|2012-03-28||Govt scraps octroi in Ulhasnagar|
ULHASNAGAR: The Maharashtra government has decided to abolish octroi in Ulhasnagar from March 31; it will be replaced by a local body tax (LBT) from April 1.
Traders are happy with the abolition but instead of the LBT system, prefer the Gujarat pattern.
The government plans to do away with octroi in all D class municipal bodies in a phased manner.
Traders here have often protested against octroi, alleging harassment by Konark Infrastructure, which has been collecting octroi on behalf of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation for four years.
Prakash Bajaj, president, Ulhasnagar Mobile Association, said, "For many years, the contract has been going to a contractor who has been harassing our traders. We do not have any idea about the LBT system."
Vijay Mulchandani, a trader, said, "We can now bring in goods from Mumbai and other places without having to worry about being harassed by octroi agents."
Naresh Durgani, president, Federation of Sindhunagar Vyapari Association, said, "We are happy with government decision to abolish octroi, but we will protest if it starts the LBT system. We prefer the Gujarat pattern, where the local body charges one percent of the goods."
Ulhasnagar, a business hub in the state, has in the last few years seen many small-scale industries shift to Gujarat to escape octroi. Traders said those industries will return with the abolition of octroi.
|2012-03-26||Reliance Digital opens two more stores in Mumbai|
Reliance Digital, the consumer electronics and durables arm of Reliance Retail, has opened two more stores in Mumbai at Sarvodaya Mall, Kalyan (West) and Maharaja Hall, Ulhasnagar (West) taking the store count to seven in the city. Spread over 13,000 sq.ft. and 12,500 sq.ft. respectively, the Kalyan and Ulhasnagar outlets offer over 4,000 products including over 200 international and national brands of LED and LCD TVs, home theatre systems, digital cameras, mobile phones, IT and accessories, and Apple products.
Speaking on the occasion, Brian Bade, CEO, Reliance Digital, said: “Keeping in mind the overwhelming response from our existing stores in Lokhandwala, Santacruz, Vashi, Kurla and Thane, we are steadily increasing our stores in the city and are delighted to extend our services and offer our range of products to the residents of Kalyan and Ulhasnagar.”
Reliance Digital has experience zones (for home theatres, televisions, home and car music systems) to familiarise customers with the product. Reliance Retail Limited (RRL), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, opened its first retail store in November 2006.
|2012-03-01||Twenty film stars sign up to protest baby sellers|
Twenty film stars sign up to protest baby sellers' bail
After actor Suniel Shetty took the initiative to kick off a signature campaign to bring to justice the four accused in the child-selling racket in Ulhasnagar exposed by MiD DAY's sting operation, 20 film personalities, from his Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) team Mumbai Heroes, have come forward to endorse the cause. The Bollywood stars include Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Aftab Shivdasani, Kunal Khemu and Sonu Sood. Shetty confirmed their participation. "I have got confirmation of support from all the 20 members of Mumbai Heroes team. I am in Karnataka, and hope to get some stars from the state involved next," he said.
MiD DAY had yesterday reported that Shetty, upset that the accused in the child trafficking racket had been let off on a bail of Rs 1,500, pledged his support to bring them to book.
The accused were booked after MiD DAY conducted a sting operation in which two of our undercover reporters managed to 'buy' a 6-day-old male child within seven days, bypassing legal procedures attached with adoption. Mastermind Vijaya Sonawne, her associate, Ratna Ubale, and the baby's parents were booked under bailable sections. Their bail had generated considerable public outrage.