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

2019-04-30Lok Sabha elections 2019 - Phase 4: 20-year-old bride from Ulhasnagar casts vote before tying the knot - Free Press Journal
Lok Sabha elections 2019 – Phase 4: 20-year-old bride from Ulhasnagar casts vote before tying the knot April 30, 2019 7:22 am Thane: In a unique gesture, a 20-year-old bride from Ulhasnagar didn’t forget to discharge her duty as an educated citizen and exercised her franchise before tying the knot. Sayali Ranpise, whose marriage was scheduled to be held on Monday with groom Abhijit Jadhav at Nashik, clashed with the elction date. Sayali, along with her father Mahendra Ranpise, went to the polling booth and was the first voter to cast her vote at 7am. Then, she headed to neighbouring Nashik district with her family to the mariage venue to start a new inning of her life. Sayali’s family resides in Dhobighat area of Ulhasnagar. Her marriage’s auspicious time (shubh muhurat) 11 am. So, she went to Ulhas vidyalaya booth number 309 in Ulhasnagar and voted early in the morning. Commenting on her move, Sayli Ranpise said, “It’s a sign of enthusiasm among young voters. A woman in full bridal finery arrived at the voting booth to cast her vote. It’s observed people often don’t vote if they have something important to do.” She added, “I used it as an opportunity to spread awareness about importance of voting.”
2019-04-29Municipal worker dies of heart attack on poll duty in Thane - Times of India
Municipal worker dies of heart attack on poll duty in Thane Updated: Apr 29, 2019, 9:27 IST KALYAN: A 54-year-old man died of a heart attack while on election duty at booth number 87 in Ulhasnagar,which falls in the Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency, on Sunday. Bhagwan Magare, the deceased, worked as a sweeper with the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. The polling staff with Magare suspect the heat took a toll on him, as the temperature in city haad soared to about 40 degrees Celsius. Magare was having his lunch with other polling staff in a room at the booth when he complained of chest pain and suddenly fell off his chair. The polling staff took him to Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar, where he was declared brought dead. “Prima facie it appears that Magare died of a heart attack,” Dr Vishwash Pendkar said. Magare’s daughter said he did not have a history of any illness. Yuvraj Bhadane, PRO, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation said Magare had been a sweeper in the sanitation department for 25 years. The police registered an accidental death report.
2019-04-29Stirring the poll pot: Food menus advertise discounts - Times of India
Stirring the poll pot: Food menus advertise discounts Updated: Apr 29, 2019, 12:55 IST MUMBAI/KALYAN: Several restaurants and bars across the metropolitan region have offered 10-25% discount or introduced a special marked-down menu for those who vote. In Kalyan, Mahalaxmi near the station has a 50% discount. Quesso in Oshiwara is offering a 10% discount for those who are able to show their inked finger as proof of having voted. Raju Polampoli of Sitara in Mulund said he had tied up with an NGO to offer buttermilk free of cost to voters at the booth near his establishment and was also offering a 15% discount on the menu for those who vote. Santosh Shetty, president of Ahar, an association of over 10,000 bars and restaurants in the region, said all members had been encouraged to make such offers. "My restaurant Jagadamba in Sewri will be offering a discount," he said. Three Star in Kharghar and Anant Halwai in Kalyan have also offered discounts. The Rotary Club of Ulhasnagar has named 19 joints, including Amar Fast Food, Mayur Hotel and Jawar Hotel, that are offering up to 25% discounts and gifts.
2019-04-29Lok Sabha elections 2019 – Phase 4: 20-year-old bride from Ulhasnagar casts vote before tying the knot - Free Press Journal
Lok Sabha elections 2019 – Phase 4: 20-year-old bride from Ulhasnagar casts vote before tying the knot Updated on : 30 April 2019, 01:52 AM : Thane: In a unique gesture, a 20-year-old bride from Ulhasnagar didn’t forget to discharge her duty as an educated citizen and exercised her franchise before tying the knot. Sayali Ranpise, whose marriage was scheduled to be held on Monday with groom Abhijit Jadhav at Nashik, clashed with the elction date. Sayali, along with her father Mahendra Ranpise, went to the polling booth and was the first voter to cast her vote at 7am. Then, she headed to neighbouring Nashik district with her family to the mariage venue to start a new inning of her life.  Sayali’s family resides in Dhobighat area of Ulhasnagar. Her marriage’s auspicious time (shubh muhurat) 11 am. So, she went to Ulhas vidyalaya booth number 309 in Ulhasnagar and voted early in the morning.Commenting on her move, Sayli Ranpise said, “It’s a sign of enthusiasm among young voters. A woman in full bridal finery arrived at the voting booth to cast her vote. It’s observed people often don’t vote if they have something important to do.” She added, “I used it as an opportunity to spread awareness about importance of voting.”
2019-04-29Poll duty: BMC worker dies of cardiac arrest - The Asian Age
Poll duty: BMC worker dies of cardiac arrest Published : Apr 30, 2019, 5:26 am IST Mumbai: A worker from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) died of heart attack while he was performing his election duty in Dharavi area on Monday. The BMC worker is identified as Vijay Ramchrda Sable (56). It’s the first death of a worker reported in the Mumbai city district this election. Mr Sable was the resident of Dharavi Cross road. As per the information received from Dharavi Police, Mr Sable left for his electing duty on Monday morning. Suddenly he collapsed on road due to cardiac arrest. Suresh Patil, senior police inspector, Dharavi police station, said, “He was appointed as Booth Level Officer (BLO) in Dharavi area for Lok Sabha election polls. He was employed in G- north ward of BMC. His duty was at BMC high school at Dharavi.” “He went to cast his vote and was resuming to his polling booth. While walking he suddenly collapsed on road after which the onlookers and on duty police personnel rushed him to the civic - run Sion hospital, where he was declared as brought dead,”Mr Patil added. The Dharavi police station has registered Accidental Death Report (ADR), the doctors at Sion hospital stated that he had cardiac arrest and due to which he collapsed on road. His body has been sent for post mortem. A 54-year-old man died of a heart attack while on election duty at booth number 87 in Ulhasnagar, which is located at Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency, on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Bhagwan Magare who worked as a sweeper with the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. The polling staff with Mr Magare suspect the heat took a toll on him, as the temperature in city had soared to about 40 degrees Celsius. Mr Magare was having his lunch with other polling staff in a room at the booth when he complained of chest pain and suddenly fell off his chair. The polling staff took him to Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar, where he was declared brought dead. “Prima facie it appears that Mr Magare died of a heart attack,” Dr Vishwash Pendkar said. Voters were seen queuing outside various polling booths across the metropolitan city as residents across the state started casting their franchise in the last 17 of Maharashtra’s 48 Lok Sabha seats.
2019-04-29Brides & grooms find time to vote, call it their duty - Times of India
Brides & grooms find time to vote, call it their duty Updated: Apr 30, 2019, 8:55 IST ULHASNAGAR: A bride in her wedding attire cast her vote in Ulhasnagar before leaving for Nashik to tie the knot on Monday. In Badlapur, a couple cast their vote right after completing their wedding rituals in the morning. They took along the wedding band and their family members to the polling station too. The fourth phase of polling witnessed several such inspiring moments, as couples ensured they did not miss the chance to exercise their franchise on their wedding day. Sayali Ranpise, a resident of Ulhasnagar, was to wed Nashik’s Abhijit Jadhav on Monday afternoon. At 7am, before leaving for Nashik, she along with her father Mahendra Ranpise reached the polling station at Ulhasnagar’s 309 Municipal School in her wedding saree. Several voters said they were moved by her zeal to vote. After casting her vote, she left with her family members for Nashik. “That I was able to vote made my wedding all the more special. The Lok Sabha is the biggest in our country, which was the reason why I wanted to vote,” said Ranpise. “As an Indian citizen, it is our duty and responsibility to vote,” Ranpise added. Similarly, Vrushali and Shivaji Gade of Badlapur’s Savre village, who got married on Monday morning, reached the polling station with the entire wedding party. Several voters who had queued up congratulated them.
2019-04-29Less than half of Kalyan turns up to vote - The Hindu
Less than half of Kalyan turns up to vote UPDATED: APRIL 30, 2019 01:27 IST An estimated 44.27% of the electorate in Kalyan constituency stepped out to vote on Monday, with several residents of the Kalyan-Dombivli area complaining of delays in the voting process and of their names not being in the voters’ list. The constituency comprises of areas like Kalyan (East), Kalyan (rural), Dombivli, Mumbra-Kalwa, Ambarnath and Ulhasnagar, of which Kalyan (rural) recorded the highest voting percentage at 46.5% as of 6 p.m. “The information is still being compiled and the final figure is likely to be available by Tuesday afternoon,” district information officer Milind Dusane said. A majority of the voters stepped out to cast their votes early in the morning, hoping to get done before the heat increased. However, delays were observed due to faulty machines at several polling centres across the constituency. Sushil Dumbre, a Kalyan resident, said, “We reached the polling booth at 7.30 a.m., but had to wait till 9 a.m. before we could finally cast our vote. The people who voted before us told us the delay was because of the machines at our booth not working properly.” Mr. Dusane said complaints of faulty machines were quickly address by replacing the machines at the polling centres concerned. Raju Nalawade, a resident of Dombivli MIDC, added, “Several of us reached the polling booths only to find that our names were not on the voters’ list and hence could not vote.”
2019-04-29Police constable on poll duty dies of heart attack in Thane - United News of India
Police constable on poll duty dies of heart attack in Thane Thane, Apr 29 (UNI) A police constable on poll duty died of amassive heart attack in Bhiwandi town of the district. Constable Dashrath Korde (57), attached to the Thane police headquarter, was assigned poll duty at the Nizampura police station. On the morning of April 23, at around 0730 hours, he suffered amassive heart attack and was rushed to a local hospital before being shifted to the CSMGM hospital at Kalwa, where he died the following day during treatment, police said. Mr Korde, who hailed from Harsole village in Wada taluka of the neighbouring Palghar district, is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. A case of accidental death has been registered with the Nizampura police station in this regard, sources added. This is the second case of death of an official on poll duty in the district. On Sunday, a peon of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation(UMC) also died while on duty at a polling booth following massive heart attack.
2019-04-28Lok Sabha elections: Polling staff dies of heart attack while on duty in Ulhasnagar - Times of India
Lok Sabha elections: Polling staff dies of heart attack while on duty in Ulhasnagar Updated: Apr 28, 2019, 21:25 IST KALYAN: A 54-year-old election staff, posted on election duty at booth number 87 of Kalyan Lok Sabha in Ulhasnagar area died of heart attack while on duty on Sunday afternoon. The deceased, Bhagwan Magare was employed as a sweeper in Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation and was posted as election staff in Kalyan Lok Sabha at polling booth number 87. According to sources, the incident took place when Magare went to have lunch with other staff and suddenly fell from his chair after complaining of chest pain. Looking at him, other polling staff rushed him to Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar where he was declared brought dead. The other staff working with him suspected that Magare might have suffered a heart attack because of heat as the temperature in the city on Sunday soared above 40 degrees Celsius.
2019-04-28Peon on election duty dies in Maharashtra - The New Indian Express
Peon on election duty dies in Maharashtra Updated: 28th April 2019 07:58 PM THANE: A 54-year-old peon on election duty in Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra, which goes to polls Monday, suffered a heart attack Sunday and died on his way to hospital, police said. The peon, Bhagwan Magre, was posted at booth no.87 in C Block in Ulhasnagar township, a police officer said. As soon as Magre reached the booth this afternoon and sat in a chair, he felt uneasy, said senior police inspector S C Suradkar of Central police station. Magre was being taken to hospital in Ulhasnagar when he died, the police officer said, adding that the peon was declared brought dead by doctors. Police have registered a case of accidental death, Suradkar said. A total of 17 seats, including those from the Mumbai region, go to polls in the fourth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state Monday.
2019-04-28Making Sindhi cool again - Mumbai Mirror
Making Sindhi cool again Updated: Apr 28, 2019, 09:51 IST Community members across age groups and geographies are reaching out to the youth, using pop songs, plays and social media to keep the linguistic tradition alive. Earlier this month, Sindhis around the world got tap-tapping on their mobile phones, and a Whatsapp forward was shot from Mumbai to Madrid, Dubai to Hong Kong and to other cities across the globe that the community’s members now call home. On April 11, Doordarshan finally gave the go-ahead for two of its channels to broadcast a few hours of Sindhi content every day, the message said. It was a minor victory for a community that has been struggling to hold onto its identity for 72 years, ever since Partition left it stateless. “This is a big deal,” says senior counsel Mahesh Jethmalani who, working pro bono for the non-profit Sindhi Sangat — which was founded by Asha Chand almost two decades ago to promote Sindhi language, culture and heritage — had successfully lobbied for the channel. “It gives us a fighting chance to revive our language. Modern Sindhi families converse in English only. Some speak a smattering of Sindhi, at best.” The channel has been the lifelong-dream of his father, veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who has been pushing for it for over a decade, alongside Chand. The community is still hoping to rally together the 10 million viewers required to get a full-fledged Sindhi DD channel. But even as they savour their first victory, there are those who believe — correctly — that one way to rescue the language from extinction is to reach out to the youth through popular culture. Ready to reconnect Luckily for the community, the younger generation, too, seems to have grown conscious of a need to connect with their roots. Saaz Aggarwal, author of Sindhi: Stories from a Vanished Homeland and the forthcoming The Amils of Sindh, says: “The migrant generation never had the luxury to sit back and reminiscence about their homeland. But today, young people are eager to try to regain what was lost.” YouTuber Dirven Hazari’s channel Sindhionism, which promotes Sindhi webseries, vines and sketch comedies, enjoys viewership from over 180 countries, according to a Youtube status report. The 23-year old from Ulhasnagar, says: “I read a report that said the Sindhi language is dying, which made me think that perhaps people don’t speak the language anymore because they don’t think it’s cool. So, I decided to make it cool again. In the last few years, some of the catchphrases I use in my YouTube sketches, such as ‘Hal Chuampal Paye Dukan Te (Wear your slippers and come to the shop)’, have found their way onto sweatshirts.” Like Hazari, Sindhi youth are using tools such as music, film, comedy and theatre to introduce their peers to the community’s evaporating culture. Event planners Raveena Bajaj and Deepika Lalchandani, both 23, are trying to ensure that Sindhi talent gets its due. They have planned pop-up events across the city under the banner ‘Untold Tales’, and hosted their first Sindhi meet-up on April 7. “The idea was to bring the Sindhi community together,” says Bajaj, who invited young Sindhi social media influencers to come and speak, and also organised a performance by Sindhi rapper Gaurav Relwani. “I had composed three Sindhi raps and songs and this was a great platform to showcase them,” says the 18-year-old class XII student at RKD College. “My mother Radha used to sing Sindhi songs to me, and introduced me to Pakistani artistes such as Shaman Ali and Najaf Ali,” he adds, citing his influences, and telling us he wishes Sindhi was taught in schools. Some youngsters like Andheri resident Vandana Nirankari, are, nonetheless, well-versed in their language. Growing up in a joint family Kolhapur, Nirankari, 26, shares a close bond with her grandfather, 78-year old Bhagwandas, and therefore knows his story of migration all too well. “When my grandfather moved to India after Partition, from Larkana, he settled with his widowed mother, and his brother in the Bandra camp [for Sindhi refugees]. His mother passed away shortly after, from an infection, leaving the boys orphaned in their early teens. Their half-brother, who lived in Kolhapur happened to see their names in a newspaper, and took on their care. So that’s how he made his way to Kolhapur.” Though her grandfather didn’t believe in following religious rituals, having embraced the ways of the Nirankari Mission many years ago, when he traded in their surname of Chhabria for the title of the group, “He has prioritised our language.” Nirankari has been carving a name for herself as a Sindhi singer — and has even been signed on by Ramesh Tauranis’ Tips Industries. Her song, Sindhi Abani Boli, a homage to the language, garnered over a million views on YouTube, and her catchy rendition of the Sindhi hymn Alaye Je Chamey Razi (No one knows what God is thinking), that appears to be working its magic with the youth. Sufi, folk and Bollywood singer Jatin Udasi is also a newcomer on the Sindhi pop scene. Udasi, 30, who claims to be a ninth-generation Sindhi singer, posted his first Sindhi number, Sindhi Mashup, on YouTube in March last year. “My father Gowardhandas writes his own songs, or borrows the Sindhi lyrics from Shah Latif and other prominent Sufi singers. His song, Hath Mathe Kare (Raise your hands), which is about Jhulelal, has close to four million views across social media channels,” says Udasi, whose single hit has won him gigs around the world, including invitations to perform at International Sindhi Sammelan events in the US and Europe in June. It’s catching on When graphic designer Gitanjali Kalro participated in conductor-writer-director Abhishek Majumdar’s Indian Ensemble playwriting workshop in 2013, she found that participants were encouraged to write in their mother tongue. “I found my creativity flowing unchecked for the first time. And, I wanted to create more in the language,” she says. So earlier this year, Kalro launched ‘Sindhi Boondi’, a WhatsApp podcast that promotes Sindhi culture. “I talk about the issues within the community. On Women’s Day, I put out a poem called ‘Chhokri’, which also touched upon a Sindhi tradition that forbade women from touching anyone’s feet,” says Kalro, who bagged the Wadhwani Scholarship — by the 1947 Partition Archives — for her 2018 compilation of 60 stories about Sindhis, told in the native language (and is now archived at the Stanford University libraries). To become more fluent, Kalro often relies on the ‘Learn Sindhi’ app, sponsored and promoted by the Sindhi Sangat. The app uses animation and games to make learning Sindhi more fun “In the early 2000s, we launched a CD ROM in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Sindhology in Kutch, and a prominent community member, Pankaj Hemnani, suggested we turn this into an app because these days, the youth engage more with their mobile phones,” shares Chand. Dirven Hazari Hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani’s journey back to the culture of her community, begins with her documentary Sindhustan, which features stories from the Partition. “I was watching a performance by a bunch of Sindhi fakirs, and they were so good that it made me want to delve into the language, rather than resort to a translation,” says Bhavnani. About her documentary, she says: “This is our story. I want to live with them, so I have inked all the stories on my legs and hands”, pointing to some tattoos on body. Thirtythree-year-old Gerish Khemani, theatre actor-writer-director of In Search of Dariya Sagar, shares the sentiment. His current play, centred on the migration and displacement of Sindhis, provides perspective to the younger generation in the community. “In 2016, when I was in Berlin studying theatre, the teacher asked us to express ourselves in our mother tongue, and I didn’t know it. In an international environment, surrounded by other students whose first language was their mother tongue, I was struck by how disconnected I was from mine,” says Khemani. A return to roots There is a historical reason for the disconnect. Dr Subhadra Anand, a well-known academic who specialises in the history and culture of the Sindhi community, explains, “For both the generation of Sindhis who moved to India following Partition and the generation after, the top priority was to assimilate with the host population. As a primarily business community, it only made sense to speak the local language,” says Dr Anand, adding that in a bid to fit in, many Sindhi families consciously eschewed their mother tongue. Jatin Udasi “Today, most Sindhi adults don’t speak Sindhi, so how will their children learn to?,” asks 64-yearold Shobha Lalchandani, editor and publisher of The Hindvasi, a Sindhi newsletter that goes out to 4,500 subscribers across India, and another 350 overseas. “Very few can read Sindhi these days, so we now include some Sindhi snippets in English and Devanagari as well,” says Lalchandani, who has kept the 102-yearold newsletter alive. “It provides an invaluable service by preserving the language and encouraging literature,” she says. It not only carries local news sent in by subscribers, but also poems, short stories and Sindhi theatre reviews, written by Lalchandani herself. At Rs 6 per copy, the family —Shobha’s son Anand and his wife Aneesha chip in too — barely meets its production cost. But it’s a labour of love for Lalchandani, who remembers that her father expected the family to speak Sindhi whenever possible, when she was a child. Drawing a comparison with the Parsis — also an uprooted community which migrated to India during the Arab conquest of Persia in the 8th century — Dr Anand says that they stayed bound to the culture because of faith. “You’re not a Parsi if you don’t go to the Fire Temple,” says Dr Anand, 71. “Sindhis, on the other hand, pray to all deities, so there’s no single prayer house that can serve as a rallying point for the community, and this has naturally led to a loss of identity.” Dr Anand’s book titled The National Integration of Sindhis, includes research on various scattered communities and how they hold onto their culture. “It’s vital for any community to have a pilgrimage site, where they can congregate,” she says. “The Sikhs have the Golden Temple, the Muslims have Mecca and Medina, and the Parsis have the Atash Behram in Udwada, Gujarat. These places serve as an umbrella for the community.” It was this idea that encouraged members of the Sindhi community to set up the Jhulelal Tirathdham, a shrine dedicated to the 13thcentury Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar who is affectionately known as ‘Jhulelal’. On the occasion of Cheti Chand (Sindhi New Year) on April 7, the Jhulelal Trust inaugurated the first temple structure on a 33-acre plot in Kutch, Gujarat, where Guru Nanak (who is also revered by the Sindhi community) is believed to have rested on his way to Mecca. The initiative was led by prominent community members such as diamond trader Dilip Lakhi, real estate developer Niranjan Hiranandani, Bangalore-based builder Jitendra Virwani, and many NRIs including Ram Buxani of Dubai’s Cosmos conglomerate, Malaysia’s luxury goods tycoon Ashvin Valiram and Harish Fabiani, who has business interests in India and Spain. “We have a wealth of literature — which includes the writings of Shah Latif, and Abdul Wahhab Sachal Sarmast and Sami — but these must be put in modern context for them to appeal to the youth, and that’s what I do,” says Prakash Vaswani, 55, who helms a film production company that makes documentaries, Sindhi theatrical productions and shorts for social media. The Kandivili resident, whose family moved to Mumbai from Karachi in 1947, feels the onus of taking the stories to the next generation falls upon members of the community. To address this, in December 2016, Chand launched a campaign to promote the language in Sindhimanaged schools. “We have launched Sindhi nursery rhyme and storytelling competitions for children as well as those between 15 and 25-years-old,” she says. The enthusiasm with which these were received inspired Rekha Thakur, secretary of the Sindhu Education Society (SES), to introduce Sindhi reading-writing in five schools and two colleges under its umbrella. Chand now wants to organise drama-based workshops and launch audio books — recorded in the voice of noted poet Moti Prakash — to get young people to engage with the language. “Even if one person likes it and decides to learn and speak Sindhi, our efforts will have been worthwhile,” says Chand.
2019-04-28Fewer choices may push Kalyan voters towards Sena again - The Hindu
Fewer choices may push Kalyan voters towards Sena again UPDATED: APRIL 29, 2019 01:23 IST The lack of strong alternatives in Kalyan constituency is likely to tilt the balance in favour of the Shiv Sena yet again this election, residents and activists say. Sitting MP Shrikant Shinde of the Shiv Sena is facing Babaji Patil from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) as his key opponent. A Sena stronghold, the constituency comprises the Assembly segments Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan East, Kalyan Rural, Dombivli and Mumbra-Kalwa. Since it was formed in 2008, it has only had MPs from the Sena. The first Lok Sabha election in the constituency in 2009 was won by Anand Paranjpe, now with the NCP. In 2014, the Sena fielded Mr. Shinde, the son of State Minister Eknath Shinde, who won with a vote share of over 53%. Not all in Kalyan, however, are impressed by Mr. Shinde’s performance. Shriniwas Ghanekar, an activist who works in Kalyan and Bhiwandi, said basic issues were at the same stage as five years ago. “Of the 11 railway stations in the constituency, five are overcrowded. The Patri Pul in Kalyan was dismantled but no movement is in sight to rebuild it. We only keep hearing of tenders. Local services are yet to begin on the Diva-Vasai and Kalyan-Panvel lines,” Mr. Ghanekar said. Mr. Shinde’s detractors say he is not in sync with the issues faced by the common man. “An MP needs to have his feet on the ground to be able to understand what the common man is going through. Mr. Shinde keeps talking about the Kalwa-Airoli bridge, but people who travel towards Gujarat still go through Panvel. A simple local service on the Kalyan-Panvel line will eliminate the need for a separate bridge. But those who roam around in air-conditioned cars cannot be expected to understand this,” a Kalyan resident said. Despite this discontent, Mr. Shinde may well ride his way to victory, simply because the voters do not have many other options. “People are confused as to whether bringing someone else into power would be a bigger mistake. This could work in Mr. Shinde’s favour,” Mr. Ghanekar said. Environmental activist Shashikant Dayma said, “Babaji Patil is contesting from the NCP this time but nobody in Kalyan knows him as he is from Thane. Plus, after the recent ‘patriotic’ surge in the country, the ‘Modi wave’ has again taken hold of the people. They are voting for [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi and not the candidate.” Mr. Dayma has for years been fighting against the pollution of the Waldhuni and Ulhas rivers due to the effluent waste released by companies in the MIDC area. “Be it the rivers or the Ambarnath dumping ground, the MP has given zero response to our repeated requests, both written and verbal. A sum of ₹7,800 crore was announced for the clean-up of the rivers, but we are yet to see it,” Mr. Dayma said.
2019-04-28Peon on election duty dies of heart attack in Kalyan Lok Sabha - United News of India
Peon on election duty dies of heart attack in Kalyan Lok Sabha Thane, Apr 28 (UNI) A staff member on election duty at Ulhasnagar ofthe Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency died of a heart attack on Sunday,The employee Bhagwan Magre (54), who was working as a peon, was..
2019-04-28Constituency Watch, Kalyan: 2.5 lakh Agri voters key as Sena’s Shrikant Shinde takes on NCP’s Babaji Patil - Yahoo News
Constituency Watch, Kalyan: 2.5 lakh Agri voters key as Sena’s Shrikant Shinde takes on NCP’s Babaji Patil 29 April 2019 The NCP and Shiv Sena are battling over the Agri community votes in Kalyan, which goes to polls on Monday. While Sena's Shrikant Shinde claimed that he is not making caste an issue, NCP candidate Babaji Patil said Shinde doesn't care about the community. Agris constitute 2.5 lakh voters of the total 19 lakh electorate in Kalyan. "Patil being a member of Agri community has an understanding of the issues faced by the community. The residents of 27 villages around Kalyan have already given their support to Patil," said an NCP leader working with Patil in Kalyan. Patil had accused Shinde of overlooking the community and disrespecting the community, in a press conference earlier. However, Shinde had denied the accusation and had claimed that Sena had been the sole supporter of the community, in the past. Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency, formed in 2008, has six assembly segments, including Ambernath, which is a reserved seat for the Scheduled Caste, Ulhasnagar, Dombivali, Kalyan East, Kalyan Rural and Mumbra-Kalwa. While Mumbra Kalwa is a stronghold of NCP leader Jitendra Awhad, the seat has been won by Sena in the past two general elections. "There are several issues in the region, right from the poor transportation and infrastructure to rampant illegal industrialisation. The dumping grounds and the unchecked pollution are also major issues along with water shortage," said Amol Paraskar, an Ambernath resident. Various citizens groups have been voicing their distrust in Sena and Shinde, who they claim have not done much and instead "support the hooligans and industrialists". In the rural area, 27 villages have already decided to vote against the Sena, claiming that the party neither supported them nor fulfilled the promises made earlier. "Despite their promises of growth centres, nothing has happened. We have been assimilated in the KDMC but there is no infrastructure. We will vote for the NCP in this election, just to ensure that Sena doesn't win," said Gulab Vaze from the Sangharsh Samiti. In Ulhasnagar and Dombivali, where local leaders have stepped up the campaign work for their parties, it is a mixed situation. "While there are flaws in the work of Shinde, he has been a good leader and has worked for the area. He has ensured that basic infrastructure is upgraded in the region," said Mayur Bhonwal, a resident of Dombivali. "We have worked for the development of the region and people have seen that. They know that by electing me back, they would ensure that the work that has begun will see its course. I am sure people will support me," Shrikant Shinde said. However, the opposition has been claiming that Shinde has done nothing and has worsened the existing infrastructure. "Their leader, Uddhav Thackeray, reached two hours late to a programme in Kalyan, because he was stuck in traffic. If that doesn't show the reality, I don't know what will. The public transportation system has died with the roads getting worse with each day. There is no work done, no scheme implemented. People are witnessing the reality and questioning the incumbent MP," said Jitendra Awhad from the NCP. He added, "Our candidate Babaji Patil is a man connected to the roots, he is connected to the people. He will ensure that their voices and concerns are heard in Delhi, unlike the current leaders who take this job as a sort of vacation in Delhi."
2019-04-28Constituency Watch, Kalyan: 2.5 lakh Agri voters key as Sena’s Shrikant Shinde takes on NCP’s Babaji Patil - The Indian Express
Constituency Watch, Kalyan: 2.5 lakh Agri voters key as Sena’s Shrikant Shinde takes on NCP’s Babaji Patil Updated: April 29, 2019 3:15:02 am The NCP and Shiv Sena are battling over the Agri community votes in Kalyan, which goes to polls on Monday. While Sena’s Shrikant Shinde claimed that he is not making caste an issue, NCP candidate Babaji Patil said Shinde doesn’t care about the community. Advertising Agris constitute 2.5 lakh voters of the total 19 lakh electorate in Kalyan. “Patil being a member of Agri community has an understanding of the issues faced by the community. The residents of 27 villages around Kalyan have already given their support to Patil,” said an NCP leader working with Patil in Kalyan. Patil had accused Shinde of overlooking the community and disrespecting the community, in a press conference earlier. However, Shinde had denied the accusation and had claimed that Sena had been the sole supporter of the community, in the past. Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency, formed in 2008, has six assembly segments, including Ambernath, which is a reserved seat for the Scheduled Caste, Ulhasnagar, Dombivali, Kalyan East, Kalyan Rural and Mumbra-Kalwa. While Mumbra Kalwa is a stronghold of NCP leader Jitendra Awhad, the seat has been won by Sena in the past two general elections.
2019-04-28Maha: Peon on election duty dies - Business Standard
Maha: Peon on election duty dies Updated at April 28, 2019 18:10 IST A 54-year-old peon on election duty in Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra, which goes to polls Monday, suffered a heart attack Sunday and died on his way to hospital, police said. The peon, Bhagwan Magre, was posted at booth no. 87 in C Block in Ulhasnagar township, a police officer said. As soon as Magre reached the booth this afternoon and sat in a chair, he felt uneasy, said senior police inspector S C Suradkar of Central police station. Magre was being taken to hospital in Ulhasnagar when he died, the police officer said, adding that the peon was declared brought dead by doctors. Police have registered a case of accidental death, Suradkar said. A total of 17 seats, including those from the Mumbai region, go to polls in the fourth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state Monday.
2019-04-28Peon on election duty dies of heart attack in Kalyan Lok Sabha - United News of India
Peon on election duty dies of heart attack in Kalyan Lok Sabha Thane, Apr 28 (UNI) A staff member on election duty at Ulhasnagar ofthe Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency died of a heart attack on Sunday, The employee Bhagwan Magre (54), who was working as a peon, was..
2019-04-28Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Live Updates: 4th phase of voting on Monday - Times of India
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Live Updates: 4th phase of voting on Monday Apr 28, 2019, 22:34:03 IST Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Live Updates: 4th phase of voting on Monday As we head into the 4th phase of Lok Sabha polls, campaigning has hit a feverish pitch with leaders criss-crossing the country to woo voters.
2019-04-27Lok Sabha elections 2019: 12,336 first-time voters to head to Kalyan booths - Hindustan Times
Lok Sabha elections 2019: 12,336 first-time voters to head to Kalyan booths Updated: Apr 28, 2019 01:46 IST The Kalyan Lok Sabha (LS) constituency will go to the polls at 2,063 voting stations on April 29. Six of these stations will be entirely operated by women staffers, election officials of the constituency said on Saturday. A total of 19,65,637 voters have been registered in Kalyan constituency which includes Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan (East), Dombivli, Kalyan (rural) and Mumbra-Kalwa assemblies. Of these, 10,61,356 are men, 9,03,502 are women and 273 others. There are 2,269 specially-abled voters in Kalyan constituency. This year 12,336 first-time voters between the ages of 18 and 19 years, and 3,37,117 senior citizen voters between the age of 60- 100 years will cast their ballot. “As per directions from the election commission, we have set up one polling station at each assembly in which only women staffers will be deployed to carry out the process. There are six such polling stations in the entire constituency,” said Shivaji Kadbane, returning officer, Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency. According to the officials, all the polling stations will have drinking water facilities, health services, proper lighting, help desk for voters, direction boards to help voters reach the polling booth, sanitation facilities, sheds to help protect voters from the heat, volunteers, food for election staff and babysitting arrangements. Stations will also be fitted with ramps for specially-abled voters, along with 270 auto rickshaws and free bus service on dedicated routes for them. A total of 11,370 staff members comprising polling presiding officers, polling officers, and security personnel will be deployed at the polling stations across the Kalyan constituency. A total of 195 critical polling stations have been identified in Kalyan constituency this time, however, there are no sensitive polling stations listed. “We have made arrangements for webcasting camera surveillance and have deployed 127 micro-observers at these stations,” said Mathkar.
2019-04-27Kalyan Lok Sabha Constituency: List of candidates for 2019 LS Poll, past results, all updates - DNA India
Kalyan Lok Sabha Constituency: List of candidates for 2019 LS Poll, past results, all updates Updated: Apr 28, 2019, 12:21 AM IST The Kalyan Lok Sabha Constituency is one of the 17 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra going to vote on April 29. It covers - Ambernath which is reserved for members of Scheduled Castes, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan East, Dombivili, Kalyan Rural and Mumbra - Kalwa. The main battle is between Shiv Sena’s Shrikant Shinde and Babaji Balram Patil of NCP. In 2014, Shrikant Shinde of Shiv Sena won by a huge margin of 2.5 lakh votes against NCP’s Anand Paranajape. In 2009, Paranjape of Shiv Sena beat NCP’s Vasant Davkhare by 24,000 votes. The Maharashtra Mahabharata The fate of 323 candidates, including Union minister Subhash Bhamre, Congress nominees Milind Deora and Urmila Matondkar, will be decided in the fourth and final phase of polling in Maharashtra covering 17 Lok Sabha constituencies on April 29. More than 3.11 crore voters spread across the 17 Lok Sabha seats located in North Maharashtra, Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and parts of Western Maharashtra, are eligible to exercise their franchise. As many as 33,314 polling stations are being set up in these constituencies, where 323 candidates are in the poll field. Of the total 3,11,92,823 voters, 1,66,31,707 are male, 1,45,59,698 female and 1,418 from the third gender. The constituencies voting on April 29 are: Nandurbar, Dhule, Dindori, Nashik (North Maharashtra), Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane (located on Mumbai's outskirts), Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai South and Mumbai South-Central, Maval, Shirur (Pune district) and Shirdi (Ahmednagar district). In 2014, the BJP had won 8 of these 17 seats, while its ally Shiv Sena bagged the remaining 9. The Palghar seat was won by the BJP in 2014. However, this time the Shiv Sena is contesting on the seat as part of a pre-poll alliance between the two saffron allies. Opposition Congress, which had won just two seats in 2014 in Maharashtra, is facing a tough task of reclaiming its lost support base in North Maharashtra and Mumbai. The NCP is fighting to regain its position in Thane district and Western Maharashtra. Prominent candidates in the fray include Bhamre (Dhule-BJP), actress-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar (Mumbai North), Priya Dutt (Mumbai North-Central Congress) and Deora (Mumbai South). From the NCP, its president Sharad Pawar's grandnephew Parth Pawar is making his electoral debut from Maval, while popular Marathi actor Amol Kolhe is the NCP candidate from Shirur. Maharashtra has 48 Lok Sabha seats, the second highest after Uttar Pradesh (80). Voting for 31 of these seats was held in the first three phases - April 11, 18 and 23. Counting of votes will take place on May 23. This is for the first time that Maharashtra is having a four-phase polling in Lok Sabha elections.
2019-04-26Maharashtra: Civic body plans inspection of Ulhas & Waldhuni rivers - DNA India
Maharashtra: Civic body plans inspection of Ulhas & Waldhuni rivers Updated: Apr 26, 2019, 06:25 AM IST After Supreme Court held State environment department reponsible for not taking enough measures to reduce pollution in Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers, they have now blamed the concerned municipal corporation and planned an inspection of entire length of river next week. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by the Anil Diggikar, principal secretary (environment) on Monday, which was attended by officials from Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) as well as other authorities including municipal commissioners from Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, Dombivali Municipal Corporation and Ambarnath Municipal Council. The municipal corporations will have to submit their status reports. A site visit has been scheduled for April 30 where the committee including members from MIDC, municipal corporations, NEERI, NGO Vanashakti, MPCB and other will carry out a detailed site inspection of the entire stretch of the two rivers and check the ground situation based on which a joint report will be prepared, said a senior official from MPCB. He added that based on this report an action plan will also be submitted to Supreme Court. Stalin D, director of Vanashakti who filed the litigation in Supreme Court to fight against the rampant pollution caused in two rivers, which supplies drinking water in the Badlapur-Thane region demanding complete rejuvenation of the two said, Only when the Maharashtra State government faces a whip from SC, it wakes up and calls for a joint visit. We have been fighting for five years now and the rivers have been in pathetic state since almost two decades but this will be the first detailed site visit to be carried out by officials. Stalin added that Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation and Ambarnath Municipal Council had failed to implement their own assurances given to the Supreme Court of taking steps to prevent the discharge of untreated sewage into the river.
2019-04-26Kalyan (Maharashtra) Election 2019: Shiv Sena looks to extend winning streak in the constituency - Times Now
Kalyan (Maharashtra) Election 2019: Shiv Sena looks to extend winning streak in the constituency Updated Apr 26, 2019 | 16:43 IST | The Kalyan Lok Sabha seat goes to polling on April 29 in the fourth phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The current sitting Member of Parliament (MP) is Shiv Sena leader Shrikant Shinde and he is in the fray yet again from the Kalyan seat. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has fielded Babaji Balaram Patil to take on Shinde from the constituency. The Kalyan constituency was formed in 2008 and it comprises of six Vidhan Sabha segments - Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan East, Kalyan Rural, Dombivili, and Mumbra-Kalwa. According to the Election Commission, the constituency had a total of 1,922,046 eligible voters during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The first-ever Lok Sabha elections in Kalyan took place in 2009 and in the last two general elections, Shiv Sena has reigned supreme on both the occasions. In the 2009 general elections, Shiv Sena candidate Anand Paranjape was elected MP from the seat after he had received 2.12 lakh votes at 39 per cent vote share while NCP runner-up Vasant Davkhare garnered 1.88 lakh votes at 34.56 per cent vote share. MNS' Vaishali Darekar-Rane stood at the third spot. Later in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Shiv Sena fielded Shrikant Shinde and won against from the constituency and this time with a bigger difference of votes. Shinde received 4.40 lakh votes at 53.49 per cent vote share while NCP's Anand Paranjape came at the second spot with some 1.90 lakh votes to his name at 23.07 per cent.
2019-04-26Frame uniform policy on pandals, Bombay HC tells state - Times of India
Frame uniform policy on pandals, Bombay HC tells state Updated: Apr 26, 2019, 10:28 IST MUMBAI: Bombay high court on Thursday directed the Maharashtra government to frame a comprehensive and uniform policy on festival pandals. A division bench of justices Abhay Oka and M S Sanklecha said municipal corporations in the state had different policies on permissions for pandals and there was a need for common guidelines. The bench also asked the state to explain why 12 months were needed for noise mapping. The court also directed the government to come up with norms to tackle noise pollution caused by traffic and construction work. In 2016, the HC had ordered authorities to crack down on illegal pandals and those found violating noise pollution rules. The state informed the court 377 complaints of noise violation were forwarded to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board. In 43 cases, criminal proceedings had been lodged under the Environmental Protection Act. The Mumbai police sought more time to file its affidavit over failure to take action against noise rule violators in two cases - during Ganpati Visarjan at Girgaum Chowpatty and another at the time of Eid festivities at Khar. The bench asked the police to file its affidavit by May 2. The court warned municipal authorities in Thane, Mira-Bhayander, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi and Malegoan of contempt action if they failed to file affidavits before May 31.
2019-04-25Consider advice of NGO, activist, Bombay HC tells state - Hindustan Times
Consider advice of NGO, activist, Bombay HC tells state Updated: Apr 26, 2019 02:09 IST After the state failed to frame guidelines to reduce noise pollution and pandal violations in the city and state, the Bombay high court (HC) has directed the government to consider and implement suggestions given by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and an activist in this regard. The court has also warned the commissioners of five municipal corporations — Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Thane, Malegaon and Mira-Bhayandar — of contempt if they fail to file by May 2 the additional affidavits that it had sought in December 2018. These affidavits had to enumerate actions taken by them with regards to noise and pandal violation complaints received during the Ganpati, Dussehra and Eid-e-Milad festivals. The court gave these directions when the public interest litigations (PIL) filed by Awaaz Foundation and Pune resident Mahesh Bedekar came up for hearing before the bench of justices AS Oka and MS Sanklecha. Advocate Rohan Cama on behalf of Awaaz Foundation informed the bench that state had failed to frame guidelines to curb noise emanating from vehicular traffic and at construction sites. He added that just like the state had issued guidelines for traffic and drink driving, which were being followed diligently by the public, no guidelines were framed for pandals. Cama said they had prepared a list of suggestions, which, if implemented, would address the problem of noise and pandals too. Cama also said that the municipal corporations of Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Thane, Malegaon and Mira-Bhayandar had failed to submit additional affidavits that had been sought by the court in December 2018. After perusing the suggestions, the court directed the state to consider implementing the same as they had failed to frame guidelines since 2016. The state put forth its arguments through additional government pleader Yatin Kochare. Kochare informed the court that the Mumbai police commissioner needed more time to file the affidavit enumerating the type of action and action taken on errant officers. The court allowed it and the same has to be filed by May 2. The court further directed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to file an affidavit regarding the procedure it had adopted to lodge criminal complaints and the number of complaints it had registered so far.
2019-04-24Submit new plans to revive Ulhas, Waldhuni, state tells civic bodies - Hindustan Times
Submit new plans to revive Ulhas, Waldhuni, state tells civic bodies Updated: Apr 25, 2019 03:16 IST In an effort to clean up the Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers, the state environment secretary has asked for new action plans to tackle the high levels of pollution in their waters. The rivers are a source of water for over 30 lakh people in the Thane-Badlapur area, but receive untreated household sewage and industrial waste. During a meeting on Monday, principal secretary (environment) Anil Diggikar directed the municipal corporations of Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Kalyan-Dombivli, Badlapur, and officials from the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to revise and resubmit action plans for sewage treatment plants (STPs), drainage systems, and overall restoration of the rivers. “All issues were discussed in detail and directions have been issued to complete the tendering process for new STPs by May 15,” said Diggikar. The Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers will be inspected on April 30 by Diggikar, the municipal corporations, MIDC and the environment group Vanashakti, which has filed a petition about the pollution levels in the rivers. Fortnightly review meetings have also been planned. In April, the Supreme Court had slammed the Maharashtra government for failing to reduce pollution levels in both rivers, and directed principal secretary (environment) Anil Diggikar to apprise the court on measures taken when the next hearing takes place on July 17. Tenders have been called repeatedly to set up new STPs for Ulhasnagar and Kalyan-Dombivli, but there has been no progress, said Diggikar. Ulhasnagar municipal commissioner Achyut Hange said the civic body aimed to treat 75 million litres (mld) of sewage daily through four STPs. “Six months ago, hardly 10% work was complete but now, three of the four STPs – two at Shantinagar and one at Kadalgaon – are 75% complete. We have sent our eighth tender request for the fourth STP, which should be accepted soon,” he said. Kalyan-Dombivli civic chief Govind Bodke said, “We are currently treating 125 mld sewage for Ulhas passing through Kalyan-Dombivli, but our target is to treat 220 mld by December. We have six functioning STPs, two are under construction, and work for two more is underway.” A senior MIDC official said industrial effluents have been kept in check. “Work is underway to place a 17.5km pipeline from Ambernath and another 7km pipeline from Dombivli to divert polluted water from creeks for treatment,” the official said. HT had reported on April 21 that a water quality analysis conducted by the Thane district public health laboratory had revealed polluted stretches in the rivers from where water is pumped out for drinking.
2019-04-2426-year-old killed in Thane hit-and-run, dumper driver arrested - Hindustan Times
26-year-old killed in Thane hit-and-run, dumper driver arrested Updated: Apr 25, 2019 00:00 IST The Kalwa police recently arrested a 27-year-old dumper driver for mowing down a biker in Thane. The accused has been identified as Buddhrudin Shaikh. According to police, the deceased Pratik Pathaniya, 26, is a resident of Ulhasnagar and works in Thane. The incident took place when he was on his way back home on his two-wheeler. The accused lost control of his vehicle and hit Pathaniya from behind near Kharegoan toll naka in Thane. A police officer from Kalwa police station said, “Soon after the incident, the accused tried to escape from the spot. However, the locals caught hold of him and alerted us.” A case of rash and negligent driving under the Motor Vehicle Act has been registered. Pathaniya, police said, suffered serious injuries. He was rushed to a nearby hospital. However, he succumbed to his injuries during treatment. “Pathaniya’s body was handed over to his family after the post mortem,” the police officer said. The dumper, police said, was seized.
2019-04-23SGNP hamlet tackles waste at source to combat man-animal conflict - Hindustan Times
SGNP hamlet tackles waste at source to combat man-animal conflict Updated: Apr 23, 2019 13:33 IST A tribal hamlet in the city’s national park is countering the concerns of human-animal conflict. For over three months, the residents of Chunapada inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), Borivli, have been segregating waste at source and has become the park’s first zero waste tribal hamlet. Garbage strewn across the surroundings attract dogs to such villages, which form the largest prey base for leopards leading to man-animal conflict, a study released by Wildlife Conservation Society, India (WCS-India) and SGNP in March stated. The organisations have found 47 leopards in and around the park. “If garbage is taken care at source, it will automatically work towards less leopard movement near these hamlets. There is need for more awareness in peripheral areas of SGNP to address sporadic conflict cases,” said Nikit Surve from WCS-India. The 220-odd residents living in 43 homes have been sending dry waste for recycling, while the wet waste is being turned into compost. By segregating waste at source, the hamlet has also reduced the burden on city’s landfills. The project is led by SGNP forest staff, lawyer and beach clean-up crusader Afroz Shah and his 25 volunteers, who removed over 20,000kg waste from Chunapada in over 14 weeks with clean-up drives scheduled every Tuesday. Every week, the hamlet generates 20 kg organic waste and another 150-200kg dry waste, mostly comprising plastic. “In December, the SGNP director informed us that the villagers were dumping waste around the hamlet. Owing to this , SGNP officials and villagers, regularly spotted leopard movements around the area, as dogs frequented these dump sites. The leopards also entered the area to prey on deer eating from the garbage. So to address this, we adopted Chunapada,” said Shah. The SGNP staff, led by range forest officer Priyanka Barge and eight forest guards, have been sensitising other hamlets to follow the model. “This is the first major step to address the waste problem in SGNP. Kudos to Shah for initiating this model. We will now replicate this model in other hamlets, SGNP offices and surrounding residential societies. Through this activity, the tribal residents have a sense of belonging. This is the first hamlet from the park from where no waste will be sent to the landfill,” said Anwar Ahmed, director and chief conservator of forest, SGNP. Four 4foot-by-4foot compost pits were dug along the periphery of the hamlet where wet waste is being broken down into compost through vermicomposting (using worms to degenerate waste into manure). “We have been getting 5kg manure every two weeks, which we used to plant 25 saplings within the hamlet,” said Vaishali S, a resident who is in-charge of composting. Satish Kulkarni, another resident, said, “Each house judiciously collected and segregated the everyday waste from January. It took us sometime to understand the process but now our dumpsites are waste free.” The dry waste is collected using a tempo and volunteers are being provided with by four private plastic manufacturing companies that recycle the waste. “These companies recycle and send waste back to the industry. We have provided 10 large garbage bins, with every five houses having one bin each to dispose of dry waste,” Shah said. Why you should care · Garbage attracts feral dogs that form the prey base for leopards · In January, a poaching nexus, taking place adjacent to the Film City, Goregaon, was busted. According to officers, food waste dumped openly next to film sets attracted dogs, cats and deer. Leopards entered the area to prey on the animals and were killed by poachers · There also have been instances of leopards entering housing societies in Andheri, Mulund, Marol, Ulhasnagar and Thane, owing to movement of dogs around open dumpsites. Navapada, the next stop · Afroz Shah, his volunteers and the forest department will now address waste management at Navapada, which has 120 houses and a population of 500 · They will be assisted by the Chunapada residents · “The project will be implemented across all 43 tribal hamlets with houses varying from 40 to 200 in each hamlet in SGNP,” said Anwar Ahmed, director and chief conservator of forest, SGNP.
2019-04-23With Shrikant Shinde contesting, Will Shiv Sena prosper in Kalyan? - Mumbai Live
With Shrikant Shinde contesting, Will Shiv Sena prosper in Kalyan? Shrikant Shinde is Shiv Sena's candidate from the Kalyan constituency. Shrikant Shinde is the son of senior Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde who is a State cabinet Minister. Shinde is a doctor and has studied M.B.B.S., M.S.(Orthopedics). Earlier, Shrikant Shinde had won the seat for his party as he emerged victorious from the Kalyan constituency in 2014. Political Career: Shinde had defeated Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate, Anand Paranjpe in 2014 by almost 2.5 lakh votes to emerge victorious from the Kalyan constituency. Along with this, Shinde has also been the Health Family Welfare Committee member since 2014. Active Politician: He has also been an active Lok Sabha member with an 83 per cent attendance and had also asked 930 questions throughout his tenure. He had also made the optimum use of the development fund allotted to him along with approving the construction of Chikhloli Railway station.The Kalyan Constituency came into existence in 2009 and consists of Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan East, Dombivali, Kalyan (Rural) and Mumbra-Kalwa.
2019-04-22Bhiwandi warehouse catches fire - The Hindu
Bhiwandi warehouse catches fire UPDATED: APRIL 23, 2019 00:31 IST A fire broke out in a warehouse in Bhiwandi in the early hours of Monday. The blaze took nearly 10 hours to be brought under control, and there were no casualties reported in the incident. According to officials from Bhiwandi fire control room, the blaze broke out in a godown in the Jai Mata Di compound of Kalher village around 5.30 a.m. Three people, who were inside the warehouse, raised an alarm and informed the fire brigade at 5.40 a.m.. Two fire engines from Anjurphata fire station were sent to the spot. Nitin Chavan, a fire officer from Anjurphata fire station, whose team was the first to arrive, said the fire had spread across the godown by the time they reached the spot. “Since it was a massive fire, we alerted our chief fire officer for more engines to tackle the flames. We sought assistance from fire stations in Thane and Kalyan too,” Mr. Chavan said. Officials said the warehouse had paint, paint brushes, cloth, and plastic materials stored inside. “Nobody was trapped. The men who ran out after the fire also pulled out the cooking gas cylinder from the kitchen of the warehouse,” Mr. Chavan said. Another official from Bhiwandi City fire brigade said additional assistance was later sought from the fire stations in Mira Bhayander and Ulhasnagar, and that the blaze was brought under control around 3 p.m.. “Currently, the cooling procedure is under way. It was once a commercial area that has recently been opened for residential purposes. The first floor and an adjoining part-floor have been completely gutted. The ground floor has remained intact,” the official said. Meanwhile, a newly constructed building right behind the factory was evacuated by the fire brigade. “A family had moved in on Sunday. As the fire and smoke started spreading, a few of their belongings were damaged. There was nobody residing apart from them in the building,” the official said. The fire brigade and the police have said that their investigation into the fire will begin on Tuesday. “We have currently made a diary entry. We will call the owners and others associated with the factory from Tuesday and start our investigation,” police sub-inspector Manikrao Kature, Narpoli police station, said.
2019-04-22Video of BJP leader from Ulhasnagar offering bribe to get vote viral, NCP complains to EC - Times of India
Video of BJP leader from Ulhasnagar offering bribe to get vote viral, NCP complains to EC Updated: Apr 22, 2019, 15:23 IST ULHASNAGAR: A BJP leader Jamnu Puraswani's video offering bribe to party's booth presidents while addressing a rally in Ulhasnagar has gone viral on social media. In the video, the BJP leader while addressing both Shiv Sena- BJP party’s workers for Shiv Sena candidate Shrikant Shinde asking booth presidents that if opposition NCP candidate gets 0 votes from their booth than he will give reward of Rs 11,000 to such booth presidents. He allegedly went on to say that the prize money will be give by the hands of senior Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde and State Minister Ravindra Chavan. After the video of the rally has gone viral, NCP has complained about Puraswani to the Election Commission demanding action should be taken against the accused leader for offering money to influence voters for Shiv Sena candidate Shinde. Recently while holding joint rally of Shiv Sena- BJP workers for Shiv Sena, BJP leader Puraswani was seen appealing voters. During appeal, he appealed booth leaders to work hard to get maximum votes from their booth for Shinde. During same time he offered money of Rs 11000 to booth leaders. Mahash Tapase, spoke person of NCP party said ,”It is direct violation of moral code of conduct and we have registered strong protest against it with Chief Election officer of 24 Kalyan Loksabha demanding action against him for bribing voters to get vote”.
2019-04-22Election Commission's flying squad seizes over Rs 6 lakh in Maharashtra's Thane - Zee Business
Election Commission's flying squad seizes over Rs 6 lakh in Maharashtra’s Thane Updated: April 22, 2019 11:18 am Election Commission of India’s flying squad seized Rs 6.50 lakh from a man in Maharashtra’s Thane. The squad also arrested the person after he failed to justify the possession of huge cash with him. The search operation took place in Thane’s Ulhasnagar.
2019-04-22Massive fire in Thane factory, no casualties: Officials - Hindustan Times
Massive fire in Thane factory, no casualties: Officials Updated: Apr 22, 2019 13:22 IST A massive fire broke out at a factory in Bhiwandi area of Maharashtra’s Thane district early on Monday as fire fighters continued to control the blaze. The fire was reported from a paint brush and colour manufacturing factory-godown at Jai Mata Di compound in Kalher around 6.30 am. No casualty or injury has been reported so far in the incident. At least 40 workers were asleep on the terrace of a nearby under construction building when the building caught fire, officials said. Officials of the fire department in Bhiwandi claimed the fire is a major one and more fire tenders will be needed to douse it. Three fire tenders, two from Bhiwandi and one from Thane, are at the spot. Four water tankers have also been pressed into service. “As soon as we received the fire call, our two fire tenders were sent. The fire is yet to be controlled,” said D Salvi, chief fire officer, Bhiwandi. “We require more fire tenders. When approached the Kalyan fire brigade, their fire tenders were already occupied. We are now approaching the Ulhasnagar and Ambernath fire teams for help,” Salvi said. “It is becoming difficult to handle the fire at present as it is spreading,” Salvi said. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Last year, at least a dozen godowns were gutted in a fire in the power loom town of Bhiwandi.
2019-04-21Election 2019: ECI flying squad seizes over Rs 6.5 lakh unaccounted cash - Mid-Day
Election 2019: ECI flying squad seizes over Rs 6.5 lakh unaccounted cash Published: Apr 21, 2019, 17:58 IST Ulhasnagar: A flying squad of the Election Commission of India (ECI) seized Rs 6.5 lakh unaccounted cash from a man in Ulhasnagar town of Thane district on Saturday. The seizure was made ahead of polling for 14 Lok Sabha seats -- Jalgaon, Raver, Jalna, Aurangabad, Raigad, Pune, Baramati, Ahmednagar, Madha, Sangli, Satara, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Kolhapur and Hatkanangle -- in Maharashtra on April 23. A huge amount of unaccounted money has been found in raids and searches by authorities across the country since the Model Code of Conduct came into effect with the announcement of the poll dates on March 10. Teams of central agencies and the ECI have been conducting raids and searches across the states to ensure illegal money is not used to influence voters in the general elections. Over Rs 135 crore unaccounted cash was recently seized during raids by the Income Tax (IT) department and the ECI across Tamil Nadu. In a related development, the ECI cancelled the election in Vellore parliamentary constituency in Tamil Nadu after over Rs 11.48 crore unaccounted cash was unearthed during an IT raid at a DMK leader's house. The state, which has 39 Lok Sabha seats, went to polls on April 18. Voting for the first two phases of elections in Maharashtra, which has 48 parliamentary constituencies, was held on April 11 and 18. The next two stages of polling in the state are due on April 23 and 29.
2019-04-21Water from Ulhas river not fit for drinking: Lab report - Hindustan Times
Water from Ulhas river not fit for drinking: Lab report Updated: Apr 21, 2019 07:31 IST A quality analysis conducted by the Thane district public health laboratory has revealed that water from Waldhuni and Ulhas rivers is highly polluted and unfit for drinking. The findings of the study come less than a week after the Supreme Court (SC) slammed the state for failing to reduce pollution levels in both rivers. The report further stated that the water has a “reddish brown appearance and objectionable odour”. The rivers supply drinking water to more than 30 lakh residents in Ulhasnagar, Thane, Kalyan, Badlapur and Dombivli. In March, activist Satyajit Burman collected the samples near the Forest naka area in Ambernath, from where the water is pumped out for drinking. “It is a crime to supply this water to lakhs of residents and put our lives at stake,” said Burman. “Turbidity, chlorides, hardness and dissolved solids were many times above the safety standards (see box), while the pH level was acidic. Water from these rivers have chemicals and needs to be critically analysed by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB),” read the report, undersigned by the laboratory’s chief bacteriologist. DB Patil, regional officer, MPCB Kalyan, confirmed that water from the Waldhuni is not potable. He claimed residents are being supplied with drinking water only from Ulhas river. “The pollution is occurring from creek water entering the Waldhuni. We are working on a 17.5-km pipeline from Ambernath to purify the river and have asked civic bodies of Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Kalyan-Dombivli and Badlapur to follow the SC’s directions,” Patil said. After environment group Vanashakti filed a special leave petition, the SC on April 18 stated the rivers are highly-polluted owing to sewage and industrial waste and directed the state to apprise the court by July 17 about the status of compliance of the court’s previous directions. “We have taken cognisance of SC’s directions. On Tuesday, we have scheduled a meeting with the civic bodies to take stock of the situation. Officials will be questioned about the quality status,” said Anil Diggikar, principal secretary (environment). Kalyan-Dombivli civic chief Govind Bodke said all corporations were following SC’s directions to reduce water pollution. “Water quality has improved with installation of sewage treatment plants at several problem areas. Funds have been sanctioned to ensure overall compliance before the next SC hearing,” he said.
2019-04-21Show inked finger to get free check-ups at ₹1 clinics for 6 months - Hindustan Times
Show inked finger to get free check-ups at ₹1 clinics for 6 months Updated: Apr 21, 2019 07:21 IST Residents of Mumbai and Thane who plan to vote in the Lok Sabha elections can avail free check-ups at one-rupee clinics across the city for six months from April 29, the day both cities go to polls. Dr Rahul Ghule, founder of the one-rupee clinic, recently announced that voters will get free consultancy, eye check-ups and blood pressure tests. “Patients who visit the clinic after voting can show their inked fingers and register their names. They will then be given a receipt, on the basis of which, they can avail free treatment for six months,” said Ghule. The facility will be available at all branches in the cities – namely at Sion, Kurla, Chembur, Bhandup, Kalwa, Thane, Dombivli, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar and Titwala stations. Additionally, voters will also get a discount of 15-50% on medicines from the medical stores attached to the clinics. “Discounts will range from 15% to 50%, depending on the type of medicines,” he said. Residents have welcomed the move as it will encourage citizens to cast their votes. “I hope this will encourage maximum people to step out and vote,” said Madhavi Desai, 44, Dombivli resident.
2019-04-21Rekha Bharajwaj’s first live Rabindra Sangeet performance wows Mumbai - Times of India
Rekha Bharajwaj’s first live Rabindra Sangeet performance wows Mumbai Apr 21, 2019, 13:42 IST It was an evening that left many music lovers wanting for more. After all, it’s not every day that you get to hear a soulful singer Rekha Bharadwaj rendering a Rabindra Sangeet. Mumbaikars were treated to this amazing show featuring the Sufi playback songster along with musicians Soumyojit Das and Sourendro Mullick. On April 19, music lovers witnessed Bongo Shongo’s Tagore & We concert at the Tata Theatre, NCPA. For the first time in the city, Rekha presented Rabindra Nath Tagore’s music, fusing popular Tagore numbers with Indian ragaas, Sufi and Ghazals. Having had Bengali influences in her formative years, she was introduced to Tagore through the inimitable 'Kabuliwala’. Some of her favourite Rabindra Sangeet melodies include Ekla Cholo Re and Aaj Jysotna Raate. Rekha said, “Once I start singing his songs, I just can’t stop. Sourendro and Soumyojit have changed the perspective of Tagore’s music for me and have explained all the deeper meanings of his words.” Soumyojit, a vocal student of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty wowed the audience with his rendition of Thillana accompanied by Sourendro, a piano student of the late Pandit V Balsara, Martin Keubert (Germany) and Late Ustad Villayat Khan. The program ended with a Bharavi presentation of ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ by the trio. Raadha Kundu and Devneeta Law, founders of Bongo Shongo, said, “Our initiative aims to expose audiences to Bengali culture outside Bengal. The idea is to have periodic cultural events that have no specific club affiliation or any specific religious connotation.”
2019-04-21Maharashtra: ECI flying squad seizes over Rs 6.5 lakh unaccounted cash - ANI News
Maharashtra: ECI flying squad seizes over Rs 6.5 lakh unaccounted cash Updated: Apr 21, 2019 13:35 IST Ulhasnagar (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 21 (ANI): A flying squad of the Election Commission of India (ECI) seized Rs 6.5 lakh unaccounted cash from a man in Ulhasnagar town of Thane district on Saturday.The seizure was made ahead of polling for 14 Lok Sabha seats -- Jalgaon, Raver, Jalna, Aurangabad, Raigad, Pune, Baramati, Ahmednagar, Madha, Sangli, Satara, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Kolhapur and Hatkanangle -- in Maharashtra on April 23.A huge amount of unaccounted money has been found in raids and searches by authorities across the country since the Model Code of Conduct came into effect with the announcement of the poll dates on March 10.Teams of central agencies and the ECI have been conducting raids and searches across the states to ensure illegal money is not used to influence voters in the general elections. Over Rs 135 crore unaccounted cash was recently seized during raids by the Income Tax (IT) department and the ECI across Tamil Nadu. In a related development, the ECI cancelled the election in Vellore parliamentary constituency in Tamil Nadu after over Rs 11.48 crore unaccounted cash was unearthed during an IT raid at a DMK leader's house. The state, which has 39 Lok Sabha seats, went to polls on April 18. Voting for the first two phases of elections in Maharashtra, which has 48 parliamentary constituencies, was held on April 11 and 18. The next two stages of polling in the state are due on April 23 and 29.
2019-04-21EC Flying Squad seizes over Rs 6 lakh in Maharashtra's Thane - Business Standard
EC Flying Squad seizes over Rs 6 lakh in Maharashtra's Thane EC Flying Squad seizes over Rs 6 lakh in Maharashtra's Thane Thane (Maharashtra), Apr 21 (ANI): Election Commission's Flying Squad, which is super active due to the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, seized Rs 6.50 lakh from a man in Maharashtra's Thane and arrested the person after he failed to justify the possession of huge cash with him. The search operation took place in Thane's Ulhasnagar.
2019-04-19Art met rap music at this unique event - Times of India
Art met rap music at this unique event Created: Apr 19, 2019, 19:10 IST People of all ages thronged the unique event, held at an art gallery in south Mumbai, recently. To say that it was a unique event would be an understatement. There were not only people from all age groups, but also people with different tastes in music and art who made their presence felt here as a young rapper, Sumit Roy, held the audience captive. They listened to his renditions in rapt attention as he performed in front of renowned artist Sudip Roy’s works at Gallery Art and Soul in Worli. The exhibition saw Mumbai socialites and celebrities throng the venue. Rapper and artist Sumit Roy and rapper of ‘Gully Boy’ fame, Nitin Mishra aka Spitfire, at the event The artist Sudip Roy Renowned rapper of the ‘Gully Boy’ fame, Nitin Mishra aka Spitfire along with Sumit showcased some brilliant writing and music at the event. Around 60 to 65 people listened in rapt attention to the rappers and also appreciated the art work at the gallery.
2019-04-18Mumbai: Most air quality monitoring stations lack real-time data - DNA India
Mumbai: Most air quality monitoring stations lack real-time Updated: Apr 18, 2019, 06:20 AM IST While activists are demanding for more air quality monitoring stations across Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to accurately quantify the magnitude of the air pollution crisis, 13 out of 16 Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) installed across MMR are yet to provide any data online. Currently, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has a total of 16 CAAQMS, which monitor air quality based on 12 parameters mandated under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (2009). Only three of the 16 CAAQMS located at Sion, Bandra and Worli provide real-time data on its website, while all others display the message, 'no data available'. These CAAQMS, which were installed for around 1.60 crores, have been set up at Kalyan, Mahape, Vasai, Nerul, Borivali, Kandivali, Mulund, Vile Parle, Kurla, Powai, Airport, Colaba and KJ Somaiya Hospital apart from Sion, Bandra and Worli. As per sources in MPCB, there is a growing demand to set up CAAQMS in industrial areas like Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Taloja. "What is the point of having CAAQMS if the data cannot be accessed by common man," asked a Borivali-based social activist Gopal Jhaveri. "It's been 10 months since these stations have been inaugurated. Yet I have to rely on VMS setup outside Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) to track air quality in Borivali since no data is available on anywhere," he said. Stressing on the importance of making the data available, Dr Awkash Kumar, an IIT alumni and founder of Sustainable Approach for Green Environment (SAGE) said, "It not only builds awareness about air pollution but also certain people with respiratory illness or allergies can take precautions based on this data." Currently, Mumbai has 10 air quality monitoring stations set up by System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) under the Ministry of Earth Science that monitors AQI whose data is available through a dedicated smartphone application as well as website. However, the data of SAFAR is always contested by the MPCB officials for not being accurate. Speaking about it, a senior MPCB official said that the problem arose due to some minor technical issues, which will be resolved soon. As per sources in MPCB, there is a growing demand to set up CAAQMS in industrial areas like Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Taloja. "We are also looking at setting up new CAAQMS in some of the industrial belts whose work will be initiated soon," said the official. NO DATA AVAILABLE Currently, the MPCB has a total of 16 CAAQMS, which monitor air quality based on 12 parameters mandated under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (2009). Only three of the 16 CAAQMS located at Sion, Bandra and Worli provide real-time data on its website, while others display the message, ‘no data available’ Currently, Mumbai has 10 air quality monitoring stations set up by SAFAR whose data is available through a dedicated smartphone application as well as website However, the data of SAFAR is always contested by the MPCB officials for not being accurate
2019-04-18Mumbai: Central Railway to install 31 PoS devices at 22 stations so commuters can buy tickets using debit-credit cards - Free Press Journal
Mumbai: Central Railway to install 31 PoS devices at 22 stations so commuters can buy tickets using debit-credit cards April 18, 2019 6:56 am Mumbai: The commuters can now get a relief from long queues, as they could soon buy tickets of local train from the automatic ticket vending machines (ATVM) using debit and credit cards. A senior railway official said they will soon install 31 point-of-sale (PoS) devices in the ATVM machines at the 22 Central Railway stations. It will be another step towards a cashless transaction. “The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) tested the PoS devices for 12 months, Now, the upgraded and latest hardware-installed ATVM machines will benefit commuters, wanting to transact with credit and debit cards,” he said. Dadar (central), Kurla, Ghatkopar, Panvel, Mulund, Kalyan, Thane, Dombivli, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Sion, Kanjur Marg, Mumbra, Badlapur, Kurla, Ulhasnagar, Vidyavihar, Ambernath, Nerul, Diva, Kalwa, Kharghar will have ATVM machines with PoS devices. The official added the machines’ internal testing was underway. Different dimensions of the POS terminals and probable difficulties are also taken care of. “We started the trials in January. After a good response from commuters, we decided to install the machines at other 22 stations,” he added. The move comes as most commuters use credit and debit cards. So, to buy a ticket from ATVM, the commuters will no longer need railway smart cards. “Railways are moving very fast towards total cashless transactions. Facilitating use of credit and debit cards for suburban tickets is one more step towards it,” said Sunil Udasi, CPRO, CR.
2019-04-17Heatwave throws Central Railways into disarray - DNA India
Heatwave throws Central Railways into disarray Updated: Apr 17, 2019, 06:05 AM IST The Central Railways (CR) commemorated the 166th anniversary of India's first passenger train on Tuesday with disturbances in its train services. In 3 separate incidents, heatwave which has swept across the city threw the railway services into disarray. According to CR officials, immense heat led to the expansion of the metal tracks between Wadala-Sewri, Kalyan-Ulhasnagar and Diva-Thakurli at different times of the day. As a result, trains were delayed by 20-25 minutes until Tuesday evening while a few were cancelled. "An urgent maintenance block was undertaken, and we had to destress the rail tracks in these sections," said a CR official on condition of anonymity. When rail tracks exposed to extreme heat, the metal tends to expand. Thus, it needs to be destressed. Otherwise, it can lead to train derailment, explained a railway official. The disruption at these locations occurred in afternoon hours when the temperature tends to be high. The CR undertook a mega block between Wadala and Sewri between 12.25pm and 12.55pm. During these 30 minutes, the trains plying towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Panvel were stalled. Another mega block was undertaken from 1.25 pm to 1.55 pm where the trains services between Kalyan and Ulhasnagar were disrupted. During the block, the rail authorities inspected the tracks and their health. As a single track runs for several meters, until it's connected by another one, the route between two or more stations had to be shut temporarily for checks. Train services between Diva and Thakurli were disrupted at around 3.15pm when an external cable fell on the overhead wire which supplies electricity to the trains. TRACK HEALTH Immense heat led to the expansion of the metal tracks between Wadala-Sewri, Kalyan-Ulhasnagar and Diva-Thakurli at different times of the day As a result, trains were delayed by 20-25 minutes until Tuesday evening while a few were cancelled When rail tracks exposed to extreme heat, the metal tends to expand. Thus, it needs to be destressed. Otherwise, it can lead to train derailment
2019-04-17Thane election office reaches out to voters with Leopard as mascot - Hindustan Times
Thane election office reaches out to voters with Leopard as mascot Updated: Apr 17, 2019 12:41 IST To boost voter turnout this Lok Sabha elections from last time’s 50%, the Thane election office has reached out to 24,000 residential societies with its awareness programme that has a leopard as its mascot. According to officials on Tuesday, the turnout in rural areas was more than 60%, while urban areas saw a meagre turnout. To grab the attention of the voters, the commission has chosen the leopard as the programme’s mascot. The mascot along with the slogan “Vote Thane Vote” will be installed at prime locations in the city. Revathi Gaikar, the nodal officer for Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation program (SVEEP), said residents will identify with this mascot, which lives in the nearby Yeoor and was in the news a few months ago for wandering into a shopping mall. Gaikar said, “The voter turnout for Thane district last time was merely 50.27%, which we aim to increase to 70%. The lowest turnout was in Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi East, Kalyan West and Dombivli. We will focus on more SVEEP initiatives in these areas. A cycle rally will be organised on April 21.” The district election commission has also reached out to 2,000 schools. A three-kilometre run, bike rallies and flash mobs are some of the other initiative to increase the voter awareness.
2019-04-17Kalyan Lok Sabha Constituency | general elections 2019 News - Zee News
Kalyan Lok Sabha Constituency Apr 17, 2019, 13:07 PM IST Kalyan Lok Sabha Constituency, is one of 48 Lok Sabha constituencies in the western state of Maharashtra and will cast its vote in the 2019 election on April 29. Votings for Lok Sabha election will happen in 4 phases in Maharashtra – April 11, April 18, April 23 and April 29 and the counting will be held on May 23. Kalyan constituency came into existence following Delimitation in 2008. This constituency covers six assembly segments – Ambernath which is reserved for members of Scheduled Castes, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan East, Dombivili, Kalyan Rural and Mumbra - Kalwa. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Shrikant Shinde of the Shiv Sena – won with a huge margin of over 2.50 lakh votes. He had defeated Anand Paranjape of the Nationalist Congress Party. While Shinde had secured 440892 votes Paranjape got 190143 votes. The voter turnout figure was at 42.94 percent across 1856 polling stations. Some of the other candidates in the fray were Pramod Patil of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Naresh Thakur of the Aam Aadmi Party. In the year 2009, Anand Paranjape of Shiv Sena managed to secure his winning position by getting 24 thousand votes against NCP's Vasant Davkhare. Chavan had secured 281254 votes while Zirwal got 243907 votes. Some of the other candidates in the fray were Vaishali Darekar-Rane of the MNS and Khan Kamruddin A. Gani of the Bahujan Samaj Party.
2019-04-15College students pick up 400 cigarette butts from Juhu Beach - Times of India
College students pick up 400 cigarette butts from Juhu Beach Updated: Apr 15, 2019, 16:28 IST Students of SST College of Arts and Commerce, Ulhasnagar, during the cleanliness drive at Juhu Beach This morning, students of SST College of Arts and Commerce, Ulhasnagar along with environmental NGO - the Earth Day Network and in association with Mission Green Mumbai, Juhu, forward 69 and Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation, undertook a mega beach cleanup drive. The aim of this initiative was to implement a long-term solution for addressing littering and waste disposal on the Juhu Beach. The students were accompanied with their teachers Professor Mayur Mathur and Professor Neha Singh. Said professor Mathur, "We picked up roughly 400 cigarette butts in half an hour from the sands. We also picked up lots of plastic waste. The drive lasted was two-and-a-half hours. We have done such a drive at Versova Beach and plan to take this to the other beaches in the city, as well." The students said that their college is taking the initiative in several social causes and has have done several such campaigns such as skits, in busy public places and in college campuses, with poster competitions, etc, to create public awareness. They added that if more city college students came forward voluntarily, it would make a big difference, as students are the future.
2019-04-15College students pick up 400 cigarette butts from Juhu Beach - Times of India
College students pick up 400 cigarette butts from Juhu Beach Updated: Apr 15, 2019, 16:28 IST This morning, students of SST College of Arts and Commerce, Ulhasnagar along with environmental NGO - the Earth Day Network and in association with Mission Green Mumbai, Juhu, forward 69 and Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation, undertook a mega beach cleanup drive. The aim of this initiative was to implement a long-term solution for addressing littering and waste disposal on the Juhu Beach. The students were accompanied with their teachers Professor Mayur Mathur and Professor Neha Singh. Said professor Mathur, "We picked up roughly 400 cigarette butts in half an hour from the sands. We also picked up lots of plastic waste. The drive lasted was two-and-a-half hours. We have done such a drive at Versova Beach and plan to take this to the other beaches in the city, as well." The students said that their college is taking the initiative in several social causes and has have done several such campaigns such as skits, in busy public places and in college campuses, with poster competitions, etc, to create public awareness. They added that if more city college students came forward voluntarily, it would make a big difference, as students are the future.
2019-04-13Fake call centre busted; 8 held for cheating 100 people of ₹1 cr. - The Hindu
Fake call centre busted; 8 held for cheating 100 people of ₹1 cr. UPDATED: APRIL 14, 2019 00:21 IST The Cyber Cell of the Navi Mumbai police has arrested eight people for starting a fake insurance firm and cheating around 100 people of ₹1 crore in the last two years by promising loans. The accused, who were arrested on April 4, have been identified as Sunit Suresh Sawant (24), Rahul Ravindra Vairal (26), Prashant Vitthal Lotiyan (28), Pravin Sagar Nimbalkar (28), Vikrant Arun Gajmal (29), Rohit Rajendra Parte (29), Nilesh Dinkar Padvale (31), and Paresh Pramod Dareepkar (34). The police said that the accused were former employees in the insurance department of BMA Wealth Creators Ltd. in Vikhroli. Dissatisfied with salary Tushar Doshi, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch, said, “The accused had experience in handling customers and possessed a database of prospective clients. They felt their salary was insufficient and decided to start a fake call centre.” Ajay Kadam, assistant commissioner of police, Crime Branch, said, “The accused rented an office space, Ultra Management Services, at Dreams Mall in Bhandup (West) for ₹25,000 a month.” The police said the accused called up people and promised them pre-approved loans from reputed finance firms such as Bajaj Allianze and India First. On April 3, two of their customers, Ganapat Mhatre from Kharghar and Karan Mhatre from Uran, lodged a complaint with the Navi Mumbai police claiming that they had been cheated by the firm of ₹1.10 lakh and ₹4.37 lakh respectively. The complainants said an accused introduced himself as Rahul Bajaj from Bajaj Finance and told them they were eligible for pre-approved business loans. They were told that they just had to take an insurance policy as security for the loans. Mr. Doshi said, “The complainants were made to pay insurance policy fees, processing fees and security deposit in instalments through NEFT transactions. The victims had forwarded their PAN card and Aadhaar card details to the accused through WhatsApp. After receiving the money, the accused discarded the SIM card and stopped contacting them. The accused then used another SIM card to target other people.” With the help of technical evidence, a team of Cyber Cell officials, including senior police inspector Bhausaheb Gaikar and assistant police inspector Mandakini Chopade, raided the accused’s office on April 4 and seized three laptops, 20 mobile phones, one computer and ₹30,000 in cash . The police said that the accused had around 30 bank accounts in banks in Noida and had cheated people in Thane, Mumbai, Ulhasnagar, Nagpur, Jalgaon, Pune, Solapur, Akola, Raigad and Yavatmal. The accused have been charged under Sections 465, 468, 471, 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, along with Section 66(c) of the Information and Technology Act. ‘Verify calls, messages’ Mr. Doshi said, “People should not fall for any scheme introduced through phone calls and messages. They should instead visit the office and then invest in the scheme. In this case, the accused never met their targets, but they still managed to cheat them.”
2019-04-12Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (April 12, 2019) - Down To Earth Magazine
Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (April 12, 2019) Last Updated: Friday 12 April 2019 No manufacture of fireworks with barium substitute: SC On April 11, the Supreme Court (SC) refused to grant permission to fireworks manufacturers to manufacture fireworks with a substitute of barium namely barium nitrate. This material is said to reduce pollution to the extent of about 25 to 30 per cent. The SC declined the request of the manufacturers saying the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation (PESO) is looking into the matter for the best formulation that may be permissible for the manufacture of firecrackers. PESO has agreed to grant approval for new formulation fireworks by April 30, 2019. Upon approval, PESO has been asked to submit it to the Union government. The fireworks manufacturers can start to manufacture firecrackers in accordance with the new formulation after due permission from the concerned authorities. SC reprimands tardy pace of construction of STPs to control Ulhas and Waldhuni river pollution On April 10, the SC, after going, through the status report filed by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, reprimanded the authorities at the lack of progress in the construction of STPs at Khadegolavali village near Ulhasnagar. As many as seven tenders have filed till now without any success. The eighth tender was issued on March 22, 2019, but no response has been received to it as well. The apex court also stated that it found the work of diverting sewage from Ambikanagar tardy and directed the Secretary in the Maharashtra government’s Department of Environment to hold fortnightly meetings with the Commissioner of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation and with the Commissioners of other municipal corporations and authorities, on whose part, steps were required to be taken to ensure the setting up of facilities for the treatment of sewage. NGT asks MoEF&CC to submit report on Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary On April 9, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to submit a report which would decide whether the Hindustan Institute of Technology & Management, Agra and Anand Engineering College, Agra were within the Wildlife Sanctuary notified by the State of Uttar Pradesh as “Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary” vide Notification dated 27.03.1991 in District Agra, under Section 18 of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. If they are within the sanctuary, restrictions under Section 27 would apply and the setting up of the said colleges itself might be questionable. NGT informed about illegal sand mining activities at riverside plot at Khorjem, Curtorim The Goa government has constituted a patrolling-cum-flying squad to monitor and crackdown on illegal sand mining activities in the state. Further, the South Goa district administration has conducted surprise checks of riverside plots at Khorjem, Curtorim, where illegal sand mining activities were suspected of being carried out and found that sand was illegally mined from the river bed and was being brought to the banks with the help of canoes and loaded into waiting trucks. These facts were brought to the notice of the NGT on April 10 which, in turn, directed the Chief Secretary to verify the facts and take necessary action.
2019-04-122019 Lok Sabha elections: Kalyan MP Shrikant Shinde talks about his performance - Hindustan Times
2019 Lok Sabha elections: Kalyan MP Shrikant Shinde talks about his performance Updated: Apr 12, 2019 23:22 IST You were among the top five MPs in utilisation of funds, but is it reflecting on ground? As far as Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) fund is concerned, I tried to use it to create infrastructure with long-term benefits. Libraries, play grounds, gardens, open gyms are some of the works I took up. I used a part of my MPLAD fund, along with the Ambernath municipal council’s funds, to create a shooting range of international standard in Ambernath. I also developed deluxe toilet at Ulhasnagar and plan to construct the same along all stations in my constituency if re-elected. Residents have alleged that only minor work were undertaken… Major projects are not completed overnight. Many projects were stuck for various reasons. The work on the fifth and sixth suburban rail line was held up owing to permission issues and also because the railways realized the plan for a new tunnel next to the old one at Mumbra could raise safety concerns. I obtained all permissions from the district collector. Now the work is on in full swing and by this year-end it will be in service. I completed work on Thakurli ROB, makeover of Diva and Thakurli stations, escalators and elevators on railway stations, emergency medical rooms at stations, parallel road between Kalyan and Dombivali, new wider FOBs at various stations in the past five years. Many more projects are in various stages of completion, while projects worth crores are being approved. You had promised many reforms, connectivity for railways, but most railway and road projects are stuck. Not a single project is stuck. Thakurli Terminus and Kalyan Yard remodeling have been approved. The chief minister has approved the Kalyan-Dombivali-Taloja Metro. The Kalyan-Thane-Mumbai waterway project has been approved and work on the first phase of Kalyan-Thane-Vasai is about to begin after elections. There are some long pending issues that have not been solved yet. Especially the 27 villages who are planning to vote against the government A budget of ₹180 crore for projects under AMRUT has been approved to upgrade the water distribution system in 27 villages. The work has started in some stretches and tendering process is in progress in other areas. We successfully tackled the issue of water scarcity in Malang Gad region by undertaking de-siltation work in village lakes and check dams, as a result of which, 1000 crore litres of additional water storage capacity was created within a year.
2019-04-12Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (April 12, 2019) - Down To Earth Magazine
Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (April 12, 2019) Last Updated: Friday 12 April 2019 No manufacture of fireworks with barium substitute: SC On April 11, the Supreme Court (SC) refused to grant permission to fireworks manufacturers to manufacture fireworks with a substitute of barium namely barium nitrate. This material is said to reduce pollution to the extent of about 25 to 30 per cent. The SC declined the request of the manufacturers saying the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation (PESO) is looking into the matter for the best formulation that may be permissible for the manufacture of firecrackers. PESO has agreed to grant approval for new formulation fireworks by April 30, 2019. Upon approval, PESO has been asked to submit it to the Union government. The fireworks manufacturers can start to manufacture firecrackers in accordance with the new formulation after due permission from the concerned authorities. SC reprimands tardy pace of construction of STPs to control Ulhas and Waldhuni river pollution On April 10, the SC, after going, through the status report filed by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, reprimanded the authorities at the lack of progress in the construction of STPs at Khadegolavali village near Ulhasnagar. As many as seven tenders have filed till now without any success. The eighth tender was issued on March 22, 2019, but no response has been received to it as well. The apex court also stated that it found the work of diverting sewage from Ambikanagar tardy and directed the Secretary in the Maharashtra government’s Department of Environment to hold fortnightly meetings with the Commissioner of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation and with the Commissioners of other municipal corporations and authorities, on whose part, steps were required to be taken to ensure the setting up of facilities for the treatment of sewage. NGT asks MoEF&CC to submit report on Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary On April 9, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to submit a report which would decide whether the Hindustan Institute of Technology & Management, Agra and Anand Engineering College, Agra were within the Wildlife Sanctuary notified by the State of Uttar Pradesh as “Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary” vide Notification dated 27.03.1991 in District Agra, under Section 18 of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. If they are within the sanctuary, restrictions under Section 27 would apply and the setting up of the said colleges itself might be questionable. NGT informed about illegal sand mining activities at riverside plot at Khorjem, Curtorim The Goa government has constituted a patrolling-cum-flying squad to monitor and crackdown on illegal sand mining activities in the state. Further, the South Goa district administration has conducted surprise checks of riverside plots at Khorjem, Curtorim, where illegal sand mining activities were suspected of being carried out and found that sand was illegally mined from the river bed and was being brought to the banks with the help of canoes and loaded into waiting trucks. These facts were brought to the notice of the NGT on April 10 which, in turn, directed the Chief Secretary to verify the facts and take necessary action.
2019-04-12Court digest: Major environment hearings of the week (April 8-12) - Down To Earth Magazine
Court digest: Major environment hearings of the week (April 8-12) Last Updated: Saturday 13 April 2019 NGT directs industries not meeting pollution norms to be closed in Taloja, Mumbai On April 9, a two-member bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), comprising of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice K Ramakrishnan directed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to forthwith suspend the Consent to Operate to the industries in the Taloja industrial area on the outskirts of Mumbai, which were not meeting pollution norms. The bench further said the industries would be permitted to operate only after remedial steps are taken. The tribunal was hearing an application filed by Arvind Pundalik Mhatre which stated that in spite of repeated directions, the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) was not functioning and industrial effluents were being discharged into the Kasardi river. The Counsel for the Taloja CETP Co-operative Society Limited informed NGT that out of Rs 10 crore (Environmental Compensation), a sum of Rs 6.1 crore had been collected and deposited with the District Magistrate. The remaining amount may be collected and deposited with the District Magistrate by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation. The amount may be spent on restoration of damage to the environment by furnishing an action plan to the Monitoring Committee. No manufacture of fireworks with barium substitute: SC On April 11, the Supreme Court (SC) refused to grant permission to fireworks manufacturers to manufacture fireworks with a substitute of barium namely barium nitrate. This material is said to reduce pollution to the extent of about 25 to 30 per cent. The SC declined the request of the manufacturers saying the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation (PESO) is looking into the matter for the best formulation that may be permissible for the manufacture of firecrackers. PESO has agreed to grant approval for new formulation fireworks by April 30, 2019. Upon approval, PESO has been asked to submit it to the Union government. The fireworks manufacturers can start to manufacture firecrackers in accordance with the new formulation after due permission from the concerned authorities. NGT informed about illegal sand mining activities at riverside plot at Khorjem, Curtorim The Goa government has constituted a patrolling-cum-flying squad to monitor and crackdown on illegal sand mining activities in the state. Further, the South Goa district administration has conducted surprise checks of riverside plots at Khorjem, Curtorim, where illegal sand mining activities were suspected of being carried out and found that sand was illegally mined from the river bed and was being brought to the banks with the help of canoes and loaded into waiting trucks. These facts were brought to the notice of the NGT on April 10 which, in turn, directed the Chief Secretary to verify the facts and take necessary action. Proposed construction on Sabik Kisam forest land to be looked into: NGT The NGT on April 9 heard an application which alleged that there is a proposal to construct a gram panchayat building in Golabandha Village under Barkote Tehsil in Deogarh District of Odisha on Sabik Kisam Bad Jungle, covering an area of 1.080 acres without any prior approval from Central Government as required under Forest Conservation Act 1980. NGT directs that no construction activity be undertaken in that area without getting necessary permission from the concerned authorities as provided under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980. Meanwhile the Divisional Forest Officer and the District Collector have been asked to conduct a joint inspection of the area and find out whether this comes under the forest as defined by the Supreme Court in TN Godavarman Thirumulpad vs Union of India case. NGT tells Amarkantak civic body to construct toilets 100 metres away from temples On April 9, the bench of Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) dismissed the application filed by the Municipal Corporation of Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh for recalling the direction issued by the tribunal for construction of toilets 100 metres away from temples in the pilgrim town and also for shifting the existing ones up to that distance. NGT expressed its unhappiness at the filing of the interlocutory application by the municipal corporation and said it unnecessarily delayed the matter. It directed the Collector of Anuppur district, where the town is located to comply with the order in letter and spirit before the next date of hearing (May 16, 2019). NGT unhappy at the delay in removing encroachments over Sahibabad Drain On April 8, the NGT heard the application calling for compliance of orders passed in 2016 for removal of illegal constructions on the Sahibabad Drain in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, as well as encroachments on the green belt area in Vaishalli. In its order, NGT said that in spite of the fact that the case was initiated in the year 2014 and the final order was passed by it in the year 2016, the execution of the same by the authorities is yet to be completed. NGT asks MoEF&CC to submit report on Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary On April 9, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to submit a report which would decide whether the Hindustan Institute of Technology & Management, Agra and Anand Engineering College, Agra were within the Wildlife Sanctuary notified by the State of Uttar Pradesh as “Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary” vide Notification dated 27.03.1991 in District Agra, under Section 18 of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. If they are within the sanctuary, restrictions under Section 27 would apply and the setting up of the said colleges itself might be questionable.
2019-04-12Supreme Court pulls up Maharashtra for poor efforts to clean Ulhas river - Hindustan Times
Supreme Court pulls up Maharashtra for poor efforts to clean Ulhas river Updated: Apr 13, 2019 03:36 IST The Supreme Court (SC) has pulled up the Maharashtra government, not for the first time, for its careless approach to reducing pollution in the Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers. The two rivers supply drinking water to residents in the Badlapur-Thane belt, but is full of untreated industrial and domestic sewage. The SC has asked principal secretary (environment) to come back with the steps the state has taken to comply with previous SC orders on restoring the rivers, by the next hearing on July 17. “The secretary (environment) shall cause an inspection to be carried out by a competent team of officers, including National Environment Engineering Research Institute, to verify the factual position in regard to implementation (of river restoration),” the bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta said. The SC was hearing a special leave petition by environment group Vanashakti. It asked the petitioners to also join the inspection team. Ulhas is among 53 rivers from Maharashtra on a list of 351 most polluted rivers in India, according to the Central Pollution Control Board. A water quality report from February 28, 2019 showed water from the rivers as highly acidic. While sewage treatment plants are being built in some areas, petitioners pointed out there was no improvement in the quality of drinking water. This is despite a November 2017 SC order, which directed the Maharashtra government to release ₹100 crore to restore the Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers. The state chief secretary paid the restoration cost. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and four municipal corporations of areas around the rivers’ basin — Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Kalyan-Dombivli, and Badlapur — began restoration. But, 15 months on, there still seems to be dumping of untreated sewage, the SC pointed out while asking the environment secretary to hold fortnightly meetings with commissioners. “Municipal corporations have been misleading the SC. Drinking water continues to be contaminated with sewage. We will apprise the SC of ground realities by the next hearing,” said Stalin D, director, Vanashakti.
2019-04-12Delhi: Massive fire at apparel showroom in Uttam Nagar - ANI News
Delhi: Massive fire at apparel showroom in Uttam Nagar Updated: Apr 12, 2019 06:41 IST New Delhi [India], April 12 (ANI): A massive fire broke out at an apparel showroom in Uttam Nagar area of the national capital on wee hours of Friday. 25 fire tenders are present at the spot and attempts are being made to douse the fire.
2019-04-11NCP chief Sharad Pawar has hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he criticises the opposition parties in his every speech, but never informs what his government has done for the country in l
Sharad Pawar hits out at Narendra Modi, says PM does not talk about what his government has done April 11, 2019 7:51 am Thane: NCP chief Sharad Pawar has hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he criticises the opposition parties in his every speech, but never informs what his government has done for the country in last five years. Addressing a rally at Ulhasnagar here on Tuesday night to campaign for his party candidate, Babaji Patil, from Kalyan Lok Sabha seat of Maharashtra, he also targeted Modi over the controversial Rafale jet deal. “In every speech, Modi criticises the NCP and Congress, but never tells what the BJP and Shiv Sena have done during the last five years,” Pawar said. Lashing out at prime minister’s criticism of the NCP, he said, “Everyone knows what Modi has done to his family and now he is poking his nose into our family affairs.” He said Modi criticises Jawaharlal Nehru, but it was the former prime minister who brought industries to the country after Independence. Pawar also said that late prime minister Indira Gandhi took Pakistan to task and Rajiv Gandhi brought in the revolution of television, computers and mobile technology into the country. He said Modi has never shown preparedness to find out who all benefited out of the Rafale French fighter jets deal. “When our government comes to power, it will go into it and find out the details,” he said. While the Congress has been allegation corruption in the Rafale deal, the government has denied any wrongdoing.
2019-04-11Mumbai Crime: 16-year-old boy stabbed to death by man for not returning Rs 500 he had borrowed - Free Press Journal
Mumbai Crime: 16-year-old boy stabbed to death by man for not returning Rs 500 he had borrowed April 11, 2019 11:54 am In a shocking incident, on Tuesday a 23-year-old man stabbed 16-year-old boy to death for not returning Rs 500 he had borrowed. According to the Hindustan Times, the incident took place on Tuesday when both — 16-year-old boy and 23-year-old man — had an argument over Rs 500 which the deceased had borrowed from the accused. The accused has been identified as Bipin Yadav and the deceased has been identified as Sundaram Nishad. On the day of the incident, Sundaram Nishad told Bipin Yadav that he could not pay him back the money — Rs 500 — which he had borrowed from him. This led to an argument between both and following to which Yadav pulled out a knife-like object and attacked Nishad several times. Yadav fled from the scene after stabbing Nishad. Nishad collapsed down after being stabbed by Yadav and later locals rushed him to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The Ulhasnagar police have dispatched a team to Uttar Pradesh where they suspect the accused has fled to. The cops have filed a case under section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
2019-04-11Education department mulls proposal to scrap FYJC oral exams - Hindustan Times
Education department mulls proposal to scrap FYJC oral exams Updated: Apr 12, 2019 03:37 IST A year after the state education department scrapped oral examinations for Class 10, it is now mulling to do the same for first-year junior college (FYJC). The department is considering putting an end to internal marks for languages and other non-science subjects. Under the current 80-20 pattern, students across all streams have to answer 20-mark oral exams for languages. While there are practical examinations for science subjects, students in arts and commerce have to submit projects for each subject. Department officials said that while practical exams for science subjects will continue, marks for orals and projects for other subjects are likely to be scrapped. “With the new paper pattern, students will find it easy to write a 100-mark examination as questions are mostly concept-based,” said a senior official from the state education department. “A final decision on the matter is yet to be taken.” However, Satnam Verhani, vice-principal, Chandibai Himatlal Manshukhani College, Ulhasnagar, said that scrapping orals would affect students’ scores. “Many students from vernacular backgrounds find it difficult to write their papers in FYJC. With oral exams scrapped, the scores of such students will go down. Besides, projects and internal assessments help students get an idea about the subject beyond textbooks. They should be retained even in the new exam pattern,” he said. The proposal to scrap oral examinations follows a change in the FYJC syllabus for this academic year. The new textbooks, which will come into the markets by mid-June, will have application-based questions — a switch from the earlier factual approach. Last year, the department had decided to scrap orals for languages and social science for students appearing for the SSC exams in 2019, a move which had upset several students and parents.
2019-04-10Man murders 16-year-old for not returning Rs 500 - Hindustan Times
Man murders 16-year-old for not returning Rs 500 Updated: Apr 11, 2019 05:09 IST A 23-year-old man allegedly stabbed a 16-year-old boy for not returning the Rs 500 he had borrowed, in an Ulhasnagar ground on Tuesday. The Ulhasnagar police have dispatched a team to Uttar Pradesh where they suspect the accused has fled to. According to the police, Sundaram Nishad told Bipin Yadav that he could not pay him back right then, following which Yadav pulled out a knife-like object and attacked Nishad several times. “Nishad collapsed and locals rushed to his aid. Yadav fled the spot. Nishad was taken to the hospital where he was declared brought dead,” said Nishad. The police have filed a case under section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
2019-04-10Man kills teenager - Devdiscourse
Man kills teenager Updated: 10-04-2019 15:41 IST A 16-year-old boy was allegedly killed by a 23-year-old man in Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra's Thane district apparently over an old enmity between them, police said Wednesday. The victim, identified as Sundaram Nishad, was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon at around 10:30 pm Tuesday in Azad Nagar.locality by one Bipin Yadav, a police officer said, adding that Nishad died on the spot. The officer said Yadav bore grudge against Nishad, as the latter had attacked him in the past. Ulhasnagar.police station senior inspector S G Javale said a case of murder has been registered against the accused, who is absconding, on the complaint lodged by the victim's brother.
2019-04-10Youth absconds after murdering 16-yr-old boy over personal enmity - United News of India
Youth absconds after murdering 16-yr-old boy over personal enmity Thane, Apr 10 (UNI) A 23-year-old man allegedly murdered a teenage boy at Buddhanagar Chowk of Azad Nagar locality in Ulhasnagar town of this district, the police informed on Wednesday. According to the Ulhasnagar Police, the accused identified as Bipin Yadav attacked the 16-year-old victim Sundaram Nishad at 2230 hours on Tuesday. The police said that the accused committed the homicide owing to personal enmity against the victim. The police further said that Nishad physically assaulted the accused sometime ago, and for his crime,the victim teenager was even sent to the juvenile home. A police case under the IPC section 302 (punishment for murder) has been registered against the absconding accused, stated police.
2019-04-10Watch: Empty chairs at NCP chief Sharad Pawar`s rally in Maharashtra`s Ulhasnagar - Zee News
Watch: Empty chairs at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's rally in Maharashtra's Ulhasnagar Apr 10, 2019, 13:05 PM IST THANE: Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar faced several empty chairs while addressing a rally in Maharashtra's Ulhasnagar on Tuesday. Pawar's speech was scheduled to begin at 6 pm in the evening. Workers and locals had initially turned up in large numbers to hear his speech. The NCP chief, however, arrived at the venue at 9 pm, three hours after the scheduled time. By that time, several people had left the rally. Many more were seen vacating their seats, even as Pawar began his speech. Undeterred by the sight of half-empty ground, the NCP chief continued with his speech. Earlier on Tuesday, Pawar hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had attacked him for joining forces with the National Conference (NC). Speaking at a rally at Ausa in Maharashtra, Pawar reminded Modi that the Farooq Abdullah-led party was an ally of the BJP in the past. "The prime minister targets me whenever he comes to Maharashtra. Today also he raised question as to why Sharad Pawar was with former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who is like a terrorist," Pawar tweeted after addressing a campaign meeting for Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora, who is in fray from the Mumbai South Lok Sabha seat. "Whenever any force (`shakti') goes against Modi, it is dubbed terrorist. This is Modi's policy," Pawar tweeted in Hindi. Modi and Pawar have been taking potshots at each other after the prime minister targeted him at a poll rally at Wardha on April 1.
2019-04-10Thane: Man kills teenager over old enmity - Times of India
Thane: Man kills teenager over old enmity Thane: Man kills teenager over old enmity Apr 10, 2019, 16:01 IST THANE: A 16-year-old boy was allegedly killed by a 23-year-old man in Ulhasnagar in Thane district apparently over an old enmity between them, police said on Wednesday. The victim, identified as Sundaram Nishad, was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon at around 10.30 pm Tuesday in Azad Nagar locality by one Bipin Yadav, a police officer said, adding that Nishad died on the spot. The officer said Yadav bore grudge against Nishad, as the latter had attacked him in the past. Ulhasnagar police station senior inspector SG Javale said a case of murder has been registered against the accused, who is absconding, on the complaint lodged by the victim's brother.
2019-04-10Youth absconds after murdering 16-yr-old boy over personal enmity - United News of India
Youth absconds after murdering 16-yr-old boy over personal enmity Thane, Apr 10 (UNI) A 23-year-old man allegedly murdered a teenage boy at Buddhanagar Chowk of Azad Nagar locality in Ulhasnagar town of this district, the police informed on Wednesday. According to the Ulhasnagar Police, the accused identified as Bipin Yadav attacked the 16-year-old victim Sundaram Nishad at 2230 hours on Tuesday. The police said that the accused committed the homicide owing to personal enmity against the victim.
2019-04-10Ulhasnagar: NCP supremo Sharad Pawar address a half-empty ground at his rally - OpIndia
Ulhasnagar: NCP supremo Sharad Pawar address a half-empty ground at his rally APRIL 10, 2019 Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar’s rally in Maharashtra’s Ulhasnagar, which could be his last attempt to woo voters as India goes to vote for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from tomorrow, turned out to be a miserable failure as he was seen addressing a half-empty ground on Tuesday. As per a report in Zee News, Pawar, who was scheduled to address the crowd at 6 pm, reached the ground three hours after the scheduled time. Workers and locals who had initially turned up in large numbers to hear his speech was seen leaving the rally before Pawar arrived at 9 pm. Many more were seen vacating their seats, even as Pawar began his speech. Undeterred by the reducing numbers of onlookers, the NCP chief continued with his speech. While addressing a handful of people, Pawar took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had attacked him for joining forces with the National Conference (NC). Modi and Pawar have been taking potshots at each other after the prime minister targeted him at a poll rally at Wardha on April 1. Taking a jibe at Pawar for deciding not to contest the Lok Sabha elections PM Modi had said, “Pawar decided against contesting the polls sensing unfavorable situation. There is infighting in the NCP, the party is slipping from Pawar’s grip.” Launching the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance’s poll campaign in Maharashtra at a public rally in Wardha, PM Modi had furthered that there was infighting in Pawar’s party, which was slipping from his control. However, NCP supremo and former union minister Sharad Pawar had in March announced his decision of not contesting Lok Sabha election. Speaking to media persons in Maharashtra, Pawar had said he will not contest so that two of his family members: daughter Supriya Sule, and grandson, Parth Pawar could contest instead. This decision had come as a major setback to the Congress-NCP alliance in Maharastra. Furthermore, cracks in the alliance had surfaced recently after Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, has stated that he will not campaign for NCP candidates in the Lok Sabha elections. He claimed that Sharad Pawar insulted his family. The NCP is a Congress ally and part of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). In 2014, in Maharashtra, the Congress and NCP had fielded 26 and 21 candidates respectively. Of these, they won two and four seats respectively, in view of the strong BJP wave then. BJP had won 23 seats while its ally Shiv Sena bagged 18. Meanwhile, BJP and Shiv Sena sorting out their internal rifts have come together once again to take on the Congress-NCP alliance in Maharastra. The BJP and it’s saffron ally had announced a 25-23 seat-sharing plan for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls of 2019. Maharashtra will vote for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in four phases. The polling dates for Maharashtra will be on April 11, 18, 23 and 29. The votes will be counted for all the constituencies on May 23, 2019. The results of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be announced on the same day.
2019-04-10Now, you can tell real TCs apart from fake ones, Central Railway launches ‘Know Your TC’ pilot project i - Mumbai Mirror
Now, you can tell real TCs apart from fake ones, Central Railway launches ‘Know Your TC’ pilot project in Thane Updated: Apr 10, 2019, 07:25 IST CR launches ‘Know Your TC’ pilot project in Thane; ticket-checkers will wear a card with a barcode around their necks. In a first for India, a pilot project called ‘Know Your TC’ was launched at Thane station on Tuesday afternoon, to weed out a number of fake TCs who have been found duping passengers on the Central Railway’s (CR) local network. In the last fiscal, FIRs were registered against seven fake TCs nabbed in CR’s Mumbai division, while numerous other offenders may have gone unreported. As part of the project, a unique QR code printed on a card is allotted to ticket checkers (TC), who wear them around their necks. Passengers can now verify the authenticity of TCs by scanning this QR code on their mobile phones. “This idea was conceptualised and implemented by Robin Kalia, senior divisional commercial manager (Works), CR Mumbai division. No extra cost was incurred as the coding was done in-house, by CR’s IT cell,” said CR’s chief PRO, Sunil Udasi. A CR officer recounted how a woman posing as a TC and duping commuters had been nabbed last year. “In December 2018, a woman named Asha Awhad, a resident of Ambernath, was arrested by the GRP Kalyan while posing as a TC and fleecing commuters between Kalyan and Ambernath. On December 14, when a train started from Ulhasnagar Awhad approached a woman commuter and asked for her tickets. When the woman told Awhad she didn’t have a ticket, the latter asked her to get down at Vitthalwadi railway station and collected Rs 250 from her, but didn’t provide a receipt. The victim complained to the railway authorities, and Awhad was arrested by the Kalyan GRP,” the officer said. “The number of such cases has gone up recently. That’s why we decided to introduce the ‘Know Your TC’ project,” he said. Kalia told Mirror: “Under this initiative, a unique QR code is allotted to each TC. Passengers can verify the staffer’s authenticity by scanning this code, which is linked to a backend server that provides authentication. It is very simple; passengers can verify the QR code from a slight distance, too. “We started this from Thane on Tuesday, as a pilot project. We plan to implement this across the Mumbai Division soon,” he said.
2019-04-10Modi slams Oppn, but doesn't give account of his Govt: Pawar - Daily Excelsior
Modi slams Oppn, but doesn’t give account of his Govt: Pawar 11/04/2019 THANE, Apr 10: NCP chief Sharad Pawar has hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he criticises the opposition parties in his every speech, but never informs what his Government has done for the country in last five years. Addressing a rally at Ulhasnagar here on Tuesday night to campaign for his party candidate, Babaji Patil, from Kalyan Lok Sabha seat of Maharashtra, he also targeted Modi over the controversial Rafale jet deal. “In every speech, Modi criticises the NCP and Congress, but never tells what the BJP and Shiv Sena have done during the last five years,” Pawar said. Lashing out at Prime Minister’s criticism of the NCP, he said, “Everyone knows what Modi has done to his family and now he is poking his nose into our family affairs.” He said Modi criticises Jawaharlal Nehru, but it was the former prime minister who brought industries to the country after Independence. Pawar also said that late prime minister Indira Gandhi took Pakistan to task and Rajiv Gandhi brought in the revolution of television, computers and mobile technology into the country. “And Modi brought demonetisation and ruined the country,” the NCP leader quipped. He said Modi has never shown preparedness to find out who all benefited out of the Rafale French fighter jets deal. “When our government comes to power, it will go into it and find out the details,” he said. While the Congress has been allegation corruption in the Rafale deal, the Government has denied any wrongdoing.
2019-04-10PM Modi never talks about NDA’s work: Sharad Pawar - The Asian Age
PM Modi never talks about NDA’s work: Sharad Pawar Apr 11, 2019, 3:14 am IST Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that he criticises Opposition parties in every speech but never informs what his government has done for the country in the past five years. Mr Pawar has slammed Mr Modi saying that he himself has nothing to show for his government’s achievements in the past five years. “In every speech, Mr Modi criticises the NCP and Congress, but never says what the BJP and Shiv Sena have done during the last five years,” Mr Pawar said. The Prime Minister had made a scathing attack on the Pawar family a few days ago. Reacting to this, the NCP chief said, “Everyone knows what Mr Modi has done to his family and now he is poking his nose in our family affairs.” Mr Pawar was speaking at a rally in Ulhasnagar Tuesday night to campaign for his party candidate, Babaji Patil, who is contesting from the Kalyan Lok Sabha seat. He said Mr Modi criticises Jawaharlal Nehru, but it was the former Prime Minister who brought industries to the country after Independence. In addition to this, late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi took Pakistan to task and Rajiv Gandhi ushered the revolution in television, computers and mobile technology in the country, he added. “But Mr Modi brought demonetisation and ruined the country,” said the NCP leader.
2019-04-09Swine flu cases rise to 112 in Pune; 17 deaths since January - Times of India
Swine flu cases rise to 112 in Pune; 17 deaths since January Updated: Apr 10, 2019, 06:28 IST PUNE: Extended winter, wide fluctuation in day and night temperatures and the declining immunity among people have sent swine flu cases soaring in the city as well as the state this year so far. Between January 1 and April 8 this year, as many as 1,195 people tested positive for swine flu in the state, including 112 from the city, as against just 10 cases in the same period last year. Besides, the contagion has claimed 90 lives in Maharashtra, including 17 from Pune, this year so far as against just four in the corresponding period the previous year. When it comes to case tally, Nagpur recorded maximum 303 cases, followed by Mumbai (214) and Nashik (203) (see box). Currently, condition of six patients diagnosed with the contagion is critical and they have been put on ventilator support at different hospitals in Pune. A senior state health directorate official said barring 18 cities, there had been an active virus transmission in the remaining parts of the state. “Considering the virus activity at its peak in some states, including neighbouring Gujarat, we have told our health officials to continuously keep monitoring the situation,” he said. Nashik has recorded maximum 25 casualties in the state, followed by Nagpur (23) and Pune (17). “Pune city has recorded another 18 swine flu deaths. But, since the cause of death in these casualties is yet to be ascertained by the state’s death audit committee, they have not been included in the state’s list,” a health official said. The 18 cities with zero cases in Maharashtra are Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Vasai-Virar, Raigad, Solapur, Ratnagiri, Nandurbar, Aurangabad, Hingoli, Jalna, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad, Bhandara, Wardha, Gondia, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli. “Very few people are inclined towards vaccinating themselves against the contagion. Vaccination provide protection from infections and ensures that antibodies are produced in adequate measures to fight viruses,” paediatrician Sanjay Mankar, president of Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), Pune branch, said. Family physician Dinesh Gharge said, “The elderly, especially those above the age of 65 years, are at the high risk of developing influenza or pneumonia. They should go for swine flu vaccination and pneumococcal vaccination (once in five years) to avoid any complications.” Over 2.75 lakh people in Pune city with flu-like symptoms have been screened for the virus, among which 3,629 have been administered oseltamivir, popularly known as Tamiflu or Fluvir, as they were suspected to have contracted the infection. “The behaviour pattern of influenza viruses has been unpredictable. It is, however, difficult to categorically pinpoint the reasons for rise in cases. The extended winter with cold wave conditions , wide fluctuation in day and night temperature during summer and the declining immunity level in people are among the contributing factors,” a National Institute of Virology scientist said. Medical experts said the cases tend to come down during the summer months as the heat rises. “However, the cases have continued to rise in the state despite the soaring temperature,” an expert said.
2019-04-09Finally, both BJP and Congress manifestos talk climate change - Down To Earth Magazine
Finally, both BJP and Congress manifestos talk climate change Wednesday 10 April 2019 2019 is the first time that climate change has featured in the manifestoes of India’s two major political parties, the Indian National Congress (INC) and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). The BJP, which released its manifesto on April 8, 2019, has not only underlined the issue of climate change but also the effort it has been making to tackle the challenges related to it. Through its manifesto, the party said that the Narendra Modi government has made ambitious plans to establish renewable energy capacity of 175 gigawatt (GW) by 2022. The BJP claims that under it, India has managed to achieve a capacity of 76.87 GW and the party would keep working to achieve the target. The incumbent party has also talked about ‘Green Bonus’ a long-pending demand. According to its manifesto, if the BJP comes to power again, it will offer special help to Himalayan states in the form of ‘Green Bonus’. This will be for forest conservation. The party also underlined the air pollution issues which have been quite mainstream in the last few years. BJP has promised to focus on 102 most polluted Indian cities to resolve the issue of air pollution. The BJP’s opponent, the INC’s manifesto was discussed for one major scheme namely ‘Nyay’ because it had promised to give Rs 72,000 to every poor family of the country. But there were a few things which can give hope to environmentalists and citizens alike. For instance, the Congress party’s manifesto underlined the problem of deteriorating soil quality. The oldest political party of the country promised to launch two major programmes which would be implemented through Gram Sabhas and urban local bodies. These programmes include the Water Bodies Restoration Mission for repairing and restoring water bodies as well as the Wasteland Regeneration Mission for regeneration and afforestation of wastelands and degraded lands. The main opposition party also recognised ‘air pollution’ as a national public health emergency and made a promise to strengthen the National Clean Air Programme. Moving one step ahead, the Maharashtra Congress office released a separate manifesto for the environment on April 8, 2019. Through this, the party makes the promise that it will work to preserve biodiversity and natural resources. The Maharashtra Congress manifesto was launched with the agenda ‘Nothing at the cost of the environment’. It talks about the preservation of the rich biodiversity of the Western Ghats and the formulation of a comprehensive land and water use policy. Along with these promises, the manifesto also talks about a ban on the import of waste and restricting the discharge of effluents in the river. Going in detail may reveal serious flaws in the promises these political parties are making but it is positive sign that Indian political parties now have realised the importance of the environment and its impact on people. That is a good beginning.
2019-04-08Mumbai: Man strangled wife to death for working on holiday - Newsd.in
Mumbai: Man strangled wife to death for working on holiday 08th April 2019, 04:54 PM Incidents of husband-wife fighting over petty issues are common for all. Appalling incidents are also reported where husband and wife have killed one another over trivial arguments. One such incident has been reported from Ulhasnagar on Sunday where a 38-year-old man has allegedly strangled his wife to death for working on a holiday. The woman identified as Rekha Pagare (35) was at her home in Ulhasnagar on Sunday. The couple got into an argument when his husband Dilip Pagare did not like the fact that his wife worked as a domestic worker. On Sunday when his wife was leaving for work after Gudi Padwa celebration, he got into heated argument with her which rose higher and he strangled her to death. The man has been booked for killing his wife and the probe into the matter is underway. Another shocking incident was reported from Mumbai last month, where a man was arrested for strangling his wife to death after she refused to prepare snacks for him. The accused was fasting and he asked his wife to make tea and snacks for him in the evening. Soon after it, the deceased started arguing with her husband and the argument rose so much that the deceased started to take her luggage and leave for her parent’s home. While the deceased was standing at the bus stop, the accused approached her and asked her to go back to their house but when she abused him repeatedly, he strangled her to death.
2019-04-08Man kills wife for working on holiday - Hindustan Times
Man kills wife for working on holiday Updated: Apr 08, 2019 07:45 IST A 38-year-old man has been booked after he allegedly strangled his wife, identified as Rekha Pagare, 35, at their home in Ulhasnagar on Sunday. The accused, Dilip Pagare, did not like the fact that his wife worked as a domestic help. On Sunday, he got into an argument with her while she was leaving for work after Gudi Padwa celebrations.
2019-04-07Thane man kills wife over domestic feud in Maharashtra, probe on - News Nation
Thane man kills wife over domestic feud in Maharashtra, probe on Updated : 07 April 2019, 07:49 PM A 38-year-old man allegedly strangled his wife to death after a quarrel with her over domestic issues in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Sunday. The victim, Rekha Pagare (35), used to work as domestic help, but her husband Dileep Pagare, a plumber, did not like it, an official at Ulhasnagar police station said. The accused also doubted his wife’s character and the couple, who have a son and a daughter, used to have frequent fights at their home at Mukund Nagar in Ulhasnagar township, he said. On Saturday, while the family was celebrating the Gudi Padwa festival, the woman went to work and returned home in the evening. The couple had an argument over this following which the accused allegedly strangled his wife with a ‘dupatta’ (a long cloth worn by women), the official said. Their 13-year-old daughter tried to intervene but the accused pushed her out of the house. The girl then rushed to her grandmother’s house located nearby to inform her about the incident, he said. When the girl and her grandmother came to the accused’s house, they saw the victim lying on the floor. They rushed the woman to a nearby hospital where doctors declared her dead, he said. The body was later sent for postmortem. According to police, the accused on Saturday also beat up his wife, who had then received injuries and was treated at a hospital. Meanwhile, a search was on to nab the accused and a case was registered against him under Indian Penal Code Sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
2019-04-07Man suspects wife of infidelity, kills her - Times of India
Man suspects wife of infidelity, kills her Apr 8, 2019, 04:00 IST Ulhasnagar: A plumber has been arrested for allegedly strangling his wife to death, suspecting her of being involved with another man, the police said. The accused, Deepak Pagare (38), an Ulhasnagar resident, had told his wife Rekha, a domestic help, not to go to work on Saturday evening. However, when he found that she had gone to work, they got into an argument which stretched over a couple of hours. As things snowballed, and Deepak started beating his wife, their 13-year-old daughter rushed to call her grandmother who lives in the neighbourhood. A police official said that by the time the girl could return home with the grandmother, Rekha was dead. “Deepak had strangled her,” said a police officer. They called up the Ulhasnagar police station. Officials who reached the spot took Deepak into custody. The daughter lodged a police complaint against her father who was later arrested and charged with murder under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Senior police inspector S G Javle said that their preliminary inquiry shows that Deepak used to suspect that his wife of cheating on him. Deepak was produced in court in Ulhasnagar on Sunday. He has been remanded in police custody.
2019-04-06Man kills wife over domestic feud in Maharashtra - Times of India
Man kills wife over domestic feud in Maharashtra Updated: Apr 7, 2019, 12:09 IST THANE: A 38-year-old man allegedly strangled his wife to death after a quarrel with her over domestic issues in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Sunday. The victim, Rekha Pagare (35), used to work as a domestic help, but her husband Dileep Pagare, a plumber, did not like it, an official at Ulhasnagar police station said. The accused also doubted his wife's character and the couple, who have a son and a daughter, used to have frequent fights at their home at Mukund Nagar in Ulhasnagar township, he said. On Sunday, while the family was celebrating the Gudi Padwa festival, the woman went to work and returned home in the evening. The couple had an argument over this following which the accused allegedly strangled his wife with a dupatta (a long cloth worn by women), the official said. Their 13-year-old daughter tried to intervene but the accused pushed her out of the house. The girl then rushed to her grandmother's house located nearby to inform her about the incident, he said. When the girl and her grandmother came to the accused's house, they saw the victim lying on the floor. They rushed the woman to a nearby hospital where doctors declared her dead, he said. The body was later sent for postmortem. According to police, the accused on Saturday also beat up his wife, who had then received injuries and was treated at a hospital. Meanwhile, a search was on to nab the accused and a case was registered against him under Indian Penal Code Sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
2019-04-05Mumbai Abandoned toddler rescued from Ambernath gets a home - Mid-Day
Mumbai: Abandoned toddler rescued from Ambernath, gets a home Updated: Apr 05, 2019, 15:45 IST Baby Tiger, who survived in a nullah for hours and fought a brain infection since December last year is all set to be discharged from Wadia hospital on Friday morning. Upon his discharge from the hospital, he will be taken to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in Bhiwandi, where it will be decided which children's home he will be sent to. In 'Tiger Zinda hai' on January 30, mid-day reported how Tiger was found on December 30, 2018, by one Shalini Gaikwad, a resident of Wadol village in Ambernath West after she heard his cries. She went near a nullah behind her house and found the baby, who still had the umbilical cord attached to him, inside a black polythene bag. She immediately informed activists Shivaji and Jayashree Ragade, who happened to be in the area for a wedding. They took the baby to the Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar, from where he was shifted to Sai Ashish Hospital. After being treated there for 22 days, he opened his eyes, after which the Ragade family named him Tiger. Although Tiger had survived, he had contracted a brain infection which required specialised medical care. For that, he was taken to the Wadia hospital, where Rs 10 lakh was also raised for his treatment within 24 hours. After spending almost 70 days in the hospital, Tiger has now been reported as fit. "We took the opinion of all specialists about his health and they've certified him as fit. He can now be sent to the children's home," said Mini Bodhanwala, CEO of Wadia Hospital. "When he was brought here, he had a bad brain infection, which could have affected his growth and function. But due to the efforts of our medical team, we have succeeded in eradicating the infection. He needs proper care and medical follow up every 15 days for at least a couple of months, after which the duration of the follow up can be increased," she added. Shivaji said, "I remember Tiger as an infant battling for life and when he opened his eyes after a tough fight with death for 22 days. Now, he is fit and fine, just like any other kid. I am thankful to the staff of Wadia hospital and every person who stood with me for this cause."
2019-04-05Found in nullah, ‘miracle baby’ Tiger finally out of hosp - Times of India
Found in nullah, ‘miracle baby’ Tiger finally out of hosp Updated: Apr 6, 2019, 09:32 IST MUMBAI: “From the day he was brought to Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children, we have loved him as if he’s our own child. In fact, we’d fight over who would get to take care of him, feed him. He was the star of the NICU,” said sister Bridget Prasad about ‘miracle baby’ Tiger, who was found a few hours old and barely clinging onto life in a nullah three months ago. On Friday, Tiger was discharged from hospital. Tiger was found as a newborn in a nullah in Ambernath on December 30, 2018, by a local, Shalini Gaikwad. She called Shivaji Ragde, a social worker at Ashoka Foundation, and they took him to a local hospital, after which he was transferred to Sai Ashish Nursing Home. When Tiger developed a brain infection, he was moved to Wadia Hospital in Parel. “He had meningitis and ventriculitis—his brain was severely infected. He was treated with high-potency antibiotics, but he wasn’t responding well and the infection persisted,” said Dr Alpana Utture, a neonatologist. “Fluid had accumulated in his brain ventricles, and the infection was worsening. So we inserted a catheter into the fluid spaces to draw the fluid out, and to give antibiotics through the catheter tube directly into the brain,” said neurosurgeon Dr Saurav Samantray. Tiger showed signs of improvement within three weeks of this treatment, and is now off medication. Ragde and his wife wanted to name their second son Kabir, but gave Tiger that name. “We called him Kabir. But wh-en he opened his eyes for the fir-st time 20 days after we first found him, I called him Tiger, for his relentless spirit,” he said. On Friday, Ragde and PSI T K Sawant handed over the baby to Child Welfare Committee in Ulhasnagar. As per CWC’s notice, Ragde then took Tiger to Vishwa Balak Kendra, an orphanage in Nerul of NGO The Children of the World Trust. About Tiger’s future medical needs, Wadia Hospitals CEO Dr Minnie Bodhanwala said, “Till Tiger is adopted, if he needs a follow-up or check-up...Tiger is welcome here for treatment. We feel he is our own child.”
2019-04-05Bengaluru Building Collapse: Two Labourers Dead, Eight Injured After Multi-Level Car Parking Collapses in - LatestLY
Bengaluru Building Collapse: Two Labourers Dead, Eight Injured After Multi-Level Car Parking Collapses in Yeswanthpur Apr 05, 2019 10:41 AM IST Bengaluru, April 5: In a tragic incident, two labourers died after an under construction building collapsed in Bengaluru’s Yeswanthpur area on Friday. The incident took place at around 5 am after the third floor of an under-construction multi-level car parking structure in APMC premise at RMC Yard near Yeshwantpur collapsed, reported International Business Times. At least eight people were also injured in the collapse. Building Collapse in Ulhasnagar, Thane: 3 Dead, 2 Critical After Building Collapses in Indira Gandhi Market. The injured people were immediately shifted to nearby hospitals. The police rushed to the spot and started an investigation into the mishap. The police have also booked the builder for criminal negligence causing deaths and endangering lives of other labourers, reported Deccan Chronicle. A case was registered under the section 304-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Rescue and Relief and rescue operations are underway. The investigation team, arrested the architect of the building Vivek Pawar from a lodge in Kolhapur. The owners of the collapsed building Ravi Basavaraj Sabarad, Basavaraj D Nigadi, Gangappa S Shintri and Mahabaleshwar Puradagudi also surrendered to the Dharwad Suburban Police. The five accused were booked under section 304, 337 and 338 of the IPC.
2019-04-04QCrime: Man Murders 16-Year-Old for Not Returning Rs 500 & More - The Quint
QCrime: Man Murders 16-Year-Old for Not Returning Rs 500 & More A 23-year-old man allegedly stabbed a 16-year-old boy for not returning the Rs 500 he had borrowed, in an Ulhasnagar ground on Tuesday, 9 April. The Ulhasnagar police have dispatched a team to Uttar Pradesh where they suspect the accused has fled to. According to the police, Sundaram Nishad told Bipin Yadav that he could not pay him back right then, following which Yadav pulled out a knife-like object and attacked Nishad several times. “Nishad collapsed and locals rushed to his aid. Yadav fled the spot. Nishad was taken to the hospital where he was declared brought dead,” said Nishad. The police have filed a case under section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
2019-04-04CBI arrests IT officer for taking Rs 14 lakh bribe - Mid-Day
CBI arrests IT officer for taking Rs 14 lakh bribe Updated: Apr 05, 2019, 00:23 IST The CBI on Thursday said it has arrested an Income Tax officer for taking a bribe of Rs 14 lakh here. H.R. Nagesh was held red-handed while accepting the money from the complainant for himself and another IT officer to settle an issue pertaining to an IT survey. A case has been registered against the two IT officers. Searches were conducted at the premises of both the accused and Rs 1.35 crore and many incriminating documents were found, said a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officer. In another incident, a police head constable has been arrested in Thane district of Maharashtra for allegedly taking Rs 80,000 as bribe from a theft case accused. The accused, Ramdas Misal (46), posted at the Ulhasnagar crime unit, demanded Rs 1.35 lakh from the theft case accused, saying if the money was paid, he would not be arrested, the ACB said in a release. The aggrieved man lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of ACB which laid a trap and caught the policeman while he was taking Rs 80,000 as the first installment of the bribe in his car in Ulhasnagar town here on Tuesday evening, it said. The policeman was subsequently arrested and booked under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the release added.
2019-04-04QCrime: Cop Held for Raping Daughter; Man Kills Sister-in-Law - The Quint
QCrime: Cop Held for Raping Daughter; Man Kills Sister-in-Law 1. Constable Held for Raping 6-Year Old Daughter A police constable has been arrested for allegedly raping his six-year-old daughter in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh district, an official said Wednesday. As per the complaint filed by the 45-year-old accused's wife, he allegedly raped the child at their home in the city on March 29 and threatened her not to disclose it to anyone, the police official said. The girl, however, later informed about the incident to her mother who approached the police on Monday, he said. The accused, posted at Sarangarh police station in the district, was arrested on Tuesday, the official said. He was booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation), and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The accused was later produced in a local court which remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days, he said. 2. Man Kills Sister-In-Law in Bikaner A man allegedly killed his sister-in-law with an axe here on Wednesday, police said. Salman and his sister-in-law Simran (38) had a heated argument over a domestic issue, they added. Salman attacked her with an axe, killing her on the spot, Sadar Police Station In-charge Rishi Raj said. The deceased's husband was not outside home when the incident took place, he said. Raj said the victim's husband registered a case against his brother, search for whom is on.
2019-04-03Police constable arrested for taking Rs 80 000 bribe in Maharashtra - Mid-Day
Police constable arrested for taking Rs 80,000 bribe in Maharashtra Updated: Apr 03, 2019, 21:20 IST A police head constable has been arrested in Thane district of Maharashtra for allegedly taking Rs 80,000 as bribe from a theft case accused, the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) said on Wednesday. The accused, Ramdas Misal (46), posted at the Ulhasnagar crime unit, demanded Rs 1.35 lakh from the theft case accused, saying if the money was paid, he would not be arrested, the ACB said in a release. The aggrieved man lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of ACB which laid a trap and caught the policeman while he was taking Rs 80,000 as the first installment of the bribe in his car in Ulhasnagar town here on Tuesday evening, it said. The policeman was subsequently arrested and booked under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the release added. In another incident, two officials at the Public Health Engineering Department were arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 19,000, police said. Acting on a complaint lodged by a contractor, a trap was laid by sleuths of the Anti Corruption Bureau and they arrested Hajarilal Meena, an engineer, and Dilkhush Meena, junior accountant at the department, they said. The complainant, Bhagwan Sahay Sharma, had sought payment of Rs 4 lakh for the supply of water by tankers in 2017-18 but Hajarilal demanded a bribe of Rs 12,000 and Dilkhush asked for Rs 7,000 for clearing the bills, said Additional SP, ACB, Prerna Shekhawat. The two accused would be produced before the court on Thursday, she added.
2019-04-03Thane head constable in ACB net - United News of India
Thane head constable in ACB net Thane, Apr 3 (UNI) A police head constable from the Thane police head quarters attached to the Ulhasnagar crime unit was held while taking a bribe, official statement on Wednesday said. The head constable Ramdas Misal (46) demanded a bribe of Rs 1,35,000 from a complainant for not arresting him in a theft case. The aggrieved complainant approached the Thane unit of the ACB officials. Later, they laid a trap and nabbed Mr Misal while accepting Rs 80,000 in his own Wagon R car at Ulhasnagar town, an ACB statement said.
2019-04-03Cop arrested for taking Rs 80,000 bribe in Maharashtra - The Tribune India
Cop arrested for taking Rs 80,000 bribe in Maharashtra Apr 3, 2019, 11:08 AM A police head constable has been arrested in Thane district of Maharashtra for allegedly taking Rs 80,000 as bribe from a theft case accused, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) said on Wednesday. The accused, Ramdas Misal (46), posted at the Ulhasnagar crime unit, demanded Rs 1.35 lakh from the theft case accused, saying if the money was paid, he would not be arrested, the ACB said in a release. The aggrieved man lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of ACB which laid a trap and caught the policeman while he was taking Rs 80,000 as first instalment of the bribe in his car in Ulhasnagar town here on Tuesday evening, it said. The policeman was subsequently arrested and booked under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the release added.
2019-04-03Cop held for taking Rs 80,000 bribe in Maharashtra - Business Standard
Cop held for taking Rs 80,000 bribe in Maharashtra April 3, 2019 10:55 IST A police head constable has been arrested in Thane district of Maharashtra for allegedly taking Rs 80,000 as bribe from a theft case accused, the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) said on Wednesday. The accused, Ramdas Misal (46), posted at the Ulhasnagar crime unit, demanded Rs 1.35 lakh from the theft case accused, saying if the money was paid, he would not be arrested, the ACB said in a release. The aggrieved man lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of ACB which laid a trap and caught the policeman while he was taking Rs 80,000 as first instalment of the bribe in his car in Ulhasnagar town here on Tuesday evening, it said. The policeman was subsequently arrested and booked under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the release added.
2019-04-03Cop held for taking Rs 80,000 bribe in Maharashtra's Thane district - Catch News
Cop held for taking Rs 80,000 bribe in Maharashtra's Thane district Updated on: 3 April 2019, 11:04 IST A police head constable has been arrested in Thane district of Maharashtra for allegedly taking Rs 80,000 as bribe from a theft case accused, the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) said on Wednesday. The accused, Ramdas Misal (46), posted at the Ulhasnagar crime unit, demanded Rs 1.35 lakh from the theft case accused, saying if the money was paid, he would not be arrested, the ACB said in a release. The aggrieved man lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of ACB which laid a trap and caught the policeman while he was taking Rs 80,000 as first instalment of the bribe in his car in Ulhasnagar town here on Tuesday evening, it said. The policeman was subsequently arrested and booked under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the release added.
2019-04-03Only BJP can resolve mining issue: Shripad Naik - United News of India
Only BJP can resolve mining issue: Shripad Naik Apr 3 (UNI) Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Naik on Wednesday claimed that only a Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre can and will resolve mining issue of Goa. Responding to a question during a press conference addressed at BJP State Headquarters in the city, he said the government was making active efforts to resolve mining issue. 'BJP alone will resolve the issue, as our leadership is committed to it, which is why they will vote for the BJP during the Lok Sabha elections, he said.
2019-04-03LIVE news updates: People being the thanedar must punish Chowkidar turning a thief says Tejashwi - National Herald
LIVE news updates: People being the thanedar must punish Chowkidar turning a thief says Tejashwi 3 Apr 2019, 11:04 PM RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Wednesday attacked both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar alleging that the two have cheated the people and hence they should punish them by ousting from the power. While stumping for Congress candidate from Purnea, Uday Singh alias Pappu Singh at a public meeting at Dhamdaha, Yadav exhorted people to make Kumar "bite the dust" at the hustings when they go out of their homes to cast vote on April 18 in the constituency. It was our Paltu chacha who used to say that he would never ally with BJP come what may (even if he has to bite the dust). Now it is your turn to make him (Nitish) bite the dust by pressing the hand symbol (Congress symbol) on EVM on April 18, Tejashwi Yadav said.
2019-04-03Cop held for taking Rs 80,000 bribe in Maharashtra - The Hans India
Cop held for taking Rs 80,000 bribe in Maharashtra Updated On: 3 April 2019 11:38 AM Thane:A police head constable has been arrested in Thane district of Maharashtra for allegedly taking Rs 80,000 as bribe from a theft case accused, the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) said on Wednesday. The accused, Ramdas Misal (46), posted at the Ulhasnagar crime unit, demanded Rs 1.35 lakh from the theft case accused, saying if the money was paid, he would not be arrested, the ACB said in a release. The aggrieved man lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of ACB which laid a trap and caught the policeman while he was taking Rs 80,000 as first installment of the bribe in his car in Ulhasnagar town here on Tuesday evening, it said. The policeman was subsequently arrested and booked under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the release added.
2019-04-02QMumbai: Chidambaram to Probe Demonetisation & More - The Quint
QMumbai: Chidambaram to Probe Demonetisation & More 1. Will Probe Demonetisation When We Win: P Chidambaram Calling demonetisation a “scandal”, senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram on Saturday declared they will investigate the Central government’s November 8, 2016, move after wresting power from the Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance in the Lok Sabha election. “Demonetisation was an ingenious device used by the BJP to help its friends to convert black money to white money. Unaccounted money has become accounted. Post demonetisation, all the money has come back to banks. It is a scam which will be investigated when there is a change in government,” Chidambaram said. 2. BMC Finishes Only 20 per Cent Pre-Monsoon Drain Clean-Up, Deadline 15 May WITH barely a month left to finish its pre-monsoon nullah cleaning exercise across the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is running behind on its May 15 deadline to complete the work. To date, the BMC has been able to finish only 20 per cent of the work in the island city and its suburbs. Officials from the storm water drain (SWD) department said they had managed to finish 20 per cent of the desilting. The BMC is facing an uphill task of finishing the remaining pre-monsoon preparation work, an official said.
2019-04-02Ulhasnagar: Constable caught red-handed while taking bribe - Times of India
Ulhasnagar: Constable caught red-handed while taking bribe Apr 2, 2019, 22:18 IST ULHASNAGAR: A police constable attached with Ulhasnagar crime branch unit of Thane police has been arrested red-handed for allegedly taking bribe money of Rs 80,000 on Tuesday evening. An anti-corruption bureau (ACB) official said the complainant is an accused in an old theft case and Ramdas Misal was demanding bribe money of Rs 135,000 from him to not arrest in the case. Acting on the complaint of the complainant, the ACB team on Tuesday evening led a trap near crime branch office in Ulhasnagar and nabbed Misal from his car red-handed while accepting settlement amount of Rs 80,000.
2019-04-02Ambuja Cement launches Ambuja Plus Cool Walls - World Cement
Ambuja Cement launches Ambuja Plus Cool Walls Tuesday, 02 April 2019 09:03 Part of LafargeHolcim and one of the leading cement manufacturers in India, Ambuja Cement Ltd. has launched its Ambuja Plus Cool Walls. The company has stated that this is an innovative green building offering for individual home builders (IHB) in the Thane district. Developed by the company’s in-house team, the product ensures the maintenance of a 5°C temperature difference indoors, no matter how hot or cold the external temperature is. Embedding ‘heat barrier technology’, the product features keep the indoors of houses warm during the winter and cool during the summer. It is a greener alternative, made of aerated autoclaved concrete blocks, and it is stronger than other ordinary bricks. Ambuja Cement is among the first cement companies to offer this kind of unique masonry solution, addressing the needs of what the company calls the diverse and disorganised IHB segment. The launch in the Thane district follows the product’s introduction at Nagpur in Maharashtra and select markets in Gujarat, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, where it has been gaining in popularity. The product is now available in different parts of the district, including Kalyan, Dombivli, Bhiwandi, and Ulhasnagar, among others. The Thane district has a tropical wet and dry climate, and the summer months sometimes record temperatures as high as 41°C. Ambuja Plus Cool Walls prevents the heat from entering into the walls. Likewise, when temperatures drop, this product’s insulating properties keep home interiors warm. The product helps to extend the life of house paint and prevents efflorescence, which is a very common phenomenon with brick walls. Traditionally, clay brick walls need to be cured – but with heat-resistant concrete blocks and Blockol (block jointing mortar) the product does not require curing, thereby saving large quantities of water during the construction process. It also reduces the hassles faced by the consumer. Other benefits include greater structural stability, speedy and quality construction, wastage control, and the requirement of less manpower. “Since our inception, innovation has been the hall mark of all our offerings and we have always endeavoured to develop an array of eco-friendly products to ensure a healthier, cleaner, and greener tomorrow, supporting India’s efforts to become a green nation,” said Deepak Mehra, Chief Marketing Officer at Ambuja Cement. “Ambuja Plus Cool Walls reinforces our commitment towards introducing products that deliver high strength and performance, while also integrating sustainability traits. The product gives multiple benefits of superior strength and durability, as well as ensuing ambient temperatures in the house. We are confident that this new product will provide further impetus to the LafargeHolcim Group’s vision.”
2019-04-02Man held with banned currency in Ulhasnagar - Milbank Monitor
Man held with banned currency in Ulhasnagar April 2, 2019 37 0 ULHASNAGAR: The in Ulhasnagar have seized around Rs 20 lakh of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 in Ulhasnagar and arrested a man who is said to be involved in the . The arrested accused identified as is a resident of C block area in Ulhasnagar and involved in the transport business. On Thursday night police sub inspector Shelke and constable through their informer received specific information about a man carrying demonetised currency notes near . Based on the information police laid a trap and nabbed suspect Manuja who came into his swift car (MH05- H1179).

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Nitin Lulla      [ 2012-02-01 ]
Jaise mumbai bahar se khubsoorat hai or Andar se utna hi ganda or worst hai, waise hi ulhasnagar b lookiwise acha hota ja raha hai but uski tarah andar se ganda or khatrnak b ho raha hai..
ajusudhir      [ 2012-01-24 ]
I LOVE ULHASNAGER
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kindly control the street dog... in ulhasnagar 1
Lalu      [ 2011-12-25 ]
Please clear the illegal Parkig of 2 lines of Trucks Parked on both sides of road at Vithalwaadi Rly. station raod, near kajal Petrol Pump, Ulhasnagar-3.
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