net in Thane while taking Rs 1 lakh bribe Aug 29, 2018 08:45 am Bhayandar: Yet another village accoutant in Thane district landed into the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) net after he was caught red handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh to carry out official land related documentation work. According to the Thane unit of the ACB , the complainant had approached the local revenue office in Sajja-Mire tehsil to make entries of conversion tax into the 7/12 extracts of the records related to a land in the village. However, the accused talathi identified as Baswaraj Gunjite (42), demanded Rs. 2 lakh from the complainant for carrying out the entries. The amount was later scaled down to Rs. 1 lakh. The aggrieved complainant,alerted the ACB’s Thane unit,following which a trap wad laid and Gunjite was caught red handed while accepting the bribe amount on Tuesday. The accused has been booked under the relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
|2018-08-29||Activists' neighbours in Andheri, Thane baffled - Times of India|
Activists' neighbours in Andheri, Thane baffled Aug 30, 2018, 03:55 IST THANE: Neighbours of the two activists who will be put under house arrest are both disturbed and baffled by the developments. Lawyer-activist Vernon Gonsalves lives in Andheri East, while Arun Ferreira recently moved to Thane. In Andheri's New Prem Vasundhara apartment in Sher E Punjab Colony, no police presence was visible until 10pm though Gonsalves was to be brought to be placed under house arrest after his return from Pune. MIDC police said they had not got any orders yet. A committee member of the society said, "We saw police storm in at 6am on Tuesday and take Vernon away. He and his wife, lawyer Susan Abraham, have lived here for nearly 20 years. Susan was a committee member earlier and still offers legal help for society matters. Both help poor people who come to them for legal advice and charge a low fee." Members said the couple attended all social gatherings. They shared pictures of the recent Independence Day function. One resident said, "It is difficult to comment on charges against Vernon. One must remember he was arrested and tried earlier but he was cleared." His neighbour felt apprehensive that Gonsalves was "in the big league." On the other hand, the dense but serene bylanes of Charai area in old Thane came alive with activity following the arrest of Ferreira. A Bandra resident, he had moved to a fourth-floor apartment at Sharon Society. The rush of police and media vehicles and armed personnel in the sleepy lane on Tuesday caused frenzy. On Wednesday, security personnel and residents of Sharon CHS prevented media from entering the premises. "WhatsApp groups are flooded with questions about who Ferreira is, whether he actually committed a crime or whether there is some other motive," said resident Vinod G.
|2018-08-29||Potholed road in Thane lands senior citizen in hospital - Times of India|
Potholed road in Thane lands senior citizen in hospital Aug 30, 2018, 04:01 IST Traffic cop in Thane shows bravery by driving a 23-year-old man to a hospital located nearby after latter suffers from a heart-attack behind the wheel A traffic constable who was on-duty helped save the life of a young man, who suffered a heart attack while driving his vehicle near Kharigaon toll booth in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said today. According to police, when the constable- Pandharinath Munde (35)- saw that the man was suffering from a heart attack behind the wheel, he immediately put him in the back seat and himself drove his vehicle to a nearby hospital. The incident took place around noon yesterday. "Nikhil Tambole (23) was driving from Padgha in the district towards Thane city in his car along with his elderly father. Around 12.30 pm when their car reached near Kharigaon toll booth, Tambole suffered a massive heart attack," Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. When Munde, a constable from Kalwa traffic division who was on duty in the vicinity, came to know about it, he wasted no time and got Tambole shifted in the back seat of the car, she said. "Thereafter, he himself drove the car and rushed Tambole to Jupiter Hospital in Thane, where he was admitted," Narkar said. According to police, Tambole's condition is stable and he is undergoing treatment at the hospital. DCP Traffic Amit Kale praised the constable for his quick action.
|2018-08-28||Fix bad roads by month-end: Thane residents write to CM - Hindustan Times|
Fix bad roads by month-end: Thane residents write to CM Last week, these residents staged a protest against bad roads and traffic congestion by taking out their vehicles and blinking their headlights while driving one-behind-another along Ghodbunder Road towards Bhandup. Updated: Aug 29, 2018 05:18 IST More than 6,000 residents of Ghodbunder Road in Thane, who earlier started a road commuters’ forum and an online campaign against bad roads and traffic congestion, have now signed a memorandum and submitted it to chief minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis, demanding potholes be immediately repaired by the month end. Last week, these residents staged a protest against bad roads and traffic congestion by taking out their vehicles and blinking their headlights while driving one-behind-another along Ghodbunder Road towards Bhandup. In their memorandum, the residents’ group has asked for roads to be repaired by August 30, and a special cell — comprising all authorities related to road repairs and citizen groups to be formed by September 3 — to look into their list of demands submitted in their memorandum. In an earlier online campaign, #FixRoadsElseNoVotes, the residents threatened to not vote in the upcoming state elections if the condition of their roads did not change for the better. Shilpa Bhat, one of the residents, said, “We have requested the CM to address three issues immediately. First, is to repair the damaged roads by August 30, ensuring there is no recurrence of damage; second, to restrict the entry and exit of heavy vehicles during peak hours; and lastly, find a workable solution for the bottleneck at Kopri Bridge along the eastern express highway.” The residents also demanded a weekly update on their memorandum. Human chain protest Hundreds of Thane residents have decided to make a human chain on September 4 at Anandnagar toll, at 8.30am, to protest against potholes and the worsening traffic situation. The protest is organised by Thane Citizens Forum, Hiranandani Meadows Residents Welfare Association and Hiranandani Estate Residents Welfare Association.
|2018-08-28||Thane: Three arrested for suicide of 17-year-old boy - The Indian Express|
Thane: Three arrested for suicide of 17-year-old boy The boy’s family has alleged that the three men used to harass him and even demand money from him. Published: August 29, 2018 1:29:44 am Three youths have been arrested by Ambernath police for allegedly abetting the suicide of a 17-year-old boy. The boy’s family has alleged that the three men used to harass him and even demand money from him. Police said 17-year-old Mohammad Zain’s body was found on the railway tracks near Kalyan station. “The Kalyan railway police found his body. He had allegedly jumped in front of a speeding train. They transferred the case to us after the boy’s father filed an FIR,” said a police officer. The boy’s father Jakir Hussain Abdul Majid Shaikh had complained to police that his son was being harassed by three seniors from his college. “They used to harass him. They used to demand money from him and trouble him,” he stated in his complaint. The accused are Sai Chalwadi, Michael S and Aniket, all aged 20.
|2018-08-28||Dalit teen killing 2016: Thane collector did not follow court order, says family - The Indian Express|
Dalit teen killing 2016: Thane collector did not follow court order, saysfamily In July last year, the Thane sessions court had ordered that all further hearings into the alleged honour killing of Swapnil be recorded on camera. However, till date, no camera has been provided for the purpose. Published: August 29, 2018 2:53:29 am THE FAMILY of Swapnil Sonavane, a 15-year-old Dalit boy who was killed in 2016 allegedly over an inter-caste relationship, on Tuesday moved court against the Thane collector, accusing him of contempt of court orders. Their lawyer, Amit Katarnavare, filed the plea before the special sessions court after another hearing in the case was postponed, as there was no camera to record the proceedings. In July last year, the Thane sessions court had ordered that all further hearings into the alleged honour killing of Swapnil be recorded on camera. However, till date, no camera has been provided for the purpose, which is the responsibility of the respective collectorate. Alleging that around a year has passed since the court ordered in- camera proceedings, the plea stated that the Thane collector is yet to execute the order and accused him of committing contempt of court. “That due to the non-execution of the said order, the trial is prolonged and hence, there are chances that the present accused may be released on bail on the ground of delay in trial,” the plea added. The family, through its lawyer, has requested the court to initiate administrative inquiry against the collector, said Shahaji Sonavane, father of Swapnil. The plea sought the court to pass an order to direct the investigation agency to probe the “offence committed by the collector”. “The collector should answer in front of the court now… what made him delay the provision of providing a camera for video recording of proceedings for almost a year,” Katarnavare said. When contacted, Thane Collector Rajesh Narvekar said, “I have recently taken charge and am not aware of such a court order. I will gather more information and take necessary action.” Narvekar had assumed charge earlier this month. On July 19, 2016, Swapnil and his parents were summoned by the family of a 16-year-old girl, with whom he was in a relationship. Near the girl’s house in Nerul, her elder brother and father allegedly assaulted Swapnil, causing his death. Hours before his death, the family had approached Nerul police with a complaint against the girl’s brother for assaulting Swapnil a day before. The police station had then refused to register a complaint. A few days after the incident, Nerul police had arrested seven persons, including the girl’s family members.
|2018-08-28||Thane, Mumbai top air pollution - The Asian Age - The Asian Age|
Thane, Mumbai top air pollution Aurangabad had the highest number of one star industries, in sugar, pharmaceuticals, paper and metal sectors. Updated : Aug 29, 2018, 2:15 am IST Mumbai: Thane and Mumbai are among the cities with the highest number of industries causing heavy pollution. This is according to the star-rating programme of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), which rates industries in Maharashtra, based on the level of air pollution. Thane district has at least nine industrial units in the one star (very poor) category and two more industries fall under the two star (poor) category. In the star-rating programme, hundreds of large industrial plants have been rated for the first time on a scale of one to five stars based on their levels of particulate emissions. One indicates non-compliance whereas five indicates compliance. “One star” industries emit a minimum of 250 mg/nm3 of particulate matter. Most of the “one star” industries belonged to the chemical sector, followed by the paper and metal sectors. Mumbai too recorded a significant number of industries in the one star and two star categories, with half of the monitored 55 industries recording high level of emission. “The sugar and distilleries sectors are the most polluted sectors of Maharashtra. While the initiative helps in monitoring the pollution level of various sectors, it will alslo encourage industries to put their data in the public domain,” said Dr P. Anbalagan, member secretary, MPCB. As many as 253 industries have enrolled as of August 2018. While 45.1 per cent industries were rated above three stars, around 38.3 per centwere rated two and one star. Aurangabad had the highest number of one star industries, in sugar, pharmaceuticals, paper and metal sectors.
|2018-08-28||Thane: Education department officer held for bribe | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Thane: Education department officer held for bribe Aug 28, 2018, 17:32 IST THANE: An education department officer was arrested on Tuesday here in Maharashtra for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2.50 lakh from officials of a school, the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) said. Brijesh Gupta, an extension officer of the department posted at Vasai here, had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 6 lakh from the headmistress of the school for granting approval for starting new classes (from Std VI to XII), the ACB said in a release. He later reduced the amount to Rs 5 lakh which was to be paid in instalments, it said. The school management agreed to pay the amount and the same time lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of the ACB, the anti-graft agency said. ACB officials laid a trap and arrested Gupta when he was accepting the first instalment of Rs 2.50 lakh, the release stated. The 41-year-old has been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act, it added.
|2018-08-28||Thane: Court takes note of complaint regarding formation of cooperative society with forged documents - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Court takes note of complaint regarding formation of cooperative society with forged documents Aug 28, 2018 03:30 pm Thane: A Thane court has taken cognisance of a complaint against a BJP legislator, an IAS officer and seven others for allegedly registering a village cooperative society by forging documents. The Ulhasnagar magistrate court here took cognisance of the complaint filed by one Prabhu Govind Patil, who alleged that he too was unauthorisedly made a member of the society by the accused, who forged his signature. Magistrate Shailaja Pandey recently took note of the complaint and the supporting documents submitted by Patil and ordered for issuance of process against the nine people, saying based on the first impression (prima facie), the complaint buttresses the allegations. Issuing of process are the proceedings in any civil lawsuit or criminal prosecution and especially describes a formal notice or writ used by a court to exercise jurisdiction over a person or property. “Perused the complaint and documents which prima facie reveal that the society bearing name Sagav Parisar Vividh Karyakari Seva Sanstha was registered. Further, the death certificates of some members reveal that the society was registered in their names after their demise,” the court said. “Since the accused are promoters of the said society, prime facie it can be said that they have registered this society in the name of dead people by forging their signatures,” the court said. Considering the complaint and the related documents, it can be inferred that the complainant has prime facie made out the allegations against the accused, it said. The court issued process against the accused for offences punishable under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 408 (criminal breach of trust), 467 (forgery of documents), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy). The accused persons will now have to represent themselves before the court and file their replies to the complaint. According to the complaint, Kisan Kathore, the MLA from Murbad constituency in Thane district, set up a cooperative society – ‘Sagav Parisar Vividh Karyakari Seva Sanstha’ – in 2011 of which he was the chief promoter. Patil in his complaint has alleged that Kathore added around 70 persons as members to the society on the basis of forged documents. Several of these members had died even before the registration of the society, he has alleged.
|2018-08-28||Thane Pothole: 2 kids dead, parents badly injured | Free Press Journal - Free Press Journal|
Thane Pothole: 2 kids dead, parents badly injured Aug 28, 2018 06:38 am Thane: Two children of the Gharat family were killed after they fell into a pothole on Mumbai’s Nashik highway on Sunday night at around 9.45 pm on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. The mishap highlights Thane district’s callousness towards the upkeep of its roads. The two children died and their father and mother sustained injuries after a heavily loaded truck rammed into them on the highway, after they fell off their bike. The deceased have been identified as Sachin (10) and Kamini (15). Both died on the spot while their father Prakash and mother Rekha sustained serious injuries and are being treated at the Shahapur Primary Health Hospital. The Gharat family is resident of Aaware village in Shahapur. On Sunday, Prakash, his wife and the two kids were headed for his brother-in-law’s house at Asangaon village to celebrate Raksha Bandhan. According to the Shahapur police, their bike fell on the road and while the children fell on the left side, the parents fell on the right and the two kids were mowed down by the truck, which was coming from behind. After the accident, the truck driver fled from the spot. The Shahapur police registered a case against an unknown truck driver under the relevant section of the Indian Penal Code and Motor Vehicles Act. The mishap reportedly happened while the vehicle was negotiating a manhole. Police Sub Inspector Nilesh Kadam of the Shahapur police station said, “The accident happened due to a pothole. We have got information about the truck driver and will nab him soon.”
|2018-08-28||Two jail inmates booked for attacking prison staff - Times of India|
Two jail inmates booked for attacking prison staff Aug 28, 2018, 22:07 IST THANE: Two inmates of the Thane central jail were booked by the city police for allegedly attacking officials from the prison department. The police said that an offence has been registered by Satish Mane, a prison officer. In his complaint, he has alleged that he was carrying out an investigation along with another official into a bullying case of an inmate by one of the accused when the incident took place. The booked men have been identified as Ashish Nair and Abhinav Singh. A police officer, quoting the complaint, said that the jail authorities received a complaint from one of the inmates, Chotelal Sahani that Nair had given him a capsule on August 18, 2018 when they were at Dindoshi court. Police added that it was immediately not known as to what the capsule was and the same was being probed presently, but they suspect that it could be a sort of drug rolled in plastic which is to be gulped and thrown out later and consumed inside the jail. “Nair, with the help of other inmates, was bullying him and asking him to fish out the capsule which Sahani had consumed. The former then gave him tobacco and salt water for the capsule to come out and this complain was being examined,” said the officer. “On August 25, when Nair was called to the circle office, he abused the officials using foul language and rushed towards the complainant jailor to attack him. He also assaulted the other jailor present,” said the officer. He was joined in by Singh who came to Nair’s rescue. The police said that offences under Sections 353, 504, and 427 of the IPC were registered with the Thane Nagar police station.
|2018-08-28||Commuters stuck in jam after container topples at GB Road - Times of India|
Commuters stuck in jam after container topples at GB Road Aug 28, 2018, 22:06 IST THANE: Motorists heading towards Ahmedabad highway and Western express highway from Ghodbunder (GB) Road were a harried lot on Monday as they were stuck in traffic jam for hours together after a container rammed into a divider and toppled. The incident took place at around 7 am on GB Road, leading to a jam. Commuters who used to normally reach within and hour or so to Goregaon took over three hours to reach their destination. Traffic came to a standstill for almost half-an-hour as the authorities were moving the container. “The container rammed into a divider at around 7am on Monday. The driver must have been driving at a high speed. He lost control of the vehicle and while trying not to ram into an auto in front of him he rammed into a divider. The container then turned turtle, blocking two lanes of the road. Due to this motorists were able to use just one lane, leading to traffic congestion. It took the traffic officials almost half-an-hour to clear the road,” said an offical. Meanwhile, motorists had to sweat it out due to this. Most also had to report late to work. “I was heading to Ahmedabad highway at 8am when I got stuck near Gaimukh. However, I was stuck in traffic for over 35 minutes. The jam had reached almost near Waghbil,” said Satish S, a Waghbil resident. Some commuters who were alerted about the congestion by friends and relatives made sure to take a detour. So, many opted to travel by the Eastern Express highway and take the Jogeshwari–Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) to head towards Western Express Highway. “Our office bus leaves at 7:30 am from Teen Haath Naka towards Goregaon via Ghodbunder Road. But due to the congestion, we were stuck in traffic for almost an hour. We then took a detour from Ovala and went via JVLR. But this also didn’t help much as we were stuck near Kopri, Airoli and then again in Powai. Finally, it took me around three hours to reach Goregaon,” said Chinmany Ambardekar, a Naupada resident. Meanwhile, the container driver escaped with minor injuries.
|2018-08-27||Boat capsizes in Arabian Sea; six swim to safety, one missing - Times of India|
Boat capsizes in Arabian Sea; six swim to safety, one missing THANE: Six fishermen swam to safety while one was missing after their boat capsized in the Arabian Sea off the Uttan coast here in Maharashtra, police said on Monday. The mishap took place around 9.30 pm on Sunday when the seven fishermen on board the transit boat were on way to a bigger boat anchored in the deep sea, an official at the Uttan police station said. Amid the high tide, their transit boat overturned off the Uttan coast, located in Bhayandar area of Thane, he said. While four fishermen swam to safety late last night, two reached the Uttan shore this morning, the official said. Divers and locals were searching for the missing fisherman, he said.
|2018-08-27||Thane railway station staff reunites lost four-year-old with his family - Mid-Day|
Thane railway station staff reunites lost four-year-old with his family. Aug 27, 2018, 10:00 IST Thane railway station officer. Soni said, I was walking around the railway station for checks on Saturday, when around 8.30 pm, I found a boy crying on platform number 5. I asked people whether they had seen his parents, but no one had. I took him along and searched every platform for his parents. Our personnel also made announcements about him. When for almost an hour no one responded, we told the GRP and circulated his pictures on WhatsApp. Later, one of the police officers met his father and uncle near Talao Pali. They were brought to the railway office, and we reunited the boy with his family. Kalyan Singh, the father, said, My sister and her husband recently shifted here for work, and hence, we had come from Jaipur to celebrate Raksha Bandhan. While we were bargaining for a horse ride, someone took our son, who was sitting on a bench nearby. On finding him missing, my wife's blood pressure fell; so, we (my brother-in-law and I) took her home. For almost four hours, we searched for my boy. Fortunately, a police officer approached me, and I was relieved to know he had been found. The police took us to the station, and we got our child back. The GRP are investigating who brought the child to the station.
|2018-08-27||Two Thane Central jail inmates booked for beating jailers - Times of India|
Two Thane Central jail inmates booked for beating jailers Aug 27, 2018, 17:13 ISt THANE: Two undertrials lodged at the Thane Central Prison in Maharashtra allegedly beat up two jail officials during an enquiry into a harassment complaint against one of the inmates, a police official said on Monday. A jail inmate had complained to the prison authorities that another inmate, Ashish Nair, was harassing him. Jailer Satish Mane called Nair to the prison's circle office to enquire into the complaint on Saturday when the latter allegedly beat him, the official said. When another jailer present in the office tried to save Mane, Nair beat him also and broke the glass of a window in the premises, he said. As Nair was being taken out of the office, another undertrial, identified as Abhinav Singh, came out of his cell and allegedly beat the two jailers, he said. Senior prison officials rushed to the scene and took away the two undertrials, the police said. Based on Mane's complaint, the Thane Nagar police registered offences against Nair and Singh under IPC sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace), and 427 (mischief).
|2018-08-27||Man booked for flashing at minor girls in Thane - Times of India|
Man booked for flashing at minor girls in Thane Aug 27, 2018, 16:58 IST THANE: A man was booked for allegedly flashing at minor girls residing in a building opposite his in Mumbra locality of Maharashtra's Thane district, police said on Monday. A Mumbra police official said that accused Mohammad Ansari (50) had flashed at these girls, in the age group of 8-9 years, from the window of his residence yesterday afternoon. The children complained to their parents who then approached police, he said. Ansari, who is unemployed, is currently absconding and efforts were on to nab him, the official said. A case has been registered against him for stalking and other offences under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said.
|2018-08-27||Maharashtra: Two Thane Central jail inmates booked for beating jailers - Free Press Journal|
Maharashtra: Two Thane Central jail inmates booked for beating jailers Aug 27, 2018 07:44 pm Thane: Two undertrials lodged at the Thane Central Prison in Maharashtra allegedly beat up two jail officials during an enquiry into a harassment complaint against one of the inmates, a police official said today. A jail inmate had complained to the prison authorities that another inmate, Ashish Nair, was harassing him. Jailer Satish Mane called Nair to the prison’s circle office to enquire into the complaint on Saturday when the latter allegedly beat him, the official said. When another jailer present in the office tried to save Mane, Nair beat him also and broke the glass of a window in the premises, he said. As Nair was being taken out of the office, another undertrial, identified as Abhinav Singh, came out of his cell and allegedly beat the two jailers, he said. Senior prison officials rushed to the scene and took away the two undertrials, the police said. Based on Mane’s complaint, the Thane Nagar police registered offences against Nair and Singh under IPC sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace), and 427 (mischief).
|2018-08-27||Fisherman goes missing as boat capsizes in Thane - United News of India|
Fisherman goes missing as boat capsizes in Thane Thane, Aug 27 (UNI) A fisherman went missing as a boat carrying seven of them capsized in this district, police said. The small boat was on its way to transfer the fishermen to a bigger one when the tragedy occurred in Bhayander. Due to the heavy tide, the small boat capsized around 2130 hrs on Sunday. Of the seven, six men swam to safety, however one went missing. The local police and villagers, besides the divers, are carrying out a frantic search, police added.
|2018-08-26||Fake ACB officials extort Rs 1.5L from Mumbra doctor in Thane, arrested - Free Press Journal|
Fake ACB officials extort Rs 1.5L from Mumbra doctor in Thane, arrested Aug 26, 2018 05:13 am Shil-Dhaighar police arrested the five accused, who are residents of Ghansoli and Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai. They were passport agents and operated a travel and tourism business. Thane : Five people, including two women, were arrested for posing as Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials and extorting Rs 1.5 lakh from a doctor who ran a private clinic in Mumbra-Kausa in Thane. Shil-Dhaighar police arrested the five accused, who have been identified as Sandeep Kambale, 32, Ashok Shirvade, 30, Shailesh Yadav, 31, Savita Jadhav, 30, and Anita Thapa, 40. They are residents of Ghansoli and Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai. They were passport agents and operated a travels and tourism business. The complainant, Nadeem Shahjaha Baig, alleged that the five accused came to his clinic posing as ACB officials on Wednesday. They demanded Baig show them the abortion pills kept at the clinic, since in Maharashtra, there is a ban on these pills. Baig showed them what he had and he saw them prepare a panchnama (paper work) and ‘file’ a case against him. Showing him they had completed the required formalities, they demanded Rs 2 lakh to close the case, if Baig wanted to clear his name. Later, the impostors reduced the amount to Rs 1.5 lakh. If he wished to continue his practice, he should come with the money to Koparkhairane, they threatened. Police sources said Baig immediately approached the police station and booked a case against them. Based on his complaint on Thursday, the police arrested the impostors. Vishal Dhaygude, Police Sub Inspector, Shil-Daighar, said, “We laid a trap near Pancharatna hotel at Koparkhairane. We arrested them as they were accepting the money from the complainant”. A case was registered against them on Friday under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. The accused were produced in court and remanded in police custody for two days.
|2018-08-26||Motorists stuck in traffic may suffer from road rage, depression: Doctors - Times of India|
Motorists stuck in traffic may suffer from road rage, depression: Doctors Aug 26, 2018, 06:22 IST THANE: The long wait in traffic and bad roads has lead to a rise in irritation and anger among motorists which could lead to road rage, anxiety and in some cases also depression, claim mental health experts. Psychiatrists have said that the continuous traffic jams, late working hours leads to frustration and irritation. Anger keeps building up as the person feels helpless. “People come to me complaining of anxiety and anger as they spend most of their time in manoeuvring their cars through the traffic and eventually get delayed to reach their destination. These people keep thinking about getting up early, worrying if they would reach on time to work; due to this, anxiety starts building up. Also, if the anxiety disorder continues then there is a possibility a person may suffer from depression,” said Dr. Shailesh Umate, consultant psychiatrist and secretary of Thane psychiatric society. The mental experts also claim that the built up anger could lead to road rage as there could be high possibilities of a person to get into quarrels on the street. This can affect work and personal life and can also reduce productivity and hamper relationship due to outburst of anger. “When a person’s emotion levels go up, their attention decreases. This could lead to accidents as the person will not be attentive and won’t have complete control of the vehicle while driving. Due to which his response will also not be quick. The built up frustration can lead to fatigue and tiredness, which can hamper their productivity. Also, there are high chances of venting out anger on their near and dear ones, which can affect relationships,” said Dr. Anand Nadkarni, psychiatrist and founder of Institute of Psychological Health (IPH). Docotors have advised citizens to exercise, meditate and keep control of their emotions so that they are not in a bad mood while at work or at home. Doctors have also asked people to give suggestions to friends and traffic authorities if they have anything in mind so that they can find some peace. Sneha Raikar, a resident of Brahmand, has found her own way of staying calm in the congestion. “It takes me around two to three hours to reach Mira Road and there is no way out of the congestion. At this point, instead of spoiling my mood I switch on the music and groove to songs while I am on my seat. I literally dance all my way till work which helps me stay peaceful and cheerful,” Raikar said. People come to me complaining of anxiety and anger as they spend most of their time in manoeuvring their cars through traffic and eventually get delayed to reach their destination. If the anxiety disorder continues then there is a possibility a person may suffer from depression.
|2018-08-26||Thane motorists choose internal roads to beat traffic - Times of India|
Thane motorists choose internal roads to beat traffic Updated: Aug 27, 2018, 00:07 IST THANE: The signal-free internal roads and the narrow by-lanes in lake city are turning into busy thoroughfare as motorists snake through these roads to avoid the endless wait in traffic and the pothole-filled Eastern Express Highway and Ghodbunder Road. Most citizens here are exploring the alternate route and shunning the highways to avoid being caught in the long and harrowing traffic jams. “I live towards the end of Ghodbunder Road near Gaimukh and drive daily till the railway station. In the last one month it has become nearly impossible to reach my destination on time taking the highway, so, I have discovered the internal roads. There are various mobile applications aiding me to find alternate way out. The time taken is less whereas the fuel is mostly the same. Driving through these bylanes, with the help of navigation is really a relief,” said Asmith Kandhare, a financial consultant with a private company. He pointed out that the internal roads are definitely not in good shape, but atleast the frustration of inching ahead few meters per hour is avoided and you are not surrounded by giant-sized trucks and trailers. The commuters allege that the traffic department as well as the Thane Municipal Corporation are busy blaming each other whereas none of them are finding any solution to the core issue. The motorists say, alternate routes act as a safe passage and the alternate option. “I live at Wagbhil and drive down from Hiranandani Estate to Brahmand via Air force station road to Balkum and further from Saket towards my preferred destination. It is a bit longer and zig-zag, but way better than the choc-a-block highway,” says a motorist. According to the traffic jam, I either take the Rabodi route towards station or go through the Mahagiri area towards station,” said Vishal Khapude. He added, such routes are possible only for bikes or small cars, however, at times even the heavy vehicles are let-in by the traffic cops. Khapude pointed out that the traffic department should have taken initiative in providing motorists with some alternate routes, which would have saved a lot of time and energy of people who commute on a daily basis. On the other hand, a few motorists coming from Ghodbunder Road shared that those willing to go towards Eastern Express Highway to avoid congestion at Majiwada-Kapurbawdi junctions or at flyovers near Kopri, are taking the internal roads from Manpada towards Vasant Vihar, then towards Upvan road to Shivai Nagar roads either towards the Cadbury junction or to the Shastri Nagar, Savarkar Nagar and move out to Mulund from an old octroi post at Shrinagar area which lets out of Vaishali Nagar in Mulund or towards Modella Check Naka, informed Suhas Chaudhari, a resident of Manpada. Chaudhari warned that the condition of the internal roads is bad but as the traffic is cut short the frustration of snarls is much less. Some bikers shared with TOI that they are taking Nashik highway and then go towards Kharegaon internal roads to beat Kalwa junction traffic for moving towards Navi Mumbai using some narrow lanes in the thick locality.
|2018-08-26||Shops, hotels in old Thane suffer as customer count drops - Times of India|
Shops, hotels in old Thane suffer as customer count drops Aug 26, 2018, 22:35 IST Thane: The already struggling retail outlets in the core business district of old Thane has taken a huge hit in recent times due to the “inefficient” traffic management and inadequate parking space in Naupada and Uthalsar area. Traders operating in and around the prime station area of Ram Maruti road, Gokhale road and even Uthalsar fear a 25% loss of business as their regular clientele have turned their back on these shops due to the traffic jams. Some establishments, especially the eateries, claim to have witnessed a drop in regular patrons, while garment traders said that their clients, most of them living along Ghodbunder Road, have started opting for malls or ordering online. The drop in business during the festive season, may incur huge losses and can also impact employees. The festive discounts and sales have also failed to attract customers, claimed a shop owner. A restaurant owner from Naupada said that there has been a drop in walk-in customers but there are many home delivery orders. “Customers do not want to travel as they do not want to get stuck up in traffic. So, they prefer to order in. We have to end up deploying more staff for deliveries; thus straining our profit margins. Usually, deliveries get late due to the traffic jams, eventually leading to cancellation of orders,” said a snack bar outlet owner. Buyers, on the other hand, claimed that they have been getting good deals online or at malls by which they will save the hassle of finding parking slots in the city. “We used to purchase decorative items and clothes for Ganesh Chaturthi and Shravan. We already spend a lot of time travelling to and from office driving in traffic. We do not want to go through this ordeal on holidays. So, we decide to purchase things from shops or malls that are closer to home,” said Mohini Desai, a Manpada resident. The lure of discounts, claimed traders, has also failed to attract customers. “The traffic menace within the city has increased drastically due to which many clients have stopped coming to the station to shop. We have been in constant touch with our regular clients and lure them with discounts but even that has failed to entice them. Many claim that they do not want to end up getting stuck in jams and said they prefer doing online shopping,” said a trader from station area. Meanwhile, traffic officials have blamed the on-going works in the city, along with diversions taken by inter-city motorists for the congestions in the stretches around the railway station. “Many motorists have started travelling via internal roads to reach their destinations as the highways are blocked. We have deployed men at pressure points to ensure there is no congestion,” said a traffic official.
|2018-08-26||'With 3200 dams, Maharashtra at risk of Kerala-like floods' - Times of India|
With 3,200 dams, Maharashtra at risk of Kerala-like floods' Updated: Aug 27, 2018, 05:49 IST Flood due to heavy rain at Thane station. THANE: The devastation caused by the floods in Kerala could be a preview to a similar disaster in-waiting in several cities and town of Maharashtra, where a combination of heavy rains, poor dam management and builder-driven encroachments in the flood control line could lead to a repeat of July 26, 2005, experts claimed. Maharashtra, with a total of 3,264 dams, could be highly vulnerable to devastating floods and cities like Mumbai, Thane and Nanded at risk due to the unchecked urbanisation and inept flood control measures. “On the face of it, unstoppable rains is the primary cause for any floods. However, the underlying fact is it is a manmade disaster and a calamity of priorities,’’ said Dr Sudhir Bhongle, an expert on water and flood management. Referring to the 2005 floods, he said, “The city was submerged because of multiple factors like poor coordination with the meteorology department on rainfall status, choked drains, lack of open spaces, unchecked growth in the flood control line, high tide and to top it all the opening of the gates of the overflowing Bhatsa, Middle Vaitarna, Barvi among others in Thane district.” He said the water resources department’s tendency to keep storage levels high in case of poor rainfall contributes to the flooding in cities. “A study of the rain pattern reveals that in every 100 years there is 30 years of drought. In effect, in a fiveyear cycle we experience a twoyear dry spell. The water levels in dams should be stored after a thorough study of the rain pattern. However, in our case the dam reservoirs are in nearfull capacity in June-July and heavy rains fill it up fast. The dams are opened up when the neighbouring areas are brimming with rain water and it leads to a deluge,’’ he added. A water resources department official said poor dam management and lack of carry over facility (separate storage facility in reservoirs to meet any eventuality) has led to the tendency to store water even after the onset of monsoon. “Barring the Koyna dam, which has acarry-over facility of 10 TMC, no other dam in Maharashtra has such provision,’’ he added. Dr Bhongle said the government has been focusing on construction of large dams while ignoring the key aspect of dam management and taking up water-shed development programmes which will in the long run protect the cities from flooding and massive soil erosion. “The intensity and frequency of such floods could go up. The seawater levels are rising, the duration of hot climate is extended and the regulatory machinery is lax in checking the deforestation, killing of mangroves, encroaching on all open spaces. Nature has hit back from time to time but greed prevails,’’ Dr Bhongle added.
|2018-08-26||Mugged girl scared to commute by train - Times of India|
Mugged girl scared to commute by train Mugged girl scared to commute by train An 18-year-old collegian from Ambernath who was robbed and attacked by a mugger on a train in broad daylight on Friday told her family on Sunday that is too scared to travel alone by train. Aug 27, 2018, 02:05 IST THANE: An 18-year-old collegian from Ambernath who was robbed and attacked by a mugger on a train in broad daylight on Friday told her family on Sunday that is too scared to travel alone by train. Her family is worried as to how to convince her and make her cast her fear aside. The family has for now decided not to send the girl and her sister, who studies in the same college, to attend classes for the next few days. The girls' father is a working professional while their mother is a homemaker and it will be impossible for them to escort them to and from college everyday. Speaking to TOI, the mugged girl's maternal uncle said his niece is still to come out of the trauma. "She travels to college daily, but has now told her parents that she is scared to commuter alone by train. We will have to wait for a few more days till they recover from the trauma," he said. The family said they expect policemen to take corrective steps and ensure that their presence is felt on railway platforms as that would automatically discourage such thefts, especially in broad daylight. The railway police claimed they have adequate presence at stations, but said that they will ensure more visibility of uniformed personnel to make commuters feel secure. The 20-year-old accused, Sohel Ansari, who is from Amrut Nagar in Mumbra, was arrested for the theft has been remanded in police custody till August 29 by a railway court. Senior inspector at Thane railway police station, Rajendra Shirtode, said the accused has a few theft cases in his name.
|2018-08-25||MMRDA drops its tree-chopping plan for Thane road project - Mid-Day|
MMRDA Drops Its Tree-Chopping Plan For Thane Road Project Aug 25, 2018, 09:08 IST Sources said MMRDA had plans to cut 3,027 full-grown trees along the 20-km stretch in the Bhiwandi-Vasai taluka of Thane district to convert the two-lane road into a four-lane one With environmentalists opposing the chopping of over 3,000 trees to widen the road between Shirshad and Ambad areas close to the Tungareshwar and Tansa wildlife sanctuaries for years, MMRDA has finally decided to drop the plan. Sources said MMRDA had plans to cut 3,027 full-grown trees along the 20-km stretch in the Bhiwandi-Vasai taluka of Thane district to convert the two-lane road into a four-lane one. In 2013, NGO Vanashakti had approached HC and filed a PIL against the plan to axe the trees, saying the open space on both sides of the road should be used for the widening project. It also highlighted threats the project poses to the wildlife. Taking serious note of this, HC, in 2014, had imposed a stay on felling of the trees. Stalin D, environmentalist and petitioner in the case, said, "This is a classic example of how planning authorities disregard the need to protect the environment and needlessly cut trees. If some more money is spent, it's possible to develop and conserve simultaneously. Apart from the judiciary, we are thankful to MMRDA for accepting that the project was ill-conceived."
|2018-08-25||Thane Police busts gang that duped people in US through call centre; similar scam was unearthed two years ago - Firstpost|
Thane Police busts gang that duped people in US through call centre; similar scam was unearthed two years ago Aug 25, 2018 20:20:10 IST Thane: With the arrest of seven people, the police on Saturday busted a gang which allegedly duped people living in the US and other countries by telling them that they need to pay tax dues, an official said. Two years ago, the Thane Crime Branch had unearthed a similar scam which targeted US residents. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided a call centre in Mira Road area and arrested seven people, Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said. A case under Section 420 (cheating) of the IPC and sections of the Information Technology Act was registered with Navghar police, and several computers were seized, he said. Explaining the gang's modus operandi, Kulkarni said the accused obtained financial details of foreign nationals such as loans they had taken and their salaries. The gang members then called such people, pretending to be from tax authorities in respective countries, and told them that they owed "loan tax" which can be paid through Bitcoins, he said. Bitcoin is a form of electronic currency which is not recognised by most central banks. The arrested people were identified as Juber Shaikh (26), Sabio Gonsalvis (42), Raju Rathod (29), Harsh Anwar Kazi (23), Siddharth Pillai (22), Saurabh Jha (29) and Siddhi Nair (29). The police were yet to find out how much money was transferred into accused persons' bank accounts. In 2016, the Thane Crime Branch had unearthed a similar scam, where persons operating from call centres in Mira Road duped 6,400 US residents of millions of dollars. The accused called US residents pretending to be from that country's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and demanded payment of tax through gift cards of online shopping sites.
|2018-08-25||Thane: Five arrested for posing as cops to extort money from doctor - Times of India|
Thane: Five arrested for posing as cops to extort money from doctor Aug 25, 2018, 16:01 IST THANE: Five persons, including two women, were arrested for allegedly posing as police personnel and trying to extort money from a doctor in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said on Saturday. On Thursday, the five accused had gone to the Mumbra-based clinic of Nadeem Baig and demanded Rs 2 lakh after threatening to expose him over a MTP (medical termination of pregnancy) kit found there, police said. While the doctor told them the kit did not belong to him, the five accused started videographing the clinic stating that they would complain about him to medical authorities and the police, the official said. "The accused finally settled at a sum of Rs 1.5 lakh which the complainant was to pay at a restaurant in Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai," the official said. However, Baig had alerted several of his doctor colleagues who were already seated at the restaurant when the accused came to collect the money yesterday, he said. "The five were overpowered by the doctors at the restaurant and handed over to Shil Daighar police," an official said. He identified the five accused as Sandeep Kamble (32), Ashok Shirvade (30), Sailesh Yadav (31), Anita Thapa (40) and Savita Jadhav (30). Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone I, D S Swami told that the five had been charged for extortion under relevant sections of the IPC and further probe into the matter was currently on.
|2018-08-25||Thane all set to celebrate Raksha Bandhan - Times of India|
Thane all set to celebrate Raksha Bandhan Aug 26, 2018, 00:24 IST THANE: The city is all geared up to celebrate Raksha Bandhan on Sunday. Sisters dressed in their Sunday best will adorn their brothers hand with colourful threads, which represent a sign of their love and togetherness. Sweets and gifts will be distributed among each other and loads of delicious food will be prepared on this day. But there are some who plan to celebrate Raksha Bandhan on a different note. “We wanted to give the traditional custom a little modern approach. So, we all cousins and siblings planned a two-day getaway during which we will be spending quality time together. We normally visit each cousin separately. But by going out of town, we will all be together,”said Mayuri Shinde, a Thane resident. On this day, brothers present their sisters with a variety of gifts. But as the taste and trend is changing every second day, some men are finding it tough to zero in on the right gift. So many have started opting for online gifts or have just asked their sister’s to send them a wish list. “It is a hassle to buy something for your sister and you are sure that either she is not going to like it or just make do with it. So to avoid all this, I asked my sister for a wishlist. I gave her a budget and she chose all the things she wanted on an online shopping site. This way, both are happy,” said Archit Ghangurde. Those from out of the country are also leaving no stone unturned to make the day special for their siblings. Many have decided to make video calls to their loved ones. “On this day, we brothers make our sister’s feel so special. So, I will be making a video call to my sister who lives in Thane. She will perform an aarti and tie the rakhi virtually,” said Saurabh Kale, who lives in the US.
|2018-08-25||Thane: Police bust yet another call centre scam, arrest seven people for their alleged role in targeting tax-payers ... - India TV|
Thane: Police bust yet another call centre scam, arrest seven people for their alleged role in targeting tax-payers in US, other countries Thane: Police bust yet another call centre scam, arrest seven people for their alleged role in targeting tax-payers in US, other countries. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided a call centre in Mira Road area and arrested seven people, Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said. Published on: August 25, 2018 21:14 IST Yet another call centre scam came to light on Saturday when Thane Police arrested seven people for allegedly duping people living in the US and other countries by telling them that they need to pay tax dues, an official said. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided a call centre in Mira Road area and arrested seven people, Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said.
|2018-08-25||Bail plea of khair wood smugglers rejected - Times of India|
Bail plea of khair wood smugglers rejected 26, 2018, 00:24 IST THANE: The bail plea of two alleged accused arrested for forest Senegalia catechu or khair wood smuggling has been rejected by the Thane court in its recent order. The application was to the magistrate court of R H Jha by accused Suresh Mohite and Salim Makhjankar. Sources from the forest department said that the duo were held for being a part of an inter-state syndicate, which was recently busted by forest officials from the Padgha area of the district. Sources said that the total loss by the forest department estimated is 12.60kg of khair wood which could be worth over Rs 10 crore. Ninety such trucks of prohibited khair wood was delivered to Chiplun, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat to different kaat manufacturers in a short period of time. Subsequently, the duo and another accused were arrested and charged under Sections 41(2), 42,52,65 (a) of the forest act and Indian Penal Code 379 and Maharashtra Forest Niyamavali, 31,32 and 82. Advocate Sagar Kadam, the defence counsel, submitted that the probe into the case was over and the duo will assist officials in the probe and would not jump bail and abide by the conditions laid down by the courts. The investigation officer and the prosecution vehemently opposed the bail and opined that the offence committed by the duo was a part of the organized gang of forest mafias.
|2018-08-25||Pass holders upset with government's 1-month toll waiver move - Times of India|
Pass holders upset with government Aug 25, 2018, 22:40 IST THANE: Commuters who have recently recharged their month-long valid electronic toll charge (ETC) tags are upset over the state government’s decision to suspend toll collection for a month. The pass holders, who have spent Rs 1,400 for entry across all five points in Mumbai — Dahisar, LBS Road at Mulund, Vashi, Airoli, and Anand Nagar — are now irked as they have lost money and will be able to take benefits of the 30-day toll exemption. Leena Ganguly, a resident of Ghodbundar Road, said, “I pay Rs 1,400 a month to use roads full of potholes to travel every day from Thane to my office at Masjid. All of a sudden, the authorities have decided to go toll-free from the middle of the month when they know that hundreds of commuters must have already taken their monthly pass. Citizens are ready to pay the toll. The least they must do is give us value for our money by providing the basic needs, including infrastructure and roads.” While some furious commuters are seeking an extension of the toll exemption till the end of the month as against September 23, a few others are demanding a refund for the money lost. Atul Narayan, resident of Pokhran Road 1, said, “How can they just stop taking toll in the middle of the month? What about the people who have just bought a pass? If the pass is valid as per the calendar month, then even the decision to exempt toll should be in line with this. After September 24 when the toll would be started again, do they expect people to recharge the ETC tag only for the next six days? What will happen to the traffic then? Every car will queue up at the toll booth adding to traffic. An extension should be given so that the pass holders are benefited from this move.” Meanwhile, the authorities have claimed that there is no plan to extend the decision of toll exemption or to give a refund to these ETC tag holders. What about the people who have just bought a pass? If the pass is valid as per the calendar month, then even the decision to exempt toll should be in line with this. After September 24 when the toll would be started again, do they expect people to recharge the ETC tag only for the next six days?
|2018-08-25||Seven arrested in call centre scam in Thane - United News of India|
Seven arrested in call centre scam in Thane Thane, Aug 25 (UNI) Seven people were arrested for operation of call center and siphon off money from foreigners, Thane District rural police claimed on Saturday. The accused were identified as Juber Shaikh, 26, Sabio Gonsalvis,42, Raju Rathod, 29, Harsh Anwar Kazi, 23, Siddharth Pillai, 22, Saurabh Jha, 29, and Siddhi Nair, 29. Most of them belong from Mira Road, the police said. Addressing a news conference here the Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said that offences under sections 420, 34 of IPC and section 66(C), (D), 72(A) and 75 of the IT Act of 2008, and sections 25, 26, 27,and 28 of the Indian Telegraph Act of 1985 has been registered against the arrested.Mr.
|2018-08-25||Thane: Man arrested for kidnapping 8-year-old - The Indian Express|
Thane: Man arrested for kidnapping 8-year-old “The boy told us that he was playing near his house when the accused told him that he would take him to a relative’s house. Instead, he took the boy out of the village,” a police officer said. Published: August 26, 2018 3:08:13 am A 31-year-old man was arrested for allegedly kidnapping an eight-year-old boy last month, police said. The child is a resident of Kasne village in Bhiwandi taluka and his parents had lodged a complaint of kidnapping at Padgha police station immediately after he went missing on July 26, the police said. “The accused, identified as Yashwant Dhobi, was known to the family. Both of them went missing on the same day. So, we first started looking for him and eventually, found the boy,” said an officer privy to the case. “The boy told us that he was playing near his house when the accused told him that he would take him to a relative’s house. Instead, he took the boy out of the village,” the officer said. The police found the boy and the accused inside a forest near Nashik, sources said. “The accused has been taken in custody. Dhobi has told the police he kidnapped the boy as he was fond of children and had no other motive. We are seeking medical help to find out if he is mentally stable. Medical test of the victim will also be conducted to find out if he was sexually assaulted. He doesn’t seem to have external injuries but is traumatised,” an officer said.
|2018-08-25||Folk songs, seafood mark Narali Purnima celebrations in Thane - Times of India|
Folk songs, seafood mark Narali Purnima celebrations in Thane Aug 26, 2018, 00:31 IST THANE: Dressed in their vibrant ethnic attires, the Koli community converged at Thane creek on Saturday to celebrate Narali Purnima and offer prayers to the sea god. Dancing to feet-tapping Koli music, the celebrations were heard across the city, including Kalwa bridge and Custom Jetty in the east. “We stop venturing into the during the rains. This has been the practice for ages. The first boat sets sail only after we offer coconuts on Narli Poornima to the sea. We believe that when the first coconut falls into the sea, it becomes calm and the phase of cyclones and storms ends. So we pray to the sea on this day for peaceful waters and offer it coconuts wrapped in gold paper. We then decorate our fishing boats and take it into the water,” said Rajesh Kharkar, a member of the Koli community in Vitawa. Although these simple rituals are carried out in the morning and afternoon, the community has a celebration along the creek, complete with Koliwada artists dancing to the traditional folk songs which are accompanied by the beats of the drums and other string instruments and processions. “While the mega celebration takes place at Kalwa bridge, our community in Chendani Koliwada area carries out a small procession of 400 to 500 people near Vittal Mandir near Custom Jetty area in the east. We ask a newly-married couple to carry the coconut wrapped in gold paper and put it into the sea. The band baja in this procession is played by our community members itself,” Vikrant Koli, organiser of the Narli Purnima event V Nakhwa, another member of the community, said, “This is one of the biggest festivals for our community. We spend the entire day in celebration with traditional music, dance and delicious sea food made from the first catch of the season.”
|2018-08-25||Fake call centre busted in Thane, seven held - The Indian Express|
Fake call centre busted in Thane, seven held Acting on a tip-off, the police raided the call centre on Friday and arrested the accused. Published: August 26, 2018 1:16:47 am Thane rural police busted a fake call centre in Bhayandar and arrested seven men for allegedly duping several people living in the United States. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided the call centre on Friday and arrested the accused. “The gang members first obtained financial details of foreign nationals such as loans they had taken and their bank balances by hacking into their accounts. Then they would call such people, pretending to be from tax authorities, and tell them that they owed loan tax which can be paid through Bitcoins,” an officer privy to the case said. Bitcoin is a form of electronic currency which is not recognised by most central banks. Two years ago, the Thane Crime Branch had unearthed a similar scam which targeted US residents. “Seven workers of the fake call centre have been arrested. They don’t have any connection to the previous cases,” Atul Kulkarni, Assistant Superintendent of Police, said. “We are yet to investigate the quantum of the fraud. The amount of money they obtained from the victims is yet to be ascertained,” he added. The arrested people were identified as Juber Shaikh (26), Sabio Gonsalvis (42), Raju Rathod (29), Harsh Anwar Kazi (23), Siddharth Pillai (22), Saurabh Jha (29) and Siddhi Nair (29). In 2016, the Thane Crime Branch had unearthed a similar scam, where persons operating from call centres on Mira Road area duped 6,400 US residents of millions of dollars. The accused called US residents pretending to be from that country’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and demanded payment of tax through gift cards of online shopping sites.
|2018-08-25||Marathon route in Thane riddled with potholes - Hindustan Times|
Marathon route in Thane riddled with potholes With the marathon route riddled with potholes, the event may not be smooth for many Updated: Aug 26, 2018 00:58 IST It is a rough road ahead for the participants of the 29th Thane Mayor Varsha Marathon, which will be held on September 2. With the marathon route riddled with potholes, the event may not be smooth for many. A survey of the 21-km marathon route by Thane mayor Meenakshi Shinde found that almost all the roads have potholes. Shinde has directed the civic officials to fill the potholes before the race. The participants are not sure whether it will get done. Sunanda Deshpande, 66, a participant in the senior citizen’s category, said, “Last year, two senior citizens fell in front of me while running in the marathon. This year, the potholes are much worse. Moreover, if it rains and the potholes are filled with water, we will not even be able to see them.” Senior citizens said if potholes are not repaired by midweek, they would approach the civic authority over the issue. “It is not only senior citizens but also children who participate in the marathon in large numbers. The corporation should fill the potholes if they want people to continue participating in the run,” said Deshpande. Deshpande said she and her friends, who regularly run the marathon, have decided to wait till Tuesday. “If potholes aren’t filled and roads continue to be pathetic, we will approach the civic commissioner demanding better roads,” she said. Most of the roads including Ganeshwadi along Nitin Company junction, LBS Road, Vartak Nagar, Brahmand signal and Ghodbunder service roads have huge craters. Radha Agarwal, 43, a resident of Hiranandani Meadows, said, “It is dangerous to run on pothole-riddled roads. We have to keep dodging potholes. This slows down runners.” The worst hit is the service road along Ghodbunder. The road is covered with huge craters, leaking pipelines and underground cables popping out on the roads. The Wagale depot, Sawarkar Nagar, Sathe Nagar, Indiranagar, Sawarkar Nagar and Nilkhant areas too are pothole-riddled. The road at Korun junction has worn out. Shinde said, “I will review the situation on Tuesday.” She has asked the municipal corporation to remove illegal parking from both sides of the roads to ensure there is no obstruction to participants. A civic official requesting anonymity said, “The work of filling potholes is going on.”
|2018-08-25||Thane: 5 held for posing as govt officials, threatening doctors | The ... - The Indian Express|
Thane: 5 held for posing as govt officials, threatening doctors The five had allegedly called local doctors claiming that they were doing a survey and would send negative reports about them to the higher authorities, if the money was not paid, sources said. Published: August 26, 2018 3:07:16 am Police arrested five persons for allegedly posing as government officials and extorting money from doctors. The accused were threatening the doctors posing as crime branch and Food and Drugs Association officials, the police said. According to Shil-daighar police, the five have been identified as Sandeep Kamble (32), Ashok Shirvade (30), Shailesh Yadav (31), Anitha Thapa (40) and Savita Jadhaw (30). “They are all residents of Navi Mumbai. They had made extortion calls to some doctors. We have booked them for extortion and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code,” an officer said. The five had allegedly called local doctors claiming that they were doing a survey and would send negative reports about them to the higher authorities, if the money was not paid, sources said. “We are interrogating them to find out if others were involved,” a senior officer said.
|2018-08-24||14-year-old Thane Girl Raped and Killed in Her House, Neighbour Arrested - News18|
14-year-old Thane Girl Raped and Killed in Her House, Neighbour Arrested The 23-year-old accused entered the victim's house when her parents and elder sister were not present. He sexually assaulted the girl and later forced her head into a tub of water following which she died. August 24, 2018, 8:16 PM IST Thane: A 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped and killed in her house by her neighbour at Bhiwandi in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Friday. The 23-year-old accused was arrested on Friday morning for the incident that took place in Mankoli area in Bhiwandi on Thursday. “At around 5.30pm on Thursday, the accused entered the victim's house when her parents and elder sister were not present. He sexually assaulted the girl and later forced her head into a tub of water following which she died,” Ankit Goyal, DCP (Zone-II, Bhiwandi), said. “The girl's elder sister returned home after some time and found her lying motionless. She immediately called her parents, who alerted the police,” he said. A police team rushed to the spot and sent her body for post mortem. An offence was registered at Narpoli police station against some unidentified accused. Police launched a probe and zeroed in on the neighbour and later arrested him, Goyal added. The accused has been booked under IPC sections 376 (rape), 302 (murder) and 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), among others, the officer said.
|2018-08-24||Thane residents demand good roads before polls - Free Press Journal|
Thane residents demand good roads before polls Aug 24, 2018 08:46 am Kalyan: Thane residents, along with hundreds of housing societies, will alight at Thane roads, which are in a bad state due to potholes and traffic jams. The citizens of Thane began the drive of join Car Blinker campaign on Friday morning from Hiranandani Estate, Waghbil, Vijay Sales to Airoli bridge and Anand Nagar toll naka. The Thanekars face difficulties every day while travelling from Thane to Mumbai. Traffic snarls from Ghodbunder, Teen Haath Naka, Kalwa to Anand Nagar toll naka and other parts of Thane is a routine affair, which gives a headache to motorists and leave them fuming with anger. The twin city of Kalyan and Dombvli reported the three pothole deaths in four days in July this year, waking up the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), which started to fill the potholes. Kasber Augustine, president of Thane Citizen Foundation, said, “Our demand is the civic body and PWD must provide the citizens with their basic rights, such as good roads offering a smooth drive. ” Alongwith, The residents of Thane have also formed whatsapp group which name is “Road Commuters Forum” in which near about 230 members. They have campaigning for their work towards city on social sites and media’s such as tweeter, Facebook, Whataaps, using that tags and share it which name is FixRoadsElseNoVotes, KhaddaChallenge. Dr Rahul Kulkarni who is specialist ENT at St,George Hospital Mumbai said,” To avoid traffic, I leave my house from Thane on 7.15 am to Mumbai as the operation have to do by 8.30. We pays toll tax for best raod and convenience for us.
|2018-08-24||Bigg Boss Marathi fame Sharmishtha Raut applies for MHADA home in Thane - Free Press Journal|
Bigg Boss Marathi fame Sharmishtha Raut applies for MHADA home in Thane Aug 24, 2018 01:07 pm One of the popular contestants of Bigg Boss Marathi, Sharmishtha Raut, has reportedly applied for an MHADA home. The actress has applied in the Thane Balkum area, under the artist quota. As per DNA reports, there are only two homes available under this category, however, more than 30 applicants have applied for these homes. The Thane Balkum home measures, 60.06 sq mt, while the cost of the home is Rs 43.45 lakh. Speaking about applying for the MHADA home, Sharmishtha Raut told DNA, “I wanted to have a house in Thane, so I applied here, the competition is tough as the number of houses are less and more people have applied.” She further added about quality of MHADA houses by saying, “I do not believe in what people say, I will personally see it and only if the construction isn’t good, I will comment on the issue.”
|2018-08-24||MSRTC, staff and Thane minister chip in with aid for Kerala ... - Times of India|
MSRTC, staff and Thane minister chip in with aid for Kerala Aug 24, 2018, 10:10 IST THANE: Senior Shiv Sena leader and state transport minister Diwakar Raote on Thursday presented a cheque of Rs 10 crore to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for relief and rehabilitation work in flood-affected Kerala. Also, Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde is slated to lead a team of 30 doctors, medical assistants and relief workers to the coastal district of Alappuza in south Kerala armed with 50 tonnes of packaged food and other relief material. Raote met representatives of recognised unions of the state road transport body, MSRTC, and its senior officials. "All employees agreed to donate a day's salary for the Kerala Chief Minister Relief Fund. But we decided to deduct half day's salary, while the remaining amount will be contributed by MSRTC. We handed a cheque of Rs 10 crore to the Kerala CM relief fund," said Raote said. Also, the Shirdi-based Saibaba Trust led by senior BJP leader Suresh Aware on Thursday donated Rs 5 crore. Eknath Shinde was to be accompanied by party MPs Rajan Vichare and Dr Shrikant Shinde. Already, Sena minister Deepak Sawant recently flew down to Kerala with relief material. State minister for medical education Girish Mahajan, who is from BJP, also led a team of doctors with relief material.
|2018-08-24||Posters by political parties on toll waiver irks city motorists - Times of India|
Posters by political parties on toll waiver irks city motorists Aug 24, 2018, 23:00 IST Thane: The poster war among politicians claiming credit for the toll waiver has invited the ire of Thaneites who dubbed it as “frivolous and shallow” behaviour and said that netas must instead pull up the municipal and traffic authorities for the chaos on the streets. Huge hoardings and banners put up by Shiv Sena, NCP and BJP has instilled anger among residents who have to brace traffic snarls everyday. “ Instead of apologising to the tax payer for bad roads, absence of traffic management and poor planning, politiicans are patting their own backs and taking the common man for granted,’’ said a Naupada resident. A resident using the Twitter handle @fearlessnfrank wrote, “Political parties in Thane have put up banners seeking credit for the temporary toll waiver. Instead they must focus on getting the roads fixed and abolish the toll permanently before taking credit or seeking votes. ”Another citizens Sumit Kasat said that the temporary suspension of toll is not the solution and that they should not attempt to fool voters with this gimmick. “No votes for making free toll,” he said adding that motorists have been paying through their noses and suffering due to bad roads. Several others said that they will respond to the self-congratulatory hoardings through the ballot box when these leaders come to them pleading for votes.
|2018-08-24||Thane girl raped, murdered, 23-year-old arrested - The Indian Express|
Thane girl raped, murdered, 23-year-old arrested According to the police, the incident took place when the girl’s siblings were in school and she had just returned to her two-room independent house on Friday. Her parents were away at work at a nearby godown. Updated: August 25, 2018 2:47:47 am A day after a 14-year-old girl was found raped and murdered inside her house, the Thane police arrested a 23-year-old man for the crime on Friday. The victim had sustained multiple injuries to her private parts, said the police. According to the police, the incident took place when the girl’s siblings were in school and she had just returned to her two-room independent house on Friday. Her parents were away at work at a nearby godown. Investigators said that on Thursday when the girl returned home, the accused, who was known to the family, followed her in and allegedly raped her. “She had severe injuries and clear signs of brutality on her body. She was also bleeding from her private parts. The accused, worried that she would identify him, strangled her and submerged her head in a tub filled with water,” said an officer. “Preliminary medical tests show that she died because of the strangling and suffocation. Her elder sister found her in the bathroom,” the officer added. “The accused is a jobless youth who lives near the victim’s house. After interrogation, he confessed to committing the crime. However, we are investigating to check if other people were involved… The accused has been remanded in police custody till August 29. We have booked him for murder and under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act,” an officer said.
|2018-08-24||Blinkers on! Thane carpoolers protest against congested pothole-ridden roads - Times of India|
Blinkers on! Thane carpoolers protest against congested pothole-ridden roads Aug 25, 2018, 01:46 IST Hundreds of carpoolers drove in a single queue from Waghbil to Airoli Naka flickering their parking lights on Friday morning THANE: To convey their ire against poor traffic management and pothole-ridden roads, hundreds of carpoolers from Thane drove in a single queue from Waghbil to Airoli Naka on Friday morning flickering their parking lights as part of their online civil protest, #FixRoadsElseNoVotes, to push the authorities to take action. The silent rebellion launched by a handful of carpooling groups a few days ago triggered a frenzy in social media and dozens of motorists joined in Friday's protest drive. The group started off in three batches from Waghbil, Hiranandani Estate and R-Mall at 7.15am, 7.20am and 7.30am with #FixRoadsElseNoVotes posters taped to their windows and crossed the Mulund toll naka up to Airoli flyover on the right lane with their hazard lights on. Thereafter, they dispersed and drove to their workplaces. "We have been struggling to travel to work and back home since the past few weeks. A quarter of our day gets wasted in jams because of traffic mismanagement, bad roads and rampant construction projects that are narrowing roads further. To voice this frustration, we asked other motorists to join us," said Shilpa Bhat, a carpooler from Waghbil who spends five hours a day in traveling to and fro her Lower Parel office. "We started the campaign...to show the government that we are fed up of being taken for granted despite paying taxes and if it doesn't start fixing roads, we will not vote. To our delight, we saw dozens of commuters join our group along the way," she said. On Monday, the group will submit a me- morandum of issues, along with suggested solutions, with over 1,500 signatures at Mantralaya. "On Sunday, we started a signature campaign and prepared a memorandum co- mprising five main issues that citizens face: Bad roads, lacklustre public transportation system, traffic mismanagement, heavy vehicle menace and pocket-burning toll. We also suggested solutions," said Pawar Nagar resident Lakshmi Naidu, who spends eight hours travelling to Worli and back. "We shared the memorandum on social media and have garnered over 1,500 signatures so far. We will hand it over to the urban development department at Mantralaya," she said.
|2018-08-24||Blinkers on! Thane carpoolers protest against congested, pothole-ridden roads - Times of India|
Blinkers on! Thane carpoolers protest against congested, pothole-ridden roads Aug 25, 2018, 02:14 IST Thane: To convey their ire against poor traffic management and pothole-ridden roads, hundreds of car poolers from Thane drove in a single queue from Waghbil to Airoli Naka on Friday morning flickering their parking lights as part of their online civil protest, #FixRoadsElseNoVotes, to push the authorities to take action. The silent rebellion launched by a handful of carpooling groups a few days ago triggered a frenzy in social media and dozens of motorists joined in Friday’s protest drive. The group started off in three batches from Waghbil, Hiranandani Estate and R-Mall at 7.15am, 7.20am and 7.30am with #FixRoadsElseNoVotes posters taped to their windows and crossed the Mulund toll naka up to Airoli flyover on the right lane with their hazard lights on. Thereafter, they dispersed and drove to their workplaces. “We have been struggling to travel to work and back home since the past few weeks. A quarter of our day gets wasted in jams because of traffic mismanagement, bad roads and rampant construction projects that are narrowing roads further. To voice this frustration, we asked other motorists to join us,” said Shilpa Bhat, a carpooler from Waghbil who spends five hours a day in travelling to and fro her Lower Parel office. “We started the campaign...to show the government that we are fed up of being taken for granted despite paying taxes and if it doesn’t start fixing roads, we will not vote. To our delight, we saw dozens of commuters join our group along the way,” she said. On Monday, the group will submit a me-morandum of issues, along with suggested solutions, with over 1,500 signatures at Mantralaya. “On Sunday, we started a signature campaign and prepared a memorandum co-mprising five main issues that citizens face: Bad roads, lacklustre public transportation system, traffic mismanagement, heavy vehicle menace and pocket-burning toll. We also suggested solutions,” said Pawar Nagar resident Lakshmi Naidu, who spends eight hours travelling to Worli and back. “We shared the memorandum on social media and have garnered over 1,500 signatures so far. We will hand it over to the urban development department at Mantralaya,” she said.
|2018-08-23||62 illegal schools flourishing in Thane, RTI reveals - Daily News & Analysis|
62 illegal schools flourishing in Thane, RTI reveals Updated: Aug 23, 2018, 06:50 AM IST Thane is a hotbed of illegal schools, the number of which continues to increase every year, reveals an RTI (Right to Information) query. According to an RTI query filed by activist Sanjiv Datta, there are 62 illegal schools in Thane city which have increased from 55 last year. The RTI response revealed that year 2018-19 saw the number of illegal schools rise to 62. The number of illegal schools for the financial year 2017-18 was 55, as reported by DNA in April this year. And in 2016-17, there were 39 such schools in Thane. Of these 62, the maximum increase was seen in English medium schools — 49 schools compared to last year's 38. The number of illegal Hindi medium schools have grown to 10 from last year's eight. On the other hand, the number of illegal Marathi medium schools have declined from seven to three. Most of these illegal schools are in Mumbra, Kalwa and Diva. There are over 271 civic, government, aided, unaided and private recognised schools in Thane. And 184 are unaided but recognised private schools in Thane. Datta says that this year on year increase in the number of schools in Thane shows that they are allowed to flourish at the cost of TMC schools. "While these illegal schools have burgeoned to 62, there are only 123 TMC schools in Thane," says he. He further adds that the population of Thane have increased in the past few years, but the number of school students remains the same. He also says that TMC provides free education, uniform, books, meals and also gets grants from the state as well as the central government. "But this hardly reflects in their growth," he adds. When contacted Manish Joshi, deputy commissioner- education, TMC confirmed that such schools mushroom in Mumbra, Diva. "People want schools at their doorstep, and are least bothered to know whether it is legal or illegal," says Joshi. Hence, to tackle this issue, the TMC plans to come up with part schools (bhaag shala). "These schools will be affiliated with the nearest TMC school. They will operate from a social hall, auditorium or TMC building. That's how we plan to take TMC education to Thanekar's doorstep," he adds.
|2018-08-23||Thane court sentences man to seven years in jail for kidnapping, raping teenager; imposes Rs 22000 fine - Firstpost|
Thane court sentences man to seven years in jail for kidnapping, raping teenager; imposes Rs 22,000 fine Aug 23, 2018 12:59:11 IST Thane: A court in Thane has awarded seven years of imprisonment to a 27-year-old man for kidnapping and raping a teenager, observing that a minor victim's consent "is no consent in the eyes of law". The victim, aged 16 at the time of the incident, went missing from her aunt's house at Belapur in Navi Mumbai, where she was residing since childhood, after she stepped out to go to a public toilet on 18 June 2016, the prosecution said. Unable to trace the girl, her family members lodged a complaint of kidnapping the next day. The prosecution said when the victim went out of her house, the accused, Rohit Ramesh Kadam, a casual labourer, kidnapped her and took her to Alibaug in the neighbouring Raigad district, where he raped her at a room in a lodge. He later took the victim to Pune and Karnataka and both returned to Navi Mumbai on June 25. The police recorded the victim's statement on 26 June 2016 and referred her to a hospital for medical examination. The man was subsequently arrested and booked under IPC sections 376 (rape), 363 (kidnapping) and 366 (abducting or inducing woman to compel her for marriage), and provisions of the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. However, the accused told the court that the girl herself wanted to run away with him as her family members wanted to get her married to another person whom she did not like. After hearing both the sides, District Judge PP Jadhav observed that the prosecution proved offences against the accused under the above mentioned IPC and POCSO sections. The accused had taken the victim to the lodge at Alibaug and had sexual intercourse with her, he said, observing that "considering the victim's age, her consent is no consent in the eyes of law". "While taking her to the lodge, the accused was well aware or rather had the intention to have sexual intercourse with the victim," the judge said while pronouncing the judgement last week. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 22,000 on theaccused.
|2018-08-23||Newly wed raped; abettor husband and rapist arrested by Thane police - United News of India|
Newly wed raped; abettor husband and rapist arrested by Thane police Thane , Aug 23 (UNI) In a most shocking and macabre incident, a newly married young bride was raped in front of her husband on Holi this year, the city police said here today. Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar today said that the two persons including her husband who abetted the crime have been arrested by the Badlapur West police station. The police have charged the duo under sections 376(2)(i)(f(j)504,506 rw 34 of the IPC and also sections 4,6,8,10,17, and 21 of the POCSO Act of 2012. The police said quoting a complaint by the victims mother that it was in the month of March 2018 the couple went to the house of one of their relatives ( victims aunt) at Badlapur. It was on the fateful day March 14, 2018 the couple went to the house of the relative of the family in the next flat for sleeping.
|2018-08-23||Thane residents unite against potholes - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane residents unite against potholes Aug 24, 2018, 08:11 IST 250 residents, under the banner of the Road Commuters Forum, has pledged to boycott all elections 7,600 Thanekars have signed an online petition submitted by the Thane Citizen Foundation Hundred members of the Road Commuters, Forum will take out a car rally More than 7,000 people sign a petition demanding immediate repair of bad roads, while another group will take out a car rally today as part of its no road, no vote campaign. Thane residents’ campaign against bad roads is gaining a massive push, with several citizen groups coming forward to demand immediate solutions from the Thane Municipal Corporation, the politicians, and the traffic police. While a group of 250 residents, under the banner of the Road Commuters’ Forum, has pledged to boycott all elections until roads in their localities are not repaired (‘No road, no vote’, MM, August 23), another 7,600 Thanekars have signed an online petition submitted by the Thane Citizens’ Foundation demanding potholes-free roads and better coordination among the authorities to ease bottlenecks. At 7.30 am today, around a hundred members of the Road Commuters’ Forum will take out a car rally in which motorists will drive from Waghbil Naka on Ghodbunder Road to Airoli Bridge, 17 km away, as part of the ‘no road, no vote’ campaign. Around the same time, members of the Thane Citizens’ Foundation will hold a banner protest at the toll plazas, urging people to join in the protest. Kasber Augustine, president of Thane Citizens’ Foundation, said more than one lakh people travel from Thane to Mumbai every day, and they “deserve better”. “People are angry and that shows in the number of signatures we have received for the petition, filed on change.org. In a few days, we’ll launch a door-to-door campaign to reach out to more people,” Augustine said. Thane residents to boycott elections until roads are repaired in their localities Thane residents launch a campaign wherein they have pledged to boycott all elections until roads in their localities are repaired Thane residents’ anger over potholes has spilled onto the streets, with a car rally scheduled today. (Inset) The Mirror report on the residents’ no road, no vote pledge TMC promises action The Thane Municipal Corporation’s chief engineer, Shashikant Sontakke, said that traffic chaos will ease once the Central Railway completes the road overbridge repairs near the Kopri Bridge. “Also, the Public Works Department has said the Mumbra Bypass will be repaired by October 10. Once done, heavy vehicles will be diverted to this bypass,” Sontakke said. The chief engineer said while the municipal corporation was working overtime to repair the potholes ( see story), it has also asked the BMC to hand over land near the Anand Nagar octroi plaza. “With octroi gone, the land is unused. We plan to construct an additional lane connecting Mumbai to Thane,” Sontakke said. The TMC is also in the process of automating the toll collection process. “Once done, a car will spend around 15 seconds at a toll plaza compared to an average two minutes presently,” he said. Augustine, however, questioned the need of the many toll plazas in Thane. “We are surrounded by so many toll plazas, it seems like living in ajail. It has taken us two years of relentless campaigning to get rid of two toll plazas, but more effort is needed,” he said. Thane to use American solution to fill potholes AggreBind is a soil-stabilising technology. TMC says repaired roads will remain in a good condition for 5 yrs. PWD, contractors taken to high court over pothole deaths.
|2018-08-23||Minor girl raped, murdered in Thane - Times of India|
Minor girl raped, murdered in Thane Aug 24, 2018, 00:44 IST THANE: A 14-year-old girl was raped and killed by an unidentified person in Bhiwandi tehsil of Thane district on Thursday evening, police said. The incident took place around 5.40 PM at Mankoli village near Bhiwandi. The girl was alone at home when an unidentified man entered the house, raped her and strangled her, an official from Narpoli police station said. The assailant also forced her head into a tub of water which probably caused the death, he said. A case under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 376 (rape) has been registered. Further probe is on.
|2018-08-23||Raymond looking to sell Thane land to cut debt - Financial Express|
Raymond looking to sell Thane land to cut debt According to a Jefferies report, over FY16-18, the company had high capex due to the setting up of its Ethiopia and Amravati plants, store renovation and store-rollout expenses. In FY18, capex was around `400 crore, a significant portion to expand capacity in the B2B businesses. Published: August 24, 2018 4:21 AM Textile major Raymond is looking at reducing its debt by selling its Thane land and is targeting to be cash flow-positive by FY20, its chairman and managing director Gautam Hari Singhania said on Thursday. The company has a debt of Rs 2,000 crore with an interest outgo of around `50 crore per quarter, but for Singhania that’s not a big worry. The Raymond board has approved development of a 20-acre project in Thane but most land deals have lots of issues in India, Singhania told a business news channel, adding that the company is at the end of the capital expenditure (capex) cycle and has no capex on the table. “The debt went higher owing to Amravati and Ethiopia expansions. If the company manages to sell Thane land it will be debt-free tomorrow. There is intent to monetise the land even if it takes three years or more,” he added. To reduce debt, Singhania is also open to divestment of the auto business and hardware business. He is willing to sell all non-core assets but said it needs to see the correct amount of money. “If someone had offered me the correct price it would have been sold by now,” he said. On demerging the businesses, he said that selling is one of the options and there are other options on the table as well, adding that he is fully focused on shareholder value. According to a Jeferries report, over FY16-18, the company had high capex due to the setting up of its Ethiopia and Amravati plants, store renovation and store-rollout expenses. In FY18, capex was around `400 crore, a significant portion to expand capacity in the B2B businesses. With major capex now behind, management has no such plans for FY19-20, and capex should taper off to `200-2,50 crore (for retail expansion, maintenance and expanding the auto-components capacity), leading to higher free cash flow generation. In terms of cash flow and targets for FY20, Singhania assured that it will turn positive in FY20 and also, margin expansion is on the cards. Plenty of opportunities and new verticals for Raymond will grow. He said that there is big headroom in ethnic wear and believes in the Rs 5,000 crore market there is no reason why the company cannot capture 10% of it, which amounts to Rs 500 crore. The company is looking at increasing its presence in rural markets and also plans to set up bespoke lounges. On consumption in India, Singhania said that it has not gone anywhere. Core focus continues to be on product and growing brand image. A big opportunity exists in the Indian market and the Indian consumption story hasn’t gone anywhere. He also said that GST is positive in the long run. According to Singhania, branded products can absorb higher prices. Higher raw material costs make a company like Raymond focus more on operating efficiencies, he said. Raymond’s stock price has corrected by nearly 30% from the peak seen in May 2018. Singhania said that as a promoter, he is positive on the business and he is a buyer of his own stock at these levels. But the more important focus is on business and not on the stock price, he said.
|2018-08-23||Thane to use American solution to fill potholes - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane to use American solution to fill potholes Updated: Aug 24, 2018, 01:57 IST Bind is a soil-stabilising technology. TMC says repaired roads will remain in a good condition for 5 yrs. Under fire from citizens over the terrible state of roads, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) said on Thursday that an American soil-stabilising technology called AggreBind would be used to fill potholes. The Shiv Sena-controlled civic body claimed this would be the first use of the product, basically a waterbased polymer, in India. A mixture of gravel and AggreBind will be used to fill craters, and officials are confident that spots patched up this way will remain in a good condition for up to five years. The announcement came hours after Mirror reported about a citizen movement in Thane. Scores of residents have vowed to not to vote in any election, be it the municipal corporation polls or the Lok Sabha contest, until roads are repaired in their localities. TMC chief Sanjeev Jaiswal met AggreBind’s executives Wilfred Joe and Chris Juggler, and officials of partner firm PGK Group on Thursday. The soil stabiliser is widely used in the US to repair pockmarked thoroughfares and to fill irrigation channels. TMC officials said AggreBind would be first trialled at Meenatai Thackeray Chowk and at a spot near the municipal research centre. After assessing the results there, the potential solution to Thane and Mumbai’s notorious craters will be used at other locations. Corporate lawyer Basil Almeida, who is at the forefront of the campaign against bad roads, said citizens didn’t particularly care what method or product was being used; they only wanted results. “You can use American, Russian or Indian technology. It doesn’t matter. We only want roads to remain free of potholes for a long period,” Almeida said. Mayor Minakshi Shinde said she would inspect roads on Friday. “We have a mayor marathon on September 2. I will be taking a tour tomorrow (Friday). Till the time rains stop, we can’t do anything. But Thane is better than other cities,” she said. Thane’s city Engineer, Anil Patil, said AggreBind’s team demonstrated the product’s application on Wednesday. “We have filled one pothole and covered it with tarpaulin to check how it works. Polymers are better than tar,” he said. The civic claimed this would be the first use of the product, basically a water-based polymer, in India.
|2018-08-22||Baby girl delivered at Thane station, second case in two months - Times of India|
Baby girl delivered at Thane station, second case in two months Aug 23, 2018, 07:09 IST THANE: A woman delivered a baby girl at Thane railway station on Tuesday night, en route to the hospital. This is the second delivery in two months at Thane station. Railway officials said Harjeet Kaur, a resident of Chembur, was travelling from her maternal home in Diva to Kalwa CSM hospital around 10.30 pm as she was due for delivery. Kaur, her sister and mother boarded a fast train from platform 2. As soon as the train was nearing Thane, she went into labour. The family started wailing, attracting the attention of passengers in the near-empty ladies coach. “Some passengers alerted the railway helpline and arranged for a medical team at Thane station to attend to Kaur as the train pulled into platform 4,” said Rajendra Shirtode, senior inspector, Thane railway police. After examining her condition, doctors from the Re1 clinic at the station decided to take her to the medical room adjoining platform 2, where they helped deliver the baby, a railway official at Thane said. After treatment, Kaur and her newborn were sent to the Civil hospital in Thane along with a constable and a railway staffer. The condition of the baby and mother is normal, said doctors. “My wife was expecting and was registered with CSM hospital for a normal delivery. My in-laws were taking her to hospital when she experienced labour pain. We are happy to welcome the newborn to our family,” said Harjeet’s husband Manjeet, a driver. Experts have called for better medical facilities in the distant suburbs so that pregnant women do not have to travel far-off for deliveries.
|2018-08-22||Mumbai Suburban stun holders Thane 3-2 to regain State badminton title - Times of India|
Mumbai Suburban stun holders Thane 3-2 to regain State badminton title Mumbai Suburban stun holders Thane 3-2 to regain State badminton titleSuhas NayseMumbai Suburban (MSDBA) recorded a stunning come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Thane in an exciting final to clinch the title of the Maharashtra Senior Inter-District Badminton Championship at the Dayanand College Stadium here on Tuesday. Aug 22, 2018, 21:17 IST LATUR: Mumbai Suburban (MSDBA) recorded a stunning come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Thane in an exciting final to clinch the title of the Maharashtra Senior Inter-District Badminton Championship at the Dayanand College Stadium here on Tuesday. Defending champions Thane were just three points away from retaining their title but their women's doubles pair of Saili Rane and Revati Devasthale squandered away a golden chance. Had they won those few points in the second game of the women's doubles, the tie would have been sealed 3-1 in favour of Thane. However, teenage pair of Simran Singhi and Kalpita Sawant staged a dramatic recovery after losing the first game to claim the next two games to make the tie score 2-2. It was all boiled down to that mixed doubles - the fifth and last match of the tie - to decide the champions. MSDBA pair of Deep Rambhiya and Pooja Devlekar produced a top-class performance to shatter the hopes of Thane. The duo of Deep and Pooja had won the last match to halt the progress of Nagpur with a 3-2 verdict in the semifinal in the morning and they did it again in the evening to help their team avenge last year's defeat in the final. With summit clash leveled at 2-2, Deep and Pooja outclassed the experienced Thane pair of Akshay Raut and Saili Rane 21-14, 21-18 to emerge champions for the second time in four years after the mixed team format was introduced in 2015. After winning the final point, Deep and Pooja jumped in jubilation as their other MSDBA teammates joined them in celebration on the court. "It was totally unexpected. We managed to beat strong Thane with our almost second string side. Credit must be given to Kaushal Dharmamer and Deep Rambhiya for rising to the occasion and delivering under pressure. Even our girls Simran, Kalpita and Pooja did a fantastic job," said an emotional team coach Santosh Kshatriya. After shocking Pune 3-2 in the quarterfinals on Monday, Nagpur came up with yet another brilliant performance in the semifinals against Mumbai Suburban. However, Nagpur flattered to deceive and lost narrowly by 2-3. After both the teams won two matches each, MSDBA mixed doubles pair of Deep Rambhiya and Pooja Devlekar defeated Nagpur's duo of Sourabh Kerhalkar and Ritika Thaker in straight games to make fourth successive entry into the final. In the last tie, Sourabh and Ritika had won the decisive decider against Pune to help Nagpur reach the semis. On Tuesday too, they began well and were leading comfortably at 16-12 in the first game. But somehow they just couldn't maintain the tempo. Deep and Pooja won nine of the last eleven points to clinch the first game at 21-18. Under pressure to stay in the match, Nagpur's pair crumbled and began to make several unforced errors. Pooja, who was completely off-colour initially, also started to find the placements at the right areas to make the matter worse for Nagpur. Deep was the hero of the tie as he not only won the men's doubles with Prasad Shetty he also played a lead role in the crucial mixed doubles. Monday's hero Rohan Gurbani came tantalisingly close to create another upset when he stretched Kaushal Dharmamer to his limits. In a marathon opener which lasted for an hour and 14 minutes, Rohan went down fighting against Dharmamer 7-21, 21-18, 18-21. In the third game, Gurbani was leading 19-18 but just couldn't land that knockout punch. The second semis was a cake walk for Thane as they humbled Greater Mumbai 3-0 without even losing a single game. Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA) president and vice-president of Badminton Association of India (BAI) Arun Lakhani was the chief guest and distributed the prizes. MBA vice-president Ashish Bajpai, MBA secreatay SA Shetty, Latur district Collector G Shrikanth, Gurunath Khubba, Anil Pande, Abhay Shah and other MBA officials were present on the occasion. Results Semifinals: MSDBA bt Nagpur 3-2 (Kaushal Dharmamer bt Rohan Gurbani 21-7, 18-21, 21-19; Kalpita Sawant lost to Vaishnavi Bhale 15-21, 14-21; Deep Rambhiya-Prasad Shetty bt Gaurav Mithe-Sourabh Kerhalkar 21-19, 21-7; Pooja Devlekar-Simran Singhi lost to Rashi Lambe-Ritika Thaker 15-21, 15-21; Deep Rambhiya-Pooja Devlekar bt Sourabh Kerhalkar-Ritika Thaker 21-18, 21-12). Thane bt Greater Mumbai 3-0 (Aman Farokh Sanjay bt Mangirish Palekar 21-17, 21-16; Revati Devasthale bt Riya Arolkar 21-13, 21-9; Akshay Raut-Kabir Anzarkar bt Mangirish Palekar-Nigel D'sa 21-5, 21-13). Final: MSDBA bt Thane 3-2 (Kaushal Dharmamer bt Aman Farokh Sanjay 21-19, 21-18; Kalpita Sawant lost to Revati Devasthale 10-21, 13-21; Deep Rambhiya-Prasad Shetty lost to Akshay Raut-Kabir Kanzarkar 9-21, 14-21; Kalpita Sawant-Simran Singhi bt Revati Devasthale-Saili Rane 15-21, 21-18, 21-14; Deep Rambhiya-Pooja Devlekar bt Akshay Raut-Saili Rane 21-14, 21-18).
|2018-08-22||Thane residents to boycott elections until roads are repaired in their localities - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane residents to boycott elections until roads are repaired in their localities Aug 23, 2018, 07:48 IST More than a hundred residents will drive from Ghodbunder Road to Airoli Bridge tomorrow to highlight the troubles they face every day due to bad roads. A citizen movement has begun in Thane, wherein several residents have pledged to boycott every election – from the municipal corporation to the Lok Sabha – until roads are repaired in their localities. More than a hundred residents are scheduled to converge at Waghbil Naka on Ghodbunder Road on Friday, from where they will drive to Airoli Bridge, 17 km away, to highlight the troubles they face every day due to bad roads. The residents have called Friday’s event the ‘blinkers protest’, wherein they will keep the car lights on throughout the 17-km drive. The residents, who have formed a group called Road Commuters’ Forum, say they have more than 250 members and more are joining in, including several from the Western suburbs. Already, they have begun campaigning for their cause on social media, using hashtags such as #FixRoadsElseNoVotes, #Freedom-FromPotholes and #KhaddaChallenge. It has been abandoned by the contractor from January this year; PWD set to blacklist it now. The Thane residents’ initiative comes in the wake of a lengthy campaign run by this newspaper highlighting the condition of roads in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, which has witnessed seven deaths due to potholes this year. In Kalyan, where majority of casualties occurred, three people died within four days in July after landing into potholes. Basil Almeida, 49, who is a corporate lawyer and a management consultant, said the group’s idea is to make the authorities aware about residents’ sufferings. “Ours is not a political movement. We want the government to come up with solutions and all of us are firm on not voting till the issue of bad roads is fixed,” Almeida said. Almeida drives to Worli daily, where his office is located, and ends up spending around six hours in the car. “What worries me is the situation is worsening every day. And if there’s a problem, like we had on August 10 when the streets were crammed with traffic due to large-scale cancellations of local trains, we could see a situation where we will reach home the next day,” he said. The residents have identified five major problems and want the government to solve these ASAP. These are: substandard material used in road construction; traffic mismanagement; poor regulation of traffic at toll plazas; crumbling public transport; entry of heavy vehicles within the city limits during rush hours. Namita Pillai (r) says the gruelling commute has turned her into a weekend parent Financial consultant Ram Balasubramanian, 32, said residents individually approached the Thane Municipal Corporation, BMC, the Public Works Department, Mumbai and Thane traffic police, MMRDA, and MSRDC. “Officials from all these agencies only passed the buck. Such an attitude from the authorities made us realise that only we can save ourselves; that we the people have to band together and take matters in our hands,” Balasubramanian said. Media professional Shibu Nair, 40, who travels to Goregaon every day, said the condition of the roads in Mumbai Metropolitan Region is such that those using them end up spending a large portion of the day commuting. “Residents of Mumbai are losing the work-life balance. Our aim is to not let the bureaucrats and the politicians get away with such mismanagement any further,” he said. Week after Mirror report, misleading road signs in south Mumbai rectifiedJust a week after Mirror reported that the BMC had put up misleading signs and left the citizens confused, the civic body took quick action to rectify its mistake. Now, the arodawala Marg sign has been shifted to its right location, near Shikhar Kunj building on Altamount Road. ‘A weekend parent’ Thirty-five-year-old Namita Pillai, who works at Chinchpokhli, said she ends up spending so much time commuting that she had turned into a “weekend parent” to her five-year-old son. “He’s asleep when I leave for work and he’s asleep when I return home. I only meet him during the weekends,” she said. “Among those I travel with is a diabetic and a motherto-be. It’s time for the common people to stand up for themselves,” she said. Balasubramanian said such has been the impact of their campaign that residents of Western suburbs, who end up spending hours on the roads due to potholes and Metro construction, have offered to join in the movement. Mirror’s sustained campaign highlighting the condition of roads in Mumbai Metropolitan Region Ready to listen, says MP Shiv Sena leader and Member of Parliament from Kalyan, Shrikant Shinde, whose father Eknath Shinde is Thane’s guardian minister, said the municipal corporation and other agencies were “doing their best to fix all problems”. “We have taken a proactive measure by cutting off the toll until the Mumbra bypass is repaired. We have hired experts to solve problems that the citizens have spoken about. In fact, they can approach us, and we will be more than willing to listen if they have suggestions,” Shinde said. Meanwhile, no official from Thane Municipal Corporation was willing to comment on Friday’s protest by the residents. Mumbai: Why roads like Bandra-Worli Sea Link offer a smoother ride than othersPlanning, work, tech and contractors make all the difference between getting a pothole-riddled road and a smooth drive.
|2018-08-22||Thane commuters leave early to reach on time, over five hours spent travelling - Times of India|
Thane commuters leave early to reach on time, over five hours spent travelling Updated: Aug 23, 2018, 00:21 IST THANE: In order to beat the peak hour rush and make sure that they reach offices in time, Thane city residents have turned their clocks almost an hour ahead and have scheduled their commute accordingly. The denizens who commute by their private vehicles or even the ones using public transport are now cutting down on their sleep as they have to wake up early in order to leave sooner. They claimed that the bad road condition, diversion due to repair work at Mumbra bypass has made their travel worse as there is always huge congestion. Few have even got late marks so often that they have lost some part of their salary due as regular delay has led to them being marked absent at work. “Earlier when I used to travel towards Mumbai, I used to leave around 7:45am as it used to take only half an hour to cross the toll plaza. Since over a month I have been leaving home half-an-hour early in order to make sure that I reach in time, but sometimes when the congestion gets worse especially if a trailer breaks down then I get a little delayed,” said Gaurav Bhatnagar, resident of Waghbil. Many felt helpless that they have to take the Eastern Express Highway everyday as there is no other alternative, as reaching till Thane station and then boarding an overcrowded train is equally stressful. The commuters even added as to how their life has become hectic as they are juggling between office and time spent in traffic snarls, due to which they are missing out on family time as they leave home early and reach late. “I have to wake up at around 6 am so that I could do all the household chores and get ready and leave at sharp 8 am, as even a minute delay could be troublesome. It takes me over two hours to reach Andheri from Thane, while earlier in the month of March, I used to reach easily in less than an hour, but now that is not even possible on a Saturday. Daily almost five hours of my day goes into travelling, I cannot even commute by train as I have health issues and have been advised to travel by car. Also my children have been complaining that I haven’t spent any time with them as I come home around 9:30 pm, by that time they are almost heading to bed,” said Sheetal Gaikwad. The denizens stated that they have given hope from all the government bodies as they are facing the congestion problem since over a month now and nothing has been done for the relief of commuters. They added that the toll waiver is of no use as it had not helped decreasing the congestion.
|2018-08-22||Five doors of Bhatsa dam partially opened, brimming Barvi next? - Times of India|
Five doors of Bhatsa dam partially opened, brimming Barvi next? Aug 23, 2018, 00:42 IST THANE: Five doors of the Bhatsa dam were partially opened since Tuesday after heavy rainfall in the catchment area of the reservoir since last few weeks. Luckily, there have been no incidents of inundation along the adjoining areas downstream due to the discharge of water. The Thane district administration said the Bhatsa dam with a capacity of around 942mcm has already witnessed 1867mm rains since June and has reached its overflow limit and the excess water had to be drained out to ensure stability of the reservoir. As many as three gates of the massive dam were opened Tuesday morning and a huge cache of water was released. However, after the rains picked up by afternoon, the authorities were forced to open two more gates of the dam partially releasing millions of litres of water downstream. Fearing the water could have inundated the nearby areas downstream, district authorities ensured adequate preparations in the rural pockets of the district including parts of Shahpur taluka, etc. The local governing bodies were also asked to remain alert for rescue operations if the situation went out of hand. “Our entire machinery has been put on the alert to ensure there is no casualty during the waters being released from the dam,” said a district official. Meanwhile, the Barvi dam has also reached overflow limits and could also see some water being released downstream. The dam that supplies water to Thane and neighbouring cities has also reached its overflow limit due to excessive rainfall in the catchment area. Experts said a system should be put in place to ensure the dam waters are not released suddenly in the peak of the monsoons. The agencies concerned should cordinate among themselves and schedule the rainfall expected in the season and plan the discharge of water that could avoid inundation of low lying areas as was the case in 2005 in Thane district.
|2018-08-22||Thane: Rs 59 lakh payout for kin of cop killed by bus driver - Times of India|
Thane: Rs 59 lakh payout for kin of cop killed by bus driver Aug 23, 2018, 07:07 IST THANE: Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) directed Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) undertaking to pay Rs 59 lakh to the kin of a traffic police constable mowed down by a reckless driver two years back. MACT member RN Rokade directed TMT to pay the compensation along with 8% interest from the date of claim to the family of Chandrakant Salunkhe (43). His elderly parents, two daughters and widow moved the tribunal in 2016, demanding compensation as the death had occurred due to rash and negligent driving by the driver of the bus heading to Mira Road. Advocate Natha Jadhav told the tribunal that Salunkhe was on duty at Gaimukh naka, Ghodbunder Road, on March 11, 2016. “Salunkhe stopped a tempo that switched to the wrong side of the road, when the bus knocked him down and rammed into the tempo. The bus driver then dashed a truck,” the court was told. The bus driver was prosecuted under sections of IPC, including 304, 279, 337, 338 and 427, and under section 134A and B of Motor Vehicle Act by Kasarwadavali police. Sources said the driver committed suicide some months later. The family’s legal team told the tribunal that the deceased was earning nearly Rs 36,498 per month and all applicants were legal heirs and his dependants. The insurance company’s legal team pointed out several flaws in the evidence the family produced in court and argued that the bus was not at fault. The tribunal directed TMT to pay Rs 59.2 lakh, which includes Rs 58.5 lakh for loss of dependency, Rs 40,000 for loss of consortium and Rs 15,000 each towards loss of estate and funeral expenses.
|2018-08-22||Thane: Fix roads or no votes, commuters tell agencies through campaign - Times of India|
Thane: Fix roads or no votes, commuters tell agencies through campaign Aug 22, 2018, 23:50 IST THANE: Fed up with the daily commute through the pothole-studded congested roads, a group of residents from Hiranandani Estate have launched an online civil protest, #FixRoadsElseNoVotes, to push the authorities to take some action. The abundance of potholes across the inner roads and highways, or the influx of heavy vehicles and the development projects taking place in the city over the past few months have thrown the traffic out of gear with many forced to spend hours during their commute to work. “We waste four to five hours of our day only during our commute. Despite the amount of taxes and toll we pay, we are provided with bad pothole-filled roads. The heavy vehicle traffic and metro and flyover projects have added to the chaos. To make things worse there is no proper traffic management,” said Rajesh Bhasin, a Hiranandani Estate resident, who has been tweeting about these issues to various government agencies. After these strings of tweets and complaints to various ministers and government agencies went unheard, the citizens of the area decided it was essential to start a movement to bring their plight to the government’s attention. “A few of my carpooling companions and I were discussing these issues and knew that there were many others who were facing similar problems. We immediately started the #FixRoadsElseNoVotes campaign, created a memorandum where we jotted down all the struggles we face daily because of bad roads and traffic snarls and shared it on all the carpooling groups we were part of,” added Bhasin. “Over the weekend, we started a signature campaign where we shared this memorandum with people across the city and Mumbai Metropolitan Region and asked them to join our movement. We also noted some suggestions for the government, including the deployment of more traffic wardens, speedy work on potholes, etc. Till Wednesday we received over 1,500 signatures. We will be submitting this list to each and every government body,” he added. While these groups have already started taking over digital media platforms by posting around 20 tweets and hour on the traffic congestion, or updating traffic statuses at various junctures on WhatsApp and Facebook to warn others, they have also planned a silent protest or blinker campaign to shed some light on these issues on Friday morning. We will take all the highways and drive according to proper traffic rules,” said Ashish Sawant, a Waghbil resident who will be coordinating the assembly point at Dongipada. “We will keep blinkers or hazard lights on till we cross the toll to get the attention of politicians and government agencies who have been ignoring us,” added Sawant.
|2018-08-21||Maharashtra: Malshej ghat route in Thane closed for traffic after boulder crash - Free Press Journal|
Maharashtra: Malshej ghat route in Thane closed for traffic after boulder crash Aug 21, 2018 10:20 am Thane (Maha): The route from Malshej Ghat, a vital link to Mumbai and other areas via Murbad taluka in Maharashtra’s Thane district, has been closed for vehicular movement following boulder crash today, an official said. Some boulders fell from the ghat around 3 am due to rains, Thane Resident Deputy Collector Shivaji Patil said. No casualty has been reported in the incident, but as a precautionary measure and to remove the debris, the ghat route has been shut for the time being, he said.
|2018-08-21||History sheeter nabbed for over 36 house break-ins in Thane - Times of India|
History sheeter nabbed for over 36 house break-ins in Tha Aug 22, 2018, 01:08 IST THANE: The crime branch unit–4 arrested a history-sheeter who was involved in over three dozen burglary cases in various parts of the Thane Police Commissionerate. The men used separate cars during recce and robberies, which helped them escape. Acting on a tip, the accused, Kailas More, 36 a resident of Dhule, was trapped. The cops were informed that the accused would come to Badlapur bus stand and was arrested there, said Deepak Devraj, the deputy commissioner of police (crime). During the probe, the cops found that the accused was involved in 32 cases of house break-ins across Maharashtra and Gujarat and he just out on bail after serving a jail term. During the probe, the accused confessed to the crime and revealed that he was involved crimes in areas like Ulhasnagar, Badlapur, Ambernath and neighbouring region, the official added. The police have launched a manhunt to nab his three other accomplices who are part of the gang that targeted the locked houses. After grilling him, the police recovered a stolen booty worth Rs 3.45 lakh. “We are trying to establish his role in various burglary cases,” said the officer.
|2018-08-21||Malshej Ghat route in Thane closed for traffic after landslide - Times of India|
Malshej Ghat route in Thane closed for traffic after landslide Aug 21, 2018, 14:11 IST KALYAN: Traffic on National Highway 222 was blocked on both sides after a landslide occured near Malshej Ghat in Thane district due to heavy rain on Tuesday morning. In the mishap, a truck driver suffered injuries after a boulder fell on his truck from hill. Following the incident, Highway Police alongwith Public Works Department and other teams reached the spot and started removing debris to start traffic on route. The official said that due to fog and continuous rain, work is getting delayed. This is second time in a month when traffic has been blocked due to landslide on Malsej ghat, which is said to be one of the dangerous ghats in Maharshtra.
|2018-08-20||Thane, Airoli naka to be toll free for small vehicles: Eknath Shinde - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane, Airoli naka to be toll free for small vehicles: Eknath Shinde Updated: Aug 20, 2018, 21:51 IST Hours after Nationalist Congress Party threatened a stir at the toll naka of Thane, minister Eknath Shinde announced that toll would not be charged from small vehicles for a month at the Thane and Airoli toll naka. All the toll nakas are owned by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation. Since the Mumbai bypass road is shut for massive repairs, there is tremendous traffic on the Eastern Express Highway and the wait at the naka is long. A lot of time gets wasted at the toll nakas and in the evenings, there is a 2 km-long queue. Shinde announced a toll waiver for a month from Tuesday and said that it will reduce traffic jam. As per statistics of July, 11.30 lakh vehicles used the toll naka at Thane. In Thane toll naka, the earning was Rs 5.5 crore per month and in Mulund it was Rs 4 crore. Since the vehicles queued up in Thane too, the internal traffic management of Thane city had also gone for a toss. The NCP had threatened an agitation on Monday, but NCP leaders were told to hold back as an announcement from the minister was coming. Senior BJP leader Vinay Sahastrabuddhe had also made a demand for suspension of toll and asked PWD minister Chandrakant Patil of BJP to ensure it happens.
|2018-08-20||TMC yet to find takers to execute new stn near Thane - Times of India|
TMC yet to find takers to execute new stn near Thane Aug 20, 2018, 23:01 IST Thane: The new railway station between Thane and Mulund could possibly be delayed as the Thane municipal corporation (TMC) is still to find a private player to execute the vital station area development work. The bids floated by the TMC for the Rs 130-crore infrastructure development plan in May failed to get any response and a second tender was floated a fortnight ago. The TMC and railways require 14 acres of land near Thane mental hospital, which is currently with the state health department. The TMC had got an in-principle approval from the state cabinet last month.While the railways is working on the designs for the station, platforms, building and signalling systems within its jurisdiction, the major quantum rests on the civic administration that has to develop and construct basic infrastructure outside the station premises— including constructing, widening existing roads, elevated deck, bus stations, parking lots and shifting utility lines. However, the tender floated in May 2018 got no response after which the corporation re-floated the tenders last fortnight. “We are seeking experts who would help in constructing the roads, elevated decks and other allied infrastructure around the new station premises. We have not received any response to our earlier bids due to which we have had to re-float tenders again,” said an official from the public works department (PWD). Meanwhile, experts and passenger activists have blamed the lack of dedicated efforts by the elected representatives and constant delay by the agencies in acquiring land for the new railway station and probably making it unavailable for contractors. “The elected representatives must question the authorities about the delay. We have been reading reports about the project getting traction every three months but there is nothing happening on the ground. It is no surprise that contractors have not responded yet as the project doesn’t seem viable for them,” said Madhu Kotian, president of Mumbai Rail Pravasi Sangha. The project has not made any visible progress over the last several years after it was proposed first in 2004 and subsequently renewed in 2011. The land acquisition remained one of the major hurdles since then, said civic officials. The project had gained momentum in 2015 after serious consideration by Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu, but the pace eventually slackened even as the health department was non-committal about sharing the land parcel required for the works. The TMC, meanwhile, has dismissed the claims of any delays and has said that they are working on establishing a healthy communication with the state health department over the issue. “The issue of land acquisition has been sorted in the cabinet meeting last month. A memorandum of understanding will now be signed with all the agencies soon and the project will be on track. We are seeking approval from the general body for the same this month,” said a senior official from the municipal corporation.
|2018-08-20||Rs 3.28 lakh cash stolen from postal bag in Thane | Business ... - Business Standard|
Rs 3.28 lakh cash stolen from postal bag in Thane Last Updated at August 20, 2018 14:15 IST Cash worth Rs 3.28 lakh was allegedly stolen by an unidentified person from a postal bag here in Maharashtra, police said today. Several bags containing the day's cash collection from eight post office branches here were brought to the city's head post office on August 18, Thane Police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. However, officials at the head post office got suspicious about one of the cash bags as it weighed lighter than the weight specified on it. On opening the bag, they found paper pieces inside it, instead of the currency notes, Narkar said. A senior postal official lodged a police complaint about Rs 3.28 lakh missing from the cash bag, she said. The Thane Nagar police registered a case last evening under IPC section 379 (theft) and were probing the matter, she added.
|2018-08-20||Maharashtrian women revive Mangala Gauri traditions in lake city - Times of India|
Maharashtrian women revive Mangala Gauri traditions in lake cit Aug 20, 2018, 23:02 IST Thane: Be it the melodious fusion of the tabla and harmonium or the sheer variety of traditional games played by Marathi mandals, these traditional-cum-fun Mangala Gauri festivities taking place across the city every Tuesday seem to have heightened the festive vibe of Shraavan. Dressed in their Navvari saris, nathnis, ethnic green and gold bangles, these women have revived the long lost tradition of playing games like like fugdi, jhimna and khis-bai-khis in many urban nuclear homes in the lake-city. “Mangala Gauri celebrations are usually observed by newly-wed Maharashtrian women on every Tuesday during the month of Shraavan. Earlier, women used to come together and stay up all night playing these traditional games,” said Pushpa Lele (65), founder of two city-based Mangala Gauri mandals. “Today, in addition to lack of time, women don’t have anyone to play these games with. What’s worse is that even if these women get all their friends and family together for this celebration, they don’t have anyone to teach them these traditional games,” Lele added.Suvarna Kelkar, founder of one such 10-year-old mandal, said, “We have a group of 20 people. Be it a home event or a society one or a community one, we try to play as many traditional games like agota-pagota, dhanushya, jhimma, fugdi and many more.
|2018-08-20||Students go beyond traditional courses; opt for specialized ones - Times of India|
Students go beyond traditional courses; opt for specialized ones Aug 20, 2018, 23:00 IST Thane: With the increasing popularity of specialized courses like Bachelor of accounts and finance, Bachelor of business administration, Bachelor of mass media and many more, city-based academicians said that there has been a significant drop in the number of students opting for traditional courses like commerce and science. This trend, which had started developing at a snail pace five years ago, seems to be the top most priority of many aspirants now with even the coveted 90-plus per cent category students preferring these career-oriented courses over the regular ones. Sandhya Vaidya, head of junior section at Joshi-Bedekar College of Arts and Commerce, said, “Since the past five years, the trend is that students want to take up courses like BAF as these are offering a promising future. All private companies, banking institutes are now looking for people with such degrees, raising the demand in the market for such courses. Although most still do pursue a degree in Bachelor of commerce, they also take up extra courses like chartered accountancy or company secretary. Only those who want to do a PhD and enter the teaching field pursue Masters in commerce.” Even the pure science courses like Bachelor in science in physics/chemistry/biology are on the decline with the high achievers going in for computer science, biotechnology and other of the like, said experts. “Courses like BSc in information technology, computer science, specialized courses in botany, zoology are on the rise. While studying for these programmes, students learn coding, software and enrol for programs like SAP as they want to stand out from the others. Only those who are unable to cope up with the engineering syllabus leave the course mid-way and take up BSc as a backup option. So, there will always be takers for BSc, especially among the low scoring students,” said Chandrashekhar Marathe, principal of Satish Pradhan Dynansadhana College. On the other hand, be it pursuing a degree in Bachelor of arts in economics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, history or any foreign language, the humanities field seems to be booming as the diverse field is offering an array of options for youngsters to choose from.Since the past five years, the trend is that students want to take up courses like BAF as these are offering a promising future. All private companies, banking institutes are now looking for people with such degrees, raising the demand in the market for such courses. Only those who want to do a PhD and enter the teaching field pursue Masters in commerce.
|2018-08-20||Mumbai: Thane doctor loses licence for six months for ethics breach ... - Times of India|
Mumbai: Thane doctor loses licence for six months for ethics breach The MMC handed out the suspension verdict to Dr Pravin Shinde on August 3, barring his practice for six months. Aug 20, 2018, 05:42 IST MUMBAI: The licence of a Thane pathologist has been suspended for six months for his alleged association, in terms of lending his name and registration number, to nearly a hundred laboratories across Mumbai, Thane and Raigad which he didn't physically visit or supervise. Deeming this "unethical", the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) found it was physically impossible for the doctor to supervise or perform tests at all the centres, some 100 km apart. The MMC handed out the suspension verdict to Dr Pravin Shinde on August 3, barring his practice for six months. The MMC, a quasi-judicial body, said his association with labs spread across the "length and breadth of Karjat, Roha, Panvel, and Nalasopara, Vasai and Virar" only underlined that reports carried his name and signature without his presence or supervision. Several reports, MMC said, had only his name, not even registration number-a violation of norms. In some lab reports, his digital signature appeared. This is the second instance of Dr Shinde facing suspension from MMC. The first was in March 2016, when the body found him guilty on the same counts. The complaint was made in 2013 by the Maharashtra Association of Practising Pathologists and Microbiologists (MAPPM) against four pathologists, including Dr Shinde, who approached the high court against the suspension order. The court directed MMC to conduct a fresh inquiry. "(Dr Shinde's) labs stretched from Kharghar to Virar. How is it humanly possible for a doctor to be present at all these places?" said MAPPM president Dr Sandeep Yadav. He said the association had cases against six pathologists for indulging in such practices. As per law, a pathology report can only be countersigned by a registered medical practitioner with the degree MD (pathology). While multiple affiliations are allowed, it is a pathologist who is required to analyse a report and finalize findings. Labs are typically run by technicians holding either a certificate degree in medical laboratory technology (CMLT) or a diploma in medical laboratory technology (DMLT). Dr Shinde rubbished the allegations and said his supposed tie-up with 200 labs was conjured up by MAPPM. "I will appeal against the MMC order. Could the association give any proof to back their allegations? The law allows us to work with multiple places as we can analyse 10 test reports in 20-25 minutes," he told TOI. "I run a central laboratory in Thane and several centres send their samples here for testing. Even big corporate diagnostic chains process thousands of samples at night without any pathologist. How is that legal?" He said some laboratories were fabricating his signature on their reports and he lodged police complaints against them in 2014. The state has around 6,000 labs owned and run by pathologists. MAPPM's Dr Yadav said the count of illegal labs would be more than 13,000.
|2018-08-20||37-year-old man duped of Rs 4.50 lakh - Times of India|
37-year-old man duped of Rs 4.50 lakh Aug 20, 2018, 23:01 IST Thane: A 37-year-old man has been duped by three persons, including a woman, to the tune of Rs 4.50 lakh with the promise of a government job. The police said that the victim, a resident of Rabodi, came in contact with the accused in June 2014. The accused and the victim used to reside in the same area. “The victim got acquainted with the step-mother of the accused and her brother. The woman claimed that her brother was employed at a top post in the Railways. So, he could help him get a good government job,” an official said. Within the next few days, the accused called up the victim pretending to be one of government officials from Delhi. She assured him of a job and asked him to shell out for Rs 20,000 as a token to start the process. The accused then kept asking the victim to some amount or the other and ended up siphoning off Rs 4.50 lakh.
|2018-08-20||Mumbai: No toll at Thane and Airoli booths till Ganeshotsav ... - Times of India|
Mumbai: No toll at Thane and Airoli booths till Ganeshotsav Aug 21, 2018, 03:47 IST MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has decided to suspend toll collection from light motor vehicles at Mumbai’s three entry point booths from Tuesday till September 23— the last day of Ganeshotsav. There are a total of five toll points in Mumbai. Toll has been suspended at the two booths between Thane and Mulund— L B S Marg and Anand Nagar on Eastern Express Highway —and one at Airoli. Officials said they decided to suspend toll due to increased congestion on these stretches due to the ongoing repair work at the Mumbra bypass. Work on the bypass is on since mid-May. So far, 40% of the work is complete and state authorities are hopeful that the new eight-lane road will be ready by September 10—before the start of the festival. Shutting of the bypass has led to major jams even during off-peak hours and alternative routes such as Eastern Express Highway have been handling the extra load. “We have decided to suspend toll at these three points from Tuesday till the end of Ganeshotsav on September 23. Even though work on the Mumbra bypass will be completed by September 10, we have decided to extend the relief till the end of the festival,” said Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who is minister in-charge of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). Officials said the highway toll booth sees a month average of 11 lakh vehicles and collects Rs 5.5 crore as toll. Eight lakh vehicles pass through the Airoli toll point every month, bringing in Rs 4 crore collection. The one at L B S Marg records a monthly average of 1.5 lakh vehicles and collects Rs 95 lakh. “The state government will pay the concessionaire or the toll operator the toll amount that he loses during the suspenion,” said an official. Officials said on July 5, the department had issued a circular informing commuters to either pay at the Airoli toll point or the Eastern Express Highway one to avoid congestion. The concessionaire, though, charged them at both the stops. It was therefore decided to suspend the toll till the bypass work is complete.
|2018-08-20||Thane: Rs 3 lakh in postal dept's cash collection bag replaced with paper - Times of India|
Thane: Rs 3 lakh in postal dept's cash collection bag replaced with paper Aug 21, 2018, 04:15 IST THANE: More than Rs 3 lakh mysteriously vanished from the postal department's daily cash collection unit in Thane this past week. A probe by Thane Nagar police suggests an insider role in the crime as the currency notes handed over by the daily savings investors were replaced by a wad of plain paper pieces in the bag to "mislead" the department. "Cash is collected from eight sub-post offices across Thane and brought to the central depository at the head post office in Thane. It is a regular system practised over the years, wherein the cash bag is weighed at the head post office to confirm that it matches the original weight when it was dispatched by the sub-post office," said an investigating officer. A deputy post master rank officer at the head post office dispatches cash bags collected from eight sub-post offices. "The cash is sealed, labelled and dispatched in the cash-car with armed police escorts and brought to the head post office," said a police officer. On August 18, cash bags from eight sub-post offices were collected and taken to the head post office here. In one of the bags from the Apna Bazar sub-post office, the weight mentioned on the bag and the actual weight differed "vastly". Suspecting foul play, postal officials checked to find the bag contained only paper and that currency notes were missing, said the officer, quoting from the complaint. "When the bag was dispatched the weight listed was 660gm and when verified at the head post office, it weighed only 332gm. Also the seal, the rubber stamp and the dates printed were suspect," added the officer. Verification revealed that Rs 3.3 lakh was stolen. A case was registered under IPC Section 379 for theft.
|2018-08-20||Thane: Balanced rain in August, wet spell to last just two days - Times of India|
Thane: Balanced rain in August, wet spell to last just two days Aug 21, 2018, 00:11 IST THANE: Monsoon has been extremely unpredictable this year. Where the first half of the previous month was extremely wet with torrential rains and other half month extremely dry, this month has been comparatively balanced with moderate rains and some sunshine. Despite getting good rain since the last two weeks there is no flood-like situation yet in the city. The average daily rainfall recorded in the city in the past few weeks has been ranging between 10mm to 38mm. While citizens have finally begun getting used to this kind of weather, meteorologists have predicted that the wet spell will last only for another two days, after which this intensity will probably decline. “Even though it has been raining every day, especially in the past week, it has been raining in intervals and not continuously. Due to this, there has been no waterlogging problem. We have finally started enjoying the rains as we do not have to wade through waist-deep water or walk in fear of falling into an open manhole,” said Amol Kale (32), a Naupada resident. Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at Skymetweather said, “Over the past fortnight, Mumbai and Thane have been receiving good rainfall because of an off-shore trough or monsoon cloud cluster which was moving from south coastal Maharashtra to Kerala, where the intensity of the rains were far greater.” “This weather system is now weakening as the trough is slowly beginning to move northwards. So, while Mumbai, Thane and the neighbouring north Konkan regions will continue to receive good rains for the next 48 hours, the intensity will decrease and these pockets will receive scattered rainfall from Thursday,” he added. Experts also believe that the decrease in rainfall and clearing of skies may lead to a rise in temperatures and humidity levels.
|2018-08-19||Thane: Kalwa flyover may add to traffic woes, noise pollution - Times of India|
Thane: Kalwa flyover may add to traffic woes, noise pollution Aug 20, 2018, 00:46 IST THANE: The under construction flyover at Kalwa-Vitawa can add to traffic chaos and noise pollution, claim citizen activists, who said that the landing end of the flyover near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (CSM) hospital meets a narrow road. They have pointed out that the additional volume of the uni-direction traffic flow from the bridge that will be discharged at the spot ahead of Vitawa will lead to congestion on the Thane-Airoli lane due to limited available space in the two-lane subway. Further, the landing is opposite the CSM hospital that has been recently declared as a silence zone. The Kalwa Parsik Pravasi Sanghatana has been communicating with the authorities and are trying to highlight the futility of this venture, but in vain. “The flyover was intended to ease traffic movement, but now it seems that it will just add to the chaos at Vitawa. Vehicles playing on the wide flyover will finally end up in the narrow stretch, creating a bottleneck. We had suggested an alternate route from Parsik 90-feet road to Kalwa east and then from Digha which, we feel, could have helped save travel time and cause less hassle,” said activist Siddhesh Desai. The work on the third Kalwa bridge over the Thane creek began in 2016 with the intention to ease traffic snarls on the road linking to Kalwa and Thane. The 2.4km long two-lane new bridge will connect Saket road-Chendani Bunder road junction and Kalwa naka via a U-shape structure that will run partially over the creek. While the existing bridge will be used by motorists heading towards Thane, the new third bridge will witness traffic moving out of Thane. Meanwhile, activists have also cautioned the TMC about the rise in noise levels in the area the honking will increase due to traffic snarls. “The authorities must consider the alignment of all future civic projects near hospitals and schools. The TMC will have to take necessary steps like installing noise barriers at the spot to minimise noise pollution,” said anti-noise activist Dr Mahesh Bedekar. Meanwhile, experts said that the situation can be eased by extending the bridge several metres ahead over the railway lines. If the bridge lands on the other side it will help ease congestion at Vitawa subway. NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad said that he was following up on the issue and will also be writing to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis about the issue. “We had cautioned the corporation of the possible snarls at the spot. There is limited scope for widening of the subway. Even now, there is traffic jams in this area. Once the bridge is operation then it will just add more congestion here wasting the tax payer’s money and time. A viable option is to extend the bridge over the railway tracks and land it near Patni ground,” Awhad said. However, civic officials said that it would not be feasible for the bridge to be extended as it would add up costs and time. “We had thought about constructing the bridge over the tracks, but it is not feasable considering the amount of permissions required and the lack of availability of blocks to launch the girders at the spot. However, we will ensure there is minimal noise pollution at the spot,” said an official.
|2018-08-19||Holders Thane wary of Mumbai, Pune challenge in State Senior Badminton Championship - Times of India|
Holders Thane wary of Mumbai, Pune challenge in State Senior Badminton Championship Even as the top Indian badminton players are gunning for medal glory at the ongoing Asian Games in Indonesia, domestic shuttlers will fight it out in their respective states in their pursuit of sealing berths for the next Senior Nationals. Aug 19, 2018, 22:14 IST LATUR: Even as the top Indian badminton players are gunning for medal glory at the ongoing Asian Games in Indonesia, domestic shuttlers will fight it out in their respective states in their pursuit of sealing berths for the next Senior Nationals. The Maharashtra Senior State Open Badminton Championship will be held at the Dayanand Stadium in Latur from August 20 to 24 in which record 25 districts are participating. The battle will begin with the Inter-District Championship followed by the individual events on the last three days of the competition. With increase in participation, the organizers Latur District Badminton Association had to conduct the tourney at three venues, informed Ashish Bajpai. Defending champions Thane once again start as the firm favourites to extend their reign at the top. Last year at Khar Gymkhana in Mumbai, Thane quelled the spirited challenge from hosts Mumbai Suburban to clinch the title. This year again, Thane looking strong enough to retain the title in the mixed team event, which is played on the lines of Sudirman Cup. The holders are likely to get tough competition from last year's runners-up Mumbai Suburban. Teams like Pune and Nagpur are also equally capable of causing upsets but they need to play out of their skins to challenge the likes of Thane and Mumbai Suburban. After guiding Thane to triumph last year, Akshay Dewalkar is performing a role of a coach this time around. The former Indian shuttler is confident of Thane emerging on top. "I am very confident of winning the team championship this year too. We have a strong team with good mixture of youth and experience. Revati Devasthale has bolstered our team. Our singles and doubles players are in fine form and capable of facing any challenge. Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur are also very solid teams and we cannot take them lightly," said Dewalkar. Devasthale is representing Thane after shifting her base from Pune last year. She will be handy in singles and doubles too. Thane have relatively an easy draw. They only have to negotiate Greater Mumbai before the final. On the other hand, bottom half is quite tough. There will be a triangular fight between Pune, Mumbai Suburban and Nagpur for the final spot. Nagpur are likely to face Pune in the quarterfinals. If Nagpur play to their full potential, they can upset Pune. The winner of Nagpur-Pune might face Mumbai Suburban in the semis. Last year, Nagpur were beaten 1-3 in the quarters by eventual champions Thane. This year, they are aiming for an improved show. All the team members had a combined practice for 3-4 day before reaching Latur. In the absence of in-form Malvika Bansod, who skipped the tourney because of fatigue, former state champion Vaishnavi Bhale will spearhead the Nagpur challenge. The other women members in the squad -- Mugdha Agrey, Rashi Lambe, Ritika Thaker and Mrunmayi Saoji - have been in superb form. The team has doubles specialists in the form of Sourabh Kerhalkar and Gaurav Mithe. Youngest member of the team Rohan Gurbani will be making his debut in the senior state tourney. Given his prime form, the 15-year-old will be handed over the responsibility to play the men's singles ahead of reigning district champion and senior player Pranav Lokhande. Nagpur will open their campaign against Hingoli and will then play the winner of Sindhudurg and Yavatmal in the second round. The quarterfinals are slated on Monday evening.
|2018-08-19||Thane teen loses legs after falling on railway track - Hindustan Times|
Thane teen loses legs after falling on railway track A 14-year-old girl lost her legs after she accidentally fell on the tracks at Thane station and was run over by a train. Updated: Aug 19, 2018 05:44 IST A 14-year-old girl lost her legs after she accidentally fell on the tracks at Thane station and was run over by a train. The incident took place at 3.30 pm, on August 14, when Class 9 student, Runali More, a Manpada resident, was walking on platform number 5, towards the CSMT side, when she suddenly got pushed. A commuter pushed me by mistake and I directly fell on the tracks and came under a local train. I don't remember much after that, said Runali, who is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital. Commuters informed the government railway police (GRP) and the train was stopped immediately and Runali was rescued. Runali was shifted to Civil Hospital in Thane, but as her injuries were serious, she was shifted to a private hospital in Sawarkar Nagar. Runali has lost both the legs, below the knees. An accidental report has been registered, said a Thane GRP officer. He said that CCTV footages did not capture how she fell or who pushed her. Runali, who studies in Carmel High School, Manpada, is a bright student, said her mother, Asha. She had told her father she needed maths tuitions, but her father didn't take her seriously and we couldn't have afforded it. She had stepped out saying she was going to inquire about the classes, said Asha. However, Runali's parents say she has been able to come out of the trauma and has accepted the situation and is positive. With another surgery in the coming week, she said, I thank god for saving my life. I will try to make my parents proud and wish to become a doctor. Dr Dinesh Shendarkar, orthopaedic surgeon, overseeing Runali's treatment said her condition was critical when she was hospitalised. In the first surgery, we operated and removed the damaged portion of her legs below the knees to curb the infection. In a weeks time, we will carry out the second surgery to close the wounds. It will take her more than a year to recover, said Shendarkar. However, for Runali's family, comprising of her mother, her father who has a low vision, and an elder brother who just cleared his Class 12 exams, it is difficult to afford the expenses of treatment. Currently, Asha who works as a house help, is the only earning member of the family.
|2018-08-19||Mirror Now's Ground Report From Relief Camp Help In Thane #IndiaWithKerala - ET Now|
Mirror Now's Ground Report From Relief Camp Help In Thane #IndiaWithKerala ‘India for Kerala’, an initiative by Times Network to help rebuild the lives of people in Kerala To make your donations log on to www.timesnownews.com/IndiaforKerala The amount collected will be donated to the “Kerala CM's Distress Relief fund Relief materials for the flood victims in Kerala have been collected and sset up in Thane, Pune and Mumbai. The relief work collection is being done by a bunch of youngsters. Things like sanitary napkins, undergarments, tea, edible items etc have been collected so far, Watch to know more.
|2018-08-18||Condolence meeting for AB Vajpayee held in Thane - United News of India|
Condolence meeting for A B Vajpayee held in Thane Thane, Aug 18 (UNI) A meeting to condole the death of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was held on Saturday in city, where in citizens from all walks of life paid rich tributes to the departed leader. The condolence meeting, organised by Bhagwan Parshuram Sena, was held at Siddeshwar Mahadev Mandir .Condolence meeting was addressed among others by president of the Bhagwan Parshuram Sena, Om Prakash Sharma and general secretary,Acharya Avneesh Pandey. In his address, Mr Sharma, who also happens to be national Council member of BJP, recalled the visit of then prime minister Mr Vajpayee to undivided Thane district and especially to predominantly Jawhar taluka on April 1, 2004. The meeting also passed a resolution condoling the death of Mr Vajpayee.
|2018-08-18||3 arrested for killing man at scrap unit in Thane - Business Standard|
3 arrested for killing man at scrap unit in Thane Last Updated at August 18, 2018 18:40 IST Three persons working in a scrap unit in Thane in Maharashtra have been arrested for allegedly killing a colleague on April 10, a senior police official said today. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 1, D S Swami said that the victim Jamil Nasibdar (26) had seen four people pilfering scrap from the unit they worked in. The four, afraid that Nasibdar would complain about them to the unit owner, killed him on April 10 in Uttarshiv area of Shil Daighar locality in the district. The official identified the three arrested persons as Jagnarayan, Nandram Verma and Pramod Verma and said that the fourth accused, Badkau Paswan, was still at large.
|2018-08-18||Thane youth gets 3-year sentence for molesting girl at shop - Times of India|
Thane youth gets 3-year sentence for molesting girl at shop Aug 19, 2018, 05:02 IST THANE: A 19-year-old Mira Road boy was convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment for molesting a minor girl in 2014. Mohammad Tausif Sadar Khan, was also been fined Rs 7,500. Prosecutor Ujawala Moholkar told the court that the accused worked at a supermarket in Naya Nagar and the incident took place on August 16, 2014, around noon, when the girl, then 8, had gone to buy bread and eggs . The girl returned crying and informed her mother. The defence told the court Khan was mopping an oil spill from a tin when the girl slipped on it. The court was told that Khan helped her get up but she started weeping and ran home. She later came with her mother. "Khan was beaten up though he tried to explain how he had helped the girl," said the defence.
|2018-08-18||Thane: Mumbra bypass may be thrown open by September 10 - Times of India|
Thane: Mumbra bypass may be thrown open by September 10 Updated: Aug 19, 2018, 00:49 IST THANE: Motorists may get some relief from the traffic congestion as the repair and renovation work of Mumbra bypass is expected to end by September 10. So far, 40% of the work is complete and the state authorities are hopeful that the eight-lane new road will soon be able to take the traffic load off the city streets. The shut down of Mumbra bypass had led to traffic jams not only during peak hours but at other times as well as motorists were forced to use other alternatives. “As many as 30,000 heavy vehicles, including trucks, trailers, chemical tankers and oil tankers using Thane city roads while driving down from JNPT and Gujarat or North India are forced to use alternative routes as the Mumbra bypass was shut for traffic by the public works department since mid-May. Because of this, roads like the Eastern Express, Nashik highway and the Thane-Belapur road started witnessing massive traffic jams as the slow-moving heavy vehicles often block up major parts of the road, resulting in delays. Commuters have been complaining of slow moving traffic. “There is no regulation on movement of trucks that ply at any time. Because of this, they tend to eat up more road space. Further, most of them breakdown on flyovers which just adds to the problems. The authorities also seem to have cast a blind eye to encroachments by tempos on the service road,” said Arvind Koushik, a resident of Ghodbunder Road. “Earlier, we used to cross the city limits within 15-20 minutes; but now it takes over an hour to reach just the toll naka. There is a traffic mess on Ghodbunder Road every day as it takes 2 to 3 hours to cover just a 9-km journey. Heavy vehicles tend to ply on the street since 9am which just adds to the problem,” said Abhishek Vasa, a commuter. The increasing complaints from motorists had forced the district authorities and guardian minister Eknath Shinde to set up a joint committee, comprising of revenue and traffic department officials to monitor the situation till September 10. The PWD said that they are working on throwing open the road by the fresh deadline justifying how fresh incidents delayed the work. “Nearly 40% of the work on repairing the railway bridge and the ramp is completed since mid-May when we started the job. We have been given a fresh deadline of September 10 for the work. Incessant rains and landslides at the spot delayed our work but we are working to open the lanes on time,” said an official from the PWD department.
|2018-08-18||Trio held from UP hideout 4 months after killing man - Times of India|
Trio held from UP hideout 4 months after killing man Aug 19, 2018, 00:44 IST THANE: The city police nabbed a trio from a hideout in Balrampur district of Uttar Pradesh (UP) four months after a 26-year-old man was killed by them. Jamil alias Angrez Nashibdar, a resident of Uttar Shiv in Dahisar-Mori area, was found dead near a tea stall on April 10 and mystery prevailed about his assailants. Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) D S Swamy said, the police investigation and information trickled in about his missing friends, who collected scrap material and sold it to dealers. The police launched a manhunt and zeroed in on Jagnarayan Verma (29), Nandram Verma (23) and Pramod Verma (23), all residents of Balrampur district in UP while another accused is believed to be absconding. It is learnt that the quartet hatched a plan to eliminate Jamil as he threatened to expose their theft of scrap material. The police said that the accused were into collection of scrap material and sold them to dealers. They also loaded and unloaded the same in Uttarshiv region of the area. On April 10, Jamil saw the arrested trio stealing scrap from a vehicle that was near a weighing machine. “Jamil saw two men in the truck throwing the scrap material to the other two men. He protested and threatened to alert the owner, which scared the accused, who decided to eliminate him. They were aware that the owner frequented a nearby tea stall owned by Jamil’s brother,” said the DCP. They kept a watch on his movements and spotted him sleeping outside on a metal bed, while his two brothers sleeping at a distance. “The accused, armed with a crow bar, found that Jamil was asleep outside the tea stall and attacked him while he was in his sleep and escaped,” said the cop. The deceased, Jamil, saw two men in the truck throwing the scrap material to the other two men. He protested and threatened to alert the owner, which scared the accused, who decided to eliminate him.
|2018-08-17||History-sheeter gets 4years RI for molesting minor - Times of India|
History-sheeter gets 4years RI for molesting minor Aug 18, 2018, 00:22 IST THANE: A history-sheeter has been convicted and sentenced to four years rigorous imprisonment by the district court for molesting, assaulting and intimidating a minor girl in 2014. The accused, Samir Naik, was found guilty and the judge, P P Jadhav sentenced him under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. Public prosecutor V G Kadu told the court that the victim who was then 16 years old was residing near Lokamanya Nagar area. The girl’s family had some tiff over a petty issue with a family residing in the same area. The family then hired Naik to teach the girl’s family a lesson. Naik used to abuse the girl’s family members and also eve-tease the minor and her elder sister. In June 2014, Naik visited the victim’s house and picked up a fight with them. He then started beating up the victim’s mother. When the victim went to her mother’s rescue, the accused beat her up and molested her. The girl’s mother then raised an alarm, after which some neighbours came to their rescue, the prosecutor told the court. However, the defence counsel denied all the allegations and told the court that the accused was innocent and he has just been made a target because of his association with a political party. The prosecution demanded stern action as the accused already had a past criminal record. After hearing both sides, the judge said, “The prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubts. As already mentioned there are as many as seven crimes registered against the accused in Vartak Nagar police station. It shows the criminal background of the accused. Considering all the facts on record the accused is guilty under Sections 354 (molestation), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the IPC and under various sections of the POCSO Act.
|2018-08-17||80-Year-Old Maharashtra Man Arrested For Allegedly Molesting Minor Girl - NDTV|
80-Year-Old Maharashtra Man Arrested For Allegedly Molesting Minor Girl Yunus Sayyed, resident of Ambivili in Kalyan, was booked under section 354 of IPC (molestation) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), police said. Updated: August 17, 2018 20:58 IST THANE: An 80-year-old man from Kalyan in Thane district was today arrested for allegedly molesting a ten-year-old girl. Yunus Sayyed, resident of Ambivili in Kalyan, was booked under section 354 of IPC (molestation) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), police said. Sayeed, who claimed to be a spiritual healer, used to distribute taveez (sacred thread). He allegedly called the girl to his house on the pretext of giving her a taveez on Thursday afternoon and molested her, police said.
|2018-08-17||Good news! Homeless specially abled people to get 190 houses in Thane - Mumbai Live|
Good news! Homeless specially abled people to get 190 houses in Thane Under Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP), a total of 900 houses will be built, of which 190 houses will be reserved for specially abled people Thane Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will be building 190 houses for Specially Abled people who are homeless in Thane. These house will be sold via a lottery and are considered to be the biggest housing scheme for the Divyangjans in the state.A total of 900 houses will be built under Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP) in Thane, of which, 190 houses will be reserved for the specially abled people. Usually under BSUP, the state and central government provide grants but in this case, there are some houses that TMC will be constructing by using its own money. TMC's Deputy Municipal Commissioner Sandeep Malviya said that BSUP is a group development scheme and under this, slum dwellers residing at the place where the projects are being carried out will be permanently rehabilitated. He added that under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the TMC is amongst 63 cities across the country which has to provide basic infrastructure and basic amenities for the purpose of living and livelihood of the poor in the city.
|2018-08-17||Thane: Delisle bridge to be demolished soon | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Thane: Delisle bridge to be demolished soon On July 24, the railways shut the bridge for pedestrians and vehicles after a structural audit by the Indian Institute of Technology-Powai found it to be “heavily corroded”. Published: August 18, 2018 2:13:23 am THE tender for the demolition of Delisle Bridge at Lower Parel station on the Western Railway was awarded on Friday, said senior railway officials. The bridge is likely to be demolished in the coming 2-3 months. On July 24, the railways shut the bridge for pedestrians and vehicles after a structural audit by the Indian Institute of Technology-Powai found it to be “heavily corroded”. The IIT report suggested that the bridge be demolished at the earliest. The day after the bridge was shut, a stampede-like situation was seen near the Lower Parel station with lakhs of commuters forced to walk through a narrow service lane and a foot over-bridge to reach the station. A day later, the railways opened a part of Delisle bridge for pedestrians after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) intervened. The bridge is closed for vehicles. “We had opened the tender on August 16. Within a day, the contract was awarded for its demolition. They will start work in 2-3 days and its demolition will be undertaken in the next 2-3 months,” said Sanjay Mishra, divisional railway manager, Western Railway.
|2018-08-17||TMC sets up 24/7 cell to tackle noise pollution issue - Times of India|
TMC sets up 24/7 cell to tackle noise pollution issue Aug 18, 2018, 00:24 IST Picture for representational purpose only.THANE: In an attempt to tackle noise pollution issue during the festive season, the civic body, on Thursday, set up a 24/7 grievance redressal cell wherein citizens can anonymously send in their complaints. The Thane municipal corporation (TMC) has guaranteed that they will take immediate action. Though delayed, this has come in response to the Bombay high court’s directive to the civic body to control the noise levels during festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Dahi Handi and Diwali. The high court had also directed to set up grievance redressal cells. While the corporation already had started a few toll-free helpline numbers, including 1800222108 and 7506946155, in 2015 on which residents could complaints, they have now reinvented this, created a separate cell and delegated the responsibility of this cell to a separate team. “We have set up a three-member team which will look into this issue. Citizens can either call us on 1800222108 or 02225371010, or SMS or whatsApp us on 7506946155. They can also e-mail us at email@example.com,” said a civic official. Speaking about the action taken, he said, “The team will immediately inform the police in the area about the issue and the case will be fast tracked to the assistant municipal commissioner, who will then oversee the case. The status of the redressal of each complaint will be updated on the TMC website.” Complaints about other festive issues such as pandals occupying large sections of public roads and causing traffic congestion and chaos will also be considered among these complaints. Despite the delay in setting up this initiative, citizens are delighted to have some way of getting their complaints addressed. “Last year, I could not concentrate on my studies as my exams clashed during the Navratri celebrations. There was a lot of noise in the area. I tried calling the police, but the lines were busy. I didn’t know whom to call. The last resort was to continue studying the next day. Now, I will at least know whom to approach in such a situation,” said Namrata Sethi, a Kharegaon resident. While activists are also thrilled about the formation of this cell, they feel that the TMC can make the process simpler by keeping simpler helpline numbers. “This is a great move because the TMC has opened its line of communication with citizens. The TMC will now be able to resolve issues in real time. However, instead of a 10 digit number which is not so easy to remember, it would have been better if the TMC had kept a simple three-digit number, like 100. A number like this could have been used for other pollution-related problems,” said city-based citizen activist Dr. Mahesh Bedekar who filed the PIL. We have set up a three-member team which will look into this issue. Citizens can either call us on 1800222108 or 02225371010, or SMS or whatsapp us on 7506946155. They can also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The team will immediately inform the police in the area about the issue and the case will be fast tracked to the assistant municipal commissioner, who will then oversee the case.
|2018-08-17||Minority quota seats opened for FYJC students after fourth list - Times of India|
Minority quota seats opened for FYJC students after fourth list Aug 18, 2018, 00:21 IST THANE: With the special round for admissions to the First-Year-Junior College (FYJC) admission to begin from Saturday, academicians have advised applicants against cherry-picking and to quickly claim a seat in the allotted colleges. The special round was announced after four merit lists and to facilitate admission for those students who have not yet secured seats in any college. Dinesh Joshi, a member of the Centralized Admission Process Committee (CAP) from Thane said, “While there are lesser number of students here who are still awaiting a seat, there are equally lesser seats available in the coveted city colleges. Even the renowned junior colleges have hardly any vacancy because of the in-house and management quota. At this juncture, it is not advisable for a student to wait for a college of his/her choice as that may not be likely. If the applicant waits and loses out on a decent college, they might be allotted an even lesser known college in the upcoming lists or in the offline admission process.” Some academicians feel that the round would not affect them as hardly any seats are vacant at this point and as they have already started their academic year. “At present our commerce section has been entirely filled and even if we have a few cancellations it would be because the students wish to pursue the diploma courses. There are a couple of seats available in our arts stream but 75% of them have already been filled in the first four rounds,” said Suchitra Naik, Principal of K.G Joshi Bedekar College. “I have been waiting till then end to see if I make it any of these colleges, however, I am not sure if will make it. But since the colleges are opening up minority quota for the applicants I am hopeful. Let me see if it works in my favor,” said a student who still awaits admission in FYJC. A few academicians are hopeful that since minority quota seats have also opened up for the applicants in this round many students may get admission in the minority colleges.
|2018-08-17||Elderly healer arrested for molesting minor in Thane - United News of India|
Elderly healer arrested for molesting minor in Thane Thane, Aug 17 (UNI) An 80-year-old man from Kalyan town of the district was arrested on Friday by the Khadakpada police on the charge of allegedly molesting a ten-year-old girl. The alleged accused, Yunus Sayyed of Ambivili, has been booked under section 354 of Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act. He was sent into judicial custody, police said. The accused, a healer, used to give 'taveez' (sacred thread). He had called the victim to his place on Thursday for giving such a thread.
|2018-08-16||Maharashtra Police arrests seven Bangladeshis in Thane; illegal immigrants booked under Passport Act - Firstpost|
Maharashtra Police arrests seven Bangladeshis in Thane; illegal immigrants booked under Passport Aug 16, 2018 08:39:49 IST Thane: The rural police in Maharashtra's Thane district on Wednesday claimed to have arrested seven Bangladeshi nationals living illegally in the country. The accused, who were staying in Bhayander area of the district, had no valid documents for entering the country, police said. Representational image. AFP Offences under the Passport Act were registered against them at Mira Road police station. The accused were identified as Rabul Salim Shaikh, Solina Munna Khan, Ibrahim Farookh Khan, Ashia Ibrahim Khan, Reza Siraz Shaikh, Sahana Dulal Shaikh and Bilal Kamrul Shaikh. The owner of the house where they were living was also arrested for allegedly giving shelter to illegal migrants and not informing local police about tenants, which is mandatory, police said. The arrested Bangladeshi nationals did jobs such as driver or domestic help, police added.
|2018-08-16||Thane man held for molesting his minor daughter post wife's death - Free Press Journal|
Thane man held for molesting his minor daughter post wife’s death Aug 16, 2018 08:45 am Mumbai: A 40-year-old man has been arrested on Wednesday morning for molesting his 8-year-old daughter in Thane. The incident occurred on January 12, at midnight in their residence at Sawarkar Nagar, Thane. The accused, Prashant Kale (name changed to protect the identity of the victim), was in an inebriated state at the time of the incident when the wife of the accused was not present at their home. The accused had touched the girl inappropriately in her private parts. Later, in June, the victim lost her mother, after which she started staying with her aunt at Thane. Since Kale had threatened to kill the victim if she disclosed the incident to anyone, the girl was petrified to open up to her family members. On Tuesday, the victim narrated her ordeal to her aunt. They approached the Vartak Nagar police on Tuesday evening and registered an FIR. “Based on the medical reports and investigations, the accused has been arrested on Wednesday from his residence. He has been sent to judicial custody,” police said.
|2018-08-16||Thane: Hang the killer to death, urges Prachi Zade's father Vikas Zade - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Hang the killer to death, urges Prachi Zade's father Vikas Zade Updated: Aug 16, 2018, 06:35 AM IST To ensure that women safety in Thane is not compromised in future, father of Prachi Zade and Kopri Sangharsh Samiti have organised a candle march on August 16. Vikas Zade, father of late Prachi wants the case to be put on fast-track and the killer is hanged to death. He wants to make it sure that Akash Pawar,25 who stabbed his daughter Prachi to death on August 4 be hanged to death. He says in the past 10 years there have been similar incidents of girls being stabbed in Thane, and Pawar's punishment should be a lesson to such killers. On August 4 around 10.30am Prachi was stabbed by jilted lover Akash Pawar near Murphy RTO (regional transport office) on the Eastern Express Highway. Prachi a resident of Kopri worked in a private firm at Kapurbawdi. She was on her way to the office when Pawar stopped her and stabbed her multiple times on the neck and upper body. While she died during treatment in a private hospital, Pawar tried to kill himself by jumping in front of an approaching bus. However, he got away with head injury and later surrendered to the cops. Pawar had hit Prachi on June 11 near her office when he found her talking to a friend. The Zade's had approached the cops to file an FIR under Section 354 (molestation). But inspectorr Kalyan Karpe only registered an NC (non-cognisable offence) and asked them to give Pawar a chance.
|2018-08-16||Thane Municipal Corporation building 190 homes for the specially abled - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Municipal Corporation building 190 homes for the specially abled Updated: Aug 16, 2018, 06:45 AM IST Here's some good news for Specially Abled people who are homeless in Thane. The Municipal Corporation is building 190 homes only for the specially abled within TMC region. These home will be sold via a lottery. This will be the biggest housing scheme for the Divyangjans in the state. Earlier DNA reported on how Washin Municipal Council was praised for implementing a scheme of 101 homes for specially abled. There is a total of 900 homes that are being built under Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP) in Thane. Of these, they have decided to keep 190 homes reserved for the specially abled people. Under BSUP the state and central government provide with grants and in this case, there are some homes that TMC is constructing by spending its own money. Sandeep Malvia, the deputy municipal commissioner of TMC confirmed the details. A statement issued by TMC states that BSUP is a group development scheme and under this, slum dwellers residing at the place where the projects are being carried out will be permanently rehabilitated. Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the Thane Municipal Corporation is amongst 63 cities across the country which has to provide basic infrastructure and basic amenities for the purpose of living and livelihood of the poor in the city. Accordingly, under BSUP in the municipal area total 6328 housing and construction of infrastructure has started. So far, 3808 homes have been completed, out of which, 3544 are for a permanent beneficiary and have been transferred. The work on the remaining 2520 houses is in progress and will be completed by October 2018. Meanwhile, under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY) Washim Municipal Council's proposal has been approved by the state's appraisal committee and also from the central committee. It proposed the construction of 101 homes all for disabled. HOUSING SCHEME This will be the biggest housing scheme for the Divyangjans in the state. There is a total of 900 homes that are being built under BSUP in Thane. Of these, they have decided to keep 190 homes reserved for the specially abled people.
|2018-08-16||2 more held in bitcoin ponzy case - Times of India|
2 more held in bitcoin ponzy case Aug 17, 2018, 00:07 IST THANE: Two more persons have been arrested in connection with the bitcoin ponzy case on Thursday. The duo were involved in marketing the con scheme through which thousands of investors were duped, officials from the crime branch said. The accused have been identified as Chetan Patil (27) and Amit Bharadwaj. The police said that the duo are close aides of Bhardwaj, the kingpin of the multicrore bitcoin scam, which was earlier busted by the Pune police. Bharadwaj was earlier arrested for running a similar racket in Kalyan. According to the police, the company had lured thousands to invest crores of rupees in one of their schemes. “The victims were asked to invest one bitcoin for which they would get a 1% return. But the company never gave them the returns; instead they fled from the place,” said a police official. “The duo were involved in marketing the scheme. They had lured hundreds of people and then disappeared. We are investigating the case and are also finding out on how many more people they have duped,” said a police official.
|2018-08-16||Candle march taken out for justice for Prachi Zade - Times of India|
Candle march taken out for justice for Prachi Zade Aug 17, 2018, 00:11 IST THANE: Holding candles and placards in their hands, a sea of humanity converged on the Thane streets on Thursday demanding a speedy justice for Prachi Zade, the 20-year-old girl who was stabbed to death by a jelous lover in broad daylight on August 4. The silent march by the members of the civil society began after 6 pm from the Bara Bungalow area in Kopri and concluded at Anand cinema near the station in Thane east. The daylight killing of the college girl triggered anxiety among the residents and questions are being raised about the safety and security of women in lake city. Rajesh Gade, a Kopri resident said, “If this can happen to a college girl living in the city, that too, in broad daylight, it can happen to anyone. It is not right on our part to merely read about such crimes and then forget it. We have a responsibility towards the society and if we all come together we can force the authorities to think and act. It will surely make a difference.” Placards had bold messages demanding ‘capital punishment’ for such accused. “We were baffled to see so many people particularly the youngsters present at the march holding candles and placards. Our aim was to gather people and reach out to the victim’s family and show them that they are not alone. Through this initiative we want the investigation to speed up, we have also demanded for capital punishment for the accused in this case,” said Vinod More, one of members organizing the protest.
|2018-08-16||Rajesh Narwekar takes over as new collector of Thane - United News of India|
Rajesh Narwekar takes over as new collector of Thane Thane, Aug 16 (UNI) Rajesh Narwekar has taken over as the new collector of Thane from outgoing collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar. Talking to newsmen at the conference hall of collectorate here on Thursday, the IAS officer, who took over from Dr Kalyankar on Wednesday, said that his priority would be to ensure that the flagship programmes of the state and central government are implemented on time. When asked if the Chief Minister has sent him with any special message, Mr Narwekar said,
|2018-08-15||Woman molested in auto in Thane - The Hindu|
Woman molested in auto in Thane UPDATED: AUGUST 15, 2018 04:07 IST A 29-year-old woman activist of a political party was allegedly molested and beaten by three men while travelling in an autorickshaw in Thane on Monday. Her colleague and the auto driver were also beaten up by the accused when they tried to protect her, Thane Police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. The victim was returning home from work along with the colleague in Kalyan when the men intercepted the vehicle and tried to board it. When the woman told them that it was not a shared auto, they stood in front of the vehicle and obstructed it. The men then molested the woman, pulled her out of the three-wheeler and slapped her. Ms. Narkar said the three men have been identified and a search is on to nab them. Offences have been registered against the accused under Sections 354 (molestation), 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and other provisions of the IPC.
|2018-08-15||Thane man held for molesting daughter - The Hindu|
Thane man held for molesting daughter UPDATED: AUGUST 15, 2018 23:49 IST Mumbai: A 40-year-old man was arrested in Thane on Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting his eight-year-old daughter. The matter came to light after a Police Didi session at the victim’s school, in which female police personnel educate students about good touch and bad touch. The victim, after her mother passed away following a prolonged illness around two years ago, started staying with her aunt and would visit her father occasionally. “Earlier this week, there was a Police Didi session at her school in Thane. The victim, after going home, told her aunt that her father had subjected her to bad touch around a year ago when she had visited him,” an officer at Vartak Nagar police station said. Her aunt, after consulting some relatives, approached the Vartak Nagar police, who recorded a statement from the victim and took her to Thane Civil Hospital for a check-up. A case was registered late on Tuesday night and the accused was picked up at his residence and arrested. The accused has been charged with outraging a woman’s modesty under the Indian Penal Code, along with relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The police are interrogating the accused to find out the number of times he has exploited the victim, and whether he has also targeted any other minors in the locality. “We will be sending a team to the locality to speak to residents and urge them to talk to their children in case they, too, have been targeted. We will assure them that in case they come forward, the matter will be dealt with in a sensitive manner,” the officer said. Senior police inspector Pradip Giridhar confirmed that an offence had been registered and the accused arrested. In 2016, the Maharashta police undertook the Police Didi campaign to educate minors about possible sexual predators around them. Female police personnel are chosen to conduct the sessions, as children would feel comfortable listening to and confiding in them. Police officers said as per the statistics, a majority of the accused in cases of sexual assault on minors are people related to or known to the victim, who include family members, family friends, neighbours, and domestic help.
|2018-08-15||Hsg complexes come together to celebrate I-day - Times of India|
Hsg complexes come together to celebrate I-day Updated: Aug 16, 2018, 00:53 IST THANE: From singing patriotic songs, holding flag hoisting ceremonies, holding talks for the children on the significance of Independence Day, several city-based residential complexes came together to celebrate the 72nd Independence Day on Wednesday. The day began with the radio channels playing patriotic songs and the members of the housing complexes gathering to hoist the tri-colour in the compound. The youngsters were seen in their traditional best holding placards, banners inscribed with messages related to their love for India. Guardian minister Eknath Shinde hoisted the national flag at the district collectorate in the presence of police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar, district collector Rajesh Narvekar among others dignitaries. Madhu Menon, President of Hiranandani Estate Resident Welfare Association said, “Our association comprises of 102 societies. Every society had their own flag hoisting ceremony as per their time and convenience. We visited Siddheshwar school in the morning and gave a lecture to the kids on the significance of August 15. Later, the kids also joined in the activity and came forward with a few speeches that they had prepared for Independence day.” Some environmentally conscious denizens gave an eco-twist to the celebrations here and took the opportunity to remind people that we need to tackle certain issues that can potentially harm the environment. “Our society wants to take part in the anti-plastic drive and make the complex plastic free for which we have been working with a couple of NGOs. Since it was a holiday, after the flag hoisting ceremony, we decided to call a guest speaker to talk about the need to dispose off plastic in a decent and proper way. We chose this day to attract more people as merely putting up notices on the board was not helping us much,” said Harsha Pongurlekar, a resident of Pokhran Road No.1. Even the tiny tots observed the day in school on Tuesday dressed up as eminent personalities who fought for independence of our country. The Guardian Minister, Eknath Shinde hoisted the flag in presence of the police.
|2018-08-15||Over 10000 Malayali families mark Thiruvonam at Vishnu temples - Times of India|
Over 10,000 Malayali families mark Thiruvonam at Vishnu temples Aug 16, 2018, 00:51 IST THANE: With the women dressed in their traditional off-white Kasavu sarees adorned with the golden borders and the men in ‘Mundu,’, over 10,000 Malayali families from the lake city assembled at the Vishnu temples on Wednesday to mark the beginning of the festival of Thiruvonam. Legend has it that Mahabali, the wise, generous king, who ruled Kerala for many years, had granted three wishes to Lord Vishnu, who had taken the Vaman avatar. Vishnu took two steps and conquered the entire Earth and the sky. When Mahabali realized who he was, the king asked the god to step on his head. Pleased with Mahabali, Vishnu gave him permission to visit his land once a year, that day being Thiruvonam, popularly known as Onam. From preparing aplenty of culinary delights and enjoying the feast laid on the banana leaves to decorating their verandas with flower rangolis called Pookalams, the community although far away from home is leaving no stones unturned to celebrate the 10 day festival. Shreelatha Menon, a resident of Kolshet said, “For us Onam is like Diwali. The occasion not only marks the arrival of king Mahabali in Kerala, but also symbolizes the onset of the harvest period for rice. Since Kerala is rich in floral diversity, it is a ritual to prepare rangoli out of fresh flowers. We also visit temples and chant the god’s names. Idols made out of mud are even kept at the main entrance of the house which depicts the arrival of Lord Vishnu.” Out of the 10 days, particularly important is the first day and the last, claimed the worshipers.
|2018-08-15||Gutka worth Rs 11 56 seized in Thane - United News of India|
Gutka worth Rs 11 56 seized in Thane Thane, Aug 15 Thane District Rural police on Monday raided a commercial premises in Kashimira and seized banned Gutka worth Rs 11.56 lakh, police said. Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni of the district rural police said acting on a tip-off, the police team raided the premises of two shops owned by one Kaushiik Rajghor, 37, in the township in the small hours of on Monday and seized a large stock of banned Gutka, Paan Masala, Scented Tobacco. He said an offence has been registered against the shop keeper and the FDA has been informed about the seizure for further action in the matter. The police are now probing as to from where the stock of the banned gutka was brought from.
|2018-08-14||Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde promises waste management solution - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde promises waste management solution Updated: Aug 14, 2018, 06:50 AM IST In a meeting organised by the Thane Citizens Foundation (TCF), guardian minister Eknath Shinde has promised to find a mid-way solution to Thane’s housing societies’ garbage woes. Thanekars had approached the minister with their problems after the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) ordered societies to manage their waste by themselves starting November. The TCF meeting was chaired by Shinde and was attended by Thane Mayor Meenakshi Shinde and over 250 representatives of various housing societies. Residents raised concerns about solid waste management in the meeting. “Most housing complexes in Thane are 15-20 years old and do not have the place nor the machinery to manage waste,” says Kasber Augustine, president, TCF. “We will do the job of segregating wet and dry waste and hand it over to the TMC. But the housing societies maintained that it is the job of the Thane municipal corporation (TMC) to manage the waste. “When the TMC itself is not experienced in processing waste, how can they expect the societies to do so? Even we lack the necessary expertise and infrastructure,” a TCF member said. They suggested that the TMC should introduce a model on waste processing which they would like to follow. Eknath Shinde assured the housing societies that the decision of waste processing will not be imposed on them. “We would hold a meeting with the TMC commissioner, members of the housing societies to find an amicable solution to this problem,” Shinde said. In January, the TMC had announced that housing complexes/establishments, which are 5,000 sq mts and above and generate over 100 kg per day have to manage their own garbage. They gave a deadline of July 15 after which TMC would stop collecting garbage from them. But due to the monsoon, the deadline was extended to October 31. After that, the residents have to handle their own waste, both, solid and wet. The decision is likely to affect over 1,000 housing societies in Thane, especially on Ghodbunder road.
|2018-08-14||Interesting real estate trends that Thane, Panvel are witnessing in Mumbai - Business Today|
Interesting real estate trends that Thane, Panvel are witnessing in Mumbai The RERA Act brought in transparency and accountability to real estate sector and boosted home buyers' confidence not just in Mumbai and the MMR, but across the country. August 14, 2018 20:27 IST Niranjan Hiranandani, Co-founder & MD of Hiranandani GroupThe current real estate scenario in Mumbai and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) is making a paradigm shift in the similar manner as we witnessed after a Tsunami of reforms were launched in quick succession from the implementation of The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA), the Goods and Services Tax (GST), to Insolvency Bankruptcy Code, among others. The RERA Act brought in transparency and accountability to real estate sector and boosted home buyers' confidence not just in Mumbai and the MMR, but across the country. So far as Mumbai and the MMR are concerned, these regulatory changes brought in consumer protection and fairness in the way property is bought and sold.In sync with these transformations, the emerging focal points of the future real estate market is also evolving and changing, so suburb locations like Powai, Andheri are becoming "premium pin code destinations". Thane is the 'happening' real estate hot-spot in the present-day scenario while Navi Mumbai's peripheral areas, including NAINA and Panvel are already making their mark as center-points of the future. It is a story being scripted with a slew of mega infrastructure projects like Mumbai Trans-harbour link, the Navi Mumbai International Airport, Metros and CSMT-Panvel fast lane railway linkages, which along with expressways, freeways and waterways will enhance the connectivity, and make the daily commute a breeze. The new RORO all-weather craft connectivity will effectively extend South Mumbai across the harbour to Alibaug, creating a new business and socio-cultural hub in South Mumbai.Among the categories of real estate, Affordable Housing is the new buzz. Even in a luxury real estate destination like Powai, demand for boutique luxury homes that are unique, elegant and compact in size is fast moving, while in Thane's plush market, Studio Apartments and 1 BHK apartments are among the fastest moving in below Rs 1 crore segment. The new economic growth driver in the form of retail and commercial realty in Thane has resulted in the city gaining in terms of attractiveness to investors, given the relocation of Mumbai's BFSI and IT sector as also corporate entities to the city. As an evolving Global City within the MMR, Thane has experienced a comprehensive makeover, backed by a series of infrastructure development and economic growth opportunities. A clear winner when it comes to being the choice of aspiring home buyers, Thane rightly tops the league in terms of residential, commercial and retail spaces, offering the right mix of socio-civic infrastructure and plush amenities, which are reflected in its standard of living and the enriched quality of life.Among the leading Emerging Business Districts (EBDs) in the MMR, which are making their presence felt, Panvel is ideally located at the Mumbai - Pune IT corridor. Fast emerging as the favorable 'future perfect' office location for many Indian industry leader companies including MNCs, BFSI, IT and ITeS companies, Panvel also offers residential options which are ideal homes for those having an aspiration-based lifestyle.From just being a sleepy town situated at the tri-junction of roads that connect Mumbai Goa and Pune, Panvel has fast morphed into a 'central location' in the MMR, and with planned infrastructure, all is set to enhance transport linkages. It is well on its way to becoming the real estate hot-spot of Mumbai's peripheral areas. From capital value appreciation to rental income, also a combination of both, the residential segment in Panvel offers some lucrative investment opportunities. Township projects from reputed real estate developers offer a wide array of options and the investor will most likely have a tough time selecting which project to opt for. That said, Mumbai's vibrant real estate will continue to grow and evolve across newer locations, that too with the same level of safety and confidence that property buyers are expecting in the new regulatory era. The writer is Co-founder MD of Hiranandani Group
|2018-08-14||Thane Man Gets 7-Year Jail For Sexually Assaulting Minor Girl - NDTV|
Thane Man Gets 7-Year Jail For Sexually Assaulting Minor Girl A fine of Rs. 12,000 has been imposed on the accused who molested the girl in 2014. Updated: August 14, 2018 13:02 IST Accused Sameer Javed Naik molested the victim and beat up her mother in June 2014. Thane: A Thane court has sentenced a 27-year-old man to seven years' rigorous imprisonment for molesting a minor girl in Thane district in Maharashtra.District Judge P P Jadhav pronounced the accused, Sameer Javed Naik, guilty under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and also imposed a fine of Rs. 12,000 on him.The victim, then aged 16 years, lived with her parents at Lokmanya Nagar in Thane, the prosecution told the court. Her family and their neighbour used to have frequent quarrels over petty issues.The neighbour once called the accused, who molested the victim and beat up her mother on June 16, 2014. The accused dragged the victim out of her house, but some neighbours rescued her, the prosecution said.Based on a complaint filed by the victim, the accused was arrested the same day.The judge said the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused had a scuffle with the victim and her mother. Advertisement Though the medical officer was not examined, the victim deposed in the court saying she received chest injuries when she tried to prevent the accused from assaulting her, he observed."In the case of voluntarily causing hurt, even the slightest criminal force causing some pain to the victim is enough (proof)," he said.The judge noted that around seven criminal cases were already registered against the accused in the Vartak Nagar Police Station prior to this incident."It shows the criminal background of the accused," he observed in an order passed last week.Considering the conduct of the accused and the nature of assault, the judge pronounced the accused guilty under IPC sections 354 (molestation), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), and provisions of the POCSO Act.
|2018-08-14||Traffic manoj - Times of India|
Traffic manoj Aug 14, 2018, 22:50 IST Thane: Transport experts have called for a more robust public transport mechanism to discourage motorists from using their private vehicles and clogging city roads owing to the worsening traffic conditions with each passing day. Statistics from the Regional Transport Office (RTO) revealed that the city has seen a massive increase of vehicles from 1.12 lakh to 1.18 lakh or roughly 20 new vehicles being added to the streets since 2016 while the length of roads remain the same at 356km during the same period. The ongoing civic works are adding to the trouble, lamented traffic police and activists. “There was mind numbing traffic on Monday. It took me four hours to and from Thane. Forget about transforming Mumbai into Shanghai, just give us a habitable city where one does not spend half their life commuting,” said commuter Vinita Bhatia. Another commuter tweeted about the bumper-to -bumper traffic from Majiwada flyover to Anand Nagar check naka. Sadly, the public transport system in Thane is not strong enough with commuters complaining of poor frequency and ill-maintained buses forcing residents to switch over to private mode of transport. A review by the state transport department published in the state economic survey revealed that the city transport system has reported a drop in passenger numbers in the last two years.While the average daily carrying capacity of TMT buses was 1.59 lakhs in 2016, it dropped to 1.29 lakh in 2017. The numbers seem critical as the number of vehicles plying on roads had increased from 192 to 195 in the same year but the same showed inverse results in passenger graph. The graph also shows a downward slide for several major cities including Pune and Mumbai where the patronization for public transport is waning, reveals the report. “One needs to look at the overall dispersal of commuters right from the place of residence to work and plan adequate mode of transport that would not only be punctual but also comfortable,” said transport and town planning expert.
|2018-08-14||City aces 'Transportation' in Ease of Living Index, evokes mixed response - Times of India|
City aces 'Transportation' in Ease of Living Index, evokes mixed response Aug 14, 2018, 22:49 IST Thane: The announcement of Thane ranking sixth in the all-India Ease of Living Index released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on Monday has brought in considerable cheer among activists and residents of the city. The lake city has scored an ace in the category of transportation, which includes availability of wide roads, uninterrupted electricity among others where the foray of offbeat generation initiatives were considered. The corporation has scored third on the segment of providing basic infrastructure to residents while the water supply system here has also drawn laurels and secured the administration get the fourth position, informed the Thane municipal corporation through a press statement. The Ease of Living Index is an initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to help cities assess their livability compared to global and national benchmarks and encourage urban settlements to move towards an ‘outcome-based’ approach to urban planning and management. The participating cities were ranked on four major factors – institutions and governance, social infrastructure (education/health), economic factors and physical infrastructure. Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said it was an achievement for the city to have scored high on the national front and said attempts will be made in the future to score higher and bring the city on the international map. “We have managed to bring the city into the limelight on the national front, we will be working harder in the future to ensure a better living experience to our residents. We are happy and thankful to the support put in by our residents and municipal officials,” he said. Activists cheered that it was a moment of joy for the city as it managed to secure its place along with cities like Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai to be one of the most livable places in the country. However, a section of activists have questioned the rationale behind the ranking considering the condition of public transportation and water distribution network in the city wasn’t yet up to the mark.
|2018-08-14||adolescent OPD' - Times of India|
adolescent OPD' Aug 14, 2018, 22:50 IST Thane: The one-of-its-kind ‘adolescent OPD’ recently started at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj hospital, Kalwa is a boon for teens and young adults struggling to deal with stress, anxiety and a host of other emotional issues. The OPD is a dedicated team of medical experts from various departments like from paediatric, gynaecology, psychology and medicine. Aimed at the overall well-being of the youths, the friendly initiative offers them the support and the strength to deal with mental health issues and guide them into making right choices in life. Flagged off in February the TMC-run hospital here, the medical help as well as counselling sessions are free-of-cost and the patient is expected to pay a minimal charge of Rs 10 at the time of registration, which is waived off if the patient is from a weak financial background. “It has been seen that the number of youth suffering from depression is increasing. The youth is stressed out when it comes to studies or taking personal decisions. So we decided to open this centre to help these adolescents combat these issues. Every Thursday doctors from various departments come together and talk to the youths regarding their personal problems with their families, regarding their love affairs, anything bothering them at school etc.,” said Dr Sandhya Khadse, dean at Kalwa hospital. The centre has not done any publicity yet and so far it’s been running successfully just by word of mouth. Over 100 boys and girls who have visited the centre stepped out with a clear mind after talking to the experts. The centre is open on every Thursday from 1pm to 3pm. The centre is run by a team of eight people from paediatric, gynaecology, psychology and medicines department who help the children and youth in the age group of nine to 21 years with various problems related to education, stress, parental issues etc. “Most of the youth or teenager who have come to us have discussed about their feeling of being restricted. They don’t like when their parents become over protective about them, due to which they become a rebel as they try to make their way of it. At such times we talk both to the parents and the children separately and explain them each other’s situation, we ask the patients also to give their children little space. Girls mainly come to learn about menstrual problems. Few even discuss about their love affairs and even queries regarding sexual intercourse. We even guide them as to how they could manage their stress instead of getting into drinking or drugs. According to the problem or topic of discussion the adolescent talks to that particular doctor which is why we have a team of doctors from various departments,” said Dr Jayesh Panot, paediatrician at the hospital.
|2018-08-14||Businessman murder: Bail plea of co-accused rejected - Times of India|
Businessman murder: Bail plea of co-accused rejected Aug 14, 2018, 22:51 IST THANE: The sessions court has rejected the bail application of a co-accused in the kidnap and murder case of businessman Sachin Mohite in July last year. Assistant sessions judge R S Patil-Mohite turned down the bail plea of Mohammad Rashid Mohammad Safik Qureshi, who was reportedly part of the three-member team involved in the crime. Mohite, who was the proprietor of a marketing company, was killed as he defaulted on payment of a loan of Rs 39 lakh which he had borrowed from another accused Satyakumar Panigrahi. Mohite was asked to come near Mira Road station and from there he was driven to Manor where he was beaten up and then then thrown into Surya creek on July 11. After hearing both sides, the judge said that the accused was involved in the crime so he does not deserve bail.
|2018-08-14||Thousands throng to Shiva temples as Shravan begins - Times of India|
Thousands throng to Shiva temples as Shravan begins Aug 14, 2018, 22:51 IST THANE: Shiva temples witnessed huge crowds as it was the first Monday of the auspicious month of Shravan. Devotees were seen thronging temples with elaborately prepared puja thalis. The first Monday of Shravan is known as Shravani Somwar. resulting in the crowd intensifying at each of the temples across the city. “My family and I visited a Lokpuram-based temple, which its known for its Shivling. We visited the place at 10am and it was very crowded. So we decided to go home and do the puja. However, in the afternoon we visited the temple again and the crowd decreased. So, we managed to offer prayers to the lord. As an offering, we give a fistful of rice along with sandalwood powder, milk, bael leaves, white flowers and water. We pray for the well-being of our family,” said Vartak Nagar resident Kameshwari Kulkarni. Speaking about the significance of this day, Naupada resident Sayli Koli said, “Shravan is the most auspicious season for us and we worship Lord Shiva during this month. All four Mondays during this month are very auspicious and we observe them by offering different types of grains each Monday to Shivling. While we offer rice on the first Monday, moong dal, til and jowar are offered on the other ones.” With devotees flooding temples, authorities had to beef up security during these days. “We witness thousands of devotees every Monday. So we have not only taken the help of volunteers and scout guide students, but we have also informed the police to help out.We have also ensured that there is enough drinking water. Senior citizens and physical challenged people are allowed to go straight inside,” said Ravindra Utekar, secretary of city based Kopineshwar Mandir trust. While most citizens flocked to temples, a few others conducted pujas in their homes. “We have a small Shiva temple in our home. So we conduct puja here itself. We also observe a fast during which we do not eat onions, garlic or meat,” said Sangita Sukhi, a Waghbil resident.
|2018-08-14||Mumbai Crime: Four illegal telephone exchanges busted in Thane; 4 arrested - Mid-Day|
Mumbai Crime: Four Illegal Telephone Exchanges Busted In Thane; 4 Arrested Aug 14, 2018, 12:00 IST | PTI The police also seized several SIM cards of different companies, routers, and laptops from the flats, she said. International calls were being illegally routed via VOIP through local mobile numbers at these exchanges, the police said Four illegal telephone exchanges being operated from different apartments have been busted here in Maharashtra and four people arrested in this connection, a police official said today. The accused were illegally routing international calls through Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), she said. Acting on a tip-off, a police team raided four apartments at a building in Mumbra area yesterday and seized electrical equipment worth Rs 14 lakh from there, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. The police also seized several SIM cards of different companies, routers, and laptops from the flats, she said. International calls were being illegally routed via VOIP through local mobile numbers at these exchanges, she said. Such a set up of interconnecting Internet/VOIP and mobile connections is not permitted as per Indian telecom laws, the police said, adding that the preliminary loss to the national exchequer was being ascertained. The arrested persons were identified as Sehzad Nissar Shaikh (38), Shakil Iqlaq Ahmed Shaikh (40), Mohammad Halim Mukhtar Ahmed Khan (36) and Wasimullah Iqlakh Ahmed Shaikh (30), Narkar said. They have been booked under IPC section 420 (cheating), and relevant provisions of the Indian Telegraph Act and the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, she added.
|2018-08-14||Sex racket busted, 3 women rescued, 4 arrested in Maha's Thane - The Hindu|
Sex racket busted, 3 women rescued, 4 arrested in Maha’s Thane UPDATED: AUGUST 14, 2018 04:53 IST 3 rescued, 4 arrested Four persons have been arrested for allegedly running a sex racket in Bhayander. Three women were rescued during a raid conducted at the lodge by the Uttan coastal police in the early hours of Sunday. Sharad Shetty, Vasusingh Sandhu, Shivprasad Shetty and Akhil Dafedar were arrested for operating the racket. The four have been charged under relevant sections of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act while the women were sent to rescue homes.
|2018-08-14||Water conservation, housing for poor priority, says new collector - Times of India|
Water conservation, housing for poor priority, says new collector Aug 15, 2018, 00:50 IST THANE: Senior bureaucrat Rajesh Narvekar, who took over as the new collector of Thane district on Tuesday, said that housing for the economically weaker section and water conservation will top his agenda. The IAS officer from the 2009 batch was working as the joint secretary in the chief minister’s office and had played a key role in preparing the development plan of Mumbai and also worked on finalising the policy plan for the Delhi Mumbai Freight Corridor while serving with the MIDC. He is also credited to have launched several e-initiatives during his stint in the revenue department and also given good results to cleanliness drives as the CEO of the Raigad Zilla Parishad. “Thane is special to me as I have completed my education in this city. My focus will be on effective implementation of various projects like the Jalyukta Shivaar and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana among others,” said Narvekar, who has a challenge ahead in managing finances for the district and also the two crucial elections scheduled next year. Outgoing collector Mahendra Kalyanakar has been posted as joint secretary in the state labour department. Meanwhile, Rajendra Ahiwar has taken over as the additional municipal commissioner-1 at the Thane Municipal Corporation in place of Sunil Chavan, who has been posted as the Ratnagiri district collector.
|2018-08-14||Cryptocurrency Racket: One more arrested - Times of India|
Cryptocurrency Racket: One more arrested Aug 15, 2018, 00:43 IST THANE: The crime branch investigating the multi-crore cryptocurrency racket has arrested one more person on Tuesday. The accused helped main accused Amit Lakhanpal to set up the entire scam. The police said that the accused, Vikram Bangera, along with Lakhanpal, had set up the entire scheme. “Bangera was wanted in the case and based on a tip-off our team tracked him to Goa airport. He will be brought in for questioning,” said Nitin Thakre, senior police inspector of crime branch Unit-1. The crime branch Unit-1 busted the racket in June after the team raided offices of Flintstone groups in Thane and Vikhroli.
|2018-08-14||Illegal telephone exchange busted in Mumbra flats - Times of India|
Illegal telephone exchange busted in Mumbra flats Aug 15, 2018, 00:48 IST THANE: A long-flourishing illegal telephone exchange operating from four flats in a residential tower at Mumbra was busted following the arrest of three persons by the Mumbra police early on Tuesday. The police claim to have found a country-made pistol and five rounds from these apartments. Police said they were on their night surveillance duty in the vicinity of Kadar Palace when they were alerted about the telephone exchange being operated from hi-tech machines and the internet. “ Around 4am, our police team swooped down on the flats and caught the men unawares. Equipment like routers, call transfer machines, 292 sim cards and other material worth Rs 14 lakh were seized from these flats. The trio who would use the internet to make Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) calls were also arrested,” said joint commissioner of police Madhukar Pandey. The trio that is being probed for the racket includes Sehzad Nissar Shaikh, Shakil Iqlaq Ahmed Shaikh and Mohammad Halim Mukhtar Ahmed Khan. Police are looking for the fourth member of the gang, Wasimullah Iqlakh Ahmed Shaikh, who is now on the run. “The seizure includes 292 sim cards of different companies as well as 19 telephone exchanges and 39 routers. The exchange has resulted in losses of revenue to the mobile operators and the government. We are yet to calculate the duration of calls and the total calls made and for how long this exchange has been operational,” added Pandey. The operators routed the international calls through these exchanges using the VOIP technology via an application to bypass regular ISD calls. The calls were routed to VOIP using the internet connection to the sim box and IP address by logging in the user name and password and were transferred to the cell phone users, said the officer. Most of the calls were exchanged between users’ relatives settled abroad, added the officer. International calls were routed through the exchanges in the Mumbra flats using VOIP via an application to bypass regular ISD calls. The calls were routed to VOIP using internet connection to the sim box and IP address.
|2018-08-13||Thane: Three idiots arrested for carrying sword to cut birthday cake - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Three idiots arrested for carrying sword to cut birthday cake Updated: Aug 13, 2018, 06:50 AM IST The Wagle Estate Police have arrested three residents of Thane for illegally carrying a sword and damaging a person's car on Thursday night. They were caught during a search operation and they told the cops that the sword was meant for cutting their friend's birthday cake. Amar Gharat, a resident of Bhiwandi, went to drop his girlfriend home at Ambikanagar in Wagle Estate, on August 9 at around 11.15 am . "After he dropped her home in his car and was about to get back into the vehicle, three unknown men came there and pushed and shoved him," says a cop from the Wagle Estate Police Station, Thane. They abused him and created a ruckus and even broke the glass of his car window with their sword and fled from the spot on their bike. Gharat quickly went to Wagle Estate Police Station and lodged a complaint. "We quickly started searching for these three men on a bike and at around 4.30 am found them roaming in the area with the sword," says the cop. When one of the cops asked them what was the sword for, they said, "It was their friend's birthday and they wanted to do something special. Everybody cuts a birthday cake with a knife, we wanted our friend to cut it with a sword." The amused cops quickly rounded up the trio - Ankush Bhadarge, 21, Rajesh Golbinde, 18, and Niranjan Bhagoji, 21, – all from Wagle Estate. They were brought to the police station on August 10 and were charged for possessing illegal arms under the Arms Act and various sections of the Indian Penal code. On Friday, they were produced in Thane court and have been remanded to police custody until August 13.
|2018-08-13||54.14 Lakh For Thane Man Killed In Road Accident - NDTV|
54.14 Lakh For Thane Man Killed In Road Accident Petitioners told the tribunal that accident occurred due to the negligence of truck driver as he had not turned on the vehicle's tail lights when the truck came to a halt. Updated: August 13, 2018 21:42 IST Dilip Pathak was going to Shirdi when his car rammed into a stationary truck in Thane. Thane: The widow and the mother of an accident victim have been awarded a compensation of Rs 54.14 lakh by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) Thane. Dilip Pathak then aged 35 years was going to Shirdi in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district on August 6, 2011 with his friends when their car rammed into a stationary truck on the Kalyan-Nagar road in Thane. Dilip Pathak, who was sitting next to the driver, received grievous injuries and died on the spot.The petitioners told the tribunal that the accident occurred due to the negligence of the truck driver as he had not turned on the vehicle's tail lights when it was in the stationary position.They sought a compensation of Rs 70 lakh. The deceased worked as a fitter in a shipping company based out of Mumbai and earned USD 1,236 per month, they told the tribunal. Advertisement MACT member N M Waghmare noted that the petitioners have alleged that the offending truck did not have tail lights or reflector when it stopped all of a sudden on the road.Therefore, the car driver could not control his vehicle and it rammed into the truck. "On thoughtful consideration of factual aspects of the matter, it can be safely held that the offending truck was responsible for the accident," Mr Waghmare said in his order. The MACT ordered the truck owner and the vehicle's insurer to pay 60 per cent of the total 54.14 lakh compensation to the man's widow and the remaining 40 per cent to his mother. The deceased's father was not eligible for compensation, Mr Waghmare said, but did not give any reasons for it.
|2018-08-13||Sex racket busted, 3 women rescued, 4 arrested in Maharashtra's Thane - The Indian Express|
Sex racket busted, 3 women rescued, 4 arrested in Maharashtra's Thane Published: August 13, 2018 8:04:11 pm Four arrested for running a sex racket in Bhayander. Four persons were arrested for allegedly running a sex racket in Bhayander in Maharashtra's Thane district and three women were rescued during a raid conducted at the lodge from where it was being operated, police said Monday. Based on a tip-off, the Uttan coastal police raided a lodge in the early hours of Sunday and arrested Sharad Shetty, Vasusingh Sandhu, Shivprasad Shetty and Akhil Dafedar for operating the racket, said Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni of the Thane Rural police. Before carrying out the raid, police had sent a decoy customer to ensure that the tip-off was correct, an official said. Kulkarni said that the four had been charged under relevant sections of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act while the rescued women were sent to rescue homes. The official added that the Anti-Human Trafficking Cell of the police were carrying out further investigations into the case.
|2018-08-13||E-portal for mandals okay, but what about NOCs, ask organisers - Times of India|
E-portal for mandals okay, but what about NOCs, ask organisers Aug 13, 2018, 22:28 IST THANE: Aimed at simplifying the process of obtaining various permissions for festival organisers, the e-facility plan of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) appears to have invited bitter criticism from around 400 Ganpati mandals in the city. The mandals claimed that although civic permission would be acquired in a matter of a few days thanks to the new e-portal, the No Objection Certificates (NOC) from various departments like fire brigade, police and Regional Transport Office (RTO) will be given only 10 days prior to the commencement of the festival, raising issues about co-ordination between authorities. The first of its kind initiative was launched on July 27 with an intention of providing the required approval almost 1.5 months in advance from the TMC to the city mandals. To put forth their demand of making the initiative a single window facility with all the departments working under a single roof, the agitated mandals came together last week to meet Thane Mayor Meenakshi Shinde at the civic headquarters. Sameer Sawant from Bal Mitra Mandal in Thane’s Shreenagar area, said, “The civic administration said that they will clear our approvals after site inspection and adhering to the rules laid down by the high court. While this is perfectly acceptable, the other departments like RTO and fire brigade told me that none of the permissions will be issued beforeSeptember 3. What is the use of this online facility if we have to go physically to all the departments with documents and get permissions so late despite submitting documents in advance?” Civic officials said that they will try their best to co-ordinate with the other departments and ensure that an application does not remain pending for too long. “We have made this online provision only for seeking permission from TMC. There are different rules for different departments. We will still convey to all the departments to hand over the approvals as soon as possible so that work of setting up pandals can begin on time,” said the Mayor.
|2018-08-13||Residents look for green options post ban on thermocol - Times of India|
Residents look for green options post ban on thermocol Aug 13, 2018, 22:29 IST THANE: The state-wide ban on plastic and thermocol seems to have already started reflecting on Ganesh Chaturthi preparations across the city as residents are hunting for environment-friendly and reasonable decor alternatives. From flocking to stores selling Ganpati makhars made using environment-friendly material like paper, cardboard or jute to searching on online websites for such items, citizens are already prepping for their green Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations next month. Eco-friendly makhar vendors have also witnessed a parallel rise in the number of citizens approaching them this season. “I have a team of about 30 deaf and dumb craftsmen and women who make unique Ganesh decors from paper, cardboard or putha, bamboo, cloth, jute and so on. While we have been selling such makhars since the past two decades, we have seen the steepest rise in orders since the thermocol ban. While we have basic designs based on temples and palaces, we will brainstorm to meet the rising demand,” said Kailash Desale, owner of an art shop. Even though most citizens have been flocking to such stores, a small section of Thaneites have taken this move as a motivation to tap into their creative side and create home-made decorations this Ganesh Chaturthi. Prachi Garle, a Pokhran Road 1 resident, said, “This year, I have accumulated a bunch of newspapers to roll them up, line them together and paint them to make a temple shaped makhar for our Ganpati.” Civic officials here have also begun encouraging the various Ganpati mandals across the city to go green this Ganpati. “A few mandals had asked us if we will be giving a special bonus for those pandals that have put up eco-friendly decorations. Usually we have this theme competition every year but no such bonus is given. We have told the organizers that we will try to give a full refund of the deposit if we find any unique decorations made up of eco-friendly products this year. We will table the proposal with the higher authority,” said a civic official at a meeting with a group of community Ganpati mandal organisers recently.
|2018-08-13||Bangladeshi women get 3-year simple imprisonment - Times of India|
Bangladeshi women get 3-year simple imprisonment Aug 13, 2018, 22:27 ISTRepresentative image THANE: Two women from Bangladesh, found guilty of staying in India without passport and visa, were convicted and sentenced to three-year simple imprisonment and imposed with a fine of Rs 10,000 each by the district court on Friday. Assistant sessions judge, N H Makhare, recently convicted Rubina Khatun Shaikh and Sabina Noorslam Shaikh. The duo was tried for the offences punishable under under Rule 3(a) Punishable under Rule 6(a) of Passport (Entry into India) Rules 1950 & 14 of Foreigners Act, 1946. Prosecutor Vivek Kadu told the court that it was on November 27, 2013 when assistant police inspector Amol Ahir, attached to the Prevention of Immoral Woman Trafficking of Thane rural police, received information that citizens of Bangladesh had gathered at Haider Chowk, Nayanagar in Mira Road for some labour work. While several other accused were also found, the duo could not produce any valid documents. The prosecutor pointed out that the accused had failed to produce documents to enter India and failed to prove that they were Indian citizens though they had produced their Aadhar and pan cards, which were not sufficient to prove their Indian citizenship. Kadu also argued that the duo was not punctual in their court attendance since the past five years.
|2018-08-13||CR fast-tracks FOB work at Kalyan-end of Diva station - Times of India|
CR fast-tracks FOB work at Kalyan-end of Diva station Aug 13, 2018, 22:26 IST THANE: The Central Railway (CR) is fast-tracking construction of the foot overbridge (FOB) at the Kalyan-end of Diva railway station that will ease the load on the existing FOBs at the platform with dense commuter traffic. The work of the bridge was moving at a slow pace until now due to lack of required blocks. Accordingly, the Railways have now scheduled a six-hour mega block to take up construction of the bridge starting post-midnight (intervening night of Monday-Tuesday) and ending around 5:40am the following morning. The Panvel-Diva shuttle service has been cancelled while the Diva-Sawantwadi shuttle will depart from Panvel on Tuesday while the 12051 Dadar Madgaon Janshatabdi express will be detained at Bhandup for nearly 1.30 minutes. The under-construction bridge, said officials, will be 12m-wide connecting the east and west side of the city to all the railway suburban and long-distance platforms. The work on installing girders is likely to be finished by this week after which work on installing the slab and landings will be undertaken, added officials. The height of the bridge has also been adjusted so as to match the existing safety norms thanks to the presence of the alternating current overhead supply wires running underneath it. The bridge is likely to be thrown open to public possibly before year-end, said railway officials. Simultaneously, the old bridge at the CSMT-end will be dismantled so that commuters get adequate options to move in and out of the station that witnesses a daily footfall of nearly one lakh commuters. Activists said that a bridge at this end was much required as the two existing ones connecting the city-sides are the South-end of the station. “Passengers staying at the North-end of the station like those at Dativli are forced to either travel down the tracks or take a circuitous route via the bridge available at the Mumbai end of the platform, which is time consuming,” said Adesh Bhagat, a railway activist and member of the zonal railway user’s consultative committee from Diva. “The new bridge is an important connection at the railway station. This will be the fourth facility at the station and will have escalators and staircases at each of the seven platforms at the station. The load at the station will be evenly distributed once this new bridge is made operational,” said an official from CR. Member of Parliament Dr Shrikant Shinde, who represents the area, said a skywalk is being constructed at the east side of the station, which will be connected to this bridge and will solve the present chaos outside the railway premises. “There is massive congestion outside the station premises presently, which will be eased once the new bridge is completed and connected with the upcoming skywalk, which will also be linked to the two other bridges at the station,” he said. The new bridge is an important connection at the railway station. This will have escalators and staircases at each of the seven platforms. The load at the station will be evenly distributed once this new bridge is made operational.
|2018-08-13||Thane family gets Rs 54L for man's death in mishap | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Thane family gets Rs 54L for man's death in mishap Aug 13, 2018, 16:22 IST THANE: The widow and the mother of an accident victim have been awarded a compensation of Rs 54.14 lakh by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) in Thane. Dilip Pathak (then aged 35 years) was going to Shirdi in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district on August 6, 2011 with his friends when their car rammed into a stationary truck on the Kalyan-Nagar road in Thane. Pathak, who was sitting next to the driver, received grievous injuries and died on the spot. The petitioners told the tribunal that the accident occurred due to the negligence of the truck driver as he had not turned on the vehicle's tail lights when it was in the stationary position. They sought a compensation of Rs 70 lakh. The deceased worked as a fitter in a shipping company based out of Mumbai and earned USD 1,236 per month, they told the tribunal. MACT member N M Waghmare noted that the petitioners have alleged that the offending truck did not have tail lights or reflector when it stopped all of a sudden on the road. Therefore, the car driver could not control his vehicle and it rammed into the truck. "On thoughtful consideration of factual aspects of the matter, it can be safely held that the offending truck was responsible for the accident," Waghmare said in his order passed sometime back. The MACT ordered the truck owner and the vehicle's insurer to pay 60 per cent of the total 54.14 lakh compensation to the man's widow and the remaining 40 per cent to his mother. The deceased's father was not eligible for compensation, Waghmare said, but did not give any reasons for it.
|2018-08-12||Abductors Spoke Tamil, Warned Us Against Returning to Malaysia: Thane Bizmen - News18|
Abductors Spoke Tamil, Warned Us Against Returning to Malaysia: Thane Bizmen Rohan Vaidya (36) and his brother Kaustubh Vaidya (31) flew to Malaysia on August 1 after their fish export firm, Rock Frozen Food, landed an order from the Malaysia-based Mis Lee Frozen Foods. They had scheduled two business meetings on August 2. Updated:August 12, 2018, 7:55 AM IST Thane: The two businessman brothers from the district here, who were kidnapped from Kuala Lumpur last week, said the abductors spoke Tamil and warned them never to come back to Malaysia again. Upon their return, Rohan Vaidya (36) and his brother Kaustubh Vaidya (31) told the media that a business rivalry could be the reason behind their abduction. The brothers flew to Malaysia on August 1 after their fish export firm, Rock Frozen Food, landed an order from the Malaysia-based Mis Lee Frozen Foods. They had scheduled two business meetings on August 2. After the first meeting got over at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, the company, which had arranged the second meeting sent a car for them, they said. A car arrived and they got in. But to their surprise, the driver left the main road and headed for a forested area, said the duo. Then another car caught up with them, and six men got down from it. The brothers were tied up, blindfolded and bundled into the second car. The kidnappers took them to an unknown destination, and asked them to contact the family in India and convey a demand of Rs 1 crore in ransom. "The abductors spoke Tamil. We could not figure out most of what they were talking about," said Kaustubh Vaidya. The duo were held captive for four days, during which period the abductors beat them repeatedly and gave them food only once a day, the brothers said. They also relieved the duo of Rs 66,000 in cash and valuables such as chains and watches. On August 6, the brothers were released by the abductors on an isolated stretch of road near the Malaysian capital. The two had no money. Luckily, they met an Indian-origin taxi driver who took them to their hotel, the brothers said. Before releasing, the abductors warned them never to come back to Malaysia again, they said. The duo returned to India with the help of the Indian Embassy on Saturday. Before returning, the Malaysian police, who are probing the abduction, spoke to them. While saying that a business rivalry could be the reason behind their abduction, the brothers did not elaborate. They also stated that their family-which had contacted police here — did not pay any ransom to anyone for their release.
|2018-08-12||Drunk drivers deposit Rs 94K during gatari drive - Times of India|
Drunk drivers deposit Rs 94K during gatari Aug 12, 2018, 22:35 IST Thane: As many as 141 motorists and drivers were caught for violating traffic norms by driving drunk and paid deposit for the same, the total collection of which was around Rs 94,500 on Friday. Thane traffic officials said that a special drive was undertaken on the occasion of gatari on Friday when many people are expected to drink before observing abstainance from alcohol after the beginning of the holy month of Shravan starts. The drive continued on Saturday night as well. “We have stationed a team of six — one officer and five other traffic staff at 36 check points in 18 traffic units in the Thane police commissionerate area i.e. Bhiwandi, Thane, Mumbra, Kalwa, Diva , Dombivli, Kalyan, Ambernath and Badlapur. The officials were using breathalyzers to check the level of alcohol consumed by offenders. It was seen that most of the violators were youngsters, some of whom were seen riding triple seat,” said Anil Mangale, inspector, traffic department. “We have already taken action against 141 drivers and riders in a single day and are expecting more to break the laws during the weekend before the month of Shravan starts. We have even collected a deposit of Rs 94,500 from some violators. Also, we have confiscated vehicles of motorists so that they cannot drive under the influence of alcohol. Those accompanied by a sober person were given back their vehicles. These violators will even have to go to court wherein it will be decided as to how much fine they will have to pay for breaking the law,” said Amit Kale, deputy commissioner of police, traffic. We have stationed a team of six — one officer and five other traffic staff at 36 check points in 18 traffic units in the Thane police commissionerate area i.e. Bhiwandi, Thane, Mumbra, Kalwa, Diva , Dombivli, Kalyan, Ambernath and Badlapur. The officials were using breathalyzers to check the level of alcohol consumed by offenders. It was seen that most of the violators were youngsters, some of whom were seen riding triple seat.
|2018-08-12||Injured turtle under isolation for better care - Times of India|
Injured turtle under isolation for better care Aug 12, 2018, 22:33 IST Thane: In an attempt to ensure the speedy recovery of the critically injured Olive Ridley turtle rescued from Thane creek last week, the Wildlife Conservation and Animal Welfare Society (WCAWA) has now separated it from the other turtles to carefully monitor its health. The turtle found struggling to stay afloat near the Ghodbunder area of the Thane creek with its alternate flippers missing, was rescued by wildlife activist Amit Chhadwa last Sunday and handed over to the Thane Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA) for treatment. While the turtle was given first aid straightaway and prescribed antibiotics, tonics and painkillers later that night by turtle expert Dr Dinesh Vinherkar, it was shifted to the WCAWA for additional care on Tuesday. “The turtle had lost its alternate flippers and because of this a lot of blood. The lack of these flippers made it unable to swim properly and hunt as well. It is thus, severely anaemic, malnourished and weak. This turtle required a larger facility and specific help that is available at the Dahanu centre and I thus requested the Thane SPCA to transfer it with the consent of the forest department,” said Dr Vinherkar. In addition to being taken to this facility, the turtle will now be kept isolated from the other reptiles recuperating at the centre. These experts believe that without this specialised care, it will most likely be unable to defend itself in the wild, and survive in the sea on its own.
|2018-08-12||90-m further halt plan at Thane station platform no. 6 put on hold - Times of India|
90-m further halt plan at Thane station platform no. 6 put on hold Aug 12, 2018, 22:36 IST Thane: The Friday chaos due to the motormen agitation has forced the Central Railway to delay the implementation of its plan to extend halts of Mumbai-bound suburban trains on platform number 6 at Thane station. The CR had planned to halt all suburban trains arriving on platform number 6 at 90m or approximately four coaches ahead from its existing halt towards Mumbai. Railway officials said that there has been no communication between the administration and the motormen over implementing the new halts, especially after the sudden agitation on Friday. This left them with no option but to postpone the same. Officials said that it was crucial for the motormen to be apprised of the new changes. “The sudden Friday agitation left us with no option but to communicate with the motormen who had to be informed of this change. We wanted to implement the change in halts over the weekend, but are now waiting for a fresh communication; after which we will implement the same. Meanwhile, all necessary works have been completed by us and we are most likely to implement the same by Wednesday,” said Suresh Nair, station director at Thane. The Central Railway had decided to shift halts of all suburban trains halting on platform 6 towards the Mumbai-side to ensure maximum utilization of the new foot over bridge, constructed at the CSMT-end and reduce passenger traffic on the Kalyan end.
|2018-08-12||Gen X uses digital network for positive social change - Times of India|
Gen X uses digital network for positive social change Aug 12, 2018, 22:35 IST Thane: From voicing their opinions through an array of political limericks or crafting poetries on stereotypes existing in our society and highlighting key social issues with the help of social media platforms, the Gen X seems to be making the most of the digital network. On the occasion of International Youth Day, the theme of which this year is - safe spaces for the youth, TOI speaks to youngsters, who are using mediums like Instagram, Facebook, etc. in an attempt to bring about a positive social change. Twenty-one-year-old Keya Shah, a resident, said, “The poetry on social media is so raw and current unlike what it used to be earlier. This channel can be used as a medium to influence others. I prefer to upload my poems on my Instagram account so I can reach out to a wider audience. I mostly write about issues that I am passionate about like self-love, women empowerment and topics, which are not spoken about openly. I also love writing narratives that are motivational.” While some taking a spin on the traditional medium of poetry upload it on the new media, a few others also write crisp online posts inviting debates and discussions from people all across the globe. Anisha Nair, a 22-year-old resident of Ghodbundar Road, said, “A whole new audience out there is waiting to review our work, comment and criticize it. This not only opens conversation among strangers, but also results in a wider perception of things. I have joined a group on Facebook wherein 20-odd members come together once a week and voice out their opinions over a current issue or some other trending topic like cyberbullying, peer pressure, body shaming, etc.”
|2018-08-11||Chaos at Thane railway station as passengers block train - Times of India|
Chaos at Thane railway station as passengers block train Irate passengers travelling toward Kalyan stopped the Nashik-bound Panchvati Express at Thane station for nearly 10 minutes demanding entry into a reserved coach of the train. Aug 11, 2018, 08:28 IST THANE: Irate passengers travelling toward Kalyan stopped the Nashik-bound Panchvati Express at Thane station for nearly 10 minutes demanding entry into a reserved coach of the train. Protestors spilled onto the tracks in front of the train that had been given an additional stop at Thane around 7pm for passengers to travel toward Kalyan and Kasara. They demanded that a coach reserved for passengers travelling to Nashik from Kalyan be opened for them. The train was allowed to move after officials relented and convinced the passengers to clear path of the train. Thousands of commuters travelling from Thane to the suburbs complained there were inadequate trains to ferry them back home during peak hours. Thane railway station was jam-packed with commuters on Friday evening. The situation was so chaotic that station authorities were forced to halt some express trains, including the Panchavati Express, at Thane and allow suburban passengers to travel till Kalyan. "Some passengers went on to the tracks, demanding reserved coach, attached to the express, opened at Thane. We finally allowed them entry," said a senior railway official at the station.
|2018-08-11||Motormen's strike, potholes, breakdowns disrupt traffic flow to Thane - Hindustan Times|
Motormen’s strike, potholes, breakdowns disrupt traffic flow to Thane With train services delayed, most took to the roads leaving Ghodbunder Road, Kalwa bridge and internal roads became clogged from 8 am. The congestion eased only after 12.30 pm. Updated: Aug 11, 2018 05:38 IST Office-goers were hassled on Friday morning, as disruption of train services led to five-hour-long traffic snarls on Ghodbunder Road in Thane. The traffic police blamed the mess on motormen’s strike, filling of potholes, breakdown of three vehicles during peak hours, repairs on Mumbra bypass road and barricading for Metro-4. With train services delayed, most took to the roads leaving Ghodbunder Road, Kalwa bridge and internal roads jammed from 8am. The congestion was eased after 12.30pm, when most office-goers left the city. The traffic began piling up along the Kalwa Bridge since morning. “I take a train to Thane as my office is near the station. After hearing about the protest, I decided to take the road. The Kalwa bridge and Thane-Belapur Road near Kalwa were jammed. No autorickshaw was willing to go. I had to walk for more than 6km-7km to reach office. I had already missed work owing to the Maratha protest and didn’t want a repeat,” said PG Sonawne, 34, a resident of Kalwa. Deepak Menon, 32, another resident of Ghodbunder Road, said, “I left home at 8.30am to reach my office in BKC. It took me more than two hours to reach.” Amit Kale, deputy commissioner of police, traffic, said, “Pothole-filling work was one of the prime reasons for the trouble. We have given directives to all authorities to fill potholes only between 12am and 6am. Despite this, most contractors started the work in the morning. We have issued them a warning to carry out the work at night, failing which they will be booked under the Motor Vehicles Act.”
|2018-08-11||Woman cop downs phenyle after argument with senior - Times of India|
Woman cop downs phenyle after argument with senior A woman sub-inspector of Thane police allegedly consumed phenyle, a cleaning liquid commonly used in households, after an argument with her senior at work on Friday. Aug 11, 2018, 08:17 IST THANE: A woman sub-inspector of Thane police allegedly consumed phenyle, a cleaning liquid commonly used in households, after an argument with her senior at work on Friday. The 28-year-old woman, who is attached to a police station in Thane city, had an argument over a person's arrest. The woman is in hospital and her condition is stable. Thane police chief Vivek Phansalkar said that the woman had refused to arrest the person "claiming that she was overloaded with work". Two days ago, all police stations in Thane had been ordered to go through complaints lodged by women and take timely action. "Maybe that is why the senior was insisting on the arrest as the said complaint was by a woman," he said. A police source said that the woman cop was livid after the showdown. "She then told her colleagues she was unwell and left for her home in Vartak Nagar where she downed phenyle," said the source. A police officer of deputy commissioner rank will probe the matter and file a report. Until that time, the senior inspector has been transferred to the police control room.
|2018-08-11||Thane: Motormen, railways continue to spar over signal issues at Diva station - Mid-Day|
Thane: Motormen, Railways Continue To Spar Over Signal Issues At Diva Station Aug 11, 2018, 07:30 IST Railway union members said that in January 2017 a motorman, Ramesh Chand Sailani, was penalised for signal passing at danger at Diva, but the signal was facing issues - tubelights and floodlights made it difficult for motormen to see it Has the recent remodelling of Diva station led to signal sighting problems for motormen on CR's slow line? Yes, if railway trade unions, and motormen themselves, are to be believed. Railway union members said that in January 2017 a motorman, Ramesh Chand Sailani, was penalised for signal passing at danger at Diva, but the signal was facing issues - tubelights and floodlights made it difficult for motormen to see it. Also, when his train was passing, children crossing the track had distracted him. After railways decided to take stern action against him for violating a red signal, motormen and trade unions challenged the decision. Central Railway Mazdoor Sangh's letter, a copy of which is with mid-day, stated that it was well known that signal DW S16 was coming in view of platform 3, which had unfocussed, uncovered row of tubelights along with red indicators, and this had lowered its visibility. "Complaints were lodged by two motormen in less than one month of the visibility dwindling," the letter added. It was also noticed that the signal post did not have the mandatory white strips then, the letter pointed out and also said a few signals before DW S16 were in a zig-zag manner, confusing drivers. When mid-day visited the site on Friday, it found the signal had been striped on, but motormen said visibility was still an issue. Divisional officials refused to discuss the issue saying it was an internal matter and that all the issues were being addressed to the satisfaction of protesting trade unions.
|2018-08-11||Man jumps before moving train at Thane, dead - Times of India|
Man jumps before moving train at Thane, dead Aug 11, 2018, 22:32 IST Thane: An unidentified man aged around 50-years was killed after he reportedly flung himself in front of a running train at Thane station on Friday afternoon. Officials at Thane railway station said the motorman of the unidentified suburban train confirmed to them that he saw the man jumping in front of the rake as it was pulling into platform number 6 around 2:45pm. The train was detained for few minutes, informed passengers. The severely injured victim was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. The Thane railway police was yet to confirm the incident but at the time of going to the press, the station officials had issued a memo as per the norms citing a trespassing run over case. “A man had jumped in front of a local train as it was entering Thane station towards the Kalyan end. We rushed him to the emergency medical room where doctors declared him dead,” informed a senior station official. It may be noted this is the third incident in a week where people have reportedly flung themselves in front of running trains. A woman in her late thirties jumped in front of a train at Kandivli station on Wednesday afternoon while another 24-year-old woman, jumped in front of a train with her three-year-old daughter in Bhayander last week.
|2018-08-11||Bad roads, civic work bring Thane to a crawl - Times of India|
Bad roads, civic work bring Thane to a crawl Aug 11, 2018, 22:32 IST Thane: Thousands of motorists travelling from Thane to their workplaces in Mumbai faced massive inconvenience during the morning peak hours of Friday thanks to ongoing projects and potholes surfacing on city roads coupled with the motormen’s agitation that delayed their schedules by several hours. The potholes on city roads coupled with a few vehicles developing snags at crucial junctions led to massive snarls along the arterial city roads, including the Eastern Express Highway and Ghodbunder Road. The diversions of heavy traffic due to the Mumbra bypass work added to the chaos as several motorists complained of being stranded on the highways for several minutes. The work on Kopri bridge widening is also adding to the traffic congestion in the city. “Ghodbunder Road was jammed in the morning. It took me half an hour to reach Vihang’s Inn from Manpada. The metro work has added to the chaos,” complained Swapneel Deshpande, a resident of Thane. Another residents said it took her nearly 30 minutes to reach Kolshet from Majiwada due to the massive snarls on Friday morning. Activists and frequent commuters lashed out at the traffic department for allowing civil works simultaneously in the city that is causing snarls on a daily basis. “The Mumbra bypass is already shut due to which heavy vehicles ply on city highways. In addition, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regbion Development Authority (MMRDA) has started work on metro which is causing further narrowing of available road space along the highways leading to frequent snarls. Daily the travel time to move out from Thane and back has increased thanks to the several projects which are happening simultaneously,” lamented motorists. “The police should have worked out a map to ensure there is minimal inconvenience to motorists. It is high time the authorities took some corrective action as hapless residents cannot endure more waiting endlessly trying to reach their respective destinations,” said an irate commuter. Meanwhile, several residents, who wanted to travel by train said they faced massive inconvenience as several Thane locals were cancelled due to motormen’s agitation. I travel to Mahim daily and it took me nearly 1.20 hours to cross Thane while it usually takes me not more than 30 minutes. I left home at 9:20am and right from Patlipada there was traffic congestion till Majiwada.
|2018-08-11||Temple Priest Arrested For Allegedly Molesting A Woman In Thane - NDTV|
Temple Priest Arrested For Allegedly Molesting A Woman In Thane The accused allegedly sent woman's husband away to buy some fruit as an offering for the deity and molested the woman. Updated: August 11, 2018 20:38 IST The woman went to consult the accused for her headaches, says police. Thane: A 77-year-old man, a temple priest, was arrested today for allegedly molesting a woman in Kalyan area in the district, police said.Gopal Tambe, the accused, has been charged under section 354of IPC (molestation), said assistant police inspector S S Rajput of Kolsewadi police station. According to the complainant, a 28-year-old married woman, her neighbours advised her to consult Tambe for her headache. Advertisement When she and her husband went to the temple to meet him yesterday afternoon, Tambe allegedly sent the husband away to buy some fruit as an offering for the deity and molested the woman, she alleged.
|2018-08-11||140 students expected to enroll for National Children's Science Cong - Times of India|
140 students expected to enroll for National Children's Science Cong Aug 11, 2018, 22:33 IST Thane: As many as 140 students from across 12 schools in Thane and Kalyan are expected to register for the upcoming National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC) which will be held in December. If this happens then it will lead to a 27.2% increase in number of candidates as against last year. Compared to last year where 110 students from the city had appeared for the first leg of the competition, this time the figure seems to have been surpassed the 100 mark. “This year, the response for NCSC of both categories—children between 10 to 14 years and children above 14— has been better than before. Students from many renowned schools like Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania, Saraswati Mandir Trust, A K Joshi school and many more have registered and have already started working on the projects. Earlier, we had received only 110 registrations. This time, it could go up to 140 as August 15 is the deadline for registration,” said an official from Jidnyasa Trust, which is the coordinating agency in Maharashtra for NCSC. Teachers have attributed this rise to an increase in the awareness among parents. A science teacher from a city-based school said, “Since the past five years, we have seen a change in the mindset of parents. They are not only more open to enroll their kids in workshops and science-related competitions, but also slowly understanding the changes that need to be made in teaching science, rather than just sticking to theories. So, when they help their kids at home, some make use of fun and innovative experiments to help facilitate a simpler understanding of concept.” “I organize many science-related programs for children of all age groups. This helps them think better and they also tend to ask more questions. Parents these days have no time to answer queries of their wards and simply handover a book to them or ask them to look up the internet. But today, I can see a change in kids which makes me positive and hopeful for the future,” said Surendra Dighe, a city-based education activist. This year, the response for NCSC of both categories—children between 10 to 14 years and children above 14—has been better than before. Students from many renowned schools have registered and have already started working on the projects.
|2018-08-11||Man who raped woman, married and then murdered her gets life - Times of India|
Man who raped woman, married and then murdered her gets life A middle-aged mother was in tears as a district judge sentenced her son-in-law to life imprisonment for the murder of her daughter and disposal of her body. Aug 12, 2018, 04:31 IST THANE: A middle-aged mother was in tears as a district judge sentenced her son-in-law to life imprisonment for the murder of her daughter and disposal of her body. District judge P P Jadhav held Mukesh Bhandaree (31), from Koviligaon in Kalyan, guilty of offences punishable under sections 302 and 201 of Indian Penal Code, and besides awarding him life imprisonment, fined him Rs 60,000. The accused had been earlier booked for rape of the 26-year-old but obtained bail, the court was told. Prosecutors Vinit Kulkarni and Vivek Kadu said Amisha Mhatre resided with her parents and sister in Kalyan. He allegedly raped her and an offence under sections 376, 420, 312, 313, 504, 506 and 323 of IPC was filed with MFC police, but he obtained bail. He later married the victim after much persuasion on April 12, 2015, it was stated. On the night of June 9, 2015, he and Amisha left the house of her parents in an SUV. Later that night, he informed her parents that she had left the home angrily, but she did not not reach her parents' house. A missing person complaint was filed with Kalyan police. Her body was later found in bushes in Yewari village, Bhiwandi, the court was told. It was smashed beyond recognition, as he had assaulted her with two stumps, they said. Kulkarni said the deposition by her mother and sister, in addition to the statement of the accused under section 313, resulted in conviction. The judge observed, "From these background facts, it is clear there was a strong motive for the accused to commit murder of his wife. On the fateful night, he was with Amisha after 8.30pm. Under such circumstances, the subsequent behaviour to pretend to help in the search of Amisha and his physical condition clearly establishes his involvement. From the background fact about the marital relations of the accused with the deceased and the evidence of witnesses examined by the prosecution, the chain of circumstances is duly established." Amisha's body was thrown on open land merely to "cause disappearance of evidence", he said. The case rested on circumstantial evidence and the witnesses' deposition, which favoured the prosecution, proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.
|2018-08-10||Siblings kidnapped in Malaysia arrive in Thane after release | Thane ... - Times of India|
Siblings kidnapped in Malaysia arrive in Thane after release Aug 10, 2018, 23:37 IST THANE: Two brothers from Maharashtra's Thane district, who were allegedly kidnapped while on a business tour to Malaysia, arrived here today after being released in the south east Asian country, police said. Rohan Prakash Vaidya (36) and Kaustubh Prakash Vaidya (31), from the district's Dombivali area, had gone to Malaysia on August 1 after their fish export firm called Rock Frozen Food landed an order from Malaysia-based Mis Lee Frozen Foods. Their uncle, Rajiv Vaidya, had filed a complaint of kidnapping with Thane police on August 4. According to the complaint, one of the brothers called up home on August 2 at around 10.30 pm to inform the family that they had been kidnapped by unknown persons who were demanding a ransom of Rs 1 crore. Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar today said that the brothers were kidnapped after a meeting with representatives of the Malaysian company in Kuala Lumpur and kept captive till August 6. Police refused to divulge details of the events leading to the release of the two men in Malaysia.
|2018-08-10||Thane cop held for adultery, kidnapping his second wife - Hindustan Times|
Thane cop held for adultery, kidnapping his second wife The accused, Arun Shelar works as a constable in Thane jail and stays in Kalyan’s Netavali area. He was already married and had two children from his first wife when he married Jasintha, 33, in 2017. Jasintha has been missing since July 2017. Updated: Aug 10, 2018 13:19 IST Arun Shelar, the accused, works as a constable in Thane jail and was already married with two children when he married a second time in 2017. More than a year after his second wife, who was five months pregnant, went missing from Vajreshwari in Palghar district; the Mumbra police on Wednesday arrested police constable Arun Shelar on charges of adultery and kidnapping his second wife. The 47-year-old constable was already married when he tied the knot with the missing woman in May 2017. Shelar works as a constable in Thane jail and stays in Kalyan's Netavali area. He was already married and had two children from his first wife when he married Jasintha, 33, in 2017. Jasintha has been missing since July 2017.N elson Gomes, 23, Jasintha's younger brother, who works in real estate, said, My sister met Shelar in 2016 when she had some work in court. After they exchanged numbers, they began talking over the phone regularly and later one day Shelar asked for marriage. They both got married on May 3, 2017. According to the police, Jasintha was three-months pregnant at the time of their marriage. Even after marrying Shelar, my sister used to stay at our place. On July 20, 2017, my sister told me that she is going to Vajreshwari temple to seek blessings. She told me over the phone that she had reached Vajeshwari. On July 27, when I saw Shelar in Thane, I asked him about my sister and he avoided my question. He told me to not to ask him this question. When I repeatedly asked, he told me to lodge a missing person's complaint and said that the police will investigate the case. On July 28, 2017, a missing complaint for Jasintha was lodged with the Mumbra police station. In February this year, Mumbra police told Gomes that they had found Jasintha's last location, which was at Vajreshwari, but the mobile phone was found in Gujarat. We traced the man who was using the phone and interrogated him but nothing related to Jasintha was found. We have formed a team and a search operation is going on. We also produced Shelar in court and he was remanded in police custody till August 14. We are investigating to know if he has done anything wrong to the woman. The missing complaint will also be verified; said D Swami, deputy commissioner of police from zone 1.
|2018-08-09||Fortified Thane peaceful on bandh day - Times of India|
Fortified Thane peaceful on bandh day Aug 9, 2018, 22:09 IST Thane: Thaneites woke up to near-deserted streets with heavy police presence on all junctions and internal roads, as most public and private vehicles opted to stay off the roads early on Thursday, in the wake of the peaceful protest called by the Maratha Kranti Morcha to press for speedy implementation of reservation to their community. The city police had braced for the morcha and had detained around 190 people as a precautionary measure and also picked up the accused involved in violence on July 25. No untoward incident was reported anywhere in the Thane police commissionerate. Police personnel and para-military forces armed with anti-riot gear were deployed all over the city. Police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar said, “There is not even a single incident of violence reported anywhere in the city. It was a normal day.” The members of the Maratha Kranti Morcha gathered in large numbers on the streets and held protest in a peaceful manner by sporting black bands on their mouths. Men and women from the MKM had assembled outside the district collector’s office, at Waghbil and at Vartak junction. However, the police denied them permission to stay at any one place for longer and were asked to move. There was very less vehicular traffic on the road as many were given an option of working from home by their companies. The few ones who did step out stated that they reached sooner than usual because of the near-deserted road and absolutely less traffic. “Usually it takes me around half-an-hour to reach from Thane station to Louiswadi. But as there were barely any vehicles, I reached in less than 15 minutes,” said Vedant Malaikar. While most of the auto-rickshaws and private vehicles were plying, the public transport utilities like Thane Municipal transport (TMT) and MSRTC had cancelled few of their trips, due to this they collectively lost around Rs 65 lakhs. The TMT, which rolls out 270 buses from its depots daily, suspended the trips of all its 30 AC buses throughout the day. The MSRTC too restricted its fleet to the depots and barely 10 per cent or 394 of the 1,394 buses were operational in Thane division on Thursday. The TMT lost around Rs 9 lakhs revenue throughout the day. “We didn’t operate our AC bus services that earn Rs 4lakhs daily while the number of passengers for our regular routes also was much less than usual. Our daily earning is Rs 28 lakhs and considering the drop in traffic at the end of morning session, we may earn barely Rs 19 lakhs by the end of the day,” said a Thane Municipal Transport official. The Thane division of the MSRTC started operations of all its buses by 6pm but said it was unlikely to recover the deficit due to low passenger traffic especially on profitable long routes like Pune and Nashik. “We ferried few buses till Borivali and Bhayander in the morning but had to stop it later fearing damages. An analysis of the losses done by depot officials revealed the drop in revenue to be in the range of Rs 50-53 lakhs at the end of the day. The daily earnings of the division is Rs 55 lakhs,” said a senior official. In order to make sure that no children get caught in the chaos, if the protest turned violent, like it did on July 25, most of the city-based schools were shut as a precautionary measure.
|2018-08-09||Thousands bid tearful adieu to Major Rane in Thane - The Tribune|
Thousands bid tearful adieu to Major Rane in Thane Posted at: Aug 9, 2018, 2:13 PM; last updated: Aug 9, 2018, 7:33 PM (IST) Residents of the Mira Road suburb in Thane district on the outskirts of Mumbai carpeted the streets with flowers as the mortal remains of Major Kaustubh Rane were brought home for a final goodbye. Major Rane and three of his colleagues lost their lives while reportedly trying to foil infiltration by militants from Pakistan in Kashmir’s Gurez area last Tuesday. The mortal remains of Rane draped in the Tricolour were received in Mumbai by his relatives, military personnel and Maharashtra’s Education Minister Vinod Tawde late Wednesday night. Early today, the body was brought to Rane’s residence at Mira Road on a military truck. Local residents who gathered on the road in large numbers threw flowers from their windows and balconies as the truck wended its way to the Sheetal Nagar colony of Mira Road. Cries of “Major Kaustubh Rane Amar Rahe” and “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” were heard as residents gathered on both sides of the road waving the national flag. At various places along the road, local politicians had put out posters hailing the supreme sacrifice made by the soldier. Major Rane, 29, is survived by his parents Prakash and Jyoti, sister Kashyapi, wife Kanika and a two-and-a-half-year old son Agastya. Rane was decorated with the Sena Gallantry Medal by President Ram Nath Kovind last Republic Day.
|2018-08-09||All trains at Thane stn platform 6 to halt 90m further towards CSMT - Times of India|
All trains at Thane stn platform 6 to halt 90m further towards CSMT Aug 9, 2018, 22:08 IST Thane: Starting Saturday, August 11, all suburban trains arriving on platform number 6 at Thane station will halt 90m or approximately four coaches ahead from its existing halt towards Mumbai. The Central Railway has decided to shift halts of all suburban trains halting on this platform to ensure maximum utilisation of the new foot over bridge constructed at the CSMT end and reduce passenger traffic on the Kalyan end one that has become weary over the last several years of use. TOI had recently reported the condition of these FOBs that required immediate attention while the new ones remained under-utilised. As per plans, this new arrangement is also likely to reduce crowding at the platforms which witness heavy crowds during peak hours. The crowd would be evenly dispersed on the platform leaving ample space for movement during peak hours especially evening hours when there is barely any space to walk freely on the platforms, informed officials. Passengers often complained of inconvenience and a stampede-like situation during evening hours when there is heavy rush on platforms 5-6. The decision was taken on Wednesday after consulting passengers and experts following which the divisional operations team which will communicate with the motormen and guards of all suburban locals about the changes. Station officials said they will be deploying staff initially to avoid any confusion. Meanwhile, the station officials have been working towards making all necessary arrangements like shifting underground cables, re-positioning indicators, making markings for first class, ladies and reserved coaches at the platform. All the necessary announcements will be made and informative boards will be put up very soon to alert commuters of this change, said the railway officials. “All trains will halt four coaches ahead from the existing points starting Saturday. We are making necessary announcements and markings at the platforms to ensure minimal inconvenience to passengers. The change has been done to ensure maximum utilisation of the new Mumbai-end FoB and reduce load on the old Kalyan-end bridge that could be taken up for repairs sometime soon,” informed Suresh Nair, station director at Thane. All trains will halt four coaches ahead from the existing points starting Saturday. We are making necessary announcements and markings at the platforms. The change has been done to ensure maximum utilisation of the new Mumbai-end FoB.
|2018-08-09||Thane Businessman Found Dead At Home. Head Was Smashed With Wood - NDTV|
Thane Businessman Found Dead At Home. Head Was Smashed With Wood Prakash Kashani, the victim, was found dead in his flat with his head smashed by a piece of wood this morning. August 09, 2018 23:49 IST Police said that they were futher probing the murder of the businessman Thane: A 54-year-old businessman was found killed by unidentified persons at Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra's Thane district, police today said. Prakash Kashani, the victim, was found dead in his flat with his head smashed by a piece of wood this morning. Mr Kashani lived with his family elsewhere in the town, but last night he was sleeping in his another flat, his wife told police. Police registered a case of murder under section 302, said inspector V C Dolas. Further probe is on.
|2018-08-09||Nurses stir: Pregnant woman denied entry to Thane hospital - Times of India|
Nurses stir: Pregnant woman denied entry to Thane hospital Aug 9, 2018, 22:10 IST THANE: The second day of the indefinite stir by the class III and IV employees from the civil hospital affected many patients who had come to civil hospital but were denied admission or were forced to move to other hospitals. However, civil surgeon, Dr. Kailash Pawar claimed that operations in the hospital were not affected. A pregnant woman who was referred to the civil hospital by a government hospital in Shahapur, claimed that she was asked to go to Kalwa hospital for treatment, after waiting for almost two hours at civil hospital. “We came from Shahapur and when we reached the civil hospital around 8:30am we were told by a nurse that the staff was on strike and the patient will not be admitted. So after waiting for almost two hours I got worried and rushed my wife to Kalwa hospital where she delivered a boy,” said Sunil Mhasmare, farmer. “We have been taking in patients and even doing operations. On Wednesday, till evening we did around six deliveries. The patients were either going to other hospitals on their own,” said Dr. Kailash Pawar, civil surgeon.
|2018-08-09||FYJC 4th list: Thane colleges see 10% to 34% drop - Times of India|
FYJC 4th list: Thane colleges see 10% to 34% drop Aug 9, 2018, 22:11 IST THANE: The fourth and final merit list for the first-year-junior college (FYJC) which was declared on Tuesday saw a massive dip in the cut-offs across all streams for many colleges in city. While a fall of around 34.6 percent was witnessed in the arts stream of SK Joshi Bedekar college of Arts and N.G Bedekar college of Commerce, the cut-off drastically dropped from 59.9 percent to 35.6 percent in the arts faculty of Satish Pradhan Dnyansadhana College. Dinesh Joshi an academician from Satish Pradhan Dnyansadhana College who is also a member of the Centralized Admission Process Committee said, “When the admissions began we had a total of around 2,000 seats out of which till date around 700 seats are still vacant. But since more number of students seem to have been preferring to opt for colleges based in Mumbai especially for the arts field, our cut-offs have dropped badly. We might have special rounds for those who have not yet secured a seat, although nothing official has been announced.”
|2018-08-09||Rain, few vehicles on road drop pollution levels - Times of India|
Rain, few vehicles on road drop pollution levels Aug 9, 2018, 22:10 IST Thane: The heavy rainfall, coupled with the drop in vehicular pollution, on Thursday seems to have had an immediate positive impact on the air quality levels in the lake-city as the toxicity levels in the air dropped by around seven percent in just a matter of just two days. While the ceiling permissible limit of the RSPM is 100 grams per metric cube (g/m3), the past few weeks recorded these RSPM levels hovering around 91 to 95 g/m3 earlier. In the span of the past two days, this dust level or this respirable particulate matter concentration in the air plunged down to about 87 g/m3 level. The nitrogen dioxide levels in the air, which is another indicator of air pollution, also dropped down considerably. “Dust and toxic gases are continually released in the air due to vehicular traffic and even day to day movements. During the rainy season, this particulate matter is washed down to the ground. While these rain showers over the past few days have brought down the RSPM levels further, the scarce vehicular traffic on account of the Maratha Morcha on Thursday ensured that more pollutants were not released,” said a civic official. Citizen activists who agree that this sudden decrease in RSPM levels due to the dialling down of the city’s vehicular traffic shows a direct correlation between traffic congestion and air pollution believe that the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) needs to devise a plan to ensure the city is less congested on a regular basis. “The fact that vehicular pollution contributes greatly to the city’s air pollution levels has been a given for a long time, and the fact that this one’s day of staying off the streets has brought the air pollution levels down even slightly is a huge indicator of this,” said citizen activist Chandrahas Tawde. “This being said, there have been barely any actions taken to limit the daily traffic congestion in the city. The bottlenecks are often chok-o-blocked, the construction of flyovers has added to the mess and the filling and refilling of the recurring potholes has added to the daily chaos during rush hours. Civic officials need to work on these issues to curb this vehicular congestion induced pollution in the long run,” he added.
|2018-08-09||Thane: 21-year-old pokes school kids with pen, detained - Times of India|
Thane: 21-year-old pokes school kids with pen, detained Aug 9, 2018, 22:12 IST THANE: A 21-year-old youth was detained by Naupada police on Wednesday for poking school children with a pen and causing them injuries. The police said that Panchpakhadi youth reportedly suffers from dyslexia. “His father, who runs an import-export business in Mumbai, scolded him over some household work, which irked him and he set out with a pen and harmed quite a few students from a school in the presence of their parents,” said deputy commissioner of police D S Swamy. “We found that one of the minor victims was hurt on the forearm and back of the neck and a boy was poked on back,” said the cop.
|2018-08-09||Singapore experts call on TMC head, suggest road map for happy Thane - Times of India|
Singapore experts call on TMC head, suggest road map for happy Thane Aug 9, 2018, 22:10 IST THANE: A team of experts on urban planning, city infrastructure and public space design from Singapore called on Thane civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal on Tuesday to suggest the road map and a policy plan to build a happy city, as declared in the civic budget in March. Consultants from the ‘100 resilient cities’, an NGO, which is a pioneer of the Rockfeller foundation based in New York are said to have pitched their concept and the parameters for increasing the happiness quotient of residents. A spokesperson from the foundation, said, “Our experts, Henri Blas and Saurabh Gaidhani from the Asia Pacific region of our foundation met Jaiswal. They have worked with our NGO ‘100 resilient cities’, which help urban cities across the globe deal with physical, social and economic challenges of their region. The team will be advising Jaiswal on how to achieve the goal of fostering happiness.” The Asia Pacific region team experts also highlighted some key issues that the officials will be required to focus on. The civic bureaucracy were given guidelines to deal with important issues like health and sanitation, employment, traffic and water supply to name a few. Omprakash Divate, deputy municipal commissioner, said, “The team will be conducting an assessment of the city and help us bridge the gap between what is and what could be. Although the exact date is unknown, a workshop will be conducted by experts with civic officials to discuss strategies after a thorough city analysis.”
|2018-08-09||Constable held one year after 'second wife' goes missing - Times of India|
Constable held one year after 'second wife' goes missing A 47-year-old constable attached to the Thane Central Jail has been arrested on charges of kidnapping a 33-year-old woman and wrongfully confining her. Aug 10, 2018, 05:12 IST THANE: A 47-year-old constable attached to the Thane Central Jail has been arrested on charges of kidnapping a 33-year-old woman and wrongfully confining her. The police have launched a search for the woman, who was pregnant when she went missing last year. The constable, Arun Shelar, had married the woman and asked her to abort when she was five months pregnant, said the police. The woman refused and Shelar was agitated by it as he was already married when he tied the knot with her, said the police. DCP (zone 3) D S Swamy said a close relative of the woman in a complaint said that the victim and the accused met in November 2016 and soon got into a relationship. They married on May 3, 2017, in a Hindu ceremony in the presence of witnesses. Later, the complainant informed the police that on July 20, 2017, the accused called her and asked her to accompany him to Vajreshwari, and she went with him to the temple village in Bhiwandi taluka in a four-wheeler. The woman did not return and after a week the complainant started making enquiries, but in vain. "When the kin of accused asked the accused, he drew a blank as the accused did not answer any question," a police officer said. "As a result, the woman's kin grew suspicious and feared something grave had happened." A missing person complaint was filed at the Mumbra police station on July 28, 2017. The complainant said that Shelar had concealed the fact that he was already married and living with his first wife in Kalyan. The complaint was filed on Tuesday and said that the accused had kidnapped the woman and held her captive. An offence under sections 365 and 494 of the IPC was registered at the Mumbra police station.
|2018-08-08||Thane stabbing: Probe to verify if cops made light of girl's complaint against killer - Times of India|
Thane stabbing: Probe to verify if cops made light of girl's complaint against killer Aug 8, 2018, 06:02 IST THANE: Three days after 20-year-old Prachi Zade was killed by her former lover Akash Pawar, Thane police chief Vivek Phansalkar launched an inquiry into the allegations that cops made light of her complaint against the accused in June. The state commission for women on Tuesday said that it will seek a detailed report on allegations that the collegian's complaint was not handled properly. Thane mayor Meenakshi Shinde too led a delegation of women corporators to the police commissioner, demanding a probe against the "guilty" police officials. DCP Avinash Ambure will probe the case and submit his findings in the case soon, the police commissioner said. Chairperson of the commission Vijaya Rahatkar said on Tuesday that there were allegations about a Kapurbawdi police station inspector having refused to lodge an FIR despite Zade's and her father's insistence on June 11. "We will check what was done by the police after the girl complained and will verify if the process of law was followed and appropriate actions were taken," said Rahatkar. On Saturday morning, Pawar stabbed Zade, a second-year BCom student, on the Eastern Express Highway in Thane. He then tried to commit suicide by jumping in front of moving vehicles but failed. Injured, he fled the spot and was arrested from Bhiwandi two hours later. The police said that Pawar and Zade were in a relationship and had broken up recently. On June 11, after he beat her up in a parking lot near her office in Kapurbawdi, Zade had complained to the police. "The incident clearly shows police are hostile towards women. We have been demanding that woman officers be appointed at each police station to deal with such complaints. Zade's murder should be an eye-opener. A woman who is harassed or stalked would be comfortable if a woman cop handles her case," Shinde said.
|2018-08-08||Woman molested in rickshaw in Thane, co-passenger held | Thane ... - Times of India|
Woman molested in rickshaw in Thane, co-passenger held Aug 8, 2018, 16:23 IST THANE: A 19-year-old woman was allegedly molested by a male co-passenger in a shared rickshaw in the city, police said on Wednesday. The incident took place late last night and the 29-year-old accused, Sagar Dumbre, was arrested in the wee hours today, police added. The complainant said that she had boarded the shared rickshaw at Gamdevi Maidan around 9.30 pm and was on her way to Chirag Nagar when Dumbre allegedly molested her, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. The woman lodged a complaint with Naupada police station, following which the accused was arrested around 1 am from his residence in Laxmi Nagar, she added. Dumbre was booked under IPC section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) by Naupada police. Further investigation is on.
|2018-08-08||Maratha quota agitation: Shutdown called off in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Parli on Thursday - Scroll.in|
Maratha quota agitation: Shutdown called off in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Parli on Thursday Only sit-in protests will be held in these cities. Updated Yesterday · 10:35 pm Organisers of the Maratha quota bandh have decided to exclude four cities – Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Parli – from the protest planned on Thursday, the Maharashtra Times reported. Only sit-in protests will be held in these cities. A symbolic, peaceful protest will be held outside the collectorate office in Bandra on Thursday. “It will be a peaceful protest where thousands of people will gather and submit a charter of demands to the collector,” Mumbai coordinator Nanasaheb Kute Patil said. Adequate police personnel have been deployment to ensure a peaceful bandh, ANI quoted Mumbai Police Public Relations Officer Manjunath Shinghe as saying. While organisers in Maharashtra’s Beed district have decided to pull out of the protest citing Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ promises, organisers from other districts of Maharashtra have decided to go ahead with the bandh, seeking a time-bound plan for quotas. “The community will go ahead with the agitation on August 9,” Sanjiv Bhor Patil, state coordinator from Ahmednagar said. “Marathas and their families will come out on the roads demanding reservations.” Advocate Santosh Suryarao, convenor for Thane district, said they did not accept the Chief Minister’s assurances of implementing reservations by November as the government has only given statements but done nothing so far. “Why is the youth of our community out on the streets? We are frankly frustrated by the statements made by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra,” he said. The organisers in Beed withdrew following Fadnavis’ televised address on Sunday, when he claimed all constitutional obligations in connection with granting reservations will be completed by November. “The state has accepted our demand that the recruitment drive be stayed,” said Abasaheb Patil, the state coordinator of the bandh from Beed district, according to the Hindustan Times. “The chief minister has also set a deadline to complete the procedures.” Schools and colleges shut in Pune In an order issued on Wednesday, Pune Collector Naval Kishore Ram said schools and colleges in the district would remain closed on Thursday. “Even if there is no untoward incident during the protest, roads might be blocked and we do not want students to be inconvenienced and parents to be anxious unnecessarily,” Ram told PTI.
|2018-08-07||Alert RPF constable saves passenger at Thane station - Free Press Journal|
Alert RPF constable saves passenger at Thane station Aug 07, 2018 08:54 am Mumbai: A 25-year-old labourer was rescued after he was trapped between a train and the platform at Thane railway station on Sunday. An alert railway police force (RPF) constable spotted him and asked passengers to pull the emergency chain, after which the man was pulled out safely. Brijesh Kumar from Uttar Pradesh, jumped off a moving Gorakhpur-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Superfast Express (12541) at 8.06 am, but fell into the gap between the train and the platform. RPF Constable Arun Kumar rushed to rescue him, but Brijesh was pulled along with the train. According to CCTV footage, Arun ran behind the train, all the while asking passengers to pull the emergency chain. The train stopped 50 metres ahead, after which Arun and other commuters pulled Brijesh out. Sunil Udasi, chief public relations officer, Central Railway, said “We are proud to have such heroes in central railway as this is the third time the constable has saved passengers. We will be rewarding Arun for his presence of mind.”
|2018-08-07||Maharashtra: Major from Thane killed in Kashmir encounter - Free Press Journal|
Maharashtra: Major from Thane killed in Kashmir encounter Aug 07, 2018 09:03 pm Thane: Thane resident, Major Kaustubh P. Rane, was among four Army men killed in Tuesday’s encounter with terrorists near the Line of Control (LoC) in Bandipura, Jammu & Kashmir, official sources said. Major Rane (30) was the only son of his parents. He lived with his wife Kanika, their three-year-old son and parents Prakash Rane and Jyoti, a retired assistant headmistress of Utkarsh Mandir High School, at Malad in Mumbai. The Ranes have been living in Thane’s Mira Road town for over 25 years. Despite being the only son, he had opted for the Army around six years ago and was currently posted with the 36 Rashtriya Rifles. His wife and minor son are away at their native place in the Konkan region. The funeral will be finalised after Major Rane’s body was brought here. Maharashtra Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) President and legislator Kapil Patil condoled the death of Major Rane. The other martyrs are Vikramjit Singh of Haryana, Mandip Singh and Hameer Singh, both from Uttarakhand.
|2018-08-07||Pat Thane - The Conversation UK|
|2018-08-07||Fake bail surety racket: Manhunt launched to nab bogus guarantors - Times of India|
Fake bail surety racket: Manhunt launched to nab bogus guarantors Updated: Aug 7, 2018, 23:57 IST THANE: Investigators probing the fake bail surety racket have launched a manhunt to identify the bogus guarantors who helped around 150 crime accused to get bail from various courts in Thane, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai. The cops are in the process of initiating the procedure to cancel the bail of all the accused who have secured it with the help of fake guarantors. The police said that this seems to be a big racket and a probe is being carried out. The crime branch unit-4 had busted the racket with the arrest of six people. The accused used to allegedly fabricate documents and provide bogus guarantors to help the crime accused. According to a police official, the arrested six are part of a bigger cartel who used to arrange for sureties by luring people with money. The gang used to fabricate ration cards, tax receipts and Aadhar cards which were needed to be produced by a surety in court. “As per the rule, one person can be a guarantor only once. However, the preliminary probe revealed that the accused were guarantors for more than one crime accused as they used to forge documents,” said an official. The cops said that the bogus guarantors who stood in court would get only Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 as commission from the agents who took nearly Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per bail and the commission was shared. A senior police official said that it is a well-oiled cartel and the accused was working in tandem on the basis of agents spread across the courts. “They would identify the accused who have secured bail but did not have guarantors. Then they would convince the relatives of the crime accused that they will arrange for bogus guarantors but at a cost. Then they would start making the bogus documents such as ration cards and property tax and present them in court,” said the officer. The police said that in the next few days more arrests are likely to take place as they are minutely scrutinising the details of the leads that they have in the case.
|2018-08-07||Thane mayor, women leaders meet CP, demand probe against cops 'who showed leniency' - Times of India|
Thane mayor, women leaders meet CP, demand probe against cops who showed leniency Aug 8, 2018, 00:20 IST THANE: A delegation of women corporators, led by Thane Mayor Meenakshi Shinde, met the police commissioner to demand a probe against the police officials who were lenient with the complaint filed by murder victim Prachi Zade against her tomentor Akash Pawar before her death. “The incident clearly indicates that the police themselves are hostile towards the women victim. We have been demanding that women police officials be appointed in each police station to deal with complaints by women. Till date, there has been no movement by the police on our demand. The daylight murder of Zade should be an eye-opener for the police. A women who is harrassed or stalked would be more comfortable to talk about it and register an offence if a women police officer is handling her case,” said Shinde. Shinde also called on the grieving family of the victim at Kopri and assured them help and support to take the case against Pawar to its logical conclusion. “Women should not hesitate to come out and speak up. Should the police authorities ignore their complaints, the Shiv Sena would take up their case and urge all such harrassed women to approach us and we will take it up with the authorities,” she added. Meanwhile, police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar said an inquiry has been launched into the allegations of lapse of duty by the Kapurbwadi police in dealing with the complaint of the 20-year-old victim, who was stabbed to death by Pawar on Saturday. Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Avinash Ambure will probe the case and submit his findings in the case soon, said the police chief. Phansalkar added that all police stations have been ordered to contact the complainants of molestation, harrassment and eve-teasing cases and take a fresh review of the same. “Our officials will call up the women complainants and ask them to come to the police station at a time of their convenience. They will be asked if the threat continues and if the complainants declare that she is still being stalked or harrassed we will initiate legal action.” On Tuesday, the Naupada police station held a review meeting of the complainants and each police station has been directed to prepare a calendar to deal with these old complaints. Sangeeta Sethi, a resident of Ghodbunder Road, said, “Why is it that every time a crime has to take place for the authorities to beef up security and increase their vigilance. This lethargic nature of the police will keep many women from coming forward and registering complaints. In fact, the police should be so responsible that these women feel that there is a strong legal support system.”
|2018-08-07||Thane: 8 held for house break-ins, stolen items worth Rs 8L seized - Times of India|
Thane: 8 held for house break-ins, stolen items worth Rs 8L seized Aug 7, 2018, 22:39 IST THANE: The property cell of the crime branch has cracked house break-in cases in Thane and Mumbai with the arrest of a gang of eight burglars. The cops seized stolen booty worth Rs 7.85 lakh. DCP (crime) Deepak Devraj said that the police had received a tip-off that a notorious burglar, RajeshKumar Ghosh, was going to visit Mumbra-Kausa area. The cops then laid a trap. Senior inspector Mangesh Sawant, inspector Ravindra Vani and his team arrested Ghosh. During interrrogation, he gave the names of his aides Irfan Shaikh (23), Ashraf Shaikh (19), Mohammad Shaikh (23), Sonu Khan (22), Ankush Jadhav (38), Mohammad Choudhary (25) amd Ijaz Choudhary (28). The police said that the gang confessed to the crimes at Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Colaba . “We have recovered stolen booty worth Rs 7.85 lakh— which includes, 334 grams of gold, silver jewellery, two laptops and two bikes,” said N T Kadam, assistant commissioner of police. “We are verifying their involvement in any other crime or similar incidents,” said Sawant.
|2018-08-07||Thane: Engineer, 2 aides held for murder of daughter's friend - Times of India|
Thane: Engineer, 2 aides held for murder of daughter Aug 8, 2018, 00:03 IST THANE: A 47-year-old engineer working in UAE and his two aides were arrested by crime branch recently for the murder of a 26-year-old Korpi resident in July. His body was found lying alongside railway tracks at Khadavali, near Kalyan. Police said Surendra Mishra was in a relationship with a girl but her father Rajendra Tiwari opposed the alliance and plotted his murder. Tiwari and his aides persuaded Mishra to accompany them to Mulund to show him a rented flat.“Tiwari did not want his daughter to marry Mishra, so he, Bhaskar Naringkar and Ravi Choudhari took him out for drinks and after he was drunk, pushed him off a running train,” said a police officer. An accidental death report was registered. Police during interrogation found that Mishra was untraceable since July 14. As Mishra did not receive calls, the girl told his brother about it. When they failed to locate him, a case was registered by Naupada police. Based on technical details, two accused were tracked and caught two days back.
|2018-08-07||Two businessman siblings from Thane kidnapped in Kuala Lumpur traced, set free - United News of India|
Two businessman siblings from Thane kidnapped in Kuala Lumpur traced, set free Thane, Aug 7 (UNI) Two businessman brothers from Dombivli town of the district who had allegedly been kidnapped in Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia last week, have been set free. Based on a complaint lodged by the sister of the duo -- Kaustubh and Rohan, the officials in Indian Embassy at Kuala Lumpur filed a case of kidnapping of the duo who were on the business trip, the Thanecity police said on Tuesday. The duo were set free on Monday and are reportedly safe in Kuala Lumpur.They will return to India shortly. Other details about their kidnappers and as to how they were kidnapped and by whom were not immediately available.
|2018-08-07||Pat Thane - The Conversation UK|
|2018-08-06||Thane man hacks brother to death, held - The Hindu|
Thane man hacks brother to death, held UPDATED: AUGUST 06, 2018 04:19 IST A 21-year-old man allegedly hacked his elder brother to death over a monetary dispute in Thane, the police said on Sunday. The accused, Simon Patrao, was apparently angry with his elder brother Wilfred (36) for having withdrawn Rs. 20,000 from his bank account without his knowledge, Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said. He allegedly killed Wilfred, who worked as a security guard, with a sharp weapon at their home in Bhayander on Saturday, the official said. Mr. Patrao, who is unemployed, then called his other brother in Dubai and told him about the incident. After that, he walked into the Navghar police station in Bhayander and confessed to the crime, Mr. Kulkarni said. The police recovered the body, with the head and limbs severed and packed in plastic bags, from the house. Some body parts were found stuffed in a plastic bag in the bathroom said. Mr. Patrao was arrested under Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the IPC.
|2018-08-06||Thane: 16-year-old girl raped by two 'friends'; accused arrested - Times of India|
Thane: 16-year-old girl raped by two 'friends'; accused arrested Aug 6, 2018, 16:14 IST THANE: Two men allegedly raped a 16-year- old girl after taking her out on the pretext of celebrating the Friendship Day here, a police official said on Monday. The accused, aged 18 and 22 years, were known to the victim, said Inspector VM Pawar of the Dombivili police station, adding both were arrested. The duo approached the girl last evening and asked her out to celebrate the Friendship Day. Since the teenager was known to them, she went out, he said. They took the girl on a two-wheeler to an abandoned room near a fish hatchery in Dombivili and allegedly raped her, Pawar said. The accused warned her of dire consequences if she told anyone about the incident and later dropped her near her home, he said. The victim lodged a complaint with the Dombivili police station following which the two were arrested, said the official. One of the accused, who is 22, is into fish hatchery business, while the other is a college student, he said. They were booked under the IPC section 376D (gangrape) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), Pawar added.
|2018-08-06||Thane: Six held for helping 150 people secure bail using fake documents - The Indian Express|
Thane: Six held for helping 150 people secure bail using fake documents Police said the accused had cheated courts in Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Thane by using 45 original government authorised seals as well as duplicate ration cards and gram panchayat tax slips to seek bail. Published: August 7, 2018 2:33:54 am Six persons have been arrested in Thane for allegedly securing bail for 150 people by manufacturing fake documents and bail bonds. Police said the accused had cheated courts in Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Thane by using 45 original government authorised seals as well as duplicate ration cards and gram panchayat tax slips to seek bail. “They have managed to secure bail for nearly 150 people in last year with fake documents. We are getting details of all the people they have helped,” said an officer from Ulhasnagar police, which made the arrests between July 31 and August 3. “The names of the accused are being withheld as our investigation is still going on,” he added. “A photocopy shopowner from Bhiwandi has helped the gang… Also, they obtained fake tax slips from a shop in Ulhasnagar… They used to obtain blank formats from these shops and fill up the same with fake information, which was then sealed and laminated to make it look authentic,” said a senior officer. “We are rounding up people who… obtained the fake documents. We are also investigating if any lawyer is involved.”
|2018-08-06||Thane: 16-yr-old gangraped, 2 held - The Indian Express|
Thane: 16-yr-old gangraped, 2 held According to the police, the duo have been identified as Pratik (22) and Bhushan (18). “They were all friends. On Sunday, they asked the girl to accompany them for a Friendship Day treat. They took her to an empty house and raped her there multiple times,” an officer said. Published: August 7, 2018 2:05:52 am A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two men who took her out on the pretext of a “Friendship Day treat” on Sunday. The accused were arrested on Monday. According to the police, the duo have been identified as Pratik (22) and Bhushan (18). “They were all friends. On Sunday, they asked the girl to accompany them for a Friendship Day treat. They took her to an empty house and raped her there multiple times,” an officer said. “The accused threatened the girl and asked her not to speak about the incident,” the officer added. “The girl reached home late at night and was in trauma. She later told her parents who lodged a complaint,” the officer said. The accused were arrested on Monday morning, the police said. They have been remanded in police custody. “We have booked them under relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Indian Penal Code. We are investigating further,” a senior officer said.
|2018-08-06||Thane: Health dept to distribute de-worming medicines at schools on Fri - Times of India|
Thane: Health dept to distribute de-worming medicines at schools on Fri Thane: Health dept to distribute de-worming medicines at schools on FriShrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Aug 6, 2018, 23:53 ISTIllustration for representational purpose.THANE: In a bid to ensure that children do not suffer from low haemoglobin and malnourishment, the civic-health department will distribute de-worming medicines to children from all private and public schools on Friday. On the occasion of National Deworming Day on August 10, the health department will provide the medicines. “When a child does not wash his/her hands after playing, then the worms easily enter the body. We will cover 103 private schools, 141 civic schools and 472 anganwadis,” said Dr Ram Kendre, medical health officer. — Shrutika Sukhi Get latest news & live updates on the go on your pc with News App. Download The Times of India news app for your device. Read more City news in English and other languages.RELATED From around the web Mobiistar - Who needs a laptop when one has this smartphone?Mobiistar IndiaOur newborn baby will die in front of us without your helpKETTOAmazon Business-GST Invoice & Bulk DiscountsAmazon SMEMore from The Times of India Kayan Dadyburjor speaks about his play 'Now'Nora Fatehi or Mandana Karimi: Who is hotter?Jay Soni makes his theatre debut with a romantic play From the WebMore From The Times of India Apartments in Bangalore at Rs.33 Lakhs.Pay just 1% & BookOzone Urbana PrimeItne zyade returns! P2P Try kiya kya?FaircentUp to 25% off* on HP 21.5” FHD MonitorHP India1, 2 & 3 bhk apartments in Sarjapur road @42lakhsAssetz Property GroupMake money every day with Copy/Paste tasks like SameerCareer TimesBollywood actresses who married more than onceBeauty queen dies after gulping an entire bottle of vodkaGoodachariHitchcock and noir fans, this gangster comedy is for you!Super 30: Karishma Sharma may star opposite Hrithik Roshan more from times of india CitiesDelhi news todayMumbai RainsBangalore RainsDelhi EarthquakeChennai RainsDelhi SmogDelhi PollutionMumbai FloodsHindi newsViewcomments
|2018-08-06||Thane stabbing: 'Cops just warned stalker though he threatened Prachi in their presence' - Times of India|
Thane stabbing: 'Cops just warned stalker though he threatened Prachi in their presence' Thane stabbing: 'Cops just warned stalker though he threatened Prachi in their presence'TNN | Aug 7, 2018, 05:11 ISTThane stabbing accused in police custody (File Photo)THANE: Outwardly she was confident, carefree and extremely friendly. In reality, 20-year-old Prachi Zade was thoroughly shaken. Her obsessive lover was unrelenting in stalking and threatening her in spite of her police complaint and his signing a personal bond before the police on June 11 saying he would stay away from her. The police, whom she had approached for protection and safety, chose to "mediate" and let him off with a "warning". Zade's worst fears held true last Saturday when she was stabbed to death on the road by her stalker. Akash Pawar (23) followed her on his motorcycle as she left her Kopri residence and midway on the highway directed her to pull over, then pushed her from her Kinetic two-wheeler and furiously stabbed her multiple times before and fled the spot. "A couple of days after my sister filed a complaint of assault and stalking with the Kapurbawdi police, Pawar had followed her to office," said Prachi's 22-year-old sister, Priya. "She was extremely frightened and would avoid spending time with friends. In fact, Prachi had informed me about his coercive behaviour and given a written complaint to the police as well." The state-level kabbadi player had curbed her socialising with friends and would rush home from office, said Priya. "My sister met him in college through some mutual friend," said Priya. "She had confided in me then that Pawar had proposed her but she was not ready for any relationship with him as he was extremely coercive. In April, I called Pawar over the phone and told him that he should stop pressurising her as Prachi was not interested. I told him very clearly that he should not even try to stay in touch with her. He had reluctantly agreed. However, he had turned obsessive and turned violent when he saw her talking with a group of friends outside the parking lot of her office on June 11." On learning of that attack, Prachi's father, Vikas, had rushed to Kapurbawdi and the two had approached the police. "He was extremely abusive and issued threats in front of the police," said a teary-eyed Vikas. "I was urging inspector K Karpe to register an FIR under IPC 354 as he showed all signs of violence and had been stalking her. I explicitly told inspector Karpe that should any harm come to my daughter he would be accountable. He took it very casually and was persuading me to calm down. Karpe failed in taking preventive action and it is because of his lapse in duty that my daughter is dead." The police say they had taken "adequate steps" by asking Pawar to sign a bond and initiating chapter proceedings against the Bhiwandi man. The family is determined to pursue the police handling of the case in court and demand disciplinary action against inspector Karpe. Get latest news & live updates on the go on your pc with News App. Download The Times of India news app for your device. Read more City news in English and other languages.RELATED From around the web Mobiistar - Who needs a laptop when one has this smartphone?Mobiistar IndiaOur newborn baby will die in front of us without your helpKETTOAmazon Business-GST Invoice & Bulk DiscountsAmazon SMEMore from The Times of India Nora Fatehi or Mandana Karimi: Who is hotter?Super 30: Karishma Sharma may star opposite Hrithik RoshanBollywood actresses who married more than once From the WebMore From The Times of India Apartments in Bangalore at Rs.33 Lakhs.Pay just 1% & BookOzone Urbana PrimeItne zyade returns! P2P Try kiya kya?FaircentUp to 25% off* on HP 21.5” FHD MonitorHP India1, 2 & 3 bhk apartments in Sarjapur road @42lakhsAssetz Property GroupSix runners prepared for a 22-hour relay b/w Mumbai and PuneRED BULLBeauty queen dies after gulping an entire bottle of vodkaGoodachariKayan Dadyburjor speaks about his play 'Now'Hindi Song Yeh Jo Raat Hai (Lyrical) Avinash GuptaPak celebs who married cousins more from times of india CitiesDelhi news todayMumbai RainsBangalore RainsDelhi EarthquakeChennai RainsDelhi SmogDelhi PollutionMumbai FloodsHindi newsViewcomments
|2018-08-06||Case Against Thane Doctor For Throwing Hot Tea At Wife - NDTV|
Case Against Thane Doctor For Throwing Hot Tea At Wife The woman, a gynaecologist with a BMC hospital, suffered burn injuries to her chest and groin area following which she filed a police complaint. Updated: August 07, 2018 01:07 IST No arrest has been made in this connection Thane: A case has been registered against a doctor for allegedly throwing hot tea at his wife in Vartak Nagar area of Maharashtra's Thane district, the police said.The woman, a gynaecologist with a BMC hospital, suffered burn injuries to her chest and groin area following which she filed a police complaint, the official said.The woman, in her complaint, has stated that the couple, who were married 11 years ago and had two children, would have frequent quarrels.She had applied for divorce, which was pending in a court, and had also filed a criminal complaint against her husband in 2016 for harassing her, the official said. Advertisement "On Sunday morning, she wanted to accompany her husband to a programme but the latter got annoyed and threw hot tea on her," the official said quoting the complaint.He added that a case had been registered under section 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code at Vartak Nagar police station.No arrest has been made in this connection, the official informed.
|2018-08-06||Thane man kills brother, body found with head, limbs severed: police - The Asian Age|
Thane man kills brother, body found with head, limbs severed: police Published: Aug 6, 2018, 2:07 pm IST Updated: Aug 6, 2018, 2:06 pm IST The accused was apparently angry with his elder brother for having withdrawn Rs 20,000 from the former's bank account without his knowledge. The accused was subsequently arrested and charged with murder and causing disappearance of evidence, police said. Thane: A 21-year-old man allegedly hacked his elder brother to death over a monetary dispute in Maharashtra's Thane, police said on Sunday. He then allegedly severed the head and limbs from his brother's corpse and packed them into different plastic bags, they added. The accused, Simon Patrao, was apparently angry with his elder brother Wilfred Patrao (36) for having withdrawn Rs 20,000 from the former's bank account without his knowledge, said Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni. He killed the victim, who worked as a security guard, at their home in Bhayander township on Saturday, by allegedly attacking him with a sharp weapon, the official said. The accused, presently jobless, then called up his other brother staying in Dubai to inform about the incident. After that, he walked into the Navghar police station in Bhayander and confessed to the crime, Kulkarni said. Based on his information, the police recovered the body, with the head and limbs severed and found packed in plastic bags, from their house, he said. Some of the body parts were also found stuffed in a plastic bag dumped in the bathroom, the official said. The accused was subsequently arrested and charged with murder and causing disappearance of evidence, he said, adding that further investigation was on.
|2018-08-05||Thane: Youth stabs ex-girlfriend to death, held in 2 hours - The Times of India|
Thane: Youth stabs ex-girlfriend to death, held in 2 hours Updated: Aug 5, 2018, 05:50 IST The victim’s family had approached the police in the past after the accused (in picture) had assaulted her. THANE: A 20-year-old college student was stabbed to death in broad daylight on Saturday by her former boyfriend who fled from the crime spot on the Eastern Express Highway in Thane only to be arrested two hours later from Bhiwandi’s Narpoli area some 15km away. The victim’s family had approached the police in the past after the accused had assaulted her. Kapurbawdi police had intially filed a non-cognisable offence and after the girl had insisted on action, initiated chapter case proceedings against the accused. She had recently broken off the three-year relationship. Prachi Zade, a second-year -BCom student, who worked part-time as an assistant at a popular wedding portal, was headed to work at 10.30am on her two-wheeler when a bike-borne Akash Pawar (23) waylaid her, pushed her on the road and stabbed her till she collapsed. Medical reports reveal that she suffered nine deep stab wounds. No onlookers came to her rescue. The murder weapon was found next to her. After stabbing her, the accused tried to commit suicide by throwing himself in front of vehicles zooming on the highway but failed and fell on the road and got injured. He then fled from the spot, said a senior police officer. After he fled, some of the onlookers took her to a private hospital where she died after admission. Zade and Pawar were classmates in junior college. Pawar, who dropped out after Class XII, used to take contracts for home interior works. A senior police official said, “The two were in a relationship for a few years. Things, however, turned sour around three months ago and she broke up with him. But Pawar continued to stalk her and even tortured her. On one occasion, on June 11, on seeing her speaking to a male friend, Pawar approached Zade from behind and kicked and fisted her.” Zade had rushed to the Kapurbawdi police then and reported the violence and demanded action against Pawar. Her father Vikas told TOI: “Police had initated chapter case proceedings under Section 107 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) and we thought that was the end of her ordeal.” However, on Saturday, he followed her from her residence in Kopri and as she neared the road opposite the RTO office, he intercepted her and stabbed her. Several Naupada police teams were formed to hunt down the accused and a naka bandi was enforced and vehicles searched. Pawar was held and brought to Naupada police station. Police said they have just taken him into custody.
|2018-08-05||Social media post was trigger for Thane girl killing: Cops - Times of India|
Social media post was trigger for Thane girl killing: Cops Akash Pawar has told police he was enraged to see his former girlfriend, Prachi Zade (20), talk with other men and comment on their social media posts after their break-up. Aug 6, 2018, 03:54 IST Thane stabbing accused in police custody.THANE: Akash Pawar has told police he was enraged to see his former girlfriend, Prachi Zade (20), talk with other men and comment on their social media posts after their break-up. This is why he planned to kill her, said investigators. An officer said, "Pawar read Zade's comment on a friend's photo and asked a common friend to translate it. He was so angry with the post that he could not sleep for a couple of days after that." The police said Pawar, a dropout, had planned the murder and had come with two knives on Saturday. "The attack was so brutal that the knife broke. It was found at the murder spot," said a police officer. The police found the other knife in Pawar's bike tool box and believe it was for back-up. Pawar was produced before a holiday court on Sunday and sent to police custody till August 10. Zade's father said no mercy should be shown to Pawar so that it acts as a deterrent. The family donated Zade's eyes before the last rites. "It was her wish," said her father Vikas Zade.
|2018-08-05||Thane: Dip in illegal travellers in coaches meant for disabled - Times of India|
Thane: Dip in illegal travellers in coaches meant for disabled Aug 6, 2018, 00:00 IST THANE: Awareness drives and surveillance of handicapped compartments in suburban trains has helped reduce the number of able-bodied commuters travelling in these reserved coaches in the last six months in Thane, records from the RPF have shown. As many as 362 able-bodied commuters were found travelling in the special coaches in June, which is a 25% drop from figures noted at the start of this year. The sixth coach from the CSMT-end of all 12 car coaches are reserved for handicapped passengers and cancer patients and travel by others is considered illegal. RPF records reveal the numbers have been shrinking since January except for a rise in March and June. The offenders are slapped with a Rs 500 penalty. “Despite railways allocating a small portion of the train, some general commuters want to deny us that space as well. We suffer inconveniences boarding or alighting from crowded trains due to this encroachment,” said a commuter. Meanwhile, general passengers say they don’t want to inconvenience physically challenged commuters but are forced to travel in these special coaches during peak hours when there is no space to even stand in normal coaches. “We have been keeping vigil over these coaches and this has proved a deterrant,” said inspector M R Pandav of Thane RPF.
|2018-08-05||Thane: Gatari feasting starts early this year - Times of India|
Thane: Gatari feasting starts early this year Aug 6, 2018, 00:00 IST THANE: Although the holy month of Shravan is set to kick off from next Sunday and Gatari Amavasya is to be observed on Saturday, Maharashtrian families across the lake city seem to have begun celebrations a week early this time. Revellers have started taking part in the tradition of binge drinking and feasting on non-vegetarian food almost six days early as many do not consume meat on Saturdays and some of the weekdays. “We had a grand party at home on Saturday and indulged in an array of non-vegetarian starters and other delicacies. We had called our near and dear ones and partied till late into the night. Since we will bring home Ganpati in the coming month, we abstain from consuming liquor and non-veg food,” said Aditya Deshpande, a resident of Panchpakhadi. A few youngsters were seen visiting pubs and resto-bars across the city, taking full advantage of the last weekend before Shravan. Devraj Shenoy (29), a resident of Naupada said, “My friends and I were on a pub hopping spree on Sunday and visited many places in Mumbai. My family is religious and follows Shravan strictly, conducting the fast and pujas every day. It has been left up to me if I want to follow the rituals.”
|2018-08-05||Pieces from crumbling Thane arch fall on pedestrians, cars - Mumbai Mirror|
Pieces from crumbling Thane arch fall on pedestrians, cars Updated: Aug 6, 2018, 03:00 IST A chunk fell from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Praveshdwar on to a car recently An arch constructed by the Thane Municipal Corporation on Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg is in a state of dangerous disrepair. Pieces of plaster have been coming loose from the structure and falling on vehicles below. Last week, former MP from Mumbai North East, Sanjay Dina Patil, wrote to the Thane civic corporation to tackle the issue, and requested Mayor Meenakshi Shinde to initiate repairs to the arch on a priority basis. "This arch, near Modella check naka, is called the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Praveshdwar. A portion of the arch can collapse any time. I first thought it came under the jurisdiction of Mumbai, and informed the police, but when I realised it belongs to the Thane Municipal Corporation, we told the mayor last week," Patil said. A policeman posted at the naka said a portion of the arch had come loose and fallen on a car headed to Thane 10 days ago, damaging its windshield. However, the driver drove on without complaining, he said. After complaints about the arch reached the Thane civic headquarters, Mayor Shinde visited the spot on Saturday evening. Speaking to Mirror, she said, "It is true that parts of this arch are falling on passersby and vehicles, and it has become dangerous. We will get it repaired soon. It will not be a piece of crumbling infrastructure. The local corporator has been pursuing this since a long time." "This arch will have to make way for the Wadala-Thane metro, which will come up in the next few years, so we will have to demolish it then. As of now, I have asked the staff to repair it," Shinde said. She added that an autorickshaw union's members park their autos under the arch, where they have a stand. "These rickshaw drivers don't allow our TMC staff to carry out work. I have given clear instructions that if there is any obstruction from the rickshaw drivers, a police complaint must be filed with the local police for interfering with government work," she said. Shinde said she had also ordered the removal of illegal stalls around the arch. An officer from the traffic police said: "The Thane Municipal Corporation has constructed several archs at various entry points to Thane, but these are barely being maintained." "It is one thing if chunks [of the arch] fall on vehicles, but if they fall on people, someone can die. Our NCP group leader from Mumbai, Corporator Rakhi Jadhav, met BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta. Following this, Mehta spoke to Thane civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal, and asked him to do the needful," Patil said.
|2018-08-05||Cases of crime against women to be reviewed: Thane police chief - Times of India|
Cases of crime against women to be reviewed: Thane police chief Updated: Aug 6, 2018, 00:09 IST THANE: Police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar has ordered a detailed scrutiny of all non-cognisable complaints and FIRs concerning crime against women recorded at any of the 35 police stations in the Thane police commissionerate. “A dedicated police team will conduct a review of all the complaints of molestation, harassment and eve-teasing. We will look at the threat perception to the women and accordingly act on the case. If it merits admonition, the accused will be summoned to the police station and will be given an earful. Should the threat be more intense, we will initiate legal proceedings,” the city police chief told TOI. Phansalkar said in some cases where a non-cognisable complaint has been registered, we would consider converting it into an FIR if the situation warrants stiff action. The 1989 batch officer who has recently taken over as the city police chief informed that fresh complaints from women victims will be dealt strictly in a bid to curb such incidents. “I have sensitised all my officers to deal with such offenders strictly and necessary action will be taken if anyone is found flouting rules,” Phansalkar said.
|2018-08-05||July downpour saw 156 tree falls in city - Times of India|
July downpour saw 156 tree falls in city Aug 5, 2018, 23:42 IST Thane: Heavy monsoon showers and accompanying gusty winds seen last month uprooted as many as 156 full grown trees across the lake-city, data compiled by the civic disaster management cell has revealed. However, the number of tree falls seems to have dropped by more than 15% in comparison to the 214 tree falls that took place in the city last year. Civic officials attributed the drop to deforestation and the break in heavy rains and winds over the past two weeks. “While there were 156 tree falls in July this year, as many as 130 took place in the first 17 days. Thereafter, there were only 26 such incidents in the month. Similarly, 46 of the 56 tree branch falls took place in the first half of the month, especially during the heavy rains,” said a civic official. “During a downpour, the force of the winds and intensity of the rain puts a lot of pressure on trees. If a tree has already tilted, like many in the city, it is bound to yield to this pressure. In addition to answering to tree fall calls, we also have to look out for trees that are in dangerous conditions and are likely to fall during heavy rains,” said a civic official. Environmentalists here agree that while the intensity of the monsoon showers and winds plays a key role in the number of tree falls during monsoon season, they assert that the reason the trees are prone to crash is because of their foundation being weakened, thanks to years of concretisation and urbanisation. “The continuous process of construction taking place across the city has resulted in the soil around trees shrinking constantly. With there is lack of soil for its roots to hold onto or absorb water, these plants and trees also dry up and weaken over time. The slightest amount of rain or wind then knock them over,” said city-based environmental researcher Prasad Karnik. While external factors slowed down in the later part of July, it is bound to pick up in the coming weeks. Thee numbers are bound to shoot up when the monsoon intensifies this month, he added.
|2018-08-05||Thane leads in state in passion crimes - Times of India|
Thane leads in state in passion crimes Updated: Aug 6, 2018, 05:40 IST THANE: The daylight murder of 20-year-old Prachi Zade by a crazed former boyfriend in Thane has left citizens stunned and raised questions about the safety of women. On Saturday, 23-year-old Akash Pawar stabbed and killed Zade, a college student, who he had been dating till a couple of months ago. Zade had severed relations with him but Pawar had continued to harass her and her family had even approached police for help on June 11 citing a physical assault on her by the man. Pawar was then booked for a non-cognisable offence (in which no charges are invoked) and he was let off with a warning—no FIR was filed despite the constant mental stress and harm that he had caused her. Zade’s father now blames Thane police for their casual handling of the case saying the fact that Pawar was stalking and assaulting her was not taken into account. If anything, the incident serves to underscore the fact that the Mumbai region records a high incidence of crimes against women and requires proactive policing in such matters. The latest available figures of the state’s criminal investigation department (CID) indicate that Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai have had the highest rates of passion crimes. According to state CID figures, 265 women were killed in the state by spurned men in 2016 alone and the highest number were reported in Mumbai (10), followed by Thane (8) and Navi Mumbai (5). In 2015, the count was 277 and in 2014, it was 327. Recent cases that made news include 21-year-old collegian, Nikhil Bankar, stabbing his classmate on the staircase of Chetna College with a kitchen knife and then killing himself after their relationship went sour. In this case too, the girl and her mother had complained to college authorities and even lodged a police complaint about Bankar harassing and stalking her. In 2015, a 24-year-old man, Dipesh Dodhale had murdered his former girlfriend on the streets of Thane when he learnt that she had married another man. In such instances, police is not known to treat all complaints with the seriousness they deserve, showing an inclination for burking. “Often in harassment cases, police call the accused and warn them without lodging an FIR. In many cases, the woman’s family also shy away from registering a complaint and a non-cognisable offence is recorded,” says advocate Vivek Khemka. He says he always advises clients to insist that police lodge an official complaint. However, prosecution of crimes against women is given high priority, says a prosecutor in Bombay high court who did not wish to be named. In recent years, he said there has been more attention paid to such cases, which has resulted in convictions.
|2018-08-04||Woman stabbed to death in broad daylight in Thane - The Hindu|
Woman stabbed to death in broad daylight in Thane UPDATED: AUGUST 04, 2018 17:31 IST A 21-year-old woman was allegedly stabbed to death by an unidentified man near the Regional Transport Office (RTO) here this morning, police said. The incident took place around 10.30 am. The victim, Prachi Zade, was going on her two-wheeler when the accused stopped her near the RTO on the highway and stabbed her several times before fleeing from the spot. She died on the spot, police said. After being alerted about the incident, a police team rushed to the spot and the victim’s body was taken to the Government Civil Hospital for a post-mortem. Police have registered a case of murder and a search has been launched to nab the accused.
|2018-08-04||Thane road accident: Thane: 24-year-old biker killed in road mishap ... - Times of India|
Thane: 24-year-old biker killed in road mishap Updated: Aug 4, 2018, 23:39 IST THANE: A 24-year-old biker was crushed to death after he collided with a tanker and came under its rear wheels near Balkum circle on Saturday. The police said that Deepak Benbasi was heading towards Thane from Bhiwandi. He was trying to overtake the tanker and possibly slipped and came under the rear wheels of the heavy vehicle. Passersby came to the aide of the youngster who was bleeding profusely. However, before Benbasi could be rushed into a nearby hospital he is said to have gone cold. The tanker driver fled from the spot after the incident. A Kapurbawdi police official said the tanker has been seized and they will soon nab the driver. “We are in the process of speaking to people who have witnessed the accident. We will also check the CCTVs located in the area to help us to nab the accused.” The police has registered a case against the accused driver under Sections 304 (a) for causing death due to negligence, (279) for rash driving on a public roads and (338) for causing grievous hurt and injuries of the Indian Penal Code.
|2018-08-04||Thane municipal corporation: TMC relaxes fire NOC rules for ... - Times of India|
TMC relaxes fire NOC rules for medical units Aug 4, 2018, 23:42 IST Thane Municipal Corporation office (File Photo)THANE: The civic-administration has eased the norms concerning the fire NOC and change of user (COU) required for renewal of registration of nursing homes, clinics and maternity hospitals operating from residential premises. All such medical care units were ordered by the TMC to submit fire NOC and COU within 10 days of submitting their proposal for renewal of registration of their premises. “However, following the intervention by guardian minister Eknath Shinde, the TMC formed a new policy in July 2018 which stated that fire NOC is not required when applying for renewal of our old registration,” said Dr. Dinkar Desai, president of IMA Thane. The doctors stated that now they have ample time to submit the COU as there is no more a deadline of 10 days and even there is no risk that their registrations will be cancelled. The IMA doctors had reached out for help to Eknath Shinde and had even written letters to the TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal regarding the matter after which the whole confusion got resolved.
|2018-08-04||Ailing retired banker 'leaps to death' off Thane building terrace - Times of India|
Ailing retired banker 'leaps to death' off Thane building terrace A 72-year-old was found dead in a pool of blood on the floor of his high-rise in Brahmand Complex in Thane on Friday. Aug 5, 2018, 03:22 IST THANE: A 72-year-old was found dead in a pool of blood on the floor of his high-rise in Brahmand Complex in Thane on Friday. A preliminary police probe indicates that the deceased, Prabhakar Bodade, could have committed suicide from the terrace of the building, Kabra Galaxy. Bodade, a retired banker, lived with his son, daughter-in-law and a spinster daughter. He is said to be ailing for some time and was undergoing treatment for urinary tract infection. On Saturday, the senior citizen had lunch around 2.30 pm and then told his relatives that he was going for a walk. When he did not return after 40 minutes, they started to look for him. Police inspector Naseer Kulkarni said that after lunch, Bodade had taken the keys to the terrace from the security guard. "As he was the society chairman, the watchman handed the keys to him. About half-an-hour later, a thud was heard and residents saw his body lying on the ground." At the time of the incident, his family members and other relatives who had come to meet Bodade were at home. "Bodade had been diagnosed with a urinary tract infection last month and had not been keeping well ever since. Though the family seems to be well off, he felt he was adding to the pressure on his son and daughter," said Kulkarni. Although residents rushed to help Bodade, he died on the spot.
|2018-08-04||thane traffic jam: Traffic snarl from Teen Haath Naka till Anand Ng ... - Times of India|
Traffic snarl from Teen Haath Naka till Anand Ng toll naka leave motorists fuming Updated: Aug 4, 2018, 23:40 IST THANE: Potholes have become the order of the day in the city and motorists have to bear the brunt of it. Motorists driving in and out of the lake city had a harrowing time on Saturday morning after they were stuck in traffic for hours together at Teen Haath Naka. Vehicles were moving at a snails pace and the traffic was right up till Anand Nagar toll naka. Motorists travelling to Thane from Mumbai were also not spared as there was traffic on the other opposite lane as well. The jam began at 11am and went up till 2pm. Motorists took over an hour to complete a 1.5km journey due to the jam. “It was a nightmare sitting inside the cab for over an hour as there was no way to avoid the traffic. A huge line of trucks entering the city blocked the access roads and the narrow Kopri bridge added to the choas. One could not even take a detour or use the service road on the opposite lane as even those lanes were jammed,” said Jennifer Fernandes who was travelling from Mumbai to Thane on Saturday morning. Officials from the traffic police department said that the vehicular movement had slowed down due to the pothole-ridden roads. Even the pothole filling up work which was underway was affected due to the traffic jam, an official said. “Due to the potholes, motorists had to manoeuvre their vehicles slowly. To add to the motorists woes, the road repair work was also taking place. So, major portion of the road was occupied by these workers. The filling up of potholes on the Teen Haath Naka flyover led to opening up of only one lane for traffic. We had asked the authorities to carry out work on Saturday and Sunday as there is less vehicular traffic and schools, colleges and most offices are closed. But as the Mumbra bypass is shut, heavy vehicles use the internal city routes to commute, due to this the traffic flow has increased,” said Vinod Shinde, sub-inspector at the traffic department.
|2018-08-04||Thane: Shiv Sena corporator Sarika Jadhav's husband arrested in extortion racket - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Shiv Sena corporator Sarika Jadhav’s husband arrested in extortion racket Aug 04, 2018 06:51 am Mumbai: The Thane police on Thursday arrested Shiv Sena corporator’s husband and his brother for allegedly extorting money from a builder in Kalyan. Both were produced in a Kalyan court and remanded to police custody. Police said that the accused identified as Satish Jadhav, husband of Sarika Jadhav, who is a corporator from the Bhagwan Nagar area in Kalyan east, and his brother Jugnu Jadhav were arrested on Thursday.Anti-Extortion Cell officials said that the two had demanded extortion money of Rs 2 lakh from the complainant, Vinod Pawase, a builder, who had constructed an illegal mobile tower on his building. The police said, “Satish made a demand for Rs 3 lakh, which was later settled for Rs 2 lakh.” However, the duo continued to demand money by threatening him, so the victim lodged a complaint with the police. The accused were called to Kalyan on the pretext of collecting money on Thursday evening. The AEC laid a trap and nabbed them while accepting Rs 2 lakh from the complainant.The duo were booked under IPC Sections 384 (extortion), 385 (putting a person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion) and 387 (putting a person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion), the police said, adding that further investigation into the case is on.
|2018-08-04||Thane: Youth stabs ex-girlfriend to death, held in 2 hours - Times of India|
Thane: Youth stabs ex-girlfriend to death, held in 2 hours Updated: Aug 5, 2018, 05:50 IST The victim’s family had approached the police in the past after the accused (in picture) had assaulted her. THANE: A 20-year-old college student was stabbed to death in broad daylight on Saturday by her former boyfriend who fled from the crime spot on the Eastern Express Highway in Thane only to be arrested two hours later from Bhiwandi’s Narpoli area some 15km away. The victim’s family had approached the police in the past after the accused had assaulted her. Kapurbawdi police had intially filed a non-cognisable offence and after the girl had insisted on action, initiated chapter case proceedings against the accused. She had recently broken off the three-year relationship. Prachi Zade, a second-year-BCom student, who worked part-time as an assistant at a popular wedding portal, was headed to work at 10.30am on her two-wheeler when a bike-borne Akash Pawar (23) waylaid her, pushed her on the road and stabbed her till she collapsed. Medical reports reveal that she suffered nine deep stab wounds. No onlookers came to her rescue. The murder weapon was found next to her. After stabbing her, the accused tried to commit suicide by throwing himself in front of vehicles zooming on the highway but failed and fell on the road and got injured. He then fled from the spot, said a senior police officer. After he fled, some of the onlookers took her to a private hospital where she died after admission. Zade and Pawar were classmates in junior college. Pawar, who dropped out after Class XII, used to take contracts for home interior works. A senior police official said, “The two were in a relationship for a few years. Things, however, turned sour around three months ago and she broke up with him. But Pawar continued to stalk her and even tortured her. On one occasion, on June 11, on seeing her speaking to a male friend, Pawar approached Zade from behind and kicked and fisted her.” Zade had rushed to the Kapurbawdi police then and reported the violence and demanded action against Pawar. Her father Vikas told TOI: “Police had initated chapter case proceedings under Section 107 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) and we thought that was the end of her ordeal.” However, on Saturday, he followed her from her residence in Kopri and as she neared the road opposite the RTO office, he intercepted her and stabbed her. Several Naupada police teams were formed to hunt down the accused and a naka bandi was enforced and vehicles searched. Pawar was held and brought to Naupada police station. Police said they have just taken him into custody.
|2018-08-03||Thane youth kidnap case: Lawyer's name crops up - Hindustan Times|
Thane youth kidnap case: Lawyer's name crops up Police suspect that the man might have been killed. They learnt that the man was badly beaten up by the accused Updated: Aug 04, 2018 00:33 IST A day after two people were arrested for kidnapping a 26-year-old man, an advocate’s name cropped up in the case. Surendra Mishra went missing on July 14 from Thane. He had been in a relationship with a woman for the past seven years. On Thursday, the police arrested the woman’s father Bhaskar Naringkar, 67, a retired BEST employee, and Ravi Ashok Choudhary, 34, a plumber. The police learnt that the man was called to Thane on July 14 to see a rented house. Two people took him in a car and he is untraceable since then. The woman and Mishra’s brother lodged a complaint and the arrests were made. Three accused a still absconding — one of them is the woman’s relative who is in Dubai. The Thane crime branch added the advocate’s name in the accused list. The police said he had egged the family to kidnap the man. Police suspect that the man might have been killed. They learnt that the man was badly beaten up by the accused. The advocate has got interim bail till August 6. On Friday, the police took the accused to the spot from where Mishra went missing. On July 14, Mishra and his girlfriend had gone Mumbai and while coming back to home Mishra got a call where he was told over giving room on rent and minimum cost. His girlfriend got down at Mulund railway station and after he got down at thane railway station he was called by the accused at Teen haath naka from there he was told to sit in car and was taken to Kopri. After that night Mishra phone was not reachable and also not seen thereafter. The police said the woman’s family were against the relationship and decided to kidnap Mishra. Mishra’s uncle Ramesh Dubey, 49, came to Thane from Uttar Pradesh after he got the news of the kidnap. He said, “The advocate advised the family to kidnap Surendra. The accused have been arrested but there is no trace of Mishra.
|2018-08-03||Thane: 25 people hospitalised after eating Chinese fried rice - Mid-Day|
Thane: 25 People Hospitalised After Eating Chinese Fried Rice Aug 03, 2018, 15:30 IST Food-related sickness is not a rare case in the country. A recent scenario reportedly had 25 customers falling prey to food poisoning At least 25 people were hospitalised for suspected food poisoning after eating at a food joint in Shahpur of Thane district, police said. The incident occurred at Khardi-Shirol village last evening. After consuming Chinese fried rice at the Thane restaurant, at least 25 customers complained of giddiness and stomach pain and were then hospitalised. All of them were discharged after treatment. Police have collected food samples from the joint and sent to the forensic lab, an official said, adding that probe was on.
|2018-08-03||Flats, shops sealed in bldg after plaster collapse - Times of India|
Flats, shops sealed in bldg after plaster collapse Updated: Aug 3, 2018, 22:46 IST Thane: Four flats and six commercial shops located at the four-storeyed Jai Laxmi building in Lokmanya Nagar were sealed and all 15 residents evacuated to safety after a portion of a ceiling plaster collapsed late on Thursday. Officials of the regional disaster management cell said the incident occurred on the third floor residence of Rekha Singh and Mithu Mandal. All the residents were asked to step out of the 25-year-old building to avert any disaster. Santosh Kadam, chief of the disaster management cell, said, “When we arrived at the spot we realized that there are a lot of cracks in the pillars of the houses located on the third and fourth floor of the building. Since it would have been risky for the residents to stay there any longer, we had to evacuate them and sealed four rooms on the two particular floors. We even sealed the commercial shops below to be on a safer side. After the debris was cleared, we called the concerned engineers for further investigations.” The building which consists of total 18 flats falls in the C2B category, which means it requires immediate repair work. Recently, an illegal building in Bhiwandi, which was not even named collapsed killing one and injuring eight.
|2018-08-03||Cancelled cheque used in Rs 40000 fraud - Times of India|
Cancelled cheque used in Rs 40,000 fraud Aug 3, 2018, 06:16 IST THANE: A resident of Naupada in Thane was robbed of Rs 40,000 by someone who misused his cancelled cheque to withdraw funds from his bank. Police said the cheats used to pose as bank agents and after securing cancelled cheques successfully erase the parallel lines and misuse the cheque for a transaction. “In this case, the victim had applied online to a few banks for a personal loan of Rs 5 lakh. He received a call from a person who identified himself as Kunal and claimed that he was commissioned by the bank to complete the procedure to sanction the loan amount. The victim was made to fill up a few forms and was asked to issue two cancelled cheques,” a police officer said. It is learnt that though the victim had drawn parallel lines and written cancelled on the cheques, one of them was misused to withdraw cash from his account. “The conman managed to erase the words ‘cancelled’ and instead put an amount of Rs 40,000 payable to one Sarjot Jain. It was only when the cash was withdrawn and a message flashed on his cellphone announcing the transaction did he realised that the cheque had been misused,” the police officer said. When the victim rushed to the bank, he was informed of the withdrawal and the details of his cheque. Repeated attempts to contact Kunal failed as the phone was switched off. A case has been registered at Naupada police station.
|2018-08-03||Nod for Ganesh pandals go online in Thane, Kalyan - Daily News & Analysis|
Nod for Ganesh pandals go online in Thane, Kalyan Updated: Aug 3, 2018, 06:50 AM IST To simplify the process of seeking permission to erect Ganesh pandals in Thane and Kalyan area, the two municipal corporations have gone digital as far as permissions are concerned. Ganesh mandals in Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli can now apply online and obtain approvals or permissions for erecting pandals. “Ganesh mandals can apply for online permissions three weeks prior to Ganeshotsav,” said Prasad Thakur, public relations officer, Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC). Earlier, Ganesh mandals had to visit various offices like the fire department, traffic police, KDMC, etc to get NOCs (no objection certificate) from each of them. “But now they have to submit the application online on our website www.kdmc.gov.in, which will forward it to concerned authorities and then give the final approval online,” Thakur further said. Even for the offline applications, the civic body has started a one window policy at its ward offices in Kalyan and Dombivli from where mandals can get permissions. Ganesh mandals in Thane can apply for permission to erect pandals at Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC)’s website: ww.thanecity.gov.in. It will be mandatory for the mandals to put up the permission given by the TMC and the KDMC outside their pandals during the 10-day-long Ganeshotsav. The KDMC has formed four squads to ensure that mandals do not dig roads to put up the pandals. The errant mandals will be fined and asked to bear the cost of road repairs in case they damage it. SO EASY TO SEEK Ganesh mandals in Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli can now apply online and obtain approvals or permissions for erecting pandals Earlier, they visited offices like the fire dept, traffic police, KDMC, etc to get NOCs KDMC has formed 4 squads to ensure mandals don’t dig roads to put up the pandals.
|2018-08-03||Man running to catch train at Thane station falls on tracks, hurt - Hindustan Times|
Man running to catch train at Thane station falls on tracks, hurt It’s the fifth train accident between Dombivli and Thane stations in four days. Updated: Aug 04, 2018 00:01 IST A 38-year-old man running to catch a local train at Thane station suffered severe injuries to his leg after he slipped and fell on the tracks and came under the moving train on Thursday night. The accident took place around 8.45pm when Mukund Laxman Bhalerao was running to board the Karjat-bound fast train on platform no. 5 at Thane station. “The victim was taken to Thane Civil hospital. On?Friday, he was shifted to Sion Hospital in Mumbai. He lives in Kalam taluka in Karjat and his family has been informed about the incident. He is in a stable condition,” said an official from Thane Government Railway Police, who did not wish to be named. “He slipped and fell in the gap between two compartments of the train.” This is the fifth train accident to have taken place between Dombivli and Thane stations in the past four days.
|2018-08-03||Traffic hit for 8 hrs on TB Road as container topples - Times of India|
Traffic hit for 8 hrs on T-B Road as container topples Aug 3, 2018, 22:40 IST Navi Mumbai: A container trailer toppled after crashing into the boundary wall of Ghansoli flyover while negotiating potholes at Thane-Belapur (T-B) road on Friday at 7am. Fortunately, no casualties were reported. The vehicle toppled, disrupting traffic movement for around eight hours. The Rabale traffic police had to deploy three hydraulic cranes to lift the heavy vehicle. The vehilce had to be dismantled as it was heavy. The driver escaped without any injuries. A major mishap was averted as the container toppled on the side where no vehicle was passing. If it had to fall on the paralled road, then it would hit a passing vehicle which could have proven fatal. Rabale traffic inspector Tanveer Shaikh said, “The consignment loaded container trailer was coming from Panvel towards Dahanu, along Thane-Belapur road. Around 7am when it reached Ghansoli flyover, the driver probably got confused whether to take the flyover or not. The road was also riddled with potholes due to which the driver lost control of the vehicle and it toppled.” A traffic cop said, “The Thane-Belapur road, especially from Kopar Khairane till Mahape junction, bears a lot of traffic snarls every day. This takes place due to traffic diversion for the overhauling of Mumbra bypass road by the PWD. There has been a delayed in the completion of road repairs and the next deadline is August 31. The work was supposed to be completed by end of June. Despite deployment of additional traffic cops to streamline the increasing vehicular flow, the traffic cops have to face angry motorists who get stuck in snarls.” Another traffic constable said, “The pothole stretch on Thane-Belapur road is causing a lot of jam. Despite repeated complaints to the NMMC, the civic body has failed to resolve the problem. Also, the Patni road stretch is in a terrible state as even the MIDC has failed to maintain the road which is pockmarked. As heavy vehicles heading towards Thane are being diverted from Airoli along Patni road to reach Thane to bypass Kalwa junction due to the flyover work, there is severe traffic congestion on MIDC road as well.” A civil engineer from Airoli said, “The internal Patni road does not have heavy load bearing capacity and hence the continuous plying of heavy motor vehicles has caused potholes at various places. Also, the sewerage system which passes under Patni road needs to be overhauled as the road can be seen sinking at several places and it can cave-in if corrective measures are not taken by MIDC immediately.” MIDC executive engineer (Thane Division-1) S R Patil said, “Recently, MIDC and NMMC officials had a meeting and it was decided to hand over the maintenance of Patni road to the NMMC. Hence, the maintenance of Patni road is still under dispute whether it has to be done by NMMC or MIDC.” NMMC city engineer Mohan Dagaonkar was unavailable for comment.
|2018-08-03||Thane: Two arrested for opening fire in bid to rob jeweller - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Two arrested for opening fire in bid to rob jeweller Aug 03, 2018 11:44 am Thane: Two men, who allegedly opened fire in a bid to rob a jeweller at Dombivli in the district, were caught by people and handed over to the police, an officer said today. The accused- Gopal Yadav (21) and Vikas Singh (20)- were later placed under arrest for the incident that took place late last night, the officer from Tilak Nagar police station said. According to police, the jeweller was going home after closing the shop at 10 pm when the accused came there and opened fire with the intention of robbing him of his belongings. The jeweller’s assistant, who was with him, raised an alarm. Hearing him, people in the neighbourhood caught the duo and thrashed them. They later handed over the accused to the police. The duo was booked under sections 397 (robbery, or dacoity, with an attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), 307 (attempt to murder), 341 (wrongful restraint), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and the Arms Act.
|2018-08-03||Thane: Man gets 7 years rigorous imprisonment for raping minor in 2015 - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Man gets 7 years rigorous imprisonment for raping minor in 2015 Aug 03, 2018 11:47 am Thane: A 28-year-old man from Mumbra in the district has been sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment by a special court here for raping a minor in 2015. Special POCSO court judge P P Jadhav recently convicted Shabbir Mulani and also slapped a fine of Rs 30,000 on him. He was found guilty under IPC sections 376 (rape) and 312 (causing miscarriage), and also under section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The accused is a contractor in the business of making imitation jewellery and used to give the contract of making jewellery to women in the locality. Prosecutor Vivek G Kadu, who appeared for the prosecution, told the court that the victim who resided in the vicinity used to collect material from Mulani’s unit for the assembly of jewellery. On May 20, 2015 the accused called the victim, who was 17 years old then, to his unit for packing the jewellery. When she came, he sexually assaulted her, the prosecution said. Two months later, the victim was admitted to a hospital due to some health issues. During her check-up, doctors found her to be two months pregnant. When Mulani got to know about it, he reached the hospital and forced her to take pregnancy termination pills. As a result, the victim suffered a miscarriage. Till that time, the victim had not disclosed about the sexual assault as the accused had given threats to her, the prosecution told the court. She later told her ordeal to her family members, following which a complaint was lodged against Mulani and further action was taken.
|2018-08-03||'City areas look cleaner after residents give up on plastic' - Times of India|
City areas look cleaner after residents give up on plastic Aug 3, 2018, 22:39 IST Thane: Citizen activists of Thane city claim that 20 per cent of the streets and public places in the city look much cleaner thanks to the drop in plastic materials. The nullahs are getting lesser choked as earlier the plastic waste would pollute city nullahs and street sides. While most admit that much needs to be done to achieve the goal of a plastic-free city, city activists believe that the mindset of citizens is slowly changing and the city is on the right track with regards to ban on plastic. Dr Mahesh Bedekar, a resident, said, “I have noticed that every person agrees with the plastic ban and there is a feeling of responsibility towards the future of the city. The change may not happen immediately and will take time, but it will happen. I can say safely that at least 20 per cent of the streets and public places across the city are cleaner and livelier thanks to the ban on plastic. If there is continuous awareness, even a single person can help change the mindset of four others.” Despite the heavy rains that lashed the city in July, the nullahs in Kalwa did not clog, which otherwise would have due to heaps of plastic carry bags being dumped rampantly by residents. A civic official from the Kalwa ward, said, “Since the government has banned plastic there has hardly been any littering in the nullahs and drains. After we had conducted our annual pre-monsoon nullah-cleaning drive we went back for a visit to some of the drains. We were surprised to see that the plastic waste thrown has reduced by a considerable amount.” While citizens of Thane and its neighbouring suburbs are breathing a clearer air than a few months ago, the ones in Diva are facing a tough time as the banned material is still being carelessly dumped in the drains on a regular basis. “When the civic administration had conducted raids at numerous shops in the city initially as the ban kicked in, citizens were scared and had stopped using polythene bags. Sadly then the bureaucracy neglected our area and things resumed back to normal. Our drains are flooded with plastic wrappers, polythene bags, bottles, etc openly being used by the residents,” said Adesh Bhagat, a Diva resident. However, in some slum areas of the city the situation is slightly bad as the dwellers are forced to throw their waste in the drains claiming that there is no regular waste collection by the civic administration. “As the civic body garbage vans do not regularly visit our areas, we are forced to throw waste from our homes in the drains. We know that this is a bad practice and that we are prone to diseases due to this, but how long can we keep the waste accumulated in our homes? We anyway have space crunch and the civic body has been neglecting slum areas. Garbage collection in our areas is not regular which is why drains here will get choked as we have no other source of waste disposal,” said Lakshmi Bhandari, a slum deweller from Majiwada. I have noticed that every person agrees with the plastic ban and there is a feeling of responsibility towards the future of the city.
|2018-08-03||Rain set to intensify after a week in city - Times of India|
Rain set to intensify after a week in city Aug 3, 2018, 22:26 IST Thane: Temperature in the lake city turned a tad cooler on Thursday following sudden showers over the last two days, which are set to intensify into heavy rains from August 10. Weathermen claimed that the warm and humid conditions experience by Thaneites for the last 10 days will continue till August 10 after which the second phase of monsoon will hit the city. While residents living in various pockets of the city have been experiencing high humidity levels because of the lack of even a slight drizzle coupled with the ongoing evaporation levels, rainfall across various parts of the city on Tuesday and Wednesday night brought a wave of cheer across many such homes. Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather, said, “Over the past fortnight, the north Konkan region received extremely scanty rain showers because all the three weather systems that basically were creating and bringing the monsoon weather systems had faded away.” He added, “Over the past two days, there has been a steady strengthening of an off shore trough, which is a cluster of monsoon clouds over the west coast. Due to this, rains will increase further in this region on Friday and these isolated rainfalls will continue through the week thereafter. The monsoon is expected to intensify considerably by August 10.” Weathermen asserted that this rise in showers and clearing of the skies will lead to a decrease in the prevalent temperature and high humidity levels. “Due to the lack of rain and growing heat, evaporation levels increased and humidity levels soared last week. With the rain clouds set to arrive soon, Thane city and adjoining areas could experience a cooler weather,” added Palawat. Humid conditions, however, caused uneasiness for most citizens. “We live near the creek area and though there was no scorching heat these days, the weather was turning uncomfortable. Usually we leave the windows open during the lighter rain showers in July, August and September because the air is so cool and pleasant. However, these days, we have had to shut the windows during the day and turn the air conditioning on,” said Anuj Sahai, a Saket resident. Over the past two days, there has been a steady strengthening of an off shore trough, which is a cluster of monsoon clouds over the west coast. Due to this, rains will increase further in this region on Friday and these isolated rainfalls will continue through the week thereafter. The monsoon is expected to intensify considerably by August 10.
|2018-08-03||Thane Resident Arrested For Kidnapping, Killing Child - NDTV|
Thane Resident Arrested For Kidnapping, Killing Child According to police, Mr Kumar abducted the child to teach the latter's father a lesson, as he had once beaten up Mr Kumar for coming to his home drunk. Updated: August 03, 2018 10:47 IST THANE: A 20-year-old man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly abducting and killing a seven-year-old boy in Thane district, police said. The child, identified as Shivam Razak, had gone missing from outside his residence in Buvapada last evening, a police official said. His body was found this morning in a jungle with head smashed, police said. Police picked up one Arjun Kumar from Ambernath, after the deceased's family named him as a suspect. Mr Kumar was known to the family of the victim. According to police, Mr Kumar abducted the child to teach the latter's father a lesson, as he had once beaten up Mr Kumar for coming to his home drunk. Mr Kumar allegedly took the child with him, when he came out of his house to buy some grocery, police said. Further probe is underway.
|2018-08-03||Schools go green: Preparations on for eco-friendly Rakhi, Ganeshotsav - Times of India|
Schools go green: Preparations on for eco-friendly Rakhi, Ganeshotsav Aug 3, 2018, 22:41 IST Thane: With the season of festivals fast approaching, city schools have already begun planning and implementing various environmentally conscious initiatives for their students to drive in the message of eco-friendly celebrations. Be it making rakhis out of paper recycled in their school premises or learning to make clay Ganpati idols, academicians here are equipping their pupils with green skills for each and every upcoming festival. “We use every festival or national or international event to teach our students to participate in small actions that help the environment. Children are excited about celebrating festivals and adding their own touch, so we decided to use this to explore the ideas of eco-friendly celebrations,” said Ranjini Krishnaswami, director of city-based Billabong School and Dosti Foundation School. “This Raksha Bandhan, our students will not only learn how to use simple naturally available material like leaves and threads, used paper and colours to create their own rakhis, but also get a chance to make one themselves and tie these rakhis to their brothers. Our craft teachers have already discussed some unique ideas,” she added. Some schools have gone a step beyond and purchased green technology to drive home the message of an eco-friendly celebration of festivals. Speaking about the string of initiatives lined up for their students, principal of St. Xavier’s School Janhavi Rai said, “We recently purchased a recycling machine in our school and with the help of city based environmental NGO R-Nisarg, we are not only teaching our students how to recycle paper, but also make Rakhis out of this paper. We will also be showing them how to place a plant’s seed inside to create the currently trending seed rakhis.” “Activities like these imbibe a sense of responsibility towards nature in children. Studying in a green and zero waste school which practices these green ideas instead of just preaching them helps students develop a strong connect with environment,” she added. “Through these Ganpati making workshops we can actually see how students develop a sense of pride in the idols they many, and insist that their families use their clay idols,” Rai added.
|2018-08-03||Green knot: Get personalised, seed rakhis to make the festival special - Times of India|
Green knot: Get personalised, seed rakhis to make the festival special Aug 3, 2018, 22:27 IST Thane: With the festival of Rakshabandhan around the corner, many youngsters have already started browsing and purchasing unique and fashionable rakhis for their beloved brothers from an array of e-commerce portals. As opposed to a few years ago when the traditional rakhi designs depicted with a symbol of Ganpati, swastik or Om would be flooded in the city markets, the trend seems to be changing this year with many opting for trendy and funky designs. From rakhis adorned with different beards, moustache styles to slang words commonly used by the youngsters, the contemporary fashion stuff is selling like hot cakes particularly in the online market. Aasha Naik, a city-based e-tailer said, “This year we have started selling rakhis which has a picture of a moustache, beard, different hair styles etc. We even have some funky and offbeat designs wherein slang words like ‘swag bro’, ‘cool dude’ is scripted on the thread. The youngsters including several school children are purchasing these rakhis from our website which costs anywhere from Rs 200-450.” The environmentally conscious denizens, on the other hand are opting for the seed rakhis or the biodegradable rakhis which are also in trend this season. “I went to an exhibition last week and saw something called as a seed rakhi made by the villagers of Western Maharashtra. They explained to me that whenever the person wishes to take off the rakhi they merely have to cut open the thread and plant the seed after which it would germinate into saplings. I am planning to buy such a rakhi for my brother,” said Aasma Rao, a resident of Ghodbundar Road. Apart from merely buying a rakhi, some are even purchasing a bouquet from online portals which consists of chocolate hampers, soft toys etc.
|2018-08-02||Thane: Snake in CSMT-bound local train - The Indian Express|
Thane: Snake in CSMT-bound local train Commuters claimed that the snake must have been in the train from the beginning and accused the railway authorities of not cleaning empty coaches properly, the authorities dismissed the claim. Updated: August 3, 2018 3:23:48 am A snake inside a CSMT-bound local train led to chaos in the coach on Thursday morning. The snake was later released on the tracks by some commuters, before authorities could reach the spot, sources said. Titwala resident Sanjay Gurav, who works in an IT firm in Vikhroli, said the green snake was spotted by a passenger right before the train entered Thane station. “The train was CSMT bound. It stopped a little ahead from where it was supposed to, as someone had pulled the chain,” he said. The snake was spotted while it was trying to climb a handle-bar near the door of a first-class general coach, sources said. The train had started from Titwala. Another passenger, Santosh Shinde, who was going to Vidyavihar, said the coach was full of people. “The snake caused a lot of chaos. Some of the commuters had the presence of mind to switch off the fan that was close to the snake. Some passengers tried to ensure that no one tried to jump out of the train. But it was scary,” he said. Both Gurav and Shinde did not see who managed to catch and release the snake. “When the train stopped at the station, I got off, hoping to take the next train,” Shinde, a student and a part-time delivery boy, said. While some commuters claimed that the snake must have been in the train from the beginning and accused the railway authorities of not cleaning empty coaches properly, the authorities dismissed the claim. According to Central Railway spokesperson Sunil Udasi, it was no accident but a mischief. “The train had completed two trips to and from Titwala at that point. Why would the snake not show up before? We are investigating and have asked the RPF to check the CCTV footage. We are checking with animal activists and snake experts to understand how the snake reached there,” he said. Sarpamitras from Thane and the nearby areas have been alerted, sources said. “Snakes are generally more visible in the rains. The snake might have made its way over to the roof of the train through a high tree branch and then came in through a window. While the snake cannot be identified, it seems to be a native medium venomous one,” a sarpamitra from Kalyan said.
|2018-08-02||Youth arrested for kidnapping, killing 7-yr-old boy in Thane - United News of India|
Youth arrested for kidnapping, killing 7-yr-old boy in Thane Thane, Aug 2 (UNI) A 20-year-old youth from Ambernath of thedistrict was on Thursday arrested by the city police on the chargeof allegedly kidnapping a seven-year-old boy, brutally killing him and dumping his body in the jungle. The Ambernath police has registered a case under sections 363 and302 of Indian Penal Code against the alleged accused, police said.The victim Shivam Razak, a resident of Buva Pada, went out of hishouse on Wednesday evening at around 1900 hours to buy milk and ricefrom a nearby shop, but did not return till late night.Then, the family members carried out a search for him and laterregistered a missing person complaint with the local police station.The police then launched a search for the boy throughout last nightand this morning around 0830 hours, they found the body of the boyin the jungle with his head badly smashed.Please log in to get detailed story.
|2018-08-01||Mumbai, Thane jails house inmates nearly thrice their normal capacity - Mid-Day|
Mumbai, Thane Jails House Inmates Nearly Thrice Their Normal Capacity Aug 01, 2018, 07:14 IST B K Upadhyay, additional director general of prisons, said that to tackle the problem, they are doing internal expansion, like adding new barracks and building a new prison at Mankhurd In cities like Mumbai and Thane, overcrowding is not limited to the local trains alone. According to the Maharashtra Prisons department report (mid-day has a copy), prisons in Mumbai and Thane are facing severe overcrowding, with Arthur Road, Thane central and Kalyan jails housing inmates nearly thrice their normal capacity. Byculla and Taloja jails also have more than their limit of inmates, but the situation is not as grim as the others. As per the report, the overcrowding is at 141 per cent. This is also causing fights between the inmates and in some cases, even health issues, as was observed at a medical camp held in June at Yerawada jail, where many inmates were found to have skin problems. Overcrowding in Mumbai and Thane's jails occurs primarily because the criminals are facing trial in city court, and the procedure requires them to physically present for them. If they're housed outside, transportation becomes another problem. Apart from that, Mumbai faces another hurdle in reducing the capacity of inmates - the lack of land in the city to build another jail to put them in. To resolve the issue, the Bombay High Court had told the state government in March 2017 to take immediate steps to identify places in Mumbai and Pune to construct additional jails. B K Upadhyay, additional director general of prisons, said that to tackle the problem, they are doing internal expansion, like adding new barracks and building a new prison at Mankhurd. 23.9k Inmate capacity of all jails in Maharashtra 33.7k Total no. of inmates in jails in Maharashtra
|2018-08-01||Bus overturns in Thane district; 40 hurt - Times of India|
Bus overturns in Thane district; 40 hurt Updated: Aug 1, 2018, 22:53 IST THANE: Around 30-40 passengers were injured on Wednesday when a state transport bus they were travelling in overturned in Saphala in Thane district, police said. The bus was headed towards Saphala village from Tembikhoda village, they said. The incident occurred when the driver of the bus lost control over the vehicle while trying to avoid collision with a vehicle coming from the opposite direction, police said. In the process, the bus skidded off the road and overturned, police said. Around 60 passengers were travelling in the bus at the time of the accident. The injured persons were treated at a local public health centre (PHC), police said. A case has been registered against the bus driver under various sections of the IPC and the Motor Vehicles Act.
|2018-08-01||Thane: Woman kidnapped, raped by rickshaw driver - Times of India|
Thane: Woman kidnapped, raped by rickshaw driver A 25-year-old married woman was allegedly kidnapped and raped by an auto-rickshaw driver in a forest area in Ulhasnagar town in the district, police said today. Aug 1, 2018, 14:35 IST THANE: A 25-year-old married woman was allegedly kidnapped and raped by an auto-rickshaw driver in a forest area in Ulhasnagar town in the district, police said on wednesday. The incident took place in the wee hours on Friday, police said. According to police, the woman, a resident of Raite village near Kalyan in Thane district, and the 30-year-old accused- Mukesh- a resident of Nevali near Kalyan, knew each other. On Monday night, when the woman was on her way to a jewellery shop in Ulhasnagar, the accused came in his auto and offered to give her a treat and took her to a hotel, police said. "After reaching the hotel, the victim refused to eat or drink anything and told him not to harass her. The man asked her if she would accompany him to Shirdi town. However, the woman refused to go with him," an officer of Ulhasnagar police station said. Thereafter, the man told the woman that he would drop her home in his rickshaw. However, instead of driving her home on their way back, he took the vehicle to a forest area where he sexually assaulted her. "After committing the crime, Mukesh drove her to Sapegaon in the district and forced her to get down. He threatened the victim of dire consequences if she revealed the matter to anyone," the police officer said. The woman managed to reach home hours later and thereafter lodged a police complaint. Senior inspector of Ulhasnagar police station, D D Palve said the accused has been booked under IPC sections 363 (kidnapping), 376 (rape), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation). He is yet to be arrested, the officer said.
|2018-08-01||Thane replaces Harmon leading joint housing authorities - Lynden Tribune|
Thane replaces Harmon leading joint housing authorities Aug 1, 2018 Updated Aug 1, 2018 Facebook Twitter Email Facebook Twitter Email Print Save WHATCOM — The commissioners of the Bellingham & Whatcom County Housing Authorities announce that Brien Thane, already director of asset development, has been selected as the new executive director, effective July 23.Thane’s experience at BWCHA and in affordable housing are expected to serve the agency well. In addition to affordable housing development, Thane’s career has focused on executive leadership, organizational development, coalition building and public advocacy. He previously served as executive director of two Washington State affordable housing organizations. “I am excited about this opportunity to apply my experience and provide leadership at a higher level,” he said.In April the agency adopted a plan that provides a roadmap for making measurable, comprehensive improvements in programs and operations in order to better serve the community and realize the vision of “every person having the opportunity to live in a safe, secure, affordable home.” Thane replaces John Harmon, who recently retired after serving 30 years as executive director of the BWCHA. Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Latest News Ferndale man on motorcycle dies in crash on Interstate 5 Body found on Neptune Beach identified as Canadian man Four generations, one vintage tractor tradition An organ restored, a concert Aug. 26 East Whatcom County resource center expanding Two from Stanwood die in Baker Lake pickup crash College honors Skagit Bank to merge with Banner Follow us on Facebook lyndentrib Latest e-Edition Lynden Tribune To view our latest e-Edition click the image on the left. Latest Special Sections Whatcom County Coupons August 2018 Follow us on ISSUU Encore July 2018 Follow us on ISSUU Pioneering Families 2018 Follow us on ISSUU Drive Whatcom Summer 2018 Follow us on ISSUU El Periódico Julio 2018 Follow us on ISSUU Newsletters Success! An email has been sent with a link to confirm list signup. Error! There was an error processing your request. News Updates Would you like to receive our daily news? Signup today! Manage your lists Sections Home News Community Sports Special Sections Classifieds Legals Multimedia Weather Services Advertise With Us Subscription Services Submission Forms Submit Classified Go Local Directory Email Alerts Search Staff Contact Information lyndentribune.com 113 6th Street Lynden, WA 98264 Phone: 360-354-4444 Email: email@example.com Follow Us Facebook Twitter YouTube © Copyright 2018 Lynden Tribune, 113 6th Street Lynden, WA Powered by BLOX Content Management System from TownNews.com.
|2018-08-01||Thane court considers children's testimony in case of mother's suicide, sentences father to 5 years in prison for ... - Firstpost|
Thane court considers children's testimony in case of mother's suicide, sentences father to 5 years in prison for abetment Aug 01, 2018 15:24:51 IST Thane: The deposition of two minor siblings was considered as significant evidence by a Thane court, which awarded five years imprisonment to their 45-year-old father for abetting the suicide of his wife. Assistant Sessions Judge S A Sinha held the accused, Sunil Martand Gaikwad, guilty under IPC sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 498 A (cruelty) while pronouncing the punishment last week. The judge also imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on him. The prosecution told the court that Gaikwad, a resident of Gorsai village in Thane's Bhiwandi taluka, had married the victim, Vaishali, on 27 May, 2005. The couple had a son and a daughter, aged 11 and 10 at present. As per the prosecution, the accused would come home late from work after consuming liquor and then fight with his wife. Fed up with the harassment, the woman hanged herself in her home on 21 June, 2017, they said. In their sworn statements in court, the couple's two children said their father would abuse and beat their mother after consuming liquor. They told the court that on the day of the incident, Gaikwad came home in an inebriated state and abused their mother following which the couple quarrelled. The children then went to sleep. The daughter woke up after some time and saw her mother hanging. She started crying and alerted her brother. On seeing the woman hanging, Gaikwad ran away from the house leaving the children alone, the siblings told the court. The children then called a neighbour and told them about the incident. The judge considered the children's statement as significant as they were present in the house at the time of the incident. In case of cruelty by husband, an Indian woman usually refrains from disclosing it to her family members, observed Sinha, adding that "It is a dispute between four walls." Therefore, in this case, no evidence of an independent witness is expected from the prosecution, she said. The judge also raised the question as to why any person would suo motu end his or her life without any reason. Moreover, the conduct of the accused in the case shows that he did not make any effort to restrain his wife from committing suicide and did not even take her to a hospital, she said. He ran away leaving his two children in the house, which proves abetment and instigation from his conduct, the judge observed. Considering the submissions and nature of the offence, it appears that an innocent woman was compelled to end her life and the children are constrained to live without their mother, she noted, while pronouncing the judgement on 27 July. Updated Date: Aug 01, 2018 15:24 PM
|2018-08-01||Thane-Diva stretch termed high risk - Times of India|
Thane-Diva stretch termed high risk Aug 1, 2018, 22:51 IST Thane: It took more than two hours to rush a woman who had suffered severe injuries in a rail mishap on Monday to a private hospital in Diva. However, the woman was declared dead on arrival. She was among the scores of other victims who die on the tracks due to either adequate or no emergency care facilities and delayed response. The Diva-Kalamboli and Diva-Thane route are termed as high-risk stretch as not a single day goes by without an accident. Either a commuter has been run over or has fallen off from an overcrowded train. Even after this, there is no medical facitily at Diva station. Commuters have complained that the casual appproach of the Central Railway authorities is evident from the fact that most of the basic requirement, which are porters who help in putting the accident victim on a stretcher, is absent at the station. Moreover, the station lacks an ambulance and emergency medical facilities. The station which hosts nearly 1.25 lakh passengers every day witnesses an accident almost every day. The stretch has seen over 250 accidents in the last one year and most of them has taken place due to crossing of trracks or falling off trains. The emergency medical room constructed at the east side of the station is also not yet functional, said passengers. When contacted, a railway official denied that there is any negligience on their part and said that they were always alert to responding to any accident messages and said that they have made arrangements with local hospitals to provide initial treatment. “We are developing medical infrastructure at all the railway stations, including Diva,” said a railway official.
|2018-08-01||Citizen-friendly policing, firm check on crime priority: New CP - Times of India|
Citizen-friendly policing, firm check on crime priority: New CP Aug 1, 2018, 22:52 IST Thane: Senior IPS officer Vivek Phansalkar said citizen-friendly policing and a firm check on crime will be his priorty as the commissioner of police in Thane. The 1989-batch IPS officer assumed charge of his new post from his predecessor Param Bir Singh, who has been transferred to Mumbai as the additional director general of police (law and order) for a 42-month tenure. Phansalkar holds a degree in electronics and telecom engineering and before joining the police force, he worked as a lecturer in a Pune college and taught engineering students. Phansalkar had earlier served as the additional police commissioner in Thane and had effectively controlled communal tension in the minority pockets of the city. Prior to his posting as the Thane police chief, Phansalkar held charge as the additional director general of the Anti Corruption Bureau since 2016. Phansalkar was also the additional director general of police of the Anti-Terrorism Squad, Mumbai during the tenure 2015-16.
|2018-08-01||Locals better equipped to deal with leopard sightings - Times of India|
Locals better equipped to deal with leopard sightings Aug 1, 2018, 22:52 IST Thane: The consistent efforts to sensitise the community about the man-animal conflict and regular interactive sessions between wildlife activists and residents living along the fringes of the forest have raised awareness on the issue with the locals and helped curb animal attacks, said forest officials. Though a sense of unease prevails on spotting a wild cat, the local population claim that they are now better equipped to take charge of the situation as they have been briefed by the experts on the dos and don’ts. Valerian Andrews, a Rutu Enclave society resident, said, “A leopard was spotted strolling in our complex at Kasarwadavli earlier this month. After the incident we had a meeting with the forest officials as to how to deal with the situation and how to react if at all a confrontation were to take place. They even conducted a special session for the security personnel of our society as they are usually the ones that are likely to come in contact with the wild cat. After the session, we are a bit relaxed and know what to do in case such a situation arises.” The forest department claims to have conducted over 100 awareness camps in the past seven years at housing societies around the periphery of the forest, the response of which is good. Deputy conservator of forests (Thane), Dr Jitendra Ramgaokar, said, “ In the last seven years due to increasing leopard sighting incidents we have organized more than 100 awareness drives, especially in large housing societies. We have even set up auto camera traps in the interiors of the forest to monitor the movement, routes and the behavior of leopards.” After a spate of leopard spotting incidents were reported in 2015 from several areas along the Ghodbundar Road — Kolshet, Waghbil and Ovala — the forest department had initiated the work of issuing a slew of preventive measures for residents in the potentially dangerous areas.
|2018-08-01||Construction worker identifies accused in Lucky compound case - Times of India|
Construction worker identifies accused in Lucky compound case Aug 1, 2018, 22:54 IST Thane: The three partners who were involved in the construction of the two illegal seven-storied buildings at Lucky Compound, which had crashed and claimed 74 lives in April 2013, were identified by one of the construction worker who deposed before the trial court on Tuesday. Raju Jadhav, who is the key witness in the case, pointed out to his then employer Laxman Rathod whose partners were Jamil and Salim. The trio had constructed the illegal towers on forest land at Shil-Daighar area. Shishir Hirey, special public prosecutor, said that Jadhav was employed at the construction site by Rathod and was also given a temporary accomodation at the illegal building. Jadhav was also greviously injured after the building came crashing down. He was kept under observation at GT hopital for 11 months. Both his legs were fractured and he had to undergo a plastic surgery.
|2018-08-01||Celestial treat: Thaneites get a glimpse of Mars on Sat - Times of India|
Celestial treat: Thaneites get a glimpse of Mars on Sat Aug 1, 2018, 22:53 IST Thane: It was a celestial treat for star-watchers as they gazed in amazement at the otherwise invisible Mars planet that was shining brightly near the Moon on Tuesday. Armed with binocluors and telescope, enthusiasts were seen flocking roof-tops, society gardens and balconies to catch a glimpse this phenomenon, which was visible to the naked eye. The spectacular celestial sightings were last seen 15 years ago in August 2003 when the red planet’s orbit is the closest to earth and can be clearly visible with the naked eye. “The planet is brighter and bigger than what it has been in the past 15 years; thus we can see it with our naked eyes. We can see a lot more using a telescope. Through my telescope, I managed to catch a glimpse of the Polar ice caps on Mars,” said Mihir Gilbile, a Mumbai-based star gazing expert and founder of Try the Thrill NGO. “We could not witness the lunar eclipse on Friday night because of the cloudy weather. However, the mars phenomenon was visible,” Gilbile added. While this phenomenon is taking place after 15 years on July 31, 2018, the next such occurrence will take place after 17 years on 11 September, 2035, according to city-based astronomer D K Soman.
|2018-08-01||Police look for man who duped 40 of Rs 60 lakh - Times of India|
Police look for man who duped 40 of Rs 60 lakh Aug 1, 2018, 22:54 IST Thane: Police are on the lookout for a conman, who allegedly duped 40 persons of Rs 60 lakh promising them jobs in government hospitals. He is also believed to have created online portals with the domain name similar to those operated by the state medical authorities. Police said the alleged accused, Jitendra Bhosale, is a history-sheeter and was arrested earlier for fabricating the signature of former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan. He also ran a pathology lab posing as a doctor.
|2018-08-01||Thane: Man 'dupes' people with promise of jobs | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Thane: Man 'dupes' people with promise of jobs Published: August 2, 2018 2:28:15 am Thane police have lodged a case of cheating against a man who allegedly duped around 40 people of Rs 1 crore by promising them jobs at government medical colleges. The accused had not only prepared fake appointment letters but also created a fake website to cheat people, the police said. The accused has been identified as Jitendra Bhosale. The incident was reported at Vartak Nagar police station by one of the victims on July 28, the police said. “The victim had met the accused in Kolhapur. Bhosale spoke to him about his senior rank and his closeness to government officials at the local medical college. He insisted that he could get the victim a permanent or a contract job,” an officer said. The victim was lured by the idea of a government job and asked Bhosale to help him in return of money, the complainant told the police. An officer said: “The money was sent to the accused person’s account till December 2017. In December, the complainant was sent the link of a website that showed his name among those who had got jobs. He then received an appointment letter bearing the signature of the Kolhapur hospital’s dean. Later, both turned out to be fake.” The case has been transferred to the Economic Offence Wing and the police are trying to trace Bhosale. “He has cheated at least 40 people, if not more. The website he created has been taken down. But we are trying to get technical evidence. We are also trying to approach other victims,” a senior officer said. “We have sent a team to Kolhapur,” he added.
|2018-08-01||Thane police on lookout for auto driver accused of rape - The Indian Express|
Thane police on lookout for auto driver accused of rape “The accused lived close to the complainant’s house. On Friday night, he allegedly offered to drop her when she was going to buy groceries,” an officer said. Published: August 2, 2018 1:20:51 am Thane police are on the lookout for an auto-rickshaw driver who is accused of allegedly kidnapping and raping a 25-year-old woman in Ulhasnagar. The accused knew the complainant, the police said. “The accused lived close to the complainant’s house. On Friday night, he allegedly offered to drop her when she was going to buy groceries,” an officer said. The accused then asked the woman to accompany him to Shirdi, the police said. “When the victim refused, he drove his auto into a road leading to Ulhasnagar. He stopped the vehicle at a secluded place and then raped her and fled,” an officer said. “The woman took help from the local people and reached home. She approached us last night to lodge the complaint.” The police have registered an FIR against the autorickshaw driver. “The woman does not know his full name. But we have got his sketch made and are trying to trace him,” a senior officer from Ulhasnagar said.
|2018-08-01||Rail traffic disrupted on Diva-Thane slow line - Times of India|
Rail traffic disrupted on Diva- Thane slow line Vehicle rams into crash barrier, hits Diva-Thane rail services for 3 hours Updated: Aug 2, 2018, 06:29 IST THANE: The railway traffic on the Diva-Thane slow line was disrupted for nearly three hours during the peak hours of Wednesday evening after a vehicle rammed into the crash barrier at the Kharegaon level crossing. Train movements had to be manually monitored till around 8pm. The incident occurred at 4pm when a vehicle crossing over from Gholai Nagar side of the crossing crashed into the boom (horizontal moving bar) while it was shut, thus jamming it. The bar could not be moved from its position, causing massive rail traffic. The section was cleared around 8:15pm. A Central Railway official confirmed the incident and said a case has been registered against the vehicle owner. “A road vehicle had damaged the gate boom at Kharegaon,” said a senior railway official.
|2018-08-01||Green revolution: Thane district surpasses plantation target - Times of India|
Green revolution: Thane district surpasses plantation target Aug 2, 2018, 05:21 IST THANE: With an outstanding 35.7 lakh successful tree plantations across the district in the span of a month, Thane district has not only achieved its target, but surpassed it manifold in the state wide 13 crore mega tree plantation drive, which ended on Tuesday. As part of this three-year-old annual afforestation campaign, which aims to increase the state’s green cover by 13 crore trees this year, the district was given a target of 33,52,370 plantations to be carried out during the one-month span from July 1 to July 31. “We had received a target of 33 lakh, but had a feeling that we would surpass it because of the overwhelming response. While a little over 30.7 lakh of these plantations were pre-registered on our website, the remaining were added to the total after the citizens submitted the geo-tagged details of the unregistered plantations they had undertaken in their areas. This digital process ensures no dual counting,” said Dr Jitendra Ramgaokar, deputy chief conservator of forests (Thane). While the drive is now through, officials have already started chalking out their plan to maintain this added green cover and are urging citizens who have participated in the drive to look after their saplings regularly. “A large chunk of the seedlings and saplings planted by the forest department has been conducted in green zones and forest areas. We have chalked out a five-year plan for their maintenance so far and hope that other government office departments and organisations do so as well,” added Dr Ramgaokar.
|2018-08-01||UP history-sheeter held in murder bid of Dombivli neta - Times of India|
UP history-sheeter held in murder bid of Dombivli neta Aug 2, 2018, 05:19 IST THANE: The Thane anti-extortion cell has taken custody of a history-sheeter from Uttar Pradesh (UP) in a murder bid case of a Dombivli-based independent corporator, Kunal Patil, who supported the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The murder bid was allegedly hatched by another BJP corporator from Dombivli. Rajesh Patel, a native of Varanasi district, who used to keep a watch on Patil’s movement near his Dombivli residence to eliminate him, was transferred from Uttar Pradesh jail, said Rajkumar Kothmire, police inspector. The officer added that Patel had received Rs 80,000 for the job and Rs 60,000 was given to one Rahul Singh, who is still absconding in the case. “He was also given the contract of procuring a pistol and cartridge to eliminate Patil, but he couldn’t fulfil the contract and was eventually arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police,” added Kothmire.