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|2017-09-30||TMC pulls down 16 bars, lodges in three-day demolition drive - Times of India|
TMC pulls down 16 bars, lodges in three-day demolition drive Oct 1, 2017, 05:57 IST Thane: In a three-day demolition drive the civic authorities razed as many as 16 dance bars, hookah parlours and sleazy joints operating illegally operating across Thane. The drive which started on Wednesday covered areas of Ghodbundar, Upvan, Teen Hath Naka, Shil, Diva, Mumbra, Kalwa, Naupada, and Majiwada to inspect the commercial establishments functioning there. After razing four illegal bars and hookah parlours in Naupada and Upvan area on the first day, the team moved towards Diva and its suburbs. Four bars including a ladies dance bar and six hookah parlours were pulled down on Thursday. Demolition was conducted under police protection while razing Shubham bar, Sunil bar and others at Shil-Diva.Action was earlier taken against Cesar Palace, a ladies bar at Wagle Estate and the Amrapali bar at Naupada. The first two floors of Chakrika palace, a lodge illegally operating at Ovala was also destroyed. The drive ended with the sealing of Icon ladies bar located inside Cinewonder Mall at Majiwada. While demolishing an illegal lodge in Kavya building at Ghodbundar Road, the authority encountered hindrance from the establishment."We were on the verge of demolishing the five storeyed structure at Kavya building, when suddenly one man named Santosh Putran started threatening the team with dire consequences. We have filed a complaint against him at Chitalsar Manpada police station for obstructing the work of government servants," informed a civic official. Earlier this week, Municipal Commissioner, Sanjeev Jaiswal had directed his officers to bring down all illegal joints and also to issue a notice to those found flouting the norms mentioned under Section 376 (A) of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act.
|2017-09-30||FSSAI visits city's places of worship to check on food safety - Times of India|
FSSAI visits city’s places of worship to check on food safety Oct 1, 2017, 06:00 IST Thane: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently flagged off a community awareness programme to educate people about food safety and hygiene in places of worship. The campaign called Bhog is conceptualised by the FSSAI, an autonomous body of the central health ministry, which aims to concentrate its activity at all religious sites where the devotees tend to overlook hygiene while giving away prasad or serving food in and around the premises. In fact, the religious places could be termed as high-risk prone spots for spread of illness caused due to food contamination, flies, said the officials. The campaign aims to train volunteers in the religious centres around mosques, gurudwaras, churches and temples. It will conduct vendor training programmes, workshops on food safety management systems, utilization of leftover flowers, fruits and vegetables, product handling and safety to name a few. A senior official from the FSSAI said, "There is a need to inform and alert people about sanitation and food safety when it comes to prasad that is served to the devotees at places of worship. We have big temples in the city that see thousands of visitors, specially during the festive season. So, in September we conducted numerous visits to Kopineshwar temple, Sai Baba mandir at Vartak Nagar and the gurudwara at Teen Hath Naka. We also organised a training session wherein around 105 people from the food industry involved in preparation of sweets participated." For example, in preparing the traditional sweet boondi as prasad, which is a popular delicacy, a systematic guidance procedure was laid down for the participants. From checking the quality of sieve, the concentration of sugar syrup to checking the frying temperature, everything needs to be inspected to avoid microbial contamination, said the team members. "Right from preparation of the prasad to its handling, packaging and storage, everything is monitored by a health inspection officer, who also takes into account factors such as cleanliness of the premises, implementation of food hygiene and safety procedures," said an official. There is a need to inform and alert people about sanitation and food safety when it comes to prasad that is served to the devotees. We conducted numerous visits to Kopineshwar temple, Sai Baba mandir at Vartak Nagar and the gurudwara at Teen Hath Naka.
|2017-09-30||BJP corporator's husband arrested for assaulting Thane traffic cop - The New Indian Express|
BJP corporator's husband arrested for assaulting Thane traffic cop Published: 30th September 2017 02:38 PM Last Updated: 30th September 2017 02:38 PM THANE: The husband of a woman corporator belonging to the BJP was arrested for allegedly manhandling an on-duty traffic cop, police said. Sherbahaudur Singh (54) has been arrested under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC, said police. According to a complaint by traffic policeman Nandakumar Bhosale, the accused abused him and beat him up when he was disciplining vehicles in Nalpada locality of the city.The complaint stated that Bhosale was towing away vehicles parked near a school in haphazard manner blocking the road which enraged the accused and he prevented him from doing his duty and abused him, the police said.
|2017-09-29||Thane: Parle asked to pay compensation for worms in biscuit packet - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Parle asked to pay compensation for worms in biscuit packet Sep 29, 2017 09:49 am Thane: A consumer court here has ordered leading snacks and biscuits manufacturer Parle and a retailer to pay a consumer Rs 35,000 as compensation for selling a worm-infested packet of biscuits. The Thane Additional District Consumer Redressal Forum passed the order on a complaint of Mohammad Zuber Sheikh earlier this week. The complainant said he purchased a packet of Parle-G biscuits worth Rs 25 in the CBD Belapur area of Navi Mumbai. He alleged he found worms inside the packet. Consumer forum president A Z Telgote and member Trymbak Thool observed that date of packaging was January 2015 but the expiry date was not visible. “This amounts to clear deficiency in service on the part of opposite parties causing mental agony to the complainant and his family,” the forum said. It said the order was based on the lab report which found that the biscuit packet had insects, larva and cobwebs, and therefore it was unsafe for human consumption. The respondents — the company and the retailer – failed to appear for the proceedings so the case was decided ex-parte (in their absence). The forum asked respondents to pay a compensation of Rs 35,000 — Rs 25,000 for causing mental agony and Rs 10,000 as litigation fee — to the complainant. When contacted, Parle’s category head for biscuits Mayank Shah said the company was not aware of the order, but the problem might have occurred due to poor stocking of the product.
|2017-09-29||Thane pandals dazzle with replicas of famous places, social issues ... - Times of India|
Thane pandals dazzle with replicas of famous places, social issues Sep 29, 2017, 16:18 IST Thane: Whether it is to evoke memories of their traditional extravagant celebrations in the past or to remind devotees of their responsibilities towards the environment, Ambe Ma pandals across the city have embraced innovative themes to add a touch of depth to the Navratri celebrations this year. While most pandals in the city have created a simple set up of flowers this year, others have gone the extra mile and have created replicas of various famous temples and places. Some have also highlighted social messages like women empowerment, saving the girl child, etc. Thousands of devotees are thronging these pandals to get a fell of the extravaganza. MCHI president Ajay Ashar, who has a pandal at Tembhi Naka, said, "Festivals like Navratri have always been extravagant wherein the entire community comes together to celebrate. However, this has been toned down over the years due to everyones busy schedule. This year, we roped in famous art director Nitin Desai, who created an extravagant palace called Jal Mahal. We added beautiful colours and lighting and intricate work to give it that extra touch. Through this, we hope to remind citizens of the age old traditional festivities."Meanwhile, another pandaldecided to go traditional by replicating the Jaipur Palace "We wanted to keep the theme simple so we decided to go replicate the Jaipur Palace. Goddess Ambe is our mother and she deserves to be treated like a queen. So we constructed a palace for her. The pandal adorns a 7-foot tall beautiful statue of Ambe Ma on the throne. While some other mandal's took up extravagant themes, others kept it simple with just flower decor. The idol of the goddess is decorated with flowers and lights and a social theme has been highlighted. The mandal at Gokul Nagar focused on every citizen's responsibility to the environment and our mother earth through their theme this year. The social causes highlighted were about the importance of water recycling, importance of 30 species of plants, etc. "Trees are essential to us. The felling of trees has been on the rise because rampant civilization. This has led to increase in pollution levels," said, Sadanand Pawar, vice president of the mandal.
|2017-09-29||Faith Renewal: Thane police track, return 186 stolen mobile phones to owners - Times Now|
Faith Renewal: Thane police track, return 186 stolen mobile phones to owners Sep 29, 2017, 3:01 PM IST | Source : TOI In a laudable display of optimal policing, the Thane police on Wednesday handed over 186 mobile phones to their owners whose mobile phone was either stolen or went missing in last few months from Kalyan and Ulhasnagar zones of the district. Additional commissioner of police, Central region of Thane police, had formed a special anti-mobile theft squad a few months back owing to the rising cases of mobile theft cases in the region. The unit formed by Prataprao Dighavkar arrested 19 thieves and recovered 45 stolen mobile phones from their possession and also traced down missing 143 mobile phones totalling worth Rs 20 lakh in last few months. On Wednesday in a function organised by police, Dighavkar handed recovered mobile phones to their owners in presence of both zones DCP's Kalyan and Ulhasnagar division. Dr Sanjay Shinde, deputy commissioner of Police from Kalyan zone said, "Generally we have found that those whose mobile got stolen or went missing, they have made perception that their mobile phone would not get returned. The police traced such mobile phones and gave it to its owners to change this perception."
|2017-09-29||Green cover lost: Thane loses 546 trees this rain - Times of India|
Green cover lost: Thane loses 546 trees this rain Updated: Sep 30, 2017, 02:23 IST Thane: The heavy showers that had lashed the lake city since the last few months has led to a loss in green cover. The city has witnessed 546 tree fall incidents, which is 53% higher than last year's figure which stood at 356. In September, itself, the city recorded three times more tree fall cases as compared to last year at the same time. With the number of trees being uprooted is on the rise with every monsoon, city environmentalists are concerned about the fate of the green canopy of the city in the years to come. Activists have claimed that even though strong winds and heavy showers are some of the reasons for the rise in tree fall cases, the roots have also become weak over the years due to an increase in concretization and the civic apathy. "While the reason for the rise in these tree fall incidents in due to increasing concretization, indiscriminate hacking of branches and lack of care, the main reason is the fault in the administrative responsibilities of the corporation, which includes a proper budget allocation of the protection of trees, hiring qualified staffers, consulting experts while taking any major projects that would potentially harm the environment, conducting scientific pre-monsoon trimming of trees instead of leaving it on the contractors' mercy and so on. The corporation must take active role in all this and even include citizens instead of working passively," said Unmesh Bagwe, secretary of a city-based enviro-NGO. While civic officials agree that growing concretization is one of the reasons for the tree fall cases this year, they claim that the main reason for the natural deforestation is the exceptionally high rainfall and strong winds this monsoon. "We have received some exceptional rain and strong wind this year. Last year, the monsoon had receded in August and September. However, this year, it has increased during these days. This unfortunate natural deforestation is because of the heavy showers and strong wind that had increased this month," said a senior civic official.
|2017-09-29||How multiple exit/entry points at Thane ease commuter flow - Times of India|
How multiple exit/entry points at Thane ease commuter flow Sep 30, 2017, 04:05 IST Thane: As videos of the chaos at the Parel-Ephinstone Road stations FOB went viral, a real-time evaluation of invisible threats at Thane railway station area by regulars revealed that basic safety measures, such as adequate entry and exit points, are in place. With a daily footfall of 2.5 lakhs, the 164-year-old station is one of the busiest junctions on Central Railway. But the one-of-its-kind station area traffic improvement scheme (SATIS), which segregates commuter flow, and east and west skywalks connected to ROBs that lead outside the station area and broad east-west link have ensured effective crowd management. "While Thane station can get crowded at peak hours, it is not as bad as many Mumbai stations. Commuters can use any of the three FOBs, if not the fourth bridge that connects east and west. I travel from Kopar Khairane and switch trains at Thane to reach office at Lower Parel. Thane station is not very congested keeping in mind the high density of people using it daily," said Anusha Iyengar (25). Guardian minister Eknath Shinde said though SATIS and wide ROBs have helped manage crowds, they will prove inadequate in the coming years given the population explosion in and around Thane. "It is a British era railway station when Thane's population was negligible. It has transformed into a mega city and railway infrastructure cannot tackle the rush. Our demand for building an extended railway station on a vacant plot near Thane mental hospital is lying in the cold storage for years. Unless the extended station is approved, a disaster could be waiting to happen there too,'' he said. CR officials said adequate safety measures are in place and a third spacious foot overbridge to connect platform 10 in the east with platform 2 in the west has been set up.Old-timers recall the harrowing experience of getting in and out of the station about a decade ago, when illegal vendors occupied the precincts, and claim multiple exit/entry points ease commuter flow. Sandeep Kharkar (38), a Charai resident, said, "A TMT bus takes me to the the upper deck of SATIS, from where I take the middle FOB to platform 6 to catch my train to CSMT. Sometimes, I take an auto from below SATIS. Despite criticism, SATIS helps keep a check on vehicular traffic by separating the bus crowd from auto and private vehicle users." While commuters assert facilities are more than sufficient, they add that hawkers and parking issues add to traffic, and if not addressed, could create panic and lead to a stampede. "Illegal hawkers add to congestion. During peak hours or as commuters pile into the station when there are delays, the situation could worsen," said Sashikumar Nair, a citizen activist. "Another issue that leads to congestion in and around the station is illegal vehicle parking outside. The civic chief had taken action against encroachments and illegal parking a few months back but the situation is bad again. If clubbed with the hawker, together with rain or any other panic situation during peak hours, the station could witness a stampede too. The only way to prevent this is to ban hawkers and parking, increase train frequency and efective crowd management by GRP and RPF," added Nandkumar Deshmukh, president of the Federation of Railway Passengers' Association.
|2017-09-29||Mumbra man held for accepting bribe of Rs 10K - Times of India|
Mumbra man held for accepting bribe of Rs 10K Sep 30, 2017, 02:18 IST Thane: A 55-year-old Mumbra resident has been arrested for allegedly demanding and accepting protection money from a local developer. Police said Mansur Sarguroh, has been booked under sections 384, and 385 of the Indian Penal Code on the basis of a complaint by one Sohel Siraji from Kausa. It is learnt that Siraji had started repair and reconstruction of a room in Khardi road area, near Mumbra when the accused Sarguroh approached him and demanded that he pay him money to protect the stalling of the construction work. A police officer said, "Sarguroh telephoned Siraji on Sunday and said he would complain about the on-going construction work to the TMC and get it demolished if he did not pay him Rs 50,000 as protection money." He boasted of his close proximity with the civic officials and that he will ensure that the officials from the TMC remain passive observers should he pay up as demanded. Sarguroh is said to have claimed to be a journalist with a local paper and repeated the demand. Siraji, however, brought the case to the notice of the Mumbra police who advised him to accept the demand and to pay him a part of the protection money."Siraji called Sarguroh to confirm the payment and asked him to meet in a hotel in Kausa were he would handover a part of the money. The Mumbra police laid a trap at a hotel where the accused was nabbed red-handed while accepting the first instalment of Rs 10,000 from the victim, the police said. The Mumbra police are carrying out further probe into the offence and informed that they are probing the involvement of other persons as well any such past incidents connected with the accused. The accused has been remanded to police custody for further investigation.
|2017-09-29||Bail plea of man accused in dacoity case rejected - Times of India|
Bail plea of man accused in dacoity case rejected Sep 30, 2017, 02:16 IST Thane: The district session's court has rejected the bail plea of an accused in a bank dacoity case who was nabbed red-handed while trying to break in to the Bank of Maharashtra branch in Ovala area on Ghodbunder road in July. District Judge SC Khalipe held that Rejaul Akbar Shaikh has a history of criminal cases and is one of the nine members of the dacoit gang and if he is released on bail, he could jump the bail and likely to repeat the offence along with the other co-accused. The prosecutor told the court that the gang of nine had planned to commit dacoity in Bank of Maharashtra, Kasarvadavli. The accused had broken into the office of Raj Motor Driving School, which shared the same wall with the bank and tried to dig a hole in the wall to get inside the bank.They broke the shutter of Raj Motor Driving School and entered in that premises and they broke the common wall between Bank of Maharashtra Building and Raj Motor Driving school. Four were found on the spot while three fled away to Ghoti near Nashik and were arrested. A total of two oxygen cylinders, one gas cylinder of 5 kg, one gas regulator, one mobile, Adhar Card, cash, PAN Card, voter card and one Swift Desire Car was found in their possession. "All the accomplice of the accused are habitual offenders and are from the Sahebgunj in Jharkand, if they are released they shall commit the same offence again. On the other hand, the counsel for the accused contended that his client is innocent and is falsely implicated. Moreover, the police have failed to fund any incriminating on his person and that he had not participated in the alleged incident, therefore, he may be released on bail. The judge after hearing both sides rejected the bail application of the accused.
|2017-09-28||Thane settlement gets its 100th toilet under 'One Household One ... - The Indian Express|
Thane settlement gets its 100th toilet under ‘One Household One Toilet’ The NGO connects to the CSR of companies to fund this initiative. For Thane, the funding for 350 toilets has been provided by the CSR wing of Bank of America. Mumbai | Updated: September 28, 2017 12:04 pm With an aim to make the city open defecation free under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Wednesday inaugurated the hundredth toilet built under the ‘One Household One Toilet’ initiative of a Pune-based NGO, Shelter Associates. Officials from the Thane civic body said the NGO was constructing the toilets using the corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds in the city. The narrow lanes of the Kranti Nagar settlement in Thane welcomed its hundredth toilet on Wednesday. Mumtaz Khan (55), one of the beneficiaries of the scheme who has lived in the same room in Kranti Nagar for over 40 years, said, “There are two public toilets shared by over a thousand occupants of this settlement. It has become incredibly convenient to have one inside our house, especially for myself and my daughters-in-law.” Khan spent Rs 30,000 on the construction of the toilet. Shakeela Sheikh (45), another beneficiary, said her elder son was differently abled. “Carrying him to the public toilet four times a day was a big task, as at least two people were required to help him. Now he can independently use the toilet in our house,” said Shaikh. “The initiative is not just restricted to making the city open defecation free. The project is aimed at providing a toilet to every household in the city apart from the community and group toilets in the areas. It is a continuous process and we are managing to do with help of CSR funds,” said Samir Unhale, additional municipal commissioner. The NGO connects to the CSR of companies to fund this initiative. For Thane, the funding for 350 toilets has been provided by the CSR wing of Bank of America. The civic chief of Thane Municipal Corporation, who is a partner in the project, is planning to work with the NGO to build 10,000 toilets in Thane by March 2018 and link CSR wings of the corporates to the organisation for the same. Founded in 1993, the NGO has facilitated the construction of 10,100 toilets in six urban cities in Maharashtra. “As architects, we were very keen on engaging in social housing space. However, we realised that the traditional approach of using spreadsheets and hard copies for analysing data was ineffective, and instead we pioneered a novel technique of using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for poverty mapping. With data and maps combined on this platform, we could immediately recognise our target settlements,” said Joshi. The organisation carries out an infrastructure mapping survey to learn about the drainage system and water supply in the target settlement. It enters into agreements with households, to aid the construction of toilets. It provides construction material such as bricks, cement, tiles, Orissa Pan (squat style toilet), pipes and a door amongst others, while the household shoulders the labour costs of construction.
|2017-09-28||Man arrested from Delhi for killing neighbour in Thane | The Indian ... - The Indian Express|
Man arrested from Delhi for killing neighbour in Thane In the hideout, the accused kept changing his mobile phone SIM cards. A few days back, he made a call to his wife which the police tracked and finally zeroed-in on him at a slum in the national capital and brought him to Thane on September 25, he said. Published:September 28, 2017 1:38 pm The Thane police have arrested a 33-year-old man from New Delhi for allegedly killing a neighbour in Diva township here. The 40-year-old victim, a habitual drinker who was unemployed, used to have frequent quarrels with his wife and would also beat her up at their house in B R Nagar of Diva, Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone-I) Dr D S Swami said. His wife became friends with the accused, who lived in their neighbourhood. Later, the victim and his wife shifted to a house on Diva Shil Road and the accused also came to temporarily stay with them, he said. On September 4, the victim’s wife along with their child went to her parent’s home at Dombivili in Thane. In her absence, on September 8, the accused offered liquor to the victim and when the latter was heavily drunk, he allegedly strangulated him to death with a towel and fled, the police official said. The care-taker of the house found the victim dead the next day and informed the police. Subsequently, the Mumbra police registered a case under IPC section 302 (murder), the DCP said. The police found the Aadhaar card of the accused in the house and suspecting his hand in the killing, they started a search for him. The police then got a tip-off that the accused had fled to New Delhi, Swami said. In the hideout, the accused kept changing his mobile phone SIM cards. A few days back, he made a call to his wife which the police tracked and finally zeroed-in on him at a slum in the national capital and brought him to Thane on September 25, he said. The police official said that during interrogation, the accused admitted to have killed the victim. The accused was formally placed under arrest on Tuesday and yesterday produced before a local magistrate who remanded him in police custody till October 3, the police official added.
|2017-09-28||A week after Iqbal Kaskar's arrest, Thane police find little evidence to link him to Dawood - Hindustan Times|
A week after Iqbal Kaskar’s arrest, Thane police find little evidence to link him to Dawood However, the Anti Extortion Cell claimed to have come across evidence of close Dawood aide Chhota Shakeel’s connivance with Iqbal in running the extortion syndicate. MUMBAI Updated: Sep 29, 2017 10:34 IST Even more than a week after arresting Iqbal Kaskar in an extortion case, the Thane police are yet to come across evidence to link him with his elder brother, underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim. However, the Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) which is investigating the case, claimed to have come across evidence of close Dawood aide Chhota Shakeel’s connivance with Iqbal in running the extortion syndicate. Shakeel now figures as a wanted accused in the case. A senior AEC official sought to reason out the paucity of evidence in linking Iqbal and Dawood so far by saying that the Pakistan-based fugitive has since long been keeping himself away from the gang’s Mumbai operations to dodge security surveillance. “In fact, the gang’s entire operation – from extortion to investments – in India has been looked after by Dawood’s trusted aide Chhota Shakeel since the late 1990s” the official said, adding, “ Shakeel is the go-between Dawood and others in Mumbai, including Iqbal. The very involvement of Shakeel is a direct indictment of Dawood’s tacit approval.” Shakeel, as per the Remand application submitted by the Thane police in the magistrate’s court on Wednesday while seeking an extension of Iqbal’ s police custody, had made extortion demands to the developer through two of the wanted accused, who are hired shooters from Bihar. The calls were made to facilitate Iqbal’s extortion needs.These shooters would also visit the construction site/s and call up Shakeel to make extortion demands to other developer/s. In the present case, a Borivli-based businessman, identified as Pankaj Danger, financed the two gunmen. The three of them are currently wanted. Meanwhile, the police claimed that Iqbal and his cronies had made investments in land, flats and properties in Mumbai, Thane and even outside Maharashtra from the proceeds of their extortion racket. The police have come across information about the same which is being investigated. Moreover, around Rs90 lakh of the extortion amount, which was knocked out from the Ghodbunder-based developer who has lodged the present case, too was invested in properties. The police, in the Remand application said that are trying to establish the money trail and confiscate the properties acquired by the same.
|2017-09-28||Traffic stats expose unsafe roads, 3 die or get grievously injured daily in accidents in Thane - Times of India|
Traffic stats expose unsafe roads, 3 die or get grievously injured daily in accidents in Thane Updated: Sep 28, 2017, 16:17 IST Thane: On an average three people die or suffer grievous injuries everyday in road accidents in Thane city. Out of the 653 accidents recorded by the Thane traffic department in the last eight months, it was seen that 20 per cent were fatal cases involving motorists, pedestrians and drivers. The Thane police commissionerate, which includes Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Ambarnath and Ulhasnagar have recorded cases of around 140 fatal accidents, 299 cases wherein the victim was grievously injured, 168 where one suffered minor injuries and 46 accidents where the victim was unhurt. It was recorded that the highest number of accidents were of bikers as out of the 655 people injured in various accidents, 43 per cent were the ones riding their two-wheelers. "Vehicle to vehicle accidents usually occur while overtaking, changing lanes, etc. When it comes to roads like Ghodbunder, it is a four lane road and the flyovers are of two lanes. Many a time accidents occur when the vehicles are steering to the right from third and fourth lane. Also, the Eastern Express Highway and Ghodbunder Road are such stretches, which are in the main city and the heavy vehicles want to cross these at night as they are not allowed during the date time, so they drive rashly, which eventually leads to accidents. Also, they block all the lanes causing many accidents to occur when bikers overtake these heavy vehicles. Also, on the Mumbra-Panvel bypass many misjudge the speed of other vehicles while changing lanes on the junctions. Most of the vehicle to vehicle accidents occur on the bypass," said a senior traffic officer. The officials claimed that many pedestrian accidents occur as either the victim misjudges the speed of the vehicle or drivers misjudge the pedestrian's speed. It was also seen that around 229 people suffered injuries while 59 people died while crossing the road. "These accidents do not occur in the internal city roads and happen mostly on the Ghodbunder stretch and Eastern Express Highway as there are many settlements around these two highways. Also, a person who is crossing has to walk on around eight lanes and by the time they do that many vehicles that are speeding hit them. But now as there are foot over bridges (FOB) coming up, there are reduced chances of these accidents. We have seen a positive result near Viviana mall after the FOB was constructed. Traffic experts claimed that another reason that there are accidents involving heavy vehicles with other vehicles is because the drivers are tired while driving. It is seen that as they drive in great speed to get out of the city's stretch before morning as they are not allowed during the day. Also, they don't sleep and are tired, which makes them tired and sleepy. This in turn causes them to react less to other vehicles approaching them. Also, it is noticed that the accidents of heavy vehicles mostly occur between 1am and 5am. Maintenance of vehicle is also a bigger aspect, which if not done regularly will lead to accidents, stated traffic officials. "It is seen that many do not go to authorized service dealers to repair their vehicle, which eventually leads to mishaps. Many people do not know that they have to maintain the tyre's air pressure according to the season," said an officer.
|2017-09-28||Kalyan residents play moral police; punish the couples for obscene behaviour - Times of India|
Kalyan residents play moral police; punish the couples for obscene behaviour Sep 28, 2017, 19:34 IST KALYAN: In a moral policing case, frustrated over couple's obsence acts outside mall situated in private Palava township in Dombivli, some residents took law in hand and made them do sit ups as punishment. While punishing the couples, residents made video of the act and made it viral on social media. After the video went viral, local Manpada police taking preventive action arrested the trio residents. The arrested residents are identified as Yogesh Patil, Shailesh Kurle and Shreekant Shinde. Residents alleged that the couples would bunk their college and sit outside the mall simulating obscene acts. Residents alleged that due to them, school children were getting wrong impression and they warned the couple to not sit there. However, when despite warning, couples continued coming there. This is when some of the residents took law in hand and decided to teach them a lesson. They noted all couple's phone numbers and made the men do sit ups as punishment. During punishing the couples, the residents recorded their act on mobile phones and made it viral on social media. Gajanan Kabdule, senior police inspector of Manpada police said, "As residents did not complained about the obscene acts to police and took law in their hands to punish them, this is a crime due to which we have arrested them in the case".
|2017-09-27||Thane court extends Iqbal Kaskar's police custody by four days in extortion case - Firstpost|
Thane court extends Iqbal Kaskar's police custody by four days in extortion case Sep, 27 2017 20:30:37 IST Thane: A magistrate's court in Thane on Wednesday extended by four days the police custody of Iqbal Kaskar, fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim's brother, as police said the probe into the extortion case against him wasn't yet complete. Kaskar, along with his aides Israr Jamil Sayyed and Mumtaz Ejaj Shaikh, was produced before magistrate RT Ingle on Wednesday. The Crime Branch of the Thane Police had arrested Kaskar and others on 19 September for allegedly threatening a city-based builder in Dawood's name, and extorting money as well as four flats. Prosecutor Rashmi Kshirsagar told the court that police were yet to arrest four shooters from Bihar whom the gang had hired to intimidate the builder.Advocate S Keswani, the accused's lawyer, said the investigation details revealed by police had no bearing on the case, and media was publishing them. He asked why should the investigation into this kind of offence take so much time. The magistrate, however, agreed to extend police custody for the three arrested.
|2017-09-27||Thane: 10-year-old boy killed; body dumped in lake - Free Press Journal|
Thane: 10-year-old boy killed; body dumped in lake Sep 27, 2017 01:48 pm Thane, The body of a 10-year-old boy was found floating in a lake in adjoining Palghar district and police suspect he was killed and thrown in the water body. The boy, a Class 5 student, was picked up from his school on Monday at around 12.30 pm by his father, said Deputy Superintendent of Police (Virar) Jayant Bajbale. However, they didn’t reach home following which the boy’s mother filed a missing persons complaint, he said. The boy’s body, with his mouth wrapped with an adhesive tape, was found floating in a lake in Dahisar area yesterday, Bajbale said. His father remains untraced till now, said the police officer. Police have registered a case under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) against unidentified persons, he said, adding further probe was on.
|2017-09-27||8-hour search for Thane man missing in Aug. 29 deluge - The Hindu|
8-hour search for Thane man missing in Aug. 29 deluge SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 00:27 IST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 00:27 IST Mumbai: Friends and family of Thane resident Ajay Athwal, a conservancy worker who went missing during the heavy rains last month and is feared to have drowned, conducted an extensive search on Wednesday. They, however, had to call off the search after an eight-hour effort yielded no results. Mr. Athwal, a father of three, was expecting a fourth child with his wife. A resident of Ramwadi in Wagle Estate, Thane, his house was flooded on August 29 when heavy rains lashed Mumbai and Thane. Not only his residence, those of his neighbours and others in the locality too were flooded. Mr. Athwal helped some of his neighbours reach higher ground and was on his way back to his house when he lost balance, fell and was washed away. His body has still not been found. Sanjay Bhalerao, his friend, said, “Around 36 of us gathered in Ramwadi, including Ajay’s relatives, friends, a lifeguard whose help we took and some Thane Municipal Corporation personnel. We waded through the nullahs in the area till we reached Kopri creek, and then proceeded by boat, searching for his body till Raghunath Nagar.” However, he said, there was no sign of Mr. Athwal. The TMC and Thane Fire Brigade, too have searched for his body over the past month, but to no avail.
|2017-09-27||Thane buzzing with Durga Puja, Navratri festivities - Times of India|
Thane buzzing with Durga Puja, Navratri festivities Updated: Sep 28, 2017, 01:52 IST Thane: Lit up with festive lights, filled with the aroma of various traditional delicacies and flooded with the hustle and bustle of festively dressed men, women and children, the lake-city has been transform into a festive hub as Thaneites celebrate Navratri as well as Durga Puja festivities. Besides hopping from one pandal to another—be it Ambe Ma and Durga Ma pandals—lake-city denizens are already excited to participate in the extravagant celebration complete with feasting on authentic delicacies and joining cultural programmes. Thaneites have been taking part in the pujas, especially Sandhi Puja which is the most auspicious time of the day. Shivani Gadge (28), a Naupada resident, said, "Every year, my family and I visit the Gaodevi temple in the morning for prayers. However, we are planning to seek the Devi's darshan in the afternoon to avoid the morning rush. We will then join our society members for a small bhondla, garba and dandiya celebration as well." Many have planned a string of activities, including pandal hopping, participating in cultural programs organised by pandals, munching on traditional delicacies, shopping and spending time with family through the rest of the day. "This is our biggest festival in the entire year. We have a packed schedule which involves visiting all Durga pandals in the city as well as a few in Mumbai. We will first visit the mandir in the morning to seek the blessings of Maa Durga. After that, we will feast on some delicious bhog, mutton cutlets, rolls and various bangla fish delicacies, that is the part we are most excited about," said Sharmishta Bhattacharya, a Vasant Leela resident. Many Thaneites have even taken the day off from work to celebrate the big day. "While we get a holiday for Dassehra, as it falls on a Saturday, my wife and I have taken a Thursday off from work so that we can not only visit all pandals on Maha Ashtami, but also get some bhog which we would have missed as it is given during the day on weekdays, and we would have otherwise been at work," said Ashis Dey, a Hiranandani Meadows resident. Meanwhile, pandal committee members left no stone unturned when it came to pleasing and attracting the masses. "While most devotees come first to visit the Devi, we have ensured that they stay back for the cultural programs we organise," said Vidya Ghag, the head of Shivai Nagar Navratra Utsav Mandal's women's group.
|2017-09-27||Cop booked for demanding bribe of Rs 2.5L | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India|
Cop booked for demanding bribe of Rs 2.5L Sep 28, 2017, 01:53 IST Navi Mumbai : The Thane unit of the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has registered an FIR against a police sub-inspector Swapnil Waghmare (32) attached to the CBD police station for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 2.5 lakh from a relative of an accused. Thane ACB's deputy SP Anjali Andhale said, "The accused PSI Swapnil Waghmare was the investigating officer. He met the cousin brother of the accused, who was arrested in a theft case, on June 19 and 20 and demanded a bribe of Rs 2.5 lakh to keep the accused in police custody for less number of days." Andhale added, "The complainant cousin brother of the accused in theft case had sought some days to arrange the Rs 2.5 lakh bribe, but PSI Waghmare insisted on paying cash immediately. Hence, the complainant approached the Thane ACB office. After verification of the complaint and obtaining technical evidence, on Wednesday, we have registered an FIR under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act against PSI Waghmare. As he is a serving government official, he cannot be arrested, but a departmental enquiry will be carried out and he is likely to be suspended."
|2017-09-27||Four illegal city bars & hookah parlours razed - Times of India|
Four illegal city bars & hookah parlours razed Updated: Sep 28, 2017, 01:51 IST Thane: Four illegally-run lounge bars and hookah parlours at Naupada and Upvan were razed by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) authorities on Wednesday. The three drinking joints— Shilpa bar opposite Aradhana Talkies, Antic Palace at Teen petrol pump, Pushpa Vihar near Vandana Talkies and Sur Sangeet bar at Upvan were demolished. The tin shade of the terrace, which was an illegal extension at Antic Palace and its furniture were completely demolished by the team, which was backed by the police sleuths. The civic action is in the wake of a meeting between municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal and his zonal officers last week wherein it was decided to bring down all illegal joints. Apart from this, several lounges and pubs at Kothari compound were issued notice by the civic administration. Jaiswal announced that stern action will be taken against those commercial establishments, including lounges and hookah parlours found flouting the norms mentioned under Section 376 (A) of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act. The units that have shifted their base from the initial operations without the approval of authorities are also being targeted. The three drinking joints— Shilpa bar opposite Aradhana Talkies, Antic Palace at Teen petrol pump, Pushpa Vihar near Vandana Talkies and Sur Sangeet bar at Upvan were demolished.
|2017-09-26||Baby selling racket busted in Thane; 8 held - Outlook India|
26 SEPTEMBER 2017 Last Updated at 10:06 AM Baby selling racket busted in Thane; 8 held Thane, Sep 26 The city police have busted a baby selling racket and arrested eight persons, including six women, in this connection, an official said today. Acting on a tip off, a team of Thane police's crime unit-I kept a watch near a hotel close to the Mulund Check Naka on Sunday evening. The sleuths there spotted a man and a woman carrying a nearly one-month old boy in their arms and moving in a suspicious manner, senior police inspector Nitin Thackre said. When the police asked their names and about the child, the duo gave evasive replies, he said. The police then apprehended them and upon questioning, the two revealed that they had come to sell the child in Mumbai to a person for Rs 1.35 lakh, Thackre said. On further enquiry, the apprehended woman said two persons had earlier come from Ahmednagar district to Mumbra township in Thane and wanted to sell the child. She said those persons gave the child in Mumbra to two women, who in-turn handed over to baby to her for being sold in Mumbai, the police official said. Based on the information provided by the woman, the police team nabbed five women and a man from near the Mumbra railway station in Thane on Sunday night, he said. Subsequently, all the eight were placed under arrest, Thackre said. They were booked under various IPC sections, including 361 (kidnapping from lawful guardianship), 365 (kidnapping with an intent to secretly and wrongfully confine a person), 368 (wrongfully concealing or keeping in confinement a kidnapped person) and 372 (selling minor for purposes of prostitution), and relevant provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, he said. The infant was sent to a child care centre in Thane, he added.
|2017-09-26||Thane police seeks Iqbal Kaskar's e-mail details from Google India - Free Press Journal|
Thane police seeks Iqbal Kaskar’s e-mail details from Google India Sep 26, 2017 09:30 am Mumbai: The Thane police are verifying an email account of Iqbal Kaskar, the brother of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. The report for the verification of Kaskar’s email account will be available after a month after the official verification procedure is completed. “We have sent an e-mail to the nodal officer of Google India to get details regarding Kaskar’s gmail account. The account was created by his son in the year 2003,” said Abhishek Trimukhe, Deputy Commissioner of police, Thane crime branch. The police has also written to Skype seeking details of Kaskar’s accounts. The police’s inquiries about Kaskar’s online accounts comes after his claims that he has spoken to his brother Dawood four times during the past two years through Voice over Protocol (VoIP) calls and Skype. Ever since Kaskar was arrested by the anti-extortion cell (AEC) of the Thane crime branch, the cops have been trying to establish links between Dawood and his younger brother to strengthen India’s case against the criminal hiding in Pakistan. Kaskar is a drug addict and has been showing withdrawal symptoms. As per the police, he is not cooperating with the investigations and has been changing his statements repeatedly.
|2017-09-26||Thane: Shiv Sena continues attack on ally BJP over inflation and fuel price rise - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Shiv Sena continues attack on ally BJP over inflation and fuel price rise Sep 26, 2017 08:21 am Thane: Shiv Sena leaders and workers took to the streets in Thane shouting slogans against rising inflation and rising prices of essential goods and fuel on Monday. The protest against the inflation started from the central office of Shivsena at Thane’s Talaopali and reached the Collector’s office and a letter of demands was given to Deputy Collector Vandana Suryvanshi. The protest saw the participation of Sena MPs, MLAS, corporators and workers. “Though Shiv Sena is a member of the ruling party, our party always is and was with the people. Today people are suffering because of the rising inflation and many wrong decisions of the government and therefore, to let the government understand what it has laid. We will also be arguing this issues in the respective houses,” said PWD minister Eknath Shinde. The party borrowed a huge replica of a bullock cart from N.D Studio and a big trolley was attached behind it to highlight the issue. But interestingly, the cart, which was the main attraction of the protest, was running on the diesel. The women’s wing also participated in the protest and were wearing garlands of vegetables around their necks. The women were seen cooking on ‘chulhas’ as they prepared ‘bhakari’.
|2017-09-26||Ephedrine haul case: US DEA team meets Thane police - Outlook India|
26 SEPTEMBER 2017 Last Updated at 10:35 PM Ephedrine haul case: US DEA team meets Thane police Mumbai, Sep 26 A team of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today visited the Thane police in connection with a probe into the Rs 2,000 crore ephedrine haul case allegedly involving former actor Mamta Kulkarni and her partner Vicky Goswami, police said. "Four officials of the US DEA met Thane police commissioner and discussed various aspects and developments in the case," an official said. The US DEA officials had arrested Pakistani national, Asif Hafiz, in London recently, he added. "Hafiz told the investigators about his links with the drug racket, which was unearthed by the Thane police," he said. The DEA officials have already arrested drug lord Vicky Goswami from Kenya along with two others for their involvement in the drug racket, he said adding, "Former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni is also an accused in this case." Kulkarni and Goswami were declared proclaimed offenders in the case on June 6 this year by the sessions court in Thane, the official said. "The crime branch team headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bharat Shelke, had raided a factory in Solapur last year and unearthed the massive ephedrine drug racket. So far at least 15 accused persons have been arrested in this case," he said. As per the case history, the Thane police had arrested a Nigerian national in April last year and recovered ephedrine from him. Following his interrogation, police had arrested some other accused and eventually led them to Avon Lifesciences in Solapur, where they recovered 18.5 tonnes of ephedrine. The police then arrested the senior production manager of the unit. Further interrogation revealed that Goswami was one of the top operatives of the racket. Ephedrine, the sale of which is banned in India, is popularly used overseas to treat asthma and bronchitis. Its abuse is known to cause euphoria, hypertension and nausea. It is also used to produce the popular narcotic methamphetamine.
|2017-09-26||Baby selling racket busted in Thane; eight held - The Indian Express|
Baby selling racket busted in Thane; eight held The infant was sent to a child care centre in Thane. The police booked the eight arrested under relevant sections of IPC. Updated: September 26, 2017 11:40 am The Thane police have busted a baby selling racket and arrested eight persons, including six women, in this connection, an official said on Tuesday. Acting on a tip off, a team of Thane police’s crime unit-I kept a watch near a hotel close to the Mulund Check Naka on Sunday evening. The sleuths there spotted a man and a woman carrying a nearly one-month old boy in their arms and moving in a suspicious manner, senior police inspector Nitin Thackre said. When the police asked their names and about the child, the duo gave evasive replies, he said. The police then apprehended them and upon questioning, the two revealed that they had come to sell the child in Mumbai to a person for Rs 1.35 lakh, Thackre said. On further enquiry, the apprehended woman said two persons had earlier come from Ahmednagar district to Mumbra township in Thane and wanted to sell the child. She said those persons gave the child in Mumbra to two women, who in-turn handed over to baby to her for being sold in Mumbai, the police official said. Based on the information provided by the woman, the police team nabbed five women and a man from near the Mumbra railway station in Thane on Sunday night, he said. Subsequently, all the eight were placed under arrest, Thackre said. They were booked under various IPC sections, including 361 (kidnapping from lawful guardianship), 365 (kidnapping with an intent to secretly and wrongfully confine a person), 368 (wrongfully concealing or keeping in confinement a kidnapped person) and 372 (selling minor for purposes of prostitution), and relevant provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, he said. The infant was sent to a child care centre in Thane, he added.
|2017-09-26||Civic chief orders stern action on sleazy joints - Times of India|
Civic chief orders stern action on sleazy joints Updated: Sep 27, 2017, 07:13 IST THANE: The stern action on sleaze joints in the city last year including illegal ladies bars and lodges undertaken by the civic administration has apparently failed to discourage its operators who seem to have once again started business in the city. Municipal commissioner, Sanjeev Jaiswal, on Tuesday has directed his team of zonal officers to review all the spots in the city where action was undertaken last year and directed them to demolish any illegal activities operating there. Also, a survey of fresh cases that have sprung up in the city limits will also be taken up for review and consequent action, inform officers. The team was however tightlipped about the number of such violations being done in the city limits. The decision was taken at a review meeting of senior zonal municipal officers with Jaiswal wherein the issue was raised about few instances of ladies bars and lodges being operating in certain areas of the city with impunity. The civic administration had demolished nearly 250 such illegal constructions including hookah parlours and gambling dens including lodges including the one at Upwan that clandestinely operated as sleaze joints causing notable menace to the local residents especially the women and the children. "We will revisit the spots where we took a cleanup drive last year and will check for any illegal activities or operations having resumed. If any such activity is to be found, we have been instructed to immediately demolish them," said a senior civic official present for the meeting. Meanwhile, the civic commissioner has also empowered the three zonal municipal commissioners to undertake action under section 376 (A) of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act against those commercial establishments including hookah parlour, lounge bars found flouting norms. The action, till now was vested only with the municipal commissioner but even zonal deputy commissioners have been empowered to take action on errant commercial establishments, informed Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer at the TMC. "The teams have been directed to target all those structures that have modified its initial use and failed to take permissions from the corporation for the same. Also, those units that have failed to comply by the norms of the Maharashtra fire prevention and safety Act by securing a nod from the fire department before starting operations or updating it about the functionality of the safety measures within the premises will also face the music, informed Malvi.
|2017-09-26||City roads pockmarked with over 2000 potholes after last week's rain - Times of India|
City roads pockmarked with over 2,000 potholes after last week’s rain Updated: Sep 26, 2017, 22:37 IST Thane: The heavy rains that had lashed the city last week has left the roads in a battered state. The roads at Railadevi ward suffered the maximum damage. As many as 2,028 potholes cropped up across the 10 administrative wards in the city within a span of just a week. Railadevi recorded the highest number of potholes at 430, followed by Majiwada-Manpada stretch, including the Mayors ward, at 348. Kopri saw as many as 319 potholes. These statistics were part of the road damage assessment that was presented before the coordination committee set up under the directive of the Bombay high court to monitor the situation of potholes in a municipal area. The study was undertaken by the public works department of the municipal corporation since the last one week. They had checked for any damage to footpaths and drainage lids, including street furniture. Several areas along the 345-km stretch witnessed massive damage in the last one week. Motorists have been complaining of potholes at every nook and corner. They are forced to slow down due to the battered roads. ''It is a nightmare to travel along the battered stretches. A lot of time is also wasted manning these potholes. It is also dangerous as a motorist can lose balance and fall, which can lead to a major accident as well. Besides this, the maintenance of vehicles also increases,'' said Miraj Shah, a daily commuter. Meanwhile, the civic body is yet to formulate a long term solution for the problem. Interestingly, the Lokmanya Nagar and Wagle Estate stretches that were once riddled with potholes now witnessed the lowest number of complaints. Even Kalwa and Mumbra areas which used to be badly affected during the rains has seen a comparative drop in the number of potholes. Till last month, Kalwa and Mumbra had witnessed the highest number of potholes. The other areas, including the middle class enclaves of Uthalsar and Vartak Nagar, witnessed moderate number of complaints. Travelling within the city has become an agonizing task for motorists and pedestrians who have to watch every move they take. The rains and low visibility at night compounded to the problems. Residents are upset with the TMC's tall claims every monsoon. ''The civic body is working towards the smart city project but it cannot come up with a solution to this problem,'' said Prabhakar Patil, a resident. Residents also complained of mindless digging being carried out by the administration in several areas, including Gladys Alawares road, that is supposed to have been the city's first model concept with ducts running alongside for utility cables. Meanwhile, activists have raised questions over this frequent damage and patch works done and have now sought a one-time solution for this problem. It may be noted that the administration spends a notable amount of the taxpayers money on road repairs which includes filling up potholes and repairing footpaths every year. There has to be a permanent solution to this problem wherein roads that have been recently constructed or repaired are developing potholes within a span of a few days. We are aspiring to be a smart city and it is least expected of the administration to come up with a feasible and long lasting solution to the menace, complained an activist. The administration, however, has blamed the heavy showers for the battered state of the roads and have claimed to have filled up most of potholes in the city. Senior civic officials have claimed that out of the 2,028 potholes, as many as 1,803 have been filled up by the civic teams deployed on the roads since last week. The remaining will be cleared soon, said senior officials.
|2017-09-26||Thane police seize Ephedrine contraband worth Rs 21 lakhs - Times Now|
Thane police seize Ephedrine contraband worth Rs 21 lakhs Sep 26, 2017, 1:25 PM IST The police in Thane’s Palghar district have seized a large stock of banned drug Ephedrine and arrested three persons, including a Nigerian national, an official said today. Acting on a tip-off, the police yesterday kept a watch near a housing society in Manickpur area under Palghar's Vasai division where they spotted two persons waiting in a suspicious manner in a car. Later, the Nigerian national came there and joined them. Subsequently, the police nabbed the three men and seized 21.7 kg of the contraband from their possession, Superintendent of Police Majunath Shinge said. The seized drug is valued at around Rs 21.7 lakh, he said. The police also seized the high-end car, worth around Rs 30 lakh, in which the three men were sitting, he said. The Manickpur police registered offences against them under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the SP said. The three accused were later produced before a local magistrate who remanded them in police custody till October 7. In one of the biggest drug hauls in the state, the Thane police had last year seized 18.5 tonnes of ephedrine, valued at around Rs 2,000 crore, from the Solapur facility of a pharmaceutical company. According to police, the drug was being diverted from the company to a Kenya-based drug cartel headed by Vicky Goswami where it was used to make party-drug methamphetamine. Ephedrine, the sale of which is banned in India, is popularly used overseas to treat asthma and bronchitis. Its abuse is known to cause euphoria, hypertension and nausea. It is also used to produce the narcotic methamphetamine.
|2017-09-26||Investigators nab close aide of wanted accused in Kaskar case - Times of India|
Investigators nab close aide of wanted accused in Kaskar case Sep 26, 2017, 06:29 IST THANE: City police have picked up a close aide of one of the accused who is said to be on the run after his name came up in the extortion case involving Iqbal Kaskar, brother of Dawood Ibrahim. This person, whose identity has not been revealed, was picked up from Teli Mohalla in the jurisdiction of JJ Marg police and detained for inquiry , a police officer probing the extortion syndicate told TOI."We were searching for one of the accused and chanced upon this person who possibly knows the whereabouts of the wanted accused, a key person whose interrogation will provide further leads in the case," the senior officer said. Investigators have reportedly found the involvement of some old timers of the Dawood gang, whom the crime branch is looking for. Three teams have fanned out to track them. Police said they shall ascertain if they still work for the Dawood gang or not, which shall be confirmed after their arrest. "Their role in running the extortion racket with Kaskar in the name of Dawood Ibrahim is proved beyond doubt," added the officer. On closer inspection of Kaskar's cell phone, police found he would communicate on mail and have written to Google Inc. seeking details of the email id they found on his smartphone, said a senior officer. "An official letter has been written to Google India's nodal officer, from where we are likely to get details of the data synced with the phone, to get more clues in the case," said the officer. "Kaskar claims the email address was created by his son, but he does not remember the password. It is likely some of the contacts as well as other data may be retrieved to get further clues," added the officer. Police have also seized three mobile phones and found few Dubai-based numbers in the contact lists of the phones, which are presently being probed to know the identities of the persons. Investigators also found that Iqbal Kaskar has not moved out of his house in Bhendi Bazaar for fear of getting attacked. "Most of the visitors would come to meet him at his house, including the two accused," said a senior officer privy to the investigations.
|2017-09-26||Thane police busts baby-selling racket; 8 arrested - Mumbai Live|
Thane Police Busts Baby-Selling Racket; 8 Arrested
|2017-09-26||Police bust baby-selling racket in Thane, arrest 8 - Times of India|
Police bust baby-selling racket in Thane, arrest 8 Updated: Sep 27, 2017, 05:21 IST THANE: The city crime branch has arrested eight persons, including six women, who are allegedly part of a syndicate involved in abduction and sale of minors across the state. Police said following a tip-off, they kept a watch near a hotel at Mulund check naka on Sunday. On spotting a couple moving in a suspicious manner with a baby in their arms, sleuths in plain clothes asked the couple their names and inquired about the baby. However, the couple was evasive in their replies. Police then apprehended them. Upon questioning, they confessed that had come to sell the baby in Mumbai for Rs 1.35 lakh. "They had a one-month-old male child. It is likely they are running a full-fledged set-up across different parts of the state," said senior inspector of crime branch unit-1, Nitin Thakre. Police said the duo identified themselves as Rakhi Bhabre, 38, of Vikroli, and Harjinder Dharamsingh Gill, 42, from Chembur. Bhabre has told the police two persons had earlier come from Ahmednagar district to Mumbra township to sell the child. "She said they gave the child to two women in Mumbra who, in turn, handed the baby to her to be sold in Mumbai," Thakre said. Based on the information, a police team rushed to Mumbra and nabbed five women and one man from near Mumbra railway station. While four are natives of Ahmednagar, two are residents of Ulhasnagar. Further interrogation has revealed the child belonged to the arrested accused who had come to sell him. The rescued infant has been sent to a child care centre in Thane."Bhabre seems to be the gang leader while the others are agents. She was initially a surrogate mother, but later got into the child racket. She would basically look for illegitimate children. Agents were paid a commission of Rs 50,000 per child to identify buyers," informed the officer. A case has been registered at Wagle Estate police station and the accused have been booked under various IPC sections, including 361 (kidnapping from lawful guardianship), 365 (kidnapping with intent to secretly and wrongfully confine a person), 368 (wrongfully concealing or keeping in confinement a kidnapped person) and 372 (selling minor for purposes of prostitution), and relevant provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.
|2017-09-26||Aides of Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar splurged extortion money in dance bars: Thane police - India Today|
Aides of Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar splurged extortion money in dance bars: Thane police Thane police investigating the extortion case against underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar and his aides has found that a huge amount of extortion money was spent by his associates in dance bars. Mumbai, September 26, 2017 | UPDATED 00:08 IST Thane police, which has been investigating the extortion case against underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar and his aides, has found that a huge amount of extortion money was spent by his associates in dance bars. Kaskar's aides Israr Sayyed and Mumtaz Shaikh splurged the extortion money in dance bars. Several properties were illegally transferred and sold to other parties. The extortion amount collected was illegally routed and a significant sum splurged in dance bars of Thane by the two accused. Huma Palace, the dance bar in Mulund that was frequented by Israr and Mumtaz, is on the radar of the Thane police's anti-extortion cell officials. The amount spent in the dance bar by these officials could be amounting to lakhs of rupees. Meanwhile, Thane police officials have denied having found any connection between Islamic Research Foundation preacher Zakir Naik and Dawood Ibrahim. Thane police has said that it hasn't interrogated Iqbal Kaskar regarding his any possible association with Zakir Naik. "We don't have any information about any links between Naik and Dawood because we haven't questioned Kaskar on those lines. We have no idea where this information is coming from, but it has not come out in our investigation so we have no idea about it. As of now, there are no more arrests other than the three people, including Kaskar. We have picked up some people who might have information about Kaskar's other aides, but those they are not linked with Kaskar's extortion operations", said DCP Abhishek Trimukhe from Thane Crime Branch. The Thane police is further working on getting information on Israr and Mumtaz's other properties and bank deposits through their PAN details. They haven't found Kaskar's PAN details as of now but are trying to get more details on his transactions and properties. Also, the passports of the three people arrested are being checked to ascertain whether they had travelled overseas to meet top bosses of the underworld gang, including Dawood Ibrahim.
|2017-09-26||US DEA country attache meets Thane cops over Rs 2000 crore drug haul case involving Mamta Kulkarni - India Today|
US DEA country attache meets Thane cops over Rs 2,000 crore drug haul case involving Mamta Kulkarni Members of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on Tuesday met Thane police in connection with the Rs 2,000 crore drug haul case, in which former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni is an accused. Mumbai, September 27, 2017 | UPDATED 02:42 IST Members of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on Tuesday met Thane police in connection with the Rs 2,000 crore drug haul case, in which former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni is an accused. US DEA Country Attache Mark Frederick and his team met Thane police officers regarding the case. The police in 2016 busted a factory in Solapur that was manufacturing Ephedrine. A recently arrested druglord from London confirmed that the Solapur factory was the biggest drug manufacturing hub from where drug was smuggled to Africa, Europe and the United States of America. DEA attache Frederick will be seeking the details of the factory and of those arrested in the case by Thane police. Frederick met Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh and officials from the anti-narcotics cell. He told Thane police officers that the busting of the Solapur factory was a huge blow to drug cartels operating in the Europe and the US and would help crack down on the drug menace to a large extent. The DEA will be with the Thane police for a few days to get more details of the cartel run by Mamta Kulkarni and Goswami. Kulkarni is still on the run in the case and very soon a red corner notice will be issued by Interpol to arrest her. Her proprerties in India will be attached by the Thane police.
|2017-09-25||Thane land deal raises Oberoi Realty's prospects - Business Standard|
Thane land deal raises Oberoi Realty's prospects The Rs 555-cr deal with GSK Pharma came at a steep discount Ram Prasad Sahu Last Updated at September 26, 2017 00:59 IST On a day the markets fell for the second consecutive session, Mumbai-based Oberoi Realty was up three per cent after the company acquired a 60-acre land parcel in Thane (total saleable area of 8.3 million square feet) for Rs 550 crore from GlaxoSmithKline Pharma. The pharma multinational’s stock ended flat. The reason for investors' interest in Oberoi Realty is the steep discount of the deal and growth visibility it gets with the acquisition. The latest deal values the per acre price at under Rs 9.3 crore, while the circle rate and recent transactions peg it closer to Rs ...
|2017-09-25||All-connecting FOB in Thane gets new girder - Daily News & Analysis|
All-connecting FOB in Thane gets new girder Updated: Sep 25, 2017, 07:20 AM IST, DNA In the intermittent night of September 23-24, the Central Railway (CR) successfully completed placing the girder for the all-connecting FOB at Thane railway station. To achieve it, the CR carried out a 6-hour mega block between Mulund and Kalwa. During this period, around eight train services were cancelled while seven others were partially cancelled or short terminated.. CR officials said that on Saturday night, more than 100 labourers were deployed on the tracks to launch the girders over platforms 2 and 3 next to Up lines (towards CSTM), and platform 5 next to Down line (towards Kalyan). "This will be a 6-metre wide FOB, connecting all platforms. During the block, 23-metres span of girder was launched," said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway. The second phase of work is expected to begin soon and is expected to carry into March 2018. The FOB, which will extend till platforms 9 and 10, is expected to ease the rush at the crowded station. Thane is among the most crowded stations on CR that sees nearly 2 lakh daily commuters. Soon, the CR authorities are planning more services from Thane towards Karjat and Kasara. Thane connects both Main line and Trans-harbour line to Vashi, thus making it an important connecting station.
|2017-09-25||GlaxoSmithKline Pharma in focus as board OKs Thane land sale - Business Standard|
GlaxoSmithKline Pharma in focus as board OKs Thane land sale Capital Market Last Updated at September 25, 2017 09:13 IST GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals said its board approved sale of 60 acre land in Thane to Oberoi Realty for Rs 555 crore. The announcement was made after market hours on Friday, 22 September 2017. Capacit'e Infraprojects debuts on the secondary equity market today, 25 September 2017. The company had priced the initial public offer (IPO) at the top end of the Rs 245 to Rs 250 per share price band. The IPO opened on 13 September 2017 and closed on 15 September 2017. It received bids for 209.17 crore shares. The IPO was subscribed 183.03 times. Departmental store chain Shoppers Stop said its board approved a proposal to sell 5% equity in the company for Rs 179.25 crore to Amazon NV Holdings LLC, the investment arm of the world's largest online retailer Amazon Inc. Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings, a foreign portfolio investor, will subscribe to about 43.95 lakh shares in Shoppers Stop at Rs 407.78 each on a preferential basis. Usha Martin clarified that it is indeed considering the sale of its wire and wire rope business with a view to reduce its debt. The announcement was made after market hours on Friday, 22 September 2017. VST Tillers said it entered into an agreement with Kukje Machinery Co., Korea to avail the required technology for manufacture of higher horse power tractors. The announcement was made after market hours on Friday, 22 September 2017.
|2017-09-25||GSK Pharma shares gain 16 points as board decides to sell Thane land for Rs 555 crore - Times of India|
GSK Pharma shares gain 16 points as board decides to sell Thane land for Rs 555 crore Sep 25, 2017, 11:55 IST NEW DELHI: GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals share price gained 16.90 points to 2444.95 on BSE and almost 1 point to 2433.85 on NSE at around 11.45am today. The gain in the company's share price was supported by the decision of board to sale around 60 acres land in Thane, Maharashtra, to Oberoi Realty for Rs 555 crore. The approval was announced on September 22. The GSK, however, did not mention what the company proposes to do with the money generated. The proposed sale of Thane land is subject to receipt of all statutory and regulatory approvals from the concerned authorities and signing of the definitive documents in this regard between the company and Oberoi Realty Ltd, said the company officicals.
|2017-09-25||Thane: Yeoor stroll takes ugly turn after men lose way - NYOOOZ|
Thane: Yeoor stroll takes ugly turn after men lose way Mid-day Thane Mon,25 Sep 2017 Summary: The youngsters, all of whom hail from Thane, were rescued after they reached out to the police control room for help. Our team, along with the fire brigade, rescued them within an hour," said Santosh Kadam, regional head of disaster management cell, TMC. Utsav Gopal MenonThe control room immediately alerted the disaster management cell of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), which in turn, informed the fire brigade. "Finally, around 2 pm, after trying our best, we made a call to the control room helpline, 100," Bansode added. File picA fun photowalk trip to Yeoor forest in Sanjay Gandhi National Park turned into a nightmare for three men, after they lost their way inside and were trapped in the deep for over seven hours. Three youngsters, who had gone inside forest for a photowalk, get trapped for seven hours before civic officials, fire brigade rescue them The three youngsters, who went to Yeoor around 8 am, were finally rescued at 3 pm on Sunday. File pic A fun photowalk trip to Yeoor forest in Sanjay Gandhi National Park turned into a nightmare for three men, after they lost their way inside and were trapped in the deep for over seven hours. The youngsters, all of whom hail from Thane, were rescued after they reached out to the police control room for help. Shreyas Sharadchandra Bansode, 21, Utsav Gopal Menon, 20, and Anees Sanjay Tevarekar, 21, had planned a trip to Yeoor to brush up their nature and wildlife photography skills, early on Sunday. This is not the first time that the trio had gone into the forest , As Reported By Mid-day. According to the Newspaper,"We all are photography enthusiasts, so we plan such trips often," said Bansode, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) degree in advertising. "We usually go by 8 am and return by 11 am. We also carry biscuits and water for emergency," he added. Shreyas Bansode However, on Sunday, while walking through the otherwise, familiar trail, they accidentally took a wrong turn and lost their way.
|2017-09-24||'Refrain from selling noisy firecrackers or be punished' - Times of India|
‘Refrain from selling noisy firecrackers or be punished’ Sep 24, 2017, 21:56 IST THANE: The city police has issued a notice to all fire cracker manufactures asking them to refrain from manufacturing deafening fireworks during the upcoming festive season. These fire crackers create noise and air pollution, which is not good for the environment as well as for a human being. The police, in their notice, has stated that fire crackers such as ukdibar, hawai, day out, night out, rocket, atom bomb, etc must be stopped. ''Any manufacturer found making these crackers will be booked under the Explosives Act 1884,'' the notice stated. It was also mentioned that not only the company who manufactures these crackers will be held, but also those selling them will be booked."These can harm the environment as they emit loud noises and cause noise pollution. There will be a check carried out from October 14 to November 11 to ensure that manufacturers and sellers and even citizens follow rules. Citizens have also been advised to refrain from bursting crackers between 10pm to 6am so that residents are not inconvenienced. Citizens have also been requested to not buy products that emit loud noise," said a senior police official. The notice stated that those selling firecrackers must not put up exhibitions within 50 feet of a residential area.The manufacturers have also been asked not to print any God or Goddess pictures on any firecrackers boxes or sell or possess with such products that will hurt the sentiments of people. If anyone is found flouting rules then they will be booked under Section 295 A of the Indian Penal Code (intend to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), the statement stated. As per the notice issued by city cops, any manufacturer found making these crackers will be booked under the Explosives Act 1884. Not only the company that manufactures these crackers, but also those selling them will be booked.
|2017-09-24||Macy Fountaine and Thane Ramsdell - WatertownDailyTimes.com|
Macy Fountaine and Thane Ramsdell PUBLISHED: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 AT 5:15 AM MASSENA — Macy Elizabeth Fountaine and Thane Stephen Scott Ramsdell were married at 2 p.m. Aug. 19 at Veterans Memorial park Gazebo, Massena, with Chris Delosh, minister, officiating. The bride is the daughter and stepdaughter of Jennifer LaVine and Ted LaVine, Maricopa, Ariz., and Larry Fountaine and Jessica Foutnaine, Massena. The groom is the son of Scott and Evelyn Ramsdell, Winthrop. The bride was given in marriage by her father. A reception was held at the Moose Lodge in Massena at 4 p.m. following the ceremony. Abby Elizabeth Alford was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Abbigail Taylor, Christiana Deforge, Aleah Palmer and Karlee Oakes. Leah Newtown was the junior bridesmaid and Abigail Newtown and Evelyn Oakes were flower girls. Troy Ramsdell was the best man. Groomsmen were Wyatt Ramsdell, Jacob LaGarry, Joshua Fountaine and Andrew Newtown. Michael Newtown was junior groomsman and Carson Oakes was the ring bearer. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsdell graduated from St. Lawrence Central High School in 2014 and from North Country Community College in 2016. Macy graduated from the radiologic technology program and Thane graduated from the environmental science program. The couple has been together since the sixth grade and graduated as high school sweethearts.
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|2017-09-24||Prayers, feast & greetings marked Rosh Hashanah for city's Jewish ... - Times of India|
Prayers, feast & greetings marked Rosh Hashanah for city’s Jewish community Sep 24, 2017, 21:55 IST THANE: The Jewish community in the city welcomed their New Year by celebrating the three-day Rosh Hashanah starting from Wednesday with prayers, feast and greetings of peace and solidarity. Thane city is home to close to 40 per cent of the country's Jewish population. "Rosh Hashanah is one of our holiest days as it marks the day Adam and Eve were created and symbolises the beginning of creation. In the prayer services on Thursday and Friday morning, our community's Nohel Penkar, who has blown the Shofar for the past 20 plus years, blew it 101 times so that the members of our community remember, understand and realize the miracles that had taken place and seek the blessings of God," said Ezra Moses, a member of Thane's Gate of Heaven Synagogue. Moses added, "We serve dates, pomegranate, apples, honey and grape wine apart from fish and lamb meat dishes to bring sweetness to the hearts of all, and to ask God for the New Year to bring prosperity." "The youngsters then went to Kalwa's visarjan ghat to perform the tashlikh ritual, wherein they pray for their sins to be washed away in the flowing waters," he added.
|2017-09-24||Thane Police ask Google, Skype for account details of Kaskar - The Asian Age|
Thane Police ask Google, Skype for account details of Kaskar Sep 25, 2017, 1:50 am IST Updated Sep 25, 2017, 1:51 am IST Sources said that Kaskar has told his interrogators that Ibrahim has not been happy with the former’s addiction to cocaine and liquor. Mumbai: The Thane City police has written to Google and Skype, seeking details of Iqbal Kaskar’s online accounts in light of his claims of not having spoken to his brother — fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim — since the past few years. Sources in the Thane City police said the details would not only help ascertain the veracity of Kaskar’s claims but also could be used as evidence against him. While the police suspect that Kaskar kept in touch with Ibrahim via Skype video calls, Kaskar has so far denied this, claiming that his brother held a grudge against him. Sources said that Kaskar has told his interrogators that Ibrahim has not been happy with the former’s addiction to cocaine and liquor. Kaskar has told the police that after pulling him up several times over his lifestyle, Ibrahim finally stopped talking to him and the latter’s wife Mehzabeen would pass messages between the two brothers since then. The anti-extortion cell (AEC) of Thane crime branch has been interrogating Kaskar since he was nabbed along with two aides on Monday in an extortion probe. A couple of days later, another case of extortion was registered against him. Kaskar allegedly threatened and extorted a property developer and a jeweller in Thane, the cases of which have been registered with the Kasarvadavali and Thane Nagar police stations. “We have sought details of Kaskar’s online accounts since 2010, when he is stated to have begun his activities in Thane. These logs and details may even help us link Dawood with these cases,” said a senior police officer of Thane crime branch. Ever since Kaskar’s arrest, the police have been looking for links between Ibrahim and him so as to book the fugitive gangster to strengthen India’s case that the ailing criminal is still active and making money by extorting businessmen.
|2017-09-23||'Dawood not ill, bhabhi was in Dubai last year' - Times of India|
'Dawood not ill, bhabhi was in Dubai last year' Updated: Sep 23, 2017, 11:49 IST THANE: Iqbal Kaskar , arrested by the Thane police in an extortion case, has refuted claims that his elder brother and India's most wanted, Dawood Ibrahim , is unwell, said policemen interrogating him. There have been reports that the global terrorist, now in his sixties, suffers from a chronic illness and could be negotiating a deal to return to India. On Thursday, MNS chief Raj Thackeray said the BJP is working on such a "settlement" with Dawood, who is "quite ill", in a bid to improve its poll prospects. Earlier, Kaskar told his interrogators that Dawood is presently in Pakistan, and shared four-five addresses of the don in the country. He claimed Dawood moves around with security but without any physical difficulty. Kaskar, arrested on September 18 with two of his aides after a Thane builder filed a case of extortion against him, has also claimed that Dawood's wife Mehjabeen met his wife Rizwana in Dubai last year. "She had travelled on a Pakistani passport, and he claimed he does not remember the name on it," said a police officer.Kaskar said he last spoke to "his bhabhi" at that time over Rizwana's mobile phone.Rizwana lives mostly in Dubai with their four grown-up children. Earlier, cops had said Kaskar claimed Dawood had stopped calling his family in India for fear of phone tapping. Investigators are trying to gather information on the bank accounts of Kaskar and his aides in a bid to figure out the extortion money trail. "Kaskar told us he does not hold any bank account, neither has he given or received cheques from anyone. It is likely that most of the transactions were made in cash or he could be using his ai des' bank accounts," said a police officer. A Thane jeweller has also filed a case of extortion, which Kaskar is accused of running in nexus with some local politicians.They are also looking into the possibility that besides Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mumbai, the extortion ring could have been operational in Nashik. "One of Kaskar's relatives is involved in criminal activities in Nashik, Kaskar has told us. We are trying to find out if the extortion racket ran there too with his help," said Abhishek Trimukhe, deputy commissioner of police (crime). Asenior police officer said they have identified a couple of more accused in the extortion case who are likely to be arrested in a day or two.
|2017-09-23||GSK Pharma to sell land in Thane to Oberoi Realty for Rs 555cr - ETHealthworld.com|
GSK Pharma to sell land in Thane to Oberoi Realty for Rs 555cr GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals said in a BSE filing. September 23, 2017, 05:52 IST New Delhi, Sep 22 : GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals today said its board has approved the sale of around 60 acres land of the company at Thane in Maharashtra to Oberoi Realty for a consideration of Rs 555 crore. The company however did not mention what it proposes to do with the money. "The Board of directors of the company at its meeting held today approved the sale of the company's land admeasuring approximately 60 acres located at Thane, Maharashtra to Oberoi Realty Ltd for a consideration of Rs 555 crore", GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals said in a BSE filing. The proposed sale is subject to receipt of all statutory and regulatory approvals from the concerned authorities and signing of the definitive documents in this regard between the company and Oberoi Realty Ltd, it added. Shares of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals today closed 0.40 per cent lower at Rs 2,428.05 per scrip on BSE. AKT SBT
|2017-09-23||GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals to sell Thane land for Rs 555 crore - Economic Times|
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals to sell Thane land for Rs 555 crore By Kailash Babar Updated: Sep 23, 2017, 10.30 AM IST GlaxoSmithKline PharmaceuticalsBSE -0.06 % on Friday said its board has approved the sale of around 60 acres land of the company at Thane to Oberoi RealtyBSE 2.76 % for Rs 555 crore. “The Board of directors of the company at its meeting held today approved the sale of the company's land admeasuring approximately 60 acres located at Thane, Maharashtra to Oberoi Realty Ltd for a consideration of Rs 555 crore”, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals said in a regulatory filing on the Bombay Stock Exchange. The proposed sale is subject to receipt of all statutory and regulatory approvals from the concerned authorities and signing of the definitive documents in this regard between the company and Oberoi Realty Ltd, the notice said. In August 2014, ET had first reported that Oberoi Realty was in talks with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals to buy the said land parcel.
|2017-09-23||Watch: Thane mall organises noise-free Garba dance - Times of India|
|2017-09-23||Spoke to Dawood 3-4 times in the past year, Iqbal Kaskar tells Thane police - Hindustan Times|
Spoke to Dawood 3-4 times in the past year, Iqbal Kaskar tells Thane police Kaskar, who had earlier during his interrogation revealed that Dawood was in Pakistan, told the police that he discussed about their family members with his brother during the phone conversations. Sep 24, 2017 00:34 IST In another stunning revelation, Iqbal Kaskar, the younger brother of Dawood Ibrahim, told the Thane police that he spoke to the don three to four times over phone and via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in the past one year. Kaskar, who had earlier during his interrogation revealed that Dawood was in Pakistan, told the police that he discussed about their family members with his brother during the phone conversations. Sources said the 52-year-old Kaskar told his interrogators that during one of their conversations, “Bhai [Dawood] told him to seek any kind of help”. “Kaskar gave us details about his phone conversations with Dawood in the past year and we are investigating his claims,” said Abhishek Trimukhe, deputy commissioner of police, Thane. “We have also traced some Pakistan-based mobile numbers, which are under scanner.” A Thane crime branch police inspector, who did not wish to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media, said the phone numbers which Kaskar gave have been traced to Pakistan, but it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact location as it keeps changing often. “Kaskar also told us that in one of the calls, Dawood wanted to know about his business in Mumbai.” Kaskar was arrested earlier this week by the Thane anti-extortion cell for his involvement in an extortion case. A builder had come forward and lodged a complaint against him. Since then, several other businessmen, including a jeweller, have come forward and said they, too, had received extortion calls in the past few years.
|2017-09-22||Corporators under Thane police radar - The Hindu|
Corporators under Thane police radar MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 04:45 IST Iqbal Kaskar’s interrogation throws light on nexus: Police The Thane Police’s probe into extortion accused Iqbal Kaskar’s alleged links with political figures has identified at least three corporators from Thane, who are now under the police scanner. Officer said that the number is likely to increase over the next few day. Dawood’s name used Extortion Iqbal, the younger brother of wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, was arrested late on Monday night for allegedly extorting a Thane-based builder by using Dawood’s name. Two others, Mumtaz Sheikh and Israr Ali Sayed, were also arrested for aiding Iqbal in the racket. “Interrogation of extortion accused Iqbal Kaskar and the co-accused has revealed that they were in regular touch with at least three corporators from Thane. They are from different political parties, indicating that Iqbal’s nexus is not limited to just one party,” a senior officer with the Thane Police Crime Branch said. Many corporators in Thane, the officer said, are in the real estate business themselves which puts them in a position to provide information about potential targets to Iqbal since they are in the know of new projects. “Apart from this, we suspect that claiming to know Iqbal personally helped corporators settle their own business disputes and gain an upper hand in the real estate industry,” said the officer. The police are now conducting inquiries into Iqbal’s antecedents since 2013 to find out more about his activities. “Apart from extortion, Iqbal is also suspected to have indulged in land grabbing and we are obtaining information on this. We are also finding out if he sent armed shooters to intimidate builders, and, if so, who these shooters were,” said Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. The police are also making inquiries with the daughter of the original owner of the land, where the complainant built his project. “The complainant bought the land from the original owner in 2013 and announced his project there. Around two years later the owner died and there was a dispute among his five children over the proceeds from the sale of land.
|2017-09-22||Fire breaks out in residential building - Times of India|
Fire breaks out in residential building Sep 22, 2017, 11:43 IST THANE: A fire broke out in a residential building in Thane's Bhiwandi area this morning, a senior officer said. At least 10 people have been moved to safe places.Two petrol pumps near the building have been shut for safety reasons. Fire brigades have reached the spot.
|2017-09-22||GSK Pharma to sell land in Thane to Oberoi Realty for Rs 555cr - Outlook India|
22 SEPTEMBER 2017 Last Updated at 8:37 PM GSK Pharma to sell land in Thane to Oberoi Realty for Rs 555cr New Delhi, Sep 22 GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals today said its board has approved the sale of around 60 acres land of the company at Thane in Maharashtra to Oberoi Realty for a consideration of Rs 555 crore. The company however did not mention what it proposes to do with the money. "The Board of directors of the company at its meeting held today approved the sale of the company's land admeasuring approximately 60 acres located at Thane, Maharashtra to Oberoi Realty Ltd for a consideration of Rs 555 crore", GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals said in a BSE filing. The proposed sale is subject to receipt of all statutory and regulatory approvals from the concerned authorities and signing of the definitive documents in this regard between the company and Oberoi Realty Ltd, it added. Shares of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals today closed 0.40 per cent lower at Rs 2,428.05 per scrip on BSE.
|2017-09-22||GSK Pharma to sell land in Thane to Oberoi Realty for Rs555 crore ... - Livemint|
GSK Pharma to sell land in Thane to Oberoi Realty for Rs555 crore The board of directors of GSK Pharma have approved the sale of 60 acres of land in Thane to Oberoi Realty New Delhi: GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals said on Friday its board has approved the sale of around 60 acres land of the company at Thane in Maharashtra to Oberoi Realty for a consideration of Rs555 crore. The company however did not mention what it proposes to do with the money. “The board of directors of the company at its meeting held today approved the sale of the company’s land admeasuring approximately 60 acres located at Thane, Maharashtra to Oberoi Realty Ltd for a consideration of Rs555 crore,” GSK Pharma said in a BSE filing. The proposed sale is subject to receipt of all statutory and regulatory approvals from the concerned authorities and signing of the definitive documents in this regard between the company and Oberoi Realty Ltd, it added. On Friday, shares of GSK Pharma closed 0.40% lower at Rs2,428.05 per scrip on BSE.
|2017-09-21||Rescued star tortoises to be released in K'taka national park - Times of India|
Rescued star tortoises to be released in Karnataka national park Updated: Sep 22, 2017, 00:57 IST THANE: As many as 285 star tortoises that were rescued by the Thane forest department and were kept under the care of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and various wildlife NGOs over the past few years will be released in their natural habitat in Karnataka on Friday morning as part of the forest department's unique repatriation initiative. The endangered tortoise had undergone a gene mapping test at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad to identify their habitat and sub-species. They were then found to be belonging to the south-western coast of India. So, they will transported to Bangalore and released in Bannerghatta National Park. Hundreds of endangered star tortoises were seized over the past few years from poacher who would sell them to earn a small fortune. However, their change of habitat and long period of captivity resulted in high mortality. So wildlife activists realise that these creatures must be connected to their original homes and soon they initiated the repatriation initiative. "A number of these NGOs, including Thane SPCA and RAWW approached us and asked us that it was not advisable for these tortoises to live here as they did not belong to this area and the climate was harsh for them. Due to this, their mortality rate was increasing. While the Thane forest department's anti-poaching wing had 23 star tortoises under their care, the Thane SPCA had another 60. Dahanu's WCAWA had around 17, while WCCB itself had over 100 star tortoises," said Dr. Jitendra Ramgaokar, deputy conservator of forests (Thane). Speaking about the repatriation process, honorary wildlife warden Pawan Sharma, said, "Even within the star tortoise family, there are sub species that can be identified by their DNA or gene mapping. Under this process, the DNA of the tortoise is analysed at the CCMB in Hyderabad, which is then matched with the DNA of start tortoise families across the country. This process ensures that if a star tortoise is originally from north Maharashtra or Gujarat, it isn't sent to the south or vice versa."
|2017-09-21||Staff from civil, mental hosp go on 2-day strike - Times of India|
Staff from civil, mental hosp go on 2-day strike Updated: Sep 21, 2017, 22:45 IST Thane: Operations at the state-run civil hospital and the mental hospital remained largely unaffected as the health administration here roped in private assistance and home guards to fill up the void due to the two-day strike by the 450 Class IV employees. The ward boys, sweepers, watchman, attendants, cooks etc had struck work on Thursday to demand the implementation of the seventh pay commission, assured jobs for the next of kin on retirement of the staffers etc. "Out of 116 class IV employees 100 went on strike so we have deployed 20 home guards, 20 employees on contract basis. Since morning the OPD was functional, we have been conducting surgeries and delivery. The employees have stated that they will be on strike till Friday so the temporary employees will be there till they resume work," said Dr Sangita Makode, additional civil surgeon. The situation was much the same at the Thane mental hospital as close to 90 contract workers and five cooks were hiredfor the 1,516 inmates," said Dr. Dinkar Raokhande, medical superintendent at the Mental hospital.
|2017-09-20||Corporators under Thane police radar - The Hindu|
Corporators under Thane police radar MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 22:33 IST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 22:38 IST Iqbal Kaskar’s interrogation throws light on nexus: Police The Thane Police’s probe into extortion accused Iqbal Kaskar’s alleged links with political figures has identified at least three corporators from Thane, who are now under the police scanner. Officer said that the number is likely to increase over the next few day. Dawood’s name used Extortion Iqbal, the younger brother of wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, was arrested late on Monday night for allegedly extorting a Thane-based builder by using Dawood’s name. Two others, Mumtaz Sheikh and Israr Ali Sayed, were also arrested for aiding Iqbal in the racket.
|2017-09-20||Waterlogged streets, tree fall in Thane owing to heavy rain | mumbai ... - Hindustan Times|
Waterlogged streets, tree fall in Thane owing to heavy rain Thane received around 150 mm of rainfall since Tuesday afternoon. MUMBAI Updated: Sep 20, 2017 13:57 IST More than thirteen places in the city experienced water logging owing to heavy rainfall since Tuesday afternoon. More than 17 trees also fell since Tuesday afternoon. Although the water receded by morning, the roads remained empty as most people chose not to venture out of the house. Schools also remained shut in the city. Thane received around 150 mm of rainfall since Tuesday afternoon. Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), said, “Around 17 incidents of tree falling were reported throughout the night. Two people suffered minor injuries, while two houses were damaged in the tree fall. Mukesh Shinde, 31 and Dampal Mane, 27 suffered minor injuries when a tree fell down on Mahendra Bolero pickup near Majiwada Petrol pump. A huge tree fell on a bus near Kalwa at 8.15am leading to traffic congestion. An nullah wall also collapsed, while water logging complaints were received from thirteen areas in the city” The department has issued a high tide warning at 1.45pm, and asked people to stay in touch with the department on the helpline 1800 222 108.
|2017-09-20||Heavy rain lashes Thane, slows traffic to a crawl - Hindustan Times|
Heavy rain lashes Thane, slows traffic to a crawl The city received 256 mm of rainfall in 24 hours with the intensity of rain increasing after noon. MUMBAI Updated: Sep 20, 2017 19:44 IST Heavy rain lashed Thane during the entire day on Wednesday, bringing life to a standstill. The city received 256 mm of rainfall in 24 hours with the intensity of rain increasing after noon. Most schools, colleges and offices declared holiday on Wednesday owing to the predictions of heavy rains. The traffic though was extremely slow along the Eastern Express Highway.Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer of Thane said, “The rain, which stopped on Wednesday morning, increased in the afternoon. The city witnessed more than 80 mm of rainfall after 12pm. We received around 12 complaints of waterlogging and nine trees fell.” The traffic along Ghodbunder road was jammed owing to waterlogging at several places. The traffic was slow between Tatvadnyan signal to Patlipada during the peak hours. Jagdish Shinde, police inspector, traffic said, “The traffic was moving at a snail’s pace along the Ghodbunder Road beyond Thane owing to water logging. There is waterlogging at three spots, including Kajupada, Kinara Hotel and Bamboo Bus. Around 15 to 20 traffic police are stationed at this road and trying to keep the traffic moving.”
|2017-09-20||24-year-old event mgmt professional conned of Rs 1L - Times of India|
24-year-old event mgmt professional conned of Rs 1L Sep 20, 2017, 22:05 IST Thane: A 24-year-old event management professional from Khopat was conned of Rs 1.2 lakh by a conman who posed as a tele-caller on Saturday.According to the Rabodi police, the victim, Kiram Govalkar, had received a call on her mobile. The caller had told her that she had won a lucky draw and that she could chose between accepting a luxury car or cash amounting to Rs 12.8 lakh. Govalkar did not smell a rat and fell for the bait. She told the accused that she would accept the cash prize. The caller, however, tried to persuade her against it. When Govalkar questioned him, the accused said that the cash amount would be given only if she deposited Rs 1.2 lakh in their account, which would be refunded at the time of delivering the cash prize. Without thinking twice, Govalkar agreed to transfer the money to the account of the accused. "The next day when she tried to call the accused, there was no response. The accused had switched off his phone. She then realised that she had been conned and lodged a complaint with the police,'' said an official from the Rabodi police station.
|2017-09-20||Reservoirs over 97% full, 'no water cuts in the coming year' | Thane ... - Times of India|
Reservoirs over 97% full, ‘no water cuts in the coming year’ Sep 20, 2017, 22:03 IST Thane: The exceptionally good monsoon over the past few months has brought a wave of relief for lake-city denizens as well as other pockets of Thane district as it not only helped bring down the temperature, but also filled up the reservoirs here. While citizens faced numerous water cuts over the past few years as a result of water management procedure of the irrigation department, officials asserted that thanks to the good monsoon this year which superseded the normal quantum of rainfall, the coming year will see no water cuts. While the total and average normal rainfall across the district is supposed to be 17,150.1mm and 2,450.01mm respectively between June 1 and October 31, Thane district received a total rainfall of 21,183.2mm and an average rainfall of 3,026.17mm till September 19 this year. All the major irrigation and the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) dams in the Konkan division, which provide water to Thane, Mumbai, Palghar among others cities have filled up, with almost all the reservoirs achieving over 97 per cent of their storage capacity. The Modaksagar reservoir that contributes to the supply of Mumbai and Thane having a capacity of 128.93 mcm has reached 127mcm this year. Bhatsa dam that contributes to nearly 30 per cent of the daily 480mld water requirement for the city had nearly 98 per cent volume or around 922.14mcm filled of the total 942.10mcm water in it till September 19. Barvi dam also registered a cent per cent of its 233.07mcm volume this year. "While the dams were overflowing a few times this monsoon, we had to release some of the water to avoid any overflowing and flooding in the nearby regions. However, the dams are filling up once again and are all nearly full if not already full. This quantum could even swell up further if the rains continue henceforth. The stored water quantum is very high this year, and there will be enough to supply to Thane and Mumbai all through the year, which is why water cuts are unlikely," said an official from the irrigation department.
|2017-09-20||Thane rains: Rain fury in Thane: Tree fall, flooding order of the day ... - Times of India|
Rain fury in Thane: Tree fall, flooding order of the day Updated: Sep 21, 2017, 02:01 IST THANE: The downpour since Tuesday that continued on Wednesday has brought with it a string of tree falls and water logging incidents in the city. Over 14 pockets, including Naupada's Chikalwadi area, Court Naka, Patlipada, Manpada, Glady Alvares road area, Thane station area, Vitawa, Srinagar's Bhatwadi area, etc were flooded as the city received over 259mm of rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday. As many as 24 tree falls were reported over the past two days, one of which fell on a tempo at Majiwada on Tuesday night causing minor injuries to the driver and a passerby, while another crashed atop another tempo as well as two homes on Pokhran Road 2 on Wednesday morning damaging the vehicle and roof of these houses.However, as the heavy rains intensified overnight, many schools, colleges and even offices were declared shut and thus, not many ventured out through the day resulting in lesser traffic and lesser panic. Many who did step out for work also had a smooth sailing day despite the heavy rains and the civic body was working overtime to resolve rain-related issues. "There was water logging near our society at Naupada and we couldn't get any autos for a while as they didn't want to come into the rising waters. However, as soon as we complained on the TMC helpline, officials came and started pumping the water out. I walked to the station and caught my train to CSMT and reached work safely," said Sandeep Desai, a Naupada resident. Weathermen asserted that the next few days will see intermittent rains. "The sudden heavy showers were a result of the development of a cyclonic circulation over the Arabian Sea and a low pressure area of the Bay of Bengal. This situation is already in the process of fading away and the next few days will see intermittent showers," said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather.
|2017-09-20||Thane: No work to progress without tendering process, civic chief declares - Times of India|
Thane: No work to progress without tendering process, civic chief declares Sep 21, 2017, 01:57 IST THANE: Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Wednesday declared that no work will be carried out without following the lengthy tender-driven process after corporators blamed him of indiscriminately sanctioning select works. The municipal commissioner is authorized under Sections 5 (2) (2) of the BPMC Act to allocate resources for any projects or a civic work in case of an emergency or to allocate instant relief to tide over a certain situation. The law empowers him with executive authority to bypass the process of securing sanction for a project from the general body and nominate contractors for execution of work without following the tendering process. The corporators, from across party lines, however, claimed that the civic chief was blatantly misusing its executive powers. They alleged that certain works, which did not qualify as emergency, were conveniently taken up and contractors nominated without the general body nod.
|2017-09-20||Durga pandals in Thane get a touch and feel of Kolkata - Times of India|
Durga pandals in Thane get a touch and feel of Kolkata Sep 20, 2017, 22:06 IST Thane: With just a few days left for Durga Puja to begin, the pandals across the city have started to reflect the atmosphere of West Bengal. The entrances of many pandals have been adorned with traditional Chandan Nagar lights with their intricate work. Be it roping in skilled traditional craftsmen and musicians or transporting truckloads of decorative materials and lighting from different parts of West Bengal, Durga pandals across the lake-city are leaving no stone unturned to remind Thaneites about the extravagant Pujo celebrations back home.Swarnendu Bhattacharya, cultural secretary of Bangiya Parishad, the oldest pandal in the city which will be celebrating its 55th year, said,"It is very essential to expose our culture to the next generation and what better way to do this than through our festivals. This year, our pandal has some very intricate bamboo work as part of the temple theme and we have hired 60 to 70 labourers from Midnapur, who are toiling throughout the day to make the sets look extravagant." "We have also called in painters from our hometown, whose artistic work will be displayed in the pandal this year," he added. Madhumita Bhattacharya, spokesperson of the Fulcrum Cultural Foundation in Manpada, said, "While our Pujo will be celebrated in a closed area in order to curb noise pollution, we have ensured that it mirrors the celebration we have back home. Even though our set up is simple this year, we have called in labourers from Kolkata to add to the authentic artistic feel of the pandal." Mmany have brought in traditional decor and lighting here. "We have imported lights from Chandan Nagar to attract not only Bengalis, but also people from other communities. The lighting comprises of thousands of LED lights to create a pictorial story about various traditional," said Alok Dube, president of Navodaya Sangh.
|2017-09-19||Two aides of Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar arrested by Thane police - The Hindu|
Two aides of Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar arrested by Thane police THANE, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 15:50 IST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 18:48 IST The police are also investigating if Dawood Ibrahim had any role in the extortion case. Two aides of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar were on Tuesday arrested in connection with an extortion case, a senior police official said. Kaskar and his associates were allegedly threatening a prominent builder in Thane in Dawood’s name since 2013 and extorted ?30 lakh and four flats from him in Dawood's name, police said. Mumtaz Sheikh and Israr Ali Jamil Sayyad, who were earlier detained, were formally placed under arrest, Thane’s Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh said. Iqbal Parkar, a close relative of Dawood’s sister Haseena Parkar, and drug dealer Mohammad Yasin Khwaja Hussain were also detained in connection with the case, the officer said. Kaskar was on Monday night taken into custody from Haseena’s house in Nagpada area of Central Mumbai by a team led by encounter specialist and anti-extortion cell’s senior police Inspector Pradeep Sharma. He was questioned till late Monday night by the crime branch officials and then formally arrested, Mr. Singh said. The police are also investigating if Dawood Ibrahim had any role in the matter and if it is so, he will also be made an accused in the case, the Commissioner said at a press conference. Kaskar had sent an aide to the builder’s office and at the construction site to extort money, Mr. Singh said. The builder later gave four flats worth ?5 crore and ?30 lakh in cash to Kaskar. In spite of it, he was being threatened by the accused, the police said. Out of the four flats, three were sold and one was registered in the name of Sayyad, who was staying in it for the last few years, the senior police officer said. A few days ago, an extortion case was registered on the basis of the complaint by the builder at Thane’s Kasarwadavali police station under IPC section 384 (extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) and 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion). Later, the case was handed over to the Thane Police’s anti-extortion cell. During investigation, the police initially nabbed Sheikh and Sayyad from Thane. Later, Kaskar’s name also cropped up in the case, police said. Names of some builders and politicians, including corporators, have also allegedly come up during the investigation, Mr. Singh said. “We are investigating whether they were helping Kaskar in the extortion racket. If needed, we will also take the help of the Enforcement Directorate and verify whether the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act [MCOCA] can be applied in this case,” the Commissioner said. Kaskar, who was deported from the United Arab Emirates in 2003, is said to be operating Dawood’s real estate business in the city, according to the police. He was wanted in a murder case and the Sara Sahara illegal construction case. He was, however, acquitted in both the cases in 2007, the police said.
|2017-09-19||Thane shows maximum registrations, followed by the Western ... - Moneycontrol.com|
Sep 19, 2017 06:16 PM IST Thane shows maximum registrations, followed by the Western suburbs under MahaRERA The total carpet area of projects registered under MahaRERA (Maharashtra RERA) as per recent data available, was 84.62 million sq ft, of which the total sold area was 43.5 million sq ft - or 51 percent. Thane showed maximum registrations, followed by the Western suburbs, says an analysis by JLL India. Region-wise analysis of the data shows that the maximum number of units registered are in Thane Municipal Corporation and Thane District (59,516 units registered). This is followed by the Western suburbs, where 28,000 units are registered. The other regions include the Central suburbs (16,852 units), South Mumbai (11,424 units) and the Harbour region (7,502 units), says an analysis by JLL India. Andheri stood out in the Western suburbs with over 7,500 registered units, Ghatkopar in the Central suburbs with over 3,800 registrations and Chembur in the harbour region with over 5,000 registered units. Interestingly, Malad, too, has approximately 5,000 units registered under MahaRERA, while Goregaon has close to 4,200 units, says the analysis.Proximity to the Goregaon-Malad New Business District and SBD Andheri could be the reason for the higher number of upcoming projects in Malad, Goregaon and Andheri. Chembur, of course, has been a preferred destination for the past few years, with its proximity to Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) which is now the de-facto CBD of Mumbai. “The total number of units registered as of July 31, 2017 were 1,24,173. However, with a daily update, the number of units registered will go up. The details available for each project will be immense and consumers will be able understand a lot more about the project,” says Ramesh Nair, CEO & Country Head, JLL India. Buyers across budget bandwidths are behaving similarly: The configuration-wise performance of RERA-registered projects for locations in Mumbai shows that the unsold project performance for 1,2 and 3 BHK flats more or less mirrors the average unsold inventory in Mumbai. The average unsold inventory is 49 percent and the unsold inventory for 1 BHKs is 49 percent, 2 BHKs 50 percent and 3 BHKs at 51 percent. This means that buyers across different purchasing power categories are displaying similar preferences. The sentiment and thus decision-making for purchasing a house does not vary as per affordability, says the analysis. Average timeline for completion of projects in key pockets moves forward: “In order to meet RERA guidelines, developers have revised their completion dates forward, in many cases by two years. How will developers manage to keep buyer interest up despite the delayed completion timelines? We are seeing a number of schemes by builders promising sops like zero GST and reduced stamp duty to woo consumers,” says Nair. While buyers do prefer close-to-completion projects, alignment of product to market demand is equally important: Projects with ill-suited designs are tough to sell, even if they mitigate construction delay risk. This is reflected in the data revealed for projects to be completed in 2018. Thane Municipal Corporation and adjacent areas are performing well as per the available data as it has the least number of unsold units (15 percent) for the projects to be ready by end of calendar year 2017. However, the situation changes for 2018. For projects to be completed by end of the year 2018, as per the data available, the unsold inventory in Thane is touching 35 percent. The current data (as of July 31, 2017) shows unsold inventory in Andheri at 36 percent in 2018, compared to 28 percent in 2017. In Borivali, the unsold inventory is shown at 29 percent in 2018 compared to 58 percent in 2017. Chembur is showing unsold inventory at 30 percent in 2018, compared with 69 percent in 2017.
|2017-09-19||Dawood Ibrahim's involvement in extortion racket will be probed: Thane police - Economic Times|
|2017-09-19||Thane: Woman 'kills husband after fight', arrested | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Thane: Woman ‘kills husband after fight’, arrested “Things got out of hand and Swaroopa who was cutting vegetables took the knife and stabbed Ravi several times. He was taken to a hospital at Kalwa where Ravi succumbed to the injuries,” the officer said. Mumbai | Updated: September 19, 2017 1:13 pm The Thane police on Monday arrested a woman for allegedly murdering her husband with whom she had a fight over preparing food. The couple had frequent fights over the husband suspecting his wife of having an extra-marital affair, the police said. On Sunday, Swaroopa Waghmare, who has been arrested, allegedly stabbed her husband Ravi to death with a kitchen knife with which she was chopping vegetables at their Kalyan residence. According to the police, Ravi, who worked in a factory at Kalyan, got married to Swaroopa around nine months back and the couple settled in a tenement at Khadakpada in Kalyan. Soon after the marriage, the couple started having frequent fights with Ravi suspecting her of having an affair. “Ravi also had a drinking problem and Swaroopa was frustrated with that. On Sunday, the couple had a fight over what Swaroopa was cooking,” said an officer from Khadakpada police station in Kalyan. “Things got out of hand and Swaroopa who was cutting vegetables took the knife and stabbed Ravi several times. He was taken to a hospital at Kalwa where Ravi succumbed to the injuries,” the officer said.
|2017-09-19||Gorakhpur, Koraput and Thane to launch Zero Hunger Programme on October 16 - Economic Times|
Gorakhpur, Koraput and Thane to launch Zero Hunger Programme on October 16 Updated: Sep 19, 2017, 10.42 AM IST NEW DELHI: Three districts - Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, Koraput in Odisha and Thane in Maharashtra - will initiate India's ambitious 'Zero Hunger' programme through interventions in farm sector on October 16 (World Food Day). Though many more districts will eventually be covered under this dedicated farm-based programme in sync with India's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end hunger by 2030, these three would act as a model of an integrated approach to deal with hunger and malnutrition by adopting suitable agricultural\horticultural practices. "The programme will ensure suitable methods of measuring the impact of intervention. There will be intensive training programme in order to identify the nutritional maladies in each district and the appropriate agricultural/horticultural and animal husbandry remedies", said the eminent agriculture scientist, M S Swaminathan, on Monday while speaking about the plan to initiate the programme in three districts. The Programme will be initiated by the the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in association with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation and the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC). The concerned state governments will also be involved in the programme which consists of organisations of farming system for nutrition, setting up genetic gardens for biofortified plants/crops and initiation of a 'Zero Hunger' training. A genetic garden for biofortified plants/crops contains the germplasm of naturally biofortified crops or such crops through plant breeding. It has plants and crops that help supplement micro-nutrient deficiencies, including iron, iodine, vitamin A and zinc among others. "It is hoped that such an integrated programme will help us achieve the zero hunger district goal surely and speedily", said Swaminathan who is popularly known as father of 'green revolution' in India. He said, "The 'Zero Hunger' programme, planned in Koraput, Thane and Gorakhpur districts, will focus on agriculture, nutrition and health in a symbiotic manner". This programme will be launched in addition to what the government has planned to deal with the issue of malnutrition through various other initiatives under its goal to make India malnutrition free by 2022. Under the UN-approved SDGs, which were adopted by countries including India in 2015, the government is expected to ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices in the country.
|2017-09-19||1. Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane | mumbai news ... - Hindustan Times|
1. Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane HT Top Schools survey 2017: Top 10 schools from the north zone — areas north of Goregaon in the western suburbs, Ghatkopar in the eastern suburbs, and Thane MUMBAI Updated: Sep 19, 2017 17:07 IST HISTORY: Founded in 1969 by Gopalkrishna Singhania, the school is headed by Dr Vijaypat Singhania. The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and has over 6,500 students and over 400 staff members at present. UNIQUE FEATURES: The school strongly promotes experiential learning. Every child experiences the joy of learning through resourcefulness. The curriculum follows a single-textbook concept. HIGHEST RATING FOR: Value for money, academic rigour, attitude towards learning and educational philosophy BOARD: ICSE Board Annual Fees: Rs36,000/- (approximately) Students: 6500 Student-Teacher ratio: 20:1 QUOTE: While the focus is on empowering students with knowledge, attitude, skills and habits, we also ensure they grow to be sensitive human beings. REVATHI SRINIVASAN, principal
|2017-09-19||Thane: Students of Std VII & VIII resume classes at KV School - Times of India|
Thane: Students of Std VII & VIII resume classes at KV School Sep 19, 2017, 22:37 IST THANE: The students of class VII and VIII of the Kendriya Vidyalay School in Kolshet were provided a vacant room within the school premises to resume their classes on Friday, after a month-long forced vacation. The three divisions of each of these grades are now functioning in batches of two from 1.45pm to 4.15pm, it is learnt. As many as 1,400 students of the school were made to sit at home since August 21 as their school building was declared dilapidated by the MES, thus creating panic and anxiety among students and parents.Ever since the school administration's plan for renting an alternative school building on GB road felt flat, they have been in talks with the Air Force and Naval authorities, who are providing them with a few vacant classrooms and buildings in their jurisdiction on a temporary basis. While the air force authorities provided the students of class X and XII with three classrooms in their pre-primary Air Force School on August 30, the classes of the students of classes IX and XI were also started five days later, as the KV school opened up another comparatively safe classroom within the school premises. The classes on the students studying in the A, B and C divisions of grades VII and VII began on Friday, while those belonging to classes I to VI are still on vacation. The school authorities are also, simultaneously, looking at alternate provisions including the construction of multiple fibre shed classrooms in the vacant KV school ground.
|2017-09-19||City continues to sweat post erratic rains, temperature may rise further - Times of India|
City continues to sweat post erratic rains, temperature may rise further Sep 19, 2017, 22:33 IST Thane: The fluctuating rainfall and mercury levels in the past one week must have given citizens bouts of relief, but weathermen predict that the temperature will rise again by midweek as the monsoon has begun exiting this region. From the series on thunderstorms, lightening streaks and short heavy bursts of rain showers on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to the completely clear skies and dry climate on Wednesday and Sunday, the city witnessed extreme weather conditions over the past seven days. Ashwini Waghmare (25), a Pachpakhadi resident said, "The past week has been very confusing. While the IMD and civic officials have been sending out advisories to citizens to take care as there would be heavy rains and thunder storms, our area was clear. Then when we thought it was safe to get out, it would suddenly start pouring for a couple of hours." "In addition to the fluctuating rains, the climate was also fluctuating. While the air would get cool and bearable in the night and every time it drizzled or rained, the rest of the day would be hot and dry," added 21-year-old Bhumika Vaidya, a Lokpuram area resident.Weathermen here state that the fluctuating rains and the resulting climate change was the result of the passing east-west trough, and predict that the moderate rainfall will continue for just around two days. "The climate last week was very weird. We decided to step out for family dinner, but had to change our plan suddenly, as it started to pour heavily. Everything was set, but we couldn't make it, all thanks to sudden rains," said Shruti Patel from Waghbil. "The Mumbai, Thane and Dahanu region saw moderate rainfall and thunderstorms and lightening over the past week while Goa and other south Konkan regions saw heavy rains, all of which took place to the east-west trough running above. As this trough continues to shift, the situation will remain the same in these pockets for the next 48 hours, after which the intensity of rains will continue to decrease till the monsoon eventually exits these pockets," said Mahesh Palawat, chief the meteorologist at skymetweather. "As the rains will subside in around two days, the climate too will change from the warm and humid weather to a sultry and uneasy climate," he added.
|2017-09-19||Man gets three years in jail for recording, selling sex clip - Times of India|
Man gets three years in jail for recording, selling sex clip Sep 19, 2017, 06:03 IST THANE: A real estate agent here has been sentenced to three years' rigorous imprisonment for filming his sex session with a married woman and selling the clip to her husband, resulting in divorce. District judge SC Khalipe held Sunil Gupta, 38, guilty under section 67A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, for publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act etc. in electronic form. Advocate Vandana Jadhav , who argued for the 28-year-old woman, said she had shifted to Pune after her marriage in 2007. In 2011, she came to stay with her parents in Thane after an altercation with her in-laws and husband. "Here she got acquainted with Gupta and started working in his office. On October 31, 2011, after exchanging Diwali greetings, Gupta took her to show his new office. He later took her to a lodge near Thane station and the two got physically intimate. He kept his mo bile phone above the bed to ensure that the entire act was filmed. When the women asked him why he was so particular about the mobile, he clarified that he was arranging it to get strong signal," the prosecution told the court.When she returned to Pune, Gupta followed and contacted her husband. He told him about his affair with his wife and sold him the video for Rs 1 lakh. It fueled the acrimony between the woman and her husband, and concluded in divorce. Gupta's aide reportedly transferred the video and received the cash from her husband. She returned home to Thane and filed a complaint against Gupta with the Shreenagar police station on November 24, 2011. Then inspector Usha Suradkar sent the mobile phones of the concerned for forensic lab analysis. "The result was that there was one pornographic video file of 3GB in the memory card found in one mobile phone and it was transferred to other mobile phones as well," the prosecution said. Khalipe ruled that the reputation of the woman has lowered and her career and life ruined by the act and convicted Gupta under 67A of the IT Act and section 292 of the Indian Penal Code. Gupta's aide was let off for lack of evidence. The court also ordered him to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh. That amount and the seized cash of Rs 22,000 should be paid to the victim as compensation, the judge added. In a twist to the case, while the investigation was on, the woman got married again. But the past would not fade away: the video shot by Gupta was uploaded on a popular social networking site. A fresh complaint was filed with the Bandra crime branch and investigations have indicated that her former husband's brother had uploaded the clip. The case is pending final decision.
|2017-09-19||Thane: Heavy rains at it again, panic-stricken city fears repeat of August 29 floods - Times of India|
Thane: Heavy rains at it again, panic-stricken city fears repeat of August 29 floods Updated: Sep 20, 2017, 02:39 IST THANE: A panic-like situation engulfed the city on Tuesday after heavy rains and thunderstorms caused a feeling of deja vu of the August 29 rains. As the downpour intensified by mid afternoon, residents started circulating messages to their loved ones via social networking sites and mobile applications cautioning each other. With the cloudy skies giving way to an early sunset coupled with bolts of lightening, the panic mode had set in by 5pm. Thaneites who were stranded in the deluge of 29/8 for hours together were seen running helter skelter in a bid to take necessary precautions in the wake of Tuesday's torrential rains.Vinav Nair, a resident, said, "In the downpour of August 29, my bike, which was parked on the premises of my office was damaged and completely submerged in water. Since the office is located near my residence, I went home during lunch time and parked my bike in the parking lot of my building, which is at an elevated level. Then I took an auto and went back to office." Some office-goers said they were trying to leave early on Tuesday afternoon fearing a repeat of the August 29 floods. Meanwhile, those living in the low-lying pockets of the city were contemplating shifting their belongings to the lofts, so as to tackle a situation like 29/8 if it were to happen. Laxmi Bhandari from Thane's Nalpada area near the Kapurbawdi pipeline, said, "I was in my native town of Uttarakhand when I heard the news about the week's forecast. I immediately called up my daughters at home and told them to safeguard our valuables. Last time, the water had ventured into our slum tenement and destroyed all important documents. We have shifted most of our belongings to the loft upstairs."
|2017-09-18||Boy of 8 mauled to death by dogs in Thane - The Hindu|
Boy of 8 mauled to death by dogs in Thane THANE:, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 12:01 IST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 12:05 IST The child was walking on the road with his friend, when he accidentally fell on a pack of strays An eight-year-old boy was mauled to death by stray dogs in Bhiwandi township of Thane district, a police official said on Monday. The child, a resident of Phogaon area in Bhiwandi, was walking on the road with a friend near his home on Sunday afternoon when he suddenly lost his balance and fell on a pack of stray dogs sitting there, he said. Bitten severely The canines bit him severely, the official said. The child was rushed to a nearby hospital. However, as his condition became critical, he was shifted to the Thane Civil Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, he said. The city police have registered a case of accidental death, the official added.
|2017-09-18||Thane project builder gets RERA relief, for now - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane project builder gets RERA relief, for now Updated: Sep 18, 2017, 08:00 AM IST, DNA A complaint against a registered project 'Runwal Garden City-Dahila' at Thane was filed with Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority. The complainant, Istekhar Shaikh, had alleged that the respondent (Dhruva Woollen Mills Pvt Ltd) has not disclosed the case pending against in respect of the project and the encumbrances thereon. In a hearing on Friday, the authority asked the respondent to reveal the facts. Chairman of the authority, Gautam Chatterjee, and member Vijay Satbir Singh presided over the hearing. The authority dismissed the allegation saying the complainant wasn't an allottee of the real estate project. However, the authority said that since it was necessary to disclose all relevant facts, the respondent was directed to correct the status of the pending litigation within a week. The authority stated that the complainant didn't have a locus standi, and that it had no jurisdiction to hear a complaint filed as 'Public Interest Litigation'. Hence, they didn't find merit in the complaint. The order states, "During the course of the hearing, it was brought to notice of the authority that though the respondent has disclosed the litigation pending before the High Court, the interim order passed therein has not been uploaded." When contacted Runwal, they said, they are going to inform MahaRERA that they need not carry out a correction, because the plot mentioned 'Dahilia' is not part of the PIL. Runwal is writing a letter MahaRERA stating the same.
|2017-09-18||Thane Municipal on Swach Bharat Aviyan - Times of India|
Thane Municipal on Swach Bharat Aviyan Sep 18, 2017, 06:11 IST from last many months TMC is ignoring pile od garbage laying infront of soceity.location in front of Raunak Park View apartment and Raunak Unnathi Woods
|2017-09-18||Brother of Dawood Ibrahim, Iqbal Kaskar, arrested by Thane police in extortion case - The Indian Express|
Brother of Dawood Ibrahim, Iqbal Kaskar, arrested by Thane police in extortion case Kaskar was arrested by former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma who was reinstated last month. The case has been registered at Kasarvadavali police station in Thane. Along with Kaskar, two others have been detained. Updated: September 19, 2017 12:35 am The Thane anti-extortion cell (AEC) on Monday evening arrested Iqbal Kaskar , younger brother of wanted fugitive criminal Dawood Ibrahim. Kaskar was arrested by former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma who was reinstated last month. The case has been registered at Kasarvadavali police station in Thane. Along with Kaskar, two others have been detained. According to sources, Kaskar was arrested on a complaint filed by a builder. The builder has alleged that Kaskar had already taken four flats from him and has been demanding more flats. Acting on the complaint, a team headed by Sharma raided Gordon Hall apartment in Nagpada in South Mumbai. Kaskar shifted to the apartment belonging to his slain sister, Haseena Parkar after the recent Bhendi Bazar building collapse. Kaskar used to stay in neighbouring Damarwala building and vacated the building hours after the collapse. Sharma who has 113 encounters to his credit was dismissed in August 2008 for his alleged links with the underworld. His dismissal was in accordance to the provisions of Article 311 of the Constitution which allows summary dismal without an inquiry.
|2017-09-18||Boy mauled to death by stray dogs in Thane - The Indian Express|
Boy mauled to death by stray dogs in Thane The child, a resident of Phogaon area in Bhiwandi, was walking on the road with a friend near his home yesterday afternoon when he suddenly lost his balance and fell on a pack of stray dogs sitting there, he said. Published:September 18, 2017 12:42 pm An eight-year-old boy has been mauled to death by stray dogs in Bhiwandi township of the district, a police official said today. The child, a resident of Phogaon area in Bhiwandi, was walking on the road with a friend near his home yesterday afternoon when he suddenly lost his balance and fell on a pack of stray dogs sitting there, he said. The canines bit him severely, the official said. The child was rushed to a nearby hospital. However, as his condition became critical, he was shifted to the Thane Civil Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, he said. The city police have registered a case of accidental death, the official added…
|2017-09-18||Hawkers bash up senior civic official in Thane - Times of India|
Hawkers bash up senior civic official in Thane Updated: Sep 19, 2017, 00:15 IST THANE: An assistant municipal commissioner, Maruti Gaikwad, and his team from Thane Municipal Corporation were reportedly attacked by a group of unruly hawkers when they were removing encroachment on the road near Prabhat Talkies near Kalyan station on Saturday. "Gaikwad along with the other officials had removed the encroachments when the hawkers got angry and around 10 of them demanded their goods that which were seized by the officials to be returned,'' a police officer told TOI."Apart from roughing up and threatening the officials, the hawkers also tried to forcefully take their goods. The accused were identified as Rinku Chaudhari, Amit Jaiswal, Shakib Shaikh and few others who are still unidentified. When police came, they fled the scene," said a police officer. The men were booked for assault on public servant, punishment for voluntarily causing hurt, intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace.
|2017-09-18||Gorakhpur, Koraput and Thane to launch Zero Hunger Programme on October 16 - Times of India|
Gorakhpur, Koraput and Thane to launch Zero Hunger Programme on October 16 Updated: Sep 19, 2017, 11:23 IST NEW DELHI: Three districts - Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, Koraput in Odisha and Thane in Maharashtra - will initiate India's ambitious 'Zero Hunger' programme through interventions in farm sector on October 16 (World Food Day). Though many more districts will eventually be covered under this dedicated farm-based programme in sync with India's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end hunger by 2030, these three would act as a model of an integrated approach to deal with hunger and malnutrition by adopting suitable agricultural\horticultural practices. "The programme will ensure suitable methods of measuring the impact of intervention. There will be intensive training programme in order to identify the nutritional maladies in each district and the appropriate agricultural/horticultural and animal husbandry remedies", said the eminent agriculture scientist, M S Swaminathan, on Monday while speaking about the plan to initiate the programme in three districts. The Programme will be initiated by the the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in association with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation and the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC). The concerned state governments will also be involved in the programme which consists of organisations of farming system for nutrition, setting up genetic gardens for biofortified plants/crops and initiation of a 'Zero Hunger' training. A genetic garden for biofortified plants/crops contains the germplasm of naturally biofortified crops or such crops through plant breeding. It has plants and crops that help supplement micro-nutrient deficiencies, including iron, iodine, vitamin A and zinc among others. "It is hoped that such an integrated programme will help us achieve the zero hunger district goal surely and speedily", said Swaminathan who is popularly known as father of 'green revolution' in India.
|2017-09-18||Man booked after boy crushed by reversing car - Times of India|
Man booked after boy crushed by reversing car Sep 19, 2017, 01:27 IST THANE: A complaint was registered by the Mumbra police on Saturday against a person for causing death of an eight-year-old boy last month while he was reversing his car. The victim, Raja Sayyad, was heading to school on foot with his sibling on August 23 when the incident occurred. It is not known why the family took so long to register the complaint."The boy's grandfather has stated in his complaint that the man driving the car did not help the child even though he hurt his forehead and was bleeding from his ear. He was immediately rushed to a private hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,"said an officer from the Mumbra police station. In another incident, a truck driver was arrested for ramming his truck into four vehicles on Sunday night. "The accused identified as Saroj Chand was suspected to be driving under the influence of alcohol. When the incident occurred he was driving towards Thane station from Ghodbunder Road. There were a few cars and bikes waiting for the signal to turn green near Vihang's Inn when the truck came in great speed and rammed into the vehicles. While no one was injured, Chand was arrested on the spot. The accused was sent for medical tests to Thane civil hospital to see if he was driving under the influence of alcohol. Also, he was taken to the magistrate court where he was granted bail," said B Baravrkar, senior inspector from Kapurbawadi police station. The boy's grandfather has stated in his complaint that the man driving the car did not help the child even though he hurt his forehead and was bleeding from his ear. He was immediately rushed to a private hospital where he succumbed to his injuries
|2017-09-17||Notices issued to 65 pvt bungalow owners in Yeoor | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Notices issued to 65 pvt bungalow owners in Yeoor Updated: Sep 17, 2017, 21:35 IST Thane: In a bid to ensure the forest life in Yeoor is not disturbed by the blaring music and loud celebrations, the city police has slapped notices to the owners of all private bungalows to refrain from playing high-pitch music in their premises and maintain the peace in the green pocket here. The police claimed that Yeoor forest has been the popular hangout place especially for the youths who rent out these bungalows for get-togethers and drink sessions which eventually leads to loud music and many drinking and driving. "We have sent notice to around 65 bungalows in the forest asking them to ensure that there is no loud music being played as it many affect the wildlife of the forest. Also, many give their homes on rent for a day or two, and if the rule is not being followed by them then actions will be taken against the owners under the Bombay Police Act. We have even put up boards near the green belt to spread awareness amongst the people," said senior inspector Pradeep Giridhar from Vartak Nagar police station.It is stated that actions will also be taken against the ones who play loud music or honk unnecessarily while the go up the hill or are descending it. "Many a times it is seen that people play music on their car speakers while they are going towards Yeoor or coming back, or they are unnecessarily honking, so actions will be taken against them too under motor vehicle act. Recently when our officers were patrolling the area, they came across two youth who had parked their vehicle at the side of the road and were playing the music and drinking alcohol, they were booked under the Mumbai Police Act," added Giridhar. The police stated that so far none of the residents staying in the bungalows have violated any rules and even the forest department have appreciated this move. We have sent notice to around 65 bungalows in the forest asking them to ensure that there is no loud music being played as it many affect the wildlife of the forest. We have even put up boards and notices near the green belt to spread awareness amongst the people
|2017-09-17||Cops intensify foot patrolling across the city to reduce crime - Times of India|
Cops intensify foot patrolling across the city to reduce crime Sep 17, 2017, 21:36 IST Thane: Police commissioner Param Bir Singh has ordered intensifed foot patrolling on the street to reassure the common man about his safety and curb violence against the vulnerable women and senior citizens. Orders have been dispatched to all the 35 police stations in the Thane police commissionerate to resume foot patrolling and increase police presence on the streets. "It's a common psyche that people feel safer when they start noticing police patrolling the streets. Moreover, the lumpen elements would think twice before planning any strike" explained a police officer.The idea of foot patrolling and khakhi-clad cops would deters anti-social elements to carryout any illegal activities. Ravikant Malekar, the senior inspector of Wagle estate police station said, "Me and my team are following commissioner's order and the first round of foot patrolling on Saturday turned out to be a very effective. Most of the citizens come forward and speak about their issues." The drive included a senior police official and three other cops to man the streets on foot. The teams were given wireless devices to identify and report any suspicious activity or unfortunate incident," said Sunil Lokhande, DCP of Zone-5. So far, the new police control room van as well as beat marshals patrol across the jurisdiction of the police station, but this new addition is likely to increase the presence of the police officials. The idea of foot patrolling evoked a mixed response, a citizen Vishal Kharpude said, "It's a good move but there are other better things to do as well. I think the police are very well aware of 'what is going on where' and rather than increasing the presence on road they could desist from crime burking as well as take good follow up of the cases registered."
|2017-09-17||1. Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane - Hindustan Times|
1. Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane HT Top Schools survey 2017: HT brings you the top 10 schools from across the city — including the north, east, west and south zones and Navi Mumbai MUMBAI Updated: Sep 18, 2017 01:18 IST History: Founded in 1969 by Gopalkrishna Singhania, the school is headed by Dr Vijaypat Singhania. The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and has more than 6,500 students and more than 400 staff members at present. Unique features: The school strongly promotes experiential learning. Every child experiences learning through resourcefulness. The curriculum follows a single-textbook concept. Highest ratings in: Value for money, academic rigour, attitude towards learning and educational philosophy Board: ICSE Board Annual Fees: Rs36,000 (approximately)Students: 6,500 Student-Teacher ratio: 20:1 Website: www.singhaniaschool.com Quote: While the focus is on empowering students with knowledge, attitude, skills and habits, we also ensure they grow to be sensitive human beings. Revathi Srinivasan, principal
|2017-09-16||MSEDCL cracks whip on 11 Ganesh madals for using illegal connections - Times of India|
MSEDCL cracks whip on 11 Ganesh madals for using illegal connections Sep 17, 2017, 00:56 IST THANE: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) took actions against 11 Ganesh mandals after the organisers were found to be tampering with the electricity connections. They were charged a fine of Rs 80,020.The MSEDCL had received 239 applications from mandals for temporary power connections. Out of this, 238 applicants were given sanctions. A close watch was kept on all these mandals by the Damini squad to check if they were stealing power. The squad came across 11 such pandals that had taken illegal power extensions. "We go and visit mandals on a daily basis and keep a check on the electricity thefts. This year, we came across 11 mandals that were taking illegal power extensions from houses or societies. We had started going around from the first day of the festival itself. The team comprised of four members, a guard and an official from the area who is well versed with the locality. When we came across the thefts, we alerted the area in-charge and also intimated the organisers," said Rajshree Khandare, assistant engineer of Damini squad. Meanwhile, the mandals claimed that they were unaware of this and that they had taken only temporary connections so tampering was out of the question. "When a resident consumes electricity, the charges increase after a particular number of units is consumed; whereas in case of temporary connections the rate remains the same at Rs.4.21 per unit, irrespective of whether 500 units is being consumed or 1,000 units. So, when one mandal takes an illegal extension they go into losses as they are not charged as per the discounted rate," said an MSEDCL official. The 11 mandals were fined as per the units they had consumed. Also, out of Rs. 80,020 fine which was charged till now only Rs. 3,050 has been paid. It is stated that if any organiser fails to pay the fine then action will be taken against them.
|2017-09-16||Thane medical practitioner arrested for rape - Deccan Herald - Deccan Herald|
Thane medical practitioner arrested for rape Thane, Sep 16 2017, 13:58 IST Police have arrested a medical practitioner from city last evening for allegedly raping a nurse repeatedly. The accused doctor has a dispensary as well as hospital in the city, said woman police inspector N D Patil of Shri Nagar police station. He has been booked under sections 376 2(E) (rape on a woman knowing her to be pregnant), 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage her modesty, said the officer. The accused has also been booked under relevant sections of the POCSO Act, she said. The police said that the victim now 22, was doing internship in his dispensary in July 2012 and later worked as a nurse till June 2014 when the doctor allegedly raped her at his house and at a lodge in Mira Road. The doctor later threatened the victim that she would be sacked from her job and he would make public their relation, said police, adding, around one-and-half year back the victim left the job with the hospital. Two weeks back the victim had gone to the dispensary for the check up of her son who was sick, it was then that the doctor once again made advances towards her and asked as to why she was not responding and talking to him, said police. He caught her hands and molested her, the complaint by the victim last evening against the doctor with the Shri Nagar police station stated.
|2017-09-16||Thane man, son get life imprisonment for murder - Mumbai Mirror - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE MAN, SON GET LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR MURDER Updated: Sep 17, 2017, 09.28 AM IST Thane: A Thane court has sentenced a man and his son to life imprisonment for killing a meat shop owner and attempting to murder his brother in 2010 in Mumbra here. Additional Sessions Judge Hemant M Patwardhan, in his order on Thursday, convicted Mohammad Hanif Qureshi alias Baba (50), and his son Nadim (24) for killing Mohammad Abdul and awarded them life imprisonment. The court also slapped a fine of 15,000 each on the duo. Qureshi's other son, Wasim, who was also tried in the case, was acquitted for want of sufficient evidence. Public Prosecutor Vasha Chandane, in her submission, told the court that Abdul owned a mutton shop in Mumbra's Amrut Nagar, while the accused and his sons were fruit sellers in the same locality.
|2017-09-16||To free land for parking around stn, govt offices may move in one bldg - Times of India|
To free land for parking around station, govt offices may move in one building Sep 17, 2017, 00:55 IST THANE: If all goes according to plan then all government offices located along the station road in Thane west could soon be housed in a single building, freeing up nearly five acres of land that could be used up for developing a multi-storey parking lot. As per plan, offices of various government agencies — including the tehsildar, Thane Nagar police station, public works department, zilla parishad health department and schools, along with municipal offices that operate from various premises along the 450-m stretch on either sides of the station road will be clustered together and relocated into a single administrative building that could be developed in the area. The collective area occupied by the various departments currently is around five acres. Roughly, three acres of land could be used for development, leaving aside the rest for developing parking lots. The project is currently in the planning stage and would require approvals from various departments. If approved, the vacated land space could ensure parking facilities for over 500 cars and 5,000 bikes. Officials from the TMC's town planning department said that an estimate of the actual built-up space would be done soon and modes of executing it would also be worked upon. The project could possibly be undertaken through the PPP model, but the same would be finalized only after a feasibility report is prepared. The development control rule mandates a floor space index of two for redevelopment of government offices which could make the project financially viable, said a civic official.The concept was proposed by Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde at a meeting between the public works department and agencies, including urban development and MMRDA at Mantralaya on Friday. The TMC has been asked to sketch the project for further approvals from the concerned agencies. "It has been proposed to form a cluster of all offices in the 500-m long stretch along Thane station and have a unified structure housing all the offices. The offices are currently scattered and as most of them were constructed decades ago, the city saw vertical growth. The structures occupy a lot of land space which we plan to exploit for parking," said Shinde. Once finalised, the offices would be temporarily relocated to Saket. A civic official from the town planning department said that the idea was to decongest the stretch and ensure an option for smooth passage and parking of vehicles at Thane station and adjoining offices. Residents wanting to access the vegetable market, Gadkari, railway station or government offices could park their vehicles at the facility once developed. Activists and residents have welcomed the move saying that it will help decongest traffic in the area.
|2017-09-16||Regional languages take a backseat as craze for English continues to grow - Times of India|
Regional languages take a backseat as craze for English continues to grow Sep 17, 2017, 00:58 IST THANE: An otherwise talkative eight-year-old Prasad often finds himself tongue-tied when he goes visiting his country cousins down south in a hamlet near Mangalore. The reason Prasad goes on a silent mode is his inability to converse in his native Tulu language which has never been introduced in his Mumbai home where the conversation is mostly in English or to a certain extent Hindi. Prasad is a representative of one of the thousands of the next generation children who have never been introduced to their respective native language and all that they have grasped since birth is their parents communicating with them in English. Experts blame the increasing drive among parents to make their children communicate easily with the outside world is unknowingly isolating the native dialects while foreign languages, especially English, have started becoming the new mother tongue in many families now. Experts say the trend of families from cosmopolitan metros like Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai that communicate effortlessly in English or Hindi within their respective socially and professional circles is rising and has unknowingly percolated to their next generation who now find it easier to communicate in alien languages, with English being the preferred choice mostly. "Parents seem to be allowing the mother tongue to take a backseat in an effort to make their children more compatible with the needs of current times and connect with the society," observes an expert. The drive to make kids more receptive towards the competitive world is also pushing many parents to communicate with their children in English or global languages rather than their native dialect. Take for instance the Raisinghani family from Thane who have not introduced their next generation to Sindhi, but instead speaks in Hindi or English. "Our generation has never communicated with parents in our mother tongue. We were told it would be easier for us to blend if we speak in English or Hindi as it could help us connect well with the outer world," says a 24-year-old family member. The earnestness towards inculcating the foreign language among children is so intense that often parents start communicating with their babies in English rather than their native language. Another main reason, experts say, is the nuclear modern day families where the elder generation that usually makes it a point to ingrain their traditional dialect in newborns is absent. With parents following a hectic professional schedule and children often spending more time with their peer groups, it is more likely the youngsters develop a closer bonding with the foreign languages other than their mother tongues. Earlier grandparents could ensure the children were introduced to their native language but the focus today is more towards communicating with the outside world than their respective culture, says a sociologist.A Konkani speaking Navi Mumbai couple now migrated to Singapore have introduced their four-year-old daughter to English so that it keeps her connected with her playmates who also interact in the same language and also hope she is able to grasp her lessons better in the future. It is imperative that she understands the common language better when interacting with her friends. We do feel bad when she is unable to interact in our mother tongue with our relatives but are now trying to teach her the same, echoes the family. An educationist says that one reason towards the growing trend of kids being kept away from native languages is the lack of adequate education facilities in the respective dialects and also global media being overtly disseminating knowledge only in English barring instances of limited vernacular literary exposure. A shopkeeper from Dadar who deals in early learning paraphernalia says the demand for the A-Z alphabet chart dominates the humble Devnagari 'baarakhadi' chart. There is barely any educational chart in regional languages available in the market, he says. Of late, English lullabies and rhymes have rapidly replaced the tradition folk songs, further alienating the youngsters from their native connect An expert says, English, is technically not the first language in India but is often perceived as more of a status for most Indians and while parents realize it's important for their child to know it, they should always remember that the native language is important
|2017-09-16||Your Bandra-Kurla Complex to Thane journey will take 15 minutes ... - Hindustan Times|
Your Bandra-Kurla Complex to Thane journey will take 15 minutes on Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train Currently, it takes around 60 minutes to travel between BKC and Thane by train and around 90 minutes by road. The travel time between BKC and Virar is around 90 minutes by train and more than 120 minutes by road MUMBAI Updated: Sep 17, 2017 00:57 IST The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project may turn out be a boon for daily commuters, as the high-speed train will become the fastest mode of transport between the business hub of Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) and the areas of Thane and Virar. While the Rs1,08,000-crore project is being criticised for the exorbitant construction cost and questions have been raised over its utility, the train is expected to cut down travel time between BKC and Thane to 15 minutes and between BKC and Virar to 26 minutes. Currently, it takes around 60 minutes to travel between BKC and Thane by train and around 90 minutes by road. The travel time between BKC and Virar is around 90 minutes by train and more than 120 minutes by road. With officials from the National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC), which is the nodal agency for the project, planning to allow short distance travellers on the train, daily train commuters may prefer the comfort and convenience of the bullet train over the suburban trains. They are also mulling issuing monthly passes (season tickets) for such commuters. The train is expected to stop at three stations (Virar, Thane and Boisor) in Maharashtra, with BKC being the Mumbai terminus, and eight stations (Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati) in Gujarat. Maintenance depots will be located in Thane and Sabarmati. The introduction of the monthly passes will be finalised once the construction of the bullet train is complete and the ticketing mechanism has been fixed. “Currently, the priority is to get the construction on track. Once the construction is half done, we will start working out the details of the ticketing plan,” said a NHSRC official, requesting anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media. “The season tickets for short-distance commuters will be considered at that time.” The official said the ticket cost between BKC and Thane or Virar could be equivalent to the taxi fare between the locations, or could be even less than that. “In case of a season ticket, there could be some discount that would make travelling within the MMR using the bullet train the fastest option.” Transport expert Ashok Datar called the decision, if it is implemented, a “big boost” for daily train commuters. “They should operate at least 20 trips of the bullet train in a day to make it feasible. The coaches will be very expensive and so will be the construction work. There should be a train every 15 minutes to make it accessible for the commuters [daily ones],” he said. The bullet train is also expected to have access points to some railway stations of the Central and the Western Railway. The NHSRC are in talks with the state government to link the bullet train with the upcoming Metro lines in the city. Authorities believe that this could lead help build a strong integrated transport network in and around Mumbai. The bullet trains would be operated as rapid high-speed and high-speed trains. The rapid high speed trains will halt at specific stations, while the high-speed trains will halt at all stations between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Commuters in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) can use the high-speed trains for their daily commute. The fare is expected to be between Rs3,000 and Rs5,000, with the fare structure set to be 1.5 times of the first AC fare of a mail express. The foundation stone for the project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on September 14 in Ahmedabad and the project is expected to be complete by 2023.
|2017-09-16||Thane, Navi Mumbai suffer power pangs - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE, NAVI MUMBAI SUFFER POWER PANGS Updated: Sep 17, 2017, 08.32 AM IST Mahagenco blames shortage in coal for dip in generation, load-shedding likely to continue for another two to three weeks. Large parts of the state, including the satellite cities of Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali and Navi Mumbai, have been reeling under load-shedding for the past one week because of a drop in power generation that is being blamed on a number of reasons, including coal shortage.Several localities are experiencing power outages for one to five hours every day and the situation is likely to continue for another two to three weeks. Currently, the average demand of electricity in the state is around 15,000 MW to 15,500 MW while around 14,000 MW is being supplied because of a dip in power generation by state government-owned utility Maharashtra State Power Generation Co. Ltd (Mahagenco) and private enterprise Adani Power. While Mahagenco is generating around only 4,500 MW of power against its capacity of 7,000 MW, Adani Power's output is only 1,700 MW against its capacity of 3,000 MW. According to Mahagenco officials, they are unable to generate enough electricity because of inadequate coal supply. The state is receiving only 20 rakes (goods train) full of coal from Coal India Ltd daily, as against the requirement of 32 rakes. The existing coal stock can suffice for only two to three days of generation. This apart, Mahagenco's plants of nearly 1,700 MW capacity are shut due to various technical reasons. Then, the inadequate rains in Vidarbha region, where the bulk of state's generation capacity is located, led to water shortage in the power plants. A senior official from state-owned power distribution utility Mahavitaran said that they were trying to tide over the situation by purchasing electricity on power exchanges. In a statement, Mahavitaran said, "This is temporary measure and we appeal to the citizens to cooperate with us."
|2017-09-16||Court rejects interim relief plea of Thane ACP - The Asian Age|
Court rejects interim relief plea of Thane ACP Published : Sep 17, 2017, 1:50 am IST Updated : Sep 17, 2017, 1:50 am IST The deceased Pawar was allegedly under duress as ACP Nipunge was calling her continuously for reasons unknown. Mumbai: The Thane court has rejected the interim bail relief applied by ACP Shyamkumar Nipunge of Thane police, who is one of the accused in the abetment of suicide of a woman police constable Subhadra Pawar, who hanged herself to death last week in her flat. A detailed enquiry is going on to ascertain the reason behind the drastic step. The deceased Pawar was allegedly under duress as ACP Nipunge was calling her continuously for reasons unknown. Her fiancée, constable Amol Fapale, was present at Pawar’s Kalwa residence when she hung herself following a quarrel between them after she had received several calls from Nipunge asking her to report to work. According to the sources, the deceased, the ACP and Fapale are attached with the Thane City Police headquarters, officials said. A preliminary probe in the case has revealed that Pawar was with Fapale when Nipunge kept phone calling her. She was distressed due to too many calls from him and told Fapale about it and the couple had a fight, following which he went out to make a phone call. Meanwhile, a stressed Pawar, hung herself to a ceiling fan with a dupatta and Fapale was the first person to see her. The incident was reported to the police, who registered an accidental death report. The Kalwa police then recorded statement of Pawar’s brother and based on his statement Nipunge and Fapale have been booked. Thane police spokesperson, Sukhada Narkar said, “Technical evidence is being gathered and call detail records of all the three persons have been sought. The purpose of calls made by Nipunge is yet to be established. The police have registered a case of abetment to suicide against them. However, they have not been detained yet.”
|2017-09-16||Kalwa society suffering decade-long sewage flooding may get relief ... - Times of India|
Kalwa society suffering decade-long sewage flooding may get relief Sep 17, 2017, 00:53 IST THANE: After facing constant flooding of filthy sewage water in their societies even during a drizzle for over a decade, residents of Kalwa's low-lying Dattawadi area may finally get a nullah soon to solve the problem. Due to the sewage water being collected, a number of infections and diseases were on the rise in the area. The Kalwa ward office had sent a team of officials to survey the area and gauge the extent of the issue. The officials will prepare a detailed report on the solution for the same and will begin work at the earliest. Since 2005, residents of Lilavati Nagar Housing Society and many other societies in the area have been facing water logging, which has led to damage of property and vehicles. Due to this, many residents have taken ill as the polluted, stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. So, residents here have complained of suffering from dengue, malaria, leptospirosis, diarrhoea and so on. "Over the years, we have had to wade through knee deep sewage water even if there has been just a drizzle as the drainage water flowing in between the railway tracks and our compound would come gushing in and flood the place. This water would not only flood our societies and damage our cars, but also enter our homes and ruin our valuables. There has also been instances of residents falling ill because of various disease," said P Jaisinghani, a 65-year-old resident.Fed up with this menace, P R Khedekar, chairman of the society, wrote a letter to the TMC on August 1. Khedekar informed the civic body that the main reason for this accumulation of filthy waste water in their society is lack of a nullah between the buildings and railway tracks. The presence of a drainage would act as a passageway for the waste water to flow away from the buildings. On September 8, the Kalwa ward office sent a team of officials to inspect the area. "The situation is bad. Construction of a nullah is the need of the hour. I am compiling a report, which will be presented before my superiors," said Deepak Ahire, deputy chief sanitary inspector at Kalwa ward. Speaking about the plan to mitigate this issue, Vijay Jadhav, the head of the Kalwa Ward, said, "I had sent my team to investigate the issue last week and am awaiting the report. As soon as I receive it, we will do everything possible to resolve the citizens' grievances at the earliest."
|2017-09-16||Eknath Shinde wants CRZ norms in Thane relaxed - Free Press Journal|
Eknath Shinde wants CRZ norms in Thane relaxed Sep 17, 2017 12:39 am Thane : The stringent CRZ regulations have made redevelopment of the many old settlements and fisherfolk communities (Koliwadas) along Thane’s coast impossible. But, residents of these dangerous buildings that come under the CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) regulations now have a new hope. State PWD minister Eknath Shinde has asked the Thane civic body to send a proposal to the Centre to relax CRZ norms in the area to pave the way for redevelopment of these buildings. Shinde has promised to discuss the issue with the central environment ministry to speed up the process. The Ministry of Environment and Forest issued CRZ regulations in 1991 to protect the coastal regions and prevent any development activity from taking place near the creeks. These regulations were amended in 2011, wherein the redevelopment of fisherfolk communities and old settlements in CRZ II and III was allowed. This notification was implemented in Mumbai, but the redevelopment issue of Thane CRZ remained unresolved. Shinde, in a meeting held with the Thane Municipal Commissioner and representatives from the state environment department, said, “The condition of the Koliwadas categorised under the CRZ region in various parts of Thane is pathetic. The buildings and structures in these areas are crumbling. The TMC should send a proposal to the central government regarding easing the CRZ norms in par with those in Mumbai.”Shinde claimed that he had tabled a calling attention motion in the monsoon session of 2014, when the environment minister of state had claimed that the issue would be resolved in two months. The corporation had tabled a proposal last year in the general body meeting to ease the norms of those affected under CRZ. The proposal was sent to the state after the approval of the general body. In Thane district, the areas around Kopri, Kolshet, Waghbil and Mahagiri are the ones affected in the CRZ regulation.
|2017-09-15||Maharashtra: Height cap for Thane buildings removed - The Indian Express|
Maharashtra: Height cap for Thane buildings removed While buildings weren't previously allowed to go over 92 metres or 30 storeys in Thane, the government has now lifted this cap. Mumbai | Updated: September 15, 2017 6:33 am Replicating Mumbai’s skyscraper model, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has removed the height restrictions for residential and commercial towers in Mumbai’s twin city Thane, the fastest growing urban agglomerate in the state. It was the demand for space that made developers and policy makers in Mumbai build vertically. Today, the country’s commercial capital has the highest number of residential skyscrapers in India. While buildings weren’t previously allowed to go over 92 metres or 30 storeys in Thane, the government has now lifted this cap. The urban development department, headed by the CM, has issued a notification modifying the development control regulations in Thane for this purpose. With Thane witnessing a boom in construction, the municipality had been pushing the proposal for the last couple of years. While developers and town planners in the satellite city are saying lifting of the cap will make Thane architecturally more interesting and affordable, conservation and environmental activists are questioning the impact the move may have on the city’s infrastructure with the cramming of more people onto an acre of land. “Mumbai is already bursting at its seams. It has paid a price for densification, while the housing stock in that city continues to remain out of bounds for most people. Now, the same highrise culture is being promoted in Thane,” cautioned a conservationist. On the lines of the Mumbai model of development, builders who wish to build over 70-metre tall skyscrapers in Thane would require a special sanction from a government-appointed highrise committee.With questions being raised often over the preparedness of Mumbai’s skyscrapers to fight a fire, the state government has made a no-objection nod from the fire brigade mandatory before approving any building proposed to grow taller than 60 metres or roughly 20 floors. Senior government sources said special highrise regulations such as access to fire vehicles, size and number of staircases, fire lifts, refuse chutes, parking spaces, air-conditioning and ventilation systems, exits, fire alarm systems and fire protection installations, wet risers, hose reels, etc, which were already imposed for such buildings in the financial capital, had been made applicable in Thane too.
|2017-09-15||Man molests woman outside Thane bar, held - Mumbai Mirror|
MAN MOLESTS WOMAN OUTSIDE THANE BAR, HELD Updated: Sep 15, 2017, 05.53 AM IST A man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly molesting a woman and passing lewd comments at her and her husband outside a bar at Hiranandani Meadows in Chitalsar, Thane. Manoj Kadam (31), a resident of Louiswadi, also reportedly clicked pictures of the woman. According to police, the married couple from Dombivali had come to Bar Index on Wednesday evening. They were getting inside the bar when Kadam started passing lewd comments. “When her husband objected, he got into a fight with him,” said senior inspector Ganpat Pingale. The couple tried to leave, but Kadam allegedly blocked their way. “He even pushed and abused the bar staff when they came out to check what was the commotion all about,” said a police officer. They approached Chitalsar police on Thursday. “Based on the description given by the couple and the bar staff, we identified Kadam. He was picked up from his house. We detained him and arrested him once he confessed,” said a senior officer.
|2017-09-15||25% less nirmalya generated this year - Times of India|
25% less nirmalya generated this year Sep 16, 2017, 03:32 IST THANE: Over 82 tonnes of floral waste including flowers and leaves which adorned the idols of Lord Ganesh during the 10-day Ganeshotsav are now in the process of transforming into good quality manure which will be used to fertilise the gardens across the city. While fresh flowers and leaves have been a part of the decorations in many festivals for decades, they would often ended up thrown into the water bodies and thus pose a threat to the aquatic life beneath. Over the past six years, the members of city-based NGO Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth along with the support of the Thane Municipal Corporation, have not only been segregating this floral waste at the source in the visarjan areas, but also converting it all into fertilizer which is then used to help maintain the city's greenery. "When the festival is over or even the flowers that adorn the small home temples wither away, people don't throw it in the garbage bin, as these flowers were used for God. They, thus, ended up throwing it in the creek or any water body, without realising that these flowers decompose and harm the aquatic life," said Bhatu Sawant, CEO of the NGO."Over the past six years, we have tried to reduce this pollution level by setting up big pots at visarjan spots so that people can keep the flowers in it before immersing their Ganpati idols. Once the crowd disperses, we segregate the flowers and leaves from the non-biodegradable waste, transport it to the floral waste management plant in Kopri with the help of the civic machinery and begin the process of transforming it into fertilizer," he added. Once the green waste reaches the plant, it goes through yet another minute segregation process after which it is crushed into a pulp using a crusher, mixed with a bio-culture mix and left for processing. Once this is done, the bacterial process begins wherein the micro-organisms activate and produce heat, which then evaporated the water from the pulp. Once it cools down, the generated soil is put into an Eisenia fetida worm bed, for the vermi-culture process to start. After this 45 day long process, the fertilizer is ready. While the NGO has collected over 82 tonnes of floral waste this Ganesh Chaturthi which will yield around 17 tonnes of fertilizer, they have scraped up over 18,000 tonnes of such green waste during festivals and from temples and housing complexes and generated over 3,700 tonnes of manure over the past six years.
|2017-09-15||Cop 'attacked' in Thane, two arrested | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Cop ‘attacked’ in Thane, two arrested The accused were having dinner at the same restaurant, said police. Vishal Sonawane, alias Moskoto, one of the arrested persons, got into an argument with the restaurant owner and started abusing him. Mumbai | Published:September 16, 2017 1:54 am The Kalwa police arrested two persons and are on the lookout for at least six others for allegedly beating up a police constable with bamboo sticks and breaking a bottle on his head. The constable, Shripati Talap, posted at Thane police headquarters, is in a hospital and is said to be out of danger. The incident took place around 11 pm on Wednesday when Talap and a colleague had gone to Jai Malhar restaurant at Vitawa for dinner. The accused were having dinner at the same restaurant, said police. Vishal Sonawane, alias Moskoto, one of the arrested persons, got into an argument with the restaurant owner and started abusing him. When Talap tried to intervene, Sonawane told him: “Why are you intervening in the matter? We know you are a policeman.” At this point, another accused, Jayesh Koli, reportedly told Talap that when “chapter proceedings”, undertaken in cases of externment, were underway against him at the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in Kalwa, Talap was acting very proud. This led to a fight and the group of eight started beating up the constable. While Sonawane broke a cold drink bottle on Talap’s head, others hit him with bamboos and stones. They also beat up Talap’s friend Ajay Shah, who was accompanying him, before fleeing the spot.
|2017-09-14||Godrej Properties up 3%, adds new project in Thane in JV with Nirmal Ventures - Moneycontrol.com|
Sep 14, 2017 09:20 AM IST Godrej Properties up 3%, adds new project in Thane in JV with Nirmal Ventures The company has entered into a joint venture with Nirmal Ventures for developing a residential project located on the Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Thane West. Shares of Godrej Properties rose more than 3 percent in the early trade Thursday as it has bagged a residential project in Thane. The company has entered into a joint venture with Nirmal Ventures for developing a residential project located on the Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Thane West. This project will be developed under a development management agreement. "The project spread over 14 acres and will offer approximately 1,95,000 square metres (2.1 million square feet) of saleable area and will be developed as a residential development comprising of modern residential apartments of various configurations along with a small retail component to support this residential development," company said. Pirojsha Godrej, Executive Chairman, Godrej Properties said, “We are happy to add this new project in Thane, a key micro-market of Mumbai." "This strengthens our development portfolio in Thane and fits well with our strategy of deepening our presence in key markets across India's leading cities," he added. ICICIdirect recommended buying Godrej Properties in the range of Rs 615-625 for target price of Rs 705 with a stoploss of Rs 575. Share rose 118 percent in the last 9 months. At 09:17 hrs Godrej Properties was quoting at Rs 652, up Rs 19.10, or 3.02 percent on the BSE.
|2017-09-14||Thane: Nigerian held for cheating woman on matrimonial site - Zee News|
Thane: Nigerian held for cheating woman on matrimonial site The man gradually gained confidence of the woman by chatting with her and some days later called her up saying he had arrived at the airport in New Delhi. ? Last Updated: Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 15:00 Thane: The police have arrested a 31-year-old Nigerian national for allegedly duping a woman of Rs 1.57 lakh after posting a fake profile on a matrimonial site. Last month, the man posed as an Indian and posted the fake profile on the matrimonial site. The woman, who was looking for a suitable match, interacted with him online, the city police said in a release issued here today. The man gradually gained confidence of the woman by chatting with her and some days later called her up saying he had arrived at the airport in New Delhi. He told the woman that since he carried excess luggage, he needed to pay for it in the Indian currency to the customs officials. He then sought money from her to pay for the excess luggage, the police said. The woman, not suspecting anything amiss, allegedly transferred Rs 1.57 lakh into the account number provided by the man. However, later she could not contact the man and realised that he had duped her, the police said. Subsequently, she filed a complaint with the Wagle Estate police who registered an offence under IPC section 320 (cheating). The cyber unit of the Thane police's crime branch probed the offence, and after gathering details about the man from the matrimonial site, the sleuths went to New Delhi and arrested the Nigerian from there on September 11. The police also seized a laptop, five mobile phones, a modem, three SIM cards, two ATM cards of different banks, three passports and Rs 66,000 cash from an apartment where the man was staying in the national capital. The police said the investigation conducted so far in the case revealed that the man cheated two more women in the same manner. The police brought to accused to Thane and yesterday produced him before a magistrate who remanded him in police custody till September 18, the release
|2017-09-14||Cops nab robber who was wanted in 20 cases across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai - Hindustan Times|
Cops nab robber who was wanted in 20 cases across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai The police laid a trap for him near Mumbai Central station, and arrested him on Sunday. MUMBAI Updated: Sep 14, 2017 15:54 IST The Mumbai crime branch recently arrested a 30-year-old robber involved in more than 20 cases of dacoity and robbery in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai district. The accused, Kishan Mohto, was wanted in robbery case in Karjat, where he, along with his six accomplices, robbed a senior citizen couple at knife point at their bungalow. Mohto was born the Pila house area in Grant Road, and started pick-pocketing and stealing in south Mumbai, before he shifted to Khapoli in Raigad district around decade ago. He joined a robbery gang in Khapoli, and was involved in several incidents of robbery and dacoity in Nashik and Raigad district. He, along with his gang, also committed several robberies in Andheri, Vile Parle and Navghar, where cases have been registered against them, according to a police officer. “After the Karjat robbery that occurred in December 2016, we were on a lookout for him, as we had information that he used to visit Grant Road often to meet his friends,” added the officer. As per the information, the officials of unit 2 of the Mumbai crime branch laid a trap at Mumbai Central railway station, and arrested him on Sunday.The police have recovered a pistol frim him Mohto was produced in a court and was granted judicial custody. The Karjat police took Mohto’s custody on Wednesday for inquiry.
|2017-09-14||Ire over poor utilisation of welfare funds - Times of India|
Ire over poor utilisation of welfare funds Sep 14, 2017, 22:29 IST THANE: The municipal administration, on Wednesday, drew the ire of elected representatives for poor utilization of funds meant for women and children welfare department. The department, works towards implementing development schemes for women and children, including welfare scheme for TMC school students. Initiatives for residents below the poverty line through the Suvarn Jaynti Yojna and also development schemes for handicapped persons is undertaken by the administration through this department. Shiv Sena corporator Nandini Vichare lashed out at the administration on Wednesday during the general body meeting questioning the poor utilization of funds. Vichare said she has received a reply from the department that shows Rs 20cr as annual allocation while the spending has been barely Rs 14 cr till date. "The TMC has barely spent the funds over the last few years for the benefit of the needy women and aspiring students. I have brought the issue to the notice of the TMC few times but to no use," complained Vichare. "The utilization has been satisfactory over the years and any surplus amount is carried forward in next year," said the official. — Manoj Badgeri
|2017-09-14||Three motorbikes, 1 cycle parked at Shanti Nagar charred - Times of India|
Three motorbikes, 1 cycle parked at Shanti Nagar charred Sep 15, 2017, 00:31 IST THANE: Three motor bikes and one cycle parked in the premises of Shree Datta Vijay society at Shanti Nagar area in Kopri caught fire in the wee hours of Thursday. The mishap is reported to have occurred around 2.30 am in the lane opposite Gomati Bungalow near Thanekarwadi, leading to a collective loss of around 1.5 lakhs. The vehicles that were charred in the blaze belonged to the residents of Shree Dutta Vijay Society — J subramanium, Yogesh Karle and Tirumal Vaniyer. Rajendra Raut, head of the Kopri fire brigade department said, "We received a call at 2.40 am. We managed to douse the fire within 45 minutes. But till then three bikes were completely burnt and tyres of the cycle were destroyed." "On Thursday morning, the owner approached us and lodged a complaint. We are investigating the case," said a police official from Kopri.
|2017-09-14||Thane women Corporators visit MCC - Star of Mysore|
Thane women Corporators visit MCC News Thane women Corporators visit MCC Mysuru: Women Corporators of Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), Thane district in Maharashtra, visited Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) here this morning. The 32 Corporators are on a mission to collect information on Solid Waste Management, garbage segregation at source and collection of property tax. The team accompanied by Vyshali Patil, Chairperson of Women and Child Welfare Committee, Prashanth Gaonkar, Community Development Officer and Prasad Thakur, Public Relations Officer was received by Mayor M.J. Ravikumar, MCC Commissioner G. Jagadeesha, former Mayors and Corporators. Later, the Mayor, MCC Superintending Engineer Suresh Babu and PRO Sudha interacted with them. The team will visit the Solid Waste Treatment Plant in city today evening. Share this on WhatsApp MCC September 14, 2017 Tourism-Technology: Twin trouble Special visitors to Mysore Palace RELATED POSTS 39,000 applicants for 531 sites at Lalithadripura ! Workshop on ‘Methodology of slaughtering animals’ held Mysuru Mayor, Dy. Mayor posts: State Government likely to announce reservation this evening Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website three × nine = Trending Double-decker buses from Mysuru to Bengaluru on cards Mysuru Chocolate ! Kodagu to be Kerala’s appendage if Railway Line is not stopped Impending Gujarat poll results: Prime Minister Modi alerts Governor Vajubhai to pack up? Twenty coaches of Chamundi Express train detach Recent NewsElderly villager murdered for diamond ear stu...December 15, 2017A day before Rahul’s anointment: Sonia says “...December 15, 2017DC entrusted with powers to distribute sites ...December 15, 2017One killed, five injured as car topples and f...December 15, 2017 ABOUT Mysuru's favorite and largest circulated English evening daily has kept the citizens of Mysuru informed and entertained since 1978. Over the past 39 years, Star of Mysore has been the newspaper that Mysureans reach for every evening to know about the happenings in Mysuru city. The newspaper has feature rich articles and dedicated pages targeted at readers across the demographic spectrum of Mysuru city. With a readership of over 2,50,000 Star of Mysore has been the best connection between it's readers and their leaders; between advertisers and customers; between Mysuru and Mysureans. Recent CommentsGiri on A day before Rahul’s anointment: Sonia says “I will retire”Raghu on A day before Rahul’s anointment: Sonia says “I will retire”Girish S on Looking beyond a sham Electionquesto on HOOLIGANISM AT SIDDARTHANAGAR: Twist to case: Child’s injury triggered assaultJohn on Looking beyond a sham Election Copyright © 2017 Star of Mysore. All rights reserved. Searching
|2017-09-14||Thane cop dragged on bonnet of car by unruly driver - Mid-Day|
Thane cop dragged on bonnet of car by unruly driver Posted 14-Sep-2017 A 28-year-old police constable escaped with minor injuries after he was dragged on the bonnet of a car by its driver for two kms in the wee hours yesterday, police said today. The driver, identified as Navin Raibhagi (29), a resident of Kalyan in the district, has been arrested. The incident occurred when beat marshal Revannath Shokhade spotted Raibhagi sitting in his car in a suspicious manner in Naupada locality at around 2 A.M, Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. "However, Raibhagi drove off even as the constable in a bid to stop him held onto the bonnet of the car. Another constable accompanying Shokhade managed to stop the car after a couple of kms," she said. While Raibhagi was overpowered by the constables, a woman who was sitting in the car with Raibhagi escaped taking advantage of darkness, Narkar said. Raibhagi was booked under various sections of the IPC including attempt to murder and Motor Vehicles Act.
|2017-09-14||Godrej Properties, Nirmal Ventures ink JV for new Thane project - Moneycontrol.com|
Sep 14, 2017 01:24 PM IST Godrej Properties, Nirmal Ventures ink JV for new Thane project The new project to be come up in Thane West will be spread over 14 acres and with saleable area of 1,95,000 square metres, will be developed under a development management agreement, the Mumbai-based company said in a BSE filing.Realty firm Godrej Properties today said it has entered into a joint venture with Nirmal Ventures to develop a residential project in suburban Thane, near Mumbai. The new project to be come up in Thane West will be spread over 14 acres and with saleable area of 1,95,000 square metres, will be developed under a development management agreement, the Mumbai-based company said in a BSE filing. In the Thane project, Godrej Properties will build modern apartments of various configurations along with a small retail component to support residential development. Godrej Properties Executive Chairman Pirojsha Godrej said that adding this new project in Thane, a key micro-market of Mumbai, strengthens the company's development portfolio. The company is currently developing residential, commercial and township projects across about 138 million sq ft in 12 cities. Shares of the company were trading down at Rs 631.50 apiece at 1230 hours on the BSE.
|2017-09-14||Nigerian held for cheating woman on matrimonial site - Times of India|
Nigerian held for cheating woman on matrimonial site Sep 14, 2017, 15:24 IST THANE: The police have arrested a 31-year-old Nigerian national for allegedly duping a woman of Rs 1.57 lakh after posting a fake profile on a matrimonial site. Last month, the man posed as an Indian and posted the fake profile on the matrimonial site. The woman, who was looking for a suitable match, interacted with him online, the city police said in a release issued here on Thursday. The man gradually gained confidence of the woman by chatting with her and some days later called her up saying he had arrived at the airport in New Delhi. He told the woman that since he carried excess luggage, he needed to pay for it in the Indian currency to the customs officials. He then sought money from her to pay for the excess luggage, the police said. The woman, not suspecting anything amiss, allegedly transferred Rs 1.57 lakh into the account number provided by the man. However, later she could not contact the man and realised that he had duped her, the police said. Subsequently, she filed a complaint with the Wagle Estate police who registered an offence under Section 320 (cheating) of the IPC.The cyber unit of the Thane police's crime branch probed the offence, and after gathering details about the man from the matrimonial site, the sleuths went to New Delhi and arrested the Nigerian from there on September 11. The police also seized a laptop, five mobile phones, a modem, three SIM cards, two ATM cards of different banks, three passports and Rs 66,000 cash from an apartment where the man was staying in the national capital. The police said the investigation conducted so far in the case revealed that the man cheated two more women in the same manner. The police brought to accused to Thane and yesterday produced him before a magistrate who remanded him in police custody till September 18, the release said.
|2017-09-14||Godrej Properties inks pact with Nirmal to develop 14-acre plot in Thane - Economic Times|
Godrej Properties inks pact with Nirmal to develop 14-acre plot in Thane Sep 14, 2017, 10.56 AM IST MUMBAI: Godrej Properties, the real estate development arm of Godrej Group, has entered into a joint venture with another Mumbai-based realty developer Nirmal Ventures to develop a residential project on a 14-acre land parcel in Thane. This project on the Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) Marg will be developed under a development management agreement, Godrej Properties said in a release. “We are happy to add this new project in Thane, a key micro-market of Mumbai. This strengthens our development portfolio in Thane and fits well with our strategy of deepening our presence in key markets across India's leading cities,” said Pirojsha Godrej, Executive Chairman, Godrej Properties. Spread over 14 acres, the project is estimated offer around 2.1 million sq ft of saleable area. The proposed residential development will have apartments of various configurations along with a small retail component.
|2017-09-13||Thane: BJP corporator Daya Gaikwad booked for raping 27-year-old woman - India Today|
Thane: BJP corporator Daya Gaikwad booked for raping 27-year-old woman The woman told the news agency ANI that Gaikwad, the corporator from Kalyan (West), has raped her. New Delhi, September 13, 2017 | UPDATED 12:06 IST BJP corporator Daya Gaikwad has been booked for allegedly raping a 27-year-old Thane woman. The woman told the news agency ANI that Gaikwad had raped her at NCP Women's Wing chief Kalyan Ashwini Dhumal's residence. A case has been registered under IPC sections 376, 323, 504, and 506."BJP corporator Daya Gaikwad raped me at house of Ashwini Dhumal on September 26," said the victim who got to know about Gaikwad through Facebook. She alleged that Gaikwad had filmed the act with help from Dhumal and her husband, and that he was using the video to threaten her. "He said that he would marry me. I didn't know that he was married," the victim said. The police is probing into the matter. Howver, Gaikwad said the allegations were false, and it was she who had blackmailed him with the threat of a rape accusation, the report added.
|2017-09-13||Thane: BJP corporator Daya Gaikwad booked for alleged rape - The Indian Express|
Thane: BJP corporator Daya Gaikwad booked for alleged rape When the victim threatened to approach the police against Gaikwad, he hatched a conspiracy and roped in a couple-- Ashwini Dhumal and her husband Manoj Dhumal--associated with another major political party in the state. Thane | Published:September 13, 2017 10:48 am A case has been registered against a BJP corporator from Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) for allegedly repeatedly raping a 27-year-old woman on promise of marriage, city police said on Tuesday. The police have also booked a couple, associated with another political party, for helping the corporator in the crime, they said. As per the complaint lodged by the city-based victim, the corporator– Daya Vasant Gaikwad– repeatedly raped her between June and August this year, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. “The complainant said that Gaikwad developed a friendship with her and repeatedly raped her at different places in Titwala and Badlapur in the district under the promise of marriage,” the police officer said. When the victim threatened to approach the police against Gaikwad, he hatched a conspiracy and roped in a couple– Ashwini Dhumal and her husband Manoj Dhumal–associated with another major political party in the state, police said. “The couple contacted the victim via social media and invited her to their house to settle the matter. When she went there, the Dhumals asked her to demand Rs 10 lakh and a flat from the corporator. They audio-recorded their conservation and passed it on to Gaikwad,” Narkar said. Gaikwad then threatened the victim that he would use the audio recording as a proof that the victim was threatening him and trying to extort money from him, police said. The woman lodged a complaint on Monday. Based on her complaint, the Vartaknagar police last night registered a case against Gaikwad under sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation). Offence was also registered against the couple under different sections of the IPC, police said. No arrest has been made so far in the case and further investigation is on.
|2017-09-13||Three held for murder of truck driver - Times of India|
Three held for murder of truck driver Sep 13, 2017, 20:23 IST THANE: Three persons have been arrested for allegedly killing a 42-year-old truck driver near Bhiwandi in the district after he refused to sell in a flea market the raw iron being carried in the vehicle, police said today. After the incident that took place three weeks back, the accused trio, including the cleaner of the truck, had dumped the victim's body in Kasara ghat in the district, police said. The driver was identified as Mahendrapratap Santpratap Singh alias Thakur, police said. The accused trio- truck cleaner Vasim Khan, and two others- Shankar Chowdhary and Salauddin Shamshuddin Shaikh- were arrested from the district two days back, they added. "On August 14, the victim had loaded the consignment of raw iron from Jalna district in Maharashtra into the truck to be delivered to Taloja in Navi Mumbai. En route the cleaner got a call from two other accused, wherein they planned that they would ask the driver to sell the consignment at chor bazaar (flea market)," inspector Vilas Chowgule of Bhiwandi taluka police station said."Accordingly, when the truck arrived at an eatery at Kasara the next morning, the Chowdhary and Shaikh met them for tea. They asked the driver to sell off the consignment at chor bazaar, which he flatly refused," he said. Thereafter, Chowdhary and Shaikh also got onto the truck. When the truck was passing through the Padgha toll naka and proceeding towards Vadpe Naka within the limits of the Bhiwandi taluka police station, the cleaner and the other accused stranguled the driver to death with the help of a scarf.The trio then dumped the body in the bushes and fled from the scene," police said.Next day (August 16), the owner of the truck registered a missing person's complaint with Valiv police station in Palghar district rural police. During the police probe, the episode came to light, Chowgule said. The trio has been booked under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender). Based on the information provided by the cleaner, the police visited the spot where the victim's body was dumped. The highly decomposed body was recovered from the site, he said.
|2017-09-13||Tragic! 4 software engineers killed in car versus bus collision in Thane - Mid-Day|
Tragic! 4 software engineers killed in car versus bus collision in Thane Mumbai | Posted 13-Sep-2017 On their way to work after celebrating the birthday of a colleague, seven software engineers met with an accident near Bhiwandi Mankoli naka, when the car they were travelling in collided head-on with a Thane municipal transport bus on Tuesday morning. While four of them died on the spot, three others are fighting for their lives. Narpoli police have registered a case and are further investigating the matter.
|2017-09-13||Heavy Monsoon rains lash Aurangabad, Jalna, Alibag, Kolhapur, Thane; more in offing - Skymet Weather|
Heavy Monsoon Rains Lash Aurangabad, Jalna, Alibag, Kolhapur, Thane; More In Offing 13 September 2017 11:34 AM The month of September has not given too many rains in the past few days over the state of Maharashtra. In fact, only a few parts have been witnessing light rains with isolated pockets recording moderate showers. However, rain gods finally bestowed some kindness over the residents of Maharashtra and moderate to heavy rains were witnessed over many areas of the state in the last 24 hours. Not only this, these Monsoon showers were widespread in nature.In a span of 24 hours from 8:30 am on Tuesday, Mumbai recorded massive rains of 103 mm, Aurangabad 82 mm, Jalna 53 mm, Buldhana 46 mm, Alibag 44.4 mm, Bhira 45 mm, Gondia 39.3 mm, Jeur 20 mm, Kolhapur 36.4 mm, Malegaon 23 mm, Nashik 16.6 mm, and Parbhani 13 mm.These weather conditions are attributed to the trough which is extending from North Madhya Maharashtra across Konkan and Goa up to Southeast Arabian Sea. This weather feature is likely to persist over the region giving good rains over the region.Thus, moderate showers at many parts with heavy rains at one or two places are likely over almost entire Maharashtra. Also, Vidarbha and Marathwada will receive very good rains. Almost all the districts of Maharashtra are expected to receive rain of varied intensity during the next two to three days. These rains will help in decreasing the rainfall deficiency of Vidarbha and increase the rainfall surplus of other sub divisions of Maharashtra. Cities including Jalna, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Pune, Nagpur, Akola, Amravati, Parbhani, Kolhapur, Bhira, Mahabaleshwar, and Mumbai will witness good rains during the aforementioned time frame. Due to this, temperatures will witness a drop resulting in pleasant weather over the state.
|2017-09-13||Lightening, thunder give Thaneites sleepless night - Times of India|
Lightening, thunder give Thaneites sleepless night Sep 14, 2017, 00:45 IST THANE: Residents were woken up from their deep slumber after fierce thundering and lightening shook the city at 3am on Wednesday.The thundering was so strong that the window panes of many buildings started rattling. The thunder and lightening was coupled with heavy rain. While the showers began at 1am, it started intensifying by 3am. Residents living near Upvan lake and the foothills of Yeoor Hills were afraid of the extreme climatic activity that they packed their windows with newspaper padding in order to prevent them from shattering. Gaurav Ambekar, a resident of Pokhran Road 1 said, "The winds were so gusty that I decided to pack my French windows with old newspapers as I feared that the constant shattering would break the glasses. The sound of thunder was not as frightening as the lightning. It was like as if someone was continuously clicking pictures. The entire event was scary and we didn't sleep the entire night.'' The thunder and lightening scared children and pets as well. Many kids were crying inconsolably as they were afraid of the loud noises. "My daughter was startled with the sound of the thunder. She started crying seeing the lightening as well. She had never experienced such a thing before. So, the entire experience was nightmarish for her. We had to hold her close all through the night to calm her down, " said Harshita K, from Thane's Ghodbuner Road. Meanwhile, officials from the weather department have announced that such a phenomenon may take place again in the coming 48 hours as there has been changes in the cyclonic circulation. Also, there is development of a trough which is moving towards the North Konkan belt, which includes areas of Mumbai, Thane and Dahanu. Experts have said that the temperatures during the day would also hover around 33 degrees Celsius for the next two days, but it would cool down by night as there would be moderate rainfall, followed by lightning.
|2017-09-13||'Weekly counselling for teachers to handle anxious parents' - Times of India|
‘Weekly counselling for teachers to handle anxious parents’ Sep 14, 2017, 00:46 IST THANE: With schools now coming under the spotlight in terms of their safety and security provisions following the murder of the seven-year-old student of a Gurgaon School, teachers, academicians and staff in these schools are handling parents who are in a state of fear and panic.School teachers and principals are now handling calls from anxious parents, upgrading their security measures and also trying to discipline children whilst ensuring that they are not extremely upset and unstable. Their key job role seems to have shifted from providing education to keeping a tab on each child's movement within the school, thus leaving them in a stressful mess. "Even though our security systems are in place, teachers are are in a state of pressure to make sure that the kids are safe when in school," said Rupa Dey, principal of Shreerang Vidyalaya. "Even though we have security guards, CCTVs and separate washrooms we are re-evaluating and adding new provisions after every incident in any school. Today, we not only started a buddy system where children have to go to the washroom in pairs, but also have kept one peon per floor to monitor suspicious activities. We also are re conducting good touch and bad touch sessions," she added. Many schools are organising counselling for teachers. "Every teacher is stressed, which can affect the way they teach. Teachers need to be calm and composed despite all these crucial responsibilities, which is why we have started weekly counselling sessions for them to detox mentally," said Meenakshi Iyer, principal of Sri Ma Vidyalaya.
|2017-09-12||Thane top cop issues advisory against Blue Whale challenge - Times of India|
Thane top cop issues advisory against Blue Whale challenge Sep 13, 2017, 01:15 IST THANE: Police commissioner Param Bir Singh has cautioned the vulnerable age group of teens and children in the city against falling prey to the life-threatening tasks delivered online through Blue Whale challenge. The Gen Z is believed to be exploring the web world and willingly taking up the dare devil tasks that cause self-harm. Singh said parents should be alert about any sudden behavioural change in their children where they turn secretive while surfing online, display mood swings and close their computer screens when approached by a family member or friends.The Blue Whale Challenge is a game which gives out 50 task and concludes by asking the player to end his/her life. "So far there have been no such incidents in the city where individuals have played the game and ended their lives or hurt themselves. However, we are issuing an advisory to make sure that the youth does not fall prey to any such challenges," said Singh. The advisory note also urged teachers to conduct programmes for students explaining to them about the dangers of the game and even sharing personal details with strangers. The authorities will be conducting drives in schools and colleges and talking not only to students but even teachers. Also, the advisory will be posted on social networking sites as the challenges are sent through social networking sites or mobile applications. "Teachers will be asked to keep an eye on the students' grades and notify the parents if there is a sudden fall, to keep a tab on their social behaviour and even regulate the use of e-gadgets in schools. Some sessions will be taken with parents wherein they will be advised to ensure that the child uses internet under an adult's supervision and parents talk to kids so that he/she talks about any kind of trouble when approached by the challenge," said a senior officer.
|2017-09-12||Adopt better system to classify dangerous buildings, TMC told - Times of India|
Adopt better system to classify dangerous buildings, TMC told Sep 13, 2017, 01:16 IST THANE: Activists and residents have asked the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to adopt a more systematized mechanism in the annual survey to identify and classify dilapidated structures. The suggestions came up after it was revealed that the two Mumbra buildings, which tilted in a span of two weeks were not listed as dangerous.It may be recalled that TMC had faced a similar complaint when Krishna Niwas building in Naupada that collapsed in August 2015 was also not listed as unstable. On the other hand, a reportedly fit structure adjoining the building featured in the 'dangerous' list. The civic body conducts an annual survey of the nearly 1.5 lakh structures and classifies them in various categories based on the damage to the core structure. A panel is deputed for the task and the report is made public by May every year for execution, said civic officials. Structures that are 25 years and above are asked to get a stability certificate from a specially designated panel of auditors. Activists and residents complain that such an erroneous system could prove fatal. Officials, meanwhile, said they ask for audits and if it is unavailable, a team of civil engineers visually scrutinizes the buildings and classifies them accordingly. "Such surveys seem to be done randomly often by junior officers. The TMC has to explain why such errors are found in classification of the structures," complained Pradeep Indulkar, an activist from Thane. Deputy municipal commissioner Ashok Burpulle clarified, "We never indiscriminately certify structures. A notice is sent to residents of structures beyond 25 years of age as per our record to get an audit done and submit the same with the ward office. If there is no compliance, our panel of experienced civil engineers visit the structure and after relevant inspections certify the stability of the buildings. There is no question of haphazardness in this issue."
|2017-09-12||Indian hospitality, traditions sweep Japanese students off their feet, break their stereotypes - Times of India|
Indian hospitality, traditions sweep Japanese students off their feet, break their stereotypes Sep 13, 2017, 01:16 IST THANE: From the minute Ikuma Sugiura stepped into Thane, the 24-year-old Japanese student was overwhelmed by the warm smiles, traditional namaste and hospitality. Coming from the land of the rising sun, the group of 15 students from Japan's Kyoto Sangyo University have come to Thane on a student exchange programme with Vidya Prasarak Mandal's Joshi-Bedekar college. Kano Tsukada (20) said, "Before coming to India, I had a feeling that the place would be dangerous with unfriendly and unkind people. This is what mostly we read in books or on the internet. However, it was the complete opposite. It totally eliminated my stereotypes." Travelling with certain inhibitions and discomfort initially, they had no idea of what to expect from the city. Ever since they arrived, the youth have been travelling from Mumbai to Nashik, exploring the traditional delicacies while interacting with locals.Ayaka Nishitani (20) said, "The way Indians interact and help strangers on the road is something that one will not notice anywhere else. In Japan, we don't even greet unknown people. It is not our customs. The warmth and generosity of Indians is commendable." Apprehensive at first, these cultural studies students believe that their experience has not only changed their pre-conceived notions and prejudices about India and its people, but has also helped them discover something about themselves. "Also, the way Indians speak about their city, their country with so much of love is charming. If there is anything I would like to take back from this exercise is the confidence which Indians exude. Japanese, on the other hand, are a bit shy and reluctant to talk about their country," said Tsukada. For another student, it was the striking resemblance between the two cultures when it came to respecting elders, senior citizens and parents. The Japanese believe that there is a lot in common between India and Japan as both are situated in Asia and so many elements are transmitted from one culture to the other such as the values. The students also tried their hand at yoga, Hindi and English speaking. They played games such as lagori and kho-kho and they girls had applied intricate mehendi designs on their hands.The students also got an opportunity to witness the Ganesh idol immersion ceremony. The students are scheduled to leave on Friday.
|2017-09-12||2 killed, 9 injured as tree falls on them amid heavy rain in Thane - Hindustan Times|
2 killed, 9 injured as tree falls on them amid heavy rain in Thane The victims were standing near an automobile garage in Narpoli area of Bhiwandi township in Thane when the tree fell on them amid heavy downpour around 9 pm Monday. INDIA Updated: Sep 12, 2017 10:01 IST Two people died and nine others were injured when a huge tree fell on them following heavy rainfall in Thane on Monday night, an official said on Tuesday. The victims were standing near an automobile garage in Narpoli area of Bhiwandi township in Thane when the tree fell on them amid the heavy downpour around 9 pm Monday, the official of the district’s disaster control cell said. In the mishap, two people, he said. The dead were identified as Imran Ansari, 28, and Lallan Yadav, 54. The nine injured were rushed to a government hospital. Three of them were later discharged while the others were still undergoing treatment, the official added.
|2017-09-12||Thane: Two killed, nine hurt as tree falls on them amid heavy rain - The Indian Express|
Thane: Two killed, nine hurt as tree falls on them amid heavy rain The victims were standing near an automobile garage in Narpoli area of Bhiwandi township in Thane when the tree suddenly fell on them amid the heavy downpour at around 9 pm on Monday. Thane | Published:September 12, 2017 10:43 am Two persons died and nine others were injured when a huge tree fell on them following heavy rainfall in Thane last night, an official said on Tuesday. The victims were standing near an automobile garage in Narpoli area of Bhiwandi township in Thane when the tree suddenly fell on them amid the heavy downpour at around 9 pm on Monday, the official of the district’s disaster control cell said. In the mishap, two persons died on the spot, he said. The deceased were identified as Imran Ansari (28) and Lallan Yadav (54). The nine injured persons were rushed to a government hospital. Three of them were later discharged while the others were still undergoing treatment, the official added.
|2017-09-12||Four killed as car collides with bus near Thane : PTI feed, News ... - India Today|
Four killed as car collides with bus near Thane September 12, 2017 | UPDATED 16:50 IST Thane, Sep 12 (PTI) Four people were today killed and three injured when their car collided with a bus near here, the police said. The mishap occurred at around 10 am near Mankoli on the Bhiwandi by-pass road, a senior police official said. The car was going to Thane from Bhiwandi when its driver lost control of the vehicle and hit the divider after which it collided with a Thane Municipal Transport bus, the official said. The deceased have been identified as Vikrant Singh (24), Niraj Panchal, Mihir Uttekar and Nirav Mehta (all 23). Their bodies were sent to the Thane Civil Hospital for postmortem while the injured have been transferred to the J J Hospital in neighbouring Mumbai, the official added. Following the mishap, traffic was disrupted for a few hours, said police, adding a probe was underway. PTI COR NRB BSA
|2017-09-12||Bullet train will be underground between BKC to Diva; 7-km stretch ... - Hindustan Times|
Bullet train will be underground between BKC to Diva; 7-km stretch to be under Thane creek Of the 508km-long corridor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project, 156km would be in Maharashtra and 35km in Gujarat MUMBAI Updated: Sep 12, 2017 17:04 IST The proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will pass through an underground tunnel that would be about 25-40 meters beneath the surface between Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and Diva near Thane. Of the 508km-long corridor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project, 156km would be in Maharashtra and 35km in Gujarat, besides a 2km-long stretch in the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. He will be laying the foundation stone of the project with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Gujarat on September 14. About 21 kilometers of the 508km-long double line tracks of India’s first bullet train will be underground while the remaining section will be completely elevated. A railway official said that the proposed bullet train corridor will start from International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at BKC and it will go underground till Dativali village ahead of Diva station.“The bullet train will be elevated at Dativali, next to Diva,” said that official, requesting anonymity. The corridor ahead till Gujarat be mostly parallel to the existing railway lines. The official said that of the underground section, about one-third will pass through an underwater tunnel. “A 7km section of the underground part will be under the Thane creek,” said that official. The bullet train will have a total of 12 stations, and of those, three---BKC, Thane and Talasari--- are in Maharashtra. Of the three, BKC and Thane stations would be underground. The high-speed train corridor will be designed for maximum speed of 350kmph, and trains would ply at the speed of 320kmph. The trains will cover the distance between Mumbai-Ahmedabad in 2.07 hours to 2.58 hours.
|2017-09-11||Human excreta accumulated Swastik Park Thane GBR - Times of India|
Human excreta accumulated Swastik Park Thane G B R Sep 11, 2017, 06:15 IST Human excreta accumulated inside the society premises Swastik Park C Wing Azad Ngr Opp Brahmand Phase III G B Rd Thane West 400607 No action taken by the society commitie member @ Chairman / Secretary. pls report to open their eye Ek Kadam Swachhata k Aur.
|2017-09-11||Schools plan to add psychological check before hiring staff - Times of India|
Schools plan to add psychological check before hiring staff Sep 12, 2017, 03:14 IST THANE: Murder of seven-year-old at Gurgaon's school last week has compelled the school managements to conduct a complete review and re-evaluation of the security systems. With students spend a better part of their time inside the classrooms and the school campus, the school administration is duty-bound to ensure no harm falls on the children and ensure that vigilance and security measures are in place. Simmi Juleja, principal DAV Public School said, "The security and wellbeing of our students is our primary duty. Our e-surveillance system helps us keep a close watch on the washrooms, passageways and even outside the school premises. All our school buses have GPS and a female attendant. A security clearance is mandatory before hiring any staffer and no male driver and any other people can enter the school premises, even to use the washroom." "We have been following these rules but, this incident has made us all anxious. We are going to add CCTVs," she added."Students are easy targets and thus are falling prey to a host of criminal activities. We have turned our school into fort Knox to safeguard our students. We have eight bouncers stationed at the gate and CCTV cameras installed inside the school. Students don't leave the premises unless they are received by their parents," said Janhavi Rai, principal of St. Xavier High School and Junior College. "We have always had a separate washroom for the housekeeping staff and aayas kept at the entrances of the students washrooms. We have an I-card system, which allows only two students to use the washroom at a time. This makes it easy for us to check whether a student is out of class for too long. After this incident we are even asking our bus contractors to submit police verification," she added. Some schools are even planning to have counselling sessions for each employee and staffer before hiring them. Ranjini Krishnaswami from Billabong School said, "These kinds of crimes are not always done by serial offenders and it seems like this sick thinking can take over anybody. Any school staffer including teachers need to undergo psychological testing and counselling before hiring to ensure that they are in the school for the right reasons and to make them realise that they are responsible and accountable for these kids in their care. While we have ensured that our schools has all the physical security provisions in place, we are now going to add the psychological check in the process of hiring our staff as well."
|2017-09-11||Thane: Residents of three buildings evacuated in Mumbra after structure tilts - Mid-Day|
Thane: Residents of three buildings evacuated in Mumbra after structure tilts Mumbai | Posted 12-Sep-2017 Around 60 flats from three buildings emptied after structure started developing cracks, all evacuated residents were shifted to the nearbyhall in Koliwada as a temporary measure Residents of Riddhi Palace building in Mumbra with 24 tenants had to evacuate the premises in quick time on Sunday evening after the structure began to show large cracks and had also started to tilt. Seventeen families of a neighbouring building, RK Niwas, as well as 19 families from the adjoining Kamal Niwas were also evacuated. According to Thane civic officials, Kamal Niwas is attached to Riddhi Palace and with the tilting of the building, Kamal Niwas residents, too, could have been affected. The fire brigade and disaster management cell were alerted to the tilting structure late on Sunday, after which they reached the spot and started the evacuation process. All evacuated residents were shifted to the nearby Anand Hall in Koliwada as a temporary measure. Santosh Kadam, chief of Disaster Management cell confirmed the evacuation.
|2017-09-11||BJP neta raped me, woman tells Thane top cop - Times of India|
BJP neta raped me, woman tells Thane top cop Sep 11, 2017, 05:36 IST KALYAN: A 27-year-old woman from Thane has accused BJP corporator Daya Gaikwad of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation of raping her on different occasions by promising marriage by concealing his marital status. She also accused Gaikwad of blackmailing her by recording the act on video with the help of NCP women's wing chief for Kalyan Ashwini Dhumal and her husband Manoj. Gaikwad told TOI, "The rape allegation is false. She demanded Rs 10 lakh, failing which she threatened to frame me in a rape case."While the woman met the Thane police chief on Wednesday to complain, Gaikwad too lodged a complaint against her. The woman said she met Gaikwad on a social networking site in June. She claimed he took her to a lodge at Titwala on June 7 where he raped her after promising marriage.She alleged he also raped her at a resort on June 16. "I learnt he was married when I took a call on his phone and a woman identified herself as his wife, she said, adding that when she confronted Gaikwad, he said he would divorce his wife. She said Ashwini invited her home to sort out the matter, but Gaikwad raped her while the couple shot the act on video.
|2017-09-11||Load-shedding likely in Thane - Times of India|
Load-shedding likely in Thane Sep 12, 2017, 03:26 IST MUMBAI: There is a shortfall of nearly 3,500MW of power across the state and MSEDCL said it will carry out rotational load-shedding in parts of the state from Tuesday. The shortfall is due to "inadequate availability' of coal at thermal power plants. An official said, "According to power purchase agreements, we procure close to 7,000MW of electricity from Mahagenco and buy 3,085MW from private electricity generators. But of late we have been able to procure only 4,500MW from Mahagenco, the state-owned power generation firm, while private generators supplied close to 2,000 MW. We will carry out load-shedding from Tuesday." It could affect parts of Thane district, Vidarbha, Marathwada & Jalgaon.
|2017-09-11||26-year-old techie killed on Goa highway - Times of India|
26-year-old techie killed on Goa highway Sep 12, 2017, 04:32 IST THANE: A 26-year-old techie, Brijesh Yadav, was killed on the Mumbai-Goa highway near Vadkhal on Sunday. He was part of a group of six youths, who were returning from Nagaon beach in Alibaug to Thane. One of their bikes skid on stone chips, which was dumped for highway repairs, and the victim came under a trailer. His pillion rider, Vilas Yadavar (23), escaped narrowly with a minor injury. The Shiv Sena organised a rasta roko, moments after the accident took place. Vadkhal police assistant inspector Pradip Suryavanshi said, "Six youths had gone to Nagaon beach in Alibaug on a picnic. They were returning to Mumbai when one of their bikes skid."
|2017-09-10||Woman kills twins in Thane, later hangs self - The Tribune|
Posted at: Sep 10, 2017, 9:48 AM; last updated: Sep 10, 2017, 9:48 AM (IST) Woman kills twins in Thane, later hangs self Thane, September 10 A woman allegedly committed suicide after strangulating her seven-year-old twins in Kharigaon locality of Kalwa as she was reportedly upset over their illness, the police said. The incident took place between 2 pm and 6 pm on Saturday and the bodies were found by the woman’s husband when he returned home from work, they said. He told his neighbours who, in turn, called the police. “We suspect that the 32-year-old woman strangulated the boys to death and later hanged herself from the ceiling of the house,” an official from the Kalwa police station said. The police recovered a suicide note from the house in which the woman had said she was upset with her children’s illness, the official said. The family was living at the Anand Vihar housing complex in Kalwa. The bodies were sent to the government hospital for post-mortem, said the police, adding that they were investigating the reasons for the extreme step. PTI
|2017-09-10||Open drainage chamber at Agyari Lane Thane - Times of India|
Open drainage chamber at Agyari Lane Thane Milind Gupte | Gokhale Karyalaya, Agiary Ln, Kharkar Alley, Thane West, Thane, Maharashtra 400601, India | Sep 10, 2017, 06.31 AM IST In July 2017 one big tree fell down on two buses at Agyari Lane Thane. TMC and fire brigade promptly cut the tree and cleared the road. Since then the main root and the trunk of the tree as well as uprooted drainage chamber is as shown in the photo. It is a nuisance to pedestrian as the footpath is very narrow and this is busy road.
|2017-09-10||Dilapidated structure evacuated in Mumbra - Times of India|
Dilapidated structure evacuated in Mumbra Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Sep 11, 2017, 00:04 IST THANE: Nearly 60 tenants from three buildings in Koliwada, Mumbra were hastily evacuated Sunday night after one of the 25-year-old structures started tilting. The ground plus four storeyed Ridhhi Palace building located in the dense Koliwada area on the Parsik foothills started showing wear and tear during late evening. The building was classified in the dangerous category by the civic administration, revealed local residents but Mumbra ward officials were unavailable to confirm the same. The fire brigade and the disaster management cell was alerted of the tilting structure Sunday late evening. The building was tilting towards the neighboring RK Niwas building. Not wanting a repeat of the Bhendi Bazaar Husaaini building collapse like situation here the 20 families of the four storey structure were asked to immediately evacuate the structure. Later on, 17 families of neighbouring RK Niwas and another 19 families of Kamal Niwas were also evacuated after the structure tilted towards them.Civic officials said they were unable to ascertain the categories of the dilapdiated classification of the building. The building was already in a dilapidated condition with the beams and columns showing massive damage, informed Santosh Kadam, chief of disaster management cell. The residents of the structure and the adjoining building were shifted to a nearby hall. It may be noted that the city has around 68 structures classified in the C1 category that mandates immediate evacuation and demolition. Of these, around 57 have been evacuated and 25 of these have been demolished till September 1. Around 11 are still occupied for several reasons across the city. Experts said the only solution to this rising menace was a prompt implementation of the cluster redevelopment policy in the city after it was cleared by the Bombay High Court recently. Around 3500 illegal and dilapidated structures is posing a huge challenge to the local administration and it is believed the cluster could possibly solve the deadlock.
|2017-09-10||Woman burns two children to death, immolates self in Thane - Outlook India|
10 SEPTEMBER 2017 Last Updated at 10:32 PM Woman burns two children to death, immolates self in Thane Thane, Sep 10 A 29-year-old woman allegedly burned her two children to death before committing suicide by setting herself ablaze at their house in Kalyan city here, police said today. The incident occurred yesterday after the husband of the woman, Anita Kanojia, left their house in Khadakpada area for his laundry shop. Citing the complaint filed by the victim's husband, an official said "poverty" could be the cause behind the woman taking the extreme step. Thane Police spokesperson Sukhda Narkar said Anita's husband Ajay Kanojia (30) had last spoken to her in afternoon when she called up on his mobile phone and asked him to bring milk for their children Nandini (2) and Durgesh (nine months). "When Ajay reached home around 7:45 pm he didn't get any response from his wife and found the door locked from inside. He then entered the house through the window and found charred remains of his wife and two kids lying in front of the main door," Narkar said quoting the complaint. He then called up the police who shifted the remains for post mortem. "The complainant said his wife had spoken about poverty and weak financial condition of the family, which could be the trigger behind the incident," the officer said. A case was registered under sections 302 (punishment for murder) of the IPC against the woman, she said, adding further probe was on. In a separate incident yesterday, a woman allegedly committed suicide after strangulating her seven-year-old twins in Kharigaon locality of Kalwa in Thane as she was reportedly upset due to their sickness.
|2017-09-10||Known for its school for grannies, Thane village now seeks poetry-village tag - The Indian Express|
Known for its school for grannies, Thane village now seeks poetry-village tag Bhillar, drawing inspiration from Hay-on-Wye in Wales, has 25 locations around the village that are now reader hotspots or mini-libraries. Published:September 11, 2017 5:18 am AS ONE enters Fangane village in Murbad tehsil of Thane district, nearly 72 km from Kalyan, the very first house bears the name of ‘Bahinabai Chaudhari’ on its door. It’s not the owner’s name. Those familiar with Marathi poetry and literature will identify Bahinabai as the illiterate cotton farmer from Jalgaon who became posthumously famous due to her poetry that describes everyday experiences in rural Maharashtra, with some of her work also being included in school curricula. Like Bahinabai, names of 50 other Marathi poets will be etched on the facades of as many houses in Fangane, located off the Kalyan-Ahmednagar Road, with the little village aspiring to become the very first ‘poetry village’ in Maharashtra, on the lines of Bhillar village in Satara district that is now known as the ‘books village’. Bhillar, drawing inspiration from Hay-on-Wye in Wales, has 25 locations around the village that are now reader hotspots or mini-libraries. Though tucked away in the mofussil parts of Thane district, Fangane is no stranger to spotlight. Last year, the village started an Ajibaichi Shala or ‘school for grandmothers’. The school primarily helps older women, mostly senior citizens, learn the basics of the Marathi language and sign instead of using thumb impression. Locals believe this is the only village to have a school of this kind anywhere in the country. The brains behind the initiative of assigning each of the 51 houses with a poet is the same that imagined and executed the idea of Ajibaichi Shala. Yogendra Bangar (45), a schoolteacher from Fangane, explains how he came up with the initiative. “On Friday (September 8), it was World Literacy Day and we wanted to hold a kavi sammelan or poets’ meet for Ajibaichi Shala. It was while planning for the event that the idea of assigning one poet each to 51 houses came to me,” he says. “Every house will have the name of a poet on the door. As one enters, there will be information about the poet, such as their photographs, social background and the kind of poetry they wrote. We will also have a few poems of the poet put up in the house. Over a period of time, we will also bring books by these poets and keep them in the houses,” says Bangar. Currently, he has got enlarged photographs of 51 poets including Vishnu Shirwadkar or Kusumagaraj, Tryambak Thombre or Balkavi, Manik Ghodgate or Grace, Shanta Shelke, Tukaram, Namdev, Arun Kolhatkar and Dilip Chitre, among others. These will be put up at the 51 selected houses of the 74-odd families that reside in the village with a population of around 400 people. “To be honest, we initially thought we will just put up information about the authors for the poetry event and take it down later. However, later I came to know about Bhillar village and we thought about creating something similar for our village revolving around the concept of poetry,” Bangar adds. He, however, confesses that it is early days for this initiative. “We still have to procure books, and funding remains a problem. However, we are hoping that we will get enough funding over a period of time to purchase books and fine-tune the initiative.”Says Tanaji Deshmukh (52), whose house is given the ‘responsibility’ of Bahinabai Chaudhari: “We decided to focus on poetry as a lot of people, especially older women in our village, associate with it. Earlier, when there were no mechanised flour mills, women would get together early morning and manually grind the flour. While doing so, they would recite poems and sing songs together. They would also recite poems at wedding ceremonies. Hence, they have this affinity to poetry…and they relate more to it.” Kailash Kedar (42), another villager who like almost everyone else in the village relies on a small plot of agricultural land to earn his living, says putting up names of poets and information about them across the village also creates an atmosphere where people generally get interested in poetry. Sheetal More, who teaches at the now famous Ajibaichi Shala, says, “For children to have so much exposure to these poets will help them naturally want to know more about them and read up on them. It will make reading poetry a popular thing to do.” Bangar says the ‘ajibais’ or grandmothers feel they can express themselves better in poetry. “We are also hoping some of them will start writing poems,” he says. Bangar cites Bahinabai’s poem ‘Asa sansar sansar…’, which is put up at the Deshmukh residence, as an example. The first couplet of the poem reads: “Are sansar sansar jasa tava chulhyavar, aadhi hatala chatke tavha midte bhakar (the world is like a pan on a stove, first you get burns on your hand, then you get to eat).”
|2017-09-10||TMC begins expansion of century-old crematorium | Thane News ... - Times of India|
TMC begins expansion of century-old crematorium Sep 11, 2017, 03:52 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), in collaboration with a private trust, is working towards revamping the century-old Jawahar Baug crematorium in central Thane and convert it into a eco-friendly one. The revamp is part of the crematorium overhaul plan, following requests from residents and elected representatives for increased and improved facilities. A city-based NGO has expressed interest in developing the facility using its CSR funds and is likely to complete work by next year. As per plans, the existing open cremation pyres will be converted into fumeless ones by including an enclosed chamber for lighting the pyre. The facility will have the option for a gas or conventional mode of wood for cremation. According to officials, the new system will not only reduce the air pollution levels in the area, which is mostly witnessed after a cremation, but will also hasten the cremation period. Besides, there will be less utilization of wood required for the pyres. The space for cremation of children will also be increased in the facility, while plans for introducing two more gas pyres is also afoot based on future demand. There is also a plan to use wooden bricks made of saw dust that will eliminate delays in cremation often caused due to wood being damp. The new facility will ensure minimal release of smoke from pyres into the air, reducing the pollution levels in the adjoining areas. Also, the time required to complete a cremation will also be reduced, said an official from the civic corporation. In addition, the administration also has plans to make a seating arrangement for 300 people at the facility, along with toilets, a temple and an office to carry out administrative works. The revamp plan also includes changing the entry towards the facility, which would be from the Dadoji Konddeo stadium end. There will be adequate parking facility for ambulances and hearse within the facility too, said an official.The expansion work is likely to cost round Rs 5 crore and is being executed by a private trust. The total area of the facility will be increased to around 3,000 sq m that is nearly four times the existing space utilized by the facility now. The expansion of the Jawahar Baug crematorium was a long pending demand from residents. The facility was built nearly a century or more ago when the population of the town was barely 5,000. Over the years, the facility has seen some expansion but is inadequate considering the rise in population. Currently, there are 59 crematoriums in the city, of which around 37 are owned by the corporation and the rest operated by private players. The facility will have the option for a gas or conventional mode of wood for cremation. According to officials, the new system will not only reduce the air pollution levels in the area. The expansion work is likely to cost round Rs 5 crore and is being executed by a private trust
|2017-09-10||Wall collapses in Mumbra, family moved out - Times of India|
Wall collapses in Mumbra, family moved out Sep 11, 2017, 03:52 IST THANE: The civic officials evacuated a family residing at Shahu Nagar slum in Mumbra after their structure was in a dilapidated state. The evacuation took place on Saturday night after a 10-ft wall which separating their home and a nullah fell. Officials from the regional disaster management cell (RDMC) said that three members of the Ansari family, who resided in the house, heard a loud crash and rushed out. The wall had collapsed and had damaged a part of their home as well. The family was evacuated and the RDMC officials immediately began clearing the debris which was blocking the flow of water in the nullah.
|2017-09-10||Kalwa Murders and Suicide: 'Mother was frustrated at mentally challenged twins' condition', says Police - The Indian Express|
Kalwa Murders and Suicide: ‘Mother was frustrated at mentally challenged twins’ condition’, says Police A suicide note stated that Archana killed Sarthak and Varad before hanging herself. Updated: September 11, 2017 10:24 am ON SATURDAY evening, Sandeep Kadam (34) had come home with bhajiyas for his wife Archana (32) and two sons, as promised in the telephone conversation he had had with Archana barely 45 minutes ago. Around 6.30 pm, as he opened the door to his second-floor home in Jeevan Anand society in Kalwa, he saw his wife’s body hanging from the living room’s ceiling fan. He rushed to the bedroom to find his sons lying motionless, frothing at the mouth. A suicide note left behind by Archana, placed under her mobile phone, revealed that she had killed their twins, Sarthak and Varad, aged 7, before hanging herself. Prima facie, the police believe Archana was frustrated at the condition of the twins, both mentally challenged. Bharat Raut, a neighbour of the Kadams, said Sunday: “The family had come to stay in our building a month-and-a-half ago. Earlier, Sandeep’s elder brother Ravi lived here.” Raut said the Kadams lived at the Shivaji Park home of Archana’s parents earlier. “Archana’s mother took care of the twins. Maybe the pressure of looking after the children alone after moving here got to her,” said Raut. He added that Archana’s mother, when she visited the house after the tragedy, kept saying she would have gladly looked after the twins had Archana asked for it. Other neighbours said Archana lived with her parents in Dadar before her marriage to Sandeep, who was from Satara. Sandeep works as a manager with a private firm in Thane. While he would be away at work, Archana kept to herself, said the neighbours. “Most evening, all of us gather on our floor and chat. She (Archana) never joined us. However, it could be because it had hardly been a month since they moved in. Hence, we do not know much about the couple,” said a woman who lives on the same floor, not wishing to be named. The neighbours added that Sarthak and Varad went to Holy Cross Convent Special school in Thane. Raut said the parents had also enrolled the two in a dance class. Building watchman Krishna said the school bus came every morning and dropped them back by afternoon. “As soon as they returned, their mother would come down to take them home. But the kids never came down to play in the evenings.” He added: “The three would be at home all the time. They did not have a domestic help either.” An officer from the Kalwa police station, where a case of murder has been registered against Archana, said, “Post-mortem reports have confirmed that the twins were given some poison that led to their death. There is no foul play suspected. In this case, the mother, who is the accused, is dead and hence we will file an abated chargesheet, as per the law governing cases where the accused is dead.” The officer added: “In the suicide note, Archana has written, ‘You know what we have been going through for the past seven years and you can understand why I have done this. No one is to be held responsible for my death’.”
|2017-09-09||Thane: Dahi Handi left one govinda bed-ridden for life - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Dahi Handi left one govinda bed-ridden for life Sep 09, 2017 08:32 am Thane: Dahi Handi is over but this risky game every year leaves at least one Govinda bed-ridden for life. The competition of human pyramid is dangerous and in places where there is no security it can actually be life-threatening. Such is the case of a govinda from Bhivandi, who once was a part of celebration and now is getting treated for the major spinal injury. 25-year-old Suraj lives in Thane with his maternal uncle and hails from Dapodi village, Bhivandi. His family in the village is dependant on him. Suraj always participated in ‘Dahi Handi’. While his group — the Vir Tanaji Group of Bhivandi was forming the pyramid at Om Sai rikshaw union, he was in the third layer. The pyramid collapsed and Suraj hasn’t been able to rise again. He broke his spinal cord and is being treated in a private hospital. The amount he has to pay is huge and his family and friends don’t have the resources for the treatment. Such is the irony of this Govinda who risked his life. “We till date have been able to collect only six to seven lakh for his treatment. We have been to almost every door for the support, but still we haven’t been able to collect sufficient funds, said Sanjay Baviskar, a friend of Suraj.Suraj used to work in a godown of Bhivandi and has a family of four that consists his parents, a brother and a sister. He lives in Kapurbavadi with his uncle and travels to his workplace from the city, but now since he has been admitted, its been difficult for the family to meet the ends. The group through which he played the handi was not the registered one and also the organisers where he was apart of human pyramid were not registered group and therefore, they are facing major problems in collecting the funds. The organisers who arranged the event and declared a huge amount as award money, haven’t even bothered to inquire about Suraj. “There were very few people who actually helped. Others just gave us the promises. There is a lot of amount that we require but we just don’t know where to go.”added Baviskar.
|2017-09-09||Gang held, dacoity in Wagle Estate co foiled - Times of India|
Gang held, dacoity in Wagle Estate co foiled Sep 10, 2017, 02:52 IST THANE: The Thane crime branch unit-1 reportedly foiled a major dacoity in a Wagle Estate-based company following the arrest of six armed dacoits late on Friday. Police claimed they received a tip-off that the gang is planning to steal valuables from the company and the cops had formed two teams to nab them. "We had stationed our teams at different spots near Bradma company in Wagle Estate and blocked the possible escape routes. The gang arrived in a vehicle and three of their aides had stepped out. One of our teams approached the vehicle and zeroed in on all the six who were sitting inside. The three others, who had stepped out sensed that there was a problem and fled leaving their six aides in the car," said an officer from crime branch unit-1. The arrested include Riyaz Khan (26), Rojan Jabaar (26), Sakir Samani(52), Sagar Yadav (23) Ali Ansari (20) and Amjadali Samani (33). They are residents of Bhiwandi and Navi Mumbai.Police recovered knifes, iron rod, blade, cutter and other equipment used for a break-in. The police are verifying records to see if the gang was operational in any other city and if they have been involved in armed dacoities earlier.
|2017-09-09||Professor Allegedly Kills Wife, Attempts Suicide In Thane - NDTV|
Professor Allegedly Kills Wife, Attempts Suicide In Thane Sanjay Teli has been admitted to a private hospital at Kalyan and is being treated. Updated: September 09, 2017 23:55 IST THANE: A professor from a college in Mumbai allegedly killed his wife and later attempted suicide at his residence in Kolsewadi in Kalyan. Sanjay Teli (37) has been admitted to a private hospital at Kalyan and is being treated for the injuries he suffered after he cut veins of his hands and neck in an attempt to end his life, said police PRO Sukhada Narkar. The professor has been booked under section 302 (murder) of the IPC for killing his wife and further probe was on by the Kolsewadi police of Kalyan division, said police. The motive behind the killing is still not known as the injured professor is not in a position to speak at present, said Mr Narkar. It was at around 11.30 am that the professor attacked his wife, Vidya, also 37 who worked with a beauty parlour in the area with a knife and killed her when no one was around. Later he attempted suicide, said police. The two sons of the couple were not at home at the time of the incident, police added. Based on the complaint given by the younger son of the couple, who is a student, police have registered the offence against the professor.
|2017-09-09||Biker hit by truck at Brahmand signal dies - Times of India|
Biker hit by truck at Brahmand signal dies Sep 10, 2017, 02:53 IST THANE: A 44-year-old biker and resident of New Brahmand Annex complex was crushed to death after a speeding truck hit him near the Brahmand signal at Ghodbunder Road on Friday morning.The truck held a number plate, which showed that it was a Haryana-registered vehicle. Police said Sanju Kulkarni, the victim, was riding his two-wheeler near the signal when a truck rammed into the motorcycle from behind. Cops said that truck driver Gayurhasan Bux was driving recklessly. He was unable to control his vehicle and rammed into Kulkarni's bike. Bux has been booked.
|2017-09-09||To beat shopping slump, shopkeepers woo customers with attractive deals - Times of India|
To beat shopping slump, shopkeepers woo customers with attractive deals Sep 10, 2017, 02:54 IST THANE: The onset of the fortnight of Pitru Paksha, when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors, seems to have brought with it a string of deals and discounts on everything from jewellery and clothes to new vehicles and even homes, as retailers attempt to keep their businesses afloat during this season. This 15-day-long period, which began on September 6, has already started affecting businesses deals. In an attempt to avoid losses, many shopkeepers have begun offering discounts and offers to attract customers. K Jain, owner of a jewellery shop at Gokhale Road, said, "This period is an inauspicious time for many when it comes to purchasing anything—be it gold, vehicles or homes. While there are some customers who have placed orders for jewellery, they will collect them only after Pitru Paksha is over. So, during these two weeks there is going to be a slump in our business." Like jewellers, even other dealers are facing the same problem. "During this time of the year, we always witness low sales. So, we have decided to woo our customer with discounts and offers. At least in this way customers place their order,'' said a city-based car dealer. Some real estate and housing professionals are planning various tricks to convert this unsuccessful period into a productive one. "People don't buy or rent homes during this time. So, we are going to attract more customer by offering them a number of gifts and discounts,'' said P Patil, a builder.
|2017-09-09||Woman kills twins in Thane, later hangs self - India Today|
Woman kills twins in Thane, later hangs self September 10, 2017 | UPDATED 00:15 IST Thane, Sep 9 (PTI) A woman allegedly committed suicide after strangulating her 7-year-old twins today in Kharigaon locality of Kalwa as she was reportedly upset due to their sickness, the police said. The incident took place between 2 pm and 6 pm and the bodies were found by the womans husband on returning home from work, they said. He alerted the neighbours who in turn called the police. "We suspect that the 32-year-old woman strangulated the boys to death and later hanged herself from the ceiling of the house," an official from the Kalwa police station said. The police recovered a suicide note from the house wherein the woman had said that she was fed up with the childrens sickness, the official said. The family was staying at Anand Vihar housing complex in Kalwa. The bodies were sent to the government hospital for post- mortem, said the police adding, they are investigating the reasons for the extreme step. PTI CORR RMT AAR
|2017-09-09||Commuters' nightmare: Road repair, landslide, accident bring traffic to halt for 6 hours in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Commuters’ nightmare: Road repair, landslide, accident bring traffic to halt for 6 hours in Thane The traffic along the Mumbra bypass, Majiwada junction, Kharegoan toll plaza, Shilphata, Kapurbawdi flyover and the Mumbai-Nashik Highway was stuck since 6.30 in the morning. MUMBAI Updated: Sep 09, 2017 18:10 IST Saturday morning turned out to be a nightmare for commuters from Thane, who faced nearly five to six hours of traffic along two of its major highways. Ongoing road repair works, landslide and a trailer flipping over were some of the factors which added to the woes of the commuters. The traffic along the Mumbra bypass, Majiwada junction, Kharegoan toll plaza, Shilphata, Kapurbawdi flyover and the Mumbai-Nashik Highway was stuck since 6.30 in the morning. The jam was around seven-kilometre-long on the Mumbai-Nashik Highway, forcing most commuters to abandon their transport and walk on the roads. A traffic police officer, requesting anonymity, said, “One lane of the Mumbra bypass was closed for road repair since Friday evening from 8pm. Vehicles were plying only on one side of the bypass, leading to traffic along the route. The situation, however, worsened when a landslide took place early in the morning. We had to close both the sides for almost an hour and a half till the landslide cleared. It took around three to four hours for the jam to finally clear.” The landslide took place near Rehamania Hospital. Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), said, “The landslide took place around 7.30 in the morning, and we had dispatched one JCB and on emergency fire tender to the spot. The area was cleared in about an hour. However, traffic had to be closed due to the soil and stones that had fallen on the road.” Though the traffic started bottling up around 9am, it took longer for the road to clear since one lane of the Mumbra bypass was blocked. More than 50,000 heavy vehicles including trucks, trailers and containers ply from the Mumbra bypass road towards Bhiwandi, Taloja, Panvel and JNPT. Vehicles going towards Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad and Chennai also use this bypass. The road is under the Public Works Department of the state. An officer from the PWD department, requesting anonymity, said, “The condition of this road was bad and we did not get enough time to repair it owing to the continuous rain. We finally planned the repair of one lane between 8pm to 3am on Friday night, so the traffic was diverted to the other lane. We repaired the road using cement concrete, and had to keep the lane closed for over eight hours for it to dry. We will plan the repair on second lane soon.” The traffic along Mumbra bypass was blocked from Kharegaon toll plaza to Shil Phata Road. Traffic on Mumbai-Nashik Highway comes to halt for over five hours The Mumbai-Nashik Highway, which passes from the Kharegaon Toll Plaza also witnessed hours of traffic jam, when a container overturned near Khadi bridge near Kharegaon. “The container was huge, and it ran over a divider on the bridge. It flipped in such a way that both sides of the road were blocked. The traffic was hit till Kapurbawdi Bridge, Majiwada and Mumbai-Nashik Highway on both the sides. The container fell around 6.45 in the morning and the traffic started moving only around 11pm,” the traffic police said. COMMUTERSPEAK Manoj Konkar, 35, a resident of Kalwa said, “I had booked a cab to Kalyan for some important work. However, the traffic did not move ahead of Bhiwandi bypass. I waited for over 45 minutes and then left the cab mid-way and walked till Rajnouli naka in search of public transport. I finally got an auto and reached my destination.” Like Konkar, most people chose to abandon their mode of transport and walk in search of alternative mode of transport. Kailash Patil, a resident of Mumbra, said, “The PWD gave no prior notice that they would be undertaking repair work on one lane of the bypass. We would have stayed away from the road and used an alternate road. It took me nearly an hour to cross the road.”
|2017-09-09||Woman smothers 7-year-old twin sons, hangs herself | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Woman smothers 7-year-old twin sons, hangs herself TNN | Updated: Sep 10, 2017, 10:44 IST A 32-year-old woman allegedly smothered her specially-abled 7-year-old twins before hanging herself in her Thane home on Saturday. The police said they found a note purportedly written by the deceased, Archana Kadam, who owned up to killing her twins —Sarthak and Varad. She has written that she was unable to cope with the condition of her sons and was tired of the hardships and the resulting depression. Police said that Kadam's husband, a manager with the private firm, was at work at that time. He discovered the deaths on returning home. "Archana hanged herself using a nylon rope and the twins were also found lifeless. We suspect they were either strangled by their mother or suffocated with a pillow. The suicide note gave the reason for the extreme step as concern afor the kids' future," said inspector AUttekar of Kalwa police station, adding that the bodies have been sent to Thane Civil hospital for a post-mortem. The police said they will register a case of murder against the woman for the crime.
|2017-09-08||Mumbai rains: Motorwoman Mumtaz Kazi pilots CST-Thane train for 23 hours - Mumbai Mirror|
MUMBAI RAINS: MOTORWOMAN MUMTAZ KAZI PILOTS CST-THANE TRAIN FOR 23 HOURS Updated: Sep 8, 2017, 12.30 PM IST Taking passengers home safely was the only thought that kept motorwoman Mumtaz Kazi going, as she spent 23 hours piloting a CST-Thane train when the deluge hit last week. MOTORWOMAN Name: Mumtaz Maqsood Ahmed Kazi | Age: 47 | Lives in: Kurla (moved in to their new flat on Ganesh Chaturthi) | Family: Husband Maqsood Ahmed, son Tauseef (14) and daughter Fateen (10) | Career: Started working in 1991 as a diesel assistant driver. This Sunday, September 10, she will complete 26 years with the Railways. Motorwoman Mumtaz Maqsood Ahmed Kazi had already completed two trips in the morning between CST and Thane when she boarded the motorman's cabin on another Thane-bound train from CST at 11.34 am on August 29. Little did she know then that the cabin would be her home for the next 23 hours.Between August 29 and 30, when torrential rains brought the city and its lifeline, the train system, to a halt, the journey between the two stations, which usually takes less than an hour, took almost an entire day. For 19 of those hours, the train was stationary at Parel station. When it finally left Parel at 6.45 the next morning, Kazi's train moved at an agonisingly slow pace of 16 km per hour to reach Thane over three hours later, at 10.05 am. Ironically, the favourite part of her job is "driving at 100 km per hour", says CR's only motorwoman. Recalling one of the longest journeys of her life, Kazi said, "When the train reached Parel station, I saw that the water had reached about 3/4th of the platform. As it was an older BHEL rake, which is not allowed to proceed if the track is covered by more than 4 inches of water, I could not take the train any further." The Siemens rake behind her (which is allowed to travel in 8 inches of water), therefore, was also stuck, and was soon followed by many others. It wasn't until 6.45 the next day that the train could finally move ahead. Kazi believes in the power of prayer and it is her belief that the waters receded after she offered the 'tahajjud namaaz' in the motorman's cabin after midnight. While it is the job of the motorman, guard and rail employees to ensure the safety of passengers in times of crisis, Kazi says she was touched by the concern showed by passengers when they came to enquire at the motorman's cabin and saw her there. "Some even jumped into the water to check how much water was on the track to see if the train could move forward," she recalls. One gentleman gave her a phone charger, which helped her inform home of her situation and check in on her husband and children. Amid the dire straits, there were moments of humour too. "When I advised passengers on the train, 'Upar waale ko yaad karo,' they told me, 'Ab toh bus naani yaad aa rahi hai'," she laughs. Kazi and the passengers on her train were fortunate that the train had stalled at the station, so they could reach the station master's office where food was being distributed. When it was finally safe to move ahead, the train was 'coupled' with the Siemens rake behind at 6.45 am, a procedure that effectively means that the Siemens rake behind was pushing this train ahead. After over three hours, the train pulled into Thane station at 10.05 am. Kazi's job did not end there. She guided the train to the Kalwa car shed at 10.45 am before finally heading home to Kurla. Life on the job A motorman's job is a stressful one, and one that often draws the wrath of commuters, but Kazi tackles it with the quintessential Mumbai mantra of 'Tension nahin lene ka'. To ensure that one has what it takes to become a motorman, one has to go through a psychological exam before getting the job. In her 26-year-long career, she has only once encountered a suicide on the tracks. Having come close to running over those crossing tracks on at least three occasions, Kazi attributes their survival to three reasons - "Emergency brakes, whistle and prayer". The 19 hours she spent in the cabin that day reminded her of the time she spent at the Kurla car shed on July 26, 2005, which is incidentally the year she became a motorwoman. That day too, she had to spend close to an entire day at the car shed. On September 10, Kazi will complete 26 years with the Railways, having started as a diesel assistant driver in 1991. In a maledominated world, Kazi, who was awarded the Nari Puraskar by then President Pranab Mukherjee earlier this year, is happy to chart her own course and inspire other girls in the process. Does her own daughter, 10-year-old Fateen, want to follow in her footsteps? "She has higher dreams. She wants to be a pilot," she smiles.
|2017-09-08||Watch Video - Thane: Two held for killing bats and selling their meat as a 'cure' for joint pain - Mid-Day|
Watch Video - Thane: Two held for killing bats and selling their meat as a 'cure' for joint pain Thane | Posted 08-Sep-2017 Two members of a gang of people who killed fruit bats, and allegedly sold their meat and oil extracted from them saying it can be used to cure asthma and joint pain, have been arrested by the Thane Forest Department's territorial wing at Ambernath.Sources from the Forest Department said that some locals are involved in selling bat meat illegally in the black market. On September 2, Rejil Menon, a resident of Ambernath, saw some people kill bats hanging on a tree, using a pointed object that was tied to the end of a bamboo stick.Menon said, "I was shocked to see the way in which the bats, which are a species protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, were being brutally killed. I informed the Forest Department and the people were caught red-handed." Menon helped the officials nab the two-gang members by posing as a customer on September 4."I approached the poachers and finalised a deal. A trap was laid with the help of Forest Department personnel and at around 10.30-11.00 pm the poachers came with the bats and they were caught," said Menon. The poachers had taken Rs 1,000 as an advance for the meat and oil. The third accused is absconding. An official from the Forest Department said the two accused were arrested and produced before the local court which sent them to Forest custody till 7.
|2017-09-08||Chinese national held for diamond theft dies in Thane jail - The Indian Express|
Chinese national held for diamond theft dies in Thane jail On August 29, while having lunch with Xiaobo in the prison, Changquing collapsed all of a sudden, Thane jail superintendent Nitin Waychal told reporters yesterday. Published:September 8, 2017 12:22 pm A 48-year-old Chinese national arrested for alleged theft of diamonds died in the Thane central jail, a prison official has said. The Vanrai police in adjoining Mumbai had arrested Jiang Changquing and another Chinese national Deng Xiaobo (45) on August 1 for allegedly stealing two diamonds worth Rs 36.5 lakh from an exhibition centre in suburban Goregaon. Both of them were subsequently remanded in judicial custody and lodged in the Thane central jail. On August 29, while having lunch with Xiaobo in the prison, Changquing collapsed all of a sudden, Thane jail superintendent Nitin Waychal told reporters yesterday. He was rushed to the jail hospital and then taken to Thane civil hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, he said. The jail authorities and the district police later informed the Chinese Embassy about the death, Waychal said. The deceased had no previous medical history, he said. The autopsy was done at Mumbai’s J J Hospital where the body was handed over to Changquing’s family members on Wednesday, the official said. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel had nabbed Changquing and Xiaobo at the Mumbai international airport minutes before they were about to board a flight to Osaka in Japan on July 31, police earlier said. The duo, who had arrived in the city on July 30, visited an international jewellery exhibition at NESCO ground in Mumbai’s Goregaon area on July 31 afternoon.They engaged the sales executive at one of the stalls in conversation, asking several questions, and managed to steal diamonds on display by replacing it with fake ones. The stall owner noticed the theft after the duo had left. The police then alerted CISF officials at the airport. The duo had cleared immigration checks when the CISF personnel apprehended them, police had said.The police interrogated the accused for about seven hours with the help of an interpreter, and recovered the stolen diamonds, they said. Subsequently, both were arrested on August 1 under relevant IPC sections for cheating and theft.
|2017-09-08||Third accused held in cop's daughter's gangrape-murder case - Times of India|
Third accused held in cop's daughter's gangrape-murder case Sep 8, 2017, 23:12 IST THANE: Thane police probing Nagpur cop's daughter gang rape and murder case also arrested one more accused Nilesh Khobragade in case, totalling three arrest in the case. Interestingly arrested Khobragade was initially complainant in case as he had claimed that he was not aware about rape and murder of victim and when he had learned about girl's rape and murder, he had insisted his friend Niklesh Patil and Akshay Malode to surrender before Ratnagiri police and to confess their crime. The police who was doubting Khobragade role in case from earlier now has found Khobragade too was involved in to gang rape of victim with Patil and Malode and also in to destroying evidence by taking body to dump in to Karnataka in to suitcase. The police has found Khobragade was only not involve in to murder as after rape he had left from flat to have cigrate when duo over dispute with victim killed her. The Shivaji Nagar police probing case on Friday shown him arrest after they brought both accused to Ambernath after traveling Ratnagiri and Karnataka where body was dumped. The victim woman is the daughter of an assistant sub-inspector posted at the Nagpur police HQ. After graduating from a Nagpur college, the woman was interning with an IT firm in Andheri.
|2017-09-08||Thane families hit by 29/8 rains may not be eligible for government payout - Times of India|
Thane families hit by 29/8 rains may not be eligible for government payout Sep 9, 2017, 02:49 IST THANE: More than 3,000 families from the lake city who collectively suffered damages to property collectively worth crores during the deluge last month, may not be eligible for any cash or any other relief from the state government as the criteria for such benefits has been revised in 2015. A government notification issued two years back clearly states that monetary compensation would be granted to families whose houses have been affected due to a natural calamity persisting for two long days. However, the 300 mm rainfall that pounded the lake city on August 28 lasted for three to six hours. The revenue department which is assessing the damage to property refused to comment on the quantum of damages and said the same would be made public only after official orders arrive from Mantralaya. Shiv Sena leader and guardian minister Eknath Shinde informed the media on Thursday that chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had reportedly agreed to compensate those affected by the rains after he raised the issue during a cabinet meeting. "Thousands of residents from Mumbai and Thane were affected by the heavy rains. I raised the issue and demanded compensation for the families after which chief minister Devendra Fadnavis agreed to consider it as a special case," Shinde informed the media. It is believed that district collectors of Mumbai city, suburban and Thane were asked to carry out panchnama of instances of losses due to the rains, but local officials here said they were yet to get any official communication till Friday evening. "We are yet to be informed about any compensation packages to be given to those affected by the Tuesday deluge. We will wait for further information from the state before taking action," said a revenue official refusing to be identified. The mandate, accessed by this newspaper, says that families whose house was washed away or fully damaged or inundated for over two days due to a natural calamity will be compensated to a maximum of Rs 3,800. While Rs 1,800 will be given for each family for clothing, Rs 2,000 will be disbursed for loss of utensils and household items as per the revised norms of assistance from the state or national disaster response fund. Meanwhile, the kin of three of the six found dead after being reportedly washed away in the flooding during the deluge were paid Rs 4 lakhs.
|2017-09-08||Two who raped mentally ill minor get 20 years in jail - Times of India|
Two who raped mentally ill minor get 20 years in jail Sep 9, 2017, 05:12 IST THANE: The district sessions court here sentenced two youths to 20 years' rigorous imprisonment each after an 18-monthlong trial proved them guilty of raping an 11-year-old mentally challenged girl near her home in Shil-Padlegaon in February 2016. District sessions judge AS Bhaisare said Samin Ansari (21), Sonu Murmu (22) and one Isaque Ansari, who is still absconding, cannot be shown any leniency and deserve harshest punishment. They have also been fined Rs 10,000 each.Special public prosecutor Sangita Phad informed the court that on the ill-fated day, the mentally challenged minor was playing outside her house around 11 am when the three accused lured her with chocolate and raped her in the bushes.The accused who were high on liquor also singed her with cigarrettes. The accused persons also attempted to strangle, but could not. They then abandoned her in the bushes and fled.The girl somehow returned home and later narrated the horror using gestures after which a police complaint was lodged. Taking serious note of the manner in which the child was tortured, the judge termed it "inhuman, terrible and brutal rape..." The judge also observed that the prosecution has successfully proved all charges against the accused persons.
|2017-09-07||Thane: Man rapes 18-year-old colleague, makes video of the act - Mid-Day|
Thane: Man rapes 18-year-old colleague, makes video of the act Thane | Posted 3 hours A 24-year-old man was arrested from Badlapur in Thane for allegedly raping his 18-year-old colleague, police said on Wednesday. The victim's aunt was also booked for abetting the crime committed by the accused, identified as Sudhir Borade, a police official said. According to the complaint lodged by the victim, she, her aunt and the accused worked in the same company in Badlapur township. The incident took place on Sunday, when she moved out of her house in morning for work and was told by her aunt that all three of them will visit a temple in Lonavala, Pune district, the officer said. As told, the victim accompanied the accused on a two-wheeler, but instead a temple she was taken to a lodge in Neral area. The accused in the lodge first molested her and later raped her and also made a video of the act. He also threatened her that he would share the video on social media if she discloses about the incident to anyone. The victim later approached the police last night and registered a complaint against her colleague and aunt. A case has been booked under sections 376 (rape) rw 34 (common intention) of the IPC against the duo and further probe into the matter was on, police added.
|2017-09-07||Thane: Three arrested after daughter of Nagpur police official raped, murdered - The Indian Express|
Thane: Three arrested after daughter of Nagpur police official raped, murdered Thane rape, murder: Patil and Valode allegedly took turns to rape the victim, the daughter of a Nagpur police official, and later murdered her when she threatened to complain to the police. Mumbai | Updated: September 7, 2017 1:11 pm The Thane Police have arrested three youth, including the complainant, in a case involving the rape and murder of the daughter of an Assistant Police Inspector (API) with the Nagpur Police. While two youth were arrested for the rape and murder of the woman, the complainant, who allegedly helped the accused in disposing of the body, has also been arrested. The victim a 22-year-old Nagpur resident was interning with an IT firm in suburban Mumbai and had recently moved to the city after completing her engineering degree. According to the police, the victim was acquainted with one of the accused, Niklesh Patil, who also hails from Nagpur and two had studied engineering together. On Sunday, Patil along with his friend, Nilesh Khobragade, drove down from Nagpur to Pune in Khobragade’s car and met the victim in Pune. They decided to drop the victim in Mumbai where she had been living for the past two months. At night, however, they decided to halt at the co-accused, Akshay Valode’s Ambernath residence on the outskirts of Mumbai. Patil and Valode allegedly took turns to rape the victim and later murdered her when she threatened to complain to the police. The accused then stuffed her body in a suitcase. At the time of the crime, Khobragade wasn’t in the Ambernath home. Upon his return the two accused allegedly insisted on leaving for Goa. After reaching Belagavi, Patil and Valode dumped the suitcase in a drain line. When confronted by Khobragade the duo confessed of raping and murdering the victim. The trio then surrendered before the Ratnagiri police and a zero complaint case was registered on the statement given by Khobragade. The case has now been transferred to the Thane police. The two accused have been booked under section 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 302 (murder), 201 (destroying evidence), and 34 (common intention) of IPC, while Khobragade in whose car the woman’s body was transported has been booked for disposing the body. “All the three accused have been arrested and handed over to the Thane police where the alleged offence took place. While Patil and Valode have been arrested for gang rape and murder, Khobragade has been arrested for destruction of evidence,” said Ratnagiri SP, Pranay Ashok.
|2017-09-07||Maharashtra: Woman constable hangs self in Thane; two senior cops including ACP booked for abetment - Daily News & Analysis|
Maharashtra: Woman constable hangs self in Thane; two senior cops including ACP booked for abetment Updated: Sep 7, 2017, 06:53 PM IST The 24-year-old was scheduled to be married A 24-year-old woman constable has allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in Kalwa here, after which an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and another cop were booked on charges of abetting the suicide, police said today. Subhadra Pawar was attached to the Police Headquarters in Thane Commissionerate and had joined the force in 2014. Pawar was found hanging from the ceiling fan at her flat yesterday between 2.30 to 3.00 pm, a police official said. She had been living in the rented accommodation along with three other women constables. A constable, attached to Mumbai Police and an ACP, posted at the Thane Police Headquarters have been booked in connection with the incident, under IPC section 306 (abetment of suicide), rw 34 (common intention), police said. According to the official, the deceased was in a relationship with the accused constable and was about to get married to him. "The accused (constable) came to meet her at her house last afternoon. After spending some time, he stepped out of the flat to make a call. Upon returning after few minutes, he saw Pawar hanging from the ceiling fan in the room with a duppatta (piece of cloth)," he said. Shocked to see her, the constable reached out to neighbours for help and also informed police and her brother, who is also a constable in Navi Mumbai. She was taken to a nearby hospital but was declared dead before admission, the officer said. "No suicide note was recovered from the spot. We have registered offences against two police personnel, including an ACP of Thane Police Commissionerate, based on the complaint filed by the deceased's brother," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-I), D S Swami said. The exact reason of the suicide is yet to be ascertained and statements of people concerned in connection with the matter, are being recorded, he said. Pawar's brother, in his complaint, accused the cop duo of harassing and mentally torturing his sister. No arrests have been made so far in connection with the case, he said.
|2017-09-07||Chinese diamond thief dies of heart attack at Thane prison - News - Mid-Day|
Chinese diamond thief dies of heart attack at Thane prison Posted 07-Sep-2017 A 48-year-old Chinese man, who was lodged at the Thane Central jail, after being arrested for stealing diamonds worth lakhs of rupees, died of a heart attack on Monday. After his family arrived in the city yesterday, his body was handed over to them following a post-mortem. Diamond 'chors' The city police had caught deceased Jaing Changqing along with another Chinese national, Deng Xiaobo, last month. They were sent to Thane Central jail on August 2. Speaking to mid-day, NB Vayachal, superintendent of police, Thane Central jail, said, "On August 29, Jaing suffered a heart attack and he was immediately shifted to the prison hospital. Later, he was admitted to the Thane Civil hospital, where he was declared dead." A senior official from the jail said, "He was standing in a queue for his dinner when he suffered the attack and collapsed. The Thane Nagar police station was immediately informed about it. They conducted a panchnama. Later, an accidental death report was registered in the matter."When contacted, M V Dharmadhikari, senior police inspector, Thane Nagar police station, said, "When we informed the Chinese embassy about Jaing's death, they asked us to conduct the post-mortem later, as his family was coming to India to claim his body." A police officer said, "The deceased's wife, Hung Zinsha, 35, was not aware of the theft until the embassy informed her."
|2017-09-07||Thane: 21-year-old woman constable hangs to death, no suicide note found - Mid-Day|
Thane: 21-year-old woman constable hangs to death, no suicide note found Posted 07-Sep-2017 A 21-year-old woman police constable, attached with the Thane city police headquarters, allegedly committed suicide at her residence in Kalwa. According to police sources, Sarika Pawar, a native of Ahmednagar, was found hanging in her flat by her fiancé, yesterday. Sarika was a resident of Manisha Nagar in Kalwa. Asource from the Thane police said, "Though the reason behind her suicide is unknown, we have learnt that Sarika's fiancé arrived from Ahmednagar on Tuesday. The couple was slated to marry this Diwali. We have already retrieved her partner's statements. He told us that yesterday, around 2 pm, they were discussing some personal matters, when her fiancé had to step out once to take a call. He said that on returning to Sarika's flat, he found the door to her room locked. He peered from the window to find her hanging. He immediately informed the cops." Sarika had joined the police force in 2014. Police sources said no suicide note was recovered from the crime spot. "We have registered an accidental death report in the case. We are in the process of recording statements of the fiancé as well as some of Sarika'a neighbours and friends," an officer said.
|2017-09-07||Thane: Man arrested for stealing cash meant to be loaded in ATMs ... - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Man arrested for stealing cash meant to be loaded in ATMs Sep 07, 2017 01:57 pm Thane: The Thane police have arrested a cashier with a cash-handling company which services ATMs for allegedly embezzling around Rs 50 lakh in the past six months. Roshan Patil (29), resident of Mhatradi in Diva area, was arrested under section 408 of the IPC (criminal breach of trust by clerk or servant) by Manpada police from Dombivli in the district yesterday. The company, in its complaint, had said that from time to time Patil used to syphon off part of the money which was supposed to be loaded in ATMs. The theft came to light during an audit as the actual cash loaded in ATMs of various banks serviced by the company in the last six months fell short of Rs 49.9 lakh against entries in the accounts. The money that was embezzled was mainly in the denomination of Rs 2,000, police said. Further probe is on.
|2017-09-07||In just a week, free Wifi service in Thane gets 2 lakh takers | Thane ... - Times of India|
In just a week, free Wifi service in Thane gets 2 lakh takers Sep 8, 2017, 03:22 IST THANE: The free WiFi services that saw a partial flagoff in select parts of the city last week has seen nearly two lakh users latching on to the network within a week. According to officials from the telecom sector, the facility is currently operational in several parts of the city and they are working towards providing the network across the entire city. The relevant approvals from the department of telecommunications for operating the commercial facility is likely to arrive soon, following which the facility will be operational in full swing. ''Once we receive the relevant approvals from the DoT, users will have to pay a one-time registration fee of Rs. 100 in order to enjoy the WiFi service for 10 years,'' said an official. Currently, residents can use the facility by selecting the service provider 'Intech' in the WiFi network setting and start using the services. The Thane Municipal Corporation has undertaken the free WiFi project under the smart city scheme. The project is being executed on public private participation (PPP) basis where the corporation won't have to spend anything. The second phase may be launched in October covering the entire city.
|2017-09-07||State government to compensate rain victims in Thane, Mumbai - The Indian Express|
State government to compensate rain victims in Thane, Mumbai Officials said Fadnavis had instructed the district collectors of Mumbai city and Suburban and Thane to carry out the panchanama of such cases to provide compensation. Published:September 8, 2017 1:11 am The state has decided to compensate the families affected by the heavy rainfall last week. Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde had raised the issue during the cabinet meeting Thursday. “Thousands of people affected in the heavy rainfall in Mumbai and Thane. It has caused them an irreparable loss. I raised the issue in the cabinet demanding compensation to be given to the families. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has agreed to consider it as a special case,” said Shinde. Officials said Fadnavis had instructed the district collectors of Mumbai city and Suburban and Thane to carry out the panchanama of such cases to provide compensation.
|2017-09-07||Ghodbunder college to house rickety Kendriya Vidyalaya? - Times of India|
Ghodbunder college to house rickety Kendriya Vidyalaya? Sep 8, 2017, 04:59 IST THANE: More than 900 students from the primary and secondary sections of the Kendriya Vidyalaya continue to be on an extended vacation as the school authorities hunt for a suitable alternative premise. The school was closed as the building was declared dangerous. Classes began for 425 Class IX and XII students in the Kolshet Air Force building recently. Class X and XI students also started classes in shifts in a separate room constructed recently within the KV premises.The authorities of the Kolshet school, along with a team of parent representatives, have been hunting for alternative premises for the remaining classes, and have zeroed in on the Muchhala Polytechnic College in Anand Nagar on Ghodbunder road. "Our main complaint, in addition to the pause in our children's education, was that the alternative school should not be outside the city. This college is only 5-6km away from the dilapidated KV and has ample space. We hope the process of renting it is completed at the earliest. We are cautiously optimistic," said Tarun Sinha, the parent of a class IX student and a member of the parent teacher association.The school authorities convinced the PWD superintendent engineer to survey the college building and calculate the monthly rent by September 4 though he was on leave for Ganpati celebrations, and submitted the figures to the KV headquarters in Delhi on Wednesday for approval. "The approval from our HQ is the final step before renting the alternative building. As soon as we get that, we will work day and night to move the classroom furniture from the KV to the new one, and resume classes. Hopefully, things should get back to normal in a couple of weeks," said Chandrashekhar Singh, principal of the KV school at Kolshet.
|2017-09-06||Watch Video: Cop assaults Thane bar staffers over food bill - Mid-Day|
Watch Video: Cop assaults Thane bar staffers over food bill Thane | Posted 2 hours A video has gone viral in which an enraged police constable is seen assaulting a waiter and cashier at bar in Kalwa near Thane.The incident happened when the police constable and seven colleagues had gone to the Sayba bar located near Kalwa station at around 1.30 am on August 27. The constable got angry after receiving a bill of Rs 2,260 and assaulted the staffers. Sunil Poojari, manager of Sayba told Mumbai Mirror, "They brought in liquor from outside, and we allowed it. They also ordered liquor and food from us. As they were police constables, we served them the best food and liquor, and later presented an already discounted bill to them."The cops were allegedly not happy with the discount and asked for more. Poojari told the tabloid, "Constable Pravin Sankhe got upset when they were still given a bill, and started abusing and assaulting the waiters." The accused constable, attached to Kalwa police station was later suspended by the Thane police.
|2017-09-06||17-year-old girl raped by two men in Thane - The Indian Express|
17-year-old girl raped by two men in Thane As per the complaint lodged by the girl with the Bazarpeth police in Kalyan yesterday, the two men raped her multiple times between February and August this year at various places, including her house in Khadakpada, at a lodge and godown in the same area and also a garden in Kalyan, the official said. Published:September 6, 2017 3:05 pm Two men allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl multiple times in Kalyan township of the district, police said on Wednesday. In February this year, the men, who knew the girl, called her to a lodge in Khadakpada area of Kalyan on some pretext and offered her a drink laced with sedative. When the girl became drowsy after having the drink, the duo allegedly raped her, a police official said. As per the complaint lodged by the girl with the Bazarpeth police in Kalyan yesterday, the two men raped her multiple times between February and August this year at various places, including her house in Khadakpada, at a lodge and godown in the same area and also a garden in Kalyan, the official said. Based on the complaint, the police booked the two men under IPC sections 376D (gangrape) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar said in an official release. The details of the accused were not yet known. The two accused were yet to be arrested, police said, adding that a probe was underway into the case.
|2017-09-06||Police saves Thane man from committing suicide - Mumbai Mirror - Mumbai Mirror|
POLICE SAVES THANE MAN FROM COMMITTING SUICIDE Updated: Sep 6, 2017, 11.23 AM IST Thane: The Thane rural police has saved the life a of 21-year-old man, who allegedly tried to commit suicide by jumping into Versova creek in Bhayander here. The incident took place on Monday when a coastal patrol team was on duty on a speed boat and saw a man drowning in the creek, while some onlookers also raised an alarm, a press note issued by the Thane police said. The team then rushed to the spot and rescued him. According to primary investigations, the man, a resident of Bhayander, tried to take the extreme step after having a dispute with his family.
|2017-09-06||Prostitution racket busted, three arrested - Times of India|
Prostitution racket busted, three arrested Sep 7, 2017, 01:14 IST THANE: Three persons, including a 26-year-old woman, have been arrested on Tuesday night by the anti-human trafficking cell (AHTC) for reportedly running a prostitution racket in a spa at Castle Mill. According to the police, Shantanu Biswas (34), Chandan Rajpurohit (43) and Esha Biswas (26) have been arrested from a flat in Nerul where they had gathered to discuss about an escape plan after their aide Lalji Sharma (45) was arrested on June 30. "Sharma was in our custody and revealed the names of his aides," said Ravindra Daundkar, senior inspector of AHTC. The police claimed that the gang used to earn over Rs 2.5 lakh per month, of which Rs 15,000 was paid to Sharma as the Castle Mill spa was registered in his name. The remaining amount used to be divided between the others. The police said that they would be checking the bank details of the accused and would be recovering the money they have earned from the illegal business.
|2017-09-06||Pioneer of fake call centres held in Ahmedabad - Times of India|
Pioneer of fake call centres held in Ahmedabad Sep 7, 2017, 01:06 IST THANE: The Thane city police arrested a 35-year-old resident of Ahmedabad, who is believed to be the pioneer of the fake call centre case, from his plush home in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Investigators were looking for Brijesh Patel since a long time after his identity was revealed by the arrested accused. Patel reportedly mentored Jagdish Kanani, owner of the call centre based in Borivli, who was arrested last year by the police. Kanani in turn taught the duping skills to Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, who ran a flourishing racket from the Mira Road call centre and had a base in Ahmedabad as well. The fraudsters trained youngsters to speak English with an American accent to make random calls to US citizens and posing as officials of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Indian equivalent of Income Tax, and threaten them of raids until they paid up through wire transfers or purchase of iTunes cards, which would in turn be redeemed by them."Patel would convert the iTunes cards into cash through a complicated process, which is being probed. We have found hawala transactions receipts of Rs 38 lakh made through the Angadiya services. The cash receipts have been recovered," said an official probing the case. He said the crime branch reached Patel's Ahmedabad house based on an accurate tip-off and found him hiding in the bathroom. He has been brought to Thane to face trial. It is learnt that Patel and Kanani were working in call centres almost a decade ago in Ahmedabad. "During the initial stage of his career, Kanani dealt with telephone callers based in Ahmedabad and knew that he made calls to US consumers using deceptive statements and threats to convince them to pay debts. It is then that the idea of setting up fake call centres struck them," said a police officer.
|2017-09-06||Search operation continues for missing man - Times of India|
Search operation continues for missing man Sep 7, 2017, 01:07 IST THANE: The sole missing person after the heavy downpour on August 29 has still not been found. Ajay Athaval, resident of Wagle Estate, is missing for the last nine days while the rescue operation staff has been trying to find him ever since.The 27-year-old resident of Ram Nagar and the sole breadwinner of his family of five was swept away in a nullah near his slum tenement. Locals claimed that Athaval, also known as Meenu, slipped and fell into a nullah at Ramnagar while trying to help neighbours save their belongings during the flood. The incident took place at around 5pm when water from the adjoining nullah had started gushing into the 50 plus hutments of the area. Santosh Kadam, chief of the regional disaster management cell, said, "We have conducted numerous search operations to trace Athaval right from Thane till Vashi, but in vain. A total of 30 workers, a JCB, a poclain machine, two watering pumps and two scuba divers were deployed to search for Athaval till now." Kadam added that two boats and two men were also sent yesterday to look for Athaval.
|2017-09-06||Khopat noisiest on last day of visarjan, levels less than 7th day - Times of India|
Khopat noisiest on last day of visarjan, levels less than 7th day Sep 7, 2017, 01:02 IST THANE: The city bade a noisy farewell to Ganpati on Ananth Chaturdashi, the last day of Ganeshotsav, with sound levels at several spots touching 110 decibels (dB) which is nearly double the prescribed limits of 55dB. Areas including Vishnunagar, Khopat, Civil hospital, Kalwa naka and Kopri to name a few saw high noise levels in the range of 95-110 decibels through the later part of the evening. Talaopali, Kolbad, Gokhale roads also recorded high noise levels, but the same was unusually less than what was recorded on the seventh day of visrajan, pointed activists. Nearly 10,000 idols, both sarvajanik and household were immersed on the last day of the festival amid much fanfare. "We mapped the noise levels at several parts of the city between 6pm and 10:15pm, the time of peak period of idol immersion processions to start. The noise levels were on the higher side till late evening," said anti-noise activist Dr Mahesh Bedekar. Alert residents alleged the police remained mute spectators to the loud noise generated by the musical instruments whose sound was intensified using amplifiers and wall speakers at several spots. A few young activists from Khopat claimed to have faced lack of cooperation from the police even when they alerted about few processions causing noise levels beyond 100dB while passing hospitals.Nearly 40 instances of violations were reported to the police, but action was taken only in one at Naupada where a dolby system used by the mandal was seized. The group promptly hired a banjo troupe that continued causing din along the route without any further action. Activists further pointed that traditional instruments like dhol tasha, cymbals, etc were popularly used this time instead of film songs. "Repeated complaints to the police remained futile as the cops responded to only one of the 40 violations reported by them over the day. The police never reached these spots in time," complained activist Nishant Bangera. Meanwhile, anti-noise activists also noticed a drop in the sound levels compared the seventh day celebrations that had scaled 120 dB attributing the same to increased awareness about noise pollution and demonetization. The readings for Gokhale road, Upwan, Kopri etc, remained less with recording across the day showing barely 95 decibels, which the activists say is very less as the earlier days of the festivities have seen levels reaching 120dB. "The maximum noise level of 110 dB was recorded at Khopat, but overall the levels didn't soar beyond 95dB. The shift is gradual but heartening and gives us hope of muted celebrations in the near future," said Dr Bedekar who has pursuing the issue since 2010. Fellow activist Unmesh Bagwe said another possible reason could be lack of proper funding, patronage from sponsors, mostly developers and even political parties, who are facing a financial crisis themselves this time following the deMon and GST.
|2017-09-06||Thane: 17-year-old girl raped by two men after her drink was spiked - Oneindia|
Thane: 17-year-old girl raped by two men after her drink was spiked Updated: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 9:56 [IST] Thane, Sep 6: A 17-year-old girl was allegedy raped by two men multiple times in Kalyan township of the Thane district in Maharashtra. In February this year, the men, who knew the girl, called her to a lodge in Khadakpada area of Kalyan on some pretext and offered her a drink laced with sedative. When the girl became drowsy after having the drink, the duo allegedly raped her, a police official said. As per the complaint lodged by the girl with the Bazarpeth police in Kalyan yesterday, the two men raped her multiple times between February and August this year at various places, including her house in Khadakpada, at a lodge and godown in the same area and also a garden in Kalyan, the official said. Based on the complaint, the police booked the two men under IPC sections 376D (gangrape) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar said in an official release. The details of the accused were not yet known.The two accused were yet to be arrested, police said, adding that a probe was underway into the case.
|2017-09-06||Thane Fitzgerald worked with DC to help hospital patients - durhamregion.com|
Thane Fitzgerald worked with DC to help hospital patients NEWS Sep 06, 2017 by Barbara Howe Oshawa This Week Small and medium-sized businesses in Durham Region can access a wealth of resources from Durham College’s (DC) Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE), but sometimes they need to be pointed in the right direction. That is what happened in 2011 when Thane Fitzgerald, director of development and senior designer at Bykart Software, asked his local mayor in Pickering, Dave Ryan, for assistance in promoting and developing his hospital software program, CHARM (Chemotherapy Appointment Reservation Management). Bykart had recently won a couple of prestigious awards, including the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade’s Emerging Entrepreneur Award in 2011 and Sunnybrook Hospital’s Leading Best Practice Award in 2010 for its work on the revolutionary software system which changes the way care is delivered to cancer patients. But, the software needed significant upgrades. Fitzgerald met with ORSIE Director, Debbie McKee Demczyk, and discovered there was a program for students to get their last weeks of school in an industry placement. “I went to the college to suggest that if I could get some grants, would you guys deploy the application,” said Fitzgerald. “So, we took money and people and our own money and built this new version called OpenHRx.” Through collaboration with student and faculty at ORSIE, Bykart was able to develop OpenHRx, a suite of integrated, health care application services to complement the existing CHARM functions. The new software manages the patient load in clinic appointments at the Odette Cancer Centre and the Louise Temerty Breast Cancer Clinic at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre (SHSC) in Toronto. Fitzgerald first became connected with SHSC after his late wife, Diane, was diagnosed with the disease and passed away eight years ago. Implementing the new system has been successful, including an increased number of patients treated, a reduction of unplanned overtime and a reduction in training costs. The father of four says he was impressed with the co-operation of the college and with the team of seven DC students and four staff on the project, some of whom he describes as, “more than competent and stellar. “The government gave money, the college gave time, the students gave expertise and our company put in some money and lots of time,” says Fitzgerald. “The client, Sunnybrook, was willing to take a chance.”Most of the work took place at DC’s Oshawa campus with some time spent at his home office in Pickering. “We found the students that we kept, that we picked out of the seven were certainly up for the task,” says Fitzgerald. “And their work is being used today.” Last year, Bykart was awarded the 2016 Edmond Odette Prize for Innovation from the SHSC. One of the students on the team was Mario Ferroro who has now been taken on by Bykart as a contractor. The 29-year-old Pickering resident graduated from the two-year web application development program five years ago. Ferroro enrolled at DC after graduating with a degree in information technology security from the University of Ontario Institute of Science and Technology. Moving across to DC was easy for Ferroro due to the college and university’s shared campus, “I just wanted to get some practical work on it,” said Ferroro. But the best thing about the college course for Ferroro, apart from the great relationships he built with his professors, was the work placement with Bykart at the end of his last semester. “I would definitely recommend (DC) to other people,” said Ferroro. “I got a job straight away. It was pretty amazing.” Bykart designer Fitzgerald says he is now working with DC on another project for the School of Media Arts and Design in research on the technology for an app designed to bring a level and security and safety to students in case of an emergency. “We proposed a phone and alert system so that staff could send messages to specific phones of students to alert them of a potential issue,” says Fitzgerald. “We are doing a pilot to determine what is needed to implement a system”
|2017-09-05||Thane jailer suspended for cash-for-favours scam - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE JAILER SUSPENDED FOR CASH-FOR-FAVOURS SCAM Updated: Sep 5, 2017, 06.38 AM IST Arun Madne had gone on sick leave since the enquiry began. However, jail officials went to his home and left his suspension letter there on Saturday. Madne had been accused of asking an inmate’s father for Rs 30,000 to take care of his son and provide him with extra facilities inside the jail. According to the complaint made against him, he had asked an ATM security guard to pass on the message. Mirror had earlier reported how the complainant recorded the call made by ATM guard Dinesh Thombre. “It’s a letter written by your son. He is fine and well-kept and you can see it for yourself. However, whenever you come, bring Rs 30,000 to be paid to the officer,” Thombre told the father, according to the recording. While Inspector General (Prisons) Rajvardhan Sinha had ordered an inquiry in the case, the Thane jail superintendent confirmed on Monday that Madhne had been suspended. “He hasn’t been coming to work and has applied for leave. However, on Saturday, officers went to his house with the suspension letter,” said Thane Central Jail superintendent Nitin Vayanchal. Jail authorities are now investigating how long Madhne had been doing this, and if more people were involved. This is not the first complaint against Madhne, who was earlier accused of demanding Rs 1 lakh from a prisoner in January. In that case, the prisoner, Rajesh Singh, had informed the Thane court that Madhne was threatening him.
|2017-09-05||Thane Municipal Corporation urges people to use artificial lakes - Free Press Journal|
Thane Municipal Corporation urges people to use artificial lakes Sep 05, 2017 07:24 am Thane: Thane is all geared up for today’s Ganpati visarjan. Thane is a lake city and the major immersions take place in these lakes. But the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has been urging people to conduct the immersions in an eco-friendly fashion and use the artificial lakes created near the lakes for the final visarjan. “There are 6 artificial lakes in the city that have been created which also includes new lakes this year near Viviana Mall. We have been urging people to immerse the idols in these lakes which will later be taken care of by the corporation. Also immersing in the artificial lake would help maintain the eco-system of the lakes. Apart from these lakes, we have creeks where the immersion takes place and we have created safe environment there too for the devotees,” said Sandeep Malavi, Deputy Commissioner of TMC. The civic body has prepared special benches at the creek where the devotees can keep the idols and pray peacefully. Special provisions have been made for the immersion at these creeks. The submarine, fire brigade and medical teams will also be there for emergencies. There are food stalls and special provision for devotees who want to witness the immersion process. Toilet facilities have also been provided this year at the (Mahavisarjan Ghat) creek area.
|2017-09-05||No more drugs! Young addicts write moving confession to Thane cops - Mid-Day|
No more drugs! Young addicts write moving confession to Thane cops Mumbai | Posted 05-Sep-2017 The Thane police and a Kalyan NGO have received a few cries for help, from school and college students who got enmeshed in the world of drugs, alcohol and flesh trade seeking assistance for freedom from the vicious trap. Their anonymous letters of confession reveal the extent to which they were forced to go to satisfy their craving. Some of them are now being offered expert help at a Kalyan de-addiction centre. "My boyfriend and I have been addicted to drugs and alcohol. He used to assault me for cash to fuel his habits. Once, I borrowed R5,000 from a friend. She suggested I get into prostitution to get more cash. I was desperate and agreed. I would reach a lodge or an office as instructed by friends and would be paid Rs 5,000 per person. My boyfriend's increasing demand for money forced me to work as a call girl," wrote a Bandra collegian."I smoked up all kinds of drugs, including marijuana and hashish. I was in the third year of a diploma at a Thane polytechnic. Addiction was very common there... we had a dum (smoke) shed and many others. Because I didn't want my parents to know what I was up to, I would go home only once in 15 days, sleeping in the house of a woman in Kolshewadi, a jaunt for hungover girls. We would all pass out and wake up the next day with no idea of what had happened to us the previous night," wrote the teenaged daughter of railway policeman. "I wish I had listened to my parents and studied hard...then I wouldn't have fallen in this trap. I would roam around with addicts, all boys, who would threaten me to bring cash from home. I would comply and we would spend all that money on drugs and smoke up," wrote a Std IX dropout, a Kalyan resident, whose father is superintendent of customs. These are some of the letters the Thane police received. Quick measures The Disha Samajik Seva Sansthan along with the Anjuman Foundation in Kalyan has started a de-addiction initiative along with the police under the guidance of Param Bir Singh, commissioner of police, Thane. President of the Sansthan Rajendra Kurade, 45, who has his rehabilitation centre on the Kalyan-Murbad Road, said, "In June, an addict approached us for rehabilitation. After we questioned the girl, she revealed how more and more school and college students were becoming drug addicts, with the girls taking to prostitution to fund the habit."
|2017-09-05||Administrative wards may be revamped - Times of India|
Administrative wards may be revamped Sep 5, 2017, 22:58 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has proposed a revamp of the administrative wards in the city based on the geographic limits of the new political wards redrawn last year. The number of wards has been proposed to be reduced to nine from the earlier count of 10. While few old administrative wards like Kopri would be merged into Naupada and Lokmanya-Sawarkar into Railadevi, the existing Mumbra ward committee would be split, delinking Diva that has seen a sporadic rise in population getting status of an independent ward. A proposal for forming the new administrative wards mandatory for forming the new ward committees has been put up for approval at the general body. Each of these new ward committees would comprise of a minimum three and maximum of four political wards. In the newly-proposed ward limits, Kalwa—comprising of Kharegaon, Parsik, Vitawa to name a few—has the highest population of 2.49 lakh; while Uthalsar comprising of Vrindavan, Siddheswar, Azad Nagar has the least number of residents at 1.54 lakh. After the delimitation of the election wards, the administrative wards in the city are likely to be reshuffled. A redrawn limit of the new administrative wards was done at a closed door meeting at the municipal commissioner's office early this month. A proposal to redraw the administrative ward limits was proposed at the general body.THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has proposed a revamp of the administrative wards in the city based on the geographic limits of the new political wards redrawn last year. The number of wards has been proposed to be reduced to nine from the earlier count of 10. While few old administrative wards like Kopri would be merged into Naupada and Lokmanya-Sawarkar into Railadevi, the existing Mumbra ward committee would be split, delinking Diva that has seen a sporadic rise in population getting status of an independent ward. A proposal for forming the new administrative wards mandatory for forming the new ward committees has been put up for approval at the general body. Each of these new ward committees would comprise of a minimum three and maximum of four political wards. In the newly-proposed ward limits, Kalwa—comprising of Kharegaon, Parsik, Vitawa to name a few—has the highest population of 2.49 lakh; while Uthalsar comprising of Vrindavan, Siddheswar, Azad Nagar has the least number of residents at 1.54 lakh. After the delimitation of the election wards, the administrative wards in the city are likely to be reshuffled. A redrawn limit of the new administrative wards was done at a closed door meeting at the municipal commissioner's office early this month. A proposal to redraw the administrative ward limits was proposed at the general body.Last year, the political wards were redrawn, following directives from the election commission based on population and their geographical features. The number of wards had thus decreased from 65 to 33, electing 131 corporators in the 2017 polls. The number of administrative wards is also likely to reduce to nine. Currently, the administrative wards in the Thane municipal corporation is 10, which was based on their population in the last decade. "Few areas that have seen major changes in the political boundaries will see a shift in the aligned ward offices, which would be notified once the proposal is approved and implemented," said municipal secretary Ashok Burpulle. Old administrative wards like Kopri would be merged into Naupada and Lokmanya-Sawarkar into Railadevi, the existing Mumbra ward committee would be split, delinking Diva
|2017-09-05||Thieves pose as customers, steal Rs 65000 from boutique - Times of India|
Thieves pose as customers, steal Rs 65,000 from boutique Sep 5, 2017, 23:00 IST THANE: Thieves made away with cash amounting to Rs 65,000 from a boutique in at Arcadia shopping complex in Hiranandani Estate on Sunday night. The incident took place at 8.35pm.The shop owner, Akshay Arora, claimed that just before he could call it a day, two women posing as customers entered the store and started going through the clothes. One of them then distracted the salesperson and robbed the money kept at the cash counter. "There was nothing suspicious about those two women. They looked like shoppers. I was at the cash counter when one of them asked me to show her some kurtis. The other one then distracted the sales girl. For less than a minute, I had left the cash counter. During that time one of the accused made away with the money. We had no idea when the duo took the money and left the shop," said Arora. The Kasarwadavli police have got the CCTV footage from the neighbouring shop which shows two middle-aged women entering the shop with a purse. Further investigations are on and the cops are trying to nab the accused.
|2017-09-05||Hold your tongue! 'Chammakchallo' hurts a woman's modesty: Thane court - Asianet Newsable|
Hold your tongue! 'Chammakchallo' hurts a woman's modesty: Thane court 11:08 AM September 05, 2017 Till now, 'Chammakchallo' was a popular Bollywood song, easily relatable to youngsters. However, not anymore. So long it is restricted to the silver screen, its fine. However, in real life, it can land you up in jail. At least, that is what this Thane court ruled. Further explaining its stand, it said that the use of the word amounts to "insulting a woman's modesty". Observing a case from 2009, a Thane magistrate sentenced a city resident to simple imprisonment "till the court rises" for the offence and imposed a fine of Rs 1 on him. According to a woman's complaint, on January 9, 2009, while returning from a walk with her husband, she stumbled on a garbage bin that was kept intentionally on the stairs. That is when the accused called her a 'Chammakchallo'. Offended, the woman approached the police who refused to act on it. She then moved the court for justice. 8 years later, judicial magistrate R T Ingale backed her case and said, "the accused had indeed committed an offence under Section 509 of IPC (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman)." The magistrate further said in his order, "It is a Hindi word. There is no word for it in English. The said word is to be understood in Indian society by its use. Generally, this word is used to insult a woman. It is not a word for appreciating....it causes irritation and anger to any woman."
|2017-09-04||Psychologist commits suicide in Thane - Times of India|
Psychologist commits suicide in Thane Sep 4, 2017, 09:31 IST MUMBAI: A 40-year-old psychologist and pre school director in Thane committed suicide on Saturday, September 2. A resident of Panchpakhadi in Thane, the woman was married and had two children.The deceased, Shradha Lad was found hanging from the ceiling fan at her residence on Saturday night by her husband. While the police have registered an accidental death report, no sui cide note has been found at the house. Lad was alone in the house as both her sons had been out and even her husband had gone out, sources in the police said.When he returned in the evening, Dileep Lad (45) found the door of the house locked from inside. "Eventually when the door of the house had to be opened forcefully, he found his wife hanging from the ceiling fan in one of the rooms inside," said API S Owalkar of Naupada police. According to police, Lad had been running the school, her primary business for the past 12 years.The Lads have two sons, both of whom are in college. "She came across as a very calm and composed woman. She was wellrespected in the area as all the kids would go to her pre-nursery school and thus we regarded her as a teacher," said one of the neighbours. While the police have not found any suicide note, they have almost ruled out foul play. "It was a case of suicide. She hung herself from a ceiling fan and thus died of choking. We have even spoken to her brother and mother with whom she was in constant contact. They clarified that she was not in any kind of trouble," Owalkar said.
|2017-09-04||Minor teen dies in 'railway mishap', kin doubt claim - Times of India|
Minor teen dies in 'railway mishap', kin doubt claim Updated: Sep 4, 2017, 06:33 IST THANE: Two days after a 13-year-old boy from Sanpada was found dead in a "train accident" at Sanpada, his family protested at Thane Civil Hospital on Sunday, claiming that the circumstances of the minor boy's death are suspicious.The hospital claimed that Jay Jaiswal's post-mortem was done on Friday evening. However, his uncle, Suresh Jaiswal, said, "Our neighbour saw him at 8.15pm that day. Also, an acquaintance saw him at a funfair in our locality till 10pm." The family protested outside the hospital, refusing to claim the body, but later accepted it. The family said Jay left home at 2pm on Friday. They lodged a complaint later that day. The hospital called them on Saturday night to identify a body matching the child's description. Civil surgeon Dr Kempi Patil said that the railway police got the body on Friday evening. "The boy had internal bleeding. Bones of the hand and his ribs were broken and he had head injuries," said Dr Patil.
|2017-09-04||Thane Cop Thrashes Hotel Staff Over Food Bill, Act Caught On ... - NDTV|
Cop Thrashes Hotel Staff Over Food Bill, Act Caught On Camera. No FIR Yet In the footage, an angry cop is seen raining blows on the cashier. Some men try to restrain him but he is uncontrollable. He goes ahead and kicks another person Updated: September 04, 2017 15:15 IST THANE: They came to a restaurant, had food and drinks before thrashing the staff. A group of policemen in Thane, near Mumbai, assaulted a cashier and other staff when presented the bill. The incident that took place last month was recorded on a CCTV camera installed at the restaurant. The men weren't in their uniforms. In the footage, an angry cop is seen raining blows on the cashier. Some men try to restrain him but he is uncontrollable. He goes ahead and kicks another person. The policeman also beat up the bar manager and waiters, said Umesh Karkera, owner of the restaurant in Thane's Kalwa. "Our crime was that we gave them a bill for their food and liquor. Their action has been caught on the CCTV camera. We have the proof," he said. He added that the policemen frequently visit his restaurant. "They order alcohol and always pay half the price shown on the menu. We never say anything. Even on that day, they ordered food and alcohol and asked for the bill. However, when they received the bill of Rs. 2,000, they got angry and one of them started assaulting us," Mr Karkera said. He immediately approached the police and filed a complaint, but no FIR has been registered yet. In the complaint, Mr Karkera has named the accused policemen. He also spoke about the incident on Twitter and tagged Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in his tweets. He has been called to record a statement this afternoon. The Thane Police have not commented on the case.
|2017-09-04||Thane man fined Re 1 for calling woman chhammak chhallo, court ... - India Today|
Thane man fined Re 1 for calling woman chhammak chhallo, court says it insults woman's modesty A court in Thane said that the word 'chhammak challo' amounts to "insulting a woman's modesty". New Delhi, September 4, 2017 | UPDATED 17:19 IST Many of you must have often hummed the popular song 'chhammak challo' from the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer movie Ra.One. A court in Thane has now said that the word 'chhammak challo' amounts to "insulting a woman's modesty". A magistrate last week sentenced a Thane resident to simple imprisonment "till the court rises" for the offence and imposed a fine of Re 1 on him. The Thane court made the observation while hearing a woman's complaint, who was a neighbour of the accused. According to her complaint, while returning from a morning walk with her husband on January 9, 2009, she stumbled on a garbage bin which the accused had kept on the staircase. The accused yelled at the couple, and, among other things, called the woman "chhammak chhallo". The woman found the word offensive and approached the police. The police, however, refused to register her complaint, following which she moved the court. Eight years later, Judicial Magistrate R T Ingale upheld her case, saying that the accused had indeed committed an offence under section 509 of IPC (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman). "It is a Hindi word. There is no word for it in English," the court observed. "The said word is to be understood in the Indian society by its use. Generally this word is used to insult a woman. It is not a word for appreciating... it causes irritation and anger to any woman," the magistrate said in his order.
|2017-09-04||Highway bars in Navi Mumbai, Thane may reopen from Wed - Times of India|
Highway bars in Navi Mumbai, Thane may reopen from Wed Updated: Sep 5, 2017, 00:20 IST MUMBAI: Expect beer bars and liquor shops along national and state highway stretches passing through municipal limits of Thane, Navi Mumbai, Panvel and Kalyan-Dombivili to reopen from Wednesday. Following a Supreme Court verdict that it's ban on liquor outlets along highways excluded all such bars and liquor shops that were under municipal corporation and council limits, the state excise ministry on Monday issued directives to the excise commissioner to start renewing licences of such outlets from Wednesday.Barring Mumbai, around 14,000 bars and shops in all the cities and towns in the state were closed since April 1 after the SC ban to reduce growing highway mishaps following liquor consumption. "Guidelines have been issued today to all collectors by the excise commissioner. About 14,203 licence-holders have shut shops within municipal limits. Whoever applies for renewal fulfilling all formalities (fees and documents) will have licences renewed asap. Tomorrow is a dry day. So earliest will be from Wednesday," said a state official. This exclusion will not work in village panchayats as bars and shops along highways passing through villages will have to down shutters permanently. Thousands of outlets have lost huge business over five months and lakhs of youths their jobs.
|2017-09-04||Rape accused teacher sits on fast at Thane jail - Times of India|
Rape accused teacher sits on fast at Thane jail Updated: Sep 5, 2017, 00:27 IST NAVI MUMBAI: A forty-five-year-old school teacher, currently lodged at Thane jail after being arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting and impregnating a 13-year-old student of school in Nerul, is on a fast unto death for the past three days.The accused, Raj Shukla was arrested by the crime branch in a rape and POCSO Act case. He was arrested from his relative's house in Delhi in December 2015, as he was absconding for three months. Thane jail superintendent Nitin Vayachal said, "The undertrial has neither consumed food nor water for the past three days. He is claiming that he has been falsely implicated in a rape case. He claims that the DNA report is in his favour and he should be granted bail and released."The Thane court has been informed by the police about the undertrial, said Vayachal. "We have shifted him to a separate cell and are observing his activities round the clock," he added. His family member have not been allowed to meet him. The cops are trying to counsel him to break his fast and pursue legal course of action. But the accused is unwilling to listen, they said.
|2017-09-03||Rainfall since June more than dist's 5-month avg - Times of India|
Rainfall since June more than Thane district’s 5-month average Updated: Sep 4, 2017, 03:45 IST THANE: Rainfall recorded in the last three months is more than the five-month average of Thane district. Records reveal that by August end the rains were already 16% more compared to the average. Several talukas, including the reservoir city of Shahpur, have witnessed more than heavy rains this month. This has washed away fears of a water scarcity in the coming months. However, experts doubt if enough water has been conserved by the civic administration or residents, especially after months of water shortage due to the rise in population here over the years. As on August 31, the district had received nearly 20,015mm of rainfall as compared to 17,150mm of rains that is the average for the entire monsoon. Last year, too, despite the robust monsoon, it had rained only 15,000mm till August end, said district officials. The highest recorded rainfall this season was on August 29 when it showered nearly 314mm in a single day, while last year the wettest day was July 31 when it rained 285mm in a single day. "It has rained very heavy this year and broken last year's records. Several parts of Thane district witnessed several tree collapses and water logging throughout the season," said a disaster management official. The scenario in the district is also positive with Kalyan registering the highest volume of rains as compared to last year.Experts have warned that the excessive rains might have cleared off any possibilities of water scarcity but residents seem to not have learnt any lessons with barely any water harvesting being implemented in the city. There are over 9,500 rain water harvesting systems in operation in the city but not many are not working, say officials. The civic corporation had recently ordered an audit of all such inoperative systems in the city. "Rampant concretization in Thane city area had led to less percolation of rain water into the ground and the majority of it could have been drained into the creek. The city had witnessed a massive scarcity last year and have also approved plans for bore wells to be dug in the city but seems to have failed to live up to conserving rain water," said a water conservation expert from Thane Meanwhile, the district administration has started estimating the quantum of losses caused by the deluge on August 29. A report would be tabled next week, said a civic official.
|2017-09-03||TMC prepares to raze Mumbra's tilted Noorani Manzil building - Times of India|
TMC prepares to raze Mumbra’s tilted Noorani Manzil building Updated: Sep 4, 2017, 03:38 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is preparing to demolish the 34-year-old dilapidated and tilted Noorani Manzil structure at Thakurpada, Mumbra. The four-storey structure that started leaning to one side since Friday morning will now be demolished part by part as pulling it down at one stretch can possibly damage adjoining buildings in the dense locality, said civic officials. Neighbouring structures are partly evacuated while others have been kept on alert as the affected structure is being razed. "We have installed temporary iron supports on each floor and started dismantling windows and doors to reduce weight on the structure. The building is leaning on one side and we cannot risk pulling it down altogether. We may raze the structure completely by next week," said Shankar Patole, assistant municipal commissioner (AMC) of Mumbra ward. Nine families that were hastily moved in a nearby school on Friday complained of inadequate facilities and requested the TMC to relocate them to the rental housing scheme instead. Meanwhile, the civic body is working out ways to convince residents of nearly 25 other structures in the city classified as dangerous to move out. There were 149 structures classified as dangerous of which TMC took action against nearly 124 till August end while that on the rest has been delayed mostly due to litigations with residents. While there are 11 structures in the C1 category (requires immediate evacuation and demolition), the C2A category (requires evacuation for repairs) has around 14 buildings across the 10 administrative wards. The Kopri and Diva wards collective have 15 structures that are in a dangerous condition, which is also the highest in the city as per a recent TMC survey of dilapidated structures. While Kopri has seven structures classified as extremely dangerous, the TMC was able to evacuate only two structures, while five buildings continue to be occupied. All the seven structures at Diva in the C2A category remain occupied despite TMC claiming to have disconnected water and power supply to these structures.TMC officials said that many residents do not move out despite repeated notices sent to them. "The issue regarding many of the structures that are yet to be evacuated have reached the court against any action, which is why we cannot evacuate the structures forcefully, said Ashok Burpulle, deputy municipal commissoner incharge of the anti encroachment department of TMC. He added, "We have evacuated many residents from the dilapidated structures and have appealed to those staying back to not risk their lives. We are ensuring their stake would remain intact when the property goes for redevelopment." AMC Patole said that the TMC had sent notices to residents of Noorani Manzil, but the families kept asking for time and deferred to move out. "We had to forcefully evict them, else it could have proved fatal like the Bhendi Bazaar incident," said Patole. Residents and activists alleged that the TMC does not have a proper rehabilitation programme.
|2017-09-03||Man booked for rape by Thane police - Business Standard|
Man booked for rape by Thane police Thane Last Updated at September 3, 2017 19:57 IST Thane police have booked a 26-year-old man on charge of rape and for allegedly handing over the girl born out of this sexual assault to a Kerala based lawyer, said police. The accused allegedly handed over the girl born out of rape to an advocate in Kerala immediately after her birth in 2015, said API BH Vanjare of Kapurbawdi police station under the Wagle Estate division. The accused identified as one Roshan Pawar and the victim, both aged 23, were working with a builder in Rabodi locality of the city and it was in the year 2015 that he called her to his house and raped her for the first time, mentioned the complaint registered with the police. Later he promised to marry her and repeatedly raped her. Towards the end of 2015 the victim delivered a girl child which he handed over to an advocate in Kerala despite opposition from the victim, the complaint lodged with the police yesterday, stated. The complainant further stated that Pawar repeatedly threatened her that he would harm himself if she fails to give in to his demand of maintaining physical relations with him and raped her repeatedly till about last month, the complaint mentioned. The victim has been hospitalised and her detailed statement would be recorded later, the official said. Meanwhile, no arrest has been made in connection with the incident so far, the police added.
|2017-09-03||Feast & fervour: Malayalis all set to celebrate Onam today - Times of India|
Feast & fervour: Malayalis all set to celebrate Onam today Updated: Sep 4, 2017, 11:21 IST THANE: Over 10,000 families from the Malayali community in the lake city are set to celebrate the harvest festival of Onam today. Most of them will be dressed in traditional attire with women turning up in white and golden bordered sarees and men in 'mundu' that resembles a dhoti. Apart from a grand feast, several organisations also have cultural events lined up. Some families start preparations almost a week ago by cleaning their homes and shopping for new clothes. "The festival is celebrated to welcome Mahabali, who according to mythology was a generous asura king in Kerala. However, his popularity among the people had angered a few devatas. They approached Lord Krishna who decided to appear before the king as a dwarf Brahmin. This avatar is known as the Vamana avatar. Vamana asked Mahabali for land as vast he could measure with his three footsteps and he readily agreed not knowing it was Krishna. But then Vamana grew in size, so much that he covered the whole of the earth with one step and the entire sky in the second step. When Mahabali realized it was Krishna, he asked the lord to place his third foot on his head. Krishna was so pleased with Mahabali that he promised to let the king visit his people once every year," said Bipin Nair, a resident of Vartak Nagar.
|2017-09-03||Thane limps back to normal after Aug 29 flood, loss assessment starts - Free Press Journal|
Thane limps back to normal after Aug 29 flood, loss assessment starts Sep 03, 2017 12:18 am Thane : Thane city too received heavy rainfall on August 29 and suffered a huge loss. Intensity of the rain though was less in the morning of that day, it increased after 4pm and received over 148 mm of rainfall in two hours, between 4pm and 6pm. Water suddenly began to enter homes of people. who were caught unawares and barely had time to save their belongings. Most houses had water logged between 4 and 7 feet. Days after the flood, people have begun assessing their losses and have been brought to the notice of officials that residents lost most of their electronic equipment, furniture and mattresses in the deluge. The Thane Tehsildar has now began the panchnama of the loss across the city. Eight people had also died in the city during the floodwhile many homes have also been washed away incurring heavy losses for the residents.“Now that the rain has subsided and the rescue operations have almost stopped, we have started a panchnama on the loss. We will record the number of homes affected and the total monetary loss in the deluge. The panchanama will be completed by the coming week,” a district officer said. Areas like Sambhaji Nagar, Uthalsar, Tembi Naka, Dyaneshwar Nagar, Mahatma Phule Nagar, Wagale Estate, Ghodbunder Road, Chikhalwadi, Kopri and Anandnagar among others were washed away in the deluge. In the meantime, the Bhartiya Republican Party has demanded that bills for water and electricity be waived off for one year for those homes which were affected by the flood. The party also demanded culpable homicide charges registered against the commissioner and the civic official for the death of the people. “The corporation has failed in planning of the city leading to the loss. Thousands of people were affected in the deluge. The natural flow of the nullahs is diverted for construction activity leading to floods. The civic officials should be held responsible for the same and case of culpable homicide be registered against them. Similarly, the corporation and power company should waive the water and electricity bills for one year. They should also install new meters free of cost for those residents whose meters are damaged,” said J V Pawar, leader of Bharatiya Republican Party.
|2017-09-03||Thane: Kingpin of child trafficking gang held - The Asian Age - The Asian Age|
Thane: Kingpin of child trafficking gang held THE ASIAN AGE. | SURESH GOLANI Published : Sep 4, 2017, 5:02 am IST Updated : Sep 4, 2017, 5:02 am IST The cops had conducted raids at two apartments in posh residential colonies of Mira Road on August 13. Mumbai: Less than a fortnight after they busted an organized interstate child trafficking gang in Mira Road, the Anti Human Trafficking wing of the Thane (rural) police apprehended the lady kingpin and her accomplice, both names withheld by the police, from New Delhi for their involvement in executing the abductions. The police team led by assistant inspector Sanjay Bangar and sub-inspector Pramod Badhak, disguised themselves as salesmen and government surveyors to conduct a recce in a sprawling residential colony in south west Delhi after receiving a tip-off from members of the NGO, Transforming Lives Foundation. The cops had conducted raids at two apartments in posh residential colonies of Mira Road on August 13 and rescued two minor girls, including a toddler from the clutches of five people, who were arrested and booked under the relevant sections of the IPC and Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. During investigations, it emerged that the kidnappings were executed by a Delhi-based gang led by a woman, who was active in the rural areas of Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab and Bangalore, from where children, especially minor girls were abducted and sold to mediators who then pushed them into immoral activities. Considering the sensitivity of the issue, Additional SP (Thane-Rural)-Prashant Kadam, under the instructions of SP Dr. Mahesh Patil, deputed a special squad to apprehend the woman and her accomplice from their last known location near Dwarka in New Delhi.
|2017-09-02||Thane man swept away in August 29 floods still missing - Business Standard|
Thane man swept away in August 29 floods still missing Last Updated at September 2, 2017 19:32 IST The Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh today demanded registration of a criminal case against officials of the Thane Municipal Corporation for failing to protect citizens during Tuesday's heavy downpour. It also demanded compensation for the family of Ajay Jilesingh Athwal, resident of Ram Nagar slum in Wagle Estate area, who went missing that day. Athwal (29) was washed away in a flooded nullah, and has been missing ever since. Addressing a press conference here alongwith Athwal's family, J V Pawar, national secretary of the Mahasangh, demanded that a case of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder' be registered against civic officials for their "failure to protect citizens" during the deluge. Athwal, who worked as a sweeper, was trying to help a woman and her daughter in his neighbourhood as water from adjoining nullah entered their house. He pulled them to safety, but was swept away himself. Pawar also demanded a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for Athwal's family, which consists of his 80-year-old mother, wife and three daughters. He also demanded a job for one member of the family. Santosh Kadam, the chief of the Regional Disaster Management Cell of TMC, said search for Athwal was still on, and even divers had been pressed into service to look for the body.
|2017-09-02||Prostitution racket busted, one held & 2 women rescued - Times of India|
Prostitution racket busted, one held & 2 women rescued Sep 2, 2017, 22:36 IST Thane: The anti-human trafficking cell (AHTC) busted a prostitution racket with the arrest of one man at Castle Mill on Wednesday night. The officials raided a spa near Castle Mill and rescued two women and seized over Rs 68,000. The police officials said that they had received a tip-off that a prostitution racket was being carried out in the area."We received information about a website which showed a semi-nude woman and a mobile number flashed on the screen of a woman by the name of 'Pinky'. One of our officials contacted her pretending to be a customer. The woman said that she could provide women at a spa in Castle Mill area. We then decided to raid the spa in Azad Nagar in Castle Mill. When the police official reached the spot possing as a customer, the spa owner Lalji Sharma (45) took Rs 2,500 from him for one session and sent him to a room. Our team then entered the premises and arrested the owner," said Ravindra Daundkar, senior inspector of AHTC. The police claimed that they even rescued two women who were pushed into prostitution by the owner. "The women were not from a well-to-do family. The owner had initially hired them as a masseuse. After some time he lured them with more money if they agreed to indulge in sexual activities. The accused has been sent to police custody till Saturday. We will be asking the court to shut down the website. We are also trying to trace the man who had given Sharma the idea to start the business," added Daundkar. We received information about a website that seemed to be suspicious. One of our officials got in touch with the person whose number flashed on the contacted her pretending to be a customer. The woman said that she could provide women at a spa in Castle Mill area. We then decided to raid the Orchid Spa and Salon spa in Azad Nagar in Castle Mill. , along with the officer who was undercover as a customer. When the police official reached the spot possing as a customer, the spa owner Lalji Sharma (45) took Rs 2,500 from him for one session and sent him to a room. Our team then entered the premises and arrested the owner
|2017-09-02||Over 72 hours gone: 34-yr-old still missing since 29/8 deluge - Times of India|
Over 72 hours gone: 34-yr-old still missing since 29/8 deluge Sep 2, 2017, 22:37 IST Thane: Despite over 72 hours of search operation, the city authorities are unable to trace the 34 year-old Ramnagar resident, M Athavale, who has been missing since the torrential rains that lashed the city on Tuesday. The rescue officials had on Thursday fished out two bodies that had been swept into the rain-swollen nallah near Korum mall, raising the death toll in Thane due to drowning to six. Gauri Jaiswal (14) from Ramchandra Nagar, Deepali Bansode (29) of Patil Wadi, Gangaram Balgude (50) resident of Dharamvir Nagar, Ranjita Shaikh (34) from Kalwa, Shahi Shaikh (28) of Indira Nagar and an unidentified male have been the victims of the deluge of 29/8 in the lake city, so far. Santosh Kadam, Chief of Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) conformed that, "As of today, there are six deaths in the city. During the heavy downpour, it was likely that M Athavale might have slipped into a drain at Ramnagar while trying to rescue two women from falling. The missing person couldn't be located even after numerous rounds of search operations being carried out, right from Thane till the creek area."The incessant rains that hit the city almost till midnight on Tuesday, left several parts submerged in even chest deep waters, greatly damaging property and infrastructure. "Our shop on Gladys Alvares Road was inundated with almost waist deep waters. While most of our stuff we could safeguard, a whole lot of slush and mud from the nearby fruits and vegetable vendors and hawkers started flooding into our shop. That added to our troubles. Our two-wheeler which we use for delivery purposes was also partially submerged in water" said Poonam Ambekar, a shop owner on Pokhran Road 2. Homes and commercial units in as many as 38 pockets in the city including Lokmanya Nagar, Savarkar Nagar, Sambhaji Nagar, Manpada, Gladys Alwares Road suffered loss of property after the flood water gushed into their premises. The district collectorate is undertaking a panchanama of the destruction to property caused by the floods. As of today, there are six deaths in the city. During the downpour, it was likely that M Athavale might have slipped into a drain at Ramnagar while trying to rescue two women from falling. The missing person couldn't be located even after numerous rounds of search operations being carried out, right from Thane till the creek area
|2017-09-02||Tilting building in Thane to be demolished | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Tilting building in Thane to be demolished Around 3pm on Friday, the Noorani building located near Mumbra railway station started tilting towards the adjacent building. Local residents called the Thane Police Control Room, who alerted the TMC and the Thane Fire Brigade. Published:September 3, 2017 1:30 am A day after 14 families were evacuated from a five-storey building in Mumbra that began tilting towards an adjacent building, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) said they will be demolishing the building. TMC officials also convinced tenants in the adjacent building to evacuate it considering it too was at risk. TMC public relations officer Sandeep Malvi said, “We will be demolishing Noorani building as it poses a risk. Currently, we have moved the tenants of the building to either schools in Thane or they have gone to their relatives’ houses.” He added, “We had asked the owner to conduct a structural audit of the building nearly a year-and-a-half back. The audit had recommended several repairs but none of the repairs were carried out.” Around 3pm on Friday, the Noorani building located near Mumbra railway station started tilting towards the adjacent building. Local residents called the Thane Police Control Room, who alerted the TMC and the Thane Fire Brigade. The residents were then evacuated and the building was barricaded to ensure no one went near it.
|2017-09-01||Ulhasnagar citizen conducted rally save Vandhuni river - Times of India|
Ulhasnagar citizen conducted rally save Vandhuni river Sep 1, 2017, 22:51 IST ULHASNAGAR: In a bid to create awareness about dying rivers and to galvanise public support to save water-bodies volunteers of the different NGO's on Friday conducted rally in Ulhasnagar demanding to save Valdhuni river passing from Ulhasnagar. As many as people from different NGO like Isha Foundation, Rotary Club, Valdhuni Jal Biradari and students and teachers from Pet Oxford school participated in the rally, which was flagged off from Forrower lane chowck. The people, carrying 'Rally for Rivers' stickers and banners participated in rally. The event started at 8:30am from Forrower lane chowck and and went till Shivaji chowck in Ulhasnagar. Vijay Makhija, one of organising committee member said, "The rally's intention was to save Valdhuni river which is dying due to pollution and it was grand sucess as over 200 people participated in rally including MLA Jyoti Kalani".
|2017-09-01||Thane: Massive cache of explosives seized, three detained - NYOOOZ|
Thane: Massive cache of explosives seized, three detained Mid-day Thane Mon,07 Aug 2017 Summary: A large cache of explosives has been seized by a joint team of Thane police, RPF and ATS from Thane's Kausa area on Monday. Three people have been detained till now in connection of this recovery. Further details are awaited.A large cache of explosives has been seized by a joint team of Thane police, RPF and ATS from Thane's Kausa area on Monday. Three people have been detained till now in connection of this recovery. Further details are awaited.. . , As Reported By Mid-day. According to the Newspaper,. . .
|2017-09-01||Preventive H1N1 vaccines in Thane - The Hindu|
Preventive H1N1 vaccines in Thane SEPTEMBER 02, 2017 01:04 IST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 02, 2017 01:04 IST Will be available free of cost at eight medical centres Mumbai: With a spurt in cases of H1N1 in Thane, the civic body has procured over 4,000 vaccines that will be given free to people in eight medical centres in the area. The civic officials say that the preventive vaccination has to be taken voluntarily by people, especially those with co-morbid conditions like diabetes or hypertension. Dr. Ramrao Kendre, head of Thane Municipal Corporation’s health department, said the vaccines will be available in five hospitals, two health centres and one maternity home. “The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has recommended that priority for vaccination should be given to pregnant women and those suffering from diabetes or hypertension. Medical professionals are also advised to take the vaccine,” said Dr. Kendre. The H1N1 vaccine gives immunity to a person for 8 months to a year. However, there is very little awareness about preventive medication in the city. Medical experts say that most people wait till they develop symptoms instead of getting a preventive shot that is widely available. This year, Thane has recorded 1,099 positive H1N1 cases and 48 deaths. In July, 206 cases and 11 deaths were reported. In the first three weeks of August, Thane recorded 102 cases and four deaths. “Most H1N1 deaths are among those who have co-morbidities,” said Dr. Kendre. The statistics provided by the TMC are of those patients visiting the hospitals. H1N1 is now a seasonal flu and doctors say that not everyone may require medication. Consultant physician Dr Amit Saraf from Jupiter Hospital said not every H1N1 patient requires hospitalisation. “The patient should take treatment and ensure that the symptoms are subsiding,” said Dr. Saraf who has several cases in the past few weeks.
|2017-09-01||'Serial killer' moved out of overcrowded Thane prison - Times of India|
‘Serial killer’ moved out of overcrowded Thane prison Updated: Sep 2, 2017, 06:25 IST MUMBAI: Alleged serial killer Vijay Palande has been transferred out of Thane prison after prison authorities wrote to the court. He has been sent to the Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai. Palande was booked in five murder cases, of which he has been convicted in one, acquitted in another and is awaiting trial in the rest. From Thane prison, Palande was first moved to the Arthur Road jail in central Mumbai, on August 10, as it is located closer to the court. But due to security reasons and overcrowding, he couldn't be lodged there. The same guard then escorted him to Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai on the same day. Taloja prison has a high-security 'anda cell' with 100 rooms; the capacity of this cell is much larger than the 'anda cell' at Thane prison. The superintendent of Thane prison had written a confidential letter to the sessions court a couple of months ago requesting Palande's transfer. The prison is overcrowded and there is a shortage of guards to escort him for court hearings and medical check-ups, the letter had stated.However, according to sources, Palande shoots off Right to Information (RTI) applications often, which has won him friends as well as created foes inside prison. "If an inmate is allotted an escort for a court hearing or for a hospital visit, Palande shoots off an RTI plea demanding to know why he wasn't allotted a guard. He has also offered tips to other inmates and helped them write RTI pleas for matters concerning their cases," said a source. Palande had been granted permission for dental treatment at St George's Hospital in CST. Housed at Taloja prison, distance from the court as well as hospital continues to remain an issue and prison authorities may have to resort to video conferencing. Among the inmates at Taloja is notorious gangster Abu Salem. Accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, Lieutenant Col Shrikant Purohit, was also lodged there until his recent release on bail. Palande was arrested in 2012 for the murder of businessman Arun Tikku and aspiring film producer Karan Kakkad. He had earlier been convicted for the murder of DN Nagar resident Swaraj Ranjan Das but jumped parole in 2003. He was also accused of the murder of an unidentified person after police re- trieved a skull and bones while looking for Kakkad's body. Earlier this year, Palande gave an application to court asking for his case to be expedited on the ground that he had already spent five years in prison. In a recent directive, the Supreme Court had asked all session courts to finish trials pending for five years by the end of 2017. Palande, in his application, blamed the prosecution for causing unnecessary delays.