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

2019-02-27Thane: 19-year-old crushed under train while crossing tracks - The Indian Express
Thane: 19-year-old crushed under train while crossing tracks Published: February 28, 2019 1:49:16 am A 19-year-old nursing student on Tuesday was crushed by a train when she was crossing the tracks ahead of Ulhasnagar station. Railway police identified the woman as Aarti Motagi. “She was a resident of camp number 4 in Ulhasnagar. She was studying in the first year of nursing at the Bharatiya Vidyapeeth College in Navi Mumbai,” said an officer from Kalyan railway police. Police said Aarti was on her way home when she decided to take a shortcut and started crossing the tracks. “She was crushed under a fast local train going towards Karjat. We identified her from her ID card that she was carrying,” the officer said. Motagi had recently started going to college and was a good student, said her neighbours from camp number four. “Her father Basavraj Motagi runs a business and she has two siblings,” added a neighbour.
2019-02-27One dead, another injured in two separate railway accidents in Thane - Hindustan Times
One dead, another injured in two separate railway accidents in Thane Updated: Mar 01, 2019 00:49 IST In two separate incidents on Wednesday, a 19-year-old was run over by a train at Ulhasnagar railway station and a 30-year-old woman suffered serious head injuries when she slipped off a local train near Mumbra station. Instead of using the foot overbridge (FOB), Arti Motgi, 19, a nursing student, crossed the tracks illegally at Ulhasnagar railway station on Wednesday and was run over by a local heading to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT).“Motgi, a resident of Ulhasnagar. was run over by a CST local train when she was crossing the railway track at around 7:55 am,” said P Mohite, inspector, Kalyan GRP. Nearby locals informed the Government Railway Police (GRP), who took Motgi to Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar. Motgi was declared dead on arrival. In a separate accident on a CSMT local, Sazia Parvez Ahmed Siddiqui, 30, fell off the train at around 9:55 am on Wednesday and is now admitted to Thane Civil Hospital. “Siddiqui, in her statement to GRP police, said she fell off the local near Mumbra station as her hand slipped,” a Thane GRP official.
2019-02-26MahaRERA Asks RNA Group To Refund Rs1.06 Crore with 10.55% Interest to Buyer Vrajesh Hirjee - Moneylife
MahaRERA Asks RNA Group To Refund Rs 1.06 Crore with 10.55% Interest to Buyer Vrajesh Hirjee 25 February 2019 The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has directed Skyline Construction Co, part of the RNA group, to refund Rs1.06 crore, along with an interest of 10.55% to actor Vrajesh Hirjee for failing to hand-over possession and keeping blank the date of possession in the registered agreement. The Authority also asked the builder to refund tax deducted at source (TDS) and stamp duty paid by Mr Hirjee. "The learned advocate of the respondents (RNA group) therefore submits that the date of possession is kept blank with the consent of the parties and no date of possession was agreed upon,” states B D Kapadnis, member and adjudicating officer of MahaRERA, in his order. “l do not agree with him because section 4 (1A) (ii) of the Maharashtra Ownership of Flats (Regulation of the Promotion of Construction, Sale, Management and Transfer) Act 1963 (MOFA) provides that before accepting more than 20% of the sale price as advance payment or deposit, the promoter is liable to enter into a written agreement for sale and to mention in it the date by which the possession of the flat is to be handed over to the purchaser. Section 13(2) of RERA also casts similar liability. Hence, the respondents cannot take disadvantage of their own wrong." "The RNA group have mentioned various reasons in their reply, which caused a delay in completing the project. Even if it is taken for granted that they are genuine reasons which are beyond the control of the RNA group, they cannot claim an extension of more than six months of the date of possession in view of Section 8 (b) of MOFA. Hence, Skyline Construction Co from the RNA group is liable to refund the complainant’s amount with interest at the prescribed rate," Mr Kapadnis said. Mr Hirjee, who was represented by Sulaiman Bhimani, had also submitted a TDS certificate for Rs55,196 credited in the accounts of Skyline Construction. Mr Bhimani also contended that the agreement for sale was registered on 10 July 2012 and Mr Hirjee had paid the applicable stamp duty. If the agreement is cancelled, then the stamp duty paid on it needs be claimed within five years as per Section 47 and 48 of the Maharashtra Stamp Act. Since it was about seven years and Mr Hirjee was not able to claim any refund, the MahaRERa bench of Mr Kapadnis ordered Skyline Construction to refund Rs6.65 lakh paid as stamp duty, plus registration charges and Rs30,000 as cost to Mr Hirjee. During the hearing, the bench also mentioned a judgement from the Supreme Court in Fortune Infrastructure vs Travor D'lima ((2018) 5 SCC 442) case. In this case, the apex court had held that when no date of possession is mentioned in the agreement, the promoter is expected to hand over the possession within reasonable time and the period of three years is held to be reasonable time. "ln this case, Mr Hirjee had booked the flat in the year 2011 and within a reasonable time period of three years, Skyline Construction was liable to hand over the possession of his flat i.e. by December 2014 but the Mr Hjirjee contended that the agreed date of possession was December 2015. So I hold that Skyline Construction agreed to hand over the possession of the flat by December 2015. Admittedly, till the date Skyline Construction has not handed over the possession of the flat to Mr Hirjee," the bench said.
2019-02-26Soon, food packets delivered in trains to come with bar code - Moneylife
Soon, food packets delivered in trains to come with bar code 26 February 2019 Food packets available on Indian Railways' trains will come with a bar code enabling the authorities and passengers to track the kitchen which prepared the food, reducing considerably passengers' complaints about the quality of food delivered. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday, while dedicating the railways' 'e-drishti' dashboard to the people on Monday, said: "All packed cooked food provided by IRCTC in trains will have a bar code, with the number of kitchen and packing time." Goyal said the food will also have details such as which kitchen of the Indian Rail Catering and Toursim Corp (IRCTC) has packed the food and when it packed the food. The new dashboard designed by the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) can be accessed at www.raildrishti.cris.org.in. and it will also show the live footage of the IRCTC base kitchens across the country. A senior railway ministry official said: "The Railway Minister during the annual meeting with the IRCTC had given the idea of putting the bar codes on the food packets supplied to the passengers on board." He said the IRCTC is working on the bar code option and the officials are working on its price and evaluation. The official said he was hopeful that the food packets with the bar codes will be ready by April-end or May this year. The IRCTC has 32 base kitchens which provides food for the passengers on board the train. The railways has faced criticism over the quality of the food as well as for overcharging by the vendors. The Authentication Service Providers Association (ASPA) President Umesh Gupta has welcomed the move. "It will be better if the railways put holograms with barcode and tracking system on food so that food packaging is not tempered with," Gupta added.
2019-02-23Police spot crying kid on CCTV, rescue him - Times of India
Police spot crying kid on CCTV, rescue him Feb 23, 2019, 06:48 IST MUMBAI: A boy aged around 12 hailing from Telangana who had run away from home “for fun” will be soon reunited with his family, thanks to an alert woman constable at Kalyan railway station. The boy, who was crying inconsolably, was spotted by head constable Shakeela Sheikh who was on duty in the control room to scan CCTV footage at the station. An RPF official said that around 9 am on Thursday, Sheikh noticed the child crying on platform 1. Sheikh informed senior inspector S C Sharma who brought the boy to the V control room. The boy, who could only speak Telugu, was unable to give much information except that he was from Nizamabad and his school’s name. The constable then traced the phone number of the school and the officials there provided his parents’ phone number. Senior divisional security commissioner K K Ashraf said that the boy has been sent to Ulhasnagar children’s home. “The child will be handed over to his parents after completing legal formalities,” said Ashraf.
2019-02-2318-year-old dead, seven injured in 3 accidents near Mumbai - Hindustan Times
18-year-old dead, seven injured in 3 accidents near Mumbai Updated: Feb 24, 2019 01:05 IST An 18-year-old labourer died while his five friends suffered minor injuries after the four-wheeler they were travelling in hit a tree. The youth were going towards Haji Malang shrine in Ulhasnagar on Friday. The youth hired a four-wheeler from Kalyan station. Haji Malang shrine is around 15 kilometres away from Kalyan railway station. Manoj Gurunath Bhoir, 30, who was driving the four-wheeler, lost control of the car and hit a tree.
2019-02-20BIS Raids Ulhasnagar Cable Manufacturer for Misusing ISI Mark - Moneylife
BIS Raids Ulhasnagar Cable Manufacturer for Misusing ISI Mark 20 February 2019 A team of officials from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)’s Mumbai office raided a cable manufacturer from Ulhasnagar in Thane district and found the manufacturer using BIS certification mark (ISI mark) without a valid license. The BIS team seized around 155 coils and marking wheels during the raid. On 19th February, the team conducted an enforcement search and seizure operation at Ulhasnagar to check the misuse of ISI Mark on PVC insulated cables. During the raid at the premises of Jhalak Cables in Khemani Industrial Area they found misuse of the BIS certification or ISI mark on PVC insulated cables with various brand names ‘MAXX’, ‘DEE PEE’, ‘AEROLEX’, and ‘GOLDEN KING’. The misuse of BIS Standard Mark is punishable with imprisonment up to two years or a fine of minimum Rs2 lakh or both as per BIS Act 2016. Action is being initiated to file a case in the court of law for the offence, the BIS said in a statement. It says, “It has been observed many times that fake ISI marked products are manufactured and sold to consumers for huge profit. Therefore, all are requested to ascertain the genuineness of ISI Mark on the product before making purchase, by visiting BIS website http://www.bis.gov.in.” BIS has appealed citizens to inform its office in case they come across any instance of misuse of ISI Mark on any product. BIS can be contacted at the Head, MUBO-II, Western Regional Office, BIS, Manakalaya, E9, Behind Marol Telephone Exchange, Andheri (East), Mumbai - 400 093. Such complaints can also be made by E-mail at the address hmubo2@bis.gov.in. BIS says the source of such information will be kept confidential.
2019-02-20MMRDA is now bigger by 2,000 sq. km - The Hindu
MMRDA is now bigger by 2,000 sq. km UPDATED: FEBRUARY 21, 2019 01:04 IST All of Vasai, Panvel, Pen, Alibaug, Khalapur covered The State Cabinet on Wednesday approved the decision to increase the area under the jurisdiction of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) by 2,000 sq.km, including the remaining part of Vasai, Panvel, Pen, Alibaug, Khalapur tehsils and the entire Palghar tehsil. “The decision has been taken keeping in view the increasing population in and around Mumbai. Including more area under the MMRDA will help in planning and executing development and infrastructure projects in a more coordinated manner,” said an official from the Urban Development Department. Growing in size The Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) was notified in 1967, with an area of 3,965 sq.km. It was later increased to 4,355 sq.km by including a portion of Pen and Alibaug tehsils. The MMR consists of eight municipal corporations (Greater Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Navi Mumbai, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi- Nizamapur, Vasai-Virar and Mira-Bhayandar) and nine municipal councils (Ambarnath, Kulgaon-Badlapur, Matheran, Karjat, Panvel, Khopoli, Pen, Uran, and Alibaug), along with more than 1,000 villages in Thane and Raigad districts. Infrastructure projects “There are a number of infrastructure projects being executed. As a result, there was a demand to increase the area under MMRDA,” said the officer. The projects include the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi highway, Mumbai-Surat expressway, Navi Mumbai international airport, Palghar district commercial centre, Mumbai-Porbandar project, the Virar-Alibag multimodal corridor, and various Metro rail projects.
2019-02-20Habitat loss: The mall was once part of Yeoor range - Times of India
Habitat loss: The mall was once part of Yeoor range Feb 21, 2019, 05:29 IST MUMBAI: Forest officials say that while incidents of leopards entering urban areas next to SGNP have continued to occur, awareness about man-animal conflict has helped people anticipate such situations and react appropriately. "In the last two years, we have had around five incidents of leopard sightings in areas just outside the forest; while in the last six years we have had over 10 cases of sightings. However, ever since the social group, Mumbaikars for SGNP, was launched with the help of wildlife activists and conservators, we have been able to 'kill the conflict, not the animals' through basic education and awareness," said deputy conservator of forests (Thane) Jitendra Ramgaonkar. "We must understand that these so-called 'urban areas' were originally forests, which are now inhabited by humans. For example, the plot of the Thane mall where the leopard was sighted on Wednesday was originally part of the Yeoor range," Ramgaonkar explained. "Similarly, the earlier incident of a leopard sighting at Ulhasnagar occurred at a place that was once part of the Badlapur range. Last June, a leopard was seen at Marol, which was earlier a buffer zone of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. So, once people understand this historical fact, they can handle such situations better and not panic or attack wild animals." Pawan Sharma of Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW) said, "At places like Aarey and the fringes of Yeoor where wild animals regularly come out, locals have started taking safety measures like not going out alone at night."
2019-02-20Leopard in Thane's Korum Mall! 5 Incidences When the Wild Cat Was Seen in and Around the City Premises, - LatestLY
Leopard in Thane's Korum Mall! 5 Incidences When the Wild Cat Was Seen in and Around the City Premises, Watch Video Feb 20, 2019 01:05 PM IST The residents in the city of Thane woke up to the shocking news of a leopard being spotted in one of the city's famous mall, the Korum Mall. The leopard's movements were captured on a CCTV footage and the leopard was seen moving about in the basement area. From there, the leopard headed towards another well-known hotel nearby, the Satkar Residency. Though the forest officials were called in, the rescue operation went on for a few hours before the wild animal was finally trapped and tranquilised for its rescue. Although this is not the first time a leopard has been spotted in and around Thane but this time the animal got too close to city complexes. Leopard Spotted at Korum Mall in Thane Caught in Premises of Hotel Satkar Residency; Watch Video. The incident points out to the harsh reality of the diminishing distance between development and encroachment of forest land. The Upavan forest, which meets the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is known for common sighting for leopards. But now the wild animals have started entering the city premises, spreading fear among the residents. Leopard Cub Found Sleeping Next to Kids in Maharashtra's Nashik House.
2019-02-19Woman ‘raped’ after drink spiked on her birthday, two booked - The Indian Express
Woman ‘raped’ after drink spiked on her birthday, two booked Published: February 20, 2019 12:58:38 am Two persons have been booked in connection with the alleged rape of their friend at her birthday party. The accused, a man and a woman, are in their twenties, the police said. The incident allegedly took place at the house of the accused woman, who had thrown a birthday party for the victim, on February 13. A case was lodged after the victim filed a police complaint on Monday. “On February 13, the accused woman had thrown a birthday party at her house for the victim. The accused had had invited a bunch of her friends to the party,” said a police officer. The victim, in her statement to the police, has claimed that the accused woman spiked her drink and then pinned her down while the man raped her. “The victim had lost consciousness… when she woke up, she found herself in a room with the two accused, who threatened to upload her objectionable photographs online. The woman approached us and we lodged a case,” said the officer. He added, “We are yet to arrest the accused. We are investigating the matter.” The medical examination report of the victim is yet to arrive, police said.
2019-02-18In a possible first, liver for transplant ferried on Mumbai suburban train - Daijiworld.com
In a possible first, liver for transplant ferried on Mumbai suburban train Mon, Feb 18 2019 09:48:57 AM The liver of a 53-year-old man, declared brain-dead, was transported in a suburban train from Thane to Dadar on Friday afternoon to transplant it in a patient at a city hospital, railway officials said. This was possibly the first instance when a human organ was ferried on the suburban rail network, considered Mumbai's lifeline, for transplant. After the donor was declared brain-dead on Friday, his liver, as per his wish, was donated and carried in an ice box from Thane's Jupiter Hospital to Parel's Global Hospital, where the recipient was admitted, an official said. He said the decision to transport the liver in a local train was taken after considering it was the fastest mode and faced no traffic snarl issues. The 31-km distance between Thane and Dadar stations was covered in just 38 minutes during non-peak hours, he said, adding it took another 20 minutes for the organ to reach the designated hospital in Parel through a green corridor. The entire exercise was completed smoothly due to coordination between traffic police personnel and railway officials deployed at Thane and Dadar stations. The 53-year-old Ulhasnagar-based donor was declared brain-dead Friday after meeting with an accident on Wednesday. According to his wish, which his family members were aware of, his liver was donated to a needy recipient admitted in Global Hospital. The 31-km distance between Thane and Dadar stations was covered in just 38 minutes during non-peak hours, he said, adding it took another 20 minutes for the organ to reach the designated hospital in Parel through a green corridor. The entire exercise was completed smoothly due to coordination between traffic police personnel and railway officials deployed at Thane and Dadar stations. The 53-year-old Ulhasnagar-based donor was declared brain-dead Friday after meeting with an accident on Wednesday. According to his wish, which his family members were aware of, his liver was donated to a needy recipient admitted in Global Hospital.
2019-02-177 civic corporations near Mumbai to get uniform development rules - Times of India
7 civic corporations near Mumbai to get uniform development rules Feb 18, 2019, 00:38 IST MUMBAI: In a boost to the realty sector, seven municipal corporations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), excluding Mumbai, will soon get uniform development rules. The base floor space index (FSI) for these corporations will be increased to 1.1 from the current 1, while the maximum will be 3 (at present 2) depending upon the road width. The decision to have uniform rules has been taken given the corporations' proximity to Mumbai and similar characteristics of land use. The seven corporations are Thane, Navi Mumbai, Mira-Bhayandar, Vasai-Virar, Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi-Nizampur. The 15% FSI for recreation ground, which is now off bounds, will be available under the new rules. While transfer of development rights (TDR) will continue to be allowed, there will be no fungible FSI, which is allowed only in Mumbai. For slums and affordable housing, the maximum FSI will be 3. As per the 2011 census, the MMR population is approximately 21 million. Illegal construction is rampant, while civic infrastructure for solid waste management is either negligible or non-existent. Thane and Kalyan-Dombivli have even been selected for the Smart Cities Mission although implementation of projects under the mission is very slow. In the draft proposal issued in 2017, the government had proposed an FSI of 4 in the transit oriented zones (TOD). The Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) had strongly objected to the high FSI, pointing out that most roads that pass through these corporation areas are state and national highways and alleged the high FSI was implemented merely to regularise the high-rises that have come up on these stretches. UDRI had objected to large chunks of property being given for integrated township projects, depriving citizens of self-governance. "It has been decided to allow cluster redevelopment with an FSI of 4 only in Thane. In case of the other municipal corporations, this decision has been kept in abeyance," said sources. The government for now has also decided to keep in abeyance the decision to allow an FSI of 4 in the TOD zone as also the integrated township projects, said sources. The draft had proposed quarrying in dense residential areas as well as mobile towers without studying its impact on the health of residents, said UDRI. While quarrying will be allowed, the mobile towers have been done away with, said sources. Vilas Nagalkar, architect and member of Practising Engineers, Architects and Town Planning Association, said the neighbouring municipal corporations had similar issues and a uniform set of regulations would prove beneficial. "We have always been of the opinion that higher FSI should be given provided open spaces are not compromised," he said.
2019-02-17Liver Rushed For Transplant On Mumbai Suburban Train - NDTV News
Liver Rushed For Transplant On Mumbai Suburban Train Updated: February 17, 2019 07:01 IST MUMBAI: The liver of a 53-year-old man, declared brain-dead, was transported in a suburban train from Thane to Dadar on Friday afternoon to transplant it in a patient at a city hospital, railway officials said. This was possibly the first instance when a human organ was ferried on the suburban rail network, considered Mumbai's lifeline, for transplant. After the donor was declared brain-dead Friday, his liver, as per his wish, was donated and was carried in an ice box from Thane's Jupiter Hospital to Parel's Global Hospital, where the recipient was admitted, an official said. He said the decision to transport the liver in a local train was taken after considering it was the fastest mode and faced no traffic snarl issues. The 31-km distance between Thane and Dadar stations was covered in just 38 minutes during non-peak hours. It took another 20 minutes for the organ to reach the designated hospital in Parel through a green corridor. The entire exercise was completed smoothly due to coordination between traffic police personnel and railway officials deployed at Thane and Dadar stations. The 53-year-old Ulhasnagar-based donor was declared brain-dead Friday after meeting with an accident on Wednesday. According to his wish, to which his family members were aware of, his liver was donated to a needy recipient admitted in Global Hospital. A hospital statement said, "Considering the retrieval was planned for 11 am and the possible transportation leg would have been around 12.30 pm which is peak traffic time for vehicular movement on the Eastern Express Highway the Global Hospital team possibly thought of using the local train network as the fastest and most reliable way of transporting the organ." When the liver arrived at Dadar, jawans of the Maharashtra Security Force posted outside along with Matunga traffic police personnel took control of the organ, said an official of the Railway Protection Force (RPF). They handed over the cadaver liver to the Global Hospital team whose members then created a green corridor with the help of traffic police for its further transportation via road, he said.
2019-02-16‘Move, liver inside!’ Hospital uses Mumbai local train to transport organ - Hindustan Times
‘Move, liver inside!’ Hospital uses Mumbai local train to transport organ Updated: Feb 16, 2019 07:35 IST Commuters on the 3.08pm Karjat-CST local train on Friday made space for an unusual piece of luggage — a red box carrying a liver for a patient in Parel. In possibly the first such case, Parel’s Global Hospital chose to use Mumbai’s lifeline instead of its congested roads to transport the liver of a 53-year-old brain dead patient from Thane’s Jupiter Hospital. The transplant team from the Parel hospital said they decided to use the train as it is the fastest, most reliable route, but officials from the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee called the decision an unnecessary risk, considering the crowd on trains and railway platforms. Experts said road travel would not have taken time had the hospitals arranged for a green corridor to transport the liver. The organ donation became possible after a social worker in Ulhasnagar died at Jupiter Hospital, after being injured in a motorbike accident. “The patient suffered heavy brain injury, which resulted in internal bleeding and haemorrhage,” doctors from Jupiter Hospital said. The hospital’s transplant coordinators suggested organ donation to the patient’s family. “They readily agreed, and after initial tests, we found the kidneys and liver were fit for donation,” said Anirudhha Kulkarni, the transplant coordinator. An eligible recipient was identified at Global Hospital, after which a team from Parel reached Thane to retrieve the organ. “The retrieval was planned at 11am, a time when there is a lot of heavy vehicle movement on the eastern express highway,” said a representative from Global Hospital. “Our team then decided to use the local train network, as its the fastest, most reliable route. We sought all permissions from the Central Railway, Government Railway Police (GRP) and the Mumbai police to ensure a safe passage,” the representative said. The team finally left the Thane hospital only at 2.57pm, and boarded the 3.08pm Karjat-CST train. The men carrying the box made space to enter the first-class compartment by shouting “liver inside”. By the time the train reached Dadar, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) at the station put in place a squad to help the transplant team navigate the platform and reach their ambulance. “At 3.20pm, the station master at Dadar informed us that a train carrying an organ had crossed Mulund. We formed a team of 12 personnel, including four Maharashtra Security Force (MSF) officers, eight RPF personnel and two senior officials, to supervise operations. As it was happening for the first time, that too at Dadar station that is almost always crowded, we wanted to ensure safe passage to the team out of the station and to the ambulance,” said Satish Menon, in-charge of the RPF at Dadar station. The team arrived at Dadar station at 3.42pm, and an ambulance then transported the liver to Global Hospital. Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee officials, however, said there was no need for the unnecessary risk of train travel. “A liver can be preserved for 12 hours after it is retrieved from the body,” said a senior official, not wishing to be named. “Besides, this is not the first time an organ is being transported from Jupiter Hospital to another facility in Mumbai. Transporting an organ by trains attracts unnecessary attention of fellow travellers and might negate the very purpose of avoiding delay. We don’t approve of the method,” the official said. Officials at Jupiter Hospital agreed, and pointed out how it any way took the team nearly an hour to reach their destination. “They used different modes of transport involving multiple risks. It would’ve been much better had they travelled the 30.8-km through a green corridor. It wouldn’t have taken more than an hour,” said one hospital official. In fact, later in the day, the kidneys retrieved from the same patient were transported from Jupiter Hospital through a green corridor to Jaslok Hospital and LTMG Sion Hospital. Dr Vasanthi Ramesh, director, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), said there is nothing in the Transplantation of Human Organs Act about the means of transportation, only that it must be the shortest and safest route. “The law doesn’t necessarily define the preferred mode of transport. So, it would be difficult to comment if the trains are a better transportation channel than roads. But having said that, in Delhi, we’ve never used the metro network for organ transplantation,” Dr Vasanthi said.
2019-02-16Donor liver sent from Dadar to Parel in 41 minutes by train - Mumbai Mirror
Donor liver sent from Dadar to Parel in 41 minutes by train Updated: Feb 16, 2019, 06:00 IST Green corridor created to transport donor Bharat Khare’s liver to Global hospital, Parel, in time for surgery; Bharat was declared brain dead on Friday morning and his family also donated his kidneys. In a first of its kind undertaking, a green corridor was created on Friday to transport a donor liver via local train from Jupiter Hospital in Thane, to Global hospital in Parel. The organ reached the Parel hospital within 41 minutes. The organs belonged to social activist Bharat Khare, who was declared brain dead in the early hours of Friday at Jupiter Hospital. Khare had fallen from a scooter in Ulhasnagar on February 13 while he was on his way to a civic hospital to visit a patient. He was immediately rushed to AIIMs Hospital in Dombivali for preliminary treatment, but was later shifted to Jupiter hospital in Thane because he had suffered grievous brain injuries. On Friday morning, after Khare was declared brain dead, his family pledged to donate his organs, including both kidneys and his liver. His heart was not donated as he had undergone an angioplasty. While one kidney was transferred to Jaslok Hospital, the other was sent to Sion Hospital. However, his liver was to reach a patient in Global hospital in Parel, where asurgery was scheduled at 6 pm. To save time, the hospital authorities decided to take the local train to transfer the liver. An official from Global Hospital stated that the liver retrieval was planned at 11 am, and the transportation would be start around 12:30 pm. Considering that it would be peak traffic time for heavy vehicle movement on the Eastern Express Highway, a local train was used. The liver reached Global Hospital at 3:38 pm, after leaving Jupiter Hospital around 2:57 pm. The team transporting the organ travelled first class. The Railways received information that a team of experts was travelling with a donor organ and was to reach Parel. They helped clear a path for the team, with an ambulance kept on standby. The station master of Dadar railway station received information that the Karjat 32 train was carrying a the donor liver. The train arrived at Dadar station around 27 minutes after it departed from Thane. An ambulance was kept waiting outside Dadar Platform 6, in which the organ, along with the team, left for the hospital. General Manager of CR, DK Sharma said, “City road are congested with heavy traffic, and we are happy that in such a situation, the local train could be of help for such a crucial thing as an organ transplant. Once we received a message, we immediately alerted the authorities, including our policemen, to ensure that the entry and exit points to the station were clear.” Bharat Khare’s son Nikhil said, “My father was on his way to attend a medical camp for handicapped persons at Central Hospital when his scooter hit a pothole and he fell.” Nikhil said that as a social worker, Bharat has filled up a form for his organs to be donated about two years ago. “He was a part of a WhatsApp group which had several doctors. He had then decided to donate his organs, and we fulfilled his wishes. After his accident, he was rushed to the same hospital where he was about to hold a medical camp,” he told Mirror.
2019-02-16Thane: Man Kidnaps Toddler to Win His Aunt's Love, Arrested - LatestLY
Thane: Man Kidnaps Toddler to Win His Aunt's Love, Arrested Feb 16, 2019 03:50 PM IST Thane, February 16: In a bizarre case, a 20-year-old man was arrested near Thane railway station for allegedly kidnapping a three-year-old toddler. The accused identified as Suraj Singh Dara Singh was trapped by police on Friday. The accused was in love with the toddler's aunt. According to the Times of India report, Singh abducted a toddler from Sahydar Nagar in Ulhasnagar on Thursday evening. Soon after his abduction, a missing complaint was filed at a local police station. On investigation, police found that Singh is in love with the toddler's aunt and visited her on Thursday morning at Vitthalwadi. Later, the accused called the toddler's aunt and asked her to meet him alone or else he would kill the child. The police laid a trap to arrest the accused by sending the child's aunt to Thane railway station to meet him. When Singh came to meet her, police arrested him, reported TOI. The toddler was safely rescued and was handed over to its parents. TOI further claimed that the accused was in love with the aunt. In a bid to impress her, Singh shifted to Vitthalwadi from Surat, where the aunt was living earlier.
2019-02-16Mumbai: Scolded over PUBG addiction, man stabs sister's fiance - NewsBytes
Mumbai: Scolded over PUBG addiction, man stabs sister's fiance PUBG fever has gripped the nation, and cases of it having bad effects on people are also on the rise. In the latest incident, a man in Mumbai stabbed his sister's fiance after the latter confronted him about his severe gaming addiction. The confrontation irked Rajnish Rajbhar, 27, and the duo had a spat after which, he stabbed Om Chandrakishor Bavdankar. Here's what happened. Rajnish returns home at 4 am searching for phone charger Om, 32, lives in Ambernath and recently got engaged to Rajnish's sister, who lives in Kalyan. On February 6, Om went to meet his fiancee at her house around 9:30 pm. Post dinner, he started working on his laptop. Later, around 4 am, Rajnish returned home to find his phone's charger as it had run out of battery after playing PUBG constantly. Rajnish finds charger wire damaged, cuts his sister's laptop charger Rajnish frantically started searching for his phone's charger as he didn't want to lag behind in the game. Unfortunately, he saw that his charger's wire had been damaged and kicked his family's dog in anger. Enraged, he took a knife from the kitchen and started cutting the wire of his sister's laptop. Om saw this and confronted Rajnish about his actions. 'You are always playing mobile game at night' "Why did you cut the laptop-charger wire. I would have brought you a new charger. Your parents opened a mobile shop for you and you are always playing a mobile game in the night and sleeping in the day. How will you run the business?" Om asked Rajnish. This annoyed Rajnish and in a fit of rage, he stabbed Om with the knife. Om receives primary treatment, files complaint against Rajnish Following this, Om was immediately admitted in a hospital in Ulhasnagar with injuries. Later, after receiving primary treatment, the victim was shifted to a hospital in Kalwa. Thereafter, Om lodged a police complaint against the accused and Senior Inspector Sahurao Salve told media that they have booked Rajnish for assault. The police added that further investigation is underway.
2019-02-16In a possible first, liver for transplant ferried on Mumbai suburban train - The New Indian Express
In a possible first, liver for transplant ferried on Mumbai suburban train Published: 16th February 2019 08:41 PM MUMBAI: The liver of a 53-year-old man, declared brain-dead, was transported in a suburban train from Thane to Dadar on Friday afternoon to transplant it in a patient at a city hospital, railway officials said. This was possibly the first instance when a human organ was ferried on the suburban rail network, considered Mumbai's lifeline, for transplant. After the donor was declared brain-dead on Friday, his liver, as per his wish, was donated and carried in an ice box from Thane's Jupiter Hospital to Parel's Global Hospital, where the recipient was admitted, an official said. He said the decision to transport the liver in a local train was taken after considering it was the fastest mode and faced no traffic snarl issues. The 31-km distance between Thane and Dadar stations was covered in just 38 minutes during non-peak hours, he said, adding it took another 20 minutes for the organ to reach the designated hospital in Parel through a green corridor. The entire exercise was completed smoothly due to coordination between traffic police personnel and railway officials deployed at Thane and Dadar stations. The 53-year-old Ulhasnagar-based donor was declared brain-dead Friday after meeting with an accident on Wednesday. According to his wish, which his family members were aware of, his liver was donated to a needy recipient admitted in Global Hospital. A hospital statement said, "Considering the retrieval was planned for 11 am and the possible transportation leg would have been around 12.30 pm which is peak traffic time for vehicular movement on the Eastern Express Highway, the Global Hospital team possibly thought of using the local train network as the fastest and most reliable way of transporting the organ. "When the liver arrived at Dadar, jawans of the Maharashtra Security Force posted outside along with Matunga traffic police personnel took control of the organ," said an official of the Railway Protection Force (RPF). They handed over the cadaver liver to the Global Hospital team whose members then created a green corridor with the help of traffic police for its further transportation via road, he said.
2019-02-15Kidnapped boy rescued in 24 hours, one arrested - Business Standard
Kidnapped boy rescued in 24 hours, one arrested Last Updated at February 15, 2019 20:55 IST A three-year-old boy was rescued by the Thane district police Friday in less than twenty-four hours after he was kidnapped. The police also arrested the alleged kidnapper, identified as Surajsingh Darasingh (20), a resident of Surat. The boy was kidnapped from near his house in Sahyadri Nagar locality of Ulhasnagar town around 5 pm Thursday, the police said. The Crime Branch of Ulhasnagar police suspected that Surajsingh, who knew the boy's aunt and who had visited the boy's house to meet her in the morning, could be involved in the crime. The accused evaded arrest initially, leading the police on a chase, but eventually the police could contact him through the boy's aunt, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Deoraj. Surajsingh allegedly said he would release the boy only if the boy's aunt came alone to collect him at a spot near the Thane railway station around 4 pm Friday. The police kept a watch and pounced on Surajsingh after he arrived at the spot, and rescued the boy. Senior inspector Mahesh Tarde said the exact motive of the accused was yet to be ascertained. Preliminary probe revealed that Surajsingh, who lived in the same neighbourhood in Surat as the boy's aunt, used to make advances towards her. When she came to live with her sister in Ulhasnagar, Surajsingh allegedly followed her there. He visited the boy's house Thursday morning and allegedly threatened her, the police officer said. He has been booked under IPC section 363 (kidnapping). Further probe is on.
2019-02-15Youth arrested within 24 hrs of abduction of toddler - United News of India
Youth arrested within 24 hrs of abduction of toddler Thane, Feb 15 (UNI) In less than 24 hours since an alleged abduction of a three-year-old boy from Ulhasnagar town of the district on Thursday evening, a 20-year-old youth originally from Allahabad of Uttar Pradesh was arrested by the police on Friday. The boy Bhavesh Santosh Singh, resident of Sahyadri Nagar in Ulhasnagar Camp no 4, was kidnapped by then an unidentified person late afternoon at around 1700 hours from near his house. Following his disappearance, an offence under section 363 of Indian Penal Code was registerred at the Vitthalwadi police station by his parents, police said today.
2019-02-15Ulhas toddler kidnapped to win aunt's love - Times of India
Ulhas toddler kidnapped to win aunt's love Feb 16, 2019, 03:56 IST THANE: A three-year-old toddler, allegedly kidnapped by a 20-year-old man, was rescued within 24 hours by city crime branch. Suraj Singh Dara Singh, from Allahabad, was trapped by sleuths near Thane railway station on Friday . Police said the toddler, from Sahyadri Nagar in Ulhasnagar camp 4, was kidnapped on Thursday at 5pm. A case was registered and the case was handed over to crime branch. Police learned that that the accused was in love with the child's aunt and had visited her in the morning at Vitthalwadi, said Deepak Deoraj, deputy commissioner of police (crime). After kidnapping the child, he kept him at the house of a friend in Vikhroli. Later, he called the aunt to meet him, and told her to come alone, or he would kill the child. Police laid a trap but he moved from Kurla to Vikhroli and then Thane. Police sent the aunt to Thane station at 4pm on Friday, and when the accused came close to her, the sleuths pinned him down, said Mahesh Tarde, senior inspector of Ulhasnagar crime branch. The child was handed over to its parents by police. Police said the aunt earlier lived in Surat, while the accused resided in the neighbourhood. "There was a dispute with the aunt and her husband, leading to divorce proceedings," said the officer. The accused, living opposite, was in love with her but she ignored him. The accused used to harass her, so she came down to her sister's house in Vitthalwadi. The accused had followed her here and abducted the child.
2019-02-15Class IX student falls off cycle, run over by bus - Times of India
Class IX student falls off cycle, run over by bus Feb 16, 2019, 05:08 IST ULHASNAGAR: A 15-year-old boy who was going to school on a cycle was crushed under the rear wheel of an ST bus in Ulhasnagar on Friday morning. The Vithalwadi police have arrested the bus driver, Vipul Vajade, and booked him for rash driving and negligence causing death. The police said that the incident took place at 8.45 am when Chotu Pyarelal Prajapati, a resident of Shahyadri Nagar, fell off his cycle while trying to avoid collision with an oncoming scooter. The bus, which the police said was in full speed, ran over Chotu, a Class IX student. Kishor Patil, an eyewitness, said, "The child suffered serious injuries and died on spot."
2019-02-15Protests across country against Pulwama terror attack - Devdiscourse
Protests across country against Pulwama terror attack Updated: 15-02-2019 21:04 IST Created: 15-02-2019 21:04 IST Massive protests and candlelight marches were held on Friday in different parts of the country against the Pulwama terror attack which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel, while curfew was imposed in Jammu city following violence during demonstrations there. Raising slogans against Pakistan and terrorists, protesters defied curfew to take out rallies and police had to resort to cane charge at Residency Road, Kachi Chawani and Dogra hall areas in Jammu. The protestors burnt tyres and placed barricades on several roads. Five vehicles were set afire in Gujjar Nagar area, while there were also reports of stone pelting. Demonstrations were held in Purani Mundi, Rehari, Shaktinagar, Pacca Danga, Janipur, Gandhinagar, Bakshinagar, Muthi, Talal Tilloo and Satwari in Jammu city where Army conducted flag marches in sensitive areas. The grief and outrage over the terror attack spilled onto the streets as families of the slain soldiers, hailing from different states, waited for their coffins. Emotions ran high as protesters converged at India Gate and Jantar Mantar in national capital to express solidarity with the families of the martyrs. Activists of different political parties, social groups and trader outfits joined common people during demonstrations in Lucknow and others state capitals. In UP, demonstrations were held in Bareilly, Azamgarh, Mau, Meerut, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi and Shahjahanpur, reports reaching here said. In Gorakhpur, Samajwadi party workers burnt a Pakistani flag and an effigy of Prime Minister Imran Khan and raised slogans against the neighbouring country. A large number of youths blocked Chapra- Gorakhpur track in Deoria demanding that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visit the family of the local youth martyred in the attack and raised slogans against Pakistan. In Bihar, which lost Sanjay Kumar Sinha and Ratan Kumar Thakur in the attack, hundreds of protesters, including students gathered at the Kargil Chowk in state capital Patna demanding firm action those responsible for the attack. Protesters burnt tyres on national highway NH 28 A in Motihari, resulting in disruption of vehicular traffic. Protests were held in Assam by members of Sadou Assam Goria Moriya Yuva Chatra Parishad, a minority students' organisation, All Bodo Minority Students Union, ABVP, Krishak Shramik Unayan Parishad and Hindu Jagran Manch. People lit oil lamps across the state in memory of the martyrs. Protesters burnt effigies of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, which claimed responsibility for the attack, and flags of the neighbouring country. The terror attack also triggered angry protests at several places in Punjab, which lost four jawans, and Haryana. Schoolchildren also took out marches in some areas. "How many sacrifices will our soldiers have to make? This needs to stop," said Jagtar Singh, who was part of one such march in Kurukshetra. Gujarat Congress organised a candle march at Sabarmati Ashram to pay respects to the slain soldiers. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal also held protests in different parts of the states this evening. Protests were also held in Maharashtra. People gathered in Begumpura area in Aurangabad and burnt a Pakistani flag. Forty CRPF personnel were killed on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg explosives into their bus.
2019-02-15testGoa CM pays homage to Francis D'Souza - United News of India
Goa CM pays homage to Francis D'Souza Posted at: Feb 15 2019 10:17PM Panaji, Feb 15 (UNI ) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar visited house of former State Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza at his residence at Mapusa, around 15 km away from the city, on Friday. D'Souza, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA representing Mapusa constituency in the state assembly, had passed away on Thursday. Mr Parrikar is also ailing and recuperating at his private residence at Dona Paula near the city. Earlier in the day Goa Forward Party (GFP) President and Town and Country Planning (TCP) Minister Vijay Sardesai also had visited the residence of D'Souza and paid homage. The funeral of the former Deputy Chief Minister will be held at St Jerome's Church, Mapusa, on Saturday.
2019-02-15testNagpur-based CRPF jawan among 37 martyred in Pulwama attack - United News of India
Nagpur-based CRPF jawan among 37 martyred in Pulwama attack Posted at: Feb 15 2019 6:15 PM Nagpur, Feb 15 (UNI) A CRPF jawan, Sanjay Rajput, hailing from this district, was among the 37 jawans martyred in Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir carried out by the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad. The family of the martyr Rajput is camping in a CRPF base camp located in the Hingna town of this district. A native of Maharashtra's Buldhana district, the martyred jawan Rajput became the victim of one of the most deadliest attack on the security forces in the recent past on Thursday noon.
2019-02-13Ulhasnagar citizens will soon get food plate at Rs 10 - Times of India
Ulhasnagar citizens will soon get food plate at Rs 10 Feb 13, 2019, 13:39 IST The Team Omie Kalani (TOK) president Omie Kalani and his wife Pancham who is Mayor of UMC (Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation) has come up with a new idea of constructing stalls across city where a plate of food will be served for Rs 10. Omie, who runs TOK party in city, and his wife Pancham have decided that they will construct a centre, where foods will be prepared and it will be served to stalls which will be given to mahila bachatgat who will then sell this food to common public at cost of Rs 10 each. The Rs 10 food packet will include three puris, one full plate of vegetables, onion and pickle. Talking to TOI, Omie Kalani said, "Through these unique schemes public will get benefited and also mahila bachatgat, who works for women empowerment, will get jobs as we will give profit of Rs 2 per packet to these stall-runners". Kalani said, as per plan, we have decided to start stalls at each main roads and major chowks so that common public, who works at shops and other places, could not go to their home for lunch or dinner on time, can have food at minimum affordable cost. TOK has planned to start this service within a week.
2019-02-12Amid citizenship protests, mobile internet shut down across Manipur, curfew in Imphal | Guwahati NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Amid citizenship protests, mobile internet shut down across Manipur, curfew in Imphal 13th February, 2019 Imphal: With protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill raging in Manipur, an indefinite curfew has been imposed in the Imphal East and Imphal West districts since Monday night. MANPAC has urged the Congress to not stage a walkout and oppose the bill when it is tabled in the Rajya Sabha. Congress has already issued a three-line whip to its Rajya Sabha members asking them to be present when the bill is tabled and oppose the proposed legislation. Mobile internet services have been suspended indefinitely across Manipur. Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju was also present in the meeting.
2019-02-11Kachra tax stinks - Mumbai Mirror
Kachra tax stinks Updated: Feb 11, 2019, 06:00 IST A group of women from a Mira Road society used the garbage bins to oppose the latest tax, which citizens came to know of after receiving the civic body notice a few days ago. There’s plenty of anger in the jurisdiction of Mira- Bhayandar, Vasai-Virar, and Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporations, where residents received a communication a few days ago that they’ll be charged yearly tax for dry garbage collection. Residents have been told that the garbage tax for the fiscal 2018-19 must be paid before March 31, failing which a penalty will be levied. In Mira-Bhayandar, the tax is calculated at Re 1 per sq ft for residential properties, and Rs 3 per sq ft for commercial establishments, and is over and above property tax and the 0.5% Swachh Bharat cess on 14% Service Tax that citizens are already paying. Residents in Mira-Bhayandar, Vasai-Virar, and Ulhasnagar are especially angry because the BMC, the Thane Municipal Corporation, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, and the Kalyan- Dombivali Municipal Corporation have refused to burden those living within their jurisdictions of such tax. In fact, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner said that property tax in the township was already high, and citizens need not pay anything extra. However, the Panvel Municipal Corporation has proposed such a tax and the issue is pending before its general body for final clearance. Over the past two days, scores of societies in Mira-Bhayandar held emergency meetings and spoke to local politicians in a bid to oppose this tax. In one such protest, a group of women from Chandan Avenue in Mira Road stood behind garbage bins, even as Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Commissioner Balaji Khatgaonkar asked citizens to “change their mindset” instead of opposing the tax. Bhayandar resident Sumeet Jaiswal, whose family owns a furniture shop on the ground floor and resides on the third floor of the same building, said he’ll end up paying more than Rs 3,000 a year for garbage collection alone. “Our house measures 1,100 sq ft and the shop measures 753 sq ft. Which means we must pay Rs 3,359 for garbage collection, apart from around Rs 8,000 towards property tax, and Swachh Bharat cess. This is unfair and unreasonable,” Jaiswal said. Fifteen lakh people reside within the jurisdiction of the Mira- Bhayandar Municipal Corporation, generating 500 metric tonnes of solid garbage daily. The civic body is already accused of dumping garbage in the green zone of Uttan and a case against it is being heard by the National Green Tribunal, residents alleged. Former MLC from Mira Road, Congress’s Muzaffar Hussain, said that his party, along with the Shiv Sena, had opposed garbage tax last year when the BJP had proposed it. “It is solely a BJP doing,” Hussain claimed. Khatgaonkar insisted that the new tax was levied as per the government directive. “We need cleaner cities and we need funds to make the cities cleaner. Our mindset needs to change,” he said in defence of the tax. Khatgaonkar’s counterpart in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, Achyut Hange, cited a government resolution issued on December 18 that empowers all corporations in the state to collect tax for collecting garbage. “I am merely following the government directives,” he told Mirror. Omie Kalani, who has 17 corporators in Ulhasnagar, claimed “helplessness”. “We had protested last year but this time around, municipal commissioner Hange imposed the tax and said there were directives from the government. We couldn’t protest the government instructions. I’ll nevertheless write to the chief minister listing our grievances,” he said. The Vasai-Virar municipal commissioner, Satish Lokhande, said such a fund was needed to continue with the cleanliness drive. He said charges in his jurisdiction were “very nominal”. “We are only charging Rs 50 per house and Rs 150 per commercial establishment,” Lokhande said. While BMC chief Ajoy Mehta said there was no plan to introduce such a tax in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner N Ramaswami specifically said sewerage treatment and garbage collection charges come under the property tax bracket.
2019-02-11'It's survival of fittest' for Kalyan locals on trains - Daily News & Analysis
'It's survival of fittest' for Kalyan locals on trains Updated: Feb 11, 2019, 06:00 AM IST Nestled around 38km from the financial district, Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency has flourished mostly as home to bedroom communities. They travel down south for their professional needs and come home only to sleep. Thus, the local rail network is the lifeline for many commuters in the constituency. However, the mere mention of its name makes people shudder. Getting on and off local trains is no less than waging a war! "It becomes a mad scramble to get on and off the train, especially during peak hours when everybody is travelling to work. It's a case of survival of the fittest. We expect our elected representatives to solve our problems related to the local suburban train services and make our lives easier," said Kailash Rajwadkar, a media professional from Kalyan east. While the issue of rail connectivity overpowers everything else, residents also feel the need for transition of the constituency from a bedroom community to a commercial area with more job opportunities. "Our constituency has very fewer job opportunities in the corporate world, which is why people move down south looking for jobs. Our MP should work to increase the area's employment opportunities," said Ashish Awasthi, a resident of Ulhasnagar. Traffic congestion is another problem the constituents of Shiv Sena MP Dr Shrikant Shinde are troubled with. "Roads have become increasingly congested. A patri pool, which was of vital importance for east-west connectivity, was demolished for reconstruction last year. Work on the bridge is yet to start and has added immensly to commuters' woes," said Kapil Tiwari, a resident of Kalyan east. When contacted former MP of the constituency Anand Paranjpe, he pointed out a list of problems that he thinks Dr Shrikant Shinde has failed to work upon. "Considering the ever-increasing passenger rush, increasing the number of trains is the need for the hour. The fifth and sixth line between Mumbra and Kalyan is yet to begin, the Kalyan terminus hasn't come up yet. There are only 16 services of the 15-car coach between Kalyan and CSMT, which isn't sufficient. Forget rail, even the roads are congested. Work on promised bridges to improve connectivity is yet to begin," he said. According to Paranjpe, the sitting MP got elected only because of the Modi wave, and it won't be a cakewalk for him this time. On his candidature, he said that the decision will be taken by the party's parliamentary committee. Repeated attempts to contact Shrikant Shinde got us no response. Gopal Landge, senior Sena leader from the area said, "Anand Paranjpe spends most of his time in his residence at Thane, but never in the constituency. On the other hand, our MP has carried out a lot of work, he is surely going to win the forthcoming elections." Kalyan Lok Sabha Constituency that was carved out of the erstwhile Thane Lok Sabha constituency in 2008 has been represented by Shiv Sena in the Lok Sabha since its formation. While its first MP was Anand Paranjpe who won on a Sena ticket, he was defeated in the 2014 general elections by Dr Shrikant Shinde. Paranjpe had shifted to the Nationalist Congress Party, which fielded him in 2014. ON THE SLOW TRACK TO NOWHERE Other problems faced by residents include traffic congestion, dearth of jobs CONSTITUENCY PROFILE AND DEMOGRAPHICS Kalyan Lok Sabha Constituency comprises of six assembly seats — Mumbra-Kalwa, Dombivali, Kalyan East, Kalyan Rural, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath. Of these, two are represented by the NCP, two by Sena, one by BJP and other one by an independent candidate who supports BJP. This constituency was created on 19 February 2008. While Mumbra is heavily dominated by Muslims, Dombivali, Kalyan (rural) and Ambernath is majorly populated by Marathi speaking population. Dr Shirkant Shinde, Shiv Sena MP POLITICAL EQUATIONS In 2014 Shirkant Shinde, son of Health Minister Eknath Shinde, was elected to the Lok Sabha, defeating nearest rival and sitting MP Anand Pranjape of the NCP by a huge margin of 2.5 lakh votes. Paranjape could garner 1.90 lakh votes while Shinde got 4.40 lakh votes. In 2019 The Shiv Sena may have a tough fight on its hands if it contests the elections sans an alliance with the BJP. If the Congress and the NCP form a united front, going solo might prove costly for both BJP and Sena. Rs 25 cr Entitlement to constituency Rs 17.50 cr Fund released by GOI Rs 16.39 cr Expenditure Utilisation percentage over amount released 93.62% Unspent balance 3.78% THUS SPOKE JANATA Job creation is theneed of the hour in Kalyan and Dombivali area. Around 70 per cent people travel to Mumbai because there are no big corporate houses here.— Ashish Awasthi, Ulhasnagar Traffic jam is a major problem in Kalyan, there are very few bridges near the station. Our MP promised for faster construction of new bridges, but work is going on at snail’s speed.— Kapil Khatri, Kalyan Even if I leave early for work, I end up missing trains, because of congestion outside station. Narrow roads, ever increasing traffic makes the situation go worse with every passing day.— Emad Khan, Mumbra A lot of work has been done in my area, especially around the railway station. At Dombivali station, the escalators have been made functional. I hope he continues to work for public. — Vinod Jethwa, Dombivali
2019-02-11As many as 4,000 cigarette filters collected from just 100 metres at Juhu beach - Moneycontrol.com
As many as 4,000 cigarette filters collected from just 100 metres at Juhu beach Last Updated : Feb 11, 2019 02:15 PM IST As many as 4,000 cigarette butts were cleaned up from an area of about 100-metre at the Juhu beach raising concerns of more such pollutants buried under the sand along the sea. The cleanup was done by about a hundred students from Ulhasnagar’s SST College who decided to collaborate with members of Mission Green Mumbai (MGM) group to clear cigarette butts of Juhu beach. The operation was undertaken on Sunday morning, where groups gathered at the beach and embarked on the task. It took them flat 20 minutes and 20 bottles to collect 4000 butts. Subhajit Mukherjee, founder of MGM was quoted in a report by The Asian Age as saying that their group has been collecting garbage from Juhu beach every weekend from an area of 1 km. On the occasion of World Cancer Day, we decided to collect only cigarette butts from the garbage. To raise awareness on World Cancer Day his group decided to collect only cigarette butts when college students also joined them. He added that the collected garbage is handed over to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) who has been supportive of the initiative. The result? Not only the beaches have become cleaner, many people are getting sensitised to environmental concerns. Mukherjee has urged Mumbaikars to not turn their beaches into smoking zones. The BMC, too, has appointed contractors to clean up Juhu, Versova, Chimbai, and Waringpada beach. The contract to clean Dadar and Mahim beaches will commence in April. The respective bodies will be paid Rs 11 crore annually for the work. Irked by the condition of the beaches, Mukherjee has asked the authorities about why are they blind to the sale of tobacco products around the beach when smoking in public is an offence. As per data, cigarette butts are the most common form of litter. Residues of harmful chemicals used while manufacturing cigarettes are found in cigarettes butts. Cellulose acetate, the plastic filter that traps remnants of a smoked cigarette, is degradable under UV rays, but not biodegradable. It takes almost 18 months to degrade.
2019-02-104,000 cigarette buds collected at Juhu beach - The Asian Age
4,000 cigarette buds collected at Juhu beach Published : Feb 11, 2019, 4:57 am IST Mumbai: Around 4000 cigarettes buds were collected at Juhu beach on Sunday as part of a beach clean up activity carried out by Mission Green Mumbai (MGM) group. Surprisingly, these buds were collected from an area of only 100 meters and within one hour long clean up drive. It was collected by a group of 100 students from SST College, Ulhasnagar in association with MGM group. “Our group collects garbage from Juhu beach every weekend from an area of 1 km. On the occasion of World Cancer Day, we decided to collect only cigarette buds from the garbage. To create awareness hundred college students joined us. It was shocking that we collected 4000 cigarette buds from an area of 100 meters”, said Subhajit Mukherjee, founder of MGM. “We collect garbage every weekend and hand it over to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for proper management. However, seeing the high number of cigarette buds in the garbage, we want to urge Mumbaikars to not make beaches their smoking destination. Smoking is injurious to health and the buds mixed with sea water damages marine life too,” Mukherjee added. He further said that the BMC has been helpful with their initiative. The condition of the beaches in the city has changed while making the citizens aware. BMC on the other hand has appointed contractors for cleaning of Juhu, Versova, Chimbai and Waringpada beach while the contract for cleaning Dadar and Mahim beach will start from April 2019. The annual contract for the beach cleaning is Rs 11 crore.
2019-02-09To Counter Noise Pollution, This Mumbai Gurudwara Distributed 10,000 Headphones To Devotees For Silent Bhajans - Indiatimes.com
To Counter Noise Pollution, This Mumbai Gurudwara Distributed 10,000 Headphones To Devotees For Silent Bhajans Updated: Feb 09, 2019, 15:13 PM IST We are all used to listening to religious chants on loudspeakers quite often and we're ignorant of the fact that it just adds to noise pollution. However, a gurudwara in Mumbai set an example to reduce noise pollution so much that it earned the praise of the Bombay High Court, a report in DNA said. Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) was praised by the high court for requesting the Sikh community to distribute 10,000 headphones to their devotees so that they could listen to satsangs without any loudspeakers. A division bench of the court, while hearing a contempt petition filed against commissioner Rajendra Nimbalkar, said "If there are 99 per cent officers who are not abiding by the rules, but when some officer does so, he should be appreciated." UMC Commissioner Nimbalkar was lauded for his efforts that prompted the Sikh community to organise their annual meet. Each year, the Amritvela Trust of Ulhasnagar organises a 43-day bhajan-kirtan meet on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti. Around 15,000 devotees attend this meet hailing from Mumbai and Thane.
2019-02-08Ravi Pujari out of action, no extortion calls in two weeks - The Indian Express
Ravi Pujari out of action, no extortion calls in two weeks Updated: February 8, 2019 7:38:35 am IN THE two weeks since the detention of gangster Ravi Pujari in Senegal, the Mumbai Police has not received a single complaint regarding an extortion call. Senior officers said that currently, three to four extortion calls are received every fortnight from gangs on an average. The apparent lull in extortion since Pujari’s detention on February 22, the police believe, is on account of the fact that Pujari accounted for nearly 50 per cent of Mumbai’s extortion money pie. In addition, Pujari’s neutralisation will change the way underworld gangs operate in the city, officers said. A senior Crime Branch officer said, “Over the past two weeks, not one extortion call has been reported, which is unusual for the city, which sees around eight to 10 such calls in a month. This lull is most likely due to Ravi Pujari, a big player in the extortion business, being out of the picture. The other gangs would also want to see what changes this development brings and are cautious before they start making calls again.” An officer said that after Pujari, gangster Ejaz Lakdawala made the most number of extortion calls in Mumbai. Lakdawala (50), believed to be running his extortion business from Canada, functions under a different name there. Lakdawala is known to target builders, especially those from the Muslim community, and filmstars. “He is from Mumbai and had a stronghold in the Nallasopara area. In 1998, he fled from Nashik prison where he was lodged for an assassination attempt on a Chhota Shakeel aide. He later joined the Chhota Rajan gang,” the officer said. “In 2003, he survived an assassination attempt by Dawood’s men and was detained by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ottawa in 2004. However, eventually, in the absence of an extradition treaty, he was allowed to go,” the officer added. LATEST VIDEOS 11:42 WATCH: What PM Modi said in Lok Sabha Apart from Lakdawala, the police said that Ghatkopar-born Suresh Pujari, known to operate in Thane and beyond, is another gangster who has been in the police radar sporadically. Suresh Pujari, who has in the past worked with Ravi Pujari — the two are unrelated — in Mumbai, relocated his area of operation to Ulhasnagar after the Crime Branch began to go after him. In 2007, he fled India but continued making extortion calls. “Now that Ravi Pujari is out of the picture, Suresh may want a share of the pie,” a senior officer said. The police have also found gangster Prasad Pujari making threat calls in the city, albeit infrequently. Prasad, the police said, was an associate of gangster Kumar Pillai, who was extradited to India from Singapore in 2016. “Prasad restricts his operations to the eastern suburbs, especially the Vikhroli-Kanjurmarg belt, where Pillai was active at one time. Prasad until recently was functioning from Hong Kong,” an officer said. Officers said changes in the underworld are certain with the detention of Ravi Pujari. “Members of the Ravi Pujari gang would now be subsumed by some other gangs that may try to exploit the gap left by Pujari,” a senior officer said.
2019-02-08Maha Sikh lawyer seeks entry into SC with ‘kirpan’ - The Tribune India
Maha Sikh lawyer seeks entry into SC with ‘kirpan’ updated: Feb 8, 2019, 7:15 AM (IST) A Sikh lawyer from Maharashtra is facing problems in entering the Supreme Court as security personnel have objected to his 10-inch ‘kirpan’. Amritpal Singh Khalsa, who hails from Ulhasnagar in Thane district of Maharashtra, raised the issue on Thursday before a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. “We will certainly look into it,” The Bench told Khalsa, who has to appear as a party in person in a PIL seeking ban on production of black film in the top court on Friday. “Every time I enter the apex court, I am humiliated, made to feel as I am an untouchable. I am denied entry to court premises just because I carry a ‘kirpan’ for which the security denies entry citing its length to be more than six inches,” Khalsa said in a letter addressed to the CJI. He said the only reason he could think of for being stopped from entering the high-security zone of the Supreme Court was “that I being a Sikh carry ‘kirpan’, which the security perceives to be a threat.” He asserted that the Constitution guaranteed the freedom of wearing and carrying ‘kirpan’ without any restriction on its size. “The Constitution in plain and crystal-clear terms allows wearing and carrying ‘kirpans’, and there is no legislation/rule to regulate the size of ‘kirpan’, and this right is a fundamental right guaranteed under Part-III of the Constitution of India,” the lawyer said.
2019-02-07Wadia hospital gets Rs 10 lakh in 24 hours for Baby Tiger s treatment - Mid-Day
Wadia hospital gets Rs 10 lakh in 24 hours for Baby Tiger's treatment Feb 07, 2019, 13:50 IST Mumbai and others have opened up their hearts and purses for Baby Tiger, flooding the crowd-funding site that Wadia Hospital had roped in, with Rs 10 lakh in a single day. Hours-old Tiger was found by a couple in a nullah in Ambernath on December 30. Tiger was initially treated in a hospital in Ulhasnagar, but was moved to Wadia following a serious brain infection. According to doctors, Tiger's health has been rapidly improving following the surgery. After bills towards his treatment started rising, the hospital had decided to opt for crowd-funding and roped in crowd-funding organisation Ketto. Within hours of the appeal, the site was flooded with funds from 674 donors, reaching Rs 10.39 lakh within 24 hours. Mini Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia Hospital said Tiger was showing improvement post the surgery. "He is being fed with milk from our milk bank and is on antibiotics now. We have sent the liquid collected from his brain for testing. The course of treatment will depend on the report," she told mid-day. Baby Tiger, born just hours earlier, was found in the nullah of Ulhasnagar by a local resident who reached out to social activist Shivaji Ragade and his wife Jayashree who were in the area attending a wedding. The couple immediately took the infant to Central Hospital, Ulhasnagar. However, there, the infant developed an infection in the brain and was transferred to Bai Jerbai Wadia Hopsital in Parel on January 28. Since then, Tiger has been under the treatment of Wadia doctors. He was also operated on the brain to reduce the infection. Doctors have said that his condition is now stable. A CT scan done had showed an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid inside his skull which could pose a serious threat if it was infected. The fluid has been sent for further tests to find out if he needs another brain surgery. Zaheer Adenwala, co-founder, Ketto, said, "We started the fund-raising activity on Tuesday night, and within 24 hours we reached the target. We are very happy to help the child who was abandoned at the nullah."
2019-02-07Cipla gets USFDA nod for generic pulmonary arterial hypertension drug - Afternoon Voice
Cipla gets USFDA nod for generic pulmonary arterial hypertension drug February 7, 2019 Drug major Cipla on Thursday said that it has received nod from the US health regulator for its generic Tadalafil tablets used for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. The company has received final approval for its abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for Tadalafil tablets in the strength of 20 mg from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). The product is a generic version of Eli Lilly & Co’s Adcirca tablets, Cipla said in a statement. According to IQVIA (IMS Health), Adcirca and its generic equivalents had US sales of about USD 490 million for the 12-month period ended November 2018, the statement said. The company’s product is available for shipping immediately. The Tadalafil tablets are indicated for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension to improve exercise ability, it said. Shares of Cipla were trading at Rs 533.90 per scrip on the BSE, up 1.13 per cent from the previous close.
2019-02-07Sikh lawyer from Maharashtra seeks entry into SC with 'kirpan' - The Tribune India
Sikh lawyer from Maharashtra seeks entry into SC with 'kirpan' Posted at: Feb 7, 2019, 8:34 PM A Sikh lawyer from Maharashtra is facing problems in entering the Supreme Court as security personnel have objected to his 10-inch 'kirpan'. Amritpal Singh Khalsa -- who hails from Ulhasnagar, Thane district in Maharashtra -- raised the issue on Thursday before a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. "We will certainly look into it," the Bench told Khalsa who has to appear as a party in person in a PIL seeking ban on production of black film in the top court on Friday. "Every time I enter the apex court I am humiliated, made to feel as I am an untouchable. I am denied entry to court premises just because I carry a kirpan for which the security denies entry citing its length to be more than six inches," Khalsa said in a letter addressed to the CJI. He said the only reason he could think of for being stopped from entering the high-security zone of the Supreme Court was "that I being a Sikh carry Kirpan, which the security perceives to be a threat". He asserted that the Constitution guaranteed the freedom of wearing and carrying 'kirpan' without any restriction on its size. "The Constitution in plain and crystal-clear terms allows wearing and carrying kirpans, and there is no legislation/rule to regulate the size of kirpan, and this right is a fundamental right guaranteed under Part-III of the Constitution of India," the lawyer said in his letter to the CJI. Khalsa requested the court "to ensure that young lawyers like me are not humiliated, insulted, tortured, and appropriate instructions are issued to security department, so that not only I but other Sikhs too are allowed to wear and carry Kirpan in court premises".
2019-02-06Mumbai witnesses 10th organ donation in just 35 days - Free Press Journal
Mumbai witnesses 10th organ donation in just 35 days February 6, 2019 8:08 am Mumbai: After a 68-year-old man from Ulhasnagar was declared brain-dead on February 2 at S L Raheja Hospital in Mahim, his family decided to keep him ‘alive’ by donating his organs to someone in need. This kind gesture saved the life of two-organ failure patients, after they received the man’s liver and kidneys. This is the tenth cadaver donation in 2019. A doctor said the patient suffered brain haemorrhage (basilar artery bleed), and was admitted to S L Raheja Hospital on January 31. “He was being treated for brain haemorrhage, but his condition began deteriorating and on February 2, he was declared brain-dead,” said the doctor. “The family knew the importance of organ donation and gave their consent immediately for donating her organs in order to save other lives,” said the doctor. Dr Hiren Ambegaonkar, chief executive officer, SL Raheja Hospital said it was the fourth cadaver donation in their hospital. “It is a significant and progressive step towards building a healthier nation, this gesture by the donor family has enabled life-saving surgeries upon two patients suffering from end-stage organ failure,” said Dr Ambegaonkar. A coordinator from the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC), Mumbai said, the patient had suffered from comorbidity, which includes brain haemorrhage and chronic kidney failure. “We retrieved his liver and kidneys, following which were sent to two other hospitals in the city,” said the coordinator. The city recorded its first new year cadaver donation on January 1, when the son of a 61-year-old man consented to donate his dead father’s kidneys. The second donation was on January 8, after the family of a 52-year-old man consented to donate his heart, liver, kidneys, and cornea. The third cadaver donation was carried out on January 11, after the family of a 57-year-old businessman from Vile Parle donated his organs, giving a new lease of life to two critically ill patients.
2019-02-06Political opportunism washes away the taint: How politicians switch loyalties, get big party tickets... - Firstpost
Political opportunism washes away taint: Despite active probes, politicians switch loyalties, get big party tickets Feb 07, 2019 12:30:34 IST India has seen many men and women with a criminal history enter the political fray, but apart from the nit-picking by rival parties, questions are rarely raised on their infamous past and often, the clout-bearing leaders end up being elected as MLAs or even MPs. However, with the heat turning up on the Saradha chit-fund scam in West Bengal and the ghost of the scandal coming to haunt former TMC leader Mukul Roy and ex-Assam Congress member Himanta Biswa Sarma, the focus is back on possible political opportunism practised by tainted netas. Both Roy and Sarma joined the BJP when the CBI probe in the case was on and they have reportedly become hindsight targets post their political shift. This is not the first instance of political leaders jumping boats and being welcomed by Opposition parties despite active cases against them. Many such examples emerge from the north Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where parties like the BSP, SP, RJD and JD(U) are known to have repeatedly fielded tainted candidates for appeasing the vote bank in a particular constituency. Anand Sen Yadav BSP MLA Anand Sen Yadav, who was earlier a member of the Samajwadi Party (SP), was indicted in more than ten criminal cases including murder, assault, and extortion and fought the 2007 Uttar Pradesh state Assembly elections from jail. He won, and was appointed the Minister of State for Food Processing in Mayawati's cabinet. Interestingly, he was in jail during the swearing-in ceremony as the court refused him leave since he was locked up for "serious criminal charges". Eventually, a second ceremony was held for him. A probe was only initiated against him when he resigned from his post in 2007. Shekhar Tiwari Shekhar Tiwari, another BSP MLA, joined the Mayawati-led party (was earlier part of INC) in 2007 (BSP won the 2007 elections in Uttar Pradesh) despite various criminal cases against him. According to police reports, Tiwari was being investigated in 14 criminal cases relating to government contracts and extortion, but after he was elected as a MLA, ten of those cases were closed for want of evidence. Anand Mohan Singh Singh served a three-month jail sentence for violence in 1983 but in 1990 was elected from the Mahishi constituency to the Bihar Legislative Assembly as a representative of the Janata Dal. He continued his criminal activities while being an MLA, leading a notorious sectarian gang, described by a Hindustan Times report as a "private army", during the 1990s. In 1993, he founded the Bihar People's Party and contested the 1995 state Assembly elections. The BPP later joined with the Samata Party, for whom he stood successfully in the Sheohar constituency as a Lok Sabha candidate in the 1996 general elections. His success in those elections came despite him being in prison during the campaign. He was again elected from the constituency in the 1998 Lok Sabha elections as a Rashtriya Janata Party candidate supported by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). By 1999, Singh had switched from the BPP to BJP that was courting him and numerous other criminal-politicians in Bihar as it sought support for the national government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. However, Singh lost his Sheohar seat to Anwarul Haq of the BJP in the 1999 Lok Sabha election. Thereafter, he merged the BPP with the Indian National Congress (INC) and hoped to stand again for election in Sheohar. Singh later joined JD(U). He is thought to have been a significant influence in the creation of the NDA government in Bihar headed by JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar from November 2005, and bringing together the Rajput and Bhumihar communities in the state. In 2010, Singh once again supported the Congress and opposed Kumar in the Bihar Assembly election, although he could not stand as a candidate due to being in jail Mohammad Shahabuddin Shahabuddin, a gangster turned politician was elected four times as an RJD MP and twice an MLA from Bihar's Siwan. Being convicted in many criminal cases, he was debarred from contesting the 2009 general elections. In 2004, Shahabuddin's opponents were intimidated against campaigning even though he was in prison during the elections. Immediately after the elections, which he won by a margin of 1,00,000 votes, nine party workers of the Opposition candidate, JD(U)'s Om Prakash Yadav were found murdered, allegedly for daring to contest against him. In the early 1990s, Shahabuddin came into the political limelight, joining the Janata Dal youth wing under Lalu Prasad Yadav. He won the 1990 and 1995 Vidhan Sabha elections and was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1996 on the JD ticket, after which he grew in stature. With Lalu holding sway over the then Bihar government, and with the formation of the RJD in 1997, Shahabuddin's power increased dramatically. A report by the People's Union for Civil Liberties in 2001 stated that: The patronage and defacto immunity from legal action offered to him by the RJD government gradually made him a law unto himself giving him an aura of invincibility since the police turned a blind eye to his criminal activities. The subsequent elections saw largescale rigging as booth capturing was reported from as many as 500 polling stations and re-polling was ordered by the Election Commission of India. In April 2005, a police raid led by then Siwan SP Ratna Sanjay on Shahabuddin's house in Pratappur helped recover illegal arms such as AK-47s, and other military weaponry authorised for possession only by the army, including night-vision goggles and laser-guided guns. Some of the discovered arms had the markings of Pakistan ordnance factories, and the then Bihar DGP, DP Ojha alleged that Shahabuddin had ties with Pakistan intelligence agency ISI. Subsequently, eight non-bailable warrants were issued for arresting Shahabuddin. However, his party was part of the UPA headed by Manmohan Singh, and thus, continued to yield considerable clout. Athough he was living in his official assigned quarter in Delhi, and attending the Parliament, the Delhi Police and a special team sent from Bihar could not arrest him for over three months. However, a team from Bihar, was finally able to arrest him from his official residence in Delhi in November 2005. Subsequently, he was refused bail by the Supreme Court, where he was asked: By virtue of being an MP, are you entitled to keep these weapons, including a night vision device, when even the police, CRPF and other security agencies do not have it and only the army possesses it. Pappu Kalani Kalani won elections for the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 1986 on a Congress ticket after emerging as the leader of an organized crime syndicate in the 1980s. He also won the 1990 elections as a Congress candidate, but later contested as an Independent candidate in the 1995 and 1999 elections. Kalani has been elected continuously from the seat since then, including two elections from 1992–2001 while being in jail on murder charges. At one point, former Maharashtra chief minister Sudhakarrao Naik made a statement that then Congress chief minister Sharad Pawar, had asked him to "go easy on Pappu Kalani". Later, Shiv Sena chief minister Manohar Joshi announced his intention to prosecute criminal-politicians, but political realities ensured that nothing much was done. Under Indian law, someone who has not been sentenced to more than two years for a crime cannot be considered guilty of a major crime and is free to fight elections. Thus, despite being in jail, Kalani kept fighting and winning the Assembly seat from Ulhasnagar. In 1999, when his mentor Pawar formed the NCP, Kalani also joined it. However, mounting public pressure proved disruptive for the nascent party and he was forced to resign. At this time, he handed over the Municipal corporation to his wife Jyoti Kalani, who would also soon be arrested on charges of forgery, non-payment of revenue and illegal liquor manufacturing. However, staging a comeback, in 2004, Kalani again won the Assembly elections, as a candidate of the Republican Party of India (Athavale). His wife, however, continues to be with the NCP. Mukhtar Ansari Mukhtar Ansari, who has multiple cases of murder, extortion and kidnapping against him, was elected as an MLA from the Mau constituency a record five times. He was the prime accused in the Krishnanand Rai murder case and has pleaded not guilty. Ansari won his first Assembly election as a BSP candidate and the next two as an independent. He had joined BSP in 2007 and unsuccessfully contested the 2009 Lok Sabha election. After BSP expelled him in 2010 for criminal activities, he formed his own party Quami Ekta Dal with his brothers. He won from the Mau seat in the 2012 Uttar Pradesh elections but later in 2017, merged the Quami Ekta Dal with BSP and won the next state elections as a BSP candidate. BSP had allowed in Ansari and his brother Afzal after they claimed that they had been falsely framed in criminal cases for fighting against the "feudal system", and promised to refrain from participating in any crimes. Mayawati portrayed Ansari as a 'Robin Hood' and called him "a messiah of the poor". Ansari fought the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi on a BSP ticket, while being lodged in the jail. However, on 26 January, 2017, Ansari rejoined the BSP, right before the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections. There was also speculation about the Ansari brothers joining the rival SP. Mayawati defended his entry into the party, stating that the criminal charges against Ansari had not been proven, and that the party gives people a chance to reform themselves. Sukh Ram Sukh Ram represented the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency, which his son contested and won in 1993. Sukh Ram won the seat in 1996, but the two were expelled from the Congress party for their involvement in a telecom scam. Post this, Ram and his son formed the Himachal Vikas Congress and had a post-poll alliance with the BJP, which led them to join the government. Ram lost the Lok Sabha election in 1998, but won the Assembly seat. His son Anil Sharma was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1998. In the 2003 Assembly polls, Ram retained the Mandi Assembly seat but joined the Congress in the run-up to the 2004 Lok Sabha polls whereas Sharma won the Mandi Assembly seat in 2007 and 2012 as a Congress candidate. However, recently Ram crossed over to BJP. Welcoming Ram into the fold, BJP was quoted as saying that cases against Ram were "bygones". Francisco Pacheco Pacheco has been involved in various controversies and has ten criminal cases registered against him. In June 2006, Pacheco slapped a junior engineer Kapil Natekar for not attending his personal assistant's call. Pacheco was sentenced to imprisonment for six months. In June 2010, he was arrested over his alleged involvement in the suicide of his girlfriend Nadia Torrado. He was forced to resign from his ministerial post in the Congress-led government, but was later given a clean chit due to the absence of evidence. Pacheco had won the 2002 Legislative Assembly election as a member of the United Goans Democratic Party. He later split and formed the United Goans Democratic Party (Secular), which merged with the BJP in January 2005. He later joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and won the 2007 election. Prior to the 2012 Legislative Assembly election, he left the NCP and joined the Goa Vikas Party (GVP). Pacheco's wife Viola Pacheco was made the GVP president in 2012 but he quit the party and joined the Goa Su-raj Party only to become the GVP supremo later and ally with the ruling BJP. Santokben Jadeja Known to be the only female don of India, Santokben was an MLA from 1990 to 1995 as a candidate of Janata Dal and was close to former Gujarat chief minister Chimanbhai Patel who was associated with both the Janta Dal and the Congress. Santokben was was alleged to be behind the murder of 14 people, who she believed were responsible for her husband's murder. She was arrested for giving shelter to people, who were accused of raping two girls. However, her closeness to Patel’s political outfit saw her rise as a political power in the coastal region of Gujarat as she became the first and only woman from Porbadar district to be elected to the state assembly in 1989. In December 2002, she filed her nomination papers for the Kutiyana Assembly seat but later withdrew in favour of the Congress candidate. Phoolan Devi Devi, a noted dacoit turned-social reformer contested the 1996 Lok Sabha election as a member of the Samajwadi Party as Mulayam Singh Yadav's government in Uttar Pradesh had withdrawn all cases against her and summarily released her from prison. She won the election and served as an MP during the 11th Lok Sabha. She lost her seat in the 1998 election but was re-elected in the 1999 election and was the sitting MP from Mirzapur when she was assassinated in Delhi. Other examples include: Neelalohithadasan Nadar who was accused and convicted of sexual assault against women quit JD(S) and joined the BSP in 2018, heading the state unit of the party. Presently, Nadar is the state president of JD(S) in Kerala; Jagannath Mishra, an accused in the fodder scam, who was convicted in 2013 and left the Congress to join NCP and is currently a member of the JD(U); Churchill Alemao, a former Congress and TMC member, Alemao was arrested in 2015 in the JICA scam. However, on 17 October, 2016, he joined the NCP and declared his intent to contest the election.
2019-02-0695% of buildings in Ulhasnagar illegal, says civic body - Hindustan Times
95% of buildings in Ulhasnagar illegal, says civic body Updated: Feb 07, 2019 00:41 IST The small city of Ulhasnagar has around 10,000 buildings. Almost 95 per cent of these buildings are illegal, said Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. On Sunday, a roof collapsed on the ground floor of an apartment, killing three people. The five-storey building had a clinic on the ground floor. The second floor roof crashed down on the clinic. The three dead had come to the clinic. Two days later on Tuesday, a slab of the first floor of four-storey Ashirwad market in Ulhasnagar collapsed. The incident took place when the flooring work was going on. No one was injured in the incident. More than 40 shops were sealed after the incident. As per UMC, the building is one of the 252 buildings listed as dangerous structures. The two incidents have highlighted the city’s unabated illegal constructions and the civic body’s failure to curb the menace. “In most incidents we have seen that the buildings are constructed using low-quality materials,” said an UMC official, on condition of anonymity. The municipal corporation has no officer in charge for the town planning department, which has also led to rampant constructions in the city. “The post of the town planning officer in UMC is lying vacant for two to three years,” said Yuvraj Bhadane, public relations officer, UMC. He refused to say the reason for the post lying vacant. The city’s population has increased to around 9 lakhs. Activist Shashikant Dayma said all illegal constructions have come up in the past 25 to 30 years when people started shifting to the city. “Most constructions have illegally added more floors to one to two-storey buildings. Around 300 illegal buildings were built between 1994 and 1996 in Ulhasnagar,” said Dayma, who has been living in Ulhasnagar for 20 years. The corporation claimed that they had evacuated around 20 illegal and dangerous structures three years ago. After the recent incidents, it has started sending notices to residents to conduct structural audit of their buildings. UMC said they have sent around 900 notices, but only two per cent have responded to the notice. UMC said it would take action after it issues notices. “We will issue notices to all structures in the city to carry out structural audit. Depending on the response, we will decide the next course of action,” said Bhadane. Every year, there are two to three incidents of slab collapse in Ulhasnagar. “It is a known fact that poor quality materials have been used for most constructions in the city. A small drilling work shakes the walls,” said Dayma. According to the residents, the corporation only issues notice but no other measures are taken to curb such incidents in future. “Only notices have been sent to carry out structural audit. UMC does not do anything more than this although residents’ safety is at risk,” said Payal Ahuja, 34, a resident of Ulhasnagar-3, near Gol Maidan. No transit camps UMC does not have any transit camps to house those rendered homeless after a building collapse. This is a reason UMC states for not evacuating dangerous buildings. “Residents of around 20 illegal and dangerous structures were evacuated three years ago. Lack of transit camps has stopped the corporation from carrying out the drive. There is no space in the city for us to construct a transit camp,” said Bhadane. Lack of space issue is also a hurdle to implement cluster development. “Ulhasnagar does not have space to implement the cluster scheme. We have proposed to merge Ulhasnagar with the nearby villages. This will help the city get more space,” said Dayma. Homebuyers on the lurch The city has a sizeable population of Sindhi community, who shifted here after Partition. “The Sindhis, who are mostly into business, didn’t cross-check legalities before purchasing property,” said Dayma. “One does not follow the process while purchasing homes in Ulhasnagar. But, it is difficult to get loan approval to buy property in Ulhasnagar. Buyers have to pay cash,” he said. Projects get permission In the past few months, around 40 to 50 construction projects have got permission, although UMC does not have a town-planning officer. Activist Moti Ludhwani said these constructions had not got a nod when Sanjeev Karpe was the planning officer in 2016. “Before 2016, around 40 to 50 construction projects were stalled during the tenure of the then town-planning officer Sanjeev Karpe,” said Ludhwani. “In 2016, 53-year-old Karpe went missing from Borghat area near Pune. He has not been traced yet,” said Ludhwani.
2019-02-05800 buildings in Ulhasnagar to undergo structural audit - Times of India
800 buildings in Ulhasnagar to undergo structural audit Feb 5, 2019, 05:33 IST ULHASNAGAR: A day after three people died and six others were injured after a portion of Memsahab Building collapsed in Ulhasnagar, the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation decided to make it compulsory to get structural audits of more than 800 buildings done. Commissioner Achyut Hange said they will make it compulsory to get these audits of buildings which were constructed prior to 1995. "If a certain building fails to get its structural audit done, the municipal corporation will have the same concuted for that building. The cost of the audit will be recovered from the members of the building or housing society," he said. Hange furhther said that over the last few years, many buildings, which had been constructed between 1993 and 1995, have collapsed. "In July 2008, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation had served notices to around 800 buildings and had appealed to them to get structural audits done. But, barely 2 per cent of the buildings had done the structural audits. The rest did not bother to heed to the notice." Hange said they will now make it compulsory for the remaining buildings to get the audit done. "Depending on the audit report, action will be taken against buildings in a precarious state." The civic body's public relations officer, Yuvraj Badane, said that there are 252 "dangerous" structures in Ulhasnagar, of which 19 are "very dangerous". He added that Memsahab Building was not among the 'dangerous structures'." The police are yet to register a criminal offencein. Senior inspector Vijay Dolas, said they are still recording statements.
2019-02-05Second slab crash in Ulhasnagar in a week - Times of India
Second slab crash in Ulhasnagar in a week Feb 6, 2019, 05:21 IST ULHASNAGAR: In the second incident in a week, a building slab collapsed during flooring work on the first floor shop of Ashirwad market building on Tuesday. Luckily, the market was closed. The four-storeyed building, with 42 shops, is on the list of 252 dangerous structures. Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation has sealed building, which was constructed in 1987, and was illegal. UMC chief public relations officer Yuvraj Badhane said the building was served notices twice to vacate. He added, "Some repairs were going on in the first floor shop when the slab crashed. Looking at the dangerous condition of the building, it has been sealed." In the Memsahab building collapse, Kalyan MP Shreekant Shinde gave Rs 1 lakh compensation to each family of the three deceased on Monday evening. Central police are yet to register a case in the crash in which six persons were also injured. UMC had decided to make it compulsory to get structural audits of more than 800 buildings done. Civic chief Achyut Hange had said they would make it compulsory to get audits of buildings constructed prior to 1995. He said over the last few years many buildings constructed between 1993-95 have collapsed.
2019-02-05Mumbai: Gurudwara makes defeaning statement with silent bhajans - Daily News & Analysis
Mumbai: Gurudwara makes defeaning statement with silent bhajans Updated: Feb 6, 2019, 05:20 AM IST The Bombay High Court lavished praise on efforts taken by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) to reduce noise pollution, after the civic body got the Sikh community to distribute 10,000 headphones, so devotees can hear satsangs without the need for loudspeakers. A division bench of the court, while hearing a contempt petition filed against commissioner Rajendra Nimbalkar, said "If there are 99 per cent officers who are not abiding by the rules, but when some officer does so, he should be appreciated." The bench took into account Nimbalkar's reply which said that the devotees swayed to the satsangs wearing portable headsets and said it's a "revolution". According to the petition, noise pollution rules were violated during the Amritvela Trust of Ulhasnagar during a 43-day bhajan-kirtan meet on Guru Nanak Jayanti. The petition claimed that illegal pandals were constructed inside the maidan, which were used for other purposes after the function. In 2017, the trust had distributed the headphones at the gurudwara's entrance, and everyone attending the satsang was to hand it back at the end of the session. Environmentalists have welcomed the initiative, with Sumaira Abdulali, convenor of Awaaz Foundation, saying innovations like these are the need of the hour. She said it was especially heartwarming when the steps are taken by religious organisations. "We need more such initiatives during cultural events, and with the growing awareness on impact of noise pollution on health, we are sure that more and more communities will join hands and take up such innovations, which will be wonderful for the society at large," she said. Meanwhile, the Amritvela trust, that brought out this initiative, has welcomed the court's observations. "We welcome the court's observations. The unique solution that Amritvela trust came out with under the guidance of our founder Rinkuji satisfies legal requirements and also avoids noise pollution. Other organisations and political parties also need to draw a leaf out of our experience and make amends," said Gurmukh Singh, spokesperson of the Amritvela Trust. THEY SAID IT The petitioner claimed noise pollution rules were violated in Ulhasnagar. The pandals were constructed inside the maidan, and were used for other purposes after the function ended. However, the court called it a “revolution”. It said when officers abide by the rules, they need to be appreciated.
2019-02-0510th organ transplant of the year recorded in city - The Hindu
10th organ transplant of the year recorded in city UPDATED: FEBRUARY 06, 2019 00:34 IST The family of a 68-year-old man, who was declared brain dead at SL Raheja-Fortis Hospital, donated his organs on Sunday. This was the 10th organ donation this year. The resident of Ulhasnagar had suffered a brain haemorrhage. Two critically ill patients got a new lease of life with the donated kidneys and liver.
2019-02-04Mumbai: 3 patients in clinic die after slab falls - Free Press Journal
Mumbai: 3 patients in clinic die after slab falls February 4, 2019 6:22 am Ulhasnagar: In a man inflicted tragedy in Ulhasnagar, three patients, who had come to a doctor’s clinic, lost their lives after the slab of the building collapsed. The deceased included a three year old girl and two women. A fourth person has sustained injuries. The incident took place at Ashirwad clinic situated on the ground floor of Memsaab building which is a ground plus five storied structure in Indira Gandhi Market. It is a 30-year-old building with ten flats. The deceased were identified as Nitu Sajeda (60), Anita Mourya (30) and Priya Mourya (3). One of the injured, Dr Lalwani Rijhwani, has sustained a head injury. The other injured persons were — Hirakhem Chandani (80), Vandana Mourya (24) and Khushi Mourya (2). According to civic officials, tiling of the floor was on in the second floor residence of Mrs Motwani; incidentally, other residents had objected to the repair work. No one was on the second floor when the incident happened. Suddenly, at 2.15 pm, a part of the second floor caved in; this resulted in the first floor slab crashing on the ground floor clinic. An Ulhasnagar fire officer said they received a call at around 2.50 pm after which rushed to the spot with three fire tenders. The team pulled out the three dead bodies and four injured persons from the debris. Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation officials said that they had notified 252 dangerous buildings and 19 most dangerous buildings the city. Yuvraj Badhane, PRO of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC), said, “We gave a structural audit notice to each building in Ulhasnagar six months ago. A structural engineer will visit the spot and carry out an audit of the building”. Fire Officer Balu Nekte said they had evacuated all residents of the ill-fated building and shifted them to a shelter home.
2019-02-04Building collapses at Ulhasnagar in Thane district, Three people killed - Times Now
Building collapses at Ulhasnagar in Thane district, Three people killed 04 FEBRUARY 2019 Ulhasnagar: At least three people were killed and several others injured after a building collapsed in Indira Gandhi Market in Ulhasnagar of Thane district of Maharashtra.
2019-02-04QMumbai: Study on Shivaji Memorial’s Impact On Fishermen & More - The Quint
Mumbai: Study on Shivaji Memorial’s Impact On Fishermen & More 1. Govt Study On Shivaji Memorial’s Impact On Fishermen’s Livelihood Following demands from the fishermen community, the state fisheries department has decided to conduct a study on the impact of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial on fish production, livelihood of fishermen and the biodiversity at the proposed site in the Arabian Sea. However, the study is delayed due to want of funds. Officials from fisheries department said it has asked the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) to carry out the study. “There were protests by the fishermen community, saying the Shivaji statue will affect their livelihood. So, to assess the impact, we have asked the CMFRI to submit a proposal to carry out the study,” said an official.
2019-02-043 Dead in Ulhasnagar slab collapse: Building declared ‘not dangerous’ last year but required structural audit - The Indian Express
3 Dead in Ulhasnagar slab collapse: Building declared ‘not dangerous’ last year but required structural audit Published: February 5, 2019 2:33:43 am A day after three people, including a minor, died when a slab collapsed in Ulhasnagar’s Memsaab Heights building, it emerged that the building required a structural audit but was not declared dangerous by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) after the pre-monsoon survey last year. Advertising According to Ulhasnagar Municipal Commissioner Achyut Hange, the building was one of 600-odd buildings in Ulhasnagar that were instructed to undertake a structural audit in 2018. “We served them the notice in July 2018, asking the building’s residents to get a structural audit done, as the building was over 20 years old. But they didn’t pay attention to the notice,” said Hange, adding that the medical clinic where the deaths occurred had all the permits to function. The deceased include Anita Morya (30), her niece Priya Morya (25) and Nishu Satija (65). One woman, Vandana Morya (25), who is pregnant, was injured. “The doctors have been tight-lipped about the health of the unborn child. Vandana has suffered injuries to her head and back and was rescued by the fire brigade,” said a relative of the Moryas, who live nearby in Camp Number 3. “We have registered the death of the three people as accidental deaths and are investigating further. Flooring work being undertaken on the second floor flat, which could have weakened the main structure. As the building is sealed, we are waiting for UMC officials to give us the go-ahead and investigate,” said an officer from Ulhasnagar police. The six people who suffered injuries after the slab from the first and second floor collapsed are all stable, police said.
2019-02-04Slab collapse leaves 3 dead, 4 injured - Mumbai Mirror
Slab collapse leaves 3 dead, 4 injured Updated: Feb 4, 2019, 09:10 IST Three people, including a two-year-old child and her mother, were killed and at least four others were injured on Sunday after slabs of second and first floors of the Memsaab building collapsed and fell on the ground floor where a clinic was operational. Repairs were being carried out on the second floor. Memsaab, a five-storey structure near Indira Market in Camp Number 3 of Ulhasnagar was sealed after the incident. The injured were rushed to the Central Hospital. According to the disaster management cell, the incident took place at around 2:30 pm after which the fire brigade, the disaster management cell and police officials rushed to the spot. They found that the huge slab collapsed from the second floor of the building and came crashing on the first floor, the debris from both the floors fell to the ground floor housing Sai Ashirwad Clinic. The doctor at the clinic too sustained minor injuries on his head. The residents informed the authorities that several people were trapped in the debris. Three people, including a child, were pulled out from the debris, and rushed to the hospital where they were declared dead.The fire brigade said the building was around 25-30 years old and was not in the ‘dangerous buildings list’. Those dead were identified as Nitu Sajeda, 60, Anita Morya, 30 and her daughter Priya Morya, 3. Besides the doctor, the injured are Hirakhem Chandani, 80, Vandana Morya, 24 and Khushi Morya, 2. The Central Police of Ulhasnagar said they were investigations if negligence led to the collapse. Yuvraj Bhadane, public relations officer, told Mirror, “It has been learnt that repairs on the second floor of the building were underway due to which the slab collapsed leading to the collapse of the first floor as well. There were patients at the clinic on the ground floor where the debris fell, leading to casualties and injuries.”
2019-02-04QMumbai: Study on Shivaji Memorial's Impact On Fishermen & More - Yahoo India News
QMumbai: Study on Shivaji Memorial’s Impact On Fishermen & More 4 February 2019 1. Govt Study On Shivaji Memorial’s Impact On Fishermen’s Livelihood Following demands from the fishermen community, the state fisheries department has decided to conduct a study on the impact of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial on fish production, livelihood of fishermen and the biodiversity at the proposed site in the Arabian Sea. However, the study is delayed due to want of funds. Officials from fisheries department said it has asked the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) to carry out the study. “There were protests by the fishermen community, saying the Shivaji statue will affect their livelihood. So, to assess the impact, we have asked the CMFRI to submit a proposal to carry out the study,” said an official.
2019-02-03Thane: Toddler, 2 women die as two floors collapse on Ulhasnagar clinic - Times of India
Thane: Toddler, 2 women die as two floors collapse on Ulhasnagar clinic Updated: Feb 4, 2019, 03:08 IST ULHASNAGAR: Three people, including a two-year-old girl, died after the ceilings of two floors in a seven-storey building collapsed on them while they were waiting at a doctor’s ground-floor clinic in Ulhasnagar on Sunday afternoon. Six others were injured. The police said the collapse took place at 3pm when flooring work was underway in a second-floor flat, belonging to one Motwani family. The second-floor slab collapsed first and took along a portion of the first floor with it, landing eventually on Dr Brijlal Rizwani’s clinic in Memsahab building. The deceased have been identified as Anita Maurya (25), her niece Priya Maurya (2), and Nitu Sajida (60). Anita’s daughter Khushi (4) and sister-in-law Vandana (25), who is eight months pregnant, are among the injured. The other injured are Heera Khanchandani (90), Pahlaj Khanchandani (50), Neena Meghani (23) and Rizwani himself. Ganesh Shimpi, ward Officer of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC), said, “The building was constructed in 1994-1995 with low-quality sand and we had served it a notice, seeking a structural audit. But, it was not done.” The UMC has sealed the building. Residents said they were not allowed to remove their belongings. Yuvraj Badane, chief public relations officer, UMC, said, “The police will probe if there was negligence on anyone’s part, and will file an FIR.” The first-floor resident, Bhavesh Nagdev, whose flat was also damaged, said he had complained to the Motwani family about cracks in the ceiling due to the work on the second-floor. Nagdev said, “My family was lucky as we were in another room.” A grief-stricken Karan Maurya, Anita’s brother, said, “My sister had gone to the doctor’s clinic as Priya was unwell and for Vandana’s check-up.” Vandana’s husband Ramesh said, “My wife has been told to undergo an X-ray to check if the foetus is fine.”
2019-02-03Maharashtra: 3 killed after building collapses in Ulhasnagar's Indira Gandhi Market - India Today
Thane: 3 killed after building collapses in Ulhasnagar’s Indira Gandhi Market UPDATED: February 3, 2019 16:57 IST Three people killed, two were injured after a building collapsed in Thane district’s Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra. The building collapsed in Indira Gandhi Market in Ulhasnagar. The cause behind the building collapse has not been ascertained yet. The Indira Gandhi Market building collapse was reported in the afternoon. The injured have been shifted to a local hospital where they are being treated. The exact time of the incident is not known yet. Teams of police and fire department have rushed to the spot and the rescue operation is underway. It should be noted that there are many illegal structures in Ulhasnagar area. More details are awaited.
2019-02-03Thane: 3 killed in Ulhasnagar building mishap | Mumbai NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Thane: 3 killed in Ulhasnagar building mishap 3rd February, 2019 ULHASNAGAR: Three people, including a two-year-old girl, died after the ceilings of two floors in a seven-storey building collapsed on them while they were waiting at a doctor’s ground-floor clinic in Ulhasnagar on Sunday afternoon. Six others were injured. The police said the collapse took place at 3 pm when flooring work was underway in a second-floor flat, belonging to one Motwani family. Anita’s daughter Khushi (4) and sister-in-law Vandana (25), who is eight months pregnant, are among the injured. But, it was not done.” The UMC has sealed the building. Residents said they were not allowed to remove their belongings.
2019-02-03Maharashtra: 3 die, 2 injured as portion of building collapses in Ulhasnagar - Times of India
Maharashtra: 3 die, 2 injured as portion of building collapses in Ulhasnagar Feb 3, 2019, 17:16 IST ULHASNAGAR: Three persons died and two others were injured after a portion of a building collapsed in Ulhasnagar in the Thane district of Maharashtra on Sunday afternoon. The fire brigade team, which was involved in the rescue operation, said other residents of the Memsahab building, situated in the Indira Gandhi Market at Ulhasnagar 3, were safely rescued. The injured were rushed to the Central Hospital in the town.
2019-02-033 dead, 4 injured as slab collapses in Ulhasnagar - Hindustan Times
3 dead, 4 injured as slab collapses in Ulhasnagar Updated: Feb 03, 2019 23:45 IST Three, including a two-year-old, died, while four were injured, as the flooring on the second floor (the slab of the first floor) of a private clinic, Sai Ashirwad, in Ulhasnagar collapsed, bringing down the ground floor slab on Sunday. The building, Memsahab Apartment, in Indira Gandhi Market is a ground-plus-five-storey structure, which housed commercial establishments on the ground floor. Although not dangerous, the corporation had served the 25-year-old building a notice for structural audit a few months ago. The deceased – Nitu Shadija, 60, Anita Morya, 30, and Priya Morya, 2 – were all patients who had come to the clinic. Priya had come to the clinic with her aunt Anita, mother Vandana, 24, and cousin Khushi Morya, 5. Vandana, who is pregnant, does not know her daughter, Priya, is dead, while Khushi has not been told of her mother, Anita’s death. Vandana and Khushi escaped with minor injuries. The two other injured are Dr Brijlal Reejhwani, 56, and another patient Hera Khemchanani, 80. Reejhwani has been operating the clinic for the past 25 years. B Netke, deputy chief fire officer, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, said, “The incident took place around 2pm. The flooring in a flat on the second floor was being replaced. Due to this work, the slab of the first floor collapsed. Locals rushed to the spot and rescued as many people as they could.” The first and second floor flats were unoccupied. The victims, all residents of Ulhasnagar, were shifted to Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar. A staff member from the Central Hospital said, “All the four injured are stable and undergoing treatment.” Achyut Hange, civic commissioner of UMC, said, “The building was not declared dangerous, although we had given notice to the residents to carry out a structural audit. We will investigate the cause of the collapse. There are around 250 buildings in the Ulhasnagar which have been declared dangerous and illegal.”
2019-02-03Maharashtra: Three Dead, 2 Injured as Building Collapses in Thane's Ulhasnagar - India.com News
Thane Building Collapse: Three Dead in Ulhasnagar; Rescue Operations Underway Published: February 3, 2019 4:40 PM IST Thane: Three persons died and two others were left injured as a building collapsed at Ulhasnagar in Thane district of Maharashtra on Sunday afternoon. Teams of police and fire department are present at the spot and the search and rescue operations are underway. The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital. The identities of those deceased was not ascertained till the time of filing this report. Last year, the Thane Municipal Corporation ordered the evacuation of almost 57 flats in the Uthalsar housing society after a tilt was detected in a building. At least 300 people were residing in the four-storey building. All were temporarily relocated to vacant flats at a housing complex in the city’s Bhayander Pada area. Briefing about the matter, Assistant Municipal Commissioner Shankar Patole had informed the building was constructed in 1983. In 2016, at least 12 people were killed and 15 others were injured when a 50-year-old building called Krishna Niwas collapsed near the Thane Railway Station. According to reports, the deceased include Saurabh P Bhatt, 54, Ramchandra P Bhatt, 65, Mira R Bhatt, 58, Rachita R Bhatt, 22, Arun D Sawant, 62, Amit A Sawant, 40, Bhakti A Sawant, 32, Anaya A Khot, 7, Priya A Patel, 14, Manda A Nene, 70, Rashmi K Mange, 25 and Mahadeo R Barve, 60.
2019-02-03Three killed as clinic collapses in Thane - United News of India
Three killed as clinic collapses in Thane Thane, Feb 3 (UNI) Three persons including a two year old girl were buried alive when the ceiling of a clinic crashed on them at the Shivaji Chowk locality of Ulhasnagar camp No III this noon the sources said. The Chief of the UMC Disaster Cell Balasaheb Netke said that the structure was five storied and the second floor flooring crashed on the first floor which in turn crashed on the ground floor where the clinic was located. The patients were seated at the clinic for their treatment when at about 2.30 p.m. the celing crashed on them burying them below the debris. The Chief Fire Officer of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation Bhaskar Mirbagar told UNI that three persons including the doctor of the clinic Dr Lal Rizwani, were injured and admitted to hospital. He gave the names of the dead as Nitu Sadija (60), Anita Mourya (25), and two-year-old Priya Mourya. He said that the five storied Memsab Building which was residential cum commercial had the Sai Aashirwad clinic where the people were seated and buried. The building itself has a total of 15 tenements. The locals pulled out the injured and rushed them to the hospital it was stated. The officials said that the process of sealing the dangerous building was underway by the civic officials.
2019-02-02Mumbai: Railways allots funds for CCTV cameras inside coaches - Daily News & Analysis
Mumbai: Railways allots funds for CCTV cameras inside coaches Updated: Feb 2, 2019, 06:10 AM IST The stampede at Prabhadevi station and partial collapse of Gokhale Bridge in Andheri has had an effect in this year's budget. The General Budget has made heavy provision of funds for construction of footover bridges, escalators and lifts at several stations on both Central and Western Railway lines. On the Western Railway, the budget has been given money for new FOBs already constructed at Lower Parel, Prabhadevi, Goregaon, Bandra, Vasai, Nallasopara and Virar stations. Funds have also been allotted for work at Goregaon, Malad, Kandivali and Borivali where wider footover bridges have been built. There are few stations where existing bridges have been replaced with new ones. On the Central Railway, funds have been allotted for replacing old bridges with new FOBs. These include at Asangoan, Sewri, Mumbra, Masjid, Bhandup, Dadar, Diva and Kurla LTT. "The budget has also made provision for repaying the Indian Army with Rs 10 lakh for constructing bridges at Parel, Currey Road and Ambivali stations," said a CR official. New bridges that received funds will come up at Dadar, Mulund, Vikhroli, Titwala, Atgaon, Ulhasnagar, Kasara, Wadala, Govandi and Mankhurd. For the first time, the Indian Railways have approved CCTVs inside coaches of local trains and intercity trains. This budget, a token of Rs 1000 has been made for providing CCTVs inside 10349 coaches, though the total cost is Rs 356 crore. This funding has been given to the Central Railway. HIGHLIGHTS 55 escalators and 100 lifts on Westeray stations Conservation of Bandra Railway station as heritage structure CSMT station to be converted into world class railway museum Rs 5 lakh allottedBoundary wall along tracks on both Central and Western Railway FOB at Borivali station: Rs 10 lakh FOB at Khar station: Rs 1 crore
2019-02-01Maharashtra: Earthquake Strikes Palghar District Thrice Within Hours; Two-year-old Loses Life - India.com News
Maha: Earthquake Hits Palghar District Thrice Within Hours; 2-year-old Loses Life Published: February 1, 2019 11:14 PM IST Mumbai: A two-year-old girl died in an earthquake which hit Maharashtra’s Palghar on Friday, news agency ANI reported. Notably, three earthquakes measuring 4.1, 3.6 and 3.5 on the Richter scale hit the district at 2:06 PM, 3:53 PM and 4:57 PM respectively. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the epicentre was located at a latitude of 20.0 degrees North and longitude of 72.9 degrees East and occurred at a depth of 5 km. In a separate incident earlier, a mild earthquake struck Raigarh district near Mumbai. The tremors were felt in Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, and Ambarnath. No casualties or injuries were reported.

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