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|2015-09-30||Two firemen injured in Thane cylinder explosion - Times of India|
Two firemen injured in Thane cylinder explosion Manoj Badgeri Sep 30, 2015, 11.34 AM IST THANE: Two firemen suffered burn injuries while trying to douse a fire in a ground and in a structure in the Wagle estate area on Wednesday morning. According to officials, a fire call was reported from the house of one Kiran Rane, a resident of Radheshyam society on Wednesday morning. MGL, police fire and disaster management officials rushed to the spot. The inmates and neighbours were evacuated from the ground and the one storeyed structures in the area. However, one of the cylinders exploded during the rescue operations, leading to the firemen suffering injuries. The men were taken to the Civil hospital and have been shifted to Airoli burns hospital for treatment. The cause of the leak is under investigation.
|2015-09-30||Drive against sand mafia in Thane - Business Standard|
Drive against sand mafia in Thane Press Trust of India Thane September 30, 2015 Last Updated at 23:22 IST In a drive against sand mafia, the district officials today seized illegally dredged sand and equipment valued at Rs 11.50 crore in total. District collector Dr Ashwini Joshi told reporters that the drive started at about 7.30 pm last evening and continued till today afternoon. Raids were carried out at various locations simultaneously. Boats, barges, suction pumps and cranes were seized. More than 150 personnel from the revenue and police departments participated in the massive drive in which patrolling boats were also used, she said. Additional collector Ashok Shingare who was also a part of the operation team said 3,221 brass sand was seized which was valued at Rs 1.13 crores, and those who mined it illegally will have to pay five times as much penalty. Dr Joshi said the seized sand will be auctioned.
|2015-09-29||Thane: Godman arrested for raping teenager, molesting her mother - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Godman arrested for raping teenager, molesting her mother Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - 9:36pm IST | Place: Thane (Maharashtra) | Agency: PTI A godman who allegedly raped a teenager and molested her mother under the pretext of healing them was arrested by the Thane city police on Monday morning, the city police said here today. Assistant police inspector Pramod D Patil of the Kasarwadavali police station told PTI that the housewife (35), who is a resident of Ovla, used to be sick and complained of epilepsy as well as mental stress. She approached one of her relatives in Mumbai who referred her to another lady who was supposedly healed by a godman who got rid of evil spirits, the police official said.In order to get rid of evil spirits, he took the housewife's 15-years-old daughter to the kitchen, stating that he would tie her with a rope and remove evil spirits, but allegedly molested as well as raped her, the police official said. Later, he also took her mother to the kitchen and molested her, as per the police complaint.The accused was produced before a local magistrate who remanded him to police custody upto October 1, 2015, the police official said. The police has booked godman Mistry Baba alias Ramlal Sukhdev Sharma (40) under Section 376 and Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code, besides Section 3 (2) of the Maharashtra Prevention of Black Magic Act of 2013 as well as Section 3 and Section 4 of the POCSO Act, the police official said.
|2015-09-29||Immersions in Thane drop by 1000 from '14 - Times of India|
Immersions in Thane drop by 1,000 from '14 B B Nayak,TNN Sep 29, 2015, 12.28 PM IST THANE: Thousands of devotees bid adieu to Lord Ganesh on the 10th day of celebration all the night on Sunday. The immersion continued till Monday morning with bigger mandals kicking off late procession. Over 8, 609 idols were immersed at designated spots including the artificial ponds under the supervision of civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal who was optimistic that the event would pass peacefully. This took the total number of idols immersed this year to 47,138. This is a drop from last year's 48,350 idols. As many as 3,090 idols were immersed in artificial lakes--Rayaladevi, Ambeghosale, Upvan, Tikujiniwadi, Revale, Kharegaon and Dutta ghat-Masunda lake--on the last day . In 2014, 3,327 immersions took place in artificial lakes. The remaining idols were immersed in the creek side ghats at Kolset, Parsik, Kalwa, Kopri and Mumbra. The civic body made an elaborate arrangement and 500 volunteers from a private disaster management body were deployed apart from its 150 security personnel, firemen and lifeguards. The TMC commissioner monitored the proceedings all through the night to ensure safety of all devotees. "We left no stone unturned in our attempt to make the festival peaceful. No untoward incident was reported as the civic mechanism was on guard and I appreciate their sincere effort," Jaiswal told TOI. The city police tried to maintain law and order. The traffic department restricted many internal roads for motorists to ease traffic congestion along procession routes and immersion sites.
|2015-09-29||TMC asks for tips for Thane to be smart city - Times of India|
TMC asks for tips for Thane to be smart city TNN Sep 29, 2015, 10.06 PM ISTS The TMC has appealed to residents to give tips to convert Thane into a smart city. Thane has been included in the top 100 civic bodies from across India to be a smart city. Residents can write to firstname.lastname@example.org. in or register their comments at www.thanecity.gov.in.
|2015-09-28||Thane: Stray dog sexually assaulted by 18-year old security guard - Oneindia|
Thane: Stray dog sexually assaulted by 18-year old security guard Posted by: Pallavi Sengupta Published: Monday, September 28, 2015, 15:22 [IST] In a bizarre incident in Thane, an 18-year old security guard of Lokpuram complex was found sodomizing a stray dog in his cabin last Friday. Eye witnesses claimed that the man took the bitch in his cabin, switched off the lights and closing the door.Disgusted at the act, a resident of the complex informed the animal NGO-Plants and Animal Lovers Society (PALS). The complainnat said,"By the time the NGO members were here, a mob of society members had already cornered the accused, ensuring that he doesn't escape. The frightened dog fled the scene."The members of the NGO immediately called the police after the residents of the complex cornered the guard. He was taken to the Vartak Nagar police station where a case of sodomy was registered under section 377. This is a non-bailable offence.The incident has left the residents shocked. "This incident would not have been brought to light if not for the alertness of the people in the area.If an innocent dog can be made victim to such cruelty by the very person designated to keep the members of the society safe, how safe can the women as well as men in the society be? This is a reminder to every individual to be on guard, not only for their own protection, but also to safeguard others around them, especially those without a voice of their own," said Aditi Nair, the chairman of PAL.
|2015-09-28||Shocking! Watchman arrested for having sex with dog in Thane - India.com|
|2015-09-28||Slain cop's diary entry puts Thane officer in the spot - Mumbai Mirror|
Mumbai Crime Slain cop's diary entry puts Thane officer in the spot Dharmendra Tiwari, Mumbai Mirror | Sep 29, 2015, 12.00 AM IST Senior PI Vilash Joshi was shot by his junior in May DCP Parag Manere and his team are accused of detaining four people for three days before showing them arrested. A senior inspector of Mumbai police who was killed by his junior over an altercation has put a deputy commissioner of police (DCP) from Thane and the crime branch unit of Thane police in a spot of bother. It has now emerged that the Thane officer and his team allegedly detained four men for three days before showing them arrested in connection with a kidnapping plot. Acting on an anonymous tip-off about the alleged illegal detention, the then city police chief Rakesh Maria had ordered an inquiry. During the course of the probe, an entry by slain senior inspector Vilas Joshi of Vakola police, in the station diary gave more credence to the tip-off. The inquiry was conducted by Zonal DCP Virendra Mishra and a report, giving the chain of events to the illegality, has been submitted to the state director general of police. A source from Vakola police said Joshi, acting on a message from the control room, had raided a tenement in his jurisdiction on April 8 and picked up four people. "After questioning them at the police station, Joshi didn't find anything suspicious about them." While Joshi was quizzing the four, the source said, DCP (crime) Parag Manere from Thane police called him up and asked him not release the men before his team reached Vakola police station. "After reaching Vakola police station, Manere and his squad demanded that the four be handed over to them. Joshi refused to do saying he wouldn't take orders from an officer who was not from his line of reporting," said the source. Citing the report, he said, the Thane police stayed put outside. Fearing trouble in future, Joshi made a station diary entry dated April 8 before releasing the four. The report said, "Joshi maintained that how a senior officer from Thane not only called him but also forced him to hand over his custody. All four, Rajesh Sinha, Arjun Banjkar, Bhavesh Lamba and Javed Shaikh, were handed over to their known relatives or friends on April 9, 2015" An IPS officer, who was involved in the preparation of the report, said, "The moment all four came out they were allegedly picked up by the Thane police squad led by DCP Manere." On April 12, all four were shown arrested by Thane police for allegedly planning to kidnap a top executive from India Bulls Finance - Suresh Kacker, a former IRS officer. It turned out that the prime accused in the abduction plot was Kacker's IRS batch mate Kamlesh Argal. The investigation into the conspiracy was supervised by ACP (Thane crime branch) Nagesh Lohar. In a curious turn of events, Lohar was transferred to Mumbai during the routine state-wide transfers, but it was cancelled and he continued to supervise the case. Argal later managed to get interim relief from the Bombay High Court. Manere said, "I never visited Vakola police station. My team detained the four, but released them a day later. They were later arrested from Bhiwandi." DGP Sanjeev Dayal didn't respond to calls.
|2015-09-27||Thane girl to participate in G20 summit - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane girl to participate in G20 summit Sunday, 27 September 2015 - 8:10am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh Thane is once again on the global map as Thane girl, Ayushi Banerjee is set to attend G20 summit, to be held in Turkey at the end of this month. Banerjee, 23, will be a part of 27 girls selected from among 1000 female applicants in G20 countries. Right now, Banerjee, a resident of Hiranandani Estate, Thane, is a bit nervous and excited as she will be the voice of female empowerment on this global platform. This is the first time I am travelling out of country alone and being a part of this Summit, I need to have strong opinions. So, yes I am a little nervous, she says. In this 10-day workshop starting from September 30 to October 8, Banerjee and 26 other girls, who are of the age group of 17 to 23, will be a part of the eight-day workshop on leadership and panel discussion in the last two days. During the last two days we will make presentations on issues hindering the progress of women in our respective countries and what G20 can do to resolve them, she says. Banerjee a graduate from St Xavier's college, is at present working with The Blue Ribbon Movement (BRM) based in Goregaon. The BRM is a hybrid social enterprise, whose expertise lies in designing and delivering low cost , customised leadership training for young people in India and globally. The BRM facilitates the leadership of young school girls under their Avanti Young leadership programme, which is in 45 schools in Mumbai and two schools in Goa. In this two years of service-based learning model, school girls from grade eight and nine are provided training to take up social projects in their community like health, sanitation, gender issues, among others. We meet these girls and try to help them solving the issues they have taken up, she says. Under Avanti programme, the school girls are divided into small groups and are trained to take up issues that they are passionate about. At the end of the project they are asked to make an eight-minute presentation in which they have to talk about why they chose a particular topic, their research and execution. We also invite women leaders and entrepreneurs like Sudha Murthy or Aruna Jayanthi, who talk about their experiences, she says.
|2015-09-27||Thane cops, legal eagles at odds in rash driving case - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane cops, legal eagles at odds in rash driving case Sunday, 27 September 2015 - 8:30am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Pranali Lotlikar Chindarkar The Thane police and legal experts share a diagonally opposite view about the registration of a first information report (FIR) against Priti Prasad, whose mother died due to bad roads in Ambernath. The police claim that as per the law, it was prima facie essential for the police to register a complaint against the driver under the charge of rash and negligent driving, in order to initiate investigations. However, legal eagles say that the primary case should have been registered against the municipality which is the governing body which takes care of maintenance of the city. Joint commissioner of police (law and order) VV Laxminarayan, Thane, said, If we consider the law book, it was essential for the police to register a case against the driver. The registration of the FIR, is just a step to initiate investigation. Later, as investigation proceeds the FIR can be scrapped as one figures out the right culprit or organisation behind the crime. Several other facts like the condition of roads, if the driver was pre-informed about the condition of the road, the condition of the vehicle, will be taken into consideration. Legal experts say the police by following procedure is just shielding the civic body. Senior advocate Rizwan Merchant said, It is the responsibility of the municipality to come ahead in such a situation and approach the police to file an FIR against the contractor. However, if it fails to do so, then it can also been held liable for the crime. Also no authority can hold the girl responsible for rash and negligent driving. Also, it is the responsibility of the police to check on the cause of death and file a case appropriately against the correct accused. Another senior advocate Girish Kulkarni commented on similar lines. The police are just trying to shrug off their responsibility by registering a case against the girl. The law does not mention registering a case against a girl who loses her mother because of a pothole. Rather, a probe should be initiated, said advocate Kulkarni.
|2015-09-27||Thane Watchman Held For Sodomising Stray Dog, Animal Cruelty At Its Worst - Scoopwhoop|
Thane Watchman Held For Sodomising Stray Dog, Animal Cruelty At Its Worst Sreeraj TK SW Staff Writer In what can be termed as a highly disgusting and ghastly incident, an 18-year-old security guard from Thane, Maharashtra, has been arrested on the charges of allegedly sodomising a stray dog.The appalling incident happened on Saturday, September 26, at Lokupuram complex in Thane at 7 pm when eye witnesses saw him sexually assaulting the female stray dog inside his cabin. He was at once cornered by a mob of the society members who then called an NGO named Plants and Animal Lovers Society (PALS). The guard was then taken to Vartak Nagar police station where a case of sodomy under Section 377 has been registered against him. PALS has taken over the responsibility over the dog who is now medically fine. "This incident would not have been brought to light if not for the alertness of the people in the area. If an innocent dog can be made victim to such cruelty by the very person designated to keep the members of the society safe, how safe can the women as well as men in the society be? This is a reminder to every individual to be on guard, not only for their own protection, but also to safeguard others around them, especially those without a voice of their own," said Aditi Nair, chairman of PALS as reported by the Times of India.
|2015-09-27||Thane girls make it to state-ranking TT semis - Times of India|
Thane girls make it to state-ranking TT semis B B Nayak,TNN Sep 27, 2015, 12.41 PM IST THANE: City girls have made it to the semi finals in the ongoing state-ranking table tennis championship being held at Dombivli Gymkhana, organized by Thane District Table Tennis Association. Top paddlers including Rutuja Khopkar, Sanika Divekar, Vedika Garg and Shruti Amrute dominated the show in their respective categories, outsmarting tough contenders from across the state with over 500 participants vying for top honours. International medalist Amrute beat Chari Kavlekar in a 5-0 score in the quarterfinals to post an impressive victory while Khopkar outperformed Manasi Deshpande in an exciting 4-3 fixture to clear yet another hurdle towards making it to the top league. Garg continued her best feet forward to script another win over Jagruti Murbadkar in a 4-1score line. Divekar was pitted against experienced player from Thane, Priti Mokashi to overcome tough challenges. Divekar finally made her way to the next round by defeating Mokashi in a 4-1 margin.
|2015-09-27||Thane municipal corporation plans to conduct water audit - Times of India|
Thane municipal corporation plans to conduct water audit Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 27, 2015, 12.36 PM IST THANE: The civic body plans to conduct a detailed audit of its water distribution network in the city in the following months to map out the utilization of the 470 MLD water supply. Initially , TMC will identify the pilferages at the macro level, from the sources to the city reservoirs and gradually move on to the micro level and make the end users accountable by installing water metres to map out and plug leaks in the entire system, civic officials said. TMC is now planning to appoint an agency to monitor the demand-supply-billing variations in the water supply network. To start with, TMC will monitor the route from the water treatment plants to the master reservoirs in the city that are reported to have the maximum scope for pilferage. Also, a plan to implement the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, which will help the administration get a clear idea of the distribution network is underway , sources said. A retired bureaucrat from the Maharashtra state irrigation department said that maximum pilferages occurrs in the distribution network, especially in the main line. "The plugs need to stem from here for optimal water supply ," he added. Civic officials said that nearly 30% of the volume of the water is pilfered enroute before reaching the consumers. The TMC had conducted a water audit in 2008 but the situation hasn't improved in the last eight years, activists complained. Experts allege that the supply is a lot more compared to the requirement and have called for a serious look into the water distribution network, which has resulted in major losses for the civic body . "The reforms in the water distribution network, as mentioned in the Jnnurm have still not been met. There were reports of the TMC spending a fortune on installing the SCADA but later on failed to implement it in totality. All these must be explored," said Milind Gaikwad, activist, NGO Jaag. Although the requirement is 470 MLD, the city gets only 396.10 MLD and only 262.65 MLD is accounted for. Nearly 35% of the water supplied to the TMC is unaccounted for and the recovery of taxes is not up to the mark, said activist, Chandrahas Tawade.
|2015-09-27||Thane cops, TMC make arrangements for smooth final Ganpati visarjan - Times of India|
Thane cops, TMC make arrangements for smooth final Ganpati visarjan Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 27, 2015, 12.38 PM IST THANE: The city police and Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) have made arrangements to ensure trouble-free immersions on Sunday for Anant Chaturdashi. Only vehicles escorting Ganpati idols will be permitted on the ring road stretch around Talaopali, including the Moose chowkGadkari circleTower nakaMoose chowk from 2pm.These vehicles will be sent to the service roads along the highway for parking. Arrival and departure of MSRTC buses from Cidco will be shifted to Khopat depot during immersions while BEST routes that take a U-turn from Teen Haath Naka will be operated from Mulund bus depot after evening. Nearly 15,000 idols, both public and private, will be immersed at various water bo dies throughout the day . Nearly 900 volunteers trained in disaster management and security staff from TMC, will be deployed. "We have made adequate ar rangements at all immersion sites, including the ones at Kolshet and Parsik where idols from Mumbai are brought in for immersion," said a civic official.
|2015-09-26||Stray dog Sodomized by watchman in Thane - Times of India|
Stray dog Sodomized by watchman in Thane Freny Fernandes,TNN Sep 26, 2015, 07.56 PM IST Incident of sodomizing a stray dog shocking has left the residents of Thane, not only with a feeling of disgust, but also a sense of insecurity. (Representative image)RELATEDTHANE: An 18-year-old security guard of Lokpuram complex has been arrested for allegedly sodomizing a stray dog in the area on Friday. Eye witnesses claimed that around 7pm the accused was found sexually assaulting the female stray dog in his security cabin after switching off the lights and shutting the door. Utterly disgusted on learning about the act from a friend who had witnessed it, Aditya Nadkarni (21), a resident of the building immediately sought the help of the animal NGO, Plants and Animal Lovers Society (PALS). Nadkarni said, "By the time the NGO members were here, a mob of society members had already cornered the accused, ensuring that he doesn't escape. The frightened dog fled the scene." On their arrival, the members of PAL immediately called the police control office, and accompanied the beat marshalls in taking the accused to the Vartak Nagar police station, where they registered a case of sodomy under section 377 against him. In the FIR, Aditi Nair the chairman of PAL, penned down the entire incident right from the call the NGO received from the resident to the details of the incident where the accused was caught with his pants down, quite literally. He was then questioned by the police official, and soon arrested. KG Gavit, senior police inspector at the Vartak Nagar police station said this is the first of its kind case and that he had thankfully never seen a case like this throughout his career. "I have seen cases of men sodomizing small boys, but this is totally new to me. The accused has been remanded to seven days in police custody, and the law will take its course. This is a non-bailable offence," Gavit said. "The accused will soon have to go through a medical test, and the PAL NGO has taken over the responsibility of the dog," he added. While the dog is now medically fine and is allowed to wander back in her area, she refuses to set foot near the ill-fated security cabin. The shocking incident has left residents of the area and across Thane, not only with a feeling of disgust, but also a sense of insecurity. "This incident would not have been brought to light if not for the alertness of the people in the area. If an innocent dog can be made victim to such cruelty by the very person designated to keep the members of the society safe, how safe can the women as well as men in the society be? This is a reminder to every individual to be on guard, not only for their own protection, but also to safeguard others around them, especially those without a voice of their own," said Aditi Nair.
|2015-09-26||Thane girls make it to state-ranking TT semis - Times of India|
Thane girls make it to state-ranking TT semis B B Nayak,TNN Sep 27, 2015, 12.19 AM IST THANE: City girls have made it to the semi finals in the ongoing state-ranking table tennis championship being held at Dombivli Gymkhana, organized by Thane District Table Tennis Association. Top paddlers including Rutuja Khopkar, Sanika Divekar, Vedika Garg and Shruti Amrute dominated the show in their respective categories, outsmarting tough contenders from across the state with over 500 participants vying for top honours. International medalist Amrute beat Chari Kavlekar in a 5-0 score in the quarterfinals to post an impressive victory while Khopkar outperformed Manasi Deshpande in an exciting 4-3 fixture to clear yet another hurdle towards making it to the top league. Garg continued her best feet forward to script another win over Jagruti Murbadkar in a 4-1 score line. Divekar was pitted against experienced player from Thane, Priti Mokashi to overcome tough challenges. Divekar finally made her way to the next round by defeating Mokashi in a 4-1 margin.
|2015-09-26||100 bins in Thane to avoid littering - Times of India|
100 bins in Thane to avoid littering Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 26, 2015, 08.56 AM IST THANE: As part of the Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan, the TMC will install 100 dust bins at public places that see high density of people. The move is to deter people from littering in the absence of bins. The move has been prompted after residents were forced to throw the waste in the surroundings as there were no dust bins installed at public places. Market areas and bus stations are known to see the highest footfalls in the city and the possibility of littering here is also the highest. Several areas witness an ugly sight with litter including cigarrete butts, food articles and packets, etc strewn across the areas. This often leads to clogged drains also that adds to the chaos during rains as water doesn't flow freely in the drains, informed officials. The bins were financed by a private bank that has also assured to finance for ten modular toilets to be stationed at each of the ward committees. The civic officials have already surveyed stretches of the city where these bins would be located and have finalized Gokhale road, Vishnunagar, Gavdevi and Hariniwas areas among others. "These waste bins will be installed at public spaces that witness huge crowd. There is a need to install more of such bins at many other places in the city," said TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal.
|2015-09-26||Youth held for sexually abusing dog in Maharashtra - Daily News & Analysis|
Youth held for sexually abusing dog in Maharashtra Saturday, 26 September 2015 - 7:43pm IST | Place: Thane (Maharashtra) | Agency: PTI A 19-year-old youth was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a dog, police said on Saturday. The youth, who worked as a watchman inside a residential complex in Lokpuram area in Thane, on Friday sexually abused a dog, following which a complaint was by lodged by a animal activists organisation PAL, KG Gavit, Senior Police Inspector of Vartak Nagar police station said. He was held on Friday itself and a case under section 377 (unnatural offences) of IPC was registered in this connection, he added.
|2015-09-26||Thane watchman held for having sex with a dog - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane watchman held for having sex with a dog Mumbai Mirror | Sep 27, 2015, 12.00 AM IST The accused, Raghuvendra Chaurasia, has been charged under Indian Penal Code Section 377 for unnatural sex. An 18-year-old security guard in a housing society in Thane has been charged under the Indian Penal Code Section 377 (unnatural sex), after he was allegedly caught while sexually abusing a dog inside the watchman's cabin on Friday evening. The man, Raghuvendra Chaurasia, who works at Lok Puram Society in Pawar Nagar has been arrested by the Vartak Nagar police. The residents alleged that around 7.30 pm on Friday, a few of them saw the guard "raping" the dog, and called up their neighbour Aditya Nandkarni, a member of an NGO called Pet Owners and Animal Lovers (PAL). Nandkarni alerted PAL chairperson Aditi Nair, who rushed to the spot with members Nirali Shah and Viveka Vatwani. "I confronted the guard and asked whether he had sexually abused the dog, to which he said yes. He denied being under the influence of alcohol or any other substance," Nair said. The residents called up the police control room, after which officers from Vartak Nagar Police Station reached the spot. "The dog was very scared. It seemed that it trusted the guard, who used to feed it. Security agencies should be careful while screening potential employees. Thankfully this is a society that cares for its animals. Residents take turns to feed the stray dogs," Nair added. Senior Inspector KG Gavit from Vartak Nagar Police Station confirmed the guard had been detained. The Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code dates back to 1860, and criminalises sexual activities "against the order of nature". This is a rare instance of this section being applied by the city police. In January this year, a 75-yearold man was arrested for sexually abusing a dog in Jogeshwari. However, the section was not invoked, and he was let off after he paid a fine. In March last year, the Nalasopara Police had also let off a man caught while having sex with a dog.
|2015-09-25||Thane municipal corporation initiative attracts national award - Times of India|
Thane municipal corporation initiative attracts national award Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 25, 2015, 10.33 AM IST The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has been feted with the Skoch Order-of-Merit award for its smart initiatives in the field of the energy conversation and waste management. TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal and deputy city engineer Sunil Pote accepted the award for implementing smart power conservation using LED lights from former urban development department secretary M Ramchandran. The civic body's initiatives for replacing streetlights in Thane using LED bulbs thus saving on power bills and maintenance. Pollution control board officer Manisha Pradhan and Jaiswal accepted the award for initiating and promoting creating compost out of festive floral-waste. There is a lot of floral waste created during the festive season in Thane especially during Ganeshotsav and Dasshera and the initiative is to convert these waste into compost and manure. The Skoch group has been working to eradicate problems related to social and financial causes on national as well as international levels since 1997. The smart e-governance competition 2015 saw over 400 entries coming in from across different bodies belonging to the central government of India.
|2015-09-25||Police probe Gaikwad's Thane stay - Times of India|
Police probe Gaikwad's Thane stay TNN Sep 25, 2015, 03.49 PM IST KOLHAPUR: After getting two more days to interrogate Samir Gaikwad, the suspect arrested in Govind Pansare murder case, the police are focusing on identifying the place where he stayed in Thane and questioning the persons he was in touch with when the Left leader was killed. Police sources said the mobile phone recordings recovered from Gaikwad, a full time sadhak of the Sanatan Sanstha, indicate that he was in Thane during the period of Pansare's killing. The police are also trying to establish whether Gaikwad was in contact with Rudra Patil, who is wanted in connection with the Madgaon bomb blast case. During investigation, police have got information that Gaikwad and Patil were friends and had started a mobile repair shop in Sangli in partnership in 2009. Police are also expecting to get leads from 23 mobile phones and 31 SIM cards that they have recovered from Gaikwad's house. In the mean time, the police are awaiting the Suspect Detection System (SDS) reports from the Forensic Science Laboratory, Gujarat. The experts from Gujarat have conducted the test on the samples of phone conversations between Gaikwad and his friend. Gaikwad was arrested on September 16 from Sangli for his alleged involvement in the murder of rationalist Govind Pansare. He was initially remanded in police custody till September 23, which has been extended till September 26. The police said that the psychological examination done by the CBI probing rationalist Narendra Dabholkar's murder had indicated that Gaikwad was "deceptive." Pansare and his wife were shot at near their residence in Sagarmala area of Kolhapur by two unidentified men riding a motorcycle on February 16. Pansare succumbed to his injuries on February 20 in Mumbai.
|2015-09-25||Thane: Pothole kills woman, daughter booked â Probing why FIR was registered ... - The Indian Express|
Thane: Pothole kills woman, daughter booked Probing why FIR was registered against her Police By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: September 26, 2015 9:24 am Hinting at a possible goof-up by the lower rung, the Thane police have ordered an inquiry into the accidental death of Reeta Prasad who died while riding pillion on her daughter's scooter which was navigating through a pothole-riddled road. On July 26, Priti, who works with a multinational in Navi Mumbai, was riding home to Ambernath (East), on the outskirts of Mumbai with her mother Reeta. When the duo reached the Kalyan-Karjat Road, Priti who tried to move through a pothole-riddled road, failed to avoid one near a Punjabi dhaba. Her mother, Reeta, fell and sustained head injuries. She was rushed to a local hospital. However, Reeta succumbed to her injuries on July 31. The police have now shifted their lens on the road contractor.
|2015-09-24||Thane: Ganpati mandals pledge help for drought-hit villagers - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Ganpati mandals pledge help for drought-hit villagers hursday, 24 September 2015 - 7:41am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition While many people easily donate money during pandal hopping, Chandanwadi Ganesh Seva Mandal at Thane, is asking people to donate their organs. Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav was started by Balgangadhar Tilak to bring together the people of Maharashtra during our freedom struggle. And today the 10-day celebration have become an event to showcase various causes and also to seek donations. Some Thane Ganesh mandals are using this festival as an opportunity to collect donations for causes like drought relief or even organ donation. For instance, Saket CHS's Ganpati mandal is busy forwarding the cause of drought affected villagers of Maharashtra. After I came back from Aurangabad, where I saw the poor condition of starving villagers, we received many calls where people wanted to do something for them, says Sudhir Sharma a businessman from Thane.Last week, he went to Ankathwada in Aurangabad and provided food grains and some cash to two starving families. So, he alongwith the mandal decided to put up donation box at their ganesh pandal urging people to donate wholeheartedly to help these starving villagers. The money collected in this box will be donated to the chief minister's drought relief fund after the 10-day ganpati visarjan, he says. While many people easily donate money during pandal hopping, Chandanwadi Ganesh Seva Mandal at Thane, is asking people to donate their organs. They came across the idea after a neighbour died due to lack of kidney, a few years back. One of the members also donated her eyes and skin posthumously, says Tanaji Kadam, a member of the mandal. This encouraged us to ask people for organ donation," he adds. So, people can pledge donation of their hearts, lungs, intestines, ear drums, skin, bones, eyes, among others, at this mandal. We have an organ donation form provided by Rotary Club of Thane, which the visitors have to fill and give us. They will forward it to the appropriate authorities, he says.
|2015-09-24||Pfizer withdraws notice to close Thane plant - Economic Times|
Pfizer withdraws notice to close Thane plant By PTI | 24 Sep, 2015, 04.35PM IST NEW DELHI: Drug firm Pfizer has withdrawn its notice to close its Thane plant as it has entered into an agreement to sell the facility as a going concern to Vidhi Research and Development LLP. "The company has intimated the concerned authorities that it has withdrawn its notice dated July 15, 2015, whereby it had intended to effect closure of its plant situated at Thane Belapur Road...Navi Mumbai...," Pfizer said in a filing to the BSE today. This was done as the company has entered into a business transfer agreement to sell the plant as a going concern to Vidhi Research & Development LLP, it added. In a regulatory filing yesterday, Pfizer had said that it has entered into a business transfer agreement to sell its Thane plant for a consideration of Rs 178 crore. "Upon the conclusion of the BTA, all current workmen at the Thane Plant shall be transferred to the buyer so as to facilitate manufacturing operations," it had added. The plant, which employed 212 workers, had earlier offered a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) last year. This was taken up by as many as 132 workmen while 80 workman had remained. Shares of Pfizer were today closed at Rs 2,569 per scrip on BSE.
|2015-09-24||First Bengaluru, now Mumbai: Thane cops book woman after pothole kills mother - Firstpost|
First Bengaluru, now Mumbai: Thane cops book woman after pothole kills mother by FP Staff Sep 24, 2015 14:30 IST A resident of Ambernath, couldn't manoeuvre around the potholes on the Kalyan-Karjat road, her mother, who was riding pillion, fell off the scooter and later died while receiving treatment.But shockingly, Priti was booked for rash driving and causing death by negligence by the Thane police.The Times of India reports, that the police booked her despite the fact that Priti wanted to file a case against the contractor who built the road for negligence.This incident comes close on the heels of a Bengaluru man being booked for criminal negligence when his wife died after their bike crashed into a pothole.Meanwhile, Vishwash Valvi, senior police inspector of the local Shivaji Nagar police station told The Times of India, "Driving a vehicle carefully is the responsibility of the driver and as she was driving negligently, her mother died. That is why we made her an accused in the case."The Kalyan-Karjat road is said to have been made only a year ago and its upkeep is the responsibility of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, the report says.Both the incidents, when close relatives were booked for the deaths, has left the residents of Bengaluru and Ambernath outraged, the government has been silent over the issue.And the Bengaluru police too had a ridiculous explanation for charging Om Prakash Tripathi for the death of his wife Stuti Pandey.NDTV quotes Additional Commissioner of Police Dr MA Saleem as saying, "We have booked many drivers of four wheelers whose family members were killed during a self-accident so this is a legal procedure that has to be followed. If you don't investigate the case, if you just leave it like that, the truth may not come out."Does this explanation by the Bengaluru Police hold any legal ground? No, said lawyer counsel MT Nanaiah who said a case should have been filed against the civic authorities for leaving the road in a bad condition."The victim's husband should file a complaint against the BBMP for causing death of his wife and also claim compensation. He should also file a petition seeking to quash the complaint registered by the traffic police in the appropriate court," Nanaiah told The New Indian Express.
|2015-09-24||Cheat who looted women after promising marriage arrested in Thane - Mid-Day|
Cheat who looted women after promising marriage arrested in Thane By PTI |Posted 24-Sep-2015 Thane: A 29-year-old man, who duped a Thane family and decamped with cash and jewellery worth over Rs 2 lakh on the pretext of marrying their daughter here has been arrested, police said on Thursday. PSI SB Tagad of Thane Nagar Police Station said the cheat Sampat Darade, hailing from Nevasa of Ahmednagar district would trap victims through matrimonial sites and develop closeness with them. Elaborating on his modus operandi, police said that the accused would go to the extent of participating in making arrangements for marriage and at the fag end would flee with cash and valuables given to him ceremonially prior to the wedding. In a similar fashion, he also spotted his victim from Thane who was a divorcee and told her that he was also a man separated from his wife. Trusting him, family of the girl made all arrangements for the marriage and fixed the date as September 23. On the eve of the marriage, when Darade did not turn up for a function at a hall here, they smelled something fishy and suspected that he had fled with ornaments and cash worth Rs 2.50 lakh. The family members of the girl then lodged a complaint with Thane Nagar Police Station who swung into action and traced the cheat to Kalwa and placed him under arrest. He has been charged under sections 420 and 494 of the IPC, police said. Police suspect that the cheat resorted to such acts for getting easy money as he was in huge debt.
|2015-09-24||Murder accused being taken to Thane jail in train escapes from Vasai station - Times of India|
Murder accused being taken to Thane jail in train escapes from Vasai station Sandhya Nair,TNN Sep 24, 2015, 07.29 PM IST MUMBAI: A murder accused from Boisar in Palghar district who was handcuffed and being escorted by two police constables to the Thane central prison in a train managed to escape on Wednesday evening from the Vasai railway platform. Raghu Gaikwad (35) was in the custody of the Boisar MIDC police for allegedly killing his friend early this month. On Wednesday, when produced before the Palghar court he was send to judicial custody. Two policemen U J Varta and V G Ghadve handcuffed Gaikwad and boarded a local train at Palghar railway station. They alighted at Vasai Road to take a bus to the Thane central jail. They missed the bus and decided to return to the Vasai station and travel upto Dadar in a local train. When the 7.07 pm Dadar train arrived on the platform Gaikwad took advantage of the crowd and escaped from the constables' custody. The constables raised an alarm but Gaikwad disappeared in the crowd. A case under section 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful arrest) of the IPC has been registered against Gaikwad with the Vasai Government Railway Police (GRP). A report has been sought from the Boisar-MIDC police before taking action against the two constables. Undertrials and convicts are generally taken to the Thane prison in police vans.
|2015-09-23||Pfizer to sell Thane plant to Vidhi Research for Rs 178-crore - Economic Times|
Pfizer to sell Thane plant to Vidhi Research for Rs 178-crore By PTI | 23 Sep, 2015, 12.03PM IST DELHI: Drug firm Pfizer today said it has entered into a business transfer agreement to sell its Thane plant as a going concern to Vidhi Research and Development LLP for Rs 178 crore. In a BSE filing, Pfizer said, "It has entered into a Business Transfer Agreement (BTA) for the transfer of the company's business at the Thane plant as a going concern to Vidhi Research and Development LLP in accordance with the terms of the agreement for a lump sum consideration of Rs 178 crore." "Upon the conclusion of the BTA, all current workmen at the Thane Plant shall be transferred to the buyer so as to facilitate manufacturing operations," the filing said. In July, Pfizer announced that it will close its over 50-year old Thane plant from September 16, 2015, which was lying idle since 2013. "The decision to close the site is based on an assessment of its long-term viability and its ability to achieve the needed production. There has practically been no production activity at this plant since 2013," a Pfizer spokesperson had said. The plant, which employed 212 workers, had offered a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) last year. This was taken up by as many as 132 workmen. The Thane plant was commissioned in the 1960s. It supplied drugs to both domestic and international markets. Shares of Pfizer were trading at Rs 2,637 per scrip on BSE, up 0.09 per cent from previous close.
|2015-09-23||Massive traffic jam triggered by bad roads in Thane - Times of India|
Massive traffic jam triggered by bad roads in Thane Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 23, 2015, 02.53 PM IST THANE: A massive traffic jam triggered by bad roads coupled with breakdowns of trucks left thousands of motorists, travelling in and out of Thane, stranded for nearly four hours on the highways early on Wednesday. Both the Mumbra-byapss highway including the Nashik highway witnessed massive snarls since early morning that was cleared only by 11am. The cascading effect of the highway jam was also seen on city traffic vehicles that also came to a grinding halt on GB road, Mumbra, and Kalwa as police tried their best clearing the stretches. The Thane traffic control said as many as nine heavy vehicles and two SUVs developed snags at various stretches between Mumbra bypass-Parsik and Kharegaon toll naka leading to massive queues of vehicles in both directions. The traffic in both directions had queued up till nearly four kms in both directions as one lane of the highways got blocked due to the stranded vehicles starting 4:30am. Potholes on the Mumbra bypass highway that further blocked lanes for the traffic and slowed it down. By 8am, the traffic snarls started affecting Thane city also as the GB road-Mumbai arm of the Kapurbawdi flyover had got completely jammed with traffic forcing the police to shut access to it for nearly an hour and clear the traffic. The situation eased for Thane city around 11 am following which the police started work on removing the stranded vehicles. DCP (trafffic) Rashmi Karandikar said it would took them nearly four hours to clear the stretches of the stranded vehicles. "Few heavy trailers and other vehicles were grounded at various stretches between Mumbra and Thane. We diverted few vehicles and had to also block access to the Kapurbawdi flyover for few hours following which we managed to clear the traffic chaos. The stretch is now clear," she said.
|2015-09-23||5th day immersions: Noise violations hit high notes in Thane - Times of India|
5th day immersions: Noise violations hit high notes in Thane Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 23, 2015, 11.15 AM IST THANE: The immersion of five-day Ganpati idols remained a noisy affair in the lake city, not sparing even the silence zones as noise levels touched as high as 100 decibels, complained activists. Activist Dr Mahesh Bedekar has recorded the violations and will approach the court seeking action against the erring mandals. Armed with a sound meter, the activist alleged that noise levels in areas like Samata Nagar, Gokhale road, Ram Maruti rod, Masunda lake were well above the stipulated decibel levels thanks to the use of loudspeakers and DJs blaring Hindi film music. As per readings taken by Bedekar (a copy is with this newspaper), the noise levels were higher even in the silence zones. While Ram Maruti road, Pachpakhadi and Charai saw noise levels in the 90-95 decibel range, Samata Nagar and Khopat areas saw the noise going as high as 100dB. Even a silence zone like Gokhale road which has a maternity hospital located on it recorded 100db noise which was astonishing, said Dr Bedekar. "Majority of the processions had DJs, high decibel speaker walls plus dhol tasha groups thus causing very high sound levels. In some stretches, the noise levels recorded were as high as 100 decibels that is way beyond the permissible limits," said Dr Bedekar. The activist claimed the authorities e turned a deaf ear to the complaints have turned a deaf ear to the complaints and remained a mute spectator to all the violations. "There was heavy police presence in the city but no action was taken.I got many phone calls from residents from different localities in Thane complaining about the loud music. Many said they tried calling the police complaining against the high volume but no action was taken," he said.
|2015-09-23||'Thane municipal corporation officials are more at fault for Lucky Compound ... - Times of India|
'Thane municipal corporation officials are more at fault for Lucky Compound collapse than builder' Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Sep 23, 2015, 03.44 PM IST THANE: The bureaucracy in the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has been labelled as the most corrupt and unscrupulous by the state-appointed special public prosecutor for their `participatory role' in the illegally-constructed building at Lucky Compound in Shil that crashed in April 2013, claiming 74 lives. Advocate Sishir Hirey, in his 90-minute argument before the sessions court on Tuesday, said the high-ranking TMC officials not only profited from the entire incident, but also advised the contractors on the measures to be taken to evade any action in the future. "We have ample evidence to prove that the TMC officials were paid money not only to overlook the illegality, but also to help the contractors with information on how to avoid demolition. In fact, it was the officials who suggested that the tenements must be immediately occupied so as to stop the TMC from taking any action,'' Hirey told the court. The crash was one of the worst disasters in recent times and went on to establish the criminal nexus between the top bureaucracy in the TMC, local political leadership, police and contractors. Three high-ranking TMC officials Shrikant Sarmokadam, Deepak Chavan and Shyam Thorbole--were among those who were arrested by the Thane police for the involvement in the illegal buildings at Shilphata-Mumbra area. The three officials and local NCP corporator Hira Patil, a private photographer Vishnu Ghumare and Chavan's driver Ramdas Burud had moved a discharge application a few days ago before the court, pleading that they have no role in the case. Interestingly, a hand-written diary was seized by the police in which there is a clear mention about the amounts paid to the officials, along with the date of the payments.``If even one of them had to act prudently and stop the construction of the buildings, the lives of the 74 persons could have been saved. Despite this, the accused are seeking discharge from the case. It is all an after thought and bad in law,'' Hirey argued. He added that the chargesheet has been filed in the case and there is a strong prima facie case made against all the 27 accused.Hirey said, ``Chavan's driver had moved court claiming that he has no connection in the case. If that was the case, then why was he collecting cash from builders.'' In the case of Shyam Thorbole, who has also filed a discharge application, the special public prosecutor pointed out that he was a habitual offender and was arrested by the ACB a few months before the building collapse incident for accepting bribe.
|2015-09-23||10-year-old boy sodomised in Thane - Business Standard|
10-year-old boy sodomised in Thane Press Trust of India Thane September 23, 2015 Last Updated at 12:22 IST A ten-year-old boy from Mira Road here was allegedly sodomised by his building watchman, police said today. PI Jagdeesh Shinde of Mira Road Police Station said the incident took place last evening and based on the complaint by the victim's father, the police today registered offences under section 377 of IPC and also under sections 4 and 6 of POCSO Act. The boy was riding his cycle in the society premises when the watchman called him into his room and abused the minor, the complaint said. Immediately after the incident the boy rushed home and narrated the ordeal to his parents who filed a complaint. The accused, who is absconding since the crime, has not been arrested so far, police added.
|2015-09-23||Thane Kreiner: Silicon Valley and what Pope Francis calls our 'ecological debt' - San Jose Mercury News|
Thane Kreiner: Silicon Valley and what Pope Francis calls our 'ecological debt'By Thane Kreiner Special to the Mercury NewsPosted: 09/23/2015 10:00:00 AM PDT This week's historic addresses by Pope Francis to the U.S. Congress and the United Nations General Assembly represent a stunning convergence of moral/spiritual and ecological/economic imperatives. The convergence should serve as a clarion call to Silicon Valley that the "ecological debt" Pope Francis cited in his recent encyclical is now due, and we its primary debtors.The Pope's recent encyclical accurately notes that "Developing countries, where the most important reserves of the biosphere are found, continue to fuel the development of richer countries at the cost of their own present and future." Also, "developed countries ought to help pay this debt by significantly limiting their consumption of non-renewable energy and by assisting poorer countries" to deploy sustainable solutions.Meanwhile, the U.N. is preparing to adopt its Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 objectives include reducing inequality within and among countries; taking urgent action to combat the impacts of climate change; halting land degradation and biodiversity loss; eradicating poverty and hunger everywhere; and ensuring affordable and sustainable energy access for everyone on the planet.So what does this have to do with Silicon Valley? By any measure, Silicon Valley is the world's most successful entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem. Individually and collectively, we are huge beneficiaries of the technological innovations we helped to create--and contributors to the ecological degradation called out by secular and religious authorities. We can decide to direct our creative energies toward achieving the U.N.'s goals and repaying the "ecological debt" that Pope Francis outlines.Advertisement The idea of applying innovation toward the common good is embedded in the DNA of Silicon Valley. Bill Hewlett and David Packard's "HP Way" began with the view in the 1940s that their company existed to make technical contributions for the advancement and welfare of humanity.Some Silicon Valley companies already invest in green technologies that can help repay our ecological debt. An example is Tesla's Giga factory, which aims to significantly reduce the cost of energy storage while increasing production volume. Companies including Google and Yahoo reportedly have major research projects dedicated to finding better ways to feed the planet's growing population. But we can and must do more.We all know about Moore's Law and its exponential increase in integrated circuit density and decrease in cost. But Moore's Law isn't a law of physics; it's an astute observation that became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Microprocessor designers pushed themselves to be innovative and to keep pace with the Moore's Law predictions.In a similar vein, the call by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to "...before this decade is out, [land] a man on the moon and [return] him safely to the Earth," pushed NASA to be innovative and achieve this daring goal.As you hike through the beautiful, drought-stricken hills (climate change, anyone?) of Silicon Valley, or drive your electric or hybrid car through the streets, give some thought to what kinds of investments in innovation you and your companies might make to improve the lives of the people most affected by climate change--the global poor--and halt the degradation of natural resources.Perhaps you can even envision an inspirational BHAG (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal, as coined by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras when they wrote and taught in Silicon Valley) on a par with Moore's Law or President Kennedy's summons to the moon. A goal that can marshal and focus Silicon Valley to apply our innovation and wealth to help the planet and its poor inhabitants. Not because it feels good or assuages our wealthy-world guilt, but because it's an ecological debt that must be repaid.Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., is executive director of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University. He wrote this for this newspaper.
|2015-09-23||23-yr-old survives H1N1, delivers premature baby in Thane hospital - Times of India|
23-yr-old survives H1N1, delivers premature baby in Thane hospital Freny Fernandes,TNN Sep 23, 2015, 11.44 AM IST THANE: A 23-year-old woman from Rabodi survived swine flu despite being in the advanced stages of pregnancy . After being declined admission in private hospitals and nursing homes, she underwent treatment at a hospital in Naupada, which not only treated her but also did a caesarean on her to help her deliver a premature baby boy .Reshma Riyaz Shaikh, the young mother-to-be, had complaints about constant cough and mild flu in the early week of September. A diagnosis revealed that she was tested positive for H1N1 and would have to be quarantined. "It was on September 7 that Shaikh was wheeled into the hospital and her condition was worrisome with close to 80 per cent mortality . Despite getting external oxygen support through the ventilator, her oxygen level was falling drastically. Any more pressure would have resulted in ventilator-associated lung injuries. There was no time to be wasted as the lives of the baby and mother were at stake. We decided to conduct the caesarean though she was in her 31st week of pregnancy . It was a premature delivery but we had to do it to save their lives,'' said Dr Hrushikesh Vaidya, MD, pulmonary and critical care at the Horizon hospital. He added that she was initially put on a 24-hour observation and then on the Extra corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine which takes up the function of an external temporary lung."The machine takes blood from the patient's thigh vein, purifies it and puts it back into the neck vein. This gives the patient's lungs room to heal and help them function on their own," he said. The procedure reduced her already low oxygen levels to around 44 per cent, making it essential for a support system. The caesarean was conducted on September 8 and the baby was taken to the NICU department of another hospital and put under intensive care.
|2015-09-23||6-hour snarl hits Thane highway traffic - Times of India|
6-hour snarl hits Thane highway traffic Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 23, 2015, 11.37 PM IST THANE: Lakhs of office-goers faced inconvenience on Wednesday morning after the highways crossing the city and leading to Mumbai and Navi Mumbai were jammed for nearly six hours due to multiple vehicle breakdowns at various spots. The Thane traffic control said nine heavy vehicles and two SUVs developed snags at various stretches between the Mumbra bypass-Parsik and Kharegaon toll naka, leading to massive jams in both directions. The traffic department was out in full force on the field since early morning to counter the snarl involving over 25,000 vehicles.
|2015-09-23||Pansare killing- Gaikwad was in Thane around time of murder, phone records ... - The Indian Express|
Pansare killing- Gaikwad was in Thane around time of murder, phone records suggest complicity Prosecution 31 lawyers turn up to defend Gaikwad, pose for group photo; police custody extended till September 26. Written by Chandan Haygunde | Kolhapur | Published:September 24, 2015 1:46 am As many as 31 lawyers associated with Sanatan Sanstha from different parts of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka reached the court Wednesday. As police probe the murder of communist leader Govind Pansare in Kolhapur, the special public prosecutor told a local court Wednesday that suspect Sameer Gaikwad of Sanatan Sanstha was in Thane during the period the murder was committed. But the court was also told that transcripts of Gaikwad's phone conversations with sister Anjali and friend Jyoti Kamble in Mumbai pointed to his involvement in the murder conspiracy. Police claim that one of the 31 SIM cards recovered from Gaikwad was active in Kolhapur on the day of the murder. Pansare was shot at in Kolhapur on February 16 and died in a Mumbai hospital later. Cops hunt for handler who might have ordered the killing Pansare murder case: SIT suspects role of two accused in Goa blastPansare murder: NIA team to visit Kolhapur today Suspect SIM card was active at spot of Govind Pansare murder: Police Pansare murder case: NIA questioned accused in 2010 Sanatan Sanstha under scanner: Hindu outfit man held for killing of veteran CPI leader Govind Pansare The special investigation team (SIT) of the Maharashtra Police arrested Gaikwad in connection with the murder case on September 16, based on electronic surveillance of his phone calls for the last few months. The police said he often spoke about Pansare's murder to his family and friends. On Wednesday, a police team produced Gaikwad before a magistrate court in Kolhapur, seeking seven days extension in his custody. The Kolhapur Bar Association had decided that none of its members would defend Gaikwad but a battery of lawyers associated with Sanatan Sanstha from different parts of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka reached the court. As many as 31 lawyers, including Sanatan Sanstha's legal head Sanjiv Punalekar and deputy president of Sangli Bar Association M M Suhase, appeared for him Wednesday. Special public prosecutor Chandrakant Budhle said they wanted to probe the 31 SIM cards and 23 cellphones recovered from him to know when and for what purpose were so many cellphones and SIM cards used, who all did he contact and from which places. Budhle said Gaikwad was in Thane during the period the murder took place, but transcripts of his telephone conversations suggested his involvement in the conspiracy. The transcripts were submitted to the court. The prosecutor also mentioned that the voice layer analysis report by experts form Gujarat was awaited. Gaikwad is linked to Rudra Patil of Sangli, a Sanatan Sanstha activist who is absconding in the Madgaon bomb blast case of Goa. Police suspect that Rudra had been in contact with Gaikwad until recently. A search is on for Rudra but he has not yet been named as an accused in the Pansare murder case. Defence counsel Punalekar claimed that report of a psychological test conducted on Gaikwad had revealed that he had a habit of boasting and mongering. We believe Gaikwad went on talking about Pansare casually over phone. Now the police say that Gaikwad was in Thane. So, he is clearly not involved in the murder. There is nothing special about recovering 23 cell phones from Gaikwad, who ran a mobile phone repairs shop. Cops say Gaikwad is linked to Rudra. Then why did the cops, who had been keeping a watch on Gaikwad for the last few months, not arrest Rudra? The allegations are wrong, Punalekar said. Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Aparna Jainapure remanded Gaikwad in police custody until September 26. Meanwhile, the Karnataka Police team probing the murder of Kannada scholar M M Kalbhurgi in Dharwad and a CBI team probing the murder of Dr Narendra Dabholkar in Pune are also stationed in Kolhapur. Police said they wanted to question Gaikwad as striking similarities were observed in the Pansare, Dabholkar and Kalburgi murder cases. Pansare's daughter Smita told media persons, We hope the police are able to arrest the masterminds. Her husband Bansi said, There is nothing illegal in 31 lawyers appearing for Gaikwad. But it is an attempt to give a message that do whatever you want, we are here to support you. After the arguments, Gaikwad's lawyers posed for a group photo in the court, in an apparent bid to put up a show of strength. Punalekar, however, denied this. He said, This is not for show of strength. Lawyers from different parts of state and also from Goa and Karnataka have willingly come today as they believe Gaikwad is innocent.
|2015-09-23||Repaying Our Ecological Debt by Taking Innovative Action - Huffington Post|
Repaying Our Ecological Debt by Taking Innovative Action Posted: 09/23/2015 1:35 pm EDT We're all accustomed to receiving those sober ecological pleas: to make a donation or contact political officials or perhaps take more direct action to stop environmental degradation, save species or bio systems, end water and air pollution, and so forth. In general, these entreaties are couched as requests for our money, time, or attention. They might appeal to our guilt or to an innate desire to do good, but it is up to us to decide if and how we will share our largesse.Contrast these typical pleas with the following words: A true "ecological debt" exists, particularly between the global north and south. Developing countries, where the most important reserves of the biosphere are found, continue to fuel the development of richer countries at the cost of their own present and future. The developed countries ought to help pay this debt by significantly limiting their consumption of non-renewable energy and by assisting poorer countries.The words above come from Pope Francis' recent encyclical--a letter by a pope to all the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church but also intended for general circulation as a social teaching. This encyclical marks an important distinction: It is an ecological appeal framed not as a request, but as a fundamental moral obligation to "all people of good will." Photo credit: APQuite simply, we in the developed world owe a debt to the world's poor because our extraction and consumption of non-renewable natural resources which are all part of the planet's shared common good--not only has fueled our economic success, but also threatens the health and livelihood of the poor, who depend more directly on those ecosystem services for their daily existence.Social, Moral, and Scientific Convergence The Pope's historic address to the joint session of the U.S. Congress, followed by his address to the United Nations General Assembly, comes as the U.N. prepares to adopt its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next 15 years. This timing represents an unprecedented convergence of social, moral, and spiritual imperatives as voiced by Pope Francis with scientific and economic imperatives as codified in the U.N.'s SDGs.The 17 SDGs include the end of poverty and hunger; reduction of inequality within and among countries; sustainable management of water and sanitation; affordable, reliable, sustainable universal energy access; conservation of marine and terrestrial resources; a halt to biodiversity loss; and urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.The words of the Pope's encyclical letter, Laudato Si, echo essentially similar themes. He calls for an "integral ecology" to address poverty, hunger, global inequality, fresh water and sanitation, fossil fuel extraction and use, preservation of oceans and forests, and more research into ecosystems and biodiversity. He puts special emphasis on the need to tackle climate change and to foster "climate resilience" among the developing countries, which will be the first to suffer the impacts of climate change.The convergence between the scientifically based U.N. SDGs and the morally inspired encyclical is profound, especially at a time when science and religion are too often seen as incompatible or contradictory. The difference between the two entreaties, though, lies in the ethical dimension.The U.N. declaration for its global Sustainable Development Goals invokes three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social, and environmental. The Pope, by speaking of the "ecological debt" and "grave social debt" owed to the poor by the developed world, adds an ethical and moral dimension to the imperatives.This debt transcends questions of personal beliefs or religious practices. It's basic, kindergarten-level ethical behavior. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If you break it, you fix it.Pope Francis notes differentiated responsibilities for tackling climate change: "The countries which have benefited from a high degree of industrialization, at the cost of enormous emissions of greenhouse gases, have a greater responsibility for providing a solution to the problems they have caused."And that's where the real opportunity lies. Framing ecological crises in simple ethical terms circumvents the usual incentives of either avoiding guilt or making ourselves feel virtuous. This perspective encourages new ways of approaching the problems and finding solutions.I work in Silicon Valley, at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University. Silicon Valley is the most successful entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in the world. Here, it's natural to approach issues by looking for creative, ingenious new answers. But Silicon Valley is by no means the only reservoir of innovation, creativity, or ingenuity.Once we in the developed world accept that we owe an ecological debt to developing countries, we can tap into a different motivation for action. What kinds of global debt repayment models could we invent that could lead to the kind of integral ecology advocated by Pope Francis, the United Nations, and scientists everywhere? How can we use entrepreneurial enthusiasm and resources as a kind of "jet fuel" to accelerate these efforts? What new ideas can you bring forth to help care for our common home?
|2015-09-23||Four Thane girls plan activities to create Alzheimer's awareness - Daily News & Analysis|
Four Thane girls plan activities to create Alzheimer's awareness Wednesday, 23 September 2015 - 7:35am IST Place: Thane Agency: dna Naveeta Singh With September being the Alzheimer's awareness month, a group of four girls from Thane called Making A Difference (MAD) are engaged in creating awareness about it. Their efforts include a series of online and offline activities so that people not only help those who are suffering from Alzheimer's, but also take preventive measures for themselves. Talking about their activities, Asira Yogesh Chirmulye, a member of this one-year-old group, says, We have created a 21-page booklet called Prevention of Alzheimer's and on September 21, which was World Alzheimer's Day, it was released online by Dr Vinayak Joshi, an eminent neurosurgeon from Thane. They have mailed the booklet, a photo album of their exhibition and engaging brain puzzles as preventive measures to 400 email addresses. Besides this, Chirmulye, who is a clinical psychologist and has done her Master thesis on it, has also created a Facebook page which she has been updating since September 1. I upload one page from the booklet daily as well as recent researches on the disease in India and abroad on the Facebook page, she says, adding, We also did an interview of Dr Joshi where he spoke about the importance of stimulating oneself mentally through puzzles and hobbies. People should take time out for their hobbies and mental stimulation as a preventive measure to keep Alzheimer's at bay. On September 18, they distributed 5,000 booklets in 4,000 households of Thane. We took the help of newspaper distributors, chemists and book depots she says. In future, MAD wants to organise seminars for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients and build a resource network.
|2015-09-22||Thane girl bags bronze at biathalon championship in US - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane girl bags bronze at biathalon championship in US Tuesday, 22 September 2015 - 8:05am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh "She is probably the first Indian woman after Sania Mirza to win in a world championship," claimed Manoj Kamble, secretary of Starfish Swimming Welfare Association, Thane. Eight-year-old Savar Akuskar after winning bronze at the World Biathlon Championship in Georgia, US After making Thane proud by being a part of the Indian contingent at the World Biathalon championship, eight-year-old Savar Akuskar brought more laurels after winning a bronze at the competition in Georgia, US, on Sunday. She is probably the first Indian woman after Sania Mirza to win in a world championship, claimed Manoj Kamble, secretary of Starfish Swimming Welfare Association, Thane. Her coach for the past two years, Kailash Akhade, said it was a deserved victory. He has been training her at the Marotrav Taran Talav in Thane. I was 100% confident that she would win. She is focused and dedicated with a positive attitude, which speaks of her potential, he added. In a biathlon championship, the participants have to run for 2km and then swim for 500 meters and then again run for 2km. Savar swims like a champ, we knew she could make it in this world championship, Akhade said. The little one has been swimming 10km daily for three hours under her coach's guidance. We are sure that she can represent India in the 2024 Olympics; we will gear her up for that, he said. On September 16, Akuskar, a student of DAV High School, Tulshidham, Mayank Chafekar (16) from St Lawrence High School, and Kaustubh Malbari (16) from DN Bandodkar High School all from Thane left to participate in the championship. The competition was held on September 20 and 21, with 850 swimmers from across the world participating. The trio belongs to the Starfish Swimming Welfare Association, an organisation of swimmers parents from Thane started in 2007.
|2015-09-22||5th day over, but many errant pandals in Thane still have a free run - Times of India|
5th day over, but many errant pandals in Thane still have a free run Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 22, 2015, 11.23 AM IST THANE: Even though half the Ganeshotsav season is over, the civic administration is yet to ascertain the number of pandals erected without permissions. Following an order from Bombay High Court, district revenue officials in the Thane civic area embarked on a survey to check if pandals were erected after taking permission. The Thane tehsildar started the survey from September 11till the eve of the festival and checked 143 pandals of which around 74 were found without permissions. But not all pandals were erected by then. So, those that were erected after the visit might not have been included in the study . "We checked pandals till the night of September 16 and noticed 69 had permissions. A report was submitted to the TMC as per high court orders for them to take action. The pandals that were erected after our visit were not included in the report," said tehsildar Vikas Patil. TMC claims it is yet to get an accurate estimate of the number of pandals in the city .The court had directed the civic body to give a list of names of pandals that were erected without permission. Even the names of officials who failed to take action on such violations would also face contempt, the court had observed. A senior TMC official said few mandals had applied late for permissions and the permissions for some were held up with the traffic police or MSEDCL. "We are yet to estimate the actual number of pandals without adequate permissions. The permissions are issued ward wise and we do not have the information," said an official from the headquarters. Activists held TMC responible for allowing blatant viola ions of high court norms. "De pite court orders asking for tern implementation of the egulations imposed, Thane civic officials seem to be doing precious little," said Dr Mahesh Bedekar, activist who had iled a PIL before Bombay High Court in 2010. Dr Bedekar claimed that he would present video recordings and photographs of violations before the court after the festive season. Dr Bedekar said that while the High Court had recently stipulated that pandals shouldn't occupy more than 25% of the road space the Thane civic administration has been insisting it will follow the chief minister's verbal orders and relax the road width rule. Anotable number of sarvajanik mandals in the city took advantage of this con fusion and blatantly erected pandals. Kids treat Ganesha as best friend, inspire parents to bring home the Lord Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most awaited festivals in the city. But kids are the ones who eargerly wait for this festival. Many kids even force their parents to get idols home. ``My daughter grew a liking towards the Lord after watching the movie `My Friend Ganesha'. She was just around 4 years old when she watched the movie. Since then she considers the Lord as her friend. She insists that we get the idol home every year,'' said 12-year-old Aarti's mother Smita Patil. Like Aarti, another five-year-old boy Bhoumik started forcing his parents to get Ganesh idol home after watching Bal Ganesha on television. "My son is very fond of watching animated films. Recently he watched Bal Ganesha and since then he has been persistent that we get the idol home,'' said Bhoumik's father Umesh Mokal. While some kids fell in love with the Lord watching movies and television shows on him, others just wanted to get an idol home because they wanted to be a part of the festivities.Shashi Pandey (30), a resident of Charai, said, "It's been three years that since are have been getting Ganesh idols as my daughter insists on celebrating the festival. Ever since she was a child, she was fond of Ganpati and used to be part of the celebrations that were held in our society."
|2015-09-22||Devotees in Thane bid Lord Ganesha, Gauri a teary farewell - Times of India|
Devotees in Thane bid Lord Ganesha, Gauri a teary farewell Freny Fernandes,TNN Sep 22, 2015, 11.24 AM IST THANE: Amidst the beats of dhols, cymbals and songs, hundreds of devotees danced on the streets as they bid adieu to Lord Ganesha and his mother Gauri on the fifth day of the festival. Even though heavy rains lashed the city on Monday, it did not deter the enthusiasm of devotees. Modaks and pedhas were distributed to everyone all along the way. It was a mixed emotion for devotees who even though were singing and dancing had tears in their eyes while bidding the Lord farewell. Anita Kopikar, a Waghbil resident, said, "Every mem ber of our family has been involved in the festivities.We have been preparing for the festival since a year and now its now to say goodbye to Ganesha, which is a very emotional affair." Many women had thronged the visarjan spots to bid farewell to Gauri.``Right from Gauri installation on Saturday to Gauri visarjan on Monday, the entire ceremony is conducted by women. Married women spend the entire night dressing up the Goddess in a wedding sari and jewellery and offer her a variety of naivadya (sacred offerings).We also play games like phugdi." Hundereds of idols were immersed on the fifth day.An aarti was performed before immersing the lord. The celebration ended with distributing dry fruits and sweets.
|2015-09-22||2010 Thane accident victim's kin to get Rs 13 lakh compensation - Times of India|
2010 Thane accident victim's kin to get Rs 13 lakh compensation Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Sep 22, 2015, 11.48 AM IST The Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has awarded a Rs 13.05 lakh compensation to the family of a farmer from Vikramgadh taluka who died after a speeding trailer ran over him on Manor-Wada Road in August 2010. The tribunal held the driver guilty and directed the trailer owner, Pramodkumar Singh, and Bharti Axa Insurance Company to jointly pay Rs 13.05 lakh to Bharat Patil's family--his aged parents, widow and two minor children. The accident, said Patil's widow Bharti, occurred due to trailer driver's negligence and an offence was registered against him with the Wada police. While the trailer's proprietordid not turn up for the proceedings, the insurance firm argued that Patil was riding in a negligent manner and did not have a driving licence. But tribunal judge K D Vadane held the tralier driver guilty of negligence. "Taking into consideration, Patil's age and that he might be earning at least Rs 5,000 a month... the family has to compensated...which will include Rs 10.8 lakh towards loss of dependency, Rs 1lakh for loss of estate, Rs 1lakh for loss of love and affection, and Rs 25,000 costs incurred on the last rites."
|2015-09-22||Festive 'noise' gives many sleepless nights in Thane - Times of India|
Festive 'noise' gives many sleepless nights in Thane Freny Fernandes,TNN Sep 22, 2015, 11.46 AM IST THANE: The continuous barrage of loud music, dazzling light shows and bursting of fire crackers during the Ganeshotsav seem to be harming the health of Thaneites who have been complaining of sleep disorders. Doctors and child psychiatrists said there definitely was a link to suggest that the growing incidents of sleep disturbance was directly related to the noise and air pollution during festivals. Sleep specialists say they get two to three patients complaining of irritation and sleep disorders daily . "The body cannot easily adapt to the noise and air pollution. Without complete dar kness, it doesn't get enough rest and is prone to sleep disorders," said Dr Prasad Karnik, techni cal director of International Institute of Sleep Sciences, Thane. Agreeing with him, Dr Avinash DeSouza, child and adolescent psychiatrist, said, "I regularly see patients suffering from sleep disorders. These disorders are aggravated by noise, stress, anxiety and irregular sleeping hours." Dr Karnik said, "A majority of our patients suffering from diseases such as sleep apnoea (snoring), insomnia, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy (sudden and excessive sleep at any time in the day) are youngsters." "The youth, we feel, develop a resistance to loud music and stress but the proximity to gadgets and sleep irregularities on a regular basis piles up and starts affecting them," he added.
|2015-09-22||Elderly woman slips into platform-train gap at Thane station, survives - Times of India|
Elderly woman slips into platform-train gap at Thane station, survives TNN Sep 23, 2015, 01.00 AM IST Thane: An elderly woman from Gorakhpur had a narrow escape as she tried to jump into an outstation train as it was leaving Thane station, but fell into the gap between the platform and the footboard of the train early on Tuesday. Koushalya Gupta (68), who was travelling in the Gorakhpur-Mumbai Kushinagar Express with her husband Mithailal and relatives after visiting the Kumbh Mela in Nashik, suffered an eight-inch deep gash on her thigh and several minor bruises as co-passengers managed to pull her up to safety before the train could gain speed.
|2015-09-21||New life for the Thane Ore House - Juneau Empire (subscription)|
New life for the Thane Ore House Tlingit and Haida plans on transforming property into cultural immersion park Myrna Gardner of Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska talks about transforming the Thane Ore House into a cultural immersion park during an interview on site at the property Saturday. The City and Borough of Juneau awarded CCTHITA a 35-year lease for the property this week. The new face of the former Thane Ore House property? Myrna Gardner of Tlingit and Haida talked about transforming the building into a traditional Tlingit longhouse, complete with totem poles and house posts, during an interview at the property on Saturday. The City and Borough of Juneau awarded CCTHITA a 35-year lease for the property this week. Myrna Gardner, the business and economic development department manager for the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, talks about transforming the Thane Ore House into a cultural immersion park during an interview on site at the property Saturday. The City and Borough of Juneau awarded CCTHITA a 35-year lease for the property this week. Plywood boards cover the windows and doors of the building that used to house the Thane Ore House Salmon Bake. Run-down and weathered by the high winds and rain, âno trespassâ signs warn people to keep out.On a drizzly overcast Saturday, a handful of fishermen drove down a bumpy, gravel road past the building and parked in its empty lot. They walked with their poles to a quiet sandy beach tucked behind the property just a few yards away. A couple more people followed, dragging heavy equipment behind them, to try their luck dredging gold in the channel.The only other sounds outside were the seagulls overhead.By next spring, it will be a completely different scene. The shuttered salmon bake, closed a few years ago after the previous owners failed to pay city sales taxes and defaulted on the lease, will be transformed into a cultural immersion park for tourists.The City and Borough of Juneau awarded the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska a 35-year land lease for the property this week. The federally recognized tribe has big plans for the space.âWeâre creating a cultural activity interactive park,â Myrna Gardner, Central Councilâs business and economic development manger, said during a tour of the property Saturday.âSee that old dilapidated building?â she said, pointing to a little, rusty car port in the parking lot. âWeâll get rid of that, and weâre going to put like these long car ports, in this corner, and then another one in this corner, and another one over here.âUnder one shelter, a master carver and five young apprentices will carve 30-foot long traditional Tlingit canoes. Under the second, another carver and a group of youth will carve canoe paddles. The third corner will have a weaver showing children how to weave traditional Haida baskets. Perhaps a fourth will feature an elder demonstrating how to harvest and make salve out of the prickly devilâs club plant.âOur plan is to not only teach our children, but weâre going to share with our guests that come to visit us that weâre a living culture,â Gardner said. âWeâre not a textbook. Itâs not like those Tlingits who once lived â we are, and weâre active, and we exist every day.â Cultural immersionThe overall goal of the venture, Gardner said, is to teach tourists about the Tlingit and Haida cultures and also to create job opportunities for tribal members.Gardner estimates it will create about 200 jobs, ranging from landscaping and restoration jobs once the renovations begins to actual employment at the center once itâs complete.âItâs going to be very busy here,â she said.The tribe plans on bringing tourists to the site, located four miles south of downtown Juneau on Thane Road, by bus.Outside, employees will speak in Tlingit and guide guests around to the various set-ups, showcasing the work of the carvers and apprentices.Inside, there will be a restaurant that serves traditional food, such as salmon, blueberry and salmonberry desserts and tea. Conveniently, the building is already set up for that, although the interior is a mess right now.âWeâre contracting with people to come in and clean it out,â she said.A stage inside will feature Native Alaskan dance group performances. A retail gift shop will be set up in one of the rooms and will sell Native artwork from carvings to masks to sea otter wear.âWeâre also planning to have a weekly resident artist, so some days youâll be able to come in and see someone like Doug Chilton, whose a renown silver carver, work on his bracelets. Youâll come in and see maybe Nathan Jackson working on his head masks,â Gardner said.The building itself, erected in 1982, will be restored into a traditional Tlingit longhouse, complete with corner house posts of an Eagle and Raven to represent two moieties of the Tlingit people.Itâs not yet known if the existing structure will be torn down, or if a new facade and siding will be built and placed over it. Gardner said that will be up to the engineers.Gardner said the site will be somewhat similar to other cultural destinations in Southeast, such as Icy Strait Point in Hoonah and the Whale House in Kassan.âHere in Juneau, there wasnât really a place where you could experience that,â Gardner said. âOut here, youâre going to hear the eagles sing, youâll hear the ravens call. So what a beautiful experience if youâre a guest and youâre walking around here, and youâre meeting some of our people, and theyâre sharing their knowledge with you, and you get to experience that.â Not just a summer enterpriseCentral Council plans on keeping the building open all year long, not just during the summer months when the tourists are in town.âWeâre not going to be like the other businesses â last ship leaves, they shut their lights off,â Gardner said. âWeâre into keeping active here and keep doing what we do best, which is our language and our culture, and teaching it.âIn the off-season, Gardner imagines there will be opportunities for artist workshops, dance lessons, potlatches and other community events.Once the longhouse is built, Gardner said she imagines it will be a lovely place for a wedding and reception.âBecause weâre a federally recognized tribe and we have our own tribal court, we actually are chartered to perform marriages,â she added.âItâs really about the respect for our culture, and sharing it,â Gardner said about the future park. âWeâre very proud people, and we believe itâs our responsibility to share our knowledge, not only with our children, but the people we live with. 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|2015-09-21||Arun Muchhala launches its first luxury hotel in Thane - Business Standard|
Arun Muchhala launches its first luxury hotel in Thane Press Trust of India Mumbai September 21, 2015 Last Updated at 20:42 IST Mumbai-based realty firm Arun Muchhala Group today launched a new luxury hotel 'The Byke Suraj Plaza' in Thane, marking its foray into the hospitality sector. "Arun Muchhala Group has launched its new luxury hotel brand, 'The Byke Suraj Plaza' and aims to expand its presence in the premier economy segment with this project," the company said in a statement. "The group has an old connection with Thane, right from Maharashtra's first theme water park (Suraj Water Park) to educational institutes (Muchhala Polytechnic College)... Thane has always supported all our initiatives. This is our first venture in the hospitality sector," its Managing Director (Hospitality) Akshita Muchhala said. This 4-star property will be managed by hotel chain Byke Hospitality, which manages various hotels across the country. Located at Godhbunder Road in Thane and spread over 1,50,000 sq ft, the hotel offers extensive facilities for social events and meetings.
|2015-09-21||Thane district voter list to be revised from October, no changes for KDMC polls - Times of India|
Thane district voter list to be revised from October, no changes for KDMC polls B B Nayak,TNN Sep 21, 2015, 01.02 PM IST THANE: The district administration is all geared up to flag off the revision of its electoral rolls soon. According to deputy district election officer Farogh Mukadam, the updating of the electoral rolls in the entire district will be conducted between October 8 and January 15, 2016. The drive will cover all the constituencies in the district and will in no way affect the civic elections to the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) which is scheduled in October. In the coming year, the election department will undertake various programmes to revise the electoral list and to educate voters keeping in mind the forthcoming elections to the Thane and Ulhasnagar municipal corporations that are to be held in 2017. The last revision in the district took place from January to August 1 and after verification, names of around 5.5 lakh voters were deleted, Mukadam said. She also added that that soon the election department would announce the deletion of the names of the voters following the last verification. According to sources, this revision will not affect the KDMC elections as the cut-off date for this electoral list was August 1. Confirming this Mukadam said, "The electoral rolls for the civic elections to be held in Kalyan have been already made available to the civic corporation. The cut-off date for the same will be as of August 1." She said that the population of KDMC was around 20.21 lakh and the total number of eligible voters as on January 2015 was around 14.23 lakh. There will be a marginal increase in the number of voters and it would be a little over 14.25 lakh, she said. It would cover the four assembly segments of Kalyan, Mukadam added. The Kalyan-Dombivli civic body will soon announce the civic polls date and publish the ward wise list of eligible voters, she said.
|2015-09-20||Three Thane swimmers head to Georgia for world championship - Daily News & Analysis|
Three Thane swimmers head to Georgia for world championship Sunday, 20 September 2015 - 7:30am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh The trio belong to Starfish Swimming Welfare Association, which was started by parents of swimmers parents in 2007. It was a proud moment for Thane when three students left for Georgia to participate in World Biathlon Championship this week. The trio are among the 21 winners from Thane who have already scored big at the state-level swimming championship. This is the first time that a Thane student is going to participate in this global competition. On September 16, Savar Akuskar, 8, from DAV High School, Tulshidham, Mayank Chafekar, 16, from St Lawrence High school and Kaustubh Malbari, 16, from DN Bandodkar high School left to participate in the championship. The competition will be held today and tomorrow with 850 swimmers from across the world participating. The trio belong to Starfish Swimming Welfare Association, which was started by parents of swimmers parents in 2007. Speaking about this important feat, Manoj Kamble, secretary of the association, said he is hopeful that the team might win a medal. In Biathlon, one has to run for 2km, then swim 500 meter and again run for 2km. Savar, Mayank and Kaustubh have the potential and will win some medal at this championship, he said. The trio are part of the Indian team of 23 swimmers. They are also winners of national Pentathalon championship held at Pune's Balewadi on July 4 and 5. In this competition, Savar and Mayank secured first place, while Kaustubh came second in their respective age groups. Sadly one of the swimmers, Prithviraj Kamble, a class nine student from Shri Mavli Mandal High school could not go to Georgia due to financial reasons. While six-year-old Rohan Ambure could not go as he was too young to participate. You need Rs2 to Rs2.5 lakh to go to Georgia and Kamble could not manage the sum. We tried to get sponsors, but to no avail, he added. The trio and 18 others from the association have already won 40 gold, 52 silver and 40 bronze medals at the state-level swimming championship held at Ahmednagar on September 12 and 13.
|2015-09-20||Jeweller robbed of Rs 3 crores worth ornament in Thane's Navghar - Times of India|
Jeweller robbed of Rs 3 crores worth ornament in Thane's Navghar Ahmed Ali,TNN Sep 20, 2015, 08.12 PM IST In one of the biggest house breaking case this year a jeweller's shop in Navghar in Mulund was burgled after some unknown robbers house broke into and decamped away with gold ornaments worth Rs 2.76 crores. Interestingly in a bid to avoid getting caught in the cctv camera, accused while committing this crime, also broke the cctv camera and DVR before fleeing away with the booty. This is second case come to light of Mumbai police where the robbers are breaking the cctv cameras and DVR while committing the crime. Last week the crime branch had arrested a employee of a jeweller at Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Marg in Wadala threw acid on the camera and DVR to destroy the evidence but his last act was caught in the system. The fresh case is of Navghar area in Mulund where in on Saturday night, jeweller Suhash Khedkar went home after shutting the jewellery shop. Next day morning some of his neighbours informed him that his shop was burgled. Khedkar reached the shop to find gold and silver ornaments weighing almost 9 kgs missing. "Further observation he found that his cctv camera was badly damaged but at least three miscreants are seen in the cctv footages retrieved from the hard disk of the DVR.'' said an officer. During further investigations it transpired that the cctv camera of a neighbouring shop has caught all the three accused in the act. We are studying the footage and are trying to identify the accused and hope to crack the case soon. said an officer on condition of anonymity.
|2015-09-20||Thane pandals dazzle with themes on social issues - Times of India|
Thane pandals dazzle with themes on social issues Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Sep 20, 2015, 01.54 PM IST THANE: The grandeur of the pandals and the dazzling light show is attracting sizeable crowd in the city, as an army of artists, sculptors and decorators have prepared the sets based on current social issues through tableaux, paintings and decorations. In the old city, the Hindu Jangaruti Mandal at Ram Maruti road has displayed the cow shed and portrayed the years taken for bringing in the law--Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill or (Beef Ban). Also on display are the photographs of the leaders who have taken the initiative for putting efforts for the ban including Indira Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar along with Devendra Fadanvis. The decorators have used photographic slides to show the uses of cow said Vikas Ghangrekar, a member of the mandal. The Narvir Tanaji mandal at Panchpakhadi is attracting the sizeable crowd as the dazzling lights light up the whole artistic designs giving the pandal the feel of a grand palace. The Snehankit Ganesh mandal at Vishnu nagar has portrayed an imaginary temple with gold plated walls with attractive designs in the evening the walls light up and shimmers. At Khewara circle in Vasant vihar, the entrance of the pandal has a huge entrance gate of peacock and the theme of the pandal was 'Mayur mahal' meaning peacock palace. Peacock being the national animal, it was considered to use it there. There are two foundations inside the pandal and seeing the Lal Baug murthi with soft music in the background give a pleasant feeling. The height of the mandap is around 25foot and its 102 foot long. It took them around 25days to build it. Also, LED lights are used on the roads, near the mandap. Janjagruti Mitra mandal at Kisan Nagar has to huge golden colour elephants at the entrance. The mandal is celebrating 50years this year and thought of making Gajmahal as Ganpati is also a form of elephant. The ceiling of the pandal is made of nets through which LED lights fall inside the pandal. There are huge statues of elephants even inside the pandal. Ulhas Nandre, art director has designed both, the Khewra and Kisan Nagar mandals. "Vinayak decoration and me, we have seen to it that we use eco-friendly materials as we don't want to affect the environment. Both the pandals are made of fiber glass and cloth. We have specifically kept the theme related to elephant as it is Janjagruti mitra mandal's silver jublee and also because children are fond of it. Children feel that they are with Ganesha when they are touching the elephant and taking pictures with it." Shivainagar Sahakari Sanstha Sarvajanik Ganeshutsav Mandal has a theme of an imaginary Swarag lok (heaven) wherein different Gods of swarg lok e.g. there is nandi, kirti much. Also the attention is grabbed by the mesmerizing Ganesh idols whose stones sparkle in the lights. The organizers have put up half of the pandal over a nalla, so that the road is not blocked. But the idol is kept in the middle, in its pervious place. The idea to build a Swarg mahal was because the mandal is celebrating its 25th year. The pandal is made of POP. Chandanwadi Ganesh Seva Mandal has used the theme of organ donation. Structure of various body parts like heart, eyes, kidney etc have been put up to create an awareness about organ donation amongst the people. also, in the evening documentary is shown on similar topic.
|2015-09-20||Man held for murder in Thane - Business Standard|
Man held for murder in Thane A 32-year-old man from Ulhasnagar township of the district was today arrested for allegedly murdering a youth, police said. The victim - Azgar Hussain Abdul Manhan Khan (22) - and the accused Rajkumar R Jha had a financial dispute following which the latter attacked him with a sharp weapon last evening in Prabhudev Nagar locality, Ulhasnagar police station's inspector A V Saingaonkar said. The victim died on the spot, he said adding that the body has been sent to central hospital for postmortem. The accused was arrested in the early hours today and booked under section 302 (murder) of IPC, police added.
|2015-09-20||Restored to glory, 433-year-old Thane church opens its doors - The Indian Express|
Restored to glory, 433-year-old Thane church opens its doors Restored to glory, 433-year-old Thane church opens its doors The church now flaunts a massive state-of-the-art industrial fan, that is perfect for a hall with a capacity of 800 people. Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala Mumbai Updated: September 21, 2015 1:08 am After AN 18-month-long restoration process of the entire structure, the 433-year-old St John the Baptist Church, the oldest one in Thane, opened its doors to people on Sunday. The church now flaunts a massive state-of-the-art industrial fan, that is perfect for a hall with a capacity of 800 people. The restored structure also includes lancet windows and lime water-plastered walls. Initially built in 1581, the church was rebuilt in 1605 and renovated multiple times over the past few centuries. According to church officials, the plan to completely restore the church structure was first brought up in 2002. Conservation Architect Vikas Dilawari, who handled the entire project, said that while the work could have begun in 2012, the project was stalled for next two years due to the absence of a Thane-based heritage committee. We finally managed to start the restoration work in March 2014 after a committee was set up in 2013, Dilawari said. While the church remained shut, a make-shift church was made for holding masses, he said. According to Dilawari, the church had lost its natural and historical beauty because it was being renovated many times. Hence, an effort to recreate uniform architecture was made this time around. Some windows were round and some were pointed. We converted all windows into pointed ones. Like the Goa churches, we plastered the exterior walls with limewater. We also restored the three altars, bell towers and the porch, he said. What caught the church caretakers and restorers by surprise, however, was the discovery of a sealed trap door that led to the verandah. We have now opened that door. It is a tiny door that connects the church to the outside verandah, said Father Allwyn D'Silva, the church's parish priest. The church, situated along the serene Masunda lake, was restored using funds pitched by local Christians. D'Silva added that specially crafted doors have been designed by Vasai-based Sequeira brothers for the church. The entire project is undertaken at a cost of Rs 5 crore. Fleur DSouza, member of the parish heritage committee that monitored the restoration, said the objective was to preserve the authenticity and symmetry of the church. It is the oldest church to survive in its original form, said DSouza, also a Thane resident who visits the church regularly. Along with its reopening on Sunday, an exhibition of artefacts dating back to over 200 years has also been inaugurated at the church. The exhibition will go on for a few days.
|2015-09-20||Thane dist voter list to be revised from October, no changes for KDMC polls - Times of India|
Thane dist voter list to be revised from October, no changes for KDMC polls B B Nayak,TNN Sep 21, 2015, 12.47 AM IST THANE: The district administration is all geared up to flag off the revision of its electoral rolls soon. According to deputy district election officer Farogh Mukadam, the updating of the electoral rolls in the entire district will be conducted between October 8, 2015 and January 15, 2016. The drive will cover all the constituencies in the district and will in no way affect the civic elections to the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), which is scheduled in October. In the coming year, the election department will undertake various programmes to revise the electoral list and to educate voters keeping in mind the forthcoming elections to the Thane and Ulhasnagar municipal corporations that are to be held in 2017. The last revision in the district took place from January to August 1 and after verification, names of around 5.5 lakh voters were deleted, Mukadam said. She also added that that soon the election department would announce the deletion of the names of the voters following the last verification. According to sources, this revision will not affect the KDMC elections as the cut-off date for this electoral list was August 1. Confirming this Mukadam said, "The electoral rolls for the civic elections to be held in Kalyan have been already made available to the municipal corporation. The cut-off date for the same will be as of August 1." She said that the population of KDMC was around 20.21 lakh and the total number of eligible voters as on January 2015 was around 14.23 lakh. There will be a marginal increase in the number of voters and it would be a little over 14.25 lakh, she said. It would cover the four assembly segments of Kalyan, Mukadam added. KDMC will soon announce thedate of the civic polls and publish the ward wise list of eligible voters, she said.
|2015-09-20||Jeweller robbed of Rs 3 crores worth ornament in Thane`s Navghar - NYOOOZ|
Jeweller robbed of Rs 3 crores worth ornament in Thane`s Navghar MUMBAI: In one of the biggest house breaking case this year a jeweller`s shop in Navghar in Mulund was burgled after some unknown robbers house broke into and decamped away with gold ornaments worth Rs 2.76 crores. Interestingly in a bid to avoid getting caught in the cctv camera, accused while committing this crime, also broke the cctv camera and DVR before fleeing away with the booty. This is second case come to light of Mumbai police where the robbers are breaking the cctv cameras and DVR while committing the crime. Last week the crime branch had arrested a employee of a jeweller at Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Marg in Wadala threw acid on the camera and DVR to destroy the evidence but his last act was caught in the system. The fresh case is of Navghar area in Mulund where in on Saturday night, jeweller Suhash Khedkar went home after shutting the jewellery shop. Next day morning some of his neighbours informed him that his shop was burgled. Khedkar reached the shop to find gold and silver ornaments weighing almost 9 kgs missing. Summary: Interestingly in a bid to avoid getting caught in the cctv camera, accused while committing this crime, also broke the cctv camera and DVR before fleeing away with the booty. This is second case come to light of Mumbai police where the robbers are breaking the cctv cameras and DVR while committing the crime. The fresh case is of Navghar area in Mulund where in on Saturday night, jeweller Suhash Khedkar went home after shutting the jewellery shop.
|2015-09-20||Jeweller robbed of Rs 3 crores worth ornament in Thane's Navghar - Times of India|
Jeweller robbed of Rs 3 crore worth ornament in Thane's Navghar Ahmed Ali,TNN| Sep 20, 2015, 08.12 PM IST In one of the biggest house breaking case this year a jeweller's shop in Navghar in Mulund was burgled after some unknown robbers house broke into and decamped away with gold ornaments worth Rs 2.76 crores. Interestingly in a bid to avoid getting caught in the cctv camera, accused while committing this crime, also broke the cctv camera and DVR before fleeing away with the booty. This is second case come to light of Mumbai police where the robbers are breaking the cctv cameras and DVR while committing the crime. Last week the crime branch had arrested a employee of a jeweller at Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Marg in Wadala threw acid on the camera and DVR to destroy the evidence but his last act was caught in the system. The fresh case is of Navghar area in Mulund where in on Saturday night, jeweller Suhash Khedkar went home after shutting the jewellery shop. Next day morning some of his neighbours informed him that his shop was burgled. Khedkar reached the shop to find gold and silver ornaments weighing almost 9 kgs missing. "Further observation he found that his cctv camera was badly damaged but at least three miscreants are seen in the cctv footages retrieved from the hard disk of the DVR.'' said an officer. During further investigations it transpired that the cctv camera of a neighbouring shop has caught all the three accused in the act. We are studying the footage and are trying to identify the accused and hope to crack the case soon. said an officer on condition of anonymity.
|2015-09-19||Cars damaged after wall collpase in Thane - Times of India|
Cars damaged after wall collpase in Thane Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 19, 2015, 11.03 AM IST THANE: Four parked cars in a society suffered damage after the compound wall of an adjoining private company collapsed on Saturday morning at 6.30am at Kapurbawdi, Thane. The wall reportedly collapsed due to the heavy rains that lashed Thane city from Friday evening causing an array of complaints ranging from power cuts and tree falls. Fire officials and disaster management officials rushed to the spot. Luckily, no casualty was reported in the incident.
|2015-09-18||Tlingit-Haida to open cultural immersion park at Thane Ore House site - Ktoo|
Tlingit-Haida to open cultural immersion park at Thane Ore House site By Elizabeth Jenkins September 17, 2015 The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced plans on Thursday to open a cultural immersion park. Next year, the shuttered Thane Ore House is expected to be transformed into a new Juneau tourist destination. Myrna Gardner, the council business and economic development manager, said the park could offer teachable experiences for Native youth and guests. They will see weaving and master carvers working with apprentices on totems and canoes. Thane Ore House is located at about mile 4 of Thane Road just before Sheep Creek. They will not only see a living culture, they will be able to talk to the artists, Gardner said. We will have cultural guides with them. Our plan is to not only strengthen our culture and the connection with our youth but also share our culture with the guests that travel into Juneau. Plans include a gift shop and restaurant that serves traditional foods like blueberries, salmon and Hudson Bay tea. As many as 100 permanent jobs could be created. President Richard Peterson said thats part of the business model. The immersion park will draw employees from the Central Councils existing vocational program. He hopes, eventually, it will help Central Council become more self-sufficient. You can't have a program live off grants forever. Part of that sustainability is that economic development engine kicking in for tourism, kind of solves each others problems, he said. The city owns the land and solicited project proposals. Central Council beat out pitches from caterer Abby's Kitchen and Liquid Alaska Tours. Peterson said, as the final design plans come together, it will be done with careful thought and planning. I want to make sure that what we do is culturally sensitive and culturally appropriate, Peterson said. I don't want to do something thats a parody of our culture. This has to be something thats done right. The $1.3 million Tlingit-Haida immersion park is slated to open next summer.
|2015-09-17||Another Thane woman attacked by fake courier - Mumbai Mirror|
Another Thane woman attacked by fake courier Mumbai Mirror | Sep 17, 2015, 12.24 AM IST Rama Vaidya A 68-year old woman was attacked by a man posing as a courier delivery person in the lift of her residential building in Kalwa, Thane, marking the second such incident in two days within the locality. The senior citizen, Rama Vaidya, a resident of Vastu Anand society in Kalwa, was entering her building around 11am on Tuesday when the accused approached her. The CCTV footage of the building shows the man with an envelope in his hand, asking Vaidya for directions, an officer from Kalwa police station said. The accused is then seen following Vaidya into the elevator. "When inside, the accused took a stone out of his bag and hit her hard on the head. She collapsed while he ran away with her purse, which contained some change and the house keys," said senior inspector, Janardhan Babar, from Kalwa police station. Ramchandra, the victim's husband, was at home at the time of the incident. "When the lift opened on the fifth floor, a neighbour found my wife lying unconscious inside. She was bleeding profusely. He called me and we rushed her to the hospital," he said. She needed four stitches. "We have the CCTV footage which will help us identify the accused. We are investigating the case and should be able to arrest the accused soon," said Babar.
|2015-09-16||'Courier boy' who stabbed Thane woman held - Times of India|
Courier boy who stabbed Thane woman held TNN Sep 17, 2015, 01.37 AM IST THANE: A 20-year-old man, who allegedly stabbed and robbed an elderly woman in Thane by posing as a courier boy, was arrested on Wednesday. The accused, Krishna Sopde, was nabbed from a slum in Manpada where he lives. The police said they tracked him down through the CCTV footage of cameras set up in the building. On Monday, Sushma Nair (56) was robbed and stabbed at her home in Shubharambh housing society. The police said that Sopde stabbed Nair with a pair of scissors as she refused to part with the keys to her cupboard. He allegedly fled gold jewellery. "Sopde, who used to work as a courier boy, had earlier delivered a package at Nair's house. Also, his mother used to work at Nair's house as a maid. "But she was unaware of the crime," said senior police inspector Suresh Jadhav. In another incident at Kalwa in which a senior citizen was attacked and robbed by a courier boy in a building lift, the accused is yet to be traced.
|2015-09-16||This Ganeshotsav, these lost boys in Thane reinstate their faith in the protector - Hindustan Times|
|2015-09-16||Noel Rowe And Thane Maynard On Protecting Primates - WVXU|
Noel Rowe And Thane Maynard On Protecting Primates By Mark Heyne 4 hours ago Noel Rowe grew up in Cincinnati, worked at the Cincinnati Zoo as a young man, and his family has a long history of supporting the local environment in fact, Rowe Woods at the Cincinnati Nature Center is named after his grandfather. For his adult life, Noel Rowe has worked diligently for the protection of primates and, as he tells the Cincinnati Zoo's Thane Maynard, his organization, Primate Conservation Inc, still has work to do.
|2015-09-16||Teen girl kidnapped in moving car in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Teen girl kidnapped in moving car in Thane Wednesday, 16 September 2015 - 7:50am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh On Monday at 5.45 pm, a girl, who was walking on the road at Vasant Vihar, was picked up by unknown people in a car. "My neighbour and I were walking towards Prashant corner in Vasant Vihar when we heard screams," said Rajesh Patil (name changed), an onlooker. "We saw an elderly man running behind the car and asking the crowd to help him stop the car," he said. It was a scene straight out of a movie, and a common occurrence in most parts of North India, but this happened on Monday in Thane. A girl was kidnapped in a car at Vasant Vihar, Thane, on Monday evening. Though onlookers reported the matter to the police, no formal case has been lodged yet. On Monday at 5.45 pm, a girl, who was walking on the road at Vasant Vihar, was picked up by unknown people in a car. My neighbour and I were walking towards Prashant corner in Vasant Vihar when we heard screams, said Rajesh Patil (name changed), an onlooker. We saw an elderly man running behind the car and asking the crowd to help him stop the car, he said. Patil thought that somebody might have robbed the old man of his purse or chain as the car's back door was open. So we tried to stop the car but to our horror we saw that there were four boys in the car, who had kidnapped a 16-18-year-old girl, he added. The boys were holding the girl's arms while half of her body was outside the car and she was screaming for help. We tried to stop the car and even requested passers-by and motorcyclists to help but nobody came to our aid, he said. Patil then dialled 100 and informed the police about the incident. It was a blue Santro with the number 2389. When we contacted Vartak Nagar police station they confirmed the news. On Monday evening some people had approached us claiming that a girl was kidnapped in the above manner. But, nobody lodged a complaint nor did the girl's parents come to us, said a cop from Vartak Nagar police station. As different people gave separate car numbers it has become difficult to trace the vehicle. We have formed two teams and one team has left for Mumbai to trace the car, he added.
|2015-09-16||'E-tailer firm employee' knifes elderly woman in Thane - Times of India|
E-tailer firm employee knifes elderly woman in Thane Shrutika Sukhi,TNN Sep 16, 2015, 04.00 PM IST THANE: A brutal attack on a 56-year-old woman by an unidentified man who gained entry into her flat posing as a delivery boy of an online shopping site, has sent shockwaves in the tony Shubharambh complex in Manpada area here. The assailant robbed the woman of her valuables and fled; the victim who suffered grievous injuries is recuperating at a local hospital. Sushma Nair was alone in her first floor flat of the gated complex along Ghodbunder road at 2.30pm on Monday when the assailant approached her on the pretext of exchanging a delivery consignment ordered by her daughter. The lady tried contacting her daughter but the "courier man" dissuaded her and instead asked for a glass of water. The unsuspecting lady opened the door, following which he gagged and dragged her to one of the bedrooms. He asked her for the keys to the wardrobe and where the valuables were stored in the home and after she resisted, stabbed her multiple times with a scissor. He also tried choking her with a wire before fleeing with gold chains, rings and earrings and locking the main door from outside. The injured lady, stunned by the incident and writhing in pain, somehow tried to reach out to her neighbors but couldn't as the assailant had locked the door from outside. She somehow mustered strength and called out to her neighbors who immediately jumped from the balcony into her flat and rushed her to the hospital. The police suspect the accused to have kept a trail of the family's schedule as he seemed to know her husband, a businessman, was away for work and so were her son and daughter. He also had an idea the lady was expecting a courier assigned by her daughter. The family is stunned by the incident and has told the police that they do not suspect any dispute, either domestic or business to have triggered the incident. "We do not see any dispute angle that could have led to this attack. We are still shaken by the incident and are cooperating with the police in the investigations," said the victim's son Akhil Nair (24). The police are now accessing the CCTV footage of the building and also questioning the security and even the staff of the courier company that the accused supposedly introduced himself as. The society has four CCTV cameras installed, two near the entrance of the building and other two near the entrance of the society. A guard is stationed at every building and there are also intercom connections. But when this correspondent went to the place no one asked her as to where she was going nor the guard made a call on the intercom. Suresh Jadhav, senior police inspector of Kasarvadavli said, "We have CCTV footage of the accused and are on search of this trail." The footage shows the accused wearing a pink-orange shirt, blue jeans and has a slender frame. He is seen walking off without any bag and probably fled with the loot in his pockets, said an official. Meanwhile, Nair is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Thane and her condition is said to be stable.
|2015-09-16||Nearly 100 roads yet to be resurfaced in Thane - Times of India|
Nearly 100 roads yet to be resurfaced in Thane Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 16, 2015, 03.59 PM IST THANE: With barely a day left for welcoming Bappa to city households, the civic administration here still has failed to repair and level several pockmarked stretches, complain residents. Nearly 100 such spots across the city are yet to be repaired despite residents alerting the civic body well before the festive season began. A civic report highlights that of the 390 instances of potholes reported to the civic body through its recently launched mobile application, 96 cases of potholes are yet to be addressed. Residents and activists lament the corporation has simply made tall claims of ensuring smooth rides on city roads. Mandal members say the potholes on city stretches make it difficult to transport Ganpati idols along city roads as there is a risk of them develops cracks or breaking. Activists have been following up with the administration for prompt redressal of the affected roads but it seems it has had no impact. Majority of the potholes have surfaced on Naupada, Lokmanya Nagar and Wagle estate roads while the stretches in Vartak, Kalwa, Kopri and Railadevi seem to be comparatively smoother. Surprisingly, Majiwada, Uthalsar and Mumbra that recently had lots of complaints from residents now have very few stretches that need repair. Residents say the TMC should have cleared the stretches at least before the festival season. "The devotees are likely to face bumpy rides while welcoming Ganpati bappa to city households. The TMC has failed to patch up pockmarked stretches in the city," complained Suyash Gokhale, a resident of Naupada. A civic official said the pothole menace was being sorted and said all the 96 complaints have already been forwarded to the concerned departments. Officials informed that of these 19 were already passed on to the executive engineers while 25 were directed to the field officers and the rest 52 were assigned to the contractors for repairs already. "Most of the potholes would be cleared and repaired and ensured that devotees don't face problems while transporting idols during the festival," said a civic official.
|2015-09-16||Street plays let Thane kids enact lives of leaders - Times of India|
Street plays let Thane kids enact lives of leaders Freny Fernandes,TNN Sep 16, 2015, 03.56 PM IST THANE: Hundreds of city schools students came out in droves on Saturday to enact plays on pressing contemporary issues, the work of national leaders and so on, in an interschool street play competition organised by city based Jidnyasa Trust, in Naupada. Be it a play on the ill effects of cell phones, or one on the possibility of turning Dr. Abdul Kalam's mantra on dreaming to be successful into reality, or even through their play on the transformation of celebrations from a community gathering to a political affair, close to 200 students of 12 schools across the city scripted and performed these plays here. Surendra Dighe, city academician and trustee of the Jidnyasa trust, said, "The focal point of the competition was to boost rational thinking or logical thinking in the minds of the youth. We gave them topics applicable to them by bringing in technology, blind faith, festivals and national leaders. With incidents like the beef ban, suicide cases, blind faith or superstition happening in our surrounding and even families or friend circles on a daily basis, these youth need to share their perspectives, and truly understand the society we live in and their role in it." Students of Smt. Sulochanadevi Sighania School here took the first place with their theatrical performance on the social evils of mobile phones, including time wastage and incidents of road accidents. They were followed by the students of A.K. Joshi School, with the same theme. The students of Sheth Babanrao Padwal School, who placed third in the competition, made the audience visualize Dr. Kalam's speech on dreaming. The group from Sri Ma Bal Niketan, who received the consolation prize, enacted a play on the blessings received for good thought and deeds. Students of Saraswati Secondary School and Sheth Babanrao Padwal Vidyalaya received prizes for the best scripts.
|2015-09-16||On Auschwitz showers and normalcy - The Times of Israel (blog)|
On Auschwitz showers and normalcy Thane Rosenbaum September 16, 2015, 6:42 pm Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist, essayist and Distinguished Fellow at NYU School of Law where he directs the Forum on Law, Culture Society. He is the author, most recently, of "How Sweet It Is!"
|2015-09-15||Thane society to cut down on band-baaja, pollution this Ganpati - Mid-Day|
Thane society to cut down on band-baaja, pollution this Ganpati By Dharmendra Jore |Posted 3 hours New Brahmand Cooperative Housing Society has opted for a clay Ganesh for the upcoming festival, along with curbs on noise and air pollution; the residents have opted for clay idols in their homes In a city where civic concerns and adherence to the law take a backseat during festivals, a few responsible residents of Thane have come forward to help fellow residents avoid all the trouble in the upcoming Ganesh festival, and also do their bit in conserving the environment. The societys water harvesting pit has been made an immersion facility. A thick plastic sheet will be placed in the pit to hold the clay after immersion New Brahmand Cooperative Housing Society, Phase-7 on Ghodbunder Road, has opted for a clay Ganesh idol for the society's public festival. Its office-bearers have even convinced 50 odd members of the 266-flat society to go for the same in their homes. Over all these years we have realised that we were polluting the Kolshet creek by immersing our idols there. We have been causing air and sound pollution. We also caused inconvenience to people by taking out huge processions with dhol baaja for taking the idol home and then for immersion said society secretary Bhushan Pednekar, adding that they wanted to change everything from this year. The society is expected to save at least Rs 50,000 which would have been spent on processions, said Pednekar. This year, there will be no procession and no colours or gulal will be used. There will be no band or baaja. A few residents will go to the nearby Patlipada's Shri Ganeshalaya of Prasad Vijay Lad, a manufacturer of eco-Ganapatis, and quietly bring home the idols for installation. The in-house sound system will follow noise norms whenever there is arati and cultural programmes. The decoration of the idol will also be eco-friendly. Incidentally, Brahmand Phase 7 was adjudged as one of the best-managed societies in the Thane Vaibhav awards function, which awards housing societies on various parameters like cleanliness, sanitation and waste management, early this year. The society's water harvesting pit has been made an immersion facility. A thick plastic sheet will be placed in the pit to hold clay after immersion, which will then be given to the idol maker or used in the society garden. Puja material like flowers and garlands will be decomposed for producing organic compost for the garden. We will reach out to other societies (almost 30 in the vicinity) with our eco-friendly initiative. We will appeal to them to immerse their idols in our facility, said society Chairman S Ramnarayan. Cops impressed Police officials were impressed when Brahmand Phase 7 treasurer Mansing Pawar told a meeting of all societies in the jurisdiction of Kasarvadavali station as to how his society had planned this year's celebrations. The police had called societies to sensitise them about traffic arrangements for the processions, various clearances to be granted by authorities and maintenance of law and order during the festival. Police officers called me after the meeting and asked for our plan so that they can appeal to other societies to take similar initiatives, Pawar told mid-day on Monday. Senior Inspector D D Tele of Kasarvadavali police station was all praise for the society. This is a good beginning. I wish more societies and individuals follow the example set by Brahmand Phase 7 society. Such initiatives will lessen the burden on the police force, and the environment in particular, said Tele.
|2015-09-15||Piramal Realty launches new project in Thane - Economic Times|
Piramal Realty launches new project in Thane By PTI | 15 Sep, 2015, 08.18PM IST MUMBAI: Piramal Realty today launched a mixed-use development project in sub-urban Thane as the company said it will continue to focus on the metropolis and adjoining areas where it sees vast scope for growth. Designed by Chicago-based architectural firm HOK, the project, Piramal Vaikunth, is spread across 32 acres, and will house 14 towers having 2/3 BHK apartments, duplexes and townhouses. It will have a community centre, an ISKCON temple and a spiritual learning centre, among other amenities, said the real estate development arm of Piramal Group. "We want to create spaces that will improve the quality of life of our customers through outstanding design and highest levels of project execution," Piramal Group Executive Director Anand Piramal told reporters here. He said the first phase of the project would consist of 200 to 300 residential units. "We have kept a pre-launch offer between September 15 and 27 to select exclusive 2/3 bedroom residences starting at a special price of over Rs 74 lakh. This is applicable for the first 75 units and the per sq ft cost will be around Rs 8,080 for standard units and Rs 8,640 for premium ones," he added. In last two months, Piramal Realty has raised nearly Rs 2,700 crore from two global private equity firms -- Warburg Pincus (Rs 1,800 crore) and Goldman Sachs (Rs 900 crore) -- for minority stake. The company will utilise these funds for expanding real estate portfolio and acquiring prime properties in and around Mumbai. "Our focus will continue to remain the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (which includes parts of adjoining districts), where we see huge scope for growth, given the inadequate supply of affordable housing," he said. Piramal Realty has over 10 million sq ft of commercial and residential projects under development in prime areas of the financial capital.
|2015-09-15||7 people booked for dowry harassment in Thane - Times of India|
7 people booked for dowry harassment in Thane Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Sep 15, 2015, 09.09 PM IST THANE: In two separate incidents, seven people, including two women, have been booked for dowry harassment in Thane. The police, however, did not make any arrests. In the first incident, a 30-year-old woman had lodged a complaint that her in-laws have been torturing her ever since she got married in 2010. She had alleged that her in-laws had demanded a dowry of Rs 5 lakh to purchase a flat. The victim had paid Rs 3.50 lakh but they kept insisting on getting more money and even took her jewellery. Fed up with the torture, the woman lodged a complaint against her husband and in-laws on Sunday. In the second incident, a 37-year-old housewife complained that her in-laws have been harassing her since the last three years for dowry. A resident of Panchpakhadi, the victim had already given her in-laws jewellery worth Rs 19 lakh. A case has been registered under Sections 498 (a), 406 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.
|2015-09-15||Fake courier boy stabs, robs elderly woman in Thane - Mumbai Mirror|
Fake courier boy stabs, robs elderly woman in Thane Mumbai Mirror | Sep 16, 2015, 12.00 AM IST The Kapurbawadi police are on the lookout for a man who allegedly posed as a courier before assaulting and robbing a 55-year-old woman at her residence in the Shubharmbh complex in Manpada, Thane. The accused allegedly stabbed Sushma Nair (pictured), the victim, with a pair of scissors and forced her to hand over her cupboard keys before robbing the house. The victim's daughter, Smitha, told Mirror that her mother was alone at home when the incident took place at around 3 pm on Monday."I had a Jabong parcel I needed returned. A Jabong staffer arrived at my residence to collect the order from my mother at around 1 pm. Another man arrived at the doorstep at around 3 pm, claiming to be a courier. My mother says the first man wore a company uniform, but the second one didn't," Smitha said. When Sushma told the man that another delivery man had already picked up the parcel, he allegedly asked her for a glass of water. Smitha added, "When the man asked my mother for water, she opened the safety door. She was walking towards the kitchen when he grabbed her gold necklace and pushed her to the ground. He grabbed a pair of scissors that was lying on a table and attacked her." The victim told the police that the accused threatened her with scissors and asked her for her cupboard keys. He then stole the gold in the cupboard before escaping. Sushma managed to seek help from her neighbours, who rushed her to the Bethany Hospital in Thane and informed her family. She has been admitted in the intensive care unit and is currently out of danger. Smitha claims that soon after she reached the hospital, she called the police control room, but the cops did not arrive until the local police were informed. "I called the police helpline to inform them about the incident. When the police did not arrive for a long time, we sought help from an ex-corporator from our building, who informed the local police and got their help," Smitha said. Senior inspector S D Jadhav, of the Kapurbawadi police station, said that the courier from Jabong had been called for questioning on Monday night but was let go as they did not find him to be involved during the preliminary investigation. "We have registered the complaint and are trying to retrieve the CCTV footage of the building. We are working on a clue and hope to make an arrest soon. We have recorded the victim's statement and are waiting for her to recover before we record another rigid statement," Jadhav said.
|2015-09-15||Gold, silver for Thane kids at national meet - Times of India|
Gold, silver for Thane kids at national meet B B Nayak,TNN Sep 15, 2015, 10.53 PM IST Thane: Close on the heels of Kalwa girl Agrata Melkunde's good show on the opening day, her team mates from Thane, Abhijit Nair and Charvi Poojari, claimed silver and gold in shot-put and 100m sprint respectively for the district at the recently concluded national inter-district junior athletics meet at Visakhapatnam. In the under-16 boy's group, Nair got a silver by sending past the iron ball to a farthest distance of 16.12m in his final attempt. He fell slightly short of the gold mark. "It was bad luck that I failed to clear the top podium finish and managed silver. But this means a lot at national level competition," said Nair. In the under-14 girls section, Poojari claimed a gold medal in the 100m sprint. Over 292 districts from across the country and 3,500 contestants were in the fray. She clocked 13.38 seconds to cross the finishing line.
|2015-09-14||Nearly 27000 HIV positive cases detected in Thane, Palghar - Business Standard|
Nearly 27,000 HIV positive cases detected in Thane, Palghar Press Trust of India Thane September 14, 2015 Last Updated at 21:13 IST IEC Joint Director Vilas Deshpande announced here today that around 27,000 HIV positive cases have been detected in Thane and Palghar. While inagurating a two-day medical meet he appealed to civic bodies and NGOs to make efforts to eradicate AIDS in these districts. NGOs and private companies were asked to participate in a programme to create awareness among citizens to eradicate such cases.
|2015-09-14||Woman acquitted by Thane court in cheque bounce case - Mumbai Mirror|
Woman acquitted by Thane court in cheque bounce case Mumbai Mirror | Sep 15, 2015, 12.00 AM IST A woman has been acquitted by a Thane court in a cheque bounce case on the ground that the complainant failed to prove the allegations against her. Deepak Shripatrao Bhosle of Bhandup had stated in his complaint that he had advanced a loan of Rs 5 lakh to Bhanumati Bhoir, who ran a tiffin service, and she issued a cheque for the sum which bounced for insufficient funds. He had alleged that Bhoir had issued the cheque dated February 11, 2010 drawn on IDBI Bank which when deposited with Canara Bank was returned unpaid on September 3, 2010. The complainant had also served a legal notice to the woman which remained unanswered. The woman's counsel, A D Chavan, told the court that the entire case was totally cooked up. He said the woman had never taken any loan from the complainant and had never issued any cheque for the said amount. The woman admitted that a signed blank cheque was issued by her sometime back as security which was allegedly misused by the complainant. Thane's First Class Judicial Magistrate R T Ghogle observed that there is no documentary evidence on the point of advancement of loan amount to the accused. The cheque shows the name of payee, date, the amount in figures and words written in different handwriting and ballpen than the signature of the accused, he observed. All these facts also create reasonable doubt about the truthfulness of the complainant's case, the court noted while adding that it is probable that the complainant has not honoured the trust which had been reposed on him. The complainant has failed to prove that the cheque was issued by the accused for existing debt or legal liability, the magistrate said while recently acquitting the woman of the offence punishable under section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.
|2015-09-14||Thane cop's tiff with IAS 'friend' turns ugly - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane cops tiff with IAS friend turns ugly Nazia SayedNazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror | Sep 15, 2015, 02.00 AM A Love affair between a top ranked police officer and an equally accomplished bureaucrat that curdled over time has led to an acrimonious and ugly domestic squabble, with senior IPS and IAS officers intervening to untangle the mess in which the warring couple have become enmeshed. The affair took a violent turn last week when the cop, deputy commissioner of police (zone 1) Thane, Sachin Patil, burst into the home of Thane chief executive fficer Uday Chaudhuri and allegedly assaulted his house guest, IAS officer Suman Rawat, with whom Patil has had a romantic entanglement. According to sources in the police department, reports of the fight reached state headquarters and government functionaries at Mantralaya have been briefed about the flareup. On the afternoon of the incident - September 5 - senior police officials from Thane had to be summoned to Chaudhuri's home to intervene, sources said. The relationship between the two developed when Patil, recently divorced, was posted as the superintendent at Osmanabad a district of which Rawat took charge as the CEO in February 2014. She had petitioned her superiors for a transfer to Mumbai, which was granted last week - she was told to take over as the CEO of Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission, with its offices in Navi Mumbai. Upon assuming charge of her new responsibilities, Rawat moved into the large Thane home - given its proximity to her workplace - of her former batch-mate and friend Chaudhuri, who lives with his parents. The two graduated in 2009. According to sources in the police department, the relationship between Patil and Rawat unravelled a few days after the IAS officer moved to Navi Mumbai. Last week, Rawat told the DCP that she was going to her hometown Dehradun for a few days, but stayed on in Chaudhari's Thane quarters. Patil soon discovered that she had remained in Navi Mumbai and on September 5 stormed into the Thane CEO's home, where he launched into a fight with Rawat. Matters quickly escalated and, according to a police official, Patil allegedly struck the IAS officer. Her security guards rushed to Rawat's aid, the official said. Patil informed his superiors and the joint commissioner of police, Thane, Laxminarayan and Thane collector Ashwini Joshi, who made their way to Chaudhari's home to broker peace. Rawat was counselled by senior IPS officers of Thane and she decided not to press charges. Senior bureaucrats at Mantralaya were briefed of the incident last week. Laxminarayan said: "There was a misunderstanding and later it was sorted out. It is a personal matter." Meanwhile, Patil who did not deny the incident refused to comment on the events of September 5. Rawat termed the incident as "a rumour".
|2015-09-13||Thane gynaec goes online against noisy festivals - Daily News & Analysis|
|2015-09-13||Thane: TMC to adopt green building concept for city - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: TMC to adopt green building concept for city Sunday, 13 September 2015 - 7:45am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Padmja Sinha The civic body said it has planned to implement Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) and if the plan goes right then there will be many green buildings in Thane. On Friday, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), in association with the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA), conducted a one-day workshop for Thanekars for green building. The civic body said it has planned to implement Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) and if the plan goes right then there will be many green buildings in Thane. The workshop focused on introducing green buildings concept across the city and ECBC was introduced by the Centre Bureau of Energy Efficiency in 2011, which consisted norms and standards for constructing and designing energy-efficient buildings. Developers, architects and residents were part of the workshop and officials from the town plannning department said the MEDA authorities wanted them to conduct a seminar to get recommendations to implement ECBC for city buildings. The green buildings constructed under ECBC code have sufficient lighting and ventilation in the house so that maximum energy could be saved in electricity. In this concept, a certain kind of construction material is used which keeps the house cool, maintains a temperature and ensures minimal use of electricity. To implement the code, we will invite recommendations from experts, including developers and architects, about what best could be done for green buildings in Thane. These changes will further be sent to the state for final approval of the code, added Pradeep Goil, assistant director of the town planning department. We have planned many eco-friendly measures in city like sewage treatment and decentralised STP among them. We have also made solar water and water harvesting compulsory in housing societies since 2005. Planning green buildings is another step towards a smarter city, said additional commissioner Sunil Chavan.
|2015-09-13||Thane: TMC introduces school education programme - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: TMC introduces school education programme Sunday, 13 September 2015 - 7:55am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Ankita G Menon This programme will be rolled out in 132 primary and 13 secondary schools under TMC jurisdiction Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) in association with Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF) recently announced the School Excellence Program in Thane city. It is to empower millions of school leaders and youth to create a sustainable change across the country. This programme will be rolled out in 132 primary and 13 secondary schools under TMC jurisdiction. The School Excellence Program will develop teachers and head masters, as effective leaders to improve students learning outcomes. It is a five-year program where learning outcomes will be measured at regular intervals by third-party evaluators, to transform teaching-learning practices in schools, under the program and to strengthen each schools management committee and to help create effective development plans. KEF is chaired by Ajay Piramal, chairman, Piramal Group, he is an avid proponent of education reforms through school leadership. An orientation event has been conducted for the same and was attended by 145 school head masters, teachers, government officials and representatives of Piramal Foundation and KEF. Sanjay More, mayor, TMC, said, The School Excellence Program is a very good initiative and along with the education committee chairman, I will ensure that it is well-implemented so students can get maximum benefit from it. Manish Joshi, deputy municipal commissioner, TMC, said, We understand that to improve the quality of education in schools, it is very important to empower and train educators. We welcome this association with KEF and consider this partnership to be a step towards making Thane a smart city. KEF aims to train and support school leaders to become outstanding and inspiring role models for their school and community. The program focuses heavily on encouraging self-change in the headmasters and leveraging it to cause change in their respective areas of responsibility. Piramal, said, Training of education leaders at district and state levels is pertinent to improve the overall educational outcome in public schools. We are glad to be associating with TMC and hope to increase the programs outreach to impact lives of students in Thane city.
|2015-09-13||Meat ban protests: MNS attempts to cook chicken outside Jain community program ... - Daily News & Analysis|
Meat ban protests: MNS attempts to cook chicken outside Jain community program hall in Thane Sunday, 13 September 2015 - 9:39am IST Agency: dna webdesk The actions of party workers invited strong criticism from some who claimed that it was a 'poor political stunt.' The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in Thane took to streets to protest against the meat ban during the Jain community festival Paryushan. MNS party workers demonstrated and roasted chicken outside the hall where the Jains had assembled for Paryushan in Vishnu Nagar area in Thane. MNS city Vice-President Ravi More, Mahesh Kadam, Raju Bagve, Ashish Doke, women party workers were present during the protest. MNS chief Raj Thackeray had on Thursday said the Jains cannot decide the policies of the state and vowed his party's support to those willing to sell meat in the state. The actions of party workers invited strong criticism from some who claimed that it was a poor political stunt. The Jains will not decide what will happen in Maharashtra. Digamma Jains roam naked showing their body, if that is okay then why is this meat ban issued in the state, asked Thackeray. The MNS will definitely support whoever wants to sell meat in the state. We won't follow the meat ban issued by the government, he told the media at a press conference. The banning of meat in Mumbai has turned into a political slug fest with various political parties slamming the Maharashtra government for imposing such ban. The Maharashtra government has banned meat for the last four days of the Jain festival. A day ago, slamming Jains, the Shiv Senasaid the community's stance on practicing non-violence comes as a surprise now as they purportedly supported violence during the 1993 riots in the city.The party accused the Jains of doing a volte-face for altering their position on non-violence Until now, only fanatic Muslims used to bully people in the name of religion. If the Jains too are going on the path of Muslims, then God save them. During the 1992-93 Mumbai riots, Marathis had protected Jains, who were saved because violence had been answered by violence. At that time too Paryushan was on. But Jains were at the forefront of supporting violence then, the Sena said in an edit in its mouthpiece Saamana
|2015-09-13||Drought forces farmers to move to Thane, turn into daily labourers - Times of India|
Drought forces farmers to move to Thane, turn into daily labourers TNN Sep 14, 2015, 01.04 AM IST THANE: Dealing with adversity is now second nature to 39-year-old Manohar Bangar, a farmer with a small holding in the parched village of Pimpalgaon More in Igatpuri. While he has managed to tide over water shortage and hand-to-mouth situation in the past, the summer of 2015 followed by an erratic monsoon were many times harsher. His entire paddy crop on the two-acre farmland has been decimated. Life for the eight-member Bangar family has turned more difficult. With no hope of salvaging the crop, the rice farmer migrated to Thane city two months ago and is struggling to survive and sustain his family back home. From a self-sufficient farmer, drought-like conditions at home have reduced him to a daily wage labourer, living life as a vagabond, sleeping on railway platforms and using public urinals. "I work at a construction site and earn Rs 200 for 10 hours of hard labour. The two meals a day cost me Rs 20 as I eat vada-pav or anything that is cheap and sold on street carts. After a hard day's work, there are many like me who retire on Thane railway station premises, sleep on the platform or outside station premises. In the morning, on paying Rs 10, I am allowed to use the station toilet to bathe," Bangar told TOI. Many other farmers across Akola, Ahmednagar and other interior regions in the state who have faced similar difficulties back home, have also made Thane railway station their home. Speaking about the situation back home in his village, which is close to Vaitarna dam that contributes to Mumbai's water supply, Bangare said, "Although we live so close to the dam, we are left with no water for our farms or even to drink. As we have no crop to sell, we have no income, and so cannot afford to buy even a Rs 20 water bottle. My parents, wife and four daughters live thriftily, selling the milk collected from our cow and buffalo. They feed our two bulls, one cow and one buffalo with withered crop in our farm. Every few weeks, I travel back with money I have saved, some water and ration that lasts them till the next trip." Bangare, who had come to Mumbai seeking a security job at the BMC, was left unemployed despite having scored 85 on 100 in the written test and securing the sixth place out of 100 others in the physical fitness test. Ramdas Shinde, a Akola-based farmer, left behind his aged parents and two brother to take care of his cotton and soya bean farm, and has been working as a construction labourer here for the past four months. "We have around 3,000 families living in our area and the water that comes through canals from a dam 30km away is only enough for our consumption. After our farms began to dry up, I came here to work and send money home every week. My brothers have switched to carpentry now," said Shinde. Naresh Amberka (42), who owns three acres of barren farmland in Ahmednagar, has been working as a heavy vehicle driver here for three months now. "We have lost all hope in any relief in terms of bringing our farm back to life. The government provides our family back home with enough water to drink and for cooking, from Jayakwadi dam. Right now, I don't care about what I wear or where I work or what I eat. I just want to provide food and water for my wife and two sons," he said.
|2015-09-12||Sena leader attacked in Thane - Business Standard|
|2015-09-12||Shiv Sena leader attacked in Thane - Economic Times|
Shiv Sena leader attacked in Thane By PTI | 12 Sep, 2015, 11.37AM IST THANE: A local Shiv Sena leader was allegedly attacked here by a group of unidentified persons, leaving him severely injured, police said today. Dharmendra Choubey, Upshaka Pramukh of the Sena from Hazuri locality was attacked with a sword last night by 4-5 persons following which he was rushed to a nearby hospital with critical injuries, said Police Inspector Dilip Salunkhe of Wagle Estate Police station. However, his condition is stated to be stable now, police said. Police suspects that the attack was a fall out of rivalry on local issues. A case has been registered under section 307 of IPC (attempt to murder) against the unknown assailants.
|2015-09-12||Cable operator shot dead by unknown assailants in Thane - Mid-Day|
Cable operator shot dead by unknown assailants in Thane (Ulhasnagar) By PTI |Posted 12-Sep-2015 A 50-year-old cable operator from Ulhasnagar in the district was allegedlyshot dead by two unidentified persons on Friday, police said. According to a police spokesperson, the victim Sachyanand Karira was sitting in his shop at around 4 PM when two persons walked in and shot him from a close range. The bullet hit him in the abdomen and he died on his way to the hospital. The shooting was captured on CCTV. A case of murder has been registered against unidentified people under section 302 of IPC and a search is on for the duo, police added.
|2015-09-12||Thane buildings may turn eco-friendly soon - Times of India|
Thane buildings may turn eco-friendly soon Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 12, 2015, 11.30 AM ISTS THANE: The TMC wants city buildings to be greener by encouraging use of energy efficient materials for construction and in-house water recycling options. The corporation has ambitious plans to implement the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) here and a seminar was conducted to elucidate the guidelines of Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) on the policy for green buildings. According to the plan, specific materials are to be used for construction of buildings that help promote efficient use of energy. The focus is to capitalize on maximum natural light percolation and ventilation within the buildings including regulation of temperature inside the building, informed a civic official. Residents and experts can also suggest the civic body to contribute ideas for an eco-friendly hub in the city. The TMC also plans to develop mini treatment plants in the complex itself to help reuse and recycle water and solid waste. The Centre's Bureau of Energy Efficiency launched the ECBC in 2001, sets energy efficiency standards for constructing and designing of buildings in urban areas. The corporation is planning to adopt this code following which invites were sent to prominent residents including architects and experts. "We are inviting suggestions from experts, developers and even architects. Their recommendations will be studied and then sent for approval to the state," informed a senior official of TMC. It may be recalled the corporation had taken initiatives earlier to adopt green projects in the city. The TMC has initiated the solar water heating system and rain water harvesting system in the city since the last few years and officials claim the response is encouraging.
|2015-09-12||Residents team up for congestion free Thane - Times of India|
Residents team up for congestion free Thane Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 12, 2015, 02.03 PM IST THANE: A residents' group here has taken the initiative to help suggest solutions to the civic and traffic authorities for ensuring a congestion-free city. To start with, a city-based NGO - Maharashtra Go Green Foundation - has tied roped in likeminded citizens and taken up the issue of traffic congestion on Pokhran Road numbers 1 and 2. Among other initiatives like promoting carpools, the NGO has also invited residents to help understand the concept of traffic management for an hour every week at different junctions in the city. "Residents can send us their details like name, location, day and time when they will be available for volunteering. We are in talks with the traffic police also. This initiative will help residents understand which area faces maximum traffic problem," informs Kasber Augustine of the NGO. The members have started their action plan by asking residents to avoid parking in no-parking zones in the nearby areas. Commercial shops have also been requested to ask customers to avoid parking vehicles in the no parking zone. In addition, the group members also encourage use of two-wheelers and bicycle for travelling short distances. This is a good way of avoiding traffic jams and also it is good for the environment, says another member. The NGO also plans to help organize events in societies for kids to educate them about traffic rules. Majority members of this increasing tribe are from various residential complexes along Pokhran Road 1 and 2 but the members plan to expand their horizon soon.
|2015-09-12||Bed-ridden Thane man battles for a home - Mid-Day|
Bed-ridden Thane man battles for a home By Sameer Markhande and Ankoor Anvekar |Posted 13-Sep-2015 Vilas Sonawane, partially paralysed since June, says builder promised him flat under SRD but didn't deliver; builder says Sonawane wasn't eligible For the last four years, a Thane resident has been fighting with a local builder to be allotted a flat in a building which stands on the land his where slum used to be. The battle, says Vilas Sonawane's wife Vandana, has taken such a toll on him, that in June this year the 39-year-old civil works contractor suffered a stroke, leaving the left side of his body paralysed. Vilas Sonawane's wife Vandana says relatives have been helping with household expenses since June when he suffered a stroke that left his left side paralysed. (below) Jaihind Co-operative Housing Society on Khartan Road in which the Sonawanes were promised a home Barely managing to speak, Sonawane, who is currently bed-ridden says, in 2006 local builder Mustaq Sheikh offered to redevelop their slum on the Mahatma Phule Nagar Khartan road in Thane East. All 25 residents of the slum agreed. However, when the construction of the six-storey building, was completed in 2011, Sonawane and his family were the only ones left without a home, with the builder arguing that Sonawane was not eligible under the scheme. This is true. In 2006 a survey was conducted by the Thane Municipal Corporations (TMC) community development department, after which it had released a list of occupants eligible to get a flat under the slum redevelopment scheme (SRD). The list had declared Sonawane and others from his slum as ineligible for rehabilitation. However, since others from his slum have been allotted flat, to him justice has been denied. Sonawane added that under pressure from civic officials, Sheikh signed an agreement last year promising a flat in his upcoming project near Thane Civil hospital. However, when SUNDAY mid-day visited the site there were no signs of construction there yet. That Sonawane was partially paralysed following a stroke in June, has affected the family finances. My husband has been bed-ridden and does not have a job in hand. We have two children who go to English-medium schools. It is becoming difficult for us manage expenses, Vandana said, adding that the family has been depending on relatives for household expenses and have not paid school fee since June. Officials at TMC were vague. D N Waghmare, Deputy Community Development Officer at TMC, said, If the complainant has forwarded his complaint to the department, then the concerned officials will look in to the matter and reply to them after studying the case in detail. And, while Sheikh wasn't available to speak to SUNDAY mid-day, his brother-in-law Javed Sheikh, argued that not every one from Sonwanae's slum was provided housing. Based on the documents provided by these occupants a few have been provided flats in the building. However, we have had an agreement with Sonawane wherein we have promised them a room in one of our upcoming projects in Thane. Also, we have been providing them rent since last year, Javed said. One of the residents of the newly-constructed building, Jaihind Co-operative Housing Society, counters this, saying, only Sonawane hasn't been allotted a flat and no seems to understand why. None of us faced a problem with the builder. Sonawane seems to want his old neighbours back. We want our share of room at our old address at Khartan road, he said.
|2015-09-12||Thane: Instances of rape against kids below 10 rises - Times of India|
Thane: Instances of rape against kids below 10 rises Shrutika Sukhi,TNN Sep 14, 2015, 03.12 PM IST THANE: The six-year-old girl who was raped in Thane on Tuesday has still not got justice as the person who assaulted her is still roaming free on the streets. The accused is said to have sneaked into the victim's house at around 2am and bundled up the minor, who was sleeping next to her mother. He then took her to a public toilet in a park and raped her. The police are yet to trace the accused. Incidentally, this is the second such gruesome crime on a minor in the jurisdiction of the Kasarvadavli police station. In October 2014, a four-year-old girl was raped and murdered by a 28-year-old watchman at a Kasarvadavli slum. Even for rest of the city, such cases are not new. There has been a rise in the number of sexual assaults against women as per statistics of 2012 and 2013. The records also reveal that there has been a rise in the number of rape cases against minors below 10 years. While in 2012, just five cases were reported, the number went up substantially to 20 in 2013. Even in Mumbai, rape cases against those below 10 years went up by more than double between 2012 and 2013. While in 2012, there were 12 cases of rape against those below 10, 36 cases were reported in 2013. Overall, among all age groups, in Thane the number increased from 107 cases in 2012 to 182 in 2013. Comparing the records of both years, Thane was second after Mumbai. In neighbouring Navi Mumbai, the situation was slightly better in 2013, when 33 rape cases were reported.
|2015-09-11||432-year-old church in Thane gets a makeover - Mid-Day|
432-year-old church in Thane gets a makeover By Fiona Fernandez |Posted 2 hours St John the Baptist Church in Thane is ready to reopen after a mammoth restoration that has infused life into one of Mumbai's oldest and largest parishes. Fiona Fernandez takes a tour of the site few days before it opens its doors, to relive its rich history and legacy On September 20 2015, as the congregation celebrates mass inside the restored, 432-year-old St John the Baptist Church in Thane, it will mark a red letter day in local heritage conservation. More importantly, it will be a labour of love fructified for the churchs 10,000-odd parishioners, who for the past year-and-a-half have waited for this day. The main altar made of wood had been gilded, cleaned and polished. Very little restoration was needed for this centrepiece of the 432-year-old church. Marble was added later, in the 1960s. The wooden coffered ceiling was all painted, poorly repaired and one could not gauge the materials that were used. The joints had opened in some places, and had rotted. A painstaking process of removing the paint and repairing the joinery followed. The lower three rows on both sides of the sanctuary are in wood panels. The higher rows are in MS plates, which would have replaced the original wooden panels during previous repairs. The pastAs a nine-year-old, I recall craning my neck while attempting to fully soak in the stunning, towering wooden altar inside the Portuguese-styled church. Being a parishioner from the neighbouring St Pius X Church in Mulund, visits were regular, and that sight remained etched in my mind. However, by the early 2000s, neglect and decay had taken a toll. The original bell tower was where the West verandah stands. This was shifted to the South East side. Its architecture was responsive to the 1990s language, that of being modern. This was in contrast to the heritage church. Efforts were made to blend the tower with minimal intervention, by adding Mangalore-tiled roofs with decorative fascia It was around the time, in 2002, when conservation architect Vikas Dilawari was invited to inspect the church, and submitted a concept note. Years later, in 2008, based on the 2002 paper, the then parish priest had requested him to look into repairs of the sanctuary, altar and two side altars. An aerial view of the sloping Mangalore-tiled roof and bell tower that faces Talao Pali. The tapering of the structure towards the altar (foreground) depicts the Portuguese influence. Churches were built in a way to ensure that the congregations focus was on the celebrants serving mass at the main altar In February 2009, a detailed Fabric Status Report was submitted. The report was elaborated in December 2010 to do major repairs/restoration and refurbishment. Post clearances from the Archdiocese, Heritage and Finance Committees, a proposal was prepared for approval from the Thana Heritage Conservation Committee (THCC). One of the arches of a door shows an etching that dates back to 1707 constructed using basalt stone However, as there was no THCC committee in place, the proposal had to wait till December 2013 when permissions were secured. Tenders that were floated in 2012 had to be reworked, and were awarded in 2014. Work began in early 2014. The presentCut to September 2015. It a scorcher of an afternoon. Sunlight crisscrosses the scaffolding inside the church as parishioner and PR professional Karen Annunciation, guides me to the site. Workers are buried in last-minute preparations for D-Day. A closer look at a detail of the stone arch, which was painted upon. This has been painstakingly cleaned and the paint removed. Now it shows exposed stone like it would have originally sat along with door lintels. This has brought as sense of history back to the interiors Parish priest Father Allwyn D Silva is listening to Jitendra Chavan, Dilawaris main supervisor as he relays a quick update. Looking around, how does it feel, Father? I enquire. The genial priest, whos been helming affairs for six years, replies, Challenges were many. A dated photograph of the altar prior to restoration Despite it being a 400-plus-year-old church, the exteriors did not reveal this age. It appeared as a contemporary building due to the interventions done during repairs in 1990s, he reveals. The Franciscan church, built on the edge of the scenic Masunda Lake, popularly called Talao Pali, had withstood plenty of turmoil over centuries. Close-up of a detail from the canopy that is perched on the left interior wall of the church. It was recreated from scratch based on historic references The roof, the main wooden altar and side altars were the few elements to have survived, and with a new lease of life, it is ready to relive its history. Around us, even as dust does somersaults, we get a sense of the history, and perseverance to protect it. Showing us elements of this mammoth restoration from the splendid canopy that was rebuilt from historic references, to the cleaned-up basalt stone archways and the carved wooden altar, Father Allwyn downplays the effort. During past repairs, the existing exterior walls were plastered to a thickness of 3 to 4 by using gunitting (the process of concrete repair); this caught the restoration team by surprise. To add to this, the Baroque church extension was done in RCC. The bell tower never blended in with the heritage church. These repairs didn't make the restoration easy since the original fabric and spaces had been altered, reminisces Fr Allwyn. The futureWe walk away from the wooden altar and reredo (altarpiece) towards the centre. Above us, we notice an unbelievably large ceiling fan. Oh! Thats called a Big Ass fan, chuckles Fr Allwyn, as everyone around bursts into peals of laughter. As we prod on this unique acquisition, we learn that the Big Ass Fan, despite being common globally, is a rarely seen in India. It's popular for its efficient electricity usage, but procuring it wasn't a breeze. Till the end, the parish committee was divided. Bandra's St Peter Church parish committee connected us with the vendor who showed us a few functional fans, and the committee was finally convinced. Its a heritage structure but we have modern, eco-friendly amenities like LED lights, as well as ramps and railings for senior citizens, adds Fr Allwyn. Watching our step, we note that the flooring is decadent yet historic in character. Minton tiles? we ask. The central passage had original Minton tiles in two colours. Since this was not available, we matched it using black marble and Jaisalmer stone in the same pattern; it now looks cohesive. The worn-out Kotah flooring was replaced with marble in the same pattern. The tall adanga marble dado was replaced with a small height Italian marble dado with a black marble moulding, Chavan explains, before, rushing towards the section where carpenters are applying finishing touches to the main carved wooden door (South porch) that took Vasai's Sequeira Brothers three months to complete. By now, parishioners like Paul Aguiar and Julius Rodricks are updating Fr Allwyn on a few developments. Turning around, the priest tells us about their contribution, and insists on rattling off more names: Theres Rosemond D'Souza; of course, Vikas Dilawari and his main supervisor, Jitendra Chavan, Earth Craft Contractors, and Fleur D'Souza, on behalf of the Heritage Committee. There are countless others, managing the lights, TV and screens. He glances around to check if he has skipped names. Meanwhile, parishioner Dylan Hilton heads to the control room for a sound check. Hes excited that his church will resonate to state-of-the-art acoustics, from UK-based Martin Audio specialists in sound for places of worship. This will be the first-of-its-kind, quips Fr Allwyn. It's 6 pm. The tools have gone silent. A gentle breeze greets us as we step outside the Thane treasure. We can't wait for September 20; all of this will be ready for the world to see, signs off Fr Allwyn. Amen.
|2015-09-11||Thane: 7 months on, death of social reformer's kin remains mystery - Mid-Day|
Thane: 7 months on, death of social reformer's kin remains mystery By PTI |Posted 2 hours Mumbai: The death of Suvarna Sathe, a Police Constable in adjoining Thane who was also the great grand daughter of social reformer from Maharashtra Annabhau Sathe, remains shrouded in mystery even seven months after she went missing and later succumbed to burn injuries. Suvarna went missing from Thane, where she was a Constable in rural wing, while on duty seven months ago. A few days later the family came to know of her mysterious death in their native place Walva, Sangli district, about 375km from here, in Western Maharashtra. Since then her widowed mother Lilabai has been running from pillar to post seeking justice for her daughter. Lilabai and her acquaintance Shankar Kamble have accused Sunil Ingle, a "goon" from Walva, of murdering the 23-year-old. Kamble said one day the family got a call from a Walva hospital about Suvarna being admitted there with 80 per cent burn injuries and were asked to meet her soon as her chances of survival were slim. "All that the family has is the copy of her death certificate and her buckle number (4073)," Kamble said. "Even her body was cremated without any of her immediate family members being present," he added. Kamble said Suvarna left Thane along with Ingle, who had promised to marry her in Walva. Thereafter, the family got the news of her tragic death. To add to their misery, Ingle allegedly issued repeated threats to her family members. "They began threatening us to keep quiet or else my two sons would also go missing without a trace," Lilabai said. "She was a bright police recruit. During her training she came second in all Maharashtra ranking. She was preparing for the Police Sub-Inspector exams and we had raised Rs 50,000 for her gymnasium workout and preparations," said a teary-eyed Lilabai. The news of Suvarna's tragic death brought even more agony for the family. Her father and grandmother passed away in quick succession, she added. Lilabai lamented she is not getting any help from Sangli Police in solving the case and brining the culprit to book, but vowed to continue her fight for justice.
|2015-09-11||Property Dealer Shot Dead in Thane. Attack Caught on CCTV. - NDTV|
Property Dealer Shot Dead in Thane (Ulhasnagar). Attack Caught on CCTV. All India | Written by Saurabh Gupta | Updated: September 11, 2015 23:26 IST The attacker holding a pistol at point blank range before he fired the second round. A property dealer in Maharashtra's Thane district was shot dead by two unknown men at his office this afternoon. The attack was caught on camera by the CCTV at the builder's office. The video shows two men walk into the property dealer's shop in the district's Ulhasnagar area, pull out a gun and shoot twice at point-blank range.The property dealer, 50-year-old Sachidanand Kariya, tried to stop the men, but was shot in the abdomen. The attackers then fled from the shop. Mr Kariya could be seen going out of his office, clutching his stomach. He was then rushed to a hospital where he died. Mr Kariya had earlier allegedly received a threat call from gangster Ravi Pujari's brother, and had complained to the Thane Police Commissioner and the local Deputy Commissioner of Police. The gangster also called up local reporters to take responsibility after the shooting.
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|2015-09-11||MSEDCL engineer, contractor acquitted in bribery case in Thane - Mid-Day|
MSEDCL engineer, contractor acquitted in bribery case in Thane By PTI |Posted 11-Sep-2015 Thane: A court in Thane has acquitted a junior engineer and a private electrical contractor of a Maharashtra power distribution company in an alleged bribery case on the ground that the prosecution failed to prove the charges against them. A local hotelier, Bhavani Shankar Mehta, had complained to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in 2007 against Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) junior engineer Vijay Vitthal Bhanushali and contractor Kashinath Sidram Mahendrakar that they had allegedly sought a bribe of Rs 15,000 to restore his power supply. The hotelier's premises had earlier been raided by MSEDCL officials for alleged misuse of electricity, and the meters taken away and a penalty was levied. The prosecution had alleged that when Mehta approached Bhanushali, the latter asked him to pay the requisite charges of Rs 27,500 and also pay him Rs 15,000 for having favoured him in getting the meter and connection. Mehta then approached the ACB which laid a trap on June 25, 2007, but the engineer was not available in his office. A trap was again laid the next day and, according to the prosecution, the engineer allegedly accepted the agreed sum of Rs 12,000 through the electrical contractor who was present in Bhanushali's office. The duo were subsequently arrested and tried under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The counsel for the accused, Vijay Sali, cited several rulings of the Supreme Court and high courts and submitted that the prosecution had miserably failed to prove its point on all counts and hence, his clients deserved to be set free. Thane Special Judge M M Walimohammed observed that the apex court had in this context made various observations regarding permissibility of evidence under section 65(B) of Indian Evidence Act. The evidence in this context is not produced, he noted. In his order, the judge further observed, "Having considered all factual and legal aspects of the matter in the present case, the demand of bribe or pecuniary advantage other than legal remuneration is not found substantiated. "There is no believable evidence that accused no. 2 (contractor) either conspired, instigated, or directly or indirectly abetted with public servant i.e. accused no. 1 to accept gratification through him for favouring or disfavouring and doing an act which was not warranted in discharge of his official duty," the judge noted while acquitting the duo of all the charges levelled against them.
|2015-09-11||Soe Thane Backs Spending Splash in Karenni State - The Irrawaddy News Magazine|
Soe Thane Backs Spending Splash in Karenni State Slow off the Mark for Burmaâs Smaller Political Parties Zoltan Barany: âPeople Will Always Have to Be Conscious of the Militaryâ Landslides Interfere with Election Campaigns in Chin State Suu Kyi Offers Olive Branch to Ethnic Minorities in Karenni State Suu Kyi Calls on Supporters to Vote for âReal Changeâ News News Opinions Features Interviews Parties & Regions Voter’s Voice Social Media Polls Know Your Vote For The Record Media Through The Lens Audio & Video ELECTION 2015 CAMPAIGN TRAIL Soe Thane Backs Spending Splash in Karenni State Union Minister Soe Thane has backed projects worth tens of thousands of dollars in his constituency ahead of the Nov. 8 election. by HNIN YADANA ZAW / REUTERS | 11 Sep 2015 BAWLAKHE, Karenni State â A close ally of President Thein Sein has backed projects worth tens of thousands of dollars in his constituency, including satellite dishes, water distribution and a soccer competition ahead of Nov. 8 elections, villagers and local campaign staff said. Soe Thane’s largesse in Bawlakhe, a remote town in the eastern state of Karenni, may help him to secure his seat in a vote the political opposition is expected to win easily. The powerful author of Burmaâs economic reforms is contesting a seat in the Upper House of Union Parliament, and Bawlakhe is seen as one of the few places the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and its allies has a chance of winning. It has few voters and many of them are members of the military stationed in barracks in the town. In fact, Soe Thane is running independently, after his request to stand in Bawlakhe was rejected by the former party chairman who has since been sacked by the president, partly for snubbing Soe Thane. Rather than contest a constituency for the USDP elsewhere in Burma with little chance of winning, Soe Thane decided to stand as an independent in Bawlakhe. He remains an active presidential minister, a powerful member of the establishment and one of the president’s closest allies. “If the villagers asked for water, he would make wells,” said Win Moe, a local resident who was asked by Soe Thane’s team to help distribute handouts. “He donated satellite dishes to the villages,” the 40-year-old told Reuters. “When I went with his team, we donated more than 570 satellite dishes and many solar-powered lamps. Soe Thane also paid for a year’s (TV) subscription for every satellite,” added Win Moe, who received a dish and a solar-powered lamp. Soe Thane has done nothing wrong by supporting the spending in Bawlakhe, the local election commission and President’s Office said, when asked about the projects. “The distribution of these satellite dishes has nothing to do with Soe Thane’s election campaign,” said Zaw Htay, a senior official from the President’s Office. “Being a member of the cabinet, he did it on behalf of the government as a part of the government’s development scheme in far-flung areas.” Zaw Htay added that the money for the projects came from companies and individual donations. Kyaw San Win, assistant director at the Union Election Commission in Karenni, said the “donations” did not occur during the election campaign, and Soe Thane had not broken any rules. “No candidate so far has broken any rules of the UEC in Kayah State.” Soccer Cup Any suggestion that Soe Thane sought to influence voters with generous handouts could prove an embarrassment for Thein Sein and the USDP and a boost for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she tours Karenni state. She drew attention to the recent spending during a speech in Bawlakhe late on Thursday. “In some places, there are bribes being given out to villagers. On my way here, I saw new electric pillars; it’s the usual thing when the election comes nearer, the people who want votes always do that kind of thing. “That’s why I’m saying ‘no’ to the short-term vision. We have to think about the long-term.” She flew in to campaign in Karenni this week in a direct challenge to an establishment she hopes to eclipse in the country’s first general election since strict military rule ended in 2011. Suu Kyi has declared her National League for Democracy’s (NLD) ambition to win all of the contested seats. Sai Gyi, chairman of the NLD’s chapter in Bawlakhe, a town of 8-10,000 people with no mobile or internet coverage, said Soe Thane’s team donated 74 solar-powered lamps to a nearby village of some 100 houses in July among other gifts, and held a soccer tournament titled The Soe Thane Cup with a top prize of $2,300. The water distribution project, also named after Soe Thane, is worth around $78,000, Say Gyi added. The USDP won every constituency in Karenni state in 2010, but those elections were rigged in favour of the party. This time around, some residents of Bawlakhe welcomed the investment. “He (Soe Thane) asked us if we wanted SkyNet (satellite dishes), we said yes and he gave them to us,” said a teacher, who did not want to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue. “Here, people are not educated, they are simple and honest. They have never received that kind of donation from anyone.” Top Photo - (Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters) Minister Soe Thane during a 2012 interview in Naypyidaw. Prev | Next One Comment TineYinThar September 11th, 2015 Do you know why Shwe Mann rejected Soe Thane and Aung Min’s request? Because he doesn’t want president allies to be able to get elected at all, in case they put forward alternative presidential candidate. When Kayah Stateâs chief minister and local USDP members spoke out against Shwe Mann’s refusal, they were accused of breaking the partyâs rules and forced out by Shwe Mann. Why did you not include this in the article? Shwe Mann’s decision to accept only those who are aligned with him as USDP candidates and rejecting military guys secure his downfall. People need to understand it has nothing to do with Shwe Mann being pro-reform and wanting to form coalition with Suu Kyi. It has everything to do with Shwe Mann wanting to be #1 and the only presidential candidate. Ultimately, if Shwe Mann can run from Phyu instead of Zeyathiri in NPT, then he has no right to control where people choose to contest. It’s actually a risk to run as independent in a ethnic dominant region. As for campaigning spending, there’s no way of knowing or being able to prove what’s constitute as bribe versus buying votes. At the end of the day, no one is holding a gun to the voter’s head while he votes, so it should make no difference. If someone wants to come to my village to install satellites and drinking wells, I welcome all the freebies Whether I vote for them or not, it will be my choice. Donations can be from anyone and anywhere. Even US presidential campaigns get donations but they have to disclose but that law doesn’t exist in Myanmar yet. Suu Kyi also need donations to run her campaign. U Chit Khine, TayZa and Zaw Zaw also have contributed to NLD and so did many actors and actresses, doing free concert and promotion. It is the same. Why would it be an embarrassment and a boost for Suu Kyi? Don’t forget she also use her own foundation and Daw Khin Kyi foundation to donate to flood victims, build schools, mobile library, etc. All her followers, actors and actresses campaign for her by singing, dancing, going around talking. That’s also exercising soft power. It is just in a different form – not satellite dish or wells. And some voters may prefer to fall for a free concert by their favorite singer like Htun Eindra Bo, for example. If NLD/Suu Kyi wants to compete in the same areas as Aung Min and Soe Thane, why didn’t they think long-term in the first place and work on garnering ethnic alliances long before election time (instead of wasting time with Shwe Mann) or send their own candidates. Only now Suu Kyi wants to talk about long-term thinking. Pease it’s a little too late. People will vote for who they think has done right for them, regardless of getting satellite dishes or free concerts. Reply Write a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. All fields are required. Our Supporters News Parties & Regions Voter’s Voice Polls Know Your Vote For The Record Through The Lens Â© 2015 The Irrawaddy Publishing Group. Designed by Pixel on Pixel
|2015-09-11||433-year-old church in Thane gets a makeover - Mid-Day|
433-year-old church in Thane gets a makeover By Fiona Fernandez |Posted 11-Sep-2015 St John the Baptist Church in Thane is ready to reopen after a mammoth restoration that has infused life into one of Mumbai's oldest and largest parishes. Fiona Fernandez takes a tour of the site few days before it opens its doors, to relive its rich history and legacy On September 20 2015, as the congregation celebrates mass inside the restored, 433-year-old St John the Baptist Church in Thane, it will mark a red letter day in local heritage conservation. More importantly, it will be a labour of love fructified for the churchs 10,000-odd parishioners, who for the past year-and-a-half have waited for this day. The main altar made of wood had been gilded, cleaned and polished. Very little restoration was needed for this centrepiece of the 432-year-old church. Marble was added later, in the 1960s. The wooden coffered ceiling was all painted, poorly repaired and one could not gauge the materials that were used. The joints had opened in some places, and had rotted. A painstaking process of removing the paint and repairing the joinery followed. The lower three rows on both sides of the sanctuary are in wood panels. The higher rows are in MS plates, which would have replaced the original wooden panels during previous repairs. The past As a nine-year-old, I recall craning my neck while attempting to fully soak in the stunning, towering wooden altar inside the Portuguese-styled church. Being a parishioner from the neighbouring St Pius X Church in Mulund, visits were regular, and that sight remained etched in my mind. However, by the early 2000s, neglect and decay had taken a toll. The original bell tower was where the West verandah stands. This was shifted to the South East side. Its architecture was responsive to the 1990s language, that of being modern. This was in contrast to the heritage church. Efforts were made to blend the tower with minimal intervention, by adding Mangalore-tiled roofs with decorative fascia It was around the time, in 2002, when conservation architect Vikas Dilawari was invited to inspect the church, and submitted a concept note. Years later, in 2008, based on the 2002 paper, the then parish priest had requested him to look into repairs of the sanctuary, altar and two side altars. An aerial view of the sloping Mangalore-tiled roof and bell tower that faces Talao Pali. The tapering of the structure towards the altar (foreground) depicts the Portuguese influence. Churches were built in a way to ensure that the congregations focus was on the celebrants serving mass at the main altar In February 2009, a detailed Fabric Status Report was submitted. The report was elaborated in December 2010 to do major repairs/restoration and refurbishment. Post clearances from the Archdiocese, Heritage and Finance Committees, a proposal was prepared for approval from the Thana Heritage Conservation Committee (THCC). One of the arches of a door shows an etching that dates back to 1707 constructed using basalt stone However, as there was no THCC committee in place, the proposal had to wait till December 2013 when permissions were secured. Tenders that were floated in 2012 had to be reworked, and were awarded in 2014. Work began in early 2014. The presentCut to September 2015. It's a scorcher of an afternoon. Sunlight crisscrosses the scaffolding inside the church as parishioner and PR professional Karen Annunciation, guides me to the site. Workers are buried in last-minute preparations for D-Day. A closer look at a detail of the stone arch, which was painted upon. This has been painstakingly cleaned and the paint removed. Now it shows exposed stone like it would have originally sat along with door lintels. This has brought as sense of history back to the interiors Parish priest Father Allwyn D'Silva is listening to Jitendra Chavan, Dilawari's main supervisor as he relays a quick update. &Looking around, how does it feel, Father? I enquire. The genial priest, whos been helming affairs for six years, replies, Challenges were many. A dated photograph of the altar prior to restoration Despite it being a 400-plus-year-old church, the exteriors did not reveal this age. It appeared as a contemporary building due to the interventions done during repairs in 1990s, he reveals. The Franciscan church, built on the edge of the scenic Masunda Lake, popularly called Talao Pali, had withstood plenty of turmoil over centuries. Close-up of a detail from the canopy that is perched on the left interior wall of the church. It was recreated from scratch based on historic references The roof, the main wooden altar and side altars were the few elements to have survived, and with a new lease of life, it is ready to relive its history. Around us, even as dust does somersaults, we get a sense of the history, and perseverance to protect it. Showing us elements of this mammoth restoration from the splendid canopy that was rebuilt from historic references, to the cleaned-up basalt stone archways and the carved wooden altar, Father Allwyn downplays the effort. During past repairs, the existing exterior walls were plastered to a thickness of 3 to 4 by using gunitting (the process of concrete repair); this caught the restoration team by surprise. To add to this, the Baroque church extension was done in RCC. The bell tower never blended in with the heritage church. &These repairs didn't make the restoration easy since the original fabric and spaces had been altered, reminisces Fr Allwyn. The futureWe walk away from the wooden altar and reredo (altarpiece) towards the centre. Above us, we notice an unbelievably large ceiling fan. Oh! Thats called a Big Ass fan, chuckles Fr Allwyn, as everyone around bursts into peals of laughter. As we prod on this unique acquisition, we learn that the Big Ass Fan, despite being common globally, is a rarely seen in India. It’s popular for its efficient electricity usage, but procuring it wasn't a breeze. Till the end, the parish committee was divided. Bandras St Peter Church parish committee connected us with the vendor who showed us a few functional fans, and the committee was finally convinced. It's a heritage structure but we have modern, eco-friendly amenities like LED lights, as well as ramps and railings for senior citizens, adds Fr Allwyn. Watching our step, we note that the flooring is decadent yet historic in character. Minton tiles? we ask. The central passage had original Minton tiles in two colours. Since this was not available, we matched it using black marble and Jaisalmer stone in the same pattern; it now looks cohesive. The worn-out Kotah flooring was replaced with marble in the same pattern. The tall adanga marble dado was replaced with a small height Italian marble dado with a black marble moulding, Chavan explains, before, rushing towards the section where carpenters are applying finishing touches to the main carved wooden door (South porch) that took Vasai's Sequeira Brothers three months to complete. By now, parishioners like Paul Aguiar and Julius Rodricks are updating Fr Allwyn on a few developments. Turning around, the priest tells us about their contribution, and insists on rattling off more names: There's Rosemond D'Souza; of course, Vikas Dilawari and his main supervisor, Jitendra Chavan, Earth Craft Contractors, and Fleur D'Souza, on behalf of the Heritage Committee. There are countless others, managing the lights, TV and screens. He glances around to check if he has skipped names. Meanwhile, parishioner Dylan Hilton heads to the control room for a sound check. He's excited that his church will resonate to state-of-the-art acoustics, from UK-based Martin Audio specialists in sound for places of worship. This will be the first-of-its-kind, quips Fr Allwyn. It's 6 pm. The tools have gone silent. A gentle breeze greets us as we step outside the Thane treasure. We canx't wait for September 20; all of this will be ready for the world to see, signs off Fr Allwyn. Amen.
|2015-09-10||Leopard attack cases: Thane forest officials spell out dos and don'ts - Times of India|
Leopard attack cases: Thane forest officials spell out dos and don'ts Freny Fernandes,TNN Sep 10, 2015, 02.04 PM IST THANE: After a spate of leopard spotting incidents were reported from Thane's Ghodbunder Road area, the officials from Sanjay Gandhi National Park and wildlife rescue association have come up with a list of do's and don'ts for residents. Some of the advisories mentioned by the officials were keep the societies and surrounding areas clean and garbage free, install street lights, don't leave children unsupervised and on spotting a leopard or any wild animal then the society members must inform the forest officials immediately. This mandate was given to residents on Tuesday. In Kolshet, Waghbil and Ovala areas, many leopard sighting incidents have been reported in the recent past. Many strays have been attacked by wild animals who enter residential complexes at night. On Tuesday, forest officials met residents and gave them a few pointers on how to coexist with wildlife. This was the first awareness drive that was carried out by forest officials for close to 300 residents from Haware City. "Leopards living along the boundary wall of the forest are urbanized and have adapted themselves to a part city, part forest life. They do not attack people and only attack strays for food. The number of strays has also increased as garbage is being dumped in huge amounts outside complexes. Even areas that are dimly lit attract wild animals," said Nitesh Pancholi, a member of the wildlife rescue association. Meanwhile, the discussion was informative for residents as even though some of them haven't had a leopard spotting, they realized that their society has a number of other loopholes. "We realized that our society had dim lights along the pathway and also we have cleanliness issues. Garbage strewn around in the complex attracts a lot of strays.We also realized that no matter how tall our boundary walls are, leopards can enter into the building premises by climbing up trees," said Aparna Nichal, a resident of Haware City, who added that they have been advised no to let children play unattended in the compound as they can be mistaken for prey.
|2015-09-10||3 accused in Balganga scam get magistrate custody in Thane - Times of India|
3 accused in Balganga scam get magistrate custody in Thane Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Sep 10, 2015, 02.05 PM IST THANE: The three accused in the multi-crore Balganga dam construction scam at Raigad district have been sent to magistrate custody. This was pronounced by additional sessions court judge VV Bambarde on Wednesday. The accused, Vijay Kasat, a section engineer and brothers Abid and Jahid Khatri, were arrested by the anti-corruption bureau on September 3 and were produced before the court on Wednesday. The court also admitted the anticipatory bail plea of Fateh Khatri and Jaitun Khatri, parents of main accused Nisar Khatri who has already been sent to magistrate custody. While Kasat got 2 weeks magistrate custody, Khatri brothers have been remanded till September 16. Investigating officer Sunil Kalgutkar opposed the anticipatory bail and said that the couple is partner of the firm which was pumping in money into the project and was also carrying out Hawala transactions. The officer told the court that the company run by the Khatris, FA Enterprises and FA Constructions, had more than 30 accounts that needed to be examined thoroughly. Meanwhile, public prosecutor Sanjay Londhe in his submission justified the reasons while opposing the bail plea by the duo as they are partners in the contract and demanded custodial interrogation.
|2015-09-10||'Cluster development report delay' irks opposition in Thane - Times of India|
'Cluster development report delay' irks opposition in Thane Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 10, 2015, 01.43 PM IST THANE: The opposition came down heavily on the BJP-Sena combine for misleading citizens by presenting an 'impulsively drafted' impact assessment report to the state.NCP city president Najib Mulla alleged the report sent by the TMC chief on Tuesday for implementing cluster development in Thane was drafted casually. "The TMC has managed to draft an impact assessment study only a year after the court asked for it," said Mulla. The NCP has planned a massive protest march on Thursday . "Shiv Sena has been in power for 25-30 years but the city hasn't benefitted at all," NCP's Hanumant Jagdale said.
|2015-09-10||Jogging, cycling track under Thane flyovers on cards? - Times of India|
Jogging, cycling track under Thane flyovers on cards? Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 10, 2015, 02.04 PM IST THANE: Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has plans to convert the space underneath flyovers in city limits into green zones. The idea is to discourage illegal parking at these spots and provide an alternate recreational space for residents. According to the plan, the space under the bridges constructed on the highways could be handed over to private players for maintenance. The contractor would be expected to develop jogging tracks, lawns and recreational areas under the bridges. The plan will cost nearly Rs 50 lakh for each junction. "We want to develop a jogging and cycling track on these spots. There are plans to plant saplings and make seating arrangements for visitors, including senior citizens," said Jaiswal. The contractor or an agency that beautifies and maintains the space will be given advertisement rights at the spot or at an adjoining area to compensate for his investments. The deal will be for 10 years, said officials, but a clause that could block his further rights for advertisements at other units will be discontinued if he de faults on maintenance during the period. The TMC is presently trying to coordinate with the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and Public Works Department (PWD) about its plan. The TMC has demarcated spots in various categories for implementation.A proposal has also been drafted for approval of the general body next week. Jaiswal said, "The project will cost nearly Rs 50 lakh for each junction. We intend to generate the amount through sponsorships and private players will be appointed for the same. We will also ensure the contractor ensures to maintain these junctions and his ad rights would be revoked if there are instances of these areas remain neglected after securing the project." The flyovers in Thane, including the three along Ghodbunder Road, Eastern Express Highway and Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (Satis) will be considered for this project.
|2015-09-10||Mother held for pushing minors into prostitution in Thane - Times of India|
Mother held for pushing minors into prostitution in Thane Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Sep 10, 2015, 02.03 PM IST THANE: A 43-year-old mother of eight was arrested by the police on Tuesday for pushing two of her minor daughters into prostitution and entertaining customers at their residence at Daighar. The woman is said to have confessed to the police that her daughters, aged 17 and 16, were the family's source of income since the past one year. Officials of the Anti-Human Trafficking unit of Thane said that the woman forced her daughters into prostitution as her husband's income from driving a taxi was insufficient to run the house. The woman was also arrested a year ago in Malvani for soliciting customers for her daughter. "The minor daughter was arrested by the Mumbai police and records reveal that she was remanded to a rescue home. However, she escaped from there and the family shifted base to Shil-Daighar," said a police official. A case has been registered at Daighar police station under Sections 366(a), 370(a), 370 (2) (3) and Sections 3, 4, 5, and 7 of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act.
|2015-09-09||Food Stall Owner Allegedly Set on Fire in Thane Over Dispute - NDTV|
Food Stall Owner Allegedly Set on Fire in Thane Over Dispute Press Trust of India | Updated: September 09, 2015 14:56 A 40-year-old food stall owner sustained critical burns while two others were seriously injured in an alleged attack by a group of persons in Thane's Ulhasnagar township, police said today. The accused last night attacked the victims - Ramprasad Gupta (owner of a roadside egg stall) and Babu Kulal (62) and his son Santosh (33) (both of whom ran a grocery shop) - over a suspicion that they had complained to police about them in connection with some issue, said senior inspector KD Jadhav of Ulhasnagar police.It was at around 10.30 pm when 7-8 people, one of whom was identified as Yogesh Shinde, allegedly attacked the trio with swords and other weapons in the Hanuman Tekadi area of Ulhasnagar, added sub-inspector ML Pandav. The attackers are also alleged to have caught hold of Gupta and set him on fire after dousing him with petrol. Gupta got badly burnt while Kulal and his son suffered serious injuries to their hands, Pandav said. The three victims were later admitted to a hospital where Gupta's condition is stated to be critical, he added. A case has been registered under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc), 143, 147 (rioting), 148, 149 and 427 of IPC and also under the relevant provisions of the Arms Act and Bombay Police Act, the SI said. Efforts are on to track down the accused, police said.
|2015-09-09||Fake Currency Racket Busted in Thane; 2 Held - NDTV|
Fake Currency Racket Busted in Thane; 2 Held Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: September 09, 2015 14:43 With the arrest of two persons from Sahebganj in Jharkhand, the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of Thane police today claimed to have burst a major fake currency circulation racket here, seizing counterfeit notes worth Rs 3.75 lakhs from them. According to Senior Police Inspector N T Kadam of AEC, Thane Police, they laid a trap to arrest the two accused, after cops were tipped-off that some persons were to exchange fake currency notes worth Rs 1,00,000 for Rs 30,000. Police were also informed that these persons, carrying fake notes worth Rs 5 lakhs, were to come to Thane city and would exchange them near Kalwa bridge.Subsequently the duo -- Abdul Hamid Abdul Jappar Shaikh, 32, and Sahid Shamsul Momin, 24, -- was arrested from Thane railway station and counterfeit notes worth Rs 3.75 lakhs of Rs 1,000 denomination, were recovered from them. The arrested accused have been charged under sections 489 (b)(c) rw 34 of the IPC and offences have been registered with Thane Nagar police station. The duo was produced before a local magistrate court which remanded them in police custody till September 16, police added.
|2015-09-09||Cluster development scheme feasible for Thane: TMC Chief - Times of India|
Cluster development scheme feasible for Thane: TMC Chief Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 9, 2015, 02.22 PM IST THANE: TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, on Tuesday, submitted the impact assessment report thus bringing the cluster development plan closer to reality for the city. The proposal called as -impact assessment for proposed cluster redevelopment scheme in the city- is likely to get a nod of approval from the authorities. Eight spots within the city have been identified for implementing the cluster and a separate impact assessment of each has been done. As per the plans, a FSI of four or double the existing, whichever is higher will be adopted. Officials inform that this translates into 50% more housing created for sale after accommodating the local residents unlike the rental scheme where all the residents could be migrants. Nearly 3.5 lakh residents of the lake city who are presently staying in dilapidated structures would be benefited as a highly intellectual team from the civic body has drafted this plan, a first ever for any civic body. A welcome move is that the study has eased all worries of excessive strain on the infrastructure and has recommended the same. The civic officials have ensured to consider all regulations mandated in the rulebook and the same have been done after undertaking a comprehensive study of the Maharashtra Municipal Act and the MRTP Act as well as the Development Control Rules, inform officials. Experts said that a city like Thane that has nearly 2,500 dilapidated buildings needed a project like cluster development at the earliest. Officials say cluster development in Thane will end the reckless development of the city that has strained the infrastructure here. "Nearly 50-60% of those provided with houses would be the local residents followed by those who want to migrate to this city. This will ensure financial viability for those undertaking the development," said civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. The issue of speedier approval for cluster development was discussed recently during the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis' visit to the city. Fadnavis had assured to clear the proposal within seven days of the impact assessment being submitted to the government.
|2015-09-09||Thane residents unite on WhatsApp forum to solve traffic woes - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane residents unite on WhatsApp forum to solve traffic woes Wednesday, 9 September 2015 - 7:55am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Padmja Sinha The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) officials, traffic and police department are also a part of the group and the problems have been open for discussions for one and all. To deal with continuous traffic issues across the city, and especially at Pokharan Road, residents of around 10 to 12 housing societies have started a WhatsApp forum to discuss about the problems and their solutions. Kasber Augistine of NGO Go Green Maharashtra conceptualised the idea and he was joined by residents and secretaries from different housing societies of the adjoining areas. The group members include residents from Dosti Vihar, Laxminarayan Residency, Kores Tower, Vedant Complex to name a few. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) officials, traffic and police department are also a part of the group and the problems have been open for discussions for one and all. One of the group members said the residents are facing serious traffic problems, especially at Pokharan Road 1 and 2 and till now, there has been no breakthrough. The residents claimed that there have been several rounds of discussion and meetings, but the problem has not been solved yet. Many people together are putting up different ideas which could be implemented to solve the traffic woes. Residents discuss problems of illegal encroachment, parking problems hawkers menace among many. Ajit Singh, an active resident from Dosti Vihar, said, "This is a platform to share issues, concerns and find effective solutions. The group enables us to validates the issues and concerns with other members. The discussion then helps us understand many perspectives of the issue raised. The diversity of thoughts and views are sincerely appreciated by the members. It gives voice to the issue here actions are decided and support solicited and it helps to reach out to authorities and stakeholders and also, promote social harmony.
|2015-09-09||Cluster development won't put pressure on existing infrastructure, says Thane ... - Daily News & Analysis|
|2015-09-08||Thane youngsters 'ride with India' to support cycling - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane youngsters 'ride with India' to support cycling Tuesday, 8 September 2015 - 7:50am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Padmja Sinha Anuj Phadke, a group member of Zero Emission, said, "The ride was planned not only to support 'I ride with India' but also to generate awareness on safety measures to be taken during a ride and what safety rules one should follow." The nationwide event I ride with India was scheduled at 120 venues, across India on September 6 at 6.30am. The event is an initiative of Cycling India, a Hyderabad-based group of cycling enthusiasts and Zero Emission the cycling group, from Thane, were official organisers of the ride in city, to promote cycling among the city riders and at the same time, show their solidarity to the big event. Digamber Choudhari, founder of the group, said, The event I ride with India took place on September 6, across many places in the country and more than 45 riders from Thane joined, which started from Teen Hath Naka till Upvan. There was no age bar for enthusiasts and those with just a cycle and helmet got started. Anuj Phadke, a group member of Zero Emission, said, The ride was planned not only to support I ride with India but also to generate awareness on safety measures to be taken during a ride and what safety rules one should follow. Most of the new riders, new faces, joined in for the event, hence, it is important to spread awareness about the safe ride, traffic rules and regulations, added Phadke. Being the official organisers of the event, the group did everything to ensure safety and security of the riders planning to join the event. The event was supported well by riders from all age group and people did not take this only as a sport but were more keen on promoting healthy life style and eco-friendly measures for the society. Many of the cyclists, said, We have been using bicycle for work and it is not only healthy to pedal but is also a stress buster for us. Completely enthralled by the experience, they wanted such rides more often in the city, which spread the word about cycling.
|2015-09-08||Jogging, cycling tracks to be planned below Thane flyovers - Daily News & Analysis|
Jogging, cycling tracks to be planned below Thane flyovers Tuesday, 8 September 2015 - 7:40am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Padmja Sinha The corporation has planned the beautification project along with the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). Together, they plan to use the vacant space below the flyover and also plan to it sell the space to advertisers. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has planned a complete makeover of the city under which cycling tracks, jogging tracks and seating arrangements have been planned. To provide all these amenities and for changing the face of the city, the civic body will be incurring around Rs60 lakh, which they will be collecting through sponsorships. The corporation has planned the beautification project along with the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). Together, they plan to use the vacant space below the flyover and also plan to it sell the space to advertisers. In order to implement the idea smoothly, the TMC has demarcated the junctions into three categories: category comprises junctions under TMC jurisdiction, category includes junctions under MSRDC and category SATIS bridge and nearby areas. However, mot of these jogging and cycling tracks would be developed at Ghodbunder Road. Civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal said, The money would be collected through sponsorships and private contractors would be responsible for repairs, restoration, maintenance and beautification of these junctions for a period of 10 years. The concerned developer will get the advertisement rights but if they fail to maintain the area, the advertisement rights would be revoked. This plan comes as a good news for the cycling community and health conscious people from Thane. The civic body also aims to beautify other major junctions and nakas to give them a complete new look. Presently, the open space below the flyovers is used for illegal parking and other small-time business which not only mars the beauty of the city, but also creates a dent in the revenue. So, the new proposed plan would at least provide amenities to the residents. Greenery too would be maintained in the area below the flyovers as saplings would be planted and special seating arrangement would be made for the senior residents. We are coordinating with MSRDC officials for the same, added Jaiswal.
|2015-09-08||Thane Municipal Corporation proposes sewerage treatment plants for city - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Municipal Corporation proposes sewerage treatment plants for city Tuesday, 8 September 2015 - 7:45am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Padmja Sinha The untreated sewerage water across the city has been a concern for the environmentalist, residents and even the civic body. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has been adopting many eco-friendly measures for the betterment of the city. In addition, to deal with the sewerage water, the civic body chief Sanjeev Jaiswal has proposed to install sewerage treatment plant (STP) with the capacity of 2MLD to 5MLD at various areas in city. The untreated sewerage water across the city has been a concern for the environmentalist, residents and even the civic body. So, decentralisation of sewerage plants will be done and as a part of it small units of sewerage plants will be installed at sewerage source. The survey for installing the mini plants has also been undertaken. "The plants will be installed on built-on-transfer (BOT) basis and the company investing will get an option of buy-back treated water. The corporation will be providing land, electricity and sewerage with a payback assurance for treated water. The idea is based on electrolytic treatment under which primary and secondary treatment of sewerage is must while tertiary treatment could be avoided, Jaiswal said. He added that the STP of small capacity is easy to establish and hence, it could be installed in many areas. Speaking about the expenses that will be incurred on installing the plant, Jaiswal said, Depending on the capacity of the STP the cost is calculated and usually for one1MLD, Rs1 crore is incurred, he added. The proposal to decentralise the STP plant has been welcomed by the city environmentalists. Poonam Singhvi from NGO Hariyali said, "Decentralisation of STP is a good initiative and it will be helpful for the environment, especially the marine life. As of now, most of the untreated water is released in Kalwa creek which has affected marine life as well as flamingoes visiting the area. The oxygen percentage of the water has come down drastically and hence, it has become unfit for the survival of marine life. If treated water is released this would help in revival of marine life, added the environmentalist. As the proposed plant is on BOT basis, the TMC will not incur any additional expense for the project.
|2015-09-08||Inspiring! Blind couple in Thane commit to donate eyes - Mid-Day|
Inspiring! Blind couple in Thane commit to donate eyes By PTI |Posted 08-Sep-2015 Thane: In a remarkable gesture, a blind, elderly couple from the district has pledged their eyes for donation. Arun Sali, 62, and Smita Sali, 58, submitted the eye donation form during a medical camp organised here by the Shiv Sena MP from Kalyan, Dr Shrikant Shinde, which ended today. Arun Sali, who recently retired as a telephone operator from a Bank, said he and his wife wanted to do something for the society, so they decided to donate their eyes. MP Shinde also pledged his eyes for donation during the two-day camp. Doctors at the camp said that in certain types of blindness the eye can be donated even though the donor himself or herself is sightless. Over 1,300 persons got their eyes tested at the camp attended by doctors from multiple eye hospitals, the MP added.
|2015-09-08||500 chickens in Thane participate in a flash mob to celebrate meat ban - Firstpost (satire)|
500 chickens in Thane participate in a flash mob to celebrate meat ban Published on September 8, 2015 by jurnoleast Thane: Around 500 Chickens, who came from various poultry farms in Thane, participated in a flash mob to celebrate meat ban. A chicken flash mob Ashish the rooster, who organized the flash mob, spoke to Faking News amidst a sea of chickens that gyrated to latest bollywood numbers.We all are very happy with the meat ban. Few extra days to live mean a lot to us. So we are celebrating. I thank the Jain community for this favor. Some people say that it is politics, but we dont care, he said. It was not just a chicken affair, media also was present and doing their best to manufacture something that could garner TRPs. Social media too was abuzz with the news as #chickenflashmob dominated the trending topic in India. While there were celebrations all around in different poultry farms, a group of chicken was seen standing in a corner and protesting, hoping that the media would turn their cameras at the group. The most vocal of the lot, wearing a muffler and topi was seen raising slogans against Shiv Sena chief for not supporting the ban. I am wondering who is better at taking U-turns, is it Uddhav Thackeray or CM of Delhi. he screamed. They were also planning pre-emptive protest against a news anchor, who they believe would take up the issue of meat ban on his debate and give it a religious twist. Our brothers are on the job and they are planning to gatecrash the debate. All we ask for is a few days reprieve and even that does not go down well with some people, he said. Meanwhile, some chickens that were picked up before the meat ban was announced were hopeful that they would get a days reprieve. I was headed for KFC, but now with this meat ban, I am looking forward to going back home. Hopefully the authorities will work extra time and clear my case too, like they did for Bhai.
|2015-09-08||Work on fifth and sixth lines in Thane-Diva stretch to enter last lap in ... - Times of India|
Work on fifth and sixth lines in Thane-Diva stretch to enter last lap in couple of months Manthan K Mehta,TNN Sep 9, 2015, 01.12 AM IST MUMBAI: Work on the Thane-Diva fifth and sixth lines is likely to gather steam in a couple of months as the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) plans to begin construction of platforms, subways and foot overbridges. The MRVC recently invited tenders for these and other civil works worth Rs 27 crore, the last contract in the entire project for the Thane-Diva additional tracks. The sanctioned cost of the entire project, which is scheduled to be completed by December 2017, is Rs 287 crore. "Around 60% of the work on the project has already been completed," an MRVC official said. "We are on course to complete the project in time provided rehabilitation issues get resolved." Encroachments along the 9.8-km corridor have already delayed the project over rehabilitation issues, besides niggles like Tree Authority approvals. "The tunnel work has already been completed," the official said. "Even the work on the road overbridge at Mumbra is in an advanced stage of completion. Nearly 80% progress has been achieved on minor bridges." There are still some 100 structures for which rehabilitation is awaited, but the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has assured the MRVC of resolution of the issue soon.
|2015-09-07||Instances of rape against kids below 10 rise in Thane - Times of India|
Instances of rape against kids below 10 rise in Thane Shrutika Sukhi,TNN Sep 7, 2015, 08.25 AM IST THANE: The six-year-old girl who was raped in Thane on Tuesday has still not got justice as the person who assaulted her is still roaming free on the streets. The accused is said to have sneaked into the victim's house at around 2am and bundled up the minor, who was sleeping next to her mother. He then took her to a public toilet in a park and raped her. The police are yet to trace the accused. Incidentally, this is the second such gruesome crime on a minor in the jurisdiction of the Kasarvadavli police station. In October 2014, a four-year-old girl was raped and murdered by a 28-year-old watchman at a Kasarvadavli slum. Even for rest of the city, such cases are not new. There has been a rise in the number of sexual assaults against women as per statistics of 2012 and 2013. The records also reveal that there has been a rise in the number of rape cases against minors below 10 years. While in 2012, just five cases were reported, the number went up substantially to 20 in 2013. Even in Mumbai, rape cases against those below 10 years went up by more than double between 2012 and 2013. While in 2012, there were 12 cases of rape against those below 10, 36 cases were reported in 2013. Overall, among all age groups, in Thane the number increased from 107 cases in 2012 to 182 in 2013. Comparing the records of both years, Thane was second after Mumbai. In neighbouring Navi Mumbai, the situation was slightly better in 2013, when 33 rape cases were reported.
|2015-09-07||Thane municipal corporation hasn't tested drinking water sources since 2009 - Times of India|
Thane municipal corporation hasn't tested drinking water sources since 2009 TNN Sep 7, 2015, 08.28 AM IST THANE: The civic body has failed to conduct a fresh potability test of water from nearly 900 alternate sources spread across the city from where it plans to draw water in times of a crisis. TMC is working on reviving around 555 wells and around 360 borewells from Thane city. However, the latest report available about the health of these water sources was compiled in 2009. The report (a copy is with this newspaper) presents a dismal picture as nearly 343 or 40% water sources are not in usable condition. The data reveals 212 wells are in unusable condition while 131 hand pumps need repairs. Over 60 wells from across the nine wards in TMC limits were filled with debris and garbage while 81 had sewage water being discharged into them. Another 65 wells in private properties were completely enclosed and not in use for years together, revealed the survey. It may be noted that the lake water level checked recently by the pollution department had revealed traces of alkalinity and other pollutants. Activists have warned such sources were unfit for non-consumption purposes too. Some also expressed concern about lack of water percolation as many stretches here were concretized. Environment expert Vidyadhar Walawalkar said concretization around water bodies suffocates them and leaves no space for percolation. "Care should be taken to allow water bodies to breathe by retaining soil embankments," he said. Senior officials said a fresh survey would be undertaken soon.
|2015-09-07||Thane school comes up trumps in top-10 list of best institutions across India - Times of India|
Thane school comes up trumps in top-10 list of best institutions across India TNN Sep 7, 2015, 10.32 PM IST MUMBAI: Several schools in the city and around have appeared in the top 10 rankings under different categories in a countrywide survey. On the top of various tables were Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane, Campion School, Fort, and Dhirubhai Ambani International School, BKC. The EducationWorld India School Rankings 2015 surveys 1,000 schools in 14 categories in 27 cities. The Centre for Forecasting's (C fore) field researchers surveyed a total of 11,660 parents, teachers, principals and educationists. Thane's Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School was ranked the best school in the co-ed day category. The school's position last year was fifth. Other schools which made it to the top 10 in this category were Cathedral and John Connon School, Fort (Rank 4) and Jamnabai Narsee School, Juhu (Rank 9). "We can't create miracles overnight but we have a core team that is working on achieving three important aspects of our mission academics, discipline and cleanliness. We are also focusing on value education to help students learn better," said Zeenat Bhojabhoy, principal, Jamnabai Narsee School. Campion School, Fort, has bagged the top position in the boys' day school category. Two other city schools made it to the top 10. Two of the top 10 ranks in the girls' day school category were bagged by JB Petit High School, Fort (Rank 5), and Villa Theresa High School, Peddar Road (Rank 10). "We do not strive to create academic robots but concentrate on human excellence. We don't want our students to be just good at their professions," said Father Francis Swamy, manager, St Mary's School, ICSE. Maintaining its top position in the international day schools category for the third time was Dhirubhai Ambani International School, BKC. "It is a fitting tribute to the dedication and commitment of each and every member of our school community. This recognition makes us, both proud and humble, and inspires us to continue our quest for excellence," said founder and chairperson, Nita Ambani. Ecole Mondiale World School, Juhu, maintained its second rank. Six other city schools were among the top 10 ranks in the category. Kendriya Vidyalaya, IIT Bombay, Powai was ranked the second in the government day schools category. This year, the survey also ranked government residential schools, schools for students with special needs and budget private schools.
|2015-09-07||Remember the Thane pani-puri wala? Now, Canadian neta caught peeing in a ... - Zee News|
Remember the Thane pani-puri wala? Now, Canadian neta caught peeing in a coffee cup! Last Updated: Monday, September 7, 2015 - 20:28 India was shocked when a pani-puri vendor in Thane near Mumbai was was caught on camera peeing into a lota that he used as serving bowl to his customers. That was in 2011 but it appears the idea had 'caught on' and 'inspired' others across seven seas. Meet Jerry Bance, a Canadian politician who was set to contest the October 19 federal elections as a candidate of the ruling Conservative Party from east Toronto riding of Scarborough Rouge Park.. Besides politics, Mr Bance also runs a business of repairing appliances. But that was before CBC aired a video, recorded in 2012, that shows Jerry Bance peeing into a coffee cup while he is at a customer's home to attend to a service call. Bance is seen pouring the pee filled cup down the sink and then rinsing the cup, all the while the home owner was in the next room.. Following the controversy, the Conservative Party has dropped him as a candidate. Bance later said in a statement:I take great pride in my work and the footage from that day does not reflect who I am as a professional or a person.
|2015-09-07||Activist to move HC against dahi handi 'violations' in Thane - Times of India|
Activist to move HC against dahi handi violations in Thane Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 8, 2015, 01.36 AM IST THANE: Tired of dahi handi mandals violating norms, activist Dr Mahesh Bedekar has decided to move the high court against the mandals, especially those organized by political parties. Armed with a decibel meter, the activist, who had filed a PIL against noise pollution and pandals blocking roads during festivals, toured the city on Sunday recording violations by several dahi handi mandals. While some played loud music, others blocked roads and few others allowed formation of multiple tiers. Dr Bedekar has compiled his observations and is likely to present the same before the court soon. "This is simply not done. Despite the high court ruling on imposing noise pollution restrictions and width of roads to be taken up for the festivals, mandals affiliated to the Shiv Sena seemed to be openly flouting the norms. I have recorded details of all the celebrations in the city and will now present them before the court," the activist told TOI. The violations will set a wrong precedent as Shiv Sena has refused to follow the guidelines despite being part of the government, Bedekar said. According to his observations (a copy is with this newspaper), some mandals like the one at Tembhi naka and Jambhli naka not only flouted the noise norms, but also completely blocked the roads. "The mandals at vital locations had blocked roads leading to the station and even to the nearby civil hospital. They had also installed sprinklers to shower water on govindas. This is sheer recklessness on part of the organizers," the activist said. "I have been pursuing this issue not because I am against celebrations but I strongly feel there is no religious significance in the way festivals are celebrated these days. How can film songs and dancing justify your devotion towards the festivals," he said. He, however, congratulated politicians like Pratap Sarnaik (also from the Sena) who ensured the celebrations were low key this year. The mandal affiliated to Sarnaik didn't block the roads and maintained noise levels. The activist had first filed a PIL in 2010 before the high court against the noise pollution and blocking of roads during festivals. The HC bench, comprising Justice Abhay Oka and Revati Mohite-Dere, in June 2015 came down heavily on the authorities for failing to take any cognizance in the issue.
|2015-09-06||Four held for heist by Thane crime branch - Times of India|
Four held for heist by Thane crime branch Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Sep 6, 2015, 08.08 AM IST A gang of four robbers have been arrested by the Thane crime branch for carrying out a heist at a jeweler shop in Ambernath last month. The police said that Krishna jewellers located in Ambernath was burgled by the unidentified robbers on August 30 by the gang of unidentified robbers who broke the wall of the shop sneaked inside and used gas cutters to break open the safe and fled away with the jewellery worth Rs 11.30 lakh in a systematic way. Subsequently, a offense was registered at the local police station and the crime branch unit -4 was carrying the parallel investigations, said Parag Manere, DCP (crime). A team of Ulhasnagar crime branch launched a manhunt for the gang and based on a tip-off the four accused--Noor Shaikh, 26, Amrudin Shaikh 54 both Sahebganj residents and Rabeul Shaikh 19 and Prabhu Chaudhari 20 residents of Malda in West Bengal were arrested. "The four had come to sell the ornaments at the local market in Ulhasnagar and were arrested red-handed by the team," informed Sanjay Sable, the senior police inspector of crime branch unit-4. Manere informed TOI that the four are the part of a nationwide syndicate wherein the blacksmith, welders are roped in from the Sahebganj to execute the heist not just in Thane but different parts of state and even in the metro cities of the country. "Some of the gangs hire these people and accordingly they use machinery and welding to break-in to safe," Manere informed. There is possibility that the gang is involved in couple of other crime and now they are investigating to ascertain their involvement in the heist, robberies in Thane, Mumbai and other parts of the state. Manere added that the some of the accomplices are absconding and the police have launched manhunt to nab them.
|2015-09-06||Woman traffic cop manhandled in Thane - Times of India|
Woman traffic cop manhandled in Thane ThaneBreaking News:Woman traffic cop manhandled in Thane PTI Sep 6, 2015, 09.59 PM IST woman traffic cop tore, her uniform pulled the traffic copmanhandled in Thane The slow pace of traffic hindering an ambulance to reach hospital enraged the suspect who manhandled the lady cop. (Representative photo)RELATED THANE: A 29-year-old woman traffic police constable was allegedly manhandled at a traffic signal here by an unidentified man who was taking his wife to a hospital in an ambulance and lost his cool as they were slowed down by a heavy flow of vehicles. The woman constable was on traffic duty at Cadbury Junction in the city last evening when the ambulance reached the signal on its way to hospital. The accused, who is yet to be identified, called the traffic constable to the vehicle and started shouting at her. He said that his wife was suffering from swine flu but the traffic was not allowing the ambulance to move ahead, said Vartak Nagar police sub-inspector, Deepak Kumbhar. He also allegedly pulled the traffic cop by her collar and tore her uniform, Kumbhar said citing the complaint lodged by the woman constable late last night against the unidentified man. As per the complaint, after shouting at her at the traffic signal, he pulled the woman constable inside the ambulance and took her to the hospital where he was taking his wife. He also allegedly manhandled the woman constable. A case under relevant sections of IPC, including 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 363 (kidnapping), has been registered in the matter, the SI said, adding that inquiries are on into the matter.
|2015-09-06||Runaway boy from Thane reunited with family - Business Standard|
|2015-09-06||Just In! Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty celebrate Dahi Handi in Thane - Bollywood Life|
Just In! Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty celebrate Dahi Handi in Thane Sun, September 6, 2015 3:22pm IST by Preeti Kulkarni Hero stars Sooraj and Athiya pull huge crowds at dahi handi celebrations in Vartak Nagar, Thane Star kids and debutants Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty are all over the city, promoting their film Hero which is all set to release on September 11. The duo literally is whizzing through the country to make sure that their film is popular among the masses even before it hits the big screen. They are, at this moment, in Thane celebrating dahi-handi as crowds from far and near gather to watch the spectacle. It is heartening to see new-kid-on-the-block Sooraj being so enthusiastic about enjoying the festival to the fullest. The duo sure attract people with their raw energy and give out a very positive vibe. No wonder, people are so enthused about them. The do just got back from Delhi with their mentor and producer, Salman Khan, fondly known as sir by the young actors. After so much of handwork in making and promoting the film, we wish that Hero indeed pleases the masses! On-screen couple has also Tweeted about this event and have seeked blessings on the occasion of Janmashtami. Athiya fondly called Sooraj, her Hero as he playfully burst the dahi-handi! Take a look.
|2015-09-06||45 from Thane cycle to support pan India drive - Times of India|
45 from Thane cycle to support pan India drive Freny Fernandes,TNN Sep 7, 2015, 01.00 AM IST THANE: Dressed in reflective jerseys, cycling shorts, safety gloves and helmets, 45 cyclists from all over the lake city rode from Teen Hath Naka to Upvan and back during the wee hours of Sunday, as part of a pan India event, I Ride With India. The event that was organized by a Hyderabad-based cycling group, Cycling India, aimed at promoting cycling not just as a sport but also as a way of curbing pollution, traffic congestion and the resulting heath problems. The programme received a good response from 100 other cities as well. Cyclists in Norway and the UK too participated in the event. Shivam Gupta, one of the founders of Cycling India, said, "We want to boost the cycling culture in our country and wish that one day in a month is dedicated for it. In today's event, cyclists across the country were asked to start a ride of minimum of 5 km at 6.30am.While this was a pan India initiative, we got a good response from Kendal in the UK and Snaroya in Norway" In Thane, 45 cyclists between the age of 20 and 60 took part in the event. Srinivas Shenoy (23), who has been cycling since he was five, said, "Cycling relieve stress. I have to juggle college, tuitions and other activities. However, when I cycle, I forget it all." Another participant, Sonali Sahasrabudhe from Kolshet said, "A major chunk of my everyday routine involves household work. I cycle 10 to 12 km, five days a week, to give myself a little me time." Jon, a US-based cyclist and professor, who participated in the event, compared the cycling cultures in many cities across the world, busting common myths here. "While cities like Amsterdam are known for being bicycle-friendly because of its physical infrastructure, Mumbai has great potential. because its streets are already used for a variety of non-motorized purposes. Cycling here is not as bad as people think since drivers cannot go too fast on account of the traffic," he said. Anuj Phadke, a core team member of Zero Emission, the group that led the ride in Thane, added, "Numerous benefits of the sport has led to the growth of a newly formed social culture." is generated when new cyclists meet each other an entire culture here is on a rise.
|2015-09-05||Dahi handi group to donate prize money to transplant recipient - Mid-Day|
Dahi handi group to donate prize money to transplant recipient By Sadaguru Pandit |Posted 2 hours The family of Anwar Khan was finding it difficult to raise funds for his post-surgery treatment, and had approached a Thane-based dahi handi group for help; organiser Sanjay Suresh Bhalika said they will give the amount to them This Janmashtami and dahi handi there will be celebrations of a different kind at the Khan household. Until Thursday, a month after he became the first successful heart transplant recipient in Mumbai, 22-year-old Anwar Khan, and his family were facing the bigger question of raising finance, while he marched towards recovery. Anwar Khan is the first successful heart transplant recipient in Mumbai. Khan had a successful heart transplant surgery on August 3 and was discharged from Fortis hospital after 22 days. While they were yet to receive a bill for surgery and treatment cost, the financial help offered by the hospital social workers was on the verge of running out. They were also finding it difficult to handle the medication and post-surgery follow up costs, which are approximately R50,000 per month. But on Friday, they were approached by the organiser of a dahi handi group from Thane, who has promised to give them over R5 lakh of their prize money, putting a smile on their lips. Sanjay Suresh Bhalika, a Congress member from Thane and the Thane Jilha Congress Sewa Samiti dahi handi organiser, said that he will give the dahi handi prize to Anwar Khans family as they are finding it difficult to pay for the expenses. Bhalika said Anwars family had approached him for help. Giving a message We have been celebrating dahi handi from the past eight years. After we came to know from the newspaper reports and sources that the family isnt well off to handle the financial strain caused by the surgery, we decided to donate the dahi handi money to them so that the treatment and follow ups are done on time. This is more important than celebrating a festival. We want to send out a message to people who are creating differences in society on the basis of religion. We want to show that we are all together. If a Muslim is in need, we Hindus will not celebrate our festival to help him out, said Bhalika. Bhalika has been organising various dahi handis every year at 20-25 different places in Thane. The prize money comes from all of them. His group will give Rs 5,51,511 to Khan for the treatment through a cheque by Monday. Thankful for gesture The family of Khan, who are ecstatic post the development, said that they are very happy as for some time there will be no hurdles in going ahead with the treatment. I am thankful to the Govinda Mandal from the bottom of my heart for this kind gesture. Most importantly, the amount will serve as medication expense for at least next one year and we will be rest assured, that the treatment will continue as per doctors advice, said Jamil Khan, Anwars father. Till now, the savings, valuable assets like gold and silver, were used to manage the cost of medication and follow-ups. But the money was just about to get over, and we had been left with almost no financial options to continue the treatment, Jamil had said earlier. While talking to mid-day, the Khans had said that they had to hire another apartment on the top floor of their building at Badlapur for Anwar, so that he spends as little time as possible in company of outsiders, or them, to avoid infections. But Anwar, who wakes up at 7.30 am everyday, as he was used to during his stay in the hospital, still insists on having breakfast with them and returns to his apartment. The family has been asked to give him food rich in protein so that it helps him regain strength. He has to take more than 20-25 pills a day and that is the most irritating part of his schedule, other than not being able to spend time with family. But doctors have advised him strictly to do so, and this will go on for at least three months, said Narendra, his friend. The family, that deals in scrap with a yearly income of Rs 1.5 lakh approximately, was initially helped by the social workers of Fortis Hospital. Help even poured in locally from NGOs etc. We had got around Rs 20,000 through hospital sources, but that money and our savings were close to coming to an end. Even our younger son met with an accident and his treatment cost around Rs 50,000. We had contacted a popular trust but havent received a confirmation from their end yet, Jamil had said. The Khans were planning to seek help of religious groups, and non-profit organizations, for the costs. Since he is slated to spend at least three to four months in isolation, the medication costs are going to remain high during the period. The cost of the medication is estimated to be around Rs 28-30,000 a month. Added to this is a weekly follow-up at the hospital, which involves numerous tests like 2D Echo and ECG to keep a check on the condition of the heart activity and abilities to function. The visits cost up to Rs 4,000 a session with the monthly estimate of around Rs 16,000.
|2015-09-05||Efforts will be put to start work on Thane Metro this year: CM Devendra Fadnavis - Economic Times|
Efforts will be put to start work on Thane Metro this year: CM Fadnavis today said all attempts would be made to start the work on the proposed Thane Metro project this year itself. THANE: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said all attempts would be made to start the work on the proposed Thane Metro project this year itself and emphasised that there shall be no inordinate delay in completion of the project. "We will make all attempts to start the work on Thane Metro project this year itself. There will be no inordinate delay in completion of the project unlike it happened in the case of Mumbai Metro One," Fadnavis said. He was addressing a gathering at the inauguration of the renovated Town Hall here. Mumbai's first metro service on 12-km Versova-Andheri- Ghatkopar route started last year in June. The work on the project had began in 2008 and was delayed by a quite long time. The route under the Thane project stretches from Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali. Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde on the occasion said Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and PWD, was ready to construct the district headquarters of the new Palghar.
|2015-09-05||Mumbai: Thane forest dept begins exercise to detect leopard movement - Hindustan Times|
|2015-09-05||Thane: Dahi handi group to donate prize money to transplant recipient - Mid-Day|
Thane: Dahi handi group to donate prize money to transplant recipient By Sadaguru Pandit |Posted 05-Sep-2015 The family of Anwar Khan was finding it difficult to raise funds for his post-surgery treatment, and had approached a Thane-based dahi handi group for help; organiser Sanjay Suresh Bhalika said they will give the amount to them This Janmashtami and dahi handi there will be celebrations of a different kind at the Khan household. Until Thursday, a month after he became the first successful heart transplant recipient in Mumbai, 22-year-old Anwar Khan, and his family were facing the bigger question of raising finance, while he marched towards recovery. Anwar Khan is the first successful heart transplant recipient in Mumbai. Khan had a successful heart transplant surgery on August 3 and was discharged from Fortis hospital after 22 days. While they were yet to receive a bill for surgery and treatment cost, the financial help offered by the hospital social workers was on the verge of running out. They were also finding it difficult to handle the medication and post-surgery follow up costs, which are approximately R50,000 per month. But on Friday, they were approached by the organiser of a dahi handi group from Thane, who has promised to give them over R5 lakh of their prize money, putting a smile on their lips. Sanjay Suresh Bhalika, a Congress member from Thane and the Thane Jilha Congress Sewa Samiti dahi handi organiser, said that he will give the dahi handi prize to Anwar Khans family as they are finding it difficult to pay for the expenses. Bhalika said Anwar’s family had approached him for help. Giving a message We have been celebrating dahi handi from the past eight years. After we came to know from the newspaper reports and sources that the family isnt well off to handle the financial strain caused by the surgery, we decided to donate the dahi handi money to them so that the treatment and follow ups are done on time. This is more important than celebrating a festival. We want to send out a message to people who are creating differences in society on the basis of religion. We want to show that we are all together. If a Muslim is in need, we Hindus will not celebrate our festival to help him out, said Bhalika. Bhalika has been organising various dahi handis every year at 20-25 different places in Thane. The prize money comes from all of them. His group will give Rs 5,51,511 to Khan for the treatment through a cheque by Monday. Thankful for gestureThe family of Khan, who are ecstatic post the development, said that they are very happy as for some time there will be no hurdles in going ahead with the treatment. I am thankful to the Govinda Mandal from the bottom of my heart for this kind gesture. Most importantly, the amount will serve as medication expense for at least next one year and we will be rest assured, that the treatment will continue as per doctors advice, said Jamil Khan, Anwars father. Till now, the savings, valuable assets like gold and silver, were used to manage the cost of medication and follow-ups. But the money was just about to get over, and we had been left with almost no financial options to continue the treatment, Jamil had said earlier. While talking to mid-day, the Khans had said that they had to hire another apartment on the top floor of their building at Badlapur for Anwar, so that he spends as little time as possible in company of outsiders, or them, to avoid infections. But Anwar, who wakes up at 7.30 am everyday, as he was used to during his stay in the hospital, still insists on having breakfast with them and returns to his apartment. The family has been asked to give him food rich in protein so that it helps him regain strength. He has to take more than 20-25 pills a day and that is the most irritating part of his schedule, other than not being able to spend time with family. But doctors have advised him strictly to do so, and this will go on for at least three months, said Narendra, his friend. The family, that deals in scrap with a yearly income of Rs 1.5 lakh approximately, was initially helped by the social workers of Fortis Hospital. Help even poured in locally from NGOs etc. We had got around Rs 20,000 through hospital sources, but that money and our savings were close to coming to an end. Even our younger son met with an accident and his treatment cost around Rs 50,000. We had contacted a popular trust but havent received a confirmation from their end yet, Jamil had said. The Khans were planning to seek help of religious groups, and non-profit organizations, for the costs. Since he is slated to spend at least three to four months in isolation, the medication costs are going to remain high during the period. The cost of the medication is estimated to be around Rs 28-30,000 a month. Added to this is a weekly follow-up at the hospital, which involves numerous tests like 2D Echo and ECG to keep a check on the condition of the heart activity and abilities to function. The visits cost up to Rs 4,000 a session with the monthly estimate of around Rs 16,000.
|2015-09-04||Check water theft and illegal connections: Thane Municipal Corporation - Daily News & Analysis|
Check water theft and illegal connections: Thane Municipal Corporation Friday, 4 September 2015 - 7:30am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Padmja Sinha The instruction came, following civic problems faced by Diva locals. The civic chief came to know about the water theft and water crisis being faced by the people. With monsoon being the lowest in the month of August, water crisis looms over city. To avoid serious water crunch in the city, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) civic chief, Sanjeev Jaiswal has given instructions to the concerned department, to take stern action against water leakages and theft. The instruction came, following civic problems faced by Diva locals. The civic chief came to know about the water theft and water crisis being faced by the people. The city has received 20% less rainfall in August compared to that in 2014. So, water cut too, could be expected in the days to come. Thane receives 470 million liters (MLD) water daily to serve its 18 lakh population, but the activists claim, more than 20% of water is being wasted in leakages and theft. Thus, the civic chief has asked to take strict action against illegal water connection by shops or shanties. The illegal water connection is loss of revenue for TMC. Thane residents have been facing water problem but Diva residents are the worst affected, as they get 15 MLD of daily water supplies, out of which, most of it is stolen. So, the civic chief has asked to cut off all illegal connection with immediate effect. Activist Rajiv Datta said, Construction activity has been increased in the city and so is the population, but the infrastructures have not been increased in the same proportion. As the old pipes have not been changed since a long time, it has resulted to unwanted leakages in many areas of the city. These problems needs to be addressed. While discussing the problems of Diva locals, the commissioner has also ensured of better roads, fire brigade, health facility, among others.
|2015-09-04||Thane crime branch arrest six chain snatchers from UP - Times of India|
Thane crime branch arrest six chain snatchers from UP Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Sep 4, 2015, 08.33 AM IST THANE: Six persons from chain snatching syndicate have been arrested by the Thane crime branch unit-1 on Wednesday from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The police said that based on the tip-off that the gang members, after carrying out the series of chain snatching in Thane have fled to Uttar Pradesh, a team of crime branch followed them to the Deoband in Saharanpur. The police said that Barkat ali Baig, (34) a resident of Bhiwandi, Rehan Yusuf Ali (19), Alikhan Izzat Ali (26), Sabir Ali (22), Tahir Hasan (3) and Bullet Altaf Ali (38) were arrested and shall be soon brought to Thane for further investigation. The inter-state crackdown by the Thane police is the part of the strategy launched by the Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh. Accordingly, they are tracking the accused from different parts of country as they are known to be habitual of committing the street crime in one city and flee to the other one. They take shelter to the Irani hamlets which are located on outskirts of cities spread across India, said a police officer. A senior police officer said that the crime branch team are now taking them to check out the receiver of the stolen booty from the six accused. The police suspect that there is possibility that the accused and their other accomplice might have targeted several other women from the jurisdiction of other police stations not just in Thane but other parts of the states. "It is suspected that around 40-50 cases could be detected from the six however, once they are brought here, their actual involvement in the crime would be ascertained," Parag Manere, DCP crime informed. The officer said that Baig is the head of this group and Bullet is known for riding motorcycles in high speed thus, he is named Bullet.
|2015-09-04||For two teachers in Thane district, a 4-hr commute to school is worth it - The Indian Express|
|2015-09-03||Leopard strays in Thane city - Times of India|
Leopard strays in Thane city TNN Sep 3, 2015, 04.04 PM ISTS A leopard strayed near the D-Mart store, on way to Hiranandani Garden building complex in Thane, creating a flutter among locals. TOI photo Ruta Joshi THANE: A leopard strayed near the D-Mart store, on way to Hiranandani Garden building complex in Thane, creating a flutter among locals. Sources claim that leopards many a times wander in the forests of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and its periphery. Many stray dogs and pigs are also found in the area surrounding the Ghodbundar road in Thane, which is connected to the forest. The leopard which had strayed however did not harmed any body. Experts feel that it a case of man animal conflict.
|2015-09-03||Decline in birds at Thane creek as garbage dumping rampant - Times of India|
Decline in birds at Thane creek as garbage dumping rampant Freny Fernandes,TNN Sep 3, 2015, 11.21 AM IST THANE: While the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is trying to keep the green cover in the city by going on a massive tree plantation drive, the debris thrown into Thane creek has led to a decline in bird population sighted here since the past few years. This, environmentalists said, is bound to have a disastrous impact on the marine life. The creek precincts at Kopri, Diva and Balkum emit foul smell owing to the discharge of rubbish even as the civic body and the forest department appears to turn a blind eye to the waste littered around the water bodies. Avinash Bhagat, member of Paryavaran Dakshata Manch, said, "I have observed a decline in the population of birds since the four years that I have been working on environmental issues surrounding the Thane creek. This is because the garbage dumped into the creek gets stuck in the roots of the mangroves and pollutes the water and soil and reduces the oxygen they contain. This has reduced the number of worms living in these wetlands and thus the number of birds that feed on them." He added that Thane is the only part of the country which was a perfect habitat for all birds of the Ralidae family, which includes kraits, water hens, water cocks, etc. While they survived on and flocked to the reeds in the creek area in Kopri, their numbers have reduced considerably as the polluted creek water has decreased the quality of reeds. Birds, like the black wing stilt that live in polluted water are growing in number. Stalin Dayanand, director of NGO Vanashakti, said, "Indiscriminately planting saplings in the mudflats along the creek disrupts the breeding ground of different bird species, which make it their habitat. If the TMC really wants to conserve mangroves, they should find a new garbage dumping ground instead of using the green area in Diva for the same."
|2015-09-03||Thane civil hospital staff join day-long trade unions stir - Times of India|
Thane civil hospital staff join day-long trade unions stir Shrutika Sukhi,TNN Sep 3, 2015, 11.26 AM IST THANE: Hundreds of employees from the class III and class IV category of the Thane civil hospital joined a day-long strike called by trade unions against the Central government's anti-labour policies on Wednesday. Medical services, however, were unaffected as doctors and nursing staff were present in full strength to attend to patients. A total of 363 employees from the hospital went on strike to demand that the state government must start a five day a week, increase the age of retirement to 60, recruit more staff and fill in the vacant seats and increase the dearness allowance. "As the employees have gone on strike, we faced staff crunch on Wednesday. We received almost 331 new patients, besides the 301 patients who have already been admitted. We had to step up work and ensure that all patients receive proper and timely treatment," said a medical officer.
|2015-09-03||Chain snatchings dip down in last two months in Thane - Times of India|
Chain snatchings dip down in last two months in Thane Nishikant Karlikar,TNN| Sep 3, 2015, 11.10 PM IST he crackdown on the chain snatching syndicate by the Thane police has directly resulted the number of cases going down by nearly 40 percent in the last two months. According to the statistics of Thane police, nearly 74 cases of chain snatching were reported in 2014, the number has gone down to 31 in the jurisdiction of Thane police commissionerate. In August 2014, around 94 incidents of chain snatchings were reported in the subsequent year the number sharply dipped down to 51. The detection rate in the two months has been dismal with less than 10 percent. Sources from Thane police informed that thelaw-enforcing agencies in the city have to deal with the issues of rapid and unplanned urbanization, continuing migration and inadequate manpower for street policing. In bid to curb the chain snatching incident the police have taken a tough stand against the habitual offenders had invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control Of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA)against gangs involved in chain-snatching and also those jewelers dealing with the stolen jewellery however, this has deterred the robbers to commit snatchings on street. The polcie have even deployed additional force in the form of naka bandi on streets late in the night and during the early morning hours, which has also helped in bringing down the chain snatching. A police officer said that the young boys from Irani clan are trained firstly to rob the bikes whereas their elder family members are the one's who stuck the women on the secluded roads. "The sudden crackdown has however, deterred them from snatching the chains and now are fleeing to different parts of the state and country," said a official.
|2015-09-03||Petrol pumps' stir threat in Thane, Navi Mumbai - Times of India|
Petrol pumps' stir threat in Thane, Navi Mumbai TNN Sep 3, 2015, 10.11 PM IST MUMBAI: The Federation of All Maharashtra Petrol Dealers Association (FAMPEDA) has called for a one-day strike of all petrol pumps across 25 civic corporations on September 7 to demand rollback of LBT on petrol/diesel. The corporations include those in Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan and Vasai-Virar. FAMPEDA president Uday Lodh said there was a recent waiver on LBT for traders across the state. "However, LBT continues on petrol and diesel, and this is paid by consumer. So, if there is a waiver on LBT on fuel, the benefit will be passed to the common man. He will save 2 to 5% money while purchasing petrol or diesel," Lodh stated. He said the federation has issued an ultimatum to the government to remove LBT on fuel by September 6, and if it failed to do so, then pump owners will shut operations voluntarily. Lodh added that the government should consider the demand in the larger public interest. "Or else, they will be responsible for any inconvenience caused to citizen/motorists is due to closure of pumps on September 7," he added.
|2015-09-03||Accused in Balganga irrigation scam collapses in Thane court - Business Standard|
|2015-09-03||Thane: Demolition halted after women threaten to immolate themselves - Hindustan Times|
|2015-09-02||Thane's first smart school with power saving methods - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane's first smart school with power saving methods Wednesday, 2 September 2015 - 7:30am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Ankita G Menon TMC's school number 44 at Vartak Nagar will be known for its energy efficient and green methods, that are being adopted. Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is working towards making Thane, a smart city. As per the central government plan, Thane is also selected for being a solar energy empowered city and as part of that attempt, they have started work on building the nations first energy efficient school building. Within the next two months, the civic body will be known for building a smart green school. TMC& school number 44 at Vartak Nagar will be known for its energy efficient and green methods, that are being adopted. 15 kilowatts solar panels are being put up on the terrace of the school building. None of the electrical appliance will be functioning through the electricity boards power. LED lights will be used and ceiling fans across the school will be five star rated. Usually lights are 52 watts but within the school LED lights, 16 watts will be used to save energy. Similarly, ceiling fans will consume 35 watts electricity each. All the bathrooms within the school will have occupancy sensor, which will save the energy when the room is not occupied, said an official from the TMCs electrical department. An estimated cost of Rs45 lakh will be funded for this project by the European Union, so, the TMC need not spend on this project. They have also planned to have a real time web portal, that will update the units generated and the energy consumption, which can be checked by anyone from across the globe. Depending on the success ratio of this project, the civic body will implement it on other schools too. Apart from saving electricity, they have also planned to install water harvesting, water recycling, segregation of wet and dry waste, conserving and planting trees. After the completion of the project, awareness would be created amongst students about the various programmes and they would be asked to be a part of the smart green school process.
|2015-09-02||Swaraj Abhiyaan rally to be held in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Swaraj Abhiyaan rally to be held in Thane Wednesday, 2 September 2015 - 7:45am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Ankita G Menon Swaraj Abhiyaan has asked all residents to gather in support of their demands on September 13. Swaraj Abhiyaan chief Yogendra Yadav visited Thanes Wagle Estate on Tuesday evening. His visit was to show support to the equal rights to housing for residents within Thane and nearby areas. Since the last few months, talks about cluster development and redevelopment have been doing the rounds, but Yadavs party has been focusing on developing slums and chawl areas as well. On my way to Wagle Estate, I saw cops demolishing a few illegal shops and market areas here. How are these areas termed as legal or illegal? When a rich person builds a 28-storey building within Mumbai with a helipad atop it, even though it is on a land meant for minorities, it is not termed as illegal. No civic body takes their crane towards those structures, but only the poor are targeted. We need to fight to wipe out such differences and ensure that the filth in the basic pattern developed by the government itself becomes legal, said Yogendra Yadav, while addressing residents of Indra Nagar. Swaraj Abhiyaan has asked all residents to gather in support of their demands on September 13. Those staying in MIDC since years have nowhere to go with demolition, the government needs to provide alternatives or allot permanent housing options in these areas, added Yadav. Swaraj AbhiyaanYogendra YadavRallyRedevelopmentMaharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC)
|2015-09-02||Thane Dahi Handi mandals singled out' - Times of India|
Thane Dahi Handi mandals singled out Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Sep 2, 2015, 01.00 PM IST THANE: NCP on Tuesday claimed that the BJP-Shiv Sena government was "selectively targeting" Dahi Handi mandals in Thane but giving a free hand to those in Mumbai. jitendra Awhad accused the Devendra Fadnavis government of playing spoilsport by not challenging the Bombay high court's orders that sought to regulate the noise levels, the use of streets for conducting festivities and also the height restrictions for Dahi Handi mandals. "The government is using the police machinery and issuing notices to the mandals. However, we shall fight the restrictions, in the Supreme Court if required as the CM is reluctant to do so," Awhad said. Countering the claims, activist Mahesh Bedekar said, "I wonder what their plea before the Supreme Court will be. If the roads are meant for movement of vehicles and pedestrians, will they ask the SC to allow them to block the road for organizing festivals? Will they challenge the high court orders to regulate the decibel levels and ask the SC to give them blanket permission to run riot with loudspeakers in public places." Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik rubbished Awhad's claims and said it was a "deliberate attempt to create an atmosphere of confusion among citizens" and "blame the state government for the high court's orders". "The government is not against celebrating the festivals in a decent way and will definitely grant permission to all mandals who rules laid by the high court," Sarnaik said. Awhad and Sarnaik hosted high-profile Dahi Handi celebrations till last year and competing with each other in offering cash prizes running into lakhs. Most residents in the neighbourhood were opposed to the "ugly depiction" of the festival, a section of builders and traders alleged that political leaders would "extort" money from them to fund the celebrations.
|2015-09-02||Thane players shine at Asian kickboxing meet - Times of India|
Thane players shine at Asian kickboxing meet B B Nayak,TNN Sep 2, 2015, 02.16 PM IST THANE: Players representing the Thane District Kickboxing Association (TDKA) won two gold, a silver and three bronze in various categories at the Asian Kickboxing Championship. Besides, three of them reached the quarterfinal stage but could not clear the hurdle for the next bouts. The players won two gold medals in the individual category with the winners being Sanjay Katode and Dipti Agarwal at the championship held in Pune. Nine kick boxers from the city were in the fray but only six succeeded in their attempt to win a medal or two and the remaining three returned with an international debut experience. "Around 16 countries participated in this mega event. Our players made the most of it by winning so many medals. It was one of the best efforts by our athletes on the international podium," said Mohan Singh, secretary of TDKA. Priti Pant was the sole silver medalist from Thane while bronze medal recipients included Makarand Joshi, Rohan Singh and Nishigandha Rao.
|2015-09-02||Boy scalded at Thane railway station - Times of India|
Boy scalded at Thane railway station TNN Sep 2, 2015, 09.10 AM IST THANE: A youngster suffered critical burn injuries at Thane railway station after he came in contact with the live overhead wire. The incident occurred around 9:45pm at platform 3. Eye witnesses said the boy was reportedly being chased by few people who had accused him of stealing a wallet from another commuter. The boy, in a bid to escape the crowd, climbed up to the roof of a stationary local train using a ladder between two compartments train when he accidentally came in contact with the live wire. There was a huge sound and the scalded boy fell on the adjoining track. Station authorities and police immediately shifted him to Thane civil hospital for treatment. A case was yet to be registered by the railway police.
|2015-09-02||5-year-old abducted at Thane while sleeping by mother's side, raped - Mid-Day|
5-year-old abducted at Thane while sleeping by mother's side, raped By PTI |Posted 02-Sep-2015 Thane: An unidentified person abducted a 5-year-old girl sleeping by her mother's side from a house in the wee hours today and raped her at a public toilet, police said here. Inspector Balasaheb Tambe of the Kasarwadavali police station said after the girl's father died, her mother moved to the city six months ago from Latur and started living with her parents. At around 2.30 am today an unidentified man entered the house and picked up the sleeping girl. He took her to a toilet near the public garden in the area, and left her there after raping her, he said. The girl's cries alerted the garden's watchman who took her to the police station. By that time the girl's mother also reached there to report her missing daughter, he added. Further probe is on, Tambe said.
|2015-09-02||Decline in birds at Thane creek as garbage dumping rampant - Times of India|
Decline in birds at Thane creek as garbage dumping rampant Freny Fernandes,TNN Sep 3, 2015, 02.04 AM IST THANE: While the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is trying to keep the green cover in the city by going on a massive tree plantation drive, the debris thrown into Thane creek has led to a decline in bird population sighted here since the past few years. This, environmentalists said, is bound to have a disastrous impact on the marine life. The creek precincts at Kopri, Diva and Balkum emit foul smell owing to the discharge of rubbish even as the civic body and the forest department appears to turn a blind eye to the waste littered around the water bodies. Avinash Bhagat, member of Paryavaran Dakshata Manch, said, "I have observed a decline in the population of birds since the four years that I have been working on environmental issues surrounding the Thane creek. This is because the garbage dumped into the creek gets stuck in the roots of the mangroves and pollutes the water and soil and reduces the oxygen they contain. This has reduced the number of worms living in these wetlands and thus the number of birds that feed on them." He added that Thane is the only part of the country which was a perfect habitat for all birds of the Ralidae family, which includes kraits, water hens, water cocks, etc. While they survived on and flocked to the reeds in the creek area in Kopri, their numbers have reduced considerably as the polluted creek water has decreased the quality of reeds. Birds, like the black wing stilt that live in polluted water are growing in number. Stalin Dayanand, director of NGO Vanashakti, said, "Indiscriminately planting saplings in the mudflats along the creek disrupts the breeding ground of different bird species, which make it their habitat. If the TMC really wants to conserve mangroves, they should find a new garbage dumping ground instead of using the green area in Diva for the same."
|2015-09-02||Thane players shine at Asian kickboxing meet - Times of India|
Thane players shine at Asian kickboxing B B Nayak,TNN Sep 2, 2015, 10.39 PM IST THANE: Players representing the Thane District Kickboxing Association (TDKA) won two gold, a silver and three bronze in various categories at the Asian Kickboxing Championship. Besides, three of them reached the quarterfinal stage but could not clear the hurdle for the next bouts. The players won two gold medals in the individual category with the winners being Sanjay Katode and Dipti Agarwal at the championship held in Pune. Nine kick boxers from the city were in the fray but six succeeded in their attempt to win a medal or two and the remaining three returned with an international debut experience. "Around 16 countries participated in this mega event. Our players made the most of it by winning so many medals. It was one of the best efforts by our athletes on the international podium," said Mohan Singh, secretary of TDKA. Priti Pant was the sole silver medalist from Thane while bronze medal recipients included Makarand Joshi, Rohan Singh and Nishigandha Rao. Those failed to make their mark in the medal league even after getting into play the quarterfinals were Manisha Alkunte, Fazal Khan and Jeevan Thakur.
|2015-09-01||Thane gets premium FSI, TMC to control TDR - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane gets premium FSI, TMC to control TDR Tuesday, 1 September 2015 - 7:55am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Padmja Sinha The corporation can now earn more revenue and use it for development plans Thane assumes greater importance after the Centre included it in the smart cities list File Photo In an important decision taken by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will now control the Transfer and Development Rights (TDR) rates. This means that 1.3 TDR can now be purchased directly from the TMC by paying a premium amount and since the corporation will be controlling the TDR, additional floor space index (FSI) shall be permissible for projects that require it. Jitendra Mehta, secretary of MCHI CREDAI, Thane, said, The new revised norms are more helpful for the corporation as they will be controlling the TDR rates. This rule will generate revenue for the TMC and they can use the amount for development plans, rather than asking the state government for funds. When asked about the impact on redevelopment projects, Mehta added, This rule will be helpful in redevelopment projects and it will bridge the gap between demand and supply of TDR. As per the new norms, the TDR has been divided into two parts 0.5 TDR can be purchased from outside, whereas TMC can provide 1.3 TDR. The land cost will also come down, leading to increased real estate activities, which means more development, explained Mehta. We welcome the announcement of 0.33 increase in FSI for Thane. It is a step in right direction and at an appropriate time. The increase in premium FSI would help in creating more housing stock, which automatically checks the rising prices in the city, said Shailesh Puranik, managing director of Puranik Developers. He added, Thane has witnessed a phenomenal growth in terms of infrastructure, economy and business in the last few years. It has seen huge inflow of population from various parts of Mumbai and neighbouring regions in view of affordable homes, socio-economic infrastructure like malls, multiplexes, international restaurants, educational facilities, among others. Thane assumes greater importance after the central government included it in the smart cities list. We believe that the increase in FSI has come in an appropriate time and it would help in overall development of Thane. As far as redevelopment is concerned, the state had separate regulations and FSI rules. Present announcement regarding increase in FSI will take care of citys overall development, said Puranik. Now that TMC will control the TDR, it wants hold over the entire amount generated through the TDR to bail them out from financial crunch. This amount, the TMC says, will be used for development activities. However, the state has turned down this offer, saying 50% amount will go to its kitty, while corporation can use the remaining amount. In March 2014, TMC had submitted a resolution asking the government to allow premium FSI of 0.33, in addition to the applicable base FSI and TDR. So, the overall FSI cap was retained while making premium FSI available as an option to TDR. Following the CMs decision, builders will now have an option of availing FSI by payment of premium in lieu of TDR. However, Fadnavis has made it clear that premium FSI regime cannot be extended to slum rehabilitation scheme, buildings in fishing villages, congested areas and those within Coastal Regulation Zones. Apart from this, the perks cannot be applied to educational, medical and institutional buildings, starred category hotels, and information technology establishments, where incentive FSI is already available. The premium FSI is also linked with the width of the road. Pramod Nimbhalkar, town development and planning officer, said, The new regulation will not only help in development plans, but also in 80-90% of redevelopment projects will benefited. In fact, the old Thane city too can be developed and this will boost the construction activity, as rates will lower. The only cap is that the access road should be of 9m or wider to avail the premium FSI. This could act as a deterrent but only for 5-8% projects. Civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal said, Redevelopment activity will gain a momentum as we will get 1.3 TDR in comparison to previous 0.4 and 0.8. The TDR-linked premium FSI will be of help. Also, the 50% amount collected through this can be used for development work. Activist Chandrahas Tawde said, We are happy with the new regulation but will have to see who stands to gain the most. With new TDR regulation in place, the monopoly of some developers will come to an end, but the question remains that how TMC is going to use new government resolution. What GR says No additional FSI on payment of premium shall be permissible on any plot fronting on a road having width less than 9m Additional FSI permissible under this regulation shall be on gross plot area, after deducting DP reservation Additional FSI under this regulation shall be permissible for residential user, commercial user, non- polluting industrial user and public/semi-public user Additional 0.33 FSI is optional and non-transferable. It is to be granted as on application and to be used on the same plot As per the concept of TDR, additional FSI shall be permissible on the receiving plot Premium shall be charged for additional 0.33 FSI as per the rates mentioned under regulation TMC shall utilise the premium through account for implementation of Development Plan No vertical extension of existing buildings by utilised 0.33 FSI shall be permitted with erection of columns in the required marginal open space
|2015-09-01||Cops nab man who duped branded stores in Mumbai, Thane, Pune - Mid-Day|
Cops nab man who duped branded stores in Mumbai, Thane, Pune By Samiullah Khan |Posted 3 hours The conman would pose as a shopper and request the shops to deliver the products home, claiming he had forgotten his wallet there A taste for expensive clothes and gadgets has led to the arrest of a Baroda-based man, after he duped a jeans store in Borivli to the tune of Rs 17,300. Ramesh Thadaram Motwani hails from Baroda, but would regularly strike shops in Mumbai, Thane and Pune Cops discovered this was a regular practice with the man, who would scout branded stores and select items he liked, but when the time came to pay for them, he would pretend to have forgotten his wallet at home. He would tell the owners that he lived nearby and then ask them if they would deliver the goods and collect the money there itself. The accused, identified as Ramesh Thadaram Motwani (49), resides at Suncity Tower in Manzalpur, Baroda, but regularly strikes shops across Mumbai, Thane and Pune, said the police. However, this only came to light on August 20, when he tried the same trick at a Pepe Jeans store in Borivli. He shopped for clothes worth Rs 17,300 but didnt pay for them. He told the store manager that he had forgotten his wallet at home, just four buildings away. At first he said he would go back and bring his wallet, but once he had left, he called the store again to request that the clothes be delivered instead. Smooth operatorThe police said that Motwani was always well-dressed and well-spoken, and so shopkeepers believed him easily. The manager at Pepe Jeans was also fooled, and he sent an errand boy to deliver the jeans to the address given by Motwani. He met the errand boy at the buildings gate, took the shopping bag for him and told him to wait right there, while he went home and brought the money downstairs. The errand boy kept waiting, but Motwani never returned. He had already left the area. Cheated When the boy went upstairs to the flat Motwani had claimed was his, he learnt that nobody had lived there in months. The boy immediately informed the shop manager, who complained to the Borivli police. By tracking the mobile phone he had used to call the store, the police found Motwani and nabbed him in Ahmedabad. During interrogation, he confessed to several similar acts of fraud. Cops also suspect that he would sell some of the stolen items for profit. Cop speak We arrested him from Ahmedabad after tracing his mobiles location. He has been arrested for cheating and theft, said assistant police inspector GS Gharge from Borivli police station. Rs 17kThe value of the goods that the accused stole from the jeans store in Borivli
|2015-09-01||Thane dist sees dip in vehicle registrations since April - Times of India|
Thane dist sees dip in vehicle registrations since April Manoj Badgeri,TNN Sep 1, 2015, 12.08 PM IST THANE: Even though the prices of fuel have decreased, residents are restraining from purchasing new vehicles in Thane district. The transport department said that the first four months of the year saw a slump in vehicle registration as compared to last year. The overall vehicle registration in Thane district that comprises of Thane city, Navi Mumbai, Vasai and Kalyan has witnessed a dip in figures by nearly 5%. While last year the transport department has registered 84,850 vehicles this year it dropped to 82,613. Navi Mumbai registered the least number of vehicles this year as it registered 11,843 vehicles between April to July this year as compared to 13,008 last year. In Thane, the number of vehicles registered in the same period this year is 31,005 as compared to last year's figures of 31,390. Vasai and Kalyan also witnessed a subsequent slide in the numbers. The demand for four-wheelers was much less as compared to that of two-wheelers. Kalyan was the only place where the demand for four-wheelers increased in the fourth month. However, two-wheelers have always been a preferred choice for residents. In Thane, there was an increase in bike sales from 19,699 last year to 21,134 this year. Experts believe that the demand for four-wheelers has decreased in the lake city as there isn't enough parking spaces. This is the main reason why residents are opting for two-wheelers over cars. There has been a constant slide in the price of petrol and diesel since April, but this has not reflected in the sale figures. The sales continue to be low and we are banking on the forthcoming festive season for it to pick up, said a sales executive at an automobile showroom. However, transport officials claim that the dip in figures could also be because of the new rule in which motorist are suppose to register their vehicles in the city they live in. Earlier, motorists residing in Mumbai used to purchase vehicles and register them in Thane as they would evade paying octroi. However, since last year, this has stopped, said a senior transport official.
|2015-09-01||Thane: Housewife murdered for allegedly practising 'witchcraft' - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Housewife murdered for allegedly practising 'witchcraft' Tuesday, 1 September 2015 - 11:32pm IST | Place: Thane | Agency: PTI The victim was accused by her late sister of making her sick by practicing "witchcraft" on her, the police official said. Thane housewife was killed merely on suspicion that she had practised witchcraft on her own sister The city police announced on Tuesday that one person has been arrested in connection with a case in which a Thane housewife was killed merely on suspicion that she had practised witchcraft on her own sister, who died later. Addressing a press conference at Kalyan today, DCP (Kalyan Zone) S B Jadhav told reporters that on the night of August 12, the victim namely Sangeeta Amesh Antre went missing, after which her husband lodged a missing person complaint at Kalyans MFC police station.A police investigation revealed that the last call on her cellular phone was from a number which belonged to the complainants brother-in-law Krishna Raghav Safalika, the police official said. A probe revealed that Safalikas wife Leena who happened to be the missing victim Sangeetas sister, used to be sick all the time, the police official said.Several times she told her husband Safalika who is the prime accused in the case, that her sister Sangeeta practiced witchcraft on her which is the reason behind her sickness, the police official said.After Leena died in January 2015, her husband Safalika bore a serious grudge against the victim Sangeeta, who was accused by his late wife of making her sick by practicing witchcraft on her, the police official said. In order to avenge his wife Leenas death, Safalika and his friend Sandeep Mali reached Sangeetas house on the night of August 12, when her husband was away and physically assaulted her, the police official said.After Leena became unconscious, they dumped her in a car and drove towards Nashik, towards Vasind village. When Leena regained her consciousness, the main accused Safalika asked her if she had practiced witchcraft on his wife Leena, to which the victim Sangeeta answered in the affirmative, the police official said. Her reply annoyed the accused Krishna Safalika, who strangulated her to death and dumped her body in the Kasara ravines, the police official said. An offence under Section 302 and Section 364 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered and investigations are on, the police official said.
|2015-09-01||Sessions court to hear pleas of Thane building crash accused - Times of India|
Sessions court to hear pleas of Thane building crash accused Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Sep 1, 2015, 12.04 PM IST THANE: The sessions court on Monday set aside two days, September 15 and 16, to hear the discharge pleas made by the accused in the collapse of an illegal building at Lucky Compound in April 2013, which led to the death of more than 70 people. Additional sessions judge VV Bambarde said all applications for dropping the charges slapped by the police will be bunched together and heard during the two days, following a plea by special public prosecutor Shishir Hirey on Monday. Hirey expressed his annoyance following a string of discharge applications filed by the accused since the trial commenced in June 2015. On Monday, an accused Vishnu Bumre, a photographer, moved his application to be discharged from the case. The prosecution said the discharge applications moved by the accused could be a "clever design" to delay the trial, which has been given a time frame of 18 months by the state government. "Let all the accused in the case submit their discharge applications and we will argue in one single hearing," he said, adding that the court should dispose of the discharge applications after the hearing in these two days. Advocate Vijay Sali, the counsel for suspended deputy municipal commissioner Shrikant Sarmokadam, who had moved a discharge plea last month, claimed that the officer had no role to play in the collapse and death of the residents of Adarsh building. Besides Sarmokadam, at least five other accused have filed their discharge applications that will be heard by the court on September 15.
|2015-09-01||5-year-old abducted while sleeping by mother's side, raped in Thane - Zee News|
5-year-old abducted while sleeping by mother's side, raped in Thane Last Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 22:59 Thane: An unidentified person abducted a 5-year-old girl sleeping by her mother's side from a house in the wee hours on Tuesday and raped her at a public toilet, police said here. Inspector Balasaheb Tambe of the Kasarwadavali police station said after the girl's father died, her mother moved to the city six months ago from Latur and started living with her parents. At around 2.30 am today an unidentified man entered the house and picked up the sleeping girl. He took her to a toilet near the public garden in the area, and left her there after raping her, he said. The girl's cries alerted the garden's watchman who took her to the police station. By that time the girl's mother also reached there to report her missing daughter, he added. Further probe is on, Tambe said.
|2015-09-01||Implement cluster re-development policy in Thane :NCP - Times of India|
Implement cluster re-development policy in Thane Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Sep 1, 2015, 10.33 AM IST THANE: The city unit of the NCP will take to the street on September 12 to protest against the delay on the part of the BJP-Sena-led government to finalise a policy for implementing cluster redevelopment of old and dilapidated buildings in the city. The protest march will begin from the district collectorate office and will culminate at the TMC headquarters. The NCP's protests is an attempt to drive home a point that in spite of the saffron parties rule in the state government and also in the municipal corporation, basic needs like proper shelter has been ignored and lakhs of people continue to risk their lives by living in old and dilapidated buildings. NCP leader claimed that it is nearly a year since the Democratic Front (DF) had drafted the cluster redevelopment plan, but the saffron partners have failed to take up the issue. They should be held accountable for the deaths of the recent building collapses cases, he said. The NCP leader came down heavily on Thane district's guardian minister Eknath Shinde and alleged that after the Sena-BJP came into power eight months ago, not a single meeting was held by him for executing the policy. "I had led a morcha of more than 25,000 people against my own government to demand housing for the poor. I dare Shinde to do the same and if required I will join him along with my party workers," he added. NCP's city unit chief Najib Mulla has accused Sena of indulging in dirty politics in the name of religion which has affected the city's development.
|2015-09-01||No dahi handi contests in Thane this year - Hindustan Times|
|2015-09-01||Thane designer Googled her suicide - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane designer Googled her suicide Mumbai Mirror | Sep 2, 2015, 12.00 AM IST HM Chaithanya Swamy Woman visited 89 websites before jumping from apartment complex in Bangalore; motive unclear. The 26-year-old fashion designer and wellness consultant from Thane who allegedly jumped to her death from the 13th floor of an apartment complex in Bangalore on Sunday had planned her suicide at least 48 hours before she killed herself, police have said. Isha Handa, who graduated class 12 from a Thane school and studied economics in Pune, visited at least 89 websites after querying Google, "How to commit suicide", on her cell phone, according to investigators. The police have yet to determine the motive for her suicide. On Sunday, Handa hailed a taxi and went in search of a building tall enough to serve her needs. She found one, Sobha Classic, on Haralur Road. She then returned to her home on Old Airport Road and at 4 pm, messaged her friends that she would be away attending to "personal work" and take a long time to return. An hour later she reached Sobha Classic and spent the next three-and-a-half hours waiting to gain access to the terrace. At 8.30 pm she jumped to her death, the police said. "We found almost 250 grams of marijuana and some white pills in her bag. We have not ruled out the possibility of her having consumed drugs and committed suicide in the adrenalin rush immediately after. It is not easy for someone in a normal state of mind to just jump off a building; we suspect her state of mind was altered by drugs," said a senior investigating officer. A toxicology screen followed by the post-mortem will reveal if she consumed these pills or drugs, he added. "The suicide was purely due to a personal reason, and her family had also been asking her to marry. We are speaking to all her friends and family members, and are confident of finding out why she took the extreme step," the officer said. An active theatre person, Handa co-founded StayGlad, a business in which salon services were made available to women at their homes. Y