Ulhasnagar Sindhunagar City News, Events - April-2016
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April-2016 News & Updates from the City of Ulhasnagar/Sindhunagar, Maharashtra, India. Ulhasnagar City News indexed across timeline for easy retrieval.

2016-04-30Four Held For Attempting To Kill Man Over Water Distribution - NDTV
Four Held For Attempting To Kill Man Over Water Distribution In Thane All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: May 01, 2016 05:14 IST Thane: Four persons were arrested on Saturday for allegedly trying to murder a man in Ulhasnagar township in Thane over distribution of water, police said. Ram Gaikwad, who is associated with a charitable organisation, was attacked by Bunty, Nitin, Vicky and another unidentified person when he was distributing water from a tempo last night at about 11 am, Sub Inspector S B Khamkhar of Central Police Station said. The accused, jumped the queue, and asked Mr Gaikwad to give them water first. After he refused, they attacked him with a weapon and left him seriously injured,Sub Inspector Khamkar said. Mr Gaikwad was admitted to a hospital. A case under relevant sections of IPC was registered in this regard, police said, adding, investigations were underway.
Four Held For Attempting To Kill Man Over Water Distribution - NDTV
2016-04-30Mom dumps kids twice, US couple to adopt them - Times of India
Mom dumps kids twice, US couple to adopt them Shibu Thomas More than three years after a five-year-old boy and his three-year-old sister were abandoned at Ulhasnagar, they seem set to find a home. The Bombay high court has stepped in to put an end to their trauma, and cleared the decks for their adoption by a US-based couple. | TNN | Apr 30, 2016, 11.38 PM IST Mumbai: More than three years after a five-year-old boy and his three-year-old sister were abandoned at Ulhasnagar, they seem set to find a home. The Bombay high court has stepped in to put an end to their trauma, and cleared the decks for their adoption by a US-based couple. It was the second time a couple had come forward to adopt the siblings. The court had tried to allow their adoption by a Canadian couple of Indian origin in 2013, but the children's biological mother turned up to claim their custody. While the adoption process was put on hold, the mother later failed to even visit the children, leading the child welfare committee and now the HC to process their adoption. Describing the situation of the children as "heart-rending", Justice Gautam Patel said, "There are two minors, one male and one female, today aged nine and seven years who have, for the better part of their childhood, been footballed between their birth mother, one agency and another agency, been previously placed for adoption only to see that possible dream evaporate and have now been suggested for adoption again." The judge said the bond with their birth mother seems to have been broken, not once but twice. "It is difficult to even begin to imagine the kind of trauma these children must have suffered. After all, they were not abandoned at birth but at the ages of five and three, when they must have had at least some degree of awareness." Vishal and Krutika were found abandoned by the Ulhasnagar police on December 31, 2012, and lodged in an organization. In 2013, the child welfare committee (CWC) initiated the process for their adoption by a Canada-based couple of Indian origin. The birth mother, though, appeared to claim the children's custody before the high court, which ordered a DNA test. The court then put the adoption on hold and said the kids could be released in the custody of their birth mother if she showed an interest in maternal behaviour. But she never turned up or met the children after December 2014. So, when the organization identified a new couple--New York-based John (54) and Julia Smith (50)--the high court said the birth mother had "squandered her opportunity" and the court will not allow a repetition of the disappointment and trauma inflicted on the children. John and Julia had met on a dating portal for Christian singles in 2006 and got married soon after. The court noted that they had a house in New York overlooking the Hudson river in close proximity to schools and other facilities and were well off. "It seems clear to me that the mother (Julia) is family-oriented, social, caring and that both parents together have the capacity to provide the necessary security and comfort to both these children," the judge said, noting that Julia was of Indian origin and the couple had a stable and devout upbringing. At the same time, the court refused to blame the birth mother, saying, "It is possible that she may have found herself in circumstances beyond her control. We may, well, say it is not easy for any mother to feel compelled to abandon her own children at the ages of five and three." The judge, who met the two children in the chambers, said though they had not met their adoptive parents, Krutika said she was excited to go, while Vishal was brimming with restless energy. Justice Patel said the court was placing with trust the responsibility of the two children in the hands of their adoptive parents. "It may be too early to say whether the children are fully aware of the implications of the adoption. I do not expect the road ahead for them or the parents will be easy. But it is one on which the parents have set foot, and one that seems to me to lead toward a better future for the children." (Names changed to protect the identities of the couple and the children).
2016-04-28Respite for residents, water resource department to supply water to Thane district - Daily News & Analysis
Respite for residents, water resource department to supply water to Thane district Thane residents can now have some respite as their water woes are getting addressed one after the other. After the railways allowed TMC draw water from Dighe dam, the water resource department has agreed to supply 35 MLD(million liters per day) water to Thane district. The water crisis which brought the entire Thane region on its knees in the past three months, finally seems to be resolving. In a meeting held on April 26, the water resource department has agreed to allow TMC (Thane municipal corporation) to draw 35 MLD of water. "The decision was taken in a meeting held between the TMC and the water resource department at the URTC (urban research center) at Thane on Wednesday," says Sandip Malvi, public relations officer, TMC. The TMC has agreed to draw 35 MLD from Bhatsa dam at its own expenditure out of which 10 MLD will be for Thane, 9 MLD for Bhiwandi, 8 MLD for Ulhasnagar, 3MLD for rural Bhiwandi and 5MLD for Mira-Bhayander. This news has been applauded by Thanekars who are reeling under a 60 hour or three days a week water cut. "We were expecting things to worsen in April and May but it looks like things are going to get better," says Ramesh Patil, resident of Kalwa. This is good news for all Thane residents as in mid-April, TMC was hoping to impose more water cuts. "With water levels being very low in Baravi dam, we wanted to impose more water cuts so that the current water would last till July 15. However, this supply from Bhatsa of 35 MLD will now make us reverse our decision," says a TMC official from its water department. Thane city receives 470 MLD water from MIDC, STEM, BMC and TMC everyday. On April 25, the central railways had allowed TMC to withdraw water from Dighe dam for the next two months.
Respite for residents, water resource department to supply water to Thane district - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-28Bookie Jaisinghani now in trouble with Gujarat HC - Daily News & Analysis
Bookie Jaisinghani now in trouble with Gujarat HC
Bookie Jaisinghani now in trouble with Gujarat HC - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-28Bombay High Court refuses regularisation of illegal buildings constructed before Dec 31, 2015 - Daily News & Analysis
Bombay High Court refuses regularisation of illegal buildings constructed before Dec 31, 2015 For representation purpose only 3
Bombay High Court refuses regularisation of illegal buildings constructed before Dec 31, 2015 - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-27TMC to get extra 10 Mld water from Bhatsa dam daily - Times of India
TMC to get extra 10 Mld water from Bhatsa dam daily Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 27, 2016, 08.38 AM IST Thane: Residents may get some respite from the grim water situation in the city. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has been granted permission to lift an additional 10 million litres of water daily from Bhatsa dam. This volume will be over the existing amount that the city currently receives. This decision was taken during a meeting with senior officials in the district and irrigation department. The TMC will be allowed to now use around 210 million litres of water over six days every week. This water will be supplied to Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi and Mira-Bhayander corporations. However, the corporations will not be able to draw water on shutdown days, an official from the irrigation department said. As per the initial calculations, out of 35 Mld water drawn daily, the city will get around 10 Mld, while Ulhasnagar will be supplied 8mld, Bhiwandi 9 Mld, Bhiwandi rural 3 Mld and Mira-Bhayander 9 Mld. The corporation will be draw the additional volume form Wednesday. Meanwhile, the railway minister had also allowed the TMC to draw water from Ilthanpada reservoir at Navi Mumbai. But this won't help residents as the TMC has found that there is not enough water in the reservoir. "Firstly, there isn't enough water in the tank and the quality of it also isn't good in the reservoir. How is it possible for the city to use this little quantity of water considering the high cost of filtering and transporting it till here? The administration must rethink on the issue," said Sanjay Bhoir, Opposition leader in the TMC.
2016-04-27Bombay HC rejects govt bid to regularise illegal constructions - The Indian Express
Bombay HC rejects govt bid to regularise illegal constructions Written by Ruhi Bhasin Mumbai Published:Apr 28, 2016, 0:15 A demolition drive on Pimpri-Chinchwad. Express Archive Rejecting the state government's proposed policy to regularise illegal constructions, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday said the policy was arbitrary and contrary to the norms that govern construction activity in the state. We are of the view that the proposed policy is arbitrary and does not stand the test of Article 14 (equality before law) of the Constitution. If it is implemented by the planning authority, they will be acting contrary to Maharashtra Region and Town Planning Act and the Development Control Regulations, said Justice A S Oka. A division bench of Justice A S Oka and Justice Prakash Naik was hearing a Public Interest Litigation pertaining to illegal constructions in Digha in Navi Mumbai. The government had submitted a policy to regularise illegal constructions and sought permission from the court to implement it. The policy was meant to regularise certain illegal structures built prior to December 31, 2015.
Bombay HC rejects govt bid to regularise illegal constructions - The Indian Express
2016-04-26Two arrested for 25 truck thefts - Times of India
Two arrested for 25 truck thefts TNN | Apr 26, 2016, 06.03 AM IST Surat: Detection of crime branch sleuths arrested two persons from the city on Monday with a stolen truck which they were trying to sell in Sachin area. Police investigation revealed that the accused had stolen over 25 trucks from Mumbai and its surrounding areas. The accused sold the trucks worth Rs12 lakh for less than Rs1 lakh to their clients. Police arrested Ranjit Ram Prakash Soni, 27, currently a resident of Vapi and originally from Banda in Uttar Pradesh (UP), and Zuber Ahmad alias Bababhai Mohammad Shafiq Shaikh, 49, also a resident of Vapi and from Sant Kabir Nagar of UP. The accused were nabbed when they were waiting for a client near Hojiwala Industrial Estate in Sachin with the truck stolen from Vashi APMC Market in Navi Mumbai seven days ago. A complaint of theft for the truck has been registered at Vashi APMC police station. The accused have confessed to have stolen 25 trucks from Thane, Vashi, Sanpada, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan, Ambarnath, Taloja, Pant Nagar, Vikroli, Sakinaka, Andheri, Vile Parle, Chambur and Mulund between 2012 and 2016. "The accused targeted only trucks of TATA make since they could make its master key. They stole the trucks when their drivers went to sleep after parking the vehicles in the parking area," said a police official. The accused were arrested for truck thefts in the past by Bhivandi, Pant Nagar and Kurla police stations. The accused left from Vapi in the evening and went to Mumbai to carry out the theft. They stole the truck during night hours and returned to Gujarat. They used to mostly sell the trucks to their contacts in Dhuliya or Vadodara and kept changing the location of delivery to avoid being nabbed. "The accused sold the truck for Rs1 lakh to make quick money and get rid of the stolen vehicle fast. They earlier used to stay in Mumbai but after being caught a couple of times shifted base to Vapi," said S M Trivedi, police sub inspector, DCB.
2016-04-26TMC to get extra 10 Mld water from Bhatsa dam daily - Times of India
TMC to get extra 10 Mld water from Bhatsa dam daily Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Apr 26, 2016, 10.32 PM IST Thane: Residents may get some respite from the grim water situation in the city. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has been granted permission to lift an additional 10 million litres of water daily from Bhatsa dam. This volume will be over the existing amount that the city currently receives. This decision was taken during a meeting with senior officials in the district and irrigation department. The TMC will be allowed to now use around 210 million litres of water over six days every week. This water will be supplied to Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi and Mira-Bhayander corporations. However, the corporations will not be able to draw water on shutdown days, an official from the irrigation department said. As per the initial calculations, out of 35 Mld water drawn daily, the city will get around 10 Mld, while Ulhasnagar will be supplied 8mld, Bhiwandi 9 Mld, Bhiwandi rural 3 Mld and Mira-Bhayander 9 Mld. The corporation will be draw the additional volume form Wednesday. Meanwhile, the railway minister had also allowed the TMC to draw water from Ilthanpada reservoir at Navi Mumbai. But this won't help residents as the TMC has found that there is not enough water in the reservoir. "Firstly, there isn't enough water in the tank and the quality of it also isn't good in the reservoir. How is it possible for the city to use this little quantity of water considering the high cost of filtering and transporting it till here? The administration must rethink on the issue," said Sanjay Bhoir, Opposition leader in the TMC.
2016-04-26TMC to get extra 10 Mld water from Bhatsa dam daily | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
TMC to get extra 10 Mld water from Bhatsa dam daily Thane: Residents may get some respite from the grim water situation in the city. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has been granted permission to lift an additional 10 million litres of water daily from Bhatsa dam. This volume will be over the existing amount that the city currently receives. This decision was taken during a meeting with senior officials in the district and irrigation department. The TMC will be allowed to now use around 210 million litres of water over six days every week. This water will be supplied to Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi and Mira-Bhayander corporations. However, the corporations will not be able to draw water on shutdown days, an official from the irrigation department said. As per the initial calculations, out of 35 Mld water drawn daily, the city will get around 10 Mld, while Ulhasnagar will be supplied 8mld, Bhiwandi 9 Mld, Bhiwandi rural 3 Mld and Mira-Bhayander 9 Mld. The corporation will be draw the additional volume form Wednesday. Meanwhile, the railway minister had also allowed the TMC to draw water from Ilthanpada reser...
2016-04-25Govt behind water scarcity, says citizens' writ petition - Mumbai Mirror
Govt behind water scarcity, says citizens By Divyesh Singh, Mumbai Mirror | Apr 25, 2016, 09.26 AM IST Two citizen groups from Ulhasnagar and Ambernath have filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court (HC) alleging that the rampant water scarcity in both areas was not due to shortage but because government officials were diverting the supply to water tanker suppliers and dyeing units. Members of the Nagrik Seva Mandal (NSM) and Ambernath Citizens Forum (ACF) said they were shocked at what they found over the course of their investigation which included a survey of various parts of Ulhasnagar and Ambernath. Many were badly affected, getting water only once or twice a week. At most times, the supply would only last for 15-20 minutes, filling up just two buckets. Both groups filed the petition after numerous complaints to civic authorities and government agencies yielded no respite. "The Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) gets around 110 million litres of water per day (MLD), which is supplied by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). Despite a water cut of 60 hours per week, this quantity is adequate for the people. Instead, the water is being supplied to various water tanker agencies and numerous denim dyeing units located in camps 4 and 5 of Ulhasnagar," said petitioner Satya jeet Burman from NSM. He added, "Areas like Kurla Camp, Samta Nagar, Gujarati pada, Lalchakki and Ganesh Nagar have not been getting water since March 20. Ulhasnagar has a population of around 8 lakh, of which around 2 lakh have either moved or plan to move away." The writ petition which has been admitted in the high court and will come up for hearing on April 27, alleges that some officers attached with the UMC and the Ambernath Municipal Council (AMC) have been diverting supply regularly. It has named the state government, the irrigation department, Thane's district collector, the Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) and the sub-divisional officer (SDO) of Ulhasnagar as respondents along with the UMC and AMC. The citizen groups alleged that the UMC had been regularly collecting water bills from residents worth Rs 4 crore a month, but paid MIDC only Rs 2.5 crore. The UMC has a pending water bill of approximately Rs 396 crore. "The figures that we found were shocking. Where does the money go? UMC does not pay the billed amount to MIDC and keeps around Rs 1.5 crore pending every month, resulting in heavy dues," said Prakash Nair from ACF. He added, "Under the JNNURM scheme, UMC had drawn up a contract of Rs 265 crore with a private contractor in 2008 to create water tanks, pipelines and enhance water storage and supply facilities in Ulhasnagar. The project was to be completed in December 2011 but is incomplete till date." Several areas in Ambernath (West) which are close to the Ordnance Factory do not have water connections. Over 50,000 people living in these areas depend on private water tankers. The petition also seeks action against two UMC engineers. "Several complaints were made to the UMC commissioner and other government authorities including police but no action was taken. The crisis has led to severe health problems among citizens. Our last resort was to move court," said Burman.
Govt behind water scarcity, says citizens
2016-04-25West Bengal: The epicentre of India's boom in sexual slavery - Scroll.in
West Bengal: The epicentre of India’s boom in sexual slavery In 2014, India witnessed a 38.7% rise in human trafficking. Apr 25, 2016 · 10:30 pm Over nine years since 2005-'06, India’s gross domestic product rose 76%, hiding darker changes that evolved in concert with this economic transformation. One of those is a 20% rise in human trafficking related to “purposes of prostitution” – the criminal process of forcing children and adults into sexual slavery – over the same period, a correlation brought to life by the stories of Pinki and Aamina. Their lives, as we shall see, overlap in the state that accounts for a fifth of such cases and is the epicentre of India’s human-trafficking industry: West Bengal.
West Bengal: The epicentre of India
2016-04-24Maharashtra Governor calls for preservation of Sindhi culture - India.com
Maharashtra Governor calls for preservation of Sindhi culture By Press Trust of India on April 24, 2016 at 5:40 PM Mumbai, April 24: Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao today called for setting up an institute for promotion of Sindhi language and culture in Mumbai. Preserving Sindhiyat, the language, culture and traditions of Sindhis, has become a challenge as members of the community are scattered all over the world. Thus, an institute, on the lines of Institute of Sindhology, is required in Mumbai to promote Sindhi language and culture, he said. Rao was speaking at the inauguration of the Cheti Chand Mela, the annual cultural programme of the community to welcome their new year, in suburban Mumbai.
Maharashtra Governor calls for preservation of Sindhi culture - India.com
2016-04-24West Bengal, Epicentre of India's boom in sexual slavery - Indiainfoline
2016-04-24Maha Guv calls for preservation of Sindhi culture - India Today
Maha Guv calls for preservation of Sindhi culture PTI April 24, 2016| UPDATED 17:15 IST Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao today called for setting up an institute for promotion of Sindhi language and culture in Mumbai. "Preserving Sindhiyat, the language, culture and traditions of Sindhis, has become a challenge as members of the community are scattered all over the world. Thus, an institute, on the lines of Institute of Sindhology, is required in Mumbai to promote Sindhi language and culture," he said. Rao was speaking at the inauguration of the Cheti Chand Mela, the annual cultural programme of the community to welcome their new year, in suburban Mumbai. He also hailed the contribution of Sindhi community to the progress and development of India and Maharashtra. "Despite suffering the trauma and pain of the partition, the Sindhis transformed themselves into one of the most successful communities on the strength of industry, hard work and determination," he said. Describing Sindhis as "pioneers of start?up" revolution, the Governor called upon members of the Sindhi community to encourage others to become entrepreneurs. He also asked the members of the Sindhi community to create a website to connect those settled across the world. He also praised the Sindhis in Mumbai and Ulhasnagar for starting top class educational institutions offering higher education to students. The Governor also felicitated meritorious students from the community on the occasion.
2016-04-23Two from Maha caught for loot, murder bid - Times of India
Two from Maha caught for loot, murder bid TNN | Apr 23, 2016, 12.24 PM IST Surat: Local crime branch of Valsad police caught two criminals from Maharashtra, who were involved in one loot and one robbery in Valsad district and an attempt to murder case in Navsari district in the past three months. Kailash Deghe of Raigadh and Indrajeet Ahire of Ulhasnagar, Thane were caught from the station road of Valsad district with a country-made revolver and two mobile phones on Thursday. They were in Valsad to carry out yet another loot.
2016-04-2342% Minor Girls Pushed Into Sexual Slavery Come From West Bengal: Report - Youth Ki Awaaz
42% Minor Girls Pushed Into Sexual Slavery Come From West Bengal: IndiaSpend Apr 23, 2016 No Comments By Himadri Ghosh, IndiaSpend.com: Kolkata: Over nine years since 2005-06, India,s gross domestic product (GDP) rose 76%, hiding darker changes that evolved in concert with this economic transformation. One of those is a 20% rise in human trafficking related to purposes of prostitution, the criminal process of forcing children and adults into sexual slavery over the same period, a correlation brought to life by the stories of Pinki and Aamina. Their lives, as we shall see, overlap in the state that accounts for a fifth of such cases and is the epicentre of India's human-trafficking industry, West Bengal. At 11, forced by mother into prostitution. I don't want to speak of the four-year ordeal I went through in Mumbai. Those years are the darkest phase of my life. Pinki (not her real name) is 16, slim, shy and nervous. Gradually, she offers some details. About 18 months ago, she was rescued by Mumbai's Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) from a brothel in the eastern Mumbai suburb of Ulhasnagar more than 1,900 km to the east from what was her home in North 24 Paraganas district, West Bengal. After turning 11, she made the journey west with her mother, who worked as Pinki put it, using the euphemism for prostitutionn in Mumbai. Sold to the Ulhasnagar brothel for an unknown amount, Pinki was forcibly and with obvious trauma initiated into sex work. When the Mumbai AHTU raided the brothel, her mother fled. Pinki has not heard from her since. At 15, a runaway bride crosses borders, escapes slavery Aamina Khatoon's story is relatively happier. At 15, Aamina (name changed) fled her home in Satkhira, Bangladesh, after her maternal uncle forcibly married her to a married man with two children. My mother could do nothing, said Aamina, an outspoken teenager with large eyes. My father was dead. There was no one to take care of us. Aamina refused to enter her husband's house, and, after resisting, escaped. Soon, the runaway bride found herself across the border in West Bengal, with no papers, nothing but the clothes on her. I had no clue what to do and where to go, she said. Three days later I was picked up by the police from Howrah station (a Kolkata railway terminus), and sent to this home. 42% of minor girls captured by traffickers nationwide are from West Bengal. We met Aamina and Pinki in Sanlaap, an NGO-run home in Naredrapur, 17 km from central Kolkata. Their future is uncertain, but thousands of minor girls sold into sexual slavery don't get even these breaks, especially not in West Bengal, which is particularly dangerous for minor girls from impoverished families. Consequently, Sonagachi in central Kolkata is reported to be Asia's largest red-light district, destination of many trafficked girls, most with little or no hope of escape. In 2014 the latest year for which data are available. India witnessed a 38.7% rise in human trafficking over the previous year, according to this National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)report. With 1,096 cases, West Bengal accounts for 20.1% of India's total.
42% Minor Girls Pushed Into Sexual Slavery Come From West Bengal: Report - Youth Ki Awaaz
2016-04-23Web Exclusive: Thane fears additional water cut due to evaporation - Free Press Journal
Web Exclusive: Thane fears additional water cut due to evaporation By Karishma Ravindran Apr 23, 2016 11:02 am The stock in reservoirs is depleting sharply and the Thane district fears additional water cuts if temperature soars in coming days, officials have warned. Modak Sagar is the worst affected reservoir in the district which is left with only 16 per cent of the water stock compared to its full capacity. Barvi, the major reservoir, is left with only about 29 per cent of the stock, officials pointed out. But, most alarming thing is that the stock in this reservoir has come down by almost four per cent in the past week alone. At present, there is only about 29.89 per cent of water left in Barvi dam which caters to Kalyan, Dombivali, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar and Badlapur. The reservoir had over 33 per cent of stock on April 4, officials said. Currently, the Thane city is facing 40 per cent of water cut, while several other cities in the district have been facing 55 to 65 per cent of water cut, the authorities said. The MIDC has forced a 40 per cent water cut, while the Shahad Temghar Water Authority (STEM) and Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) have cut down the supply by 30 per cent. Sources from the Thane Irrigation Department said that around 24 million cubic meters (MCM) of water is lost on a yearly basis due to evaporation at Bhatsa dam that has a storage capacity of 692 MCM. Officials from irrigation department said that after the water lost due to evaporation is taken into consideration, the actual water cuts would turn out to be around 33 per cent. After much planning, we have cut down the water supply for Thane district from sources like Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation, Thane Municipal Corporation and MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) and STEM to 1240 million litres per day (MLD) from earlier 1800 MLD. In addition we have started supplying water only five days a week. This would continue until July 15, he added.
Web Exclusive: Thane fears additional water cut due to evaporation - Free Press Journal
2016-04-23Will an investigation into bookie Anil Jaisnghani ever happen Mr Patil? - Daily News & Analysis
Will an investigation into bookie Anil Jaisnghani ever happen Mr Patil?
Will an investigation into bookie Anil Jaisnghani ever happen Mr Patil? - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-22Two from Maharashtra caught for loot, murder bid - Times of India
Two from Maharashtra caught for loot, murder bid TNN | Apr 22, 2016, 06.20 AM IST Local crime branch of Valsad police caught two criminals from Maharashtra, who were involved in one loot and one robbery in Valsad district and an attempt to murder case in Navsari district in the past three months. Kailash Deghe of Raigadh and Indrajeet Ahire of Ulhasnagar, Thane were caught from the station road of Valsad district with a country-made revolver and two mobile phones on Thursday. They were in Valsad to carry out yet another loot.
2016-04-2219-year-old Kate Sharma is Miss Pune Online 2016 - Justbollywood
19-year-old Kate Sharma is Miss Pune Online 2016 19-year-old model and actress Kate Sharma was today selected the winner of the Miss Pune Online 2016 pageant. Kate who originally hails from Ulhasnagar is now based in Panvel near Mumbai, but plans to shift to Mumbai very soon as she wants to aggressively launch her Bollywood career. She earlier completed her schooling from Ulhasnagar and B.Com from the Mumbai University to pursue her dreams of modeling and acting. The pageant Miss Pune Online 2016 and Miss Pune Selfie Queen is organized by one of the famous Bollywood news portal, Rainbow Tele Films India. Kate was also voted the selfie queen in a sub-contest of the same event. Both the pageants are organized to promote local talent at the town and city level and to groom and promote artistes and actors with a sturdy platform, which gives them the opportunity to interact with professional choreographers, musicians, actors, film directors and stage personalities, said Kiran Raut of Rainbow Tele films.
19-year-old Kate Sharma is Miss Pune Online 2016 - Justbollywood
2016-04-2023-year-old immolates self, mother-in-law held - Daily News & Analysis
23-year-old immolates self, mother-in-law held Updated: Apr 20, 2016, 06:40 AM IST The Ulhasnagar police have arrested a 50 years old mother-in-law for allegedly harassing 23 years old as she allegedly poured kerosene on herself and later set herself ablaze. The mother-in-law forced her to bring cash from her father to spend it on daily basis. The deceased Pooja Tiwari,23 a resident of Balkrishna Nagar in Ulhasnagar got married to Amit Tiwari,24 six years ago while tensions started between the mother-in-law Pramilla Tiwari,50 after she allegedly demanded money from her daughter-in-law. The complainant Hiraman Pandey in the complaint have stated to the Ulhasnagar police that the deceased was tortured physically and mentally by the in-law which pushed her to end life by setting her ablaze. "After the incident she was rushed to the nearby hospital but she died during treatment as her family members came few days later to file the complaint after completing the final rites and as per the complaint we have arrested the accused", said a Ulhasnagar police official. "We have arrested the accused under section 304 (b) (Dowry death) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code and will produce the accused in Ulhasnagar court", said VB Kajari, Investigation officer, Ulhasnagar police station. "After adequate investigation we have filed the complaint and have made the arrest as prima facie it seems that the woman was harassed by her mother-in-law which pushed her to end life", said Kajari.
23-year-old immolates self, mother-in-law held - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-20Now, Union minister's chopper trip to parched Maharashtra kicks up row - Hindustan Times
Now, Union minister's chopper trip to parched Maharashtra kicks up row PTI, Thane Updated: Apr 20, 2016 21:36 IST After Maharashtra revenue minister Eknath Khadse and Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh's helicopter trip in drought-hit Maharashtra has kicked up a storm with a BJP worker alleging that 10,000 litres of water was used to prepare a makeshift helipad. The matter came to light after BJP worker Dayanand Nene wrote to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis urging him to put a stop to such colossal wastage of water during VIP helicopter visits at a time when the state in facing acute scarcity of water. In an e-mail to Fadnavis, Nene said the helipad was prepared on a ground using gallons of water brought by tanker for the minister's chopper to land when Singh came to attend a programme of Gram Kisan Abhiyan in Bhiwandi on Monday. Nene also attached photographs of the tanker spraying water on the ground, the welcome arch, the minister being received and the hoarding of the programme, and also the chopper carrying the minister making a landing. Nene said, As I too am a BJP activist, I had gone there one day earlier. And what I saw was terribly disturbing. Gallons of water through tankers were being poured on a huge piece of land, which later I understood was a makeshift helipad being put in place for helicopter to land. It is estimated that over 10,000 litres of water was used for the same. On one hand, the government is trying its best to deal with the drought condition in the state. On the other hand nobody pays attention to such colossal wastage of water during official visits by VIPs.
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2016-04-20Thane: Rs 1.5 lakh stolen from 22 accounts in 3 hours - Mid-Day
Thane cyber crime: Rs 1.5 lakh stolen from 22 accounts in 3 hours By Faisal Tandel |Posted 20-Apr-2016 Twenty-two residents of Ulhasnagar lost Rs 1.5 lakh from their savings bank accounts between Sunday night and the wee hours of Monday. All victims have their accounts in Canara Bank branch in Ulhasnagar-4. The siphoning came to light after the victims approached the cyber crime cell yesterday and filed a written complaint. Complainants outside Vithalwadi police station. Canara Bank branch manager Ganesh Andrews claimed that it was the first-of-its-kind incident and assured full cooperation to the police during investigation. Victim Speaking to mid-day, Aarti Vasant Khapre said she received a message on Monday night that Rs 7,492.35 had been debited towards POS (point of sale) from her account. Similarly, Rs 1,882 was debited from her mother Kusum Khapre's account. When I visited the bank the next day to seek an explanation, I saw that several other customers were complaining to the manager about sudden deductions from their accounts. We all had one thing in common: deductions had happened between Sunday 10 pm and Monday 1 am, said Aarti, adding that all the victims then approached the Vithalwadi police station to lodge a complaint. An officer there told us to visit the cyber crime cell. As per his instructions, we visited the cyber cell and filed a written complaint. The officers there assured us a through investigation and recovery of the stolen amount if possible, Aarti said. She added that her mother's pension is credited to the account from which the amount was debited. Mangala Arun Vamorkar, who lost Rs 15,618.17, said, If we haven't shared share our personal details or the PIN number with any of the customer care executives or fake callers, then how can the amount get debited? It is a big cyber fraud and we suspect an insider's involvement. The police and the bank authorities must investigate the matter and ensure that we are given full refunds. She added all the victims of the fraud have temporarily blocked their accounts and debit cards. Just like Aarti and Mangala, Vasant Devidas Mahajan and Mahesh Rade lost Rs 12,232.49 and Rs 13,930.13 from their accounts respectively. Commenting on the issue, Andrews said, Twenty-two persons approached us in the morning and around Rs 1.50 lakh has been debited from their accounts. Its for the first time in my career that I've experienced such a fraud. The police will be helping us in the investigation. Initially, we assumed that the customers might have shared their details with unidentified callers over the phone, but thats clearly not the case. Cop speak: Senior Inspector JK Sawant from the cyber crime cell said, We have received a written complaint from the customers who lost money. Ways through which the fraudster/s managed to secure their personal details is yet to be probed.
Thane: Rs 1.5 lakh stolen from 22 accounts in 3 hours - Mid-Day
2016-04-20RBI cancels licence of three NBFCs - Hindu Business Line
RBI cancels licence of three NBFCs Our Bureau Mumbai, April 20 The RBI on Wednesday said it has cancelled the certificate of registration of three non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). Further, 10 NBFCs have surrendered the certificate of registration granted to them. The central bank, in a statement, said it has cancelled the certificate of registration of Shubh Leasing (Chandigarh), Global Securities (Ahmedabad), and Amitosa Leasing Finance (Ulhasnagar, Thane). These companies cannot transact the business of a non-banking financial institution, the RBI said. The 10 NBFCs that surrendered their certificates include six from Mumbai Rupa Equities, Shekhar Holdings, Rahul Securities, Kamalnayan Investment Trading, Madhur Securities, and Niraj Holdings.
2016-04-20Thane: Rs 1.5 lakh stolen from 22 accounts in 3 hours - Mid-Day
Thane cyber crime: Rs 1.5 lakh stolen from 22 accounts in 3 hours By Faisal Tandel |Posted 20-Apr-2016 Twenty-two residents of Ulhasnagar lost Rs 1.5 lakh from their savings bank accounts between Sunday night and the wee hours of Monday. All victims have their accounts in Canara Bank branch in Ulhasnagar-4. The siphoning came to light after the victims approached the cyber crime cell yesterday and filed a written complaint. Complainants outside Vithalwadi police station. Pic/Navneet Barhate Canara Bank branch manager Ganesh Andrews claimed that it was the first-of-its-kind incident and assured full cooperation to the police during investigation. Victim speak: Speaking to mid-day, Aarti Vasant Khapre said she received a message on Monday night that R7,492.35 had been debited towards POS (point of sale) from her account. Similarly, R1,882 was debited from her mother Kusum Khapre's account. When I visited the bank the next day to seek an explanation, I saw that several other customers were complaining to the manager about sudden deductions from their accounts. We all had one thing in common: deductions had happened between Sunday 10 pm and Monday 1 am, said Aarti, adding that all the victims then approached the Vithalwadi police station to lodge a complaint. An officer there told us to visit the cyber crime cell. As per his instructions, we visited the cyber cell and filed a written complaint. The officers there assured us a through investigation and recovery of the stolen amount if possible, Aarti said. She added that her mother's pension is credited to the account from which the amount was debited. Mangala Arun Vamorkar, who lost Rs 15,618.17, said, If we haven't shared share our personal details or the PIN number with any of the customer care executives or fake callers, then how can the amount get debited? It is a big cyber fraud and we suspect an insider’s involvement. The police and the bank authorities must investigate the matter and ensure that we are given full refunds. She added all the victims of the fraud have temporarily blocked their accounts and debit cards. Just like Aarti and Mangala, Vasant Devidas Mahajan and Mahesh Rade lost Rs 12,232.49 and Rs 13,930.13 from their accounts respectively. Commenting on the issue, Andrews said, Twenty-two persons approached us in the morning and around Rs 1.50 lakh has been debited from their accounts. It's for the first time in my career that I've experienced such a fraud. The police will be helping us in the investigation. Initially, we assumed that the customers might have shared their details with unidentified callers over the phone, but thats clearly not the case. Cop speak: Senior Inspector JK Sawant from the cyber crime cell said, We have received a written complaint from the customers who lost money. Ways through which the fraudsters managed to secure their personal details is yet to be probed.
Thane: Rs 1.5 lakh stolen from 22 accounts in 3 hours - Mid-Day
2016-04-19Water table in Thane dams dipping due to evaporation - Free Press Journal
Water table in Thane dams dipping due to evaporation By FPJ Bureau Apr 20, 2016 02:55 am Mumbai : The water table in reservoirs is depleting sharply and the Thane district administration fears additional water cuts will come into play if temperature soars in the coming days. Modak Sagar is the worst affected reservoir in the district which is left with only 16 per cent of its full water stock. Barvi, the major reservoir, is left with only about 29 per cent of the stock, officials pointed out. But, the most alarming aspect is that the stock in this reservoir has come down by almost four per cent in the past week alone. At present, only about 29.89 per cent of the water is left in Barvi dam which caters to Kalyan, Dombivali, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar and Badlapur. The reservoir had over 33 per cent of stock on April 4, officials said. Currently, the Thane city is facing 40 per cent water cut, while several other cities in the district are facing 55 to 65 per cent cut, the authorities said. The MIDC has forced a 40 per cent water cut, while the Shahad Temghar Water Authority and the Thane Municipal Corporation have cut down the supply by 30 per cent. Sources from the Thane Irrigation Department said that around 24 million cubic meters (MCM) of water is lost on a yearly basis due to evaporation at Bhatsa dam that has a storage capacity of 692 MCM.
Water table in Thane dams dipping due to evaporation - Free Press Journal
2016-04-18Mumbai Crime: Man rapes daughters after showing them porn - Mid-Day
Mumbai Crime: Man rapes daughters after showing them porn By Faisal Tandel |Posted 18-Apr-2016 The accused resides in Ulhasnagar with his wife and two daughters aged 13 and seven years. While he was unemployed and an alcoholic, his wife worked as a domestic help in the neighbourhood. The incident occurred on Saturday, when she had left for work, and the girls were home with their father. The girls, in their statement, said the accused showed them pornographic video clips and then first raped the elder one and later the seven year old. He then threatened both of them that if they told their mother about it, he would beat them up, said PP Chaudhary, assistant police inspector, Vitthalwadi police station. The same evening, the sisters told their mother, who registered a case against her husband under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and appropriate sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act, 2012. He was arrested the next day and produced in court, which sent him to police custody. Both the girls have been medically examined and we are awaiting the report. The 13-year-old said her father had been touching her inappropriately for more than a week and when she told her mother about it, her mother didn't believe her. On Saturday, when the girls told their mother about the incident, the accused pressured her not to go to the police but she got him arrested, added Chaudhary.
Mumbai Crime: Man rapes daughters after showing them porn - Mid-Day
2016-04-17Man Arrested for Raping Two Minor Daughters in Maharashtra - The New Indian Express
Man Arrested for Raping Two Minor Daughters in Maharashtra By PTI Published: 17th April 2016 12:26 PM Last Updated: 17th April 2016 12:27 PM THANE: The police in Ulhasnagar in the district today arrested a 40 years old man for allegedly raping his two minor daughters. Senior police inspector V C Dolas of Vitthalwadi police station said the accused name not disclosed so as to keep the victims' identity confidential has two daughters, aged 13 and 7. He allegedly raped them on a few occasions in the past one year. He has been booked under section 376 (rape) of the IPC and also under the Protection Of Children From Sexual Offences Act. 
Man Arrested for Raping Two Minor Daughters in Maharashtra - The New Indian Express
2016-04-16Two arrested for murder in Ulhasnagar - Business Standard
Two arrested for murder in Ulhasnagar Press Trust of India Thane April 16, 2016 Last Updated at 19:42 IST The police today arrested two persons for allegedly killing a youth in Ulhasnagar town in the district two days ago. Police PRO Gajanan Kabdule said that Deepak Shingare (31) and Shankar Shingare (20) picked up a quarrel with Vijay Nana Shingare (24) in the Ambedkar chowk over some previous dispute and hit him with iron rods and stones. Vijay died at Kalwa civic hospital here yesterday morning. Following which the police arrested the duo who were distantly related to the victim and lived in the same locality. Further probe is on.
2016-04-16Sindhi community hopes to revive dying language with nursery rhyme competition - Mid-Day
Sindhi community hopes to revive dying language with nursery rhyme competition By Maleeva Rebello |Posted 16-Apr-2016 Sindhi Sangat, a Mahim-based Non-Governmental Organization's (NGO) nursery rhyme competition via WhatsApp, designed to keep alive the language, received more than 600 entries. The competition was open to children below six years of the Indian Sindhi community here and the Indian diaspora. What it entailed is that parents shoot a video of their child, reciting a Sindhi nursery rhyme, accompanied by actions so that the children know what exactly they are reciting, and, do not simply recite by rote. It is a small step towards ensuring that Sindhi is kept alive and the Gen Next of Sindhis actually speak it and can also read and write the language. Sindhi Sangat members, Ronak Shivlani, Niroo Asrani, Asha Chand, Ankush Matani and Geeta Sharma, Damu Tejwani at the NGO's Mahim office. Asha Chand, one of the founders of Sindhi Sangat said, There are four alphabets in the Sindhi language which are fundamental to the lingo. If one does not learn these as children, they cannot be picked up at a later age. Our nursery rhyme competition includes these four alphabets. Chand rues that, Many young Sindhis are not speaking the language. This was the sole reason for starting this rhyme competition, in a bid to catch them young. Banners of the competition were put around Sindhi localities Let the below-six bracket not fool people into thinking this is a flippant, anything goes contest. The jury panel comprises actor Niroo Asrani, Sandhya Kundnani who is Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani College, (Ulhasnagar) Sindhi department head, and Kajal Ramchandani, Sindhi lecturer at Jai Hind College. The judges have set the bar high. Asrani explains, We will be strict while judging. The children need to say the words correctly, do the actions well and emote with sincerity. If I am lenient and laud cute efforts, with so many entries picking a winner will be tough. Fellow judge Kundnani said, This contest is a great way to promote Sindhi. Pronunciation and body language are key. The Sindhi community needs to start at the grassroots to redeem their lost generations, according to Mohan Gehani, one of the trustees of the NGO. He said, After Partition, when we settled in India, our community left out valuable pieces from the mosaic of our culture for future generations, by not giving importance to Sindhi. This is an effort to undo that. Soon, we will have a story telling competition coming up for seven to 16-year-olds and a conversational Sindhi competition, all that is in the pipeline. Young Sindhi Geeta Sharma, Borivali resident said, I feel bad that I do not know how to write in Sindhi. This competition is a great way to develop the Sindhi connect amongst children. Our culture and history should and can be celebrated through these. Second year commerce student Ronak Shivlani from HR College said, “Many of my friends are actually ashamed to speak the language. These competitions can change the entire paradigm. When you are young, you can learn a language faster; the competition is making good use of social media to spread Sindhi lingo. Dadar resident Ankush Matani said, This gives children a sense of identity. Language is an aspect that unites, Sindhi is a beautiful way of expression but it is dying. We are moving ahead, but at the cost of forgetting our past. If children speak the language, the rapid extinction of Sindhi can be reversed and halted. The Sindhi Sangat will declare 20 winners of the contest by May 1, in a felicitation ceremony. The first place will be given an iPad and other 19 will be given tablets as prizes. After seeing so many people enthused by this venture, we are encouraged to take it ahead with other competitions. WhatsApp, YouTube and Facebook have helped to spread the need to save the Sindhi language, says Kishore Malani, another trustee. Chand ends, We have received a large number of entries from Chembur, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan, Panvel and Palghar. We just hope that we get more Sindhis, not just from these hubs but across the city to participate in other competitions.
Sindhi community hopes to revive dying language with nursery rhyme competition - Mid-Day
2016-04-15MIDC bore well operation near Jambhul water treatment plant to aid water supply - Times of India
MIDC bore well operation near Jambhul water treatment plant to aid water supply SANJAY BANERJEE | TNN | Apr 15, 2016, 08.39 PM IST NAVI MUMBAI: MIDC will take up digging operation of bore well near the Jambhul water treatment plant in Badlapur. There is hope, said officials that "we may strike a rich source of ground water that will augment daily supplies from the plant.''MIDC supplies treated drinking water from the plant to several municipal corporations and also its industrial estates spread across till Taloja in the city.Due to a planned cut for the water level to last till July 15 at its Barvi dam, MIDC has imposed a 40 % cut as the other source, Andhra dam of Tata Power that releases water in the Ulhas river has reduced daily supplies. The water is treated at the Jambhul plant before supplied. Deputy engineer, Shankar Ahwad said, "there are springs in the area and the green belt holds promise. The quality of water is expected to be good and if digging provides a good source then the water can be directly supplied to the treatment plant that will help meet the crisis and can also help in meeting future supplies. ''MIDC will start the survey of the area with the help of ground water survey and development. Sources said the authorities may consider waiving off closure for the bore well in Jambhul because as per circular issued by MIDC all bore wells dug to help augment non-potable water to beat the current water crisis had to be closed in July 2016. MIDC majorly supplies treated drinking water to municipal corporations of Mira Bhayander, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan Dombivli, and partly to Thane and the TTC industrial area under NMMC with a limited purchase by NMMC also for some areas and the Taloja industrial estate in the city. KDMC has been drawing rights and supplies in its area while MIDC supplies to 27 villages under KDMC.
2016-04-15Free Wi-Fi at Thane Commissionerate to conquer rising crime - Free Press Journal
Free Wi-Fi at Thane Commissionerate to conquer rising crime By Diwakar Sharma Apr 16, 2016 02:56 am Mumbai : The work to install Wi-Fi instruments at all the 34 police stations, traffic unit, crime branch unit as well as special branch unit of Thane Commissionerate stretching to Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi is underway and is expected to be completed by another one and a half months. The initiative has been taken to strengthen the workforce of police machinery in Thane division. The decision was taken after Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd, a broadband and gaming service provider 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. The Chairman and Managing Director of Joister Infomedia Pvt.Ltd. Nikunj Kampani told FPJ that the whole work will be completed in next one and half months. DCP Parag Manere said, All the 34 police stations, Traffic Unit, Crime Branch and Special Branch have been Wi-fied by Joister as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). “Our headquarters are now connected with free Wi-Fi facility with high speed, said DCP Manere. Explaining the need to get connected through internet, Dumbre said, 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. This facility was launched last month in two phases. Director General of Police, Pravin Dixit himself inaugurated the Free Wi-Fi service at the Thane Commissionarate office and said by using the advanced technology, we can conquer increasing crime. Police Commissioner of Thane Parambir Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dhumbre and DCP Parag Manere were among the others present at the occasion last month. There are 9,000 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. The users will have to login using their mobile numbers and then they need to feed the OTP (one time password) number to register before using the free wi-fi services at all the police stations of Thane Commissionerate, Kampani told FPJ. 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.
2016-04-15MIDC to dig deep, plans borewell in Badlapur to augment supply - Times of India
MIDC to dig deep, plans borewell in Badlapur to augment supply SANJAY BANERJEE | TNN | Apr 16, 2016, 12.02 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: MIDC will take up work of digging a borewell near the Jambhul water treatment plant in Badlapur. An official said, "There is hope we may strike a rich source of ground water to augment supplies from the plant." MIDC supplies treated drinking water from the plant to several municipal bodies and also its industrial estates spread till Taloja in the city. To ensure that the water level at its Barvi dam lasts till July 15, MIDC has imposed a 40% cut as the other source, Andhra dam of Tata Power that releases water in the Ulhas river, has reduced daily supplies. The water is treated at the Jambhul plant. Shankar Ahwad, deputy engineer, said, "There are springs in the area and the green belt holds promise. The quality of water is expected to be good. If digging provides a good source, then water can be directly supplied to the treatment plant." MIDC will conduct a survey of the area. Sources said the authorities may consider waiving off closure for the borewell in Jambhul because, as per circular issued by MIDC, all borewells dug to help augment non-potable water to handle the current water crisis had to be closed in July 2016. MIDC supplies treated drinking water to municipal corporations of Mira-Bhayander, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan-Dombivli and partly to Thane and TTC industrial area under NMMC with a limited purchase by NMMC also for some areas and Taloja industrial estate in the city. Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has drawing rights and supplies in its area while MIDC supplies to 27 villages under KDMC.
2016-04-14Mumbai: Two constables arrested for accepting bribe - Mid-Day
Mumbai: Two constables arrested for accepting bribe By Faisal Tandel |Posted 14-Apr-2016 Two constables were arrested on Tuesday night for accepting a bribe of Rs 9,000 in Ambarnath. The constables are associated with the Shivaji Nagar police station. Jagdish Dhanraj Wagh, one of the accused. The Anti-corruption bureau laid the trap to arrest the two, based on a complaint from a 26-year-old man, who accused them of extorting money from him. Identified as Kishore Ranesh Jadhav (35) and Jagdish Dhanraj Wagh (27), the constables forced Abdul Hasan Shah, the victim to shell out Rs 5,000 and asked him to return with more money some days later. Shah, who owns a small jeans manufacturing unit sells gutkha in Ulhasnagar for extra income. On April 5th, when he went to sell ten packets to his client as per demand these two constables caught hold of him and took him to a nearby chowky. Abdul Hasan Shah, the man who was beaten up by the constables The two police constables said that it is illegal to sell gutkha and took me to a nearby chowky and thrashed me. They then asked for cash. I paid them Rs 5,000 after which they took my debit card, Aadhar card and other documents, added Shah. The cops then asked him to return with more money if Shah wants no case against him, the sum was settled at Rs 9,000, instead of the initial demand of Rs 10,000. I discussed this with my friend who suggested me to approach the ACB. I took his suggestion and informed the ACB on April 7th who then laid the trap, added Shah. Wagh was arrested on Tuesday while he was accepting the money from Shah, on behalf of both. Sanjay Sadigale, Police Inspector, Thane ACB said, Later Jadhav was also arrested. We are undergoing a house search of the two accused. We are cross verifying the facts. Further investigation is underway. A case has been registered in Shivaji Nagar police station under relevant sections of the Prevention if Corruption Act, 1988.
Mumbai: Two constables arrested for accepting bribe - Mid-Day
2016-04-14Episode Synopsis & Playtime Schedule - Times of India
Episode Synopsis & Playtime Schedule
Episode Synopsis & Playtime Schedule - Times of India
2016-04-13Short circuit blaze ignites sparks of bravery in Bhiwandi residents - Mid-Day
Short circuit blaze ignites sparks of bravery in Bhiwandi residents By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours Residents of Rahat Manzil in Bhiwandi woke up engulfed in fire and smoke yesterday morning. Around 200 residents of the building, who were stuck in the afire premises, made their way to the building terrace, where firemen and other locals safely rescued them. Around six people were reported injured in the incident, including two fire officials and a local, who helped in the rescue operation. The fire started at around 6:30 am on the ground floor due to a short circuit. Around 7 am, water tankers and more than 10 fire engines with other private tankers from Thane, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar fire stations reached the spot for the rescue operation. The fire broke out at Rahat Manzil in Kasimpura Nagaon in Bhiwandi. Rahat Manzil is a ground plus four-storey building, which houses a power loom on the ground floor, with its office on the first floor. The building has a total of 72 rooms, from which 63 on the second, third and fourth floors were occupied by around 185 residents. Locals from the area also helped fire officials in the operation We suspect the fire occurred due to a short circuit and later, the huge quantity of clothes kept on the first floor caught fire, trapping the residents. Most of them were safely rescued from the building without any injuries, said Vaishali Lambhate, Tehsildar, Bhiwandi. Short circuitThe fire started at around 6:30 am on the ground floor due to a short circuit. Around 7 am, water tankers and more than 10 fire engines with other private tankers from Thane, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar fire stations reached the spot for the rescue operation. Within half an hour, we rescued four people and later till 11 am, we rescued around 50 others, who were stuck on the terrace of the building. More than 100 people were saved from the terrace with the help of hydraulic staircase, said Datta Salvi, Chief Fire Officer of the Bhiwandi fire station. Salvi added, The narrow lanes adjoining the building resulted in problems during the rescue operation. After the fire broke out, most of the residents who got to know about it earlier came out through the staircase, while others who were trapped in the smoke, went on the terrace for safety. The rescue operation was completed by 11:30 am. Fire officials Kantilal Gujar and Kamlakar Tanat are among the six people injured in the fire. They suffocated in the smoke resulting from the blaze. Shakila Khan, a resident fell unconscious because of the smoke. Locals Mohammed Yasin Qureshi, Afaq Ansari and Guddu, who were helping in the fire, were injured when the shutter they were standing on to throw the shutter key gave way. All of them were shifted to the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital for treatment and were later discharged, said a fire official. DCP says Sudhir Dabhade, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Bhiwandi said, It was a major fire. The locals supported the fire officials a lot in the rescue operation. Our policemen were controlling the mob. During the investigation, we found that the owner, builder Saeed Ansari, had made a power loom in the building. We suspect his negligence to be the cause and are further investigating the matter. He added, Also, he kept inflammable substance on the first floor of the building, which was dangerous and resulted in the huge fire. We will register a case against him accordingly. Israr Ansari (24), a resident said, A lack of water crisis resulted in the fire rising again and again. The oil in clothes also added to the fire. The fire first was taken under control within an hour, but due to lack of water, it started again. We appeal to the authorities to accommodate the residents as early as possible.
Short circuit blaze ignites sparks of bravery in Bhiwandi residents - Mid-Day
2016-04-13Thane: In-laws kill tea seller just six days after wedding - Mid-Day
Thane: In-laws kill tea seller just six days after wedding By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours In yet another crime fuelled by socio-economic divide, the kin of a 21-year-old woman murdered her 26-year-old husband right before her very eyes on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Pankaj Gauhar, resident of Gandhi Nagar, Ulhasnagar-5. Suraj Gauhar and his father Raju sustained head injuries after they were attacked by Pankaj's in-laws. Police officials from Hill Line police station said despite opposition from both the families, citing caste and social status, Pankaj and Pooja Saudhe tied the knot six days ago. To ensure that none of their families interfered, they opted for a court marriage. Pooja,s family was never comfortable with Pankaj running a tea stall in the area and cited this as the primary reason for them being against their union. Upon learning that the two did a court marriage, both the families cooled down and accepted the union. However, Pooja's family kept taunting Pankaj about his profession and told him to at least find a job of a Class IV worker in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, a police officer said. In his statement, Pankaj,s brother Suraj also the complainant told the entire family was watching television when eight members of Pooja,s family barged into their residence around 12.15 am. They were armed with iron rods, a chopper and a knife. Without provocation, they attacked Pankaj. When Pooja and I tried to save him, on of them hit me hard on the head with an iron rod. After assaulting Pankaj, they threatened us of dire consequences if we informed the police. They said all of us would end up with the same fate that of Pankaj, he said. After the attackers left, the Gauhars rushed Pankaj to central hospital for treatment, where the doctors declared him dead on arrival. Based on the complaint filed by Suraj, police registered an FIR against Pooja,s brother Arun Saudhe and her maternal uncles Shyam Saudhe, Dhannu Saudhe and Lokesh Saudhe and four others under section 302, 307, 452, 147, 148, 148, 149, 323, 506 (2), 506, 427 of the IPC and relevant sections of the Arms Act. Senior Inspector Mohan Waghmare from Hill Line police station confirmed they have arrested Dhannu and Shyam Saudhe. Two arrests have been made so far. They all reside in the same area and know each other well. The couple got married six days ago against the wishes of their respective families. Prima facie investigation revealed that the girl's parents loathed Pankaj for operating a tea stall, which according to them was cheap. After marriage they suggested him to find any job, even that of a Class IV worker, in the municipality. Manhunt has been launched to nab the remaining accused, Waghmare added.
Thane: In-laws kill tea seller just six days after wedding - Mid-Day
2016-04-13Man hacked to death for marrying woman against her familys - India Today
Man hacked to death for marrying woman against her familys PTI April 13, 2016 | UPDATED 19:35 IST A 26-year-old man, who had married a woman just six days back against the wishes of her family, was allegedly hacked to death by some of her relatives at Ulhasnagar in the district, police said today. The incident took place on Monday night and the deceased was identified as Pankaj Raju Gouher, police said, adding five of the accused, all relatives of the woman, were held today. "Pankaj and his girlfriend Pooja Soudhe, both residents of Ulhasnagar, wanted to tie the knot. However, since her family was against the marriage, they had gone for a court marriage six days back," Thane city police spokesperson Gajanan Kabdule said. However, her family members strongly opposed the move as the man did not have government job and his financial position was also not sound, he said. On Monday midnight, around ten people went to Pankajs residence located on Gandhi Road in Camp no. 5 in Ulhasnagar, pulled him out of his house and attacked him with sharp weapons, due to which he died on the spot, Kabdule said. Thereafter, the accused also turned to Pankajs parents and his brother and attacked them with weapons like swords and sickle, injuring them seriously. "After coming out of the house, the accused also moved in the locality wielding swords and threatened the local residents that they would also be dealt with severely if they reveal the incident to anyone," the police spokesperson said. The five accused as Dhannu, Lokesh, Arun, Mahesh and Shyam were arrested in the early hours today. Police have charged the accused under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 452 (house-trespass), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) also Indian Arms Act sections 4 and 25 and the Bombay Police Act sections, police said. The hunt is on to nab another five to six accused and further investigation is on, police said.
2016-04-13Man hacked to death for marrying woman against her family's wishes - Hindustan Times
Man hacked to death for marrying woman against her family's wishes PTI, Thane Updated: Apr 13, 2016 23:43 IST A 26-year-old man, who had married a woman a mere six days ago against the wishes of her family, was allegedly hacked to death by some of her relatives at Ulhasnagar in the district, police said on Wednesday. The incident took place on Monday night and the deceased was identified as Pankaj Raju Gouher, police said, adding five of the accused, all relatives of the woman, were arrested. Pankaj and his girlfriend Pooja Soudhe, both residents of Ulhasnagar, wanted to tie the knot. However, since her family was against the marriage, they had gone for a court marriage six days back, Thane city police spokesperson Gajanan Kabdule said. However, her family members strongly opposed the move as the man did not have government job and his financial position was also not sound, he said. On Monday midnight, around ten people went to Pankaj's residence located on Gandhi Road in Camp no. 5 in Ulhasnagar, pulled him out of his house and attacked him with sharp weapons, due to which he died on the spot, Kabdule said. Thereafter, the accused also turned to Pankaj's parents and his brother and attacked them with weapons like swords and sickle, injuring them seriously. After coming out of the house, the accused also moved in the locality wielding swords and threatened the local residents that they would also be dealt with severely if they reveal the incident to anyone, the police spokesperson said. The five accused - Dhannu, Lokesh, Arun, Mahesh and Shyam - were arrested in the early hours of Wednesday. Police have charged the accused under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 452 (house-trespass), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) also Indian Arms Act sections 4 and 25 and the Bombay Police Act sections, police said. Police are searching for the remaining six accused, and a further investigation is underway, police said.
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2016-04-12Maharashtra: For in-laws in Ulhasnagar, son-in-laws carry 80 litres of water daily from Ambernath - Daily News & Analysis
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2016-04-122 floors of Bhiwandi building gutted; all 170 residents rescued - Chandigarh Tribune
2 floors of Bhiwandi building gutted; all 170 residents rescued - Chandigarh Tribune
2016-04-12Office space absorption up 11% to 8.8 million sqft: Report - Economic Times
Office space absorption up 11% to 8.8 million sqft: PTI|12 Apr, 2016, 09.58PM IST Office space absorption during January-March quarter increased by 11 per cent to 8.8 million sqft across nine major cities, a survey said. MUMBAI: Backed by positive economic sentiment and business confidence, office space absorption during January-March quarter increased by 11 per cent to 8.8 million sqft across nine major cities, a survey said. Office absorption leaped to over 8.8 million sqft, including pre-commitments of 8 lakh sqft, across nine major cities, upping the number by 11 per cent from October-December quarter, as per a report by Colliers International. "This absorption was primarily derived by the traditional demand driver, technology sector. The growth is mainly backed by positive economic sentiment, business confidence index which increased by 5 per cent in January and the GDP forecast of about 7.5 per cent," Colliers India Senior Associate Director (Research) Surabhi Arora said. Bengaluru remained the top contributor of the demand with 33 per cent share, followed by National Capital Region (Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida), Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai. "The majority of markets are enjoying this growth and overall office market sentiments are optimistic. We anticipate positive momentum in the coming quarter as the overall office leasing pipeline seems strong and is steadily growing," she said. Arora further said positive economic growth coupled with increasing business confidence index due to government's proactive policy initiatives will be the factors influencing the demand for office space in the coming quarters. Bengaluru witnessed a total office absorption of 2.65 million sqft, which is a 13 per cent jump from the last quarter. IT-ITeS (also comprising technology startups and e-commerce companies) continued to remain the leading sector driving this demand with an 88 per cent share in overall absorption, it said. NCR clocked an overall absorption of 1.42 million sqft with Gurgaon's commercial real estate market recording about 7 lakh sqft of office space uptake in the first quarter of 2016 as compared to 4.5 lakh sqft in the previous quarter, but about 30 per cent less than in Q1 2015. Delhi and Noida recorded absorption of about 3.4 lakh sqft and 3.8 lakh sqft, respectively. Hyderabad witnessed robust corporate demand in the first quarter with a gross leasing volume of 1.27 million sqft.
2016-04-12प्रेमविवाहाच्या रागातून तरुणाची हत्या
प्रेमविवाहाच्या रागातून तरुणाची हत्या Updated: Apr 12, 2016, 09:57PM IST प्रेमविवाह करून अवघे सहाच दिवस उलटले असताना मुलीच्या नातेवाईकांनी तिच्या पतीची हत्या केल्याची घटना मंगळवारी मध्यरात्रीच्या सुमारास उल्हासनगर कँप नंबर ५ येथील फॉलवर लाइन परिसरात घडली. या प्रकरणी पोलिसांनी चार जणांना ताब्यात घेतले आहे. आरोपींमध्ये मुलीचा भाऊ व काकाचा समावेश आहे. उल्हासनगर कँप नंबर ५ येथील फॉलवर लाईन परिसरात पंकज राजू गौहर ( २६ ) हा तरुण त्याच्या कुटुंबीयांसह राहतो. पंकजचे त्याच्या शेजारी राहणाऱ्या पूजा मधू सौदे ( २१ ) या तरुणीशी प्रेमसंबंध होते. या प्रेमसंबधाला पूजाच्या घरच्यांचा विरोध होता. त्यामुळे त्यांनी सहा दिवसांपूर्वीच कोर्ट मॅरेज केले होते. मात्र या लग्नामुळे पूजाचे कुटुंब संतापले होते.मंगळवारी मध्यरात्रीच्या सुमारास पंकज, पूजा तसेच घरातील इतर मंडळी टीव्ही बघत असतांना अचानक पूजाचा भाऊ अरुण सौदे, तिचा काका श्याम सौदे, धन्नू सौदे, लोकेश उर्फ काल्या आणि अन्य लोकांनी तलवार, चॉपर, लोखंडी सळ्या घेऊन घरात घुसून पंकजवर तलवार आणि चॉपरने वार केले. पंकजला वाचविण्यासाठी त्याची पत्नी पूजा व भाऊ सूरज हे गेले असता आरोपींनी त्यांच्यावरही प्राणघातक हल्ला केला. या हल्ल्यानंतर पंकजच्या कुटुंबीयांनी आरडाओरड केली असता शेजाऱ्यांनी मध्यस्थी करण्याचा प्रयत्न केला. त्यानंतर आरोपी पळून गेले. या हल्ल्यात गंभीररीत्या जखमी झालेल्या पंकजला उपचारासाठी उल्हासनगरच्या मध्यवर्ती रुग्णालयात दाखल करण्यात आले असता डॉक्टरांनी पंकजला मृत घोषित केले. या प्रकरणी हिललाइन पोलिसांनी चार आरोपींना ताब्यात घेतले आहे. या प्रकरणी अधिक तपास वरिष्ठ पोलिस निरीक्षक मोहन वाघमारे करीत आहेत.
2016-04-12सेना-राष्ट्रवादीत लढत
सेना-राष्ट्रवादीत लढत Updated: Apr 13, 2016, 01:00AM IST महानगरपालिकेच्या बुधवारी होणाऱ्या स्थायी समिती सभापती पदाच्या निवडणुकीसाठी शिवसेनेचे सुनील सुर्वे आणि राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेसच्या रेखा ठाकूर यांच्यात लढत होणार आहे. स्थायी समिती सभापतीपदासाठी शिवसेना व भाजपमध्ये वाद निर्माण झाला होता. अखेर जिल्ह्याचे पालकमंत्री एकनाथ शिंदे यांनी दोन्ही पक्षांमध्ये समेट घडवून आणल्यानंतर भाजपने सभापती पदाच्या स्पर्धेतून माघार घेतली आहे. स्थायी समितीत एकूण १६ सदस्य असून, यात शिवसेनेचे पाच, भाजपचे तीन, राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेस चार , साई पक्ष दोन , काँग्रेस एक व रिपाइं एकअसे पक्षीय बलाबल आहे.शिवसेना-भाजप - रिपाइंची युती असल्याने शिवसेनेकडे नऊ तर राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेस चार, साई पक्ष दोन व काँग्रेस एक अशी एकूण सात मते काँग्रेस आघाडीकडे आहेत. त्यामुळे सध्या शिवसेनेचे सुनील सुर्वे यांचे पारडे जड आहे. स्थायी समितीच्या निवडणुकीसोबतच मनपाच्या एकूण चार प्रभाग समित्यांची निवडणूकही होणार आहे. यात प्रभाग समिती एकच्या सभापती पदासाठी राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेसचे पृथ्वी वलेचा, शिवसेनेच्या चरणजीत कौर सिंह भुल्लर, रिपाइंच्या आशा बिऱ्हाडे यांनी उमेदवारी अर्ज भरले आहेत. प्रभाग समिती दोनच्या सभापतीपदासाठी साई पक्षाचे दीपक सिरवानी, भाजपचे हरेश जग्यासी, काँग्रेसचे राजेश वधारीया, प्रभाग समिती तीन च्या सभापती पदासाठी एकमेव उमेदवारी अर्ज शिवसेनेच्या वसुधा बोडारे यांनी भरला असल्यामुळे त्यांचा विजय निश्चित मानला जात आहे. प्रभाग समिती चारच्या सभापती पदासाठी भाजपच्या माया चावला व काँग्रेसच्या जया साधवानी यांनी उमेदवारी अर्ज भरला आहे.
2016-04-12Fire at Mumbai residential building doused, 66 families rescued - Deccan Chronicle
Fire at Mumbai residential building doused, 66 families rescued PTI Published Apr 12, 2016, 5:08 pm IST Thane: A fire broke out on Tuesday in a five-storied residential building in powerloom town of Bhiwandi here and firemen had to battle for over four hours to bring it under control and evacuate all the 66 families trapped inside, civic officials said. The blaze began after a powerloom unit on the ground floor of the building at Nagoan caught fire and spread to the first floor, where yarn and other raw materials were stored, Bhiwandi tehsildar Vaishali Lambhate said. Six fire tenders from Thane, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi were pressed into service and rescue operations began at around 7.30 am. The trapped families were directed to move to the building terrace from where they were rescued, the Tehsildar said, adding there were no casualties. Members of the National Disaster Management Authority also aided local fire officials and police in the rescue operations which was personally monitored by Bhiwandi civic chief Balaji Khatgonkar and senior officials of the revenue department. Attributing the cause of the fire to a short circuit, a senior official said a criminal case will be soon filed in this regard. Lambhate said the building had a non-agriculture permit and other factors like building permission as well as safety measures are being examined by the civic corporation and police.
Fire at Mumbai residential building doused, 66 families rescued - Deccan Chronicle
2016-04-11Ajmera Realty to develop 10K affordable homes in MMR by 2026 - Economic Times
Ajmera Realty to develop 10K affordable homes in MMR by 2026 PTI|11 Apr, 2016, 08.58PM IST MUMBAI: Ajmera Realty plans to develop 10,000 affordable homes in the next 10 years in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). This is part of the commitment made under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the developers' association MHCI-CREDAI with the Maharashtra government for developing one lakh affordable houses, the company said in a statement. "Following the MoU, we have pledged to contribute to this initiative by developing 10,000 affordable homes by 2026," said Dhaval Ajmera, Director, Ajmera Realty. The company will focus on areas like Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Khardi and have projects starting at just Rs 10 lakh. The project will have 1 RK, 1-2 BHK homes, it added.
2016-04-11Water crisis: Students explore ways to help those hit by drought - Hindustan Times
Water crisis: Students explore ways to help those hit by drought Hindustan Times, MUMBAI Updated: Apr 11, 2016 12:13 IST From building small dams in rural areas to raising awareness about water conservation in the city, students are bringing some respite to a parched state. As the state reels under a severe water crisis, Mumbai's college students are exploring ways to conserve water. They are chalking out and implementing water conservation programmes in their own campuses and in drought-hit villages. Yogita Jadhav, a student from St Paul's College in Ulhasnagar, had often heard the slogan Pani adwa pani jirwa (Obstruct the water, absorb the water), but she understood what it meant only when she saw it in action at a village in Murbad taluka in Thane. The National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteer was a part of a team of students who recently built check dams in the village. When we first visited the village, the water stream had dried up. With the help of villagers we erected five check dams small, temporary installations made up of sacks filled with rubble; to accumulate the little water flowing in the stream, she said. Within a day, the water level rose from 2mm to 1foot. Soon enough, the reservoir was full of water and the fields had turned green. In the past few months, over thousand students from around eight colleges in the city and suburbs participated in projects that help the drought-hit tide over the crisis. From building small dams in rural areas to raising awareness about water conservation in the city, they are bringing some respite to a parched state. Tata I nstitute of Social Sciences (TISS) faced a water crisis in the campus earlier this year, when Brihan mumbai Municipal Corporation cut down the water supply. The borewells in the campus, too, were drying up. We didn't have enough water to cook or bathe, said Sanju Soman, a graduate from TISS. Soman, with other students, formed a water committee. The committee aims to make the campus self-sustainable in terms of water usage. We have started plugging the leaks in the pipes and the institute has started putting in place an infrastructure to tap rain water, said Soman. The committee also offered tips to save water to students through posters. A similar initiative was taken up at Don Bosco Institute of Technology in Kurla during Holi. The students raised awareness on water conservation through posters and social media messages. Royal Dsouza, an NSS programme officer and coordinator for colleges between Kurla and Mulund, said, Students play an important role in raising awareness in the communities. I have asked all the colleges in the region to take up this issue. Meanwhile, some students are trying to draw the city's attention to the problem. Rushabh Mamani, a city college student, has started an online petition to shift Indian Premier League matches out of the state. It is true that the state will earn some revenue out of these matches but it cannot be at the cost of sufferings of our farmers, reads the petition. So far, it has garnered more than 19,000 signatures.
Water crisis: Students explore ways to help those hit by drought - Hindustan Times
2016-04-11After social media flak, Amrapali says expediting projects - Economic Times
After social media flak, Amrapali says expediting projects PTI|11 Apr, 2016, 10.10PM IST NEW DELHI: Faced with complaints by residents of its housing society on social media, realty firm Amrapali today said its projects have been delayed due to lack of funds and slowdown in property market but the company has now speeded up all its projects. Amrapali Chairman and Managing Director Anil Sharma said the company has always lived up to the expectation of its customers and would fulfill all commitments in future. The complaints from the residents of Amrapali's Saphhire project in Noida had gone viral on Twitter over the past few days after they tagged Indian cricket team captain M S Dhoni in their tweets asking the cricketer to dis-associate himself from the builder or force the company to ensure completion of pending work. Dhoni, who is the company's brand ambassador, yesterday had said that he will take up the matter with the builder and it must deliver on its promises. "It's really sad that construction work of all the reputed developers in the Noida region has been affected in last 3-4 years due to slow market, lack of funds and some other reasons which were beyond our control. We have also been affected and our projects are also delayed," Sharma said in a statement. "However, now situations are improving. Amrapali group has put an all efforts to speed up the construction works in all projects," he added. Talking about Amrapali Sapphire project, Sharma said that only 4-5 per cent work is pending, which will be completed in the next 2-3 months. The registration process will also start in this project soon, he added. Residents of Amrapali Sapphire have complained that the civil and electrical work in many towers has not been completed.
2016-04-11How tap tumult is altering lives - Mumbai Mirror
How tap tumult is altering lives Mumbai Mirror | Apr 11, 2016, 09.40 AM IST In Mumbai and nearby areas, family routines and work life are now decided by the amount of water housing societies get or can manage. Many residents feel a loss of normalcy as officials struggle to maintain adequate supply. 'We get water for only mins' 'Our kids could not enjoy Holi' Compared to other places in the state, Mumbai has been spared of steep water cuts. According to the BMC, the supply is stopped for only two hours daily. But residents in many areas say the water pressure is way too low, forcing housing societies to install pumps or call for tankers. There have also been complaints of contamination. "The BMC says there are no prolonged water cuts, but we get the supply for only a few minutes. We have now installed pumps and are buying packaged water. It's an expensive exercise," said Musama Lokhandwala, who lives in Chrysalis building in Juhu. 'I nearly lost my job due to poor supply' Singh, his wife and their fiveyear-old daughter live in Siddhi vinayak Arcade in Kalyan's Deshmukh Homes locality. The water shortage in the area forced him to skip work and stay home waiting for the irregular municipal supply. He almost lost his job because of the frequent leaves, while his wife had to quit her job as a school teacher and focus on the new home routine altered by the crisis. Every family in the complex pays Rs 1,000 for tanker water, but its frequent use has led to health problems. "It caused rashes all over my daughter's body. We order bottled water." 'Our kids could not enjoy Holi' The doctor couple, who run Kkasturi Medicare Hospital in Bhayandar (W), have been forced make drastic changes at home and work because of the water shortage. "It started with minor things like not washing our home bedsheets and cars frequently. But eventually, we had to change our entire routine. Everything we do from sleeping and waking up to planning our day — is dictated by the time we get running water, " Dr Rakhi, a surgeon, said. "My husband and I are medical professionals and time management is very crucial to us. It's annoying to lose control over things because of the water scarcity, which affects domestic harmony. Our children could not enjoy Holi." The couple have had to make special arrangements at the hospital to get clean water. "We cannot just use tanker water. It has to be purified because it's a matter of patients' health. For every dialysis, we need 440 litres of water. It's sad the government does not provisions for hospitals." 'Wait for water ruins our sleep' The water scarcity has affected every aspect of the Kapoors' life: they can't sleep properly because the municipal supply arrives anytime between 1 am and 5 am, every tanker trip costs them up to Rs 5,000, and the working members are sometimes forced to take leave to manage the crisis at home. The family, which lives in a three-storey bungalow in Ulhasnagar's Kurla camp locality, is now considering to relocate. "The water supply to our area was reduced in the first week of March. We initially thought there was some technical issue and tried to cope with the decreased supply, but it started getting worse. Now we get running water only twice a week and that too at odd hours," said Pradeep Kapoor, 35, Star TV's distribution and finance head. He added: "A member of the family or the domestic help has to stay awake and wait for the municipal supply. At times, the water comes at 1 am, sometimes at 3 am and even at 5 am. It lasts for 20 minutes." The supply is not enough for the Kapoors' daily needs and they are compelled to order a tanker every alternate day. The tanker water smells so they use it for only cleaning tasks. Each tanker trip costs around Rs 3,500 to Rs 5,000. "My wife works as an analyst with a telecom company and the water crisis sometimes forces her to take a leave. On some days, I have to skip work," Pradeep said. "The water shortage is getting worse every day. The local civic body blames MIDC, which claims there are no issues at its end." His 67-year-old mother, Saroj, said using tanker water had led to health problems in the family. "I have never seen such a water crisis." 'No time to relax even after work' Like any working couple, designer Dhanashree and her husband, a civil engineer, juggle their careers with demands of running a family. But the water cuts in Thane have made the task harder. "It does not matter what time we come home, we have to wake up early to stock up. Even on holidays, we have to sacrifice our sleep. We cannot go out in the evening because that's when we get brief supply of running water again," Dhanashree, a designer, said. Amit said their housing society cannot rely on private tankers alone as they don't always bring clean water. "It smells and sometimes causes irritation in our eyes and skin rashes. Our child once had throat problems," he said. "At times, private tankers arrive late and it affects our work schedule." 'Our society's tanker bill is Rs 25,000 a month' Navi Mumbai residents are facing steepest water cuts in years. Housing societies in some localities get municipal water for only two to four hours in an entire day. The shortage has forced societies to call for private tankers, which charge Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 for every refill, a massive leak in their budgets. "We have to order a tanker every alternate day. Our water bill comes to almost Rs 25,000 every month. It's a huge cost," said Ilyas Khan, chairman of Gurusamridhi Heights in Vashi sector 15. The society has 54 flats. "What we don't understand is where are tanker operators getting water from?" Maruti Jadhav, who lives in a rowhouse in Kharghar sector 17, said the area does not formally come under the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, which means the water problem is even worse. "We have to chase CDICO officials to get proper supply. We don't know how long we can continue like this," Jadhav said. Cops take over distribution to prevent fights Aweek after the Thane police expressed fears that the water crisis may lead to public unrest, cops have started managing the water distribution in Bhiwandi's seven villages, the worst affected by the shortage. Every time a tanker arrives in a village, officers, including the senior inspector, fills up pots and jugs of residents who have lined up. Police personnel also carry heavy containers to senior citizens' homes. "This is the only way to prevent fights among people," said senior inspector MR Pawar.
2016-04-10Mumbai students explore ways to help those hit by drought - Hindustan Times
Mumbai students explore ways to help those hit by drought Musab Qazi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai Updated: Apr 11, 2016 00:44 IST Students of St Paul's College build a temporary dam at Murbad, Thane. As the state reels under a severe water crisis, the city's college students are exploring ways to conserve water. They are chalking out and implementing water conservation programmes in their own campuses and in drought-hit villages. Yogita Jadhav, a student from St Paul's College in Ulhasnagar, had often heard the slogan Pani adwa pani jirwa (Obstruct the water, absorb the water), but she understood what it meant only when she saw it in action at a village in Murbad taluka in Thane. The National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteer was a part of a team of students who recently built check dams in the village. When we first visited the village, the water stream had dried up. With the help of villagers we erected five check dams - small, temporary installations made up of sacks filled with rubble - to accumulate the little water flowing in the stream, she said. Within a day, the water level rose from 2mm to 1foot. Soon enough, the reservoir was full of water and the fields had turned green. In the past few months, over thousand students from around eight colleges in the city and suburbs participated in projects that help the drought-hit tide over the crisis. From building small dams in rural areas to raising awareness about water conservation in the city, they are bringing some respite to a parched state.
Mumbai students explore ways to help those hit by drought - Hindustan Times
2016-04-10Road romeos block path of teen, molest her - Daily News & Analysis
Road romeos block path of teen, molest her Updated: Apr 10, 2016, 07:55 AM IST A 17-year-old college student was allegedly harassed by four unidentified persons on the street while she was going back home. The Thane police department is trying to crackdown the accused by scanning the CCTV camera footages of the locality. The victim, a resident of Ulhasnagar, was going back home when four persons tried to grope her as they pulled out her jacket and passed lewd comments, while she resisted and injured herself while she was trying to escape. "The girl approached us regarding four unidentified persons and the girl revealed that she was stalked by four persons and they tried to disrobe her and passed lewd comments,"said a police official from Ulhasnagar police department. "The girl did not recognise the youths and we are yet establish their identity in this case, while we are scanning the CCTV camera footages," added the official. Ther investigating officer, PSI RJ Shethe, said, "We have registered the case under section 354(b)(assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 341(wrongful restraint) and 34(common intent) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Protection of Children From Sexual offences act." "No arrests have been made yet while we will soon conduct crackdown and would conduct the identification parade to recognize the accused," added Shethe.
2016-04-09Three held for stealing industrial items - Times of India
Three held for stealing industrial items PTI | Apr 9, 2016, 07.50 PM IST Three persons, including a scrap dealer, were arrested from two separate places near here for allegedly stealing industrial items and mobile phones from a factory in Sahapur area, police said today. Two members of the gang were held on April 1 from Turbe in Navi Mumbai, while one person was apprehended on Thursday, a press note issued by Thane police said. The gang of thieves had on February 17 this year allegedly looted copper plates of a laser cutting machine, a punching machine and two mobile phones from premises of one Harvinder Industries at Atgaon in Sahapur and also assaulted the watchman there, senior inspector, Local Crime Branch, Thane rural police Abhay Kurundkar said. A case was lodged in this regard under IPC section 395 (dacoity) and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement). Acting on tip off, a team of LCB laid a trap at a bar in Turbhe on April 1 and arrested the two members of the gang, the officer said. The accused were identified as Mohammad Sanvar alias Manya Anwar Shaikh (32) and Saddasm Mohammad Aziz Hussain (30), residents of Panvel and Badlapur, respectively. During interrogation, the duo revealed that there were four more persons had joined them for the dacoity. They also told police that a scrap dealer was also involved to whom they had sold the stolen copper plates. A police team arrested the scrap dealer, identified as Samir Sagi Hasmi (32) on April 7 from Ulhasnagar and recovered the stolen booty worth Rs 40,000. A hunt has been launched to nab the four other persons, police said.
2016-04-09Scrap dealer among 3 arrested for theft & sale of copper plates in Thane - Web India 123
2016-04-08BJP leader attacked by another BJP leader's son - Times of India
BJP leader attacked by another BJP leader's son Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Apr 8, 2016, 09.05 PM IST ULHASNAGAR: BJP leader Dr Prakash Nathani, husband of BJP corporator Dr Meena Nathani, was attacked by 10 to 12 people including son of another BJP leader Ajit Labana during the famous Chetichand Yatra festival in Ulhasnagar on Friday afternoon. The incident occurred during Sindhi community's biggest festival Chetichand attended by thousands of devotees. The police sources said few days before Dr Prakash Nathani had some dispute with BJP leader Ajit Labana in which Nathani had slapped Ajit Labana. It is said that after the incident, Ajit's son, Gurvindar Singh Labana alias Boxer, was angry and wanted to take revenge of his father from Nathani. Sources said that on Friday during Chetichand yatra when thousands of devotees were dancing in yatra, Boxer called Nathani to dance with him and after which his friends gheroed him and started assaulting the leader. Later when other devotees realised they raised alarm and police tried to catch Boxer, but he fled with his supporters. Nathani later rushed to the private hospital in city where he has been kept in ICU. Following the incident, the Ulhasnagar police have registered attempt to murder case against Boxer and his 10 to 12 friends and have started manhunt for accused. Social worker Anil Jaisinghani has slammed BJP party for making Chetichand yatra as battle ground.
2016-04-08Navi Mumbai civic body pins hopes on 24 lakes - Times of India
Navi Mumbai civic body pins hopes on 24 lakes TNN | Apr 8, 2016, 11.12 PM IST NAVI MUMBAI: The local civic body has chalked out a contingency plan to tackle the problem of water scarcity. A fleet of 20-25 tankers will be on standby to transport water for cleaning and washing purposes from lakes. There are 24 lakes in the area. The tankers will be pressed into service if there is a need, particularly in Digha and nearby areas, which get their supply from Barvi dam. The Navi Mumbai civic body said the tankers will be stationed in and around Digha and Airoli ward offices. "The lakes are traditional reservoirs and their water can be used for cleaning and washing of clothes. The water cannot be used for drinking purposes," said city engineer Mohan Dagaonkar. The Kokhad lake in Digha is the third biggest water body in the city. The lake's water can be used if the Maharashtra irrigation department decides to reduce the supply from Barvi dam that is main supplier in this area. On April 6, TOI had reported that the Ulhasnagar, Mira-Bhayander, Kalyan-Dombivli, Thane civic bodies, Navi Mumbai's Trans Thane Creek (TTC) belt and the Taloja industrial estate could face a 60% water cut. The TTC belt and the Taloja industrial area has been hit hard with the ongoing cut. Complaints of water not reaching some factories for as many as seven to ten days have surfaced.
2016-04-07उल्लासनगर में टूट सकता है शिवसेना-बीजेपी का गठबंधन
उल्लासनगर में टूट सकता है शिवसेना-बीजेपी का गठबंधन Updated: Apr 7, 2016, 08:30AM IST 250 करोड़ के ड्रेनेज लाइन के लिए है जोड़-तोड़ का खेल उल्हासनगर मनपा के तिजोरी मानी जाने वाली स्थाई समिति के सभापति का कार्यकाल 31 मार्च को समाप्त हो गया। नए सभापति के चयन के लिए अब तक तारीख निर्धारित नहीं हो पाई है, परंतु शिवसेना को लग रहा है कि बीजेपी एनसीपी के साथ मिलकर शिवसेना का गणित बिगाड़ने की कोशिश कर रही है। गौरतलब है कि शिवसेना-बीजेपी व आरपीआई गठबंधन की सभापति जया प्रकाश माखीजा का कार्यकाल समाप्त हो चुका है। इस वर्ष आठ पुराने सदस्यों का भी कार्यकाल समाप्त हो गया और उनकी जगह आठ नए सदस्यों के नामों की घोषणा भी महासभा में की जा चुकी है। यह मौजूदा महापालिका का आखिरी साल भी है। समझौते के हिसाब से इस अंतिम वर्ष में स्थाई समिति सभापति का पद शिवसेना को मिलना है। स्थाई समिति में शिवसेना के चार सदस्य हैं, जिनमें सबसे वरिष्ठ राजेंद्र सिंह भुल्लर (महराज) इस पद के सबसे प्रबल दावेदार माने जा रहे हैं। अबतक के कार्यकाल में भुल्लर को कोई भी महत्वपूर्ण पद नहीं मिला है। दूसरी तरफ शीर्ष स्तर पर शिवसेना और बीजेपी के बीच बढ़ती दूरियों को देखते बीजेपी इस पद पर काबिज होने की जुगत भिड़ाने लगी है। बीजेपी नेता प्रकाश माखीजा के आरपीआई और साईं पार्टी के नेताओं के साथ मधुर संबंधों के बल पर वह गठबंधन तोड़कर शिवसेना को पटकनी दे सकती है। यह जोड़ तोड़ का सारा खेल सिर्फ 250 करोड़ के ड्रेनेज लाइन के ठेके को लेकर होने का कयास लगाया जा रहा है। इसी के साथ ही चारों प्रभाग समितियों के सभापति का भी चयन होना है। परंतु सभी नेताओं की नजर मनपा की तिजोरी स्थाई समिति के सभापति पद पर लगी हुई है।
2016-04-07Know your neighbourhood: Ambernath - Moneycontrol.com
Know your neighbourhood: Ambernath Ambernath also spelled as Ambarnath is a suburb located in the north eastern part of Mumbai. It is a part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and comes under the Thane district. Ambarnath is divided into Ambarnath East and Ambarnath West. Ambernath West is industrialized with the presence of a number of famous companies and industries whereas Ambernath East is a residential market. Accessibility: The locality is well connected by rail and road. The micro market is surrounded by localities like Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Vasar, and Bohonoli. The airport is located 48 km away from here and can be reached in 1 hour 15 minutes. The region has railway stations which lie on the central line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway Network and is served by both slow and fast trains. SH 80 connecting Deogaon and Kolegaon cuts through this region. Roads like Kalyan – Badlapur Road provide the locality with good connectivity. The area is served well by buses, taxis and auto rickshaws. Education: The area has a number of reputed educational institutions. Some of the schools in the region include Kendriya Vidyalaya, Fatima High School, Infant Jesus International School and Mahatma Gandhi School. Colleges like P.D. Karkhanis college of Arts and Commerce, Guardian College of Dental Sciences & Research, ITI Ambarnath and S I C E Society’s Degree College of Arts, Science & Commerce are located here. Hospitality: The region has hotels, resorts and restaurants. Anand Sagar Resort & Waterpark and Shanti Sagar Resort and Waterpark are some of the resorts present here. The locality has a number of restaurants where a variety of cuisines are served. Sibbu Palace, Golden Punjab and Utsav restaurant are some of the restaurants. Retail: The locality has shopping malls, shopping centres, standalone retail outlets and departmental stores. Sawant Arcade Mall is located here. Bata, Cambridge Apparels, Gauri Shopping Center and Swanand Shopping Centre are present here. Entertainment: The area has Star Big Cinemas for entertainment. The area has water parks for recreation. Healthcare: The area has a good healthcare system in place with the presence of hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. Shobha Hospital, Bijankur Hospital and Ashwini Hospital are present here. Places of worship: The locality has the famous Shiv Mandir known as “Ambreshwar Shiva Temple” which dates back to 1060 AD. Other places of worship in the locality include the Hanuman Mandir, Ayyapa Temple, Our Lady of Fatima Church, St.Gregorios Orthodox Church, Methodist Church, Raza Jama Masjid and Madina Masjid. Real estate: The micro market is one of the most sought after residential localities because of its affordability. Once the market was filled with retired personnel but now the scenario has changed. The demand is mainly from the working population due to the availability of job opportunities, presence of good connectivity and affordable prices.
2016-04-07Vartak Nagar, Mumbra vulnerable for women as crime rate soars - Times of India
Vartak Nagar, Mumbra vulnerable for women as crime rate soars Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Apr 7, 2016, 11.01 PM IST Thane: Vartak Nagar, touted as the upscale home destination with its swank towers and gated complexes, shares a common bond with the working class pockets of Mumbra or the old buildings in Ulhasnagar and Kalyan's Mahatma Phule area. These four areas are the hot spots for crimes against women. A crime mapping of these locations, based on offences filed from January to October 2015, reveal that these four areas are vulnerable pockets for women in Thane. Of the 1,020 cases of crimes against women in the 34 police stations in the Thane commissionerate, close to 30% of offences were registered in the four police stations of Vartak Nagar, Mumbra (both in Thane city), Mahatma Phule (Kalyan) and Central (Ulhasnagar). "One can safely say that the areas under the four police stations are the epicenter of crimes against women. These areas share very little in terms of social and economic status of its citizens, but young women in these areas suffer the same treatment going by the number of incidents in these places,'' a police official told TOI. Mahatma Phule and Mumbra top the table with both having 79 and 75 cases registered respectively. "Around 80% of men hit their wives over petty issues. They are possessive and suspicious and do not like their wives talking to men. There are also cases where the woman doesn't know that her husband has a second wife," said Nayna Bandre, a member of NGO Maharashtra Mahila Parishad. Vartak Nagar has a highest 34 registered offences of molestation in the entire commissionerate indicating that the streets and corners are far from safe for the women folk. Of the 1,020 registered offences, only 604 cases were detected till the end of October. "It means that four of the 10 accused are out on the streets and have never been arrested,'' an official said. Molestation remains a big concern with 493 cases being registered in all the 34 police stations in the last 19 months. The least number of crimes were registered under dowry deaths.
2016-04-07Helpline to address water plaints has been of no help, claim Thaneites - Times of India
Helpline to address water plaints has been of no help, claim Thaneites Apr 7, 2016, 22:43 IST A toll free number facility that was started by collector Ashwini Joshi on Tuesday for Thaneites to report the water crisis has not been of any help, most residents claimed. The citizens were asked to report on the numbers—1077 and 25381886—the status of the water crisis at their homes or in their neighbourhoods. Most Thaneites said it was just another "bureaucratic web" where complaints were received and forwarded to self-governing bodies but no action was taken. "It was expected that the collector would crack the whip and get the authorities to dispatch tankers or do a reality check on the poor distribution network. The toll free facility is similar to tossing the file to another desk without making any attempt to provide relief,'' a local said. Most locals said only one of the numbers was answered by the disaster management cell. When TOI called 1077, the calls went unanswered but the officials responded to calls made to the other number. As many as 20 calls were received in the last two days, mostly from Ulhasnagar, Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva. "A doctor from Ulhasnagar said he was not getting water for 12 days," an official said. TOI spoke to the collector regarding the complaints. "We started the facility for people to air their grievances. Earlier, there was no system for a complain to be lodged and usually they went unanswered. So, we have at least tried to set up a system." "After taking the complaints we inform the respective corporations. However, we can't tell them how many hours it would take to resolve the issue. The main aim is to resolve problems like commercialization or misuse of water," Joshi added.
2016-04-06Man beats up neighbours for complaing about loud Honey Singh music - Daily News & Analysis
Man beats up neighbours for complaing about loud Honey Singh music - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-06Thane district likely to face 60% water cut - Times of India
Thane district likely to face 60% water cut Updated: Apr 6, 2016, 08:11 IST Navi Mumbai: The Ulhasnagar, Mira-Bhayander, Kalyan-Dombivli, Thane civic bodies, Navi Mumbai's Trans Thane Creek (TTC) belt and the Taloja industrial estate may face a 60% water cut, the Maharashtra irrigation department has hinted. These areas get drinking water from Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation's (MIDC) Barvi dam and are already reeling under a 40% water cut. The Taloja industrial estate and TTC area houses 3,000 and 980 factories respectively."The irrigation department monitors the daily water level situation and has hinted at further limiting the days to lift water during a week. A 60 % cut is being considered," a source said. The water is lifted from Ulhas river, which sources supplies from Barvi and Andhra dams. Andhra dam has reduced the release of water and will ration supplies till July 15, a source said. The TTC belt and the Taloja industrial area has been hit hard with the ongoing cut. Complaints of water not reaching some factories for as many as seven to ten days have surfaced. Thane Belapur Industries Association (TBIA) advisor Jayadevan K said there are also complaints of lack of adequate water for toilet use and the larger units with more manpower have been affected. "There was no supply from Wednesday evening to Saturday morning. We fear that the situation is only getting worse," said Satish Shetty, honorary president of the Taloja industries association. Potable water is used for human consumption and industrial production. Several units make do with drinking water for their staff from tankers, said an industry source. The development comes at a time when the Maharashtra government is trying to attract foreign investment.
2016-04-05Thane: Police informer cries foul, claims he was framed in smuggling case - Mid-Day
Thane: Police Informer Cries Foul, Claims He Was Framed In Smuggling Case Apr 05, 2016, 13:23 IST Alleges that police took a bribe of Rs 20 lakh from kingpin of the racket and revealed his identity as well; cops say just a misunderstanding Manoj Thakur is now wary of the men in khaki. The 28-year-old resident of Ulhasnagar has claimed that he helped the police on Sunday nab three gold smugglers moving a consignment from Bangkok to Thane. But instead of rewarding him, they allegedly took a bribe of Rs 20 lakh from the kingpin and tried to frame him in the case. Thakur, a police informer who owns a construction firm, told mid-day that he had received a tip-off that a seasoned smuggler, Rahesh Ahuja (30) of Ulhasnagar was to arrive in Mumbai from Bangkok with gold biscuits on Sunday. He immediately passed on the information to Aslam Khatib, assistant inspector of the Mahatma Phule police station.Determined to end Ahuja’s free run, Thakur went to the Chhatrapati International Airport early on Sunday. Ahuja arrived on an Air India flight, AI349, via Delhi at 6.30am with two other mules — Nitin Sutar (43) and Heena Popatani (30) — both residents of Ulhasnagar. Sutar and Popatani had boarded the flight during the connecting stop at Delhi. During the flight, Ahuja allegedly passed on the six gold biscuits he had hidden in his rectum to the two couriers. Using the same technique, Popatani hid four gold bars in her rectum in the aircraft toilet, while Sutar took another two. After the plane landed, Sutar and Popatani walked right out of the airport without any trouble — since domestic passengers are not screened by Customs officials — and Ahuja joined them outside after clearing the immigration process. On the trail The three then hailed an autorickshaw and headed for Saki Naka. There, Sutar and Popatani went into a public restroom and took the gold bars out of their rectum. Thereafter, the three headed for Kalyan. Thakur was close on their heels on his bike and kept Khatib in the loop throughout the chase. The three gold smugglers were caught by two Mahatma Phule police constables near the Baicha Putla Chowk in Kalyan at 8.30 am. But at the station, the police allegedly failed to register a case. Fearing that the smugglers would find out his identity, Thakur left around 5.30 pm and a friend kept tabs on the goings-on. Thakur then found out that Khatib, on orders from senior police inspector Anil Pawar, demanded a bribe of Rs 25 from the kingpin of the smuggling racket and revealed Thakur’s identity. Thakur alleged that soon after, a man drove up to the station in a Mercedes car and handed over Rs 20 in cash. In an alleged volte face, the police then framed Thakur in the case. The police informer rallied forces — he sought the help of some activists and approached DCP, Kalyan, Sanjay Jadhav. He claimed that it was only after Jadhav intervened did the police file a case against the three smugglers. Pawar refuted the allegations. “How can we frame our informer? There has been some misunderstanding.” He said six gold biscuits weighing 1,195 gm and worth Rs 33,81,850 were recovered from the three smugglers. They were released on bail after being produced in court. Thakur, however, was not in a forgiving mood. “Informers are no longer assured of protection,” he rued.
Thane: Police informer cries foul, claims he was framed in smuggling case - Mid-Day
2016-04-05Taps run dry in all of Thane district for more than three days a week - Times of India
Taps run dry in all of Thane district for more than three days a week Updated: Apr 5, 2016, 12:28 IST Thane is famed as the city of lakes but the entire district now faces one of its worst drought-like situations in the last four decades, with taps in lakhs of households running dry for over two to three days a week. A poor monsoon, coupled with the apparent failure of civic bodies to plug leakages and thefts in distribution lines, has led to the water crisis in all seven talukas of the district comprise high-density townships like Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath. Since major dams like Barvi, Bhatsa and Andra, which supply water to the district, received less water in the last monsoon, the irrigation department has curtailed supply. This means suburbs like Mumbra and Diva, which are at the tail end of the supply network, receive water for barely three days a week. The skewed water supply has forced several lifestyle changes. Sangeeta Patil, a resident of Diva, has to manage her daily schedule to coincide with the water supply in the area, which is just thrice a week and that too at erratic hours. The mother of two toddlers, who works as an accounts assistant in Mumbai, has been requesting her colleagues to chip in for her absence, but fears she may have to lose her job due to the water crisis. "I have a big family and have to manage the schedules of my kids and inlaws and ensure there is ample water to last us on days when there is no supply. I have requested my seniors for concessions on certain days, but it may not last long," she said. The water rationing and struggle to save every drop has also translated into brisk business for packaged water distribution agencies here. The demand for storage containers like tanks, drums, barrels, buckets, etc that has seen a steep upward curve, especially in areas like Balkum, Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva, which face 60-hour water cuts weekly. "In the last three weeks, the demand for 20-litre drinking water cans has soared. We have seen a 20-25% rise in business since the water cuts began. From a daily sale of 80 to 100 such cans earlier, our sale has increased to 120 to 150 such cans a day," said a retailer. Even certain vegetables have seen the impact of the water crisis as prices of cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber and others shot up by over 50% in recent times. The water crisis has also affected government and private hospitals. While some dialysis patients are forced to wait for their procedures and many surgeries postponed, irregular supply during the week has forced managements to order tankers for patients. "We try to save as much water to sail through the cuts. When that isn't sufficient, we rely on civic tankers for supply," said Dr Rajiv Korde, medical superintendent at a Thane hospital.Education institutes are also hit hard. "Many schools and colleges have urged students to get enough drinking water daily," said an official. The drought-like situation is also affecting fauna in the Yeoor range where watering holes are fast evaporating. Experts believe if the dry spell aggravates, denizens of water starved rural areas might be forced to migrate to first or even second-tier cities, increasing the water distribution pressure here. "In the planning of water distribution, urban pockets are often favoured in comparison to rural areas. This condition leads to distress migration from rural areas to the cities. This additional requirement of water could add to the water crisis in city areas," said Abdul Shaban, deputy director of TISS, Tuljapur. In Video: Severe water crisis in Latur district, section 144 imposed to avoid violence
Taps run dry in all of Thane district for more than three days a week - Times of India
2016-04-0560% cut of Barvi dam water on cards, situation scary for sever civic bodies, industry - Times of India
60% cut of Barvi dam water on cards, situation scary for sever civic bodies, industry Apr 5, 2016, 21:17 IST NAVI MUMBAI: Four municipal corporations including the TTC area in Navi Mumbai with around 3000 industrial units and Taloja industrial estate having 980 units that get drinking water supplies from MIDC's Barvi dam will take a further hit with the irrigation department hinting at increasing the current 40% to 60% cut. Barvi dam sources said, ``The department monitors the daily water level situation and has hinted at further limiting the days to lift water during a week. A 60% cut has been hinted with an extended deadline for monsoon.'' The supply at the user-end would get affected further with less supplies as it takes time to build pressure, dam sources said. The water is lifted from Ulhas river that sources supplies from Barvi and Andhra dam of Tata Power. Andhra dam is said to have reduced the release of water following which the planned cut might increase to continue water supply at a limited quantum till July 15, dam source pointed out. Barvi dam majorly supplies water after treatment at the Jambul plant to the municipal corporations of Ulhasnagar, Mira Bhayander, Kalyan Dombivli, and partly to Thane and the TTC industrial area under NMMC with a limited purchase by NMMC for some areas and also Taloja industrial estate in the city. KDMC has drawing rights and supplies in its area while the dam authorities supply to 27 villages under KDMC. The TTC and Taloja industrial areas have been hit hard with the ongoing cut with complaints of water not reaching for as many as seven to ten days by industrial units located on the upper gradient in the hilly TTC terrain. TBIA advisor, Jayadevan K said there are also complaints of lack of adequate water for toilet use for staff and the bigger units with more manpower are affected. Honorary president of Taloja industries association, Satish Shetty said, ``there is no supply from Wednesday evening to Saturday morning. With increase in cut, there will be still less supply. The situation threatens to only worsen.'' Drinking water is used both for human consumption and industrial production. Several units make do with drinking water requirements for staff from tankers, industry sources said.
2016-04-05Four civic bodies likely to face 60% water cut - Times of India
Four civic bodies likely to face 60% water cut TNN | Apr 6, 2016, 01.27 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: The Ulhasnagar, Mira-Bhayander, Kalyan-Dombivli, Thane civic bodies, Navi Mumbai's Trans Thane Creek (TTC) belt and the Taloja industrial estate may face a 60% water cut, the state irrigation department has hinted. These areas get drinking water from Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation's (MIDC) Barvi dam and are already reeling under a 40% water cut. The Taloja industrial estate and TTC area houses 3,000 and 980 factories respectively. "The irrigation department monitors the daily water level situation and has hinted at further limiting the days to lift water during a week. A 60 % cut is being considered," a source said. The water is lifted from Ulhas river, which sources supplies from Barvi and Andhra dams. Andhra dam has reduced the release of water and will ration supplies till July 15, a source said. The TTC belt and the Taloja industrial area has been hit hard with the ongoing cut. Complaints of water not reaching some factories for as many as seven to ten days have surfaced. Thane Belapur Industries Association (TBIA) advisor Jayadevan K said there are also complaints of lack of adequate water for toilet use and the larger units with more manpower have been affected. "There was no supply from Wednesday evening to Saturday morning. We fear that the situation is only getting worse," said Satish Shetty, honorary president of the Taloja industries association. Potable water is used for human consumption and industrial production. Several units make do with drinking water for their staff from tankers, said an industry source. The development comes at a time when the Maharashtra government is trying to attract foreign investment into the state. The water shortage may affect the ambitious industrial plans of the state government.
2016-04-02State making policy attempt to re-use sewage water: Devendra Fadnavis - Daily News & Analysis
State making policy attempt to re-use sewage water: Devendra Fadnavis State making policy attempt to re-use sewage water: Devendra Fadnavis 1
State making policy attempt to re-use sewage water: Devendra Fadnavis - Daily News & Analysis
2016-04-02Every Indian must chant 'Bharat Mata ki jai', says Maharashtra CM - Hindustan Times
Every Indian must chant ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’, says Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis was speaking at a party workers’ rally at Nashik on the first day of the state party executive meeting MUMBAI Updated: Apr 03, 2016 01:43 IST Indicating the state BJP’s voice will get shriller on the ‘nationalism’ debate, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said every Indian will have to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. He said crores of Indians feel that those who can’t say this shouldn’t live in the country. Fadnavis was speaking at a party workers’ rally at Nashik on the first day of the state party executive meeting being held with an eye on the 2017 civic polls as well as the increasingly uneasy relationship with its ally, the Shiv Sena. Fadnavis’ statement is being seen as the party’s decision to bare fangs on the issue and claim its Hindu right wing space, challenged by the Sena, ahead of the polls. Recently, AIMIM legislator Waris Pathan was suspended from the state Assembly by all parties after he refused to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. The BJP hopes to corner the Congress and the NCP on the debate, even as it scores a point with its core support base. The CM also took on ally Sena over the its aggressive stance against former advocate general Shrihari Aney’s statement on a separate Marathwada. Without naming his ally, Fadnavis said some people were creating a bogey out of the ‘United Maharashtra’ movement and attacked even women under this guise. The reference was to the recent attack on BJP Mahila Morcha national president and leader Vijaya Rahatkar in Nasik on the Marathwada issue. Besides the crucial Mumbai civic polls, elections to eight other cities, including Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Thane, Ulhasnagar, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur , Amravati, 15 municipal councils and 29 zilla parishads are slated next year. And there are signs that the allies are unlikely to contest a majority of these polls together. “Where is the morality in such a stance? In Marathwada, you make one statement and in Nashik you carry out morchas even if some water is being released to that drought-hit region,’’ said Fadnavis targeting the Sena. The majority sentiment in the state executive meeting held earlier on Saturday was that it would be difficult to continue and alliance with the Sena given the bitterness between the allies. State party president Raosaheb Danve indicated as much saying, “The state leadership will not foist its decision. The decision to contest elections with the Sena or without it will be made by local party units assessing ground situation.’’ In Nasik and Pune for instance, the BJP is preparing to go solo. As such, the focus of the meeting is to prepare for the polls. It inducted five MNS corporators from Nashik and will induct NCP city unit leaders into its wing on Sunday. The big worry before the BJP leaders is the beginning of an anti-incumbency against the government, and as such many ministers used the occasion on day one to drive home the upcoming challenges before the party and recount decisions taken by the government before state party workers. “We can’t perform miracles in just a year-and-a-half, but I can assure you that we are sincere in our efforts and have taken decisions based on promises made to people and their aspirations,’’ said revenue minister Eknath Khadse in his address. “Unless our organisation gears up for polls and reaches out to people with the good decisions we have taken and our policies, it’s going to be difficult for us. If we perform well in the 2017 polls, it will reflect our strength and readiness for the 2019 general elections. And there is no doubt that in 2019, we will contest solo without the Sena as our ally,’’ said a BJP minister.
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2016-04-01CNG, piped gas price will reduce from Saturday - Times of India
CNG, piped gas price will reduce from Saturday Apr 1, 2016, 22:44 IST MUMBAI: The MGL will reduce the CNG price by 70 paise per kg and domestic piped gas price by 60 paise per unit (scm) from April 2. The revised price of CNG and domestic gas in Mumbai will be Rs 41.20 per kg and Rs 24.71 per unit respectively. The decision has been taken consequent to the reduction in price of domestically produced natural gas by government of India, the official stated.The price reduction will also come into effect in municipalities adjoining Mumbai after factoring in implications of local municipal octroi/LBT and/or cess. It will be applicable in Thane, Navi Mumbai, Mira Road, Bhiwandi, Taloja, Ambernath, Badlapur, Kharghar, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar. The revised prices (inclusive of local taxes) of CNG in these areas shall be in the range of Rs. 41.20 per Kg to Rs. 41.94 per kg and price of domestic piped gas shall be in the range of Rs. 24.71 per unit to Rs. 24.92 per unit.
2016-04-01CNG price drops by 70p/kg, piped gas by 60p/unit - Times of India
CNG price drops by 70p/kg, piped gas by 60p/unit Updated: Apr 1, 2016, 22:35 IST Mumbai: The prices of CNG and domestic piped gas will decrease here from Saturday. This is the second such reduction in six months. A Mahanagar Gas Ltd official said, "We are reducing the CNG price by 70 paise per kg and domestic piped gas price by 60 paise per unit (scm) from Saturday morning. The revised prices of CNG and domestic gas here will be Rs 41.20 per kg and Rs 24.71 per unit respectively." Any increase in CNG prices affects fares of autos, taxis and BEST buses. Six lakh households in the Mumbai metropolitan region depend on piped gas, while nearly four lakh vehicles run on CNG. The decision has been taken following the reduction in price of domestically produced natural gas by the government of India, the official stated.The price reduction will also come into effect in municipalities adjoining Mumbai after factoring in implications of local municipal octroi/LBT and/or cess. It will be applicable in Thane, Navi Mumbai, Mira Road, Bhiwandi, Taloja, Ambernath, Badlapur, Kharghar, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar. Last October, MGL had announced a reduction in CNG prices in Mumbai region by Rs 1.05 per kg and piped gas by 54 paise per unit. "With this reduction, gas supplied by MGL continues to be a very attractive proposition to consumers and offers a saving of about 58% and 20%, compared to petrol and diesel respectively, compared to current petrol and diesel prices in Mumbai," a spokesperson said.

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