Ulhasnagar Sindhunagar City News, Events - March-2016
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2016-03-31Each Thaneite gets 145 litre per day, much lesser than Mumbai - Times of India
Each Thaneite gets 145 litre per day, much lesser than Mumbai Mar 31, 2016, 22:16 IST Thane: The civic administration's near-zero planning and capacity building for storage and conservation of water has deepened the crisis for the 20-lakh plus denizens who are left with dry taps for three days a week and receive least water as compared to the neighbouring cities of Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar activists said. An average resident from Thane receives barely 145 litres of water to meet all his daily requirements, which is far less compared to the metros in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (See Box). In comparison, Mumbai and even the Ulhasnagar corporations have adequate water supplied even though almost all corporations in the MMR have been facing water cuts. The New-Delhi based Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organization mandates that every urban city must supply around 135litres daily for every person. While the volume supplied to Thane presently is just enough to suffice the mandated requirements, activists and residents here complain of much lesser volume of waters being supplied. Areas in Diva and Mumbra do not get a single drop of water for over three days every week let alone talks of getting the desired volume specified by the CPHEEO. The MIDC officials recently admitted before the state water resources minister that nearly 35% of its water is lost due to pilferages. "The administration should have upgraded its capacity and system in time. The state had approved the Shai dam for Thane, but the ruling parties failed to study the future needs of the city and delayed talking a decision resulting in this crisis situation now," said Sanjay Bhoir, NCP corporator. When contacted, civic officials said they are working towards meeting the rising demands by digging bore wells and cleaning wells.
2016-03-31BJP to ponder alliance with Shiv Sena at Nashik meet - Hindustan Times
BJP to ponder alliance with Shiv Sena at Nashik meet Opinion is split within the BJP on whether it can afford to go solo in the 2017 civic polls in a city like Mumbai MUMBAI Updated: Apr 01, 2016 00:34 IST To stay friends with the Shiv Sena or to ditch its ally ahead of the 2017 civic elections, dubbed as the mini Assembly polls, is the big question before the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as it heads for its state executive meeting over two days from April 2 to 4 at Nashik. Officially the state executive is to place on record and pass fresh tenure for state party president, Raosaheb Danve, but party sources said that next year’s elections to nine civic corporations, 15 municipal councils, 29 zila parishads and the party’s preparations for these will be the focus at the meet. While the elections to the richest civic body, Mumbai, is crucial, eight other cities — Pune, Thane, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Nagpur, Solapur, Amravati — will also be going to the polls next year, determining the mandate of the people in the urban areas of the state. The subtext at the meeting will be uneasy alliance with the Shiv Sena in the light of the latter hardening its stance against its ally again, over a wide range of issues from Ganesh Pandey sexual harassment case to Uttarakhand politics. In Pune and Nashik, preliminary indications are that the parties will fight these civic polls separately.“Sena’s calculation is that there is anti-incumbency against us and they stand to gain from this. That’s the reason they have hardened their stance against us even as the state legislature is in session. It is also preparing the ground for the 2017 polls. We will also have to do the same. The way things are going, it looks difficult for us to contest these elections together,” said a senior party functionary. The opinion is split within the BJP on whether it can afford to go solo in a city like Mumbai, where Sena continues to hold sway. “My opinion is that going solo may not work in our advantage in Mumbai though we should work for a better seat-sharing formula like a 60:40 if not a straight 50:50,” said a senior BJP minister. He, however, added that the crux at the state executive would be to ensure that party organisation works in tandem with the government to reach out to as many people as possible. “We need to present our government’s decisions in a better way and not lose out on the battle of perception. Here the role of the party organisation will be crucial,” he added. The worry for the BJP is also whether the government can withstand such a split ahead of the crucial BMC polls, as it will lead to bitter campaigning where allies will take roles as main opponents. After all, if a split ahead of the civic polls leads to fall of the government, it may not be worth the gamble.
BJP to ponder alliance with Shiv Sena at Nashik meet - Hindustan Times
2016-03-30State to probe if Juhu hotel wasted water during Holi celebrations - Hindustan Times
State to probe if Juhu hotel wasted water during Holi celebrations During a debate on a calling-attention motion on the water supply to Mira Bhayandar and other suburbs in Thane and Palghar district, Shiv Sena MLA from Thane Pratap Sarnaik said the hotel had violated the norms and neglected the government appeal to celebrate a dry Holi this year MUMBAI Updated: Mar 31, 2016 00:08 IST The state government has announced a probe into the Holi celebration at a five-star hotel in Juhu last week, where around 30 tankers of water was allegedly wasted. During a debate on a calling-attention motion on the water supply to Mira Bhayandar and other suburbs in Thane and Palghar district, Shiv Sena MLA from Thane Pratap Sarnaik said the hotel had violated the norms and neglected the government appeal to celebrate a dry Holi this year. “I have the video clippings of the Holi celebration at the hotel to show the massive wastage of water to celebrate Holi. Many filmstars had participated in the celebration. The government needs to initiate action against the hotel for wastage of water at a time when several districts of the state are facing acute drought,” he said.In response to the allegation, Ranjit Patil, minister of state for urban development, said the government will order the police to initiate a probe. He said the allegations were serious and if the hotel management was found guilty of violation of government diktat, action would be taken against it. Legisators had raised the issue of shortage of the water in Mira-Bhayandar and Ulhasnagar in the Assembly on Wednesday. Sarnaik and BJP MLA Narendra Mehta said while other cities like Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane are supplied with sufficient water, the two cities were facing acute shortage of water. They also questioned the delay in completing the Shahi and Kalu dam projects. The minister said the completion of dams is likely to take more time as they are struck in litigation. He also revealed startling figures on leakages and illegal connections in Thane district. “We have always tried to supply additional water stock to Mira-Bhayandar, but the leakages and illegal supply are a problem. Only 4% of the commercial connections are metered, while the leakage percentage in Thane is 40%, much above the permissible limit of 15%. Civic bodies need to strictly implement the water audit norms,” he said.
State to probe if Juhu hotel wasted water during Holi celebrations - Hindustan Times
2016-03-29Businessman held with fake visa at airport - Times of India
Businessman held with fake visa at airport Mar 30, 2016, 04:18 IST Pune: The Airport police arrested a 50-year-old businessman from Ulhasnagar on late Sunday evening for attempting to fly to Dubai on a fake visa. The cops have booked an Ulhasnagar-based travel agent for issuing the visa to him. The suspect, Rajesh Nanuram Sarangi, went to Lohegaon airport around 7.30 pm and showed his documents to the immigration staff. "The immigration officers realized he had a fake visa. Intelligence Bureau and immigration officers checked the list of persons to whom visas were issued. Sarangi's name did not feature in the list," said senior inspector Sanjay Kurundkar. Immigration officer Maheshwar Rai of Vimannagar lodged a complaint against Sarangi. Kurundkar said that Sarangi travels to Dubai frequently, at times six or seven times in a month. "He told us that he had taken the visa from a travel agency in Ulhasnagar. We have booked the travel agent as well. Our investigation is on," said Kurundkar.Sarangi may have forged the visa issued to him earlier by changing dates. Sarangi usually carries ladies garments to Dubai and returns with electronic goods, which he later distributes in different cities of India, said Kurundkar.
2016-03-2951-yr-old goods smuggler nabbed by airport police - Pune Mirror
51-yr-old goods smuggler nabbed by airport policePune Mirror | Mar 30, 2016, 02.30 AM ISTTweetShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsTweetShare MoreEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeURL copied to clipboardGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesAccused has been remanded in police custody by magistrate court A 51-year-old agent, who used to smuggle goods between India and Dubai, has been arrested by airport police officials. According to the cops, the accused is part of a bigger racket. The perpetrator has been identified as Rajesh Nanuram Sirangi, a resident of Ulhasnagar in Thane district. His accomplice Kishorbhai working at Alfa Travel Agency in Thane, who helped him to make the bogus visa, is yet to be arrested. Police said Sirangi travelled two to three times every month, transporting the goods. On Sunday evening, he was supposed to travel to Dubai on a SpiceJet flight with garments that he would sell there. However, sleuths from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) caught him after his visa turned out to be fake. Later, he was handed over to the Airport police station. Senior police inspector Sanjay Kurundkar, in-charge of Airport police station, told Mirror, "We have arrested him for offences under sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery), 471(using forged document as genuine) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Investigations have revealed that he got the forged visa from his accomplice, Kishorebhai." "The accused sent goods in demand in Dubai, such as clothes and brought back electronic items that are in demand here. He has been travelling between the two countries for the past two years and used to earn nearly Rs 50,000 per month." Sirangi was produced before a magistrate's court on Monday and remanded in police custody till March 31. Police sub-inspector Wagh is investigating the case further. You Might Also LikeRecommended By Colombia From around the webMore from Pune MirrorRecommended By Colombia
2016-03-2923-year-old dies on tracks, jewelry and two phones stolen - Daily News & Analysis
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23-year-old dies on tracks, jewelry and two phones stolen - Daily News & Analysis
2016-03-27NGO for kids in record books for third time in four years - The Hindu
NGO for kids in record books for third time in four years MUMBAI:, MARCH 27, 2016 00:00 IST UPDATED: MARCH 27, 2016 05:43 IST City-based NGO Umang Foundation is in the Limca Book of World Records for the third time in four years for distributing stationery to the maximum number of underprivileged children in a single day. The NGO, founded in July 2008 by Ashish Goyal and two of his friends, has hundreds of volunteers across the state now, but the beginning was tough seven years ago. At the time, Mr Goyal had already been involved in social work for two years, having turned his back on a well-paying job offer in the US to work at his uncle’s eye hospital in Mulund where free check-ups and treatment camps for the needy were regularly held. Umang Foundation’s volunteers come from all walks of life including IT, finance, managament and medicine and use their respective skill sets to work towards education for underprivileged children. “In 2008, we visited several slums and schools in Ulhasnagar, Kalyan and other areas in their vicinity. The common problem that we identified there was a high dropout rate among school students. We found there were two basic causes behind this, the first being migration of families and the second being unavailability of resources like notebooks and stationery. We decided to devote our energy to addressing the second reason,” says Mr Goyal. Umang members started gathering volunteers and resources, meeting school teachers in several areas and understood the basic requirements of students. After raising enough funds, they approached stationery manufacturers and struck deals with them. Finally, on June 25, 2012 Umang held its first stationery distribution event in Ulhasnagar. The event surpassed their wildest expectations, as 192 volunteers distributed a stationery kit each to 9,125 students from 31 schools in Thane district, studying in KG to Class X, in a single day. The feat earned Umang its first entry in the Limca Book of World Records for 2012. “The experience is personally satisfying as these efforts have ensured a reduction in the dropout rate among students at the bottom of the social pyramid. The smiles that we see each year keep us going,” Mr Goyal added.
2016-03-27Signal goof-up directs train to yard instead of Kalyan station - Times of India
Signal goof-up directs train to yard instead of Kalyan station Updated: Mar 28, 2016, 09:40 IST MUMBAI/KALYAN: A rare signalling goof-up resulted in a CST-bound train to head towards the yard, instead of Kalyan station on Sunday afternoon, causing panic among hundreds of commuters. By the time the motorman realized something was amiss and applied the brakes, four to five coaches were already on the yard line. A railway official said that the signalling department instead of giving direction to a goods train to enter the yard, gave the signal to the local train, which caused the confusion. He added that they have alerted their higher-ups about the incident, who will decide on the action. Central Railway has ordered an inquiry into the incident. The 12.51pm Karjat-CST fast train halts on either platform number 5, 6, or 7 at Kalyan station and departs after two minutes. On Sunday, the train got the signal to head towards the yard, instead of the platform. As the train moved some distance on the yard line, motorman S V Tengale applied the brakes as he felt the train was given the signal to move on the wrong tracks. Tengale alerted the railway authorities, who direct him to reverse the train and enter platform number 7. On noticing the train moving in the wrong direction, commuters panicked and a few even jumped on to the tracks and walked towards Kalyan station, around 1km away. GRP and RPF personnel rushed to the spot to pacify commuters that it was a signalling goof-up."I travel to CST for work and train delays are a regular occurrence on Central Railway," complained Ulhasnagar resident Jayesh Sadhwani. "When the train went in the wrong direction, many commuters panicked; it was a really bad experience." A few upset commuters raised slogans against the railways for the negligence. After a 45-minute delay, the train finally left for CST at 1.38pm.
2016-03-25पाण्याच्या पिंपाना वाढती मागणी
पाण्याच्या पिंपाना वाढती मागणी Updated: Mar 26, 2016, 12:03AM IST राज्यासह संपूर्ण जिल्ह्यात आणि उपनगरांत भीषण पाणी टंचाईचा सामना करावा लागत असल्याने पाणी कपात लागू करण्यात आली आहे. त्यामुळे पाणी येईल तेव्हा अधिकाअधिक पाणी साठवण्याचा प्रयत्न नागरिक करत आहेत. त्यामुळे बाजारातील पाणी साठवण्याच्या पिंपांची मागणी मोठ्या प्रामाणात वाढली असून त्यांच्या किंमतीतही वाढ झाली आहे. उल्हासनगर शहरात पाण्याची भीषण समस्या उद्भवली आहे. लोकसंख्येच्या तुलनेत अपुरा पाणी पुरवठा, त्यातही पाणी चोरी, अनियमित पाण्याचे वाटप आणि आठवड्यात लागू केलेली पाणी कपात यांमुळे पाण्यासाठी नागरिकांना वणवण फिरावे लागत आहे. या पार्श्वभूमीवर, पाणी साठवण्याच्या पिंपांना बाजारातून मागणी प्रचंड वाढली आहे. यात स्टील, प्लास्टिकच्या पिंपाना मागणी आहे. सव्वातीनशे लिटरच्या पाण्याच्या टाक्यांची किंमत १५०० ते १७०० तर ५०० लिटरच्या टाक्यांची किंमत २३०० ते ३ हजार रुपयांपर्यंत आहे. या पिंपांच्या दरात पाच ते सहा टक्क्यांनी वाढ झाली आहे. शहरातील बाजारात पाणी साठवण्याच्या पिंपांची मागणी ३०ते ४० टक्क्यांनी वाढल्याचे दिसत आहे. परिणामी, पिंपांच्या किंमतीतही वाढ झाली आहे. पाणी कपातीमुळे पिंपविक्रेत्यांचा व्यवसाय तेजीत असला, तरी सामान्य नागरिकांना मात्र त्याची झळ सहन करावी लागत आहे.
पाण्याच्या पिंपाना वाढती मागणी
2016-03-24उल्हासनगरमध्ये अखेर बससेवा
उल्हासनगरमध्ये अखेर बससेवा Updated: Mar 25, 2016, 12:59AM IST उल्हासनगर महापालिका आणि परिवहन ठेकेदार यांच्यातील वादामुळे दोन वर्षांपासून शहरातील परिवहन सेवा बंद पडली असतानाच, अखेर पालिकेने १० बसगाड्यांच्या खरेदीसाठी दीड कोटी रुपयांची तरतूद करत परिवहन सेवा पुन्हा सुरू करण्याचा निर्णय महासभेत घेतला आहे. उल्हासनगर महापालिका क्षेत्रात २०१० साली पालिकेने केस्ट्रल कंपनीला बीओटी तत्त्वावर २५ बसेसची सेवा सुरू करण्यास परवानगी दिली. मात्र काही काळातच पेट्रोल, देखभालीचा वाढीव खर्च आदी कारणांवरून पालिकेशी वाद झाल्याने ठेकेदाराने बससेवा बंद केली. हे प्रकरण दोन वर्षांपासून कोर्टात प्रलंबित आहे. मागील दोन वर्षांत परिवहन सेवेसाठी तीनदा निविदा काढूनही प्रतिसाद मिळाला नव्हता. तरीही परिवहन समितीच्या सदस्यांच्या मानधनाचा पांढरा हत्ती पालिका पोसत होती. अखेर पालिकेच्या नुकत्याच झालेल्या महासभेत निविदा न काढता शहरात दीड कोटी रुपयांच्या निधीतून टाटा मोटर्सकडून थेट १० बसगाड्या खरेदीच्या प्रस्तावाला मान्यता देण्यात आली आहे. पहिल्या टप्प्यात केवळ शहरांतर्गत ही बससेवा पुरवली जाणार आहे. त्यामुळे शहरातील परिवहन सेवेचा मार्ग मोकळा होणार असून प्रावाशांना दिलासा मिळणार असल्याचे बोलले जात आहे. महागड्या खासगी प्रवासामुळे नागरिकांना आर्थिक झळ बसत असल्याने ही सेवा सुरू करण्याचा निर्णय घेतला आहे, लवकरात लवकर ही बससेवा सुरू होईल, अशी माहिती उल्हासनगर महापालिकेचे आयुक्त मनोहर हिरे यांनी दिली.आणखी एक वर्ष लागणार? मात्र या बसखरेदीवर विरोधकांनी टीकास्त्र सोडले आहे. काही महिन्यांवर आलेल्या निवडणुकीच्या तोंडावर परिवहन सेवेचा निर्णय घेण्यात आला असून, प्रत्यक्ष बससेवा सुरू होण्यास वर्षभराहून अधिक कालावधी लागेल, अशी चर्चा सुरू आहे.
उल्हासनगरमध्ये अखेर बससेवा
2016-03-24Four held for man's murder - Times of India
Four held for man's murder Mar 24, 2016, 23:28 IST ULHASNAGAR: A 22 year old man who became enraged that his ex-girlfriend had found new boyfriend, killed her boyfriend with his four friends in Ulhasnagar on Thursday evening. Following to the incident, the Vithalwadi police have detained five people including main accused. The police sources said that five people killed victim Abhinesh Wasnik, after main accused learned that he is in love with his ex-girlfriend. The police said accused stop victim at busy road at Vithalwadi area in Ulhasnagar, where they attacked him with sharp weapon. However after incident police reached at spot and detained five suspected people. While news going to the press police was yet to registered the case.
2016-03-23Bombay HC raps Maharashtra govt for failing to provide safe public toilets for women - The Indian Express
Bombay HC raps Maharashtra govt for failing to provide safe public toilets for women When the matter came up for hearing Tuesday, a division bench expressed dissatisfaction with non-compliance of its order. Mumbai | Published: March 23, 2016 7:56 am The Bombay High Court Tuesday rapped municipal corporations and district councils across Maharashtra for failing to comply with directions of the court to provide clean and safe public toilets for women. The high court had on December 23, 2015, issued several guidelines to be implemented by all civic bodies and district councils across the state while observing that a woman has the right to have a safe and clean toilet at all convenient places which in a way impacts their right to live with dignity. The court, which was hearing a public interest litigation on the issue of lack of public toilet facilities for women in the state, had then asked the civic bodies to file compliance reports. When the matter came up for hearing Tuesday, a division bench of Justices A S Oka and Revati Mohite-Dere expressed dissatisfaction with non-compliance of its order. “There has only been partial compliance despite sufficient time granted to the corporations to take steps to comply with the directions of this court,” the court said. The bench directed all municipal corporations to file their affidavits and be represented on the next date of hearing on April 22. “The affidavits must record the outer limit by when the corporations will comply with our directions. If we find failure on part of the civic bodies to take concrete steps, then it will be viewed seriously and appropriate action will be taken,” the bench said. The court noted that Ulhasnagar municipal corporation, instead of constructing new toilets, was demolishing the existing ones. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) in its compliance report said it has formed a committee which hasformulated a scheme to provide adequate number of toilets for women. “Budgetary provision of Rs 5 crore has been made forthe year 2016-17 to procure e-toilets. 90 toilets have been set up in the last one year and permissions to install 48 morehas been sought,” the report said. In its December order, the high court had directed all civic bodies to formulate a comprehensive scheme for construction of toilets for women on streets. It had said the scheme shall identify spots on all major and arterial roads for construction of toilets and also include its management and maintenance. The toilets should have regular supply of electricity and water and adequate security.
Bombay HC raps Maharashtra govt for failing to provide safe public toilets for women - The Indian Express
2016-03-22HC raps govt for failing to comply with direction on toilets - Business Standard
HC raps govt for failing to comply with direction on toilets Mumbai Last Updated at March 22, 2016 19:07 IST The Bombay High Court today rapped municipal corporations and district councils across Maharashtra for failing to comply with directions of the court to provide clean and safe public toilets for women. The high court had on December 23, 2015, issued several guidelines to be implemented by all civic bodies and district councils across the state while observing that a woman has the right to have a safe and clean toilet at all convenient places which in a way impacts their right to live with dignity. The court, which was hearing a public interest litigation on the issue of lack of public toilet facilities for women in the state, had then asked the civic bodies to file compliance reports. When the matter came up for hearing today, a division bench of Justices A S Oka and Revati Mohite-Dere expressed dissatisfaction with non-compliance of its order. "There has only been partial compliance despite sufficient time granted to the corporations to take steps to comply with the directions of this court," the court said. The bench directed all municipal corporations to file their affidavits and be represented on the next date of hearing on April 22. "The affidavits must record the outer limit by when the corporations will comply with our directions. If we find failure on part of the civic bodies to take concrete steps, then it will be viewed seriously and appropriate action will be taken," the bench said. The court noted that Ulhasnagar municipal corporation, instead of constructing new toilets, was demolishing the existing ones. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) in its compliance report said it has formed a committee which has formulated a scheme to provide adequate number of toilets for women. "Budgetary provision of Rs 5 crore has been made for the year 2016-17 to procure e-toilets. 90 toilets have been set up in the last one year and permissions to install 48 more has been sought," the report said. In its December order, the high court had directed all civic bodies to formulate a comprehensive scheme for construction of toilets for women on streets. It had said the scheme shall identify spots on all major and arterial roads for construction of toilets and also include its management and maintenance. The toilets should have regular supply of electricity and water and adequate security.
2016-03-22Free Wi-Fi for all police stations in Thane Commissionerate - Business Standard
Free Wi-Fi for all police stations in Thane Commissionerate Mumbai Last Updated at March 22, 2016 18:03 IST In a bid to strengthen its workforce, Maharashtra Police has decided to empower all police stations of Thane Commissionerate with free Wi-Fi Internet facility. The decision was taken after Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd, a broadband and gaming service provider company approached senior police officers in Thane and offered its free Wi-Fi Internet service at all police stations, said Ashutosh Dumbre, Joint Commissioner of Police of Thane Commissionerate today. Explaining the need to get connected through internet, Dumbre told PTI, "Its extremely important to get connected with tools of technology at all the time and hence free W-Fi facility to our workforce would work as an added advantage." We will launched this facility in two phases. In first phase, we are connecting our headquarters with free Wi-Fi facility and in second phase, we would be connecting rest of the 33 police stations across the Thane commissionerate stretching to Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi etc, Dumbre said. Joister has already launched its service at 525 locations catering free Internet to over 2.50 lakh registered users across Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Navi Mumbai cities. Earlier, Director General of Police, Pravin Dixit himself inaugurated the Free Wi-Fi service at the Thane Commissionarate office on Saturday and said by using the advanced technology, we can conquer increasing crime. Police Commissioner of Thane, Parambir Singh, joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dhumbre, DCP Parag Manere were among the others present at the occasion. Terming this move to provide free internet connection through Wi-Fi facility, a senior officer of the Thane Police said, "There are 9000 police personnel in Thane district besides over 6000 police-mitras. Hence 15,000 people directly concerned with policing job can avail this facility free of cost, which would subsequently ease our work." Thanking Thane police, Chairman and Managing Director of the Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd. Nikunj Kampani said, "Its all about empowering digital platform. No contracts, no hidden fees, and no fine print. We keep everything as simple and transparent as possible." "It is very important to eliminate the digital divide in the country, as total population of India is 126 crore out of which only 36 crore people are able to take advantage of Internet, but balance 90 crore people have never used Internet," Kampani said.
2016-03-22Free Wi-Fi for all police stations in Thane Commissionerate - Mumbai Mirror
FREE WI-FI FOR ALL POLICE STATIONS IN THANE COMMISSIONERATE Updated: Mar 22, 2016, 08.23 PM IST In a bid to strengthen its workforce, Maharashtra Police has decided to empower all police stations of Thane Commissionerate with free Wi-Fi Internet facility. The decision was taken after Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd, a broadband and gaming service provider company approached senior police officers in Thane and offered its free Wi-Fi Internet service at all police stations, said Ashutosh Dumbre, Joint Commissioner of Police of Thane Commissionerate today. Explaining the need to get connected through internet, Dumbre told PTI, "Its extremely important to get connected with tools of technology and hence free W-Fi facility to our workforce would work as an added advantage." The facility in two phases. In first phase, headquarters will get free Wi-Fi facility and in second phase, the remaining 33 police stations across the Thane commissionerate, including Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi, will get the facility. Joister has already launched its service at 525 locations providing free Internet to over 2.50 lakh registered users across Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Navi Mumbai cities. Commenting on this move to provide free internet connection through Wi-Fi facility, a senior officer of the Thane Police said, "There are 9,000 police personnel in Thane district besides over 6,000 police-mitras. Hence 15,000 people directly concerned with policing job can avail this facility free of cost, which would subsequently ease our work." Thanking Thane police, Chairman and Managing Director of the Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd. Nikunj Kampani said, "It is very important to eliminate the digital divide in the country, as total population of India is 126 crore out of which only 36 crore people are able to take advantage of Internet, but balance 90 crore people have never used Internet," Kampani said.
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2016-03-22Free Wi-Fi for all police stations in Thane Commissionerate - Times of India
Free Wi-Fi for all police stations in Thane Commissionerate Mar 22, 2016, 06.00 PM IST Mumbai, Mar 22 () In a bid to strengthen its workforce, Maharashtra Police has decided to empower all police stations of Thane Commissionerate with free Wi-Fi Internet facility. The decision was taken after Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd, a broadband and gaming service provider company approached senior police officers in Thane and offered its free Wi-Fi Internet service at all police stations, said Ashutosh Dumbre, Joint Commissioner of Police of Thane Commissionerate today. Explaining the need to get connected through internet, Dumbre told , "Its extremely important to get connected with tools of technology at all the time and hence free W-Fi facility to our workforce would work as an added advantage." We will launched this facility in two phases. In first phase, we are connecting our headquarters with free Wi-Fi facility and in second phase, we would be connecting rest of the 33 police stations across the Thane commissionerate stretching to Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi etc, Dumbre said. Joister has already launched its service at 525 locations catering free Internet to over 2.50 lakh registered users across Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Navi Mumbai cities. Earlier, Director General of Police, Pravin Dixit himself inaugurated the Free Wi-Fi service at the Thane Commissionarate office on Saturday and said by using the advanced technology, we can conquer increasing crime. Police Commissioner of Thane, Parambir Singh, joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dhumbre, DCP Parag Manere were among the others present at the occasion. Terming this move to provide free internet connection through Wi-Fi facility, a senior officer of the Thane Police said, "There are 9000 police personnel in Thane district besides over 6000 police-mitras. Hence 15,000 people directly concerned with policing job can avail this facility free of cost, which would subsequently ease our work." Thanking Thane police, Chairman and Managing Director of the Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd. Nikunj Kampani said, "Its all about empowering digital platform. No contracts, no hidden fees, and no fine print. We keep everything as simple and transparent as possible." "It is very important to eliminate the digital divide in the country, as total population of India is 126 crore out of which only 36 crore people are able to take advantage of Internet, but balance 90 crore people have never used Internet," Kampani said. APM DK DK
2016-03-21Residents protest for not getting water in Ulhasnagar - NYOOOZ
Residents protest for not getting water in Ulhasnagar TOI Mumbai Mon,21 Mar 2016 ULHASNAGAR: The residents on Monday night blocked Nehru chowck road in Ulhasnagar by sitting on road, protesting for not getting water in area. The protest led to heavy traffic jam on the road.The residents residing near Nehru chowck and Shiru area claimed that since last one month their area is hardly getting five minutes water in a week.Corporators Rekha Thakur and Rajesh Vadharia, both from NCP party, who also joined protest of citizens of their wards alleged that UMC has declared three days water cuts in a week in city but their area is hardly getting once water in a week that too for five minutes. Both alleged that UMC is providing proper water to area belongs to Shiv Sena and BJP corporators while their party's wards are deliberately being getting targeted. However after UMC Commissioner Manohar Hire personally visited the spot and assured citizens for giving proper water on time, the protest was called off. It is to recall that with dipping water levels in dams due to erratic rainfall last monsoon many parts of Thane districts like Kalyan- Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi is facing one of their worst water crises in the past few years.
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2016-03-21Residents protest for not getting water in Ulhasnagar - Times of India
Residents protest for not getting water in Ulhasnagar Updated: Mar 21, 2016, 22:40 IST ULHASNAGAR: The residents on Monday night blocked Nehru chowck road in Ulhasnagar by sitting on road, protesting for not getting water in area. The protest led to heavy traffic jam on the road. The residents residing near Nehru chowck and Shiru area claimed that since last one month their area is hardly getting five minutes water in a week.Corporators Rekha Thakur and Rajesh Vadharia, both from NCP party, who also joined protest of citizens of their wards alleged that UMC has declared three days water cuts in a week in city but their area is hardly getting once water in a week that too for five minutes. Both alleged that UMC is providing proper water to area belongs to Shiv Sena and BJP corporators while their party's wards are deliberately being getting targeted.However after UMC Commissioner Manohar Hire personally visited the spot and assured citizens for giving proper water on time, the protest was called off. It is to recall that with dipping water levels in dams due to erratic rainfall last monsoon many parts of Thane districts like Kalyan- Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi is facing one of their worst water crises in the past few years.
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2016-03-20Thane: Doctor arrested over illegal adoption procedure - Mid-Day
Thane: Doctor arrested over illegal adoption procedure By Faisal Tandel |Posted 20-Mar-2016 Child protection officers from Thane crime branch lay trap after hearing of Ulhasnagar doctor putting up a new-born girl up for adoption A 31-year-old doctor, who runs a hospital in Ulhasnagar, has been arrested by the Thane crime branch for selling a newborn. The child, Dr Rajkumar Sadashiv Jadhav told the police, had been born to an unmarried woman at his hospital. A case was registered against him at the Vitthalwadi police station and he was produced in court on Friday. He was later released on bail. The arrest was the result of a joint operation conducted by the Child Protection Unit, Thane, along with the anti-human trafficking cell of the Thane crime branch. Parmeshwar Dhasade, child protection officer, Thane district, said he received a tip-off on March 15, informing him that Jadhav, who owns Kreeti Hospital near SST College, was looking to put a newborn up for adoption without following government procedures. A team of three people was formed, with counsellor Kavita Dohipode posing as a mother looking to adopt a child, and child protection officers Praful Tayade and Pradeep Rahane posing as Dohipode’s relatives. "On March 15, Dohipode met Jadhav along with Tayade, and told him that she had been married for eight years and despite fertility treatments, was unable to conceive," said Dhasade. He added that Jadhav told Dohipode that the hospital had an eight-day-old child and that he was ready to cut an adoption deal with her. "Jadhav asked Dohipode, whether her husband earned a monthly salary of over R40,000 and sought documents including the Aadhaar card, PAN card and proof of residence. He further suggested that they go through a court procedure where she’d have to pay Rs 15,000," added Dhasade. Dhasade then approached Bharat Shelke, assistant commissioner of police, Thane crime branch, and the case was handed over to the anti-human trafficking cell. On March 16, a member of the team posed as Dohipode’s husband and met Jadhav. Jadhav told the ‘couple’ that if they went by government protocol, they would have to wait for four years to adopt the child. However, he would give them the baby within a day and all they needed to do was make an affidavit and submit it in court after which they’d get a birth certificate for the infant from the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation. Jadhav. On March 17, the ‘couple’ was handed the baby girl after submitting the documents. "The accused gave a letter stating the adoption on his letterhead. He also said he had a letter from the girl’s biological mother saying she had no objection to the adoption," added Dhasade. Shakeel Shaikh, senior police inspector, anti-human trafficking cell, said, "Our officers arrested the doctor and a case was registered under sections of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015." Kalyani Patil, assistant police inspector, anti-human trafficking cell, said, "The doctor said the child was delivered at the hospital by a 23-year-old Ghatkopar resident who didn’t want her. So, she gave her up for adoption." The authorities said he could have informed government authorities like the Child Welfare Committee and followed the norms. "But, as he undertook an illegal procedure, he has been booked," added Dhasade.
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2016-03-20बेकायदा दत्तकप्रकरणी डॉक्टर अटकेत
बेकायदा दत्तकप्रकरणी डॉक्टर अटकेत Updated: Mar 21, 2016, 12:01AM IST मुंबईतील एका अविवाहित जोडप्याच्या प्रेमप्रकरणातून जन्मलेल्या नवजात बाळाला बेकायदा दत्तक देण्याचा प्रयत्न उल्हासनगरातील एका खासगी क्लिनिकमध्ये होत असल्याची धक्कादायक बाब उघडकीस आली असून या प्रकरणी ठाणे बाल संरक्षक विभागाच्या पथकाने एका डॉक्टरला अटक केली आहे. उल्हासनगर येथील कॅम्प नंबर ४ परिसरातील एसएसटी कॉलेचसमोर असलेल्या कीर्ती क्लिनिकमध्ये मुंबईहून आलेल्या एका अविवाहित तरुणीने एका बालिकेला जन्म दिला होता. या क्लिनिकमधून बाळाला बेकायदा दत्तक देण्याचा प्रयत्न होत असल्याची माहिती ठाणे जिल्हा बाल संरक्षक विभागाचे प्रमुख परमेश्वर धसाडे यांना मिळाली होती. या प्रकरणाची खातरजमा करण्यासाठी त्यांनी आपल्या पथकातील कर्मचा-यांना क्लीनिकमध्ये बनावट जोडपे म्हणून पाठवले. आपल्याला कधीच अपत्य होणार नसल्याचे वैद्यकीय तपासणीत समोर आले असल्याचे या जोडप्याने कीर्ती क्लीनिकचे डॉ. राजकुमार जाधव यांना सांगितले होते. डॉक्टर जाधव यांनी आपल्या क्लिनिकमध्ये दाखल असलेल्या एका अविवाहित तरुणीच्या नवजात अर्भकाची माहिती देत ती तरुणी आपले शिशु दत्तक देण्यास तयार असल्याचे सांगितले. एखाद्या संस्थेकडून बाळ दत्तक घेण्यासाठी मोठा कालावधी लागतो, मी कायदेशीर कागदपत्रे तयार करून बाळाला तुमच्या ताब्यात देऊ शकतो, असे आश्वासन डॉ. जाधव यांनी त्यांना दिले. यासाठी आपण काहीही पैसे घेणार नसल्याचे डॉक्टरांनी त्यांना सांगितले. या प्रकरणी बाल संरक्षक विभाग आणि गुन्हे अन्वेषण विभागाच्या पथकाने डॉ. जाधव यांना बेकायदा बाळ दत्तक दिल्याबद्दल अटक केली. नंतर त्यांना जामीन मिळाला आहे. या घटनेत डॉ. जाधव यांनी केलेली दत्तक प्रक्रीया ही बाळाची काळजी आणि संरक्षण सुधारीत अधिनियम २०१५ तसेच केंद्रीय विधानान्वये केली नसल्याने त्यांच्यावर कारवाई केल्याचे बाल संरक्षक विभागाचे प्रमुख परमेश्वर धसाडे यांनी सांगितले.
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2016-03-20Jealousy root cause in crimes of passion: Experts - Times of India
Jealousy root cause in crimes of passion: Experts Mar 21, 2016, 01:12 IST THANE: He was her dream partner—dimpled, smart and witty. Rahul made Aditi feel absolutely special. But the MBA student from the lake city began to realize that Rahul had turned into a tormentor when he started threatening suicide if she ended their 2-year-old relationship. Rahul is the classic example of an obsessive loverwho would first resort to threats and then in a fit of rage commit a crime out of passion. In this case, Rahul was taken to a counsellor on time which stopped him from taking a foolish step. The recent case of a Rajasthan youth shooting at a 14-year-old Kalwa girl for distancing herself from him is another instance of a passion crime. The teenager, who survived the bullet injury, had rejected the youth's marriage proposal. "Jealous lovers feel that if a person is not mine then he/she can't be in a relationship with anyone else. We have found that 15-20% of people threaten the other person that they would harm themselves. It's a personality disorder where the person threatens to kill self or the other person," said Dr Shailesh Umate, psychiatrist at Institute for Psychological Health. In the past too, Thane has witnessed a number of such crimes. In one such incident, a 15-year-old girl from Ulhasnagar, Rinku Patil, was burnt alive in 1990 by her jilted lover in a classroom when she was appearing for her SSC exams. "Threatening makes the victim feel vulnerable and often they tend to agree to what the accused wants. People have this 'filmy' concept that everything is fair in love. But in the end when even the blackmailing does not work the person takes a harsh step because they feel helpless. According to them, they have tried everything to satisfy the person they loved," said Madhavi Kulkarni, counselor at Institute for Psychological Health. "Dejected lovers have no intention of making their love suffer after their death. This is why in may cases of acid attacks, the lover confesses that the intention was to just hurt the other and not kill," Kulkarni said. "The victim should not change their decision even if the opposite person claims to kill themselves; they should be firm and tell the boy/girl that killing is not the solution. When one falls for the threats, the blackmailer feels that by behaving in this way he/she can make their lover do whatever they want. They troubled lover also feels happy that they have been able to get attention by making the other person vulnerable," Dr Umate said.
2016-03-20बनावट फोनवरून पाच लाखांना चुना
बनावट फोनवरून पाच लाखांना चुना Updated: Mar 21, 2016, 01:00AM IST कॅनरा बँकेतून मॅनेजर बोलत असून तुमच्या खात्याची माहिती अद्ययावत करावयाची आहे, असे सांगत उल्हासनगर येथील एकाच घरातील आई आणि मुलाच्या खात्यातील पाच लाख रुपयांची रक्कम खात्यातून काढून फसवणूक केल्याची घटना समोर आली आहे. या प्रकरणी सायबर सेलकडे तक्रार दाखल करण्यात आली आहे. येथील कॅम्प नंबर ४ परिसरात राहणा-या सॅमसंग म्हंकाळे (२५) याच्या आईच्या मोबाइलवर ९ मार्चला कॅनरा बँकेतून मॅनेजर बोलत असल्याचे सांगत फोन आला होता. तुमच्या आणि तुझ्या आईच्या खात्याचे रिकन्सीलेशन करावयाचे असल्याचे सांगत या दोघांच्या बँक खात्याची माहिती, एटीएम कार्ड नंबर आदी माहिती घेण्यात आली. त्यानंतर सॅमसनच्या खात्यातून ५० हजार तर त्याच्या आईच्या खात्यातून साडेचार लाख रुपयांची रक्कम काढण्यात आली. आपली फसवणूक झाल्याचे लक्षात येताच सॅमसनने ने विठ्ठलवाडी पोलिस स्टेशनच्या सायबर सेलकडे तक्रार केली. त्याने या प्राकरणी बँकेवरही संशय व्यक्त करत बँकेवरही कारवाई करण्याची मागणी केली आहे.ईमेल वा फोनवर आपल्या खात्याची तसेच एटीएम कार्डाची माहिती न देण्याची सूचना बँका करत असतानाही, नागरिकांना फसवण्याचे प्रकार वाढत असल्याने याबाबत चिंता व्यक्त होत आहे.
2016-03-19Don't cop out of protecting your own kind: Police kids - Mid-Day
Don't cop out of protecting your own kind: Police kids By Saurabh Vaktania |Posted 19-Mar-2016 1,000 students band together to decry harassment of lower rank personnel, lack of proper amenities The children will restore their parents' dignity. Taking up the fight against the harassment of lower rung police personnel and the lack of proper amenities for them, over 1,000 students have joined hands to form the Maharashtra Police Boys Sanghathana. Siddhant Bagul (right), a 21-year-old BPharm student and member of the group, with constable Pramod Patil's wife, Yashashree, and their four-year-old daughter, who have been on a dharna at Azad Maidan since Wednesday, demanding an end to harassment within the police ranks. Pic/Bipin Kokate The group is the brainchild of Rahul Dubale (29) from Beed, who was spurred into action by the death of his father allegedly at the hands of goons of a political bigwig. The Maharashtra Police Boys Sanghathana, formed by Rahul Dubale (left), has taken up the cudgels on behalf of harried and harassed police personnel Dubale, a science graduate, said his father, an ASI, was assaulted when he tried to close down an illegal liquor shop. "One night, a politically influential person and his goons attacked him. My father was admitted to the civil hospital in a critical condition. Initially, no action was taken by the police. Four days after the attack, my father succumbed to the injuries. Only after I pursued the case were the accused arrested. The case is pending in court." Determined to end such browbeating and harassment, Dubale started making the rounds of police quarters to ask sons of police personnel to come together and form an organisation to fight for their parents' rights. The Maharashtra and the Mumbai police cannot form any group or union of their own. The students circulated messages on WhatsApp and found kindred spirits in Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar and Sangli. The group had recently taken to the streets when a 29-year-old woman constable from Thane was assaulted and abused by a Shiv Sena leader. It also protested the alleged attack by a political leader and the subsequent harassment of police constable Satish Sathe in Beed, driving him to commit suicide. It has now put its weight behind the indefinite hunger strike of constable Pramod Patil's wife, Yashashree, and their four-year-old daughter, who have been on a dharna at Azad Maidan since Wednesday, demanding an end to harassment within the police ranks. Siddhant Bagul, a 21-year-old BPharm student and member of the group, who went straight to Azad Maidan after finishing his examination on Friday, pointed out the dismal conditions in which lower rank police personnel live. "The quarters are a mess; they can collapse any time. The salaries are too low for a 16-hour duty. We want the working schedule to be fixed at 8 hours." Mangesh Bhusare, a resident of Ulhasnagar and BSc IT student, explained that women personnel suffer due to lack of separate toilets for them. Engineering student Prakash Sawant of Pune said the organisation has no plan of taking the law into its hands. "We will put forth our demands with peaceful protests. We want more and more people to join us." The students also want to change the negative image of the police among the public. The group's registration process as an organisation is underway, said Dubale.
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2016-03-18Maharashtra: Ragged in college, teen jumps from skywalk, survives - Daily News & Analysis
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Maharashtra: Ragged in college, teen jumps from skywalk, survives - Daily News & Analysis
2016-03-18Thane: Frustrated At Being Called Gay, Teen Jumps Off Skywalk - NDTV
Thane: Frustrated At Being Called Gay, Teen Jumps Off Skywalk Updated: March 18, 2016 13:47 IST MUMBAI : Frustrated at being called a 'baylya', Marathi slander for gay, a 17-year-old boy tried committing suicide by jumping off a 40-ft high skywalk in Ulhasnagar on Wednesday. Thankfully, Bhushan Bhimrao Mundokar survived the fall and only fractured his left arm. He is currently recuperating at the civic-run Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar. A student of FYJC (Commerce) at SST College in Ulhasnagar-4, Bhushan resides with his father, mother and elder brother at Hanuman Nagar in Ulhasnagar-2. The Mundokars had shifted from Akola to Ulhasnagar about five years ago. Speaking to mid-day, Bhushan said, "My classmates have been teasing me 'baylya' for the last two months, but I would ignore them. I rarely made friends thinking that even they would start mocking me. My college starts at 11.30 am and mostly ends by 3 pm, after which I return home. On Wednesday, I left home at 11 am as usual and took the skywalk to crossover to the eastside to take an auto for college. While walking on the skywalk, I suddenly remembered the insults I was being subjected to on a daily-basis. Though I contemplated on retaliation, I feared the backlash. In the past, they had ganged up and thrashed me. The next thing I remember after regaining consciousness is that I was on a hospital bed with a fractured arm." An aspiring CA, Bhushan added that he is scared to go back to the college and will miss out on a year as the final exam starts today because he won't be able to appear due to his injury. Parent speak Bhimrao, a plumber by profession, said it were the passersby who noticed Bhushan lying unconscious below the skywalk and rushed him to the hospital. "One of them managed to secure my elder son's number from Bhushan's phone and informed Ashish about the mishap. He then called and asked me to meet him at the hospital," he added. Doc speak Vijay Kalbande, additional civil surgeon, Central Hospital, said, "Besides treating him for a fractured arm, the boy is being counselled by experts. There is a possibility that he took the drastic step due to the ongoing emotional turmoil within him. Counselling programmes should become a part of our school and college syllabus, so that kids don't take extreme steps at a tender age." Different viewpoint Speaking to mid-day, JC Purswani, SST College principal, offered a different version of the incident. He said, "I personally visited the boy in the hospital. With the finals starting on Friday, the student and his parents were extremely tense. I told them to submit a medical certificate so that the boy can appear for exams during the next round." asked about the action he would be initiating against the boys Bhushan has accused of harassing him, Purswani said, "I personally feel that Bhushan was extremely nervous with the upcoming exams, as he hadn't prepared well. I have suggested his parents to visit the college once he recovers so that we could ascertain the exact reason behind him taking the drastic step."
Thane: Frustrated At Being Called Gay, Teen Jumps Off Skywalk - NDTV
2016-03-18Rly fails to plug basic holes to stop track deaths - Mumbai Mirror
Rly fails to plug basic holes to stop track deathsBy Iram SiddiqueIram Siddique, Mumbai Mirror | Mar 19, 2016, 12.00 AM ISTTweetShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsTweetShare MoreEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeURL copied to clipboardGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesDespite spending years and crores trying to combat trespassing, railways fails to do the basic needful of building walls along the tracks in the city to keep trespassers away from their deaths. Gaping holes, both in the execution of provisions undertaken to cut trespassing deaths and the boundaries around the railway tracks in the city, have ensured that years and crores spent trying to combat the menace of trespassing go to waste without yielding fruitful results. Despite the Government Railway Police (GRP) identifying vulnerable zones along the length of the tracks criss-crossing the city, the railways has not been able to carry out the task of building a continuous wall to keep out trespassers. According to the figures available with the GRP until February 2016, 214 trespassers died on Central Railway (CR) tracks and another 96 died on the Western Railway (WR) tracks. Kalyan, Kurla and Thane have been identified as the top three stations with the maximum number of deaths along the CR tracks. In a joint survey conducted by the GRP and the Zonal Railways, 15 locations were identified at Thane alone, which needed a awall varying from 2 meters to 10 meters in height. At Kalyan, 56 sites were identified where the trespasser-traffic was high. The GRP identified two spots between Kopar and Diva where they recommended the construction of a pavement along the tracks for the commuters to walk. "The idea of a pavement along the tracks is to enable people to walk on these pavements from the adjoining village as the culprits of trespassing are not only railways commuters but also those living nearby," a GRP official said. The GRP has also proposed the construction of a 50-meter-long wall between Balwadi and Ulhasnagar at two separate locations where there is heavy trespassing. There is also a need to construct boundary walls between Shahad and Ambivali, and between Kalyan and Shahad. Commissioner of GRP Madhukar Pandey said, "We have undertaken an in-depth study to analyse the data from the past five years on trespassing in order to recommend precise infrastructural solutions to the administration." Along the WR route, nine spots have been identified at Bandra where the boundary wall has been broken. Another three locations between Bandra and Santacruz were also identified. Borivali requires fencing at another seven locations. Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee Member Rajiv Singhal said, "The railways simply blames people for breaking the boundary walls. But over the years, they have not learnt that they simply need to construct an RCC wall of a considerable height. All they have to do is simply barricade it with a fence. They will spend crores of rupees on complicated projects but will not look at simpler solutions to combat the same." You Might Also LikeRecommended By Colombia From around the webMore from Mumbai MirrorRecommended By Colombia
2016-03-18'53% cut in TTC area, a threat to survival of 3.5K industrial units' - Times of India
‘53% cut in TTC area, a threat to survival of 3.5K industrial units’ Mar 19, 2016, 00:45 IST NAVI MUMBAI: Over 3,500 industrial units in Trans Thane Creek (TTC) industrial corridor have been complaining of severe water crisis lately. They are uncertain about their survival if the situation continues to remain the same. MIDC had said that it would impose only 33% cut during the three-day shut down per week. However, with last week's four-day cut due to ruptured pipelines, industries are feeling the pinch, and say that the cuts are more than 50%. Besides, the 33% cut, MIDC has also reduced supply by another 20% and bringing down pressure in the pipelines. It has now come to light that there is an overall 53% cut. MIDC has finally revealed that only 30 MLD is being supplied to the industries currently, agaunst the actual requirement of 50 MLD. Industrial unit owners have urged MIDC to supply water on parity with other areas for the survival of industries and to combat economic slowdown. Besides manufacturing, over 2.5 lakh industrial employees depend on MIDC water supply for manufacturing and drinking purposes. Industries are demanding more water to check cost escalation while arranging potable water for its workforce.R Seshan, CEO of Small Scale Entrepreneurs Association, said, "We were assured by MIDC of independent water source to run the industries and cater to the need of our workforce. But MIDC has diverted water amounting to 375 MLD to civic bodies of Thane, Navi Mumbai, Mira-Bhayandar, Kalyan-Dombivli and Ulhasnagar." Packaged water is unaffordable, as it adds to production cost. This had led to further slowdown, said Mukesh Gupta, an entrepreneur. Prakash Chavan, executive engineer of MIDC, admitted to the 53% cut, which was done in compliance with an irrigation department directive. "The supply has come down due to water extracting regulation at pumping stations in Shahad and Barvi. This will continue till further notice. We will plug pilferage spots to boost pressure," he added.
2016-03-18Thane: Frustrated at being called gay, teen jumps off skywalk - Mid-Day
Thane: Frustrated at being called gay, teen jumps off skywalk By Faisal Tandel |Posted 18-Mar-2016 Frustrated at being called a ‘baylya’, Marathi slander for gay, a 17-year-old boy tried committing suicide by jumping off a 40-ft high skywalk in Ulhasnagar on Wednesday. Also Read: Ukrainian man jumps to death at Mumbai airport Bhushan Mundokar recuperating at the civic-run Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar Thankfully, Bhushan Bhimrao Mundokar survived the fall and only fractured his left arm. He is currently recuperating at the civic-run Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar. A student of FYJC (Commerce) at SST College in Ulhasnagar-4, Bhushan resides with his father, mother and elder brother at Hanuman Nagar in Ulhasnagar-2. The Mundokars had shifted from Akola to Ulhasnagar about five years ago. Speaking to mid-day, Bhushan said, “My classmates have been teasing me ‘baylya’ for the last two months, but I would ignore them. I rarely made friends thinking that even they would start mocking me. My college starts at 11.30 am and mostly ends by 3 pm, after which I return home. On Wednesday, I left home at 11 am as usual and took the skywalk to crossover to the eastside to take an auto for college. While walking on the skywalk, I suddenly remembered the insults I was being subjected to on a daily-basis. Though I contemplated on retaliation, I feared the backlash. In the past, they had ganged up and thrashed me. The next thing I remember after regaining consciousness is that I was on a hospital bed with a fractured arm.” Read Story: Boy tells mother he is going to attend tuitions, jumps to death from terrace An aspiring CA, Bhushan added that he is scared to go back to the college and will miss out on a year as the final exam starts today because he won’t be able to appear due to his injury. Parent speakBhimrao, a plumber by profession, said it were the passersby who noticed Bhushan lying unconscious below the skywalk and rushed him to the hospital. “One of them managed to secure my elder son’s number from Bhushan’s phone and informed Ashish about the mishap. He then called and asked me to meet him at the hospital,” he added. Doc speakVijay Kalbande, additional civil surgeon, Central Hospital, said, “Besides treating him for a fractured arm, the boy is being counselled by experts. There is a possibility that he took the drastic step due to the ongoing emotional turmoil within him. Counselling programmes should become a part of our school and college syllabus, so that kids don’t take extreme steps at a tender age.” Different viewpointSpeaking to mid-day, JC Purswani, SST College principal, offered a different version of the incident. He said, “I personally visited the boy in the hospital. With the finals starting on Friday, the student and his parents were extremely tense. I told them to submit a medical certificate so that the boy can appear for exams during the next round.” When asked about the action he would be initiating against the boys Bhushan has accused of harassing him, Purswani said, “I personally feel that Bhushan was extremely nervous with the upcoming exams, as he hadn’t prepared well. I have suggested his parents to visit the college once he recovers so that we could ascertain the exact reason behind him taking the drastic step.”
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2016-03-17Drunken brawl turns ugly, hubby stabs wife | Latest News & Updates ... - Daily News & Analysis
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2016-03-16Holi water cuts for state theme parks and suburbs - Times of India
Holi water cuts for state theme parks and suburbs Updated: Mar 17, 2016, 00:04 IST MUMBAI: The state government has issued an advisory to municipal corporations facing acute water scarcity to curb supply to swimming pools and for Holi festivities. Collectors and civic commissioners of affected regions like Thane, Mira-Bhayander, Vasai-Virar, Ulhasnagar and Panvel have particularly been urged to avoid wastage for rain dances and large dousing tanks during the festival, which is on March 24. The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation and the Ulhasnagar one have even decided to cut water supply on Holi. KDMC, suffering from an acute water crisis, already enforces a three-day water cut every week. As for the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, it has asked housing societies and gymkhanas to stop using potable water for filling pools. The CM has appealed to people to observe a dry Holi, or use minimum water. In Mumbai, the BMC had already stopped supply to municipal swimming pools last August. Irrigation minister Girish Mahajan said on Wednesday, "The state has 25-30% water stock left in all dams. The Marathwada region has barely 8% water left. Nobody can be allowed to waste water for rain dances, theme parks or swimming pools. Every drop has to be saved." The minister was at a function on 'Water Awareness Week' held at Mantralaya. He said civic bodies have been ordered not to provide water tankers for rain dances. He also said that "when people in rural areas have to walk for several miles, water cannot be supplied to theme parks". The Thane Municipal Corporation has already announced that it will not supply water for rain dances, as has the Pune Municipal Corporation. The state government has declared over 16,000 villages as drought-hit. It has delegated powers to collectors to allow deepening of existing wells in rural areas as a measure to face the crisis. A senior BMC official said, "We stopped supplying water to civic swimming pools in Mumbai like Kalidas Swimming Pool in Mulund, Prabodhankar Thackeray swimming pool in Vile Parle and Arun Kumar Vaidya swimming pool in Chembur in the last week of August 2015 owing to an erratic monsoon. This has helped us cope with the water shortfall in the lakes."
2016-03-16Thane: Stray dog on the loose bites 20 in Ulhasnagar | Mumbai NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Thane: Stray dog on the loose bites 20 in Ulhasnagar Around 20 people, including four women and nine children, were admitted to the Ulhasnagar civic hospital on Monday after a stray dog bit them. The stray dog attacked the 20 people walking on different roads and footpath in the Ulhasnagar. Two of the victims, Khushi Jaiswal (3) and Suman More (29), were bit on the face. The spate of biting started on Monday afternoon and continued till the evening. The canine attacked 20 people, including seven men, four women, two boys and seven girls. Dr Jhanardhan Nimbore, Additional Civil Surgeon, central hospital Ulhasnagar said, Monday, since 2 pm, patients with dog bites started coming in the casualty ward; this continued till 8 pm. Around 20 such patients were reported. They suffered dog bites at different parts of the body including face, chest and leg. Most of the patients are Ulhasnagar residents, who were walking on the street or the footpath when they were attacked by the stray. “We gave anti-rabies serum to all the patients, so that the poison doesn't spread. After treatment, around 18 people were discharged on Monday night itself. They have been asked to come for further dosage after three days. They will later take subsequent shots after a week, 14 days, a month and three months, added Nimbore. Dog bites on the faceKhushi Jaiswal (3) and Suman More (29) suffered severe injuries and have been admitted in the civic hospital. “Most of them have been discharged; these two patients are here since they suffered dog bites on their face. If the dog bite is on the face or chest, chances of the poison spreading into the rest of the body are high. In such cases, we clean the bitten parts and give an anti-rabies injection.
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2016-03-16Thane: Stray dog on the loose bites 20 in Ulhasnagar - Mid-Day
Thane: Stray dog on the loose bites 20 in Ulhasnagar By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours Even after the dog caused serious injuries, officials have been unable to nab it Around 20 people, including four women and nine children, were admitted to the Ulhasnagar civic hospital on Monday after a stray dog bit them. The stray dog attacked the 20 people walking on different roads and footpath in the Ulhasnagar. Two of the victims, Khushi Jaiswal (3) and Suman More (29), were bit on the face The spate of biting started on Monday afternoon and continued till the evening. The canine attacked 20 people, including seven men, four women, two boys and seven girls. Dr Jhanardhan Nimbore, Additional Civil Surgeon, central hospital Ulhasnagar said, “On Monday, since 2 pm, patients with dog bites started coming in the casualty ward; this continued till 8 pm. Around 20 such patients were reported. They suffered dog bites at different parts of the body including face, chest and leg.” Most of the patients are Ulhasnagar residents, who were walking on the street or the footpath when they were attacked by the stray. “We gave anti-rabies serum to all the patients, so that the poison doesn’t spread. After treatment, around 18 people were discharged on Monday night itself. They have been asked to come for further dosage after three days. They will later take subsequent shots after a week, 14 days, a month and three months,” added Nimbore. Dog bites on the faceKhushi Jaiswal (3) and Suman More (29) suffered severe injuries and have been admitted in the civic hospital. “Most of them have been discharged; these two patients are here since they suffered dog bites on their face. If the dog bite is on the face or chest, chances of the poison spreading into the rest of the body are high. In such cases, we clean the bitten parts and give an anti-rabies injection in the adjoining area. We will do our best to treat them,” Nimbore said. Ulhasnagar residents are now scared to leave their kids alone and are not even allowing them go down stairs to play. MenaceNavneet Barhate, a social activist from Ulhasnagar, said, “People are scared because the dog has created a menace. The authorities are least bothered to catch the stray dog that has bitten so many people. They will wake up only after someone loses their life in such a case. The dog bite has become a serious issue and due to rabies, people are reported dead. A month ago, a 10-year-old died after a dog bit him. The authorities need to take some serious steps about the stray dogs harming the residents.”
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2016-03-16Bhujbal's arrest: Law doesn't mandate prior intimation, says Legislature Secretary - Mid-Day
Bhujbal's Arrest: Law Doesn't Mandate Prior Intimation, Says Legislature Secretary Mar 16, 2016, 08:33 IST The opposition NCP today contended in both the Houses of Maharashtra legislature that the Enforcement Directorate should have given prior intimation to the Assembly secretariat about the decision to arrest its senior leader Chhagan Bhujbal in a money laundering case Mumbai: The opposition NCP today contended in both the Houses of Maharashtra legislature that the Enforcement Directorate should have given prior intimation to the Assembly secretariat about the decision to arrest its senior leader Chhagan Bhujbal in a money laundering case.However, Legislature Secretary Anant Kalse said there was no such rule or legal precedent that the investigating agency must inform the legislature secretariat about imminent arrest of a sitting MLA or a MLC. "The investigating agencies, however, have to inform the legislature after the arrest of a member," he told reporters. As to disqualification, Kalse said only if a member is sentenced to not-less-than two years' imprisonment, his or her membership of the House stands terminated. In July 2013, the Supreme Court struck down section 8 (4) of the Representation of the People Act which allowed a legislator to file appeal and obtain stay to avoid disqualification upon conviction. Following the ruling, a member of Parliament or a state legislature stands disqualified from the date of conviction. Bhujbal was arrested in the Maharashtra Sadan scam last night. In the past, those who were convicted while being sitting members of Maharashtra legislature include Suresh alias Pappu Kalani, Babanrao Gholap (Shiv Sena), Suresh Halvankar (BJP) and Sudhir Parve (BJP). In May 2015, the apex court upheld Kalani's life sentence for the murder of a BJP worker in Ulhasnagar. Gholap was sentenced to two years in prison in a disproportionate assets case in March 2014. Halvankar, who was convicted in a power theft case, has obtained a stay from the Bombay High Court. Parve was sentenced to two years' jail term in April 2015 for assaulting a Zilla Parishad teacher.
2016-03-15Mumbai: Four-year-old drowns in building's water tank - Mid-Day
Mumbai: Four-year-old drowns in building's water tank By Faisal Tandel |Posted 15-Mar-2016 He had gone there with his parents for a pooja; he accidentally fell into the tank, which was kept open at the Bhiwandi building A four-year-old boy from Ulhasnagar drowned in the water tank of a residential building at Kongaon, Bhiwandi on Sunday. He had gone there to attend a pooja along with his parents. The police said the deceased was identified as Sachin Krishna Bansode, a resident of Ulhasnagar. The incident took place on Sunday at around 4pm when the boy was playing, and accidentally fell into the open water tank of the building. The boy had gone with his parents to the Shri Ganesh Kripa Apartment. “The family had gone to attend a Satyanarayan pooja at the residence of Nilesh Jadhav, who is a close friend of the boy’s father. Jadhav got married on February 15 and he arranged a pooja and invited his friends and relatives on Sunday. The parents were having lunch on the terrace of the building, while the kid was playing downstairs,” said Sanjay Bidgar, Police Sub Inspector, Kongaon police station. A 10-year-old alerted the parents and other residents of the building, who then started to search for him. “The boy was retrieved from the water tank and shifted to a private hospital. The doctors declared him dead stating the reason as drowning. The parents are not aware when he fell into the water tank. They feel that if they had found him earlier he could have been saved,” added Bidgar. The Kongaon police have registered an accidental death case and are investigating the matter. It was found that safety measures were not followed by the builder, who recently finished the construction. But the police say that the parents don’t want to complain against anyone. Avinash Vishwakarma, who owns a flat in the building, said, “The builder has not followed precautionary measures in the building. The police should register a case against him, as a four-year-old is dead because of him.”
2016-03-15Bhujbal's arrest: 'Law doesn't mandate prior intimation' - Business Standard
Bhujbal's arrest: 'Law doesn't mandate prior intimation' Mumbai Last Updated at March 15, 2016 22:32 IST The opposition NCP today contended in both the Houses of Maharashtra legislature that the Enforcement Directorate should have given prior intimation to the Assembly secretariat about the decision to arrest its senior leader Chhagan Bhujbal in a money laundering case. However, Legislature Secretary Anant Kalse said there was no such rule or legal precedent that the investigating agency must inform the legislature secretariat about imminent arrest of a sitting MLA or a MLC. "The investigating agencies, however, have to inform the legislature after the arrest of a member," he told reporters. As to disqualification, Kalse said only if a member is sentenced to not-less-than two years' imprisonment, his or her membership of the House stands terminated. In July 2013, the Supreme Court struck down section 8 (4) of the Representation of the People Act which allowed a legislator to file appeal and obtain stay to avoid disqualification upon conviction. Following the ruling, a member of Parliament or a state legislature stands disqualified from the date of conviction. Bhujbal was arrested in the Maharashtra Sadan scam last night. (REOPENS BES39) In the past, those who were convicted while being sitting members of Maharashtra legislature include Suresh alias Pappu Kalani, Babanrao Gholap (Shiv Sena), Suresh Halvankar (BJP) and Sudhir Parve (BJP). In May 2015, the apex court upheld Kalani's life sentence for the murder of a BJP worker in Ulhasnagar. Gholap was sentenced to two years in prison in a disproportionate assets case in March 2014. Halvankar, who was convicted in a power theft case, has obtained a stay from the Bombay High Court. Parve was sentenced to two years' jail term in April 2015 for assaulting a Zilla Parishad teacher.
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2016-03-15'No legislative precedent of intimation to Secretariat on impending ... - Free Press Journal
‘No legislative precedent of intimation to Secretariat on impending arrest of member’ Mar 16, 2016 01:47 am Mumbai : Legislature Secretary Anant Kalse has made it clear that there is no such legislative rule that mandates the investigating agency to inform the secretariat about impending arrest of any sitting member of the house. The investigating agencies, however, after the arrest of any member for any offence have to inform the legislature about the same. He also made it clear that if a member is convicted by any court of law for not less than two years, his membership stands terminated. NCP members in both the houses of the state legislature on Tuesday strongly contended that ED ought to have given prior intimation to the secretariat about their decision to arrest Bhujbal. They argued that Bhujbal was cooperating with the investigating agency in the probe and hence there was no need of his immediate arrest. However, Kalse said that though investigating agencies cannot enter the legislature premises to arrest any member, there are precedents where sitting member was arrested by investigating agency after he came out of the legislature premises. In July 2013 the Supreme Court of India in the Lily Thomas case had struck down section 8 (4) of the Representation of the Peoples Act, 1951 which allowed the member to go in appeal in higher court and obtain stay on the sentence of the lower court. Now, as per the SC ruling Member of Parliament or state legislature shall stand disqualified from his or her membership from the date of his conviction by a court of law, Kalse clarified. It must be noted here that Bhujbal is only arrested in the Money Laundering matter in the Maharashtra Sadan case. The ED arrested him under section 19(1) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. In the past prominent legislators who have been convicted for various offences include – Suresh alias Pappu Kalani (RPI-A, Ulhasnagar), Babanrao Gholap (Shiv Sena, Deolali), Suresh Jain (Shiv Sena, Jalgaon), Suresh Halvankar (BJP, Ichalkaranji), and Sudhir Parve (BJP, Umrer).
2016-03-13Illegal construction in Pune scare in regularization decision - ETRealty.com
Illegal construction in Pune scare in regularization decision Activists accused the government of playing populist politics at the cost of lives of citizens and encouraging unauthorized constructions March 13, 2016, 09:15 IST PUNE: The state government's decision to regularize illegal constructions drew severe criticism on Saturday. Activists accused the government of playing populist politics at the cost of lives of citizens and encouraging unauthorized constructions. They said the announcement to legalize illegal constructions up to December 31, 2015, would set a wrong precedent. "The government's decision is a mockery of the urban planning and a move to save and support builders and politicians having invested in illegal structures. This decision will have a long-term impact on planned urbanization. This is just the beginning. After every few years, the government will revise the deadline to regularize illegal constructions as it has been done about slums. This decision will lead to unprecedented boost to illegal constructions," said senior urban planner Ramchandra Gohad. Developer Sanjay Deshpande said, "This (the decision) would send a wrong message to customers and developers. It means that developers following rules and regulations are wasting their time, energy and money, and so are the customers buying houses in legal buildings. Developers constructing illegal buildings and those buying flats in these structures are untouched despite breaching all rules and regulations." Deshpande added, "Builders constructing illegal buildings do not pay heed to the quality. Who will be responsible for tragedies if these structures collapse as they have in the past. Will the government guarantee that all these illegal structures are structurally stable?" Experts fear that constructions on hilltops and slopes, water bodies riverbeds and forest land in Pune now stand a chance to get recognized and protected. While the merger of the 34 fringe villages in Pune municipal limits is pending, haphazard construction is going on here with the hope they would get legalized once the area became a part of PMC. Two factors are fuelling the realty growth. First, villages on the merger plan are already chock-a-block with buildings, many of them illegal, and the demand for flats is still soaring. Two, investors are picking up properties in these villages. "The government has made the popular announcement with sights on civic elections, but this will be a nightmare. for cities like Pune. There are many fly-by-night builders in the Pune region and their number will grow now," said a senior urban development official. Pitaram Complex in Narhe, which collapsed in 2014, was not constructed by a n experienced developer. grocer who had bought a piece of land. and turned into a builder overnight and built it. Had his first venture not crumbled, he had aspired to construct a series of buildings. in the locality. There has been a spurt of construction firms in fringe villages over the past few years. While some have stayed in the business and have constructed many residential buildings, others are fly-by-night builders who invest money in a piece of land, build an apartment, make money and disappear. from the scene. Violations of construction norms are routine. "The government must make a provision to file criminal complaint against all the builders, architects and municipal officials responsible for illegal constructions. Only if stringent steps are taken, illegal constructions will not come up in the future," said activist Vivek Velankar. After each building collapse, cases were registered against builders, landowners and even structural engineers, but no action was taken against the government officials who approved them. The unchecked growth of illegal and unsafe buildings on the city's fringes has claimed 45 lives in the past five years, but 'cheap' housing there continues to attract people who cannot afford to live in the city. Easy approvals have only fuelled constructions. At risk are lives and Pune's natural cover with buildings coming up on forest land, on hilltops and hill slopes. Politicians back these illegal structures and cite examples of Ulhasnagar or neighbouring states where buildings have been regularized. Experts warn against it, saying it would be catastrophic.
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2016-03-13Illegal construction scare in regularization decision - Times of India - Times of India
Illegal construction scare in regularization decision Mar 13, 2016, 11:14 IST Pune: The state government's decision to regularize illegal constructions drew severe criticism on Saturday. Activists accused the government of playing populist politics at the cost of lives of citizens and encouraging unauthorized constructions. They said the announcement to legalize illegal constructions up to December 31, 2015, would set a wrong precedent. "The government's decision is a mockery of the urban planning and a move to save and support builders and politicians having invested in illegal structures. This decision will have a long-term impact on planned urbanization. This is just the beginning. After every few years, the government will revise the deadline to regularize illegal constructions as it has been done about slums. This decision will lead to unprecedented boost to illegal constructions," said senior urban planner Ramchandra Gohad. Developer Sanjay Deshpande said, "This (the decision) would send a wrong message to customers and developers. It means that developers following rules and regulations are wasting their time, energy and money, and so are the customers buying houses in legal buildings. Developers constructing illegal buildings and those buying flats in these structures are untouched despite breaching all rulesand regulations." Deshpande added, "Builders constructing illegal buildings do not pay heed to the quality. Who will be responsible for tragedies if these structures collapse as they have in the past. Will the government guarantee that all these illegal structures are structurally stable?" Experts fear that constructions on hilltops and slopes, water bodies riverbeds and forest land in Pune now stand a chance to get recognized and protected. While the merger of the 34 fringe villages in Pune municipal limits is pending, haphazard construction is going on here with the hope they would get legalized once the area became a part of PMC. Two factors are fuelling the realty growth. First, villages on the merger plan are already chock-a-block with buildings, many of them illegal, and the demand for flats is still soaring. Two, investors are picking up properties in these villages. "The government has made the popular announcement with sights on civic elections, but this will be a nightmare. for cities like Pune. There are many fly-by-night builders in the Pune region and their number will grow now," said a senior urban development official. Pitaram Complex in Narhe, which collapsed in 2014, was not constructed by a n experienced developer. grocer who had bought a piece of land. and turned into a builder overnight and built it. Had his first venture not crumbled, he had aspired to construct a series of buildings. in the locality. There has been a spurt of construction firms in fringe villages over the past few years. While some have stayed in the business and have constructed many residential buildings, others are fly-by-night builders who invest money in a piece of land, build an apartment, make money and disappear. from the scene. Violations of construction norms are routine. "The government must make a provision to file criminal complaint against all the builders, architects and municipal officials responsible for illegal constructions. Only if stringent steps are taken, illegal constructions will not come up in the future," said activist Vivek Velankar.After each building collapse, cases were registered against builders, landowners and even structural engineers, but no action was taken against the government officials who approved them. The unchecked growth of illegal and unsafe buildings on the city's fringes has claimed 45 lives in the past five years, but 'cheap' housing there continues to attract people who cannot afford to live in the city. Easy approvals have only fuelled constructions. At risk are lives and Pune's natural cover with buildings coming up on forest land, on hilltops and hill slopes. Politicians back these illegal structures and cite examples of Ulhasnagar or neighbouring states where buildings have been regularized. Experts warn against it, saying it would be catastrophic.
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2016-03-11Duo try to set woman ablaze | Latest News & Updates at Daily News ... - Daily News & Analysis
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2016-03-11Water to industrial units in Taloja cut by additional 25% - Times of India
Water to industrial units in Taloja cut by additional 25% Mar 12, 2016, 00:06 IST NAVI MUMBAI: MIDC has imposed additional 25% water cuts apart from the earlier 35% in Taloja industrial area, taking the total amount of cuts to 60%. This is the second time in less than a month the nodal agency has implemented water cut of such magnitude, which is considered to be highest in the entire region. The latest development has not gone down well with the industrial units. With this, the units will have to face water cuts for four-and-half days every week instead of the present two-and-half days. As many as 980 industrial units in the Taloja MIDC, which require 35MLD of water, will have to brace for severe cuts, which will continue till mid-July. The industries have opposed this long spell of cuts fearing that it will hamper production. MIDC has sent out notices to all stakeholders asking them to use water judiciously and make necessary arrangements for storing. The additional cut will be effective from Monday. This has prompted a section of industry owners to take up the issue with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, but in vain as the matter is with the irrigation department. Considering the grave situation across the state, no immediate solution has emerged yet. Satish Shetty, president of Taloja Industries Association, told TOI, "We are opposed to this 25% additional cut. But the situation across the state is a nightmare. We had to accept a 35% cut last month with 60 hours shut down every week. Our members have been asked to store water to run businesses." "If the situation continues like this, we will be left with no other option but to shut shop till water supply is restored for operating the plant," said Rajesh Poojari, manager of one of the firms. Currently, MIDC area faces cuts from Wednesday evening to Saturday morning, for 60 hours. With the fresh announcement, another 48 hours cut will be imposed on the remaining days. Apart from Taloja MIDC, the cut has also been imposed in Dombilvi MIDC area and 27 villages that were recently inducted in Ulhasnagar and Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporations. "Irrigation department has taken this decision to curtail supply to these areas looking at the remaining water levels at Barvi dam. This was done to stretch supply till mid-July," said S S Jagtap, MIDC executive engineer. He added, "We will not enforce cuts during the day time from Saturday to Wednesday. The withdrawal will be slotted in the late night hours since many industries operate two shifts, till 11pm. We have received a proposal from industry associations for supply of treated water from civic sewage treatment plants from nearby civic bodies, which is under examination."
2016-03-11Honey Singh is not hip hop - Livemint
Honey Singh is not hip hop Indian rappers stir up stories and local issues, from Dalgate in Srinagar to Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra Last Published: Sun, Mar 13 2016. 04 27 PM IST Roushan Illahi, 25, calls Kashmir, the place where he was born and raised, a dystopia. And yet, he says, it felt normal to him while he was growing up. In more ways than one, this overarching feeling of normalcy amid all the strife in the valley shapes Illahi’s thoughts and reflects in his work. A tall, lean, postgraduate student with close-cropped hair, Illahi’s music is deeply political, and enmeshed in anti-establishment songwriting. His mode of protest: hip hop. It’s time for the lockdown, brother do you hear?/brother do you care? when they bite and they tear/my flesh into pieces, my soul never ceases/to fiend for the sun and run where my streets is, he sings in Why We Rebels.“I was born in 1990 and I grew up in Dalgate. It’s a part of Srinagar,” says Illahi, who goes by the stage name of MC Kash. “I was born at a time when the armed rebellion in Kashmir had just started. My growing up years were full of varying images—crackdowns, curfews, encounters, grenade attacks and funerals. I think funerals leave a mark. Curfews would stop us from going to school, so me and my brother used to play in a graveyard as there was no playground in the neighbourhood.” Hip hop became his way of expressing himself. It just happened, he says, adding that there were no role models. “Hip hop in itself is a genre where you cannot fake it. Staying real and talking about your streets is like a pillar of hip hop,” says Illahi. Hip hop as we know it today has its roots in New York’s South Bronx locality in the early 1970s. It was a time when the demography of South Bronx was in transition—from a dominant white population to a dominant black population. Back then, hip hop was about having fun.It was only in the late 1980s that it became the voice of the oppressed. New subgenres such as gangsta, political and conscious hip hop, which focused on the youth violence, unemployment and poverty, gained prominence. The idea was to turn rap into a call for action against inequality, racism, and atrocities, both political and social. “Hip hop is primarily a tool, a voice of the oppressed, but it is not limited to that,” says Mandeep Sethi, 27, a California-born Sikh lyricist and film-maker, a hip hop emcee and a member of the Universal Zulu Nation—an international hip hop awareness group formed and headed by hip hop artiste Afrika Bambaataa. “It also provides you with a socio-political analysis of events around the world and a different perspective,” says Sethi, who goes by the stage name of Seti X. The flexibility with the language and lyrics has also helped hip hop extend its reach beyond the US. Sethi has seen the hip hop culture grow in India, spreading from Mumbai and Delhi to other parts of the country. “There has been tremendous growth in the last six-seven years,” he says. “But it is the emcee element that has witnessed almost revolutionary changes. “The funny thing is that when I came to India, I saw emcees here rapping in English in a fake American accent,” remembers Sethi. Now, many emcees write and sing in their own languages. Take, for instance, Swadesi Nation, a group of 11 emcees, DJs and graffiti artistes who rap in languages such as Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam and Bengali.Aklesh Sutar, 21, one of the founding members of Swadesi Nation, raps in Marathi. His breakout song, Laaj Wat Te Kai, is a solo in protest against the 2012 Delhi bus gang rape. “The song tells the story of what happened on the night of 16 December and why India needs to change so it doesn’t happen again. It was also the first song I wrote in Marathi,” says Sutar, who goes by the stage name of MC Mawwali. Unlike Illahi, Sutar grew up in a musically inclined, middle-class family in the Mumbai suburb of Andheri East. As a child, he used to take an active part in bhajan evenings with his parents and two elder sisters—a ritual that continues to this day. He started writing poetry in high school. Just before his class X exams, he met some professional rappers and started following the underground hip hop scene. Fellow rappers encouraged him to keep writing in his own language. After his class XII exams, Sutar did not formally study further. The story of 18-year-old Dharmesh Parmar, an emcee from Swadesi Nation who raps in Gujarati, isn’t very different. Parmar grew up in the BDD Chawl Naigaon in Dadar, Mumbai, playing football and flute. “Sometime in class X, I saw a documentary on the life of 50 Cent (the American rapper Curtis Jackson III). I also saw the movie Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (a biopic starring 50 Cent). He sold drugs, was shot at multiple times and yet, he rose and made a life in hip hop. It inspired me a lot,” says Parmar, who goes by the stage name of MC Todfod. “I started exploring and learning as much as I could about hip hop. Google was my friend and YouTube my library.” He used to write in English till, one day, he met Sutar through a common friend. The meeting was inspirational, recalls Parmar. Some days later, when he met the crew members from Swadesi, they suggested he rap in Gujarati, his mother tongue. “I actually laughed at that suggestion,” says Parmar. The crew members made him watch Karmacy, a US-based band that raps in Gujarati. “In hip hop terms, I completely flipped after hearing Karmacy. I tore away the pages with my songs in English and wrote the first two lines of the song Su Che Karvanu,” says Parmar. Here are those lines: Su che karvanu khabar nathi mane duniya ma/Hoon mano rajo mari praja mari galiyon ma (I do not know what to do in this world/I am the king of my heart and my people are on the streets). That cemented his place in the crew. Commercial hip hop, the kind they portray in movies and popular culture, is as far from reality as it could be, says Parmar. “People of this country don’t know rap. Rap, for them, is Honey Singh. Here we are, hanging from the Mumbai locals. Where do we have the time for char bottle vodka?” Hip hop has always been loosely identified with just rapping or emceeing, the art of wordplay, or delivering rhyming words over a beat. But in the classic definition, rapping is one of five major elements of hip hop: deejaying, the dance to accompany the music (b-boying), graffiti art being other key elements, and general knowledge rounding it up. Over the years, beatboxing—the art of mimicking percussion sounds using one’s mouth, nose, lips, tongue and throat—and production have also become integral parts of the hip hop culture. The thread that runs through all this is freedom of expression and rebellion. The story of Preeti Tiwari, aka Shawty Pink, has many shades of rebellion, the boldest of them all being the fact that she is the only b-girl, standing a mere 4ft, 8 inches tall, in a crowd of more than a dozen boys comprising the BeastMode crew. Tiwari, 24, was born to the eldest of five brothers living in a joint family in a 15-room house in Ulhasnagar, Thane. After finishing class VI, she had to drop out of school in 2005 for the next three years due to financial troubles at home. “It was a major jolt for me,” Tiwari recalls. Dancing came to the rescue, with Anup Sathe as the companion who stood by her through those difficult times. Tiwari had met Sathe in 2002. He was a classmate of her sister who inspired her to take up hip hop. He also encouraged Tiwari to finish her studies, and helped her find a job at a telephone booth which paid Rs.1,000 a month. She was 13 then. In 2008, she appeared for her class X exams. That same year, Tiwari took up dancing seriously. Sathe was already a member of the Under Dog Kombat (UDK) crew, a dance group from Mumbai, and used to do paid gigs. Tiwari started tagging along and, in 2009, she got a break with the UDK. She left it in 2012 and joined BeastMode. “I was the only girl in the dancing crew there,” she says. The same year, she got a call from Imagica—a theme park that had opened near her home. The money she earned as a performer at Imagica was good and she was able to help her parents renovate their home. Since October, however, after her contract with Imagica ended, she is back to living on her savings. “Breaking helped me when no one else did. It stayed with me. And I want to stay with it. That stubbornness keeps me going. A day will come when I will represent India in international events,” says Tiwari. Illahi’s concerns are more gritty. His breakout song, I Protest (I protest/Against the things you’ve done/I protest/For a mother who lost her son/I protest/I’ll throw stones and never run), was written against the backdrop of widespread violence in the Kashmir valley in 2010, following demonstrations against alleged fake encounters and a massive crackdown. He rose to fame overnight and his studio was raided. Illahi says he wants peace in Kashmir. “My music is for justice. I don’t really just want to rap about people dying. I want to rap about beautiful things. I want to make music which isn’t about funerals or people dying.” Tiwari, Parmar, Sutar and Illahi are all part of an ongoing video series, Hip Hop Homeland by 101India.com, on the growth of hip hop in the country. Sethi thinks that over time local issues have started dominating the hip hop scene in India. “Kash is among the first emcees in India to take a political line,” says Sethi. “In a way, it is perfect. Kash represents a generation of people who were born and raised in times of conflict and his lyrics represent the oppression.”
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2016-03-11Mumbai: Illegal buildings before 2015 to be regularised | The Indian ... - The Indian Express
Mumbai: Illegal buildings before 2015 to be regularised State to bring in Housing Regulatory Bill to curb illegal constructions, on the lines of Centre’s Bill. Mumbai | Published: March 12, 2016 1:02 am In a decision that will benefit lakhs of homeowners and also boost the state’s revenue, the government Friday took a major policy decision to regularise all illegal buildings in cities/towns in urban belts across Maharashtra. The decision will bring relief to lakhs of families living in the more than 10 lakh such buildings. All the illegal structures constructed before December 31, 2015, after satellite imaging, would be regularised albeit with hefty penalty. The state government is likely to earn revenue upto Rs 50,000 crore from the decision, which has, however, laid down strict conditions extending to cities like Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Ulhasnagar, Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. “The larger beneficiary of this decision would be the middle class. While regularising the buildings, the government will also ensure adequate steps are taken to strictly curb this menace of illegal constructions, which had become a trend over the past two decades,” said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The government also announced a comprehensive Housing Regulatory Bill in the ongoing budget session for effective enforcement of rules to prevent illegal constructions in the urban belt of Maharashtra. While acknowledging that municipal corporations and councils at present are not adequately empowered to curb illegal constructions, Fadnavis said, “The Housing Regulatory Act will have all the provisions to prevent illegal constructions. Today, illegal constructions are rampant and innocent people fall prey to the menace in the absence of adequate checks.” The regularisation of illegal structures is based on the suggestions of the panel headed by former Mumbai civic chief Sitaram Kunte. The report was discussed at length with the ministry of law to ensure it stands challenges in court. The decision entails compounding of irregular structures in zone and floor space index violation within the permissible FSI by imposing one-time penalty, likely at market rates. However, terms and conditions have been incorporated to avoid its misuse. It would be mandatory to ensure the structures are certified as category “A” for sound construction stability. The illegal constructions on restricted zones will not be regularised. Buildings on public or reserved plot will be regularised provided they fulfill three conditions of basic infrastructure facility or possibility of relocation within 200 metres.
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2016-03-11STRUCTURAL IMBALANCE - Pune Mirror - Pune Mirror
STRUCTURAL IMBALANCE Updated: Mar 12, 2016, 02.30 AM IST The decision, despite an HC order to the contrary last year, has goaded a slumbering PCMC and PMC into action, amid uncertainty over how many constructions will benefit. Activists criticise the move The chief minister’s announcement on Friday of the state Cabinet’s decision to regularise at least two lakh unauthorised constructions (undertaken before December 31, 2015) across the state — despite an order from the Bombay High Court (HC) in early 2015 stating that the state can take no steps in this direction without its go-ahead — has goaded both the slumbering Pune (PMC) and Pimpri-Chinchwad (PCMC) municipal corporations into somewhat reluctant action. The state has approved of a policy to regularise all illegal constructions on a mass scale in urban belts, saying that local bodies are to use satellite images of such structures to verify documentations first. After the notification in this regard comes out, owners will need to file an application with the respective local body within three months. This decision brings in the possibility of legalising thousands of contentious structures across Pimpri and Chinchwad — many are the very same that the civic body has been cracking down on over the last few years. Meanwhile, even as this momentous decision is announced, PMC is blissfully un-updated about the rising unauthorised constructions under it. In fact, the oldest referred to data is from 2012, which suggests that 12,000 structures will benefit from the government’s decision. PCMC commissioner Rajiv Jadhav said, “I will not be able to provide information right away of how many and which constructions will be legalised. Once the government communicates the order to us, we will understand the specifications better. We will follow the state’s orders.” Incidentally, Jadhav was one of the members of the Sitaram Kunte Committee formed in 2014, whose recommendations for the legalisation of illegal constructions had been pending till date. Asked about the legality of this decision, HC advocate Uday Warunjekar explained, “If the Assembly has passed this law, the court can now suggest improvisations on certain aspects of it only if somebody legally challenges it again. Based on these suggestions, the Assembly would have to accommodate certain aspects into the law. This is called the checks and balances theory.” He added, “The state government is cheating citizens. The decision is similar to the one when the state legalised more than two lakh illegal constructions at Ulhasnagar in 2005. Unscrupulous developers have joined hands with politicians. If uncontrolled urbanisation is not curbed, we will face repercussions.” OVER AT PCMC… Citing the prevailing uncertainty, PCMC building permission department engineer Makarand Nikam said, “Until we receive rules and regulations of this decision, we cannot tell how many structures will be legalised. The number of illegal constructions till 2012 is 66,000. Later, PCMC became alert and kept stricter check, so only around 3,000 were added to this list over the last four years in our books. We demolish 50-100 illegal constructions per month and all the new ones have already been tackled.” Former PCMC commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi, also known as the “demolition man”, who spearheaded the drive against illegal construction in the area, expressed his inability to comment on the issue as he is now working with the central government. But Pimpri-Chinchwad mayor Shakuntala Dharade welcomed the decision, saying, “This will prove beneficial to the middle class and poor families, who have invested all of their incomes in buying houses. That they were cheated by builders is not their fault. Though builders will get monetary benefits because of this decision, the common man will also benefit.” Some activists seem to disagree. Jayashri Dange, who had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the HC against PCMC for permitting a school inside the river’s green zone, said, “The court will take a final decision. This cannot be. Illegal constructions in green zones and restricted areas will not be legalised.” Swaraj Abhiyan activist Maruti Bhapkar shared, “Local residents have built houses on one or two gunthas, but the procedure to gain civic permission is time-consuming and costly. Middle class people cannot afford it. I am not supporting illegal constructions, but the process for the common man needs to be eased. We do not support builders, who have constructed flats illegally and earned crores. Builders should be slapped with hefty fines, but flat owners should not suffer.” PMC BLISSFULLY UNAWARE When Mirror asked the PMC building permission department for updated details of illegal structures, city engineer Prashant Waghmare offered no comment. However, a senior official of the department said on condition of anonymity, “We have no latest data about unauthorised constructions.” PMC records contain statistics till December 2012 — at the time, the building permission department had identified 12,000 illegal structures over 17.54 lakh square feet. Till date, the department has demolished 19 lakh sq ft of illegal structures. It must be noted that PMC initiated strong action in this regard after the Taljai collapse on September 24, 2012, in which 11 people died.
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2016-03-10MIDC to impose over 60 hours water cut every week | Latest News ... - Daily News & Analysis
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2016-03-10Kunal Vijayakar lists some of the most iconic breakfast places in Mumbai - Hindustan Times
Kunal Vijayakar lists some of the most iconic breakfast places in Mumbai Spicy, oily, but oh so good. Kunal Vijayakar lists some of the most iconic breakfast places in the city Updated: Mar 12, 2016 14:12 IST Mumbai wakes up really early, at least most of Mumbai does. Around the time partygoers are kissing their friends good night, another demographic is wrapping up its night shifts and heading home, while yet another kind of Mumbaikar is waking up for a full day of work. At 3.25am, there is a surge of electricity in the overhead train cables as the first set of bogies lurch out of Virar station heading towards Churchgate. The train is packed, and most of them have not eaten breakfast yet. At the other end of the city, joggers, walkers and the elderly have stepped out to welcome the first light. In the heart of the city and chawls, the still-deserted streets can hear the gentle clanging of utensils and the hiss of kerosene stoves firing up to make tea. The chai stalls are opening. It won’t be long before the rays of the sun hit the buildings and the sounds of frying, stirring and sizzling start filling the morning air. Mumbai is awake and really hungry. And there is no better way to satisfy this hunger than with a gloriously heavy, spicy breakfast.On the streets of Mumbai breakfast, be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian, is full of onion, chilies, and masalas. Starting with missal pav. Every suburban railway station sells missal pav. It’s the most dangerously brave combination of farsan (sev ganthia), in a soupy gravy made with moong beans, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, ginger-garlic, garam masala, and (traditionally) coconut. It is topped with a fiery red oily gravy called kat, tarri, or rassa, garnished with chopped onions and coriander. An honest-to-spice missal pav needs to kick you in the rear with its pungency and make your eyes and nose water in ecstasy. Truth is, no one in Mumbai can do it as well as they do it at Phadatare’s Misal in Kolhapur, or Bedekar at Narayan Peth, or Ramnath Misal at Tilak Road in Pune. But step onto any local railway platform in the city or Vinay Health Home in Thakurdwar or Anand Bhuvan Hotel, Lower Parel, and it’s pretty damn decent.Next in line of spicy breakfasts is the kheema pav. I hate green peas in kheema and I’ve never figured out who in his sane mind thought of this aberration. That’s why my preferred kheema pav will always be at Olympia at Colaba; no green peas. Hugely popular for its biryani, which honestly is awful, Olympia’s kheema pav, though, is truly a great breakfast meal. It’s cooked in green masala, with an overwhelming flavour of green chilies, coriander, onions and whole spices. It comes to the table piping hot with a thin film of oil and, on an indulgent morning, you should ask them to top it with a fried egg or a sunny side up. Mop up the yellow runny yolk and the green mince with a hot pav and it’s a breakfast for the gods, but rush, because after half-past-nine in the morning there is none left.Every Sindhi in Mumbai or Ulhasnagar knows his dal pakwan, and is proud of it. The tragedy, of course, is that there are only a handful of places that serve the dish in Mumbai. For the uninitiated, dal pakwan is a huge, crisply fried puri with a bowlful of dal, served with chopped onions and chutney. It may sound simple and close to ordinary, but it’s quite a treat. The puri itself is made from maida and deep-fried, crisp and golden brown and is similar to the outer crust of a Punjabi samosa or a kachori. The dal is yellow and simple; made from mashed Bengal gram and spiced with a bit of turmeric, asafoetida, cumin and occasionally, green chilies. Dal pakwan is always served with green chutney made with fresh coriander, chilies, and sweet chutney made of tamarind and jaggery. It is then garnished with finely chopped, raw, red onions.Guru Kripa at Sion, Tharu Sweets, Khar (west), and, of course, any Kailash Parbat will serve you the Sindhi specialty. But head to Vig Refreshment in Chembur, which undeniably makes the best dal pakwan. Here, the puris come out hot from giant kadhais, straight to your table. Break off a small crisp corner of the puri, and use it as spoon to scoop up the dal mixed with chutney and pyaaz (onion). It is heaven on earth. The gustatory melting pot that is Mumbai, it bubbles with flavours from all parts of the country for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I like breakfast the most, because unlike with lunch and dinner, after breakfast, I’ve got the whole day ahead to eat some more.
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2016-03-10Boy lay bleeding for 11 hours after falling off train - Times of India - Times of India
Boy lay bleeding for 11 hours after falling off train Mar 10, 2016, 09:45 IST A GRP team sent to find the boy could not locate him, but his family found him the next day exactly where he had fallen off the train. But it was too late by then. A 16-year-old boy lay injured for 11 hours after falling off a Central Railway train on Monday night after the Government Railway Police (GRP) called off the search for him after a perfunctory effort. The boy tragically died just hours after his family found him the next morning exactly where he had fallen off the train. The boy's mother, who along with his elder brother and friends started looking for him on Tuesday morning after spending the night scouring the hospitals in the area, has blamed the railway's cavalier attitude towards accident victims for her son's death. Deva Pawar, who was returning to Badlapur with a friend after visiting a Shiva shrine in Ambernath, fell off the train between the two stations at around 8.40 pm. When his friend -Rajendra Shinde -informed the GRP at Badlapur, two constables accompanied him on the next train to Ambernath. But all that the two constables, who rode in the motorman's cabin with Rajendra, do was ask the motorman to slow down the train at spots where Rajendra told them his friend had slipped off the footboard and flash their search lights. They repeated the process on their way back to Ambernath before declaring the search unsuccessful at 10 pm and informing Deva's family about the accident. Since the GRP told them the boy was not found where he had fallen off the train, Deva's mother and elder brother Akshay spent the entire night scouring the hospitals in the area.And all this while Deva, a class 9 student of a municipal school is Badlapur who worked as delivery boy in his spare time to support the family, lay bleeding just six to seven feet away from the tracks where he had fallen off the train. "It's heart-breaking. My little brother lay all night by the tracks and the GRP personnel could not locate him," said Deva's elder brother Akshay.According Deva's mother Babita Pawar, when they found her boy he was breathing and mumbling in pain.His clothes were soaked in blood and he was not able to recognise either his mother or brother. Deva was first taken to Dutta Krupa clinic in Badlapur, where he was refused admission. At the Ulhasnagar Central Hospital, where he was rushed next, the boy was declared dead on admission.Railway activist Samir Zaveri, who lost his legs in a railway accident in 1989, and has since been devoted fulltime to campaigning for better emergency medical services for rail accident victims, believes Deva's life could have been saved if the GRP had done its job. "After the GRP could not find the boy in the first attempt, they should have informed the control and sent another team on foot to look for the boy. The search lights used by the constables of the RPF as well as the GRP are of very poor quality. Of course, they could not locate the boy by flashing these torches from a moving train," he said. Zaveri said the private hospital, which refused to treat the boy, should also be prosecuted. Deputy Commissioner of Police, GRP, Rupali Ambure, however, said every effort was made to locate the boy in the night. "The GRP along with the pointsmen and the station master looked for the boy in the night but could not find him." When asked if the GRP could have sent a team on foot to look for the boy, Ambure refused to comment.
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2016-03-09Man on boat dharna over effluents flow - Mumbai Mirror
MAN ON BOAT DHARNA OVER EFFLUENTS FLOW Updated: Mar 10, 2016, 03.37 AM IST Untreated sewage seeps into Ulhas River, whose water is supplied to over 45 lakh people. A former corporator has been camping on a boat in Ulhas River amid sweltering heat for the past eight days to protest against release of untreated effluents into the stream, whose water is supplied to over 45 lakh residents. Nitin Nikam said on Wednesday he would end his dharna only after the state government and Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) stems the flow of chemicals and untreated sewage from Khemani nullah into the river. “The STEM water plant on Mohane dam sources water from an area where the nullah merges into the river. This water is then supplied to homes in Badlapur, Ambarnath, rural Thane and other areas,” he said. “All authorities concerned — municipal and government — know about the problem, but no one is doing anything.” Residents of Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and many other localities also receive the river water from different plants. “I will not leave this boat until authorities plug the leak from the nullah and clean up Ulhas River,” said Nikam, who has been staging the ‘boat-dharna’ near the STEM water plant. KDMC mayor Rajendra Jayant Deolekar said he was aware of the problem and had pressed officials for action several times. Local residents said there were other issues that the KDMC had ignored. “River water flows out to the bay, which has led to a severe shortage. We face 60 hours of water cuts every week,” Kalyan resident Ram Bhau Ohad. “How can KDMC officials be so careless? Why have they not done anything to stop the leak?” Apart from areas under KDMC, more than two dozen villages also get truncated water supply. “It’s very tough to follow any sort of routine. We now think twice before inviting guests over,” Sujata Kulkarni, who lives near Kalyan.
Man on boat dharna over effluents flow - Mumbai Mirror
2016-03-09उल्हासनगरात आठवड्यातून तीन दिवसच पाणी?
उल्हासनगरात आठवड्यातून तीन दिवसच पाणी? Updated: Mar 10, 2016, 02:59AM IST उल्हासनगर : उल्हास नदीच्या खालावलेल्या पातळीचा फटका उल्हासनगरला बसणार आहे. यापुढे शहराला केवळ ११० एमएलडी पाणीपुरवठा करण्याचा निर्णय एमआयडीसीने घेतला आहे. यामुळे आठवड्यातून तीन दिवसच पाणीपुरवठा करण्याची नामुष्की ओढवली आहे. उल्हासनगर महापालिकेला मोहने धरणातून उचल करून एमआयडीसीकडून १२० एमएलडी आणि पाले गाव येथून ४५ एमएलडी पाणीपुरवठा केला जातो. लघु पाटबंधारे विभागाने एमआयडीसीची ७७० एमएलडी पाण्याची उचल ५८३पर्यंत कमी केली. त्यामुळे एमआयडीसी पाणीपुरवठा करीत असलेल्या स्वायत्त संस्थाच्या पाणीपुरवठ्यावर परिणाम झाला आहे. उल्हासनगरात आधीच आठवड्यातून एक दिवस पाणी बंद केले. त्यानंतर २५ टक्के कपातही लागू केली. गेल्या महिन्यात आठवड्यातून दोन दिवस पाणी बंद ठेवण्याचा निर्णय झाला. पालिका आयुक्त मनोहर हिरे, उपायुक्त नितीन कापडणीस यांनी दोन दिवसांआड पाणी मिळावे, यासाठी उपाययोजना व आराखडा आखला होता. या प्रयत्नांमुळे पाणीपुरवठा समप्रमाणात होत असतानाच एमआयडीसीने नव्याने ३० टक्के पाणीकपात जाहीर केली आहे. मात्र आता आठवड्यातून तीन दिवसच पाणी मिळण्याची चिन्हे आहेत.
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2016-03-0913-hr official apathy kills boy who fell from local train - Times of India - Times of India
13-hr official apathy kills boy who fell from local train Updated: Mar 9, 2016, 23:18 IST Kalyan: In another case of official apathy towards railway accident victims, a 17-year-old boy from Badlapur died as he was left unconscious besides the tracks for 13 hours. When the victim's family took him to a government hospital the next morning, doctors refused to treat him till the police arrived. Deva Pawar, travelling from Ambernath to Badlapur, died after falling from a local train on Monday night. His family claimed that he lost his balance. His friend informed GRP (government railway police) personnel at Badlapur railway station but they left after searching the area for a few minutes. The next morning, the family found the victim unconscious in bushes near the tracks and took him to a private hospital, but he died. The family alleged that it took 13 hours for the victim to get treatment and if GRP personnel had searched for Deva through the night, and provided him medical care, he might have survived. Deva's father Suresh is a daily wages worker. A software engineer, Darshana Pawar, 29, died on February 9 last year as GRP personnel had refused to allow a Good Samaritan to take her to a private hospital for treatment. Darshana, who was lying on the tracks for a long time, resulting in heavy loss of blood, was first taken to a Chhaya hospital in Ambernath, which refused to admit her. She was then taken to the Ulhasnagar civil hospital, which also did not attend to her. Thereafter, she was taken to KEM hospital in Mumbai, which referred her to JJ hospital, where she passed away. The police said on Monday afternoon that Deva, along with a friend, had gone to Ambernath's Shiva temple, on the occasion of Mahashivratri. The family said that after a darshan at around 8pm, Deva was returning with his friend, Rajan Shinde, when he fell from the train. Rajan said that he alerted Deva's family and at Badlapur station informed deputy station master, N H Thakur, about the incident. Thakur informed GRP personnel, Anil Javde, who along with some people went to the spot without any searchlight and returned after some time. Deva's family found him the next day at 9am.Sachin Shinde, a relative of the victim, said, "Deva's family took him to the state-run Central hospital in Ulhasnagar for treatment but doctors there refused to admit him, claiming that they would wait for the police to arrive. They also suggested that if they needed urgent treatment, they should take Deva to the local Badlapur hospital, under whose jurisdiction the incident occurred." Sachin said, "By the time we took Deva to the Badlapur hospital, he died. We then took him to Central hospital, where doctors conducted a post-mortem and handed us the body."Deva's father Suresh said, "I am not educated and do not have much knowledge about the law but I know that my son was alive for 13 hours, and if GRP had searched for him and had given treatment on time, he could have been alive." Local activist Satyjeet Burman has decided to help the victim's family legally to fight against the GRP for "justice". Burman said, "The GRP is violating a high court order by not providing treatment to accident victims on time. I will raise this issue with senior railway officials, demanding action." Kalyan GRP senior inspector Anant Rane did not answer repeated phone calls.
2016-03-09Generic drug stores open doors, but prescriptions yet to make the switch - Times of India
Generic drug stores open doors, but prescriptions yet to make the switch Updated: Mar 9, 2016, 12:31 IST A second such store opened soon after in Dombivli. Over 400 medicines used to treat cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, tuberculosis and the likes are available at one-fifth or one-tenth of the cost of their branded counterparts, at these stores. About a dozen such stores have already opened in Maharashtra over the last one year. The Jan Aushadhi shops scan the original prescription and store them for future reference, while patients' names are also registered for better surveillance and communication."The store is a reliable option for people who want to buy unbranded but quality generic medicines at affordable prices. There is a significant margin of difference in most drugs. For instance, a strip of Augmentin, one of the most common antibiotics, costs Rs 40 in our store as opposed to Rs 375 charged by companies," said Manjiri Toraskar, co-owner of the Ghatkopar store. The drugs at Jan Aushadhi stores are procured from the Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings (BPPI) that coordinates and markets the supply of generic medicines. "It is particularly a boon for poor patients or those suffering from chronic ailments who require prolonged consumption of drugs," said Toraskar. She added that the store, inaugurated about three weeks ago, is already receiving many queries. Ulhasnagar resident Bhupesh Salve learnt about the initiative from Jaitley's budget speech and approached the store. "My mother has recently been diagnosed with tuberculosis along with diabetes. Our expenses shot up overnight. I found out about generic stores from the internet and started buying medicines from here," he said. However, a major hindrance so far has been the limited number of doctors writing generic drug names in their prescriptions. This despite a diktat from the Medical Council of India that brand names of medicines should not be written in prescriptions. "Till that happens, the initiative may not see much success," said Abhay Shukla, national convenor of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan. Defending the medical community , Dr Jayesh Lele from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said while the euphoria over generic medicines is justified, there is not enough education among chemists. "Most chemists do not know the molecule names.There are also concerns about quality and efficacy which have to be addressed through studies. Sub-standard medicine is one of the reasons for drug resistance," he said. Health activists said the number of stores need to be scaled up for better reach. Jaitley, in his budget speech, spoke about starting 3,000 stores."Three-thousand stores in 670 districts is grossly inadequate.It means a handful of such stores will be located in major district and sub-district hospitals or medical colleges, and accessing them is a challenge in rural areas. Even in metros, it will be a problem with travel constraints," said Shukla.
Generic drug stores open doors, but prescriptions yet to make the switch - Times of India
2016-03-08Committee appointed for revamp of refugee camps in Chembur, Sion-Koliwada - Mid-Day
Committee Appointed For Revamp Of Refugee Camps In Chembur, Sion-Koliwada Mar 08, 2016, 08:29 IST The committee will work towards solving ownership issues and will also look into the allegations of illegal extensions The families of migrants from West Pakistan, who had made Sion-Koliwada and Chembur their home after united India was partitioned in 1947, now see a possibility of getting their dilapidated buildings redeveloped. The state government has finally appointed a high-power committee to decide on the complex issue.The matter related to the two refugee colonies in the city has been pending before successive governments for many years in view of land ownership rights. Unlike the 29 refugee camps in other districts of Maharashtra, which were built on state government land, the Sion-Koliwada and Chembur colonies were built by the union government on its own land. The Sion colony has 25 buildings and Chembur has 34. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has declared all of these structures dangerous. The BMC has also asked residents to vacate the buildings and has plans to disconnect electricity and water as per the existing rules.Decision on key issues “The residents have been asking for the state’s permission for redeveloping their colonies. The state panel will decide on several issues that are important for redevelopment,” Gurumukhdas Jagwani, a legislative council member (BJP) told mid-day yesterday. Jagwani hails from a Sindhi migrant family in North Maharashtra. Jagwani and Sion-Koliwada MLA Captain Tamil Selvan of the BJP have been invited to the committee’s first meeting to submit their suggestions and objections. The panel has been asked to submit its report by the first week of April this year. A government resolution to this effect was also issued on March 4. Sources in government said that a decision to regularise other refugee camps in the city and rest of Maharashtra was expected during the Budget Session of the state legislature in March-April. In an ordinance issued in January 2006, the state government had regularised unauthorised constructions in Ulhasnagar, which has a significant presence of Sindhi migrants. Demands for regularising localities, especially those housing refugees from West Pakistan, have been raised time and again. Legal issues In Mumbai, refugee camps are spread over a total of 280 acres. The largest among them are the Sindhi camps in Mulund and Sion-Koliwada that are spread over 100 acres each. Other camps in Chembur, which occupy 60 acres and 10 acres each, were allotted to the Thakkar Bappa Colony at CST Road in Chembur and the Wadia Trust Estate Refugee Camp in Kurla. The camps, barring Sion and Chembur, are stuck in legal issues. The land in Sion-Koliwada and Chembur is owned by the union government, which has surrendered its ownership rights to the state government, said Jagwani. However, the revenue principal secretary-led panel has been asked to find out whether the Sion and Chembur land is owned by the state or the centre. Changed ownership The committee will also verify if the residents were given a right to hold their flats as well as the plots on which their buildings were built. It will measure the area under occupation by each building and officially mark boundaries of each plot. Another contentious issue that the committee will decide on is the changed ownership of flats. “Many original stakeholders have sold their flats or transferred properties to others, including close relatives. The committee needs to decide on the legal owners of such disputed flats,” said Jagwani. Illegal extensions The refugee camp residents have been accused of unauthorised construction and building illegal extensions to their flats. The panel will take a decision on ways and means of dealing with illegal structures, too. It will also decide on regulations of the redevelopment control rules under which old structures should be taken up for redevelopment.
2016-03-08Generic drug stores open doors, prescriptions yet to make the switch - Times of India
Generic drug stores open doors, prescriptions yet to make the switch Mar 9, 2016, 00:02 IST MUMBAI: Soon after Union finance minister Arun Jaitley announced allocations to boost Jan Aushadhi stores, the city recently got its first generic medicine shop at Ghatkopar. A second such store in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region has opened in Dombivli. Over 400 medicines used to treat cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, tuberculosis and the like are available at one-fifth or one-tenth of the cost of their branded counterparts in the stores. About a dozen such stores have already opened their doors in Maharashtra over the last one year. The Jan Aushadhi shops scan the original prescription and store them for future reference, while patients' names are also registered in their database for better surveillance and communication. "The store is a reliable option for people who want to buy unbranded but quality generic medicines at affordable prices. There is a significant margin of difference in most drugs. For instance, a strip of Augmentin, one of the most common antibiotics, costs Rs 40 in our store as opposed to Rs 375 charged by companies," said Manjiri Toraskar, co-owner of the Ghatkopar store. The drugs at Jan Aushadhi stores are procured from the Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings (BPPI) that coordinates and markets the supply of generic medicines. "It is particularly a boon for poor patients or those suffering from chronic ailments who require prolonged consumption of drugs," said Toraskar.She added that the store, inaugurated about three weeks ago, is already receiving many queries. Ulhasnagar resident Bhupesh Salve learnt about the initiative from Jaitley's budget speech and approached the store. "My mother has recently been diagnosed with tuberculosis along with diabetes. Our expenses shot up overnight. I found out about generic stores from the internet and started buying medicines from here," he said. However, a major hindrance so far has been the limited number of doctors writing generic drug names in their prescriptions. This despite a diktat from the Medical Council of India that brand names of medicines should not be written in prescriptions. "Till that happens, the initiative may not see much success," said Abhay Shukla, national convenor of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan.Defending the medical community, Dr Jayesh Lele from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said while the euphoria over generic medicines is justified, there is not enough education among chemists. "Most chemists do not know the molecule names. There are also concerns about quality and efficacy which have to be addressed through studies. We must not forget that sub-standard medicine is one of the reasons for drug resistance," he said. Health activists said the number of stores need to be scaled up for better reach. Jaitley, in his budget speech, spoke about starting 3,000 new stores. "Three-thousand stores among 670 districts in the country is grossly inadequate. It means a handful of such stores will be located in major district and sub-district hospitals or medical colleges, and accessing them is already a challenge in rural areas. Even in the metros, it will be a problem with time and travel constraints," said Shukla.
2016-03-08तालुका क्रीडासंकुलाचा मार्ग मोकळा
तालुका क्रीडासंकुलाचा मार्ग मोकळा Updated: Mar 9, 2016, 12:59AM IST उल्हासनगर येथील तालुका क्रीडा संकुलाची जागा आणि तत्त्वतः निधी मंजूर असतानाही केवळ तालुका क्रीडा समितीच्या अध्यक्षपदावरून दोन आमदारांच्या श्रेयवादातून रखडलेल्या क्रीडा संकुलाचा मार्ग मोकळा झाला आहे. शासनाने काढलेल्या परिपत्रकानुसार ज्या विधानसभा क्षेत्रात क्रीडा संकुलाची जागा उपलब्ध असेल, तेथील आमदार हा क्रीडा समितीचा अध्यक्ष असेल. त्यामुळे तालुका क्रीडा समितीचे अध्यक्षपद आमदार डॉ. बालाजी कीणीकर यांना मिळणार, हे स्पष्ट झाले आहे. शहरातील क्रीडापटूंना प्रोत्साहन मिळावे आणि त्यांना तालुका पातळीवर व्यासपीठ उपलब्ध व्हावे, यासाठी राज्य सरकारद्वारे तालुका स्तरावर क्रीडा संकुल उभारण्यात येते. मात्र उल्हासनगर येथील तालुका क्रीडा संकुलाची जागा आणि निधी उपलब्ध असतानाही केवळ आमदारांच्या क्रीडा संकुल समिती अध्यक्षपदाच्या श्रेयवादावरून हे क्रीडा संकुल मागील वर्षभरापासून अडकले आहे. उल्हासनगर कॅम्प नंबर पाच परिसरातील दशहरा मैदान येथील १२०० चौरस मीटर भूखंडाचा आगाऊ ताबा तालुका क्रीडा संकुलासाठी मंजूर करण्यात आला आहे. प्रत्येक तालुका क्रीडा संकुलासाठी शासनाद्वारे एक कोटी रूपयांचा राखीव निधी असतो. हा निधीही तत्त्वतः मंजूर आहे. मात्र क्रीडा संकुलचे कामकाज पाहण्यासाठी गठीत करण्यात येणा-या समितीवर स्थानिक आमदार हे अध्यक्ष असतात. या समितीत स्थानिक आमदार, तहसिलदार, तालुका क्रीडा अधिकारी, पालिका आयुक्त आणि सार्वजनिक बांधकाम विभागाचे उपविभागीय अभियंता यांचा समावेश असतो. या समितीलाच वास्तुविशारद नेमून क्रीडा संकुलाचे संपूर्ण कामकाज करून घेण्याचा अधिकार असतो. तालुका क्रीडा समितीच्या अध्यक्षपद आपल्याला मिळावे यासाठी उल्हासनगर तालुक्याच्या आमदार ज्योती कलानी यांनी अध्यक्षपदासाठी दावेदारी केली होती. मात्र शासनाने २९ फेब्रुवारी काढलेल्या परिपत्रकानुसार ज्या विधानसत्रा क्षेत्रात क्रीडा संकुलाची जागा असेल ते आमदार क्रीडा संकुलाच्या समितीचे अध्यक्ष असतील. त्यामुळे क्रीडा संकुलाचा मार्ग मोकळा झाला आहे. ‘शासनाचा निर्णय मला मान्य असून क्रीडा संकुल उभे राहणे महत्त्वाचे आहे. ज्योती कालानींना अडीच वर्षांसाठी अध्यक्षपदाचाही पर्याय दिला होता. मात्र त्यांनी तो नाकारला,’ असे आमदार डॉ. कीणीकर यांनी सांगितले. तर ‘शिवसेनेची सत्ता असल्याने सत्तेचा गैरवापर करत त्यांनी परिपत्रक काढले आहे. विधानसभेच्या अधिवेशनात मी हा मुद्दा उपस्थित करणार असून माझ्यावर स्त्री आणि अल्पसंख्याक असल्याने अन्याय झाला आहे,’ असे ज्योती कलानी यांनी सांगितले.
2016-03-07Mahashivratri: Celebrations from across the country - The Indian Express
Mahashivratri: Celebrations from across the country Occasion of Mahashivaratri, there is a big fair in Ambarnath where people seek blessings from Lord Shiva at 1000 years old Shiva's Temple. The Mahashivaratri Fair continues for 3–4 days. It starts two days prior to Mahashivaratri and continues for a day after Mahashivaratri. Om Shiva Vishwa Shanti Dham - Maharashtra's biggest and most fabulous and famous landmark of 36 feet high idol of Lord Shiva and a holy place of worship and meditation where thousands of devotees from all over Maharshtra come for his blessings, located at Pawai Chowk, Ulhasnagar. (Source: Express photo by Deepak Joshi)The Mankameshwar temple is ready for devotees on the eve of Maha Shivratri Festival in Lucknow on Sunday. The Mankameshwar temple is ready for devotees on the eve of Maha Shivratri Festival in Lucknow on Sunday. The Mankameshwar temple is ready for devotees on the eve of Maha Shivratri Festival in Lucknow on Sunday. The Mankameshwar temple is ready for devotees on the eve of Maha Shivratri Festival in Lucknow on Sunday. The Mankameshwar temple is ready for devotees on the eve of Maha Shivratri Festival in Lucknow on Sunday. A devotee dressed as Hindu god Shiva dances during a procession ahead of Shivratri festival, in Jammu, India, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Devotees dressed as Hindu goddess Kali participate in a procession ahead of Shivratri festival, in Jammu, India, Saturday, March 5, 2016. A devotee dressed as a Hindu goddess Kali participates in a procession ahead of Shivratri festival, in Jammu, India, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Hindu devotees offer prayers next to the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, ahead of Maha Shivratri festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. A man dressed as Hindu god Lord Shiva takes part in a religious procession ahead of Maha Shivratri festival in Chandigarh, India. An artist paints an idol of the Hindu Lord Shiva at a workshop ahead of the Hindu festival of Maha Shivratri in Agartala, India. (Source: Photo by Reuters) Hindu devotees offer prayers next to the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, ahead of Maha Shivratri festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, smeared with ashes smokes marijuana in a chillum during the Shivaratri festival on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, March 7, 2016. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Maha Shivaratri festival. Hindu holy men, or sadhus, sit beside the fire as they chant religious song during the Shivaratri festival at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. A young devotee dressed as Hindu god Shiva participates in a procession ahead of Shivratri festival, in Jammu, India, Saturday, March 5, 2016.Mumbai people are preparing for Maha Shivratri on the eve of the festival day.
Mahashivratri: Celebrations from across the country - The Indian Express
2016-03-06Major fire in Dombivali MIDC - Free Press Journal
Major fire in Dombivali MIDC Mar 06, 2016 12:16 am There was no loss of life or injuries in the incident Mumbai : A major fire broke out in a chemical company at Manpada Road area in Dombivili on Saturday morning and which was finally put out after seven hours of effort. Fire brigade sources said that the fire broke out at Ultra Pure Chem in the industrial colony around 9.30 am.There were also some cylinders stored at a go down next door, but these were removed safely and the fire did not go out of control. Also, there was no loss of life or injuries in the incident. Sources said that since this was a major fire, there were 125 firefighters working to douse the fire besides fire engines called from neighboring areas of Ulhasnagar, Ambarnath, Bhiwandi and Navi Mumbai. As a precautionary measure, the fire brigade also removed explosive material from other companies in the area.
2016-03-05Harassed by bookies, 36-year-old Ulhasnagar man commits suicide - Mid-Day
Harassed by bookies, 36-year-old Ulhasnagar man commits suicide By Faisal Tandel |Posted 05-Mar-2016 A 36-year-old man from Ulhasnagar committed suicide by hanging himself with a nylon rope in a hotel room, police said on Thursday. Ashoklal Sharma, Pic/Navnet Barbhate According to the police the deceased identified as Amit Ashoklal Sharma alias Maharaj is a real estate agent based in Ulhasnagar who took interest in betting. Sources close to the deceased said that he had suffered monetary losses after betting on Asia Cup India-Pakistan cricket match and that he committed suicide as the bookies were harassing him for cash. There was a water and electricity cut in Ulhasnagar, so Sharma went to Seema hotel. An officer from central police station said, "He rented the room no 303 of the lodge and was taking rest. On Wednesday afternoon, the waiter from the hotel knocked the door for lunch, but there was no response even after repeated attempts. Assuming that Sharma would be asleep, the waiter went away. The same thing happened when the waiter went to check for dinner. Suspicous, the waiter then informed the owner who then reported the matter to the central police station." The central police have registered a case of accidental death case on Wednesday night and are probing the matter. "We have registered a case of accidental death case and are investigating the matter. We are yet to take the statement of the family members as they are still under shock," said AV. Saigaonkar, Senior Police Inspector, Central police station. Even though the police did not find any suicide note from the spot, sources said that they have found an affidavit of Rs 50 that clearly stated that he had taken a loan. "Maharaj used to bet on cricket matched and in the last India-Pakistan match, he had bet in lakhs. The bookies were harassing him to get the cash he had lost the bet," said a source close to Maharaj.
Harassed by bookies, 36-year-old Ulhasnagar man commits suicide - Mid-Day
2016-03-04Cricket punter found hanging in hotel after running up debt - Times of India
Cricket punter found hanging in hotel after running up debt Mar 5, 2016, 05:11 IST ULHASNAGAR: The body of a 36-year-old man has been found hanging in the room of a hotel in Ulhasnagar. The police said the deceased, Amit Sharma, used to bet heavily on cricket for which he had taken loans and was neck-deep in debt. Hotel staff alerted the police after Sharma did not respond to calls on Wednesday evening. The door was broken open and his body found hanging from the fan. A stamp paper found on the body led the police to suspect Sharma was under pressure to give an undertaking to repay his debtors.
2016-03-02PIO fined Rs40,000 for not providing land records - Daily News & Analysis
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2016-03-02Opt for theater not terrorism: Mumbai Police to vulnerable youth - Catch News
Opt for theatre not terrorism: Thane Police to vulnerable Mumbai youths Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:51 IST The city of Mumbai is no stranger to terror attacks or terror outfits. Its adjoining cities Thane and Navi Mumbai have always been an easy target and a hotbed for terrorist activity. These cities have been victims of several such attacks, including serial bomb blasts and the infamous 26/11 attacks. Read: Terror Central? why arrest of 'ISIS India chief' puts Thane under the lens Many innocent lives were claimed and huge property losses were incurred by the government, as well as citizens. After each attack, the state government and police departments sit and 'brainstorm' ways to trace the perpetrators. As routine practice, they press the informers into action, make a few arrests, and file charge-sheets against those arrested and the 'absconding' masterminds of the attacks. They then proceed to pat their backs for a job well done. As a result they have never managed to really identify the root of the problem and have continually missed arriving at a constructive solution. Up until now that is. REACHING OUT TO THE YOUTH The department spends huge amounts of money on anti-terror advertisements. But the expenditure has been in vain because the campaigns have not yet yielded desired results. "It was after much deliberation that we decided to approach the youth through a street play competition," said Vijay Bhise, senior police inspector, ATC, Thane police. Bhise and his team arrived at the conclusion that college students and those in their early and mid 30s were highly vulnerable to radicalisation and needed to be attended to. Also read- Mumbai terror attacks: Ajmal Kasab shot her in the leg, now she wants to be IPS officer "The recent incident, wherein youths in their early 30s were radicalised and some even left the country to join the terror outfit ISIS, has been giving us sleepless nights. After much brainstorming we identified the root cause of the problem and decided to reach out to the vulnerable youths to become a barrier between them and the terrorists." The idea of the street play was appreciated and approved by senior officials like the Commissioner of Police Parambeer Singh and Joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dumbre. A team of ATC put together the concept of a street play competition involving college students from across Thane Police Commissionerate. "We just gave the theme for the street plays. Students were asked to write and direct the plays as per their imagination and creativity. The response to the competition was overwhelming. In all 34 teams from colleges across the Commissionerate participated in the competition, out of which eight made it to the finals. The finals are scheduled for 10 March at Thane," Bhise said. Mumbai has been a target of repeated terror attacks. The police and govt have so far failed to tackle it Apart from the competition, the police officials also floated the idea of 'Police Mitra' (Friends of Police). This is meant to be a group on social media to counter the terror outfits targeting innocent youths online. "We had distributed feedback forms to all the students in Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Bhivandi on Police Mitra. We were taken aback when over 4,500 students across these cities expressed willingness to be a part of this group," Bhise said, adding, "If they can brainwash the innocent youths, we also can do the same and be the barrier between the terrorist and the youths of our country." A SKETCHY SITUATION Sleeper cells and terror modules continue to operate and radicalise vulnerable youths and recruit them to carry out acts of terror. These radicalised youngsters are even sent out of India for arms and explosives training. The vicious cycle continues despite police claiming to have eliminated the anti-national networks time and again. It seems that the police department and government have ignored the root cause of the problem and were busy building superficial remedies. Given the number of terror attacks and the ease with which they have been executed, it is amply clear that the police and intelligence agencies are either lacking in their efforts, or have failed in their diagnosis of the root problem so far. The police are reaching out to vulnerable youths through street plays and hoping to prevent radicalisation Thane city and district have had a peculiar connection to all the anti-national and terror acts carried out in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region over last two decades. It has become a practise with Mumbai and Thane police to descend on the dingy alleys in Mumbra and Bhivandi, the suburbs of Thane and also parts of Navi Mumbai, and arrest a few small fishes who would be of no use in reaching the real masterminds. The police department, then seemingly goes into hibernation till the next terror attack or bomb blast. Since Thane city and district have always been at the centre of controversy for providing logistical support to the perpetrators, the Anti Terror Cell (ATC) of Thane Crime branch decided to remove the blot through these street plays. Thane police have always been at the receiving end of criticism. "To overcome this taboo, we decided to target the root cause and intervene at the point when students and youths get radicalised, and become terror sympathisers in the name of religion. We decided to brainwash the vulnerable youths against the perpetrators," Bhise said.
Opt for theater not terrorism: Mumbai Police to vulnerable youth - Catch News
2016-03-02Mumbai lawyers take law into hands, thrash 24-yr-old law student - Ahmedabad Mirror
MUMBAI LAWYERS TAKE LAW INTO HANDS, THRASH 24-YR-OLD LAW STUDENT Updated: Mar 3, 2016, 02.00 AM IST Smoking is injurious to health; dealing with a lawyer even more so. Days after lawyers ran riot in Delhi’s Patiala House courts and attacked JNU students and journalists, a 24-yearold law student, Jayesh Motwani, has alleged that he was bashed up by at least 10 lawyers on Monday. He said he had objected to a lawyer smoking in Mumbai’s Ulhasnagar metropolitan magistrate’s court and the lawyer, identified only as ‘More’, whipped up a frenzy by shouting in the court hall that a lawyer had been attacked; a group of men in black then rushed out of court and began assaulting Motwani. Motwani told Mirror that he had gone to the Ulhasnagar court along with his cousin Sunil Motwani on Monday to collect some case papers. “As we reached the first floor, I saw a lawyer smoking a cigarette. I questioned him how was he smoking in the court premises since it’s an offence to smoke in a public place. The lawyer said ‘do whatever you can, I will smoke’ and blew smoke into his face,” Motwani said in his complaint to the Ulhasnagar central police station. Motwani said he tried to wave away the smoke blown into his face and accidentally hit lawyer More’s hand and the cigarette fell. “As the cigarette fell, the lawyer started screaming and asked how I dare touch him and said I will now have to face the consequences for it. Another man standing besides the lawyer threatened me and asked how dare I touch lawyer More. More lawyers then walked towards the bar room shouting ‘lawyer has been assaulted, lawyer has been assaulted’. I called the police control room sensing trouble. Five to six lawyers, along with More, then came marching towards me and started dragging me downstairs,” Motwani said.After dragging him down the stairs, Motwani alleged the lawyers told him that the maximum penalty they would have to pay for smoking in court premises was Rs 1,200. “But we will get an assault case registered against you, they told me. By the time the group came downstairs, More, who was heading the group, started chanting ‘lawyer has been assaulted, lawyer has been assaulted’,” Motwani said. He added that some more lawyers gathered at the main gate of the court; one of the lawyers slapped him and another one who was a wig punched him, Motwani alleged. Motwani has registered a police complaint with the Ulhasnagar central police station alleging assault and rioting against 10 lawyers. “As the lawyers started hitting me, More, along with seven to eight lawyers, kicked and punched me. I have mentioned their description in the police complaint with whatever I could recollect. They kept hitting me for some time and one of them also hit me with a glass bottle leading to a cut injury on my fingers. My cousin tried to rescue me but he was also assaulted,” said Motwani. He added: “Some policemen who were present in the court premises rescued us and took us to the hospital where medical aid was provided. We then went to the police station and filed a complaint against the lawyers. Being a law student I could not believe that the lawyers resorted to violence on being objected to smoking in court premises.” “If lawyers take law in their own hands, how will they protect and fight for those seeking justice,” he asked. The Ulhasnagar central police officials conducted a spot panchnama in the Ulhasnagar court premises and also collected blood samples from the spot. Motwani gave his blood sample in a sealed envelope at the Ulhasnagar central hospital and it would be used by the police to match with the samples they have procured from the crime scene. “We have registered an offence against the accused lawyers as per the statement of the victim and are conducting further investigations. A spot panchnama was also carried out and witness statements will be recorded,” said Senior Police Inspector AV Saigaonkar from Ulhasnagar central police station.
Mumbai lawyers take law into hands, thrash 24-yr-old law student - Ahmedabad Mirror
2016-03-01Measures may have modest impact on dialysis costs - The Hindu
Measures may have modest impact on dialysis costs MUMBAI:, MARCH 01, 2016 00:00 IST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 06, 2016 08:53 IST Proposal to start a ‘National Dialysis Services Programme’ gets positive response The special attention dialysis got in the Union Budget on Monday was not without reason, and while the measures announced, including a waiver of customs duty and excise on certain parts of dialysis equipment, were long-awaited they may not bring down costs significantly. For starters, the government had only last year imposed a heavier levy on consumables used in dialysis, spiking the procedure rates by 17 to 20 per cent, and increased the equipment cost a couple of years ago: moves that had led to various associations of nephrologists seek a reversal. The prices were increased despite a writ petition filed by a Delhi-based advocate in the Supreme Court in 2013 that raised the issue of making the cost-intensive procedure more accessible. It had pointed out that of the nearly 7.85 million Indians suffering from chronic kidney disease, only 22.5 per cent could access and afford dialysis treatment. The Centre was yet to respond to the notice the apex court had served on the measures it planned to take to bring down the costs. But the tax exemption announced on Monday applies only to dialysis equipment and not consumables. “After the tax on consumables was increased, a PIL was also filed in the Madras High Court. We had discussed the issue with the Maharashtra Health Minister too during the conference of the Indian Society of Hemo Dialysis. He had said he would look into the tax burden on patients,” said Alan Almeida, consultant nephrologist with Hinduja Hospital, also secretary of the Mumbai Nephrology Group. He pointed out that consumables were part and parcel of dialysis and the Budget announcement did not hold the promise of a total reversal of the additional taxes levied. The machine’s cost too had gone up two years ago from Rs 5.5 lakh earlier, to up to Rs 6.5 lakh. “The cost of the dialyser, which is used each time a person undergoes a dialysis, also went up from Rs 500 to Rs 550,” said Manish Doshi, coordinator with Jivan Jyot Drug Bank, an NGO that supplies the equipment to various hospitals for needy patients. He added, however, that the Maharashtra government had reduced VAT on the machine on January 1, this year. The modest impact on the overall procedure cost is, nevertheless, welcome, said doctors. What received a more positive response was the proposal to start a ‘National Dialysis Services Programme’, as part of which dialysis services will come up in all district hospitals. “There are many dialysis centres in Mumbai. There will be two at every station, but there is still a need for more,” said Haresh Dodeja, nephrologist and kidney transplant surgeon with Fortis Hospital, Mulund. He said end-stage kidney disease was rare because there was a solution available. “The drop in cost will make it accessible to more patients,” he said. Explaining the need for more centres, Dr Dodeja said the dialysis facility in Fortis Mulund got patients from areas such as Ulhasnagar, Panvel and Dombivli. Word of caution Besides, most centres in Mumbai were running full and there was also a need to take the facility to the State’s interiors, said Dr Almeida. He, however, cautioned that it should be ensured that the staff members running these units were skilled.
2016-03-01Measures may have modest impact on dialysis costs - The Hindu
Measures may have modest impact on dialysis costs MUMBAI:, MARCH 01, 2016 00:00 IST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 06, 2016 08:53 IST Proposal to start a ‘National Dialysis Services Programme’ gets positive response The special attention dialysis got in the Union Budget on Monday was not without reason, and while the measures announced, including a waiver of customs duty and excise on certain parts of dialysis equipment, were long-awaited they may not bring down costs significantly. For starters, the government had only last year imposed a heavier levy on consumables used in dialysis, spiking the procedure rates by 17 to 20 per cent, and increased the equipment cost a couple of years ago: moves that had led to various associations of nephrologists seek a reversal. The prices were increased despite a writ petition filed by a Delhi-based advocate in the Supreme Court in 2013 that raised the issue of making the cost-intensive procedure more accessible. It had pointed out that of the nearly 7.85 million Indians suffering from chronic kidney disease, only 22.5 per cent could access and afford dialysis treatment. The Centre was yet to respond to the notice the apex court had served on the measures it planned to take to bring down the costs. But the tax exemption announced on Monday applies only to dialysis equipment and not consumables. “After the tax on consumables was increased, a PIL was also filed in the Madras High Court. We had discussed the issue with the Maharashtra Health Minister too during the conference of the Indian Society of Hemo Dialysis. He had said he would look into the tax burden on patients,” said Alan Almeida, consultant nephrologist with Hinduja Hospital, also secretary of the Mumbai Nephrology Group. He pointed out that consumables were part and parcel of dialysis and the Budget announcement did not hold the promise of a total reversal of the additional taxes levied. The machine’s cost too had gone up two years ago from Rs 5.5 lakh earlier, to up to Rs 6.5 lakh. “The cost of the dialyser, which is used each time a person undergoes a dialysis, also went up from Rs 500 to Rs 550,” said Manish Doshi, coordinator with Jivan Jyot Drug Bank, an NGO that supplies the equipment to various hospitals for needy patients. He added, however, that the Maharashtra government had reduced VAT on the machine on January 1, this year. The modest impact on the overall procedure cost is, nevertheless, welcome, said doctors. What received a more positive response was the proposal to start a ‘National Dialysis Services Programme’, as part of which dialysis services will come up in all district hospitals. “There are many dialysis centres in Mumbai. There will be two at every station, but there is still a need for more,” said Haresh Dodeja, nephrologist and kidney transplant surgeon with Fortis Hospital, Mulund. He said end-stage kidney disease was rare because there was a solution available. “The drop in cost will make it accessible to more patients,” he said. Explaining the need for more centres, Dr Dodeja said the dialysis facility in Fortis Mulund got patients from areas such as Ulhasnagar, Panvel and Dombivli. Word of caution Besides, most centres in Mumbai were running full and there was also a need to take the facility to the State’s interiors, said Dr Almeida. He, however, cautioned that it should be ensured that the staff members running these units were skilled.
2016-03-012 civic employees held for accepting bribe in Thane - Business Standard
2 civic employees held for accepting bribe in Thane Thane (Maha) Last Updated at March 1, 2016 18:07 IST Two employees of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) in the district were arrested for allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 5,000, Anti-Corruption Bureau officials said today. The complainant had constructed two toilets in his house under 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' and is eligible for subsidy of Rs 22,000, Deputy Superintendent of Police ACB Thane Unit Sanjay Mohite said. He could get the subsidy only if the toilets are inspected and cleared for payment by the employees of the civic body, he added. When the complainant approached mukadam Mahendrasingh Benval, and a sweeper Naresh Makwana, the duo demanded Rs 6,000 for inspection and issuance of the certificate for payment of subsidy. After negotiations, the amount was settled at Rs 5,000, the officer said. Following a complaint, a trap was laid at the UMC headquarters today and ACB sleuths nabbed Benval while accepting the bribe. The bribe was also taken for Makwana, Mohite added. A case under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was registered against the duo and investigations are underway, police said.
2016-03-01Now, Mumbai lawyers take law into their own hands - Mumbai Mirror
NOW, MUMBAI LAWYERS TAKE LAW INTO THEIR OWN HANDS Updated: Mar 2, 2016, 03.11 AM IST Law student who asked lawyer not to smoke in court bashed up. Smoking is injurious to health; dealing with a lawyer even more so. Days after lawyers ran riot in Delhi’s Patiala House courts and attacked JNU students and journalists, a 24-year-old law student, Jayesh Motwani (above), has alleged that he was bashed up by at least 10 lawyers on Monday. He said he had objected to a lawyer smoking in the Ulhasnagar metropolitan magistrate’s court and the lawyer, identified only as ‘More’, whipped up a frenzy by shouting in the court hall that a lawyer had been attacked; a group of men in black then rushed out of court and began assaulting Motwani. Motwani told Mirror that he had gone to the Ulhasnagar court along with his cousin Sunil Motwani on Monday to collect some case papers. “As we reached the first floor, I saw a lawyer smoking a cigarette. I questioned him how was he smoking in the court premises since it’s an offence to smoke in a public place. The lawyer said ‘do whatever you can, I will smoke’ and blew smoke into his face,” Motwani said in his complaint to the Ulhasnagar central police station. Motwani said he tried to wave away the smoke blown into his face and accidentally hit lawyer More’s hand and the cigarette fell. “As the cigarette fell, the lawyer started screaming and asked how I dare touch him and said I will now have to face the consequences for it. Another man standing besides the lawyer threatened me and asked how dare I touch lawyer More. More lawyers then walked towards the bar room shouting ‘lawyer has been assaulted, lawyer has been assaulted’. I called the police control room sensing trouble. Five to six lawyers, along with More, then came marching towards me and started dragging me downstairs,” Motwani said. After dragging him down the stairs, Motwani alleged the lawyers told him that the maximum penalty they would have to pay for smoking in court premises was Rs 1,200. “But we will get an assault case registered against you, they told me. By the time the group came downstairs, More, who was heading the group, started chanting ‘lawyer has been assaulted, lawyer has been assaulted’,” Motwani said. He added that some more lawyers gathered at the main gate of the court; one of the lawyers slapped him and another one who was a wig punched him, Motwani alleged. Motwani has registered a police complaint with the Ulhasnagar central police station alleging assault and rioting against 10 lawyers. “As the lawyers started hitting me, More, along with seven to eight lawyers, kicked and punched me. I have mentioned their description in the police complaint with whatever I could recollect. They kept hitting me for some time and one of them also hit me with a glass bottle leading to a cut injury on my fingers. My cousin tried to rescue me but he was also assaulted,” said Motwani. He added: “Some policemen who were present in the court premises rescued us and took us to the hospital where medical aid was provided. We then went to the police station and filed a complaint against the lawyers. Being a law student I could not believe that the lawyers resorted to violence on being objected to smoking in court premises. If lawyers take law in their own hands, how will they protect and fight for those seeking justice,” he asked. The Ulhasnagar central police officials conducted a spot panchnama in the Ulhasnagar court premises and also collected blood samples from the spot. Motwani gave his blood sample in a sealed envelope at the Ulhasnagar central hospital and it would be used by the police to match with the samples they have procured from the crime scene. “We have registered an offence against the accused lawyers as per the statement of the victim and are conducting further investigations. A spot panchnama was also carried out and witness statements will be recorded,” said Senior Police Inspector AV Saigaonkar from Ulhasnagar central police station.
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Nitin Lulla      [ 2012-02-01 ]
Jaise mumbai bahar se khubsoorat hai or Andar se utna hi ganda or worst hai, waise hi ulhasnagar b lookiwise acha hota ja raha hai but uski tarah andar se ganda or khatrnak b ho raha hai..
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