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

2019-11-29‘Bikers on wrong side of Shahad flyover increase the risk of accidents’ - Hindustan Times
‘Bikers on wrong side of Shahad flyover increase the risk of accidents’ Updated: Nov 29, 2019 20:39 IST : Bikers plying from the wrong side on the Shahad-Ulhasnagar flyover has led to an increased risk of accidents on this route, said commuters. The Shahad flyover, which connects Kalyan, Shahad, Ulhasnagar, witnesses huge traffic jams, especially during peak hours. “The flyover turns into a bottleneck as bikers ply from the wrong side. We urge the traffic department to take strict action against them,” said Vaibhav Kulkarni, 34, a commuter. The flyover has barricades between the two lanes, but bikers still take the opposite lane to avoid traffic. This creates chaos and increases risk of accidents. “During weekends the situation turns even worse. It takes more than an hour to cross this flyover connecting to Murbad Road, which usually takes less than five minutes. Hence, to save time, bikers choose to ply from wrong side taking a risk,” said Smita Ahuja, 28, a regular commuter from Ulhasnagar. Traffic officials claimed they have traffic wardens and cops placed at both ends of the bridge. “We have the traffic team to curb violations on this route. We have informed them to keep an eye on motorists plying on the wrong side and impose fines on them,” said a traffic official from Kalyan.
2019-11-29150 UMC school students still left without a building - Hindustan Times
150 UMC school students still left without a building Updated: Nov 29, 2019 20:34 IST : Around 150 students from two schools run by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) in Khemani are left in a lurch as their school building was demolished in June but has not been rebuilt yet. While the students have been provided with an alternative school, it is not enough to accommodate all 150 students. In view of the issues, the UMC education department has proposed to shift some of the students to another school, which is far from the current location, thus receiving opposition from the parents. Since June, the students of UMC municipal school number 18 and 24, which operated out of the same building, were shifted to SES School in the vicinity. However, as the provisions are not enough to accommodate an additional 150 students, the education department proposed another alternative venue at UMC school number 3, which is another 5 km away, thus making it difficult for the students to travel every day. The students currently have only three classrooms along with makeshift arrangement on the terrace. “After the school was demolished during summer vacations, we were told that the new structure will be built soon. However, the academic year has almost come to end but there is no progress. After we demanded proper facilities for our children, they identified a far-off location which we are not happy with,” said Ashish Date, a parent. Bhaurao Mohite, education officer, education department, UMC, said, “We provided a makeshift arrangement at a private school in the vicinity earlier. But as the renovation process got stuck in a controversy, we proposed school number 3 as another venue, but they [parents] find it far. We are still in talks with the parents.” UMC chief pulls up officers Kalyan While the renovation work at Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation’s (UMC) school numbers 18 and 24 has hit a roadblock as the building, which housed both the schools, fall under a road widening project, the UMC has sanctioned a proposal for the renovation work worth ₹8 crore. UMC Commissioner Sudhakar Deshmukh has sought an explanation regarding the decision from the deputy commissioner, chief auditor, chief accounting officer and administration officer. Deshmukh said, “All authorities, who took part in the process, have been given notices. Once we receive a response from them, action will be taken.”
2019-11-28Court allows man facing forgery cases in Mumbai to see wife, kid in America - Free Press Journal
Court allows man facing forgery cases in Mumbai to see wife, kid in America Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted an anticipatory bail to an Indian origin US citizen facing forgery cases in different police stations in Mumbai to travel to the United States to see his wife and child on an undertaking to return on or before January 31, 2020. Rajesh Kumar, a garment trader, who got the US citizenship in 2002, is facing cases in Kherwadi, Goregaon, Ulhasnagar, Borivli and Vakola police stations for fabricating the documents, including his birth certificate, Aadhaar and PAN cards and buying property in Bandra on the basis of the forged documents. He came in appeal against the Bombay High Court rejecting his applications for the anticipatory bail. The three-judge SC bench of Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, Aniruddha Bose and V Ramasubramanian also suspended the lookout circulars issued against him until January 21, 2020. Rajesh has contended before various courts that false cases have been forced on him by a Mumbai resident as a complainant, suspecting his relationship with his wife, just out of sheer vendetta. As regards the fabrication of the documents, his contention is that they were made by one Santosh Suryavanshi introduced to him by this complainant. The apex court allowed him to go to the US for one more visit to see his wife and child, noting the fact that he has “always come back from he US in time”. Binding him by the order of April 15, the court took his undertaking to return on or before January 31. It also ordered that “the details with regard to his whereabouts, together with telephone number where he can be contacted in the United States of America be furnished to the Investigation Office of Vakola police station in Bandra East.” It posted the matter for further hearing in the second week of February. The complainant has alleged that Rajesh had bought property in Bandra based on the forged documents, which he cannot, since the foreigners are not allowed to do so and he suppressed the information that he is an American citizen. Rajesh has been facing various cases since 2016, but he got the relief from the apex court since even the High Court order challenged by him noted that he has been joining the police investigations without fail and did not abscond as alleged by the complainant. One Vijay Kumar Hegde was the intervener on behalf of he complainant even in the High Court case.
2019-11-27Maharashtra: Month later, 286 MLAs take oath - Times of India
Maharashtra: Month later, 286 MLAs take oath Updated: Nov 28, 2019, 11:00 IST : MUMBAI: A month after the assembly election results— perhaps the longest it has ever taken for Vidhan Sabha to commence working—pro tem speaker Kalidas Kolambkar on Wednesday administered oath of office to 286 of the 288 newly elected MLAs of the state, much before the Supreme Court-mandated deadline of 5pm. Vidhan Bhavan officials said it was a rare occasion when the House had assembled for the first session without a government being formed or a chief minister being appointed. Vidhan Bhavan in-charge secretary Rajendra Bhagwat said in the last few decades the convention has been for the CM to be first sworn-in along with some other members before the session is conducted. The 13th assembly was constituted through a notification on October 25, a day after the results, but came into operation with Wednesday’s oath-taking by legislators. Kolambkar himself was sworn in on Tuesday before the governor at Raj Bhavan. At the end of the oath-taking session, the only MLA to have missed the ceremony was BJP’s Sudhir Mungantiwar; he will take a pledge in the next session. The day’s high point was the camaraderie seen between leaders cutting across party lines, overshadowing the political tussle the state has seen over the past few weeks. Shiv Sena’s Aaditya Thackeray, the first to contest elections from the family, was seen greeting outgoing chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. The Sena has been embroiled in a bitter tussle with the BJP over sharing of the CM’s seat leading to a snapping of their pre-poll alliance. The Sena has subsequently tied up with the ideologically divergent Congress and NCP. After taking oath, Thackeray told mediapersons that he was happy to be a part of the Vidhan Sabha and would work for the development of the state. “What makes me more excited is to work with young colleagues such as Ruturaj Patil and Zeeshan Siddhiqui who have some new-age ideas for the development of the state,” said Thackeray. NCP MP Supriya Sule waited at the Vidhan Bhavan gate to welcome Fadnavis with a warm handshake. She later embraced cousin Ajit Pawar who had aligned with the BJP for three days before returning to the NCP fold on Tuesday. “I have nothing to say (right now). I will speak at the right time. I had said earlier, too, that I am in the NCP and will remain in the NCP. There is no reason to create confusion,” Ajit Pawar told mediapersons. While most MLAs took their oath in Marathi, the BJP’s Sanjeevreddi Bodkurwar who represents Wani constituency in Yavatmal district took his in Sankrit, another BJP MLA Kumar Ailani from Ulhasnagar, took it in Sindhi, MIM’s Mohammad Ismail Abdul Khalique from Malegaon in Urdu and a few others in Hindi. Nawab Malik from Mumbai (NCP), Abdul Sattar from Sillod (Shiv Sena) and Rais Shaikh from Bhiwandi (Samajwadi Party) took their oaths in Marathi. Vidhan Bhavan officials said three members—Mahesh Baldi (independent), Mohammed Ismail (AIMIM) and Devendra Bhuyar (Swabhimani Shetkari Paksh)— were administered oath in the speaker’s chamber as they arrived after the House was adjourned. Sugar baron Ratnakar Gutte, an accused in a bank fraud case who is in the enforcement directorate’s judicial custody, was also allowed to visit Vidhan Bhavan to take oath as MLA. He won from Gangakhed. Many first-time MLAs were accompanied by their families. Rohit Pawar's wife Kunti, youngest MLA Zeeshan Siddique’s father and Congress leader Baba Siddique and Aditi Tatkare’s father, NCP leader and MP Sunil Tatkare, sat in the visitor’s gallery when the MLAs were taking oath. Ruturaj Patil, nephew of Congress leader Satej Patil, was seen touching the feet of senior leaders after taking oath.
2019-11-27Month later, 286 MLAs take oath - Times of India
Month later, 286 MLAs take oath Updated: Nov 28, 2019, 4:27 IST : Mumbai: A month after the assembly election results— perhaps the longest it has ever taken for Vidhan Sabha to commence working—pro tem speaker Kalidas Kolambkar on Wednesday administered oath of office to 286 of the 288 newly elected MLAs of the state, much before the Supreme Court-mandated deadline of 5pm. Vidhan Bhavan officials said it was a rare occasion when the House had assembled for the first session without a government being formed or a chief minister being appointed. Vidhan Bhavan in-charge secretary Rajendra Bhagwat said in the last few decades the convention has been for the CM to be first sworn-in along with some other members before the session is conducted. The 13th assembly was constituted through a notification on October 25, a day after the results, but came into operation with Wednesday’s oath-taking by legislators. Kolambkar himself was sworn in on Tuesday before the governor at Raj Bhavan. At the end of the oath-taking session, the only MLA to have missed the ceremony was BJP’s Sudhir Mungantiwar; he will take a pledge in the next session. The day’s high point was the camaraderie seen between leaders cutting across party lines, overshadowing the political tussle the state has seen over the past few weeks. Shiv Sena’s Aaditya Thackeray, the first to contest elections from the family, was seen greeting outgoing chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. The Sena has been embroiled in a bitter tussle with the BJP over sharing of the CM’s seat leading to a snapping of their pre-poll alliance. The Sena has subsequently tied up with the ideologically divergent Congress and NCP. After taking oath, Thackeray told mediapersons that he was happy to be a part of the Vidhan Sabha and would work for the development of the state. “What makes me more excited is to work with young colleagues such as Ruturaj Patil and Zeeshan Siddhiqui who have some new-age ideas for the development of the state,” said Thackeray. NCP MP Supriya Sule waited at the Vidhan Bhavan gate to welcome Fadnavis with a warm handshake. She later embraced cousin Ajit Pawar who had aligned with the BJP for three days before returning to the NCP fold on Tuesday. “I have nothing to say (right now). I will speak at the right time. I had said earlier, too, that I am in the NCP and will remain in the NCP. There is no reason to create confusion,” Ajit Pawar told mediapersons. While most MLAs took their oath in Marathi, the BJP’s Sanjeevreddi Bodkurwar who represents Wani constituency in Yavatmal district took his in Sankrit, another BJP MLA Kumar Ailani from Ulhasnagar, took it in Sindhi, MIM’s Mohammad Ismail Abdul Khalique from Malegaon in Urdu and a few others in Hindi. Nawab Malik from Mumbai (NCP), Abdul Sattar from Sillod (Shiv Sena) and Rais Shaikh from Bhiwandi (Samajwadi Party) took their oaths in Marathi. Vidhan Bhavan officials said three members—Mahesh Baldi (independent), Mohammed Ismail (AIMIM) and Devendra Bhuyar (Swabhimani Shetkari Paksh)— were administered oath in the speaker’s chamber as they arrived after the House was adjourned. Sugar baron Ratnakar Gutte, an accused in a bank fraud case who is in the enforcement directorate’s judicial custody, was also allowed to visit Vidhan Bhavan to take oath as MLA. He won from Gangakhed. Many first-time MLAs were accompanied by their families. Rohit Pawar's wife Kunti, youngest MLA Zeeshan Siddique’s father and Congress leader Baba Siddique and Aditi Tatkare’s father, NCP leader and MP Sunil Tatkare, sat in the visitor’s gallery when the MLAs were taking oath. Ruturaj Patil, nephew of Congress leader Satej Patil, was seen touching the feet of senior leaders after taking oath.
2019-11-279 injured in major blaze at Badlapur chemical firm - Free Press Journal
9 injured in major blaze at Badlapur chemical firm November 27, 2019, 7:52 AM IST : Thane: Nine people were injured after a major fire broke out in a chemical company situated in the MIDC area of Badlapur on Tuesday. Fire brigade officials said the blaze erupted at 11.25 am at Omkar Speciality Chemical Ltd, which is a ground plus three-storied building situated near the Mankoli village of Badlapur. Fire officials said that the blaze started from the ground floor, where 10-12 employees were working. In all, 60-70 people were present in the company and barring 9, all managed to escape unhurt. “Around 10 fire tenders from Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Thane and 15 private water tankers were used to control the blaze,” said a fire official. The fire-fighting operation was on even after more than seven hours, said an officer from the Badlapur fire station. Chief fire officer of the Kulgaon Badlapur Municipal Council, Bhagwat Sonawane said, “According to the statement of the company supervisor, the incident stated from a spark from a machine on the ground floor and later it spread to the nearby chemicals, which led to the fire gutting the company.” Fire officials said that the 9 injured people suffered 40-50 per cent injuries. They were taken to the Dhanvantari Hospital in Badlapur, where doctors referred them to the National Burn Centre Hospital in Airoli and the treatment is on. Bhagwat said, “The fire was significant, which led to the adjacent Shubh Laxmi factory’s certain section too catching fire. But we doused it within an hour’s time.”
2019-11-27Frankie places in Mumbai that are a must-visit for every foodie - Republic World - Republic World
Frankie Places In Mumbai That Are A Must-visit For Every Foodie Updated On: November 27, 2019 17:56 IST : Frankies are basically rolls filled with vegetables, meat, fish or egg. The stuffing of a frankie differs according to the ingredients that you may prefer. They can also have added flavours of cheese and paneer. Here are the best places to find frankie in Mumbai. Breadkraft, Andheri West A treat for all those who love vegetarian food. This place is famous for its vegetarian frankie. This place is located near Lokhandwala complex in Andheri West. This place has multiple outlets because of its mouth-licking delicacies. Tibbs Frankie, Borivali (West) This place is located in Borivali near I.C Colony. A good variety of veg, as well as non-vegetarian frankies, are available here. You can also enjoy the ambience of the place. Paneer Tadka Frankie is a must-try here. It has multiple outlets across the city. Roadside Fast Food, Nerul This is a place where you can have frankies until your stomach is full without worrying much about your wallets. It provides great variety in vegetarian Frankie’s and at very reasonable prices. Paneer and cheese frankie is a must-try here. Roti N, Ulhasnagar The place has a large variety of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian frankies. It provides spicy yummy frankies that has both quantity and quality. One frankie here can satiate your hunger easily. It is located near Kaccharam Statue, Ulhasnagar, Mumbai. Radha’s Kitchen, Lower Parel Here, both the frankie and the ambience are a treat for every foodie. Though it is on the expensive side, it is totally worth it. It is located on N.M.Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai.
2019-11-26Hundreds of Bhiwandi residents protest against demolition of their homes - Mid-day
Hundreds of Bhiwandi residents protest against demolition of their homes Updated: Nov 26, 2019, 09:44 IST : Bhiwandi residents on Monday marched to the Thane district collectorate protesting against the demolition of their houses following a court order. The Bombay High Court, in its order in May this year, had ordered demolition of structures on farms and government plots across 60 villages in Bhiwandi after completion of a 6- month survey. A few days ago, teams from the Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and state revenue department began the demolitions, prompting pro-tribal outfit Shramjeevi Sanghatana to hold a protest. Protesters demanded that the state government approach HC to stop the demolitions, and also asked that the structures in question be regularised like it was done in Ulhasnagar in the district. A memorandum was submitted to the collector listing these demands and immediate relief has been sought from the government, said Shramjeevi Sanghatana chief Vivek Pandit.
2019-11-23Ulhasnagar residents can apply online to regularise illegal properties - Hindustan Times
Ulhasnagar residents can apply online to regularise illegal properties Updated: Nov 24, 2019 00:37 IST : Residents of Ulhasnagar can now get their unauthorised properties regularised online as the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) has started with a web based system where one can log in, enter details, upload documents and get their property regularised. “The process to regularise a structure will be done online. This will have transparency and also residents can easily access it anywhere. They can check the status on time,” said civic body chief Sudhakar Deshmukh while inaugurating the online service on Friday. Regularisation of unauthorised structures has been a long pending demand by residents. The Urban Development department (UDD) of Maharashtra government had earlier asked the civic commissioner to give Form A to illegal structures for residents to apply for regularisation. “An applicant can now get the form online,” added Deshmukh. Only those buildings built before January 1, 2005, can apply for regularisation online. The applicants will have to fill the form online. They will also have to pay the compounding fees which will be displayed online after details are submitted. Residents will have to go to the civic body to submit the hard copies. “This is the last chance Ulhasnagar residents have to get their properties regularised,”said Deshmukh. Those buildings which do not have structural stability of fire safety certificate cannot apply for regularisation. The civic body has asked the government to approve these kinds of structures also into the online service. The decision for the same is pending. “Until the decision is taken such buildings cannot apply for regularisation,”said Deshmukh. As per the notification issued in September 20, the civic body was asked to complete the work of serving notices within three months. In Ulhasnagar, around 95% of the structures are unauthorised. As per the civic body, those structures built after January 1, 2005, will not be eligible to apply for regularisation. Activist Shashikant Dayma said, “There is a need to educate the residents on how to go about it. Those structures which lack structural stability and fire safety certificate should not be also allowed to avail the scheme.”
2019-11-23No more ragpicking: These Kalyan women bag roles for plastic-free city - Hindustan Times
No more ragpicking: These Kalyan women bag roles for plastic-free city Updated: Nov 24, 2019 00:49 IST : Anita Khandare, 34, used to earn a living by picking up plastic from waste bins despite several health hazards that came with it, but her life changed when she started making paper bags. Now, she is able to afford a better lifestyle and her health has also improved. Like Khandare, more than 500 women, who used to be ragpickers, victims of substance abuse, or homemakers, are now making paper bags to earn a living. The initiative was launched in 2018 by Jyoti Tayade, 32, a social activist keen on providing better employment opportunities to women who are working in such conditions. When I was thinking about a source of employment for these women, the decision on plastic ban came up. We started with gathering few ragpickers and teaching them to make cloth bags. However, this was very limited as we could not manage enough sewing machines, said Tayade. Over a period of time, Tayade learnt to make paper bags herself, and then taught the women who would gather in her makeshift office. My sister also joined me in managing the work, as we would gather more women, who are struggling with life and are trying to make a living. Around 200 ragpickers and a few women, who are recovering from substance abuse, also joined us. As the numbers increased, so did our centres, she added.These women work out of people's homes, or public places like libraries or restaurant with some open space. For instance, they have been provided a small space at Kaka ka Dhaba restaurant in Kalyan. In Vithalwadi, they make paper bags in Budh Vihar Samaj Mandir, a multipurpose hall open to the public. When more women from different areas started showing interest, we allotted a person to identify the locations. This made it easier for everyone to work from a place closer to home, said Vandana Dubey, in-charge of monitoring the Ulhasnagar centre. This is quite an empowering work for us. We are free to finish our household chores. This endeavour not only helps us be self-sufficient, but makes us confident and able to contribute to the family income, said Sharda Jadhav, 33, resident of Ulhasnagar. They manage to make around 70,000 bags a month, which are then sold for ₹5 to ₹12 depending on the size and cost of materials.
2019-11-23Setback for BJP in Latur, but it exacts revenge in Nashik, wins in Akola, Pimpri - Times of India
Setback for BJP in Latur, but it exacts revenge in Nashik, wins in Akola, Pimpri Updated: Nov 23, 2019, 8:09 IST : MUMBAI: Strange political equations made their mark during the mayoral elections in civic corporations across the state on Friday. BJP faced a setback at the hands of emerging political combinations in two corporations - Latur and Ulhasnagar - despite being the largest party. In Nashik, BJP triumphed with support from MNS to win the posts of mayor and deputy mayor. It won also in Pimpri-Chinchwad and Akola. In Latur, Congress Vikrant Gojamgunde was elected mayor in what is being seen as a setback for former BJP minister Sambhaji Nilangekar. A rebel BJP corporator, Chandrakant Birajdar, was elected Latur deputy mayor after he defeated his former colleague, Bhagyashree Koulkhere, with the help of Congress. BJP is the largest party with 36 corporators in the 70-member Latur civic body, Congress has 33 corporators and NCP one. One BJP corporator died and the lone NCP corporator joined the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi. During polls on Friday, two BJP corporators and the lone VBA corporator voted for Congress, while one corporator from Congress, Sachin Mhaske, was absent. BJPs Sati'sh Kulkarni was elected mayor in Nashik after a group of its corporators who were cosying up to Sena abstained. With five MNS corporators also voting for the BJP candidates, the latter won the deputy mayor's post as well, with 82-year Bhikubai Bagul getting the post unopposed. In Parbhani, Anita Sonkamble and Bhagwan Waghmare of Congress, the largest party in the civic body, were elected mayor and deputy mayor, respectively. In Pimpri-Chinchwad, BJP's Usha alias Mai Dhore was elected as the 26th mayor on Friday and BJP's Tushar Hinge as her deputy. Six NCP corporators voted for the Shiv Sena candidate and three Sena candidates were absent for the voting. Even as BJP managed to bag the mayor and deputy mayor posts in Akola corporation, Sena abstained from voting.
2019-11-23Omie Kalani KOs BJP in Ulhasnagar - Times of India
Omie Kalani KOs BJP in Ulhasnagar Updated: Nov 23, 2019, 8:09 IST : ULHASNAGAR: In a major blow to BJP, Shiv Sena candidate Leelabai Aashan (43 votes) won the Ulhasnagar mayor's post defeating the ruling party candidate Jeevan Idnani (35). The deputy mayor's post went to Sena's local ally RPI's candidate Bhagwan Bhalerao, who got 44 votes against BJP's Viju Patil (34). It was made possible by an about-turn by local bigwig Omie Kalani and his 11-strong Team Omie Kalani (TOK), which was allied with BJP in the local civic body for the past two and a half years. In fact, Aashan will replace Kalani's wife Pancham as mayor. Amid efforts to form a Sena-NCP-Congress government in the state, the Sena candidate also garnered the support of NCP (3) and Congress (1). Sena ally RPI has 3 corporators. Omie, son of one-time Ulhasnagar strongman Pappu Kalani who is serving a life term for murder, faced major pressure from BJP, but hid with his team for the last six days before delivering his blow. His stunning vault was precipitated by BJP's refusal to give his mother, Jyoti, a ticket for the 2017 assembly polls. She scrambled to join NCP and contested, but lost. It gave rise to anger against BJP's former minister Ravindra Chavan as he was seen as the man responsible for denying Jyoti and giving the ticket to former BJP MLA Kumar Ailani. Omie had joined politics after four-time MLA Pappu, who was close to Sharad Pawar, was jailed in 2013, and people started saying the family's sway in Ulhasnagar, especially among the Sindhis, was over. He gave his answer by getting mother Jyoti elected in the 2014 assembly election, defeating Kumar Ailani, against the Modi wave. Sources say Omie too has a few cases registered against, but he is more patient and calculating than his father, who was very aggressive. In 2017, TOK members contested on BJP's lotus symbol and helped BJP discard Sena, its partner in the civic body for 12 years. Soon, however, Omie faced pressure with Chavan insisting the 11 TOK members belonged to BJP as they had been elected on its symbol. Despite this bitterness, he helped the BJP-Sena combine during the Lok Sabha elections earlier in 2019. Sena candidate Shrikant Shinde got a good lead from Ulhasnagar, thanks to the Kalanis. The last straw for him was the assembly ticket refusal to his mother. Sources said Kalani fought back against BJP with help from local Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who helped hide his group. Later, speaking to reporters, an angry Chavan said: Omie Kalani has made a mistake. The 11 corporators who voted against BJP are from our party and they have violated the party's order and we are planning to take legal action against them. Hearing the threat, Kalani retorted: Let him (Chavan) do whatever he wants to do. BJP tried to pressurise us and by today's result, I wanted to give only one message: no one can rule in the civic body without Kalani.
2019-11-23Sena’s Kishori Pednekar is Mumbai’s new mayor - Mumbai Mirror
Sena’s Kishori Pednekar and Suhas Wadkar were elected unopposed as mayor and deputy mayor respectively as the BJP did not field candidates for the two posts. Thane, Ulhasnagar, Latur Sena’s Naresh Mhaske and Pallavi Kadam were elected mayor and deputy mayor respectively of Thane Municipal Corporation. In Ulhasnagar and Latur municipal corporations, the BJP’s candidates were defeated by the Shiv Sena and Congress, respectively. In Ulhasnagar, which falls in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), the BJP had majority with 41 corporators out of 78 belonging to the party. But a group of 10 corporators led by Omie Kalani voted in favour of Sena candidate Leelabai Ashan. Kalani’s mother Jyoti, a former MLA, was denied an assembly ticket by the BJP. Since then the Kalanis were looking to teach BJP a lesson and used the mayoral election to settle scores. The Kalanis had joined the BJP before the 2107 municipal election. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray congratulates Kishori Pednekar The Sena, which had 25 corporators and support of 10 corporators from smaller parties, benefitted from the extra push given by Omie’s group. In Latur, intra-party rivalry in BJP resulted in its candidate getting defeated. The total strength of Latur Municipal Corporation is 70. BJP had 36 members, Congress 33 and NCP 1. However, one BJP corporator had died recently and Congress corporator is in jail. So, the effective strength of the house was 68. However, three BJP corporators voted in favour of the Congress nominee Vikrant Gojamgunde who won by the margin of one vote. The rivalry between Sambhaji Nilangekar-Patil, former minister in Devendra Fadnavis’s cabinet, and Abhimanyu Pawar, the CM’s former PA who got elected to the Assembly from Ausa constituency in Latur district, proved to be detrimental to BJP’s interest. The corporators owing allegiance to Pawar voted to defeat BJP’s official candidate. Pawar was miffed with Nilangekar-Patil as the latter had allegedly tried to sabotage his campaign during assembly election.
2019-11-23BJP loses two mayoral polls, could slip in 20 zilla parishads - The Indian Express
BJP loses two mayoral polls, could slip in 20 zilla parishads Published: November 23, 2019 5:43:41 am : Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his family meet Mumbai’s new Mayor Kishori Pednekar, in Mumbai on Friday. Amit Chakravarty AMID SHIV Sena, Congress and NCP reaching a consensus on government formation in Maharashtra, BJP on Friday suffered another electoral setback, losing mayoral polls in Latur and Ulhasnagar municipal corporations, where it had won a majority of the seats. There are also indications that the party’s grip over several other urban local bodies across the state will be weakened if the three parties join hands. Sources said the BJP would slip into the minority in 20 zilla parishads (ZP), most of which were controlled by it in alliance with Sena. BJP suffered a major embarassment on Friday when two of its corporators backed Congress’ mayoral candidate in the Latur municipality, causing a major upset. With the backing of the two BJP defectors, Congress’ Vikrant Gojamgunde was elected the mayor in Latur. With 36 seats, while BJP was in majority in the 70-member municipality, Congress had 33 seats. The BJP’s tally in the House had come down by one earlier following the death of a corporator. With the two BJP corporators voting for it, the Congress won 35 votes in all with a corporator owing allegiance to the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi also backing the party. One Congress corporator was absent. The BJP, meanwhile, could only secure 33 votes. The defeat is being seen as a major setback for former BJP minister Sambhaji Patil-Nilangekar. Following the upset win, Congress MLA Amit Deshmukh, who is in the running for a ministerial berth in the new formation, said that the “evolving political situation in the state may have played a role in the victory”. Ironically, a BJP rebel, Chandrakant Birajdar, was elected to the deputy mayor’s post. In Ulhasnagar municipality, Sena got the backing of Congress, NCP and local outfit Team Omi Kalani (TOK). While Omi Kalani’s wife Pancham was BJP’s mayor in the municipality in the last term, she had campaigned for her mother-in-law Jyoti Kalani — who was nominated by the NCP — from Ulhasnagar in the October 21 Assembly polls. If Congress, NCP and Sena come together, sources said that the power equations in 20 zilla parishads would change and BJP would slip into a minority. These zilla parishads are Raigad, Ratnagiri, Nashik, Jalgaon, Pune, Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Kolhapurm, Aurangabad, Beed, Nanded, Parbhani, Osmanabad, Jalna, Hingoli, Amravati, Yavatmal, Buldhana, and Gadchiroli. Meanwhile, amid Congress, NCP and Sena reaching a concensus on Sena president Uddhav Thackeray becoming the new CM, Raj Thackeray-led MNS joined hands with BJP to ensure the latter retains mayor’s post in Nashik. In Pune Municipal Corporation, political alliances mirrored those in the state, as Sena corporators voted for NCP candidate in the mayoral election on Friday, hours before the Sena, Congress and NCP reached a consensus to form the state government. But the total vote tally of the three parties was still not enough to beat the BJP candidate, Murlidhar Mohol, who was elected as the next Pune mayor. Mohol recieved 97 votes while his rival, NCP’s Prakash Kadam, got 59 votes.
2019-11-22Maharashtra mayoral polls: Sena-Congress-NCP get the better of BJP - Times of India
Maharashtra mayoral polls: Sena-Congress-NCP get the better of BJP Updated: Nov 22, 2019, 16:56 IST : MUMBAI: The BJP was outsmarted on Friday by emerging political combinations in Maharashtra and lost mayoral polls in Latur and Ulhasnagar despite having a majority in both civic bodies. The Shiv Sena managed to win the posts of mayor and deputy mayor in Mumbai and neighbouring Thane. The BJP, however, managed to keep its flock together and got the support of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena to win the posts of mayor and deputy mayor in Nashik. In Latur, the Congress Vikrant Gojamgunde was elected mayor, in what is being seen as a setback for former BJP minister Sambhaji Nilangekar. In Ulhasnagar, the BJP, despite having a majority in the municipal corporation, was beaten by former saffron ally Shiv Sena which won the mayor's post after it got the support of the NCP, Congress and a local outfit called Team Omi Kalani (TOK). In Mumbai, the Sena's Kishori Pednekar and Suhas Wadkar were elected unopposed as mayor and deputy mayor respectively as the BJP did not field candidates for the two posts. The Sena's Naresh Mhaske and Pallavi Kadam were elected mayor and deputy mayor respectively of Thane Municipal Corporation. In Parbhani, Anita Sonkamble and Bhagwan Waghmare of the Congress, which is the largest party in the civic body, were elected mayor and deputy mayor. In Nashik, Satish Kulkarni of the BJP was elected mayor after a group of its corporators, who were cosying up to the Sena, stayed back. With five MNS corporators also voting for the BJP candidates in the Nashik Municipal Corporation, the latter won the deputy mayor's post as well, with 82-year Bhikubai Bagul getting the post unopposed. In the 70-member Latur civic body, BJP had 36 and Congress 33 corporators while the NCP had one. One BJP corporator died and the lone NCP corporator joined the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi. During polls on Friday, two BJP corporators and the lone one from VBA voted for the Congress, while one corporator from the Congress, Sachin Mhaske, was absent. A rebel BJP corporator, Chandrakant Birajdar, was elected Latur deputy mayor after he defeated his former colleague Bhagyashree Koulkhere with the help of the Congress. Although the ruling BJP had a clear majority in the Nashik Municipal Corporation, the Shiv Sena tried garnering support from the Congress, NCP and MNS, similar to its efforts for forming a government in the state. Former mayor Balasaheb Sanap had left the BJP and joined the NCP to contest the recent state Assembly polls, after the former denied him a ticket. He then went on to join the Shiv Sena. Around 10 to 15 of Sanap's supporters were won over by Shiv Sena, making things difficult for the BJP. While Ajay Boraste was the Sena's candidate for the Nashik mayor's post, Kamalesh Bodke was chosen by the party for the deputy mayor's post. However, all equations changed at the last minute, when MNS decided to back the BJP in NMC.
2019-11-22Charges Against Man, Sons For Allegedly Forcing 6 Tribals Into Bonded Labour - NDTV News
Charges Against Man, Sons For Allegedly Forcing 6 Tribals Into Bonded Labour Updated: November 23, 2019 01:38 IST : THANE: A man and his two sons have been charged by Palghar police in Maharashtra for allegedly forcing six tribals, including three children, into bonded labour and making them work in a brick kiln, an official said on Friday. The victims hail from Mokhada in Jawhar sub-division of Palghar district, the official said. "Mohan Bhika Dive, his parents and three siblings in the 7-13 age group, were forced to work in a brick kiln in Ulhasnagar by brothers Yogesh and Raju Vayle and their father," said the Mokhada police station official. He said the accused would hold the 13-year-old girl back when they used to give other members of the family leave from the kiln to visit their native Mokhada village, to ensure they returned. "We registered a case under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act. We have transferred the case to Ulhasnagar police as it happened in their jurisdiction," he added. He said no arrests have been made in the case and probe was underway.
2019-11-21BJP, SAI asks corporators to vote for Idnani - Hindustan Times
BJP, SAI asks corporators to vote for Idnani Updated: Nov 22, 2019 01:09 IST : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Secular Alliance of India (SAI) have issued a whip asking its corporators from Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) to vote for Jeevan Idnani as mayor and Vijay Patil as deputy mayor in the mayoral elections on Friday. Idnani is the deputy mayor of UMC. Earlier, BJP and SAI had filed nominations for the mayoral post, even though they contested the 2017 civic polls together. SAI claimed that the BJP had assured a mayor from SAI for the remaining 2 years. Earlier, BJP’s Meena Ailani was elected as mayor for one and half years. After this, Pancham Kalani from BJP was elected as mayor for one and half years. Idnani said the BJP-SAI alliance had an agreement of allowing a mayor of SAI party in the last tenure; hence he went ahead with the filing of nomination. “Both the parties have decided to vote for Idnani. We have already asked all the corporators to be present and vote as per the party’s decision. If they fail to vote for Idnani they will face action,” said a senior leader of BJP, who did not wish to be named. Sources from Ulhasnagar claimed that although BJP-SAI has decided to vote for Idnani, the votes will not cross the magic number 40 as Team Omie Kalani has not decided whom to vote for. UMC has 78 corporators. SAI has 12 corporators, while the BJP has 32 but most of them are from Team Omie Kalani (TOK). At least 18 corporators are from TOK, claimed its president Omie Kalani. Omie Kalani he did not respond to phone calls and text messages. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena also tried wooing corporators from TOK, who were upset with the BJP for breaking its promise of giving Assembly tickets to the Kalanis. Shiv Sena also had plans to take support from NCP and Congress for the mayoral elections. Sena leader Gopal Landge had told the party will seek support from NCP and Congress. However, the local NCP leaders are unhappy with the Sena, saying it did not take them into confidence before nominating senior Sena corporator Leelabai Ashan for the mayoral post. “We are sure that most corporators of the BJP and SAI will support the decision and vote for the alliance. Even if the TOK has not been vocal about their support, they have a positive approach towards us,” said Idnani.
2019-11-21Four cops injured while nabbing wanted accused in Thane - Hindustan Times
Four cops injured while nabbing wanted accused in Thane Updated: Nov 22, 2019 01:07 IST : Four police personnel were injured while trying to nab a wanted accused at Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra’s Thane district, police said on Thursday. Acting on a tip-off about accused Naresh Chabria who had escaped from police custody on July 17, a police unit laid a trap to nab him in Ulhasnagar on Wednesday night, an officer said. The policemen spotted Chabria and his son on a two- wheeler and asked him to stop, he said, adding that when the duo refused to halt, one of the officers fired a round. Although no one was hurt in the firing, four police personnel, including two officers, were injured while pinning down the accused, he said. An offence under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Bombay Police Act has been registered against the father-son duo with the Hill Line police station, the officer said. Chabria, who was detained under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, had escaped police custody while he was being taken to Thane Central Jail after being produced in court, assistant police commissioner N T Kadam said.
2019-11-20Three days before Ulhasnagar mayor poll, Omie Kalani, seven netas in hiding - Times of India
Three days before Ulhasnagar mayor poll, Omie Kalani, seven netas in hiding Updated: Nov 20, 2019, 9:21 IST : ULHASNAGAR: The BJP in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) is worried as eight of its corporators from TOK (Team Omie Kalani) party, including party president Omie Kalani, have gone into hiding three days ahead of the mayoral election. The UMC is ruled by the BJP, in alliance with TOK and SAI (Secular Alliance of India) party with a total 44 seats, while the Shiv Sena is in opposition with 21 seats. There are a total 78 seats in the UMC. Without TOK’s support, the BJP may not reach the magic figure of 40 to win the poll. To avoid horse-trading, the BJP and SAI party on Tuesday sent their corporators to a hotel in Lonavla. On Tuesday, TOI had reported that the Sena was wooing the 11 TOK corporators who were upset with the BJP for “breaking its promise of giving assembly poll tickets to the Kalanis”. Sources said the Kalanis were also unhappy with the BJP after the 2017 municipal polls. They said that the 21 TOK candidates had contested on the lotus symbol and won, but later the BJP had ‘lured’ 10 of the winners and claimed they were its corporators. The Sena has nominated Leelabai Aashan for the mayor’s post and supported the nomination of RPI candidate Bhagwan Bhalerao for deputy mayor’s post. To win, it needs the support of the four corporators each from NCP and RPI, the sole Congress corporator and 5-6 more netas. Sena leader Gopal Landge said they will seek support from NCP and Congress for the mayoral election. While the NCP, Congress and Sena are amid alliance talks for formation of government, the local NCP leaders are unhappy with the Sena as the latter did not take them into confidence before nominating Aashan. Bharat Gangotri, working president of Ulhasnagar city NCP unit, who is contesting for deputy mayor’s post, said: “The Sena hasn’t contacted us yet.
2019-11-20Fight for mayor post in Ulhasnagar intensifies - Hindustan Times
Fight for mayor post in Ulhasnagar intensifies Updated: Nov 21, 2019 01:18 IST : Team Omie Kalani (TOK), which had supported Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the previous mayoral elections, is still uncertain about whom to support this time. Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) will elect its new mayor on November 22. Omie’s wife Pancham Kalani was the former mayor of UMC from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). President of TOK, Omie Kalani, claimed that the team has the power to decide who will be the mayor. “We have a good number of corporators in our team and our support will decide who will be the mayor of Ulhasnagar. We are yet to decide whether to support BJP of Shiv Sena or to not vote at all. We will decide on Thursday,” said Kalani. The UMC is ruled by the BJP, in alliance with TOK and SAI (Secular Alliance of India) party with a total of 44 seats, while the Shiv Sena is in the Opposition with 21 seats. “My team has 18 corporators, including some disgruntled BJP corporators,”said Kalani. The UMC has 78 seats. Without Omie’s support, the BJP may not reach the magic figure of 40 to win the mayor’s post. Candidates from both Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have filed nominations. Deputy mayor Jeevan Idnani from SAI also filed nomination for the mayor’s post. “When BJP and SAI formed an alliance, the party had assured to give our party the second tenure of mayor. We filed nomination as per the agreement,” said Idnani. Deepak Sirvani from SAI filed nomination for deputy mayor. BJP’s leader of the house Jamnadas Purswani filed nomination for mayor’s post and Vijay Patil for deputy mayor. Shiv Sena’s Leelabai Asha filed nomination for mayor’s post and Bhagwan Bhalerao leader of Republican Party of India (RPI), which supports Sena, filed for deputy mayor post. BJP president of Ulhasnagar, MLA Kumar Ailani, said, “We will have full support. We are sure SAI will stand by us.”
2019-11-19LPG cylinder blast kills 1 in Ulhasnagar - Free Press Journal
LPG cylinder blast kills 1 in Ulhasnagar November 19, 2019, 8:02 AM IST : Thane: One person died and another sustained injuries after a gas cylinder exploded in a hotel in Ulhasnagar on Monday afternoon. According to the Fire department, the cylinder exploded at Satguru hotel. The deceased has been identified as Govind Jadhav (32). The injured, Dhiraj Verma (29), had come for lunch to the hotel. Ulhasnagar fire station officials said they received a call around 3.30 pm after which four fire tenders were rushed to spot. They succeeded in dousing the fire within an hour. Officials said the cylinder was leaking and it suddenly caught fire. The fire then spread to the whole hotel. An ambulance rushed the injured to a private hospital for treatment. While doctors declared Jadhav dead before addmission, Verma was referred to another hospital in Thane for further treatment.
2019-11-18Trio behind jewellry store robbery held - Times of India
Trio behind jewellry store robbery held Updated: Nov 19, 2019, 4:21 IST : Nashik: The Nashik rural police have arrested three suspects in connection with the robbery worth Rs 3.65 lakh in Abhona on November 6. The trio is suspected to be part of a gang that has committed crimes in Buldhana, Jalna, Pune, Aurangabad districts. The suspects have been identified as Ajaysingh alias Satanamsingh Chandasingh Bawari (35), Mukindersingh Nikksingh Tak (32), both residents of Buldhana, and Ramsingh Dhhannasingh Bhond (28), resident of Ganjamal in Nashik city. The police said the suspects had broken the shutter of a jewellery store in Abhona on November 6 and stolen gold and silver jewellery worth Rs 3.65 lakh. Inspector K K Patil of the local crime branch visited the crime spot on the guidance of superintendent of police Arti Singh. The burglary was caught in the CCTVs installed in the jewellery store. However, since the faces of the burglars were covered with handkerchief, it was difficult to identify them. The day after the burglary, the police found the safe stolen from the jewellery store dumped in Talwad village. Police suspected that the burglars had used a while multi-utility vehicle from Buldhana or Jalna for the crime and sent a team to these districts. After staying put in Buldhana for a few days, the police got information about Bawari, who was arrested from Buldhana. Subsequently, Tak was arrested from a village between Dhule and Malegaon and Bhond was arrested from Loni Kalbhor from Pune. The police said the trio and two of their accomplices — both from Ulhasnagar — are seasoned criminals. The police have recovered silver jewellery from Bhond.
2019-11-18Cops to get custody of main suspect in Muthoot case from Bihar - Times of India
Cops to get custody of main suspect in Muthoot case from Bihar Updated: Nov 19, 2019, 4:23 IST : Nashik: The city police are all set to take custody of the main suspect in the June 14 Muthoot finance dacoity and murder case from a Bihar jail. Senior police officials said they were in the process of taking custody of the chief suspect, Subodh Singh, who is lodged in a Bihar jail. The officials said Singh’s custody would be handed over to them in just a day or two. Senior officials said a team of the city police headed by an officer is in Bihar to take his custody. Singh allegedly planned the dacoity at Muthoot office in Nashik on June 14. He had roped in 11 men from different places to execute the plan. While six actually entered the Muthoot office to commit the dacoity, the others had provided them logistics support. “The process of taking Subodh Singh’s custody from the Bihar jail has been started. We are likely to get his custody in a day or two,” said a senior police officer. The city police on Sunday arrested Vishwajeet Kumarsingh Rampralhadsingh (35) from the Muzaffarpur jail. Vishwajeet was in touch with Singh and another suspect named Manish Singh. On their instructions, he had conducted a recce of the Muthoot office and passed on the information to them. He has also purchased a bike from Ulhasnagar that was used in the crime. The city police had launched a manhunt to trace Vishwajeet after his role in the crime was confirmed. Investigations revealed that he was lodged in the Muzaffarpur jail. The police completed legal formalities and took his custody. The city police had earlier arrested Jitendra Singh Rajput and Parminder Singh from Gujarat, Jitender’s brother Akash Singh Rajput from Ara in Bihar and Subhash Guar from Faridabad in Haryana. Around 11.30 am on June 14, six dacoits had entered the finance institution’s office and demanded the keys to the vault where the gold was kept. However, IT engineer Saju Samuel (29) fought them single-handedly following which they shot him and fled. Samuel died due to his injuries. The Nashik city police have applied the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the criminals involved in the Muthoot robbery and murder case.
2019-11-18Cook dies in LPG cylinder blasts at hotel in Ulhasnagar - Times of India
Cook dies in LPG cylinder blasts at hotel in Ulhasnagar Updated: Nov 18, 2019, 21:53 IST : ULHASNAGAR: One staff died while another suffered serious burns in fire due to explosion in an LPG cylinder at a hotel in Ulhasnagar on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Govind Jadhav (32), a cook at the hotel; Dhiraj Verma (29), who works at the hotel as a waiter suffered 80 per cent burns in the blaze. The incident took place around 3.30pm at Sadguru hotel near C-Block in Ulhasnagar. The first explosion led to blasts in three other cylinders kept nearby. Police said Verma was rushed to the Central hospital in Ulhasnagar from where he was shifted to a private Criticare hospital in Thane for further treatment.
2019-11-17Fifth suspect arrested in Muthoot dacoity-murder case - Times of India
Fifth suspect arrested in Muthoot dacoity-murder case Updated: Nov 18, 2019, 4:04 IST : Nashik: City police have arrested the fifth suspect in Muthoot dacoity and murder case after from Muzaffarpur jail in Bihar where he was lodged. The suspect was involved in purchasing a motorbike and conducting recce of the financial institution in October 2018. A total of 12 men were involved in the crime and police are relentlessly hunting for the remaining seven suspects. The supsect arrested from Muzaffarpur jail has been identified as Vishwajeet Kumarsingh Rampralhadsingh (35) — a resident of Ramnagar of Muzaffarpur district in Bihar. According to police, after Vishwajeet’s role was identified in the case, they were relentlessly tracing about his whereabouts. Commissioner of Police Vishwas Nangare Patil said, “Vishwajeet was in touch with the main suspects Subodh Singh and Manish Singh. On their instructions, he had conducted a recce of the office and passed on the information to them. He had also purchased a bike from Ulhasnagar that was used in the crime.” After completing all the formalities, Vishwajeet was arrested from Bihar on Sunday by ACP Ashok Nakhate of Unit III. The city police had earlier arrested Jitendra Singh Rajput and Parminder Singh from Gujarat, Jitender’s brother Akash Singh Rajput from Ara in Bihar and Subhash Guar from Faridabad in Haryana. Around 11.30 am on June 14, six dacoits had entered the finance institution’s office and demanded the keys to the vault where the gold was kept. However, IT engineer Saju Samuel (29) of Muthoot fought them single-handedly following which they shot him and fled.
2019-11-16CONFIRMED: Shiv Sena not in NCP-Congress plans for BMC Mayor polls - Republic World - Republic World
CONFIRMED: Shiv Sena Not In NCP-Congress Plans For BMC Mayor Polls Updated On: November 16, 2019 17:59 IST : Amidst ongoing talks between Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena and Congress over a possible coalition to run Maharashtra, senior NCP leader Nawab Malik said that Congress-NCP alliance will field candidates in the upcoming Mayoral elections in the state and there have been no talks with Shiv Sena on the same. 27 municipal bodies will go to polls to elect a Mayor on November 22 including cities like Mumbai, Thane, Aurangabad and Pune among others. Mayoral polls The Assembly polls in Maharashtra held in October were the reason why the elections for Mayor was extended till November. The term of the Mayor lasts 2.5 years and it had got over in September itself. Earlier this week, Urban Development Department had done a lottery for the reservation of Mayor posts in various municipalities. As per the same, Mumbai, Sangli, Pune, Nashik, Kalyan-Dombivali, Nagpur, Thane, and Ulhasnagar have been reserved for the Open category. Navi Mumbai, Panvel, Akola, Aurangabad, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Jalgaon, Bhivandi, and Chandrapur have been reserved for women in the Open category. The mayor's post for the municipal corporation of Mira Bhayandar is reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (ST) while that of Vasai-Virar is reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC). Women corporators from the Scheduled Castes will be the head of Ahmednagar and Parbhani corporations. The distribution of nomination forms will begin from Saturday while nomination forms would be accepted on November 20 between 11 am and 2 pm.
2019-11-15Ill-maintained war memorials in Thane, Kalyan cry for attention - Hindustan Times
Ill-maintained war memorials in Thane, Kalyan cry for attention Updated: Nov 16, 2019 01:03 IST : Numerous war memorials were built across Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli over the past many years. The structures are neglected and ill-maintained throughout the year. They are cleaned just before Kargil Diwas or Republic day. The memorial at Mahatma Phule Chowk, Kalyan, is not easy to spot as traffic continuously moves around the junction. “Every memorial has a story to share; it has been built to highlight the martyrdom and valour of our army men. It should be given its due respect. The one at Mahatma Phule Chowk in Kalyan has uprooted tiles and is unkempt,” said Sahil Pawar, citizen activist, Kalyan. Most memorials are lost in a road or street and residents are unaware of their presence as hardly anyone visits them. “Although memorials are built with patriotic sentiments, most political leaders use it for publicity. The importance of the memorial is not highlighted,” said Ramesh Dalvi, 87, resident of Vijay Gardens, Thane. Situated at a corner, Kargil War Memorial, Kopri, has weeds growing all around. It is cleaned and maintained only during important days or events. The memorial is difficult to spot on other days. Retired Major Subhash Gawand said, “There are weeds growing around the memorial and the paint is peeling off. Every memorial talks about the struggles of the armed forces and their families.” Citizen groups and activists plan to raise their voice against the non-maintenance of war memorials. The one at VTC ground, Ulhasnagar, is surrounded by parked buses and vehicles. Stray dogs use the memorial space to sleep as people hardly go there. A senior official of Thane Municipal Corporation said, “The structures have to be taken care of at the ward level. Along with maintenance of other statues and public spots, the ward officer should ensure that this is also maintained.” Educational institutes should bring children to such spots as it will tell them more about historical events, added the official.
2019-11-15Mumbai devotees laud SC's Sabarimala verdict - Times of India
Mumbai devotees laud SC's Sabarimala verdict Updated: Nov 15, 2019, 10:15 IST : MUMBAI: The Ayyappa Seva Sanghams and Malayali devotees in the city welcomed the Supreme Court's decision on Thursday to refer to a seven-judge bench over 60 petitions seeking review of its 2018 judgment where it allowed women of all ages entry into Kerala's Sabarimala temple. The bench will also re-examine various religious issues, including the entry of women into mosques and the practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community. The 2018 SC judgment had hurt our religious sentiment. The act [two women had entered the temple] was done by some activists with vested interest, Shaji Pillai, president of the Shree Ayyappa Temple in Airoli told TOI. We welcome the SC decision to refer the Sabarimala matter to a seven-judge panel. But proper study has to be done before giving any judgment to the ancient old tradition. Pointing out that there is no clarity whether women can enter the shrine, which is scheduled to open for worship from November 17, a member of the Shree Ayyappa Seva Sangham, Kalyan (E), said: It is too early to give a reaction to the SC decision. The 2018 judgment hurt . religious sentiments Hardly any women will break tradition and enter the temple's premises. K Raveedran, secretary of the Sangham in Malad, said the SC had observed a lacuna in its earlier judgment and therefore referred the matter to a seven-judge bench. Now, the Kerala government should not give any statement it should wait for the final verdict. Welcoming the SC decision, Krishnankutty Nair, president of the Sangham in Ulhasnagar, said: Today, the SC has given devotees hope that the final decision would be in our favour and not hurt religious sentiments.
2019-11-14Four ways to enjoy the outdoors - Mid-day
Four ways to enjoy the outdoors Updated: Nov 14, 2019, 09:24 IST : Soak In Nature Walk - Sign up for a wildlife spotting walk inside SGNP's Yeoor Hills, conducted by wildlife expert, Nikit Surve. On November 17, 7 am to 11 am Meeting point Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Thane entrance. Call 9833376765 Cost Rs 1,199 Cycle - Experience Mumbai's landmarks in new light at this midnight cycling event. On November 16, 11 pm to November 17, 5.30 am Meeting point Colaba Causeway. Log on to treksandtrails.org Cost Rs 250 to Rs 650 What The Fort What The Fort Outdoors Trek - Hike up to Mahauli Fort, a 2815 ft relic from 1485, and soak in the vistas. On November 16, 6 am 7.30 pm Meeting point Asangaon Railway Station, Ulhasnagar. email mumbaimountainhikers@gmail.com Cost Rs 550 Leisure - This weekend, head to this exciting road trip to a pet fest with your doggos. On November 17, 7.30 am At Shivar Agro Tourist Farm, Gorhewada, Sange. Call 7021206477 Cost Rs 1,099 (for adults); Rs 899 (for kids)
2019-11-13Polls for mayor’s post on Nov. 22 - The Hindu
Polls for mayor’s post on Nov. 22 UPDATED: NOVEMBER 14, 2019 01:03 IST : Mumbai Mayor will be from general category; draw decides other 26 reservations too The mayor's post for the Brihanmumnai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be reserved for a general category candidate in the open section for the next two-and-a-half years. This was decided after a draw opened for reservation for the mayoral posts in 27 municipal corporations across the State at Mantralaya on Wednesday. Election for the posts will be held on November 22. Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Sangli, Ulhasnagar and Nashik are among the corporations that will have a mayor from the open section. The change of Mayor was scheduled before the Assembly polls in Maharashtra but had to be postponed on account of the model code of conduct being in force. Among the other municipal corporations, Vasai-Virar is reserved for the scheduled tribe (general), Mira-Bhayander for scheduled caste (general), Ahmednagar and Parbhani for SC (women), Latur, Dhule and Amravati for backward class of citizens (general), Nanded-Waghala, Solapur, Kolhapur and Malegaon for backward class of citizen (women), and Navi Mumbai, Jalgaon, Bhiwandi, Akola, Panvel, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Aurangabad and Chandrapur for open (women). With the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress party (NCP) and Congress attempting to stitch an alliance in Maharashtra, the election of mayors is likely to throw up surprises in many places. In the BMC, the Sena has 94 corporators while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 81. The Congress-NCP together have 36 corporators. The BJP has not yet decided if it will be fielding anyone for the mayor’s post. If it does, and if talks between Congress-NCP and Sena fall through at State level, the Congress-NCP may decide to vote for the BJP candidate, the only scenario in which the city will have a BJP mayor. If the two parties choose to abstain, or vote in favour of the Sena, the city will get a Sena mayor again. Several names are in the fray from the Shiv Sena, including standing committee chairman Yashwant Jadhav and former mayor Vishakha Raut.
2019-11-13MBMC to have 8th SC mayor: Will mahila raj continue? - Yahoo India News
MBMC to have 8th SC mayor: Will mahila raj continue? 13 November 2019 : Bhayandar: The twin-city is set to have its 8th mayor from the scheduled caste (SC) category when the term of incumbent Dimple Mehta (BJP) ends in February 2020. The decision followed a draw of lottery for the reservation for the mayor’s post of 27 civic bodies, including the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) by Maharashtra’s urban development department in Mumbai on Wednesday. The mayor’s post in 8 major civic bodies, including Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Thane, Nashik, Kalyan-Dombivli, Sangli and Ulhasnagar, is reserved for the open category. The reservation tenure will be for the remaining two and half years in the five-year term of the civic body. The reservation opens the race for the mayor’s post for three candidates of the BJP, including two first-time corporators -- Daulat Gajrie, Rupali Shinde -- and a much-experienced contender in the form of Jyotsna Hasnale. However, the choice would narrow down to only and a lone aspirant Anant Shirke from the Shiv Sena. With 61 of the 95 corporators, the BJP, which single-handedly rules the MBMC, is at loggerheads with its estranged ally Shiv Sena, which has 22 corporators. Notably, since its elevation from council to corporation status in 2002, the MBMC has witnessed seven mayoral terms, and so far, there have been only two male city mayors in the last 17 years. NCP’s Nirmala Savle succeeded Mayra Gilbert Mendonca who became the first mayor of the MBMC in 2002. The mayoral chair was bagged by Narendra Mehta (an independent candidate supported by NCP and saffron alliance) in August 2007 and later in February 2010 by Congress’s Tulsidas Mhatre. Catlyn Pereira and Geeta Jain shared the chair from 2012 to 2017. As of now, BJP’s Dimple Mehta who is the seventh mayor had been elected to the post from the Other Backward Class category, while her senior party colleague Geeta Jain (now independent legislator) had bagged the mayoral post while it was reserved for the general (women) category during the second half of the MBMC tenure in 2014.
2019-11-13Kalyan builders booked after homebuyers lodge cheating case - Hindustan Times
Kalyan builders booked after homebuyers lodge cheating case Updated: Nov 14, 2019 05:12 IST : After several homebuyers approached the police alleging that the builder cheated them, the police booked four people. The four are absconding, said the police. The Mahatma Phule police have booked the four for cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property and criminal breach of trust. Eleven people have complained to the police that they had paid huge sums of money but the builder did not hand them their houses. The police have booked builder partners under section 420, 406, 34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 4 and 3 of Maharashtra Ownership of Flats Act. Patel Colossus, a housing project by Patel group and company, started in 2010 but it is yet to be completed, said the investors in their complaint. The housing project is at Konkan Vasahat, Chikanghar, in Kalyan (West). The homebuyers met deputy commissioner of police, Vivek Pansare. The first information report (FIR) was registered on Monday night. “Since 2011, the builder started selling flats promising to complete the work in 2015. The builder has planned to build 700 flats in phase 1, 2 and 3 and till now only around five floors have been constructed,” said Sajan John, 37, a resident of Kalyan. “We learnt that more than 230 flats are purchased by investors and at least Rs40 crore has been invested by homebuyers. I have paid ₹54 lakh for a 2-BHK flat. The builder had assured us that the house would be handed over by December 2017. The builder did not go beyond constructing five floors,” added John. Phone calls to one of the builders went unanswered. The complaints said they had forwarded the matter to RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Authority) but no action was taken. As per the investors, the plot of housing project belongs to Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) and was leased to low-income groups (LIG) which comprised a committee of 448 members living in the area. The builder approached the LIG committee members, saying they would construct a building for them similar to a redevelopment project in 2008-09. Another part of the project is meant for high-income groups (HIG), which the builder used for commercial purpose. “Most investors fell for the promotional events of the builder during the launch of the project,” said John. The builder also offered subvention scheme to some investors in which he agreed to pay the pre-EMI (equated monthly installment) till the possession of the house. “Now, the subvention scheme is prohibited by the RBI after 2015. I fell for it and applied for the scheme. The builder did not pay the EMI of the loans which were taken in my name,” added John. Another investor Nitesh Bhamare, 35, a resident of Dombivli, said, “I invested ₹19.5 lakh for a 2-BHK flat in 2014. Many paid from their own savings and some took loans. The builder has cheated us with false promises for so many years. I wanted to shift to Kalyan with my family. All the money invested is gone.” Senior police inspector of Mahatma Phule station Prakash Londhe said, “We have registered a case against the builders. We are investigating the case. We are yet to get through the builders.” The police also claimed that they visited one of the builder’s residences in Ulhasnagar but did not find him. “The search is on by our team of officers,” added Londhe.
2019-11-13Election time again: Polls for 27 Mayor posts in Maharashtra on Nov 22 - Free Press Journal
Election time again: Polls for 27 Mayor posts in Maharashtra on Nov 22 Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:18 PM IST : Reservations for 27 Mayor posts in Maharashtra have been announced by Ministry of Urban Development on Wednesday. The elections for the posts will be held on 22 November. Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Thane, Nashik, Kalyan-Dombivali, Sangli, and Ulhasnagar have been reserved for the Open category while Navi Mumbai, Jalgaon, Bhivandi, Akola, Panvel, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Aurangabad, and Chandrapur have been reserved for the women in Open category. The municipal corporation of Vasai-Virar and Mira Bhayandar are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes respectively. Women corporators from the Scheduled Castes will be the head of Ahmednagar and Parbhani corporations. The Backward Class will get an opportunity from Latur and Dhule, while Nanded, Solapur, Kolhapur, Malegaon have been reserved from Backward class women. The Mayors and Deputy Mayors had been given a three-month extension due to Assembly elections in the state. The extension period comes to an end on 22 November which is when the elections for the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be held in the 27 municipalities.
2019-11-13Maharashtra Mayor Elections 2019: Polls For 27 Mayoral Posts to be Held on November 22 - LatestLY
Maharashtra Mayor Elections 2019: Polls For 27 Mayoral Posts to be Held on November 22 Nov 13, 2019 07:45 PM IST : Mumbai, November 13: Elections to mayoral post in 27 municipal corporations across Maharashtra will be held on November 22. The elections were pending as the lottery deciding the reservation for the mayor’s post in 27 civic bodies was to be held. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Urban Development announced in which category the 27 mayor posts will fall. The results may be declared on November 22.Mayor post in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Thane, Nashik, Kalyan-Dombivali, Sangli, and Ulhasnagar municipal corporations have been reserved for the Open category. Mayoral post in Navi Mumbai, Jalgaon, Bhivandi, Akola, Panvel, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Aurangabad, and Chandrapur have been reserved for the women in the Open category. The top post of Vasai-Virar and Mira Bhayandar are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes respectively. Mayor post of Ahmednagar and Parbhani municipal corporations will be reserved for the Scheduled Castes. Corporators from the Backward Class can become mayor of Latur and Dhule. Nanded, Solapur, Kolhapur, Malegaon's mayoral posts have been reserved for women from the Backward class. Due to the assembly elections, incumbent mayors and deputy mayors were given a three-month extension. The extension period ends on November 22 which is when the elections for the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be held in the 27 municipalities. The polls assume significance following a fallout between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena after the assembly elections.
2019-11-13MBMC to have 8th SC mayor: Will mahila raj continue? - Free Press Journal
MBMC to have 8th SC mayor: Will mahila raj continue? November 13, 2019, 11:42 PM IST : Bhayandar: The twin-city is set to have its 8th mayor from the scheduled caste (SC) category when the term of incumbent Dimple Mehta (BJP) ends in February 2020. The decision followed a draw of lottery for the reservation for the mayor’s post of 27 civic bodies, including the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) by Maharashtra’s urban development department in Mumbai on Wednesday. The mayor’s post in 8 major civic bodies, including Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Thane, Nashik, Kalyan-Dombivli, Sangli and Ulhasnagar, is reserved for the open category. The reservation tenure will be for the remaining two and half years in the five-year term of the civic body. The reservation opens the race for the mayor’s post for three candidates of the BJP, including two first-time corporators -- Daulat Gajrie, Rupali Shinde -- and a much-experienced contender in the form of Jyotsna Hasnale. However, the choice would narrow down to only and a lone aspirant Anant Shirke from the Shiv Sena. With 61 of the 95 corporators, the BJP, which single-handedly rules the MBMC, is at loggerheads with its estranged ally Shiv Sena, which has 22 corporators. Notably, since its elevation from council to corporation status in 2002, the MBMC has witnessed seven mayoral terms, and so far, there have been only two male city mayors in the last 17 years. NCP’s Nirmala Savle succeeded Mayra Gilbert Mendonca who became the first mayor of the MBMC in 2002. The mayoral chair was bagged by Narendra Mehta (an independent candidate supported by NCP and saffron alliance) in August 2007 and later in February 2010 by Congress’s Tulsidas Mhatre. Catlyn Pereira and Geeta Jain shared the chair from 2012 to 2017. As of now, BJP’s Dimple Mehta who is the seventh mayor had been elected to the post from the Other Backward Class category, while her senior party colleague Geeta Jain (now independent legislator) had bagged the mayoral post while it was reserved for the general (women) category during the second half of the MBMC tenure in 2014.
2019-11-12Ranbir Kapoor Visits Gurudwara, Meets Fans in Ulhasnagar on Guru Nanak Jayanti - News18
Ranbir Kapoor Visits Gurudwara, Meets Fans in Ulhasnagar on Guru Nanak Jayanti Updated:November 12, 2019, 7:45 PM IST : On the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak on Tuesday, actor Ranbir Kapoor visited a gurudwara in Mumbai's Ulhasnagar. Fans thronged the venue to catch a glimpse of the Bollywood star, who emerged from the sunroof of his car to greet them. Videos of Ranbir surrounded by a sea of fans went viral on social media. The Barfi star was dressed in a simple white shirt over a pair of denims and sunglasses as he visited the gurudwara. Fans shared videos of him enthusiastically on social media and lauded him for his simplicity. Ranbir went on to shake hands, wave and smile to all the fans present. Check out the videos below: Ranbir, who was last seen in Sanju (2018), has been working on two big projects. He has been shooting for Karan Malhotra's Shamshera under the Yash Raj Films banner. The film has been shot across Leh Ladak and also stars Sanjay Dutt and Vaani Kapoor as well. Then there is Brahmastra with Alia Bhatt, directed by Ayan Mukerji, under the Dharma Productions' banner. The film also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna Akkineni, Dimple Kapadia and Mouni Roy in pivotal roles. On the auspicious occasion of Gurupurab, other celebs who took to social media to wish friends, family and fans included Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Sonakshi Sinha. Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, "SatGuru Nanak Pargateya Mitti, Dund Jag Chanan Hoya!" Well-known Punjabi actors and singers like Yo Yo Honey Singh, Kapil Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Harshdeep Kaur and Richa Sharma also took to social media to offer their prayers.
2019-11-12Web kirtans connect people across world - Hindustan Times
Web kirtans connect people across world Updated: Nov 13, 2019 00:01 IST : As part of the celebrations to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, Sikhs across the world are taking part in a ‘web kirtan’ session organised at 13 locations across the world, including London, New York, Melbourne, Amritsar and Nankana Sahib, where Guru Nanak was born. The daily session at 5pm IST started from November 1 and will end on November 13. The event, conceptualised by members of the Sikh community in Mumbai, was strengthened after Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex body of gurdwaras in the country, validated the event. On Tuesday, which marks the guru’s birthday, kirtan was held in Nankana Sahib. “We wanted followers of Guru Nanak across the world to come together to commemorate his 550th birth anniversary, which is why kirtans were held in at least one place in each continent,” said former director general of police (DGP) Dr PS Pasricha, who recently visited Kartarpur gurdwara in Pakistan. Events were organised in the city as well. In Ulhasnagar, around 8,000 Sikhs, wearing traditional attire, took out a procession showcasing warfare techniques with traditional weapons. Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor took part in the ritual of ‘prabhat pheri’.
2019-11-12Aamir Khan Wishes Everyone a Happy Gurupurab - Masala.com
Aamir Khan Wishes Everyone a Happy Gurupurab Tuesday, 12 November 2019 : Aamir Khan is a veteran actor who has always kept a low profile and doesn't share much on social media. However when it comes to special occasions or promoting his film, the actor ventures into the social media domain and sends out his message. In an age where Bollywood stars are almost under a compulsion to share as much of their lives on social media as possible, Aamir remains mostly reclusive: on social media as well as in real life. Aamir Khan is currently busy with his upcoming film Laal Singh Chaddha which will see Kareena Kapoor as his co-star. The film is said to be a remake of the critically acclaimed Tom Hanks film Forrest Gump. Aamir and Kareena were recently spotted at a party where they were celebrating the shoot of the film. Recently Aamir Khan shared a special message on his Instagram on the occasion of Gurupurab. Gurupurab Nanak Jayanti is an auspicious day for Sikhs. Gurudwaras are decorated and everyone sends out messages of love and blessings on this occasion. Aamir also shared the message saying, "Assi saareyan nu Gurupurab di lakh lakh vadhaiyaan" which meant, "May we all be congratulated/blessed on the occasion of Gurupurab". Aamir's film is all set for a release soon and Kareena Kapoor Khan has apparently worked very hard to get this role. It was reported that she had even auditioned for the role. Bebo had said that working with Aamir Khan was her priority. Previously the two were seen together in Talaash and 3 Idiots. Other Bollywood stars who have celebrated the occasion of Gurupurab Nanak Jayanti have also posted pictures on social media. Ranbir Kapoor and Rakul Preet were also spotted celebrating the occasion. Ranbir Kapoor was at Ulhasnagar where he greeted fans as well. Bollywood star Sunny Deol and tv personality and politician Navjot Singh Sidhu were in Pakistan, just recently, at the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor. Sikh devotees can go to Nankana Sahib, the birth place of Guru Nanak, in Pakistan for the occasion.
2019-11-11Mumbai: Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary festivities begin with fanfare - Times of India
Mumbai: Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary festivities begin with fanfare Updated: Nov 11, 2019, 11:13 IST : MUMBAI: The stage is set for grand celebrations marking the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, on Tuesday. Prabhat pheris, langar programmes, kirtans are being organised by most gurdwaras. Over 5,000 devotees joined a nagar kirtan from Dashmesh Darbar to Wadala ground on Sunday evening. Surinder Singh of the patron Sri Guru Singh Sabha said, We have lined up a series of programmes in Dadar and Wadala. The main day-long function will take place on Wadala grounds on Gurupurab, November 12, which will include kirtan, langar and recitation from the Granth Sahib. Sachkhand Darbar in Seven Bungalows at Andheri led a prabhat pheri from Lokhandwala Complex on Sunday morning. Gurdwara Dhan Pothohar in Santacruz will host 20,000 devotees at its night langar Tuesday. Joint secretary Bhupinder Singh Bunty said, This year is a double celebration since Guru Nanak's 550th anniversary coincides with the opening of the Kartarpur corridor. It was in Kartarpur that the Guru spent the last 18 years of his life. Every morning, we recite a prayer asking God to bless us with a darshan (glimpse) of the gurdwaras that we were separated from by Partition? After 72 long years, our wish has been granted. In Ulhasnagar, thousands of devotees have been participating in the daily pre-dawn prabhat pheris that began October 31. They will continue till November 12. The prabhat pheri, organised by Dhan Guru Nanak Darbar and Dera Sant Baba Thahirya Singh Saheb, is considered as the world's biggest with over two lakh devotees expected to join on Gurupurab. Sikh and Sindhi devotees sing kirtans and shabads in their neighbourhood. Organiser Trilochan Singh said other communities also join with fanfare.
2019-11-10Mumbai: Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary celebration begins with fanfare - Times of India
Mumbai: Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary celebration begins with fanfare Updated: Nov 10, 2019, 20:20 IST : MUMBAI: The stage is set for grand celebrations marking the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, Tuesday November 12. Prabhat pheris, langar programmes, kirtans are being organised by most gurdwaras. Over five thousand devotees joined a nagar kirtan from Dashmesh Darbar to Wadala ground Sunday evening. Surinder Singh of the patron Sri Guru Singh Sabha said, "We have lined up a series of programmes in Dadar and Wadala. The main day-long function will take place in Wadala ground on Gurupurab November 12 which will include kirtan, langar and recitation from the Granth Sahib. Sachkhand Darbar in Seven Bungalows, Andheri, led a prabhat pheri from Lokhandwala Complex Sunday morning. Gurdwara Dhan Pothohar in Santacruz will host 20,000 devotees at its night langar Tuesday. Joint secretary Bhupinder Singh Bunty said, This year is a double celebration since Guru Nanak's 550th anniversary coincides with the opening of the Kartarpur corridor. It was in Kartarpur that the Guru spent the last 18 years of his life. Do you know, we recite a prayer every morning asking God to bless us with a darshan (glimpse) of the gurdwaras that we were separated from by Partition? After 72 long years, our wish has been granted. In Ulhasnagar, thousands of devotees have been participating in the daily pre-dawn prabhat pheris that began October 31 and will continue until November 12. This prabhat pheri organised by Dhan Guru Nanak Darbar and Dera Sant Baba Thahirya Singh Saheb is considered as the world's biggest with over two lakh devotees joining on Gurupurab. Sikh and Sindhi devotees go around singing kirtans and shabads in their neighbourhood. This year many celebrities and seers from all parts of the country will join. Organiser Trilochan Singh said other communities also join with fanfare. Police provides vast security to avoid any untoward incident.
2019-11-08Fire guts furniture shop in Ulhasnagar - Hindustan Times
Fire guts furniture shop in Ulhasnagar Updated: Nov 09, 2019 01:09 IST : A fire broke out in a furniture shop in Ulhasnagar’s Furniture Bazaar on Friday morning. As per the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) fire officials, the fire started on the first floor of Goldee furniture shop. Later, it spread to the ground and second floor. The two-storey furniture shop, which is 35 years old, is located in a busy Furniture Bazaar. The UMC fire team received a call around 10.20am followed by which a team of three firemen rushed to the spot. The fire was bought under control after two hours, later the cooling process was undertaken. No injuries were reported in the incident as the shop had not opened for the day. “The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. We suspect a short circuit led to the fire. It took around two hours to douse the blaze,” said a fire officer of UMC, who did not wish to be named. The shop owner claimed that the blaze destroyed furniture worth lakhs. “Our employees had reached the shop to open it when they saw the fire and alerted the fire department. The fire was caused because of a short circuit in the electric pole outside the shop. There was no short circuit inside the shop. The fresh stock of furniture too was completely charred in the fire,” said Rajendarsingh Punjwani, 32, the shop owner.
2019-11-08KDMC plans four-lane bridge over Waldhuni river - Hindustan Times
KDMC plans four-lane bridge over Waldhuni river Updated: Nov 09, 2019 01:12 IST : In order to ease congestion and improve east-west connectivity in Kalyan city, Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) is planning to construct a rail overbridge over Waldhuni river. Civic officials said the bridge will ease traffic on Kalyan-Murbad and Kalyan-Ulhasnagar routes. Commuters take the congested Subhash bridge to reach Kalyan, Murbad and Ulhasnagar and eastern and western parts of Kalyan city. On Friday, KDMC commissioner Govind Bodke and Kalyan member of Parliament (MP) Shrikant Shinde met to discuss the project. The civic body has approached Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for funds for the project. As per the civic body, the construction of the bridge will cost ₹358 crore. “We have already prepared the detailed project report of the bridge. After the MMRDA replies, we will go ahead with to start the process to implement the project. This will be a major bridge in the city,” said an officer of KDMC, who did not wish to be named. The project will be put up in the upcoming general body meeting and get sanctioned from officials. Commuters travelling on Subhash bridge are hassled every day. The bridge is 20 years old and it sees 8,000 vehicles daily. “Every day, I get stuck in traffic on Murbad road due to congestion on Subhash bridge. Sometimes, vehicles come to a standstill for 15 to 20 minutes. It is high time we get an alternative bridge,” said Subhash Mhatre, 38, who travels to Ulhasnagar from Kalyan daily. The civic body has plans to construct a 3-km-long four-lane bridge that will start from Bhavani Chowk in Kalyan (West) to Vitthalwadi ST depot in Kalyan (East). “The bridge will also benefit residents of Kolsewadi in Kalyan (East) who can easily travel to Kalyan (West), Ulhasnagar and Murbad road within minutes. The load on the existing bridge will end,” said a KDMC official. Since the bridge will cross the railway line, the civic body will seek permission from the Central Railway. “As of now, we cannot say how much time it will take to build the bridge. The bridge will be a major link from east to west,” added the officer. Sukhdev Patil, senior police inspector of Kalyan (traffic), said, “Subhash bridge connects Ulhasnagar city and Murbad and so it is always crowded. We deploy at least four traffic personnel daily. However, there is a need to have a wider bridge to meet the demand of the increasing traffic.”
2019-11-07Ulhasnagar shops asked to remove cars from roads - Hindustan Times
Ulhasnagar shops asked to remove cars from roads   Updated: Nov 08, 2019 00:42 IST : In order to ease congestion on the stretch from Shivaji Chowk to Shanti Nagar Chowk in Ulhasnagar 3, the traffic police have started serving notices to shops, asking them to remove encroachments. The notice has been served under Section 149 under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. The traffic police have served notices to garage shops and old vehicle selling shops which have vehicles parked on the roadside. This has been causing congestion. The stretch is known as commercial hub with lots of shops, garages and showrooms. “Usually, vehicles meant for repairing and selling is parked on the roadside. We won’t allow parking of such vehicles on the road. The owners of the shops should park the vehicles at elsewhere,” said a traffic officer. “We will take legal action against garages and shops. The vehicles have been causing major traffic jam and it also leads to accidents,” added the officer. “It becomes difficult to cross the stretch as vehicles occupy most part of the road. Some vehicles are parked here for months or even years. Garage workers repair vehicles on the road itself,” said Rohit Punjwani, 33, a resident of Shivaji chowk, Ulhasnagar.
2019-11-06Thane: Man shot dead in Ulhasnagar - The Indian Express
Thane: Man shot dead in Ulhasnagar Published: November 6, 2019 7:06:02 am : The accused have been identified as Abhijeet Bodake, Salim Khan, Krishna Kumbhar and Uday Bhatkar, police said. (Representational) A 22-year-old man was shot dead allegedly by four men on Monday night over an old rivalry at a desolate place near a school in Kurla camp in Ulhasnagar, police said. The deceased has been identified as Bharat Lashkar (22). “Lashkar, a resident of camp number four, was returning home with his friend when four men approached him,” a senior officer said. “One of them had a firearm, with which he shot at Lashkar from a close range.” Lashkar was rushed to a hospital but was declared brought dead, the officer added. The accused have been identified as Abhijeet Bodake, Salim Khan, Krishna Kumbhar and Uday Bhatkar, police said. “Lashkar’s friend, who was with him at the time of the incident, identified the accused,” the officer said. “They are on the run, but we are tracing them.”
2019-11-06History-sheeter held for kidnapping minor girl Thane, Nov 6 (PTI) A member of Chinchwad-based 'Mama' - Yahoo India News
History-sheeter held for kidnapping minor girl Thane, Nov 6 (PTI) A member of Chinchwad-based 'Mama' 6 November 2019 : History-sheeter held for kidnapping minor girl Thane, Nov 6 (PTI) A member of Chinchwad-based 'Mama'gang was arrested by the Thane police's crime branch forallegedly abducting a minor girl, police said on Wednesday. Suresh alias Anna Mochi (25) had kidnapped a 16-year-old girl from Chinchwad on October 30, an official said,adding that an offence was registered under section 363(kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code at Chinchwad policestation. Acting on a tip-off, the police nabbed the accusedfrom Ulhasnagar town in Maharashtra's Thane district on Mondayand rescued the girl, he said. Several offences are registered against the accused atPimpri, Dehu Road and Sangvi police stations, he added. 'Mama' gang leader Akash Randive and six other membersare presently lodged at Yerawada Central Jail in Pune since2016.
2019-11-06Kalyan records six dog bite cases in 24 hrs - Hindustan Times
Kalyan records six dog bite cases in 24 hrs Updated: Nov 07, 2019 01:04 IST : With six cases of dog bite within 24 hours reported from Kalyan on Tuesday, residents are worried about the increasing stray dog menace in the twin cities. The incidents took place at Adharwadi, Kate Manavli and Anandwadi areas. The civic hospital said there are at least three dog bite cases daily on an average. “We have patients from Thane rural, Kalyan rural, Bhiwandi city and rural areas, Ulhasnagar, Badlapur and Dombivli,” said a medical officer at Rukminibai Hospital, Kalyan. Meanwhile, the civil hospital in Kalyan is the only place where first aid and vaccination is available for 24 hours. “We have enough stock for dog bite cases and we ensure medications are administered as soon as possible. We ensure that patients are kept under observation for at least four hours before they are discharged,” said Dr Ashwini Patil, civil surgeon, Rukminibai Hospital, Kalyan. Residents have been complaining about the increase in cases of stray dogs in Kalyan and Dombivli. “There is a stretch of mutton shops near my house. As leftovers are often fed to stray dogs, their number keeps increasing every day. They always crowd the road outside the shops, and turn violent at times,” said Shabbir Sheikh, 37, resident of Bhoiwada, Kalyan. KDMC claims to have vaccinated stray dogs. “We have ensured their number do not increase but if there is an increase in numbers, then we will surely look into it and identify the areas where the problem is acute,” said Govind Bodke, commissioner, KDMC.
2019-11-04Six months after nod, MRVC finalises concept plan for station in Chikhloli, two 14-km lines - The Indian Express
Six months after nod, Mumbai railway corporation finalises concept plan for station in Chikhloli; two 14-km lines Updated: November 4, 2019 9:38:05 am : Six months after getting a nod for the long-pending demand of Chikhloli station between Ambernath and Badlapur, Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has finalised the concept plan for the station and two additional 14-km lines between Kalyan and Badlapur. Advertising With a cost of around Rs 14,000 crore envisaged under Mumbai Urban Transport Project 3-A (MUTP 3-A), officials said the project could be speedily executed with minimal requirement of land. According to the initially finalised plan, done using a drone, over 17 villages will have to be relocated to construct the two additional lines along the existing two lines which are used by the long-distance trains as well as suburban local trains. At present, close to 165 suburban and several other long-distance trains use the same tracks. “We have already completed paperwork for about nine villages which will soon be submitted to the collector’s office to carry out the measurement work on ground,” said an official. The demand for Chikhloli station has been felt for nearly a decade and it got a push only in 2014 after the Railway Board acknowledged the need for a new station. It was finally in March that Railway Minister Piyush Goyal approved the station. With it being a brown field project, the MRVC is looking at ‘cut and connect’ method to construct the two lines within minimum space. A senior MRVC official said, “While heading from Kalyan towards Badlapur, a new line will be constructed on the east side of the down track while another new line will be constructed on the west side of the up track as there is not enough space to have both the new tracks on either side of the existing lines.” The tracks will then be joined in a way to make two sets of up and down tracks, one of which will serve suburban trains while the other pair will be used by the main line and goods trains. The construction work, expected to take around five years, will create an additional 25 per cent capacity to run more local services in the region. Apart from constructing a new station, four existing stations, including Vithalwadi, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Badlapur, will be extended to accommodate 15 car trains as against their existing capacity of accommodating 12 coach trains. The project will also involve permanent shutting down of three level crossing (LC) gates one of which is at Kalyan while the other two are near Ambernath. Three road overbridges (ROBs) will be constructed which will further improve punctuality of suburban trains which often take a hit at these LC gates. Anil Kumar Patke, chief public relations officer of MRVC, said, “The concept plan designed by MRVC after a drone survey had been approved by the Central Railway. The project is being planned keeping in mind minimum land requirement so that it can be easily executed.”
2019-11-01Devotees prepare for Chhath in Thane, activists to curb pollution - Hindustan Times
Devotees prepare for Chhath in Thane, activists to curb pollution Updated: Nov 02, 2019 00:52 IST : With an aim to ensure lakes are not polluted during Chhath puja, organisations in Thane and Ulhasnagar are taking measures to collect floral waste. Ulhasnadi Bachao Kruti Samiti had made arrangements for volunteers and trucks to collect nirmalya during Ganesh Chaturthi. It has planned to so the same during Chhath puja. “During Chhath puja, nirmalya is left scattered on the banks of the lakes. As there are many who come to the banks of Ulhas river to offer prayers and perform rituals, we will keep trucks at these spots to collect floral waste,” said Ravindra Lingayat, volunteer at Ulhasnadi Bachao Kruti Samiti. The floral waste collected by the organisation will be used as compost. During the 10-day Ganeshotsav, volunteers collected 45 truckloads of floral waste from various spots. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had also demanded artificial lakes like the ones made during Ganeshotsav. “Thane is known as the city of lakes and so it is essential that we ensure they remain clean. Polluting them with floral waste and various offerings will damage the beauty,” said Sandeep Pachange, president, Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena, Thane district. He added that immediately after the festival, the civic body should undertake cleaning of the lakes. Manisha Pradhan, pollution control officer, TMC, said, “We have put up hoardings about the artificial lake at Upvan. We will ensure to undertake a cleanliness drive of all lakes soon after the festival.” Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has built an artificial pond at Upvan for Chhath puja. Similar provision was made last year but only 100 went to Upvan lake from among the 40,000 people who visited various lakes across Thane. Security arrangements have been made at Durgadi Ganesh ghat on the banks of Ulhas creek. Barricades have been put to ensure devotees’ safety while performing puja.
2019-11-01No increment for officials who turned hostile in graft case trials - Hindustan Times
No increment for officials who turned hostile in graft case trials Updated: Nov 02, 2019 01:09 IST : In a move to ensure corrupt officers are not let off the hook, two Navi Mumbai-based government officials were denied a two-year increment after they turned hostile in two corruption case trials. The action was recommended by the Navi Mumbai anti-corruption bureau (ACB) earlier this year after their testimony as panch witnesses came under scrutiny. The two witnesses deposing were attached to the cooperation, marketing and textile departments but they changed their testimony in court during the trial, said the agency. Officials in the agency then sought permission to inquire into their conduct to set a precedent and check the poor conviction rate in bribery cases. The convictions though affected by various factors, are often tanked due to poor testimonies in most cases. Since the Navi Mumbai ACB was set up in 2009, only six out of total 127 cases registered have resulted in convictions in a decade. The ACB has been spearheading a two-pronged effort to eliminate corruption at City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), police force and Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) and Konkan Bhavan among others. “We have been visiting offices and meeting officials. We have pasted banners to educate people on how to lodge complaints against corrupt public servants. We have been conducting sessions with various departments to ensure they neither accept nor demand bribes,” said Ramesh Chavan, deputy superintendent, Navi Mumbai ACB. Verifying facts before probe There have been several instances where complainants have lodged false cases with the ACB in a bid to settle a personal score. The agency now first verifies if the government servant has demanded a bribe. This not only helps in having a watertight case but also avoids framing of wrong people. In cases where complainants back out due to fear of the lengthy judicial process, the agency has been conducting sensitisation programmes for the public. Initiatives to raise awareness Every year, the agency, with the help college drama groups stages skits and road shows near railway stations and auto stands to create awareness. One such skit features a revenue department officer demanding bribe for giving a 7/12 extract from the land register which provides the owner’s name and the area of land. “Our aim is to let people know they don’t need to pay bribes for getting documents. The skits get a good response every year and this year we have staged skits in Bhiwandi, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar areas,” added Chavan. The bureau mainly investigates cases of demanding and offering of bribes apart from investigating the disproportionate assets accumulated by public servants.

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