|2012-01-29||MNS announces first list of candidates for Maharas|
MNS announces first list of candidates for Maharashtra civic polls
BY PTI | UPDATED: JAN 29, 2012, 03.55 PM IST
MUMBAI: MNS chief Raj Thackeray today announced the first list of party's candidates for Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Nashik municipal corporation elections, saying that his focus was to come to power.
Addressing a press conference, Raj said the lists for Nagpur, Solapur, Amravati, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Ulhasnagar and Akola would be declared at the local level.
He released the list of 208 candidates out of 227 in Mumbai, 138 out of the 152 wards in Pune, 115 out of 122 in Nashik and 115 out of 130 in Thane.
MNS had held a written examination and interviews for selecting the candidates. Raj said he would be releasing the mark-sheets of selected candidates. "My apologies to all those who could not be accommodated," he said.
When asked about his strategy for Mumbai polls and if he would extend support to any other party if MNS was offered the mayor's post, Raj said, "I will select my party's mayor for myself and not others," without clarifying whether he would enter into any alliance post-election.
To a question who was he focusing on as the main rival - Congress-NCP or Sena-BJP-RPI, Raj said his focus was on capturing the municipal corporations. As to whether MNS would contest Zilla Parishad and panchayat samiti elections, he answered in negative.
|2012-01-28||Paranjpe hits trail for NCP|
Paranjpe hits trail for NCP
Pradeep Gupta | TNN & Agencies | Updated: Jan 28, 2012, 05.55 AM IST
MUMBAI: Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Anand Paranjpe participated in programme organized by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Pappu Kalani here on Friday.
The Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party combine rules the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) and the NCP is trying to use Paranjpe to draw votes to overthrow it.Supporting NCP workers and district president (Ulhasnagar city) Jyoti Kalani when she filed her nomination papers at the Yatri Niwas on Friday, Paranjpe claimed that he was still with the Sena and was a sainik, but he favoured the NCP, which "works for development" . He said he would urge people to vote for the NCP as it only can develop the city.
Paranjpe has tight police security as he sees a threat from the Sena. This was the first public function organized by the NCP that he attended after sharing the dais at a press conference with party chief Sharad Pawar recently.
"His presence will help our party attract voters for the UMC elections as he has a mass-level youth support in the Sena," said Pappu Kalani.
|2012-01-24||No ration cards till end of civic polls|
No ration cards till end of civic polls
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Updated: Jan 24, 2012, 01.03 AM IST
MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has ordered the rationing authorities to stop issuing cards till the February 16 civic polls are over, to avoid bogus voting in Mumbai, Thane and Ulhasnagar.
The government on January 16 passed the order, a copy of which is with TOI, mentioning that there is a chance that ration cards may be prepared for bogus voting.
The decision came after TOI wrote ('Sonia's family residing at Ulhasnagar?', January 11) about a fake ration card in the name of All-India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi and her children, Rahul and Priyanka, which was found by right to information (RTI) activist Premchand Jha of the Ulhasnagar Bachao Abhiyan.
Jha had written to the state election commission, rationing authorities and the police to investigate the matter and demanded disqualification of ration cards as identity proof to avoid bog- us voting.The government order stated that applications for cards will be accepted but the cards will be issued after the elections are over.
Many politicians often prepare bogus ration cards before the elections.
Jha said that he was happy with the state government's initiative.
According to state election commission rules, a ration card is listed as a valid document for identity proof during voting, but only if two to three family members go to vote. If one person goes to cast his vote, he has to carry an electricity bill or telephone bill with his address.
Lal Panjabi, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader from Ulhasnagar, pointed out, "We welcome the government's move, it has been taken in time."
|2012-01-20||Labourers family gives gift of life to 3|
Labourer's family gives gift of life to 3
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Updated: Jan 20, 2012, 05.49 AM IST
KALYAN: An Ulhasnagar-based family made a priceless donation at Parel's KEM Hospital earlier this week. The parents of a 27-year-old labourer donated his organs so that three patients-two with kidney failure and one with liver failure-could lead normal lives.
The youth, Shailesh Katkar, fell from the first floor of a building under construction on January 13. After visiting private nursing homes in Ulhasnagar and Kalyan over the next two days, the family reached KEM Hospital on Sunday. But Katkar succumbed to his injuries.
Katkar was the second deceased donor in Mumbai. The first was a 35-year-old medical representative from Navi Mumbai, whose organs were donated to the same hospital on January 10. The cadaver or deceased donor programme resulted in nine donations last year. but civic officials have been trying to increase this number.
On Sunday, when doctors announced that Shailesh was brain dead, the hospital staff approached the family for organ donation. "When doctors suggested that we could donate my son's organs to other people who needed it, the first thing that came to my mind was that if someone benefits from my son's organs we would feel that he is still alive and helping people live a healthy life," said Shailesh's father Tejrao Katkar.
Katkar's family has been under severe financial crisis. They sold their house in Ulhasnagar to get their daughter married and now live in a rented room in Marol village of Kalyan taluka.
The family is worried about Shailesh's nine-month-old daughter Vanita. "I haven't demanded money from anyone while donating the organs but if someone wants to donate money to take care of our granddaughter's education, we would welcome it," said Tejrao.
Shailesh's mother, Anjana, admits that she was initially very hesitant. "I thought my husband had done something wrong, but when my husband explained that it could help other people live life happily, I was happy about my husband's decision," said Anjana.
Last year, well-wishers pooled in Rs 1.7 lakh to help children of the deceased donor who lived in Bhayandar. "Deceased donation has to be altruistic as per the law. The family cannot seek or get money for it, but there is nothing to stop well-wishers from helping them,'' said Dr Sujata Patwardhan, who heads the Zonal Transplantation Coordination Centre, which coordinates organ donation for hospitals. The Bhayander family gets Rs 600 towards the children's education every month from the Rs 1.7 lakh that had been invested.
|2012-01-16||ULHASNAGAR: Residents of a building near Jhulelal |
Home: Four killed in collision between two cars in Maharashtra
United News of India
Thane, January 16, 2012
Four youths were killed and six others injured in a head-on collision between two cars at Wagha Pada in Mharal village of Kalyan taluka shortly before midnight last night, police said.
The youth were residents of Ulhasnagar camp. They were travelling in a Toyota Innova car, on way from Ulhasnagar to Murbad. The accident occurred around 2350 hrs last night.
Murbad taluka is celebrating the "Mhasa Yatra", a historical event, which is visited by lakhs of devotees and the victims were heading for the celebrations.
All the injured were initially admitted to the Ulhasnagar central hospital but later shifted to the Sion Hospital in Mumbai, police added.
Police sub-inspector A G Kumbhar of Kalyan taluka police station said the deceased were identified as Bharat Pardeshi (22), Hemlal Jaiswal (20), Ankush Patera (25) and Pawan Ghawal (25).
The police have registered a case and are probing the matter further.
|2012-01-15||Miscreants torch bikes in building compound|
Miscreants torch bikes in building compound
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Updated: Jan 16, 2012, 01.16 AM IST
ULHASNAGAR: Residents of a building near Jhulelal temple were shocked when unidentified miscreants believed to be minors set six motorcycles ablaze parked in the building compound on Sunday.
Residents complained that fuel from their bikes was regularly pilfered by a gang in the past. Cops suspect that some boys are involved and that they were seen fleeing from the compound by some locals. A person whose bike was damaged in the fire said, "It would have been a lot worse had we not called the fire brigade on time." Police said that at the time of the incident no watchman was on duty. They have booked the unidentified miscreants under Section 435 of IPC .
|2012-01-14||Sloshed shooting lesson injures netas driver|
Sloshed shooting lesson injures neta's driver
Constable appointed for BJP leader's protection critically injured his driver when he decided to teach him how to pull the trigger after consuming alcohol
An offhand lesson in shooting a gun imparted by a drunk bodyguard of a BJP leader to his driver, with a bit of a drama thrown in, ended on a macabre note, when the bullet hit the driver's neck.On Thursday, Constable Chandrakant Vanjari (25) deputed to protect Ulhasnagar-based politician Prakash Makheja, a former standing committee member, decided to instruct the driver, Ganesh Mudaliyar (27), on how to pull the trigger.
But Vanjari's bullet brushed Mudaliyar's neck, leaving him severely injured. Currently, Mudaliyar is fighting for life at Fortis hospital in Kalyan.
"Both were drunk at the time of the incident. We have registered a case of attempt to murder against the accused (Vanjari) and are investigating the incident," Senior Inspector Siddharth Wagh of Ulhasnagar police station said.
In November last year, an anonymous caller issued life threats to Makheja on several occasions. A bigshot in a political party, Makheja approached the police for protection and, on December 12, Constable Vanjari, attached to the Thane police for the last three years, was appointed as his bodyguard.
Vanjari fast became friends with Makheja's driver Mudaliyar. The two would often have lunch together. They lived in the same house in Camp No 2, Ulhasnagar, next to Makheja's bungalow.
On the night of January 12, the two had dinner and alcohol together on the terrace of the house. Around 1.30 am, a sloshed Vanjari got his service revolver out and showed it to Mudaliyar, who was equally drunk.
According to his statement to the police, Vanjare told Mudaliyar on the terrace, "Goli kaise marte hai tujhe pata hai kya? (Do you know how to shoot?)"
When Mudaliyar said no, Vanjari told him he would teach him how. He aimed at Mudaliyar at point-blank range, and pulled the trigger. But there was no bullet in the revolver's chamber. Vanjari raised the revolver again.
This time, he said, he would definitely fire a good shot. He pointed it at Mudliyar, cocked the trigger, and fired.
This time, the chamber wasn't empty, and a bullet grazed Mudaliyar's neck.
Vanjari was drunk; he missed his target, the police said later. Within seconds, the driver collapsed to the ground in a pool of blood.
The sound of the firearm evoked the suspicion of neighbours and they informed the police. A patrolling team reached the spot and nabbed Vanjari. Mudaliyar was rushed to a hospital, but since his condition was critical, he was shifted to Fortis hospital in Kalyan. He is still battling for life.
The police said as the accused was drunk he missed the target. If he had shot an inch on the other side, Mudaliyar would have died on the spot.
Senior Inspector Wagh added, "We have arrested the accused under Section 307 (attempt to murder). He was produced in the court, where he was remanded to police custody for three day." The police are investigating the incident.