|2012-11-19||Newborn girl dumped in Kalyan railway colony|
Newborn girl dumped in Kalyan railway colony
TNN | Updated: Nov 19, 2012, 02.25 AM IST
MUMBAI: A newborn baby was found behind a railway colony building in Kalyan (east) on Saturday morning.The girl has been admitted in a Kalwa-based children's hospital and is stable. The police have registered a case against the unidentified parents who abandoned the infant and are searching for them. The police are checking with maternity and general hospitals across Kalyan and Ulhasnagar.
The incident came to light when residents living in the railway colony in Waldhuni heard the infant screaming and found her wrapped in a polythene bag.
|2012-11-17||Concern for Bal Thackeray in Pakistan, Nepal|
Concern for Bal Thackeray in Pakistan, Nepal
Last Updated: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 11:42
Mumbai: Ailing Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray`s health concerns have figured prominently in the international media, television channels and news agencies, especially in neighbouring Pakistan and Nepal.
Thackeray`s improved health was highlighted by the BBC, New York Times and all top Pakistani newspapers, according to a Shiv Sena report Saturday.
In Nepal, King Gyanendra Veer Vikram Shahadev and Sena activists in that country offered special prayes at the world famous Pashupatinath Temple Friday, according to a Nepali media person, Ashok Nepali.Former Pakistani cricket Javed Miandad has sent a message saying he would pray for his friend Thackeray`s speedy recovery.
"I have met him several times in Matoshri and been accorded a warm welcome. We were like friends and religion never came in the way of our friendship," Miandad said of Thackeray, known for his shrill anti-Pakistan views.
Mumbai Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam, who is an ex-Sena Rajya Sabha member urged all north Indians to commence this year`s Chhath Puja with special prayers for Thackeray`s speedy recovery.
A resident of Daund, Pune district, Mohan S. Yadav, accompanied by his sons Raj and Uddhav, is camping outside Matoshri to present a mobile phone to Thackeray.
It is shaped like a car and has an exclusive ringtone, `Jai Bhavani, Jai Shivaji` specially made for Thackeray. Yadav and his sons Raj and Uddhav rode on a motorcycle to present it to Thackeray after he recovers.
Thackeray`s huge statue made of sand in Gujarat`s coastal village Thangad is drawing large crowds of admirers. Its sand-sculptor, Rajesh Muliya, inscribed a "get well soon" message on it.
A teacher from Ulhasnagar, a town in Thane, Prakash Mali, has written a letter in his own blood with a prayer for Thackeray`s quick recovery.
Meanwhile pujas, aartis and havans continued in temples and public places, besides special prayers in mosques, churches and gurudwaras across Maharashtra for Thackeray`s speedy recovery.
|2012-11-09||Rooftop traveller suffers 90% burns|
Rooftop traveller suffers 90% burns
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Nov 9, 2012, 02.29 AM IST
THANE: A first-year engineering diploma student who was travelling on the roof of a local train sustained serious burn injuries after he accidentally touched its pantograph at Ulhasnagar railway station on Thursday afternoon. The victim's friend, who was also travelling with him, escaped without helping him. The victim, Vaibhav Mehta, is a student of Jondhale Engineering College at Ambernath. His father runs a jewelry shop in Dombivli.
The Ulhasnagar incident took place around 3pm, when Mehta was returning home with a friend after giving his first-year exams. Cops said the duo climbed the roof of a Badlapur-bound CST local at Ambernath railway station. Eyewitnesses told cops that Mehta's friend jumped off the train as soon as he saw the youngster in trouble. Commuters at the platform informed GRP personnel.
GRP constable Dinkar Mane said, "We asked the station master to discontinue supply to the electric line on that portion. We then brought the boy down and rushed him to Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar." Doctors said Mehta has sustained 90% burns. Cops contacted the victim's parents after going through his cellphone call details. His parents then took him to a Dombivli-based private hospital for further treatment. Cops are on the lookout for the boy's friend.
The Kalyan GRP, which is probing the matter, suspect that the victim was a habitual rooftop traveler because the incident occurred at afternoon when trains are not overcrowded. The police are waiting for victim's recovery to records his statement and also searching for his friend.
|2012-11-07||Family gets Rs 3L power shocker|
Family gets Rs 3L power shocker
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Nov 7, 2012, 02.45 AM IST
ULHASNAGAR: An Ulhasnagar family, living in a 100 sq ft house, got a shock after it received an electricity bill of over Rs 3 lakh from the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) for power usage of three months.
In his house, Naresh Tak, a labourer who resides at Forward Line in Ulhasnagar 3, has a tube light, two ceiling fans, and one television. Tak claims he got a bill of Rs 3,06,360 in November after a gap of two months. The bill showed arrears of Rs 3,05,424 for September and October.
According to Tak, till 18 months ago, he used to receive bills in the range of Rs 300-Rs 500. "Now, the bills range from Rs 900 to 1,600 per month," said Tak, adding that he had approached the local MSEDCL office with a request to check his "faulty" meter. "However, so far, no one has come to address my complaint," he said.
In August, Tak made his last electricity bill payment of Rs 1,800 for July. Thereafter, he couldn't pay bills for three months as he incurred added expenses due to his brother's illness. Then, on November 3, came the inflated bill. "MSEDCL charged Rs 900 for October and Rs 3,05,424 for August and September," he said.
When he approached MSEDCL in Ulhasnagar, they checked the electric meter and deducted Rs 1,58,466 from the bill and asked him to pay Rs 1,47,890.
"I live in a small house and my usage is very low," said Tak, adding that he has decided to not pay the extra money as it hasn't been able to give him a proper bill as per consumption.
MSEDCL public relations officer Bharat Pawar said, "Our department will check the electricity meter. Sometimes, due to a technical fault, consumers may get such bills. Once we verify and establish that the consumer has been overcharged, we will issue the fresh corrected bill."
|2012-11-06||Who is Ram Jethmalani?|
Who is Ram Jethmalani?
New Delhi, November 6, 2012 | UPDATED 13:54 IST
Born September 14, 1923, Ram Jethmalani is the highest paid lawyer in the country. As a politician he has held various posts such as the Union law minister and Chairman of Bar associations. A maverick lawyer, he is known to take up cases from the high profile to the most controversial for which he has faced severe criticism.
Education and career
He completed his studies in law at the early age of 18 and began his profession in law in Karachi, with his friend, A.K. Brohi, till the time of Partition when he left his hometown and shifted to Bombay as a refugee.
Ram Jethmalani, born 14 September 1923) is an Indian lawyer and politician. He has served in various posts such as Union Law Minister and Chairman of Bar Associations. He has represented a sweep of cases from the high-profile to the controversial for which he has often faced severe criticism. He is the highest paid Indian lawyer.
In 1971, Ram Jethmalani contested as an independent candidate from Ulhasnagar supported both by the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Jan Sangh but he lost the elections.
Following his criticism of the Emergency period and then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, he was forced to flee to Canada from where he returned 10 months after the Emergency was called off. Whle in canada, his candidature was filed from Bombay North-West constituency and he went on to win the election and retained the seat in the 1980 general elections which he lost to Sunil Dutt of the Indian National Congress in 1985.
In the 1977 general elections after the Emergency, he ousted the serving Law Minister H.R. Gokhale from Bombay in the Lok Sabha Elections and began his political career as a Parliamentarian. However, he was not appointed as law minister immediately.
He was elected a member of parliament in 6th and 7th Lok Sabha on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket from Mumbai. He has served as Law Minister of India and also as Minister of Urban Development during the Prime Ministership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee against whom he later on contested the general elections in 2004 from Lucknow. However, in 2010 he came back to BJP and was elected to Rajya Sabha on its ticket from Rajasthan.
Known primarily as a criminal lawyer, he has appeared in many high profile cases including the defence of Harshad Mehta and Ketan Parekh, a number of gangsters and smugglers, Afzal Guru. He also represented Manu Sharma, the prime accused in the Jessica Lall murder case, but failed to get him acquitted.
Some cases which he has taken up are:
1. Defence of Rajiv Gandhi's killers in Madras High Court in 2011.
2. Defence of Indira Gandhi's killers
3. Harshad Mehta and Ketan Parekh's defence in stock market scam
4. Underworld don Haji Mastan
5. Defended death sentence of Afzal Guru
6. L K Advani's defence in Hawala Scam
7. Manu Sharma's defence in Jessica Lall murder case
8. Amit Shah's (Gujarat's former Minister of State for Home) defence in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.
9. Amit Jogi's defence (son of Ajit Jogi) in the case of Ramavatar Jaggi murder case.
10. Kanimozhi's defence in Spectrum 2G case
11. Yeddyurappa's case on illegal mining scam
|2012-11-03||Police trash Mankhurd home inmates rape claim|
Police trash Mankhurd home inmate’s rape claim
S Ahmed Ali | TNN | Nov 3, 2012, 03.34 AM IST
MUMBAI: The Mumbai crime branch, probing into the alleged sexual abuse of women at the state-run Navjivan Mahila Vastigrah in Mankhurd said it is unlikely that armed men raped the inmates on the premises.
The crime branch on Friday arrived at the conclusion after recording the statements of around 100 inmates. According to sources, the police jotted down the statements of NGO representatives, wardens, vendors and 13 inmates who had fled from the home.
"Nobody has mentioned any incident of sexual assault. We have completed recording the statements of everyone and are waiting to trace the inmate who claimed to have witnessed the sexual assault," said a police officer. The police claimed that the eyewitness is a bar dancer from Bangladesh and was nabbed by the Ulhasnagar police under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA).
CM Prithviraj Chavan ordered an inquiry into the alleged sexual abuse at the rescue home this week.