|2006-03-31||Khurana threatens fast-unto-death, courts arrest|
Mr Khurana, who was spearheading a "Delhi Bachao" campaign, asserted that he would go to any extent, and not hesitate to sacrifice his remaining life for Delhi and its people. He said he would begin a fortnight "Jan Jagran" (Awareness) campaign against the MCD drive and if the Centre did not do anything to stop demolition and sealing of shops he would launch an indefinite fast at the Prime Minister's residence.
The former Delhi chief minister said that if the Maharashtra government could issue a ordinance to stop demolitions in Ulhasnagar, why the Union Government could not do so for Delhi. In both the cases the drives were launched at the behest of the court orders.
|2006-03-28||English teacher bashed up over â€˜lewd proposalâ€™|
When her teacher at the Takshashila School, Ulhasnagar, asked Class IX student Sunita (name changed) to come to his house and solve mock English question papers, the problem ceased to be strictly academic. Sunita later alleged to the principal that her English teacher Bharat Kumavat had made an indecent proposal.
To follow up on the complaint, her parents reached the school around 4.30pm on Monday to speak to the principal. A few others accompanied them, shouting slogans against the school management. They allegedly tried to drag Kumavat out of the school. A few teachers and support staff rescued Kumavat from the mob and locked him in a classroom.
Many students joined the mob and burnt down Kumavat's bike. The police reached the spot and brought Kumavat to Vitthalwadi police station. We'll find out the facts and register a case. The student's version has to be taken, said assistant commissioner BG Yashod. Kumavat has told us that he had been falsely implicated by someone in the school management.
|2006-03-28||'I'm afraid of facing them'|
Jaykumar Satdive is a scared man. The twenty-six-year-old, who attempted suicide with girlfriend Meghna Mahale (20) in a local train last Friday, is afraid of facing the Mahales whose daughter died after consuming poison.
Upset with opposition from the Mahales, Jaykumar and Meghna both Ulhasnagar residents decided to end their lives. The two were found in a local train at Titwala and rushed to a hospital at Kalyan. While Jaykumar is recuperating at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kalwa, Meghna was declared dead on arrival.
|2006-03-25||In Ulhasnagar, 8 injured in wall collapse|
Seven schoolchildren and a teacher suffered injuries after a 12-ft compound wall of an under-construction building at Section 25 of Camp No 4, Ulhasnagar, collapsed on them on Saturday.
They were studying with their teacher Varsha Makhija (38) in the neighbouring courtyard owned by the Lakhiyanis, when the incident took place.
Ravi Sohanta (7), Tamana Udasi, Bindiya Nevani (8), Maya Panjwani (12), Sunny Shukla (13), Sagar (7) and Chandu (9), and Makhija were rushed to the nearby Shivneri Hospital. While five of them were discharged after treatment, Udasi is still in the ICU.
According to the police, the workers had left heavy stone slabs leaning against the wall, which led to the wall collapse as it could not bear the weight. The police have lodged a case of negligence against builder K K Verghese.
|2006-03-24||Sad demise of Ravi Sharma|
Ravi Sharma the President of All India Filmgoers Association for last 35 years, died after prolonged illness in Ulhasnagar on March 4, at the age of 65. He has left behind his wife, son and a daughter. Ravi Sharma has established All India Filmgoers Association in 1970 and since then he had conducted Film Awards (later included T.V. Awards) every year in Mumbai. Almost all top stars including Dilip Kumar, Dharmendra, Rekha, Saira Banu, Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Raj Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Amaan, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherji, Hrithik Roshan and many others have attended his award functions.He always used to recognize every newcomer and honour them with special trophy and giving them first public appearance.
|2006-03-13||Mumbaiâ€™s world class status hinges on Centreâ€™s|
Committed to transforming Mumbai into a world class city, the Democratic Front government has submitted three major projects worth Rs11,000 crore for the Centre's approval. The government has sought Rs1,000 crore advance grant to implement these projects, stated Governor S M Krishna in his joint address to both the houses of legislature on Monday.
Minister of State for Urban Development Rajesh Tope moved the ordinance in the Legislative Assembly, which seeks to regularise the unauthorised developments in Ulhasnagar in respect of margins and setbacks, covered projections, change of use, height of buildings and parking deficiency.
|2006-03-11||Beginning May, more power cuts for Thane|
From last August, areas like Thane, Dombivli, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Kalwa, Mumbra and Diwa have been facing daily power cuts for two to six hours.
But Anil Khaparde, in-charge of the MSEB's Bhandup division, said: We are anticipating more electricity from Dabhol, 750 MW in June and 2,100 MW in December. Till then, the consumers will have to stick to the present load-shedding plan, if not do more.
|2006-03-11||Power crisis:Beat the heat, Kalyan school buy genr|
FOR Head mistress Sr Alphonsa, the countdown has begun.
After six months of five-hour power cuts every day and one month of negotiating with the parents of 3,000-odd students, Holy Cross Convent School, Kalyan, will finally get diesel generators to light up their premises in 12 days.
|2006-03-10||Train runs over CHM student|
Ketal Shah (22), an SYBA student from Dombivli, was crossing the tracks at Dombivli station yesterday, when she was run over by a train. Shah was on her way to write an exam.
A student of Chandibai College, Ulhasnagar, Shah decided not to use the foot overbridge and descended to the tracks instead.
In the dense fog, she didn't see the approaching 6.57 am Karjat-CST local.
Her body was handed over to her parents after a post mortem at Rukmini Hospital, Kalyan.
|2006-03-07||IT exam,HSC board wants colleges to get generators|
There will be no rescheduling of exams on account of power supply failure on an en masse basis.
In the wake of daily load-shedding in satellite towns, that's the message the Maharashtra Board for Higher Secondary Education has sent to various colleges preparing to conduct the online IT examination for HSC students next week.
|2006-03-07||Battle for cityâ€™s lungs & labour|
The Maharashtra government had pulled all stops to protect the people of Ulhasnagar's illegal buildings by enacting a law protecting them. We want the government to do the same to protect the city from losing its open spaces. The courts have given their verdict, now it is the time for the legislature to act in the interest of the citizens.
|2006-03-06|| Demolitions: Govt shares members' concern|
To Malhotra's suggestion that the Centre come up with an ordinance like the one brought out by the Maharashtra government to stop demolitions at Ulhasnagar, the Minister said the analogy does not apply to Delhi as those affected in Ulhasnagar were refugees who came to India after partition.
|2006-03-05||Khao, peeyo, khisko|
A workshop by the All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG) on March 2 on new thinking in urbanisation with a special reference to urban management and good governance saw municipal corporations from across the state with an exceptionally large representation from the UMC (Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation).
The UMC corporators primarily attended a niche seminar on spatial development planning, and while the need for learning spatial development is understandable given the current scenario in Ulhasnagar, whats ironic is that everybody in attendance left post lunch except a lone town planner from UMC, who sat through the day.