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May-2013 News & Updates from the City of Ulhasnagar/Sindhunagar, Maharashtra, India. Ulhasnagar City News indexed across timeline for easy retrieval.

2013-05-31Year on, credit card fraud kingpin held
Year on, credit card fraud kingpin held Pradeep Gupta | TNN | May 31, 2013, 12.33 AM IST KALYAN: The mastermind of a nationwide credit card fraud that was busted last year was arrested in Ulhasnagar recently. The prime accused, Faiz Altaf Raza (30), was a class VIII dropout, the police said. The racket, which came to light in May 2012 after 1,823 fake credit cards were recovered from Raza's house, was touted as one of the biggest hauls by the Thane police crime branch. Raza had managed to give cops the slip. Recently, the police received a tip-off that Raza would visit Ulhasnagar to purchase jewellery and laid a trap. "Raza and four others were arrested and we found 544 fake credit cards in their car," said inspector Machindra Chavan. Ten cellphones, iPods, printers, swipe machines and nine bogus driving licences were also recovered."Raza would secure data and feed it into credit cards that would be given to his accomplices. His aides would fan out to different cities and buy goods that would later be sold on the black market," said additional police commissioner (Thane crime branch). Milind Bharmbhe. Raza, a native of UP, was arrested in a similar scam in 2009.
2013-05-26IPL spot-fixing scandal: Bookies now offer 'Sriniv
IPL spot-fixing scandal: Bookies now offer 'Srinivasan bets' YOGESH PAWAR | Sun, 26 May 2013-09:00am , Mumbai , DNA Tainted BCCI chief N Srinivasan wasn’t very convincing when he told the media he would not be bulldozed into resigning. Among the people he failed to convince were Mumbai’s bookies. They are so certain about Srinivasan’s exit that they are offering Rs 3.50 for each rupee bet on him keeping his job. Betting on his ouster yields only a 20 paisa profit to the rupee. Spot rates will keep changing, say bookies, and things like timing (such as: will he last the day) will be taken into account in bets on Srinivasan. An Ulhasnagar bookie said about Rs 50 crore worth of ‘Srini bets’ have come in over the last two days. This past week has been taxing for bookies, most of whom have had to move base or suspend operations, but it has created some opportunities as well. The usual sounds of a cricket match in the background as bookies take calls, has now been replaced by the noise of news channels: because the odds on Srini-bets will move as news breaks. For this one, the fixers are at work in Delhi and Kolkata — where the IPL finals take place on Sunday. "It seems likely that if he doesn't resign he may be booted out. Hence we are offering Rs 3.50 ps against a rupee to those who are saying he will stay," said to DNA. One of the biggest players in the betting game, an Ulhasnagar-based bookie, also gave the going rates for tomorrow's IPL match. "For Chennai its 90 paise, while for Mumbai it will be even." Pointing out how the heat was on because of the latest scam he wondered why the police were chasing small fry like him. "I have had to change my place twice in the last few days," he complained and added, "If they really want to why don't they go after the really big fish?" He recalled a dna expose in June 2011 when the then stand-in captain Suresh Raina's visit to Shirdi immediately after the IPL had raised several eyebrows in the temple town for all the wrong reasons. First, it was the presence of Union heavy industries minister Praful Patel's daughter Poorna with him that had tongues wagging. Then the cricketer's picture (see below) with notorious bookie, who was arrested in 2002 and 2008, Deepak Naraini, alias Balaji.
IPL spot-fixing scandal: Bookies now offer
2013-05-16Fake ticket checker held after GRP is pulled up
Fake ticket checker held after GRP is pulled up Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | May 16, 2013, 03.09 AM IST THANE: Two days after the GRP set free a 27-year-old Ulhasnagar auto driver who posed as a ticket checker and cheated commuters, the conman was arrested late on Tuesday following TOI's expose of crime burking by the Thane GRP. Manglesh Patil was reportedly summoned to the Thane GRP office after orders by top officials. He was arrested based on an FIR filed by Prisca Moniz. TOI had reported that Moniz (45) had nabbed him for cheating her son and others, promising them a berth on Mangalore Express on Sunday. Patil said he needed to fund his pregnant wife's expenses. The GRP did not file an FIR. "It was nearly 1am and after consulting the official, I withdrew my complaint," Moniz told TOI. "On Tuesday, I was asked to state I had a change of heart and now wish to file a complaint," she added.
2013-05-12Two classmates booked for abetting 19-year-old eng
Two classmates booked for abetting 19-year-old engineering student's suicide Mumbai | Reported by Rashmi Rajput, Edited by Abhinav Bhatt | Updated: May 12, 2013 23:17 IST KALYAN , MAHARASHTRA: The two boys who were named in the suicide note of a 19-year-old engineering student who killed himself in Thane on Friday, have been booked for abetment to suicide and conspiracy. The student, Nitin Padalkar, had jumped in front of a train between the Vithalwadi and Ulhasnagar stations on the outskirts of Mumbai in Thane district. He was a second-year Electronics and Telecommunications student at the Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology in Navi Mumbai. A suicide note recovered from his body had accused two classmates of harassing him. "During the inquiry of this case, the boy's father and his sister have speculated about his death. They also named two boys from the same college and filed a case against them. We recovered a suicide note and we are studying it," said SG Nirmal, Senior police inspector, Government Railway Police. ND Patil, the principal of the college that Nitin studied in, told NDTV that it seems to be a case of enmity between the boys. "The two boys are his classmates, so we are not treating this as a case of ragging," he said. Nitin's distraught family wants those responsible for his death to be punished. "There were two boys who harassed him... He used to come home and tell his sister and mother that two boys from the college harass him a lot. During the exams they used to disturb him a lot. They used to snatch his paper and fight with him and my son used to come home and complain about it... He had written a note before committing suicide. In that, he mentioned the names of the two boys who harassed him and also stated that it was the reason he committed suicide," said Badup Padalkar, Nitin's father.
Two classmates booked for abetting 19-year-old eng
2013-05-12Engineering student jumps in front of train, blame
Engineering student jumps in front of train, blames classmates in suicide note Dailybhaskar.com May 13, 2013, 16:29 PM IST Mumbai: Harassment by fellow classmates cost a 19-year-old engineering student his life on Friday, as he jumped to death on the railway tracks between Ulhasnagar and Vithalwadi railway stations. The student left a suicide note in his pocket that stated the ordeal he underwent due to being harassed by two of his classmates. The engineering student, Nitin Padalkar, was a bright student and had secured admission on the basis of merit. His father used to work as a coolie. On Friday night, the railway police came to know about a body lying on the railway tracks, said reports. A team was sent to the location, where the body of Nitin Padalkar, was lying on the railway tracks. The team also recovered a hand-written suicide note in which Padalkar had named the two classmates who had been harassing him mentally. According to a senior GRP official, Padalkar was under stress. His parents, when asked confirmed that their son was under stress for the past six months. Padalkar, on Friday evening left his home, saying that he is going to meet a friend. He made his way to Kalyan railway station and boarded a local train to Ambernath. Later his body was found between Ulhasnagar and Vithalwadi railway stations. According to the investigating cop, SJ Nirmal, they are investigating who were involved in harassing Padalkar. The motorman of the local will also be interrogated to ascertain whether Padalkar was mowed by it or he deliberately jumped before it.
Engineering student jumps in front of train, blame
2013-05-11Why Has Mumbai Downed Shutters Against LBT?
Why Has Mumbai Downed Shutters Against LBT? Published on Sat, May 11,2013 | 12:11, Updated at Thu, May 23 at 20:04Source Aurangabad has implemented it, Kolhapur has implemented it, so have Solapur, Ulhasnagar, Vasai, Virar and a dozen other municipalities in Maharashtra. But when Local Body Tax came to Mumbai – it got a rather rude reception! Starting October 1, LBT will replace Octroi. The entry point tax legendary for long lines of waiting trucks, high cost of collection, under invoicing, corruption and political intervention. Yet Octroi earns the city approximately 7000 crore rupees and an equally remunerative tax is needed to take its place. Local Body Tax will be levied at 0.1-7% on sales of goods on a monthly basis. So all traders earning 3 lakh rupees and more will need to register with the municipal corporation and file returns. They will also need to keep records for several years. On paper it looks deceivingly simple. But the potential real life complexities have shut Mumbai down for many days. So why is LBT not acceptable to Mumbai’s traders? – To answer that I have with me Arun Doshi of FAM, the federation leading the protests. Also with us tax expert TP Ostwal, Maharashtra Joint Commissioner Sales Tax Mahavir Pendhari, Shiv Sena’s Rahul Narvekar, Harshdeep Kamble, Municipal Commissioner, Aurangabad, Sanjay Sarnaik Chief LBT Officer, Kolhapur Corporation. We also have comments from Manu Srivastava, the state’s Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department and Kumar Rajgopalan of the Retailer’s Association. Menaka: Can you list for me your objections to Local Body Tax (LBT) given that nobody wants octroi, everybody wants octroi to go, so we won’t spend time on that. What is wrong with LBT? Arun Doshi: Local body tax is a draconian law. If you go through the details of the Act it will be hell for the traders. Menaka: Give me some instances, why? Arun Doshi: Yes, now in Vasai-Virar, I have been informed that the inspectors from the local body- they visit each and every place and ask for the smallest of invoices for tea, coffee or any entertainment to their guest; then there are petty expenses and everything. Again in the LBT it is not the value of the goods, it is on the tax also and even when they visit, they ask for the bank statement, they ask for the income tax, sales, challan, they ask for the sales tax and these local bodies- they are meant to provide civic amenities to the people and maintenance of the civic amenities; they are not the revenue collecting like sales tax or income tax. (interrupted…). Menaka: You have given me one reason, which is that it includes all petty expenses and is not just imposed on the goods value; what else? Arun Doshi: Otroi is naka-based where only on the invoice they have to calculate the tariff and collect it, whereas in LBT it is account-based, account based is every month we will have to file the challans.. Menaka: You have to pay to file half yearly returns? Arun Doshi: There is a lot of paperwork, I think you should not burden the traders with all kinds of this – because you have to free his energy for trade and development of the trade, instead you are blocking his energy. Menaka: But Octroi was taking up all your energy in the transfer of goods. If C&F agents, wholesalers and distributors who are bearing the brunt of Octroi and will now have to bear the expense of LBT or the burden of LBT are not objecting, then why are traders objecting? Arun Doshi: LBT is not restricted to only few categories of people. Menaka: But they are the first category that will have to pay this, right? Arun Doshi: Small vendors will be included, vegetable vendor who's…. (Interrupted) Menaka: There is a return threshold. Arun Doshi: The honorable Chief Minister, initially it was Rs 1 lakh… (Interrupted) Menaka: Your protest has moved it upto Rs 3 lakh, I understand. Arun Doshi: Rs 3 lakh that is Rs 25,000 per month. So, hardly Rs 800 turnover per day, that invite your registration and you have to pay LBT. Now, vegetables are not grown in Mumbai, it has to be imported. Ostwal: Consider, a small trader, very small trader, now we are talking of mini trader not even small trader. Rs 3 lakh limit means what? Nothing! So how do you expect him to maintain the books of accounts. Income tax law also does not require maintenance of books of accounts up to Rs 1 crore turnover. Presumptive tax is there, 8 percent. Now, if those laws do not require you to maintain the accounts, you expect the small trader to maintain the accounts, an impossible scenario. It means they should hire accountant, incur the cost. They can't earn for themselves then how do you expect them to pay for the accountant’s fees. Menaka: Is it only record keeping that is your problem or it is other things? Ostwal: Record keeping is a major issue and if it is not maintained properly the inspector raj will harass them. Menaka: I have got a list of objections from both of you. Let me take it across to Shiv Sena's Rahul Narvekar. Rahul the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which rule the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), here in Mumbai did propose the LBT as an option and put it in its Budget as well. You were in support of the LBT when the State Government decided to phase out Octroi and phase in LBT in all districts of the State including in Mumbai city. Now, why are you opposed to it because it seems now that the Shiv Sena has extended its support to FAM and other traders who are striking? Narvekar: First and foremost let me put the record straight. Shiv Sena has always been opposed to the local body tax that is being proposed to be applicable in Mumbai city as well from the October 1. We have opposed this tooth and nail and we have got our reasons for that. Menaka: What are your reasons if I may ask you given that Octroi is a draconian dreaded tax that everybody wants to see go? Narvekar: Octroi is something which is required. These are the funds which are required to run a city like Mumbai. A city like Mumbai does not run only on the grants which are peanuts given by the State government if at all they give. Menaka: Which is exactly why the state government has replaced a local body tax like Octroi with a local body tax. Narvekar: Octroi cannot be done away with and it is not draconian the way you are trying to put it. With regards to LBT why we are opposed to LBT is very simple. One, as far as Octroi is concerned, Octroi comes to the BMC corpus, to the treasury everyday. Everyday there is a payment that is received by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation. With LBT in place, the treasury of the corporation is going to run dry for months together till they receive any grant in form of LBT. So, there is going to be a problem of day-to-day wages that is going to be the scenario as far as the corporation is concerned. Menaka: Are you saying that Octroi must stay and Octroi must not go? Narvekar: What I am trying to tell you is that local taxes of local bodies cannot be done away with. Menaka: But they are not doing away. In fact many traders wanted an enhancement of value added tax (VAT) to make up for the loss of revenue in octroi. Instead, the State government has respected the autonomy of a municipal corporation and said no, we cannot do away with a local body tax (LBT) and hence we are replacing octroi with the tax that is imposed by the municipal corporation and collected by the municipal corporation. I am sure you supported that in the beginning. Why are you against it now? Narvekar: LBT certainly is not an alternate to octroi for the simple reason that it is most impractical. We have seen that in Malegaon also. The courts have given a stay on LBT in Malegaon. After LBT was introduced, there was a loss of Rs 26 crore to a small municipality like Malegaon. So you can imagine what’s going to be the repercussion with a city like Mumbai. In the city like Mumbai, if the revenue module fails, even on a trial basis, the repercussions of that on the entire city are going to be drastic and draconian. Menaka: I am going to bring up the issue of the revenue model in just a bit but before that we have an opinion coming in from Kumar Rajagopalan of the Retailer’s Association of India (RAI). This is a separate association from Federation of Associations, Maharashtra (FAM) and they don’t quite oppose the entry of LBT. I spoke with Kumar and asked him why the RAI is not striking against LBT? Rajagopalan: If you really look at the composition of RAI, we have got people who are definitely large retailers but we have also got quite a few smaller retailers. The only criterion for becoming a member with RAI has been that they should be giving cash receipt to every customer. For every person who is already giving cash receipt, it has never been a problem because they are already recording stuff and it’s a matter of filing a return. So yes, we would like lesser returns to be filed so that life becomes easier for everybody but if the comparison is between paying octroi at the check post on filing a return… (Interrupted) Menaka: Are you not worried about the many concerns raised by other traders in Mumbai city including that of harassment or corruption by municipal corporation officials? Rajagopalan: I think it’s a matter of sitting and sorting things out here. If it has to be done in the spirit that it has been spoken about and I think all the indications we have got is that if and when this Assembly passes this Act which is supposed to get passed in monsoon, if it does pass this then there is going to be a methodology which is similar to the way today sales tax works. So anybody and everybody cannot come into the stores or should not be able to come into the business premises. If a person is filing his return and the assessment is happening in some specific cases and only in special cases if somebody is going to do a raid then I think it is all above board. We are all accustomed to do this. Today, income tax is filed that way, sales tax is filed that way. So I don’t see a big need for a worry if it is passed in the spirit of the way it has to be passed and that’s the indication that we are getting so far. Menaka: If the State government assures you that inspections will be done only with several safeguards in place, then would you be accepting of LBT? If not LBT, then what else? Shiv Sena is now talking about keeping octroi; clearly you cannot be in favour of that? Arun Doshi: I have made it absolutely clear that since last 20 years, we are fighting against the imposition of octroi. Menaka: So do you want octroi to go? Arun Doshi: Octroi and LBT both to go Menaka: So what is the option? Arun Doshi: Retail traders forget one thing. Every invoice above Rs 500, they (retail traders) will have to have the name of the purchaser, style of purchasers business, his address, if he (purchaser) is registered then the registration number. These kinds of details are being prescribed in this LBT Act, every invoice above Rs 500. Menaka: We have with us the Maharashtra Joint Commissioner of Sales Tax, Mahavir Pendhari. He has been interacting with traders from across the State to clarify their concerns. What do you make of the issues that have been raised by Arun Doshi and several traders in this city that there is too much paper work involved, that there will be too many interventions by municipal authorities leading to harassment and maybe even corruption and that octroi rates in some case are lower than the proposed LBT rates and hence the cost of doing business will also go up. Pendhari: If you go through the Act, the registration threshold limit earlier was Rs 1 lakh which was raised to Rs 3 lakh. It is now raised to Rs 3 lakh. That is the basic difference which we are going to make. Secondly, if you are registered in sales tax department as per VAT Act, your threshold limit is Rs 5 lakh. So whenever your turnover process amount is Rs 5 lakh, you are maintaining the books of accounts. If you are maintaining the books of accounts and filing return which is monthly for sales tax, then where is the problem in filing half yearly return with LBT - that is one thing. The another thing is so far as corruption is concerned of municipal officers, then these raids and other things, Maharashtra government is already preparing a manual for how the raids should be conducted like in sales tax. Right now also, in the LBT Act, if you go through LBT Act then for conducting a raid, a Deputy Commissioner Officer is supposed to take the permission of Commissioner level. Ostwal: The point which Mr Doshi was making is that an invoice Rs 500, you go to a Dadar shop, the bhajiwala (vegetable) shop in the morning. Their turnover is more than Rs 1 lakh, every small shop has. Do they give receipts? Every person who buys… (Interrupted) Menaka: Isn’t that something which is supposed to change? Ostwal: It is impossible. Menaka: But isn’t that something that needs to change? Ostwal: No, is impossible. Is he going to keep an accountant? Menaka: We want to bring more and more people into the tax net. Ostwal: There is no space for somebody to sit there and make an invoice, accounts and receipts etc. he just collects the cash and puts it in his retail box. Menaka: As a citizen who pays tax, would you not believe that all such systems must become methodical eventually electronic and that everybody must be within the tax net? Ostwal: I do agree. So, therefore let the records filed with the sales tax department be accepted. Pendhari: One thing I must make clear, see bhajiwalas and these small people, these are all exempted goods. Bhajiwala issues a bill or doesn’t issue, it hardly matters. The other small traders -if they issues the bill, which is less than Rs 5 lakh, if suppose one doesn’t issue the bill even he sells on and above Rs 500 then still whatever is his declaration under Rule 28 his declaration is accepted and the scheme of the Rule 28 is upto the amount of Rs 13 lakhs, whatever turnover is shown by the dealer that has been accepted. Moreover what we can do is, we can ask the government to give a summary assessment sort of thing. If suppose whatever return has been filed by the dealer that is required to be accepted summarily. Arun Doshi: In Vasai and Virar there are instances where the inspector use 10-15 bouncers, they have visited small shopkeepers. Menaka: If not LBT, what is the solution? Arun Doshi: Yes, we want only single window under the VAT we are ready to consider additional whatever percentage that has been mutually decided; we are ready to give. Menaka: I put this issue to Manu Srivastava, the State’s Principal Secretary of the Urban Development. I began by asking him why the State had preferred to impose a levy like LBT in the place of octroi and not go the Gujarat route, which is to enhance the VAT rate by one percent as Gujarat did? Srivastava: This option of putting a surcharge on VAT was also examined by the government and we realised that it actually suffers from these two major drawbacks. Number one, it will actually go beyond the city limits and it will actually impact a much larger section of population and clearly that was not acceptable and the second thing is in fact whatever collections actually accrue to the State following the surcharge on the VAT, they will be first actually getting deposited in the consolidated funds of the State and then through a budgetary process they will be given by way of grants to these urban bodies. So, this will actually make these bodies financially dependent on government grant, which is not a desirable phenomenon and therefore consciously a view was taken that we must actually replace octroi by a system that protects the financial autonomy of these urban local bodies and at the same time keeps the incidence of tax on the same set of person. Menaka: I get your rationale for why you have picked LBT versus an enhanced rate of VAT. You have heard all the concerns that traders have raised in Mumbai city over the last several weeks. We have seen shops shut for many days now. What is your response to those concerns which range from additional paperwork, additional registration over and above the many registrations that they have to do, the threat of harassment by municipal corporation officials, the fact that business may become unviable thinks to some of the higher rates of LBT versus octroi. How do you respond to these myriad concerns that traders have raised? Srivastava: As far as the government is concerned, we are absolutely open for discussion on all these issues. I would like to very quickly share some of the amendments that have recently been made in the law so as to actually simplify the levy of this tax. First of all, we have increased the limit for registration from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh. In fact, small traders need not register themselves under LBT. Secondly, we are also in fact saying that any search or seizure should not be done without the expressed permission of the State government. So this, we feel, will actually eliminate any possibility of harassment at the lower level. In fact, the rates under this new system are proposed by the Municipal Commissioner and approved by the government. So our effort has been to actually try and ensure uniformity of rates for various commodities across States, which is again not possible in other system. We have actually so far brought in certain category of goods under exempted category right now. In fact, 59 essential commodities are under exempted category and they are exempt from the levy of LBT. So this will in fact reduce the prices of these commodities and that will be benefiting the citizens. So if there are any issues regarding the rate of tax, government is open. We can definitely discuss this thing and consider the feasibility of reducing those rates. Menaka: In the earlier part of the conversation, Rahul Narvekar of Shiv Sena brought up the issue of revenue model. We do have LBT success stories in this State – that’s if municipal commissioners are to be believed. I have with me the Aurangabad Municipal Commissioner Harshdeep Kamble. Aurangabad levied LBT starting 2011. Mr. Kamble would you say that the transition from octroi to LBT in Aurangabad has been a success? Kamble: I would say that LBT has been a good success in Aurangabad because if we go by the financial figures- earlier in 2010-2011, the octroi collection in Aurangabad Corporation was Rs 138 crore, but now 2012-2013, after the LBT, the collection of LBT is Rs 179.7 crore. So, we see that there has been a considerable rise in collection through LBT. Menaka: You told me earlier that more than 20,000 traders have not registered under LBT in Aurangabad. I understand that the earlier system of privatised octroi was horrible, traders were very opposed to it, which is why they were a little more accepting of LBT, but I am sure traders in Aurangabad had the same concerns as traders in Mumbai did- how did you deal with them? Kamble: First thing which I told you was - telling about LBT in detail to the trader organisations and requesting them to tell to other traders, that is one. Second, our intervention was at later stage when all the traders had some idea about LBT. Third, we told them that this is a better system than octroi because this is good for their business also and it is a sort of a voluntary type first assessment, so it will definitely help them and they can start their trading immediately after receiving the goods. So in octroi they had to wait for two-three days sometimes. So, it used to affect their business also. Fourth thing which I would say is we went to them with the forms and then we requested them to register- therefore our number is higher, which I said is 20,350. Then of course we had redressal committee which meets very often and I would like to add one more thing that it was because of the general body counsellors of the corporation- they also took interest into this and I would rather say that role of media had been very positive in Aurangabad for this LBT propagation as well. Menaka: We have another example in Kolhapur. Joining me now is Sanjay Sarnaik, Chief LBT Officer, Kolhapur Corporation. Can you tell us if you think LBT has been a success in Kolhapur or not and how traders have reacted to it? (Byte translated from Hindi) Sarnaik: LBT has been applicable from April 1, 2011 in Kolhapur Corporation. In the first year, here too, there was much opposition from traders. So, in the first year, we reached to Rs 58 crore from traders and one percent stamp duty including, like this we reached Rs 68 crore in the first year and whatever was the revenue loss incurred that was compensated by the government up to Rs 20 crore; in this manner we have reached upto Rs 98 crore. Ostwal: This is only one side you have not heard the other retailers or the merchants from those cities- you have only heard the revenue side, commissioners. You must hear the other side as well like what we are hearing Mr. Doshi. What is the experience of the traders in the other cities must be seen. Honestly speaking, any compliance burden introduced on the tax payer is harassment. What is the need of having a scrutiny if the sales tax returns are shown to them and therefore you accept the sales tax as the threshold. Pendhari: If the dealer is registered in Sales Tax, then automatically as per the LBT rules he is automatically registered, he is a deemed registered dealer under VAT. So, dealer is not supposed at all to apply for registration. Ostwal: What now Mr. Pendhari says is a deemed registration though the limit is Rs 5 lakh, why don’t you accept the Rs 5 lakh as a limit. Pendhari: First of all, department wanted its autonomy to be retained, if suppose the amount is collected by the state government, and then there maybe certain problems in distribution that is one thing. Menaka: The honest truth is will you to be able to convince the BJP, Shiv Sena led BMC to give up their right to collect tax? Arun Doshi: Definitely. (interrupted…). Menaka: Rahul Narvekar in the first part of this show says we don’t even want to give up octroi. Ostwal: This is between the two governments and the bodies. Why do you want to harass all the millions of people? Arun Doshi: When Goods and Services Tax (GST) is coming, then where is the need for creating all this thing, complexities? Menaka: It seems to me that there is no solution to this impasse? Arun Doshi: The traders will not relent and our indefinite strikes will go on till government relents and listens to our logic. Menaka: I would let that be the last word on this show, to all my guests’ thank you very much for joining us. It seems this issue of LBT will continue to haunt Mumbai city and keep shutters down.
Why Has Mumbai Downed Shutters Against LBT?
2013-05-09Ulhasnagar civic chief's PA held for extortion
ULHASNAGAR CIVIC CHIEF’S PA HELD FOR EXTORTION Mumbai Mirror | Updated: May 9, 2013, 01.51 PM IST Ganesh Shimpi, personal assistant of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Commissioner, was arrested along with a peon, Rizwan Shemle, by the Anti-Corruption Bureau for accepting abribe from a developer on Tuesday. A clerk and Class III employee, Shimpi, 35, has been personal assistant to municipal commissioners for the last 10 years. Currently, he is the personal assistant to Balaji Khatgaokar. He is alleged to have amassed crores of rupees during his tenure. The ACB laid a trap after receiving a complaint from a developer, Manoj Thakur, saying that he is being harassed by Shimpi and Shemle. "I had constructed a one-storey illegal shop in Ulhasnagar's Section 39 last week. Though I had earlier paid them Rs 50,000, they demolished part of the structure," said Thakur. "They said that if I didn't pay them more they would demolish the entire structure." Shemle was held while accepting Rs 50,000 at a tea stall in Ulhasnagar on Tuesday. Later the same evening, Shimpi was caught taking Rs 25,000 at his home in Gurukrupa Apartment, Ambarnath (E). "Shimpi calls people and demands money, while Shemle usually meets the victims and collects the bribe," Thakur claimed. The ACB carried out an extensive raid and seized gold and other assets worth Rs 5.5 lakh from Shimpi's residence on Wednesday. "We will conduct an inquiry to assess his wealth. We are investigating his case independently and no direct link to the commissioner has been identified," said ACP Abhay Yevle of ACB, Thane. "We have booked them under Section 7 (public servant taking gratification) and Section 13 (criminal misconduct by public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and are in police custody. MMB
2013-05-09Ulhasnagar municipal commissioner chief's assistan
Ulhasnagar municipal commissioner chief's assistant to be suspended Pradeep Gupta | TNN | May 9, 2013, 03.42 AM IST ULHASNAGAR: The Thane anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has found assets disproportionate to income from Ganesh Shimpi, personal assistant to Ulhasnagar municipal commissioner Balaji Khatgaonkar, who was caught allegedly accepting money from a builder on Tuesday. The ACB found cash and gold totalling Rs 5 lakh, insurance policies and property documents worth crores of rupees from a house at Ambernath, which Shimpi had allegedly bought in the name of a relative. Shimpi and supervisor Rijwan Sheml were arrested separately while allegedly accepting money from builder Manoj Thakur. On Wednesday, both were remanded in police custody for two days. ACB official said that as they wanted to make enquiry further enquiry property owned by both accused had demanded five days custody from court but were granted two days custody. Sources claimed that Shimpi would threaten builders making illegal constructions and extort money from them. Last month, Shimpi and civic official Yuvraj Badane were booked for demand Rs 50 lakh from a builder.Due to corrupt malpractices of Shimpi and some other civic officials recently NCP party had demanded their suspension and openly had distributed pamphlets and distributed amongst the citizen asking them to file complaint against these corrupt civic officials. "There is nexus between Shimpi and some other civic officials as they would used to get all confidential details about people and after which they would personally call to such people and then would used to threaten them and extort money" said Manoj Lassi who in past too demanded resignation of Shimpi. Khatgavkar said he has decided to suspend them. "I am in Delhi. When I return, I will suspend both them," he told TOI.
2013-05-04Special law for Ulhasnagar fails to serve any purp
Special law for Ulhasnagar fails to serve any purpose Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | May 4, 2013, 07.38 PM IST THANE: Indifference of the district administration and the residents of Ulhasnagar to abide by the 2006 law, specially-drafted by the state government for regularization of illegal buildings in the Sindi-speaking township could put to risk thousands of people living in dilapidated and illegal multi-storey structures. Ulhasnagar could be tomorrow's Shilphata given the precarious condition of the buildings here. The original ground-plus one-storey buildings have been topped with three illegal floors. More than 90 per cent of the space is occupied by illegal structures and barely 10 per cent open space was left. Of the 25,000-ood structures in Ulhasnagar almost all of them are illegal. Till date these buildings are illegal as the residents have not sought to regularize their dwelling as was expected by the state,'' said a senior district official. Under the Ulhasnagar Regularisation of Unauthorised Development law, the residents of illegal building were granted state pardon on payment of compounding fees and development charges on structures built prior to January 1, 2005. The state government had decided to grant pardon to the entire illegal constructions in Ulhasnagar as the township was developed as a transit camp for lakhs of homeless who had fled Pakistan post partition. The state's noble intentions failed to yield any result. In fact, just about 100 building are declared authorized since the law came into being in 2006. Till date the compounding fee collected is Rs seven crores. No resident wants to conduct a structural audit or pay any fees to the state government to regularize his home. The administration too has show no willingness to move against the illegal homes and it will only react when there is a tragedy like that happened in Shilphata,'' an official said. He added that political leaders in Thane are demanding that the Ulhasnagar law should be replicated in the lake city and pardon granted to all illegal buildings on payment of fees. However, our experience says it is easier said than done. No one wants to pay any fee or fine to the state government to regularize an illegal home. Thane residents could be no different. Once the state government gives a blanket pardon against demolition the residents are sure that they will be protected. The law should not be replicated elsewhere as it would only condone violations without people realizing their mistake,'' the official said.
2013-05-04Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation told to pay Rs 10
ULHASNAGAR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION TOLD TO PAY RS 10,000 BY HIGH COURT Mumbai Mirror | Updated: May 4, 2013, 07.41 AM IST The Bombay High Court on Friday imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation for failing to file affidavit in response to a PIL, despite a March ultimatum. At the hearing two months ago, the corporation was told to file an affidavit in response to a PIL filed by Aziz Amir Shaikh, challenging the construction of transit camps on the land reserved for a playground and primary school. On Friday, the corporation's lawyer sought more time, which irked the division bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Amjad Sayed. "Despite giving you two months to file your affidavit in March, you still want time. For this, you will pay a fine of Rs 10,000," Justice Chandrachud said. The court said the cost shall be paid within two weeks and it shall be recovered from the officer who was responsible for this lapse. The matter will be now heard on June 13. According to Shaikh's petition, two municipal plots were reserved for a playground and a primary school. But three years ago, transit camps were built there. PTI
2013-05-04HC fines UMC Rs 10,000 for delay in filing affidav
HC fines UMC Rs 10,000 for delay in filing affidavitExpress News Service , Express News Service : Sat May 04 2013, 02:01 hrs Bombay High Court (HC) fined Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) Rs 10,000 Friday for failing to file an affidavit in reply to a 2010 PIL by Aziz Amir Shaikh challenging construction of transit camps on two plots reserved for a playground and a primary school. HC, however, clarified the cost must be recovered from the officer responsible for the lapse. "Despite being given a last chance in March, the corporation failed to file a reply. If you want more time, you must pay," justice Chandrachud said, granting another opportunity to UMC to reply by June 13. The lawyer for the petitioner said: "These plots were reserved for a playground and primary school. However, transit camps were constructed there three years back." UMC also did not call tenders for construction of the camps and issued a work order for over Rs 1 crore, he alleged.
2013-05-03Made in greed
Made in greed Sunanda K Datta-Ray | New Delhi May 3, 2013 Last Updated at 22:46 IST My English friends were amused when I was searching high and low in London for an English-made suit. Remembering the old "Made in USA" joke (USA for Ulhasnagar Sindhi Association), I didn't want something from China or Sri Lanka. My friends were sceptical. "A 'Made in England' label only means some poor Bangladeshi woman wore her eyes out stitching it in the East End," they said, echoing Thomas Hood's heart-rending poem, The Song of the Shirt. Pictures of demonstrators outside Primark, the downmarket London retailer, holding placards proclaiming emotively "shame", "never again" and "cheap clothes = sweat shops" recalled that episode. The protesters seemed clean, young and idealistic, the kind of educated, politicised Londoner who carries a rock of guilt on the shoulder for the evils of colonialism. Outraged by the collapse of Dhaka's illegally constructed, eight-storey Rana Plaza, killing more than 400 workers in five garment factories, they blamed leading Western brands including Primark, Matalan, Mango and Benetton who bought readymades from these Bangladeshis. The building's defects - lack of basic structural security, fire safety measures and other protective facilities that are mandatory in Europe and America - were attributed to pressure from the buyers to lower prices. That hypothesis fell into the accepted pattern of East-West relations in which the former is always the victim and the latter the culprit. There is historical truth in the allegation, but it also overlooks the contemporary East's avarice and corruption. Western brand owners do pay only a pittance for Asian garments. That was known long before the Pope's "slave labour" comment. They shifted their custom from China to Malaysia to Indonesia to Vietnam to Bangladesh, as wages and overheads rose in each country. But it would have made little difference to working conditions if the Western buyers had paid more. The Bangladeshi factory owners would have pocketed higher profits. They wouldn't have raised wages. Nor would they have paid a higher rent to Mohammed Sohel Rana, the building's owner. It was his duty to ensure adequate safety precautions in Rana Plaza. Similarly, it was up to the Bangladeshi government to ensure this was done by carrying out regular honest inspections. Both cut corners. Of course, Rana's tenants could also have demanded better facilities. But why would they bother if that pushed up the rent? Low rent means more profits. Cutting costs and maximising gains are stark features of the economic boom we are also experiencing on this side of the border. An unscrupulous operator with influential political backers has ruined thousands of ordinary people who entrusted all their savings to the Saradha scheme. That, too, is a manifestation of uncontrollable greed. It would be silly to denounce the profit motive without which there can be no productive activity, but cost and return must also be balanced. Leaving aside fraudulent savings schemes, I wonder if the building spree in our cities does that. Owners of houses with a bit of land are busy converting them into blocks of flats. As a result, several hundred families now often occupy space meant for just one. The burden on (and consequent deterioration of) all civic services is one outcome. Another is the rise of a thrusting new breed called promoter. It flourishes in a barely legal twilight area between political parties, municipal authorities and the urban underworld. Property owners are usually its victims. Many Indian promoters also try to get away with ramshackle constructions like Rana Plaza. The European Union should certainly compel buyers to pay much more. But, sadly, if they do so, garment makers (or middlemen) are likely to pocket the difference. Employees may not benefit. No Asian employer willingly raises wages. Nor does anyone voluntarily pay higher rents. And if they are forced to do so, there is no guarantee that landlords like Rana will invest the additional rent in structural improvements. It's grab as grab can all the way. Governments alone can provide a remedy. Although official intervention has added another dimension of corruption and exploitation throughout South Asia, governments, no matter how callous, remain the only authority accountable to the public that can hold others (manufacturers and landlords for instance) responsible for their actions. Despite fashionable modern objections to "big government", we can't do without it. Twenty-first century Asia is no better than 19th century England where Hood's seamstress "with fingers weary and worn,/With eyelids heavy and red" plied her needle in "poverty, hunger, and dirt", lamenting "Oh! God! That bread should be so dear,/ And flesh and blood so cheap".
2013-05-03Spurned, woman tries to kill paramour
Spurned, woman tries to kill paramour Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Updated: May 3, 2013, 04.30 AM IST MUMBAI: The Central police in Ulhasnagar on Thursday arrested a 40-year-old married woman for allegedly trying to stab her neighbour to death after he broke off their relationship. The victim, who was admitted to the nearby Central Hospital, is critical. The police claimed that Varsha Sajida, who lives in the Forward Line area, had an extra-martial affair with her neighbour Ajit Singh Labana alias Vicky (29).Both the victim and the accused are married and have two children each. Last year, Singh decided to end the relationship as he realized that their affair would adversely affect their children's lives, said an officer. Sajida, added the officer, tried to convince him on several occasions to continue their relationship and also insisted that they get married.On Thursday afternoon, Sajida dropped in at Singh's house to ask for ice. Even as his family members watched, she stabbed him with a knife several times and left. Singh's family members rushed him to Central Hospital and informed the police. The police arrested Sajida from her residence and booked her for attempt to murder. "Primary investigation shows that she got frustrated after Singh started avoiding her. She wanted to kill him and attacked him with a knife," said Mahadev Pimpalkar, senior police inspector. Singh works in furniture shop in Ulhasnagar.
2013-05-02University of Mumbai wakes up finally, replaces ex
University of Mumbai wakes up finally, replaces exam controller Hemali Chhapia | TNN | May 2, 2013, 05.28 AM IST MUMBAI: In a token face-saving gesture following a series of exam-related goof-ups, the University of Mumbai has brought in Padma V Deshmukh, associate professor and vice principal of C H M College, Ulhasnagar, as controller of examination. She will take over from Deepak Wasave, in-charge controller of examination, with immediate effect from Thursday. Wasave is likely to go back to his old job as the deputy registrar. In the span of one year, several men have been ousted and new officers brought in with the hope that the exam house and testing processes would be set in order. After Vilas Shinde was asked to vacate the post in January 2012, deputy registrar (administration) S M Suryavanshi was asked to take charge. Three months later, after the marketing and human resource management paper leaked, a new post of the director of examinations was created to spruce up exam work. Subhash Deo, principal of Gogate-Joglekar College, Ratnagiri, held this office till recently. After he went back to his college, Deepak Wasave was asked to hold the reins of the exam house. Meanwhile, the university, which is in the midst of the examination mess, created a new post and brought back an old hand as advisor for exams last month. Prakash Wani, who was controller of exams between 2005 and 2007, has been brought back to the Kalina campus, this time as advisor for exams.
2013-05-01​Boy in hospital after heat stroke
Boy in hospital after heat stroke Sumitra Debroy | TNN | Updated: May 1, 2013, 04.38 AM IST MUMBAI: An 11-year-old boy from Ulhasnagar landed up in a Mulund hospital after suffering from heat stroke that his local doctor failed to diagnose. Udit Punwani started feeling giddy and having double vision before he became unconscious and fell down at his home. His parents panicked and rushed him to a hospital in Ulhasnagar, where they administered him anti-malarial drugs. By this time his temperature had shot above 100 degrees F. When his condition showed no improvement, they shifted him to Platinum Hospital, Mulund. Hospital director Dr Bijoy Kutty said that Udit required hospitalization for three days and was discharged last Saturday. The boy was kept in an AC room and administered anti-allergy medications. "The patient probably suffered a stroke due to exertion in the sun. Children tend to come back from school and step out to play again in the sun without hydrating themselves properly," said Kutty. He added that many centres may misdiagnose heatstroke as such cases are not common for the city and even suburbs. A heat stroke occurs when the temperature regulatory mec-hanism of the body is thrown out of gear The mercury has been breaching the 35 degree Celsius mark almost everyday. Consultant physician Dr Pratik Samdani said patients with fever or gastroenteritis also get dehydrated very fast. He said people must drink lots of fluids but avoid water from unhealthy sources.

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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 ]
rajesh varma      [ 2011-12-30 ]
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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