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October-2019 News & Updates from the City of Ulhasnagar/Sindhunagar, Maharashtra, India. Ulhasnagar City News indexed across timeline for easy retrieval.

2019-10-31Kalyan: Bike-borne duo fire two shots at businessman in auto - Times of India
Kalyan: Bike-borne duo fire two shots at businessman in auto Updated: Oct 31, 2019, 5:45 IST : KALYAN: A 39-year-old businessman from Kalyan had a narrow escape after two bike-borne assailants fired a couple of rounds at him in Kalyan late on Tuesday. The businessman, Muddasir Majeed alias Guddoo, sustained minor injuries after one bullet passed through his left thigh while the other just about grazed a finger of the right hand. The assailants fled soon after firing at him, the police said. A bullet that had been lodged near the finger was surgically removed on Wednesday at a hospital to which Majeed has been admitted. The police quoted doctors as saying that his condition is. On Tuesday, Majeed had hired an autorickshaw to go towards Ulhasnagar when he asked the driver to halt near the Valdhuni locality and requested him to fetch him a cigarette packet. No sooner had the driver stepped to run the errand than the two men on a bike sidled up close to the waiting rickshaw and fired two rounds at Majeed and fled soon after. The men on the bike had their faces hooded with handkerchiefs. The two men had possibly been tailing the autorickshaw, said a police officer. The rickshaw driver drove Majeed to hospital. Majeed has business interests in the dairy industry. He has a few establisments, including a bovine shed and milk sale outlets in Kalyan and Badlapur. The police said they are still to establish the reason for the attack. Assistant commissioner of police Anil Powar said they are not ruling out any possibilities. An officer said they are scanning the area to get hold of cameras which could provide clues to the identity of the shooters.
2019-10-31Polluting jeans washing units shift base to Kalyan, Ambernath - Hindustan Times
Polluting jeans washing units shift base to Kalyan, Ambernath Updated: Nov 01, 2019 00:53 IST : The jeans washing units in Ulhasnagar, that were shut by the civic body a year ago, have shifted base to Kalyan and Ambernath. The units were shut as they had been releasing hazardous untreated effluents into the Waldhuni river in Ulhasnagar. Activists, who are fighting against the pollution in Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers, have shifted to Ganesh ghat creek and Malang Gad road in Kalyan. “Around 60 units are operating in Kalyan. After jeans washing activities were stopped in Ulhasnagar, we thought there will be a relief from pollution. However, the units are flourishing in nearby Ambernath and Kalyan cities,” said Shashikant Dayma, founder of Waldhuni Biradari Foundation, Ulhasnagar. “The units were set up with support from local political leaders and they operate in these cities without any fear,” added Dayma. In Ulhasnagar, 95% of the units have been shut since January last year after a drive by Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC). The jeans washing units function throughout a day —jeans are washed and effluents are released into the nullahs that flow into the river. In Ulhasnagar, there were around 500 jeans washing units. Activists say that earlier at least 1 lakh jeans would be put up for drying in in Ulhasnagar every day. In April 2018, a group of green activists representing NGO Vanshakti and Waldhuni Biradari Foundation that fights to Save Ulhas river from pollution visited an open plot near Anandnagar MIDC, Ambernath. They came across some units operating illegally on the plot and releasing the effluents into a nullah. The nullah water had turned blue as washing was going on continuously. Followed by the visit, NGO Vanshakti project officer Ashwin Aghor wrote to the regional officer of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), complaining about the illegal activity at Ambernath. But, no action was taken by the MPCB. Around 300 jeans washing units have been operating in Ulhasnagar for the past 15 years at Gaikwad pada in Ulhasnagar camp 5 and Khatri in Ulhasnagar camp 3. However, with the UMC cracking the whip on most of the units, only a handful are still operational at Khatri compound, Ramayan Nagar, Ulhasnagar camp 3. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) Kalyan division, regional officer, Shankar Sonawane, said, “There are some units functioning in Kalyan. We are yet to visit the places and take action against them. We were busy for elections and hence we couldn’t take action. Since we have received complaints from Kalyan, we will check.” Sonawane claimed that Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) can act against units, which are operating illegally. “The civic body can also take action against unauthorised units in their jurisdiction,” he said. A KDMC official, requesting anonymity, said, “We will ensure that the illegal units are shut and action taken against them soon. With help of locals, we will try and figure out where the jeans washing activity is being carried out.”
2019-10-30Cable operator shot at in Kalyan, no arrest yet - Hindustan Times
Cable operator shot at in Kalyan, no arrest yet Updated: Oct 31, 2019 00:55 IST : A 39-year-old cable TV operator from Kalyan was injured when two men opened fire at him at Waldhuni on Tuesday. The bullets hit his leg and arms. He is being treated in a hospital. Guddu Munawar Majid was travelling in an autorickshaw with his friend. They were going towards Ulhasnagar. Around 10.30pm, two men on a bike rode parallel to the auto and fired two rounds at Majid at point-blank range and fled away. Majid was taken to a local hospital, where he is undergoing treatment. Majid has a cable TV business in Bazarpeth in Kalyan town. “Majid has been admitted to a hospital. He is clueless about the accused. We are checking the closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) footages to get clues into the case,” said PR Londhe, senior police inspector, Mahatma Phule police station. “The victim could not identify the assailants as it was dark. We have learnt that Majid has several family disputes which we are probing. We have registered a case under Indian Penal Code Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (common intention), and provisions of the Arms Act,” added Londhe.
2019-10-30Man shot, critically injured in Thane - United News of India
Man shot, critically injured in Thane Thane, Oct 30, (UNI) : A cable operator from Bazarpeth of Kalyan town of the district was badly injured when two unidentified men on a two-wheeler fired two rounds at him, police said on Wednesday. The incident occurred at around 2200 hrs Tuesday night, when 49-year-old Guddu Munawar Majid was on his way towards Ulhasnagar in an auto rickshaw. Majid is undergoing treatment in a local hospital.
2019-10-30In Ulhasnagar, no respite from sound pollution - Hindustan Times
In Ulhasnagar, no respite from sound pollution Updated: Oct 31, 2019 00:57 IST : After complaints from residents about firecrackers being burst till early morning in Ulhasnagar, activists have again raised their voice against noise pollution. Hirali Foundation has approached Thane police commissioner about the flouting of norms. It alleged that firecrackers were being burst till 4am. “There are strict guidelines which all should adhere to to curb sound pollution. Residents are suffering as many flout these rules in Ulhasnagar. Shops selling firecrackers are open till midnight. Many start bursting crackers after 10pm,”said Sarita Khanchandani of Hirali Foundation. “We received several complaints on the night of Diwali and the day after. The police were found taking rounds at night but no action was taken,” she added. As per the Foundation, the Gol Maidan, which is surrounded by several residential buildings, saw the highest noise pollution of 83 decibel to 110 decibel. In June 2018, a survey by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), found Ulhasnagar to be the noisiest city in the state. “After the report was published, we had asked officials to take steps to control sound pollution but nothing was done,” said Khanchandani. A police officer said, “At some places we found residents bursting crackers late at night. We stopped them from doing so and warned them. We will follow up with the local civic body and make provisions on reducing the noise pollution in the city.” A resident of Gol Maidan, Muskaan Jaiswani, 36, said, “One can’t even sleep as firecrackers are burst till 2am. Residents should follow the guideline while celebrating the festival. People here are not bothered about ailing senior citizens or children. My two-year-old son could not sleep throughout the night.”
2019-10-28Maharashtra: MIM, VBA dent Congress, NCP victory - The Siasat Daily
Maharashtra: MIM, VBA dent Congress, NCP victory Updated: October 28, 2019, 12:27 pm IST : Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) contested on over 250 seats in the Assembly polls of Maharashtra, while the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) fielded its candidates on 44 seats. All of the VBA candidates faced defeat, while MIM was able to win only two seats. MIM and VBA who had entered into an alliance in previous elections decided to go solo in these polls. According to political analysts, the parties split the votes in over 20 seats across the State. They stood in the way of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) crossing the victory line. Congress and the NCP lost by slender margins in several seats such as Nandgaon, Chandivali, Ulhasnagar, Pune Cantonment, Shivajinagar and Paithan. Most of the VBA candidates secured votes close to the margin of victory of the Shiv Sena or BJP candidate.
2019-10-27Admit distance learning student to LLB, says Bombay high court - Times of India
Admit distance learning student to LLB, says Bombay high court Updated: Oct 27, 2019, 10:30 IST : MUMBAI: Bombay high court has directed the state common entrance cell to consider for admission to the three-year LLB course a candidate who passed his graduation through distance learning. At an in-chambers hearing, a bench of justices Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Gautam Patel reportedly observed that if the cell and Bar Council of India (BCI) do not want students from open universities to enrol for LLB, then they must let them know. The court heard a petition by Ulhasnagar resident Rahul Jadhav (38) who graduated this year from Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik. As he failed HSC, in 2015 he appeared for the preparatory course written entrance test and qualified for admission to FYBCom. After graduation, he took the CET for LLB. The Directorate of Higher Education (DHE) kept his admission form on hold stating he had not passed HSC. DHE cited two 2010 BCI circulars issued following the explanation to Rule 5 (eligibility for admission) of Rules of Legal Education, 2008, which debars applicants who have obtained 10 + 12 or graduation through open universities directly, without having any basic qualifications for prosecuting such studies, for admission to five-and three-year law courses. Jadhav's petition said the explanation contradicts the rule which allows admission to distance education applicants with +2 Higher Secondary Pass Certificate or First Degree Certificate. He urged quashing of the explanation and BCI's circulars. Jadhav advocate cited HC's June 2019 judgment where it interpreted the Rule not to exclude candidates like him. Noting judgment would be binding on CET cell, the judges, in their October 22 order, said, Prima facie, exclusion of the petitioner cannot be justified. Adjourning the matter, they directed that if Jadhav is otherwise eligible for admission he should be allowed to participate in the ongoing process subject to further orders. Accordingly, the petitioner be considered for admission to the three-year LLB degree course in the academic year 2019-20, they said. Rahul Jadhav graduated this year from Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik. As he failed HSC, in 2015 he appeared for preparatory course written test and qualified for FYBCom admission. After graduation, he took the CET for LLB. His admission form was kept on hold since he had not passed HSC.
2019-10-2575K voters opted with NOTA in Thane district - Hindustan Times
75K voters opted with NOTA in Thane district Updated: Oct 26, 2019 00:53 IST : More than 75,000 people in Thane district have opted for none of the above (NOTA) in the Assembly polls. Compared to the 2014 Assembly polls, more than 32,000 additional voters opted for NOTA this time. Experts feel that expected results in most parts of the district and loss of faith in the system are the prime reasons for increase in NOTA votes. As per the district election commission record, 75,417 voters have opted for NOTA, which means around 2.46% of voters have chosen NOTA. A district officer said, “The largest number of NOTA votes are from Murbad constituency where BJP candidate Kisan Kathore won by a huge margin of 1.32 lakh votes. A total of 6,783 voters opted for NOTA. NOTA was also the popular choice of 6,092 voters in Kalyan Rural and 6,054 voters in Ovala Majiwada. In Airoli, 5,213 voters opted for NOTA.” Almost 5% voters in Ulhasnagar which is 4,978 voters too pressed NOTA button. Pradeep Indulkar, an activist from JAAG, said, “NOTA votes clearly indicate that there is lot of frustration and disappointment among voters. Five years ago, the government got full majority but residents are not happy with the work. The problems still are unresolved. Moreover, with no promising candidate pitted against the sitting MLAs was also another reason for rise in NOTA votes.” The lack of competition too led to an increase in NOTA. A voter said, “Most constituencies had the sitting MLA contesting and winning elections for the past two decades. The opposition is also not interested in fielding a strong candidate against them. So, the voters have no choice as they are not happy with the sitting MLA and that there is no option. Postal ballot More than 90% police personnel in Thane police commissionerate voted through postal ballot in Assembly election. The police department claimed that despite the less time available for sending postal ballots, the voting percent is good. As per the data submitted by the police department, out of the 9,284 police personnel, 9,212 filled the postal ballot form. Around 8,563 postal ballots were also send to the election commission. So, around 92.12 % police on bandobast duty could cast their vote. Sukhada Narkar, public relations officer of Thane police commissionerate, said, “The police are busy in security and patrolling duty during elections and are unable to cast their vote. Every year, they vote through postal ballot paper. This election, the time from filing of nomination to counting was less. It was a challenge reaching out to all the police employees to ensure they vote through a postal ballot. We had set up a postal ballot unit in each of the police stations under Thane police commissionerate.” A training on how to vote through postal ballot was held on September 18. The police whose name were not on the voter’s list were also told to fill Form 6. Narkar added that the entire commissionerate recorded a voting percent of 92.12 %.
2019-10-25VBA, AIMIM difference between Congress-NCP and victory in 20 seats - The Hindu
Maharashtra elections 2019: VBA, AIMIM dent Congress-NCP combine's victory in 20 seats UPDATED: OCTOBER 26, 2019 09:59 IST : Though the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) fielded candidates in over 250 seats in the Assembly polls, not a single one of them emerged victorious when the results were declared on Thursday. Meanwhile, VBA’s former alliance partner, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), contested 44 seats and was able to win only two seats. By going solo in the polls, the parties split the votes and stood in the way of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) crossing the victory line in over 20 seats across the State. In several seats such as Nandgaon, Chandivali, Ulhasnagar, Pune Cantonment, Shivajinagar and Paithan, where the Congress and the NCP lost by slender margins, the votes polled by the VBA were often close to the margin of victory of the Shiv Sena or BJP candidate. The VBA stood second in 10 seats and claimed the third spot in 23 seats in the State. In Nandgaon, the VBA polled 13,637 seats, where sitting MLA Pankaj Bhujbal of the NCP lost to the Sena’s Suhas Kande by a margin of 13,889 votes. The party split votes in Jintur, Paithan, Ulhasnagar, Daund, Chalisgaon and Khadakwasla, where the NCP candidates lost by narrow margins. Blow to fortunes The AIMIM’s entry into the electoral fary hit the NCP the hardest in Balapur. The AIMIM was contesting the seat for the first time and received the lion’s share of the Muslim vote, polling nearly 44,507 votes. The NCP was relegated to the fourth position with 16,497 votes in the constituency, which was won by the Sena’s Nitinkumar Tale. The VBA stood second with 50,555 votes. The VBA and the AIMIM also adversely affected the fortunes of the Congress. The impact was felt the most in Chandivali, where Naseem Khan of the Congress lost by a slender margin of 409 votes. The VBA and the AIMIM had both fielded Muslim candidates and they polled 8,876 votes and 1,167 votes respectively. The AIMIM entered into a direct contest with the Congress in Malegaon Central and won the seat for the first time. In Nanded North, AIMIM’s Feroz Lala polled 41,892 votes, resulting in sitting MLA D.P. Savant of the Congress losing to Sena’s Balaji Kalyankar by a margin of 12,000 votes. The VBA stood fourth in the constituency with 26,569 votes.
2019-10-25Maharashtra Assembly polls: VBA and AIMIM spoilers for Congress, NCP in 25 seats - Hindustan Times
Maharashtra Assembly polls: VBA and AIMIM spoilers for Congress, NCP in 25 seats Updated: Oct 26, 2019 00:34 IST : The Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi (VBA) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeem (AIMIM) were able to damage the prospects of Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine in 25 constituencies across the state in the recently-concluded Assembly elections. Both parties largely receive support from the minority communities that have traditionally voted for the Congress. In the Assembly polls, the VBA and AIMIM damaged the prospect of 15 Congress candidates and 10 NCP candidates, even as they fought separately. One such constituency is Nanded North, where Congress candidate D P Savant lost to Shiv Sena’s Balaji Kalyankar by 12,106 votes. Kalyankar secured 62,884, While Sawant received 50,778 votes and the AIMIM candidate Feroz Lala got 41,892 votes. Additionally, VBA candidate Mukund Chawre got 26,569 votes. Meanwhile, Congress candidate lost in his stronghold, Chandivali, by 409 votes to Sena candidate Dilip Lande. Here, VBA’s Abdul Hasan Khan polled 8,876 votes and AIMIM’s Mohammed Imran Qureshi got 1,167 votes. In Chalisgaon, BJP candidate Mangesh Chavan defeated NCP’s Rajiv Deshmukh by 4,287 votes, while VBA candidate Morsing Rathod got 38,429 votes. Similar trends were witnessed in Jintur, Pune Cantonment, Tuljapur, Nagpur Central, Chikli, Khamgaon, Akola (West), Ralegaon, Chimur, Arni, Shivaji Nagar, Nandgoan and Ulhasnagar. Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said that VBA has been exposed as a “B Team” of the BJP. “[VBA chief] Prakash Ambedkar’s only agenda was to ensure the defeat of the secular forces. Though VBA did not get any seats, they succeeded in not allowing the secular forces to form a government in Maharashtra,” said Sawant. In the run up to both the Lok Sabha and assembly polls, Ambedkar said he wanted to ally with the Congress but on his own terms. In the Assembly elections, he was ready to part with 40 seats of the total 288, but then upped his offer to 144 seats. However, he said that Congress needed to adjust the NCP from its 144 seats. The Congress rejected the offer as being non-serious one. However the VBA has defended itself, saying it was not responsible for the performance of the Congress-NCP combine. “We are an independent party and we don’t care who benefits because of us. We wanted to ally with the Congress but they were just humiliating us calling a B-team of the BJP. Despite that we gave our offer but they didn’t respond. They are at fault and not us,” said Rajendra Patode, spokesperson, VBA.
2019-10-25Maharashtra elections 2019: VBA, AIMIM dent Congress-NCP combine's victory in 20 seats - The Hindu
Maharashtra elections 2019: VBA, AIMIM dent Congress-NCP combine's victory in 20 seats UPDATED: OCTOBER 26, 2019 09:59 IST : Though the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) fielded candidates in over 250 seats in the Assembly polls, not a single one of them emerged victorious when the results were declared on Thursday. Meanwhile, VBA’s former alliance partner, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), contested 44 seats and was able to win only two seats. By going solo in the polls, the parties split the votes and stood in the way of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) crossing the victory line in over 20 seats across the State. In several seats such as Nandgaon, Chandivali, Ulhasnagar, Pune Cantonment, Shivajinagar and Paithan, where the Congress and the NCP lost by slender margins, the votes polled by the VBA were often close to the margin of victory of the Shiv Sena or BJP candidate. The VBA stood second in 10 seats and claimed the third spot in 23 seats in the State. In Nandgaon, the VBA polled 13,637 seats, where sitting MLA Pankaj Bhujbal of the NCP lost to the Sena’s Suhas Kande by a margin of 13,889 votes. The party split votes in Jintur, Paithan, Ulhasnagar, Daund, Chalisgaon and Khadakwasla, where the NCP candidates lost by narrow margins.
2019-10-24Saffron secures Thane, Navi Mumbai bastions - Hindustan Times
Saffron secures Thane, Navi Mumbai bastions Updated: Oct 25, 2019 08:27 IST : The saffron alliance has managed to retain its hold over Thane district. Of the 18 Assembly seats in the district, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won eight, the Shiv Sena five, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) two, and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Samajwadi Party and an independent candidate one each. In Thane city, all four sitting MLAs managed to retain their seats. While Sena candidate Eknath Shinde won from Kopri Panchpakhadi by 89,300 votes, party candidate Pratap Sarnaik won from Ovala Majiwada by 84,008 votes. In the Thane city constituency, the fight between BJP’s Sanjay Kelkar and MNS’s Avinash Jadhav, who was supported by the Congress and the NCP, was a close one. Though there was a lot of opposition within the Sena to support Kelkar, he won by 19,424 votes. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Jitendra Awhad won in Kalwa-Mumbra by 75,639 votes. Awhad said the state will have a “strong and efficient Opposition”, which had been lacking in the past few years. “We might not be able to form a government, but we will form a strong Opposition. I am more happy about the defeat of Udayanraje Bhosale in Satara than my victory, as he had back-stabbed NCP chief Sharad Pawar,” said Awhad. MNS SPRINGS SURPRISE IN KALYAN RURAL The Kalyan Rural constituency sprung a surprise with MNS candidate Raju Patil defeating Sena candidate Ramesh Mhatre by 7,150 votes in a neck-and-neck competition. In Bhiwandi East, Sena’s Rupesh Mhatre lost to Samajwadi Party’s Rais Shaikh by 1,450 votes. In Kalyan West, Sena candidate Vishwanath Bhoir defeated BJP rebel and sitting MLA Narendra Pawar. While sitting MLA Ravindra Chavan retained his seat in Dombivli, Ganpat Gaikwad from BJP won from Kalyan East. KALANIS DEFEATED In Ulhasnagar, BJP’s Kumar Ailani defeated sitting MLA Jyoti Kalani from NCP by 1,891 votes. The Kalani family has ruled over Ulhasnagar since 1986 and changed parties frequently in the past five years. The fight, however, was close with Kalani leading in the first half of the day. Ailani’s vote count increased in the latter half of the day. While Ailani bagged 42,944 votes, Kalani got 41,053 votes. Voters in the city were unhappy with the rampant illegal constructions. Meanwhile, Kisan Kathore, the sitting BJP MLA from Murbad, won by the largest margin in Thane district. He defeated NCP’s Pramod Hindurao by 1,31,336 votes. Kathore had quit NCP in the 2014 polls and joined the BJP. BJP WAVE IN NAVI MUMBAI, PANVEL The BJP also swept the constituencies of Airoli and Belapur in Navi Mumbai and Panvel. Former minister Ganesh Naik, who recently moved to BJP from NCP, won by a margin of 78,491 votes from Airoli against NCP’s Ganesh Shinde. In Belapur, sitting BJP MLA Manda Mhatre secured a comfortable victory against NCP candidate Ashok Gawde, with a winning margin of 43,597 votes. In the previous Assembly polls, she had defeated Naik by a margin of 1,491 votes. BJP’s sitting MLA from Panvel and chairman of City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), Prashant Thakur, defeated PWP’s Haresh Keni by 92,730 votes. Uran witnessed a tough fight, with BJP rebel and independent candidate Mahesh Baldi defeating Sena MLA Manohar Bhoir by 6,710 votes. Baldi had got open support from the BJP, with MLA Prashant Thakur campaigning for him.
2019-10-24BJP’s Ailani trounces Kalani in Ulhasnagar - Times of India
BJP’s Ailani trounces Kalani in Ulhasnagar Updated: Oct 25, 2019, 4:57 IST : Ulhasnagar: In a neck-and-neck fight, BJP candidate Kumar Ailani from Ulhasnagar won against sitting NCP MLA Jyoti Kalani by a margin of just 2004 votes. Members of the Kalani family have been MLAs from Ulhasnagar for five terms, except in 2009 when Ailani had defeated Jyoti’s husband Pappu Kalani as well. This time, Ailani got 43,666 votes against Jyoti’s 41,662. His win has raised questions over the popularity of the Kalanis. Pappu Kalani, who is in jail over a murder, was four times MLA from back in 1990 till 2004; in 2014, Jyoti had won by defeating Ailani. This time, the family had expected a BJP ticket but it was denied. Political observers say their votes got divided between independent candidate Bhagwan Bhalerao and Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi’s Sajan Labana.
2019-10-24Kalyan West, Kalyan East, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi west and Bhiwandi east seats have seen a close fight - Free Press Journal
Kalyan West, Kalyan East, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi west and Bhiwandi east seats have seen a close fight October 25, 2019, 1:11 AM IST : Thane: The Kalyan West, Kalyan East, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi west and Bhiwandi east seats have seen a close fight in the assembly polls and many expect a close finish in these constituencies when results are announced on Thursday. In Kalyan East, four- time Shivsena corporator Dhananjay Bodare was an unhappy when sena leaders had not given ticket and then he decided contesting as an independent candidate against sitting independent MLA Ganpat Gaikwad, contesting on a BJP ticket. The 26 corporators rebelled from Shivsena party and supported to Bodare. On the day of result,Gaikwad won by 12307 votes against Bodare. In Kalyan West, BJP sitting MLA Narendra Pawar also unhappy with senior leaders and he is contesting as an independent against Vishwanath Bhoir of the Sena. Bhoir won by 21668 votes against Narendra Pawar. In Ulhasnagar, the BJP ticket went to Kumar Ailani who is BJP president from Ulhasnagar. Earlier, this seat ticket was going to powerful Pappu Kalani family. But at the last movement, the decision was changed and ticket went to Ailani. Kumar Ailani won by 2004 votes against Jyoti Kalani of NCP. The many voters in Ulhasnagar city, voted in NOTA (None of The Above) at around 4978. In Bhiwandi west, NCP president of Bhiwandi city Khalid Guddu left the NCP party. He is contesting as AIMIM ticket against Soeb Guddu of the congress. In this fighting, BJP sitting MLA Mahesh Chaugele won. BJP Mahesh Chaugele won by 14912 votes against AIMIM candidate Khalid Guddu. In Bhiwandi east, BJP president of Bhiwandi city Santosh Shetty left BJP party. He is contesting as congress ticket against Shivsena sitting MLA Rupesh Mahatre. During this both fighting, SP (Samajwadi Party) candidate Rahis Shaikh won.In Bhiwandi east, SP Rahis Shaikh won by 1314 votes against Shivsena candidate Rupesh Mahatre.
2019-10-24Ambernath Election Results 2019 Live Updates (अंबरनाथ): Dr. Kinikar Balaji Pralhad of Shiv ... - News18
Ambernath Election Results 2019 Live Updates (अंबरनाथ): Dr. Kinikar Balaji Pralhad of Shiv Sena Wins Updated:October 24, 2019, 2:17 PM IST : 140. Ambernath (अंबरनाथ), is an Assembly/Vidhan Sabha seat in Mumbai-Thane region and Thane district of Maharashtra and is part of Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency. Demographic profile: This Urban (Scheduled Caste) constituency has an estimated Scheduled Caste population of 11.67% and a Scheduled Tribe population of 2.71%. The estimated literacy level of the district in which this constituency falls in is 84.53%. In the 2019 elections there were a total of 3,12,661 eligible electors, of which 1,68,408 were male, 1,44,237 female and 16 voters of the third gender. A total of 100 service voters had also registered to vote. In the 2014 polls there were a total of 3,44,155 eligible electors, of which 1,86,415 were male, 1,57,725 female and 16 voters of the third gender. A total of 100 service voters had also registered to vote. The total number of eligible voters in the seat in 2009 was 2,92,804. Ambernath has an elector sex ratio of 856.47. Past winners/MLAs: In the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections, Dr Balaji Kinikar of SS won in this seat by defeating the BJP candidate by a margin of 2041 votes which was 1.49% of the total votes polled in the constituency. SS had a vote share of 34.4% in 2014 in the seat. In the 2009, Dr Balaji Kinikar of SS won in this seat by defeating the NCP candidate by a margin of 19979 votes which was 17.68% of the total votes polled in the constituency. SS had a vote share of 44.66% in 2009 in the seat. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, SS got the most votes and the in the 140. Ambernath Assembly segment of Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency. Kalyan Parliament seat was won by SS. Number of contestants: A total of 17 candidates contested in the 2019 elections. In 2014 there were 18 contestants and in 2009 elections 11 candidates battled for the seat. Voter turnout: In the 2019 Maharashtra state Assembly elections the voter turnout was calculated at 42.32%. In 2014, this seat registered a turnout of 39.71%, while it was 38.6 % in 2009. The turnout change in 2019 over 2014 is 2.61%. Poll dates: The seat went to the polls on Monday, October 21, 2019 and the counting of votes are being held on Thursday, October 24, 2019. Number of polling stations: In the 2019 elections there were a total of 303 polling stations in 140. Ambernath constituency. The corresponding figure in the 2014 elections was 310. Extent: 140. Ambernath constituency comprises of the following areas of Thane district of Maharashtra: Ambernath Tehsil (Part), Revenue Circle Ambernath (Rural), and Ambernath (MC), Ulhasnagar Tehsil (Part), Ulhasnagar (Municipal Corporation) (Part) - Ward No14 to 22 and 44 to 51.
2019-10-234 held for stabbing man in Ulhasnagar - Hindustan Times
4 held for stabbing man in Ulhasnagar Updated: Oct 24, 2019 00:24 IST : Hill Line police arrested four people on Wednesday for allegedly stabbing a 38-year-old tailor to death in Ulhasnagar on Tuesday night. According to the police, the tailor, Dilip Kushwah, worked at a jeans tailoring shop (barrack no 1965) at OT Section in Ulhasnagar. “The four accused — Sonu Choughule, 22; Yash Raju Patil, 19; Rahul Punjwani, 20; and Ashish Rajani, 21 — allegedly stabbed Kushwah with a pair of scissors on Tuesday night after he asked them to not sit in the shop premises and consume drugs,” said RP Mayne, senior inspector, Hill Line police station. Kuchwah’s co-worker, Shivnarayan Mourya, 30, then approached Hill Line police, who arrested the four on Wednesday. The four were produced in the court on Wednesday and sent to police custody till October 29. “Kushwah was working in the shop on rent for several years. The complainant [Kushwah’s co-worker] told the police that the four used to occupy the premises regularly and create a nuisance,” added Mayne. Kushwah’s family lives in Uttar Pradesh and he stayed in Ulhasnagar and earned a living.
2019-10-23Maharashtra polls: Cop-turned-politician Pradeep Sharma booked - India TV News
Maharashtra polls: Cop-turned-politician Pradeep Sharma booked Updated on: October 23, 2019 11:30 IST : Policeman-turned-politician and Shiv Sena candidate from Nalasopara Assembly seat was booked for allegedly threatening poll officials during voting on Monday, police said. Sharma, an inspector-rank officer who resigned from Maharashtra police recently to contest polls, is accused of entering a polling booth in Chandansar in Virar along with few of his supporters and threatening officials present there, an official said. Sharma, who earned the tag of "encounter specialist" for gunning down a large number of underworld operatives during his long stint with Mumbai police Crime Branch, has been charged under sections of the IPC and Representation of the People Act 1951 for criminal intimidation and disorderly conduct in a polling booth, he said.
2019-10-23Roads leading to counting venues in Maharashtra to be shut today, vehicles to be diverted - Hindustan Times
Roads leading to counting venues in Maharashtra to be shut today, vehicles to be diverted Updated: Oct 24, 2019 04:35 IST : Ahead of the counting of votes for the Assembly elections on Thursday, the Thane traffic police have decided to not allow vehicles on Kalyan-Badlapur road from Wednesday midnight. This is being done to ensure a smooth counting process at Mahatma Gandhi School on the stretch. Vehicles will be diverted from Matka Chowk and DMC Chowk in Ambernath on Kalyan-Badlapur road. The vital road that helps one connects Kalyan-Ulhasnagar- Ambernath-Badlapur will be opened after the counting is over. The traffic police have also come up with alternative routes. “There is a need to close vehicular traffic on the stretch to ensure there is no congestion. We have made arrangements to divert commuters. Our cops will guide them,” said an officer of Ambernath traffic police. In Dombivli, the counting of votes for Kalyan rural and Dombivli constituency will be at Savlaram Krida Sankul (Dombivli MIDC sports complex). The traffic department has made plans to divert traffic and will impose no-entry points to ensure a smooth traffic flow at Gharda circle . There will be a no entry on Bandish Palace to Gharda circle stretch. The vehicles coming from Gharda circle to Bandish palace will be diverted at Gharda circle to Regency- Suyog hotel and move ahead to their destination. Vehicles coming from Bandish Palace towards Gharda circle will be diverted to Khambalpada road-Tata naka. Another stretch which will be no-entry is Bandish Palace to Bharat gas godown road. Vehicles coming towards this stretch will have to take the Kambalpada-Tata naka stretch. “The changes in the route are not applicable for ambulance, police vans and fire vehicles. Our cops will be deployed at both sides of the stretches to ensure there is no confusion and congestion on the stretch,”added the officer.
2019-10-23Old college bldg in Worli to be HQ of second cluster varsity - Mumbai Mirror
Old college bldg in Worli to be HQ of second cluster varsity Updated: Oct 24, 2019, 05:00 IST : The property will be refurbished to house law school, research centres. An old college building in Worl i, belonging to the Hyderabad Sind National Collegiate (HSNC) trust that runs a host of education institutes in the city, including top SoBo colleges, is set to become the headquarters of the newly constituted second cluster university. In August, the state government gave the nod for the formation of the second cluster university, comprising KC and HR colleges at Churchgate and Bombay Teachers’ Training College at Colaba. The notification formalising the cluster is expected to be issued once the new state cabinet is in place. “The Worli building has been identified as our headquarters. It is an eight-storey structure, which will undergo renovation. It used to house a college, which was shifted to Ulhasnagar in 2017. Initially, we will use only the first four floors. One of the floors will house the administrative block. The academic council and management council meetings will be held there. The other floors will be used for postgraduate and diploma courses that will start after the government issues the notification,” Dinesh Panjwani, HSNC secretary told Mirror. A law school and 10 research centres will also be set up in the Worli property. HSNC plans to start five PG courses and credit-based certificate and diploma courses in the current academic year itself. The varsity has sought inputs from the Indian industry – businessman Niranjan Hiranandani is one of the board trustees – and from foreign varsities on the curricula for various courses. While all the three colleges affiliated to HSNC are Sindhi minority colleges, offering Sindhi quota and excluded from the reservations policy, the varsity will not be termed a minority institution. “The identity of the minority colleges will not change, but we will be a state university,” he said. HSNC will be offering scholarships to disadvantaged groups.
2019-10-23Maharashtra assembly polls: Palghar recorded biggest drop of 21% in voter turnout across Maharashtra - Times of India
Maharashtra assembly polls: Palghar recorded biggest drop of 21% in voter turnout across Maharashtra Updated: Oct 24, 2019, 7:22 IST : MUMBAI: The Palghar constituency in Thane has recorded the highest decline in voter turnout in the state—a sheer drop of 20.9% between the assembly polls of 2014 and 2019. The tribal constituency had recorded a 68% turnout in 2014, which fell to 47% in this election. This constituency has reported the largest change in voter turnout since 2014. Palghar saw drama before the election with the sitting MLA Amit Ghoda who was- with the Shiv Sena joining hands with the NCP after the Sena denied him a ticket. The Sena fielded Srinivas Wanga, son of the late BJP MLA Chintaman Wanga. Ghoda even filed his nomination as a rebel but was persuaded to withdraw by the Sena. Ghoda’s supporters, though, reportedly did not cooperate with Wanga in the campaign. The Panvel constituency in Navi Mumbai saw an almost 13% drop in voter turnout. Here, BJP’s sitting MLA Prashant Ramsheth Thakur contested against Peasant and Worker Party’s Harsh Keni who was supported by the Congress and NCP. A sizeable number of colonies in Panvel, though, had threatened to boycott the poll over lack of development in the area which may have hit the turnout. The Sakri constituency in rural Dhule in North Maharashtra as well as Jalgaon Urban saw a 10.5% fall in voter turnout from 2014. Pune’s Kasba Peth also experienced a 10% drop in turnout since 2014. It fell from 61.5% in 2014 to 51.5% in 2019. Kasba Peth is a BJP stronghold and was earlier represented by senior leader Girish Bapat who is now an MP. This year, the BJP fielded mayor Mukta Tilak against Congress’ Arvind Shinde. The highest rise in voter turnout was seen in the Jalgaon Jamod constituency in Vidarbha’s Buldhana district. It rose 10.3% since 2014. BJP minister Sanjay Kute won the last election from here, narrowly defeating Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh candidate. Ulhasnagar witnessed an 8.7% rise in turnout. The constituency is the stronghold of Pappu Kalani who is in jail over a murder. His wife Jyoti Kalani is the sitting MLA. The family expected a BJP ticket but it was denied. Jyoti Kalani contested from NCP against the BJP’s Kumar Ailani. Locals say both sides ensured their supporters voted. In Mumbai, Anushakti Nagar and Chandivali saw a major rise in turnout at 8.3% and 7.9%, respectively. The Karjat Jamkhed seat in Ahmednagar from where Sharad Pawar’s grand-nephew Rohit Pawar made his electoral debut saw a 7.9% rise in turnout since 2014. Pawar contested against BJP minister Ram Shinde in a constituency which has been a BJP stronghold for 25 years.
2019-10-22Maharashtra assembly polls 2019: Many bitter after finding they don't exist on rolls - Times of India
Maharashtra assembly polls 2019: Many bitter after finding they don't exist on rolls Updated: Oct 22, 2019, 8:16 IST : MUMBAI: Several legitimate voters fell through the sieve as their names went missing from the voter list on Monday. In Yari Road, Versova, a cluster of 40-50 people could not find their names. "The same people had been unable to vote in the Lok Sabha polls too. Entire buildings were left out. Some had filled forms in 2015 but their voter I-cards have still not reached them, a booth officer said. Danny Fernandes of Aram Nagar had been unable to vote in the LS polls either. Vivek Singh from Ghatkopar East went to multiple centres in vain. I went to Guru Nanak School because that is my polling centre, but the officials sent me to another school. There, too, I could not find it. I looked up my name online and it confirmed Guru Nanak School. Finally I did not vote, he said. In such cases, booth staff could do little except direct people to higher authorities. Chief electoral officer Baldev Singh said there were not many complaints. This time when the summary list was being finalised, political parties were asked to send their representatives to ensure the exercise was error-free. I received feedback from collectors statewide to say that they did not receive a single complaint of missing names in their area, Singh said. In Ulhasnagar, businessman Ashok Kukreja said six of his family could not vote. We voted in the LS poll but now our names were dropped, Mehta said. Harinam Singh said only eight of sixteen in his family could vote. In Nerul, Reema Mehta (42), who had voted in the LS polls this year, said that at the St Xavier School centre there were two crosses against her name. I fail to understand why my name has been deleted, she said. In Kalyan East, Sadhna Upadhyay (54) said she had always voted in the past and was surprised that her name was not there. Certain Sanpada voters found their names missing on the EC site but voted as they were on the booth list. The fear is that others like me may have felt discouraged to visit the booth thinking they were struck off, a voter said.
2019-10-22Towns tepid, voting higher in rural areas - Economic Times
Towns tepid, voting higher in rural areas Oct 22, 2019, 10.35 AM IST : Mumbai | New Delhi: Maharashtra recorded 63% polling and Haryana 65% in state assembly elections held on Monday. Urban regions in both states saw lower voter turnout, with Colaba registering 37% and Gurgaon and Faridabad about 50% each. Polling percentages are likely to undergo upward revisions when the Election Commission releases final data. Ulhasnagar, Kalyan East and Andheri West reported less than 40% polling, while Panipat City and Karnal, the Haryana chief minister’s constituency reported less than 50%, significantly lower than 2014 figures. Karnal and Panipat City reported nearly 68% in 2014. High percentages were reported from high-profile rural constituencies in Haryana, like Tohana, Kaithal, Narnaund and Tosham, from where BJP state chief Subhash Barala, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, BJP’s Jat face Captain Abhimanyu and Congress legislative party leader Kiran Choudhry are in the fray. The turnout in Maharashtra too was bolstered by a better turnout in rural regions, despite being buffeted by heavy rains. Voters braved bad roads and flooded streets to cast their ballot. Polling was peaceful in the Maoist infested Gadchiroli. However, there were stray incidents of violence in other parts of the state. In Amravati district, a candidate of the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana was allegedly attacked. Clashes were reported between supporters of Shiv Sena candidate Jaydutt Kshirsagar and NCP candidate Sandeep Kshirsagar at Beed, after allegations that the Sena candidate was getting fake voters into booths. Police intervened to ensure that things did not go out of control. Violence also occurred between supporters of BJP candidate Ram Shinde from Karjat Jamkhed and NCP candidate Rohit Pawar.
2019-10-22Maharashtra assembly polls: Senior citizens set an example, turn out despite difficulties - Times of India
Maharashtra assembly polls: Senior citizens set an example, turn out despite difficulties Updated: Oct 22, 2019, 10:20 IST : The elderly voters did not let age-related ailments or mobility issues deter them from exercising their franchise on Monday. An octogenarian who suffers from memory loss to a wheelchair-bound voter and many who had to rely on walkers, they came out to make their votes count. Umedchand Jain (80), who suffers from memory loss, came with her granddaughter Sonal at Shivaji Nagar on Monday. He does not remember much, but was keen to cast his vote. So we brought him to the booth, said Sonal. Wheelchair-bound Zehra Bi, 83 and grandmother to 25, has never missed an election since Independence. I vote for you, so that your future can be bright, she said. In the absence of ramps, many senior citizens found it difficult to walk up to polling booths. While volunteers were available to help, several were inconvenienced. Octogenarian Amrita Nair complained as there was only one wheelchair available at a Bandra East centre, she had to wait. But Parvathi Seshanandan (95), who was accompanied by her neighbour to the polling booth in Matunga, found the arrangements this time were much better. The election officials at Gawanpada municipal school in Mulund East got a pandal erected outside the school to serve as a booth for senior citizens and the physically challenged so that they did not have to climb to the first floor. Ulhasnagar witnessed a lower voter turnout, but senior citizens came out in force to vote. A few senior citizens were hassled as they could not find their names on the voter list. Prabhat Shobha (74), a retired professor from IIT-Delhi who uses a walker, had to shuttle between two polling centres in Powai as the election officials could not find her name. Shobha, who had been a trekker in her heydays, was peeved but refused to go back without voting.
2019-10-21Decision against same-sex unions is disappointing - Telegraph India
Decision against same-sex unions is disappointing Updated 22.10.19, 3:31 AM : Sir — It seems that Hong Kong is embroiled in more than one battle. Last week, a Hong Kong court ruled against allowing same-sex unions in the city following a petition filed in 2018. This disappointing decision comes a few months after Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. While recognition of LGBTQ rights has increased in Asia over the last few years, there is still a long way to go. Every democratic nation must ensure equal rights for all its citizens. Avery Chang, Calcutta True grit Sir — Earlier this month, Pranjal Patil, the first visually challenged woman officer of the Indian Administrative Service, was appointed sub-collector in Thiruvananthapuram. Her indomitable spirit must be appreciated. Patil, who joined as an assistant collector in Ernakulam last year, has proved that being visually challenged does not have to hinder her achievements. Her journey will inspire many other differently-abled Union Public Service Commission aspirants. It is shameful that people who are differently-abled continue to face prejudice in society at every turn. Employers should take care to not discriminate against potential employees on the basis of physical ability. Rather, they should be given every opportunity to succeed in life. Kiran Agarwal, Calcutta Sir — The day before India observed White Cane Awareness Day, Pranjal Patil assumed charge as the sub-collector in Thiruvananthapuram. Patil, who had been appointed in the Kerala cadre in 2018, has faced many hurdles, including an earlier rejection in civil services. In spite of ranking relatively high in 2016, she had been denied a post in the Indian Railway Accounts Service, with her lack of vision being cited as a limitation. Incidentally, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act was enacted in the same year to protect differently-abled persons against discrimination and to ensure their access to equal employment opportunities. Patil kept fighting, and eventually became the first blind female IAS officer in India. As she took charge, Patil rightly said, “We should never be defeated and never give up.” She is a role model for all aspiring bureaucrats in this country. One hopes that her staff members extend their complete support in the coming days. Khokan Das, Calcutta Sir — The story of the life and struggles of Pranjal Patil reminds us that nothing is impossible if one has the determination to persevere against all odds. Patil has truly struggled far more than others to achieve her goal of becoming an IAS officer. Losing vision at the age of six did not deter the young girl from Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra, from pursuing her dreams. In spite of several hurdles, Patil has become the first visually-challenged woman in the country to hold such a high post in the bureaucracy. The old English proverb, ‘where there is a will there is a way’, holds completely true in this instance. M. Pradyu, Kannur
2019-10-21Maharashtra witnesses 60.46% voting, down 3%, Mumbai’s Colaba witnesses lowest voting percentage - India Today
Maharashtra witnesses 60.46% voting, down 3%, Mumbai’s Colaba witnesses lowest voting percentage UPDATED: October 22, 2019 18:43 IST : Maharashtra witnessed lower voter turnout compared to the 2014 assembly elections. The voter final voter turnout stood at 60.46 per cent, 3 per cent down than the figures of 63.13 per cent of 2014. Karvir assembly constituency in Kolhapur registered the highest voter turnout at 83.20 per cent, while Colaba in South Mumbai registered the lowest voter turnout at 40.20 per cent. Continuing with its disrepute of lower voter turnout Mumbai witnessed a poor turnout of 46.93 per cent. Kolhapur, which witnessed massive floods a few months ago, came out to vote in massive numbers. Four out of top 5 constituencies with highest voter turnout were in flood-affected Kolhapur region. Apart from Karvir, Shahuwadi seat registered 80.19 per cent turnout, Kagal (80.13 per cent) and Radhanagari (75.59 per cent), while Shirala constituency in neighbouring Sangli district witnessed 76.78 per cent voter turnout. Low voter turnout was witnessed in urban areas. Apart from Colaba in Mumbai, Versova seat in Suburban Mumbai also saw an abysmal voting percentage of 42.66 per cent. Low voter turnout was also seen in constituencies on the outskirts of Mumbai, like Kalyan west (41.93 per cent), Ambernath (42.43 per cent) and Ulhasnagar (41.20 per cent). Pune Cantonment seat also saw a dismal turnout at 42.68 per cent. Though Bollywood personalities came out to vote in large numbers, the voting percentage in the Bandra West constituency, home to maximum Bollywood celebrities saw a downfall in polling percentage compared to 2014. In 2014, the star-studded constituency saw a voter turnout of 50.65 per cent, while this election it was at 43.76 per cent. Top leaders from the state exercised their franchise with their family in tow. CM Devendra Fadnavis, accompanied by his wife Amruta, cast his vote in Nagpur. NCP supremo Sharad Pawar voted in Tardeo area of Mumbai along with his granddaughter Revati Sule. Actor Riteish Deshmukh and wife Genelia voted in Latur. Riteish’s brother Amit and Dheeraj are contesting from Latur City and Latur Rural respectively. Riteish has extensively campaigned for them. Actor Urmila Matondkar, who contested the Loksabha elections on Congress ticket but quit the party recently, too voted in suburban Mumbai. Kareena Kapoor was accompanied by son Taimur when she arrived for voting later in the afternoon. The Thakur family of Vasai-Virar was colour coordinated in yellow (colour of their Party BVA’s flag) when they arrived for voting. Kshitij Thakur has been pitched against the former cop and encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma. Maharashtra minister Avinash Mahatekar arrived to vote with his 90-year-old, wheelchair-bound mother to vote in Kurla Constituency in Mumbai. Young school children volunteering for the state election commission at several booths in Mumbai caught the attention of voters. These students not just helped the voters in finding their names, but also helped elderly citizens to the booths.
2019-10-21Milind Deora appeals to people of Maharashtra to vote in large numbers - ANI News
Milind Deora appeals to people of Maharashtra to vote in large numbers Updated: Oct 21, 2019 15:37 IST : Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Oct 21 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Milind Deora on Monday appealed the people of Maharashtra, especially the youth, to come out and vote in large numbers. "I would like to appeal this to all the people of Maharashtra to come out and cast their precious votes. I would like to request the young voters, especially, to come to vote for progress in Maharashtra," he told reporters after casting his ballot. On October 14, disgruntled Congress leader Sanjay Niupam had called Deora 'Nikamma' (useless) and downplayed speculation over his absence at Rahul Gandhi's rally in the state during the run-up to the elections. Deora had earlier replaced Nirupam as the Mumbai Congress chief. The voter turnout for Maharashtra Assembly polls stood at 30.89 per cent till 1 pm. Out of the 288 Assembly constituencies in the state, Armori witnessed the highest voter turnout of 52.89 per cent and Ulhasnagar witnessed the lowest at 15.70 per cent till 1 pm. Elections began on 288 constituencies of Maharashtra at 7 am today and will continue till 6 pm. Counting of votes will be held on October 24.
2019-10-21Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019: State sees 58.49% turnout amid EVM glitches, rain dampens voters'... - Firstpost
Maharashtra Assembly election 2019: 62-year dies of brain hemorrhage while standing in queue to vote in Pimpri-Chinchawad Oct 21, 2019 20:35:15 IST : Maharashtra went to the polls for 288 seats in its Assembly after a campaign that saw a heavy focus on Article 370 by the ruling BJP government. The heavy rains that lashed parts of the state on Monday seemingly proved a deterrent for voters, at least at the outset. Voter turnout was poor in the first hours but picked up as the day progressed and skies cleared. Voter turnout across the state stood at 58.49 percent at 7 pm, as per data from the Election Commission. The highest voter turnout was recorded in Kolhapur district’s Karvir Assembly constituency (79.19 percent), while Thane’s Ulhasnagar recorded the lowest turnout (31.72 percent) by 6 pm. The state also saw a bypoll for the Satara Lok Sabha seat, which went on peacefully and recorded a voter turnout of 60.75 percent. Fearing a security threat, Gadhchiroli saw voting only till 3 pm. The Naxal-affected area saw a turnout of 52.51 percent. While votingwas mostly peaceful, there were some incidents of technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), which caused minor disruptions. Voting was halted for about 30 minutes at the Mother Teresa school, Waluj in Gangapur Assembly segment, owing to an EVM malfunction. Voting was halted at various booths in the Bhor constituency in Pune district as over eight EVMs developed technical snags in Velhe Budruk, Bhatti Vaghdara, Balwad, Sonde Manthana, Vangani, Ghisar, and two other villages. While these were repaired or replaced quickly, several other booths also reported other malfunctioning EVMs. Pune district recorded a voter turnout of 52.80 percent till 6 pm. Shrinivas Bakkad, the media manager of the state Congress Shrinivas Bakkad, said the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee complained to the state election commission about 67 instances of malfunctioning EVMs. Rain plays spoilsport Some officials adopted unique methods to beat the poor weather. The district administration of Akola provided boats for voters at Nimgaon village, who were cut off after a bridge connecting them to Vadavni village was destroyed by a recent flood. Akola district recorded a voter turnout of 52 percent till 6 pm. Heavy rains made it impossible for voters to reach polling booth at Kambaleshwar village in Baramati constituency. The administration used tractor trolleys to make a bridge and help voters reach the centre. Rains in the region already caused concern due to knee-high water around the centre the previous day. Kolhapur district registered the maximum voter turnout in the state: 69.04 percent till 6 pm, while Pune was the lowest. High-profile personalities vote Several famous personalities exercised their franchise. The family of the former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh cast their votes at their native Babhalgaon under Latur City constituency from where Amit Deshmukh is the sitting MLA and contesting on a Congress ticket. Dheeraj Deshmukh is the contestant from Latur Rural. Vilasrao's brother Dilip Deshmukh, Vaishali Deshmukh, and movie stars Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia Deshmukh D’Souza also exercised their franchise. Latur district registered a voter turnout of 56.41 percent till 6 pm. NCP supremo Sharad Pawar cast his vote at Tardeo situated in south Mumbai for the Malabar Hill constituency, along with his granddaughter and son-in-law. Mathura MP Hema Malini cast her vote at Jamnabai School for the Vile Parle Assembly seat. Mumbai City registered a voter turnout of 44.40 percent till 6 pm, while Mumbai Suburban registered a turnout of 46.92 percent. In Nagpur, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagawat cast his vote early at Reshimgaug. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the BJP candidate from Nagpur South West seat, cast his vote along with his wife Amruta at the polling booth in Dharampeth, Nagpur. Nagpur district recorded a voter turnout of 54.60 percent. Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar cast his vote at Akola. "It is the biggest festival of democracy, everyone must exercise their right to vote," he told reporters.
2019-10-21Maharashtra polls: Milind Deora appeals people to vote in large numbers - The New Indian Express
Maharashtra polls: Milind Deora appeals people to vote in large numbers Published: 21st October 2019 04:18 PM : MUMBAI: Senior Congress leader Milind Deora on Monday appealed the people of Maharashtra, especially the youth, to come out and vote in large numbers. "I would like to appeal this to all the people of Maharashtra to come out and cast their precious votes. I would like to request the young voters, especially, to come to vote for progress in Maharashtra," he told reporters after casting his ballot. On October 14, disgruntled Congress leader Sanjay Niupam had called Deora 'Nikamma' (useless) and downplayed speculation over his absence at Rahul Gandhi's rally in the state during the run-up to the elections. Deora had earlier replaced Nirupam as the Mumbai Congress chief. The voter turnout for Maharashtra Assembly polls stood at 30.89 per cent till 1 pm. Out of the 288 Assembly constituencies in the state, Armori witnessed the highest voter turnout of 52.89 per cent and Ulhasnagar witnessed the lowest at 15.70 per cent till 1 pm. Elections began on 288 constituencies of Maharashtra at 7 am today and will continue till 6 pm. Counting of votes will be held on October 24.
2019-10-20Maharashtra Elections: A group composes rap to spread voting awareness - Republic World - Republic World
Maharashtra Elections: State under heavy security cover for polls Updated On: October 20, 2019 15:21 IST : The assembly election in Maharashtra is just a day away. To spread awareness about the importance of voting, a group led by Chaitanya Prabhu, founder of 'Mark Your Presence', has composed rap. The total strength of the Maharashtra Assembly is 288, out of which nine seats are reserved for the SC and five for the ST category. In total, Maharashtra has 8.94 crore registered voters, out of which 1.16 lakh are service voters. While the voting will take place in a single phase on October 21, the results will be declared on October 24.
2019-10-20Three wanted in Pune held with weapons in Ulhasnagar - Times of India
Three wanted in Pune held with weapons in Ulhasnagar Updated: Oct 20, 2019, 9:02 IST : KALYAN: Three history-sheeters were arrested by the Central police in Ulhasnagar who were wanted by the Pune police under MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) charges. Two revolvers, one knife and one cartridge was recovered from the accused, identified as Rafiq Shaikh, Kiran Mehetre alias Pappu and Nilesh Khadse. Acting on specific information, the trio was caught near Military Lake by a team headed by senior inspector S C Surdakar.
2019-10-19Maharashtra Election 2019 - Ulhasnagar Assembly Constituency of Mumbai: Full list of candidates, polling dates and past election results - Free Press Journal
Maharashtra Election 2019 - Ulhasnagar Assembly Constituency of Mumbai: Full list of candidates, polling dates and past election results October 19, 2019, 11:20 PM IST : Ulhasnagar Assembly constituency is one of the 288 Vidhan Sabha (Assembly) constituencies of Maharashtra. A city in the Thane district, Ulhasnagar is represented by NCP. It is also the headquarters of the tehsil by the same name. Kalani Suresh( Pappu) Budharmal was the MLA of the constituency from 1990 to 2009. But he lost the elections in 2009. Kumar Uttamchand Ailyani of BJP won the 2009 assembly elections by defeating Kalani Suresh( Pappu) Budharmal, an independent candidate. Ailyani secured 45257 votes as against Budharmal's 37719 votes. The seat went back to NCP in 2014 elections with Jyoti Pappu Kalani beating Ailani Kumar. Ulhasnagar assembly constituency belongs to Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency. Ulhasnagar had a population of 506,098 as per 2011 India census. In 2014, Ulhasnagar Assembly had 38 percent voter turnout. The seat has been occupied by Jyoti Pappu Kalani of NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) since 2014. Other prominent face to contest from Ulhasnagar Assembly is Ailani Kumar Uttamchand of Bhartiya Janta Party who will be contesting the Maharashtra assembly election 2019 from Ulhasnagar Assembly constituency of Mumbai. Full list of candidates for Ulhasnagar assembly who will contest Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019: 1. MILIND KASHINATH KAMBLE - Independent 2. DNYANESHWAR DATTARAY LOKHANDE -- Independent 3. SIDHARTH RAVAN SABLE - Independent 4. JOGENDERSINGH DHARMRAJ KHUSAR -- Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi 5. RAVINDRA ABHIMANU KENE -- Independent 6. RAJESH LILARAM CHANDWANI -- Independent 7. IBRAHIM ABDUL STTAR ANSARI -- Independent 8. JYOTI SURESH KALANI -- Nationalist Congress Party 9. KAJAL KANAYALAL MULCHANDANI -- Independent 10. LAXMI VIDESH VALMIKI -- Independent 11. ABDUL GAFAR AVGANI SHAIKH -- Independent 12. KUMAR UTTAMCHAND AILANI -- Bhartiya Janta Party 13. RAJKUMAR CHHOTELAL SONI -- Independent 14. RAMESH BANSILAL MIMROT -- Bahujan Mukti Party 15. BHAGWAN SHANKAR BHALERAO -- Republican Party of India (A) 16. RAJENDRA SAHEBRAO BHALERAO -- Bahujan Samaj Party 17. BHARAT RAMCHAND RAJWANI -- Nationalist Congress Party 18. SANDEEP PANDIT GAIKWAD -- Independent 19. KAMLESH MADHUKAR NIKAM -- Independent 20. KAMAL S. BATHIJA -- Independent 21. SAJANSINGH BANASINGH LABANA -- Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi 22. ASHOK DASHARATH KHAWLE -- Party of United Indians In 2014, Jyoti Pappu Kalani had won Ulhasnagar Assembly seat by defeating Ailani Kumar Uttamchand of BJP by 1,863 votes. A total of 3,239 candidates are in the fray for the October 21 assembly elections in Maharashtra for the 288 seats up for grabs where the BJP-led NDA alliance and the Congress-NCP combine are locked in keen contests marked by defections, rebellions and one-upmanships. The Election Commission had received 5543 applications for all the 288 segments, out of which 3239 nominees are left in the race after withdrawals and rejection of 800 applications due to technical errors. The 2019 assembly elections--the first major political contest after the Lok Sabha outing of summer--are characterised by many political undertones. While the BJP and the Shiv Sena are vying for supremacy in the number game, the Opposition Congress and NCP, which are hit by defections, are fighting to make a comeback to power. Other small players vying for the spoils are the MNS of Raj Thackeray, AIMIM, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna to name a few. Voting for the 288-member Assembly will be held on 21 October in a single phase. The counting of votes and final results will be declared on 24 October. The counting of votes and final results will be declared on 24 October. The term of the Devendra Fadnavis-led current Maharashtra Assembly will end on 9 November.
2019-10-19Maharashtra polls: Election Commission seizes Rs. 4 cr cash from Worli - Republic World - Republic World
Maharashtra Polls: Election Commission Seizes Rs. 4 Cr Cash From Worli Updated On: October 19, 2019 21:10 IST : The Election Commission has seized Rs. 4 crores unaccounted cash in Worli assembly constituency in Mumbai, Maharashtra. More details are awaited about the story. Maharashtra assembly elections will be held on October 21. The counting of votes will take place on October 24.
2019-10-19Yogi Adityanath targets NCP leader Praful Patel over alleged links with Dawood Ibrahim in Kalyan - Times of India
Yogi Adityanath targets NCP leader Praful Patel over alleged links with Dawood Ibrahim in Kalyan Updated: Oct 19, 2019, 21:27 IST : KALYAN: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, while addressing a rally on the last day of election campaign in Kalyan, targeted Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel over his links with 1993 Mumbai bomb blast accused Dawood Ibrahim. Adityanath said it was unfortunate that connection had emerged between Dawood Ibrahim who was responsible for Mumbai blasts with the NCP leader in state. He asked people whether they would give vote to such party whose leader was associated with terrorists. He said the earlier government was not serious about national security, but now those who would play with national security would be sent behind the bars. The ED recently summoned former Union minister Patel to record his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in connection with his deal between the wife of Iqbal Mirchi, aide of Dawood Ibrahim. Adityanath was addressing a rally on Saturday in Kalyan in support of BJP candidate Ganpat Gaikwad and Ulhasnagar's BJP candidate Kumar Ailani. During the rally, Adityanath said during last five-year ruling of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, one never heard about any corruption charges against government but during earlier Congress-NCP government we regularly used to hear news of corruption in country and state. During Congress's rule they made country ashamed by doing corruption in Common Wealth Games, while during our government we made the country proud by successfully organising Kumbh Mela in Praygraj wherein millions of people came to take bath in Holy Ganga from across the world and everyone appreciated arrangements and cleanliness during Kumbh mela Adityanath said.
2019-10-19UP CM Yogi Adityanath questions link between NCP leader and Dawood Ibrahim - Free Press Journal
UP CM Yogi Adityanath questions link between NCP leader and Dawood Ibrahim October 20, 2019, 3:33 AM IST : Thane: Launching a scathing attack on the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath questioned the link between NCP party leader Praful Patel and the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts accused Dawood Ibrahim. Adityanath was addressing a rally in Kalyan for the BJP candidate Ganpat Gaikwad and Ulhasnagar's BJP candidate Kumar Ailani on Saturday. He appealed to people to vote for Gaikwad and Ailani. He asked people whether they would vote for a party whose leaders were associated with anti-nationals. The ED has been questioning former Union minister Patel to record his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, in connection with his real estate dealings with the family of the late fugitive Iqbal Mirchi, aide of Dawood Ibrahim. Adityanth said it was very unfortunate that the NCP leader's name had come to light in connection with the fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, who is the accused in the Mumbai blasts in 1993. He said that in the rule of the earlier Congress-NCP government, one regularly heard reports of corruption, in the state, as well as ar the Centre. He said the earlier government was not serious about national security. "But our party is serious about national security. Any one who messes with national security will be put behind bars," he said.
2019-10-19Mumbai Crime: Woman helps cops rescue minor sister forced into sex trade by uncle - Mid-day
Mumbai Crime: Woman helps cops rescue minor sister forced into sex trade by uncle Updated: Oct 19, 2019, 08:45 IST : The Navi Mumbai police rescued a 17-year-old girl, who was pushed into sex trade by her uncle, after her 21-year-old sister gathered courage and approached an Andheri-based NGO seeking help. Immediately after an NGO representative approached the Crime Branch, the cops swung into action and arrested the accused. In her police complaint, the survivor's sister, who now lives in a group home, said that their uncle had even forced her into the sex business to recover the money he had spent for their parents' treatment. An NGO representative said, "Cops had rescued her during a raid and sent her to a shelter. After she turned 18, she started looking for a job, as she had to leave the place. However, she had no option but to visit the ladies service bars in Navi Mumbai to earn a living." Speaking to mid-day, deputy commissioner of police (crime branch), Pravinkumar Patil, said, "We have registered a case and started investigating the matter. The minor girl has been rescued and the central unit team has arrested the accused uncle." Senior inspector of crime branch (central unit), N B Kolhatkar said, "The accused was not at home when the team carried out a raid. Also, by the time we reached there, the survivor had already left for a bar in Navi Mumbai. We asked the complainant to call her sister and find out where she was. Thereafter, we tracked her location and rescued her. She has been shifted to an Ulhasnagar-based shelter." A police officer said that the accused had made a fake aadhaar card in her name, as it was mandatory to show her age as 22 years for entry in the bars. "The Aadhaar card was made in Osmanabad, where the accused's second wife lives. We are verifying her role in the matter," the officer added. "Customers at the bar used to take the survivor to nearby hotels and sexually abuse her. We are also verifying the role of the manager and other staff members," the officer said. The survivor's sister said, "I was hardly 16 years old when my uncle pushed me into the business for R1 lakh. I thank all the police officers and the NGO for rescuing my sister." Rs 1 lakh Amount for which the elder girl was forced into sex trade
2019-10-18Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019, Ulhasnagar profile: In Sindhi majority region, illegal buildings,... - Firstpost
Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019, Ulhasnagar profile: In Sindhi majority region, illegal buildings, bad roads, water supply key issues Oct 19, 2019 15:49:20 IST : Ulhasnagar Assembly Election 2019 | The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the dates for the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections. Voting for the 288-member Assembly will be held on 21 October in a single phase. The counting of votes and final results will be declared on 24 October, authorities said. The term of the Devendra Fadnavis-led current Maharashtra Assembly will end on 9 November. The notification and nomination process for the Assembly election was issued on 27 September. Candidates filed their nominations latest by 4 October. The scrutiny of nomination papers was done on 5 October and the last date to withdraw candidature from the electoral battle was 7 October. A total of 95,473 polling stations will be set up for over 8.95 crore voters in Maharashtra. There are three reserved seats under Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste categories in the Thane district — Bhiwandi Rural (ST), Shahapur (ST) and Ambarnath (SC). Constituency Name—Ulhasnagar Constituency Number—141 District Name—Thane Total Electors—2,32,757 Female Electors—1,04,897 Male Electors—1,27,827 Third Gender—33 Reserved— No Results in previous elections—In 1999, Suresh Budharmal Kalani of Native People's Party (NVPP) won against Sitaldas Khubchand Harchandani of BJP who netted a total of 29,618 votes in total. In 2004, the sitting MLA Suresh Budharmal Kalani quit NVPP and joined hands with Republican Party of India (Athawale) the splinter group of the Republican Party of India to defeat Kumar Uttamchand Ailani of BJP. In 2009, the former runner up from BJP won this seat and ended the 10-year rule of the sitting MLA. In 2014, Jyoti Pappu Kalani of NCP won this seat against the sitting MLA from BJP. Demographics—Ulhasnagar, originally known as Kalyan Military transit camp, was especially set up to accommodate soldiers and others during World War II. The camp was deserted at the end of the war and came to be inhabited by Partition victims, mostly Sindhis, who moved into the town for a fresh start. Sindhis and Marathis as the major groups. Ulhasnagar is populated by Sindhi community that migrated from Sindh province of Pakistan during the partition and for long, the citizens have been demanding that city should be renamed as Sindhunagar. The town gets its name from Ulhas river, a westward flowing perennial water body which originates in the Sahyadri hill ranges of Ulhas valley near Udhewadi in Mawal taluka in Pune district. According to the 2011 Census of India, Ulhasnagar had a population of 506,098. Ulhasnagar is the 22nd biggest city in Maharashtra and 88th in the country. The city is also known for its furniture market, cloth market and electronic market. It also various small scale manufacturing units. Ulhasnagar is part of the Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency along with five other Vidhan Sabha segments, namely, Mumbra-Kalwa, Ambernath, Kalyan East, Kalyan Rural and Dombivali in Thane district. The constituency faces many long-standing crises relating to roads, water, electricity, open spaces and regularisation of illegal buildings. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also promised that once the metro comes to Ulhasnagar, the station will be named Sindhunagar In this constituency, the saffron alliance has invited criticism, with 10 corporators belonging to the Shiv Sena submitting their resignations after the BJP fielded Kumar Ailani, a political rival of four-time MLA Pappu Kalani. The NCP has fielded sitting MLA Jyoti Kalani, who is the wife of former MLA Pappu Kalani, currently serving life imprisonment in a murder case.
2019-10-18Ulhasnagar residents want FSI incentive for regularisation of illegal buildings - Hindustan Times
Ulhasnagar residents want FSI incentive for regularisation of illegal buildings Updated: Oct 18, 2019 23:33 IST : Around 1,000 Ulhasnagar residents have sent their suggestions and objections on regularisation of illegal and dangerous structures to Konkan division commissioner. The last date to submit the feedback was October 12. Ulhasnagar residents’ association which has 200 members, who live in 70 dangerous and dilapidated buildings, has said that floor space index (FSI) should be hiked to pave way for redevelopment. “Many structures need to be redeveloped. As per the notification of the state government, a structure is allowed floor space index (FSI) up to 4. The FSI will not be sufficient for redevelopment and will not recover construction cost or rent costs,” said Moti Ludhwani, founder of the association. There are around 1,000 such dangerous and dilapidated buildings in Ulhasnagar in which more than 1 lakh residents live. In the past 12 years, more than 40 building have either collapsed or demolished by Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. A total of 25 residents have lost their lives and more than 1,000 families rendered homeless. This year, around 10 buildings have either collapsed or evacuated. In August, 500 residents were homeless after Mahak apartments collapsed on Link road. The 50 per cent incentive FSI means, builder can consume 50 per cent additional FSI after consuming FSI to rehabilitate existing residents. “A majority of the buildings are unauthorised with huge FSI violations. FSI consumed is between 2 and 5 even if only FSI 1 is allowed,” said Ludhwani. “Now, if we start redevelopment and make an agreement with any builder, then the possible ratio of sharing between builder and flat owners will be around 50-50. This will not benefit residents as they will get smaller homes,” he said. He added, “If we have an 1BHK/2BHK flat of 600 to 800 sq feet, then we will only get 50% of exiting area that is 300 to 400 sq ft. This will be very small and can’t accommodate a family of 5 to 6 members. So, FSI incentive will help benefit flat owners.” Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC), which has decided to carry out the regularisation work online, has started developing a software to start the process. An officer from the UMC said,”The work of developing the software is underway. Once the software is ready, we can begin the online process. Meanwhile we are also working on finalising a team to carry out the work.”
2019-10-18Saffron rebels versus BJP-Sena in Kalyan - Hindustan Times
Saffron rebels versus BJP-Sena in Kalyan Updated: Oct 19, 2019 00:43 IST : The state Assembly fight in Kalyan-Dombivli and the nearby Ulhasnagar and Ambernath cities has turned into a story of rebels, who were denied tickets from their own party, but who have managed to contest the elections on their own. Take for instance sitting BJP MLA Narendra Pawar in Kalyan (West) and Shiv Sena’s Dhananjay Bodhare in Kalyan (East). BJP workers were shocked when sitting Pawar was not chosen by the Sena-BJP alliance for Kalyan West.The Sena fielded senior leader and city unit chief Vishwanath Bhoir. “I decided to contest as an independent because of people’s demand. I am sure their support will help me win too,” said Pawar. The Jagruk Citizen Forum has fielded Sajitha Nair as their candidate. In Kalyan (East), the BJP chose sitting MLA Ganpat Gaikwad, who had contested the Assembly elections in 2014 as an independent, but backed the BJP. This led Sena rebel Dhananjay Bodhare to contest as an independent. In Dombivli constituency, the only tough fight is between sitting BJP MLA Ravindra Chavan and MNS’s Mandal Halbe. “There has not been any major development in Dombivli, though the population has kept on increasing,” said Manoj Ahire, 34, a resident of Tilaknagar, Dombivli. The Kalyan rural constituency, which includes outskirts of Kalyan and Dombivli, 27 villages and some parts of Diva, the fight is between Shiv Sena’s Ramesh Mhatre and MNS’s Pramod Patil. In Ulhasnagar, there’s been a close contest between BJP’s Kumar Ailani and the Kalanis for past two Assembly polls. Pappu Kalani’s wife, Jyoti, resigned from the NCP as she expected a ticket from BJP, but the latter chose Ailani. Jyoti has filed her nomination from NCP.
2019-10-17‘With no one to follow him, Sharad Pawar has become like jailer from Sholay’: Maharashtra CM Fadnav... - Hindustan Times
‘With no one to follow him, Sharad Pawar has become like jailer from Sholay’: Maharashtra CM Fadnavis Updated: Oct 18, 2019 08:57 IST : Taking potshots at NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis compared him to a character of jailer played by actor Asrani in Hindi movie Sholay. The CM was in Jawhar on Thursday to canvass for Vikramgadh BJP candidate Dr Hemant Savra, son of Vishnu Savra, MLA from Vikramgadh, who is not contesting this election due to ill health. The character during a jail visit tells his staff who are standing in two rows, to go to either side and then asks the remaining ones to follow him, but then there is nobody is left to do so. “The NCP has become a ‘nano’ party and Pawar is helpless to see his own party being reduced to a shambles,” said Fadnavis. “We want the NCP-Congress government, which ruled the state for 15 years to give us an account of their rule and then we will give details of the NDA alliance government, which worked successfully for the past 5 years and will continue to do so,” said an optimistic Devendra Fadnavis. The NDA government is committed to the development of Jawhar-Mokhada-Vikramgadh and if we are re-elected again, we will construct a 200-bed hospital and also start a medical college in Jawhar, and develop the tourism potential of the region to the fullest, he said. Malnutrition has come down in the areas by 60% due to the government efforts, he said. “There are some technical issues involved in solving the drinking water problem in Mokhada-Jawhar and we will surely look into it. We have issued around 45,000 forest land titles to tribals in the district, which is a big achievement,” he said. RAILWAY STATION HOPPING  Union railway minister Piyush Goyal travelled on a local train between Bhayandar and Grant Road railway station on Thursday evening. Goyal had gone to attend a poll campaign for BJP MLA Narendra Mehta at Mira- Bhayandar. The BJP’s working president JP Nadda also commuted by local train on Thursday afternoon between Ulhasnagar and Kurla railway stations. Nadda was in Ulhasnagar to attend a rally. Besides this, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief Praveen Pardeshi on Thursday afternoon hoped onto a local train from Ram Mandir railway station.
2019-10-17Ulhasnagar Vidhan Sabha Constituency in Maharashtra: Sitting MLA, Candidates For Assembly Elections 2019, - LatestLY
Ulhasnagar Vidhan Sabha Constituency in Maharashtra: Sitting MLA, Candidates For Assembly Elections 2019, Results And Winners Oct 17, 2019 04:52 PM IST : Result of the assembly elections in Ulhasnagar constituency, along with all other assembly segments of Maharashtra, will be declared by the Election Commission on October 24. The Ulhasnagar seat will go to polls in the single-phase elections to be held on October 21. The electoral contest here is primarily between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena alliance and the Opposition's coalition of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Jyoti Kalani of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won the 2014 Assembly Election from this seat and is the sitting MLA. The NCP has trusted Jyoti Kalani, the sitting MLA from the seat, by giving her the ticket from this seat. The BJP's candidate from the Ulhasnagar seat is Kumar Ailani. The Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi candidate from the seat is Sajansingh Labana. In the 2014 Maharashtra assembly elections, the saffron alliance of BJP-Sena returned to power after a hiatus of 15 years. Both the parties had contested without a pre-poll pact, and had ended up winning 122 and 63 seats, respectively. The Congress and the NCP -- which also fought without a pre-election alliance -- were reduced to 42 and 41 seats, respectively. Following the polls, the BJP and Sena sealed a post-election coalition to jointly form the government. Along with Maharashtra, the state of Haryana -- with 90 legislative assembly seats -- will also go to polls on October 21. In both the states, the pollsters have given the edge to the BJP. The party was predicted to win up to 78 constituencies in Haryana in one of the surveys. In Maharashtra, the BJP-Sena alliance was predicted to bag up to 205 out of the 288 constituencies, as per one of the opinion polls.
2019-10-17Family first: BJP mayor seeks votes for mother-in-law — the NCP pick - The Indian Express
Family first: BJP mayor seeks votes for mother-in-law — the NCP pick Updated: October 17, 2019 6:56:39 am : NCP candidate Jyoti Kalani canvasses in Ulhasnagar. In The battle for the Ulhasnagar Assembly seat in Maharashtra, family ties have prevailed over party affiliations. The NCP has fielded sitting MLA Jyoti Kalani, who is the wife of former MLA Pappu Kalani, currently serving life imprisonment in a murder case. Among those canvassing for Jyoti is her daughter-in-law Pancham, the BJP mayor of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC). The BJP has fielded Kumar Ailani, a political rival of four-time MLA Pappu Kalani. Jyoti is confident of victory and says she, her son Omie and daughter-in-law Pancham are working as a family to ensure her win. Pancham, the third in the politically influential family to hold the Ulhasnagar mayor’s post, is unapologetic about seeking votes for the NCP. “We were promised a ticket from Ulhasnagar two hours before the BJP announced its candidate. We had a meeting with CM sir on September 20 and he told my husband that they cannot give a ticket to the sitting MLA so they will give it to me since I am already a BJP corporator and mayor. Omie agreed because it would still be in the family. When we did not get the ticket, we felt cheated.” She said that when she was being considered as the BJP candidate, Jyoti had resigned from NCP. “It is now my duty to stand by her. We don’t look at the party. We work as a family we can’t just leave our seat and sit at home,” said Pancham. She is aware of the consequences. “I have been treated like an outsider and I am being threatened with show cause notices. If necessary, I will resign from the party” On a warm Wednesday afternoon, Jyoti is meeting a group of Sindhi businessmen and lawyers. They listen intently before one of them assures, “Don’t worry. We will support you.” Ulhasnagar has flourished as a town of Sindhi migrants who moved to the town in Thane district after Partition.
2019-10-16Maha Polls: BJP, Sena Omit Aarey, Air Pollution From Manifestos - The Quint
Maha Polls: BJP, Sena Omit Aarey, Air Pollution From Manifestos The Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena, allies fighting the Maharashtra Assembly polls, have steered clear of environmental issues in their respective manifestos. While the state is battling several environmental concerns including air and coastal pollution, extreme flooding and drought in different parts of the state, loss of green zones like Aarey colony and mangroves for developmental projects, the two parties have “paid no attention” to them in their poll promise, said green activists in the state. “There cannot be an economy without ecology,” Kesbhat added. The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party alliance, which released a joint manifesto on 8 October, promised environment conservation and sustainable development by specifically mentioning felling of trees in Aarey Colony, preventing encroachments on the banks of Mumbai’s Mithi River that leads to incessant flooding, while acknowledging the hazards of increasing air pollution. Air Pollution Ignored By Ruling Coalition? While air pollution is seen as an issue specific to Delhi, the crisis is “very much real” in Maharashtra as well, pointed out activists. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change’s National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) pointed that Maharashtra is the “most-polluted” with the state being home to 18 of 122 cities. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data has revealed that Nitrogen Dioxide levels are dangerously high in Pune, Badlapur, Ulhasnagar while PM 2.5 limits continuously exceed approved limits in Vidarbha, Nagpur, Akola, Amravati and Chandrapur. In a recently released report on Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) by EPIC, if all the cities in Maharashtra met the World Health Organisation standards on Air Pollution, the average life expectancy will increase by three years. However, a quick search of the BJP and Sena manifesto shows that the word ‘pollution’ does not find mention even once. Maharashtra is going to polls on 21 October.
2019-10-16Time to make tall promises to woo voters in Kalyan-Dombivli - Hindustan Times
Time to make tall promises to woo voters in Kalyan-Dombivli Updated: Oct 17, 2019 00:49 IST : With a few days to go for elections, political candidates in Kalyan-Dombivli region are churning out tall promises to woo the voters. Their manifestos have been put up on every social media platforms and banners. Sitting MLA from Kalyan (East) Ganpat Gaikwad, from the BJP, has come up with a nine-page manifesto, which highlights on what he has done for the constituency and what he is planning to do. He has promised to provide more police stations in Kalyan (East) constituency with additional manpower, considering the increase in population. He said he would improve water shortage by replacing pipelines. Kalyan (East) had been facing acute water shortage. “He has been elected MLA twice but he has not done anything to improve water supply. People on the outskirts still walk miles for water. Every election, he promises to improve water supply but nothing has changed,” said Sudeep Mahajan, 36, a resident of Tisgaon naka, Kalyan (East). His promises include decongest the 100 Feet Haji Malang road to Ulhasnagar, building a civic hospital in Kalyan east with all facilities and a sports complex. “Whatever he has promised are long-pending issues of the constituency, which should have been solved by now,” added Mahajan. Sitting MLA from Kalyan (West) constituency Narendra Pawar, is contesting as an independent after Shiv Sena-BJP alliance gave the ticket to Sena’s Vishwanath Bhoir. Pawar’s manifesto is similar to the one which he had announced in the Assembly polls in 2014. He has promised to implement cluster scheme, curb pollution in river, business hub in Kalyan, new bridge at Patripool, space for hawkers and implementation of hawkers policy, concretise roads, build playgrounds, improve civic transportation and speed up the works under smart city. “In the last five years, roads have deteriorated and Patripool bridge shut. Adharwadi dumping ground is saturated. Pawar had tried resolving some of them but he was not successful,” said Sanjana Jha, 29, a resident of Wadeghar, Kalyan (West). In Kalyan (West) constituency , Maharashtra Navnirman Sena candidate Prakash Bhoir, who was elected as the MLA in 2014 polls, has also come up with a list of promises. He has promised to complete the on-going ring road project, improve police stations and increase manpower and push for the pending six-lane Durgadi bridge. Sena’s candidate Vishwanath Bhoir, who is contesting for Kalyan (West) constituency, has promised resolving the solid waste management issues, follow up smart city projects, public healthcare facilities, ease congestion on roads, buid playgrounds and gardens and improve water supply. In Dombivli, sitting BJP MLA Ravindra Chavan has promised to follow up with railway station related issues, follow up on Metro project, work on implementing Motagaon-Mankoli bridge and water transportation from Dombivli. “There is a need to have better infrastructure for transportation. The population is increasing but not development,” said Vishwanath Biwalkar, founder of Eagle brigade Foundation, Dombivli. Dombivli candidate from MNS, Mandar Halbe, is contesting against Chavan. He has taken up the same issues in his manifesto. He has promised to resolve traffic problems, implement ring road project, primary healthcare centres, implement segregation of waste, develop green zones to fight air pollution and a plastic-free city. “Most of these promises are old, which means that every five years the politicos fail to do their work efficiently. There is a need to highlight the work done throughout their tenure and show proof of the work. They cannot fool voters,” Raj Patil, 45, a resident of Manpada, Dombivli.
2019-10-16Pranjal Patil takes charge as Thiruvananthapuram Sub Collector - The New Indian Express
Pranjal Patil takes charge as Thiruvananthapuram Sub Collector Updated: 16th October 2019 06:52 AM : THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Pranjal Patil arrived at the Thiruvananthapuram collectorate to take charge as the sub-collector on Monday. Pranjal, from Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra, is the first visually challenged woman IAS officer to be appointed in the Kerala cadre. She served as Ernakulam assistant collector for one year before taking charge here. “We should never be defeated and should never give up,” said Pranjal while addressing the media on Monday. She never did. Pranjal had lost her eyesight when she was six years old. The resolute woman overcame her disability and cracked the Union Public Services Examination in 2016. She secured the 773rd rank. But that was not enough. She was refused a job in Indian Railway Accounts Service on account of her impairment. Undeterred, the resilient Pranjal, scored an impressive 124th rank in UPSC 2017 and was posted as Ernakulam assistant collector. “I would like to know more about the district and the issues faced by the people and handle it efficiently. I also expect the support and cooperation from the people of the city and the staff of the Collectorate to work towards the welfare of the people,” she said while taking over as Thiruvananthapuram sub-collector. She received a warm reception from the Collectorate staff who welcomed her with bouquet and sweets. Assistant Collector Anu Kumari guided the new Sub-Collector to her chamber on the first floor of the Collectorate and introduced her to the other senior officials and staff. Sam Cletus, Deputy Collector (Land acquisition) signed the Report of Transfer of Charge (RTC) and handed over the charge to Pranjal in the presence of District Collector K Gopalakrishnan and Biju Prabhakar, Special Secretary, Social Justice department. Handing over the bouquet, Gopalakrishnan urged the collectorate officials and the staff to help Pranjal as she takes charge. “ It is an auspicious moment not only for the Indian civil service but also for the people of Thiruvananthapuram,” said Biju Prabhakar.
2019-10-15Maharashtra assembly election: MNS workers declare their support to NCP candidate in Ulhasnagar - Times of India
Maharashtra assembly election: MNS workers declare their support to NCP candidate in Ulhasnagar Updated: Oct 15, 2019, 19:21 IST : ULHASNAGAR: Ahead of assembly election, some Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers at local level have declared their support to (Nationalist Congress Party) NCP candidate Jyoti Kalani from Ulhasnagar seat against BJP candidate Kumar Ailani. The support was declared by MNS leaders on Monday night at a hotel here in presence of MNS leaders like Sanjay Ghuge and Mainuddin Shaikh. While addressing party workers, MNS leader Sanjay Ghuge appealed to their supporters to work for NCP candidate from seat as they have have not fielded any candidate from Ulhasnagar seat. The development has came after recently Congress-NCP both declared their support to MNS candidate Raju Patil from Kalyan (Rural) seat against Shiv Sena candidate Ramesh Mahatre and did not field their own candidate.
2019-10-15Maha polls: Rs 12 lakh seized from car in Ulhasnagar - Devdiscourse
Maha polls: Rs 12 lakh seized from car in Ulhasnagar Updated: 15-10-2019 23:07 IST : Poll officials seized Rs 12.48lakh from a car in Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra's Thane districtlate Tuesday night, said an official The model code of conduct is in force across the statefor the October 21 Assembly polls "The car's occupant could not give a satisfactoryanswer about the antecedents of the cash. It has been seizedand kept at MFC police station in Kalyan," he said.
2019-10-15‘Never give up’, says first visually challenged woman IAS officer Pranjal Patil - The Asian Age
‘Never give up’, says first visually challenged woman IAS officer Pranjal Patil Oct 15, 2019, 10:48 am IST : Thiruvananthapuram: “Never be defeated, Never give up”, said Pranjal Patil, the country’s first visually challenged woman IAS officer, as she assumed charge as the Sub Collector of Thiruvananthapuram here on Monday. “we should never be defeated and we should never give up because with our efforts all of us will get that one breakthrough which we want”, the 30-year old Kerala cadre officer told mediapersons here. Patil, who hails from Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra, had lost her vision when she was just six years old. She cracked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination in 2016 and secured 773rd rank and improved her ranking to 124 the next year. Patil was appointed Ernakulam Assistant Collector during her training period.
2019-10-15Maharashtra Assembly election: 26 Shiv Sena corporators, 300 party workers resign after Kalyan East seat... - Firstpost
Maharashtra Assembly election: 26 Shiv Sena corporators, 300 party workers resign after Kalyan East seat falls in BJP's quota Oct 15, 2019 14:39:56 IST : Thane: In a major setback to Shiv Sena-BJP alliance ahead of the State Assembly polls slated for 21 October, as many as 26 of Shiv Sena corporators from Kalyan East constituency and around 300 party workers have sent their resignation to party chief Uddhav Thackeray. Supporting the rebel Shiv Sena candidate, Dhananjay Bodare, those who tendered their resignation were miffed over Kalyan East seat falling into the BJP's quota. Shiv Sena and BJP are contesting Maharashtra Assembly polls in alliance. Among the Corporators who have resigned, 16 are from Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) while 10 are from Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. Though both BJP and Shiv Sena are claiming that everything is alright within their respective parties, there are several rebel candidates from both parties in different constituencies in Maharashtra. "We have resigned from the party so that our senior leaders from Shiv Sena do not face an embarrassing situation. As they have already announced an alliance and have appealed to support the alliance candidate who is from BJP, which we cannot to do and hence decided to resign. We have sent out resignations to Uddhav Ji, Guardian minister Eknath Shinde and Local MP Shrikant Shinde Ji," said Sharad Patil, Shasnyojak of Shivsena from Kalyan. The rebel candidate Dhananjay Badore said, "I have decided to contest polls as an independent candidate because in the last 10 years there is no development in our area and people are just suffering, we cannot accept BJP candidate as our MLA and hence I am contesting against him ." On the other hand, Uddhav Thackeray has issued several appeals to the rebel candidates of his party contesting against BJP candidates, after which some have taken their nominations. Uddhav Thackeray had apologized in Dussehra rally to all his party workers those who could not get tickets and appealed them to support alliance candidates.
2019-10-15India’s first visually impaired IAS officer takes charge - Femina
India’s first visually impaired IAS officer takes charge October 15, 2019, 12:19 PM IST : Pranjal Patil, who hails from Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra, is the country’s first IAS officer. She took charge as the sub collector of Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala, on Monday. Patil, who served as an assist collector in Ernakulam for a year before this position, took over from the previous collector, B Gopalakrishnan at a welcome reception arranged for the occasion. “I am feeling extremely glad and proud after taking this charge. As I start working I will be able to know more about the district and would plan better for it. I expect support and co-operation from my fellow members and people of Trivandrum,” she said when addressing the media. having lost her eye sight at the age of six, the determined officer did not late her impairment come in the way of her education. Having acquired her master’s in international relations from Jawaharlal University, she raked 733rd at the UPSC exam when she first took it in 2016. The following year, she took it again and jumped to 124th position. “We should never be defeated and never give up. With our efforts we will always be able to achieve what we desire,” she sends out her message to the youth.
2019-10-15‘Never give up’: First visually challenged woman assumes charge as IAS officer - Deccan Chronicle
‘Never give up’: First visually challenged woman assumes charge as IAS officer Published Oct 15, 2019, 10:41 am IST : Thiruvananthapuram: “Never be defeated, Never give up”, said Pranjal Patil, the country’s first visually challenged woman IAS officer, as she assumed charge as the Sub Collector of Thiruvananthapuram here on Monday. “we should never be defeated and we should never give up because with our efforts all of us will get that one breakthrough which we want”, the 30-year old Kerala cadre officer told mediapersons here. Patil, who hails from Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra, had lost her vision when she was just six years old. She cracked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination in 2016 and secured 773rd rank and improved her ranking to 124 the next year. Patil was appointed Ernakulam Assistant Collector during her training period.
2019-10-15Rs 12.48 lakh cash seized in Thane - United News of India
Rs 12.48 lakh cash seized in Thane Thane, Oct 15 (UNI) : The flying squad on poll vigilance duty seized Rs 12.48 lakh in cash from a car that was coming to Kalyan from Ulhasnagar township late on Tuesday. When the occupant of the car failed to provide proper details about the source and details of such a huge amount of cash, the flying squad seized the cash and handed it over to the MFC police station at Kalyan.
2019-10-15First blind IAS officer takes charge as sub-collector - India Today
First blind IAS officer takes charge as sub-collectorPranjal gave a second attempt in 2017 in which she secured 124th rank, easily qualifying for IAS.advertisement P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan ThiruvananthapuramOctober 15, 2019UPDATED: October 15, 2019 06:01 IST Pranjal Patil lost her vision at the age of 6.HIGHLIGHTSPranjal Patil has taken charge as Thiruvananthapuram sub-collectorThis is her second assignment since her appointment into service in 2018She completed her postgraduation in internal relations from JNUIndia's first visually-impaired IAS officer Pranjal Patil has taken charge as Thiruvananthapuram sub-collector. This is her second assignment since her appointment into service in 2018.Pranjal was received by the office staff and district collector K Gopalakrishnan at his office in the state capital.She said that she was excited to be working in Kerala and looked forward to the new assignment as sub collector. "We must never give up, we will get that one breakthrough that we are hoping for," she added.Pranjal lost her vision at the age of 6. Hailing from Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra, she completed her postgraduation in internal relations from JNU. In 2016, she secured 773rd rank in the UPSC exam. Though she was eligible for various posts under IRS, she was not appointed because of her visual impairment.Pranjal gave a second attempt in 2017 in which she secured 124th rank, easily qualifying for IAS.Also Read | World Arthritis Day: Jamia organises public lecture on 'Arthritis & Other Musculoskeletal Problems'Also Watch | Only in India: Tamil Nadu man beautifully imitates classical dancersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn't like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandey advertisement READ THIS After 5 days, TN child Sujith trapped in borewell declared dead | How tragedy unfolded Why the telecom revival plan needs a rethink Watch: India Square in New Jersey littered with trash on Diwali MS Dhoni to retire? Trending hashtag worries fansRecommendedWatch Right Now 45:50 Sahitya Aaj Tak: Authors on what it's like being a Muslim writer in new India 41:27 Upamanyu Chatterjee at Sahitya AajTak: I am a displaced, dislocated Bengali 53:35 Sahitya Aaj Tak: Panelists on what speaking truth to power mean to themTop Takes 19:28 Maharashtra stalemate: Sonia Gandhi's dilemma, to support Shiv Sena or not to? 42:40 News Wiz 2019: Chennai's PSBB Millennium School advances to next round 47:59 Prasoon Joshi on CBFC, handling criticism and Narendra Modiadvertisement INDIATODAY.IN advertisement Publications:Business TodayCosmopolitanIndia Today - HindiIndia TodayMail TodayMoney TodayReader's DigestTimeTelevision:Aaj TakDelhi Aaj TakIndia Today TVTezRadio:Ishq FMEducation:India Today EducationVasant ValleyBest Colleges India 2018Best Universities India 2018Syndications:India contentEvents:Agenda AajtakIndia Today ConclaveRobb Report India 2018Sahitya Aaj TakThe Red LabDistribution:Rate CardPrinting:Thomson PressWelfare:Care TodayMusic:Music TodayUseful Links :PartnersPress ReleaseSitemapNewsNewsletterPrivacy Policy Copyright © 2019 Living Media India Limited. For reprint rights: Syndications Today Download AppCopyright © 2019 Living Media India Limited. For reprint rights: Syndications Today
2019-10-14Free football coaching camps in Mumbai - Free Press Journal
Free football coaching camps in Mumbai October 14, 2019, 10:53 PM IST : Mumbai: The inauguration of the 33rd Bipin Football Academy free football coaching camps for Under-16 boys and girls will be held at Karnatak Sporting Association Ground on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 8.00 am. This will be followed by simultaneous camps at the following eight centres – Colaba, Churchgate, BMC Camp (Cuffe Parade), Vasai, Ulhasnagar, Andheri-Vile Parle, Dahisar and Mira Road. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation school football camp would be held at CPRA ground, Cuffe Parade. The coaching camp which will start on Monday, October 21, 2019, will continue till the start of the Bipin Football Academy Inter-Centre Tournament. Trainees joining these camps at each centre will hone their skills under BFA's accomplished coaches, some of whom have represented the State and others have donned colours for leading clubs. Players who are born only after January 1, 2004, should appear for the camps. The camps will be followed by a two-day inter-centre tournament in the second week of December 2019. CAMPS DETAILS: BMC Camp – CPRA Groud, Cuffe Parade: Chief Coach: Steven Dias, former India player. Camp Director: Salu D'souza 7506184990. Dahisar Camp: Ground Dahisar Sports Foundation Groud, Dahisar East. Chief Coach: Francis Nunes, former Maharashtra player. Camp Director: Pratap Gawand, former Maharashtra player - 9920010529 Ulhasnagar Camp: Balasaheb Thackrey Krida Sankul Ground. Chief Coach: Monappa Moolya, former Western Railway player. Camp Director: Shyam Kharat, former Central Railway player: 8080906262. Andheri-Vile Parle Camp – M.V.M. Educational Campus ground, Off Veera Desai Road, Andheri West. Chief Coach: Ranjit Matkar, ex-Indian Railway player. Camp Director: Siddharth Sabapathi: 7738450431 Vasai Camp: St Xavier’s English Medium School, Manikpur, Vasai West. Chief Coach: Ethen Kallat, Colaba Youngsters. Camp Director: Rudolph Scuba: 8390896898 Colaba Camp: Back Garden, Colaba: Chief Coach: Amit Bhagwane, Colaba Youngsters. Camp Director: Sudhakar Rane (Hon. Gen Sec, MDFA) 9322823035. Churchgate Camp: Karnatak Sporting Association Ground, Churchgate. Chief Coach: Bosco Fernandes, Income Tax Coach. Camp Director: Diago D’souza: 9324352522 Mira Road Camp – Shanti Nagar, Sector 9. Chief Coach: Thomas Tobbies, former Mahindra Tractor player. Camp Director: Amit Malvekar- 9892809345
2019-10-14‘CM’s pilot should have been told about wet soil’ - The Hindu
‘CM’s pilot should have been told about wet soil’ UPDATED: OCTOBER 15, 2019 01:43 IST : Preliminary findings of a probe into an October 11 incident involving the helicopter of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Pen in Raigad have blamed the district administration for the helipad being soggy and the information not being communicated to the pilot. The helicopter wheel sank into the soil as it landed in Pen’s Borgaon, where Mr. Fadnavis was visiting as part of his poll campaign. As per the DGCA’s election flying rules, the agency responsible should have informed the pilot of the soil conditions and the landing point should have been shifted. A DGCA official said the temporary helipad had been prepared by the Public Works Department. The aircraft was carrying Mr. Fadnavis, his personal assistant, an engineer, co-pilot and pilot. Raigad Superintendent of Police Anil Paraskar termed the incident normal and said that as per the information provided by the pilot, there was no problem with the landing. “As there was rain some time before, the ground was muddy and tyres sank in the mud a bit. As per rules in place, the agency tasked with preparing the helipad has to convey any change in condition of the surface,” the official said. The official said that due to the soil condition, the wheels sank two or three inches in the mud. “Though nothing untoward happened, rules in force require the pilot to be made aware of the situation,” the official said. This is not the first time Mr. Fadnavis has had an issue with helicopters. In 2017, the Chief Minister had a narrow escape when his Sikorsky helicopter crash landed in Latur after getting entangled in overhead power lines following bad weather. After the incident, instructions were issued regarding guidelines about helipad to be selected for VVIP flying. As a result, the helipad at Pen was about 8 km away from the CM’s meeting site. The AgustaWestland 139,(VT HLC) helicopter was chartered by the Bharatiya Janata Party from the Heligo Charters for the election campaign. Mr. Fadnavis flew to Ulhasnagar for the next rally in the same helicopter. Earlier the same day, the CM had held campaigns in Kopergaon in Ahmednagar followed by Newasa and Jamkhed before reaching Pen.
2019-10-13Maha: Local Sena leaders oppose name change for Ulhasna - Deccan Herald
Maha: Local Sena leaders oppose name change for Ulhasna UPDATED: OCT 14 2019, 03:00AM IST The Kalyan unit of the Shiv Sena will oppose any plan of the Maharashtra government to rename Ulhasnagar township in Thane district as "Sindhu Nagar", a local leader said on Sunday.
2019-10-13Fire breaks out on BJP campaign mini truck - Times of India
Fire breaks out on BJP campaign mini truck Updated: Oct 13, 2019, 12:17 IST : ULHASNAGAR: A campaign vehicle of the BJP caught fire in Ulhasnagar on Saturday afternoon. No one was hurt. Sources said that a mini truck with LED screen was moving along Maharal village campaigning for BJP candidate, Kumar Ailani of Ulhasnagar assembly when a fire broke out in the generator kept inside the vehicle. Party workers brought it out before the fire could spread.
2019-10-12Artificial pond in Ulhasnagar filled with waste after Navratri - Hindustan Times
Artificial pond in Ulhasnagar filled with waste after Navratri Updated: Oct 13, 2019 01:32 IST : Even after the immersion of Durga idols is over, an artificial pond built at Sarita Vihar near Ulhas river in Ulhasnagar is still dirty. Flower waste is dumped all over the premises and in the pond and Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) has failed to clean the garbage. As per the civic body, around 1800 of idols are immersed into the pond during the Navratri festival every year. However, even three days after the immersion is over, there is no cleaning work undertaken by the civic body. “The artificial pond sees thousands of people coming here to immerse idols during festivals. There is a need to clean the pond immediately after immersions,” said Mangesh Shinde,45, who lives in the locality. He added, “The civic body has not even taken efforts to remove the waste.” A total of 3,416 immersions took place in this pond this year during festivals. Every year, the pond is used for immersions by people from Ulhasnagar and Shahad. Even people from Kalyan go there to avoid the crowd at Ganesh Ghat, near Durgadi chowk. The UMC had built four artificial ponds during Navratri. A UMC official, requesting anonymity, said, “The cleaning work will be done in eight days. For some reason, we could not initiate the cleaning work. It will be soon taken done without delay.”
2019-10-12CM’s helicopter gets stuck in mud at Pen - Mumbai Mirror
CM’s helicopter gets stuck in mud at Pen Updated: Oct 12, 2019, 06:00 IST : A private helicopter carrying Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on his election tour got stuck at the temporary helipad at Pen in Raigad district on Friday afternoon The aircraft was carrying Fadnavis, his personal assistant, an engineer, copilot and pilot. The Helicopter Augusta Westland 139, (VT HLC) was chartered from the Heligo Charters by the BJP for election campaign in the state. This is the second time the CM’s helicopter has been involved in a mishap at Pen. Earlier, on July 7, 2017, the chief minister was saved from a possible disaster when he was about to board a private helicopter and the pilot took off. On Friday, the CM’s first rally was at Kopergaon in Ahmednagar. He then addressed meetings at Newasa and Jamkhed, from where he travelled to Pen. Raigad district superintendent of police Anil Paraskar said, “It had rained heavily. The local authorities had prepared the helipad as per specifications.’’ When the helicopter landed, its two rear wheels were stuck in the slush, said an officer. After some time, the same helicopter took off and carried the CM to Ulhasnagar for another rally. After the Latur accident in 2017, a detailed government resolution was issued regarding guidelines about CM’s helipad. It said that a helipad must be constructed 500 metres from electric wires and human settlements. Hence this spot, about 8 km away from the meeting site was chosen. A retired Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot working for a private airline said, “The CM earlier had a Sikorsky (which crashed in Latur) and its weight was roughly 5,370 kilos. Since then the CM has been using the Augusta Westland, which weighs roughly 7,500 kilos. Prima Facie, it appears that the helipad was not prepared as per the specifications to take a heavier aircraft. Hence the wheels sunk.’’ Video aired by a regional news channel showed the chopper touching down, then lifting off a bit before turning and making a safe landing. “Because of the rain, the helipad had become soggy and soft due to which the wheels of the aircraft sank two or three inches in the mud,” said a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The DGCA has launched a probe, and after getting a preliminary report, it will decide whether the incident was serious, he said. State BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhye said there was no mishap. Fadnavis flew to Ulhasnagar for the next rally in the same helicopter, he said. Fadnavis had a narrow escape when his Sikorsky helicopter got entangled in overhead wires and crash landed in Latur district in Maharashtra on May 25, 2017 after the pilot tried to descend due to bad weather soon after take-off. The accident occurred when the helicopter was landing at Nilanga town of the district, around 500 km from here, where the chief minister had gone to attend a programme. In its 64-page final investigation report, the panel has recommended that aviation regulator DGCA ensure all helicopter operators use actual weight of the passengers and cargo, prevailing temperatures and elevation of the place while computing load factor for their choppers.
2019-10-12When Did the Cookie Crumble? - The Indian Express
When Did the Cookie Crumble? Published: October 13, 2019 5:28:28 am : Among my earliest memories of biscuits or cookies, is the aate waala biscuit, or wheat cookie, a ubiquitous item in every household in Punjab. So essential are these biscuits to the state’s teatime ritual of dipping and eating, that no family has its first cup of tea without them. Made of wheat, oil, sugar, cardamom and, sometimes, even cumin seeds, these “biskoots” were usually made at the local bhatti (furnace), until the advent of modern bakeries. How intrinsic is the cookie or biscuit to our food traditions? How would they even be defined in the Indian context? Saee Khandekar, author of Crumbs! Bread Stories and Recipes for the Indian Kitchen (2016), says, “Considering that baking as we know it came to India quite recently, I would define cookies as any dry, sweet or savoury snack that has a long shelf life, involves a great amount of fat to make it short or crisp, and is typically served as an accompaniment to tea or coffee or is eaten as a snack. In the Indian context, this would often involve deep frying or cooking over a griddle.” Going by Khandekar’s definition, every Indian regional cuisine has a cookie variant — the mathris and shakkarpare from Punjab, the thekua from Bihar, the aarse from Garhwal or anarse from Maharashtra, roat made by the Sindhis, batasa and wine biscuits from Irani bakeries, fruit and osmania biscuits from Karachi Bakery of Hyderabad and ginger biscuits from Kerala. It is believed that Thalassery in Kerala was the first place in India where bakery culture was first introduced, sometime in the 1800s. Since then, cakes and cookies have been an important part of the Malabar tea room culture. Dark, but homey, shops which smelled of freshly-baked cookies and cakes would stock biscuits of a wide variety, ranging from banana to pepper, ginger, masala, butter, sugar cookies and even coconut biscuits, which would be sold hot and would be over in the blink of an eye. The Sindhi community has a variety of fried cookies like ghach and roat, where the dough is made from flour, ghee and sugar or sugar syrup. Chef and baker Marina Balakrishnan, who grew up in Thalassery, says, “I try and duplicate the masala cookies with a fresh blend of curry leaves, green chillies, ginger and garlic. This is a fresh paste that’s added into the soft and crumbly cookie dough which comprises flour, butter and salt. This is baked to a fabulous perfection and tastes delicious with a hot cup of tea served in the evening.” It may be nankhatai, however, which is the most popular Indian cookie. Sold hot and fresh on push carts that can be seen in almost all cities, this is the first choice for most people who want to grab a biscuit with their chai. Khandekar recalls the nankhatais sold by the Pathan vendor, who would visit her grandparents building every other day when she was a child, carrying fresh loaves of bread that were sliced in front of his customers. “He would also carry a half-open trunk of nankhatai, khaari, and the most irresistible of the lot, sugar khaari — triangular ones, topped with sugar and baked until the sugar caramelises to an amber brown,” she says. According to restaurateur and food blogger Mohit Balachandran, the origin of nankhatai is usually traced to Faramji Pestonji Dotivala, who took over a failing Dutch bakery after the Dutch left Surat and started selling old, dried bread and puff for very cheap to save his business. He created the nankhatai as an interpretation of a local sweet called dal and also mostly inspired by the Irani khatai. The biscuit has proved to be very adaptable to regional and cultural preferences. Khandekar points to the eggless variants developed by the Iyengar bakeries down south, which also took into account the local preference for certain flavours. She says, “The khara biscuit, for instance, is a sweet and savoury shortbread in which a sugary cookie seamlessly marries a masala paste of cumin seeds, coriander, chilies and curry leaves.” The Sindhi community has a variety of fried cookies like ghach and roat, where the dough is made from flour, ghee and sugar or sugar syrup, and shaped differently for different festivals. One such is the holi ja roat, which is tied with a thick thread and then roasted on dried cow dung cakes. Sindhi food historian and consultant Alka Keswani says, “Each roat symbolises ‘Holika’, while the thread represents the mythical Prahlad, as at the end of roasting, it remains intact while the roat gets cooked.” Keswani also recalls Gulbeda, loved by Sindhis who grew up in the ’60s or the ’70s. These are tiny cookies topped with royal icing that hardens to form a crunchy delight. These biscuits are now found only in a few Sindhi-dominated areas like Ulhasnagar in Mumbai
2019-10-11Police warn Ulhasnagar locals against protest ahead of CM event - Hindustan Times
Police warn Ulhasnagar locals against protest ahead of CM event Updated: Oct 12, 2019 00:10 IST : Ahead of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ rally in Ulhasnagar on Friday, the Vitthalwadi police sent notices to activists and around 150 residents of Mahak apartments to not cause any hurdle in the event. They warned of strict action if they caused any trouble. The notice said legal action shall be taken under section 149 and 134 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). “We have learnt that some residents had planned to raise questions at the event. We took precautionary measures by serving notices to residents and activists so that the meeting in not disrupted,” said Ramesh Pandharinath Bhame, senior police inspector, Vitthalwadi police station. Around 500 residents of Mahak apartments and nearby buildings lost their homes after the building collapsed. The homeless residents have been demanding houses. They had protested earlier too. Activists have joined them and are fighting against dangerous buildings in the city and demanding regularisation of the illegal structures. One of the activists from Ulhasnagar, who received the letter, activist Shashikant Dayma said, “Messages were posted in WhatsApp groups about meeting the CM and asking him about the regularisation of buildings in Ulhasnagar. It is true that there were talks to approach the CM. The police thought we would protest.” Last month, Fadnavis sanctioned powers to regularise the illegal structures to Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) commissioner Sudhakar Deshmukh. The power was earlier with the Thane collector. The civic body has initiated the process for regularisation while residents and activists have several queries, which they wanted to get clarified by the CM.
2019-10-11Mumbai suburban district sees highest rise in voters in state in 3 months - Hindustan Times
Mumbai suburban district sees highest rise in voters in state in 3 months Updated: Oct 12, 2019 00:02 IST : The number of voters in the Mumbai suburban district for the upcoming Assembly polls is 72.63 lakh – 39.47 lakh men, 33.15 lakh women and 528 others – till August, up from 71.47 lakh in May, the highest rise recorded in the state. The Mumbai suburban area has 26 constituencies, also the highest among all districts in the state. The highest rise was recorded in Borivali (total 3.01 lakh voters), with 9,696 voters added since May. Topping the constituencies in population is Chandivali, with 3.79 lakh voters (increase of 8,471 voters), followed by Goregaon and Andheri constituency, with 3.27 lakh and 3.06 lakh voters, respectively. The lowest number of voters (1,421) was added in Chembur and Vile Parle (1,454). According to the 2011 census, the population of Mumbai suburban area was 93.56 lakh, including 50.31 lakh men and 43.25 lakh women. Meanwhile, in a review meeting, election observer Krushna Kunal directed the election staff to ensure the voter turnout increases, voter photo slips are delivered properly, training for polling officers and security at polling booths. CM promises new Metro line, ropeway CM Devendra Fadnavis on Friday addressed rallies in Ulhasnagar and Thane. He said, “We will bring a Metro in Ulhasnagar and name the station Sindhu nagar. Residents can commute from Thane to Borivli in 30 minutes as the MMRDA has planned a ropeway. Look at the condition of the Congress, they have accepted defeat.… The NCP’s manifesto has promised impossible things. I am amazed they did not assure a plot on the moon and a Taj Mahal for those who vote for them.” Arresting Thackeray was a mistake: Ajit NCP leader Ajit Pawar on Friday said arresting Sena founder late Bal Thackeray in 2000 in connection with the Mumbai riots was a mistake. Chhagn Bhujbal was the home minister then. At a programme on a Marathi news channel, Ajit said: “We should not have arrested him. Others and I were against it, but some seniors who were heading the department insisted.”
2019-10-11Revolt jolts Shiv Sena - The Tribune India
Revolt jolts Shiv Sena updated: Oct 11, 2019, 6:55 AM (IST) : Differences between Shiv Sena and BJP workers boiled over with 26 councillors belonging to the Sena in Kalyan and Ulhasnagar civic bodies quitting the party. The corporators, along with over 300 workers of the Shiv Sena, are backing a rebel candidate Dhananjay Bodare against two-time sitting MLA Ganpat Gaikwad of the BJP. “Gaikwad has done nothing for the constituency during his two terms and the people are angry with him,” Bodare told reporters at the Kalyan (East) constituency. While 16 corporators belong to the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), the remaining belong to the neighbouring Ulhasnagar municipal corporation. Relations between the BJP and the Shiv Sena are acrimonious at the ground level in both these townships on the outskirts of Mumbai. According to Bodare, the Shiv Sainiks here were hoping they would get the Kalyan (East) seat during seat-sharing talks. “We thought Uddhav Thackeray would bargain hard with the BJP and get us this seat,” he added. According to Shiv Sena sources, attempts by Thackeray and his key aides to get the rebels return to their party fold failed on Wednesday.
2019-10-11Campaigning reaches its peak for Maharashtra Assembly Elections - All India Radio
Campaigning reaches its peak for Maharashtra Assembly Elections Oct 11, 2019 : With just ten days left for the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly Elections, campaigning is at its peak across the state. Today, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar is scheduled to hold four rallies in the state including in Shirur, Duand, Khed-Alandi and Talegaon-maval assembly constituencies. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is also on a campaigning spree as he will be holding six rallies today including three in Ahmednagar district, one in Pen-Raigad and other two in Thane and Ulhasnagar. MNS chief Raj Thackeray will be addressing five rallies across Mumbai today with two in Bhandup constituency, remaining three in Ghatkopar, Bhiwandi and Kalyan. Meanwhile, the BJP yesterday expelled four rebels who are contesting against the official nominees of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the October 21 assembly elections. Those expelled are Charan Waghmare from Tumsar, Geeta Jain from Mira Bhayandar, Balasaheb Ovhal from Pimpri-Chinchwad and Dilip Deshmukh from Ahmedpur-Latur. Santos Janhate, who was Palghar district general secretary, has quit the party as he is contesting as an independent candidate. The Maharashtra unit of Congress also suspended former MLA Sevakbhau Waghaye and Ramratan Bapu Raut yesterday for contesting against the party's official nominees. Waghaye is contesting from Sakoli in Bhandara district and Raut is contesting from Amgaon in Gondia district. On the other hand, three candidates of Worli Assembly constituency in Mumbai were served notices yesterday under the relevant section of Representation of People's Act for not submitting their daily expenditure details to the returning officer as per the requirements under the law. According to Maharashtra State Election Commission, Returning Officer Sushma Satpute has issued notices to Abhijit Wamanrao Bichkule, Mahesh Popat Khandekar and Vishram Tida Padam. In Nanded, notices were issued against 17 persons for using social media like facebook and whats app for campaigning and breaching the model code of conduct this includes one candidate who used paid news as a medium of promotion. Meanwhile, a flying squad of the Election Commission (EC) yesterday seized Rs 12 lakh worth of cash from a car in suburban Chembur in Mumbai. The cash was seized from the cab, which was associated with a taxi aggregator. The police said the EC squad informed deputy commissioner of income tax Atul Pande about the cash seizure and the I-T department is conducting its own inquiry into the matter. Since the code of conduct came into force on September 21, the I-T department has confiscated Rs 4 crore worth of unaccounted cash from across Mumbai till October 1.
2019-10-11No malfunction in chopper, clarifies CM - The Asian Age
No malfunction in chopper, clarifies CM Oct 12, 2019, 1:20 am IST : Mumbai: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday dismissed reports of a malfunction in his helicopter after a TV channel aired a video showing the chopper touching down, then lifting off a bit before turning and making a safe landing. “I got a lot of calls asking about my well being. I was surprised and asked my staff. Nothing untoward happened. The pilot just wanted to change the direction of the helicopter That is it,” he told a regional news channel. Earlier reports suggested that the pilot of the helicopter carrying the chief minister had some trouble while landing on muddy ground in neighbouring Raigad district on Friday. The incident, which was “not much serious”, took place at Pen Borgaon at 4.25 pm, said a local police official. Directorate General of Civil Aviation also took note of the incident and launched a probe. Mr Fadnavis was visiting the district for the Assembly election campaign. A temporary helipad had been prepared for his visit by the Public Works Department, the police official said. The aircraft was carrying Mr Fadnavis, his personal assistant, an engineer, co-pilot and pilot, he said. Raigad superintendent of police Anil Paraskar said the incident was “normal”. “As per the information provided by the pilot, there was no problem with the landing,” the superintendent of police said. As there was rain some time before, the ground was muddy and tyres sank in the mud a bit, he said. “Because of the rain, the helipad had become soggy and soft due to which the wheels of the aircraft sank two or three inches in the mud,” said a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The DGCA has launched a probe, and after getting a preliminary report, it will decide whether the incident was serious, he said. State BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhye said there was no mishap. Mr Fadnavis flew to Ulhasnagar for the next rally in the same helicopter, he said. The Maharashtra chief minister has had a close shave on couple of occasions while flying in his official chopper in the past. In January 2018, he and Union minister Nitin Gadkari had a near escape after the alert pilot of helicopter they were boarding spotted a hanging cable above helipad and landed the helicopter at a nearby safe place instead of the helipad. The chief minister faced three incidents involving helicopters in 2017. On May 25, 2017 at Latur, Mr Fadnavis' helicopter encountered cross winds and rotor blades brushed high-tension wires within minutes of taking off. Less than two months later, on July 7, his helicopter suddenly tilted sideways even as he waited near its door. Security guards had to pull him back to safety. In December 2017 at Nashik, his helicopter failed to take off properly and had to perform an emergency landing to off load a couple of his staff members.
2019-10-10Maharashtra Polls: Rebellion In Shiv Sena After Kalyan Seat Goes To BJP, 26 Corporators Quit - Outlook India
Maharashtra Polls: Rebellion In Shiv Sena After Kalyan Seat Goes To BJP, 26 Corporators Quit 10 October 2019 : In a major setback to Shiv Sena-BJP alliance ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls slated for October 21, as many as 26 of Shiv Sena Corporators from Kalyan East constituency and around 300 party workers have sent their resignation to party chief Uddhav Thackeray, news agency ANI reported. Those supporting the rebel Shiv Sena candidate, Dhananjay Bodare, tendered their resignation after Kalyan East seat fell into the BJP's quota. Shiv Sena and BJP are contesting Maharashtra Assembly polls in alliance. Among the Corporators who have resigned, 16 are from Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) while 10 are from Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. Though both BJP and Shiv Sena are claiming that everything is alright within their respective parties, there are several rebel candidates from both parties in different constituencies in Maharashtra. "We have resigned from the party so that our senior leaders from Shiv Sena do not face an embarrassing situation. As they have already announced an alliance and have appealed to support the alliance candidate who is from BJP, which we cannot to do and hence decided to resign. We have sent out resignations to Uddhav Ji, Guardian minister Eknath Shinde and Local MP Shrikant Shinde ji," said Sharad Patil, Shasnyojak of Shivsena from Kalyan. The rebel candidate Dhananjay Badore said: "I have decided to contest polls as an independent candidate because in last 10 years there is no development in our area and people are just suffering, we cannot accept BJP candidate as our MLA and hence I am contesting against him ." On the other hand, Uddhav Thackeray has issued several appeals to the rebel candidates of his party contesting against BJP candidates, after which some have taken their nominations. Uddhav Thackeray had apologized in Dussehra rally to all his party workers those who could not get tickets and appealed them to support alliance candidates. As per the seat-sharing pact between BJP and Shiv Sena, BJP will be contesting on 150 seats while Shiv Sena on 124 constituencies in the Assembly elections in Maharashtra. Other allies have got 14 seats. Maharashtra, which has 288-member Assembly, will go to polls on October 21, while the counting of votes will take place on October 24.
2019-10-10Treatment plant project fails: Ulhasnagar nullah still pollutes Ulhas river - Hindustan Times
Treatment plant project fails: Ulhasnagar nullah still pollutes Ulhas river Updated: Oct 11, 2019 00:49 IST : The project of stopping Khemani nullah water flowing into the Ulhas river has failed despite several efforts by local activists and residents to build pressure on the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC). The polluted Khemani nullah water mixes with the Ulhasnagar river water, which is a source of drinking water for lakhs of population in Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath. Last year, UMC had taken up the work of stopping the Khemani nullah water entering the Ulhas river by diverting it to a pumping station and then sending it to a treatment plant. The work was completed but there is no proper functioning of the pumping station due to huge amount of plastic waste dumped into the nullah. Activists said the ₹37-crore project is a waste of money as the nullah water continues to enter the river. “The project if implemented will improve the river water quality. The civic body has ignored the fact that plastic dumped into the nullah is a hurdle in the treatment process,” said Sashikant Dayma, founder of Waldhuni Biradari NGO that works for conservation of Ulhas-Waldhuni river. “The plastic gets stuck while treating water and work stops for two three days. The work of lifting water from the pumping station and sending it to the treatment plant is not done regularly. First, there is a need to curb dumping of plastic into the nullah,” added Dayma. The pumping house which the UMC has built for Khemani nullah has been functional for the past eight months. A total of 10 mld of sewage from the 4-km-long Khemani nullah is treated at the pumping house. The plant can treat 16 mld of sewage. An officer from UMC, who did not wish to be named, said, “The work to repair the pumping station will be carried out soon. Plastic is being continuously dumped into the nullah and this should stop.”
2019-10-10Setback to Shiv Sena: 26 leaders resign over seat sharing - The Asian Age
Setback to Shiv Sena: 26 leaders resign over seat sharing Oct 11, 2019, 4:32 am IST : Mumbai: In a major setback to the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance ahead of the state Assembly polls slated for October 21, as many as 26 Sena corporators from Kalyan-Dombivali and Ulhasnagar, and around 300 party workers sent their resignation to party chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday. Expressing unhappiness over the saffron alliance’s seat-sharing formula, Shiv Sena’s corporators and workers submitted their resignation to Mr Thackeray in support of Dhananjay Bodare, a Sena corporator from Ulhasnagar who had raised the flag of rebellion by opting to contest the Kalyan East Assembly constituency as an Independent candidate after the alliance, as per its seat-sharing arrangement, fielded BJP candidate Ganpat Gaiwad from the constituency. The seat is currently held by an independent MLA. Irked local Shiv Sena leaders, who wanted their party to contest that seat, had convened a meeting and directed workers to support Mr Bodare. “Despite being a sitting MLA, Mr Gaikwad has done little for the constituency. We want an MLA who will listen to people’s grievances and solve them. Hence, we have resigned from the party and we will support Mr Bodare,” said a Sena leader. This is the second en masse resignation in October. Earlier this month, more than 200 Shiv Sena workers in Navi Mumbai had resigned over the Airoli and Belapur seats being offered to the BJP. On Tuesday, at the party’s annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park on Tuesday, Mr Thackeray had apologised for giving away seats to their allia-nce partner, the BJP, stating that “we compromised for Maharashtra.” He had requested all party workers who could not get tickets to support alliance candidates. But it seems his appeal failed to cut ice with his supporters. A Shiv Sena leader said that since the party is contesting the elections in alliance with the BJP, they do not want to embarrass the party leadership by opposing the BJP candidate while still in the party. Hence they decided to resign and openly support Mr Bodare. Among the corporators who have resigned, 16 are from Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) while 10 are from Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. Though both the BJP and Shiv Sena have been claiming that all is well with their respective parties, there are several rebel candidates from both parties in different constituencies in Maharashtra. The Shiv Sena, which has always been the big brother in the 25-year-old saffron alliance in Maharashtra, is contesting 124 seats out of 288 seats in the forthcoming Assembly polls, while the BJP is contesting 150, and other allies will be contesting the remaining 14 seats. Maharashtra, which has 288-member Assembly, will go to polls on October 21, while the counting of votes will take place on October 24. In 2014 Assembly polls, the BJP won 122 seats to the Sena’s 63. The Congress was a distant third with 42 seats and its ally, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), won 41.
2019-10-09Wall falls at Ulhasnagar multiplex, damages bikes - Hindustan Times
Wall falls at Ulhasnagar multiplex, damages bikes Updated: Oct 10, 2019 01:07 IST : Around six two-wheelers were damaged after a wall collapsed at Ashok Anil multiplex on Kalyan-Badlapur road in Ulhasnagar on Tuesday night. The incident took place during heavy showers. The wall of a shop near the theatre fell on the wall of the parking lot of the multiplex around 11pm. No one was injured in the incident. The multiplex located on Kalyan-Badlapur road is an old one and sees around 1,500 visitors daily. “I was out of town when the incident took place. There is a cement shop adjoining the multiplex. The wall of the shop collapsed on the multiplex wall and damaged vehicles parked inside. The police will register the case and check the damage. A show was on so there was no one at the parking space," said Ashok Chandlani, owner of the talkies. The Central police officers visited the spot and assured the vehicle owners that they would provide them first information report (FIR) for claiming damages. “We have registered the case and have also questioned the shop owner. Investigation is on,” said an officer of Central police station, Ulhasnagar, who did not wish to be named. The multiplex was built in 1979 with a single screen. Today, it has developed into a multiplex with four screens.
2019-10-09Two arrested from Thane station for carrying huge amount of money - Hindustan Times
Two arrested from Thane station for carrying huge amount of money Updated: Oct 10, 2019 01:04 IST : Railway Protection Force, Thane, arrested two commuters for carrying ₹5 lakh and 15,000 US dollars on October 2. The two have been handed over to Enforcement Directorate (ED) and income tax department for further inquiry as they were unable to produce any documents in support of carrying such a huge amount of cash. “Kamal Kumar, 24, and Kamlesh Kumar, 30, were spotted on platform number 5 with a huge luggage. The RPF team patrolling the station found the duo suspicious and searched the luggage. They found cash, mobile phones and perfume bottles,” said R Pandav, a senior police inspector, Railway Protection Force (RPF), Thane. According to the RPF, ₹4.9 lakh and 5,000 US dollars were found with Kamal while 10,000 US dollars were seized from Kamlesh. “The two are residents of Ulhasnagar. According to the norms of election code of conduct, a huge amount of unexplained cash is not allowed,” added Pandav.
2019-10-08Thieves hit Kalyan APMC market, steal 13 cellphones - Free Press Journal
Thieves hit Kalyan APMC market, steal 13 cellphones Thane: Kalyan police failed to maintain proper vigil for the rush at APMC's Kalyan flower market for Dusshera as thieves targeted Dussehra festival shoppers at Flower market in Kalyan and stolen 13 mobile phones in 24 hours. The behaviour of police worsened due to the complainant approached to police station, instead of registered theft case, they had taken only missing note. The sources said that the accused stolen at such large numbers but to avoid police investigation local Bazarpeth police only registered missing note of incident. The incident has came to light since Monday morning to till Tuesday morning when thousands of peoples come from Kalyan and surrounding areas like Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Titwala and Murbad had come to buy flowers at APMC market, the biggest flower market in the region. But police failed to vigil at rush market.Interestingly, when complainant approached to local police they instead of filing an theft cases they only registered missing note of mobile phones. The sources said accused also stolen many people pocket but cop refused to take their complaints and returned them without taking their any complaints. One of complainant did not wished to be named said, "When my mobile phone stolen in APMC flower market then immediately i approached to police station where already one more person had come with mobile stolen matter. Police only taken missing note, instead of filling theft case".When asked about issue why only missing case registered, police constable from Bazarpeth police station said, "We can not say it is theft as they have lost their phones in rush. We only have registered missing note of cases".
2019-10-08BJP, Shiv Sena rebels don’t withdraw their papers - Free Press Journal
BJP, Shiv Sena rebels don’t withdraw their papers Thane: Two rebel condidates Narendra Pawar, sitting BJP MLA from Kalyan west, and Dhananjay Bodare, who is a leader from Shiv Sena party from Kalyan East have refused to withdraw their nomination. With this, the contest on both the seats have become interesting. Monday was the last day of nomination withdrawal for the assembly election. Narendra Pawar, the sitting BJP MLA from Kalyan (West) seat, who had been unhappy with party leaders and had filed his nomination as an Independent candidate, had refused to withdraw his nomination against the Shiv Sena’s candidate, Vishwanath Bhoir. From Kalyan (East), Shiv Sena’s Bodare has filed his nomination as an independent candidate against Gaikwad. Bodare is the four-time corporator from Kalyan and opposition leader in the Kalyan Dombivli Muncipal Corporation (KDMC). Pawar had come to the election office to withdraw his nomination, but when he came to know that Shiv Sena’s rebel Dhananjay Bodare from Kalyan (East) was not withdrawing his nomination against BJP candidate Ganpat Gaikwad, Pawar also refused to withdraw fro the electoral battle. BJP had given its Kalyan (West) seat to its alliance Shiv Sena candidate.In Bhiwandi, Santosh Shetty who was president of Bhiwandi city from BJP, was also unhappy with party leaders and now contested from Bhiwandi East from Congress ticket against BJP-Sena alliance candidate Rupesh Mahatre, the 2-time sitting MLA. In Ulhasnagar, whereas in Ulhasnagar city Jyoti Pappu Kalani is contesting on NCP ticket against BJP candidate Kumar Ailani.NCP sitting MLA Jyoti Pappu Kalani had earlier resigned from NCP hoping to get a BJP ticket from Ulhasnagar for her daughter-in-law and Ulhasnagar mayor Pancham Kalani from BJP. But at the end, BJP ticket has been given to Kumar Ailani, who is president of BJP from Ulhasnagar. Now, the NCP chief again put his trust in the Kalani family and given them a ticket from Ulhasnagar.(For all the latest News, Mumbai, Entertainment, Cricket, Business and Featured News updates, visit Free Press Journal.
2019-10-08Mumbra-Kalwa, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan East, Dombivali and Kalyan Rural vidhan sabha election candidate n - Business Insider India
Mumbra-Kalwa, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan East, Dombivali and Kalyan Rural vidhan sabha election candidate names and election date 2019 Oct 8, 2019, 12:01 IST : Mumbra-Kalwa, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan East, Dombivali, and Kalyan Rural are the six Vidhan Sabha seats located within the Kalyan Parliamentary constituency. Among them, Ambernath is reserved for SC candidates. The rest are general seats. For the 2019 assembly elections, Rohit Chandrakant Salve is the INC candidate for Ambernath seat. From the Dombivili seat, Radhika Milind Gupte of INC is fielding against the BJP candidate Ravindra Chavhan. The BJP candidate for the Kalyan East seat is Ganpat Kalu Gayakwad. Last time Ganpat Kalu Gayakwad faced the elections on behalf of IND and won the election in Kalyan East constituency. Recently he joined the BJP and has been given a ticket. The date of assembly polls in Maharashtra is October 21, 2019. The votes will be counted and results declared on October 24, 2019. From the Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency, Dr.Shrikant Eknath Shinde of SHS was elected for the Lok Sabha during 2019 elections as he secured 250,749 more votes than the runner-up candidate Anand Prakash Paranjpe of the NCP. During the assembly elections 2014, the Mumbra Kalwa seat voters elected Awhad Jitendra Satish of the NCP who scored 47683 votes more than the SHS candidate Dasharath Kashinath Patil. From the Ambernath (SC) constituency, Dr. Balaji Kinikar of the SHS secured 2041 votes more than Wankhede Rajesh Devendra of BJP. The winner from the Ulhasnagar seat was Jyoti Pappu Kalani of the NCP who secured 1863 more votes than the runner-up candidate Ailani Kumar of BJP. From the Kalyan East constituency, Ganpat Kalu Gaikwad of IND scored 745 votes more than Gopal Ramchandra Landge of SHS. The winner from the Dombivali seat is Chavhan Ravindra Dattatray of BJP who secured 46225 votes more than Dipesh Pundalik Mhatre of the SHS. From the Kalyan Rural constituency, SHS candidate Bhoir Subhash Ganu secured 44212 votes more than the MNS candidate Ramesh Ratan Patil.
2019-10-06Thane: Couple held for stealing from garment shop - Times of India
Thane: Couple held for stealing from garment shop Updated: Oct 6, 2019, 12:12 IST : ULHASNAGAR: A garment shopkeeper caught two couples red-handed stealing items. The couples diverted a staffer's attention and one couple fled, while the other was handed over to police, who arrested them. Bajrang Jadhav (50) is from Malad and Savitra Gaikwad (45) is from Ambernath. Ulhasnagar police are searching for two more accused who escaped with the garments. Police said Haresh Kateja, from Kalyan, runs Arun Collection near Khemani. On Friday, when Kateja and his staffer, Kumar, were in the shop, the accused said they wanted to purchase a huge quantity of garments and wanted to be shown varieties. They then called two others over, and they hid the garments in a bag.
2019-10-053 arrested for selling ₹20-lakh leopard skin - Hindustan Times
3 arrested for selling ₹20-lakh leopard skin Updated: Oct 03, 2019 00:45 IST : The Ulhasnagar crime branch on Tuesday arrested three men for trying to sell leopard skin, worth ₹20 lakh, in Shahad. The Ulhasnagar police have booked the accused — Santosh Kachru Hangare, 28, from Jalna; and Prakash Watude, 25, and Sampat Watude, 26, both from Parbhani — under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act. “We got a tip-off that the three men were arriving near Shahad bridge to sell leopard skin. We laid a trap and caught them when they arrived,” said senior inspector Mahesh Tarade, adding the accused have been sent to police custody.
2019-10-05Maha Election 2019: Time for Sena-BJP alliance to grapple with revolt - Free Press Journal
Maha Election 2019: Time for Sena-BJP alliance to grapple with revolt Mumbai: Now that candidates have been announced for the assembly election, the ruling parties must grapple with revolt by rebuffed aspirants in various constituencies. GADKARI CAMP SNUBBED: The message of the BJP is loud and clear: there is but one leader in Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis. Those in the BJP's anti-Fadnavis camp -- Nitin Gadkari and Eknath Khadse -- have been cut down to size. Gadkari confidant and ministers, Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Vinod Tawde, have been denied tickets. KEPT WAITING: Bawankule was kept waiting till the last minute, only to be replaced by Tekchand Sawarkar in the Kamthi assembly constituency in Nagpur district. Despite his close ties with Gadkari, he failed to make it. NARVEKAR FROM COLABA: In Mumbai, legislator Raj Purohit made way for Rahul Narvekar from Colaba. Narvekar is the son-in -law of NCP leader and chairman of the legislative council Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar. Prakash Mehta, a senior leader and former housing minister, too, was replaced by Parag Shah in Gharkopar East. Vinod Tawde has been replaced by Sunil Rane, a not-so-well-known name in the BJP. GHATKOPAR CLASH: The Sena supporters of former Maharashtra minister Prakash Mehta, angry at the denial of ticket from Ghatkopar, vandalised the car of Parag Shah, the BJP candidate who replaced Mehta, on Friday, police said. The incident took place around 11.15am when Shah was on his way to file his nomination papers. While Shah, accompanied by a group of BJP activists, was heading to the venue for filling papers, men claiming to be Mehta supporters reached there and stopped Shah’s car. Mehta's supporters were angry over the former being denied a ticket from Ghatkopar (East), from where he won in 2014. They damaged the windshield of Shah's car and other parts of the vehicle. Shah was unhurt, but remained seated inside the car till the crowd dispersed. Mehta's supporters raised slogans against Shah and also held him responsible for the party denying Mehta the ticket. As the crowd swirled around Shah's car, they disrupted traffic. Finally, the police intervened and dispersed the mob. SENA TOO DENIES TICKETS: The Shiv Sena too denied tickets to two of its sitting legislators in Mumbai. Ashok Patil, legislator from Bhandup, was replaced by Ramesh Korgaonkar and Bandra East legislator Trupti Sawant was replaced by Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar. Supporters of Patil and Sawant protested in front of Matoshree. In Kalyan too, there was a rebellion. Shiv Sena leader Dhananjay Bodarer revolted against the BJP candidate in Kalyan East, Ganpat Gaikwad. Bodare is the leader of the opposition in Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. CM warning to rebels: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has warned all rebels to withdraw their nominations. "If you do not withdraw, you will be nowhere in both parties. We will ensure your defeat," he said.
2019-10-04Maharashtra polls: Ulhasnagar MLA who flirted with BJP, back in NCP - Times of India
Maharashtra polls: Ulhasnagar MLA who flirted with BJP, back in NCP Updated: Oct 4, 2019, 8:11 IST : ULHASNAGAR: NCP has again made a member of the Kalani family its candidate for Ulhasnagar. It also marks a flip-flop for sitting MLA Jyoti Kalani, who last week resigned her post on a promise from BJP that her daughter-in-law Pancham, who is mayor of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, would get a ticket. In the end, BJP gave its ticket to Kalani rival and ex- BJP MLA Kumar Ailani. On Wednesday, NCP, issuing the party list, declared Bharat Gangotri its candidate. But now that decision has been reversed in favour of the Kalani family. While Jyoti filed her nomination on Thursday, a family source said son Omie would do the same on Friday. The family will decide by the last day for nomination withdrawal on who will finally be fielded from the seat.
2019-10-04BJP ignores Kalani family, denies ticket - Free Press Journal
BJP ignores Kalani family, denies ticket Ulhasnagar: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) sitting legislator, Jyoti Pappu Kalani resigned from party recently, with the hopes, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would give a ticket to her daughter-in-law and Ulhasnagar mayor Pancham Kalani from Ulhasnagar. But in the end, the BJP leaders, denied her the ticket. BJP instead gave a ticket to Kumar Ailani, the president of the BJP. Meanwhile, the NCP party chief, Sharad Pawar, has bestowed trust in the Kalani family and given a ticket from Ulhasnagar. In AB form, two persons mentioned the name and file the nomination.Following which, on Thursday, both Jyoti Kalani and her son Omie filed the nomination forms. There, however, was no demonstration of their strength.Suddenly from quitting the party, the Kalanis have sworn allegiance to Pawar and regaled him. Omie, the president of TOK (Team Omie Kalani) said, “NCP has put trust in us and given me a ticket from Ulhasnagar. I will contest and file the nomination tomorrow along with thousands of workers. At the last date of withdrawal, we will decide who will withdraw the form”. Tok spokesperson Kamlesh Nikam said, “BJP cheated us because, earlier they had told us they would give a ticket to the Kalani family from Ulhasnaga. But eventually, they gave it to Kumar Ailani. Pawar has bestowed his faith in the Kalani family, yet again.” Bhiwandi: Soeb Guddu, the president of Bhiwandi Congress, will contest from Bhiwandi (West), filed his nomination on Thursday against the BJP candidate, Mahesh Chaugule. Both the candidates demonstrated their strength by bringing their party workers. The Shiv Sena candidate, Rupesh Mhatre, also filed his nomination and will contesting from Bhiwandi East. Kalyan rural: Kalyan rural ticket from Shiv Sena earlier had been given to sitting MLA Subhash Bhoir. But the game’s changed. The ticket from Kalyan Rural has been given to Ramesh Mahatre, a four-time Shiv Sena corporator in Kalyan. Reportedly, in 2014, the Shiv Sena had assured Ramesh Mahatre of giving him a ticket in 2019. That time, the BJP was giving him a ticket, but a Shiv Sena senior leader had assured him to give a ticket in future, so Ramesh had not contested the last assembly election. Now, when Ramesh Mahatre got to know about it, he, along with 200 office-bearers, offered to tender their resignation. The Shiv Sena leaders took it seriously and gave him a ticket. Ramesh Mahatre filed his nomination on Friday.
2019-10-04Bio-med waste lie strewn on Kalyan road, say residents - Hindustan Times
Bio-med waste lie strewn on Kalyan road, say residents Updated: Oct 05, 2019 01:04 IST : A huge bulk of biomedical waste, including medicines, syringes and saline bottles among others, have been dumped on the service road at phase 1 in Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, Dombivli. Residents said this is a regular are irked with this practice and have demanded action. “The medical waste being dumped on the service road is a health hazard. The road is used by many. We have complained about it to officials but no action has been taken till now,” said Mukesh Trivedi, 45, a resident. Around 1.5 to 2 metric tonnes of biomedical waste is generated in Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation areas. Deputy engineer of Dombivli MIDC, Dipak Patil said, “Waste collection is the job of the local municipal body. Recently, bio medical waste has been found dumped in several places. The civic body should address this issue. We can only ask the civic body to collect bio-med waste and stop dumping on roads.” Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) built a bio-medical waste treatment plant at Umbarde in 2003. The biomedical waste treatment plant at Umbarde in Kalyan (West), which shut in 2013, reopened in November 2018 but the waste is not being transported to the plant. “We will visit the spot and check from where the waste is dumped on the service road and take action accordingly. We will have to check if dumping activity persists,” said a KDMC official, who did not wish to be named. The treatment plant at Umbarde treats 3 tonnes of medical waste a day. Kalyan, Dombivli, Bhiwandi and Ulhasnagar send biomedical waste to the plant. KDMC had appointed an agency to run the plant for 10 years. After the agency failed to carry out the work efficiently, the machinery got damaged due to lack of maintenance and the plant shut. There are two civic hospitals, 13 public healthcare centres, 245 hospitals, 330 private clinics and 140 pathology labs in Kalyan and Dombivli. The biomedical waste from all these hospitals and clinics are sent to the Umbarde treatment plant.
2019-10-04All roads in Kalyan lead to massive political rallies - Hindustan Times
All roads in Kalyan lead to massive political rallies Updated: Oct 05, 2019 05:44 IST : Several candidates in the fray for the Assembly elections made a beeline to the ward office to file their nomination on Friday — the last day of filing nomination. Those from the Shiv Sena, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress filed nominations in Kalyan, Dombivli and Ulhasnagar. BJP’s sitting MLA Narendra Pawar filed his nomination as an Independent from the Kalyan (West) after he was not given a ticket by the party. The Shiv Sena-BJP alliance gave the ticket to Sena leader Vishwanath Bhoir. Most BJP workers are not happy with the decision and supported Pawar in the massive rally organised in Kalyan (West). Pawar and his supporters marched to the Mumbai university sub-centre, Vasant Valley, Kalyan (West), to file the nomination. Pawar filed two nominations, one as an Independent and the other from the party, hoping that he would be given the form before elections. “With so much of support from my party workers, I could not say no to them. I decided to file nomination for them. I have worked hard as a MLA,” said Pawar. Pawar won the previous Assembly polls in 2014 with 49,723 votes against Shiv Sena’s Vijay Salvi who got 47,740 votes. Sena’s Vishwanath Bhoir who was declared as the candidate of the Sena-BJP alliance, also filed the nomination on Friday showing his power through a massive rally in the city. Bhoir is the president of Shiv Sena, Kalyan unit, has been with the party for more than 30 years. He was a corporator in Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) in 2002-2005. “I got the ticket as the senior leaders recognised my hard work. I am glad that despite several names, the party chose me,” said Bhoir. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) candidate Prakash Bhoir, who was the former MLA from Kalyan (West) seat, also filed his nomination on the last day. He was elected MLA in 2009 Assembly polls, defeating Sena’s candidate Rajendra Devlekar by winning 41,111 votes. “In 2009 Assembly polls, our party won the seat. This time, too, we are sure we will win,” said Bhoir. Indian National Congress (INC) candidate Kanchan Kulkarni filed her nomination from Kalyan (West). She is the president of the women’s cell. Radhika Gupte from INC filed her nomination from Dombivli. These two women are the only ones contesting from Kalyan-Dombivli. In Ulhasnagar, three candidates from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) filed nomination, leading to confusion among party workers. On Thursday, sitting MLA Jyoti Kalani filed nomination from NCP, although she had resigned from the party last week. She said that the BJP did not give her a ticket and so she filed from NCP. On Friday, her son Omie Kalani, who runs Team Omie Party in Ulhasnagar, filed his nomination for NCP. Omie has a stronghold in the city and had merged with BJP in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) elections in the 2017 followed by which his wife Pancham Kalani was elected as the mayor of the city. Bharat Gangotri, an NCP corporator in UMC, filed his nomination. All the three claimed that they have got the AB form from the party to contest the elections. “The candidate to contest the election from the party will be clear after nominations are withdrawn. The party will take a decision soon,” said Jyoti Kalani. BJP’s Kumar Ailani, who lost the previous Assembly polls against Jyoti Kalani, filed his nomination. In the 2009 Assembly polls BJP’s Kumar Ailani won the seat and was elected as the MLA. In 2014 Assembly polls, he lost by 1,875 votes. “There is so much confusion in the NCP on its candidate. I am sure people will not vote for the confused party,” said Ailani. Ailani has worked for Congress and Shiv Sena earlier. In the past 14 years, he is associated with the BJP. With many political rallies, Friday morning was a tough time for commuters on the Durgadi-Adharwadi-Birla College stretch. The rallies created major traffic congestion. Ambulances, school buses and private vehicles were stuck on road for hours. “The entire stretch leading to the Durgadi bridge was blocked as vehicles were stuck in a jam in the morning . Every day, we face congestion on the stretch. On Friday, it was the worst. Traffic police should have not allowed to the carry out the rally on the stretch which is a vital link to Bhiwandi and Thane,” said Aneesh Mathew, 35, who travels through Durgadi bridge to go to Thane for work. Senior traffic police inspector of Kalyan (West) Sukhdev Patil said, “We had deployed our cops everywhere. Congestion was reported on the Durgadi-Birla College stretch as the road leads to centres for filing nomination for polls.”
2019-10-03BJP second list too ignores ministers, Raj Purohit, Prakash Mehta set to be dumped - Times of India
BJP second list too ignores ministers, Raj Purohit, Prakash Mehta set to be dumped Updated: Oct 3, 2019, 5:54 IST : MUMBAI: Left out of BJP's first list of 125 candidates for the state assembly polls, party bigwigs Eknath Khadse, Prakash Mehta, Vinod Tawde and Raj Purohit did not find a mention even on the second list of 14 candidates released late on Wednesday evening. Sources said BJP may pick Pravin Chheda for the Ghatkopar East seat in place of former housing minister Mehta and Rahul Narvekar, now in NCP, in place of sitting Colaba MLA Purohit, while it is set to clear the candidature of Nitesh Rane, ex-CM Narayan Rane's son and sitting MLA from Kankavli in the Konkan. Chheda, a former Congress corporator, joined BJP earlier this year. Narvekar had moved from the Sena to NCP and could be on his way to the BJP, sources added. BJP minister Tawde met state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil on Tuesday. Sources said his name may still figure in subsequent lists. BJP named former MLA Kumar Ailani as its candidate from Ulhasnagar in its second list, ending speculation over whether anyone from the Kalani family would get the seat. Three new entrants to the party were on the list: Gopichand Padalkar (Baramati), Namita Mundada (Kaij) and Gopaldas Agarwal (Gondia). Both BJP and Sena leaders were busy quelling unrest in the rank and file on Wednesday.
2019-10-03Maharashtra Assembly elections: BJP second list keeps Eknath Khadse, Vinod Tawde guessing - Free Press Journal
Maharashtra Assembly elections: BJP second list keeps Eknath Khadse, Vinod Tawde guessing Updated on : Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6:49 AM IST : Mumbai: Even after much outrage being expressed for keeping the loyalist BJP leaders like Eknath Khadse and Vinod Tawde on waiting for their candidature, BJP has not announced their candidature in the second list. BJP announced its second list of candidates on Wednesday night. The list includes 14 names mostly from reserved categories. It was expected that the second list will have names of Eknath Khadse, Vinod Tawde, Chandrashekhar Bawankule. But none of the prominent leaders could find their names mentioned in this list. Khadse has publicly hinted that CM Devendra Fadnavis is behind this episode. His Leva Patidar community has warned that they will vote against BJP. Despite this BJP has chosen to keep him on waiting. The list includes name of Gopichand Padalkar , prominent Dhangar community leader who will fight against Ajit Pawar in Baramati. BJP has denied ticket to sitting legislator from Melghat, Prabhudas Bhilavekar and replaced him with Ramesh Mawaskar. Setback for Jyoti Kalani Ulhasnagar legislator Jyoti Kalani resigned from NCP as she was promised seat for her or family member. She was demanding seat for her son. But BJP's former legislator from this constituency Kumar Aaylani finally managed to get the nomination from party by defeating Kalani family in the race. Meanwhile, anticipating that she may be BJP candidate, NCP announced candidature of Bharat Gangotri from NCP. This left Kalani family nowhere in Assembly election race.
2019-10-03After 'Hindi imposition’ row, PM all praise for Tamil: Here’s a closer look at the official languages of India - Times Now
After 'Hindi imposition’ row, PM all praise for Tamil: Here’s a closer look at the official languages of India Updated Oct 03, 2019 : Home Minister Amit Shah opened a political can of worms in September when he put forth his version of the ‘One Nation, One Language’ formula on the occasion of Hindi Divas, promptly inviting criticism from a swathe of political leaders and celebrities. MK Stalin, HD Kumaraswamy, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth among others were scathing in their assessment of Shah’s Hindi push, with some even labelling it as dangerous. Even BJP leader and Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa made it clear that as far as his state was concerned, Kannada would continue to be the preeminent language. Although Shah later softened his stance, and Prime Minister Modi himself did some damage control when he addressed over 50,000 Indian-Americans in Houston in eight different languages, the political row did not fully die down. Modi's September 30 address at the IIT campus in Chennai praising the Tamil language was another attempt to put the controversy to rest. The question of adopting Hindi as a national language is one that has been endlessly debated since India’s Independence in 1947. India is one of the most linguistically eclectic countries in the world, with some estimates showing that it is home to over 19,500 languages. Moreover, as per the 2011 Census report, just 43% of the Indian population speak Hindi or one of its many variants like Bhojpuri or Rajasthani. In fact, only 26% of Indians use Hindi as a mother tongue. List of Scheduled Languages in India Following a long and tedious debate in 1947, during which Jawaharlal Nehru campaigned against the adoption of a single national language, it was ultimately decided to allow states to choose their individual official languages themselves. However, the 22 different Indian languages officially recognised by the Constitution under Schedule 8, are listed below in alphabetical order, • Assamese – Spoken in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh • Bengali – Spoken in West Bengal, Tripura, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Assam and Jharkhand • Bodo – Spoken in Assam • Dogri – Spoken in Jammu and Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh • Gujarati – Spoken in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Gujarat • Hindi – Spoken in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bihar, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, J&K, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal • Kannada – Spoken in Karnataka • Kashmiri – Spoken in Jammu and Kashmir • Konkani – Spoken in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, and Kerala • Maithili – Spoken in Bihar and Jharkhand • Malayalam – Spoken in Kerala, Lakshadweep and Puducherry • Manipuri – Spoken in Manipur • Nepali – Spoken in Sikkim and West Bengal • Odia – Spoken in Odisha, Jharkhand, and West Bengal • Punjabi – Spoken in Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and West Bengal • Sanskrit – Spoken in Uttarakhand • Santali – Spoken in Jharkhand, Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Mizoram, Odisha, Tripura and West Bengal • Sindhi – Spoken in Sindh and Ulhasnagar • Tamil – Spoken in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands • Telugu – Spoken in Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, and Puducherry • Urdu – Spoken in Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana, Jharkhand, Delhi, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal It may come as a surprise that while English is considered the official language to undertake parliamentary or judiciary communication, it is not recognised within the Constitution as a scheduled language. States are also not mandated to choose their official languages from the list of constitutionally recognised languages.
2019-10-02BJP declares second list of candidates - The Asian Age
BJP declares second list of candidates Oct 3, 2019, 1:31 am IST : Mumbai: The BJP late on Wednesday night declared its second list with 14 names for the state Assembly election. However, senior Cabinet ministers Vinod Tawde, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, former minister Prakash Mehta, the party’s chief whip Raj Purohit and veteran leader Eknath Khadse’s names did not feature in the list. The BJP has denied a ticket to sitting Udgir MLA Sudhakar Bhalerao, who has been replaced by Dr Anil Kamble. In the second list, three turncoats — Namita Mundada, Gopaldas Agrawal and Gopichanda Padalkar — have been given tickets. According to the list, Mr Agrawal will contest the election from Gondia, while Ms Mundada and Mr Padalkar will contest from Kaij and Baramati respectively. Kumar Ailani has also been given a ticket from Ulhasnagar. The BJP had released its first list on Tuesday with 125 names.
2019-10-02Biggies named in NCP’s 1st list; 4 seniors missing from BJP’s 2nd - Hindustan Times
Biggies named in NCP’s 1st list; 4 seniors missing from BJP’s 2nd Updated: Oct 02, 2019 23:36 IST : The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) released its first list of candidates, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released the second list for the Assembly polls late on Wednesday. The NCP’s list of 77 candidates includes a majority of its big leaders, from former deputy chief ministers Ajit Pawar (Baramati), Chhagan Bhujbal (Yeola) and state party chief Jayant Patil (Islampur) to leader of Opposition in the Council Dhananjay Munde (Parli). Among the GenNext leaders, the NCP has given tickets to its MP Sunil Tatkare’s daughter Aditi and Sharad Pawar’s grandnephew Rohit. Aditi Tatkare will be fielded from her home turf Shrivardhan in Konkan and Rohit will contest from Karjat-Jamkhed. The party has also given ticket to Suman Patil, wife of the late senior NCP leader RR Patil, from his constituency, Tasgaon. The BJP’s second list of 14 candidates has sitting legislators of the party as well as turncoats inducted just ahead of the polls. It, however, does not include names of four senior leaders, including two sitting ministers Vinod Tawde and Chandrakant Bawankule and two former ministers Eknath Khadse and Prakash Mehta. Turncoats namely Congress MLA Gopaldas Aggarwal, Namita Mundada, daughter-in-law of former NCP leader, and former Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi candidate Gopichand Padalkar have got tickets. However, the party has not given a ticket to former NCP legislator Jyoti Kalani from Ulhasnagar. Kalani, who was elected from Ulhasnagar in the 2014 polls, joined the BJP last week. The BJP instead gave the ticket to Kumar Ailani, former Ulhasnagar MLA of the party. Dissent was seen in the BJP and Shiv Sena over sharing of seats and candidature, with workers holding protests at various places across the state. Sena workers demanded the Airoli Assembly constituency given in the seat-sharing agreement to the BJP. Moreover, the BJP’s decision to field Ganesh Naik as its candidate did not go down well with the Sena cadre. Consequently, Sena workers tendered mass resignations from party positions, alleging Naik had made all attempts to destroy the Sena in Navi Mumbai. Naik has recently defected to the BJP from the NCP. The saffron workers also held protests in Pune and Nashik, where the Sena did not get a single seat in the seat-sharing agreement. “The move may result in destroying the party’s base in the respective districts,” said a Sena functionary. In Jalgaon, BJP workers held a ‘rasta roko’ (road blockade) after senior leader and former revenue minister Eknath Khadse was kept out of the first list of candidates. They were demanding Khadse be nominated from Muktainagar. Khadse is a six-term MLA from the seat. Defying the party leadership, he already filed his nomination papers on Monday. Another protest was held in Latur where BJP workers were found opposing Abhimanyu Pawar as the party’s candidate for Ausa. Pawar was the personal secretary of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Local BJP leaders don’t want an outsider as their candidate. In Nagpur, BJP workers held a protest after the party decided to drop sitting MLA Sudhakar Kohale for the polls. Kohale represents Nagpur South. His supporters want him back as an MLA. They also led a delegation to meet senior leader and union minister Nitin Gadkari. Meanwhile, Congress legislator Chandrakant Raghuvanshi joined the Shiv Sena and former Congress MLA Manikrao Kokate joined the NCP. After losing the last Assembly elections, Kokate had joined the BJP. He is also a two-term Shiv Sena MLA from Sinnar Assembly constituency. He had rebelled against sitting Shiv Sena MP Hemant Godse in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. The NCP declared his candidature from Sinnar assembly seat immediately after his induction into the party. Raghuvanshi was active in the party for the past 27 years. His father, Batesingh Raghuvanshi, was also a two-term Congress MLC.
2019-10-02Ajit Pawar among 77 names on NCP’s first list - The Hindu
Ajit Pawar among 77 names on NCP’s first list UPDATED: OCTOBER 03, 2019 02:00 IST : The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) late on Wednesday announced its first list of 77 candidates for the Assembly elections. Senior leader Ajit Pawar, who recently resigned as MLA, will again contest from Baramati. The NCP has repeated 19 sitting MLAs, including Chhagan Bhujbal from Yeola, and also fielded one MLC. Another member of the Pawar family will make his poll debut, with NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s grandnephew Rohit contesting from Karjat-Jamkhed in Ahmednagar district. Raigad MP Sunil Tatkare’s daughter Aditi has been fielded from Shrivardhan in Raigad, while Indranil Naik, son of former minister Manohar Naik will contest the Pusad seat in Yavatmal New names include Vijaysinh Pandit from Gevrai and Sandip Kshirsagar in Beed. In Beed district, after the defection of NCP’s Kaij candidate, Namita Mundada, to the BJP, the party has fielded Prithviraj Sathe. Leader of Opposition in Council Dhananjay Munde will take on his cousin, senior BJP leader Pankaja Munde-Palve, in Parli. Former Shiv Sena MLA Daulat Daroda will contest from Shahapur (ST) seat after NCP MLA Pandurang Varora joined the Sena. The party has also managed to snatch the Katol seat in Nagpur from the Congress and fielded former minister Anil Deshmukh. BJP leader Kiran Lahamte has switched to the NCP to contest from Akole (ST) in Ahmednagar after MLA Vaibhav Pichad joined the BJP. The NCP has announced candidates for three seats in Mumbai: Nawab Malik (Anushaktinagar), Vidya Chavan (Dindoshi) and Dhananjay Pisal (Vikhroli). MLA Jitendra Avhad will contest from Mumbra-Kalwa, while the NCP has replaced Ulhasnagar MLA Jyoti Kalyani with Bharat Gangotri. The party is yet to announce its candidates in Navi Mumbai, where its senior leader Ganesh Naik has joined the BJP.
2019-10-01Anubhuti Charitable Trust's mental health programme offers support at a critical stage in students' lives - NewzHook
Anubhuti Charitable Trust’s mental health programme offers support at a critical stage in students' lives 600 million, that's half of India's population, is under 25 years of age. A majority of them come from vulnerable backgrounds, socially and economically. Many of them struggle to access financial support to finish their education, one of the many triggers for emotional distress. It especially affects girls, many of whom drop out of the education system. It was a similar experience that led Deepa Pawar, founder of the NGO Anubhuti Charitable Trust, and her team to start the Mental Health Justice on Higher Education programme in colleges in Mumbai and Thane districts. Formed and led by women, Anubhuti works actively among marginalised communities in these areas, the focus being to offer services in a non-discriminatory manner, develop youth leadership and gender equity for vulnerable sections in rural and urban areas. Mental health is a strong focus of Anubhuti's work and encountering feelings of anxiety, humiliation, guilt, and self-blame among youth from these communities led the NGO to start a programme that aims to better equip schools and colleges to improve mental well-being as well as find ways to address causes of psycho-social distress in the education system. Encouraging students to come forward and seek help can be challenging. There's a fear of being judged and labelled. To help overcome this, Anubhuti conducts Mann Melas: Mental Health Fairs that are designed to encourage help-seeking behaviours in students, their parents, and the communities they live in. The school counselling programme includes a resource directory and referral networks with mental health services. The impact these interventions are making is evident in the testimonials shared by many students in colleges. "Please continue this work with youth. We have many problems, we need to learn how to deal with them, how to solve them by focusing on them. Suicide is never the last option." "The activity where we understood the social situation and therefore mental situation of people who are ostracized from society was thought-provoking." "I am facing so many problems leading to a lot of anger in me. This session was very useful for me". "It feels empowering to know that it is legitimate to think and talk about our mental health, and to create that same space for others." Among the main factors affecting mental health among youth are increased competition, job insecurity, social insecurity, gender and disability, to name a few. Some interesting findings have also emerged from these interventions in terms of data, which offer valuable insights on the nature and extent of interventions needed. Important findings To share a few, trainings and data collection among 500 college students across Kalyan, Dombivali, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Badlapur and Karjat showed that 75% could not answer what they understand by sexual violence/harassment. Many were unable to answer what they would do to protect themselves and not a single young woman said she would approach the college ICC (Internal Complaints Committee) if she felt unsafe. Another study among 1,000 students showed that 95% youth knew of at least one suicide in close circles. "Sexual violence and harassment in educational environments also prevents young girls and women from accessing higher education" as Deepa pointed out in an interview to Rise Up. "Despite their major social and economic contributions to their communities, women and girls are not in positions of leadership". Anubhuti also actively supports community youth on a case by case basis to access education. "We provide scholarships to vulnerable youth every year, as part of our counselling support for them to complete higher education", says Amrita De, a core team member at Anubhuti. "This is irrespective of how well they score in exams, the criteria are social vulnerability and the commitment to continue in education".

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Nitin Lulla      [ 2012-02-01 ]
Jaise mumbai bahar se khubsoorat hai or Andar se utna hi ganda or worst hai, waise hi ulhasnagar b lookiwise acha hota ja raha hai but uski tarah andar se ganda or khatrnak b ho raha hai..
ajusudhir      [ 2012-01-24 ]
I LOVE ULHASNAGER
rajesh varma      [ 2011-12-30 ]
kindly control the street dog... in ulhasnagar 1
Lalu      [ 2011-12-25 ]
Please clear the illegal Parkig of 2 lines of Trucks Parked on both sides of road at Vithalwaadi Rly. station raod, near kajal Petrol Pump, Ulhasnagar-3.
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