|2007-01-31||523 candidates are contesting the polls in Ulhasna|
With campaigning ending at 5 pm on Tuesday, the police have now geared up for free and fair civic elections in Thane and Ulhasnagar on February 1.
“More than 3,454 personnel will be deployed for the polls. Besides, we will also station seven companies of the State Reserve Police Force and 600 Home Guards in Thane and Ulhasnagar,” said Joint Commissioner of Police Madhu Shinde.
The police have also bought 25 digital cameras to monitor the election process. As a preventive measure, 109 people in Thane and 125 in Ulhasnagar, have been detained. Also, 131 firearms in Ulhasnagar and 113 in Thane have been surrendered to the concerned DCPs.
Police Commissioner D Sivanandan did not rule out the possibility of the underworld becoming active in Ulhasnagar before the elections. “We are not ruling out any such possibility and that is why we have stationed three Deputy Commissioners of Police, including the DCP (Crime) and Additional Commissioner of Police Surendra Pandey in Ulhasnagar, to track and avert any unwanted situation before the elections,” he said.
While 523 candidates are contesting the polls in Ulhasnagar, in Thane, 717 candidates are in the fray.
Of the 832 polling booths in Thane, the Election Commission (EC) and the police have declared 344 as sensitive and in Ulhasnagar, 150 have been declared as sensitive out of the 366 booths.
“The EC had asked us to provide one constable in each sensitive ward. But we are allotting one police constable, one Home Guard, one police sub-inspector and an assistant police inspector,” said Shinde.
|2007-01-21||UMC poll battle begins|
Full-fledged campaigning for the poll to the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) has begun from Tuesday onwards after the scrutiny of nomination forms got over.
Several nominations were rejected during the scrutiny and most of them were independents. These candidates have lost the chance to contest the poll.
At the last count, there are 683 candidates left in the fray for the 76 wards of the corporation. The Congress party, which failed to form an alliance with the NCP, has fielded candidates from all the 76 wards. The NCP, which is currently ruling the corporation, has fielded 63 candidates while its ally RPI would contest from nine wards. The NCP has left four seats for its supporters from other parties to contest with its backing.
In the saffron front, the Shiv Sena and the BJP candidates will contest from equal number of seats, which is 38 seats each. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has placed 45 candidates in the fray while the BSP has 12.
The Ganga Jal Front, the break-away fraction of the NCP, which is likely to give trouble to Ulhasnagar strong man Papu Kalani, will contest from 44 seats. The People’s Republican Party (PRP) has fielded 12 and the RPI Gavai Group has placed 10 candidates in the fray. The remaining are independents out of which some are rebels who have filed their nominations after failing to get tickets from their respective parties.
Out of the 76 wards, nine are reserved for SC including three for women, one for ST, 21 for OBC including seven ladies. There are 45 open wards out of which 16 are reserved for women candidates. A total of 24 wards have been reserved for women.
Dhana4he prominent Sena candidates in the fray. The well known Congress candidates include Mohan Behrani and Jaya Sadhwani while the NCP has sitting Mayor Jyoti Kalani and her son Omie Kalani amongst its candidates for the polls.
It may be noted that Ulhasnagar has a population of around 4.72 lakhs. Out of this, there are 3,85,411 registered voters. Women voters total around 1,75,323 lakhs while 2,10,088 men have the right to cast their franchise.
|2007-01-21||Shaping the future media|
Smt Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani College celebrated Journalism Day on Tuesday, January 16. The event was organised to commemorate the journalists by the third year BMM students of the college. Darpan, the first ever Marathi news paper introduced in the market on started earmarking this day as Journalism Day way back in 1832. All the students who participated in the event appreciated it and were inspired to to take the field of journalism seriously.
|2007-01-21||Meri Awaz Suno|
Where the money is going?
Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) is a civic body with many peculiarities in its administration and so is its process of elections. The number of wards in the city is always changing in almost all civic elections and so are their boundaries. Even though the forthcoming elections are to be held on February 1, most of the voters do not even know the serial number of their wards.
There is however one thing in common in every elections of the UMC. The people demand basic civic amenities like water supply, garden and playground and health as well as sanitation facilities. The corporation is however unable to provide any. This is despite the fact that the UMC budget is above Rs 100 crores for the past five years, prompting the masses to ask as to where do the budgetary expenses go.
The UMC should provide 24-hour water supply and a good drainage system and common public toilets on the basis of Sulabh Sauchalaya.
Area: Shani Mandir, Camp 1
Many roads are accident prone due to lack of speed breakers. Auto stands are too many. The UMC should provide auto stands in a planned manner.
Santosh Ailani - Businessman
Area: Mahatma Phule Chowk, Barrack 405
Cleanliness is a major factor in our ward and roads are in a pathetic condition. The main agenda of our future corporator should be to clean the areas in the ward.
Durukumar Khatri - Businessman
Area: Ayodhya Nagar and Godavari Nagar
|2007-01-21||We Promise to....|
Ending the chronic water scarcity and regularizing the 855 illegal buildings that are facing demolition axe have dominated the agenda of almost all the political parties which are campaigning for the polls to the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) to be held on February 1. It is however a different story as to how the parties would reach their goals and can they convince the voters about it.
Dhananjay Bodhare of the Shiv Sena-BJP combine claims that his alliance will wipe out the social inequality in the town and avail Ulhasnagar all facilities that are available to citizens of other civic bodies. The leader of opposition in the outgoing UMC house claimed that once in power his alliance would improve the basic civic amenities including health and education. Besides this, the Sena-BJP combine will also stress on lessening the penalty imposed by the state government for regularizing the 855 illegal buildings in UMC territory. The opposition saffron alliance also wants to improve the financial condition of the UMC by imposing strict administrative norms and getting rid of corruption.
The NCP also has promised similar agenda to the voters. Raj Asrondkar of the party streamlines water scarcity as the basic problem of the town and assures of eradicating it. "While in power we implemented the first phase of water supply project. Second phase will be taken up after the polls", he said. He added that like the first phase the second phase also involves erection of overhead water storage facilities all over the city.
|2007-01-19||2 fraudsters held|
Two persons, including a woman, were arrested on Thursday by the Nhava Sheva Preventive Unit of the Customs Department for fraudulently claiming a drawback of Rs1.23 crore.
Sources said Barkha Dialani, the sole proprietor of Ulhasnagar-based M/s Bigman Overseas, a firm which has been exporting carpets and other items to Germany for last one-and-half years, and her Manager, Ajit Chandiramani, were arrested and remanded to judicial custody till January 25.
The case dates back to August 2, 2006 when an export consignment of carpets claiming a drawback of over Rs1 crore was intercepted by the Customs. On examination, it was found that the actual quantity was only six per cent of the declared amount.
|2007-01-18||HC threatens to stop Ulhas civic chief’s pay|
A division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising acting Chief Justice H. L. Gokhale and Justice V. M. Kanade threatened to stop salaries of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Commissioner, his deputy and chief accountant if the salaries of municipal school teachers was not paid by Monday.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation School Board where staff and teachers had not been paid for the last three months. The High Court had already passed orders in a similar matter on January 9, 2002 asking the state and municipality to ensure that the school staff and teachers get salary latest by the 10th of every month.
The court observed that the staff and teachers should get their salaries immediately. “They are children of poor people and that is why you are not bothered. You please tell us when the money will be given. We will direct attachment of your property. Stop doing other activities but pay money to the teachers or else how will they survive? It seems that you don’t want to pay the salaries,” observed Justice H. L. Gokhale. The court asked the deputy municipal commissioner to remain present on the next date of hearing.
|2007-01-14||Vote for Mr election|
His is not a corporator, nor a MLA or a MP, and neither is he associated with any of the elected public representatives. But his role is crucial in getting candidates elected. Although he is based in Ulhasnagar, his support is crucial during the elections and bye-elections all over the country and his services are available to all political parties and independents at the same time, at a fixed price.
Shanker Nagrani is Mr election on record of all the political parties from the country. The owner of Jolly Printers, a printing press based at Ulhasnagar is known even in the farthest corners of the country for his crucial assistance to the parties and their aspirants as well as independents in campaigning for their respective elections.
The businessman began his career in printing business in Ulhasnagar some two decades ago at a time when the Ulhasnagar Municipal Council (UMC) was in existence in place of the present municipal corporation. Nagrani was like one of the printing press owners like the many in the town of refugees till 1992 when got a cut above the rest.
The business of the 51-year old printer got a shot in the arm in 1992 during polls to the UMC. Around 100 candidates from various political parties as well as some independents approached him to get their election related stationery published. The printer executed their contracts on time but the bulk orders got him a novel idea which has put him ahead of others in his field.
|2007-01-14||The man behind threat mails to VVIPS|
On Jan 11, the Ulhasnagar police arrested Manohar G Bagchandani, a 38-year old businessman from Siru Chowk of Camp 1 in Ulhasnagar on charges of sending threat mails and obscene contents to VVIPs including the president of India and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The police received the lead from a courier company from where the man used to send the posts.
Police said he was behind some bomb scare calls in Mumbai and suburbs in the recent past.
|2007-01-14||Pappu Kalani (Duplicate) Arrested|
A man named Pappu Kalani was arrested by the Ulhasnagar police on charges of attacking UMC commissioner Sadashiv Kamble’s car on Monday, Jan 8. The next day he was released on bail by the court. This duplicate Kalani changed his name as Pappu Kalani and fought the last assembly election against orignal Pappu Kalani who is MLA right now. Attacking the commissioner’s car had become a major issue as the corporation is currently demolishing some illegal buildings. The duplicate Kalani went into a celebration mode after his release from custody.
|2007-01-12||Threat mails, with love from Ulhasnagar|
Ulhasnagar always remains in the news. For wrong reasons, though. A 38-year-old resident has been arrested for allegedly sending life-threatening letters to the President and the Prime Minister. This is second such incident where a person was arrested for sending such letter.
Manohar Bhagchandani, a Bevas Chowk resident, was arrested from a courier shop, near the State Bank of India on Wednesday after the police laid a trap. Businessman Lakhu Budhrani lodged a complaint about an unknown person who had been trying trying to defame him for the last four months by sending “indecent messages and pictures” of him and his family to others.
On August 21, Bhagchandani allegedly called the Ulhasnagar police station posing as Budhrani’s wife and said that bombs had been placed in CHM College, Ashok Talkies and the State Bank of India. He then sent two threatening letters on September 31 to the Prime Minister and the President’s offices in Budhrani’s name.
|2007-01-12||HC stays demolition of Ulhasnagar building, reside|
The Bombay High Court on Thursday granted interim relief to Shanti Nagar, the building next in line to be torn down by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, as part of the its demolition drive against irregular structures. The order puts a stop to demolition activities on the building till further orders from the court.
The secretary of Shanti Palace Apartments had filed a petition in high court contending that the residents of the building had applied for regularisation and they should be given a breather till the procedure was completed.
A division bench of acting Chief Justice H L Ghokale and Justice V M Kanade held that the petitioner should be given time till the regularisation procedure was concluded and directed the UMC to file a reply by February 1.
The court’s stay order comes amidst round two of the UMC’s demolition drive, targeting 622 irregular structures, which failed to apply for regularisation within the deadline set by the court.
|2007-01-07||Day 2 of Ulhasnagar demolitions peaceful|
Day two of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation’s demolition drive against illegal structures remained peaceful. This was in sharp contrast to the violent protests witnessed in November 2005, when the UMC had initiated the drive against illegal structures in this Sindhi-dominated suburb, for the first time.
However, UMC Commissioner Sadashiv Kamble’s target of demolishing one building in every ward from Friday fell flat due to an acute lack of manpower. “A lot of manpower is required to demolish structures in every ward at the same time. At present, we have only 40 people to bring down a building,” admitted Kamble.
|2007-01-07||Of wishes and horses!|
New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Manoj Badgeri speaks to a few celebrities from the suburbs to find out their to-do list in the New Year
Jyoti Kalani, UMC Mayor
My resolve for the year 2007 is to plan the things in such a way that we can compare Ulhasnagar to Singapore. However I will also resolve to try my level best in working towards this. We are also drafting a city renewal plan under the JNNURM and so I will be putting my efforts to ensure that we are a success here. I also resolve to work more towards the underprivileged women from my city.
|2007-01-07||Civic official attempts to immolate self|
THANE: An assessment inspector attached to the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, who has been denied promotion for the last six years, tried to immolate himself outside the municipal commissioner's office on Saturday afternoon.
He was rushed to the Central Hospital with 10% burn injuries. A few days ago, Omprakash Bhatia (46) had sounded a warning to a local newspaper that he would take this drastic step.
Bhatia set himself on fire outside municipal commissioner Sadashiv Kamble's cabin. The Ulhasnagar police late on Saturday registered an offence against Bhatia for attempting suicide.
|2007-01-07||Bargirls and shoeshine boys to fight polls|
With just three weeks left for the BMC polls, it seems that everyone is taking plunge into contesting the elections. Not just politicians, but even shoeshine boys and bar dancers have decided to contest the civic polls that would be held next month. The decision for the contesting the election by the shoeshine boys was taken on the cobbler community on Thursday evening. According to sources, The shoeshine boys would be contesting on 25 seats each in the areas of Thane and Ulhasnagar. While anti-corruption crusader, Anne Hazare will be campaigning for them.
Interestingly, there are be no party manifesto as the cobblers feel that the promises made in the parties in their manifestos are never fulfilled. We are very upset with the false promises made by the political parties earlier. They ensured us that they would work for the development of the community. We do not want to have any manifesto, as manifestos are something, which contains false promises. Almost all the political parties have neglected us. So its high time now that we enter the main stream politics for the sake of our community, said Ramsingh Siras, leader of the cobblers community.
Meanwhile, the bar dancers in the city said that they would contest BMC elections in a bid to overturn the ban on their popular nightspots that took their livelihood.
The state government had ordered the closure of hundreds of dance bars in 2005 claiming that they corrupted men were a prostitution hub. Due to the ban around 75,000 bar girls had to go to other states to find work. In addition, some bar girls reportedly took up prostitution as they were left jobless.
“The NCP had banned the dance bars in 2005 and last year it was the NCP itself that had chose a bar girl as its candidate in Panvel Taluka for the elections. We have had enough of begging and pleading for our rights with the state government. Now we have decided to contest the BMC elections, so that our grievances are addressed. We will conduct meeting with our members to take the necessary steps for contesting the elections. We have planned to contest at least 50 seats out of the 227 seats in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, said Manjit Singh Sethi, president of the Mumbai Bar Owners Association.
However, Varsha Kale, head of the Bar Girls’ Association said, “As per the information we have, the elections are open for any person related to Bar. Even people who are Bar tenders and waiters can also contest the elections. However, it is already too late as there is only three weeks left for the elections. We got the inspiration to contest the elections from a bar dancer who won the village council election that was held in the state last year.
|2007-01-06||Transformer oil theft leaves Ulhasnagar powerless|
Thieves from the town of Ulhasnagar have found a novel way of becoming rich overnight with the theft of a hitherto unnoticed item on the very first day of the new year. While the item of theft has little engineering value it has golden value for the health of human body according to the quacks. The incident may well lead the entire state into a state of darkness for days and weeks to come.
The strange theft case took place at Kurla Camp locality at around 12.15 pm on January 1. It so happened that the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDC) enforces load shedding of six hours a day in Ulhasnagar in two phases. The first phase begins from 12.15 pm and lasts till 3.15 pm and Kurla camp also remains deprived of power supply during the stipulated hours.
The roughly 1500 homes in the area were deprived of electricity and the residents thought it to be the first phase of load shedding. The power supply failed to resume at 3.15 pm as per schedule. The rule of darkness continued endlessly thereafter prompting the residents to seek reasons from the electricity board officials to the effect.
|2007-01-04||Ulhasnagar faces BMC hammer today|
The bulldozers are out with a purpose and this time they are headed towards Ulhasnagar in Mumbai where demolitions have begun on nearly 855 buildings - this despite Mumbai Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's promise to regularise the buildings.
The first building to face the bulldozer will be the Neelkamal Apartments. 600 members of the Mumbai Police and the State Reserve Police have cordoned off the main streets of Ulhasnagar.
A notice had been given in April and the residents of Ulhasnagar were requested again and again to come forward and get the township regularised. Now nothing can be done, were they sleeping?" said Ulhasnagar Municipal Commissioner, Sadashiv Kamble.
|2007-01-04||No respite for Ulhasnagar residents|
With the Municipal authorities began a court-ordered drive against unauthorised constructions on Thursday, the New Year cheer has vanished for hundreds of residents of Ulhasnagar, a township near Mumbai.
While the rest of Ulhasnagar woke up to a normal day, residents of the satellite town's Neelkamal Apartments were on the razor's edge.
The building is one of the 622 to be demolished by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. And it's nine families and 11 shopkeepers don't know what's in store for them.
“It's in the government's hands now whether they save us or choose not to – because we, the residents, are ready to pay the penalty,” said Ramesh Bhawnani a resident of Neelkamal Apartments.
Residents like Ramesh are helpless, but the administration is unwilling to budge.
|2007-01-03||Mentally-ill woman kills three children|
Mumbai, Jan 3: In a tragic incident, a mentally-disturbed woman set her three children afire and then tried to end her life in a similar way here on Tuesday, Sahara Samay sources said today.
According to the channel, a 26-year-old woman sprinkled kerosene oil on her three innocent children and set them ablaze killing two of them on spot in Ulhasnagar area while the third one died in hospital.
The woman is battling for her life with 100 per cent burn injuries in the hospital.
According to the sources, this family had migrated to Mumbai from Jharkhand a few years back.
Meanwhile, police has lodged a case of murder against the woman.