|2006-05-27||Man of the masses - Shri Sitaldas Harchandani|
Noted politician and social worker Shri Sitaldas Harchandani has completed 50 years of his inspiring public service career. On the occasion he speaks about his journey so far.
|2006-05-26||Youth beats up policemen inside traffic chowky|
The Vithalvadi police have arrested a young man for beating up traffic police officials inside the traffic chowky at Sreeram Chowk in Ulhasnagar East.
According to the police, the accused identified as Sailesh Tiwari, a resident of Kolsewadi in Kalyan east slapped a police sub inspector and a constable inside the chowky. As per the case Tiwari also brandished a knife in order to threaten the policemen.
The police officials said that the trouble ensued when Tiwari tried to speak on behalf of a youth caught for rash driving. “The constable T S Koli of the traffic police caught a young biker for careless driving at the Sreeram Chowk. As he was questioning the youth, Tiwari came forward and started abusing the traffic police.”
“An argument ensued between the policeman and the accused. Tiwari got wild and slapped the policeman in the middle of the road. The constable then called for the wireless van and Tiwari was taken to the traffic chowky. There he slapped the sub inspector, More. He also took out a knife and threatened the policemen. Tiwari claimed that he belonged to the NCP party and the police can do little harm to him,” says a police official.
Tiwari was later handed over to the local police who booked a case against him under sections 332, 504, 506 of IPC and the Arms Act 37.
A South African model, who was allegedly raped by two youths at a hotel in Ulhasnagar last December, today moved a sessions court urging it to expedite the trial.
However, the court refused to admit the application, asking her lawyer Falguni Brahmabhatt to first get it registered in the court registry.
Both the accused are out on bail. The case has been adjourned till July 1, and the court is yet to frame the charges.
|2006-05-21||lover puts girlfriend's pictures on adult websites|
hey had a huge fight after which Shripad posted her pictures which he had clicked when they were seeing each other and her mobile number on the sites. "He was proficient in the use of computers but we never ever imagined that he would do something so terrible," says Sunil Gupte, the victim's brother-in-law.
Soon after the victim was flooded with calls from prospective 'customers' who refused to believe her when she told them that the picture and the message on the websites had been a mistake.
When the calls became unbearable the girl confided in her parents who approached the Badlapur police on May 17. The case was transferred to the Crime Branch and within two days Shripad was arrested. "We had a clear lead because the girl told us that she had split from this boy recently under not very pleasant circumstances. We knew who we were looking because the pictures posted on the web sites were those that he had clicked. Once we found the cyber cafe at Ulhasnagar from where the boy had posted the pictures it was easy to track him," says an officer.
|2006-05-21||UMC puts off hawking license plan|
Recent standing committee meeting also terminated the contract with a private firm for collecting license fee from hawkers. The firm has leveled corruption charges against the UMC officials
Sudesh Malvankar, Ulhasnagar
In March this year, DK+ had exposed how license fees were being collected from hawkers in Ulhasnagar even before licenses had been issued to them. The fee collection was being done by a private agency Jai Sairam Enterprises. Interestingly, the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) was only considering to appoint this private firm for fee collection. After DK+ broke the news, the private firm claimed ignorance and said they had little idea of what was happening. They said someone was playing foul to scuttle its chances of getting the contract. Meanwhile, the UMC had ordered a stay on its contract with the agency and a police investigation had begun.
On May 16, the standing committee meeting of the UMC took a fresh decision in the matter. It decided to stop the procedure of issuing licenses to hawkers. It also terminated the contract to the Jai Sairam Enterprises. The committee cited reasons such as the firm was not a registered firm and it failed to produce a solvency certificate of Rs 25 lakhs from the tehsildar.
Meanwhile, the agency has sent a written complaint to the anti-corruption bureau and the chief secretary of Maharashtra saying the additional commissioner of the UMC Nanasaheb Ravrale and deputy municipal commissioner Ashok Bageshwar asked for a bribe of Rs 2 lakhs from the firm. The company also leveled charges against local MLA Pappu Kalani. “Due to pressure from the MLA, the UMC has cancelled the contract.
When we came to know about this, we moved the court and have received a show cause notice for May 24,” says Jeevan Idnani, a representative of Jai Sairam Enterprises.
Interestingly, while the UMC figures out transactions and verifies the authenticity of Idnani’s argument, over 5000 hawkers still use Ulhasnagar’s streets. The UMC had planned to collect a fee of Rs 10 from hawkers. Approximately, the UMC can earn Rs 15 lakhs per month from the hawkers.
When contacted D S Patil, commissioner, UMC said the action was taken as per legal procedure. He said there was no fact in the allegations.
|2006-05-20||Takla Hatela ya Lamba Khamba?|
The underworld has rechristened Bollywood. In an attempt to confuse anti-piracy cells in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Dubai, Malaysia and Bangkok, bhais have come up with new nicknames for actors and actresses, based largely on recent roles or makeovers.
On a recent raid in Ulhasnagar, the anti-piracy cell stumbled upon an audio file in a sub-dealer’s mobile, which revealed the latest codenames for Bollywood.
|2006-05-14||Want to regularise your home?|
DK+ provides the guidelines you require to regularise Ulhasnagar’s illegal constructions
Sudesh Malvankar, Ulhasnagar
Since the past few months, several huge hoardings have been spotted across Ulhasnagar saying – ‘The reason for your smile is coming soon…here’. The campaign, was in fact the news about the special ordinance passed to regularise Ulhasnagar’s illegal constructions.
Some good news, indeed has arrived from the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC). On 14th February 2006, an ordinance arrived to regularize the illegal constructions. As per this ordinance, all building built before 1st January 2005 would be regularised.
Proper procedures in this regard have already been put into place. The procedure consists of three forms. According to Form A, notices will be sent to every property holder, but a circular issued by the Commissioner says that, even though the 1,50,000 notices will be sent, it will be difficult to ensure their receipt by citizens.
For those who do not receive Form A, they have to fill up Form B and Form C personally, attach it with the required documents, file them and submit them into their ward offices. Form B contains details about application for regularization of unauthorized developments. Form C contains the undertakings regarding whether the building plans satisfies safety requirement as stipulated under Building Regulation Act.
|2006-05-12||Again, unrest in Ulhasnagar|
SANTOSHI Dogra (40) was in for a rude shock on Friday morning when she saw a notice from the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) lying at her doorstep.
The ‘Notice for Regularisation of Illegal Development’ said that Dogra was the occupant of an illegal structure and was liable to pay a penalty depending on the category under which her building fell.
‘‘My building was not on the 855 illegal structures’ list that went to the high court, so why am I being served a notice?’’ asked Dogra.
Dogra is just one of the 1.47 lakh Ulhasnagar residents the UMC is sending out notices to this month. While 20,000 notices have already been issued, the others are on their way, said Ulhasnagar Municipal Commissioner D S Patil.
|2006-05-10||Morpani gets bail in SA model rape case|
The sessions court yesterday granted bail to Sunil Morpani, accused of raping 28-year-old South African model Yasmin Sheikh, on grounds of parity.
Morpani’s lawyer Sudeep Pasbola said, “As the court granted bail to Suresh Krishnani on February 4 after a chargesheet was filed and investigations were over, Morpani has now been considered on grounds of parity.”
While setting him free on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 and a surety of an equivalent amount, judge SS Joshi directed Morpani to surrender his passport and warned him not to tamper with evidence.
|2006-05-09||Accused in SA model rape case gets bail|
A local court on Tuesday granted bail to Sunil Morpani, accused of raping a South African model in Mumbai in December last year.
Sessions judge S S Joshi granted Morpani bail for a sum of Rs 25,000 and warned him not to tamper with evidence.
The 27-year-old model was allegedly drugged and taken from hotel Bawa International in suburban Bandra to another hotel in nearby Ulhasnagar town on December 27 last year and raped by the accused before being dropped home the next day.
Police had on February 2, filed a 200-page chargesheet against the accused - Suresh Krishnani and Sunil Morpani. It charged them under IPC sections 347 (wrongful confinement), 366 (kidnapping a woman to seduce her), 376(1)(g) (gang rape), 324 (causing hurt with dangerous weapon), 328 (administering drugs), 354 (assaulting a woman to molest her) and 292 (sale of obscene books).
Of these, three offences -- gang rape, kidnapping woman to seduce her and administering drugs -- were non-bailable.
However, the sessions court in Mumbai granted bail to Suresh Krishnani two days later.
|2006-05-09||S African model rape accused gets bail|
Four months after he was arrested on the charges of raping a 27-year-old South African model in a hotel, a local court on Tuesday granted bail to accused Sunil Morpani on certain conditions.
Sessions judge SS Joshi granted Morpani bail for a sum of Rs 25,000 and asked him not to leave the country without permission and also not to tamper with evidence.
The sessions court, on February 4, had granted bail to co-accused Suresh Krishnani held on the similar charge.
|2006-05-04||4-month appointment delay irks court: RAPE CASE|
IT’S been four months since court proceedings in the South African actress’s rape case began, but the state government is yet to appoint a special public prosecutor.
On Thursday, the Sessions Court rapped the police for the delay after they requested that the hearing on one of the |accused’s bail application be adjourned on the grounds that the appointment had not been made.
‘‘How many times should we adjourn the matter for the same reason?’’ the court told the police.
On December 27, the 27-year-old Durban resident,an aspiring actress of Indian origin, was allegedly repeatedly raped by Suresh Krishnani |and Sunil Morpani afterthey whisked her away from Avalon, Hotel Bawa International’s nightclub, and took her to lodges in Kalyan and Ulhasnagar.
Krishnani, who owns Narayan Wine Store in Ulhasnagar and hails from a family that owns several departmental stores, trading companies and a medical agency, is already out on bail.
|2006-05-02||Survey says the Mutha is dying, asks PMC to revive|
The scene prevailed in nine other municipal corporations the team has studied so far. ‘‘A large amount of sewage gets flows into the rivers and water bodies resulting in pollution,’’ he said.
He cited the example of the once clean Waldhuni stream in Ulhasnagar which today carries coloured water with polythene bags and other synthetic solid waste. Disposal of industrial waste by units along the 12 km stream have converted it into a stinking nala. Moreover, Waldhuni is the worst effected and polluted water body amongst the ten municipal corporations in Maharshtra.