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November-2015 News & Updates from the City of Ulhasnagar/Sindhunagar, Maharashtra, India. Ulhasnagar City News indexed across timeline for easy retrieval.

2015-11-30Virar-Alibaug corridor work drags on - The Asian Age
Virar-Alibaug corridor work drags on Nov 30, 2015 - Mehul R. Thakkar | mumbai In order to develop new townships Urban Development Department (UDD) of the state had planned 126 km Virar-Alibaug mumltimodal corridor back in 2010. The project, to be executed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) exists only on paper till date. The deadline for the 76 km long phase-1 from Navghar in Virar to Chirner (JNPT) of the project was decided as 2014 in 2010, and was later extended up to 2017, but still as the work on the stretch has not started, MMRDA now feels the phase-1 will be ready for public use only by 2021. The project once completed will help people traveling to Alibaug from Virar to reach in 75 minutes. The 126 km corridor will have eight lanes and will connect NH8 (Ahmedabad), NH3 (Agra-Delhi), NH4 (Pune-Bangalore), NH4 B (JNPT) and the Mumbai Pune Expressway. The corridor is 30 metre wide with a metro corridor planned in the middle, four lanes for Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and other four-lanes for normal traffic. A senior MMRDA official on condition of anonymity, said, We are facing problems while acquiring land for the project as there are locals from the villages who are protesting against giving their land for the project. Also, there are obstacles from the environment and forest department when it comes to getting clearances from them for the corridor. He further added, We are now anticipating that the work for phase-1 will start by 2017, and will be ready for public use by 2021. However, there are no plans about the phase-2 from Chriner to Alibaug is also having problems when it comes to acquiring land. Our priority is the phase-1 at the moment. The corridor will also pass through Panvel, Pen, Taloja, Uran, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, and Kalyan, which is expected to bring growth in these regions. According to another MMRDA official, the total cost of the 76 km phase-1 is also expected to increase from Rs 9,000 crore to Rs 11,000 crore and cost of the Rs 3,500 crore phase-2 is also expected to increase. Also, the metro corridor and the BRTS scheme cannot be constructed now, as he said there would be no ridership for the same. Only after townships are developed near the metro corridor will they be able to get ridership, he added. The MMRDA is also planning to have dedicated bicycle lanes because it wants more people to use bicycles.Meanwhile, Sanjay Khandare, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA, said, We are in the process of acquiring land for phase-1 and we soon expect the work to be started for the same.
2015-11-30Shopowners in Ulhasnagar meet civic chief - Times of India
Shopowners in Ulhasnagar meet civic chief Nov 30, 2015, 23:39 IST Ulhasnagar: A delegation of shop owners, whose establishments are going to be destroyed as the government has decided to widen state highway 35 to 100 feet, met Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation commissioner Manohar Hire on Monday evening, demanding that the road be widened only upto 80 feet. The delegation, led by former MLA Kumar Ailani and SAI party's chief Jeevan Idnani, also demanded that alternative space be provided to the demolished shops' owners if the government goes ahead with its plan. "Presently, the road is 60 feet wide. If it is widened up to 100 feet, then over 800 shopkeepers will lose their livelihood," said Kumar Ailani. The MMRDA, which has undertaken the road widening work from Kalyan to Karjat, has completed most portions. Work is pending only in the Ulhasnagar city stretch as they are faced with protests by locals.
2015-11-30Mr Musliar, here she is — a woman cardiac surgeon, the likes of whom don't ... - Firstpost
Mr Musliar, here she is a woman cardiac surgeon, the likes of whom don't exist for you Nov 30, 2015 18:44 IST Aboobacker Musliar cardiac surgeons Hospitals How This Works KEM Hospital Kerala Public health Sunni leader By Dr Ratna MagotraI write this on behalf of many women cardiac surgeons practicing in India and abroad. Our existence was denied a few days back by a Kerala-based Sunni leader A P Aboobacker Musliar when he questioned if there was even a single woman among the thousands of cardiac surgeons. I personally feel that it does not matter at all even if Musliar's statement was true and there is no woman cardiac surgeon. It does not upset me for it does not diminish a woman in any way. But I am definitely incensed that he thinks women are fit only for delivering babies! This is regressive and most offensive and I am glad that so many Muslim leaders and scholars have panned the Maulana. Such irresponsible statements have become so common that the first reaction is to ignore such people and not put their ignorance on a premium. Well wishers and friends, however, demand that the record should be set straight on such misleading statements. Dr Ratna Magotra There are many women cardiac surgeons in India and indeed in the world. I have been a member of Women in Cardiac Surgery , a forum at the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons (AATS) that used to meet on the sidelines of the AATS annual conferences. I studied for my MBBS degree at the Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi, where women headed most of the surgery departments. My professional career after post-graduation in General Surgery and Cardio-Thoracic surgery involved practice in highly competitive and specialized field of cardio-thoracic surgery in large teaching hospitals like Nair and KEM hospitals in Mumbai. The patients who came to these hospitals from all over the country and neighboring countries never showed any discomfort for being operated upon by a woman, contrary to what Mr. Aboobacker may like to believe. They trusted the competence as well as the compassionate hands of women cardiac surgeons. It may also surprise the Maulana that many years back, a revered Peer Saheb from Lucknow came to KEM hospital for his bypass surgery. While I was a little apprehensive, seeing the big retinue that accompanied him, he seemed to have no such worry. He and his followers showed their gratitude by showering me with rose petals after the successful operation! I was indeed touched by his love and respect and the fact that he did not have a trace of any bias against women. I have also had the pleasure of training many men and women in the specialty.There are distinguished women colleagues in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and elsewhere who have worked and performed with distinction in the demanding specialty of cardio-thoracic surgery. Maulana Aboobacker may be shocked to know that there are Muslim women cardiac surgeons who I mention with great pride if only to expose his ignorance and arrogance. I had a colleague from Turkey training with me at the Guys hospital, London way back in 1982; I met another young woman from Saudi Arabia who was training at the Boston Children Hospital to become a pediatric cardiac surgeon! Recently my colleague, Dr. Vivek Jawli from Bengaluru lauded Dr. Nemam Ghafouri, a, Kurdish heart surgeon who had trained in Switzerland and was training with him in Beating heart bypass surgery. She has since gone back to Kurdistan to realize her dream of building a heart centre for her people.It is perhaps the right time that Musliar and others of his ilk get educated to shed their prejudices. Women should be left alone and unshackled to pursue their dreams.Dr. Ratna Magotra is former Professor and Chief Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, KEM Hospital, Mumbai. She's currently Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Smt. S R Mehta Sir K P Cardiac Institute.
Mr Musliar, here she is — a woman cardiac surgeon, the likes of whom don
2015-11-30'It was a massive challenge, but we have managed it well' - Mumbai Mirror
It was a massive challenge, but we have managed it well By Yogesh Naik, Mumbai Mirror | Dec 1, 2015, 02.37 AM IST Monday. Sanctioned after 26/11 attacks, it had been gathering so far. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) KP Bakshi on the delays in implementation of the CCTV camera network and the challenges faced by the authorities. The project to install CCTV cameras in the city was announced after the 2008 attacks. Even now, only the first phase has been completed. What went wrong? The first expression of interest was called in July 2011, and seven bidders were shortlisted. The first tender was floated in January 2012, but the firm whose bid had been accepted was blacklisted by the consortium partner. In September 2012, the second tender was floated, but this time around, the winning firm failed to deposit a bank guarantee and we had to cancel the tender. The third tender was called in November 2013, and it received no response. The fourth was issued in July 2014, and Larsen Toubro bagged the contract. The company took a year-and-a half to install around 1,300 cameras in south Mumbai. Are you happy with the pace of the project? Yes, we have done a good job, considering the challenges. It's not like you wake up one day and go about installing cameras. We are not talking about a building or a mansion. The main challenge was the digging during monsoon. All digging has to stop by May 31, but BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta agreed to extend the deadline till June 30. The officials from Larsen & Toubro had to approach the wards separately for permissions to install the cameras many ward officials did not understand the project and I had to step in. We had to coordinate with the BEST and recharging the cameras was another great challenge. The number of cameras in the first phase increased from 1,200 to 1,381 because, as per the high court's request, additional 63 cameras were installed in the sessions court. Additional cameras were also installed at the Mumbai Port Trust and the Girgaum Chowpatty. Phase one of the project has been launched but there are reports that you don't have the trained staff to monitor the control room People will be trained on the job, it (training) is a part of the contract. As and when cameras will be connected to the control room, training will be imparted. People have to be taught in batches. At the moment, one will find that many people are fiddling with the equipment, and may not be knowing much about the technical aspect. People have to been trained in zooming and tilting the cameras, viewing particular areas, retrieving images, storage, etc. Why has Mumbai been sanctioned only 20 high-end thermal cameras? Because the city doesn't need them. Thermal cameras have been installed in the coastal areas. These are required to monitor ships and boat during the night. Why are airports and railway stations not part of this project? Because they have their own system. The system is designed such that any establishment, public or private, can connect to our surveillance network. These systems can use their own surveillance system, or request us to provide them and pay the government for the same. I am the chairman of the anti-hijacking committee and the security at the airport is my concern. I will take up the matter (of bringing the airports under the surveillance network). What are the plans for the satellite cities? In Thane, there is CCTV surveillance on the Eastern Express Highway. I was in Thane last week and told the municipal commissioner and the police commissioner to extend the network to all of Thane. There are plans to cover Kalyan-Dombivili, Mira-Bhayandar, Vasai-Virar, and Ulhasnagar. MOST SPIED-ON CITIES BEIJING Beijing has one of the largest CCTV surveillance networks around 4 lakh cameras in the world. Police say they have covered every corner of the city with cameras under the 'Project Sky Eye' programme. Markets, public transport facilities and parks are also covered. Cameras are also placed on top of taxis and mobile surveillance vehicles. So far this year, video footage has helped Beijing authorities solve over 1,500 cases. According to one estimate, China has 100 million surveillance cameras. LONDON There are 5.9 million cameras in Britain, which has one of the world's most comprehensive surveillance networks. Many of the cameras are privately owned. London, often described as the most spied-on city in the world, expanded its network after the 2005 bombings. The system is often called 'Ring of Steel'. In 2011, Transport for London said it was planning to spend between 20 million and £60 million on improving its CCTV capability. London Tube has 13,000 cameras, with an average of 52 cameras per station, according to a report. Motorists who drive through the Congestion Charge zone in central London are identified by 700 cameras installed across the section. The cameras take close-up pictures of vehicles' number plates, and the data is sent to an automatic number-plate recognition system, mashable.com reported. There are varying statistics on the total number of cameras in London. CHICAGO It was one of the first American cities to put in place a monitoring system to tackle crime and improve security. In 2003, Chicago police launched a programme to install cameras in high-crime areas. The cameras can rotate 360 degrees and switch to a night-vision mode at night. In 2006, Operation Virtual Shield linked cameras to a central system. Cameras were also upgraded and they have facial recognition and automatic tracking features. By next year, authorities plan to have a camera at every corner of Chicago. According to one estimate, there are 22,000 government or police cameras in the city. The data from the devices is wirelessly transmitted to Chicago Crime Prevention Center, which can remotely control any camera. NEW YORK After the 9/11 attacks, major American cities started making extensive use of security cameras. The New York Police Department (NYPD) can access feed of roughly 6,000 street cameras, two-thirds of which are privately owned, according to the New York Daily News. There are another 7,000 in public housing and over 4,000 in the city's subway stations. The New York Civil Liberties Union has documented nearly 2,400 surveillance cameras at public spaces in Manhattan. New York's network was initially modelled after London's so-called 'Ring of Steel' programme. NYPD has also installed more license plate readers, which capture photographs of every single car that enters or leaves the city. Many cameras are equipped with video analytics software that can detect certain suspicious activities, like unattended packages or a car that circles a certain area repeatedly, Reuters reported. NYPD has also begun incorporating hundreds of so-called VIPER cameras installed at public housing complexes into a central system. The devices can pan, tilt and zoom, and can be operated remotely, according to Reuters. HOUSTON The city of 2.19 million people has spent over $18 million of federal funds to build its surveillance system. Most of Houston's public areas are covered by CCTV cameras. University of Houston has about 1,000 cameras, according to the Houston Chronicle.
2015-11-30Maharashtra echoes NGT, orders Rs 100cr fund for clean-up of Ulhas, Waldhuni ... - Times of India
Maharashtra echoes NGT, orders Rs 100cr fund for clean-up of Ulhas, Waldhuni rivers Clara Lewis,TNN Dec 1, 2015, 12.59 AM IST Mumbai: Against odds, the Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers look set to be cleaned up. In possibly the first such step, the state government has directed four local self-government bodies, besides the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and the operators of the Dombivli and Ambernath common effluent treatment plants (CETP), to create a special escrow account and deposit Rs 100crore for the restitution and restoration of the two polluted rivers. The local bodies include the Kalyan-Dombivli and Ulhasnagar municipal corporations, and the Ambernath and Kulgaon municipal councils. The state order, echoing that of the July orders of the National Green Tribunal, Pune bench, comes even though the government agencies and local bodies had obtained a stay on the order. The state urban development department in a government resolution (GR) issued on Monday has directed the setting up of the escrow account under the supervision of the Konkan divisional commissioner. It made it clear the money to be deposited will be drawn from the funds of the local bodies. "For this purpose, they should not approach the government for grants," states the GR. In August this year, the four local bodies, along with Dombivali Better Environment (representing the industries in the area), had obtained a stay from Bombay high court against depositing Rs 100 crore cumulatively by the various state and municipal authorities and other agencies in the escrow account. With the HC stay operational, the GR may be brought to the notice of the court before it is implemented, said legal experts. The local bodies can, if they choose, to challenge the new GR. This July, the NGT had ordered the various authorities to deposit the money with the divisional commissioner in a special escrow account within six weeks. It directed the divisional commissioner to use the money for implementation of a scientific programme for cleaning of the rivers, ensure no further riverine pollution, and take other restorative measures like removal of sludge, and beautification of the banks to protect against unauthorized dumping of waste and effluents in the Waldhuni and Ulhas estuary. All the works were to be completed in 18 months, the order said.
2015-11-30Shopowners in Ulhasnagar meet civic chief | Mumbai NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Shopowners in Ulhasnagar meet civic chief Nov 30, 2015, 23:39 IST Ulhasnagar: A delegation of shop owners, whose establishments are going to be destroyed as the government has decided to widen state highway 35 to 100 feet, met Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation commissioner Manohar Hire on Monday evening, demanding that the road be widened only upto 80 feet. The delegation, led by former MLA Kumar Ailani and SAI party's chief Jeevan Idnani, also demanded that alternative space be provided to the demolished shops' owners if the government goes ahead with its plan. "Presently, the road is 60 feet wide. If it is widened up to 100 feet, then over 800 shopkeepers will lose their livelihood," said Kumar Ailani. The MMRDA, which has undertaken the road widening work from Kalyan to Karjat, has completed most portions. Work is pending only in the Ulhasnagar city stretch as they are faced with protests by locals.
2015-11-30Shopowners in Ulhasnagar meet civic chief - Times of India
Shopowners in Ulhasnagar meet civic chiefA delegation of shop owners, whose establishments are going to be destroyed as the government has decided to widen state highway 35 to 100 feet, met Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation commissioner Manohar Hire on Monday evening, demanding that the road be widened only upto 80 feet.TNN | Nov 30, 2015, 11.39 PM ISTUlhasnagar: A delegation of shop owners, whose establishments are going to be destroyed as the government has decided to widen state highway 35 to 100 feet, met Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation commissioner Manohar Hire on Monday evening, demanding that the road be widened only upto 80 feet. The delegation, led by former MLA Kumar Ailani and SAI party's chief Jeevan Idnani, also demanded that alternative space be provided to the demolished shops' owners if the government goes ahead with its plan. "Presently, the road is 60 feet wide. If it is widened up to 100 feet, then over 800 shopkeepers will lose their livelihood," said Kumar Ailani. The MMRDA, which has undertaken the road widening work from Kalyan to Karjat, has completed most portions. Work is pending only in the Ulhasnagar city stretch as they are faced with protests by locals. RELATEDFrom around the webMore from The Times of IndiaRecommended By Colombia From Around the WebMore From The Times of IndiaRecommended By Colombia CommentsCharacters Remaining: 3000OR PROCEED WITHOUT REGISTRATIONShare on TwitterSIGN IN WITHFacebookGoogleEmailRefrain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks, name calling or inciting hatred against any community. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by marking them offensive. Let's work together to keep the conversation civil.XSort By:Up VotedNewestOldestDiscussedDown VotedBe the first one to review.We have sent you a verification email. 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2015-11-29How do Indian employees find their work-life balance? - Daily News & Analysis
How do Indian employees find their work-life balance? Sunday, 29 November 2015 - 7:35am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna | From the print edition Marisha Karwa Employees in India have among the longest work weeks across the world. And technology that makes us omnipresent and accessible means that boundaries between work and leisure are gradually blurring. Does that mean we need stronger measures to achieve work-life balance, poses Marisha Karwa When she was a teacher, my mother spent up to 10 hours away from home each day. After rushing through her household chores every morning, she'd make a dash for the local train on which she'd spend up to four hours commuting back and forth from our home in suburban Khar to her school in distant Ulhasnagar in the neighbouring Thane district. Although stressed about missing her train, once perched on a hard, wooden seat, she'd dedicate time to her hobby embroidery. That was how she achieved work-life balance until then an unheard of phrase that has become the bane of human resource managers the world over in the last decade or so. Fortunately for my mother, retirement brought with it a flush of time time that she now uses to meditate, to do pranayam, to swim, to exercise, to teach English to the maid's kids, to post photos on Facebook and to watch movies and television. While my mother's predicament was by no means unique thousands spend long hours in excruciating conditions to reach their workplaces everyday in cities across India even today our generation is hardly any better off when it comes to having disposable time to indulge in after hours activities. As workers across industries put in between 9-12 hour work days, take calls at the dinner table and work from home on weekends, the fatter pay cheques somehow donx't seem justifiable compared to the stress and hassle-free lives of the earlier generation. And with the constant pressure to be available to reporting managers at all times, it is questionable how productive we really are. The productivity debate is what prompted organisations in Sweden to switch to six-hour work days last month, allowing employees more time with family or to engage in other activities. Would a similar drive mean better work-life balance in India? What works well in one country might not in another, says Sheen Sunny Akkara, executive director of human resources at Nielsen India, which employs more than 3,000 people. A legislation might work better than an organisational policy for such radical transformation. A spokesperson for Hindustan Unilever (HUL), a mammoth FMCG organisation that employs nearly 18,000 people, says that finding balance starts with each employee identifying his/her big rocks i.e. the non-negotiable in our lives family, health, career, societal contribution, etc and how one makes these big rocks co-exist. HUL's approach in enabling this, says the spokesperson, is to work with these life needs by allowing flexible timings, flexible office locations to work from, career breaks ranging from 6 months to 5 years and a second careers program. What matters, says Milind Apte, chief people officer at Godrej Properties, is a stress-free transition from the personal to the professional. Its not about X number of hours spent at work or at home or the number of leaves its about having the flexibility to be where one needs to be when required, says Apte. While agreeing that stretched working hours have become all too common a norm and even a habit for many, Apte points out that Godrej's policies cater to employees of three different generations Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y. So apart from flexible hours and work-from-home options, for the younger employees, Godrej Properties supports employees who want to take time off work and participate in the Teach for India campaign. We also have a Brighter Giving initiative where we help employees who want to contribute to society, find a cause that can benefit from their skills. Apte's colleague and head of group human resources and corporate services at Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies Sumit Mitra feels that there is no one-size that fits all. We don't subscribe to following strict working hours, says Mitra. We believe that if stretch goals are met, then there is no need to regulate working hours. We have sufficient flexibility built into our policies to enable our team members to thrive at work. So for instance, he points out, that Godrej has altered its leave policies. Sick leave is now uncapped and trust-based because we don't believe that you can put a number to falling ill. Godrejites can avail of it on a need to basis, says Mitra adding that when employees apply for leave, then weekends and official holidays that fall during the period of leave applied for are not counted as leave. We strongly encourage our team members to explore their whole selves because we believe that passionate and rounded individuals make for better team members. But Akkara points out that Indians are very bad leave-users due to the perception of people who do not take leave as hard-workers. A cultural mind shift will help drive work and personal efficiency, multi-tasking and the ability to say no as part of India work ethos. He says that fewer work days create time pressure to make employees more productive. It is similar to the concept of shorter formats of cricket bringing out the best from players who think out of the box to score runs and take wickets, thereby pushing the limits of scoring records. However, we also need to be wary of the client organisations we work with and adapt and staff accordingly.
2015-11-29Fadnavis assures to solve rehabilitation issue of Barvi Dam PAP - Business Standard (press release) (registration) (blog)
Fadnavis assures to solve rehabilitation issue of Barvi Dam PAP Press Trust of India Thane Nov 29, 2015 03:32 PM IST Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured to find an answer to the long-pending issue of rehabilitation of the project-affected persons (PAP) of the Barvi dam in Badlapur here. Fadnavis met Murbad MLA Kisan Kathore on his visit to the district on Friday who apprised him of the need to resolve the issue on priority. The Chief Minister said he would convene a meeting of Commissioners and Mayors of the civic bodies and the senior officials of departments concerned in this regard. The height of the Barvi dam was increased from 38.10 metres to 66.50 metres in 1999. The proposed move to raise this further to 72 m hit a roadblock due to opposition from villagers. Around 750 residents of the six villages around the dam would be displaced in accordance with the plan. They have pressed for their demand of a government job to one member of each family, besides monetary compensation. Kathore said that each of the beneficiary civic bodies can give employment to the affected families. Some of them could be employed by the MIDC and other government departments. This needs to be sorted out on priority basis, he added. State Industries Minister Subhash Desai, too, visited the dam site on Friday and chaired a meeting with some of the project-affected villagers, Ambernath MLA Dr Balaji Kinikar, and MIDC CEO Bhushan Gagrani. He assured to take up the matter with the Chief Minister. The dam, which was constructed in 1972, supplies water to Thane and surrounding areas. The storage capacity of the dam, which originally stood at 122.58 MCM and was later increased to 174 MCM, is to be raised to 347 MCM, Kathore said. Kathore informed the Chief Minister that the dam would fulfill the drinking water requirement of the civic corporations of Thane, Bhiwandi, Mira-Bhayander, Ulhasnagar, Navi Mumbai, etc. These cities are already facing water cuts and the water shortage issue is sure to escalate if the problem is not solved at the earliest, he said.
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2015-11-28Former babu fights back even after retirement - Mid-Day
Former babu fights back even after retirement By Dharmendra Jore |Posted 2 hours Nand Lal Gupta, an IAS officer, has had many run-ins with politicians in his long career; he has been fighting for his dues from the government since 2006 Former state election commissioner Nand Lal Gupta has successfully fought several memorable battles against politicians in his bureaucratic career. However, he has not been so lucky when it comes to engaging officers of the elite Indian Administrative Service, of which he was a member until some years ago. Nand Lal Gupta says that the fight is not about money, but about receiving justice. Gupta is fighting a long-drawn-out battle for getting his dues (allowances and perks) from the government, since 2006. The officer was denied benefits after he was sent to jail in 2008 for defying the legislature’s orders, but the payment was released only after the governor's directives to the state in 2012. The retired bureaucrat is infuriated that he has not been paid additional pension (for serving as state election commissioner), leave travel allowance and interest on delayed payments. In a series of letters to Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya, Gupta has asked for permission to prosecute Additional Chief Secretary (protocol, general administration department) Sumit Mullick for deliberating denying him dues. He has alleged that Mullick has violated constitutional norms. The officer, who served Maharashtra as state election commissioner till 2009, has been writing letters to the government and governor, seeking his dues which were withheld following a tussle with ex-CM Vilasrao Deshmukh, which saw the officer getting a two-day prison sentence on the charges of breaching privilege of the state legislature in March 27, 2008. In a dramatic development, Gupta was arrested from the state election commissioner's office and sent to the city jail when the legislative session was on. Fight for justiceIn his recent letter, which the chief secretary's office received on November 2, 2015, Gupta has reiterated his demand, citing constitutional provisions in his favour. The letter, a copy of which is available with mid-day, has Kshatriya's remarks he wants the Protocol department to place the facts before him. Its not all about money. I have enough resources to run my family. But its about fighting for justice. My father had told me that one must not allow highhandedness and suffer injustice, especially when one is upright, Gupta told mid-day. Gupta said that the bureaucrats (his juniors in the IAS) have not been responsive. Sumit Mullick has arbitrarily and mischievously done this due to malice against me, writes Gupta in his letter to the CS. He said that in his previous letters, he had asked for permission to prosecute Mullick for meting out injustice to him. The government doesn't even acknowledge my letters, he says. Mullick said that Gupta's case was very old and he needed to study it thoroughly. I know that the dues have been paid, but I will have to seek more information about demands that Gupta has raised, he said, refusing to comment on the allegations made by the retired bureaucrat. In 2012, the then governor had directed the government to release Gupta's dues. He was paid R3 lakh then. From February 2007, I, as state election commissioner, was entitled to similar benefits given to high court judges. Some of my payments were cut in violation of rules and I have not been paid pension with an additional component, to which I'm entitled after serving as SEC, he says. Who is Nand Lal Gupta?An officer of the 1969 batch of IAS, Gupta was sidelined by the government after he unearthed major scams in his earlier postings in the revenue and forest departments. He had accused then CM Vilasrao Deshmukh of denying him the chief secretary's post in 2004-2005 and sending him to the state election commissioner's office. Incidentally, Deshmukh had got Gupta to probe several scams, but the officer wasn't happy because his probe reports were never acted upon. Deshmukh's government also sent Gupta to jail on the charges of breaching privilege of the legislature. The officer had refused to appear before a committee of legislators, before being jailed. Gupta had investigated scams in Ulhasnagar, Nagpur and Raigad districts. Following the Raigad probe, he was transferred to an obscure post of planning commissioner. In his July 3, 1999 report on unauthorised constructions in Ulhasnagar, Gupta named 54 corporators, 36 civic officials and politicians for causing financial losses to the Thane Municipal Corporation from 1987 to 1996 by allowing illegal construction. He unearthed a scam in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation where illegal procurement of sport equipment was reported. The government had suspended and arrested 101 corporators.
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2015-11-28Former state election commissioner fights back even after retirement - Mid-Day
Former state election commissioner fights back even after retirement By Dharmendra Jore |Posted 28-Nov-2015 Nand Lal Gupta, an IAS officer, has had many run-ins with politicians in his long career; he has been fighting for his dues from the government since 2006 Former state election commissioner Nand Lal Gupta has successfully fought several memorable battles against politicians in his bureaucratic career. However, he has not been so lucky when it comes to engaging officers of the elite Indian Administrative Service, of which he was a member until some years ago. Nand Lal Gupta says that the fight is not about money, but about receiving justice Gupta is fighting a long-drawn-out battle for getting his dues (allowances and perks) from the government, since 2006. The officer was denied benefits after he was sent to jail in 2008 for defying the legislature's orders, but the payment was released only after the governor's directives to the state in 2012. The retired bureaucrat is infuriated that he has not been paid additional pension (for serving as state election commissioner), leave travel allowance and interest on delayed payments. In a series of letters to Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya, Gupta has asked for permission to prosecute Additional Chief Secretary (protocol, general administration department) Sumit Mullick for deliberating denying him dues. He has alleged that Mullick has violated constitutional norms. The officer, who served Maharashtra as state election commissioner till 2009, has been writing letters to the government and governor, seeking his dues which were withheld following a tussle with ex-CM Vilasrao Deshmukh, which saw the officer getting a two-day prison sentence on the charges of breaching privilege of the state legislature in March 27, 2008. In a dramatic development, Gupta was arrested from the state election commissioner's office and sent to the city jail when the legislative session was on. Fight for justiceIn his recent letter, which the chief secretary's office received on November 2, 2015, Gupta has reiterated his demand, citing constitutional provisions in his favour. The letter, a copy of which is available with mid-day, has Kshatriya's remarks he wants the Protocol department to place the facts before him. Its not all about money. I have enough resources to run my family. But its about fighting for justice. My father had told me that one must not allow highhandedness and suffer injustice, especially when one is upright, Gupta told mid-day. Gupta said that the bureaucrats (his juniors in the IAS) have not been responsive. Sumit Mullick has arbitrarily and mischievously done this due to malice against me, writes Gupta in his letter to the CS. He said that in his previous letters, he had asked for permission to prosecute Mullick for meting out injustice to him. The government doesn't even acknowledge my letters, he says. Mullick said that Gupta's case was very old and he needed to study it thoroughly. I know that the dues have been paid, but I will have to seek more information about demands that Gupta has raised, he said, refusing to comment on the allegations made by the retired bureaucrat. In 2012, the then governor had directed the government to release Gupta's dues. He was paid R3 lakh then. From February 2007, I, as state election commissioner, was entitled to similar benefits given to high court judges. Some of my payments were cut in violation of rules and I have not been paid pension with an additional component, to which I'm entitled after serving as SEC, he says. Who is Nand Lal Gupta?An officer of the 1969 batch of IAS, Gupta was sidelined by the government after he unearthed major scams in his earlier postings in the revenue and forest departments. He had accused then CM Vilasrao Deshmukh of denying him the chief secretary's post in 2004-2005 and sending him to the state election commission's office. Incidentally, Deshmukh had got Gupta to probe several scams, but the officer wasn't happy because his probe reports were never acted upon. Deshmukh's government also sent Gupta to jail on the charges of breaching privilege of the legislature. The officer had refused to appear before a committee of legislators, before being jailed. Gupta had investigated scams in Ulhasnagar, Nagpur and Raigad districts. Following the Raigad probe, he was transferred to an obscure post of planning commissioner. In his July 3, 1999 report on unauthorised constructions in Ulhasnagar, Gupta named 54 corporators, 36 civic officials and politicians for causing financial losses to the Thane Municipal Corporation from 1987 to 1996 by allowing illegal construction. He unearthed a scam in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation where illegal procurement of sport equipment was reported. The government had suspended and arrested 101 corporators.
Former state election commissioner fights back even after retirement - Mid-Day
2015-11-27Body of 25-year-old bar girl found in Dahisar flat, cops suspect murder - Mid-Day
Body of 25-year-old bar girl found in Dahisar flat, cops suspect murder By A Correspondent |Posted 27-Nov-2015 A 25-year-old girl, who is believed to have been a bar girl, was found dead in her flat in north Mumbai's Dahisar area on Thursday night. Cops suspect that it's a case of murder since the flat was locked from outside and preliminary investigations reveal that the deceased was strangulated with her dupatta. Dahisar Police said that they got a call from the police control informing them that a body had been found in a closed flat. A team immediately reached the spot and found that the main gate of the house was locked from outside. The team broke down the door and found the body upon entering the flat. The girl's body was sent to Shatabdi Hospital for postmortem. The deceased has been identified as Parvin Sheikh (25), who had been living as a tenant in the Girja compound flat in Gurukrupa society since the last 6 months. The police suspect that her roommates a woman and a man, who have been absconding since the crime have committed the offence. During investigations, the police recovered Parvin Sheikh's aadhar card, which was used to identify her. According to the police, her Aadhar Card mentions an Ulhasnagar address. Police team visited the Ulhasnagar address also but it turned out to be fake. "Body of the deceased was lying on the floor while there was a duppatta was hanging from fan," commented an official. According to the postmortem report, the cause of the death is strangulation. Initially the police had registered ADR in this case but after the postmortem the police has filled a case under IPC section 302 against unknown persons. Further investigation in the case is on. Police is also searching male and female duo who are currently untraceable.
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2015-11-27With no proof, man cleared in rape case - Times of India
With no proof, man cleared in rape case Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Nov 28, 2015, 01.01 AM IST THANE: A 47-year-old sweeper from Ulhasnagar, accused of raping a mentally retarded woman in 2012, has been acquitted due to want of proof. Even the eye-witnesses had turned hostile. Uday Tiwari was allegedly caught raping the woman on the night of Christmas near Shahad Railway Bridge. She was rescued by a group of persons. However, the woman suddenly disappeared from a Thane hospital. In the court, the complainant and three others deposed but none spoke against the accused, which surprised the judge. Medical reports said the woman had habitual intercourse.
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2015-11-25Dog show at Dombivli raises funds for social causes - Daily News & Analysis
Dog show at Dombivli raises funds for social causes Wednesday, 25 November 2015 - 6:50am IST | Place: Dombivli | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh One of the places where one gets to see the love between canine and humans are dog show events. A similar event is being organised for the last six years in Dombivli, to raise funds for social causes. This year it was held on Sunday and more than 200 dogs of 25 breeds participated. The dog show was held at SV Joshi High School ground, Dombivli. In this show, 200 dogs, along with their owners, participated. This show aims to bring dog lovers and pet owners together, said Sudhir Yamgar, vice-president of Rotary Club of Dombivli. Breeds ranging from Afghan Hound, Siberian Husky, Newfoundland Labrador, Lhasa Apso, Doberman, Chihuahua, German Shephard, Rottweiler, Dachschund, Great Dane, Cocker Spaniel, among others, participated. The show began at 3pm and ended at 10pm. Marathi actor Ajinkya Dev attended the event, to promote his upcoming movie Shinma. Also, MLA Subhash Bhoir and 12 other corporators were present. The canines had to contest for various titles like most obedient, well-maintained giant breed, best dressed, and so on. The winner was St Bernard breed from Ulhasnagar, who won the title of king of the show, while a Chihuahua from Kalyan won the title of queen of the show, said Sachin Athavale, co-ordinator of the show. What is more endearing was that the event was held to raise funds for social causes. The entry fee is used to take up various causes. Like last year, we used the money to provide pure drinking water in a school in Dombivli rural area, added Yamgar. The money was utilised to set-up a borewell in a government school in Karanjod village of Dombivli. An RO pure water supply plant was set-up to purify the borewell water which is then used for drinking. This drinking water is not only used the by the school children, but the entire village now. We also monitor the functioning of the plant every three months, he said. And this year, the money collected from the dog show will be used for a children's library at Rambhau Mhalgi Udyan at Pendsenagar, Dombivli.
2015-11-24Two teens forced into child labour rescued - Daily News & Analysis
Two teens forced into child labour rescued Tuesday, 24 November 2015 - 8:10am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki Acting on a tip-off, the Kolshewadi police have rescued two teenagers who were forced into child labour on November 21. Three persons have been arrested. According to the police, the boys, aged 13 and 16, were rescued from Nitinraj restaurant and bar and Annapurna Shudh Shanti hotel in Kolshewadi. The accused have been identified as Rajan Harmohan Mahapatra, 34, manager of Nitinraj; Anant Balkrsihna Shete, 54, and Anusaya Vishwas Pavshe, who is in her 30s, of Annapurna. They are residents of Kalyan and a case has been registered under section 374 (unlawful compulsory labour) of the Indian Penal Code and under sections of the Child Protection Act, 2000. Cops said the rescued boys were forced to work for extra hours, but were paid less. They suspect that the boys were also tortured mentally and physically. They have been sent to child remand home in Ulhasnagar, said an officer.
2015-11-23Heavy rain lashes reservoir areas, increases city's stock of water - Times of India
Heavy rain lashes reservoir areas, increases city's stock of water Pradeep Gupta,TNN Nov 23, 2015, 11.49 PM IST Mumbai: For third consecutive day, heavy rain lashed Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath on Monday evening, adding to stock of lakes that supply water to Mumbai. The showers started at 7pm and were followed by drizzles. Shahapur, which has the most number of dams that supply water to Mumbai, also received rainfall. Modak Sagar Lake has received 10.40mm rainfall on November 22 and 23, Tansa 11.20mm, Bhatsa 5mm and Middle Vaitarna 9mm. The Barave dam area, between Badlapur and Murbad, which supplies water to Kalyan-Dombivli, Navi Mumbai and Thane, did not receive much rainfall. The maximum temperature, which till last week was hovering around 36C, on Monday dropped to 32.1C in Colaba and 33C in Santacruz.
2015-11-22RPF worried after robbers strike with impunity on CR - Times of India
RPF worried after robbers strike with impunity on CR Nitasha Natu,TNN Nov 23, 2015, 01.25 AM IST MUMBAI: Concerned with a sudden spike in robberies on Central Railway in the first fortnight of November, senior officials of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) went into a huddle this week. Six robberies had been reported, four on the suburban section and two in long-distance trains. In one of these instances, a woman commuter lost her fingers when she fell off a train while being robbed. "We have identified the exact locations and timings when these robberies occurred. Our anti-robbery squads are being revived," an RPF official said. Most of the robberies took place between 9pm and midnight. Officials said that Thane, Kalwa-Mumbra, Kurla-Dadar and Kalyan-Ulhasnagar belts were chronic robbery spots. Earlier this year, robberies had peaked in the Mumbai section of CR, but security agencies ramped up their efforts and gradually brought the numbers down. "There were 41 robberies reported in the Mumbai section in March. The number rose to 52 in July. We put 500 personnel on the job. Patrolling was increased, decoys were sent and a large number of arrests were made. The robberies reduced to 12 in October," said an official. On November 16, authorities hit the panic button when a commuter was robbed at gunpoint inside a local between Cotton Green and Reay Road stations. Besides a pistol, the robbers also brandished knives and made off with the commuter's cellphone and Rs 25,000 around 11.25pm. On November 8, a woman and her husband were boarding the general compartment of a local from Dadar when she felt someone tug at her shoulder bag. She lost her grip and fell off after the end of the platform, just as the train started to move. Caught under the wheels of the train, her fingers were amputated. The woman and her husband were in Mumbai for sightseeing just for a day and were to leave for another city. "Two robberies were reported on Rajya Rani Express and Pushpak Express in the first fortnight of November. Besides this, robbers made off with a handbag belonging to a commuter while he was glued to his cellphone in the general compartment between Vithalwadi and Kalyan stations. Another commuter sleeping at Ambivali station was robbed of his gold. As the RPF does not have powers to register cases under the Indian Penal Code, offenders caught by them have to be handed over to the GRP. "At times, a peculiar situation arises where the offender has been caught red-handed. The complainant demands that his valuables be returned immediately and shows no interest in lodging a complaint. In such instances, the GRP can't press charges. Indian Railways Act provisions can be invoked by us, if applicable, but the punishment is usually limited to a fine and is not a deterrant," said an RPF official.
2015-11-21Unexpected rainfall cools city, more thundershowers likely today - Times of India
Unexpected rainfall cools city, more thunder showers likely today TNN | Nov 22, 2015, 05.22 AM IST MUMBAI: Maximum temperatures in Mumbai saw a sudden drop following unexpected showers from Saturday afternoon. Neighbouring Thane and Navi Mumbai, too, witnessed light rainfall. Indian meteorological department (IMD) has forecast rain or thundershowers in the next 24 hours. Maximum temperatures in Colaba fell to 32.8 degrees Celsius on Saturday - 0.3 degree Celsius below normal - from 35.3 on Friday. Showers were first witnessed around 2.30pm in parts of Panvel and New Panvel followed by drizzling in Kharghar, Belapur, Nerul and Vashi. VK Rajeev from IMD Mumbai said this unexpected rainfall is on account of an easterly trough. "A low pressure area, extending till North Konkan, has formed over the city, which has led to these showers," said Rajeev, adding that such activity is not unusual for November. This is the second time since 2011 that Mumbai has experienced showers in November.On November 15, 2014, 3.2mm of rainfall was recorded. IMD has also forecast thunderstorm and hailstorm activity in parts of Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada. In Thane, too, maximum temperatures dropped as it be gan to drizzle late in the afternoon and showers continued till evening, disrupting citizens' schedules. Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath saw heavy rainfall, which started around 4.30pm and continued till evening. Shahapur area that has most dams which supply water to Mumbai did not experience significant showers. On the other hand, Barave dam area, between Badlapur and Murbad, which suppli es to Kalyan-Dombivli, Navi Mumbai and Thane, got much rain. Many took to Twitter and Facebook and posted pictures of the sudden rain. Some were heard saying that just when they felt winter had arrived, rain seemed to have made a comeback. Mahendra Hemdev from Marine Drive Residents' Association said the weather turned very pleasant on Saturday. Nerul's A Chauhan said, "The sky was overcast in the morning, making for a rather sticky day, until it started to rain by late afternoon." Meanwhile, IMD Santacruz observatory, which had recorded a drop in minimum temperatures to 18.4 degree Celsius on Friday, saw them climb to 23.4 on Saturday morning, by which time it had got cloudy. Relative humidity in Colaba and Santacruz was 72% and 70%, respectively.
2015-11-21Unexpected rainfall cools city, more thundershowers likely today - Times of India
Unexpected rainfall cools city, more thundershowers likely today TNN | Nov 21, 2015, 11.07 PM IST Mumbai: Maximum temperatures in Mumbai saw a sudden drop following unexpected showers from Saturday afternoon. Neighbouring Thane and Navi Mumbai, too, witnessed light rainfall. Indian meteorological department (IMD) has forecast rain or thundershowers in the next 24 hours. Maximum temperatures in Colaba fell to 32.8 degrees Celsius on Saturday—0.3 degree Celsius below normal— from 35.3 on Friday. Showers were first witnessed around 2.30pm in parts of Panvel and New Panvel followed by drizzling in Kharghar, Belapur, Nerul and Vashi. V K Rajeev from IMD Mumbai said this unexpected rainfall is on account of an easterly trough. "A low pressure area, extending till North Konkan, has formed over the city, which has led to these showers," said Rajeev, adding that such activity is not unusual for November. This is the second time since 2011 that Mumbai has experienced showers in November. Last year, on November 15, 3.2mm of rainfall was recorded. IMD has also forecast thunderstorm and hailstorm activity in parts of Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada. In Thane, too, maximum temperatures dropped as it began to drizzle late in the afternoon and showers continued till evening, disrupting citizens' schedules. Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath saw heavy rainfall, which started around 4.30pm and continued till evening. Shahapur area that has most dams which supply water to Mumbai did not experience significant showers. On the other hand, Barave dam area, between Badlapur and Murbad, which supplies to Kalyan-Dombivli, Navi Mumbai and Thane, got much rain. Many took to Twitter and Facebook and posted pictures of the sudden rain. Some were heard saying that just when they felt winter had arrived, rain seemed to have made a comeback. Mahendra Hemdev from Marine Drive Residents' Association said the weather turned very pleasant on Saturday. Nerul's A Chauhan said, "The sky was overcast in the morning, making for a rather sticky day, until it started to rain by late afternoon." Meanwhile, IMD Santacruz observatory, which had recorded a drop in minimum temperatures to 18.4 degree Celsius on Friday, saw them climb to 23.4 on Saturday morning, by which time it had got cloudy. Relative humidity in Colaba and Santacruz was 72% and 70%, respectively.
2015-11-20Activists praise Ulhasnagar cops for lodging FIR in bull fighting case - Daily News & Analysis
Activists praise Ulhasnagar cops for lodging FIR in bull fighting case Friday, 20 November 2015 - 8:05am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Virat A Singh Animal rights activists protesting against bull fights, traditionally organised in villages as part of post-Diwali festivities, were full of praise for Ulhasnagar Hill Line police officers on Thursday after they came to know that the cops themselves had registered a suo motto FIR against organisers of one such fight in Bhalgaon village near Kalyan. The police received information about a bull fight being organised on November 14, in which a villager was severely injured when one of the two fighting bulls attacked him. A video of the incident showed that as the two bulls were readied for a fight, one of them suddenly turned and attacked a local standing nearby. After initial investigation, an FIR was registered on Wednesday. Senior police inspector Mohan Waghmare said, No one from the village was ready to co-operate. So we decided to file an FIR suo motto against the organiser and participants of the festival. I asked one of the constables to be a complainant. Waghmare said the case has been registered under sections 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). I got to know about the bull fight and decided to file a complaint. I went to the Ulhasnagar Hill Line police station on Thursday and was surprised to find out that the cops had themselves registered a complaint, said Shakuntala Majumdar of Thane Society for Prevention of Cruelty against Animals (TSPCA). Majumdar said at several places, to ensure that the bulls were enraged enough to fight, they were kept in dark rooms for days, which made them disoriented. Sometimes they were kept hungry and fed alcohol. All this is cruelty. Many bulls gets severely injured during the fights. Drums are beaten and loud noise is created to make them angry. All this causes a lot of trauma, she said. Majumdar added that she has spoken with cops regarding the matter. We have decided that along with the cops, the activists will visit these villages to spread awareness and sensitise people about the issue.
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2015-11-20Woman cheats 36-year-old automobiles manager of Rs9 lakh - Daily News & Analysis
Woman cheats 36-year-old automobiles manager of Rs9 lakh Friday, 20 November 2015 - 7:40am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki A 26 year old woman was arrested for duping rupees 9 lakhs from an Auto mobile firm at Central police station in Ulhasnagar. The incident took place between three months from September to November till date. The accused is however arrested and will be produced in court today (November 19). The accused identity has been traced and is under the investigation. A case has been filed under section 408 (Criminal breach of trust by clerk or servant) of the Indian Penal Code. Reportedly, the accused Nitu Swapnil Sawant 26 year old is a resident of Badlapur and that she is working with the V.J Automobile private limited firm from past seven months. The accused is B.com pass and that after her certification check she was kept on the post of cashier. According to the incident it came to light when the firm manager / owner - Krushna kumar Ghanshamdas Varma 36 years old was going through the audit report when he saw that there few items which are being sale but no recorded and also the amount is not deposited in the bank. However the amount which is to be deposited in the three months was 34,29,307 rupees and where as the accused had deposited only 24,31,690 rupees. The remaining amount that is 9,97,617 rupees was kept for her own self by the accused. A R Bhise investigation officer from Central police station says that, We have arrested the accused and that she is graduate to which we will produce her in court today. The motive behind keeping such hefty amount is still not known of which further investigation is on. The woman is a married and that she is from a good family too. Yet no money has been recoverd.
2015-11-17Daytime noise levels during Diwali were high, says Maharashtra Pollution ... - Daily News & Analysis
Daytime noise levels during Diwali were high, says Maharashtra Pollution Control Board Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 7:05am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) on Monday said that noise levels in the daytime during Diwali was very high. However, experts say that this may have been due to the addition of the traffic noise as the levels were recorded mostly at busy places. The MPCB monitored Ambient Noise Levels at 158 different locations of all 26 corporations in the state. The survey was conducted for three days from November 11 to 13 for 24 hours, as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) protocol. According to SC Kollur, scientific officer at MPCB, day time noise levels at south Mumbai and western suburbs have shown an increasing trend as compared to 2014 monitoring levels. However, the eastern suburbs showed a mixed trend. Other suburbs, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar have shown a decline of decibel levels during the daytime in the festival period. The Equivalent Continuous Sound Level (Leq) at the Nariman Point area during the daytime on November 11 was 80.9 decibels, while during the night-time it was 67.6 decibels. Similarly, 83.2 dB noise level at Shivaji Park area of Dadar during day time dropped to 66.8 dB during night-time. The board also conducted Ambient Air Quality at selected locations in Maharashtra. The real time Air Quality data for Mumbai, Pune, Solapur and Chandrapur cities indicates a sudden rise of Particulate Matter (PM10, PM2.5) due to bursting of firecrackers. According to Sumaira Abdulali, convener of Awaaz Foundation in Mumbai, the noise levels at night time have declined at most locations, which was noted even in the NGO's data of noise level monitoring. Ambient Noise Levels The MPCB monitored Ambient Noise Levels at 158 different locations of all 26 corporations in the state. The survey was conducted for three days from November 11 to 13 for 24 hours, as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) protocol.
2015-11-17Maharashtra Pollution Board says daytime noise levels were high during Diwali - I am in dna of India
Maharashtra Pollution Board says daytime noise levels were high during Diwali Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 2:29pm IST Team Iamin.in Bhandup most polluted on Diwali day as air quality suffers in Mumbai The data recorded by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) shows that the noise levels in the daytime during Diwali was high compared to the nights. The survey was conducted for three days from November 11 to 13 for 24 hours, as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) protocol.As per the data, noise pollution was lower compared to last year while the air pollution levels shot up considerably. MPCB monitored Ambient Noise Levels at 158 different locations of all 26 corporations in the state. This year as per the MPCB, the eastern suburbs showed a mixed trend. Other suburbs, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar have shown a decline of decibel levels during the daytime in the festival period. The day time noise levels at south Mumbai and western suburbs have shown an increasing trend as compared to 2014. The board also conducted Ambient Air Quality at selected locations in Maharashtra. The real time Air Quality data for Mumbai, Pune, Solapur and Chandrapur cities indicates a sudden rise of Particulate Matter (PM10, PM2.5) due to bursting of firecrackers. While MPCB said that the high noise levels in daytime can be due to an increase in background decibel levels which are caused due to heavy vehicular traffic, Trombay was recorded to be the noisiest area in the city and Matunga was recorded to have the least level of nois pollution around Diwali.
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2015-11-16Ulhasnagar cop under scanner after bar dancer cries harassment | Mumbai NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Ulhasnagar cop under scanner after bar dancer cries harassment NYOOOZ Mumbai Mon,16 Nov 2015 A sub- inspector from a police station in Ulhasnagar is facing departmental inquiry while his seven member team has been dissolved, following a complaint by a bar dancer to the Commissioner of Police in Thane alleging harassment. As per orders issued by senior authorities, the detection branch of Ulhasnagar central police station was dissolved and a departmental inquiry initiated against sub-inspector Ganeshwar Shete, who was second in command of the branch. The incident occurred a fortnight ago at Chandni bar in Ulhasnagar where the dancer, Nishad Khan, was a star performer. She refused Shete`s frequent advances, and he allegedly retaliated by approaching the bar owner and threatening to cancel its bars license. As a result, the owner Manoj Mirchandani and manager Vinod Pujari fired Khan, stating she was causing problems for their business. "Khan then approached the police and also sent a complaint to the Commissioner and Joint Commissioner, who then ordered an inquiry into the issue. Senior authorities dissolved the entire detection branch team and shunted them to a side branch" said a senior police officer. ACP Vikas Totewar from Thane police is the inquiry officer who will submit his report on the matter, after which disciplinary action can be initiated against Shete and those found guilty of misconduct. DCP Vasant Jadhav from Zone IV of thane police, however, said, "I haven`t received any such complaint from any bar girl about PSI Shete and the whole detection branch team was dissolved due to their non performance. I haven`t heard of any such incident." Shete, when contacted, said "I have raided several bars and it could be that someone is trying to defame me by making such allegations. I have never been involved in any such act. I am a victim of politics that is being played against me." ... . . . .
2015-11-16Ulhasnagar cop under scanner after bar dancer cries harassment - Mumbai Mirror
Ulhasnagar cop under scanner after bar dancer cries harassment By Divyesh Singh, Mumbai Mirror | Nov 16, 2015, 09.28 AM IST A sub- inspector from a police station in Ulhasnagar is facing departmental inquiry while his seven member team has been dissolved, following a complaint by a bar dancer to the Commissioner of Police in Thane alleging harassment. As per orders issued by senior authorities, the detection branch of Ulhasnagar central police station was dissolved and a departmental inquiry initiated against sub-inspector Ganeshwar Shete, who was second in command of the branch. The incident occurred a fortnight ago at Chandni bar in Ulhasnagar where the dancer, Nishad Khan, was a star performer. She refused Shete's frequent advances, and he allegedly retaliated by approaching the bar owner and threatening to cancel its bars license. As a result, the owner Manoj Mirchandani and manager Vinod Pujari fired Khan, stating she was causing problems for their business. "Khan then approached the police and also sent a complaint to the Commissioner and Joint Commissioner, who then ordered an inquiry into the issue. Senior authorities dissolved the entire detection branch team and shunted them to a side branch" said a senior police officer. ACP Vikas Totewar from Thane police is the inquiry officer who will submit his report on the matter, after which disciplinary action can be initiated against Shete and those found guilty of misconduct. DCP Vasant Jadhav from Zone IV of thane police, however, said, "I haven't received any such complaint from any bar girl about PSI Shete and the whole detection branch team was dissolved due to their non performance. I haven't heard of any such incident." Shete, when contacted, said "I have raided several bars and it could be that someone is trying to defame me by making such allegations. I have never been involved in any such act. I am a victim of politics that is being played against me."
2015-11-16Bar girl claims cop demanded sexual favours, files complaint | Mumbai NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Bar girl claims cop demanded sexual favours, files complaint A 25-year-old bar girl from Ulhasnagar alleged that a police sub-inspector from Central police station had demanded sexual favours from her. She claimed that when she objected, the cop used his power and made the bar owner fire her. Thane police have ordered a probe into the matter, led by ACP Vikas Tosawar. The woman is said to be working as a waitress at a well-known bar in Ulhasnagar, where accused Santosh (name changed to prevent identity) is a frequent customer. In a complaint to senior officials of Thane police, the woman alleged that during one of the visits, Santosh had demanded sexual favours from her, which she had denied. Following this, the sub-inspector threatened her that he will spoil her career if she did not agree. When the woman refused to "fulfil" the demand, the accused allegedly forced the bar owner to fire her from the job. A senior official from Central police station confirmed that a complaint had been registered and said the ACP was probing the matter.Despite several attempts, the accused and Tosawar could not be reached for comment.. . . .. . . . .
2015-11-15Bar girl claims cop demanded sexual favours, files complaint - Times of India
Bar girl claims cop demanded sexual favours, files complaint Pradeep Gupta,TNN Nov 16, 2015, 01.00 AM IST Ulhasnagar: A 25-year-old bar girl from Ulhasnagar alleged that a police sub-inspector from Central police station had demanded sexual favours from her. She claimed that when she objected, the cop used his power and made the bar owner fire her. Thane police have ordered a probe into the matter, led by ACP Vikas Tosawar. The woman is said to be working as a waitress at a well-known bar in Ulhasnagar, where accused Santosh (name changed to prevent identity) is a frequent customer. In a complaint to senior officials of Thane police, the woman alleged that during one of the visits, Santosh had demanded sexual favours from her, which she had denied. Following this, the sub-inspector threatened her that he will spoil her career if she did not agree. When the woman refused to "fulfil" the demand, the accused allegedly forced the bar owner to fire her from the job. A senior official from Central police station confirmed that a complaint had been registered and said the ACP was probing the matter. Despite several attempts, the accused and Tosawar could not be reached for comment.
2015-11-14Thane: Crime against children on the rise - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Crime against children on the rise Saturday, 14 November 2015 - 5:42am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki As the city marks yet another Children's Day today, there is a dire need to protect the children as the data available on the Thane police website reveals a shocking data of how crimes against the minors have been on a gradual rise. According to the data, crimes like rape, molestation and kids running away from their homes has seen a steep rise, especially in areas like Bhiwandi, Mumbra, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar. The Thane commissionerate officials have stated that they are trying their best to curb the crimes against children. The officials said to stop crimes like rape and molestation, there needs to be more awareness in the society, the cases of runaway kids are the outcomes of domestic violence. In all the three cases, the cops have stated that in most cases, the family members and relatives are the accused. Children should be taught about good and bad touch so that they can be alert. Many parents must keep a friendly relation with their children, so that they open up about any incidents that they have been victims of, said an official. Children between the age group of 8 to 17 years are the ones who run away from home and the main reason is the household problems, especially financial. The cops said they have found in their investigation of past cases that children get frustrated and misunderstanding between their family and them as well as the pressure from school or parents forces them to flee. Another reasons could also be addiction and depression. Whereas in the case of rape and molestation, children who go through the trauma are pressurised and many times, the accused threaten to kill them. So, many children fall prey to the threats and do not share their ordeal with their family. A Thane-based psychiatrist Dr Shailesh Umate said, In tender age, children are not aware of what is good and what is bad, so we should train them. We should also tell them to scream or shout if they face any such incident. These preventive measures will help in reducing the crimes. Generally, the accused is from the from family and so, even if a child opens up, his or her complaint is rejected. Parents should take children's complaint seriously and should act on it. Madan Bhallal, senior police inspector of the child protection unit (Thane) said, While some run to see new place, while others do not want to study and are tired of their domestic problems. The runaway kids are mainly found at the railway stations and after spending some days on the platforms, they change go to other places or board an outstation train. We keep getting updates from the children home and we also stay in touch with the missing kids family so that we can help them reunite as soon as possible. Molestation 2013 Cases registered 463 Cases detected 425 2014 Cases registered 559 Cases detected 507 Till August 2015 Cases registered 400 Cases detected 311 Rape 2013 Cases registered 182 Cases detected 172 2014 Cases registered 215 Cases detected 204 Till August 2015 Cases registered 178 Cases detected 168 Runaway children 2013 Missing 1,209 Found 858 2014 Missing 1,088 Found 764 Till August 2015 Missing 30 Found 19
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2015-11-14Mumbaiites didn't hurt their ears, nor pockets this Diwali - Khaleej Times
Mumbaiites didn't hurt their ears, nor pockets this Diwali Nithin Belle Mumbai Filed on November 15, 2015 | Last updated on November 15, 2015 at 08.31 am Increased public awareness and effective implementation of rules by the police resulted in reduced noise pollution levels during Diwali this year in Mumbai. Sumaira Abdulali, an anti-noise activist, who heads the Awaaz Foundation, told Khaleej Times on Saturday that the effect of the reduction in overall noise levels of crackers was tangible on Diwali night. "Noise levels were also greatly reduced in the days preceding Diwali," she pointed out. "In previous years, firecrackers were often used for several days before Laxmi Puja, while this year, very few crackers were burst on earlier days. Increased public awareness as well as enforcement of the time deadline by police contributed to this overall reduction." The Diwali holidays are the noisiest in India's financial and commercial capital, when tens of millions of rupees worth of firecrackers are burst by enthusiasts celebrating the festival. Unfortunately, many of them do not respect the privacy of their neighbours and burst the firecrackers late in the night or in the early hours of the day. Constant efforts by activists and a growing awareness among the younger generation about the dangers of noise pollution have led to a gradual decline in the incidence of bursting of firecrackers. According to Sumaira, there was effective enforcement of the rules relating to noisy crackers by the police, who tried to enforce the 10pm deadline. Activists, armed with apps that enable them to measure noise levels, go across Mumbai and the suburbs and report the findings to NGOs such as the Awaaz Foundation. This year, the maximum noise level recorded on Wednesday, for instance, was 123.1 dB (decibels), which was beyond 10pm at Marine Drive. But there were comparatively few of the noisiest crackers being used in the metropolis. "Peak noise levels lasted for about an hour near the 10pm deadline and police action to shut down cracker use was effective by about 10.45pm," notes Sumaira. "There was a marked reduction in the duration of cracker use and of the noisiest crackers." But in some areas of Navi Mumbai and in the extended suburbs (Ulhasnagar, for instance), noise levels were very high as people burst crackers even late into the night. In the western suburbs, which see a lot of crackers being burst, many areas in Bandra and Santacruz were silent even between 7pm and 8pm.
2015-11-13Narainji Kataria An Iconic Hindu Activist - Indo American News
Narainji Kataria An Iconic Hindu Activist By Prakash Waghmare November 13, 2015  Shri Narainji Kataria, the Hindu Lion that roared relentlessly for more than 30 years.
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2015-11-1229-year-old killed in a road accident - Daily News & Analysis
29-year-old killed in a road accident Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 7:10am IST | Place: Ulhasnagar | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki In an incident took place on November 10 at Bhim Colony, in Ulhasnagar, around 8pm, a 29-year-old truck driver was hit by an unknown vehicle. The police is on a lookout for the accused. The deceased has been identified as Shivkumar Bharich Harijan. Central hospital has handed over the body to the family after the post mortem. A case has been registered with the Vitthalwadi police station under sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 304a (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code and Motor Vehicle Act 134. Reportedly on the incident day, the deceased who has been identified as age 29 years old who works as truck driver and he is a resident of Andheri. It was around 8pm when the deceased who went to sleep on road side behind the truck stand, after a passer by saw the deceased body which was crushed badly he alerted the police station. The body was sent to the Central hospital and after tracing his identity the family were informed about the same. Chandrakant Khuspe, investigation officer from the Vitthalwadi police station said, The accused is at large. We are on a lookout for the accused and are hopeful of his arrest soon. Further probe is on.
2015-11-12Narainji invested every moment of his life to awaken Hindus - IndiaPost.com
Narainji invested every moment of his life to awaken Hindus Shri Narainji Kataria It is heart breaking to know that iconic Hindu Activist, Shri Narainji Kataria is no longer with us.The Hindu Lion that roared relentlessly for more than 30 years in the interest of his community, passed away quietly in his sleep, sometime on November 2 night. In all his approaches to tackle various issues, Narainji was like the iconic Shri Balasaheb Thakre of USA fearless, passionate, and determined to uphold the dignity of Hindus and Hindutva Narainji was a hardcore nationalist, a superb community organizer and an incomparable, relentless political activist for Hindu-Diaspora in USA for three decades. When it came to Hindu aspirations, related worthy socio-political causes or injustice meted to Hindus, he was unapologetically partisan in his politicking. If I can recall, I met him for the first time in 1984 during the 10th International Vishwa Hindu Parishad Conference at Madison Square Garden, in NYC, NY. From the beginning, I was impressed by his boldness and courage with which he expressed his inner thoughts in conversation. I really got to know him well, soon thereafter, when, we, as the part of Indian community converged on Washington D.C., to pressurize the U.S. Congress to deny state-of-the-art AWAC surveillance planes to Pakistan. The friendship that started then got strengthened over the years as we went through countless events, rallies, protests, and issues-centric conferences together. Narainji was a victim of a horrific historic trauma called the Partition of India. As a teenager in Sindh, what he saw and experienced during the Partition was what essentially shaped him for the future. He was born on February 15, 1930 in Sukkur, Sindh, which became Pakistan after Partition. His parents died when he was quite young and so, as the eldest son, he, not only had to look after his family of three siblings but also ensure their safe passage to India. After, settling down in Ulhasnagar near Mumbai, he once again started pursuing his passion for education, earning a Masters Degree in History while simultaneously working day and night, to support his family. In May 1956, he married Bhagwantiji and had two daughters, Meena and Rajni. After a stint at Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) in Mumbai, Narainji came to USA in early 1970s and started working as Legal Asstt. For the Law firm of Cahill Gordon, till he retired in 1998. From the beginning, Narainji was troubled by Hindus callous indifference towards preserving and propagating their culture and religion. He strongly felt that vested interests of some of the minority sections of society were bent upon marginalizing Hindu society and the nation's character with the help of leftist media. To educate the masses about this impending danger, he used his proficiency in writing. He was not only a gifted prolific writer but also had the ability to rouse the readers through his razor-sharp, opinionated prose. Narainji probably had the most exhaustive listing of e-mails through which he reached out to tens of thousands of this supporters and admirers, on a weekly basis. He invested every single waking moment of his life to awaken Hindus. There wasn't anyone like him nor there would be at least in foreseeable future. He had admirers, not just in USA but also in other countries. The guy who was so vocal in his writings was surprisingly very shy or at loss of words when it came to public-speaking and tried to avoid it as much as possible. Nevertheless, he gave numerous interviews on TV and Radio and arranged record number of protests and rallies with his inseparable dear friend, Arishji Sahani. I, myself, had participated in 12-15 of them. He also founded Hindu American Intellectual Forum to take his mission to the elites of the society. To bring the entire Hindu-Diaspora on a single Hindu-platform, irrespective of its minute sub-divisions, he successfully started organizing Hindu Sangathan Din (Hindu Solidarity Day), 20 years back. Now, it is one of the most eagerly-awaited events in New York. Once during his Mumbai trip, he wanted to meet Shri Balasaheb Thakre whom he idolized and asked me to arrange it. As a Maharashtrian, I knew some people who were very close to Balasaheb and so I obliged. Always sharply dressed in suit and tie, Narainji was a people's person with his trademark broad smile and over-spilling enthusiasm to attend every event that brought Indian community together. On a lighter side, with his favorite-uncle persona, also came a child-like mischievousness. Though, he was very devoted to his family, he invariably moved everywhere without them. Once on a rare occasion, when I met his wife for the first time, I said to him, now, at last I know that you are married. With his usual hearty laugh, and without missing a beat he responded, What makes you think that I am really married to her? Narainji was very passionate about music, especially old nostalgic Bollywood melodies, and could play Banjo like a pro. His exuberance, energy and uprightness made him almost ageless. Moreover he had that rare ability to make anyone feel that he was their age. Queens-borough President once proclaimed a Narain Kataria Day in Queens-County, NY in his honor to acknowledge his contributions to the society. Once he confided in me that many a times he had been threaten of bodily harm, by his detractors but he simply couldn't care less. His happiest days in life were when BJP got majority in Parliament in 2014 and when Shri Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India. Sadly, it was also the time when his wife of more than a half-century passed away in September of that year. In spite of this loss of a life-time, Narainji, without taking refuge in his personal grief, worked hard organizing support-rallies in New York for PM Modi, when he visited USA in 2014 and in 2015. Narainji was larger-than-life and touched millions of lives, inspiring countless among them not just on East-coast or in USA but in several other countries. So many adjectives have been tagged on him from all over the world after his departure. Make no mistake-each one of them is true and help define him. He was one of a kind Karmayogi who served Bharat and Hindus, residing thousands of miles away in a modest one-bedroom apartment with his family.
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2015-11-09Man arrested for raping minor niece - The Asian Age
Man arrested for raping minor niece Nov 09, 2015 Age Correspondent Thane A 12 year-old girl who had come to Thane to visit her relatives was allegedly raped by her uncle near Ulhasnagar in Thane district. The Ulhasnagar police has arrested the accused after the victim's mother filed a complaint against him Sunday morning. The rape victim is a resident of Osmanabad. She had come to Ulhasnagar on Friday with her mother during the Diwali vacation. According to police officials, the victim's paternal aunt lives in Ulhasnagar. After reaching Ulhasnagar, her aunt's husband allegedly asked the girl to go Diwali shopping with him and also promised to take her for a Mumbai darshan, the police said. On Saturday, the victim accompanied her uncle for shopping and Mumbai darshan. However, he allegedly took her to one of his friend's flat in the afternoon and raped her, said a police official.He then threatened that he would kill her father and mother if she narrated the incident to anyone, the official added. According to the police, after the act, he took the girl for shopping although she was suffering from severe pain. He even bought a dress for her and a sari for her mother. Later in the night, when the accused went out with his friends, the girl narrated the incident to her mother and aunt. The aunt then immediately came to the police station to lodge a complaint against her husband, the police said. A police officer said on the condition of annonymity, The wife of the accused herself lodged the complaint against him. We have done a medical checkup of the girl and are awaiting the reports. We have also arrested the accused, who has refused to confess. He further added, We have also heard that he had earlier molested a few girls near a college area.
2015-11-08Minor girl raped by step brother - Business Standard
2015-11-08Maharashtra: Minor Girl Raped by Step Brother - Outlook India
Maharashtra: Minor Girl Raped by Step Brother Thane | Nov 08, 2015 A minor girl was allegedly raped by her 19-year-old step brother in Ulhasnagar township in the district, police said today. The accused Vishal Bhalerao committed the offence on November 6 when the victim's mother was not present in the house, Assistant Police Inspector (API) M M Jadhav said. The boy also threatened her to not reveal the incident to anyone, he said. When the girl's mother confronted him, the accused threatened and abused her, the official said. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and under the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said, adding efforts are on to nab the absconding accused.
2015-11-08Three Ulhasnagar crime branch constables held for extorting Rs 3 lakh from ... - Times of India
Three Ulhasnagar crime branch constables held for extorting Rs 3 lakh from pulse trader for hoarding Pradeep Gupta Nov 9, 2015, 01.00 AM IST KALYAN: Three police constables have been arrested for allegedly taking Rs 3 lakh "settlement money" from a Kalyan trader after threatening to book him in a false case of hoarding pulses in his godown. The Khadakpada police claimed that constables Sunil Gujar (40), Sanjay Sakpal (35) and Nilesh Vanjari (32) even took the digital video recording machine from the CCTV camera installed the godown as it contained footage of them taking the money. The three accused are posted with the Ulhasnagar crime branch unit of the Thane police. On Friday afternoon, the three constables, along with their informer, visited Karan Industries godown owned by Manoj Manwani (46) on Mohane Road in Kalyan. Sources said that even after finding "less quantity" of tur and masoor dal in the godown, they accused Manwani of hoarding, claiming that they had specific information. When Manwani insisted that he does not hoard pulses, they reportedly told him to pay Rs 25 lakh else they would book him in a false case. After negotiations, the constables settled at Rs 3 lakh and left with the money, said sources. However, later they remembered that there was a CCTV camera in the godown. They returned and took the DVR, claimed a source. Manwani's relatives advised him to file a complaint and on Saturday, he approached deputy commissioner to police (Thane zone III) Sanjay Jadhav, who instructed the local police to probe the matter and lodge a case against the errant constables. Sources claimed the local police tried to "settle the matter" between both parties, but Manwani refused and the three constables were arrested. Their informer is on the run. On Sunday, they were produced before the Kalyan session court and remanded in police custody till November 10.
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2015-11-07Take penal action over potholes in Ulhasnagar: HC to civic body - Free Press Journal
Take penal action over potholes in Ulhasnagar: HC to civic body By FPJ Bureau Nov 08, 2015 01:49 am Mumbai: Concerned over bad condition of roads in Ulhasnagar town in nearby Thane district, the Bombay High Court has asked the municipal body to impose penal and deterrent conditions in tenders or agreements with civil contractors for filling up potholes. Blacklisting contractors who do not carry out the work properly and videography of the repair process were among the conditions mentioned by the court which directed the Commissioner to submit a proposal incorporating changes to be brought into tender documents and agreements. The Corporation will have to address the issues taking into consideration public outcry in respect of the work carried out under the tender of filling of potholes and patch works, said a bench headed by Justice Naresh Patil while hearing a public interest litigation filed by a resident, reports PTI. The PIL, filed by Prakash Kukreja, alleged that the work of filling potholes and patch work is not carried out properly, due to which, the Corporation has to issue tenders repeatedly. Instead of filling up potholes with cement concrete material, mud is used which results in reopening of potholes especially during rainy reason, he said. The bench felt that stringent conditions are required to be incorporated in the agreement (with contractors), which should be deterrent in nature and penal in consequences. In case the Corporation is satisfied that contractor has failed to carry out work as per the tender and agreement executed and public money has been wasted, then such contractor shall not be permitted to participate in the tender process in future, said the Judges. The HC empowered the Municipal Commissioner to issue instructions for conducting videography of the work of filling of potholes and patch work carried out by the contractor on any of the selected roads. The Commissioner shall take appropriate steps to supervise ongoing filling of potholes and patch work and maintain a record of the same. On the next date of hearing (December 2), we expect the counsel for the Corporation to place on record further details as directed by this court, the bench said. The Judges also asked the Municipal Commissioner to take note of allegations made in the PIL and fix appropriate responsibility on the concerned officers/engineers of the civic body so that in future the work of filling of potholes, patch work and other work concerning construction, maintenance of roads is carried out in more befitting manner.
2015-11-07Take Penal Action Over Potholes in Ulhasnagar: Bombay High Court to Civic Body - NDTV
Take Penal Action Over Potholes in Ulhasnagar: Bombay High Court to Civic Body All India| Press Trust of India | Updated: November 07, 2015 13:01 IST Concerned over bad condition of roads in Ulhasnagar town in nearby Thane district, the Bombay High Court has asked the municipal body to impose penal and deterrent conditions in tenders or agreements with civil contractors for filling up potholes. Blacklisting contractors who do not carry out the work properly and videography of the repair process were among the conditions mentioned by the court which directed the Commissioner to submit a proposal incorporating changes to be brought into tender documents and agreements. The Corporation will have to address the issues taking into consideration public outcry in respect of the work carried out under the tender of filling of potholes and patch works, said a bench headed by Justice Naresh Patil while hearing a public interest litigation filed by a resident.The PIL, filed by Prakash Kukreja, alleged that the work of filling potholes and patch work is not carried out properly, due to which, the Corporation has to issue tenders repeatedly. Instead of filling up potholes with cement concrete material, mud is used which results in reopening of potholes especially during rainy reason, he said. The bench felt that stringent conditions are required to be incorporated in the agreement (with contractors), which should be deterrent in nature and penal in consequences. "In case the Corporation is satisfied that contractor has failed to carry out work as per the tender and agreement executed and public money has been wasted, then such contractor shall not be permitted to participate in the tender process in future," said the Judges. The High Court empowered the Municipal Commissioner to issue instructions for conducting videography of the work of filling of potholes and patch work carried out by the contractor on any of the selected roads. "The Commissioner shall take appropriate steps to supervise ongoing filling of potholes and patch work and maintain a record of the same. On the next date of hearing (December 2), we expect the counsel for the Corporation to place on record further details as directed by this court," the bench said. The Judges also asked the Municipal Commissioner to take note of allegations made in the PIL and fix appropriate responsibility on the concerned officers/engineers of the civic body so that in future the work of filling of potholes, patch work and other work concerning construction, maintenance of roads is carried out in more befitting manner.
2015-11-07Take penal action over potholes in Ulhasnagar: Bombay High Court - Times of India
Take penal action over potholes in Ulhasnagar: Bombay High Court PTI| Nov 7, 2015, 11.31 AM IST MUMBAI: Concerned over bad condition of roads in Ulhasnagar town in nearby Thane district, the Bombay High Court has asked the municipal body to impose penal and deterrent conditions in tenders or agreements with civil contractors for filling up potholes. Blacklisting contractors who do not carry out the work properly and videography of the repair process were among the conditions mentioned by the court which directed the Commissioner to submit a proposal incorporating changes to be brought into tender documents and agreements. "The Corporation will have to address the issues taking into consideration public outcry in respect of the work carried out under the tender of filling of potholes and patch works," said a bench headed by Justice Naresh Patil while hearing a public interest litigation filed by a resident. The PIL, filed by Prakash Kukreja, alleged that the work of filling potholes and patch work is not carried out properly, due to which, the Corporation has to issue tenders repeatedly. Instead of filling up potholes with cement concrete material, mud is used which results in reopening of potholes especially during rainy reason, he said. The bench felt that stringent conditions are required to be incorporated in the agreement (with contractors), which should be deterrent in nature and penal in consequences. "In case the Corporation is satisfied that contractor has failed to carry out work as per the tender and agreement executed and public money has been wasted, then such contractor shall not be permitted to participate in the tender process in future," said the Judges. The HC empowered the Municipal Commissioner to issue instructions for conducting videography of the work of filling of potholes and patch work carried out by the contractor on any of the selected roads. "The Commissioner shall take appropriate steps to supervise ongoing filling of potholes and patch work and maintain a record of the same. On the next date of hearing (December 2), we expect the counsel for the Corporation to place on record further details as directed by this court," the bench said. The Judges also asked the Municipal Commissioner to take note of allegations made in the PIL and fix appropriate responsibility on the concerned officers/engineers of the civic body so that in future the work of filling of potholes, patch work and other work concerning construction, maintenance of roads is carried out in more befitting manner.
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2015-11-06Doyen of Indian American Community Narain Kataria Passes away - The Indian Panorama
Doyen of Indian American Community Narain Kataria Passes away The Indian Panorama - Published - November 6, 2015 & Updated - November 6, 2015 114 NEW YORK (TIP): Narain Kataria, a well known figure in the Indian American community, passed away peacefully in his sleep, sometime on November 2 night. He was 85. He is credited with championing the cause of Hindus and creating awakening among them in USA. A man with ideas he was sociable and likeable despite his extreme Hindu views. He will be greatly missed. His Funeral is on Saturday, Nov. 7 in Long Island at 11 am. A Proud Hindu and a Fine Human Being Narain Kataria dies in peace at 85.  A Son-in-Law's Thoughts By Shyam Bhaya, Narain Kataria was born on February 15th, 1930 in Sukkur, Sindh in an undivided India. At a very early age he lost both his parents and the responsibility of looking after and supporting his family, consisting of three younger brothers and a sister, fell on his young shoulders. He rose up to the challenge and through a lot of hard work and sacrifice he made sure that his family survived this very difficult phase in their lives. This strength of character became a hallmark of his life's journey. The Partition of India in 1947 was a traumatic period in Narainji's life when the entire family was uprooted, like millions of other Hindus, and the horrors perpetrated upon them remained deeply etched in his mind for the rest of his life. Narainji moved with his family to Ulhasnagar, near Bombay and the task of rebuilding his life and that of his family began once again. He realized early on that getting a good education was very important and applied himself diligently and worked his way to a Master's degree (in History) from Bombay University, while simultaneously working. He had a deep love for music and learned to play the banjo. He spent many years fulfilling this passion playing with several musical orchestras. He was a tough teacher when training his daughters to sing. He did not accept mediocrity from anyone. For him, music was the sound of the soul. He last played the banjo on October 18th, 2015 and his control over the strings was a sight to behold. In May of 1956 he married Bhagwanti with whom he had two daughters, Meena and Rajni. Sadly, his wife passed away last September. Narainji joined BARC in Trombay and worked as the Personal Assistant to one of the Directors. During his tenure at BARC, he was disturbed and concerned at what he perceived to be a lack of a serious focus within the organization, on matters of national security. Narainji moved to the U.S.A. in the early 1970s where, after an initial period of struggle, he joined the law firm of Cahill Gordon in Manhattan as a Legal Assistant. He worked at this firm for over 25 years, and the quality of his work was recognized by all his colleagues at the firm. He retired from there in 1998. During his years in India, Narainji had begun to sense that even after the Partition of India, there were vested interests within India and outside its borders that believed in destabilizing the country. At the same time he realized that the news media, which at the time was controlled by the Government, distorted and misrepresented facts that were detrimental to Hindus. With this in mind, he took it upon himself to lift the curtain of lies and draw attention to the truth. He became an outspoken and passionate crusader highlighting stories which the media wanted to suppress. Early in this endeavor, he began writing letters to various newspapers presenting his point of view. His was a lone voice but he never gave up on reporting the true and hidden reality that there was a concerted effort by the elite to keep the masses in the dark. His continued efforts gradually began to make people sit up and take notice that there was finally someone who did not shy away from taking a stand. Slowly, his message began to resonate with the Indians living in the US and after the advent of the Internet, spread all over the world. People from all walks of life reached out to him and offered their support and encouragement and from there on there was no stopping. He made it a point to attend every event in the Tri-State area, be it cultural, religious or political, to demonstrate his support and encouragement. And as an organizer of rallies, supporting or opposing any cause, he was unmatched. He spoke to student and youth groups because he believed they were the future of the Hindu Renaissance. To foment a sense of unity among Hindus, in the mid-eighties Narainji came up with the idea of organizing the Hindu Unity Day in New York. He saw this as a venture with which to awaken and empower Hindus. This year marked the 20th annual celebration, which saw prominent speakers from India and the US speaking on important issues pertaining to Hindus. His dream of a Government in India, one which would treat all Indians alike, irrespective of their religion, was finally realized in May 2014. As a family man, Narainji was a man of principles who instilled the values of hard work and integrity in his children and loved ones. He used to work more than 12 hours a day, even in retirement and never seemed to tire. He despised weakness in any form and set an example by his own moral and physical strength. He also had a very funny side and enjoyed spending time with three different generations of his now grown family. He could converse as easily with a 50-year old as he could with a teenager. He believed that the younger generation needed to be well informed about their proud heritage that went back thousands of years. Every family gathering had him emphasizing the perils and dangers that faced Hindu society. Narainji used to joke that he would live up to at least 100 years. He might have lived only 85 years in body but he will live more than 100 years in our thoughts and prayers. His legacy will live on. May God bless him with eternal peace. Shyam Bhaya is married to Narainji's younger daughter, Rajni. They have been married for 28 years and have a daughter and three sons. Bhaya lives in Great Neck, NY He is an Engineer working for a Private Company.
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2015-11-05Stone-pelting case: GRP yet to make headway - Times of India
Stone-pelting case: GRP yet to make headway Pradeep Gupta,TNN Nov 5, 2015, 10.24 PM IST KALYAN: The Kalyan GRP, probing the stone-pelting case at Ulhasnagar station on Sunday, are yet to get any clues about the attackers. The GRP team checked the CCTV installed at the station but have not found any footage of the accused as they had alighted at the opposite side of the platform from where they pelted stones at the train commuters. A 25-year-old newly married woman had suffered injuries above her left eye after being hit by a stone at Ulhasnagar station. The police suspect the accused were not regular commuters as they failed to catch them despite laying a trap for them for three days both in the train and at Ulhasnagar station. The GRP is trying to check other CCTVs installed in shops outside the station to identify the accused.
2015-11-04'Angry' youth pelts stones at local, one hits woman near eye - Times of India
Angry youth pelts stones at local, one hits woman near eye Pradeep Gupta Nov 4, 2015, 11.39 PM IST Kalyan: A 25-year-old newly married woman who was travelling in a local train with her husband suffered injuries above her left eye after being hit by a stone pelted by a youth at Ulhasnagar railway station. Doctors told TOI that since the stone missed her eye, her sight won't be affected. Kalyan GRP have registered a case against the unidentified accused who seemed to be in his late 20s, and have launched a manhunt. GRP have also started a departmental inquiry against the head constable who was allegedly inebriated during duty hours and took over two hours to record the victim's statement in her injured state. The incident took place on Sunday night when the woman was returning from Dombivli with her husband of six months, to their home in Ambernath in a second-class local train compartment. When the train left Vithalwadi railway station, the accused and two other men allegedly began to perform some stunts on the footboard of their coach. Some commuters standing near the door asked them to stop, saying it could harm them. When the train reached Ulhasnagar, the three alighted and got on to the opposite platform and began to abuse the commuters who had told them off. They then proceeded to pelt stones at them. To avoid being hit, the commuters ducked. This was when a stone hit the woman who was inside the same coach. The injured woman and her husband alighted at Ambernath. Another commuter, one Sanjay Nair, who had witnessed the episode, took them to the GRP room. He also called a local activist, Satyajeet Burman, who rushed to station. Nair told TOI: "When we reached the chowk, head constable Dhanaji Yadav was drunk and not able to even write down the victim's statement." He took two hours to write it, after which the victim was taken to a private hospital in Ambernath. The case was registered the next day. "The primary probe shows the accused is not a habitual stone pelter. We have registered a case against the unidentified youths and a hunt has been launched," said S H Patil, police inspector, Kalyan GRP. He added, "A probe has also been launched into the complaint against the constable. His blood sample has been sent for tests and once the report is in, action will be taken."
2015-11-04Jail medical officer, another person held for accepting bribe - Business Standard
2015-11-04Selfie Le Le, Oonchi Hai Building, Ek Garam Chai Ki Pyaali - 10 songs only a ... - Bollywood Life
Selfie Le Le, Oonchi Hai Building, Ek Garam Chai Ki Pyaali 10 songs only a Salman Khan can do complete justice to! Wed, November 4, 2015 8:00am IST by Sreeju Sudhakaran Like most of his movies, it's better to not use your common sense to enjoy his songs as well! Salman Khan is the epitome of a Bollywood hero he is muscular and brawny, his roles are mostly larger than life, and his films are typical Bollywood masala! It's no wonder that he is such a darling among the masses, and his films make 200 crore business even though critics do their best to ravage them down! Most of Salman Khan films don't require you to use your logic. After all, since you use it at your workplace, at home, while playing, that is all the time. even logic needs some rest, right? So why not leave it at home and watch a Salman Khan flick in the meantime? So the next time, Salman Khan wiggles his belt without touching it, or jumps from a high rise building to land safely on a bus rooftop, don't bang your head! It's not the actor's fault that you have brought your logic to the cinema hall! The same logic (forgive me for the pun) applies to his songs as well! Like Lady Gaga's costumes, the lyrics go from weird to bizarre, but then they have Salman Khan, so who cares? Sure, not all his songs are such stuff, he has also lent himself to beautiful numbers like Sureeli Ankhiyonwali, Humko Maloom Hai, Teri Meri Prem Kahani, etc.! But otherwise we also get these below songs, whose unique lyrics can make the best of our poets throw in towels and tear their hair in frustration! The word Selfie HAD to enter the Bolly music one day, and we are glad it was Salman Khan who did the honours! Is the song about her deadly chumma or her deadly retaliation when he gives her a chumma? If the person in question is the lovely Jacqueline, we don't mind both! Is it the perversely minded me or is this song about a man's boasting of his sexual prowess? I still don’t understand what was the idea of those pelvic thrust moves that accompanied the lines Humka Peeni Hai Which drink exactly are they referring here? Prizes to all those who can correctly translate the 2nd, 3rd and 4th lines! For once, Salman Khan has proven his own song wrong, by being so jawaan even as he nears the age of 50! A word of warning, Mumbai police loves to raid Aksa Beach. Since you are not Salman Khan, better think twice before singing this one to a girl! It's like Daksha ben from Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi wrote the first two lines! Guess, the lyricist suffered a writer's block and filled the songs with words of his own creation! Wonder why it always happen with Anu Mallik! Hataa Saawan Ki Ghata! Once upon a time, Mumbai's favourite catchphrase! Bhai, this is what happen if you date a girl residing in Ulhasnagar! These power-cuts, I tell you! If there is a playlist for eveteasers, this song would come right after Aati Kya Khandala! Any more Salman Khan song that I missed which has some really unique lyrics?
Selfie Le Le, Oonchi Hai Building, Ek Garam Chai Ki Pyaali - 10 songs only a ... - Bollywood Life
2015-11-03Ulhasnagar businessman hypnotised, conned of Rs 22000 - Daily News & Analysis
Ulhasnagar businessman hypnotised, conned of Rs 22,000 Tuesday, 3 November 2015 - 6:50am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition In a bizarre incident, a 24-year-old businessman from Ulhasnagar was conned of Rs22,000 after an unknown man after he convinced the victim that he looks like his friend, who is admitted in hospital. Victim Manish Janani, who trades in electrical products, has stated in his complaint that he was heading home when an unknown person approached him. The accused told Janani that he has a friend who is admitted in the hospital and that his condition is very serious and surprisingly, he looks like his friend. When Janani denied knowing any either of them, the accused told him that he was wearing the same gold ring which even his friend had possessed. After involving Janani in conversation, the accused asked him to show him the ring and Janani complied. The accused rolled the ring in a cloth and kept it below a stone on the road. He asked Janani to wait till he returns. The victim waited for a few minutes and when he checked the stone, there was no ring. Janani lodged a case with the Central Police under section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code. A police official said, We are making the sketch and are investigating the matter. The victim was not hypnotised.
2015-11-02Query of Kamal Ashani - Indian Cooperative
Query of Kamal Ashani Posted in Cooperative Queries on November 02, 2015 by Mr. I C Naik Namaste sirji, Mein  Ulhasnagar (dist:Thane) ki CHS main rahta huon, jahan 85 flats hain,5 buildings hai, 15 saal old buildings hai.50% members ne apna flat register nahi karvaya hai, yahan tak ke new +current managing committee ke 8 members main se 5 members (including chairman) ke pass register sale agreement nahi hai Aur managing committee  mere flat transfer ke liye mujse registration ki demand kar rahe hain. Yeh resale flat liya hai meine Aur 4th sale agreement mera hai, koie bhi agreement registered nahi hai. 1999 main First agreement jis party ne kiya tha wohi member hai Aur uske naam pe share certificate hai (February 2008 main usne flat sale kar diya tha aur abi tak kisike naam par transfer nahi hua hai) Please please help me. Thanks. I C Naik No buy would by a flat the agreement of which was not registered because two unregistered agreement for one flat cannot be ruled out. YE KALIYUG HAI. NINYANVE LOG NE RAJISTER N KRWAYA TO USSE 100TH ME MMBER KO RJISTAR NAHI KARWANE KA RIGHT NAHI MIL JAATAA.
2015-11-02Shiv Sena is single largest party in Kalyan polls - Khaleej Times
Shiv Sena is single largest party in Kalyan polls - Khaleej Times
2015-11-01Video: Kalyan and Dombivli Mayor's husband 'caught' with bar dancers - Mid-Day
Kalyan and Dombivli Mayor's husband 'caught' with bar dancers By Vinay Dalvi |Posted 1 hour As the voters go to the polls today at the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) elections, a controversial video involving Shiv Sena leader Nitin Patil has surfaced on the Internet and gone viral on social networking sites. In the grab, the husband of Kalyan and Dombivli Mayor Kalyani Patil is seen drinking with five friends while watching two girls dance to a Bhojpuri song. The video, it is alleged, was shot at a small hotel in the Shahapur area along the Nashik-Mumbai Highway. We fought against dance bars and our government got it banned. How are people expected to follow a leader who behaves like this? What can you expect from others? said Sachin Pote, Congress District President of Kalyan, while Narendra Pawar, in charge of BJP's poll campaign in Kalyan condemned the behaviour, calling it unacceptable. A grab from the alleged video showing Nitin Patil (circled) On the other hand, some Sena leaders claimed they were being targeted, and defended the act. Aren't dance bars functioning in the city? So, if our leaders visited one, whats wrong with that? he questioned. Kalyani, who is contesting the elections from Jari Mari Nagar in Kalyan East, has denied the allegations. My husband's face has been morphed into the video. He would never do such a thing. The results for the elections will be declared tomorrow. Meanwhile, Bombay High Court advocate KP Mahajan on Saturday wrote a letter to KDMC commissioner and election-in-charge, E Ravendiran, alleging that state cabinet minister Eknath Shinde and other members of the Shiv Sena party had violated election code of conduct. Shinde and his party members were seen till late night in KDMC region among people, which he called act of influencing voters. Parties clash Last night, a case was registered against Shiv Sena Ulhasnagar chief Rajendra Singh, alias Bhullar Maharaj, along with sitting corporator Ganesh Jadhav, for allegedly ramming his car into a BJP candidate's brother-in-law. An officer from Mahatma Phule Police Station in Kalyan said, Kalyan BJP candidate Gudia Singh, who is contesting on a BJP ticket from Ram Baug area, saw some miscreants pull down her campaign posters. Her brother-in-law Ritesh followed the car to an isolated spot on Ulhasnagar Road, where the miscreants allegedly rammed their vehicle into him. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited Ritesh, who suffered 18 fractures, in the hospital on Saturday.
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2015-11-01Years after migration from Pak, 7 doctors can finally start medical practice ... - The Indian Express
Years after migration from Pak, 7 doctors can finally start medical practice in Maharashtra Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Published:November 2, 2015 4:20 am At 55, Dr Sushil K Punshi, now a readymade garment shop owner in Pune, recollects only dimly what microbiology and medicine are all about. Punshi has not used Dr as a prefix to his name for 24 years now since 1991 to be precise, when he migrated to India from Pakistan. But the man, with little time left for retirement, is ready to start afresh, mulling over the available options perhaps applying to private hospitals or opening a clinic in Pune. In a landmark decision taken at the latest executive committee meeting of the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC), Punshi, along with six other migrant doctors from Pakistan, received approval to practise medicine in India, after a long wait. MMC asks foreign-trained doctors to stop displaying their MD physician claims Registration of docs who don't take up rural postings can be cancelled Training course in emergency medicine at Pune hospital postgraduate degree gets MCI nod Ketan Desai’s journey from BJMC to MCIMCI’s proposal to start rural MBBS course invites sharp criticism I always wanted to become a doctor, help others. I even went to London in 1989 to study microbiology. But since 1991, I have not been able to practise. From a doctor, I became a shopkeeper, says Punshi. He had worked as a general practitioner for three years after completing MBBS from Sindhi University in 1986 in Pakistan. In 1991, he left Pakistan and took shelter in Pune. After him, six others Moolchand Motwani from Ulhasnagar, Jairam Udassi from Jalgaon, Dilip Moorpani from Ulhasnagar, Lalchand Lassi from Ulhasnagar, Dilip Kumar Lassi and Santosh Manglani migrated from Pakistan to India following the Babri Masjid episode that triggered tension against Hindus in Pakistan. My nephew was kidnapped and a ransom of Rs 15 lakh was demanded. A temple next to my house was burnt soon after Babri Masjid was demolished in Ayodhya. And doctors were targeted frequently as they were well known in local areas, remembers Jairam Udassi, now based in Jalgaon. He took the decision to migrate in 1996. He had served in Pakistan's government hospitals for 12 years. For 42-year-old Dr Dilip Moorpani, who graduated from Chandka Medical College, Sindh province, the decision to move out of Pakistan was a tough one. He had a bright career and several options to work in Dadu, a town in Sindh. In 1998, he took a spontaneous decision to leave his hometown. I had a younger sister. Living with constant fear of kidnapping or molestation always bothered me, he says. He moved to Ulhasnagar, where his uncle lived, in 1998. We shifted at a cost. For me, it was to sacrifice medical field until I got citizenship, admits Moorpani. While Punshi got an Indian citizenship in 2000, his application for registration as a doctor in India had been pending for 15 years with the Medical Council of India (MCI), a regulatory body that monitors ethics and practices of allopathic doctors. An allopathic doctor has to obtain a licence from the MCI to practise in India. While government hospitals struggle with shortage of doctors, these seven doctors are eagerly waiting to get hired in medical service. Lalchand Lassi (60) has been waiting for a registration since 1996. He was forced to leave Pakistan after his clinic was damaged in Karachi. While he initially went to charitable hospitals to assist, that stopped in 2003 after he got an Indian citizenship. Before 2003, I worked as a migrant doctor. But after 2003, I had to get registration to work, which the MCI was not providing, he says. He had to switch to cloth business in 2003 with his sons, which continues till now. Moorpani, who shifted to India in 1998 and got citizenship in 2012, had to visit a Thane office every year to get his visa extended. The fear of not belonging to any country persisted for 15 years. He used to serve through a medical trust in Nagpada where he earned Rs 7 per patient. When savings started dwindling, he had to sit at his father's grocery shop in Ulhasnagar to earn a living. I completed my studies in 1995 and did only a year-long internship. I am eagerly waiting to practise now, he says. The seven doctors claim they had been directed back and forth between the MCI and the MMC for registration all these years. Admitting that a significant delay has been seen in the registration process, MMC president Dr Kishor Taori says the matter was brought to his notice in 2013 following which he took it up with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the MCI. Since they came from Pakistan, their registration took longer. We presented their case to the ministry, which further discussed it with the external affairs ministry. After several months, MCI was given a nod to register them, says Taori, adding that the MCI declared in 2013 that only states would register doctors, not MCI, which helped in speeding up the process for these seven doctors. The registration process is under way even as several of them have neared retirement age. Punshi's two sons are now pursuing engineering and he has established a business in the city. But he is now going to apply to hospitals. I used to go to charitable organisations and assist doctors to keep a grip on my field. The salary was meagre but I got to maintain contact with the field, he says. In the last two decades, he has been making daily rounds of clinics to help doctors, sometimes for free, after his work at shop is over. Udassi (60) is hopeful too. A doctor is never too old to work. His experience only improves, he says. Lassi, however, admits returning to the field after over a decade in another country will be a challenge in old age. It will take at least a year to regain confidence, he says. According to MMC officials, the process of registration will be completed in a fortnight, following which each of the seven doctors will get a registration number.
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