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2019-05-22Mah: Three minor boys go missing from govt hostel - United News of India
Mah: Three minor boys go missing from govt hostelThane, May 22 (UNI) Three minor boys, aged 13-14, have been missing since May 20 from government hostel in the Ulhasnagar town of this district, police said on Wednesday.On May 20, the hostel caretaker lodged a complain, when the boys were found nowhere after a brief search, police further said. A case has been registered and a manhunt for tracing the boys was underway, police added.Please log in to get detailed story. More NewsTwo wanted robbers arrested; gold ornaments, other materials worth Rs 8 63 lakh seized22 May 2019 | 9:30 PMKolhapur, May 22 (UNI) The Shiroli-MIDC police on Wednesday arrested two wanted robbers and seized gold ornaments and other materials total worth Rs 8. see more..Mah: Three minor boys go missing from govt hostel22 May 2019 | 8:04 PMThane, May 22 (UNI) Three minor boys, aged 13-14, have been missing since May 20 from government hostel in the Ulhasnagar town of this district, police said on Wednesday. see more..NCP leader Munde blames Mah Govt, administration for acute water shortage in Thane's Shahapur taluka22 May 2019 | 7:47 PMThane, May 22 (UNI) Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council and senior NCP leader, Dhananjay Munde, on Wednesday squarely blamed the state government and the administration for the acute water shortage prevailing in the Shahapur taluka of the district owing to incomplete Bhavali water supply scheme. see more..NCP leader Jaydutt Kshirsagar, his brother Bharat Bhushan join Shiv Sena22 May 2019 | 7:46 PMBeed, Maharashtra, May 22 (UNI) In a severe jolt to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on eve of the 17th Lok Sabha polls vote count, the party Beed MLA Jaydutt Kshirsagar along with his brother Bharat Bhushan Kshirsagar joined the Shiv Sena on Wednesday. see more..Assault on Russina tourist:Police begin probe22 May 2019 | 7:37 PMPanaji, May 22 (UNI) Goa Police on Wednesday began probe into alleged assault on a Russian tourist by allegedly unknown motor borne person 15, 2019. see more.. UNI PhotoMUMBAI, MAY 22 (UNI) - Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Haydar Azam, BJP Minority leader and others during 'Iftaar Party' organised by BJP at Haj House, in Mumbai on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-90UMUMBAI, MAY 22 (UNI) - Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Haydar Azam, BJP Minority leader and others during 'Iftaar Party' organised by BJP at Haj House, in Mumbai on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-89UMUMBAI, MAY 22 (UNI) - Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Haydar Azam, BJP Minority leader during 'Iftaar Party' organised by BJP at Haj House, in Mumbai on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-88UMUMBAI, MAY 22 (UNI) - Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Haydar Azam, BJP Minority leader during 'Iftaar Party' organised by BJP at Haj House, in Mumbai on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-87UTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 22 (UNI)Fromer Mizoram Governor and BJP Candidate of Thiruvananthapuram Parliment Consutuency Kummanam Rajashekaran and LDF Candidate of Thiruvananthapuram Parliment Consutuency C Divakaran exchanging the cake piece during the Chiri pooram Fest (Smiling Fest) organised by Cartoon Academy at Press Club in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.UNI PHOTO-86UKOLKATA, MAY 22 (UNI) Sweet workers prepare Laddoos (sweet) on the eve of Lok Sabha polls result, at a sweet shop in kolkata on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO. CAL 1HYDERABAD, MAY 22 (UNI):- BJP delegation led by Telangana BJP State President Dr. K Laxman meet State Election Commissioner Nagi Reddy in Hyderabad on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-84UHYDERABAD, MAY 22 (UNI):- BJP delegation led by Telangana BJP State President Dr. K Laxman meet State Election Commissioner Nagi Reddy in Hyderabad on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-83UHYDERABAD, MAY 22 (UNI):- Telangana Chief Electoral Officer, Dr. Rajat Kumar, addressing a press conference, at Secretariat in Hyderabad on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-82UHYDERABAD, MAY 22 (UNI):- Telangana Chief Electoral Officer, Dr. Rajat Kumar, addressing a press conference, at Secretariat in Hyderabad on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-81UHYDERABAD, MAY 22 (UNI):- Telangana Chief Electoral Officer, Dr. Rajat Kumar, addressing a press conference, at Secretariat in Hyderabad on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-80UTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 22 (UNI)Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, called on the Kerala Governor Justice (Retd) P Sathasivam briefed him about his recent visit to European Countries at Kerala Raj Bhavan in Tiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-79UMUMBAI, MAY 22 (UNI):- Security personnel at counting centre at Sewri, in Mumbai on Wedensday. UNI PHOTO-78UMUMBAI, MAY 22 (UNI):- Security personnel searching a bag at counting centre at Sewri, in Mumbai on Wedensday. UNI PHOTO-77UMUMBAI, MAY 22 (UNI):- Security personnel searching a bag at counting centre at Sewri, in Mumbai on Wedensday. UNI PHOTO-76URAJOURI, MAY 22 (UNI):- Security forces poses for a photograph with recovered arms and ammunition, in Rajouri district of J and K on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO75UTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM,MAY 22 (UNI)A group of children playing football at the Seashore of Valiyathura Beach in Thiruvananthapuram. UNI PHOTO-74UTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM,MAY 22 (UNI)A group of children playing football at the Seashore of Valiyathura Beach in Thiruvananthapuram. UNI PHOTO-73UTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM,MAY 22 (UNI)A group of children playing football at the Seashore of Valiyathura Beach in Thiruvananthapuram. UNI PHOTO-72UTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM,MAY 22 (UNI)A group of children playing football at the Seashore of Valiyathura Beach in Thiruvananthapuram. 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2019-05-22Mah: Three minor boys go missing from govt hostel - United News of India
Mah: Three minor boys go missing from govt hostelThane, May 22 (UNI) Three minor boys, aged 13-14, have been missing since May 20 from government hostel in the Ulhasnagar town of this district, police said on Wednesday.On May 20, the hostel caretaker lodged a complain, when the boys were found nowhere after a brief search, police further said. A case has been registered and a manhunt for tracing the boys was underway, police added.Please log in to get detailed story. More NewsTwo wanted robbers arrested; gold ornaments, other materials worth Rs 8 63 lakh seized22 May 2019 | 9:30 PMKolhapur, May 22 (UNI) The Shiroli-MIDC police on Wednesday arrested two wanted robbers and seized gold ornaments and other materials total worth Rs 8. see more..Mah: Three minor boys go missing from govt hostel22 May 2019 | 8:04 PMThane, May 22 (UNI) Three minor boys, aged 13-14, have been missing since May 20 from government hostel in the Ulhasnagar town of this district, police said on Wednesday. see more..NCP leader Munde blames Mah Govt, administration for acute water shortage in Thane's Shahapur taluka22 May 2019 | 7:47 PMThane, May 22 (UNI) Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council and senior NCP leader, Dhananjay Munde, on Wednesday squarely blamed the state government and the administration for the acute water shortage prevailing in the Shahapur taluka of the district owing to incomplete Bhavali water supply scheme. see more..NCP leader Jaydutt Kshirsagar, his brother Bharat Bhushan join Shiv Sena22 May 2019 | 7:46 PMBeed, Maharashtra, May 22 (UNI) In a severe jolt to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on eve of the 17th Lok Sabha polls vote count, the party Beed MLA Jaydutt Kshirsagar along with his brother Bharat Bhushan Kshirsagar joined the Shiv Sena on Wednesday. see more..Assault on Russina tourist:Police begin probe22 May 2019 | 7:37 PMPanaji, May 22 (UNI) Goa Police on Wednesday began probe into alleged assault on a Russian tourist by allegedly unknown motor borne person 15, 2019. see more.. UNI PhotoMUMBAI, MAY 22 (UNI) - Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Haydar Azam, BJP Minority leader and others during 'Iftaar Party' organised by BJP at Haj House, in Mumbai on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-90UMUMBAI, MAY 22 (UNI) - Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Haydar Azam, BJP Minority leader and others during 'Iftaar Party' organised by BJP at Haj House, in Mumbai on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-89UMUMBAI, MAY 22 (UNI) - Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Haydar Azam, BJP Minority leader during 'Iftaar Party' organised by BJP at Haj House, in Mumbai on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-88UMUMBAI, MAY 22 (UNI) - Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Haydar Azam, BJP Minority leader during 'Iftaar Party' organised by BJP at Haj House, in Mumbai on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-87UTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 22 (UNI)Fromer Mizoram Governor and BJP Candidate of Thiruvananthapuram Parliment Consutuency Kummanam Rajashekaran and LDF Candidate of Thiruvananthapuram Parliment Consutuency C Divakaran exchanging the cake piece during the Chiri pooram Fest (Smiling Fest) organised by Cartoon Academy at Press Club in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.UNI PHOTO-86UKOLKATA, MAY 22 (UNI) Sweet workers prepare Laddoos (sweet) on the eve of Lok Sabha polls result, at a sweet shop in kolkata on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO. CAL 1HYDERABAD, MAY 22 (UNI):- BJP delegation led by Telangana BJP State President Dr. K Laxman meet State Election Commissioner Nagi Reddy in Hyderabad on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-84UHYDERABAD, MAY 22 (UNI):- BJP delegation led by Telangana BJP State President Dr. K Laxman meet State Election Commissioner Nagi Reddy in Hyderabad on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-83UHYDERABAD, MAY 22 (UNI):- Telangana Chief Electoral Officer, Dr. Rajat Kumar, addressing a press conference, at Secretariat in Hyderabad on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-82UHYDERABAD, MAY 22 (UNI):- Telangana Chief Electoral Officer, Dr. Rajat Kumar, addressing a press conference, at Secretariat in Hyderabad on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-81UHYDERABAD, MAY 22 (UNI):- Telangana Chief Electoral Officer, Dr. Rajat Kumar, addressing a press conference, at Secretariat in Hyderabad on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-80UTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 22 (UNI)Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, called on the Kerala Governor Justice (Retd) P Sathasivam briefed him about his recent visit to European Countries at Kerala Raj Bhavan in Tiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO-79UMUMBAI, MAY 22 (UNI):- Security personnel at counting centre at Sewri, in Mumbai on Wedensday. UNI PHOTO-78UMUMBAI, MAY 22 (UNI):- Security personnel searching a bag at counting centre at Sewri, in Mumbai on Wedensday. UNI PHOTO-77UMUMBAI, MAY 22 (UNI):- Security personnel searching a bag at counting centre at Sewri, in Mumbai on Wedensday. UNI PHOTO-76URAJOURI, MAY 22 (UNI):- Security forces poses for a photograph with recovered arms and ammunition, in Rajouri district of J and K on Wednesday. UNI PHOTO75UTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM,MAY 22 (UNI)A group of children playing football at the Seashore of Valiyathura Beach in Thiruvananthapuram. UNI PHOTO-74UTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM,MAY 22 (UNI)A group of children playing football at the Seashore of Valiyathura Beach in Thiruvananthapuram. UNI PHOTO-73UTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM,MAY 22 (UNI)A group of children playing football at the Seashore of Valiyathura Beach in Thiruvananthapuram. UNI PHOTO-72UTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM,MAY 22 (UNI)A group of children playing football at the Seashore of Valiyathura Beach in Thiruvananthapuram. 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2019-05-21Three dead in gas leak in Mumbai; owner of firm arrested for negligence - Mid-day
Three dead in gas leak in Mumbai; owner of firm arrested for negligence Published: May 21, 2019, 10:19 IST The owner of a chemical company, Esquire Chemicals in which three employees died on May 12 due to a gas leak, was arrested on Sunday by Boisar Police. The police said The owner, Parimal Shaha, had allegedly not supplied his staff with any safety gear. According to the Indian Express, three employees of the chemical company, Esquire Chemicals, located in MIDC Boisar, died after a gas leak which started at around 4 pm. “He (Shaha) was arrested from his Kandivali flat late on Sunday. He is in our custody. He has been booked for causing death by negligence as none of the staffers in the company had been given any safety kit. There were no goggles or gloves of any kind even for the operator, who died,” said the officer. The Boisar Police is also checking if the arrested accused had obtained the necessary permits to run the firm. Recent Gas Leak Cases The fire brigade said, prima facie the Andheri's Kadam Chawl fire appears to have been caused by a gas leak. Residents of the 21-storey building said the fire brigade could not reach the building soon as the approach road is too narrow. The fire that was reported late Tuesday in the SRA building on Veera Desai road, killed Vicky Sharma, 25, and Sagar Sharma, 7, while Lalkrishna Sharma suffered 30 percent burns. Fire officials said the fire first broke out in one flat on the tenth floor and spread to the 11th before it could be contained. One person died and seven people were hospitalised following a gas leak incident in Ulhasnagar, Thane. The incident took place at Century Rayon Company. According to sources, maintenance and repair work on a gas pipeline was underway when the leak took place. The hazardous gas is yet to be identified. Sources said the leakage occurred around 9 pm. "An employee of the company, Sanjay Sharma, 22, complained of uneasiness around 9.15 pm. We believe, the gas leak took place around the same time. Soon after, seven workers complained of discomfort and dizziness," the source said.
2019-05-21Online car buyer dupes man with dud cheques - Times of India
Online car buyer dupes man with dud cheques Updated: May 21, 2019, 9:03 IST KALYAN: An Ulhasnagar resident, Rajendra Singh (49), who had put up an advertisement to sell his car on an online sell-and-buy platform was cheated allegedly by a Mumbai resident, Mohammad Sayyad, the police said. He showed interest to buy the car and gave a cheque of Rs 2 lakh and post-dated cheques and took the car. Later the cheques bounced and accused cannot be traced on the address he had given, the police said. The police said that Sayyad is a habitual offender and has cheated many others in a similar manner. Sayyad had claimed he is a Vikhroli resident.
2019-05-19Thane joins battle against khataaras - Mumbai Mirror
Thane joins battle against khataaras Updated: May 19, 2019, 06:00 IS Since the drive began in November 2018, the traffic police have seized 237 four-wheelers, 139 three wheelers and 415 two-wheelers; auctioning will start soon since not one owner has come forward. Buoyed by the success of the Mumbai police, their counterparts in Thane have given a fillip to the drive against abandoned vehicles (khataaras) parked on roads. Since November 2018, the Thane police have seized 237 four-wheelers, 139 three-wheelers and 415 twowheelers from various areas in Thane, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar. Following Mumbai Mirror’s sustained campaign since May last year, the Bombay High Court took cognisance of the khataara problem and directed the police to set up a helpline to report abandoned vehicles. The Mumbai Police have till now picked up more than 1,000 vehicles from various parts of the city. Between January and April this year, the Thane police had picked up around 84 four-wheelers, 18 threewheelers and 98 two-wheelers. In the last two months of 2018, the Thane police seized 153 four-wheelers, 121 three wheelers and 317 two-wheelers. “Vehicles have been picked up from Kapurbawdi, Kasarvadavali, Wagale Estate, Rabodi in Thane and in Mumbra and Kalwa. In Kalyan, vehicles have been picked up from Kolsewadi, Dombivali, Ambernath and Vitthalwadi,” said Amit Kale, DCP, Thane Traffic Police,. The police said abandoned vehicles had led to traffic snarls on several roads. The Thane Traffic police are already dealing with traffic problems at various crossroads like the Shilphata junction on the Mumbai-Pune road, Kongaon road in Kalyan, Ghodbunder road, Gokhale road, Ram Maruti road, Station road, Court Naka and Majahiwada areas in Thane. “If abandoned vehicles are parked on such roads, especially in Kalyan and Dombivali, or even in Thane where roads are narrow, it will create bottlenecks and lead to traffic jams,” said Earlier, in Thane, nobody had paid attention to such abandoned vehicles. Interestingly, none of the towed away vehicles was taken back by the owners. “We will soon start auctioning them after giving an advertisement in the papers. Already there is space crunch and keeping such vehicles will only add to traffic woes,” said Kale. The police said abandoned vehicles had led to traffic snarls on several roads.
2019-05-18Bring in decade-old law for voters’ voice in Mumbai civic bodies - Times of India
Bring in decade-old law for voters’ voice in civic bodies Updated: May 19, 2019, 8:07 IST MUMBAI: The Bombay high court has asked the state to consider notifying a date to bring into force a “laudatory” decade-old amendment that would allow voters greater participative role in decision-making in municipalities. In 2009, the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporation Act (BPMCA) of 1949, which governs certain larger urban areas in the state, was amended to bring in an “area sabha” concept of increased participative democracy. It stipulated that “registered voters” of a ward will participate in meetings to be held by a local municipal councilor over issues that could range from positioning of street lights, community water taps, conservancy, sewage disposal, public sanitation and other civic amenities and also include creating awareness to prevent environment pollution in the area. In 2011, the state replaced BPMCA with Maharashtra Provincial Municipal Corporation Act to govern around 24 civic bodies, but not Mumbai, which has its own Act. The Act will govern Thane, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan and Pune, among others. The high court bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Nitin Jamdar recently observed, “The object of the legislation is to further participative democracy. Having expanded the participative role of voters in the wards, the municipalities should implement the same.’’ But the problem is that the amended Act has not come into force, said the high court. It can only become enforceable once the Maharashtra government notifies a date from which it is to be made effective. For a decade, “such notification has not been issued”, said the bench while disposing a PIL filed in 2014 by activist Pradeep Kukreja from Ulhasnagar who appeared and argued in person. In its April 30 order, the bench said, “Keeping in view the laudable object of the amendments, the state should consider to notify the date from which the amendments come into operation. Regretfully, a court cannot issue a mandamus to do so. We can only recommend to the government to be earnest and do the needful,’’ it said, hoping the government does so “at the earliest”. The public interest litigation sought implementation of sections 29-B to 29-E of the amended Act, which set out that meetings must be called twice a year by the chairperson of an area sabha and that if four meetings are not held in two years the state can intervene. Advocate Jagdish Reddy who appeared for Thane Municipal Corporation, said, “Except MCGM, all corporations are covered under the BPMC Act and the judgment will be applicable to all corporations, except MCGM.”
2019-05-18MNS workers, farmers stage protest rally in Thane, elicits 'cold' response - Free Press Journal
MNS workers, farmers stage protest rally in Thane, elicits ‘cold’ response May 18, 2019 6:35 am Thane: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers and farmers staged a protest rally at Thane on Friday. The morcha was led by MNS Thane president Avinash Jadhav and party leaders Nitin Sardesai and Bala Nandgaonkar. In the rally, party workers, leaders and auto drivers were present in a large number, but fewer farmers took part. The MNS workers had come from Kalyan, Bhiwandi, Thane Rural, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi regions. According to police sources, 2,000 to 2,500 people attended the farmers’ protest rally. However, the MNS claimed that 25,000 people took part. A huge police contingent was also deployed in Thane. The morcha proceeded from Gamdevi ground to Talawpali, court naka and culminated at the collector’s office. Most of farmers, present in the morcha, were brought from Parbhani, Beed, Solapur and Sangli districts, but the farmers from Thane and surrounding areas give the rally a miss. MNS office-bearers and activists took out the rally on bullock carts. The protesters were holding banners and shouting slogans against the Centre and the BJP-led state government. Talking to the Free Press Journal, Mohara Ashok Guley (23), whose debt-ridden husband committed suicide sometime back, said, “I have two sons. We live with my mother-in-law at Sarali village in Beed. Due to drought in the state and burden of the debt, my husband killed himself. But, I never got any compensation from the government. How will I survive with my children? No one is there to help us.” Jayshree Chandrakant (25), a Sarali village in Beed, resident, has three children. She said, “My husband committed sucide two years back, as he owed about Rs 1,00,000 to a moneylender. In the drought, our entire lemon and other crops had damaged.” A Shetkari Samajik Sewa Sanstha worker, Suresh Raut, said, “We are protesting, under the banner of MNS, as we want our problems resolved. Our major issue is Reliance Gas Pipeline acquired our land, but we did not receive the compensation that we deserve.” Avinash Jadhav, MNS Thane district president said, “The BJP-led government claims to be working for the welfare of farmers, but the real picture is dirty. A reply on why farmers were stopped last week from selling mangoes in Thane city will also be sought.” Thane BJP MLA Sanjay Kelkar said, “The MNS’s allegations that BJP was anti-farmers is wrong. We have been arranging farmers mela at nine spots every week in Thane for the last three years. We have checked their land documents and permissions to farmers who come here, sell their produce and earn profits. We arranged the civic nod and not a single penny as rent was charged from the farmers. BJP wants to empower tillers.” The MNS rally organised this rally, as there was a clash at the MNS office at Vishnunagar in Naupada area of Thane city last week. The clash erupted between the MNS and BJP workers. Police had resorted to lathicharge to bring the situation under control. A case against 20 people from both sides was also filed. The BJP was opposed to putting up the stalls on the footpath, and dubbed it illegal. A team of encroachment department officials removed the stalls. It was a prestige issue for the Thane MNS unit, who viewed it as a threat to farmers’ livelihood, and organised a Kisan Rally on Friday. ,Furthermore, the MNS also took up the issue of a farmer who was stopped from selling his produce in Thane. Jadhav had claimed the farmers were not allowed to install their stalls amid the pressure from the BJP.
2019-05-18Day before daughter’s wedding, woman forgets Rs 2L jewellery in auto, traffic cops find it in 3 hrs - Times of India
Day before daughter’s wedding, woman forgets Rs 2L jewellery in auto, traffic cops find it in 3 hrs Updated: May 19, 2019, 4:11 IST Ulhasnagar: The traffic police on Saturday traced an Ulhasnagar woman’s bag with Rs 2 lakh jewellery that she forgot in an autorickshaw, within three hours. A day before her daughter’s wedding, Sangita Shetty went to Shiru Chowk for some last-minute shopping. When she reached her home in Kamgar Hospital area she realized that her bag was missing. She rushed to the traffic chowky at Nehru Chowk, where she had boarded the auto and asked for help. Traffic constable Jitendra Chavan and traffic police inspector R S Pawar checked the footage of CCTV cameras at Shiru Chowk and noted the registration numbers of a few autorickshaws that had passed the area around 4.30pm. Chavan said using an app, they traced the address of some of the auto drivers and asked the union to call them to the traffic chowky. Among them was Pradeep Shirshat. When the police checked his autorickshaw, they found Shetty’s bag behind the passenger seat. Shirshat told the traffic police that he was unaware that she had forgotten her bag in his vehicle. Elated on getting back her daughter’s jewellery, Sangita told TOI: “I am thankful to the traffic police.”
2019-05-1720 of 35 new junior colleges in MMR to open in Thane - Hindustan Times
20 of 35 new junior colleges in MMR to open in Thane Updated: May 18, 2019 00:40 IST Of the 35 new junior colleges that will open in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) this academic year, 20 are in Thane, seven in Mumbai West, five in Mumbai North, two in south Mumbai and one in Panvel, according to the education department. Around 5,200 seats will be up for grabs in these new colleges. The 35 colleges have most divisions in the science stream (27), followed by commerce (25) and arts (13). Principals said the approval for new seats in unaided colleges is worrying. With most science aspirants wanting to join a college which allows them to take coaching for competitive exams, unaided colleges are interested in getting science divisions. This is defeating the purpose of junior colleges, as many existing colleges are struggling to retain students, said Satram Verhani, vice-principal, CHM College, Ulhasnagar. The admission portal for FYJC will be open for students from May 25, after which they can fill out part 1 of their admission forms, which includes their personal details. This year, 849 colleges in MMR will be open for admissions. Information booklets for the admission process will reach guidance centres and schools by May 25, after which the portal will be opened, said Bhaskarrao Babar, assistant director of education, Mumbai region. Students will get detailed information on how to apply through the booklet and from their respective schools and guidance centres, said Babar.
2019-05-17US-based organisation Impulse sets up Mumbai chapter to battle stigma against HIV - Mumbai Mirror
US-based organisation Impulse sets up Mumbai chapter to battle stigma against HIV Updated: May 17, 2019, 22:25 IST When Kanav Mehra (name changed to protect privacy) wanted to get himself tested for HIV in 2017, he visited a government clinic. "The questions asked by the doctor made me uncomfortable. I felt judged for indulging in sexual activities with another man. I finally left the clinic," he told Mirror. When Shaurya C, who identifies as a queer man, got himself tested at a local lab in Ulhasnagar, he too had several concerns. "I lived under the fear of my identity being revealed during the entire procedure," he said. "And in the first place, the doctor never bothered to ask my sexual history, something that's standard procedure in such testing." The world may have marked International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17, but the world still has a long way to go when it comes to removing the stigma around HIV — a condition that is still associated in the public mindset with the LGBTQIA+ community even though it is equally prevalent among heterosexuals. Just getting tested – regardless of what the results are – is enough for even trained medical professionals to begin judging your personal life. This is where Impulse comes in. Unlike other organisations which are currently working for the LGBTQIA+ community in Mumbai, Impulse is an all-volunteer group. Founded in 2009 in Los Angeles by Jose Ramos, this organisation is now setting up a base in the city in order to raise awareness on HIV, mental health, substance abuse, and other issues which members of the LGBTQIA+ community face. While the official launch is slated for June 1, Impulse Mumbai has already organised several events for the community. In an email interview, Ramos told Mirror, "The US is more progressive in acceptance and equality. It's not perfect but it's more advanced. I feel like there is a lot more work to do in India. More education, more conversations about health, more services and less discrimination." Rapid HIV Test at Impulse Mumbai's event Impulse is unique not only because it is the only volunteer-based group globally in this field but also because "It's the only social group that educates through modern, non-apologetic ways," explained Ramos. These include parties, group discussions and social media. Often, they set up rapid HIV testing booths in conjunction with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) at events such as queer parties and mental health sessions, so that people can get tested free of cost and get the results within 15-20 minutes. "A local lab takes two days to provide reports whereas, at an Impulse event, it was a matter of minutes. I felt comfortable because I wasn't judged for getting tested and I felt safe," said Shaurya C, who often attends these events. Agreed Mehra, "The experience with the AHF counsellors was like a warm quilt. The stigma associated with sex and HIV didn't exist. I didn't feel emotionally triggered. The process was consensual and safe." In case any person's results end up being positive, AHF, which is also based in the US, provides free antiretroviral therapy (ART) and other medical services through its pharmacy in Navi Mumbai. Notably, both the testing and the treatment are provided to everyone, not just members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Impulse's message is 'Be you. Be vibrant. Be safe. Be impulse Mumbai!'. "Impulse is to celebrate brother/sisterhood," said Ramos. "I want the culture to shine, to be embraced. India has vibrant energy regardless of oppression, let's let it shine."
2019-05-16Explained: Why SEC has ordered fresh polls on four corporator seats in BMC - The Indian Express
Explained: Why SEC has ordered fresh polls on four corporator seats in BMC Updated: May 17, 2019 1:55:59 am After the 2017 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, objections had been raised against the caste claims of five corporators. Their caste claims were turned down by the vigilance cell of the Mumbai Caste Scrutiny Committee (CSC) in August 2017. The five had subsequently moved the Bombay High Court where two corporators got a reprieve. Advertising The remaining three had then decided to move the apex court last month but failed to get a reprieve. Under Section 33 (2) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888, if any corporator is disqualified, then the candidate with the second highest votes can be appointed as corporator in his place without elections. Four candidates, who bagged the second-highest number of votes in the 2017 civic polls in Mumbai were hopeful of becoming corporators after the incumbents (mentioned above) were disqualified owing to invalid caste certificates. The State Election Commission (SEC) has, however, announced fresh polls on the three seats, dashing their hopes. On May 9, the SEC announced fresh elections in 20 corporator seats across the state which have fallen vacant. The seats are in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Ulhasnagar, Kolhapur and Pune, and include the three seats where Salagre, Naik and Hundare were set to be corporators. Here is why the three runners-up of 2017 BMC polls plan to move Bombay High Court against the SEC order to conduct fresh polls: Why four corporator seats in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are vacant Last month, three corporators—two from BJP and one from Congress—were disqualified by the Bombay High Court over submission of invalid caste certificates. Later, the high court’s decision was upheld by the Supreme Court and corporator Murji Patel (Jogeshwari East) and his wife Kesharben Patel (Jogeshwari East) both from BJP, and Congress corporator Rajpati Yadav (Kandivali East) had been disqualified. Earlier, in December 2018 Congress corporator Steffi Kini from Manori, Malad West was disqualified by Bombay High Court over an invalid caste certificate. All of them had claimed that they were from Other Backward Class (OBC) and won the BMC election that was held in 2017. Earlier, Caste Certificate Scrutiny Committee had found in their probe that caste certificate of all four were invalid. What is the claim of candidates who scored the second-highest votes from these fours seats Following the disqualification of all the four corporators, the candidates with the second highest votes had moved applications in the Small Causes Court urging that they be declared corporators. Congress candidate Nitin Salagre was second highest against Kesharben Patel, Sandeep Naik from Shiv Sena lost the election against Murji Patel, Shiv Sena candidate Eknath Hundare had contested against Rajpati Yadav and Sena candidate Geeta Bhandari lost to Steffi Kini. These four second highest candidates have claimed that they should be declared corporators after the disqualification of sitting corporators. They cited section 33 (2) of Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, 1888 and contended that being the second highest allows them to be declared as corporator after the disqualification of sitting corporators. Referring to another section 34 of MMC Act, the candidates said that till decision on their pending petitions before Small Causes Court is not declared, no by-elections should be conducted. Why notification from State Election Commission (SEC) has started preparation of bye-elections On May 9, State Election Commission (SEC) had issued a notification to start the process for bye-elections in 20 vacant corporator seats across Maharashtra including four in BMC. The notification has asked to start process of preparing fresh voting list and update the voters list in respective wards for bye-elections. However, no dates have been declared. SEC officials said that the BMC administration has informed them about four vacant seats in municipal corporation since there is no specific order on declaring second highest as corporators. Since there is no decision or order from Small Causes Court on the appointment of the four candidates with second-highest votes as corporators on these four seats, the SEC has started the process of bye-elections. Officials have clarified that notification is only about primary preparation on by-elections and final decisions would be taken considering the outcome of pending court cases. Which political party benefit the most if the candidates with the second-highest vote are declared corporators If candidates with second-highest votes are declared winners, then Shiv Sena will benefit the most as out of four, three candidates are from Sena and one from Congress. Currently, of the 227 elected corporators in the BMC, the Shiv Sena has the highest with 93 corporators, BJP is second with 83 corporators and Congress has 30 corporators.
2019-05-15T20 Mumbai 2019: Match 3: Eagle Thane Strikers vs North Mumbai Panthers - Fantain Fantasy Cricket Tips - CricTracker
T20 Mumbai 2019: Match 3: Eagle Thane Strikers vs North Mumbai Panthers – Fantain Fantasy Cricket Tips Updated - May 15, 2019 12:16 pm Match number three will witness the eastern suburbs of Mumbai take on the northern front of the city. This is the Strikers’ maiden season in the T20 Mumbai League and therefore, they’re in with a good chance of springing up a real surprise. The squad: Kaushik Chikhalikar, Sarfaraz Khan, Siddhant Singh, Aishwary Surve, Ajinkya Beloshe, Alpesh Ramjani, Ankush Jaiswal, Jaideep Pardeshi, Kruthik Hanagavadi, Mayur Sanap, Prashant Solanki, Rakesh Prabhu, Sachin Wagh, Sagar Mishra, Aditya Tare, Shrikant Limbole, Asif Shaikh, Balwinder Sandhu, Prashant Bhoi, Shardul Thakur. Eagle Thane Strikers represents Dombivli, Thane, Ambernath, Bhiwandi, Nerul, Kalyan, Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Vashi, Khargahar and Belapur. The draft pick system enabled Eagle Thane Strikers to pick-up Aditya Tare and young Sarfaraz Khan. Tare, Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy skipper, will play the role of the senior pro for the franchise according to the franchise owner Rajesh Vadhariya. “It is very important that we have a few senior players to guide and serve as role models for the younger cricketers of the team. That was the rationale behind picking Aditya Tare”. The Strikers made a couple of strong purchases in the auctions in the form of Shardul Thakur and Alpesh Ramjani. Also, Kruthik Hanagavadi, Ankush Jaiswal and Sachin Wagh were picked up through the Opportunity to Match (OTM) card. North Mumbai Panthers The squad: Prithvi Shaw, Sumeet Dhekale, Vishal Dhagaonkar, Aashray Sajnani, Aditya Rane, Atif Attarwala, Karan Nande, Moondeep Mangela, Neil Narvekar, Rahul Sawant, Sairaj Patil, Shashikant Kadam, Vikrant Auti, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ajinkya Patil, Onkar Gurav, Swapnil Salvi, Jude Singh, Prathamesh Dake, Pravin Tambe. The Panthers represent the north of Mumbai and will have the residents of Dahisar, Borivali, Magathane, Charkop, Malad West and Kandivali East rooting for them. The Panthers have retained Prithvi Shaw and when compared to last year, with the stocks of the young batting sensation having soared, the crowds are bound to come flocking in. Also, Sairaj Patil and Yashasvi Jaiswal are two promising youngsters that the franchise has picked up. Remember Pravin Tambe, the veteran from Rajasthan Royals? The Panthers have picked up the leggie and handing him company in the “experience corner” will be Swapnil Salve. Sandip Gupta, the franchise owner, expressed happiness over the team composition. “These are the emerging players who are going to go on and represent India in the future. So, it was very important we got these players especially Shaw who has been a fantastic player”. Top Picks Prithvi Shaw: the youngster needs no introduction. With his explosive style, he’s impressed both the fans and the pundits. If he turns up, he is bound to light up the stadium Pravin Tambe: the veteran leggie refuses to hang up his boots and is all set to take the field once more Yashasvi Jaiswal: the youngster is spoken of very highly in local circles and is expected to do wonders in the league this year Sarfaraz Khan: the youngster didn’t receive adequate opportunities in the IPL and for this reason, Khan will be itching to head out and get his willow talking Aditya Tare: the league provides a great opportunity for Tare to shine and get heads turning. His motivation, therefore, will be high. Fantain Fantasy XI WicketKeeper – Aditya Tare Batsmen – Sarfaraz Khan, Prithvi Shaw (C), Vishal Dhagaonkar, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jaideep Pardeshi All-Rounders – Prashant Solanki, Sairaj Patil Bowlers – Shardul Thakur, Sarfaraz Khan, Prathamesh Dake
2019-05-15After being touted as a ‘game changer’ in 2019 elections, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s roadshow in Ujjain draws thin crowd - OpIndia
After being touted as a ‘game changer’ in 2019 elections, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s roadshow in Ujjain draws thin crowd MAY 15, 2019 On Tuesday, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra did a roadshow in Ujjain as part of the election campaign in Madhya Pradesh. And going by the videos of the roadshow circulating on social media, it seems the roadshow was not a success and it drew a very thin crowd. In videos posted in social media, Priyanka Gandhi could be seen hurrying through the streets of Ujjain and a thin crowd running to keep up with the vehicles. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been touted as a wild card for the Congress party to take on Modi government, but she doesn’t seem to be helping the party in any apparent way. The people of Ujjain have made it quite clear that merely carrying the name of Gandhi and supposed looks of Indira Gandhi is not enough to grab their interest. Earlier, the Congress, fearing defeat in Varanasi had decided to field Ajay Rai against PM Modi, after fueling speculations that Priyanka Gandhi would be contesting against the PM. She has also got into trouble with an Animal Rights activist, Gauri Maulekhi, who accused her of “serious violation” of Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and seeking her “immediate arrest”. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had also served her a notice for using children in election campaigns. Such a low turnout during the election campaign is not new for Congress. Earlier this month the Congress president Rahul Gandhi was found to be addressing a gathering of empty chairs during his rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur. Hardik Patel also had to face a similar kind of embarrassment. The leader of Patidar Andolan Anamat Samiti (PAAS) while addressing his first public meeting in Bhopal also had to witness the sight of a large number of empty chairs. On Tuesday, Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar’s rally in Maharashtra’s Ulhasnagar, which could be his last attempt to woo voters as India goes to vote for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from tomorrow, turned out to be a miserable failure as he was seen addressing a half-empty ground.
2019-05-14Meet Dubai multi-millionaire expat, once a house-wife and vendor - Gulf News
Meet 85-year-old Ishwari Srichand Tourani, the Dubai expat who went from homemaker to multi-millionaire Published: May 13, 2019 15:53 Dubai: Ishwari Srichand Tourani came to Dubai in 1959 with a five-month-old baby in her arms. She left her other daughter, Nilu Mulchandi, who was five years old at the time, with her mother in Mumbai. She had her priorities set. Her husband, late Srichand Tourani, was working in Dubai, running a small trading business, and she would help him grow the company. Of course, she succeeded. Ishwari and her husband hailed from a post-Partition India, where their community from Sindh - which is now a province in Pakistan - was forced to live in refugee camps. Ishwari found herself in such a set-up in Indore. Over the weekends, Ishwari would make sweets that her husband would sell at a circus near their refugee camp. During the rest of the week, her husband sold vegetables and fruits off a cart to bring money to the table. After her struggles post 1947, Ishwari and her husband decided to find a new home. Dubai was it. History shows thousands of Sindhi families ended up at the Kalyan-Ulhasnagar camp on the outskirts of Bombay (now Mumbai) and started a life there. And relatively untouched by the violence that accompanied the Partition, unlike the Bengalis and the Punjabis, Sindhi Hindus peacefully settled in India and other parts of the world. They (the Sindhis) had suddenly found themselves stateless, and so began an exodus of sorts. “The first wave of Sindhis went to Nigeria, another to the UK, mostly London. The third wave of people came to [the] Middle East,” she explains. For the couple, “There was a choice to live in Oman or Sharjah," says Ishwari. "We picked Sharjah. There was a just a good vibe about working and living in this city.” "Just after partition", she recalls, "we were penniless and wondering what to do and where our life was heading. A relative passed away around this time and we inherited some money from him. This was a turning point in our life. My father-in-law was given an inheritance of Rs10,000 and he chose to give a part of it to my husband to do trading.” And so in 1950, Srichand followed his father Kundomal’s footsteps into trading. [Kundomal used to ply the trade route between Chaubar, Pasni (both now in Iran), Gwadar (now in Pakistan), Muscat and Sharjah.] However, Srichand chose a different route; he set up shop in Dubai, under the name of Wassumulls Co. The company dealt in wholesales of textiles and after a few years, diversified into toys and readymade garments. It was the first mass importer of toys in Dubai during the early 60s. The wholesaling arm was gradually supported by retail shops that peaked at 17 across five emirates. Also, it acquired the sole selling agency for KDK fans from Matsushita Seiko, Japan. “The product was popular until such [a] time that fans were in demand,” said Ishwari. In the 80s and 90s Wassumulls Co ventured into financial investments such as hedge funds, private equity and emerging market debt. In 2004, Wassumulls took a majority stake in Indigo Properties for real estate development. From 2004 onwards the trading arm was gradually dismantled while the financial and real estate divisions were ramped up. So far, Indigo Properties has developed projects worth more than Dh3 billion. Ishwari lived in a patriarchal society and she lent her support to her husband quietly. While he was in the forefront of it all, Ishwari was the quiet force behind her husband who often took ill - and ran her husband's business. “There was also nothing else to do. When I came in 1959 there were only a few women living in Dubai. A couple of Bhatia women were living. I was the first Sindhi woman to arrive in Dubai. They were mostly to themselves and I used to spend my day looking after my husband’s company and my son. It was only in 1962 that other Sindhi women started to arrive in Dubai. By 1964 many expat women had started living in Dubai and we had started to form our cliques,” she said. But Ishwari said she never felt her life was difficult at all. “It was a way of life and I pulled along. I missed my older daughter but it was a practical decision for me to leave her behind in India with my mother. There were no schools in Dubai so there was no point bringing her here,” she added. “My husband was a very generous man and was instrumental in bringing at least 200 families to Dubai. We have more family here in Dubai than in India. Dubai is home to me and my children. This land has given us all a life and we are ever so grateful for that.” Ishwari recalled the family’s closest friends were Abdullah Al Ghurair and Ebrahim Shirawi. “There was no party of ours where they did not attend. My husband had an open credit line with Mr Al Ghurair as he completely trusted him. One of the things we established in our business is honesty and integrity.” As Ishwari’s business started picking up, the family’s lifestyle improved. “In the early 60s there were only two Mercedes in Dubai, one was the ruler’s and the other was ours. It cost us Rs17,000 and it was a lot of money,” recalled Ishwari. “Another milestone was getting a landline connection and our very own telephone. I still remember our first number - 2483.” Land Rovers were said to be popular in the city. They were either privately owned or served as taxis as the roads were not as good as they are today. It was difficult to travel between cities as there were piles of sand dunes along the way and it could be manoeuvred only by a sturdy four-wheeler. The British Political agency was in charge of all matters related to foreign nationals living in the emirate. “We had to carry our passport to travel to Abu Dhabi and for some reason we also had to carry the vaccination cards of children. We had to pay a toll to cross the border to Abu Dhabi. The highest hump on the Maktoum Bridge was the border.” The growth was very snail-paced in the 50s, 60s right up to 70s. Things definitely improved after the Federation was formed and oil was discovered. “Rulers had a vision nd it was realised. Infrastructure improved greatly and buildings started to spring up to keep up with the population influx. The city had transformed.” Today, Ishwari lives with her family in their plush home in Umm Suqueim. So what is the message Ishwari would like to give to girls and women who are looking to venture into the business world? “A woman’s first responsibility is always towards her family. The best thing about a woman is that she is great at multi-tasking. A woman can do her job and manage her home equally well. We are a strong brood and every one of us must find our strength from within. She has to learn to strike a fine balance of being successful in both. "As for running a business empire, innovation is key. There are ups and downs in a business, the key is to stay strong in all of it and innovate constantly. Most important keep patient when times are down. Hire a professional if you need to guide you in business,” the 85-year-old said.
2019-05-14T20 Mumbai League-2: It’s bigger and better - Mumbai Mirror
T20 Mumbai League-2: It’s bigger and better Updated: May 14, 2019, 06:00 IST The success of the Indian Premier League has seen many T20 leagues mushrooming in various Indian states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Mumbai and now Saurashtra. The Mumbai Cricket Association floated the T20 Mumbai League last year. It saw players like Shivam Dube, Yashasvi Jaiswal grab the spotlight. Unsurprisingly, it is back for its second season. There were six teams in the inaugural season. A couple more have been added this time. The second season is set to kick off today and will culminate on May 26, with two games played daily. All the matches will be played at the Wankhede Stadium. Here’s a look at the teams for this edition: North Mumbai Panthers: This side primarily covers Borivali, Dahisar, Magathane, Kandivali East, Charkop and Malad West, which are predominantly areas in North Mumbai. The Panthers retained youngster Prithvi Shaw, who is the captain of the team now. Last year they were led by India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who is out this time to play county cricket for Hampshire. They also brought back the young Yashasvi Jaiswal from the auction. They open their account on May 15 against Eagle Thane Strikers. Squad: Prithvi Shaw (c), Vikrant Auti, Sairaj Patil, Prathamesh Dake, Yashashvi Jaiswal, Swapnil Salvi, Onkar Gurav, Ajinkya Patil, Rahul Sawant, Aditya Rane, Moondeep Mangela, Karan Nande, Neil Narvekar, Atif Attarwala, Shashikant Kadam, Pravin Tambe, Jude Singh, Aashray Sajnani, Sumeet Dhekale, Vishal Dhagaonkar. NaMo Bandra Blasters: Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer was the leading run-scorer in the inaugural season. The Blasters have retained him and Mumbai’s wicket-keeper batsman Eknath Kerkar from the last season. They represent areas in North Mumbai like Vile Parle, Chandivali. Kurla, Kalina and Bandra. Clearly, Virendra Agarwal, the CEO of the franchise, left it to no one’s guess when he said, “Shreyas has been a very good player in the IPL and we have faith in him performing well when T20 Mumbai gets going.” They start their campaign against ARCS Andheri on May 15 at 7:30pm. Squad: Shreyas Iyer (c), Eknath Kerkar, Aditya Dhumal, Atul Singh, Karsh Kothari, Siddharth Chitnis, Prasad Pawar, Rohit Kambli, Sujit Nayak, Sagar Chabria, Saksham Jha, Nikhil Patil, Nikhil Date, Yash Malap, Uzair Khan, Sujit Haravi, Shrideep Mangela, Siddharth Sharma. ARCS Andheri: The wooden spoon holders of the T20 Mumbai League, ARCS Andheri have made quite a few changes to their personnel. They retained all-rounder Shubham Ranjane and pacer Tushar Deshpande, both of whom have represented Mumbai in the domestic circuit. This team represents suburbs which include Jogeshwari, Dindoshi, Goregaon, Versova and Andheri. ARCS Andheri begin their campaign on May 14, taking on SoBo Supersonics. Squad: Shubham Ranjane, Tushar Deshpande, Sufiyan Shaikh, Akhil Herwadkar, Kevin Almeida, Praful Waghela, Kadir Patel, Azhar Ansari, Pankaj Jaiswal, Iqbal Abdulla, Gaurav Jathar, Ankur Singh, Vineet Sinha, Amogh Bhatkal, Tanmay Mishra, Vaidik Murkar, Salil Agharkar, Sumit Meher, Atharva Poojari. Triumph Knights Mumbai North East: The reigning champions of the T20 Mumbai League Season 1, Triumph Knights have reposed faith in their skipper Suryakumar Yadav and have retained the services of medium-pacer Akash Parkar. Having a base of fans from Mulund, Vikhroli, Bhandup (West), Ghatkopar, Mankhurd and Shivaji Nagar, the Knights from the North East seem to be the team to beat this season, at least on paper. They open the season by taking on newbies Akash Tiger MWS on May 14 at 3:30pm. Squad: Suryakumar Yadav (c), Akash Parkar, Parikshit Valasangkar, Royston Dias, Sumit Ghadigaonkar, Shikhar Thakur, Siddhant Adatrao, Shivam Nirupam, Yash Dicholkar, Bharat Patil, Vinayak Bhoir, Prasad Patil, Kalpesh Sawant, Umesh Gurjar, Vaibhav Singh, Puneet Tripathi, Karan Shah, Mohit Awasthi, Karan More, Gaurav Chavan. SoBo Supersonics: The team which has the leading wickettaker of the competition must do well; no wonder that SoBo Supersonics progressed till the second qualifier last season. Badrey Alam was the joint-leading wicket-taker in the T20 Mumbai League in 2018. Expectedly, he has been brought back. “Jay is very young and dynamic and I believe he will do very well. Dhrumil has been really good as well if you see his past six months’ performance,” said the owner Gurmeet Singh. The fans from Worli, Sewri, Byculla, Malabar Hill, Mumbadevi and Colaba will wish they go the distance, as the side takes on ARCS Andheri on May 14. Squad: Jay Bista, Dhrumil Matkar, Badrey Alam, Khizar Dafedar, Yogesh Takawale, Adeeb Usmani, Vaibhav Mali, Rohan Raje, Sandeep Kunchikor, Japjeeth Randhawa, Agni Chopra, Tushar Srivastav, Hersh Tank, Akshay Barma, Harsh Tanna, Deepak Shetty, Aatif Shaikh, Parag Khanapurkar, Mansingh Nigade, Shashank Attarde. Shivaji Park Lions: Fourth in the list of top run-scorers last season as well as the joint-leading wicket-taker, Shivam Dube’s retention by the Shivaji Park Lions was a no-brainer. They also held on to Mumbai’s crisis man, Siddhesh Lad. Fans from Anushakti Nagar, Chembur, Dharavi, Sion Koliwada, Wadala, Shivaji Park and Mahim would want their team to go one step ahead in the second season, after they missed becoming the champs of the inaugural season. “Last season I felt we were lacking a few bowlers but this year we’ve covered that and now we have a very balanced team,” said coowner of the franchise, Harsh Jain. Shivaji Park Lions’ first game this season is on May 17 against ARCS Andheri. Squad: Shivam Dube, Siddhesh Lad, Tanush Kotian, Shivam Malhotra, Vijay Gohil, Nikhil Patil, Hardik Tamore, Sachin Yadav, Raunaq Sharma, Arun Yadav, Monil Soni, Varun Joijode, Onkar Jadhav, Swapnil Pradhan, Atish Gawand, Gaurav Bengre, Rudra Dhanday, Siddharth Raut, Jay Kothari, Manan Khakar. Eagle Thane Strikers: When you see players like Aditya Tare, Sarfaraz Khan and Shardul Thakur in the side, you can say that team has had a good day at the auction; the Strikers seem to have a good side at least on paper. Thane, Dombivli, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Badlapur, Ambarnath, Ulhasnagar, Vashi, Nerul, Belapur and Kharghar have now got a representative in the T20 Mumbai League by virtue of this new side. Eagle Thane Strikers start their campaign with an afternoon game against North Mumbai Panthers on May 15. Squad: Aditya Tare, Sarfaraz Khan, Shardul Thakur, Balwinder Sandhu, Rakesh Prabhu, Shrikant Limbole, Mayur Sanap, Prashant Solanki, Ajinkya Beloshe, Ankush Jaiswal, Aishwary Surve, Kruthik Hangawadi, Sachin Wagh, Alpesh Ramjani, Sagar Mishra, Siddharth Singh, Asif Shaikh, Prashant Bhoir, Jaideep Pardeshi, Kaushik Chikalikhar. Aakash Tigers Mumbai Western Suburbs: Cricket and Tendulkar are synonymous. Well, it was Arjun Tendulkar, who made headlines, when teams jostled for him and the Tigers snapped him up by shelling a maximum bid of five lakh and procuring him through the Opportunity to Match card. Mira Road, Bhayandar, Vasai, Nala Sopara, Virar, Palghar, Boisar and Dahanu Road are the areas which this team represents. They play the opening match of season 2 by taking on the defending champs, Triumph Knights Mumbai North East on May 14. Squad: Dhawal Kulkarni, Shams Mulani, Arjun Tendulkar, Siddharth Akre, Minad Manjrekar, Kaustub Pawar, Doraiswamy Subramanium, Akash Anand, Bhavin Thakkar, Aakarshit Gomel, Nehal Katakdhond, Ajay Pandey, Salman Khan, Anjdeep Lad, Suryansh Shedge, Sylvester Dsouza, Yogesh Pawar, Mehboob Shaikh. Triumph Knights Mumbai North East celebrate after being crowned champions in the inaugural season after beating Shivaji Park Lions RELATED NEWSMumbai Cricket Association blacklists video analyst Saurabh Walkar ; ...May 08, 2019Aakash Tigers snap up Arjun Tendulkar for T20 Mumbai LeagueMay 05, 2019Mumbai Cricket Association likely to make key appointments in May 03, 2019.
2019-05-14Mumbai: SEC orders fresh polls, runners-up candidates disappointed - The Indian Express
Mumbai: SEC orders fresh polls, runners-up candidates disappointed Published: May 15, 2019 1:07:23 am Congress’ Nitin Salagre and Shiv Sena’s Sandeep Naik and Eknath Hundare, runners-up of the 2017 BMC elections, were almost sure of becoming corporators after the Supreme Court recently approved the disqualification of three sitting corporators after they failed to prove their caste. Under Section 33(2) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888, if any corporator is disqualified then the candidate with the second highest votes can be appointed as a corporator in his place without fresh elections. Only some formalities remained before the three were officially declared as corporators. The State Election Commission (SEC) has, however, announced fresh polls on the three seats, dashing their hopes. On May 9, the SEC announced fresh elections in 20 corporator seats across the state which have fallen vacant. The seats are in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Ulhasnagar, Kolhapur and Pune, and include the three seats where Salagre, Naik and Hundare were set to be corporators. Last month, the SC dismissed the petitions of Murji Patel and his wife Kesharben Patel, both BJP corporators from Jogeshwari (East), and Congress corporator Rajpat Yadav from Kandivali (East) challenging a Bombay High Court order upholding the Caste Scrutiny Committee (CSC)’s order disqualifying them as corporators. All three claimed they belonged to Other Backward Classes (OBC).
2019-05-13Kalyan temple priest booked for black magic, sexual assault - Mumbai Mirror
Kalyan temple priest Laljit Singh alias Manju Mata booked for black magic, sexual assault Updated: May 13, 2019, 07:22 IST Lalit Singh Laljit Singh alias Manju Mata, a priest at Mata Vaishno Devi temple at Titwala in Kalyan East, was booked on Saturday under Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013. Besides, three men have given written complaints to the Superintendent of Police, Thane (Rural) complaining that the priest sexually assaulted them and forced one of them to have anal intercourse. After receiving complaints of sexual assault, the police on Sunday evening decided to invoke IPC 377 against the priest for having forceful anal intercourse and other sexual acts with the victims on the pretext of black magic. Senior police inspector BA Pandhare told Mumbai Mirror, “Yes, we have received complaints from three men who explicitly explained the alleged sexual assault trauma they have been through. We sought legal opinion and decided to add IPC 377 against the priest for indulging in same sex non-consensual sexual acts with the victims. In future, if women victims too come forward, we may take a call on adding IPC 376 in the course of investigation.” The priest and his assistant have been absconding since Saturday, the police said, adding that two teams comprising five members each have been set up to nab the accused. According to the FIR, the priest used ‘violent and Intimidatory tactics to get sexual favours from his followers. “If they suspected anything wrong was being done when they were, for instance, called in the midnight or if they refused to obey him or were about to talk about the sufferings to others, he used to threatened them with black magic, curse or even murder. He used to physically assault them through his assistants. These things were happening since 2009, but the victims gathered courage to file a complaint earlier this year”, the police said, quoting the complaint. “I know in Ulhasnagar alone, 50 men have been victim of his sexual assaults, and I am trying to reach out to every single victim. The priest had money, political and muscle power, besides black magic to threaten the vulnerable to extract sexual favours. Men and women both were assaulted,” said one of the victims, who is in his 40s, and was one of those who personally suffered the assaults. He has since stopped meeting the priest. Another complainant, according to the statement, is 32 years old and a resident of Ulhasnagar. In the name of curing the childless couple, the priest forced this victim for anal sex repeatedly at different locations. But because of the threats this victims kept following his orders until 2017, reads the statement. Advocate Trupti Patil of Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti has been helping the victims to get the justice. “Sexual assaults made by the priest were an open secret, and we have got the victims on record. Two of them were minor when they faced the unfortunate assault. We are trying to reach out to more victims as we have information there are.” The priest has also been booked under various other sections of IPC.
2019-05-12Baba booked for black magic - Free Press Journal
Baba booked for black magic May 12, 2019 5:47 am Thane: The Titwala police on Saturday booked a well-know priest (Baba) for allegedly indulging in black magic in a temple. Four male devotees from Ulhasnagar and Dombivli, in thier complaint, alleged that the Baba sexually harassed them. The accused Baba, identified as Laljit Singh alias Manjumataji, is absconding. The police said Laljit Singh has been booked under relevant sections of Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013, and under sections 323, 504,506,508 of the Indian Penal Code. The Baba has a large number of followers in Kalyan, Thane, Mumbai, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar and Thane rural parts. The four complainants reported the police that Baba indulged in magic and sexual harassment in the temple. The Titwala police rushed to temple and seized many material used for black magic.
2019-05-12State Election Commission announces by polls for 20 seats across 10 municipal corporations in Maharashtr - Mumbai Mirror
State Election Commission announces by polls for 20 seats across 10 municipal corporations in Maharashtra Updated: May 12, 2019, 14:24 IST EVMMumbai: The State Election Commission (SEC) has announced by-elections for 20 seats across 10 municipal corporations in the state including the Birhanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Bye-elections will be held in 10 municipal corporations including Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivali, Nashik, Kolhapur, Parbhani, Chandrapur, Pune and Ulhasnagar. The SEC has issued a circular announcing these by elections, however, the exact date has not been decided yet. In Mumbai, four corporators of the BMC were disqualified as they failed to furnish their caste verification certificates. The corporators are — BJP's Murji Patel (Ward no-81), his wife Kesharben Murji Patel (Ward no-76), Steffi Keni (Ward no- 32) of the Congress and Rajpati Yadav of the Congress (Ward no-28). Last month, the decision to disqualify them was given by the Bombay High Court as they did not furnish valid certificates and the caste verification committee found their documents to be invalid. Offcials said that except the BMC, bye-elecitons in all other municipal corporation are held in case a sitting corproator is disqualified. But in the BMC, in case of a disqualification, the corporator who came second in the elections gets nominated. Going by this rule, the disqualification is likely to increase the corporator strength of the Shiv Sena in the BMC, as the runner-up in two of these seats were from the Sena. In the third seat, the runner-up candidate belongs to the Congress. A senior official from the Municipal Secretary’s department said, “With the disqualification of these corporators, the runners-up in these seats will have to approach the Small Causes Court for their declaration as corporators. In the case of Murji Patel and Rajpati Yadav, the runner-up candidates were from Shiv Sena. In the case of Kesarben Patel, a Congress candidate was the runner-up. If they get orders from the Small Causes Court, then the Mayor will have to declare them as the new corporators.” After the 2017 municipal elections, it was mandatory for all corporators to submit their certificates. However, the caste verification committee had declared some of their documents invalid. The corporators had challenged the order through a writ petition. Currently, 93 corporators in the 227-member BMC belong to the Shiv Sena, while 85 belong to the BJP. The Congress has 31 corproators in the BMC.
2019-05-11Mumbai: Central Railway busts fake disability certificates racket for tickets - Times of India
Mumbai: Central Railway busts fake disability certificates racket for tickets Updated: May 11, 2019, 8:53 IST MUMBAI: Central Railway has busted a scam in which able-bodied passengers were procuring disability certificates to corner tickets on long-distance trains. WR's vigilance department last week unearthed a scam in which touts were cornering tickets meant for cancer patients, for which a quota is earmarked. As per rules, completely blind or orthopaedically handicapped persons are eligible for a 50% concession in AC 2-tier and AC first class. They are entitled to get 75% off in other classes. The escort is given the same concession. Two berths have been earmarked in all trains on non-suburban sections for handicapped persons. The person accompanying the handicapped person is allotted a berth out of this quota. A CR official said, Ulhanagar resident Ramesh Ahuja (64) had booked a ticket from the Kalyan passenger reservation system on March 8 for the Jaipur-Pune Superfast Express for travel between Kota-Kalyan. He and his companion were issued berths 68 and 69 in S3 coach for April 6. When the train arrived at Vasai, the train ticket examiner asked for the ticket and disability certificate. A senior CR official said, TTEs are experienced and can easily make out if the disability certificate is fake. Both passengers were nabbed when they could not give a convincing reply. Similarly, on Chennai Express, the TTE found Sunil Gehani (34) travelling on a fake certificate with his companion. Gehani had booked tickets for AC class for three other long-distance trains. The official said the TTE nabbed Gehani and his companion on April 24. In both instances, CR registered FIRs with railway police under section 420 of IPC for cheating the government by procuring a bogus certificate. A source said all accused are residents of Ulhasnagar.
2019-05-10Gang using aeronautical tools to smuggle cash, gold on international flights busted by DRI sleuths - Times Now
Gang using aeronautical tools to smuggle cash, gold on international flights busted by DRI sleuths May 10, 2019 Bengaluru: A recent bust by the Bengaluru division of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has led officials to a gang of smugglers who reportedly used aeronautical engineering tools to hide gold biscuits under aircraft panels. Officials familiar with the modus operandi (MO) said that members of this gang exposed wires and ducts by removing aircraft panels mid-air and thereby, put the lives of everyone on board at risk. A sleuth with DRI told media outlets that this gang managed to sneak in over 36 kilograms of gold worth more than Rs 11.3 crore in the past six months via the IndiGo route. Explaining how the gang operated, the official said that one member of the gang would board a flight from Singapore to Hyderabad via Bengaluru. This member had gold bars in his possession and used a special screwdriver to open the panel inside the aircraft toilet mid-air and hide the bars. The first member would then disembark at Ahmedabad where a second gang member would board the flight to Bengaluru and retrieve the gold bars from underneath the lavatory panel. He would then replace the gold biscuits with US dollars and disembark from the aircraft at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. A third smuggler would then enter the picture by boarding the same flight from Bengaluru to Singapore and recover the money before taking it through customs in Singapore using fake bank documents. Based on the inputs they received from a 41-year-old suspect they arrested earlier this year, Mumbai customs officials traced the gang's operations back to a gold smuggler based out of Ulhasnagar in Thane district of Maharashtra, K Motwani. Arrested on at least three prior occasions, Motwani confessed to using aeronautical tools to smuggle currency and gold in and out of the country. Concerned sleuths claim that they have alerted airline officials to exercise caution.
2019-05-10Sudhakarrao Naik, the CM who failed to tackle Bombay riots after Babri Masjid demolition - ThePrint
Sudhakarrao Naik, the CM who failed to tackle Bombay riots after Babri Masjid demolition Updated: 10 May, 2019 1:30 pm IST New Delhi: For a brief two-year period in the early 1990s, when Sharad Pawar moved to the union government as defence minister in P.V. Narasimha Rao’s cabinet, Sudhakarrao Naik served as Maharashtra chief minister. In that short tenure, Naik saw riots take place in Bombay (now Mumbai) following the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. His administration remained a mere spectator as Bal Thackeray-led Shiv Sena mobs ravaged Muslim neighbourhoods in India’s commercial capital, killing over 900 people. On his 18th death anniversary, ThePrint takes a look back at the life and times of the former Congress leader. Early career Sudhakarrao Rajusing Naik was born in Gahuli village in the Yavatmal region of Maharashtra in a Banjara tribal family on 21 August 1934. He was the nephew of former Maharashtra chief minister Vasantrao Naik. Naik completed his education from Vidarbha Mahavidyalaya in Amravati, Maharashtra. In 1962, he started his political career as chairman of the Panchayat Samiti in Pusad. In 1976, he was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Council on a Congress ticket. Two years later, he became an MLA and served the Pusad constituency for the next 17 years. In that period, he also served in several ministries in the Maharashtra cabinet, starting with the housing, animal husbandry and fisheries departments in 1978. He served as minister for industries, revenue and social welfare in 1985-86, the minister for social welfare, energy and legislative affairs between 1988 and 1990, and the minister for revenue and parliamentary affairs in 1990-91. He also edited two Marathi weeklies, Gram Swarajya and Sonali. Bombay riots Sharad Pawar, then a Congress leader, was chief minister of Maharashtra until June 1991, but then became defence minister in Narasimha Rao’s central government. The trusted Naik became his successor. Naik served as the Maharashtra CM between 25 June 1991 and 22 February 1993. However, during his tenure, India’s commercial capital was shaken by the 1992-93 riots. Over 900 people died due to violence which was spread over two long phases — a week in December 1992 and 10 days in January 1993. In 1998, the Justice B.N. Srikrishna report said it was Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray who directed the violence against Muslims. The report added that Naik’s government provided “effete political leadership” as it failed to stop Shiv Sena-led mobs from rampaging through Muslim-dominated areas.
2019-05-09Gold smugglers use special engineering tools to open toilet panels on flight - Times of India
Gold smugglers use spl engg tools to open toilet panels on flight Updated: May 10, 2019, 9:26 IST BENGALURU: Gold and foreign currency smugglers are allegedly removing aircraft panels mid-air using exclusive aeronautical engineering tools to conceal their wares and in turn, exposing dangerous wires and ducts leaving enforcement agencies and airline operators stunned. Recently, the Bengaluru team of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) nabbed a passenger at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) after he disembarked from an IndiGo flight with gold biscuits weighing 2.5kg. “The flight was coming from Singapore via Ahmedabad, where it was converted into a domestic flight. The man tried to get out with ease as there are no checks for arriving domestic passengers,” said a senior DRI officer who intercepted the man following specific inputs. Questioning of the suspect, Daniel Bhambani, 41, member of a Mumbai-based gold and currency smuggling syndicate, led the DRI team to his aide Pankaj, 45, who was waiting at the KIA departure lounge to board the same IndiGo flight scheduled to take off to Singapore. “The duo took us to a toilet in the rear of the aircraft and Daniel opened a panel to reveal US $2,00,000 (Rs 1.5 crore) stacked there and tightly packed using black tape ,” the officer explained. Much to the chagrin of DRI sleuths, Bhambani was also carrying a screwdriver, using which he opened the aircraft panel. “We were shocked to see the screwdriver as it was found to be a specialised tool used only by aeronautical engineers working on passenger aircraft. He opened the restroom panel exposing a set of wires and duct, which if meddled with could pose grave danger to the aircraft inflight mechanism,” said another DRI officer familiar with the case. Further probe revealed the men are part of a gang based in Ulhasnagar in Thane district, Maharashtra, led to K Motwani, a gold smuggler nabbed by Mumbai customs thrice earlier. Motwani was arrested by DRI officials later and he confessed to the gold and currency smuggling method involving aeronautical tools. “The smuggling method is old but usage of special tools to open aircraft panels is a revelation to us. The smugglers may not know the dangers involved and are putting all passengers and crew on board at risk. We have alerted the airline officials concerned and advised them to exercise caution,” the officer added. DRI officers are conducting a thorough probe to ascertain whether more gangs are employing this dangerous method to smuggle gold and currency.
2019-05-09Dreaded gangster Ali Bashir Ali held in 2005 case of hotelier's murder - Pune Mirror
Dreaded gangster held in 2005 case of hotelier's murder Updated: May 9, 2019, 20:59 IST Thane: A dreaded gangster was arrested in connection with a 14-year-old case on Thursday, in which a hotelier from Ulhasnagar in the district was shot dead, police said. The anti-extortion cell (AEC) of Thane crime branch arrested the accused, Fazal Ur Rehman alias Ali Bashir Ali Shaikh (55), who was lodged in Sabarmati jail in a different case, and brought him to Thane, an official said. He was arrested for the murder of Rakesh Raman Rai alias Rakesh Shetty (39), inspector of the AEC, Rajkumar Kothmire, said. The incident had taken place late night on May 10, 2005 near Regency Park at Kalyan. The shooters had allegedly shot the victim from point blank range, he added. A few days after the incident, the police had arrested Harish Vazirani (50) and Sunil Shetty (36) in connection with the murder. "The deceased and Vazirani had a dispute over a bar, which the deceased was operating. The bar belonged to Vazirani's brother," Kothmire said. Harish Vazirani and others hatched a conspiracy to eliminate Rakesh Raman Rai. Accordingly, two sharp-shooters were hired and they shot the victim dead by firing him from point blank range, he added. Some other accused in the case are still absconding, the officer said. The offence had been registered under IPC sections 302 (murder) and others at Mahatma Phule Police station at Kalyan. Further investigation into the case is on.
2019-05-09Grand-Uncle, Cancer Survivor and Modi’s Mentor: 79-Year-Young Sharad Pawar Isn’t Done Yet - News18
Grand-Uncle, Cancer Survivor and Modi’s Mentor: 79-Year-Young Sharad Pawar Isn’t Done Yet Updated:May 9, 2019, 9:25 PM IST Mumbai: I reach Silver Oak in South Mumbai at 4pm, half an hour before my scheduled appointment with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar. The prospect of spending the rest of the day with him, to travel with him to his election rally in the neighbouring district makes me nervous and excited at the same time. As I write my name on a small chit, which will be handed over to ‘Saheb’, I see a group of people waiting for their turn. “Do ordinary people get such easy access to any other leader here? Can anyone go to Matoshree to meet Uddhav Thackeray, without prior appointment,” says one of the staffers. Stories about Pawar’s connect with ordinary people, about his extraordinary memory in remembering those he had met years ago is the stuff of legends in Maharashtra politics. So is his energy level. At 79, he has held 79 rallies, crisscrossing the entire state of Maharashtra, often in temperatures soaring to 40 degree Celsius. “Saheb arrived early morning from Nagpur today, after a whirlwind tour of Vidarbha. He had wound up his schedule quite late last night, and had travelled by road through the Naxal-affected areas,” one of his staff members told me that mid-April day. Soon after the chit with my name reaches his office, the intercom of Sharad Pawar’s assistant rings. An office boy immediately ushers me into his room. “So, what is the mood?” he asks me while going through a file. “Sir, I haven’t travelled as yet,” I tell him. “Good. The heat on the field is really bad,” he says, smiling. I ask him what his assessment is. “People in the rural areas are really upset with the government,” he tells me. As we do some small talk, he gets another call on the intercom, informing him of a group’s arrival. He asks me for tea or coffee. Before the group of people enters his office, the office boy takes me to a neighbouring room. “We will leave in 15 minutes,” he tells me. By 4:25pm, he calls for his driver. In the meantime, a local NCP leader has called up his office to request ‘Saheb’ to delay his arrival at a small rally in South Mumbai to be held for Congress leader Milind Deora. For punctual Pawar, delaying the schedule is out of question. The leader gets a call back from Silver Oak saying, “Saheb is leaving.” As the convoy zips through the traffic of South Mumbai, Sharad Pawar begins speaking. In a free-wheeling, informal conversation, he opens up on varied topics -- from farming to rural women’s household budgets, 1993 bomb blasts and Dawood connection, supply and demand cycles, political stories from the 1960s and 1970s, Kashmir tourism, GM foods, his fight with oral cancer, sugarcane and sugar politics, his grandchildren, daughter Supriya Sule’s political plans and building socio-cultural-educational institutions. “Apart from politics, there is lot of other work I do. I am involved in many social, educational, cultural organisations. I serve on their boards. Our agricultural college in Baramati gives opportunity to the children of farmers to study farming and do their internships abroad. In horticulture, we have collaboration with an institution from The Netherlands. Every year, our students travel there. It gives them exposure,” he says. What follows is a discussion on international sugar politics, empowerment of rural women to produce goods for five-star hotels and large MNCs. The topic veers towards his entry into politics and his experiences in the early years. “I was a young man then. I had just entered youth politics. A senior leader had taken some of us to Delhi to meet Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. At the time, there was a non-Congress government in Kerala. That CM had taken a decision the Congress did not appreciate.” “Mr Nehru issued a note which was critical of the decision. One of his leaders asked him why he did not speak against the CM who had taken the decision. His answer has remained with me till date. Pandit Nehru said, ‘The office of CM is an institution. We must not attack the institutions made in democracy’,” Pawar says, expressing dismay at the way institutions “were targeted by the Modi government”. I ask him why he gave Lok Sabha ticket to Parth Pawar, his grand-nephew who is a complete political novice. “Why shouldn’t a young face get a chance? Maval was anyway a risky seat. Here, the party cadre requested to give candidature to Parth. So I relented. He is young and works hard,” he ays. When asked about the initial nervousness seen in Parth’s body language, Pawar jumps to his defence. “There is a first time for everybody. When I had pushed Sushilkumar Shinde in politics, way back in the 70s, he was nervous during his first party address. But he went on to become the home minister of the country. Even for Parth, this is his first time,” he says. “Is this a doting grandfather speaking?” I ask. “No. I have always believed in giving opportunity to young faces. You talk of Parth because he is my grandson,” he hits back. Rumours have been doing the rounds that Sharad Pawar had to bow down to family pressure from nephew Ajit Pawar (former deputy CM) and his wife. But if one digs deeper, one finds several accounts in politics, of Sharad Pawar staying in touch with young leaders across party lines and of providing sound advice to them. “I have started heeding Sharad Pawar’s advice now,” Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray had said in his speech during a book launch on Sharad Pawar’s 75th birthday in 2015. Today, Raj Thackeray’s reincarnation in Maharashtra politics comes on the back of several meetings between Pawar and him. From Sushilkumar Shinde to Sanjay Raut, to Sitaram Yechury, to Raj Thackeray to Narendra Modi (once upon a time), he has guided many. At one point, Atal Bihari Vajpayee had roped him in for working on disaster management in India. Our conversation is halted by a bunch of over-zealous party workers, who throng the narrow roads of Girgaum to shout slogans. Their bikes bring traffic to a standstill. Visibly upset, Pawar stops in the middle of the conversation. He halts his car to let pedestrians cross the street. The police vehicles that led the convoy now stand separated and anxious. Frenzied bike-borne party workers gather around his car. Not sensing that he is upset with their show of strength in bringing traffic to a standstill, they smile and greet him. Pawar rolls down his window and signals them to move ahead soon. “People get angry. They curse us for causing such inconvenience to them,” he mutters. “People aren't interested in what Mr Modi has said or in personal attacks on Rahul Gandhi or Sharad Pawar or anybody,” Pawar says, as we begin rolling the cameras. After the Girgaum rally, as we travel to Ulhasnagar in the neighbouring district of Thane for a night rally, we have nearly two hours to record his interview. WHAT ARE THE ISSUES? “They raise certain issues. Their main interest in mofussil areas or rural areas is distress in agriculture. Secondly, in certain parts of the state the farming community has been facing drought. Thirdly, their cattle are not getting sufficient fodder,” he says. “In such an area, women have to fetch water from far away. Another issue is irrational prices for their own products. Expectation is of remunerative prices. The ruling party has made a statement on many occasions that they will ensure two-and-a-half times the cost of cultivation to farmers. But the farmers aren’t getting that. They have also been claiming that they will double farmers’ income by such and such year. Now, the year has been changed. Looks like the new year is 2022. That means one has to wait for another 2-3 years.” “Unemployment, especially among youngsters, rural population, younger generation, is high. They are very unhappy because they don't get opportunity to work. With certain decisions taken by the government, the expectation was that they must have given it a serious thought. They must have consulted experts and the outcome of their study must have been beneficial for the whole country, including us. For example, demonetisation,” he says. “About 5 million youngsters have lost their jobs. Small traders have been seriously affected. Initially, people were thinking that this was good to control black money. But black money had two-three aspects. Black money means certain section which earns money and avoids taxes, and keeps that money for their own personal transactions. That is black money. But here, the farmers who sell certain vegetables in the market don’t get the price in cheque. In mandi, whatever he will sell, he will get cash. But that cash may not be accounted somewhere. That is not black money.” ‘PM, CM Making Childish Statements’ I ask him about the BJP’s jibe against him for backtracking from the Lok Sabha elections. He had earlier announced that he will contest the general elections from Madha constituency. Days later, he said that so many people from the Pawar family cannot be in the ring. After announcing Parth’s candidature, he had declared that he won’t fight the elections. The BJP mocked at him, saying he feared defeat. During his public rallies in Maharashtra, Modi had asked Pawar why he would not fight elections. “You see, in elections, somebody loses. First of all, I have never lost. He asks why I am not contesting. If I am not contesting, why isn't he giving seats to Murli Manohar Joshi and Advani? They took a conscious decision that they have reached a certain age. I also made the same decision. I am now 79. Someone has to stop. They immediately started saying, ‘You have lost’. It is a childish statement,” he retorts. “Anybody can lose an election. Advani had lost. Indira Gandhi was the strongest PM of the country, she lost the election. Winning-losing is a part of elections. In 1980s, the Jan Sangh had only two MPs,” he said calmly. Seconds later, as though hurt by the BJP’s barbs, he says, “Who are they talking about? The person who got elected 14 times and who has never lost an election. In 1977, even during the Janata wave, I did not lose. When Rajiv Gandhi became PM, I was in Congress (S). Indiraji's assassination had created a sympathy wave. And all other parties lost like anything. At that time as well, I contested against Congress (I) and I got No. 2 votes, next to Rajiv Gandhi. My mother was not assassinated. Sympathy was for Rajiv Gandhi. He got good votes. Knowing fully well my background, these people are talking of my fear of defeat.” I ask him if he feels hurt that the man who had once spoken of him as a mentor, now targets him without fail. “No. What should I feel hurt about? It is a good thing that Mr Modi targets me. It means he has accepted our capability and our position in the public at large. It gives me free publicity. Anyway, no other party excluding BJP has money anymore,” he quips. ‘Modi Can Go to Any Extent’ Making oblique reference to the crackdown on opposition parties, Pawar further says, “Modi doesn't believe anybody who doesn't toe his line. If there is any effort to consolidate the position of political leaders against a particular thinking, and if Mr Modi is himself a part of that particular thinking, then he will not be able to digest this strategy. And for that, he will go to any extent,” he says. But he also predicts that Modi will not be the prime minister after the election results are out. “There is no possibility that the BJP will get complete majority this time. There is a possibility that it might become the single-largest party. Even if the BJP is the single-largest party, it will require support from some other forces. And I don't think there will be acceptability by others for Mr Modi's name. Other parties will not accept Mr Narendra Modi's name to lead their own coalition,” he says. For Maharashtra, he predicts that the issues of drought and Maratha reservation will fester and trouble the government in the coming times. It is almost 10:30 pm. In Ulhasnagar, the haphazardly developed town where Sindhi migrants had settled down after Partition, the NCP rally just ended. Sharad Pawar’s convoy has rested for nearly an hour and a half and snacked on vada-pavs that a party worker got for them from a local shop. As for him, he hasn’t had a sip of water or a bite of food. “I will have dinner after going back home,” he tells me as we get back in his car for the return journey. We are joined by one of his party’s leaders, who fills him in with the details on local equations. After we cross Thane, he gets down. Seven hours and two rallies later, the septuagenarian is still energetic. It will take us another two hours to wrap up the day. We discuss about politics, crime and terror. The conversations are off record. But there is one thing I can’t stop myself from writing about. That is his fight with oral cancer. I ask him what went through his mind in those days. “The doctor told me that I had very little time. But I thought, whoever fights, lives. At that moment, I decided that I will fight. And that is what I did,” he says in a matter-of-fact manner. His friends tell me he is a very positive man who never dwells in negativity. “He loves increasing his social reach, making plans, mentoring others. Though he isn’t contesting Lok Sabha elections, he still has two years of Rajya Sabha tenure ahead of him. He is fully aware that there might be a situation in Parliament where his political expertise can be put to good use. At 79, he is still very active and mobile. Maybe, during the next Lok Sabha elections, he will have to give guidance to others from the confines of his office. But currently, he is very much active, and he has plans,” says one of his close associates.
2019-05-09MH-MURDER-ARREST - THE WEEK
MH-MURDER-ARREST May 09, 2019 19:17 IST Dreaded gangster held in 2005 case of hotelier's murder Thane, May 9 (PTI) A dreaded gangster was Thursday arrested in connection with a 14-year-old case, in which a hotelier from Ulhasnagar in the district was shot dead, police said. The anti extortion cell (AEC) of Thane crime branch arrested the accused, Fazal Ur Rehman alias Ali Bashir Ali Shaikh (55), who was lodged in Sabarmati jail in a different case, and brought him to Thane, an official said. He was arrested for the murder of Rakesh Raman Rai alias Rakesh Shetty (39), inspector of the AEC, Rajkumar Kothmire, said. The incident had taken place late night on May 10, 2005 near Regency Park at Kalyan. The shooters had allegedly shot the victim from point blank range, he added. A few days after the incident, the police had arrested Harish Vazirani (50) and Sunil Shetty (36) in connection with the murder. "The deceased and Vazirani had a dispute over a bar, which the deceased was operating. The bar belonged to Vazirani's brother," Kothmire said. Harish Vazirani and others hatched a conspiracy to eliminate Rakesh Raman Rai. Accordingly, two sharp-shooters were hired and they shot the victim dead by firing him from point blank range, he added. Some other accused in the case are still absconding, the officer said. The offence had been registered under IPC sections 302 (murder) and others at Mahatma Phule Police station at Kalyan. Further investigation into the case is on.
2019-05-09Water pollution at Ulhas river: A study in contrast - Hindustan Times
Water pollution at Ulhas river: A study in contrast Updated: May 10, 2019 00:53 IST Although a report submitted by the Thane district public health department in April revealed that Waldhuni and Ulhas rivers are highly polluted and their water is unfit for human consumption, data uploaded on the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) website claims the river water in the bund (a small damlike structure) near NRC at Shahad,Kalyan, is not polluted. Dismissing the data published on MPCB website, environmentalists who have been fighting a legal battle to save Waldhuni and Ulhas rivers said the water in the NRC bund is the most polluted stretch of the Ulhas river. “The water in bund is polluted because a nullah from Mharal village meets the river at this location. How can the website state the water here is non-polluted? This shows that the MPCB’s study has gone wrong,” said Ashwin Aghor, a senior conservation officer from Vanashakti. Water from both the rivers is supplied to 30 lakh residents in Ulhasnagar, Thane, Kalyan, Badlapur and Dombivli. The lab reports revealed that turbidity, chlorides, hardness and dissolved solids were several times higher than the safe limit and the pH level was acidic. The water quality monitored at the NRC bund in 2018 and 2019 shows the quality above 80. As per MPCB website, if the water quality index is between 63 and 100, then the water is non-polluted. “On the one hand, the website states the water at the bund is non-polluted. On the other hand, the MPCB regional officials from Kalyan division had served a show cause notice to all the civic bodies on May 6. They were asked compliance with the report in 7 days or face legal action for polluting the river,” said Aghor. On the MPCB website, water quality monitored in 2018 show the average water quality index (WQI) from January to December at 80. The water quality is monitored at different locations along the Ulhas river by the MPCB official from Kalyan through sample collection. Also, the average WQI between January and March 2019 is 80. “Ulhas creek at Kalyan Reti bunder stinks. A two-minute visit to these sites is enough to ascertain that water here is polluted,” said Shyam Lal, 39, a resident of Khadakpada in Kalyan (West). DB Patil, MPCB regional office from Kalyan, said he is unaware of the data published on MPCB website. “There are dedicated officials for the job and they’ll be able to explain better,” he said. It was Patil who had issued show cause notices to Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Badlapur corporations, asking them to send a compliance report in seven days on measures taken to curb pollution at Ulhas river or face legal action. When asked about the action initiated against the civic bodies for non-compliance Patil said, “We won’t initiate legal action because the civic bodies are implementing measures to treat sewage in their jurisdiction. The show cause notice is just to check what work they have done so far. We meet every fortnight to take stock take the situation.” However, Vanashakti alleged that efforts taken by the authorities have failed to control pollution at NRC bund. “The fact that water hyacinth is flourishing explains how polluted the river is. Can the MPCB officials assure that sewage from Mharal nullah is treated before being released into the river? The nullah meets Ulhas river just a few metres from the NRC bund,” said Aghor.
2019-05-09Thane: Dreaded gangster held in 2005 case of hotelier's murder - Mumbai Mirror
Thane: Dreaded gangster held in 2005 case of hotelier's murder Updated: May 9, 2019, 20:59 IST Thane: A dreaded gangster was arrested in connection with a 14-year-old case on Thursday, in which a hotelier from Ulhasnagar in the district was shot dead, police said. The anti-extortion cell (AEC) of Thane crime branch arrested the accused, Fazal Ur Rehman alias Ali Bashir Ali Shaikh (55), who was lodged in Sabarmati jail in a different case, and brought him to Thane, an official said. He was arrested for the murder of Rakesh Raman Rai alias Rakesh Shetty (39), inspector of the AEC, Rajkumar Kothmire, said. The incident had taken place late night on May 10, 2005 near Regency Park at Kalyan. The shooters had allegedly shot the victim from point blank range, he added. A few days after the incident, the police had arrested Harish Vazirani (50) and Sunil Shetty (36) in connection with the murder. "The deceased and Vazirani had a dispute over a bar, which the deceased was operating. The bar belonged to Vazirani's brother," Kothmire said. Harish Vazirani and others hatched a conspiracy to eliminate Rakesh Raman Rai. Accordingly, two sharp-shooters were hired and they shot the victim dead by firing him from point blank range, he added. Some other accused in the case are still absconding, the officer said. The offence had been registered under IPC sections 302 (murder) and others at Mahatma Phule Police station at Kalyan. Further investigation into the case is on.
2019-05-08Mumbai: Show-cause notices to civic bodies over polluted rivers - Mid-Day
Mumbai: Show-cause notices to civic bodies over polluted rivers Updated: May 08, 2019, 08:41 IST The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has sent a show-cause notice to the Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Badlapur municipal corporations on Tuesday for not following the Supreme Court's instructions on sewage treatment plants (STP). The SC has ordered municipal corporations to get the sewage treated before it is discharged into rivers. These corporations have allegedly been discharging chemicals and untreated sewage into the rivers directly, polluting them. The MPCB has asked them to state the reasons for not following the instructions or they will take strict action. The principal secretary, environment department had directed that a committee be formed to verify the compliance of these corporations. The committee visited several locations under these corporations and found many issues. Under the jurisdiction of the Badlapur municipal corporation they found 13MLD (million litres per day) domestic influents are released from Panvelkar residential complex and Hendrepada into a nullah without treatment. The nullah where the sewage treatment plant also discharges untreated water meets the Ulhas river. Under the Ambernath municipal corporation, 6MLD untreated sewage goes into the nullah which further flows into Waldhuni river. In Kalyan-Dombivli, the municipal corporation has failed to divert eight nullahs to three STPs located near Adharwadi. They have failed to install a new STP with a capacity of 23.5 MLD. MPCB officer DB Patil said, "The municipal corporations have been given seven days to submit their answers or else legal action will be taken against them." Ambernath, Ulhasnagar and Badlapur corporation officials refused to talk about the notice, while a Kalyan-Dombivli corporation official, Baban Baraf said, "Our new STP is yet to start because of the residents opposition to it. We are slowly improving our sewage treatment work."
2019-05-07Thane: 5 of family booked for torturing woman for dowry - News Nation
Thane: 5 of family booked for torturing woman for dowry Updated : 08 May 2019, 12:22 AM Five members of a family have been booked for allegedly torturing a 26-year-old woman for dowry in Thane's Ulhasnagar township, police said on Tuesday. The complainant, a resident of Haweli area in Pune, has told police that her in-laws, husband and their kin would inflict burn injuries on her with hot oil, police said. "She was married to one Tikam Tulsidas Sachdev in July last year. Her husband's family started demanding gold and Rs 1.50 lakh in cash as dowry. They also tortured her by pouring hot oil on her hands," an official said quoting the complaint. A dowry case was registered on Monday against Tikam Tulsidas Sachdev, Tulsidas Sachdev, Sunita Tulsidas Sachdev, Vandana Hotwani and Jitu Hotwani, the official said, adding that no arrests have been made so far.
2019-05-07Thane: 5 of family booked for torturing woman for dowry - Devdiscourse
Thane: 5 of family booked for torturing woman for dowry Updated: 07-05-2019 22:25 IST Five members of a family have been booked for allegedly torturing a 26-year-old woman for dowry in Thane's Ulhasnagar township, police said Tuesday. The complainant, a resident of Haweli area in Pune, has told police that her in-laws, husband and their kin would inflict burn injuries on her with hot oil, police said. "She was married to one Tikam Tulsidas Sachdev in July last year. Her husband's family started demanding gold and Rs 1.50 lakh in cash as dowry. They also tortured her by pouring hot oil on her hands," an official said quoting the complaint. A dowry case was registered on Monday against Tikam Tulsidas Sachdev, Tulsidas Sachdev, Sunita Tulsidas Sachdev, Vandana Hotwani and Jitu Hotwani, the official said, adding that no arrests have been made so far.
2019-05-07Thane: 5 of family booked for torturing woman for dowry by pouring hot oil on her hands - The Financial Express
Thane: 5 of family booked for torturing woman for dowry by pouring hot oil on her hands Published: May 7, 2019 10:58:18 PM Five members of a family have been booked for allegedly torturing a 26-year-old woman for dowry in Thane’s Ulhasnagar township, police said Tuesday. The complainant, a resident of Haweli area in Pune, has told police that her in-laws, husband and their kin would inflict burn injuries on her with hot oil, police said. “She was married to one Tikam Tulsidas Sachdev in July last year. Her husband’s family started demanding gold and Rs 1.50 lakh in cash as dowry. They also tortured her by pouring hot oil on her hands,” an official said quoting the complaint. A dowry case was registered on Monday against Tikam Tulsidas Sachdev, Tulsidas Sachdev, Sunita Tulsidas Sachdev, Vandana Hotwani and Jitu Hotwani, the official said, adding that no arrests have been made so far.
2019-05-07Thane: 5 of family booked for torturing woman for dowry - Business Standard
Thane: 5 of family booked for torturing woman for dowry May 7, 2019 22:25 IST Five members of a family have been booked for allegedly torturing a 26-year-old woman for dowry in Thane's Ulhasnagar township, police said Tuesday. The complainant, a resident of Haweli area in Pune, has told police that her in-laws, husband and their kin would inflict burn injuries on her with hot oil, police said. "She was married to one Tikam Tulsidas Sachdev in July last year. Her husband's family started demanding gold and Rs 1.50 lakh in cash as dowry. They also tortured her by pouring hot oil on her hands," an official said quoting the complaint. A dowry case was registered on Monday against Tikam Tulsidas Sachdev, Tulsidas Sachdev, Sunita Tulsidas Sachdev, Vandana Hotwani and Jitu Hotwani, the official said, adding that no arrests have been made so far.
2019-05-075 Of Family Charged For Allegedly Torturing Woman For Dowry - NDTV News
5 Of Family Charged For Allegedly Torturing Woman For Dowry Updated: May 08, 2019 01:22 IST Thane: Five members of a family have been charged for allegedly torturing a 26-year-old woman for dowry in Thane's Ulhasnagar township, the police said on Tuesday.The complainant, a resident of Haweli area in Pune, told the police that her in-laws, husband and their kin would inflict burn injuries on her with hot oil, police said. "She was married to one Tikam Tulsidas Sachdev in July last year. Her husband's family started demanding gold and Rs 1.50 lakh in cash as dowry. They also tortured her by pouring hot oil on her hands," an official said quoting the complaint. A dowry case was registered on Monday against Tikam Tulsidas Sachdev, Tulsidas Sachdev, Sunita Tulsidas Sachdev, Vandana Hotwani and Jitu Hotwani, the official said, adding that no arrests have been made so far.
2019-05-04Constable booked for abetting suicide of 22-yr-old juice seller in... - Local Press Co
Constable booked for abetting suicide of 22-yr-old juice seller in Ulhasnagar May 4, 2019 A police constable has been booked for abetting the suicide of a 22-year-old juice seller from Ulhasnagar. According to reports, Satish Khedekar ran a juice and sandwich stall in Ulhasnagar’s Hira Ghat area. He ended his life on Thursday night by hanging self at home. Following his death, his family alleged that the youngster took his life owing the harassment meted out to him at the hands of constable Pawan Kedar. The family told police that Kedar had been demanding Rs 10,000 from Khedekar since the last few months and had taken action against him for keeping his shop open till night. During the investigation, police reportedly found that there was some old dispute between the constable and the vendor, following which the official was booked for abetment to suicide. While the case was registered against Kedar at the family’s behest, police say they will verify all claims before taking any further action against the constable.
2019-05-04Juice seller found dead, cop booked - Times of India
Juice seller found dead, cop booked Updated: May 4, 2019, 10:07 IST ULHASNAGAR: A 22-year old juice and sandwich shop owner, Satish Khedekar, allegedly killed himself at his home in Ulhasnagar on Thursday. Khedekar's family said that a constable, Pawan Kedar, had been harassing him and demanding Rs 10,000 for some months. As Khedekar did not pay up, Kedar initiated action against him twice for keeping the shop open until late in the night, alleged the family. The police have found that Khedekar, who used to run his shop in Hira Ghat area, had taken a Rs 5 lakh loan and there was an old dispute between him and Kedar. The police said that Khedekar found dead in his Chopda house on Thursday night. He seems to have hanged himself, said an officer. While the constable has been booked for abatement to suicide based on the family's complaints, the police have said that they will verify the claims before taking any further action.
2019-05-04Another poll staffer dies - Times of India
Another poll staffer diesAnother poll staffer dies Updated: May 4, 2019, 7:03 IST KALYAN: A Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation employee, Ashok Pandey, who was admitted to KEM hospital after he complained of chest pain while on poll duty, died on Friday. Pandey had lost consciousness while he was on election duty on Sunday. While the cause of death remains unknown, his family claimed heat worsened his condition. This is the second poll duty-related death in Thane district. A sweeper working with Ulhasnagar civic body, Bhagwan Magare, too died while on poll duty.
2019-05-03Mumbaiwale: From AHAR to USA, cool short-forms in the big city - Hindustan Times
Mumbaiwale: From AHAR to USA, cool short-forms in the big city Updated: May 04, 2019 00:46 IST Locals of a certain vintage might recall a few things about the single-screen movie experience. Splurging for Dress Circle seats. Pastel-coloured tickets. Chipniks. They might also remember some tittering when one message flashed on the screen before the film. It referred to the BED Act, an acronym that generated a few X-rated jokes. The term merely stands for the Bombay Entertainments Duty Act, under which a tax must be paid (originally to the Bombay Presidency, later to Maharashtra) to screen a film. It’s one of several interesting Mumbai abbreviations that are part of Mumbai life. ALM: Advanced Locality Management. The initiative was launched in 1997 to get citizens and neighbourhoods to collaborate with the BMC on better solid waste management. Over two decades, they’ve also worked towards better governance and civic services. AHAR: The tasty-sounding name for the (Indian) Association of Hotels and Restaurants, largely made up of south Indian restaurant owners. Mumbai has 8,000 members, from your neighbourhood Udupi to 3-star hotels. BEST: The Bombay Electric Supply & Tramway Company Limited was set up in 1905, starting an electric tram service in 1907 and bus services since 1926. The first buses ran between Afghan Church and Crawford Market. By the end of the first year, they had 6 lakh passengers! BOSLA: The Bombay Science Librarians’ Association, one of the city’s oldest library groups. Set up in the 1970s, it’s helped set up libraries and inter-library schemes. Last year’s annual lecture covered source databases, cloud storage, navigational and discovery tools, remote access applications and how to attract new users. BRA: Mumbai’s foremost club for rock music enthusiasts. Set up in 1997, it’s where 10,000 fans have built a community and produced 275 rock-related events. BRAVO: An affirming name for the Bandra Reclamation Area Volunteers Organisation. It works with the city and state roadways departments to maintain the promenade and gardens at Bandra Reclamation. No, they’re not the ones moral policing the couples by the water. BRIMSTOWAD: My favourite. The Brihanmumbai Stormwater Disposal System project has long been planned to modernise and upgrade the city’s drains and sanitation. Some pipe systems are more than 100 years old. But the project never took off and keeps getting more expensive by the monsoon. MaKaBo: Malad-Kandivli-Borivli. Not quite as catchy as SoBo but the area does have more skyscrapers, more affordable homes and a lot more malls. MIG: Middle Income Group. It makes you wonder why the MIG Cricket Club in Bandra East is so snooty. OCRA: No ladies fingers, sorry. The Oval Cooperage Residents Association has been active since 1978 and was instrumental in turning the Oval Maidan from a dump, overgrown with grass and harbouring drug addicts, to a free, open, public space. SEEPZ: It’s in Anderi East but its full form is Santacruz Electronic Export Processing Zone. The premises are closed to the public but once a year, on the second Sunday of May, the centuries-old St John the Baptist Church opens for one service. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see the church ruins and the patch of green. SENSEX: Nothing sensational. The term stands for the Bombay Stock Exchange’s Sensitive Index, a stock-market report card of the benchmark listed companies. Another list, of the National Stock Exchange top 50 performers is called the NIFTY 50. TPS: If you’ve wondered why Bandra’s roads have numbers, you’ll have to go back in time for the answer. Bandra’s Town Planning Scheme was launched in 1927. Small plots owned by farmers were taken over to build planned housing projects and shops all the way towards Khar, leaving room for open space. USA: Ulhasnagar Sindhi Association. There was no such entity, but the short form, USA, came in handy in the 1980s when India hungered for imported, branded goods but couldn’t yet buy them. Sindhi-owned manufacturing companies produced counterfeit jeans, watches, bags and such. Your gear was ‘Made in USA’, just not the USA you wanted.
2019-05-02Toxic foam pollutes Ulhas river at Badlapur - Hindustan Times
Toxic foam pollutes Ulhas river at Badlapur Updated: May 02, 2019 14:36 IST A site inspection of Ulhas river, which comes under the Kulgaon-Badlapur Municipal Council (KBMC), has revealed high levels of water pollution, with a section of the river along Badlapur bubbling with thick foam and filth even after sewage treatment. According to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), municipal corporations are lagging far behind in their compliance to the Supreme Court’s (SC) directions to revive the two rivers. KBMC has said “corrective action will be taken” once the pollutants have been analysed while MPCB expects to compile a detailed report by the end of the week. Following the SC’s directions, a 12-hour site inspection (9am to 9pm) of Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers along Badlapur, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan and Dombivli was carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday by the MPCB, the state environment department, civic officials and the petitioner, non-governmental organisation Vanashakti. The inspection team found high levels of pollution in the rivers. Details shared by Vanashakti and validated by MPCB showed sewage mixed with effluents entering the drinking water zone from a nullah along Badlapur falling under the KBMC’s jurisdiction. “We found foam from the outlet as opposed to clear water due to high phosphate content. Polluted water was seen entering the drinking water zone. These effluents have cancer causing agents, which cannot be removed during filtration by water supplying agencies. The Maharashtra government has to wake up and implement a zero discharge policy in both rivers,” said Stalin D, director of Vanashakti. Municipal corporations have managed to achieve only 50% of the short and long term directions laid down by the SC over two years. “Ambernath has achieved 80% of its target by collecting and treating sewage effectively. However, other municipal corporations are lagging far behind. There is zero treatment at Ulhasnagar but sewage treatment plant (STP) projects are expected to be commissioned in coming months,” said an MPCB official. “Only 20-25% treatment was observed in Kalyan-Dombivli with sewage diversion and collection happening at a slow pace. At Badlapur, 70% of sewage was being treated but effluent discharge from industries was not being monitored properly.” YB Sontakke, joint director (water quality), MPCB, part of the inspection team, confirmed the findings. MPCB said a detailed report will be ready by the end of the week. “There are numerous issues that have been identified during the visit. Strict action will be taken in some cases while notices will be served to others,” said E Ravindran, member secretary, MPCB. KBMC said 22 million litres of sewage per day (MLD) was generated in the areas under its jurisdiction while 18 MLD are treated. “A chemical analysis of the foam water will be done to assess the source of pollutants. We will check for industrial discharge, and corrective action will be taken,” said Prakash Borse, chief officer, KBMC.
2019-05-02Mumbai: Western Railway to open its first Rs 1 clinic at Grant Road station - Free Press Journal
Mumbai: Western Railway to open its first Rs 1 clinic at Grant Road station May 2, 2019 11:00 am In good news for Mumbaikars, the Western Railway (WR) is planning to open its first Rs 1 clinic at Grant Road station on May 7. According to the Hindustan Times, there are talks to extend the services to multiple stations on the WR in the coming months. Dr Rahul Ghule, chief operating officer of the project, told the leading daily, “We are in the process of starting centers at Mahim and Palghar. We will get a confirmation by May 10. At some of the centers, we have also started offering pathological diagnosis and pharmacy services at half the market rates.” The Central Railway (CR) launched Rs 1 clinic at 11 stations, through which more than 80,000 patients have been treated so far. Currently, the clinics are operational at Dadar, Sion, Kurla, Chembur, Bhandup, Kalwa, Thane, Dombivli, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar and Titwala on the CR. These clinics, besides checking blood pressure and providing first aid, offer complete blood tests as well as ECG, CT scan, X-ray, MRI and sonography at lower-than-market rates. Around 150 MBBS doctors and 300 support staff are attached to these clinics. Dr Ghule told the leading daily, “We attend to more than eight to 10 emergency cases, which need MRI and X-rays, daily. At least 50-60 patients undergo check-ups and blood tests for general diagnosis daily.”
2019-05-01Lok Sabha elections 2019: Low voter turnout of 49.95% in Thane divides opinions - Hindustan Times
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Low voter turnout of 49.95% in Thane divides opinions Updated: May 01, 2019 08:42 IST A dismal voter turnout of 49.95% in Thane on Monday has now started a debate on whether bastions will be retained or broken. The general belief is that a low turnout benefits the ruling party. Moreover, the Assembly segment-wise voter turnouts revealed better figures in areas like Thane City, Kopri-Panchpakhadi and Mira- Bhayander areas, where the Sena-BJP has a strong influence. However, experts though believe it is not so easy to predict who will benefit. Even though Thane has always been Sena’s bastion, the emerging population of cosmopolitan voters over the decade might even be a cause of concern to the saffron alliance. In Thane, Rajan Vichare from Shiv Sena and Anand Paranjpe from NCP are up against each other. Thane City assembly constituency saw the maximum voting percentage of 56.58%, followed by 53.12% in Kopri-Panchpakhadi and 52.68% in Ovala Majiwada. Milind Ballal, senior journalist, said, “Last time, there was a Modi wave and thus the voting percentage increased. How much the voting percentage increased by, owing to the Modi wave first needs to be analysed to know how people voted. It can, however, be said that the opposition was not successful in bringing people out of their homes in Thane, where the Sena has a stronghold.” Another senior journalist Deepak Sonawane claimed that the results might not be so straightforward. “The three Assembly constituencies — Thane City, Mira-Bhayander and Belapur — are with the BJP in this constituency. Here, the voting percentage is less if we compare it to last year’s voting percentage.” He added that on the other hand, the voting in areas like in Airoli where NCP has its sole MLA is unimpressive. In Bhiwandi, more than 60% voter turnout was reported in Shahpur, Murbad and Bhiwandi Rural. Here, Kapil Patil from BJP and Suresh Taware from Congress are in the fray for the Lok Sabha seat. He added, “There has been a lot of infighting in both the BJP and Congress in Bhiwandi, thus the voters can go either way.” The final voting percentage in Kalyan was not available at the time of going to press. The latest figure was 44.27%. The low turnout in areas like Kalwa-Mumbra and Ulhasnagar, where the sitting MLA is from the NCP, has made the election in this constituency a one-sided affair. Sena candidate Shrikant Shinde might have an easy victory here.

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