|2006-11-30||Sporadic incidents of stone pelting reported in Mu|
Tension gripped some parts of Mumbai and suburbs including Kalyan as Dalits staged spontaneous protests against the alleged desecration of a statue of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar in Kanpur.
Violent protests including stone pelting was reported from Chembur and Ramabai Nagar in Ghatkopar which has a sizeable Dalit population, said sources in police control room.
A mob of more that 150 persons under the banner of the Republican Party of India (RPI) party took to the roads and held a impromptu rasta roko on Wednesday afternoon on the Eastern Express Highway near Pantnagar.
A mob staged protests in the areas of Kamraj Nagar in Ghatla village, Lal Dongri, Shivaji Nagar, Siddharth Colony and Suman Nagar in Chembur.
At around 2.45 pm the local residents of Ramabai Nagar came out on the roads to protest against the government. They shouted slogans and stopped the vehicular traffic.
The effects of the desecration were also felt in Kalyan and Ulhasnagar with irate mobs pelting stones and damaging vehicles.
As news of the incident spread, a 500- strong mob staged a rasta roko at Ambedkar chowk in Ulhasnagar’s Chopada court area and pelted stones at shops forcing them to down shutters.
|2006-11-30||Deccan Queen set ablaze at Ulhasnagar station|
Five coaches of the Deccan Queen train were burnt and over 90 buses damaged in various parts of this city during violent protests today against the alleged desceration of B R Ambedkar's statue in Kanpur.
"Five coaches of the Pune-Mumbai Deccan Queen were burnt by protestors at Ulhasnagar during a rail roko this afternoon," a Central Railway spokesperson told PTI here. No one was injured in the incident, he said.
According to reports, the protestors asked people to get out of the train before setting the coaches on fire.
|2006-11-30||Two trains burnt, over 90 buses damaged|
Mumbai, Nov 30: Five coaches of the Deccan Queen train were burnt and over 90 buses damaged in various parts of this city during violent protests on Thursday against the alleged desecration of B R Ambedkar`s statue in Kanpur.
Soon after burning the Deccan Queen train, the protesters also torched another local train in Ulhasnagar area.
"Five coaches of the Pune-Mumbai Deccan Queen were burnt by protestors at Ulhasnagar during a “rail roko” this afternoon," a Central Railway spokesperson told a news agency here. No one was injured in the incident, he said.
According to reports, the protestors asked people to get out of the train before setting the coaches on fire.
|2006-11-30||Maharashtra tense after day of Dalit protests|
Two trains were set on fire during violent protests in several places in Maharashtra on Thursday against the vandalism of Dalit leader B R Ambedkar’s statue in Kanpur.
Authorities have enforced a curfew in Osmanabad town where two persons died on Wednesday night during police firing on a mob protesting the alleged desecration of Ambedkar’s statue. The statue has been replaced after the vandalism on Tuesday.
Curfew was also imposed in Nanded town of Marathwada region, Pimpri in Pune and Nandurbar town of north Maharashtra.
Violent protesters on Thursday stopped the Deccan Queen, which runs between Pune and Mumbai, and torched five bogies of the train. No one was injured in the incident.
Speaking to CNN-IBN, Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said the situation would improve by Friday and requested Dalit leaders to maintain calm. Deshmukh admitted that the Dalits in the state have been angry since the murder of a four-member family in Khairlanji village in Solapur district.
Five bogies of Deccan Queen torched in Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra.
bullet Two boys killed in police firing, toll reaches three.
bulletTwo protestors injured in the violence.
bulletProtestors block Thane-Belapur road at Turbhe.
bulletBus services in Nashik come to a halt.
bullet Curfew imposed in Nanded.
bullet Violence spreads to Gujarat. Surat's Pandesara area shops shut down, one bus stoned .
|2006-11-26||RTO drive exposes illegal vehicles|
Officials attached to the Thane region of the Regional Transport Office (RTO) undertook a drive last week in the suburbs to find out if three-seaters and six-seaters plying in the areas of Kalyan, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Badlapur were complying with the rules laid down for them. "About 4,147 vehicles were examined as part of the drive and a fine of Rs 1,88,254 was collected from them. Some 881 vehicles were found guilty, 217 were seized and 239 cases were disposed of," informs Dnyaneshwar Chavan, DCP, Traffic, Thane region.
The three-seaters and six seaters were examined for offences such as if the vehicle was illegal; whether they were authorised to transport passengers or goods as applicable and so on. The RTO was helped by flying squads from Pen, Vashi and Thane in combing the areas and officials from the state transport department also contributed to the cause.
|2006-11-26||Doctors turn cricketers|
Doctor’s from the suburbs displayed a lighter side of their personalities in the recently organised cricket match, reports Arcopol Chaudhuri
The stethoscope and rubber gloves went for a toss, as a limited-overs cricket match was organized, the first of its kind, on November 19, Sunday morning between Ambernath’s Doctors Association and Ulhasnagar Doctor’s association, at MPF ground at Ambernath.
The evenly contested match saw Ulhasnagar’s doctors opting to bat first and score an impressive 81 off their stipulated 12 overs. Dr Manoj Singh top scored with 33 runs, which included 2 sixes and 3 fours.
However, the Ambernath doctors failed to level the standards set by their opponents in this challenging run chase. Dr J P Ramnani’s valiant 34 runs couldn’t save them as they lost the match by 11 runs.
The preparations for this match had begun a month in advance, with both teams practicing every Sunday at the grounds.
Ulhasnagar’s doctors however, play regularly since the past few years. Satyaki Guha, co-coordinator for the cricket match, as part of a pharma company which sponsored the match, said, "We’d been planning this event for quite some time. Both teams worked hard to make this match possible and played the game in good spirit."
|2006-11-26||With love, from Russia (Royal Circus)|
Since wild animals are banned from circuses, this lively form of entertainment is using young Russian talent instead, reports arcopol chaudhari
After shooting with Hrithik Roshan in Krrissh and bringing the house down in Phir Hera Pheri, the Royal Circus is currently performing at the Bail Bazaar grounds at Kalyan. This time, it has Russian professional artists in its troupe who are entertaining audiences from the suburbs, daily.
Rajan Pillai, Resident Manager of the circus at Kalyan attributes the presence of Russian artists as a part of the cultural exchange between two countries. “We have seven young Russian performers – two boys and five girls, in the troupe,” he informs. Over 120 Indian artists are also performing with the troupe.
The Russian performers are students of a four-year course at Istruda College Of Circus in Uzbekistan. Currently in their vacation period, their stint in India offers them a practical learning experience for them and also helps them earn handsome wages, which run upto Rs.15,000 per day.
|2006-11-18||Students clean river on Childrens Day|
The ’Clean Waldhuni River’ campaign by students from the Sacred Heart School saw participation of over 700 children, reports Dr Sunil Sharma.
They wanted to give the best eco-friendly gift to society on the Children’s Day. A clean river and cleaner air in the neighbourhood, a top item on the global green wish list of the concerned citizens.
This Tuesday, November 14, enthusiastic students from the Sacred Heart School, Varap, congregated at the Waldhuni riverbank, near Yogi Dham Junction in Kalyan West for the noble purpose.
More than 700 students assembled at the riverside around 9.30 in the morning to launch a unique signature campaign against the polluting of the mighty river, which has been reduced pathetically to a mere sliver line in the surrounding concrete jungle, due to the merciless dumping of industrial waste, garbage and effluents.
Later on, some of the students and staff volunteers also undertook to clean the dying river in a symbolic gesture. However, the entire visit served as a hands-on exercise for the young minds and the river was one open lab for them.
|2006-11-18||Recitation device boosts UMC’s anti-polio drive|
’Polio Japo Yantra’ (Polio Recitation Device) is the electronic device that Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) used to spread the message of polio immunization in the city. The municipality took the step to remind parents about anti-polio day. The small electronic device recites the polio mantra in every 70 seconds; precisely 50 times in an hour.
"The device created positive atmosphere and reminded people to get their children to the booths on the immunisation day," said Dr Kharat, health and medical officer of the UMC. The corporation made adequate arrangements to cover all beneficiaries for the November 12 pulse polio immunization drive.
|2006-11-12||New pipeline to end Ulhasnagar water woes|
With a view to end the water shortage problems in Camp 4 and 5 in Ulhasnagar East, the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) has started laying new pipelines from November 4. It is hoped that the new pipelines will solve water problems in both localities.
The new project is the outcome of a study conducted by the Kirloskar Consultancy, which was given the task to survey city’s water problems and submit a report on the issue. The firm submitted its report and solution. It will be implemented in two phases.
The government sanctioned Rs 18.80 crores for Phase 1, which would consist of building Elevated Storage Reservoirs (ESRs) in different areas of Ulhasnagar. The report also talks about a change in the main distribution channels. According to the UMC, the work on these channels is nearly over.
|2006-11-12||Rly passenger association stages dharna to press d|
Demanding early completion of pending works, the Vithalwadi-Ulhasnagar Railway Passengers’ Association staged a dharna outside the Ulhasnagar railway station on Saturday, November 4. "The railway authorities are not paying any heed to our demands hence we have acquired path of non-violence to get our demands fulfilled," said Sitaldas Harchandani, president of the association.
The association leaders warned that they would resort to other measures if the demands are not fulfilled. "The railway authorities have opened a computerized reservation counter at Ulhasnagar railway station on our demand, but we are not satisfied with the service because only two windows are working instead of the sanctioned four reservation windows," adds B B Rupchandani, vice president of the association.
|2006-11-10||Devil’s advocate: Ram Jethmalani|
He wears the word as a badge of honour. A maverick, he says is “someone who thinks independently, who has not mortgaged his soul or intelligence to anybody.” At 83, Ram Jethmalani has probably been called a maverick more times than he can remember. “I am fine with the appellation,” he says.
The ‘maverick’ lawyer is back in the news with his decision to defend Manu Sharma, main accused in the Jessica Lall murder case. The headlines have been inevitable. The subtext: Ram Jethmalani, India’s most celebrated criminal lawyer, has ‘sold out’ to protect the rich and powerful.
But Jethmalani points out that he is fighting the case without charging a fee, in consideration for Manu’s father, Venod Sharma, a former colleague in Parliament. If that is a decision that could cost him his reputation, so be it. If his family is reportedly unhappy, so be it. Advocate Kamini Jaiswal who appeared alongside Jethmalani in the SAR Geelani matter says she is ‘very disturbed’ by the decision. “He has publicly said he has retired and will appear only in matters where the larger national interest is involved,” she says. “This is not a larger issue.”
|2006-11-05||Niece produce ’blue’ tape to prove rape charge|
A 50-year old businessman Ram Chandwani is in the custody of the Ulhasnagar police for allegedly, repeatedly raping his 32-year old niece Rupa Pamnani (name changed) during the past 12 months. Chandwani surrendered to the police after Pamnani lodged a complaint in the presence of the members of broadcast media.
According to the woman, her uncle raped her for the first time a year ago when she was unable to repay the Rs 23,000 loan, which she took from him. "Two years ago her brother was in police custody for an illegal trading case. She wanted the money to get him out on bail. She then approached Chandwani for the money. A year later, when Rupa couldn’t return the money, Chandwani allegedly started asking for sexual favours in lieu of the money. Buckling under pressure, Rupa complied. However, the pressure only increased as the time went on. Finally, Rupa confided in her brother who along with a friend, decided to trap Chandwani and frame a watertight case against him," explains a police official.
|2006-11-05||Police doing little, beggar menace soaring|
"At times, it’s very difficult even to get down from a rickshaw on the way to my college in Ulhasnagar. The eunuchs pounce upon us even before we set our foot on the road. They pull our cheeks and even try to hug us and grab our bags. They pass nasty remarks if we run away from them," says Sahil Kumar, a degree student with the RKT College. "The sad part is that the police are inactive. They don’t even bother to shoo away these trouble makers even when all these things take place in front of their eyes," adds another collegian.
|2006-11-05||Kalyan Airport Plan may derail|
Farmers in Nevali village where the government is planning an airport are holding documents that can take the steam out of the planners.
Sudesh Malvankar, Kalyan
The government plan to construct an airport in Nevali village in Kalyan has already met with opposition from the people of the suburbs. Citizens have categorically told that what they lacking in the suburbs were not an airport, but various basic infrastructure.
Now there is some good news for those suburban residents who cannot digest the idea of living with all the noise turbulence caused by the airport in Kalyan. The farmers of the area have some land documents which if produced in the court of law, the government may have to scrap the airport plan.
The government began to think of the airport in Kalyan after the officials recently learned that there was an airstrip in Nevali village during the Second World War. The British used the strip. Further study revealed that as per the land revenue records (read saat baara) around 1600 acres of land including the airstrip land belonged to the defense ministry. However, these huge stretches of land are currently in the possession of local farmers. The seed for an airport in our suburbs originated from this knowledge.