|2007-02-25||Teachers demand five-day week for schools|
The massive load shedding initiated by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDC) has prompted teachers to demand shortening of the per week teaching hours. The teachers claim that the move has received good response from the parent community as well.
Shikshak Samvad, an organization of teachers and parents from Ulhasnagar has demanded that the state government should reduce the number of teaching days per week from six to five.
According to Anil Gornare, a teacher with Swsmi Muktanand High School and the chairman of the organization, there are 77,487 primary schools and around 70000 secondary schools in the entire state.
Besides these, there are thousands of colleges, technical and medical educational institutions across Maharashtra. Further, metro cities like Mumbai and Thane witness huge demand for electricity for the twelve-hour period between 7 am and 7 pm everyday.
"In such a situation reducing the number of teaching days in educational institutions from six to five per week could be an effective way of saving power. In this way the MSEDC can save millions of units of energy and the load shedding situation can be improved," he says.
|2007-02-25||From MR to DR and beyond|
Dr Raviraj Ahirrao is a man with a difference. Starting his career as an ordinary medical representative (MR), he has taken a doctorate in vaastu shashtra. Even though he might not be directly associated with the health of citizens, he is certainly in an indirect manner through his shashtra.
Dr Ahirrao is a well-known authority on the subject for the past several years. He runs a TV show on vaastu shashtra in â€™Home Sweet Homeâ€™, a Marathi programme on Zee TV for the last two years. The doctor advises his viewers about the benefits of the shashtra in his programmes and lakhs of real estate buyers have taken benefits from the show.
Dr Ahirrao, once a resident of Ulhasnagar is now based in Thane. Basically a science graduate, he began his career as a MR working in Ulhasnagar. Right from the start of his professional career, Dr Ahirrao had the vision of attaining distinct professional recognition. He started a pharmaceutical agency in the process.
|2007-02-25||Should power cuts be withdrawn during exams?|
Long load shedding hours in the suburbs have become a matter of discussion these days, especially with the SSC, HSC and degree college exams round the corner. There is lot of dissent and angst amongst the masses that are badly hit with 8 hours of power cut in a day. The brouhaha over load shedding reached the peak when different political parties joined hands together against MSEDC and observed Kalyan bandh last week. Sangeeta Sharma brings the young voices.
Obviously, it is impossible to concentrate without electricity. The number of hours must be cut down. Load shedding should be for a maximum of two hours. We are ready to do without it in the morning but not in the late evening, after 6 pm. The few days before exams are the most crucial ones and whole planning goes haywire with these long hours of power cut."
Winnie Thomas, FYBA,
CHM College, Ulhasnagar
|2007-02-24||Con lady doctor in police net|
The Vithalwadi police have arrested a con doctor who was operating in the city for the past 12 years. Ironically, the doctor was running a full-fledged hospital in the city and had only a ninth standard educational qualification.
The police arrested the lady doctor after a month long investigation into a complaint by a local resident. The Vithalwadi police station has lodged a complaint against the quack for cheating general public by not holding appropriate degrees to handle the profession.
The case against the con doctor was lodged by 57-year old Sulochana Maitre who lost her son due to the medical negligence. According to the charges, her son died after the doctor gave him wrong medicines. "My son was admitted to Shiv Maternity and Charitable Hospital and was receiving treatment from â€˜Drâ€™ Beena Saxena," informs the complainant who resides in Subash Tekri area of Ulhasnagar.
According to the woman, her 28-year-old son was admitted to the hospital on January 27 for treatment of fever, but died two days later after consuming medicines prescribed by the fake doctor. The mother says that her son became a victim of side effects of the drugs the doctor administered on him.
"The doctor prescribed saline when he approached her for fever and weakness," informs the sobbing mother. She continued that his son started vomiting blood soon after. "The youth was then shifted to the Sion Hospital on January 31 where he was declared dead before arrival," informs a police official. He continued that the victim died due to intake of wrong medicines.
|2007-02-24||Chor ka dushman chor|
Robber Gopal Mahajan (name changed) sympathetic heart yesterday resulted in the arrest of the man involved in the murder of Sub-inspector Babasaheb Adhav in October, during an attempted bank robbery in Airoli.
In the incident that took place at Maharashtra and Punjab Co-operative Bank on October 18, Adhav of Rabale police station died and constable Bhiku Karade was seriously injured.
According to DCP Amar Jadhav, zone 1, Mahajan had listened to his speech during a ceremony felicitating Adhav, where he had said the perfect shraddhanjali to the sub-inspector would be the arrest of his murderers.
My aide Suresh Pujari alias Anna managed to catch hold of Adhav’s service revolver. Still, Adhav managed to nab him.
Scared of getting arrested, Pujari fired at Adhav. The cop held on to Pujari till he fell unconscious.”
“The dacoity plan was the brain child of Naresh Singh Thakur, an Ulhasnagar-based criminal, and it was finalised in Dombivli,” he added.
Breaking News on mobile|
Shashikant Daima is a cut above the rest in Ulhasnagar. The citizen has a strange hobby and around 1200 residents of the town are benefited from that. These residents come to know of any significant public incident in their town on their mobile phones within an hour of its occurring.
Daima got interested in this hobby from 2003 onwards when he ran a daily newspaper. He had then obtained a Reliance mobile phone on which one SMS used to cost only around 80 paise. "I used to procure news about the town and send it to mobile phone users known to me every day", the former journalist said. He added that in doing so he got interested in sending such news on mobile SMS.
Slowly but surely the former journalist has widened his public base by increasing the number of mobile phone users to 1200 as of now. His list of beneficiaries ranges from politicians to journalists, hoteliers and businessmen. The 1200 mobile phone users get news about their town within one hour of the incident and each time they find Shashikant Daima as the sender.
|2007-02-11||Om Shiv Vishwa Shanti Dham constructed in 2003|
Inspired by the idol he saw in Delhi, Deepu Gidwani, a businessman recreated the tallest idol of Lord Shiva amidst the crowded town of Ulhasnagar, writes Payal Talreja
Om Shiv Vishwa Shanti Dham was constructed in 2003, and boasts of one of the biggest idols of lord Shiva across the nation. The idol is 33 feet in height, the tallest idol of Lord Shiva in the sitting posture. The idol made by artisans from Rajasthan is made of concrete material and has copper coating which keeps it safe from exposure to rain and sun. The copper coating also prevents the idol from cracking. It took the artists a year and a half to complete the murti.
Deepu Gidwani, the man behind the construction of the temple was originally an atheist. "I never used to visit temples and any religious places. The faith took over when my daughter was born prematurely and there were certain complications. The doctors assured me that they will try their best to save her life yet all remains in the hands of God. It struck me then that there is indeed a supreme power that controls everything. I decided then that if all turns out well, I will make a temple as a mark of my gratitude to the divine creator," tells Gidwani.
|2007-02-11||Hung House in UMC|
No political camp has got the absolute majority to stake claim to the treasury benches of the UMC House. As such formation of government in the UMC and selection of Mayor will get delayed, reports Sudesh Malvankar
The polls to the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) are over and the party leaderships are now busy with formation of the government. However, the process is locked up in a series of political problems as none of the political groups has the requisite number of corporators to accomplish the formation of the government.
Neither the Shiv Sena-BJP combine nor the NCP led front is in a position to stake claim to the treasury benches. The confusion erupted over the formation of the next government in UMC after the civic polls resulted in a hung house. No party or alliance is in a position to form a government of its own and the role of the independents and the Ganga Jal Front, a group of NCP rebels is crucial for the two major coalitions to stake claim for the treasury benches in the UMC House.
The Sena-BJP combine has 27 seats while the NCP-Congress-RPI alliance has 29 elected representatives supporting it. There are six independents and the Ganga Jal Front has 14 members in the new house. Manju Poptani, one of the independents is supporting the NCP led alliance, taking its tally to 30. Three of the remaining five independents are also likely to support the NCP but it will not solve the problem of the Pappu Kalani led group.
|2007-02-11||NCP suffer crushing defeat in UMC poll|
Several senior leaders including the present Mayor Jyoti Kalani lost miserably in the elections
The recently concluded polls to the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) have resulted in a waterloo for the ruling NCP. The party lost miserably and so did its allies including the two RPI factions and cannot form a government of its own in the corporation.
The NCP could bag only 15 seats after the votes were counted on February 2. The Congress party managed to get only five seats while the Athavle faction of the RPI bagged five seats. The Gavai faction of the RPI could get only one seat while two candidates of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) were victorious. Six independents also got elected to the new UMC House.
On the other hand, the Shiv Sena won the polls in 16 municipal wards. Its ally BJP tasted victory in 11 seats. In all, the saffron combine has got 27 seats. The Ganga Jal Front, a group of NCP rebels managed to get 14 seats. Amongst the prominent candidates who lost the polls include sitting UMC Mayor Jyoti Kalani of the NCP. The first citizen of Ulhasnagar is the wife of RPI MLA Pappu Kalani and the city unit president of the party. She was the UMCâ€™s Standing Committee (SC) chairperson for over eight years.
|2007-02-10||CHM girl in national ball badminton team|
A student from Smt Chandibai Himatmal Mansukhani College is all set to make her presence felt at the international level ball badminton championship. Aparna Patil, a standard XI student from the commerce stream has been selected to represent India in the international level girlsâ€™ ball badminton championship to be held in Malaysia in the coming month.
She has won several medals in the under-19 girlsâ€™ tournament at the district level championship and the Mumbai zonal level championship. "I am practicing under my brotherâ€™s guidance for the competition," informs this young champ. She is the only girl from Thane district to find a place in the national team.
|2007-02-10||Clinical Research - An emerging field|
A seminar on Clinical Research was organised by Smt Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani College (CHM), Ulhasnagar on Saturday, February 3, 2007. The seminar was conducted to discuss the current scenario of Clinical Research in India and abroad. The seminar was attended in large numbers by the students of B Sc (Microbiology), B Sc (Biotechnology), B Pharm and M Sc students and teachers from colleges in and around Ulhasnagar.
Presiding over the seminar, Vice Principal Dr Milind Vaidya, said, "Clinical Research is an upcoming field. We want our students to be aware of its importance and also of the various avenues that this field has to offer."
"If you say, â€™Laughter is a medicineâ€™, you have to prove it and to prove it you have to test it. And the procedure for conducting such a test is called Clinical Research," in these simple words Dr A K Agarwal, Dean, Institute of Clinical Research, India (ICRI), defined Clinical Research.
|2007-02-08||Beginning of the end for Kalanis?|
The results of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) elections have been a major jolt for Ulhasnagar MLA Suresh alias Pappu Kalani. The Kalani camp could manage only 15 seats in the 76-member UMC. To add to this was the loss of Mayor Jyoti Kalani, wife of Pappu Kalani and Deputy Mayor Vinod Talreja in the anti-Kalani wave.
With this, the more than a decade-long Kalani rule in the UMC seems to have come to an end, paving the way for the Shiv Sena-BJP combine. Even before the UMC was formed, the Kalanis had their grip over the municipal council between 1986 and 1992 as Pappu Kalani was its chairman. And it was then that the illegal constructions in Ulhasnagar were at their peak.
The Ulhasnagar Assembly seat, which Kalani has represented twice, also seems to be slipping out of his grip due to delimitation. The seat has been divided due to the process and a part of Ulhasnagar has been attached to Ambernath while another to Kalyan leaving Kalani in a precarious position. The parts which have been detached were considered the stronghold of Kalani.
Just before the municipal elections when Newsline spoke to Kalani and his wife in their spacious mansion in Ulhasnagar, the MLA had agreed that both the civic and the Assembly elections would be litmus tests for them.
|2007-02-04||Polling day violence|
There were several instances of violence in Ulhasnagar on the polling day, Feb 1. Electioneering was abandoned for over three hours in certain booths of ward 27 after a mob attacked the election department officials and police constables outside the polling booth. A mob arrived at the booth around 10.30 am and unleashed the attack. The election process resumed after three hours.
|2007-02-04||Police nab 13 in raid on lodges|
Police nab 13 in raid on lodges
Officials form the Mahatma Phule police station recently conducted raids at two different lodges in the city and arrested 13 persons for indulging in immoral activities. The arrested include five prostitutes and five customers including a policeman.
According to the police the first raid took place on Neelam Guesthouse near Shahad railway station. The cops stormed the guesthouse on a tip off that flesh trade was going on in the lodge. The police arrested Laxmi Raja, Vidya Sadanand and Vidya Dayaram (all commercial sex workers) as well as Santosh Latke, the manager of the guesthouse. Ramchandra Mhaskar and Ganesh Mhaskar, two customers were also arrested during the raid.
In the second raid, the police swooped down on Sapna Lodge at Borkarwadi after a similar tip off. The police arrested seven persons including two prostitutes. Ravi Shetty, the manager of the lodge and a customer Arun Deshmukh were also taken into custody. Deshmukh is a police constable but the police have not given details of his posting.
All the accused have been booked under sections 3 and 4 of the Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act (PITA) 1956.
|2007-02-03||Bird lover rescued Owl near UMC|
On Saturday, Ajinkya Mhatre, an Ulhasnagar-based bird lover rescued a white spotted owl stuck in electric wires. The bird also suffered some injuries because it was attacked by crows before Mhatre could rescue it. The bird was found near Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) head quarterâ€™s premises. The bird was taken to a private veterinary doctor in Ambernath. Later, the bird was released to fly in free air.
Third election in the history of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) got over on February 1. All political parties and the whoâ€™s who of local politics were out to prove their mettle. This time too, civic necessities such as water, garbage (collection and disposal) and the issue of illegal buildings were on the manifestos of political parties as their candidates were campaigning for the election.
As per the data available, the UMC spends Rs 1.1 lakh for garbage collection and disposal per day. This includes collection of garbage from houses, bins and dumping it in the dumping ground in Maral village in Ulhasnagar taluka. As per the data, on an average, one person in Ulhasnagar produces about 512 grams of garbage per day, which totals up to 276 metric tones of refuse for the whole of Ulhasnagar.
The UMC has placed a contract of 10 years for garbage collection and dumping with one M/s Anthony Co. It is thus the responsibility of this private contractor to gather garbage from 394 collection spots using 20 vehicles and 120 handcarts from 7.30 am to 3 in the afternoon. The corporation also employs 1,178 sweepers apart from those employed by the contractor.
Garbage can be seen piled high in garbage collection bins even after the stipulated 3 pm, specifically near the corporation in Camp 3, Kailas Colony in Camp 5 and near Guru Nanak School and the cemetery in Camp 4. "The garbage bins are always overflowing with garbage and they are not cleaned regularly. We have to face a lot of trouble," said Sangeeta Purswani, a resident of Ulhasnagar, Camp 3.
When asked to comment on the issue, Deputy Commissioner of the UMC, Deepak Sawant said that the problem of garbage collection has come down drastically due to the new contractor. Explaining how the process works, Sawant said "The contractor is paid about 1000 points per day as incentives if he clears garbage effectively. However, if he fails to clear the garbage from a specific area or delays his work, the points are deducted from the monthly pay. Thus the movement of the contractor is under control."
It is known that Ulhasnagar was the one of the most affected areas for spread of dengue and other water-borne epidemics, which again proves the existence of litter.
|2007-02-03||in CHM College, Ex Vice-Chancellor felicitated wit|
In remembrance of Late Dr Punjab Rao Deshmukh, an event was organised by (YCMOU) Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nasik at its CHM college center in Ulhasnagar on January 28. Dr Snehalata Deshmukh, Ex Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University was awarded with Dr Punjab Rao Deshmukh Award for the year 2006 on this occasion. The venue for this event was at the auditorium hall in the CHM College campus. The function was attended by nearly five administrative officers ranging from Vice Chancellor, PRO and Former Vice Chancellors from various universities throughout the state. Students of CHM College participated whole heartedly in the event.
The inaugural function began with a dance show highlighting the power of women by students from Arts Department of CHM College. Dr Dinesh Panjwani, Principal of CHM College welcomed the delegates and gave the introductory speech for the event. The inauguration ceremony took place with lighting of the traditional lamp by the Chief Guest Dr Snehalata Deshmukh and other renowned personalities like Dr L H Hiranandani, ENT specialist, Senior Board members of the Hyderabad Sindh National Collegiate Board, Dr Ranjan Velukar, Vice Chancellor of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Dr Pandit Palande, Pro-Vice Chancellor of YCMOU and Dr K G Deshmukh, Former Vice Chancellor of Amravati Open University.
â€œThe main purpose of organising this event is to felicitate Dr Deshmukh with Dr Punjab Rao Deshmukh Award for her excellence in educational Services and to provide the details of the courses conducted by YCMOU with the help of its various centers throughout the state so that students can make the best use of itâ€, said Dr Velukar.
|2007-02-02||Shiv Sena and BJP top in Ulhasnagar, but need inde|
The Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance scored major victories Friday in Maharashtra civic elections retaining power in the Mumbai municipal corporation and taking control of two other civic bodies, leaving their opponents, the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), badly bruised.
The Shiv Sena and BJP also finished on top in the 75-member Ulhasnagar civic body but would need the backing of independents to rule the city.
After Raj Thackeray's MNNS won 12 seats in Nashik, eight in Pune, six in Mumbai and two in Amravati, it was clear the young man had emerged as a new force despite walking out of the shadow of Bal Thackeray.
|2007-02-02||Kalanis and NCP lose in Ulhasnagar|
After more than two decades, Ulhasnagar MLA Suresh alias Pappu Kalani has lost his stranglehold on the local corporation.
An RPI MLA, he backed the NCP, which has won only 15 seats this electionâ€”down from 42 in 2002â€”in the 76-member House. Among the prominent losers is Kalaniâ€™s wife Jyoti, who lost to the BJPâ€™s Jaya Makhija. Jyoti is the NCPâ€™s Ulhasnagar party president.
After her defeat, she said: â€œWe accept the peopleâ€™s verdict for a change despite our services towards public welfare.â€
But Kalani, during whose tenure in the municipal council most of the illegal constructions that now face demolition in the Sindhi-majority township came up, chose to stay away from the media.
Gangajal Front, a recently launched local outfit floated by godman Sai Balram, former aide of Kalani, did the most damage to the NCP by winning 14 seats, and the final nail was hammered in by the BJP (11) and its ally Shiv Sena (16 seats). The Congress got only 5 seats, while the Republican Party of India (Athavale) bagged five seats and the Gavai faction of RPI maintained its presence with one seat.
|2007-02-01||3,85,411 voters to decide fate of the Kalanis|
1,294,983 voters to seal fate of 1,233 candidates
Thane and Ulhasnagar are all set to go to polls on February 1.
In Thane, the future of 717 candidates will be decided by 9,09,572 voters. While the Shiv Sena and BJP are trying to save their bastion, the NCP, Congress and the MNS will try hard to beat the saffron combine.
In Ulhasnagar, 3,85,411 voters will decide the fate of the Kalanis-who are losing their grip on the city they ruled for more than two decades-and also of the 516 candidates.
A look at TMC and UMC:
Jyoti Kalani (NCP): Mayor of Ulhasnagar and wife of Suresh Pappu Kalani, MLA of Ulhasnagar, she is contesting from Ward no 22. The Kalanis are trying to safeguard their bastion as half of their confidantes have left them in the face of problems like demolitions, incumbency and corruption in the UMC. She is pitted against Kiran Makhija of Gangajal Party (a local outfit) and Jaya Prakash Makhija of BJP.
Kalani's son Omi will not be in the fray as he was contesting against Mohan Barani of Congress who died of a cardiac arrest last week.
Vinod Talreja (NCP): A close confidant of the Kalanis, he was the deputy mayor of Ulhasnagar. He is contesting from Ward no 35 of UMC.
Rajan Vichare (Shiv Sena): Mayor of Thane. He earned praises from the Shiv Sena chief and Uddhav Thackeray for his work. But he is trying to save his seat as the Sena is grappling with the incumbency factor in Thane. He is contesting from Ward no 41.
Ravi Phatak (Congress): A former Sainik turned Congressman, he switched his loyalties after his mentor, Revenue Minister Narayan Rane, joined the Congress. He almost single-handedly challenged the Shiv Sena in Thane after Rane was sacked from the party. Considered as a strong candidate, he is contesting from Ward no 84.
Pratap Sarnaik (NCP): A two-time corporator, he is considered a strong candidate for the next Assembly elections. He is known as a hard working corporator for the work he has done for his ward. Sarnaik is contesting from Vartak Nagar, Ward no 29.
Manoj Shinde (Congress): He is a strong contestant for the post of Mayor, if the Congress manages to win the TMC elections. Before this, he was the group leader of Congress in the House.
|2007-02-01||Only 46% vote in Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation|
State Election Commissioner Nand Lal said the percentage in Mumbai was more than the approximate 42 per cent recorded during the last BMC polls in 2002. Earlier today, he had said the percentage in Mumbai would be around 50.
Polling percentage in other municipal corporations where elections were held was: Thane 60, Ulhasnagar 46, Pune 57, Pimpri-Chinchwad 65, Nashik 60, Solapur 60, Akola 65, Amravati 65 and Nagpur 60.
The elections were by and large peaceful with stray incidents of violence. In Ulhasnagar in neighbouring Thane, voting was stopped at four polling stations briefly after electronic voting machines (EVMs) were damaged by a mob in ward number 27.
|2007-02-01||Papu Kalani close aide arrested for damaging votin|
The third municipal corporation elections in Ulhasnagar was by and large peaceful barring one incidence of violence where an angry mob ransacked two polling booths at Ward no 27 forcing the authorities to suspend polling for some time. However, the total percentage of polling recorded in the town was 45 and 12 cases of bogus voting have been detected.
Polling in Ward no 27 was disrupted when a mob turned violent and attacked police officials and damaged voting machines. About 15 people, including Sanjay alias Babbu Bhatija (NCP)â€”a close aide of local MLA Suresh alias Papu Kalaniâ€”were arrested by the police for rioting and damaging three voting machinesâ€”two in Samaj Mandir booth and one in Rotary Garden booth, and assaulting police officials. According to police, a constable had tried to fire in the air to quell the mob but the firearm misfired.