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2016-02-28No HC relief for govt nurse fined for leaving course mid-way - The Hindu
No HC relief for govt nurse fined for leaving course mid-way MUMBAI:, FEBRUARY 28, 2016 00:00 IST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 28, 2016 05:39 IST The Bombay High Court has dismissed a petition of a government hospital nurse challenging levy of Rs 1 lakh penalty on her by the authorities for leaving a nursing course mid-way. Usha Rathod, a nurse at Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar town in Thane district, had obtained admission to PB Bsc Nursing course of two years, but left after a few months on medical grounds. However, in accordance with the admission brochure, she was asked to pay Rs 1 lakh penalty. She filed a case in Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) for quashing the order, saying she was diagnosed with ‘Minimal Ascitis in RIF’ as a result of which she could not pursue her studies. According to Ms Rathod, after joining the course, she started suffering from pain in the abdomen and back from last week of October 2012. As MAT did not give her relief, she moved the Bombay High Court. She contended that in view of her condition, it became very difficult for her to continue attending the course as she found it difficult to sit and study for long period. On January 21, 2013, the petitioner made a representation to Institute of Nursing Education and requested its principal to relieve her from the course. The institute, vide a letter dated January 28, 2013, relieved Rathod and allowed her to join regular work as paediatric nurse at Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar. However, she was asked to pay Rs 1 lakh as per the conditions stipulated in the brochure published by the institute for the purpose of admission to the PB BSc Nursing course. The High Court was of the view that she had violated the conditions of admissions by leaving the course mid-way, therefore the petitioner was not entitled to any relief. — PTI
2016-02-28Intellectually-challenged minor raped, accused behind bars - Daily News & Analysis
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2016-02-27No HC relief for nurse who left course midway - Mumbai Mirror
No HC relief for nurse who left course midwayPTI | Feb 28, 2016, 12.00 AM ISTTweetShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsTweetShare MoreEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeURL copied to clipboardGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesThe Bombay High Court has dismissed a petition of a government hospital nurse challenging levy of Rs one lakh penalty on her by the authorities for leaving mid-way a nursing course. Usha Rathod, a nurse at Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar town in neighbouring Thane district, had obtained admission in P.B.Bsc Nursing course of two years duration but left after few months on medical grounds. However, in accordance with the admission brochure, she was asked to pay Rs one lakh penalty. The court was of the view that she had violated the conditions of admissions by leaving the course mid-way, therefore the petitioner was not entitled to any relief. "Now, the petitioner cannot be allowed to contend that no penalty ought to have been levied on her. Thus, we find no merit in this petition. It is dismissed," said the order. PTI You Might Also LikeRecommended By Colombia From around the webMore from Mumbai MirrorRecommended By Colombia
2016-02-27Mumbai: CM's big dole to rid illegal housing - The Indian Express
Mumbai: CM’s big dole to rid illegal housing The lake city near Mumbai is in the vortex of a crisis with nearly one million people living in 3,000 unauthorised or dangerous structures. Mumbai | Published: February 28, 2016 1:42 am In perhaps his biggest move yet on the issue of illegal and dangerous housing in Mumbai’s metropolitan region, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Saturday rolled out a policy incentivising redevelopment of such housing stock in clusters for Thane—the region’s largest and fastest-growing urban sprawl. The lake city near Mumbai is in the vortex of a crisis with nearly one million people living in 3,000 unauthorised or dangerous structures. The demand for a special rehabilitation package for those living in such structures had gained momentum in 2013 after an illegally constructed building in Thane’s Mumbra collapsed, killing 74. In the run-up to the 2014 Assembly polls, the previous Congress-NCP government had drawn up the redevelopment policy as a bailout package but it failed to make political capital out of it with the Bombay HC staying its implementation on queries over the impact such a move would leave on civic infrastructure and quality of life in Thane. Now, apparently eyeing to make inroads into Thane before the civic polls early next year, Fadnavis revived the bailout package Saturday. After he had sanctioned the proposal, the Chief Minister’s Office labelled the move as a “landmark decision”. The CMO tweeted, “It is the greatest (read biggest) initiative to redevelop Thane in a planned way and lakhs of Thanekars can now accomplish the dream of sustainable and affordable housing (sic).” The CMO further said, “An environment impact assessment was carried out before sanctioning the policy. The proposal will be brought to the knowlegde of the High Court before it is implemented.” The Court had earlier prohibited the state from implementing the policy until an environment impact assessment survey was conducted. Senior government officials confirmed this is the biggest government initiative to overcome the illegal housing crisis since 2006 when the Congress-NCP government had stepped in to regularise illegal structures in MMR’s Ulhasnagar. So how does the new policy help those residing in illegal and dilapidated buildings? It encourages building firms to take up redevelopment of unauthorised buildings, slums, and legal buildings under the cluster-redevelopment approach by incentivising free sale component. Under the policy, if a developer proposes redevelopment of a cluster of buildings or structures—irrespective of whether it includes unauthorised buildings, dilapidated buildings, slums or a mixture of all—spread over 8,000 square metres or more, he would be allowed to commercially exploit 100 per cent of the rehabilitation area or construct up to four times the size of the cluster, whichever is higher. While town planning regulations bar individual schemes for redevelopment of illegal buildings, occupants in such structures in an approved cluster in Thane would be rehabilitated with an ownership of 323 square feet carpet area home free of cost. Those residing in dangerous buildings would be entitled to a minimum home size of 323 square feet, which could go up based on the size of their original dwelling. Slum dwellers would be eligible for 269 square feet homes. However, no one would be permitted to sell their homes for 15 years. Societies and owners of legal buildings would be entitled to 25 per cent additional built-up area, but they would be charged construction cost for this additional area. A developer would need to submit consent from 70 per cent occupants in a cluster to take up redevelopment. A high-powered committee under the Thane municipal commissioner would scrutinise the projects and recommend them to the government. Incidentally, as part of the impact assessment exercise, the Thane municipality has already identified eight redevelopment clusters that collectively cover an area of 105 hectares and a populace of 2.2 lakh. The Thane municipality had employed research firm CRISIL for the exercise. “The study found close to 80 per cent of the built-up space would be consumed by either occupants in the same cluster or those residing in Thane. Infrastructure upgrade plans are in place for the other 20 per cent families who come to the city,” said additional municipal commissioner Sunil Chavan. Sources in CMO meanwhile said the Mumbai civic body is yet to submit an impact assessment report for extending the cluster redevelopment model to the suburbs of Mumbai.
2016-02-26More Transgenders Enroll as Voters in Maharashtra - The New Indian Express
More Transgenders Enroll as Voters in Maharashtra Published: 26th February 2016 11:01 AM Last Updated: 26th February 2016 11:07 AM MUMBAI: Transgenders in Maharashtra are becoming more aware of their electoral rights with Thane district registering the maximum voters from the community in the state this year. In January 2014, there were only 261 voters enrolled in the 'Others' category in the state. In January 2015, the figure rose to 1,000 and last month it increased to 1,271 voters, according to a senior electoral officer. Significantly, maximum registrations of 219 voters in this category came from Thane district, followed by Mumbai Suburban District with 174 and Ahmednagar with 111 voters. The enrolling by transgenders as voters is not just restricted to these three districts. There are others too like Jalgaon 58, Akola 27, Amravati 47, Nagpur 79, Yavatmal 25, Nanded 54, Palghar 85, Mumbai City 69, Pune 79, Solapur 47, Kolhapur 58 and Sangli 49. Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Shirish Mohod said, "We took the help of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) like Astitva of Laxmi Narayan Tiwari and Sangam, an NGO working amongst commercial sex workers, and held interactive meetings with the police officials," he said. "The Election Commission of India (ECI) gave publicity material like placards, posters and audio-visual short films to create awareness among them," he said. The ECI electoral registration officers also held camps in their areas of presence in Mumbai (Kamathipura) and Thane, he said. Mohod said the transgenders' main fear was harassment by police if they disclosed their profession and the other problem they faced was lack of documents like birth certificates and proof of residence. "Since in the transgender community they have the 'Guruji' (head of the community) culture, it was decided to accept the certificate given by their Guruji," he said. "Besides this, the police were told not to harass these people. Hence, you will find that in 2012 where we had zero registration in the Others category of voters, in 2015 it has swelled to 1,271," he said. As a recognition of his efforts, Mohod was awarded the National Special Award for voter education and electoral participation, particularly from marginalised segments of the society. He received the award on January 25, 2016 from President Pranab Mukherjee. According to official figures, out of the maximum 219 voters overall registered in Thane district, a maximum of 78 have registered in Kalyan East Assembly constituency, followed by 50 in Kalyan Rural, 34 in Ulhasnagar Assembly seat, and remaining in other pockets.Of the 174 voters registered under Others category in the 26 Assembly constituencies of Mumbai Suburban District, a maximum of 69 have registered their names in Ghatkopar West Assembly seat, followed by 30 in Malad West, 34 in Dahisar and the rest in other areas. Besides, out of the total 69 voters who registered their names in Others category in Mumbai City District, 35 of have done so in Sion-Koliwada Assembly constituency alone. In Ahmednagar district, out of the 111 voters who registered themselves in the Others category, 63 are in Ahmednagar City Assembly constituency, followed by 41 in Shrirampur (SC) Assembly area and remaining in other parts. Similarly out of the 79 voters who have registered in Others category in Nagpur district, 35 are from Nagpur North (SC) Assembly constituency in Nagpur city.
2016-02-2611-yr-old hangs self from fan after fight with sister over TV remote - Times of India
11-year-old hangs self from fan after fight with sister over TV remote Updated: Feb 27, 2016, 11:07 IST KALYAN: An 11-year-old hanged himself from a ceiling fan following a minor tiff with his sister over switching television channels in their Kalyan flat. The child was said to have been disturbed after his father's suicide at home three years ago by consuming poison. The boy was a seventh-class student of S V M English School in Kalyan. He is survived by his mother, four elder sisters and a younger brother. His family lives in the Shivaji Nagar area of Kalyan East. Police said the tragedy took place on Wednesday around 4.30pm after the boy had an argument with his 16-year-old sister for taking the TV remote from his hand to switch channels. He went to another room, shut the door and hanged himself from the fan. After a while, one of his other sisters opened the door of that room to find him hanging from the fan; he was still alive then. She alerted her mother who was asleep at that time. His mother rushed him to Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar from where he was shifted to Meera Hospital in Kalyan on Thursday afternoon. He died in the ICU during treatment. His mother is in deep shock. After her husband's death, she had been running his small grocery shop in the locality. Despite her meager earnings, she had enrolled all her children into an English medium school. When TOI visited their residence on Friday, his mother was holding his school books. She said, "My son was very good in studies. See his handwriting. I do not understand why he left me like this. His father left me three years ago. My hope of seeing good days again has been crushed." His elder sister said she too cannot understand why he took such an extreme step over a trivial argument. "I just took the remote from my brother to watch another channel but never thought he would get so upset over it."She said a few hours before the incident on Wednesday, he had fought with two boys in their locality. "I heard that they hit him," she said. The family said the boy had been unable to come to terms with his father's death as they were close. They suspect that he may have seen a suicide case on TV. His death has left the victim's neighbours shocked. Mahatma Phule police registered a case of suicide in the early hours of Friday and are investigating the case.
2016-02-2611-year-old hangs self from fan after fight with sister over TV remote - Times of India
11-year-old hangs self from fan after fight with sister over TV remote Updated: Feb 27, 2016, 11:07 IST KALYAN: An 11-year-old hanged himself from a ceiling fan following a minor tiff with his sister over switching television channels in their Kalyan flat. The child was said to have been disturbed after his father's suicide at home three years ago by consuming poison. The boy was a seventh-class student of S V M English School in Kalyan. He is survived by his mother, four elder sisters and a younger brother. His family lives in the Shivaji Nagar area of Kalyan East. Police said the tragedy took place on Wednesday around 4.30pm after the boy had an argument with his 16-year-old sister for taking the TV remote from his hand to switch channels. He went to another room, shut the door and hanged himself from the fan. After a while, one of his other sisters opened the door of that room to find him hanging from the fan; he was still alive then. She alerted her mother who was asleep at that time. His mother rushed him to Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar from where he was shifted to Meera Hospital in Kalyan on Thursday afternoon. He died in the ICU during treatment. His mother is in deep shock. After her husband's death, she had been running his small grocery shop in the locality. Despite her meager earnings, she had enrolled all her children into an English medium school.When TOI visited their residence on Friday, his mother was holding his school books. She said, "My son was very good in studies. See his handwriting. I do not understand why he left me like this. His father left me three years ago. My hope of seeing good days again has been crushed." His elder sister said she too cannot understand why he took such an extreme step over a trivial argument. "I just took the remote from my brother to watch another channel but never thought he would get so upset over it."She said a few hours before the incident on Wednesday, he had fought with two boys in their locality. "I heard that they hit him," she said. The family said the boy had been unable to come to terms with his father's death as they were close. They suspect that he may have seen a suicide case on TV. His death has left the victim's neighbours shocked. Mahatma Phule police registered a case of suicide in the early hours of Friday and are investigating the case.
2016-02-26Mumbai Crime: 10 thefts in a month turn residents into watchmen - Mid-Day
Mumbai Crime: 10 thefts in a month turn residents into watchmen By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours Members from various societies in Badlapur East are forming groups to patrol their areas following 10 robberies — five of which occurred on Feb 10 — in the last one month A sudden spurt in robberies across Badlapur (East) in the last one month is giving sleepless nights to the locals, who are now taking turns to keep vigil outside their respective societies. Naresh Kharat was one of the five victims whose residence was targeted in the wee hours of February 10 The worst affected is the Mauli Nagar society, near old Kartap Road, whose residents have formed a group of 16 that patrols the area every night ever since the society witnessed four break-ins in the wee hours of February 10. The decade-old society comprises 150 flats, distributed across eight wings. Residents of Mauli Nagar society, including Shrikant Shinde (in black sweatshirt), patrolling their area on Monday night When this correspondent visited the society on Monday at 11.45 pm, a group of 50 people, most of whom were armed with lathis, were seen patrolling the area. What has compounded the matter is the limited patrolling done by the police, who claim to be facing manpower crunch. Victims speakNarrating his ordeal, A-wing resident Naresh Kharat said, “We woke up after hearing a loud thud. And what we saw next — five masked men starring at us — scared the living daylights out us. Two others were guarding the door. They threatened us with a knife and ordered us in Hindi to handover whatever gold and cash we had at home. They took away 40 grams of gold, Rs 80,000 and my cellphone. Before leaving, one of them placed a knife on my daughter’s throat and warned us of dire consequences if we opened our mouth. I begged him to spare her life. None of us could sleep properly after that night. So we decided to visit our hometown for a few days.” Kharat, who works as a gardener at BMC headquarters, is physically challenged. He said the incident had scared the family to such an extent that they — Kharat, his wife and two children — left for their hometown in Baramati and returned on Tuesday. Another A-wing resident, Shrikant Shinde, a BMC schoolteacher, said, “My father passed away on January 31 following which we went to our native place to perform final rites. When we returned home on February 10, the apartment was ransacked. Thieves stole gold (30 gm) and cash (Rs 70,000).” Shinde said he discovered about four more robberies in the area, including the one at Kharat residence, when he went to register a complaint at the police station. He also mentioned about a robbery in the adjacent society, Valkunji, where the dacoits tied the entire Akal family before decamping with the booty. Division of labourCommenting on the vigil kept by the residents, Siddeshwar Gawde from A-wing said, “This sudden rise (in robberies) has stunned us all, which has resulted in a fear psychosis among the residents. Initially, one member from every family was part of the patrolling team. But we realised that it was impossible to continue like this, as we have to report to work the next morning. Then we decided to take turns. So now, two volunteers from each of the eight wings patrol the area with volunteers from adjacent societies.” B-wing resident Amol Ohal said he has transformed his second-floor apartment into a fortress by installing motion censors, CCTV cameras and a heavy-duty safety door. “We stay awake the whole night fearing that we could be the next victims. Every stranger or an unknown vehicle in the area is looked at with suspicion,” he added. Cops speakSpeaking to mid-day, DCP (Ulhasnagar division) Vasant Jadhav said he was aware about locals patrolling the areas and said they were police mitra (police friends), jointly working with the cops. “About five robberies were reported in a single day. Since then we have increased patrolling in the area. The police mitra are helping us as we are understaffed. A few suspects were picked up during the course of investigation, but were let off for lack of evidence.” Senior Inspector D N Patil from Badlapur East police station said, “Residents and police are working together to tackle this menace. People have also started installing CCTV cameras to keep an eye on the happenings in their areas.”
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2016-02-25When the 'target' chased down his shooters! - Mid-Day
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Find out ToPICs Restaurant review Gadget review Technology Dear Diana Mobile apps Travel Health & Fitness Entertainment Bollywood Hollywood Television MORE IN ENTERTAINMENT Bollywood News Hollywood News Television News Movie Reviews Wallpapers TOP STORIES Here's a low-down on Sanjay Dutt's homecoming plans Will Deepika Padukone star in a Hollywood film with Brad Pitt? ToPICs Neerja Aamir Khan Priyanka Chopra Sonam Kapoor Salman Khan Shah Rukh Khan News Crime News Thane: How a chase to catch small-time goons ended in the arrest of two criminals By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours After pulling the trigger at a former gang member, the shooters tried to crack open the  left window of his car; they ran for their life when he got their gun and chased them What started as a chase to catch two small-time goons on Ulhasnagar’s busiest street on Tuesday evening, ended in the arrest of two criminals who had threatened to shoot a robber-turned-developer. The developer — who is the complainant in the case — and the accused, were former members of the Chhota Rajan gang. The accused had approached the complainant to settle a dispute. On Tuesday evening, Deepak Sapke is waiting in his car for his wife and daughter when the goons, Shankar and Suraj, approach his car. Illustration/Uday Mohite The complainant, identified as Deepak Vaman Sapke (31) – who is a former Rajan aide – said in his police statement that he was waiting for his wife and his daughter around 5.30 pm on Tuesday evening, near Ulhasnagar railway station, when he was approached by the accused. Sapke is a resident of Barrage road in Badlapur (west) where he owns a construction firm. Following their unsuccessful attempt at firing at Sapke, the duo tries to break the left window of Sapke’s car by banging Shankar’s revolver on it. The gun falls inside the car. The incidentSpeaking to mid-day, VC Dolas, senior police inspector, Vitthalwadi police station said, "In his statement he claimed that he was sitting in the driver’s seat waiting for his wife, when the two accused Shankar Suresh Vasita (30) and Suraj Abhang (20) approached the car from the left. Shankar pointed the revolver at the car, and this alerted Sapke. Shankar fired at him, but the bullet got stuck inside the revolver. When Shankar pointed the gun, Sapke took his seat back." Dolas said they have seized the revolver and found two cartridges, one of which was stuck inside. Sapke grabs the revolver and runs behind Shankar and Suraj, who are now trying to flee.  After the bullet missed Sapke, Shankar and Suraj started banging on the left window of his car. "The left side of the front glass broke into pieces and the duo’s revolver fell inside the vehicle. Seeing that the revolver had fallen inside, Shankar and Suraj started running," said CN Khupse, police sub-inspector, Vitthalwadi police station. "I was waiting for my wife as she was coming with my daughter and we were heading to Sanjeevni Hospital. Had I been approached five minutes later, my daughter and wife would have also been targeted in the incident," said Sapke. Sapke is unable to catch the duo, and later informs Vithhalwadi police about the incident. The cops arrest the duo later in the night. The chase beginsKhupse added, "Sapke, taking advantage of the situation, picked up the revolver and started running behind them. Meanwhile, the locals who saw them running also chased them. But the accused managed to flee." During investigation, the cops found that the complainant and the accused Shankar both have criminal records. "We found that both are notorious criminals who have been booked across Thane and Pune for jewellery theft and other crimes. Both are from the same gang. Since the last few months, they were having an argument over some issue that lead to a dispute among them. Later, they began defaming each other in public. Hence, Shankar decided to kill Sapke," added Dolas. Cops launch operationAfter the unsuccessful chase, Sapke contacted NT Kadam, senior police inspector, anti extortion cell and informed him about the incident. He then approached the Vitthalwadi police station, where he registered a case under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and different sections of the arms act. After this, the Vithhalwadi police conducted a search operation and arrested Shankar and Suraj. Khapse said, "Both of them were arrested on Tuesday and have confessed to the crime. They said they committed the crime to take revenge as they belonged to the same gang. They have been remanded in police custody till February 29." Sapke's criminal pastSapke used numerous aliases. He was allegedly a henchman in Chhota Rajan’s gang. He was a close aide of Mudaliar, an active member of Chhota Rajan gang, and a sharpshooter. In June 2007, the Pune Rural Police arrested him since he was behind many dacoities on jewellery shops in Thane and Pune. He had also reportedly taken supari of R5 lakh from Corporator Janardhan Mhatre to kill a rival, Vikas Mhatre.  
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2016-02-23Ambernath friends held for selling alcohol illegally - Daily News & Analysis
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2016-02-23With help from students, Thane cops use street plays to spread anti-terrorism message - I am in dna of India
With help from students, Thane cops use street plays to spread anti-terrorism message Trending News Harbour line mega block scheduled for this weekend Deepak Singh , 6 days ago Meet the 20-year-old from Thane who has rescued 3,500 snakes Anvi Mehta , 1 day ago Academy in Thane helps house-wives explore their talent Rupali Shinde , 6 days ago Start-up spotlight: 20-year-olds from Navi Mumbai zoom in on success Archana Iyer , 5 hours ago NGO adopts village in Palghar Anagha Sawant , 3 days ago Meet entrepreneurs brimming with ideas at this Navi Mumbai bash Deepak Singh , 4 days ago Help kids from Govandi's municipal school realise their football dreams Lamya Karachiwala , 5 days ago ‘Each one, Teach one’ initiative launched at college in Andheri Gaurav Sarkar , 4 days ago Russian university fire: Navi Mumbai girl's body returned to family dna , 5 days ago Harbour/trans-harbour railway stations still with CIDCO; affect maintenance Deepak Singh , 4 days ago Home >> Money With help from students, Thane cops use street plays to spread anti-terrorism message Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 7:46pm IST | Rupali Shinde | Edited by: Anesha George Tweet Comments Abdulla Patel English Junior College stood out with its mime act, involving 12 students who explained the effect of terrorism through body motions, without the use of speech.  Rupali Shinde/iamin Under the banner of ‘Thane Police Mahakarandak’, a street play competition was organised where students of 15 junior colleges participated to highlight terror-related issues.This is the first time Thane police made efforts to spread awareness about terrorism through the youth. “We will be holding this event in 5 zones; today colleges of zone 1 and 5 participated in the competition. On February 24, the competition will take place in BNN College in Bhiwandi and on February 25 it will be held in CHM College, Ulhasnagar. This is preliminary round and final round will be held in the first week of March," said Vijay Bhise, Anti-terrorism cell, Thane.Abdulla Patel English Junior College stood out with its mime act, involving 12 students who explained the effect of terrorism through body motions, without the use of speech." When we got to know about the competition, we brainstormed on how we could make an impact in a unique way. That is when we thought of a mime act,”said Heena Khot, teacher, Abdulla Patel English Junior College.Another college which made an impression was SNM Junior college of Kausa with their out-of-the box thinking "We showed various types of beggars discussing about today's situation, that is the fear of terrorism and how it is engulfing everyone. The beggars then come up with a plan on how they can save the country if it is under attack,” said Raina Kabaskar, 11th commerce student. Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 7:46pm IST | Rupali Shinde | Edited by: Anesha George
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2016-02-23Railway officials, doctors, GRP let my sister die - Ahmedabad Mirror
RAILWAY OFFICIALS, DOCTORS, GRP LET MY SISTER DIE Updated: Feb 24, 2016, 02.00 AM IST Abusinessman whose sister fell off a Badlapur-bound train in February last year and died after being shunted from one hospital to the other by callous railway officials and uncaring doctors has filed a petition at the Bombay High Court seeking culpable homicide charges against them. On an average, 10 people die in Mumbai in train accidents every day and a lot of these deaths are the result of the abysmally poor emergency medical care available at suburban train stations. This is the first time somebody has sought to bring culpable homicide charges against those responsible for attending to victims of train accidents in the crucial golden hour. Holding station masters at Badlapur and Ambernath, concerned railway police officers, and doctors at four hospitals who failed to treatment her in time responsible for his sister Darshana Pawar’s death, Sachin Pawar’s petition says that she could have been saved if her treatment was not delayed by over nine hours. Darshana, 29, a receptionist at a Vashi-based company, fell off the train near Badlapur on February 9 after being hit with a stick on her head by a robber. For nine hours fellow passenger Madhu Birmole tried everything she could to get her to a good hospital as quickly as possible, but faced hurdles at every step. While the Badlapur station master disappeared after helping her take Darshana to Ambernath station, there was no ambulance available at the station and Birmole, with the help of some porters, rushed the victim on a stretcher to the nearby Chhaya Hospital. The doctors at Chhaya Hospital said Darshana had lost a lot of blood, and would have to be taken to the Ulhasnagar Central Hospital. To Birmole’s shock, doctors at the Ulhasnagar hospital too raised their hands and recommended that Darshana be taken to KEM hospital in Parel. By the time Birmole could arrange an ambulance and bring Darshana to KEM, it was already past midnight. And the nightmare had not ended yet. Since there were no beds vacant in the emergency ward of KEM, Darshana had to be shifted to JJ hospital. Around 3 am, JJ doctors said Darshana’s condition was critical and that they should consider shifting Darshana to a private hospital. By the time her brother could make arrangements to shift her to Wockhardt, she died. The intervention petition filed by her brother in high court seeking all those responsible for not doing enough to save Darshana’s life is now a part of petition seeking better emergency medical care across the city’s suburban railway network. Accusing railway officers, doctors, and GRP of lethargy, Advocate Pradeep Havnur, legal counsel for Pawar family, said despite court’s orders to improve golden hour medical care infrastructure, the railways have done nothing. “Victim needing urgent care are neglected by railway officials and hospitals. Railways have not been complying with HC orders in this regard,” he said.
Railway officials, doctors, GRP let my sister die - Ahmedabad Mirror
2016-02-22Bhiwandi sex racket busted: Rescued girl was initially sold for Rs 30000 in Nagpur - Mid-Day
Bhiwandi sex racket busted: Rescued girl was initially sold for Rs 30,000 in Nagpur By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours Ashok Rajgor from NGO Rescue Foundation says Bangladeshi national told him that she was forced into the flesh trade operated from a dingy lodge in Nagpur for a month Narrating her journey from Dhaka to Bhiwandi, the rescued 20-year-old Bangladeshi national said she illegally crossed the Indo-Bangladesh border with the help of a 30-year-old and another woman from her village. She also revealed how she was forced into prostitution after being sold to her first buyer in Nagpur. Shahid Ansari (left), his wife Daliya and their Bangladeshi agent Babuali Azgar Khan (right) The rescueAshok Rajgor, chief investigation officer for NGO Rescue Foundation said, “One of our informer’s friends resides near the chawl at Bhiwandi Bypass. It was he who discovered that a girl was held captive and tortured in one of the chawl rooms. Following his information, we raided the room with the help of officials from Thane Crime Branch’s Anti-Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) last Thursday and rescued the 20-year-old. The police arrested three people — Shahid and Daliya Ansari (husband and wife) and Babuali Khan, a Bangladeshi.” Sold for Rs 30,000After being kept in the Bhiwandi room for a few days, the victim was first sold to traffickers in Nagpur for R30,000. “While in Nagpur, she was forced into a prostitution racket operated from a dingy lodge. After a month, she was brought back to Bhiwandi and was sent to different lodges and dance bars,” Rajgor said, adding, “Areas like Bhiwandi Bypass, Shil Phata, Manpada in Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Thane and Taloja are infamous for prostitution. Mushrooming of shady lodges and illegal dance bars has fuelled prostitution in these areas. Despite conducting raids, police rarely reach traffickers and kingpins forcing innocent girls into prostitution.” Crossing the borderRajgor said, “The girl is a TYBcom student of a local college in Dhaka. She was approached by a woman from her village, who assured her of a well paying job at a posh hotel in Mumbai. It was this woman who led her to the Indo-Bangladesh border and asked the victim to tag herself along with a 30-year-old, she said would help them cross border. The trio then entered Kolkata, where the girl was handed over to another handler. It was this agent who travelled with the girl from Kolkata to Kalyan. After reaching Kalyan, the 20-year-old was handed over to Khan, who brought her to the chawl from where the Ansaris were operating their prostitution racket.” 6 more victimsRajgor claimed the victim told him that another girl accompanied her when she was brought to Mumbai. “She opened up once she realised that we wanted to help her. She claimed that there were six other girls in the Bhiwandi room — Bangladeshi and tribals from across India — who were being tortured and already forced into flesh trade,” he said, adding, “Cops must bust this syndicate, which runs all the way to Bangladesh.” The caseA team comprising AHTC officials and Rescue Foundation members raided room number 1 of Sona Mhatre Chawl near Shankar Mandir at Bhiwandi Bypass around 11.45 pm on Thursday and rescued the 20-year-old and arrested a trio — a couple and a Bangladeshi national. The accused were identified as Shahid (29) and Daliya Ansari (24) and the couple’s Bangladeshi agent Babuali Azgar Khan (40). Though the rescued victim claims to be an adult, cops suspect her to be a minor.
Bhiwandi sex racket busted: Rescued girl was initially sold for Rs 30000 in Nagpur - Mid-Day
2016-02-22'Police negligent', says babu whose car was burnt - Times of India
‘Police negligent’, says babu whose car was burnt Feb 23, 2016, 05:41 IST ULHASNAGAR: Two days after a couple of unidentified men burnt the car of assistant commissioner Yuvraj Badane of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, Badane alleged that the police had shown negligence in dealing with the case. Badane said that the police had not slapped the 'attempt to murder' charge against the two. Badane, who is known as the 'demolition man', had stepped out of the car at the time. He told TOI , "It seems inspector Prasad Pandhare has deliberately charged the two men under less stringent charges." Pandhare said he had not slapped the 'attempt to murder' charge as Badane was not inside the car at the time of the incident. Investigation officer Mahesh Jadhav said that camera footage from the civic building is unclear. "We're examining footage of cameras outside the building to identify the assailants' bike."
2016-02-22Railway officials, doctors, GRP let my sister die - Mumbai Mirror
RAILWAY OFFICIALS, DOCTORS, GRP LET MY SISTER DIE Updated: Feb 23, 2016, 04.23 AM IST There was a delay of nine hours in treating Darshana, who fell off a train in February last year. Her brother has now moved HC. A businessman whose sister fell off a Badlapur-bound train in February last year and died after being shunted from one hospital to the other by callous railway officials and uncaring doctors has filed a petition at the Bombay High Court seeking culpable homicide charges against them. On an average, 10 people die in Mumbai in train accidents every day and a lot of these deaths are the result of the abysmally poor emergency medical care available at suburban train stations. This is the first time somebody has sought to bring culpable homicide charges against those responsible for attending to victims of train accidents in the crucial golden hour. Holding station masters at Badlapur and Ambernath, concerned railway police officers, and doctors at four hospitals who failed to treat her in time responsible for his sister Darshana Pawar’s death, Sachin Pawar’s petition says that she could have been saved if her treatment was not delayed by over nine hours. Darshana, 29, a receptionist at a Vashi-based private company, fell off the train near Badlapur at around 8 pm on February 9 after being hit with a stick on her head by a robber. From then on, for nine hours fellow passenger Madhu Birmole tried everything she could to get Darshana to a good hospital as quickly as possible, but faced hurdles at every step. While the Badlapur station master disappeared after helping her take Darshana to Ambernath station, there was no ambulance available at the station and Birmole, with the help of some porters, rushed the victim on a stretcher to the nearby Chhaya Hospital. The doctors at Chhaya Hospital said Darshana had lost a lot of blood, and would have to be taken to the Ulhasnagar Central Hospital. To Birmole’s shock, doctors at the Ulhasnagar hospital too raised their hands and recommended that Darshana be taken to KEM hospital in Parel. By the time Birmole could arrange an ambulance and bring Darshana to KEM, it was already past midnight. And the nightmare had not ended yet. Since there were no beds vacant in the emergency ward of KEM hospital, Darshana had to be shifted to JJ hospital. Around 3 am, JJ doctors said Darshana’s condition was critical and that the family should consider shifting Darshana to a private hospital. By the time Darshana’s brother could make arrangements to shift her to Wockhardt, she died. The intervention petition filed by her brother in high court seeking all those responsible for not doing enough to save Darshana’s life is now a part of petition seeking better emergency medical care across the city’s suburban railway network. Accusing railway officers, doctors, and GRP of lethargy, Advocate Pradeep Havnur, the legal counsel for the Pawar family, said despite the court’s orders to improve golden hour medical care infrastructure, the railways have done nothing. “Victim needing urgent care are neglected by railway officials and hospitals. The railways have not been complying with HC orders in this regard and that’s why we have sought that criminal charges be registered against them,” he said.
Railway officials, doctors, GRP let my sister die - Mumbai Mirror
2016-02-21Man arrested for verbally molesting minor - Daily News & Analysis
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2016-02-20Civic officer's car set afire in Thane; he escapes unhurt - Business Standard
Civic officer's car set afire in Thane; he escapes unhurt Thane (Maha) Last Updated at February 20, 2016 20:02 IST The car of a senior civic official of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation was allegedly set afire today by two unidentified person here in the district, police said. Yuvraj Badane, Deputy Municipal Commissioner was on his way in his car for some work and alighted from it to speak to local residents when the incident occurred this afternoon,Thane police PRO Gajanan Kadbule said. Two persons wearing helmets came on motorbike and one of them, who was carrying inflammable material, sprayed it on the car and torched it, the official said. However, he escaped unhurt the vehicle was damaged in the fire. According to police, a case under relevant sections of IPC has been registered and efforts are on to nab the accused.
2016-02-20Close shave for civic official as 2 torch his car - Times of India
Close shave for civic official as 2 torch his car Feb 21, 2016, 05:05 IST ULHASNAGAR: Two unidentified bikers rode onto the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation building campus and burnt the car of assistant municipal commissioner Yuvraj Badane, known as the 'demolition man' around 12.50pm on Saturday. Badane, who had stepped out of his car moments earlier, said he had a narrow escape. The two bikers poured kerosene over the car and set it afire. A security guard quickly doused the flames. Badane said he suspects Nationalist Congress Party's Manoj Lassi for this attack. Lassi refuted the allegation.
Close shave for civic official as 2 torch his car - Times of India
2016-02-20उल्हासनगर मनपा का लिपिक रिश्वत लेते गिरफ्तार
उल्हासनगर मनपा का लिपिक रिश्वत लेते गिरफ्तार Updated: Feb 20, 2016, 08:30AM IST निसं, उल्हासनगर : प्रॉपर्टी टैक्स का 'चेंज आफ नेम' करने की एवज में 1500 रुपये की रिश्वत मांगने वाले टैक्स विभाग के लिपिक को ठाणे के ऐंटि करप्शन ब्यूरो (एसीबी) ने रंगे हाथ गिरफ्तार कर लिया है। इससे महापालिका प्रशासन में हड़कंप मच गया है। एसीबी के मुताबिक टैक्स विभाग में कार्यरत लिपिक जगदीश परमार कैंप क्रमांक तीन में स्थित मिलिंद कांबले की प्रॉपर्टी का चेंज ऑफ नेम करने के लिए 1500 रुपये की रिश्वत मांग रहा था। जब कांबले ने पैसा देने से इनकार कर दिया तो परमार उनका काम न कर, उससे चक्कर लगवा रहा था। इससे परेशान होकर कांबले ने इसकी शिकायत एसीबी से कर दी। ब्यूरो ने तुरंत कार्रवाई करते हुए बुधवार की देर शाम जगदीश परमार को मिलिंद कांबले से रुपये लेते रंगे हाथ गिरफ्तार कर लिया।
2016-02-17नवी मुंबई-ठाणे में फायदे, उल्हासनगर में नुकसान का बजट पेश
नवी मुंबई-ठाणे में फायदे, उल्हासनगर में नुकसान का बजट पेश Updated: Feb 17, 2016, 08:30AM IST मंगलवार को नवी मुंबई, ठाणे और उल्हासनगर महानगरपालिकाओं की स्थायी समिति में वर्ष 2016-17 का बजट पेश किया गया। नवी मुंबई और ठाणे मनपा ने फायदे का, जबकि उल्हासनगर ने घाटे का बजट पेश किया। नवी मुंबई ने 1975.85 करोड़, ठाणे मनपा ने 2549.82 करोड़ और उल्हासनगर मनपा ने 535.70 करोड़ रुपये की आमदनी का बजट पेश किया। नवी मुंबई बजट : योजनाओं को पूरा करने पर जोर, संपत्ति कर में वृद्धि नहीं -1975 करोड़ रुपये का बजट पेश आनंदकुमार पांडेय, नवी मुंबई : नवी मुंबई महानगरपालिका का आर्थिक वर्ष 2016-17 पेश किया गया। बजट में 1975 करोड़ 85 लाख रुपये जमा और 1975 करोड़ 40 लाख रुपये खर्च दिखाया गया है। मनपा आयुक्त दिनेश वाघमारे ने यह बजट मनपा की स्थायी समिति की सभापति नेत्रा शिर्के के सामने पेश किया। इसी के साथ मनपा आयुक्त ने मौजूदा आर्थिक वर्ष 2015-16 के लिए 1846.52 करोड़ रुपये का सुधारित बजट भी स्थायी समिति के समक्ष पेश किया। उन्होंने आर्थिक वर्ष 2016-17 के लिए 45.54 लाख रुपये की बचत का लक्ष्य रखा है। जन सुविधाओं पर पूरा जोर आगामी आर्थिक वर्ष के बजट में मनपा आयुक्त ने जनसुविधाओं का विशेष ध्यान रखा है। बजट में जनसेवाओं से जुड़ी योजनाओं को समय पर पूरा करने और बजट के लिए राशि में कमी न आने देने की बात कही गई है। आगामी बजट में जनसुविधाओं से जुड़ी विभिन्न योजनाओं को समय से पूरा करने का लक्ष्य रखा गया है। मनपा प्रशासन ने संपत्ति कर में वृद्धि न करके नागरिकों को बड़ी राहत दी है। कर वृद्धि के बगैर भी आगामी आर्थिक वर्ष के बजट में मनपा ने इस मद में 580 करोड़ रुपये का लक्ष्य रखा है। किस मद से कितनी आय का लक्ष्य -स्थानीय संस्था कर, मुद्रांक शुल्क और सहायक अनुदान से करीब 850 करोड़ रुपये -संपत्ति कर से 580 करोड़ रुपये -जल कर से 110 करोड़ रुपये -विज्ञापन शुल्क से 25 करोड़ रुपये -मोरबे बांध प्रॉजेक्ट से 19 करोड़ रुपये -सड़क खुदाई शुल्क से 15 करोड़ रुपये -स्थानीय संस्थाकर/उपकर से 850 करोड़ रुपये बॉक्स 2 ठाणे मनपा का स्मार्ट बजट -2549.82 करोड़ का बजट पेश -प्रॉपर्टी टैक्स में 10 फीसदी की बढ़ोतरी के अलावा कोई अन्य भार नहीं अनिल कुमार शुक्ल, ठाणे: ठाणे मनपा कमिश्नर संजीव जयसवाल ने मंगलवार को ठाणे मनपा का वर्ष 2016-17 के लिए 2549.82 करोड़ का बजट स्टैंडिंग कमिटी में पेश किया। मनपा ने इस साल प्रॉपर्टी टैक्स के सामान्य टैक्स में 10 फीसदी की वृद्धि के अलावा दूसरी कोई वृद्धि नहीं की है। पिछले साल भी प्रॉपर्टी टैक्स 10 प्रतिशत बढ़ाया गया था। मनपा कमिश्नर जयसवाल का यह दूसरा बजट है। 230.10 करोड़ का बैलेंस ठाणे मनपा के बजट में पहली बार 230.10 करोड़ रुपये का क्लियर बैलेंस दिखाया गया है। बजट में मनपा की आय 2086 करोड़, अनुदान के रूप में मिलने वाली राशि 179.86 करोड़, कर्ज के रूप में मिलने वाली राशि 53.86 करोड़ बताई गई है। बजट में राजस्व खर्च 1251.18 करोड़, अन्य खर्च 1001.28 करोड़ तथा जेएनएनयूआरएम के अंतर्गत होने वाला खर्च 297.21 करोड़ अपेक्षित रखा गया है। प्रॉपर्टी टैक्स में बढ़ोतरी से मिलेंगे 31 करोड़ प्रॉपर्टी टैक्स में शामिल सामान्य कर के रेसिडेंशियल टैक्स को 26 फीसदी से बढ़ा कर 36 फीसदी तथा नॉन रेसिडेंशियल टैक्स को 38.50 फीसदी से बढ़ा कर 48.50 फीसदी किया गया है। इससे मनपा को 31 करोड़ की अतिरिक्त इनकम होगी। अन्य योजनाओं पर प्रस्तावित खर्च -स्मार्ट सिटी पर 50 करोड़ रुपये -स्मार्ट सिटी सर्विलेंस प्रॉजेक्ट पर 5 करोड़ -डिजीटल मेसेजिंग सिस्टम पर 5 करोड़ -मनपा स्कूलों में वर्चुअल क्लास रूम पर 1.50 करोड़ -कलवा खाड़ी पर पुल बनाने के लिए 40 करोड़ -24 घंटे जलापूर्ति के लिए 20 करोड़ रुपये -फायर ब्रिगेड के नए वाहन खरीदने के लिए 20 करोड़ -घनकचरा प्रक्रिया प्रॉजेक्ट के लिए 12 करोड़ -रॉबोटिक मशीन की खरीद के लिए 12 करोड़ -वर्तकनगर में मिनी मॉल के लिए 5 करोड़ बॉक्स 3 उल्हासनगर मनपा का घाटे का बजट -535.70 करोड़ आय तथा 607.30 करोड़ खर्च का प्रस्ताव -आम जनता का विरोध अरविंद त्रिपाठी, उल्हासनगर: उल्हासनगर मनपा ने वर्ष 2016-17 के लिए स्थायी समिति में जो प्रस्तावित बजट पेश किया है, उसमें 71.60 करोड़ का घाटा दिखाया गया है। इसे पूरा करने के लिए संपत्ति कर एवं पानी बिल के साथ अन्य करों में बढ़ोतरी की गई है। मनपा आयुक्त मनोहर हिरे ने स्थायी समिति सभापति जया प्रकाश माखीजा के समक्ष 535.70 करोड़ रुपये की आय तथा 607.30 करोड़ रुपये के खर्च वाला प्रस्तावित बजट पेश किया। प्रमुख योजनाओं से प्रस्तावित आय -स्थानीय संस्था व अनुदान से 180 करोड़ रुपये -संपत्ति कर 85.10 करोड़ -पानी से 43.50 करोड़ -एम.आर.टी.पी से 38.65 करोड़ -अनुदान से 51.90 करोड़ -अमृत योजना से 111.67 करोड़ -अन्य शुल्क से 4.28 करोड़ -अन्य आय 20.60 करोड़ प्रमुख योजनाओं पर प्रस्तावित खर्च -सड़कों व रास्तों के लिए 81.34 करोड़ रुपये -अमृत योजना के तहत ड्रेनेज गटर के लिए 89 करोड़ -पानी के लिए 20 करोड़ -10 मिनी बस खरीदने के लिए 2 करोड़ -दुर्बल घटक विकास के लिए 16.50 करोड़ -सार्वजनिक आरोग्य के लिए 30.26 करोड़ -सार्वजनिक वाचनालय के लिए 2 करोड़ -खेमानी नाला एवं वालधुनी नाला विकास के लिए 21 करोड़ -प्राथमिक विद्यालय बनाने एवं शिक्षा सामिग्री के लिए 42 करोड़
2016-02-16Tackle deaths on war footing: HC to Railways - The Hindu
Tackle deaths on war footing: HC to Railways MUMBAI:, FEBRUARY 16, 2016 00:00 IST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 16, 2016 05:41 IST The Bombay High Court on Monday said the Railways should address deaths of commuters travelling by local trains on a “war footing” as people are dying every single day. The court was taking note of the death of Darshana Pawar, 29, who was hit by a stone while travelling in a local and fell out of the train at Badlapur railway station. She was taken to four hospitals, but she died due to blood loss on February 8, 2015. A division bench of Justices VM Kanade and Revati Mohite-Dere was informed that Pawar was first taken to Ambernath Hospital that did not have the infrastructure, then to Ulhasnagar Hospital which did not have enough employees, then KEM and Sion hospitals which had no beds free. She was finally taken to JJ Hospital where she received basic first aid but died due to blood loss. All this took nine hours, and she was made to travel 56 km. The court said this was not an isolated case and that such deaths are reported everyday. The bench noted that there is no sensitivity on the part of the Railways and hospitals in dealing with such accidents, and both are responsible for such incidents while issuing notices to the four hospitals that failed to provide treatment to Pawar. Representing the Railways, advocate Suresh Kumar said as per SC directives, all private and district hospitals should provide treatment to rail mishap victims. An intervener in the matter brought to the notice of the court that as per a Bombay HC orderin 2006, the Railways should pay for the treatment, even if it is at a private hospital. The court has also asked the railways to file its reply and adjourned the matter for a week.
Tackle deaths on war footing: HC to Railways - The Hindu
2016-02-16Chunnabhatti shootout solved - Times of India
Chunnabhatti shootout solved Updated: Feb 16, 2016, 21:11 IST MUMBAI: The anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of the city crime branch arrested four persons for firing at a Chunnabhatti based builder Jinesh Jain. Those arrested are Sumeet Yerunkar (38), Vinod Vishwakarma (28), Babukumar Gupta (21) and Ajay Karoshi. On February 5, two burkha clad men barged into the office of Arihant infrastructure's office at Trimurthi building at Everad Nagar on Sion Trombay road and fired four rounds injuring Jain. During investigations, police got a tip off that Yerunkar who hails from the same vicinity and out on parole was missing from his house. Based on the tip off police picked Yerunkar who initially denied his role but during sustained interrogations admitted to crime, said inspector Vinayak Vast. Yerunkar told police that he wanted the contract of supplying building material to Jains and hence he had approached Jain after his release from jail for the first time. Jain had agreed to Yerunkar's terms but after later returned to jail, Jain forgot and brought material from another contractor. This had angered Yerunkar, police said. In January this year Yerunkar again got three months parole saying his wife was due for delivery. He came out and hatched a conspiracy with co-accused to create a fear among other builders and than start extortion business from inside jail.'' said Atul Kulkarni, joint commissioner of police. Kulkarni said that they wanted to start their own independent gang. Yerunkar than approached his associates from Ulhasnagar and hatched the plan. Yerunkar who is serving in Taloja jail in the murder of Ajay Thakur in Uran in 2011, met Karosi who is known to Vishwakarma from Ulhasnagar. While Gupta drove a old stolen car, Vishwaskarma and Karoshi wore burkhas and fired four rounds before fleeing,'' said Jagdish Sail, police inspector. Police are also looking for three more persons in this case.
2016-02-15HC asks Railways to form core team to help accident victims - Business Standard
HC asks Railways to form core team to help accident victims Mumbai Last Updated at February 15, 2016 21:32 IST Reprimanding Central and Western Railways for not promptly attending to accident victims on suburban routes resulting in their death, the Bombay High Court today asked the authorities to form a core team and take steps on a war-footing to deal with the issue. "Most of whom lose their lives because of delay in treatment and loss of blood... Railways should be sensitive to the issue and form a core team to deal with this. How many times shall we issue orders on this subject," observed a division bench headed by Justice V M Kanade. "Eighty per cent of Mumbai population travel by trains daily from their home in the suburbs to workplace and return in the evening. The commuters certainly know the risk involved in travelling but still they travel by trains after offering prayers to god because they have no choice," the bench said. The high court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by Sameer Zaveri and others seeking measures to make travel safe in suburban trains. Sachin Pawar, brother of Darshana Pawar who died after a fall from a local train after being hit on the head by a thief on February 9, filed an affidavit describing how delay in treatment had cost her life. Sachin said his sister was lying on the tracks for quite a long time resulting in heavy loss of blood. She was first taken to a private hospital in Ambarnath in neighbouring Thane district which refused to admit her. Then she was taken to Ulhasnagar Civil hospital which also did not attend to her. Thereafter, Darshana was taken to KEM hospital in Mumbai which referred her to JJ hospital where she passed away. The bench then asked the Railways and the hospitals concerned to file within a week replies to the affidavit filed by the victim's brother. Meanwhile, in a different case of an accident victim Bhavika Mehta who had lost a leg after a fall from a train while chasing a thief in 2011, the Railways told another division bench of the high court that they were ready to pay compensation of Rs 2.80 lakh and a cheque shall be handed over to the beneficiary by February 18. The bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka has kept the petition for final orders on March 2.
HC asks Railways to form core team to help accident victims - Business Standard
2016-02-15Woman's Death After Fall From Train: Bombay HC notice to 4 city hospitals - The Indian Express
Woman’s Death After Fall From Train: Bombay HC notice to 4 city hospitals 29-yr-old died after being moved from one hospital to another in Feb 2015; such insensitivity on part of railway authority can’t be tolerated, says HC Mumbai | Published: February 16, 2016 2:25 am The Bombay High Court Monday issued notices to four hospitals in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region for refusing treatment to a 29-year-old woman who fell from a local train and later succumbed to her injuries while she was being moved from one hospital to another in February last year. A bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice Revati Mohite-Dere have now asked for responses from all four hospitals — Chhaya Hospital, Ambernath; Central Hospital, Ulhasnagar; Sion Hospital and KEM Hospital. She was finally given treatment in JJ Hospital in the city after the others refused to attend to the victim, Darshana Pawar. The bench was hearing a PIL filed by activist Samir Javeri regarding setting up medical emergency rooms in all stations in the city when Pawar’s brother Sachin brought the 2015 incident to the court’s attention.In an affidavit filed before the bench, Sachin claimed that after his sister was hit on her head by a stone and she fell down on the tracks, she was taken to the Ambernath hospital that had no facilities to treat her. The next three hospitals that she was taken to in Ulhasnagar, Sion, and the KEM hospital in Parel claimed to have no beds available. She was finally taken to JJ Hospital nine hours after the accident, where she was admitted in the casualty ward and administered first aid. Before a doctor could attend to her, Pawar bled to death. Such insensitivity on part of the railway authority cannot be tolerated. Such accidents are not special cases but they happen almost every day. The trains are overcrowded and there are hardly any security arrangements and no medical teams available on the station. In almost every case of accident, it is the public citizen or fellow passengers who rush to help the victims,” the bench said. “People still take a risk and continue to travel by local trains because they have no other option,” the bench said. The court has also sought a response from the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation on what has it done with the funds to the tune of crores received so far for augmentation of existing trains and tracks and for introducing new trains on the Central and Harbour lines. “No matter how many orders we give, it will be futile unless authorities on their own want to do something,” said the HC while asking the railways to look at having a dedicated staff, which could take immediate steps to prevent such incidents.
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2016-02-12SPPL invites tenders for architects - The Asian Age
SPPL invites tenders for architects Published : Feb 13, 2016, 12:44 am IST Updated : Feb 13, 2016, 12:44 am IST Shivshahi Punarvasan Prakalp Limited (SPPL) has started work on constructing affordable homes in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Shivshahi Punarvasan Prakalp Limited (SPPL) has started work on constructing affordable homes in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. SPPL has floated tenders for appointing architects in order to undertake preliminary identification of land banks of the state government and various governmental bodies within vicinity of nine Urban Local Bodies’ (ULB) of MMR for obtaining land for affordable homes. “The role of the architects will be to come out with a pre-feasibility report by undertaking site analysis and obtain relevant information of the location of land owned by state government, Railways, national and state highways and also identify the land of planned transport corridors and infrastructure projects,” said an SPPL official. The selected ULBs for the identifications include Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi-Nijampur, Panvel, Uran, Kulgaon-Badlapur, Vasai-Virar and Mira-Bhayandar. SPPL plans to construct affordable homes in MMR in a joint development agreement with private developers and landlords who own the land. So the study will also include to study the ownership and title verification of lands to get the details of the landlords who could contribute land for constructing affordable homes. “The architects will have to complete the study within three months from the day the contract is awarded,” added the SPPL official. On the same lines, Mhada has also submitted the proposal building one lakh affordable homes in two phases on 23 land parcels in the MMR under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) scheme. “Currently, the available Floor Space Index (FSI) in the MMR is of 1, but we have communicated the state government to mend its way by granting FSI of 3 to 4, as it will have positive impact on the creation of affordable homes in the state,” added the SPPL official. The state government plans to build 19 lakh affordable homes in the state by 2022.
2016-02-12Laying our cities to waste - The Hans India
Laying our cities to waste Feb 13,2016 , 03:54 AM IST Six years ago, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority planned a regional landfill to be useful for municipal corporations at Taloja in Navi Mumbai. Where is this and what is its status? Apart from Mumbai, Bhivandi-Nizampur, Thane, Kalyan, Dombivili, Ulhasnagar, Ambarnath and Kulgaon-Badlapur local bodies were to share this. No trace of it. If the country's richest municipal corporation like Mumbai could not establish a credible and scientific waste management system, who else would have done it? It was an interactive session with some practising senior doctors of the capital at a seminar that provoked me to revisit the country's garbage story. After all, I have already written a couple of pieces at least. There is so much of muck already, why again on garbage, one could always say.This week also it is going to be garbage that steals my attention as what some of the doctors told me was alarming enough. Some of these doctors are always on flying visits to other cities and countries. They do interact with their counterparts in other metros on a regular basis. "You should understand that we are sitting ducks for a global phenomenon like Ebola, Zika virus etc. We don't even need the new strains. The regular ones like Dengue, Swine Flu and Encephalitis have assumed serious proportions. Pollution, garbage and untreated sewage could turn your infections into a more virulent form and kill you. A clear pattern is emerging post-monsoon period in the country. More people are falling ill and taking longer time for recuperating. People are spending a lion's share of their earnings in battling these diseases," is the general perception. Alas, all this could be tackled and even prevented by people with real civic sense and with civic authority's assistance. And here I am talking only about our big cities! Prime Minister, Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat call has literally gone down the drain and the cities are as filthy as ever. No one is talking about it. Let me start with Delhi itself (I am looking at the problem of landfills and the hazardous nature of these for the societies). Spread over 70 acres and containing 12 million tonnes of waste and of a height of 50 feet, the Ghazipur landfill in East Delhi is a nightmare of the national capital. It was started in 1984 and should have been closed when its height was 15 feet in 2002. It did not get closed and gets shooting across vertically and filling across horizontally. This landfill gets about 3,500 metric tonnes of waste daily. This landfill site also is home to daily sewage waste and construction rubble. Depending on it is a colony of 2,000 ragpickers. Nights are a sight, with a minimum of 20-25 flares dancing over the landfill – all automatic fires that occur due to the decomposition process that emits methane gas. The government spends thousands of crores on Yamuna cleansing – at least claims so - but forgets that this landfill site is one of the major causes of its pollution as it allows leachate run-off gets generated here every day, more so during the monsoon period. Estimates prove that around 1.4 million litres of toxic leachate flows out to Yamuna and contaminates ground water. There is no leachate processing and treatment plant facility at this land fill. Now there are three corporations in Delhi and all three are being run by the BJP for the past 10 years. Before trifurcation of the NDMC, the BJP had planned to reclaim at least one-third of the Ghazipur landfill site within 10 years. It has not materialised so far as the land earmarked for reclaim had gone to one of the three corporations and hence, none of them did anything about them. That much for our environmental concern! Again in the last decade 15 landfill sites in Delhi had started filling up and had been closed. Waste management is this simple: organic waste (which is usually about 50 per cent of the total waste) should be segregated and composted. Construction waste of about 30 per cent needs be removed and recycled in separate plants. Plastics and electrical waste should be dealt with by separate disposal mechanisms. One could always ask how much damage the leachate run-off does to one’s health. Health conditions can range from sweating, bleeding stomach disorders, to blood disorders, birth defects, even cancer, the doctors point out. Sometime back reports from Chennai too indicated that leachate run-off was affecting the water quality everywhere. Came the floods and it must be a universal problem now in Chennai. (Hope someone has done the checks). The situation was so alarming in several areas that the ground water is a clear write-off. Health effects could be from an acute or short exposure, or long-term chronic exposure to leachates from landfills. Lead, mercury, cadmium compounds, nickel, toluene, phenols and cresols and benzene are just a few that get into the ground water. Did we know this? Hence, landfills are not the options. In fact, only after segregation and treatment of all waste that what remains should reach our landfills in the country as a last option. And for us it is the first option! That every institution is at loggerheads with the other in this country unmindful of the harmful effects of the metro waste becomes evident with the Chennai example. Chennai corporation handles 12 out of the 15 zones in the municipal limits with the other three handed over to a private company - Hyderabad's Ramky Enviro Limited. When Chennai planned to privatise its solid waste management and selected to set up a bio-methanation plant at Kodungaiyur in the North to generate power, the Pollution Control Board stalled it. That was in 2008. The next year too when another private company sought to generate energy, the proposal was shot down. In 2012, the National Green Tribunal set aside clearance to set up a waste management plant at Perungudi in the South of Chennai claiming it would harm animals located in Guindy National Park. Newspapers from Chennai recalled the story of a CPI legilsator, A Soundararajan, who rented a house abutting Kodungaiyur landfill to highlight the cause and moved bags along with his family into the house. Soon, he had to vacate when his wife had fallen ill. Benguluru is no better. In fact, it has no landfill site at all and all the waste is transported directly to the 10 processing units every day. The experiment is no better and the metro keeps complaining and protesting about the stink and pollution. Mumbai is no different. Recently we witnessed huge protests in Mumbai when the Deonar dumping ground was ablaze for days from the January month end sending the city wrapped in a thick smog blanket. This 90-year-old landfill is yet another monumental shame. The problem only increases when there are two different (party) governments - one at the State level and the other at the corporation level as it happened here. All three municipal dumps in the metro are under litigation. Total closure of landfills, though not on cards, runs into problems due to protests etc. Six years ago, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority planned a regional landfill to be useful for municipal corporations at Taloja in Navi Mumbai. Where is this and what is its status? Apart from Mumbai, Bhivandi-Nizampur, Thane, Kalyan, Dombivili, Ulhasnagar, Ambarnath and Kulgaon-Badlapur local bodies were to share this. No trace of it. If the country's richest Municipal Corporation like Mumbai could not establish a credible and scientific waste management system, who else would have done it? Swachh Bharat? The need of the hour is immediate and accountable action but not politics. A report by the non-government organisation, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Delhi, based on surveys of wastewater profiles of 71 Indian cities, highlights lack of infrastructure and neglect of sewage with less than 30 per cent of the country's officially recorded sewage being treated in proper facilities. The CSE survey, released earlier, shows that 70-80 per cent of India's wastewater was ending up in its rivers and lakes. "We are drowning in our excreta," Sunita Narain, director of CSE, remarked.
Laying our cities to waste - The Hans India
2016-02-11TMC goes back to staggered water cuts, brace up for dry days - Times of India
TMC goes back to staggered water cuts, brace up for dry days Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 11, 2016, 10.41 PM IST Thane: Barely a week after the irrigation department had scheduled a blanket two-day water cut across all corporations in the district, the authorities on Wednesday have reverted to their original timetable of imposing staggered cuts for respective civic bodies over the week. The earlier scheme will be implemented starting next week bringing in relief to lakhs of households from Thane, Kalyan, Mira Road, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar and parts of Navi Mumbai. The collective water requirement of these corporations is around 1,500 MLD, said officials. The blanket water cut imposed last week caused severe inconvenience to consumers. A meeting with elected representatives was held late on Wednesday to thrash out the problem where the officials were instructed to roll back the schedule and introduce the earlier system of staggered water cuts. Accordingly, civic bodies will face two day water cuts, but at different days. This will help residents to store water as per requirement and also minimize the inconvenience, say water department officials. "The revised scheme of complete shutdown meant less transmission and distribution losses of water. However, the plan has failed to achieve the desired impact as several residents have complained of acute shortage due to implementing this plan. We have decided to revoke the plan and bring into effect the earlier schedule," said an irrigation department official. The water cuts have been imposed as the rainfall this year was less than expected and led to reservoirs being half-filled. Irrigation officials have said they will have to revert to staggered schedule even though it meant more losses. A considerable volume of water was often wasted as corporations often tend to lift more that their scheduled capacity. Taking such violations lightly henceforth, the department has now warned of seizing the water pumps of those corporations found lifting more than the scheduled volume from the reservoirs. Further, irrigation officials have also cautioned of imposing an additional 10-15% cuts starting mid-March following possibility of increase in water consumption during the summer and faster evaporation. The supply in the reservoirs supplying water to the district is fast dipping with the volume in Barvi dam being enough to last only till May 12 as per the present water cut schedule. Meanwhile, the TMC has already started planning to face three-day water cuts to be imposed by next month. "We are already working out a plan to minimize inconvenience. Having a three day cut is imminent by the end of February. Residents must also start saving water," said a senior official.
2016-02-08Man arrested for sodomising minor boy - Business Standard
Man arrested for sodomising minor boy Thane Last Updated at February 8, 2016 17:07 IST A 21-year-old man was arrested for allegedly sodomising a minor boy in Ulhasnagar township of the district, police said today. "The accused, identified as Aslam Yunus Khan, threatened the 16-year-old boy, took him to an isolated place at Boat Club, Hira Ghat on Saturday and sodomised him," Inspector A V Saigaonkar of Central police station said. The boy's uncle lodged a complaint with the police, following which the accused was arrested yesterday, he said. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said, adding investigation is on.
2016-02-06Mumbai wastelands: An ageing mound bears the brunt - The Indian Express
Mumbai wastelands: An ageing mound bears the brunt Written by Sadaf Modak , Vishwas Waghmode Mumbai Published:Feb 7, 2016, 0:01 Deonar dumping ground in Mumbai. Daily Waste: 9,600 Tonnes No. of landfills: 3 Deonar, Mulund and Kanjurmarg. The Deonar dumping ground, which was ablaze for days starting January 28, has been in operation since 1927. It will soon be 90 years old, a mostly unheard of age for landfills. In parts of Deonar, garbage heaps stand 15 metres high, as tall as a five or six storey building. It is sprawled across 132 hectares in a densely populated eastern suburb of the city, with slums on its fringes as well as plush homes less than a couple of kilometres away.
Mumbai wastelands: An ageing mound bears the brunt - The Indian Express
2016-02-0619-year-old caught red-handed while breaking into ATM - Times of India
19-year-old caught red-handed while breaking into ATM Pradeep Gupta | Feb 7, 2016, 01.16 AM IST Ulhasnagar: Officers from the Central police station here arrested a 19-year-old man, Pradeep Ahirrao, in the wee hours of Saturday for allegedly breaking a bank's ATM in an attempt to steal cash from it. Police sources said the accused was arrested on the basis of CCTV footage that was being monitored at the bank's control room in Ghansoli, Navi Mumbai. Acting on their tip-off, the police rushed to the spot and nabbed the accused red-handed. They recovered a hammer and a screwdriver from the accused. The police said Ahirrao, who hails from Jhansi, had come to the city three months ago in search of a job. Abhay Sagaonkar, police inspector of Central police station, said, "The accused has been arrested for a theft attempt and was produced before Ulhasnagar court, which remanded him in police custody."
2016-02-05MMRDA ropes in World Bank to map region - The Indian Express
MMRDA ropes in World Bank to map region Written by MANASI PHADKE Mumbai Updated: Feb 5, 2016, 7:13 am The World Bank will guide MMRDA in planning the project, assess needs, identify information gaps, and identifying methods and technologies besides Geographic Information Systems to create the database. The city's development authority has tied up with the World Bank to map the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), mirroring every road, utility, water body and plan reservation across eight municipal corporations, nine municipal councils and about a thousand villages on a digital platform. According to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the ambitious Regional Information System that it aims to create with the World Bank's help will be the first of its kind in India. Eye on civic polls, MMRDA budget looks beyond Mumbai MMRDA yet to finalise location for ISBT project Devp body in talks with World Bank officials Common ticket plan for transport hits WB wall Research institute for rapid transit systems Rs 6,653-cr budget for MMRDA Sanjay Sethi, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner at the MMRDA, said, We have forged an informal agreement with the World Bank to assist us in building a Regional Information System. There is no equivalent for this kind of a detailed information trove anywhere in the country, and so there is no available expertise. Representatives from the World Bank will visit Mumbai in February to take the project forward. The World Bank will guide MMRDA in planning the project, assess needs, identify information gaps, and identifying methods and technologies besides Geographic Information Systems to create the database. Sethi said besides India, other developing countries too lacked regional information systems for their cities. In our research, we found that only very developed cities had this kind of a database. Paris has a very useful information system. Rio de Janeiro has attempted this kind of a system, but it is not as efficient, he added. The MMR is spread across 4,355 square kilometres, comprising the eight municipal corporations of Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Navi Mumbai, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Vasai-Virar and Mira-Bhayander. Besides the corporations, MMR also includes the nine municipal councils of Ambarnath, Kulgaon-Badlapur, Matheran, Karjat, Panvel, Khopoli, Pen, Uran and Alibaug, besides over a thousand villages in Thane and Raigad districts. The MMRDA is the planning authority in charge of the entire region. Most of these areas have haphazardly grown with several urban local bodies battling problems of illegal construction. The current database of all these municipal corporations and councils have a lot of data gaps. There is very little consideration given to hydrology in planning along with land use. Planning projects or giving approvals becomes a tedious process because we have to make a lot of assumptions based on the existing data available, which very often is much different from the ground reality, Sethi said, adding that mapping of utilities across MMR was the worst. Unforeseen utility lines have delayed several mega infrastructure projects in Mumbai as well as the rest of MMR, necessitating design changes and cost revisions.
MMRDA ropes in World Bank to map region - The Indian Express
2016-02-05Mumbai: Gangster found dead at home, kin cry murder - Mid-Day
Mumbai: Gangster found dead at home, kin cry murder By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours Gangster Naresh Aasandas Pahalajani alias Naresh Chaddi (52) was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday night. After the post-mortem report said he had contusions and abrasions on his body, his family alleged that he has been murdered, as he was a key witness in the 1990 Bhatija brothers murder case in Thane. Naresh had rented an apartment in Sai Paradise building situated in Kalyan's Khadakpada area, where he used to live with his wife Deepa. His son Pravin (26) and daughter Pooja (22) live in Bengaluru. A native of Ulhasnagar, he had shifted to Tamil Nadu in 2013. He was an associate of gangster-turned-politician Suresh Budharmal Kalani aka Pappu Kalani and had criminal cases against him there. Raju Pahalajani (50), Naresh's brother, said police must investigate the case as he suspects that someone behind the murder of Inder Bhatija and Ghanshyam Bhatija killed him. My brother was one of the important witnesses in the Bhatija brothers murder case. And his return to Mumbai was a threat for a politician, who is involved in the case, said Raju. No answers When Deepa returned from their native town at 8pm on Tuesday, she waited at Kalyan railway station for Naresh to pick her up but neither did he answer her phone calls nor did he turn up at the station. After waiting for a long time, I went to our place on my own. But no one answered the door. So I got a locksmith to help me get in, said Deepa. She found Naresh lying on the sofa. We took him to Rukmani Bai hospital, where he was declared dead and later shifted to JJ Hospital for further procedure, she added. The post-mortem report by JJ Hospital's Dr A H Meshram and Dr D J Sangle, said Naresh had contusions and abrasions over his body. Final opinion on his cause of death is pending since histopathology, chemical analysis and accessory examination reports are still awaited. Police says Gulabrao Gore, Senior Police Inspector, Khadakpada police station, said they have registered an accidental death case and are further investigating the matter. We are waiting for the other medical reports that will reveal the actual cause of death. Based on those, we will further investigate the case and if necessary register a case according to the statement or doubts of the family members. Criminal background Naresh Chaddi, a former associate of Suresh Budharmal Kalani, was wanted in 10 criminal cases in Ulhasnagar division two were registered in Ulhasnagar-1 police station, three in Central police station and five in Vitthalwadi police station. One of them was under TADA court and another for involvement in a bomb blast. He surrendered in all of them in 2012. Naresh, along with Kalani, was booked in the Maruti Jadhav murder case on July 10, 1992. His name attracted spotlight in April 2010 after a text message was sent to BJP leader Eknath Khadse and the then Thane police commissioner Anil Dhere stating that Naresh was planning to plant bombs in the city. Khadse raised the matter in the Assembly, prompting a high-level inquiry, but it was reportedly ascertained that Chaddi had not sent any such message.
2016-02-05Friends kill 24-year-old with bat - Daily News & Analysis
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2016-02-03Music for equality - The Hindu
Music for equality FEBRUARY 03, 2016 00:00 IST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 03, 2016 05:39 IST A bigwig production house’s initiative offers the marginalised an opportunity to interact with the mainstream It is evident from the ease with which they navigate the multiple rooms of the second floor of Yash Raj Films (YRF) and their camaraderie with their staff, that the 6 Pack Band are more than comfortable being here. When inside the fortified Andheri complex, Komal and Asha Jagtap, Bhavika Patil, Fida Khan, Raveena and Chandni are celebrities. Outside, they still have a long way to go. When not giving interviews or recording for their album, they go about their daily business. While Komal, with sister Asha, armed with dholaks, continues to look for weddings and the occasion of the birth of a baby in the suburbs of Mumbai, Raveena goes back to making rotis and serves her guru, Mujra Nani, the head of a eunuch community in Jogeshwari. Even then, since their debut on social media as ‘India’s first transgender band’, backed by a slick marketing campaign by Y-Films — the youth wing of YRF — and a tea brand, there have been a been a few ‘I-am-a-celeb’ moments. “That day, on my way from Thane, a Sindhi lady standing next to me in the local train asked me if I was part of the 6 Pack Band,” says a sari-clad Komal, as she takes long drags of a cigarette and then passes it on to another member “She recognised me from an article published in a Hindi newspaper. She invited me to her house in Ulhasnagar.” As we chat in the balcony, a YRF staff member comes in to ask the band members if they want poha or a cheese sandwich. “Masala dosa,” pat comes the response from one, completely aware of the other snack items available in the YRF canteen. It’s been six months since they auditioned and were selected to form the band, curated by composer Shameer Tandon and supported by star-singer Sonu Nigam. Of the two songs released, one is a version of Pharrel William’s Happy and another, an original titled Rab De Bande that was released on Republic Day. The makers of the show have tapped into the talent of the eunuch community, who are known to sing at celebratory events. What is the kind of music they like listening to? While answers range from Lata Mangeshkar’s classical numbers to Altaf Raja, the common thread is ‘sad songs’. “People usually ask us to sing Sheela ki Jawaani or Munni Badnaam Hui . But it’s when we sing a ghazal or a song about pain that they connect the most,” says Raveena.One of them, Fida, the only English-speaking member, is conspicuously absent from the interview while Bhavika is off to do a phone interview. The glitches of the campaign’s manufactured social activism aside, the initiative gives the marginalised an opportunity to interact with the mainstream. These people, who are mostly from the lowest strata of society, aren’t that Internet-savvy or informed. They aren’t aware of the Supreme Court hearing of Section 377 to a plea of reconsideration of criminalisation of LGBT rights that was held on Tuesday. But they want to exploit the chance to speak about their concerns to people outside their community. “There are many educated eunuchs in our community, but they too are shooed off and insulted when they go to seek jobs,” says Komal. “If we are given voting rights, why can’t we get jobs? We don’t demand special preference, but at least we can get equal rights. Our elders too need pension.” Raveena adds that while other states such as Tamil Nadu are showing progress, Maharashtra, that arguably has the largest number of eunuchs, is still oppressive.
2016-02-02Thanekars brace yourselves for water cuts - Daily News & Analysis
Thanekars brace yourselves for water cuts Thanekars brace yourselves for water cuts Residents allege cut usually goes beyond the given time (File Photo) 1
Thanekars brace yourselves for water cuts - Daily News & Analysis
2016-02-02Dumping ground scenario in city is "ridiculous", Bombay HC says - Times of India
Dumping ground scenario in city is "ridiculous", Bombay HC says Updated: Feb 2, 2016, 23:26 IST MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Tuesday said what was happening in the dumping ground was "ridiculous'' and sought details from the state government and authorities on steps being taken to tackle the dumping ground fire and other burning issues. The HC bench of Justices Abhay Oka and C V Bhadang lamented the lack of implementation by authorities of various orders it had passed over the years on rules to be followed at dumping grounds in the city. "Are we expected to monitor everything now?" The bench posted a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a Vikrant Tawade on the Thane dumping ground problems for a hearing on Wednesday. The petitioner mentioned the PIL on Tuesday in the wake of the Deonar dumping ground fire and resultant rampant pollution. He wanted the HC to pass directions similar to those passed for Mumbai dumping grounds to ensure that waste disposal and treatment rules are followed. The Thane city generates 700 metric tonnes of garbage daily. Earlier, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) dumped garbage at Diva and other areas and attracted strong opposition from villagers there. Dumping grounds for the growing populations of Kalyan and Dombivli is also of concern. The garbage from these two areas was being dumped at Aadharwadi and Umbarde and the demand is for a scientific garbage disposal system to be set up by the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC). The proposed dumping site at Taloja will not only help Thane but also places like Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan and Dombivl, but the HC had at a hearing on the Chembur dumping ground feared that it appeared to be a distant dream.
Dumping ground scenario in city is "ridiculous", Bombay HC says - Times of India
2016-02-01Finally, police nab thief who eluded them for 4 years by swimming across Ulhas river - The Indian Express
Finally, police nab thief who eluded them for 4 years by swimming across Ulhas river Written by Mohamed Thaver Mumbai Published:Feb 2, 2016, 0:59 WITH 53 cases of theft against him, 40-year-old Kurban Sayyad was proving to be a difficult catch. Also, the fact that he always escaped the police swimming across the Ulhas river did not make the case easier. On January 15, with a strategy and swimmers in Khaki in place, the Thane Police (Crime branch) finally caught up with Sayyad after a forty-minute swim. This success comes after a four-year chase and with 12 men deployed to nab Sayyad. He was placed officially under arrest in the middle of the river, ending a dramatic operation. Tired of not being able to track him down, despite several cases bearing the signature of his modus operandi, the police began the operation by gathering more information about him. ACP Nagesh Lohar said that they found that Sayyad who lived like a nomad and did not have a house here, had a spot along the bank of the Ulhas river in Ulhasnagar. He would sit with his back facing the river that enabled him to spot the police approaching him. Whenever he would see policemen coming, he would jump into the river and swim to the other side thereby evading arrest, Lohar said. The police then formulated a strategy that would include 12 policemen. Two of them police Naiks Karne and Javed Mulla were specially picked for their swimming prowess. As per the strategy, there would be six policemen stationed on the other side of the river. Six of them would approach Sayyad who as per his strategy would jump into the river on seeing the policemen. One policeman from either side of the bank, Karne and Mulla, would jump into the river and chase him. The finer details were chalked out and the execution was planned for January 15. We were nervous as there had been so many unsuccessful attempts to catch this man. He was so careful. He operated individually and no one would know where he was. While he lived like a pauper here, he would go and sell all his wares in Karnataka where he had a house, said a police officer. On January 15, the police went ahead with the plan and based on information that Sayyad was sitting along the bank of the Ulhas river, sent the six policemen to detain him. As expected, Sayyad saw them coming from a distance and jumped into the river to swim across to the other bank. One of the policemen, Karne, jumped into the river too. However within 15 minutes, Sayyad found something unusual on the bank towards which he was swimming six policemen were waiting for him there. One of the six men from there, Javed Mulla, also jumped into the Ulhas river and started swimming in his direction. With two people swimming towards him and police teams on both sides of the bank, Sayyad started swimming along the length of the river with Karne and Mulla on his trail. He swam for around 40 minutes after which he got tired and Karne and Mulla overpowered him and got him to the bank where he was formally placed under arrest, Lohar said. Police presented him before the court and got his custody till February 2. The police have so far recovered 954 grams of stolen gold ornaments from him and expect to uncover other stolen property too.
2016-02-01Serial burglar nabbed after chase & swim - Times of India
Serial burglar nabbed after chase swim Nishikant Karlikar | Feb 2, 2016, 12.14 AM IST Thane: A martial arts expert from Kerala who was involved in a slew of burglaries and dacoities in the Kalyan-Ulhasnagar belt was arrested by sleuths from the city crime branch after a long chase and an hour-long swim in the Ulhas river. Munna aka Kurban Sayeed (40) who was finally nabbed after an hour-long chase was said to be responsible for 54 burglaries and the police recovered stolen booty worth Rs 30 lakh. The accused had managed to give the slip to the police on several occasions and was on their radar for the last four years, informed Makrand Ranade, additional commissioner of police. He was earlier arrested in connection with as many as 15 offences in 2012 but jumped bail and for the last four years the police were on the look out.
2016-02-01Debt-ridden clerk strangles wife and kids, hangs from fan - Times of India
Debt-ridden clerk strangles wife and kids, hangs from fan Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Feb 1, 2016, 11.46 PM IST Kalyan: A 45-year-old man reeling under debt strangulated his wife and two daughters before hanging himself from a ceiling fan of his flat near Kalyan. The tragedy, which police suspect occurred on January 26, come to light only on Sunday night after neighbours complained of stench emanating from the flat. The deceased have been identified as Ranjeet Yashwantrao (45), wife Swati (45) and daughters Shradha (14) and Arya (11). The family lived on the first floor of Mohan Towers building situated in Maharal village near Kalyan. Titwala police probing the case said Ranjeet worked as a clerk in the APMC market in Kalyan but had not been paid his monthly salary of Rs 17,000 for a few months. They said he had borrowed Rs 2.5 lakh from four to five individuals to cover his household expenses, he reportedly slipped into depression after his creditors began to ask him to return their money. His relatives, though, suspect the amount could run up to Rs 10 lakh. Ranjeet's colleagues told cops that he had been depressed for two months. His brother Ravikant, who lives in the same building, was the first to learn of the tragedy and call up the police. In his statement, Ravikant said he last spoke to Ranjeet on January 26 when his brother told him he was leaving with his family for a pilgrimage to Shegaon. There was no word from any of them since. On Sunday, around 11pm, neighbours began to complain to Ravikant about the stench from Ranjeet's flat. When Ravikant opened the door, he found Ranjeet hanging from the ceiling fan and the other three strangulated with nylon ropes. Titwala police sent the bodies to Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar, where doctors conducted a post-mortem. The bodies were handed over to relatives on Monday for last rites. Vedant Andhale, senior police inspector, Titwala police, said: "Primary probe has revealed that Ranjeet had not been getting paid since a few months and had borrowed from others. This had got him depressed and probably led him to take the extreme step, but further probe is still on." Andhale said they have registered a case of murder and suicide against the deceased Ranjeet. The incident has shocked his family and neighbours who remember Ranjeet as a gentleman. "The family was very decent and they had a good equation with everyone in the building. They would often visit our homes during programs and festivals. We are shocked at what has happened and wonder what led him to take this step," said a neighbour who lives on the second floor of the building.
2016-02-01Conspiracy hatched to frame ED officers investigating IPL betting scam? - India Today
Did cricket bookies hatch plan to frame ED officers investigating IPL betting scam? February 1, 2016 UPDATED 16:34 IST On September 23, 2015, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a criminal case against three senior officers of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Ahmadabad. They were alleged to have taken bribes to the tune of crores of rupees. Searches were conducted at their residences and offices in Ahmadabad and Surat. Incidentally, these officers, led by former Joint Director J P Singh - were investigating the crucial case of cricket and IPL betting under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). They suspected bets worth Rs 10,000 crores had been placed by these bookies. Consequently, searches were conducted several prominent bookies were arrested throughout India. (Also read: Can't wait to play for India again, says Sreesanth after court drops fixing charges ) Soon after the CBI searches, on September 26, 2015 - all three officers were shunted out of the department and were repatriated to their parent organisations. Surprisingly, on October 1, 2015 - one Mumbai-based online news portal published a news article, with CCTV footage (without any audio) describing how the ED officer - Sanjay Kumar (among those three ED officials) paid an unofficial visit (on August 10, 2015 around 5 pm) at the residence of bookie Anil Singhania to remind him of a bribe amount.The report also said, according to Singhania's wife Karishma - who was at home during the official's visit, Sanjay Kumar issued a threat, saying, "If Anil Singhania failed to pay the bribe, his name would be mentioned in the supplementary charge-sheet and he would be arrested." Indiatoday.in verified this piece of information and learnt that the entire version of the incident and the CCTV footage (outside and inside the residence) was provided by Singhania's wife to the online news portal. However, that report did not carry any reaction from the ED or Kumar himself. Indiatoday.in now has the exclusive video-clip (with audio) of that visit made by Kumar at Singhania's residence at Ulhasnagar. The footage reveals how the entire visit was twisted to make it look like an extortion visit by the ED officials.n May 2015, ED officials from Ahmadabad carried out raids in Mumbai and other cities in connection with betting syndicates allegedly related to the Indian Premier League. A team of over 30 officials, who were part of search teams, raided the residences of Anil Lal Singhania, and Sukhminder Sodhi, in Mumbai, Mukesh Sharma's house in the capital and Sibbu's residence in Jaipur. Singhania was absconding since the first day. The agency kept sending summons to him but he never visited the ED offices. An arrest-warrant was also issued against him, but Singhania remained underground. The Ahmadabad unit of the ED issued another summon to Singhania with instructions to be present at their offices on August 11, 2015. Strategically, the ED officials took a chance and planned a visit on August 10, itself - to implement its arrest warrant against Singhania. Kumar and two other officers were the part of this team which visited Singhania's Ulhasnagar residence - where they met with his wife - Karishma Singhania. But before ringing the doorbell, one of the ED official had put his mobile phone on video recording mode - in order to record the entire incident on camera. Unfortunately for the agency, Singhania was not at home at the time. Indiatoday.in is in possession of that video-clip which shows complete audio-video recording of the conversation that took place between Kumar and Karishma Singhania. If sources are to be believed them neither the ED Headquarters nor the CBI have access to this footage. Sanjay rings the doorbell, which is answered by Karishma. Both of them talk in Hindi. Transcript : Karishma Singhania - kaun hai ? Sanjay Kumar - Karishma ji ? Karishma - haan Kumar - Anil ji hai ? Karishma - nahin...aap kaun hai ? Kumar - mera naam sanjay hai...main Ahmedabad se aaya hun Karishma - haan, aaiye. Karishma opens the door Kumar - shayad..pehli baar hum mil rahe hain There was an unidentified man seated in the living room Kumar - baat ho sakti hai ? Mera naam Sanjay Kumar hai. Mere hi summons aate hai. Karishma - meri tabiyat thik nahin hai, baithiye. Kumar - koi baat nahin...humein sirf yeh puchna hai ki Anil ji hai ya nahin. Hai toh baat karte the nahin hai toh chalte hai. Aur koi issue nahin hai. Karishma - nahin bahar gaye hai Kumar - main kya yahan Thane mein aaya hua tha..socha mil leta hun. Karishma - nahin woh toh nahin hai Kumar - baithne se koi fayda nahin Karishna - koi mesaage ho toh dijiye Kumar - message yahi hai ki office aa jaye...bus Karishma - aapka toh summon aaya tha humko...toh main mesaage de deti hun Kumar - pukka ? Karishma - haan ji pukka..aise kaise nahin Kumar - abhi baat nahin ho sakti oonse (with Anil) ? Karishma - nahin mere pass jo number hai oonka woh switch off aa raha hai. Kumar - yahin par hai ya bahar gaye hain Karishma - nahin bahar gaye hai. Kumar - pehle Bombay gaye the advocate ke pass..abhi nahin maalum. Bacche bhi bahar hai. Kumar - chaliye Karishma - meri tabiyat thik nahin hai Kumar - koi baat nahin..aap aaram karein Karishma - main kya bolun aapke liye ? Kumar - boliye office bulaya tha..bus office aa jaaye. Idhar udhar bhagne se koi fayda nahin. Karishma - woh toh aapki baat sahi hai. Kumar - cooperate karenge. Aisa hai musibat se bhagne se musibat solve nahin hogi. Saamne aaye. Oonko lagta hai ki humein koi galat fehmi hai toh oonke aane se dur hogi. Karishma - do mins baithenge aap Kumar - nahin abhi hum chalenge...baithne se koi matlab nahin...jinse matlab hai woh hai nahin toh, aap kyun baitha rahi hai. Thik hai..aap bata dijiye. Thank u. Karishma - bus itna hi bolna hai naa ? Kumar - haan office aa jaye. Karishma - aapka number mil sakta hai Kumar -- landline hai...oos summon mein hai. Karishma -- aap toh idhar hai naa (refers Thane) Kumar - nahin...main toh jaa raha hun..main on the way tha..aaya tha kuch kaam se. Socha..chalte hai. Kal ka summon toh diya hua tha..humne chance liya ki bhaithe hai toh baat kar leta hun...nahin hai toh oonki kismat. Karishma - aapka mobile num hai ? Nahin toh mein apni baby se baat karun do minute. Kumar -- kya karegi bachi. Vaise bacchon ko involve nahin karein. Karishma - nahin..main oonse puchungi ki papa ka koi phone call aaya kya ? Kumar- nahin koi fayda nahin. Aap oonko bol dijiye ki ...aa jaaye. The ED team leaves the location. According to CCTV footage available on social media, Karishma makes a phone call immediately after to inform somebody of the officials' visit. Singhania now has an interim relief in the cricket betting case and is living the life of a free man whereas all three ED officials have been tainted with allegations of extortion and bribery. Singhania, besides betting, also was also charged with extortion, intimidation and fraud. The CBI is yet to find any concrete evidence against the three ED officials. There is also no trace of the alleged bribe amount of Rs 15 crore. "Losing senior officer J P Singh and few others in the alleged bribery case, was not only a big jolt to the department, but it also gave a bad name to the agency," one ED official said. As a result, two senior ED officials (including the special director of the Western Region) were shunted out on December 30, 2015. According to sources, the investigations surrounding the IPL betting scandal, have been severely "crippled" after the incident. Currently, half of the arrested cricket bookies are out on bail while those in jail are expected to be released soon. Many other bookies, against whom action was planned, are roaming free. "We were close to nabbing Pakistani and Dubai bookies, deeply involved with Indian bookies in all cricket matches over the last three years. But now the ED has no face in Ahmadabad High Court against these bookies," a source told Indiatoday.in One ED official summed up the entire incident by saying, "Allegations of bribery and shunting out of ED officials from the cricket betting case were among the biggest conspiracies by bookies, the underworld and government officials." Currently, a new team of ED officers under the leadership of a new joint director and a new special director is investigating the cricket betting case in Ahmadabad.
Conspiracy hatched to frame ED officers investigating IPL betting scam? - India Today
2016-02-01Dreaded criminal arrested in Thane, stolen booty collectively worth around Rs 30 lakh recovered - Web India

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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..
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